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Orange County’s Acting Academy for Kids Rolls Camera By Jody Robinson CoveR photogRaphy by Melisa ChandleR, ChandleR photogRaphy You may have met Stephen and Maggie Zygo, of the Acting Academy for Kids through these pages previously, and sitting down with them is always a pleasure. If you haven’t met them before, welcome. Either way, this time, we’d like to start with something a bit different. A little visualization.


eady? Ok: Take a deep breath. Close your eyes. Now, imagine this. Flashbulbs popping, crowds of adoring fans murmuring, a long, crimson carpet rolled out. There is a tall step and repeat backdrop for paparazzi photos set: all is ready for a Hollywood premiere. The first actors arrive...and step out of Mom’s minivan.

“My twin passions have always been teaching kids and acting,” says Stephen. Originally from Rochester, New York, Stephen earned twin degrees in Musical Theatre Performance and Elementary Education. Having directed over 40 youth programs, Stephen and his wife Maggie decided to create the Acting Academy for Kids (AA4K) in hopes of providing a high quality theater experience for children across Orange County. Since its inception in 2006, over 10,000+ students have joined the ranks of talented performers who make up the AA4K family. MARCH 2016



day on set, the film projects culminate in a local screening for friends and family and each actor receiving a credit-named role on the Internet Movie Database. The Academy’s first foray into motion-picture magic? “Oh Imperfect Night”, a short film which premiered at The Regency Theater in San Juan Capistrano. “We want kids to experience the real deal,” says Stephen. “Hands-on cooperative learning helps kids understand that each role is vital to the success of a show.” With a cast of over 60 voice artists, and 300+ crew and animation experts on board to make a film like Inside Out, learning teamwork in a realworld environment is imperative for kids who want to see what life as a performing artist is really like - and, to remember that sometimes it takes an army to ensure that the show must go on.

The academy’s newest offering, and what is now the largest differentiator between AA4K and other acting programs for kids, is a fully-realized film program. Brian Stevens, an actor, writer, and filmmaker who resides in Los Angeles, has been with the Acting Academy now for four years, and has taken on the task of writing for and directing AA4K ‘s newest program. “Stephen asked if I’d be interested in doing a film project where the kids would be exposed to an authentic “Hollywood” experience of being in a feature film. I was a bit skeptical about the potential success of such a program because I wasn’t sure how much interest we would have. I wrote the script hoping to have a dozen or so kids interested enough to audition and we ended up with 46 students vying for the roles. My other expectation was that since these were musical theater kids, the transition to film wouldn’t be seamless. But I was wrong again - I was floored by the innate talent these kids have.” Seeing as the Acting Academy has garnered accolades such as “Best Children’s Live Theater” and “Best Theater School”, one might think that they’ve earned a break from creating new, unique programs - but a break is not on anyone’s mind: let alone Stephen or Maggie. “We are laying the foundation to create an on-camera acting school that will be a premier experience in South Orange County - a program that will be distinguished by our focus on nurturing the young actor. It is our goal to challenge and help our students continually grow and achieve even greater success in whatever paths they choose,” Stephen states. And grow they do. The film experience is focused on giving the kids the information they need to be successful in the real world while providing the care and support parents have come to expect from AA4K. While the Acting Academy’s summer camp is the “perfect ‘test-drive’ for a child who’s interested,” says Maggie, the film program is a full immersion experience. From auditions, to call backs, to a full

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And the most rewarding part? “Watching the performers sitting in the movie theater seats in anticipation of their film debuts. Regardless of their role in the film, every child had their moment to shine and it was really something to see.” When developing the working scripts, Brian tries to write the roles for ages anywhere from 7-19. “I have a rough idea of what I’m shooting for in terms of ages and genders, but that’s always subject to change - you might have a person coming in to read for a certain role, but end up being the perfect fit for another.”

HOW AA4K EVOLVED As both founders hold Master’s Degrees in teaching, they not only bring a dedication to the craft of performance, but an unflinching drive to bring on the best teachers in town a combination that attracts instructors who are both trained performing artists and credentialed educators. Live Scan screens, 1st Aid & CPR are also requirements to join the AA4K team.

When Stephen and Maggie took a leap of faith and followed their passion to create an environment where kids were free to explore musical theater, acting, voice, dance, and instrumental music, they were simply following a dream. Now, their summer camps, musical theater productions, voice lessons and private after-school acting classes give kids from all over Orange County the ability to follow their own dreams - without having to trek to LA in search of a like experience. And the kids are ready to work. “The moment you walk in and you are laying the scripts out, [and the kids] come in and are fully prepared and so excited to get to work, when the kids share that excitement, that’s when you know you have a really good thing going,” Brian notes. “Watching the kids on the last day of shooting and seeing the sense of accomplishment - what a great moment - you can’t overstate it enough.” And the parents agree: Brynn Rydquist, whose son Noah, 9, participated in the Academy’s first film project, “can’t say enough about our experience at the Acting Academy for Kids. I love that Noah is involved in such a creative, encouraging environment with such talented professionals...The staff are all great mentors, super involved with the kids, and they make every child feel special.” Beyond that? The American Alliance for Theatre and Education notes that students involved in drama performance improve reading comprehension, verbal, and nonverbal communication skills, improve school attendance, and reduce dropout rates.” And, in addition to building overall communication and social skills, “involvement in drama courses and performance has been shown to improve student’s self-esteem as well as their confidence in their academic abilities.” Noah’s experience at the Acting Academy seems to back that up, as his mom notes he doesn’t have “an ounce of fear in presenting reports at school or anywhere he needs to be up in front of people.” Film isn’t the only way to experience the real show-biz deal, however. The Acting Academy’s Musical Theater Series casts, produces, and performs a new popular Broadway musical every 12 weeks. Bringing a full-scale production to life on stage is no small feat, combining professional lighting, sets, and sound. Their home base at the Camino Real Playhouse in San Juan Capistrano (and satellite location at the Cabrillo Playhouse, San Clemente) allows singers, actors, musicians, and aspiring set designers to test their skills in actual working theaters. Knowing your way around a stage is becoming of greater value nowadays as well, with television shows such as Glee (2009), Smash (2012), Make It Pop (2015), and the new School of Rock TV adaptation airing this year increasing steadily in popularity. Not to mention the Hollywood blockbuster productions of Pitch Perfect (2012) and its hit sequel Pitch Perfect 2 (2015). Musical Theater is at the forefront of pop culture, and the AA4K is leading the way in preparing today’s talent for tomorrow’s opportunities. Opportunity, as it turns out, is not far off: Mary Desmond, 17, was a successful contestant of American Idol’s 15th season, (currently airing), and earned a role in a new documentary about bullying called “Someone to Save Me.” Since she “learned at [age] 13 that the Acting Academy “was holding auditions for a stage production of “13”, and couldn’t wait to audition,” she has taken acting lessons from Stephen, whom she credits with “teaching her so many important lessons”, including audition advice that she attributes her career success. “He told me to ‘be remembered’ - ‘be loud and show them who I am’. This advice has served me well.” But being a part of the AA4K is more than just success, more than being known in the industry, more than developing public speaking skills or rounding out a child’s musical talent. It is a mentorship, and a community, and a family. What better place for a child to find their voice? Giving each child a chance to raise that voice, the Academy also offers Performing Arts camps all summer long. Providing their signature immersion experience, campers can sign up for a single week, the entire summer, or any amount of time in between. If your child is at the top of bottom of the age range for Summer Camp, not to worry: ages are split into smaller groups of 4-7, 7-10, and 10-13 year olds (contingent upon enrollment). That being said, each program fosters open communication and teamwork among age groups, and the kids love it. Jessie-Ruth, 15, came to the Academy “not knowing a soul”, her mother Blair notes. Since then, she has participated in both musicals, like Mulan and The Little Mermaid, along with the film project, and will be the first one to tell you that “I have so much fun being here. I’ve learned so much and have made so many great, lasting friendships.”

