FREE Kid’s Yoga Class Today!

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I know the notice is short but if your free today – bring the kids in for a FREE Kid’s yoga class at HB Yoga Collective in Huntington Beach.  Join us today as we complete our Kids Yoga Teacher Training with a FREE Kid’s Yoga Class!

The class will be lead by Grooveykids founder and teacher, Greville Henwood. Greville has led Yoga Teacher Training’s all over the world, as a matter of fact, this is the 108th Yoga Teacher Training!!! Yep, I feel extremely blessed to be in this one!

So bring the kids and join us for this special class. The class is best suited for kids ages 3 and up.

  • Where: HB Yoga Collective, 301 Main Street, Suite 109, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

  • When: Today, July 23, 2017 from 2:15 pm to 3:00pm

  • Cost: FREE

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Vegan Faire

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Bring your appetite and your Yoga mat at to the Fourth Annual Healthy Junk Vegan Faire! This annual one day festival showcases a full spectrum of healthy lifestyle goods and services. There will be booths and workshops focusing on food, environment, local artisans, wellness, live music and FREE YOGA!

Enjoy live music from Blue Breeze Band (Motown R&B Soul Funk Band) from 6:00pm-7:00pm, Supremes – Just Sway Music from 7:30pm-8:00pm and Michael Jackson- RemJ Experience from 8:15pm-9pm

Unroll your yoga mat for some FREE Yoga compliments of the Yoga Mat! Classes begin at 4:00pm, 5:30pm, 6:45pm and 8:00pm.

Vendors included in the day’s events are:

Follow Your Heart
Raw Life Cultivated
Jaycelab
The Abbot’s Butcher
TGI Vegan
Best Gumbo In The Hood
Baby Love Sweetery
Clean South
Vegan Pizza
Mexvegana
Good Town Doughnuts Costa Mesa
Ah-nuts
Hummos and Pita
Unisoy Foods
Mod Owl
Ash & Rae
Califia Farms
Evolve Bakery
Infinity Sauces
Fermensch Kombucha
Kelly’s Croutons
Orgain Inc.
The Little Sweet Place
Fed Up Food
Kacey Cakes
Proper’s Pickle
Mother’s Market & Kitchen
StoutNutrition
Kamen
Young Living Essential Oils
Crate of Plenty: vegan subscription box
Prima Pilates Anaheim Hills
Sea Shepherd Los Angeles
Share International
Dolpin Project
Loveland Farm/sign up 4 love
Nacturals
Henna
EASY ORGANICS
Serenity Designs OC
Morning Blossom Boutique
SoapyLayne
Juice Plus & Tower Gardens
Cowhugger
Threads for Love
Tadah Organics
Doshi
Humane Project
Eco Dogs And Cats
Arbonne
Davids Natural Toothpaste

  •  When: Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 from 4;00 pm to 10:00 pm

  • Where: Center Street Promenade in Anaheim, CA

  • Cost: Admission is FREE!

    For more information visit www.veganfaire.com

     

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Wellness Wednesday at SOCO

 

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SOCO and the OC Mix are bringing you a special treat! “Wellness Wednesday”Wellness Wednesday will take place on the second Wednesday of every month for the next 3 months.

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You’ll begin the evening with a visit to the Yarnover Truck.  Wear your yoga pants and bring your mat because at 6pm you’ll get an extra special treat with an hour long Yoga session and Tarot card reading with Fortune & Flow, these ladies are awesome!

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Afterwards you’ll get a complimentary cocktail card from Greenleaf SOCO and tastes from We Olive & Wine Bar at the MixThe Cheese Shop at The Mix.

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Finish off your evening enjoying Kombucha tastings and talks with Farm & Culture Co.. This will be such a special evening and it’s all FREE!!!

  • When: Wednesday, July 12th, August 9th and September 13th, 2017 from 5:00 – 9:00 pm

  • Where: SOCO/The OC Mix is located at: 3303 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

  • Cost: FREE!!!

This is sure to be a very popular event –  you can RSVP at: http://bit.ly/SOCOWellnessWednesdays

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Volunteer Community Fair

On July 8th , the City of Tustin will be hosting a Community Volunteer Fair at the Community Center at the Market Place. This event offers a fantastic way for you to discover the many ways for you to give back and make a difference within your community.

