September 2014: 52 Things Every Local Must Do

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52 Things Every Local Must Do
When it comes to picking things to do in Orange County, we have different priorities than out-of-towners. Sure, we love Disneyland, but we’ve been there so many times. So stash that tourist guidebook! We’ve created an insider’s list of amazing sights, offbeat places, challenging adventures, and just plain fun things to do. To make it more interesting, keep score and see how local you really are.
How to keep score? With selfies, of course! We’ve awarded each ‘thing’ a point value based on physical difficulty and the financial investment involved. Post a selfie with the magazine at one or more of these must-do locations to enter to win a Polaroid and other prizes! More info here.

The Longshot Bet
California Chrome’s recent Triple Crown pursuit brought fame, glamour, and hope to Los Alamitos Race Course, a frumpy quarter horse-only track which is undergoing a $6 million expansion and renovation in the wake of Hollywood Park’s closing. As it opens itself to more sophisticated and refined thoroughbred racing, will track owner Ed Allred’s risky gamble on the future of California racing pay off? Click here to read the story.

The ‘Genius’ of Artist Elizabeth Turk
A conversation with Orange County marble sculptress and MacArthur grant recipient Elizabeth Turk about her remarkable work, in which she turns giant blocks of heavy marble into seemingly lighter-than-air ribbons, and the impact such “genius” grants can have on a recipient’s career. Click here for the full interview and a gallery of photos of Turk’s remarkable work.

Check out our Main Course review Provenance in Newport Beach—and the Wine Dudes review their wine program here. Check back for a review of Corona del Mar’s The Bungalows in Second Course; and to find O.C.’s Best tiki drinks for a late summer hurrah.

Don’t forget to click over to our Dining Guide, our authoritative and searchable listings of more than 170 recommended Orange County restaurants.

Check back to meet our Person of Interest, 16-year-old piano prodigy Umi Garrett, who is speaking at the upcoming TEDxOrangeCoast conference. Plan your weekend trip on our Perfect Getaway to the Eastern Sierra. Explore the Dana Point Neighborhood and its mid-century mod harbor, or any of our other Neighborhoods features on a map here. And of course, the always-entertaining O.C. Answer Man.

Editor’s Note Martin J. Smith
My O.C. A voice from La Palma Royale, a senior facility in Anaheim
Rituals The annual Guinness World Record attempt by students at UC Irvine
Land’s End Fullerton was just named one of America’s snobbiest cities. How did a quintessential suburb become a hipster magnet?

Click here to read a Trade Secrets Q&A interview with the handler of the giant O.C.-based lizard that stars on the Disney Channel’s “Jessie.”

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