Architecture: Francisco Ayala Science Library’s Central Courtyard

When you stand in the center of this UC Irvine landmark and speak, your voice sounds amplified in your own ear, but not to those around you.

Shopping: Social B Boutique

This new shop is off the beaten path, but it’s on the right track with its mission to support local designers. Browse the latest collections of Corona del Mar-based Jessie Loves Jewels; and made-in-South County brand Luxe by Lisa Vogel swimwear. Owner Christy Salem has great taste and her boutique is filled with chic-yet-affordable apparel, plus home goods. 359 Old Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, 949-533-3525, socialbboutique.com

Adult Hide-and-Seek

Geocaching is a treasure hunt that’s played worldwide using GPS technology. Players are given the coordinates of a buried prize, and try to find it. In addition to small gifts hidden by past seekers, the cache contains a log sheet for successful players to sign in. In the spirit of this month’s cover story, our interns agreed to play the game and finished with a .500 batting average. Here are their experiences.

History: Benjamin Harrison

On an 1891 whistle-stop tour of the West, our 23rd president received a rousing welcome at the Santa Ana train station. The crowd swelled to nearly 5,000 for this first county visit by a sitting president. Even The Standard, the local Democratic newspaper, said of the Republican president’s speech: “We enjoyed the occasion as much as anyone.”

Dining & Drink: Bluewater Grill

We dare you to not fall in love with the succulent starfish wall sculpture on the pocket patio recently fashioned from fallow space behind the Captain’s Cabin. Other living art includes vibrant flowerbeds and hanging herb gardens by Kathryn Agresto, designer of gardens at Park Ave and Montage Resort. Strings of tiny lanterns add twinkle to the 30-seat alfresco refuge.
630 Lido Park Drive, Newport Beach, 949-675-3474, bluewatergrill.com

Dining & Drink: Off-Menu Favorites at Slapfish

Now that the trucks have been mothballed, fans flock to this moored flagship for Andrew Gruel’s sustainable seafood treats. Still, two of the best are only available by request: the Classic New England Lobster Roll ($23), and the famed lobster grilled cheese ($15). 19696 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, 714-963-3900, slapfishrestaurant.com

Finder of People: Ann Ciulla

Ann Ciulla is a licensed investigator and modern-day Nancy Drew

Inconspicuous Art: Miniature Reproduction of the Old Laguna Beach Art Gallery

Lower-level gallery near the back staircase, Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949-494-8971, lagunaartmuseum.org

Artifacts of Danger: Crucifix With a Bullet Hole

Mission San Juan Capistrano owns a sinister relic: a silver crucifix with a bullet hole over the body of Christ. A San Juan Capistrano resident, involved in an altercation unrelated to the church, visited the chapel to calm down, but instead shot off his gun. One bullet hit the crucifix and destroyed the figure’s halo. He offered restitution, but a church official decided to leave the hole as an illustration of the perils of temper unrestrained. At least, that’s one explanation. 26801 Ortega Highway, 949-234-1300, msjsanjuan.com

More Hidden Orange County: “Intolerable” Bridge

In a national survey released this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation tagged more than 50 local bridges as “structurally deficient,” which, we have been assured, is a technical term that includes such deficiencies as needing a paint job; it doesn’t mean that they’re not safe.