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The Hits Just Keep On Coming For The Bowen Team -Local Coto de Caza and Rancho Santa Margarita Realtors


EXCEPTIONALLY TALENTED FAMILY Stacie Brick, Tamara Young, Donnie Bowen, Don Bowen, Ken Bowen, Christina Bowen and Diana Aguilar.

South Orange County residents are justifiably proud of their home town team this weekend as The Bowen Team found themselves winning at the Re/ Max International Awards in Las Vegas again this year. Realtors from around the country gathered to acknowledge the outstanding production of this unique real estate team from Rancho Santa Margarita. The team received the prestigious award for being #1 in California/ Hawaii and #10 in the United States for 2012 plus number 34 in the entire world. They were also acknowledged as members of the coveted Circle of Legends Club, an honor which less than 100 Re/ Max agents worldwide have accomplished. Don Bowen, who co-founded the agency with son Ken Bowen, began his practice in 1976. In the early 80’s he expanded into real estate investments and in 1989 began to specialize in exceptional residential properties. At that time the communities of Coto de Caza, Rancho Santa Margarita and eventually Ladera Ranch were developing slowly and Don & Ken had the amazing foresight to immerse themselves in the communities and begin to Page 2

build upon the Bowen name that would soon become a legend in Orange County. “You folks are going to have to add another trophy room to your offices,”one recent visitor to the Bowens new building recently remarked.”You probably have more real estate trophies than any other real estate team in the county.” During the past 15 years two other family members have joined to Bowen Team and along with the support of Stacie Brick and Tamara Young, who wear every imaginable hat, have continued to grow the Bowen brand. According to Ken Bowen, “Donnie Bowen is a major part of the Bowen team. His ability to immediately ascertain the interests of prospective buyers is very impressive. He has the remarkable ability to listen to the real meaning of our client’s residential objectives.” Another outstanding family member is Christina Bowen who entered the real estate profession in 2002. “She would have been a superstar no matter what company she joined,” says Ken. “We are especially proud to have her as a member of our team. She digs deeper than anyone I’ve ever seen, in order to find

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the right home for her clients. It’s no secret that she will invest the same amount of detail into finding an entry level home as to a multimillion dollar home for her clients” The Bowen Team handles residential transactions throughout South Orange County with a dynamic group that complements each other and offers unique talents of specialization in a highly competitive real estate market. Ken Bowen remarked, “We see a tremendous amount of value in the Re/Max name and network, and that’s why we chose to open our own office. We are backed by a strong company with an international presence and we’re going to be here for a long time to come. We are able to offer our clients exceptional service and market knowledge with the strength of the Re/Max brand.” During the past year, The Bowen Team of Re/Max Real Estate Group acquired one more trophy when they purchased their impressive new office building.The Bowen Team occupies the entire new building located at 22502 Avenida Empresa Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688. They can be reached at 949-459-5400 or online at www.TheBowenTeam. com.

STUNNING NEW HEADQUARTERS BUILDING for The Bowen Team of Re/ Max Real Estate Group at 22502 Avenida Empresa Rancho Santa Margarita, California

IMPRESSIVE ARRAY OF GLITTERING AWARDS grace the offices of The Bowen Team in Rancho Santa Margarita .

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA’S AWARD WINNING TEAM From left – Stacie Brick, Tamara Young, Donnie Bowen, Don Bowen, Ken Bowen, Christina Bowen and Diana Aguilar.

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Two Intriguing Guitar Concerts in Guitar Stories at Saddleback College. The Department of Music at Saddleback College is pleased to present Guitar Stories on Sunday, May 6th at 7:30 pm in the McKinney Theatre. Tickets are $20 general; $15 students/seniors. Call the ticket office at 949-582-4656 (Tues-Sat, noon-4 pm) or online at www.saddleback. edu/arts. Canadian Guitarist Alexander Dunn performs selections from Tedesco’s Caprichos de Goya, Op. 195, with short films based on Goya by Canadian artist Daniel Laskarin. Francisco Goya’s images, Los Caprichos, are a dark journey through the mindscape of the artist. Set to music by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Capricho! combines live music with digital projections. Canadian classical guitarist Alexander Dunn has performed to enthusiastic acclaim in Canada, the USA, Cuba, New Zealand, Mexico, Brazil, Southeast Asia, China, South Africa, western and eastern Europe, and Russia. In solo recital, concerto, and chamber music he is consistently praised for his musicality, technique and rich sound. An experienced chamber musician, he has worked with principal players from the Pacific Baroque Orchestra (Vancouver), Se-

