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June 2015 Publisher Community Publications LLC. Editor Jody Robinson (714) 596-6611 Art Director David Perez Project Coordinator Sara Watt Editorial Assistant Alex DeFelice Sales & Marketing Marlo Andersen • Anthony Arcurio Eric Bergstrom, Bergstrom Media Kim Roberson Distribution Managers Rolando Ruiz • David Starr Advertising Inquiries (714) 469-3495 Contributing Writers David Allen Beverly Blake Cara Fraser Stephanie Frisch Nicole Howard Donna Hunnicutt Ann Laurence J. A. Makena Marangu, MD Kimmie Petersen Betsy Sanz Tom Scott Scott E. West, DDS, FAGD Cover Photography Melisa Chandler, Chandler Photography

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COVER FEATURE: ReelTime Sight & Sound Healing & Feeling Less Stress 10

Mardi's Jewelry Design 40

Summer Home Improvement Features Cover Feature: ReelTime Sight & Sound 12 The Truth about Feng Shui 14

What to Look for in a Remodeling Contractor 20 Water in the Garden 22

Happy 50th Anniversary Medicare! 28 Beveled Edge 16

Tuttle's Carpet One 24

Spotlight On: S & L Catering 32 Pacific Paradise Pools 18 Yoga and Your Faith 34

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So if just reading this article is stressing you out or you can at all relate, Dr. Petersen can help! Following a complete exam and report of findings, Dr. Petersen will perform adjustments that will align the spine,

Healing & Feeling Less Stress by Kimmie Petersen oday we are doing more than ever before. Life is busy. Life is complex. We are cramming as much as we possibly can into each waking hour. Work days are longer for most and with technology, many are working from home even after their work day should be done. Our children are over scheduled with activities and many adults are simply trying to keep up. On top of these jam packed schedules, many are not getting adequate sleep each night. In fact, a 2013 Gallup Poll showed that a whopping 40% of Americans do not get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep each night.


So, what exactly does all of this lead to? Have you ever felt your heart rate speed up when you're racing your child to soccer practice or trying to get to an office meeting on time? Chances are that your patience is shorter the busier you are, which could interfere with your relationships. Things are also more expensive and even buying organic can be a hard hit on your budget. It is no wonder that the main complaint we hear from patients is that they are under too much STRESS. Too many things to do, too much on their minds.

To add more to the mix, did you know that when you have spinal misalignment, that puts MORE STRESS on your nervous system and your body cannot perform at its best? Stress also affects the parasympathetic nerves (PSN). The question most patients ask is “How do I stop being so stressed?” Well, unless you’re going to call in sick and hide under your covers (trust me, we’ve all had those days), it’s probably a good idea to understand how stress is actually affecting your body and mood instead of just letting it get the best of you. It is also important to note that there are actually four types of stress: enviromental (noise, weather, etc.), physical (injury/pain), emotional and chemical (environmental toxins, & drugs). Chances are if you’re stressed, it’s probably a bit of all four.

To add more to the mix, did you know that when you have spinal misalignment, that puts MORE STRESS on your nervous system and your body cannot perform at its best? Stress also affects the parasympathetic nerves. These nerves-when in an optimal state controls the immune system, digestive system, slows the heart rate and decreases blood pressure. Yet another effect of chronic nerve stress is prolonged muscle contraction and tension. This muscle tension creates uneven pressures on the bony structures of the body, often leading the further misalignment of the spinal column. So if just reading this article is stressing you out or you can at all relate, Dr. Petersen can help! Following a complete exam and report of findings, Dr. Petersen will perform adjustments that will align the spine, releasing muscle tension, which will help the body return to a more balanced, relaxed state. These adjustments reduce spinal nerve irritation, and may be enough, in many cases, to convince the brain to turn off the fight or flight response, beginning the process of HEALING & feeling LESS STRESS. You will also receive relaxation techniques to use at home and nutritional supplement advice. Dr. Petersen feels that the body can heal itself if given the right tools and treated with excellent care. Dr. Petersen’s office also offers massage therapy & many insurance companies are paying for this preventative care so it can be quite affordable! Give us a call today and we will put you on a path towards a stress free life or at least Dr. Petersen will be able to dramatically decrease your stress with innovative Chiropractic care. You deserve peace-yes YOU! As always, wishing you wellness.

Dr. Petersen can be reached by calling (949) 388-1432 or visit Sycamore Chiropractic at 31461 Rancho Viejo Road, Suite 103 in San Juan Capistrano. We truly look forward to meeting you and assisting you in a more positive, pain & stress free life! JUNE 2015



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business. “You get your brand new television home, you’re so excited, then you realize you need to move an outlet or none of the cabinets you can find will fit your space. We’re here to make sure you get the equipment that will give you what you want and the system that will work with that equipment, without leaving you to fend for yourself.”

ReelTime Sight & Sound breaking free from the big box for your perfect home theater system by Betsy Sanz • cover photography by Melisa Chandler, Chandler Photography hen you started planning for your ultimate home theater set-up and sound system, did you plot your perfect flat screen location and find that the outlets were placed at exactly the right distance, with the perfect electrical scenario for everything you wanted to do? Could you find the right media cabinetry for your particular space – cabinetry that wouldn’t catch on fire from the heat of the equipment, or that would simply look good in the room? Did you understand half of what the televisions, receivers and other devices could do, and did you have anyone to hold your hand to make sure you weren’t overspending for what you wanted?


Skip opened the doors at ReelTime Sight & Sound in 1983. Today, the technicians and designers that Skip assigns to clients are all ReelTime Sight & Sound employees, knowledgeable in all home theater and sound technologies. First, they work closely with you to determine what you’re looking for. Then they custom design every aspect of the project, from wiring to custom-built cabinets, frames, or built-in wall designs. Finally, licensed, in-house contractors install your entertainment system with care and precision. There are a couple of things that people may not think about when they embark upon the road to their own home entertainment system. “You need to think about your home theater goals,” says Skip. “You don’t have to do everything at once – you can do it bit by bit – but if you know where you’re going, you’ll save money and when it’s all said and done, you’ll have exactly what you want and what you will actually use. We’re here to help you determine your goals.” Skip is also an advocate for getting what you’ll use, which is part of the design and planning process. “You can buy everything you want to, but if you can’t operate it, what’s the point?” he says. “There’s the television, DVD and Blue-ray; there’s the receiver, there’s Apple TV… it’s all great, but how do you get them to work together? We’re big advocates of the universal remote. Not everyone knows how to get the most out of their systems with one powerful remote – they’re not expensive, but the best ones are computer-based. We’ll set that up for you so you’re getting the most out of your custom system.” It’s easy to assume that personal service is expensive, but a conversation with Skip and the experts at ReelTime Sight & Sound is free. Ultimately, in planning your purchases for the right outcome, you’re likely to save money while avoiding chilling setbacks. The only chilling you want to be doing is in front of your fantasy home theater system.

