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“Working with Jody and South County Magazine has been a fantastic experience from beginning to end. And there really is no end, considering they offer a wide variety of services for the local business who wants some great attention. The magazine is high quality. As a reader first, I always trusted South County Magazine to provide high quality content about the businesses in my area and the real people who own and operate them. South County Magazine highlights the efforts of local businesses with style and local business is the heartbeat of our communities. I was so impressed with the writing. Jody captured the essence of our company and the story behind it which is so important in our industry. Two thumbs up for South County Magazine - a simply great publication.” - Lindsey M. Fisher, CEO at A Mission for Michael “We have been in business for 9 years and we have always done advertising to reach new customers. Recently, we started advertising with South County Magazine and the calls began flowing in right away! Jody was so helpful and didn’t push us into a long-term contract. We believe that positive results are the only contract we need. We look forward to continuing to build our business even more with South County Magazine.” - Scott & Suzie Sells, Spot Free Windows, San Juan Capistrano “As local business owners and professionals, we are so lucky to have South County Magazine to reach our target customer through advertising and share our business ‘stories” and philoso-phies through the editorial opportunities. Working with South County Magazine couldn’t be easier. I was helped every step of the way - from the photography, writing and design - AND ALL AT NO EXTRA COST. Since participating, my business has tripled - a significant return on my advertising investment. Advertising with South County Magazine is simple, straight-forward and most importantly ... it works!” - Victoria Vannini, Howard Jones Salon, Dana Point “With many options when investing my advertising dollars, I decided to interview and research the local publications before I made a decision. After several interviews, it was clear we would put our trust into Jody and South County Magazine. Jody is a delight to work with, giving above and beyond professionalism and attention to detail. I feel she truly cares about the suc-cess of my ad and my business. Thank you Jody, South County Magazine is the best!” - Mary McPherson, Awoken Life Brain Wave Optimization, San Juan Capistrano JULY 2016

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July 2016 Publisher Community Publications LLC. Editor Jody Robinson jody@southcountymag.com

Assistant Editors Sara Watt Janessa Rasmussen Sales & Marketing Marlo Andersen Anthony Arcurio Eric Bergstrom, Bergstrom Media Kim Roberson Distribution Managers Rolando Ruiz • David Starr Advertising Inquiries (714) 469-3495 Contributing Writers Beverly Blake Kristine Emerson Cara Fraser Stephanie Frisch Nicole Howard Ann Laurence Martin J. Lombrano Tom Scott Cover Photography Melisa Chandler, Chandler Photography South County Magazine serves the communities of San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo and Aliso Viejo. We will strive to continually improve with each edition and welcome feedback from our readers. For questions or comments, please e-mail the editor at jody@southcountymag.com


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All Aboard! Set Sail for Retirement at the San Clemente Villas by the Sea

Summertime in Lake Tahoe 38 Life on the Pacific Edge: Your Beach Day Just Got a Major Makeover 42

Homebuilders Selected For New Hilltop Neighborhoods at Esencia on the Ranch 16 Sitting: The New Smoking 22

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Set Sail for Retirement at the San Clemente Villas by the Sea By Jody Robinson

Cover spread photography by Melisa Chandler, Chandler Photography

Hospitality has its origins in antiquity, with the first records of guest baths in Greek villages in early biblical times. Over the last two thousand years, the simple act of offering care for others has grown into a massive industry: from the first French and English rural inns and stables for travelers, to the splendor of the Plaza Hotel in New York.

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aring for others can be complicated, or it can be simple: and the San Clemente Villas are looking to keep it simple.

Aileen Brazeau and her husband Paul own and operate the Villas, and they’d like to think that hospitality is simply about listening. Listening to its residents, namely. “If we are successful at providing superior senior care and lodging, it is for that reason - we listen closely to what the residents tell us.” According to the U.S. Census Bureau, seniors will represent 20 percent of the U.S. population by 2030. As demand for senior housing rises, the Villas are ready to meet it with their signature recipe for success: hospitality.

Villas’ residents enjoy a level of service and care often missing from senior communities. Care plans are specifically tailored to residents’ daily individual needs, and with 24-hour assistance every day of the year, the center fosters as much independence as possible while still maintaining the highest level of comprehensive care. The staff, including an Assisted Living Care manager, Licensed Nurse, and Executive Director are involved on a daily basis with the well-being of each resident, ensuring that the safety, health and comfort of each resident comes first. “The first thing that Paul, I, and our staff focused upon when we opened our doors was that each resident has a story to tell, as well as unique needs. We are interested in their stories, and we care about their needs.”

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Walking into the “grand hall” of The Villas is like walking onto lido deck of a cruise ship - minus the cruise director and napkins folded to look like chimpanzees. Clearly, Paul and his wife know exactly what they’re doing, and are excelling at it, as there are smiling seniors everywhere you look: chatting amongst themselves, or with visiting relatives or staff. If it isn’t Happy Hour on Tuesday or Thursday, there is bound to be a Luau, or Karaoke Birthday Party. And if that wasn’t enough to keep you entertained, The Villas host an annual “Villas’ Got Talent” show. Taking a peek into the kitchens is an experience in itself, where a team of chefs prepare several entrees, side dishes and desserts at breakfast, lunch and dinner. “Our residents look forward to every meal”, Aileen states, noting that it is not unusual to see a home baked pie or cobbler on the menu, following a fresh, home-style lunch or dinner. “Casual “cafe-style dining is available, as is formal. Residents can even reserve a private dining room for family visits”. But balance and moderation are keys to offering a tailored care experience, and so the Villas also boast an exercise gym and beauty salon, a library, and a game area. Nightly movies are one of the most popular venues for the residents, showing on the “big screen” in a roomy theater setting.

Like any five star hotel, the Villas rely on the services that an on-site concierge offers. Through telephone and personal interactions, the Concierge provides exemplary customer service: allowing the residents to focus on the meaningful moments they have throughout their days, instead of stressing about what the day’s schedule looks like, worry about how to pick up a prescription off site, or how to challenge themselves to keep mind and body active. The “cruise ship that never sails” couldn’t be more accurate a way to describe the Villas. As cruise directors, Paul and Aileen operate the fully-staffed community. She, her Executive Director, Karen Milroy, along with longtime Marketing Director, Diana Sanchez, work magic in the Public Relations, Networking and Marketing arena, often hosting events at The Villas that are open to local businesses and the community. On-site presence is what sets this community apart, and what keeps the ship afloat. Most senior residence communities operate through a parent corporation, run by hired representatives. Taking hospitality to the next level, Paul and Aileen have made it a point to keep their offices onsite at The Villas, and can be seen regularly participating in activities during the week. If you see them on-site, say hello, ask a question, and expect to be hosted like you are a part of the San Clemente Villas family.

