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August 2016 Publisher Community Publications LLC. Editor Jody Robinson

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Hospitality in the Housing Market with Rino Caturano, Keller Williams By Jody Robinson


o outside. Look to the east - towards Boston, and Manhattan, and the Atlantic Ocean. Look further. Squint a little until you can see Italy’s western shore. 25 miles from Pompeii, and roughly 6,446 miles from Orange County, CA lies Naples; a city renowned for its distinctive exports: thin crust pizza, opera, and Rino Caturano. “My parents sacrificed everything and came to the United States with nothing in order to provide a better quality of life, and give their children opportunity.” From far across the Atlantic Ocean and the Tyrrhenian Sea, they traveled with six year old Rino and his four siblings to make a life in Orange County. At 18, Rino took the Oath of Allegiance, became an American citizen, and realized a longtime dream of his parents. Living for years in a 650 square foot apartment with his family, Rino looked toward a dream of his own. For over a decade, he has been diligently building that dream with Keller Williams. Now the largest, fastest growing real estate franchise in North America, Keller Williams is transforming the housing market one customer at a time. Working from the ground up, Rino took over the Mission Viejo office 7 years ago, and since has transformed it into the largest real estate franchise of its kind, with over 300 agents working out of the office. Team leader and franchise CEO, Rino believes what sets his Keller Williams office apart from the competition is that the office is “a place where I can cultivate a business that is in alignment with my personal values. Real estate allows me to have a family, have abundance, and then to help other people do the same.” The culture of Keller Williams reinforces that from the top down; looking for individuals who adhere to a code of ethics, are excellent communicators, respond to both clients and other agents with grace and confidence, and do the right thing even when it isn’t convenient. Sound a little bit different from the typical money hungry agency down the street? We’ve all heard the golden rule: treat others as you wish to be treated. But how many businesses in a capitalist republic like ours actually adhere to it - how many CEO’s and CFO’s JULY 2016


and Presidents and even mid-level managers lead their employees down the path of true hospitality? Derived from the Latin “hospes,” meaning host, or guest, and formed from “hostis,” which means stranger or enemy, hospitality literally takes its roots from hosting strangers. Not necessarily an ideal one would hold up when thinking about letting someone into their house, especially not allowing a stranger to host other strangers in their house. And yet Keller Williams truly believes that they are in the business of people: and would like their agents to be responsible, caring, direct, honest, transparent, and forthright. “It’s not about the commission first, it’s about the client first. I’m looking for agents whose mindset is to do the right thing, even when it isn’t convenient.” Rino goes so far as to request past customer testimonials from his prospective team members.

The culture of Keller Williams reinforces that from the top down; looking for individuals who adhere to a code of ethics, are excellent communicators, respond to both clients and other agents with grace and confidence, and do the right thing even when it isn’t convenient. In Orange County, where the market is growing into a more balanced inventory of properties, low interest rates are creating a demand, and Rino’s team is there to satisfy it. “In a world where the only constant is change, it is all important as realtors to continue education, stay abreast of market trends, and utilize the latest technologies,” says Rino. Sometimes change happens so slowly or incrementally that people don’t notice, but Keller Williams is looking to stay ahead of the curve, developing programs for training and mentoring new agents, including a coaching program


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ike many passionate and dedicated individuals who have made an impact in the world and changed the lives of many, Victoria Morgan’s life mission came from a deeply personal and emotional experience. That experience resulted in BIS KIDS; a program and movement that has helped and encouraged more than 2,000 children and families from Orange County and Los Angeles to lead better and more productive lives. BIS KIDS is a proactive prevention program against drug and alcohol use. The BIS Foundation was founded in 2006 and is designed for children 7-12 years of age. The program uses age-appropriate language; games; music; artwork; role playing; videos and prizes to educate children about substance abuse and the disease of addiction. The children have great fun and they leave with knowledge and a tool-set that can help them stay

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home. Our goal is to empower children! We want them to have the tools they need to stay safe and drug free no matter what is going on around them.

Alen Wood had the opportunity to sit down with Victoria Morgan to learn more about her mission, the BIS Foundation, and the BIS KIDS program.

On the first day of the BIS KIDS event, we do role playing and discuss many important questions. Who are the safe people in your life that you can talk to? Who would you call if you needed a ride home and you did not want to call your Mom or Dad? How do you step out of a bullying situation if someone is trying to get you to do something you do not want to do? What do you do if someone offers you a drink of alcohol, a pill or a marijuana cigarette?

