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LIFESTYLE LETTER

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For Auld Lang Syne AS THE SAYING GOES, TIME FLIES WHEN YOU’RE HAVING FUN. And time sure has flown by this year as we can’t believe we’ve put together the final issue of Laguna Niguel Lifestyle in 2019!

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It seems like just yesterday I was sitting down to write my first letter to all of you—and yet, here we are, eight months later. There’s a unique perspective that working in publishing brings. While we certainly don’t want to wish our lives away, we’re always looking toward the future. Whether it’s planning our next issue or developing story ideas for the next year, we’re often already fast forwarded to future months before the current month has even begun. The fast-paced lifestyle this industry calls for can often make it difficult to settle down and absorb what’s going on around us. And, before we know it, the year is over and it’s time to move forward again. So this December, we hope you take some time to slow down a little bit and smell the evergreens. Enjoy your time with family and friends, bask in the magic of the winter season,

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INSIDE THE ISSUE DECEMBER 2019

FEATURES 12 New Year in Dubai Visit the City of Gold Wonder and Mystique

18 Holiday Happenings So Much to See and Do this Holiday Season

24 A Christmas Tradition in Laguna Niguel Bolshoi Master, Enton Hoxha, Leads South Coast Ballet Conservatory’s Annual Nutcracker Production

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DEPARTMENTS 4

Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Travel Destination

24 Local Limelight 28 Water & Woods 30 Renovate & Refine 34 Lifestyle Calendar


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Nordhavn Film Festival The first-ever Nordhavn Film Festival was held in October at Nordhavn’s world headquarters in Dana Point. Owners and fans of the brand were challenged to create a cinematic interpretation of cruising Nordhavns. Ten finalists, whittled down from 18 submissions, vied for a $10,000 grand prize. The winner, Aurora Saves, directed by Denzil Baynes, was announced at the ceremony. Nordhavn.com

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1. James and Stephanie Lenthall | 2. Some Nordhavn owners enjoying the cocktail hour | 3. Anne Eubanks, former Commodore of the Dana Point Yacht Club and current Dana Point Boaters Asssociation director | 4. Nordhavn salesman Larry Gieselman, and wife Mary, of Dana Point | 5. Nordhavn salesman James Leishman (L), Bret Leishman, and Nordhavn Project Manager Drew Leishman | 6. Denzil Baynes gives his winner’s speech | 7. The Winner! Aurora Saves | 8. Nordhavn president Dan Streech is flanked by his wife Marcia (R) and Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett (L) | 9. MC Chuck Hawley interviews Nordhavn co-owners (L-R) Jim Leishman, Jeff Leishman, and Dan Streech for the online simulcast | 10. Nordhavn Film Festival finalist Alexa Shanafelt and husband Patrick have fun at the photo booth | 11. Film finalist Brooke Palmer, from Newport Beach, on the red carpet with husband Brayden and kids Penn (L) and Rooney (R) 8

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AROUND TOWN confidence and a path to a better life. To learn more about Dance Discovery Foundation or to make a donation, visit DanceDiscoveryFoundation.org.

THE SIGNATURE GALLERY EMBRACES THE SEASON WITH HOLIDAY GIVING The Signature Gallery will be participating in the First Thursday Art Walk and Hospitality Night events on Dec. 5 and 6. Please join and consider giving a gift of beauty that will last a lifetime. A portion of the art sales this weekend will be donated to support the local Friendship Shelter to help end homelessness in the community. TheSignatureGallery.com

LAGUNA NIGUEL ROTARY CLUB DELIVERS DICTIONARIES TO THIRD GRADERS Laguna Niguel Rotary Club completed its annual dictionary project by distributing more nearly 1,000 dictionaries to all third graders in Laguna Niguel. Through this program, the Rotary Club aims to promote literacy and inspire students to build their vocabulary. In third grade and beyond, students have learned to read and may now focus on applying their reading skills to learn other subjects. LagunaNiguelRotaryClub.org

DANCE DISCOVERY FOUNDATION ART SALE AT THE NUTCRACKER Dance Discovery Foundation will be selling original paintings from local artists Stan and Leah Goldberg at the South Coast Ballet Conservatory’s

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Nutcracker Dec. 18-20. Original works will be

