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Nichole Chambers Resigns from DP Chamber of Commerce

Arrests Made in Firearms Raid at SC/DP Border

New La Plaza Park Fountain Approved




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The Electrifying Power of Music

World-famous rock violinist Mark Wood brings enthusiasm and inspiration to local E Y E O N D P/ PAG E 6 music students and the community E Y E O N D P/ PAG E 5 Orchestra students from the South Orange County School of the Arts (SOCSA) at Dana Hills High School raise their violins in joy at last weekend’s Mark Wood Electrify Your Strings Inferno Tour concert at Lantern Bay Park. Photo by Andrea Swayne

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D a n a Po i nt

City and Business Calendar Monday, November 15


Thursday, November 18

Senior Bingo 12:15 p.m. Dana Point Community Center, 34052 Del Obispo Street, 949.248.3536,

Toastmasters 7 p.m. Dana Point Harbor Toastmasters meets every Tuesday at the Dana Point Library. 33841 Niguel Road, 949.496.2275, www.danaharbor.

Coastmasters 7 a.m. the Coastmasters of Dana Point (a Toastmasters affiliate) meets every Thursday at the Jolly Roger Restaurant, 34661 Golden Lantern, 949.496.9610,

Wednesday, November 17

Native American Storyteller 4 p.m.-5 p.m. The Dana Point Library, 33841 Niguel Road, hosts a free presentation by a Native American storyteller. For more info call 949.496.5517 or visit

Planning Commission Meeting 6 p.m. Dana Point City Hall Council Chambers, 33282 Golden Lantern, 949.248.3563,

Tuesday, November 16 Story Time 10:30 a.m. Free story time for kids at the Dana Point Library, 33841 Niguel Road,

Sunrise Rotary Club 7 a.m. the Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at the Ritz-Carlton. 1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, 949.493.2759,

Dana Point’s Top 5 Hottest Topics

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…Chamber President Resigns?

THE LATEST: Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Nichole Chambers has resigned according to a statement from the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors on Tuesday. Chambers, whose arrival at the Chamber back in December of 2007 was heralded by many as central to the survival of the then troubled organization, had been placed on indefinite leave according to Chamber staff when asked about Chambers’ absence prior to the Tuesday statement. Chamber employees and members of the Board of Directors have so far declined to comment on the circumstances surrounding her absence. The recent removal of her name from the Chamber website incited much speculation among the community as had her noted absence from her office over the past few weeks. WHAT’S NEXT: The Board of Directors’ statement also went on to say that Laura Ouimet has been retained as the interim Executive Director of the chamber. FIND OUT MORE: Stay tuned.


—Andrea Swayne

…Assault Weapons Sold to Gang Members?

THE LATEST: In an investigation that included the search of a San Clemente home, five people have been arrested for the alleged sale of illegal assault weapons to San Fernando Valley gang members, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced. The five arrested include three former Marines. One of the former Marines, Andrew Gitschlag, 28, was taken into custody on November 2 when a federal search warrant for illegal assault weapons was carried out at his San Clemente residence. The arrests come following a yearlong, multi-agency investigation into illegal trafficking of firearms that brought ATF, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General Special Agent and Los Angeles Police Department officers to a home in San Clemente, on the San Clemente/

Capistrano Beach border. Agents removed boxes of guns and ammunition from the home and took Gitschlag into custody without incident. According to the ATF news release, several items recovered during the raid link Gitschlag to illegal firearms trafficking and possession of weapons in violation of state law. The other four suspects—Jose Smith Pacheco, 31, of Montebello, Miguel A. Ortiz, 49, of Northridge, Edwin Cano, 33, of Northridge and Christopher John Thomas, 32, of Van Nuys—were arrested on November 8. Pacheco and Ortiz are both former Marines. WHAT’S NEXT: The five men are expected to be charged with five counts each of unlawful assault weapons, including four AK-47 assault rifles and an AR-15 assault weapon. Cano also faces two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and an additional charge, the report says. Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Steven Dickman said the defendants sold $6,000 worth of illegal weapons on June 23 to a person they believed to be connected to the Florencia 13 gang. At the time the transaction allegedly occurred, Ortiz, a Post Office employee, reportedly opened the gate to a secured parking lot on U.S. Postal Service property to allow the other four defendants to enter. “We are pleased with the outcome of this case,” John A. Torres, Special Agent in Charge, ATF Los Angeles Field Division said in a statement. The arraignment of Gitschlag, who had been released earlier on $20,000 bail, is scheduled for November 24 at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center, Department 30. Pacheco, Ortiz and Thomas are all being held on $95,000 bail each. All three have pleaded not guilty. They will be back in court on November 18 when a date will be set for their preliminary hearing. Arraignment information for Cano—who was released on $100,000 bail—has yet to be announced. If convicted, the five men will face more than 20 years in state prison. FIND OUT MORE: Log on to to see the full story, including a photo slideshow and coverage of last week’s raid. —AS


…New Leader at SONGS?

THE LATEST: The Southern California Edison (SCE) Board of Directors has selected Peter (Pete) Dietrich senior vice president and chief nuclear officer, effective December 9. Dietrich will be responsible for all operational, engineering and regulatory aspects of the utility’s nuclear power program. He succeeds Joe Sheppard, interim chief nuclear officer following the departure of Ross Ridenoure, who stepped down September 2. It will now be up to Dietrich to stem a tide of negative marks from the Nuclear Regulatory Agency. The criticisms have generally been on the plant’s inability to recognize and efficiently correct minor issues. Some have reported that employees also fear retaliation if they speak up on issues. WHAT’S NEXT: Dietrich came to SCE from Entergy Nuclear Operations, where he was site vice president of the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in New York. He spent 19 years in the commercial nuclear power industry preceded by five years of service in the U.S. Navy’s Nuclear Power Program. FIND OUT MORE: —Jonathan Volzke


…No Performing Arts Center at DHHS?

THE LATEST: A proposed Performing Arts Center at Dana Hills High School is all but dead, school officials said, November 9. A group of parents and performing arts boosters were supporting a plan for a $12 million facility at Dana Hills, which is home to the South County School of the Arts, and the effort seemed to get a boost when a $3 million grant became available. But some residents and Dana Point officials expressed concerns about the size of the building, and how much traffic and other activity it would draw to the school campus. Those concerns led to public meetings between the district and residents. And after combing the books for money to pay for the center, Capistrano Unified School District officials decided it would break the bank. The money was there, but it comes

from the same pool that has to fund various projects and several schools throughout the district that do not have final sign-off from the Division of State Architect. Alan Wickstrom, an ardent supporter of the proposed facility, asked Tuesday that trustees try and preserve the grant by asking for an extension, but the request didn’t gain any traction with the elected officials. WHAT’S NEXT: The deadline to keep the grant alive is December 10, but school officials are expected to let that date pass. FIND OUT MORE: See previous stories at www. —JV


…New Fountain for La Plaza Park?

THE LATEST: City Council on Monday voted unanimously to approve a water fountain/public art project to be installed at La Plaza Park in Town Center. At 24661 La Cresta Drive. The fountain, designed by local landscape architect Yvonne English will feature the artwork of local artist Lance Jost in the form of three glass mosaics depicting sea life as well as three three-dimensional castings of surfers. Water will flow down and around the surfers to mimic waves splashing up and around the tail ends of their surfboards. Jost also created the whale and surfer murals on the southern walls of the Dana Point pedestrian bridge. Karin Schnell of Dana Point Coastal Arts, who works closely with the City on Art in Public Places, actively participated in the design process The project is being funded by a bequest to the city of $40,000 from the estate of longtime Dana Point resident Mary Ellen Thomas for an ocean-themed water fountain in the park. WHAT’S NEXT: “Our next goal is to complete the design phase of the project simultaneously with creating the art murals and surfers,” said English. “Once the design engineering is complete, the project will be open for construction bidding of the water feature.” FIND OUT MORE: For more information about the project and the people behind it, as well as design renderings, log on to —AS

