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ADVERTISER TESTIMONIALS "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

October 2014 Publisher Community Publications LLC. Editor Jody Robinson (714) 596-6611 Art Director David Perez

"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

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"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

Alex DeFelice Sales & Marketing Marlo Andersen • Anthony Arcurio Eric Bergstrom, Bergstrom Media Kim Roberson Distribution Managers

"With many options when investing my advertising dollars, I decided to interview and research the local publications before I made a decision. After several interviews, it was clear we would put our trust into Jody and South County Magazine. Jody is a delight to work with, giving above and beyond professionalism and attention to detail. I feel she truly cares about the success of my ad and my business. Thank you Jody, South County Magazine is the best!" - Mary McPherson, Awoken Life Brain Wave Optimization, San Juan Capistrano "After searching for the best bang for my marketing dollar, I thought I hit a wall until I found South County Magazine. Great customer service is a priority to me, so when I met Jody and the staff, I was very pleased. They are very organized with a family feel. They want the best for your business and it shows. The best part of South County Magazine - it works! I have received many amazing clients due to this magazine. Thank you South County Magazine you are the best! !" - Brittany De Anda, Bronze by Brittany, San Juan Capistrano

Rolando Ruiz • David Starr Advertising Inquiries (714) 469-3495 Contributing Writers Beverly Blake • Stephanie Frisch Nicole Howard J.A. Makena Marangu, MD Mary McPherson • Tom Scott C. Lawrence "Larry" Thomas

"We have been in business for 9 years and we have always done advertising to reach new customers. Recently, we started advertising with South County Magazine and the calls began flowing in right away! Jody was so helpful and didn’t push us into a long-term contract. We believe that positive results are the only contract we need. We look forward to continuing to build our business even more with South County Magazine." - Scott & Suzie Sells, Spot Free Windows, San Juan Capistrano "Having built my business on word of mouth in the 40+ years I have been teaching piano, I was a little nervous about the process and cost of advertising in a print publication. But I couldn't be more pleased with how easy the South County Magazine staff made it for me - they really took the time to understand the message I wanted to convey, provided guidance on the best design ideas to communicate that message to potential clients and offered so many 'extras' that I didn't expect - and at no additional cost like complimentary ad design and an editorial feature on my business. There is no better vehicle for marketing your business to the local community than South County Magazine." - Irene Bressler, Tots & Keys, San Clemente OCTOBER 2014



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San Clemente Villas by the Sea 24 SBA Loans: Financing for Small to Mid-Sized Businesses 26 Understanding Sleep Apnea 28 Sudden Hearing Loss 30


One Teacher, One Student: Halstrom Academy 34

COVER FEATURE: Stephanie Frisch, Insurance 101

Massage for Your Teenager 34 Spotlight On: Irene School of Rhythmic Gymnastics 40 Yoga: Hot or Not? 42

Funding Your Trust is a Must 10

Dining Out: Casanova Ristorante 58

Spotlight On: Water in the Garden 16 United American Mortgage Company 18 Are You Having Trouble Sleeping? 20



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fully inadequate yet used by many estate planning attorneys or in do-it-yourself kits. Just as problematic are those Schedules of Assets that are most common – those that are outdated leaving the trustee without a proper roadmap to follow when the time comes to collect and distribute the trust assets. Case Example #1: A deed on the Trustor’s home to their trust was signed but not recorded. Even though the home was listed on the Schedule of Assets, the trustee was forced to open a court procedure which tripled the cost of a regular trust administration because the deed was not actually recorded. Case Example #2: Bank or Company names from a bygone era which had merged into new names were not updated on the Schedule of Assets requiring more research than necessary, increasing the time and expense of the trust administration.

Funding Your Trust Is A Must

Case Example #3: Brokerage accounts named in an old trust but not moved forward into the new trust with different beneficiary allocations. The trustee was forced to handle assets in two trusts doubling the amount of paperwork necessary for proper distributions.

The Alternative Can Be Quite Costly

Case Example #4: A house that used to be in trust was taken out of trust by the mortgage by Elaine M. Watrous, CLPF company upon a loan modification or refinance hile you are making plans for your next family vacation and have your checklist of but it was not put back into trust. This lead to a things to do, be sure to add properly funding your trust before you leave. With $30,000 probate that could have been easily the rapid changes in the banking industry, and in our busy lives, we recommend avoided by an annual trust asset review. that you review your trust assets on an annual basis.


What is the Solution?

What is “Funding”? A California trust doesn’t exist until it is funded with at least one asset. Funding a trust isn’t rocket science; it just takes someone to get it done and to get it done right. It is a common misperception that once your trust is signed it can just sit on a shelf until it is needed in the distant future. It can be catastrophic at death when a trust has insufficient and outdated funding. Funding is the process of moving assets that have been titled in an individual’s or married couple’s names, joint tenancy or other forms of titling, and retitling them into the name(s) of the trustee(s) of a trust. As long as the Trustor is also the Trustee, the account holder still retains complete control and enjoys the benefits of their hard-earned assets while receiving the added protection of probate avoidance upon their death. Probate is a very costly and time-consuming court process that can be avoided by properly placing your assets into trust. A typical southern California probate can run anywhere from $20,000-$50,000 compared to forming a trust at a mere fraction of that cost. Probate can also take one to several years before your beneficiaries get a dime while, with a properly funded trust, your beneficiaries have access to trust assets immediately.

It’s simple. Take time each year to review your Schedule of Assets and make sure all of your assets without beneficiary designations are included. Verify that your bank and brokerage statements reflect the name of your current trust and check the deed on your house to make sure it is in trust. Don’t forget items such as stock certificates or savings bonds - they should have the name of your trust directly on them. Before I became a professional trust administrator, all of the above could have happened to me. Now that I know better, my goal is to ensure that my children have an accurate roadmap to immediately access my assets after I am gone. If you would like assistance, our office offers complimentary annual reviews of your trust and/or its funding. Whether you do it yourself or have someone else do it for you, it is imperative that you get it done and get it done right.

What is the Problem? As a trust administrator, almost all trusts I have worked with has had problems with its funding, primarily due to neglect of the Trustor in keeping their Schedule of Assets up to date. I see short-cut versions of funding with $10.00 in “seed money” to make it a technically legal California trust. I see Schedules listing “any and all bank accounts” and “any and all brokerage accounts” with no detailed information. Both of these funding schemes are woe-

Elaine Watrous is a licensed, professional fiduciary at the Law Offices of Donald A. Hunsberger. For more information, she can be reached at (714) 663-8000 OCTOBER 2014



Stephanie (center) with husband Mitch and their 20-year-old daughter, Hope.

Stephanie Frisch Insurance 101: Insurance is Complicated, Understanding It Shouldn’t Be by Jody Robinson and Heather Evans • photography by Lana Farfan, Caught in the Moment Photography


hat do you really know about your insurance policy? Did someone sit down and explain it to you? Better yet- did someone sit down and explain it to you in a way that you understood? Chances are, you probably haven’t and you’re not alone. The problem is that it’s rare to find someone that cares more about educating the consumer than earning a commission. But as luck would have it, one of those rare individuals lives right here in our community. You might have read her regular editorial contributions in South County Magazine, but it’s our pleasure to introduce you to the woman behind the column: Stephanie Frisch.

For over nine years, Stephanie Frisch has been a well sought-after insurance broker. She’s owned Insurance 101 for six of those years. Now specializing in senior needs, Stephanie has been handling Medicare plans and long-term care options specifically for the past few years. “I started off with individual and family plans primarily, but you have to change with the times. When I could see the writing on the wall with those plans, I learned everything there is to know about Medicare and long-term care. Now I have been focused on learning everything there is to know about Healthcare reform and the California exchange: CoveredCalifornia. Insurance is a good lesson in evolution. If you don't change with the times, your current business model can become extinct,” says Stephanie.

