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ADVERTISER TESTIMONIALS “I know that my business wouldn’t be as successful as it is today if I hadn’t started advertising in South County Magazine when it first started five years ago. I have established relationships with hundreds of clients over the years, and then those clients also refer friends and family to me as well. It was one of the best business decisions that I ever made.” - Stephanie Frisch, Insurance 101 “One of the best marketing decisions I ever made was to advertise in Jody’s magazines. It generated clients directly and raised public awareness of the company in our market area. I highly recommend any of Jody’s publications that reach your target audience. Above and beyond that is the fact that Jody is truly interested in helping people prosper. She is always on the lookout for additional opportunities to serve her advertisers and readers. One can never have too many thoughtful, intelligent people helping you promote your business.” - David Allen, HelpURemodel “We love the South County Magazine and its associated publications. It has been a wonderful community to be part of and a phenomenal way for us to reach the community about important issues. We’re grateful for all the support Jody and her team have provided us over the years!” - Omeed Askari, OC Pharmacy

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April 2016 Publisher Community Publications LLC. Editor Jody Robinson (714) 596-6611

Assistant Editor Sara Watt Editorial Assistant Alex DeFelice Sales & Marketing Marlo Andersen Anthony Arcurio Eric Bergstrom, Bergstrom Media Kim Roberson Distribution Managers Rolando Ruiz • David Starr Advertising Inquiries (714) 469-3495 Contributing Writers Dr. Azi A. Ardakani, DDS Beverly Blake Kristine Emerson Cara Fraser Stephanie Frisch Nicole Howard Donald A. Hunsberger Ann Laurence Martin J. Lombrano Tom Scott C. Lawrence “Larry” Thomas Cover Photography Melisa Chandler, Chandler Photography South County Magazine serves the communities of San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo and Aliso Viejo. We will strive to continually improve with each edition and welcome feedback from our readers. For questions or comments, please e-mail the editor at


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Celebrating 25 Years in South County By Jody Robinson Cover photography by Melisa ChandleR, ChandleR PhotogRaPhy Early in my writing career, I had the opportunity to interview many successful entrepreneurs for an OC-based regional business/ lifestyle publication. While the scope of the featured businesses was diverse, the owner/operators all shared an unerring passion for their profession and a common belief that “if you love what you do, success will follow.”


n interviewing Wanda Kent, owner of the Laguna Niguel-based Salon Sauvage Salon • Day Spa • Boutique, it’s evident that she is cut from the same entrepreneurial cloth. I have to admit, I had a preconceived notion that artists aren’t typically expected to be good business people. Because they are so committed to the quality and originality of their ideas, I suspected artists might have a hard time switching gears between being creative and the pedantic requirements of owning and operating a business. Add to that the unique challenges of being in the business of beauty: an industry notorious for its drama and high turnover. I couldn’t have been more wrong: Since opening Salon Sauvage in 1991, Wanda has continually evolved her business by following a personal formula, whereby APRIL 2016



success would be the sum of working hard + staying on the leading edge of the industry + surrounding herself with talented team members + building a loyal base of “wonderful, supportive” people who are more “friends than clients.” When Salon Sauvage first opened its doors, it encompassed a small, 1,300-square-foot, eight-station salon. In 2000, the business expanded to include skincare and offer the amenities of a day spa. Today, Salon Sauvage resides in a space three times its origi-

Salon Sauvage consistently attracts the best stylists in the business who remain on the forefront of the newest and best techniques through ongoing education. Each stylist has a broad knowledge of industry trends in all facets of hair for men and women: styling, cuts, color, blending, straightening, smoothing techniques and extensions. Because each stylist also has expertise and experience in a specific aspect, there is someone on staff who will meet the needs of each individual guest - and every Salon Sauvage team member is committed to “working with our clients to create a look or style that suits them and their lifestyle because their isn’t anything worse than a haircut that is impossible to recreate at home.”

Waiting Area nal size and offers services that cover the entire spectrum of hair, skin, health, wellness and fashion. I suggested that like most successful entrepreneurial endeavors, the longevity of Salon Sauvage might be attributed to the vision and direction of its ownership - a concept Wanda quickly dismissed. Instead, she credits all of the company’s milestones to “an amazing staff and incredible customers who have been with us through good times and bad.” “I feel so blessed and appreciative of our loyal clients,” says Wanda. “They have been so supportive over the years - through our successes, through our growing pains and in the face of challenging economic times. We certainly wouldn’t be where we are today without them.” This level of loyalty extends to all the members of the Salon Sauvage team as well. “Having Mireya Conroy as our salon manager to oversee the day-to-day operations has been invaluable to our success,” says Wanda. “I also can’t thank all of our staff enough for sharing their amazing talent in creating a company culture and atmosphere of ‘family’ that makes Salon Sauvage such a fun, awesome place to work.” As you step inside, you first enter the boutique: a marvelous glimpse of the magic the rest of the salon has to offer. Wanda’s brother Dennes hand picks their selection of the latest fashion trends for the boutique, including handbags, jewelry and clothing. Clients claim that Dennes has the “best taste of any man on the planet!” Eyelash Extensions


Infrared Sauna Salon Sauvage offers an array of traditional day spa services including facials, massages - including signature services like pregnancy massage and structural massage therapy for pain and discomfort, eyelash extensions and mani/pedis performed by award-winning nail techs whose skills have been sought after for the Emmys and Grammy awards ceremonies. Salon Sauvage also bears the distinction of being a true “med-spa” offering medical grade products and treatments. Through Salon Sauvage’s skilled estheticians, guests are able to indulge in the most innovative face and body treatments in the industry, including radio frequency facials and body contouring, oxygen and hydrafacialsMD. During a recent spa renovation, the salon added an infrared sauna, which has incredible health benefits ranging from lowering blood pressure to detoxification, pain relief and weight loss. As a member of the Salon Sauvage team for over 10 years, Dr. Michael Grossman is anti-

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uns can be weapons of attack or weapons of protection. They can be useful in responsible hands and lethal in irresponsible ones. Rather than delving into the dizzying debate that places some people squarely on the pro side and others in opposition, the purpose of this editorial feature is to address common questions posed by Orange County residents interested in professional firearms training and/or obtaining a California concealed carry (CCW) permit.

