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The Maestro of Video Games

San Juan Capistrano resident Tommy Tallarico creates music and art through video games E Y E O N S J C / PAG E 7

San Juan Capistrano resident Tommy Tallarico has produced music for more than 300 video games, making him one of the most successful producers in the industry. Photo: Brian Park

Candidates Emerge for City Council Race, Vote Delayed for Downtown Hotel EYE ON SJC/PAGE 3

Doctor, City Employee Save Man’s Life on Basketball Court SJC LIVING/PAGE 11

Hundreds Honor Surf and Sail Legend Hobie Alter SJC LIVING/PAGE 12




What’s Up With... Five things San Juan should know this week Planning Commission Delays Vote on Downtown Hotel Proposal THE LATEST: The San Juan Capistrano Planning Commission on Tuesday delayed approval for the proposed 136-room downtown hotel saying the city needed more time to ensure the hotel would be built and to determine its relationship with neighboring Historic Town Center Park. Urban Village’s $43 million project also calls for 33 townhomes and 2,700 square feet of commercial space on 3.2 acres at 31878 Camino Capistrano and plans to extend Forster Street to Del Obispo Street. In postponing their vote, city staff and city attorneys will have more time to craft an agreement to ensure the hotel will be built before or at the same time as the townhomes. Urban Village Principal Joshua Host presented revised plans to the commission, following a joint workshop between the City Council and the commission in March and after working with an ad-hoc committee to address their concerns. Changes included scaling back the hotel from the historic Egan House, creating a breezeway from Forster Street through the hotel and to the nearby Mercado Village shopping center and adding bike and pedestrian pathways at the park. WHAT’S NEXT: The commission will reconsider the project on May 13. City staff noted the importance of events at the park, and in buying more time, they will work with Host to ensure future residents, living directly next to the park, aren’t able to force the city to restrict events. The city will also look into a maintenance agreement for the park. –Brian Parl

Two Incumbents, One City Commissioner to Run for City Council THE LATEST: Two incumbents and one longtime city commissioner will vie for three seats on the San Juan Capistrano City Council in the November 4 election. Councilman Larry Kramer announced he intends to run for re-election during The Capistrano Dispatch April 25-May 8, 2014

last Friday’s Coffee Chat, a weekly community forum, at Mission Grill. “We started almost four years ago to put our financial house in order and move the city in a positive direction for all the residents. I want to continue on that path,” Kramer said. Councilman John Taylor also said in an email that he will be running this fall. Jan Siegel, a 13-year member of the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission and noted volunteer, also publicly announced she will be running for City Council during a Coffee Chat earlier this month. She said she was motivated to run because of the proposed project to build a shopping center next to the Mission and that she wanted to help strike a balance between a new development and preservation. WHAT’S NEXT: Councilman Derek Reeve said in an email that he hasn’t made a decision to run. The filing period to officially run for City Council has not been announced. –BP

A 9-acre site, located off Camino Las Ramblas, has laid fallow for several years. The land is part of the unfinished Pacifica San Juan development. Photo: Brian Park

City Council Asks Lehman to Clean Up Dirt

Incumbent San Juan Capistrano City Councilmen Larry Kramer and John Taylor announced they intend to run for re-election this November. They will be joined by longtime Cultural Heritage Commissioner Jan Siegel. Courtesy of the city of San Juan Capistrano

CUSD to Bring Back Full Calendar Next School Year THE LATEST: Capistrano Unified School District students will have their first 180day school year in several years beginning this September after the CUSD Board of Trustees unanimously approved the calendar for the 2014-2015 school calendar Wednesday. Increases in funding from the state have allowed the district to restore the full calendar after having to cut school days during the recession. WHAT’S NEXT: The school year will begin for all students on Thursday, Sept. 4 and includes a week-long break for the Thanksgiving holiday. Winter break will begin Monday, Dec. 22 and last through Jan. 5, 2015. Spring break will follow Easter, which falls on Sunday, April 4. The last day of school for students will be Friday, June 15. –Jim Shilander

THE LATEST: Lehman Bros., the owner of the unfinished Pacifica San Juan housing development, was given 30 more months to prepare the land for sale last Tuesday but the San Juan Capistrano City Council asked that stockpiled dirt on the property be cleaned up. Nearby residents have long complained about mounds of dirt on a 9-acre site off Camino Las Ramblas. “We were told this was only temporary,” wrote resident Bree Gallery in a letter to the city. “Temporary has been many dusty years now.” Lehman acquired the land, part of a larger 292-acre site, in 2012, after the developer, SunCal, declared bankruptcy in 2008. Between 2004 and 2008, only 97 of the approved 416 homes were built. Lehman, which also went bankrupt in 2008, now plans on selling the project to another developer. WHAT’S NEXT: Starting in the early 2000s, dirt was added to the land to compact the underlying soil, but due to the bankruptcies, the site was left unmonitored. Lisa Gordon, a representative for Lehman, said the company resumed testing three months ago to measure the progress of soil compaction. Lehman has until January 2017 to also build public improvements, including new and reconstructed traffic signals. FIND OUT MORE: For the full story, visit –BP

