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ADVERTISER TESTIMONIALS “Working with Jody and South County Magazine has been a fantastic experience from beginning to end. And there really is no end, considering they offer a wide variety of services for the local business who wants some great attention. The magazine is high quality. As a reader first, I always trusted South County to provide high quality content about the businesses in my area and the real people who own and operate them. South County Magazine highlights the efforts of local businesses with style and local business is the heartbeat of our communities. I was so impressed with the writing. Jody captured the essence of our company and the story behind it which is so important for our industry. Two thumbs up for South County - a simply great publication.” - Lindsey M. Fisher, CEO at A Mission for Michael, Inc. "Our company recently started advertising in South County Magazine and we have already received a great return on our investment! There are obviously many options when deciding where to place your marketing dollars, but for my money, I'm very happy to be partnered with a publication run by people who truly care about helping my business grow. Jody and her team worked with me to develop a campaign that would maximize my exposure to new customers and generate the best possible results. Thank you from all of us here at The Other Guys." - David Marzluf, The Other Guys Awning & Tint Specialists "As local business owners and professionals, we are so lucky to have South County Magazine to reach our target customer through advertising and share our business 'stories" and philosophies through the editorial opportunities. Working with South County Magazine couldn't be easier. I was helped every step of the way - from the photography, writing and design - AND ALL AT NO EXTRA COST. Since participating, my business has tripled - a significant return on my advertising investment. Advertising with South County Magazine is simple, straight-forward and most importantly ... it works!" - Victoria Vannini, Howard Jones Salon, Dana Point "It is an absolute pleasure advertising with South County Magazine. Wow! We were stunned by the overwhelming exposure and publicity from being on the front cover of South County Magazine. It put our Assisted Living Community on the map for South County. We felt special and like Rock Stars!"- Aileen and Paul Brazeau, San Clemente Villas by the Sea "Being new to San Juan Capistrano, I wasn’t sure what would be the best avenue for advetising and marketing. Thankfully I picked up a copy of South County Magazine at a restaurant and read the testimonials. They were not like any I’d seen – raving about the staff and Jody’s way of being more like a partner in your business than just an advertising publication. Jody met with me soon after I called. She listened to my goals and concerns, and then shared her thoughts and expertise with regard to what might be most effective for my unique business. Several months later, she is still in easy contact, never seeming like she’s trying to make a sale, but always wanting to be sure I don’t miss an opportunity to grow. I cannot say enough about what an asset Jody and her magazines are to our communities and businesses." - Catherine Darras, Catherine Darras Hypnotherapy, San Juan Capistrano

March 2015 Publisher Community Publications LLC. Editor Jody Robinson (714) 596-6611 Art Director David Perez Editorial Intern Jackie Grade 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 Beverly Blake • Juris Bunkis, MD, FACS Cara Fraser • Stephanie Frisch Shelley Hancock • Nicole Howard Bill Koezler • Ann Laurence Jeannie McCormack • Mary McPherson Crystal Nay • Tom Scott Scott E. West, DDS

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Publisher’s Note It is a particularly exciting time to be a South County resident with all of the annual Fiesta de las Golondrinas (or Festival of the Swallows) events scheduled in the month of March.

The Fiesta de las Golondrinas is tied to the legendary return of the swallows to the Mission San Juan Capistrano on St. Joseph's Day, March 19th. The fame of this event and the yearly return of the Swallows have reached all parts of the world, which makes it even more special that all this activity, attraction and entertainment is taking place in our own backyard. And these events not only celebrates the return of the iconic migratory birds, but also pays homage to San Juan Capistrano's storied Western, Spanish and local JueneĂąo Indian heritage.

On behalf of the entire South County Magazine team, I would like to thank the San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association for selecting our community publication to serve as the official media sponsor of the 2015 Fiesta de las Golondrinas and Swallows Day Parade. It has been an honor to participate in some small way to such a tremendous production.

For parade information, including a map of the parade route and schedule of events, a historical perspective on the Swallows Day Parade and highlights of the many planned events this month, please flip to page 22.

As always, thank you for taking the time to peruse our pages. We continually strive to serve as a true community resource and welcome your feedback!

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Happy Reading!

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SPOTLIGHT ON: San Juan Photo and Digital Spotlight On: Cover Law 18

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Business Showcase: Ed Flores Law 20 Awoken Life Brainwave Optimization(tm) 50

52 Skincare Trends 52 Making the Most of Summer Camps 54 Summer Camps Directory 58 Spinal Health 62

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Las Vegas as a Family-Friendly Destination 64


Staying on top of "wellness" with Medicare 68


Doheny Clothing Exchange 70


Mayor's Welcome

Fiesta Association and Executive Board

A Message from El Presidente

Fiesta de las Golondrinas Sponsors

Parade Route and Event Map

Schedule of Events

El Presidente Ball

Grand Marshal Ricardo Beas Parade Announcers Lineup

Se単or San Juan and Ms. Fiesta Meet the Jr. Dignitaries

About Hoos' Gow Day and the Mercado Street Faire Parade Entries

Swallows Day Parade Then and Now

Town Matriarch and Patriarch

Photography: Color photography by Scott and Diana Schmitt (San Juan Photo & Digital and Accents by Diana). Historic photos courtesy of the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society.

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Some people are born great; some people create their own greatness. For Victoria Vannini, creating with hair and giving her clients a style that reflects their personality and ‘true self ’ is more than just a “cut and color.”

“It begins with the consultation,” says Victoria. “I want to know about your lifestyle and career. [About] the hair products and tools you use. This is essential in evaluating the condition and texture of your hair and helps us to come to a place that is realistic - at the beginning and where we want to go for the future.” Education is an important element to Victoria’s career. After graduating from cosmetology school, Victoria continued at the Vidal Sassoon Academy in Los Angeles. While apprenticing at the Carlton Hair Salon at Crystal Court for one year, she honed her skills with creative color and hair cutting. From there, she went on to be an educator for Paul Mitchell. She currently takes classes at the Unite Academy in Carlsbad.




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of trying and convicting white-collar criminals, rapists and child abusers. By the time he left, Ed was one of Orange County’s most respected Senior Deputy District Attorneys. “My time as a Deputy District Attorney was very rewarding,” says Ed, whose decision to turn the corner into private practice turned out to be harder than he had expected. “But I am glad I did it, because I would always have wondered about what I might have missed. I always wanted to help individuals.” Personal representation is a role Ed enjoys. Since 2006, he has specialized in criminal defense and personal injury, but his practice continues to expand to include other areas where he can help people. Ed has practiced in all the courts in Orange County, including the now closed but soon to be reopened South Justice Center. “The position of D.A. requires the highest ethical standards in the practice of law. Your purpose is to get to the truth, not just a conviction. Not all prosecutors adhere to this standard,” says Ed, but he has taken this standard with him into private practice serving individuals. “As a private attorney, you must have the highest level of ethics. Your reputation depends upon it and your clients rely upon you as the person who can help them in a difficult situation. You can’t do that if you don’t have a reputation for integrity. My job isn’t to blow sunshine into someone’s life if the truth is there isn’t any sunshine. You must at all times be honest with your client if you are to give reliable legal advice. If a person doesn’t have a case, I can refuse to handle it. More often than not, though, I find that good people need help, they need a legal advisor with experience and ethics. That’s who I want to be for them.”

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San Juan Capistrano's celebration of the Fiesta de las Golondrinas or Festival of the Swallows is a time-honored tradition that attracts people from all walks of life to enjoy activities and events that embrace our history and heritage.

Top Row from (L): Eric Bergstrom, Dave Faylor, Jim Eakin and Steve Weekes. Bottom Row from (L): Deborah Spellum, Jennifer Darling, KC Shepard, Lisa McKissack, Kim Brusseau and Nina Leone.

The highlight of the month-long celebration is the historic Swallows Day Parade. Now in its 57th year, the Swallows Day Parade is the largest and oldest non-motorized parade in the country. It is hosted by the San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association, a volunteer organization that works yearround to produce this unique and special event. The Swallows Day Parade exemplifies our history, heritage and culture, and I thank each and every volunteer for preserving and promoting such a valued tradition. The Fiesta de las Golondrinas showcases our historic town and caters to young and old alike. Along with the Swallows Day Parade, you can enjoy the Mercado Street Fair and numerous activities at San Juan Capistrano’s fabulous restaurants and businesses. It is certainly an event not to be missed. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, March 21!

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Dave Faylor

Jennifer Darling

El Presidente and Parade Chair


Steve Weekes

KC Shepard


Taste of San Juan

Jim Eakin

Lisa McKissack

Mercado Street Faire


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Watch the Swallows Day Parade on TV Saddleback College Video Production Department is a proud partner of the San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association. If you aren't able to catch the action live on parade day or want to see it again, parade coverage will air on Cox Cable Channel 39 on Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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Welcome to the 57th Annual Fiesta de las Golondrinas and Swallow's Day Parade!

"Hitch Your Wagon to a Star" is the theme of the fun-filled festivities surrounding the 57th Annual Fiesta de las Golondrinas and the Swallows Day Parade. As your President & Parade Chairman of the Fiesta Association, I welcome all of you to enjoy the 57th Annual Swallow's Day Parade. We celebrate a month-long of events during this Festival held each year to "honor" the return of the famous little bird that flies from Goya, Argentina to San Juan Capistrano. The swallows must hitch themselves to a "Star" just to make the incredibly long journey.

