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Ladera Ranch Student Holds Halloween Costume Drive Project to Help Disadvantaged Children S k y l a r ’s K o s t u m e s 4 K i d s held the first annual Halloween costume drive held to encourage the community to donate their gently used or new Halloween costumes for disadvantaged children to enjoy this Halloween. The drive is in conjunction with Laura’s House Resale Store. The drive was the idea of 13-year old Skylar Zamalloa, a student at Ladera Ranch Middle School. Skylar saw a need to recycle Halloween costumes for families that might have a difficult time affording Halloween costumes for their children. Most children wear Halloween costumes once and she thought this would be a great way to do something good for the community. “We are the future and just because we are kids does not mean we can’t make a difference today,” Skylar said. The costumes will be available free of charge for families to select beginning October 18th - 31st at Laura’s House Resale Store. For more information on Skylar’s Kostumes 4 Kids go to www. . For more information on Laura’s House go to

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No tricks here: Treat guests to a hair-raising Halloween experience Whether prepping for trick-ortreaters or hosting a party fit for Frankenstein, turning your home into a haunted house can be fun and easy. With these tips, before you know it, your home will be transformed into the spookiest house on the block. * Create terrifying tombstones. Set the stage before trick-or-treaters even hit the front door. Use wood, cardboard or thick Styrofoam to create tombstones that you can put in your front yard. After cutting out the desired shape, use a matte gray spray paint to cover the surface, and then use black paint to write creative epitaphs such as “Dare to Disturb” or “Happy Haunting.” * Get creative with pumpkins. Everyone enjoys a good jack-olantern, but why not choose to think

outside the box when decorating with pumpkins this year? Instead of carving, try spray painting or using your favorite Halloween candy to decorate pumpkins in fun, spooky patterns. Plus, this is a project that even the littlest witch can enjoy. * Download a haunted playlist. Nothing is quite as spooky as the sound of doors creaking or ghosts shrieking. Put together a haunted playlist that you can listen to while guests arrive, or stick speakers near an open window to entice the nearby trick-or-treaters to stop by for some candy. * Serve spine-chilling treats. Use your free time on Halloween to make these simple but yummy treats designed to look like spiders. Serve them when guests arrive to kick-off the scary festivities. Reese’s(R) Peanut Butter Pumpkin Spiders (6 Servings) Ingredients: 6 Reese’s (R) Peanut Butter Pumpkins 1/4 cup Hershey’s (R) Milk Chocolate Chips Large pretzel twists (2 -1/2 to 3 inches)

12 yellow Reese’s Pieces (R) Candies Directions: Line tray or cookie sheet with wax paper. Remove wrappers from peanut butter pumpkins and place alongside each other on tray leaving 1 inch of space between each peanut butter pumpkin. For each spider, cut 8 matching curved sections from pretzels which will form the legs. Set aside remaining pretzels pieces. Place milk chocolate chips in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at medium 30 seconds; stir. If necessary,

microwave at medium an additional 10 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chips are melted and smooth when stirred. Transfer to small heavy duty plastic food storage bag. Cut off one corner of bag about 1/4 inch from the tip. Attach pretzel legs and yellow candy “eyes” to spider with melted chocolate; place dot of melted chocolate on each eye. Allow chocolate to set before moving spiders. For more wickedly delicious recipes, visit CelebratewithHersheys. com.

Tips and tricks for planning the perfect Halloween Planning the perfect Halloween can be pretty spooky, and it’s not just because of the ghosts and ghouls that run from door to door. Coordinating Halloween activities, planning a festive party and pulling off the perfect costume for each family member can be frightening. But with a few technology tricks, you’ll be rewarded with a lot of treats and plenty of fun to make this holiday one to remember. Eerie e-vites set the tone for parties Planning a Halloween party? Email invites are perfectly acceptable for a casual soiree. Send out e-vites a few weeks ahead of time to give friends and family plenty of notice. Be sure to mention that costumes are encouraged, and list any other important details, like if the party is potluck style. The best part of email invites is you’ll receive RSVPs electronically, so you can track responses and get the perfect amount of party supplies for all attendees. And if you have an email account, you can flag RSVPs to the top of your inbox for easy reference, and instantly chat with friends on Facebook, Skype or Gmail to firm up last minute details, right from your inbox. Page 4

Scary inbox? Organize email easily If your inbox is a scary sight, it’s time to tap your magic wand for an organization transformation. With, it’s easy to sort through hundreds of messages in a few clicks. You can use the “sweep” feature to get rid of outdated emails you don’t need, like all those costume coupon deals that have expired. Frightful or friendly, find the perfect costume Whether young or old, Halloween is a time to let imaginations run wild and play pretend for the day. Finding the perfect costume for each member of the family can be a difficult and costly process. Track sales from your favorite Halloween supply stores and subscribe to email newsletters to get the latest alerts on costume trends and discounts. After Halloween is over, you can use’s oneclick unsubscribe to get off all those emails lists with little effort.

