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Stem cells treat heart disease and stroke – and change the way we age By Kristine emerson


The “Usual” Treatments for chronic diseases treat symptoms with drugs that have side effects, are costly and typically don’t fix anything!

or his reason, regenerative medicine has seized the spotlight thanks to its focus on helping repair, and even regenerate, body parts and tissues damaged by disease, injury or aging using stem cell therapy and innovative treatments such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

One of the trailblazers in regenerative medicine and especially stem cell therapy is physician David Steenblock. Since 2000, Dr. Steenblock has treated over 7,000 patients with stem cells and also coauthored a groundbreaking book on the subject titled “Umbilical Cord Stem Cell Therapy” (2006, Basic Health) which details impressive clinical responses in children and adults who’d been treated using pure umbilical cord blood-derived stem cells in Mexico.

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As you might expect, Dr. Steenblock’s education, life and career journey uniquely prepared him to become a distinguished expert in doing personalized regenerative medicine. Having grown up on a farm in Iowa where his natural talent for finding or creating innovative solutions was encouraged because it saved time and money, Dr. Steenblock decided early that this plus his desire to help others pointed to a single best career path: science and medicine. Dr. Steenblock’s subsequent trek into medicine included earning a B.S. degree from Iowa State University, then an M.S. in biochemistry and  Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) degree from the  College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery (Des Moines, Iowa). His post-doctoral training included three years at Case Western Reserve Univer-

As the blood flow resumes, the patient begins to improve. This process takes from three weeks to three months to complete, during which time the patient needs to follow certain lifestyle guidelines. Today, Dr. Steenblock recommends stem cells as the best treatment there is for the alleviation of suffering and regaining the functions that were lost due to a stroke or heart attack (and many other conditions, injuries and even aging). In his practice, Dr. Steenblock uses both therapies together because “hyperbaric oxygen allows for an increased invasiveness of the stem cells into the tissue and helps activate the stem cells and also helps mobilize the stem cells from the bone marrow into the circulation and into damaged tissues.”

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is used to treat a variety of conditions such as cerebral palsy, stroke, traumatic brain injury, post-plastic surgery patients, non-healing wounds, neuro degenerative diseases and more! sity, one year at the Oregon Health & Sciences University and a clinical Rotating Internship at Providence Hospital in Seattle, Washington. In addition, he did an externship at the University of Washington Department of Hematology/Oncology in 1969 which included work with stem cell-rich bone marrow. This program was run by Dr. Edward Donnall Thomas (who in 1990 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine & Physiology). He then put in a number of years studying and working in the field of pathology before launching out into the world of holistic medicine (Better known now as “complementary-alternative medicine” or “integrative medicine”). In 1979 he founded the first holistic medical clinic west of the Mississippi and began making inroads into the treatment of chronic diseases, including working out methods for reversing blood vessel blockage and heart disease that was decades ahead of what other doctors were doing. Then, in 1989, Dr Steenblock began working with hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) as a means of flooding his patients bodies with oxygen in ways that rev up natural healing mechanisms. It was a year or so later that a patient who’d had a stroke came to him asking if there was something he could do to reverse his brain damage, as the best conventional medicine had to offer had done very little for him. Steenblock prescribed a course of HBOT treatments which brought about swift improvements. By the mid 1990s Dr. Steenblock’s success in turning around chronic stroke had earned him the appellation “The Stroke Doctor”. Says Dr. Steenblock, “HBOT uses stem cells and growth factors to make new blood vessels to the stroke brain area. HBOT was a great step forward in our quest to help stroke patients but it was a daily program for two months that was hard to do for most. However, now the same or better results can be achieved through the use of just stem cells. Once you give the stem cells, they go directly to the damaged areas where they become lodged in the small blood vessels that were injured because of the stroke. They enter the damaged tissues, proliferate there and secrete growth factors that cause new blood vessels to grow into the injured areas.”

hyperbaric oxygen therapy (hbot) proved to be so successful that dr. steenblocK developed a clinic around that particular therapy

When stroke patient Bob Ziachkowsky came to Dr. Steenblock, he was in “such bad shape that he couldn’t walk and “could hardly move.” Having completed a painless, safe course of bone marrow stem cell and hyperbaric oxygen therapies, Bob credits “The Stroke Doctor” with the tremendous improvement in his motor function and cognitive ability – a fact that his wife Melanie says is evidenced by the fact that Bob can now complete an entire word search book in one sitting. In addition to the use of stem cells and hyperbaric oxygen to “regenerate the body from the inside out,” Dr. Steenblock also uses customized IVs and chelation, External Counter Pulsation (ECP), extracorporeal shock wave therapy, lasers, pulsed electromagnetic therapy and many other “safe, non-toxic” therapies. These gently stimulate the body’s natural healing and restoration mechanisms for stroke, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s and dementia, ALS, arthritis and antiaging. According to the American Heart Association, nearly 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke each year, with two-thirds surviving and requiring some type of rehabilitation, while heart attacks strike over one million people in the U.S. annually. The widely accepted “standard of care” treatments are not meant to “cure” the effects of stroke or heart attack because they cannot substantially reverse the damage. Rather, its goal is to help a survivor become as independent as possible—unfortunately often with only partial success. Although Dr. Steenblock’s practice encompasses therapies for many degenerative dis(continued on page 14)




Bone marrow is taken, usually from the pelvis bone (iliac crest), using a needle and syringes. Patients often ask how painful the procedure is and while every individual has a different pain threshold, 50% of patients need only a local anesthetic and others may also need a small amount of valium intravenously. Question: What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)? Dr. Steenblock: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy alleviates oxygen deficiencies, reduces brain swelling, repairs damaged cell membranes, stimulates the growth of neural stem cells (important for neural re-growth), neutralizes toxins, enhances immune defenses, renews ‘sleeping’ or ‘dormant’ neurons and stimulates the growth of new blood vessels into damaged tissues. External Counter Pulsation Machine (EECP) is used to help treat heart conditions and much more. orders and diseases, we asked that he address frequently asked questions about regenerative medicine as it specifically pertains to the treatment of stroke and cardiovascular disease. Question: What is regenerative medicine? Dr. Steenblock: Regenerative medicine focuses on assisting or augmenting the body’s own ability to heal by utilizing powerful, leading edge medical therapies that enable the body to repair, replace, restore and regenerate damaged or malfunctioning cells and tissues to help people return to better health. Instead of managing symptoms with prescription drugs, devices and invasive medical procedures, all physicians will someday use regenerative cell therapies to replace dam-aged tissue and restore function of a failing organ caused by disease, injury, congenital defects, aging or other circumstances.