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Overall Swallows Day Parade St. Margaret's Episcopal School

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Presenting Media South County Magazine

Mercado Street Faire Imperio Nissan JSerra Catholic High School

Fiesta de las Golondrinas is quite a spectacular series of events starting with the "Taste of San Juan" which showcases the incredibly delicious food of the participating establishments around the area. With the new expansion of dining and dancing, and now a Perpetual Trophy that will be passed on to the successor of the "Best of Taste," you definitely won't want to miss out on this Event next February!

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Our next Event is the highly entertaining "Kids Pet Parade" held in Los Rios Park. At last year's Parade a chicken laid an egg right in front of the Judges - we really enjoy planning excitement for y'all!

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The "El Presidenté Ball" will be held for the first time ever inside the courtyard of the beautiful Mission SJC on March 14th. This will be a truly elegant event, sure to be fondly recalled for some time. The Ball has also expanded in size to accommodate twice the number of guests, which will enable all to enjoy a very romantic and beautiful setting under that "Star." On St. Joseph's Day, March 19th every year, people flock to the Mission to see the return of the Swallow's. On Wednesday before the Parade is the Fiesta Grandé. This is when both the "Hairiest Man" and "Soiled Dove" contests are held and judged; a festive-filled evening held at the famous Swallow's Inn. Following this, we continue to have a blast on Friday, "Hoos' Gow Day," as the Fiesta Posse is all over town arresting anybody who is not dressed western or lacks facial hair and their "bail" is nominal and handled through the willing purchase of wonderful Fiesta merchandise. For even more fun on Friday, we will have the 2nd Annual Frog Jumping Contest at Mission Grill. Finally, the long anticipated Swallow's Day Parade is held after thousands of hours of volunteering and support from our wonderful sponsors - the "Nations Largest Non-Motorized Parade." A Pasadena native, I volunteered to build floats for the Rose Parade (which I marched in), is where my Parade passion began. So putting on a great Parade and offering all the historical and educational reenactments for the visitors and residents of the City of SJC really makes me feel proud. I cannot express how much gratitude I have for all the Fiesta Association volunteers and the local supporters who organize and create this one of a kind Parade. I'm so glad you're here to enjoy!

David Faylor El Presidenté & Parade Chairman San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association

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VIP Porch

Taste of San Juan San Juan Hills Golf Club

Kids Pet Parade Ortega Animal Care Center Ricardo's Place

El Presidente Ball Mission San Juan Capistrano Rancho MV and Portolas Shine Lighting Signature Party Rentals Sycamore Trails

Fiesta Grande San Juan Hills Golf CLub The Leone Family

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Saturday, March 14, 6:30 p.m. - 11 p.m., Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy. in San Juan Capistrano. El Presidente Ball is a formal evening honoring the Fiesta Association's current president with dinner, dancing and silent and live auctions.


Wednesday, March 18, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., Swallows Inn, 31786 Camino Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano. Fiesta Grande is a lively evening ties to the Old West traditions with cash prizes awarded to Best Dressed Old West Man, Best Dressed Old West Woman, Best Belt Buckle, Best Dance Hall Girl, Best Mustache and the judging of the Hairiest Man Contest (men who were clean shaven as of Jan. 11)


Friday, March 20, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Held throughout downtown San Juan Capistrano, this event is a long-standing city tradition where the Fiesta Association Sheriff and his deputies - garbed in their traditional black and white Western wear - search the city and arrest clean-shaven men and anyone not dressed in Western wear. Roaming jails make stops throughout San Juan Capistrano and "jail birds" must pay a fine to be released.


Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m. marks the start of the parade in downtown San Juan Capistrano. The Mercado Street Faire takes place at Historic Town Center off of El Camino Real and Ortega Highway from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.

For more information about the San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association or Fiesta de las Golondrinas events, call (949) 493-1976 or visit

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Cloaked in the nighttime magic of the Mission San Juan Capistrano, the Fiesta Association presents El Presidente Ball. Don your finest western wear. Dine and dance the night away to live music by The Chapped Cheeks.

Saturday, March 14th, 2015 • 6 p.m. - 10 p.m., Mission San Juan Capistrano Advanced ticket sales only. Tickets are $65 per person and ticketsales end on Friday, March 6th. To purchase tickets online, visit or to purchase in person, stop by the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce at 31421 La Matanza Street in San Juan Capistrano or Wednesday, March 4th at the Fiesta Association meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Nydeggar Building behind the Chamber office.

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RICARDO BEAS, OWNER OF RICARDO’S PLACE, IS PROUDLY SERVING AS GRAND MARSHAL OF THE 2015 SWALLOWS DAY PARADE Since Ricardo opened the iconic San Juan Capistrano restaurant in April of 2003, he and his wife Rosa have been committed to the betterment of the local community and its residents. A steadfast supporters of numerous charitable organizations, Ricardo devotes his time to giving back, particularly to the local youth in our community. He is on the Board of Directors for ATLAS, a youth soccer program, the Capistrano Community Mariachi Program and is an active member of the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce, the Latino Business Council and the Monarch Beach Rotary Club. Ricardo says he is "very proud to serve as the parade's grand marshal" and the opportunity to help preserve the parade that represents our city's great tradition and pride in the community.

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TACO BELL Tom Riehl – Comedian Dave Anderson – Saddleback

When asked about their experience in these roles, they said “We’re having so much fun representing the Fiesta Association and the city of San Juan Capistrano at the various events this season. It’s an honor to be a part of such a tradition.”

MARIE CALLENDARS Dawn Kamber – KSBR News Garrison West – KSBR DJ

O’REILLY AUTO PARTS Ron Ruhman – Comedian Suzette Masters - Comedian

FIRE STATION Bob Doll – Improv Coach Mark Schwartz – KSBR DJ

CHASE/CORNER Kirk Morgan – Parade All-Star Landi Morgan – Parade All-Star

CAFÉ MOZART Judy Davila – KSBR DJ Jonathan Jenkins – Musician

VIP PORCH Eric Bergstrom –TV Host – So-Cal Safari Craig Adams – TV Actor

VITO’S/SUNDRIED Jim Taylor – Comedian Leanna Bradshaw – Public Speaker

MISSION SAN JUAN Tisha Bellantuoni – Singer William Crisp – Singer

L’HIRONDELLE Charlie Ware – Ranch Spokesperson Connie Byrnes – V.O. Talent

LETTI’S SALON Sylvia Ichar – Publisher/Para Todos Martin Placentia - Telemundo

eñor San Juan, Tom Scott, has been involved with the Swallows Parade for 25 years and has been a member of the Fiesta Association for about 20 years. Ms. Fiesta, Beverly Blake, was brought into the Fiesta Association Events and Parade over 11 years ago through her volunteer work at Camino Real Playhouse. Both San Juan residents, they are actively involved in community affairs including San Juan Chamber of Commerce, San Juan Restaurant and Tourism Council, Friday morning Coffee Chat, the City’s former Economic Preservation Committee, the San Juan Historical Society, San Juan’s 50th birthday celebration and most of all are dedicated volunteers who manage Camino Real Playhouse.


Tom recollects their very first Camino Real Playhouse Swallows Parade entry. In March of 1990 as a walking entry he pulled three pretty little girls in a stage prop basket from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. One of those little girls is now teaching theatre, another has a degree in journalism and the third has recently made him a great-grandpa.

In past years, as the scenic artist at the Playhouse, Beverly has enjoyed creating and implementing the themes for the floats for their parade entries. She is also pleased to add this year’s Fiesta logo design to her list of graphic design work for local organizations including the Historical Society, Second Saturday Art Fair, the Economic Preservation Committee and the San Juan Chamber of Commerce. When asked about their experience in these roles, they said “We’re having so much fun representing the Fiesta Association and the city of San Juan Capistrano at the various events this season. It’s an honor to be a part of such a tradition.” In researching the history of Señor San Juan and Ms. Fiesta they found many gaps in identifying former Señor San Juan and Ms. Fiesta dignitaries. Tom and Beverly have decided to make it their quest to fill in those gaps. Please contact them with your recollections of Senor San Juan and Ms. Fiesta as well as Junior Senor San Juan and Junior Ms. Fiesta from the past. They will be compiling a list to share with all future dignitaries.

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Hoos’Gow Day and Mercado Street Fair Provide Fun and Support of Swallows Day Parade If you’ve lived in Orange County for any length of time, chances are you know about the annual Swallows Day Parade. This year’s parade comes to historic San Juan Capistrano on Saturday, March 21. But you may not be as familiar of a couple of long standing traditions that are not only a blast to attend, but provide critical financial support for the Swallows Day Parade. Hoos’Gow Day is held every year on the day before the parade and you’ll want to wear western wear if you are anywhere in San Juan. On Friday, March 20th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., members of the San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association (organizers of the Swallows Day Parade) will roam around town shooting up the town (guns only shoot blanks!) and two portable Hoos’Gows (jails). They aim to arrest those not wearing western wear, clean shaven men and pretty much anyone else they want. The price for freedom is the purchase of any one of the organization’s souvenirs including buttons, badges, garters or t-shirts.