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The Electrifying Power of Music World-famous rock violinist Mark Wood brings enthusiasm and inspiration to music students and the community By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times


n an economy where funding music programs in public schools is becoming increasingly difficult, Mark Wood—a Juilliard-trained, world-famous, rock electric-violinist and original member of Trans-Siberian Orchestra—makes a difference sharing his passion by working with middle and high school band, orchestra and choral students across the country. Not only is his amazing talent for music, teaching and inspiring, helping to keep music alive in schools, but he is also keeping orchestral music alive within the communities he visits through the impressive performances he incites from the students at the conclusion of his programs. Last weekend Wood brought his “Electrify Your Strings,” Mark Wood Inferno Concert Tour to Dana Point. The outdoor concert at Lantern Bay Park made quite an impression—not only on the audience, but also on Wood himself. Not to mention the 300 or so student performers—from Marco Forster and Niguel Hills Middle Schools’ and the South Orange County School of the Arts’ (SOCSA) choral, band and orchestra programs—the afternoon’s biggest stars. Hundreds of people were in attendance but it was obvious that these concertgoers included more than the perfunctory group of band and orchestra parents one would expect to see at an ordinary school recital. This audience was full of music-lovers—enthusiasts amped to hear some great rock orchestra music, whether or not one of the musicians happened to be part of their family. As I made my way to a good spot where I knew I could get a few good photographs, I must admit that my thoughts drifted toward my schedule. It’s always about time—making time to attend this or that event; making time to get this or that story done. I was thinking to myself, OK, if I hang out for about 45 minutes to an hour I’m sure I can get all the photos I want. Not that I am not a music-lover myself. I am. I was also a proud member of my high school marching band, jazz band and drum line. But I was expecting to hear a recital more like those from my memories of both my own band days and my daughter’s recitals when she was younger. You know the ones—the choir sounding pitchy at times

Kurt To plays a solo on the Vipre. Photo by Andrea Swayne

The percussion section is featured at center stage. Photo by Andrea Swayne

Scott Schoeffel joins Mark Wood and students on stage for a few songs. Photo by Andrea Swayne

and the ease with which one can pick out the kids that are lip syncing, obviously not enthused at being there. And the occasional shrill squeak of a violin that sends a visibly obvious wave of cringes through the faces of the audience. I know, shame on me. It never really mattered though, everyone still clapped and cheered, proud of their kids’ musical accomplishments. The applause at last Sunday’s concert was different—turned up a notch or two…or three. The reason? This concert really rocked! The set list included the music of the Beatles and well-known rock songs like Born to Be Wild, Paul McCartney’s Live and Let Die, Stairway to Heaven, You Can’t Always Get What You Want and so much

“He made music spectacular, fun and exciting! It really inspired me a lot and I will continue to incorporate rock in my music. I will play music for forever and ever.” —Kurt To

Emma Werderman belts out a song. Photo by Andrea Swayne

more. Wood even conducted students in a performance of Aaron Copland’s Hoedown as part of his lesson on incorporating rock music into classical orchestral and other styles. From the Stones, Steppenwolf and Zeppelin to Copland, the show was a goosebump-inducing experience of the electrifying power of music. The choir students sang with abandon— all of them—as they danced and raised their hands high. Soloists gladly came to the front and put everything into their singing performances. SOCSA’s Emma Werderman set spines tingling with her powerful voice and engaging stage presence. Violin students, like seventh grader Kurt To from Marco Forster, performed solos on Wood’s electric violin invention known as the Vipre, an experience To called very exciting. “He made music spectacular, fun and exciting!” said To. “It really inspired me a lot and I will continue to incorporate rock in my music. I will play music for forever and ever.” Parents in the audience were blown away by their kids’ performances and more importantly the renewed enthusiasm for playing and singing that preparing for this concert brought to their children.

Guy Batterton, father of Kiefer (Dana Hills) and Max Batterton (Marco Forster) said that he saw a difference in his boys with regard to their excitement at playing music and their willingness to put more time into practicing in the days leading up to the concert. “Their practice time went up along with their enthusiasm. They gladly put their noses to the grindstone in preparation for this event. This program and the teachers at their schools came together to give the kids the direction they needed and really got them enthused about their music. All the students were awesome. Everyone sounded great!” The music programs and students in Dana Point made an impression on Wood as well. “The talent here is great because the music teachers are great,” said Wood. “There’s a lot of passion and commitment to self-expression. It makes a tremendous difference when a community is as committed to supporting the arts as I have found Dana Point to be.” Wood went on to say that even as an outsider, it was obvious to him and his band that this community is passionate about music and the arts and that he found Dana Point to be a magical place. We don’t often think about our city’s affinity and dedication to the arts as unusual in any way. It’s just the way things are here and it’s hard to imagine that there are towns across America where art, music and culture are dwindling away to nothing both in the schools and the communities themselves. But from music instructors in our schools, community organizations dedicated to art and music to our City Council, Dana Point is not only a magical place as Wood said; it is a magical, musical place. Mayor Pro Tem Scott Schoeffel, a musician himself who has dedicated his efforts toward promoting music in the local community, played an instrumental roll (pun intended) in bringing Wood and his Electrify Your Strings program to the students of Dana Point. “When first elected to City Council I opted to donate my compensation to SOCSA along with the stipend I receive from the Transportation Corridor agencies as well,” said Schoeffel. “I earmarked the funds to be used specifically for instrumental music programs such as the Schoeffel Instrumental Music Assistance (SIMA) scholarship awards for graduating seniors. I recently asked myself, ‘What else can I do about getting kids fired up about orchestra and band?’ Mark Wood’s program does just that. In fact, he does this for about 45 weeks out of the year. It is my honor to have brought a program this transformational, in terms of the excitement it generates in the community, parents and the kids, to Dana Point.” Although part of the program title, “Electrify Your Strings” has an obvious meaning related to the use of electric instruments, the word “electrify” is descriptive beyond the obvious. This concert event electrified everyone involved—from audience to teachers to musicians. I have never seen a group of kids more excited about singing, playing their violins, or cellos, or drums as the students on stage that day. Oh, and by the way, I stayed for the entire show and mingled well beyond the finale. I, like most, was happily “zapped” by the electricity in the air, feeling proud of our local kids’ talent and honored to be a part of a community so committed to perpetuating art and music for future generations. DP

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DP Sheriff’s Blotter Compiled By M a d i Sway n e 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.

Wednesday, November 10 SUSPICIOUS PERSON Street of the Golden Lantern, 34100 Block 9:04 p.m.) A patrol check was requested to investigate two male transients who were loitering in a parking garage. The caller was worried and asked deputies to remove the men from the property.

ILLEGAL PEDDLING Del Obispo Street/Stonehill Drive (5:54 p.m.) A young girl, 16-18 years old, was seen at a gas station. She had dark brown hair, a white jacket and black leggings. The girl was requesting money from customers to get back home. The caller thought it might have been a scam.

CITIZEN ASSIST Goldenspring Drive, 25500 Block (7:00 p.m.) A woman’s photo memory chip with all of her family photos was stolen at the Walmart in San Clemente. The elderly woman waited almost and hour for the deputies but had to return to her home in Dana Point.

WELFARE CHECK Doheny Park Road, 34000 Block (1:26 p.m.) A caller stated that her mother was at the location with her brother. The brother was reportedly very angry and under the influence of drugs. The caller feared the brother might act out upon the mother. The brother also reportedly asked the caller if she wanted to buy drugs from him but she refused.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON De Leon Drive/Intera Way (7:22 a.m.) A female was reportedly seen going through trashcans. A male subject in a blue truck was also seen driving behind her.

CITIZEN ASSIST Sea Island Drive, 32100 Block (9:43 a.m.) A woman requested the assistance of authorities when her soon-to-be ex-husband, who still had a garage opener for her house, took a gun safe out of the garage. The woman thought the guns were in his name and did give him permission to come into the residence.

Tuesday, November 9

Monday, November 8 KEEP THE PEACE Antigua, 0 Block (7:56 p.m.) A caller who was sitting at the entry to a gated neighborhood in a red four-door sedan wanted to confront a male subject who was at a residence inside. The caller was upset because the subject had been harassing his daughter. The caller had flown in from out of state specifically to confront the subject. The caller was especially concerned because his daughter had reportedly attempted suicide. The caller was instructed to wait there for deputies to arrive.

DISTURBANCE Mill Pond Road East, 27100 Block (5:24 p.m.) Deputies were contacted after an unknown subject asked the caller if he wanted to buy marijuana. The subject reportedly followed the 13-year-old caller home. The subject was reported to be 6’3” and 210 pounds with black, braided hair, a white button-up shirt and black pants. DRUNK IN PUBLIC Camino Capistrano, 34100 Block (2:31 p.m.) A patrol check was requested to investigate a male subject who was seen cussing and stumbling around a laundromat. The drunken man was wearing a dark colored jacket, a baseball cap and backpack. RECKLESS DRIVING Robles Drive, 33900 Block (2:07 p.m.) A shirtless man on a lime green motorcycle was seen driving the bike up and down the street. Not only was the man speeding, but he was also popping wheelies. The caller was upset because it was very noisy. ABANDONED VEHICLE Marina Vista Drive, 33300 Block (9:55 a.m.) A white and green Chevrolet truck was parked for four days across from the caller’s location. The tires were marked with yellow crayon.