During an HBOT session, the patient lies or sits in a special pressurize chamber and breathes in 100 percent pure oxygen. Hyperbaric oxygen increases the concentration of oxygen in the blood TEN TIMES NORMAL. This high concentration of blood oxygen forces oxygen into the wounds and areas of tissue damage, reduces swelling and builds new blood vessels.

Question: How are stem cells and HBOT used to aid in recovery for patients who have suffered a stroke (or suffer from other neurological conditions like Traumatic Brain Injuries and Cerebral Palsy)? Dr. Steenblock: Very simply, bone marrow is taken from the hip bone and given back to the patient intravenously. HBOT is then done daily for a few days. In patients with a stroke, heart attack, cerebral palsy or a traumatic brain injury, injured tissues are ‘dormant’ and nonfunctioning, but still alive. Stem cells and/or HBOT rescues these ‘sleeping’ tissues and return them to more normal function. In children, cognitive function and spasticity are improved in 70% to 80% of cases. Paralysis may improve or even disappear; children have gained their eyesight for the first time while people blind from their stroke have been known to regain their eyesight. Over 90% of stroke victims will have at least some degree of improvement in their problem areas if treated even many years after their stroke. Question: What is stem cell therapy and how does it work? Dr. Steenblock: Healing begins naturally in the body when healthy stem cells – which are responsible for growing new tissues - are made. With regard to cardiovascular disease, for example, transplanting healthy stem cells into the heart, can help restore or regenerate unhealthy cells and repair damaged tissue so that the heart can start functioning better. Stem cells generally come from umbilical cord blood, adult blood, fat or adult bone marrow. In the bone marrow, billions of new blood cells are made every day from blood-forming stem cells.

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Have a question? Call (949) 367-8870 or visit Dr. Steenblock’s practice is located at 187 Avenida La Pata in San Clemente, CA. 92673. FEBRUARY 2016



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n today’s high-paced, high-stress society, we are accustomed to treating health problems after they negatively impact our lives, rather than proactively caring for our bodies. Unfortunately, waiting until a problem develops (such as weight gain) puts your overall health at risk. Poor nutrition, fatigue and stress can send your body on a downward spiral, leaving many people feeling hopeless and frustrated.

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Finding New Hope for Alzheimer’s Disease By Samuel Henderson, PhD

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurological disease that primarily affects the elderly. In 2015 it was estimated that 5.3 million Americans were suffering from the disease. As the baby boomers age this number is predicted to more than double, with over 13 million Americans affected by 2050. Without significant new treatments, the rise in the number of Alzheimer’s patients will place a tremendous economic and social burden on the United States.


nfortunately, the development of new drugs for Alzheimer’s disease has not gone well. In the last 10 years no new drug substance has been approved. Between 2005 and 2015, there has been a 100% failure rate for new drug substances. The only new drugs that have been approved have been reformulation of existing drugs. The path to finding new hope for Alzheimer’s disease is dependent on clinical research studies. Drug development in Alzheimer’s has focused largely on the accumulation of a sticky protein called amyloid beta. This sticky protein is thought to be toxic to neurons and to interfere with brain function. Various attempts have been made to either prevent the formation of amyloid beta, or clear it from the brain. Unfortunately, to date these attempts have failed to demonstrate efficacy in clinical research studies. As outlined in previous articles in this series, there are other characteristic changes that occur in Alzheimer’s disease FEBRUARY 2016


that have attracted the attention of those developing drugs to combat Alzheimer’s. While researchers identify new targets and develop potential new therapies, there is an opportunity for those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers to help in the fight against this terrible disease. By participating in a clinical research study for Alzheimer’s disease you can directly help researchers in their efforts to find a cure.

While researchers identify new targets and develop potential new therapies, there is an opportunity for those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers to help in the fight against this terrible disease.


and Drug Administration and ethics boards. Regulatory authorities review clinical trial design for scientific merit, as well as to ensure that appropriate patient safety and protection measures are in place. During the clinical trial, the safety of the participants is the primary concern. Any adverse reactions to the drug are carefully monitored, followed, and steps are taken to ensure the safety of the participants.

Myth: I need to stop my current medications to join a clinical research study Another common myth is that participants in a clinical research study will be required to stop taking current medications in order to test the new one. This is not always the case. In many cases, because the clinical trial drug being tested is unproven, it would be unethical to stop a working medication to test a new one. Generally, participants in a clinical study are asked to be on stable dosing of their current medications, and are asked not to change the dose during the course of the study.

Myth: I will lose my primary care physician if I join a clinical study

In this article we will dispel some of the common myths and misconceptions around clinical research studies and discuss what it means to participate in a clinical research trial.

Myth: There are plenty of volunteers One of the most common misconceptions about joining a clinical trial is that “There are plenty of volunteers and I’m not needed”. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Studies in Alzheimer’s disease often involved hundreds and sometimes thousands of patients and can take years just to recruit enough people for one study. Slow enrollment in Alzheimer’s disease trials is recognized as one of the major hurdles to new drug development. The more people that participate in clinical research studies, the faster progress will be made.

Myth: Participants are guinea pigs that will be exposed to dangerous untested drugs Some people are afraid to participate in clinical trials because they think they may be dangerous. They say they would rather let someone else be the guinea pig, and prefer to wait until the drug is approved. While it is true that clinical trials do carry some risk because drugs being tested have often not been fully evaluated, it is important to remember that before a new drug can be tested in people, it has to be extensively tested in animals and other models. Prior to starting a clinical research trial the design is reviewed by regulatory authorities, including the Food FEBRUARY 2016


Participants in clinical studies for Alzheimer’s will be seen by a clinical trial physician who is an expert in Alzheimer’s disease and has treated many other patients with the same condition. A high standard of care for those who participate in a clinical trial is expected, and there is no requirement for you to stop seeing your regular doctors. Participants are encouraged to continue seeing their regular physician according to their normal schedule.

Myth: If I join, I may not get the drug being tested Typically, in a clinical trial, participants are randomly assigned to either the active study drug or the placebo, which is an inactive substance that looks like the active study drug. This is called a double-blind study, and it is the best way for researchers to test whether the new drug is safe and effective. While there is a chance that participants will receive placebo, rather than the investigational drug, many trials are designed with what is known as an “open label phase”. During this open label phase all participants receive the active study drug at no cost for a period of time. In some cases, the open label phase can last until the new drug is approved and available to the public.

