At each of several one-day festivals held throughout the country, thousands of revelers unite in an epic clash of pulp, beer, and live music. Armed with a cache of 300,000 tomatoes, participants don protective bathing suits and goggles and hurl the fruit at one another during a two-hour battle. Throughout the afternoon, live music and costume contests offer an entertaining respite from the front lines, as bartenders dispense drafts of beer to attendees older than 21, refueling soldiers' morale before they resign to writing goodbye letters to their produce vendors back home. All tomatoes used during the event are past ripe and already fated for disposal, making the battle an efficient means of tossing them before their cursed transformation into singing Muppets.
When The Charity Bomb’s staff purchases pink-, purple-, and blue-dyed cornstarch in bulk, they aren’t preparing to thicken the world’s biggest pan of tie-dyed gravy. Instead, they’re preparing for one of their festive 5K color runs, where runners are greeted at the finish line with cheers and handfuls of colorful powder. Each run, including the organization’s nighttime glow-in-the-dark run for sleep-runners, concludes with a party and benefits charities such as Boy Scout of America.
The Hottest 100 Music Festival paints the weekend in shades of competitive euphony as up to 200 bands, artists, and DJs strive for their place in the top 100. For two days, the scenic grounds of Irvine Lake are saturated in 12 unrelenting hours of melody, as bands representing every genre and necktie technique trade barbed jabs and retorting riffs across eight stages. Headlining Saturday's stable of hungry rock hippos, electro hip-hop trio Hyper Crush exercises irrepressible crunkitude, and the mirror-mesmerizing posse of It Boys! taunts audiences by eating multiple servings of songs without gaining weight. Sunday's supernova includes the hardcore crew of Stick to Your Guns, the brawny pop-punk of A Static Lullaby, and a special set from noted headbangers Bleeding Through, whose thrash metal solicits whiplash and spare change to launder a load of black T-shirts.
In large, energetic group fitness classes, UpLift raises spirits and fitness levels. With yoga classes holding up to 70 people and Zumba classes with up to 40, UpLift's sessions give exercisers the chance to meet new people while on the road to wellness. They also keep the energy amped during pilates, ballet, and cardio ballroom classes, which features fitness-oriented samba, salsa, and more. A family- and community-oriented studio, UpLift offers babysitting services and donate 10% of member fees to the member's charity of choice.
When one knows a form of martial arts, there's a decent chance of avoiding danger. But when one knows multiple forms of martial arts, odds are they'll win any fight. With classes is classic karate, Brazilian jiujitsu, and MMA, the senseis at Olympia Martial Arts make students more well-rounded, but less round, in the arena of self-defense. In classes for adults and children that build skills, confidence, and discipline, students of all levels are conditioned to crush common enemies such as bullies, obesity, and fatigue. In sparring classes, fledgling fighters learn the ropes of jiujitsu and MMA with fancy footwork and take-down techniques that also strengthen the upper body, core, and legs. Fitness training classes steer students from the heart attack track in martial arts cardio classes that give calories the heave-ho and boost agility and stamina while teaching grappling techniques that effectively end fights fast.
Yoga, massage, energy therapy, and a whimsical store share a space at Soul at Home. Expert instructors lead centering and strengthening yoga classes. The day spa relaxes guests with massages and skincare treatments, and the energy therapy aims to unblock the energy meridians of the body with methods such as acupuncture, reiki, and Quantum-Touch. Soul at Home also includes a serene boutique, which sells clothing, body products, and home accents, among other merchandise.