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Advertising Partner since 2011 “I know that my business wouldn’t be as successful as it is today if I hadn’t started advertising in South County Magazine when it first started almost seven years ago. I have established relationships with hundreds of clients over the years, and then those clients also refer friends and family to me as well. It was one of the best business decisions I have ever made.”

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Advertising Partner since 2011 “We have been advertising in South County Magazine since its very first edition in January 2011. Our involvement has been a true partnership over these many years in that the publication team continually strives to create added-value opportunities - at no additional cost - for our business to generate ROI - from the editorials to the monthly mixers. I would highly recommend South County Magazine for any local business looking for exposure in South Orange County.”

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any years ago, a manager I had said something to me that I’ve never forgotten: “That good customer service isn’t simply the absence of bad customer service.” In today’s retail environment, it sometimes seems a challenge to find businesses that consistently adhere to that adage. Perhaps the ever increasing reliance on technology is to blame; people come face to face less. Perhaps there is more traffic, or more days feel like Mondays, and the attitude of service gets shifted to one of self-reliance. Perhaps the customer has learned to expect outstanding customer service, so it’s just harder to please everyone who walks through the door. Dennis Penman, owner of the San Juan Capistrano-based Sanctuary Home Furnishings by Renaissance thinks that good customer service is more than just making clients satisfied, he wants them happy. Dennis believes that happiness will trans-


Last spring, with the “immense assistance of my design and sales team,” Dennis completely redesigned his 11,000-square-foot showroom starting with a new name: Sanctuary Home Furnishings by Renaissance. “We started here in San Juan Capistrano, and now we’re back home - to help local home owners design their home to reflect their personality.” Growing up in Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, Laguna Niguel and now residing in Capistrano Beach gives Dennis a unique perspective on local taste and expected quality. Renaissance Home Furnishings has long been known for their Mediterranean and Spanish Tuscan flair but as trends have shifted and Renaissance becomes Sanctuary Home Furnishings by Renaissance Sanctuary can now help the Spanish Tuscan homes bring in a cleaner Coastal Transitional feel without requiring a home remodel. “For all the new homes in Rancho Viejo our look is perfect- we can help their homes look like the models.” Not ironic too, that the heart of the coastal transitional design trend is the word refuge; a perfect synonym for sanctuary. A safe place to rest one’s head. “The showroom has an abundance of sofas, sectionals, accent chairs, media chests, accent pieces, bedroom suites,

late into repeat customers and positive, word of mouth referrals. The transformation from sales associate to partner, and partner to owner may have something to do with Dennis’ dedication to his clients. But simple ownership is never the full story. “I have always been a people pleaser,” says Dennis. “Just ask my friends - I’m a guy they can turn to for help with whatever. All my jobs have been in a customer service field. I like the feeling when I know I have done the customer right, whether it’s guiding them on sizing, color and style to providing the lowest price. “I found my way to Renaissance Home Furnishings in 2003 when the business was just two and a half years old. I fell in love with the business as each day presented new opportunity to help others and be creative. Nearly 15 years later, my favorite parts of the business are still creating new looks to keep up with the shifting trends of home décor and ensuring customers are happy.

art, mirrors, area rugs and accessories,” says Dennis. “Most everything on the showroom floor can be delivered straight to the customer’s home.” Having three local manufacturers at its disposal helps immensely. In two to three weeks, Sanctuary can customize,

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damage and determined that it might be time to redecorate. As luck would have it, we happen to know a local purveyor of fine furniture and home accents at affordable prices - yep, you guessed it … Dennis Penman and his team at Sanctuary Home Furnishings couldn’t have made the process any easier. Dennis made recommendations based on the colors scheme and general style I said I was looking for and I literally walked out in less than an hour with an delivery date on the calendar. When the pieces arrived, his

to the inch, a sofa, sectional, or chair to the scale and color palette of the client’s home. “We can fit any room, in any scale and in any fabric color.” Sanctuary tries to make the customers shopping and buying experience relaxing and not intimidating. At their store they allow clients to come in and peruse without being tracked throughout the store by a “suit with a clipboard.” They want you to take your time, “tush test the seating”, and know the designer is available yet not hovering. Sanctuary offers piece of mind shopping by allowing customers to memo out products they like but aren’t sure it will work in their home they can check out the item(s) to see them in their homes before purchasing. Most stores would like to be known for low prices but they offer poor quality goods. Sanctuary wants to be known for quality furnishings at low prices. “I think what really sets us apart is our quality, pricing and the ability we have to work with our clients on every level, from design to customization to installation all at low pricing.” Often, Sanctuary Home Furnishings is lower priced than online but if not they will match the price you find. Nowadays, that elusive “good customer service” typically goes hand in hand with a commissioned sales force. Motivated by the sale, associ-