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City Waives Fees for Art Fair, Swallows Day Parade THE LATEST: In two separate items, the San Juan Capistrano City Council on Tuesday, April 11 voted unanimously to do away with fees for a pair of popular local events, the Second Saturday Art Fair and the Swallows Day Parade. Randi Peshkin, organizer of the monthly art fair, had been receiving fee waivers since 2007. Charlie View, the city’s director of development services, noted that the event was a “contributor to the economic recovery in downtown,” but that ongoing construction of the Interstate 5/Ortega Highway interchange and a recovering economy adversely affected the fair. The city will now waive $7,800 in fees over the next two years. The council also voted to indefinitely wave fees for the Fiesta Association, the all-volunteer nonprofit that organizes the Swallows Day Parade. The Fiesta Association had been receiving a waiver annually. Fees for the 2014 parade cost $32,600. WHAT’S NEXT: The art fair’s new agreement also includes plans to begin antique sales and sidewalk chalk art exhibits. Joel Peshkin, Randi’s husband, expressed concern that the Fiesta Association’s fees were being waived in perpetuity and suggested a more limited time frame. Councilman Derek Reeve noted that future councils could vote to reinstate the waiver requirement. –BP



Retiring City Planner Gets Warm Send-off The San Juan Capistrano City Council bid a final farewell last Tuesday to longtime city planner Bill Ramsey, who will be retiring May 2. “Although we are happy for Bill as he begins a new chapter in his life, filling his shoes will be difficult,” said Mayor Sam Allevato, during what was Ramsey’s last council meeting. “Bill’s knowledge, experience and passion for San Juan Capistrano will truly be missed.” Ramsey, who serves as assistant director of development services and has been with the city for 24 years, received a plaque and standing ovation from the council, city staff and others in attendance. “It’s been truly an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of San Juan, the businesses, the City Council and the commissions,” Ramsey said. “I leave the city with many lasting friendships and professional relationships.” Ramsey said he plans on staying involved in San Juan Capistrano, including the Historical Society. He said he’s already been asked to help the Mission San Juan Capistrano Docent Society with their work to furnish the Montanez Adobe.

Pro Skater Tony Hawk, Olympian Julie Swail Ertel Visit St. Margaret’s Legendary professional skateboarder Tony Hawk and two-time Olympian Julie

Swail Ertel stopped by St. Margaret’s Episcopal School on Monday, April 14 to kick off the school’s Health and Wellness Week. Hawk spoke to upper and middle school students about following their life passions. “You have to follow what you truly love doing, no matter what. If I had listened to the haters, I would not be here today,” Hawk said. “You have to build that confidence as you go. When you follow what you really love doing, you’re going to find that you learn things that you never imagined.” Swail Ertel, who won the silver medal as part of the 2000 U.S. Olympic women’s water polo team and competed in the triathlon during the 2008 games, spoke to lower school students about the importance of living healthy lives. Throughout the week, students listened to guest speakers and took part in various educational and fitness activities.

Nominations Being Accepted for Wall of Recognition Know a San Juan Capistrano resident who’s made the community a better place to live? The city of San Juan Capistrano wants to know and is accepting applications for its Wall of Recognition. For more than a decade, the city has been recognizing residents who’ve made a positive impact on the lives of their neighbors and businesses by adding their names to the display at the Community Center. Nominees must have lived in San Juan Capistrano for at least eight years and adequately demonstrated beneficial service to the community. Nominations can be made by nonprofit organizers, a recommendation by a City Council member or a consensus of 10 city residents. Nominations must be turned in by April 30, at 4:30 p.m., in the City Manager’s office, located at 32400 Paseo Adelanto. Nomination letters should be typewritten and must include the name, age and address of the nominee, as well as the person or group making the nomination. It should also include how long the nominee has lived in town, a description of their services and why they should be considered. Honorees will be chosen by a City Council subcommittee and considered for final approval by the entire council. For more information, contact Cathy Salcedo at 949.443.6317.

a San Juan Capistrano resident who died last May. The walk begins at 7 a.m. and will take place at Laguna Niguel Regional Park. Until May 5, registration costs $25 for adults, $15 for kids ages 5-12 and includes a T-shirt. Registration on the day of the event increases $10. Proceeds will benefit the local nonprofit Great Opportunities and Native American tutoring services. Bobbie Banda, a ninth generation member of the historic Rios family and a member of the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians, helped bring federally-funded Native American Indian education programs to the Capistrano Unified School District. The event was started by her son, Nathan Banda, who sits on the San Juan Capistrano Cultural Heritage Commission. To register, visit and search “BLB.” For more information, email

San Juan Honors Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year Mayor Sam Allevato and the San Juan Capistrano City Council last Tuesday recognized the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley’s 2014 Youth of the Year, Michelle Alexander. The award is given annually to the club member who overcomes obstacles to become a leader in the club and their community. Allevato highlighted Alexander’s volunteering with food banks, feeding the homeless and working with toddlers at her church. Alexander also participated in Major League Baseball’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program. Alexander, who is a senior at San Juan Hills High School, is on the girls varsity softball team. This June, she will become the first member of her family to graduate from high school. She then plans on moving to Texas to pursue a nursing degree. “My life changed 11 years ago when I pushed open the glass doors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley,” Alexander said. “At the club, I learned that failure was not an option … I learned that every accomplishment starts with a decision to try.”