Her success can largely be attributed to several factors, but Stephanie’s unique background sets her apart from most brokers. Being from an all-teacher family, she knows exactly how to properly and thoroughly inform her clients. She knew she had to become a broker when she began writing

If you’re interested in learning more about what Stephanie can do for you, contact her at (949) 351-2443. If you need help with the next stage in your life or have any questions about insurance, you can count on her to point you in the right direction. OCTOBER 2014



policies years ago. “I realized that most people were uneducated about insurance plans and didn’t know what the terms used in explaining the provisions of the plans meant. They didn’t know how underwriting works or the application process for insurance; you name it, they didn’t know it! The inner teacher in me started to bloom.” And bloom she did. In a short time, Stephanie became known as the goto woman for insurance needs. High in demand, she knew she was on to something. “I became more about explaining how the policies work than selling them. But, in my explanation I became trusted by my clients, earned their business and then the word started to spread about my unique style and more business came my way,” she adds. Stephanie’s “old-school” customer service approach is unrivaled. The fact that she truly knows her business is just one factor, but Stephanie makes it a point to spend a lot of one-on-one time with each client. “You can't be in a rush when you do what I do. I love helping people and I bring a very personal touch to the "impersonal" world of insurance. I keep contact information and notes from past conversations with all of my clients too. When someone calls me, I see their name pop up on my phone and I great them personally. You'll never get that personal attention calling an 800 number if you just enroll in a plan on the Internet or mail-in an application,” Stephanie says.

INSURANCE QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY STEPHANIE FRISCH What advice can you give me about enrolling in Medicare when I turn 65? If you don’t have existing coverage from an employer or a spouse, don’t delay enrolling in Medicare when you turn 65, even if you have perfect health. The government requires someone 65 or older to carry “credible coverage” if they aren’t enrolled in Medicare, or otherwise pay a penalty when they do.

Commitment to community

Delaying enrollment means late enrollment penalties for both Part B and Part D. These penalties you will pay for the rest of your life once you do get enrolled. You have a seven month window of time for your initial enrollment into Medicare (3 months prior to your birthday, the month of your birthday, and 3 months following your birthday). If you go beyond that then you have to wait until January to enroll and you won’t be effective until the month of June following that. Meanwhile, your late enrollment penalty keeps accruing and if you develop any health issues or are injured, you’re completely unprotected financially. I think the motivation that people have for not enrolling when they turn 65 is to save money, but enrollment in Part B runs $104.90 a month for the standard premium and then adding a Medicare Advantage plan with Prescription drug runs zero additional premium. By doing this, people get incredible benefits and strong financial protection that doesn’t come with Original Medicare by paying their Part B Medicare premium ($3.50 a day). People with lower incomes may qualify to have their Part B premiums paid for them by the government. Applying for extra help with Medicare Part B and Part D premiums (and RX co-pays) is something I help people with regularly.

As the editor of South County Magazine, I have had the pleasure of working directly with Stephanie each month and can personally attest to the fact that she has become one of our magazine’s most trusted industry experts. But more importantly, I have been impressed by her dedication to the San Juan Capistrano community - a responsibility she hopes to continually expand upon by winning a seat on the San Juan Capistrano City Council in the upcoming election.

Do I automatically get enrolled into Medicare? If you are taking Social Security prior to turning 65, or you have arranged to take it when you turn 65, then you will automatically be enrolled into Medicare. If you plan to delay enrolling in Social Security then you need to sign up to receive Medicare. You can enroll online on the Medicare website ( or make an appointment at your local social security office.

"As a former Mayor for the City of San Juan Capistrano, I have followed Stephanie’s path toward her candidacy," says Former Mayor Joe Soto. "Her sense of leadership was not only apparent as she lead the Chamber of Commerce through some tough economic times, but as she took the bold step in creating her insurance business during the same challenging climate. Stephanie is not a “one issue” candidate, her broad understanding of all the challenges we face moving forward, clearly sets her apart from others seeking office."

I’m turning 65 and getting inundated with mail. How do I

Besides her traditional, customer-first approach, Stephanie is educationfirst as well. “I'm always learning. I want to know everything there is to know about the products I offer to people and what's going on with the government and their role in healthcare. I find that people I talk to don't have the time or the desire to wade through the headlines to the "meat" of printed articles and dissect what important information they need to take from what their reading. Well, I do. It's my responsibility to,” she says. Stephanie doesn’t personally charge for her consulting service. “What I provide is ‘value added’ to what customers pay in their insurance premium. I've been told that people find my method of explaining insurance easier to understand than any other way they've tried before. Coupling that with the fact that I've always been a pretty empathetic person by nature, people feel comfortable opening up to trust me and that I'm trying to help them, not ‘sell’ them. Once people understand my service, they can’t wait to meet with me,” she adds.

As a businesswoman, wife, mother, and community advocate, Stephanie Frisch brings an impressive blend of leadership, professional experience, and personal commitment to all that she endeavors. As an entrepreneur, she understands the challenges that businesses face and supports a business-friendly local government to ensure the ongoing financial health of the city. In addition to her professional commitments, Stephanie volunteers countless hours to local non-profits and community organizations. In OCTOBER 2014


know what’s important and what’s not? I see the stacks of mail on my client’s kitchen tables on a regular basis. I’ll help them sort through it and recycle what’s “official” and what isn’t. A good rule of thumb is to keep an eye out for anything with a return address that says, “CMS”. That means Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. They generally have an eagle logo incorporated into their name as well. There are a lot of companies that mail postcards and such that try to look official, but beware. If you see any small print at the bottom of the postcard, it generally is telling you that they don’t represent the government and the postcard you’re looking at is a solicitation of some sort. What is the difference between Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplemental? Both are offered by private insurance companies approved by Medicare. Simply put, Medicare Advantage plans generally work with networks, referrals, and a focus on preventative care. All of


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2007, she joined the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce and became actively involved in its efforts to support local businesses and non-profit community groups. In 2009, she was elected to serve on the Board of Directors, and in 2010 she was nominated to the Executive Board where she has served the last four years as Chair Elect, two terms as Chairman of the Board, and her final year as Past-Chair before reaching her term limit maximum (six years). She assisted with the establishment of the Chamber’s Equestrian Council, Latino Business Council, and the Restaurant/Tourism Council. In 2012, she helped to create and launch the first annual “Rodeo Week” to bring the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo into the community and local businesses. "I have worked with Stephanie Frisch on community projects for many years," says C. Lawrence "Larry" Thomas, First Vice President of Independence Bank in San Juan Capistrano. "She was elected to the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce during my term as Chamber President. From the start she worked diligently to learn the workings of the chamber and soon emerged as a leader. She took on complex projects such as the formation of the Equestrian Council, which successfully organized and assisted the equestrian business community. During her two terms as the Chamber’s Chair of the Board of Directors, she led the chamber’s efforts to expand its role as the voice of local business, with success. I am pleased to see that she is continuing her community involvement by seeking a seat on the San Juan Capistrano City Council." Carolyn Franks, owner of Zoomar's Petting Zoo in SJC, echoes Thomas' assessment and adds "serving on the Chamber with Stephanie I've witnessed first-hand the passion and commitment she shares for our town. Her vision to increase tourism while maintaining San Juan's charm is spot on."

INSURANCE QUESTIONS ANSWERED (continued from page 13) your doctors must be in the same network. The Medicare Advantage plans that are HMO’s (don’t let that word scare you, these doctor’s aren’t “captured”, they accept Medicare/PPO and Medicare Supplemental as well) usually include prescription drug coverage as well and have been zero premium in Orange County for quite some time now. Medicare Supplemental plans cover some, if not all of the “gaps” in Medicare, that is why they are also referred to as Medi-Gap. All Medicare Supplement plans are standardized by the government. This means they all have to cover the same medical benefits. (For example, a Plan F supplemental plan is the same in benefit regardless what company you purchase it from). Medicare supplemental plans pay secondary to your Original Medicare. Many people I meet with refer to them as PPO’s which is incorrect. Medicare supplemental allows the policy holder to seek care anywhere in the U.S. that accepts Medicare as the primary payer. There are no networks utilized and no referrals needed. Do people still buy Long Term Care insurance? Not as much as they should, and it worries me for so many reasons. People are living longer and living many years incapacitated as a consequence. They don’t want to be a burden to their families, but not preparing for long term aging will almost guarantee that they will end up doing so. Yes long term care insurance is expensive. The companies offering it are charging more now because people are starting to use these policies as they get older, where in the past, they would pass away due to natural or health related causes. I believe a much smarter and affordable option is a hybrid of sorts that has started to become more common than the “one dimensional” long term care option.

