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Back to School: A Handy Health & Safety Checklist By Omeed AskAri
It’s just about that time again: Time to switch from swimsuits to school clothes and from beach bags to backpacks. That’s the easy part. What about preparing your child to have the healthiest and safest school year possible? Here’s a handy checklist to help. 1. Schedule medical, eye, and dental checkups. Before school starts, check with the pediatrician to see if your child needs any immunizations. Vision and hearing tests are also a good idea, although schools perform hearing tests during certain grades.1 If your child is playing sports, ask the pediatrician whether a special checkup is needed. With certain sports, concussions can be a serious problem. Talk to the doctor about ways to protect your child.2
holidays you can enjoy over the next few months. This fall, OC Pharmacy is proud to have the FluBlok™ immunization in stock; FluBlock™ is the first flu immunization to protect against 4 version of the virus the Centers for Disease Control has deemed most infectious this fall, and is
Remember, In California, every k-12 student is required to get their Tdap booster shot before starting the 7th grade. The DTaP vaccine is, or should have been, administered when your child was under the age of 7. Tdap is the booster shot kids get around age 11 or 12 to keep their immunity strong. Failure to get the Tdap booster can result in diseases like diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (aka whooping cough), which can quickly run rampant in schools in unimmunized children and adults. This means more time away from the classroom for your student, and potentially missed days at work for mom or dad, and more trips to the doctor’s office. Also remember to set time aside to get your flu shot this fall. Flu shots often sell out, and you don’t want to be that person who is sick and feeling crummy during the numerous SEPTEMBER 2016
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Create an emergency plan in case anything goes awry. In fact, make sure your child knows what to do in an emergency—whether at home or at school or anywhere in between.2 4. Remember that there’s more to school than hitting the books. For example, good nutrition and exercise are essential for brain health. Here are a few other reminders: • Be consistent about bedtime and wake-up times. Growing kids need at least 8 hours of sleep—and teens need even more.1 • Make homework a habit by having clear routines. But don’t overlook free time and friend time as these activities are integral to a child’s social development and wellbeing. All work and no play is zero fun!
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• Explain ways to prevent infection such as by regularly washing hands and by not sharing hats or other clothing. That’s one way lice get around!
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• Keep lines of communication open. Listen for signs of bullying or other concerns. Many parents find that car rides are a great time to have nonthreatening conversations with their kids. Contact the school if a problem like bullying does arise.3,4
2. Organize your child’s medical history records. Provide copies to your child’s school or daycare providers. We can help you pull some of this together, and we offer free emergency medical information cards in the store, but the list should include your child’s: • Prescription medications • Medical problems such as asthma or allergies • Previous surgeries • Emergency contacts2 3. Communicate about transportation. Some kids get dropped up and picked up by parents. Others carpool. Still others walk, bike, or take the bus. And, of course, teens may have their own wheels. Regardless, it’s important that your kids be—and feel—safe getting to and from school. • If you or another adult picks up your child, agree on a time and place for pickups. Explain what to do if the driver is running late. • If your child walks or bikes, do a dry run and explain any potential traffic hazards. • If your child or teen takes the bus, find a safe route and agree on a visible pick-up and drop-off spot. Ideally, this is a place where other kids are around and adults can clearly see them. • If your teen drives to school, be crystal clear about safe driving—including ditching that teen temptation: texting while driving.
Now about those school supplies…. Come by the store to stock up. And while you’re here, we can talk over your health and safety plans for the school year. If you have any questions or concerns for us please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our local number is (949) 429-5326, or you can reach us toll free at (800) 429-5102. As always, stay happy and healthy! Omeed Askari Part-owner, OC Pharmacy Nothing herein constitutes medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or is a substitute for professional advice. You should always seek the advice of your physician or other medical professional if you have questions or concerns about a medical condition.
OC Pharmacy is located at 31654 Rancho Viejo Road in San Juan Capistrano. To reach Omeed or any of the OC Pharmacy team directly, call (949) 429-5326 or visit www.ocpharmacy.net Sources 1. WebMD: Back-to-School Health Checklist. Available at: http://www.webmd.com/parenting/features/ back-to-school-health-checklist Accessed 7/3/16.
3. National Association Of School Nurses: Back to School Family Checklist. Available at: https://www. nasn.org/portals/0/resources/BacktoSchoolChecklistFamily_2015.pdf Accessed 7/3/16.
2. EmergencyCareForYou: Homework for Parents—Your Child’s Back-To-School Health Checklist. Available at: http://www.emergencycareforyou.org/Health-Tips/Child-Emergencies/Homework-for-Parents-%E2%80%94-Your-Child-s-Back-To-School-Health-Checklist/ Accessed 7/3/16.
4. CDC: Back to School Health & Safety Checklist. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/media/dpk/2013/ docs/back-to-school/Back-to-School-Checklist.pdf Accessed 7/3/16.
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hen it comes to retirement planning, people commonly struggle with the first step, figuring out where to turn for a personal financial plan. There are a myriad of options. One’s bank or credit union may have a wealth management group who can produce one. The brokerage firm where one maintains their IRA or other investment accounts commonly has a financial planner, too. Although one might think that financial plans are at the core of an independent financial advisors offerings, you might be surprised to learn they are not. Or, you might be a do-it-yourself type of person and like the idea of finding Questions Tax-Focused and using a simple online financial planning tool, of which there are many. While Retirement Planning all of these can be good alternatives, considering a specialty firm that combines a Addresses tax practice with wealth management expertise could be your best choice.