Similar to a job fair, different organizations will be in attendance to educate the community about their respective organization with the hopes of recruiting new members and/or volunteers.  Jerri Rosen, founder of Working Wardrobe, will be the keynote speaker for the event.

If your busy on Saturday, California Pizza Kitchen at the Tustin Market Place will be hosting a fundraiser with the proceeds to be donated to the Tustin Police Foundation. Just bring the CPK flyer, present it to your server and CPK will donate 20% of your check to the Tustin Police Foundation on the day of the Community Volunteer Fair.

For further information on how to help, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (714) 573-3027.

  • Saturday, July 8, 2017, from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

  • Where: Tustin Community Center, 2961 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92782

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FREE Kids Yoga & Book Signing

Zoo Zen

Zoo Zen, a Yoga Story for Kids is a sweet little kids yoga book that was just released! Join the illustrator Suzi Schwartz and myself, Annette Cruz (aka Project Refined Life) for a book signing event and a FREE Kid’s Yoga Demonstration at my favorite kid’s bookstore, Once Upon a Storybook, in Tustin.

Join us for this fun afternoon as I guide the kid’s through a FREE yoga demonstration and we practice Lyle’s Yoga Flow!

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  • When: Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 11:00am

  • Where: Once Upon a Storybook, 17300 East 17th Street #C, Tustin CA 92780 

  • Cost: FREE

 Please email Susie@OnceUponaStorybook.us or call, 714-669-4377  – no reservations are required but it would be great to know how many kids to expect.

See you and your little yogis on Saturday!

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Friday Nights at Bowers

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Looking a wonderful way to spend you Friday evenings this Summer? Spend Every Friday night enjoying access to art galleries & live music at Bowers Museum for just $5.00!!!

  • From July 7th  through 28th you can experience the “Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior” exhibit.
  • From August 4 through September 1st witness the “Stark Beauty: Photography” exhibit by Edward Weston.

These events take place every Friday Nights from 5:00pm – 9:00pm, bring your appetite and get some of the amazing food that is available for purchase by Tangata Restaurant, drink specials and a cash bar.

Live music will be provided by musician such as: Joel Aceves, classical guitarist and April Walsh with jazz standards from the 40’s and 50’s.

You can purchase tickets at the door or online.  If your a member, the Friday Night program is is free!

Bowers Museum is located at 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, California 92706

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Nature Nights

Come to Oak Canyon Nature Center for Nature Nights this Summer!

Join the the staff Naturalist along with experts from a variety of natural fields as they lead you through a series of Nature Nights.

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Every Wednesday from June 28th through August 16th, the evening will begin with a guided twilight walk at 7:00 p.m. and followed up by a formal presentation at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free mission but a $5 donation per family would be greatly appreciated.

  • June 28:  Journeys to the Past
    Jacque Nunez is a Master storyteller and award winning educator. She will captivate you, and every family member. Journey with her back in time and be captivated by her stories, songs and engaging use of ancient instruments!
  • July 5: Twilight Walk
    Join us for an introduction to Oak Canyon and a walk with Oak Canyon’s Naturalists as the sun begins to set. Several walks of varying ability levels will be offered. Be sure to bring your flashlight.
  • July 12: Wonders of Wildlife
    Cheryl Rendes from Wonders of Wildlife will share a variety of animals, from the savannas of Africa to the tropical regions of South America.
  • July 19: Orange County Birds of Prey
    Dr. Kristian Krause, Veterinarian from Serrano Animal Hospital and Orange County Birds of Prey Center, will share information on raptors and will bring a variety along for an audience “encounter.”
  • July 26: Reptiles from Around the World
    Dr. Tom Greek from Greek & Associates Veterinary Hospital will bring along an exciting collection of reptiles including local and exotic snakes, lizards and more. Learn about the lifestyles of these unique reptiles and enjoy an opportunity to see and touch these animals up close.
  • August 2: Our Solar System
    Mike Beckage will introduce the challenging hobby of amateur astronomy through his breathtaking slide show. Then we will journey up the hill and view the night sky through telescopes aimed at the evening’s best features. *This program involves a strenuous uphill walk to reach the viewing area.
  • August 9: “Trapper” Dan Jundanian’s Insect Fair
    Join us for an evening of learning and fun. Dan Jundanian, a former longtime Oak Canyon Naturalist, returns for his annual Nature Night presentation. Enjoy an evening of insect education as Dan displays exciting insects from around the world.
  • August 16: Annual Flashlight Walk
    While waiting for the sun to set, get an introduction to the “creatures of the night” then join Oak Canyon’s naturalists on a trek through the trails of the Nature Center. There will be several walks of varying abilities. Don’t forget your flashlight as we explore Oak Canyon at night!
Jacque Tahuka-Nunez of Journey’s to the Past