From 2011-2013, Stephanie served on the Board of Directors for the Fiesta Association, a non-profit group that runs traditional Swallow’s Day Parade and related events. While serving on the Board of Directors as Membership Chair, she was also responsible for the Taste of San Juan in 2012 and 2013. She is also a member of the San Juan Capistrano Equestrian Coalition, San Juan Capistrano Historical Society, Mission Preservation Society and San Juan Capistrano Open Space Foundation. For the past 11 years, Stephanie has lived in San Juan Capistrano with her husband Mitch and their daughter Hope. Initially a stayat-home mom, she devoted her free time to volunteering as a team parent for Hope’s softball team and room parent at both Ambuehl Elementary and Marco Forster Middle School. At this time, Stephanie was also extensively involved with the Orange County Chapter of the American Cancer Society’s “Look Good, Feel Better” program and Working Wardrobes, a non-profit that empowers men, women, veterans and young adults overcoming difficult challenges to confidently enter the workforce and achieve success. "As a 40-year resident of San Juan Capistrano, I have been involved in many different community projects over the years and have had the pleasure of working with Stephanie on a variety of them," says Dr. Julie Ryan Johnson. "The thing that made me initially take notice of Stephanie was her incredible positive energy level. In working with her, I know that she meets every problem head-on and gets things done efficiently and in a quality manner. When you are working with a team of individuals, there is always one person in the room that everyone looks to as having a leadership role ... Stephanie is that person." OCTOBER 2014


This type of coverage takes universal life insurance (clients can do a 1035 exchange with a current policy) and adds a long term care rider that will kick in should they become chronically incapacitated. The funds used to care for the beneficiary come from the value of the life insurance. Better yet, the funds are paid directly to those arranging the care for the recipient and can be used however they see fit. No receipts are required, and you can choose to receive care wherever suits your needs and wishes best. When does enrollment start this year for the Health Insurance Marketplace? Enrollment for the second year of the Health Insurance Marketplace will begin this year on November 15th and end February 16th, 2015. Coverage will begin January 1st for those that enrolled prior to December 15, 2014. What companies will I have to choose from? Companies participating in the California state run exchange (called Covered California) will be; Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Healthnet and Kaiser. Companies participating independently will be Cigna and Assurant (they use the Aetna PPO network). For those qualifying for Federal subsidies we apply through Covered California and have those four companies to choose from. For those NOT qualifying for federal subsidy we apply directly with the insurance company and have 2 more companies to choose from in addition to the first four.

What is my deadline for enrolling the Health Insurance Marketplace and what are the penalties for not carrying insurance? Initially the first enrollment period to obtain coverage is 11/15/14- 2/16/15. This is the initial enrollment period to have coverage in place for 2015. If you miss that deadline then you’ll have to wait until next year unless you have a qualifying life event such as loss of employer group health coverage, moving to another county or state and marriage. The penalties will start small and be phased in during a 3 year period. In 2014 the penalty for not carrying coverage will be 1% of annual income or $95, whichever is greater. By 2016 the penalty will be 2.5% of annual income, or $695, whichever is greater. SOUTH COUNTY MAGAZINE


Water in the Garden by Jody Robinson

A koi pond is clearly much more than a backyard water garden feature. It is a living, breathing eco-system which requires the expertise of a pond professional. for the previous homeowner for several years and it was clear from our first meeting that he was committed to quality care and customer service. Serving Orange County since 1999, Glenn specializes in “total koi pond and water garden maintenance,” repair, construction, hen we moved into our new home last year, the property came pond and filtration design and consultation. with a very pretty pond stocked with colorful koi and goldfish. But for someone who can barely keep a potted plant alive, the Aside from feeding the fish, Glenn literally takes care of everyprospect of being responsible for the livelihood and longevity thing during his weekly visits, including removing excess debris of these beautiful fish was daunting – I don’t have a clue about and dead plant matter, inspecting the pond equipment for the right ratio of additives in the water or the importance of proper function and making adjustments as needed and inspecting the fish for signs of distress algae or how to combat fish disease. or disease. He also tests the water A koi pond is clearly much more than a backyard water garden feature. It is a quality, back-flushes the filters and living, breathing eco-system which requires the expertise of a pond profes- adds bacteria or other agents as needed and offers 24-hour emergency sional. service. In short, he keeps our pond Thankfully, we also inherited the services of Glenn Cecil, owner of the South looking beautiful and our fish healthy County-based Water in the Garden. He had maintained this particular pond and happy.


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"We take our clients and what we do seriously because at the end of the day, everyone should either be in the home of their dreams or keep the one they love so much. To some people, it’s just paperwork and numbers. But to us, it’s personal. It’s home."

UAMC President Al W. Hensling

“What it boils down to is that we’ve grown substantially because we have the ability to adapt to the ever-changing marketplace,” says UAMC President Al W. Hensling. “We are in the home business, the helping-people business. Yes, it requires us to at times work around the clock. Yes, we have to keep up-to-date on the latest products and regulations. We take our clients and what we do seriously because at the end of the day, everyone should either be in the home of their dreams or keep the one they love so much. To some people, it’s just paperwork and numbers. But to us, it’s personal. It’s home." Their incredibly impressive, rare, referral-only business model may also be the key to understanding their success, as customers flock just to see if UAMC truly walks the walk. To them, offering you efficient, cost-effect and timely service is just a day’s business. These days, most companies feel the need to plaster those words all over their advertisements. UAMC doesn’t need to express that they go above and beyond, they just think that it should come standard. “I guess you could say we just want to help how we can. Since our business is referral based, we truly get to know your family and friends. UAMC continues to evolve with new products and financing solutions to the ever-changing Southern California real estate market. While many have given up the idea of owning a home or even refinancing, UAMC holds to the knowledge that today’s new and innovative programs are making it easier than ever to purchase or refinance.

United American Mortgage Company

“The ‘Mortgage Meltdown’ created a great deal of uncertainty in the marketplace and made it difficult for so many to secure financing," says Al. "We understand that a lot of people are scared to see where they stand and that’s ok. We just want you to know that it doesn’t have to be this way. Most of our clients feel the same way. Some people tell us they didn’t even want to find out about their options in the first place because they didn’t understand the jargon. Well, we aren’t the company that just explains things once. We’re with you step by step, no matter what."

Want to put your toe in the water? Visit their website: to view their mortgage calculators to get a head-start. You can also apply online, get a custom quote and read more about the loan programs they offer. If you’ve never had a loan before, consider their handy ‘Loan Process’ tool. They take you step-by-step through what you can expect when applying for You’re almost tired of reading about it but it’s true: the mortgage meltdown and receiving a loan. hurt more than a few and people are still trying to recover. It’s hard to know whom to trust. With many mortgage companies competing and failing, “If you’re considering anything in our sector then consider us the UAMC has found itself expanding into 9 states. Originally formed to provide right team for the job,” Al says. “Call us, visit us online, or stop by for the specific needs of Southern California borrowers seeking mortgage the office anytime. We’re always on standby to see how we can products tailored for them, UAMC has made it their personalized business help you. Don’t let the mortgage meltdown of yesterday affect where you’re at today. We’ve got the cutting edge techniques and to get to know and help you. knowledge to help your unique situation. We’re ready to meet And since so many of these mortgage companies are failing, what is UAMC your challenges and assist you into getting or keeping your home!” doing different?


rusted, tried and true. That’s the reason why Irvine’s United American Mortgage has been successful for over 20 years. Since 1993, UAMC specializes in providing mortgage-financing solutions to homeowners and homebuyers.

United American Mortgage Company is located at 19782 MacArthur Blvd #250 Irvine, CA 92612. Connect with Al and his team by calling (949) 250-1300, Ext. 110 or visit OCTOBER 2014



The study has researchers convinced that complaints about poor sleep lessen as people move beyond the middle years, with the lowest number of complaints among the over-70s--likely because they have adjusted to a more relaxed lifestyle by this time in life

also turns to sugar in the blood stream, acting as a stimulant. The overtaxed brain becomes “stuck” in a mode designed for coping with these challenging situations, unable to return to its normal state.

