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Leaving in Legendary Form Beloved surf icon and master surfboard shaper Terry Martin passed away on May 12 E Y E O N D P/ PAG E 4
Surfboard shaper Terry Martin at work in the shaping room. Photo by Micky Munoz
Management Contract for Harbor’s West Basin Marina Set for Approval
15th Annual Doheny Blues Festival Rocks out this Weekend
Dana Hills Track and Field Heads to Finals May 19
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CITY AND BUSINESS CALENDAR FRIDAY, MAY 18 Foreign Film Friday 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Dana Point Library, 33841 Niguel Road, hosts a free screening of a foreign film on the third Friday of the month. This month’s film is Protektor (Czech Republic). For more information, call 949.496.5517, www.ocgov.com.
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SATURDAY, MAY 19 Farmers Market 9 a.m.–1 p.m. La Plaza
Park, 34111 La Plaza Street. Admission is free. For more information or to inquire about purchasing a booth for $25, please call 949.573.5033 or 951.271.0669. www.danapoint.org. Recycling Event at Dana Hills High 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Dana Hills High School, 33333 Golden Lantern, is hosting the next in a year-long series of community recycling events. Residents can drop off plastic bottles and aluminum cans in the
school parking lot for students from the school’s chapter of the California Scholastic Federation and other school organizations to collect and sort. Funds collected are distributed by the school’s PTSA for student programs. The next event will be held June 16. Events are held rain or shine. For more information send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Log on to www.danapointtimes.com for more city calendar event listings.
DANA POINT’S TOP 5 HOTTEST TOPICS
What’s Up With... 1
… the Marina Contract?
THE LATEST: Dana Point Marina Company is the recommended choice to take over operation of the Harbor’s West Basin Marina, which covers about 980 boat slips and associated parking lots. The Orange County Board of Supervisors will vote on the five-year contract at their meeting Tuesday, May 22, and county staff recommended Dana Point Marina after the company received the highest ranking of the four applicants, according to the staff report. The current agreement with TBW Company includes operating expenses of $1.8 million with an anticipated five-year total operating expense of $9.03 million, according to the staff report. Dana Point Marina’s proposal includes a $537,149 savings in the first year and nearly $7.22 million in expenses during the five years of the contract, the staff report says. WHAT’S NEXT: Once the board approves the contract, the county must still finalize its terms with Dana Point Marina. If negotiations fall through, they will begin contract talks with Almar Management as the first alternative, the current marina management TBW Company as second alternative and Vintage Marina Company as the third alternative. FIND OUT MORE: See the county staff report at www.ocgov.com. —Stacie N. Galang
… the Police Services Contract?
THE LATEST: The City Council agreed to renew its contract with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday, May 15. The new agreement will cost the city $9,316,703, an increase of $83,541 from last Dana Point Times May 18–24, 2012
year, and includes no personnel adjustments. The contract employs 42 full-time workers and a portion of the salaries of 15 full- and part-time regional sheriff’s department workers. Salaries range from $80,806 for an office specialist to $279,923 for the lieutenant. Dana Point Police Services worked with the city, city attorney, city code enforcement, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Bureau and the district attorney to eliminate all illegal marijuana dispensaries, according to the staff report. Police services also saw a nearly 70 percent reduction in the theft of valuables from unlocked vehicles after the 2009 launch of the Community Service Unit, which was created to educate the public on preventing thefts. WHAT’S NEXT: The one-year agreement takes effect July 1. The final cost to the city may rise when the county finishes salary and benefit negotiations with its employees. FIND OUT MORE: Visit www.danapoint. org. —Brian Park
… School District Layoffs?
THE LATEST: Severance pay, health care benefits and work duties are among the topics Capistrano Unified Trustees will discuss with leaders of the classified employees union. After laying off 160 classified employees April 25 — a move intended to save $3.5 million for the next fiscal year — the board agreed May 14 to discuss with the California School Employees Association the impact of job losses on both the employees staying and leaving. The term classified employees applies to dozens of different non-teaching workers, including
maintenance personnel, library aides and secretaries. Among the points to be discussed in the memorandum of understanding have to do with severance pay for laid off employees, how that severance pay will be funded and the maintenance of health benefits after termination. Already, the district has agreed to pay health benefits until September 30, according to the memorandum.
ongoing outages in Unit 2 and 3, SCE has provided open and transparent information to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission,” SCE said in a statement. NRC spokesman Victor Dricks said the chairman would respond to the senator’s letter.
WHAT’S NEXT: District officials are scheduled to meet with union leaders June 18.
FIND OUT MORE: Visit www.sanclementetimes.com for updates. —SNG
FIND OUT MORE: To read the memorandum, visit www.cusd.org. —Steve Breazeale
THE LATEST: U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California, wants answers about design changes at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, sending letters this week to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and plant owner Southern California Edison. The Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee chairwoman sought documentation on the power plant’s replacement steam generators, and the reasons SCE was not required to obtain an operating license amendment as part of the installation. Both SONGS’ steam generators have been offline since January. Unit 2 was removed from service January 9 for planned upgrades and refueling. Unit 3 underwent rapid shutdown January 31 after a small radiation leak was detected. Tubes in both steam generators, which are both relatively new, have shown early wear. SCE has since plugged about 1,300 tubes. In a statement, SCE said its investigators continue to review data and conduct testing to provide the commission with its formal response. “At all times during both the steam generator replacement process and the
WHAT’S NEXT: Boxer asked for a response from the NRC and SCE by May 21.