attle Baroque Orchestra, Tafelmusik (Toronto), in duo concerts with guitarists Pepe Romero, and with numerous other musicians and vocalists. He has been a featured soloist with the CBC Vancouver Radio Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, La Jolla Symphony, Malaga Sinfonico, New England Symphony, and many major US orchestras as a guest artist with Los Romeros. Using a large canvas storybook, dramatic lighting, ambient props, and colorful narration, guitarist Randy Pile focuses on the music of Spain’s most famous composer of the 20th century, Joaquín Rodrigo and the father of Brazil’s national music, Heitor VillaLobos. Saddleback College faculty member and classical guitarist Randy Pile trained in the Old World tradition of sophisticated elegance, tempered in the New World exploration of flamboyant virtuosity, and distilled through flawless technique, has been placed within a handful of the world’s finest performers. As a touring artist for the California Arts Council, Randy is one of the most sought after performers of his generation, both at home and

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DENTAL PATIENTS DRIVE TWO HOURS FROM VICTORVILLE TO SEE LADERA RANCH PAIN-FREE DENTIST DR. MICHAEL TESSIER Recently, a mother called Dr. Michael Tessier’s office to arrange an appointment for her fifteen-yearold daughter who is deathly afraid of shots in her mouth. Only one thing was unusual. They live in Victorville, about two hours away. But the long hot drive was certainly worth it to mom, if her daughter could have painless, shot-free dental work. “I visited Dr.Tessier several years ago before we moved to Victorville” said the child’s mother. “But when I took my fifteen year old daughter to a local dentist out there, she screamed in pain and raised such a fuss and refused to ever go back. I thought she would change her mind, but she would not. Finally, I told her I knew of one dentist that was gentle and pain free but it was a long trip from Victorville to Ladera Ranch. At last she agreed to go”, she said. When they arrived for their appointment with Dr. Tessier, the young girl was crying, sobbing, and shaking, barely in control. Dr. Tessier said; “It took about thirty minutes for her mother and my staff to get her calmed down enough to get her dental work started”, he said, “Very soon using the Whisper Jet, a micro miniature sandblaster using 50 micron-size particles of aluminum oxide, and the Waterlase MD Laser, we got this young lady’s two fillings completed without anesthetic, and with no pain, because of today’s technology. The more I work with the laser and the sandblaster, filling teeth without the need for drilling and therefore anesthetic, the more I realize how much dentistry has changed over the last 30 years. When the drill and the carbide burr were our only cutting options, we made it more likely that, in their later adulthood, these teeth would crack, ultimately needing crowns. Today, we’re leaving these teeth stronger. This stuff is great. So from now on, nothing will be difficult for her, except perhaps the ride from Victorville,” he said with a smile. Dr. Michael Tessier is located in Los Flores Plaza at 28562 Oso Parkway. Most major credit cards and dental plans cheerfully accepted. Telephone (949) 459-7212


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The Junior League of Orange County, Calif., (JLOCC) is holding a Kids in the Kitchen event 8:30 - 11:30 a.m., Friday, May18, to teach good nutrition and healthy habits to close to 100 5th grade students at the Hazard Elementary School, 4218 Hazard Ave., Santa Ana. Kids in the Kitchen Chair Renee Polk and 25 JLOCC committee members have worked with school principal Nanci Cole to set up the morning’s plans. Four to six stations will offer activities that range from 15 minutes to 20 minutes each for approximately 15 to 20 kids per group. Topics will include nutrition, portion control, and physical fitness. True Food Kitchen Chef Matthew Tobin will teach the basics of good nutrition and lead an interactive game from 8:30 - 9: 25 a.m. At the small-group stations, the youngsters will make Scooter Snacks, after-school treats that are nutritious and fun (http://www. and focus on portion control (details available at printable/portion-control-size-guide and mini_poster_English_final.pdf) . The UCI Women’s Soccer team will participate in outdoor activities starting at 9:35 a.m., and continuing until 11:30. In addition, representatives of the United Studios of Self Defense will demonstrate Martial Arts & Self Defense. Sponsors for the event include TK Burger, Target, Trader Joes, True Food Kitchen and the California Avocado Commission. The Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen is an association-wide initiative of The Association of Junior Leagues

