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Ladies for Literacy Carolyn Hopkins, Doris I. Walker and Lara Anderson are all central ﬁgures in promoting children’s literacy in Dana Point
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Children’s Librarian Carolyn Hopkins, author/historian Doris I. Walker and City Councilwoman Lara Anderson meet at one of their favorite places—the Dana Point Public Library. Photo by Jonathan Volzke
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City and Business Calendar Friday, June 18
Sunrise Rotary Club 7 a.m. the Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at the Ritz-Carlton. 1 RitzCarlton Drive, 949.493.2759, www. monarchbeachrotary.com
Civic Association Coffee Chat 8:30 a.m. Coffee Importers, 34531 Golden Lantern in the harbor. Dana Point Civic Association presents Coffee Chat on the third Friday of each month. The public is welcome. Free coffee will be served, courtesy of Coffee Importers owner Jim Miller. For more information, call Pat Fairbanks at 949.661.9999.
Saturday, June 19 Farmers Market 9 a.m.–1 p.m. La Plaza Park, 34111 La Plaza Street. Admission is free. For more information or to inquire about purchasing a booth for $25, please call 949.573-5033 or
Monday, June 21 Planning Commission Meeting 6 p.m. City Council Chambers, 33282 Golden Lantern, 949.248.3501, www. danapoint.org
Friday, June 25
Tuesday, June 22 Toastmasters 7 p.m. Dana Point Harbor Toastmasters meets every Tuesday at the Dana Point Library. 33841 Niguel Road, 949.496.2275, www.danaharbor. freetoasthost.ws
Wednesday, June 23
Movies in the Park 8 p.m. The City of Dana Point presents Night at the Museum, the last of this month’s Movies in the Park. Admission and popcorn are free. A snack bar serving hot and cold beverages and candy for purchase will be available. Movies are shown at Lantern Bay Park, 25111 Park Lantern Road. For more information call 949.248.3530 or log on to www.danapoint.org
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...Doheny Village Plan Moves Forward?
THE LATEST: The Dana Point City Council, at its June 14 meeting, voted unanimously to authorize the City Manger to finalize the scope of work and enter into an agreement with ROMA Design Group to develop the Doheny Village Plan. Their vote also served to authorize a budget adjustment for the project. “Tonight is a big night for the City of Dana Point,” said City Manager Doug Chotkevys. “This is something that City Council has long contemplated and tonight we are about to venture upon that journey.” WHAT’S NEXT: Chotkevys went on to say that the long and arduous process of working on the Town Center revitalization project, with its much larger group of stakeholders, will serve to move the Doheny Village project forward in a more expeditious manner. “Quite candidly, I won’t be surprised if Doheny Village leapfrogs the Town Center,” said Chotkevys. FIND OUT MORE: Log on to www.danapointtimes.com to see the full staff report. —Andrea Swayne
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…The November Elections?
THE LATEST: The City Council on Monday set a municipal election for November 2, when three members will face re-election. Mayor Steven H. Weinberg, Councilwoman Lisa Bartlett and Councilman Joel Bishop have all served one four-year term and are eligible to run for another, City Clerk Kathy Ward said. Dana Point has term limits that restrict council members to two terms; if they wait two years after serving their last term, they can again seek office. The three seats on the ballot in November make up the majority of the five-member council. WHAT’S NEXT: The candidate filing period for the City Council seats opens July 12, and closes on August 6. If an incumbent eligible to run for office does not file the nomination papers by August 6, the filing period is www.danapointtimes.com
extended to August 11 for other candidates. Those seeking office can submit a Candidate’s Statement, which will cost an estimated $728 for a maximum of 200 words. FIND OUT MORE: See an election timetable at www.ocvote.com —Jonathan Volzke
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…Drowning Prevention Reminder?
THE LATEST: The Orange County Fire Authority on Tuesday kicked off the summer season with a stern reminder to parents that children can drown quickly, and almost silently. Parents and children gathered at the Waterworks Aquatics swim school in Irvine Tuesday morning to watch a drowning rescue demonstration and learn about safety around water. Claudia Kiso, 8, volunteered to be the “victim” of a mock drowning incident while lifeguards, firefighters and paramedics demonstrated lifesaving techniques. Orange County Fire Authority spokeswoman Lynnette Round said drowning is the leading cause of death for children under five years of age, but is a preventable event. WHAT’S NEXT: As the school year ends and temperatures begin to climb, authorities said parents need to keep a closer eye on young ones. “Parents should always watch their children in the water or make sure someone is,” Round said. FIND OUT MORE: For water safety information, call OCFA community relations at 714.573.6200, or log on to www.ocfa.org —Chris Bashaw
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…Dana Hills Student Joining Recall Effort?
THE LATEST: Saam Alikhani, a Dana Hills High School senior who just completed a term as the student advisor to the Capistrano Unified School District board of trustees, has joined the effort to recall two of the elected
leaders. Capistrano Unified Children First officials said Alikhani has joined the board of directors of that group and “will assume an active role in the planning and executing of campaign strategies leading to the Nov 2, 2010 General Election.” Trustees Ken Lopez Maddox and Michael Winsten are targeted for recall, while the seats held by trustees Ellen Addonizio, Anna Bryson and Larry Christensen are up for re-election. Alikhani plans to attend UC Irvine starting this fall. His declared course of study while attending UCI is Political Science and preLaw. He was just chosen by his peers at Dana Hills High School as “Dolphin of the Year. WHAT’S NEXT: The Registrar of Voters has until the end of June to determine whether enough of the more than 65,785 signatures filed in support of the recall are valid to put the issue on the ballot. FIND OUT MORE: See the entire announcement at The Beyond the Blackboard blog at www.danapointtimes.com —JV
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…Modification to Street Sweeping in Capo Beach?
THE LATEST: City Council voted 5-0 on June 14 to adopt a resolution modifying the street sweeping schedule and restricting parking in northwest Capistrano Beach and several other arterial streets. The city currently restricts parking for street sweeping in Lantern Village, Town Center/Santa Clara area, upper Blue Lantern including Alta Vista, Doheny Village and several other arterial streets in these areas and has invested resources over the years to encourage voluntary compliance. A study by the Traffic Improvement Subcommittee found that a significant portion of the public does not comply resulting in dirty streets and significant pollution entering into the storm drains. Under direction of City Council, the Subcommittee identified additional areas where No Parking signs would benefit the street-sweeping efforts due to unusually
high numbers of parked cars preventing the sweeper from cleaning effectively. It was noted that routine moving of cars can be an imposition on residents. But Police Services said that the requirement to move vehicles weekly should effectively cut down on the number of inoperable and/or abandoned cars on our streets being unmoved for long periods of time as well as having a positive effect on water quality. The Regional Water Quality Control Board agreed and advised that street sweeping is “an effective water quality Best Management Practice” due to a high concentration of heavy metals and bacteria found in city storm drain outlets. WHAT’S NEXT: The cost to the city is estimated at $23,500 for the installation of new signs. Additional enforcement costs are estimated at $9,000 per year and the cost will be offset by the revenue taken in from parking citations. Citations will be set at $27 per infraction. No adjustment to the budget was requested for the implementation of this plan. FIND OUT MORE: A full copy of the resolution and more information on the exact areas where signs will be added, is available on www.danapointtimes.com —AS
On the Bubble Other topics making news this week Earthquake Shakes Dana Point The United States Geological Survey reported a magnitude 5.7 earthquake centered five miles southeast of Ocotillo, California at 9:26 p.m. on June 14. The quake was felt throughout Southern California as a jolt followed by a slow rolling feeling. The temblor was described as very similar to the recent April 4, 2010 (Easter Sunday) quake in Baja that was also widely felt in Southern California. According to the Caltech Seismological Laboratory in Pasadena, “the probability of a “strong and possibly damaging aftershock (magnitude 5 and larger) in the next seven days is approximately 40 percent.” For more information, log on to www.usgs. gov and visit the “Did you feel it?” page to report your earthquake experience. —AS June 18–24, 2010 • Dana Point Times • Page 3
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Lara Anderson, Shay Anderson, Doris I. Walker, Storm Anderson and Carolyn Hopkins read Doris I. Walker’s new book, The Test of a Nest. Photo by Andrea Swayne
Ladies for Literacy Doris I. Walker, Lara Anderson and Carolyn Hopkins are all central figures in promoting children’s literacy in Dana Point By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times
