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Gallery: Mission Fest Makes its Debut at RMV Riding Park PAGE 13 FOUNDED IN 2002


JULY 13–26, 2018 • VOLUME 16, ISSUE 13

Aiming for the Future

Local hunters, fishermen demystify controversial realities of conservation S P O R T S / PAG E 1 8

Often out of the public eye, outdoorsmen like Mark Erskine (pictured) play an essential, although ironic, part in North American conservation efforts. We spoke with a few of South Orange County’s finest hunters and fishermen to demystify a commonly oversimplified topic. Photo: Courtesy

San Juan Capistrano Mourns Owner of Swallow’s Inn, El Adobe EYE ON SJC/PAGE 3

Where to See Live Theater in South OC this Summer SJC LIVING/PAGE 15

SJC Native Creates Cancer Nonprofit For Families EYE ON SJC/PAGE 5




What’s Up With... Five things San Juan should know this week San Juan Capistrano Mourns Owner of Swallow’s Inn, El Adobe THE LATEST: If you spent time in one of San Juan Capistrano’s favorite watering holes and eateries, you more than likely shook the hand of Stephen Armond Nordeck. Born Sept. 26, 1941, Nordeck died at age 76 of cancer on June 25. Nordeck was a staple of the San Juan Capistrano community, a longtime resident and business owner, known in town for his philanthropy and involvement in San Juan’s business and equestrian communities. Nordeck, who also served as the 2017 grand marshal of the 59th annual Swallows Day Parade, was the managing owner of the Swallow’s Inn for 25-plus years, the managing owner of El Adobe de Capistrano for 15 years and a managing partner of Mission Promenade for 24 years. Nordeck was also a riding member of El Viaje de Portola since 1989. Nordeck first visited Mission San Juan Capistrano with his parents more than 60 years ago and later moved south for the cowboy lifestyle. Nordeck became legendary for taking historic landmarks, making them earthquake safe, while preserving their authenticity. When speaking to Nordeck’s peers in the San Juan Capistrano community, many retain the sentiment that although he seemed rough around the edges, his heart was made of gold. “(Nordeck) was a little rough on the outside, but very soft on the inside. He was sometimes misrepresented by his outward personality, his demeanor could be scary at times to certain people,” said Cal Grimes, general manager for Swallow’s Inn. “But once you sat down and talked with him, you saw past the hard shell and had a soft heart, very caring and very giving.” Grimes, who began working at Swallow’s Inn in 1994, said over time he became Nordeck’s “right-hand man.” Nordeck, Grimes said, kept his word to the former owner that he would keep the bar as it has always been, and Nordeck kept his word—as he did with most everything. “A lot of people came into the bar (on June 25) just to reminisce and the look on people’s faces were of shock. Just because knowing Steve, how he was and how The Capistrano Dispatch July 13–26, 2018

Stephen Armond Nordeck at the 2017 Swallow’s Day Parade. Photo: File

strong he was, how healthy he appeared, all of a sudden he’s not here anymore—if he wasn’t in the office doing paperwork or checking email, he’d be socializing with patrons and getting to know them; exchanging stories and life experiences.” Nordeck had been battling cancer for the past eight months and although he wasn’t physically in the community, he still contributed to it, including bringing the Chili Cook Off back. Jim Taylor, president of the Fiesta Association, echoed Grimes and said that Nordeck’s death has left a hole in San Juan Capistrano. “He had a big heart, maybe some people didn’t realize that,” Taylor said. “When I first met him, I didn’t know who he was, he was just a nice man who shook my hand. I was impressed that the guy who ran the El Adobe and the Swallow’s Inn took the time to say hi to me, of course he said hi to everyone, but I still felt special.” Taylor said that the Fiesta Association will be honoring Nordeck at the 2019 Swallows Day Parade with an empty saddle for him and Fiesta Association member James Valgean, who also died of cancer this year. “When (Nordeck) passed, it felt like we’ve been punched in the stomach. We’ve had two deaths in the past few months, so all I can really say is ‘F’ cancer,” Taylor said. “There is a big hole in San Juan right now and it’s going to be tough to fill that.”—Emily Rasmussen

Filing Nominations for San Juan Capistrano City Council Opens July 16 THE LATEST: Candidates vying to take

the seats of San Juan Capistrano’s City Council for Districts 2, 3 and 4 will have their first opportunity to file for candidate nomination papers on Monday, July 16. Candidates will have until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10 to file nomination documents and statements for qualification of office for the three, four-year terms. The deadline extends to Wednesday, Aug. 15 if an incumbent is not running for re-election and does not file papers by the Aug. 10 deadline. Councilmembers occupying the three seats for election are Kerry Ferguson, Pam Patterson and Derek Reeve. This will be the second election since district elections started in San Juan Capistrano in 2016. Candidates must be registered voters and reside in either District 2, 3 or 4 in San Juan Capistrano. Nomination papers must be signed by no less than 20 or more than 30 registered voters residing in the district in which the candidate resides. Each candidate is required to file a statement of economic interest disclosing investments and interests in real property when the nomination papers are returned for filing. There is no charge for filing nomination papers. The candidate’s packet containing the nomination papers and related election materials needed to run for office will be available July 16. Appointments to obtain the candidate’s packet and review the information with the city clerk are highly encouraged, the city’s website said. The city clerk’s office is open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from Monday to Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays. City Hall is located at 32400 Paseo Adelanto. For more information, go to www. or call 949.493.1171. WHAT’S NEXT: Ferguson and Reeve have both made announcements that

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they intend to run for re-election for the District 3 seat. As of Thursday, July 12, Patterson has not made an announcement on whether she will run for re-election. —Emily Rasmussen

How a Woman’s Fight Helped Persuade the Supreme Court to Overturn Public Union Case THE LATEST: In 2016, South Orange County resident Rebecca Friedrichs was waiting for her case to be decided in the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). She, along with 10 other teachers, were looking to overturn a requirement that employees of a public-sector union must pay dues to the respective union, regardless of joining the union or not. It looked as if Friedrichs’ case was going to be approved, as the court waited on then-Justice Antonin Scalia to weigh in on the matter. But then the unexpected happened—Scalia died on Feb. 13, 2016 only a few weeks after the first SCOTUS hearing on Friedrichs’ case. A few weeks after that, the court voted 4-4 and the case was deemed gridlocked. The case that set the laws for current unions came from Abood v. Detroit Board of Education (1977), in which it was ruled that public-sector unions could establish compulsory dues. Following Scalia’s death, it didn’t take long for another prominent case to take center stage. Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31, has very similar provisions to Friedrichs’ case. (Cont. on page 4)

EYE ON SJC (Cont. from page 3) “The reason I brought my case was because in 28 years of teaching, even when I was a union leader, my friends and I couldn’t make our voices heard at a state and national level,” Friedrichs said. The California Teachers Association (CTA) sent out a press release immediately, claiming that the case was the design of corporate greed by way of political stifling. A major argument in the case against the compulsory dues is that it gave unions funding for political speech, whether the members who paid the dues agree with them or not. “Today’s ruling is an attack on working people that attempts to further rig the economy and that reverses four decades of precedent,” said California Teachers Association President Eric C. Heins in a press release on June 27. According to the CTA release, unions will still be required by law to represent members and non-members, but they can opt out of paying for them. SCOTUS used Friedrichs case as unfinished precedent in its ruling. “Take the example of education, which was the focus of briefing and argument in Friedrichs,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the opinion of the court. “The public importance of subsidized union speech is especially apparent in this field, since educators make up by far the largest category of state and local government employees, and education is typically the largest component of state and local government expenditures.” WHAT’S NEXT: Joy Schnapper, the president of California Unified Education Association, said the decision was not ideal for her union, but she said she doesn’t think this ruling will hinder the union’s abilities to serve its members. “We’ve been prepared and we knew this was coming back up in the courts, so within our specific organizations we’ve made allowances and we’ve taken some of that into account,” Schnapper said. “We’ll have an A budget and a B budget contingency plans.” —Eric Heinz

