As the school year comes to an end we are one step closer to summer vacation. The sudden amount of free time and seemingly endless opportunities throughout the summer will probably be the first thing that comes to mind, and as such, these are some things that you can do with your friends (or on your own–we don’t judge!) during this summer.
1. Go swimming or go to the beach:
This one was a fairly obvious choice as we have the privilege of being situated right by the coast. A few of my favorite beaches are Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, and of course, Corona Del Mar. These beaches are less visited than some of the other beaches in SoCal which means that you’ll be able to have a quieter, more calming experience. These beaches are also much cleaner than a lot of other beaches which all adds up to be an overall enjoyable experience.
2. Go watch a movie:
This one was another obvious choice but it still had to be mentioned on this list nonetheless. Some notable movies that are set to release in the summer are: Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (June 2), Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One (July 12), and Oppenheimer (July 21), for you Christopher Nolan fans.
3. Go to a concert:
While this option is usually more on the pricey side, I can almost guarantee you that it’ll be worth it in the end. I was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to go see Kendrick Lamar live and up close at the Crypto Arena last year, and while I did spend a healthy amount to go see him live, I can say that it was worth every dollar and cent. For more economically-savvy choices, you can also check out The Observatory in Santa Ana and House of Blues in Anaheim. It’s all to say that I’m sure that if you end up going to a concert this summer, you will be saying the same thing.
Here are some more little things you can do to enrich your summer:
A glimpse of summer and a sensation of relief opens our eyes as the final month of school lays upon us. It is important to take note of and embrace the fact that we all have made it and all of the struggles were worth it.
During the summer one of the main disadvantages is that you are cooped up with yourself and many realizations can set in. On days where you find yourself alone during summer, take note of your mental health and make the correct decisions that will benefit you.
For instance, protect yourself from the summer heat.
One of the most popular sunscreen brands is Supergoop, they have a variety of skin-protecting products for all skin types such as oily and sensitive. What makes Supergoop even more of an honorable mention is the fact that it is cruelty free!
In case you do end up getting a sunburn, treat it with precaution. The best treatments for a sunburn are cold showers and smoothing aloe vera on the red swells. Banana Boat makes a good “After Sun Soothing Aloe,” but you can find many generic brands that do the job well, too.
This summer, several theme parks await your visit. Here are a few local theme parks that you should experience!
•Knott’s Berry Farm
Located in Buena Park, California, Knott’s is known for its cute concept with Charlie Brown and Soak City Waterpark. GhostRider is one of Knott’s most attractive and well-known roller coasters because of its huge structure and wooden tracks. When you’re looking for a meal to eat at Knott’s, you should definitely try their Famous Chicken Dinner!
The Walt Disney Company first opened Disneyland in Anaheim, California in 1955. Disneyland showcases several cosplays walking around the park, parades, refreshing treats, live performances, and popular rides. For a better experience, Walt Disney World, Florida offers twice as many attractions.
•Six Flags Magic Mountain
In Valencia, California, Six Flags is known as the “Thrill Capital of the World.” Its most thrilling roller coaster is Kingda Ka because it is one of the tallest rides in the world. The Big Belly Burger is served as the best food at Six Flags.
SeaWorld is found in San Diego, California with its colossal marine animal rescue organizations. As you enter the park, the refreshing breeze and the scent of seawater hits your face. There are a ton of sea animals to touch and look at, along with their exciting ride, Manta. The Chicken Snack Shack has a variety of chicken sandwiches to feast on. For a better experience, visit SeaWorld at Orlando, Florida.
Using tiny lego pieces, Legoland creates itself at the spot of Carlsbad, California (close to San Diego). It’s known for its aquarium, waterpark, and its amazing features made out of millions of lego bricks. The Dragon Coaster is one of Legoland’s best rides. While walking around, get a chance to try Granny’s Apple Fries. For a better experience, visit Billund, Denmark, where Legoland was originally built.
Found at Universal City, California (North Hollywood), Universal Studios is known for its mesmerizing rides based on iconic movies and television shows. One of its famous rides is Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. On a hot day, the Freeze Ray Smoothie is the perfect treat! For a better experience visit Universal Orlando.
If you get the chance to travel, these areas have unique theme parks that you might enjoy!
An indoor theme park in Tama, Japan is entirely decorated with Sanrio characters. You can meet Hello Kitty, MyMelody, Kuromi, Pompompurin, and many others. Its features include the Sanrio Character Boat Ride and the hosted parades. If you get hungry, the Sanrio Rainbow World Restaurant serves the best pasta dishes and rice omelet.
Established in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Hersheypark is known for its themed Hershey candies. While touring through the park, Skyrush is the park’s greatest roller coaster. The snacks that many people find delicious at the park are the Chocolatier and Tower Fries. Hersheypark also has a waterpark and a zoo next door!
Plan your vacation now and take a journey inside these theme parks!