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What’s going on in our neighboring towns, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano SAN CLEMENTE

Draft Study on La Pata Extension The public comment period is underway for the proposed La Pata connection between San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano, and a public meeting on the proposed project is set for November 18, 7:30 p.m. in the San Clemente Community Center Auditorium at 100 North Calle Seville. The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the proposed La Pata Gap Closure and Camino del Rio Extension was prepared by the County of Orange and released on November 3 for a 45-day public review period. The DEIR evaluates potential environmental impacts of the proposed project that would widen La Pata Avenue from three to five lanes from about 2,700 feet south of Ortega Highway to the county’s Prima Deshecha Landfill and extend it by constructing four new lanes from the landfill south to Calle Saluda and Avenida La Pata in San Clemente. The DEIR also evaluates potential environmental impacts of the extension of Camino del Rio Street from its current terminus to its future connection with La Pata. For more information, log on to —Jonathan Volzke

Arrest Made in 1994 Murder Case A former San Clemente man, now working as a city official in Kansas, faces murder charges alleging he poisoned his wife in 1994. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office filed the charges against Paul Marshal Curry, 54, on November 9, adding a special allegation that he did it for financial gain, to Page 6 • Dana Point Times • November 12–18, 2010

collect $400,000 in life insurance. Curry is accused of poisoning his wife of two years, Linda Curry, late on the night of June 9, 1994. He called 911 and told dispatchers his wife was in bed and not breathing. Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene. Investigators then suspected something was amiss but did not make an arrest. In 2007, OCDA and OCSD reopened the case. As a result of further investigation and newly developed evidence that was not available at the time of the crime, Curry was arrested November 9 in Kansas by Orange County Sheriff’s deputies. Curry will face an extradition hearing in Kansas to determine when he will be extradited from Kansas to Orange County to face the murder charges. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Helen Moreno at 714.347.8492. Log on to to read the full press release. —OC District Attorney’s Office

Sandwich Shop Feeding Marines on Thanksgiving Humphry’s Sandwich Shop, located at 800 Ave. Pico #S in San Clemente, recently announced an event on Thanksgiving Day where they will be feeding up to 300 Marines who are just getting back from deployment and/or are unable to get home to loved ones to celebrate the holiday. Serving up a traditional Thanksgiving meal at no cost, Humphrey’s will have five seatings from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 25 (Thanks-

giving Day). Reservations are required. Contact Humphry’s at or call 949.361.1093 to make a reservation as this event will fill up quickly. SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

Mission Bells Toll for Rita Nieblas’ Passing Mission San Juan Capistrano’s historic bells tolled for more than seven minutes on October 29, marking the passing of a woman whose family is part of the community’s history. Rita Nieblas (82) passed away earlier that day. A proud Juaneno Indian, Nielbas’ family history is older than the 234-year-old Mission, where her family and friends gathered for the tradition of sounding the bells to tell important news of town. On November 4, another generationsold tradition was observed, as family and friends joined for a procession to carry Nieblas’ remains up Ortega Highway to the Old Mission Cemetery. Her remains were taken into the centuries-old cemetery on the back of Wally Tuck’s Harley—just the way Rita wanted it. A lifelong resident of Capistrano, Nieblas was born on the dining-room table of the Congdon House. She attended Capistrano Union High School, and celebrated all of her sacraments at the Mission. Nieblas is survived by her three children: Joseph “Toby” Nieblas, Adrienne “GiGi” Nieblas and George “Dee” Nieblas, as well as seven grandchildren. She also had two great-grandchildren. Rita Nieblas honored tradition and loved San Juan Capistrano. “I asked her why she never left,” her nephew, Jerry Nieblas, said Friday. “She said ‘Where would I go? Where else is there?’” —JV

Referendum Attempt to Stop Distrito La Novia Project San Juan Capistrano residents upset with the City Council’s approval of a retail-residentialequestrian project off Valle Road are gathering signatures in an attempt to land a referendum on the ballot. The City Council on November 2 approved the Distrito La Novia/San Juan Meadows project for vacant land above the San Diego Freeway. The project includes an equestrian center for as many as 500 horses. The number of horses, along with the number of residential units and commercial space, was reduced significantly from original proposals, but some residents say it’s not enough. “It’s just too big a project in the wrong place,” said John Perry, a retired school administrator among the leaders in the referendum attempt. “You could call us NIMBYs, I guess…But we’re getting signatures from across town … whether I live in neighborhood or not, I would have questions abut this project.” A referendum against San Juan Hills High School and a related housing development was successful in 2002, and in 2006, Capistrano voters rejected a plan to put housing on the golf course on San Juan Creek Road. —JV

New Bus Shelters Construction is underway on five covered bus stops along Camino Capistrano. The shelters were designed by Capistrano architect Roy Nunn, and the bulk of the $306,000 project is covered by a $241,500 grant from the state. The city is paying the remaining money. Work is expected to take four months. —JV

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Compiled by Andrea Swayne

Props, Recognitions and Morsels of Info The Ocean Institute is pleased to welcome Bruce Brainerd, General Manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, to its Board of Directors. The Ritz-Carlton has been a generous donor to the Ocean Institute, donating over $500,000. Brainerd serves on the Institute’s Jazz in January fundraiser committee. “Bruce and The Ritz-Carlton have provided invaluable support to the Institute over the years, and we’re most pleased that Bruce will be serving on our board,” said Dan Stetson, Ocean Institute president. “We looked forward to our continued partnership as they help us achieve our mission: Ocean preservation through education.” Brainerd is originally from Napa Valley and has 28 years experience in the hotel industry. He worked for 18 years with Hyatt Hotels Corporation, working his way through the finance and operations disciplines. He assumed his current role in 2008. Since coming to The Ritz-Carlton, Brainerd has been instru- Bill Brainerd. Courtesy photo mental in helping the hotel earn many awards and accolades including AAA Five-Diamond Awards, Mobile Four-Star Awards, 2010 Travel & Leisure World’s Best List, 2010 Condé Nast Traveler Gold List, and Gold Key Awards, Meetings & Conventions, The Ritz-Carlton Cobalt Award and Community Footprints Regional Property of the Year.


Capistrano Beach Care Center, 35410 Del Rey in Capistrano Beach, is hosting a free dementia care informational meeting on November 18 at 5 p.m. The program titled, “A Different Approach to Dementia: Changing How We Think About a Person With Dementia,” will be presented by guest speaker Dr. Jane Mahakian, PhD, professional geriatric care manager and owner of Aging Matters, Inc. Please RSVP to Bobbi at 949.933.1503.


Attention kids! It’s time to write your letters to Santa Claus. The City of Dana Point is hosting a special delivery North Pole mailbox at the Community Center from now until December 10. Along with your letter, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope inside so that Santa can write you back. Please don’t try to mail any cookies. They don’t hold up in the mail very well and anyway Santa would rather have fresh ones waiting for him at your house on Christmas night. You can either mail your letter to the Dana Point Community Center, 34052 Del Obispo Street, Dana Point, CA 92629-2920 or drop it off in person. For questions please call 949.248.3530. u

u The 4th Annual Ante Up for Autism, Talk About Curing Autism’s (TACA) main fundraising event, will be held on November 13 at the St. Regis Hotel Monarch Beach, at One Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point. This fun-filled night includes: Celebrities, a poker tournament, professional poker players, athletes, live and silent auctions, gourmet food, and many surprises—all to support TACA’s mission and the families they serve. The event is designed for our corporate and individual sponsors that want to “go all in” to support families affected by autism. TACA is a not-forprofit foundation of families helping families affected by autism. The red carpet entrance begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by general admission opening at 7 p.m. The poker tournaments starts at 8 p.m. This year’s event host will be former NFL football quarterback Jim Everett General admission tickets are $250 per Retired NFL quarterback Jim Everett and wife Rachel individual and $750 per person to enter the Ante Up for Autism 2009. Courtesy photo poker tournament. Log on to the event website at to purchase tickets or for more information. Information about TACA can be found on their website at

