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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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Make a Wave on World Oceans Day

By Maria Del Cisne Vital   Southern California is nothing without its beaches. But the most essential part of a beach (the beautiful ocean) often goes unrecognized and unappreciated. Help organizations across SoCal preserve and draw attention to the importance of our world’s oceans for World Oceans Day. Dive into the fun and educational opportunities below!   4Ocean Santa Monica Beach Cleanup June 8 @ 9 a.m.-12 p.m.  Approximately 16 billion pounds of plastic enter the ocean each year, according to sciencemag.org. This year, 4Ocean is holding a beach cleanup to help lessen the amount of plastic our oceans have endured this year. All participants will receive a blue 4Ocean t-shirt and Limited Edition 4Ocean Bracelet. All volunteers will be provided with a reusable burlap bag and gloves. Bring a reusable water bottle if you have one, a great step towards reducing plastic use! Santa Monica State Beach (south of Santa Monica Pier) 16 Arcadia Terrace, Los Angeles County, Santa Monica, California 90401 4ocean.com/   Aquarium of the Pacific’s World Oceans Day June 8 With the cost of admission on June 8th, visitors of the aquarium will get the chance to learn about the issues affecting our oceans, such as…

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The So Cal Celebrity Homes Tour

Grab your camera and get ready to go where other tour buses are forbidden to go!   The movie star mansions you may see are not just chosen at random. Each year, Starline Tours, Hollywood’s leading celebrity tour company, asks passengers what’s hot and what’s not in planning their itineraries.   Last year, Ellen DeGeneres’ home was at the top of the list and the Holmby Hills mansion Michael Jackson occupied at the time of his death was back on. Also hot were Katy Perry in the number No. 2 spot with the Playboy Mansion moving back to third and Simon Cowell in fifth. Beloved celebs like Elvis Presley (No. 7) and Lucille Ball (No. 8) remain fan favorites long after they’re gone. A relative newcomer to the list in the No. 9 spot was Justin Bieber whose antics kept him, his rental home and neighbors in the news for months.   While aboard one of Starline Tours’ buses, visitors get all the latest celebrity news and stories from skilled, experienced guides who know what’s been bought and sold, who is dating whom and who’s splitting from whom. In addition to celebrity mansions in Beverly Hills and Hollywood Hills, the…

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National Hamburger Month

By Nicole Merino   Hamburger month in May has got us thinking, where did the first hamburger come from? There are many stories that talk about the tales of where the first burger was introduced. Some stories even go as far as the time of Genghis Khan discovering the idea of ground beef that eventually led to the hamburger we all know and love. So with that being said, how does one properly celebrate such an event? So in honor of National Hamburger Month in May, here are some wacky burgers with toppings that aren’t your usual mustard and ketchup. These restaurants are changing the game for the burger world and have caught the attention of many with their interesting twist. These aren’t your typical cheeseburgers from the grill, these are for burger lovers to explore all the possibilities for this American classic.   Crazee Burger 3993 30th St. San Diego, CA 92104 crazeeburger.com (619) 282-6044 The Crazee Burger joint located in San Diego is a place to hit for National Burger Month because these burger options are unlike any other. For all the Nutella lovers, their Muddy Pig burger comes with Nutella spread, crispy bacon and caramelized plantains. Now…

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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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