South County Magazine February 2023

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We have had incredible results from advertising in Jody’s South County Magazine. By far the best ROI for our investment. Jody and her team consistently go the extra mile to support their sponsors and advertisers and has been an integral part of growing our HAMMER & NAILS business since we opened in 2018 in Laguna Niguel.


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MemorialCare Breast Center patient Heather Chu was on hand at MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center’s fall Women’s Health Pavilion groundbreaking event to share her cancer journey and affirm the value of having access to these types of women’s services all under one roof.

The new state-of-the-art 40,000 square-foot facility, scheduled to open in 2022 will feature the comprehensive Sarah & Taylor Nederlander Breast Center, complemented by women’s specialty care, a Community Education Center and mental wellness support, among other services. The Women's Health Pavilion will elevate the future of women's healthcare and focus on women's needs through all stages of their lives.

“In January 2021, I began my journey with MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center,” says Heather. “One morning, I woke up with blood in my sleeping bra, and while I assumed it was mastitis, my husband, Dr. Terence Chu, urged me to get it checked out. As women, we are told to look for lumps but not necessarily discharge.”

Heather was diagnosed with a high-grade DCIS Triple Positive breast cancer that encompassed the entire bottom portion of her breast and nipple. Within one month of seeing blood in her bra, she was in the operating room having a double mastectomy with an aesthetic fl at closure.

While Heather was fortunate enough to have clean lymph nodes, she also had a half millimeter of a micro invasive cancer, so the team prescribed her Tamoxifen for the next fi ve years. Five months later, she was back in the operating room having a hysterectomy, after a long history of uterine pain.

“The stress women go through mentally from the moment they are diagnosed ... it’s just a lot to take in,” Heather says. “What to ask? Where to go? What’s next? MemorialCare was just that secure place that helped me navigate this journey.”

Heather had a very strong support system at home, as well as the staff at MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center to help her along her journey. In fact, Heather specifically remembers a nurse who treated her like family and held her hand before her biopsy. Heather valued her patient navigator as well, who helped guide and comfort her through every step of treatment — from appointment reminders to explaining procedures and insurance.

“Breast cancer and women’s health issues affect so many people — not only the women, but their families,” says Heather. “There is a huge need in the community for the Women’s Health Pavilion. It’s going to be great for women and their physical and mental health because education and access to services is so important.”

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DARE TO stay young!

Do you ever wonder why a 70-year-old person may not look a day over 40? Conversely, we have all met the 40-year-old who sadly looks 70.

We are pretty clear on how to age more rapidly than we should e.g., alcohol, to bacco, drugs, fast food, and sodas. But why are we less aware of how to stay young?

Why is it okay to diplo matically receive the answer, “…it’s a part of aging” when you ask your physician “Why am I always tired and have no energy?”

Wellness, youth, what does it mean?

Self-esteem? Energy?

Low Stress? Quality sleep? Firm and glow ing skin? A happy mood? Thick and shiny hair? Strong bones? A fit body? Quality sex?

A positive outlook on life? It’s all of the above and it is achievable. However, it takes patience, persistence, and time.

It is an erroneous belief that youthfulness is unattainable and that it is inevitable to spend the golden years of life dilapidated and chronically ill. This myth has been disproven. In fact, there are documented ways to reverse your biological clock. However, it seems

that it’s a well-kept secret. But now is the time for the veil to

We are not a slave to our genes as was previously taught. We may have a predisposition to a certain illness based on our genes, but what determines whether those certain genes get “turned on” and whether illness becomes a reality, is the environment in which we house our genes.

We know that we are what we eat, and we know it’s important to exercise and maintain a healthy weight, but there is more, much more. So, what is the answer?

The answer is Functional Medicine also known as Regenerative or Anti-Aging Medicine.

Functional Medicine looks at the body as a whole symphony and works to optimize the body on a cellular

level so that each organ, its systems and all the body processes are working at an optimal level. When each cell is functioning optimally, the body can work and heal itself as it was designed. Functional Medicine works to fine tune each organ system, biochemically on a cellular level, for the systems to harmonize like a beautiful symphony. It employs advanced testing and in-depth questioning to look for answers and then uses micronutrients, bio-identical hormones, supplements, peptides, pesticide free foods, lifestyle changes and many other modalities to replenish and rebalance the body and mind. It focuses on minimizing environmental toxic exposures, helping the individual achieve quality sleep, good gut health, a healthy weight, a balance between work and relaxation and does not neglect the importance of a robust libido.

Functional Medicine sees complaints such as lack of energy, pain in the joints and rashes as a harbinger of a much larger problem. It looks to find the cause of the symptoms instead of prescribing a medication to quiet your body’s cry for help.

Unfortunately, our current system of medicine focuses on disease, not dysfunction. Consequently, most symptoms are just quelled until they fester into a huge problem that can then be labeled as a disease. Only, then are your medications and testing hopefully covered by insurance.

Your health is an investment. Just like we siphon off earnings into a 401k, we should likewise invest in ourselves so that we may have a quality life, not just a long life. It is well known, what we don’t pay now, we will have to pay later with interest.

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2. Effective 1/1/2023, Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from pre-tax retirement accounts now begin at age 73.

3. Taxpayers age 70.5 or older can contribute to charities up to $100,000 directly out of their IRA. This reduces AGI and most likely will lower your tax bill. This is a huge tax savings if you are taking the Standard Deduction and no longer claiming charitable deductions.

4. If you had or will have a large capital gain, consider investing in a “Qualified Opportunity Zone” within 180 days of sale or exchange to defer and partially eliminate the initial capital gain in addition to having the potential of eliminating taxation on appreciation on the new investment property.

5. Anyone who receives employer stock options should seek a CPA for tax preparation. The Form 1099-B

you receive doesn’t correctly report your cost basis and many taxpayers mistakenly pay tax twice on the gains.

6. California tax laws have little conformity to the new Federal tax laws. Due to the differences in Federal and California law, it is quite possible that you will take the Standard Deduction on your Federal Return and Itemize for your California Return. More importantly, consider bunching itemized deductions into one year so these deductions will exceed the standard deduction for additional savings.


1. The CAL-Savers program mandated that employers with five or more employees participate in establishing Roth-IRA accounts for employees unless they established their own pension plan. For employers that started a new pension plan on their own, File Form 8881 to receive a Tax Credit for Pension Plan Startup Costs and Auto Enrollment.