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Pieces of a Puzzle By Samuel Henderson, PhD

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. It is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that causes changes in learning, memory, thinking, planning and behavior. The disease currently affects an estimated 5.3 million Americans, and that number is expected to increase to over 13 million by the year 2050. THE HUMAN BRAIN The human brain is the control center of the body, as well as the most complex part of the body. This intricate organ is responsible for our ability to think, learn, interpret senses, create body movement and control behavior. The brain is made up of 86 billion nerve cells, or neurons. These neurons are linked by trillions of connections called synapses that help neurons communicate with each other. Through electrical impulses and chemical signals, messages are carried throughout the brain and the rest of the body. Although this complex network of neurons and synapses is only about 3% of body weight it utilizes 20% of the body’s energy.

THE BRAIN IN ALZHEIMER’S Alzheimer’s disease changes the way the brain works by altering the structure and function of the brain. Researchers continue to learn more about the way the brain works every day, and recent research has highlighted some changes in the brain of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Each of these changes is like a piece of a puzzle, and as each piece is uncovered it gets us closer to a full understanding of the disease.

AMYLOID One of the first changes that occur in the brain of people with Alzheimer’s, is the accumulation of a protein called

Alzheimer’s disease changes the way the brain works by altering the structure and function of the brain. MARCH 2016


Amyloid-Beta, a small sticky protein that is thought to damage the neurons and affect the function of the brain. The idea that amyloid-beta is damaging the brain has been one of the driving forces in Alzheimer’s disease drug development. Unfortunately, targeting amyloid has been a difficult process and has not produced any new drugs for Alzheimer’s disease. Several large prominent studies are continuing to test the amyloid hypothesis, and it is likely that this theory is a piece of a much larger puzzle.

TAU Another characteristic change that occurs in the Alzheimer’s brain is the aggregation of a second protein called Tau (rhymes with now). The Tau protein stabilizes the structure of the pathways that carry substances and messages within neurons to support the function of the SOUTH COUNTY MAGAZINE

While a great deal of progress has been made in our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease, it is still a disease with no cure.

brain. If these proteins become abnormal, they will form twisted fibers that accumulate inside the neurons, called tangles. The tangles will eventually destroy the neurons, reducing the brain’s ability to function effectively. These dying neurons are a common part of Alzheimer’s disease, and it is suspected that dying neurons lead to reduced cognition and memory. Researchers feel that Tau may also play a prominent role in Alzheimer’s disease, and that preventing the aggregation of Tau may improve memory and thinking. Researchers are targeting this protein for future drug development.

Alzheimer’s is a disease that begins decades before it affects cognition. Recent studies have begun to suggest that there is an underlying metabolic defect in Alzheimer’s disease that it is related to damaged mitochondria. Mitochondria are the engines of the cell, they burn the fuel and produce the energy needed for memory and thinking. These damaged mitochondria may be contributing to poor use of glucose. Several large studies are currently underway to test if intervention in metabolic processes such as insulin signaling or ketosis can impact hypometabolism, thereby improving memory and cognition in patients with Alzheimer’s. Large scale neuron death and tissue loss is a prominent characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease, particularly in the cerebral cortex, where most information processing occurs. This loss of cells is likely to be due to a combination of amyloid, tau and hypometabolism.



Another early change that occurs in the Alzheimer’s brain is a reduced ability to use the brain’s main fuel source, glucose. Glucose is a type of sugar that is derived from the food we eat, primarily carbohydrates. Under most normal conditions, the brain runs almost exclusively on glucose, much like a car runs on gasoline. Glucose provides the energy for the brains activities, including the formation of memory and the completion of cognitive tasks. In recent years, sophisticated imaging techniques have made it possible to look at how the brain is metabolizing glucose. Studies using these techniques have shown that in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s, less glucose is being used than in people of similar age. This is often referred to as glucose hypometabolism. These imaging techniques have also shown that the decline in glucose metabolism is not a general decline, but instead is found in specific regions of the brain. These are the same regions that show accumulation of Amyloid-Beta and Tau. This pattern of decreased glucose metabolism is unique to Alzheimer’s and can help in the diagnosis of the disease.

While a great deal of progress has been made in our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease, it is still a disease with no cure. As researchers continue to study opportunities for new drugs and therapies to treat and eventually cure Alzheimer’s, it seems likely that all of the various theories play a role in this complicated disease. Fortunately, well controlled late stage clinical studies are currently underway in each of these areas. Information gained from these studies will be vital to our understanding of the disease, allowing the pieces to be better fit together and progress to be made more rapidly.

FITTING THE PIECES TOGETHER The aggregation of Tau and the occurrence of glucose hypometabolism have traditionally been thought of as a sign of an unhealthy cell, much like leaking oil and poor fuel economy is the sign that something is wrong with your car’s engine. Yet, research now suggests that Tau and glucose metabolism may be contributing to the disease process and are not innocent bystanders. Glucose hypometabolism can be seen very early in people who are at risk of Alzheimer’s, long before they begin to have problems with memory or thinking. In fact, the Alzheimer pattern of glucose hypometabolism has been seen in people as young as 31 years old, suggesting that MARCH 2016


If you or a loved one has been affected by Alzheimer’s or memory loss, please consider participating in a clinical trial and be a part of finding a cure. For more information on clinical trials in this area, go to ClinicalTrials.gov, a website sponsored by the U.S. National Institute of Health. 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.



