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December 2015 Publisher Community Publications LLC. Editor Jody Robinson (714) 596-6611 jody@southcountymag.com

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 Jennifer Becker Beverly Blake Stephanie Frisch Shelley Hancock Dr. Samuel Henderson, PhD Nicole Howard Donald A. Hunsberger Ann Laurence Mary McPherson Randy Rose Tom Scott C. Lawrence “Larry” Thomas Scott E. West, DDS 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 jody@southcountymag.com


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Backstreet Home Décor Accents and accessories to make a house your “home” By Jody Robinson Photography by Melisa ChandleR, ChandleR PhotogRaPhy

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hen writing a showcase on their respective businesses, it’s always nice to be able to get to know these individuals through the perspective of their clientele, but it’s even more fun when I can count myself among their customers. Such is the case with this month’s cover feature subject: Susie Smith, owner of Backstreet Home Decor - the landmark San Clemente boutique on El Camino Real with a second high-profile storefront in the heart of downtown on Del Mar Street - a thriving business that evolved from a single mom’s desire to spend more time with her young children.

In 1978, Susie was working as a dental hygienist. But as rewarding as it was to have found success in the career path for which she had pursued her education and training, her full-time hours kept the young mother from being at home. For fun, Susie began making dried and silk floral arrangements for herself and her friends - her creations were met with such overwhelming response that she started selling arrangements out of her garage and as demand increased, she even began teaching classes in floral design. “I was a mom, a single one and working full time,” she says. “I longed to be at home with my children and wondered if perhaps I could turn this hobby into a real business.” With the encouragement of her friends, Sue “took a flying leap of faith” and opened Backstreet Home Decor and over the course of the following 35+ years grew from a 500-square-foot shop to the thriving business it is today. Between the two locations, Backstreet Home Decor and Backstreet on Del Mar encompass 5,000-square-feet of showroom space filled with fabulous fine furniture, lamps, mirrors, wall art and what is arguably the largest selection of the most stunningly realistic, gorgeous custom silk florals, trees and foliage.

discover that you could literally spend hours looking at all of Susan’s wonderful offerings, which range in style from Old World to contemporary.

Susie now has a staff of well-qualified associates that will provide in-home consultation specializing in full service, accent, accessorizing - as well as residential and commercial Christmas and holiday décor. This could involve “pulling together all the existing design elements in a home, or accenting a room with different picture frames, artwork, trees and florals, creating a new look or accent or designing a complete makeover.

Each piece is reflective of Susan’s keen eye for color, quality, texture, design detail and style - a fact not lost on the scores of professional designers who regularly shop here to decorate their client’s homes.

“Client budget vary, of course,” says Susie. “Sometimes we do several rooms at a time, but for many clients, we just suggest that they start with a single room and then go from there. I like to start with the home’s foyer. When we get the right feeling for the entry, the rest of the process begins to flow from that direction.”

Beverly Stadler, past president of the Orange County Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, who has been buying Susie’s designs for her clients for nearly 30 years says “Susie is fabulous to work with. She has endless creativity and style. And her accessories and decor are fabulous ... and at incredible prices too! I recommend Backstreet to everyone - designers and clients.”

Looks can definitely be deceiving. From the road, the main location - located on El Camino Real - appears to be a small storefront, its windows displaying beautiful decorative items, jewelry, handbags and accessories. Step inside, however, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll

Homeowners who have taken advantage of Susan’s in-home consultation rave that she was able to suggest just the right furniture, decor, florals and color palette to create the look they were dreaming of - a fact that I can personally - and happily - attest to. When our family moved from San Clemente to San Juan Capistrano two years ago, Susie’s showroom the first and only stop I needed to make for the decorative items and accessories that would make our new house a “home.” Friends and family have all complimented me on my “design style,” but I have to give credit where credit is due. Susie would be too humble to call herself an “artist,” so I’ll do it for her. Her vision of color, texture, line, shape, natural proportion and balance reDECEMBER 2015

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While everything in her store speaks of high quality, her prices are surprisingly affordable. Because of longstanding relationships with vendors from the top decor lines across the county, Susan is able to acquire furniture and accessories at substantial discounts which she in turn passes along to her customers. “We only LOOK expensive,” she says. “What sets us apart is that all of our florals are custom designed on the premises. We work with our clientele to create exactly what they want. We really try to come up with the unusual - unique items that you just won’t find in every single store.”

sulted in the beautiful floral arrangements and wall hangings that adorn our home, along with just the right accent and “statement pieces” to visually tie everything together. “The ideas keep coming everyday from everywhere,” says Susan, when asked where she derives the inspiration for her designs. “Gardens, trees, flowers, photos, magazines and people. I have so many ideas and it’s such fun to work with my clients to make their thoughts and concepts into real pieces for their homes.’’ She credits her suppliers with providing the very best materials in the industry for her to work with, and is known by the design profession to have the best selection of silk florals and trees in the region. The best testament to any business owner’s success are the comments that come directly from satisfied customers like Lloyd W. Glass of Coto De Caza who says “Susie is fantastic. She has done great work, with no problem, just great results since I met her years ago. She is the real deal.” Cindy Caster of Dana Point echoes Lloyd’s sentiment and adds “Susie has a great eye for all styles and she is a joy to know and work with.”

Susie would like to thank all of her friends and clients for their business for over 35 years. “Because of your loyal support, my adrenaline is still pumping, my energy is flowing and I still LOVE designing! Thank you so much!” If her gorgeous showroom and principled business practices weren’t enough to draw you in, Susie is one of the nicest people in town - genuinely passionate about what she does and more importantly, equally enthusiastic about building and developing longterm relationships with her clientele. “The customer is most important, not what they are buying,” says Susie. “So many of my customers have become my good friends. I am blessed to have such wonderful people in my life.”

Connect with Susie by stopping by Backstreet Home Decor at 307 N. El Camino Real in San Clemente, calling (949) 498-2210 or visitwww.backstreethomedecor.com DECEMBER 2015

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Developing New Treatment Options for Alzheimer’s Disease By Samuel Henderson, PhD

ABOUT ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

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lzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that primarily affects the elderly. Although researchers do not fully understand what causes Alzheimer’s, recent research provides new insight into when the disease begins and how it progresses. It has become clear that Alzheimer’s begins years, even decades, before symptoms begin to emerge, and is now considered a spectrum of disorders. The disease begins silently with no outward sign that anything is wrong. In this stage memory and thinking are normal, but there are subtle signs of the diseases presence. These signs can only be detected using sophisticated imaging techniques or other biomarkers. This stage is called prodromal Alzheimer’s. At this stage there are no symptoms of the disease, but the seeds have begun to germinate. As the disease progresses, memory and thinking begin to be affected in subtle ways; misplacing keys and wallets are common and there may DECEMBER 2015

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be increasing difficulty with financial tasks. In this stage, called mild cognitive impairment (MCI) due to Alzheimer’s disease, there are symptoms, but the symptoms aren’t severe enough to get in the way of day to day life. Once symptoms worsen to the point where difficulties with memory and thinking are interfering with daily life, a doctor may take a closer look to rule out other possible causes, such as sleep problems or anemia. Once these are ruled out, a diagnosis of probable Alzheimer’s disease will be made. It is called probable Alzheimer’s disease because a confirmed diagnosis can only be made through an autopsy after death. Once probable Alzheimer’s has been diagnosed, the disease will often progress through three broad categories called mild, moderate and severe. In mild Alzheimer’s disease, common difficulties include: • Misplacing objects • Coming up with the right words or names • Planning or organizing tasks

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approved in the last 12 years have been changes in dosing or extended release formulations of pre-existing drugs. The success rate in the development of new drugs for Alzheimer’s disease in the 10 year period of 2002 to 2012 was 0.4%. By comparison, drug development in cancer during the same time period had a success rate of 18%.

