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Cetacean Elation Excitement builds as Dana Point prepares to host the 42nd Annual Festival of Whales EVENT GUIDE INSIDE
Whale watchers aboard Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Safari’s high-tech catamaran Manute’a were awestruck by the sight of this gray whale breaching just off the coast of Dana Point. Photo by Mark Tyson © David Anderson/DolphinSafari.com
City Council OKs FivePhased Construction Plan for Town Center
Grom of the Week: Bethany Zelasko of Dana Point
INSIDE: 42nd Annual Festival of Whales Event Guide
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THE LATEST: The Orange County Sheriff’s Department and city of Dana Point have collected more than 50 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter medications, since introducing a medicine ‘take back’ box in December. “It’s safe, free and anonymous,” said Deputy John Good, who encourages parents to clean out medicine cabinets to prevent youth medicinal drug use. Good sighted national trends and studies that show children gaining access to prescription and over-the-counter drugs from their own home or grandparents’ and friends’ homes. “Parents can take charge of this,” Good said. Unwanted, unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications can be dropped off anonymously at Dana Point Police Services, 33282 Golden Lantern, Suite 140. The drop-off box is accessible Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. No syringes, illicit drugs, medical or hazardous waste can be accepted. The drop-off box is cleared out regularly and medicines are booked into evidence for destruction—and disposed of to eliminate environmental contamination. WHAT’S NEXT: On Tuesday, March 5, a community meeting aimed at preventing underage drinking and prescription drug use among Dana Point youth will be held at Dana Hills High School, 33333 Golden Lantern, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Building Healthy Families: Parenting Strategies and Solutions meeting will focus on community awareness and solutions to prevent and reduce alcohol and drug use incidents. The Orange County Community Alliance Network and Dana Hills High Dana Point Times February 22-28, 2013
FIND OUT MORE: For more information on the take back program visit www.danapoint.org or call 949.248.3531. —Andrea Papagianis
…Town Center Construction?
THE LATEST: The Dana Point City Council voted unanimously to direct staff to move forward with a five-phase construction plan to kick-start the Town Center Project at Tuesday’s meeting. “As I tell my wife, don’t buy green bananas, I’m tired of waiting,” said Mayor Steven Weinberg, who served on the Town Center Subcommittee eight years ago. Taking a new approach to the construction of Town Center, Brad Fowler, city director of Public Works and Engineering, unveiled a phased plan to council members that would have the least impact on local businesses and the city’s budget. The revitalization plan aims to make downtown Dana Point a pedestrian friendly destination through a series of public improvements and streetscape changes—like the conversion of Del Prado Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway to two-way streets between Blue Lantern and Copper Lantern. The approved five-part line of attack would first tackle construction along Pacific Coast Highway. Fowler said first phase work at the street level would be completed before SCWD begins work updating the city’s underground utilities during the project’s second phase. Starting construction on PCH would also leave the flow of traffic “generally unimpacted,” he said. The council and California Coastal Commission approved the $19 million project—designed by the San Francisco based ROMA Design Group—in 2008, but when
the economy halted, so did Town Center construction plans. At a recent Civic Association Coffee Chat, Chotkevys said the national economic downturn was not an excuse, but a reality. In order to stay in the black, the city had to trim spending and postpone projects—like Town Center. “These things don’t just happen overnight,” said City Manager Doug Chotkevys, who pointed to the work city staff has done over the past five years. In 2009, city staff identified 35 properties along Del Prado Avenue that would become hard to access because street improvements would alter the elevation between buildings and sidewalks. Staff met with property owners to make design modifications. The Planning Commission approved the final environmental-impact report and subsequent environmental analysis in November 2011, which was appealed to the city—by American Commercial Equities, LLC, which owns properties along Del Prado Avenue—in early 2012. City Council denied the appeal and spent the next several months resolving legal issues. WHAT’S NEXT: Over the past few months, Chotkevys said, he has worked closely with Congressman Darrell Issa’s office and Majestic Housing & Development to relocate the U.S. Post Office sorting facility on Del Prado. He hopes to host a meeting with postal service representatives next month to allow the public to weigh in on the possible relocation. For now, Chotkevys said the “stars are in alignment” and with council approval to move forward and a “little luck” phased project construction could begin this fall. FIND OUT MORE: Check out www. danapointtimes.com for a full look at the city’s approved phasing strategy for Town Center completion. —AP
…Release of SONGS Documents?
THE LATEST: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has asked Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which constructed the replacement steam generators at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, for a redacted copy of its study on the root causes of the failure at Unit 3. The document became a source of controversy two weeks ago as Senator Barbara Boxer and Rep. Ed Markey asked the NRC to investigate claims that Southern California Edison and Mitsubishi knew the design of the steam generators was faulty. Edison has denied any such knowledge. NRC chairwoman Allison Macfarlane wrote to Boxer last week indicating that an investigation into the documents was underway. WHAT’S NEXT: NRC Region IV spokesperson Victor Dricks indicated the redacted version of the Mitsubishi report would first be reviewed by NRC staff and then released to the public. FIND OUT MORE: For SONGS investigation updates, visit www.danapointtimes. com. —Jim Shilander
THE LATEST: A state appellate court overturned an Orange County Superior Court judgment last week against a medicinal marijuana dispensary shut down by the city of Dana Point for alleged illegal operations in 2011. Garrison Williams, former owner of the dispensary Holistic Health, carried his case to the 4th District Court of Appeals, (Cont. on page 7) www.danapointtimes.com
EYE ON DP (Cont. from page 3) after a May 2011 summary judgment ruling—by Superior Court Judge David R. Chaffee—awarded more than $2 million to the city. The summary judgment ruling meant the case never went to trial—such rulings are entered when no factual issues remain to be tried. In the case, the city alleged the dispensary operated illegally as a for-profit business. But the dispensary has held that it operated—under California law—as a non-profit cooperative. An assertion Williams argued the superior court failed to consider relevant evidence on. The appellate court agreed. “The record shows, it remained a disputed issue of triable fact whether Holistic Health made a profit from distributing medical marijuana or instead was orga-
nized and operated as a nonprofit mutual benefit corporation,” Associate Justice Richard M. Aronson wrote in the appellate court’s opinion. Dana Point City Attorney Patrick Munoz declined to comment. Alison Minet Adams, William’s attorney called the ruling “a vindication” of her client’s “right to present evidence in his defense” of charges she felt were unjustly brought. WHAT’S NEXT: The city could now appeal the decision to the California Supreme Court, take it back to a trial court or leave it be. Adams said, with the collectives being closed for two years, she didn’t know what the city would gain by trying to see this through. Currently, there are cases in front of the California Supreme Court dealing with city’s powers to regulate, ban or
control the operation of medical marijuana collectives. FIND OUT MORE: For updates check out www.danapointtimes.com. —AP
...the Interchange Project?
THE LATEST: After more than a decade of planning and preparation, the Interstate 5/Ortega Highway Interchange Project is officially underway. Representatives from Caltrans and the Orange County Transportation Authority were joined by local elected officials and members of the public Wednesday during a groundbreaking ceremony at the former site of Jack in the Box, on the corner of Ortega Highway and Del Obispo Street.
“This project has been a long time in coming and one that we believe will benefit the residents of the city, the county, the region and the state for many generations to come,” Councilman Larry Kramer. Other guests included San Juan Capistrano Mayor Pro Tem Sam Allevato, former councilwoman Laura Freese, Orange County Supervisor Pat Bates and representatives from the offices of Assemblywoman Diane Harkey and Senator Mimi Walters. WHAT’S NEXT: Due to rain, restriping work and the installation of K-rails has been delayed to later this week or early next week, according to spokesman David Richardson. FIND OUT MORE: For photos from the event, visit www.danapointtinmes.com. —Brian Park
Compiled by Andrea Papagianis
PROPS, RECOGNITIONS AND MORSELS OF INFO Historical Society to Award Scholarships to Seniors u The Dana Point Historical Society will award $1,000 scholarships to two graduating local seniors—the Doris Walker Memorial Scholarship will go to a Dana Point resident and Dana Hills High School student and the Lucy Chavarrias-Saunderson Scholarship to a student living in Capistrano Beach who attends either San Clemente High School or San Juan Hills High School. All graduating students planning to attend a trade school, community college, state college or university in 2013 are eligible. Deadline for applications is March 11. Applications can be obtained through Bonnie Borden for Dana Hills students, Kathleen Teager or Carmen Berry for San Clemente students and Maureen Scherf for San Juan Hills students. Applicants do not need to be members of the Historical Society. For information call 949.248.8121.
Children’s Hospital of Orange County to Benefit from DanceFitness Classes u Orange County Jazzercise instructors and students are staging a benefit dancefitness class on Sunday, February 24 to raise funds for the children’s Hospital of Orange County. The event will be held at 9 a.m. at the Dana Point Yacht Club, 24399 Dana Dr. Donations raised under the CHOC Follies fundraising events will be used to fund CHOC’s in-house radio station—a broadcast multimedia center to engage patients—a partnership with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. $10 requested donations will be accepted at the door. If you cannot attend, general donations will also be accepted through the CHOC Follies website at www. choc.org/chocfollies.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley Names Youth of the Year
Member of Dana Point Ladies Auxiliary Honored u California State President of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Renee Fulk of San Clemente—was honored earlier this month during the organization’s national conference in Clearwater, Fla. A member of the Dana Point Auxiliary Post 9934, Fulk was one of 19 state presidents who achieved a membership goal of 93 percent by December 2012. With more than 500,000 members nationwide, the Ladies Auxiliary is comprised of mothers, wives, daughters and other female relatives of veterans who served overseas in the U.S. military during a period of war or conflict. Additional information can be found at www.ladiesauxvfw.org.
Dana Point Times February 22-28, 2013
Yossymar Rojas (center) received the Youth of the Year award for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley. Also pictured, James Littlejohn (left), executive director, and Mike Chambers (right), board member. Courtesy Photo u Selected among several local outstand-
The 2013 Las Buenas Amigas Executive Board. Pictured (L to R) Carol Clisby, Anne Head, Martina Dunchock, Marj Knudson, Louise Wilson, Jean Opatrny, Betty Prock and Nancy Smith. Courtesy Photo
Clubs of Capistrano Valley for his sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community. The highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive, the award recognizes individuals who have overcome personal obstacles to make outstanding contributions to his or her family, school, community and local club. Yossymar will now compete against other youth of the year winners for the Orange County honor. “Yossy is the perfect example of what kind of young men and women the Boys & Girls Clubs help produce each and every year. We are so proud of not only Yossy, but all the other outstanding young people that were part of the Youth of the Year program and process,” said James Littlejohn, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley. Visit www.bgccapo.com to learn more about local chapters of the organization.
Las Buenas Amigas Presents New Executive Board
ing youth, 17-year-old Yossymar Rojas, was named youth of the year by the Boys & Girls Page 7
u Las Buenas Amigas introduced their
2013 Executive Board of Directors at their December luncheon and boutique event held at The Hills Hotel in Laguna Hills. Members and guests shopped for boutique items and themed basket goodies before lunch was served and the group was serenaded by the El Toro High School Soundsation and Choralistics vocal performance teams. The event culminated with the presentation of checks to representatives of RIO-Community Based Adult Services of San Clemente and The Youth Shelter in Laguna Beach. LBA begins their 46th year of fund raising to benefit organizations which provide special services to the youth and elderly of South Orange County. For membership and fund raising information please call 949.499.1863. 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 email@example.com. www.danapointtimes.com
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DP Sheriff’s Blotter
INDECENT EXPOSURE Golden Lantern, 34600 Block (10:01 a.m.) A 5-foot-tall man in his 30s, wearing a baseball cap, sunglasses, sport jacket and jeans—all dark in color—was exposing himself to passersby in the parking lot near Dana Wharf. The jogger who reported the incident told police the flasher was headed toward the Embarcadero Marina. The man was last seen pacing up and down Dana Point Harbor Drive.