s Dr. Seuss wrote in, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!, “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” It is in this spirit that Doris I. Walker, Lara Anderson and Carolyn Hopkins—an author/historian, a city councilwoman and a children’s librarian, respectively—form a trio of champions for children’s literacy in Dana Point. As thousands of kids get ready to leave their classrooms for summer break, a look at how this trio of Dana Point bibliophiles each do their part to encourage children to read serves as a timely reminder of the importance of inspiring children’s literacy. Walker, a resident since 1963, is well-known as an award-winning author, historian, an Orange County Historical Commissioner and writer of a popular column for the DP Times. She has 13 books under her belt, including her popular title, Dana Point Harbor / Capistrano Bay: Home Port for Romance. Other titles include, Sections of Orange: Orange County’s Centennial Celebration—a copy is sealed inside a centennial time capsule at the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana—and Orange County Then and Now. Books have always played a big part in her life, especially while raising her two sons. It was very important to her to pass along her love for the printed word to her kids and she began reading to them, literally since the day they were born. Putting books in their hands early paid off and they were both reading by age four and always excited about getting to the library to check out as many books as they could. “I raised my two sons—one is now a published author and the other a biomedical engineer—here in Dana Point and back when we arrived in 1963 the library consisted of a small storefront on La Plaza, just to the right of where the clock tower stands now, next door to the post office,” said Walker. “I used to take my boys to the library and they would ask for a book about something like trucks and the librarian would direct them to the back of the room to look through the box marked “T” to see what they had. Some of my oldest’s first words were ‘turn the page.’” Walker also wrote stories for her own kids through the Page 4 • Dana Point Times • June 18–24, 2010
Doris Walker and son Brent shared a book signing in the early ‘80s at then Dana Point Bookstore on La Plaza. His was Films of the Bowery Boys and hers was Home Port for Romance. The dedication in Brent’s new book, Mack Sennett’s Fun Factory, reads: “To Mom, the person who most nurtured my interest in history. Our two paths through California history collide on my page 177.” Photo courtesy of Doris I. Walker
years and has just published one of the six she wrote for them during their childhood. Her first children’s book, The Test of a Nest, is the story of two imaginary “bufflebirds” who together build a nest and become mother and father to a new baby bufflebird. The story shows that, “the biggest and brightest are not the most significant traits when the pair’s small and very plain looking baby bird becomes the most beautiful and important thing in the whole forest to them.” “When The Test of a Nest first came out I showed my granddaughter and she loved it,” said Walker. “When I told her that I have five more stories yet to be published she said to me, ‘Grandma, you mean you’ve written books that aren’t books yet?’ That really inspired me to work on getting the others published.” Walker’s love for books is contagious. It has even rubbed off on her husband Jack Pierson Smith, who spends his time collecting book donations from the Friends of the Library used bookstore and thrift stores and takes them to the Veterans Hospitals in Long Beach and San Diego. The children’s books he picks up go to the San Onofre school on-base at Camp Pendleton. Smith is proud to announce that he too is in the book business. “I don’t buy ‘em and I don’t sell ‘em, but I’m in the book business,” he said. The library has come a long way since Walker and her sons frequented the tiny La Plaza storefront. As one of the
founders and an officer of the Friends of the Dana Point Library, Walker recalled that group’s first meeting when the library was brand new and the shelves looked half empty. Now, it’s bursting at the seams and many feel as though Dana Point has outgrown it and the building could use an overhaul and expansion, if not a completely new facility. “I’d like to see our Dana Point Library expansion as a priority goal,” said Walker. “I don’t think that computers have taken the place of books, especially for young children. Nothing compares to holding a book and knowing that the whole story is right there in your hands—you possess it for the time you have it. It’s important. Being in love with words is one of the blessings of life and it is my wish that every child has the chance to experience that, in books.” However you feel about the library building itself, the treasures it holds inside still serve to inspire children to enjoy reading. These treasures are not only the books, but the special people who have made it their life’s work to care for it and assist visitors. Children’s Librarian, Carolyn Hopkins, is one such treasure. Hopkins has been working at the Dana Point Library for 18 years and in the Orange County Library system for 30. One of her favorite ways to support children’s literacy is through her toddler storytime and summer reading programs. She also conducts a school-age reading club during the school year. This year’s summer reading program has attracted not only the younger children in the community but also a group of about 70 teen volunteers who will help Hopkins with registering kids for the program and seeing that they get their reading incentive “treasures” as they complete their summer book selections. “I love to inspire children to read. It’s my goal in life,” said Hopkins. “I love watching them grow and tapping into their imagination. I’ve been here long enough to watch my preschool storytime kids grow up and return as adults. I was going to be a teacher, then I started at a library in 1973 as a summer job shelving books and decided that this was what I wanted to do with my life. It was a great choice for me. I’ve even had some of my storytime kids come back and tell me that they are studying library science in college in the masters program—required to become a librarian—as a result of the inspiration they received at our library.” Dana Point City Councilwoman Lara Anderson has also made inspiring children’s literacy a big part of her life, both in the community and within her own family. As Vice Chairperson of the Orange County Public Library Advisory Board—among her many community service pursuits—Anderson devotes a portion of her always-busy schedule to the support of the public library system. Lara and her daughters, Storm, 2-and-a-half, and Shay, 12 months, are regulars at Hopkins’—Miss Carolyn to them— (Cont. on page 6) www.danapointtimes.com
EYE ON DP Ladies for Literacy (Cont. from page 4) Preschool Storytime reading programs. “It’s much more than just story time,” said Anderson. “There are singalongs, dancing and crafts. It’s so much more than Miss Carolyn just reading to us. The room is packed! Between kids and parents in attendance there can be an audience of around 80 people and kids of all ages, including my daughters, really enjoy it. Storm is still singing the turkey song Miss Carolyn taught last Thanksgiving.” Anderson went on to say that, for her, promoting children’s literacy is especially important at an early age to instill a love of learning and reading that will carry them through their whole lives, especially with so much electronic media that often distract kids from reading these days. Early this year Anderson was presented with the Pat Plepler Award—created by the Dana Point Historical Society in memory of the late Pap Plepler, who was very active in the community, a newspaper columnist and author of a children’s book titled Stanley and the Major—for outstanding community service. The award includes a prize of $500 which Anderson
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SUMMER AT DANA POINT LIBRARY Chart your course in a vast sea of summer reading fun in Dana Point Library’s Summer Reading Program—Make a Splash…Read! The program gets underway on June 28 and sign ups are being taken now at the library “beach hut.” Treasures will be awarded for reading library books! The following free, weekly entertainment programs are scheduled for Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. beginning July 1. Most are held in Sea Terrace Park adjacent to the library, unless otherwise noted. On Program days free overﬂow parking passes are available at the library. July 1 • Buster the Balloon Guy - a mix of comedy with magic & zany balloons *this program held in the library July 8 • Musical Barnyard Extravaganza - live petting zoo July 15 • Wild Wonders – the wet ‘n’ wild world of animals July 22 • Animal Magic - a blend of magic, comedy, music and live exotic animals July 29 • Bubble Mania - see amazing bubble magic (inside the library) August 5 • Puppet Art Puppet Show- “Tommy’s Pirate Adventure” August 12 • Swazzle Puppet Production - “ River Otter Circus” (inside the library) Dive into stories at weekly Storytimes for children of all ages on Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. on June 29, July 6, 13, 20 and 27, August 3 and 10. Family Pajama Storytime with the Sunshine Readers is held at 7:00 p.m. on June 28 and July 26. All programs are free and funded by the Friends of the Dana Point Library, National Charity League and the Dana Point Woman’s Club. For more information, contact Children’s Librarian Carolyn Hopkins at 949.496.5813 or via email at Carolyn. Hopkins@occr.ocgov.com. The Dana Point Public Library is located at 33841 Niguel Road.
promptly donated to the Dana Point Library Children’s Programs. “With the money that Lara donated we were able to purchase new puzzles, floor pillows and other storytime supplies,” said Hopkins. “I was honored to receive the money for our program, especially given the many other worthy causes she had to choose from.” As a member of the OCPL Advisory Board, Anderson said she’s aware of budget issues facing public libraries, which are funded largely by property taxes, and that the economic downturn has dramatically affected the money available to the library. “My girls and I attend Toddler Storytime every Tuesday morning, so one of the cuts that directly affected us was the elimination of Miss Carolyn’s helper’s position,” said Anderson. “By donating the Plepler prize money I just wanted to contribute some much-needed, extra funding to the library.”