Former British Special Forces and founder of the South County-based Artifex Firearms Traning (established in 2013), Ben Smith and his team of instructors specialize "first and foremost" in firearms training - particularly CCW for Orange County and San Diego County residents. Artifex also offers individual and group shooting classes (and can sell firearms) and provides in law enforcement training for city, county and federal SWAT teams. A native Londoner, Ben's career path followed rather diverse passionate pursuits - the first as an attorney, or "barrister," as the profession is called in the United Kingdom upon earning a graduate level degree in law and passing the Bar, and the second as a member of the British Special Forces (he joined the Army as a reservist and chose a Special Operations unit). The founding principles of his military unit - humility, humor and the relentless pursuit of excellence - paired with an attorney's attention to detail and personal interaction with clients have undoubtedly contributed to the tremendous success of his company's growth to date. NRAcertified and insured, Artifex is an Orange County and San Diego Sheriff-Approved Provider of CCW Training. Ben prides himself on being able to employ veterans and former law enforcement and in "making the personalized connection with clients and delivering training that they would never get elsewhere." As a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), Ben mentors vulnerable and at-risk kids in the foster care system and volunteers his time to a charitable organization that specializes in the location of under-aged girls who have been sex-trafficked.

BS: This is where one state will recognize another state’s CCW permit. The magic 3 states to get are Utah, Florida and Arizona.

Question: What is the minimum age requirement?

BS: The minimum age is 21, which is the minimum age for purchasing at handgun in California.

Question: What are the different types/levels of classes/training available?

BS: We run pistol, rifle and shotgun classes at beginner, intermediate and advanced level. We also have specialty classes such as low-light training and close-quarter-combat training. We also run a ladies-only handgun and self defense class.

Question: Do you provide the guns or do clients bring their own?

BS: For the beginners classes, we provide everything (gun, holster, eye and ear protection, and ammunition). For the intermediate and advanced classes, we find that most students already own their own firearm, but we are perfectly happy to provide the guns and gear.

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Question: What are the ammunition requirements?

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Question: What's required to obtain a California concealed firearm permit?

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Question: What is included in your classes?

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Estate planning attorneys typically find out that their clients have entered into a reverse mortgage twenty seconds after the indebted client or clients have died. The typical situation involves a telephone call to ask the lawyer why Dad’s home is going into foreclosure “so soon after he died.”


he conversation typically then continues: “I don’t think Dad knew that the bank would go into this attack mode so soon after his passing. It hasn’t given us time to react.” Or, another common response: “ Things didn’t happen this quickly when my husband’s parents passed.” There is a different reason for each of these reactions. First, Dad had to have known about the immediate need to react when he died with a reverse mortgage. According to Howard Platte, the Branch Manager of the North Orange County Gem Mortgage office, “The process of obtaining a reverse mortgage involves a counseling session that explains, in great detail, the requirements following the death of the borrower. Basically, every borrower is told in intentional detail that a house which is collateralized with a reverse mortgage, no matter who the lender is, has a basic requirement at death: either the loan is paid off, or the house must be sold to pay off the debt.” Platte believes that the second reaction to a foreclosure on a Reverse Mortgage – that the fast foreclosure didn’t happen when another person died– is probably accurate. He explains “Most likely the other family member who had an easier time at death owned the home in trust. When that occurs, the lender is more likely to be able to talk to the heirs of the deceased home owner. That trust can make all the difference, because if the lender is not able to talk to anyone, the foreclosure will follow.” One of the principal problems with slowing down the process of foreclosure at the death of an owner of a home outside of a trust with a reverse mortgage stems from the fact that too many lenders are unwilling to deal with the heirs of the deceased home owners unless the heirs of the deceased owner have been issued paperwork from the probate court to indicate that they are authorized to talk for the deceased family member’s estate. “Since lots of family members wait a few weeks to contact the mortgage company, and because it then takes some more time to get the letters from the Court,” explains Platte, “the lenders will often start the foreclosure before the probate has given the authority to the family members to talk to the mortgage company.” The frustrated heirs are frequently left in the lurch once the foreclosure process on the homes outside of the trust begins. APRIL 2016


“We have seen the advantage of trusts owning homes first hand,” Platte continues, “and it just doesn’t make sense to add problems to the ability of family members to administer their parents’ estates. A trust owning a home that has a reverse mortgage will normally allow the family to save time and money on the passing of the title to the next generation, and in some cases it simply saves the house from foreclosure.” When a family considers the ability to avoid the foreclosure which may follow the death of a parent whose home has a reverse mortgage, and then adds in the increased cost of probate fees for the home, as well as the increased time of probate administration which may accompany the home passing by will instead of by trust, along with the fact that probate administration can take up to three to four times as long as trust administration, the decision appears almost self apparent. “I don’t know why home owners with reverse mortgages, or even just traditional home loans, would consider not having a trust to hold their homes,” admits Platte. “Everything in our experience points to the logic of trust ownership.” Hunsberger Law is a full-service estate and business planning legal firm, with estate planning attorneys and a licensed, professional fiduciary on staff. Connect with Don Hunsberger by calling (714) 663-8000 or visit




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Working as your fiduciary, your advisor is obligated not to engage in any self-dealing or other conflicts of interest. In fulfilling his or her obligations and duties to you, your fiduciary should perform required due diligence prior to making recommendations. Thus, acting in a proactive manner on your behalf.