To learn more about The Villas and its history, founding, beginnings or review a list of available services, be sure to visit the web site at www.SanClementeVillas.com. JULY 2016

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Homebuilders Selected

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he neighborhood builders have been selected and construction is now underway on model homes for the six brand new Hilltop Neighborhoods slated to debut this Fall at the intergenerational village of Esencia in South Orange County, announced Paul Johnson, Senior Vice President Community Development for Rancho Mission Viejo, LLC. According to Johnson, the homebuilders selected to construct and sell the six new Hilltop Neighborhoods at Esencia include Del Webb Homes and CalAtlantic Homes, who will build new “Gavilan” neighborhoods (primarily single-story homes exclusive to residents age 55-plus), while Meritage Homes,

MBK Homes, Warmington Homes, and William Lyon Homes will build the brand new all age neighborhoods within Esencia’s Hilltop Neighborhoods. Combined, the six homebuilders will offer six different and brand new Hilltop Neighborhoods terraced along hillsides to afford panoramic ocean and territorial views of the vast Rancho Mission Viejo. To sign-up for more information about The Hilltop Neighborhoods, visit www. RanchoMissionViejo.com and complete the Sign Up form. Esencia is the second village on the 23,000-acre Rancho Mission Viejo (“The Ranch”), where approximately 75% of the land has been designated as preserved open space known as The JULY 2016

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Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo and only 25% will be crafted into intergenerational villages over the coming years. Ultimately, Rancho Mission Viejo will offer homes for all ages as well as “Gavilan” homes exclusive to people age 55 and older. In addition, Rancho Mission Viejo is planned to include sites for parks and schools, miles of multiuser trails, recreational clubhouses, community farms, civic uses, child care centers, places of worship and up to 5 million square feet of non-residential uses including shopping, dining and employment centers. The first village to be developed on The Ranch was the now sold out village of Sendero. The second village on The


Now under construction and envisioned as the recreational and social heart of Esencia, the expansive Hilltop Club has been designed as a resort-style clubhouse with indoor-outdoor fitness and group exercise spaces, swimming pool, wading pool, spa and special event bar with lounge seating, BBQ pavilion, bocce ball courts, game arcade, firepits, and a large lawn for community events, celebrations and gatherings. Through the unique programming and services offered to all Rancho Mission Viejo resident via “RanchLife,” fitness classes, health and wellness workshops, happy hours, club meetings and all sorts of events and activities at The Hilltop Club will be conducted to unite residents via their shared interests and abilities versus dividing them by age. And, views from The Hilltop Club, situated at the pinnacle of Esencia, will feature expansive coastal and backcountry vistas including the preserved lands of The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo. “As we continue to evolve the concept of inter-generational living here on The Ranch, we welcome the neighborhood builders who are joining us as pioneers in offering new, exciting and enriching environments for people of all ages and life stages,” said Johnson. “Ultimately, RanchLife and the integrated lifestyle we are encouraging is all about giving people the choice to be as connected to each other as they desire.”

Ranch is Esencia (Spanish translation: the essence), set atop some of the highest elevations of The Ranch. The initial collection of homes offered for sale at Esencia are part of The Canyon House Neighborhoods, which introduced a new model for intergenerational living by integrating Gavilan 55-plus neighborhoods into Esencia’s all age neighborhoods. Homes in The Canyon House Neighborhoods are currently priced from the high $400,000s to over $1 million. The next collection of homes at Esencia, known as The Hilltop Neighborhoods, will continue this level of integration around an intergenerational recreational and social amenity called The Hilltop Club.

Johnson explained that complimenting places like The Hilltop Club are amenities designed for families as well as amenities exclusive to Gavilan 55-plus residents, including the recently opened Outlook swim and social retreat as well as the large Hacienda clubhouse in the first village of Sendero. Johnson also noted that additional Hilltop Neighborhoods will consist of phased releases of homes now for sale by CalAtlantic Homes, Shea Homes and TRIPointe Homes in Esencia’s Canyon House neighborhoods. The Canyon House Neighborhoods are oriented around the many amenities found at The Canyon House social and recreational gathering place including Canyon Coffee, the Esencia Visitors Center, the indoor-outdoor Retreat, the event lawn and courtyard, the meeting and art room at The Studio, and the adjacent Oak Canyon open space and trails which lead to the new Esencia Farm, the third working farm on The Ranch. JULY 2016

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Johnson added that new recreational amenities have recently opened at Esencia and more are on the way. For example, now open is The South Plunge, an all gathering place with a pool, children’s water play area, small event lawn, and an outdoor grilling and dining area. Also open and exclusive to the Gavilan 55+ crowd is The Outlook, complete with a covered great room, a resort-style lap pool with cabanas, a fire pit, and an outdoor dining area with barbeque grills. Plus, preparing for their grand openings over the coming months are numerous open air rooms and retreats located within Esencia and along its scenic edges, including The Campout with its tent platforms, BBQ grills, shade structure, tables and firepit, as well as the new Esencia Green, and South Paw Dog Park for four-legged friends. For Gavilan residents, Sunrise Park, Sunset Park, the BBQ Barn, and The Getaway will provide unique opportunities for picnics and other get-togethers with friends, family and neighbors. Plan are also underway for The Pavilion, a multipurpose gymnasium with adaptable space for basketball, volleyball and all sorts of cultural and social events. And, anticipated to open for instruction by Fall 2018 right next to The Pavilion is the new Esencia K-8 school (part of the acclaimed Capistrano Unified School District). Approximately 50 acres of commercial space has been allocated at Esencia for such uses as retail shops and services, restaurants, professional and medical offices, and more. Esencia on The Ranch is located just 2.3 miles from downtown San Juan Capistrano and five miles from San Clemente and Doheny State Beach, with easy access provided to the employment and retail centers of Ladera Ranch, Mission Viejo, Irvine, Rancho Santa Margarita and other Orange County areas. To reach Esencia, exit the I-5 at Ortega Highway and proceed inland to Antonio Parkway. Turn left, then right at Cow Camp Road, left onto Esencia Drive and follow the signs to The Canyon House/ Visitors Center. To learn more about Esencia on The Ranch, visit www.RanchoMissionViejo. com or call the Visitors Center at 949-768-1882.


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Health professionals are finding that sitting for long periods of time, day in - day out is surprisingly more harmful then smoking.