2. Eligible Employers can qualify for the 40% Employee Retention Credit, even if they received PPP loan proceeds. Wages not used for PPP loan forgiveness can be used to calculate the credit.

3. Section 199A: Taxpayers may deduct up to 20% of their domestic “Qualified Business Income (QBI)”. QBI includes income from S corporations, Partnerships, LLCs taxed as S corporations or partnerships, Schedule C businesses, Schedule F farming activities and self-employment income reported as other income. It is extremely important that you classify your business with an accurate


Principal Business Code since this will be a determinant if you qualify for QBI deduction at certain income levels.

4. Review to see if a 401k, SEP-IRA or Defined Benefit Plan is the most beneficial plan for saving pre or after tax. Plans and new increased contributions can now be established/ paid for Tax Year 2022 as late as the extended due date for your return in 2023.

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7. Consider amending your 2020 & 2021 to claim the Main Street Small Bus. Tax Credit if you hired new employees while suffering economic losses during COVID-19.

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Turning 65. It’s A Milestone for Sure…

Most commonly now you apply for Medicare on the Social Security website (or you can call (800) 772-1213 to make a phone appointment to apply). This is only if you’re not taking Social Security earlier than your fully vested age. You’ll get your Medicare card automatically if you are already taking Social Security early (starting at age 62). Your Medicare card will arrive about 3-4 months before the month of your birthday if this scenario pertains to you.

Once you apply for Medicare you will receive a letter in a few weeks from Social Security saying they’ve received your application and it was approved. Then a second letter arrives, and it gives you your Medicare number and that letter then tells you that you’ll be receiving your Medicare card in several weeks. This is a big milestone financially for most because of the cost of their health insurance if they are paying for it privately (group insurance can be expensive too however). Most people (who am I kidding, everyone!) can hardly wait to start saving money (At age 64 rates are typically over $1000 a month for health insurance coverage that has a lot of co-pays and a deductible that is several thousand dollars and an out of pocket maximum close to $10K these days).

Once you get your “Original Medicare” card (paper; red, white and blue with a random alpha-numeric combination and a Part A and Part B effective date on it) you have choices to make. Most people who I meet with want me to enroll them in a Medicare Advantage HMO plan after learning about all of the great benefits and learning that it has no premium at all. That’s right, zero premium. All you have to do is pay your Part B premium to the government. Better yet, almost all of your medical care has

zero co-pays. Even if you’re hospitalized you won’t pay anything. You have financial peace of mind knowing you’ll never need to be worried about high medical bills again. It’s the only positive side of turning 65 I’m told.

I’m also told by my clients that are new to Medicare that they feel so fortunate to have me “hold their hand” and help them through the process. I will “hold your hand” too if you want my assistance as you face this big milestone of decisions. Much of my consultation time is going through the appropriate steps of someone just getting their Medicare active. This really has nothing to do with my profession because I’m an insurance broker, not a government employee. But this seems to be the most daunting step for most that I meet with.

The government is trying to make it an easier process. If you have a computer you can enroll in Medicare online by going to They are continually trying

to make that website more user friendly. Once you’re on the website just click on “Get Started with Medicare” in the middle of the landing page of the website. Follow the prompts pertinent to you and you’ll be done in no time!

You’ll want to start this process 3 months before your birthday month to make sure you’re good to go on the first day of the month that you turn 65 (unless you’re born on the 1st, then you get to go on Medicare one month early).

Medicare alone is not enough, and that’s where I come in to help you understand your Medicare options. Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plans and Medicare Drug plans are complex and the fact that you can have my knowledge (at no cost to you) to help you decide the right choice for you at this milestone in your life will give you peace of mind. Well, that’s what my clients tell me at least.

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It’s a new year. I, along with everyone I know, made resolutions: mostly hoping that this year would be better than the last, but some that genuinely reflected an optimistic mindset. Said mindset led my husband and I to craft one that hadn't topped our previous lists: fix broken things.

Like most everyone we know, our family has spent considerably more time at home these past months - and knocking around the house all day, we've made a priority

of a dizzying array of home improvement projects - both indoors and out - that we'd previously deferred. Turns out, we're not alone.

A common refrain among our friend group? Countless home appliances to be replaced. Garden and landscaping projects to embark on. And a rather surprising number of sliding glass doors in need of repair in our collective Southern California homes.

Enter Shy Hadan. Known as Dr. SlideDoor, Shy's father was in the business of selling sliding doors, but when he saw that there was no one to fix them,

he stepped in with a solution. “Usually people think they just have to be replaced, but that isn’t the case! We have a ton of experience with all kinds of doors, no matter how old, what material, or what brand.”

If hauling open your sliding door requires Herculean strength, it’s likely you’re experiencing rollers with dirt and dust buildup so they don’t roll the way they used to. Over the years, it’s common for the rollers to wear to the point that you may actually be dragging the entire weight of the sliding door across the track, which causes even more damage and drag every time you do it.

Whether your door is modern or ancient, made of aluminum, vinyl or wood … all you have to do to “remedy your rolling troubles” is schedule a free inspection. A tech will come out to see if the components can be fixed or replaced, and then...fix it. With over 25 years of industry experience, Dr. Slide-Door is the number one chosen sliding glass door repair service in Southern California. What sets them apart? Each member of Dr. Slide Door’s team arrives with everything you’ll need on site.

“Your sliding door professional will replace the parts right down to the rollers, leaving your door feeling weightless and good as new. You’ll be amazed at how easily your door slides open and closed.”

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A Story of Connection & Community LOVE AT THE COVINGTON:

That’s the beauty of life at The Covington, an ECS senior living community in South Orange County’s Aliso Viejo – that two people can find love in their 80s and live a rich, vibrant life together within an outgoing and active community. This is a story of Karen and Jim. But it’s also about the indelible connections residents at The Covington make with one another, and how that makes for a very lovely life.

But, first, let’s back up.

Karen, a former nurse, marriage and family therapist, and religious educator, and her late husband Tom moved into The Covington in 2017. Tom was a family physician who loved to play beach volleyball and travel the world. But his health and memory were in decline and Karen knew it was time to make a move.

“I had heard about The Covington through friends who had convalesced here after surgeries,” says Karen. “Everyone said it was the most fabulous place they had ever been – the care, the food; they couldn’t praise it enough.”

“One day, I received bad news regarding a blood test. The report turned out to be erroneous, but nevertheless, it got me thinking: what if I go first? What’s going to happen to Tom? What’s going to happen to our kids?” So Karen made the decision to leave the ocean views of Laguna Beach for the mountain views of The Covington. It ended up being one of the best decisions of her life, she says.