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n the 1960’s, a man named Roger W. Sperry developed a theory: that the human brain goes about thinking in two very different ways. Having worked in the field of psychobiology for years, he’d noticed that one side of the brain saw the big picture - processing information in an intuitive and simultaneous fashion. The other, putting sequential pieces together like a puzzle, parts making a whole. We all use both sides of the brain complementing logic with creativity. But ask any dancer, writer, sculptor, or painter and they’ll tell you they’re “right brained.” Controlling three-dimensional spatial reasoning, creativity, and artistic ability, right brain dominance certainly has given us some of the world’s greatest art forms. And South Coast Conservatory is finding more and more ways to celebrate it. Founded in 1992, the Conservatory is heading into its 25th year of operation. Specializing in individual and group dance in classical, contemporary and commercial, they provide programs for kids from age 2-18. Programs to help children grow, programs that train “the heart and soul of every dancer,” says Director + CEO Jena Minnick-Bull. Formerly known as Mission Viejo Dance, South Coast Conservatory now has locations in San Clemente and Laguna Niguel. Offering eight separate programs, from PreAcademy to Competitive Dance
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It’s no secret, the Medicare prescription drug plan “coverage gap” (fondly referred to as the donut-hole by many) is very complicated. any people will never need to understand it because they won’t ever enter the coverage gap, but for those that do the good news is that the complexity of the “donut hole” will slowly fade away. Over the next several years, you’ll pay less in the coverage gap until it’s closed by 2020. By 2020, you’ll pay only 25% for covered brandname and generic drugs while in the coverage gap—the same percentage you pay from the time you meet the deductible (if your plan has one) until you reach the out-of-pocket spending limit (up to $4850 in 2016).
In 2017 you’ll pay 40% for covered brand name (it was 45% in 2016) and 51% for covered generic drugs. (it was 58% in 2016). The reduction continues down in 2018 with you paying 35% for brand name/44% of generic; 2019 you’ll pay 30% of the brand name/ 37% of the generic. So, what counts towards the coverage gap? Your yearly deductible (if your plan has one), your prescription drug co-pays and/or co-insurance, the discount you get on brand name drugs in the coverage gap and what you pay for drugs in the coverage gap. What doesn’t count towards the coverage gap? Your drug plan premium, any pharmacy dispensing fees and what you pay for drugs that aren’t covered by your plan. (for example; compounded prescriptions and the ever popular Viagra). Remember, drug plans change their formulary (the list of drugs they cover and what price you’ll pay for them) every year. They will notify you the end of September if any of their changes affect you. Early October is the time to contact me for a no-cost review and plan analysis.
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7 REASONS WHY INFORMED INVESTORS CHOOSE FIDUCIARIES By Pence Wealth Management and Martin J. Lombrano, AIF®, LPL Financial Advisor
WHEN GIVING ADVICE, YOUR FIDUCIARY WORKS SOLELY FOR YOU.
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.
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.
YOUR FIDUCIARY SHOULD PLACE YOUR NEEDS AND OBJECTIVES AT THE FOREFRONT OF ALL PLANNING DECISIONS.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.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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Teen Core By Nicole Howard and cara Fraser
Nearly half of Americans ages 12 to 21 years are not vigorously active enough. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that participation in all types of physical activity declines strikingly as age and grade in school increases.
ccording to their study, inactivity is more common among females than males, and worse among black adolescent females compared to white females.
As physical activity is cut from school budgets and fingertip technology takes the place of actually getting outside and playing, it’s more important than ever to promote exercise for the youth. This is the inspiration behind Align’s Teen Core prorgram. The American Heart Association recommends that children ages two to 18 should participate in at least 60 minutes moderate to intense physical activity every day. It should be developmentally appropriate, varied and enjoyable. A majority of American kids are exposed to mainstream sports such as soccer, basketball and baseball, which is great, but mindful types of movement like Pilates and yoga have been proven to create an even more positive impact on a child’s wellbeing. The main principles of Pilates and yoga go beyond just moving. They provide teenagers with effective, life-changing tools that set them up for a highly successful and healthy life. Both methods of movement promote balance, control, concentration, breath, precision, awareness and harmony of the “mind and the body.” These attributes are what make Pilates and yoga such amazing activities. By simply adding Pilates or yoga twice a week to your child’s schedule has proven to help provide them with the tools to combat the negative effects of inactivity. Benefits include reducing the risk of heart dieses and diabetes, better stress management, correction of postural deviations and much more. At Align we believe in using the Pilates and yoga methodology as the heart of our Teen Core program. Our goal is to help guide teenagers to use mindful movement to establish quality, lasting habits that promote a positive physical experience. Along with health benefits, psychological wellbeing is also a huge piece of the puzzle, and mindful exercise in teens establishes more self-confidence and higher self-esteem. Pilates and yoga is a win-win for the youth of today, look for new Teen Core classes this fall at Align. 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 SEPTEMBER 2016
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And what many well-meaning practitioners diagnose as “growing pains,” may be alleviated altogether simply by looking at how your child walks or runs and treating any imbalances. For Melissa Forrester’s seven-year-old daughter Olivia, the custom orthotics Dr. Roth fit her with were “life-changing.” “At the age of four, Olivia was experiencing recurring leg pain and her doctors thought it was ‘growing pains’ and couldn’t determine a specific cause,” says Melissa. “The pain would keep her awake at night and at the end of the day, she would literally be crying because of how much her calves hurt. “Our pediatrician referred us to Dr. Roth who examined Olivia’s feet, took X-rays and knew immediately that she would benefit from the custom orthotics. Olivia was fitted for the orthotics and we got them back within a couple of weeks and within a week of wearing them, we noticed an amazing difference – Olivia stopped complaining of leg pain completely. The orthotics are wafer thin and slip right into the bottom of her shoes. It’s been over three years we are on our second set - Olivia refuses to wear any shoes without the orthotics because she knows how it makes her feet and legs feel when she doesn’t wear them for a day or two. The results were so simple and simply life-changing for our daughter.” Suzanne Robinson, whose 16-year-old daughter Katie also wears Dr. Roth’s custom orthotics, agrees with Melissa’s assessment and adds “I noticed that Katie’s foot was turned in and our pediatrician recommended that we see Dr. Roth. Katie’s been wearing the orthotics for about a year now and it’s made a tremendous difference in the wear and tear on her knees and performance in sports.”