Insurance Policy Needs Following a Homeowner’s Death By DonalD a. Hunsberger

Children often face a great many challenges following the death of a parent. Unfortunately, one issue often is not apparent to the offspring when Mom and Dad are gone: the insurance which the folks had for half a century for the family home needs a check-up as soon as the kids can make it happen.


or many families, this insurance review never occurs; the house gets sold before any issues arise and nobody is ever the wiser about the inadequate insurance coverage. Sadly, an all too frequent occurrence following the death of a homeowner before the home gets sold is the advent of the uninvited house guest.

“Sometimes teenagers find out the house is empty and they throw a party,” explains Gary Remland of Remland Insurance in Orange. “Or it might be a professional who wants to get Mom’s jewels or the family computer.Whoever it is, the tragedy is that a family which just experienced the loss of a loved one may well be facing an uninsured loss if the kids don’t let the insurance agent know that the home is no longer owner occupied.” The remedy for the empty home following the parents’ deaths is to meet with the insurance agent to advise him or her of the changed status of the living arrangements. The agent needs to be aware of whether the home is going to be occupied by one of the children of the deceased as an interim security measure, to keep the teens at bay, whether the home will be rented for either a short term or for a long term lessee, or whether the home will no longer be occupied at all. “Any change in who lives in the home needs to be addressed by the insurance agent to make sure that the homeowner’s policy will cover the different circumstances,” says Agent Remland, “since every policy that is written gets its rates and coverage issued based on the facts given to the agent at the time of the purchase of the policy. If the facts– the occupancy of the home– change, then the coverage may be either reduced or even eliminated.” Most people who are serving as trustees for a late parent’s home use an attorney’s office to assist in the administration of the trust estate, so that these matters are handled by people who have dealt with the issues before. For those trustees who do the administration on their own, it is vital to review a number of critical insurance issues from the outset. In addition to the problems of a homeowner’s policy which was intended to insure a house which the homeowner lived in, Remland explains other concerns that the trustee should address.

Any chAnge in who lives in the home needs to be Addressed by the insurAnce Agent to mAke sure thAt the homeowner’s policy will cover the different

“It is crucial to be certain that the trust is listed as an additional insured under the homeowner’s policy,” Remland suggests, “and doing that is very simple. What gets complex is what happens if there is damage to the home when the ownership is not properly listed on the declaration page of the policy.” Beyond the “additional insured” provision in the insurance policy, it is also highly advisable for the original trust to provide terms for flexibility for the management of the family home after the parents’ deaths. For example, many of the trusts which face administration do not allow for any treatment of the home beyond either a provision for immediately either selling or for distributing it to a beneficiary. During downturns in the real estate market, it is often an advantage for a trustee to have more latitude in the steps which he or she can take in handling the home. Some trustees save the beneficiaries from a distress sale price by either renting the home for a period of time to allow the price to recover, or by allowing one of the children of the deceased to live in the home for that same recovery period. In either instance, the trustee needs to be certain of two factors: first, that the trust allows such an occupation, and second, that the trustee has contacted the insurance agent for the home owner policy to be certain that the coverage continues during the administration of the trust.


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Are You Prepared to Retire? By Martin J. LoMbrano, AIF®, LPL FinanciaL PLanner

Whatever “retirement” means to you, you’ll need to design a financial plan suited to your specific vision of the future.

savings and investments. Given the potential duration and changing nature of retirement, you may want to seek the assistance of a professional financial planner who can help you assess your needs and develop appropriate investment strategies. As you move through the various stages of the new retirement, perhaps working at times and resting at others, your plan may require adjustments along the way. A professional advisor can help you monitor your plan and make changes when necessary. Among the factors you’ll need to consider:



etirement used to conjure up images of lazy days spent in a rocking chair. Today’s retirement is very different. You might plan to open a business of your own. Or perhaps you’ll return to school for that degree you never had the chance to complete. So what does this redefined retirement mean to you? There is no one answer. In the coming decades, “retirement” will mean something different to each of us. Regardless of your decision, you’ll need to design a financial plan suited to your specific vision of the future.

You can project periods of retirement, reeducation, and full employment. Then concentrate on a plan to fund each of the separate periods. The number of years until you retire will influence the types of investments you include in your portfolio. If retirement is a short-term goal, investments that provide liquidity and help preserve your principal may be most suitable. On the other hand, if retirement is many years away, you may be able to include more aggressive investments in your portfolio.

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A good starting point might be to examine your sources of retirement income. If you pay attention to the financial press, you’ve probably come across at least a few commentators who speak in gloom-and-doom terms about the future for American retirees, decrying a lack of savings and warning of the imminent growth of the elderly population.

While lower-risk fixed-income and money market investments may play an important role in your investment portfolio, if used alone they may leave you susceptible to the erosive effects of inflation. To help your portfolio keep pace with inflation, you may need to maintain some growth-oriented investments. Over the long-term, stocks have provided returns superior to other asset classes.2 But also keep in mind that stocks generally involve greater short-term volatility.

True, there is widespread concern about at least one traditional source of income for retirees -- Social Security. Under current conditions, Social Security funds could fall short of needs by 2033.1 This shift makes it even more important for individuals to understand their goals and have a well-thought-out financial plan that focuses on the key source of retirement income: personal

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TAXES Even after you retire, taxes will remain an important factor in your overall financial plan. If you return to work or open a business, for example, your tax bracket could change. In addition, should you move from one state

to another, state or local taxes could affect your bottom line. Tax-advantaged investments, such as annuities and tax-free mutual funds, may be effective tools for meeting your retirement goals. Tax deferral offered by workplace plans -- such as 401(k) and 403(b) plans -- and IRAs may also help your retirement savings grow.


Prepare Today for the Retirement of Tomorrow To ensure that retirement lives up to your expectations, begin establishing your plan as early as possible and consider consulting with a professional. With proper planning, you may be able to make your retirement whatever you want it to be.

Martin J. Lombrano, AIF®, is a LPL Financial Advisor and PERSONAL FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (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 martinj.lombrano@lpl.com. www.PenceWealth.com CA Insurance License # 0828215. Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/ SIPC. Co-sponsored by Lincoln Financial. © 2015 Wealth Management Systems Inc. All rights reserved. 1Source: Social Security Administration, The 2014 Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Federal Disability Insurance Trust Funds, July 2014. 2Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Stock investing involves risk including loss of principal. Because of the possibility of human or mechanical error by Wealth Management Systems Inc. or its sources, neither Wealth Management Systems Inc. nor its sources guarantees the accuracy, adequacy, completeness or availability of any information and is not responsible for any errors or omissions or for the results obtained from the use of such information. In no event shall Wealth Management Systems Inc. be liable for any indirect, special or consequential damages in connection with subscriber’s or others’ use of the content.

