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Business Showcase: GoPro Internet Marketing 10

Integrating Your Tax and Wealth Management Planning 12 Hungry Heart 14 Demystifying Pilates 16 A Guide to Guardianships and Estate Planning 18 Make Sure You Cancelled our Medicare Supplemental Plan 20 Standout Students 22 - 24 Calendar of Events 26 Taste of San Juan 32 South County Magazine Celebrates Its 2nd Anniversary! 34 Monaco Jewelers 38

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Owner Nik Doda’s Casanova Ristorante is characterized by the great style, tradition and charm of Venice, Italy

Casanova Ristorante and Cocktail Lounge

serves up some of the best Italian dishes this side of Venice


by Jody Robinson

virgin olive oil or the Antipasto Misto made up of a selection of cured meats and complementary cheeses.

f you’re in the mood for delicious, authentic Italian fare served in a romantic For the main course, favorite dishes include the “Pink atmosphere where the owner makes you feel like a personal guest in his Lady Fettuccine” made with chicken and sundried home, look no farther than Casanova Ristorante. tomatoes tossed in a creamy Alfredo sauce and the My personal favorite for “date night” with my hus- Lasagne al Forno which arrives with layers of perfectly band, this popular Dana Point eatery has been al dente pasta, ricotta cheese and meat sauce baked serving up authentic Venetian specialties for just with mozzarella cheese. over a decade (Owner Nik Doda celebrated the A seafood aficionado? Options abound – ranging from restaurant’s 11th anniversary in December). the Linguini Vongole Veraci (long, flat pasta with baby I can’t speak to the cuisine in Venice, but I can say Manila clams sautéed in a white wine sauce) and Farthat literally everything I’ve tried on the menu falle al Salmone (bowtie pasta with smoked salmon here has been nothing short of superb. The serv- tossed in a cream and tomato sauce with a touch of ice is excellent – attentive and unobtrusive – the ambiance is warm and vodka) to the Linguini alla Pescatora (long, flat pasta friendly and its popular cocktail lounge featuring Nik’s specially selected wine with fresh fish of the day, shrimp, calamari, mussels and list (and full bar) has a loyal following among locals and visitors alike. clams in a light tomato sauce.

A “must have” appetizer I pray they never take off the menu is the melt-in-yourmouth Burrata cheese perfectly paired with prosciutto and arugula. Other popular picks include the Mozzarella Caprese, which arrives with slices of fresh tomato topped with creamy buffalo mozzarella cheese and basil and served with

Portions are generous, but if you’ve saved room for a little something sweet … try the crème brulee with its perfectly carmelized top or the homemade tiramisu, a traditional favorite.

Join Hands & Paws For A Champagne Fundraiser at Enjoy delicious cuisine and support a trio of local charities at a special mimosas, champagne and wine. 50% of the ticket price is tax deValentine’s brunch on Sunday, February 10th from 12 noon to 3 p.m. ductible and directly benefits The Ark of San Juan Capistrano Companion Animal Rescue, Lionel’s Legacy Senior Dog Rescue and The Tickets are $50 (the event is sure to be a sellout, so get your tickets Megan Gerhard Weisberg Memorial Fund. early!) and includes hors d’oeuvres, salad, choice of main dish, dessert,

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No doubt about it, internet marketing is a competitive and rapidly developing space. Many consultants promise results, but few can actually deliver on those promises. That’s because it takes in-thetrenches, rubber-meets-the-road experience in business, not just marketing, to create an online marketing plan that actually works. Dave and his colleagues have found that companies get about half of the sales process right, but leave much opportunity on the table due to inefficient systems or programs that aren't geared towards follow-up, cross-selling and the true life value of a customer.

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How David Greek of GoPro Internet Marketing turned crisis into opportunity by Betsy Sanz

f you’re a business owner – whether you’re a small fish or big fish – you can’t escape the growing importance of online marketing. Neither could Dave Greek when he was running one of Orange County’s most productive mortgage companies prior to the atomic bomb now commonly known as the housing crisis. With a degree in economics and decades of business ownership experience across multiple industries, Dave took to marketing his mortgage brokerage through online mechanisms like a (big) fish takes to water. It was one of the reasons his company did so well right up until that bomb went off. When it did, Dave Greek, like so many, was forced to reinvent himself. The result was GoPro Internet Marketing.

Dave learned internet marketing by spending over a million dollars of his own money on pay-perclick ads, banner advertisements, and search engine optimization. He wasn’t trying to become an internet marketing expert; he was trying to grow his business using online marketing tools. After the housing crash, Dave’s marriage and his extensive business experience were just about all he was left holding. But those are no small things. He began putting his knowledge to work on behalf of other business owners who needed help competing for internet eyeballs. Today, Dave Greek and the international team at GoPro Internet Marketing serve diverse clients, from publicly traded companies to law firms, from insurance organizations to local dentists. It’s a one-stop consultancy providing expertise in every facet of online marketing, including search engine optimization (so your business shows up near the top when a potential customer searches for what you offer); Google, and Facebook pay-per-click ads; email marketing; social media establishment, customer management, and lead generation; list building, including automated email messaging, contest creation and complete CRM management; and of course, GoPro also designs, builds and manages websites.

“The biggest value we bring is our ability to truly identify what a company needs,” says Greek. “We can make the phone ring but if the systems aren't in place to handle volume, sales and follow-up, it’s a waste of time. That’s why we conduct a thorough evaluation to determine what systems are lacking and we immediately go after low hanging fruit while we implement new systems to generate quick revenue, then we turn on more sophisticated programs when the company is ready for it. It's hard to conceptualize a strategy unless you've actually done it in the real world.” Ultimately, it’s that real-world experience that sets GoPro Internet Marketing apart from most online marketing firms. They’ve been in their clients’ shoes, and they’ve walked the entire length of the learning curve in them. If you are wondering if your business is in need of some attention from GoPro, consider these questions: Is your company, product or service easy to find online? Are you active in all the online places where your target customers hang out? Do you have an easy, automated way to engage current or potential customers and follow up with them over time? Do you have a plan to start using mobile phone marketing for your business? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, it’s a good time to connect with Dave Greek and GoPro Internet Marketing… and go from little fish to big fish.

