Penny Pincher: Discounts, Perks For Celebrating Life as a Senior

October 3, 2017

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By Rachael Mattice In a world obsessed with anti-aging, youth and family-oriented activities, it can be difficult to surpass these biases and look forward to the empty nester age or life beyond 55. But the years of senior living should be celebrated and a time of exploration now that many of life’s nine-to-five responsibilities have […]

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Life in the Fast Lane: Nearby, Senior-Friendly Road Trips For Tri-City Residents

October 3, 2017

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By Rachael Mattice Picket Fence Media See the original post here Road trips are for the young and adventurous at heart, regardless of the individual’s real age. Oftentimes cruises, international trips and cross country excursions do not fit the needs, health and budget of many seniors still longing to check off items on their bucket […]

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Gallery: Gojira, Pallbearer, Oni at House of Blues in Anaheim on 08/05/2017

August 10, 2017

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By Rachael Mattice For SoCalMusicToday See Original Post Here Behemoth, Slayer and Lamb of God may have sold out an arena show just a few miles north in Los Angeles, but Gojira’s headliner, in-between-tour stops, performance packed the House of Blues in Anaheim on Saturday August 5 with their own raging metalhead diehards. “I know […]

Jose Mangin Squeezes His Love for Metal Into Orange County

August 7, 2017

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By Rachael Mattice Cover story for OC Weekly See original article HERE More than a shredding guitar player, thundering drummer or even a guttural vocalist, Jose Mangin knows how to ensure the local metal community gets heard. On a recent Wednesday night at the Observatory in Santa Ana, the sounds of Satan echo from the […]

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On Stage at the Coach House: JD Souther Brings California Country Rock

July 27, 2017

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By Rachael Mattice For Picket Fence Media Country rock songwriter and pioneer JD Souther prefers to perform in intimate venues like the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano where he can capture an audience’s undivided attention free of typical distractions and transport the concert goer to a time when his music was personal to them. “As a […]

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Ohana Fest Returns to Doheny: Orange County Music this Summer

July 15, 2017

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By Rachael Mattice For Picket Fence Media For the second year, Doheny State Beach is set to host the Ohana Music Festival, featuring returning grunge icon Eddie Vedder from the popular 90s band Pearl Jam as well as SoCal’s Social Distortion, Jack Johnson, Pixies, Fiona Apple and more. The music festival added an additional date […]

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Dana Point’s local musician-turned-celeb Andrew McMahon to perform free concert at Salt Creek Beach

July 15, 2017

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By Rachael Mattice For Picket Fence Media Concert tickets can wreak havoc on entertainment budgets rather quickly, especially the cost to see high caliber musicians and bands. Andrew McMahon and the Wilderness, Dana Point’s local indie-pop musician-turned-star, has made it possible for locals to enjoy a large production-quality show for the entire family free of cost. […]

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Notes by Genre: 2017 Summer Concerts

July 14, 2017

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By Rachael Mattice The average music lover will be satisfied with most live sets regardless of who is performing or their set list. However, music enthusiasts are much pickier and prefer specific styles rather than the house residency group. Here is a list of a few prominent South Orange County concerts taking place this summer, […]

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Woodie Cars to Make Appearance at Ocean Festival for 25th Year

July 13, 2017

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By Rachael Mattice San Clemente Times See original post here Ocean Festival attendees will need to ready their favorite car-song-centric cassettes, CDs or playlists with favorites like the Eagles’ “Ol’ 55,” Wilson Pickett’s “Mustang Sally,” War’s “Low Rider” and the Beach Boys’ “Surf City” for the 25th anniversary of the Woodie Car Show on the […]

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Lyme Disease and Kids: What You Need to Know Before This Summer’s Outdoor Adventures

July 5, 2017

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  By Rachael Mattice For OC Family Magazine Contributor’s Note: “Contracting Lyme disease at age 10 left me questioning many things, including the efficacy of Western medicine and the reliability of news sources to publish accurate research. Many of my questions still remain 18 years later despite small advancements in the diagnosis, testing and treatment of […]

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