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Access the perfect trick-or-treat schedule Hit the candy motherload and have fun with all the neighborhood kids and parents by plotting your trick-or-treat schedule ahead of time. Upload it to SkyDrive and everyone can access it while en route on any device. Then, all you have to do is get your flashlights, candy bags and giggles ready. Share boo-tiful photos from the day’s festivities Whether you love your smartphone or are a diehard digital camera

guru, there are bound to be plenty of fun photos the group needs to exchange. Use and SkyDrive together to share all your Halloween snaps in one mail - the file size doesn’t matter - and they will arrive in slideshow format! There’s no limit to the number of photos you can share and, since they’re all stored on SkyDrive, you can access them on any device anywhere, anytime. Share with Grandma and Grandpa, or gather the kids and relive the Halloween fun over and over again.

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Kids look forward to Halloween for many reasons. They like the dressing up in costumes but the mostly they like it for the candy and treats! Who wouldn’t? Even some adults still like to go our trick or treating. It makes them feel young and happy again. While this section sticks mainly to guidelines for kids, they are just as useful for adults. Some parents like to take first dibs on some of the candy that the kids have picked up during the night. It’s their reward for taking them around from house to house! We suggest that you watch the candy intake when you all get home, too much at one time can lead to stomach aches and indigestion. That includes mom and dad as well! Make your child’s Halloween a memorable holiday and they’ll have good memories that last a lifetime! If you are taking your kids out for the night, dress up as well. Mom and dad should get into Halloween as much as the kids do! Trick or Treating should be one of the great adventures of Halloween for kids! They can get dressed in scary costumes and go door to door, begging “Tricks or Treats!” from neighbors or at the local mall. Lots of small towns have a Halloween Safe Night at the community center or school so kids can Trick-or-Treat safely but going door to door is the

stuff of childhood memories! It should be a fun time, without trouble and pain, so following some easy tips can keep your child safe every Halloween. Children should always go out trick or treating accompanied by a responsible adult. If you have a group of kids going, the parents should choose two or three of them to go along and keep an eye on things. Plan a safe route so parents know where their older kids will be at all times. Set a time for their return home. Make sure that your child is old enough and responsible enough to go out by themselves. Make sure that they have a cell phone. Let your children know not to cut through back alleys and fields if they are out alone. Make sure they know to stay in populated areas and not to go off the beaten track. Let them know to stay in well lighted areas with lots of people around. Explain to them

why it can be dangerous for kids not to do this. If they are going out alone, they are old enough to know what can happen to them in a bad situation and how to stop it from happening. Instruct your children not to eat any treats until they bring them home to be examined by you. This way you can check for any problem candy and get the pick of the best stuff! Instruct your child to never go into the home of a stranger or get into their car. Explain why this is not a god idea and what to do if someone approaches them and tries to talk to them. Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars. Let them know that they should stay together as a group if going out to Trick or Treat without an adult.

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Local dentist discusses archaic-sounding modern technology I just did three fillings using the Whisper-Jet (sand blaster) on a thirtyfive year old patient. He asked me why this Dr. Michael Tessier procedure was necessary, and here’s what I told him: Just like any other situation, early detection is always a good thing. The grooves in the chewing surfaces of the molars get to the point where they’re narrower than one bristle of a toothbrush. So, a patient can’t get in there to clean those grooves, but the acidic end-products of bacterial metabolism can. When we use a drill on a small cavity, we can only make the whole as small as the diameter of the drill allows. So really small cavities would require removal of much more tooth structure than necessary. Also, using the drill would require anesthetic because of the discomfort that arises from both the rotational vibration of the drill and the heat of friction that ensues as the drill cuts the tooth structure. And, drilling on any crystalline substance, like tooth enamel, can result in micro-fractures that can, in the case of tooth structure,

