In 1956, a mining company sold some unproductive facilities to the County of Los Angeles, thinking it had taken everything worth taking from the land. The county wanted to reclaim the site as a natural habitat, but civic demands at the time dictated that it become a sanitary landfill. Then, in 1961, a group of private citizens headed by Frances Young convinced the Board of Supervisors to reclaim the site as a botanic garden. By April of that year, the one-time mine and former landfill bloomed with more than 40,000 donated trees, shrubs, and other plants, officially completing its rebirth as the South Coast Botanic Garden.
Today, the garden's 87 acres of land support more than 200,000 plants representing more than 2,500 different species, including 100 extremely rare mature plant specimens and globe-spanning plants from Australia and Africa. The robust growth sprawls across several theme gardens, including a dry-soil cactus garden, a traditional Japanese garden sculpted around centuries-old stone lanterns, and a Mediterranean garden inspired by the sultanates of antiquity. The diverse plant life provides shelter for an equally diverse population of birds and bugs, with 200 avian species spotted each year, matching the 200 yearly squeals from grown men who encounter a particularly large beetle.
With more than 25 years of experience, Box Brothers offers a panoply of packing supplies and accouterments along with brand-name and custom shipping services. Box Brothers stocks more than 100 different sizes of boxes, including standard 1.5-cubic-foot book- or record-carton boxes ($1.49 each, $1.29 each in a bundle of 25) and sweater-sheltering wardrobe boxes ($12.99, $11.99 each in a bundle of five). Box Brothers’ cardboard cowboys will help find the right receptacle for hand-woven wares, and they can also make or cut custom-size boxes for oddly shaped items such as spare harpoons and handcrafted kitchen sinks.
History and tradition matter to The Black Olive Restaurant. While the eatery opened in 1989, its chefs are committed to far older culinary traditions. When preparing classic Italian cuisine, the chefs demonstrate this commitment by hand-rolling meatballs, making marinara sauce from scratch, and baking parmesan-tinged focaccia. These touches lend familiar flavors to dishes such as veal parmigiana, spicy sausage and pepper cacciatore, and salmon pesto pasta. Oven-crisped pizzas topped with everything from artichoke and sun-dried tomatoes to pepperoni and bacon help round out the selection.
The dining room exudes a similar Old World charm. Wooden trellises line the ceiling, supporting the copper pots and potted plants that dangle overhead. Decorative utensils?oversized spoons, spatulas, and toothpicks?adorn the walls, as does an impressionistic painting of a Venetian canal. In the evenings, small strands of lights surrounding each window flicker to life, contributing to the cozy, inviting ambiance.
While the conscious mind fulfills preconceived commands, the unconscious mind works unsupervised, sometimes causing negative conditions such as phobias. Fortunately, the holistic practitioners at Direct Mindpower tap into the brain's inner workings to balance out mental health using hypnotherapy. During sessions, Lingfei Hui?a graduate of the Hypnosis Motivation Institute?works with clients to access their subconscious and treat wide-reaching conditions, including nausea, anxiety, and high blood pressure.
The expert also specializes in AcuPranic Therapy, a needle-free form of acupuncture created by Lingfei Hui. Eschewing all physical contact with the body, she taps into life forces to create invisible needles, which she claims can restore a person's chi flow and improve overall health.
Harbor Golf Practice Center invites clubbers to work on any aspect of their golf game within its multifaceted training grounds. Golfers can fine-tune herculean drives or short-iron approach shots at the Center’s expansive driving range, hone their stoke on the putting green, or bury misbehaving sand wedges in the practice bunker. A diverse staff of instructors utilizes the range to help guests straighten out slices in a variety of private or group lessons. The Center opens at 6 a.m. and doesn’t close until 10 p.m., seven days a week, allowing golfers to squeeze in some after-hours practice or drink in a romantic sunset with their 3-wood.:m]]
Canine Retreat pampers pooches in an open environment. Before playtime, staff members use their group canine-management training to screen dogs for temperament and place them in a group of likeminded canines. Dogs can then run around on a 12,000-square-foot rubber floor, imitating bouncy balls without incurring sore paws or joint injuries. After a long day of climbing on a series of colorful tunnels, ramps, and dog hammocks, pets can slumber in a sleeping area, grouped according to size. In addition to daycare, Canine Retreat offers bathing, nature excursions, and wellness services. Parents also can keep an eye on their pooches with private daycare viewing areas.