Page 1






INSIDE: 2010 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE D E C E M B E R 3 – 9, 2 0 1 0







Working Together Teachers and parents volunteer to keep kids out of trouble E Y E O N D P/ PAG E 5 E Y E O N D P/ PAG E 6

Abraham Zamora (13) and Academic Advisor Marie Miles meet in the courtyard at Marco Forster Middle School. Miles serves as a volunteer mentor to Zamora and other children through the Gang Reduction Intervention Partnership. Photo by Christina Scannapiego

Eye on DP




D a n a Po i nt

City and Business Calendar Friday, December 3 Holiday in the Harbor 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Holiday in the Harbor features free activities, crafts, music and entertainment at the Dana Point Harbor. Santa will be in front of Harpoon Henry’s for photos. For a full schedule, log on to

Saturday and Sunday, December 4-5 Boat Rides with Santa 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Take a free boat ride with Santa today or Sunday. No reservations

necessary. Photos with Santa will be available for a $1 donation to the El Camino Real Junior Woman’s Club. Boats depart every 20 minutes from Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching, 34675 Golden Lantern, 949.496.5794,

Thursday, December 9 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, December 8

Friday, December 10

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,

Harbor Boat Parade of Lights 7:30 p.m. The first night of the Harbor Boat Parade of Lights. The parade also runs on December 11, 17 and 18. For more info, visit

Dana Point’s Top 5 Hottest Topics

What’s Up With... 1

…Council Votes to Continue TBID?

THE LATEST: Dana Point City Council, on November 22, voted unanimously to adopt a resolution to continue the Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) program through the 2011 calendar year. The first reading was held at the November 8 meeting when councilmembers confirmed their intention to continue the TBID and set the public hearing for November 22. The TBID was created in March of 2009 through a public/private partnership between the city and its four largest hotels—Doubletree Guest Suites, Laguna Cliffs Marriott, RitzCarlton Laguna Niguel and St. Regis Monarch Beach—to begin taking a $3 per night room assessment to be used for the purpose of collectively branding and marketing Dana Point a premier overnight destination during the 2010 calendar year. TBID fees can be passed on to the customer or paid for by the hotel as it is a self-imposed marketing fee. Tourism supplies over 40 percent of the city’s municipal revenue and according to both the city and hotel managers, TBID is considered to be an effective and necessary means of collectively funding the promotion of tourism. Hotel managers agreed that the $3 fee had not caused any of the resorts to lose business and that even customers booking large conventions at the resorts did not object to the fees during the 2010 business year. WHAT’S NEXT: The General Managers of the four hotels will continue to serve as the Advisory Board for TBID spending in 2011. According to the city’s report, TBID assessments are expected to generate an estimated $750,000 - $850,000 in the 2011 Calendar Year. The official brand launch is scheduled to be unveiled in the spring or summer of 2011. Advertising agency, Agency 51, has been working on a comprehensive marketing and branding campaign since City Council approved a contract with the company on March 22, 2010. The marketing plan will include the brand promise, logos, taglines and new ideas regarding how to use TBID money to better support major special events as well as the potential launch of new ones.

FIND OUT MORE: Log on to to read the city’s full report. —Andrea Swayne


…Water-Saving Award?

THE LATEST: The cities of Dana Point, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano and the South Coast Water District have won the 2010 “Building Excellence Shaping Tomorrow” (B.E.S.T.) Project of the Year Award from the American Public Works Association (APWA) for the “Tri-City Water Savers,” which combines resources to spread a conservation message. Together the four agencies formed “TriCity Water Savers” which incorporates the City of San Clemente’s clean ocean and water conservation programs and other successful programs created by the partnering agencies. Members serve the three communities by collaborating on consistent and unified information regarding water conservation and urban runoff prevention and developing educational materials and programs for the community. Tri-City Water Savers have developed and shared outreach materials, public education materials, and hosted seminars to educate homeowners associations (HOA’s), plumbers, the hospitality industry and landscape contractors on water conservation and urban runoff reduction. WHAT’S NEXT: The next H2O for HOAs seminar will be held on February 1. Under development now, and in partnership with The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano, the Tri-City Water Savers is creating a regional website. The APWA will formally present the B.E.S.T. award at its awards ceremony on December 9th at the Centre at Sycamore Plaza in Lakewood, California. FIND OUT MORE: Visit www.san-clemente. org/WaterSmartSC —Jonathan Volzke


…No Toy Train?

THE LATEST: It’s not exactly like Christmas has been derailed, but the popular Metrolink Toy Express won’t be stopping in San

Clemente and San Juan Capistrano this year. The train, decked with 50,000 lights, animated characters and even Old St. Nick himself, drew throngs to the San Clemente Pier and North Beach station and San Juan Capistrano Depot in previous years. The stops included a little show on the decorated train before it moved on to the next city. The attraction made the holidays a little merrier for local businesses, too. It seems like the economy is the Grinch. Los Angeles-based Metrolink tried to spin the changes into something as warm as cookies just out of the oven, but the bottom line is the only way local residents will see the train is to journey to Irvine or watch it whizzing by southbound. The changes also impact the Fire Authority’s “Spark of Love” toy drive. A fire engine was on hand when the train stopped in previous years to gather donations for needy children. “We modified this year’s program to allow neighbors to gather in central locations to celebrate the season while supporting the Spark of Love Toy Drive,” Metrolink Board Chairman Keith Millhouse said in a statement. WHAT’S NEXT: The Toy Express this year will make 13 stops over five days. Last year, it made nearly 50 stops over 14 days. The only Orange County stops are in Fullerton at 6:45 p.m. on December 11 and Irvine, at 5 p.m. on December 18. FIND OUT MORE: Metrolink operates over seven routes through a six-county, 512 route-mile network. It is governed by an 11-member board. For more information, see ?id=5623 —JV


…Safer Trains?

THE LATEST: Southern California will benefit from the more than $38 million awarded by the Federal Railroad Administration to help implement programs and equipment that can prevent runaway trains. Positive train control reduces the risk of train-to-train collisions by monitoring and controlling train movements remotely. More than $13 million was provided for the section

between San Onofre and Ventura County and an additional $25 million for the area between the Orange County line and downtown San Diego. WHAT’S NEXT: “I am thankful to the federal government for providing money for a system that will enhance safety for our residents in South County,” Fifth District Supervisor Pat Bates, also vice chairman of OCTA, said in a statement. “Rail is a vital piece of the transportation network and I look forward to continuing our work with local cities and residents on ways to improve the system.” FIND OUT MORE: See —JV


…A Long-range Transportation Plan?

THE LATEST: The Orange County Transportation Authority is seeking public feedback through Dec. 13 on transportation strategies for the 2010 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), which includes an additional carpool lane on the freeway through San Clemente as well as an “intracounty express bus line” from the North Beach Metrolink station. The plan, which looks out to 2035, aims to expand transportation choices for commuters, create seamless connections, reduce travel times and work toward environmental sustainability to meet the future needs of Orange County residents, workers and visitors. Proposed solutions in the 2010 LRTP include: Adding 400,000 hours of bus and shuttle service, increasing daily Metrolink train service to 76 trains from 42, although only as far south as Laguna Niguel and adding more than 400 miles of freeway, carpool and toll lanes WHAT’S NEXT: An open house will take place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 8 at OCTA Headquarters, 600 S. Main St. in Orange for residents to learn about the plan and provide input. The LRTP also is available online at for the public to complete a five-question survey. Public comments will be incorporated into the LRTP, which is scheduled for completion in early 2011. FIND OUT MORE: See —JV December 3–9, 2010 • Dana Point Times • Page 3

Eye on DP

Working Together Teachers and parents volunteer to keep kids out of trouble By Jonathan Volzke Dana Point Times


here used to be a day when a teacher spotted kids headed for trouble but couldn’t do too much about it. Other students demanded attention and the teachers’ reach essentially ended with the school day. Those days are over in Dana Point and other Orange County cities where the Gang Reduction Intervention Partnership is in place. Launched after gang injunctions were put in place in neighboring San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano, the GRIP program brings educators, law-enforcement officials, social-service agencies and other community leaders together to keep kids out of trouble. Marco Forster Middle School, attended by most junior-high students in Dana Point, is part of the program. The partnership is multi-faceted, touching everything from before-school greeting efforts to teachers’ relationships with students to afterschool programs to truancy sweeps to keep children in class. In August, Deputy District Attorney Tracy Rinauro and sheriff’s officials met with teachers to teach them what to look for in identifying at-risk students. And then she laid out a program to help head off trouble. The signs: Behavior problems. Academic problems. Students who have siblings, or a parent, in a gang. “We’ve all gotten very good at identifying who is at-risk of ending up in the system, but then what do we do?” Rinauro said. “Wait until they get arrested?” Instead, teachers and other school staff members in San Clemente and elsewhere have volunteered to do more. Under a unique mentorship program, teachers agree to work individually with at-risk students, encouraging them to make good decisions, showing them someone cares. The basic requirements are meeting 30 minutes a week with the child—who cannot be one of the volunteer teacher’s regular students—and making contact with the parent at least once a month. Beyond that, the mentor also agrees to provide at least two social activities with the student over a course of a school year. At Las Palmas, the mentors got together and took their students bowling. At San Juan Elementary School, mentors hosted a potluck Thanksgiving meal with students. “Most teachers are going way above the minimum,” Rinauro said. “The teachers and mentors are amazing.” Teachers who suspect a student in their class is at risk based on the training refers the child to the principal, who pairs the student with a mentor after getting parents’ permission. Rinauro said the average is about 25 students per school. Marco Forster, with 1,440 students, has more than 80. “We’re really trying to focus our attention on kids we think are going to Juvenile Hall if we don’t intervene,” Rinauro said. The program, launched last year but twice as large this year, is modeled after lessons in the “40 Developmental Assets” program developed by the Minneapolis-based Search Institute. The Search Institute identified “building blocks” of healthy development that help young people grow up caring and responsible. The independent, nonprofit Institute’s research shows that kids who have a lot of