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Dana Point Police Services www.HideitLockitOrLoseit.com COMPILED BY ANDREA SWAYNE 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 website.
Wednesday, February 20 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT NON-INJURY Ritz Carlton Drive, 0 Block (7:53 p.m.) Deputies responded to an accident in the front port area of the Ritz-Carlton. A front desk employee notified authorities that the involved drivers were engaged in a verbal confrontation. Orange County Fire responded to a “toxic smell” related to the accident. DISTURBANCE Camino Capistrano, 34500 Block (7:32 p.m.) A male called to report an incident between his girlfriend’s friend and her boyfriend. The caller’s girlfriend had received text messages from her friend indicating her boyfriend was possibly on drugs and disturbing the peace. DISTURBANCE Calle Naranja, 34500 Block (7:29 p.m.) A pizza delivery man called police after hearing a man yelling at a woman upon arrival at a delivery. When the woman came to the door she looked sad and appeared ready to cry. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Robles Drive, 33800 Block (6:10 p.m.) A woman walking near a park noticed a fishing line positioned across a path as if to trip people. When she avoided it, a man jumped out at her. The woman ran home and called 911. The man was described as being in his 20s, wearing a brown and tan flannel shirt, black beanie and carrying a can covered by paper. The man was arrested. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Crete Road/Azores Road (2:42 p.m.) A patrol check was requested when a caller reported seeing a man in a white Mitsubishi truck “either under the influence of drugs or masturbating.” Dana Point Times February 22-28, 2013
ANNOYING PHONE CALL Ruby Lantern, 34100 Block (7:53 p.m.) A caller reported an ex-girlfriend after receiving an annoying phone call from her. DISTURBANCE Golden Lantern/Stonehill Drive (7:13 p.m.) A passerby reported that two men were fighting at a bus stop. Both were detained. One of the men was uncooperative with police.
BURGLARY IN PROGRESS Harbor View Drive, 24600 Block (2:35 p.m.) A woman called police after finding her door unlocked and suspected an intruder may be inside. She was concerned because she had previously found the door unlocked and her home burglarized in May 2012. Officers cleared the residence at 2:54 p.m.
DISTURBANCE Dana Point Harbor Drive, 25300 Block (12:12 a.m.) A transient was hanging out behind the business, screaming, yelling and disturbing guests.
INDECENT EXPOSURE Pacific Coast Highway, 34700 Block (7:58 p.m.) A man in his late 20s wearing a red and white baseball uniform was seen urinating in public outside of the Sunsets Capo Beach bar. DISTURBANCE-MECHANICAL Dana Point Harbor Drive, 34500 Block (7:28 p.m.) Deputies responded to a caller complaint regarding a man operating a loud remote control car on the grass near Baby Beach.
SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Selva Road/Pacific Coast Highway (1:21 p.m.) A person wearing a dark shirt, white pants and a fencing mask was seen standing at the corner of Selva and PCH.
Monday, February 18 DISTURBANCE Blue Lantern, 34300 Block (11:23 p.m.) Deputies responded when a fight broke out in front of the Blue Lantern Inn. The scuffle involved a and and two females. No weapons were seen.
SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Coral Reach Street/Eastwind Drive (2:15 p.m.) A man in his 50s wearing a gray long-sleeved shirt, jeans and carrying a blue backpack was reportedly loitering near the kids’ playground area at Salt Creek Park. According to the caller, the
CITIZEN ASSIST Del Obispo, 34200 Block (11:06 a.m.) A bartender who works at Turk’s called police from a car parked at Denny’s on Del Obispo to report a possible misdemeanor assault by a fellow Turk’s bartender. The caller told deputies that recent arguments between the two coworkers had escalated to the point where the other bartender threw drinks and ice at the caller. The caller reported the incident to the boss but feels the manager is not doing enough to resolve the issue and wanted to go on record by filing a police report.
Sunday, February 17
SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Del Obispo Street/Stonehill Drive (4:36 p.m.) The driver of a Toyota traveling northbound on Del Obispo was reportedly smoking drugs.
RECKLESS DRIVING Calle Real/Avenida Las Palmas (2:58 p.m.) A patrol check was requested when subjects were seen riding dirt bikes up and down Calle Real. The riders had no helmets and the bikes had no license plates, the caller said.
man also reportedly locked himself in the bathroom for 30 minutes.
SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Doheny Park Road, 34000 Block (12:39 p.m.) A security guard contacted deputies after finding an unresponsive man passed out behind the Dollar Tree store. The unconscious man had a dog with him. ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Golden Lantern, 34600 Block (8:32 a.m.) Animal Control was called when a pit bull tied up at the Harbor bit someone. The dog’s owner reportedly refused to give the victim his personal information when asked. The owner—described as a man in his 40s wearing a baseball cap and light clothing—was inside Turk’s bar at the time of the incident. The victim did not require medical attention. DISTURBANCE Pacific Coast Highway, 34700 Block (1:04 a.m.) A 24-year-old man who was kicked out of Sunsets Capo Beach bar for disturbing the peace, returned and continued causing a disturbance. Security had the uncooperative man handcuffed while they waited for police.
Saturday, February 16 ILLEGALLY PARKED VEHICLE El Encanto Avenue/Selve Road (11:49 Page 8
p.m.) A gray Toyota Corolla with Santa Ana dealership license plates was reportedly parked in a red zone and blocking the view of traffic. WELFARE CHECK Del Obispo Street/Stonehill Drive (1:07 p.m.) Deputies were called out to check on an elderly woman who was seen slumped over in a wheelchair. The woman had a small dog with her. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Crown Valley Parkway, 32400 Block (12:41 p.m.) A woman called officers stating her ex-boyfriend was outside her home and refusing to leave. She received a text message from him that read “I am not leaving until you come out.” SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Camino Del Avion/Niguel Road (8:14 a.m.) A caller reported hearing what sounded like windows being smashed and an activated car alarm and informed police of three suspicious males driving in a small, silver sedan. The men were described as in their 20s and wearing black hoodies.
Friday, Ferbruary 15 WELFARE CHECK Camino Capistrano/Pacific Coast Highway (9:28 p.m.) A homeless female was reported walking into traffic on Camino Capistrano. The woman was last seen walking southbound on Pacific Coast Highway carrying a oink backpack and pushing a cart full of stuffed animals. DISTURBANCE Pacific Coast Highway, 34100 Block (7:54 p.m.) A caller reported a female customer at a local Japanese restaurant was reportedly drunk, being a nuisance to the staff and refusing to pay her bill. The woman was described as in her mid-40s and wearing a black sweater and skirt. DISTURBANCE Pacific Coast Highway, 34100 Block (3:32 p.m.) A man was reported walking his dog without a lease and allowing the dog to defecate on the grass. The caller asked the man to clean up his dog’s feces and was yelled at. SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Dana Strand Road, 34300 Block (2:14 p.m.) A caller was concerned that juveniles who were apparently drunk were going to drive away in a blue four-door Ford Focus. TRAFFIC HAZARD Camino Capistrano/Interstate-5 (11:11 a.m.) A caller reported CalTrans workers causing a traffic hazard by working too close to the traffic lanes. Caller was afraid the workers were going to cause an injury accident. www.danapointtimes.com
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BY ANDREA PAPAGIANIS
News and updates on Dana Point’s business community
by grooming guru Sandy Leskey, owner of Alpha Dog Groom Shop, at 27932 La Paz Rd., Laguna Niguel. The Dana Point store opened under Leskey at Blue Lantern Plaza in May. Now with two locations, Alpha Dog offers southern Orange County pet owners a cagefree, dog and eco-friendly environment. “The good thing about us is we don’t take more than one family of dogs at a time, so it is a less stressful setting,” said Dana Point store manager Danielle Clarke. Dogs are never kenneled and are free to roam around the shop—a feature Clarke said was unique. The shop uses organic botanical shampoos that are lighter on doggie skin as well. Clarke, who has been at the shop since its opening, said groomers at both locations attend to the needs of all dogs—from problem dogs, older dogs, dogs with high anxiety and a variety of other special needs. Grooming takes about an hour and a half, allowing customers to make it a day at the harbor once their pooches are pampered. The grooming shops also assist the local community through their support of the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter with donations and free grooming of shelter dogs, when needed.
u Paul’s TV: King of Big Screens 32932 Pacific Coast Hwy, 949.255.2268, www.paulstv.com Specializing in home theatre set ups, Paul’s TV opened its doors in Dana Point just after Thanksgiving. But Paul’s offerings don’t stop with your plasma and LED television sets. This one stop shop for home appliances carries everything from televisions and refrigerators to audio equipment and coffee makers. The first Paul’s TV opened more than 46 years ago, but business grew right along with television sizes—the chain now has stores in Southern California, Colorado, Michigan and New England. Ryan Porco, the Dana Point location manager, said Paul’s employees are all about one-on-one service to provide customers with total home solutions. With sales specials changing weekly, Paul’s stays competitive with low prices on home theatre equipment and appliances for every room. u Sands of Time, 24582 Del Prado Ave., 949.218.5816, www.timequestwatches.com Check out the company’s Facebook page. When Tony DeBano looked to move his Santa Ana based watch shop, he thought what better place than his own home, and the Dana Point resident lucked out with a shop with an additional 1,000 square feet and 25 feet of window space more than is mall spot. Situated alongside a gym, doctor’s office and U.S. Post Office, Sands of Time could have lost its identity, but DeBano is determined to make this a destination for those looking for unique timepieces, rare antiques, handmade clocks and estate collectibles. This eclectic curio shop is not an antique store, but DeBano holds a well-rounded collection with everything from G-Shock watches to a pot-bellied stove. DeBano also imports distinctive watches from around the globe himself, and said “you won’t see many of these brands anywhere else in Orange County.”
NEW DEVELOPMENTS u Surterre Properties A leading full-service real estate firm in Southern California, Surterre Properties, will open an in-house property management division on March 1, to provide customers an all-inclusive real estate service. Lead by seasoned professional and local industry expert—Vicky Melin, with more than 23 years of property management experience—Surterre Property Management will provide a full spectrum of services and expert guidance to clients seeking to protect their investment, while maximizing profit
Dana Point Times February 22-28, 2013
Transport through space and time with Sands of Time’s collectibles, one-of-a-kind timepieces and imported watches. Photo by Andrea Papagianis
potential. “Our clients continue to request property management services from us because the want Surterre to handle all of their real estate affairs,” said Gary Legrand, president and CEO of Surterre Properties. “We’re confident that under the leadership of Vicky Melin, Surterre Property Management will become the firm of choice for local property investors.” Surterre Property Management will provide a wide range of property management services including, tenant screening, maintenance, rent collection, property inspection, advertising and marketing. For more information call 855.557.6600 or visit www.surterrepropertymanagement.com.