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he combination of commuting to work, sitting at a computer, and coming home to watch TV, the average person is spending too much time on their bums. It‘s this sedentary lifestyle that is contributing to today’s chronic health issues and is slowly killing more people than smoking. Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University of Obesity Solutions, states - “Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death”.

He also is credited with coining that mantra “sitting is the new smoking”. He’s not the only one who believes it. Researchers have found major supporting evidence that a sedentary lifestyle puts one at a much high risk for developing cancer, heart disease, type two diabetes, muscular and joint problems, LPL enzyme disruption, and depression. For example, just one of many studies published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, found men and women who sat more than six hours a day died, earlier than their counterparts who only sat 3 hours or less. The study surveyed 53,440 men and 69,776 women who were healthy at the start and after a 14-year follow-up they saw a higher rate of mortality among the longer sitters. These associations of mortality were mostly due to cardiovascular disease. YIKES! Sitting like smoking is clearly bad for our health. Luckily, we can minimize the risk by simply limiting the time spent on our butts each day, standing more and being active. That’s right, the simple action of standing has been found in many studies to offset the effects of sitting. So, a standing desk could be a simple solution for the work environment. But, more importantly living an active lifestyle should be the priority, just like brushing your teeth twice a day. To create a successful active lifestyle, at Align we highly suggest choosing activities that you find fulfilling, enjoyable and want to do daily, like Pilates and yoga. Begin today by saying no to sitting and start moving for a better quality of life! Come in to Align Pilates and Yoga Center today to learn. Connect with the Align Pilates team by calling (949) 481-3577, stop by the studio at 26850 Ortega Hwy., Suite K in San Juan Capistrano or visit www.alignpilatescenter.com JULY 2016

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7 REASONS WHY INFORMED INVESTORS CHOOSE FIDUCIARIES By Pence Wealth Management and Martin J. Lombrano, AIF®, LPL Financial Advisor

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INDEPENDENCE

WHEN GIVING ADVICE, YOUR FIDUCIARY WORKS SOLELY FOR YOU.

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.

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EDUCATION

YOUR FIDUCIARY FOLLOWS A DUTY OF CARE.

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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COMPETENCE

FIDUCIARIES ARE HELD TO HIGH STANDARDS WHEN MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PRODUCTS AND SERVICES.

In addition, prudent fiduciaries will often leverage subject matter experts by tapping an entire industry of knowledge, not just the offerings of one company. This seeks to ensure you receive advice and recommendations.

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YOUR FIDUCIARY SHOULD PLACE YOUR NEEDS AND OBJECTIVES AT THE FOREFRONT OF ALL PLANNING DECISIONS.

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Even the most ethical advisors are faced with the dilemma of balancing recommendations that meet your needs, while also being paid appropriately. If your advisor works for another company, he or she may not have the option of recommending the most appropriate product for your situation. Instead, advisors may only be able to offer the products of the company they work for.

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COMMUNICATION

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CONFIDENCE

YOUR FIDUCIARY KEEPS YOU INFORMED.

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.

COMPETENT FIDUCIARIES CAN IMPART GREATER CONFIDENCE!

However, imparting confidence is not enough to establish the fiduciary role. Only when that confidence is accepted by the client, is the fiduciary relationship established, causing dependence by the client and influence by the advisor. Knowing that you have a fiduciary working for you should help provide confidence.

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TRUST

YOUR FIDUCIARY’S DUTY TO YOU IS A HIGHLY SCRUTINIZED RELATIONSHIP IN THIS INDUSTRY.

Trust, once earned, is one of the highest honor any advisor can receive from a client. One of an advisor’s biggest challenges is telling his or her client what they need to hear... especially when the client does not want to hear it. Your fiduciary is committed to a code of ethics and has an obligation to give you straight answers, providing a strong foundation upon which to build trust. Martin J. Lombrano, AIF®, is a LPL Financial Advisor and PERSONAL FINANCIAL PLANNERTM (PFP) with over 20 years of experience in the financial planning field. Martin has served as the owner and president of his own financial planning firm in Irvine. In 2007, he joined Pence Wealth Management and LPL Financial. Martin has extensive experience in insurance, charitable giving, asset management, retirement planning, as well as growth and preservation of retirement assets. He believes listening, trust, persistency and service are the foundation of lasting relationships and success. He can be reached by calling (949) 660- 8777 or email martinj.lombrano@lpl.com. www.PenceWealth.com CA Insurance License # 0828215. Securities and Advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC.

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ASK THE “MEDICARE ANSWER MAN”... MEDI-CURIOUS?

You are not alone. I get these questions all the time. What is the difference between a Medicare Advantage Plan and a Medicare Supplement or Medi-Gap Plan? Answer ~ Think of a Medicare Advantage Plan in most cases as an HMO type of coverage which requires you to stay within a particular Medical Group. A Supplemental is also called a Medi-Gap plan and is most like a PPO type of coverage allowing you to see doctors through out the United States providing they accept “Medicare Assignment”. To expand on this, a Medicare Advantage HMO plan typically includes drug coverage and may include added benefits like Chiropractic, Acupuncture, or Dental. A Supplemental/Medi-Gap PPO type plan follows Medicare A & B guidelines and does NOT include these benefits (In most cases). My Goal is to Educate… If you would like to learn more, Call - I can answer many questions over the phone or meet with you in person.

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Synthetic LawnGrass and Professional Putting Greens by Jody Robinson

Owning your own home is a huge part of the American dream – but it’s not just owning a home ... it’s the pride of ownership that extends to the care you put into the way the property looks – inside and out.

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he front lawn is one of the first things about your home that people see, and a tidy, lush-looking lawn not only adds to your home’s curb appeal, but also adds to the overall aesthetic appeal of your neighborhood. But “lush” might be quite a stretch to achieve with the water shortage and no end in sight to our state’s drought conditions. That is, unless you call GORILLA GRASS® –providers of the highest quality synthetic LawnGrass for both residential and commercial customers

For our part, my husband and I were tired of looking at a barren patch of dirt in our back yard and I hesitate to call what was struggling to grow there “grass.” We decided to install a synthetic lawn and called on GORILLA GRASS® owner Denis Weber and his professional team to try to make the area look better and have it be a more useable space for the kids could play. Serving Orange County since 1998, Denis has continually grown the company year after year – a testament to the quality of his product and service. GORILLA GRASS® provides two types of grass: Synthetic LawnGrass and Professional Putting Greens. Living with a water shortage in California is just par for the course (pun intended), but synthetic grass can help you cut down significantly on your water usage and judging by the results we achieved, you don’t have to sacrifice beauty for cost-savings. “Synthetic or artificial lawn grass is so sophisticated today, that is very closely imitates real live grass while saving water, which saves a serious amount of money for the home or business,” says Denis. “In general, by switching to artificial lawn, the savings in water consumption amount to about 48 gallons per square foot, per year – an outstanding figure!” When we spoke with Denis, it was immediately evident that he is extremely proud of his product, but we were equally impressed by personal testimonials of his many happy customers. “Denis was by far the most professional, friendly, and informative,” says Ken Lee, who met with four different artificial lawn vendors before choosing