In moderate Alzheimer’s disease, common difficulties include: • Forgetfulness of one’s address or telephone number • Confusion about where they are or what day it is • Trouble choosing proper clothing for the season or the weather

WHY HAS DRUG DEVELOPMENT IN ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE BEEN SO DIFFICULT?

In severe Alzheimer’s disease, common difficulties include: • Inability to complete daily activities and personal care • Loss of movement and eventually the ability to swallow • Difficulty with speech and the ability to communicate There are no cures for Alzheimer’s disease, and in many cases the disease progresses until death. Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease for the patient and their family. Unfortunately, the disease is far too common. In the U.S. alone there are about 5.3 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease. Of these, the majority are over 65 years old, and nearly 2 out of 3 are women. With the growth of the U.S. population age 65 and older, the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease will continue to grow. Estimates of future disease prevalence suggest that by 2050, the number Americans with Alzheimer’s will more than double, from 5.3 million to a projected 13.8 million. In addition, according to the Alzheimer’s Association: • Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia • Every 67 seconds someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s disease • 1 in 3 seniors die with Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia • Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death • Among the top 10 causes of death, Alzheimer’s disease is the only one that cannot be prevented, slowed or cured

DEVELOPING NEW TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE New drugs for Alzheimer’s are desperately needed. At the current time, only two classes of drugs have been approved for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Despite years of intense effort, the search for new drugs to combat the disease has come up empty. The last new drug substance was approved in 2003. The only new drugs DECEMBER 2015

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The predominant theory in Alzheimer’s drug development suggests that Alzheimer’s disease is caused by the accumulation of sticky proteins in the brain called beta-amyloid. The majority of drugs being developed have targeted the accumulation of this beta-amyloid. Unfortunately, every antiamlyoid study that has moved into the final stages has either failed to demonstrate efficacy, or had to be stopped due to the drug worsening the disease. It has been suggested that use of antiamyloid agents may need to be started earlier in the disease process, as early as the MCI stage. At this early stage it might be early enough to intervene. The good news is that several large studies have begun to investigate antiamyloid treatments in special populations early in the disease to test this idea. With the failure of antiamyloid strategies in large trials, the field has begun to investigate new disease pathways that may be more amenable to drug development. These new pathways include targeting other aspects of the disease, such as metabolic defects and the accumulation of a protein called tau. Several new trials are currently underway to test these new pathways. All of these studies require the participation of patients and caregivers in clinical trials. One of the best ways to contribute to finding new drugs is to participate in one of these trials. To find a trial near you, you can visit a website run by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (www. Clinicaltrials.gov). This website lists all past, present and future trials. Dr. Samuel Henderson, PhD is the Vice President of Research & Development at Accera Inc. Accera is a clinical stage pharmaceutical company that develops therapies for central nervous system disorders. Dr. Henderson has been working on Alzheimer’s disease and neurodegenerative disease research for more than 10 years. Previously, he investigated the genetics of aging at the University of Colorado and was the Lead Scientist at GenoPlex, Inc. researching anti-aging technologies. Dr. Henderson received his PhD in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology from the University of Chicago, and has a BA in biology from Washington University.

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PORTABILITY AND THE SENIOR GIRL:

Why Couples need to revisit their “A/B” Trusts By Donald A. Hunsberger

Back in the 1980’s and 1990’s, when most of us first did our living trusts, Estate Attorneys and Accountants chanted the praises of dividing our estates into two or three parts when the first spouse died.

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deceased partner had when she or he died in case we need it later. Why make our trust more complicated if we don’t need to?

hat we were told then was right: the best way to avoid probate and at the same time reduce or eliminate Estate Taxes was to slice the trust in two at the first death to take advantage of the $600,000.00 that each partner in a marriage could pass on to children without any tax bill to pay. For most people, that eliminated the possibility of an estate tax. Now, in 2015, the Tax Code allows each spouse–alone– to pass $5,430,000.00: more than nine times the tax free estate that earlier rules allowed. This is great, but what about our trusts that say the surviving spouse still must divide the trust in two, when the combined assets the survivor owns has may be only 10% of the tax free amount (the “Exemption”) for one person? Quite simply, the exemption is so high that most people will not want their trusts to require a division at the first death (although there may be some rare situations where it still makes sense). For those folks, there is an option which you might call the “Wait and See” alternative for living trusts. The American Tax Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) allows a choice between spouses when it comes to estate taxes called “Portability.” Basically, the surviving spouse has the option to not do an immediate division of the estate at the first death, but instead, to file an Estate Tax Return and “elect” to apply the unused Exemption of the deceased spouse at a later time if it is needed due to changes such as fluctuations in either the amount of their estate or the amount of the tax free amount allowed in the Tax Code. This is great news, since we really don’t want to have to file a second tax return every year for the “Split” trust which the division at first death creates. Instead, we want to just preserve the ability to use the tax free exemption that our DECEMBER 2015

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But beware of two things: first, we need to change our trusts to allow this “option” by having it modified to permit the surviving spouse to not divide the trust in half at the first death; and second, we need to have our attorney modify the document to allow the trustee to file an estate tax return (Form 706)even if no tax is due so that the surviving spouse can make the “Portability Election.” And remember: if you don’t make this election by filing the Estate Tax Return within 9 months after your spouse dies, then you lose the option unless you request an automatic 6-month extension of time to file on Form 4768 filed before the due date of Form 706. If the survivor waits until after the 9 months pass to file the election, the option is not available. Some advisors feel the completion of a portability election for smaller estates is not necessary. However, remember two factors: first, an estate may grow unexpectedly following the first death, and second, Congress could change the amount of Estate Tax Free assets we are allowed to pass tax-free when we die. The Portability Election is an easy option to protect our heirs from either possibility.

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 www.hunsbergerlaw.com

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Keeping up with the Ever-Changing Business Environment By C. LawrenCe “Larry” Thomas

While our local economy continues to improve, the challenges facing the smaller business also seem to continue.