Yeah, neither did I. Big box retailers, the professed champions of value, are happy to sell you any home theater and sound equipment you think you might like, and send you off to figure it out at home. That’s what they do. And that’s all they do. If you want the home theater system that you envision, you need Skip Myers of ReelTime Sight & Sound, the guy you can lean on to take you from start to finish for the home theater or sound system of your dreams. “Usually there is a part of the job that you find you just can’t do by yourself,” says Skip, who has overseen the design and installation of thousands of home theater and sound systems over the course of forty years in the

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It has been proven that everything in and around us is composed of Energy. Energy is what makes up, surrounds and connects everyone and everything in our universe.

Consider what is in your home right now- are there certain objects that remind you of less-than-happy times, but are still around “just because?” Do you feel joy when you look at the artwork placed in your home? Are there items that are broken or in disrepair around your home? Do you feel like you want to move your furniture around? These seemingly small considerations of what is surrounding you have huge implications in Feng Shui. The “magic” in Feng Shui hapby Donna Hunnicutt pens when we realize the profound effect eng Shui is so often misunderstood as a complicated, mystical, and “woo-woo” way to our possessions and things can have on our decorate your home. But the truth is that it is actually a very simple, effective and logical energy levels and quality of happiness. concept in design, once we understand how and why it works to bring positive energy Once we understand this connection, then flow to our environment - and our lives. the real fun begins! Feng Shui is not about Chinese-style décor, crystals, money frogs or religious beliefs. Feng Shui is the art and study of how our external environment affects us, internally, and vice-versa. The We can begin to create our spaces with a basic premise of Feng Shui is that the spaces where we spend our time have the ability to affect higher degree of “conscious awareness” reus in a variety of ways - physically, emotionally, spiritually and energetically. “Healthy” envi- garding what energies we are bringing into ronments can enhance our overall sense of well-being, allowing us to “flow” through life with our homes. This is also where the concept of “de-cluttering” comes into play. In Feng Shui, greater ease. clutter causes energy to stagnate, which is My Feng Shui practice, Serenity By Design, is all about creating “healthy,” personalized spaces not good! The goal is to create space so new, which make your heart sing with gratitude, positive energy and happiness when you walk positive energy can flow- so Spring/Summer through your front door! I also help you create a balanced space, using the 5 Elements of Feng Clean and de-clutter ASAP so you can invite that Good Chi in! Shui, Yin/Yang theory and the Bagua Map of Energy.

The Truth about Feng Shui


It has been proven that everything in and around us is composed of Energy. Energy is what Then: Discover your style, what colors make makes up, surrounds and connects everyone and you smile, what beautiful piece of art are you drawn to? This is all part of the process everything in our universe. and fun of Feng Shui. Listen to your soul In Feng Shui, the things around us “speak” to us en- when you feel the urge to re-arrange your ergetically, sending positive or negative vibes our way. furniture, as it is telling you things need to The goal of Feng Shui is to have only those things (and change in your space in order for things to people!) around us which we love, and which only send change and flow in to your life! positive energy to us. When our external environment makes us smile, we are happier internally and our lives just seem to “flow” with more ease and harmony.

Donna Hunnicutt is a Certified Feng Shui Consultant, Stager and Realtor in Laguna Niguel. Her passion for transforming ordinary spaces into ones that relax the mind, body, & spirit is contagious! Donna inspires and motivates her clients to move forward with creating change in their environments, resulting in positive change and energy in their overall lives as a result. She can be reached by calling (949) 533-9420 or visit JUNE 2015



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Owners Norton & Vicki Canterbury

The Beveled Edge by Jody Robinson

ho would have thought such a (relatively) small change could completely transform the look and curb appeal of a home? In just a few hours and for less than the price of a new entry door system, Norton and Vicki Canterbury, owners of The Beveled Edge, start with a homeowner’s existing door, cut out a portion and insert custom art beveled glass panels.


and Vicki are “fully involved” in every job, working directly with each client to “make certain we create the vision they desire for their home.”


According to Norton, the collaborative design process includes the creation of full-scale templates for review by the client and glass selection, which may include just bevels and clear textured glass or full color. The privacy level that each customer desires in their leaded glass panels is discussed and impleAFTER mented.

What was once a solid surface is now a stunning entry defined by light, beauty and instant curb appeal. The San Juan Capistrano studio, showroom and manufacturing facility specializes in the aforementioned front door remodels, as well as interior doors and cabinet doors. “Any door, whether wood, metal or fiberglass, can be transformed into a functional work of art,” says Norton. “The Beveled Edge also offers custom etched glass, architectural glass, and heavy glass table tops.” A former Marine, Norton has honed his craft for the past quarter century – starting with an apprenticeship at a stained glass studio in 1983, followed by the launch of his own business three years later in San Clemente and culminating in his current location complete with a showroom and manufacturing facilities. What sets their business apart is the personal touch – both Norton

“It is this approach that we believe results in a large percentage of our sales coming from repeat customers or are referrals from friends, neighbors, or relatives,” says Vicki. “Our business success can be attributed to honesty, hard work and providing uncompromising quality in each and every leaded or etched glass panel that is hand-crafted by our expert artisans. The workmanship is guaranteed for a lifetime. Our goal is to create custom art glass panels that will exceed your expectations in every way.”

To connect with Norton and Vicki, call (949) 582-1035, stop by the studio/showroom at 26131 Avenida Aeropuerto • Unit D in San Juan Capistrano or visit JUNE 2015



numerous occasions from trade and industry associations. In 2012, Pacific Paradise Pools won one of only four Pinnacle Awards from Luxury Pools. While they appreciate the accolades and feel the awards “validate our business strategy,” Linette adds that the best testament to the quality of our work and dedication to customer service come s from “the referrals from loyal, happy customers who truly endorse what we do.” The fact of the matter is, Pacific Paradise Pools doesn’t just provide you with a beautiful backyard, they give you relaxing weekends and enjoyable evenings after a long day at work. Rich and Linette may not serve drinks poolside, but then again, with their 5-star customer service, maybe you just need to ask. And, if you’re looking to sell in the near future, transformed backyards are rated among the top requested home improvements for increasing value. Pacific Paradise Pools works quickly, efficiently, on time and on budget.