ates will bend over backwards for their clients. Not necessarily bad for the customer, unless the customer isn’t ready to buy. “We understand that sometimes it takes a little back and forth to make decisions about your home - you may have these furnishings for the next ten or fifteen or twenty years,” says Dennis. “We want to make the process as easy as if you had the choice to redesign every calendar year.” No pressure, with a non-commissioned sales force. Dennis wants every customer to be helped by any available person at anytime - before, during or after the purchase - an attribute to which our family can personally attest. One of the perks of publishing South County Magazine is that I am provided a venue to share with our readership experiences of local business owners whose services I have utilized either personally or professionally. Our family introduced a furry new addition to our home last year - a beautiful and rambunctious yellow lab puppy named Bella who prompted wreaked havoc with the wooden legs of the barstools, the couch cushions and the coffee table. When she started to mellow out on the chewing phase a few months later, we surveyed the

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crew set everything up, hauled the old items out to the garage and voila! … the room was back to being a beautiful space in spite of our pup’s best efforts. That same manager I had years back told me one other thing that has stuck around all these years. That we were in the business where the word “no” didn’t exist. You can find that adage anywhere you look at Sanctuary Home Furnishings. As Dennis puts it: “Yes. That is all we try to say.” Sanctuary Home Furnishings is located at 31896 Plaza Drive, Suite E-7 in San Juan Capistrano. Connect with Dennis and his team by calling (949) 248-9772 or visit www.sanctuaryhf.com


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ho would have thought such a (relatively) small change could completely transform the look and curb appeal of a home? In just a few hours and for less than the price of a new entry door system, Norton and Vicki Canterbury, owners of The Beveled Edge, start with a homeowner’s existing door, cut out a portion and insert custom art beveled glass panels. What was once a solid surface is now a stunning entry defined by light, beauty and instant curb appeal. The San Juan Capistrano studio, showroom and manufacturing facility specializes in the aforementioned front door remodels, as well as interior doors and cabinet doors. “Any door, whether wood, metal or fiberglass, can be transformed into a

What sets their business apart is the personal touch – both Norton and Vicki are “fully involved” in every job, working directly with each client to “make certain we create the vision they desire for their home.” According to Norton, the collaborative design process includes the creation of fullscale templates for review by the client and glass selection, which may include just bevels and clear textured glass or full color. The privacy level that each customer desires in their leaded glass panels is discussed and imBEFORE plemented.

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into a successful business model. Although J & M was incorporated in 2012, they have been in business in various forms since 1990. While J & M continues to focus on commercial construction projects, Vector Construction has developed into a burgeoning residential business model. “Quality work, excellent customer service, attention to detail, and great value set us apart from our competitors,” says Theodore Martin. “That’s the core reason why J & M has survived and thrived the cycle of booms and busts in the economy and construction.” Having one company handle everything from planning, design/ engineering to execution and site management certainly doesn’t hurt either. You name it, J & M takes care of their clients - from inception to completion. Vector’s residential offerings include kitchen and bathroom remodel, room additions, patio covers, stucco walls, siding and driveway installation and repair. Even windows and doors. Electrical upgrades. Paint-

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ing. As always, J & M can handle that electrical repair or power panel upgrade, and also design, reconfigure, or repair shared work spaces, offices, break rooms, and more. They’ll even grind or repair concrete inside or outside your commercial space, and take care of upgrading the paint when it’s seen one too many sunny California days. My parents began a project on their house when I was a freshman in high school. Every meal I prepared myself that year was done under the cover of our back patio. Our kitchen was under construction for an entire school calendar cycle. When we finally moved back inside, we discovered the full gamut of problems; from cabinets that had been mismeasured, to the wrong glass showing up on their front porch to be installed in those same mismeasured cabinets. They remodeled their living room, and the family room too. By my freshman year in college, I came home on large holidays to the final picture frames going back up on the walls. Those were different times and perhaps some of it may have been my parent’s slow negotiations - clearly, they knew what they wanted. But surely, the amount of hassle and headache could have been minimized by working with a more qualified contractor. A quality contractor.


