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Over 1100 people attended the Sunrise Easter Service in Coto De Caza

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Petting Zoo at the Mission Viejo Library Saturday

The Kershaw Garden at the Mission Viejo Library will soon be transformed into a petting zoo featuring friendly furry creatures for kids to enjoy. Visitors to the petting zoo will learn about goats, sheep, chickens, a pig, an alpaca, a miniature horse and a wagon full of bunnies. The petting zoo, for ages 3 and older, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 at 100 Civic Center. For more information, call 949-830-7100, ext. 5107. The free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library.

Arts Alive Festival at Kaleidoscope April 21-22 Families and individuals of all ages are invited to get a funfilled, memorable sneak preview of the upcoming Arts Alive Festival in the courtyard of the Kaleidoscope center this weekend. Children and teens can participate in several hands-on free activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (April 21-22) at the shopping center located at 27741 Crown Valley Parkway. Exciting activities include a Mission Viejo Library Card design contest; community art project of a life-size Oso Creek bear tile mosaic led by local artists Aileen May and Joy Aldrich; and a musical instrument petting zoo led by Smart Foundation’s Chris Clark. Color Me Mine studio will feature a special ceramics project for $12 including pottery, paint, firing and glazing - just in time for Mother’s Day. Folks will marvel over the creations by talented La Paz Intermediate, Capistrano and El Toro High School students along with professional artist and local resident Renee Keady who will demonstrate street painting with chalk pastels. Renee is one of more than 80 artists who will compete in the “Street Painting” competition at the Arts Alive Festival. Live entertainment will be featured throughout the day. The weekend fun leads up to the Arts Alive Festival, which will take place from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 5 and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 6 at Oso Viejo Park and the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way. For more information about the vibrant weekend activities, call 949-4708440. Information about Arts Alive is available at artsalivefestival/. The Ladera Ranch News

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Additional Federal Funding Identified for Rail Projects Additional federal and state funding has been identified for use on Orange County rail projects. The federal funding replaces Measure M and M2 dollars to be preserved for future Metrolink projects.train Funding includes: • $20.7 million in Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funding to be used for: o Laguna Niguel to San Juan Capistrano Passing Siding ($14.7 million) o Control Point at 4th Street in the City of Santa Ana ($4 million) o Slope Stabilization from Laguna Niguel to Lake Forest ($2 million) • $13.7 million in FTA funding to be used toward the Orange Transportation Center Parking Structure • $10.8 million in Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funding for: o Anaheim Canyon Station ($8 million) o Laguna Niguel Station Improvements ($2.8 million) • $1.6 million in unprogrammed Southern California Regional Rail Authority funding for the Orange Transportation Center Parking Structure for service enhancements Changes are being made to accommodate the OC Bridges program. Rail projects previously funded with Public Transportation Modernization, Improvement, and Service Enhancement Account (PTMISEA) funds will be used on the OC Bridges projects. Specializing in music lessons for all ages. “I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music... are the keys to learning.” - Plato



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Community members can drive a submersible vehicle, fire a cannon, and launch a paper rocket at the Earth Day celebration taking place at Newhart Middle School on Friday, April 20. Parents, teachers, and community partners will offer a variety of hands-on science experiences and activities at the school’s second annual Earth Day celebration. The event begins at 5 p.m. at Newhart Middle School, located at 25001 Veterans Way in Mission Viejo. “This will be a fun, educational event, but I am just as excited about the opportunities our partnerships have created for our students to be exposed to STEM-related fields,” Board President Dr. Gary Pritchard said. “It is no secret that we need to better prepare our students for college and career by exposing them to rigorous

and relevant educational opportunities. While Earth Day brings awareness to environmental issues, we hope that it can also spark an interest in the science and technology that our students can use to better understand and preserve the earth.” Partners include Eco-Stride, The Surfrider Foundation, Savannah’s Organic Garden, the Ocean Institute, The CARE Foundation, Cox Communications, SDG&E, Moulton Niguel Water, AQMD, Mission Landscape, LSA, Soka University, Streeter Civil Engineering, Wyland, and the Mission Viejo City Council. The Earth Day celebration will also illustrate the school’s emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. Among the activities will be a virtual field trip in which a Newhart science

teacher will teach a lesson via remote broadcast from Oso Creek; a tour and exhibition of an alternative fuel vehicle; and a bevy of games, food and silent auction. In addition, partners will offer a variety of exhibitions and demonstrations of science and technology in action. “This is a great event for our students and our community,” Principal Jeff Jones said. “Our partners are offering an educational, yet fun experience that the whole family can enjoy. I hope members of the Mission Viejo community take this opportunity to see the kind of practical experience and knowledge our students have gained through the support of our great partners.” Proceeds from the event will benefit Newhart’s technology initiative and the Surfrider Foundation.