SONGS Meeting Cast Doubt on Legislative Progress for Interim Storage THE LATEST: Since last year’s bode of optimism for bills to be passed that would allow for interim storage of spent nuclear fuel, officials at the June 28 Community Engagement Panel (CEP) were not as convinced that this year would prove successful. David Victor, Ph.D., who is the chairman of the panel, said because certain bills have not moved significantly since H.R. 3053 (Shimkus) passed the House, it’s been delayed for a committee hearing in the Senate. H.R. 3053 would allocate more than $270 million toward finding repositories The Capistrano Dispatch July 13–26, 2018

for the spent nuclear fuel, and there is other legislation that would examine the reopening of Yucca Mountain in Nevada, but Victor said that could come with difficulties due to the controversies of environmental protection at the site. There are sites out there, however, that are moving forward. Waste Control Specialists of Texas withdrew a license application last year to start interim storage but pulled it as they were under acquisition. Now that’s complete, the company refiled for their application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on June 11. The application is the same as the old and proposes a 40-year site lease. WHAT’S NEXT: There will be a special CEP meeting on extreme situations scheduled for later in the year. The next regularly scheduled CEP meeting is at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 9 at the QLN Conference Center in Oceanside. For more information or to watch the recorded meeting in its entirety, visit www. —EH

Bartlett Headlines SOCEC State of the County, Addresses Plans for Homeless Housing THE LATEST: It was an atmosphere suitable for fiscal conservatism and publicprivate partnerships (P3) at the South Orange County Economic Coalition’s (SOCEC) annual State of the City on June 28, which was headlined by 5th District Supervisor Lisa Bartlett in her hometown’s Ocean Institute. The Orange County Board of Supervisors passed its $6.5 billion budget on June 26 while looking forward to certain programs, such as funding for the Orange County Homeless Housing Trust, which could add some-2,700 beds and housing for the county’s populations in need of shelter. A state bill, SB 448, is currently making its way through the California Legislature to help fund the housing trust. WHAT’S NEXT: Bartlett also said during the meeting that the debate about the toll road construction in San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano continues, but that she has some other ideas that could be brought forth in the future, which include not connecting the SR 241 to I-5, as other projects continue to assist traffic mobility congestion. Bartlett has defended the TCA at various transportation mobility meetings, but her position on the toll road proposals is that she would not support a road that required eminent domain or affects schools, nor would she support a project that does not “measurably improve regional mobility, public safety, and traffic relief on I-5,” according to a 2017 statement. The SOCEC board of directors was also sworn in during the event. —EH Page 4


Community Meetings MONDAY, JULY 16 Parks, Recreation, Youth and Senior Services, Trails and Equestrian Commission Meeting 5:30 p.m. The city’s Parks, Recreation, Youth and Senior Services, Trails and Equestrian Commission will meet at City Hall, 32400 Paseo Adelanto. To see the agenda, visit www.sanjuancapistrano. org. TUESDAY, JULY 17 Utilities Commission Meeting 8 a.m. The city’s Utilities Commission will meet at City Hall, 32400 Paseo Adelanto. To see the agenda, visit WEDNESDAY, JULY 18 San Juan Summer Nites Concert Series 6 p.m. The city of San Juan Capistrano is hosting its San Juan Summer Nites Concert Series every third Wednesday, from June to September. July’s performance is by classic rock group Arena. At the Historic Town Center Park, 31852 El Camino Real. For more information visit www. FRIDAY, JULY 20 Coffee Chat 8 a.m. A spirited town hall forum on community issues. Occurs every Friday at Hennessey’s Tavern, 31761 Camino Capistrano. All are welcome. Follow Coffee Chat SJC on Facebook for more information. TUESDAY, JULY 24 Planning Commission Meeting 6:30 p.m. The city’s Planning Commission will meet at City Hall, 32400 Paseo Adelanto. To see the agenda, visit WEDNESDAY, JULY 25 Downtown Farmers Market 3-6 p.m. Fresh flowers, produce and specialty foods from dozens of vendors in downtown San Juan Capistrano, on the corner of Camino Capistrano and Yorba Street. Visit or call 949.493.4700 to find out more. FRIDAY, JULY 27 Next issue of The Dispatch publishes.

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San Juan Capistrano Native Creates Nonprofit to Help Families Who Lose Children to Cancer Kelsey Testman, who grew up in San Juan Capistrano, remembers how difficult it was for her family in 2015 when her brother Kyle, at 24 years old, died unexpectedly. The dread of having to say goodbye to a family member lost at a young age was hard enough, but having to deal with funeral expenses and planning a service brought on added stress to Testman’s family. Despite the hurdles, Testman said the funeral service brought her and the family closure and helped to keep her brother’s memory alive. “I feel like it’s nice to see people come out, hear stories you never knew,” Testman said. “I got to know my brother from that experience.” Already setting high hopes at a young age to become a doctor—specifically, a pediatric oncologist—Testman said that through her family’s experience with death, in addition to the hardships she’s seen volunteering at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach, she felt inspired to do more for families. “I just had something in me that I needed to help them,” Testman said. “Seeing these cancer patients firsthand, you see how families lose their jobs (due to doctors’ visits and medical expenses), it’s difficult, so I wanted to help them in any way that I could.” Testman, 22, became inspired to create a nonprofit that helps families with funeral service expenses for families who lose children to cancer. Testman, a recent graduate of the University of San Diego, said she wants to give families the kind of closure that her family as able to have with her brother’s service. The thought of how horrible it would feel to not be able to have a service for someone’s child due to financial burdens stuck with Testman. “I didn’t know a funeral could cost so much,” Testman said of her brother’s funeral. In October 2017, Testman founded the Forever With Us Foundation to serve pediatric cancer families from Miller’s Children Hospital to help provide families funds, by donating directly to mortuaries to provide funds directly to the child’s funeral. Now, as the nonprofit is growing, Testman is in the process trying to work with patients at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Although the Forever With Us Foundation has not been needed to provide funds to a funeral service yet, Testman said she is working directly with social works of

Kelsey Testman, founder of Forever With Us, with her brother Kyle in 2014. Photo: Courtesy

both hospitals to find families that need assistance with funeral expenses. “My main goal is for no family who has been through the worst, to have a child with cancer and to lose them, to not be able to honor their child,” Testman said. Testman said that most funeral homes will estimate $10,000 minimum for a child’s funeral, but the cost can be significantly higher. Having raised $10,000 within the nonprofit so far, Testman said that once there is a family who needs help, they will be able to donate $1,000 per funeral as of now. However, as the nonprofit continues to grow, Testman hopes to give more. If you’re interested in donating, you can go to the Forever With Us Foundation website at, where you can directly donate and/or buy clothing that goes toward the nonprofit.