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Debunking the “Core” By the Align Pilates team

Everyday we are inundated with the buzzword “the core.” It’s used everywhere: articles in fitness magazines, segments on the Dr. Oz show, to the coolest personal trainers blasting out core-strengthening exercises. But let’s be honest, you may have a vague notion that your core is somewhere in the middle of your body.

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like back pain, stenosis and herniation of the disk arise. The core “stabilizers” are designed to hold and put pressure on the spine and organs to keep the body from collapsing in on its self, making the body a sound structure.

The muscles involved in the core are there to protect, stabilize and move the torso. The core is an intricate puzzle that gives one the ability to do everyday task like breathing, standing, sitting, twisting and transferring force. And when the entire core is strong and coordinated it allows one to do unbelievable tasks like dancing, surfing or slam dunking a basketball. This is why core strength is so important and has become such a buzzword within the athletic community.

The third major role of the core is to produce spinal movement. The muscles allow the spine to move in a three-dimension plane. They let the body bend forwards (flexion), backwards (extension), twist (looking right and left) and side bending (lateral flexion). If the core muscles are not doing their job equally, movement in the body and daily activates will be limited.

“If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.” –Joseph Pilates With a firm understanding of what encompasses the core, and how it works, you can stay forever young. The main job of the core is protection. The number one priority is to protect all of the vital organs within the body. The muscles help cushion the organs from getting bruised or damaged when met with force. They also help hold all the organs in place, providing a sound structural body.

Knowing these three major rolls of the core offers a clearer picture of why it’s much more than your abs and belly button. Doing a bunch of sit-ups and crunches isn’t the answer for true core strength. For true core strength—and to reap the benefits of a youthful spine—exercises designed to move the body in all dimensions, create stability and a range of motion is required. Pilates and yoga are the perfect answer. A good quality session in both modalities will address the entire core and ultimately provide one with a long, fitful, happy, youthful life. If you want to get in shape, better your life, or just need help with finding the best Pilates and yoga experience, connect with Nicole or Cara by calling (949) 481-3577, stop by the studio at 31896 Plaza Drive, Suite E-6 in San Juan Capistrano or visit www.alignpilatescenter.com

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I have never met an app I couldn’t figure out. But that’s perhaps due to the fact that I grew up with one of the first generations of at-home computers, and had to learn to type for school, and then by the time I was a senior, everyone my age had their own cell phone and iPod and laptop.

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here’s something to be said about seeking a better life for yourself. Some find solace from stress in simple things, like taking a walk or bubble bath. Others seek wisdom through therapy and medicine. But can you honestly say these avenues ever really help? Or do you just hang on until the next appointment with your therapist, until the next time you can take a refreshing walk? I had never considered the art of getting back to life and dare I say living it until I met Mary McPherson from Awoken Life. Awoken Life. Awoken Life specializes in Brainwave Optimization (something you might have heard about on Oprah, read from the pages of People magazine or in science journals). “Brainwave Optimization is about getting you, back to you,” says Mary, a Certified Optimization Specialist. “Some people spend tens of thousands of dollars and endless years on therapy and medications, that might work for them. Others want to get back to living happily and balanced right away with a natural, holistic approach. Brainwave Optimization is a week-long intensive program which leaves you centered, balanced, and recharged. Some of the things we help people with are anxiety, ADD/ ADHD, addictions, anger, depression, brain injuries, panic attacks, PTSD, and Insomnia or sleep disorders.”

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Brainwave Optimization is a unique highly scientific, yet holistic approach. Over 80,000 people have successfully participated, and the number grows every day. What are they experiencing? ”We start with an intensive scientific evaluation of your brainwaves, using a very advanced computer program in the initial assessment,” says Mary. “We determine where the imbalances and frequency levels are in the initial assessment. The program is so advanced we are able to tell if you’ve experienced trauma, sadness, or have anxiety... whatever is causing your brainwaves to function at an improper level. We can then create a treatment plan customized to your specific needs. Over the next 5 days, you can relax in our zero gravity chair while listening to audio feedback being created by your own brainwave frequencies and mirrored back through this advanced technology. This clinically proven process can be viewed on our website, www.awo-

Awoken Life has changed the lives of so many people who can’t wait to share their stories. Read about local Dana Point resident Vince’s experience: “I cannot put into words how much Awoken Life has changed my life. Struggles of alcohol dependency, depression, spelling and even my fear of heights suddenly became manageable. I went in to this a total skeptic and was made in to a believer. Thank you for giving me a life I never thought possible.” Another happy client, Dawn from Temecula, echoes Vince’s sentiment and adds “Awoken Life Brainwave Optimization has changed my life. I have been able to stop taking my depression medicine that I took for over 10 years. I am no longer tired, sad, or depressed. I have stopped my anxiety compulsive picking. I no longer drink 3 cans of Coke a day. I am learning more about myself than ever before. I am a new and improved person, able to cope with life, and stressors that happen daily. Thank you for renewing my life!” Awoken Life is an all-natural, responsive, holistic approach to total wellness. Call to find out if this technology is right for you or those you love.