A high standard of care for those who participate in a clinical trial is expected, and there is no requirement for you to stop seeing your regular doctors.


Joining an Alzheimer’s disease clinical study represents a considerable commitment. Myth: It costs too much to participate in a clinical research study It should not cost participants anything to take part in a clinical research study. The costs of a clinical trial are fully covered by the study sponsor. In fact, many studies provide modest compensation for participating, which may include reimbursement for travel and other expenses incurred during the study.

Myth: I need health insurance to participate Health insurance is not required to participate in a clinical research study. The costs of the procedures and related medical care received as part of the clinical trial will be covered by the study sponsor.

What to expect when you join a clinical trial If you are interested in being a part of finding new hope for Alzheimer’s disease by participating in a clinical research study, the first step is to find a clinical study in your area. In many cases, your current doctor may not be well-versed in what clinical research studies are currently underway. There are several online resources that can be used to locate potential studies, including www.clinicaltrials. gov or On both of these websites, you can search for Alzheimer’s disease studies that are enrolling in your area. The next step would be to contact the clinical trial site and ask about the study. The study site may be enrolling for more than one study, so if you are interested in a specific study it is important that you relay that information to the study site at the beginning of the conversation. The personnel at the study site may ask you some preliminary questions to gauge your eligibility for participation in a particular study. This may include questions about your medical history or current medications. Finally, if it appears that you may qualify for the study, the study site personnel will schedule a time for you to come in for a more comprehensive evaluation called a “screening visit”. At this first study visit, the site will explain the study in detail, including any risks or benefits. They will ask you to sign a document stating that you understand the study and the potential risks or benefits. This document is called an “informed consent”. It is very important that you fully understand what is expected of you during the course of the study and that you have all your questions addressed. You always have the option to take the informed consent home to discuss the study with your family and/or your doctor. FEBRUARY 2016


After you have signed the informed consent, a full examination will be performed. This examination will likely consist of a complete review of your medical history, medications you are taking, a physical exam, blood work, and, in the case of studies for Alzheimer’s disease, testing of your memory and thinking, as well as other tests required by the specific research study. This will all be done at no cost to you. Based on the results of these screening tests, the study site will let you know if you qualify for the study. Note that although you may be healthy, it is possible that you may not qualify for the study for other reasons such as specific genetic requirements, or particular lab values that may be out of range for that specific study. Once you have qualified for the study, you will be scheduled for your “baseline visit”, where additional study procedures are performed, and you will be randomly assigned to either the study drug or the placebo. No one will know if you receive the study drug or placebo – not you, or even the study doctor or his/her staff will know until after the study is complete. Clinical research studies may last from a few weeks, to a few months, to a few years, depending on the design of the study. During this time, you will be required to attend study visits at regular intervals to check on your health and to measure how the study drug is working. Joining an Alzheimer’s disease clinical study represents a considerable commitment. By participating in clinical research you will have access to the study drug well before the general public, in addition to the benefit of the study doctor’s expertise. Although there are no guarantees that the study drug will improve Alzheimer’s symptoms, you will have taken an essential step to help advance new drug discovery, and most importantly, you will be a part of the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

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. For more information on this topic, Dr. Henderson can be reached at



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CAREFUL GIVING: Suggestions for Passing Gifts to Care Providers By Donald A. Hunsberger

According to the Orange County Register, a 91-year-old woman from Brea died in mid-2014, and left her entire estate to her caregiver. After officials discovered the transfer, they removed her assistant as trustee and took away the home she left him.


hy? According to the District Attorney and the ruling Judge, the facts of the case demonstrated “Fraud and Undue Influence” by the caregiver.

A caregiver has worked for you in your later years; How can you to safely include this person in your will or your trust? Can you avoid the accusations that destroyed this 91-year-old’s wishes? To avoid the Brea woman’s result, consider a few specific rules from both the Probate Code and from common sense experience to show that the senior receiving the health care –the employer- has not been unduly influenced to name the care provider as an estate beneficiary. Probate law in California reflects years of problems with caretakers of the elderly. Following these rules may help to avoid both the appearance of – and actual—undue influence by the targets of the law.

STATUTORY GUIDELINES First, the statutes provide that a senior changing her planning documents to benefit a caregiver should not act either 90 days before or 90 days after the provider comes to work for her. That makes sense: nobody gives her estate to a person she just met three months ago unless she had somehow been “hypnotized” by being with the caregiver 24 hours a day. The senior in this situation should see an attorney and wait for the time to pass; don’t present the image of being hustled by a new health care giver. Second, make sure your lawyer introduces you to an attorney who is not a part of her firm to interview you and complete the form provided in the Probate Code. Keep this Independent Review with the documents you receive. FEBRUARY 2016


PRACTICAL GUIDELINES In the common sense area, don’t take the health provider to see the lawyer, and don’t let your health provider be your trustee; get someone else. If you don’t have a family member or friend for the job, find a Private Fiduciary to take you to the lawyer and serve as your Trustee/Executor/ Agent. Otherwise, it looks like you’ve been steam-rolled, and it makes the government nervous. Likewise, don’t discuss your plan with your caregiver, ever. This is something which leads to problems. Keep the process to yourself; don’t let him or her see the documents when they are done. Instead, spend time with outside persons other than your provider. Remember that the image of the isolated senior is what the courts and the agencies are looking for when they examine these cases for people who may have been victimized. Further, ask your lawyer about a “life estate” instead of making an outright transfer to the caregiver. This helps the provider during his or her life, and then delivers the asset to your friends, family or a charity following the caregiver’s death. Name a third party (not the provider) as the trustee (perhaps a private fiduciary) instead of the caregiver. This level of control on your part is not consistent with “undue influence,” and should calm the courts and placate the prosecutors. At the same time, don’t name the provider as the sole beneficiary, or even the largest beneficiary. It just looks too suspicious. Name family, a Church, a School or a Hospital as beneficiaries along with the provider. Remember, there are both good and bad people in every profession. The Probate Code is not there to punish the elderly, it exists to protect us. If there is a caregiver who objects to any of the suggestions above, it may be time to search for a new health care provider: this one may only be looking after his or her own well being, not for yours. 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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Call me old fashioned, but I believe that physical photos are a medium worth preserving. When I recently sat down to put together my daughter’s baby book, I thought of how printed images might at times seem like a thing of the past. But then I can’t imagine showing off my family photos by scrolling through all the images I posted to Facebook once upon a time.


cott and Diana Schmitt, co-founders of the San Juan Capistrano-based San Juan Photo and Digital and Accents Portraits by Diana understand the desire for individuals and families to preserve their most precious memories in more than merely a digital format. Scott and his wife have long shared a love of photography. So when a then-Moto Photo franchise became available for purchase in 1989, the couple jumped at the chance to pursue their professional passion.