When: Every Wednesday from June 28th through August 16th

Where: Oak Canyon Nature Center, 6700 E Walnut Canyon Road, Anaheim, CA 92807

Cost: A $5.00 donation per family is greatly appreciated

 

Click here for directions.

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International Day of Yoga

It’s the International Day of Yoga! Today we celebrate the practice of Yoga. Yoga is much more then physical practice. It encompasses your mind, body & soul. Each movement connecting breath to movement and for me, each movement and pose delivers a message so deep, not even we understand it. Yoga originated in India well over 5,000-years old. It is filled with tradition and history. It is a physical, mental and spiritual practice that transforms your body and mind.

Just a few years ago, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the “International Day of Yoga”. During an address to the UN General Assembly, Hon’ble Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi stated

Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition . It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.

Who doesn’t want or need that in their life??? So hit your local Yoga Studio or find a “YouTube” video and get your Yoga on! I always say “Everyone needs Yoga” and I truly believe that.

If you’re in Orange County, join me at 7:00 am every Saturday Morning at Yoga Squared in Old Town Tustin. It would be my honor to guide you through a 75 minute “All Levels Flow” yoga session. You can also check my calendar for my schedule and any sub dates I may be filling in for.

Here’s a 75 minute playlist to listen today during your practice or just because. Enjoy this beautiful full day of Summer Solstice

Namaste,

Annette – Project Refined Life

 

 

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Raspberry Jam at Discovery Cube

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Discovery Cube Orange County invites families and educators to join in the fun of learning about coding!

A Raspberry Jam brings together people of all ages to experience coding with the Raspberry Pi™, the powerful bite-sized computer the size of a credit card. Created by Broadcom Engineer, Eben Upton, Raspberry Pi is all the rage with students, teachers, coding clubs and families because it is a user-friendly and super affordable way to experience the power of coding.

At the same time, the Raspberry Pi Foundation is holding its Picademy in Orange County. Raspberry Pi enthusiasts affiliated with the Raspberry Pi Foundation will be on hand to jam along with you! Plus, bring your own Raspberry Pi project to jam and win a COOKIES N’ πCUBED giveaway every 15 minutes from our partners.

The event takes place on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm. Discovery Cube Orange County is located at 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA  92705.

This event is FREE to registered guests  – sign up ASAP! Space is limited.

Register Now

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Sunset Cinema

OC Parks Sunset Movies 2017

Ok, I just noticed that the County of Orange and OC Parks Sunset Cinema film series is already under way! I seriously need to do some catching up around here!!!

The Sunset Cinema consists of 12 free movies taking place at Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Craig Regional Park, Salt Creek Beach, Mason Regional Park, Laguna Niguel Regional Park, and Yorba Regional Park.

Movies begin  around Sunset, so get your blanket and picnic dinner ready and enjoy a FREE movie night at the park.

The next Sunset Cinema will take place this Sunday, June 10th at Carbon Canyon Regional Park as we look out for U.F.O.’s and catch the sci-fi film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. 

Head over to Craig Regional Park in Fullerton on Saturday, June 17 as the series continues with The LEGO Batman Movie.

One of my personal favorites, The Princess Bride at Craig Regional Park on Saturday, June 24.

On Saturday, July 1 at Salt Creek Beach, don’t miss the animated comedy Sing. 

The following week, you’ll be back  at Salt Creek Beach for Steven Spielberg’s Jaws on Saturday, July 8.

Bring the family to Mason Regional Park on Friday, July 14th  bring the kids for a screening of Moana  and Friday, July 21 for an all time favorite, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. 

Come to Laguna Niguel Regional Park to see Finding Dory on Friday, July 28. Friday and then come back on August 4  for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. 