“When I moved to The Covington, it was such a relief to be there. I was personally falling apart as a caregiver

and Tom needed more care than I could give him on my own,” says Karen. “The nurses, doctors, and Chaplin here did a tremendous amount to help me get back on my feet.”

At first, Karen and Tom lived together in The Covington’s independent living. After six months, however, Tom moved to The Covington’s full-time memory care facility. Sadly, Tom passed away in April 2018.

But there was a silver lining, Karen says. She met other couple friends at The Covington who were going through a similar experience – one spouse in declining health, the other serving as a caregiver. The friends became informal support group for one another and the powerful connection has endured. “We all support one another, we all understand. And we’re all so thankful that we’re here.”

When Karen Mauro talks about her partner Jim Espinosa, there’s laughter in her voice. And happiness. And most definitely love. “Jim’s a joy to be with. I just love him,” she says, with her signature North Carolina chuckle.

After Tom’s passing, Karen kept busy. She participated in exercise classes, became president of the resident’s association, and was active in The Covington’s social life.

Two years later, Jim, a former businessman and avid golfer, moved into The Covington. Because of her involvement in the Resident’s Association, Karen knew just about everyone in the community. So, when she noticed the new face at The Covington, she introduced herself. Turns out, Jim’s best friend was one of Tom’s best friends, and they had a lot of the same friends in common.

Soon, Karen and Jim were attending the same exercise classes and Monday Night Football gatherings in The Covington’s lounge. Karen invited Jim to a few events at The Laguna Playhouse, of which Karen is a supporter. After one such event, Jim and Karen went out to dinner and got to know each other better. When they returned to The Covington, Jim gave Karen a little kiss. The rest, they say, is history.

“The two of us thrive on each other,” says Karen. “Jim’s attitude toward life is very positive. He’s one of those people who builds others up.” When asked how he’s doing, Jim’s trademark reply is, “Never been better.”

His optimism and warmth make him a friend to many.

Together, Karen and Jim have traveled all over the States, meeting one another’s families and college friends. They’re a fixture at The Covington gatherings, frequently attend off-site events around Orange County – and they still go to exercise classes together.

There’s even more to love at The Covington

One of the things that initially drew Karen to The Covington was the vibrant lifestyle. Because, although her husband’s health was failing, Karen was active and wanted a lifestyle to match. She found it here.

The programming and amenities at The Covington are designed to keep residents creatively, physically, and socially active. They include residentrun clubs, an art studio, game room, indoor pool, a concert venue, an endless itinerary of exercise classes, a community garden, walking trails throughout the 12-acre campus, and much more.

“You can live life to the fullest and live up to your potential here,” says Karen.

What’s more, complementary transportation means residents can get out on the town whenever they’d like. “A group of us like to go to the theater on Saturday afternoons. The limo bus drops us off right in front

and picks us up as soon as the event is over.”

Dining is a world-class experience at The Covington, featuring meticulously-planned menus and impeccable service. Residents gather at one of The Covington’s three award-winning dining areas: The Grandview gourmet restaurant, The Cove bistro, or Grandview Lounge.

“Living here is like being in a luxury hotel or the highest-end cruise ship you can imagine,” says Karen.

Connections of a lifetime

The Covington, Karen says, is a place of friendships.

“People come from all over the world to live here, from all sorts of fascinating backgrounds.”

Whether they’re bonds made through a shared hobby, through a support group, or even a romantic relationship like Karen and Jim’s, meaningful connections abound at The Covington.

“People love one another here, like we’re a big family,” says Karen. “It’s a good place to come for the rest of your life.”

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South Coast Shutter and Shades

Operating honestly and with integrity has served as the foundation for the continued success of the Laguna Niguel-based South Coast Shutter and Shades for over 32 years. Owners Tom and Donna Schuster launched their own company after realizing that “on our own we would be able to offer quality products in an honest environment to our customers, as well as servicing the products we sell.”

Specializing in custom shutters, blinds (mini, faux, wood, vertical), cellular shades, woven woods, plantation and security shutters and everything in between, Tom and Donna offer free in-home consultations for design as well as measuring, they always include free professional installation and prefer to bring all of the samples to each client’s home to go over the assorted styles and many color options to suit each home’s interior and its homeowner’s unique lifestyle.

“We listen to you and then incorporate your ideas with ours to design your custom shutters, blinds or shades,” says Tom. “Our portfolios and samples are very extensive, so you will be able to envision how your windows are going to look when complete."

Tom and Donna, credit their success to date to the quality of customer service they and their team give their customers, which in turn creates a wonderful repeat and referral business. “Although there may be providers of similar products, there is no one that can match our superior customer service – from showing up on time, making precise measurements and flawless installations - and with a professional ‘can do’ attitude,” says Donna.

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How Can I Tell If I Have Skin Cancer?

There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Because each has many different appearances, it is important to know the early warning signs.

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Look especially for change of any kind. Do not ignore a suspicious spot simply because it does not hurt. Skin cancers may be painless, but dangerous all the same. If you notice one or more of the warning signs, see a board-certified dermatologist right away, preferably one who specializes in diseases of the skin.


1. Everyone needs to perform a self-skin exam once a month.

2. Melanoma can appear anywhere on the skin, including the palms/soles, under your nails, and places...for most, have never seen the light of day (genitalia). For this reason, it is important to look everywhere. Lock the bathroom door, get out a hand mirror, and check, it could save your life.


An actinic keratosis (AK) is a crusty, scaly growth caused by damage from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. An AK is considered a precancer because if left alone, it could develop into a skin cancer. AKs are the product of a lifetime accumulation of UV damage and typically appear on areas most commonly exposed sun, such as the backs of the hands, forearms, face, neck, and scalp.


Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most frequently occurring form of all cancers, with more than 4 million cases of diagnosed in the U.S. each year. BCCs may look like open sores, red patches, pink growths, shiny bumps, or scars. Any skin lesion that doesn’t heal, or bleeds with even gentle trauma, such as drying with a towel, is concerning for a BCC.

3. What to look for: ABCDEs, and an ugly duckling

A - Asymmetry: If I draw a line down the middle, do the sides match?

B - Border: Is there a nice crisp border, or does the mole melt into the surrounding skin?