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n preparing this article, I searched “challenges facing small businesses” and was surprised at the number of articles I found. As I read them, I discovered that they were published from 2008 until today. The challenges mentioned have evolved from “raising capital to survive” in 2008 to “finding the right employees” in 2013, and “keeping up with technology” in 2015. That evolution is heartening (our economic outlook is improving) and frightening (when will business be fun again?). The lesson, it seems, is to learn to adapt to the ever-changing business environment. How do we do that? Here are a few ideas.

Read and learn all you can about the current economic conditions and where the experts think the economy is going. Focus on the economic facts and try to separate the emotion of politics from the consideration of the facts. Politically we all have our biases that influence our thoughts, but if we are planning, we must be realistic. As someone once said “it is what it is.” I would add to that “not necessarily what we want it to be.” Talk to your peers in town. Get their take on what is happening. That may be through the Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Business Association, or some other such group. It might be an ad hoc group you build yourself. It might be through your service club (Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, or Exchange). Make this a habit, not a one-time thing. Most everyone is anxious to share this knowledge. Realize that the situation is in a constant state of change and requires constant attention to understand it.

cial statements monthly or quarterly with your team. Realize that there is a balance between minimizing taxes and being “bankable.” Ask for their advice. You might get them together, share your plans and needs, and discuss strategies to get you where you need to be, jointly. None of us can do it all ourselves, by ourselves. We all need some form of assistance (professional and informal). I can assure you that here at Partners Bank we have relied on our customers, directors, paid advisors, dedicated professional employees, and many other sources of information to weather the storms of the past few years. As a result, we are financially strong, growing, providing some of the best banking service available, and looking forward to helping our customers continue their success. As we say at Partners Bank, “connect with success.”

Build a team of experts to help you. You need relationships with a taxation expert, a financial planner, an attorney, and a banker. Share with them and be open. You might circulate finan-

C. Lawrence “Larry” Thomas is Senior Vice President, Regional Manager (South Orange County) for Partners Bank of California. Larry can be reached at (949) 732-4020.  Partners Bank of California - Member FDIC. DECEMBER 2015

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Higher Penalties for Uninsured in 2016 By Stephanie FriSch

If you don’t have health insurance in 2016, you’ll pay the higher of these two amounts: 2.5% of your yearly household income (Only the amount of income above the tax filing threshold, about $10,150 for an individual in 2014, is used to calculate the penalty.)

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he maximum penalty is the national average premium for a Bronze plan. Or, you’ll pay $695 per person ($347.50 per child under 18). The maximum penalty per family using this method is $2,085. Bottom line is it’s a lot of money and your risking even greater financial loss, and possibly ruin by going uninsured. I know it can seem daunting, but for someone into their third year handling Covered California it’s really not. That’s why getting FREE help from me makes so much more sense than just putting your head in the sand and hoping it goes away, because it’s looking like the current process is here to stay.

income is close to the guidelines below. You have to estimate your income for the upcoming year, so if you aren’t sure what it will be exactly, applying through Covered California will ensure that you DO get the Federal subsidy money that you deserve at tax filing time if you estimated making more money than you actually did. If your income is under $47K as an individual, $63K as a married couple or $97K as a family of four (for example, not limited to) you have options with Covered California. You have until 1/31/16 to enroll in a plan for 2016 to avoid the penalty for 2016. If your income is higher, then we apply directly to the insurance plans for coverage. For coverage to start January 1st you need to apply by 12/15/15. If you’d like assistance understanding your choices, call to schedule a phone consultation with me, once again, my services are free.

Generally someone only applies for insurance through Covered California if their

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From L to R Front row: Natalie Misri, Eve Viramontes, Christopher Andersen, Chief Warrant Officer 5 retired U.S. Army Officer Gary Linoot, Gavin Fancher, Garrett Knuff, Cooper Sisley, Zeyan Anabtawi, Zackery Byrnes. Top Row: Laurie Baker, veteran Kimberly Mitchell, Mari Linfoot, Nona Reimer

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n October, the Dana Point RoboTechs - a 7th grade robotics team from Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano and Laguna Niguel - presented their 2015 World Championship winning VEX IQ Middle School STEM Research Project to hundreds of guests at the Team Kids Innovative Thinkers Forum in Foothill Ranch, CA.

The team of eight highly motivated, committed young individuals chose to research how robotic devices could be engineered to help people heal and focused their research on robotic devices - including robotic exoskeletons - designed to help paralyzed veterans recover their mobility, rise up to eye-level, and even walk again.

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Exoskeletons offer many possible benefits to those with spinal cord injuries such as improving muscle mass, bone density, circulation, bowel and bladder function, as well as reducing spasticity, pain, and increasing one’s dignity by allowing veterans to stand on their own two feet again. Paralyzed veteran U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Gary Linfoot walked for the first time with his EKSO Exoskeleton on Veteran’s Day, 2013. He says “to have the chance to walk again, to see my wife Mari eye-to-eye, and hug my children heart-to-heart is a feeling I cannot begin to explain.” The Dana Point Robo-Techs now speak publicly in the community to create awareness and advocate action through an online petition to encourage the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide robotic mobility devices, like exoskeletons, to these heroes injured in the line of duty protecting our freedoms.

To view the online petition visit www.change.org or www.DanaPointRoboTechs.org. DECEMBER 2015

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A koi pond is a living, breathing ecosystem which requires the expertise of a pond professional.

Water in the Garden

Aside from feeding the fish, Glenn literally takes care of everything during his weekly visits, including removing excess debris and dead plant matter, inspecting the pond equipment for proper function and making adjustments as needed and inspecting the fish for signs of distress or disease. He also tests the water quality, back-flushes the filters and adds bacteria or other agents as needed and offers 24-hour emergency service. In short, he keeps our pond looking beautiful and our fish healthy and happy.

Quality care and stellar customer service characterize this full-service koi pond maintenance company By Jody Robinson When we moved into our new home last year, the property came with a very pretty pond stocked with colorful koi and goldfish. But for someone who can barely keep a potted plant alive, the prospect of being responsible for the livelihood and longevity of these beautiful fish was daunting – I don’t have a clue about the right ratio of additives in the water or the importance of algae or how to combat fish disease.

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koi pond is clearly much more than a backyard water garden feature. It is a living, breathing eco-system which requires the expertise of a pond professional. Thankfully, we also inherited the services of Glenn Cecil, owner of the South County-based Water in the Garden. He had maintained this particular pond for the previous homeowner for several years and it was clear from our first meeting that he was committed to quality care and customer service. Serving Orange County since 1999, Glenn specializes in “total koi pond and water garden maintenance,” repair, construction, pond and filtration design and consultation.

Glenn Cecil, owner of Water in the Garden Aside from feeding the fish, Glenn literally takes care of everything during his weekly visits

To connect with Glenn directly, call (949) 872-3833 or visit www.waterinthegarden.net DECEMBER 2015

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Healthy Pet Kitchen

Feed your best friend the best food By Ann LAurence

We all know the importance of a proper nutrition for good health and longevity and while it’s tempting to stock the shelves with “convenience” food that’s quick and easy to prepare ... who wants their children to consume all the preservatives, artificial colors and sweeteners and low quality ingredients that often make up a considerable portion of the traditional American diet?