Another major Parade Day tradition is the Mercado Street Faire. The Mercado is a real street fair which started out on Ortega Highway from Camino Capistrano to El Camino Real for a total of one block. It now takes place along El Camino Real from Ortega to Camino Capistrano as well as on the streets in between. This year, the Mercado will feature about 175 street vendors selling food, drinks, jewelry, western items and a variety of arts and crafts items. The Mercado is free to attend and runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (the Swallows Day Parade begins at 11 a.m.)

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Addie Alva - Solo Majorette American Horse Products Answered Prayer Ranch Clydesdales * AERC Riders * Bahai Spiritual Assembly of SJC Ballet Folklorica de San Juan Capistrano Barbara Worth Brigadettes * Benicia Middle School Viking Band Boys & Girls Club of Capistrano Valley Buccaneers of Tortuga Buy My Bikes, Inc. California Connections Academy at Capistrano (Kazoo Band) California State Firefighters Association Calizona Appaloosa Horse Club Tisa Aley - CZ Appaloosa Club Camino Real Playhouse Charros San Gabriel City of San Juan Capistrano City of San Juan Capistrano Youth Advisory Board Civil Air Patrol Color Guard & Drill Team Clifton Cubs Marching Band Corazones Alegres Courtney Crothers - Solo Majorette Cub Scout SMES Pack 757 * Curly Patton & Hawk Daphne Crother - Solo Majorette Del Obispo Elementary School El Viaje de Portola Mounted Riders Parade Sponsor Escondido Mounted Posse Family Assistance Ministries Farmers & Merchants Bank - Parade Sponsor Fountain Valley Marching Band Gaits in the Grapes Trail Guides Gina Watson * Girl Scouts of OC - Daisy Troup 3627 Grand Ladies of the Old West Grand Marshall - Ricardo Beas of Ricardo's Place Restaurant Guns of the Round Table * Hanaeleh

Historic Mission San Juan Capistrano Hole in the Wall Gang J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center JSerra Catholic High School Juaneno Band of Mission Indians, OC Acjachemen Nation JustFoodForDogs * Kinoshita Elementary School Knights Templar of San Juan Capistrano Kranz Intermediate School/ Kranz Cougar Band La Danza del Chinelo Las Vaqueras Ladies Riding Club (Eq. & Float) Legion of Mary Lions Heart - Teens Giving Back Marco Forester Middle School Merced County Sheriff Possee Mini Madness Miniature Therapy Horses Mission Basilica School Mission SJC Docent Society OCSD Mounted Color Guard Oxford Preparatory Academy "Marching Champions" Palmdale H.S. Falcon Corps Pet Parade Judges Choice Rancho Mission Viejo Parade Sponsor Rancho Arroyo (musical) Rancho Jalisco & Rancho La Tunera (musical) Redwood Middle School Vicking Band Saddleback Canyon Riders ETI 357 Saddleback Valley Christian Schools San Bernardino County Mounted Unit San Juan Elementary School Santa Margarita Catholic H.S. Regiment Drum Line * Santa Margarita Catholic High School Float * Stg Reckless: America's War Horse SJC Fiesta Association Mounted Posse

SJC Fiesta Association El Presidente - David Faylor SJC Fiesta Assoc. Dignitaries - Tom Scott, Senor San Juan & Beverly Blake, Miss Fiesta SJC Fiesta Assoc. Jr. Dignitaries - Eduardo Mendez, Jr. Senor San Juan & Alexandra Gonzales, Jr. Miss Fiesta SJC Historical Society SJC Sister City Capestrano Italy Sons & Daughters of the American Revolution South Coast Shrine Club Spurs and Satin Stauffer Middle School Band & Color Guard St. Margaret's Episcopal School Parade Sponsor Surfers Healing Foundation * Sycamore Trails Stable Sponsor Banner - Parade Sponsor US Army Mormon Battalion USMC - 1st Marine Division Band Camp Pendleton USMC - 1st Battalion 11th Marines Camp Pendleton USMC - Mounted Color Guard Barstow Vanessa Arroyo Western Rider Veritas Lodge No. 855 Free and Accepted Masons Veterans of Foreign Wars & American Legion VFW Post 3801 Victorian Roses Ladies Riding Society Vincent Michael Salon Wells Fargo Stagecoach Winchester Widows YMCA Adventure Guides Doheney Expedition YMCA Adventure Guides Doheney Expedition YMCA Adventure Guides Wild Wilderness Yvonne Camerena Spanish Equestrian


May 2 & 3, 2015 Join us from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Fiesta Association & Swallows Day Parade - Then & Now The Swallows of Capistrano migrate annually to Goya, Argentina, in October, and return to their spring and summer home in San Juan Capistrano each March. The Swallows Day Parade started out as a school carnival in the 1950s to celebrate the return of the swallows. Through the vision of several dedicated residents, this annual event evolved from small-town carnival to a larger, local equestrian parade and eventually grew to involve the entire community and emerge as one of the longest non-motorized parades west of the Mississippi. In fact, The Swallows Day Parade became such a tremendous production

and draw of residents and visitors alike that in 1987 it assumed its own identity as a separate, nonprofit organization known as the San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association. Today, 57 years later, the San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association celebrates with the "Hitch Your Wagon" parade theme. Since that time, a number of other civic organizations joined forces with the Fiesta Association to form a month-long celebration known as the "Fiesta de las Golondrinas" or Festival of the Swallows, which not only celebrates the return of the iconic migratory birds, but also pays homage to San Juan Capistrano's storied Western, Spanish and local Juene単o Indian heritage.

Street Faire, the El Presidente Ball, Kids Pet Parade).

Since the city was incorporated in 1961, San Juan Capistrano experienced enormous city growth and the Fiesta Association played a large part in helping newer residents to the area assimilate into the community. In 1995, the City of San Juan Capistrano named the Fiesta Association the lead coordinating organization with approval rights for the Fiesta de las Golondrinas events (including the Taste of San Juan, Hoos' Gow Day and the Mercado

Membership in the San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association is open to anyone interested in being a part of a dedicated group of individuals who continue to help make history in San Juan Capistrano, Orange County's oldest community.

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20 years and served as a guide. After graduating from high school in 1941, she married Bill McMullen. Helen has been involved in Indian affairs for many years and is past president of the Capistrano Indian Council. Thomas "Happy" Hunn bears the distinction of being the very first baby born in Orange County in 1933. His parents were so pleased with his arrival on New Year's Day that they nicknamed him "Happy" - a name that has stuck with him all his life. The San Juan Capistrano Historical Society bestowed upon him another name - that of Town Patriarch several years ago - and it is a role that Thomas cherishes. He is a member of the Juane単o Indian tribe and like Helen, has deep roots in San Juan Capistrano. His mother was a Juaneno and his father, George Hunn, originally migrated to California from Germany. His great-grandmother, Viviana Olivares, was a former Matriarch in the 1960s.

Matriarch - Helen McMullen Patriarch - Thomas "Happy" Hunn

Since 2002, Helen McMullen has held the honor of being named the Town Matriarch by the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society because of her deep roots and love of our community. The daughter of Juane単o descendents Ralph Charles and Reyes Marie Manriquez, Helen sang in the Mission San Juan Choir for

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Happy was a foreman for the City of Laguna Beach Street Department and worked for the city for 38 years. In his free time, he enjoys golf and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, is a lifetime member of the VFW Post 3801 and is past Post Commander and past Commander of the American Legion Post 721.




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San Clemente Farmers’ Market Avenida Del Mar SC 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Every Sun.)


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50 Shades of Green Art Workshop Laguna Nursery 1370 South Coast Hwy. LB 9:30 – 11:30a.m.


St. Josephs Day and the Return of the Swallows Celebration

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Brussels Bistro 222 Forest Ave. LB 10:30p.m. Every Friday and Saturday


Mike Peters Performance Coach House 33157 Camino Capistrano SJC 8:00p.m.

The Mission in SJC 26801 Ortega Hwy. SJC 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Second Saturday Art & Antique Fair Los Rios Street • SJC 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


“Professor Mack’s Last Train” Camino Real Playhouse 31776 El Camino Real SJC 8 p.m. March 1st – 21st

Day Parade and 21 57th Annual Swallows Mercado Street Faire Parade begins promptly at 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The Mercado Food & Family Fun is open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Mission San Juan Capistrano SJC 9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. Hoos' Gow Day All Over Streets of SJC • 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


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Taste of Dana Dana Hills High School 33333 Golden Lantern DP 6:00p.m. – 9:00


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a sad byproduct of this trend is that the focus on digital photography is creating a ‘lost generation’ of people who don’t and won’t have any printed family photos.” The “Chief Historical Officers” of the home (usually the wives and mothers) comprise a large component of Scott’s clientele, women who feel strongly about preserving their family’s history and photography in physical form. Toward that end, Scott is truly your “hometown digital expert” specializing in prints from your camera and phone, photo/slide scan, photo restoration, passport photos, camera repairs, digital camera classes, film/video to DVD and photo books, posters and canvas prints and they even still process film!