Marco Forster Middle School students can benefit from the Gang Reduction Intervention Partnership. Photo by Christina Scannapiego

“When you have those few minutes when you sit down and talk to them, kids tell you everything. They really open up.” —Jan Cadieux assets are more likely to do well in school, volunteer in the community and care about others, as well as be less likely to use tobacco or drugs or be sexually active. “It shows that you can have parents who are dysfunctional, but if you have positive role models along the way and education, you can stay out of trouble,” Rinauro said. That is the heart of GRIP’s efforts, too. The gang injunction, which identified gang members and imposed a court order prohibiting them from gathering in certain areas and carrying out gang-like behavior, was the policing sword imposed by law enforcement and the courts. Authorities also use truancy sweeps to ensure kids are in school and curfew crackdowns to keep them off the streets. GRIP works to encourage kids to stay in school and away from gangs. Students who do well are rewarded with a day at an Angels’ game and other incentives. Mentor students who turned in their homework, made it to class consistently and didn’t cause problems earned a free Thanksgiving dinner—with a 10-pound turkey and all the fixings—through Saddleback Church and Albertsons. Countywide, 420 kids earned the free dinner through the GRIP program. Jan Cadieux, who is an assistant principal at Marco, taught in San Bernardino County before moving to Capistrano Unified. When she spotted a child there she was worried about heading down the wrong path, it was more difficult to find the right resources to help. And just telling a parent of such concerns was too vague to do any good. But students can open up with their mentors, once they gain a level of trust, Cadieux said.

“When you have those few minutes when you sit down and talk to them, kids tell you everything. They really open up,” said Cadieux, who is a mentor herself. “You learn a lot…we heard students say ‘My family doesn’t have enough money for Thanksgiving dinner…and were able to find more students who needed a donated dinner through the mentoring program. Things like that mean so much to a student and their families.” She was also surprised when her mentor student told her that his elementary-school mentor had taken him to Ruby’s, where he’d gotten a hamburger and milkshake. Cadieux was delighted that what seemed like such a little thing meant such much to the student. Marco Forster Middle School Academic Advisor and volunteer mentor Marie Miles spoke positively about Abraham Zamora, an 8th grader she mentors. “Abraham’s worked really hard on his grades and making up missing assignments, said Miles. “He knows he can come to me for anything.” When asked about being mentored by Miles, Zamora said, “She’s fun. We just talk and we’ve had breakfasts.” Marco and other schools also use parent greeters. Parents, trained by the Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s Office, don GRIP vests and greet students at schools in the morning. Not as enforcers or authority figures, just as positive adults who say “good morning” to students, show they care—with compliments or ensuring they remembered their lunch—and make the student feel part of the school community. More than 750 parents have been trained in the parent greeter program at 26 Orange County elementary and middle schools.

Officials say the program is also aimed at empowering parents to take responsibility for their schools and communities by taking a stand against gang crime. In Anaheim, authorities this year threw a party, complete with a DJ, to celebrate the community’s retaking of Energy Field, a park in a gang-injunction area. Since the implementation of the injunction in July, authorities said, serious violent crimes in the area fell 33 percent. “The Orange County District Attorney’s Office is attacking the gang problem from every angle. We’re aggressively prosecuting gang members and gang cases, empowering neighborhoods through gang injunctions, and reaching out to children to keep them from joining gangs in the first place,” District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said in an announcement about that celebration. Educators say they’re seeing success with the mentor program and other efforts, as truancy drops and grades go up. At San Juan Elementary, a student attended the Thanksgiving event to show off a report card of As and Bs because she’d had Ds and Fs earlier, Rinauro said. Truancies have also plummeted at Marco Forster, because mentors and others are quick to notice when a student isn’t in class. School officials follow up with the family and get the student back in class. Cadieux said her student had discipline problems in previous years, but is now doing well. She credited his own decisions more than her work with him mentoring, as well as other programs in place. “My job now is to continue that success,” Cadieux said. “I’m going to help him stay on that good path…and I’ll take him to Ruby’s when he does.” DP Christina Sacannapiego contributed to this story

December 3–9, 2010 • Dana Point Times • Page 5

Eye on DP

News Next Door

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

Catholic High School, was stolen over the holidays. The school, at Camino Capistrano and Junipero Serra Road, has 10 such statues on campus. The missing mascot was noticed by a teacher over the Thanksgiving break and school officials suspect the lion-napping might be a prank. JSerra, with just less than 1,000 students, is developing a top-flight athletic program. The private Catholic high school opened in 2003. The $600 statute had been set in concrete, so making off with it took some work. The lion is in a prone position, about 3 feet long and 30 inches high. “Our hope is that the lion is returned home soon and undamaged,” school spokesman Bill Rams said. —JV

Bill Laity Surfs His Way into the Record Books Just two weeks after becoming the world record holder of the longest continuous surf session, San Clemente resident William “Bill” Laity’s only complaint is that his left wrist is still a bit sore from duck diving so much. Laity, who works in the marketing department at San Clemente-based clothing and surf products retailer, SWELL, and Marketing Director Mike Figueroa intended the recordbreaking session to be a fun and creative way to put various surf gear to the test while spotlighting the company at the same time. His record breaking surf began at 7 a.m. on Saturday, November 20 at the Huntington Beach pier and ended 26 hours later. (It was originally planned for the San Clemente pier but organizers were told by city officials that the approval timeframe was too short for the city to accommodate the attempt.) The old record stood at 24 hours, a time that Laity was confident he could beat handily—he originally estimated he could easily endure at least 30 hours. But, what he didn’t count on was encountering some of worst weather of the season that brought heavy rain, temperatures dipping to just under 40 degrees and wind in the 20-knot range. The first record was set in North Carolina in the summer in waist-high surf on a longboard. Laity’s attempt was a whole other animal. He endured 26 hours on a shortboard in weather conditions that were basically as gnarly as Orange County gets during the winter. “I thought to myself that if the rain kept up I wouldn’t be able to continue,” said Laity. “In the last couple of hours my eyes were burning so bad that I knew I was done at around 25 hours and 45 minutes. I felt myself really going downhill and the last 15 minutes felt like an eternity.” Laity said he reached a point where he just couldn’t duck dive anymore. “Every dive felt like pins and needles were punishing my wrist,” he said. “If it wasn’t for my support team and the gear that I had, I would never in a million years have been able to pull it off.” When all was said and done, Laity had ridden a total of 147 waves. His support team—Morgan Plant, David Spangler, Mike Figueroa and Grady Archbold—was there for him with food, water, gloves and gear. He made one wetsuit change which literally took three people to get him out of the old 4.3 wetsuit and into a new 5.4 with a built in hood. He also wore 7 mm gloves and 5 mm booties to protect him from the cold. Authenticating the world record required one steward and two witnesses working on four-hour shifts to be present and documenting the entire time. Video was running the whole time as were one clock and two stopwatches. All information will be sent to Guinness this week and they are expecting to hear back with the official confirmation of the record in about six weeks. When asked if he would ever try this again, Laity responded, “I will only try it again if someone breaks my record in comparable conditions.” In the summer, with warm air, warm water and more daylight, Laity and his team all Page 6 • Dana Point Times • December 3–9, 2010

Bill Laity with bloodshot eyes, pruned and sunburned skin, appears frozen and exhausted after breaking the world record for the longest continuous surf session. He lasted 26 hours in cold and punishing conditions. Photo by Mike Figueroa

agree that he could have gone much longer. “This all started out as an idea of a fun way to test and market our gear and it turned into a much more challenging attempt then any of us imagined,” said Figueroa. “When the weather turned bad it became a struggle for Bill to overcome the elements and just make it past the record. He would have continued on but I had to call it when a new storm-front arrived on Sunday morning. The gear was put to the test for sure, but our guy was tested to the limit.” Log on to for the full story, more photos and a video from the record breaking session. —Andrea Swayne

South El Camino Real Ralphs to Expand A week after the San Clemente Times revealed the Rib Trader restaurant would close in the south San Clemente shopping center where Ralphs grocery store is located, Ralphs has submitted plans to level the strip mall and expand its existing grocery store. Ralphs Grocery Co. proposes an 8,822-square-foot expansion to the existing 19,500 square-foot store on South El Camino Real, city Associate Planner Sean Nicholas said. That would make the store 28,322 square feet when finished. Spanish Colonial Revival architecture is proposed. The plans call for demolishing the existing strip center, which is about 8,000 square feet, and using that space for parking, Nicholas said. The center houses T. Patterson Surf Shop and other businesses now. The city earlier rejected a complete reconstruction of the center, which would have enlarged the market and added three stories of shops, including a restaurant with an ocean view. “We elected to do a ground lease with Ralphs. We have approval rights of what

The missing lion statue is identical to this one, also at JSerra High School. Photo by Jonathan Volzke

is built now or in the future, Ralphs has the financial obligation for whatever is done now or in the future,” property owner Rick Skillman told the SC Times. “Bottom line is the center had to be redone after being held hostage by the city for five years. We were done with that process and Ralphs was willing to give it another shot. The difference in the outcome is Ralphs will simply build a new store in the current space. It will still be half the size of a traditional store, but will be new and fresh.” Staff is reviewing the plans to ensure the application is complete and the plans meet city codes and requirements, Nicholas said. Ultimately, the project could go forward with Planning Commission approval, unless it is called up to, or appealed to, the City Council. —Jonathan Volzke SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