International (AJLI) designed to help communities address the urgent issues surrounding childhood obesity and poor nutrition. The program was launched in 2006 by Junior Leagues in over 225 communities. By joining together to make an impact on the future health of our youth, Junior Leagues are committed to empowering today’s children to make choices that help them lead healthy lives. The initiative illustrates the power of voluntarism to address community problems on both the grassroots and international levels. Key to the impact of the initiative is the Kids in the Kitchen website, which includes fitness and nutrition tips from Kids in the Kitchen program partners such as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), American Dietetic Association (ADA), Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and many more. The Kids in the Kitchen website also includes a virtual recipe collection from celebrity chefs, local restaurateurs, celebrity moms and nutrition experts, designed to teach young children healthy eating habits at an early age. These recipes are available in electronic and downloadable formats on the website, http:// The Junior League of Orange County, California, Inc., is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. JLOCC has contributed to Orange County by helping found organizations such as Orangewood Children’s Home and the Volunteer Center of Orange County. As a solely educational and charitable organization, the JLOCC’s

trained volunteers actively support the community through collaboration with organizations that promote and support the health, safety and education of women and children. A 501(c)(3) organization, the JLOCC reaches out to women of all races, religions, and national origins. Originally founded in 1956 as the Newport Harbor Service League, the JLOCC is a member organization of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. To learn more about the JLOCC, call (949) 261-0823 or visit Funds raised annually by the JLOCC directly impact the community through collaborative projects with partner organizations and support JLOCC’s mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community. This year’s projects include the Olive Crest Kinship Support Services Program; Second Harvest Food Bank Backpack Program; Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) Reading Program; Crittenton Services Connect Program; Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Emancipated Youth Program; Impact Orange County; and Bear Hugs, a JLOCC project supporting emancipated teens in Orange County.

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Laguna College of Art & Design Receives Grant from Festival of Arts Foundation Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) is pleased to announce The Festival of Arts Foundation’s generous contribution in the amount of $10,000 to fund scholarships for students who are residents of Laguna Beach. President Jonathan Burke shared “The festival is the wellspring of our college and the support of the Festival of Arts Foundation over the years has nurtured and inspired many of our finest students. These are exciting times at LCAD, full of opportunity and challenge. As we work to prepare the next generation of great artists and designers, the support of the Festival of Arts is an invaluable endorsement of our efforts.” The college is truly grateful for the continued partnership with the Festival of Arts Foundation and their support to the college’s scholarship program. For more information about LCAD’s scholarship program please contact Domenick Ietto, Vice President of Development at or 949-376-6000. Founded on classical drawing skills, fueled by creative energy, and dedicated to excellence - Laguna College of Art & Design is a private, nonprofit college where outstanding artist-educators, visual arts programs, state-of-the-art facilities, and year-round exhibitions give fresh vision to Laguna’s extraordinary legacy in the visual arts. Founded in 1961, the college educates artists at all stages of their creative careers, offering Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Drawing & Painting, Graphic Design, Illustration, Game Art and Animation, and Master of Fine Arts degrees in Painting and Drawing.

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Live Painting Demonstrations by Laguna College of Art & Design Students at Weekend Wine Tasting The Students of Laguna College of Art & Design (LCAD) will be displaying their talents live at Tivoli Too! on Sunday, April 29 from 12-4pm at the seventh annual Grapes for Grads Wine Tasting & Scholarship Fundraiser hosted by Rotary Club of Laguna Beach. For seven years, Grapes for Grads has been providing scholarships to LCAD students who show exemplary talent, a commitment to community service and for whatever reason may be lacking funds to continue their artistic education. An exciting element of the day will include the students of LCAD demonstrating their talents live throughout the event. This opportunity offers the participating students community exposure and real world experience. Past demonstrations and exhibits have included: oil painting, sculpture, animation & graphic design. Attendees will enjoy a day of fine wine and art while supporting arts education. Admission is $35 and guests must be 21 to attend. Event features include: unlimited wine tasting from over 80 fine wines, delicious food prepared by K’ya Bistro Bar and Big Fish, live music performed by Magnolia Memoir, live art demonstrations and exhibits from of the students of LCAD, opportunity drawing for a night’s stay at the fabulous Montage Resort & Spa, free parking. In addition, attendees will have the chance to participate in a silent auction and win raffle prizes. Purchase tickets online at www.GrapesForGrads. Hannah Harris, a student at Laguna College of Art & Design, creates amazing art with oil on canvas. com. Page 6