Your fiduciary works for you, educating you on the different aspects of your financial plan and ensuring your understanding of how all the pieces fit together to create a sound plan. Your fiduciary promotes additional confidence in your financial future. By keeping you informed of new recommendations, the impact of those recommendations, as well as disclosing all important information associated with those recommendations, a fiduciary helps remove unwanted surprises.




In addition, prudent fiduciaries will often leverage subject matter experts by tapping an entire industry of knowledge, not just the offerings of one company. This seeks to ensure you receive advice and recommendations.




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Even the most ethical advisors are faced with the dilemma of balancing recommendations that meet your needs, while also being paid appropriately. If your advisor works for another company, he or she may not have the option of recommending the most appropriate product for your situation. Instead, advisors may only be able to offer the products of the company they work for.






Keeping you informed, as well as disclosing all important information associated with recommendations, helps minimize unwanted surprises, and helps to create the foundation for a healthy collaborative relationship.


However, imparting confidence is not enough to establish the fiduciary role. Only when that confidence is accepted by the client, is the fiduciary relationship established, causing dependence by the client and influence by the advisor. Knowing that you have a fiduciary working for you should help provide confidence.




Trust, once earned, is one of the highest honor any advisor can receive from a client. One of an advisor’s biggest challenges is telling his or her client what they need to hear... especially when the client does not want to hear it. Your fiduciary is committed to a code of ethics and has an obligation to give you straight answers, providing a strong foundation upon which to build trust. Martin J. Lombrano, AIF®, is a LPL Financial Advisor and PERSONAL FINANCIAL PLANNERTM (PFP) with over 20 years of experience in the financial planning field. Martin has served as the owner and president of his own financial planning firm in Irvine. In 2007, he joined Pence Wealth Management and LPL Financial. Martin has extensive experience in insurance, charitable giving, asset management, retirement planning, as well as growth and preservation of retirement assets. He believes listening, trust, persistency and service are the foundation of lasting relationships and success. He can be reached by calling (949) 660- 8777 or email CA Insurance License # 0828215. Securities and Advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC.



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ne of the best things you can do to create overall strength, balance and posture is a simple exercise known as a plank. To plank, one holds their torso off the ground via hands, feet or knees depending on fitness level. While holding this position the ultimate goal is to maintain a straight line from head to heal. It’s this simple action that packs a powerful punch of health benefits. Here are five reasons why one should plank on a daily basis:

• EASY TO MODIFY- Depending on your fitness level a plank can be adapted to any ability. For example, a beginning variation would be to hold the position on the elbows and knees. More advanced option would be to balance on one leg or arm. This versatility allows anybody to reap the benefits of planking. • OVERALL CORE STRENGTH- The action of having the torso horizontal to gravity creates a co-contraction in the core muscles. Meaning that the spinal muscles and the abdomi-

nals have to contract at the same time to achieve the straight line desired when in a plank position. When executed well, this action has been proven in many health studies to reduces back pain and improve overall spinal strength. • BETTER POSTURE- Not only the core, but the whole shoulder girdle, hips and legs are working very hard to maintain the position. Resulting in correct “wholebody” alignment; where the ears, shoulders, ribs, hips, knees, and heals all line up when standing. • INCREASE FLEXIBILITY- Planks are a great way to stretch the backside of the body, especially the hamstrings, feet, toes, and muscle groups that are often stiff from prolonged sitting. It’s a simple move that provides the best of both worlds, stretching and strengthening. • BALANCE- Since planks can be done in so many different ways, makes it’s an excellent option to improve balance. Such as doing a plank on the physio ball small intrinsic muscles that stabilize joints are triggered to engage and strengthen. In the end overall better balance and stability are established in the body.

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That is one of our most frequently asked questions. The short answer is - possibly.


efore the question can be answered we need to drill into your parent’s specific situation. We will ask some questions to determine some factors that influence the final answer. Eventually, your parents will need to be directly involved in answering these questions. 1. Do you understand what services are paid for under long-term care coverage? 2. Does one or both of your parents currently require substantial assistance with two or more of the six Activities of Daily Living (called ADLs which are eating, bathing, dressing, continence, transferring, and toileting)? 3. Does one or both of your parents need assistance to protect him-or-herself and/or others because of a mental deterioration (such as Alzheimer’s Disease)? 4. What medical conditions are present and what medications are currently being administered? 5. What surgeries or hospital stays have occurred in the past 5 years (brief details and diagnosis for each)? 6. What are the ages of the parents?