Local Students Awarded Scholarships from Cox Charities Two students from San Juan Hills High School and two students from Capistrano Valley High School were awarded scholarships from Cox Charities, the philanthropic arm of Cox Communications. At a recent ceremony held at Angels

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Stadium, Cox Charities awarded 13 students scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, totaling $35,000 to graduating high school seniors for their academic success, community service, leadership and commitment to their education despite facing adversity, a Cox Charities press release said. “Our scholarship program is very important to our employees and has always been a big part of why Cox Charities exists,” said Chanelle Hawken, vice president, Government and Public Affairs of Cox Charities. “Cox Scholars allows us to recognize and provide financial support to students who have demonstrated a true commitment to their education and showcased exemplary leadership skills at their schools and their communities.” The students from San Juan Hills High School are Samantha Jimenez and Kristen Nguyen. The students from Capistrano Valley High School are Allison Maynard and Jaqueline Rodriguez-Tapia. Also, Max Eunice, Aliso Niguel High School graduate and 2017-18 student advisor of the Capistrano Unified School District board of trustees, received a scholarship. Have something interesting for the community? Send your information to



Journalism Matters Picket Fence Media stands with victims, families affected by Capital Gazette shooting THE CAPISTRANO DISPATCH


s a staff of community reporters, editors, designers, advertising managers and more, members of the Picket Fence Media team were devastated to read the news of the mass shooting in Anne Arundel County, Maryland at the Capital Gazette. The Capital Gazette, the modern adaptation of the Maryland Gazette, is one of the nation’s oldest newspapers. The Gazette has printed news since 1727, decades before the fight for America’s independence. In July 1776, under the nation’s first female publisher, the Gazette ran the Declaration of Independence. The Baltimore

Sun recently reported that the Declaration of Independence was in fact printed on page two, referring to it as “buried.” On the front page—local news. On June 28, the shooter killed five employees of the Capital Gazette: Rob Hiaasen, Wendi Winters, Gerald Fischman, John McNamara and Rebecca Smith. Two more were injured in the shooting. The alleged shooter had a reportedly longstanding feud with the Capital Gazette after a 2011 article was published detailing a court case in which he harassed women through Facebook. He took exception with the article and unsuccessfully sued the Capital Gazette for defamation. Since before the literal birthing of these United States, community journalism has been a cornerstone of this country. Community journalism is a privilege to provide, and we, as members of Picket Fence Media, remain proud and steadfast in supporting the work of the Capital Gazette as well as all news publications dedicated to preserving a free press and reporting the truth. Our hearts, thoughts and well wishes are with the victims and families in Maryland and with all of our fellow journalists across the nation. We are with you. CD

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lease join us in welcoming our new City Editor, Alex Groves, to The Capistrano Dispatch and Picket Fence Media family. Alex is a proud graduate of California State University, Fullerton Communications and Journalism program and has been working in the Inland Empire for the last several years, including Temecula’s Valley News and Riverside’s The Press-Enterprise newspapers. “I’ve wanted to be a journalist since I was 16 and have worked for newspapers and news sites in Riverside and San Diego Counties since the end of high school,” said Alex. He has reported on a wide variety of topics, ranging from the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to breaking news and high profile court cases. When Alex isn’t chasing his next story or the perfect cup of black coffee, he likes to hike, collect vinyl records and perfect his gardening skills. Lucky for him, he should be able to do all of those in San Juan Capistrano right away. Welcome aboard Alex! He can be reached at agroves@picketfencemedia. com. CD

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EDITOR’S PICK O’Neill Museum – The Summer Lecture Series is being hosted at the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society’s headquarters, the O’Neill Museum on Los Rios Street. Photo: File

SUNDAY, JULY 15: SUMMER LECTURE SERIES 3 p.m. The San Juan Capistrano Historical Society is hosting a series of summer lectures, tracing the history of the Acjachemen/Juaneño culture with anthropologist Stephen O’Neill as the speaker. O’Neill has spent 35-plus years as a cultural anthropologist in California, has been working with the Acjachemen tribal community since 1978 and wrote his thesis on the Acjachemen using the sacramental registers of Mission San Juan Capistrano. Bring a lawn chair, as the lectures will be outside on the grass. Lectures are free, but donations are accepted. On Sunday, the Historical Society will also be hosting Ted Rosenfeldt and his award-winning barbecue, which is $8 with a non-alcoholic drink. At the O’Neill Museum, 31831 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano. For more information, go to or call 949.493.8444.

The List What’s going on in and around town


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Saturday | 14 2ND SATURDAYS NATIVE AMERICAN PROGRAMMING AND ACTIVITIES 11 a.m.-noon. Join Jacque Tahuka Nunez, an Acjachemen descendant and cultural storyteller, at Mission San Juan Capistrano for storytelling, song, dance and hands-on activities. This event will feature the “Clapper Stick.” Admission is free to Mission members and free with paid admission to the Mission. Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano. 949.234.1300.

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YOGURTLAND OPENS IN RANCHO MISSION VIEJO 5-8 p.m. Dessert and snack lovers have lots to celebrate with the arrival of a new Yogurtland in Rancho Mission Viejo. At Yogurtland, guests can create their own treat, snack or dessert from a variety of handcrafted frozen yogurt, ice cream and non-dairy sorbet flavors and an abundant topping bar. The community is invited to celebrate the new location with a ribbon cutting, music, free prizes and gift cards and $2 unlimited cups. Located next to Starbucks in the Sendero Marketplace, 30841 Gateway Pl., San Juan Capistrano.

CAMINO REAL PLAYHOUSE: ‘THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN’ 7:30 p.m. The world’s most unusual criminologist, chief inspector Jacques Clouseau, fights for his life and for the future of all mankind in the most bizarre and dangerous caper of his career in The Pink Panther Strikes Again. Bring food, blankets and cuddle up at Historic Town Center Park. Tickets are $15 online or onsite. Family tickets with up to five (with a parent) members are $45. More dates are available. Camino Real Playhouse, 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano.

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GETTING OUT (Cont. from page 7) I-5 HIGH FIVE FOR FREEDOM WALK 2 p.m. The i-5 High Five for Freedom Walk is a downtown San Clemente walk-about meant to raise awareness about human trafficking and what concerned citizens and the i-5 Freedom Network can do about it. This is a stroller-and-kid-friendly event. The walk ends with an optional celebration at Pizza Port. For more information, contact or call 929.373.3638. San Clemente Presbyterian Church, located at 119 Avenida De La Estrella, San Clemente.

Monday | 16 SUMMER CRAFTS AT THE MISSION 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Mission San Juan Capistrano is offering special summer break activities for children (appropriate for ages 6 to 12) beginning June 25 to Aug. 17. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, children can participate in making an arrowhead necklace, build adobe brick and pan for gold. Cost is $5 for each craft/ activity, in addition to admission, and $3 for members. Bundle for all three craft/ activities is $10 per child, in addition to admission, and $5 for members. A parent or sitter must be present to participate. Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano. For more information, go to www.missionsjc. com or call 949.234.1300.

Tuesday | 17 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LUNCH LOCAL 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Join the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce for a networking lunch at Hummingbird House Cafe. No admission, simply buy yourself

At the Movies: ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Doesn’t Sting BY MEGAN BIANCO, THE CAPISTRANO DISPATCH


uring “Phase One” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it wasn’t necessarily an obligation to see every movie the franchise released. If you already liked Thor or Captain America as characters, you’d check out their movies. If not, you weren’t necessarily missing much with your sporadic superhero viewing. Now, with the advent of Avengers: Infinity War having

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lunch and network with fellow businesses. You can find more information and RSVP at the Chamber’s website,, or email Hummingbird House Cafe, 26711 Verdugo St., San Juan Capistrano.

Wednesday | 18 SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO RESIDENT APPRECIATION DAYS AT THE MISSION 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Every Wednesday, San Juan Capistrano residents receive free admission to Mission San Juan Capistrano with a $10 purchase made in the Mission store. Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano. For more information, go to www.missionsjc. com or call 949.234.1300. SAN JUAN SUMMER NITES CONCERT SERIES 6 p.m. San Juan Summer Nites’ free concerts in the park is featuring classic rock group Arena for its second concert of the summer. The event will feature live music, dancing, local restaurants, beer and wine, business expo vendors and kids activities. Bring low-back lawn chairs. No pets. The event is held at the Historic Town Center Park, located at 31852 El Camino Real. For additional information, call the Community Services Department at 949.493.5911.