C - Color: Moles should be one color, one shade of brown. Is there a variety of shades or additional colors, such as black, red, white, or blue?

D - Diameter: Any mole larger than 6mm, ie the head of a pencil eraser, has a higher risk of becoming melanoma.

E - Evolution: Has it changed?


Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells arising in the epidermis, the skin’s outermost layer. SCCs often look like scaly red patches, crusty bumps, warts, or elevated growths with a central depression. SCCs may appear suddenly and some forms are tender to touch. They can become disfiguring and sometimes deadly if allowed to grow. More than 1 million cases of SCC are diagnosed each year in the U.S., which translates to about 115 cases diagnosed every hour. Incidence has increased by 200 percent in the past three decades in the U.S., and more than 15,000 Americans die each year from this type of skin cancer.


Melanoma is a very dangerous form of skin cancer. Melanoma is caused mainly by intense, occasional UV exposure (frequently leading to sunburn), especially in those who are genetically predisposed to the disease. An estimated 178,560 cases of melanoma are diagnosed in the U.S. each year and is fatal for an estimated 9,320 of these patients. Fortunately, if melanoma is recognized and treated early, it is almost always curable.

F - The Ugly Duckling Sign: Most people have a “signature mole,” their own personal mole appearance and architecture. Is there a mole that seems different from all the others?

4. Everyone needs a full body skin exam by a board-certified dermatologist once a year, more frequently if you have a family history of skin cancer, a personal history of skin cancer, or live in an area with substantial sunshine.


Cefali & Cefali, APC

Trusted Accident Attorneys for the Most Serious Injuries

It’s a remarkable feeling when you can find someone to take your side. In relationships, sports: you name it. That one person who believes in you, makes you better, fights alongside you.

Michael Cefali matched with his person (his wife Courtney) long before law school - but their partnership extended through the long years studying for the bar and paid off in an even match that has stacked up in their favor many times over. Graduates of Chapman Law and California Western, respectively, they started the San Juan Capistrano-based Cefali & Cefali, APC in July of 2019 and have been fighting for the little guy ever since. From setting clients up with top-tier doctors and specialists, to negotiating stellar settlements, Cefali & Cefali, APC handles cases from start to finish with client health as their top priority.

Focusing on all aspects of personal injury, the Cefalis are what you might expect in such a ring: passionate, aggressive, and most importantly, honest - all traits that have contributed to the couple having recovered millions of dollars per year on behalf of their clients since opening their firm.

“The insurance companies would like you to think that they get to determine the value of your injuries, your suffering,” says Michael. “We’ll fight for every last penny because we know that you deserve it.” Clients appreciate the work that the Cefalis do. In fact, as of the date of this publication, you won’t find a single negative review of their firm anywhere on the internet.

Client Jamie shares, “I am so grateful for everything that Mike Cefali and his team did for me! Not only was he able to help me get what I was owed in my settlement and then some, but he was so responsive and kind and

it was very apparent that he cared about me and my case! He and his team are so HONEST and FAIR and it was clear from start to finish that he had my best interest in mind! Not only is he a good lawyer but he is a good person which made a world of difference for me. I could not have asked for a better experience with a personal injury attorney! I have already recommended him to all of my friends and I will continue to recommended him to anyone looking for a good lawyer! Thank you so much Cefali and Cefali!”

Another client Carrie echoes Jamie’s sentiment, “My husband and I were rear-ended on the freeway. We felt bad thinking of contacting a lawyer, but after several months of continuous pain and medical treatments, a friend recommended Michael Cefali. From the beginning, he lived up to his core values of integrity, loyalty, and vigorous advocacy. Michael is a dedicated, friendly, and competent attorney who seamlessly represented our interests and ensured the outcome was in our favor. He treated us not like a client, but like family; he

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was there any time we needed him. He was empathetic to our situation and worked tirelessly with all parties to represent us. We don’t trust many people, but we trust Michael and his team and would highly recommend him to anyone seeking a professional, effective, and focused attorney.”

With five staff members to back up the stellar work Michael and Courtney produce, the couple remain incredibly hands on, based on a culture of empathy, integrity and advocacy.

“We craft each case personally, build each one for trial, and remain accessible to clients,” says Michael. “Personal injury attorneys get a bad rap when really we’re the good guys. I like to think of our firm as a pirate ship. Nimble, clever, and tenacious in spite of being outspent by the adversary, we pry money from greedy insurance companies and give it to our very deserving clients.”

Giving back is the spirit of the firm, and community work creates a direct link between Michael, Courtney, and their circle in San Juan Capistrano. The couple and their team proudly supports a number of local charitable and community organizations including: The Boys and Girls Club of Capistrano Valley (Courtney is on the Board of Directors), The San Juan Capistrano Friends of the Library (Courtney is also a board member), CREER, the Pacific Marine Mammal Foundation, and Project Coyote. Michael is a member of the San Juan Capistrano Rotary Club and has been recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow.

The Cefali team’s ethics, constant communication (every client is given Michael’s personal cell phone for easy accessibility), commitment to their clients and involvement in the community keeps everyone growing stronger and healthier together. Remarkable isn’t it, that feeling when someone takes your side?

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Painting for Patriotism: Keeping the Prado Dam Mural Alive

There’s a certain mystique that comes alongside the signs which state “National Register of Historic Places.” Even more so, the places which are waiting to be named.

Occasionally in disrepair, like the Prado Dam Mural in Corona, California, these places hold significance to a great many, yet have often yet to be recognized for their cultural and historic significance. Status doesn’t matter to Jeff McCabe, owner of One Way Painting, based in Orange, California. Luckily enough, the pursuit of a singular passion has been enough to keep Jeff pushing for a complete repair and repaint of the Prado Dam.

The journey began in 2012, when Jeff passed by the mural on the 91 freeway, but unlike over 300,000 other drivers that see it on their daily commute, Jeff took notice of the state it was in.

“I wanted to repaint the dam after seeing it fall into disrepair,” he says. “It was being tagged. As a sign of our patriotism, it felt like people were disrespecting our flag and country.”

Jeff, like many others, was born in 1976. A Bicentennial Baby as his mom called him, the mural has always held a special place in his heart. The mural was originally painted the year he

was born, by the students of Corona High School. Part of a school project and contest, Ron and Perry brought 30 of their friends along and over two weeks, painted the mural.

Celebrating America’s 200 years of freedom, the unveiling of the mural was part of the Bicentennial celebrations that took place all over the States. “Ten years in the making, with close to 60,000 events planned,” reporter Dave Mecham said “it was like the 4th of July on steroids, celebrated throughout the entire year.”