Alen Wood: I am excited to speak with you about this wonderful program. Can you tell me about the BIS KIDS program and what happens at a BIS KIDS event? Victoria Morgan: Thank you for the opportunity to talk about my foundation and the program that is so dear to my heart. Drugs and alcohol are sucking the lives out of our children. Substance abuse is promoted in our music, on TV, and in the movies. It is in the schools, neighborhoods, communities and at JULY 2016



The program and BIS KIDS events teach these children about the “addiction monster”! Here is a startling fact: If a child starts drinking alcohol or experimenting with drugs before the

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VM: In 2005 my only son Colin was killed in alcohol related automobile accident. He was riding in a car with a drunk driver. The driver was a 24-year-old female with a history of substance abuse. My son was 30 years old and had struggled with addiction issues since high school. Everyone’s life changed in that moment. Our family was devastated! We wanted something good and positive to come from this horrible accident. The BIS (Believe In Sobriety) Foundation is a living legacy to my beautiful son. If we can keep one child or one family from experiencing what our family experienced our efforts will have been a success!

AW: When people think about “drugs or alcohol abuse”, they generally think about teenagers or adults that are using. Are there some thoughts you have that people should really know about... that perhaps they are unaware of? VM: Absolutely! Children are affected by substance abuse. They know kids in school that may be experimenting with alcohol, marijuana, street drugs and prescription drugs. They see people smoking marijuana and drinking on TV. It is embedded in our culture. They begin experimenting at a younger age. We have had children in BIS KIDS in middle school that have friends who overdosed on drugs. It is tragic! The kids all knew about Michael Jackson and Prince! The only way to the other side is by education and giving the kids a tool-set that can be applied in slippery situations. AW: Can you tell us how the idea for creating BIS KIDS came about?  What

AW: You have built a living legacy to Colin and it’s very inspirational. How involved are the communities and cities where you hold BIS KIDS events? Are they supportive and encouraging? VM: Thank you for asking this question! This is our 8th year doing BIS KIDS in Orange County and Los Angeles and we are literally here because of the incredible support we receive. Working with corporate sponsors, private foundations, individual donors and local agencies enables us to scholarship all the children. We enroll the children on a firstcome basis. All children need the skill-set we teach at BIS KIDS. The key to the program is that the kids have great fun and the parents are so appreciative! We receive tremendous support from North Bound Treatment

Services; The Children’s Bureau; All for Kids; The Raise Foundation; Hope By The Sea; The Iacocca Foundation and individual donors. We are expanding BIS KIDS to every city and community in Orange County. The cities officials and community leaders have been extremely supportive! AW: Wow! Every corporation who provides sponsorship should know about BIS KIDS! Can you tell us about the BIS KIDS team of specialists? Who actually facilitates the program? VM: A team of trained professionals lead all the BIS KIDS events. Our clinical director is Leslie Cox, a LCSW, and most of our team members are bilingual. AW: Is there anything else that you would like to communicate to people about the BIS KIDS program? VM: I could speak forever about what people should know, but education and knowledge are the keys to success! We have to empower our children! Give them the tools they need to take care of themselves. We have to teach our children about this disease. Studies show that using heroin, marijuana, pills, alcohol and nicotine is on the rise! You cannot expect your kids to just say “NO.” We must teach them a set of tools that help them stay safe. For more information, visit

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earing is one of our most valuable senses and much of our happiness comes from what we hear. But, for many, those moments are lost due to hearing problems.

If you have ever noticed that it is a little difficult to understand what others are saying or have ringing in your ears? You may be one of the nearly 45 million Americans who suffer from hearing loss. It is a condition that is increasing in today’s society. We are now seeing larger numbers of hearing losses in younger individuals. The good news is we now offer more treatment options that ever before, mainly due to the demand for better options. “Many conditions are easily treated, “said, Randy Rose, Owner of Rose Hearing Aid Centers in Dana Point, CA. Something as easy as being fitted for hearing aids may significantly change the quality of life for you or someone you know with a hearing loss. The new hearing aids have become more effective and even smaller with today’s advancements in technology. Hearing Loss may come on gradually or happen suddenly. Because, this condition is invisible, the condition may often go untreated. The key is early detection and to seek the treatment when the problem persists. Tinnitus, a constant ringing in the ears is one of most common conditions in older adults according to the American Tinnitus Association. However, it is often a symptom of an underlying condition such as, Hearing loss, depression, or anxiety. Since Tinnitus can be debilitating to some people, it is important to get the facts about this condition. For more information and offers on Hearing Loss and Tinnitus please call Rose Hearing Aid Centers at (949) 388-5703. Randy W. Rose is a hearing instrument specialist and owner of Rose Hearing Aid Center in Dana Point. Connect with him by calling (949) 388-5703, visit Rose Hearing Aid Center in the Dana Point Harbor at 24981 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Suite E-130 or visit JULY 2016





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Working as your fiduciary, your advisor is obligated not to engage in any self-dealing or other conflicts of interest. In fulfilling his or her obligations and duties to you, your fiduciary should perform required due diligence prior to making recommendations. Thus, acting in a proactive manner on your behalf.