Boat Show a Success Attendance numbers are in for the 10th Annual Dana Point Harbor Inwater Boat Show and new Green Expo
he decade-old Dana Point Harbor In-water Boat Show saw a change in lineup from years past with the addition of the Green Expo. Reviews from both events were positive. According to OC Dana Point Harbor figures, the Boat Show and Green Expo saw a total of 8,088 attendees—about 2,000 per day over the four-day event—and was, from their perspective a success. “The Green Expo was a perfect combination for the Dana Point Harbor Boat Show. Boaters, like so many others, are always looking for ways to ‘green up’ their activities
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The fact that the library has the ability, even in these tough economic times, to continue to offer free programs is a really great thing, Anderson went on to say. Hopkins and Walker both agreed, adding that every little bit counts and that along with utilizing the library to promote literacy in the lives of our citizens, the Friends of the Library is a worthy cause for those looking to contribute to the betterment of the people, especially the young people, of Dana Point. “Nothing can replace losing yourself in the imagination of a book. And it’s free!” she said. “I really encourage parents to take their children to the library as often as possible. Children’s books can be pretty expensive. The library is free and you can indulge their short attention spans by checking out a stack of books to have something new to hold their attention every week. The library even has a toddler board book section! With the current state of the economy, it is wonderful that we can provide such meaningful, free entertainment and learning fun with the library.” DP
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and improve water quality,” said Harbor Director Brad Gross. “Boaters are great stewards of the environment and the water, whether it is a lake, river, harbor or open ocean where we choose to spend our recreational time, so it makes sense to educate ourselves on new green opportunities.” According to Green Expo Marketing Director Ross Teasley, the Boat Show and Green Expo were a resounding success, breaking ticket records. The addition of the cutting-edge Green Expo and the overwhelmingly generous support of the event sponsors, it was by far the best and most innovative show on the California coast this year. “We are already hard at work on even more innovations for next year’s show, building on the important lessons and feedback from this year’s show, including changing the layout and flow so that the Green Expo and the Boat Show combine fully and expanding on the remarkable presentation schedule from this year that included Wyland films, surf films, and a lineup of informative speakers from marine biologists to architects to eco-friendly contractors,” said Teasley. Dana Point, with its many ocean and water-sports enthusiasts and a large portion of the community who really care about the environment, is the ideal place for both the Boat Show and Green Expo. “Everyone stepped up in a very big way, this first year of the Green Expo, and it exceeded our most ambitious expectations. Sponsors were willing to give the new show some unusual effort and attention, exhibitors braved the unknown, volunteers went beyond the call, and the community rallied with support,” said Teasley. “Sponsors like the County of Orange, the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce, the City of Dana Point, Vintage Marinas, the Ocean Institute, the Wyland Foundation and the South Coast Water District all really extended themselves in meaningful ways and as a result, they launched the best
Scenes from the 10th Annual Dana Point Harbor In-water Boat Show and Green Expo. Photos by Gibby/zone57.com
new Green Expo in Southern California.” And, despite the ailing economy, many boat sales were made at this year’s event. Kenzie Lobacz of Dream Catcher Yachts reported that he was very pleased by the interest the show generated for his business. “We had a wonderful turnout at the show,” said Lobacz. “There was a lot of interest in the boats we had on display that has, so far, resulted in two boats under contract.” Dick Simon, owner of Dick Simon Yachts, said of this year’s show that as people start to get realistic with regard to the economic situation, prices are at a level that makes the dream of having a boat reachable. “This is the first time in the history of my involvement with boating that boats are a viable investment,” said Simon. “Buyers have a chance to buy at a price that will actually appreciate.” DP
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What’s going on in our neighboring towns, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano SAN CLEMENTE
Bertha Henry Taylor Honored on Wall of Recognition Bertha Henry Taylor, 99, was presented a Certificate of Recognition and commemoration on the Wall of Recognition at the June 15 City Council meeting for her more than 50 years of outstanding service to the community. Taylor, referred to by Mayor Dahl as “Mrs. San Clemente,” “first lady of first ladies” and “San Clemente’s living legend,” was honored with a speech listing her many accomplishments and firsts as a community leader and businessperson. Her many achievements include: Being named the 1964 Community Saleswoman of the Year, the 1968 Realtor of the Year, 1973 Woman of Achievement, 1978 Citizen of the Year, 2002 Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award. She was the first woman elected to serve on the chamber board of directors, the first woman president of the Apartment, Motel and Hotel Owners Association, Chairwoman of the Governing Board of Camp Pendleton Functions and much more. Taylor also initiated the first pier fireworks show, was instrumental in keeping our beaches free from private development and keeping PCH open when the freeway was being built and revitalized the historic La Cristianita Pageant. In her acceptance speech Taylor asked one thing from the Council—that for her 100th birthday present from the city, she would like to see that the La
Cristianita monument be moved to the Casa Romantica. She also had a message for the community and especially the young people when she said, “With a destiny that makes us brothers, no one walks alone. What we put into the lives of others comes back into our own.”—AS
New Perimeter Sidewalk Proposed at Max Berg Park Plans to develop a continuous sidewalk around the perimeter of Max Berg Plaza Park as part of a Safe Routes to School project will need some revising after Monday’s public meeting. About 80 people showed up and were mostly opposed to the project citing its lack of preservation as an historical asset to San Clemente. Those who spoke out at the meeting were especially concerned with how the streets surrounding the park would become shorter, taking away from the original plan town founder Ole Hanson had for the park. Others mentioned they were not happy with the possibility of adding back-in diagonal parking on the park’s west end located on Calle Puente, that the sidewalk would change the oval shape of the park to one more square in dimension, while the project may not improve safety in the end. However, in his presentation at the beginning of the meeting, city Traffic Engineer Akram Hindiyeh made it clear
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DP Sheriff’s Blotter COMPILED BY SA R A H G U I DA S All information below is obtained from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Web site (www.ocsd.org) and reflects data available from calls placed from the field by the responding officer(s). An arrest doesn’t represent guilt. The items below are just a sampling of the entries listed on the OCSD Web site.
Sunday, June 13 DISTURBANCE Brookview, 0 Block (3:35 p.m.) An informant called authorities to report an unknown man who was banging on the door of the informant’s residence, refusing to leave. The man reportedly seemed to be about 40 years old and to have some sort of mental issues. MISSING ADULT Via Elevado, 25100 Block (9:53 a.m.) An informant contacted deputies to report a relative that had gone missing. The relative, who was last seen carrying a suitcase, was reportedly visiting from Chicago, Ill., and is unfamiliar with the area. www.danapointtimes.com
SUSPICOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Cabrillo Isle / Shackleton Isle (7:59 p.m.) An informant called authorities after witnessing a group of juveniles launch shopping carts down the roadway, towards the beach. The carts had been aimed to hit vehicles parked on the side of the road. RECKLESS DRIVING Pacific Coast Highway / Monarch Bay Dr. (2:02 p.m.) An informant called deputies to report vehicle passengers that were throwing things out the window at people. The car passengers were waving the American flag and yelling.
Friday, June 11 DISTURBANCE Marquesa, 0 Block (1:04 p.m.) An informant called deputies after being hit with a candlestick in her residence. She was unsure of how it happened or who had assaulted her, and denied medical assistance. SUSPICIOUS PERSON Mesa Vista Dr., 33200 Block (12:38 a.m.) An informant contacted authorities to report two girls who were “acting crazy” at the edge of the informant’s driveway. They were reportedly taking pictures of themselves and one of them urinated in the informant’s yard.
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that the narrowing of the streets around the park, which are anywhere from 45-50 feet wide, would in fact be reduced to 40 feet or less, which is standard for most streets in San Clemente. The plan would also eliminate designated right turn lanes around the park, reducing the speed of cars, while reducing crosswalk distances to the school and eliminating pedestrian and vehicle conflicts. Lights are also called for along the sidewalk to increase visibility. Barry Berg, along with his father Max Berg—a local icon and the man who the park is named after—were both in attendance, while others from the community included members of the San Clemente Historical Society, concerned parents and other school officials. The total cost of the project amounts to $750,000 and will be funded mostly by a grant from the State-Legislated Safe Routes to School in the amount of $594,000. Councilmember Lori Donchak, who leads the panel for the Traffic Task Force, wrapped the meeting with some new ideas to look at provided by those in attendance. “We’re going to have to go back to the drawing board with some of these concerns to see if it’s possible if there’s any flexibility in redirecting some of this grant money, revisit the plan on parking, and see if there’s other design solutions we can come up with,” she said. Some of the ideas proposed ranged from building a sidewalk around the existing oval park, more traffic citations for unsafe driving Surfside Dr., 33600 Block (6:14 p.m.) An informant called deputies to complain about a neighbor who had been shooting a pellet gun at birds the informant feeds. The shooting was reportedly an ongoing problem. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Elisa Dr., 33000 Block (4:42 p.m.) A woman called authorities after her mail carrier found a handgun in her mailbox. The informant was unsure of how the gun got there, as she had not seen anyone lingering near the mailbox.
Wednesday, June 9 DISTURBANCE – FAMILY DISPUTE Tiburon, 24000 Block (7:35 p.m.) A woman called authorities to report her 19-year-old daughter, who had punched her in the face. The woman claimed that she had a busted lip and that her daughter left the residence shortly after. PROWLER Doheny Park Road, 34000 Block (7:09 p.m.) A man contacted deputies after suspecting that a man named Bob jumped over the fence in his back yard. The informant was reportedly extremely uncooperative with deputies, and cursed at them over the phone. He claimed that because he was crippled, he was unable to investigate the noises he heard. No trespasser was found. SUSPICIOUS PERSON Pacific Coast Highway, 34100 Block (7:56 a.m.) An informant called authorities upon discovering a homeless man on the second
near the school and park, to improving other sidewalks in this particular area. The Traffic Task Force will meet next on July 13 at 2:30 p.m. at the Community Development Department located at 910 Calle Negocio.—DZ SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO
750-Horse Equestrian Center Presented at Public Hearing A proposed development of housing, commercial space and a 750-horse equestrian center is good, but probably too big as now proposed, San Juan Capistrano City Council members told the proposed developer Tuesday after more than three hours staff reports and public testimony. Advanced Real Estate Services proposes 94 homes, 90 condos and 50 apartments, along with 68,200 square feet of retail and 27,500 square feet of office space and the equestrian center, on 153 acres just east of the San Diego Freeway at the Camino Capistrano exit. In a public hearing Tuesday, 13 residents, nearly all who lived near the project, said they opposed the proposal, while 17 speakers voiced support for the plan. Council members, however, said some elements, including the stables and a five-story parking structure, were just too large. The project comes back to council on August 3.—JV
floor of a building. The man was in a sleeping bag and was surrounded by alcohol bottles.
Tuesday, June 8 CITIZEN ASSIST Selva Rd., 34100 Block (9:49 a.m.) A man called deputies to complain about a team of people who had been painting the curb. They had reportedly gotten paint all over his truck, which was parked near the curb. UNKNOWN TROUBLE Ionian Bay, 23800 Block (6:23 a.m.) Two informants called authorities to report a woman in distress, who could be heard screaming in her residence. The woman had reportedly gotten her hand stuck between her vehicle and the garage door. The fire department was called to assist her.