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edicare allows a special election period to change their Medicare insurance coverage if moving from one county/region to another. Social Security (800772-1213) – the arm for Medicare – would need to be notified. If Social Security is notified after the move, the special election period begins the month they are notified of the move or the month your parent was termed by her current plan due to residing outside of the service area and then ends 2 months after the notification of the move or after notification of the plan’s termination of their coverage. Insurance coverage begins the first day of a given month, not mid month. 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.

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Study Finds Calcium Supplements Don’t Improve Bone Health—And May Actually Hurt You Many people take calcium supplements in the hope that the vitamin pills will make the aging process a little easier and less painful. However, a new study found that calcium supplements can’t offer the health benefits people hope for when it comes to bone health. In fact, says the research, calcium supplements may even be harmful.


he findings from the study, which were reported in the British Medical Journal online publication BMJ.com, showed that calcium supplements don’t strengthen bones. Instead, extra calcium builds up in arteries, which can cause heart disease and excruciating kidney stones. According to The Telegraph, up to 5 million people in the United Kingdom take calcium and vitamin D supplements in the hope that it will prevent bone fractures and osteoporosis later in life. Dr. Ian Reid from the University of Auckland in New Zealand headed the research, which was a meta-analysis compilation of high quality studies from around the world. Most showed that people over age 50 received little to zero benefit from calcium in supplements or food. Even a randomized controlled trial, the most reliable form of study, showed no differences in bone health between people who took calcium supplements and people who did not. “Evidence that calcium supplements prevent fractures is weak and inconsistent,” Reid’s study said. “Dietary calcium intake is not associated with risk of fracture, and there is no clinical trial evidence that increasing calcium intake from dietary sources prevents fractures.” According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, about half of American women over age 50 will deal with a broken bone caused by osteoporosis, a condition of weak and porous bones that approximately 54 million Americans are at risk of or have already developed. Calcium supplements don’t seem to help prevent bone loss, but worse than that, they may in fact harm the body. Reid’s team found that many clinical trials reported kidney stones, cardiovascular events, and gastrointestinal issues were directly linked to calcium supplements. MARCH 2016


One German study that followed 24,000 middle aged and elderly Germans for 11 years reported that taking calcium pills roughly doubled risk of heart attack. Researchers still recommend people get the baseline daily amounts of calcium and Vitamin D, which helps the body actually absorb calcium, through food. The best sources of calcium include dairy products and leafy green vegetables. Vitamins and minerals are still necessary for bone health, but taking extra calcium and vitamin D in a pill isn’t helpful. If you’re concerned about bone health, put the vitamins down and instead check out OsteoStrong, which is even more natural than a supplement and builds bone health an average of 14 percent a year in less than 10 minutes a week. Thomas J. Moffett is franchise owner of OsteoStrong of Laguna Woods in Laguna Hills - specializing in building bone density naturally through osteogenic loading. OsteoStrong of Laguna Woods is located at 23601 Moulton Parkway, Suite B in Laguna Hills. TO BOOK A FREE BONE DENSITY TEST, BALANCE/POSTURE TEST AND A FREE FIRST SESSION, call (949) 916-0916 or visit www.OsteoStrongLagunaWoods.com



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uring the first 12 months of activating their Medicare Part B, new Medicare beneficiaries should utilize their “Welcome to Medicare” preventative visit with their doctor.

This visit includes your doctor reviewing your medical and social history related to your health and includes certain screenings, shots, and referrals for other care, if needed. It includes height, weight, and your BMI calculation. Also included are blood pressure measurements, a simple vision test, and a depression screening. A recent addition to this visit is a consultation on creating an advanced directive. The doctor should then give you a written plan letting you know which screenings, shots, and other preventive services you need. If you’ve had Part B for longer than 12 months, you can get an annual wellness visit. Annual wellness visits are to develop or update a personalized prevention plan based on your current health and risk factors. This visit is covered once every 12 months.

IMPORTANT! This visit doesn’t include lab tests, or any DIAGNOSTIC testing. You may be responsible for payment for lab or diagnostic testing performed during your visit. It is important for you to visit www.Medicare.gov to see when certain screenings are covered by Medicare at zero cost to you otherwise you may be paying for many of these “routine” tests out of your own pocket. These common tests have a rotation varying from every 12 to 60 months. For example; Breast Cancer Screenings- 12 months; Cardiovascular Disease Testing- 60 months; Cervical and Vaginal Cancer Screening- 24 months; Prostate Cancer Screening Exams- 12 months.

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Fountain of Youth Lies in the Spine By Nicole Howard and cara Fraser


“If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young,” Joseph Pilates once said. t Align Pilates Center, we strongly believe that the spine is a window into our bodies and its youthfulness. The human body is a very remarkable structure, and at the center of it is the spine. A very complex anatomic structure, the spine is the scaffolding for the entire body. It is comprised of 33 bones, unique joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and highly sensitive nerves, all designed to work harmoniously to support the body, protect the spinal cord, plus effortlessly move you through space.

For those that have ever experienced a back issue, the pain can quickly dampen your outlook on life, giving you a major reminder of how important the spine is. “Over 80% of the population will suffer from lower back pain at some point in their lives,” reports the web site AdvancingYourHealth.com. “Low back pain is one of the most common complaints in medical offices today, and causes many people to miss work and be unable to participate in daily life activities.” Problems can arise in the back from many factors, including aging, fitness level, diet, heredity, and a variety of diseases, including tumors and infections. And according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disease, the most common reason for back problems is due to lack of physical fitness. Weak core muscles that do support the spine properly will cause dysfunction and result in pain. “Those who make moderate physical activity a daily habit statistically have way less spinal pain and issues,” explains their report. By simply adding quality movement to your life you may finally be able to do away with that nagging back pain. And Pilates is that perfect option of a daily activity. The main focus in Pilates is on the muscles surrounding the spine and ultimately achieving balanced core strength. Repertoire of Pilates Method is specifically designed to address these imbalances and develop the muscles evenly throughout the torso. Once this achieved, the spine will work efficiently and properly perform its functions, resulting in a more youthful mind, body and spirit.