Mary McPherson is the founder of Awoken Life Brainwave Optimization™, where she helps adults and children achieve brain balance and harmony in order to live healthier, happier, and more abundant lives. Connect with Mary and Awoken Life by calling (949) 661-6909 or visit www.awokenlife.com. Call today for a complimentary consultation. Awoken Life Brainwave Optimization is located at 27611 La Paz Road, Suite A5 in Laguna Niguel.

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hen I was younger, my Mom loved to read me the book “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.” The plot essentially revolves around an ever-growing list of to-do’s that had to be accomplished, all set into motion by the simple act of giving a mouse a cookie. This tale came back to me recently when I purchased a new television at Best Buy. What was a simple shopping trip ended up being an adult’s version of that circular tale. If you give a grownup a television, they’ll have to measure their wall. When they measure the wall, they’ll realize they may actually have room for a bigger television. When they buy the bigger television, they’ll find out they have no idea how to mount it to the wall. When they start mounting it to the wall, they’ll see that the power outlets are all in the wrong places. When they realize the outlets need to be moved, they’ll call an electrician. (This could go on forever.)

Luckily for me, and for so many others who have been on the receiving end of ReelTime Sight and Sound’s patient, intelligent, and personalized service, the rabbit hole of home automation didn’t swallow me entirely. With the help of their independent certified Control4 dealer, it was easy to update my home without upending my entire life. After all, the true luxury of an integrated entertainment system is really dependent on its ability to deliver seamless entertainment. By placing every control at your fingertips, the team at Reel Time helps homeowners manage everything from how brightly lit your family room is, to your streaming devices - all with a single remote. And best yet? You can control your whole home from the comfort of your couch- even seeing who is at the front door, without ever leaving your seat. Simple, clean, and uncluttered. And on the home entertainment front … when you started planning for your ultimate home theater set-up and sound system, could you find the

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theater goals,” says Skip. “You don’t have to do everything at once – you can do it bit by bit – but if you know where you’re going, you’ll save money and when it’s all said and done, you’ll have exactly what you want and what you will actually use. We’re here to help you determine your goals.” Skip is also an advocate for getting

Skip opened the doors at ReelTime Sight & Sound in 1983. Today, the technicians and designers that Skip assigns to clients are all ReelTime Sight & Sound employees, knowledgeable in all home theater and sound technologies. First, they work closely with you to determine what you’re looking for. Then they custom design every aspect of the project, from wiring to custom-built cabinets, frames, or built-in wall designs. Finally, licensed, in-house contractors

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what you’ll use, which is part of the design and planning process. “You can buy everything you want to, but if you can’t operate it, what’s the point?” he says. “There’s the television, DVD and Blue-ray; there’s the receiver, there’s Apple TV… it’s all great, but how do you get them to work together? We’re big advocates of the universal remote. Not everyone knows how to get the most out of their systems with one powerful remote – they’re not expensive, but the best ones are computer-based. We’ll set that up for you so you’re getting the most out of your custom system.” It’s easy to assume that personal service is expensive, but a conversation with Skip and the experts at ReelTime Sight & Sound is free. Ultimately, in planning your purchases for the right outcome, you’re likely to save money while avoiding chilling setbacks. The only chilling you want to be doing is in front of your fantasy home theater system. Connect with Skip Myers and ReelTime Sight & Sound by calling (949) 240-0555, stop by the showroom at 26381 Via De Anza in San Juan Capistrano or visit www.reeltimesightandsound.com