Your fiduciary works for you, educating you on the different aspects of your financial plan and ensuring your understanding of how all the pieces fit together to create a sound plan. Your fiduciary promotes additional confidence in your financial future. By keeping you informed of new recommendations, the impact of those recommendations, as well as disclosing all important information associated with those recommendations, a fiduciary helps remove unwanted surprises.




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Keeping you informed, as well as disclosing all important information associated with recommendations, helps minimize unwanted surprises, and helps to create the foundation for a healthy collaborative relationship.


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Representing Team USA in Track & Field at the 2016 Paralympic Games U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, recently named the 66 athletes who will represent Team USA in track & field at the 2016 Paralympic Games. San Juan Capistrano resident Trenten Merrill is among the 40 men and 26 women on the roster scheduled to compete in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from September 7 - 18. When he was 14 years old, Trenten was struck by a car and in spite of the medical team’s best efforts to save his limb, Trenten lost his lower right leg in the weeks following the accident. Five months after the amputation, he received his first prosthetic and began physical therapy and went back to playing sports with friends and competitively in high school. In the ensuing years, Trenten has become one of the world’s fastest runners - skills honed on the Saddleback College track and field team where he has competed in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 800-meter run, 4x400 meter relay, long jump and javelin. In the following interview with South County Magazine, Trenten shares his inspiration and motivation in the pursuit of excellence in athletics following the accident because as he says “I became determined to be the best athlete despite my prosthetic. I never wanted my prosthetic to become an excuse of anything less than performing my best. Any sport I pursued, I became determined to put everything I had into it.” JULY 2016


South County Magazine: How did you get involved in running? Trenten Merrill: When I was about 18 or 19 years old, my prosthetist, Gary Yamamoto, encouraged me to attend a running clinic put on by Ossur Prosthetics and lead by two Paralympic Track and Field Champions - Oscar Pistorious and Brian Fraisure. Not knowing anything about Paralympics or these great athletes, I initially declined. Gary was persistent and adamant about me going. So I told him I would go for him. Little did I know the experience would open a door to my future. It was there that I became introduced to Paralympic Coach and the Brazilian 800m Gold Medalist Olympian Joaquim Cruiz. It was there that I met the Paralympian of South Africa Oscar Pistorious and the USA Athlete Brian Fraisure. After this day, I grew in my desire to compete again as an athlete and fueled my old drive to be the best I could be and my old dream of becoming a professional athlete. SCM: Who were the people who have inspired and supported you in your endeavors? TM: First and foremost Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior. Without Him, none of this would be possible. My family and friends were close behind supporting me to become great. My best friend Scott Agostini, who was also involved in the accident that day was a great influence as well. We continued to push each other to be the


best athletes we could. Of course my mom and dad were always a great influence and was because of them and my closest friends who supported me that I began pursuing sports again. SCM: What was involved in qualifying for the Paralympics? TM: To make it to the Paralympic Trials, an athlete first needs to qualify by reaching a emerging standard in an event. I qualified for the 100m and Long Jump. It was at the Paralympic Trials that my Long Jump proved to be my best performance. To be selected to participate in the Paralympics, a decision process is determined based upon a percentage system from the National A team standard. I jumped above the B standard and won my event in Long Jump. Automatic qualifiers are anyone that hits the A standard in the competition and places in the Top 3 positions. I was not far off the A standard and won Long Jump, so it became an easy decision for the coaches to give me the opportunity to compete.

SCM: What advice would you share with other young men and women who are faced with a physical challenge? TM: Physical challenges are tough. They are often the most visible, but truly we all come across challenges, whether they are physical, mental, or spiritual. We will all face challenges in our lives. But challenges produce character, so we must persevere by focusing ahead. I would encourage others to pursue their passions and desires to be great and to never give up on doing more than their best. JULY 2016



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Full disclosure: I am a mom. It’s a fact that may belie my bias when I tell you that sometimes a girl simply needs a break. Children, husbands, work, the unending demands of every single day… it catches up with you. Even the oft-offered advice, “You must make time for yourself!” can feel like just another pressure.


he anecdote to the mayhem? A few relaxing days away in wine country, visiting family and friends. With our two young children in tow, my husband and I headed to Napa and neighboring Yountville, where we whiled away the days wining, dining, playing tourist and spending quality family time. Visitors travel here from all over the globe to experience picturesque scenery and wine, paired with fine dining, entertainment and adventuring. For Orange County families, it’s a little getaway with a lot to offer: Far away enough to be really away and close enough to keep your separation-from-responsibilities anxiety in check. For the ideal family vacation that leaves you refreshed and enriched, pack a little bit of everything into your visit.