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elebrating more than 25 years of promoting responsible pet care, animal entertainment and debuting the newest pet trends and products, the 26th annual America’s Family Pet Expo returns Friday, April 22 -Sunday, April 24, 2016 to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa (88 Fair Drive). All weekend long, guests will have the opportunity to meet, see and interact with a show-stopping display of all creatures great and small. From rare birds, exotic reptiles, colorful fish, miniature horses, fancy felines to

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• Free Flight Bird Show – Watch in amazement as these magnificent birds spread their wings and take flight • Kids Aquarium Contest – Design and create a 10-gallon aquarium • Pony rides, face paintings, and “The Great American Petting Zoo” • Animal Adoptions – Hundreds of animals looking for a forever home

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Pets of the Month This little darling is Clementine, an athletic pup searching for her next workout buddy. Though sometimes a tad shy, she opens up when out playing and around other dogs. Clementine is a medium sized dog with a large dog’s physique and would make a great companion for someone with an active lifestyle.



Apricot is ready for her big debut! A recent addition to the shelter’s residents, Apricot is now available and looking for her new home. She is a lively and energetic dog who absolutely loves to play. At only 1 ½ years old, she would love to go home with someone who can match her enthusiasm for fun! Pretty little Maui is a quiet 5 month kitten looking for her first real home. After initially being found on the streets, she is finally back from foster care and ready for adoption. Maui would love to be a part of a peaceful home where she can bond with her new family and perhaps another kitty.

Six year old Gretchen is a outgoing kitty who just loves meeting new people. Often the first to greet you at the door, she is always up for a good pet and cuddle session. If you’re looking for an allaround great cat, Gretchen might be the one for you!

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

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LTC 101:

Understanding Long-Term Care and How to Pay for It By C. Lawrence “Larry” Thomas

Long-term care (sometimes referred to as LTC) can be confusing and there are lots of misconceptions regarding what it actually is and who pays for it. While it is impossible to cover everything about LTC in these few words, we can get a good start. WHAT IS LONG-TERM CARE (LTC)? Simply put, LTC is services and assistance to an individual who has severe limitations in his/her ability to function independently and will require assistance and care over an extended period of time. Long-term Care is not medical care and is not provided by medical professionals such as nurses and therapists or their assistants. Long-term care is custodial in nature and can be provided at home or in a facility (there are several types) licensed to provide such care. The above term “ability to function independently” is measured by a person’s ability to do the “activities of daily living.” These activities, frequently called ADLs, are eating, bathing, dressing, continence (inability to control one’s bowel or bladder), transferring (getting in or out of a bed or a chair), and toileting. This is a universally accepted list, which is used to determine when a person is qualified to receive LTC coverage benefits. One additional measure of qualification for LTC Coverage benefits is “severe cognitive impairment.” This is defined as an individual needing supervision and/or assistance to protect himself/herself or others because of mental deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s disease or other organic mental diseases.

WHAT DOES LONG-TERM CARE COST? According to the California Department of Health Services, the 2014 average daily private pay rate for a nursing facility in California is $260 per day. Further the average annual increase in this rate for the most recent 5-year period has been 3.2% per year. Other studies indicate that Orange County’s costs are somewhat less that the statewide average (currently in a range of approximately $190 to $220 per day). Generally speaking, less is spent on care delivered at home, depending on the quantity of care needed and how much of the care can be handled by friends and relatives with no “out-of-pocket” costs. MARCH 2016


HOW IS LTC PAID FOR? There are typically three ways that LTC is paid for: First, self-funding, the individual spends his or her assets and/ or has financial assistance from children or other relatives and friends. Second, purchased LTC coverage (traditional LTC insurance and California Partnership-certified LTC insurance, or one of the newer, more innovative “hybrid” LTC policies). This transfers all or part of the risk of a person needing long-term care to the insurance carrier. Third, qualify for MediCal LTC benefits by spending down personal assets for LTC services first and when the MediCal level is reached, apply and move into a facility that accepts MediCal reimbursement (MediCal is California’s version of the Federal Medicaid safety-net program). Please note

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that neither Medicare nor private health insurance pay for LTC services.


WHAT ARE THE LTC COVERAGE OPTIONS? Today’s options are far better than they ever have been: First, traditional LTC insurance. This coverage is much like other forms of insurance, the customer pays a premium and, if LTC is needed, a specific list of benefits, limitations, and exclusions apply. Second, California Partnership (State Certified) LTC insurance which is traditional LTC insurance with mandated benefits. This coverage protects certain assets from “spenddown” in order to qualify for MediCal. Third is what is known as “assetbased” or “hybrid” LTC coverage. This is a combination of either Life Insurance and LTC Coverage or an Annuity and LTC Coverage. These options can be paid for with premiums over time, a single investment, trading an obsolete life insurance policy, or using “qualified” money such as within an IRA. The advantage is that the “death benefit” can be used for LTC (much like traditional coverage) but any of it not needed for LTC transfers to beneficiaries upon the passing of the insured. This is, of course the “tip of the iceberg.” For additional questions, please call. There is never a charge for providing information and consultation.

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Your Vulnerable Brain

Bumps to the head can impact your brain for years to come


by Mary McPherson

ow many times have you bumped your head throughout your lifetime? My granddaughter slipped and fell on a marble floor running through the kitchen in her socks when she was three years old - the blow to the back of her head sent blood flying in all directions. Rushing her to the hospital, we realized she was going to have a concussion. She will never remember that incident, yet in that moment the Neuro Net of her brain went into shock and her brain activity ramped up to start the healing process.

Concussions or head injuries from sports, automobile accidents, hard blows to the head, falling and hitting your head – almost everyone either has a similar story or knows someone who experienced a head injury. When I was a young girl I was hanging upside down from the top of the swing set and fell straight on my head. What we don’t often realize is these blows to the head can create a number of conditions that will develop in the months and years following the injury - ADD, headaches, anxiety, depression and many more. In fact we’re seeing it now with our professional athletes where research studies are finding that so many repeated blows to the head from playing football, soccer, etc. has a lasting adverse effect on the Neuro Net.

Often times the impact of the injury isn’t apparent immediately after the injury – in the weeks and months after a blow to the head, look for signs of stuttering, lack of concentration, possibly drifting off (or what we would call daydreaming), irritability, defiance, disassociating with friends and even feeling anxious and argumentative. If you notice yourself or your child exhibiting any of these symptoms or behaviors after a blow to the head there is help. Having a brain assessment after an injury is a helpful tool to see if the injury has actually created damage to the neural pathways.

Mary McPherson is the founder of the San Juan Capistrano-based 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. Neurotechnology “Brainwave Optimization” helps the brain to reconnect the neural pathways after an injury. Connect with Mary and Awoken Life by calling (949) 661-6909 or visit www.awokenlife.com.

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Soka University Ranked in Top 10 California Colleges


s Soka University enters its 15th Anniversary year in 2016, it celebrates its ranking in the Top 10 California Colleges by USA Today, and in the Top 50 National Liberal Arts Colleges by US News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2016.”