Concierge Podiatry for Kids A simple solution for life-changing results
by Jody Robinson • photography by Lana Farfan, Caught in the Moment Photography f your child has flat feet, feet that turn in or turn out or complains of foot, knee, leg or back pain, the solution could be as simple as custom orthotics inserted into their shoes.
Ivar Roth, DPM of the Newport Beach-based Concierge Podiatry is the only podiatrist in Orange County to offer the latest technology in custom orthotics for children with a NEW generation of inserts - that are unobtrusive and do not require special shoes to fit. These custom orthotics are calibrated to your child’s weight and results in nearly 100% correction of common foot alignment problems.
If left untreated, “flat feet” (also described as “fallen arches,” “rolle in ankles” or “excessive pronation”) can lead to a lifetime of foot, leg and backproblems.
In the following interview with Dr. Roth, we asked Dr. Roth to share his thoughts on common questions parents might ask when considering having their child evaluated to determine whether custom orthotics would be of benefit. South County Magazine: What are foot orthotics and how do they work? Ivar Roth, DPM: Foot orthotics are much like glasses in that when you wear them, they will change the poor foot posture into normal or a much-improved position so that ergonomically the foot functions like it should. Once the foot works properly, the body responds. This means tired legs/ feet and inside knee discomfort, hip and Ankles Turned In lower back ache/pain improves or goes away If your child has flat feet, they HAVE a problem whether you are aware of it or not. South County Magazine: What conditions do custom orthotics help alleviate in children? Ivar Roth, DPM: Flat feet for sure, but also any complaint of tired legs or not wanting to participate in sports or if your child suffers from knee pain, hip pain and/or lower back pain.
For parents who want to help their child improve their performIf your child complains of pain, it often means the muscles in the feet and ance in sports and avoid future problems, this new generation of legs are under pressure. Tripping or falling or general clumsiness are often orthotic is a must. signs that your child’s foot and surrounding musculature is not able to supIf your child currently has orthotics, I would strongly recommend port itself properly. SEPTEMBER 2016
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that you come in for an examination to see if the new generation orthotics will help them more. The VAST majority of children COULD use corrective orthotics to optimize their feet. Just as most kids need vision correction or orthodontics, the same holds true with feet. South County Magazine: What are the benefits of custom orthotics vs. the prefabricated ones on the market? Ivar Roth, DPM: Custom orthotics of the type I use are vastly different from prefabs. The foot is corrected to nearly 100% of correction and these orthotics are calibrated to the child’s weight and so act as if they are wearing springs in their shoes. South County Magazine: What should a parent look for in their child's feet, gait, etc. to determine a possible need for orthotics? At what age? Ivar Roth, DPM: If your child has flat feet or a foot or feet that point outward or have ankles that are collapsing inward, they would benefit from these orthotics. The earlier you start the better around 3 years of age and DEFINITELY before their growth spurt. If started before their growth spurt, these orthotics have the potential to help grow the feet into a better permanently corrected position, not unlike braces for the teeth. South County Magazine: How do you fit the child's feet? Ivar Roth, DPM: Making the orthotics is simply maneuvering the foot into a special corrected position and making a foam impression. It is painless and simple to perform.
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South County Magazine: How long do custom orthotics typically last? Ivar Roth, DPM: The orthotics are good for between two and three shoes sizes of growth or 15% increase in wt gain. Generally they are good for several years with yearly tune ups done in the office to keep them working in peak performance. South County Magazine: Will they fit into all my child's shoes (i.e. can they be worn during athletics) and will wearing orthotics require that I buy my child a larger shoe? Ivar Roth, DPM: The orthotic will work in all of their existing shoes. However, if the shoe is broken down, new shoes will be required for use with the new orthotics. South County Magazine: If it is determined that orthotics can benefit my child, how long will my child be required to wear the orthotics? Ivar Roth, DPM: Like vision correction, orthotics are a lifelong commitment if you want to continue to achieve the benefits you receive by wearing them. Foot health is very important and will not only help your child today, but will mean less adult-acquired problems in the future. Parents look at your own feet - if you have any problems, it’s highly likely that your child will as well. You have the opportunity to help your children perform better and avoid future foot conditions and other health problems by having them examined to determine if they would benefit from custom orthotics.
