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Sharon Hurd: A Walk Through Fairview Park

When we use the term ‘city’ to describe Costa Mesa, it’s easy to mentally mistake it for a singular, finite entity. An object. A thing. But if I Heart Costa Mesa has taught us anything, it’s that ‘city’ is just a word trying very hard to wrap its arms around a much more complex and undulating aggregate of ideas, concepts and characters. That the true, tangible ‘realness’ of Costa Mesa does not begin and end along the edges of her borders – but with the living, breathing individuals that move about her middle.

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Listen: Podcast “Starlight Theatre Opera Star”

On this episode of The I Heart Costa Mesa Show, we talk to Deborah Hayes, Founder and Director of family-owned-and-operated Starlight Theatre in Westside Costa Mesa. Starlight offers acting opportunities and singing lessons for kids and adults. Go take a class, see a show or check them out on the weekends for Improv, too! Be sure to listen to the end, when Mrs. Hayes sings us out of the episode with her beautiful opera voice…

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Listen: Podcast “Volcom to KOZM”

On this episode of The I Heart Costa Mesa Show, we talk to local surfer, yogi, entrepreneur, professor, self-proclaimed hustler and Costa Mesa family-man – Derek Sabori – about his almost-20 years at Volcom, finding sustainability, starting his own brand, and how yoga can change anyone’s life (especially men.)

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Listen: Podcast “Mental Health On The Mesa”

In this episode of The I Heart Costa Mesa Show, we talk to local psychotherapist, Carrie Cueto, all about mental health, addiction, meditation, motherhood and dealing with change. No Fast Final Fives in this one. (Cueto was one of our very first episodes ever recorded and we didn’t come up with that idea until we had a few in the can.) Here is a link to information about her local, therapy practice…

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Listen: Podcast “Michael Recycle”

In this episode of The I Heart Costa Mesa Show, we talk to Michael “Recycle” Carey, Sustainability Coordinator for the OCC Recycling Center. We talk about Carey’s background, the epic new recycling center at Orange Coast College – and we try to stump the expert with a “Can You Recycle This Item?” game. Will we stump him? Listen and find out!

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The Next Chapter For Church’s

Living in this city in 2018 sometimes feels like “A Tale of Two Costa Mesas.” There’s the first city, the original city, the city of years past. This version of the city is fueled by fond memories, cherished memorabilia, deep family roots and historical significance. It mattered, and matters, to lots of residents – it is home, after all. Yet it finds itself increasingly out-of-place in a relentlessly-modernizing Orange County. The second city, the new city, is the Costa Mesa of opportunity and renewal…

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Watch: American Gym, Part 1

What’s it like to take a punch? In order to find out, we set up Mister Mesa with a full-contact sparring session at The American Gym in Westside Costa Mesa. But first he needs to get whipped into shape with a week of classes and private training in Boxing, Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai and Kickboxing. Will he survive? Watch to find out!

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Watch: American Gym, Part 2

Part 2 of 2! (Watch Part 1 here.) Mister Mesa trained for a week at The American Gym in Westside Costa Mesa to try and survive six minutes in the ring with former professional MMA fighter, Jason Drexel. Will he survive? Watch the sparring match and find out!

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Bocce Me, Bambino

We don’t just love Costa Mesa for the beautiful weather, beach-close location and endless options for fun, food and festivities – but for the kinds of people this city attracts. Our neighbors have got to be the very best thing about this community and what make it such a unique place. And today’s featured Costa Mesans are nothing if not unique, having created a local, after-work, social league putting a fresh, modern spin on an ancient sport. The game is bocce ball. The place is Gunwhale Ales. The night is Tuesday and the Costa Mesans are Rachel Wong and Corey Walker, co-owners of Left Coast Sports.

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“Get That Glitter In All The Cracks”

“I moved to Orange County from out-of-state about nine years ago. When I got here, I really was like, ‘Ugh. Where do I fit?’ In the beginning, we tried living in Newport and Irvine and I had a lot of moments of, ‘Oh my gosh! What are we doing here?’ Then we moved to Costa Mesa about four years ago and it was the first time that I was finally like, “This is home.” Of the three OC cities I’ve lived in, it was the only time I felt like I really connected with the community.

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Cultivating Our Cultural Canvas

The well-known British sculptor, Antony Gormley, is often quoted as saying: “I believe in the city as a natural human environment, but we must humanize it. It’s art that will re-define public space in the 21st Century. We can make our cities diverse, inspirational places by putting art, dance and performance in all its forms into the matrix of street life.” He should know. He’s spent a lifetime creating sculpture designed to adorn public spaces.

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Lisa Albert: Art From The Heart

Hearting Costa Mesa is such an adventure! There’s a discovery behind every door, artwork down every alley and something truly notable tucked in every nook and cranny. No matter how much we cover Costa Mesa, we still make new discoveries on the daily. Today’s feature is a perfect example. We had no idea they existed, let alone for over 25 years. But now that we’ve become acquainted with Lisa Albert Art Studio, we can’t imagine 17th Street without this charming, makerspace oasis.

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Of Pets And Vets

Our local bipeds aren’t the only wonderful and important residents of beautiful Costa Mesa. This city also has a strong contingent of purrrr-fectly fabulous and furry Costa Mesans for whom life is enjoyed on all fours. We’re talking, of course, about local pets: pooches, mousers, fur babies! Those cuddly companions who make life worth living and are as much a part of the family as any human. But sometimes our domesticated darlings get sick, or require expert help to overcome life’s bumps and bruises.

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