… Voter Registration?
THE LATEST: The last day to register to vote is Monday, May 21 to participate in the June 5 primary. Orange County has 1.6 million registered voters, of which Dana Point has 23,275 registered as of this week, according to Orange County Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley. On June 5, voters will decide their party candidate for a host of offices, including president, congressional and other area offices. Voters will also decide on two statewide ballot measures. Measure 28 reduces the time state legislature office holders can serve from 14 years to 12 years. Measure 29 imposes a $1 per pack tax on cigarettes and increases on other tobacco products. Orange County voters will consider Measure A to make the county’s public administrator position appointed rather than publicly elected. Measure B asks voters to decide whether Orange County Board of Supervisors should be required to enroll in the minimum pension plan offered to county employees. WHAT’S NEXT: As of Monday, 12,718 ballots had been cast, Kelley said. FIND OUT MORE: Visit ocvote.com to learn more. —SNG www.danapointtimes.com
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Leaving in Legendary Form Beloved surf icon and master surfboard shaper Terry Martin passed away on May 12 By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times
rolific, iconic, masterful. All are words used to describe the surfboard shaping expertise of the late Terry Martin, 74, who passed away at his Capistrano Beach home in the early morning hours of May 12 following a battle with melanoma. But just as likely as one is to hear these words describe Terry Martin, are the words faithful, wise, generous and loving. With a conservative estimate of 80,000 surfboards planed into existence at the hands of master shaper Terry Martin, many inventions and techniques that revolutionized the art of surfboard making and the thousands of friendships he forged along the way, it is no wonder that in his passing leaves a legacy so interwoven into the fabric of the surfing community and the history of the sport that it is safe to say he will never be forgotten. The surfing community and the community in general lost one of its most beloved men that morning. And although his passing stirred a profound sadness in many, according to his wife Candy Martin, most who were close to him are taking comfort in knowing that Terry Martin was at peace with his fate, satisfied with the blessings life brought his way and would want friends and family to take comfort in his acceptance of the end of his time on Earth. “Not being able to shape was more difficult for him than the pain and weakness in his last few months,” his wife said. “He wanted nothing more than to be able to continue to do what he loved. He was determined to finish the last two boards for (Capistrano Beach surfer) Rachael Tilly. He wanted to say ‘yes’ to many requests by others too but he just couldn’t. I think that was the hardest for him. He never complained about the pain only that he didn’t have the energy to shape surfboards.” Against the odds, he did finish Tilly’s last two boards and a few others, including shaping an iconic wood hot curl board— his last—and friends and fellow shapers Chuck Basset and Donny Brink put the final touches on it. The day before he died Terry Martin mustered up the strength to go out to his shaping racks in his garage to sign a Phil Edwards model shaped by Mark Johnson for the Terry Martin: A Body of Work from Wood to Foam project fundraiser being planned in his honor for May 20 at the Ocean Institute. “Terry was right where he wanted to be when he passed,” said Candy. “Surrounded by family and friends, he was able to spend quality time with us.” Candy said the final hours were spent praying and singing Psalm 73 and talking Dana Point Times May 18–24, 2012
Terry Martin working with a Micky Munoz noserider model. Photo by Micky Munoz
with a pastor from the couple’s church, Heritage Christian Fellowship in San Clemente. Terry and Candy Martin shared a 42year marriage that started about a year after Candy Martin’s brother pro surfer Micky Munoz introduced them. Terry Martin came to Dana Point back in 1963 from San Diego because he wanted to shape for the biggest and the best, and that, to him, was Hobie Surfboards. Candy Martin quit her job as a flight attendant in 1968 and moved to Dana Point to stay with her brother. Munoz introduced his sister to his friend and she began working as a nanny to Terry Martin’s son from a previous relationship, David, 50. The two were married a year later. Together the couple had two children, Josh, 41, and Johana, 33. Terry Martin is also survived by their five grandchildren—four are grown and the youngest at nine months old, is Johana’s son Reef. As much love as Terry Martin gave, it came back to him tenfold. “The generosity that friends saw in Terry out in the community is the same thing we saw at home. He was a man who didn’t have a selfish bone in his body and had many friends. It was a joy to be married to such a wonderful man,” Candy Martin said. This spirit of generosity and love is mentioned over and over by those reflect-
ing on the life of Terry Martin. Friend and brother-in-law Micky Munoz said that he and Terry Martin first became friends through their common interest in surfing, shaping and, back in the day, even racing motorcycles together. “In our younger days Terry was a bit conservative and I erred more toward the radical side of life,” said Munoz. “He had a sort of intuitive way about him that balanced me. Terry was just born with an innate ability to bring balance to those around him. He was always a spiritual soul and a voice of reason for me and others close to him.” Munoz went on to say that in the end Terry asked permission to leave and permission was granted by his family and friends. “He was the first to admit he’s not perfect but from my point of view he was about as close to perfection as anyone I’ve ever known and that’s how I’ll remember him,” Munoz said. “He could replicate any board as close to perfection as any human and in his personal life he was close to perfect too. His aura was so powerful that you couldn’t help but be caught in it.” With Terry Martin friendship showed no age limit as he made a point to support and mentor young surfers, like Tilly, who he shaped for. “I’ll forever be indebted to him for taking such an interest in me and helping me to grow both as a surfer and as a person,” Tilly said. “He was very insightful and
