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ladera’s stefani rose releases charity debut album ll proceeds of her debut single will be donated to the Epilepsy Foundation Stefani Rose, a new country artist, announced today the release of her debut single and EP, Reaching Out. The title track was inspired by an illness most people choose not to talk about, but Stefani Rose connected her own feelings of fear and isolation with a community that needed a voice. It took doctors over a year to diagnose Stefani Rose’s son with epilepsy. “I was lost and needed to find people who could explain to me what my twoyear-old son could not say for himself,” Stefani said. “I found the Walk to End Epilepsy, and barely a year later, I have found my voice again, wrote some amazing music, and will be giving back to a group that does wonderful things for the epilepsy community.” An inspiration herself, Stefani Rose now lives for health, motivates others to take control over their lives, and uses the power of music and her own personal experience to reach out. “Reaching Out is a song that’s so universal. Every day, we use some variation of that phrase as we talk with people, do business, and communicate with family and friends; my goal is to follow through,” said Stefani Rose. “While my cause is epilepsy awareness, I really want this song to challenge everyone to find a cause, find a group, find a person, and reach out.” The four-song EP was recorded over the summer at Omni Studios in Nashville. Find it on iTunes, Amazon, other online music stores, and at Stefani Rose is a country music singer/songwriter born in Vegas, and influenced throughout her life by the great talents of Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and more contemporary artists like Little Big Town, Sugarland, Reba, and Martina McBride. All proceeds from her debut single, Reaching Out, will be donated to the Epilepsy Foundation ( to raise awareness of a disease that affects over 3 million Americans of all ages. 1 in 26 people will be diagnosed with Epilepsy at some point in their lives, but few talk about it - help End Epilepsy by purchasing or donating directly.

Stoneybrooke Christian School Earns National Blue Ribbon The award is considered the highest in K-12 education Stoneybrooke Christian Schools, a two-campus K-8 system in south Orange County, has won its first national Blue Ribbon award, one of only two private schools statewide to earn the top U.S. schools prize this year. “It’s a great day to be at Stoneybrooke,” Sherry Worel, Superintendent of Stoneybrooke said. “Stoneybrooke is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, having opened in 1983 with 38 children in a Laguna Niguel storefront”, Worel explained. Its San Juan Capistrano campus now serves preschool through sixth grade, and its Ladera Ranch campus teaches preschool through eighth grade. “We are extremely proud of the National Blue Ribbon that we have been awarded. To be recognized for this award validates the great effort put forth by the students, staff and parents to make Stoneybrooke the great school it is” said Jim Berkompas, Principal of Stoneybrooke’s Ladera Ranch campus. California’s only other private school to win a Blue Ribbon this year was El Cerrito’s Tehiyah Day School in the Bay Area. Nationally, 219 public schools and 50 private schools won Blue Ribbons this year. To apply for a Blue Ribbon, California’s public schools must win the state’s Distinguished School award. To win a Blue Ribbon, a school either has to have its students score in the top 10 percent in the nation in reading and mathematics or have 40 percent of its students come from a disadvantaged background and show that their scores have been steadily improving and are now within the top 40 percent in the nation. Stoneybrooke, qualified as a high-achieving school. Blue Ribbon schools will be honored at a national awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. in November, where each winner receives a plaque and flag. Page 2

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FOUR-TIME TONY AWARD WINNER MEMPHIS IS COMING TO ORANGE COUNTY MEMPHIS, the 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, and the show that’s currently blowing the roof off Broadway, opens at Segerstrom Center for the Arts on November 6 for a limited engagement. Single tickets, which start at $20, will go on sale Sunday, September 30 at 10 a.m.PST. Tickets will be available online at, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236. The TTY number is (714) 556-2746. The 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, November 17 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation. Critically acclaimed MEMPHIS won four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score(David Bryan and Joe DiPietro), Best Book (Joe DiPietro) and Best Orchestrations (David Bryan and Daryl Waters). MEMPHIS won four Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Performance by an Actress (Montego Glover), Outstanding Music (David Bryan) and Outstanding Orchestration (David Bryan and Daryl Waters). MEMPHIS has also won four Outer Critic Circle Awards including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Score (David Bryan & Joe DiPietro), Outstanding Actress(Montego Glover) and Outstanding Choreography (Sergio Trujillo). MEMPHIS takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated ‘50s, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun fell in love with everything he shouldn’t: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer. MEMPHIS is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the air waves – filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll. The show features a brand-new Tony-winning score with music by Bon Jovi’s founding member and keyboardist David Bryan and lyrics by Bryan and Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change), who also pens the musical’s book. Bryan and DiPietro also collaborated on the award-winning off-Broadway hit, The Toxic Avenger. For more information, please visit:

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City to host enrollment for lifesaving study next month The American Cancer Society is seeking people across the nation who want to make a direct impact in the fight against c a n c e r. T h e Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) will pave the way for the next generation of cancer research. The city of Mission Viejo has teamed up with the American Cancer Society in the battle against the disease by hosting enrollment for the lifesaving study from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 25 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 27 at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way. The primary focus of CPS-3 is to better understand the lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer and, ultimately, to help eliminate cancer as a major health concern for future generations. Folks willing to make a 20-to-30-year commitment to the study who are between 30 and 65 and have never been diagnosed with cancer (excluding basal cell and squamous cell skin cancer) may qualify. Although this is a long study, the time commitment is small, and once enrolled the study simply requires participants to complete surveys every couple of years. To enroll, visit or call 1-888-604-5888. Appointments take about 20-30 minutes. Participating in this study is a chance to help the American Cancer Society understand what causes cancer and how to prevent it, so lives can be saved and a world with less cancer and more birthdays can exist. For more information, contact Chi Vu at 949-567-0629 or org.