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he same holds true for the furry members of your family - eating fresh food results in happier, healthier pets with increased energy, softer shinier coats with less shedding, cleaner teeth, clearer eyes and it stands to reason, far fewer of the food-related ailments directly attributed to the kibble and canned cat and dog food they consume. After visiting a kibble food manufacturer, Elias Alawi vowed never to feed processed pet food to his own dog Romeo. Driven by a desire to provide his treasured pet with “human grade” meals made from high-quality meats, poultry

and fresh produce, Alawi worked with Dr. Susan Lauten, PhD, DVM, to formulate recipes crafted from 100% USDA all-natural ingredients with no additive or preservatives that meet or exceed AAFCO and NRG requirements. Then the couple opened Healthy Pet Kitchen in Dana Point to help local residents and fellow pet enthusiasts “feed their best friends the best food.” “Pet food manufacturers will tell you not to feed your dog or cat any fresh human food, but the reality is that processed kibble is merely low quality human food with additives, coloring, chemicals and preservatives,” says Alawi. “This low-end food contributes to immune disorders, arthritis, allergies, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders and cancer in pets (see Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats by Shawn Messonnier, DVM).” My own mouth started to water reading the menu selections of dishes for dogs that are packed with vitamins and proteins including USDA chicken, jasmine rice and veggies and USDA beef and sweet potato with veggies (all meals are prepared with coconut oil, fish oil and multi-vitamins) and creations for cats like USDA Alaskan code, veggies, cat vitamins and taurine. All cookies and treats are baked fresh on site and they even make “prescription pet food” - customized meals for your pet’s individual dietary needs. “All of the food we make are 100 percent human grade and are held to the same quality standards as the food you feed to your human family,” says Alawi. “We cook our own fresh dog and cat food daily and are thrilled that our customers who have tried our food are extremely satisfied. We are so happy to hear great stories about the difference in in their pet’s skin and energy level and a funny byproduct (pun intended) is when customers share how proud they are of their dog’s poop - because it is smaller, solid, and less smelly than before.”

Please stop in for free samples at Healthy Pet Kitchen at 33611 Del Obispo in Dana Point. Elias and the Healthy Pet Kitchen team can be reached at (949) 661-1255. For more information, visit www.healthypetkitchen.com or email: elias@healthypetkitchen.com DECEMBER 2015

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Landed on Your Kids’ Holidays Wish Lists? Tips for Choosing Safe Gifts This Holiday Shopping Season

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By Pamela Pimentel, RN, CEO of MOMS Orange COunty

id Black Friday and Cyber Monday find you shopping for children’s toys? Although you intend for these toys to bring moments of delight to the kids on your shopping list, some gifts could cause injury instead. That’s why at MOMS Orange County we recognize Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month in December as the holidays approach, and encourage families to be proactive in seeking safe and age-appropriate gifts while they shop.

In 2013, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimated that hospital emergency rooms across the country treated 256,700 toy-related injuries, with 73 percent of those injuries occurring among children under the age of 15. Nearly a third of these injuries happened to kids younger than 5 years of age. The most common injuries were lacerations, contusions or abrasions to the head and face area. Fortunately, most of these injuries are avoidable. MOMS Orange County, an Orange Countybased nonprofit, supports the efforts of groups like Prevent Blindness America in providing tips to gift-givers to make sure all gifts are safe. Here are five guidelines to consider when choosing safe toys for children this holiday season: 1. Check labels to ensure the toys you select passed a safety inspection. The designation “ATSM” means the toy has met the American Society for Testing and Materials standards. 2. Give protective gear with gifts of sports equipment. For example, give a helmet with a skateboard or bike. 3. Avoid toys with small pieces, including magnets and “button” batteries, which can cause severe injury or death if ingested. Young children put things in their mouths, increasing the risk of choking. If the piece can fit inside a toilet paper roll, it is not appropriate for kids younger than 3 years of age.

4. Pass up giving toys with ropes and cords or heating elements. 5. Inspect toys before purchasing them. Avoid items that shoot or include parts that fly off. Toys should not have sharp edges or points and should be sturdy enough to withstand impact without breaking, being crushed or being pulled apart easily. Prevent Blindness America has declared December as Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month and also offers a safe toy checklist online at preventblindness.org. Plus, the U.S. PIRG Education Fund publishes its an Annual Survey of Toy Safety online at uspirg. org, with examples of toys to avoid, based on its assessment for the potential of choking hazards or the alleged concentrations of toxics exceeding federal standards. With just a little planning, you can ensure your toy and gift purchases are safe. After all, the holidays are a time for creating happy memories with your family — not spending time in the emergency room.

About the author: With more than 39 years of experience in maternal/child health, Pamela Pimentel, RN, CEO of MOMS Orange County, is also an assistant clinical professor for the Program in Nursing Science at the University of California, Irvine. For more information, visit momsorangecounty.org. DECEMBER 2015

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We make math make sense. At Mathnasium, we believe that every child has the ability to be successful in math—it’s a matter of teaching the way that makes sense to them. When math makes sense, kids excel—whether they’re far behind or eager to get ahead.

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being created by your own brainwave frequencies and mirrored back through this advanced technology. This clinically proven process can be viewed on our website,www.awokenlife.com, under “What is Brainwave optimization? Have you ever heard someone say "just think positive, look at the bright side or just get over it" and think "easy for you to say?" Depression is a real thing and the answer can be as easy as relaxing for five days while having Brainwave Optimization at Awoken Life.

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"The best part of this process was to be able to bring myself to a calm state and focus on me and smooth me over. I have been able to manage my high anxiety through the visualizations. I would highly recommend this to anyone," says Awoken LIfe client Cheryl D., San Clemente. "This technology may seem odd, but the more you look at it and understand it, the more it makes sense. If the brain is out of balance, how can it communicate to the rest of the body? This is a more balanced way of doing things and more holistic since you are able to get off medications. The value of doing brainwave optimization is huge! I spent a lot more money on a lot dumber things and with this, you aren’t a patient for life. You get help and then move on with your life. One amazing thing I discovered after my treatment was that I had even forgotten about the Rx of Xanax I had at home. I just felt no need anymore. I now live in a state of reality instead of a state of fear."

epression can affect us all no matter whether we're living a life of luxury or have lost everything in the economic upheaval. Depression does not skip you because of your social standing, bank account, accomplishments, even if there's nothing but happy moments around you, why then would you still feel depressed? Research has found that the brain out of balance and the lack of harmony between the lobes can cause imbalances that could possibly lead to disorders such as depression, anxiety, insomnia and more. Most of us turn to medications, but these same medications can possibly cause the afflictions we are expecting them to treat. Another Awoken Life client, Dana Point resident Vince adds "I cannot put this in to Brainwave Optimization is a unique highly scientific yet holistic approach. Over 80,000 people words how much this has changed my life. have successfully participated, and the number grows every day. What are they experiencing? Struggles of alcohol dependency, depresWe start with an intensive scientific evaluation of your brainwaves, using a very advanced com- sion, spelling and even my fear of heights puter program in the initial assessment. We determine where the imbalances and frequencies suddenly became manageable. I went in to levels are in the initial assessment. We can then create a plan customized to your specific needs. this a total skeptic and was made in to a beOver the next 5 days, you can relax in our zero gravity chair while listening to audio feedback liever. Thank you for giving me a life I never thought possible."