The King of the Jungle is on the Lamb A concrete lion, the mascot for JSerra

Distrito Opponents Filed Referendum Signatures on Thursday Supporters of a referendum to overturn the San Juan Capistrano City Council’s approval of the Distrito La Novia mixed-use project filed their petitions with the City Clerk on Thursday. The group needed 2,000 signatures of registered San Juan Capistrano voters. If enough of the signatures, gathered in front of DeNault’s, Vons and Ralphs over the last month, are determined to be valid, the City Council could overturn its early approval or set an election date. A special election will cost Capistrano about $85,000. The City Council approved the project on November 2, allowing up to 500 horses, 224 homes, and retail and office space. And after community concerns, developer Rick Julian of Advanced Real Estate Services, offered to remove a parking structure, apartments and add a park to the plan. “That sounds like a great start,” said John Perry, a referendum leader. “I hope that attitude remains.” Perry said if that proposal had been the project approved, a referendum might have been avoided. If a referendum is successful, Advanced would have to wait a year to resubmit the same project or could go forward with a “substantially different” project. Perry said the approved mixed-use project was just too big for Capistrano. But Robb Cerruti, a Capistrano resident who is vice president of Advanced, said the firm might just go forward with a previously approved, 440-home housing project if the referendum is successful. That project was approved years ago, and some suspect that residents who say they prefer the approved housing project—which generates more traffic and causes a greater disturbance to a closed landfill—are counting on it never being built. Cerruti said such thinking is a mistake; The project was held up because of challenges related to the stability of the slopes and underground water—issues resolved just before the City Council asked Advanced Real Estate to consider the mixed-use project, which would also generate more tax dollars for the city. For more information about the project, see —JV

Eye on DP

News Bites

Compiled by Andrea Swayne

Props, Recognitions and Morsels of Info South Orange County School of the Arts (SOCSA) at Dana Hills High School presents Little Women. Come enjoy the musical based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic 1869 semiautobiographical novel about the four March sisters—brassy tomboy and aspiring writer Jo, romantic Meg, pretentious Amy and kindhearted Beth—and their beloved Marmee while the family patriarch is away serving as Union Army chaplain during the Civil War. Intercut with the vignettes in which their lives unfold are several recreations of the melodramatic short stories Jo writes in her attic studio. The show runs December 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. in the Porthole Theatre on campus at 33333 Golden Lantern. Tickets are $12 for adults, students and seniors $10 and can be purchased online at or at the door.


The de Angelis Vocal Ensemble presents Christmas by Candlelight on Sunday, December 5 at 3 p.m. at Mission Basilica, 31520 Camino Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano. The Annual Holiday Concert at the historic Mission Basilica has become a seasonal favorite with Orange County audiences. Experience holiday favorites that are always paired with Maestro Gray’s brilliant programming in what has become one of the best holiday programs around. Matthew Brown’s luminous setting of O Magnum Mysterium will also be featured. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors and students with ID. Call 714.928.9567 for tickets or more information. Tickets will also be available at the door.


Courtesy photo

Four holiday-decorated homes have been selected by the Assistance League of Capistrano Valley (ALCV) for its 5th Annual Christmas Home Tour from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 5. Proceeds from the self-guided, $30 per ticket tours benefit “in-need” children in local communities by providing clothing and school supplies, infant wear for Marines’ children, developmental reading material and support for educational enrichment programs. Two of the homes, one overlooking Thousand Steps, the other the Sea Castle, are in Laguna Beach. The other two are in Capistrano Beach, one a vintage California ranch style, the other reflecting a Cape Cod motif. As a special feature, “food tasting” will be provided at each of the homes, compliments of Cellar Restaurant and Hapa J’s of San Clemente, Le Monde de la Fosse Confections, and Sundried Tomato of San Juan Capistrano. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 949.291.8408.


The Kings Club Barber Shop is hosting its Second Annual Canned Food Drive and Holiday Party on Saturday December 11 from 3 p.m. during the annual City of Dana Point Winter Festival at La Plaza Park. Stop by to donate canned food items and stay for the festivities including performances by the Harmony Partners Barbershop Quartet and complimentary holiday cheer. Kings Club Barber Shop is located at 34085 La Plaza at Pacific Coast Highway and Golden Lantern. For more information, call 949.496.4644.


A vintage photo of two C-47s. Photo courtesy of the Lyon Air Museum

A bit off the Dana Point beat and path—but an interesting upcoming event nonetheless—is set for Saturday, December 11 when the Douglas C-47 Dakota “Willa Dean” military transport aircraft, one of the most spectacular planes in Lyon Air Museum’s collection, will take to the air (subject to weather, maintenance or other aviation-related factors) at noon on “C-47 Day.” The museum is located on the west side of John Wayne Airport at 19300 Ike Jones Road in Santa Ana. “The ‘Willa Dean’ has had a long and successful service life dating back to World War II,” said Mark Foster, president of Lyon Air Museum, a premier Southern California showcase for vintage military aircraft and automobiles. “This day is an opportunity for Museum visitors to get a rare glimpse of one of the most complete and original C-47s still in operation. We’re inviting everyone to see the ‘Gooney Bird’ fly.” The Museum’s Douglas C-47 Dakota was originally part of the U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF), the U.S. military aviation arm during and immediately after World War II. In May 1945, the plane was sold by the USAAF to France. Unlike so many of its contemporary planes, this aircraft continued to fly for the most part unmodified. In 1967, it again changed ownership, transferring to the Israelis. The plane continued service in Israel without major modification and was ultimately sold to the civilian market, where it found its way to Lyon Air Museum. Rechristened “Willa Dean” in honor of the wife of the Museum’s founder, Maj. Gen. William Lyon, USAF (Ret), the aircraft now carries the colors of the 440th Troop Carrier Group’s 97th Troop Carrier Squadron, complete with D-Day Invasion Stripes. The aircraft is nine tons (empty) of machinery with two 1,200-horsepower Pratt & Whitney R-1830 “Twin Wasp” 14-cylinder radial engines. It is nearly 64 feet in length, 17 feet in height and has a 96-ft. wingspan. During operations, it had a service ceiling of 26,400 feet. As a military personnel transport, it carried a crew of three (pilot, co-pilot and navigator) and 28 troops. Manufactured by the Douglas Aircraft Company, the Douglas C-47 Dakota (or Skytrain) was developed from the Douglas DC-3 airliner for use as a military transport aircraft. More than 10,000 of the aircraft were produced in Long Beach and Santa Monica, Calif., and Oklahoma City, Okla. Lyon Air Museum hours of operation are daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is $8, $6 for seniors and Veterans, $4 for ages 5-17 and kids under 5 are free. Groups of 10 or more receive $1 off each visitor and pre-arranged school groups are free. For more information call 714.210.4585 or log on to


The Dana Point Historical Society will hold its annual Holiday Open House on December 5 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and all are invited. Guests will enjoy holiday cheer, refreshments and relaxing piano music by Blair Walker around a nice warm fireplace. A highlight of the day will be the presentation of the annual Pat Plepler Award to our very deserving citizen, Pat Fairbanks. Also, guests will hear from fellow longtime residents about the early days of Dana Point—long before it was a city—and see a display depicting the life of Richard Henry Dana, created in celebration of the 175th anniversary of his visit to Capistrano Bay. A wide selection of books, cards and photographs will be available for convenient holiday shopping at this event. The open house will be held at the Dana Point Community House, 24642 San Juan Avenue. For more information on the Historical Society, log on to their website at www.


Santa Paws and Claws event offers pet photos with Santa. Photo by Accent Portraits

The San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter and the Pet Project Foundation present “Santa Claws and Paws” holiday pet portrait sitting and holiday bazaar on Saturday, December 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Aegis of Dana Point in Capistrano Beach. Stop by for a professional 5 x 7 photo of you and your pet with Santa—played by a local veterinarian—with Accent Portraits by Diana for $15 each or $25 for two. Shop for your pets at the holiday bazaar, win prizes and enjoy music and entertainment, including games and face painting for the kids. Proceeds from this event will benefit the animals at the shelter. Aegis of Dana Point is located at 26922 Camino de Estrella. For more information, visit the Pet Project Foundation website at or call 949.595.8899.


Have something interesting for the community? Tell us about awards, events, happenings, accomplishments and more. Forward a picture along, too! We’ll put your submissions into “News Bites.” Send your information to December 3–9, 2010 • Dana Point Times • Page 7

Eye on DP

Holiday Safety Tips DP Police Rank Amongst

Nation’s Most Innovative Dana Point Police Services recognized as Webber Seavey Award semi-finalists

By Dana Point Police Services


uring the Holiday Season, Dana Point Police Services wants to assure your personal safety and the protection of your valuables. You and your family will be less vulnerable to theft by following these tips:

Vehicle Safety • Always lock your car doors, roll up the windows, and take your keys with you. Thefts from unlocked vehicles are the most common crime in our community. Thieves often go from car to car, checking the doors, and will move on if yours is locked. • Do not leave any valuables in your car. If you must leave items like gifts, purses, cell phones, computers, etc., conceal them from view, or lock them in your trunk. • Park in open, well-lit, populated areas. Parking in a garage or off the street is best in residential areas. Avoid parking near large trucks or vans that can obstruct visibility. • Should a theft occur, report it immediately to the police.