After years of attempted connections, Jeff finally made headway with the Army Corp of Engineers. And not too soon. By chance his brother Jim “saw online that the Corp was settling up to strip the mural, and that there was a group of the original artists, now in their 60’s, who were trying to save it.”

Joining forces, Jeff, Jim, and the former Corona High students formed the Bicentennial Freedom Mural Conservancy, whose sole purpose is to repaint the mural and preserve it indefinitely, for future generations to

enjoy. Key major contributors include Dunn-Edwards, Rust-Oleam and Orange County-based Veteran Air.

“Upon completion of the repainting of the dam, there will be an unveiling, dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony.” A labor of love, like the first time around, the mural is still a symbol of American resiliency, hard work, and dedication. Just ask the moms who fed the original 30 students, or each individual private donation to cover labor and materials, insurance, equipment, worker’s compensation, and insurance. Mystique or no, the Prado Dam mural is here to stay.

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It’s all about dem BONES!

There’s a common misconception that a high-protein diet is bad for bone health but nothing could be further from the truth! In fact, years of research show that getting plenty of protein is crucial for bone density – provided you get enough of a key mineral.

Studies show that getting the right amount of protein in your diet improves your bone health. It lowers your chance of osteoporosis (bone loss) by helping you hold on to your bone density, and it helps prevent breaks as you age, too.

Proteins form the foundation of every living thing! But what proteins, exactly? Under a microscope, proteins are made out of long chains of amino acids linked together as links or blocks. There are 20 amino acids needed for metabolism and human growth found in food or supplements. The best sources of amino acids are found in animal proteins such as beef and in poultry. Eggs are a good source of lean protein. And even though there is cholesterol in the yolk, it is not as likely to raise your cholesterol level as foods that contain saturated fats and trans fats do.

Animal proteins are the most easily absorbed and used by your body. Foods that contain all nine essential amino acids are called complete proteins.

When it comes to your bones, protein is especially important. Protein makes up roughly one-third of your bones mass (the amount of protein your bones contain) and half of your bone volume (the amount of space protein takes up). Women need at least 50 grams of protein a day -- men about 60 grams per day. With a high-protein diet, it can be much more than that. This extra protein can come from beans, meat, nuts, grains, eggs, seafood, cheese or vegetarian sources like soy. These diets often restrict carbs like cereals, grains, fruits, and possibly vegetables. When it comes to Beans, One and a quarter cup of beans has about as much protein as 3 ounces of broiled steak. Along with protein, the fiber in beans helps you feel full longer and also helps lower your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.

Be choosy. The best high-protein plans focus on lean proteins and include some carbs. Avoid huge helpings of fatty meats and make sure to include vegetables.

Fish is loaded with protein and almost always low in fat. Even the fish that have more fat, such as salmon and tuna, are good choices. Those fish generally have omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for your heart. Most people don’t get enough omega-3s. Milk, cheese, and yogurt give you protein and calcium for strong bones and a healthy heart. Low-fat, nonfat, or reduced-fat dairy products can help you keep calorie counts down.

The protein in your bones is continuously broken down and built back up, as part of your bone remodeling process. Unfortunately, the protein that’s broken down isn’t reabsorbed and reused. That’s why you need a daily supply of protein to maintain your bone density.



Now we realize that for the last 70 years, most of the westernized world has been told red meat is bad. Interestingly, our extracellular bone matrix is made primarily of collagen. Collagen is a protein. Our matrix is like a flexible framework for bone. Calcium hardens this framework and adds strength to it. Together they are 2 components of bone. With 28 different types of collagen, type 1 is the most abundant form found in bones. Our body doesn’t absorb collagen molecules, but rather they are broken down into amino acids. The bottom line is: Don’t shy away from animal protein. Your bones will love you for it!

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Renew Ketamine Infusion Therapy

The first time I heard of Ketamine was a few years ago from a friend in nursing school. Then again recently from another friend whose mother suffers from fibromyalgia as she began researching therapies to relieve chronic pain. A growing number of studies have found that Ketamine can be effective for people with a myriad of chronic pain and mental health conditions, including treatment-resistant depression, anxiety and PTSD.

Based in San Juan Capistrano, Renew Ketamine Infusion is the brainchild of Tanya Dall, MD and Justin Yanuck, MD –board certified physicians who became colleagues and friends in their emergency medicine residency training at UCI Medical Center. Both have extensive experience utilizing Ketamine for various medical indications and treating complex pain disorders. Dr. Dall studied physiology at the University of Arizona, and went on to obtain her medical degree from Georgetown University. Dr. Yanuck received his medical degree from UCI and then completed a Pain Medicine Fellowship at Harvard Mass General Hospital.

Ketamine was originally FDA approved in 1970 as a safe way to anesthetize patients. However, as is common in medicine, often one medicine can have multiple uses and over the last 20 years research has been building showing Ketamine’s safety and efficacy for a range of psychological disorders. Dr. Yanuck and Dr. Dall use Ketamine nearly every day in the emergency room for things like procedural sedation, and treatment of acute pain. A few years ago, they had a conversation about how frustrated they were with the current framework for how most mental health and chronic pain conditions were treated, and that for many patients, they not only get little to no relief from these traditional medications, but often suffer undesirable side-effects. That night, some new articles on the efficacy of Ketamine came up in conversation, and the rest is history. Renew Ketamine Infusion was founded shortly thereafter.

The basis of Renew is to treat each patient as a unique individual, and to take a holistic approach to the entire Ketamine experience. “We don’t believe in a model where everyone receives the exact same dose, or the same dose at each infusion. Everyone responds differently and we treat you like the

unique person you are,” says Dr. Dall. The infusions don’t happen in a vacuum: each session has a specially-trained MD (Dr. Dall or Dr. Yanuck) to oversee it, which allows for in-the-moment adjustments as needed, and is preceded and followed by integrative psychotherapy consultations with a licensed clinical psychotherapist specially trained in Ketamine assisted psychotherapy. Furthermore, each infusion takes place at their clinic which places an emphasis on patient privacy and comfort. Their clinic is far from the typical sterile medical office and has more of a spa-like atmosphere. The clinic opened last year, and the program is built on years of clinical experience and research.