Get a free copy of the GoPro Internet Marketing e-book, 9 Critical Steps to Online Success when you visit, or connect with Dave Greek today by calling (949) 707-0700. FEBRUARY 2013






33 years of broad experience, he is also exceptionally well qualified to be one. A U.C. Berkeley graduate trained as a CPA at Price Waterhouse, Peter holds a Masters in Taxation. In addition, Peter has been awarded licenses, designations or certificates in securities, insurance, financial planning and retirement plans. Prescott Tax & Wealth Management, his firm, is specifically designed to provide the hands on expertise required to meet the financial coordination needs of successful Orange County families, businesses and retirees. “Our approach is simple,” says Peter Prescott. “We begin every financial discussion, including business issues, insurance, education or investing, by looking at efficient ways to use tax law to save cost. We never forget that tax savings are, effectively, like a return on investment that, essentially risk free. It really adds up over time.”

Integrating Your Tax & Wealth Management Planning A More Effective Way to Turn Tax Savings into Risk Free Returns?


by Jody Robinson

etween higher rates or hidden taxes and fees, taxes are going up. This is especially true in California. There are ways to use tax laws to legally avoid some increases and translate these savings into meaningfully higher after-tax gains. How does one accomplish such an apparently complex task? It may be simpler than you think.

The first step is to break what you want to have happen down into fundamental components. Clarity makes it easier to recognize challenges plus planning opportunities to better coordinate resources. The goal is to minimize risk exposures and prioritize high payoff options to help you make effective tax and financial decisions in harmony with your preferred lifestyle.

Not surprisingly, the hectic pace of Orange County life often leads to tax, investment and other financial choices which are not fully integrated. That can lead to less than ideal outcomes. “Most new clients to our firm are experiencing sub optimal results despite typically having several financial advisors,” says CPA Peter Prescott. “Most have an attorney, a CPA and often, one or more insurance or investment brokers.” “The problem,” states Prescott, “is typically twofold. First, it is nearly impossible for most people to properly coordinate various financial advisors themselves. This leads to a second problem. Without a lead coordinator, the most important expertise is seldom properly applied at the right time. This can lead to great inefficiencies sometimes costing thousands of dollars.” “Corporations,” he continues, “have a Chief Financial Officer or Controller for this very reason. Individuals would do well to consider themselves a CEO with their own personal CFO. Someone qualified to act as the families’ steward, coordinator and sounding board on financial issues like tax, estate, education and retirement planning plus insurance and investments.” Peter Prescott not only understands the value of a personal CFO. With a diverse education and

While larger firms are often staffed with inexperienced college graduates, Prescott Tax & Wealth Management places a premium independent thinking and individuals well-seasoned in key financial areas. Working with Peter on small business and corporate tax issues is U.C. Irvine graduate, Kim Tuttle, a licensed CPA for 15 years. Staff accountant, Nichole Chung, also a U.C. Irvine graduate, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. Office manager and head of operations, Wanda Mulchin has a diverse 40 year business back ground focused on administration and financial matters including acting as the comptroller for a regional company. Heading Prescott Tax & Wealth Management’s investment research and analytical efforts is Eddie Bryant. Eddie has extensive experience in investment analysis and portfolio management. In addition to being a partner in a pioneering portfolio management firm, Mr. Bryant has consulted to a variety of investment and wealth management firms across the country and in Canada. This included helping to form General Electric’s Private Asset Management division. Together, the Prescott Tax & Wealth Management team offers Orange County a top shelf wealth management boutique with capabilities that range from tax and retirement planning to portfolio management, estate planning and company benefits analysis. As Peter says, “As one starts thinking seriously about retirement, it becomes more and more important to consolidate and coordinate your finances. That’s what we do. We often replace three or four advisors who have separate agendas. The good news is that in addition to greatly simplifying our clients’ finances, we generally save them time and a good deal of money. And, who doesn’t want that?”

Connect with Peter Prescott and the team at Prescott Tax & Wealth Management by calling (949) 248-9815. FEBRUARY 2013




The Hungry Heart Program: A Caring Approach to Out-of-Control Eating by LAUREN GRANT

he champagne is gone, the party’s over, and now your New Year’s resolutions are staring you in the face. Maybe you’ve decided that this is the year you’re going to lose weight and exercise. Chances are, this isn’t the first time you’ve made that resolution. Here’s some good news for 2011: you don’t have to let old habits and past experiences determine your future! With the Hungry Heart program, you can lose weight and keep it off.

Before developing the Hungry Heart program, I made the same resolutions. I’d charge full speed ahead into the latest diet craze: starving myself, eating only certain foods, or taking all kinds of supplements. I’d lose weight, but the stress and the feeling of self-sacrifice invariably sent me running back to my old habit of overeating. I’d use food for comfort and as a reward. Eating a tasty, high-calorie treat was my solution to everything, whether I felt happy or sad. Unfortunately, eating “just one” was never enough, and soon I’d be launched into a cycle of overeating, guilt, and remorse. Each time I had to start over again with a new diet, I felt worse and worse. I created the Hungry Heart program to address the underlying emotional issues that cause us to overeat. Dieting doesn’t work, and just exacerbates our unhealthy relationship with food. Hungry Heart’s trained nutritional counselors, behavior modification specialist, and certified clinical hypnotherapists have successfully overcome their own battles with food. They’ll work with you one-on-one and will help empower you to live a healthy lifestyle. Anne T., a Hungry Heart client, shared her experiences with the program: “I think the Hungry Heart is the answer to a food addict’s prayers. It’s totally gimmick-free. It’s your no-nonsense, common-sense approach to mental and physical health.” The Hungry Heart teaches you that you don’t need to turn to food to make yourself feel good. You won’t have to deal with the internal struggle and self-sabotage of binging and dieting anymore. The program enables you to make good food choices and shows you how to handle your emotions without overeating. If we can do it, you can too!