always knew the right thing to say. And he was also a great storyteller too.” Terry Martin’s legacy not only lives on in those he shaped for but also the many talented craftsmen who learned the art of shaping from him. Among the long list of shapers who were very close to him and learned the craft through his tutelage are Tyler Warren and Timmy Patterson. “My dad worked next to him for years at Hobie so I grew up watching him shape. I studied what he was doing and did what he did,” Patterson said. Patterson recounted a memory from his early days as a shaper when Terry Martin just happened to be at Killer Dana surf break on a big day in the early ’80s when he rode the very first thruster Patterson ever shaped. “He looked it over and told me ‘wow, that’s going to be a really fast board.’ I was so stoked I charged out there and had one of the most incredible sessions of my life. His example was one of the biggest reasons I wanted to be a shaper.” Royce Cansler said Terry Martin also had a profound influence on his life during their 20-year friendship. “In times of trouble or in just dealing with life’s difficulties, I often invoke the question ‘What would Terry do?’ for guidance,” said Cansler. “He was a sage, a wise man that I would help me deal with life’s challenges and complexities with the utmost integrity.” Cansler is one of Terry Martin’s close friends who made a valiant effort into making the Terry Martin Project: A Body of Work from Wood to Foam, a benefit event scheduled for May 20, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Ocean Institute come together in time for him to see just how many lives he touched. Terry Martin’s illness was the catalyst for the formation of the Sport of Kings Foundation the Terry Martin trust will eventually support—after his family is taken care of. The foundation was established to provide assistance to the lives of people in the surfboard manufacturing industry by continuously evolving to meet their health and human service needs, Cansler said. The event will raise funds by auctioning a collection of Terry Martin’s most iconic designs covering seven decades of surfing history along with other donated items, Cansler said. “All donations will benefit the Terry Martin Trust.” The event will also feature live music, food and a short film. Ticket and event information can be found online at www.terrymartinproject. com. A celebration of the life of Terry Martin is also planned for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18 at Capo Beach Calvary and a memorial paddle out will be announced soon. DP www.danapointtimes.com
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Dana Point Police Services www.HideitLockitOrLoseit.com COMPILED BY BRIAN PARK All information below is obtained from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department website. The calls represent what was told to the deputy in the field by the radio dispatcher. The true nature of an incident often differs from what is initially reported. No assumption of criminal guilt or affiliation should be drawn from the content of the information provided. An arrest doesn’t represent guilt. The items below are just a sampling of the entries listed on the OCSD Web site.
Tuesday, May 15 PETTY THEFT Pacific Coast Highway, 34100 Block (11:03 p.m.) A call arrived about a white male with blond hair, possibly 15 years old, wearing a black T-shirt and black pants who stole an 18-pack of Budweiser. The suspect fled on skateboard. Deputies stopped a possible suspect on the 34000 block of El Encanto Avenue.
ILLEGAL PEDDLING Barque Way, 32900 Block (7:49 p.m.) A caller said a magazine solicitor with a bad attitude broke a branch off the caller’s rose bush while walking away. The magazine solicitor was identified as a black male, possibly 14 years old, wearing a light-colored hoodie.
Monday, May 14 SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Doheny Park Road, 34000 Block (8:31 p.m.) A caller notified authorities of a man in a park near the Beachwood Mobile Estates who was screaming and yelling at children in the playground. The caller’s wife got scared and brought her children home, but the man followed. The man, who wore glasses and a gray shirt and was on a bike of unknown color, was later detained. BURGLARY IN PROGRESS Vista Del Mar, 26700 Block (7:24 p.m.) A distressed caller was on the line while an ex-boyfriend was attempting to enter the residence. The caller thought the ex-boyfriend was under the influence or in the possession of drugs. The caller held the door closed while the ex-boyfriend tried to force his way in. When the authorities arrived at the
scene, they had to contact the caller via phone because the original call was disconnected. The ex-boyfriend was identified as a 31-year old male wearing a black tank top and white and gray bottoms. BURGLARY IN PROGRESS Dana Point Harbor Drive, 25300 Block (12:03 p.m.) A caller witnessed a man breaking into a recreational vehicle from across the street. The caller was visiting on vacation, staying on the third floor of a timeshare, so was not familiar with the area. The caller witnessed the man walk into a portable toilet before walking back to the vehicle, pry it open and enter the vehicle. The responding unit made contact with a gray-haired suspect who was wearing a blue shirt, black board shorts and flip flops.
Sunday, May 13 SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Dana Point Harbor Drive/Island Way (11 p.m.) A caller said there were two people trying to open the gates to the marina. One was identified as a female wearing a dark hoodie and shorts. The other was a male with a shaved head and a possible broken leg, wearing a gray sweatshirt and shorts. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE
Del Prado Avenue/Street of the Golden Lantern (10:28 p.m.) A caller said there was a man sitting in front of Kitchen Little and Rite Aid, watching the Bank of America ATM across the way. The man was identified as a 5-foot-9, 23-year-old with medium build with brown hair, wearing a black jacket and black fitted pants.