Pacific Paradise Pools by Jody Robinson photography by Lana Farfan, Caught in the Moment Photography et’s talk about reasons to install a pool or update an outdated backyard. I don’t mean how incredible swimming pools are for increasing the value of your home or in the case of updating your pool, for energy savings … I’m talking about the certain kind of admiration from your kids and their friends. I’m talking about a vanity-free personalized water park or a day at the spa. Think of the possibilities – all because you made the decision to turn your backyard into the kind of relaxing place you’ve always dreamed of.


We’d hate to make them blush, but we’ve got to get the word out about what Rich and Linette do when they aren’t creating the backyard dreams for others. Since 1994, this husband-and-wife team have been part of “Men and Women of Action,” a volunteer construction and disaster organization. While still managing the family business, they’ve helped re-build homes, build schools, churches and medical clinics all over the world – from domestic locales like New Orleans after Katrina to Zambia, Brazil, Romania, Honduras and the Philippines. “This is our meaningful passion,” says Rich, who recently completed a couple of projects closer to home: A school in Fresno, church in Ontario and rebuilt the home of a pastor in McFarland, California whose home burned down due to arson.

The fantasy is easy enough - but where do you begin? How do you know where to start? That’s where Rich and Linette Tonti, owners of Pacific Paradise Pools, come in. They’ve been transforming people’s lives for over 25 years. They do everything from elegant Romanesque to the rock scape resort that families would vacation for. “Our mission is to help homeowners enjoy their pools and to maximize the fun in their backyards,” says Rich. “I am proud to say that we have some of the most professional, experienced and polite customer service staff in the pool and spa industry.” If you’ve got a worn out swimming pool that's been neglected or ready for a makeover, don’t worry, they also do major pool renovations. Rich, Linette and the Pacific Paradise Pools team strive to go above and beyond to ensure their customers are satisfied. They also work with professional designers and landscape architects to ensure you get the full HGTV effect. “We aim to please and make sure that we develop an outdoor living space that will compliment your home’s personality as well as provide years of enjoyment,” says Rich. They’re not the bragging type, but the truth is the Huntington Beach-founded and Fountain Valley-based business is an international award-winning builder, and has been honored on

“We decided when we met the pastor to help his family,” says Rich. “He ministers to a poor agricultural community, and we felt there was a great need." Together, the couple volunteer 10 to 20 hours a week stateside, and spend at least two weeks a year volunteering overseas. “We were both raised in Huntington Beach,” says Linette. “I graduated from Marina High School and Rich from Huntington Beach High School so it’s also especially nice when we have the opportunity to give back in our own community. We now have roots with our home church, Living Waters, in Fountain Valley and our youngest daughter is now a Baron at Fountain Valley High School so we see old friends almost every day in the community we serve.”

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assured it is only the tip of the iceberg and indicates a negative pattern. If the contractor provides the previous information, and doesn’t have a record of complaints, the next request will be for references. This is where the wheat is separated from the chaff and where homeowners often fail to winnow thoroughly.

What to Look for When Hiring a Remodeling Contractor

Ask the contractor how many jobs, conservatively speaking, he completes each month. If he says four, then ask for at least 12 references for work completed in the last six to nine months. This is less than half the jobs completed in that period of time if his number is accurate, and is a large enough reference pool to demonstrate a pattern of pleasing clients. If he is unwilling or unable to provide such a list then he either exaggerated the amount of work he does or he doesn’t consistently satisfy clients. Neither one of these is positive, though a bit of exaggeration can be forgiven while failure to satisfy clients consistently cannot be overlooked.

by David Allen Ask that the contractor also include at hile we all know that remodeling isn’t rocket science, we have also either experienced perleast one client (two is better) with sonally or heard of projects exploding on the launch pad or soon after take off. While this is whom there was an issue that was satnot completely avoidable, asking the right questions will do more than anything else to inisfactorily resolved. This will indicate crease the chances for your projects success. how the contractor deals with inevitable problems. Before I get to the “right” questions, here’s a short “Don’t List”:


• Don’t give your hard earned money to a contractor working out of his truck. • Don’t fail to call the references (call them all) • Don’t end up holding less than 25% of the job cost at the end (it’s called leverage)

Call all the references and ask:

• On a scale of one to ten how would you rate the contractor’s overall performance? The following questions and requests for information are not exhaustive. They’re just a few • Would you hire him for other projthat should be included in interviewing contractors when two conditions exist: ects? • Were there any negative surprises 1. The contractor is not already well known by you (and I mean really well known) during the project? • Did the contractor and his workmen 2. The project is of significant value or complexity (i.e. costing more than $10,000) communicate with you satisfactorily? • What could the contractor have done Let’s start with the basics; you will want to ask for: to improve you experience with him? • Contractor’s license number or printout from the Contractor’s State License Board. This will allow These questions should enable you to you to see the type of work the contractor is licensed to perform and any complaints filed against find a qualified contractor though him with the board, including the result. (i.e. license suspension) perhaps not the cheapest. In another article we will cover questions and • Liability Insurance certificate to cover any damage to your property caused by the contractor, direquests for the contractor you have rectly or indirectly. selected in order to arrive at an agreeable price and clear understanding of • Workman’s Compensation certificate to protect you in the event that a workman is injured on your what to expect. property. • Better Business Bureau report. This will show complaints against the contractor made to the bureau including if and how they were resolved. Note: Most people won’t go to the trouble of filing a complaint with either the BBB or the CSLB. Consequently, if you see several complaints between the two, rest

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Tuttle’s Carpet One Floor and Home by Jody Robinson any local businesses boast great customer testimonials of recent transactions, but few can credit true “relationships” with clients dating back 50+ years.


Because expert installation is so important, Kevin and Mary Gail only work with highly trained professionals who can install complex jobs and handle high-quality materials.

Kevin and MaryGail Hentzen, owners of the Laguna Niguel-based Tuttle’s Carpet One Floor and Home, have had clients bring in their old invoices from carpet installations in the 1960s.

The company’s growth in more recent history can be traced to Kevin’s decision to move the operation to a more visible location Laguna Niguel in 1994. In addition to enjoying increased foot traffic, Kevin joined Carpet One two years later, which lent itself to capturing even more market share – for a variety of reasons. Carpet One is a co-operative that has over 1,000 stores worldwide. Although all are independently owned and operated, because they are a co-op, Carpet One can negotiate the best prices and warranties as a large group. For example, Carpet One offers “the Beautiful Guaranty” which allows the customer up to 120 days from installation to have the carpet replaced for ANY reason (even if they decide they don’t like the color). The carpet and the labor are covered. No questions asked.