Legendary professional skateboarder Tony Hawk (second from left) poses for a photo with students at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School. Hawk spoke to students last Monday to kick off the school’s Health and Wellness Week. Photo: Courtesy of St. Margaret’s Episcopal School

The Capistrano Dispatch April 25-May 8, 2014


H2O for HOAs 9 a.m. to noon. Water

experts will be on hand to answer residents’ questions and provide information during a free forum hosted by the cities of San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point and San Clemente and the South Coast Water District. RSVPs are required and can be made online at or email San Juan Capistrano Community Center, 25925 Camino Del Avion.


Rotary Club Meeting 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. Regular meeting includes fellowship and an informative presentation from a guest speaker. Occurs every Wednesday. Sarducci’s Capistrano Depot, 26701 Verdugo Street, Ste. 201. FRIDAY 5.2

Coffee Chat 8 a.m. A spirited town hall

forum on community issues, hosted by The Dispatch founder Jonathan Volzke. Occurs every Friday. All are welcome. Mission Grill, 31721 Camino Capistrano.


Open Space, Trails and Equestrian Commission Meeting 6 p.m. City Hall,

32400 Paseo Adelanto. TUESDAY 5.6

City Council, Housing Authority and Successor Agency Meeting 6 p.m. City Hall, 32400 Paseo Adelanto.


Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Celina

Corley, crime prevention specialist with San Juan Capistrano Police Services and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, will discuss how businesses can prevent burglaries during the chamber’s monthly networking breakfast. $15 for chamber members, $25 for non-members. To RSVP, email The Vintage Steakhouse, 26701-B Verdugo Street.

5K Celebrates Mothers Registration is open for the second annual 5K Mother’s Day Memorial B.L.B. Walk, which will take place Saturday, May 10. The event celebrates the lives of all mothers and grandmothers, in honor of the late Barbara “Bobbie” Lucille Banda,

Community Meetings

San Juan Capistrano Mayor Sam Allevato and the City Council recognized Michelle Alexander, the 2014 Youth of the Year at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley. Photo: Brian Park

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All information below is obtained from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department website. The calls represent what was told to the deputy in the field by the radio dispatcher. The true nature of an incident often differs from what is initially reported. No assumption of criminal guilt or affiliation should be drawn from the content of the information provided. An arrest doesn’t represent guilt. The items below are just a sampling of the entries listed on the OCSD website.

Tuesday, April 22 DISTURBANCE Brookside Lane, 27500 Block (3:05 a.m.) A man in a pickup truck was seen going through trash and making excessive noise. When confronted by the caller, the man became verbally aggressive. He was last seen heading toward Windsong Drive, possibly to Ortega Highway.

Monday, April 21 DISTURBANCE-MECHANICAL La Novia Avenue/Valle Road (11:28 a.m.) Someone was seen riding a motorcycle on the trail off La Novia Avenue, heading toward the flagpoles. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Camino Capistrano, 32300 Block (11:23 a.m.) A man was lying down on the ground near the railroad tracks behind a store. The caller thought the man was drunk.

Sunday, April 20 SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Mission Hills Drive/Branding Iron Road (5:29 p.m.) A group of juveniles was seen riding a golf cart on the equestrian trail. TRAFFIC HAZARD Ortega Highway/Interstate 5 (1:14 p.m.) A man called police after his blue van broke down on the Ortega Highway bridge. He later called back to say he got his van started and off the road. DISTURBANCE Avenida De La Vista, 30800 Block (12:59 a.m.) A caller said their neighbors were talking too loudly on their porch, despite deputies telling them to quiet down 10 minutes prior.

DISTURBANCE Evergreen Road, 26400 Block (7 p.m.) A man called police after arguing with another man. Deputies who responded to the scene reported that the caller was being uncooperative and wasn’t able to verbalize what the argument was about or what he wanted done. DISTURBANCE Camino Del Avion, 25500 Block (6:49 p.m.) A patrol check was requested for a group of juveniles skateboarding near the lunch tables at Del Obispo Elementary School. It was later reported that the kids were just being kids, that no felonious activity or crimes were being committed and that the kids were being mindful of not damaging any property. GRAND THEFT REPORT Via Alicia, 32000 Block (6:31 p.m.) A man called after finding several electronic items in his home missing, despite having a deadbolt on his door. The man said he was also renting a room out to someone who wasn’t there. DISTURBANCE Verdugo Street, 26700 Block (3:11 p.m.) A group of people were taking pictures of the train engine, from the station platform and inside the train, and refused to leave. WELFARE CHECK La Novia Avenue/San Juan Creek Road (9:09 a.m.) A patrol check was requested for an elderly man who was leaning against a pole. The caller said the man was either sleeping or having a medical issue.