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hey say those who can’t do, teach. But they also say that while we teach, we learn. In fact, Seneca said that. The Roman philosopher Seneca. So which is true? Stephanie Frisch hails from a family of teachers. And she would have to agree with Seneca. “I’m always learning. I want to know everything there is to know.” In the world of insurance, the demand is high for those who are dedicated to teaching the consumer, rather than taking them simply as a commission. What do you really know about your insurance policies? Has anyone ever sat down and explained insurance to you in a way you really understood? Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Supplements and Prescription Drug plans, Covered California, Individual and Family plans;

chances are, mostly likely not. As the owner of Insurance 101 Services, Stephanie is taking an industry norm and turning it on it’s head. “I come from an all-teacher family. I learned a long time ago how to properly and thoroughly inform my clients. And I believe that a personalized, caring approach is what it takes to garner trust with folks who at a base level, have no idea what the terms are, or what the provisions of the plans mean.” Specializing in senior needs - such as Medicare plans for South County residents, Stephanie is faced with unique situations daily. “As the demand grows for this type of service, I find that my successes lie in earning the trust of my clients. The actual business is just one factor. Caring for the whole person is the key.”

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Her old-school approach is unrivaled. Rarely does a broker find the time to spend one-on one with a client, let alone achieving any sort of true human interaction in the world of text messaging, multi-password online applications, and automated 800-number customer service recordings. “I keep contact information and notes from past conversations with all of my clients. When someone calls me, I see their name pop up on my phone and I greet them personally. I love helping people, and bringing a personal touch to the impersonal world of insurance is key. You can’t rush when you do what I do.” Having the knowledge and savvy to navigate the insurance world is one thing. Having the patience to wade through the headlines and get to the heart of the issues speaks to a deep desire to do right by her clients. “It’s my responsibility,” she notes.

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“What I provide is ‘value added’ to what customers pay in their insurance premium,” says Stephanie. “I don’t personally charge for my consulting service. I’ve been told that my method of explaining insurance makes it easier to understand than any other way my clients have been told before. And I’m really trying to help them, not sell them. I want to know everything about the products I offer to people and what is going on out there. 65 looks and acts a lot younger than it used to. They want the information that will help them be proactive about their lifestyle, and I help them find that.”

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A: Carlos and I are fellow Rotarians in San Juan Capistrano. He’s exactly the same age now as I was when I started my career in insurance. The company he worked for relocated and he was looking to find something that allowed him to work closer to home and his young family and still stay involved in the community of San Juan Capistrano. Carlos was born and raised here in San Juan and when I found out he was fluent in Spanish a light bulb went off in my head! This is what I have been missing in my business; the ability to help the large Latino population not only in San Juan Capistrano, but also the surrounding communities. Because of the language barrier for many, they don’t understand or even know about their options when it comes to getting help from Covered California or Medicare Advantage plans. I haven’t been able to help them up to this point but now Carlos can. I have full confidence in Carlos’s ability, and he has been trained by

DEC. 2ND - 2 P.M. Dorothy Visser Senior Center 117 Avenida Victoria San Clemente Community meetings are a great way to learn the basics of Medicare and more about specific plan benefits. If you’d like to attend one of the meetings listed here, please RSVP to Stephanie prior to the event by calling (949) 351-2443.

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me and has full access to me with any questions in order to help him take good care of his client’s needs. Q: So Medicare open enrollment starts October 1st and ends on December 7th. A: Well, first off, even though open enrollment begins on October 1st, applications can’t be taken until October 15th, I wish that wasn’t the case. But October 1st is generally when Medicare.gov releases all the updated plan information for the 2018 Medicare Advantage plans and Stand Alone Drug plans. The drug formularies are also updated to reflect any changes made to what prescriptions are covered, how much they cost, if prior authorization is now needed or if there are quantity limits. Q: Do you feel like there are good plan options out there for those Medicare beneficiaries looking to make a change? A: I sure do. Especially for those that are in the St. Joseph/Hoag Health healthcare system and still paying for a Medicare supplement and prescription drug plan. It’s been about 3 years now that St. Joseph/Hoag Health has now been a part of the Medicare Advantage plan scene. These plans have great benefits, include prescription drug coverage, have additional add-on benefits to enhance the value of the plan and have NO monthly premium. They still need to continue to have the Part B Medicare premium deducted from their Social Security check (or pay it to the government if they’re not yet taking SS) if they enroll in one of these plans, but it’s a huge monthly savings for people. Q: Let’s talk about health insurance for those under 65. Is the open enrollment time period the same this year?

health plans too, but that can be a tricky and time consuming task to research. Q: What should someone do if they do have an Anthem plan and need to select new insurance for 2018? A: Those Anthem consumers who have their coverage through Covered California and don’t do anything will be renewed automatically into the lowest-cost plan offered by another carrier in their same metal tier. This could mean major headaches as they realize that they no longer have the same access to doctors and hospitals. For those that bought directly from Anthem or through an agent, if they do nothing they will lose their coverage and have no insurance for 2018. This could be catastrophic! The best thing for people to do if they currently aren’t working with an agent is to get into contact with me. Carlos and I can help them find the best coverage to meet their needs and their budget.

