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The pest-control experts of Ocean View Termite and Pest root out unwanted houseguests such as ants, roaches, silverfish, and mice. They use humane methods to extricate birds from homes and work to relocate bees to local beekeepers in order to preserve their pollination abilities and delicious, delicious honey. Homes plagued by termites can call on the crew to inspect and treat wood, and remove damaged structures as necessary.

1606 South Palos Verdes Street
Los Angeles,
CA
US

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.

26300 Crenshaw Blvd
Palos Verdes Peninsula,
CA
US

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.

1827 Pacific Coast Hwy
Lomita,
CA
US

A graduate of the Germain School of Photography in New York City, Sigal Ineno takes a photojournalistic approach to all portrait sessions. She recognizes and documents special moments while fostering a relaxed environment for her subjects. Her more than 20 years of experience and her laid-back, yet insightful, demeanor make each portrait session for newborns, children, families, and moms-to-be rewarding.

4406 Atlantic Ave
Long Beach,
CA
US

At Bella Mia Fashion, women can revamp their wardrobes, creating entire ensembles with dresses, blouses, pants, and skirts. Gals can garb themselves in current style trends without selling their gold fillings, as every article of clothing in the store costs $40 or less. Beyond apparel, customers can nuance outfits with accessories such as scarves, belts, and jewelry.

3410 East Broadway
Long Beach,
CA
US

The Firefly Run combines the rigor of a 5K and a 10K race with the kaleidoscopic colors of a light show. LED beams and lasers pierce the dark, leading racers decked out in light-festooned gear through nighttime streets and parks to raise money for charity. Race coordinators keep competitors bright by encouraging them to wear costumes fitted with glow sticks, cartoonish helmets, light-up armbands, or any other light-themed decoration. Beyond the finish line, runners and audiences alike celebrate at a postrace dance party with live entertainment, visual effects, and a costume contest that rewards unique outfits and the athlete who was able to ward off the most gremlins.

18400 Avalon Boulevard
Carson,
CA
US