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Demystifying Pilates by Nicole Howard In the early 1900s German-born Joseph Pilates created a form of exercise he dubbed “Contrology,” with the intent to help wounded WW1 soldiers with post-war recovery. When he saw the positive impact it was having, Pilates was quick to offer his services to ever-grateful civilians.

As a Pilates instructor, I hear these words almost every day: “I am not flexible enough for that!” “Pilates is a lot like yoga, right?” “I am way too old for that” “That’s for women.” This is the truth; Pilates is for any and everybody. It’s simply a resistance-based method of exercise that focuses on stability and mobility of the spine while achieving a full body workout. Don’t believe me just anyone can do it? When you learn the history of Pilates, you’ll realize just how user friendly it is!

Pilates’ overall concept was a “core-based” form of movement/exercise that focused on the alignment and stability of the spine. He believed if the muscles surrounding the spine were strong, everything else would fall into alignment. An avid inventor, he took the concept further by developing machines with springs to help create resistance while performing an exercise. He added a mental component that centered on the concept of “mindfulness.” The combination of the two is what gives Pilates depth and complexity, and gives us such a fit and healthy body! Pilates’ goal was to have everyone participating in “Contrology.” The ingenious way the exercises and machines were designed was with versatility in mind. Pilates is a great way to help you gain strength, flexibility and an awareness of the body. In 1966, Pilates passed away, and “Contrology” soon became known simply as Pilates. Whether you’re inflexible, male or female, young or old, Pilates is an alternative form of movement that will undeniably improve health and wellbeing.

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Guardianships of the estate occur when the child has money or other property that belongs to them that needs to be managed by an adult. Usually guardianships of the estate are used when a child is inheriting money, real property, a car or other assets that they cannot legally manage until they reach the age of eighteen. The guardian of the estate will act as a financial manager for the child, ensuring that the money or property is cared for, invested and used for the child’s benefit. People can apply for either type of guardianship, or if needed, can apply to be guardian of both person and estate.

Who Will Raise My Child?

In order to be appointed a guardian, the person who is seeking to care for the child must submit a request to the court, called a petition, which gives the court information about the child, about the proposed guardian, why a guardianship is needed and why this person would be the best guardian for the child. Once the petition is submitted to the court, the court and social services investigate the guardian and set a time for the guardian’s request to be heard. On that date, the judge will say “yes” or “no” to the request. If a person is appointed guardian, they will continue to check in with the court regularly, either through accounting for the use of a child’s funds on an annual basis or submitting annual status reports about how the child is doing. The court and the guardian will work together until the child turns eighteen and the guardianship is terminated.

And so, back to our question: who will raise my child? The answer is up to you: it could be someone you choose or it could be a stranger chosen by the court. If no guardian is specifically named by the deceased parent or parents, any person can apply for guardianship with the court. It does not need to be family, it doesn’t even need to be your best friend; it can be ANYONE so long as they prove they are the most appropriate guardian available. Now if you have children, or know family or friends with young children, you know that worrying about the child is second nature. No one wants to leave the raising of their child to chance or uncertainty. by Sarah E. Barb, Esq. There is a way that parents can determine who ost people read the newspaper or watch the news on television every day should raise their child through developing an esand see story after story of tragedies that leave young children with no par- tate plan with a guardianship nomination which ents. We then ask ourselves, “What’s going to happen to those poor kids?” tells the court and the world who the parents want but very few know the answer to that question. to care for their child.

A Guide to Guardianships and Estate Planning


When a parent dies, normally the other parent will take the child and continue to raise him or her. However, if the remaining parent is unable to care for the child or both parents are deceased, the court steps in to determine who will care for the child until he or she turns eighteen. This court supervised relationship is called a guardianship.

There are two kinds of guardianships: guardianships of the person and guardianships of the estate. A guardianship of the person is where the guardian has responsibility for the physical custody and care of a child who is under the age of eighteen. This includes determining where the child lives, where the child goes to school, providing food, clothing, and shelter, and a number of other duties that are specific to the care of the child themselves.

If you are a parent, have young nieces or nephews, or have friends with small children, you or the people you know should come to an estate planning firm that not only can help develop a comprehensive plan for caring for the child, but can help with the guardianship if the time ever comes. Make sure your child is in the loving hands that you choose and not left to the whims of chance.

Sarah is an Associate Attorney at the Law Offices of Donald A. Hunsberger. For more information, call (714) 663-8000 or visit FEBRUARY 2013



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A Costly Oversight by Stephanie Frisch

If you switched from a Medicare Supplemental plan to a Medicare Advantage plan, MAKE SURE that you cancelled your Medicare Supplemental plan. Many people are under the assumption that it automatically gets cancelled when they enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan. That is not the case. Your Stand Alone Prescription Drug Plan will get cancelled automatically if you enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan that includes prescription drug coverage (pretty much the norm here in Orange County), but your Medicare Supplemental plan does not.

Why you ask? Well, simply put, anything the government subsidizes, such as Medicare Advantage plans, and yes, prescription drug plans too, they control how many you enrolled in. Otherwise, it could get VERY costly for them to subsidize more than one insurance company for one individual. So when you enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, they will automatically dis-enroll you from your Stand Alone Prescription Drug Plan. The government DOES NOT subsidize Medicare Supplemental plans, so they don’t automatically “cancel” it for you, and the agent or company that put you on your new Medicare Advantage plan doesn’t have the authority to cancel you Medicare Supplemental plan for you either. I recently had a situation where a client had forgotten to cancel her Medicare Supplemental plan a year earlier (and I had reminded her to do so before I left the appointment) Since she had the premiums automatically deducted from her checking account, she had been paying about $280 a month for the policy which had absolutely NO USE to her for an entire year!! Yikes! This happens more frequently that you would imagine, so much so that I decided to write an article about it, hopefully I’ve spared someone a costly oversight.