We are always accepting submissions for announce-

available as well as select prints. Dance Discovery

ments you’d like to see included in our Around Town

Foundation (DDF) helps get at-risk youth off the

section. Submissions are accepted via the Contact

streets and on the dance floor, giving them support,

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TRAVEL DESTINATION

ARTICLE JANE SHOBE

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VISIT THE CITY OF GOLD WONDER AND MYSTIQUE

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WANT TO EXPERIENCE THE MOST FANTASTIC NEW YEAR’S EVE EVER? Check out all there is to do in Dubai, one of seven Emirates that make up the UAE. In December and January, the weather is practically perfect for tourists. Average temperatures are in the high 70s to low 80s, and nonstop flights from Los Angeles will have you there in about 16 hours—the same amount of time as flying to Sydney, Australia. You may, of course, choose to stop en route to break up the flying time. Many of us have probably thought about Dubai at some point when thinking of new and exciting places to visit, but it doesn’t quite make the top of the list. I was one of those people. That is, until my brother and his family moved there and I had the chance to visit and explore with a local. We had five days to visit this magnificent city that rose out of the desert and is now home to some of the world’s most unique architectural masterpieces, Michelin star restaurants, beaches, deserts, spice souks and gold! Dubai is also home to a vast expatriate population—at almost 90%. You will hear lots of English spoken, and the signs are also in English. On the Metro, they will announce the stops in English as well. Our visit started in The Marina area, where we took a nice evening walk along the beach. Other than the heat, we could have been in Newport Beach, California.  There were lots of familiar shops and restaurants, people were running along the beach in shorts, and families were enjoying the water. Giant bean bags lined the sand providing ideal seating to watch movies projected onto the beachfront buildings. 


E AT Suggested eats for Dubai Marina are Pier 7 (seven bars and restaurants on seven floors), Sky Lounge and Hilton the Walk. From the Observatory Bar and  Grill, located on the 52nd floor of the Marriott, you will enjoy breathtaking views of the Dubai Marina and the Palm Jumeriah. Other great dining options include the Arabian Tea House located in the old part of the city and Nobu restaurant at the Atlantis Hotel. Finally, PierChic is among the most romantic restaurants you’ll see anywhere. It’s located at the end of the pier in Qasr al Madinat Hotel. Are food trucks more your style? Order from the comfort of your air-conditioned car and have your food delivered to you.

DRINK Not hungry? Just want a fabulous view while you sit and have a drink at a bar? Try any hotel rooftop bar; you will not be disappointed. You may have to make reservations for some of the more popular ones like The Sky Bar at Burj Al Arab.

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ACT I V I T I ES A N D S H O PPI N G The next day, surrounded by architectural masterpieces, we made our way to the old town of Dubai. Catching a ride across the Dubai Creek on an Abra (a traditional wooden ferry boat, not for the nervous), you keep a good hold onto your seat (and your kids). A calmer ride would be around the fountains at the base of Burj Khalifa. This is actually more enjoyable. Our destination was the Gold Souk and Spice Souk. Expect to pick up bargains here and be sure to negotiate the price. A multitude of smells will surround you as you enter, and you will be mesmerized at the many items for sale including silk scarves and beautifully painted pots.  The rest of the day, we managed to fit in a visit to Dubai Mall. It’s the world’s largest, of course. We also visited the Burj Khalifa Lake Fountains. Inside the mall, Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo are home to the world’s most mysterious marine life. The list of activities is endless—play a game of life-size Monopoly, soar to exhilarating heights at The Top Burj Khalifa, visit KidZania (where kids learn to be adults), go ice skating  or see a movie. The entertainment offering is abundant, and that’s before you start shopping. Endless discoveries filled our day with more and more wondrous sites like Dubai Garden Glow, Miracle Garden (world record held here), Dubai Frame—great views from the top of old and new Dubai (glass floor at the top for those of you who dare to walk on it). Be sure to experience the coffee houses, a visit out to the desert for a safari and watch Sky Dive Dubai (or for those adventurers, participate in it).  Finally, if you have the time, why not cross off one other Emirate and visit Abu Dhabi, home to the most incredible Grand Mosque? It is a site to behold and welcomes all visitors. This masterpiece is home to the world’s biggest chandelier and carpet, beautiful white marble with inlaid pink flowers and hand-blown Italian glass fixtures.