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Patroness Tea by the Sea Raises Funds for Adoption Guild The Adoption Guild of Southern Orange County celebrated its 51st Annual Patroness Tea by the Sea with approximately 200 guests at the beautiful, newly remodeled Lido Isle Yacht Club/Community Clubhouse. The annual event supports Holy Family Services Adoption & Foster Care Agency. Gross proceeds of approximately $20,000 were raised benefiting potential adoptive and foster children located throughout southern California. Adoption Guild President Mindy Pfenning welcomed everyone then Mrs. Janis Rosebrook, Holy Family Services Chairman of the Board, introduced Parents Eva and Jessee, Grandmother Reyna, and their three adopted children, Priscilla, Angel, and Jessica. New Father Jessee shared his inspirational experience with the adoption process and Holy Family Services. In the end, a loving family was created. Tea by the Sea featured shopping by the Sea with boutiques such as The Passionate Collector, The Tattered Daisy, One Hope Wines, The Woman’s Door, Love Reusable Bags, Miche Bags, and William Harold Jewelers. Silent Auction items included a hair makeover by new hot salon, Platino, a week in Mammoth, a Jo Malone gift basket, dinner for two at Anqi by Crustacean, hair makeover by Vogue Salon, Classic Kids Studio Sitting, and a Round of golf for four. Lucky winners were: Kelly Knight, Bobbie Daniel, Janie Merkle, Debbie Sampson, Pam Fossler, Terri Rhodes, and Lynn Barr. The Tea Menu was created by Executive Chef Bruce Pressey and featured endive spears with roasted beets and chevre, smoked salmon parcels with jicama, filet of beef rolled with herb cheese and red onion pickle, savory tart with zucchini, mushroom, & fresh thyme, Mini Aidell’s sausages in brioche rolls with Dijon and cranberry mustards, pinwheel and triangle sandwiches of curried chicken and watercress bacon. Desserts featured were mini thumbprint scones with clotted cream, Earl Grey flavored Madeleines, chocolate dipped ginger shortbread, lavender lemon biscotti, sour cherry truffles, and a mountain of candied citrus peel. Major sponsors to the Tea were: Pam Fossler, Pam Selber, Herb Cook, and an anonymous donor. Wine was provided by Hi-Time Wine Cellars. “Floral Creations by Enzo” designed the beautiful blue and white hydrangeas and spring flower centerpieces. Spotted in the audience were Tennis Great Roy and Joy Emerson, Janel Holland, Maria Zucht, Geri Briggs, Judy Bergman, Patricia Houston, Patti Lehman, Pam Fossler, and Shan Womack. Chaired by Mary Eadington and Jeannette Perry, the Tea committee included members Linda Torr, Jeannie Mullin, Katie Richardson Fran Bingham, Pam Fossler, Joanne Vogelsang, Janie Merkle, Bettie Shepard, Jane Flynn, Marily Wilson, Susan Knox, Nancy Harman, and Ursula Faschnie. For over fifty years, the Adoption Guild of Southern Orange County has supported Holy Family Services Adoption & Foster Care Agency. With the hope of giving every child an opportunity to have a loving family, dedicated Adoption Guild volunteers work each year to present two major fund-raising events: the Patroness Tea and Roy Emerson Adoption Guild Tennis Classic in May. All proceeds benefit Holy Family Services. Since 1961, Adoption Guild has generated over $4.2 million in funding, contributing to approximately 3000 adoptions. Visit for information.