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Celebrating Malbec By David White On April 17, wine enthusiasts across the globe gathered to celebrate World Malbec Day. For novices and oenophiles alike, the celebration was a great opportunity to sample some of Argentina’s flagship varietal. Although Malbec is stunningly popular, few Americans knew anything about the grape just ten years ago. Thank goodness it made its way North -- today, Malbec represents a great value for those in search of a bold-yet-approachable reds. World Malbec Day was created by Wines of Argentina to commemorate the day in 1853 when Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, an Argentinean political leader, asked his government to spend money on the nation’s agriculture industry. Wine grapes had been growing in Argentina since the 1500s, when Spain colonized the Americas. But the wine industry remained undeveloped. So after lawmakers signed off on Sarmiento’s proposal, Michel Aime Pouget, a well-known French agriculture scientist, was asked to bring over grapevines from France. Pouget transported many different grapes, but Malbec -- a thin-skinned variety that often failed to ripen in France -- was the most successful,

benefitting tremendously from the hot, dry climate of Argentina’s Mendoza region. In the ensuing years, Malbec would have many ups and downs. For most of the 20th century, growers were more interested in quantity than quality, primarily producing jug wine for local consumption. And during Argentina’s economic nightmare of the 1980s, the entire industry almost collapsed. Fortunately, ambitious producers recognized the importance of exports in the 1990s, so started focusing on quality wine production. Argentina’s wines soon garnered international acclaim, and Malbec’s popularity exploded. Today, America has what appears to be an unquenching thirst for Argentinean wine. Between 2007 and 2011, shipments of wine from Argentina to the United States more than doubled, from 3.3 million cases to 7.1 million cases. And demand shows little sign of slowing. From 2010 to 2011, according to Nielsen, Malbec sales in the United States increased by a whopping 49 percent. Malbec’s rise can be attributed to many factors. But most importantly, as New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov has written, “it’s the right

sort of wine at the right kind of price.” M o s t Malbecs are easily enjoyed. They’re approachable when young, and marked by straightforward flavors that everyone enjoys -- like ripe, dark fruit, fresh wild herbs, and sweet spices. Thanks to good acidity, most Malbecs are also exceptionally juicy, so work well with food. Best of all, Malbec is a great value. Plenty of good options are available for less than $20 per bottle. When looking for affordable wines, producers like Bodega Catena Zapata, Trapiche, Altos Las Hormigas, and Crios de Susana Balbo rarely disappoint. At a recent tasting of Malbecs, I was most impressed with the offerings from Bodega Colomé, which is part of the U.S.-based Hess Family Estates, Clos de los Siete, and Graffigna. When I’m looking to

splurge, the wines from O. Fournier and Achaval Ferrer always impress. All these brands are widely available. Malbec is one of my favorite summertime reds, especially when served slightly chilled. Argentina has the highest beef consumption per capita, so it’s no surprise that the wine works perfectly with grilled steak and other meats. So next time you fire up the barbecue, pick up some Malbec! David White, a wine writer, is the founder and editor of His columns are housed at Wines. com, the fastest growing wine portal on the Internet.

“LA FÊTE DU SIÈCLE”! THE PARTY OF THE CENTURY Ooh-la-la, it’s “La Fête du siècle” (“the party of the century”) when Pacific Symphony’s 2012 gala whisks guests back in time to La Belle Époque, a joyous time in cultural history—turn-of-the-century France. The sensuous and gregarious excitement of the Moulin Rouge and Folies Bergère abounds, as the evening of music, dancing and French-influenced cuisine takes place Saturday, May 19, at 5:30 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Irvine at Jamboree Center. Inspired by the Symphony’s first concert opera, Puccini’s “La Bohème,” taking place in April, the Board of Directors invites patrons to revel in the joie de vivre, as they stroll through a snow-covered Parisian marketplace to find famous Bohemian artists Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec ready to paint their portraits, a Cirque d’Hiver (“Winter Circus”), can-can dancers, a champagne fountain and more 1890s surprises during the colorful cocktail reception. Guests are then ushered into the grand ballroom for a gourmet feast and cabaret show performed by dancers from UC Irvine’s Department of Dance. Also, special guest soprano Valentina Fleer sings Musetta’s Waltz from “La Bohème,” accompanied by pianist David Clemenson. The evePage 6