Back then, the store was located in Laguna Beach and owned by Mr. and Mrs. Tuttle. In 1980, the Hentzen family purchased the business and young Kevin took over its dayto-day operations, working alongside his father, Gene. Under the elder Hentzen’s tutelage for the following decade, Kevin honed his skills by learning the intricacies of all aspects of the flooring industry. Today, Kevin brings more than 30 years of expertise to every job. His wife, Mary Gail, specializes in window coverings and with years of experience in their own right, staff design consultants Cathi, Nancy and Lori round out the Tuttle’s Carpet One team. “Much of our business is from customers that I’ve known for years. It is more of a relationship with the client,” says Kevin. “People enjoy the personal experience that you won’t find in a big box store. It is very rewarding to beautify people’s homes. It’s a great feeling when the client calls to say how much they love their new floor.” Tuttle’s Carpet One specializes in all types of carpet, hardwood flooring, tile, stone, area rugs, vinyl and window coverings. They carry top brands such as Karastan, Masland, Lees, Armstrong, and Hunter Douglas and offer the largest wool carpet selection in Orange County.

Another offer that only Carpet One offers is the “Healthy Living Installation.” This is a process that cleans the sub-floor with a HEPI-VAC and the installers then spray the subfloor with Healthinex anti bacterial spray. Then they use a special carpet cushion that minimizes symptoms from mold, mildew, allergens and pollens. The bottom line is that Tuttle’s Carpet One Floor and Home offers the great advantage of the buying power as a group while still retaining the independence and specialty of a small store.

Connect with Kevin and Mary Gail by visiting the Tuttle’s Carpet One Floor and Home showroom at 27751 La Paz Rd. in Laguna Niguel or by calling (949) 831-1332 JUNE 2015




Because Jose worked his way up through the ranks to become maintenance and distribution manager for CBM Carpet Cleaning and Handyman Service and eventually took over as the company’s operations manager, he has firsthand experience in every facet of the industry. As CBM grew, Jose received continual ongoing education training and earned his certification in order to be able to hire and personally train the company’s technicians and worked alongside several flooring franchisees in the testing of products. By 2012, Jose was spending much of his time on the road overseeing installations and restorations and wanted to work closer to home to spend more time with his family and Total Floor Care was born.

Total Floor Care

Jose specializes in “preserving your stone’s natural beauty and maintaining and/or restoring your flooring to like-new condition.” His scope of services include stone and granite repair, granite countertop polish and sealing, concrete staining, marble/natural stone cleaning and polishing, flagstone and pavers and tile and grout maintenance.

by Jody Robinson

One of the perks of publishing South County Magazine is that I am provided a venue to share with our readership personal experiences with local business owners like Jose Bautista, owner of the (CITY NAME HERE) Total Floor Care. Jose helped restore our granite kitchen countertop to like-new condition (after someone who shall remain nameless left a can of cleaner on top of the counter long enough for the chemicals to mar the surface with a glaring white ring). When we moved into our new home a few months ago, we called Jose again – this time to see if he could work his magic in restoring the dull marble and travertine flooring in our entryway and master bathroom.

Jose specializes in “preserving your stone’s natural beauty and maintaining and/or restoring your flooring to like-new condition.”

For Jose Bautista, owning and operating his own business is a true “family affair.” What started as a part-time position at his brother’s tile and carpet cleaning company nearly two decades ago has evolved into his own thriving business serving all of Orange County’s stone and granite repair needs.

“With proper care, we can extend the life of your flooring investment,” says Jose. “I pride myself on customer service and believe that’s what sets Total Floor Care apart. I provide free demos to ensure there’s a clear understanding of expectations. I also provide multiple options to customers and try to educate them on proper maintenance And again, his work more than exceeded our expectations – the results were such a dramatic improvement after the floors have been cleaned and we can’t speak highly enough of the care and time he put into the projects … you would have thought or restored. he was restoring stone in his own home. “I don’t leave until the job is well For Jose Bautista, owning and operating his own business is a true “family affair.” What started as a part- done and the customer is happy time position at his brother’s tile and carpet cleaning company nearly two decades ago has evolved into with the results. Big or small, every job is important to me.” his own thriving business serving all of Orange County’s stone and granite repair needs.

To connect with Jose and Total Floor Care, call (949) 637-6840. JUNE 2015



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Happy 50th Anniversary Medicare! by Stephanie Frisch by the American public, but it’s not. Unless the federal government starts enforcing a mandatory educational course to attend and a test to pass to receive Medicare benefits, it very likely never will be.

Most people don’t realize the age of the Medicare program. It was first launched in 1965 along with Medicaid, with the first full year of enrollment being 1966.

This is why I think it’s important to take an educational approach when meeting with someone new to Medicare, someone that has only carried original Medicare due to lack of understanding of the risk of doing so, or an existing beneficiary that just enrolled in the first plan they looked without really understand what Medicare is all about. One of the best places to get an education about Medicare if you don’t meet with me is

Think back to what our world was like in 1965: The average life expectancy was 70.2 years, average cost of a new home was $23,300 and the price of a gallon of gas was .32 cents. So much has changed since then, but one thing has remained consistent for fifty years: Very few people understand the Medicare program.

This is a website dedicated to all things Medicare! It’s where I go when I don’t know the answer to my clients’ questions. Yes there is a lot of information there, and yes it can be overwhelming. But, if you just read a section at a time, starting around age 60 or so, I believe you could fully understand Medicare by the time 65 rolls around.

Now, you would think that a nationwide insurance program that’s been around for 50 years would be well understood

Or, you could just schedule an appointment with me, remember, my services are free.

Stephanie Frisch is the owner of Insurance 101 and is an independent insurance broker dedicated to helping others make “educated decisions” about their insurance choices when it comes to Medicare, Long-Term Care Planning, The Health Insurance Marketplace-Covered California and Life Insurance. For answers to your questions, or an in-home, no-fee consultation, call (949) 351-2443.

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Another key item used for diagnosis are the Stages of Sleep. Ideally it is good to have at least 20% REM Sleep. You may have heard of this, it stands for Rapid Eye Movement. This is the stage of Sleep were dreaming takes place, the mind's organization of memories, and retention of learning. You also need to have about 20% N-3 Sleep, or what is called "Restorative Sleep." This is when you get some real rest, at the same time growth hormones are released while your body is repairing itself. I very often see studies where nearly all Sleep is N-1 and N-2 Sleep, which I call "Junk Sleep." As with "Junk Food" - no real benefits come from it.

Understanding Sleep Apnea by Scott E. West, D.D.S., F.A.G.D. Diplomat of the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorder Disciplines


ecently in the media there has been a lot of buzz about Sleep Apnea. I would like to clear up some of the mystery surrounding this important medical issue and hopefully leave you with a better understanding as to cause, steps to treatment, and better health.

