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Tuesday, July 01, 2014 12:01 AM

FIREWORK FETE

Happy Fourth, friends! Celebrate the anniversary of our independence with a dazzling fireworks display, an unforgettable pool party, or a beachside bonfire. As for our Canadian friends, the birthday bash begins on July 1st, with many Canada Day festivities to commemorate the occasion.

RESORT RECAP

BCBGMAXAZRIA delightfully debuted its Resort 2015 collection, with a range of bohemian-chic, effortless silhouettes inspired by festival season. According to Lubov Azria, “Over 150,000 people, of all ages and backgrounds, came together in Indio this year for one reason: great music,” and it’s “an incredibly powerful, inspiring thing . . . because we try to make clothes that appeal to a wide variety of women with a range of personal styles.” Hervé Léger’s Resort 2015 collection received equal attention, with styles inspired by aquatic activities, such as snorkeling and scuba diving.

TAKE IT OUTSIDE

Catching cabin fever with your everyday routine? Let’s make Summer 2014 the year where people go outside, change their outlook, and get involved in their community. National Parks and Recreation Month is the perfect excuse to amp up your outdoor excursions. To encourage a visit to local parks, the city’s Department of Recreation and Parks has a lot planned, from movies under the stars to outdoor concerts. Catch an event, or simply go for a stroll at your nearest park and enjoy your environment. Check out our community boards for more park recommendations.

FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

California’s premier art show welcomes Orange County’s finest to display their wide range of work, including paintings, sculpture, furniture, and more. Visitors can visit the daily exhibition to enjoy live music, special events, and art workshops. Along with the Festival of the Arts, Laguna Beach also welcomes the Pageant of the Masters, a unique show that recreates original paintings with a live reenactment. The three-dimensional scenes look as close to a painting as possible, but you’ll have to see it to believe it. Visit http://www.foapom.com/ for tickets.

DEL MAR RACES

Fast horses, haute hats, and fun festivities all come together for opening day at the Del Mar races, as San Diego celebrates summer with its most talked-about tradition. Place your bets at the beachside bash on July 17, and don’t forget to wear your trend-setting topper for the “One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest.”

ORANGE COUNTY FAIR

Pay a visit to the city of Costa Mesa for the can’t-miss OC Fair. The annual, family-friendly event features free concerts, livestock shows, equestrian events, and more! This year’s theme is ‘Summer Stars Here,’ and it runs from July 11-August 10. So rev up your car for a mini road-trip and be prepared to feast on funnel cakes while you enjoy the rides. For more info, visit http://www.ocfair.com/ocf2/.

ESPY AWARDS

ESPN introduced the ESPY awards in 1993 in an effort to applaud the year’s most impressive athletic achievements. This year’s event will be hosted by Drake, with the rapper welcoming the opportunity “to combine two of [his] biggest passions—sports and performing.” The awards also raise more than $1 million for cancer research. Tune in to ESPN at 9 p.m. EST to catch the action live.

FALL TREND EVENT

Join us at the season’s most exclusive event and discover our must-have Fall trends. Our in-store stylists will put together your perfect look for every occasion, from work to weekend and beyond. Shop in stores or online. To find a location, visit bcbg.ca.

DINNER DATE

Calling all fashionistas! Stylists and VIPs are invited to join Joyce Azria and Hello Giggles’ Sophia Rossi, for dinner. Stay tuned for more details.

SURF’S UP

Dive into summer with one of surfing’s most talked about events. The U.S. Open of Surfing makes a splash at Huntington Beach, as the sun-soaked town welcomes the largest surfing competition in the world. The event also inducts top surfers into the Surfing Walk of Fame and the Surfers’ Hall of Fame. You can get into the swim of things at the week-long beach festival from July 26 – August 3.

MANHATTAN BEACH OPEN

Attention all amateur athletes! Now’s your time to shine. Celebrate summer at the Manhattan Beach Volleyball tournament, where non-professionals can “place into” the event through pre-qualifying rounds. Winners are awarded with a coveted volleyball-shaped plaque in the “Volleyball Walk of Fame,” which is placed on the Manhattan Beach Pier. Visit the south side of the Manhattan Beach Pier to check out the popular summertime activity.

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