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tickets included with admission. Work the room to promote yourself, generate new business leads and build relationships with other local professionals. Admission for Chamber members is $20 for early bird pricing and $25 for late registration/onsite. For prospective members or guests, admission is $30 for early bird pricing and $40 for late registration/onsite. At the Monarch Beach Resort, 1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point. For more information or to buy tickets, go to or email Kathy Steffen,

Friday | 20 CONSERVATORY OF PERFORMING ARTS-ORANGE COUNTY PRESENTS ‘CABARET’ 8 p.m. Cabaret is a 1966 musical with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and book by Joe Masteroff based on John Van Druten’s 1951 play I Am a Camera, which was adapted from the short novel Goodbye to Berlin (1939) by Christopher Isherwood. Set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power, it focuses on the nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub and revolves around young American writer Cliff Bradshaw and his relationship with English cabaret performer Sally Bowles. Tickets start at $25. More dates are available. 1062 Calle Negocio, Unit E, San Clemente.

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QUAD MIXER 5:30-7:30 p.m. Join the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce, Dana Point Chamber of Commerce, San Clemente Chamber of Commerce and Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce at the Third Thursday, Quad Mixer. Two drink

TEEN YOGA SUMMER CAMP AT PURE. LOVE.YOGA 1-2:30 p.m. Join Pure.Love.Yoga for a teen summer camp, with this class focusing on stress management. Each week, yogis will

a huge cliffhanger affecting every hero’s arc, most viewers want to make sure their favorite characters are okay. Which is probably why so many people went to AntMan and the Wasp last weekend. At the same time most of the Avengers are fighting Thanos in NYC, Scott Lang/ Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) is still on house arrest in San Francisco. He’s trying to find creative ways to keep himself and his 9-year-old daughter Cassie occupied at home. But then Hope van Dyne/Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) kidnaps him when she discovers that Scott has a telepathic connection to her mother, Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer)—previously presumed dead. On top of this, a mysterious villain known as “Ghost” (Hannah John-Kamen) and seedy black market dealer Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins) both want the Pym-van Dyne family’s technology. The good thing about Ant-Man and the Wasp is that even with the tie-ins to Infinity War, it still works as a standalone

practice a 60-minute sequence followed by teen-related topics. Admission is $20 per class or $70 for all four. Parents are welcome. Pure Love Yoga, 415 E Avenida Pico, San Clemente. 949.492.5048.

Sunday | 22 GUIDED NATURE HIKE 8-9:15 a.m. Join an Orange County Parks Ranger for a one-mile hike around Bell Canyon in Caspers Wilderness Park. Parking is $5, the hike is free. 33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano. 949.923.2210.

Thursday | 26 HISTORY LECTURE WITH DR. RUBEN G. MENDOZA 1-3 p.m. Join Mission San Juan Capistrano for “O’ What a Tangled Web We Weave: The Archaeology of Objects and Materials in the California Missions,” a history lecture with Dr. Ruben G. Mendoza. Mendoza is an archaeologist, writer, photographer and founding faculty member of the California State University, Monterey Bay. Mendoza has published more than 160 professional articles and books, many related to pre-Columbian, Colonial and California missions’ era art and architecture and solar geometry. Seating is very limited, lecture is available to the first 75 RSVPS. TO RSVP, email Brenda Mumma at The event is free to Mission members, free to active volunteers and free with paid admission. Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano. For more information, go to www.missionsjc. com or call 949.234.1300.

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feature. The best part is that the tone is the traditional light-hearted, fun romp we go to summer blockbusters for, compared to the grim turn Infinity War took last

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time. Rudd and Lilly carry the film as well as the first time in 2015 and Peyton Reed directs the right amount of jokes in between action. CD


On Stage at The Coach House: Henry Kapono Grammy-nominated Hawaiian musician set to perform in San Juan Capistrano on Friday, July 27 BY EMILY RASMUSSEN, THE CAPISTRANO DISPATCH


raveling from Hawaii, Henry Kapono—vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, composer, thrilling performer and award-winning musician—is coming to The Coach House on Friday, July 27. Known for his rock vibe that reflects sounds of his Hawaiian culture, Kapono is a Grammy-nominated musician who started out with his laid-back island rock band of Cecilio & Kapono in the 70s and 80s. Kapono launched his solo career soon after, producing 18 albums and producing fans worldwide to his Henry Kapono & Friends collaborations. Kapono’s newest release, “Welcome 2 My Paradise!,” celebrates the happiness of simplicity and beauty. Kapono will be performing many tunes from the new album at the July 27 performance. “I wanted to keep it real simple, the theme of it is mainly an island boy going to America,” Kapono said. “It’s about my travels through different places in America, meeting people. It’s really about my life away from paradise, but I take paradise with me everywhere I go because it’s just who I am.” Kapono has been traveling back-andforth from Hawaii to tours mainly on the West Coast for some 40 years. His performances at The Coach House span back to Kapono’s days with Cecilio & Kapano as well. “They just keep asking me to come back, and I’m happy for that. It’s a great place, the owner is a really great guy and I just enjoy making music,” Kapono said. “I enjoy playing for people and making them happy.” Kapono performs regularly in Hawaii, with a show on each island about once a month, doing conventions and private parties. “My life has really been wonderful, I enjoy making music and playing music. This tour is called ‘Welcome 2 My Paradise!’ which is a new album I’m releasing, and most people have most of my albums already—so they’ve been asking for a new album—this tour is based around the new album. I’ll play a lot of the old classics, I can’t get away without doing those, but most of it is focused on the new songs.” Kapono said a key element of the new album is that he didn’t want to add too many things to the sound, or overproduce the tunes. “I wanted it to be simple, and I wanted it to be fun, just something new,” he said. “There’s a song called ‘New York’ about stopping in New York at the airport for six The Capistrano Dispatch July 13–26, 2018

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hours and I just wrote a song. A lot of the songs are written in New York while waiting for my flights.” Kapono said he’s happy with the way the album came out. He feels the catchy lyrics of his song will stick in people’s minds as they drive home from The Coach House. “They will probably get a few songs stuck in their heads on their way home,” Kapono said. “I like to mix things up for everybody. I have fans that love to hear the same thing all of the time, but I have the new songs which is something I want to get to everybody.” Many songs on the album revolve around walking the sandy beaches of Hawaii, reflecting on his childhood, surfing, and the lifestyle of “aloha.” Kapono said he thinks audiences of his show will leave feeling happy, light and smiling. “I think we have a fun show, that’s mainly what it’s all about is having fun and being in a happy place and playing some great music,” Kapono said. “I love The Coach House, I love playing there, people are so nice and I’m really looking forward to it.” “Welcome 2 My Paradise!” releases the same week as Kapono’s tour to The Coach House. Doors open at 6 p.m. on July 27 for the show, which begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and VIP tickets are $50. The Coach House is located at 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano. For tickets or more information, call 949.496.8930 or visit CD Page 10