S TAY The Atlantis Hotel would be an excellent choice for families. The JW Marriott Marquis (world’s tallest hotel) is renowned for its romantic sunset views from the rooftop restaurant. And if looking for a more authentic Arabic hospitality, try the 5-Star Address Dubai Mall. You’ll be surprised by how affordable luxury is here. You can also stay at the restored British ship, Queen Elizabeth 2. It’s now a hotel and museum in Port Rashid.

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WO R L D RECORDS Dubai loves breaking world records! Here are just a few.

+ Tallest Building: Burj Khalifa + Highest fireworks on a building: More than 1.6 tons were released on Burj Khalifa New Year’s Eve, and it is still the most spectacular show on the earth.

+ Highest base jump from a building + World’s tallest chocolate sculpture + World’s largest shopping center Lastly, a gallon of gas in Dubai is $0.60. So, if you want to rent a car and drive, it’s very affordable. To make the most of your day, however, you may want to hire a private guide. A local guide can show you hidden Dubai and take you on a journey from the past to the present. Jane Shobe is the franchise partner at the newly opened Expedia CruiseShipCenters in Laguna Niguel. To discover more about Dubai and other exotic destinations, be sure to speak with Jane and her team or email at JShobe@CruiseShipCenters.com.

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HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS WELCOME TO THE 2019 HOLIDAY SEASON! There is so much to see and do in our area each year. From Christmas tree-lighting ceremonies to holiday parades, arts and entertainment, there is always something for the entire family to enjoy. On the next few pages, we’ll share a few can’t-miss options. The beauty of holiday lighting at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel and the Dana Point Harbor is unsurpassed in the region. Also, the Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade, a full-filled day in the heart of the City, includes  celebrity guests and, of course, Mr. Claus. And you can’t miss Surfing Santa and Standup Paddle Board Contest at Salt Creek. This event is followed by the Holiday Surfboard Auction. Benefiting Surfers Healing, this display of surfboard art showcases some of the most amazing art ever produced on surfboards. Finally, there is The Nutcracker. While there are some tremendous ballet companies performing this holiday classic all over the world, we encourage you to enjoy Laguna Niguel’s very own fleet of young dancers at South Coast Ballet Conservatory. Under the leadership of Bolshoi Master, Enton Hoxha, they never fail to wow audiences.    18

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RITZ-CARLTON HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AND TREE LIGHTING What is a Californian Christmas without the Ritz-Carlton Holiday Open-House and Christmas tree lighting ceremony? This annual Christmas tree lighting takes place in late November every year. Festive music fills the air, and complimentary hot chocolate and cookies fill the kids! And if the thrill of magical twinkles isn’t enough, Santa’s stopover is sure to be the icing on this magical event. No one else but the Ritz could masterfully create a Christmas sensory spectacular like this. This year, the Ritz-Carlton partnered with local nonprofit organizations Miracles for Kids and the Orange County Rescue Mission. The ambiance would not be complete without the debut of the confection masterpiece tradition the Ritz calls, Gingerbread

fun fact Developed by executive pastry chef Sylvain Haage, this year’s gingerbread extravaganza took more than 500 hours to create. It will be on public display in the lobby from Nov. 24 until Jan. 2.

Extravaganza.

This

twenty-four-foot-by-

nine-foot edible art-piece is inspired by Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas. The Ritz is sure to tickle all of your senses this year, scratch at your imagination and leave your heart bursting with holiday glee. RitzCarlton.com

DANA POINT HARBOR BOAT PARADE OF LIGHTS Set your sails for the 45th Annual Dana Point Boat Parade of Lights, Fridays and Saturdays, December 6, 7, 13, and 14. Festivities begin at 4:30 p.m., and the Boat Parade starts at 7:30 p.m. Trolley service is available from 4:30-10:30 p.m. DanaPointHarbor.com CONTINUED >