Connect with Dr. Roth by calling (949) 650-1147. Concierge Podiatry is located at 351 Hospital Road, Suite 407 in Newport Beach. SEPTEMBER 2016
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Certain things in life I am very grateful for. These things include chocolate, wine, soul music and places like the Doheny Clothing Exchange in Capistrano Beach. If you’ve been to a place like this, then I know you’re already giving me a mental “Hallelujah.” But if you haven’t, you are so missing out!
icture this: racks and racks of men and women’s name brand or designer clothing and accessories, all gently used or sometimes new, at way, way less than the original price. And the beauty of it is I can bring in my own gently used clothing, and trade in for something trendier and better fitting. The owners, mother and daughter team Pamela and Caia take the time to truly inspect each item, so there’s never any mystery stains, rips or smells. Because they get new merchandise every day, their store stays fresh and new. Personally, I love the fact that I can buy jeans here and I don’t have to spend the next few weeks trying to break them in. Plus, I can pick out a funky outfit and know it’s not something everyone is wearing. That fact alone makes this place fabulous. This place is awesome for guys, too. And the fact that they
have a variety of sizes and styles for one stop shopping rocks. Now, I’m sorry to have tortured you into reading this when you could be on the road, driving there to shop. So, to reward you, I’ll let you in on a little secret. Pamela and Caia will give you 20% off your entire purchase through the month of September if you mention this article. Don’t forget to follow them on Facebook, they are awesome about updating with pictures, sales and must-have items. Have fun!
Connect with Pamela and Caia by stopping by The Doheny Clothing Exchange at 34276 Doheny Park Road in Capistrano Beach or call (949) 240-4800. Follow Doheny Exchange on Instragram and Facebook. SEPTEMBER 2016
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ince my husband and I started our family’s admittedly ambitious endeavor to visit all 50 states as a family by the time our son (now aged 9) graduates from high school, we have captured vacation photos posing by major attractions across cities in 15 states. This summer, we crossed Georgia off the list by spending 36 hours in Atlanta, which bears the distinction of being as some call it - a small town trapped in a big city or perhaps more accurately, a collection of small towns.
An attractive Southern belle lined with blooming dogwoods and fragrant azaleas, Atlanta was surprisingly far more lush with greenery than we envisioned. What was not unexpected were the abundance of historic sites, commercial enterprises, burgeoning art scene and of course, Southern hospitality. It’s a city that has been known by many names over the years (it was once called Terminus and Marthasville), but resurgence and renewal are no stranger to this thriving metropolis that was burned to the ground during the Civil War only to rise from the ashes like a “phoenix” (the mythological bird that is cyclically regenerated or reborn) that now serves as the city’s motto. SEPTEMBER 2016
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In more recent memory, Atlanta is the birth city of Martin Luther King, Jr. and holds its place of importance during the Civil Rights Movement and its Centennial Olympic Park was the site of the 1996 Summer Games. And of course, the city is home to countless corporations including Coca Cola and Turner Broadcasting. Since we were only here for 36 hours, we wanted to make the most of our stay by visiting the “must-see” sites on every tourist’s list and stopping by some of the perhaps lesser-known areas of this historic city. So we crafted our checklist to include Centennial
Olympic Park, the World of Coca Cola and Skyview Atlanta (the ferris wheel that towers nearly 20 stories above Centennial Park). We took two tours - first on a fun trolley ride full of other tourists on Day One to gain a great overview and lay of the land and then a private excursion via an openair electric vehicle that provided a more in-depth narrative and personal insights from a 30+ year resident’s perspective.
ACCOMMODATION OF DISTINCTION The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, located in the upscale Atlanta suburb of the same name, showcases 517 rooms and suites and proved to be a wonderful “home base” for our two night, three-day stay. Our accommodation was an exceedingly comfortable, bright, elegant space with bay windows, a huge bathroom with rainforest shower heads, 37-inch flatscreen TVs, iPod docks and super plush linens - and an added benefit is its location near the MARTA transit stop if you want to leave your vehicle behind and bypass parking issues in town.