Thursday, April 17 WELFARE CHECK Via Del Rey, 25700 Block (10:07 p.m.) Dispatch reported that a possibly drunken women had called, mumbling about a custody issue and her ex “being drunk and violent,” before the line disconnected. WELFARE CHECK Kinkerry Lane, 33700 Block (9:15 p.m.) A caller was concerned because the lights at the house across from theirs were on and a dog was barking “like crazy.” The caller said the dog hardly ever barked. ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Doheny Park Road, 33900 Block (5:55 p.m.) A dog inside a parked silver Lexus SUV was distressed and setting off the car alarm.

Saturday, April 19

9-1-1 HANGUP Del Obispo Street/Camino Capistrano (4:43 p.m.) Three people were seen fighting a subject in the parking lot in front of Chase Bank. The caller later said a large man was still on top of the subject.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Via La Jolla/Avenida California (7:30 p.m.) A man, described as being in his early 20s and wearing a dark sweatshirt and lightcolored plaid shorts, was seen loitering in the neighborhood. The caller said the man was unknown to the area.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE El Camino Real, 31600 Block (1:04 p.m.) Police were notified about three boys, in the fourth and fifth grades, who had planned to bring a smoke bomb to school. The three boys were sent to the office and their parents were notified.

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EYE ON SJC to the 2013 interactive drama and adventure game Beyond: Two Souls. David Goyer, the screenwriter who helped pen director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and the 2013 Superman movie, Man of Steel, co-wrote the stories for two games in the Call of Duty series. But unlike movies, video games are inherently interactive. “When John Williams goes and sits down to write the music, he writes for that linear media. He has to follow that path that has already been pre-written,” Tallarico said. “With video games, it’s almost like the player becomes the conductor.” Better technology has allowed video game music composers to move beyond those bleeps and bloops. Early video game technology limited music to short, 45- to 60-second melodies, looped continuously. While some have stood the test of time, like the themes for Super Mario Bros. and Tetris, many were created as an afterthought. “The main focus of writing video game music back then was it had to be simple and have a great melody,” Tallarico said. “There was no technology to make music on. You pretty much had to be a computer programmer.”

Tommy Tallarico performs on stage as part of his Video Games Live music series. Courtesy photo

The Maestro of Video Games

San Juan Capistrano resident Tommy Tallarico creates music and art through video games BY BRIAN PARK, THE CAPISTRANO DISPATCH


n the digital world of video games, San Juan Capistrano resident Tommy Tallarico is a game changer. For those who have ever skateboarded their way through a foundry in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater or raced through the streets of Agrabah in Disney’s Aladdin, it was Tallarico who orchestrated the experience. Tallarico is one of the best known and critically-acclaimed video game music composers. Over the course of his career, spanning more than two decades, the 46-year-old Massachusetts native has helped usher in a change, from what he calls “bleeps and bloops” to sweeping orchestral pieces and anthemic rock ‘n’ roll—the new backdrop to which gamers are attaining high scores and reaching next levels. “When you watch a movie, you’re watching somebody else’s story,” Tallarico said. “When you play a video game, you become that character. The music becomes the soundtrack of your life.” MORE THAN A FEW TOKENS Since breaking into the industry in 1991, Tallarico has composed music for more than 300 console and computer games. He’s held three Guinness World Records, including one for the person who’s worked on the most commercially released video games. For the past 12 years, Tallarico has also taken to the road, performing alongside other musicians and full orchestras in his Video Game Live concert series. VGL has released three albums, all of which debuted in the Billboard Top 10 classical crossover category, and Tallarico has put out six albums himself. There’s a market for video game music because the video game industry itself is booming. Tallarico said the combined sales for video games he’s worked on exceed $4 billion. In 2013, video game sales, including hardware and software, grossed over $6 billion, according to a Feb. 2014 market report by the NPD Group, which tracks domestic sales. When combined with sales for used and rental and digital formats—the highest grossing category, which includes downloadable content, subscriptions and mobile games—that figure is over $15 billion. “When people ask me sometimes if video games will ever be legitimate, I’d say, ‘Yeah, about 10 years ago. You just don’t know it yet,” Tallarico said. LEVELING UP THE QUALITY Increased revenues also mean higher production values for video games. Developers like Electronic Arts and Activision Blizzard pour in millions for franchises like Madden NFL and the Call of Duty first-person shooting series. Many of the latest games also feature complex storylines—it’s no longer just about saving the princess or a player shooting their way through swarms of alien spaceships. Video games have evolved to a point where critics scrutinize narratives as much as graphics and playability. Games now resemble blockbuster Hollywood movies with actors and screenwriters crossing over for projects. Willem Dafoe and Ellen Page lent their likenesses and voices The Capistrano Dispatch April 25-May 8, 2014