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Napa Valley Wine Train

Napa Valley Wine Train

The Napa Valley railway dates back to the late 19th century and eventually became part of the Southern Pacific Railroad (the original passenger service was discontinued in 1929). Sixty years later, when Southern Pacific petitioned to abandon the line, a group of local investors formed the Napa Valley Railroad (NVRR) and purchased the right of way. Since that time, the NVRR has evolved into one of the most popular excursion trains in the country. The Wine Train’s gourmet lunch and dinner trains began service in 1989 and the line, which now includes 36 miles of track, rolls by 26 different wineries at about 10 miles an hour (the trip, which lasted just shy of three, started and ended at the downtown Napa station). Three onboard kitchens allow Napa Valley Wine Train chefs to create culinary works of art from scratch using “fresh seasonal ingredients as well as humanely raised, hormone-free meats and line-caught fish” in creating gourmet meals for lunch and dinner. Meals are served at tables laid out in the opulent dining cars with white linen, beautiful china and silverware. The

meal starts with a selection of artisan cheeses and finely cut meats, followed by a choice of grilled and roasted beef tenderloin or the Chef’s fresh selection of seafood. And now with the addition of a 36-seat Pullman railcar, for the first time in its 27-year history, the iconic Napa Valley Wine Train will make several stops along the route, allowing guests to spend time tasting and touring four wineries. If you’re contemplating this new indulgent "Quattro Vino tour,” plan to carve off six leisurely hours with stops at the Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville, and the V. Sattui, Merryvale and Charles Krug wineries in St. Helena (the Quattro Vino tour runs daily on separate tracks from the regular three-hour tour train tour).

NAPA VINEYARD HOUSE We really lucked out in discovering a wonderful accommodation within easy driving distance to downtown Napa, tasting rooms and wineries. Because we have family friends who live in the area, we’ve been blessed to be Napa Vineyard House

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able to visit the region fairly frequently, generally staying with our friends or in one of the nearby hotel properties. The charming two-bedroom cottage at the Napa Vineyard House ( proved to be a tranquil retreat convenient to everything and yet just far enough away from the bustle of downtown to make you feel like you were really “getting away from it all.” On their web site, owners Kevin Hall and his wife claim that from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave “we’ll do our best to make you feel at home” and our family can attest that they certainly deliver on this promise. Conveniently located to great wineries, restaurants and shopping and with wonderful vineyard views to the north and south ensures that you know that you are in the Napa Valley wine country. The cottage features two separate bedrooms, each with its own bathroom on either side of a common area complete with a kitchenette, dining table and chairs and lounge area. As lovely as the accommodation is, it’s the thoughtful touches that really made our stay memorable - from the fragrant L’Occitane bath products and bottle of wine and beverages chilling in the fridge to the daily morning delivery of breakfast on our doorstep (delicious

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pastries, fresh seasonal fruit and juice from the renowned Bouchon Bakery - where you’ll find a line out the door of locals and tourists alike no matter what time you stop by). If you don’t need the extra space, the property also offers a number of smaller, signature suites - all outfitted with the same luxurious Restoration Hardware furniture and linens, automated shade system, heated tile bathroom floors, complimentary wireless Internet, Bouchon Bakery breakfast and private vineyard views. It’s easy to imagine a wedding taking place on the perfectly manicured lush green lawn. For our part, we chose to take full advantage of an adjacent space and unwind with a glass of wine in front of a crackling outdoor fireplace and step into the farmhouse-style lounge for a family board game. Nearby Yountville ranks among the country’s most scenic communities. The postcard-perfect landscape surrounding this wine country town is reminiscent of the rolling French countryside while its downtown (on either side of its two-lane main drag - Washington Street) is defined by a collection of quaint structures built of brick, stone and wood adorned with ivy. These buildings are home to a concentration of one-of-a-kind boutiques, art galleries,

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wine tasting rooms, informal eateries and gourmet restaurants. Arguably the epicenter of Yountville shopping, V Marketplace features a number of specialty shops - highlighted stops include Scents of Napa (skin and beauty products inspired by the Napa Valley scents of lavender, French oak barrels, grape skins and rain water), Tay & Grace (‘wine country casual’ fashions) and Knickers & Pearls (a pink and frilly store stocked with beautiful lingerie and bridal accessories). For our Yountville portion of our Napa Valley getaway, we chose the Mediterranean-inspired North Block Hotel ( Situated around a social courtyard, this boutique property features 20 sophisticated, comfortably chic guest rooms - all with either a patio or balcony, oversized bathroom with heated floors, a large soaking tub and separate rain shower, espresso machine, flat-screen TVs, music system and a mini fridge. We loved the Superior King guest room, located on the hotel’s second floor, for its abundant natural light, plantation shutters, warming gas fireplace, balcony above the social courtyard and its proximity to the gorgeous pool area where the kids spent the better part of an afternoon while their parents enjoyed - you guessed it, a glass of fine wine - from the shaded vantage point of the cushioned lounge chairs. The hotel is home to Redd Wood, a superbly stylish Italian-inspired eatery by renowned Chef Richard Reddington which “brings a new sensibility to this laid-back wine