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“We are so fortunate to have an amazing team who have been with us for so long that they are family,” says Scott. “Harvey Tarango is a master at photo manipulation and our lab manager Cheryl Wayland was with us before our children were even born – they all know her as ‘Auntie Cheryl’ and she’s been an amazing asset to our company for over 25 years.”

by Ann Laurence all me old fashioned, but I believe that physical photos are a medium worth preserving. When I recently sat down to put together my daughter's baby book, I thought of how printed images might at times seem like a thing of the past. But then I can't imagine showing off my family photos by scrolling through all the images I posted to Facebook once upon a time.


Scott and Diana Schmitt, co-founders of the San Juan Capistranobased San Juan Photo and Digital and Accents Portraits by Diana understand the desire for individuals and families to preserve their most precious memories in more than merely a digital format. Scott and his wife have long shared a love of photography. So when a then-Moto Photo franchise became available for purchase in 1989, the couple jumped at the chance to pursue their professional passion. After six years of hard work building their initial business together, they opened a second, separate studio entity in the same shopping center to provide their clients a “one stop shop” to fulfill all facets of their clients’ photographic needs. Scott continues to oversee the operation of San Juan Photo and Digital, while Diana focuses her attention and talent to in-studio and on location professional photography at Accent Portraits by Diana. The pair initially launched their entrepreneurial endeavor with a fun and a creative outlet in mind, and the exploding photography industry and advancements in technology over the course of the subsequent two decades helped them continually evolve their business. “The industry has changed dramatically since the inception of digital photography in that people continue to take more and more pictures as photography becomes increasingly accessible,” says Scott. “But

For her part, Diana has spent the better part of 30 years specializing in family portraits, wedding photos and capturing the most priceless of moments in all types of life celebrations. With nearly 30 years of experience, Diana's focus is families, and she always aims to deliver “extraordinary customer service.” "Diana is amazing,” says Heidi Hitt. “She has taken so many special pictures over the years for me and my family. They all turn out so beautifully. I am so blessed to have someone I can trust to help me capture special moments in time. Everybody loves when we send out our Christmas cards; they can't believe how beautiful the pictures are. Thank you Diana for all the beautiful memories.” “The best part of working together is that we have been able to take a hobby that we love and turn it into a successful, long- running, thriving business in this wonderful community,” says Scott. For South County Magazine readers, Diana is offering a complimentary photo session with a free 8” x 10” print for high school seniors and for a "Kids' Birthday Club" where kids can schedule a complimentary photo shoot during their birthday month.

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Awoken Life by Heather Evans

here’s something to be said about seeking a better life for yourself. Some find solace from stress in simple things, like taking a walk or bubble bath. Others seek wisdom through therapy and medicine. But can you honestly say these avenues ever really help? Or do you just hang on until the next appointment with your therapist, until the next time you can take a refreshing walk?


I had never considered the art of getting back to life and dare I say living it until I met Mary McPherson from the San Juan Capistranobased Awoken Life. Awoken Life specializes in Brainwave Optimization (something you might have heard about on Oprah, read from the pages of People magazine or in science journals). “Brainwave Optimization is about getting you, back to you,” says Mary, a Certified Optimization Specialist. “Some people spend tens of thousands of dollars and endless years on therapy and medications, that might work for them. Others want to get back to living happily and balanced right away with a natural, holistic approach. Brainwave Optimization is a week-long intensive program which leaves you centered, balanced, and recharged. Some of the things we help people with are anxiety, ADD/ADHD, addictions, anger, depression, brain injuries, panic attacks, PTSD, and Insomnia or sleep disorders.” Brainwave Optimization is a unique highly scientific, yet holistic approach. Over 80,000 people have successfully participated, and the number grows every day. What are they experiencing? ”We start with an intensive scientific evaluation of your brainwaves, using a very advanced computer program in the initial assessment,” Mary comments. “We determine where the imbalances and frequency levels are in the initial assessment. The program is so advanced we are able to tell if you’ve experienced trauma, sadness, or have anxiety... whatever is causing your brainwaves to function at an improper

level. We can then create a treatment plan customized to your specific needs. Over the next 5 days, you can relax in our zero gravity chair while listening to audio feedback being created by your own brainwave frequencies and mirrored back through this advanced technology. This clinically proven process can be viewed on our website,, under “What is Brainwave Optimization?” Awoken Life is dedicated to helping people achieve their potential, through Brainwave Optimization, guided visualization and even hypnotherapy. “Wellness is first a state of mind. From there the body will follow.” - Lee Gerdes, Brainwave Optimization Founder. Awoken Life has changed the lives of so many people who can’t wait to share their stories. Read about local Dana Point resident Vince’s experience: “I cannot put into words how much Awoken Life has changed my life. Struggles of alcohol dependency, depression, spelling and even my fear of heights suddenly became manageable. I went in to this a total skeptic and was made in to a believer. Thank you for giving me a life I never thought possible.” Another happy client, Dawn from Temecula, echoes Vince's sentiment and adds “Awoken Life Brainwave Optimization has changed my life. I have been able to stop taking my depression medicine that I took for over 10 years. I am no longer tired, sad, or depressed. I have stopped my anxiety compulsive picking. I no longer drink 3 cans of Coke a day. I am learning more about myself than ever before. I am a new and improved person, able to cope with life, and stressors that happen daily. Thank you for renewing my life!” Awoken Life is an all-natural, responsive, holistic approach to total wellness. Call to find out if this technology is right for you or those you love. .

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. MARCH 2015



Skincare Trends by Shelley Hancock

"Exposure to light has been shown to have powerful therapeutic benefits in living tissue and help alleviate the signs of aging, acne and sun damage. Your skin will appear smoother, tighter and more radiant, showing continued gradual Owner Shelley Hancock, Real Transformation Center

improvement with each treatment."

his year I’m celebrating 27 years in the beauty industry. I’ve been a licensed Esthetician since 1988 and a Spa owner since 1990. Here’s what I know for sure about this industry. It’s ever changing! The technologies available today in 2015 are so very different than when I started way back when. I was considered cutting edge in the 90’s because I had aromatherapy in my steamer! Today, I don’t even have a steamer.


ish the visible appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by promoting collagen firmness. LED stands for Light Emitting Diodes. The power of light therapy originates back to ancient times. The Greeks first recorded the healing properties of light in 1500BC, when they suggested that exposure to light was essential for the restoration of health. It has been shown in worldwide research for over 40 years to have powerful therapeutic benefits in living tissue and help alleviate the signs of aging, acne and sun damage. Your skin will appear smoother, tighter and more radiant, showing continued gradual improvement with each treatment.

You, our clients, are savvy and very results oriented. There is so much information readily available on the Internet. You are investigating these technologies and you want to know that we, the Estheticians, are staying updated about these latest cutting-edge modalities. No longer are you satisfied with the old fashioned steam facial of the past.

In 2009 I was introduced to MicroPhototherapy LHE, an innovative light based technology. I describe it as LED on steroids! The LHE stands for light and heat energy. This is one of my favorite treatments. This technology clears pigmentation issues, reduces pore size, retexturizes, calms rosacea, diminishes fine lines, tightens and homogenizes (brightens) skin tone. It does this by emitting gentle pulses of light and heat to create a mild thermal injury beneath the skin's surface leading to fiberblast production and new collagen formation. The heat also opens the pores, enhancing absorption of product applied after the treatment. Whew, that sure is a lot going on with one little machine.

Oxygen Infusion is one of those treatments that once you’ve experienced it, you will always want it included in your facial treatment. The sensation is refreshing and relaxing. My first experience with an oxygen infusion treatment (way back in the 90’s) left me completely unimpressed. The Esthetician that gave me the treatment literally sprayed air on my face for 30 minutes! I laid there thinking “Please let this be over!” It was annoying and I saw absolutely no difference in my skin. I didn’t take a second look at oxygen technology for Let’s chat about three of my favorite modal- another 15 years because of that experience. But I have since learned the proper oxygen infusion technique and my clients love this treatment. It’s great for deep hydration and deities: pending on the product being infused, this treatment can help with other issues such as I was introduced to LED Light Therapy in pigmentation, rosacea and acne. 2002. It is a safe and effective use of advanced light technology designed to dimin- Those are just three of my favorite skin care modalities. Tune in next month to learn more! I’ve followed the ever changing technologies throughout the years, testing just about every new modality that has shown up. Some of it has been blatant snake oil while other technologies truly offer real results.

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t’s that time of year again, where kids can see the end of the school year on the horizon, and parents are preparing summertime activities to keep the family engaged and active. Instead of passing away lengthy summer days at home and leaving kids to their own devices, more and more families are opting for summer camp—both day camps and overnighters. Attending these are not only a child’s summer highlight, but also a childhood rite of passage. It’s the ultimate sign of a summer well spent.

There’s no shortage of options for summer camps, and parents may even find the process of finding the right one a little overwhelming. Sports camps, art camps, culinary camps, fashion camps, language camps, maker camps, camp camps! But, behind all the possible selections is a way to narrow it down and choose the camp that best suits your child.