Have you ever heard someone say "just think positive, look at the bright side or just get over it" and think "easy for you to say?" Depression is a real thing and

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the answer can be as easy as relaxing for five days while having Brainwave Optimization at Awoken Life. Mary McPherson is the founder of Awoken Life Brainwave Optimization™, where she helps adults and children achieve brain balance and harmony in order to live healthier, happier, and more abundant lives. Connect with Mary and Awoken Life by calling (949) 661-6909 or visit www.awokenlife.com. Call today for a complimentary consultation. Awoken Life Brainwave Optimization is located at 30320 Rancho Viejo Road, Suite 104 in San Juan Capistrano. DECEMBER 2015

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inter Fest opens at the OC Fair & Event Center December 18 and continues through January 3. The festival embodies the spirit of the winter season, bringing fun and merriment to sunny Southern California. Experience ice-skating with a theater-sized screen playing holiday films in the background, ice tubing down a 130-foot, six-lane ice slide, nightly snowfall and tree lighting, festive entertainment, reindeer feedings, and more than 30 carnival rides and games. Winter Fest is filled with seasonal foods, craft cocktails, magical lights, and holiday décor including the world’s largest ornament.

“We love creating events that instantly engage and delight guests of all ages,” Mark Entner, Absolute Event Solutions CEO, says. “This is an affordable holiday experience that ensures a fantastic adventure rain or shine, for seventeen days and nights during the traditional holiday school break. The fairgrounds are the perfect venue for Winter Fest, offering both indoor and outdoor space. The majority of the main attractions and entertainment are within buildings, essentially making Winter Fest ‘El Nino-proof.’ We’re thrilled to bring a wintry sense of won-

Passing through Winter Fest’s icy gates reveals a whimsical wonderland where guests can stroll through the center of the world’s largest illuminated ornament. Attendees can sample holiday treats while sipping hot cocoa or specialty craft cocktails, and enjoy activities for guests of all ages. Entertainment includes roaming holiday characters, performances by singers and artists, magicians, and a nightly Christmas tree lighting ceremony with snow flurries. Guests are encouraged to arrive early for Winter Fest’s opening moment each day, and stay throughout the night to enjoy all of the festival’s attractions. The Hangar building inside the fairgrounds will be transformed into an elegant festival space with a massive ice skating rink, where brilliant hanging snowflakes light up the ice below. Onlookers can watch skaters circle the rink while beloved holiday films play on the theater-sized projection screen in the background. Skating is available on a first come, first serve basis; $15 per person including skates.

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f you have worked with an Agent that didn’t offer to review your medications to verify the plan you are on is still the best fit for you, they are probably not a Medicare Insurance Broker and you may want to consider reviewing with one this next year (2016 benefits). All plans can change each year and are released Oct 15th – Dec 7th each year.

The medications are the tricky part unless you do a review. A Medicare Insurance Broker does not work directly for any one company/carrier and therefore can offer a number of different plans. One size does not fit all. Every company/ carrier has a different “formulary” list of medications they cover and can vary greatly in costs. Every year, I reach out to my clients and ask them to let me know of any Rx changes so I can protect them by doing a review to confirm they are still on a good plan, or if we should consider making a change during DECEMBER 2015

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this time. (We as agents do not get paid additionally for doing this ~ it’s just good business). I’m frequently asked “what do I owe you for your time?” The answer is nothing. This does not increase the cost of your plan to you in any way. We get a standard compensation from the carrier. Education is Key! Brokers must get certified with ALL of the plans they represent every year to be able to confidently and legally show more than one option. This is a true dedication and commitment to the industry. Look for a local Medicare Broker in your area, not an 800# with an out of state telesales staff. Find us in publications like these.

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Yoga Tune up®-

Learn to Self Massage By nicole Howard and cara Fraser

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Throughout Orange County and across the globe, there’s a buzz in the yoga, fitness, and wellness communities. The excitement is surrounding Yoga Tune Up®, a refreshing movement-based method.  Part of the enthusiasm rests on a specialized two and a half inch rubber ball with the sole function of massaging the entire body.

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he Yoga Tune Up® therapy balls have been featured on Oprah.com, the Today Show and even better, it’s being embraced by the medical community. Due to the physical and mental benefits, strong emphasis on anatomy and movement-based therapy, the method is revolutionizing the concept of self-care. Through self-guided deep tissue massage, Yoga  Tune  Up® therapy ball rolling relieves pain, improves posture and enhances body function, leading to a higher quality of life.

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Applying the body’s weight against the therapy balls, and using various rolling techniques on the floor or at a wall unearths and unwinds tangled, knotted regions of the body. By rolling the therapy balls over the body’s tissues - from the soles of the feet, to the crown of the head and everywhere in between, the action relieves strain and stress from joints, muscles and connective tissue. Designed to stimulate multiple layers of muscles as they target and unravel tension from high-charged areas like the neck, upper back, lower back, hips, iliotibial band, and feet. In turn, this helps improve muscle strength, flexibility, while preventing injury and bringing the body back into balance. Beyond the abundant physical benefits, employing the therapy balls also has a significant tranquilizing effect on the nervous system. They stimulate specialized nerve endings called “Ruffini endings,” which are found in the deepest layers of tissue. This helps to down-regulate the nervous system and create a deep state of relaxation. Give yourself a massage, tune up the body and feel better. It’s no wonder Yoga Tune Up® is creating such a stir! Promoting health and wellness in an incredible number of ways, the method is great for all walks of life. Classes can be found at various studios like Align Pilates Center. So… get rolling and massage your way into a whole new body, mind and spirit today!

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The silk Pashmina, so many ways to wear this. Wrap it up, drape as a shawl or tie up into a beautiful and unique dress. Paired with cut out black bag and hooped earrings.

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Total Floor Care by Jody Robinson

One of the perks of publishing South County Magazine is that I am provided a venue to share with our readership personal experiences with local business owners like Jose Bautista, owner of the South County-based Total Floor Care.