Have you ever wondered what hidden creative students are among us? Today is a day to appreciate the wonderful students of John Glenn and to show off their creative talent. Whether they produce art or music, let’s show off their creativity with the last article of the year. I would like to highlight four different individual talents today.
The first John Glenn Eagle we have is senior Carlos Lopez. Carlos first got into producing beats towards the end of 2020 during the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. His creation of music started from his passion for the beats in songs from artists such as Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West (now known as “Ye”). Carlos explained that once he gets his beats copyrighted, he will publish his beats for all those to hear. During his free time, you can find him researching new sounds for future beats, enjoying a good show on Netflix, and listening to multiple genres of music, among other things. You can find Carlos on Instagram as “easymoneyuziii.”
Second on the list is Andrea Alfaro. Her artistic interest started back when she could hold a pencil. Andrea constantly creates new art in her free time whether she is asked to or does it as a gift for someone. When it comes to getting artist block, she prefers to run while listening to music and once she’s seen something interesting it immediately gives her brand new inspiration. Her personal style comes from aspects of cartoon and other artists’ work, using little elements from different pieces she’s seen it allows her to create her own unique style.
Third on our list is a student from our very own sister school Southeast Academy. Alicia Cram is a 16 year old junior with a passion for art. Most of her art is inspired by anything that she likes or that piqued her interest. She started making art to relax and get away from everything. For her, the hardest part about being an artist is when others judge her art when they do not do art themselves. If you are interested in seeing any of her work you can find her at “local_artist_cram” on Instagram.
Kiyanna Teartt is 4th on today’s list. Her love for art started in 2018, but she took art more seriously because she saw the creations of others around her. The inspiration to continue drawing was after seeing her friend Andrea’s work. Kiyanna personally thinks that the hardest parts for her when drawing are body proportions, realism, and staying consistent with her work. She consistently posts about her and her art work on Instagram under the name “balanced_.ki.”
Be on the lookout for any of your classmates or others around you. Everyone has their own secret talent and we can all take inspiration from one another to make our pieces better than ever.
Thanks for reading the last Shoemaker Bugle of the school year. This is Richard signing off–Stay safe out there, people.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 continues the story of Peter Quill, Groot, Rocket, Drax, and the rest of the Guardians as they go on one final mission to protect the galaxy. The film was released on May 5th.
This Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Studios production is directed by James Gunn. With the amazing cast of Chris Pratt (Peter Quill), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Vin Diesel (Groot), Bradley Cooper (Rocket), Dave Bautista (Drax), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Sean Gunn (Kraglin), and Will Poulter (Adam Warlock).
The movie begins with the story of Rocket, where he came from and how he got to where he is now. We also see some struggle from Quill as he tries to get over Gamora and her absence. We see the group and how they are expanding and adjusting to their new life on the ship. We also see throughout the movie that the group still has a hard time expressing their love for one another, as well as their communication skills. The group still keeps their silly dynamic with one another and more family moments between the characters. The group must go through all these challenges to save one of their own as another member comes back into the family.
This movie has a beautiful way of showing that even though everyone in the group is different and has a different way of acting towards everyone, they all still somehow click together to make the perfect team. The movie introduces a few new characters that are powerful and lovable that also click into the dynamic of the Guardians and their purpose to protect space. It still has a way of making the audience laugh even though they haven’t taken away from the parts that are meant to be serious.
Now if you’re an animal lover like me, this movie may be a little hard to get through, not that anything particularly gruesome happens to these animals but if you have a soft spot for animals your heart just might break for them. On the more visual side of the movie, they always seem to be improving when it comes to the action and fighting scenes.
The action and fighting sequences only get better from the past two movies. They always find a way to put more detail and effort into their scenes and create aesthetically pleasing and effortless fighting scenes. It may feel like a lot is going on during the fights but I felt that’s what kept me watching it and kept me in the loop of all the events going on in the movie.
Speaking of the events going on in the movie, there is a lot more going on in this final part of the Guardians movies. Not so much to the point where you can’t seem to keep up, but the pacing of the movies were not too slow but almost too fast. Since they introduced so many new characters and creatures it’s hard to keep up with which stories are going on at that moment.
The moments in this movie are truly heartfelt and can get you thinking about the perspective of the people or events around you. You can see how much the cast and characters have grown throughout these movies and it was difficult to say goodbye to the Guardians of the Galaxy, at least most of them.
Summer can be the hottest season so far, so here are some recipes you can make at home to beat the heat of the summer.
1. Mangonada Popsicles:
These mango popsicles are sweet but tangy treats that are so easy to make at home!
2 large mangoes or mango juice
2 tablespoons of sugar
To make a mangonada, you’re gonna first need mangoes (or mango juice will do just as well too).
You will need a popsicle mold and popsicle sticks. The Dollar Store or the 99 Cents Store has tons of molds that you can use.
If you are using a blender you will need to cut the mangos cup into small pieces because the smaller pieces will be easier to blend. Then you will need to add two tablespoons of sugar and one juice of a lime. Blend until smooth.