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The Peachtree Trolley Tour (peachtreetrolley.com) - a 90-minute fully narrated tour provided our family with a wonderful overview of the must-see stops in the city. We boarded the Phoenix (a fully-enclosed, climate controlled trolley car) and settled in for a comfortable and informative ride, rolling by the aforementioned attractions and many others, including the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, CNN, Turner Field, the golden domed Georgia State Capital, Oakland Cemetery (Atlanta’s oldest) and Underground Atlanta. Originating near Centennial Olympic Park, our guide shared a bit of history, stories and legends surrounding these iconic landmarks. Peachtree Trolley Tour MLK- Ebenezer Baptist Church Mural
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TOURING THE CITY We started our excursion into the capital city in Atlanta’s Midtown, the second largest business district in the city known as the “heart of the arts,” with an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities, shopping, art galleries and award-winning musical and theatrical performances. Atlanta’s fabulous Fox Theatre is a restored movie palace turned cultural jewel that is the venue for a variety of wonderful live entertainment ranging from dance and Opera to Broadway shows and rock concerts. The Moorish lobby and ballrooms harken back to a bygone era of the opulent 1920s and a highlight of this Atlanta icon is the “Mighty Mo,” a 4,000-pipe organ built at a cost of $42,000 in 1929 that audiences can still hear today before every Broadway performance and the Atlanta Ballet’s “Nutcracker” performance each year. Even if you don’t catch a performance, the Fox Theatre is open for tours. Another site rich in history is the recently opened National Center for Civil and Human Rights which offers a sweeping, in-depth and moving view of the movement’s darkest moments and greatest achievements. The museum also presents an evolving look at modern human rights issues here at home and around the globe. A few miles away on Auburn Avenue, visitors can tour the stately yellow structure that is the boyhood home of the movement’s greatest leader, Martin Luther King Jr. Daily entry is free, but get there early as it’s first-come, first-served and tickets are often snapped up early in the day. Run by the National Park Service, entrance is also complimentary into the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site which offers a uniquely personal account of a very public life and includes the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church (where King was baptized and where he and his father both served as pastors) and the King Center - the final resting place of King and his wife, Coretta Scott King. SEPTEMBER 2016
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World of Coca-Cola
After hearing our tour guide’s account of the The World of Coca-Cola (worldofcoca-cola.com) experience, we walked over (a mere block away from where you board and disembark) to spend the better part of the afternoon exploring the 92,000-square-foot dynamic, multi-media museum that resides on a 22-acre plot in downtown Atlanta (Coca-Cola donated nine acres for the construction of the Georgia Aquarium and another 2.5 acres to the city for the civil-and-human rights museum and where you can experience “the real stories behind the world’s most famous beverage brand.” The lobby showcases a Coca-Cola folk art bottle display and several of the bottle sculptures that were created for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games (the company invited artists from around the world to express their country’s unique culture and artistic traditional by decorating their own bottle sculpture). The Loft is home to a mix of nearly 200 historical and international artifacts that represent more than 125 years of Coca-Cola memories, including a Coca-Cola Syrup urn circa 1886 and Coca-Cola beach pants popularized in the 1970s. We watched a six-minute film celebrating life’s “Moments of Happiness” in the Coca-Cola Theater and speaking for the moms in the room at least, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house as we witnessed several milestone moments - big and small, including a mother’s response to her son’s video message from where he was stationed in Afghanistan and his homecoming surprise for his parents. The kids had a ball at all the interactive exhibits, posing with the Coca-Cola polar bear mascot and visiting The Vault, where the secret formula is stored and the 4-D sensory movie experience complete with moving seats and other special effects. But the highlight of the tour of the Coca-Cola Tasting Room with features six “freestyle machines” with over 100 different beverage choices - both domestic and international - to sample to your heart’s content (our son’s favorite was a mint flavor offered in Africa, while our daughter preferred a fruity variety popular in Asia). Day Two we decided to start the morning with the ATL-Cruzers Electric Car and Segway Tours (atlcruzers.com) for what proved to be a highly entertaining and informative private guided experience from a longtime local’s perspective. Our guide, Mira (rhymes SEPTEMBER 2016
with “mirror,” is worth being mentioned - and requested - by name. She gave our family a truly animated, enthusiastic, knowledgable experience of her home city seen through the eyes of a local. She toured us past many of the now-familiar landmarks and iconic Atlanta tourist stops, sharing an in-depth history and little-known facts about each locale. But we have to say the highlight of this experience was that the route showcased many other “off-the-beaten” path places and residential neighborhoods that we otherwise wouldn’t have discovered on our own - including the lovely Inman Park (where many of the homes are reminiscent of the antebellum era and very “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”) which hosts an annual festival the last weekend in April that is widely regarded among the the city’s most spirited and eclectic events.
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St. Augustine Experience Old World Charm in Our Nation’s Oldest City By Jody Robinson
stablished in 1565, St. Augustine is a paradise for history buffs and arguably the root the nation’s oldest city’s appeal as a popular destination. When my husband, Tim, and I mapped out (pun intended) our plan to visit all 50 states as a family by the time our son (now aged 9) graduates from high school, we decided to select cities to visit that would yield opportunities for what Tim calls “retention questions.” These are questions we would craft from interesting facts about each destination designed to help our kids remember key points about the SEPTEMBER 2016
places we explore. And as the oldest European settlement in America, St. Augustine proved to be a veritable treasure trove. Residing along the banks of the Matanzas River on the northeast coast of Florida, the charm of St. Augustine is found along its narrow cobblestone streets, the fabled Fountain of Youth, the stretch of white sand beaches of Anastasia Island (a protected wildlife sanctuary) and the coquina (unique locally quarried material comprised
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of small seashells) bastions of the Castillo De San Marcos fort. A relic of Spain’s early exploration of the Americas, this historic landmark bears the distinction of being the best-preserved Spanish colonial fort in the United States and the country’s only existing 17th century masonry military structure. Completed in 1695, the formidable Castillo De San Marcos was besieged by English colonial forces in 1702. When they weren’t able to destroy the structure, British forces burned the then-surrounding city to the ground upon retreat, which is why no other building in Castillo De San Marcos fort
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evocative Colonial Spanish Quarter where visitors can take an immersive journey through centuries of St. Augustine’s rich history, including its era as a 17thCentury Spanish fortified town. Our kids loved climbing the 35-foot watchtower and watching a military gunsmith repair all of the garrison’s weapons.