Renew treats depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, addiction, suicidality, chronic pain and fibromyalgia. All of which have something in common: stress. When someone is in a chronic stress state, there is a reduction in the number, function, and quality of brain connections. Ketamine has been shown to increase the function and quality of connections. These connections allow neural pathways to open back up, producing proteins that increase the number of synapses in the brain. These synapses lead to a rapid resolution of

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symptoms – if your mind-body connection is restored in a big way, you’ll find relief.

Dr. Dall is quick to add that while Ketamine is not a drug that will solve all psychiatric ailments, “we believe Ketamine combined with psychotherapy gives patients - especially those who have not responded to previous therapies - the best chance of relieving one’s symptoms so they can live a life free of the burdens of mental and physical anguish.”

Patient Claire says she had been suffering from depression for years and despite trying multiple medications and years of therapy, she “couldn’t get out from under the weight of depression.”

“To be honest, I was skeptical about Ketamine clinics, I felt like if this worked so well, everyone would be doing it,” she says. “After my first session, I was a believer. I’m now two months out from my last injection, and while I would say I still have some baseline depression, I feel 95% better. Words cannot truly describe what the experience through the infusions taught me and how much better my quality of life is now. I’m so grateful for the entire staff at Renew Ketamine Infusion for giving me my life back.”

Dr. Deepak Chopra was interviewed recently, and stated that as a physician, he was taught to never use the word ‘healing.’ You could treat a patient or their symptoms, but you might not heal them. He disagrees, and so do Drs Dall and Yanuck. “Ketamine takes advantage of the idea that our brains are moldable: even when our brains have been damaged, we have the capacity to heal from within. Ketamine kickstarts this healing process.”

I don’t believe in a miracle drug. I don’t think that the medication we have on the market today is capable of solving all our psychiatric ailments. But I am beginning to understand that repairing the mind-body connection might give patients, like my friend’s mother, a chance to feel relief from years of chronic pain. Especially in cases where previous or traditional treatments have fallen short.

In Drs Dall and Yanuck’s experience, and based on clinical studies, about 70-80% of people will have significant relief of their symptoms. Long-lasting relief. This is a positively staggering response rate given the patient population are those who have tried and failed multiple other therapies. They set out to open a space that allowed for the optimal delivery of this powerful medication, and have succeeded in creating a program that treats patients “not as objects that are broken, but people that have the capacity to heal from within.

It’s A Milestone for Sure…

Most commonly now you apply for Medicare on the Social Security website (or you can call (800) 772-1213 to make a phone appointment to apply). I’m told by my clients that are new to Medicare that they feel so fortunate to have me “hold their hand” and help them through the process. I will “hold your hand” too if you want my assistance as you face this big milestone of decisions.

Much of my consultation time is going through the appropriate steps of someone just getting their Medicare active. This really has nothing to do with my profession because I’m an insurance broker, not a government employee. But this seems to be the most daunting step for most that I meet with.

The government is trying to make it an easier process. If you have a computer you can enroll in Medicare online by going to Medicare. gov. They are continually trying to make that website more user friendly. Once you’re on the website just click on “Get Started with Medicare” in the middle of the landing page of the website. Follow the prompts pertinent to you and you’ll be done in no time!

You’ll want to start this process 3 months before your birthday month to make sure you’re good to go on the first day of the month that you turn 65 (unless you’re born on the 1 st , then you get to go on Medicare one month early).

Medicare alone is not enough, and that’s where I come in to help you understand your Medicare options. Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Supplement (Medi- gap) plans and Medicare Drug plans are complex and the fact that you can have my knowledge (at no cost to you) to help you decide the right choice for you at this milestone in your life will give you peace of mind. Well, that’s what my clients tell me at least.

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To further enhance the ambiance in this elegant establishment, Bayside features nightly live entertainment of soulful jazz amidst its lavish surroundings.

That's merely the starting point. We haven't even mentioned the extensive menu of mouthwatering New American cuisine. Inventive starters include mild smoked Scottish salmon with lemon-chive blini, capers, dill and Bermuda onion and the Maryland style crab cake crafted from flavorful Blue Crab meat with Old Bay

remoulade sauce atop a soft slaw with white balsamic.

I personally steer toward seafood on any menu and am a particular fan of seared scallops. Bayside more than delivered with its delicious rendition of seared Wild Diver scallops accompanied by a potato puree, asparagus and roasted Marcona almond romesco. Other specialties include a beautiful seafood paella, pan seared sea bass and pan seared sesame crusted Ahi tuna.

The resident meat lover in our family, my husband went right for the 8 oz. center cut filet mignon that he claims was cooked to perfection and super flavorful.

The service here was superb - attentive yet unobtrusive. An indulgent event ideal for any special occasion or date night outing.

Diners at the next table shared that they are regulars at Bayside's "famous" Sunday Champagne brunch so we'll definitely have to be back to experience the variety of omelettes, breakfast hash made from slow cooked brisket, smoked salmon Benedict or the "cast iron" seared salmon.

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Lantern Festival 2023

Renee and Henry Segerstom Concert Hall

Free Family event! Bring the entire family and join us for Pacific Symphony’s annual Lantern Festival, celebrating the Year of the Rabbit!

The Lantern Festival, which can be traced back 2,000 years, marks the return of spring and the reunion of family. The act of lighting and appreciating lanterns is a way for people to let go of the burdens of their old selves and express their best wishes for themselves and their families for the future.

Pacific Symphony and South Coast Chinese Cultural Center/Irvine Chinese School join in presenting this free family-friendly festival to commemorate the end of the Lunar New Year celebration with music, dance, art making, riddles and food. Join us as the concert hall lobby becomes transformed for the festivities with floating lanterns and the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall is

opened up to the public for performances featuring local music and dance groups.

Admission is FREE, but tickets are required. To get your free tickets, select a General Admission $0.00 ticket when asked to choose your seating section. For info, visit

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The Desert WineFest brings wines and brews from around the world to your doorstep in a fun, relaxed environment. (Yes, we’re the WineFest. But turns out even wine lovers need a break to sip something else new and noteworthy too.) The Fest also serves up boutiques to browse, artisan merchandise to buy and more!

Over the two-day Fest, attendees will be able to taste hundreds of wines and craft brews; sample cheeses, breads and coffees; shop at delectable food trucks, restaurants and assorted artisan and gourmet exhibitors, all while enjoying a sunny day with live music and games galore. Guests will also have the option of participating in the All Access/VIP Garden which will feature limited production and higher end wines, along with tasty tidbits to enjoy in a more secluded setting.