After six years of hard work building their initial business together, they opened a second, separate studio entity in the same shopping center to provide their clients a “one stop shop” to fulfill all facets of their clients’ photographic needs.

Scott continues to oversee the operation of San Juan Photo and Digital, while Diana focuses her attention and talent to in-studio and on location professional photography at Accent Portraits by Diana. The pair initially launched their entrepreneurial endeavor with a fun and a creative outlet in mind, and the exploding photography industry and advancements in technology over the course of the subsequent two decades helped them continually evolve their business. “The industry has changed dramatically since the inception of digital photography in that people continue to take more and more pictures as photography becomes increasingly accessible,” says Scott. “But a sad byproduct of this trend is that the focus on digital photography is creating a ‘lost generation’ of people who don’t and won’t have any printed family photos.” The “Chief Historical Officers” of the home (usually the wives and mothers) comprise a large component of Scott’s clientele, women who feel strongly about preserving their family’s history and photography in physical form.

Toward that end, Scott is truly your “hometown digital expert” specializing in prints from your camera and phone, photo/slide scan, photo restoration, passport photos, camera repairs, digital camera classes, film/ video to DVD and photo books, posters and canvas prints and they even still process film! “We are so fortunate to have an amazing team who have been with us for so long that they are family,” says Scott. “Harvey Tarango is a master at photo manipulation and our lab manager Cheryl Wayland was with us before our children were even born – they all know her as ‘Auntie Cheryl’ and she’s been an amazing asset to our company for over 25 years.” For her part, Diana has spent the better part of 30 years specializing in family portraits, wedding photos and capturing the most priceless of moments in all types of life celebrations. With nearly 30 years of experience, Diana’s focus is families, and she always aims to deliver “extraordinary customer service.”





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Business Banking: Time for Your Spring-Cleaning By C. LawrenCe “Larry” Thomas


March 19, the first day of spring, is fast approaching. Spring is a traditional time to do some deep cleaning. Our focus here is on your banking.

ike your office, your banking needs a periodic cleaning: to go through things to see what may have been untouched for a while, to put things in their proper place, to update, and to get ready for tomorrow’s challenges. This deep cleaning can be very rewarding and satisfying. Here are five action items to help you with your banking spring-cleaning:

Contact your relationship manager at the bank.

Tell him or her that you want to review your banking services to see if any changes are warranted. Be sure to ask for information that will bring you up-to-date on any changes or enhancements to the bank’s products and services.

Review your deposit accounts and loans.

Go through your accounts with an eye on consolidation. Each account should have a welldefined purpose that is still germane. Some accounts may be consolidated with others, some eliminated, and new ones needed (it may be time for a business money market account to earn interest yet retain liquidity). Loans should undergo the same analysis: looking for ways to meet future needs at the lowest possible cost. Your banker can assist by providing recommendations and the cost of making changes.

Consider adding banking innovations.

Many of us get comfortable with the current way we do things, like banking, and hesitate to change. In doing so, we may miss some opportunities to save some time and money. For example, services like remote deposit capture (depositing checks from your desktop computer) is growing in popularity because it saves trips to the bank and can result in getting access to funds more quickly. Another example, on-line business banking including bill pay. These innovations are designed to save you time and money,

Review your bank’s online security.

Be sure that your bank uses the latest online security features such as multilayer security (log-in credentials, device recognition, and location determination) and that the bank’s server is safe as evidenced by an extended validation certificate indicator on the address bar.

Update your passwords.

Here is another security issue for you to address: consider changing all your financial passwords, not only those regarding your banking. There is lots of advice available for making your passwords more secure. Things like: do not use the same password for all your accounts and the longer and more complex the password, the better (i.e., periodic capitals, alpha numeric, some characters, etc.). Be sure to check for any specific password requirements the site might have.

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What is the point of exercise? This seems to be a pretty easy answer, but it can get skewed quickly. Especially when the old adage of no-pain, no-gain, go-hard or go–home mentality still thrives. But let’s be honest, is this really the point of exercise? NO!


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Take Charge of Your Legacy In the following estate planning Q & A, Martin J. Lombrano, AIF®, LPL Financial Advisor, addresses some of the frequently asked questions facing a surviving spouse or family member upon the death of their loved one. Question: Upon the passing of a loved one, whom do I need to notify? Answer: Every situation is unique, however notifying the following agencies and individuals is a key step after a loved one has passed and each is very important: Social Security Administration, deceased person’s employer or former employers, insurance companies, credit bureaus, credit card companies, mortgage companies, post office, utility providers, creditors. Question: Do I have to file anything with the court? Answer: After you have contacted the loved one’s attorney (if there is one) or at least spoken with an attorney or advisor experienced in estate or death administration, you should know which documents will be needed to be provided to the court if it is necessary for the decedent’s estate to go through probate court. Probate is a legal document and the legal process of administering the estate of a deceased person, resolving all claims and distributing the deceased person’s property under a will. Question: Do I have to find the will right away? Answer: Typically one of the first documents to find is the Will or Trust. The Trust in particular is a detailed legal document that specifies every detail of the deceased loved one’s estate and how it should be handled, who should be in charge of handling the Trust, and how and to whom the Trust assets should be distributed. Question: What should I do with the Will or Trust when I find it? Answer: Ideally, you will want to take the Will or Trust to the attorney who originally drew up the documents. But if that isn’t possible, then finding an attorney or advisor that specializes in estate administration is the best avenue to pursue. You will want a professional on your side that can help make this process as cost effective and timely as possible. Question: Do I have to probate the Will? How long do I have to probate the Will? Answer: Probate isn’t always necessary. If the deceased person owned assets in joint tenancy with someone else, or as community property with his or her spouse, or held their property in a Living Trust, those assets won’t need to go through probate. The same is true for assets held in a Revocable Living Trust and accounts for which a payable- on-death beneficiary has been named. If probate is necessary, then it must be initiated by the executor of the Will. It’s typically a time consuming process which can last 12-24 months or more and can be very costly in executor’s, court’s and attorney’s fees. In general, it is best to plan ahead and avoid probate. Question: What important documents will the attorney want to see? Answer: In general, you, your attorney or advisor will need: death certificates, Wills and Trusts, insurance policies, credit card statements, investment accounts, bank accounts, mortgage