Mail Theft • Promptly collect delivered mail from your mailbox, especially when you are expecting personal items. Or ask a trusted neighbor or friend to gather your mail for you. • If you plan on being away, ask your post office to hold your mail until you return. In

DP Sheriff’s Blotter Compiled By Ma d i Sway n e All information below is obtained from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Web site ( 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, November 29 INDECENT EXPOSURE Blue Lantern, 34300 Block (10:02 a.m.) Authorities were contacted when a tall, thin, white male with short, gray/brown hair, wearing no pants or underwear, exposed his rear end to two female children and their mother. The subject then got into the driver’s seat of a light gray Honda Accord. The vehicle was last seen going northbound toward Green Lantern toward the harbor.

Sunday, November 28 SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Palm Beach Court, 0 Block (2:28 p.m.) A caller reported that two male subjects in a white late model Ford pickup appeared to be smoking something and had been ducking down whenever someone walked by. Page 8 • Dana Point Times • December 3–9, 2010

addition, call Dana Point Police Services at 949.248.3531 to request a home check. • Avoid sending money or cash items in the mail. • Do not place outgoing mail in an unsecured mailbox. Use a U.S. Postal Service mailbox, or hand your mail personally to your carrier. • Before discarding mail with personal information on it, you should shred it first. • Should you fail to receive an expected check or other valuable mail, contact the issuing agency immediately. Please report any crimes or suspicious activity IMMEDIATELY to Sheriff’s Dispatch: 9-1-1 Emergency 949.770.6011 Non-Emergency or to file a report. If you have any further questions or concerns regarding crime, suspicious activity or traffic-related issues, please contact our Community Service Unit at 949.248.3581 orvisit us online at policeservices.

MUNICIPAL CODE VIOLATION Dana Strand Road, 34300 Block (2:27 p.m.) Police were called when a man in his 30s to early 40s in a brown jacket and blue shorts was seen walking his dog on the beach. The mixed breed dog was on a leash. FOLLOW UP REPORT Mariner Drive, 23700 Block (2:19 a.m.) A man called police to say that he was upset that they came to his residence to investigate a disturbance call. He asked that police go to his downstairs neighbor’s residence to check on a disturbance because he thinks they called. There was no noise occurring at the time and the caller reportedly sounded drunk. DISTURBANCE Mariner Drive, 23700 Block (1:51 a.m.) A resident called police to report that a male neighbor was making too much noise and “bouncing around” his secondfloor apartment. The caller reportedly listened at the noisy man’s front door and said it sounded like he was throwing a ball or hitting his head against the wall. The noise had been ongoing for an hour.

Saturday, November 27 DISTURBANCE Palisades Drive, 26500 Block (10:09 p.m.) Authorities were notified of a loud party. The caller suspected that underage drinking was going on at the residence. DISTURBANCE Gavina, 0 Block (9:34 p.m.) A caller

The award-winning Dana Point Police Services CSU team pictured (L to R) are, Deputy Brett Gardner, Deputy Jose Pelayo, Deputy Jonathan Daruvala, Lieutenant Mark Levy, Deputy Dave Cappel, Community Services Officer Cassie Levine, Sergeant Jim Greenwood, Sergeant Lynn Koehmstedt. Courtesy photo

By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times


he International Association of Chiefs of Police recently honored Dana Point Police Services’ Community Service Unit (CSU) as a worldwide top 25 semi-finalist in the competition for the IACP/Motorola Webber Seavey Award for quality and innovation in law enforcement.

reported a party was getting out of hand and that things had taken a violent turn. He said he had just been punched in the face and that he couldn’t get anyone to leave. Loud commotion and screaming could be heard in the background. A group of approximately 20 to 30 teens were reportedly involved. No weapons were seen but possible alcohol and drug use was suspected. DISTURBANCE Violet Lantern, 33700 Block (6:53 p.m.) A female caller contacted police saying that she and her husband were having a dispute. The caller, who was suspected by authorities of either being drunk or having mental issues, was crying and saying she needed help, but not medical help. The caller sounded like she was yelling at someone in the background as she kept crying and saying she needed help, over and over. The caller refused to answer any questions.

Friday, November 26 SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Del Prado, 24800 Block (7:56 p.m.) Police were called when a male subject in his 20s, wearing a gray hoodie and jeans, was observed loitering outside of a pharmacy for more than an hour. The informant was concerned because the subject was staring at the pharmacy and appeared to be on drugs. WELFARE CHECK St. Kitts, 0 Block (4:08 p.m.) A caller requested a welfare check on a 67-year-old man. The informant was told by a neighbor

Lieutenant Robert Osborne accepted the award on behalf of OCSD at the IACP Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida on October 25. The actual award arrived at the department last week and the official photograph with the CSU team was taken at City Hall Council Chambers on December 1. Log on to to read the full story. DP

that the man was seen in a silver Town and Country van with an unknown man and a pitbull and the neighbor was concerned that the man may have been held against his will.

Thursday, November 25 BRANDISHING A WEAPON La Cresta Drive/Violet Lantern (3:40 p.m.) Deputies responded to Lantern Village Park to investigate a possible gang related fight and a report of a subject brandishing a knife. DISTURBANCE Malaga Drive, 33800 Block (1:14 p.m.) Authorities were contacted when a verbal fight over a leaf blower broke out between neighbors. KEEP THE PEACE Calle Fortuna, 34900 Block (11:02 a.m.) A caller reported that she suspects her next-door neighbor to the left reached over the fence and cut down her trees. DRUNK IN PUBLIC Pacific Coast Highway, 34200 Block (10:37 a.m.) Police were called when a drunken female was seen lying on the ground in front of a business. The caller told police he is a friend of the 53-year-old drunk woman and he wants her put in jail to detox. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE De Soto Way/Buccaneer Street (1:33 a.m.) While walking his dog in the area, a caller observed three men in a newer white full-size Ford pickup truck parked near Sea Canyon Park. The caller reported seeing the men attempting to break into vehicles parked on De Soto Way.





D a n a Po i nt

34932 Calle del Sol, Suite B, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624 phone 949.388.7700 fax 949.388.9977

HOW TO REACH US Editor Stories, News, CALENDAR, etc.

Andrea Swayne, 949.388.7700, x113 Advertising Print and Online

Lauralyn Loynes, 949.388.7700, x102 Distribution Racks, Driveways, Subscriptions

Andrea Swayne, 949.388.7700, x113 Billing Alyssa Garrett, 949.388.7700, x100

Dana Point Times, Vol. 3, Issue 49. The DP Times ( ) is published weekly by Picket Fence Media, publishers of the SC Times ( and The Capistrano Dispatch ( Copyright: No articles, illustrations, photographs, or other editorial matter or advertisements herein may be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. The publisher assumes no responsibility for return of unsolicited manuscripts, art, photos or negatives. Copyright 2010. All rights reserved. Printed in the USA.

PICKET FENCE MEDIA CEO Norb Garrett EDITORIAL Group Editor, Editor, The Capistrano Dispatch > Jonathan Volzke City Editor, DP Times > Andrea Swayne

Business Operations Manager > Alyssa Garrett

Associate Publisher > Lauralyn Loynes

Distribution Manager > Andrea Swayne

> Michele Reddick (San Clemente)

INTERNS Kirsten Amavisca Sacher, Madi Swayne

> Sergio Sanchez (San Juan Capistrano)


Sales Associate > Angela Edwards > Buddy Purel

Senior Designer > Jasmine Smith Graphic Designer > Heidi Mefferd

OPERATIONS Finance Director > Mike Reed

ALL HANDS, AHOY! By Beverli Jinn

message while driving a car, if we can keep people alive and active for 100 years, why can’t we figure out how to avoid killing off sea life with floating islands of plastic bags? Would it help, for example, to print on every plastic bag, “Aquatic Warning! Suffocation is possible if this plastic is Beverli Jinn swallowed.” So, is it a big deal that LA County is banning plastic market bags? Yes, of course it is! According to the Times article, six billion plastic bags are used in the county each year, an average of 1,600 per household. Only five percent are recycled. The rest goes into landfills and the ocean. How many bags in South Orange County? In the State of California? In the world? Let’s see. Seven billion people times 1,600 . . . ? There’s a better way to carry groceries. Individual reusable bags are a good answer for the time being although, admittedly, it takes a while to get used to the routine. You’re in the checkout line with a basketful of stuff and your reusable bags are in the car . . . or at home stacked in the cupboard. What to do? What to do? Also, what about those fresh vegetables? Are you going to dump two pounds of zucchini, three tomatoes, and half a dozen peaches in the bottom of the bag? How’s the checkout person going to weigh them? Is there any chance that the peaches will be edible by the time you get home? As you might expect, the ban does not affect any bags other than those used at the checkout counter. Still, these vegetable bags will need to be recycled, which means that you and I have a responsibility to dispose of them properly. And that’s the whole point, isn’t it. Taking care of Planet Earth isn’t a task that we can conscientiously assign to someone else. Who knows what will happen to LA County’s ban? Who knows what will happen in Dana Point? Must we

SPECIAL THANKS Robert Miller, George Mackin, Rebecca Nordquist CONTRIBUTORS Tawnee Prazak, Christina Scannapiego