Saddleback College Speech and Debate Team Kicked Off the Tournament Season The Saddleback College Speech and Debate Team kicked off the fall semester by competing in the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association (PSCFA) Warm-up on September 28th at El Camino College in Torrance. Brooke Howell and Madison Dixson received an excellent certificate garnering a record of 3-1 for Novice Debate (four rounds total). Debate Coach Steve Robertson, stated, “We had a good showing at our first tournament of the year. Brooke and Madison went 3-1, which I think is a great start for the season. If talk after the tournament is any indication, the debaters are fired-up and motivated to do even better at the next tournament. It’s gearing up to be a great season.” The Saddleback Forensics Team started in the 1970s and prides itself on offering students the ability to create innovative arguments for future writing and speaking engagements to strengthen their critical thinking skills and to better communicate with others. Located in Mission Viejo, Saddleback College provides quality higher education and training to the greater south Orange County community. Having served more than 500,000 students since 1968, Saddleback College offers over 300 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals. For more information, please visit and for Fine Arts information, please visit Page 4

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By David White On Saturday morning, a friend called to seek my advice on that evening’s dinner. “My boyfriend and I are making poached salmon with truffles and shrimp in a cream sauce,” she said. “What type of wine should we drink?” I could see her conundrum. Salmon and shrimp suggest a dry, refreshing white. But a cream sauce could bludgeon a delicate wine. And anything red - even something soft and light, like a Pinot Noir - probably wouldn’t complement the dish. That’s why the answer was simple. “Just go with Champagne,” I answered. “It’ll work perfectly.” Later that evening, my friend confirmed that the wine was an ideal match. “Plus,” she said, “It was fun to drink Champagne with dinner, just like real wine.” Indeed. Year after year, France’s big Champagne houses spend millions trying to convince us that Champagne is best enjoyed when celebrating. That might be true -- after all, wine shops see a huge spike in sales around New Year’s and Valentine’s Day, and it is fun to drink Champagne on a special occasion. But Champagne and other sparkling wines deserve a spot at the dinner table all year long. Most sparklers are characterized by vibrant acidity and

freshness, which help them cut through spicy meals, complement savory food, and elevate even the simplest of dishes. Real Champagne is quite pricey, obviously. Under European Union trade laws, wine can only be sold as “Champagne” if it comes from the Champagne region of France and is made in accordance with a number of regulations. Most notably, Champagne must be made in the “traditional method” -- an expensive, multi-step process -- and produced, generally, from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. Consequently, even “budget” options cost about $40 per bottle. Fortunately, there are plenty of affordable sparkling wines from regions outside Champagne. Within France, sparkling wines labeled as “Cremant” are produced using the traditional method and winemakers must follow a number of strict rules. Sparkling wines from Burgundy -- called Cremant de Bourgogne -- have long offered exceptional value. Because the region grows the same grape varieties as Champagne, top examples can often pass for the real thing. And they’re typically just a fraction of the cost -- many can be found for less than $20. In the United States, wines labeled as “Methode Champenoise” are also produced in the traditional method using the same grape varieties as Champagne. For about $25, it’s hard to beat the entry level bottlings from Domaine Carneros, Roederer Estate, and Argyle. For less than $15, Cava -- a sparkling wine from Spain that’s produced like Champagne but using native Spanish grapes -- is the best option. Of course, nothing beats the real thing. And fortunately for American consumers, there’s never been a better time to explore Champagne.

For years, the American market has been dominated by large producers like Moet & Chandon, Piper Heidsieck, and Veuve Clicquot. These companies purchase their grapes from growers across Champagne and blend their wines to deliver a consistent, high quality product year after year. In recent years, however, wine enthusiasts have gone gaga over “Grower Champagne,” or wines made by the farmers who grow the grapes. Just as we understand why an apple grown in Virginia tastes different from an apple grown in Massachusetts, we understand why a Chardonnay produced in Sonoma tastes different from a Chardonnay produced in Napa. Champagne is no different. And Grower Champagne conveys a sense of place -- something that large producers simply can’t offer. Today, Grower Champagne accounts for only about 4 percent of America’s Champagne market. But that percentage has been rising quickly, thanks to a few key wine importers and America’s growing obsession with knowing the source of our food. Indeed, wine enthusiasts call grower Champagne “farmers’ fizz.” Grower Champagnes are still quite expensive. Basic offerings from some of my favorites -- Chartogne-Taillet, Egly-Ouriet, Pierre Peters, and Vilmart -- still cost upwards of $50. But when compared to the large Champagne houses, these wines represent a good value, as Growers don’t have marketing expenses or bureaucratic bloat. So next time you feel like splurging, pick up a bottle of Grower Champagne. And next time you sit down for dinner -especially if you’ve prepared something with a cream sauce -- go for something that sparkles.

