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Camping With Your Kiddos

By Maria del Cisne Vital   Camping is a great way to teach your kids the importance of the outdoors and to spend some quality time together. Ditch the technology, take in your surroundings, and become one with nature at these kid-friendly SoCal camping spots:   Black Rock Campground in Joshua Tree National Park One of two camping sites that can be reserved at Joshua Tree, Black Rock is a great place for family camping because of its beauty and accessibility. It is located on the edge of the park, and it lies within one of the thickest Joshua tree forests. It is ideal for RV camping, but also has amenities (showers and laundry) within five miles. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive desert tortoise and other desert creatures! Waking up for an early morning hike will be a truly breath-taking experience for the whole family as you watch the sun rise over the desert. https://www.recreation.gov/camping/black-rock-campground/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=70953   Crystal Cove State Park’s Moro Campground Who needs a white noise app when you can get the real thing at Moro Campground? Fall asleep and wake up to the beautiful sounds of the Pacific at this campground. You can enjoy the beauty…

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Farm Day

Over 20 Ventura County farms, ranches, nurseries and other agricultural operations, from organic to conventional, row crops to orchards, will open their doors to the public during the 7th Annual Ventura County Farm Day. On Saturday, November 9, visitors will experience a day of agricultural activities and meet the farmers who grow the food they eat. Farm Day is free to attend. Tour hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Farm Day visitors can go online to select three or four agricultural operations (some require reservations) and then drive themselves to each location. Every stop is unique, but all farms feature a number of activities such as educational tours and free produce sampling. Farm Day will officially kick off Thursday, November 7 with a “Farm-to-Table” barbecue at Old Creek Ranch Winery in Ventura. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., the public can enjoy live music and a farm-fresh barbeque and pig roast catered by Craft Woodfired Catering. The menu features meat and vegetarian options, artisanal cheeses, locally-sourced marmalades and an Old Creek Ranch wine flight. Ventura County Farm Day is organized by the nonprofit Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG). SEEAG’s mission is to help children understand the farm origins of their food through classroom agricultural…

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VIVOBAREFOOT Launches New Plant-Based Shoe

This week, VIVOBAREFOOT launched The Primus Lite II Bio. The new plant-based shoe is made with corn, algae and other natural materials. Making The Primus Lite II Bio better for both you and the environment. Fun The Primus Lite II Bio Facts: The Primus Lite II Bio is VIVOBAREFOOT’s most innovative sustainable shoe to-date and one of the world’s first plant-based performance shoes. The new vegan shoe is designed with over 30 percent renewable plant-based materials, including Bio TPU made from yellow dent field corn, natural rubber and harvested algae called Bloom, instead of single-use petroleum materials. The award-winning design weighs on average an estimated 10 percent less than today’s standard performance shoes. VIVOBAREFOOT’s sustainability ethos is uniquely different from other footwear brands in the industry, as it is rooted in design, wellness and social impact, along with utilizing eco-friendly materials. By 2020, the company aims to use 90 percent sustainable materials across their entire range, and 100 percent by 2021. More than 20 billion pairs of shoes are made annually, most from petrochemicals, which have a harmful impact on the environment, contributing to the already serious effects of climate change. The plant-based materials in the Primus Lite II Bio shoe are sourced…

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10 Top SoCal Dog Parks and Beaches

Dog owners will reach new heights to give their dog the best opportunities possible. With these ten best dog parks and beaches in SoCal, Fifi will be the most athletic and social dog around.   The dog beach at Huntington Beach is one of the most popular dog destinations. Your pup can play in the sand, relax in the sun and swim or even surf in the ocean. The only cost is parking, but donations are also accepted. For more information, go to www.dogbeach.org   In San Diego, Nate’s Point is a 2.3-acre dog park. It has many trees for shade and includes picnic tables, water fountains and a double entry gate. The surrounding beautiful scenery feels like you’ve left San Diego for a mythical dog land. www.npdog.org/park.html   Country Kennels Dawg Water Park is one of the best ways you can help your dog cool off. It costs $12 for the first dog and $6 for the second, but is worth every penny. The park includes a pool, fake grass, hills and tunnels to give your dog the time of his/her life. Watch this video for a closer look: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfPolY85EqY   Carlsbad offers a newer dog park, with sections…

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Preparing For Earthquakes

Five years ago, a magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck on the Puente Hills fault in La Habra and produced shaking felt across several Southern California counties. More than a hundred aftershocks followed during the next few days, including a magnitude 4.1 quake just a few miles away. The 2014 La Habra quake delivered a reminder to Southern Californians that even moderate earthquakes can cause damage—in this case, power outages, ruptured water mains, rock slides (including one that caused a car to overturn), broken glass and even damage that caused some homes to become uninhabitable—so it’s important to be prepared. “About three-quarters of the homes in the area where the strongest shaking occurred were built before 1980—before seismic building codes were in place statewide,” said California Earthquake Authority (CEA) CEO Glenn Pomeroy. “If that quake had been stronger, we could have seen more damage to older houses, as well as to newer houses, businesses and infrastructure.” Scientists project that a damaging earthquake could strike Southern California again at any time. The latest Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast states that there’s a 93 percent chance of one or more magnitude 6.7 or greater earthquakes—the same magnitude as the 1994 Northridge earthquake and one…

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How To Help SoCal

Our beautiful area has been impacted by two horrific events this past week. We at SoCal Life Mag want to express our condolences to those who’ve lost loved ones at the Borderline shootings and the hundreds whose lives have been impacted by the Woolsey Fire. We are all so proud of our first responders, firefighters and law enforcement and grateful for their diligence and hard work. The kindness and generosity extended by our community to those who have been affected is admirable and inspiring. Many more want to help and don’t know where to begin, so we’re offering the following suggestion.   BORDERLINE RESOURCES https://www.facebook.com/donate/1443215382550759/2253563041597609/ https://www.gofundme.com/borderline-shooting-victim039s-fund https://vccf.org/donate/make-a-donation/ https://www.gofundme.com/support-for-sgt-ron-helus-family http://da.lacounty.gov/victims   FIRE RESOURCES https://www.vcemergency.com/ https://www.kqed.org/news/11628364/how-to-help-a-friend-who-lost-their-home-in-a-wildfire?fbclid=IwAR2SFKzXlJqPaunpzSYMlaW2ENDo9jJbZO5pQVQjPYkxzpN1H2yTshYhdeY https://www.unitedwayla.org/en/give/disaster-relief-fund/ https://westernusa.salvationarmy.org/usw_thq/news/california_wildfires/ https://secure.eifoundation.org/site/Donation2;jsessionid=00000000.app367a?df_id=4520&mfc_pref=T&4520.donation=form1&NONCE_TOKEN=BD586CAC59FBAE663577626DA737EA87 http://www.cafirefoundation.org/programs/supplying-aid-to-victims-of-emergency/ https://www.calfund.org/wildfire-relief-fund/ https://www.redcross.org/donations/ways-to-donate.html https://www.readyventuracounty.org/   PET RESOURCES https://www.hsvc.org/donate http://www.shelterhopepetshop.org/donate.php   *No Particular Order*

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