The answers to these six questions will determine if coverage is possible. If your parents are not approvable for coverage we will let you know. In some cases the insurance company may have further questions. Assuming that we get a green light, next come the design of the coverage and the preparation of a quotation. There are lots of options in this stage, which means more questions. Among them are: 1. Where do the parents want to receive long-term care (at home, in a facility, day care, etc.)? It is common that this care starts at home and eventually moves to a facility when a high level of services is needed. 2. What are the financial constraints? Consumer protection regulations require the collection of financial information so that we can insure that this coverage is “suitable.” Financial information is submitted as part of the coverage application. 3. Are their special requests or requirements that need to be considered? This may include considerations such as insuring that a specific facility or luxury level is planned for. APRIL 2016


At this point we have enough information to provide an initial quotation. This quotation may change with the details of the plan that change as a result further discussion and clarification. Once the coverage is settled and the quotation is approved, the detailed application is prepared and submitted to the insurance company for underwriting. The length of the approval process depends on the details of the medical history. It can take as much as thirty days to get the final approval. The time required depends on the completeness of the application and how fast medical service providers respond to the underwriter’s requests. While somewhat lengthy, working through the details will insure that you and your parents get the coverage you need at a cost that is appropriate. The last question: How about your long-term care coverage? Buying it earlier in life is less expensive and, chances are, disqualifying medical issues are less likely. There are policies available that guarantee your premium will not increase. Call us for more details. There is never a charge for consultation. C. Lawrence “Larry” Thomas began work- ing with long-term care and Medicare programs in the mid1980s. He is currently associated with Insurance 101 Services to provide longterm care solutions to seniors and those approaching. Larry can be reached at (949) 374-3316 or CA Insurance License # 0C79256.


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Most people I meet have the wrong impression of what a Medicare Advantage plan network is. Once they hear “HMO” they visualize a network that controls the doctor’s ability to act independently and no access to the best hospitals in Orange County.


he networks that participate in Medicare Advantage plans are an association of physicians in private practice along with hospitals, labs and urgent care centers. These types of networks, even though they are referred to as an “HMO” are very different from the Kaiser/HMO structure.

First, let’s define what a “Network” is.

Medicare Advantage plan networks deal with independent, private-practice physicians that are part of a coordinated network that works together to promote excellence in patient care. There are some really big networks here in Orange County. Most people that live in South Orange County would want to go to the Hoag, Mission, Saddleback, or UCI hospitals. All of these hospitals participate in Medicare Advantage plan networks. When I sit down with someone who is activating their Medicare Part B option for the first time (such as turning 65 or retiring) or looking to enroll in an Advantage plan during the annual enrollment period in the Fall, the first thing I ask is who their primary care physician and specialists are. The majority of the time their physicians are already participating in Medicare Advantage plan networks. (Such as Monarch, MemorialCare , Greater Newport Physicians, the most recently formed network; St. Joseph Hoag Health...just to name a few). Some are concerned that their doctors will be upset if they go to a Medicare Advantage plan, as if they will be “cheating” their doctor out of something. That is simply not the case. To quote one of the doctors that I work with, “As it turns out, the Medicare HMO capitation is often better for the physician than the fee for service reimbursement”.....Capitation means the doctor gets paid MONTHLY when you enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan and have them listed as your primary care physician. They get paid whether they see you or not! If you use Original Medicare (with or without a Medicare Supplemental plan), they ONLY get paid when they see you! So for most doctors, a balanced “book of business (patients)” makes a lot of sense for them economically. If you are turning 65 or retiring anytime in the near future, please call to schedule a no-fee consultation, it costs you NOTHING to enroll in your Medicare plan using my services. You’ll see why hundreds of people faced with the same decision as you feel relieved and happy that they took the time to meet with me.

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A growing number of infants and toddlers are being seen around South OC wearing a beautiful, stylish amber stone necklace. Their parents put them on their babies to “assist in the process of childhood teething,� but do they really work?

Teething As a pediatric dentist, I've witnessed the teething process all of my professional career - I've seen babies teethe throughout the first 2 1/2 years of their lives. The first baby tooth typically erupts between the ages of six to eight months and infants will continue to grow their 20 teeth throughout their first two-anda-half years. Those brand new pearly whites do penetrate out of the gums with certain level of discomfort and that the level of discomfort may vary from child to child. It is very common to see teething accompanied by natural biological changes including mild fever, increased drooling, changes in feeding habits, some congestion and overall fussiness of the child. Babies oral sensations are much stronger and different than adults and so these changes may be heightened or felt differently by them.

Amber Teething necklaces are made from a fossilized tree resin called Baltic Amber claim to reduce teething pain by releasing Succinic acid. Amber is claimed to release this analgesic compound as the beads come in contact with child’s body heat and are believed to transfer its chemicals through skin and sweat.

What science says Despite these claims, scientific evidence and research data has demonstrated that no Succinic acid is released from Baltic Amber at body temperature. And even if minute amounts are released, no significant amount will be absorbed by sweat at body temperature. While many parents swear by the efficacy of these pretty baubles, current science definitively debunks the release of Succinic acid from Amber and its analgesic effect on teething babies.

What to watch out for Unfortunately there have been a number of cases reported of these amber necklaces resulting in strangulation and can pose a choking hazard if they break. The American Academy of Pediatric Medicine and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry both advise parents against allowing their infants to wear any type of jewelry. But for parents who want to give these necklaces a try, I would encourage that they ensure that the thread or string holding the beads together is not easily broken and make sure the necklace is not long and stretchy enough to cause entanglement around babies neck. Watch your child closely as they wear these necklaces and make sure they are frequently washed and cleaned.