Online Reader Poll

Bags Do Not Fly Free A letter to the editor in Sunday’s LATimes protests the recent vote of the County Supervisors to ban plastic grocery bags. The woman who sent the letter complains that this ban “makes it very difficult for owners of indoor cats to dispose of soiled kitty litter.” OMG! What were the supervisors thinking? Think of the consequences: Overflowing kitty litter boxes throughout the county! Picture Mickey Mouse in his role as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, commanding the brooms to carry water but then losing control of them as they relentlessly flood the castle. Instead of water, however, we’ll be inundated by dirty kitty litter: Cat poop everywhere! Is there really no poop solution? First of all, clean plastic grocery bags can be recycled. There’s probably a container outside your market of choice into which you can dispose of the empty bags. This, however, requires the conscientious shopper to carry the bags home, empty them, store them for a period of time, and then take them back to the market and stuff them into the container. Most people are not willing to do that. They use the plastic bags to line their waste basket. They use them to contain all kinds of messy trash (like kitty litter). Some conscientious people use the bags to dispose of pet waste when they take their dog for a walk. What this accomplishes is to preserve the fossilized poop for archeologists of the future to study. The City of Dana Point provides BioBags in special dispensers for this purpose. These are 100 percent biodegradable. They’re made with GMO Free Corn (whatever that is), not Polyethylene. Put your hand inside the BioBag, pick up the poop, and turn the bag inside out. Voila! Drop the bag into your black trash cart. This package is not recyclable. But here’s the thing: If we can send human beings to Mars (but not necessarily get them back), if we can launch unmanned drones to blow up people with pinpoint accuracy, if we can text


Where will you do the majority of your holiday shopping? Right here in Dana Point. 33% At malls in other cities. 13% Online. 53% 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.

depend upon city and county and state to save us from ourselves? Each of us has the authority to ban plastic bags from his or her own home. All hands, ahoy! 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 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

GUEST OPINION: Cassie Levine, Community Services Officer, Dana Point Police Services

Schedule a Neighborhood Watch Meeting in Your Area D ear HOA members, residents and business owners, I would like to thank you for such a wonderful response in 2010 to all of our efforts here at Police Services. Between the “Hide It, Lock It, Or Lose It” campaign, HOA presentations, Neighborhood Watch meetings and more, we were able to make a significant impact on the city in regards to community education and crime rates. We are on the path to success and it is a direct result of your support and willingness to coordinate with us to share this important information with others. We want to continue these efforts throughout 2011, so I am personally asking you to continue to push this program forward, share the information with your neighbors, friends, families and anyone else who comes to enjoy our beautiful city. I realize the holidays are a busy time for all of us, but please take the time to remember the tips and advice we’ve shared with you and put them into action. Page 10 • Dana Point Times • December 3–9, 2010

It will make a big difference for everyone involved by enabling police services to be utilized efficiently and properly. We would love to start 2011 off right with another big push and continue to educate everyone in the City of Dana Point on how to be a wise citizen and quality Cassie Levine police partner. We need your help! The Community Service Unit attended several Homeowners’ Association and Neighborhood Watch meetings this year and we’d like to come out and speak to all of you again soon. The calendar is clear and ready for a fresh start so I wanted to touch base with everyone ahead of time to start the schedule for the New Year. HOAs please let me know when your next membership/annual meeting will be so we can coordinate our attendance for some great updates

and community dialogue. If you are interested in putting a meeting together as a neighborhood or other group, I’d love to hear from you as well. Please feel free to contact me, either via email at or by phone at 949.248.3531 and I would be happy to arrange this for you. The entire team here at Dana Point Police Services is continuing our commitment to provide responsive, caring, professional law enforcement services, in addition to maintaining a safe environment for individuals that live, work and play in our city. Please help us obtain the title which we are so deserving of…“America’s Safest City.” 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

Vote Today!

DP Times “Best of Dana Point”

People’s Choice Lantern Awards 2010 Vote for your favorite businesses in Dana Point. The ones who serve amazing food, create the best ambiance or sell the coolest products. You can even vote for your favorite locations and beaches. It’s all up to you—you, the reader—to decide the “Best of Dana Point.” (We just report it...)

Cast your vote by faxing or mailing in this form, dropping off your votes at our office or going online to Votes must be received by January 24 by midnight. One vote per person. Mail: DP Times, Attn.: Lantern Awards, 34932 Calle del Sol, Suite B, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624 Fax: 949.388.9977 Web site:



Zip code:

Eateries, Watering Holes and More…

At the Shops…

Best Overall Restaurant

Best Jewelry

Best International Eats

Best Store to Buy Gifts for Kids

Best Restaurant for a Date/Romantic Evening

Best Store to Buy Gifts for Adults

Best Happy Hour

Best Clothing

Best Cup of Coffee

Best Home Decor and Furnishings

Best Cup of Tea

Best Surf Shop

Best Breakfast

Best Place to Buy Flowers

Best Donut Best Wine Selection

Getting Outside…

Best Menu for Healthy Choices

Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners

Best Pizza

Best Beach

Best Sandwich

Best Surf Break

Best Taco

Best Park

Best Burger

Best City Event

Best Sushi

Best Wedding Venue

Best Appetizers

Best Yacht Club

Best Spot to Satisfy a Sweet Tooth

Best Tackle Shop

Best Margarita

Best Harbor Recreation / Excursion

Best Bar

Best Yacht/Boat Maintenance and Repair Company

Best Venue for Live Music

Best Hull and Bottom Cleaner Best Overall Customer Service in Any Business Category

Services on the To-Do List… Best Manicure & Pedicure Best Hair Salon Best Barber Shop Best Pet Grooming Best Gym or Fitness Studio Best Car Repair Best Day Spa Best Dry Cleaner Best Lodging

Thank you for voting! Spread the word: tell your friends to vote. Results will be published online and in the February 4 issue of the DP Times.

Special Advertising Section Brought To You By The Dana Point Chamber Of Commerce


The Chamber is Just a Call or Click Away 949.496.1555 or

Special Advertising Section

The holidays are here again and so is our annual DP Times Holiday Gift Guide. Whether your holiday shopping list includes presents for friends and family or an array of gifts for professional and business acquaintances, Dana Point and its neighboring cities provide an abundant source of great shopping opportunities. Local merchants also carry everything you need—from decorations to delicacies—to create a memorable celebration. So, shop locally this year. We’re sure you will find everything you need to delight everyone on your list. Happy Holidays!




D a n a Po i nt

The List

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

friday03 forecast: partly cloudy • high: 68° low: 45°

Holiday in the Harbor

4 p.m.-8 p.m. Celebrate the holiday season in the Dana Point Harbor with family fun and entertainment including appearances by Santa, holiday crafts, puppet show, carolers, live music, performances and much more.

Mantra Wine Tasting

5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company welcomes Mike Kuimelis, owner of Mantra. Mantra specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon and we will be pouring several of them. Tasting fee is $15 for seven wines with cheese, crackers & chocolate. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067,

Josh Gracin

8 p.m. Talented musician at The Coach House. Also with Fallen Stars and Peter Brandon. Tickets $20. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

Holiday Harbor Happy Hour

5 p.m.-8 p.m. Drink and food specials, music and door prizes in conjunction with Holiday Harbor Festivities at Proud Mary’s. 34689 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.493.5853,


8 p.m.; 10 p.m. The star of Jackass performs on stage at the Improv Friday through Sunday night. Tickets $25. 71 Fortune Drive, Suite 841, Irvine, 949.854.5455,

Ease Up

9 p.m. Live reggae music at BeachFire and from 3 p.m.-close it’s Aloha Friday Happy Hour. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,

Music by the Bay

6 p.m.-8 p.m. Newport Harbor Nautical Museum and The Balboa Performing Arts Theater Foundation present an evening of live jazz by The Jerry Mandel Band. Tickets $10 nonmembers. 600 East Bay Avenue, Newport Beach,

Phill Vandermost

7:30 p.m.-close. Live music at Mahe. 24961 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.240.6243,

saturday04 forecast: partly cloudy • high: 67° low: 45°

Dana Point Farmers Market

9 a.m.–1 p.m. Fresh produce and much more every Saturday at La Plaza Park, intersection of PCH and Golden Lantern. Page 20 • Dana Point Times • December 3–9, 2010

Go See Do The 36th Annual Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade of Lights is set to dazzle this holiday season with approximately 100 boats decorated in sparkling lights to fit in with this year’s theme, “Jingle Bell Rock.” The festive and twinkling entries vie for cash prizes and awards in categories such as Judges’ Choice, Best Theme, Best Use of Lights, Best Animation, Most Colorful, Most Original, Best Sailboat, Best Powerboat and the perpetual trophy for the yacht club with the most entries. The first running of the parade is set for Friday, December 10 from 7:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. followed by three additional dates— Saturday, December 11 and Friday and Saturday, December 17 and 18, rain or shine. The parade can be viewed for free, landside, anywhere in the harbor. Or,

Crafts Fair and Holiday Boutique

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Holiday shopping with jewelry, clothing and more; photos with Santa; crafts; music; refreshments and more. Raises funds for Habitat for Humanity; presented by Community Presbyterian Church SJC. Again Sunday, Dec. 5 at 12 p.m.-4 p.m. 32202 Del Obispo, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.1502.

Play More, Eat Better

10 a.m.-2 p.m. The city and Mission Hospital host an event at Max Berg Plaza Park to help families learn to make healthy choices and be active. Lots of health resources! 1100 Calle Puente, San Clemente, 949.361.8264,

Christmas at the Mission

5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Mission SJC is lit up for the holiday season and hosts a magical night with a nativity scene; dance, choir and mariachi performances; photos with Santa, crafts, activities and refreshments. Tickets $2. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300,

20th Annual Winter Fantasy Event

10 a.m.-6 p.m. The Sawdust Festival presents its winter show themed “A Palette of Holiday Treasures” featuring more than 170 exhibitors with fine art, crafts and more. Open weekends through Dec. 12. Tickets $3-$6. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030,

SJC Tree Lighting Ceremony

4:15 p.m.-9 p.m. San Juan Capistrano hosts a family-friendly holiday event with the annual tree lighting, dance performances, stage productions, activities, photos with Santa and much more at Historic Town Center Park. Free. 31852 El Camino Real, 949.493.5911,

Family Film Feature

11 a.m. Showing of Toy Story 3 at the San Juan Capistrano Library; free admission and popcorn. 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.248.5132,

SC Choral Society Concert

2 p.m.; 7 p.m. Holiday vocal concert at St. Andrew’s Church. Two performances. Tickets $10 adults, $5 kids. 2001 Calle Frontera, San Clemente, 949.361.8463.