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The City of Mission Viejo will host a fun-filled weekend “Camp Out on the Oso Creek Trail” this month. The free community camp out is from 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 to 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 21 on the Oso Creek Trail. The exciting family event includes music, skits, sing-a-longs, a flashlight hike and much more. Dinner and breakfast will be provided by the Mission Viejo Activities Committee, and folks should bring a sleeping bag, flashlight, water bottle and tent but not pets. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. For more information and to register for this free event, call 949-470-3062.

Local Dentist Dr. Michael Tessier Discusses Source and Cure of Chipping Upper Front Teeth A nice lady in her middle 50’s came into the office the other day with a chipped upper front tooth. It turns out that the opposing tooth on the lower arch was rotated, and one corner of that tooth hit the upper tooth wrong, and broke it. We patched the chip, but that was not the source of the problem. During one’s lifetime, lower teeth migrate toward the front of the mouth, and then towards the center. If the four lower front teeth stay in alignment with each other, they’ll stay straight. But, if the forward migration pressure is too great, they’ll start to rotate. This has a deleterious effect on the supporting tissues of these teeth because it is harder to keep them clean and the gums healthy. It also has a negative impact on the upper front teeth, making them stick out unevenly, or fracturing them, or as in the case of another of my patients, loosens them and predisposes them to premature loss. The solution is to minimally, imperceptibly (0.25mm per side per tooth) reduce the width of each of the lower front teeth, then moving them back out of harm’s way so that they can’t do any more damage. A removable orthodontic appliance, like a retainer, does the trick. Or, the series of computer-generated aligners from Invisalign which as the name implies are nearly invisible also work for this. Some people may think that nobody sees the lower front teeth, so their alignment isn’t critically important. It turns out, that’s not the case. We need to keep all the teeth healthy and functional. Next time you’re close to a mirror, check out your lower front teeth. If they’re crooked, call me. When you call Please be sure to ask about “Care Credit”, a credit card offering up to 12 months of interest-free credit on dental work. I like this because there are no premiums that have to be paid whether any dental work is required or not Dr. Michael Tessier’s office is located at 28562 Oso Parkway the intersection of Oso and Antonio Parkways (near the car wash). Most major credit cards and dental plans are cheerfully accepted. Telephone (949) 459-7212.

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Five-Time Grammy-Nominated Michael Feinstein Performs the Music of Frank Sinatra at Segerstrom Center for the Arts Michael Feinstein – multi-platinum artist, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award nominee and champion of the Great American Songbook – returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts for a one-night-only performance on Saturday October 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Segerstrom Hall. Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Project pays tribute to the rich Sinatra musical legacy in his own brilliant interpretations all backed by a 17-piece big band. The program includes renditions of Sinatra’s familiar as well as obscure songs which Feinstein described as “different ways that still reflected his style and approach. It was a way into the material that allowed me to honor him without copying; to bring the essence of him through without being an imitator.” Tickets to Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Project start at $45 and are available online at, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 5562787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236. The TTY number is (714) 556-2746. Segerstrom Center for the Arts applauds Omaha Steaks International and HÔM Sotheby’s International Realty for their support of Michael Feinstein: The

Sinatra Project. Acura is the Official Automotive Sponsor of the Center. Michael Feinstein, “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace. More than simply a performer, Feinstein has received national recognition for his commitment to celebrating America’s popular song and preserving its legacy for the next generation. In 2007, he founded the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative, dedicated to celebrating the art form and preserving it through educational programs, Master Classes, and the annual High School Vocal Academy and Competition, which awards scholarships and prizes to students across the country. Feinstein serves on the Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Board, an organization dedicated to ensuring the survival, conservation and increased public availability of America’s sound recording heritage. He earned his fifth Grammy Award nomination in 2009 for The Sinatra

Project, his Concord Records CD celebrating the music of “Ol’ Blue Eyes.” The Sinatra Project, Volume II: The Good Life was released last year. His Emmy nominated TV special, Michael Feinstein–The Sinatra Legacy, which was taped live at the Palladium in Carmel, IN, is currently airing across the country. Last year’s PBS series Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook was the recipient of the ASCAP Deems-Taylor Television Broadcast Award. The series returned in 2012 for a second season, which is now available on DVD. For his nationally

syndicated public radio program Song Travels, Feinstein interviews and performs alongside music luminaries such as Bette Midler, Neil Sedaka, Liza Minnelli, Moby, Rickie Lee Jones, David Hyde Pierce and more. Through his live performances, recordings, film and television appearances, and his songwriting (in collaboration with Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Lindy Robbins and Carole Bayer Sager), Feinstein is an allstar force in American music. For more information, please visit:

Segerstrom Center Welcomes Back David Finckel, Wu Han & Philip Setzer for Brahms and Dvorák Piano Trios

The highly praised trio of cellist David Finckel, pianist Wu Han and violinist Philip Setzer return to Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Concert Series November 2 at 8 p.m. in Samueli Theater. After paying homage to the piano trios of Schubert and Mendelssohn in previous visits, Finckel, Han and Setzer will perform works by Brahms and Dvorák. The evening’s program includes Brahms’ Cello Sonata No. 1 along with Dvorák’s Trio in E Minor “Dumky” and Trio in F Minor. A free Preview Talk with musicologist and author Herbert Glass will take place at 7:15 p.m. in Samueli Theater. Tickets for Brahms and Dvorák Piano Trios with David Finckel, Wu Han and Philip Setzer start at $25 and are available now at, by calling (714) 556-2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236. The TTY number is (714) 556-2746. Classical KUSC is the Media Partner of the Concert Series. Segerstrom Center for the Arts applauds Acura, Official Automotive Sponsor of the Center. Page 8