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country destination” with a voguish vibe, osteria-styled restaurant menu and locally-favored wine list. Speaking of wine … one of the most frequently visited landmarks in the valley is located within easy walking distance from downtown Yountville: on a knoll shaded by ancient oak trees on one of Yountville’s premier pieces of real estate. Visitors to Domaine Chandon ( can stroll the stunningly beautiful grounds across a bridge over ponds to a patio fronting the tasting room of the first winery to be established in the United States by a French wine and spirits producer, Moët Hennessy. Today, as America’s leading sparkling wine producer, Domaine Chandon applies meìthode traditionnelle techniques to showcase the ripe fruit and vibrant character of California. Over the course of its 43+ year history in Napa Valley, the winery expanded its portfolio to include still wines, including Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Our tour provided a casual, informative education on the winery’s history, its winemaking process and grape-growing regions followed by a tasting that offered further insight into the world of sparkling wines and the grapes used to make them (tastings are offered daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Tasting Room or on the terrace).

DESTINATION DINING Following our tour, we strolled back through town to dine at Bistro Jeanty (bistrojeanty. com) - the genteel iconic Michelin-star restaurant - and only French owned and operated dining establishment in Napa Valley - serving traditional French countryside dishes including Mussels au vin rouge, Cassoulet (baked beans, duck confit, toulouse sausage and apple smoked bacon), the famed rich and tasty

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tomato soup in golden brown puff pastry and coq au vin (chicken, mushrooms, apple smoked bacon and red wine stew). Between the four of us, every category was covered: seafood aficionado and meat lovers alike. The sole meuniere was perfectly prepared - Petrale sole fillet well cooked, moist throughout with lemon caper butter sauce atop a bed of mashed potatoes. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his Fliet au Poivre (Black Angus tournedos with a black pepper crust, haricots verts and a creamy mushroom sauce). The atmosphere was quaint and charming, the dishes delicious, the service attentive - all in all, an ideal ending to our culinary sojourn that day. The next night, we opted an entirely different and equally enjoyable dining experience: this time at Lucy Bar and Restaurant at Bardessono ( where the menu, derived from the seasonal offerings in and around Napa Valley, is characterized by fresh, innovative, gardeninspired cuisine, artisanal cocktails and of course, fine wine. Every dish is truly “field-to-fork” fare - all the cuisine starts in Lucy’s Garden, located onsite at Bardessono (an atmospheric hotel and spa with a sustainable, moderntheme that translates through to its signature eatery) only steps from the restaurant kitchen and proteins are sourced from local farmers and purveyors, as well as a majority of seasonal seafood from the bay area. By focusing the menu on what is in the garden or grown at local farms and picked at peak ripeness allows the culinary team to create the most flavorful of dishes. We started with “shared plates” of baby beet salad (flavored with fried goat cheese, wild arugula mousse and gargen sprouts) and the rich, melt-in-your-mouth hand-rolled gnocchi with kale pesto and tartufata. Two standout dishes among a menu of standout cuisine was the Diver Sea Scallops paired with English pea puree, pancetta, crispy beets and tarragon butter and the Dry Aged Striploin which was cooked to perfection and flavorfully enhanced by foraged mushrooms, truffled “rosti,” duck liver and smoked beef belly bordelaise.

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According to its web site, Bardesonno is “built upon the possibility of a meaningful exchange between the traveler and host.” Every diner in our party would wholeheartedly agree that it was a spot on assessment of our evening at Lucy Bar and Restaurant, due in large part to our server, Frankie, who deserves to be mentioned by name. Clearly a seasoned professional, she more than delivered with exemplary service that was amiable, attentive, knowledgable and unobtrusive.

NAPA VALLEY ART MUSEUM Just across the St. Helena Highway and again, an easy stroll from downtown Yountville is the Napa Valley Museum (, housed on the grounds of the California Veteran’s Home. A great way to gain an understanding of the region’s storied past is to view its permanent art and artifacts - from the 1950s Napa City Limits sign (population then: 13,155. Now: 77,000+) and photos of the pioneers of wine, the museum chronicles the history of Napa Valley, its people and geology, along with the wine industry that put the region on the map. The Museum’s Main Gallery showcases a changing array of exhibitions featuring regional, national and local artists as well as treasures from local private collections. The newly opened current exhibit, scheduled to remain at the museum for the next six months, is entitled “Down the Rabbit Hole: Innovated Video Games” where visitors can explore the world of independent video games with an interactive experience of 10 fully playable gaming stations featuring both well known and fringe creators. If you don’t feel like walking, you can always hop aboard the free Yountville Trolley that runs from downtown to the museum and back every half an hour.