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Homemade alternatives to Halloween candy Processed, sugar-packed candies are collected door-to-door every year at Halloween. This year, try a different angle with homemade sweet treats that parents can make with their kids for Halloween. Chef Claire Menck from The Art Institute of Wisconsin loves making ghostly “gorp” wrapped in white parchment paper with her two children. “Gorp is basically granola mixed with your child’s favorite treats like chocolate candies, peanut butter chips, pretzels, gummy bears, etc .,” she says. To make the granola, take oatmeal and toss with your choice of spices, honey and oil. Lay oatmeal on a sheet tray and toast on the lowest heat possible (usually 150 or 200 F). You can add sugar to the granola, but be careful to not add too much sugar as it can make it hard. Parents can also choose to substitute the sugar with agave or maple syrup. Mix the granola with the tasty treats. Take white parchment paper and draw two eyes. Place a scoop of the gorp into the opposite side of the paper and tie up top for spooky gorp. Another of Chef Menck’s favorite treats is dried fruit roll-ups wrapped to look like candy. She recommends using local, seasonal fruit. “We always go apple-picking in the fall

and come back with more than we need; and so we create dried apple treats.” Cut and peel the apples or your choice of fruit beforehand in half-inch slices. Then mix the slices with spices of your choosing such as cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, etc. “Make it a tactile experience for your kids and allow them to mix all the ingredients together, maybe even with their hands,” she says. Lay the apples on an oiled cookie sheet, turn your oven on to the lowest setting and slow bake until dehydrated (about 45 to 90 minutes, depending on preference). Take colorful tissue paper or Halloween-themed paper and place under parchment paper. Once the fruit is dehydrated, place a small amount of the fruit on a 4-by-4-inch parchment paper. Then roll and twist the ends to look like a candy wrapper and tie the ends. You can also use dehydrated berries like cranberries for the fruit roll-up candy. “Chocolate! Can’t have Halloween without the chocolate, chocolate spiders with pretzel legs that is,” says Chef Amy Carter, baking and pastry instructor at The Art Institutes International Minnesota. Begin by lining a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil and spray with cooking spray. Melt chocolate chips of your choosing in the microwave in a

microwave-safe bowl, and stir every so often to make sure chocolate melts evenly. Add rice cereal or bran twigs, or your favorite crunchy grain and then add to the melted chocolate. Stir the mixture until well combined. Take half of a palm-size of the mixture and place on the baking sheet. Add stick pretzels for legs. Add two marshmallows or white chocolate chips for eyes. “For a creepier spin on your Halloween treats, I recommend truffle eyeballs to liven up a kids’ party,” Chef Carter says. All you need is 8 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate, 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream and 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter. Heat the cream, pour over the chocolate,

and whisk in the butter until nice and smooth. Pour the mixture in a pan and chill for 2 hours, or -overnight - just long enough to firm it. You can flavor with anything like vanilla, peanut butter or fruit puree. Then take an ice cream scoop or have the kids help by rolling the mixture into small balls with their hands and then roll the balls in powdered sugar. Top off with a chocolate candy and then take red, edible writing gel to make squiggly lines. These creative, make-it-at-hometips are just some fun ideas you can create with your kids as a Halloween project, and then tackle carving the pumpkin.

Ensure a Fun and Safe Howl-O-Ween for Your Pet Halloween isn’t just for kids. Pets are joining the festivities too by dressing up in fabulous costumes. But in addition to picking out a costume, pet parents should keep their pet’s safety in mind as well. Here are some safety tips and costume ideas to help ensure you and your pet have a safe and fun holiday. Keep them happy. “Before having pets join in the Halloween fun, it’s important to assess whether your pet will be comfortable participating, or if the festivities will cause undue stress,” says Dr. Simon Starkey, Pet Care Expert at PetSmart. “If you have a young or senior pet, or one that is shy around others, it’s better to give them a quiet space away from all the activity where they’ll feel more comfortable.” Make sure treats are pet friendly. With so many Halloween treats about the home, you want to make sure your dog doesn’t accidentally consume something that could be harmful. Chocolate is particularly tempting for pets, but it can also make them seriously ill. Instead, choose a pet friendly treat to celebrate, such as GREENIES Dental Chews, which also keep pets’ teeth clean and their breath scare-free.