Are You Having Trouble Sleeping? learn a new way to put your brain to rest by Mary McPherson study, involving over 150,000 people and published in the journal, Sleep, was designed to show that the quality of sleep declines in old age, explained Dr Michael Grander. But the shocking results conducted by the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at the University of Pennsylvania turns this conventional wisdom on its head and reveals that aging isn’t the primary cause of poor sleep. So much so that one british sleep researcher commented it was a “myth” that aging is the root of sleep deprivation.


The study has researchers convinced that complaints about poor sleep lessen as people move beyond the middle years, with the lowest number of complaints among the over-70s--likely because they have adjusted to a more relaxed lifestyle by this time in life.

The common approach to treating sleep maladies is chemical--with $150 billion spent by United States companies to address sleep-related issues. Use of sedatives has soared as stress-out Americans seek to feel more relaxed.

The common approach to treating sleep maladies is chemical--with $150 billion spent by United States companies to address sleep-related issues. Use of sedatives has soared as stress-out Americans seek to feel more relaxed. The problem is that the underlying sleep architecture remains abnormal because of the continuing imbalance in the individual’s brainwaves. Chemicals such as sleep aids simply mask what’s really going on inside us. Brain State, our parent company, continues to demonstrate that the brain drives body chemistry. When brainwave patterns are balanced left-to-right and front-toback, with low and high frequencies in optimal proportion to one another throughout the brain, clients find themselves sleeping well, often for the first time in years. Having assessed the brainwave patterns of over 50,000 clients worldwide, we know that when the brain is agitated, as measured by EEG, the individual’s sleep tends to suffer. By addressing these imbalances with our advanced noninvasive technology, we’ve shown that not sleeping well isn’t merely a symptom of physical and emotional health problems, but the source of many of these problems.

At any age, sleep can be improved by balancing and harmonizing the brain using Brainwave Optimization™. If you are in So why do people in the middle years--especially their 40s, when they ought to be performing at your career and family years, you want to their peak in all areas of life, suffer the most severe sleep deprivation, whereas many even in their function at your best. Changing your 80s report sleeping well? sleep patterns with Brainwave Optimization® can be life-changing--like being reSleep deprivation is at its peak in the 40s because by then people’s brain patterns are often in a leased from shackles. state of severe disarray as a result of the buildup of trauma and stress that come with living in our complex, modern world. Along with these stresses, are the habits we develop to cope with life, like drinking alcohol and eating desserts in the evenings to relax-not realizing that alcohol

Mary McPherson is the founder of the San Juan Capistrano-based Awoken Life Brainwave Optimization™, where she helps adults and children achieve brain balance and harmony in order to live healthier, happier, and more abundant lives. Neurotechnology “Brainwave Optimization” helps the brain to reconnect the neural pathways after an injury. Connect with Mary and Awoken Life by calling (949) 661-6909 or visit OCTOBER 2014



Join the California Cold Rush by Scott Young, DC Regular cold exposure decreases cortisol levels and increases serotonin levels in the brain. So essentially you have less of the hormones that make you feel bad and more that make you feel good. Children have so much energy because they have much more brown adipose tissue than adults. Brown adipose is special because it is loaded with the mitochondria which provide energy whenever needed. Exposure to ultra-cold will stimulate adults remaining brown adipose to store more energy as well as coax their white adipose (regular fat) to act more like brown adipose. This will create a leaner, healthier and more energetic individual. At Cold Rush Wellness, you’ll get a chance to cool down your body in a CRYOSAUNA which is a chamber designed to reduce inflammation, reduce stress, increase energy and heal your body in a natural way. ant to feel better and have more energy? Ever wonder how kids have so much energy? Want to know what’s the latest, greatest thing you can do for your body? Then join the California Cold Rush!!


Recent scientific studies prove that exposure to extreme cold has amazing rejuvenating effects on your mind and body. All the science is pointing to two things: The body functions better at cooler temperatures and inflammation is a major cause of health problems.

Whole Body Cryotherapy has been reported to have these positive health benefits: · Accelerated healing · Improved energy · Tighter, healthier looking skin · Improved sleep · Stronger, fuller hair and nails · Decreased muscle soreness · Fewer skin blemishes · Decreased injury recovery time · Increased libido · Quicker surgical recovery · Improved sexual stamina · Improved skin conditions such as psoriasis, · Decreased anxiety eczema and dermatitis · Decreased depression · Improved menopausal symptoms such · Decreased incidence of colds and flus as hot flashes

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Paul, along with his wife and co-owner, Aileen, operate the fully-staffed community. She, her Executive Director, Karen Milroy, along with long-time Marketing Director, Stephanie Alter, work magic in the Public Relations, Networking and Marketing arena, often hosting events at The Villas that are open to local businesses and the community. The Villas is a Spanish-style, four-story complex, offering its residents expansive city and ocean views, as well as amenities rivaling those of a private club. Built by Paul Brazeau and co-owned by his wife, Aileen, the community was completed in October of 2002, and it immediately became a very popular choice for seniors who desire the best in Assisted Living. Paul, a Navy veteran, is an experienced builder and electrician. For the past 40 years he has built shopping centers and senior communities, as well as having built, owned and sold Delta Electric, a Los Angeles-Orange Country electrical contracting firm with more than 100 employees. Paul, along with his wife and co-owner, Aileen, operate the fully-staffed community. She, her Executive Director, Karen Milroy, along with long-time Marketing Director, Stephanie Alter, work magic in the Public Relations, Networking and Marketing arena, often hosting events at The Villas that are open to local businesses and the community.

Co-owners Paul and Aileen Brazeau

San Clemente Villas by the Sea Assisted Living for Seniors by Bill Koelzer • photography by Lana Farfan, Caught in the Moment Photography


an Clemente Villas by the Sea (“The Villas”) is an Assisted Living Community in South Orange County which looks, inside and out, like a fine hotel. But step inside, and it feels like home where the residents share the warm relationships of family and enjoy the comforts and amenities that abound. The Villas is located immediately adjacent to the Saddleback Memorial Medical Center on Camino de Los Mares in San Clemente, California. Directly across the street are office buildings containing scores of doctors. OCTOBER 2014


In fact, Aileen and Paul have their offices at The Villas. Their daily, on-site working presence is what sets this community apart from all others, which are most often "corporate" owned, not run by the owners, but by hired representatives. Additionally the couple can be regularly seen participating in the activities at the Villas, much to the delight of all who live and work there. Throughout the years, both Paul and Aileen have generously supported a number of local philanthropic organizations. Aileen shared, "We love San Clemente and its senior residents. The first thing that Paul, I, and our staff focused upon when we opened our doors was that each resident has a story to tell, as well as unique needs. We are interested in their stories, and we care about their needs. If we are successful at providing superior senior care and lodging, it is for that reason - we listen closely to what the residents tell us." It’s obvious that they are successful at what they do the moment you arrive at San Clemente Villas by the Sea. You walk into an open living-room-like "grand hall" with soaring ceilings, and comfortable furniture. The room is usually full of smiling seniors, chatting amongst themselves or with visiting relatives or staff. Stick around, and you're likely to become part of an event taking place that day. Every Tuesday and Thursday the room fills with laughter during "Happy Hour" featuring music, dancing, wine and hors d'


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Villas' residents enjoy a level of care seldom seen in senior communities. For example, the staff works with the resident and their loved ones to tailor care plans that meet a resident's individual and daily needs. oeuvres. On another day you might just as likely walk right into the middle of a "Manly Mixer", a Karaoke Birthday Party, the annual "Villas' Got Talent" Show or even a grand Luau! Passing through this room takes you to the lovely ocean-view, full-service dining room. Peer into the kitchen to see a team of chefs working hard to prepare several choices of entrees, side dishes and desserts for every meal. Aileen says, "Our residents look forward to every meal! Both formal and casual "cafe-style" dining is available. Residents can even reserve a private dining room for family visits." Villas' residents enjoy a level of care seldom seen in senior communities. For example, the staff works with the resident and their loved ones to tailor care plans that meet a resident's individual and daily needs. There is 24-hour assistance every day of the year, as well as the finest, most comprehensive activities both on and off site, and memory care programs. The Villa's Assisted Living Care Manager, Licensed Nurse and Executive Director, along with all of the caring and well-trained staff, are involved on a daily basis with the safety and well-being of each resident. The community was designed to provide a healthy & comfortable environment for all of its residents, and to foster as much independence as possible. Included in their monthly rental fee, every resident receives a long list of services and amenities that you can see on our info-packed web site. Because seniors have varying levels of proficiency performing the activities of daily living, a comprehensive list of additional services and care programs is available for additional fees according to the services requested. To learn far more about us and our history, founding, beginnings, and review a completem discussion of our services, be sure to visit our web site at

Hearing exam is always free. This is not a medical exam and is intended for amplification only. Offers cannot be combined with other offers or previous purchases.