Stephanie Frisch is the owner of Insurance 101 and is an independent insurance broker dedicated to helping others make “educated decisions” about their insurance choices when it comes to health insurance, life insurance, long-term care planning and annuities. For answers to your questions, or an in-home, no-fee consultation, call (949) 351-2443.

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Gabrielle Zimmerman Dana Hills High School

South County Magazine: Athletics, philanthropy, academics … what is your forte and why? Gabrielle Zimmerman: I would say playing water polo and helping the elderly are my fortes. When I first started playing water polo I could barely swim, but I kept trying and practicing and just didn’t give up. It became one of the things I love to do most and eventually made MVP my Junior year.


outh County Magazine proudly introduces this new, monthly editorial section dedicated to providing a glimpse into the inspiration, motivation and achievements of local students who excel in academics, athletics and/or demonstrate a commitment to community through their philanthropic efforts.

A senior at Dana Hills High School, Gabrielle ZImmerman was nominated by Chad Beeler, Head Coach for DHHS Girls Water Polo because “I felt that Gabby fit the bill of what you were looking for because she is involved in volunteer community service, she works with helping the elderly, has good grades and is a big part of the starting lineup on my varsity water polo team. She is well liked by everyone on the team and shows great leadership and dedication through example by being at more practices than anyone else on the team and working harder than almost anyone on the team in every practice.”

My friend and I started volunteering at a senior center our sophomore year to help in any way we could. It makes me happy to do things for others because it makes them feel good and appreciated. SCM: Describe yourself in three words: GZ: Warm hearted. Artistic. Principled. SCM: What do you believe is the key to success? GZ: Remember where you came from and never give up. SCM: What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in the last year? GZ: Something as simple as a smile can brighten someone’s day. To whom do you look up to as a mentor and why? GZ: My grandparents because they are kind and honest people who give me the courage to be a kind and strong person of moral character. SCM: What, if any, are your specific goals/plans after high school? GZ: After high school I plan to go to college in San Luis Obispo and continue with my water polo and singing. I enjoy music and don’t plan to make a career out of it, but want to develop my musical skills over the next few years. I hope to pursue a career in law enforcement working for the FBI or Special Victims unit as a detective.





Jake Lawicki

Santa Margarita Catholic High School acter, Honor, Integrity}. A sophomore, Jake already displays leadership traits and embodies the Santa Margarita High School (SMCHS) "Caritas Christi" spirit. He is a member of the Associated Student Body (ASB) and is an excellent Model United Nations (MUN) delegate. Jake was also recently chosen to represent SMCHS as a ambassador for the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership, dedicated to helping young people make a difference and become positive catalysts for change - in the home, school, workplace and the community. South County Magazine: Describe yourself in three words. Jake Lawicki: Motivated. Creative. Blessed.


hen South County Magazine asked for nominations of ”Standout Students,“ Santa Margarita Catholic High School responded with the following.

"For starters, Jake is a very talented artist. Some of his artwork was recently chosen to be displayed in the 2012 Art Beat Student-Art Competition Exhibit. He dedicated one of his paintings to a former teacher who inspired him to have what he calls "CHI" {Char-

SCM: How do you balance work/school/home/social life? JL: I balance life’s expectations by managing my time. Effective time management in my academics leaves me time to enjoy social events and time with my family. SCM: No. 1 lesson you've learned last year? JL: Never compare yourself to others. SCM: What do your parents say about your accomplishments? JL: “Set your sights high, do your best, and let God do the rest.” SCM: Who do you look up to as a mentor and why? JL: The main person I look up to is my former biology teacher, Mr. Ted Ehrheart. He has instilled in me the value of character, honor, integrity and resilience against all adversity - all while spiking my interest in biological science. SCM: What is your favorite restaurant or place to celebrate the game/test/etc.? JL: Home! My mom’s homemade lasagna is actually my favorite celebratory meal.





Isabelle White San Clemente High School

events, such as our SCHS Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign and our Ally Week. If one person is excited about something, it's not hard to get others on board. Trust me--I'm very excitable!” SCM: Describe yourself in three words.


IB: “Enthusiastic, compassionate, sarcastic.”

an Clemente High School Activities Director, John Dowell, nominated Isabelle for our new monthly Standout Students feature. We couldn’t wait to meet her, as John told us so many wonderful things about Isabelle. “She is our ASB President and also the President of the Best Buddies club. She does so many incredible things at our school for all our students. She is always upbeat and willing to help out her fellow students. I truly can’t think of anyone more deserving than Isabelle to nominate,” John said.

SCM: In your opinion, what is the key to success? IB: “Perseverance and initiative aren't all it takes to be successful--but they sure have proven to be helpful, in my humble experience.” SCM: Who is the main person you look up to as a mentor and why?

IB: “I’m lucky to have so many positive influences in my life to choose from. I'd say the person that has most influenced my current outlook on the world and career aspirations would be Mrs. Lisa Kerr, the AP/IB Environmental Science teacher at San Clemente High School. She is the epitome of the smart, strong, driven woman--she does it all! She has taught me to see the world in a different light, South County Magazine: Athletics/philanthropy/studies/other: What's your forte and why? and demonstrates the impact an individual with integrity and conviction can have. Isabelle White: “Out of my experiences in high school, I'd One hug from Mrs. Kerr can turn a gloomy day into a sunny one!” say I enjoyed my community-oriented/philanthropic activities the most. They allow me to work with other people and SCM: #1 Lesson you've learned last year? create something together that we might not have been able to create alone. In student government and other IB: “Even if you have a million other things to do, make sure to take some time clubs, I've been able to participate in some memorable to relax do the things you love.”