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Nicole Rash from St. Louis, Missouri was crowned Ms. America® 2012 at the national pageant held Sunday, April 15, 2012 at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Anaheim Resort in Anaheim, California. State and regional titleholders from across the United States competed in five categories including interview, sportswear, fashion wear, evening gown and on-stage question. 2012 Ms. America® Nicole Rash’s walk across the stage to accept the crown marked her first steps on a journey that will take her from spotlight to spotlight representing the American woman 26 years of age and up who are single, divorced or married. Rash, a Saint Louis, Missouri transplant, is originally from the small town of Plymouth, Indiana. She was Miss Indiana 2007, and received first runner-up in the Miss America Pageant in 2008. She is currently employed as a model, actress, and corporate spokesperson, and will complete her bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Ball State University in May. Rash is also a philanthropist and is especially passionate about her platform of service “Breath Easy - Keeping our Youth Smoke and Tobacco Free.” After losing 3 of her grandparents to smoking related illness, her cause is close to her heart and she has spoken to over 25,000 students so far about staying smoke free. She has her motorcycle license and has owned 3 motorcycles, she grew up on a farm in rural Indiana where they raise cows, and she is a Presidential Scholarship Winner and will graduate with an overall 3.85 GPA. As Ms. America® 2012, Rash is honored to represent an organization that enriches the lives of women across the country and is passionate about continuing to give back to others through philanthropic endeavors and being the inspiration that helps others achieve their dreams. Major sponsors of the 2012 Ms. America® Pageant are Doubletree Suites by Hilton Anaheim Resort, Commercial Bank of California, Superior Wall Systems Inc., Orrick Herrington & Suitcliff, The Hoagy Co., Inc., The Anaheim White House, and MsBellezza Jewelry. Ms. America® 2012 first runnerup was Lana Henry, Ms. Southern California; second runner-up was Stephanie Mills, Ms. New England; third runner-up was Laura Hunter, Ms. Washington; and fourth runner-up was Carla Gonzalez, Ms. Oklahoma. Page 12

The 2012 Ms. America International, the People’s Choice Award went to Carla Gonzalez. This prestigious title must not only represent the pageant but also the Ms. America® fans as well. Gonzalez was chosen by receiving the most votes online. Richard Simon from Houston, Texas founded The Ms. America® Pageant in 1997. The first pageant was held on December 4, 1997 at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas. Contestants competed representing their state in the pageant. Susan Jeske from Colorado was crowned the first Ms. America®. Ms. Jeske became the owner of the pageant in 1999. To schedule an appearance for 2012 Ms. America®, please contact the pageant at: or call 949.679.8888 2012 SPECIAL AWARDS: Ms. America International 2012 (People’s Choice Award) – Carla Gonzalez, Ms. Oklahoma Spirit of America Award – Laura Hunter, Ms. Washington Power of the Crown Award – Sherry Morgan, Ms. Virginia Crown for a Purpose Award- Carla Gonzalez, Ms. Oklahoma Media Award-Shanna Olson, Ms. Texas Woman of Distinction AwardStephanie Mills, Ms. New England Ladera Ranch’s Tracy Broughton Ms. America 2011 crowns Nicole Rash Ms Ms. Photogenic Award-Nicole America 2012 Rash, Ms. Missouri Ms. Congeniality Award-Mai-Lea Delong Community Service Award-Lana Henry, Ms. Southern California Ms. Fitness-Stephanie Mills, Ms. New England The Ms. America® Pageant is open to women 26 years of age and up single, divorced or married who are articulate, interesting, elegant and classy. Pageant competition is based on Fashion wear, Interview, Evening Gown, Sportswear and on-stage question. The Ms. America® Pageant was created to empower women across the nation, celebrate their accomplishments, encourage involvement in community service, to use the “crown for a purpose” to make a difference and to promote, honor and advance the status of women. The Ms. America® Pageant is a registered federal trademark with the USPTO in Washington DC since February 2000 and is one of the top pageant trademarks in the world. Visit www.MsAmericaPageant. com for more information.

