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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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Spring-Time Group Bike Tours

by Dustin Clendenen Our weather is the envy of the world year-round, but even SoCal blooms in the spring. Now’s the time to venture out of your car and experience all the Golden State has to offer. Our roundup of group bike tours are the perfect excuse to explore the great outdoors and work up a sweat while you’re at it. Having such an eco-friendly hobby won’t hurt either! If you want to experience Los Angeles, you’re in for one of the most diverse urban landscapes in the entire world, from a bustling downtown metropolis, to sun-soaked beaches, to beautiful hiking trails and national forests, not to mention all the celebrities, world-class food and an art scene getting attention across the globe. LA Cycle Tours offers a number of group bike adventures in all these areas, every single day. The tours take riders on a sightseeing expedition of the brightest street art and murals, the city’s best taco stands or pastry shops and a 40-mile ride from the urban core to the beach. Tours start at $65 and up. Check out the event calendar for more details and specific pricing at Lacycletours.com or call (323) 550-8265 to book your adventure….

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Venice Family Clinic’s Art Walk & Auction

Meet local artists and get a behind-the-scenes look at their creative process at the Artist Studio Tour. Walk or ride our complimentary shuttles. Your donation also includes a 2018 Venice Art Walk T-shirt by signature artist Alexis Smith. Make your donation online or visit our Ticketing Booth on the day-of (Sunday, May 20) located on Hampton Drive. For more information, please visit https://theveniceartwalk.org.

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Fun SoCal Spots to Spend a First Date

By Kasey Hamilton   It’s that awkward, official first date — a chunk of time spent as a couple determining if there’s enough chemistry between two people to warrant another rendezvous. The most common event couples often choose to spend this memorable time is over a meal, but sometimes that just turns into an obvious “interview.” For a more innovative activity, try the following options … and even if your date turns out to be a bore, you’ll at least have a great time!   Paramount Drive In Movie Theater www.paramountdrivein.com A drive in theater provides a fun, unique first date that will not break the bank. Daters go back in time for a fun trip while enjoying the privacy of being in their car. Traditional indoor movies can be tough for a first date because they do not give daters the chance to get to know each other. Drive-in movies, on the other hand, provide entertainment and a private space for you to be able to talk to your date without being shushed by other moviegoers.   Eclipse Chocolate Build-A-Bar www.eclipsebuildabar.com Chocolate and dates seem to go hand in hand, so why not give your date the ultimate chocolate experience by allowing them to…

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 Southern California Slack Key Festival

Kala Koa Entertainment celebrates 12 years of bringing the biggest and brightest names in Hawaiian music to the mainland with the 2018 Southern California Slack Key Festival returning to the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. One of the most acclaimed Hawaiian concerts to ever leave the islands, the Southern California Slack Key Festival takes fans on a Hawaiian musical journey that showcases GRAMMY-winning slack key guitarists, the best hula dancers in the world, special guest performers and a free to the public Island Marketplace. The Southern California Slack Key Festival – the first of its kind anywhere outside of Hawaii – set a major milestone for Hawaiian music events on the mainland when it debuted in 2008 and has garnered a huge loyal following – creating, cultivating, and renewing interest in Hawaii and its music. This year’s Southern California Slack Key Festival’s line-up includes George Kuo, Kawika Kahiapo, Sonny Lim, Jeff Peterson, Jim “Kimo”West, Teresa Bright, Bobby Ingano, and Kunia Galdeira. What is Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Music? Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar (ki ho’alu) is truly one of the world’s great acoustic guitar traditions, considered to be one of the oldest music traditions to still be a viable (other than just historical) part of…

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Southern California Beach Camping

Southern California Beach Camping Summer is the best time to round up family and friends, pull out the camping gear and head for the beach for the weekend. Here are a few of our favorite beach camp sites you may want to visit.   Carpinteria Beach Campground, Carpenteria Carpenteria State Beach is a wonderful place to set up camp just steps from the ocean. Tent camping and RV sites available. 205 Palm Ave. Carpinteria, CA 93013 ph: 805-968-1033 https://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/carpinteria-sb/r/facilityDetails.do?contractCode=CA&parkId=120015   Ventura Beach RV Resort, Ventura Enjoy year round amenities at the Ventura Beach RV Resort! Rent a bike, beach cruiser or surrey, soak in the resort Jacuzzi or take a walk down to the beach to watch the sunset. Live music, karaoke, shuttle rides and activities for the kids are available all summer long. 800 West Main Street Ventura, CA 93001 ph: 805-643-9137 https://www.venturabeachrvpark.com     Campland On The Bay, San Diego Give your family the ultimate camping experience! From live bands, pools and Jacuzzis to surf and ski rentals, this campground has something for everyone. Check the website for upcoming events to enjoy during your stay. RV and tent camping available. 2211 Pacific Beach Dr. San Diego, CA 92109 ph: (800)…

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Where to Stargaze in SoCal

Southern California is an ideal place to stargaze, but is more compelling in less populated areas, national parks or in cities that take initiative to minimize their use of outside light. Below are the five best places in SoCal to catch a glimpse of the Milky Way, constellations and a meteor shower or two.   Along route 154 and north of the Santa Ynez Mountains lies Cachuma Lake. It is known as a premier fishing destination due to its hidden location, but that also makes it ideal for stargazing. The Milky Way is definitely visible on clear nights, and made even better with the use of a  telescope. You can rent a cabin, bring tents or an RV or just stay for a few hours. For more details on the park: www.countyofsb.org/parks/cachuma.sbc.   For more of an adventure, stargaze in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Located in Borrego Springs, the park is designed for stargazers. Public lights and airports have adapted to give campers the ultimate sky experience, making it the first International Dark Sky Community in California. It will probably be hot, so be prepared. For more information: www.visitcalifornia.com/attraction/stargazing-anza-borrego-desert-state-park.   Stargaze at an unsuspecting location 45 minutes from Downtown Los Angeles known as Templin Highway. Being…

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