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St. Augustine today dates back to prior to that time. The site occupies about 20 acres and at night, the Castillo’s watchtowers are uplit from the moat below, giving the fortress a truly foreboding appearance from afar. Take a self-guided tour or schedule a tour with park rangers - expect to stay about 90 minutes to thoroughly explore the two floors, which include a chapel and single cell used as the city’s first jail, exhibits and grounds.
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But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here … let’s start back at the beginning when in 1513 Ponce De Leon (a former shipmate of Christopher Columbus) became the first European man to set foot in what is now the mainland of the United States of America. It is said he came in search of an island with mysterious healing water. Whether he found it at the 15-acre plot of coastal property that is now home to the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park is up for debate, but the grounds today is a must-see attraction complete with a museum packed with authentic artifacts (including one of only two existing Jolly Rancher flags), a real working cannon (which they set off to our son’s delight at scheduled intervals) and of course the signature “fountain” from which you can sip a free sample of natural spring water that has been flowing here continuously since the native Timucuan Indians called this place home - thousands of years before the arrival of the Spaniards. Starting at the Old City Gates and stretching for several picturesque blocks, St. George Street is the heart of St. Augustine’s Old Town (pedestrian-only except for some street crossings) lined with a series of old or re-created buildings in Spanish Colonial architectural style currently occupied by restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, specialty shops, souvenir stores and attractions including the SEPTEMBER 2016
St. Augustine is also home to the Oldest Wooden School House, which dates back to sometime around 1716, was built from bald cypress and red cedar using wooden pins and iron spikes. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of classroom on the first floor (the second floor where the schoolmaster and his family would have lived is inaccessible to the public) or learn more about daily life at the schoolhouse via a robotic teacher and student. The city’s original sightseeing tour, Ripley’s Red Train Tour (an 80 - 90, fully narrated tour that runs continuously from as early as 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.) allowed us to step off and re-board the open-air sightseeing train at our leisure - the train continually loops 7 miles and stops at dozens of historic sites. And a fun bonus is that Red Train riders can play Florida’s oldest mini-golf course (located at the City Marina) for only $1. The St. Augustine Municipal Marina is home to various sightseeing boat tours, including a narrated tour on the Scenic Cruise on the “Victory III” for a different perspective of this coastal city taken from its tranquil waters. Relive the Golden Age of Piracy at the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum where visitors are transported to the time of plundering pirates and swashbuckling adventures. This museum is home to the world’s largest collection of authentic pirate artifacts; fun, interactive exhibits like the spine-tingling Disney Imagineer-designed Below Deck sound experience of Blackbeard’s last battle; and one of only two existing 17th century Jolly Rogers.
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DESTINATION DINING An artsy and inspired farmto-table establishment, The Floridian (39 Cordova St.) features innovative Southern fare for “omnivores, herbivores and locavores” crafted from regionally-inspired and locallysourced cuisine. Dishes here are a “synthesis of downhome Southern Comfort Foods and lighter, healthier, vibrant and creative dishes.” The Cornbread Stack is worth a special mention and arrives as a cheddar and veggie stuffed cornbread topped with a choice of blackened fish or tofu and served with sweet pickled veggies and chili-cumin aioli. Another popular pick was the Dixie Burger with all the fixings (options include pepper jack cheese, sautéed onions and roasted peppers).
Ideally situated on Matanzas Bay within easy walking distance to bayfront restaurants, attractions and historic downtown, the Bayfront Marin House (bayfrontmarinhouse.com) is a luxury bed and breakfast inn offering its guests spectacular views of the water, full Southern breakfasts each morning (with entrees such as blueberry waffles, banana pancakes and bacon stratas) daily happy hour with homemade appetizers, sangria, wine and beer in the early evening, complimentary use of beach chairs and umbrellas and loaner bikes available for day trips. Originally built in the 1790s, the stately two-story home features wraparound porches, outdoor seating, a small gazebo and 15 individually styled rooms with private entrances - each named after a historical figure or location in town. Charming antique furnishings mix with modern amenities (free WiFi, smartphone docking station and flatscreen TVs). But I have to say that the best part of our stay was the unparalleled level of personal service we enjoyed - owner Sandy couldn’t have been more accommodating in coordinating our reservation and her staff warm, friendly and highly attentive. Although every room was occupied, we felt as though we were the only guests on property.
Our family also thoroughly enjoyed the eclectic European and Asian fusion fare at the Gypsy Cab Company (828 Anastasia Blvd.) on nearby Anastasia Island just over the landmark Bridge of Lions. According to owner Pat Morrissey, the daily menu (or “cab fare”) is prepared by a creative culinary team who “borrow” from Italian, German, Cajun, Mediterranean, classical European, Asian, Southern and other “Floribbean” cuisines. Popular with the locals, this longstanding eatery serves up something for every palate - on the evening we visited, menu items included a flavorful “Gypsy Chicken,” braised lamb shank, a delicious blackened Mahi Mahi with Crab Florentine, Texas beef brisket and Eggplant Parmagiana.