A: In many other states it’s much shorter this year, but California has a strong commitment to making sure that no one is left without coverage. Open enrollment starts November 1st this year and ends January 31st just like last year. Q: I heard that Anthem Blue Cross will no longer be offering insurance in 2018 for Orange County, is that right? A: Well first of all, this applies to the individual and family plans purchased directly from Anthem Blue Cross and from Covered California only. But yes, that’s right. Anthem’s decision to pull out of Orange County (and many other surrounding counties) will have no impact on coverage for the remainder of 2017. In the 2018 renewal and open-enrollment periods, consumers will have to select another insurance company and plan. Anthem was more expensive in 2017 than Blue Shield and lacked the flexibility of a PPO, so I had already moved many people off of their Anthem plan last fall. 84% of doctors contracted by Anthem are also available through another

Q: Looking back on health coverage in 2017, did any changes happen that you think people should be aware of? A: Yes! As us July 1st, under a new state law, if you visit an in-network facility - such as a hospital, lab or imaging center - you will be responsible only for your in-network share of the cost, even if you’re seen by an out-of-network provider. The law applies to non-emergency services. Also, at the beginning of the year starting January 1st, 2017, you can’t be billed out-of-network charges for both emergency room and physician services. This does not cover the 5.7 million people who are on employer-sponsored insurance plans however. If you’re interested in learning more about what Stephanie can do for you, contact her directly at (949) 351-2443. If you need help with the next stage in your life or have any questions about insurance, you can count on Stephanie to point you in the right direction.

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light a little spark in all ages. One of the most popular activities for kids 9 and up is the beach bonzai boarding at Salt Creek. Our son and daughter (ages 10 and 9) learned how waves are created, studied the effects of rip currents, and discovered longshore drift. Then, of course, (under the watchful eye of their Eco-Adventure Guide Julian who went right into the water with them), they played in the surf, caught a series of waves and generally had a blast bodyboarding. When the whole family has worked up an appetite at the end of a long day of adventures, relax into some of the finest fare the coast has to offer. Already known for fresh, innovative cuisine, simply by merit of its California locale, the Ritz-Carlton has something for everyone. From small bites to cocktails, to fast-casual and poolside dining, you’ll find your fill for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A taste of autumn may be all we get here in Southern California - a quick glimpse of the rare changing leaf here and there - the dewy mornings and cool evenings just enough to turn us from the beaches to warm sweaters and shoes instead of sandals. A taste of luxury is perhaps all we need to round the edges of summer and embrace a longer season of vacation - beachfront living by day, crisp evenings and the smell of firepits at night. All wait for you on the shores of Laguna Beach, at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel. The Ritz-Carlton is located at 1 Ritz Carlton Drive in Laguna Niguel. For information, visit www.ritzcarlton.com

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South County Magazine helps San Clemente Villas by the Sea celebrate its 15th Anniversary! We at South County Magazine would like to thank Aileen and Paul Brazeau, co-owners of San Clemente Villas by the Sea for including our publications and our advertising partners in such a festive affair in celebration of their 15th Anniversary - the gracious hospitality of Aileen and her attentive staff, who went above and beyond ensured guests a memorable experience. Attendees mixed and mingled with other local business owners and professionals and socialized with some of the facility’s residents, many of whom got into the act - dancing to live music and noshing on an array of other specialty appetizers. In chatting with several partygoers who call the Villas home, it was clear that the management and staff here strive to create a happy, warm “extended family” atmosphere. As we begin working on the December 2017 issue, we look forward to continually evolving the magazine and serving as a true community resource. See you at our next event!

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Just keep swimming with Dory, Nemo, Marlin and new pal Hank from Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory as they embark on a life-changing excursion to find her parents and discover the true meaning of family. Cheer with Joy, Sadness, and the rest of the Emotions from Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out as they help Riley find the confidence to win the big hockey game.

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Venture to wintery world of Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana and the Disney Princesses make their dreams come true through their virtues of bravery, kindness and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and the Toy Story gang. Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or inperson at the venue Box Office.


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