Saturday, May 12 DISTURBANCE Via Espinoza, 34500 Block (7:46 p.m.) A caller said there was someone in a second-floor balcony who was drinking and yelling at children playing in the street. The caller said the person appeared very drunk, perhaps suffering from mental illness, and that there had been problems in the past. Deputies reported to the person’s residence, but there was no answer at the door. BURGLARY IN PROGRESS Pequito Drive, 33700 Block (1:42 p.m.) A caller reported that four males entered his house from his backyard area, behind a church. The caller said he trapped the males in his house and had a knife and a drill on his person. He said one of the guys was hiding in his utility closet, so he opened the door a little and sprayed the man with Raid. That male fled in a white or tan sedan.
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PROPS, RECOGNITIONS AND MORSELS OF INFO A Mile for Maddie Walk Saturday The Maddie James Foundation will host its second annual A Mile for Maddie fundraising walk on Saturday, May 19 at 8 a.m. The 1.2mile walk starts at Strand Vista Park, at the end of Selva Road, and traverses the coastal bluffs of Dana Point. More than 1,000 walkers participated in last year’s event. This year’s celebrity chairman is marine life artist and ocean conservationist Wyland. Additionally, the foundation has partnered with the Wyland Foundation on May is for Maddie, a month-long campaign to bring ocean and marine education to Southern California students who otherwise would not have the opportunity to visit and learn about the ocean. The Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Center will visit seven schools throughout the region. Wyland will host an exclusive dinner at the institute for the top fundraisers on Thursday, June 7. The top fundraiser will receive special recognition and a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork that Wyland will paint that evening. The foundation was created in 2011 in honor of Maddie James, a 5-year old Dana Point girl who died of a brain tumor just two months after diagnosis. The foundation, launched by her parents, raised $1 million to Dana Point Times May 18–24, 2012
begin construction on the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center at the Ocean Institute. For more information, visit www. amileformaddie.com.
DP Harbor Boat Show Nears The 12th Annual In-Water Dana Point Harbor Boat Show returns, from May 31 to June 3. The event will showcase over 150 in-water and on-land exhibitors. Boating enthusiasts can purchase vessels and other products and are invited to climb aboard luxury yachts, sailboats, electric boats and powerboats. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.danaboatshow.com. For a $3 discount, use the code DPTEB5x312.
Ocean Institute to Host Lecture by Captain Dave Anderson Capt. Dave Anderson, who for many years has led whale watching excursions through his company Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari, will give a lecture hosted by the Ocean Institute on Thursday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. Anderson will present footage from his marine mammal voyages, share the story of his help with a recent whale
Dana Hills High School Principal Jason Allemann, DHHS senior Luke Wallace, Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club Student of the Month Chairwoman Zohreh Behbehani, DHHS senior Karen Salazar and president of Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club Al Soley at the April Student of the Month presentation. Courtesy photo
rescue and discuss his new book Lily: A Gray Whale’s Odyssey. Anderson has become a passionate spokesman against fishing gear entanglement—the leading cause of death of dolphins and whales. He has appeared on the Ellen Show, CBS This Morning and local news programs to speak about the issue. Anderson will present a story about the recent rescue of a gray whale, nicknamed Bart, and will bring some of the netting he helped remove to free the creature. He will also be selling his book and is available to sign copies. Cost to attend the event is $12 for adults and $8 for children and seniors. The event is free to members. For more information about the event or to become a member, Page 5
Rotary Club Honors Students Each month the Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club in collaboration with Dana Hills High School Principal Jason Allemann selects two exceptional students of the month. The students of the month for April 2012 were seniors Luke Wallace and Karen Salazar.
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Letters to the Editor WILL SOMEBODY PLEASE LISTEN? KATHLEEN BROUGHAM, Dana Point
About every three years I write this same letter. Maybe one of these times someone on the City Council will listen. There is an accident waiting to happen and one day my email will say, “I told you so.” The crosswalk on the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Blue Lantern is extremely dangerous. Pedestrians standing on the southwest corner waiting to cross PCH are not visible to cars traveling eastbound on Blue Lantern. This is a huge problem because the majority of the cars will make a right turn from eastbound Blue Lantern to southbound PCH. If this happens at the time the pedestrian crosses on a green light, the driver must immediately be aware of the pedestrian that they could not see just seconds before. The risk increases since many tourists drive in Dana Point and are not familiar with the location of our crosswalks. My husband and I have lived in Dana Point since 1997 and have had numerous close calls at this corner. Recently I was crossing with my 6-year-old son and again had a near miss. I thought that the driver saw us, but he did not. This is an accident waiting to happen. It
is just a matter of time. Something needs to be done. Here are a few suggestions: 1. Have a separate green light for cars driving eastbound, a separate “walk” time for pedestrians walking eastbound and a no turn on red rule. 2. Change the angle of the crosswalk so that waiting pedestrians are visible to eastbound cars on Blue Lantern. 3. Remove the crosswalk and put a crosswalk at Ruby Lantern. 4. Put flashing lights up on the crosswalk indicating when someone is crossing.