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Just listed! $1,499,000 Equestrian and outdoor enthusiasts will delight amid this 47,000-square-foot horse property complete with pristine valley, city light and mountain views. Mature trees, manicured landscaping and quaint footpaths adorn the 1+ acre, along with the existing 3-bed, 2-bath Spanish- style home, which features hardwood flooring, a wood-burning fireplace and exposed beam ceilings. This is an excellent opportunity to embrace the charm and character of an original San Juan Capistrano home or build one's dream estate and equestrian facilities.

Event chair Stephanie Frisch on far left, volun teer Annabelle Isky, senior dignitaries Jim Schul er (in center), Pamela Schuler and Capistrano Dispatch Sales Rep. Debra Wells

Ricardo Beas (center) and the Ricardo's Place team

Taste of San Juan is Fiesta de la Golondrinas Favorite!

The annual Taste of San Juan will be held at the beautiful San Juan Hills Golf Club on Tuesday, February 12 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Presented by the all-volunteer San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association, the Taste of San Juan will feature over twenty of the finest local restaurants along with live music and dancing to School Boy Crush.

Admission is just $20.00 and San Juan Hills Golf Club will honor their happy hour prices throughout the evening. The Taste of San Juan is partnering with the recently resurrected San Juan Capistrano Restaurant and Tourism Council says Taste of San Juan Chair, Stephanie Frisch. San Juan Capistrano’s Restaurant Week will be held during February 17 -24 and many participating Taste of San Juan restaurants will offer specials that week set at a $10 lunch menu price point and a $20 dinner menu price point. Led by the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce Restaurant and Tourism Council, their goal is to promote the wide variety of extraordinary restaurants in San Juan Capistrano and surrounding communities.

The Capistrano Dispatch will host a voting booth at the Taste of San Juan and participants will receive voting ballots to select their favorite restaurants in the following categories: Best Main Course; Best Original Dish; Best Appetizer and Best Dessert. The Taste of San Juan is a major fundraiser for the all-volunteer, nonprofit San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association. Proceeds from the Taste will be used to present a variety of community events throughout the year - most notably - the 55th Swallows Day Parade on Saturday, March 23, 2013. Advanced tickets may be purchased with cash or check at the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce (31421 La Matanza Street). Tickets will also be sold at the door where credit cards, cash or check are welcome. The San Juan Hills Golf Club is located at 32120 San Juan Creek Rd in San Juan Capistrano and plenty of parking is available in two parking lots on the grounds and along Camino Capistrano. For more information about the Taste of San Juan or other events of the San JuanCapistrano Fiesta Association, call 949.493.1976 or visit

Partial List of Restaurant Participants Donna B's Bakery • Sundried Tomato Café • Ruby's Diner • Ricardo's Place • L'Hirondelle • Sarducci's • El Adobe Mission Grill • San Juan Hills Golf Club • RokPrime Steakhouse • Marie Callender's • 3:16 Bakery Five Vines Winebar • Rubio's • Mollies Famous Cafe

WE WELCOME NEW MEMBERS to the San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association throughout the year. This all-volunteer effort presents the annual Swallows Day Parade and other special events that celebrate the annual return of the swallows to historic San Juan Capistrano. The San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association is a nonprofit, nonpolitical organization run by a general membership and elected board of directors. Annual dues are just $30 for individuals and $50 for families Only Fiesta Association members can serve in leadership roles and as for Fiesta de las Golondrinas events. Celebrate San Juan’s rich heritage, give back to the community and join the fun!. Visit for a membership form or call 949.493.1976.




Jody Robinson, Betsy Sanz and Heather Evans (South County Magazine)

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South County Magazine 2nd Anniversary Party - January 2013!


ow. What can we say about our 2nd anniversary celebration party? We are incredibly grateful to have such a wonderful group of advertising partners and editorial contributors, and even more so that we could all come together to celebrate with delicious food and drink. RokPrime Steakhouse and Grill in San Juan Capistrano put on such a fabulous spread - we never knew bites of steak and pork with cilantro-garlic-yummy sauce could be so life changing. We also can’t get over the delicious risotto cakes. RokPrime’s mixed vibe of old school glam and laid-back company absolutely made the party the place to be.

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To our advertising partners and editorial contributors: Thank you! We strive to continually improve our publication with the goal of creating a venue for helping your businesses grow – your success is our success. We can’t wait to celebrate our 3rd anniversary and many more in the years to come!

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The Reason is Resa


by Heather Evans

aguna Niguel resident Resa Hempfling’s got a voice to be reckoned with and an invitation to prove it. Resa will be singing at her 5th Presidential Inaugural this year. A graduate of the New York University School of Arts, Resa has been performing all over the country and Canada, singing everything from Top 40 to Broadway. She’s polished her acting skills from commercials to a part in the hit movie Dreamgirls. She also has her own booking company: Red Diamond Music Productions. Resa will be opening for the sensational Gladys Knight and the Pips on the January 20th Inauguration, held at the National Museum Of Women In The Arts.

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Laguna Niguel Auto Center Opens 2nd Location


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All that Glitters by Betsy Sanz • photography by Christal Angelique


uying a diamond is a serious business. It’s a little nerve-wracking to put your romantic fate in the hands of any old department store or the shop at the mall. For the most precious purchases of rare stones and metals, it’s best to be able to trust family – in this case, the family of Monaco Jewelers in San Juan Capistrano.

Ron Pashaian and Jason Gulvertian, Jr.

Monaco family members Aram “Ron” Pashaian and Jason Gulvartian manage Monaco Jewelers, one of the leading independent jewelry dealers in South Orange County. Monaco offers new and antique jewelry for every budget, including bridal sets along with GIA/EGL certified diamonds, necklaces, bracelets and earrings, as well as pre-owned and new fine watches from Cartier, Rolex, Breitling and more. For those pieces most important to you, Monaco offers expert on-site repair services.