ning culminates with a thrilling live auction, and guests dance the night away to the tunes of the J.T. (John Tu from Kingston Technology) and California Dreamin’ band. Valet service is hosted and attire is black tie or 1890s Parisian evening attire. Tables for the gala are $15,000-$100,000; individual tickets are $1,000. Repondez s’il vous plait (RSVP) by Monday, May 7, to Ricki Shab at (714) 876-2364 or Always a spectacular and unique experience, the annual gala is the Symphony’s largest fund-raiser of the year and raised about $1 million last year in support of the Symphony’s award-winning artistic and education programs. Chairing the gala for the first time is a trio of Symphony supporters: Vivian McCluney, Hope Miller and Pat Poss, who have helped fabricate this turn-of-the-century fantasy. “For me, Pacific Symphony’s annual gala has always been the highlight of the Orange County calendar,” says co-chair Miller. “But most importantly, it is the cornerstone for fund raising for  the many, life-enriching  music programs of the Symphony. This year, we are creating a feeling of conviviality, romance  and pleasure, as we transport guests back to late 19th- century Paris  through French

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ambience, entertainment, food and dance. What could be better!?” C’est magnifique! Guests arrive in “the city of lights” in mid-winter and are greeted with a can-can line as they walk through the glistening streets of Paris, looking out for eccentric Bohemians and circus acts and finding the famous and luxurious Maxim’s restaurant. After enjoying the delicacies of a Boulangerie, a French patisserie, a crepe station, fresh roasted chestnuts and a champagne fountain, guests are ushered into the grand ballroom— now transformed into a French cabaret—for a sumptuous dinner planned by the Hyatt’s Executive Chef Greg Grohowski. Returning for the second year, J.T. and California Dreamin’ provide entertainment throughout the evening with a full string section, brass, woodwinds, keyboard, percussion and myriad singers, filling the ballroom with dance music from the 1960s to the present (all underwritten for the Symphony’s gala).

“Dinner will be a gastronomic delight of classic French cuisine, served in a sumptuous turn-of-the-century ballroom, with entertainment provided by dancers from the Moulin Rouge and Folies Bergère,” says co-chair McCluney. “The evening has all the spectacle and excitement of a 19thcentury winter circus!”