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THE RITZ-CARLTON, LAGUNA NIGUEL’S ANNUAL SURFING SANTA CONTEST AND HOLIDAY SURFBOARD AUCTION Surf’s up at Salt Creek Beach each year when the RitzCarlton hosts the annual Surfing Santa and Stand-up Paddle Board Contest to kick off their holiday season. This two-day holiday-inspired event is held in late November. Contestants dress up in their best Santa attire and compete in the waves directly below the resort. Salt Creek Beach is known as one of the best surfing destinations in California. Following the contest each year, the resort hosts an Annual Holiday Surfboard Auction. This year’s Holiday Surfboard Auction began Nov. 23 and runs through Dec. 31. Both events benefit Surfers Healing, a nonprofit that provides children with autism the gift of surfing. The auction features a variety of artistry surfboards donated by celebrated artists. These surfboards include works by ground-breaking artists Wyland, Juliet Gilden and Nicholas Kontaxis; musicians like DJ Steve Aoki and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith; along with shapers such as Firewire, Ellis Surfboards and Brawner Boards. The boards are on display in the oceanfront resort’s lobby throughout the entire holiday season, and bids can be placed online at Bidding for Good through Dec. 31.   Through Surfers Healing, thousands of children struggling with autism have benefited from the surf camp experience. Although autism now affects 1 in 59 children in the U.S., Surfers Healing doesn’t think in thousands. They think in ones, because that’s where they can effect change. One child. One family. One perfect day at the beach. Bruce Brainerd, general manager of the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, developed the Surfing Santa Contest and Holiday Surfboard Auction as a way to connect and pay homage to Dana Point’s iconic surf history. In 2018, the resort raised more than $44,000 for the charity, with a total donation of $390,000 since collaborating with the nonprofit 11 years ago. “Every year, we anticipate these special events, continuing to elevate our annual tradition by connecting with our local community in a meaningful way and raising more funds for Surfers Healing,” Bruce says. “It’s an honor to see our mission of giving back to children with autism lived out for the past 11 years with so much support from locals, artists and creatives. We could not make such an impactful difference without them.” SurfersHealing.org

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must see The South Coast Ballet Conservatory’s production of the Nutcracker runs Dec. 18-20 at the Capistrano Valley High School Performing Arts Center. For tickets, visit SCConservatory.com​​​​​​

THE NUTCRACKER What’s Christmas without The Nutcracker? A classic Christmas Story, The Nutcracker is a fairytale ballet in two acts centered on a family’s Christmas Eve celebration. Set to music by Tchaikovsky, it was originally commissioned by the director of Moscow’s Imperial Theatres, Ivan Vsevolozhsky, in 1891, and premiered a week before Christmas 1892. Since its first U.S. performance in 1944 by the San Francisco Ballet, this ballet has become the most popular to be performed around Christmas time. There are several wonderful The Nutcracker productions in Southern California each holiday season, including Laguna Niguel’s very own, produced by South Coast Ballet Conservatory. SCConservatory.com

Photo: Delainey Iles

LAGUNA NIGUEL HOLIDAY PARADE The 21st Annual Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade will be held Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. on Crown Valley Parkway, between Nueva Vista and Central Park Drive. The Parade is thrilled to reveal Mr. John O’Hurley as the 2019 Holiday Parade Grand Marshal. John is an American actor, voice actor, singer, comedian, author and television personality. He is best known for the role of J. Peterman on the NBC sitcom Seinfeld and was also on the first season of Dancing with the Stars. O’Hurley will be playing the role of Captain Hook in the Laguna Playhouse’s holiday production of Peter Pan and Tinker Bell—A Pirate’s Christmas, a Lythgoe Family Panto Dec. 4-29. Since its start in 1999, the Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade has ushered in the holiday season with joyful fun. This year’s theme of “Celebrating 30” is in honor of the City of Laguna Niguel’s 30th anniversary. The parade will feature beautiful equestrian units, patriotic and inspirational military tributes, spirit-filled youth groups, classic auto clubs, talented marching bands, and of course, holiday cheer. Learn more at CityOfLagunaniguel.org December 2019 | Laguna Niguel Lifestyle

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LOCAL LIMELIGHT

A Christmas Tradition in Laguna Niguel

ENTON HOXHA IS THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF SOUTH COAST CONSERVATORY AND THE FOUNDER OF YOUTH BALLET MASTERS COMPETITION. Born in Tirane, Albania, Enton started his dance education at the National Ballet Academy in Albania. At age 15, Enton was invited by the Russia Embassy to continue his studies at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow with legendary dancers and teachers Mikhail Lavrovsky, Leonid Jdanov, Nikolay Dorohov, Mikhail Mineev and Nikolay Tikhomirov. Enton graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy with a Master’s degree and toured the world, dancing as a principal and first soloist with Bolshoi, Moscow Classical Ballet, Metropolitan, and State Street Ballet companies. In 2010, Enton and his wife Maria Tikhomirova choreographed the well known The Nutcracker. This ballet, in two acts, is great holiday experience for kids and adults alike. This is the sixth year that Enton and Maria are staging this ballet for Laguna Niguel’s own South Coast Conservatory, and the

BOLSHOI MASTER, ENTON HOXHA, LEADS SOUTH COAST BALLET CONSERVATORY’S ANNUAL NUTCRACKER PRODUCTION

performances will be held Dec. 18-20 in Mission

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more information and to purchase tickets.