Among National Liberal Arts Colleges SUA was also ranked: #1 - Faculty resources #1 - Study Abroad (Tie) - 100% of SUA students study abroad for a semester in their junior year #1 - Foreign Student Factor - 39% International students #4 - Best Value #5 - Ethnic Diversity Soka University is a private, non-profit, four-year liberal arts college and graduate program. SUA offers an 8:1 student/faculty ratio and an average class size of 12. All undergraduate students participate in a semester of study abroad during their junior year which is included in the tuition. Full tuition scholarships are available to eligible admitted students whose annual earned family income is $60,000 or less. Soka also provides prorated awards for students who come from different income levels. The university is open to top students of all nation-

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Shirley McDonnell The Life Review of an Esteemed Educator, Mother, Grandmother … and Enthusiastic Dance Partner By Jody Robinson


ome say life review is like a movie screen in the back of our mind replaying pivotal scenes, points of conflict or glory or moments of regret. This article seeks to provide a snapshot into the life of Hospice Care of the West (HCOTW) patient Shirley McDonnell as she shares meaningful moments, milestones she’s achieved and the people who matter most because “what is important at the end of it all is the people you love and who love you.” A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Shirley originally came to California during World War II. Clutching her Phi Beta Key and armed with Bachelor and Master degrees in history from Occidental College and a Masters in Education from UCLA, Shirley began her teaching career at Herbert Hoover H.S. in Glendale, CA. There she developed an innovative program for gifted students in the 1960s. In 1968 she moved to Beloit, WI when she and her husband joined the staff at Beloit College. The program she had developed in Glendale caused the superintendent at a high school nearby to ask her to take on a similar task and to revamp the social studies department at Hononegah High School in Rockton, IL. Shirley stayed at Hononegah, where she developed interdisciplinary programs and courses in Advanced Placement History and Psychology, until her retirement in 1994. After her own children went off to college, Shirley won a number of teaching awards. One of these took her to Princeton University where an experimental program was instituted to bring in top teachers from across the country to form a teaching team to instruct other teachers about better ways to teach history. Four teachers were selected for the first national team. Shirley was both the only woman and the only public school educator chosen. For several summers the team traveled across the U.S. working with outstanding teachers to develop new curricula in subjects of national import: climate change, immigration, racial strife, women’s history, the use of primary docu Grandson Cole, age 12 MARCH 2016


ments among them. Shirley went on to become a Fulbright Fellow to the Netherlands and to become a scholar in residence at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina. An educator for nearly 40 years, Shirley laughs as she recalls that growing up, both her son and daughter claimed they would never pursue teaching because it was a career path with too much work for too little pay. Nevertheless, both went on to follow in their parents’ footsteps. Son Brett is a law professor at the University of Minnesota and daughter Evelyn is a journalism professor at Loyola Marymount Univ. Both have received many academic honors and both use innovative teaching methods. After her divorce in 1990 and retirement from teaching in 1994, Shirley decided to move back to Southern California where most of her extended family are located. In 1997, she moved into Laguna Woods. Within two months, at a clubhouse dance, she met fellow resident Gerald Pomeroy, also a retired history teacher. The two have been” inseparable every since.” Unlike her first husband, Jerry shares Shirley’s love of dance. Jerry is a ballroom dancer who particularly likes to tango. An avid reader, Shirley also counts aerobics, lengthy walks and yoga among her favorite pastimes. “I liked the small town feel of Beloit and it was a great place to raise my children,” says Shirley. “But I do not miss the five-month winters. “Laguna Woods has been a great place to retire.” With daughter Evelyn and husband Bud living nearby, Shirley and Jerry are able to share quality time with grandson Cole. Jerry believes Cole is his best instructor in learning his I-pad. Both have birthdays rapidly approaching. Cole will be 13, Jerry will be 93! An RN Case Manager for Hospice Care of the West, Gina Mendoza helps patients like Shirley manage the “comfort-related issues” that follow a patient’s decision not to pursue further curative medical treatment or when it is determined the further treatment is not an option.


 Shirley & Jerry, Laguna Wood Dance

“Shirley is an extremely intelligent, educated lady who possesses an awesome disposition and outlook on life,” says Gina. “Gina also has such a great outlook that you can’t help but be cheerful around her,” says Shirley. “There were nurses who had told me that I shouldn’t wait to go into hospice and now I wish I had gone into this wonderful program sooner. “Another wonderful aspect of having been in the teaching profession is that I have had the opportunity to have an impact – big and small – on so many individual’s lives,” says Shirley. “I have heard from so many people I have taught, many of whom have written such beautiful, moving letters, that it makes the end of a life easier to bear. “Having made a difference in the lives of both your colleagues and your students, being accepted in any community as a positive influence in the community, being asked by those in the community to serve in important, trusted positions and feeling highly valued – these things shine through in the letters I am receiving and it is making my son and daughter even more appreciative of their chosen careers because they know they are truly making a difference.”

 Shirley with her son Brett and daughter Evelyn

For more information on Hospice Care of the West, call 800-405-1159 or visit www.HospiceCareoftheWest.com MARCH 2016




Healthy Eating! BBQ Grill Cleaning Services by Jody Robinson To be honest, until Andre, owner of the South County-based BBQ Grill Cleaning Services approached me about possibly participating in the magazine, I'd never really given much thought to the cleaning of our home barbecue. But after hearing about the common accumulation of food particles that can contribute to making our otherwise delicious grilled dishes carcinogenic (can-

"A clean grill is a healthy grill," says Andre Vigel, who has been specializing in keeping grills sparkling for over a decade. "It is our mission to clean and restore barbecue grills in order to ensure safe barbecuing and the best tasting food directly from the grill." Scores of happy South County home grilling enthusiasts attest to the difference cooking on a clean grill can really make. And for my part, with two young children, I'm particularly concerned with the health aspects addressed by Andre's expertise. AFTER

"It doesn’t make sense to clean with products that bring toxins to the grill I'm supposed to be making clean, which is why all of the cleaning products I use are 100% nontoxic and biodegradeable," says Andre. "I believe not only in a clean grill, but also in a healthy environment, and it shows with every job the company completes."

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March Event ∙ Dining & Entertainment MARCH 1

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


El Presidente Ball Journey back to the late 1800’s of early California and let the Fiesta Association show you How the West was Fun in San Juan Capistrano. All colorful characters are welcome and encouraged to come dressed in Western, Spanish, Mexican or early California attire. Enjoy some great food and oldfashioned fun while dancing under the stars to live country-western style music. Begins at 6PM, $65 (pre-purchase only, no tickets available at the door). El Adobe Restaurant 31891 Camino Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano.