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CHOC Follies XV Nets More than $500K for CHOC It was another successful production where more than 2,300 people enjoyed laughter, song and dance at the CHOC Follies XV, held at the Robert B. Moore Theatre in Costa Mesa. The original musical production of “Christina and the Crystal Ball, a Cinderella Story for the Social Net Set” musical was a hilarious spoof on the classic fairy tale with a modern online twist, generously sponsored by XCARET Family Foundation. Over the past 15 years, more than 1,000 cast members have entertained folks in 60 performances of the Follies (I being one of them for 9 of those years!); netting almost $6 million for CHOC Children’s. Gloria Zigner, Founder and Executive Producer of The Follies, said, “It’s hard to describe the magic and the spirit surrounding the Follies. Every year, we start with a kernel of an idea, and before we know it, it takes root and grows into the amazing productions you see ‐ thanks to the unbridled creativity and focus of our wonderful production team, and the hard work and determination of our dedicated cast members. I am truly grateful to all of them, and also to the ongoing commitment of the wonderful sponsors in our community who make the CHOC Follies possible each year.” Along with the XCARET Family Foundation, other major sponsors included The Crean Foundation, Sandy and John Daniels, Gemini Resources ‐Marybelle and Sebastian Paul Musco, Argyros Family Foundation and Sally Segerstrom. The Follies production team includes Associate Producer Lois Augustine, Director John Vaughan, Music Director Doug Austin, and Choreographer Lee Martino, all who have been with The Follies since its inception. Co‐chairs for the event were Leslie Cancellieri, Sandy Segerstrom Daniels and Dale Skiles; they also played the “Hamm Sisters” (the co-chairs of the “Crystal Ball” in The Follies). This year’s cast featured Broadway veteran April Malina in the lead role of “Christina.” Malina’s past credits include the international Broadway touring productions of “Miss Saigon” and “Hair,” and a voice over repertoire in commercials, movies and television shows. CHOC Follies newcomer, Jarred Barnard, played her handsome prince. On air reporter for KCBS‐KCAL TV Michele Gile hammed it up in the role of celebrity “J-Lo” and a “Hollywood” reporter interviewing Lady Gaga who was played by former Rockette Juliet Fisher-Schulein (she also played the evil Stepmother of Christina). Others who had noteworthy performances were Mark Pilon as “Jeepers”, the “Fairy Secretarie D’Amour”; Louis Berlin, the “Fairy Godfather” and Mia Maffei as the “Fairy Godmother”; Barbara Attell played “Dr. Laura Killjoy” (the therapist for Romantics’ Anonymous). Temere Vouga was “Queen Isabella of Leon” while Dr. Mary Pham had the roll of “Tinkerbell”. There are many more to mention, but all 100 of them gave their donation of time for the best performance. In addition they also raised minimum of $1,000 each for CHOC Children’s. Of special note, kudos go to those performers who have been with The Follies since the beginning. They are: Pat Haslam, “Skipper” Tim Bercovitz, Mia Maffei, Diane Mondini and Leslie Cancellieri as well as set designer Bob Mumm, Costume Designer Lynda Krinke and her mom Renee Blais, assistant costume designer. “On behalf of CHOC Children’s, I extend my deepest gratitude to Gloria, to the cast and crew, and to the sponsors and guests of ‘Christina and the Crystal Ball,’” said Graig Eastin, vice president, CHOC Children’s Foundation. “The support we receive each year from the CHOC Follies is invaluable in helping us achieve our mission and vision.” This year’s proceeds will support the construction of The Voice™, an interactive broadcast multimedia center that provides patients with an outlet Page 8

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LADERA RANCH CROWDS AT Newport Beach Film Festival The Newport Beach Film Festival will be celebrating its 13th anniversary with an amazing line up of independent and studio films from around the globe. The 2012 NBFF will host red carpet Opening and Closing Night Gala Celebrations, International Spotlight events, an Action Sports Film Series, an Environmental Film Series, a Family Film Series, a Collegiate Showcase, a Youth Film Showcase and a free Seminar Series. The Festival runs April 26-May 3, 2012. Now in its thirteenth year the Newport Beach Film Festival features nightly special events including: red carpet galas, filmmaker receptions, compelling filmmaker Q & A sessions, international spotlights, industry seminars and retrospectives. In addition, the Festival hosts numerous opportunities to connect with enthusiastic new audiences, fellow filmmakers, film industry professionals and the media in a beautiful seaside location in Orange County, California (only 55 miles south of Hollywood). Some participating films...

HIGH GROUND HIGH GROUND is a gripping, inspiring documentary feature that follows a group of returning male and female Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and a Gold Star Mom as they prepare for and embark on a heartstopping climb up the 20,000 foot Himalayan Mount Lobuche. With blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer and a team of Everest summiters as their guides, they set out on an emotional and gripping climb to reach the top in an attempt to heal the emotional and physical wounds of the longest war in U.S. history. The film is visually breathtaking while it simultaneously sheds crucial light on the difficulties our returning war veterans face in their attempts to readjust to civilian life, and how participating in extreme physical and emotional challenges helps in their efforts to achieve a comparable Page 12

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DREAMWORLD Oliver Hayes, an aspiring animator whose confidence is at a low point, meets the captivating and impulsive Lily Blush, who encourages him to drop everything and go with her to Northern California in the hopes of fulfilling his fantasy of working for Pixar Animation Studios. As they travel up the coast, Oliver falls deeply in love, but upon making certain startling discoveries, he must decide if he wants to face reality or stay in dreamworld.