If it is found you have Sleep Apnea, your doctor will recommend CPAP therapy. CPAP stands for "Continuous Positive Air Pressure." It is a mask which fits over the mouth and nose, or nose only. It delivers air at a certain pressure to prevent the collapse of the airway. However, over 50 percent of those patients who know they should wear the mask either can't wear it or simply won't. So what can you do to get a better night's sleep? Find a dentist that has a good background in treating Sleep Apnea patients with "Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT)." OAT is the best alternative to the CPAP. And unlike the CPAP mask, compliance is over 95%.

So, let's review the symptoms of Sleep Apnea. 1. Waking up with a very dry or sore throat 2. Loud snoring 3. Waking with a choking or gasping sensation 4. Sleepiness or lack of energy during the day 5. Sleepiness while driving 6. Morning headaches 7. A restless sleep pattern 8. Forgetfulness, mood changes, and decreased interest in sex

Next, what are the medical effects caused by Sleep Apnea? 1. Hypertension 2. Heart Disease 3. Stroke 4. Depression 5. Diabetes 6. Alzheimer's Disease 7. Again, forgetfulness, mood changes, and decreased interest in sex 8. Premature Death

The following are some pointers for finding the right dentist. Has he worked closely with the Sleep Centers and medical doctors in the community? Is he able to interpret your Sleep Study, analyze your situation, and make an appliance customized to your needs? How many years has he been making Sleep Appliances? Does he work with more than one type of Appliance? And, what is his success rate? Finally, is he a Medicare provider with a staff knowledgeable in both Medicare and Medical Insurance? Essentially, treating Sleep Apnea properly will make a huge impact on your life. Don't wait any longer, call today!

If you are regularly experiencing any of these symptoms, see your doctor! Let him know how you're doing and ask about Sleep Apnea. Your physician will most likely suggest a Sleep Study. Here they collect all the data needed for diagnosis and answer some very important questions. The study will determine if you have Sleep Apnea, and if so, how severe (number of events per hour which are closing off your airway). The scale goes, 0-5 events per hour is normal, 5-15 is considered mild, 1530 moderate, and 30 and above severe. If you are having over 5 events per hour, treatment is recommended.

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Yoga and Your Faith by Nicole Howard and Cara Fraser “Does yoga go against my faith?” If you are strong in your beliefs this is an important question to ask. We get asked it often here at APC. Our philosophy is that a healthy mind, body and spirit are vital in achieving a good quality of life. And we believe that yoga can be a great solution to this. The word “yoga” is first found in Hindu texts dating back to the 5th century B.C. The English translation of yoga means to yoke. In essence unite the body, mind and spirit. Yoga did originate in Hinduism and remains part of it today. However, times have changed and the majority of yoga practiced in Western culture today slightly resembles the original Hindu practice. There are a many types of modern yoga. Some of the most common classes offered at your neighborhood studio include Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Bikram and Iyengar. All have different purposes, but at their core they are based on the physical portion of yoga. The physical postures are known as asana and the breathing exercises called pranayama. The classes all vary in level of intensity from gentle to a hardcore workout. Allowing people of all ages and skill levels to participate. The word yoga usually coincides with the concept of meditation. There are many ways to meditate and most religions have some kind of form of it. In Western yoga classes the actual breath to movement is said to be meditative alone. At the end of the class there is also a chance to actually lie on the mat and meditate. This form of mediation is completely up to the participant whether that it is mindfulness, a prayer, or a quick power nap. Usually religion plays no role. Study after study proves that practicing yoga at least once week has an endless amount of health benefits. According to WebMD yoga creates strength, flexibility, corrects postural deviations, reduces stress, and improves heart health. Also WebMD states that mediation, also has a myriad of health benefits. Such as easing chronic pain, anxiety, stress, boosting immunity and mood. Yoga can do wonders for your physical health and beyond. It truly connects your mind, your body and your spirit, creating a better quality of life.

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Pets of the Month Meet Tinkerbell, an adorable Rat Terrier mix with a great personality. Six year old Tinkerbell gets along well with other dogs, but her favorite place in the world is in your lap. With a playful energy and lots of fun tricks, she is quite the bundle of fun! Once you meet her, she’s sure to steal your heart!

Sweet little Bunny just loves to snuggle! Her two favorite pastimes are nestling in a friendly lap and giving out tons of happy kisses. When she isn’t showering you with affection, this 9 month old Jack Russell Terrier mix also enjoys playing in the yard with her sisters. She would make a great fit to almost any home! Could you be her new favorite cuddle buddy?

Three year old Ricky is a lovable little lad looking for a home to call his very own. Funloving and very smart, Ricky enjoys learning new tricks and working with his trainer. When he isn’t playing with friends in the yard, he prefers to be happily perched in your lap. Is there a place in your heart for a cute little pup like Ricky?

Four year old Starbuck is a lovable kitty looking for her purrever home. Self-proclaimed queen of the cat room, Starbuck enjoys the company of her human subjects and graciously allows them to brush her and amuse her with toys. While she has previously lived with cats, she would prefer to be the only object of your affection.

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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S & L Catering Full-Service Catering - One Call Does It All! by Jody Robinson

an Juan Capistrano-based business owners and residents Susan and Lou De Stefano started their full service catering company in 2014 with the slogan "One Call Does It All!" I can personally attest that the team at S & L Catering more than delivered on this promise for the South County Magazine "issue release" party last month held at Paradise Automotive Group.


The process couldn't have been simpler: we shared with Lou and Susan what we were looking for in terms of cuisine, the number of guests we expected and general information about the venue. Lou took it upon himself to visit the venue prior to the event so that he could determine the best presentation and flow for attendees. All our staff had to do the evening of the party was show up in time to greet guests and enjoy in the revelry. The artfully displayed dishes included specialty appetizers from several popular local eateries - including Prosciutto Scampi from Brio Tuscany Grille in Dana Point, Sun Dried Tomato & Goat Cheese Puff Pastry from The Vintage Steak House in San Juan Capistrano and yummy, Chips & Salsa from Ricardo's Place in San Juan Capistrano and perfectly-portioned "pie bites" from Marie Callender's. The couple, who started out in the local catering scene in 2011 (Lou served as catering manager for Ricardo's Place before branching out to launch S & L Catering) began their careers in an entirely different industry. Susan spent 25 years at TRW working on various programs training technicians for satellite launches at Cape

“What I believe sets us apart is our ability to work with a large number of catering partners who can provide the best gourmet cuisine and amenities our clients need for their special event,” says Lou. “Complete customer satisfaction is what we strive for with every event - large or small. We pride ourselves on working with each individual client to truly understand their needs and ensure that their full-service experience results in a memorable, stress-free event.” Canaveral, while Lou logged over 30 years at TRW and Boeing on various aerospace projects, including the Apollo Program that put Neil Armstrong on the moon. "What I believe sets us apart is our ability to work with a large number of catering partners who can provide the best gourmet cuisine and amenities our clients need for their special event," says Lou. "Complete customer satisfaction is what we strive for with every event large or small. We pride ourselves on working with each individual client to truly understand their needs and ensure that their full-service experience results in a memorable, stress-free event. The most satisfying aspect of owning and operating this business is that it allows us to be creative in our thinking, presentation and service to our clients." Active members of the community, Lou and Susan have worked with a number of local schools and organizations in their fundraising efforts, including the San Juan Capistrano Little League, Capo Valley Girls Softball, San Juan Hills High School, Marco Forster Elementary School, JSerra Catholic High School and the Boy Scouts of America.

