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Cannabis user and crusader, on the effort to decriminalize marijuana

Santa Ana voters will decide next year whether medical marijuana dispensaries can operate within city zones, and in return pay a 2 percent tax. Hawes and the 250 “little soldiers” she marshals, the O.C. chapter of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws, led the charge to put the initiative on the ballot. Read more...

The YouTube Sensations of Evan Rosenberg

Evan Rosenberg, profiled in this month's Quotes, created the first regular video ballet podcast. These videos have racked up nearly 47 million views. A few of his hand-picked faves are embedded below, followed by two videos on the Ballet Podcaster himself. Read more...

Wake, Skate, Repeat

Just like any other teenager, Nyjah Hutson uses social media to help document his life. Discover a little more about the back-to-back gold medalist through this collection of his past tweets and photos—we even threw in a couple “Throwback Thursdays” for an earlier look at the skateboarding star. Read more...

How a Videographer Made Anaheim Ballet’s “More Than Dance” Podcast a YouTube Sensation

The 31-year-old La Habra Heights director, actor, dancer, and choreographer—and son of Anaheim Ballet founders Lawrence and Sarma Lapenieks Rosenberg—created the first regular video ballet podcast. Since the premiere with Korean-born dancer Jimmy Cha, these fun video postcards have racked up nearly 47 million views. Read more...

Quotes: Rick ‘Rockin’ Fig’ Fignetti

The 56-year-old Surf City legend, announcer to some of the sport’s biggest competitions, is preparing for his 20th year as the voice of the US Open of Surfing, July 20 through 28. Holder of several West Coast and national titles, and a Surfing Walk of Fame honoree, Fignetti still competes, while also running his Main Street board shop, Rockin’ Fig’s Surf Headquarters. Read more...

Quotes: Alan Shi

Told the final word of the Orange County spelling contest was a quick, humorous musical composition, the Irvine eighth-grader applied eight years of piano practice to come up with S-C-H-E-R-Z-O. Fourteen-year-old Alan, who also speaks Spanish and Chinese, will represent the county at the Scripps National Spelling Bee near Washington this month. “Words,” he says, “just sort of stick with me.” Read more...

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  • Best of 2014: Bird-Watching

    When the throngs of beachgoers are too much, spend a day with the birds. Here, with the wind whipping off the ocean and herons, egrets, ducks, and more soaring above, you'll get a chance to be the amateur ornithologist you never knew you wanted to be. Free
    3842 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, 714-846-1114, bolsachica.org

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  • Best of 2014: Green Cleaners

    Sold from her website and a refitted retro travel trailer, these earth-safe cleaning products are Marilyn Nowak of Coto de Caza's propriety formulas. Products for laundry, surfaces such as glass and wood - even an ecological drain cleaner - all have dispenser bottles and bulk refills $8 to $48
    Resuming in September at Great Park Farmer's Market, Sand Canyon Avenue and Marine Way, Irvine, 949-292-1648, lilgreenwagon.com

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  • Food Lovers Guide - Vanilla

    Plain vanilla extract is fine for large-batch baking, but vanilla snobs like to play with other varieties, including the skinny, leathery beans. We won’t delve into the classic Mexican-versus-Tahitian debate, except to say we like Tahitian for creamy concoctions and the bolder Mexican in concert with dark chocolate. Find plump, vacuum-sealed beans of both varieties at Surfas Culinary District. Read More
  • Food Lovers Guide - Kouign Amann

    Butter worship is a birthright in Brittany—the French region that invented this transcendent caramelized pastry with the funny name (say Queen a-MAHN). Read More
  • Food Lovers Guide - Taps' Remy Beer

    Brewmaster Victor Novak and owner Joe Manzella fill a Heaven Hill bourbon barrel with Taps’ Imperial Russian Stout. After five months, the transformation of flavors is phenomenal, eliciting notes of coconut and marshmallow that flatter the inherent dark chocolate flavors of the stout. Read More

Style Stuff

  • Hot Shop: Popping With Petals

    Petals and Pop would be at home in a Paris street scene. Blooms and foliage spill onto the sidewalk from old aluminum buckets and vintage German pickling jars. Inside, a floor-to-ceiling library ladder slides along the shelves of this flower and home goods store, providing access to vases, table linens, garden and kitchen tools, specialty chocolates, and cookbooks. Read More
  • Ruffle Some Feathers this Fourth of July!

    We're all familiar with the food truck craze, but now there's a new kind of truck to get excited about. Pekok Within Boutique is Orange County's first fashion truck to hit the streets. The peculiar name is intended to encourage customers to embrace the idea of peacocking, or "Pekoking": using fashion as a means to attract attention and distinguish oneself. The new business is taking part in the Fourth of July event at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina July 4th from noon to 10 p.m. and July 5th from 1 to 10 p.m. Read More
  • Here Come the Brides!

    Looking for wedding inspiration — something that will set you apart from the crowd? Then keep from 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3, open. That's when Something Lovely Wedding returns to Orange County, with an impressive collection of more than 30 high-end wedding resources here in SoCal. Read More
  • Brea Mall is Home to O.C.'s Second Kiehl's Store

    In addition to getting a newly renovated mall, Brea now has bragging rights to a Kiehl's boutique. Elevating the skin and hair-care routines of loyal customers since 1851, Kiehl's chose The Brea Mall as the lucky landmark to expand the chain's presence, making it the second Orange County location (the other is at South Coast Plaza). Paying homage to Kiehl's East Village New York roots, the store brings a modern Big Apple apothecary to north county, blending antique fixtures with modern neon flair. Read More
  • California Cool: Oliver Peoples Launches WEST Sunglass Line

    This being the land of perpetual sun, it's no surprise that sunglass brand Oliver Peoples decided to launch a new line inspired entirely by coastal California. Read More
 
 
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