GORILLA GRASS®. “The installation went without a hitch, despite the fact that I made some design changes prior to install. Denis and his lead installer, Roman, were outstanding and a pleasure to work with.” According to Denis, the ways in which GORILLA GRASS® simulates real grass are numerous: “its weight (double the average at 143 oz per square yard), its high density, its extra softness and plushness, its resiliency, its height (2” - 2 1/4”, whereas most lawns are 1 1/2” to 1 3/4”)”, and its special diamond-shaped fibers - which help make Gorilla Grass more resilient and more realistic. GORILLA GRASS® is just like real grass, only better. Denis’ golfing green material - MIRAGE PUTTING GREENS® - is also available for avid golf enthusiasts who want to set up a practice green at home. “The MIRAGE PUTTING GREENS® is 100% lead-free, heavy, dense, and is a nylon green that gives a ‘PGA-like feel’ every time,” says Denis. Denis is incredibly grateful to his staff, in particular one very “gifted visionary” who works tirelessly to develop new and existing products. He calls this inventor the “Steve Jobs of our industry” and credits him with the high quality of their MIRAGE PUTTING GREENS® and GORILLA GRASS® which Denis proudly says are the “two finest products available anywhere in their respective categories.” As of July 2016, GORILLA GRASS® introduces a new, long-awaited technically sophisticated artificial LawnGrass that has been described as a close simulation of “real sod,” a product that has been sought after by industry-knowledgable residential and commercial customers alike.

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Finding Personal Attention and Absolute Satisfaction at AesthetiCare By Jody Robinson Last year, there were over 15.9 million aesthetic procedures performed in the United States. A 2% increase over 2014, and a staggering 115% increase since the year 2000. Liposuction, breast augmentation, facelift, tummy tuck: the list is seemingly endless. For the past 29 years, AesthetiCare has been performing cosmetic surgeries of the like- discovering, along the way, that cosmetics aren’t simply about looking your best.

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he face we present to the world affects our self esteem, and influences our personal and professional lives.” Though specializing in cosmetic and plastic surgery and medical spa services, AesthetiCare, in a rather stark contrast to other facilities that perform similar procedures, wants you to think carefully about your expectations. “Cosmetic surgery deals with improvement, not perfection. And it should be done to please yourself, not to meet someone else’s expectations. In fact, they’ve coined a phrase to that particular effect: “enhance your body, ease your mind.”

Ron Moser, M.D. likes to think that AesthetiCare’s favorite phrase is the key to their success- a deep rooted sense of service, and an attendance to the patient’s every need. “We do everything we can to make a positive change in patient’s lives. To help them regain the youthful image they had at a younger age, or to enhance their body or face. Customer service is the most important thing in this market. So many other physicians do not spend the time necessary to answer the patient’s questions and instill confidence in their services.” Confidence is key in a practice such as this. Licensed surgery centers, surgeons named Diplomates of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and a minimum of ten years experience in outpatient surgery for nursing staff is nothing to shake a stick at. With new procedures and devices at their highly capable fingertips, AesthetiCare has more than you need to shape a whole new outlook on life. TruSculpt, one of the newest modalities in use at AesthetiCare, uses heat sculpting technology to melt away fat and tighten loose skin. “The TruSculpt treatment can be performed almost anywhere on the body,” says Dr. Moser. “No surgery is required and a full treatment of any one area can be performed in roughly 30-40 minutes.” A breakthrough radio frequency (or RF) technology, TruSculpt delivers deep tissue heating to melt the fat and provide a reduction in cellulite. The newest way to lose inches and remove stubborn fat, the procedure follows in the footsteps of other treatments AesthetiCare offers: Laser Genesis, LimeLight Facial Skin Therapy, CoolGlide Laser Vein and Hair Removal, and Titan Laser Skin Tightening. The true beauty of TruSculpt lies in its no downtime guaran-

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tee: putting you back on your feet and ready to hit the ground running in 40 minutes or less. In the following interview, Dr. Moser answers frequently asked questions. Q: How can a prospective client determine if he or she is the right candidate for truSculpt? A: Your doctor will determine if treatment is right for you during a one-on-one consultation. Typically patients have a BMI less than 30 and have slight bulges in certain areas of the body. TruSculpt is also not to be used as a weight loss product. Q: Who cannot be treated with truSculpt? A: Patients who cannot be treated with truSculpt include (but are not exclusively) those who are pregnant, people who have cardiac pacemakers or internal defibrillators, those with malignant or benign tumors in the target area or those with metallic implants of any kind in the target area, including joint replacements. Q: Can truSculpt be used on all skin types? A: Yes, truSculpt can be used on all skin types I-VI on the Fitzpatrick scale. Please always consult with your doctor beforehand.


minutes; upon completion, your doctor will move the handpiece to an adjacent area to begin a next pulse. The entire treatment will last for 1 hour or less. Q: What does it feel like? A: TruSculpt is specifically designed to be a very comfortable procedure for you. As the truSculpt handpiece delivers energy you will feel that specific area heat up. Due to its unique design, the heating of the area will be quite tolerable and your doctor can adjust the temperature depending on your comfort level. Typically no pain medication, topical anesthetics, gels, or active cooling will be used or administered to you. Q: Can I return to normal activities after my treatment? Q: How long does a treatment last? A: Typically a treatment lasts 1 hour or less. Your doctor will consult with you on which areas will be treated. Your doctor or a staff member will be with you administering the treatment the entire time. Q: How many treatments will there be? A: Your doctor will consult with you on the number of treatments to deliver based on the area(s) you wish to be treated and desired results you are looking for. Typically a patient will receive 1-2 treatments and each treatment will be about 2 months apart. Q: When can I start seeing visible results? A: TruSculpt delivers RF energy and uses the body’s natural system to break down cells in certain areas. This process takes anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months and a patient may begin to see results anytime during that period and beyond. Q: How long will results last? A: Long term studies have not yet been conducted on truSculpt to determine exactly how long results can last; however we expect results to be permanent, providing the patient does not gain additional weight due to lifestyle dietary and/or exercise changes. Q: What do I need to do before a treatment? A: You do not need to do any activities or prepare in any way for a treatment. Once you are at your doctor’s office, your doctor will do some brief pre-treatment activities such as cleaning your skin, removing any makeup or lotions, taking photos/measurements, and removing any jewelry or body piercings in the treatment area. Q: What happens during the treatment? A: Your doctor or operator will identify with you the specific areas of the body to be treated. After a brief pre-treatment preparation, your doctor will be applying the truSculpt handpiece to your skin which in turn will deliver a pulse of RF energy. Each pulse will last on average 4