Adventures in Artistry Check out spots in South Orange County that offer summer-long art events BY EMILY RASMUSSEN, THE CAPISTRANO DISPATCH


dd a little creativity to your summer by visiting some of South Orange County’s best community art gatherings. From the Village Art Faire in San Clemente that features local vendors, to the crowd-drawing Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach, there’s something for every art lover in the local area. THE VILLAGE ART FAIRE A decades-long tradition in the heart of San Clemente, the Village Art Faire brings a variety of artisans to Avenida Del Mar in San Clemente every month. Hand-crafted artwork that comes to the Village Art Faire includes photography, fine art, jewelry, woodwork, botanicals, apothecary, leather, wearables, ceramics, home décor, fused/blown glass, metal work and more. The Village Art Faire is a juried event and only accepts artisans who handcraft and sell their own work. The Village Art Faire takes place the first Sunday of every month, this year’s summer dates are Aug. 5 and Sept. 2, but the event continues throughout the year. If you’re an artist interested in showing off your works, there are a variety of spaces located along the wide-brick sidewalks and tree-lined Avenida Del Mar. For visitors, there’s an abundance of specialty boutiques and fine eateries to explore before, during or after your visit to the Village Art Faire, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, go to MISSION ART WALK Get a combination of art and history at the Mission Art Walk at Mission San Juan Capistrano, every Friday. The Mission Art Walk is a docent guided tour, highlighting the art collections of rare paintings tied to the Mission’s history. Paintings touch on the history of the Serra Chapel, the Spanish Colonial Room and the Mission Treasures Exhibit. Visitors can experience the Spanish Colonial and Plein Air paintings, in addition to exploring the Mission and learning about its conservation efforts of its collections. The Mission Art Walk starts at 11 a.m.,

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The Village Art Faire in San Clemente takes place on the first Sunday of every month. Photos: Courtesy of Village Art Faire

is 45 minutes and is free with paid admission to the Mission. Advanced reservations are not required. Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano. For more information go to SAWDUST ART FESTIVAL Cruise up Pacific Coast Highway to Laguna Beach and catch the Sawdust Art Festival, which brings 200,000-plus visitors annually to its fine art displays and interactive demonstrations. There’s something for nearly every art lover or novice art consumer. The Sawdust Art Festival has mediums including ceramics, clothing and textiles, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, print making, sculpture, woodwork and more. Walking through the sawdust-sprinkled paths of the Sawdust Art Festival village nestled in Laguna Canyon, the festival will transport you from the hustle-and-bustle of Southern California summer to a more Page 11

relaxed and creative atmosphere. The family-friendly exhibits include hands-on art workshops, children’s art booth, four cafes with a saloon and live music. It’s a welcome retreat from the norm despite its notoriety.

This summer festival kicked off on June 29, daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and ends Sept. 2. To learn more about the Sawdust Art Festival, visit www.sawdustartfestival. org. The festival is located at 935 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach. CD

SJC LIVING GUEST OPINION: On Life and Love After 50 by Tom Blake

Tom Blake’s Column Turns 24 Years Old


wenty-four years ago, on July 7, 1994, my first newspaper column was published. It appeared in the South County Lifestyles section of four Orange County Register community newspapers. People often ask, “Did you learn to write in journalism school?” I answer: “No journalism school. I learned to write sitting on bar stools, while trying to meet women after my divorce.” That answer probably needs an explanation. On Christmas Eve 1993, my wife of six years took what furniture and belongings she wanted from our Monarch Beach home and moved out of my life. I was in Santa Rosa, north of San Francisco, visiting my 83-year-old mom. I did not know about the move out. Oh, I knew we had some issues to discuss, but most couples do. I found out the morning after Christmas when she telephoned me at mom’s. On the drive home, I had a notepad in my lap. When you’ve got nine hours to drive, knowing your wife has bailed out, a million thoughts go through your mind. Being very careful, I jotted them down. The first item: What about my dogs, Amy and Kira? Were they gone? Were they still there? Had they been fed or left water in two days? The next item: Why did she do it without us discussing it first? Although I wasn’t a writer, by trip’s end, I had a mishmash of notes on the notepad. I had no idea those notes would be the start of a writing career. When I opened the garage door, the

dogs barked. They were okay. We were happy to see each other. A month later, while serving sandwiches during lunchtime at Tutor and Spunky’s, my Dana Point deli, in front of customers and employees, I was served—with divorce papers! That night, as I did every night, I jotted down my thoughts in what by then had become a soon-to-be-divorced-man’s diary. I wrote, “Today was the last straw. I’ll get even with her. I’m going to begin dating immediately.” I was 54 and thought dating would be a snap, as a plethora of single women came through the deli doors. What a rude awakening. Younger female deli customers wouldn’t date me. In fact, women regardless of age wouldn’t date me. I sat on bar stools at Brio, Hennessey’s and other local singles’ hangouts, looking for love. I’d add the dating misadventures into the diary on those bar stools is where I learned to write. After five months, I put the diary notes into a short story. I edited the material 25 times. It was 74 pages. I thought, maybe, I could get the story published. I sent query letters ON LIFE AND to The New York Times, LOVE AFTER 50 Playboy Magazine and EsBy Tom Blake quire. No response. The Orange County Register recommended I contact the Dana Point News, the Register’s community paper. After reading my material, the two women editors—Sherrie Good and Dixie Redfearn—agreed to a meeting at their office. Sherrie and Dixie were right about the anticipated responses from women readers. The first: “Who is this sniveling puke?” The second: “He complains that younger women won’t go out with him. It’s a wonder any woman will go out with him.” Welcome to the mid-life dating trenches, Tom. I wrote for the OC Register and many of its community papers for 17 years. Seven years ago, I was blessed to join the team at Picket Fence Media—the

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FROM THE ARCHIVES Mission San Juan Capistrano • Padre Junípero Serra founded Mission San Juan Capistrano, the “Jewel of the Missions,” as it is sometimes referred to, on Nov. 1, 1776; it is the seventh of 21 Spanish Missions established in California by Franciscan Padres. The Great Stone Church began construction in 1796, was completed in 1806, and was destroyed by an earthquake in 1812. The Mission was secularized in 1833, sold in 1845, and was returned to the church in 1865. This photo was taken by Herman Schultheis, circa 1938, a German photographer who immigrated to the United States in the mid-1920s. Every issue, The Capistrano Dispatch will publish a historical photo. Online, The Capistrano Dispatch will create a gallery of the month’s photos. To submit your historical photo for consideration, provide information about the photo along with your name, date, location and a small description to

publishers of the Dana Point Times, San Clemente Times and The Capistrano Dispatch. I am very lucky to have this incredible opportunity to write for print newspapers. I’m very fortunate to still have my articles printed by three vibrant newspapers, published by hard-working Americans. And more importantly, it opened the door for me to meet Greta, a partner with whom I’ve shared so many incredible experiences in the 20 years we’ve been together, I don’t have time to write about them all. Have things changed on the dating scene in 24 years? Not much. Except now, instead of focusing on dating after 50, it in-

cludes dating after 60, 70, 80, and even 90. Tom Blake is a Dana Point resident and a former Dana Point businessman who has authored several books on middle-aged dating. See his websites; and To receive Tom’s weekly online newsletter, sign up at www. Email: tompblake@ CD PLEASE NOTE: In an effort to provide our readers with a wide variety of opinions from our community, The Capistrano Dispatch provides Guest Opinion opportunities in which selected columnists’ opinions are shared. The opinions expressed in these columns are entirely those of the columnist alone and do not reflect those of the The Capistrano Dispatch or Picket Fence Media. If you would like to respond to this column, please email us at


Pet of the Week: Curly



Curly. Photo: Courtesy of the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter

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ix-year-old Curly is a confident kitty with aspirations of greatness (think stuff on a high shelf next to the edge). In her mind, she is queen of all she sees. She enjoys company and being pet—on her terms, of course—between tea time and the evening coronation. Curly would do best in a home as the monarchial pet where she can have all the attention she desires. If you would like to know more about Curly, call the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter at 949.492.1617 or visit with her at 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente. CD


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MissionFest 2018: Off to a Good Start