Sun Salute owner, Troy Cox, leads a heated yoga class into eagle pose. Photo by Andrea Papagianis u Dawgy Style/Alpha Dog Groom Shop 34085 Pacific Coast Hwy., Suite 112, 949.496.3315, www.alphadoggroomshop.com The pet grooming shop formerly known as Dawgy Style was purchased last spring
u Sun Salute Yoga, 24655 La Plaza, Suite A, 949.371.6097, www.sunsaluteyoga.com Beginning March 18, Sun Salute Yoga will host a 200-hour instructor training program for those interested in becoming certified yoga teachers. Sun Salute owner, Troy Cox called this yoga teacher training unique because of the authenticity he adds to each session, where participants will receive guidance “most don’t get until they take their second or third training.” The training will combine Kundalini, Tantric and Hatha yoga traditions and teach more than postures and poses, and promises students will discover unique techniques to apply to their own teachings and experience independent growth in their individual yoga practice. Combing ancient and modern yoga traditions, the training will encompass teachings from the Amrit method, as Sun Salute Yoga is the only studio in Orange County to teach this practice. Classes for the 10-week intensive yoga study will be held each Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and on Mondays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Sun Salute Yoga— 24655 La Plaza, Suite A. For more information on the yoga training email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.authenticyogatraining.com. For information on the studio and other classes held at Sun Salute Yoga, visit www.sunsaluteyoga.com or call 949.371.6097
2013 Festival of Whales Coloring Contest
Every child who enters
WINS one FREE
Whale Watching or Fishing Ticket for kids 9 & under ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN MARCH 13, 2013
GRAND PRIZE Let the seagulls sing you to sleep… with a one-night beach get-a-way for a family of four in a Ocean View Suite, at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Doheny Beach in beautiful Dana Point, CA. A warm DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie at check-in is the hotel’s promise of a warm and caring experience. IN ADDITION, Breakfast for four at Proud Mary’s in the Dana Point Harbor! And a whale watching trip for four from Dana Wharf Sportfishing!
COURTESY OF DANA WHARF SPORTFISHING AND WHALE WATCHING
DANAWHARF.COM *No photo copies will be entered.* Mail completed entry form & coloring page to: Dana Wharf Sportfishing, 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629 Contestant’s Name Address
Email I would like to recieve a child’s PLEASE CHECK ONE
Whale Watching Ticket
Fishing Ticket DP
Contest is open to all children ages 9 and under. Two free kids with one paid adult. All entries must be received by March 13, 2013 for judging. Dana Point Times, San Clemente Times, The Capistrano Dispatch and Dana Wharf Sportfishing assume no responsibility for lost or late entries. All completed entries will receive one free kids tickets with one paid adult ticket, complaints of the Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching, mailed to the address on the contest entry. We do not accept the tickets on any group outing, and no copies are valid. The grand prize winner will be contacted by telephone. Some entries will be displayed around Dana Point Harbor during the 2013 Festival of Whales. The Grand Prize entry will be displayed at Dana Wharf Sportfishing. Contest entries will become the property of Dana Wharf Sportfishing and cannot be returned. Employees of Picket Fence Media, Dana Wharf Sportfishing and their families are not eligible to win. All winners are responsible for taxes and applicable fees. All parents/legal guardians of the winners will be required to verify identity through a signed affidavit, social security number and valid driver’s license. Contest void where prohibited. Entry into this contest will serve as entrant’s agreement of the above contest rules. Coloring contest winner will be notified by phone on March 18th, 2013.
WELCOME TO DANA POINT’S 42ND ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF WHALES By Steven Weinberg, Mayor of Dana Point
Welcome to Dana Point as we begin celebrating our 42nd annual Festival of Whales beginning with the Festival of Whales parade on Saturday, March 2. I am very proud to announce that the 2013 Parade Grand Marshal is Staff Sergeant Mark Zambon of the United States Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Battalion at Camp Pendleton. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Selva and continues along Pacific Coast Highway through Town Center, ending at the Festival of Whales Street Fare at La Plaza Park. The Festival of Whales celebrates the southern migration of the California gray whales along the coastal bluffs of Dana Point with several events over two weekends: March 2-3 and March 9-10.
There are activities for everyone throughout the festival, including whale watching excursions, historic and marine science education, car shows, active water and land experiences, art, film and lots of live music—all conveniently connected via a free shuttle service. Festival of Whales is a Dana Point community celebration and partnership with the Festival of Whales Committee of Dana Point Harbor merchants, the Chamber of Commerce, the OC Dana Point Harbor Department, the city of Dana Point and many individuals, clubs, nonprofit groups, businesses and sponsors. Whatever your interests, I encourage you to take advantage of the many exciting activities during the twoweekend Festival of Whales. For more detailed day-byday event listings or to see the free shuttle route, turn the pages of this program or visit www.festivalofwhales.com. DP
YOUTH IN ACTION
Local teens add energy and fresh perspective to Festival of Whales
This year’s top five designs submitted by Dana Hills students are on display at the Dana Point Community Center through March 2. Shown here (L to R) are designs by winner Steven Kazarian and runners-up Frankie Michinok, Katie McAndrews, Bryan Emerson and Hasti Sharf. Photo by Brian Park
This year’s Festival of Whales logo contest winner Steven Kazarian (Dana Hills class of 2012) shows his winning design at the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, Calif., where he is a freshman. Photo by Brendan Buonsignore
As Dana Point celebrates the migration of the California gray whales past the landmark cliffs of the headlands, the Festival of Whales provides an impressive selection of fun and educational ways for young people—and others of all ages—to learn, as guests, about the majestic marine mammals. But, for the second year, the festival has expanded its behind-the-scenes participation of local youth. Last year Dana Hills High School students were invited to submit artwork for the festival logo and to display other work at the festival art exhibit, Art in the Park. Both programs have carried on. This year Dana Hills class of 2012 alum Steven Kazarian—now a freshman at the California Maritime Academy—was chosen and honored as the creator of this year’s logo and four runners-up were named. Ninety art students from Dana Hills once again found inspiration during a photography fieldtrip—whale watching aboard the Dana Wharf vessel Dana Pride and exploring
the Ocean Institute’s tallship brig Pilgrim. The program was also expanded for this year’s 42nd annual event to include more than visual arts. Culinary arts students will be competing in the chowder cook-off and the school is fielding three teams to compete in the sandsculpting contest. So while exploring the many great events and exhibits— from listening to the marching band in the parade to tasting chowder to viewing art—take note of the abundance of talent and enthusiasm the teens of Dana Point add to the festival. And don’t forget to make a point of visiting the Festival of Whales online at www.festivalofwhales.com and the Dana Point Times at www.danapointtimes.com to read the stories and see the artwork and photographs of these young people who add so much energy and fresh perspective to the city’s longest standing tradition. DP — Andrea Swayne
Photo by Nora Yeretzian
THE WHALES ON THE BUS GO ROUND AND ROUND... Visit the Festival of Whales for less with OCTA and Metrolink
Environmentally- and economically-conscious travelers will be glad to know that the Orange County Transportation Authority and Metrolink will once again be offering special deals to and from the Festival of Whales. For just $10, visitors can purchase a weekend pass, valid for system-wide travel from 7 p.m. Friday through 11:59 Sunday. Weekend passes can be purchased at any Metrolink station ticket vending machine. To get to the Festival of Whales from the San Juan Capistrano Metrolink station, take OCTA Bus Route 91 south to Dana Point. For bicycle riders, all Metrolink cars can accommodate bikes—just look for one of Metrolink’s special bicycle cars marked with large yellow signs that read “Bicycle Car.” From San Juan Capistrano, riders can take the bikeway to Dana Point and the festival. Full train and bus schedules can be found online at www. octa.net/metrolink/octa-promotions/festival-of-whales. OCTA and Metrolink are also offering special discounts at local businesses: • Display your Metrolink ticket, OCTA bus pass or 91 Express Lane transponder with Dana Wharf Whale Watching or the Ocean Institute for 50 percent off whale watching excursion ticket prices. To make reservations, call Dana Wharf Whale Watching at 949.496.5764 or the Ocean Institute at 949.496.2274. • Visitors to the Festival of Whales can stay overnight at the Dana Point Marina Inn for a special rate of $69, single or double occupancy. Make sure to mention the OCTA rate when you make reservations and show your ticket, bus pass or transponder when you check in. The Dana Point Marina Inn can be reached at 949.496.1203. • Show your ticket, bus pass or transponder at The Coffee Importers when you buy one premium coffee and get a second one for free. The offer expires March 31. The Coffee Importers is located at 34531 Golden Lantern Street, in Mariners Village in Dana Point Harbor. DP 3
FESTIVAL EVENTS AND ATTRACTIONS ARTS AND CULTURE
two for $10; need not be present to win. Funds will benefit the Dana Point Library Summer Children’s Reading Program. E15
Art in the Park March 2, 3, 9, 10; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Local artists along with art students from Dana Hills High School display a variety of works on the grassy areas at the corner of Island Way and Dana Point Harbor Drive. E12
Whale of a Sand Sculpting Competition
Dana Point Fine Arts Association Show & Sale
March 2, 3, 9, 10; 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The Dana Point Fine Arts Association hosts an art show and sale on the Harbor Boardwalk along the boat docks in Mariner’s Village. Watercolor, oil, acrylic and photography by local artists will be available for purchase. A portion of the sales will be donated to the Dana Hills High School Art Department. E7
Historical Walking Tour of Town Center March 2,
3, 9, 10; 2 p.m. Meet a guide from the Historical Society—at the corner of Blue Lantern and PCH—for a historic Town Center walking tour of buildings, private homes and landmarks, circa 1924 to 1939. Event is free but donations will be accepted. E9
Polynesian Connection Festival March 9; 11 a.m.3 p.m. The Hula Connection, Senior Wish and the city of Dana Point present a day of Polynesian culture, music, dance and educational experiences on the stretch of lawn between Island Way and Baby Beach. Activities for kids such as lei making, Maori poi ball demonstrations and more will educate and entertain. The festival opens with a blessing by an official of the Juaneño/Acjachemen tribal nation, indigenous to the Dana Point area. E14 Public Reading: ‘Two Years Before the Mast’
March 8, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.; March 9, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and March 10, 9 a.m.-noon The Dana Point Historical Society hosts the third annual public reading of Richard Henry Dana Jr’s Two Years Before the Mast at the Nature Interpretive Center, 34558 Scenic Drive. Over 100 volunteer readers will read for eight to 10 minutes each. The event is free but donations will be gratefully accepted. E5
CLASSIC CARS So Cal Woodies March 2, noon-4 p.m.; March 3, 10 a.m.4 p.m. Woodie cars from the So Cal Woodie Club will be on display at the grassy areas along the Harbor walkway. Take a stroll and enjoy these iconic surf wagons of the past. E11 Whale of a Classic Car Display March 9, 10;
10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Cal Rod Car Club, formed in 1954 in the San Gabriel Valley, will display approximately 40 classics and hot rods. E11
FOOD Dana Point Restaurant Week March 1-10 The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present Dana Point Restaurant Week. The city’s most talented chefs will personalize their menus to celebrate the Festival of the Whales. Check www.festivalofwhales.com or www. dprestaurantweek.com for details. Grunion Run Whale of a Pancake Breakfast
March 9; 7 a.m.-10 a.m. Pancake breakfast at Doheny State Beach. Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children under 12. Bring your Grunion Run bib and receive $1 off breakfast. Proceeds 4
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The new Polynesian Connection Festival will bring island culture to this year’s Festival of Whales. Courtesy photo
March 3; 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. OC Parks presents a competition on the sand at Baby Beach. Teams from families and friends to hard-core sand sculpting enthusiasts are welcome. Sculpting areas are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Choose one of five categories: castles, whales and ocean creatures, pirates and ships, woodies and surfboards, or patriotic emblems. Judging begins at 2:30 p.m. with awards to follow. Bring buckets and tools. Dyes and stabilizers are not allowed—all natural. E15
will benefit the Doheny Longboard Surfing Association and the State Lifeguard Association. E16
LEARNING ABOUT WHALES AND THE OCEAN ENVIRONMENT
Whale of a BBQ March 3, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; March 9,
Art Lessons with Wyland March 2, 3, 9, 10; 10 a.m.-
11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Delicious barbecue specialties at affordable prices will be served adjacent to Baby Beach. Choose from tri-tip sandwiches, mouth-watering chicken sandwiches, scrumptious salads and more. E15
Whale of a Clam Chowder Cook-Off March 3; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sample a variety of tasty chowders from local restaurants and organizations and then vote for your favorites along the Harbor walkway near Island Way. Cost is $5 for five tastes and $10 for 12. All proceeds will benefit Fish for Life, an organization that teaches fishing skills to people with special needs. E11 Whale of a Concert BBQ March 10; noon-5 p.m.