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Get in the holiday spirit at McCool Flowers’ Customer Appreciation Day, November 18 from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. The shop is dressed and ready for the holiday season. Stop by and enjoy the festivities including free roses, hourly prize drawings, holiday coupons, refreshments and snacks. McCool Flowers is located at 32585 Golden Lantern, Suite J, in the Ocean Ranch center. McCool’s will post more details on Facebook as the date approaches. For more information, call 949.488.7988.


u Join Dana Point Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9934 on Monday, December 6, 10 a.m. at Shorecliffs Golf Course, 501 Avenida Vaquero in San Clemente for their “Bring the Wall” Golf Tournament. Proceeds from the event will go toward funding a visit to Dana Point of the traveling Vietnam Wall Memorial from May 11 to 16, 2011. Your $99 entry donation will include lunch, a no-host bar and snack bar and silent auction. Prizes will be awarded for first through third place, longest drive and closest to the pin. Don’t play golf or unable to attend? Sponsor a Marine. You may also sponsor a hole for $100. For registration information, call Col. Joe Snyder at 949.487.5288 or Taro at Shorecliffs Golf Course, 949.492.1178. To register online, log on to Registration forms may also be printed out and mailed (no later than November 26) to VFW Post 9934 c/o Bill Manes, 25665 Fisherman’s Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629-2165.

Monarch Beach Market announces Bubblepalooza!, their wine-tasting event to be held on November 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. as part of the new “Third Thursday” wine tastings. Monarch Beach Market is breaking out tons of bubbles—over 20 varied Champagnes, sparkling wines and Cava will be featured. Representatives from some of the best wine houses will be on hand to educate guests on these amazing bubblies. Featured wines will include Schramsburg, Domaine Carneros, Taittinger, Poema Cava, Vueve Clicquot, Chandon and many more. Admission is $20 per person and includes a wonderful selection of cheeses and charcuterie from the deli. Prize drawings will also be held. The market is located at 24040 Camino del Avion in Dana Point. For questions, call 949.429.8750 and to reserve your spot, email


u Dana Point Youth Baseball will host the Lucas Ellinger Over-the-Line Baseball Tournament Fundraiser on Saturday, November 13. The Ellinger family has been supporting Dana Point Youth Baseball for over 10 years and has touched many of our Dana Point children’s lives through their volunteerism. Their 11-year-old son Lucas, a wonderful child and All-Star ballplayer, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia the night before the 2010 regional All-Star tournament. Since then, the almost daily intensive and painful treatments have helped his condition improve. The tournament is being held to benefit the family and help offset ongoing medical bills. Come and play or just cheer the teams on and participate in the fundraiser. Prizes for attendees will be available and each ballplayer will receive a raffle ticket for a chance at winning a TV. T-shirts, bracelets and other items will be available for purchase. Each tournament team will be made up of either three children or two children and one adult. The three leagues will be Lucas Ellinger. Courtesy photo Mustang (children 9-10 years old), Bronco (11-12 years old) and Pony (13-14 years old). Mustang and Pony play will start at 9 a.m. and Bronco will start at 11 a.m. Teams may register via email to through Friday, November 12 at noon. Team registration fee is $50. Rules and more information are available at DPYB is also accepting monetary donations for Lucas’ treatment on behalf of the Ellinger family. Please make checks out to DPYB, with a note on the memo line reading: Ellinger donation. Mail donations should be sent to Dana Point Youth Baseball, PMB#351 32565 B Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629.

Please join the JSerra Catholic High School Chamber Choir for a benefit concert with renowned Christian recording artist and South Orange County resident, Renee Bondi. The concert is set for Saturday, November 13, 7 p.m. at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, 29102 Crown Valley Parkway in Laguna Niguel. The JSerra Chamber Choir, under the direction of Mr. Andrew Alvarez, will join Renee in several songs. Tickets are available at the door. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students and children. An offering will be taken to benefit the JSerra Chamber Choir who will be traveling to Rome, Italy this spring to sing for the Holy Father, Pope Benedict, IV. For tickets and information call 949.493.0282 or visit


Renee Bondi. Courtesy photo

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human and mechanical means along with other plastic of the same type and compressed into a huge bale. Ooph! China, here we come! China doesn’t care that no fee has been paid by Dana Point consumers when they bought their laundry detergent. As long as the now-flattened orange chunk of plastic has a little triangle stamped on its surface, China wants it. The container will be reborn. Who knows? Maybe this time around will be more glamorous . . . a pro football helmet, maybe . . . or a Barbie Doll. Actually, there are seven different types of plastic that can experience this Asian renaissance. If you’re a dumpster stuffer in our multifamily community, however, you needn’t worry about the triangle. Miraculously, that’s all taken care of by CR&R’s trash sorting process. And, you guessed it, whatever cannot be recycled goes back into a truck and is taken to Prima Deshecha for a mournerless burial. The state is happy. The city is happy. A lot of waste has been diverted from the landfill. All the multifamily residents have to do is get their stuff into the dumpster. Is that so difficult? Well, apparently it is. Let’s say you buy a new computer. The computer is packed inside a cardboard box along with a lot of especially designed polystyrene foam (Styrofoam and similar packing foam). What happens? The computer is removed, the polystyrene foam is stuffed back into the box, and the box, still in pristine condition, still big and ungainly, is tossed into a dumpster. It doesn’t take many such boxes to fill up the available space (especially if there’s already a computer table at the bottom). We can hope that Dumpster Diva Beverli or one of her unheralded crew members will come along, remove the box, shake the contents into the dumpster and knock the box flat before putting it back inside. If that doesn’t happen, the available space will soon be

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All Hands, Ahoy! By Beverli Jinn

he concept is simple enough: Everybody can do something to keep our South Coast watershed green. It’s equally simple to understand that nobody can do everything. Let’s talk about trash pickup, for example. I live in a multifamily community. The City Beverly Jinn of Dana Point expects my neighbors and me to put all our trash into a blue dumpster. Once a week a big truck comes by and picks up each of our dumpsters and shakes the contents into its giant steel mouth: Plastic, newspaper, cardboard, yucky garbage, grass cuttings, tree trimmings, glass bottles. . . This morning, the day after our regular Thursday pickup, a large computer table appeared in our bin. Who did that? How did they do it? Contrary to what most of us probably assume, the content of the blue dumpster is not destined for the Prima Deshecha landfill—not yet at least. First it goes to Stanton. The driver of the truck knows where Stanton is even though you and I do not. Think Knott’s Berry Farm. Let’s go back to our Dana Point multifamily community. Conjure up a vision of an orange 170 fluid ounce plastic laundry detergent container, now empty and seemingly purposeless. Picture it there atop the pile of trash in the blue container. Dumpster divers shun it because it represents no cash value to them. The guys at the recycling center behind Ralphs are going to laugh their heads off if that orange misfit shows up for a cash refund. It’s going to look pretty silly surrounded by a mountain of aluminum cans. Still, with any kind of luck, the laundry detergent container will eventually find its way into a dumpster and then into a trash truck where it will begin a smelly, steamy ride to Stanton. After the truck with its load is weighed, the fun begins at last: A wild roller coaster ride up and along a conveyor system where this once rejected container will be separated by

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Online Reader Poll Will you be running in the Turkey Trot this year? Yes 53% No 47% Undecided 0% Make sure to sound off each week on the “DP Times Poll of the Week” at Then go to our community Message Board and share your opinions. Bookmark it today! The DP Times Online Reader Polls are not scientific and do not reflect the opinion of the DP Times.

used up. Residents will pile their trash on top of the dumpster instead of inside. The pile will tip over and fall to the pavement. More trash will be stacked on top and around the bin. Another fine mess! And what about the polystyrene foam? Does anyone want it? Even China? Where do all those little pieces go when the wind blows? One guess. Some years ago, at her first opportunity, Beverli Jinn retired from teaching high school English. A lot of books inside her demanded to be written. Now, several years and six published books later, an altered compulsion, the care and feeding of our ocean, drives Jinn’s pen. She believes that the residents of Orange County’s South Coast can lead the way in establishing and maintaining a healthy watershed. She is the co-founder of Dana Point’s Earth/Ocean Society and is active in the DP Historical Society and the Lantern Village Association. Born and raised in Orange County, she has lived in Dana Point since 2001. Jinn welcomes her readers’ feedback via email at allhandsahoy@ PLEASE NOTE: The opinions offered here are solely those of the guest columnist and may or may not be shared by the Dana Point Times staff. We appreciate, however, their willingness to share their views, and we invite responses to be sent to