Violinist Philip Setzer is a founding member of the Emerson String Quartet, which has received nine Grammy® Awards, three Gramophone Awards and the coveted Avery Fisher Prize, and has performed cycles of the complete Beethoven, Bartók and Shostakovich string quartets in the world’s musical capitals, from New York to Vienna. The Noise of Time, a groundbreaking theater collaboration between the Emerson Quartet and Simon McBurney – about the life of Shostakovich – was based on an original idea of Setzer’s. Musical America’s 2012 Musicians of the Year, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han rank among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today. The duo has appeared at the most prestigious venues and concert series across the United States, Mexico, Canada, the Far East and Europe. In addition to their distinction as world-class performers, the duo has established a reputation for their dynamic and innovative approach to the recording studio. In 1997, Finckel and Han launched ArtistLed, classical music’s first musician-directed and Internet-based

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recording company, which has served as a model for numerous independent labels. This season, ArtistLed releases its fourteenth recording, an album featuring Mendelssohn’s Piano Trios with violinist Philip Setzer. The duo’s repertoire spans virtually the entire literature for cello and piano, with an equal emphasis on the classics and the contemporaries. Their commitment to new music has brought commissioned works by many of today’s leading composers to audiences around the world. In 2010, they released “For David and Wu Han” (ArtistLed), an album of four contemporary works for cello and piano expressly composed for them. In 2011, Summit Records released a

recording of Finckel and Han performing Gabriela Lena Frank’s concerto, “Compadrazgo,” with the ProMusica Columbus Chamber Orchestra. Finckel and Han have also overseen the establishment and design of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Studio Recordings label, as well as the Society’s recording partnership with Deutsche Grammophon and Music@Menlo LIVE. Finckel, Han and Setzer have released two recordings on the ArtistLed label: Schubert Piano Trios and Mendelssohn Piano Trios. They will release a third trios album in late 2012. Brahms and Dvorák Piano Trios NEWS 3/4

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Girls Inc., Luncheon Gets “Strong. Smart and Bold” Nets $205k

Co-chair speaker and Girls Inc. graduate Vanessa Singh with Over 250 guests attended the Girls Incorporated of Orange County annual speaker USMC Major Robyn fundraising luncheon “My Bold Future” at the Westin South Coast Plaza hotel Mestemacher

raising approximately $205,000 for the nonprofit organization. Girls Inc. has served the Orange County area since 1954 with programs that inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. “Our annual fundraising luncheon is such an important event because it brings together our corporate and community partners and supporters to celebrate the work we do in the community,” said Lucy Santana, CEO of Girls Inc. of Orange County. “The monies raised today will directly impact the lives of the thousands of girls we serve each year.” The luncheon started with a VIP reception followed by a delectable lunch that featured butternut squash ravioli with browned butter and sage sauce; the entrée was a salad of pulled chicken marinated with lemon garlic vinaigrette, served on top of butter lettuce leaves and arugula with walnuts, crumbled goat cheese and apples and berries. The dessert trio included a Chocolate Triangle Box filled with Chocolate Mousse garnished with whipped cream; a berry shot with mint and homemade Strudel in a Beggar’s Purse. Welcoming everyone was the mistress of ceremonies, Celebrity Chef Jamie Gwen. She was a delight introducing everyone and keeping things on time. Going with the theme, Strong, Smart and Bold one of the featured speakers, the “strong” speaker was Major Robyn Mestemacher, a G1 Operations Officer and Sexual Assault Response Coordinator at I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton. She spoke about her days in the Marine Corp, making light of her worse days but overcoming the challenges she encountered along the way. Her motto is “bloom where you’re planted” and being the minority in the service, her speech came to life as her strength showed which definitely fit with the luncheon’s theme. Mary Niven, Vice President of Disney California Adventure Park and Guest Services at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim was the “bold” speaker. She gave advice to those girls in the audience to believe in themselves with a “forced perspective” to look at the bigger and smaller things in life. She encouraged them surround themselves with different types of people, those who have confidence, dreams, vision and build a support system for a bold future. Other inspiring speakers included Girls Inc. alumna, Edith Esparza and Vanessa Singh, who both received $15,000 scholarships from Girls Inc.’s national organization in New York. An adorable video was played with different girls of various ages saying what they wanted to be when they grow up. The crowd was very touched and amused by some of the statements. Some girls stated they wanted to be a dentist, doctor, veterinarian, but the one that got the most applause was the girl who said she wanted to be the first female Major League Baseball Player! A live auction was held and started off with “sponsor a girl” which raised over $90,000. Then the bidding wars started with the live auction – items included were a family “frenzy” package starting with 4 VIP tickets to WWE SmackDown at the Staples Center, 4 VIP tickets to Disney on Ice and 2 tickets to see the new pop superstars, One Direction. Other items included a luxury suite at one of the LA Kings games during the 2012-2013 season, 2 tickets to see the Lakers, a luxury suite at a Clipper game, 2 VIP seats at the ESPY Awards, 2 tickets to the American Music Awards and a host of more. Major contributors to the luncheon were Hoag Hospital, Sue & Ralph Stern, ADP, Decision Toolbox, Disneyland Resort, First Foundation Advisors, HessVerdon & Associates, PIMCO Foundation, Pam & Andy Policano, Harriet & Sandy Sandhu, Sedgwick, Snell & Wilmer L.L.P., UPS and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Page 12

