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Contents 8 PEMF - Pulsed Electromagnetic Field: The 5th Element of Health Therapy for Pain Relief 12 COVER FEATURE:


Estate Plannning Q & A with Martin J. Lombrano, AIF(r), LPL Financial Planner - Pence Wealth Management

15 7 Reasons Why Informed Investors Choose Fiduciaries 16 Are You Looking for a Medicare Approved Treatment for Sleep Apnea? 17 Got Medicare? Do I Need An Agent? 18 Preparing for Emergencies with Supplies at Home 20 The Benefits of Diabetic Socks 22 It Takes a Village - The Village Movement for Seniors 24 DineInLagunaWoods SEPTEMBER MENU

10 Prostate Cancer Screen Controversy?

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What is a Medicare Insurance “Broker”?


A Medicare Insurance Broker does not work directly for any one company/carrier and therefore can offer a number of different plans. ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL.

f you have worked with an Agent that didn’t offer to review your medications to verify the plan you are on is the best fit for you, they are probably not a Medicare Insurance Broker.

Clients love that we still make House Calls and are local… Here is a typical response after meeting with a new client….

“I never knew that I could have someone like you come to my home, offer various Medicare Plans in the area, do an analysis on my specific medications and keep the doctors I need. Wow, and at no cost! Thank you so much!!”

I’m frequently asked “what do I owe you for your time or how can I compensate you?” The answer is NOTHING. As an independent Agent/Broker, we do get paid from the Insurance Company per enrollment as we are Independent Licensed representatives. We get paid the same regardless of which plan you are enrolled with – completely unbiased. This does not increase the cost of your plan to you in any way.

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EDUCATION IS KEY! Brokers must get certified with each of the plans every year to be able to confidently and legally show more than one option. This is a true dedication and commitment to the industry.

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Look for a local Medicare Broker in your area, not just an agent that advertises as a “Broker”. Ask the question if they can show you a few different companies to compare, not just a few different plans within the same company. That way you know you are getting a true unbiased analysis!




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These statistics show how prevalent pain is, and what a major problem it is in this country. PEMF, or Pulsed Electromagnetic Field, therapy is a natural, non-invasive, safe and effective treatment for pain. It’s related to magnetic therapy, but instead of a constant magnetic field, PEMF provides a field that changes with time. It really is the most effective, natural form of pain relief available.

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The 5th Element of Health Therapy for Pain Relief

There are 10,000 research studies including over 2,000 double-blind studies that demonstrate PEMF therapy works. It’s well-researched, well-established, and in my experience with PEMF therapy, pain relief is by far the number one reason people invest in a PEMF therapy device.

Dr. Oz featured PEMF on his show in 2011 as the biggest breakthrough in pain management he had ever seen.


PEMF therapy helps with pain relief in three, powerful ways:

et’s begin by looking at some statistics. Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. Chronic pain affects 100-million Americans, according to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

• PEMF therapy increases endorphins, serotonin, and other hormones help to relieve pain. • PEMF therapy reduces and temporarily interrupts the pain signal. Less signal equals less pain. • PEMF therapy actually heals the problem. Using the analogy of the oil light coming on in your car, PEMF therapy is like putting the oil back into your car so the light goes off. While the traditional medicine approach is like cutting the wire to the oil light so you don’t know that there’s a problem. PEMF actually heals and regenerates the tissue so the pain really goes away.

One in three Americans is affected by one of more than 100 types of arthritis that usually results in severe pain. Fibromyalgia affects 12-million Americans, most of whom are women. And research shows that 5070% of patients die in moderate to severe pain. Here are the most common forms of pain: • Low back pain (27%) • Severe headache or migraine (15%) • Neck pain (15%)

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Prostate Cancer Screening Controversy? by Yvette M. Manard, MPH

Six years ago, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) ignited controversy in the medical community when they advised against most routine screening for prostate cancer with a PSA blood test.


pecifically, the recommendation set off a firestorm of debate in the urological community because most urologists are strong advocates of annual prostate testing with a PSA and a rectal examination. Are you confused? Should men continue to have their annual prostate exam? I asked Dr. Robert Pugach, Medical Director of Pacific Coast Urology Medical Center, his opinion of the USPSTF’s finding and what he advises men to do.