Alternative teething treatments I really prefer the chewable toys that are specifically made for teething. Bigger sized rubber or plastic teething toys that can't be swallowed by baby or even cold or frozen cloths are recommended. APRIL 2016



Frozen fruit (such as banana or apple) can aid in minimizing teething pain and has the bonus of being a nutritious alternative. If you feel that the teething pain is extreme, mild pain relievers under the consultation and prescription of a Pediatric Dentist or Pediatrician can also help. I would advise against overthe-counter oral gels since case studies report possible GI and stomach side effects. Just remember that the process of teething is very normal - it happens for all infants and it will pass soon. Best of luck to all you mommy and daddies out there who are trying to make this period as smooth as possible for your beautiful baby. Dr. Azi A. Ardakani, DDS can be reached at Little Heroes Pediatric located at 26534 Moulton Parkway, Suite C in Laguna Hills by calling (949) 342-1484 or visiting

SPOTLIGHT ON Melisa Chandler Photography By Jody Robinson

The holidays are right around the corner, and in our house, we take advantage of the opportunity to plan our annual family portrait when three generations of relatives are here visiting and we have everyone under one roof.


e have been lucky to find a wonderful local photographer who is simply a joy to work with. Melisa Chandler of Chandler Photography has beautifully captured our family in cherished images that adorn the walls of each of our family members’ homes. She might come from humble beginnings in Santa Cruz armed with a used 35mm camera, but she’s made a quite a name for herself as South County’s affordable and professional studio/location photographer. Specializing in family portraits, weddings, engagements, corporate and pet photos, along with photo restoration and much more, Melisa is fully vested in getting to know you so she captures your best photo-self at the right moment, so you’ll treasure it for a lifetime. “I love what I do,” says Melisa, who has been a professional photographer for nearly 20 years. “My business is 90% word of mouth. I am very patient, and I do whatever I can to make my sessions stress-less and fun for my clients!” Melisa is also famous for her participation in local school fundraisers for many schools in San Clemente. She’s also a Photoshop expert and works alongside her husband to ensure you get the best quality prints possible. “I have about seven years of experience with digital workflows

and print fulfillment with a focus on digital retouching and document restoration,” Melisa says. “My focus is on digital imagery, highlighting on creative digital photography and concept work and offer experience-backed full retouching and digital photo-editing services at unbeatable rates. From simple clean up of the casual stray hair to full head and body replacement or background switching, I’ll happily discuss your digital editing and retouching needs as part of our services. Just give me a call!” Connect with Melisa and Tim by calling (949) 388-1859 or visit APRIL 2016





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Pets of the Month Ten month old Sasha is a sweet little kitten looking to win your heart. A wonderful lap kitty, Sasha enjoys being pet and brushed. Her other hobbies include bird watching and taking cat naps in the sun. Take her home and you’re sure to have a friend for life.



This little cutie is Poppy and she’s ready for a new start! At only 8 months old, Poppy is a speedy little girl and really knows how to move! Keeping up with her happy personality can be tons of laughs. Poppy is litter box trained and would make an fun addition to the family.

Max is a fun-loving pooch who loves the great outdoors. Whether he’s joining you on an adventurous hike or just a romp in the yard, Max enjoys staying active. When it’s time to take a break, he is well-mannered in the house as well and very potty trained. Max will make a great best friend, but does prefer to be the only pet in the house.

Meet Freesia, an 8 month old dwarf mix hoping for a new home. Freesia is an active girl and loves to zip around her pen. Once she settles down, she doesn’t mind being held and pet. Freesia has excellent litter box habits and would make a nice house bunny in loving indoor home.

If you would like to know more about the animals listed here, please call the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter at (949)492-1617, or visit with them at 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente.

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Medicare Advantage Plan Networks Most people I meet have the wrong impression of what a Medicare Advantage plan network is. Once they hear “HMO” they visualize a network that controls the doctor’s ability to act independently and no access to the best hospitals in Orange County. The networks that participate in Medicare Advantage plans are an association of physicians in private practice along with hospitals, labs and urgent care centers. These types of networks, even though they are referred to as an “HMO” are very different from the Kaiser/HMO structure. Medicare Advantage plan networks deal with independent, private-practice physicians that are part of a coordinated network that works together to promote excellence in patient care. There are some really big networks here in Orange County. Most people that live in South Orange County would want to go to the Hoag, Mission, Saddleback, or UCI hospitals. All of these hospitals participate in Medicare Advantage plan networks. This is just a brief overview on how a Medicare Advantage plan network is structured. My goal is to help people understand this important information and the Medicare process better. If you’d like to learn more, please feel free to contact me for a complimentary consultation for you or a loved one. APRIL 2016



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ou’re handcuffed to a steel pipe along with 3 of your KGB comrades. You have 60 minutes to try to escape from an amazing array of obstacles while your captors from the CIA take their lunch break. Do you have what it takes to use your brain like you’ve never used it before in order to solve the numerous puzzles, clues and hurdles that stand in the way of your struggle for sweet freedom? If this sounds intriguing to you then it’s time you checked out the newest craze sweeping the country, Escape Rooms. So-Cal Safari takes you to Escape the Place in Mission Viejo on the April episode. Watch teams battle to escape from one of the many sets of gauntlets that create the drama and tension that brings beads of sweat pouring from their forehead. Perhaps you woke up in the Hangover room and you have no idea how you got there, all you know is YOU NEED TO GET OUT. Or perhaps you’re competing with another group of people trapped in The Chamber, a set of identical rooms where you compete head to head. Can you escape before the explosion brings the building down. Watch So-Cal Safari nightly at 10 pm, Monday - Friday and twice on Saturdays on Cox Channel 3. APRIL 2016



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Vines, Wines, Fine Dining … and Family-Friendly Fun in

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By Ann LAurence

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I am a mom. It’s a fact that may belie my bias when I tell you that sometimes a girl simply needs a break. Children, husbands, work, the unending demands of every single day… it catches up with you. Even the oft-offered advice, “You must make time for yourself!” can feel like just another pressure.



boon - they turned us onto what was arguably the highlight of the trip: the Napa Valley Wine Train. What better way to experience the views and vintages, enjoy a gourmet meal and step back in time to a bygone era of luxury, class and nostalgic train travel in the days when rails ruled as the preferred mode of getting around than to step aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train (


he anecdote to the mayhem? A few relaxing days away in wine country, visiting family and friends. With our two young children in tow, my husband and I headed to Napa, where we whiled away the days wining, dining and spending quality time with the kids and engaging in adult endeavors like wine tasting and fine dining.

