Easy Cocktail Recipes For July 4th Parties

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Hours before the night’s sky is illuminated by brilliant displays of fireworks, family and friends will gather for backyard barbecues to celebrate Independence Day. It is a national holiday that is marked traditionally by patriotic semblance. From parades of fashion to inventive adult drinks, expect the red, white and blue to glow in splendor. In Los Angeles, those skilled in making mixed drinks say July 4th is an opportune time for party hosts to explore expressive ways to prepare irresistible cocktails that abound in color and explode in taste.

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LA’s Best Neighborhoods For Trick-Or-Treating

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Ever since Walt Disney portrayed the custom of traveling from house to house in search of candy in the 1952 cartoon “Trick or Treat,” the Halloween practice has been established firmly in popular culture.

Throughout Los Angeles, residents that prefer to participate in the tradition decorate their homes with make-believe jack-o-lanterns, spider webs and fake skeletons.

Others, who choose not to be disturbed on Oct. 31, resort to just turning on their front light and leaving goodies in bowls on the front porch.

With so many neighborhoods dotting LA’s urban sprawl, parents are urged to take caution in choosing the right type of community to take their costumed children out for an evening of thrills and adventure.

Here are a few popular areas in LA to consider visiting on Halloween that promise an enjoyable and safer trick-or-treating experience.

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LA’s Criminal Justice System Wins In Matter Of Job Opportunities

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Photo Courtesy: Joel C. Koury, Trial Attorney

Even though the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment opportunities for lawyers to grow by only 10 percent by the year 2020, occupational prospects are more resourceful in California. The state currently employs the second largest number of law practitioners in the nation, behind New York.

As more law school graduates enter the profession, analysts expect competition for enviable positions to become more vigorous. The top industries seeking qualified candidates to handle criminal or civil litigation and other proceedings include health care, legal services and all levels of government.

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Best Local Bluegrass Bands In LA

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Musicians that have mastered the art of bluegrass have also gained control of numerous music genres including country, rock and roll, rhythm and blues and jazz.

In recent years, Los Angeles has witnessed a revival of first-generation roots music that’s attracting a broader and more diverse audience.

Bluegrass bands are accomplishing this resurrection of traditional songs by incorporating gospel, neo-traditional and new grass into their repertoire to appeal to varied cultures and the next generation of musical greats.

From the kaleidoscopic landscape of L.A.’s green pastures and mountainous overlook, here are some of the best bluegrass bands in the region that are creating their own marquee of melodious excellence.

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