statements, last two years of tax returns, marriage and birth certificates, an up to date credit report of the deceased and family member’s contact information. Question: What if my loved one did not have a will? What do I do to settle his/her estate? Answer: You can settle the loved one’s estate without having to go to probate court depending on the total value of their estate, and their ownership and beneficiary designations. If a probate is needed and there is a Will, then the named executor will typically initiate the probate court proceedings. Question: How long does it take to settle an estate? Answer: With a Trust, the typical estate can often be settled within a few months. With a Will, it generally takes 12-24 months, and often longer. Typically in California, if you own a home, are married, or have children, then you and your loved ones can benefit from having a Revocable Living Trust. Some of the benefits of a Trust are the avoidance of probate, your estate remains non-public information, and a Trust may substantially reduce costs and time to settle the estate. Question: What actions can a person take now to make this entire process simpler and easier for those family or friends who will be guiding the estate administration? Answer: Either on your own or with an advisor, begin by making a balance sheet, a list of all your assets (what you own) and all your liabilities (what you owe). Be as detailed as possible with names, accounts numbers, phone numbers etc. - for each entry. Make sure to review your beneficiaries on each account or asset you own including bank, retirement, pension, investment, insurance policies, and real estate to name a few. Most of all, have an up to date estate plan to help make this process simpler. If you have an estate plan in place, it should be reviewed every 3 years or with every major life event like birth, divorce, death, etc. This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax or legal advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific situation with a qualified tax or legal advisor.

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 offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. FEBRUARY 2016



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Pets of the Month Echo is a mellow, friendly rabbit looking for a home. Judging by the size of her ears and feet, Echo will probably be a large rabbit when she finishes growing. She is friendly and just loves to be pet! Echo is good with her litter box and would make an awesome companion for a family looking for a big, sweet bunny to share their home!

Ten month old Lulu is quite the social butterfly. Whether she’s lounging about with her fellow cats or lavishing attention on her human visitors, she enjoys being the center of attention. Always there to greet you at the door, Lulu is a confident kitty who would make a great pet for someone with a little extra love to share. If you looked up “cuddle bug” in the dictionary, you might just see a picture of cute little Rocket. Quite an outgoing pup, he loves meeting new people and exploring new places. Combined with his love of long walks, Rocket would make an ideal dog for someone with an active lifestyle.

Five year old Frankie is just about as sweet as they come. Afflicted with a genetic eye disorder, Frankie is slowly going blind. He isn’t letting his condition hold him back, though, and still loves to play and go on walks. Frankie is patiently awaiting a loving home that will give him the chance he so deserves!

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.




Subject of the Month: Two Important Enrollment Periods for Medicare: Many Medicare beneficiaries that are on a Medicare Advantage plan are unaware of the annual Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period. From January 1st to February 14th beneficiaries who wish to dis-enroll from their Medicare Advantage plan and go back to Original Medicare are allowed to. They can purchase a Medicare prescription drug plan and a Medicare supplemental plan to round out their Medicare coverage and fully protect themselves. The second important enrollment period is the Medicare General Enrollment Period and it occurs annually between January 1st and March 31st, with coverage starting July 1st. This is an important window of time for those that didn’t activate their Part B portion of Medicare during their Initial Enrollment Period, or had Part B activated but then dropped it. In most cases, if you don’t sign up for Part B when you’re first eligible, you’ll have to pay a late enrollment penalty for as long as you have Part B. Your monthly premium for Part B may go up 10% for each full 12-month period that you could haveAM hadPage Part1B, but didn’t sign up for it. 9997i_SoCountyNews_SA_HPH2-1_Layout 1 1/14/16 11:50

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Synthetic Lawngrass and Professional Putting Greens by Jody Robinson Owning your own home is a huge part of the American dream – but it's not just owning a home … it’s the pride of ownership that extends to the care you put into the way the property looks – inside and out. The front lawn is one of the first things about your home that people see, and a tidy, lush-looking lawn not only adds to your home’s curb appeal, but also adds to the overall aesthetic appeal of your neighborhood.

Living with a water shortage in California is just par for the course (pun intended), but synthetic grass can help you cut down significantly on your water usage and judging by the results we achieved, you don’t have to sacrifice beauty for cost-savings. “Synthetic or artificial lawn grass is so sophisticated today, that is very closely imitates real live grass while saving water, which saves a serious amount of money for the home or business,” says Denis. “In general, by switching to artificial lawn, the savings in water consumption amount to about 48 gallons per square foot, per year – an outstanding figure!”

But “lush” might be quite a stretch to achieve with the water shortage and no end in sight to our state’s drought conditions. That is, unless you call Gorilla Grass – providers of the highest quality synthetic lawn grass for both residential and commercial customers.

When we spoke with Denis, it was immediately evident that he is extremely proud of his product, but we were equally impressed by personal testimonials of his many happy customers.

For our part, my husband and I were tired of looking at a barren patch of dirt in our backyard and I hesitate to call what was struggling to grow there “grass.” We decided to install a synthetic lawn and called on Gorilla Grass owner Denis Weber and his professional team to try to make the area look better and have it be a more useable space for the kids could play. Serving Orange County since 1998, Denis has continually grown the company year after year – a testament to the quality of his product and service. Gorilla Grass provides two types of grass: Synthetic Lawngrass and Professional Putting Greens.