FOLLOWING THE WHITE CLOUD Growing up in Springfield, Mass., Tallarico loved two things: video games and music. When he was 10, he’d take his father’s cassette recorder to the local arcade and record all his favorite music. He’d come home and charge his neighborhood friends a nickel to watch him perform guitar, backed by video game music. “Back then, it was magic,” Tallarico said. In high school, Tallarico and his friends would try to “crack” video game codes. By forcing an error in the game, he and his friends could access the programming and copy the codes onto disks. Music, though, was Tallarico’s primary calling. It also runs in his family. His cousin is Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler (nee Tallarico). “He’s 20 years older than me, so I never knew him when he wasn’t famous,” Tallarico said. “Whenever (Aerosmith) would come to the area, we got to go the shows. Watching him perform for 20,000 people, as a young child, I never thought it was a job that would be impossible or something that was out of reach.” After high school, Tallarico spent one year at Western New England University before deciding to pack his bags and head to California to start a music career. “When I turned 21, I literally left my parents crying on the doorstep,” Tallarico said. “I wanted to make it as a professional musician, and I wanted to get paid to write music. I had no plan whatsoever, except that California was the place to do it. It was where dreams were made.” Tallarico spent two weeks on the road, in his Pontiac Fiero, with only a pair of jeans, three T-shirts, a teddy bear he received the day he was born, a keyboard and $500 to his name.

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He knew little about Southern California, except Los Angeles and Hollywood. While driving out of Las Vegas, Tallarico said his eyes were drawn to a straight, wide cloud, which he followed all the way to Orange County. “I didn’t know where it was taking me, but I followed it,” said Tallarico, who took a photo of the cloud and keeps it to this day. “It dumped me in Anaheim.” Tallarico found a job selling keyboards at a Guitar Center in Santa Ana. On his first day on the job, and his third day in California, Tallarico wore one of his three T-shirts, which was emblazoned with the logo for the TurboGrafx-16, a Japanese gaming console. The first person Tallarico waited on happened to be a producer for Virgin Mastertronic, later Virgin Interactive. “He was looking for some software program to make music with and he sees my TurboGrafx-16 shirt and he knew what it was,” Tallarico said. “I proceeded to download 21 years of video game knowledge on this (guy.)” Tallarico was then offered a $6-an-hour job as a video game tester for Virgin, tasked to find bugs and errors. Every day, Tallarico said he begged executives to let him produce music. Four months later, he got his first project and produced the soundtrack for the original Prince of Persia video game. In 1992, Tallarico and his team of music producers produced Disney’s Aladdin, a game that earned critical success—uncommon for movie-based video games. “We were the hottest team in the video game industry,” Tallarico said. Two years later, he and his friend, Dave Perry, formed their own companies, Tommy Tallarico Studios and Shiny Entertainment. With Perry, Tallarico composed music for games like Earthworm Jim and MDK. MUSIC TO DIGITAL EARS In 1997, Tallarico moved to San Juan Capistrano’s affluent Hunt Club neighborhood. He said he was drawn to the city for its open space and it reminded him of small towns back home. A busy touring schedule with VGL keeps Tallarico away from home, but on June 11, he’ll be able to make the short drive up to Los Angeles for a performance at the Nokia Theatre and another show at Embarcadero Marina Park in San Diego on July 24. VGL shows feature live orchestras and vocal performances of popular video game music set to videos and interactive segments. The shows, he said, appealed naturally to regular gamers but opened the eyes and ears of newcomers. “When non-gamers come to our show, they leave it with a greater understanding and respect. They see the artistic side,” Tallarico said. “I want to prove to the world how culturally significant and artistic video games have become. I also want to help usher in a whole new generation to appreciate the symphony. It’s a show for everyone.” CD


Business Beat

News from San Juan Capistrano’s business community BY BRIAN PARK

Giving Back

Makeup artists and hairstylists from Brush Salon, like Mucio Vadales, helped high school models prepare for the runway during the Capistrano Coast Chapter of the National Charity League’s 14th annual fashion show fundraiser. Courtesy photo

BRUSH SALON 31770 Camino Capistrano, 949.496.8800, For the third year in a row, makeup artists and hairstylists from Brush Salon helped high school models look their best during the Capistrano Coast Chapter of the National Charity League’s 14th annual fashion show fundraiser in March. Local 11th-graders, who are also members of the organization, took to the runway for the show, which raised just over $50,000, the most in the event’s history. Proceeds from the show support the chapter’s various charitable efforts, including afterschool programs, U.S. military support, food banks and activities for senior citizens. “These were the most beautiful young ladies. They were so polite and lovely,” said salon owner Maureen Scafuri. “You just saw them blossom. When they got up on stage with their hair and makeup, they were super models. It was a neat change to watch.” Since opening two years ago, Scafuri and her staff have volunteered their services and products to a number of local fundraisers, including donating gift baskets to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley, the Mission, St. Margaret’s Episcopal School and JSerra Catholic High School. “We really try to help San Juan. We like to support the area we’re in, and there’s just really so many wonderful things to support,” Scafuri said. “I like to give back because I feel so blessed to have this business. It’s goodwill.” The Capistrano Dispatch April 25-May 8, 2014