The last 2 movies of the OC Parks Sunset Cinema series will take place at Yorba Regional Park in Anaheim with A Bug’s Life on Friday, August 11. They’ll finish the series on August 18 with the 1993 American coming-of-age film, The Sandlot.

I’m planning on keeping our summer plans a bit more relaxed this year so that we’ll able to enjoy some family time and take in these FREE movie events. If you don’t have time to bring your picnic dinner, you can grab food from one of the food trucks that will be at every event. FREE parking starts as early as 6:00 pm and show times begin around 8:00 pm. For more information visit ocparks.com.

 

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Becoming a Yoga Teacher

Yoga by ProjectRefinedLife.com
When I started my Yoga Teacher Training I wasn’t completely sure I wanted to become a Yoga teacher. I have been surrounded by some great role models and my fellow students all had an outstanding practice already. “Can I be a good teacher, a teacher that radiates compassion and knowledge, could I possibly live up to those who’s teaching styles I admire?”
Shanti Shanti Yoga Tribe

 

I just completed my Yoga Teacher Training on Saturday and I can tell you now that I after going through the ups and downs during training and teaching some classes –  I am completely sure that this is what I must do!  Teaching Yoga gives me a ability to share my heart,  the knowledge that I gained and a feeling of enlightenment with others. I do get a little nervous before a class but that’s because I want to do an outstanding job for my students. As they roll up their mat I want them to leave with a deeper understanding of Yoga and a feeling calm and peace from within.
 
This training was definitely a roller coaster of emotions for me. A few times, I thought to myself, just finish the training, don’t worry about the test and keep learning. My practice and understanding of Yoga will be deeper and more profound regardless of the outcome even if I don’t become a Yoga Teacher.
Mediating in Sedona, AZ at Bell Rock
As I write this I am reminding myself that throughout the time of my Yoga Teacher Training I was pretty busy with my Girl Scout Troop, other volunteer positions, At home with school work, our crazy family schedule and trying to keep up the house. And of course, any time your doing something life changing life throws something big at you. And it it did. But…I managed to get through it with the help of my yoga family/tribe. Yes, they and my family helped me get through it.
The power of Sound Healing
Sometimes I look back and think I must have been crazy adding the commitment of studying Yoga on top of the things I already had going on! There  were days when I left a Yoga class or teacher training feeling like “wow, I’ve progressed” and then that would get followed up by “what am I thinking”.  Let me be clear, I mention all the things I continued to do during this training because I need to grant myself some space and grace for feeling defeated and overwhelmed at times. My plate was already spilling over but I wanted to do this. I knew the time was now!

I love to help other’s and give back to my community but I came to realize that teaching Yoga gave me a feeling like no other. I thought about the teachers or classes I enjoy and admire the most and realized the teachers all had something in common. They all have heart. You can feel their soul, their heartaches, the moments in life both good and bad shining through in their teaching. They all had the ability to be completely human with their students. Although there are times when I may take a class to challenge myself or learn something different I much prefer to be in a class that permits the feelings of love, acceptance and compassion. Yoga is more than a physical practice for me, it runs deep.

For me, Yoga is all about putting tapas, santosha, svadhyaya, and surrender (yoga terms, lol) into practice. Teaching Yoga gives me the opportunity to bring the feeling of contentment, love and acceptance to my students. I’ve lived a life filled with peaks and valleys. It has been far from perfect but that pain, the suffering I’ve lived through allows me the unique opportunity to teach from the heart. I’ll get to help people learn something life changing when they think they just showed up for a work out. Being a Yoga Teacher also grants me the perfect excuse to keep learning and seeking further understanding…and If I’m a good teacher – I’ll also get to learn things from my students.

Another thing I came to realize about Yoga is that is great as is! It doesn’t need me to change it or serve it, or help it. Yoga will continue with or without me but maybe just maybe by my sharing my feelings about life, what I’ve learned, what makes me happy, joyful & peaceful; I can inspire someone to learn more, to dig deeper into their practice, to feel contentment or to be more accepting of themselves. Like a Yoga Fairy I get to sprinkle my “Yoga Dust” among my students.  How cool is that!?!
Two of fellow students and Shanti Shanti Tribe and I after our Final
I hope you can join me for some “Yoga Fairy Dust” at one of my classes as I continue to refine my life. I’ll be teaching every Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m. beginning June 3rd at Yoga Squared in Old Town Tustin. You can also look for me on the schedule filing in for other teachers. This has been a humbling and eye opening experience and look forward to sharing it with you.
Namaste,
Annette Cruz, Project Refined Life
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Rocket Launch!