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PEPE ROMERO PERFORMs RODRIGO’S BELOVED CONCIERTO DE ARANJUEZ AND WORKS BY TURINA AND BRAHMS The Philharmonic Society of Orange County presents guitarist Pepe Romero and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by Musical America’s 2011 Conductor of the Year Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos on Saturday, April 28, 2012, 8pm at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. On its annual jaunt to Orange County, the Los Angeles Philharmonic performs TURINA: Danzas Fantásticas, Op. 22, RODRIGO: Concierto de Aranjuez, and BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73. A pre-concert lecture by Dr. John Koegel will take place at 7pm. A regular guest with North America’s top orchestras, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos will conduct the Cincinnati, Boston, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, St. Louis, and Montreal Symphony Orchestras in the 2011-12 season, and returns to the New York Philharmonic for the fourth time since 2005. He appears annually at the Tanglewood Music Festival and regularly with the National, Chicago and Toronto symphonies.

Born in Burgos, Spain in 1933, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos studied violin, piano, music theory and composition at the conservatories in Bilbao and Madrid, and conducting at Munich’s Hochschule für Musik, where he graduated summa cum laude and was awarded the Richard Strauss Prize. From 2004-2011, he was Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Dresden Philharmonic, and in the 2012-13 season begins his post as Chief Conductor of the Danish National Orchestra. The Los Angeles Philharmonic was founded by William Andrews Clark, Jr., a multi-millionaire and amateur musician, who established the city’s first permanent symphony orchestra in 1919. Walter Henry Rothwell became its first Music Director, serving until 1927; since then, ten renowned conductors have served in that capacity: Georg Schnéevoigt (1927-1929); Artur Rodzinski (1929-1933); Otto Klemperer (1933-1939); Alfred Wallenstein (1943-1956); Eduard van Beinum (1956-1959); Zubin Mehta (1962-1978); Carlo Maria Giulini (1978-1984); André Previn (1985-

1989); Esa-Pekka Salonen (1992-2009); and Gustavo Dudamel (2009-present). In October 2003, the doors to one of the world’s most celebrated venues – the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall – were opened and the Los Angeles Philharmonic took the stage in its new home, which has become known not only as a local cultural landmark, but also as “…a sensational place to hear music... In richness of sound, it has few rivals on the international scene, and in terms of visual drama it may have no rival at all.” (The New Yorker) Praise for both the design and the acoustics of the Hall has been effusive, and the glistening curved steel exterior of the 293,000-square-foot Walt Disney Concert Hall embodies the energy, imagination, and creative spirit of the city of Los Angeles and its orchestr Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Renée and Henry Segerstrom

Concert Hall, is located at 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Ticket prices per concert are $98, $94, $75, $65, $55, $45, $30, and $250 (box seats) and are available at the Philharmonic Society box office at (949) 553-2422, online at www.PhilharmonicSociety. org, and at the Center box office at (714) 556-2787.

How the First Earth Day Came About By Senator Gaylord Nelson, Founder of Earth Day What was the purpose of Earth Day? How did it start? These are the questions I am most frequently asked. Actually, the idea for Earth Day evolved over a period of seven years starting in 1962. For several years, it had been troubling me that the state of our environment was simply a nonissue in the politics of the country. Finally, in November 1962, an idea occurred to me that was, I thought, a virtual cinch to put the environment into the political “limelight” once and for all. The idea was to persuade President Kennedy to give visibility to this issue by going on a national conservation tour. I flew to Washington to discuss the proposal with Attorney General Robert Kennedy, who liked the idea. So did the President. The President began his five-day, eleven-state conservation tour in September 1963. For many reasons the tour did not succeed in putting the issue onto the national political agenda. However, it was the germ of the idea that ultimately flowered into Earth Day. I continued to speak on environmental issues to a variety of audiences in some twenty-five states. All across the country, evidence of environmental degradation was appearing everywhere, and everyone noticed except Page 14

the political establishment. The environmental issue simply was not to be found on the nation’s political agenda. The people were concerned, but the politicians were not. After President Kennedy’s tour, I still hoped for some idea that would thrust the environment into the political mainstream. Six years would pass before the idea that became Earth Day occurred to me while on a conservation speaking tour out West in the summer of 1969. At the time, anti-Vietnam War demonstrations, called “teach-ins,” had spread to college campuses all across the nation. Suddenly, the idea occurred to me - why not organize a huge grassroots protest over what was happening to our environment? I was satisfied that if we could tap into the environmental concerns of the general public and infuse the student anti-war energy into the environmental cause, we could generate a demonstration that would force this issue onto the political agenda. It was a big gamble, but worth a try. At a conference in Seattle in September 1969, I announced that in the spring of 1970 there would be a nationwide grassroots demonstration on behalf of the environment and invited everyone to participate. The wire services carried the story from coast to coast. The