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It takes a team to fight cancer! by: Marshall Eyerman A group of local 12-14 year old boys learned first-hand the tragedy of pediatric cancer when one of their schoolmates, Jessica Joy Rees, who had been diagnosed with two inoperable brain tumors, lost her fight for her life Janurary 5th of this year. In the spirit of Jessie and her foundation, the Jessie Rees Foundation, the boys have bonded together as a team to help support the Foundation and NEGU™, an acronym Jessie created for her motto, Never Ever Give Up, and to encourage kids to never ever give up. This group of boys has decided to challenge themselves and take action to learn about giving back and supporting others. This amazing group of boys has formed the NEGU™ lacrosse team, which extends their activities beyond the field. As part of the boy’s participation on the team, each boy on the team chooses a pediatric patient to dedicate their season to. Through contact with the patients, the boys are able to make them aware that they are out there fighting for them! Because life is not just a battle on the field, this group has decided to take other actions and participate in the spirit of NEGU™ throughout their own lives by working community service hours and providing kids positive experiences. Volunteering at the JoySplash, a fundraiser for the Foundation, organizing a toy drive for JoyJars, working a Foundation booth at various events spreading awareness and selling NEGU™ merchandise, and participating in the PCRF (Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation) 5K walk are just a few of their activities. The team is helping to produce the NEGU™ Challenge, a May 19th lacrosse tournament in San Diego that will raise money for the Jessie Rees Foundation. Life lessons they will remember forever. For more information on the NEGU™ Lacrosse Team please see their website at Information on the Jessie Rees Foundation, can be found at

NEGU™ Lacrosse places 3rd in the Del Mar Jam by the Sea tournament

Blake Gagen carefully chooses fun items for a 9-12 year old girl JoyJar recipient

Team fills JoyJars for delivery to pediatric patients by the Jessie Rees Foundation

80 DAYS OF GIVEAWAYS TO CELEBRATE 80 YEARS OF ART In 2012 the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts has a lot to celebrate, and nothing says “celebrate” better than free gifts! This year marks the Festival’s 80th Anniversary. To commemorate the landmark year, the Festival will embark on 80 days of giveaways through their Facebook page. From May 1st through July 19th one fantastic prize will be given away each day. Fans can enter to win every day and no purchase is necessary. It’s 80 days of giveaways to celebrate 80 years of art and community! The “80 Days of Giveaways” extravaganza will feature an exciting and diverse range of prizes contributed by big brands and local shops alike, including hotel stays, event tickets, salon treatments, restaurant certificates, designer handbags and jewelry, sporting gear, celebrity branded merchandise, dance lessons, electronics, Festival/Pageant memorabilia, and even art by Festival of Arts exhibitors. Prizes will range in value from $50 to $700. “80 Days of Giveaways” will commence May 1st with a gift to make any fan happy: a pair of Pageant of the Masters tickets, dinner for two at Tivoli Terrace, a 2012 Pageant of the Page 14

Masters poster and souvenir program (valued at $300.) Other prizes to be won during “80 Days of Giveaways” include a stay at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel, a Vizio television, a JVC car stereo, a stay at the Montage Laguna Beach and much more. “Eighty years is a big milestone for the Festival of Arts,” says Sharbie Higuchi, director of marketing at the Festival of Arts / Pageant of the

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Masters. “We are eager to involve the community in our sense of excitement and celebration, and we think that giving away 80 fantastic prizes is a incredibly fun way to start! It’s also a great opportunity to say thanks to fans and supporters. It has been a pretty amazing 80 years, and we look forward to the 80 years to come.” “80 Days of Giveaways” will take place at the Festival of Arts / Pageant

of the Masters official Facebook page: If you are not a fan become a fan! Any fan can participate by simply entering to win each day – that’s 80 chances to win a free gift worth celebrating! For more information regarding “80 Days of Giveaways”, visit www. or

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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

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All Laker games, NHL, Fox Soccer and all Top Games. Taco Tuesdays, Slider Wednesdays, Taste of Italy Thursdays, DJ Friday nights. Happy Hour 11am to 6pm Mon.- Fri.

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Have you dined out recently in Ladera Ranch? The Ladera Ranch News would like your opinion and we are actively looking for more reviews of local area restaurants that are NOT already listed on this page. Please make it brief and informative with 50 words or less. Reviews must include your name, phone or email address (please do not send reviews on fast food or strictly pizza places). Please send your Restaurant Review to

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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The Referral Specialists provide practice representatives and referral marketing services to specialty physicians. Practice representatives are experienced healthcare professionals who call on primary care physicians and complementary specialists to educate them about their specialist client’s expertise. Since starting their business, their specialty physician clients have experienced positive gains as a direct result of their services. Typically these specialists triple or quadruple the number of referring physicians who refer to them and increase their bottom line. In fact, the Referral Specialists business caught the attention of the Wall Street Journal’s Smart Money magazine where they were mentioned by name. “Our business connects quality specialists with PCP’s (Primary Care Physicians) through referral marketing, said Gary Calvaneso, Managing Partner. Educating the medical community not only benefits everyone in the medical market but also produces jobs which is something that our community really needs”. Aside from achieving positive results for their clients, what makes The Referral Specialists unique is their dedication to helping those that are unemployed and need help. For Calvaneso, it is something he takes to heart.

