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Listen: “Concerts In The Park”

On this week’s episode of the I Heart Costa Mesa podcast, we have Lea Lowe from the Costa Mesa Foundation. She’s got the band lineup – and behind-the-scenes details – for this year’s Costa Mesa Summer Concerts In The Park Series. We hope you’re getting geared up for these free concerts happening all throughout the month of July at Fairview Park, because this year’s series will be awesome!

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Listen: “Working Wonders”

On this week’s episode of the I Heart Costa Mesa Show, we talk about our first jobs, hiring and firing, local teens, the interview process, mentorship, employment in Costa Mesa, the power of a paycheck and giving back – with Executive Director of Youth Employment Service, Wendy Weeks. Youth Employment Service (YES) is a local non-profit that helps build up our city’s teens and young adults with the skills and training they need to land their first jobs…

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Go For The Green

Of all the ATMs in Costa Mesa, the undisputedly best one is on Fairview Road, in a strip mall called Villa La Costa. It’s not that this ATM doesn’t levy a fee. It does. What makes it the best is if you present at the nearby cash register your withdrawal receipt, you’ll get a free drink. Because why not? Everybody’s happy. This is the spirit of Lil’ Pickle, a sub sandwich shop that, popular food aside, may have Costa Mesa’s very best sandwich-shop name. But don’t ask owner Peter Bower how Lil’ Pickle got its moniker. He doesn’t know…

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Listen: “Spilling Purple Ink”

In this episode of the I Heart Costa Mesa Show, we have the warm and wonderful Samantha Chagollan in studio. Chagollan is a children’s book author, blogger, freelance writer, artist and newly-minted yoga instructor. We discuss the freelance lifestyle, branding, overcoming fear, our favorite books, and all the things she loves best about living in Costa Mesa…

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Vintage And Vogue

Riddle us this: If you were on your way to an interview – say, a perfectly respectable meeting with the Realtors at Village Green – and you discovered their next-door neighbor was a dog in a spacesuit called ‘Sputnik,’ well, what would you do? We hope you now know us well enough, dear reader, that you’d expect we’d get to the bottom of this Costa Mesa mystery – and so we have. The dog, the spacesuit – and all the timeless treasures tucked away behind the frosted glass door at 2121 Placentia Avenue, Unit C – belong to the owner and operator of Sputnik’s Vintage Costumes and Curiosities, one Taylor Hamby. If her names sounds familiar, it should. She’s the Web Editor over at the OC Weekly…

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Listen: “Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies”

On this episode, we talk art and creativity with Chuck Jones’ grandson, Craig Kausen, President and Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Chuck Jones is the artist behind The Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote, Marvin The Martian, Michigan J. Frog and more of the characters you loved as a kid! The Center For Creativity is a nonprofit charity and gallery space – and the host of many types of creative workshops and classes – over at SOCO and The Mix. If you haven’t visited yet, go check them out here in Costa Mesa…

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Listen: “Ghosted By A Guest”

On this episode of the I Heart Costa Mesa Show, we get ghosted by our guest! With no one left to interview – and studio time already booked – we pull Producer, Danny Thompson, behind the mic for an off-the-cuff convo around the topic of “fails and what we’ve learned from them.” Thompson is really knowledgeable in a lot of areas, he’s an all-around interesting dude…

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Listen: “Nate And The Roadtrip Nation”

In this episode, we “wade into the depths” with Nathan Gebhard, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Roadtrip Nation. Roadtrip Nation started with a few friends who didn’t know what to do with themselves after college. So, to figure it out, they piled into a lime-green RV and road-tripped across the country – stopping along the way to interview thought-leaders, creatives and experts for job advice and wisdom about the lives they lead. The road-trip became a documentary, which inspired a book, that awakened a movement, which became a TV show, which inspired more books, which grew to include a non-profit, that birthed a curriculum – and now there are thematic road-trips being filmed all over the country…

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Listen: “Travel Costa Mesa”

On this episode of the I Heart Costa Mesa Show, we talk to Paulette Lombardi-Fries and Jenny Wedge from Travel Costa Mesa, our city’s local travel and tourism organization. Come along with us as we flip our usual POV and take a tourist’s perspective of Costa Mesa. We talk food, attractions, theater, shopping… and did you know there were 33 hotels in Costa Mesa? We didn’t! Listen, learn – and maybe get inspired to take a staycation of your own.

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Filling The Need For Feed

Costa Mesa’s Eastside may best be known for its eclectic mix of charming Americana homes replete with white picket fences, manicured lawns and cool breezes sweeping upward from Newport Harbor. There is, of course, the occasional Spanish abode mixed in among the grids of tony neighborhoods laid out on a flat mesa, whose streets bear names like Orange Avenue, Robin Hood Lane and Woodland Place. Yet unbeknownst to most, save for the enthusiastic raiser of family-sized farm animals and household pets, is the knowledge that the Eastside is home to Costa Mesa’s unofficial “Chicken HQ.”

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Listen: “Volcom Skatepark Mentor”

On this episode, we interview pro skateboarder, founder / owner of Intro 2 Skateboarding – and now, Costa Mesan – Jon “Deezle” Depoian. We discuss the art, the action and the culture of skateboarding, how skating has changed his life for the better, what he loves best about coaching the next gen of young skaters – and how he got that sweeeeeet hookup to teach kids’ classes at Volcom’s private skatepark in Westside Costa Mesa.

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Listen: “Costa Mesa Chocolatier”

Treat yo’ self! On this episode of The I Heart Costa Mesa Show, we’re indulging in an interview with local Master Chocolatier and Costa Mesa resident, Amy Jo Pedone, of Valenza Chocolatier. Pedone has harnessed her Sicilian family heritage, and knack for edible artistry, to create confections as beautiful as they are decadent.

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Listen: “Rockstar Restaurateur”

If Jeff Chon isn’t the hardest-working guy in the local restaurant scene, we don’t know who is! At age 23, he cut his teeth by buying The Alley Restaurant in Newport Beach – an established eatery with a loyal following. Soon after, he concepted and built-out Tabu Shabu over on East 17th Street in Costa Mesa. The purchase of The Wayfarer (formerly Club Mesa and The Detroit Bar) and launch of Oak & Coal soon followed, and now he’s about to open the doors to Love & Puree – all right here in town!

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Listen: “Volunteer Extraordinaire”

On this episode, we interview local volunteer extraordinaire, Charlene Ashendorf, about community involvement, the new Costa Mesa Library, the Costa Mesa Senior Center, her Little Free Library and the importance of finding personal pursuits that allow you to lead with your heart! Ashendorf brings a healthy dose of love, wisdom and perspective to the podcast, so come learn from her experiences along with us…

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