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response was electric. It took off like gangbusters. Telegrams, letters, and telephone inquiries poured in from all across the country. The American people finally had a forum to express its concern about what was happening to the land, rivers, lakes, and air - and they did so with spectacular exuberance. For the next four months, two members of my Senate staff, Linda Billings and John Heritage, managed Earth Day affairs out of my Senate office. Five months before Earth Day, on Sunday, November 30, 1969, The New York Times carried a lengthy article by Gladwin Hill reporting on the astonishing proliferation of environmental events: “Rising concern about the environmental crisis is sweeping the nation’s campuses with an intensity that may be on its way to eclipsing student discontent over the war in Vietnam...a national day of observance of environmental being planned for next spring...when a nationwide environmental ‘teach-in’...coordinated from the office of Senator Gaylord Nelson is planned....” It was obvious that we were headed for a spectacular success on Earth Day. It was also obvious that grassroots activities had ballooned beyond the capacity of my U.S. Senate office staff to

keep up with the telephone calls, paper work, inquiries, etc. In mid-January, three months before Earth Day, John Gardner, Founder of Common Cause, provided temporary space for a Washington, D.C. headquarters. I staffed the office with college students and selected Denis Hayes as coordinator of activities. Earth Day worked because of the spontaneous response at the grassroots level. We had neither the time nor resources to organize 20 million demonstrators and the thousands of schools and local communities that participated. That was the remarkable thing about Earth Day. It organized itself.

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LADERA RANCH NEWS R est aurant Antonucci’s Restaurant Serving authentic Italian seafood and award-winning pizza since 1976 with exciting appetizers and a full bar and live entertainment on Saturday evening.

24190 Alicia Parkway Mission Viejo. 949-472-4332 Beach Fire Bar & Grill Burgers, Sandwiches, Tacos, Salads plus Spiced Chipotle Chicken, Blackened Catfish. Open Monday-Friday 11:30am to11pm; Saturday 11am to 11pm; Sunday 11:30am to 10pm. Sunday Brunch 10-3

25682 Crown Valley Pkwy. 542-7700 Cinnamon Productions Bakery Café

Breakfast can be delightfully decadent with sugary cinnamon rolls like grandma used to make or lighter eggs and toast or scones. Some interesting sandwich possibilities and strong hot coffee OPEN Sunday/Monday 6:30am to 4:00pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 6:00am to 8:00pm

25672 Crown Valley Pkwy. 949-218-1515 Claim Jumper Monster salad bar, great steaks, full bar with a wide selection of beers and wines to choose from.

27845 Santa Margarita Pkwy, Mission Viejo 461.7170 Cosmo’s Italian Kitchen Owners Bob Quinn and Dick Fisher celebrate their 5th anniversary with special dinners Monday, Wednesday and Sunday. Open 11am Monday to Friday.

Infusion Restaurant and Bar Featuring an open style kitchen, our executive chef will tempt your palate with entrees including thick steaks, chops and island style fresh fish. In addition, we feature an extensive wine list and a martini bar. Open for lunch and dinner. Catering is also available.

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Jerry’s Wood Fired Dogs

Breakfast served daily from 8am to 11am Smokey Joe Croissants, Sausage, Eggs, Bacon.Try their hot link Breakfast Burrito, for lunch the wood fired dogs have all best flavors, tastes and toppings.

1701 Corporate Drive, Ladera Ranch (949) 364-7080 Jalapeno’s Restaurant Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Authentic Mexican food including Chili Verde, Omelettes, Huevos Rancheros, Tostadas, Carne Asada, Menudo, traditional burritos including Beef, Chicken, Fish, Beans (Vegetarian), Chile Rellenos, Taquitos, Enchiladas. Imported and domestic beers.

27602 Antonio Pkwy, 364-5614 Latte Da Bagelry & Grill Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner served all day. Fifteen different types of bagels made daily. Salads, burgers, plus Italian specialties like Chicken Alfredo. opens at 6am daily; closes at 9pm Monday through Saturday, open until 4pm on Sunday.