The Selection First, start with your child’s interests. Surely, you wouldn’t sign your sports star up for a theatre camp if she just can’t stand the thought of a musical, just as you wouldn’t sign up your future Tony winner for a cooking camp if he or she can’t stand the idea of sautéing an onion. Some basic online searches, sifting through social media, and reading through listings in local family magazines (much like this one!) will provide you with options for summer camps that are tailored to your child’s interests. “Go and look at the program, speak to others to see how they have enjoyed it in years past,” says Marisa Sutherland, Kids Club Director for Capistrano Valley Christian School (CVCS). While summer is known to be the most carefree time of the year for students, Marco O’Campo, Senior Instructor at Zen Dojos Martial Arts Academy in San Juan Capistrano, suggests a camp that is also educational in some way. This way, when the kids return to school, parents can feel confident they provided not only a fun opportunity for their children, but that they’ve also made progress elsewhere. “It also helps to alleviate the ‘pester problem’,” O’Campo explains, “where parents feel guilty if they don’t totally give in to what the kids want to do.” It comes down to research, and what your children are interested in.

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sidering you can’t let that get in the way of making sure your child is fully prepared for his or her summertime activities. Whether this is the first summer camp for your child or the fifth, there’s always that mandatory element of preparation. Camp T-shirt, sack lunch, fieldtrip permission slips. Just as you’ve probably done your annual teacher meet-and-greet to prepare your child for a new school year, you should meeting camp instructors beforehand so familiarity is established, and so you can tell your children what they can look forward to doing.

The Experience The camp is chosen, your child is prepped, you’re ready to go. But summer camp isn’t just a tuck-n-roll operation for parents. There are things that parents can do to make the summer camp experience as enjoyable and enriching as possible. Parents, take note. All of our camps directors said the primary thing that helps with the quality of your child’s experience is being on time. That’s right. Being on time for both pick-up and drop-off has an incredible impact. Trisha Loos, director of Mad Science of South Orange County, shares with parents that the key to reinforcing the enrichment of summer camp is to listen to your child share about it, and to get as much feedback as possible. “Ask your child to tell you what they learned that day. Have them discuss the take-home projects.” For Mad Science, children take home cards to explain the work and the science they did that day. Aside from arriving on time, prepared, and sporting those iconic summer camp T-shirts, Sutherland cannot stress enough the importance of a good night’s rest. “It’s warm in the summer, and we play outside and do off-campus activities outside.” O’Campo has found that many summer camp participants react well to a small care package from their parents. If your child carries a bag (to day camp or otherwise) or sack lunch, sneak a little surprise in one of the pockets. Just as you may leave notes in your child’s lunchbox during the school year, their days spent at summer camp provide equal opportunity to do the same. When choosing your child’s summer camp, knowledge is key. The more you know about the camp—from counselors and instructors to activities and fieldtrips—the surer you can be that your child will have an exciting and memorable summer experience.


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TRAINING THE NEXT GENERATION OF TALENTED PERFORMERS! Dynamite Summer Camps & Year-Round Programs Daily Acting, Music, Art & Dance Class with a culminating performance on our MAINSTAGE! Learn from Credentialed Teachers in an Authentic Theatre. No Prior Experience Required.

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SUMMER CAMPS GUIDE Capistrano Valley Christian Schools Kids Club Summer Camp 32032 Del Obispo San Juan Capistrano (949) 493-5683 ext. 133 Ages served: 4-5.9 years old (week of June 15, Aug 3, 10 and 17th 8 a.m. -12 p.m. (after camp care is available for a separate fee (lunch, games and play) till 3 pm. Kids Club Summer Camp serves ages 5-14 years old and is open June 15-Aug 21st. Both camps are a weekly program sign up (we do not prorate for part time campers) $210 per week.

The Center Stage Studio 2015 Summer Camps 27101 Aliso Creek Road Suite 136, Aliso Viejo (949) 305.9758 Ages Served: 6-12 years old Starting June 22nd: Monday – Friday from 9 am - 3 pm The Center Stage Studio has been successful in providing a safe & nurturing environment for over 8 years and now we are Orange County’s Premiere Performing Arts Studio. CSS is a performing arts program which develops creativity, self expression & social consciousness while building life skills such as self discipline, teamwork and self esteem. Our weekly themed summer camps with current & classic themes for ages 6-12 have “wait lists” every summer! At The Center Stage Studio, every student shines!

Mad Science Multiple dates and locations (949) 582-5071 Ages served: 3-12 Enjoy our exciting, 1/2 day, hands-on camps with the following topics: Rocketry Lab, Chemistry Lab, Physics Lab, Robotics Lab, Secret Agent Lab, Little Scientists Preschool Lab, Garden of Secrets Preschool Lab. Make things explode! Build robots! Analyze crime scenes! Become a Jr. Engineer! Build model rockets! Preschoolers will discover light, dinosaurs, bugs and gardens! Build seed badges, bug bracelets, sun visors AND MORE!

Summer Hockey Camps at The Rinks 300 W. Lincoln Ave, Anaheim 3975 Pixie Ave, Lakewood

3150 Barranca Pkwy, Irvine 3150 Barranca Pkwy, Irvine The Rinks – Anaheim ICE: (714)535-7465 The Rinks – Lakewood ICE: (562) 429-1805 The Rinks – Irvine Inline: (949) 559-9949: The Rinks – Huntington Beach Inline: (714) 901-2629 Ages served: 4 and up (incl. adult camps) June-August 2015 The Rinks offer both ice and inline hockey Summer Camps for all ages and skill levels including introduction camps for first time players. For experienced hockey players, The Rinks offer summer camps to elevate their game to the next level. With 20 years of camp experience, The Rinks coaching staff have developed the perfect camp with an emphasis on skills development while focusing on sportsmanship and fun for all camp participants.

St. Anne Summer Knights Day Camps St. Anne Summer Knights Day Camp St. Anne School, 32451 Bear Brand Road Laguna Niguel (949) 267-6711 Ages served: Preschool to 8th Grade June 22 – Aug. 14, Full Day: 7am – 6pm, Half Day: 8am – 2:30pm Looking for some summer fun for your child in a fun, safe environment? The St. Anne Summer Knights Day Camp is for you! Designed for children from preschool through middle school, camp days will be filled with a balance of light academics, arts and crafts, water play, weekly themes, special guests, cooking, and field trips. The flexible schedule is ideal for working parents or for kids who are just looking for some fun this summer. Sign up and join us for all or part of our program!

St. Margaret’s Episcopal School 31641 La Novia San Juan Capistrano (949) 661-0108 Ages served: Preschool – Grade 12 Online Summer Registration opens April 1. Whether your child is three or thirteen, interested in theater or engineering, St. Margaret’s Episcopal School provides unique Summer Camp experiences that allow children of all ages to explore passions and interests. Cre-

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ate, invent, fabricate, innovate and have a lot of fun in STEM, arts, sports and outdoor camps at St. Margaret’s this summer. Online Registration opens April 1. For info visit

Teen Entrepreneaur Academy - Raising CEO Kids High School Business Start-Up Summer Academy Concordia University in Irvine (949) 214-3198 July 12 – July 18, 2015 Concordia University Irvine’s high school Teen Entrepreneur Academy (TEA) is a one-week residential program that offers teenagers hands-on, real world training in "how to start a business," preparing a new generation of aspiring entrepreneurs and CEO’s.

Vanguard University 55 Fair Drive Costa Mesa (714) 619.6614 Ages served: 5-14 June 22-26 - 9 am to 4 pm daily, except for Friday (ends at 12 noon) June 29-July 2 - 9 am to 4 pm July 20-24 - 9 am to 4 pm daily, except for Friday (ends at 12 noon) July 27-31 - 9 am to 4 pm daily, except for Friday (ends at 12 noon) The Vanguard University Basketball Camp is for boys and girls ages 5-14 who are looking for an entirely unique atmosphere which transcends the typical camp experience. Participants in the Vanguard Basketball Camp will not only be coached, trained, and molded into better basketball players through top-notch skill instruction, but will also be taught and encouraged to develop positive character traits that will translate to everyday life.

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down of 2008, more and more programs and financing options will open up. But always be wary of the deal that sounds too good to be true. Even though recent changes have cleaned up the lending industry, there are still people out there that are not looking out for the client’s best interest. Families should always determine the experience level of their mortgage professional, along with checking references from previous clients. SCM: How do you and United American Mortgage operate as compared to other mortgage providers?

Q &A with Al Hensling, President of United American Mortgage With conventional financing at all-time lows of as little as 3% down, OC families look to purchase or refinance in the new year. By many industry seers’ accounts, families will be back in the market for homes in 2015. Is your family one of them? Before you pull the trigger, Al Hensling, President of United American Mortgage, offers you the following perspectives – and advice. South County Magazine: What recent developments in the mortgage market are relevant to families now? Al Hensling: After a period of time in which it was extremely difficult to obtain a mortgage, things have started to normalize and lending guidelines are starting to loosen. Recently Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac introduced conventional financing with as little as 3% as a down payment. This combined with the lowest interest rates that we have seen since mid-2013 make it a perfect time to purchase a home. FHA has also lowered mortgage insurance costs to make it more affordable to own a home. SCM: How does 2015 look? AH: As the Economy continues to grow and we experience job growth, more families will have an opportunity to experience the benefits of home ownership. Clients always ask what is going to happen to interest rates. I really wish I had that crystal ball to answer them accurately. It is difficult to say what rates will do, as markets have not reacted to this economy as they had previously. I counsel clients to borrow based on need and what they can afford. SCM: What are opportunities or risks that should families be aware of right now? AH: Loan programs are changing almost daily. As we move farther away from the mortgage melt-

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AH: United American Mortgage takes a personalized approach to lending and determining what is truly best for the individual borrower’s needs. Our objective is to attain a client for life by providing the very highest customer service experience and the best possible mortgage products. Our team of mortgage professionals has been recognized for providing solutions where others have failed. Most recently we had the opportunity to assist a family that had been turned down at several institutions looking to obtain a loan for a new home purchase. We were able to structure the transaction under very attractive terms and allow the buyers to put down a smaller down payment than other groups had originally quoted them.