Hundreds gather at RMV Riding Park for inaugural MissionFest Craft Beer, Food and Music Festival THE CAPISTRANO DISPATCH


undreds gathered in the more than 90-degree heat for the inaugural MissionFest Craft Beer, Food and Music Festival on Saturday, July 7, and the atmosphere on the ground indicated that it will not be the last. More than 60 vendors—many local breweries and wineries—offered tastes and samples, most with the assistance of a large crew of volunteers. Bobbie Conrady was visiting her son, who lives in Dana Point, from Helena, Montana. She said she was having such a wonderful time that she had worn blisters on her feet. “I don’t mind though,” Conrady said. “It’s

Featuring more than 60 vendors, multiple live bands and both fine arts and crafts in its initial year, MissionFest aimed to have something for everyone, local and interested tourists alike. Photos: Daniel RItz

not a bad place to be, in the shade here.” Marty Wells is the owner of Bad to the Bone in San Juan Capistrano, and said that he enjoyed treating attendees such as Conrady to San Juan’s best. “This could be a great community cornerstone,” Wells said. “I wanted to be sure to get in from the ground up, help

it off the ground. Events like this are all about community, and that’s what we are all about as well.” David and Eric Groos, brothers, manage Great Opportunities, a charitable nonprofit organization working with the Support SJC Skatepark. They said that 20 percent of all ticket sales would be going toward

the skatepark, which has already been allocated space by the City of San Juan Capistrano, but needs additional funding to begin construction. Bringing together a wide variety of San Juan demographics, MissionFest seems to have set itself up for success at the intersection of fun and philanthropy. CD

SJC LIVING GUEST OPINION: Moments in Time by Jan Siegel

Learn About the Acjachemen Nation in Summer Lecture Series


aving just celebrated the founding of the United States of America on July 4, we realize that for our community, the 242 years of country recognition is an extremely short span of culture. Even 2,000 years of Christianity seems like a small period when compared to Judaism at over 5,000 years. Cultures do not just start, stop and start up again. Cultures evolve over many, many years. Although the federal government has repeatedly denied recognition to the Acjachemen nation, the Native Americans in our community have been around for nearly 10,000 years. The Acjachemen Nation did not have a written language. Their history was passed down from one generation to another in oral tradition. It was not until Father Jeronimo Boscana wrote his treatise on the Indians of the San Juan Capistrano Mission entitled, “Chinigchinich” in the early 1820s while a priest at the Mission, that any written record was made. Alfred Robinson translated the Boscana manuscript in his book Life in California in 1846. In the early 1930s, John P. Harrington was authorized by the United States government to study California Indians. Harrington discovered the original Boscana manuscript and was able to correct many of the errors and omissions from the Robinson translation. In December 1993, the state of California corrected a 140-year-old mistake by officially recognizing the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians as the original native tribe of Orange County. In 1850, when all the tribes in California were listed, Juaneños

were left off the list. Today, the Harrington translation of Boacana is available, as is the continued oral tradition of the stories passed down through generations. Excavation in San Juan Capistrano has also yielded relics and artifacts that date back to the early Acjachemen nation. The Acjachemen were a peaceful people who believed in one God, and one tribal leader who advised his people but did not make laws. Villages were small but selfsufficient. Respect for the elders was a key to the culture. Older women in the village raised the children and retold the stories of tribal history. This summer, the Historical Society is hosting three talks by Stephen O’Neil on the history of the Acjachemen Nation. With over MOMENTS 35 years of experience as IN TIME a cultural anthropologist By Jan Siegel in California, O’Neil has worked with the Acjachemen tribal community since 1978. He has researched and written on ethnography, archaeology and history, concentrating on the ethnohistory of Southern California tribal peoples. The lectures, which are free to the public, will be held on Sunday, July 15, Aug. 5 and Aug. 26 at 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Historical Society, located at 31831 Los Rios St. Bring a lawn chair. On July 15, Ted Rosenfeldt will serve some of his awardwinning barbecue. Cost for the barbecue

Acjachemen (Juaneño) tribal gathering, San Juan Capistrano, 1950s. Photo: Courtesy OC Public Libraries

is $8. Donations to the Society for Historical Preservation are welcome. Spend a Moment In Time learning about the people who were here long before the Spanish came and are still here today. Jan Siegel is a 28-year resident of San Juan Capistrano. She served on the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission for 13 years and has been a volunteer guide for the San Juan Capistrano Friends of the Library’s architectural walking tour for 18 years.

She was named Woman of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce in 2005, Volunteer of the Year in 2011 and was inducted into the city’s Wall of Recognition in 2007. CD PLEASE NOTE: In an effort to provide our readers with a wide variety of opinions from our community, The Capistrano Dispatch provides Guest Opinion opportunities in which selected columnists’ opinions are shared. The opinions expressed in these columns are entirely those of the columnist alone and do not reflect those of the The Capistrano Dispatch or Picket Fence Media. If you would like to respond to this column, please email us at

GUEST OPINION: Branching Out by San Juan Capistrano Library Staff and the Friends of the Library

Pacific Animal Productions, Harry Potter Day Coming to the Library in July


heck out these special programs for kids that are happening at San Juan Capistrano’s library this month. Pacific Animal Productions will be visiting on Tuesday, July 17, at 2 p.m. with an engaging program full of fun facts about animals and an appearance from some of those animals themselves. Then, it is Harry Potter Day on Tuesday, July 24. Plan to arrive at 2 p.m. dressed in your Harry Potter best and be ready for crafts, puzzles and more. And for adults, the library will host a hands-on activity featuring animal origami. No prior experience is necessary to learn some origami tricks on Wednesday, July 25, at 5 p.m. in the fireplace room.

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It is not too late to join the Summer Reading Program at the San Juan Capistrano Library. This year’s theme is Reading Takes You Everywhere, and participants of all ages have been enjoying exciting adventures, amusing accounts, and farreaching tales as they fill in their reading logs. Stop by the library and join the fun. Choose a book to take home, find out how to win some great prizes, and take part in a variety of summertime activities, storytimes and games. Lunch at the Library continues through Thursday, July 26. Children under the age of 13 are invited to have lunch at the library Mondays through Thursdays

from noon to 1 p.m. Capistrano Unified School District is serving lunch in the courtyard, so sunscreen and hats are recommended. Lastly, go see a movie at the library. The next Friends of the Library First Friday Film will be Father Figures shown on Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. in La Sala. And for the kids, the library will feature Sherlock Gnomes as the First Saturday Film on Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. Your help is needed! Staff is working to build a boardgame collection for the library and is requesting donations. If you have any no-longer-played boardgames, please take them to the library. Your gen-

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erosity is greatly appreciated. The “Branching Out” column is a collaboration between San Juan Capistrano Library staff and the Friends of the Library, a nonprofit that supports the library and its programs by raising funds through its on-site bookstore and special events. For more information on the library, visit or follow @ SJCFriends on Facebook. CD PLEASE NOTE: In an effort to provide our readers with a wide variety of opinions from our community, The Capistrano Dispatch provides Guest Opinion opportunities in which selected columnists’ opinions are shared. The opinions expressed in these columns are entirely those of the columnist alone and do not reflect those of the The Capistrano Dispatch or Picket Fence Media. If you would like to respond to this column, please email us at


Play Around Where to see live theater in South Orange County this summer BY EMILY RASMUSSEN, THE CAPISTRANO DISPATCH


lthough people watching at the beach is entertaining, try taking a break from the summer heat for a few hours and head into one of South Orange County’s playhouses for some live theater. Here’s three of the area’s playhouses that feature family-friendly laughs that run throughout the summer. Camino Real Playhouse Grab your picnic baskets and head to the Historical Town Center Park this summer to watch The Pink Panther Strikes Again, being hosted by San Juan Capistrano Camino Real Playhouse. A generational favorite comedy, The Pink Panther Strikes Again features unusual criminologist Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau as he fights for his life and the future of all mankind. Paul Dreyfus holds the world at bay with a Doomsday Machine, as Clouseau clumsily and hilariously tries to save the world. This family friendly summer series will continue throughout most weekends in July: July 13-15, July 20-22 and July 27-29. Tickets are $15 and can be bought online at Beverly Blake, the theater’s vice president, said that the cast will be phenomenally entertaining and is sure to bring laughs to the audience. Attendees are invited to come early to the 7:30 p.m. performance. It’s common for people to arrive around 6 p.m. to enjoy their picnics and watch the set take shape, and audience members often create new friends, swap dishes and share conversation. Prior to the showing, there will be an interactive demonstration of children that will tie into the showing. Also, there is a competition for the best picnic setup, Blake said.