Monday, June 7 SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Windjammer Dr., 33700 Block (10:57 p.m.) A woman called authorities to complain that someone put something in her coffee that made her lips and tongue numb. The woman reportedly also suffered from a bout of sleepiness and hand tremors. She had gone to the hospital for similar conditions the previous week. DISTURBANCE Malaga Dr. / La Paz Ave. (5:15 p.m.) The deputies were called after two male juveniles were caught bicycling in the middle of the street. They prevented cars from passing them by riding directly in front of vehicles. June 18–24, 2010 • Dana Point Times • Page 7
Eye on DP The first Dana Point Lobster Fest, presented by the Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club and benefiting local children’s charities, will be held on Saturday, June 26 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Doheny State Beach. The day’s activities include an all-you-can-eat gourmet lobster and steak dinner prepared by world renowned Chef Louis Lepe from the St. Regis and Salt Creek Grille, no host bar, silent and live auctions and music and dancing. If you want to attend, you’ll need to buy tickets in advance. You may purchase them online now at www.danapointlobsterfest.org, or download and fill out the form provided online and mail in your check. Bring your entire family and all your friends.
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The Dana Point Library will present the first in their series of Friday Films, Wind Journeys, the Colombian award-winning film, on Friday June 18 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (including a free pizza tasting from Papa Murphy’s). The library is also offering a series of free Job Workshops that will cover how to conduct a job search, available job resources, how to write a resume and interview tips. Registration for the workshops is required and space is limited. Thursday June 24, July 1 and July 8 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. A basic Genealogy Workshop by the South Orange County Genealogical Association will also be held at the library on Saturday, June 26 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., The library is located at 33841 Niguel Road. For more info, contact the library at 949.496.5517 and ask for Jennifer Johnson.
Curious about the geology of Doheny State Beach? Here’s a chance to get up close and personal with an expert. On Friday, June 18 at 8:15 p.m. and Saturday, June 19 at 9:30 a.m. meet at the Campfire Center at Doheny State Beach to learn about the geology of the area from Camp Host John, a registered California Geologist, who will lead a discussion on faults, landslides, caves and more on Friday and a field trip to Dana Point Harbor on Saturday. For more info, visit www. dohenystatebeach.org.
The Marine Memorial Golf Course at Camp Pendleton will host a Combat Golf tournament to benefit fighting fifth marines on Monday, June 28. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the tournament begins at noon, followed by raffle prizes, four hole-in-one competitions, mine fields and obstacle courses and an awards ceremony with refreshments. The two winning teams will play at Camp Pendleton on July 21 at a special “Semper I Combat Adventure Day” with an opportunity to fire heavy weapons, eat in the mess hall and ride in military vehicles. Cost is $125 per player. For more info, call Combat Golf Commander Hank Snyder, 949.661.8298 or visit www.danapoint5thmarines.com.
The Ocean Institute is welcoming Laguna Beach artist and educator, Karen Talbot for its next Artist by the Sea Kids presentation on Saturday, June 26, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Talbot will focus on coral reefs, the “rainforests of the ocean.” Kids will be able to create their own artistic interpretation of the coral reef ecosystem and learn everything about its inhabitants. From clown fishes and their anemones to pistol shrimp and their symbiotic gobies, they’ll learn how interconnected and competitive the coral reef is and discover how to create their own artistic masterpiece. Karen’s firsthand experience as a surfer, diver, marine aquarist and artist will inspire their exploration of the tropical reefs and the art will go on to inspire others to explore, appreciate and conserve our precious reefs. Children will work side-by-side with the artist to see firsthand how these animals’ amazing adaptations make them fun to draw as well as to observe. The cost is $16, or two children for $26 (parents must accompany children during the art session). Includes admission to the Institute for one adult and one child and all art materials. Other upcoming Artist by the Sea dates include Saturday, July 17 (Barbara Hughston); Saturday, July 24, (Derek Sabori); both are 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. In addition to the Artists by the Sea series, the Ocean Institute is also offering a Catalina Island Snorkeling Cruise on Saturday, June 26 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The cruise is a daylong trip onboard the R/V Sea Explorer featuring snorkeling, catch-and-release fishing and a BBQ dinner off the coast of the island. Additional Catalina Island Snorkeling Cruises will be offered on July 17 and 31 and August 14 and 28. The cost is $78 (Ocean Institute members $70). For ages 9 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult. To make reservations, visit www.oceaninstitute.org or call 949.496.2274.
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The City of Dana Point is set to kick off its annual Concerts in the Park free summer concert series. Concerts are held from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Heritage Park, 34400 Old Golden Lantern or Lantern Bay Park, 25111 Park Lantern Road. The 2010 series will begin June 27 and run through August 29, with no concert on July 4th. The concerts are free and feature a live band performance each week, some weeks two bands. The schedule is as follows: June 27 - Lights - The Premier Tribute to Journey (Heritage Park, 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.); July 11 - Ron Kobayashi Trio - Jazz (Heritage Park, 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.); July 18 - Firefly - Current Rock/Classic Rock & Pop - (Heritage Park, 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.); July 25 - The Oreo Divas - A Tribute to the Music of Motown - (Heritage Park, 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.); August 1 - The Raymies - Pop/Rock (Heritage Park, 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.); and featuring Turn the Page - A Tribute to Bob Seger - (Heritage Park, 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.); August 8 - The Wilsons - Classic Rock - (Heritage Park, 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.) and featuring Savor - Santana Music (Heritage Park, 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.); August 15 - Springsteen - The Premier Tribute to the Boss (Heritage Park, 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.); August 22 - The Girlz with Sandii Castleberry - American Folk - (Lantern Bay Park, 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.) and featuring Men of Worth - Irish Folk - (Lantern Bay Park, 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m..) and August 29 - The Platters Live - 1950’s - (Lantern Bay Park, 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.)
Mother Jody Van Zanten and her daughter Kiana of Dana Point are holding a picture of Honoka, their guest from Tokyo arriving July 22nd for 18 days. Photo by Kiki Macdonald
Homestay, part of an English language immersion program through Compass-USA is still in need of host families for nine more exchange students from the Aikoku private school for girls in Tokyo, Japan. Aikoku School, has been sending students on summer jaunts to California the last thirty years and this year they are coming to the Beach Cities communities! Seventeen high school students and their two escorts arrive July 22 and stay eighteen days through August 10. This unique set up includes volunteer families that provide hospitality to take in one student each, ages 14 through 18, as if she were one of the family. She stays busy at school Monday through Friday held at Ocean Hills Community Church on Del Obispo as well as going on excursions to Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knott’s Berry Farm, also to Mission San Juan Capistrano, and of course, Doheny Tide Pools and Dana Point Harbor. The Host family is welcome to attend the outings at group discount rates. The guest student will look forward to relaxing with her American family on the three weekends she is here. The entire Aikoku school pays into the Homestay program but only a few are selected to go and represent their school and country. It is considered a great honor to be chosen to go to the USA and an even greater honor to be a guest in someone’s home. The program seeks generous, hospitable families with a spare bed who would like to have a cultural experience as hosts. Potential Homestay volunteer host families should contact Mrs. Patricia Drewes at 949.412.4112 or at Mrs.Drewes@gmail.com. Please mention Homestay in the subject line.
South Coast Singers (SCS) will be putting on a concert of a collection of songs from a variety of Broadway hits, like Ain’t Misbehavin’, Guys and Dolls, Les Miserables, The Pajama Game, Seussical the Musical and many more in the concert series Be Our Guest!—Broadway’s Best. The Musical Director for the series is SCS’s Ray Woods. As a non-profit performing arts corporation, the South Coast Singers put on two concert series a year in June and December throughout South Orange County. They also perform at other events throughout the year. Their range of different styles of music, including jazz, swing, Broadway, classical, gospel and rock, appeal to many different people and make SCS an audience favorite. All 50 of the choir members are from the Orange County area and participate because they love music and want to “capture your heart with song.” This concert series is sure to do just that. The concerts will be held on Saturday, June 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the Porthole Theater at Dana Hills High School and on Sunday, June 27 at 4:00 p.m. at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods. Tickets can be bought by advance purchase for $15 or at the door for $20 general admission. Seniors 62 and over and students get in for $12 and children under 6 are free. More information can be found at www.southcoastsingers.org or by phone at 949.613.7840.
Big Sister Andrea Ortega of Dana Point with Little Sister Kimberly, age 12, of Anaheim. Courtesy photo
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County held its annual picnic at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley on June 12. The day featured food and games. Big Brothers Big Sisters matches adult mentors with children in need. Additional “Bigs,” as well as “Littles,” are always needed. New donors are welcome as well. For more information, visit www.bigbrooc.org or call 714.544.7773.
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News and updates on Dana Point’s business community
By JONATHAN VOLZKE, ANDREA SWAYNE AND DAVID ZIMMERLE
(Cont.) Awards and Acknowledgments
u Massage Envy launched operations in Dana Point’s Ocean Ranch Plaza and is marking its six-month anniversary. Part of a larger franchise with 17 other locations throughout Orange County, and 600 nationwide, the new business is at 32585 Golden Lantern St. Owner Kim White knew she hit the mark with the same operation in Manhattan Beach, and through that success figured expand the franchise in San Clemente. Clients are asked to schedule an appointment before coming in, and the clinic offers an introductory one-hour massage for $39. Other available and recognized forms of massage include: Trigger point, Swedish, deep tissue, sports, reflexology, cranial sacral, Hot Stone Envy, chair massage, prenatal and geriatric. Facials are also offered. Massage Envy is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Ocean Ranch Plaza, 32585 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.373.3400, www.massageenvy. com/clinics/CA/San-Clemente.aspx.