Concessions for scrumptious barbecue specialties will be available during the Whale of a Concert. A Spirits Garden will be available for those over 21 years old with a valid driver’s license. E15
VFW Whale of a Pancake Breakfast March 3; 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Start your day with a delicious pancake breakfast, raffle prizes and entertainment, hosted by VFW Post 9934 and Ladies Auxiliary at the OC Sailing & Event Center. Adults are $6 and children under 12 are $3. E8
FUN AND GAMES Diamond Dig March 3; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Dig for buried treasure at the 4th annual Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club event at Baby Beach. Dress as a pirate and get a head start. Cost is $10 per shovel. Last year toys, bicycles and a diamond necklace were among the booty found. Proceeds benefit local children’s charities. E15 Street Fare March 2; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Dana Point
Chamber of Commerce invites you to the annual Street Fare for an unforgettable day of food, music and entertainment for the whole family. The carnival-style fare begins immediately following the parade at Dana Point La Plaza Park. E2
Whale of a Rubber Ducky Race March 3; 11 a.m.-
2 p.m. The Dana Point Women’s Club hosts this fun spin on a traditional “rubber ducky race” at Baby Beach. Duckies may be purchased in advance by calling 949.859.5706 or the day of the event at the onsite DPWC table. Prizes awarded to the top three finishers. Cost is $6 per duck or
10:45 a.m. Learn from renowned environmental artist, Wyland at a dockside video presentation and art lesson aboard Dana Wharf’s OCean Adventures catamaran. Children can enter their art in a contest to receive a whale watching trip with Wyland. $5 per child. Proceeds benefit the Wyland Foundation. E3
Book Signing: ‘Lily, A Gray Whale’s Odyssey’
March 9; 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Capt. Dave Anderson of Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Safari will sign copies of his book, Lily, A Gray Whale’s Odyssey, inspired by true events. Readers join Lily on her adventures of discovery and wonder from Baja to Siberia while learning about a devastating problem that takes the lives of over 1,000 dolphins and whales worldwide every day. Books will be available for purchase and Capt. Dave will be giving away a free, signed copy. E4
Book Signing: ‘The Amazing Adventures of Captain Don’ March 2; 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Stop by Dana Wharf
Sportfishing for a book signing by Captain Don himself. The first 100 children (10 and under) will also have a picture taken with him. Buy a second book and get an opportunity to spin the prize wheel. Book sale proceeds will benefit the Gray Whale Foundation. E3
Capt. Dave’s Kids’ Carnival March 9; noon-2 p.m. Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Safari Kids’ Carnival offers fun for the whole “pod.” Drop by the Dolphin Deck at 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive (near Baby Beach) for free activities, prizes, games, crafts, face painting and more. E4 Doheny State Beach Mobile Marine Mammal Museum March 10; 11a.m.-3p.m. A variety of genuine
marine mammal artifacts will be on display at the Doheny State Beach’s Visitor Center, just inside the park entry station, for attendees to learn and gain an appreciation of these magnificent creatures of the sea. Alert entrance station staff upon arrival so they can direct you to an appropriate parking location. This event is free. Please note: free vehicle parking at Doheny State Beach for the Marine Mammal Museum is limited to one hour only. E16
Marine Mammal Lecture Series March 2, 3, 9, 10; 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Marine mammals are among the most beloved icons of the California coast and yet much of their life (Cont. on page 6) www.festivalofwhales.com
(Cont. from page 4) history and biology remains a mystery. Attend Dana Wharf’s Marine Mammal Lecture Series at Harpoon Henry’s to learn some of the latest discoveries about them. Enjoy a continental breakfast as marine biologists and special guests present recent findings on local whales, dolphins and other marine mammals. March 2: Doug Thompson on Gray whales and San Ignacio Lagoon; March 3: Dennis Kelly on bottlenose dolphin and sea otters; March 9: Alisa Schulman-Janiger on killer whales and the Gray Whale Census; March 10: Todd Mansur on Gray whales and migration. Following the lecture, board the OCean Adventures catamaran for whale watching. Lecture is free with purchase of the cruise and includes breakfast. Lecture and breakfast only is $5 per person, at the door. For tickets visit www.danawharf. com or call 949.496.5794. E17
Movie: ‘Wild Dolphins and Whales of Southern California’ March 9, 10; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit Capt. Dave’s
Dolphin & Whale Safari Dolphin Deck at 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive (near Baby Beach) for an exclusive free viewing of Captain Dave’s award winning documentary, Wild Dolphins and Whales of Southern California. Signed DVDs will be available for purchase. Screenings will be held every hour. In 1995 Capt. Dave mounted an underwater camera and hydrophone on the bow of his boat and began taking his cameras on every trip to record what his passengers experienced. It took him five years to create the documentary, an experience that has forever changed his life.Throughout the day relax and enjoy the Dolphin Deck with the best view in the harbor. Sandwiches, snacks, ice cream and refreshments available for purchase. For more information call 949.488.2828 or see www.dolphinsafari.com. E4
Ocean Awareness Day March 3; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Presented by the Dana Point Harbor Association, Ocean Awareness Day features interactive displays, demonstrations and entertainment showcasing ocean and environmental programs and issues, near Baby Beach at the OC Sailing & Events Center. E15
Ocean Institute’s World of Whales March 2, 3, 9, 10;
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Take a hands-on journey into the mysterious and fascinating world of whales allowing visitors to explore a variety of fascinating phenomena unique to these magnificent animals. There will be opportunities to examine how they communicate and eat, to see how pollution can affect them, learn about ongoing research and create fun whale-themed crafts. Additional activities include animal feedings, ROV driving and tide pool touch tanks. Admission is $6.50 for adults (13 and up) and $4.50 for children (3 -12); Children 2 and under and members are free. For more information, see www.ocean-institute.org. E6
Seashore Interpretive Family Hike March 2, 3, 9, 10;
times are based on tides Take a guided family tide pool hike through the Dana Point Marine Protected Area with Ocean Institute naturalists. Hikes are available on a first come, first served basis. Space is limited. Sign up at the front desk of the Ocean Institute. Free with paid admission. E6
Whale of a Beach Cleanup March 9; 9 a.m.-noon Bring work gloves and a recyclable bag or bucket and help clean up Doheny State Beach. Meet Ranger Vicki at Lifeguard Headquarters and learn more about how you can help maintain our precious coastal resources. E16 Whale Watching via Live Streaming Video
March 2, 3, 9, 10 Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Safari streams live video on www.whalewatchingtv.com from 6
Robertson, violinist Mira Khomik, tenor Joshua Guerrero and baritone Gregorio Gonzalez will be featured. Surfboard art by Paul Carter, Michael Brindley and Heather Ritts will also be on display. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students under 16 years, seniors over 65 and military with ID. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.danapointsymphony.com. E13
Whale of a Concert on the Water and BBQ
Marines from Camp Pendleton march in the 2012 Festival of Whales Parade. Photo by Andrea Swayne
their hi-tech catamaran on the open ocean. Stop by the Dolphin Deck throughout the day to watch. E4
Whale’s Tale Tallship Sailing Adventure March 3, 9; 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. From “devil fish” to “friendliest whale,” explore how time and discovery have shaped man’s perception of whales. Join the Ocean Institute for a tallship sailing adventure and gain new insights into man’s evolving relationship with the ocean and the giants that roam our California coast. Non-member price is $40 for adults and $23 for children 12 and under. Members pay $36 for adults and $21 for children 12 and under. Minimum age is 4. For more information, see www.ocean-institute.org. E6
MERCHANDISE Festival T-shirts and Sweatshirts March 2, 3, 9, 10 Short- and long-sleeved T-shirts and sweatshirts will be on sale throughout the Harbor during both weekends of the festival and available for purchase online at www.festivalofwhales.com. Click on “store.” M
MOVIES Movie in the Park: ‘Flipper’ March 2; 6:30 p.m. Head
to the grassy area of Baby Beach for a free showing of the 1963 box office hit Flipper (PG) presented by the city of Dana Point Community Services and Parks Department and the County of Orange. Free popcorn will be served and hot beverages and snacks will be available for purchase. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic dinner and enjoy this family friendly movie at dusk. E15
MUSIC Harbor Music Series March 2, 3, 9, 10; noon-3 p.m. A variety of music styles will be presented by the Dana Point Harbor Association in the Jolly Roger/Dana Wharf courtyard, the grassy area by Harpoon Henry’s, Mariner’s Village and Art in the Park. E10 KSBR 88.5 FM Jazz Live Remote March 2; 9 a.m.-3
p.m. Stop in and visit with the DJs and staff from Saddleback College Radio KSBR 88.5 and enjoy a morning “cup of jazz” followed by entertainment throughout the day in the Dana Wharf courtyard area. E3
Opera and the Ocean March 8; 7:30 p.m. The Dana
Point Symphony Orchestra presents “Opera and the Ocean” at St. Edwards Church, 33926 Calle La Primavera. Concert features a new ocean-themed commission by composer Athena Adamopoulos and a video art commission from Alisa Lapidus of the LA Opera. Soprano Victoria
March 10, noon-5 p.m. The city of Dana Point and OC Dana Point Harbor present an outdoor concert at Baby Beach with bands performing atop a specially designed floating stage. The Dave Silver Band opens from noon to1 p.m., followed by the United States Air Force Mobility Rock Band from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Savor: a Tribute to Santana from 3:30 p.m. to 5 pm. Bring beach chairs, towels and blankets and enjoy an afternoon of musical entertainment. Concessions for barbecue specialties will also be available, along with a Spirits Garden for those over 21. E15
OUTDOOR AND WATER SPORTS Festival of Whales Grunion Run March 9; 7:45 a.m.10 a.m. The fifth annual Grunion Run features a 10K at 7:45 a.m., 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m., Kids’ 1K Run at 9:45 a.m. and awards at 10 a.m. Free pre-run shuttle service begins at 6 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association, a nonprofit organization which supports interpretive, educational programs at Doheny State Beach. For more information or to pre-register, visit www.festivalofwhalesgrunionrun.com. E16 Kids Free Fishing Clinic and Fishing Trip March 3, 10; clinic noon-12:30 p.m.; fishing trip 12:45 p.m.-5:45 p.m. Dana Wharf Sportfishing invites all children to attend a dockside fishing clinic to learn hands-on angling techniques from the experts. Prizes will be raffled at the end of the lesson. Following the clinic Dana Wharf will run a fishing trip where kids 12 and under fish free including equipment. Adults are $44 plus license and equipment. For reservations, call 949.496.5794. E3 Mickey Muñoz Mongoose Cup March 9; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Stand-up paddle with surfing legend Mickey Muñoz and friends at Baby Beach and enjoy a day of paddling fun, SUP clinics and camaraderie. The fifth annual event begins with the Fun Paddle around Harbor Island. There will also be a SUPcross. All participants receive a commemorative long sleeve T-shirt and a barbecue lunch. E15 Sailing Rides March 2, 3, 9, 10; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Westwind Sailing—at the OC Sailing & Event Center—teaches passengers how to sail a Capri 14. Half-hour sessions are $15 per boat, three people max, ages 5 and up. Call 949.492.3035 for details. E8 Stand-Up Paddling Clinics March 2, 3, 9, 10; 10 a.m.3 p.m. Join the SUP craze and learn why it’s the fastest growing water sport today. Westwind Sailing hosts 45-minute on-the-water clinics, on the hour, for ages 12 and up. Cost is $10 per person. Call 949.492.3035 for details. E8
PARADE Festival of Whales Parade March 2; 10 a.m. The parade features floats, bands, horses, giant balloons, community organizations and more, related to the festival theme, “Magical Migration.” Parade route runs along Pacific Coast Highway from Selva Road to Golden Lantern. E1 www.festivalofwhales.com
GETTING TO THE FESTIVAL Parking Shuttle Stop Event Whale Watching Excursions/Viewing Festival Merchandise Shuttle Route Parade Route Shuttle Route First Saturday
Walking Directions from OCTA Bus Stop For those guests that are utilizing the OCTA bus stops on PCH, you can reach the Festival by walking down Dana Point Harbor Drive to the Harborâ€™s Golden Lantern entrance area or you can enter Doheny State Park (direction sign at bus stop near bridge), walk along the green barrier fence, then proceed towards the beach to the marked Festival of whales shuttle stop. Ride the shuttle FREE to all event locations. Parking and FREE Shuttle Information The FREE shuttle runs each day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and services most parking lots and event locations. Parking in the Harbor is free, but limited to four hours. Parking at Doheny State Park is $8 for the entire day.