OCEAN INSTITUTE DESERVES MORE CREDIT FOR ITS WORK DONIA MOORE, San Clemente
I attended the recent State of the City luncheon and what a great event it was. The Marriott is always a favorite venue and I loved the string trio from the Dana Point Symphony. It was a very classy touch and a chance to highlight the great performances they have been giving this season. I do have a question, though, that I would like to see answered. In all the talk of the importance of tourism in Dana Point and the praise of several very small tourism businesses, I found it amazing
that one of our oldest and most respected organizations wasn’t even mentioned. Why wasn’t it mentioned? I’m talking about the Ocean Institute, of course, which has been in Dana Point for as long as or longer than several of the other much smaller organizations that were mentioned with great pride. While this inquiry in no way is meant to detract from the very solid contributions made by these small businesses to Dana Point, I just have difficulty understanding how the Ocean Institute was “forgotten” by Mayor Lara Anderson. I have been a member and volunteer of the Ocean Institute for many years, from the time they were a small educational facility to the large and impressive campus that they have now become. They have gone through an amazing metamorphosis and are responsible for bringing thousands of visitors a year into Dana Point, with their summer camps, research and educational programs and the list goes on. Many of our tourism hotels benefit from the guests that come to visit the Ocean Institute for a variety of reasons. Many of the small businesses in the Harbor benefit from the visitors that the Ocean Institute draws. The point is that in order to continue branding Dana Point as a tourism
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CLARIFICATION: A letter to the editor in last week’s issue indicated that the new marketing slogan created for the Tourism Business Improvement District is the new city motto. It is not. The tag-line, “Once you look deeper, you’ll see the real point” is not an official city motto but an advertising campaign slogan to market Dana Point. Likewise, the marketing campaign logo is not a new city logo. The TBID— made up of the city’s four largest resort hotels—collects a $3 per night fee from guests to pay for these marketing efforts. destination, all the major tourism facilities, especially our nationally known ones like the Ocean Institute need to be equally and publicly appreciated. How this amazing organization could have been ignored so obviously is very distressing to those of us who have been here to see the growth. To many of us, Dana Point tourism began with the Ocean Institute. I would appreciate an answer as to why this wonderful facility was overlooked. To submit a letter to the editor for possible inclusion in the paper, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send it to 34932 Calle del Sol, Suite B, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624. Dana Point Times reserves the right to edit reader-submitted letters for length and is not responsible for the claims made or the information written by the writers.
CELEBRATING 15 YEARS OF BLUES ON THE BEACH
YOUR SEVEN-DAY EVENT PLANNER
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THE LIST A day-by-day guide to what’s happening in and around town. COMPILED BY TAWNEE PRAZAK
FOREIGN FILM FRIDAY 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Dana Point Library hosts a screening of a foreign film on the third Friday of the month. This month’s film is Protektor (Czech Republic). 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.496.5517, www.ocgov.com.
DANCING FOR A CAUSE 6 p.m. San Clemente Sunrise Rotary hosts a dancing competition among local non-profits to raise money for their causes, also featuring an auction, dinner and dancing, held at The Hills Hotel. Tickets $100. 26205 La Paz, Laguna Hills, 949.498.2773 ERIC HUTCHINSON 8 p.m. Concert at The Coach House. Tickets $17. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, www.thecoachhouse.com. HEART OF GOLD BAND 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Live music at Wind and Sea Restaurant. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500, www.windandsearestaurants.com. SCHOOL BOY CRUSH 7:45 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music at The Vintage Steak House. 26701-B Verdugo St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.661.3400, www.thevintagesteakhouse.com. WINE TASTING EVENT 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. San Clemente Wine Co. welcomes Caraccioli Cellars Santa Lucia Highlands & New Craft Cellars. $15. 2 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, www.scwinecompany.com.
LIVE MUSIC CRUISE 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Dana Wharf brings back its popular music cruise on the 95-foot Dana Pride with a full bar and more. Special price in May for only $10 each. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, www.danawharf.com.
BACKYARD SKILLS 1 p.m.-3 p.m. The Ecology Center hosts a class to build your own veggie box; cost $20-$25. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223, www.TheEcologyCenter.org. Dana Point Times May 18–24, 2012
Steve Miller Band will headline this year’s Doheny Blues Festival. Courtesy photo
With three stages, an international food court, wine lounge, vendor village and a lineup of more than 20 sets of music designed to please concert goers from blues fanatics to rock and roll purists and roots fans, the 15th annual Doheny Blues Festival, May 19-20 at Doheny State Beach is set to, once again, live up to its reputation as one of the greats among music festivals. “Year 15 is a proud milestone for the festival, so we wanted to deliver a legendary, eclectic lineup for the Doheny fans,” says promoter Rich Sherman. “Gregg Allman rarely performs on the West Coast and Steve Miller’s influence on blues-rock music cannot be understated.” There’s even a Kidz EcoFest with games, crafts and activities to keep young music fans engaged and entertained. Omega Events box office tickets are sold out and there will be no same day sales at the gate, but ticket outlets will have availability through close of business on Friday, May 18 at the following locations: Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, see www.wahoos. com/locations.php for locations; Doheny State Beach gift shop, 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive at main lifeguard tower; Smokey’s House of BBQ, 32860 Pacific Coast Highway, Ste. 4, Dana Point, 949.388.8102 and OC One Love, 34255 PCH, Ste. 113, Dana Point. See the full lineup and more information at www.omegaevents.com/dohenyblues. —Andrea Swayne
CAPISTRANO VALLEY CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS BURGER THROWDOWN 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. CVCS hosts a Burger Throwdown competition also featuring Food Trucks, a bounce house and activities. 32032 Del Obispo, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.5683, www.cvcs.org. SJC ARCHITECTURAL WALKING TOUR 10 a.m. A 90-minute tour starting at the train station in San Juan Capistrano that features the architecture of Los Rios Street, the downtown area including the Michael Graves Library, the Mission Basilica and more. $5; proceeds support Friends of the Library. For info: 949.489.0736. ASTRONOMY NIGHT 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Peer through the telescopes of our volunteer astronomers at The Reserve/Richard and Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy. Cost $5-$10. Call for info and directions, 949.489.9778, www.theconservancy.org. STUDENTS OF STAND-UP COMEDY GRADUATION SHOWCASE 8 p.m. Graduating stand-up comedians entertain at Camino Real Playhouse. Admission $10. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082, www.caminorealplayhouse.org. JOEY SYKES 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music at Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799, www.saltcreekgrille.com.