Connect with Aileen, Paul and the San Clemente Villas by the Sea team by stopping by 660 Camino de Los Mares in San Clemente, calling (949) 489-3400 or isit OCTOBER 2014



SBA Loans: Financing for Small to Mid-Sized Businesses by C. Lawrence "Larry" Thomas rowing a business requires vision, planning, preparation, and timely execution. Part of the preparation is securing the financing necessary to accomplish the growth. The financing might come from the owner’s paid in capital or securing addition capital from investors. More commonly, this financing comes through a loan from a bank.


At Independence Bank we have worked for several years to expand and improve our business lending capabilities. For example, we have partnered with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide a number of loan programs designed for business owners who may face some challenges in qualifying for a traditional or conventional commercial/industrial loan. As a part of the SBA's effort to streamline the procedures necessary to provide financial assistance to the small business community, Independence Bank has been designated as a Preferred Lender in the SBA's Preferred Lenders Program (PLP). Under this program, the SBA delegates the final credit decision and most servicing and liquidation authority and responsibility to carefully selected PLP preferred lenders. Lenders are considered for PLP status based on their record with the SBA, and must have demonstrated a proficiency in processing and servicing SBA-guaranteed loans. For many businesses, SBA financing could be the right solution to meet their financing needs. Our experienced SBA lending specialists are here to help match your business with the right SBA solution and guide you through every step of the application process. Before applying, it is important to understand general eligibility guidelines for SBA loans.

To be eligible, the small business applicant must: Be an operating business with at least 2-3 years of history Be organized for profit Be located in the United States or its territories and possessions Be small (as defined by the SBA) Demonstrate a need for the loan Must be a permanent resident of the United States

Usage of funding from SBA loans may include: Business or business property acquisition (the applicant’s business must occupy at least 51% or more of the usable space) Refinance business or business property loans Construction Machinery and equipment purchases Inventory purchase Working Capital There are many other specific requirements for SBA lending including the size of your business, type of organization, the nature of business and other criteria. The best way to determine if an SBA loan is a good fit for your business is to contact any Independence Bank Regional Office. Providing a broad spectrum of lending solutions is a major part of the Power of Independence.

C. Lawrence “Larry” Thomas is First Vice President and South County Regional Manager of Independence Bank. The South County Regional Office is located at 32291 Camino Capistrano, Suite A in San Juan Capistrano. Larry can be reached at (949) 373-1578 or visit OCTOBER 2014



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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, DDS


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.

Scott West D.D.S. F.A.G.D. practices in Lake Forest CA. For more info, call (949) 829-6700 or visit OCTOBER 2014






For those that hearing is not recovered, the daily life problems connected with permanent hearing loss can be catastrophic. Even though one ear remains normal in most cases, the condition results in severe difficulty finding the location of sound, hearing soft speech at any distance, and trying to hearing in background noise or a large hall can be impossible. Most patients can also experience some degree of depression as relationships become less engaging, social events become more difficult, isolation ensues, and quality of life is impacted. Fortunately, there are a number of treatments and alternatives that can be of significant benefit.

Sudden Hearing Loss by Dennis A. Colucci, Au.D., M.A., FAAA ccording to the National Institutes of Health, sudden hearing loss strikes one person per 5,000 every year. This occurs more frequently in adults in their 40s and 50s, although it can occur at any age. In seniors with vascular issues, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes, and heart disease, the risk of sudden hearing loss is higher. For the most part, only in 10-15% of cases of sudden hearing loss can a recognizable cause be identified, however, this does not alter the treatment. Sudden hearing loss represents a medical emergency to determine if the cause is a result of nerve deafness and to expeditiously start treatment within 24-48 hours. For those that do not seek proper treatment, a life of one ear hearing can result. Furthermore, if sudden hearing loss occurs in both ears, a quick trip to the emergency room is mandatory as this is rare and may be a sign of a stroke.


Sudden hearing loss is defined as a dramatic onset of hearing change that occurs within 72 hours. A common complaint is the sensation of fullness in one ear and in some cases, also dizziness or ringing in the ear (tinnitus). Although, ear wax can block the ear canal, the observance of dizziness is a clear sign of a medical condition. To determine if the damage is taking place deep in the hearing nerves, wax clogging the ear canal and a middle ear infection should be ruled out by an ear examination and a diagnostic test called pure tone air and bone conduction. This simple test, provided by an Audiologist, can identify what part of the ear the hearing loss is occurring so that the physician can provided the appropriate treatment. Frequently, patients get misdiagnosed and are provided antibiotics and nasal sprays without any testing and this bypasses the time that an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician can potentially recover part or all of the hearing. As reported in the clinical guideline from the American Academy of Otolaryngology “Prompt recognition and management of SSNLHL (sudden sensorineural hearing loss) may improve hearing recovery and patient quality of life.� In modern healthcare, waiting to see the primary care physician for a referral to the Audiologist and ENT physician can pass the time necessary for recovery and therefore, this should be treated as an emergency.

The primary issues when a sudden change in reception of sound occurs are related to how the brain operates. Less input, a sound shade on one side, more confusion, changes in understanding, and detaching from the environment cause wiring in the brain to unravel and become more isolated. The best treatment is to restore sound from the deaf ear side as quickly as possible. Restoring sound input from the bad ear side is paramount. Although most ears with sudden hearing loss cannot use a hearing aid because of sensations of distortion or discomfort, those that can use amplification should be fitted and used daily. Getting the right balance of sound between the ears requires special knowledge of sound field equipment and prescription writing. In those ears with complete damage, a CROS hearing instrument that works like a walkie-talkie and transmits sound from the deaf ear to the good ear or an implanted bone anchored hearing device that does essentially the same thing through the skull can restore functionality. All patients who are properly fitted with these instruments and use these devices receive considerable benefit. The observance of sudden hearing loss is a medical emergency requiring testing by an Audiologist and treatment by the Ear, Nose, and Throat physician. When treatment fails, a number of alternatives exist to recover sound and speech from the deaf ear side resulting in a new way to hear without a complete loss of engagement and the unwanted side effects. For a more technical explanation see Sudden Hearing Loss Needs Emergency Treatment at DA Colucci Google Scholar.

Dennis A. Colucci, Au.D., M.A., FAA is a clinical expert and educator specializing in evaluating and treating newborn, pediatric, adult and geriatric patients with hearing and balance disorders. Connect with Dr. Colucci at Colucci 20/20 Hearing Center by calling (949) 830-5770 or visiting OCTOBER 2014




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FAM’s 27th Annual Hunger Walk Community Center SC 7a.m. – 5p.m.


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you must provide for the masses, there is no way every individual gets what he or she needs. Today there are many very bright students who have challenges that prevent them from fitting well into the massive norm that follows a fairly straight and well-trampled path. A learning disability is not a symptom of stupidity; a behavioral disorder is not a sign of lesser brainpower; an emotional struggle is not a signal that a person is not brilliant. Some students just need a path that winds with them, so their talents, their strengths and their smarts can rise into view. For those students, there is Halstrom Academy. Halstrom Academy was founded on the premise that, for many students, a one-to-one teacherstudent ratio is the ideal scenario for academic success. Every student works with highly qualified teachers and receives a customized learning plan that is tailored to their unique skills, interests, needs and rate of progress. Sixteen-year-old aspiring filmmaker Joshua Ovalle was struggling at his local high school. He suffers from attention deficit disorder (ADD). Even though Josh is ambitious and passionate, he was, as he puts it, “lost” in school. His confidence was battered by his performance and his grades. After less than a year at Halstrom, everything is different.

One Teacher, One Student

Today there are many very bright students who have challenges that prevent them from fitting well into the massive norm that follows a fairly straight and well-trampled path. A learning disability is not a symptom of stupidity; a behavioral disorder is not a sign of lesser brainpower; an emotional struggle is not a signal that a person is not brilliant.