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Girls Tina Aldatz, Founder of Foot Petals & Shawn Halan

Girls Inc. CEO Lucy Santana, Kim Sentovien, Kim Shepherd and Laura Wilkin

Girls Dennis Kuhl Chairman of Angels of Anaheim & Neda Zaengle, CEO of Irvine Public Schools Foundation

One small but interesting take away; there were small rocks on each of the tables along with black markers - everyone was asked to write an inspirational word or phrase on the rocks and then leave them on the table. Girls Inc., will be taking the rocks back to their facility and placing them in areas where their girls will be able to see them. Girls Inc. of Orange County positively changes the lives of 4,000 girls annually, ages 4 1/2 to 18, with the mission to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. The Girls Inc. experience equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow into healthy, educated and independent adults. Life skills, college readiness, and workforce development are the three main areas that surround program curricula. For more information about Girls Incorporated, visit -Photos by Ann Chatillon

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Americans Victorious in IndyCar’s Return to SoCal By Lynn Brown Photos by Bill Casper The Izod IndyCar Series celebrated its season finale Saturday night in Southern California. The celebration included the crowning of an American race winner and an American series champion. It was a fitting end to a season of change for the series, and a drastic change from a year ago, when the season ended in a state of shock after Dan Weldon was killed in a horrific accident that halted the Las Vegas finale. The MAVTV 500 was run under the lights at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. At the start of the race, Ryan Hunter-Reay trailed Will Power by 17 points, leaving Power in control of the championship fight. When Power lost control of his car and slid into the wall on Lap 55, the door to the championship opened and Hunter-Reay drove through it. Over the next 195 laps, Hunter-Reay worked his way from 12th to 4th, winning the championship by a mere 3 points. Afterwards, Hunter-Reay said, “I have no idea (how I won this championship). This hasn’t sunk in yet. I just drove 500 miles for my life. I can’t believe we’re IndyCar champions.” A former Dana Point resident, Hunter-Reay is the first American to win the IndyCar champion since Sam Hornish, Jr., accomplished the feat in 2006. Ed Carpenter, another American, was the race winner. After running near the front all night, he made a bid for the lead on a restart with 6 laps to go. Unable to get by leader Dario Franchitti, Carpenter settled into the high groove and began eating into Franchitti’s lead. Crossing the line to start the last lap, Carpenter was close enough to get a bit of a draft and slip past Franchitti in Turn. A crash behind the leaders brought out the caution flag, assuring Carpenter of the victory. The victory was Carpenter’s second as a driver and his first as a team owner, having started his own team of Ed Carpenter Racing this season. Said Carpenter, “This feels great for a brand new team that just started in November. We have been trying to win ovals all year and finally got it done tonight. A good way to end the year.” The 2012 season started with the unveiling of a new car, designated the DW12 in honor of Weldon, who had been the test driver during the car’s development phase. The car’s design is unconventional, with large sidepods and rear caps that help prevent wheel-to-wheel contact that often sends cars airborne. While fans were split on whether or not they liked the look of the new car, they were generally pleased with the quality of the racing the new car produced. Another change for 2012 was the introduction of multiple engine manufacturers, with Chevrolet and Lotus joining Honda as engine suppliers. Although the Lotus engine proved to be underpowered and plagued with problems all season, the acceleration of the Chevrolet engine versus the top-end speed of the Honda engine contributed to the quality of the racing throughout the 15-race schedule.

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The National Charity League, Inc., Canyon Chapter at the Susan G. Komen Orange County Race for the Cure NCL, Inc., Canyon Chapter Membership Drive is going on now!

Sunday, September 23, 2012 was the 21st annual Susan G. Komen Orange County Race for the Cure. The race is a worldrenowned education and fundraising event for breast cancer. The goal of Komen is to put an end to breast cancer. The event raised $2,071,763 and the money is still coming in. More than 18,000 registered participants, 1,300 volunteers, and over 1,300 breast cancer survivors and their families participated in the race. National Charity League, Inc. Canyon Chapter was honored to serve this cause by preparing the roses for the survivor ceremony, as well as working in several areas during the event, including monitoring the race course, working food service at the finish line, serving in the survivor pavilion, cleanup and most importantly I AM THE CURE. In the I AM THE CURE AREA, mother / daughter teams from the NCL, Inc. Canyon Chapter walked the expo area asking questions to participants about breast cancer health and awareness. The Chapter had over 41 mother/daughter teams volunteering at the event before sunrise. Along with being an NCL, Inc. supported event, it was meaningful to members to serve not only as survivors themselves but also in the name of loved ones in the Chapter and relatives around the world that fight breast cancer. If you are interested in joining the National Charity League, Canyon Chapter, the membership drive begins in September and applications are being accepted for girls graduating in years 20172019 until mid-December. Mothers and daughters join as a “class” based on their daughter’s grade level. National Charity League, Inc. is a sponsorship organization, which means a prospective member needs to be sponsored by a current member of the Chapter.