Q: How did the USPSTF come to their conclusion that routine screening for most men for prostate cancer wasn’t necessary? A: The rationale used by the USPSTF was that PSA testing leads to many prostate biopsies that do not show cancer and that many men are treated for prostate cancer with small, inconsequential cancers. They are correct! However, the problem is that we don’t have a better screening blood test than the PSA blood test. PSA, or Prostate Specific Antigen, rises not only in men with prostate cancer; it also increases with benign prostate growth and with prostate inflammation. So, a blood test doesn’t say if you have prostate cancer; it only says that you may have it. Only a biopsy can give a definitive answer. Q: Given the fact that a PSA is still the best screening test for prostate cancer, do you recommend that men have an annual PSA blood test?

A: ABSOLUTELY! Prostate cancer is still CANCER! When the era of PSA blood tests started, 50,000 men died of prostate cancer every year. In 2011, when the USPSTF recommendations were released, that number had declined to 25,000. Cases of advanced (metastatic) prostate cancer had plummeted. Now that less men are being screened, that is no longer the case. Report after report now shows that the incidence of advanced, incurable prostate cancer is increasing. This year, the prostate cancer death rate is projected to increase to 29,000. We

are literally throwing the advantages of early diagnosis away because of a misguided belief that we can afford to delay diagnosis and treatment of this deadly cancer It’s not just Dr. Pugach who is taking a stand. The American Urological Association has now spoken out against the USPSTF’s recommendations. Urologists across the country are encouraging patients, and their primary care physicians, to resume annual prostate cancer screening with a PSA and prostate exam.

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Take Charge of Your Legacy An Estate Planning Q & A with Martin J. Lombrano, AIF®, LPL Financial Advisor Pence Wealth Management By Jody Robinson Photography by Lana Farfan, Caught in the Moment Photography

I suspect I am not unlike most other people in that I prefer to do business with individuals who are not only highly qualified with a proven track record in their respective area of expertise, but also operate with integrity, personal attention and a straightforward “say what you mean, and mean what you say” approach.


hese characteristics are all the more important when you are looking to a seasoned professional to help handle the finances of an estate and navigate the myriad of issues facing a surviving spouse upon the death

of their loved one. That’s why it’s so refreshing to come across a financial advisor like Martin J. Lombrano who believes that success is all about being “others centered” – doing what is best for others, “having a strong moral

 Martin J. Lombrano, AIF®, LPL Financial Advisor SEPTEMBER 2016



Probate isn’t always necessary. If the deceased person owned assets in joint tenancy with someone else, or as community property with his or her spouse, or held their property in a Living Trust, those assets won’t need to go through probate.

compass, integrity, follow through, taking responsibility when something doesn’t go as planned, being clear with expectations, valuing relationships and taking the time to really know his clients and thoroughly understand their unique financial goals. This philosophy has served Martin well in the 23 years since he initially became a financial advisor. Armed with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration on Finance, Martin has completed the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) curriculum at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) designation and attends annual state and federal continuing education classes to keep all of his securities and insurance licenses in good standing.

document and the legal process of administering the estate of a deceased person, resolving all claims and distributing the deceased person’s property under a will.

In the following interview, we asked Martin to address some of the frequently asked questions facing a surviving spouse or family member upon the death of their loved one.

 Question: Do I have to find the will right away?

 Question: Upon the passing of a loved one, whom do I need to notify?

Answer: Typically one of the first documents to find is the Will or Trust. The Trust in particular is a detailed legal document that specifies every detail of the deceased loved one’s estate and how it should be handled, who should be in charge of handling the Trust, and how and to whom the Trust assets should be distributed.