THE TERRY MARTIN PROJECT FUNDRAISER EVENT 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Auction and benefit at the Ocean Institute to help and honor legendary shaper and surfing icon Terry Martin, also featuring food, drinks and music. $50 donation tickets. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274, www.terrymartinproject.com.
SOUL FOOD: ‘THE LIGHT WITHIN’ 11 a.m. Monthly program at The Baha’i Center with music, readings, audiovisual pieces and more. 3316 Avenida Del Presidente, San Clemente, 949.981.8805, www.soulfoodOC.com. SMTOWN LIVE WORLD TOUR III 6 p.m. Show at the Honda Center. Tickets start at $50. 2695 E. Katella, Anaheim, 714.704.2500, www.hondacenter.com. FLOCK OF 80’S 3 p.m. Live music at Still Water for a fun afternoon. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.renaissance-danapoint.com. Page 8
OPEN MIC NITE 8 p.m. Open Mic Nite at The Coop presented by San Clemente Community Market hosted by Melody Ryan and Jason Soderlund. 1506 Calle Valle, San Clemente, email@example.com.
MONDAY NIGHT LAUGHS 9 p.m.-11 p.m. Live stand-up comedy at Hennessey’s Tavern. 34111 La Plaza, Dana Point, 949.488.0121, www.hennesseystavern.com.
TOMORROWS ARTISTS TODAY 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Casa Romantica features an exhibition of works by local high school and middle school students, on display through May 31. General admission: $5. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, www.casaromantica.org.
BENNY / FLAMENCO 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, www.thecellarsite.com.
LOCAL MUSICIAN’S NIGHT 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Music at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855, www.ivalees.com.
HUGH LAURIE 8 p.m. Special show at The Coach House. Tickets $39.50. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, www.thecoachhouse.com.
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Ahoy, Junior Sailors E xciting plans are underway for the 2012 Junior Sailing Program June 25 through August 3 at the Dana Point Yacht Club. Membership in the club is not necessary and there are several sabots along with a few lasers and CFJ’s available for our future “rock stars” to rent from the Junior Foundation. All the detailed information about the program, program overview and applications are available either for pickup at the club, or online at www.dpyc.org. Ages of the students will range from 8 to 18 years. The program is comprised of three two-week sessions, with each session being independent, or having the flexibility for a student to combine two or more sessions or to sail and learn the whole six weeks. The sessions run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students will not only develop solid sailing and safety skills, but will also learn Corinthian behavior through the examples of our excellent American
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Sailing Association certified instructors. Parents and students are invited to attend the awards dinner, scheduled for August 17 to see video highlights of the summer classes and an awards presentation to students. The program offers a variety of skill levels, beginning with Sabots - levels one, (sabots) level two (sabots and lasers) and level three (advanced sabot, laser and CFJ) For students 14 years and older, a College-Prep/High School Sailing Program is available. These classes will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and student sailors will be able to participate in several area regattas for Junior Sailors throughout the summer. Many of our yacht club members have offered to make a crew spot on their boats available for a junior who wants experience on a keel boat during summer racing season and we plan to have a “Soda Pop Series” of racing on Friday evenings exclusively for our juniors. The annual Richard Henry Dana
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All hands on deck. This is the call that has recently gone from the Dana Point Yacht Club Membership Committee to the general membership. They are planning a series of open houses for prospective members, which will be held at the yacht club on June 2 and 3, in conjunction with the Dana Point Boat Show. If you are interested in boating (boat ownership is not mandatory) and in having fun and meeting new friends, then this is an offer to consider. The yacht club is directly across the harbor from the area where the boat show will be held, and it is a short water taxi ride to and from the show. Shuttle boats will be provided to bring you to the club for a tour and lunch and then back. Or, you may drive to the club (free parking) and take the shuttle over to the boat show. This year marks the 60th anniversary Junior Charity Regatta in September is a highlight of the summer season with goodie bags for each participant, lunch, prizes and recognition at the Regatta Awards Luncheon. Last year, 27 juniors
of Dana Point Yacht Club and to celebrate, the club is offering an extraordinary “Boat Show Special” on membership pricing. The club is an equity club, which means you will be able to sell your membership if you have to leave the club in the future. There are no monthly minimums on food and beverages. The club is a beautiful facility chock full of members who are friendly and fun. We have parties for all occasions, a fantastic “At the Point” monthly night club event featuring music, comedy and casino nights, a great junior sailing program, fishing, racing, cruising, and in September, we host a four-day Richard Henry Dana Charity Regatta with all proceeds benefiting the Adopt-a-Class (scholarship) programs at the Ocean Institute. For more information, please look at www.dpyc.org, or call the club’s office at 949.496.2900. competed in this regatta—the largest class in the event. So check out the website at www.dpyc. org for more details and pricing and come learn a wonderful life-long sport. DP
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Whether you’re looking for a good workout, want to take in some awesome scenery or just want to get outside and do something; go explore the Strand Vista Park trails in Dana Point. Start your hike in the Strand parking lot—at Pacific Coast Highway and Selva Road—and take the north staircase down to the beach. The staircase is a straight shot down with multiple landings. At the bottom, take the paved beach path heading south parallel to the beach. You can soak in the beauty of the ocean right before you reach the hardest part of the trail.