10 year survivor Stephanie Sandell and her daughter Kaitlin Sandell prepare roses for breast cancer survivors.

“Think Pink” Donations from Breast Health Wall of Honor will Benefit Mission Breast Health Services In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Mission Hospital’s Valiant Women support group will host its 10th annual Think Pink Breast Health Wall of Honor, title sponsored by Capistrano Volkswagen. Throughout the month of October, the Wall of Honor will be on display in Center Court (lower level) at The Shops at Mission Viejo. For a $25 donation, the community can place a hand-written card on the Wall in honor of a loved one or in remembrance of someone with breast cancer. Donations can also be made to underwrite the cost of a mammogram or diagnostic procedure ($100) for someone who could not otherwise afford it. Thanks to the community’s Spirit of Giving, the Wall of Honor generated net proceeds of more than $60,000 last year to benefit Mission Breast Health Services in treatment of breast cancer in our community. Brighton Collectibles, at The Shops at Mission Viejo, will be selling their special Power of Pink bracelet while supplies last, with $10 from each purchase going to Mission Breast Health Services. Additional retailers including: Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour, Haagen-Dazs, Paradise Bakery, Rubio’s Baja Grill, Ruby’s Diner and Toni & Guy Hairdressing will be donating 10% of select purchases throughout the month of October. Capistrano Volkswagen will donate $25 for every test drive at their dealership during the month of October. Visit The Shops at Mission Viejo, outside of Macy’s, on October 6th and 7th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for special days of test drive fun! Mission Breast Health Services is dedicated to providing women with preventive measures as well as offering a complete breast health program to diagnose and treat breast cancer with expertise, compassion and support. By involving medical professionals, survivors, family and friends, Mission takes a team approach to fighting breast cancer. For further information about Mission Hospital Foundation or upcoming From left: Ronnie Andrews, Clarient, Inc.; Miles Brandon, Capistrano events, please call the Foundation office at 949-364-7783 or visit mission- Volkswagen; Gary Willenborg, Capistrano Volkswagen; Cindy Mirsky, To schedule a mammogram at Mission Imaging Center at Mis- Pacific Rim Capital, Inc.; Dave Mirsky, Pacific Rim Capital, Inc. sion Women’s Wellness Center, please contact scheduling at 949-364-0511. Page 14

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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,

26012 Marguerite Pkwy #A, Mission Viejo 348.2386

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 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.

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 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.

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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

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.

800 The Shops at Mission Viejo, Ruby Rosensteel, 364-6661

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BLESSING OF THE WAVES RETURNS TO HUNTINGTON BEACH Representatives of several faith communities will again join with the Catholic Diocese of Orange and Fr. Christian Mondor to celebrate the spiritual gift that is our Mother Ocean, as the Blessing of the Waves returns to Huntington Beach, October 14, 2012. Fr. Mondor, a Franciscan monk known for his pastoral leadership at St. Simon & Jude Parish in Huntington Beach, is also an accomplished waterman and is a senior Olympics participant. He will be again joined by representatives of other established faiths and hundreds of local people - as together all give thanks for the Ocean Resource and its spiritual and physical bounty. This marks the Fifth Blessing of the Waves - a non-denominational celebration of the faith shared by many when considering the ocean and its spiritual significance. “Regardless of religious affiliation, many people feel more connected to their spiritual self when coming in contact with the ocean and its waves. Be it the prayerful thought inspired by a beautiful sunset over the sea, or the calm that often greets the early morning beach walker - it is well established that our Mother Ocean helps connect us to a higher sense of self Page 16

and our connection to others. This is what we celebrate each year with the Blessing of the Waves,” said Fr. Mondor. Interfaith participants expected to include: Maneck Bhujwala (Zoroastrian, Westminster); TBD (Jewish, Temple Beth David, Westminster); Maria Khani (Muslim, Garden Grove Mosque); Tom Morey (Bahai, who is also creator of the Morey body-board); Rev. Dr. Peggy Price (Christian, Seal Beach, Center for spiritual Living); Dr. Gurpreet Singh Ahuja (Sikh, Orange, CA); as well as Fr. Christian Mondor (Catholic/Christian, Sts. Simon and Jude Church, Huntington Beach) Past events have attracted large crowds with many attendees eager to claim that they have participated in earlier Blessing of the Waves gatherings. Held adjacent to the famed Huntington Beach Pier, the morning gathering includes musical performances by a Pacific Islander choir, area musicians and more.