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Nearly every Monday for the past 6 years, Calvaneso has been a volunteer at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, listening to and coaching unemployed people with a smile and an offer of hope. “For our practice reps, we only consider candidates that are unemployed” said Calvaneso. “We are not interested in recruiting people that already have a job and an income. We prefer to support those that do not. It is our way of giving back to the community by helping those in need which is a principle of our faith.” “You would be surprised at the high level of unemployed talent there is out there” said Sandra McElwee, Managing Partner. “One of our practice reps is a senior woman with over 25 years of pharmaceutical sales experience calling on physicians’ offices. She was out of work for over 2 years before joining up with us and has done a great job for our clients”. Not only do the Referral Specialists focus on working with unemployed candidates, but they also do the same for suppliers. “We wanted to apply our faith based principles of helping those in need to all aspects of our business, said Calvaneso”. “Even the caterer we use is trying to generate income through a home based business. What employers need to understand is that being unemployed has nothing to do with talent or quality. We carefully screen our suppliers, looking for skill and quality first. The doctors all rave about her food and she now gets additional business from them”. “We have a stay-at-home mom who makes some of the best toffee you’ll ever taste, right out of her home kitchen. Here again, our clients rave about her toffee and have provided her additional business” said Calvaneso. For his volunteerism in supporting people in transition in 2011, Calvaneso received the Orange County Spirit of Volunteerism Award as part of the leadership team managing Saddlebacks Career Coaching and Counseling program. If you are a physician with a specialty medical practice and are interested in a free consultation to learn more about how The Referral Specialists can help increase referrals from other physicians, visit their website at www. , call them 949-433-1702 or e-mail them at

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History of Cinco De Mayo: A Battle Won, War Lost Cinco De Mayo Celebrated More Widely in U.S. Than in Mexico By Joe Copymachine In the United States, Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a reason to revel. Bars across the U.S. host celebrations with Corona beer and Mexico-themed decorations. College students throw raucous parties where they break open red, white and green colored pinatas. More than 150 U.S. cities hold official celebrations. Much of the nation makes a point to make merry on Cinco de Mayo, and it’s all in the name of Mexico. But in Mexico, people don’t get so excited. Actually, most of the country doesn’t even recognize the holiday, possibly because Mexicans are more familiar with the history of Cinco de Mayo than Americans are. The event notes a battle won, but a war lost. The history of Cinco de Mayo begins on May 5, 1862, when a Mexican army led by General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin defeated a well-armed French militia in the Battle of Puebla. The French forces had outnumbered the Mexicans two-to-one, and the French were known for having a strong military. The two forces met in the Mexican state of Puebla, an area

that now celebrates Cinco de Mayo far more than the rest of Mexico. While the Battle of Puebla was a significant feat for the Mexican army, it only delayed the advancing French, who went on to occupy Mexico in 1863. The French remained in control of Mexico until they withdrew in 1866 and 1867 under pressure from the United States. So although the history of Cinco de Mayo is rooted in an impressive victory for the Mexicans, the holiday is also a reminder of a war the country eventually lost. Thus Mexico doesn’t recognize Cinco de Mayo as a federal holiday, and many Mexicans don’t see much reason to celebrate. The celebration has actually become a largely U.S.-celebrated holiday — a

day for a country that is 15 percent Hispanic to celebrate the culture of its neighbor to the South. Cinco de Mayo first gained popularity in the U.S. during the 1950s and 1960s as the United States sought to develop a better relationship with Mexico. Many Chicano activists in the 1960s used the holiday to build pride among Mexican-Americans.

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Ladera Ranch’s Tracy Broughton Ms. America 2011 Crowns Nicole Rash Ms America 2012 April 27 , 2012

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