Monthly Archives: September 2014

PHOTOS: Roller Skating through Orange


N
estled between the 55 freeway and a self-storage business in Orange is a building with colored lights that spell out “Holiday Skate Center.”

The parking lot is mostly empty. Only a few people are milling about near the entrance of the building, which is set back from the street.

But taking a step inside is like taking a trip into the past.

The roller skating palace, which opened in 1972, is one of the few rinks left in Orange County.

The rink has its regulars, like Jon Adams, 46, who skated at the rink when he was a teenager and said that except for the new carpeting, the rink looks exactly like it did when he was young.

Adams likes the exercise he gets from skating, but is mostly excited to spend time with his daughter, Jasmine. He uses skating is an incentive – if she has a good week at school, she gets to spend a few hours at the rink on Thursday evenings.

As skaters circle the track, they are immersed in flashing, colored lights, the sparkle of a disco ball and blaring music.

There’s staffer Anthony Jones, who hangs out here when he’s not working. He made his own skates by bolting a skating frame with wood wheels to his Converse shoes.

“It’s not very practical; it’s just for fun,” he said.

Cameron Guyot, who hasn’t been to the rink in more than 10 years, said he and his brother used to skate when they were younger. They decided on a whim to go skating and both agreed that the rink hasn’t changed.

Andre Birgen skates at Holiday three times a week.

When asked, “Why roller skating?” his voice rises and he exclaims, “I go to work and it’s like a beating everyday. It’s the one thing that just makes everything OK.”

 

PHOTOS: Renovated Blue Line Stations Coming to Long Beach Soon


The four Blue Line stations in Downtown Long Beach closed Sept. 20 for a month of renovation work.

PHOTOS: Climbers take 1,664 Steps to the top of the U.S. Bank Building


Stair Climb for Los Angeles in the U.S. Bank Building in Downtown Los Angeles. About 4000 climbers hiked up 75 stories, or 1,664 stairs, to the roof. The structure is the tallest building west of the Mississippi.

PHOTOS: iPhone 6 Goes on Sale

Thousands of people line up at the Apple Store on launch day for the iPhone 6 at the Los Cerritos Center.

PHOTOS: Pepperdine University’s annual Waves of Flags


Pepperdine University’s annual Waves of Flags display in Alumni Park at their Malibu campus on Tuesday. The display of nearly 3,000 flags pays tribute to 9/11 Victims. The flags were first flown by the university’s chapter of the College Republicans in 2008. They will be on display until September 22.

PHOTOS: Fire Burns Part of Colossus Roller Coster at Magic Mountain


Damage from a fire on the Colossus roller coaster at Magic Mountain in Valencia on Monday. The iconic coaster, which closed last month, was burned by welders removing tracks on the upper section. The ride is being transformed in to a wood/hybrid called ‘Twisted Colossus’.

PHOTOS: New Dunkin’ Donuts Debuts in Santa Monica


Dunkin’s first foray in to Los Angeles County opened in Santa Monica on Tuesday. This is the first full expression Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant in Southern California. The new Santa Monica restaurant, located at 1132 Wilshire Blvd., opened its doors at 5 a.m.