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Flashback: Huntington Beach

At the turn of the 20th century, the oceanfront town of Pacific City, which sat along what would become the Pacific Coast highway, would have been the perfect setting for a western by director John Ford. This photo was taken in 1904, the year the first pier opened and the community renamed itself Huntington Beach in honor of Henry E. Huntington, who brought the Pacific Electric Railway to the coast. Today, Pacific City is the name of a new 191,000-square-foot retail, dining and entertainment destination.

Event Snapshots: The Who’s Who of the Culinary World Gathers in LA

The IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) had its 38th annual conference in Los Angeles. Most of the three-day event took place at the Loew’s Hotel Hollywood, where cookbook authors, leading bloggers and food writers, editors, publishers, digital media pioneers and reps from major cooking brands attended immersive workshops and educational sessions.

South Bay Cities Offer Sun, Sand, Surf … and Swank New Meeting & Event Spaces

The coastal communities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach are as picture-perfect as a beach postcard. Surfers catch waves by the pier while volleyball players compete on the sand courts that dot the shoreline. A 22-mile bike path known as The Strand lures cyclists to pedal along the South Bay’s entire stretch of coastline.

FêteFone Turns Up the Audio With Unique Telephone Stations

Forget about greeting guests with the same old guestbook. FêteFone lets guests speak for themselves with unique telephone stations. Event planners can go to fetefone.com and select from more than 25 styles that fit their event décor. Once selected, the FêteFone hub arrives at the planned event location at least two days before the kickoff. The best part about the design? No telephone line is required. Guests can pick up the phone, hear greetings from hosts and also leave messages.

Turn Imagination Into Reality with EverBlock

Add a creative touch to your next event space with EverBlock, a building system comprised of oversized plastic blocks that can be constructed into nearly anything imaginable. Blocks come in a wide variety of colors, ensuring the ability to match any logo or theme, and they’re environmentally friendly in addition to being easy to set up and take down.

20 Things You Didn't Know About the Hollywood Bowl

Every summer, Angelenos pack up their picnic baskets, grab a few blankets and head to the Hollywood Bowl for evening concerts under the stars. The summer home of the LA Philharmonic and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Bowl is the largest outdoor amphitheater in the U.S. and a perfect backdrop for a summer outing with business associates or the whole team.

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