The Camino Real Playhouse performs in the Historical Town Center Park every summer. Pictured is “The Curse of Capistrano” from 2016. Photo: File

The Camino Real Playhouse also features other summer activities, including the Capistrano Acting Academy that features the Summer Theater Camp with performances such as Ariel’s Adventure, Beauty’s a Beast, Dalmatian Escapades, A Fairytale Mystery, The Kings Sword, and Pippi Longstocking on the High Seas. Camino Real Playhouse, 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano. Cabrillo Playhouse Coming to the Cabrillo Playhouse this summer are multiple titles, Boeing, Boeing, The Best of Broadway, and Queens of the Kingdom. The Cabrillo Playhouse, a staple entertainment venue in San Clemente that operates as a nonprofit, is sure to bring summer fun to audiences. “It’s been sort of an icon in San Clemente, and we’ve had good plays,” Board Member Diane Kelly said. “We get great actors and good directors, and we’re able to fill our seats.” Kelly said the theater has operated for more than half a century due to the involvement of the public and people who support the shows. While six main plays

make up the playhouse’s annual series, original scripts are sometimes premiered. Ticket sales and donations are the source of the playhouse’s revenue. But lucky for the local arts scene, Cabrillo’s consistent quality and enduring reputation figure to be enough to keep the playhouse entertaining locals and visitors for years to come. Boeing, Boeing is a French comedy written in the 1960s by Marc Camoletti, The Best of Broadway features six of Orange County’s “finest singers” that bring the music of Broadway, and Queens of the Kingdom brings starlets from the movies to life in their own way. Boeing, Boeing is coming to the Cabrillo Playhouse on Aug. 3-5 and Aug. 10-11, The Best of Broadway comes Aug. 17-18 and Aug. 19, and Queens of the Kingdom comes Aug. 24-26. For ticket prices and more information, go to Cabrillo Playhouse, 202 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente. Laguna Playhouse The Laguna Playhouse is bringing two Tony-nominated performances to its stage this summer, Million Dollar Quartet and

End of the Rainbow. Million Dollar Quartet features a night of rock ‘n’ roll inspired by the “most famous jam session in recording history” that tells the story of legendary rock music icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Million Dollar Quartet is about the evening of Dec. 4, 1956 when they came together at Sun Studios, and features 21 timeless hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “I Walk the Line” and more. The musical starts July 5 and ends July 29. Another summer showing at the Laguna Playhouse is the End of the Rainbow about Judy Garland’s return to Southern California. It’s December 1968, Garland is with her fiancé and accompanist in London, and she struggles to get “beyond the rainbow.” Some of the songs featured in this performance include “You Made Me Love You (I Didn’t Want To Do It),” “For Me And My Gal,” and “Over the Rainbow.” The performance runs from Aug. 8 to Sept. 2. For ticket information, go to Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach. CD


The San Juan Capistrano Little League All-Star team looks on during a pre-game ceremony to honor fallen Long Beach Fire Capt. David Rosa on Tuesday, June 26 at Cox Sports Park in Ladera Ranch. Photo: Emily Rasmussen

Long Beach Fire Captain, San Juan Resident, Remembered by Community BY EMILY RASMUSSEN AND ZACH CAVANAGH, THE CAPISTRANO DISPATCH


he San Juan Capistrano community mourned alongside Long Beach and first responders over its loss of Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) Capt. David Rosa, a San Juan Capistrano resident, who was killed by a gunshot wound while responding to an emergency incident in the early hours of June 25. Rosa, a 17-year veteran of LBFD, was shot while responding to reports of a fire and explosion in a high rise apartment complex that housed low-income seniors in downtown Long Beach. Rosa is survived by his wife, Lynley, and sons Alec, 25, and Samuel, 16, who live in San Juan Capistrano. Rosa was active in the San Juan Capistrano community, his family are members of the Mountain View Church and he is a former president of the San Juan Capistrano Little League. Tears and reassuring smiles filled the stands of a San Juan Capistrano Little League All-Star game on June 26, as the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) and LBFD honored Rosa in a pre-game ceremony OCFA’s San Juan Capistrano Engine No. 7 and Ladera Ranch Engine No. 3 and LBFD Engine No. 3 went out on the field and held a memorial and moment of silence in honor of Rosa. Many of the coaches and players of the San Juan Capistrano Little League wore patches that read “Rosa 10” on their jerseys.

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“It’s a special thing to be able to honor somebody that poured his heart out for these kids and for our league,” SJCLL All-Star coach Cesar Loya said. “It’s a very unfortunate situation, but we feel honored to be able to do this for someone that did so much for everyone. It’s a special recognition, and just to have so many people come out and be a part of that made it extra special for all of us.” Elijah Robles, 16, was at the memorial and was coached by Rosa. Wearing his JSerra High School baseball Long Beach Fire Capt. David cap with “Dave Rosa. Photo: Courtesy Rosa” inscribed by a marker on the right-hand side of the hat, Robles said he also played alongside Sam, Rosa’s son. “Coach Rosa was a great man, he coached me for two years and I had the privilege of knowing him as just a man, an umpire, he was an amazing coach and an even more amazing father,” Robles said. “It’s really disappointing to see him go.” For more community reaction on Rosa as well as more photos and video from the pre-game ceremony, check the News section under Eye on SJC online at CD Page 16

BUSINESS DIRECTORY CLASSIFIEDS Submit your classified ad online at FOR SALE CUSTOM AREA RUGS You pick style, color and size. Typically made in 2 weeks. Stainmaster nylon, wool, polyester or designer carpet. Carpet showroom in Lantern District of Dana Point. Carpet and flooring remnants also available - all shapes, sizes and kinds of flooring. We sell tile too! Mike, Lantern Bay Carpets, 949-240-1545. OBITUARY

Stephen Armond Nordeck September 26, 1941 ~ June 25, 2018

Stephen Armond Nordeck, born September 26, 1941 in Los Angeles, died Monday, June 25, at his home in Rancho Mission Viejo. Steve attended Loyola Marymount University receiving a degree in Business as well as USC School of Business where he received a Master’s Degree. In 1963, he was elected to the Manhattan Beach City Council and served as Mayor. Moving South for the cowboy lifestyle, Steve became legendary for taking historic landmarks, making them earthquake safe, while preserving their authenticity. He tried his hand at restaurant ownership, buying the Trabuco Oaks Steak House in 1987. He and his partners purchased the Swallows Inn, a cowboy bar and local fixture in San Juan Capistrano, in 1993. This was followed by further development in San Juan Capistrano of Mission Promenade, a premier specialty retail center, in 1997, and the acquisition and renovation of El Adobe de Capistrano- all are important parts of the local community today. Following a long line of luminaries, he delighted in his role as Grand Marshall for the 2017 Swallows Day Parade. A resident of San Juan Capistrano, Rancho Mission Viejo, and Coto de Caza since 1984, he was passionate about his horses, golf and USC’s Trojan football team. Most of all, Steve cherished the time spent with his niece, nephew and their children. Steve will be dearly missed by his extended family and many friends, including: Karin Holloway, beloved partner; sister Vicki Panko and brotherin-law Pat; niece and family, Samantha and John Buchanan; nephew and family, Patrick (L.P.) and Elizabeth; grand-nephews, Braden Nordeck Buchanan, Tate Edmund Buchanan, Patrick Stephen Panko; grand-niece, Catherine Isabella Panko; cousins Richard Alter, Melinda Garroway (Art), Shannon Alter Yerkes (Jeff), Jonathan Alter (Chat) and Dori Nordeck. Steve was a respected politician, entrepreneur, and restaurateur. We will truly miss his kind heart and generosity of spirit. Gifts can be sent to City of Hope in support of Dr. Joseph Chao in honor of Stephen Nordeck. Online donations can be made at: www.– Then click to “Donate in Honor or Memory of Loved One.”