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Drawn to attention by the blowing of a conch shell horn - the ceremony includes brief presentations by the attending religious leaders and culminates with Fr. Mondor’s blessing the crowd with water drawn from the surfline. With the concluding blast of a conch shell bugle, the crowd then walks in unison to the water’s edge where Fr. Mondor and others connect with the ocean and waves by paddling out, wading in or simply touching the Pacific stream as it comes ashore. “We never expected the Blessing of the Waves to become so successful. This event is truly unique and suggests to me that people of all backgrounds, faiths and with a con-

nection to ocean - do indeed share common bond. We feel in our hearts that we are part of something bigger than ourselves when confronted by the horizon’s watery spread or when confronted by a powerful ocean wave. How we meet these experiences is similar to a personal prayer - offered in thanks or in need - and it is for this reason alone that the Blessing of the Waves has made a connection with so many people,” Mondor concluded. FIFTH ANNUAL BLESSING OF THE WAVES!!!! Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 9 to 11 am Huntington Beach, CA 92648 North Side of Pier

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See How Your Firefighters Train and Prepare at Orange County Fire Authority’s 7th Annual Open House – October 6 It only takes a second for tragedy to strike. Learn how to “have 2 ways out” and keep your family safe from fire at Orange County Fire Authority’s 7th Annual Open House on Saturday, October 13th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at our Regional Fire Operations & Training Center located at 1 Fire Authority Road (Jamboree & Tustin Ranch Rd.) in Irvine. Bring your family and friends to see live fire demonstrations, put out make-believe fires, take a ride in a fire engine, try on firefighter turnouts, and discover life and fire safety in a fun-filled environment. “We hope that residents will gain a better understanding of how our firefighters train and live within the communities we serve,” said Fire Chief Keith Richter. “Having our facility open to the public provides an opportunity to educate and inform residents about dangers and hazards in and around their homes, and we hope they take our messages home and utilize them.” To see how firefighters prepare and stay abreast of current firefighting techniques, demonstrations on the training grounds will occur every halfhour beginning at 10:30 a.m. Back by popular demand is the Urban Search & Rescue dog demonstration. Make sure to stop by the courtyard area for interactive displays and educational opportunities. For more information, visit or call (714) 573-6200. You can also meet your local firefighters and see how they live and work in their day-to-day operations on Saturday, October 6 at our Fire Station Open Houses in the 23 cities we serve from 9 a.m. October 2 Ladera Ranch - station 58 - 58 Station Way 9-2 Mission Viejo - station 24 - 25862 Marguerite Pkwy. 9-2 Rancho Santa Margarita - station 45 - 30131 Aventura 9-2 San Clemente - station 59 - 48 Avenida La Pata 9-2

Fire Prevention Month - Fire Prevention Education Works By KristineAtPuroClean The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) has chosen October as Fire Prevention Month and and this year National Fire Prevention Week begins October 9th. These designations commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, that started on October 9, 1871, killing about 300 people, leaving 100,000 homeless and destroying more than 17,000 structures. Fires happen - especially in large urban areas. According to statistics gathered by the NFPA, your household currently has a 1 in 4 chance of having a home fire large enough to be reported to a fire department during an average lifetime - and most of these fires occur in the Fall and Winter months - with more residential fires occurring on Thanksgiving Day than any other single day of the year. Last year, at the national level, there were more fires than the year before. So there is still much work to be done in terms of fire prevention. But the best news since the beginning of the Fire Safety initiatives is that every year deaths from fires of all kinds have been reduced. Each generation has had a lower risk of dying in fire than the previous generation. 90 years ago, your chances of dying in a fire in the U.S. would have been about 12 times what they are today. Last year, the Fire Department of Philadelphia recorded a twentythree percent (23%) reduction in fire fatalities, the lowest loss of life by fire in Philadelphia history. So, what can we attribute these positive changes to? Education! Page 18

More people are now aware of the one key thing they can do to survive a fire: install smoke alarms. Because we know that without them, death by fire increases. In 70 percent (70%) of the fire fatalities that did occur in Philadelphia last year, the smoke alarms and/ or sprinkler systems weren’t working. Smoke alarms are so effective in saving lives that many municipalities now have programs for people to obtain smoke alarms if they cannot afford to purchase them. (For people living in Philadelphia who cannot afford to buy a smoke alarm the hotline at 215-686-1176 will help them to obtain one at no cost.) What you may not know is that in addition to installing smoke alarms on every floor of your home and having an escape plan, there is one additional step to take to protect yourself and your loved ones from death by fire: Close your bedroom door while sleeping! Additional tips: Once they are installed, make sure to test your smoke alarms weekly and change the batteries twice a year when you change our clocks for day light savings time Replace Smoke Alarms every 10 years When you plan and practice your home fire drill, include a family meeting place in the plan If the smoke alarm sounds, make sure you feel

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the closed doors for heat. IF THE DOOR IS HOT DO NO OPEN THE DOOR - FIND A SECOND WAY OUT Smoke kills! Make sure you stay low when exiting the building since smoke rises IF A FIRE STRIKES LEAVE QUICKLY! FIRE IS VERY FAST - GET OUT AND STAY OUT NEVER GO BACK INTO A BURNING BUILDING By following these tips, you and your loved ones may survive in good health if the unthinkable should happen!

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Avoiding House Fires Causes of Common House Fires By Sherri Granato House fires are not particular about their victims, and the fact is that house fires can happen to anyone, but having some knowledge about the potential dangers of house fires is something that everyone should be educated about. Approximately 5,000 Americans die each year in fires, and 80 percent of those death’s result from home fires, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. In fact fire’s kill more people each year than all natural disasters combined.

Human error accounts for almost all fires, and this is especially true when it comes to cooking. Distractions are the leading cause of kitchen fires, and oil, fat, and grease were the leading factors contributing to most fires, coupled with leaving cooking vessels unattended. Another leading cause is combustible material being left too close to the burners on the stove, and flammable objects being tossed into the garbage can.