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Blast off at Discovery Cube’s annual Rocket Launch! This FREE event is full of hands-on activities for all ages and includes a competition where you’ll design, build and launch your own 2-liter bottle rocket with pressurized air and water.

Rocket Launch is a free community event available to science, rocket and engineer enthusiasts of all ages. Rockets with the longest “hang time” will be awarded prizes.

Need some advice on how to build the best bottle rocket? Check out the video below provided by the Boeing Company. Get real engineering tips on making your rocket fly high, deploy a parachute, and gracefully fall back to Earth

Click here to Register Now!!!

  • When: Saturday, May 13, 2107 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Where: The Boeing Company, 5301 Bolsa Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
  • Cost: FREE
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All About Snakes

OC Parks

Hiking season is in the air! One of the ways to prepare the kids for upcoming hikes is to make them aware that snakes live in the parks and trails we hike in.

O.C. Parks invites you to join local herpetologist Steve Bledsoe at O’Neill Regional Park to learn all about snakes that can be found in Orange County.

This family-friendly event will feature a live reptile display with local snake species.

Come learn how to identify snakes, where they live and what to do when you encounter one on park trails.

There will also be an informative presentation on rattlesnakes of Orange County.

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  • When: Saturday, May 13, July 8 and September 2, 2017 from 7:15 – 8:30 pm
  • Where: O’Neil Regional Park, 30892 Trabuco Canyon Rd, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678 – Meet at the O’Neill Nature Center and Amphitheater. Parking at the O’Neill Nature Center lot.
  • Cost: The event is free event, parking fee  is $5.00
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Science in the Park


OC Parks and The John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center are hosting the 2nd annual  Science in the Park, a fun and educational day for the whole family.

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There a fun demonstrations like the volcano demo pictured above, plenty of hands on experiements and informations abvailble. You’ll learn about Orange County natural history, our native animals and plants and local Native American culture and the world of science. All of the activities and lectures are lead by leading experts in their fields.

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The event features paleontology, archaeology, Orange County history. geology, biology, native plants and animals and junior scientist camp.

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The Junior Scientist Camp will feature plenty of hand-on activities and educational crafts. The OC Zoo will also have various zookeeper chats throughout the day.

  • When: Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Where: Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
  • Cost: FREE, parking is $5.00 per vehicle, Optional OC Zoo is $2.00 per person (ages 2 and under are free)
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Earth Day

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I am the Earth

And the Earth is me.

Each blade of grass,

Each honey tree,

Each bit of mud,

And stick and stone

Is blood and muscle,

Skin and bone.

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KelpFest 2017

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Tomorrow is Earth Day and a great way to honor the day is at KelpFest 2017! More than 20 years ago the kelp forests of Orange County disappeared due primarily to overfishing and pollution. In 2002 marine biologist Nancy Caruso of Get Inspired! started a project which would eventually restore this once lush forests. In 2002 with what came to be 5000 volunteers, Caruso and her volunteers began restoring the kelp forests in Newport and Laguna Beach. By 2010, the kelp had reached historic densities and the animals were starting to return to the area.

In celebration of this event, KelpFest was created to celebrate the return of the kelp forests and to honor the thousands of people who helped to restore them.

There will be many like-minded environmental organizations with exhibits at the event to help educate the participants and help to nurture an appreciation for giant kelp forests. Other activities throughout the day include live painting , a life size interactive kelp forest model, live performances, guided tide pool tours, a swim to the kelp forest, talk to a real mermaid, beach clean up, as well as lots of arts and crafts for kids.

Schedule of events:

  • 9:00am Kelpfest begins
  • 9:00-10:00 Kelp forest comes to life as we construct one for visitors to walk through
  • 10:00am Musical performances begin

All Day

  • Live kelp forest paintings and raffle
  • Docent led tide pool tours
  • Arts and crafts for kids
  • Live musical performances
  • Mermaid!

 Get the kids ready for the event by downloading a FREE Gaby Garibladi coloring book here!

  • When: Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Where: Laguna Beach – Main Beach
  • Cost: FREE
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