Answer: Every situation is unique, however notifying the following agencies and individuals is a key step after a loved one has passed and each is very important: Social Security Administration, deceased person’s employer or former employers, insurance companies, credit bureaus, credit card companies, mortgage companies, post office, utility providers, creditors.

 Question: What should I do with the Will or Trust when I find it? Answer: Ideally, you will want to take the Will or Trust to the attorney who originally drew up the documents. But if that isn’t possible, then finding an attorney or advisor that specializes in estate administration is the best avenue to pursue. You will want a professional on your side that can help make this process as cost effective and timely as possible.

 Question: Do I have to file anything with the court? Answer: After you have contacted the loved one’s attorney (if there is one) or at least spoken with an attorney or advisor experienced in estate or death administration, you should know which documents will be needed to be provided to the court if it is necessary for the decedent’s estate to go through probate court. Probate is a legal

 Question: Do I have to probate the Will? How long do I have to probate the Will? Answer: Probate isn’t always necessary. If the deceased person owned assets in joint tenancy with someone else, or as community property with his or her spouse, or held their property in a Living Trust, those assets won’t need to go through probate. The same is true for assets held in a Revocable Living Trust and accounts for which a payableon-death beneficiary has been named.

The Trust in particular is a detailed legal document that specifies every detail of the deceased loved one’s estate and how it should be handled, who should be in charge of handling the Trust, and how and to whom the Trust assets should be distributed. SEPTEMBER 2016

If probate is necessary, then it must be initiated by the executor of the Will. It’s typically a time consuming process which can last 12-24 months or more and can be very costly in executor’s, court’s and attorney’s fees. In general, it is best to plan ahead and avoid probate. 13


 Question: What important documents will the attorney want to see?

If you have an estate plan in place, it should be reviewed every 3 years or with every major life event like birth, divorce, death, etc…

Answer: In general, you, your attorney or advisor will need: death certificates, Wills and Trusts, insurance policies, credit card statements, investment accounts, bank accounts, mortgage statements, last two years of tax returns, marriage and birth certificates, an up to date credit report of the deceased and family member’s contact information.

 Question: What taxes might be due after someone dies?

 Question: What if my loved one did not have a will? What do I do to settle his/her estate?

Answer: The loved one’s estate may need to pay off creditors, pay back taxes to the state or Federal government and in some cases may need to pay death taxes if the estate assets were significantly valued.

Answer: You can settle the loved one’s estate without having to go to probate court depending on the total value of their estate, and their ownership and beneficiary designations. If a probate is needed and there is a Will, then the named executor will typically initiate the probate court proceedings.

 Question: What actions can a person take now to make this entire process simpler and easier for those family or friends who will be guiding the estate administration? Answer: Either on your own or with an advisor, begin by making a balance sheet, a list of all your assets (what you own) and all your liabilities (whatyou owe). Be as detailed as possible with names, accounts numbers, phone numbers etc… for each entry. Make sure to review your beneficiaries on each account or asset you own including bank, retirement, pension, investment, insurance policies, and real estate to name a few. Most of all, have an up to date estate plan to help make this process simpler. If you have an estate plan in place, it should be reviewed every 3 years or with every major life event like birth, divorce, death, etc…

 Question: How long does it take to settle an estate? Answer: With a Trust, the typical estate can often be settled within a few months. With a Will, it generally takes 12-24 months, and often longer. Typically in California, if you own a home, are married, or have children, then you and your loved ones can benefit from having a Revocable Living Trust. Some of the benefits of a Trust are the avoidance of probate, your estate remains non-public information, and a Trust may substantially reduce costs and time to settle the estate.  Question: My loved one has named me the beneficiary of his/her life insurance policy. How do I go about collecting the life insurance proceeds?

This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax or legal advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific situation with a qualified tax or legal advisor.

Answer: One of the most daunting tasks of a loved one dying is having to find all their accounts and financial documents and contact each company to see what they will require in order to pay a claim and/or transfer ownership of accounts to the named beneficiary or successor trustee.