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Why Bother with the Birthday Rule? Why bother? Well, money is really the main factor here. Medicare supplemental plans are standardized to be the same no matter the insurance carrier providing the insurance. So, Plan F is the same no matter where you buy, same with Plan N, etc. Medicare supplemental premiums go up every year as a result of a few things; as you get older, as Medicare covers less each year and the Medicare supplemental insurance companies have to cover more and also as the cost of care increases. Some Medicare supplemental plans stop giving annual age premium increases at age 75, some continue up into the mid-eighties. So, if you’re 80’ish, you may have a good chance of saving a significant amount of money each month by shopping around near your birthday. Double that amount if you do the same for your spouse! The Birthday rule is 30 days following your birthday and going from one Medicare Supplemental plan (also known as Medigap) to another. When utilizing the birthday rule, you must select an equal to or lesser plan than the one that you currently have. If you’re interested in comparing prices please contact me for a fast and easy quote! JULY 2016





y husband and I made the mistake of telling our kids we were planning an overnight stay and two days of fun at Legoland in California two weeks prior to the planned visit earlier this summer. As you can imagine, we were on the countdown for the the next 13 days, peppered with questions about which attraction in the park we would experience first, if we could plan to be at the entrance “right when they open” so as to be among the first in line, whether two days was really enough time to enjoy the main park, the water park AND the aquarium?

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collecting clues in a scavenger hunt that results in a code that unlocks a treasure chest in the room (which reveals a Lego set they could work on while mom and dad get the bags unpacked) to the “friendsthemed” room (divided into an adult section with a king bed and a smaller nook with bunk beds). The rooms are themed according to four popular lines of Lego toys: pirates, adventure, friends and kingdom).

Bricks restaurant features a buffet of foods that will appeal to everyone — soups, salads, easy-access entrees, and a bar at kids’ level so that they can serve themselves. Breakfast, which is included with the room, has everything you can think of: eggs, an omelet station, pancakes, yogurt parfaits, pastries, fresh fruit and an array of hot and cold beverages. But the best benefit of staying in the hotel situated at the entrance to the park? Hotel guests enjoy early access - a full hour before the general public. And if you want to take a break to relax or refuel, get your hand stamped and you can come and go as you please (with free return entry into the park without waiting in line).

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The ride is the center of NINJAGO World® where interactive experiences test guest’s creativity, speed, balance and agility. Twenty-two Lego models flank the new land, in addition to a new retail outlet, Wu’s Warehouse and a dining option, Ninja Kitchen, where Legoland chefs put a special twist on Asian street food with Bahn Mi sandwiches on fresh baked baguettes or steam Bao Buns with crispy pork belly, lemongrass chicken or baked sweet chili tofu.

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San Clemente Villas by the Sea Co-owners Paul and Aileen Brazeau

South County Magazine celebrates its July 2016 Issue with a Country Western BBQ and Hoedown at San Clemente Villas! Images by Mark Montgomery, Montgomery Photography


e at South County Magazine would like to thank Aileen and Paul Brazeau, co-owners of San Clemente Villas by the Sea for coordinating such a festive affair in celebration of the release of our July 2016 edition - the gracious hospitality of Aileen and her attentive staff, who went above and beyond to ensure guests a memorable experience.

Attendees mixed and mingled with other local business owners and professionals and noshed on delicious, falling-off-the-bone lamb chops, grilled corn, skewered veggies, fresh fruit - an amped up backyard barbecue just in time for the holiday weekend! Guests socialized with some of the facility’s residents, many of whom got into the act - line dancing to a live country western band! As we begin working on the August 2016 issue, we look forward to continually evolving the magazine and serving as a true community resource. See you at our next event! JULY 2016











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In today’s ever changing corporate environment, a great first impression is really important to the growth and future health of a business. It is never too late update your logo or branding or rethink your marketing strategy in order to draw an inquisitive eye with an additional pop of color, choice of paper stock or change of layout. “Network Print Solutions has been responsible for the printing of all our collateral for several years – from business cards and letterhead to our media kits and presentation posters – and we couldn’t be happier with the quality of the product Martin and his team consistently produce and the level of personal attention and customer service we receive,” says Jody Robinson, editor Community Publications, LLC.

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Dining, Arts & Entertainment

Taco Tuesday Ricardo’s Place Mexican Restaurant. 32082 Camino Capistrano San Juan Capistrano. 11am9pm (every Tuesday).


Summer Beach Concert Series: Common Sense 6 p.m. to sunset – north of the San Clemente Pier

Laguna Beach and is free to the public. Begins at The Cove Gallery, 1492 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach. Live Music Live Music at Villa Roma Argentine & Italian Cusine. 25254 La Paz Laguna Hills.