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Spinal Health

by Nicole Howard and Cara Fraser At Align Pilates Center we feel it’s extremely important for everyone to have a basic understanding of what it does and why it’s so vital to your overall health and wellness. By providing a “big picture” of the spine one can gain knowledge and the know how to create a healthier back and a better quality of life. According to the U.S. Department of Health, back pain is the second most common reason for doctor visits, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Plus, low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide. No bueno! On the positive side, the U.S. Department of Health states that most cases of back pain are non-organic or mechanical issue versus a serious condition; meaning with education, proper alignment and exercise the spine should be able to be relatively pain free. The spine’s pivotal roles are to protect the spinal cord, nerve roots and internal organs. It provides structural support and balance in an upright posture and enables the body to move in many directions. It is comprised of 26 bones called vertebrae, and in between each one is a disc that absorbs the shock/load. The vertebrae and a combination of many ligaments and tendons create the natural “S” shape of the back. These curves help the spine withstand great amounts of stress by providing an even distribution of body weight, which is why posture is so important.

For the spine to do its job well all the muscles surrounding it (i.e. the core) need to function with one another correctly. If this coordination is not achieved postural alignment is compromised and pain can arise. To avoid pain, it is crucial to ensure strength, stability and flexibility in the back and spine. An excellent choice of exercise for strengthening and healing the back is pilates and yoga. In both forms of movement the priority is to move it through all various planes of motion, proper posture and balance resulting in a healthy spine and a better quality of life.

Sign Up for the New Back Care Class at Align Pilates Center. Connect with the Align Pilates team by calling (949) 481-3577, stop by the studio at 26850 Ortega Hwy., Suite K in San Juan Capistrano or

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With the completion of a recent $200 million renovation, the resulting ambience at The New! Tropicana is defined by a South Beach-inspired atmosphere.

A Weekend Away for high-energy fun, Las Vegas delivers as a family-friendly destination by Jody Robinson


ast year, our family set an ambitious goal to have visited all 50 states as a family by the time our seven-year-old son graduates from high school. We decided to start out small with weekend excursions to the neighboring states. When planning to check “Nevada” off our list, we hesitated on coordinating a trip to Sin City. I’d been to Las Vegas many times in my early adulthood and it wasn’t the first place I’d think of as a “family-friendly” destination. But much has changed over the years and Las Vegas hotels, attractions and recreation are not only accommodating for the younger set, but in some cases are specifically designed with kids in mind. This kind of high-energy fun and excitement is entertainment as only Vegas can deliver. Las Vegas has always been known for its worldclass dining and entertainment. Today, there are so many family-friendly options to consider that the challenge isn’t in finding “what to do,” but rather in narrowing your choices. MARCH 2015


A great way to get a lay of the land and see the sights (particularly the neon glow of the strip at night) is by boarding the Las Vegas Monorail. With seven stations along Las Vegas Boulevard, it’s easy to hop on and off to explore some of the city’s most popular hotels with stops at MGM Grand, Bally’s / Paris, Flamingo / Caesars Palace, Harrah’s / The LINQ , Las Vegas Convention Center , Westgate Las Vegas and SLS Las Vegas Station. For more info, visit

Accommodation of distinction When we were looking for the ideal hotel accommodation for our family of four, we hoped to find a property that wasn’t overwhelming in size and scale, wasn’t completely dominated by a casino, offered kid-friendly dining and entertainment and a relaxing amenity-rich retreat spacious enough for the adults to relax and the kids to enjoy downtime in their own space.


“The New Illusions” show headlined by master illusionist Jan Rouven

So suffice it to say, I was anxious to see if the current performance lived up to the memory and I can happily report that Mystére remains a breathtaking experience and a pageant of delight that is a must-see in Las Vegas. The New Tropicana Resort ( more than delivered on every count. With the completion of a recent $200 million renovation, the resulting ambience is defined by a South Beach-inspired atmosphere characterized by sleek lines and vibrant colors. The suite we stayed in was a wonderfully warm and inviting (did I mention spacious?) accommodation appointed with custom-designed furnishings created by renowned designers, plantation shutters, Euro-top Serta Perfect Sleeper mattresses so cozy that you won’t want to get out of bed and floor-to-ceiling windows with breathtaking views of the strip. The addition of over 1,467 guest rooms, suites and villas allow a number of different levels of luxury accommodations to choose from – something for every traveler – from guests visiting on business to families with young children and everything in between. The hotel is also home to “The New Illusions” show headlined by master illusionist Jan Rouven. Named “Best Magic Show” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, The New Illusions proved to be a perfect entertainment option for our family. The kids were delighted by the imagery, dance, music and over-the-top magic acts performed by Rouven. Set to current musical hits, “The New Illusions” takes you on an unforgettable journey into a world of magic, mystery and imagination, complete with heartthumping music, dancers, and other dangerous and thrilling acts that “can’t be experienced at any other Las Vegas magic show.” Our kids talked for days afterward about the “Drill of Death” and the “Underwater Escape” a la Houdini. Another show I was personally excited for my family to see was Cirque de Soleil “Mystére” at Treasure Island ( The oldest of the Cirque resident shows in Las Vegas, my first experience of Mystére was over a decade ago. I remembered being alternately mesmerized and awestruck by the incredible acrobatic acts of artistic brilliance and feats of strength and being at a loss when attempting to articulate the visual kaleidoscope of color, whimsy, energy and inspiring imagery to friends who hadn’t yet seen the show. MARCH 2015


Our kids thought the “Big Baby” character who finds his “Papa” in an audience member was falling-out-ofyour-seat funny. They sat slack-jawed as a female soloist entwined in long swaths of silk and suspended from the ceiling of the big top takes flight and swings her way out over the first rows of the audience. The acrobatic acts truly shine – flying off a teeter board to a triple-stacked landing or shimmying up a pole upside down. The trapeze artists are equally amazing with most of their catches completed while swinging upside down. For a limited time, the special “Mystére Family Four Pack” is available as an exclusive package for $238 and includes four (4) Category 3 seats, four (4) small popcorns and four (4) small sodas. Looking for something that offers a bit of diversity? ABSINTHE ( is for grownups. Named “Best Adult Show” in Las Vegas, the critically acclaimed acro-cabaret variety spectacle is “one part vivid imagination, two parts carnival and a shot of old world burlesque mixed with a heavy dash of decadence.” Featuring an intoxicating lineup of acrobatic performances, high wire stunts, burlesque and comedy, ABSINTHE continuously attracts near sold-out houses and celebrity guests. Hosted by The Gazillionaire and his raucous assistant Penny Pibbets inside a round top tent, ABSINTHE transports the audience into a circus-like atmosphere featuring world-class artists exhibiting incredible feats of strength, balance, danger and unfathomable flexibility only a few feet away from the audience.


Mystére remains a breathtaking experience and a pageant of delight that is a must-see in Las Vegas. Bacio at The New! Tropicana

Buddy V's at the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian/Palazzo

On the second night, our kids begged for Italian again so this time, we thought we’d give Buddy V’s Ristorante a try. Located inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian/Palazzo, Buddy V’s ( is the first restaurant endeavor of renowned baker Buddy Valastro of the hit-TV show “Cake Boss.”

Free & Fun During the day, we discovered the perfect place for the kids to expend a little extra energy at the Fremont St./Container Park ( This is a unique, sustainable dining and shopping attraction that was opened in 2013 by the Downtown Project. We roamed through over 35 small businesses that are set up as a shop-inside 250 sq. ft. location crafted from repurposed modular metal cubes and shipping containers. The highlight of the Downtown Container Park features a center courtyard with a giant treehouse playground for the kids. You will know you are there when you are greeted by the giant fire-breathing praying mantis at the entrance and The Park courtyard has a stage that is always filled with live entertainment for the whole family.