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 CA Insurance License # 0828215. Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC.

Having an experienced advisor can help make this entire process simpler as he can reach out on your behalf to the financial institutions. This can save you time and aggravation in a time of mourning.

Having an experienced advisor can help make this entire process simpler as he can reach out on your behalf to the financial institutions. SEPTEMBER 2016




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.

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




Knowing that you have a fiduciary working for you should help provide confidence.





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 CA Insurance License # 0828215.



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.



The financial services industry is plagued with highcommission products, company incentives and production contests. Your fiduciary is obligated to provide honest advice, based solely on your situation, and not to be swayed by outside pressures. SEPTEMBER 2016


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.

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.



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.

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.





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.




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Are You Looking for a Medicare Approved Treatment for Sleep Apnea? By Scott E. West, DDS

Are you experiencing Daytime Tiredness, Morning Headaches, Mood Changes or Depression? Do you Snore? These symptoms are indicators of Sleep Apnea.


hen you share these symptoms with your physician he most likely will schedule a Sleep Study for you. Your doctor knows that patients with Sleep Apnea have a high potential of developing Heart Disease, Diabetes, Dementia, and Stroke. Why does Sleep Apnea cause so many medical problems? Essentially, Sleep Apnea deprives you of oxygen. Oxygen deprivation puts pressure on your cardiovascular system. This may lead to Diabetes, or Stroke. Deprivation of oxygen to the brain can also lead to Dementia, Depression, and obviously Tiredness. A Sleep Study allows your Doctor to assess the severity of your situation. As we age, the risk for developing Sleep Apnea gets higher. And, why is this? Most of us gain weight as we age. Do you weigh the same as you did at 21?

My practice website is There you will learn why the first alternative for treating Sleep Apnea is an Oral Appliance - something similar to a dental retainer that is worn on your teeth while sleeping to prevent Sleep Apnea.

This increased weight tends to close off the airway while sleeping, thus depriving your body of oxygen. Also, as we age, tissues collapse; this again tends to close off the airway. An expression I like to use is “Gravity Sucks.”

If you have symptoms of Heart Disease, Morning Headaches, Snoring, Tiredness, or Depression, you should schedule an appointment with your physician regarding Sleep Apnea. If you have already been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, and cannot wear the CPAP, call my office today to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain – including a good night’s sleep and better health.

The recommended treatment for Sleep Apnea is the CPAP mask. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Air Pressure. Air pressure generated by the CPAP keeps the airway open and therefore avoids the negatives of oxygen deprivation. However, I see many seniors who find the CPAP mask too difficult to wear. Despite knowing it’s benefits, I’ll frequently hear from patients, “I just can’t wear it. I know it will help me, but I can’t do it.” That’s where I come in!

My staff can answer any questions you may have regarding Oral Appliance Therapy, schedule your free consultation, and review the use of Medicare or other Insurances.

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GOT MEDICARE? DO I NEED AN AGENT? By Denice Merrill Why do I need a Medicare Insurance Broker/ Agent? I’ve already got a plan!


any of you on Medicare may have enrolled years ago and felt that your plan has been just fine and no need to make any changes. Perhaps you initially enrolled by calling an Insurance Company directly or had an agent enroll you during the Annual Enrollment period, BUT... did you know that the person that had helped you may no longer be in this field, or were a telesales agent of which you would not hear from to do a review?


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Medicare plans DO change every year! Perhaps not in an obvious way. If you have a $5 or $10 copay to see your doctor, you most likely are on an old/outdated plan. Guess what…Your friends may be seeing that same doctor at $0 copay.

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By finding a Medicare Broker to help you each year, you would have your personal agent that is looking out for your specific needs. You might be thinking, won't that cost me something? The answer is NO. We are a resource to help guide seniors so they can make their own best decisions. You need to trust someone in this field. Start that relationship now.

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A broker does not work for any one company/carrier and therefore can offer a number of different plans. Find that person that lives in your area. They will be much better equipped to know the doctors, hospitals, and plans that are local.