Letters to the Editor A NOD TO VETERAN’S DAY Bob Olsen, San Clemente

It’s Veterans Day and the feelings it kindles within my heart brings a wide range of experiences within my daily life into clear focus. Yes, the 4th of July or Independence Day (because of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776), which is by far one of our nation’s most important documents, should be celebrated and even cherished as something so special, so spiritual and something so fought for from that fateful day in 1776 up to today. But Veterans Day brings the fight for freedom and liberty up close and personal. There were 56 men who signed their name to the Declaration and who at that moment were committing an act of treason by doing so. Those 56 men laid the foundation for all of us today. Since that date in 1776 we have fought to protect that document, and our way of life, by sending our men and Page 10 • Dana Point Times • November 12–18, 2010

women around the world fighting to make this a world free of unfairness, free to worship the way we want, free to speak our minds, free to have a newspaper and books with differing views, free to have weapons in our households and free to live in this country, amongst many more. Personally on this day I dedicate my thoughts to remembering those who have put their life on the line to protect those rights I have. It is because of them, the original 56 and all those who have or are wearing a uniform, that I can live my life here in this beautiful United States of America. It is because of them, all of them, that I can write this in the first place. And it is because of them that I shall always be faithful to the United States of America. Semper Fi Veterans! To submit a letter to the editor for possible inclusion in the paper, e-mail us at 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.

The Marine Monument at Park Semper Fi in San Clemente. Photo courtesy of Bob Olsen


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Aaron Spann and Katie Gattoni. Photo by Nina Welch

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Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs

The Department of Theatre Arts at Saddleback College presents Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs in the McKinney Theatre on November 13 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and November 14 at 3 p.m. Directed by Patrick J. Fennell, this endearing comedy is the first of playwright Neil Simon’s unofficial “autobiographical trilogy” (following by Biloxi Blues and Broadway Bound). Set in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, New York in 1937, this coming-of-age comedy focuses on Eugene Morris Jerome, a Polish-Jewish teenager who experiences puberty, sexual awakening and a search for identity as he tries to deal with his family, including his older brother, Stanley, their parents, a widowed aunt and two female cousins. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Neil Simon is one of America’s most productive and popular dramatists. His plays expose human weaknesses and make people laugh at themselves. Tickets can be purchased by calling 949.582.4656 (noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday) and online at Prices are $12 general admission, $11 students/seniors/Angels and $6 group rates for 20 or more. Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Pkwy in Mission Viejo, just east of Interstate 5 at the Avery Parkway exit. Parking is available in Lot 12. Take Avery Parkway to Marguerite Parkway turn left to the third traffic light—Saddleback’s Marguerite entrance. Turn right into the campus and take the third left to “Theatre Circle,” turning right into Lot 12. —AS

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A day-by-day guide to what’s happening in and around town this week. Compiled by Tawnee Prazak

Dana Point Farmers Market

Sunday Funday



9 a.m.-11 a.m. Join the San Clemente Walking & Hiking Group for a beginner’s hike on the Ridgeline Trail. 949.929.0140 or 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Fresh produce and much more every Saturday at La Plaza Park, intersection of PCH and Golden Lantern.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tom Morey entertains at Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Open mic at Caliente Coastal Cantina. 34085 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.493.0549,

7 p.m.–closing. Nightlife featuring a DJ in the lounge at Tannins Restaurant & Wine Bar. 27211 Ortega Hwy., Ste. C, San Juan Capistrano, 949.661.8466,

Tijuana Dogs

Christmas Company

Marine Wildlife Cruise

Benziger Family Winery Wine Tasting

Vegas Nights


Ben Bailey

Comedy Nights on Stage II

Marc Cohn

Tyler Hilton & Josiah Leming

forecast: sunny • high: 76° low: 48°

Lord of the Strings Concert

7:30 p.m. Internationally acclaimed duo, Acoustic Eidolon (Joe Scott and Hannah Alkire), at the Dana Point Community House. Tickets $25. 24642 San Juan Ave., Dana Point, 949.842.2227, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company welcomes Michael Biagi of Benziger Family Winery in Sonoma. Tasting fee is $15 for seven wines. They’ll be raffling off a few bottles. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, 8 p.m.; 11 p.m. Live comedy at the Irvine Improv. Tickets $22. 71 Fortune Drive, Suite 841, Irvine, 949.854.5455, 8 p.m. Acclaimed singer/songwriter at The Coach House, also with Sahara Smith. Tickets $35. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,


8 p.m.-11 p.m. Tribute band plays Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

Aloha Friday

9 p.m. Dress island-style and get happy hour specials at BeachFire, and enjoy live music. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,

Singles’ Night

9 p.m.–1:30 a.m. Top-40 hits, rock ‘n roll and ‘90s dance music set the scene in Brio Tuscany Grille for singles’ night. 24050 Camino del Avion, Suite B, Monarch Beach, 949.443.1476,

saturday13 forecast: sunny • high: 78° low: 50°

Second Saturday Art Fair

10 a.m.–4 p.m. The San Juan Chamber presents the monthly art event showcasing artists, craftspeople and musicians along the streets of Camino Capistrano, Yorba, Verdugo and Los Rios. 949.493.4700,

Wreath Making Class

10 a.m. Goin Native teaches you to make wreaths for the holidays. Class fee $25, material fee $40. 31661 Los Rios St., 949.493.5911, San Juan Capistrano,

10 a.m.-7 p.m. Holiday shopping to raise funds for the Junior League of OC at the OC Fair & Event Center. $10. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500, 6 p.m. The Coastal Mountain Youth Academy presents it fourth annual fundraiser featuring dining, music, gaming and auctions at the San Juan Hills Golf Club. Tickets $125. 32120 San Juan Creek Road, San Juan Capistrano, 949.498.7042, 7:30 p.m. Stand-up comedians at Camino Real Playhouse. Admission $12. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082, 8 p.m. Two incredible singer/songwriters at The Coach House, also with Anderson Hall and Dead Off Center. Tickets $13 advance, $15 day of show. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

Drag Show

8 p.m.-10 p.m. Popular Drag Queen dinner show at Adele’s. Cover $5. 2600 Avenida Del Presidente, San Clemente, 949.366.1121,

The Misfits

8 p.m. Legendary punk band at Galaxy Theatre. Tickets $22 advance, $25 day of show. Second show Sunday night. 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, 714.957.0600,

sunday14 forecast: sunny • high: 77° low: 50°

Sun Fair for Healthy Generations

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free event with health screenings, nutritional counseling, flu vaccines, dental screening, vision exam, medical treatment and much more. Includes children’s activities. JSerra Catholic High School, 26351 Junipero Serra Road, San Juan Capistrano, 949.364.1770,

Stories of Home Fundraiser

3 p.m. Performance of short stories on the stage of the Forum Theater at the Festival of Arts. Proceeds benefit the Friendship Shelter programs and Henderson House. Tickets: General $65, preferred $125; purchase online. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.6928,

2:30 p.m. Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188, 1 p.m. Journey to sea with Ocean Institute scientists. Tickets $35 adults, $22 children. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274, 2 p.m. Fundraiser for injured musician Randy Wakefield at Cook’s Corner. Jumping Jack Flash headlines at 4 p.m. 19152 Santiago Road, Trabuco Canyon, 949.858.0266,

Ukulele Nights

5 p.m.-8 p.m. Bring your ukulele, sing along or listen to the music at Hulaville’s newest event. Every Sunday. 2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, 949.369.1905,


7 p.m. The platinum artist makes a stop at the Honda Center while on his OMG Tour. Call or go online for ticket info. 2695 E. Katella, Anaheim, 714.704.2500,

monday15 forecast: sunny • high: 73° low: 51°

Enne Cucina Italiana Wine Dinner

7 p.m. Enne Cucina Italiana presents a dinner and wine pairing featuring Antinori Winery of Tuscany. Cost $45 each. 481 Via Suerte, #101, San Clemente, 949.492.1089.