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Viejo at 6 p.m. You don’t want to miss this magical performance for your family! Visit SCConservatory.com for


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the fight scene As the clock strikes midnight, strange things begin to happen. Clara begins shrinking as her beautiful Christmas tree grows high above her.  The toys around the tree come to life while the room fills with an army of mice, lead by the fierce Mouse King. As the Nutcracker awakens, he leads his army of toy soldiers into battle with the mice. The Mouse King corners the Nutcracker and battles him one-on-one.  The Nutcracker seems to be no match for the Mouse King. Clara makes a final daring charge throwing her slipper at the Mouse King, hitting him square on the head.  The Mouse King drops to the floor, and the mice run away, carrying off their leader’s lifeless body.

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Enton Hoxha Photo: Karen Reuter

the la nd of snow The Nutcracker turns into a Prince and takes Clara on a journey

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the party scene It is Christmas Eve at a large and grand house with the most beautiful tree imaginable. The Stahlbaum family is hosting their annual Christmas party. The children, Clara and Fritz, are dancing and playing as they welcome their friends. The party grows festive with music and dance as godfather Drosselmeyer arrives. He is a

to the Land of Snow, an enchanted forest wonderland where they are welcomed by dancing snowflakes.

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the land of sweets

skilled clock and toy maker and always full of surprises. The children begin to open gifts when Drosselmeyer presents his to Clara

The Prince escorts Clara to the Land of Sweets where they are

and Fritz. He gives Clara a beautiful Nutcracker that  becomes

greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy. The Prince tells her about their

the hit of the party. Fritz becomes jealous, grabs the nutcracker

daring battle with the army of mice, and she rewards them with a

from Clara and breaks it. Clara is heartbroken and Drosselmeyer

celebration of international dances—Spanish, Arabian, Russian,

quickly repairs the Nutcracker with a handkerchief he magically

Chinese, the Mirliton dance and the Waltz of Flowers. As a finale,

draws from the air. As the evening grows late, the guests depart

the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Cavalier dance a beautiful Pas De

and the Stahlbaum family retires for the evening. Clara, worried

Deux. The Dream Ends. Clara awakens from her dream and finds

about her beloved Nutcracker, sneaks back to the tree to check

herself by her Christmas tree with her beloved Nutcracker.

on him, falling asleep with him in her arms.

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LOCAL LIMELIGHT

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LEAH AND STAN GOLDBERG: DRAWN TOGETHER Renowned

artists,

Leah

and

Stan

Goldberg, met in an art gallery and have been painting together as an art team since 1993. They complement each other brilliantly, combining feminine and masculine perspectives into their work in a way that is impossible for the individual artist. Their works reside in prominent private collections of Mick Jagger, Billy Wilder and others, as well as in major corporate collections, such as those of the Bank of America and the Waldorf Astoria.

White Swan, 30"x42"

In 2016, the pair began work on ballet paintings. This was probably inevitable, given that Leah’s younger daughter, Chebar Williams, is one of the country’s leading ballet teachers. After an extensive career on stage, Chebar has trained many successful dancers who have been accepted to American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Joffery Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Houston Ballet and more. Inspired by the impressionistic ballet paintings of Degas, the couple set out to do contemporary versions in a Modern Realistic style. This collection of paintings tends to focus on the individual dancer in apace in a no-frills, monochromatic way which captures the incredible beauty of their position and the lovely dynamic shape it makes against space. The artists think of them as figurative paeans to Franz Kline. They were also often trying to capture the dancer’s angel-like ability to fly as if unaffected by the physics of gravity. All of the original paintings pictured here, and more, will be on display, and for sale, at the South Coast Conservatory’s production of The Nutcracker, Dec. 18-20, at Capistrano Valley High School. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Dance Discovery Foundation. For more information on South Coast Ballet Conservatory’s production of The Nutcracker, or to buy tickets, visit SCConservatory.com. Contact Leah and Stan Goldberg at 505-795-0908 or email lszgoldberg@gmail.com 26