Get your mold or a plastic cup and start to top it with a 1 ½ teaspoon of chamoy, or as much as you like into each mold or cup, and sprinkle a good amount of tajin.
Lastly, add the blended mango or mango juice into the molds or cup
Pop it into the freezer for 5-6 hours and enjoy!
2. Frozen Yogurt Cups:
These sweet treats are more on the healthier side but are still easy recipes to try at home!
1 cup of a oats
1/4 cup of peanut butter
1/4 cup of maple syrup
Any choosing of yogurt you prefer
Fruits of your choice. (strawberry, kiwi, mango, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries are ones I used)
Start off by adding your oats, peanut butter, and maple syrup in a bowl and mixing them well. You should get a thick consistency.
Grab your muffin tin and start putting muffin liners on the ones you want.
Start by putting your oat mixture and pressing it inside the muffin liners with your fingers. Press down to make sure it sticks down.
Add your choice of yogurt on top of the oat mixture and add your choice of fruits on top.
Freeze for 3 – 4 hours
When finished, let the yogurt cups thaw out for 5 minutes and enjoy!
Self-improvement will track you down this month, Gemini. You should make decisions around who you are on an intellectual, moral, and emotional level. Take as much time as necessary to celebrate love in June. Feelings will stream uninhibitedly for you. Encircle yourself with positive and strong individuals this summer.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Cancer, you should take note of your daily screen use and time spent on the internet this month. You’ll start to feel significantly more focused and more like yourself this June when the summer solstice starts.
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
Leo, you will open your eyes to the world around you this month. The vibes are immaculate for exploring your community. You’ll also feel inspired to touch base with the earth.
The Summer of 2023 is right around the corner, so you know what that means? Time for pool parties, picnics, and beach days! Everything goes better with music, so here are my top 10 summer songs, in case you are trying to look for some songs for your summer playlist:
April Fool’s Day is celebrated on the first of April. It’s a custom/holiday full of hoaxes and pranks. The history behind it is mysterious and hidden. There’s a theory that historians believed to discover the origin of April Fool’s Day.
In the 16th century, France shifted towards the Gregorian Calendar. They no longer wanted to use the Julian Calendar because its leap years were irrational. Both calendars have 365 days, but the difference between them is that the Gregorian Calendar is ahead by 13 days. Originally, the new year was supposed to begin during the spring equinox on April 1. After switching to the Gregorian Calendar, this caused the new year to be celebrated on January 1.
As the news was slowly traveling around the world, people continued to celebrate new years during spring time. They did not have a single clue about the huge change that was made. Others who knew about the replacement made fun of those who didn’t by pulling pranks. Eventually, these pranks became a part of April Fool’s Day.
A popular prank that people in France did to others who were still using the Julian Calendar is called, “poisson d’avril (April fool),” or also known as April Fish. Someone would stick a piece of paper onto an innocent person’s back without getting noticed. The paper is crafted to look like a fish because it refers to an easily caught fish and a gullible person.
Tons of tricks were played worldwide. Some of these pranks were placing a fake spider in a visible area, putting clear duct-tape between the doorways for someone to walk through, prank-calling a friend, filling the inside of an Oreo cookie with toothpaste, and many more jokes.
Now that you know the history of the day, if you want to pull an old-fashioned April Fool’s prank, just remember to keep it relatively harmless and light-hearted.
Gorillaz finally released their tenth studio album Cracker Island after three years of releasing no new music. As always, Gorillaz collaborated with seven artists.
On their last studio album Song Machine Season One: Strange Timez (released in 2020), each song had at least one feature. Originally, Cracker Island was supposed to be season two of Song Machine but the idea had since been scrapped.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
Now, here are my top five favorite songs off Cracker Island.
This song is one of the songs without a featured artist. It has an upbeat and happy feel to it. It is pretty different when compared to Gorillaz’s past songs.
4. “Tormenta” (feat. Bad Bunny)
I personally do not listen to Bad Bunny often but, I feel like he fits perfectly in this song. I can imagine myself listening to this song at the beach during the summer.
3. “Silent Running” (feat. Adeleye Omotayo)
Silent Running was released as a single. It was the first song to be recorded off the album. This song features long-time Gorillaz vocal performer Adeleye Omotayo, who is also part of Gorillaz live band. It uses an evocative synth-led 80’s sound. That led to the sonic tone for the whole album.
2. “Oil” (feat. Stevie Nicks)
Stevie Nicks is one of my all time favorite artists, so when I heard she was going to be on the new album I was excited and expected something exceptional. I was not disappointed. Stevie and 2D’s voices complement each other very well.
1. “New Gold” (feat. Tame Impala and Bootie Brown)
“New Gold” was released as a single as well. In my opinion, I think “New Gold” is the best song on the album. Tame Impala and Bootie Brown both add a wonderful touch and beat to the song.
Overall, this album could be a great summer playlist. The whole vibe and aesthetic feels like it could make your summer very warm and lively.