Great yogurt at a great price is the promise that Yogurtland brings to Ocean Ranch Plaza. Owner Jae Ok, a partner with brother Sung Ok, opened his second shop earlier this year. His other is in the Newport-Mesa area. “I know many of the people who live here and I like this community,” Ok said. Ok said Yogurtland has done well in head-tohead yogurt taste-tests and that customers love the price—30 cents an ounce—and the variety of toppings available by self-serve. Yogurtland in Ocean Ranch is open Sunday– Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight. 32585 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629, 949.234.0360, www.yogurt-land.com
Liz and Ty Hansche. Courtesy photo
u “Super nice people” in the Dana Point/ South Orange County area encouraged Vladimir Lourtchenko to open Rescue Facial & Waxing Studio in Gelson’s Plaza. The business exists in Canada and Europe, offering affordable facials, waxing and massages by highly-trained staff, he said. A 75-minute facial is $60. Rescue Facial & Waxing Studio is open from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day except Sunday, when the hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Gelson’s Plaza, 32880 Pacific Coast Hwy, No. 38, 949.614.3817 u There might be plenty of yoga studios and plenty of Pilates gyms, but Tianna Martin says hers is the only studio to combine the two disciplines. She opened PCH Pilates at the end of April. “We’re the only ones who offers Pilates and yoga …They both go really well together and are good forms of exercise,” Martin said. “We offer really good classes and all of our instructors are well trained.” Martin has taught Pilates for a long time and had been saving her money while waiting for the right location to become available. She picked Coast Highway in Dana Point because it was just right—with ample parking and an ocean view. She’s offering a free introductory first session. PCH Pilates offers packages, with discounts coming when a series of 10 is purchased. Ten sessions of yoga, for example, is $130, while Pilates packages are priced depending on the equipment used and whether sessions are private or in groups. 34085 Pacific Coast Highway, Ste. 202, 949.248.1993, www.pchpilatesandyoga.com
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The Dragon Institute celebrated its grand opening with a Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting and open house on June 10. Photo by Lauralyn Loynes u Bringing the first Orange County Wing Chun Kung Fu studio to Dana Point, the Dragon Institute held a grand opening on June 10, featuring demonstrations, give-aways and refreshments. The Dragon Institute brings the unique Chinese martial art of Wing Chun to Orange County. Considered by many experts to be one of today’s most effective forms of self-defense, Wing Chun has been taught and integrated into the training programs of hundreds of military & law enforcement agencies around the world such as the Navy Seals, FBI, CIA, French RAID, German SEK and many more. 34241 Pacific Coast Hwy #105, 949.939.4117, www.thedragoninstitute.org
Awards And Acknowledgments
Dana Point Chamber of Commerce Business Education scholarship recipients from L-R: Robert Uchida, Lauren Rodgers, Kailey Montgomery, Tanya Lien, Chelsea Wilder. Photo by Kelly Straine u On June 8, Chamber Business Education Partnership Chair Norb Garrett (Garrett is also the owner and CEO of Picket Fence Media, the publisher of the DP Times, SC Times, The Capistrano Dispatch and El Despacho) presented Dana Hills High School seniors Robert Uchida, Lauren Rodgers, Kailey Montgomery, Tanya Lien, and Chelsea Wilder with $500 scholarships on behalf of the Chamber, along with certificates recognizing their accomplishments from local legislators. Scholarship dollars are raised every year by Chamber members through an optional education fund donation included with membership dues. An additional scholarship was made possible this year through a generous donation by the Dana Point Clock Tower Building. Scholarship recipients are determined by
the Business Education Partnership committee members. Those who served on the 2010 committee included Judy Brandmeier - Beacon Printing, Kelley Peeden - Chick’s Plumbing, Ellen Pickler Harris - Edward Jones Investments, Donna Rosanelli - Rosanelli Financial Services, Corinne Rupert - Dana Point Pyschotherapy, and Georgia Theodor - Dana Plaza Business Services. The Chamber thanks the committee members, Dana Point Clock Tower Building and all members who have made the opportunity to present scholarships possible. Through this program, the business community has a voice about the importance of education and can contribute to the development of a qualified workforce. For more information regarding the Business Education Partnership committee, please contact Christina Lowe by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
u Reaching the pinnacle of her profession nationally, Liz Hansche of Prudential California Realty was accepted as a Member of the Top 5 in Real Estate Network, the most prestigious of all industry achievements. More than just a sales-driven recognition, the Top 5 in Real Estate Network helps consumers identify the most professional real estate agents in North America. To qualify, each member must first meet a stringent set of criteria, based upon performance, as well as educational and professional skills and service to the consumer, according to the company’s announcement. Members of the Network are carefully selected and managed by RISMedia, which has provided the real estate industry with objective, unbiased news for nearly 30 years. As a Member of the Top 5 Network, Hansche is among the first real estate agents to be accepted into this elite organization. “Liz has reached the very highest level of North America’s residential real estate industry,” said Allan Dalton, the president and co-founder of RISMedia’s Top 5 Network. “Not only are her professional accomplishments extraordinary, she has long been a true champion for home buyers and sellers in her area. It is a pleasure to welcome Liz into this elite group of industry leaders.” Liz and Ty Hansche of Prudential California Realty’s Monarch Beach office have won many other accolades throughout their careers in Real Estate including being currently ranked in the top one percent of all real estate agents nationwide, Prudential California Realty’s Legend recipients, Chairman’s Circle Diamond Award recipients, Chairman’s Circle Platinum Award recipients, and presently Chairman’s Circle Gold Award recipients. To learn more, contact Liz and Ty Hansche at 949.295.9373 or visit them at www.LizHansche.com.
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feet wet (if we don’t mind the pollution) at Baby Beach. For a couple of decades before it became a harbor, this area was known as Killer Dana. The old time surfers loved it! The jetty kind of spoiled all that, though. At the base of the promontory that we call The Headlands, there are some nice tide pools. When the tide is low, people can climb around on the rocks and find lots of interesting critters. Sometimes they can hike northwest around the point to The Strand, a long stretch of sandy beach that has recently become the focus of considerable controversy. It isn’t a question of who should get to use the beach. No one is claiming the right to exclusive use of the ocean. Instead, now that multimillion dollar homes in a gated community are emerging on the hillside between PCH and the ocean, the problem has become one of access. Who wants a steady stream of strangers walking noisily and perhaps destructively past your home while you’re sitting on your deck communing with the whales? Here’s the deal, though. People can get to the beach without walking past your private home. Beyond the wall that defines the northern limit of The Strand community, there is a funicular that provides a ride from the parking lot almost to the sandy beach. A long steep stairway parallels the funicular track. If you don’t want to wait for the funicular or if you’re carrying your surfboard, you can walk down these steps. At the south end of the community, there’s a concrete walkway that switchbacks its way down the hill to the beach. A sign at the top of these pathways tells you that you’re not welcome after sunset, but it’s hard to imagine that this is anything more than wishful thinking on the part of the city. Now, the interesting thing is that there are two gates that allow the visitor to enter the private community, walk down a steep stairway and along the interior sidewalk, and down another pathway to the beach. These gates are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the winter and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the summer. Presumably for security reasons, the City wants these gates locked at night. There is every reason to believe, as God, of course, knew from the git go, that there will be
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“The man seemed to be trying to get hit by vehicles and was possibly under the influence of marijuana.” I think credibility is important to several parties associated with this entry, but the content of the article is not credible. The individual was not apprehended, there is no evidence whatsoever as to the cause of his behavior. Probable cause of this type behavior is much more likely to be by alcohol than marijuana. Did this event really happen, or was this an attempt by a party with an agenda to smear marijuana use? You know, say by a party trying to justify the eradication of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city? Too bad for the paper, and for the individual who compiles the content. EDITOR’S NOTE: The Sheriff’s Blotter entry Mr. Slark is referring to was published in the DP Times (June 4-10, 2010, Vol. 3, Issue 23). The following is the actual entry as it appeared in the www.danapointtimes.com
Orange County Sheriff’s Department Blotter: [05/27/2010 16:32:12 : pos8 : GDULYANAI] [Cleared with unit 839] [05/27/2010 16:23:55 : pos11 : MOGUELC] 24500 DEL PRADO NBH: 971H6 92629 33.46551,-117.70125 PC NEAR JACKS RESTAURANT REF A MW, 25-30, 5-10, 150, BLN/BROWISH, BEARDBLU PLAID COLLARED SHRT, WAS RUNNING ACROSS THE STREETS IN FRNT OF TRAFFIC POSS TRYING TO GET HIT BY VEHS..SUBJ APPEARED TO BE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF H&S..NFD Sorting through blotter reports requires the careful interpretation of many alpha-numeric codes and inconsistent abbreviations used by deputies to convey information in a quick and concise form of “shorthand.” In this case the code “H&S” technically refers to a violation of the Health and Safety Code and can mean any type of drug. Our blotter entry should have read, “possibly under the inﬂuence of drugs.” The writer’s interpretation was in fact too speciﬁc and we
regret attributing his behavior to one speciﬁc illegal substance. However, as you can see, it was the opinion of responding authorities that the subject was, “possibly trying to get hit by vehicles.” Our Sheriff’s Blotter is taken directly from the real-life calls received by the police department and I can assure you that our reporting of these calls contains neither smear attempts nor ulterior motives and we add NFD—that’s code for “no further details”—beyond what we see posted online or is given directly to us by authorities. To submit a letter to the editor for possible inclusion in the paper, e-mail us at letters@ danapointtimes.com or send it to 34932 Calle del Sol, Suite B, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624. Dana Point Times reserves the right to edit reader-submitted letters for length and is not responsible for the claims made or the information written by the writers. June 18–24, 2010 • Dana Point Times • Page 15
YOUR SEVEN-DAY EVENT PLANNER
D a n a Po i nt
A day-by-day guide to what’s happening in and around town this week. Compiled by Tawnee Prazak
friday18 forecast: sunny • high: 68° low: 54°
Go See Do The 1939 hit movie “The Wizard of Oz” (G) is coming to the park—Movies in the Park that is. This classic family favorite is the tale of a young girl named Dorothy and her dog on their journey to find their way home from the strange land of Oz. On her journey she makes some unforgettable friends, faces problems and meets with the great Wizard of Oz. Come out and see if the Wizard will grant Dorothy her wish of going home to Kansas. Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets and enjoy this timeless classic under the stars. The movie will be shown on Friday, June 18 at the Lantern Bay Park, 25111 Park Lantern Road, at 8:00 p.m. Admission is free for all. The Community Services and Parks
saturday19 forecast: sunny • high: 68° low: 54°
9th Annual Paint San Clemente Plein Air Competition 9 a.m.-5 p.m. More than 100 artists paint San Clemente for a week in the annual event that includes competitions, awards, art sales and more. Today is the Quick Draw Competition; open and free to public. Gala dinner on June 26; tickets $35. More info: 949.492.7175, www.scartgallery.com.