“We have a large inventory for excellent selection, and if you can’t find what you are looking for, we will make it for you, exactly the way you picture it in your mind,” says Ron, who maintains the high standards for quality and customer service established when the Monaco Jewelers doors were opened 22 years ago. In recent years, gold values have reached record highs. We’ve all seen those ads on television calling for us to send in our old or unused gold and platinum for a cash return. Monaco Jewelers has been offering their “Cash for Gold” service for years, except they have strict standards in place to be sure that the jewelry they handle is being ethically bought, sold or recycled. Ron will tell you that they have seen those TV companies offer people over 70% less than the value of their gold. In an era of big-box retail, warehouse shopping and distant online vendors, the mail-in cash-for-gold rip-off is a sparkling example of how getting away from our local business roots really comes back to bite us on the ring finger. “Sometimes it’s hard to communicate to prospective customers the value of working with people you can trust, especially when it comes to decisions about precious gems and metals,” says Ron. “When you work with Monaco, you can rest easy knowing that we’re going to be around and we’re going to stand by our work.” Monaco Jewelers is bonded and licensed to sell, buy and pawn jewelry, and an A+ member of the Better Business Bureau.

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your home so it’s a seamless, gorgeous transition for you and your loved ones as you move on to the next phase in life. “It’s much more than design and adaptation,” Brian says. “We create aesthetically pleasing living spaces specifically tailored to your needs and desires. It’s true, multigenerational living are becoming an option so privacy and space is essential. At the end of the day, we want you to be happy in your home, whether that means helping you create a custom in-law suite or guest wing. Really, we can provide whatever you need to beautify and update your home.”

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“We can also help people renew their home with smaller touches like updating colors, window treatments and furnishings.” adds Laura. “Our focus is to make your house feel like home and be an extension of your personality. Many safety features can be woven seamlessly into design. Ultimately, we are learning this unique adaptation is highly valued with current homeowners. This is our forte. We take what would be an average home redesign and make it smart for you or your families’ future.” Brian and Laura both have abundant experience in their respective industries, and are passionate about helping others. “We provide design-centric solutions to those

by Heather Evans

There’s no place like home. Home is where you celebrate, relax, rejuvenate and enjoy life. Your home should mature with you by reflecting your personality, family and happiness. This is why it’s important to update your unique and special space to reflect this encore phase of your life. Brian Dawson, architect, and Laura Grad, interior designer, have teamed together to create Ageless Environments. While the majority of their work is focused on those with a need to update their surroundings to match this new phase of their lives, they also realize that some may need to provide a space for their parents in their home. This trend, called multigenerational living, will grow as families see the need to provide spaces that are private but convenient for evenings together as a family. Ageless Environments is a boutique design company dedicated to creating spaces to thrive in. So much so, they’ve made that their theme. They specialize in the art of ageless design, meaning they update

wishing to remain in their homes as they age. It’s our objective to help Boomers realize the full potential of this encore phase of living. Years of working with seniors have taught us that people’s requirements vary greatly as they age. While we use a checklist to evaluate you, your home and your surroundings, it’s only a guide. By learning about you we can effectively determine the best way to increase the continued enjoyment of living in your home,” says Laura. “Since it is estimated that a baby boomer in the United States turns 50 every 8.5 seconds, now more than ever, thoughtful, supportive design can make a difference,” comments Brian.

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Naturally Exotic by Heather Evans


arimar, one of the world’s most exotic gemstones is now being featured in a debut collection from designer Marah Lago at Zia Jewelry. This gemstone is exceptionally rare and is naturally created, meaning it is not dyed, cultured, stabilized or irradiated. Larimar is found only inside a single mine on a Caribbean island, protected by a dense rainforest. Known for its likeness to tropical ocean waters, Larimar’s gorgeous hues of blues and whites compliment all skin tones and design styles. The Marahlago Collection is offered at an affordable cost, and Zia Jewelry is proud to offer an introductory 10% off for February. Stop by Zia Jewelry at 31761 Camino Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano or call (949) 493-1322. FEBRUARY 2013



Still, a guy has to have a career. For Casey, all signs pointed to the ocean. His family had settled in Laguna Beach generations before, and the water was always a second skin. He worked his way through an anthropology degree from UCLA as a hardhat diver, and his favorite starving-student meal was lobster that he caught by hand off the shores of Laguna. His art, which was a constant, reflected his watery pastimes. Wahoo, squid, shark, bass, octopi, nautilus, crabs, lobsters and mackerel are species that have been found in Casey’s work, among others. Before becoming a full-time lifeguard for the City of Laguna Beach, Casey went on a solo trip to the Peruvian Amazon, where he ended up sojourning nearly nine months. His time there inspired a new appreciation for plant and land life, which began appearing in his art, homage to the alligator, snake, orchid, frog, butterfly and more.

Rendering Motion How local artist Casey Parlette translates a keen interest into fine art


by Jody Robinson

reat art that stands the test of time is as much a product of hard work as it is talent. For Dana Point resident Casey Parlette, fine art – and a good life – isn’t just about talent and hard work, it’s also about discovering and developing keen interests.

Casey developed a keen interest in wildlife at a young age. As a child, he began whittling found wood, looking to local wildlife for inspiration. When an uncle taught him a few blacksmithing secrets, Casey began combining metal and wood for increasingly complicated pieces that celebrated the life he observed. His goal was to capture the essence of his subject’s motion, which, in his view, was what characterized the nature of the thing. He wasn’t creating art as a career choice or as some “deep” social commentary; it was simply a keen interest that he would pursue whether or not people would pay him to do it.