Fiesta Grande A night of Wild West entertainment! Four contests are rolled into one evening of fun at the Fiesta Grandé. This is the kick off of the culmination of the Swallow’s Day Parade Season. Join your friends and make new ones at this care-free evening of fun. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano. 6PM, FREE



Dana Point Farmers Market and Craft Fair Seasonal produce, flowers and much more at La Plaza Park each Saturday. On the first Saturday of the month, hours are extended to include a craft fair. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.


Dana Point Festival of Whales Mark you calendar for two weekends of fun and festivities – March 5 & 6 and 12 & 13 in beautiful Dana Point Harbor as we celebrate the 45th Dana Point Festival of Whales. Located at the Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point.


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


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

Hoos’Gow Day Hoos’Gow Day is a San Juan tradition! Bringing a taste of the Wild, Wild, West back to San Juan Capistrano. The ‘Sheriff’ and the ‘Deputies’ of the Fiesta Association are dressed in their traditional black and white western garb while they roam the town in search of city slickers. If you’re not wearing western wear, watch out! You might just be roped into the fun! The Streets of San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano. 9:00 AM. Free admission.


Stand-Up - First Rate Comedy! Event Description: Join us for an evening or an entire season of side-splitting laughter. Our monthly Second Stage Stand-up Comedy is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and keep you laughing long after the evening ends! Featuring comedians from television, radio, and comedy clubs across the U.S. Located at The Camino Real Playhouse/Stage II Theater. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano. Begins at 7:30 PM. $17.50 per person (reservations recommended) 2016 Swallow’s Day Parade & Mercado Annual Swallow’s Day Parade & Mercado. Mercado runs 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Parade starts at 11:00 AM. Historic Downtown San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano. Cost: Free. Food and beverage can be purchased. MARCH 2016




Dana Point Festival of Whales Mark you calendar for two weekends of fun and festivities – March 5 & 6 and 12 & 13 in beautiful Dana Point Harbor as we celebrate the 45th Dana Point Festival of Whales. Located at the Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point.


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


Saint Joseph’s Day at the Mission Live music, community presentations, Special Guest “Swallows Speakers”, Mission Basilica School performances, ringing of the historic bells and History of St. Joseph’s Day and Swallows Legend. Located at The Mission San Juan Capistrano, Ortega Hwy.


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


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


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. in Capistrano Beach


Sensational Springtacular Follow the yellow brick road to a bright, colorful world!! It’s time for some GREAT BIG FUN! Start the morning with a delicious plate of pancakes, prepared by the San Clemente’s Kiwanis Club. Continue your morning exploring oddly and large shaped decorations, sensational entertainers, festive activities, face painting, and ONE great BIG egg hunt! Arrive on time for the (free) egg hunt! Begins at 9:00 AM at the Vista Hermosa Sports Park, 987 Ave Vista Hermosa, San Clemente.

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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, Aliso Viejo.

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

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cious - Italian food that tastes home-made! There were so many things to choose from, but I opted to get the Farfalle al Salmone (bow tie pasta with smoked salmon tossed in a cream and tomato sauce with a touch of vodka). It was so creamy, rich, and delicious! I highly recommend Casanova Ristorante and would love to visit again." David J. of Dana Point agrees with Pegah's assessment and adds "This place probably has the best Italian food in Orange County. It also has that east coast or European feel of service. These guys are professionals. Try the godfather tortellini and the calamari. Overall great food and service."

Casanova Ristorante and Cocktail Lounge Serving up some of the best Italian dishes this side of Venice by Ann Laurence

If you’re in the mood for delicious, authentic Italian fare served in a romantic atmosphere where the owners and staff make guests feel as welcome as a member of the family, experience Casanova Ristorante. Literally everything I’ve tried on the menu here has been nothing short of superb. The service is excellent – attentive and unobtrusive – the ambiance is warm and friendly and its popular cocktail lounge featuring an extensive, specially selected wine list (and full bar) has a loyal following among locals and visitors alike. And I'm not alone - judging from the scores of positive Yelp reviews: Pegah Y. of Washington D.C. gave her experience "5 BIG STARS! Casanova Ristorante is amazing! The food was deli-

Literally everything I’ve tried on the menu here has been nothing short of superb. The service is excellent – attentive and unobtrusive – the ambiance is warm and friendly.

Start with the Burrata Cheese platter which combines melt-in-your-mouth burrata with thin slices of Prosciutto di Parma, sliced tomatoes, arugula, olive oil and pepper. Another popular pick is the antipasto misto made up of a selection of cured meats and complementary cheeses or the Cozze Vongole alla Siciliana which arrives as fresh mussels and clams sauteed in white wine and garlic and a spicy marinara sauce. Popular entrees include the “Pink Lady Fettuccine” made with chicken and sundried tomatoes tossed in a creamy Alfredo sauce and the Rigatoni Mama Rosa which combines Italian sausage and mushrooms in a tomato sauce with a touch of cream.

A seafood aficionado? Options abound – ranging from the Linguini Vongole Veraci (long, flat pasta with baby Manila clams sautéed in a white wine sauce) and Farfalle al Salmone (bowtie pasta with smoked salmon tossed in a cream and tomato sauce with a touch of vodka) to the Linguini alla Pescatora (long, flat pasta with fresh fish of the day, shrimp, calamari, mussels and clams in a light tomato sauce. Portions are generous, but if you’ve saved room for a little something sweet … try the crème brulee with its perfectly carmelized top or the homemade tiramisu, a traditional favorite.

Casanova Ristorante is located at 33585 Del Obispo St. in Dana Point (at the corner of Stonehill). For reservations, call 949.496.0992 or visit www.casanovaristorante.com MARCH 2016



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MAR 4 Delfeayo and Ellis Marsalis Quartet: The Last Southern Gentlemen Tour Built on the intimacy of American ballads, this performance is an acknowledgment of the importance of these sweet, gentle sounds. MAR 6

Richard Goode, Solo Piano One of today’s leading interpreters of Classical and Romantic music. An all-Bach program.

MAR 12 Gomyo/Poltéra/Pohjonen Trio Program includes Haydn, Janácek and Dvorák. APR 1

Storm Large and Kirill Gerstein The sensational chanteuse Large and renowned pianist Gerstein perform American songbook classics. 1 University Drive Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 949.480.4278

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Pulp Fiction in The Spotlight!