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eptember is National Preparedness Month, and there is no better time to get started on an emergency supplies kit. A natural disaster can strike at any moment. Getting prepared can be as easy as gathering a few items that are already around your home.

• Water • Food and can opener

According to U.S. Tornado and Weather Extremes database, the most likely natural disaster for Orange County residents is flooding. However, in a region prone to earthquakes, extreme heat and other disasters, the goal is to gather enough emergency supplies to ensure you’re ready for anything.

• Flashlight and extra batteries • First aid kit • Important documents (medical, insurance, identification, etc.) • Blankets and sanitation items

Depending on the severity of the disaster, you may be without help for a few hours to a few days. According to FEMA, you should have one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days. Water should be stored in a cool area that gets little to-no sunlight, and food should consist of non-perishable items. Check your pantry for any canned goods or bottled water that could be set aside into your kit.

• Portable radio • Prescription medications and instructions • Family emergency plan (templates available at

IDENTIFY SPECIFIC NEEDS With the basic essentials accounted for, you can now tailor your emergency kit to your specific needs. Keep a list of items you use daily, such as glasses, hearing aids and wheelchairs and then determine if you will be able to func-

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he primary purpose of diabetic socks is to keep your feet dry, decrease your risk for foot injury and avoid preventing or slowing blood circulation. The difference between diabetic socks and regular cotton socks is that they are usually are made of materials that wick away moisture, are fitted, padded and are non-binding. Because people with diabetes are at higher risk of foot injuries and infection due to damage to their circulatory and nervous

systems caused by high blood sugar levels, they would benefit from wearing diabetic socks. Nerve damage, or neuropathy, decreases sensation and increases risk of injury, particularly on the bottom of the feet and can also cause people with diabetes to be unaware of an injury and delay treatment. Circulatory problems also make it harder for wounds to heal. For these reasons and more, proper foot care is critically important for people with diabetes and diabetic socks are designed with these specific issues in mind.

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• Look at and touch your feet everyday • Keep your feet clean and dry • Cut or file toenails with the shape of the toe, smoothing all sharp edges • Moisturize dry skin with a lotion • Avoid injury to the feet. Have corns, calluses or ingrown toenails treated by a professional • Wear well-fitting, soft leather or fabric shoes • Check shoes daily for cracks, pebbles, or other things that might damage your feet • Get your blood glucose under control • Wear well-fitting socks, without a thick toe seam, made of material that wicks moisture away from skin Be aware of: • Changes in skin color or temperature • Swelling in the foot or ankle • Pain in the legs • Open sores on the feet that are slow to heal • Ingrown toenails or toenails infected with fungus • Corns/calluses/ bunions • Dry cracks in the skin, especially around the heel If you have a foot problem that is slow to go away or continues to get worse, contact a healthcare professional immediately.

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It Takes A Village – The Village Movement for Seniors By Bruce Ballantine

The village concept is a relatively new model for retirement, helping seniors remain in their homes as they age. Seniors frequently struggle with increased needs associated with aging but are determined to maintain their independence while staying in their homes.


he Village Movement is a grassroots concept sweeping across the nation. The virtual village idea originated in 2001 in Beacon Hill, a neighborhood of Boston.

WHERE IT CAME FROM Nearly 90 percent of Baby Boomers say they want to stay in their homes and close to family and friends as long as possible, according to a survey by AARP. The challenge these individuals face, however, is that if they do nothing to prepare for future needs, they may not be able to continue living in their homes as long as they would like. Residents of Beacon Hill responded to the challenge of staying in their community by joining their neighbors to take control over where and how they will live in the years to come. They formed a non-profit, Beacon Hill Village, which serves those aged 50+ in central Boston, to take advantage of social, cultural and wellness activities without leaving their homes. The various services provided are designed to respond to the members’ specific needs and wants and include concierge services, comprehensive home care, home repair, house cleaning, grocery shopping, transportation and other services.