“Denis has done an incredible job with an incredible product,” says Mike and Shannon Wells concerning the installation of Gorilla Grass at their home. “The kids play constantly on the grass, and we will be adding a new family member (a puppy) without any worries. We cannot say enough about how happy we are with the product as well as with Denis and his team.” According to Denis, the ways in which Gorilla Grass simulates real grass are numerous: “its weight (double the average at 143oz per

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Denis’ golfing green material - Mirage Putting Green - is also available for avid golf enthusiasts who want to set up a practice green at home. “The Mirage Putting Green is 100% lead-free, heavy, dense, and is a nylon green that gives a ‘PGA-like feel’ every time,” says Denis. Denis is incredibly grateful to his staff, in particular one very “gifted visionary” who works tirelessly to develop new and existing products. He calls this inventor the “Steve Jobs of our industry” and credits him with the high quality of their Mirage Putting Green and Gorilla Grass, which Denis proudly says are the "two finest products available anywhere in their respective categories." Denis and his team pride themselves on superior customer service. Client Ken Lee asked Gorilla Grass to install a back lawn for him, and met with 4 different artificial lawn vendors before choosing Denis. “Denis was by far the most professional, friendly, and informative,” says Ken Lee, who met with four different artificial lawn vendors before choosing Gorilla Grass. “The installation went without a hitch, despite the fact that I made some design changes prior to install. Denis and his lead installer, Roman, were outstanding and a pleasure to work with.” Denis credits the success of Gorilla Grass to having “the motivation, the ability, the know-how, the creativity and the financial capability to manufacture and market the absolute finest products in the industry.” Customer Dr. Dante Toriello agrees with Denis’ assessment and adds that the work was so good, his lawn had become “uniform, maintenance free and beautiful.” His American dream had been fulfilled, and in Dante's words, thanks to Gorilla Grass, his home had now become “the showplace in the neighborhood.” FEBRUARY 2016


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Girl’s Getaway By Sara Watt

I’ve always found that a little sun, sand, adventure and laughter with girlfriends is the best cure anytime life, work and daily responsibilities become a bit overwhelming. In the wake of the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season, three friends and I embarked on a weekend getaway to nearby San Diego – a trip that proved to be just the antidote to the mayhem.


isitors travel to San Diego from all over the globe to experience our remarkable Southern California climate paired with world-class shopping, entertainment, surf and adventuring. For Orange County girlfriends, it’s a little getaway with a lot to offer: Far away enough to be really away and close enough to keep your separation-from-responsibilities anxiety in check. For the ideal girlfriend getaway to San Diego’s beautiful Mission Bay and Pacific Beach that leaves you refreshed and personally enriched, pack a little bit of everything into your visit.

A short drive down the I-5 Fwy. is a cure for the typical vacation travel drudgery. When you pull into town, you won’t be too beat to hit the pavement for an afternoon and evening of merrymaking. Lodging options are plentiful. Look for an all-inclusive resort experience offering amenity-rich accommodation defined by gourmet dining, pampering spa treatments, gorgeous environs and superior service, and you’ll find that your lodgings can be as much a part of your getaway as your wanderings.



Oceana Coastal Kitchen seafood tower Such proved to be the case at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa (catamaranresort. com) – a tropical hideaway in San Diego’s Pacific Beach community on the sparkling shores of Mission Bay. As we walked into the resort lobby, one of my friends jokingly asked if we missed the exit and inadvertently ended up in Hawaii. The Polynesian-themed resort offers casual elegance in a postcard perfect scene – its grounds filled with palm trees, lush vegetation, tiki torches, koi ponds, waterfalls, exotic birds – and of course … long stretches of white sand beaches. Each of the property’s 310 guest rooms and suites has a private balcony or patio with breathtaking views of Mission Bay, the Pacific Ocean or tropical gardens. An added bonus: there are never any resort fees and WiFi is always complimentary.

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Fine dining Catamaran Resort entrance We began our retreat at the hotel’s signature dining destination – the Oceana Coastal Kitchen featuring chef-driven California cuisine and a sprawling 8,200-square foot modern, indoor/ outdoor ocean-inspired design. The bayfront restaurant showcases several distinct dining areas – from casual to upscale and the focal point is a gorgeous 800-gallon aquarium in the main dining room. Executive Chef Steven Riemer’s playful interpretation of classic dishes highlights the purity and flavors of California local product and a commitment to sustainable ingredients. A cold bar with sushi options, small bites and main dishes include the freshest seafood available from the coast of Baja and the Pacific (the first Wednesday of each month is Oyster Fest at Oceana Cold Bar - $29 all you can eat oysters + $9 infused vodka or beer flight). Dinner was defined by fine wine, easy conversation and some simply spectacular dishes including The Harris Ranch Ribeye grilled to perfection and accompanied by Yukon gold mashed potatoes and lemon asparagus and the Two-Duck Risotto which combines seared farm duck breast and risotto of braised leg confit and autumn squash. The Shrimp Pappardelle is tossed with olive-oil-braised broccolini, Mexican dried chile, house-made meyer lemon ricotta. All the dishes were so delicious that we couldn’t help tasting each other’s entrees. We were convinced we couldn’t eat another bite when the Pumpkin Cheesecake in a ginger snap crust arrived alongside the New School Banana Pudding – a decadent treat made with caramelized banana and vanilla cookie crumble.

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We certainly had no shortage of options when it came to daytime activities – soak in some sun poolside, work out in the resort’s state-of-the-art fitness center, indulge in a spa treatment at the Catamaran Spa or pursue more active ways to while away the afternoon with Action Sport Rentals. We opted for both ends of the spectrum, starting with an amazing Swedish massage, enjoying the steam room, sauna and outdoor whirlpool spa overlooking the ocean (Catamaran Spa features a South Pacific-inspired menu of facials and body treatments using only all-natural marine and botanical ingredients). We were so relaxed after our Eucalyptus-infused showers that we all took full advantage of the lounge chairs at the ocean’s edge. Then it was off to Action Sports Rental ( for a sunset sailboat cruise of Mission Bay (they also rent all manner of watercraft from aquacycles, kayaks and paddleboats to standup paddleboards, pontoon boats and funcats. We decided to leave the driving (or navigating as it were) to the professionals and thoroughly enjoyed our two-hour tour of the waters of the bay aboard a 25’ Catalina sailboat.

For seasonal craft and catch, dinner at Tidal (located at nearby Paradise Point Hotel and Spa) was a superb way to spend our last evening before heading home. Perched where land meets sea on the shores of San Diego’s Mission Bay, Tidal is a restaurant that offers a thoughtful dining selection of local seafood and craft beverages that, like the everchanging tides, shifts seasonally at Mother Nature’s whim. Set in what was a private beach house in the 1960s, this Mission Bay restaurant’s mid-century modern interior design boasts 180-degree views of Mission Bay and is characterized by a fire-pit dotted deck, communal tables and a cozy lounge. But the centerpiece of the eater is its savory menu of shared plates anchored by deep Mediterranean influences ad Chef Amy DiBiase presents modern, light adaptations of traditional seafood dishes such as olive oil poached halibut, ricotta gnudi and chicken confit. If you eat (or drink) too much to make an early start every morning; or if you take too much time strolling the beach and miss a few activities, don’t sweat it. San Diego’s Mission Bay and Pacific Beach – and particularly The Catamaran Resort and Spa - is a destination to explore again and again, and, like your girlfriends, will be there when you need it.