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ose helped restore our granite kitchen countertop to like-new condition (after someone who shall remain nameless left a can of cleaner on top of the counter long enough for the chemicals to mar the surface with a glaring white ring). When we moved into our new home a few months ago, we called Jose again – this time to see if he could work his magic in restoring the dull marble and travertine flooring in our entryway and master bathroom. And again, his work more than exceeded our expectations – the results were such a dramatic improvement and we can’t speak highly enough of the care and time he put into the projects … you would have thought he was restoring stone in his own home. For Jose Bautista, owning and operating his own business is a true “family affair.” What started as a part-time position at his brother’s tile and carpet cleaning company nearly two decades ago has evolved into his own thriving business serving all of Orange County’s stone and granite repair needs. Because Jose worked his way up through the ranks to become main-tenance and distribution manager for CBM Carpet Cleaning and Handyman Service and eventually took over as the company’s opera-tions manager, he has firsthand ex-perience in every facet of the industry. As CBM grew, Jose re-ceived continual ongoing educa-tion training and earned his certification in order to be able to hire and personally train the com-pany’s technicians

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and worked alongside several flooring fran-chisees in the testing of products. By 2012, Jose was spending much of his time on the road overseeing installations and restorations and wanted to work closer to home to spend more time with his family and Total Floor Care was born. Jose specializes in “preserving your stone’s natural beauty and maintaining and/or restoring your flooring to like-new condition.” His scope of services include stone and granite repair, granite countertop polish and sealing, concrete stain-ing, marble/natural stone cleaning and polishing, flagstone and pavers and tile and grout maintenance. “With proper care, we can extend the life of your flooring invest-ment,” says Jose. “I pride myself on customer service and believe that’s what sets Total Floor Care apart. I provide free demos to ensure there’s a clear understanding of ex-pectations. I also provide multiple options to customers and try to ed-ucate them on proper maintenance after the floors have been cleaned or restored. “I don’t leave until the job is well done and the customer is happy with the results. Big or small, every job is important to me.” To connect with Jose and Total Floor Care, call (949) 637-6840.

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The success we celebrate... is yours! From all of us at Partners Bank of California, thank you South Orange County, for making this a great year.

Happy Holidays! Larry Thomas Senior Vice President South County Regional Banking Manager Direct (949) 353-4089

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Subject of the Month: Higher Penalties for Uninsured in 2016

If you don’t have health insurance in 2016, you’ll pay the higher of these two amounts:

2.5% of your yearly household income (Only the amount of income above the tax filing threshold, about $10,150 for an individual in 2014, is used to calculate the penalty.) The maximum penalty is the national average premium for a Bronze plan. Or, you’ll pay $695 per person ($347.50 per child under 18). The maximum penalty per family using this method is $2,085. Generally someone only applies for insurance through Covered California if their income is close to the guidelines below. You have to estimate your income for the upcoming year, so if you are sure what it will be exactly, applying through Covered California will ensure that you DO get the Federal subsidy money that you deserve at tax filing time if you estimated making more money than you actually did. If your income is under $47K as an individual, $63K as a married couple or $97K as a family of four (for example, not limited to) you have options with Covered California You have until 1/31/16 to enroll in a plan for 2016 to avoid the penalty for 2016. If your income is higher, then we apply directly to the insurance plans for coverage. If you’d like assistance understanding your choices; call to schedule a phone consultation with me, my services are free.

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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.

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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 experiencebacked full retouching and digital photoediting 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 www.chandlerphotography.com DECEMBER 2015

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What better way to spend the last month of 2015 than by spreading some cheer, because holiday crafting season is here! Bring the family together to try our DIY projects and add a little winter wonderland to your house. We’re sure these projects will bring lots of joy as you count down the days to Christmas!

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1. Pour Epsom salt in to a flat container and set aside. Make sure container is wide enough to easily roll mason jar in. 2. Dip sponge brush into mod podge and evenly coat the outside of the mason jar. Do not coat the bottom of the jar or the threaded area on top. 3. Carefully roll mason jar in the Epsom salt, covering thoroughly. 4. Stand upright and let dry overnight. 5. Once dried, wrap top of mason jar with twine and add your holiday finding. 6. Enjoy as-is, or insert a tealight candle to add a little sparkle to your snowy mason jar!

WHAT YOU NEED: • • • • • • •

8 oz. mason jar (we used Ball brand) Epsom Salt Mod Podge Sponge brush Twine Holiday findings (we used a holly sprig) Tealight candle (optional)

ADVENT ACTIVITY JAR Steps:

1. Take washi tape and wrap around one end of craft stick. You can do any number of strips! Get creative and mix up your designs to add variety, but be sure to leave room to write the activies. 2. Using the Sharpie, write 24 activities that would be fun to accomplish during the month of December, one on each stick. Activities can be anything you’d like! Here are a few suggestions to get you started: Drink Hot Cocoa with Marshmallows, Donate Toys to Children in Need, Go on a Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt, Make Christmas Cookies, Send a Holiday Card to a Deployed Service Member, Make a Gingerbread House, Say a Prayer for Peace, Deliver Christmas Goodies to a Neighbor, Listen to Christmas Music, Write a Letter to Santa, Donate Canned Goods to a Shelter 3. Place activity sticks in jar. Starting with December 1, choose an activity each day from the jar to do together as a family. When there are no more activities left in the jar, it must be Christmas!

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16 oz. mason jar 24 Craft sticks (tongue depressor size) Holiday-themed washi tape Fine point Sharpie Marker

enliu is an Orange County-based company specializing in homemade crafts and décor. enliu’s items can be found at various craft fairs around Orange County and online at www.etsy.com/shop/enliu. All designs can be customized or personalized to create one-of-a-kind gifts, wedding favors and more. Contact enliu through Etsy or email shopenliu@gmail.com. enliu will be at the Sonora Cheer Holiday Boutique on December 5th at Sonora High School. Come shop our unique gifts and décor for the holidays and meet the enliu team! DECEMBER 2015

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Not-to-Be Missed December Events!

DECEMBER 1ST

A Child’s Christmas in Wales Honoring revered figures in our religions as well as special events in our families is a long standing human tradition no matter the era or country of origin. The Camino Real Playhouse in San Juan Capistrano welcomes you to celebrate this season with a warm family story of A Child’s Christmas in Wales. May your holiday season be filled with your own special family traditions and the creation of lasting memories. Camino Real Playhouse is located at 31776 El Camino Real in San Juan Capistrano. For more info, visit www.CaminoRealPlayhouse.org

DECEMBER 2ND

Laguna Beach Live! Jazz Wednesdays at The Ranch at Laguna Beach. Enjoy top jazz musicians while The Ranch provides food and beverages in the patio overlooking Ben Brown’s Golf Course in Aliso Creek Canyon. Tickets: $17 in advance, $22 at the door. www.lagunabeachlive.org

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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.

DECEMBER 4TH

Holiday in the Harbor Open House Join us to celebrate the holiday season. Santa will hear your Christmas wishes and is available for photos (bring your camera). There are many fun activities planned, including photos with Santa, performances by various characters, holiday crafts, and people painting. Activities start on the grass in front of Harpoon Henry’s at 34555 Golden Lantern, Dana Point Harbor.