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Part D Premiums Predicted to be Stable in 2017 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that the average basic premium for a Part D prescription drug plan is estimated to be $34 per month in 2017. This projected average premium is a slight increase over the average monthly premium in 2016 ($32.56) and represents the continued relative stability of Part D premiums. Although Part D premiums remain stable, Part D costs continue to increase faster than other parts of Medicare. According to CMS, this increase is largely due to the high cost of specialty drugs, especially during the catastrophic coverage period. Make sure youâ€™re on the right drug plan this Fall during open enrollment 10/15-12/7. Please contact me for no-cost review and plan analysis. SEPTEMBER 2016
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Southern California In-Water Boat Show September 22-25, 2016 Multi-million dollar renovated marina will host new event celebrating the boating lifestyle, with interactive exhibits and education for all ages
arine enthusiasts from Southern California will experience the first boating lifestyle event in a reimagined harbor setting when the Southern California Boat Show navigates its way to Cabrillo Way Marina in Los Angeles Harbor, San Pedro (2293 Miner St., San Pedro) Thursday, September 22 through Sunday, September 25.
garden celebrating local San Pedro restaurants and breweries. Families will be encouraged to participate in marine activities created especially for little boaters.
Produced by the Duncan McIntosh Company, the four-day boating event will feature more than 200 new and used boats of all types and price points, including trawlers, cruisers, sportfishers, sailboats, catamarans, motoryachts, tenders and paddleboards, along with 80 booths offering the newest accessories and gadgets, educational seminars, as well as a food and craft beer
Admission is $15 for adults; youth 12 and younger accompanied by an adult are free. Military receive a $5 discount with military ID. Tickets can be purchased at the box office. Show hours: Thursday, 12pm-7:00pm; Friday-Sunday 12pm-5:00pm. For more information visit www.SoCalBoatShow.com
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only crowd both nights the weekend we stayed with all available seating in the lounge and common areas occupied by an eclectic cross-section of SoCal culture from casually dressed dot.com millennials and hip young fashionistas to the more conservatively attired corporate professionals) and hotel guests.
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ou wouldn’t expect to find an urban chic lifestyle hotel amidst the towering office complexes in the heart of Orange County’s business district. Even when the Hotel Irvine (hotelirvine. com) was recently recommended as an ideal weekend “stay-cation” option, I envisioned a property geared more toward the needs of business travelers. While it certainly does a brisk business with travelers looking for a hotel experience that is the antithesis of cookie-cutter corporate, the Hotel Irvine attracts a surprisingly diverse demographic: business travelers to be sure, but also area professionals who frequent the hotel’s hip bar and expansive lounge, local residents who enjoy the “twists on classic cuisine” offered on the menu at its signature restaurant EATS Kitchen & Bar and families with children of all ages.
The sprawling lobby lounge is characterized by vibrant colors, sleek furnishings and a nine-panel TV used to view multiple sporting events, combined to make presentations or view a movie (as expansive as the space is, a testament to its popularity was the standing-room
Although we can appreciate the appeal of the Hotel Irvine’s hip, high-energy scene, my husband, Tim, and I fall firmly in the latter two categories. With two kids under 10, “nightlife” takes on an entirely different meaning these days. We had heard about the hotel’s summer “Movie Night in the Backyard” series and booked a stay with the intention of taking the kids to watch a family-
friendly film on the large outdoor movie screen. What we discovered was that in addition to this fun event, the Hotel Irvine’s “backyard” boasts a 6,000-square-foot pavilion dedicated to hosting live music, movie nights and food and wine festivals that will be open to the public throughout the year. While the kids camped out on a blanket to watch the movie, their parents enjoyed a glass of wine and appetizers at a table nearby. After the film, the kids played table tennis and Tim challenged our son to a game of chess on a “board” spread out on the lawn with game pieces that were easily two feet tall. The hotel’s literature claims a goal to lure guests who are interested in a “unique, customized experience” and the Hotel Irvine more than delivers. The lobby, restaurants, bar embraces a hipster vibe and although there are 536 guest rooms, each accommodation boasts a “boutique” look and feel. Our room was a super comfortable space defined by a plush, pillow top bed, down duvets and soft linens, a 42” flat screen, Bluetooth speakers and a sweeping OC view. At this lifestyle hotel, they mean business with a splash of pleasure. “You know those meeting-filled days that turn in to lounging at the pool, toes dipped in the water and sunshine lifting your spirit? That’s our every day at Hotel Irvine. We’re redefining the way you travel with complimentary Wi-Fi, family friendly activities and fresh ways to indulge,”
including a 24-hour marketplace with a Starbucks stand and ready-made food (including sushi and salads) that can be delivered to your room. The Club 12 Lounge is an exclusive 12th floor lounge where can relax with residential-style seating and flatscreen TVs, unwind on the terrace as you take in dramatic OC views and enjoy a bevy of personalized amenities including breakfast (served from 6 am - 10 am), evening wine, beer and bites (from 5 pm - 8 pm), premium WiFi for quicker downloads and an Apple computer station with printer to work in style.
Eating In Featuring expansive indoor and outdoor spaces, cozy booths and an alfresco patio with fire pit, EATS Kitchen & Bar draws inspiration from all over the world. Chef Jason combines international flavors with local, farm-fresh ingredients to create a menu that is decidedly original and
delicious. The signature EATS burger was worth writing home about - and that’s really saying something since my husband is quite the connoisseur (his burger arrived on a brioche bun with bacon, aged-white cheddar, herb aioli and pear jam - wonderful flavors you might not think to pair (pun intended). My steak salad was a equally flavorful, inventive blend of organic greens, chimichurri steak, roasted cherry tomatoes, shaved radish, ciabatta croutons and feta cheese with a sundried tomato and basil vinaigrette. Kids (12 and under) eat free every night during dinner time and our kiddos loved digging into some of Chef Jason’s favorite childhood dishes including chicken strips and fries and penne pasta with marinara sauce and parmesan cheese. Hotel Irvine is located at 17900 Jamboree Road in Irvine. For reservations or more information, call (888) 230-4452 or visit hotelirvine.com
Dining, Arts & Entertainment
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.