Dana Point Farmers Market
7:30 p.m. More than 500 singers and instrumentalists perform America’s favorite folk songs, spirituals and gospel songs at the OC Performing Arts Center. Tickets start at $16. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.ARTS, www.ocpac.org.
9 a.m.–1 p.m. Fresh produce and much more every Saturday at La Plaza Park, intersection of PCH and Golden Lantern in Dana Point.
7:15 p.m. Foxtrot dance lesson followed by open dancing of all styles for singles and couples at the SC Community Center. Refreshments offered. Tickets $10. 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente, 949.498.0233, www.san-clemente.org.
10 a.m.-1 p.m. The new institute teaches legendary martial arts and hosts an event with a Kung Fu demo and more. The first 100 people to attend receive a free private martial arts lesson. 34241 Pacific Coast Hwy., Ste. 105, Dana Point, 949.939.4117, www.thedragoninstitute.org.
Frame of Mind
8 p.m. After 30+ years, the band is still rockin’ and plays The Coach House, also featuring 7th Sons and Sound on Sound. Tickets $20. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, www.thecoachhouse.com.
Cheryl Silverstein & John Paul Keene
Dragon Institute Kung Fu School Grand Opening
9 p.m. Groovy rock, blues and reggae live at BeachFire. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232, www.beachfire.com.
How to Draw with Drew Brophy
6 p.m.-9 p.m. The vocalist and pianist perform jazz & pop standards at Bad to the Bone. 107 Pico Plaza, San Clemente, 949.361.0132.
1 p.m.-3 p.m. The famous ocean artist hosts a drawing event and booking signing for kids at the Ocean Institute. Fee $10, includes a copy of Brophy’s book. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274, www.ocean-institute.org.
Movies in the Park
Victoria Skimboards Championships
8 p.m. Watch “The Wizard of Oz” in Lantern Bay Park as part of Dana Point’s annual summer movie nights. Free popcorn! 25111 Park Lantern Road, Dana Point, 949.248.3530, www.danapoint.org.
Wine Tasting: Clayhouse Winery
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Weekend-long event at Aliso Creek Beach featuring the best male and female skimboarders in the world competing for top honors. Amateur contest offered. Open to public. 31131 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.923.2280, www.wcs.victoriaskimboards.com.
5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company welcomes back Kari Kittinger of Clayhouse Winery in Paso Robles. Kari will bring some winery-only, new releases and they’ll be raffling off a few bottles! Tasting fee is $15 for seven wines with cheese, crackers & chocolate. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, 949.429.7067, www.scwinecompany.com.
Short Final and Los Sindicate
9 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music at Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799, www.saltcreekgrille.com.
8:30 p.m. Concert featuring rock covers and rock/roots at OC Tavern. Call for ticket info. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877, www.octavern.com.
6:30 p.m. The South Coast Roller Derby team takes on the San Diego Derby Dolls at Capistrano Sports Rink. Tickets at www. brownpapertickets.com. 2 Via Positiva, San Juan Capistrano, 949.869.4870, www.southcoastrollerderby.org.
Costa Mesa Speedway
9 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music at Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799, www.saltcreekgrille.com.
7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. The world-famous Costa Mesa Speedway hosts speedway motorcycle racing at the OC Fair & Events Center. General admission $15 plus parking. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 949.492.9933, www.costamesaspeedway.net.
Live Music Harbor Cruise
Lord of the Strings
6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Dana Wharf’s live band music cruise aboard the 95-foot Dana Pride featuring indoor/outdoor seating and a full bar. Tickets $10. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, www.danawharf.com. Page 16 • Dana Point Times • June 18–24, 2010
7:30 p.m. The acoustic group, I See Hawks in LA, performs as part of the concert series at the Dana Point Community House. Tickets $20. 24642 San Juan Ave., Dana Point, 949.842.2227, www.lordofthestringsconcerts.com.
The Wizard of Oz Department from the City of Dana Point will be hosting Movies in the Park again next Friday, June 25 at 8 p.m. During the movie, free popcorn is provided. A snack bar will also be available, selling hot and cold beverages and candy. Snack bar proceeds benefit local elementary schools and nonprofit organizations. Movies in the Park are the first of the city’s free summer events series with the goal of providing recreational and entertainment opportunities for the enjoyment of the entire community. Next up, free Concerts in the Park. For more information on this and other event listings go to www.danapoint.org/calendar or call 949.248.3530. —Christine Jonas
Mike Hynson Book Signing Event
6 p.m.-9 p.m. The legendary surfer will sign autographs and reminisce about his career in designing and shaping surfboards at The Surfing Heritage Foundation. 110 Calle Iglesia, San Clemente, 949.388.0313, www.surfingheritage.org.
9 p.m. Music at Goody’s Tavern. 206 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.3400, www.goodystavern.com.
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International Surfing Day Festivities 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Celebrate surfing and the ocean. Surfrider Foundation hosts an event at Salt Creek Beach with a beach cleanup, surfboard/softboard demos, raffles, contests, prizes and giveaways. Cleanup volunteers get a catered lunch. www.surfrider.org.
Father’s Day Ocean Events
The Ocean Institute hosts four events to celebrate Dad: 8 a.m. Fishing Trip, 10 a.m. Treasure Hunt, 1 p.m. Afternoon Breeze Music Cruise, and 2 p.m. Afternoon Sail. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274, www.ocean-institute.org.
Iva Lee’s Father’s Day Brunch
11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Delicious brunch and live music by Black Cat Bones at Iva Lee’s to celebrate Dad. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855, www.ivalees.com.
Father’s Day Dolphin & Whale Safari
Dads sail free on Capt. Dave’s ocean tour and search for wildlife featuring the famous triple-fudge brownies. Call for times and reservations. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828, www.dolphinsafari.com.
Father’s Day Brunch at The Vintage
10.am.–3 p.m. Celebrate Dad with a good meal and champagne at The Vintage. Call for pricing and reservations. 26701-B Verdugo St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.661.3407, www.thevintagesteakhouse.com.
St. Regis Father’s Day Champagne Brunch
10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Dine for Dad at St. Regis. $95 for adults; $35 for children ages 6-12. One Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, 949.234.3320, www.stregismb.com.
Father’s Day Dinner Cruise
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Dana Wharf invites families to hop aboard the Dana Pride for a barbecue dinner, entertainment and more in celebration of Dad. Adults $59, kids (3-12) $29, 2 and under free. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, www.danawharf.com.
June Classic II Grand Prix
12 p.m.-4 p.m. Special Father’s Day horse show with kids activities, food and more at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Center. 30753 La Pata, 949.234.1695, www.showpark.com.