“I'm proud of my GPA,” says Josh. “I have completely turned my grades around. I learn things better now, quicker, I'm getting A's, and I'm more confident about everything. If I don't get something, my teacher immediately corrects me. Also, my mind can't wander off, as by Betsy Sanz • photography by Lana Farfan, much as it may want to. Before Halstrom, I felt Caught in the Moment Photography that getting into a high caliber University was hen you stop and think about it, traditional schools are strangely not going to happen, but now, that's definitely amazing. Put hundreds, often thousands, of pre-teens or teens into a possibility.” a few square acres and a handful of buildings, with a 40:1 ratio of students to adults and only their also-developing peers to whom Halstrom is accredited by the Western Associathey might compare their bodies, their experiences, their grades tion of Schools and Colleges. It offers more than and their opinions, and expect them to do their best – academically, 150 courses including 17 AP courses, and nearly emotionally and interpersonally. What? It’s strange because it’s not a hundred U.C./C.S.U certified and NCAA apa natural community structure, even if it is today’s norm; it’s amaz- proved courses. An in-depth college and career ing because some students actually come out of it healthy and hav- planning program prepares students for life beyond high school and has helped many students ing learned something. go on to prestigious universities. Halstrom ofOf course, accessibility is crucial – that’s why schools have become what they have become fers year-round open enrollment at three Or– and teachers who teach hundreds of students every day are, frankly, living saints. But when ange County campuses located in Anaheim

How Halstrom Academy Designs Academic Paths for Individual Success





home and his schoolwork is finished. He is much more independent, and the household dynamics have vastly improved.”

When you stop and think about it, traditional schools are strangely amazing. Put hundreds, often thousands, of pre-teens or teens into a few square acres and a handful of buildings, with a 40:1 ratio of students to adults and only their also-developing peers to whom they might compare their bodies, their experiences, their grades and their opinions, and expect them to do their best – academically, emotionally and interpersonally.

If your student is struggling in the traditional school system, or if he or she is driven to pursue a passion that requires flexibility of schedule, Halstrom Academy is an option.

“I think sometimes parents accept the traditional school model even when their kids aren’t doing well in school because they don’t know there are other options,” says Wernher. “Parents shouldn’t accept having a ‘C’ student because the traditional school Hills, Huntington Beach and Mission Viejo, and will soon open a campus in Newport Beach. There system can’t meet their needs. Parents need are also campuses throughout San Diego and Los Angeles counties, as well as the San Francisco to know that alternative school programs exist that are designed to help kids be sucBay area. Halstrom classes are also available via webcam through an online program. cessful. Halstrom Academy is one of those Flexibility of time is also an enormous benefit to many Halstrom students, including Josh, who great alternatives.” puts a lot of energy into his filmmaking. “In order to do a decent production it takes a lot of time to put together a script, a storyboard, set up a production schedule, arrange a crew and When asked what he would say to other stucast, shoot, and then edit. The reality is that during the school year it's really hard to get it dents, Josh doesn’t hesitate. “If your school done. The great thing about Halstrom is that I can customize my schedule. This opens up time is not helping you learn at your best, or if for me and I've been able to complete my last short film while taking summer school. The flex- you're not feeling all that good about youribility of scheduling has also made it possible for me to go to film festivals I've been invited to self – you don't have to accept it,” he says. “Some kids learn differently, and Halstrom attend in New York and Los Angeles.” gets that.” Josh is thriving in his world, but his home life has also taken a turn for the better since making the switch to Halstrom. “I used to have to tutor Josh a lot, helping with math and various subjects, and checking to make sure his homework was complete,” says Josh’s father Wernher. “Now at Halstrom, Josh gets what he needs from his teachers and support staff. He comes

To see Joshua Ovalle’s latest short film Two and a Quarter Minutes, among his other award winning projects, check out his website at To find out more about Halstrom Academy and all that is possible for your student in a one-to-one teacher-student environment, visit or call 866-537-0273. OCTOBER 2014



Massage for Your Teenager? Bodywork Can Ease Adolescent Angst by Michelle Bryant time. On the physical side, teens may be at increased risk for aches, pains, and injury. Many teens strain their bodies with competitive sports, get erratic sleep, and hile teens may be less likely than their consume a less-than-optimal diet. Massage can help muscles recover from overuse, parents to go to a massage therapist, and help balance the body and maintain that stability. there are plenty of reasons why this age group should be encouraged to Perhaps even more crucial, teen massage can help improve body image and sleep give it a try. The benefits of massage patterns, and contribute to decreased depression, anxiety, and stress. This keeps are well documented, among them re- a teen connected to her body, even as it morphs in confounding ways. "Many teens lief of muscle tension, lowered stress are self-conscious, and not happy with their bodies," says Eeris Kallil, massage therhormones, increased sense of relax- apist and shiatsu instructor at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy, in Colation, improved immune function, and even a heightened orado. "Massage can help teens stay grounded." Bodywork has also been reported ability to concentrate, according to studies conducted by to help mediate eating disorders, a growing concern among teens. the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine. But for teenagers, there's an addi- Another potential plus: A beneficial, therapeutic relationship can develop between bodyworkers and teenagers during the years when adolescents need adult confitional payback. dantes, but keep parents at a distance. The practitioner can become a supportive, The teenage body is in the midst of transformation -- ex- trusted adult in a teen's life. And the session itself, according to Kallil, can be a way ponential growth and development in a rapid period of to deal with all the physical and emotional turmoil of this tender age


Michelle Bryant is the owner of the San Juan Capistrano-based Massage Associates. To connect with her, visit 31952 Camino (in the Mercado Village), call (949) 489-7924 or visit




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Pets of the Month Five month old Justice is a pretty, little kitty who has tons of love to share. Justice enjoys spending her days bird watching from her favorite perch at the window or batting toys around the room. However, her all-time favorite thing to do is settle in by your side for some relaxing petting. Do you have a nice warm lap to offer to a needy kitten?

This handsome devil is appropriately named Blue, for his gorgeous blue eyes. Smart as they come, Blue is a clever kitty who likes to investigate his surroundings and even learned how to open doors! When he is finished exploring, he mostly likes to lounge around and watch the birds go by his window. Blue would be great company for someone looking for a big, adventurous cat.

Meet Karl, a 10 month old Dachshund mix. Karl is tons of fun and loves to play with toys or other dogs in the yard. When he isn’t running around outside, he is pretty easygoing and enjoys unwinding with a nice belly rub. If you’re looking for a dog who is a real sweetheart, Karl is as sweet as can be!

Troy is a 3 year old neutered, English Spot dwarf mix. He is looking for a home that will give him lots of attention, treats, and pets. He has a sweet personality and a mild demeanor. While he is sometimes initially nervous of being picked up, once he's in your arms he is right at home. Troy would love to find someone that understands him and would make a spectacular bunny companion!

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Rhythmic Gymnastics Going for Gold and Personal Strength at the Irene School of Rhythmic Gymnastics by Jody Robinson oes your child like to dance with ribbons and flutter around like a butterfly? She just might enjoy rhythmic gymnastics, which blends the beauty of ballet, dance and art with the dynamics of gymnastics – incorporating music, ribbons, ropes, clubs and hoops in a choreographed dance and tumble routine.


Though it has a long history that some say can be traced all the way back to the Egyptians, rhythmic gymnastics started as an independent competitive sport in the early 1950s by the Russians. In 1963 the first rhythmic gymnastics world championship was held in Europe and the 1984 Olympic Games marked the debut of this new discipline within the Olympic gymnastics competition. What is the difference between artistic gymnastics versus rhythmic gymnastics? The two forms of gymnastics share many similar attrib-

utes, but are also very distinct from one another based on events, rules and style. Artistic Gymnastics allows both male and female gymnasts to participate and compete. Events for men include the vault, pommel horse, still rings, parallel bars, high bar and floor. Women compete in the vault, balance beam, uneven bars and floor. Artistic gymnastics focuses mainly on strength, balance, and agility. Rhythmic Gymnastics is a women-only event in which gymnasts perform on a floor with a rope, hoop, ball, clubs or ribbon accompanied by music, in individual or group events. Rhythmic gymnastics focuses primarily on grace, dance, flexibility, and eye-hand coordination. Rhythmic gymnastics is growing in popularity in the United States because it helps children grow in coordination, balance, good posture,

The Irene School Of Rythmic Gymnatics is located at 23252 Del Lago Dr. Unit E In Laguna Hills, CA 92653. For more information visit or call the school at 844-TRY-ISRG (879-4774). OCTOBER 2014



elegance, strength, flexibility, discipline and confidence. One proof of its rising profile is that it made it into Taylor Swift’s recent video for her hit “Shake ItOff.” But if you don’t give much weight to Taylor Swift, consider that more and more schools are opening their doors to offer rhythmic gymnastics courses to every type of artist athlete – from those who just want to check it out, to those committed students who want to train to compete in the Olympics.