The design and implementation of individual villages is customized to the needs and wants of the specific neighborhood. Most of these groups have done informal and formal research to determine what the members want, and are designing their program to address those needs. Consequently, no two programs will be exactly the same.

WHERE IT IS GOING The original Beacon Hill has now grown to nearly 400 members. In Orange County there are currently five villages open or currently under development: Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Anaheim, and two in San Clemente. The innovative concept has also grown exponentially. Hundreds of other communities have been founded based on the same principles in the United States and beyond. In fact, by the tenth anniversary of the original Beacon Hill, more than 60 Villages had opened. These Villages are all connected through the Village-to-Village Network, which is a means for villages to learn from each other, exchange ideas, pool resources and share tools.

WHAT IT INVOLVES • Members pay an annual fee to have access to a screened network of service providers for home repairs, yard work, or any service required to live at home. • Vetted vendors offer their services at a discount to village members. In addition, free services such as transportation to a medical appointment, computer help, or something as simple as changing a light bulb are available through a network of screened volunteers. • Some of the volunteers may be village members, following the “neighbors helping neighbors” concept. • There is often a cross-generational component of the program involving students and young adults helping village members. • By being a village member, seniors receive peace of mind, service discounts, concierge-style services, and a stronger connection with their community.

Not only does the village concept benefit seniors but often their adult children as well, because they are seeking resources within the market to provide quality services for their parents. Bruce Ballantine is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and Certified Senior Advisor, Realtor Associate with HomeSmart/Evergreen Realty. CalBRE #001783833. He can be reached by calling (949) 632-2923 or email:

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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.

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.

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 a fun trolley ride full of other tourists on to gain a great overview and lay of the land and then a private excursion via an open-air electric vehicle that provided a more in-depth narrative and personal insights from a 30+ year resident’s perspective.

In more recent memory, Atlanta is the birth city of Martin Luther King, Jr. and holds its place of importance during the

Because many of Atlanta’s top attractions are squeezed into a relatively small area, we chose to stay at The Loews

n attractive Southern belle lined with blooming dogwoods and fragrant azaleas, Atlanta 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. In any event, this “capital city of the New South” 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.




Atlanta, located in mid-town and an easy walk or Uber ride to and from anywhere we wanted to go. Once we arrived, our rental car remained at the hotel until it was time to head home.

mance 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.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION The stylish, contemporary 414-room (including 44 suites) Loews Atlanta hotel ( proved to be the perfect “home base” for our three-day stay. Our accommodation was an exceedingly comfortable, bright space with floor-to-ceiling windows, a spacious bathroom with a soaking tub and a TV and a gourmet mini-bar.

Loews Atlanta hotel

Upscale amenities included a beautifully soothing spa, an expansive state-of-the-art fitness center with such a broad offering of workouts (yoga, spin classes) and equipment that it is by far the most impressive hotel fitness facility I’ve ever seen, a hip lobby bar and innovative restaurant, Saltwood Charcuterie & Bar. Named for its emphasis on salted, cured meats and cheeses classically presented on rustic wooden boards, the restaurant’s centerpiece is its charcuterie station where diners can sample hand-carved, house-made and locally sourced ingredients. The menu at Saltwood, which encompasses a bar, restaurant, outdoor patio, 125-seat private dining space and chef’s table, showcases small, shareable plates and handcrafted cocktails and local microbrews. Venturing in for lunch, we found the menu featured something for every palate, including my husband’s “go to” hamburger and fries - albeit this one was far more artfully displayed and infinitely more flavorful than the homemade variety to which he is accustomed. I know this because I felt compelled to take a bite (or two) of his signature burger which arrived piled high with sautéed mushrooms, bacon, clamored stone mountain goat cheese and a sunny side up egg, while I opted for a custom salad from the Cold Counter, where I could select from a fresh assortment of local lettuces, toppings, dressings and an array of stovetop sides, including quinoa with vegetables, couscous and more. The best feature this luxury hotel has to offer is its prime location in the northernmost corner of Piedmont Park. Atlanta’s Midtown is the second largest business district in the city and is 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” perforSEPTEMBER 2016

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. The Peachtree Trolley Tour ( - a 90-minute fully narrated tour provided a wonderful overview of 31


Peachtree Trolley Tour

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.