In 2006 Casey was encouraged to submit some of his art to the region’s most prestigious fine art show, the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts. He was juried in and has exhibited there every summer since; through the rest of the year he fulfills commissions for a growing collectorship, all while maintaining his career in lifeguarding. When every sculpture involves hours upon hours of carving, hammering, forging, welding and heat tempering, it’s a considerable amount of work to accomplish the final product. Behind the hard work is a persistent interest in the life he studies and the sometimes tricky task of bringing it out in wood, metal and stone. “Every now and then you come across a piece of wood that has a certain life in it – you look at it and see the sculpture in there,” says Casey. “Then it’s about cutting away the excess for everyone else to see. Many times it’ll be something that looks weathered and misshapen on the surface, but has an inner beauty that’s striking. It takes practice to bring that out.” Casey’s keen interest has taken him into new artistic fronts. While working last year with titanium for a sculpture of a butterfly swarm, he realized that the colors that could be achieved in titanium could nicely reflect the iridescence of abalone shell. He hammered out two small pieces of titanium into shell shapes, heat tempered them by hand and hung them on earring hooks as a gift to his sweetheart. Everyone who saw them wanted a pair; today, Casey produces a line of titanium jewelry inspired by sea life, including abalone, scallops, sand dollars, kelp, waves and more. This is one keen interest in which many ladies (and their sweethearts) could develop a keen interest of their own.

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The Mission Lures Swallows Back with Vocalization Experiment



hen the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano" is more than a legendary song written decades ago, it's a goal of Mission San Juan Capistrano, the birthplace of Orange County. Urbanization has resulted in fewer sightings of the bird during their annual migration from Argentina each spring in recent years. But Cliff Swallows expert Dr. Charles Brown came up with an idea last year that is making a difference. Under Brown's direction, the Mission has established a vocalization experiment that should lure the Swallows back to the Mission in droves. The swallow vocalization project involves speakers playing cliff swallow courtship calls that will be placed behind the statue of Father Junipero Serra on the Mission grounds starting March 1. They built it, now come watch the Swallows return to Capistrano. For more information on historic Mission San Juan Capistrano and the swallows, please visit FEBRUARY 2013




“We don’t have a one-size-fits-all approach to our patients,” says Dr. West. “For this reason, we have a very high success rate. I also have a very skilled and caring staff. We make sure to follow up, get to know you, and we want you to feel welcome when you walk through the door. Our patients love the friendly and relaxed environment, and we love working for them!” Dr. West began his career as a general dental practitioner in Mission Viejo, where he worked for over 30 years doing cosmetic, biologic and family dentistry. Five years ago, Dr. West began a new direction when he decided to limit his practice exclusively to sleep issues. While most dentists use only one type of sleep aid appliance, Dr. West is trained on several different sleep aid appliances and is widely recognized as a talented specialist in his field. He is also one of only a few Southern California-based Medicare Providers for Sleep Appliances.

Scott E. West, DDS.

Offering Alternative Treatment of Snoring, Sleep Apnea and CPAP Intolerance

“I can’t tell you how good it feels to hear a patient tell me they’ve had the best sleep in years, or that they’ve been able to sleep in the same room as their partner again,” he says. “I’ve seen a patient’s entire life change simply because they were able to get a good night’s sleep!”

Dr. West offers complimentary consultations, and many of his patients claim By Heather Evans they learned more about sleep studies from his free consultations then they I bet you didn’t know you could sleep your way to a better life. That’s exactly what Scott E. West, DDS., helps his patients do. Specializing in did from their Sleep Specialist M.D. Snoring, Sleep Apnea and CPAP intolerance, Dr. West has been the pre- If you think you might have a sleeping mier expert for treating sleep problems with highly customized treat- issue, let Dr. West treat you today. Better sleep is truly the key to a better life. ments, designed exclusively on a case-by-case basis.


To connect with Dr. West, call (949) 829-6700 or visit Questions about your insurance plan? Not a problem. His staff is ready to find the best options for you.




Mission: Delicious by Heather Evans


f you’re a South County local, you’ve probably seen the aesthetic improvements to the outdoor seating area of Mission Grill (across the street from the Mission). What you might not have seen is they installed a new kitchen, new roof, new bathrooms, new customer order counter and have expanded the seating to accommodate 150 people. The view from the patio features either the historic Mission or the vintage train station with the San Juan hills in the background. Mission Grill has new menu items that are so yummy, I’m drooling as I type. I’m talking about

the Steak Asada with fire-grilled guacamole, the Calamari Po-Boy, Philly Mex, and a scrumptious Pulled BBQ Pork sandwich with chipotle coleslaw. They’ve created new burgers like the Bacon Avocado Cheddar - served with jalapeno bacon, avocado, cheddar, caramelized onions and all of the fixings, and they threw down on a fabulous new Chicken Cheesy Enchilada soup. Sweet sweatpants - it’s all so good. Actually, most of it is surprisingly healthy so no worries about ordering what you want! Mission Grill features daily specials (Taco Tuesdays, Kid's Eat Free Wednesdays, and Burger Deal Thursdays), live music on the patio every weekend afternoon, and live music in the summer following each Mission Concert Under The Stars. They are quickly becoming well known for their catering for small parties or up to 200+ people. They deliver to Zoomars and other local attractions for special events! Be smart and take advantage of their early reservations for the Swallow's Day Parade on March 23. Check their facebook for all of the latest!

Mission Grill is located at 31721 Camino Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano. (949) 240-8055







Photo Credit: Ren Wicks

California’s premier celebration of the automotive hobby. From Friday, June 21, to Sunday, June 23, 2013, the Orange County Collector Car & Motorcycle WeekendTM will encompass an array of exciting activities for enthusiasts of all ages, including Sunday’s Concours d’Elegance.

