SUMMER CONCERTS 2017

OVER 250 FREE SUMMER CONCERTS

This summer we’ve gone beyond OC to include nearby parts of Riverside County, San Bernardino County and of course La-La-Land with posts from La Verne, La Habra Heights, La Mirada and Claremont.
Click the link below to see, download, print and share this year’s eight page PDF Concert Schedule.
Enjoy!

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2017 PCH SPRING TRAVEL RESTRICTED

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SPRING FLOWERS ALONG CALIFORNIA’S CENTRAL COAST taken north of Ragged Point 2013

PCH SPRING FLOWERS

Winter rains produce an amazing burst of color along the rolling hills of California’s Hwy. 1, also known as PCH (Pacific Coast Highway).  Best travel times are late winter through mid-April, after which the golden poppies and Kelly green hills begin to fade.

THE RIDE FROM SO CAL TO MONTEREY IS IMPASSABLE

Unfortunately this winter’s rains have washed out portions of PCH making the ride from SoCal to Monterey impassable.  Check road conditions before traveling but, as of March 20, the following breaks along PCH are reported: Closed is the road from Ragged Point to one half mile south of Big Sur due to mudslides (BLUE DOTTED LINE).

http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/display.php?page=sr1

Additional breaks in the road North of San Francisco are in Marin county as well as 1-way controlled travel in Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino counties to the north.

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ALTERNATIVES FOR PCH SPRING TRAVEL

If spring travel along PCH is on your travel itinerary here are a few options:

PASO ROBLES to the coast highway via Hwy 46 provides wine tasters one of the best wine areas in California along with an amazing drive to the coast.  Paso Robles can be accessed from either the 5 to Hwy 46 at Lost Hills or by taking Hwy 101 out of LA.  Once on the coast you can cruise PCH between Morrow Bay and Ragged Point.

Link below is a short 500 mph. 2016 spring time ride from Paso Robles to the coast:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1dKOdYFt7g

MONTEREY via Hwy 101 north out of LA takes you through SANTA BARBARA, SOLVANG and the SANTA YNEZ WINE COUNTRY, PISMO BEACH, SAN LUIS OBISPO and the PASO ROBLES WINE COUNTRY.  Further north on Hwy 101 you have the options of turning west at the town of Greenfield on G16 that takes you through the beautiful Carmel Valley or continuing on Hwy 101 to MONTEREY or even further to the European like village of CAPITOLA and SANTA CRUZ.

Whatever road trip you may choose you are sure to experience the most eye-popping countryside seen in years.

 

 

 

 

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TARGET MISSES THE TARGET ON PRICING HONESTY

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TARGET’S TWO TIER PRICING REQUIRES YOU ASK FOR THE BEST PRICE

Yesterday I was searching online for a beanbag chair for a photo shoot and found one called the Pillowfort for $31.99 at Target.    Called the local Target store for availability, gave them the DPCI number: 249-20-1343 and was told I’d have to drive to the next town where they had three in stock.

Drove to the store they directed me to, found the item and went through checkout to find it was not $31.99 but $39.99.  Thinking the pricing discrepancy might be my error I paid the $39.99.

I later rechecked their posted price and found it was in fact $31.99, not the twenty five percent higher price I was charged for at their checkout.

Not happy with being ripped off I took the beanbag back to the store and was told the customer must ask for the lower price otherwise they can charge more.  The return clerk became rude when I challenged the policy of requiring shoppers to ask if there is a better price.  In fact, she told me I was being rude for objecting to this pricing ripoff.

Finding this hard to believe I asked for the manager who told me that they do have posted prices for Internet shoppers that are not automatically found in the store.  Mind you, this is not Amazon Internet pricing where you push the button and the product is shipped to your front door.  This is Target Internet pricing where the shopper needs to drive to the store, find the product, checkout and drive home again. 

And for this they have a two tier price to overcharge where they can.

It will be a long time before I visit Target again for anything.

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NEAR TROPICAL OCEAN IN SOCAL

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Ocean temperatures of 74-79 degrees and an evening coastal marine layer keeping a lid on air temp combine for a great summer experience.   Pic taken last night at Huntington Beach.

For those wanting to relive the summer music of the Beach Boys their tribute band, Surftunes, performs tonight, August 03, at 6:00 pm at Peppertree Park, Tustin, CA.

 

 

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OCEAN TEMP SEVENTY DEGREES

Ocean 70 june 23, 2016The Pacific Ocean reached seventy degrees today for the first time in OC this summer.

This is about a month later than we are used to and compared to last summer we’re running five weeks behind.  Last year it hit seventy on May 19.

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200 FREE SUMMER CONCERTS in Orange County 2016

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For 200 FREE SUMMER CONCERTS click link below:   PRINT IT,  SAVE TO YOUR DESKTOP,  REPOST TO SHARE.

Link: 2016 Summer Concerts Final pdf2

 

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ENGAGEMENT PHOTO SHOOT

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Sunsets at the beach can be a great location for photography and last weekend was no exception. We chose San Clemente beach for James’ and Lindsay’s engagement photo shoot.

In addition to being great models they were a lot of fun to be with. Following are a few shots from just before to after sunset.

Photos by Tom Irwin, Castle Beach Photography

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http://www.castlebeachphotography.com/

 

 

 

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