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WATER & WOODS

WINTER \IN BLOOM

PHOTOGRAPHY NICKI SEBASTIAN FOR JENNI KAYNE

BRIGHTEN UP YOUR AESTHETIC THIS SEASON WITH THIS BEAUTIFUL FLORAL ARRANGEMENT FROM KRISTEN CAISSIE, CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER OF MOON CANYON DESIGN CO. KRISTEN CAISSIE, CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER OF MOON CANYON DESIGN CO., created this beautiful flower arrangement as part of Jenni Kayne’s floral encyclopedia. This lush arrangement is comprised

NARCISSUS

of early spring blooms arranged in a ceramic vase. The wabi-sabi aesthetic of the handmade vessel adds to the arrangement’s playful proportions. Earthy yellows, rich greens, and a touch of blue tell a color story that’s

LADY SLIPPER

unexpected, yet warm and welcoming. Perfectly undone early spring blooms (Kristen’s favorite to design with) emphasize the meeting place of winter and spring.

TWEEDIA

RANUNCULUS

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FOR CENTURIES, WREATHS HAVE BEEN USED AS SYMBOLS OF FASHION, DÉCOR AND VICTORY. Today they serve as a decorative hanging greeter, a beautiful table scape or tiny bit of whimsy crowned on a child’s head. The tradition of the wreath also has a spiritual meaning. Since they have no beginning or end, they symbolize God’s eternity and mercy. Their green color represents hope and a new life. Regardless of how you see fit to utilize your wreath, a wreath can be used yearround to reflect your style.

Gold Ring Wreaths This holiday season, gold ring wreaths are an excellent way to be creative and show off your personality. Exposing the gold ring adds a modern twist on a traditional holiday decoration. First, choose your foliage. For classic holiday arrangements, we recommend eucalyptus or pine. Pine symbolizes everlasting life and love, and euca-

“CUSTOMIZE YOUR WREATH BY ADDING FINAL TOUCHES OF DÉCOR THAT FIT YOUR UNIQUE STYLES, SUCH AS ORNAMENTS, TOYS, AND RIBBONS.”

lyptus has a purifying effect eradicating negative energy. For color and texture, add berries, flowers or pinecones. Customize your wreath by adding final touches that fit your unique styles, such as ornaments, toys and ribbons. The sky is the limit. Let your imagination go wild. You can find supplies at your local craft store. There are three gold ring sizes to choose from— five, eight and ten inches; floral wire; scissors; foliage; texture; color; personal décor; ribbon; twine; fishing wire and hot glue. Layer your foliage of choice on the bottom of your gold ring, tying it down with floral wire. Add your texture with hot glue, securely fasten your adornments and tie a bow around the top.

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The Elegant Olive Wreath Another wreath we are crazy about is simple yet sophisticated. It is the olive leaf wreath. Historically, the olive branch is a symbol of peace, which is perfect for the holidays. You will need olive tree foliage, floral clippers, wreath form, ribbon, twine or floral wire. Wrap the olive foliage around the wreath form and fasten it securely with the floral wire. Keep the foliage loose against the form for a more whimsical look. Make sure to attach the foliage securely once you have wrapped the form. Tie a bow at the top of your wreath with a festive ribbon, and adorn your wreath with bells or your favorite holiday ornament. Make sure to spray your wreath with a spray mister to prevent it from drying out during the holiday season. Sit back and enjoy your self-made living art with the help of Laguna Niguel Lifestyle and Mother Nature. 32

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“HISTORICALLY, THE OLIVE BRANCH IS A SYMBOL OF PEACE, WHICH IS PERFECT FOR THE HOLIDAYS.”

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LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE: PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL, A PIRATES' CHRISTMAS

AN EVENING WITH AVALON WATERWAYS

LAGUNA NIGUEL HOLIDAY PARADE

Expedia CruiseShip Center, 23866

Join the City of Laguna Niguel in

The Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Beach

Aliso Creek Road, Laguna Niguel

“Celebrating 30” at the 2019 Holiday

Seinfeld's John O'Hurley stars in

Join Expedia CruiseShipCenter and

Parade on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 10

this holiday adventure. Embark on a

Betty White of Avalon Waterways.

a.m. CityOfLagunaNiguel.org

wild quest with Tinker Bell, Wendy

Come and enjoy a glass of wine

and Peter Pan as they set about

and learn how you can see the

on an exciting adventure to foil the

world your way on a river cruise

pirates’ plot to kidnap Peter for

adventure. Please RSVP by calling

Captain Hook’s Christmas present.