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Aiming for the Future Local hunters, fishermen demystify conservation, look forward by carrying on controversial tradition BY DANIEL RITZ, THE CAPISTRANO DISPATCH


n the late 1800s, American wildlife was in dire straits. Market hunting, trapping, invasive species and America’s rapid expansion westward had pushed many wildlife species to their breaking points. Over-hunting got the attention of soonto-be revered hunters George Bird Grinnell and Theodore Roosevelt, the founder of the National Audubon Society and the 26th President of the United States of America, respectively. Grinnell and Roosevelt later assisted in establishing the American Conservation Movement around the idea that wildlife and other natural resources belong to all Americans—current and future. Nationally, 74 percent of Americans believe the country should “do whatever it takes to protect the environment,” according to the Pew Research Center. Unfortunately, today, in most cases except hunting and fishing, that is not translating into dollars. What is often seen as a black-and-white issue to many South County residents is in fact a far more complex, often considered ironic, issue. A complicated connection South Orange County is full of hunters and fishermen actively engaged in the convoluted, and rapidly evolving conundrum of conservation’s economic distress. Mark Erskine is a bow hunter and self-described conservationist residing in San Clemente. The 46-year-old describes himself as having always been an outdoor person, initially dedicated to fishing. Erskine moved to Oregon from the East Coast in middle school. He said that his bow hunting experience actually amplified everything he already loved about nature. “You have to get closer, be quieter, you have to be completely connected,” Erskine said. “You have to be part of their environment. You end up experiencing animals, including animals other than what you’re hunting, that you would not have noticed if you were not in that moment. “I don’t take it lightly,” Erskine continued. “I don’t have a desire to hunt everything I can. I take it very seriously. I have a lot of respect for the animals. Unfortunately, there are a lot of television shows etc. in the public space that describe hunting as a source of what we call the ‘thrill kill.’” He said that as a bow hunter, he experiences a “take” as a “spiritual experience.”

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Erskine poses with a sizeable animal of the elk family. Photo: Courtesy

“Every time I harvest an animal, I take a moment and reflect on its life, and its beauty,” Erskine said, visibly showing the experiences’ existential value. “It is a good thing to be able to share with people,” Erskine said. “To be able to tell the story of where the animal was taken, and how, to share its life and (explain) what exactly people are eating.” “Me, I like to harvest things I can eat. I think it is a misnomer that you can simply hunt, because it is ‘the season.’ And that’s simply not the case. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for the animal, and nature. As a youth, I would do stream rehabilitation in Oregon for steelhead and other native species. Hunting and poaching are a different conversation. Here in the U.S. and Canada, the animals are everyone’s.” Erskine mentioned that often, the conversation boils down to hunters being viewed as either avid “killers” or vegans. “That’s a very disconnected relationship, in my opinion,” he said. Not exclusive to terra firma Zach Augustine, 31, of Dana Point, mirrors Erskine’s opinion that many share a disconnected experience with the act of harvesting wildlife. “When it boils down to it, it’s all about the experience,” Augustine said. “It isn’t always 100 percent fun when you take a big fish. It’s heavy.” Most commonly fishing out of the Dana Point Harbor, Augustine voiced widely supported research sharing that commercial fishing is more detrimental to fish stock, and human health, than personal recreational participation. For example, a study by the American Sportfishing Association revealed that the recreational sector added $152.24 in value, or GDP, for one pound of fish landed, compared to the commercial sector’s $1.57 for a single pound of fish. states that Californians report for approximately 1.7 million of the United States’ recreational fishermen, the nation’s largest contributor despite being only 6 percent of the state’s population. There is reason to believe this is because of recent increases in fees and costs of licenses. Economic groups with an annual household income ranging from $100,000– $149,000 make up the majority of this group. This may add some weight to the argument that fishing is becoming costprohibitive for people in lower economic brackets. Declining participation, declining income Income may not be the only demographic statistic relevant to this “conservation cash crisis.” A new survey by the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife showed that today, only about 5 percent of Americans 16 years old and older, participate in hunting. That’s half of what it was 50 years ago and the decline is expected to accelerate over the next decade. A large portion of this prediction revolves around a well-understood and forecasted “demographic wall” surrounding aging Baby Boomers phasing out of active hunting. “We’re up against a demography wall,” said Keith Warnke, state hunting and shooting coordinator for the state of Wisconsin, per the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife website. “(There is) a wall of demographics when the number of hunters is really going to decline.” Nearly a third of hunters in the United States are Baby Boomers. “That means the way conservation was done in the past is not going to be sufficient in the future,” a representative from California Fish and Game stated. The shift is welcomed by some who morally oppose the pastime, but surprising to some, it could also be leading to a crisis.

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Where does the money go? State wildlife agencies and the country’s wildlife conservation system are heavily dependent on the sport for funding. Money generated from license fees and excise taxes on guns, ammunition and angling equipment provide about 60 percent of the funding for state wildlife agencies, which manage most of the wildlife in the United States. This user-play, user-pay funding system for wildlife conservation. It has been incredibly successful at restoring the populations of North American game animals, some of which were once hunted nearly to extinction. Funding for the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife operations comes from approximately 48 different sources, including 27 dedicated accounts within the Fish and Game Preservation Fund. About 16 percent of the department’s money comes from tax dollars in the state general fund and about 20 percent comes from hunting and fishing license fees. The department has limited discretion in how it spends its money, with much of its operating revenues (around $400 million) designated for specific programs in the state budget. By law, hunting and fishing revenues must be spent on hunting and sport fishing programs, including fish hatcheries and stocking, habitat restoration, wildlife management and education programs. Other environmental revenues are directed toward conservation planning, environmental review and permitting and water resource management. Additionally, the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act, or the Pittman-Robertson Act, as it’s more commonly known, requires that states use their revenues from hunting license fees for wildlife management. Killing necessary to continue? Those efforts run into a larger question: Is the greater public willing to pay more to protect wildlife? Colorado’s wildlife agency has cut tens of millions of dollars in expenditures and trimmed programs that deal with invasive species. Vermont’s fish and wildlife department, which manages more than 25,000 species and nearly 2,000 native plants, is cautioning that even though the state leads the nation in wildlife viewing, that activity “provides no significant stream to the department that would allow for the management of the resources viewed.” “Without a change in the way we finance fish and wildlife conservation, we can expect the list of federally threatened and endangered species to grow from nearly 1,600 species today to perhaps thousands more,” a panel on sustaining America’s fish and wildlife resources recently warned. Often existing out of the public view, practicing outdoorsmen and women may in fact be essential in sustaining a wildliferich and diverse native environment to California and the United States as a whole. CD

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