The Heart At The End of This Rainbow

Creating Rainbow Sandals, Inc. was Jay “Sparky” Longley’s first great act of altruism. He began making the sandals in a garage in Laguna back in the early ’70s, out of what he saw as a necessity for a sturdy and environmentally conscious sandal for surfers like himself. He didn’t want to continue seeing the beaches lined with broken sandals or…

COA Gives Kids & Parents a Chance to Be Unabashedly Drug-Free

The Community Outreach Alliance (COA) is a local non-profit dedicated to encouraging the brightest possible futures for San Clemente’s youth. It began as a reaction to a rising problem with heroin, which was claiming the lives of several high school students. Pondo Vleisides couldn’t stand it. At the time, the San Clemente native was running Talega Life Church, where he…

The Groundbreaking Girls Project

At the beginning of 2017, Allison Adams no longer recognized the world. She had lost her husband, Vernon, or Vernon Version .02 as she calls him, two and a half years after he had been in a terrible accident. In May 2014, Vernon Version .01 was driving home on his Vespa in south San Clemente when he was hit by…

It’s All in The Crust

When she was a young girl, all Susie Hogue wanted to be when she grew up was a stay-at-home-mom and wife. Indeed, she married young and had three children by the time she was 24. There was only one hitch after she got hitched and became a mother. Susie jokes that she couldn’t even boil water at that point. She…

Bob’s Fine Wine a Community Staple

It seems everyone in San Clemente should be familiar with Bob’s Fine Wines. In business for 47 years strong, the small, unassuming wine shop is a treasure trove of unique, hand-selected vintage wines. Son of the original owners and now owner of the shop, Robert Clanton has been caring for this San Clemente landmark since 1986. Through the years and…

Twofer Twice-Baked Potatoes

This recipe is my favorite part of my family’s Thanksgiving buffet: mom’s Twofer twice-baked potatoes. Twofer twice-baked potatoes are stuffed with half mashed potatoes, half mashed sweet potatoes, and topped accordingly; a big hit with both kids and adults. To make, you can use your favorite mashed potato recipes. If you don’t have any favorites, follow the recipe listed here.

Q & A With Local Surf Phenom Hayden Rodgers

Recently, we had the pleasure to meet up-and-coming surf phenoms, 11 yr old Hayden Rodgers and his brother, 15 yr old Nolan, along with their wonderful mother, Stacy. They invited us into their home to talk one-on-one with Hayden and get his thoughts on surfing and hobbies, and to find out what he likes best about San Clemente.     

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Red Tide Drifts into San Clemente

The opening of Drift Distillery has been a long time coming. More than 20 years ago, while Ryan and Lesli Winter were still engaged, they visited San Clemente. “One day, we were sitting on the pier, eating lunch and talking and we were like, we gotta move here,” recalls Ryan.

Lost my Bearings

Ever since his parents allowed he and his brother to try beer brewing when he was 17, Tim Thralls has been passionate about it. Growing up in rural Temecula in the 1980’s, Tim says his family was big on building things with their own two hands. This enterprising spirit, combined with his love for brewing beer led him on a…

Big Vision With a Small Focus

In 2009, Shannin and Paul Pickle, along with their two children Corrinne and Ashton, took a trip to Tanzania, Africa to start Small Steps for Compassion. Small Steps for Compassion is an organization dedicated to empowering individuals to transform their community through compassionate action. Currently, this vision is being fulfilled through two channels: a girls home and a school.