949.273.5444.

This interactive family show is filled

com/LagunaNiguel

CruiseShipCenters.

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HOSPITALITY NIGHT 2019 IN LAGUNA BEACH

14 8TH ANNUAL OC SANTA CRAWL Woody’s Wharf, Newport Beach

A charity pub crawl through the bars

with big laughs, magic, dance and music! LagunaPlayHouse.com

Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel

12-14

of Newport Beach benefiting The Eli

DHHS’S SOSCA PRESENTS YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN

or Santa’s Helper outfit! 1-6 PM.

Home, Breaking the Cycle of Child Abuse. Dress in your best Santa ocsantacrawl.com

Dana Hills High School Porthole Theatre

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Laguna Beach

Fun for all ages! Come see Charlie

Hospitality Night is an annual

Brown, Snoopy and the rest of their

community event that kicks off

pals as they sing and dance at Dana

the holiday season in Laguna

Hills High School’s Porthole Theatre.

Beach! Santa will be greeting the

Produced by SOCSA Performing

holiday

the

Arts, the show runs Dec. 12-14 at 7

Turn those holiday decorations into

6:10

p.m. at 33333 Golden Lantern, Dana

fashion and fun. Announcing the

Point. SOCSADHHS.org

first annual Unconventional Holiday

partygoers

tree-lighting

before

ceremony

at

p.m. Activities commence at 5 p.m.

7 LAGUNA NIGUEL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

Open Market OC, Laguna Hills Mall

Fashion Show at Open Market OC.

with street closures starting on Forest Avenue at 3:30 p.m.

UNCONVENTIONAL HOLIDAY FASHION SHOW AT OPEN MARKET OC

13-22

Located in the Laguna Hills Mall,

AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE'S THE NUTCRACKER

200 unique vendors. Special events

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Open Market OC is a totally unique shopping experience with more than and classes are held regularly. Learn more at OpenMarketOC.com

As the lights dim and Tchaikovsky’s

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City Hall, Laguna Niguel

beautiful score fills the air, young

Christmas Tree Lighting: A Hawaiian

Clara enters a dreamlike journey

Holiday! Come for a Hawaiian holiday

amid magical toy soldiers, mischie-

celebration at this year’s Christmas

vous mice and sparkling snowflakes!

tree-lighting event, an evening full

With an impressive cast of more

of island-inspired crafts and sweet

than 100 performers, ABT’s The

The Yappy Howl-iday Celebration is a

aloha treats. Santa will be there,

Nutcracker features set and cos-

festive gathering of canines and their

so bring your loved ones, neigh-

tumes by Richard Hudson (Tony

companions. Guests are asked to bring

bors, family members and friends.

Award-winner for The Lion King),

unopened canned or dry dog food,

Please leave your furry friends at

with choreography by ABT Artist

treats and toys to be donated to canines

home. CityOfLagunaNiguel.org

Alexei Ratmansky. SCFTA.org

in need. The event is complimentary to

YAPPY HOWL-IDAYS

Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, Dana Lawn

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15 MERRY MONARCH CELEBRATION Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point

Come to Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point to celebrate the season and support Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD). You'll enjoy a variety of musical performances, complimentary hot cocoa and cookies, visits with Santa, and the official lighting of the holiday tree. Ticket sales benefit CUSD music programs. Valet parking is free for attendees. MonarchBeachResort.com

15-20 SOUTH COAST BALLET CONSERVATORY'S WINTERFESTIVAL

Capistrano Valley High School Theater, Mission VIejo

Laguna Niguel's own South Coast Conservatory presents the 2019 Winter Festival. South Coast Musical Theater Conservatory presents The Gift on Dec. 15 and 16. South Coast Ballet Conservatory presents the timeless classic, The Nutcracker, Dec. 18-20. For more information and tickets, visit SSConservatory.com

19-JAN 5 WINTER FEST OC

OC Fair and Event Center, Costa Mesa

Southern California’s largest winter tradition returns! The forecast calls for 18 days of snow in a winter wonderland of fun as Winter Fest OC. It will run from Dec. 19 through Jan. 5, giving families additional time in the new year to enjoy more than 20 wintry activities that are back by popular demand. WinterFestOC.com

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