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The Irene School of Rhythmic Gymnastics was founded in Laguna Hills to introduce to South Orange County to the beauty and athleticism of this emerging sport. The school was started by Anastasia Fomin, Master of Sports of Russia in Rhythmic Gymnastics, and her husband Ed Fomin. Anastasia studied and competed in Russia for eighteen years, and it was her passion and love for the sport that inspired the opening, and drives the growth, of the studio. The school is dedicated to Anastasia’s mother Irene who inspired and encouraged Anastasia to pursue rhythmic gymnastics.

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The school’s expertise is in developing young rhythmic gymnasts that want to excel and compete in the Olympic sport. In fact Irene School of Rhythmic Gymnastics (ISRG) student Analiese Dragan was one of twelve girls selected nationally to attend the Rhythmic Youth Elite Squad. Analiese has been training at ISRG for two and half years and is the youngest girl to be selected to attend the Rhythmic Youth Elite Squad camp. But even for those who don’t necessarily have their sights set on the Olympics, rhythmic gymnastics is an excellent form of exercise, combining athleticism, grace and mental discipline. ISRG offers an all-around physical education to complement to any young child’s physique, development and ability level. Recreational program includes public performances that build self esteem and skills that will last a child her lifetime. Introductory courses are available for children ages six and up who want to explore this captivating sport and art form. They even offer a Mommy & Me program (for three-yearolds and four- year-olds), which is great for moms to learn more about rhythmic gymnastics and get some play time with their child. OCTOBER 2014



Hot or Not? by Laura Anderson Lutz

ecently hot yoga, or heated yoga, has hit the fitness scene like a major heat wave. Here in South Orange County it seems as though a “hot yoga” studio has appeared on almost every corner. So much so it has become difficult to find a studio offering non-heated or more traditional yoga classes. This has pushed a belief that hotter must be better. The benefits of yoga are countless from improved flexibility, strength, posture, and even stress reduction. These attributes have been known for centuries, but is hotter really better?


A study conducted by The American Council on Exercise compared the effects of heated vs. non- heated yoga. The results were clear … not much! They looked at two key points of interest- core body temperature and heart rate. The participants did not burn more calories as a result of increasing their core temperature nor did they raise their maximum cardiovascular capacity by doing yoga in a heated room. The average heart rate was 56% for non-heated yoga and 57% for heated yoga. Heated yoga does offer the practitioner a greater range of motion for obvious reasons- warm muscles respond with less discomfort while stretching. This can, however, give a false sense of flexibility causing overstretched tendons and pulled muscles. Practitioners may be inclined to push harder because their body awareness is decreased while battling the sensations of heat instead of mindfulness and alignment. Hot yoga devotees praise the benefits of detoxification of the body during a hot practice. Detoxification of the body, however, does not occur through the skin. Our sweat consists of water, salt, and some trace minerals. The bodies’ filtration systems, ie- detoxifiers, are the liver, kidneys and lymphatic system. We sweat simply to cool down ensuring that our body temperature does not go to dangerous levels. According to the ACE study, heated yoga in the range of 80-95 degrees did not appear to present any dangers for a healthy individual. There is no industry standard of heat levels, and practitioners with health issues should be cautious. A non- heated practice is a viable and effective form of exercise. Get your "burn" on naturally, and reap the benefits of a quality non-heated yoga practice at Align Pilates Center. Laura Anderson Lutz is a certified yoga and pilates instructor at Align Pilates Center.

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A RUNNER’S ROUTINE: Top 5 Nutrition Tips for Race Preparation hether you’re a seasoned jogging long-distance specialist or a newly initiated slow-paced courier, special TLC to your body’s health is a must. In preparation for the 37th annual Dana Point Turkey Trot, race-day sponsor CLIF Bar polled its team athletes and nutritionists to put together the top five runner nutrition tips.


1. Caffeine. Typically given a bad rap, caffeine, taken in moderation, will actually help improve your performance on a run. Caffeine gives you the extra boost, keeps you clear of that “batteries are draining” feeling and helps you enjoy the activity. Moderation for most runners sits between two to three cups of drip coffee per day, but keep in mind that every body is different. 2. Stay Hydrated. Hydration is the trickiest

part of fueling running as every cell in your body thrives on fluid. Your hydration mantra: Drink fluids early and often. Water is important, but when your runtime totals more than an hour, include electrolyte drinks that have sodium as the main mineral player – this will keep your body and emotional state at

full efficiency. 3. Carb Up. Carbohydrates should make up about 2/3 of each meal. Choose carbohydrates that are high in fiber, such as wheat bread, pasta, bran cereals, oatmeal, CLIF Bars, potatoes and popcorn. 4. Powerful Protein. Protein is necessary to repair and rebuild muscle. Approximately 1/3 of each meal should contain this powerful prop. To help counter the wear and tear of training and racing, rebuild with foods like grass fed beef, antibiotic-and-hormone-free chicken, low mercury fish, lentils, cheese and soy. 5. Meal Planning. Eat frequently and eat a variety of foods. Make sure you eat three meals each day and two or three healthy snacks in between. This will help prevent energy highs and lows throughout the day and make you more energized for training runs.

Whether you’re a seasoned jogging long-distance specialist or a newly initiated slow-paced courier, special TLC to your body’s health is a must. In preparation for the 37th annual Dana Point Turkey Trot, race-day sponsor CLIF Bar polled its team athletes and nutritionists to put together the top five runner nutrition tips.

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SOUTH COUNTY DINING & ENTERTAINMENT 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

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


f 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. My husband Tim discovered the Dana Point restaurant while vacationing in Venice, Italy over a decade ago. Strolling by a quaint eatery, he noticed its sign showcased a sister establishment in Southern California not far from his San Clemente home. His experience of what he calls “truly terrific” culinary dishes prompted him to seek out Casanova Ristorante in the hopes that the “authentic Venetian” specialties served up stateside would rival its Italian counterpart.

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. For the main course, Tim’s favorite dishes are the “Pink Lady Fettuccine” made with chicken and sundried tomatoes tossed in a creamy Alfredo sauce and the Rigatoni Mama Rose which combines Italian sausage and mushrooms in a tomato sauce with a touch of cream. My favorites include the Lasagne al Forno which arrives with layers of perfectly al dente pasta, ricotta cheese and meat sauce baked with mozzarella cheese and the Risotto Casanova Italian rice with porcini mushrooms, Italian sausages and a light cream sauce. 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.

The menu apparently more than delivered because Casanova Ristorante has consistently been the eatery of choice when deciding on where to go on “date night," treating friends to a special occasion dinner or hosting out-of-town Portions are generous, but if you’ve saved room for a little something sweet … try the crème brulee with family. its perfectly carmelized top or the homemade I can’t speak to the cuisine at its sister tiramisu, a traditional favorite. establishment in Venice, but I can tell you that 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.

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SOUTH COUNTY DINING & ENTERTAINMENT Every play will have a mystery embedded in its plot because in every story, at some level, is the question of motivation: why did this person behave in this way. The stories of Doyle, Faulkner, Shakespeare, Milton and Agatha Christie all have the question of motivation at their heart.