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a certified GIA diamond appraiser. Maral's keen eye for fashion and quality allows her to personally handpick the stores unique merchandise. Garo, who has been in the jewelry by Ann Laurence business since the age of 18, worked in the dit’s that sentimental, giving time of year. And amond district in New York as a diamond seteven if it wasn’t, it’s almost impossible not to ter before owning his own business. think about buying jewelry for someone without getting that old funny feeling. Chances are, you Combining their gem expertise with incredible belong to someone that’s one in a million and business savvy, the couple opened Mardi's the jewelry you select should reflect exactly Jewelry Design in 2000 with the idea that that. customers should have it all: quality diamonds, unique pieces and custom designs at When it comes to the best place to wholesale prices - with prefind that perfect piece, Mardi's Jewmium service. In fact, Mardi's elry Design in Laguna Hills is second customers rave about their to none. Known not only for their imseamless selection process: peccable reputation for customer service, Mardi's Jewelry Design is "You will always find at least renowned for its stunning array of estate pieces and unique designer jewelry one or two new pieces that no - from pendants, necklaces and bracelets to rings and earrings. one else has. Mardi's has great taste and a friendly staff While many large jewelry stores are vying for your attention through catchy that is very educated in all ads and exclusive attitudes, Mardi's Jewelry Design customers enjoy pertypes of fine jewelry. Highly sonal attention, incredible, unbeatable prices, and the highest quality designs. recommend this store to anyone looking for a jewelry store in the Laguna Hills, Laguna "We specialize in fast, on-site jewelry repair services - most of which is done in one day or Niguel, Mission Viejo area...or for South Orless," says Maral Mardirossian, who owns Mardi's Jewelry Design with her husband Garo. "As ange County for that matter!" an official Philip Stein retailer and repair center, we offer a variety of services to our customers from all over the United States via our easy 1-2-3 Philip Stein repair system. Our custom design "We take pride in our customer service and experts will sit down and help bring your dream piece to life using CAD imaging. We can also satisfaction," says Maral. "We want your busicustom design using your own stones or old jewelry and transform them into a piece of art ness for life and strive on building strong custhat will be exceptional and personal." tomer loyalty by providing quality services and competitive prices. Our goal is to build Maral and Garo have been working in the jewelry industry for a combined 35 years in the field. lasting relationSince she was just 14 years old, Maral began learning the ins and outs of the jewelry business. ships with our Her love and passion for jewelry motivated her to complete gemology school and she is now customers."


Mardi's Jewelry Design is proud to have served South Orange County since 2000. Family owned and operated, they are ready to show you what a quality jewelry purchase is truly about. Connect with Owners Garo and Maral Mardirossian by stopping by their showroom at 25620 Alicia Pkwy in Laguna Hills, call (949) 470-9500 or visit JUNE 2015



Stress and anxiety rob us of our time and connection to the people and things that really matter. Making money and paying the bills replace relaxation and meaningful time with our loved ones. Our children worry about their grades and pleasing not only their parents, but their teachers and friends. The truth is, I knew it in my head but wasn’t practicing it in my heart. It took a personal fall to activate all the good that was to come and put all that I had learned to work on every level.

Mastering Your Life: My Personal Experience by Mary McPherson There comes a time when we all ask ourselves what is going on in my life? Why has this happened, why can’t I focus, who am I? I believe the greater question should be...who am I becoming? Stress and anxiety rob us of our time and connection to the people and things that really matter. Making money and paying the bills replace relaxation and meaningful time with our loved ones. Our children worry about their grades and pleasing not only their parents, but their teachers and friends. Relationships start to suffer under the stress of making a living or getting good grades, and we lose touch with living a life of purpose, peace and connection. Several years ago I was one of the many people who lost it all in the crash of our economy. I felt lost to myself, even though I was well educated, successful and very capable, my life ceased to look like my own. I have been studying alternative practices such as meditation, herbal remedies, and motivational theory since the mid 80’s. Surely I knew how to heal myself from the monumental stressors of my new economic and personal position. In 1987, I was certified as a Motivational Coach with Robbins research, I also received certifications in Meditation at the Chopra Center and studied many forms of holistic health with master teachers all over the world. I knew it all right? The answer is no-I did not know how to find it in myself to recover. In a few short months, I went from a public name to wondering who I was. Questions I had never thought to ask myself suddenly crept to the surface. What is the point of it all? What am I doing here? But I found I was not alone in those uncertain times.

Today I am back, stronger and more centered and helping others to find themselves as I had to face the road of self-discovery. With technologies Like Brainwave Optimization™ that is designed to rebalance and harmonize brainwaves for greater cognitive performance and to reduce stress, I was able to see my way out of the position of hopelessness and into a life of Joy I never knew was possible. Today I am founder and director of Awoken Life Brainwave Optimization and Utopia Within Wellness Spa. We are also a teaching center with the goal of helping our clients learn the Art of Self Awareness. Using Advanced technology and ancient techniques we have helped hundreds of clients using many different modalities teaching them to Master their Life and reduce stress. Just a few of these modalities are Brainwave Optimization, Hypnotherapy, Motivational Life Coaching, Guided Meditation and Visualizations, The Bio Mat™ and the amazing Tibetan Singing Bowls. These processes are designed to relax the brain so it can heal itself. A life of Focus, Peace and Purpose - now that’s what I’m talking about. Call today and learn more how you too can Live the Life you always knew you were meant to live. We understand and are waiting to serve you.

Today is a new day and my journey has made me stronger and a greater asset to the work I do.

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



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The Good News Replenishment of hormones to optimum physiological levels has been shown to alleviate symptoms of perimenopause, menopause and andropause. How do hormones fit into the aging process? Traditionally, we have been told that aging is inevitable and that progressive deterioration cannot be prevented. Fortunately, there is a revolution in science and medicine that now identifies aging as a disease. Mainstream medicine is now focusing on the prevention of the aging process rather than simply treating the symptoms of aging. One of the most important preventive therapies is bio-identical hormone replacement therapy for men and women.