Civic Center Park in Palm Desert, CA will welcome the 1st Annual Desert WineFest to its beautiful grounds. Known as the city’s recreational showpiece, the park serves as a popular gathering place for a wide array of public activities and events. Free parking will be provided at the park with overflow parking across the street at The College of The Desert.

To explore the exciting world of wine – along with some seriously artisan brews – in a great setting that is all about you finding what you like. Forget the rules! Even better, your good time is a good deed as a portion of the proceeds benefits Family YMCA of the Desert and Desert Cancer Foundation.

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Graceful Aging with San Clemente Village

I think most folks grew up with the saying “it takes a village.” Though no one is entirely certain where the adage originated, many posit that it was noted in reference to either African communities or Indigenous ones. Wherever the origin, (and whatever age the adage refers to) the idea lives on cross culturally today.

One of the most incredible examples emerged out of the Boston area in the early 2000’s, when an online retirement service organization let its residents, near and far, come together to age gracefully surrounded by friends.

Within the last two decades, the model has expanded westward, catching the attention of Jessica Reiter-Flax, now Executive Director of San Clemente Village in South Orange County.

The Village concept which started in San Clemente in 2014 as a hope that “neighbors would help neighbors” evolved to include full services two years later. The 100% volunteer driven membership organization

provides services for local seniors ranging from transportation to appointments, grocery shopping, social outings to happy hours and help around the house. The average volunteer is 65 years young - looking for ways to give back.

“Sometimes they just have some extra time on their hands now that they’re retired themselves - most just want a really rewarding volunteer experience," says Jessica. "The majority of our volunteers forge lasting friendships with our members.”

Things like Sunday brunch or a movie matinee may not seem like they make a huge difference in the overall cognitive, physical, or psychological suc-

cess rates of older adults (aged 87, on average). But more than 70% of seniors want to remain in their homes as they age “and the Village helps them do just that. They can socialize easily, which reduces isolation, maintaining a state of continuous physical and mental well-being."

“We hope to continue our geographic reach to include more South County cities in coming years,” says Jessica. “Part of the Village Movement California, San Clemente Village is the only full-service not-for-profit service Village in Orange County. There are more than 40 such organizations throughout the state - helping older adults live their best lives, and our volunteers are always ready to welcome new members into the fold.”

After all, at this point with a full roster of wellness initiatives, grocery store, technology assistance and even fall risk reduction preparedness, it really does take a village.

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Pets of the Month

Seven month old Chrissy is a spayed dwarf Lionhead mix who just can’t wait to find her forever family. Though she can initially be a tad shy with strangers, Chrissy is a curious rabbit and enjoys exploring her surrounding in between petting sessions. She has good litterbox habits and has the makings of a wonderful house rabbit.

Good boy Kringle is a bundle full of happy energy. A social pup, he loves meeting new people and just can’t wait for playtime. He is one year old and would likely make a wonderful jogging or hiking companion. Kringle is looking for a loving and active adopter who can continue with his training.


This pretty girl is Florence, a mild-mannered kitten with so much love to give. A tad shy with strangers, Florence quickly warms up once she gets to know you and really enjoys the company of other cats. Only seven months old, she would make a great companion kitty in a quiet home. Could she be the one for you?

If you are interested in adopting an animal listed here, please call the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter at (949)492-1617 or visit them at 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente.

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Grande Colonial Hotel


Usually when my husband and I travel, we’d use the verb “schlep” to describe the general disarray that accompanies our family of four.

Especially if we’ve got the teens in tow - cruising in and out of hotel rooms, or fiddling with yet another key code for a private rental. Nothing could be further from the verbiage I’d use to attempt a recap of our recent stay at La Jolla’s Grande Colonial Hotel. There’s something so special about individually decorated guest rooms, a calming juxtaposition to your typical grey and orange chain stay. iPhone docking stations for the kids, flat-screen televisions for the adults, premium bedding and designer toiletries to take things up a half a notch.

Accommodation options include luxurious ocean, garden, or village view rooms, sumptuous suites and vacation rental studios - each capturing the essence of the quintessential California coastal lifestyle. But the truly satisfying distinction lies in the luxury amenities scattered about this sun kissed San Diego property.

The only Four Diamond Hotel in the Village of La Jolla, The Grande Colonial Hotel has been welcoming guests to a gorgeous coastal respite for over a century. One of the city's

oldest original seaside hotels, The Grande Colonial has been completely modernized, yet remains faithful to the timeless elegance of its storied past - the sophisticated decor infused


with a classic European ambiance and aesthetic. This intimate, iconic property is ideally situated amidst the pristine beaches and regal bluffs of one of Southern California’s most picturesque coastal towns.

From a family staycation standpoint, there is literally something for the everyone right outside the doors - steps from all of the shops, art galleries, restaurants and favored local coffee spots. As far as I'm concerned, anytime of year is the ideal time to visit.

As fledgling foodies, my husband and I are fans of the casually elegant farmto-table dining experience at NINETEN Restaurant & Bar on site. Led by nationally recognized chef, Jason Knibb, the local harvest dictates his "globally inspired, locally sourced" seasonal menu. I love, love crudo and both the hamachi sashimi and the Ahi tuna appetizers were incredibly flavorful (the first with marinated baby shiitake mushrooms and the latter with a Calabri chili and Meyer lemon relish), while kids devoured their signature NINE-TEN angus burgers.

Other popular dishes on the menu at the time of this writing range from pan seared Maine sea scallops enhanced with roasted Matsutake mushroom, the pan-roasted Colorado lamb loin with maitake mushroom and another favorite - pan-seared black cod accompanied by braised leeks, roast-

ed cauliflower mushroom, yuzu and white wine leek broth.

Health club, glittering outdoor pool, and an incredible restaurant and bar serving globally inspired locally sourced cuisine. A culinary excursion through classic California farm-to-table fare, end your day of activity outside (the hotel is just moments from ziplining courses, swimming, sailing, scuba, kayaking and more) with a crisp ocean view. No schlepping allowed.