A: Yes you can. The procedure is a completely non-invasive technique, so typically you can return to normal activities immediately. Often times, patients return to work after the session is over. Q: Do I need to take special supplements or follow a strict diet and exercise program? A: No supplements or pills are required and you do not have to adopt new diet and exercise habits. However, many patients feel more motivated to take care of themselves after the truSculpt treatment and often use traditional diet and exercise as a complement to truSculpt. Q: Is truSculpt safe? Is it painful? Are there side effects? A: TruSculpt is uniquely designed to provide a very safe and comfortable procedure. Typically, there is no downtime after the treatment though patients may experience minor temporary pain or discomfort. Side effects can include redness, sweating, and mild tenderness in the areas that are treated. Usually this dissipates within a few hours. Your doctor can talk to you more about what to expect during and after treatment when you meet for your consultation. Q: How much does truSculpt cost? How many treatments will I need?

Controlled heat is delivered to the deep subcutaneous layer of the tissue.

While results vary by patient, results are seen as early as 4 weeks, with optimal results typically achieved at 12 weeks.

A: The price for truSculpt varies, depending on your areas of concern, the number of treatments needed and your ultimate goals. Your doctor would need to consult with you in person to help estimate the cost.

For more information or to connect with Dr. Moser directly, call (949) 661-1700 or visit www.aestheticare.com. AesthetiCare Orange County is located at 30260 Rancho Viejo Road in San Juan Capistrano. JULY 2016

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The 9th Annual Ride for Kids Charity Gala Raises $55,000 to Benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation

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Serving the more than 28,000 children nationwide who are living with the diagnosis of a brain tumor, PBTF programs include free educational information, college scholarships and the annual Ride for Kids motorcycle event. The upcoming event is scheduled for October - for details, please visit http://pbtf.convio.net/goto/EnzosRFKpage Sponsored by Nolet Spirits & Brio Tuscany Grille and hosted by Enzo and Jill Scognamiglio, the gala event proved to be the “party of the year” as guests gathered at the Ketel One Hospitality Center in Aliso Viejo for an evening of specialty cocktails, delicious cuisine and an amazing array of silent auction items, including vacation packages, wine tasting, speciality spa services and more! “We would like to also thank all of our wonderful volunteers - without them, this event simply would not happen,” says Event Chair. To get involved, please contact Event Chair Enzo Scognamiglio at mrnapoli1@gmail.com. For more information about The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation or to donate to this very special cause, visit www.curethekids.org JULY 2016

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e m i t r e m m Su in LAKE TAHOE Situated on the California-Nevada state line, South Shore is one of those fantastic year-round destinations

Our family has always been partial to the south side of the lake and some of the best memories we’ve made over the years have been on those vacations we have taken here with friends.

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bedroom house centrally located to everything - grocery stores, shops, the casinos at stateline. The views are incredible - a large deck on the second floor overlooks a private residential beach below, the master bedroom windows face the lake (imagine waking up to the beauty of the lake each morning) and the back door opens out onto a beautiful downstairs deck steps from the water’s edge. The home’s luxury accommodations are characterized by beautiful furnishings, high-end finishes and a feature few rental properties can boast - a lakefront location with its own private beach, waterfront access and steps from a wooden pier perfect for strolling. Bonus! Two houses down the beach was a place to rent kayaks ($25 an hour for a single and $35 an hour for a tandem), which made it completely unnecessary (but for a few hours aboard a paddewheeler - more on that in a moment) to ever leave the property since we had literally everything we needed on site. a privately owned vacation home rich in amenity for all ages. The Tahoe Keys Resort and Lake Tahoe Reservation Bureau (www.tahoevacationguide.com or 800.698.2463) offers an extensive selection of rental homes, condos and cabins to suit your specific needs and budget – whether you’re a couple looking for a romantic retreat, a family of five or a large group of friends. As anticipated, this trip more than delivered. Driving into the region, the views of deep gorges, craggy mountains and the tall green trees are singularly beautiful. We couldn’t have asked for a better place to stay - the home we selected, located at 950 Balbijou Road, is a super spacious newly renovated, professionally decorated fourJULY 2016

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Between the private beach, the large, open concept living space and multiple dining areas, renting this particular house for our four-day stay proved to be the perfect choice – we had plenty of space to stretch out and everyone had their own rooms to retreat to (the master features a king bed and private bathroom; queen beds in the second and third bedrooms and two sets of twin bunk beds with a shared bathroom was ideal for the younger set). The home sleeps 12 with an queen size sleeper sofa in the den. We saved time and money by being able to cook our meals and dining in rather than eating out three times a day. Several cozy fireplaces provided the perfect ambiance for cool nights and a pool table in the bonus room for apres summer fun.

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Other than kayaking, if you’d like to spend time out on the lake, another unique option is to book a daytime scenic cruise or an evening dinner cruise aboard one of two spacious paddlewheelers - the M.S. Dixie II or the Tahoe Queen (800-23-TAHOE). Our group opted for the family-friendly Tahoe Queen boat tour of Emerald Bay – an absolutely must for amazing photo opportunities. Take in some of the most incredible scenery in the world, enjoy lunch, hot cocoa and a good dose of South Lake Tahoe history with the Captain’s live narration. The kids had a ball exploring the boat’s three decks while the adults sat back, relaxed and enjoyed the view. Unlike vacations where we schedule a series of specific activities designed to keep everyone occupied and entertained away from the hotel room, this trip was all about taking full advantage in all the rental home had to offer - the kids were in and out of the house all day

long, spending hours at the water’s edge building a sand castle “village,” hunting for seashells, kayaking with the grown ups and strolling the pier. Evenings were filled with board games, billiards and “movie nights” with kid-friendly programming on Netflix and big buckets of popcorn. Lunches and dinners were either easy outdoor affairs - steaks, burgers, hot dogs and grilled corn cooked on the barbecue or on the last evening, a multi-course meal prepared in the chef’s gourmet kitchen - and for the adults, “happy hour” on the upstairs deck was a nightly highlight sipping a glass of fine wine while watching the sun slip over the horizon - a perfect end to each fun-filled day in one of the prettiest places on the planet. JULY 2016