Walkers enjoy the Strand Vista Park Trail. Photo by Andrea Swayne
At the end of the beach path the cutback trail zigzags its way back up the hill. The cutbacks help reduce the incline of the walk but it is still a good workout.
At the top you will be just steps away from Veterans Memorial Park where you will see the United States flag flying atop a base sporting a bronze eagle sculpture surrounded by beautifully landscaped flower beds. The park has plenty of bench level seating to rest on. On the walk back toward the starting point—the staircase—enjoy the paved path embedded with colorful ocean scenes including waves, fish and other sea life. You may just enjoy the scenery and the exercise so much you’ll want to take another lap or even try a lap in the opposite direction. —Steve Breazeale
Dolphin Report: SPORTS NEWS FROM DANA HILLS HIGH SCHOOL
By Steve Breazeale BOYS AND GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD • Both the boys and girls track and ﬁeld squads put themselves in a good position to succeed in the ﬁnals after some standout performances in the CIF Southern Section track and ﬁeld prelims May 12. The boys 4x400 meter relay team ﬁnished eighth with a time of 3:21.96 and Dolphin senior Connor Garcia ﬁnished 16th in the 800 meter (1:56.19). Junior Brenna Barker tied for ﬁrst in the high jump, joining three others at the 5-foot-6-inch mark. Barker also placed third in the triple jump with a jump of 38-feet-10.5-inches. Sophomore Michaela King ﬁnished 12th and senior Tori Usgaard ﬁnished 13th in the 100 meter hurdles with times of 14.73 and 14.87, respectively. Junior Sierra Hanson placed ﬁ fth in the pole vault with a mark of 11-foot-3-inches. Next 7 days: May 19 at CIF-SS Championship Finals at Mt. San Antonio College, 9:30 a.m.
in the Sea View League standings. Next 7 days: May 17 at Lakewood, 3:15 p.m.
SOFTBALL • After a strong ﬁnish to their season the Dolphins were awarded a spot in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 playoffs. They will open their playoff run on the road in a ﬁrst round matchup against Lakewood May 17. The Dolphins ended up with a less than desirable overall record (9-20), but won the games that mattered and ﬁnished second
SWIMMING • Several Dolphin swimmers competed May 12 in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 Swimming and Diving Championships. While not many Dolphins placed extremely high up on the individual leader boards, they did well as a team. The event the Dolphins seemed to do the best in collectively was the 200-yard freestyle relays, where both
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BOYS GOLF • The boys golf team did not qualify for the CIF Southern Sections team Championships. DIVING • The Dana Hills girls diving squad was well represented at the CIF Southern Section Division 1 Swimming and Diving Championships May 12. In the girls one meter dive event the Dolphins had three divers place inside the top-15. Junior Danielle Repper, who went into Saturday’s ﬁnals in the fourth position, ended up in sixth place with a ﬁnals score of 442.95. Sophomores Lauren Pierce and Nikki Dutton came into the ﬁnals in the 11th and 12th spots, respectively, and both improved and moved up the standings after strong performances. Pierce came in tenth place, posting a ﬁnal score of 442.95 and Dutton ﬁnished 11th, with a score of 441.60. Next 7 days: N/A
The Dana Hills track and field teams’ performances at CIF Southern Section prelims put them in a good position going into finals. Dolphin hurdlers are shown here competing in a meet earlier this season. Courtesy photo
the girls and boys squads placed. The Boys 200 yard freestyle relay team ﬁnished ﬁ fth overall with a time of 1:27.05. The girls 200 yard freestyle relay team ﬁnished 18th with a time of 1:40.78. The Dolphin boys squad ﬁnished 23rd, tallying 47 points and the girls ﬁnished 20th with 49 points. Next 7 days: N/A BOYS TENNIS • The Dana Hills boys tennis team was defeated by Woodbridge 13-5 on May 8 in the wild card round of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs. The Dolphins’ hopes at a Division 1 team championship might be over but they still have hopes of a singles title in the form of their No.1 singles player, sophomore Chase Masciorini. Masciorini has had an impressive
2012 season for the Dolphins. He tore through South Coast League play, losing only once en route to a 21-1 record and a South Coast League individual title. Masciorini went 36-7 overall on the season as a singles player. “Chase has been playing at a high level the entire season but has found a way to bring it up another notch during the last few weeks. Chase played amazing in (South Coast) League Finals,” coach Justin Green said, “and during the last match against Woodbridge (May 8) he was spectacular.” Masciorini will compete in the individual section of the CIF playoffs May 18. Next 7 days: May 18 at CIF-SS boys tennis individual championships at Corona Del Mar, TBA —Sue Ludwig contributed to this report.
