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Welcome to the I Heart Costa Mesa Show! Where a couple of neighbors with a microphone live, learn and love on Costa Mesa, California. We'll be interviewing locals, sharing stories and connecting with our community. Follow along!

Apr 6, 2018

On this episode of The I Heart Costa Mesa Show, co-hosts Erin Huffstutter and Brandy Young interview local "volunteer extraordinaire," Charlene Ashendorf, about community involvement, the new Costa Mesa library, the Costa Mesa Senior Center, her Little Free Library and the importance of finding personal pursuits that allow you to lead with your heart! Ashendorf brings a healthy dose of love, wisdom and perspective to the podcast - along with an impressive and lengthy résumé of non-profit and volunteer accomplishments - so come learn from her experiences, and Costa Mesa, along with us.

I Heart Costa Mesa is sponsored by: Music Factory School of Music

Here is a link to her website and "About Me" page:

Here is a link to Ashendorf's blog:

You can find Charlene Ashendorf on Facebook at:

She is also on Instagram at: @cmashoc

We discuss the Costa Mesa Senior Center:

Her role at The Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries:

The Little Free Library project:

We talk about the new Library being built in Costa Mesa:

We talk about Donald Dungan Library:

And the Mesa Verde Library:

Ashendorf's favorite restaurant right now is Amorelia Mexican Cafe:

Her favorite place to spend a day outdoors in Costa Mesa is at Noguchi Garden:

Ashendorf recommends using the One OC website to connect with local volunteer opportunities:

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Producer: Danny Thompson (

Intro / Outro Voiceover: Brian Kazarian

Music: Eddie "DJ Kaboom" Iniestra