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Part D Late Enrollment Penalty The Part D late enrollment penalty (LEP) is 1% of the national base beneficiary premium ($34.10 this year) for every month you did not have Part D or certain other types of drug coverage while eligible for Part D(Meaning you are on Medicare). This amount is added to your monthly Part D premium. For example, an individual has a late enrollment penalty if they did not sign up for Medicare Part D when they were first eligible to do so, or if they went more than 63 days without drug coverage that was at least as good as Medicare Part D coverage (this is known as creditable coverage). It is always your right to appeal an LEP, but your appeal is unlikely to be successful if you appeal because you did not know that you were supposed to have prescription drug coverage. JULY 2016

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Life

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Your Beach Day Just Got a Major Makeover

Pacific Edge

BY JODY ROBINSON

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ay gray and June gloom are finally burning off (thank you summer gods!), and with the sun finally shining all day long, it’s the perfect weather to get to the beach - and really, what better way to spend a fun-filled day with family and friends than when everyone is in “vacation mode” and the kids are out of school? The rest of the summer is calling for clear blue skies and temperatures in the low to mid-80s at the beaches (truly temperate relative to the triple digits expected inland). But getting to the coast can seem a daunting proposition: hauling a cooler, beach chairs, towels,

umbrella, packed lunch, sand toys, and the latest beach read: which is why I believe the bungalows at the Pacific Edge Hotel are the best kept secret for the most unique, enjoyable way to experience the surf and sand. Situated steps from the sand along a scenic stretch of Laguna Beach, the Pacific Edge Hotel features five themed beachfront suites, each with its own signature design and atmosphere and characterized by stunning interior decor that includes a comfortable living room overlooking the ocean, a VIP Bungalow Host, a private bathroom with shower, bar area, valet parking, catered food and beverages, air conditioning, flat screen televisions, and a private deck area with direct access to the beach. For our family, getting to the beach in the first place is a bit of a holiday in itself. Having discovered the luxury service

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of a private bungalow to relax for the day by the waves (and host my husband’s recent birthday soiree with family and friends) seems like a fairy godmother granted all my wishes at once. Typically, hotel beachside service includes a branded hotel umbrella, chaise lounge, mai tai, and some toys for the kiddos. Pacific Edge has taken the concept a entirely new level. The hotel itself, set on the South Coast Highway, is just a mile and a half from the shops and art galleries in Laguna Beach, and twelve miles from Newport. Working with Billabong, Fox, Sailor Jerry and Gorjana + Griffin, the hotel designed a series of signature bungalows perfect for any type of gathering: corporate meetings, birthdays, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, or even just the perfect “day cation.” New to the lineup is the XS Bungalow, also known as the COF, or Center for Optimal Fun. Designed to give guests the best of


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both adventure and opportunity, the Bungalow has partnered with the Eco Warrior foundation, offering surf lessons, snorkel and free dive tours, mountain biking, hiking, and Stand Up paddling. After a long day of adventuring, what better setting to relax at than your private deck with a cold XS cocktail in hand? If you just can’t see outdoor adventure and relaxing beach day going together, try the Billabong Bungalow. My favorite of the five,

offering a soothing color palette and laid back beach vibes, is the perfect spot to grab some sand and laze the day away. The reclaimed wood accents and epic images of surfers riding waves on the walls certainly add to the ambiance, making the bungalow the most divine daycation yet. With five bungalows to choose from, there’s something for everyone: the day we were there, an entire extended family were on hand in honor of their matriarch’s 80th birthday; a group of motocross racers

and enthusiasts were celebrating a recent win; even a band of boys (men who went to high school together 20 years prior) were gathered for a day in the sun that was “reminiscent of a grown up version” of their childhood man fort. From glamorous Gorjana + Griffin to the fierce Fox Head bungalow, summer is waiting for you at Pacific Edge. For more information, visit www.pacificedgehotel.com or call (949) 281-5709.


Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites

Weekend “Stay-cation” at San Diego’s Bayfront

BY ANN LAURENCE

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raveling as a family can not only be a wonderful learning experience, but a great way to reconnect with your kids by spending quality time together and even a quick trip to a nearby destination provides the opportunity for many memory making moments. We recently planned a long weekend in San Diego (specifically Shelter Island and Point Loma, both a stone’s throw from downtown). It doesn’t get much easier than loading everyone into the minivan for a road trip that literally lasts less than an hour. Home to scores of museums and art galleries, restaurants, retail, world-class beaches, historic landmarks and worldrenowned attractions, San Diego offers everything from an action-packed “stay-cation” to a leisurely take-eachday-at-your-own-pace respite from the workaday world. With a 9 and 8-year-old in tow and only three days to pack in the fun, we decided to forgo arts and culture this time around and focus instead on relaxation, recreation and gain a little historical perspective so we were hoping it wasn’t too tall an order to arrange for accommodation that was

on the water, amenityrich with family-friendly recreational opportunities (bike rentals and a - preferably heated - swimming pool were on our wish list) and centrally located to the USS Midway (more on that later). We scored in finding Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites (www.halfmooninn.com), an intimate waterfront boutique hotel on secluded Shelter Island that offers up an ambiance and experience that feels as though you’re on a Hawaiian island vacation sans the five hour flight. Cool ocean breezes, warm, friendly hospitality, sunny days, starlit nights, lush, manicured grounds, majestic palms swaying in the afternoon JULY 2016

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breeze, stylish event facilities, resort-style activities and stellar event facilities - these are among the things guests can expect of this property. Humphrey tropical vibe artfully blends the Aloha spirit whether you are staying in one of the hotel’s guest rooms, luxury Junior Suites (ideal for up to four guests), View Suites or Grand Marina Suites. We opted for a Junior Suite, which provided a spacious 450 square feet and featured a plush king-sized bed, sleeper sofa in a separate sleeping/ living area, a mini refrigerator, microwave and private, furnished balcony (in our case, overlooking the sparkling marina lined with all manner of watercraft from small sailboats to luxury yachts).