Holiday Gingerbread Display

The Ritz Carlton is home to the ultimate gingerbread display with a surf-inspired theme. Free to view. One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, 949.240.2000,

Boat Rides With Santa

Boat Parade of Lights if you’d rather stay indoors to watch, several harbor restaurants are taking dinner reservations for tables with a view. If getting in on the action is more your style, book a ride aboard a decorated Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching vessel and become a part of the parade yourself. Tickets for the Dana Wharf boat are $25 for adults and $15 for children. Kids become judges as they cast votes for their favorite in the Dana Wharf Kids’ Cup Trophy category. Reservations can be made by calling 949.496.5794. For information on how to enter your own boat, call the harbor information line at 949.923.2255, log on to www. or pick up an entry form at Dana Wharf, 34675 Golden Lantern. —Andrea Swayne

sunday05 forecast: few showers • high: 66° low: 47°

Yoga Walk

9 a.m.-11 a.m. Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy hosts a walk in nature with yoga along the way. Adults $10, kids $5, members free. More info: 949.489.9778,

Christmas at the Casa

4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Casa Romantica’s annual holiday celebration featuring a visit from Santa, tree-lighting ceremony, entertainment, kids crafts, sweet treats and festive decorations/exhibits. Adults $5, children 12 and under $3, members free. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,

Annual Holiday Boutique

1 p.m.-5 p.m. My Jewelry Box hosts a fundraiser at Bell Collina Towne & Golf Club with great shopping, drawings, wine, appetizers and more. Benefits OC Ronald McDonald House. 200 Avenida La Pata, San Clemente, 949.365.6966,

White Horses Wine Dinner

6:30 p.m. Crispins Eatery presents its Winter White Horses Wine Dinner. $65 per person; reservations necessary. 610 Camino De Los Mares, San Clemente, 949.480.0800,

Christmas Fantasia

3 p.m.; 6 p.m. San Clemente Presbyterian Church presents its annual Christmas concert featuring choirs, a chorus and orchestra. Admission free. 119 N. Avenida Estrella, San Clemente, 949.492.6158,

Willfax Duo

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Soulful acoustic music during brunch at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

Kids’ Fishing

12 p.m. Free fishing clinic on the dock followed by a half-day fishing trip for kids hosted by Dana Wharf every Sunday. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,

Sunday Funday

3 p.m.-7 p.m. Open mic at Caliente Coastal Cantina. 34085 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.493.0549,

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dana Wharf invites families to join Santa and his helpers on a free boat cruise through Dana Point Harbor. No reservations required. Again on Dec. 5. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,

Ukulele Nights


Peter Asher Memoirs

7 p.m.-11 p.m. ’80s rock band at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

Community Food Drive

11 a.m.- 5 p.m. The Capistrano Eagles and Swallow’s Inn host a food drive to benefit Father Serra’s Pantry and SJC’s families in need. Bring non-perishable food and come enjoy live music by Family Style. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188,

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, 8 p.m. A full multimedia experience with a trip back to the ’60s and ’70s at The Coach House. Scarlet Furies also play. Tickets $20. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

Ryan Heflin

7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, (Cont. on page 22)


DP Times Restaurant Spotlight

By Andrea Swayne

Shanghai Charlie’s


34121 Doheny Park Road, Capistrano Beach, 949.661.2507

Have you eaten at this restaurant?

BEST KNOWN FOR: Quality ingredients and entrees made fresh to order MOST POPULAR ITEM: Complete dinner combinations Shanghai Charlie’s has been a Capistrano Beach institution for 30 years serving up delicious Chinese cuisine to a loyal following that, according to owner Youli Zhang, includes four generations of happy diners. Youli’s brother, the restaurant’s founder and namesake Charlie Zhang, interpreted his original recipes—like House Special Chicken—and started the fast-casual Pick Up Stix chain in 1982. He sold the successful chain in 2001 but Shanghai Charlie’s was kept in the family. “Shanghai Charlie’s is the original,” said Youli. “We are not fancy; we are comfortable and our service makes this place feel like home. Everything is made fresh and we are happy to accommodate special needs and tastes of our customers.” This kind of service, along with really great food, is what keeps people coming back. The menu offers all of the “classics” like Chow Mein, Kung Pao, Egg Foo Young and Mu Shu entrees with shrimp, pork, beef, chicken and vegetables. Or, try a Zhang family favorite like pecan shrimp, or Charlie’s Surf and Turf—scallops and beef tenderloin wok’d together in a delectable secret sauce. Try the sizzling rice soup and don’t forget to relax with a hot pot of Youli’s special blend of green tea she calls Miracle Tea. Shanghai Charlie’s owner Youli Zhang. Photo by Andrea Swayne

PRICE RANGE: $1.50-$14.95 PAYMENT: Cash, credit card RESERVATIONS: Not necessary HOURS: Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Go to and rate your overall experience. We’ll post the results in next week’s issue of the DP Times.

Last week online voters gave

Stacks Pancake House

34255 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, 949.429.2222 (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 20)

monday06 forecast: partly cloudy • high: 62° low: 46°


10 a.m. Goin Native teaches you how to make creative gifts with succulents. Class fee $20; material fees $25-$40. 31661 Los Rios St., 949.493.5911, San Juan Capistrano,


6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Antoine’s Café hosts a cooking event that includes a demonstration, dining, recipes and wine. This month it’s all about the holidays! Fee $50. 218 S El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.1763,



7 p.m.-10 p.m. Solo artist at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

wednesday08 forecast: partly cloudy • high: 65° low: 47°


10 a.m. Casa Romantica hosts storytime for youngsters ages 3-5; free. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, www.


8 p.m. OC Tavern hosts a showing of True Champion featuring The Cholulas and free giveaways. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877,

5 p.m.-8 p.m. Join SC Wine Company for Happy Hour featuring three wines for $5, glasses of selected wines for $5 and mugs of beer from $5 & up! 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067,




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,

tuesday07 forecast: sunny • high: 66° low: 46°


10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saddleback College Arts Department hosts its 38th Annual Holiday Student Art Sale in the school Art Gallery through Dec. 9; proceeds fund student scholarships. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656,


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


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


8 p.m. Performance at Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188,


6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Irons in the Fire hosts game with prizes and Happy Hour. 150 E. Avenida Magdalena, San Clemente, 949.542.3900, Page 22 • Dana Point Times • December 3–9, 2010

9:30 p.m. New comics every week at Molly Blooms Irish Bar & Restaurant, 21+ no cover. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente 92672, 949.218.0120, 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Live music at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

thursday09 forecast: sunny • high: 64° low: 45°


4 p.m. Group fun for kids ages 5 and older at The Dana Point 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,


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,


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

For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at Have an event? Send your listing to


Retrospective Journey with a Legend Peter Asher—legendary record producer, artist manager (cover of Rolling Stone in the ’70s) and one half of British Invasion duo Peter & Gordon


he show mixes video clips, photos from his personal archive, storytelling from Peter’s history with the likes of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, and a host of other legends from his nearly five decades in the business. Add to this, live performances by Peter (with a full band) of Peter & Gordon, hits and other old favorites, and it’s an engaging blend that creates a unique evening of entertainment. With only three shows planned in the U.S., one in New York at the Iridium Theater on December 5, 2010, one at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on December Peter Asher. Courtesy photo 7, 2010 and the middle show right here in San Juan Capistrano at the Coach House, this is a rare and unique opportunity to be immersed in a retrospective journey into the early days of rock and roll led by the man who helped shape that world and the one we see today. Please relate to our readers the essence of your upcoming retrospective multi-media show and how the evening will progress. It is kind of a multi-faceted one-man show. Following Gordon’s untimely death, I was not willing to accept that I could never sing those songs again at all, even though there could never be another Peter & Gordon concert. So I assembled this mixture of storytelling, music and memorabilia to perform in NY and LA. I am bringing a great band, some rare video clips and photos and all of my hazy recollections of the sixties and beyond. So it includes live music along with the multi-media elements—and a lot of what I sincerely hope will be interesting and even revelatory insights into an era of significant musical and social change. What process did you go through to condense and/or decide which events in your long and storied career to include in the show? I suppose a lot of it depended upon what I remembered! And I tried to pick events and moments which I thought might be less well-known to the general public or might be interesting and amusing. Musical archivists and fans take note; you won’t want to miss the show. SC —A.J. Bardzilowski





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:


D a n a Po i nt

See today’s solution in next week’s issue.

Turkey Day Tradition

Thousands run in the annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot at the harbor Words and photos by Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times


he over 30-year-old tradition of running a 10k, 5k or one-mile kids’ race through picturesque Dana Point continued on Thanksgiving morning as thousands descended on Doheny Beach and the Dana Point Harbor—many in costume—for the annual running of the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce Turkey Trot. The early morning chill gave way to sunny skies and warm temperatures as the day progressed. Partial proceeds from the event benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. Last year’s event raised more than $60,000 which translated into roughly 190,000 meals. This year’s event is expected to rival that number when the final tally is completed. Barbara Parker (28) of Los Angeles was the 10k women’s winner with a time of 34:07 and the first place man was Kyle Alcorn (25) of Mesa, Arizona with a time of 29:24. The first man and woman to cross the finish line in the 10k were Danny Reed in 82nd place with a time of 38:09 and Stacy Seminoff (173rd) with a time of 41:25.

It takes a lot of cooperation when Santa takes the reins and he and his team of reindeer run each year connected like a sled team.