You might not think of Napa Valley wine country as a family-friendly travel destination, but there’s plenty to keep the kiddos entertained, particularly at both of the premier properties we experienced on a recent visit: The Silverado Resort and Spa ( and The Meritage Resort and Spa ( more on both later. Napa is known for its panoramic vistas, fine dining and history. Because we were only in town for a few days, we wanted to be able to sample the best of the region’s varietals without having to drive from winery to winery. Having friends with local knowledge proved to be a particular Meritage Resort and Spa

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The Napa Valley railway dates back to the late 19th century and eventually became part of the Southern Pacific Railroad (the original passenger service was discontinued in 1929). Sixty years later, when Southern Pacific petitioned to abandon the line, a group of local investors formed the Napa Valley Railroad (NVRR) and purchased the right of way to preserve a piece of history for future generations. With 100-year-old railcars and a 150-yearold rail corridor, the NVRR has evolved into one of the most popular excursion trains in the country. The Wine Train’s gourmet lunch and dinner trains began service in 1989 and the line, which now includes 36 miles of track, rolls by 26 different wineries at about 10 miles an hour (the trip, which lasted just shy of three, started and ended at the downtown Napa station). Diners enjoy a delicious, multiple course gourmet meal prepared in one of the antique train’s trio of on-board kitchens, where the Wine Train’s passionate culinary team cooks up fresh, California cuisine made to order for each guest. Our friends also turned us on to a pair of distinctly different and equally wonderful accommodations options: The Silverado Resort and Spa and The Meritage Resort and Spa.

Silverado Resort and Spa

SILVERADO RESORT AND SPA Situated along Napa Valley’s scenic Silverado Trail, the Silverado Resort and Spa (www.silveradoresort. com) features four different family-friendly “neighborhoods” to choose from - the two-bedroom condo we stayed at came with perks like a fully-equipped kitchen, refrigerator, dishwasher, toaster and microwave and a dining area with a table for four for the convenience of eating in and plenty of square footage for everyone to have their own space. There is nothing understated about this gorgeous, rambling property - from the palm-treelined drive winding its way up to the “mansion,” the resort’s white antebellum-style main building and the 390 rooms scattered across 1,200 acres to the sheer abundance of outdoor and indoor activities for enthusiasts of all ages, including two 18-hole golf courses, 10 swimming pools, three restaurants, 13 tennis courts, nearby hiking and jogging trails, bike rentals and onsite bocce.

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Dining, Arts & Entertainment

Girls Night: The Musical GIRLS NIGHT: THE MUSICAL has been thrilling audiences and earning rave reviews since its sensational Off-Broadway debut. 7:30pm. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.


Dana Point Farmers Market Each Saturday, California farmers bring fresh produce to sell at the Dana Point Farmers Market from 9:00am to 1:00pm. The Dana Point Farmers Market is located in La Plaza Park on Pacific Coast Highway near the Clock Tower. The first Saturday of each month features a Craft Fair that runs until 3:00pm.


Laguna Niguel/ Aliso Viejo Farmers Market Local honey, lots of fruit, and a vast array of Asian and Western greens are among the draws. Many prepared foods, but no crafts and/or other non-food items. 9am-1pm. 27068 La Paz Road, Aliso Viejo.


Happy Hour Half off appetizers and wine at Brio Tuscany Grill. 24050 Camino Del Avion, Dana Point. 3:306:30pm.


Taco Tuesday Ricardo’s Place Mexican Restaurant. 32082 Camino Capistrano San Juan Capistrano. 11am9pm (every Tuesday).


First Thursdays Art Walk Laguna Beach The art season in Laguna Beach flourishes year round with First Thursdays Art Walk. This educational monthly art event, held on the first Thursday of every month from 6 – 9pm, celebrates the diverse cultural art scene of Laguna Beach and is free to the public. PCH Laguna Beach.


Live Music Live Music at Villa Roma Argentine & Italian Cusine. 25254 La Paz Laguna Hills.


Annual ‘Gardenfest’ - San Clemente This years highlights include annual Plant Sale and Garden Flea Market, exhibits demonstrating sustainable practices for your garden, garden related opportunities in our community. San Clemente Community Center Avenida Del Mar at Calle Seville. 8:00 am to 3:00 pm


San Juan Capistrano Farmers Market Each Wednesday, residents and visitors can enjoy purchasing fresh flowers, produce, and specialty foods at the San Juan Capistrano Farmers’ Market. The market features up to 30 vendors and is held at Yorba Street and Camino Capistrano right in the heart of downtown San Juan Capistrano. 3-7pm


Wine Wednesdays 50% Off Bottles of Wine at Tannins Restaurant & Wine Bar. 27211 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano. 6-9pm.

from 9:00am to 1:00pm. The Dana Point Farmers Market is located in La Plaza Park on Pacific Coast Highway near the Clock Tower.