A bit of history More than three American football fields in length, the USS Midway bore the distinction of being the largest ship in the world for a decade. Today, it’s a remarkable, incomparable floating museum that offers a history lesson unlike any other. The enormous USS Midway was the first of a new generation of carriers called “battle carriers.” She measures nearly 1,000 feet in length and from 1945 to 1955, she was the largest seagoing vessel in the world, a marvel of engineering in her day and one of the largest man-made moving objects. After nearly 50 years of active service, including tours in Vietnam and Desert Storm, she was decommissioned in 1992 and is now the largest aircraft carrier in the world that you can tour. I’m a fan of the guided or self-guided tour and on the USS Midway, optional self-guided audio tour feeds you info at your leisure as you wander through all the open parts of the ship - and you’ll be surprised to find how much of the ship is open for exploration: multiple crew messes, kitchens, ready rooms, officers and enlisted quarters and more. A few dozen planes and helicopters are

USS Midway

on display on the various decks and former aviators on the flight deck give visitors a glimpse into the complexities and unique required training and skill of pilots engaged of carrier takeoffs and landings. After we spend the better part of the afternoon touring this historic ship, our family headed across the way to experience San Diego’s version of Central Park, The Waterfront Park in Little Italy (open daily from 6 a.m. 10 p.m.). This expansive 12-acre park is just a stone’s throw from the bay and is offers a wonderful (and free) way to expend a little extra energy complete with fountain jets, a splash

San Diego skyline view from bay

pad, playground and expansive jungle gym equipment. Then it was time to re-fuel. San Diego has a huge variety of restaurants to choose from: Thai, Lebanese, Indian, Mexican, and even Eritrean. For a funky rock n’ roll dining experience, the Corvette Diner (www. cohnrestaurants.com/corvettediner) was entirely too much fun – with a classic diner ambiance and servers resplendent in 1950s style, it felt like a true slice of Americana as we ate burgers and salads. The retro atmosphere and music is upbeat and energetic - the theme is carried over to their menu, with food items named after celebrity icons and pop culture from the 50s and 60s. It’s not just the theme that is fun, however: when we walked in the door we were greeted by an outgoing and welcoming server, and the staff really care about making the experience enjoyable for kids. And if there’s a wait for a table, not a problem. An adjacent arcade complete with from modern era touchscreen video games and classic favorites (pinball, skee ball) keep the kiddos (and their parents) plenty entertained.

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(spanning the length of four regular tables set end to end) to keep the kids entertained while we waited for our meals to arrive. Step up to the counter to start the ordering process: Choose your base “meatball”: The Swine is soaked port with Chipotle BBQ and pepper jack; The Hog arrives as Chorizo with Chipotle and mozzarella;; The Grain is quinoa with pesto and feta (there are several others, but these are the ones we sampled). Then move on to “Select Your Style” (how you’d like your meatball(s) to arrive): as a slider, on a submarine, as a “skillet of three” to sample multiple flavors

Cabrillo National Monument

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marks the point where Portuguese navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo became the first European to set foot on California soil. He landed near Ballast Point in 1542 and claimed San Diego Bay for Spain. At just 422 feet above the Pacific, the view eastward from Point Loma spans the San Diego Bay, the city skyline, and the low silhouette of the Laguna Mountains against a brilliant sky. To the west, the surf smashes against rocky cliffs and the blue ocean stretches as far as the eye can see. The top of the dramatic vista of the rugged peninsula is now home to the 144-acre Cabrillo National Monument - the site of what has been called “a park for all seasons,” characterized by tidal pools teeming with marine life, meandering hiking trails with unparalleled scenic views, historical and military museums bringing to life the bunkers and gun emplacements that protected the bay during WW((. With a lighthouse and Naval and Coast Guard stations, the Peninsula has long been an important landmark for navigation and the protection of the bay since San Diego became the state’s very first city in 1769 and is today home to Point Loma Naval Base and the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery with its rows upon rows of white headstones undulating across the rolling hills.

The rest of the evening was spent splashing around Humphrey’s expansive heated pool where the kids befriended other young travelers and launched into a seemingly endless game of Marco Polo (somewhat apropos given our recent sojourn) under the watchful eye of their parents, chatting up other (adult) hotel guests in the adjacent jacuzzi. After checking out the next day, we made one more stop before heading home - for lunch at Soda & Swine (www.sodaandswine.com). Another unique Liberty Station eatery (Corvette Diner is also located here), Soda & Swine provided another fun-filled afternoon experience - complete with an extra long foosball table Corvette Diner

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sans bread; or atop spaghetti. Then you choose your sauce (marinara, mushroom, cream, Chipotle barbecue or pesto, select your cheese topping, add a side or two (our favorites were the roasted Brussel sprouts and mac and cheese) and enjoy!


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JULY 1

Dining, Arts & Entertainment

50th Sawdust Art and Craft Festival Sawdust Art Festival is celebrating their 50th Annual Summer Show through Sunday, August 28 from 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. daily (*Open 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on 4th of July). 935 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.

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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.

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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.

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South County Celebrates Independence Day! Mission Viejo: Held yearly, this Faire provides a classic Fourth of July celebration for the city of Mission Viejo. Rides and games enhance an exciting carnival atmosphere. Local clubs and organizations are invited to set up booths for food, drink, crafts, gifts and games. Entertainment includes music, dance and comedy for the enjoyment of children and adults alike. The event climaxes at dusk in a spectacular fireworks display. All ages. Free admission. 12 pm-9pm (fireworks at dusk). Lake Mission Viejo. Olympiad Road and Melinda Road.

Free admission. 6pm- 9:30pm (fireworks show at dusk). Grand Park. 6101 City Lights Drive. Dana Point: Don’t miss one of South Orange County’s best aerial fireworks displays right here in your own back yard! Gather the family and friends, tune your radio to KSBR 88.5FM, look toward the skies over Doheny State Beach and experience this patriotic extravaganza. Held at 9 pm in the Dana Point Harbor.

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

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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 Laguna Beach and is free to the public. Begins at The Cove Gallery, 1492 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach.

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Live Music Live Music at Villa Roma Argentine & Italian Cusine. 25254 La Paz Laguna Hills.

San Clemente: City of San Clemente hosts a Fireworks Show from the San Clemente Municipal Pier at 9 pm. The fireworks display can also be seen from many beaches and hilltop areas in and around San Clemente. Aliso Viejo: Join us for a fun-filled celebration! Includes live enter- tainment by the Skinny Little Twits, food and beverage available for purchase, arts and crafts, complimentary face painting and bounce houses, low level fireworks show. All ages.

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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.