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Soka Performing Arts Center, Aliso Viejo Season 2015-16 TAIMANE AND KALEI WORLD TOUR

Saturday, February 6, 2016@3pm Celebrating 100 years of Ukulele Legacy, Kamaka Ukulele artists Taimane Gardner and Kalei Gamiao are at the forefront of today’s ukulele revolution. Taimane, who picked up her first ukulele at the age of 5, is right at home fingerpicking through Bach, or radically ripping through Led Zeppelin. Their tour is in recognition of the 100th anniversary of Kamaka Ukuleles.


Saturday, February 13, 2016@8pm For their 2016 North American Tour, IGN founder Brian Gore will be joined by three of Europe’s finest acoustic guitarists: Gypsy Jazz legend Lulo Reinhardt, contemporary finger style innovator Mike Dawes and multi-genre showman Andre Krengel.


Presented in collaboration with the Soka University MA in Educational Leadership and Societal Change -- Wednesday, February 17, 2016@7pm Henry Rollins Actor, author, DJ, voice-over and spoken-word artist, TV and radio show host, former frontman for Black Flag and the Rollins Band will ignite ideas and conversation about work, war, education, race, politics and peace. And whatever else is on his mind.


Friday, February 19, 2016@8pm Honored by the National Endowment for the arts, as a 2010 Jazz Master, Kenny Barron has an unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms. The Los Angeles Times named him “one of the top jazz pianists in the world” and Jazz Weekly calls him “The most lyrical piano player of our time.”

Come early for Dinner! Soka Bistro is open for dinner 5:00 -7:30 pm; Sat. & Sun. 5:00 -7:00 pm. Only $11.25 for an All-You-Can-Eat- buffet! Box Office: 949.480.ART (4278) — Box Office Hours Monday – Friday: 10:00 – 2:00 pm Box Office will open 1 hour prior to scheduled performance times on performance days. FEBRUARY 2016



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Shop, Play and Stay at the Shorebreak By Sara Watt

With its 10 miles of uninterrupted shoreline and the most consistent waves on the West Coast, ocean enthusiasts refer to the region as “Surf City, USA.” But for me, Huntington Beach is a place where the mild and mellow Southern California beach culture that made our state famous still defines. Pretentiousness takes a back seat to a casual and cool ambiance and attitude - in everything from the city’s accommodation to its many attractions.


ne of my closest girlfriends and I recently decided to embark on a “Girl’s Getaway” characterized by choices – the option to shop, dine, enjoy the nightlife or simply kick back, relax and take in the sweeping ocean views from our hotel balcony. We quickly settled on “Surf City” and thanks to the Shorebreak Hotel and its ideal locale in the heart of downtown and steps from the sand, we were able to indulge in a little of all of the above.

Our retreat began by curling into the cozy couches – warmed by the strategically placed fire pits – and sipping a glass of fine wine. Then we headed over to enjoy the live music, craft cocktails and dinner at Zimzala – the Mediterranean restaurant on the second floor open for breakfast, lunch and dinner – where the menu boasts expertly executed dishes inspired by ingredients from Greece, Spain, Turkey and Morocco and the ambiance is defined by a fresh indoor/outdoor atmosphere (our table on the heated balcony overlooked the ocean, iconic HB Pier and steady stream of passerby on the streets below). Most of Chef Damon Kelly’s creations are large enough to share – each entrée and appetizer focuses on the bountiful produce that grows here year-round showcases the flavors of the season.

Ocean breezes and sunshine were our sidekicks in our chill corner of paradise – literally steps from the shoreline – at this Huntington Beach boutique hotel. With Main St. just a block away, the property is ideally situated to shop, dine and play within easy walking distance. With its pairing of light, bright and inventive surfer-chic décor and a laid-back vibe, we felt miles away from our otherwise hectic lives within minutes of arriving.

The Hanger Steak was grilled to perfection and arrived with a side of smashed Yukon, blistered tomato and chimichurri, while the California Halibut was to die for – accompanied by a tarragon Israeli couscous, tomato sambal and scallions.

Situated right at the corner of Main Street and PCH, you might think you’d have to compromise and live with the downside of being so close to the action, but our room was super quiet – there was absolutely no noise from the street, hallway or the neighbors.

After our meal, we strolled Surf City’s streets and wandered in and out of scores of eclectic boutiques and popular shopping destinations (including the expansive retail developments – Pacific City and the Strand).

Our accommodation offered impressive views of the crystal blue water and sandy beaches below, a spacious soaking tub, white-cloud bedding, an expansive desk (perfect if you are so inclined to get a little work done) and extra comfy chairs. But the cherry on top had to be the yoga mats and animal printed robes - definitely a touch that appealed to my personal life and style!

The next morning, armed with our complimentary coffee in hand, headed to the HB Pier and discovered that there’s plenty to do besides walk its 1,850 feet and back: rent a rod and fish off the pier, grab a bite at Ruby’s Diner at the end of the iconic landmark, buy a colorful kite and catch some air.

The Shorebreak Hotel is located at 500 Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach. For information or reservations, call (714) 861-4470 or visit FEBRUARY 2016



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Happy Hour at Bar Top- Casanova Ristorante. 33585 Del Obispo in Dana Point 3:30 pm to 6 pm. (Nightly)

Taste of San Juan Help launch the kick-off celebration of the Fiesta de las Golondrinas at The San Juan Hills Golf Club from 6 pm to 9 pm.



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

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


Laguna Beach Music Festival This festival is dedicated to artistic excellence and innovation, featuring an internationally acclaimed Mentor Musician or Ensemble along with other talented artists in a week-long blend of performances and education. Located at Seven Degrees. 891 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach.


First Thursdays Art Walk Laguna Beach The art season in Laguna Beach flourishes year round with First Thursdays Art Walk held on the first Thursday of every month from 6 – 9pm. Free to the public. PCH Laguna Beach.

from 9 am to 1 pm. at 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.


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 nonfood items. 9am-1pm. 27068 La Paz Road in Aliso Viejo.


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.


San Juan Capistrano Car Show The classic, new and exotic will headline this popular fundraiser, which promises a fabulous display of some 400 antique and classic cars and trucks. San Juan Capistrano Community Center / Sports Park at 25925 Camino Del Avion



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

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


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 held at Yorba Street and Camino Capistrano from 3-7pm


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


Wine Tasting- Frisby Cellars OC Urban Winery & Tasting Room Frisby Cellars Winery and Tasting Room. 20331 Lake Forest Dr. C-3, Lake Forest. 12-5PM $15 Tasting Fee (Every Sunday, Saturday)


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.