Senior Bingo

12:15 p.m. Games offered Mondays and Wednesdays at the Dana Point Community Center. 34052 Del Obispo St., Dana Point, 949.248.3536,

Mommy Movie Mondays

10 a.m. Special screening of the movie Morning Glory for parents of infants at the Krikorian, tickets $6.75. 641 Camino de los Mares, San Clemente, 949.661.7469,

$5 Mondays

5 p.m.-8 p.m. Join SC Wine Company for happy hour featuring three wines for $5 and more! 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, 949.429.7067,

Smokey Karaoke

8 p.m. Sing fearlessly behind a cloud of smoke at BeachFire and enjoy Mojito Monday. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232, (Cont. on page 16) November 12–18, 2010 • Dana Point Times • Page 15


DP Times Restaurant Spotlight

By Andrea Swayne

Marbella Farmers Market Deli


31109 Rancho Viejo Road, San Juan Capistrano, 949.248.1067

Have you eaten at this restaurant?

BEST KNOWN FOR: Premium quality and customer service MOST POPULAR ITEM: Paninis, signature sandwiches and sushi They say, never shop for groceries when you’re hungry or you may end up overspending. There is an easy and convenient fix for this problem in San Juan Capistrano’s Marbella Plaza—Marbella Farmers Market Deli. Located inside the Farmers Market store, this deli makes grocery shopping a dining destination as well. Customers often make an event of stocking their pantries by filling their bellies before filling their carts. Many stop in just for a meal by itself. This full-service deli has charming dining room seating in full view of the cases of delectable choices made onsite each day. The menu includes salads, traditional deli fare, and something unusual for most delis—sushi. David Tyone, Deli Assistant Manager, also happens to be an expert sushi chef. His creations include a wide variety of sushi and sashimi prepared fresh daily. Stop in for lunch and try a turkey brie sandwich—a delicious combination of turkey, brie, watercress, mayo and cranberry sauce on house-made ciabatta bread—or one of an endless combination of made-to-order sandwiches for under $7. The hot pastrami and hot corned beef sandwiches are tasty and hearty choices. The deli also offers an extensive catering menu and is a great place to pick up a fresh-brewed coffee or espresso and pastries. David Tyone, Assistant Manager/Sushi Chef. Photo by Andrea Swayne

PRICE RANGE: $1-$20 RESERVATIONS: Not necessary

PAYMENT: Cash, credit card HOURS: 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. seven days a week

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SteerCrazy International BBQ & Grill

¾ 34700 Pacific Coast Highway #105, Capistrano Beach, 949.481.6999 (Rated on a scale of 1–5 stars)

ABOUT OUR REVIEWS: In each issue we’ll highlight universally critical points including “Most Popular Dish,” “Best Known For” and “Price Range.” But most importantly, we’re inviting you to participate each week and rate the restaurant based on your experiences. Go to and under “Restaurant Guide” rate it from 1 to 5. (Cont. from page 15)


7 p.m.–8 p.m. Educational wine tasting at Vine featuring four wines paired with food; $40 per person. 211 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.9376,

forecast: sunny • high: 69° low: 51°



10:30 a.m. Dana Point Library offers storytime for youngsters. 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.496.5517,


6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Antoine’s Cafe hosts a cooking event that includes a demonstration, dining, recipes and wine. This month is French cuisine. Fee $50. 218 S El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.1763,


7:30 p.m. One-man show at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,


7:30 p.m. Disney’s hit Broadway musical plays at the OC Performing Arts Center Nov. 16, 20 & 21; times vary. Tickets start at $20. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.ARTS,


Half price on all fishing trips, whale watching and other adventures at Dana Wharf every Tuesday. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,

wednesday17 forecast: showers • high: 66° low: 49°


7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Everything from rock to blues at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


6:30 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company welcomes Starr Cornwall, Cheese Monger, and Marcelino Cosio, Sommelier, for a fun class. $35, includes five wines, four cheese, chocolate, materials and instruction. Prepayment required. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067,


7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, Page 16 • Dana Point Times • November 12–18, 2010



9 p.m. Play Wii bowling for $5 at Caliente Coastal Cantina, winner takes all. 34085 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.493.0549,

All Set to Jam New Riders of the Purple Sage Storm into The Coach House

thursday18 forecast: sunny • high: 68° low: 50°


4 p.m. Join the after-school club and listen to a Native American Storyteller at the DP Library. 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.496.5517,


11 a.m.-2 p.m. A variety of gourmet food trucks that changes weekly at the OC Fair & Event Center. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500,


7 p.m.-11 p.m. New band at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


8:30 p.m.–12 a.m. Hennessey’s Tavern presents host Martin Gerschwitz with guests Keston Barker, Tom Croucier, Bryan Rosem and Lou Gramm. Every Thursday. 34111 La Plaza, Dana Point, 949.488.0121,


6 p.m.-8 p.m. Hulaville invites all musicians, along with singers and hula dancers, to step up and showcase your talents for an appreciative audience. Every Thursday. 2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, 949.369.1905,


8 p.m. Legendary blues artist at The Coach House, also feat. This Side Up Blues Band. $25. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

UPCOMING: November 20

28TH ANNUAL BOYS & GIRLS CLUB AUCTION 5:30 p.m. Auction and dinner to raise money for Boys & Girls Clubs. $75. Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort, 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, 949.492.9986,

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New Riders of the Purple Sage. Courtesy photo


he New Riders of the Purple Sage released its eponymous first album in September 1971 and went on to tour and release 12 more albums, selling 4 million records over the next decade. NRPS started as a part-time spin-off from the Grateful Dead when Jerry Garcia (pedal steel guitar), Phil Lesh (bass) and Mickey Hart (drums) teamed up with John Dawson (guitar, vocals) and David Nelson (guitar). By 1970 Dave Torbert had replaced Lesh, and Spencer Dryden, formerly of Jefferson Airplane, had joined as the group’s permanent drummer. Garcia remained with The Dead and The New Riders until Buddy Cage later replaced him and the classic NRPS lineup was born. Torbert, Dryden and co-founder John Dawson have since passed away, but the new lineup vows to keep the NRPS spirit alive for fans everywhere. Recently, the band teamed up with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter for its first CD in more than 20 years— Where I Come From (2009). Guitarist, singer/songwriter of NRPS Michael Falzarano talked about what the audience can expect at the upcoming show on November 21. For the uninitiated, what are the origins of the bands unique name? David Nelson told me that way back in ‘69 when the band was just forming and they were looking for a name, one of the guys suggested Riders of the Purple Sage after the Zane Grey book. Someone pointed out—I think David said he did—that there was already a band by that name back in the ‘30s so they added New and the rest is history. What do you look forward to about playing at The Coach House? On a personal level I love the Coach House. I’ve played there many times when I was touring with Hot Tuna. For this band we always love to play a new room and this will be our first time there. We love the unexpected. Doors open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at The Coach House or online at www. For more information call 949.496.8930. DP —A.J. Bardzilowski

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BUSINESS DIRECTORY The only directory featuring Dana Point businesses exclusively A L S O


AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING Oasis Air Conditioning & Heating 949.420.1321 31648 Rancho Viejo Rd. Ste. A,

ARCHITECTURE - PLANNING Jim Ettinger Design 949.246.0224 33742 Big Sur St., Nona Associates - Raymond J. Nona A.I.A. 26901 Camino de Estrella, 949.496.2275

ATTORNEY James D. Hornbuckle, Esq. 949.499.7370 34204 Pacific Coast Hwy,



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BUSINESS • SPOTLIGHT STARTING AT ONLY $69! Special session with Santa outdoors by a real roaring fireplace! Includes a 15 minute session and all digital printable images are yours to keep on a cd, printed that day! Aprox. 100 images captured! Perfect as gifts or holiday cards. Book online - Nov. 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, and Dec. 4, 5 949.361.0680

Azalea Salon & Boutique 949.248.3406 24452 Del Prado Ave. Ste. A, Paragon Salon 949.489.1955 ELECTRICAL 34161 Pacific Coast Hwy. delta G electrical 949.360.9282 Salon Revelation - Dayna Dallas 949.248.8595 CA #657214, 34192 Violet Lantern #2

BOOKKEEPING Accurate Bookeeping


Concept2Design Marketing 949.412.5345



CAFE - DELI Coffee Importers Espresso Bar 949.493.7773 34531 Golden Lantern,


ABC Signs & Embroidery Shop 34135 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste. E,



Capistrano Beach Steam Clean 949.240.5875 Fit Club - Boot Camp 949.831.7984 Jazzercise, O.C. Sailing & Events Center CATERING 34451 Ensenada Place, 949.492.7817 Smokey’s House of BBQ 949.388.8102 32860 Pacific Coast Hwy. #4, GIFT BASKETS