21612 Plano Trabuco Road at Santa Margarita Parkway in the Albertson’s Center in Rancho Santa Margarita. 949-589-6405

26012 Marguerite Pkwy #A, Mission Viejo 348.2386

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27412 Antonio Pkwy. 429-7737 Roma D’ Italia Menu items include Calabrese Pizza, Pasta Estiva, Gnocchi Catanzaro, Grilled Halibut or Salmon, Shrimp Calabrese, Mostaccioli Arrabbiata, Veal Sorrentino, Osso Buco, Eggplant Sorrentino and more. Don’t forget to try one of the homemade desserts like Tiramisu, Rum Cake, Cannoli and Cheesecake. You can also order beer and wine with some good, inexpensive Chiantis by the bottle.

25606 Crown Valley Pkwy. 276-5712 Simply Fondue Fabulous fondues composed of delicious meats, cheeses, breads, fruits and vegetables with steaming savory sauces. Worth the short trip to

31761 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano 240.0300 Taco Mesa Offers healthy, authentic, and innovative Mexican cuisine from fresh ingredients. Open Sun. - Thurs. 8am to 9pm; Fri. & Sat. 8am to 10pm. Bridgepark Plaza,

O’Neill’s Bar & Grill at the Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club. Sunday Brunch at O’Neill’s is a delicious and leisurely experience. Zagat calls it the “best value in Orange County.” Daily specials include fresh fish, steaks, pizza and hearty sandwiches.

26772 Avery Pkwy, Mission Viejo. 949-305-5100

Don Gustavo’s Authentic Mexican Food with home-style flavor, menu items include Chile Relleno, Carnitas, Fajitas, Eggs Machaca, Chimicangas, Veggie Burrito, Fish Tacos, Shrimp Enchiladas, Taco Salad. Margaritas, Tequilas y Mas! Plus catering at your home or office. Open for lunch & dinner 7 days a week, plus Weekend Breakfast. Located at Oso/ Marguerite in the Pavillion’s Shopping center,

P.F. Changs China Bistro Superb Shanghai Street Noodles, available in few places on the globe, make the trip to Mission Viejo Mall a veritable necessity.

The Ranch Sports Grill

28562 Oso Pkwy 949.216.9029

Authentic Thai and Chinese food at affordable prices. Many varieties of Thai and Chinese delicacies. Chicken, Beef, Pork, Tofu and Vegetarian! Barbecue Chicken, Crispy Duck, Beef w/Oyster Sauce. Spicy Cat Fish. Hours: Open daily from 11am to 9pm; Sat. & Sun. until 9:30pm.


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Trabuco Oaks Steakhouse Forty years serving choice meats and seafood. Home of the famous “2-pound steak.” Relax while you sip one of our sumptuous wines or cocktails or a frosty beer. Everyone welcome - straight from work or off the trail or dressed for a night out. OPEN: Sun.-Thurs. 5pm to 9pm; Fri. and Sat. 5pm to 9:30pm. Please call after 2pm for reservations.


Newly remodeled restaurant on the Lake, expanded the dining area, full service bar, waiting lounge and a front dining patio. The rear-dining terrace offers a beautiful view of Lake Mission Viejo. Happy Hour daily from 3:00 to 7:00 pm.

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PAGEANT OF THE MASTERS SEEKING MALE VOLUNTEERS FOR 2012 PRODUCTION “THE GENIUS” The Pageant of the Masters is seeking male volunteers to participate in this year’s show, THE GENIUS. Men between the height of 5’5” and 6’4” are needed as cast members in the world’s most famous presentation of tableaux vivants (living pictures). No theater experience necessary. The only requirement is the ability to stand still and have fun! THE GENIUS will explore the fascinating and unpredictable relationship between art and technology with an array of masterpieces brought to life in this summer’s Pageant of the Masters. From the glories of the Italian Renaissance to the deeply personal imaginings of modern artists, THE GENIUS will fill the Irvine Bowl with breathtaking theatrical recreations of memorable artworks by extraordinary masters who have galvanized art history. Volunteering for the Pageant is a great way to spend your summer and it is common to have several generations of the same family volunteering for different aspects of the show. By volunteering for the Pageant, students can earn credit towards community service requirements. For more information on casting and volunteering with the Pageant of the Masters, call the Casting Office at (949) 494 - 3663. The 2012 Pageant of the Masters, THE GENIUS, will be staged July 7 through August 31. Ticket prices start at $15. Tickets are on sale now by calling 1-800-487-3378 or online at www.PageantTickets. com. The Festival of Arts is a nonprofit organization whose proceeds go to support the arts.

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