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Winter Festival & Tree Lighting 12 pm-7 pm. FREE holiday family event sponsored by the City of Dana

Point. Santa, Snow, Reindeer, Crafts, Food, Entertainment, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Cookie Decorating, Holiday Movie and more! La Plaza Park PCH, North of Golden Lantern.

DECEMBER 10TH

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony 4-9 pm. Event starts at 4 p.m. with a pre-show including choir, orchestra and dance performances by local high school students. The lighting of the Christmas tree takes place at 5:45 p.m. Historic Town Center Park 31852 El Camino Real. SJC

DECEMBER 6TH

Yappy Howl-iday 2015 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Santa Claus will make a special appearance for the Yappy Howliday Celebration. This festive gathering of canines and their companions provides Fido with the opportunity to be photographed with the “Big Dog” himself – Santa Claus. In keeping with the resort’s Season of Giving, guests are asked to bring unopened canned or dry dog food, treats or dog toys to be donated to an animal rescue organization. The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel One RitzCarlton Drive in Dana Point

DECEMBER 7TH

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

DECEMBER 8TH

Happy Hour at Bar Top- Casanova Ristorante. 33585 Del Obispo in Dana Point 3:30pm. (Nightly)

DECEMBER 9TH

Wine Wednesdays 50% Off Bottles of Wine at Tannins Restaurant & Wine Bar. 27211 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano. 6-9pm. DECEMBER 2015

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Sawdust Winter Fantasy Five Weekends Five Weekends: November 21 through December 20, 2015 open 10am-6pm This unique fair offers shoppers the opportunity to purchase unique artisan crafts from various local artists. Includes live entertainment, hands-on art projects and picture-perfect moments, the Sawdust Art Festival’s Winter Fantasy will become your family’s holiday tradition. Sawdust Art Festival 935 Laguna Canyon Rd. Laguna Beach

DECEMBER 11TH

Annual Boat Parade of Lights December 11, 12 & 18, 19, 2015 7:30pm to 9:00pm. Boaters from all around OC decorate their boats and vie for awards. You can view the parade free from anywhere in the Harbor, or make reservations at one of our restaurants to view it from a cozy and warm spot. Come on down and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. Dana Point Harbor 34555 Golden Lantern, Dana Point

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Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade 10 a.m. The Theme for this year’s parade is California Dreamin’. The parade will include beautiful equestrian units, patriotic and inspirational military tributes, world-class athletes, spirit-filled youth groups, classic auto clubs, talented marching bands, and some of the biggest attractions in the nation! Crown Valley Community Park between Nueva Vista and Crown Valley Parkway.

DECEMBER 13TH

Boat Rides with Santa December 12-13, 2015 10am to 2pm Come aboard for a 20-minute Harbor cruise with Santa and his helpers. Santa will be hearing those Christmas wishes as you cruise the Harbor. Bring your cameras for

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pictures with Santa. A $5 donation to the El Camino Real Junior Woman’s Club is suggested. No reservations required! Dana Wharf Sportfishing docks 34675 Golden Lantern - between the Jolly Roger and the Wind & Sea.

DECEMBER 14TH

Happy Hour at Brio Tuscany Grill Half Price Appetizers and Wine. 24050 Camino Del Avion, Dana Point. 3:30-6:30pm.

DECEMBER 15TH

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

DECEMBER 16TH

Capo Beach Farmers Market Visit the area’s latest weekly market where locally-grown, organic produce and regional artisans are featured. Noon-6 p.m. Capo Beach Church, 25975 Domingo Ave. Capistrano Beach

DECEMBER 17TH

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

DECEMBER 18TH

Orange County Christmas Lights Thanksgiving night - New Years Eve Free event hosted nightly from 5pm to 9 pm from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve. Christmas Lights and Home Decorating show featuring over 100,000 lights dancing to festive music. Come by


DECEMBER EVENTS for some warm apple cider and holiday cheer! 25473 Nellie Gail Road Laguna Hills, CA 92653

DECEMBER 19TH

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

DECEMBER 20TH

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.

DECEMBER 21ST

Happy Hour at Bar Top- Casanova Ristorante. 33585 Del Obispo 3:30pm. (Nightly)

DECEMBER 22ND

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

DECEMBER 25TH

Christmas Day Buffet 2 pm-6 pm. Join us on Christmas Day at Vue Restaurant for a delectable four-course dining experience. Adults: *$95. Children’s Menu Available, Discounted valet parking *Price not inclusive of tax or gratuity. 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point

DECEMBER 26TH

Dana Point Farmers Market Each Saturday, California farmers bring fresh produce to sell at the Dana Point Farmers Market from 9 am to 1 pm. 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 pm.

DECEMBER 27TH

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.

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DECEMBER 28TH

DECEMBER 23RD

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

DECEMBER 24TH

Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort Christmas Dining Christmas Eve Dinner 5:00pm-10:00pm Join us this Christmas Eve in Vue Restaurant for a special holiday dinner. Special Holiday Menu with a Children’s Menu Available Reservations required. 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point.

Happy Hour at Brio Tuscany Grill Half Price Appetizers and Wine. 24050 Camino Del Avion, Dana Point. 3:30-6:30pm.

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Open Mic Nite Brio Tuscany Grill 24050 Camino Del Avion Dana Point.

DECEMBER 30TH

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

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

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How do San Juan Capistrano’s Sister Cities celebrate Christmas?

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n Goya, Argentina Christmas celebration begins with Advent. The Advent season lasts for four Sundays and then transitions into the twelve-day celebration of Christmastide which concludes with Epiphany (the oldest Christian feast which was appropriated from a Pagan Festival celebrating the Winter Solstice) on January 6th. The homes are decorated with lights, wreaths and garlands. Trees of any type may be decorated often by December 8th, the feast of the Immaculate Conception. As the weather is warm, their main meal is commonly enjoyed outdoors. At midnight they enjoy fireworks and ‘globos’ (paper decorations with a candle inside that float into the sky - like Chinese Lanterns). FELIZ NAVIDAD!

In Capestrano, Italy an ancient tradition is the Live Christmas Crib scene and is also celebrated with fireworks. Using a crib to help tell the Christmas story was made popular by St. Francis of Assisi in 1223. Observing another Italian custom, children go out singing carols and playing songs on shepherds’ pipes, wearing shepherds’ sandals and hats. On Epiphany children believe that an old lady called ‘Befana’ brings presents for them and fills their stockings. On Christmas Day ‘Babbo Natale’ (Santa Claus) might bring them some small gifts, but the main day for present giving is on Epiphany. BUON NATALÉ!

Mallorca’s festive period is a time to relax after a hectic summer season serving tourists. For many years the largest of the Balearic archipelago has been home to many Northern Europeans who are keen to keep alive the traditions of their homelands. Subsequently they brought a melange of traditions with them to throw into the pot that makes up a Spanish, Catholic, Mallorquin, Scandinavian, Bavarian and good old fashioned British Christmas. So, Christmas in Mallorca has the best of the lot, even if nobody is quite sure what is going on most of the time. BON NADAL! Fortunately the spirit of Christmas transcends most countries and cultures as we embrace our childhood memories of family, friends and fellowship. Share your favorite childhood Christmas memory on Camino Real Playhouse’ Facebook page to win a prize!