CHRISTIAN CHURCHES Christian Science Services 34102 La Plaza



Robert’s Professional Handyman Services Lic. # B853695 949.606.6425



Monarch Bay Haircutters 949.496.1957 Coffee Importers Espresso Bar 949.493.7773 20 Monarch Bay Plaza 34531 Golden Lantern, Paragon Salon 949.489.1955 34161 Pacific Coast Hwy. COMPUTER REPAIR & SERVICES Utopia Salon 949.661.1664 Barry 949.661.1664 San Clemente Computer & Network Services 949.231.9755 949.276.1581 Gary 949.433.3960 Solution Tek-nologies 949.400.0080 Morgan 24582 Del Prado, #B,

CONTRACTORS - GENERAL Creative Environments Construction 949.496.3728 Design & Build #464468

ICE CREAM Coffee Importers Scoop Deck 949.493.7773 34531 Golden Lantern,



949.496.1900 Mary Kay Cosmetics & Career 949.248.2868 Patricia Powers Opportunities, Ind. Sales Director - Marline Adams, License#0737080, Statefarm/Elaine LaVine 949.240.8944 34080 Golden Lantern, DENTISTS Ted Bowersox 949.661.3200 Dana Point Dental 949.661.5664 34085 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste 204, 34080 Golden Lantern, Ste 201,


DOG GROOMING Dawgy Style 34085 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste. 112,



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Girl in the Curl Surf Shop 949.661.4475 34116 Pacific Coast Hwy., LANDSCAPING/SPRINKLERS Infinity Surfboards 949.661.6699 Sunburst Landscaping 949.632.0081 24382 Del Prado, 949.493.3670 Jack’s Surfboards 949.276.8080 34320 Pacific Coast Hwy,


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TUTORING English Tutoring by Susan 949.481.0481 Mathnasium 949.388.6555 32411 Golden Lantern, Ste. Q,

Kenny’s Music & Guitars 949.661.3984 UPHOLSTERY 24731 La Plaza, Danman’s Music School 949.242.4431 Dana Point Upholstery 949.240.2292 24699 Del Prado, 24402 Del Prado Jeddy’s Yacht & Home Interiors 949.240.9569 PET GROOMING 34118 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dawgy Style 949.496.3315 WINDOW CLEANING 34085 Pacific Coast Hwy #112, Bayside Window Cleaning 949.290.8230 PIZZA Wonderful Windows 949.369.7263 Beach Cities Pizza 949.496.0606 34473 Golden Lantern St. WINDOW COVERINGS 34155 Pacific Coast Hwy. 949.496.2670 Jeddy’s Yacht & Home Interiors 949.240.9569 PLUMBING 34118 Pacific Coast Hwy,

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SUDOKU by Myles Mellor Each Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9X9 grid that has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of 3X3 squares. To solve the puzzle, each row, column and box must contain each of the numbers 1 to 9. Puzzles come in three grades: easy, medium and difficult. Level: Medium Last week’s solution:


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A Double Salute to: War Zone Veterans and Home Front Flu Shots By Doris I. Walker Dana Point Times


his is a true story that I can tell only as it affected my own family a generation before I joined it. Similar scenarios were probably happening all over the world at that time ... on what became Armistice Day after World War I, then Veterans Day after World War II. My maternal grandmother, Harriett Willis, was an English girl who lost her heart to a hometown lad when they were still teens. They became engaged, with the decision to cross the Atlantic and begin a new life together in America! But her father told John Gibbons: “You go there, you get a job, you buy a lot, you Doris I. Walker build a house, and then you send Harriett passage money, and I will let my daughter join you in America!” He underestimated my grandfather. John accomplished it all within a year in Cleveland, Ohio. So Harriett crossed the sea alone and the two married immediately. They happily petitioned for United States citizenship, renouncing allegiance to Queen Victoria. And through the years, each time a new baby was due, my grandfather added another room to that symbolic house. When World War I began, the pain was double for these two naturalized Americans with English roots. They were outwardly appreciative of the local youths who left this country to fight in and for their European homeland. Grandmother even “adopted” neighbor lad Henry, who came to be stationed in England, fighting for both of her “native” lands. Her own sons were too young to serve in the military. While Henry was overseas, my grandmother visited his family regularly, calming his mother when word of each new war offensive was announced. She also baked cookies and regularly sent an array overseas to Henry, worrying they would be stale after the long trans-oceanic voyage she remembered. On November 11, 1918, the war’s end, my grandmother was ecstatic, knowing it meant the brave ones would be coming home. Proudly she hung the largest American flag

The author’s grandparents and the first half of their brood of children pose beside the house Grandpa John built by hand for his bride. War brought extreme sadness to them in a very unusual way. Photo from Doris I. Walker’s collection.

she could find on the front door (along with a small Union Jack). When Henry’s homecoming date was announced, Grandma was elated. She offered his family help to make his homecoming especially memorable. And it certainly would be. When that day arrived and Henry appeared, she was there to help welcome him. After his mother had given him a sample of her stored-up affection, my grandmother gave him “an English hug and kiss” — and then an American round, then presented them all with a meal of her kitchen specialties. Henry was very appreciative, but he was pale and showed that he needed rest more than partying. Grandma offered his mother assistance in bringing his “home-front health” back. But within days, they became aware that Henry’s weakness and paleness were not just battle fatigue, to be alleviated by a week or two of home rest. Henry had brought the Spanish influenza home from England. It was the virus that would kill 50 million people world-wide within two years — many times the number that had lost their lives during the actual war. When Henry’s news came, my grandmother prepared small bags of camphor, which she insisted all of her eight children wear around their necks to repel the fastmoving, not-treatable viral sickness. They

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did stay well; Henry did not. A few days later, Grandma herself became pale and weak. My mother was only 11 years old then, but she was able to describe to me through tears how within days they knew that their mother had also been stricken by the wartime flu — passed on to her innocently by her symbolic soldier “son.” There was no “miracle” flu vaccine then. Less than a week later, Grandma was dead at age 48. So contagious was that flu, her body was not permitted inside a funeral home. So she had to be prepared by the undertaker at home within view of her stunned children, the youngest only six years old. For the same reason, she was denied a church funeral, as well as a cemetery grave. She had to be buried in a roughly-dug trench in the frozen ground in the dead of Great Lakes winter — lined up with many other local flu victims she didn’t even know. The traditional funeral wreath with purple ribbons that hung where the flags had been on the family front door stayed there through Thanksgiving, and also became the family’s Christmas wreath, because formal services for Grandmother would finally be held at home on Christmas Eve. Months later, she would be disinterred and reburied privately, stabbing the family’s hearts another time. In fact, my grandfather never recovered from the eerie task of having to identify her remains from the common grave. I was told he reported to their children that her beautiful waist-length hair had grown substantially after her death, and that she was still his fair-faced English beauty. As I reminisce about the grandparents I never knew, I think of her as our war victim, having died in the service of her countries after the victorious warriors had come home. The sounds of victory had become her funeral dirge. Then imagine the family’s further sorrow when my grandfather John died 11 months later — they say at least partly from a broken heart! No shots could be fired to arrest or defeat that pandemic enemy, while today simple flu shots can keep the home front healthy. Please do enlist for your own patriotic moment of duty with the shot gun! DP

Beach Cities Harmonizers. Courtesy photo

An Evening of Hope and Harmony The Beach City Harmonizers team up with Tremble Clefs for a Weekend Concert The first Parkinson awareness concert, Shake, Rattle and Sing, joins three separate choruses together at 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 20 at Capistrano Valley Christian Church in San Juan Capistrano. The San Clemente-based Beach City Harmonizers and Irvine-based California Promise Chorus are two barbershop-style choruses that are joining with Tremble Clefs, a singing group for those with Parkinson Disease. They will each sing a few songs on their own as well as some together, featuring celebratory songs such as We Are the Champions, as well as some classic barbershop songs and quartets, and of course, Christmas and holiday music. Although none of these three groups has ever sung with anyone else, members expressed excitement for this opportunity to come together and spread awareness, and are certain it will become an annual affair. A light sandwich dinner and deserts will be served afterward. Seats are going fast, so act quickly! Tickets can be purchased through the Beach City Harmonizers at 949.533.2076 or by contacting the National Parkinson Foundation at 800.327.4545. Even if tickets are sold out, the members of the choruses urge the community to attend anyway. Volunteers are also needed, for cleanup, assisting the elderly, and even bringing more food. If you are interested in volunteering at this event, contact Bob Barry at 951.809.9969. Capistrano Valley Christian Church is at 32032 Del Obispo Street in San Juan Capistrano. A $10 donation is suggested. DP —Kirsten Sacher Amavisca

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FC Dallas vs. LA Galaxy, Home Depot Center Nov. 12, 6 p.m. Your LA Galaxy have advanced to the Western Conference Championship and are now slated to take on FC Dallas. Tickets start at only $20. Info: www.