Grand Opening RANCHO CAPISTRANO WINERY 26755 Verdugo Street, Ste. #100, San Juan Capistrano is poised to become a wine lover’s paradise in south Orange County. In the past year, both Hamilton Oaks Winery and Five Vines Wine Bar have opened with great success, drawing regular crowds looking to unwind with their favorite glass of red and white. Now, it’s Rancho Capistrano Winery’s turn. On Saturday, April 26, owner Kyle Franson is set to debut his new downtown winery during a sold-out grand opening party for family, friends and Facebook fans. And on Thursday, May 8, Mayor Sam Allevato and the Chamber of Commerce will welcome Rancho Capistrano Winery with a ribbon cutting ceremony. For Franson, this new venture, which is two years in the making, is all about sharing his passion for wine making and tasting. He’s quick to point out that this isn’t a wine bar but a winery that exclusively sells his own label of specialty wines. “We make all of our own wine. While we don’t own a vineyard, we source our must (freshly pressed juice) from all over the world,” Franson said. “We have three to four Italian wines, an Australian pinotage, a couple from Australia, France and Portugal, as well as California selections.” In total, the winery will have 55 different wines, with a regular rotation of 30 available. Franson said he’s excited to share his Mexican coffee port, a port wine blended with Mexican coffee beans. “It’s a blend of my two favorite things,” Franson said. “It’s sweet and very fullbodied. It’s quite spectacular.” At Rancho Capistrano, patrons will also be able to make and bottle their own wines, and members of the wine club can receive 20-percent discounts, two bottles of wine per month and free tasting opportunities. The winery will feature a full kitchen for food and wine pairings, a tasting room, lounge area and live entertainment.

Rancho Capistrano Winery owner Kyle Franson (center) and his staff are getting ready to debut the new winery during a sold-out grand opening party this weekend and later for a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 8. Courtesy photo

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JAS/DANA: Hopefully there’s room for two photos. If not, the Brush Salon one needs to be in. The Rancho Capistrano Winer y one is far better, but the Brush Salon lady went apeshit on Debra. Business Beat News and notes from San Juan Cap-

istrano’s business community By Brian Park CAPTION: Makeup artists and hairstylists from Brush Salon, like Mucio Vadales, helped high school models prepare for the runway during the Capistrano Coast Chapter of the National Charity League’s 14th annual fashion show fundraiser. Courtesy photo Giving Back



GUEST OPINION: My Turn by Jonathan Volzke

Touring Our Town by Bike

There’s a lot to see from atop two wheels


ne of our former City Council members every now and again writes a column about his travels about town with a horse named Ol’ Nellie. He makes a few good points, although sometimes the horse makes better. I’ve been touring the town the last few months by bicycle. I get up in the morning, bundle up and make a lap around that takes me from my home off Camino Capistrano up to the top of Don Juan Avenue on Mission Hill to see the sun coming up over the town. I then cut under the freeway on El Horno, go north on Rancho Viejo Road and ride up the hill past Saddleback College on Avery. From there, I hit the trail that goes behind San Juan Village and under the freeway to the Northwest Open Space, where I catch the trail behind Saddleback Valley Christian School, up Oso to Camino Cap and back home. It’s a great ride, allowing me to see the best of what our town has to offer. The world looks different when we’re out of our cars and on foot or bicycle. The trails, particularly behind Saddleback Valley Christian, make me feel like

Letters to the Editor LET’S PRESERVE SMALL TOWN FEEL AT CITY’S GATEWAY Lisa Medeiros, San Juan Capistrano

After having read the letter from Clyde Langston (“Let’s See What the Shops Have to Offer,” April 11-24) it is apparent he doesn’t understand the small-town appeal of our community. We are not Newport Beach or Tustin and don’t want to be. It’s not financially advantageous for big stores like Bristol Farms to be in a small community like San Juan Capistrano. The Bristol Farms at the Kaleidoscope went out of business, despite servicing a number of communities. Retail rents are astronomically high. Let’s face it. Many businesses in our town struggle to stay afloat and you want to add more competition to our already wellestablished retail centers? The Capistrano Dispatch April 25-May 8, 2014

I’m out of the city. There are beautiful open hillsides and it’s fun to ride through the water where the creek bisects the trail. I pass folks who are walking or jogging and there’s always a friendly MY TURN By Jonathan Volzke “hello.” I often see equestrian trainer Ellen Gates walking a horse along Oso, which is just so San Juan. Speaking of our town’s legacy, I see swallows every morning, too, along the creek just west of where it crosses under the freeway. But I also see the worst of our town from my bicycle seat. Folks leave a lot of trash everywhere, whether it’s tossed out of their car or carelessly dropped. I was riding with a neighbor, Ron Nord, one morning when we came across a man collecting trash in the open space as he walked his dogs. He was outfitted with a bag and a mechanical grabber he used to pick up wrappers and cups and bottles and whatnot. He said he does it every morning. We didn’t get his name, but we thanked him. I always say a little prayer when I pass the white cross and flowers on Rancho Viejo Road. I feel guilty because I don’t recall who it memorializes. I repeat that prayer when I ride near Camino Capistrano and Junipero Serra, where a little girl lost her life as her father allegedly drove drunk on Swallows Day. They’re good reminders, though, for me to keep my head up while I’m riding. I try to stay on the trails as much as possible, but there are spots where I can’t—or where it’s safer to ride on the street. I see motor-