Live Music Live Music at Villa Roma Argentine & Italian Cusine. 25254 La Paz Laguna Hills.


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San Clemente Farmers Market Bundles of flowers, fresh produce and much more every Sunday on Avenida Del Mar. Rain or shine. 9 a.m.–1 p.m.


Happy Hour Half off appetizers and wine at Brio Tuscany Grill . 24050 Camino Del Avion, Dana Point. 3:306:30pm.


Taco Tuesday Ricardo’s Place Mexican Restaurant. 32082 Camino Capistrano San Juan Capistrano. 11am9pm (every Tuesday).


Wine Wednesdays 50% Off Bottles of Wine at Tannins Restaurant & Wine Bar. 27211 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano. 6-9pm.


Ladies Night at Savannah Chop House. Free craft cocktail or glass of wine (with food purchase) All night. 32441 Golden Lantern Laguna Niguel.


San Clemente Micro-Brew Fest - San Clemente Enjoy Micro-Brew sampling, home-made food provided by various nonprofit organizations and live entertainment. VIP guests enjoyed tours of the Left Coast Brewery and premier samplings. Held at Left Coast Brewing Co. 1245 Puerta Del Sol in San Clemente from 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM.


Eco Garden Expo - San Juan Capistrano Hosted and organized by Goin Native Therapeutic Gardens, a non-profit organization, Eco Garden Expo is free to the public and will feature a huge plant sale and a vast array of unique environmental friendly products, resources and services from vendors throughout Southern CA. Los Rios Park San Juan Capistrano

Contemporary Italian Cuisine Doheny Wood Doheny Wood is one of the Premier Woodie Events of the year, presented by the largest Woodie organization in the world, Southern California Woodie Club. Over 150 classic wooden cars, surf wagons will be on display. Doheny State Beach [south end of park].

BUY 1 ENTREE, GET 1 ENTREE AT Dine in only. Not valid on takeout orders.


Happy Hour Half off appetizers and wine at Brio Tuscany Grill . 24050 Camino Del Avion, Dana Point. 3:30-6:30pm.

50% OFF

Full Premium Bar Italian & California Wines


Taco Tuesday Ricardo’s Place Mexican Restaurant. 32082 Camino Capistrano San Juan Capistrano. 11am-9pm (every Tuesday).


Late Night Happy Hour $6 Small bites and $5 cocktail specials at Savannah Chop House. 32441 Golden Lantern LN. 8:30pm-close.


ENTERTAINING MADE EASY! Let Us Do the Cooking For You Catering & Takeout

Dana Point Farmers Market Each Saturday, California farmers bring fresh produce to sell at the Dana Point Farmers Market from 9:00am to 1:00pm. The Dana Point Farmers Market is located in La Plaza Park on Pacific Coast Highway near the Clock Tower.

Event Submission: APRIL 2016


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enoSTEAK By Jody Robinson

Delicious dishes, an extensive - and impressive - wine selection and impeccable service defines this signature restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel


he menu at this intimate, contemporary steakhouse highlights “sustainability-focused cuisine” - each grilled-to-perfection, mouthwatering steak comes from prime grass-fed, pasture-raised beef with no growth hormones or antibiotics. The organic produce used to create the inventive salads (think asparagus Ibérico salad with a poached egg and caviar crème fraîche) and side dishes (including the sauteed wild mushrooms and petite peas) is grown locally and harvested at the peak of the season, allowing for maximum flavor.

Everything is sourced from farms within 150 miles from the resort. The majority of the herbs are gathered from the resort’s organic garden. Every meal starts with a complimentary pâté - on this night it was a chicken liver pâté accompanied by a multigrain ciabatta bread. Personally, I’ve never been a big fan of pâté, but apparently enoSTEAK serves this acquired taste with aplomb because the aficionados at the next table raved about the taste and texture. Having said that, I loved the presentation - the pâté arrived on a custom “conversation piece” crafted from recycled wine bottles created by Elizabeth Gurklys, a Southern California glass artist.

Accompanying the handcrafted meats and seafood are a selection of five enoSTEAK signature compound butters including black The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel summer truffle, roasted One Ritz Carlton Drive heirloom tomato, garLaguna Niguel den herb and garlic, 30i (949) 240-2000 enoSTEAK butter and tarragon béarnaise sauce.

For starters, enoSTEAK showcases artisanal cheeses and charcuterie - a curated selected of cured meats that are perfectly paired with a glass of a classic California vintage. Did I mention the extensive wine selection? This is clearly a restaurant that caters to the wine connoisseur - there are over 40 varieties on the dinner menu, but the master list boasts nearly 200 wines to choose from - the impressive decorative glass “wine tower” that serves as the centerpiece of the dining room holds approximately 300 bottles.

Chicken and seafood options are on the menu - the chicken is Jidori™, which means “chicken of the earth” and all of the fish is sustainable and either farm raised or pole/troll caught. But make no mistake: the steak here is king. Each handcrafted cut, including the Grilled Prime Bone-in New York Steak, the Grilled Prime Rib Eye Stek and the Grass-Fed Beef Tenderloin is from Niman Ranch, a farm that is committed to raising the highest quality breeds and is dedicated to caring for its livestock traditionally.

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As delicious as the dishes are and as warm and inviting as the ambiance is, great service makes the dining experience here all the more memorable each member of the team, from the hostess to the waitstaff, was extremely personable, attentive, knowledgeable and unobtrusive. enoSTEAK is located at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, located at 1 Ritz Carlton Drive in Dana Point. For information or reservations, please call (949) 240-2000.



SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2016 10:30 AM-5:00 PM (rain or shine) ■ 900 Musicians and Dancers on 4 Stages ■ Art, Dance, Games ■ International Food ■ Children’s Adventure Land

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Email: Call: (949) 480-4081 Soka University 1 University Drive Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 From I-5 exit at Oso/Pacific Park Drive, west to Wood Canyon Drive. Turn left and go 1 mile.

■ And Much More! International Attire Encouraged PRESENTING SPONSOR:


* Parking on Campus $10 cash. Please Carpool. Game tickets and international food priced individually.

How a Burnt Roast Inspired a Theatre Classic! By Beverly Blake and Tom ScoTT

The origin of the idea for The Odd Couple play varies depending upon the source. One version in Danny Simon's obituary (Neil Simon’s brother) reported in The Washington Post by Adam Bernstein was that the idea for the play came from Danny’s divorce.


r. Simon had moved in with a newly single theatrical agent named Roy Gerber in Hollywood, and they invited friends over one night. Mr. Simon botched the pot roast. The next day, Gerber said: "Sweetheart, that was a lovely dinner last night. What are we going to have tonight?" Mr. Simon replied: "What do you mean, cook you dinner? You never take me out to dinner. You never bring me flowers." Danny Simon then wrote a partial first draft of the play, and handed over the idea to brother Neil.

Neil Simon introduces us to Oscar who can’t be bothered with orderly details. He doesn’t care if there are month-old leftovers in the fridge because his mind is on other things that he considers more important. He also wouldn’t care if there is an unread stack of newspapers on the desk because someday he will read them. Felix, however, would just bulldoze the desk. Felix is written as the person whose attitude toward possessions is cavalier because anything nonfunctional is just another dust catcher. As with other neat people it is his mission to clean and organize everything, even other people’s lives. You’d never hear him say “live and let live”! When Neil Simon brings these two types together in The Odd Couple, no good deed goes unpunished. Oscar’s generosity at opening his home to Felix is punished by Felix’s attempt to change his lifestyle. Felix’s attempt to improve Oscar is punished by Oscar’s resentment. Simon’s genius is what makes this story as funny today as when it was first performed in 1965.

The Odd Couple runs weekends from April 15th to May 1st at Camino Real Playhouse in San Juan Capistrano.

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Soka University of America presents:

SOKA UNIVERSITY’S 15TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL Saturday, May 7 @10:30am Soka University’s 15th Annual International Festival on May 7, 2016 from 10:30 to 5:00 will feature over 900 international musicians and dancers, 250 exhibitors, international food, children’s Adventure Land with games and inflatable rides, children’s clay workshop, art exhibitions, ceramic sales and demonstrations! The International Festival is a proud partner of Orange County Imagination Celebration.  Admission is FREE!  Parking on campus is $10 cash.  

Saturday, April 2 @5pm Join Soka University’s Ka Pilina Ho’olokahi Hawaiian Dance Club for an all-you-can-eat buffet with roast pig by Bon Appetit and a wonderful show of Pacific Island dances performed by SUA students. Buffet opens at 5 pm. Show starts at 5:30 pm on the Campus Green (outdoor seating).

A TRIBUTE TO TOM HARRELL Friday, April 8 @8pm


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Storm Large has made a name for herself as one of the singers of the retro chic band, Pink Martini, and on the stage of Carnegie Hall performing Kurt Weill with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. For this performance, Storm joins forces with members of her band, Le Bonheur to perform classics from the Great American Songbook and original compositions with a compelling mix of smoldering seduction, a touch of edgy humor and unquestionable class.

golobalFEST ON THE ROAD: CREOLE CARNIVAL Sunday, April 3 @7pm Over the past decade, globalFEST has become one of the most dynamic global music platforms in North America. What started as an annual showcase in New York has grown into an international brand, building audiences for world music with globalFEST-Creole Carnival stages at SXSW, Bonnaroo, and beyond. globalFEST On The Road: Creole Carnival will feature three outstanding acts: Emeline Michel – hailed as the reigning queen of Haitian Song, Casuarina – one of the most respected samba bands of Brazil, and YOUTUBE sensation Brushy One-String.

An All-Star tribute to one of the greatest jazz trumpet players of our time: Tom Harrell. Tom will be here with his regular bandmates Ugonna Okegwo and Johnathan Blake to kick off the celebration. They will be joined by Grammy Award winning saxophonist Joe Lovano, vocalist Judi Silvano, pianists Kenny Werner and Larry Vuckovich, flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny and trumpeters Sean Jones and Ron Stout. You won’t want to miss this incredible mix of outstanding musicians. BRENTANO STRING QUARTET Saturday, April 9 @8pm Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. “Passionate, uninhibited and spellbinding,” raves the London Independent; the New York Times extols its “luxuriously warm sound [and] yearning lyricism”. SUNDAYS AT SOKA WITH PACIFIC SYMPHONY

Rachel Lee Priday & Juan-Miguel Hernandez

Sunday, April 17 @3pm The final concert of the MOZART! series will feature Mozart’s Concertante for Violin and Viola. Also being performed will be Symphony No. 41.

Come early for Dinner! Soka Bistro is open for dinner M-F 5:30-7:30 pm, Sat/Sun 5:00-7:00 pm. Only $11.25 for an all-you-can-eat buffet.

Box Office: (949) 480-4ART (4278);

Box Office Hours Mon-Fri: 10am to 2pm APRIL 2016



Box Office will be open 1 hour prior to scheduled performance times on performance days.

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