Parade Day Shuttle (March 2) FREE shuttle service will be available one hour prior to and at the conclusion of the Festival of Whales Parade. Park in the Harbor and ride to the drop-off location for the northerly parade announcer stand. At the conclusion of the Parade meet at the drop-off location and the shuttle will return you to the Harbor. 10K, 5K and 1K Grunion Run Shuttle (March 9) FREE shuttle service will begin at 6 a.m. with pick ups at the Ocean Institute, OC Sailing & Event Center and at Golden Lantern/ Dana Point Harbor Drive. Drops off directly at Doheny State Beach for the Grunion Run event. This shuttle will not service any other locations. Regular shuttle service will commence at 10 a.m. Whale of a Concert Shuttle (March10) FREE shuttle service will extend until 6 p.m. on March 10.
EVENT SCHEDULE Saturday, March 2
E11 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.So Cal Woodies
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. KSBR 88.5 FM Jazz – Live Remote
E17 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Marine Mammal Lecture Series
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Dana Point Fine Arts Association Show & Sale
E12 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Art in the Park E1
10 a.m. – Noon Festival of Whales Parade
10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Wyland Whale Watching Art Lessons in the Wild 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Stand-Up Paddling Clinics
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sailing Rides
E2 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Street Fare
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Ocean Institute
E17 10 - 11 a.m. Marine Mammal Lecture Series
TBA based on tide Seashore Interpretive Family Hike
E6 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Ocean Institute
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Capt. Dave’s Dolphin Safari Whale Watch From Land
E6 TBA based on tide Seashore Interpretive Family Hike E8 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Stand-Up Paddling Clinics E8 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sailing Rides E3
10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Wyland Whale Watching Art Lessons in the Wild
E15 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Ocean Awareness Day
Grunion Run - 10K Run/Walk 9 a.m. Festival of Whales Grunion Run - 5K Run/Walk 9:45 a.m. Festival of Whales Grunion Run - Kids’ 1K Run
Sunday, March 10 E5 9 a.m. – noon Dana Point Historical Society Public Reading of Two Years Before the Mast
E15 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 5th Annual Mickey Muñoz Mongoose Cup
E15 1 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mongoose Cup BBQ
E12 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Art in the Park
E16 9 a.m. – Noon Whale of a Beach Cleanup – Festival of Whales Toast to the Coast
E11 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Whale of a Classic Car Display
9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Dana Point Historical Society Public Reading of Two Years Before the Mast 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Dana Point Fine Arts Association Show & Sale
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Dana Point Fine Arts Association Show & Sale
E17 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Marine Mammal Lecture Series E6 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Ocean Institute E8 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Stand-Up Paddling Clinics
E12 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Art in the Park
E8 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sailing Rides
E11 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Whale of a Classic Car Display
E15 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Diamond Dig
E17 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Marine Mammal Lecture Series
E6 TBA based on tide Seashore Interpretive Family Hike
E15 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Whale of a Rubber Ducky Derby
10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Wyland Whale Watching Art Lessons in the Wild
E10 Noon – 3 p.m. Harbor Music Series
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Ocean Institute
E4 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Dolphin Safari Whale Watch From Land
E15 Noon – 4 p.m. Whale of a BBQ
TBA based on tide Seashore Interpretive Family Hike
E10 Noon – 3 p.m. Harbor Music Series
Noon – 12:30 p.m. Dana Wharf Kids Free Fishing Clinic
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Stand-Up Paddling Clinics
12:45 p.m.–5:45 p.m. Dana Wharf Kids Free Fishing Trip
E4 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Capt. Dave’s Dolphin Safari Whale Watch From Land and Movie Viewing
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sailing Rides
2 p.m.– 4 p.m. Dana Point Historical Society Historical Walking Tour
10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Wyland Whale Watching Art Lessons in the Wild
Noon – 12:30 p.m. Dana Wharf Kids Free Fishing Clinic
2 p.m.– 4:30 p.m. Ocean Institute Whale’s Tale Tallship Sailing Adventure
12:45 p.m.– 5:45 p.m. Dana Wharf Kids Free Fishing Trip
Friday, March 8
E14 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Polynesian Connection
E11 Noon – 4 p.m. So Cal Woodies E3
1 p.m.– 3 p.m. Dana Wharf Free Book Signing and Fun Prizes
E9 2 p.m.– 4 p.m. Dana Point Historical Society Historical Walking Tour
E3 E9 E6
E15 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Movie in the Park
Sunday, March 3 E8 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. VFW Whale of a Pancake Breakfast, Raffle and Entertainment E15 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Whale of a Sand Sculpting Competition E7
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Dana Point Fine Arts Association Show & Sale
E12 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Art in the Park E11 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 2nd Annual Whale of a Clam Chowder Cook-Off
1 p.m.– 5 p.m. Dana Point Historical Society Public Reading of TwoYears Before the Mast
E13 7:30 p.m.– 9 p.m. Dana Point Symphony – Opera and the Ocean
Saturday, March 9 E16 6 a.m.-10 a.m. Festival of Whales Grunion Run FREE Shuttle Service 7 a.m. – 10 a.m. Festival of Whales Grunion Run Pancake Breakfast 7:45 a.m. Festival of Whales
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Capt. Dave’s Dolphin Safari Whale Watch From Land and Movie Viewing
Noon – 2 p.m. Captain Dave’s Kids Carnival
E16 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Doheny State Beach Mobile Marine Mammal Museum
E10 Noon – 3 p.m. Harbor Music Series E15 Noon – 5 p.m. Whale of a Concert on the Water and BBQ E9 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Dana Point Historical Society Historical Walking Tour
E10 Noon – 3 p.m. Harbor Music Series E4
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Win a Free Book at Capt. Dave’s Dolphin Safari
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Dana Point Historical Society Historical Walking Tour
2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Ocean Institute Whale’s Tale Tallship Sailing Adventure 9
TRACKING THE MIGRATION Scientists use visual observation and photography to track individual gray whales during their annual migratory journey
During the Festival of Whales, keep your eye—and camera—out for the Eastern North Pacific (California) gray whale making its long journey down the coast of California. You’ll be witnessing the longest annual migration (10,000-12,000 miles) of any mammal on Earth, in much the same way scientists observe and track the By Kayla Causey whale population. The gray whale is a baleen whale that lives to be 50-70 years old and can reach a length of about 50 feet. Every October, after filling up on tiny crustaceans buried in the sea floor, 20,000 gray whales leave the Bering and Chukchi Seas of Alaska to find mates and birth calves in the warm—and orca-free—lagoons of Baja, Mexico. Gray whales fast during their entire journey—an incredibly taxing feat for a female whale who will soon birth and nurse a 13-foot, 2,000-pound calf. In California, we’re privileged to often see migrating gray whales right from our shores, thanks to their use of the coastline for navigation and protection from predators. Once they reach the lagoons between late December and early February, gray whales spend the next few months birthing and nursing calves and concluding their breeding season. In February and March, the first whales begin the northbound migration back to Alaska. Usually these are pregnant females. Mothers—referred to as cows—with
The “knuckles” on the back of a whale are one of the physical features researchers use to identify and study individual animals. Photo courtesy of James Gresham
newborn calves are the last to leave, and do so only when their calves are ready for the long journey home, usually in late March to mid-April. A gray whale nurses her calf for the entire journey up the coast, eating very little herself until she returns to the feeding grounds off of Alaska. Her milk is over 50 percent milk fat—think half-n-half coffee creamer—and her calf consumes between 50 and 80 gallons a day—about the amount contained in a large barrel. This continues for six to seven months. As a result, she loses over 30 percent of her body weight on the northbound migration. Once again in the cold waters of the Arctic, whales resume feeding. They do so by plowing up the ocean floor and filtering the mud and sand for crustaceans. Their “filter” is about 150 baleen plates, which are overlapping layers of hair-like bristles made of keratin—much like human fingernails—on the inside of their mouths. One whale alone will plow about 1-acre of sea floor between May and October. Nearly hunted to extinction in the 1850s and early 1900s, gray whales were protected under the Endangered Species Act in 1969. They have since been removed after recovering to numbers in excess of 21,000. However, scientists continue to monitor the abundance of this population for two related reasons: They are important
“ecosystem engineers” because they redistribute large amounts of material when plowing up the seafloor, making food available for other marine species, and their annual migration makes them very vulnerable to environmental conditions. For instance, if Arctic sea ice breaks up very late in the spring, the feeding season is shortened and females can not store the fat necessary to maintain a pregnancy. As a result, birthing rates decline and low birth weight calves often don’t survive the northbound migration. We saw this pattern in 1999-2001 (data provided by Wayne Perryman of the National Marine Fisheries Service). Because gray whales are such an important part of their ecosystem, even a short-term variation in feeding patterns can have longterm impacts on the population and its environment. How do scientists track individual whales for study? One method we use to study these whales is to track individuals during their migration using photo-identification techniques. Rather than “tagging” a few animals with trackers, scientists photograph as many gray whales as they can. Then we use the photos to take measurements of these whales’ “knuckles,” the ridges on their back where you might expect a dorsal fin to be. We can use the relative distance between these ridges to assign a “dorsal ratio” as an identification number for animals we photograph. Data can then be used to determine re-sighting rates for whales migrating through Dana Point. This helps us understand whether the same whale follows the same route during each leg of the migration and/or year after year. We can also estimate the cumulative number of gray whales that migrate off of Dana Point. This information is important in helping scientists determine the role that our local waters play in the gray whale’s great migration. Kayla Causey received her Ph.D. from Florida Atlantic University in 2010. Currently, she is the scientific advisor for the Gulf of Catalina Gray Whale Preservation and Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that educates children about the Gray Whale while engaging them in research. Causey is also director and founder of the Coastal Dolphins of Orange County (CDOC) Project and a lecturer at CSU Fullerton. On the weekends, you will find her working as a naturalist on whale watching adventures. DP
PARK AT THE PARK, WALK WITH THE WHALES Doheny State Beach offers ample $8 all-day parking, whale sightings guaranteed When it comes to great adventures, sometimes getting there is a big part of the fun. And this year’s Festival of Whales is no exception. Doheny State Beach has not only taken some of the stress out of parking but also added a fun way to begin your festival adventure—the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association Whale Walk, where whale sightings are guaranteed. DSBIA volunteers began to return life-sized paintings of whales to the walkways along Doheny Beach in January. They started with three—a California gray whale, an orca and a humpback—and will be adding more species of whales and dolphins in the coming months. The Whale Walk was a longstanding tradition at the park, absent for the past six years since being paved over during walkway maintenance. Now children once again will be delighted by seeing how they “measure up” to the behemoth marine mammals and 10
giving their parents a nice photo op upon arrival to the festival. The Doheny parking lot—enter at Dana Point Harbor Drive and Park Lantern—is offering all-day parking for only $8. Most Harbor lots are four-hour maximum and are monitored by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Not only is this a whale of a deal, it’s also a great way to avoid the stress of having to continually watch the clock while discovering everything the festival has to offer. And free shuttle pick-ups to and from events and attractions are scheduled at 15-minute intervals. So start your visit off right—park at the park, walk with the whales, ride the free shuttle and enjoy a worry-free day at the festival. For more information about the Whale Walk and the DSBIA—including how to become a volunteer—visit www. dohenystatebeach.org. DP —Andrea Swayne
Volunteer K.C. Kinnings puts the finishing touches on the new Whale Walk’s orca. Photo courtesy of Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association
WHALE WATCHING ADVENTURES Dana Wharf Whale Watching
The originator of whale watching in Orange County, Dana Wharf, has hosted excursions at sea since 1971. Take an adventure cruise to see the California gray whales in their natural environment. Trips offer fun for all ages and sightings of whales or dolphins are guaranteed or come back again and ride free. Boats depart every hour from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during festival weekends. Each trip runs for approximately two hours. Back by popular demand, the Whale of a Deal returns with $15 seats on every 8 a.m. weekend departure. For other departure times, adults are $45, seniors and military $35, children 3-12 years $25 and free under 2. Two-hour whale watching excursions are available following the Marine Mammal Lectures both weekends at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. A variety of guest marine biologists will present recent findings on local whales, dolphins and other marine mammals aboard their 63-foot, state-of-the-art OCean Adventures catamaran, featuring an incredibly spacious viewing deck and full-service deli-style gallery. Prior to the 11:30 a.m. departure, there will be a special lecture session from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and a continental breakfast at Harpoon Henry’s will be included with all 11:30 a.m. reservations. Tickets are $45 for adults, $35 for children 3-12 years and free for children under 2. (No senior rate) For reservations call 800.979.3370 or 800.590.9994 or visit www.danawharf.com. Use promo code FOW13 to save $8 per adult fare, not valid on 8 a.m. special.
Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Safari
The most unique whale watch in the world lets visitors get eye-to-eye with wild dolphins and whales—without getting wet—in two exclusive underwater viewing pods on board a high-speed, high-tech, sailing catamaran. The boat carries only 49 passengers so trips are never crowded. See and hear below the surface with an underwater camera and hydrophone while an experienced marine naturalist narrates how the animals live. Trips are often narrated by Capt. Dave Anderson himself, whose award winning film on wild dolphins and whales has drawn people from all over the world to Dana Point. The fronts of the boats are low to the water to get you up close and personal with the animals. And the onboard whale and dolphin micro-museum is fun and educational. Trips are broadcast live on www.whalewatchingtv. com, so you can wave to family and friends watching online from home. And one of the best features, Mrs. Captain Dave’s triple fudge brownies are served complimentary on every safari. Mention this ad for a 10 percent discount. Good during Festival of Whales only. Call 949.488.2828 or visit www.dolphinsafari.com for more information and reservations.
Ocean Institute Marine Mammal Cruises and Onboard Lab
More than just a whale watch, this cruise introduces participants to whales and many other marine animals us-
ing state-of-the-art equipment including satellites, plankton nets, sediment samplers and video microscopes. Experience these magnificent animals and learn about feeding strategies, migration and behavior patterns. Cruise times are 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on festival weekends. Member pricing is $22 for adults and $19 for children 4-12 years old. Nonmember is $35 for adults and $22 for children 4-12. Weekend admission to the Institute is included with the cruise ticket purchase. For more information, call 949.496.2274 or go to www.ocean-institute.org.
Headlands Conservation Park
Interested in catching a glimpse of these majestic leviathans from land? Be sure to visit the Headlands Conservation Park and Interpretive Center. Situated high atop the 200-foot cliffs on the headlands, the park trails and scenic overlooks offer a great vantage point for viewing passing whales. The three-mile trail system is open daily from 7 a.m. to sunset and the Interpretive Center hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Nature Interpretive Center is located adjacent to the Headlands Conservation Park, at the end of Green Lantern. Limited free parking available. From Dana Point Harbor visitors may take a free shuttle to the Ocean Institute and then proceed up Cove Road to the park. It’s a good work out for those looking for a little adventure and some spectacular views. For more information, log on to www.danapoint.org and click on the “visitors” button then on “nature interpretive center.” DP
This photo shows a gray whale “spy hopping’ to have a look at whale watchers aboard the Dana Wharf Vessel Dana Pride. Photo by Christina de la Fuente for www.danawharf.com
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THE LIST A day-by-day guide to what’s happening in and around town. COMPILED BY TAWNEE PRAZAK
SCHOOL BOY CRUSH 8 p.m.11 p.m. Live soul and Motown at OverVue Lounge. Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, 25135 Park Lantern, 949.661.3688, www.lagunacliffs.com.
LIVE MUSIC AND WINE TASTING 6 p.m.-8 p.m. George Fryer performs live, plus wine tasting at DaVine Food & Wine (wine tasting starts at 4 p.m.). Tasting fee $15 for 5 wines. 34673 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.493.4044, www.davine-wine.com. CISMONTANE BREWERY BEER TASTING 5 p.m.9 p.m. Special local craft beer tasting event at SC Wine Company. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, www.scwinecompany.com BAD SEED 8 p.m. Play at Camino Real Playhouse that ponders the question: Can evil be inherited? Tickets $18. Shows through Feb. 24. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082, www.caminorealplayhouse.org. DELOREANS 9 p.m. Live music at Goody’s Tavern. 206 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.3400, www.goodystavern.com. BRIAN YOUNG 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Music at Iva Lee’s with special guest Lynwood Slim. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855, www.ivalees.com. SOCSA’S OLDIES NIGHT: SURFERS’ CHOICE 7 p.m. The South County School of the Arts presents a concert with hits by the Beach Boys and other surf rock songs in Porthole Theater. Tickets $12-$25. 33333 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.240.1994, www.socsarts.org. RICO BROWN 8 p.m. Live music at Wind & Sea Restaurant. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500, www.windandsearestaurants.com. TURN THE PAGE 8 p.m. Tribute to Bob Seger at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.danapointstillwater.com. Dana Point Times February 22-28, 2013
AT THE MOVIES: ‘SAFE HAVEN’ SUSPENSEFUL BUT SACCHARINE Besides the setting of the Carolinas, there’s always a certain tragic theme in between the romance of Nicholas Sparks’ books and film adaptations. In A Walk to Remember (2002), it was leukemia; in The Notebook (2004), it was Alzheimer’s; in Dear John (2010), it was the Iraq War. In this February’s Safe Haven, the tragedy is a bit less depressing and more suspenseful (a first for an author whose stories usually rely on angst and drama for effect). Katie (Julianne Hough) is on the run from a cop (David Lyons) who is convinced she’s behind a murder. She makes her way to a small North Carolina town. There she meets and befriends a shop owner named Alex (Josh Duhamel) and his kids (Noah Lomax and Mimi Kirkland). Right when Katie and Alex begin to have feelings for each other, the policeman discovers where she is. Cobie Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel in Safe Haven. © 2012 Relativity Media. All Rights Reserved. Smulders co-stars in director Lasse Hallström’s second Sparks adaptation (he also directed Dear John). While previous films like John and The Notebook paired up future movie stars like Ryan Gosling with Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum with Amanda Seyfried, Safe Haven features two leads that lack the star appeal and chemistry to carry the film. Couple that with a slow first act and an ending that is the definition of saccharine and Safe Haven seems a step below its predecessors. —Megan Bianco
OCEAN INSTITUTE JAZZ FESTIVAL Back by popular demand, the Ocean Institute’s annual Jazz extravaganza returns with three nights of world renowned jazz musicians, epicurean dining, cocktails and live and silent auctions to benefit the institute’s ocean-oriented educational programs. OI Jazz Festival 2013 will feature headlining performances by noted jazz trumpeter Rick Braun and Friends; featuring acoustic guitarist Peter White and saxophonist Richard Elliot. Braun, a two-time winner of Gavin Report’s Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year and Billboard Top 20 artist, has toured with the likes of Tina Turner, Natalie Cole and Tom Petty. The three day festivities, held at the Ocean Institute, 24000 Dana Point Harbor Dr., begin Friday, February 22 at 6:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www. oijazzfestival.com. Jazz trumpeter Rick Braun. Courtesy Photo
THE ULTIMATE STONES 8 p.m. Rolling Stones tribute, plus a Strange Days A Tribute to The Doors, at The Coach House. $15. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, www.thecoachhouse.com.
TRI-ANNUAL BULKY ITEM DROP-OFF EVENT 7:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. Bulky items such as large appliances, furniture, cardboard, tires, green waste, old bbq grills and other large items will be accepted for free by CR&R at Dana Hills High School and Palisades Elementary School. 949.248.3500, www.danapoint.org.
KENNY LOGGINS 8 p.m. The Coach House. Tickets $100. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, www.thecoachhouse.com.
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SATIN BLUE 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Live blues music at OverVue Lounge. Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, 949.661.3688, www.lagunacliffs.com. WILDFLOWER WALK 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Local wildflower expert Bob Allen will lead an exploration at The Reserve/ Richard and Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy. Cost $5-$10. Call for info and directions, 949.489.9778, www.theconservancy.org. FOL ‘MEET THE AUTHORS’ LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.2:30 p.m. The 2013 San Clemente “Meet the Authors” with national best-selling writers at Arroyo Trabuco Golf and Country Club. Tickets $60. K-JAM WILD HEARTS CONCERT 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Kaleidoscope and www.textkills.com present the concert with live performances False Puppet, Crown Valley Parkway, Ugly Paint, Juice Box Bandits and Later Days. Tickets $10. 27741 Crown Valley Pky., Mission Viejo, www.gokaleidoscope.com. DANA POINT FARMER’S MARKET 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Fresh produce and much more every Saturday at La Plaza Park, Intersection of PCH and Golden Lantern in Dana Point. CHRIS CRAM 8 p.m. Live music at Wind & Sea Restaurant. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500, www.windandsearestaurants.com. WYLAND ART LESSONS IN THE WILD 9 a.m. Dockside presentation and art lesson via video with Wyland at Dana Wharf. Cost $25-$45. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, www.danawharf.com. THE DROP 9 p.m. Live music at Goody’s Tavern. 206 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.3400, www.goodystavern.com. FRUIT TREE CARE WORKSHOP 11 a.m. Learn about fruit tree care and culture at The Ecology Center. Admission $10 members, $15 non-members. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223, www.theecologycenter.org. RECYCLING EVENT AT DANA HILLS HIGH 9 a.m.11 a.m. Drop off plastic bottles and aluminum cans. Future events will be held March 9 and 23, April 13 and 27, May 11 and 25. For more information email president@ dhhsptsa.com. Dana Hills High School, 33333 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point. www.danapointtimes.com
GETTING OUT THE BAYOU BROTHERS 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855, www.ivalees.com. FAMILY STYLE 8 p.m. Blues, soul, rock ‘n’ roll at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.danapointstillwater.com.