Keep them safe. If you plan to take your dog around the neighborhood in the evening, make sure they’re properly outfitted. Reflective leashes, collars and ID tags with flashing lights are essential accessories for any pet Halloween costume. Halloween Pet Fun “Choosing a costume for your pet is like choosing a costume for yourself – you want something that reflects your or your pet’s personality,” says author and entertainment expert Kimberly Schlegel Whitman. Here are a few favorites exclusively available at PetSmart: Make your pet a star. If you fancy your pet a rock star, consider dressing them for the part. Check out the Bret Michaels Pets Rock wig. With blonde tresses and a bandana to top it off, your pet will be ready to rock and roll. Classic costumes are spooktacular. For a fantastic costume that also offers safety features, check out the glow-in-the-dark Martha Stewart Pets Black Halloween Skeleton costume. Or, if you love retro, outfit your pet in the Top Paw Plush Sock Monkey costume, which is sure to evoke some “oohs” and “aahs” from witches, goblins, zombies and monsters of all ages.

Halloween Pets Shine No matter what costume you choose, your pet is sure to look their best. Pet parents can show off their frighteningly adorable pets in costume at PetSmart’s annual Howl-O-Ween pet parade on October 20 at your local store or online via the Monster Cute Photo Contest Powered by GREENIES. Submit your

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Working Wardrobes held its annual “Blue Jeans & Fast Cars” fundraising event at the Marconi Automotive Museum in Tustin where guests engaged in viewing the $30 million dollar rarely-seen exotic and classic car collection. Working Wardrobes is dedicated to providing comprehensive career readiness and life skills services to people overcoming difficult challenges. With over 250 people in attendance, the event raised $165,000, which included a generous donation made by Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation (LCHF) in the amount of $25,000. Other corporate partner donations came from Autobytel Inc., US Bank, Decision ToolBox, PIMCO, The Boeing Company, Cox Communications, Hyundai, DGWB, Applied Medical, People G2, Sentinel, Union Bank, Kimco Staffing Services, RETS Associates, GSGI, Summit General Insurance and UPS. All proceeds raised from the “Blue Jeans & Fast Cars” event go to support Working Wardrobes programs and services (including the VetNet program which helps veterans successfully transition into civilian life) that provide men, women, young adults and retired military personnel overcoming difficult challenges with job training/placement, career development, comprehensive assessment and support, and professional wardrobe services, among others. “For over 20 years now, we’ve helped people struggling with life’s challenges find dignity through work,” said Jerri Rosen, founder and CEO of Susie Dominguez with Nick Dominguez, Kent Swahn and Ellen Papadakis. Working Wardrobes. “The success of our ‘Blue Jeans and Fast Cars’ event comes from the generous and invaluable support of the attendees and our corporate sponsors who care enough about the people in our community to open their hearts and their wallets in support of our efforts. We couldn’t do it without them and we are so grateful for their support.” Rosen was on-hand with veteran Navy SEALs and other prominent members of the Working Wardrobes team and Orange County community, including Harry Humphries, executive director of VetNet who is also a retired Navy SEAL, his wife Catherine, Dick and Bo Marconi, Ellen Papadakis, Steve and Beth Goodno, and Working Wardrobes’ board members Kim Shepherd, Mandi Dossin, Steve Kelley, Rich Shugg, Anna Conrekas, Linda Smith, Chris Dyer, Sandy Thierault, Darryl Martin, Patrick Tillich and Emily Reynolds. Guests feasted on a delicious home style BBQ dinner by Jason’s Catered Events, and participated in silent and live auctions, slot car racing and casino tables. Orange County-based band, Swing Shift provided live entertainment and line dancing demonstrations. Critically-needed funds for VetNet and other Working Wardrobes programs and services were raised through table sponsorships, underwriting, ticket sales, auction opportunities and the purchase of “Challenge Coins,” commonly used in the military. A “Challenge Coin” is a small coin or medallion (usually military), bearing an organization’s insignia Wardrobes Board MemMichael and Lauri Mendenhall or emblem and are carried by the organization’s members. Traditionally, they berWorking Chris Dyer CEO of PeopleG2 are given to prove membership when challenged and to enhance morale. and Board Chair Kim Shepherd check out the silent auction items. They were used here to honor Working Wardrobes Heroes Investment Club CEO of Decision Toolbox. donors who support their VetNet Program. Some of the more notable LIVE auction items that were up for grabs were Sky Diving with the Navy SEALS, an Angel Game Day Experience with MLB Umpire Gerry Davis, a gorgeous Corum Admiral’s Cup Tides Luxury Timepiece, and a Wienerschnitzel Weiner Wagon Catered Event for 50. Working Wardrobes is an independent nonprofit organization that strives to empower men, women, veterans, and young adults overcoming difficult challenges to confidently enter the workforce and achieve self-sufficiency. The organization provides career training, job placement assistance, and professional wardrobe services in an environment of dignity and respect. Since 1990, Working Wardrobes has grown to serve over 60,000 men, women, veterans, and young adults overcoming difficult challenges including alcohol and substance abuse, prison re-entry, homelessness, catastrophic illness, and traumatic financial losses. It assists CalWorks recipients, clients of social service agencies, and individuals in 60 shelters or programs in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, and the Inland Empire. The Working Wardrobes social enterprise model serves as an example of self-sustainability to organizations nationwide. For more information about Working Wardrobes, and their programs and services Johanna Moffatt poses Diane Very and Helene Pappas. including VetNet, please call 714-210-2460 or visit Page 12