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GROM OF THE WEEK Patrick O’Connor Age: 8, San Juan Elementary Patrick O’Connor just finished his first full season of competition in the WSA ranked No. 4 in the U9 Micro Grom division. Patrick had his first win at Salt Creek Beach in March and finished the season with a third place finish at the West Coast Championships May 12-13 at Church Beach. He has been focusing practice time on floaters and hitting it off the lip—skills he says he’ll need to perfect on his road to becoming a pro surfer. His favorite place to practice is Lower Trestles and Patrick said he especially likes to paddle out with friends Michael Tilly and Max Maier. The U9 Micro Groms is a push-in Patrick O’Connor. Photo by Sheri Crummer/seasister.com division and Patrick said he has really enjoyed having his dad out in the lineup to coach him. “I’ve learned a lot and I’m ready and super stoked to move up into the U10 unassisted division in next year’s WSA,” Patrick said. Already a veteran surf traveler, Patrick has surfed the North Shore of Oahu on four separate occasions. This multi-sport athlete regularly plays on local recreational soccer, football, basketball and baseball teams and likes skateboarding for fun. He is also a good student and science tops his list of favorite subjects to study. Patrick said he would like to thank his parents for helping him out at contests, allowing him as much practice time as possible and making sure he gets delicious cheeseburgers from A’s Burgers to refuel après surf. —Andrea Swayne
Fifty is History
The Western Surfing Association closed out a successful 50th season By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times
aves, sun and tons of fun were on tap for 340 qualified competitors and their guests at the Western Surfing Association West Coast Championships May 12-13. The season’s biggest event capped off the Western Surfing Association’s 50th anniversary season. The waves weren’t big but stayed glassy, rideable and in the chest- to shoulder-high range the entire weekend. With the exception of a few brief lulls here and there, competitors were able to turn in multiple wave scores in every heat. Season champions were crowned in 25 divisions. Eight division titles were taken by surfers from San Clemente, Capistrano Beach and Dana Point and nine of the 25 divisions were won by local surfers as well. The Micro Grom Boys/Girls U9 shortboard season title was taken by San Clemente’s Taj Lindblad. The U10 Boys/ Girls shortboard division was taken by Kade Matson, also of San Clemente.
A morning view of the contest site for the 2011-2012 WSA West Coast Championships at Church Beach. This final event of the series marked the end of the organizations’ 50th season. Photo by Sheri Crummer/seasister.com
The Boys U14 longboard champion is Capo Beach’s Jacob Atwood. Dylan Cox, also of Capo Beach, took the Boys U18 longboard title and an award for earning the only “across the board” perfect 10 of the weekend. Yet another Capo Beach longboarder Rachael Tilly came away with a pair of championship titles in the Girls U14 and U18 longboard divisions. The Open Women’s shortboard title went to Dana Point’s Lulu Erkeneff and the Open Women’s longboard champ was Tory Gilkerson of San Clemente. Nick Melanson of San Clemente won the Boys U14 shortboard division of the contest and was recognized as the most improved surfer of the season. The day of exciting and challenging
competition in the water was highlighted by a fun day on the beach. From a pancake breakfast at the start of each day to a barbecue lunch, the atmosphere was a family-friendly and festive summer party on the sand. Timmy Patterson was the guest volunteer grill master serving up juicy hamburgers on Sunday. While many attendees mourned the loss of legendary local shaper Terry Martin, who passed away early Saturday morning, the mood was lightened as nearly everyone had a great Terry Martin story to share and many of the teen competitors dedicated their rides in his memory. To find out more about the WSA and see next season’s schedule, log on to www. surfwsa.org. DP
WSA Gatorade West Coast Championships, May 12-13, San Onofre State Park, Church Beach Local surfers only. MICRO GROM BOYS/ GIRLS SB U9: 1. Nicholas Coli, SC; 2. Taj Lindblad, SC; 3. Patrick O’Connor, SJC; 4. Cooper Sutton, SC; Champion: Taj Lindblad, SC. BOYS/GIRLS U10: 2. Kade Matson, SC; Champion: Kade Matson, SC. BOYS U12: 1. Cole Houshmand, SC. BOYS U14: 1. Nick Melanson, SC. BOYS U16: 3. Conner Dand, SC. BOYS U18: 4. Jordan Kudla, SC. GIRLS U12: 3. Alexxa Elseewi, SC. GIRLS U14: 4. Malia Osterkamp, SC. GIRLS U16: 3. Kirra Connolly, SC. GIRLS U18: 3. Lulu Erkeneff, DP. BOYS LONGBOARD U14: 1. Rio Donaldson, CB; 3. Jacob Atwood, CB; Champion: Jacob Atwood, CB. JR. LONGBOARD U18: 1. Dylan Cox, CB; 4. Casey Powell, SC. Champion: Dylan Cox, CB. GIRLS LONGBOARD U14: 1. Rachael Tilly, CB; 2. Teresa O’Connor, SJC; 3. Meg Roh, DP; Champion: Rachael Tilly, CB. GIRLS LONGBOARD U18: 1. Emmy Lombard, SC; 2. Karina Rozunko, SC; 3. Rachael Tilly, CB; Champion: Rachael Tilly, CB. MEN 18-29: 3. Ricky Lovato, SC. OPEN WOMEN: 1. Lulu Erkeneff, DP; Champion: Lulu Erkeneff, DP. OPEN WOMEN LONGBOARD: 1. Tory Gilkerson, SC; 2. Rachael Tilly, CB; 3. Lulu Erkeneff, DP; Champion: Tory Gilkerson, SC. Log on to www.danapointtimes.com for full results.