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Warm Winter Fun at Hilton Waikoloa Village
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Warm Winter Fun at Hilton Waikoloa Village

From pristine beaches lined with volcanic rock and green sand, to lush tropical rainforests teeming with waterfalls and streams, the natural beauty of Hawaii’s Big Island is unsurpassed. But as I found out on my recent trip there, the island also has man-made wonders, such as the Hilton Waikoloa Village resort, where a friend and…

Relaxing on the Palm Springs Riviera
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Relaxing on the Palm Springs Riviera

By Greg Aragon I love Palm Springs because it is not only an exciting, desert resort community; but it also gives a peek into the hip, Hollywood glam days of the 1960’s, where boxy, modern architecture mixed with big name celebrities. I began a recent getaway to the desert oasis at the 406-roon Riviera Palm…

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From Scrooge to Tiny Tim, Here Comes “A Christmas Carol”

By Fran Syverson Charles Dickens would most likely be enchanted if he could be transported to see his “A Christmas Carol” now at A Noise Within in Pasadena. The old traditional tale is offered with fresh un-traditional éclat. So, although Dickens can’t be here, happily—we can! We all know by heart this classic story of…

Fun Holiday Getaways
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Fun Holiday Getaways

By Greg Aragon “Christmas is coming, reindeer are running and I’m waiting on Santa.” As these lyrics to the song “Waiting on Santa” recently ran through my head, I thought about a few of my favorite Southern California holiday getaways. A new one for me is at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, where each weekend…

Immigrant Sneider Family Grateful
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Immigrant Sneider Family Grateful

Their First Thanksgiving in America was 1949 By Harry Sneider First Thanksgiving in Northfield, Minnesota with the Sneider family emigrating from Latvia in 1949. -Courtesy Photo The bloody and brutal war was over. We ran all over Europe during World War II looking for a place to live. My father was a prisoner, we didn’t…

Fall Fun in Avila Beach Part 2
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Fall Fun in Avila Beach Part 2

After a memorable day of apple tasting at Creekside Farms, and California wine-country cuisine at the Gardens of Avila Restaurant, we relaxed in the Jacuzzi at Lighthouse Suites, our home base while visiting the seaside town of Avila Beach. In the morning, we enjoyed the hotel’s complementary buffet breakfast and then drove a couple miles…

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Dorothy’s Place – My Friend Mildred

Getting ready for a Thanksgiving column, I was searching through my files for a copy of a humorous recipe I have for cooking a turkey with wine. Instead I came upon a copy of a poem written a few years ago by my friend Mildred Shaw. I think it gives us better cause to pause…

Fall Fun and Food in Avila Beach
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Fall Fun and Food in Avila Beach

-Photo by Greg Aragon If I close my eyes I can almost see the old wooden pier standing in the sea and hear the rocks rolling in the waves outside my window. I can almost feel the refreshing ocean breeze filter through my beach-front room. And I can almost taste all the wonderful food I…

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