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How to Carve a Halloween Pumpkin Teach Your Kids How to Create a Halloween Tradition! By Kassidy Emmerson One of my fondest childhood memories involving Halloween is picking out a pumpkin and carving it to make a Jack O’ Lantern. I passed the tradition down when I had my own family, and you can too. Teach your own kids how to carve a Halloween pumpkin by following the instructions in this article. It just wouldn’t be Halloween without seeing plenty of round, orange pumpkins lit up and setting on decks, porches, and on sidewalks. Your kids are sure to get a kick out of carving their own pumpkin and placing it outside for the world to see. If your kids are too small to handle a knife safely, they can still help out in other ways to carve their own Halloween pumpkin. The first thing to do, after your kids have chosen a nice, large pumpkin, is to help your kids decide on what kind of face their Halloween ornament is going to have. They can decide on a happy face, an evil-looking face, or even a goofy face that will make people laugh! An easy way for kids to carve a Halloween pumpkin is to use an ink pen to outline the face of their pumpkin first. It’s easier to cut on lines than try to free hand their design with a knife. Next, place a thick layer of old newspaper on a work surface. Place the pumpkin on top of the newspaper. Then, use a long, serrated knife to cut out a circle around the stem of the pumpkin on its top. The circle will need to be just large enough so your kids can get a hand inside it. Be sure that you or your kids cut the circle out at the top of the pumpkin at an angle. That means, you need to cut the rind so that it’s larger than the flesh on the inside. This will keep the lid from shrinking and falling inside the pumpkin. You or your kids will have to press down kind of hard with the serrated

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knife so it cuts all the way through the thick Halloween pumpkin rind. Now, have your kids reach inside the pumpkin and remove the flesh, membrane, and the seeds with their hand. Once most of the inside of the shell is cleaned out, use a large spoon to scrape out any remaining stuff. The inside will need to be as clean as possible. Don’t forget to clean off the inside of the lid too! If you’re going to light up the finished Halloween Jack O’Lantern with a candle, you or your kids will need to cut some small vent holes in the top so the heat can escape. Two or three small holes should do the trick. Just be careful not to break the top while you’re cutting the vent holes. The next step is to use the serrated knife to cut out the face on the pumpkin. After you or your kids have completely cut around a feature of the face, you can carefully push the piece out through the shell. Repeat this process until the face of the Jack O’Lantern is complete. And finally, place a candle- a flatbottomed votive works well- or a small electrical light inside the middle of the pumpkin shell. Now, the kids’ Halloween pumpkin is ready to display! Enjoy! To clean up, simply lift up the four corners of the thick layer of newspaper so the pumpkin mess stays inside. Then, crumple the paper together and toss the newspaper away in the trash. Note: Traditionally, small candles are used to light up Jack O’Lanterns. However, the candles have to be monitored. That, and even the slightest of breeze can put them out. Using a battery-operated candle, or a small electrical light has its advantages. These type of lights are safer to use, they can’t be blown out by the wind, and your kids can’t get burned like they can with a candle.

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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 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.

28562 Oso Pkwy 949.216.9029 Diho Siam 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.

27702 Crown Valley Pkwy E-3 365-8777 Don Gustavo’s Authentic Mexican Food with homestyle 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,

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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.

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The Ranch Sports Grill 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.

27412 Antonio Pkwy. 429-7737 Selma’s Chicago Pizzeria & Tap Room Selma’s serves 6 different styles of pizzas: Deep Dish, Chicago Pie, Low Profile, Artisan, Artisan Wheat, and Gluten Free. Plus great pastas, gourmet salads, Panini sandwiches, appetizers, desserts, and one of the largest selections of beers & wine in the area.Selmas’ offers full service or drop and go Catering.