Feliz Navidad, Buon Natalé, Bon Nadal and Merry Christmas to all!

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VagaBond Local Laguna Niguel resident and television producer Stan Rodarte showcases premier episode of new television series “VagaBond”

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K Burger Productions held a Private Screening of the first episode called ‘VagaBond’ on October 28th at Edwards 10 Theater in the Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo.

This privately screened event was attended by approximately 200 industry-related professionals, actors, friends, and family of RK Burger Productions. The attendees were greeted by several “guards” in futuristic costume who appear in the series pilot.

‘VagaBond’ was selected to be screened at The Studio City International Film Festival held in Sherman Oaks, CA on November 14th.

To learn more about RK Burger Productions, please call Stan Rodarte at (949) 338.4890, visit RKBurgerProductions.com or email RKBurger01@gmail.com DECEMBER 2015

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Don Menza Quartet Friday, January 22, 2016@8pm

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Don is a powerful tenor saxophonist who, although able to effectively imitate most of the top stylists (from Coleman Hawkins to John Coltrane), has a distinctive sound of his own. After getting out of the Army, he was with Maynard Ferguson’s Orchestra (19601962) as both a soloist and an arranger.

The Peking Acrobats Friday, January 8, 2016@8pm

St. Louis Symphony Wednesday, January 27, 2016@7:30pm David Robertson, Music Director Steven Jarvi, Resident Conductor Program will include: • John Adams: Saxophone Concerto (2013) • Mahler: Symphony No. 5

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LAGUNA NIGUEL Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade

Holiday Fun across South County By Sara Watt

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he holidays are here, and you know what that means – lots of holiday fun! Holiday events are happening across South County - from Christmas tree lightings to holiday parades and cruises, December is packed with special seasonal events and holiday cheer! Here is a sampling by city to get you into the holiday spirit!

SAN CLEMENTE Santa’s Village by the Sea

December 5 2-7:30 pm City of San Clemente Community Center 100 N. Seville It’s double the fun in San Clemente with Santa, cookie decorating, hot chocolate, crafts and much more holiday cheer for the whole family to enjoy! Begin your day with a holiday spectacular at the Community Center. Decorate a holiday cookie in Mrs. Claus’ Bakery, visit with Santa (bring your camera), walk through the Candy Cane Factory, snack on popcorn while watching Polar Express, and listen to sounds of holiday cheer. Light the tree with the Mayor at 5:15pm. The fun continues down the lane to the Casa Romantica, splendidly decorated for the holidays, with Santa, Dickens carolers, hot chocolate and cookies, crafts for kids, holiday entertainment, and holiday exhibitions.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO A Child’s Christmas in Wales

November 27 - December 20, 2015 Camino Real Playhouse 31776 El Camino Real San Juan Capistrano (949) 489-8082 http://www.caminorealplayhouse.org All your Christmases will live again in the magic of Dylan Thomas’ poetic language.

Tree Lighting Ceremony and Downtown Festivities

December 5 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM Location: Historic Town Center Park 31852 El Camino Real (949) 493-5911 The annual Tree Lighting Celebration & Festivities are a cherished holiday tradition in San Juan Capistrano. The program begins at 4 p.m. with pre-show entertainment prior to students of the Musical Theater University taking the stage for a holiday production featuring musical and dance numbers. The

official lighting of the Christmas tree takes place at 5:45 p.m. Festivities continue downtown at the Mission San Juan Capistrano and Historic District on Los Rios street.

DANA POINT Holiday in the Harbor Open House

December 4 Harpoon Henry’s 34555 Golden Lantern, Dana Point Harbor (and Dana Point Harbor Drive). http://www.danapointharbor.com 949) 923-2255 or (949) 496-2979 Join us to celebrate the holiday season. Santa will hear your Christmas wishes and is available for photos (bring your camera). There are many fun activities planned, including photos with Santa, performances by various characters, holiday crafts, and people painting. The parking and events are FREE!

Winter Festival & Tree Lighting

December 5 12:00pm-7:00pm La Plaza Park Pacific Coast Highway North of Golden Lantern (949) 248-3530 http://www.danapoint.org FREE holiday family event sponsored by the City of Dana Point. Santa, Snow, Reindeer, Crafts, Food, Entertainment, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Cookie Decorating, Holiday Movie and more!

Annual Boat Parade of Lights

December 11, 12 & 18, 19 7:30pm to 9:00pm Dana Point Harbor 34555 Golden Lantern 949) 496-5794 www.danawharf.com Boaters from all around Orange County decorate their boats and vie for awards. You can view the parade free from anywhere in the Harbor, or make reservations at one of our restaurants to view it from a cozy and warm spot. Come on down and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. DECEMBER 2015

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December 12 10 a.m. Crown Valley Parkway between Nueva Vista and Crown Valley Community Park. http://www.lagunaniguelparade.com The Theme for this year’s parade is California Dreamin’. The parade will include beautiful equestrian units, patriotic and inspirational military tributes, world-class athletes, spirit-filled youth groups, classic auto clubs, talented marching bands, and some of the biggest attractions in the nation!

Yappy Howl-iday 2015

December 6 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel One Ritz-Carlton Drive Santa Claus will make a special appearance for the Yappy Howl-iday Celebration. This festive gathering of canines and their companions provides Fido with the opportunity to be photographed with the “Big Dog” himself – Santa Claus. In keeping with the resort’s Season of Giving, guests are asked to bring unopened canned or dry dog food, treats or dog toys to be donated to an animal rescue organization.

LAGUNA HILLS Orange County Christmas Lights

Thanksgiving night - New Years Eve 5pm to 9 pm 25473 Nellie Gail Road Free event hosted nightly from from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve. Christmas Lights and Home Decorating show featuring over 100,000 lights dancing to festive music plus spectacular Department 56 snow village displays with hundreds of houses and giant hand sculpted mountains. Come by for some warm apple cider and holiday cheer!

MISSION VIEJO Holly Jolly Lights Tour

December 11- Reception at 5 PM - Tour at 6-7:30 PM Reception at 7 PM - Tour at 8-9:30 PM December 12- Reception at 5 PM - Tour at 6-7:30 PM Reception at 7 PM - Tour at 8-9:30 PM Civic Center Plaza 200 Civic Center Dr. 470-3062 http://www.mvactivities.com/events.htm Bring your family, friends and your coworkers and join the Mission Viejo Activities Committee this holiday season for a fun evening. Before climbing aboard the Holly Jolly Lights Tour for your scheduled tour, enjoy the festivities planned just for you. Your ticket includes an outdoor party with live entertainment, a holiday cookie and hot chocolate, a marshmallow for toasting and a warm fire.


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