Dana Point Farmers Market Each Saturday, California farmers bring fresh produce to sell at the Dana Point Farmers Market FEBRUARY 2016



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Chocolate Decadence & Pechanga Wine Festival – Temecula


undreds of wine varieties, sweet and savory chocolate confections, gourmet food samples from acclaimed Pechanga Resort & Casino restaurants, live music, a silent auction and helping out a good cause are all on the agenda for February 26 and 27 at Pechanga Resort & Casino. Chocolate Decadence on Friday, Feb. 26 features more than 30 wine varietals shown to masterfully partner with chocolate and other sweet desserts. The event runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and is $55 per person. Tickets include a souvenir wine glass, unlimited two ounce samples of wine and spirits, chocolate and confection tasting, live music and silent auction. Wine enthusiasts can sip and explore new selections at the 8th annual Pechanga Wine Festival from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat, Feb. 27. Tickets are $65 and include a souvenir wine glass, unlimited two ounce samples of wine and spirits, gourmet food and dessert samples from Pechanga’s acclaimed chefs, as well as others in the Temecula Valley, live music and silent auction.

For tickets or more information, visit the Pechanga Box Office, call (877) 711-2946 or visit www.Pechanga. com/Entertainment. Proceeds from both events benefit Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley. Guests must be 21 or older to attend either event.

“So-Cal Safari takes you to the brand new crib of OC Hit Factory at The District in Tustin, California in order to showcase 3 young musical stars on the rise. Meet Evan Roth, a young man who has written scores for several commercials including Honest Tea, Fuze Tea and Gold Peak Tea. He is performing the haunting title cut off of his EP The Way It Was. Dream sequence clips performed by actress Margot Cuero. Then you get a chance to meet the beautiful 16-yearold singer/ songwriter Sidney Bowen and hear her perform one of her latest songs, Electric Player with back-up vocal by Gavyn Bailey. And finally, Damoni, another in a long line of one-named female performers like Madonna and Cher. Her vocal talent is so outstanding it belies her youthful age of 13 (almost 14!). She performs Back of My Eyelids juxtaposed with the images of contemporary dance artist Audrey Lee on the coastal cliffs of Southern California. You can only see this on So-Cal Safari airing Monday - Friday at 10:00 pm and twice on Saturdays at 11:00 am and 9:30 pm on Cox Channel 3.




Our Colorful History


By Tom ScoTT and Beverly Blake

e know and love the Swallows that return to San Juan Capistrano, but did you know that there are 75 different types of swallows worldwide? The ones with which we are most familiar are the Cliff Swallows which travel between Goya, Argentina and San Juan Capistrano and surrounding areas.

Swallows all over the world make the twice yearly migration from Southern Hemisphere to Northern Hemisphere and that migration is determined by food supply - as days grow shorter, food supplies decline so they go to where the days get longer. That’s why the migration is around the Spring Equinox and Fall Equinox. They are very definitely territorial birds and almost always return to the same nesting site each year. They build mud pellet nests on buildings’ eaves and other structures. Of course the Mission San Juan Capistrano was the most common destination in this area for years and while our Mission is a lovely venue, it is likely that the birds were more attracted to the insects that hatched around the two nearby rivers and then took advantage of the tall Mission buildings which encouraged the colonized nesting.

The migrating Swallows travel in large flocks and cover about 200 miles a day mainly during daylight hours traveling up to 35 miles per hour. As they fly, they eat insects out of the air, with each bird consuming approximately 60 insects per hour. San Juan’s colorful history has inspired books, films, songs, artwork and San Juan’s very own Annual Historic Melodrama. It also has had its share of villains and heroes in its early days just the same as it does now. Early history of San Juan Capistrano was closely linked to Rancho Mission Viejo as the cattle grazing on the vast acreage were a major a revenue source for the area. The Playhouse partnered this year with the Ranch to include Plein Air artwork from sites on the Ranch rarely seen by the public. This artwork on exhibit at the Playhouse recognizes the importance of the Ranch to our history and to our future. Enjoy the visual arts and performing arts as the Playhouse presents San Juan’s Dirty Laundry. This newest version of the play updates the roles of the real heroes and villains of the Modesta Avila story. It’s the tale of the young woman who fought for justice against the railroad with her clothesline!

Family friendly performances are February 19th through March 6th





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Cavalia - Odysseo arrives this month under the White Big Top in Irvine The new theatrical adventure by the internationally acclaimed entertainment company Cavalia to be presented under the White Big Top at the junction of the I-405 & the SR-133 (with performances beginning Wednesday, February 3), Odysseo is a $30 million extravaganza that expands the definition of performance into an epic and soulful experience that is astonishing audiences and wowing critics across North America.


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ouble the size of Cavalia’s eponymous creation which enjoyed a very successful run in Irvine back in 2007, Odysseo is a show unlike any other featuring 65 horses and 48 riders, acrobats, aerialists, dancers and musicians in a soulful and touching journey around the globe, celebrating the bond between the two species. The horses are the heart and soul of every Odysseo performances. These magnificent animals play in complicity and with freedom, in a symbiotic and respectful relationship with their human co-stars, charming and fascinating everyone who has the chance to witness this moving artistic and emotive partnership. The liberty number, when purebred Arabian horses are directed only by the soft murmurs of their trainer, and the fabulous caravan act that comprises people and horses too numerous to count, will leave every spectator

captivated and touched by the splendour created in front of their eyes. Deploying their extraordinary talents, the acrobats present an amazing mix of force and sensitivity, interacting with the spellbound audience, while the live musicians and vocalist perform in the most enthralling way to immerse spectators of all ages in a beautiful sensorial experience they will remember forever. Whether it is the dexterity of the African acrobats, the enchanting sound of the Kora, or the majestic life-size merry-go-around, the cast and set of Odysseo are inspired and inspiring, delivering crowdpleasing wonders and stunts. The mindboggling theatrical effects are as spectacular as they are numerous: a state-of-the-art video screen three times the size of the world’s largest cinema screens, a threestory mountain for dazzling perspectives, and a real lake made of 40,000 gallons of recycled water which magically appears for a splashing finale. The layers of mesmerizing decor make the audience part of the action while the gigantic stage takes everyone’s breath away. Odysseo’s technological and scenographical effects create places no one has ever seen before; places where one can feel the deep connection between horse and man. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

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