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27702 Crown Valley Pkwy, Ladera Ranch. (949) 388-7260

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 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 Peppino’s 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.

Simply Fondue Fabulous fondues composed of delicious meats, cheeses, breads, fruits and vegetables with steaming savory sauces. Worth the short trip to

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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.


27780 Vista del Lago, Mission Viejo 859.9556 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.

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singer Carly Ritter, and Los Angeles indie duo Trapdoor Social. There will also be local food trucks, vendors, sponsors, and drink companies on the grounds, creating a festive experience by the sea. GA tickets are only $35, and VIP tickets are $150, which includes food at Tivoli Terrace, an open bar, a designated seating section, and tickets to the Nov. 1 pre-show at the Cliff Restaurant featuring Grammynominated blues rocker Deborah Magone. Tickets online at festivalofmusic

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Ladera Ranch News Legal Notices NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. CA-12-534253-JB Order No.: 120367045-CA-GTI YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 7/20/2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 to the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by duly appointed trustee. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. BENEFICIARY MAY ELECT TO BID LESS THAN THE TOTAL AMOUNT DUE. Trustor(s): ANTHONY PASCUAL, A SINGLE PERSON AND REGINA M. VERGARA, A SINGLE PERSON Recorded: 7/27/2005 as Instrument No. 2005000578171 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of ORANGE County, California; Date of Sale: 11/1/2013 at 9:00 AM Place of Sale: On the front steps to the entrance of the Orange Civic Center, 300 E. Chapman, Orange, CA 92866 Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $657,576.29 The purported property address is: 57 TARLETON LANE, LADERA RANCH, CA 92694-1303 Assessor’s Parcel No.: 937-014-44 NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you

should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 714-573-1965 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site , using the file number assigned to this foreclosure by the Trustee: CA-12-534253JB . Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee, or the Mortgagee’s Attorney. If you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holders right’s against the real property only. As required by law, you are hereby notified that a negative credit report reflecting on your credit record may be submitted to a credit report agency if you fail to fulfill the terms of your credit obligations. QUALITY MAY BE CONSIDERED A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Date: Quality Loan Service Corporation 2141 5th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101 619-645-7711 For NON SALE information only Sale Line: 714-573-1965 Or Login to: http:// Reinstatement Line: (866) 645-7711 Ext 5318 Quality Loan Service Corp. TS No.: CA-12-534253-JB IDSPub #0056713 10/11/2013 10/18/2013 10/25/2013

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Halloween: History, Lore, and Legend Historical Documents Align with the Reality of Many Halloween-related Creatures Among the World By Jessica Mousseau It’s about that time to dust off that old broomstick and get ready for new haunting flights this Halloween season. The spooky fun times of haunts and ghouls are approaching quickly. Halloween, a near 2,000-year-old holiday continues to gain popularity. According to the 2005 National Retail Federation survey, nearly $3.29 billion was spent on Halloween-related merchandise, a rise of 5.4% from 2004. “With more young adults getting in the spirit by throwing parties and having elaborate pumpkin carving contests, Halloween is no longer considered a children’s holiday,” said Phil Rist, Vice President of Strategy for BIGresearch. “Halloween gives both kids and the young-at-heart an excuse to put on their scariest costume and indulge in their favorite treats.”


Halloween traditions began in modern United Kingdom, northern France and Ireland. These countries celebrated their new calendar year on November 1, a day that concluded the summer harvest period and began the dark wintertime that was directly associated with death. The Celts believed that on the night before the New Year, known as Samhain or the “Lord of Death,” that the separation between the living world and the dead one wasn’t apparent to the ghosts of the dead. Throughout Samhain, these ghosts would return to the Earth. They would cause trouble and damage the harvest crops of the past season if food was not provided to them. With their presence, the Celtic priests could effectively make prophecies that were vital to the townspeople’s comfort toward the dark winter ahead. Generally, the tradition of costume wearing began at this time when many people feared the return of these ghosts. They then wore costumes, usually of animal heads or skins, or dressed in others disguises and masks to attempt to look like the dead themselves. This would help put them out of harm’s way.