ists on cell phones, putting on makeup, eating breakfast, all while passing within feet of me in their 3,000-pound-plus vehicles. There’s a move afoot throughout the county to encourage folks to use bicycles instead of cars whenever possible. County leaders recognize the first step is to ensure cyclists feel safe—whether it’s on a well-designed, interconnected system of trails or on streets where drivers are educated to share the road. City leaders are also working toward that and have assembled a group of volunteers into an ad-hoc bicycle committee that meets once a month. I’m honored to be part of that group, which is led by Councilmen Larry Kramer and John Taylor. There’s a “Capistrano Bicycle Club” Facebook page now, too. If you want to take part or have some ideas, follow that page on Facebook or email the councilmen at or And take a moment to explore our city and our trails on foot or bicycle—just be careful out there, whether you’re riding or driving. San Juan Capistrano resident Jonathan Volzke is an award-winning journalist for the Orange County Register and founder and former editor of The Capistrano Dispatch. He is now a senior account manager for Communications LAB in Lake Forest. 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 editorial@the

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Marbella Plaza has businesses go in and out every six months because not enough people patronize that center. Marbella Farmers Market is the only original business since the center opened. It’s a smalltown, high-quality neighborhood market. As a member of Mission San Juan Capistrano, the integrity of the church is first and foremost. When tourists get off Interstate 5 and look toward the Mission, they do not want to see jam-packed retail centers but beautiful small-town open space. I envision a park with a visitors’ center to pass out maps of shops, sites and points of interest. We could hold our farmers market in the park, so people getting off the freeway can see it and patronize it. I envision a small sign saying “Welcome to San Juan Capistrano,” holiday craft and art fairs and picnic tables. We also need added parking because parking is horrible in town. Anything but more retail stores. We want a welcoming atmosphere as you enter town. Wake up, City Council. Don’t make Page 9

another mistake. Not having In-N-Out Burger was a travesty to a small town like San Juan. It’s a California institution that people from all over the country have heard about and want as soon as they cross our state line. Not to mention jobs for teenagers who live in our local community. Another auto repair store? Really? I tell my children every day, “make good choices.” And I say the same to our City Council. Let’s make good choices, for the sake of our community we all love so much. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU To submit a letter to the editor for possible inclusion in the paper, e-mail us at letters@ or send it to 34932 Calle del Sol, Suite B, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624. The Capistrano Dispatch reserves the right to edit reader-submitted letters for length and is not responsible for the claims made or the information written by the writers.

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At the Movies: Not Your Average ‘Joe’


The List

What’s going on in and around town this week COMPILED BY STAFF

Friday | 25 DANA POINT SYMPHONY 7:30 p.m. The symphony orchestra presents Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. $20 for adults and $15 for seniors, students and military members. St. Edward’s Church, 33926 Calle La Primavera, Dana Point, STEPPING OUT 8 p.m. Opening night performance of a comedy about working-class amateurs trying to overcome their inhibitions and left feet in a low-rent New York dance studio. Shows through May 11. Camino Real Playhouse, 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082,

Saturday | 26 REPLACE YOUR LAWN WORKSHOP 9:30 a.m. The last of three workshops at Tree of Life Nursery focuses on creating a cottage garden with native plants. 33201 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, 949.728.0685,

Last year brought movie audiences one of the biggest acting comebacks in almost a decade, with Matthew McConaughey’s roles in Mud, Dallas Buyers Club and Wolf of Wall Street. This year may bring a comeback for another actor with questionable taste in movie choices: Nicolas Cage. Though not on the same career track as McConaughey, Cage headlines his own southern success this month with David Gordon Green’s Joe. The film also fittingly co-stars 17-year-old Tye Sheridan of Mud. In small-town Texas, an ex-con named Joe (Cage) makes a living poisoning weak trees to replace them with stronger ones when a teenager named Garry (Sheridan) asks if he and his dad (Gary Poulter) can work with his crew. Garry and his family are new to town, homeless and in need of money. Joe himself is looking for a fresh start. From there an unlikely friendship and mentorship is created between the anti-hero and boy. Joe returns filmmaker Green to his indie drama roots after a five years of directing Hollywood comedies like the stoner hit Pineapple Express. Cage has made a reputation out of spending his mid-career headlining mediocre action flicks rather than dramas like Leaving Las Vegas, for which he won Best Actor. Joe succeeds at reminding viewers he still has a talent and presence to carry already good material when he wants to and also shows that Green hasn’t completely sold out. —Megan Bianco

ARK OF SAN JUAN RESCUED PET ADOPTIONS 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dogs and puppies for adoption at Petco in the Vons plaza, 32391 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano. Cats available from noon to 4 p.m. at PetSmart in the Costco plaza, 33963 Doheny Park Road, San Juan Capistrano, 949.388.0034,

Sunday | 27 SERRA CHAPEL TOUR 11:15 a.m. Tour at the Mission in honor of Father Junípero Serra, who was born 300 years ago this year. Offered Sundays. Admission $6-$9. 26801 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300, CHARITY HANDBELL CONCERT 3:30 p.m. The San Clemente Community Handbell Choir, the handbell choir at St. Andrews by the Sea Methodist, Jubilee Bells of Our Savior’s Church and Blissful Bell of Our Savior’s Lutheran School perform a benefit concert. The concert is free but all donations benefit Family Assistance Ministries. Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 200 Avenida San Pablo, San Clemente,

Monday | 28 COUNTRY DANCIN’ WITH PATRICK AND FRIENDS 6:30 p.m. Every Monday at The Swallow’s Inn with steak night and happy hour prices. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188.