MUSHROOM WALK III 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Search for fungi popping up at The Reserve/ Richard and Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy. Cost $5-$10. Call for info and directions, 949.489.9778, www.theconservancy.org.
PAWS ON THE RED CARPET’ OSCAR PARTY 4 p.m. Pet Project Foundation hosts an Oscar viewing party with auctions, dinner and more at The Marriott Laguna Cliffs Spa and Resort to benefit the San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter. Tickets $150 each. 25135 Park Lantern Dana Point, 949.595.8899, www.petprojectfoundation.org. SUSAN SVR?EK PIANO RECITAL 3 p.m. Piano recital featuring music from around the world, from the U.S. to China to Israel, will be featured in McKinney Theatre at Saddleback College. Tickets $10-$15. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656, www.saddleback.edu/ arts. ASHUN 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Live music at Wind & Sea Restaurant. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500, www.windandsearestaurants.com. MARINE MAMMAL EXPLORATION CRUISE 1 p.m. Ocean Institute provides the opportunity to see migrating gray whales, dolphins, seal lions and other wildlife aboard the 70-foot R/V Sea Explorer. Cost $22-$35. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274, www.oceaninstitute.org. KID’S FISHING CLINIC 12 p.m.-12:30 p.m. Dana Wharf hosts a free fishing clinic for kids dockside, teaching technique and more. Stick after for more fishing trip fun. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, www. danawharf.com.
KIDS PET PARADE 9 a.m. The Fiesta Association’s annual event where children 5-12 can show off their favorite animals in a contest with various categories and prizes at ZOOMARS Petting Zoo. Entry fee $3. 31791 Los Rios St., 949.493.1976, www.swallowsparade.com.
PAJAMA STORYTIME 7 p.m. Wear your PJs and listen to stories at The Dana Point Library. 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.496.5517, www.ocpl.org.
COOKING CLASS: DINNER WITH FRIENDS 6:30 p.m. Cooking class with Chef Caroline Cazaumayou at Antoine’s Café. Cost $50 each; includes recipes, dinner and a glass of wine. 218 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.1763, www.antoinescafe.com. WHALE AND DOLPHIN TOURS Capt. Dave’s Safari has 2.5 hour whale and dolphin watching tours on a hightech catamaran with underwater viewing pods and more. Call for times and reservations. Cost $55 adults, $35 children, 2 and younger free. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828, www.dolphinsafari.com.
RUBEN GONZALEZ 7 p.m.10 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, www.thecellarsite.com.
WHALE WATCHING 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Dana Wharf offers daily whale watching tours on the OCean Adventure catamaran. Cost $25-$45. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, www.danawharf.com.
MYTHOLOGICAL ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. The Dana Point Library. 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.496.5517, www.ocpl.org.
RABBI BLUE 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, www.thecellarsite.com.
STORY TIME FOR CASA KIDS 10 a.m. Stories for kids ages 3-5 at Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens. Free. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, www.casaromantica.org.
FLOCK OF 80’S 8 p.m. Live music at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.danapointstillwater.com.
DUSTIN FRANK 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855, www.ivalees.com.
CASE STUDIES ART EXHIBIT 12 p.m.- 4 p.m. The Saddleback College Art Gallery presents a new art exhibit featuring work of talented artists from New York City. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656, www.saddleback.edu/arts. WINE DINNER AT VINE 7 p.m. Four-course food and wine pairing at Vine. Reservations recommended. 211 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2791, www.vinesanclemente.com. MIKE HAMILTON 7 p.m. Live music at The Ribjoint. 34294 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.9500, www.ribjointdanapoint.com. MICROBREWS BY THE MISSION 4 p.m.-8 p.m. A 14-venue “pub crawl” featuring seasonal micro/craft brews for $4, live music, food/appetizers and more in downtown San Juan Capistrano the last Wednesday of the month. Camino Capistrano and Ortega Highway, 949.493.4700, www.facebook.com/MicrobrewsByTheMission.
SOCSA’S SPRING PLAY: TWELFTH NIGHT 7 p.m. SOCSA Actors’ Repertory Class presetns the play by William Shakespeare in Porthole Theater. $12-$15. 33333 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.240.1994, www.socsarts.org.
AGE 50+ SINGLES MEET AND GREET 5 p.m.7:30 p.m. Singles 50 and older are invited to Tutor and Spunky’s Deli for a meet and greet event; no cover charge. 34085 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.248.9008, www.TutorandSpunkys.com. SENIOR TWILIGHT DINNER 5 p.m. Event for seniors at the Dana Point Community Center. Donation $8. 34052 Del Obispo St., Dana Point, 949.248.3536, www.danapoint.org. SMALL WORLD 8 p.m. Live music at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.danapointstillwater.com. 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, www.coastmasters.org *For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at www.danapointtimes.com. Have an event? Send your listing to firstname.lastname@example.org
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CONSTRUCTION/REMODELING Mills Construction 949.212.7699 Dana Point, www.millsbuilds.com: CA # 973483
DERMATOLOGY Vorteil Dermatology and Aesthetic Science 33971 Selva Road, Ste. 200, www.vorteildermatology.com
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GUEST OPINION: On Life and Love After 50 By Tom Blake
From Adversity to Opportunity Sometimes vacations don’t go as planned but turn out more memorable In an effort to provide our readers with a wide variety of opinions from our community, the DP Times provides Guest Opinion opportunities in which selected columnists’ opinions are shared. The opinions expressed in these columns are entirely those of the columnist alone and do not reflect those of the DP Times or Picket Fence Media. If you would like to respond to this column, please email us at editor@ danapointtimes.com.
or Christmas, my partner Greta surprised me with an early Valentine’s gift, a vacation in Hawaii. Turns out, her daughter Tammi and sonin-law Stephen are converting their Oahu condo from a regular rental to a vacation rental and Greta wanted to be the first to rent it—she booked it for the month of February. ON LIFE AND LOVE AFTER 50 The property is located in the Ko Olina By Tom Blake resort, West Oahu, about 20 minutes from Pearl Harbor, where the spectacular Disney Aulani Hotel opened in October 2011. A few years before, Tammi and Stephen lived in the condo when he was based at Kaneohe in the Marine Corps. When they returned to the states five years ago, they shipped their furniture to the mainland. Tammi and Stephen decided to ship the furniture back to Hawaii because it fit so perfectly; it was scheduled to arrive January 14. They arrived in mid-January to ensure everything would be ready for our February arrival. The shipping company informed them a California dock strike would delay the furniture by a “few” days. Greta and I flew from San Diego to Honolulu on February 5. Stephen and Tammi met us at the airport with long faces. The furniture had not arrived; it was three weeks late. Greta laughed and said, “We’ll make the best of it,” even though there was no furniture. Dana Point Times February 22-28, 2013
A passing train on the historic railroad of Oahu that is run by the Hawaiian Railway Society. Photo by Tom Blake
Well, that’s not entirely true. There were four outdoor patio chairs and a small end table acquired at a furniture liquidation sale. And there was one twin-sized mattress, which Tammi and Stephen insisted we sleep on. They slept on the floor in another bedroom. They purchased new beach towels and sheets so we had the essentials. There was no TV, Internet, living room or dining room furniture and no plates or kitchen utensils. All of that was aboard a ship. There was, however, a refrigerator and microwave. Adversity often turns into opportunity. We had a blast and lots of laughs while adapting. Stephen and Tammi acquired an electric golf cart so we could get around the Ko Olina resort in open-air fashion. Near the Aulani Hotel, a new small market opened with all the necessities one could want, wine, vegetables, fruit, cheese, hot dogs and more wine. It’s funny how things work out. In January, I went through some of my mom’s old belongings and placed an antique paring knife and spatula in my suitcase, but had forgotten about them. Mom had rewrapped the handle of the knife with black electrical tape over and over again, instead of discarding it, circa 65 years ago. When I opened my bag in Hawaii, I discovered the two utensils. Wow, did they ever come in handy. We used them for every meal. In nearby Kapolei—close to the former Barber’s Point Naval Air Station—there is a Costco, Home Depot, Target and most importantly a Starbucks with free Wi-Fi, which is where Stephen and I went for a couple of hours a day to conduct Internet business. At night, we would go to the homeowners’ association swimming pool and cook on the outdoor barbeque equipment. With plastic silverware and paper plates we did just fine dining poolside. Instead of watching TV, we’d talk for Page 15
hours and meet new friends. We felt compassion for the people in the Northeastern U.S. who were getting hammered by the snow and ice storm. And, compared to the vacationing passengers on board the dead-in-the-water Carnival Triumph cruise ship, who were adrift without power in putrid sanitary conditions, we were in nirvana. Greta and I loved taking the golf cart to a place called “The Secret Beach,” a small sandy cove, inaccessible by car, where there were never more than two or three people at a time. We swam and snorkeled there amid at least eight curious and friendly sea turtles. On the weekend, a narrow-gauge, Oahu Railway train ran near “The Secret Beach.” We wouldn’t have seen it had we had not been for the golf cart. February was wedding month in Ko Olina (not for us). Each day, we watched up to six weddings on the beach near the big hotels. The couples were mainly Japanese and the same photographer kept bringing them to the same photo spot. Each morning, Tammi or Stephen would check the furniture status with the shipping company, but it was the same old excuse. Finally, on Wednesday, February 13, when I was on an airplane flying home, the furniture was delivered. But, the legs to the dining room table were missing. They arrived the next day. It was a great relief for Tammi and Stephen to have their vacation rental condo fully equipped with all of the conveniences of home, but we all agreed, it was almost as much fun being in camping mode. To comment: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tom Blake is a Dana Point business owner and San Clemente resident who has authored books on middle-aged dating. See his website at www.findingloveafter50.com. DP www.danapointtimes.com
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ATHLETES OF THE WEEK HAYDEN FREDRICK & KATIE UNDERWOOD For their efforts in their teams CIFSS Championship games, senior guard Hayden Fredrick and senior forward Katie Underwood are our co-Athletes of the Week. Fredrick is coming off a solid performance in the Dana Hills boys basketball 52-38 win over Troy on February 19. Fredrick dropped a gamehigh 17 points in the contest, hitting two shots from beyond the arc. He also had six assists, three rebounds and three steals in the Dolphins second round victory in the CIF-SS Division 1A Championship. Fredrick also scored
Hayden Fredrick scored 17 points in the Dolphins second round win over Troy on February 19. Photo by Tony Tribolet/www.XPSPhoto.com
10 points in the Dolphins 77-37 first round win over Glendale on February 15. Fredrick had been nursing a broken
Dolphin Report By Steve Breazeale
It was moving week for the prep sports teams at Dana Hills, as many faced tough second round matchups in the CIF-SS Championships. A few moved on while others were ousted from the competition. Here is a breakdown of the week’s action as well as a look ahead. Make sure to follow us on Twitter @SouthOCsports for live playoff game updates, news and more. DOLPHINS DEFENSE LOCKED IN The Dana Hills boys basketball team has locked down their first two opponents in CIF-SS Division 1A play. In two games they have held both opponents to under 40 points and are coming off a 52-38 February 19 road win over Troy in the second round. In the game against Troy the Dolphins held the Warriors leading scorer, senior Ben Stiver, who is averaging 16.6 points per game this season, to just nine points. They also held senior Johnny Bayeh (14.6 ppg), the team’s second leading scorer, to eight points. As a team, Troy shot just 33 percent from the field while the Dolphins offense was fueled by senior guard Hayden Fredrick, who dropped a game-high 17 points en route to a 14-point victory. Dana Hills senior guard Cory Blau was also a key player on offense as he poured in 16 points. With the win the Dolphins advance to the quarterfinals and will host West Ranch on February 22 at 7 p.m. West Ranch came into the tournament as the No. 3 overall seed in Division 1A. The team is filled with big bodies and their front court, on paper, seems formidable. The Dolphins starting center, senior Dana Point Times February 22-28, 2013
Senior Blaine Wagstaff (right) finished fourth at the CIF-SS Individual Championships and will represent Dana Hills at the CIF Masters Meet February 22-23. Photo by Tony Tribolet/www.XPSPhoto.com
Ian Wright, will have to go toe to toe with West Ranch’s own 6-foot-7-inch senior big man Ako Kaluna. Dana Hills junior forward James Taylor (6-foot-7-inch) should also be a factor in this “battle of the bigs”. Taylor is coming off a nice first round game against Glendale on February 15 where he scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds. GIRLS BASKETBALL ROLLER COASTER SEASON ENDS IN SECOND ROUND The girls basketball team at Dana Hills had an up and down season, filled with winning streaks and losing skids, injuries and success. After losing seven of their first nine games played, the Dolphins were able to rally themselves when it mattered, going 6-2 in league play to capture a share of the Sea View League title. Their first round 42-35 victory over No. 16 seeded Long Beach Poly on February 16 launched the unranked Dolphins into a second round matchup against No. 1 seeded Bishop Amat on February 20. The Dolphins lost 66-28, bringing their season to an end. The Dolphins will no doubt use this season as a stepping stone for the coming
years, as a solid group of underclassmen look to return next year. Freshman Maddy Bloom was effective all season, averaging 10.9 points per game. Sophomore guard Serena Saba also made a name for herself, getting a considerable amount of playing time while averaging 7.9 points and four rebounds per game. Saba also led the team with 12 points in the loss to Bishop Amat. Senior Katie Underwood helped carry the Dolphins in league play, highlighted by her season-high 21-point outburst in a 54-44 Dolphins win over Trabuco Hills on February 2. FOUR WRESTLERS HEADED TO MASTERS Four Dolphins wrestlers have earned the right to represent the school this weekend at the CIF Masters Meet from February 22 through February 23 at Temecula Valley. Austin Grimsley finished fi fth in the 145-pound division at the CIF-SS Individual Meet, Trevor Tribolet finished third in the 170-pound division, Blaine Wagstaff finished fourth in the 182-pound division and Ryan Minoofar finished third in the 195-pound division. All four wrestlers will compete at the Masters Meet.