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symbol for Pomona was an apple, thus the tradition of bobbing for apples began with the Romans. As the spread of Christianity enveloped the land, November 1 was named All Saints’ Day, a day to honor saints and martyrs, by the Catholic Church. Many believe that the Catholic pope was attempting to replace the evil within this holiday. Later, the church created All Souls’ Day on November 2, in which the dead were honored. The trick or treating tradition began with the All Souls’ Day parades in England where beggars would ask for food and they would receive soul cakes for a promise to pray for that family’s dead relatives. At the beginning of the 20th century, Halloween festivities began with communities urging parents to take the fright out of the celebrations. Because of this, Halloween lost much of its nostalgia. The tradition continued as an affordable way to celebrate the holiday among a community. It was believed that if people offered treats, they could avoid any Halloween-related tricks on their property. In the 1950’s, communities began to make the holiday a more youth-oriented experience.

The inscription held true with many unfortunate occurrences happening because of this finding. Carter’s financial backer, Lord Carnarvon, died suddenly a few months later from an insect bite. When he died, all the lights in Cairo went out. At the same time, Carter’s dog in England howled and dropped dead shortly after. Tut’s body was unwrapped in 1925 and a wound on his face was directly aligned with the one that Carnarvon had because of his insect bite. By 1929, nearly 11 people connected with the discovery of this tomb had died early of unnatural causes. It was later discovered in 1999 by a German microbiologist that deadly mold spores grew on mummies and could be lethal enough to kill a person. Thus, archaeologists could easily die SPOOKS, MONSTERS, GHOULS as a result of a mummy. With the continual popularity of WEREWOLF The mystery of the werewolf has this tradition growing, its evolution throughout the years has created been showcased through various a series of spooks, monsters and movies throughout the 20th century. ghouls that are associated with the However, the legend of this creature haunting experiences. These fright goes back for thousands of years. factors add to the nostalgia of the European folklore names werewolves occasion. Watch out; don’t let the as men who turns into wolves at night monsters get you! The traditions of (usually after a full moon) and ate vampires, witches, werewolves and animals, corpses and/or people, and other haunting Halloween creatures later returning to a human. Those have been presented to us through bitten by a werewolf turn into one various outlets since we were young. themselves. The belief of werewolves However, the fantasy aspect of these is called lycanthropy and occurs creatures has a reality in the modern throughout the world. This disease typically occurs within people who world. believe in reincarnation. MUMMY Many archaeologists have increas- WITCHES The history of witches goes back ingly been fascinated with the tombs of ancient Egypt. Most of these Pha- to ancient Greek and Roman times. raohs were made into mummies and Most often known as devil worship, buried with treasures to help them witchcraft in the 4th century began through their travels to the land of the during the spread of Christianity. The dead. After a long search for several Church forbids the pagan actions and years by an English archaeologist, nearly thousands of witches were Howard Carter, the tomb of King Tut tortured or killed over a period of hun(Tutankhamen) was discovered con- dreds of years. One time in particular, taining gold and alabaster treasures. was the Salem Witch Trails in Salem, However, with this finding a curse was Massachusetts. The association with Halloween found on the door to Tut’s tomb. The inscription read: “Death shall come began with a witch being described on swift wings to him who disturbs as an ugly hag with a toothless grin and a wart-filled face. However, the the peace of the king...”

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cliché descriptions alerted many practicing Wiccans and the growing rise of Paganism or Wicca rose over the last dozen years within the U.S. The religion remains the fastest growing in recent years. The question “do witches exist?” remains unanswered. However, the reality of the practice is that most do not worship Satan and do not wish to claim evil. However, it is up to you to decide on the motives of these pointy hat spell casters.


The persona of a modern day bloodsucking creature of the night or a vampire comes primarily from Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, Dracula or the Romanian word for devil. The story describes the real life of a Transylvanian prince, Vlad Dracula, in Romania. The prince was not a vampire however; he was used to illustrate this character because of his style of dealing with those who oppose him. Vlad Dracula would terrorize his enemies and stories of these experiences circulated throughout Europe. He was assassinated in the late 1470’s. However, the legend of the vampire creature began far before Bram Stoker’s story. Stories of vampire-like beings throughout Prussia and Hungary in the 1700s created a chain of disease and ignorance among the people. The continual use of the vampire throughout the media has continued with movies such as Blade and the popular novels of Anne Rice. The reality of the situation isn’t known. With every story, there are believers and non-believers. However, with the various stories surrounding the topic, it’s hard not to believe that at least one vampire has existed in the world.

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