On Perimenopause, Menopause and Andropause by J.A. Makena Marangu, M.D. or some, the years that encompass perimenopause, menopause, and andropause can mark a time of increased confidence, freedom and satisfaction. However, for many these years may be a time that poses challenges, particularly changes in energy levels and overall health. The good news is that there is an increased willingness to discuss these changes and to approach them in a positive and effective way.


Hormones are molecules that are manufactured in the endocrine glands, which include the adrenal glands, testes, ovaries, thyroid, pineal, and pituitary gland. As the body ages, the levels of hormones diminish. Specific hormone receptor sites in the cells tend to change with age and become less sensitive and more resistant to hormone stimulation, resulting in a decrease in cellular function, cellular repair, protein synthesis, and cell reproduction. Collectively, this results in the signs and symptoms of aging and can only be reversed by replacing our hormones to optimum levels. As the levels of hormones decline, so do our mental and physical capabilities. We lose energy, vitality, strength, and health. This deterioration results in osteoporosis, coronary artery disease, muscle loss, sleep disorders, depression, mood disorders, and decreased sociability in both women and men. By restoring these hormones to their appropriate levels, it is now possible to restore youthful zeal and energy, to strengthen our bodies and our minds. We can improve, even reverse many of the signs of aging that we have thought were unavoidable.

Unfortunately many of the hormones What is perimenopause? regularly prescribed are synthetic and Perimenopause is a highly individual experience. When are not identical to those found in the and how it begins and how long it lasts vary widely. human body. While these hormones may Perimenopause, the five to seven years leading up to somewhat resemble our own hormones menopause, is a natural transition in a woman’s life. Most women experi- and may accomplish some of the same tasks, they ence perimenopause between the ages of 45 and 55. are not what the body is used to and needs. The body tries to metabolize these foreign substances What is menopause? and may produce toxic by-products which can 3,500 women enter menopause everyday in the United States. Menopause cause side effects such as bloating, mood swings, is defined as no menstrual cycle for twelve months, but symptoms can water retention, weight gain and depression. begin as long as fifteen years before the cessation of menses. That National Institute of Health reports that in the US, the average woman stops men- The proper replacement of hormones involves restruating between the ages of 50 and 51. plenishing all of the deficient hormones back to optimal, more youthful levels using only bio-idenWhat is andropause? tical hormones. Which hormones to replenish, how Also known as male menopause, andropause is the condition caused by much to replenish and how to adjust the hormones decreasing hormone levels in men. is the art and science of the specialty of bio-idenJUNE 2015



tical hormone replacement therapy. Your age-management physician can help you to achieve the quality of life you desire and deserve! How do hormones work to reverse symptoms of perimenopause, menopause and andropause? Hormones interact with each other to regulate the body’s functions. Your age-management physician will prescribe hormones in a perfect balance for your body. This is a case where One Size does not fit all. Your customized hormone program can eliminate the debilitating symptoms of perimenopause, menopause and andropause. Maintaining optimum levels of the following hormones can make a world of difference in your overall well-being and outlook: Estrogen and Progesterone – Estrogen has experienced a bumpy ride over the last four decades. Conclusions of studies such as the Women’s Health Initiative have left women scared and confused. But these studies have focused on the synthetic estrogen whereas bio-identical estrogen mimics exactly the estrogen produced by the body. Estrogen is essential for muscle tone, skin smoothness, hair texture, and sex drive. It may also help deter Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, and heart disease. Bioidentical progesterone should be regarded as the partner of estrogen. They balance each other and work synergistically to promote optimum female health. Progesterone boosts mood and well-being and helps stimulate bone growth and healthy heart function. DHEA – Studies have shown that this hormone has a beneficial effect on immune response, sex drive, metabolism, and emotional stability. DHEA’s effect on the immune system and its powerful antioxidant capabilities have demonstrated ageresisting potential. DHEA supports cognitive function, helps the body to cope with stress and protects against heart disease through its effects on the body fats and lipids. Testosterone – Although testosterone is the primary male hormone, women also benefit from its supplementation. Its levels decline with age in both men and women. At optimal levels, testosterone increases bone density and formation, enhances energy and sex drive, decreases body fat, increases muscle strength, lowers blood pressure and modulates cholesterol levels. Pregnenolone – Memory loss and lack of mental clarity can be some of the most frustrating aspects of aging. Studies show that pregnenolone may be beneficial against age-related cognitive decline. Melatonin – Melatonin regulates the circadian rhythm as well as the deep stages of sleep. Studies suggest that the immune system is stimulated during these restful periods. In the 1997 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, melatonin was extolled as the valuable antioxidant and a potential anti-cancer agent. Studies show that the melatonin can help to eliminate free radicals, induce youthful sleep patterns and possibly slow the aging process.

Thyroid – The metabolic hormone secreted by the thyroid gland regulates temperature, metabolism and cerebral function. Insufficient levels of thyroid result in fatigue, increased cholesterol levels, and an increased risk of coronary artery disease. Low thyroid can cause fatigue, constipation, dull hair, dry skin, and weak nails. Also, individuals suffering from low thyroid may feel constantly cold, particularly experiencing cold hands and feet. How to get started? Your age management physician will conduct an initial consultation that will include history and physical as well as laboratory work-up. Based on the results of these and other evaluations, your physician will formulate a hormone replacement program tailored just for you and your special needs. Your customized program will include prescriptions as well as recommendations for appropriate dietary supplements, exercise, and nutritional guidelines designed to restore your hormone and quality of aging to optimum levels. Your customized program will also include continued monitoring of hormone levels as well as symptoms.


The program is designed to help you feel, look, and live your best for years to come.

"In my 40s and 50s, I had a very stressful job in law enforcement. I suffered from migraines and my energy had started to wane. This was about a decade ago in an era when many physicians simply 'diagnosed" my symptoms as premenopause and menopause and sent me home with a prescription for synthetic hormones which only made my migraines worse. I met Dr. Marangu in 2002, who was clearly an innovator in the field of natural hormone replacement therapy - she put me on Bio-Identical hormones. It has literally changed my life - I haven't had a migraine in a decade. With Dr. Marangu's help, I lost 43 pounds in 4 months. My overall health has greatly improved, I feel better than I ever have and I'm blessed to be so healthy in my retirement and I have Dr. Marangu to thank for that." Sharon Ruiz, San Clemente "I knew my body was changing and didn’t know how to help myself. I was experiencing depression, catastrophic mood swings, crying for no apparent reason, mega hot flashes, and lack of libido, among many things. After seeing Dr. Marangu's advertisement, I made an appointment. Today, my body and life are back to normal and I have lost 38 lbs. Hallelujah! It is so amazing to experience life at 56 and feel on top of the world every day. Thank you Dr. Marangu so much for your care! - Kathy, Dana Point

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SC Presbyterian Church Names New Pastor The Pastor Nominating Committee at San Clemente Presbyterian Church has announced the selection of new Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Steve Schibsted, who joined the congregation on May 17th. Rev. Dr. Schibsted comes to San Clemente Presbyterian Church after having served as Senior Pastor/Head of Staff for the past 17 years at Bidwell Memorial Presbyterian Church in Chico, California.