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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 (Classic Coke is still my favorite). Day Two we decided to start the morning with the ATL-Cruzers Electric Car and Segway Tours ( for what proved to be a highly entertaining and informative private guided experience from a longtime local’s perspective. Our guide, Mira (rhymes 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 “offthe-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.

After hearing our guide’s account of the The World of Coca Cola ( 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.

World of Coca-Cola

We watched a six-minute film celebrating life’s “Moments of Happiness” in the Coca-Cola Theater and speaking for the mothers and grandmothers in the room, 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. This is a great attraction with something for family members of all ages between the the interactive exhibits and The Vault, where the secret formula is stored and the 4-D SEPTEMBER 2016



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Vintages in Napa & Neighboring Yountville By Jody Robinson

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


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

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Napa Valley Wine Train

Napa Valley Wine Train

meal starts with a selection of artisan cheeses and finely cut meats, followed by a choice of grilled and roasted beef tenderloin or the Chef’s fresh selection of seafood.

The Napa Valley railway dates back to the late 19th century and eventually became part of the Southern Pacific Railroad (the original passenger service was discontinued in 1929). Sixty years later, when Southern Pacific petitioned to abandon the line, a group of local investors formed the Napa Valley Railroad (NVRR) and purchased the right of way. Since that time, the NVRR has evolved into one of the most popular excursion trains in the country. The Wine Train’s gourmet lunch and dinner trains began service in 1989 and the line, which now includes 36 miles of track, rolls by 26 different wineries at about 10 miles an hour (the trip, which lasted just shy of three, started and ended at the downtown Napa station).

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

Three onboard kitchens allow Napa Valley Wine Train chefs to create culinary works of art from scratch using “fresh seasonal ingredients as well as humanely raised, hormone-free meats and line-caught fish” in creating gourmet meals for lunch and dinner.

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

Meals are served at tables laid out in the opulent dining cars with white linen, beautiful china and silverware. The

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

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

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wine tasting rooms, informal eateries and gourmet restaurants. Arguably the epicenter of Yountville shopping, V Marketplace features a number of specialty shops - highlighted stops include Scents of Napa (skin and beauty products inspired by the Napa Valley scents of lavender, French oak barrels, grape skins and rain water), Tay & Grace (‘wine country casual’ fashions) and Knickers & Pearls (a pink and frilly store stocked with beautiful lingerie and bridal accessories). For our Yountville portion of our Napa Valley getaway, we chose the Mediterranean-inspired North Block Hotel ( Situated around a social courtyard, this boutique property features 20 sophisticated, comfortably chic guest rooms - all with either a patio or balcony, oversized bathroom with heated floors, a large soaking tub and separate rain shower, espresso machine, flat-screen TVs, music system and a mini fridge.

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country destination” with a voguish vibe, osteria-styled restaurant menu and locally-favored wine list. Speaking of wine … one of the most frequently visited landmarks in the valley is located within easy walking distance from downtown Yountville: on a knoll shaded by ancient oak trees on one of Yountville’s premier pieces of real estate. Visitors to Domaine Chandon ( can stroll the stunningly beautiful grounds across a bridge over ponds to a patio fronting the tasting room of the first winery to be established in the United States by a French wine and spirits producer, Moët Hennessy. Today, as America’s leading sparkling wine producer, Domaine Chandon applies meìthode traditionnelle techniques to showcase the ripe fruit and vibrant character of California. Over the course of its 43+ year history in Napa Valley, the winery expanded its portfolio to include still wines, including Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.