8 p.m. Legendary SoCal Country-rock artist at The Coach House. Tickets $20. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, www.thecoachhouse.com. www.danapointtimes.com
DP Times Restaurant Spotlight
By Chris Bashaw
Raya at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel
One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, 949.240.2000, www.ritzcarlton.com
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BEST KNOWN FOR: Miso black cod, coconut shrimp ceviche MOST POPULAR ITEM: Corn and seafood soup Raya, a seafood restaurant that opened last May at the Ritz-Carlton, offers diners a unique culinary experience complimented by an aesthetically exceptional atmosphere. Most of the menu’s dishes incorporate a Latin flavor, which is characterized by various peppers and spices imported from Mexico. Many dishes are centered on seafood like various species of fish, lobster and even octopus, but chicken, lamb and beef dishes are also served. The most well-known dishes at Raya are its coconut shrimp ceviche, miso black cod and rack of lamb. However, Sous-Chef Marissa Gerlach said Raya’s most popular dish is its corn and seafood soup. Raya is also striving to become an organic, sustainable and environmentally-conscious establishment by serving only grass-fed meats and bountiful species of fish. The restaurant sits on a 150-foot bluff and presents diners a beautiful panoramic view of the ocean and beach. Because of Raya’s rectangular perimeter, every diner has a view of the ocean. Raya was conceptualized by Chef Richard Sandoval, who grew up in San Diego. Chef de Cuisine Greg Howe now oversees all of the kitchen’s operations.
Raya. Photo by Chris Bashaw
PRICE RANGE: $15 to $40 PAYMENT: Cash, credit cards, room charge. RESERVATIONS: Available but not required (except on holidays). HOURS: Sunday–Thursday: Breakfast and lunch, 7 a.m.– 2:30 p.m.; dinner, 6 p.m. –9 p.m. Friday and Saturday: Breakfast and lunch, 7 a.m.– 2:30 p.m.; dinner, 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
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POOL & KARAOKE
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mission SJC hosts an ongoing camp for kids ages 6-12 on Native American culture and early California. Runs through July 2. Registration necessary. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1306, www.missionsjc.com.
BLUE WHALE WATCHING TOUR
MOMMY MOVIE MONDAY
KIDS GARDEN DAY
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SING ALONG PIANO MAN
8 p.m. OC Tavern. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877, www.octavern.com.
INDIAN SUMMER CAMP
10 a.m. Screening of “Toy Story in 2D” for parents of infants at the Krikorian, tickets $7.50. 641 Camino de los Mares, San Clemente, 949.661.7469, www.kptmovies.com.
MONDAY MADNESS WINE TASTING
5 p.m.-8 p.m. Join SC Wine Company for happy hour featuring three wines for $5 and cheese plates for $8. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, 949.429.7067, www.scwinecompany.com.
7:30 p.m. Live music and line dancing with the Kelly Boyz at OC Tavern. Tickets $5 before 9 p.m. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877, www.octavern.com. 3 p.m.–close. Play pool for free at Knuckle Heads every Tuesday. Karaoke starts at 9 p.m. 1717 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.2410.
forecast: sunny • high: 73° low: 58°
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Kids explore produce gardens, taste fresh vegetables, and decorate and take home a pot with seeds at the Mission. Admission $5–$9. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300, www.missionsjc.com.
6:30 p.m. Blue Danube’s owner plays classical and contemporary piano. 111 Avenida Palizada, San Clemente, 949.218.5186, www.bluedanubeoc.com.
8 p.m. The legendary band plays at The Coach House. Also playing: Barrelhouse Rockers. Tickets $25. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, www.thecoachhouse.com. 8:30 a.m. Raise your heart rate on a strenuous, fast-paced, 3.5-mile hike with volunteers at Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, 949.923.2200, www.ocparks.com. 9 a.m. Experts at Capt. Dave’s Dolphin Safari take you out to sea to search for whales with state-of-the-art equipment, treats and more. Adults $55, kids $35. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828, www.dolphinsafari.com.
BRANDI SMITH & JASON FOSTER
6 p.m.-9 p.m. Music duo live at Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799, www.saltcreekgrille.com.
5 p.m.–closing. European-style nightlife featuring a DJ spinning in the ultra lounge at Tannins Restaurant & Wine Bar. 27211 Ortega Hwy., Suite C, San Juan Capistrano, 949.661.8466, www.tanninstrestaurant.com/ibiza.
8 p.m. Sing fearlessly behind a cloud of theatrical smoke at BeachFire and enjoy Mojito Monday. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232, www.beachfire.com.
COMEDY & KARAOKE
CHEESE & WINE PAIRING CLASS
8 p.m. Support local causes and charities by attending a fun pub quiz at Molly Blooms Irish Bar & Restaurant. Entry $5. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.218.0120, www.mollybloomspub.com.
UPCOMING: June 26
9 p.m.–1 a.m. The night starts with live comedy and continues with karaoke at Hennessey’s Tavern. No cover. 34111 La Plaza, Dana Point, 949.488.0121, www.hennesseystavern.com.
forecast: sunny • high: 73° low: 57°
6:30 p.m.–10 p.m. Open Jam Session every Tuesday at Blue Danube; all musicians welcome. 111 Avenida Palizada, San Clemente, 949.218.5186, www.mikedebellis.com, www.bluedanubeoc.com.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. New exhibit at Mission SJC showcasing the cinematic history of Zorro from films and television with historic props and more. Runs daily through August 31. Admission $5–$9. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300, www.missionsjc.com.
HALF-PRICED OCEAN TRIPS
10 a.m. Dana Wharf offers discounts on whale watching, fishing, etc, every Tuesday. Reservations recommended. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, www.danawharf.com. www.danapointtimes.com
6 p.m.-9 p.m. Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799, www.saltcreekgrille.com. 6: 30 p.m. Enjoy the wines and cheeses of Northern Italy. $35 for five wines and cheeses, chocolate, materials and instruction. Reservations required. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, 949.429.7067, www.scwinecompany.com. 8 p.m.–12 a.m. Juan Carlos and his band spice up the scene at Brio Tuscany Grille every Wednesday. 24050 Camino del Avion, Ste. B, Dana Point, 949.443.1476, www.briorestaurant.com.
6 p.m. Laguna Beach Live presents a concert with live jazz outdoors at Hotel Laguna. Tickets $10. Food available. 425 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.9713, www.lagunabeachlive.org.
7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live entertainment at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, www.thecellarsite.com.
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7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live entertainment at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, www.thecellarsite.com.
DANA POINT LOBSTER FEST
5 p.m.-9 p.m. Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club hosts an all-you-can-eat feast, auction and more at Doheny State Beach to benefit local charities. Tickets $75. 5300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.6172, www.danapointlobsterfest.org. UPCOMING: June 27
“COAST CULTURE” EXHIBITION
1 p.m. Opening event to kick off Casa Romantica’s new exhibit in collaboration with the Surfing Heritage Foundation focusing on local surf pioneer “Whitey” Harrison. Event features food, live music, kids activities and more. Admission $5, kids free. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, www.casaromantica.org.
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Shining in the Shadows Laguna Cliffs Marriott gives students inside look at hospitality industry By Sara Guidas Dana Point Times
lfredo Hernandez giggled as he wrapped the crisp white apron around his waist. His friends followed suit and also began donning aprons and rubber gloves as they stared at the bowls of tomatoes, olives, and mushrooms in front of them. As soon as they were properly clothed, the students were instructed to grab an already-cooked pizza crust off of a large silver tray at the edge of the counter and pile ingredients on top of it. The students excitedly formed an assembly line and began making lunch for their fellow classmates. The teenagers hastily grabbed crusts and dipped ladles into vats of tomato sauce, spreading it across the top of the barren pizza. They then jokingly shoved each other as they fought to put cheese and other ingredients atop the sauce. After their creations were complete, they hoisted them onto empty trays to be baked by the head banquet chef. “Today was very exciting,” Hernandez said. “I love pizza! It’s so cool that we got to make it for everyone.” Hernandez was one of 40 Special Education middle school students that participated in a job shadow day on the morning of June 10 at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa. The job shadow day was a collaborative effort
Left: Rene Licona, Director of Human Resources at Laguna Cliffs Mariott, speaks to kids during the job shadowing program. Right: Kevin Knight (foreground) enjoys making pizzas in the restaurant kitchen. Photos by Sara Guidas
between the Capistrano Unified School District and the resort and was intended to introduce students to the variety of careers available in the hospitality industry.
WHERE IN THE WORLD? Monarch Beach resident Jeff Ditmire took a copy of the DP Times with him to read on the plane during his recent trip to Central America and sent this photo taken at the entrance of Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica. “I had an exciting trip to San Jose, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Playa Tamarindo and Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica and Grenada and Volcan Masaya in Nicaragua,” he said. “But I have to say, nothing quite beats the gorgeous beaches and coastline here in South Orange County!”
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The Laguna Cliffs Marriot Resort and Spa provides job shadow days to students every year and, this year, students from Los Flores, Niguel Hills, and Shorecliffs middle schools were able to attend the event. “This is the first year that we’ve ever done this,” said Danielle Aldaco, who has been a special education teacher at Niguel Hills Middle School for 10 years. “I think it’s a great program. I think it really gives students an idea of what they can do when they graduate from high school. I hope we get to come back every year.” The job shadow day began with a presentation by the hotel staff, human resources directors and managers. The students were then given a brief tour of the newly remodeled hotel and the opportunity to choose which profession they wanted to explore, depending on their interests. “We hope the program gives the students an idea of the type of career they might be interested in,” said Gary Strickland, the Director of Transitions Programs for Capistrano Unified School District. Students were able to shadow chefs, engineers, bell boys, the pool staff, the housekeeping staff, accountants and others.