Eating Out Anyone who has ever spent any time in Vegas knows that there is no shortage of great places to nosh – from casual, family-friendly eateries to fine dining establishments. Our family passed on the buffet lines (although I’m certain there are some great all-you-can-eat venues) and opted instead for what turned out to be two terrific choices: Bacio (located in the Tropicana Hotel) and Buddy V’s (at the Venetian). Voted “Best Las Vegas Italian Restaurant,” Bacio (which means “the kiss” in Italian) is a boutique-style eatery that calls to mind an Italian street-side trattoria. The attire is casual, the food authentic, the ambiance warm and welcoming and the service attentive and unobtrusive. For starters, the Polpette arrived as a hearty and flavorful appetizer of beef and pork meatballs, marinara and Parmesan. Another great selection was the Charcuterie e Formaggio which arrived as with a delicious selection of meats and cheeses – salami, Sopressata, fresh mozzarella, Parma Grana, Ricotta Salata and Gherkins. Popular pasta dishes include the Orecchiete which arrives with chicken, artichokes, prosciutto and garlic cream sauce and the Tortelloni made with roasted tomato butter, Pomodoro and eggplant croutons. MARCH 2015


Partnered with veteran restaurateurs Elizabeth Blau and Chef Kim Canteenwalla, Buddy V’s specializes in the kind of heirloom recipes that defined Valastro’s own family gatherings. Buddy V’s is reminiscent of a Sunday dinner at his grandmother's house. The entrance is outfitted in metal and glass, inspired by the Lackawanna train station in Hoboken near her home. Upon entering the bar and lounge area, rustic wood flooring, distressed brick and an eclectic mix of furniture and light fixtures evoke the vibe of an Italian-American living room. The energy of Buddy V’s flows seamlessly between each dining area, from the bar and lounge to the main dining and open kitchen. Rustic materials add a layer of intimacy to the space, including photographs of the Valastro family, light fixtures made of re-purposed whisks and water jugs, and hanging panels made of vintage rolling pins. Always something different and a bit unique, the menu has a twist on Italian-American classics as well as traditional family favorites. From raviolis to cannolis, you can’t go wrong with any item on the menu. “My Mother In Law’s Capellini Shrimp Scampi” and “Nonna’s Lasagne Al Forno” were both wonderful. The first is flavored with oven-dried tomatoes, spinach, roasted garlic and white wine, while the latter arrives chock full of aromatic Italian sausage, beef and pork. The family at the next table raved about the Roasted Seabass and the Bone-In Milanese Chop and our kids were crazy for the traditional spaghetti and meatballs – so much so that they asked if we could go back the next day for lunch.


Staying on top of “Wellness” with Medicare by Stephanie Frisch 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 advance directive. The doctor should then give you a written plan letting you know which screenings, shots, and other preventive services you need. or many, a new year means a commitment to their health. It’s important to be current on what your Medicare benefits cover and the current screening schedules for routine testing.


During 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

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 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.

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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Doheny Clothing Exchange


Picture this: racks and racks of women’s (and men's) name brand or designer clothing and accessories, all gently used or sometimes new, at way, way less than the original price. Pamela and Caia take the time to truly inspect each item, so there’s never any mystery stains, rips or smells.

Certain things in life I am very grateful for. These things include chocolate, wine, soul music and places like the Doheny Clothing Exchange in Capistrano Beach. If you’ve been to a place like this, then I know you’re already giving me a mental “Hallelujah.” But if you haven’t, you are so missing out! Picture this: racks and racks of men and women’s name brand or designer clothing and accessories, all gently used or sometimes new, at way, way less than the original price. And the beauty of it is I can bring in my own gently used clothing, and trade in for something sexier and better fitting. The owners, mother and daughter team

Because they get new merchandise every day, their store stays fresh and new. Personally, I love the fact that I can buy jeans here and I don’t have to spend the next few weeks trying to break them in. Plus, I can pick out a funky outfit and know it’s not something everyone is wearing. That fact alone makes this place fabulous. This place is awesome for guys, too. And the fact that they have a variety of sizes and styles for one stop shopping rocks. Now, I’m sorry to have tortured you into reading this when you could be on the road, driving there to shop. So, to reward you, I’ll let you in on a little secret. Pamela and Caia will give you 20% off your entire purchase through the month of August if you mention this article. Don’t forget to follow them on Facebook, they are awesome about updating with pictures, sales and must-have items. Have fun!

Connect with Pamela and Caia by stopping by The Doheny Clothing Exchange at 34276 Doheny Park Road in Capistrano Beach or call (949) 240-4800. Follow Doheny Exchange on Instragram and Facebook.

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After spending time in nature, some people feel their senses are heightened and they feel more inspired and creative.

Nature Speaks by Jeannie McCormack Spring is around the corner. The much-anticipated change in season is celebrated across the states. From the first and most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, that appears on February 2nd of every year to determine if there will be another six weeks of winter - to the annual return of the Swallows in San Juan Capistrano in March signifying the return of spring, humans look forward to celebrating the season.

The practice of going into nature for inspiration and direction has been practiced since the beginning of human existence. Shamanism dates back thousands of years and has been practiced in Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, Greenland, and North and South America. Shamanism teaches us that everything in existence is alive and has a spirit, and that we are joined with the earth and all of life via our spiritual interconnectedness. This is very similar to quantum physics, which describes a field of energy that connects all of life. So whether you take an ancient approach, a scientific approach, or the hedonistic approach of “it just feels good,” getting out in nature is good for you. In her book Shamanic Journeying, a Beginner’s Guide, Sandra Ingerman discusses the many ways to journey into nature. Study the place where you live, study a place you want to go, the ocean and its power, the moon and the stars or study the seasons and how the cycles affect you.

For many, spring signifies “nature.” From that first warm breeze, flowers springing through the earth, trees in blossom, birds in song... spring is wonderful. It makes you happy for no reason at all. It just feels When in nature, always remember to good to be alive! be grateful and hold honor in your heart. Plant life sustains the living Nature speaks to us. And, if we spend time in nature, and pay attention and listen, we can connect with world by providing oxygen and food ourselves and the planet in a much more significant and meaningful way. and stimulate our senses, inspire our creative process and heal our bod"Nothing is as soothing and balancing to the emotions, psyche and soul as the embrace of nature as it ies. Plants are alchemists that protouches all of our senses, " writes Ted Andrews, author of Nature-Speak. vide lessons of growth, synchronicity, and relationship. So Nature speaks to us all the time. If we listen, we can gain valuable insight into our activities and life whether your trip into nature is a processes. stroll on the beach or a shamanic journey to a mystical place, nature proves to be an incredible tool that provides healing and guidance in our The practice of going into nature for inspiration and direction has been lives. If we pay attention and listen, practiced since the beginning of human existence. Shamanism dates back we will be guided to a place of more thousands of years and has been practiced in Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, happiness and success and joy. A life filled with more meaning and pasGreenland, and North and South America. Shamanism teaches us that sion is perhaps only a stroll away.

everything in existence is alive and has a spirit, and that we are joined with the earth and all of life via our spiritual interconnectedness.

Jeannie McCormack is the owner of DP Barre & Pilates. Connect with Jeannie by calling (949) 443-1700, stop by the studio at 34700 PCH, Suite 208 in Capistrano Beach or visit MARCH 2015



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Pets of the Month Tinkerbell is a sweet little girl looking for a new home. A 6 year old Rat Terrier mix, Tinkerbell has a great personality and gets along well with other dogs. She can sometimes be a tad shy at first, but once she gets to know you she loves nothing more than to be in your arms. Won’t you let this furry fairy bring a little magic into your life?

The wonderful thing about Tiggers is Tiggers are wonderful things¯ Hi there! My name is Tigger and I definitely think that song was made just for me because I know we would be wonderful together! Bounce on over for a visit and I’m sure we will be the best of friends!

Meet Legolas, a curious bunny hoping to hop his way into your heart. This 5 year old little charmer enjoys treats and being pet behind the ears. When he’s not out enjoying the sun in his exercise pen, Legolas loves to people watch. Come and visit him and you might just be won over by that cute little button nose.

My name’s Georgia and I am so happy to meet you! People say I’m a sweet little peach because I just love to cuddle and give kisses. Whether I’m running in the yard or chasing after a toy, I’ll always be happy as long as you’re by my side!

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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South County Advocates Push to Keep San Clemente Hospital ER Service Local by Bill Koelzer But they’d have no emergency room and you will be ferried to Laguna Hills by ambulance if you need to be admitted for any number of problems. That’s because, by current law, a medical facility cannot have an emergency room without an in-patient hospital and emergency care personnel/ambulances can only transport 911 patients to an approved ER not an urgent care, no matter how advanced. A spectre is haunting South Orange County and it is the threat of the Saddleback Memorial Center-San Clemente hospital, no longer offering an acute care hospital and emergency room (ER) to area residents. Instead, owner MemorialCare proposes tearing down the current structure at Camino de los Mares and building a medical office building, outpatient surgery and an urgent care center--what they call a “patient-centered campus where top physicians and other clinicians will provide superior quality, outstanding service, affordable care and a one-stop location easily accessible to the region’s patients and families.”

With no local ER, the nearest emergency room for most San Clemente citizens is Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, some 16.5 minutes away versus the San Clemente Hospital at 7.5 minutes. With the current I-5 construction, delays are longer, a potentially fatal factor. San Juan Capistrano and Dana Point residents are in a similar distance/time boat. What is Saddleback Memorial’s motivation in all this? It could be more profit, though they claim it’s the providing of extra services that consumers demand. They claim the current hospital is losing money. But is making $35 million/year the same as losing money? There’s hope. Dr. Gus Gialamas, a leader of the “Save San Clemente Hospital Foundation”, along with Dr. Steve Cullen and Dr. Nick Karahalios, announced that Senator Pat Bates and Assemblyman Bill Brough asked Memorial for a 3-year moratorium on the hospital’s decision. That’s the time it takes to push through new laws on where 911 patients can be delivered. Let’s not lose our valuable ER and hospital’s service! Get involved! Sign the online petition (as 5000 others have), visit a letter-writing party, attend an open house info session, donate money, etc. Timely when/where info can be found below.