We loved the Superior King guest room, located on the hotel’s second floor, for its abundant natural light, plantation shutters, warming gas fireplace, balcony above the social courtyard and its proximity to the gorgeous pool area where the kids spent the better part of an afternoon while their parents enjoyed - you guessed it, a glass of fine wine - from the shaded vantage point of the cushioned lounge chairs. The hotel is home to Redd Wood, a superbly stylish Italian-inspired eatery by renowned Chef Richard Reddington which “brings a new sensibility to this laid-back wine

Our tour provided a casual, informative education on the winery’s history, its winemaking process and grape-growing regions followed by a tasting that offered further insight into the world of sparkling wines and the grapes used to make them (tastings are offered daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Tasting Room or on the terrace).

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

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tomato soup in golden brown puff pastry and coq au vin (chicken, mushrooms, apple smoked bacon and red wine stew). Between the four of us, every category was covered: seafood aficionado and meat lovers alike. The sole meuniere was perfectly prepared - Petrale sole fillet well cooked, moist throughout with lemon caper butter sauce atop a bed of mashed potatoes. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his Fliet au Poivre (Black Angus tournedos with a black pepper crust, haricots verts and a creamy mushroom sauce). The atmosphere was quaint and charming, the dishes delicious, the service attentive - all in all, an ideal ending to our culinary sojourn that day. The next night, we opted an entirely different and equally enjoyable dining experience: this time at Lucy Bar and Restaurant at Bardessono ( where the menu, derived from the seasonal offerings in and around Napa Valley, is characterized by fresh, innovative, gardeninspired cuisine, artisanal cocktails and of course, fine wine. Every dish is truly “field-to-fork” fare - all the cuisine starts in Lucy’s Garden, located onsite at Bardessono (an atmospheric hotel and spa with a sustainable, moderntheme that translates through to its signature eatery) only steps from the restaurant kitchen and proteins are sourced from local farmers and purveyors, as well as a majority of seasonal seafood from the bay area.

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

By focusing the menu on what is in the garden or grown at local farms and picked at peak ripeness allows the culinary team to create the most flavorful of dishes. We started with “shared plates” of baby beet salad (flavored with fried goat cheese, wild arugula mousse and gargen sprouts) and the rich, melt-in-your-mouth hand-rolled gnocchi with kale pesto and tartufata.

NAPA VALLEY ART MUSEUM Just across the St. Helena Highway and again, an easy stroll from downtown Yountville is the Napa Valley Museum (, housed on the grounds of the California Veteran’s Home. A great way to gain an understanding of the region’s storied past is to view its permanent art and artifacts - from the 1950s Napa City Limits sign (population then: 13,155. Now: 77,000+) and photos of the pioneers of wine, the museum chronicles the history of Napa Valley, its people and geology, along with the wine industry that put the region on the map.

Two standout dishes among a menu of standout cuisine was the Diver Sea Scallops paired with English pea puree, pancetta, crispy beets and tarragon butter and the Dry Aged Striploin which was cooked to perfection and flavorfully enhanced by foraged mushrooms, truffled “rosti,” duck liver and smoked beef belly bordelaise.

The Museum’s Main Gallery showcases a changing array of exhibitions featuring regional, national and local artists as well as treasures from local private collections. The newly opened current exhibit, scheduled to remain at the museum for the next six months, is entitled “Down the Rabbit Hole: Innovated Video Games” where visitors can explore the world of independent video games with an interactive experience of 10 fully playable gaming stations featuring both well known and fringe creators. If you don’t feel like walking, you can always hop aboard the free Yountville Trolley that runs from downtown to the museum and back every half an hour.

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


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San 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


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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 tall-ships-festival.

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Laguna Niguel/ Aliso Viejo Farmers Market Local honey, lots of fruit, and a vast array of Asian and Western greens are among the draws. Many prepared foods, but no crafts and/or other non-food items. 9am1pm. 27068 La Paz Road, Aliso Viejo.

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

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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 For inquiries, email 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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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.

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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Flamenco Superstar Farruquito Makes His Segerstrom Center Debut September 29, 2016 in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

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