Kids run full tilt at the start of the Cox Gobble Wobble kids’ one-mile race.

In the 5k, Samuel Van De Velde was the first Dana Point man across the line with a sixth place finish and a time of 16:01 and the first Dana Point woman was Gabrielle Lillard (73rd) with a time of 19:35. According to Laura Ouimet, Chamber of Commerce Interim Executive Director and race coordinator, there were 10,587 total registrants this year. The10k and kids’ race entries were up, while the 5k races were down slightly. “We were very pleased to see the increase in 10k participants and were able to accommodate the large number, over 4,000, because of the three-wave start we implemented.” DP Nancy Jarvis is one happy turkey. Nikki Nelson and Eileen Gamble embrace their inner turkey.

“Rockers” John Bates and Travis Pettit ran for their sixth year in a row. Last year they were dressed as The Village People and the year before that they were giant bananas being chased by a monkey.

Runners take off at the starting line of the 5k.

Page 24 • Dana Point Times • December 3–9, 2010

Sophia Rathor (mustard), Alyza Rathor (hot dog) and Lindsay Enright (ketchup).

Locals Only

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




W W W . D A N A P O I N T T I M E S . C O M


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



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,

Green Dump Truck

CHICK’S PLUMBING, INC. Proudly Serving South Orange County Since 1975



Azalea Salon & Boutique 949.248.3406 Lic# 310654 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


Organize/Simplify - Terri Hochman

Under-Wraps Gift Baskets 949.291.0300,



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 San Clemente Computer & Network Services Barry 949.661.1664 949.276.1581 Gary 949.231.9755 Solution Tek-nologies 949.400.0080 Morgan 949.433.3960 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,



Mary Kay Cosmetics & Career 949.248.2868 Patricia Powers 949.496.1900 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,




Dana Point Jeweler 949.489.1165 ABC Signs & Embroidery Shop 24845 Del Prado, 34135 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste. E,

Maureen B. Fletcher Interior Design 714.889.9597 Norma Mardian Interior Design 949.492.6271




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,


Dana Point Lock & Security



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, A to Z Leak Detection 949.499.4464 Chick’s Plumbing 949.496.9731 Mission Plumbing & Heating 949.492.4303

PRESCHOOLS San Clemente Preschool 949.498.1025 163 Avenida Victoria,

PRINT SHOP Beacon Printing - Brad & Judy Brandmeier 24681 La Plaza, Ste. 125 949.661.3877 Printing OC 949.388.4888 27134 Paseo Espada #B 203,

PSYCHOTHERAPY Corinne Rupert PhD, PsyD, MFT 949.488.2648 33971 Selva Rd. Ste. 125,

REAL ESTATE - RESIDENTIAL Prudential California Realty, Shirley Tenger 949.487.7700 J. Hill & Associates 949.488.7653 34270 Pacific Coast Hwy., Ste. A, Lantern Bay Realty 949.661.6441 34179 Golden Lantern, Ste. 103,

LIST YOUR BUSINESS IN “LOCALS ONLY” This handy, cost-friendly, go-to reference tool keeps your business in front of potential customers 24/7.


RESTAURANTS Brio Tuscany Grille 949.443.1476 24050 Camino Del Avion, Jolly Roger Restaurant 949.496.0855 34661 Golden Lantern, Smokey’s House of BBQ 949.388.8102 32860 Pacific Coast Hwy. #4,

Call Angela Edwards at 949.682.1667 or e-mail






Red Wings vs. Ducks, Honda Center Dec. 3, 7 p.m. The Ducks look to carry some solid momentum into the month of December but will have to test its resolve first against Detroit. Info:


Kings vs. Lakers, Staples Center Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. The classic NorCal vs. SoCal battle will rage on as the Lakers prep to host the Sacramento Kings in a key game. Info:


Spartans vs. Anteaters, Bren Center Dec. 4, 7 p.m.

Red Wings vs. Kings, Staples Center Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m.

Even though this is nonconference, UC Irvine will host the San Jose State Spartans in a pivotal game at home. Info: www.

Get ready for a double dose of Detroit as the Red Wings head north from Anaheim for a quick game against the L.A. Kings.


Lakers vs. Clippers, Staples Center Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m. Southern California bragging rights are on the line—at least for this one—as the Clippers play the part of the home team against the Lakers. Info:


D a n a Po i nt


By David Zimmerle

BOYS AND GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY • Dana Hills’ boys cross country team missed out on a Division 1 state title finishing in second place behind Arcadia at the California State Meet at Woodward Park in Fresno on Saturday, November 27. Arcadia finished in first place with 60 points, while the Dolphins took second place with 144 points. Trabuco Hills were edged out by Dana Hills as the Mustangs finished in third place with 145 points. Senior Connor Kaddatz finished in 15th place overall with a 15:19, Ricardo Campuzano finished in 16th with a 15:21 and Trevor Lynn rounded out the Dolphins top three finishers in 33rd place with a 15:38. The Lady Dolphins wrapped the California State Meet in eighth place overall with 208 points and a total team time of 1:33:53. Great Oak (102 points), La Costa Canyon (110 points) and Buchanan (163 points) finished in the top three, respectively. For the Lady Dolphins, seniors Laura


vember 29. The team then took on Tesoro at home on Wednesday, December 1 before taking a crack at the Aliso Tournament December 3-4. Next 7 days: Dec. 8 at Beckman, 3:15 p.m.

Beresford (18:40), Paxton Cota (18:40) and Alaina Alvarez (18:41) all finished 34th, 35th and 37th, respectively. Next 7 days: N/A

GIRLS SOCCER • The Lady Dolphins (0-0-1) played to a 0-0 tie with Beckman on Tuesday, November 30. Next 7 days: Dec. 7, 9 and 11 at Aliso Cup, TBA

BOYS BASKETBALL • The Dolphins tipped off the regular season with a first round game against Beckman at the Diablo Inferno Tournament on Tuesday, November 30. The tourney will run December 1-4. Next 7 days: Dec. 8 at Laguna Beach, 7 p.m.

GIRLS WATER POLO • The Lady Dolphins opened the 2010-11 season with a match against rival San Clemente on Wednesday, December 1. The girls then took on the competition at the El Dorado Tournament December 2-4. Next 7 days: Dec. 7 at Canyon (of Anaheim), 4:15 p.m.; Dec. 9-1 at Villa Park Tourney, TBA

GIRLS BASKETBALL • The Lady Dolphins will start the regular season as they take in a first round game at the University Tournament on Saturday, December 4. This tourney will continue on December 6-11. Next 7 days: N/A BOYS SOCCER • The Dolphins (0-1) were bruised up 5-0 while on the road against San Clemente on Monday, No-

BOYS WRESTLING • After all levels competed at the San Clemente Scrimmage on Saturday, November 27, the varsity team began its quest this season grappling at the Cossarek Classic at Westminster High School on Friday, December 3. This particular tourney lasts through Saturday, December 4. Next 7 days: N/A



he South Orange Country Patriot Jr. All American youth football program upheld their tradition of championship teams with a huge win by their Jr. Midget White team at Irvine High School last Saturday. The SOC Patriots beat the Carson Colts 13-8 to clinch the AFL Championship to land a spot in the Superbowl. The team includes James Hammond and Ethan Parker of Dana Point. Nicknamed “the machine” the Patriot Jr. Midget team, consisting of 12 and 13 year olds, did not disappoint fans. They continuously drove down the field with their hard-hitting offensive line, powerful running backs and talented receivers. The opponent was stopped cold by the Patriots impenetrable wall of defense with their strong line and quick intuitive backs. Head Coach Kevin Murphy said he is thrilled to be a part of such an extraordinary team of players, coaches and parents and that he couldn’t be prouder of how the boys played. The SOC Patriots Jr. Midget White team play the Super Bowl on Saturday, December 4th at 5:15 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Baldwin Hills versus the Bellflower Broncos. DP

S C O R E B OA R D YOUTH FENCING Local Girls Finish Strong in Milwaukee North America Cup The North America Cup B, a national fencing tournament for Youth 14, Cadet (under 17,) and Junior (under 20) fencers was held in Milwaukee November 19-22. Four local girls from Laguna Fencing Center in Laguna Hills attended and finished in the top 40 percent bracket of the Y14 Women’s Sabre event. The young fencers also went on to earn Youth 14 national points in the process. Danya Hu, 14, a freshman at Dana Hills High School took home the silver medal. San Clemente’s Mary Barnett, 11, a sixth grader at Vista Del Mar Middle School, took 10th place. Mackenna Lamphere, 13, also of San Clemente placed 23rd and Elena Pearson, 12, of San Juan Capistrano finished 26th. All four girls are part of an elite group of sabre fencers at Laguna Fencing Center in Laguna Hills and fence under the direction of Coach Nick Dinu. Several North America Cups are held throughout the United States each year. These events, known as NACs in the fencing world, attract the best fencers from across the United States and Canada. SCORES WANTED: We want to run your scores, results and announcements in “Scoreboard.” E-mail, fax 949.388.9977, snail mail or drop off the information to us at 34932 Calle del Sol, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624 by each Monday at 5 p.m.

Page 26 • Dana Point Times • December 3–9, 2010

From left: Mackenna Lamphere, Danya Hu, Elena Pearson and Mary Barnett with Coach Nick Dinu. Courtesy photo

DP S a n C le m e n te

D a n a Po i nt



Submit your ad online at

COMPUTER SERVICES COMPUTER ANXIETY? Extremely patient HS teacher will help you become computer proficient. Free 1/2 hour in-home consultation. Russ 949-244-8574

GARAGE SALES HUGE GARAGE SALE Power tools, electronics, children’s toys, Sample Items, and many other treasures. Come early as we will sell EVERYTHING. 8AM – 2PM. 33281 Bremerton Street in Dana Point. Cross streets are Palo Alto and Stonehill

GARAGE SALE LISTINGS ARE FREE! E-mail your garage sale to DEADLINE 5PM MONDAY. No phone calls please.