Stars vs. Ducks, Honda Center Nov. 12, 7 p.m.

Suns vs. Lakers, Staples Center Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m.

Nets vs. Clippers, Staples Center Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m.

The Ducks finally hit a solid win streak in time for a crucial game against Dallas, and right before they hit the road for three games.

After beating Phoenix on the road late last month, the purple and gold host the Suns in a pivotal Western Conference match up.

It’s been a struggle to pick up key wins so far, but the Clippers have a chance to kickstart some momentum as it hosts New Jersey.





Blue Jackets vs. Kings, Staples Center Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m. The L.A. Kings are also on a roll in the NHL this season and offer fine chance to see this exciting sport. Info:

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By David Zimmerle

FOOTBALL • The Dana Hills Dolphins (1-3 South Coast League, 4-6) ended their season on a high, beating Trabuco Hills in a 39-38 nail biter while on the road November 5. Both teams had spectators on the edge of their seats with intense offensive play throughout the game. The Dolphins locked down the win with only 28 seconds left on the clock in the fourth quarter as Chris Kearney tied the game at 38-38 off a 5-yard pitch, while kicker Brenden Beckley sealed the deal with the extra point. Early in the game Trabuco Hills (0-3 SCL, 4-5) had no problem taking the 7-0 lead after its first possession, rolling down the field on a five-play 46-yard touchdown drive. Mitchell Simonsen got airborne over the goal line at the end of his 13-yard touchdown run for the Mustang advantage. Trabuco Hills kicker Oleg Parent then increased the lead to 10-0 after a 22-yard field goal. But the Dolphins stormed back to life cutting into the lead 17-7 as quarterback Trent Mason scored on a 17-yard touchdown run. But the Mustangs countered with a drive that spanned the end of the first quarter and beginning of the second quarter ending with a 10-yard touchdown run by Simonsen for the 17-7 lead. However, before the close of the first half, Dana Hills made it 17-14 after Mason connected with Matt Romano on a 7-yard touchdown strike. The Dolphins then took its first lead of the game after Mason hit up Danny McAndrews on a 37-yard touchdown. After Beckley’s kick failed Dana held the 20-17 advantage. Another 36-yard field goal by Beckley left the Dolphins with a 23-17 lead in the third quarter. But Trabuco Hills couldn’t be contained as the Mustangs closed the third with a 60-yard touchdown run by Jonathan Newsom, clutching firm to a 24-23 lead heading into the final quarter of play. It all came down to some big back-andforth late in the game. Mason spurred Dana forward with a 15-yard touchdown run early in the fourth, but Kearney’s twopoint run attempt failed as Dana regained the lead 29-24. Trabuco added to the fourth quarter

volley taking the 30-29 lead after Nicholas Cody rolled into the endzone on a 3-yard touchdown run and the Mustangs 2-point conversion attempt failed. Beckley legged out another field goal, this time from 42 yards out as the Dolphins jumped ahead 32-30. But again, the Mustangs answered, this time with a 57-yard touchdown pass from Newsom to Adam Gann. Newsom then found Gann one more time for the 2-point conversion as the Mustangs led 38-32. Dana’s final drive of the season was a memorable one. Spanning 80 yards in 2:26 and led by Mason and Kearney, with the final touchdown of the season scored by Kearny and a good point after by Beckley, the Dolphins closed the book on 2010 with an impressive 39-38 comeback win and its first South Coast League victory of the season. Mason led the team with 179 yards rushing and 237 passing yards, while Kearney went for 108 yards rushing. Mathias Bedolfe had a team high 85 yards receiving, while Kearney caught passes for 54 yards. Next 7 days: N/A BOYS AND GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY • Both the boys and girls cross country teams competed in the South Coast League Finals on November 4. The varsity boys team ended up taking second place with 48 points, coming in right behind first place Trabuco Hills with 31 points, and narrowly defeating third place El Toro (50 points). The Dolphins had its top three finish the 3-mile run in sequence as Connor Kaddatz (14:59.4), Ethan Lawrence (15:02.6) and Ricardo Campuzano (15:03.2) all finished in seventh, eighth and ninth place, respectively. For the varsity girls, Dana Hills commanded first place with 4 points followed by Trabuco Hills (61 points) and San Clemente (65 points). The Lady Dolphins were led by Sheridan Gomez (17:33.4) who legged out second place, Natasha Gunther (17:49.6) in sixth and Alaina Alvarez (17:53.6) in eighth. Next 7 days: Nov. 13 at CIF Prelims at Mt. SAC, TBA GIRLS TENNIS • Despite playing with a cast on her left arm, Dana Hills’ Joanna Smith went on to claim her second consecutive South Coast League tennis singles title

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Head coach Brent Melbon, his staff of coaches and the entire Dolphins football team celebrate the 39-38 victory at Trabuco Hills High School. Photo courtesy of Dylan McDaniel,

Wednesday, November 3. Smith went on to defeat San Clemente’s Sophia Bott, 6-4, 6-4, in the championship match at the Laguna Niguel Racquet Club. In doubles play, it was a showdown between two sets of Lady Dolphins as Cassidy Spearman and Jessica Perez beat teammates Rebecca Winkle and Kasey Mathess, 6-0, 6-1, earning their second straight league doubles title. All finalists now qualify for the CIF-SS individual tournament, which starts November 19. Sophomore Alyssa Smith, Joanna’s sister, will not participate this year as she’s resting a sore hamstring so she can compete in the Dolphins’ team CIF run. Alyssa was a semifinalist in last year’s CIF-SS individual tournament. Next 7 days: N/A GIRLS VOLLEYBALL • After beating Capo Valley 3-0 to end the regular season, the Lady Dolphins (5-3 SCL, 16-10) advanced to the first round of the Division 1AA CIF-SS playoffs as the No. 3 seed from the South Coast League. Dana Hills squared off against Newport Harbor (Sunset League, No. 2 seed) in the first round of the playoffs and lost to the Lady Sailors in four sets 2025, 25-17, 25-18 and 25-17 while on the road Tuesday, November 9. Taylor Arizobal led

the team with 16 kills while Tia Scambray totaled 10 kills on the match. Shellsy Ashen had a team high 31 assists while on defense Sarah Dean finished with a team high 10 digs. It was a successful season overall for the Lady Dolphins who finished the year tied for second place with Trabuco Hills—both teams runners up to San Clemente (8-0 SCL, 27-4). Next 7 days: N/A BOYS WATER POLO • Oh, chalk this one up to too little too late. The Dolphins (5-3 SCL, 18-12) hit the road for a first round Division 1 CIF-SS playoff game against Harvard-Westlake and lost 15-12 on November 10. Despite outscoring the Wolverines 4-0 in the fourth quarter, Dana Hills was too far behind for the ultimate comeback win. Drake Dunn led Dana Hills with four goals, Trevor Scott finished with three goals and Jonathan Amato and Larson Pfeil each finished with two goals apiece. The Dolphins wrap the season falling short of its quest for a CIF title, but did find success within the newly realigned South Coast League—splitting matches with San Clemente, overpowering Mission Viejo and Laguna Hills, while contending toe-to-toe with perennial powerhouse El Toro. Cheers boys! Next 7 days: N/A

SURFING SANTA CONTEST Surfers Healing, along with the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel are taking entries for their Surfing Santa Contest: a Charity Surf Event for Autism. The event will take place on November 20 at Salt Creek Beach. The contest is open to all ages and heats will be available for shortboarders and longboarders. Divisions are as follows: Santa’s Helpers 14U, Santa’s Elves 16-20, Toymakers 20+, Yule Loggers Open Longboard, Flying Rudolph “Big Air” Open. There will also be an art contest for kids five and under. Surfers are asked to dress “Santa Style.” The more you mimic the jolly old elf, the better. The entry fee is a $40 donation to Surfers Healing. All entrants will receive lunch, a goodie bag and an invite to the annual holiday tree lighting ceremony and surfboard auction on November 21 at the Ritz-Carlton. To enter, or for more information, log on to

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