By Beverly Blake and Tom ScoTT (porTionS included from The vinTage liBrary) “Pulp Fiction” is a term used to describe a huge amount of creative writing available to the American public in the early nineteen-hundreds. Termed “pulp magazines” because of the low quality paper used between the covers, these publications proliferated in the 1930s and 1940s to the point where they blanketed newsstands in just about every popular fiction genre of the time.

Although the pages in-between the covers were a dingy cheap quality, the covers were beautifully decorated, many times with lurid portraits of pretty women in various stages of trouble, and the handsome men attempting to rescue them. By under-paying writers and publishing on in-expensive media, pulp publishers were able to charge 10 cents for an issue containing several stories. Low prices drew in many working-class

young adults and teenagers, who could not otherwise afford some of the pricier magazines of the day. The low price of the pulp magazine, coupled with the skyrocketing literacy rates, all contributed to the success of the medium. Pulps allowed its readers to experience people, places, and action they normally would not have access to. Biggerthan-life heroes, pretty girls, exotic places, strange and mysterious villains all stalked the pages of the many issues available to the general public on the magazine stands. World War II brought paper rationing and increased paper prices. Also, some believe that the real horrors of the war replaced the fictional horrors found between the cover of the pulps. The once popular magazines began to lose readership and disappeared from the newsstand, one-by-one. Playwright Don Fried has taken advantage of the dilemma those writers faced to create the premise for his play Bodice Ripper. His protagonist is attempting to make the change from Pulp Fiction to an upcoming genre, Romance Novels. When his previous characters refuse to be forgotten pandemonium ensues!

Previously staged in London, the U. S. Premiere of Bodice Ripper opens in Stage II at Camino Real Playhouse on March 18th for a three weekend run.

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re you thirsting for an adventure that takes you to the top breweries in Southern California? Then hop aboard the Craft Brew Tour Bus and join us on So-Cal Safari as we take you on a Magical Fermentation Tour. We travel to the Newport Beach Brewing Company and learn from brewmaster Derek Bougie. Then we truck on down the highway to Cismonte Brewery in Rancho Santa Margarita and get schooled by Evan Weinberg. Then we ease on down the road to Surf City San Clemente and hang out at Artifex and Left Coast Brewery. This very cheery, oh-so beerie show is certain to quench your thirst for knowledge on craft beer brewing. Watch it on So-Cal Safari every Monday through Friday at 10:00 pm and twice on Saturdays at 11:00 am and 9:30 pm on Cox Channel 3.

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ALISO VIEJO COMMUNITY SPRING CELEBRATION & PANCAKE BREAKFAST March 27 9-11am Grand Park at Aliso Viejo Town Center Annual celebration which includes Egg Hunts, Visits with Peter Rabbit, Face Painting, Bounce Houses, DJ Entertainment & Arts & Crafts. For more info, call 949-243-7411.

RENAISSANCE CLUBSPORT BUNNY BRUNCH March 27 Renaissance ClubSport: 50 Enterprise Easter is a special time to come together with family and celebrate. Join the Bunny for brunch and our annual egg hunt after. Relax with a glass of Champagne while the kids enjoy themed activities with the bunny. Don’t forget your camera and your Easter baskets! For more info, please stop by the Club Desk or call (949)330-5560.

Saturday, March 26 9am Pines Park & Sea Canyon Park: 34941 Camino Capistrano & 33093 Santiago Drive Event begins with a marionette/puppet show, children’s relay games, petting zoo, Easter Bunny visits and egg hunts for ages up to 10 years. Don’t forget to bring an empty basket to collect the plastic eggs and candy! For more info, call 949-248-3530

LAKE FOREST ETNIES EGG-CELLENT EGG HUNT AND FESTIVAL OF COLORS Saturday, March 26 11 am - 1 pm Etnies Skatepark Come and visit the Skateboarding Bunny, play in the jump houses, and participate in fun crafts. This is a family friendly event and great for the young ones! Eggs will be hidden throughout the Skatepark and will have small prizes inside each one. Please bring your own basket as we may have limited supplies for the event. There will be an opportunity to take photos with the bunny after the egg hunt. $5 fee for egg hunt and $5 fee for unlimited jumper wristband. For more info, call 949- 916-5870.


COTO DE CAZA EGGSTRAVAGANZA Saturday, March26 Egg hunt times: 8:40am - under 2 years 9am - 2 to 4 years 9:20am - 5+ years. Coto Valley Country Club: 23331 Via Venando, Coto De Caza Join us for free fun that includes egg hunt, bounce houses, trackless train, face painter & the Easter Bunny. Bring your own basket for the complementary egg hunt.

Saturday, March 19 El Toro Park: 23701 Los Alisos Blvd It’s time for everyone’s spring time favorite as Bunny Blast “An Egg Wonderland”, will be arriving at El Toro Park. There will be game booths, crafts, face painting, giant ferris wheel, petting zoo, pony rides, balloon artist and so much more! There will also be entertainment for everyone with a Mardi Gras parade and DJ. Alice and her Wonderland friends will be there, too. Bring your camera to take pictures with Nectar, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, the White Rabbit and Hoppy the Spring Bunny. For more info, call 949-461-3450. MARCH 2016



Saturday, March 26 Chapparosa Park 25191 Chapparosa Park Road 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Bunny Blast is an exciting outdoor event for kids! Children’s activities include crafts, games, face painting, bounce houses, entertainment, “Touch a Truck”. The Easter Bunny will be hopping around! Bring your own camera for pictures. Note: There WILL NOT be an egg hunt at this event.

MISSION VIEJO EASTER FAIR Saturday, March 26 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Mount of Olives Church: 24772 Chrisanta Drive Free Activities include: egg hunt, shark slide, petting zoo, photo booth, Family Service Project and more! For more info, call (949) 837-7467.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO EASTER FAIR AT SOUTH SHORES CHURCH Saturday, March 26 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM South Shores Church - SJC 32032 Del Obispo St San Juan Capistrano Bounce houses, crafts, egg hunt, carnival games Join South Shores Church and celebrate Easter with a little bit of fun with our Easter Eggstravaganza and Easter Fair events. Event includes Easter story told in the tomb, egg hunt, carnival games, bounce houses, crafts, lunch, music, and much more!

SAN CLEMENTE SENSATIONAL SPRINGTACULAR Saturday, March 26 9 - 11:30 am -Pancake breakfast at 7 am Vista Hermosa Park 987 Avenida Vista Hermosa San Clemente Follow the yellow brick road to a bright, colorful world! Start the morning with a delicious plate of pancakes, prepared by the San Clemente’s Kiwanis Club. Continue your morning exploring oddly and large shaped decorations, sensational entertainers, festive activities, face painting, and a great BIG egg hunt! For more info, call 949-361-8264.

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