foot recently but returned to help push the Dolphins into a quarterfinal matchup against West Ranch on February 22. Underwood helped the Dolphins upset No. 16 seeded Long Beach Poly 42-35 in the girls basketball teams’ CIF-SS Division 1A first round matchup on February 16. Underwood tallied 10 points in the contest, shooting 50 percent from the field, had three assists, six rebounds and three steals. The Dolphins lost in the second round to No. 1 seeded Bishop Amat. —Steve Breazeale
DOLPHINS LOSE IN THE QUARTERFINALS After blowing out Schurr 14-2 in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 2 Championships, the Dana Hills girls water polo team found themselves in a tough second round match against Long Beach Wilson on February 14. At the end of regulation the two teams were tied up at seven goals apiece and at the end of triple overtime the Dolphins emerged with a 9-8 victory. Molly Wilbur led the way with five goals and eight steals. Dolphins goalie Gabby Zimmerman tallied 13 saves. The Dolphins went on to face SantiagoCorona in the quarterfinals on February 16 and were defeated 18-9 by the home team. Madison Baba had a four-goal effort in the loss. The team reached the quarterfinals in the first year under the direction of head coach Chad Beeler. GIRLS SOCCER LOSES IN PENALTY KICKS After handling visiting University in a 2-0 win in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 1 Championships, the Dana Hills girls soccer team lost in penalty kicks to Rancho Cucamonga in the second round on February 19. Senior Sydnie Zuccolotto scored the lone goal for the Dolphins in regulation, which came in the second half. Rancho Cucamonga also scored in the second and both teams failed to find the back of the net in the two overtime periods. The game went to penalty kicks, where the Dolphins were bested 4-3. The Dolphins first round matchup against University on February 14 saw Sydney Chiodini and Hannah Ris score for Dana Hills. For a full recap of the Dolphins first round win over University visit www. danapointtimes.com BOYS SOCCER OUSTED IN FIRST ROUND The Dana Hills boys soccer team lost to Harvard-Westlake 3-0 in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 1 Championships. The unseeded Dolphins finished second in the Sea View League, which earned them a berth in the playoffs. www.danapointtimes.com
SCOOP ON THE LOCAL SURF COMMUNITY
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GROM OF THE WEEK Bethany Zelasko Age: 13, Shorecliffs Middle School Bethany Zelasko of Dana Point can be found with a smile on her face nearly every day at her home break, Salt Creek. Even the recent cold weather did not dampen her desire to start her day with a practice session. On one of this winter’s coldest mornings—34 degrees—Bethany made one of her warmest surf memories. In chilly 55-degree water, she got barreled and the thrill of the moment erased every thought of discomfort, she said. Bethany is looking forward to trying out for the Dana Hills High School surf team in a few years and hoping to qualify for the Surfing America Prime Series. “I see the high school team out there every Tuesday at Salt Creek and can’t wait to have the chance to be a part of it,” Bethany said. Until then, she will continue working on her competition surfing skills in the SSS and WSA—where she is ranked No. 11 and Bethany Zelasko. Courtesy photo No. 10 respectively—and as a member of the Soul Surf Team. Bethany is an ‘A’ and ‘B’ student in the GATE program and her favorite class is video production. Faith is an important part of her life. She has wanted to become a missionary since the age of four and is now hoping to combine that desire with a future pro surfing career. “I’ve always liked being in the ocean and think surfing is going to be my thing for life,” she said. “I’ve also always been a Bible scholar and really feel that it’s my calling to use surfing as a missionary to spread the gospel.”—Andrea Swayne
Sharing Stories from the Surf
Surfing Heritage Foundation board member Denny Michael shares his new video for Surfing Heritage TV, encourages others to share theirs By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times
enny Michael, like nearly every surfer, has many family memories of the sport that is a lifestyle for enthusiasts who are all connected by the waves to the larger global “surfing community.” As a member of the board of directors at the Surfing Heritage Foundation in San Clemente he has come up with a way for everyone to share their own surfing stories and histories online—Surfing Heritage TV. Surfing Heritage TV is a YouTube-based channel hosting a collection of short films and video segments, created to extend the foundation’s ability to preserve and promote surfing heritage for the education and entertainment of current and future generations. Heading up the foundation’s Technology Committee—the group responsible for creating Surfing Heritage TV—inspired Michael to record and share one of his family stories as part of the project. His short subject film, The Big Pink Hobie, tells the story of an “Uncle Buck” model Hobie longboard shaped by the late Terry Martin. The board made its rounds including being ridden by many local amateurs and professionals and even by Christian Wach during one of his wins at the Noosa Heads Australia pro longboard event a few years ago before ending up in Michael’s family quiver. “Looking back just a few years at the Doheny Boneyard, surfers like Wach, Tyler Warren, Bucky Barry, Alex Knost, Lindsay Stienreide and my son Blake Michael were growing up surfing there. Their families were filming them, not realizing that these kids would eventually become pretty famous professional surfers,” Michael said. “We want to include Dana Point Times February 22-28, 2013
Denny Michael of the Surfing Heritage Foundation stands with the subject of his new Surfing Heritage TV video The Big Pink Hobie at Trestles. Photo by Linda Michael
these videos in our archive. We’re basically weaving together the history of surfing, through a combination of personal videos.” Michael said his video is probably overproduced and pointed out that the SHF will even take “little pieces of surf magic shot via cell phone, with no production, added music or editing necessary.” “Sometimes unadorned clips stand on their own by merely capturing a significant moment in time,” he said. Along with video from the public, the foundation will also utilize the talents of video production students at Saddleback College to film, edit and archive future SHF programs and events. To participate, upload a video to YouTube then log on to www.surfingheritage. org, go to the “Exhibits” section of the home page and click on “SHF TV” and follow a few simple instructions. The channel can be found online
SURF FORECAST Water Temperature: 56-57 degrees F Water Visibility and Conditions: San Clemente: 2-6’ Poor Catalina: 15’+ Fair Immediate: Easing west-northwest swell on Friday for mainly 1-3’ waves. Long Range Outlook: Saturday will see a continuation of minimal west-northwest swell, then another west-northwest pulse will move in on Sunday. Check out Surfline for all the details!
WSA Championship Series, Event No. 7, February 16-17, Huntington Beach, Pier Local finishers only. Key: SC=San Clemente, DP=Dana Point, CB=Capistrano Beach, SJC=San Juan Capistrano. MICRO GROM BOYS/GIRLS U9: 1. Bane Corbett, SC; 2. Brayden Burch, SC; 5. Logan Crossan, SC. BOYS/GIRLS U10: 1. Jett Schilling, SC; 2. Nicholas Coli, SC; 4. Taj Lindblad, SC; 5. Patrick O’Connor, SJC. BOYS U12: 3. Kade Matson, SC; 5. Jett Schilling, SC. BOYS U14: 2. Kade Matson, SC; 4. Nathan Carabba, SC; 5. Shane Hardy, DP. BOYS U16: 6. Conner Dand, SC. BOYS U18: 2. Kevin Schulz, SC. GIRLS U12: 5. Samantha Sibley, SC. GIRLS U14: 3. Tera Richardson, CB; 5. Alexxa Elseewi, SC. GIRLS U16: 3. Alexxa Elseewi, SC; 6. Kirra Connolly, SC. GIRLS U18: 2. Malia Osterkamp, SC. JR. LB U18: 4. Jack Benjamin, SJC. GIRLS LB U14: 1. Malia Mauch, SC; 2. Samantha Sibley, SC; 3. Lexi Morgan, SC. GIRLS LB U18: 1. Rachael Tilly, CB; 2. Emmy Lombard, SC; 3. Teresa O’Connor, SJC; 4. Lulu Erkeneff, DP. MASTERS 30-39: 4. Jimmy Bray, SC. LEGENDS 50+: 4. Dale Baker, SC. OPEN MEN: 1. Kevin Schulz, SC; 2. Cody Canzoneri, SC. OPEN WOMEN: 2. Lulu Erkeneff, DP. OPEN MEN LB: 3. Cody Canzoneri, SC; 6. Jack Benjamin, SJC. OPEN WOMEN LB : 1. Tory Gilkerson, SC; 4. Kyla Kelley, CB; 5. Lulu Erkeneff, DP; 6. Malia Mauch, SC. NSSA Southwest Explorer, Event No. 8, February 9, Oceanside Harbor, South Jetty MENEHUNE: 3. Kade Matson, SC; 4. Noah Hohenester, SC. SUPER GROMS: 1. Kade Matson, SC; 2. Jett Schilling, SC; 6. Kai McPhillips, SC. WOMEN: 2. Malia Osterkamp, SC; 6. Alexxa Elseewi, SC. GIRLS: 1. Malia Osterkamp, SC. SENIORS: 2. Eric Crane, SC. DUKE: 4. Peter Townend, SC. For full results, see www.danapointtimes. com.
UPCOMING EVENTS directly at www.youtube.com/shfsurf and The Big Pink Hobie, can also be viewed at www.sanclementetimes.com. DP
February 23-24: NSSA Southwest Open, Event No. 8, Dana Point, Salt Creek March 2-3: NSSA Southwest Open, Event No. 9, Ventura, C Street www.danapointtimes.com