Although the job shadow day was fun for students, it also allowed them to start thinking about their future. Like many other hotels, the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa provides employment opportunities for students that have recently graduated high school. Several careers in the hospitality industry do not require a college degree, which is appealing to many students due to the rising costs of college education. “We try to expose students in the hospitality industry—it’s more than just checking people in and out of a hotel,” said John Racine, a Human Resources Manager at the resort. “We have several entry-level positions that are perfect for high school graduates. I’ll probably get calls for jobs after today,” he laughed. In terms of sparking students’ interest in the hospitality industry, the day seemed to be a success. Several students were interested in working at the hotel by the end of the day and were excited about the idea of having a future career in hospitality. “It was cool to see what I could do when I get out of high school,” said Kevin Knight of Niguel Hills Middle School. “I think I might wanna work here as a chef or at the front desk. I don’t know what I wanna do when I’m older, but this is a good option.” DP www.danapointtimes.com
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& OUTDOORS STORIES, SCORES, SCHEDULES & MORE
5 BEST BETS WOMENS BASKETBAL
Sun vs. Sparks Staples Center June 18, 7:30 p.m. The ladies look to make it two wins in a row as they face the Connecticut Sun at home before hitting the road for two games. Info: www.wnba.com/sparks
D a n a Po i nt
Celebration of Surf
The 6th Annual International Surﬁng Day is June 20 By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times
addle out on Father’s Day, June 20 with thousands of surfers around the world in observance of the 6th Annual International Surfing Day (ISD). Founded by the Surfrider Foundation and Surfing Magazine, this yearly celebration is an effort to “unite surfers worldwide and encourage all ocean lovers,
STAND UP PADDLE
Stand Up Paddling Class, Baby Beach, Dana Point Harbor June 19, 9:30 a.m.
Victoria Skimboards WCS 2010 Aliso Beach Park, Laguna Beach June 19-20, 8 a.m.
Surﬁng America USA Championships, Huntington Beach Pier June 19-22, 7 a.m.
With 10 age groups competing at Aliso Beach’s challenging break, this amateur event is open to the most qualiﬁed 80 riders. Info: www.wcs.
The Surﬁng America USA Championships will hold preliminary rounds for 18 and older shortboard divisions and all longboard divisions.
Outdoor Fitness Adventure Club will have a twohour Stand Up Paddling class to prep individuals for this fun watersport. The cost is $45 for members and $55 for non-members. Info: 949.366.1010
no matter where they live, to give back by participating in a local Surfrider Foundation chapter event.” Additionally, ISD participants are being offered the opportunity to engage in some friendly online competition for prizes from event sponsors Vitamin Water, Electric, Ocean Minded, Matix, DVS, O’Neill, Reef, Sector Nine, Globe, Vans, Volcom, Billabong, Quiksilver, Ripcurl and Spy Optic. A list of the on-site challenges can be found by logging on to the event website, www.intlsurfingday.com. Once again, Surfing Magazine and the Surfrider Foundation have joined forces to offer a special one-day promotion. For one day only, June 20, sign up for a $20 Surfrider membership, get an ISD t-shirt, a year’s subscription to Surfing and have your name
Dolphin Report SPORTS NEWS FROM DANA HILLS HIGH SCHOOL
Dodgers vs. Angels Angel Stadium June 22, 7:05 p.m. After sweeping the Dodgers on the road in their last series, the Angels will host their LA rival in a three game series. Info: www.losangeles.angels. mlb.com
printed in the October Green Issue. Names printed in the magazine are limited to the first 1,750 people who sign up, so don’t delay. For those wishing to make a larger financial contribution to the efforts of the Surfrider Foundation, a special Benefactor level opportunity is also being offered. Join or renew at the $650 dollar level and receive all of the regular membership benefits as well as having your picture appear in Surfing Magazine, a collector’s edition X Casio G-shock watch and a VIP-only giclee of artist Erik Abel’s 2010 ISD poster art. The local event, hosted by the South Orange County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation will be held at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring a free lunch courtesy of Nalu’s Island Grille for beach cleanup participants and product
giveaways from local sponsor companies. “The South Orange County Chapter of Surfrider Foundation has participated in ISD every year since its inception, said Surfrider South Orange County Chapter Chairman Rick Erkeneff. “We treat ours as a sort of Surfrider members’ appreciation day and encourage everyone to bring the entire family down to participate in the cleanup and enjoy a complimentary lunch and swag giveaways. We would also like to encourage the entire public to participate and learn more about the Surfrider Foundation and just spend a great Father’s Day at the beach.” For International Surfing Day information, log on to www.intlsurfingday.com where you’ll find links to Surfing Magazine, the special one-day only Surfrider Foundation sign up and a full schedule of events. DP
All League Players Announced For Spring Prep Season
Dana Hills High School had several of its athletes earn all league honors in the South Coast League this past spring season. A detailed list of all selections is as follows:
By David Zimmerle
2010 Baseball All League Team
Scott Kaplan – DH Brian Fagan - CV
MVP: Stefan Sabol - AN and Aaron Jones – SC *Aaron Jones was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 37th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball draft last week.
2010 Softball All League Team
1st Team: Aaron Payne – SC Tyler Chapman – AN Sam Kim – MV Lee Casas – CV Peter Tago (47th pick overall to the Colorado Rockies in the 2010 MLB draft) – DH Ryan Muno – MV Kyle Friedrich – SC Connor Spencer – T Chris Paulino – T Garrett Hartwell – AN Dutch Deol – AN 2nd Team: Adam Anawalt – SC Peter Maris – DH Brett Barker – AN Ryan Raslowsky – MV Brandon Brennen – CV Austin Saenz – MV Willie Kuhl – MV Taylor Cook – SC Colby Tan – T
MVP: Tory Speer – MV 1st Team: Mandy Fernandez – MV JJ Jorgenson – DH Jenny Hurst – DH Jordyn Larkins – DH Marissa Gilbuena – AN Tiffany Mikkelson – AN Tory Yonker – SC Marie Joyner – SC Chandler Wagner – T Kasey Lange – T 2nd Team: Tayler Ybarra – MV Nikki Byron – MV Cassandra Rouland – T Kristin Omori – T Dion Anderson – AN Mandy Gardner – AN Ashley Dagenais – AN Katarina Schmitt-Daskalos – DH Kate Dickman – CV Rachael Stephens – SC Kailey McCasland – SC
2010 Boys Lacrosse All League Team
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1st Team: Bryn Luce – T David Orloff – AN Anthony Tschopp – MV Camen Piho – SC Knute Kraus – T Max Axline – SC Matt McCall – CV Ricky Zaleski – CV Max Satossky – SC Cody West – T Tony Bellanca - DH 2nd Team: Trent Cooper – AN Ethan Clemence – T Robbie Romero – MV Walter Wakeman – SC Mike Connel – MV Tristan Pace – MV Jake Rhoades – AN Max Mirman – SC Nathan Ortiz – SC Spencer Taylor - MV Honorable Mention: Nate Hunicutt – CV Chase Warner – T Spencer Blackwood – AN Billy Barclay – DH Ryan Page – T Kurt Vandenburg – MV Clay Harbin – DH Thomas Ahola – SC Bennett Jonas – SC Christian Lewis – MV Max Thielen – CV
Matt Kutcomp – MV Colby Maxwell – MV Cole Altuzarra - DH
2010 Girls Lacrosse All League Team MVP: Alex Potts - T 1st Team: Mackenzie Rose – T Sydnee Alm – SC Emily Elkins – AN Lauren Huerta – T Kaitlin Asay – T MJ Boud – SC Megan Armes – MV Ally Hadley – CV Lauren Devine – DH Hannah McDermott – SC Nathalia Pauwels – MV Ashley Leggett – T Sami Nerney – T Alexis Miner – SC 2nd Team: Ali Huerta – T Whitney Brumley – T Kelsea Cecconi – CV Jordyn Bonnnani – DH Emily Jocham – AN Kelli Dayton – T Taylor Garrett – SC Sarah Leonard – SC Samantha Keary – MV Alyssa Ferrel – MV
Sarah Strecker – T Lauren Fuertes – SC Sophie Goss – CV Sarah Steele – MV
Parker Kalmbach – T Marshall Kinnison – MV Spencer Rowe - MV Travis Wilson – SC
Honorable Mentions: Taylor Morosco – DH Chandler Castro – AN Ruth Frey – DH Hayley Therrien – DH Natalie Depew – AN Carolyn Lieberman – AN
2nd Team: Zak Beard – SC Hudson Glover – SC Jon Guymon - T Jeff Mathis – SC Riley Murphy – DH Isaac Nielson – MV Scott Santore - DH 12
2010 Volleyball All League Team MVP: James Drury – DH and Sam O’Brien – DH 1st Team: John Caroompas – AN Cole Evans – T
*Boys tennis, boys golf, boys and girls swimming, and boys and girls track and field do not have all league lists. These particular teams compete in League Finals since they are individual sports, and medals are awarded based on event.
Dolphins Winless At Nike Air Strike Passing Tournament Dana Hills High School hosted the Nike Air Strike 7-on-7 passing tournament June 12 as a total of 12 teams descended on Dolphin Stadium for a little preseason fun. Led by quarterback Max Wittek, a verbal commit to USC, Mater Dei eventually staved off Los Alamitos in a 25-19 win in the championship game. On the other hand, the Dolphins were not so fortunate. Dana Hills lost all three of its games on the day losing 26-13 to Mater Dei in the first game, 40-20 to Los Al in the second and 34-33 to Loyola in the final game.
Published on Jun 17, 2010