Local Band releases “Rings Like Saturn’’ San Clemente-based alt/art rock band, Stop Dancing, announces the release of their single “Rings Like Saturn" - the first single from their four-song Attitude Like Shades EP. Stop Dancing! was started by multi-instrumentalist and Berklee School of Music-graduate Nigel A Wilson. Wilson began writing and composing music in high school and recorded two solo concept albums before he graduated college. After touring the United States and Europe with the alternative band The Blacklist Royals, Wilson decided he wanted to record new songs and release a non-solo album with the help of friends from high school, as well as his father, Curt Wilson, who mixed the album. Stop Dancing! draws inspiration from strong art rock acts like David Bowie, Brian Eno and St. Vincent.

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SOUTH COUNTY DINING & ENTERTAINMENT Lou and Susan DeStefano (S & L Catering)

From (L): John Paradise (Paradise Automotive Group), Jody Robinson (South County Magazine) and Ricardo Beas (Ricardo's Place)

Party Time at Paradise Automotive Group!

Melisa Chandler (Chandler Photography) and Gary Lamp (Salon 221)

ach month, South County Magazine hosts an invitation-only party in celebration of the release of our most recent issue in publication. There's never a charge to attend and we strive to provide a fun, informal opportunity for our advertising partners and editorial contributors to mix and mingle with other local professionals.


With summer right around the corner, the atmosphere at our May Issue Release event was particularly festive in the Paradise Automotive Group showroom where guests noshed on delicious appetizers and desserts provided by the San Juan Capistranobased S & L Catering. Owners Lou and Susan DeStefano call themselves a "full service catering company where 'one call does it all'" and we have to say that they more than delivered on that promise - attendees raved about the gourmet culinary offerings (S & L is partnered with many local restauranteurs to provide cuisine for any type of event - from casual family gatherings and corporate lunches to themed parties and posh galas). To our readers, we encourage you to patronize the many wonderful local businesses featured within these pages. And to our advertising partners, we are ever thankful for your continued participation and support of our community publication. Until our next gathering... happy reading! - South County Magazine

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Stephen Merrill (Merrill Insurance)

(L) (L) Salvador Salvador Farfan Farfan (Caught (Caught in in the the Moment Moment Photography) Photography)


Eric Bergstrom Bergstrom (Bergstrom (Bergstrom Media) Media) and and Johnny Johnny Maravelis Maravelis Center Center -- Eric

Robyn and Brandon D'Angelo

Sona Kamberg and Scott Seaver

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Denis Weber (Gorilla Grass) JUNE 2015


SOUTH COUNTY DINING & ENTERTAINMENT 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 JUNE 2015



Join us as we take you inside the historic walls of Mission San Juan Capistrano, the birthplace of Orange County, for the Battle of the Mariachi's. Mariachi bands from as far away as Tucson, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada descend on Mission San Juan to contend for the title of Top Mariachi Band in all the land. You won't want to miss the sounds, the colors and the pure exhilaration as these talented performers play their hearts out.

Catch So-Cal Safari every Saturday at 11 am and 9:30 pm on Cox Channel 3. Watch past episodes at

Catch SoCal Safari every Saturday at 11am and 7:00 pm on Cox Channel 3. Or see past episodes at JUNE 2015



Exposing Taboos by Beverly Blake and Tom Scott xploring taboo subjects is a natural function of theatre and when handled with delicacy can both raise the audiences’ consciousness and level of understanding. Theatre has been exposing taboos from the very beginning. The early Greek play Oedipus Rex defined what we now refer to as the Oedipus complex which was a very taboo subject matter. In Shakespeare’s day incest was a topical taboo which was exposed in Macbeth.


Theatre has been exposing taboos from the very beginning. The early Greek play Oedipus Rex defined what we now refer to as the Oedipus complex which was a very taboo subject matter. In Shakespeare’s day incest was a topical taboo which was exposed in Macbeth.

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In the Victorian era women’s sexuality was a taboo subject but reality was that they had the same needs as women of today. Because there was no socially acceptable way for them to discuss their needs a medical industry was created. Doctors were approached by married couples to treat the wife for what was called hysteria. The doctor would digitally manipulate the woman to a point where she reached what was called a paroxysm. Both terms, hysteria and paroxysm were euphemisms that were used to tiptoe around the real words which were taboo in that society. Eventually technology moved in to reduce the doctor’s physical effort with the introduction of the electric vibrator. While that was an immediate solution for the doctor, it took decades for the communication of ones needs to be an acceptable conversation. We invite you to be entertained by the exposure of this taboo subject in the Camino Real Playhouse presentation of In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play. This play is intended for mature adult audiences.



JUNE 2015



Festival of Arts Exhibit Opens at The Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel As the official hotel partner of Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is showcasing original works from 25 Festival of Arts artists. The exhibit will be on display in the Art Exhibit Space from May 7 through September 30, 2015. The Festival of Arts is California’s premiere fine art show. The Festival’s prestigious juried art show includes a wide variety of media such as paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, handcrafted wood and furniture, ceramics, glass and more – all by 140 of Orange County’s finest artists. Established in 1932, Festival of Arts promotes, produces and sponsors events and activities that encourage the appreciation, study and performance of the arts.

Paul Bond, “The Girl Who Circumnavigated the World in a Dream of Her Own Making’’

For a more comprehensive art experience, guests can book one of the two Pageant of the Masters overnight experiences that feature incredible seats and exclusive offerings. The Behind the Velvet Rope Experience features ocean view overnight accommodations on The RitzCarlton Club Level, two premium seat tickets to the Pageant, a guided docent tour of theFestival, a backstage tour of the Pageant for $1,699 per night. The Pursuit of Happiness Experience includes overnight accommodations and two premium Marie Tippets, “Granny Smiths’’ seat tickets to the Pageant with rates starting at $775 per night. Both packages can be booked online at

The Festival of Arts is California’s premiere fine art show. The Festival’s prestigious juried art show includes a wide variety of media such as paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, handcrafted wood and furniture, ceramics, glass and more – all by 140 of Orange County’s finest artists.

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