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With today’s astronomical prices on many new homes, many people opt to purchase fixer uppers or older homes, but some of these cheaper homes aren’t worth it if they pose fire dangers that the new homeowner is unaware of. Electrical fires are astronomical as unsafe electrical conditions such as overloaded circuits, damaged wiring and the misuse of extension cords go unnoticed.

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Kitchen Fires

Unattended fire’s left in the fireplace and the lack of an inspection are the two main reasons that this type of fire begins in the first place. Cracks can go unnoticed in the chimney which runs the risk of a spark or flame entering the opening and starting a house fire. Another problem with chimneys is creosote, a hard tar-like substance that builds up over time. The chimney eventually becomes coated with creosote, making the fire extremely hot, which causes the walls or rafters to burst into flames almost effortlessly. Screens should be fitted into place to completely cover the opening to the fireplace as to avoid any stray sparks that may come into contact with flammable objects.

If a plug seems to fit loosely into a wall outlet, this is an indication that the outlet needs repaired as soon as possible. A loose-fitting wall outlet may cause overheating which will eventually lead to a fire if ignored over time. Check the outlet to see if it is warm, and unplug all of the cords from the Kerosene Heaters outlet until you can have an electrician This type of heater is responsible inspect the outlet. for a large amount of deaths due to consumer ignorance. Many people Light Bulbs mix kerosene with other fuels which Use light bulbs that are the proper spell disaster or they don’t use the wattage for the lighting fixture. A bulb proper blue container used for kerothat exceeds the rating capacity of sene, opting instead for red gasoline the fixture could overheat and cause containers. A mix of kerosene with a fire. You should never leave lamp only the smallest amount of gasoline sockets empty, and for safety reasons will inevitably cause an explosion. you should replace the light bulbs im- You should never leave a kerosene mediately. heater unattended or go to bed with it left running. These type of heaters burn oxygen in the process of heatCandles The ambiance is the candles main ing, so it is highly recommended that allure which has made them extremely you purchase a carbon monoxide popular over the last few decades, but detector, because many of the deaths they have become one of the leading associated with these heaters are not causes of house fires. Candles are from the fire itself, but instead occur comforting, and this effect causes from asphyxiation. drowsiness in many people. You should never go to sleep while a can- Extension cords Overloading extension cords is the dle is still burning, and they should only be burned on a sturdy, heat-resistant biggest reason that they become fire surface like ceramic tiles or products hazards, and you can usually feel the specifically made just for candles. You heat emanating from an overloaded should never use a candle to check on cord. In this instance you should a burned out pilot light or for a source unplug everything, and replace the of light around gasoline-powered extension cord with one that can handle larger appliances. The most equipment, such as in a garage.

frequent cause of these fires is due to overheating, which occurs when appliances are connected to an extension cord that draw’s more power than the cord can handle. Read the label when you’re buying a new extension cord, as they carry valuable information about the use, size and wattage rating of the cord. Using an indoor extension cord outside could result in an electric shock or fire, so you should look for the UL Mark which means that the cord has been tested for safety hazards. Extension cords should be stored indoors when not in use as the elements from outside can deteriorate the cord over time. The most important thing is to unplug any extension cord when it is not in use, because it still conducts electricity until it is unplugged from the outlet. Safety Facts for Extension Cords Extension cords that are going to be used longer the a few weeks for appliances is not a safe idea. You may need to have an outlet installed to accommodate the excessive appliances being used by the extension cord. Another hazard is placing extension cords behind furniture or under carpets where they become out of sight, and out of mind. A hot cord cannot be detected under carpeting or behind furniture until it is too late.

Clothes Dryers

This type of fire can be prevented from simply keeping the lint trap clean, and the dryer’s vent system. Other causes of dryer fires are the result of drying foam backed rugs not intended for high heat, drying clothes contaminated with flammable chemicals, over drying garments, or the consumer mistakenly uses plastic or vinyl exhaust materials for their vent system.

Gas Grills

highly flammable. Most fires and explosions that occur with gas grills are when consumers first use their new grill, and it has been left idle for a period of time or just after refilling and reattaching the grill’s gas container. To reduce the risk of fire or explosion, you should routinely perform safety checks on the grill, and they should always be kept upright when storing them. Many accidents occurring with these grills occur when they are transported in a hot trunk of a car. The heat causes the gas pressure to increase, which may open the relief valve and allow gas to escape into the trunk

Dry, Unkept Weeds around the Home

Dry, unkept weeds, junipers and tree’s surrounding a home that is not properly pruned can be struck by lightning and ignite a wood frame home with relative ease, and burning dry weeds too close to a structure can quickly ignite a home in minutes leading to an out of control fire. Sudden wind is responsible for many of these out of control infernos.

Smoke detectors and Escape Routes

These can be life savers and should be installed throughout the home. You should replace the smoke detector’s batteries twice a year. It’s also not a bad idea to have an all-purpose fire extinguisher in your kitchen, one that is rated for grease and electrical fires. If you live in a two-story home, an alternate escape route should be decided in the event that the stairs may become blocked by fire. All members living in the house should know about all escape routes in the home and everyone should have a meeting place so that it is known that everyone has made it out safely.

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