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Must Do highlights day trips, fun activities, and entertainment and recreation options every tourist and local of Southern California should check out. SoCal’s hidden gems, local secrets, unique finds and off-the beaten path venues will also be uncovered and explored.

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The Best Hikes in Los Angeles

By Benny Haddad   As spring moves into summer, hiking season gears up into full swing. People come from around to enjoy our famed Mediterranean climate, and what better way to decompress and enjoy the sun than to hit the trails. Surrounding the bustling Los Angeles metropolitan area are a plethora of canyons, woodlands, and tall peaks with stunning vistas, and following this winter’s El Niño rains, they promise to be extra lush. Here are three of our favorite hikes that are sure to please locals and visitors alike.   Malibu Creek State Park: Easy – 3.3 Miles – 580 Feet elevation gain With more than 8,000 acres of rolling tallgrass plains, rugged peaks, and oak savannahs, Malibu Creek State Park is a beautiful and diverse hiking destination. This hike is an easy, family friendly trek following the Grasslands Trail to the Rock Pool. The trail starts from an unmarked parking area on Mulhulland Highway, just West of Las Virgenes Road and provides a gentle and scenic stroll over rolling hills and the eponymous grasslands. After rounding a hill it connects to the High Road. Overhung with shade-providing oak trees and following beside Malibu Creek, the High Road’s level trail…

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Creating Art for Charity: How this Entrepreneur Spends His Time Giving Back

Tom Liguori is a San Diego-based entrepreneur-turned-artist, who creates innovative large-format cell and holographic art and donates 100 percent of the proceeds to various charities. He started selling his art in March 2017 and it’s currently on display online and at Dimensions Gallery, located in San Diego’s Seaport Village. Tom Liguori is reinventing what’s possible in the art world through his innovative large format cell and holographic pieces. He grew up in the Bronx, New York and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College before relocating to the west coast to earn an MBA from San Diego State University. He and his father founded a mail order manufacturing business, National Pen, which grew to over 2,000 employees during his 32-year tenure, and worked with brands such as Disney, Warner Brothers, the NFL, NBA, and NHL. After selling National Pen, Liguori started a venture capital business and secured over two dozen patents. Liguori’s dual responsibilities of research and development and marketing during his years at National Pen catalyzed an interest in developing new art techniques as a creative outlet. After six years of research and development, and creating his own paints and techniques, Liguori eventually built his “cave”, which is a vibration-free,…

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Drink Up on National Daiquiri Day

By Maria del Cisne Vital   “When life gives you lemons, make a daiquiri.” This common phrase used in the South is a motto to live by, since July 19 is National Daiquiri Day. Made with rum, citrus juice and any sort of sweetener, a daiquiri is bound to make your summer day better. SoCal brings this sweet drink to life with different, colorful variations, adding a twist to the classic drink. Gather your closest friends, take an Uber or Lyft, and enjoy a daiquiri-filled day!   Preux and Proper, an L.A. restaurant and bar, offers delicious food with a southern flare. Some New Orleans cuisine includes hush puppies and po’ boys. Unlike most bars, Preux and Proper has a frozen daiquiri dispenser machine. Yes, you read correctly. You’ll feel as if you’re walking down Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras with your frozen daiquiri. Different flavors are on rotation in the machine, but you are always in for a treat. You can sample a flight of daiquiris, or choose a combo of flavors to make your own multi-colored daiquiri. Think of it as an adult Slurpee. Address: 840 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014 (213) 896-0090   Poolhouse San…

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National French Fries Day

By: Jessi Soporito   French fries are tired of being a lousy side dish— they’re ready to be the main course. With all sorts of options — curly, nacho-ed, waffle-cut, chilli cheese, sweet potato, etc. — there’s no wrong way to celebrate National French Fry day on July 13. Whether they’re your guilty pleasure or a full sized meal, there’s a recipe out there for everyone to fall in love with. Check out some of the craziest fries you can get throughout SoCal this holiday.   Lola Gaspar — Santa Ana lolagaspar.com At this Latin tapas hot spot, the fries do not disappoint. The intimate restaurant serves a variety of tacos, burritos and burgers, but their nacho cheese fries remain a fan favorite. Topped with frijoles, feta, crema and chilies, and chorizo for a little extra, you’ll find yourself ordering more and more plates.   The Oinkster — Los Angeles theoinkster.com/#home If you’re looking for a gourmet fast-food experience, look no further than The Oinkster. Located on Eagle Rock’s Colorado Boulevard, it offers a few different fry options for everyone. Between the Belgian Fries; made from hand cut, twice fried and fresh Kennebec potatoes; the Piggy Fries; homemade 1000 island,…

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National Bikini Day

By: Jessi Soporito   Bikinis can come in all shapes and sizes — high-waisted, bandeau or strapless, push-up, cheeky, halter, you name it — and your experiences in them shouldn’t be any different. Southern California offers beach and water-fun excursions for anyone looking for a relaxing, yet fashionable, way to cool off. Get ready to lather on some sunscreen and suit up for some of the best ways to celebrate National Bikini Day on July 5:   Island Living Start your day relaxing in a cabana on Catalina Island. The Descanso Beach Club has plenty of options, like their Signature, Presidential and Hillside cabanas, along with chaise lounge chairs. You can even rent or buy folates, like the iconic flamingo floatie, to relax on out in the ocean. Nearby, paddle board and kayak rentals are available for the more sporty groups. On a clear day, try and spot the Long Beach port straight ahead.   Surf’s Up After you’ve basked in the sun, get your surf on in San Clemente. Located on the southern tip of Orange County, San Clemente is one of the best wave-rich towns in SoCal, according to Surfer Magazine. For this, invest in high-waisted bottoms and…

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Keep Calm and Clean On at the Beach This Week

By Maria del Cisne Vital   Southern California is a destination spot for its fun attractions and beautiful scenery— especially that of a beach with glistening waters and smooth sands. However, with the high popularity of beaches comes the high amount of trash left behind by its visitors. According to Kellogg, by the year 2050 the amount of plastic in our oceans will exceed the amount of fish if we continue at the same rate of pollution. This week, known as the Earth Day for beaches, SoCal’s beaches invite you to take action and help clean up. Check out the tips below for how to make your day at the beach a clean one!   Tip #1: Leave only footsteps on the beach. Always throw your trash away and don’t leave anything behind. This tip may seem like a no-brainer, but after a long day at the beach it’s hard to get the motivation to clean up after your self or make the trek to find the nearest trashcan. To make this easier, bring a bag or bin where you can place your trash throughout the day. That way, your trash won’t fly away in the sea breeze and it…

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