Dana Point Farmers Market Each Saturday, California farmers bring fresh produce to sell at the Dana Point Farmers Market from 9:00am to 1:00pm. The Dana Point Farmers Market is located in La Plaza Park on Pacific Coast Highway near the Clock Tower. The first Saturday of each month features a Craft Fair that runs until 3:00pm.


Laguna Niguel/ Aliso Viejo Farmers Market Local honey, lots of fruit, and a vast array of Asian and Western greens are among the draws. Many prepared foods, but no crafts and/or other non-food items. 9am-1pm. 27068 La Paz Road, Aliso Viejo.



Capo Beach Farmers Market Visit the area’s latest weekly market where locally-grown, organic produce and regional artisans are featured. Noon-6 p.m. Capo Beach Church, 25975 Domingo Ave.


San Juan Summer Nights Concert Series Free concert at the Historic Town Center Park (downtown SJC) from 6 pm – 8 pm. Blue Breeze Band, Motown.

Tannins Restaurant & Wine Bar 50% Off Bottles of Wine at. 27211 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano. 6-9pm.

Summer Beach Concert Series: Gary Roach’s Stones Review 6 p.m. to sunset – Linda Lane Park in San Clemente First Thursdays Art Walk Laguna Beach The art season in Laguna Beach flourishes year round with First Thursdays Art Walk. This educational monthly art event, held on the first Thursday of every month from 6 – 9pm, celebrates the diverse cultural art scene of

Happy Hour Half off appetizers and wine at Brio Tuscany Grill . 24050 Camino Del Avion, Dana Point. 3:306:30pm.


Taco Tuesday Ricardo’s Place Mexican Restaurant. 32082 Camino Capistrano San Juan Capistrano. 11am9pm (every Tuesday).


San Juan Capistrano Farmers Market Each Wednesday, residents and visitors can enjoy purchasing fresh flowers, produce, and specialty foods at the San Juan Capistrano Farmers’ Market. The market features up to 30 vendors and is held at Yorba Street and Camino Capistrano right in the heart of downtown San Juan Capistrano. 3-7pm


San Clemente Farmers Market Each Sunday, San Clemente’s market extends along Avenida Del Mar between Ola Vista and Calle Seville. Organic growers feature fruits, vegetables and other offerings include fresh flowers, plant starts, honey, bread and some prepared foods. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.



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San Clemente Farmers Market Each Sunday, San Clemente’s market extends along Avenida Del Mar between Ola Vista and Calle Seville. Organic growers feature fruits, vegetables and other offerings include fresh flowers, plant starts, honey, bread and some prepared foods. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Capo Beach Farmers Market Visit the area’s latest weekly market where locally-grown, organic produce and regional artisans are featured. Noon-6 p.m. Capo Beach Church, 25975 Domingo Ave.

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Reigning Queen of Opera, Soprano Renée Fleming Ushers in Pacific Symphony’s 2016-17 Season


acific Symphony launches its upcoming 2016-17 season in glorious style this September with a one-night-only spectacular—“An Evening with Renée Fleming,” featuring “America’s reigning diva” (The Washington Post) for more than a decade in a rare Orange County appearance! One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry and compelling stage presence. From the Metropolitan Opera and the White House to the Super Bowl and now the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, the internationally sought-after soprano arrives to inaugurate the Symphony’s 10th season in its home. There is no better place in the world to hear this modern diva’s sumptuous voice and dazzling technique than in the opulent and acoustically superior Segerstrom Concert Hall.

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The concert features four-time Grammy Award-winner Fleming – whom The Telegraph calls the “possessor of the most sheerly beautiful soprano voice on the planet”– singing Richard Strauss’ hauntingly beautiful “Four Last Songs,” a lush late-Romantic work written near the end of the composer’s career; it is certainly among the greatest song cycles for soprano and orchestra. The songs are “Frühling” (Spring), “September,” “Beim Schlafengehen” (When Falling Asleep) and “Im Abendrot” (At Sunset).

This glittering high note spotlighting one of the most revered opera stars and greatest voices of our time takes place Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 8 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, prior to the official start of the subscription season the following week on Sept. 22-24. Led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, this special concert is sure to sell out quickly. Tickets are on sale now for $50$175. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit

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hen most people think about making plans for a dream summer vacation they may consider Puerta Vallarta or Cancun or Costa Rica. Well, if you don’t have that kind of time or money you might want to think about a vacation that’s only about a 2 hour drive, but might as well be a million miles away. Think Big Bear Lake! Fresh mountain air, a slower pace and all the beautiful scenery and wildlife you could ask for. So-Cal Safari hooked up with and you can join us, too, as we go zip-lining through the trees and tree rope climbing out in the wilderness and take a segway tour through the town of Big Bear Lake and through the woods all the way to Big Bear Lake itself. What a blast! You can check out to set yourself up with a place to stay and all the fun attractions and find out the best places to eat! Or you can join us on So-Cal Safari by tuning in to Cox Channel 3 Monday through Friday at 10:00 pm and twice on Saturdays at 11:00 am and 9:30 pm.