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Disney’s Frozen


February 1 - 19, 2023

From the producer of The Lion King and Aladdin, Frozen, the Tony®-nominated Best Musical, is now on tour across North America and the critics rave, “It’s simply magical!” (LA Daily News). Heralded by The New Yorker as “thrilling” and “genuinely moving,” Frozen features the songs you know and love from the original Oscar®winning film, plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers by the film’s songwriters, Oscar winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez and EGOT winner Robert Lopez. Oscar winner Jennifer Lee (book), Tony and Olivier Award winner Michael Grandage (director), and Tony winner Rob Ashford (choreographer) round out the creative team that has won a cumulative 16 Tony Awards. An unforgettable theatrical experience filled with sensational special effects, stunning sets and costumes, and powerhouse performances, Frozen is everything you want in a musical: It’s moving. It’s spectacular. And above all, it’s pure Broadway joy. For tickets, visit

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After a nearly three-year hiatus from visiting one of our kids’ favorite nearby theme parks, our family planned a fun-filled Sunday at Legoland. We arrived right when the park opened at 10 am to take full advantage of a park hopper pass which allowed access into the main park, separate water park AND Sea Life Aquarium.

With over 60 rides, shows and attractions, there’s no shortage of fun to be had and especially so during the winter season when characters are out in force to spread the holiday spirit. For me, the heart of the 128-acre amusement is Miniland USA, which showcases miniature dioramas impressively crafted from colorful Lego bricks. The elaborate exhibits depict instantly recognizable national landmarks and sites. Hollywood’s Chinese Theatre resides alongside the iconic casinos of the Las Vegas Strip while the White House and Capitol building are juxtaposed against the New York skyline and Central Park.

The Sofi Stadium is an architectural marvel that took a team of 25 dedicated Master Model Builders more than 6,000 hours and more than 500,000 bricks to build. Standing at more than 30 feet long, 15 feet wide and over 4-feet tall, it’s currently considered the largest LEGO stadium in the world.

While Legoland offers an array of ride options for the younger set, there are still plenty of thrills for older kids - ours clamored aboard the Coastersaurus several times - a rollercoaster that traverses a prehistoric jungle of Legoland dinosaurs and Dune Raiders - where they raced each other side-by-side down a six-lane slide.

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Bluey’s Big Play

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February 23, 2023

This is Bluey’s Big Play, For Real Life. When Dad feels like a little bit of Sunday afternoon time out, Bluey and Bingo have other plans! Join them as they pull out all of the games and cleverness at their disposal to get Dad off that bean bag. Bluey’s Big Play is a brand-new theatrical adaptation of the Emmy® award-winning children’s television series, with an original story by Bluey creator Joe Brumm, and new music by Bluey composer, Joff Bush.

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Popular starters include the Calamari Fritti (flash fried and served with a spicy marinara), Vongole al Guazetto (fresh manila clams sauteed with white wine, garlic, parsley and chopped tomatoes) and the Melenzane Arrosto (roasted eggplant topped with ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheese in a light tomato sauce).

Traditional pasta favorites range from a classic gnocchi - delicately prepared potato dumplings with a flavorful marinara sauce to Luciana’s signature linguini served with manila clams, shrimp, sea scallops and calamari in a zesty pomodoro sauce.

I don’t know many words in Italian. Prego is an easy one, (thanks to a popular pasta sauce) and ‘bella,’ of course, from any number of movies with that one charming Italian love interest. But the moment I opened the menu at Luciana’s, I knew immediately what they were dishing up. Getting ready to refresh the full menu, having recently opened an (enclosed) outdoor dining room and event space, and shortly celebrating their 40th anniversary, it’s no wonder that the iconic Dana Point venue keeps their fare wonderfully traditional.

Meat eaters have their work cut out for them in deciding between the Tagliata (8 oz. flat iron steak grilled rare and sliced, seasoned with rosemary, green peppercorns

and balsamic vinegar), the Bistecca all Gorgonzola (a superior Angus New York steak crusted and served with a gorgonzola cream sauce) or the Scaloppine Genovese (veal scaloppine sauteed with artichoke hearts and capers in a white wine lemon sauce).

Soups, salad, pasta, sweets, or something from the oven - it doesn’t matter what you pick as long as you bring a healthy appetite. Portions here are hearty, so save space for a sweet treat - Luciana’s serves up a lovely Italian flourless double chocolate hazelnut cake (need I say more?) drizzled with fresh berry puree and topped with a scoop of artisan gelato.

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Who doesn’t love boutique shopping? I love perusing the beautiful designer handbags, clothing and unique designer and artisian jewelry that you’ll discover at Conservatory @ Curiosity - a 1,000-square-foot space that just might be one of the most elegant and charming shops in San Juan Capistrano.

Owner Beth Carney came from the corporate world of large department stores. She worked at Joseph Magnin in Century City and South Coast Plaza. She opened her first store Anything

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Purposefully designed to make great wine uncomplicated

One could venture to say with Micah Sampson, what you see is pretty much what you get - passion, excitement, intelligence. But each of those things is about as complex as the best glass of wine - and as a sommelier Micah will tell you there’s so much more to wine than just fermented grape juice.

“There’s history, geology, geography, chemistry, cultural studies," says the San Juan Capistrano resident. "Books and movies have been centered on it. Wars, empires, and country lines have been fought over it.”

So how is it that one of the most uncomplicat ed pleasures in the world is also one of the most complex and variegated? Micah would like to help answer that question - with his own brand of varietals - Somm’s Stash.

A good sommelier is a helper, a guide to finding the best wine for your food and experience. He says "basically, my job is to drink a lot of wine and know everything about it,” which reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from an author when she realized she could major in writing - ‘it was like finding out I could major in eating chocolate.’

“It’s a bummer,” Micah laughs. “But the idea of having a wine brand run by a sommelier was to give people a chance to try and learn about varietals they may not have tried before.”

Uncomplicating the wine game has worked well for the Somm’s Stash since 2020, and unwrapping the mystery of why wine is enjoyable is a task Micah foresees sticking with for a long, long time. Probably longer than the shelf life of that Chardonnay or Petite Sirah sitting in your wine fridge right now.

The best part is, you can go about it any way you want to by booking a private tasting with Micah, and seeing what really goes into the wine you love so much. Bouquet, tannins, aroma, body, finish. Formal, informal

- a guided pairing or a casual dinner party with friends where he'll chat with anyone who has questions.

In a wild turn of events, what seems so uncomplicated stems from an extremely complex background of learning and teaching: the education and wine appreciation behind the distinguished certification. Whatever your reasons for coming to the Somm’s Stash for insight, leave with a personalized understanding of the real world behind wine. After all, what you see is truly what you getyou just have to understand what’s behind that first glimpse.

Micah is happy to connect personally His cell is (562) 241-1699 or

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