Detectives at Heart by Beverly Blake and Tom Scott

urder mysteries are the only genre of theatre which consistently offers the chance to figure out the story for yourself. In no other style of theatre does a group of people expend such energy to understand the identity of one person. We usually focus on the murderer, but it is really the dead who are the stars for one last moment. To solve the murder the one inquiring must know the victims’ history and their motivations. They have to find out who would want to kill them and why. In looking for the killer, they often have to discover the


soul of the one killed first. It isn’t always the murderer who is on trial, it could be the victim. People are puzzles. It’s often difficult to understand why people do the things they do. Murder mysteries give us a glimpse into people with whom we would never interact in real life. We get to witness the genius of Sherlock Holmes, the friendly bumbling of Miss Marple and the style of the aristocratic Hercule Poirot. These fictional heroes lead us into the psyches of the dead, and in so doing, help us to understand the living. Every play will have a mystery embedded in its plot because in every story, at some level, is the question of motivation: why did this person behave in this way. The stories of Doyle, Faulkner, Shakespeare, Milton and Agatha Christie all have the question of motivation at their heart. Perhaps because we are all detectives at heart and always looking for answers is why the murder mystery genre continues to grab our attention and entertain us.

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Pumpkin Patches, Halloween Haunts & Harvest Festivals Information is tentative at press time. Please call venue for details. Pumpkinpalooza: San Juan Capistrano. Pumpkinpalooza is Zoomars annual pumpkin patch and event. We have pumpkins of all shapes, colors and sizes. PumpkinPalooza features pumpkins, petting, a hay maze, photo opportunities and much more! Ages 13 years and under. Kids under 1 year free, 1-12 years $7, 13 years and older $8. 9am-5pm. Zoomars Petting Zoo. 31791 Los Rios St. (949) 831-6550.

the little ones and will offer games, activities and food booths. The Haunted House will be held on the first floor crypt of the SUA Recreation Center. The suggested age for this dark journey with moving monsters is 10 years and older. Ages 2-17 years. Free admission to kids Halloween Fair, Haunted House is $5 at the doomsday door. 6pm-9pm for Fair, 7pm-10:30pm for Haunted House. Soka University. 1 University Dr. (949) 480-4081.

Pumpkin City’s Pumpkin Farm; Laguna Hills. The fun place to pick a pumpkin! Come celebrate Halloween at Orange County's premier Harvest Festival. Meander through thousands of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes in a charming farm atmosphere. Enjoy a host of amusement rides, game booths, and activities all set under the canopy of the beautiful autumn sky. Free admission. General hours Mon-Thurs 10:30am9pm, Fridays 10:30am-10pm, Saturdays 10am-10pm, Sundays 10am-9pm. Laguna Hills Mall. 24203 Avenida de la Carlota. (949) 586-5862.

Halloween Spooktacular; Dana Point. Bring the family and join the fun. The City of Dana Point will be hosting spooky fun to include Halloween Cupcake Decorating, Best Carved or Decorated Pumpkin Contest (ages 3-10 years). Bring your already carved or decorated pumpkin! We will also have a children's costume parade, halloween story time and a Halloween-themed marionette show. All activities are free and are geared for children. Non-scary, family fun event! Come dressed in your Halloween Costume and join in for the Costume Parade. Ages 2-15 years. Free. 4:30pm-8:30pm. Lantern Bay Park. 25111 Park Lantern Rd. (949) 248-3500.

Pumpkin Patch; San Juan Capistrano. Join us for our annual pumpkin patch. We have a huge selection of beautiful, vibrant pumpkins along with all of the pumpkin carving accessories you can think of. Enjoy the jumpers, obstacle course, and a new twenty-five foot rock climbing, double-slide for the kids all month long. Ages 15 years and under. Free admission. Mon-Thurs 1pm-6:30pm, Fridays 1pm-8pm, Sat/Sun 10am8pm. Mountain Pines Christmas Tree Farm. 29932 Camino Capistrano. (949) 364-1270.

A Ghostly Affair; Laguna Hills. Dress up in your favorite costume and join us for an afternoon of hair-raising fun. Our Ghostly Affair includes exciting games, terrific trickor-treating, tons of prizes, and plenty of opportunities for great pictures – so don't forget your camera! Reservation required. Ages 1-6 years. 4pm-5pm. Laguna Hills Community Center and Sports Complex. 25555 Alicia Pkwy. (949) 707-2680.

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Halloween Spooktacular; Laguna Niguel. "Things that go bump in the nightcreepy crawlers." Come face to face with some not so cuddly creatures of the animal world! Join Jackie Navaro from Wild Wonders as she takes you on a dynamic journey with some of the creepiest crawlers. The animal selection is subject to change but can include: alligators, a three pound toad, owls, snakes, tarantulas, opossum, etc. Ages 2-12 years. Kids under 1 year free, 2 years and older $5. 7pm-8pm. Crown Valley Community Park. 29751 Crown Valley Parkway. (949) 362-4351.


Club Literacy Spookfest; Dana Point. *Event not today, but must RSVP today.* Events 11th and 17th. A specially designed Halloween storytelling celebration for students. Fun and spooky tales will be told. Come costumed! Snacks, batty stories, spooky atmosphere and music provided. Ghostly snacks will be gobbled. Story interaction and monster dances. An old fashioned Halloween cupcake walk. Costume awards presented to all, from wackiest to scariest. Must RSVP by October 10th. All ages. $20 per scary night. 11am-1pm, 2pm-4pm, 6pm-8pm on October 11th and 6pm8pm on October 17th. Club Literacy. 34085 Pacific Coast Hwy Suite 105. (949) 717-6624.

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Fall Harvest Festival; Aliso Viejo. Event includes family games, pony rides, arts and crafts, balloon twisters, DJ entertainment, and more. Wear your costume as you walk through the costume parade! Parade begins at 10:30 am. Ages 1-12 years. Free admission. 10am-12pm. Grand Park. 6101 City Lights Dr. (949) 2437747. Halloween Magician; Laguna Niguel. Acclaimed Magician Jay Leslie conjures up a little Halloween hocus-pocus fun with bewitching tricks and illusions. All ages. Free. 7pm-7:45pm. Laguna Niguel Public Library. 30341 Crown Valley Pkwy. (949) 249-5252.

14th Annual Haunted Trails; Laguna Niguel. Watch for Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel & Gretel, Rapunzel and other characters that will haunt each and every visitor. Groups of 10-13 people are escorted through mazes, tents,and ultimately pass through the graveyard. Wear comfortable walking shoes. No costumes allowed. This is a very scary event and not recommended for children under 8 years of age. Ages 8-17 years. $12 per person (free parking). 6:30pm-8:30pm. Crown Valley Community Park. 29751 Crown Valley Pkwy. (949) 362-4351.



Annual Halloween Fair and Haunted House; Aliso Viejo. Soka University’s student clubs are once again combining their ghastly talents to host Soka University’s 12th Annual Halloween Fair and Haunted House. The Halloween Fair in front of the Recreation Center is recommended for


Hometown Halloween; Mission Viejo. Celebrate this fall holiday in style with themed carnival game booths, the “Whacky Witch’n Kitchen” pint-sized haunted house, costume parade, crafts, face painting and pony rides. Ages 1-12 years. Free. 4pm-8pm. Oso Viejo Community Park. 24932 Veterans Way. (949) 768-0981. Pageant of the Monsters; Laguna Beach. Back by popular demand, the Pageant of the Monsters returns with Triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13). The backstage of the Pageant of the Masters will be transformed into a family-friendly haunted house with an artistic twist, plus other “spook-tacular” surprises! Ages 5-17 years. Free for under 4 years, $10 for 5-12 years, $15 for 13 years and older. 6pm-9:30pm. Festival of Arts. 650 Laguna Canyon Rd. (949) 464-4282. Halloween Haunt; Dana Point. Don’t miss out on Doheny’s most festive event of the year! Bring your family and friends to celebrate Halloween in a fun and safe environment with good ole fashioned spookiness, arts and crafts, a fun zone, and an array of educational booths. Don’t’ forget to dress up those little ones! The event meets at picnic sites A and B. Ages 2-17 years. Free, however, a donation of one non-perishable per person is greatly appreciated. 6:30pm-8:30pm. Doheny State Beach. 25300 Dana Point Harbor Dr. (949) 496-6172.


Halloween Trick-Or-Treat Pumpkin Party; Mission Viejo. Bring the kids down in their favorite costume and join us for free trick or treating from 12pm1pm. Afterward enjoy our pumpkin patch and petting zoo. Kids are also invited to paint their own custom pumpkin with our special guest Risa from Colorful

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