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Destination Dining: The Ritz Prime Seafood

Paying homage to an icon, this reinvented Newport Beach restaurant offers a new generation of connoisseurs a world-class culinary experience By Jody Robinson


n the months since the new Ritz Prime Seafood opened its doors to a new generation of culinary enthusiasts, much has been written about how this reinvented restaurant stacks up against the iconic Newport Beach establishment from which it draws inspiration (founded by Hans Prager in 1977, The Ritz enjoyed a 30+ year run as the go-to special event venue before closing its doors in early 2014). Where the throwback dining institution was characterized by Old World charm and three-martini power lunches, the new-and-improved version is a contemporary iteration of a classic. While the décor of the beloved brand was all dark wood, dark tufted leather booths and antique chandeliers, The Ritz Prime Seafood showcases a new address (a 6,800-square-foot space with seating for upwards of 200 in the old Chart House location along Mariner’s Mile), sleek, chic décor, cream and tan leather interiors, upholstered JULY 2016


booths, loads of natural light thanks to a wall of floor-toceiling windows and the piéce de résistance: a spectacular, sparkling waterfront view and scores of multi-million dollar yachts dotting Newport Harbor. My husband and I have foodie friends who have introduced us to a number of truly diverse, unique and memorable dining destinations – each month, we alternate with this couple to select and host our respective “picks” for an evening out. I will concede that a few of our choices over the years have been a bit lackluster by comparison, so when we secured a recent reservation (it would be our first experience there as well), it was a highly anticipated event. I am happy to report that The Ritz Prime Seafood more than delivered with exemplary service (our server deserves to be mentioned by name – Matthew Tinnes was amiable, attentive, knowledgeable and unobtrusive), an elegant ambiance and a seafood-centric menu defined by the classics and eclectic dishes with a twist (think extravagant menu items like grilled lobster with


burgundy truffles, herbed butter, blistered lemon, truffle foam and levain toast, a succulent chilled seafood sampler dubbed the Ritz Tower, a bone-in fillet smothered in foie gras butter and Ossetra White Sturgeon caviar served with crème fraiche, egg, chives, red onions and brioche toast points). For landlubbers, The Ritz Prime Seafood serves up tender filet medallions paired with grilled broccolini and a wild mushroom demi-glace, a flavorful jidori chicken and the aforementioned grilled to perfection bone-in filet.

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As great as these entrees are, the seafood dishes are where this restaurant really shines - from sushi, sashimi and raw bar to the signature cioppino chock full of lobster, scallops, mussels and shrimp, almond-crusted Mahi Mahi and Chilean sea bass enhanced with pepita pesto, sweet garlic puree and braised leeks.

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Full Premium Bar Italian & California Wines Our friends were so impressed by our “over the top” selection that they have added The Ritz Prime Seafood to their list of “favorites.” For our part, my husband and I would like to thank to the culinary team and wait staff for providing a dining experience that will be a true challenge for our friends to top next month. The Ritz Prime Seafood is located at 2801 West Coast Highway in Newport Beach. For more information or to make a reservation, call (949) 720-1800 or visit JULY 2016


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Exploration through the Arts


By Beverly Blake and Tom Scott

hether it’s research for a novel, a play or inspiration for a painting, artists of all types have always traveled the world for both knowledge and inspiration. Because of their exploration, windows to the world were opened to the masses long before world travel became common. The information exchanged exposed cultural, racial and sexual differences, opening the eyes of both the explorer and the explored.

The artist, whether on site in new surroundings or after returning home, will inevitably use their artistic license, which may create a slightly skewed interpretation in their work. The observer or patron becomes a part of this exploration process and may be entertained or offended but always educated. In the arts, whether on stage or before a

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canvas, the only realities are the ones we ourselves invent, and possibilities grow as large as our imaginations allow. The best exploration by an artist will transform an observer to an explorer. Jack London’s Call of the Wild whisks the reader to the Yukon. Stephenson’s Treasure Island lets you be a part of a pirate crew. Gauguin’s exotic Polynesian paintings transport the observer directly to Tahiti. Your imagination is key to appreciating all of this exploration. All of the cultural, racial and sexual differences possible to imagine are present in The Explorers Club written by award winning playwright and lyricist, Nell Benjamin. Set in 1879 London, the prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis: their acting president wants to admit a woman, and their bartender is terrible. True, this female candidate is brilliant, beautiful, and has discovered a legendary Lost City, but the decision to let in a woman could shake the very foundation of the British Empire. Grab your safety goggles and hard hat for some very mad science involving deadly cobras, irate Irishmen, monks and the occasional airship.

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