HELP WANTED PROGRAM AIDE – GRIPCARE Part-time Program Aide position to work with middle-school students. Hours will be prior to school hours: 7 am – 9 am, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 7 am – 10 am Tuesday. Duties will include planning and implementing activities in one or more of the following areas: education; social recreation; arts and crafts; and physical education. Requirements: high school diploma, experience working with children, communication skills to deal with children and with the general public (bilingual in Spanish a plus), CPR and first aid certified. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley is an equal opportunity employer. If interested, please contact Nicole Belair, Unit Director, at 949.240.7898 extension *19 or by email at NOW HIRING 60-year-old San Clemente appliances & electronics co. hiring delivery and installation personnel. Clean driving record required. Good pay and benefits: Call Alex at 949-289-5794

MISC. EDUCATION SERVICES IN-HOME TEACHER I am credentialed and have a Masters Degree in Education. I will develop lessons for students based on their current needs. I have 10 years experience in all grade levels and a high success rate with student grade improvement even with the most reluctant learner. Excellent references upon request. Call 949-363-8414. THE OC ENGLISH TUTOR Award winning tutor at Saddleback’s Tutoring Center. Competitive pricing, evenings preferred. (949) 682-8133

DP TIMES CLASSIFIEDS ARE ONLINE! Submit an ad or browse current listings at

Do you want to reach 10,000+ people in the Dana Point area every week? Then you need to be in the Dana Point Times. Call us today! 949.388.7700 ext. 102

December 3–9, 2010 • Dana Point Times • Page 27





D a n a Po i nt

Grom of the MONTH John Mel Age: 11, Dana Point John Mel is a recent transplant from Santa Cruz to Dana Point. Having grown up on slower point breaks up north, John has been concentrating on surfing faster and linking his maneuvers with both speed and flow. And with his dad, professional big wave surfer Peter Mel to guide him, his progress is really showing. Based on recent free surfing sessions as well as some great contest scores, it looks like he’s definitely getting the hang of it. John already holds an early season No. 6 ranking in the Surfing America Prime U14 division. He will definitely be one to watch at the next Prime event which will take John back to his old home break—Santa Cruz’ Steamer Lane—a wave he knows like the Photo by Jack McDaniel/ back of his hand. As far as being the new kid in the Dana Point/San Clemente surf scene, he hasn’t felt that way at all. “I already had a bunch of friends here that I know from surfing contests. I’m a little bit homesick but I like the people here a lot. Oh, and the weather. It’s much warmer and the water is warmer too. I like that.” He went on to say that his close proximity to Salt Creek and Strands have led him to favor those waves as his new home breaks, except in the summer. “Summers are for Trestles,” he said. —AS

Docents Do


A look at Surfing Heritage Foundation’s docents

Western Surfing Association (WSA) Gatorade Championship Tour, Event No. 4 November 20-21, 2010, Pismo Beach, Pier

By Denny Michael Dana Point Times


he word docent is an interesting one. It’s an old word that is not used as often as it once was. Here are a few descriptions from a couple of sources: From Wikipedia: “Docent is a title at some European universities to denote a specific academic appointment within a set structure of academic ranks. Docent is also at some universities generically used for a person who has the right to teach.” From Merriam-Webster: “1 : a college or university teacher or lecturer 2 : a person who leads guided tours especially through a museum or art gallery” The Surfing Heritage Foundation likes to think that their docents who volunteer time have stretched the old meaning of the word a bit. This is because these docents are not merely lecturers or guided tour specialists— no, these people have a little bit of saltwater running through their veins. The Surfing Heritage Docents have many points of reference connecting them to surfing but the strongest link is that they are all practicing watermen and women. Surfing, its history and practice surround them. Frankly, many of the docents are more at home in the water than on land. They all have a deep understanding of the history of surf and therefore can teach it well. Some in fact are woven into the fabric of surf history itself with their own special stories. Take for example Allan Seymour; Seymour grew up in our local area where he still lives today. He began surfing in the mid-1950s and made a career in the lifestyle sport as a sales representative and contest promoter. As

Henry Ford showcasing the classic drop knee turn. Photo by Leroy Grannis, courtesy of the SHF

Docent Allan Seymour giving a tour of the Surfing Heritage Foundation to ladies from the Red Hat Society. Photo courtesy of SHF

one of the first cultural observers to realize that a market was developing for surfing collectables, he launched Pacific Coast Vintage Surf Auction, providing an annual forum for buyers and sellers to trade boards, artwork and more from surfing’s past. Today he runs a surfing collectable website; and is deeply involved in the surf industry. Another docent is Henry Ford from San Clemente. In Bruce Brown’s earlier surf films, Ford is featured in various sections of San Clemente from out front of Dale Velzy’s surf shop on Coast Highway to Poche Beach before there was a Shorecliffs development. Ford has done everything in surfing. He is a Hermosa Beach Surfers Hall of Fame winner, was a lifeguard, is a successful surf event promoter and currently directs the World Longboard Championships. In the Matt Warshaw book, The Encyclopedia of Surfing, the description of the classic surf move, the drop knee turn, is captured perfectly via a picture taken from the lens of legendary surf photographer Leroy Grannis featuring Ford performing the maneuver—an iconic shot of classic surfing at its best. Corky Carroll (another local area surf legend) said it well in a recent article he wrote about Henry; “the legendary Californian is a mainstay in many aspects of our surfing culture. The surfer, Henry Ford, is a classic dude.” Allan and Henry are just a few of many Surfing Heritage docents that lend a bit of their own background and history to the Foundation. It’s this special collection of dedicated people that give their time and effort to help preserve surfing’s history that makes the Surfing Heritage docents special

Page 30 • Dana Point Times • December 3–9, 2010

indeed. Ask for a docent led tour the next time you visit the Surfing Heritage Foundation—you may be surprised what you’ll learn. Please call in advance to make an appointment. The Surfing Heritage Foundation is located at 110 Calle Iglesia in San Clemente. They can be reached by phone at 949.388.0313 ext. 0 or on the web at Business hours are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and visiting hours are Monday through Saturday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Groups can be accommodated at other times by appointment. DP

Surf ForecasT Water temp: 58-62˚F Water visibility and conditions: San Clemente: 10-15’+ Fair; Catalina: 15-20’ Fair+ Remarks: A small mix of Northwest and Southwest swell prevails on Thursday. Moderate surge and fair visibility make for generally poor+ diving conditions. Short range: A small, clean, peaky mix of Southwest and Northwest swells prevails on Thursday. Most breaks stay down in the 1-3’ range (ankle-waist), with a few slightly larger peaks for top spots. Winds are light offshore for clean conditions, although conditions remain poor to fair due to lack of size. Long range: A small mix of Northwest and Southwest swell prevail heading into the weekend. Most breaks see mainly 1-2-3’(ankleknee-waist) high surf during this time. Conditions are clean, but generally looking poor to fair at best due to lack of size.

Local finishers only. MICRO GROM BOYS/GIRLS U9: 3. Cooper Sutton, San Clemente; 5. Cole Mezak, San Juan Capistrano; 6. Kade Matson, San Clemente. BOYS/GIRLS U10: 3. Ethan Mudge, Capistrano Beach; 6. Trevor Sutton, San Clemente. BOYS U12: 1. Cole Houshmand, San Clemente. BOYS U16: 6. Ethan Carlston, San Clemente. BOYS U18: 6. Kevin Schulz, San Clemente. GIRLS U12: 5. Ellie Bosse, San Clemente. GIRLS U14: 2. Kirra Connolly, San Clemente; 3. Kristen Laurent, San Clemente. GIRLS U16: 3. Malia Osterkamp, San Clemente; 5. Kirra Connolly, San Clemente; 6. Kristen Laurent, San Clemente. GIRLS U18: 4. Madi Swayne, San Clemente. BOYS LONGBOARD U14: 2. Ethan Mudge, Capistrano Beach. JR. LONGBOARD U18: 3. Casey Powell, San Clemente. GIRLS LONGBOARD U18: 2. Tory Gilkerson, San Clemente. MEN 18–29: 4. Levi Gregory, San Clemente. MASTERS 30–39: 4. Brian Hill, San Clemente. LEGENDS 50+: 1. Kyle Twitchell, San Clemente. OPEN WOMEN: 4. Madi Swayne, San Clemente; 5. Alexandra Moyers, San Clemente. OPEN MEN LONGBOARD: 4. Rick Ekstein, Dana Point. WOMEN’S LONGBOARD 18+: 1. Tory Gilkerson, San Clemente; 2. Sheri Crummer, San Clemente. Log on to and click on ‘Surf’ to see more surf contest results. NSSA Southwest Open, Event No. 6 Postponed Due to wind and weather conditions the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) Southwest Conference Open, Event No. 6 originally schedule for November 20 and 21 in Newport Beach, has been rescheduled for January 29 and 30 at the Huntington Beach Pier. According to Executive Director Janice Aragon, due to many scheduling conflicts, NSSA was unable to reschedule this event in Newport Beach and regrets any inconvenience this postponement may have caused.

Online Video Show Log on to to watch BoardShorts, a weekly video featuring the people, places and events that make up our rich surf community. Please note: BoardShorts videos can be purchased through videographer Rob Elseewi for $10 per segment. To order your copy, send an email to or call 949.701.5711.

Dana Point Times  

Vol. 3, Issue 49, December 3-9, 2010

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you