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.
Taco Tuesday Ricardo’s Place Mexican Restaurant. 32082 Camino Capistrano San Juan Capistrano. 11am-9pm (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
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.
Tall Ships Festival In celebration of California’s rich maritime history, the Ocean Institute annually hosts a fleet of historic tall ships that sail into Dana Point Harbor. This extraordinary event takes place each year the second weekend in September. History comes alive, as crews from each ship, along with historical reenactors, engage the public in cannon battles, pirate adventures, mermaid encounters , ship tours, and much more. Events begin at 4 pm on Sept. 9 through 5 p.m. on Sept. 11. For more information, visit www.oceaninstitute.org/tall-ships-festival.
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.
Live Music Live Music at Villa Roma Argentine & Italian Cusine. 25254 La Paz Laguna Hills.
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Happy Hour Half off appetizers and wine at Brio Tuscany Grill . 24050 Camino Del Avion, Dana Point. 3:30-6:30pm.
Assistance League of Capistrano Valley “Fall in for Kids” Please join us for an Autumn Luncheon Event “Fall in for Kids” to be held at an amazing home in Laguna Niguel. Highlights will be afternoon of laughter with Lynn Chichi of Tabletalk, a delicious catered lunch provided by Iva Lee’s, a parade of fashion by Sunny Days & Plum Precious Jewelry, silent and live auctions and other activities and surprises. All proceeds benefit Chapters for Children/Operation School Bell (clothing infants, toddlers and school-aged children of military families on Camp Pendleton) and I.N.S.P.I.R.E. (Independence for Needy Single Parents Instilled via Responsible Education). Only 140 tickets available. $66 per ticket. To purchase tickets, visit CapistranoValley. AssistanceLeague.org. For inquiries, email ALCVCommunications@gmail.com Irvine Global Village Festival Experience sights and sounds from around the world at the 15th annual Irvine Global Village Festival. Recognized as one of the best cultural festivals in Orange County, this daylong celebration features more than 100 musical, dance and demonstration performances; international cuisine; a Kids Village with crafts and activities; cultural and religious exhibits; and an international marketplace. Festival admission and parking are free. Food tasting tickets are available for purchase at the event, with prices ranging from $1 to $3. Bill Brber Park, 4 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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FALL IN FOR KIDS An Autumn Luncheon Event
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• A parade of fashion - Sunny Days & Plum Precious Jewelry • Other activities and surprises
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showcases his incomparable talent for daring improvisation. It is a celebration of flamenco performed in the most traditional manner where the dancer and the musicians return to flamenco’s visceral origins. Hailing from a flamenco family dynasty, the Spanish-born Farruquito is known for his passionate and precise dancing, and in ImproPhoto by Sophie Mühlenburg visao, he reveals, “It is a return to my roots and a sample of what I’ve learned in this profession. Singing, guitar and dance fused with total freedom to create a different show every day.”
Flamenco Superstar Farruquito Makes His Segerstrom Center Debut September 29, 2016 in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall Renowned as “one of the greatest flamenco dancers of this new century” (The New York Times), Farruquito makes his Segerstrom Center debut on Thursday, September 29 in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall with his latest show, Improvisao, an intimate dance program that
Tickets for Farruquito’s Improvisao start at $39 and are now available online at www.SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236.
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oddlers in Orange County are dancing away to the irresistible beats of WE ARE NOT HAMSTERS, perhaps the world’s first collection of songs released by a petting zoo. Singer Songwriter JD Crawford, whose kids are regulars at ZOOMARS Petting Zoo, wrote and performed every number, with local musicians featuring guitar, fiddle and keyboard. Yes, guinea pigs did supply some sound effects, but it’s mostly Crawford’s rich voice. Some tunes are toddler-danceable, like the zoo hit “Guineapigville.” There’s a birthday song and some mellow numbers too to calm kids down in a long Southern California car ride. Unlike much of kids’ music, WE ARE NOT HAMSTERS is saccharine-free, with a blues/pop vibe that adults can happily listen to over and over again. ZOOMARS is the home of more than 200 friendly animals, including guinea pigs, llamas, emus, goats, sheep, pigs, and horses and ponies to ride. The under-5 set can go mining for gemstones, take a train ride, or have an old-fashioned birthday party in one of the zoo’s sellout picnic groves. Crawford collaborated with ZOOMARS owner Carolyn Franks and Sound Engineer Mark Liddell to create the CD under their new label, Llamarama Records. A hefty portion of profits will be donated to local animal shelters. The CD sells for $10 and can be purchased at the zoo’s ticket counter. ZOOMARS is located at 31791 Los Rios Street in San Juan Capistrano or visit www.zoomars.com
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Exploration through the Arts By Beverly Blake and Tom ScoTT
Whether 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.
ecause 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 canvas, the only realities are the ones we ourselves invent, and possibilities grow as large as our imaginations allow.
tion 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.
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 imagina-
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