Dana Point Concours: OC Collector Car & Motorcycle WeekendTM Returning for its 31st year, the Dana Point Concours d’Elegance® has evolved into the Orange County Collector Car & Motorcycle WeekendTM, Southern

“Southern California is one of the most automotive-centric places in the world, which has propelled the Dana Point Concours’ evolution into a multi-day celebration of the hobby,” said Jeff Spellens, president of the Dana Point Concours d’Elegance®. “With so many additional activities that complement the Concours, it is time to present the weekend in a way that better reflects that growth. Over the next few months, we plan to announce several new attractions scheduled throughout the collector car and vintage motorcycle weekend.” This year, the Dana Point Concours d’Elegance® will honor the 100th anniversary of the Duesenberg as the featured automobile marque. Special car classes include the 100th anniversary of Aston Martin, the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911, the 25th anniversary of the BMW M3 in the U.S. and Factory Concept Show Cars. The Concours will highlight Harley-Davidson as the featured motorcycle marque for the brand’s 110th anniversary.

Concours tickets are $30 for general admission tickets in advance; children 12-years-old and younger can enter for free with any ticket-holding adult on Sunday, June 23. For the first time, the Concours will offer active military and DOD personnel free admission to Sunday’s Concours plus one discounted ticket for a friend or family member at $15. For more info, visit




"I used to have bad feet. Now I have Good Feet ... and a good life!" - Bill Walton, Pro-Basketball Hall of Famer




Check out the YAfterschool

Children proudly display the stockings they collected and stuffed to show appreciation for our troops overseas.

In addition, many of the Y Afterschool and Child Care Centers in Huntington Beach have received National Accreditation emphasizing services that are accessible, appropriate, culturally responsive, evidence based, and outcomes-oriented. YMCA programs facilitate the development of the whole child through hands-on activities, clubs, and service learning projects.


n a time when schools and families are cutting back to basics, your child, more than ever, needs the Y! YMCA Afterschool Programs provide a safe, structured, and fun environment for children between the ages of 5 and 12 - right on school campus. With several affordable care options, including financial assistance for qualifying families, YMCA Afterschool meets all of your needs by providing safety, homework support, recreation, and enrichment for your child before and after school. Our caring staff and well-rounded curriculum provide opportunities for your child to learn, grow, and thrive through participation in the arts, sports, and community service projects.

Core Components & Elements of the Curriculum:

Highlights of the YMCA Afterschool Program:

Summer and Spring Break Camps

• New Club Curriculum – Art, Photography, Science, Cooking & Fitness • Licensed programs on campus at HBUSD Elementary Schools • Full Day Camps – Summer, Spring Break, & Winter Camp • Qualified & Caring Staff • Financial Assistance Available • Character Development & Service Learning • Inclusion support for children with special needs

YMCAs in Huntington Beach will offer full-day, licensed summer camps for children ages 4.9 - 12 years of age. Several locations will provide great activities including weekly field trips & themes, bike & water days, sports, arts & crafts, specialty clubs, and much more! Get a preview of YMCA Summer Camp at Spring Break Camp April 1st - 5th. For more information on YMCA Afterschool Care or Camps visit



• Homework Support • Fitness & Nutrition • Art & Culture • Science • Social Competence and Personal Development • Character Education • Literacy • Diversity & Cultural Awareness • Y Kids are Club Kids:

Y-Clubs™ will engage your child and encourage them to explore their talents, interests, and abilities in a safe & supportive environment. Y-Clubs™ include: • Art • Cooking • Fitness • Photography • Science


Mention South County Magazine Exp. 2.28.13




Pets of the Month L by Jody Robinson

ast month, we introduced our new partnership with the San Clemente - Dana Point Animal Shelter and this ongoing editorial column created to help our local animal friends find their "forever" homes.

Hi my name is Vito and I am a 2 year old male Rottweiler. I am looking for a new family that would be just the right fit! I am looking for that special couple or family with teenagers, keen on outdoor activities. I am energetic, love to play with toys and would make a great hiking or running partner. But, when you’re ready to chill on the couch and watch a movie, I’ll be right there with you, ready for some quite time.

Hi, my name is Benjamin! I am a 4 month old male Orange Tabby kitten that is looking for a home full of love to give! I love to play with toys and romp around with my siblings. In fact I have 6 brothers and sisters here with me that are looking for a new family too! Please tell all of your friends about them; but I want to go home with YOU-purrrty please!

San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente • (949) 492-1617




Dr. Roth's Patient

1. How did you perfect the laser BEFORE AFTER 6 MONTHS treatment for fungal nails? Ivar Roth, DPM: After performing thousands of laser fungal toenail treatments, I developed and refined a proprietary protocol coupled with the newest second generation FDA approved laser. The new laser with its digital readouts allows me to tell precisely how much energy is required to kill the fungus. With this information, I calculate a specific customized laser treatment tailored to each patient. This patient specific treatment means that no two patients are given the same laser treatment. In addition, I invented a new way to get rid of the fungal infection in the toenails. Before your laser treatment, I will perform Maximum Nail Reduction (MNR) which removes at least 80% of your fungus in a single office visit. This exclusive protocol is so effective that I applied for a patent and it is currently only available at my office. The initial treatment fee includes a second treatment session in order to ensure your success. 2) What is the cost for laser toenail treatment? BEFORE AFTER 3 MONTHS IR: The treatments are broken down into two easy to understand components. The first is the examination and nail treatment which may be covered by insurance. The second part is the actual laser treatment which is not covered. A one-time examination fee of $500 is charged during the first session which covers both the fee for the initial examination as well as the follow-up office visit. There is a separate laser fee of $70 for each toe which is also paid upfront and covers two laser treatments. For example, treating one toe would be $570; however if all ten toenails are treated, the charge would be $1200. For severe infections, a third laser treatment may be necessary. Exclusive anti-fungal products are sold separately. You are not forced to treat all your nails as may be mandatory at other offices.

Dr. Roth's Patient

Dr. Roth's Patient BEFORE


3) Is there a treatment for split nails? Dr. Roth has developed a new patent pending cure for split nails. Only one or two treatments are required to solve this problem.

Contact Dr. Roth today for your appointment: 351 Hospital Road #407 • Newport Beach, CA 92663 T: 949.650.1147 • F: 949.650.6434 •



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