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

JULY 14

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

JULY 16

San Clemente Ocean Festival The San Clemente Ocean Festival is celebrating 40 years of “The Greatest Show on Surf!.” Come see the thrilling competitions of many ironman water and land events including the Orange County Lifeguard Games, Paddle Cross (SUP & 10’6” Prone), & Kid’s SUP Contest. Sign up early to participate in many events too - Kid’s Dolphin Dash, Fishing Derbies, Woody Car Exhibits, Ocean Art Show, Youth Pavilion. Tons of great family activity - a FREE concert (Sat), Sand Sculpting Contest(Sun), Great Rubber Duck Race, and much, much more! Visit www.oceanfestival.org or call (949) 440-6141 for more information.

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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.

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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.

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San Juan Summer Nights Concert Series Free concert at the Historic Town Center Park (downtown SJC) from 6 pm – 8 pm. The Trip, Classic Rock band. 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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Taco Tuesday Ricardo’s Place Mexican Restaurant. 32082 Camino Capistrano San Juan Capistrano. 11am-9pm (every Tuesday).

JULY 22

Happy Hour Half off appetizers and wine at Brio Tuscany Grill. 24050 Camino Del Avion, Dana Point. 3:30-6:30pm.

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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 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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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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aguna Beach has been named one of the top 20 small towns in America. So, a So-Cal Safari episode on this amazing quaint little village is long overdue. Naturally, since it’s been an art colony for a little over a hundred years and the home of the Sawdust Festival and Pageant of the Masters we needed to have a sit down with the town’s most recognized artist, Wyland. We also grab a bite with celebrity chef Amar Santana at his hotspot dining venue, Broadway. Then we bring our cameras to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center and frolic with cute little sea lions. And we head on down to Main Beach to the 60th annual Laguna Beach Volleyball Open and have some yucks with the Laughter Yoga Club and boogie down with Bluegrass band The Dupp Brothers. Watch So-Cal Safari on Cox Channel 3 Monday through Friday at 10:00 pm and twice on Saturdays at 11:00 am and 9:30 pm. www.So-CalSafari.com

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The Rebirth of a Legend! By Beverly Blake and Tom ScoTT

The legend began with The Curse of Capistrano as a serialized story written by Johnston McCulley in 1919. McCulley also penned works under the nom de plumes of Harrington Strong, John Mack Stone, Walter Pierson and Camden Stuart.

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he hero of his story, Zorro, also known as the Masked Fox, has thrived in our imaginations almost a hundred years because Zorro personifies action, romance, humor and heroism. An ethnic hero, he is simultaneously wise, brave, charming, cunning, and romantic.

Zorro has had true staying power because he has been successfully reinterpreted within the spirit of the times. His calculating and precise dexterity as a tactician has enabled him to use his two main weapons, his sword and bullwhip, as an extension of his deft hand. He never uses brute strength, relying on his fox-like sly mind and well-practiced technique to outmatch an opponent. Zorro has true cross-generational as well as cross-gender appeal, an icon to five generations of fans around the world.

In Summer of 2015 during rehearsal for Capistrano Shakespeare Festival, Director Dan Blackley approached the producers of the festival and said “Why aren’t you doing The Curse of Capistrano?” Their response was “What?”. Dan explained that the original Zorro story, written by Johnston McCulley in 1919 was called The Curse of Capistrano! He then offered the challenge: “If I write it, will you produce it on this outdoor stage – next Summer?” The response was an immediate “Yes!” He then proceeded, with his writing partner, Kyle Seitz, to adapt it for stage from the original story. He later explained that the sword fight scenes would need to be choreographed by the same swordfight choreographers that worked on the films The Three Musketeer’s and The Mask of Zorro. One of those choreographers was even the swordfight double for Catherine Zeta Jones in The Mask of Zorro! To ensure the authenticity of the setting a world class Flamenco Guitarist has been brought in to perform the musical background of the story.

So, again, 97 years after the original Zorro story was written – The Curse of Capistrano – is reborn where it was always meant to be told – in San Juan Capistrano.

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Destination Dining @ the Ritz CaRlton, laguna niguel

RAYA and 180blu offer inventive dishes, hand-crafted cocktails and unparalleled, awe-inspiring views By JoDy Robinson

Here in South Orange County, we’re pretty lucky to live so close to the coast and have an abundance of wonderful dining destinations to choose from. But for inventive cuisine coupled with awe-inspiring ocean views, there are few establishments that rival RAYA and 180blu.

Prime New York steak accompanied by a Dungeness crab potato puree, grilled pickled onion, chipotle hollandaise and truffle chimichurri.

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oth reside in The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel - RAYA boasts a bright, open space with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Pacific while the aptly named 180blu is an outdoor lounge/deck situated 150 feet above Salt Creek Beach, defined by the same breathtaking 180 degrees of blue sky and clear blue ocean water.

RAYA and 180blu’s culinary offerings (dishes on the 180blu menu come from the RAYA kitchen) showcases Pan-Latin Coastal Cuisine prepared with sustainable seafood, local produce, natural and organic meat. Acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval’s signature Latin flavors define the seasonal menu which draws inspiration from California and Asian cuisines. RAYA has long been a favorite special occasion “date night” dinner destination - the service here is what you’d expect of the Ritz-Carlton and consistently so: Attentive yet unobtrusive, professional, yet casually friendly. The same could be said of the service at 180blu, the perfect locale to find yourself at happy hour - for the food, the handcrafted cocktails and the spectacular sunsets. RAYA’s menu encompasses an array of small (appetizer) and large (entree) plates. If you’re having trouble deciding, a great option to start is the restaurant’s signature Seafood Sampler, which arrives with a trio of popular picks from the small plates options, including oysters on the half shell, rock shrimp aquachile, tuna tataki and salmon tiradito.

The Miso Alaskan Black Cod is my favorite dish on the menu - this flavorful fish dish literally melts in your mouth and is perfectly paired with charred asparagus, daikon (Japanese turnip), kabayaki sauce (think a sweet soy sauce) and togarashi aioli. The menu at 180blu is a more casual affair characterized by refreshing hand-crafted beverages (watch Mixologist Erin Snider demonstrate how to make Tequila Sangria, one of the specialty drinks served here), small plates and desserts from RAYA (our favorite here is the Wild Mushroom Huarache - a variation on flatbread piled with wild mushroom, caramelized onion, black bean, goat cheese and truffle oil. Bonus! Weather permitting, live music Thursday through Sunday from 6 pm - 9 pm.

There is an abundance of gluten-free options (noted by a special label) ranging from a seafood risotto chock full of Maine lobster, prawn, Santa Barbara mussel, calamari, Spanish chorizo, saffron rice and Dungeness crab to the all-natural

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is located at 1 Ritz Carlton Drive in Dana Point. For more information, call (949) 240-2000. JULY 2016

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