Save San Clemente Hospital Foundation: Sign the petition: City of San Clemente related site: Info on California’s dwindling emergency rooms:

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Eco Garden Expo May 1 & May 2 The second annual Goin’ Native Eco/Garden/ Expo will be held Saturday, May 2, and Sunday,

May 3, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located in

the Los Rios Park at 31790 Paseo Adelanto in

San Juan Capistrano, California, last year’s

event attracted over 2,500 visitors.

Hosted and organized by Goin’ Native Thera-

peutic Gardens, a non-profit organization, this

year’s Eco/Garden/Expo is free to the public

and will feature a huge plant sale and a vast

array of unique environmental friendly products, resources and services from over 75 vendors

throughout Southern California.

Goin’ Native Therapeutic Gardens has cared for

the California Native plants at Los Rios Park

since the city built the 6.5-acre park in 2009.

The non-profit organization promotes horticul-

tural education, emotional and physical rehabil-

itation and practical life skills to people of all

ages, abilities and background while promoting

environmental sustainability and saving community resources.

For more information, visit or call (949) 606-6386

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Halstrom Academy MV Campus Welcomes New Director Julie Arlotti has been named Director of the Halstrom Academy's Mission Viejo campus. Kids learn differently, and for some, no matter how hard they try, the traditional classroom is not a place where they thrive. Halstrom Academy recognized this 30 years ago when it pioneered the one teacher to one student teaching model. Since then, Halstrom has helped more than 16,000 students achieve their educational, personal and professional aspirations. Unlike many South Orange County middle and high schools with crowded classrooms and a one size fits all curriculum, Halstrom provides a small, supportive learning environment free from bullying, social pressures and distractions. Students with learning issues such as ADHD, Dyslexia or social anxiety, or other unique circumstances that impact their education, have every right to receive a quality education and to feel successful in school. At Halstrom Academy Mission Viejo, students such as these find a nurturing school setting where they can learn at their pace and reach their full academic potential. Arlotti brings more than 15 years of educational experience as a teacher, coach, adviser, educational coordinator, and English language development director. Before coming to Mission Viejo, Arlotti spent more than two years as the director of Halstrom Academy Anaheim Hills, helping build what was a new campus into one that is thriving today.

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South County Magazine sat down with Dr. Ivar Roth to discuss Concierge’s Podiatry’s new EXCLUSIVE Medical Pedicure and what it means to have a dedicated professional offering this service.




Orange County.

Concierge Podiatry is located at 351 Hospital Road Suite 407 in Newport Beach. Our telephone number is (949) 650.1147.

SOUTH COUNTY DINING & ENTERTAINMENT You can enjoy Melodrama during the month of March with the return of the Swallows to San Juan Capistrano.

You’re So Melodramatic!

and film was in its infancy. While the popularity of Melodrama on stage declined, ironically many of the plots of the new films were based on the melodramatic formula!

by Beverly Blake and Tom Scott

Fortunately, this art form did not fade into obscurity and has come back to this new century because audiences still love to boo the villain, cheer the hero, and watch good triumph over evil. It is escapism in its truest sense. Finding family friendly in a world where very few things are so, has made it popular once again. Melodrama remains a true American art form that is simply unabashedly fun - and one that is alive and well.

id you know that during the mid-1600’s most British theatres were prohibited from performing "serious" drama, but were permitted to show comedy or plays with music? To get around the restriction theatres presented dramas that were underscored with music and, borrowing the French term, called themselves Melodramas. It wasn’t until 1843 that theatres were finally allowed to play drama and by then Melodrama had been transported to the United States with the formulas intact.


Those formulas are based around having the same character in every scene, often a hero, a heroine (usually the one that the hero saves), a villain, and the villain's sidekick (who typically gets in the way of or annoys the villain). The stories were centered on evil vs. good, keeping the plots easy to understand and underscored with music. From 1850 to 1920 Melodrama dominated the American stage and was adopted to be an American art form. During the roaring 20’s the public clamored for more modern theatre

You can enjoy Melodrama during the month of March with the return of the Swallows to San Juan Capistrano. This year’s family friendly offering is the finale of seven Professor Mack Melodramas written by Gary McCarver and is titled Professor Mack’s Last Train.

Tickets are available at

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Top right: From (L): Victoria Vannini (Howard Jones Salon), Mac McDonald and Beth Oas (Paradis USA Lingerie) and Donna Hunnicutt (Serenity by Design)

Top left: Jody Robinson (South County Magazine) and Valerie Barrett (Notary Docs, Mobile Notary)

Issue Release Party at Brio Tuscany Grille! Ah, issue-release party time! There’s nothing quite like shutting down our computers, cleaning away the coffee clutter and meeting up with our advertising partners and editorial contributors to sip some wine and dine on South County’s finest.

Christine Robinson (Mission SJC) and Peter Prescott, CPA

The February 2015 issue celebration was held at Brio Tuscany Grille in Dana Point. Guests noshed on authentic Italian cuisine including a wonderfully flavorful housemade bruschetta topped with Roma tomatoes, sweet basil, garlic and extra virgin olive oil, meatball sliders with melted mozzarella and signature pasta dishes. The night of the party also happened to be Open Mic night so many partygoers stayed to witness a steady stream of guest performers (ristorante regulars) take the stage for their renditions of familiar pop and soft rock favorites. On this night, without exception, each entertainer sounded exactly like the real deal which was a true treat if you're a fan of live music.

Eric Bergstrom (Bergstrom Media), Cheryl Richards and Mechelle Lawrence-Adams (Mission SJC)

There’s nothing like putting business aside at the end of the day to enjoy our time together as friends in this great community. If you didn’t have a chance to make it, don’t worry, you’re invited to our next event! In the meantime, do yourself a favor and visit Brio Tuscany Grill. Thanks for reading South County Magazine. We are continually grateful for your support. Until the next soiree … happy reading!

Elaine Gordon and Catherine Darras

South County Magazine

Dave Faylor and Scott Schmitt

From (L): Huma Sulaiman (Huma Sulaiman Design), Design, Jody Robinson and Mary McPherson (Awoken Life)

Stephen Stephen Merrill Merrill (Merrill (Merrill Insurance), Insurance), Pat Pat March March and and Scott Scott Schmitt Schmitt (San (San Juan Juan Photo Photo && Digital) Digital)

Mission SJC

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Be sure to watch the March episode of SoCal Safari as our host, Eric Bergstrom, attempts to conquer his fear of heights to jump out of an airplane flying at 13,000 feet.

Does he find the nerve to get on the plane? Does he find the strength to overcome his fears and actually jump?

Does he survive to tape another show? There's only one way to find out. Watch So Cal Safari every Saturday at 11 am and 9:30 pm on Cox Channel 3 or visit to view this and all episodes of So Cal Safari.

So Cal Safari airs weekly on Cox Channel 3 every Saturday at 11 am and 9:30 pm MARCH 2015



Soka Performing Arts Center Presents:

Trio Con Brio Copenhagen

Conrad Tao

Saturday, March 21 at 8PM Critics have praised the Trio for its “sparkling joie de vivre” and “magic dialogue.” The Salzburg Mozarteum stated, “They cast a spell over their audience . . . so alive, so musical . . . ravishing.”

Friday, March, 27 at 8 PM Hailed by renowned music critic Harris Goldsmith as “the most exciting prodigy to ever come my way” (Musical America). Conrad has performed several times with Pacific Symphony in recent years. We are delighted to host his first solo recital in Orange County.

For tickets and further information: Contact the box office at (949) 480-4278. ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN IN THE FIELDS Saturday, March 14 at 8 PM Celebrating the return of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields AND the return of pianist Jeremy Denk to the Soka PAC stage. • Stravinsky - Concerto and Apollo in D • Bach - Keyboard Concerto No.1 in D minor and Keyboard Concerto No.5 in F minor The Academy of St Martin in the Fields performs fresh, brilliant interpretations of the world’s most loved classical music. For tickets and further information: Contact the box office at (949) 480-4278. events/events/default.aspx For tickets and further information: Contact the box office at (949) 480-4278.

Sundays at Soka with Pacific Symphony: Favorite Violin Concertos Benjamin Beilman Sunday, March 29 at 3 PM Benjamin Beilman is one of his generation's fastest rising international stars. He is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, a 2012 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a 2012 London Music Masters Award. This season, he makes his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, and appears with Orchestra St. Luke's in his debut at Alice Tully Hall. Future recitals also include performances at the Berlin Philharmonie, the Louvre in Paris, and London's Wigmore Hall. The New York Times writes that his "handsome technique, burnished sound, and quiet confidence showed why he has come so far so fast" . For tickets and further information: Contact the box office at (949) 480-4278.

Come early for Dinner! Soka Bistro is open for dinner M-F 5:30-7:00 pm, Sat/Sun 5:00-7:00 pm. Only $10.95 for an all-you-can-eat buffet. Visit MARCH 2015





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