Tuesday | 29 STEMULATING SCIENCE 4 p.m.-5 p.m. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens presents fun and educational programs for kids 5-12, Tuesday through June 3. Activities focus on science, technology, engineering and math. $5. Call to register. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,

KARAOKE WITH LES AND JOEL 7 p.m. Every Wednesday at The Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188.

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WE DID IT FOR YOU! 7 p.m. Musical theatre event chronicling women’s history, presented by the American Association of University Women San Clemente-Capistrano Bay Branch. $15. San Clemente Presbyterian Church, 119 Avenida De La Estrella, 949.498.8154,

RANCHO DAYS FIESTA 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Explore what life was like in mid-19th century California through music, dance, crafts, food and reenactment performances at Heritage Hill Historical Park. Food and refreshments available for purchase. $4 for adults, $3 for children. 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, 949.923.2230,

LOS RIOS GARDEN ANGELS 8:30 a.m.10:30 a.m. Help clean and maintain Los Rios Park with fellow green thumbs. Meets Thursdays in front of the Montanez Adobe. Bring gloves, clippers and an apron. Sign the volunteer form at Photo: Andrea Papagianis

CALIFORNIA WINE FESTIVAL • APRIL 26 1 p.m.–4 p.m. Taste hundreds of California wines, craft beers and appetizers while enjoying live Caribbean music overlooking the Dana Point Harbor. Must be 21 years or older. Tickets start at $59 with advanced purchase. $80 at the door. Percentage benefits the nonprofit Surfrider Foundation. Lantern Bay Park, 25111 Park Lantern Road. The Capistrano Dispatch April 25-May 8, 2014

Saturday | 03 KENTUCKY DERBY HAT PARTY 1 p.m. Watch the Kentucky Derby with the SJC Equestrian Coalition at the Regency Theatre. Guests who come wearing derby hats will be entered into a raffle contest. A showing of the film “Hidalgo” follows the race. Admission $20 prior to the event, $25 the day of. Tickets can be purchased at Regency Theatre, 26762 Verdugo Street, San Juan Capistrano,

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to-the-pin, straightest drive, raffle prizes and more. Individual player fee $150, foursome $600. Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club, 200 Avenida La Pata, San Clemente, 949.492.1131,

Friday | 02 SC CHAMBER GOLF TOURNAMENT 11 a.m. Tournament highlights include shotgun start, scramble, putting contest, $5,000 hole-in-one, longest drive, closestPage 10

Thursday | 08 APERITIVO EVENING AND BOCCE BALL TOURNAMENT 5 p.m. Celebrate all things Italian at Marbella Country Club. San Juan Capistrano Mayor Sam Allevato will judge a bocce ball tournament from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Admission $30. Cash bar available until closing. For more info, call 949.248.3700 or email Vicky Carabini, the city’s ambassador to San Juan’s sister city, Capestrano, Italy, at

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activities in science, geography, cooking and music. Develop well-rounded children as they watch the lifecycle of butterflies and ladybugs, garden and observe root systems form and take part in our remarkable Brain Building Lego Camp. 24292 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.443.1193,

949 Volleyball club offers 12 summer camps for boys and girls ages 8-18. Players are introduced to the fundamentals of the sport as well as high-level techniques. Camp is held in our own state-of-the-art facility in San Juan Capistrano, just off of Interstate 5. Each session is $165 for four days of training. Camp ends with a tournament for prizes, where players can implement what they have learned. For more information, see or contact Space is limited, so sign up today.

Camp Broadway Bound The No. 1 musical theater camp in south Orange County. With a new themed musical show every week, we combine acting skill- and self-esteembuilding games, crafts, music, dance and fun. Camp meets in July and August, Mon–Fri from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, with a big camp show every Friday night. Join us for one or two weeks or the entire summer. No experience necessary. Last summer we sold out before school let out, so reserve your spot today. Locations in San Clemente and Mission Viejo. 949.388.3846,

Acting Academy for Kids Summer Performing Arts Camps serving ages 4-13. Campers are guided through a full theater immersion experience via four daily classes—music, art, acting and dance. The culminating event will be a Friday performance on the main stage at Camino Real Playhouse and the Cabrillo Playhouse. Children can participate for one week, the entire summer or anywhere in between. It’s time to watch your star shine. Camino Real Playhouse, 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, Cabrillo Playhouse, 202 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente, 714.747.4915,

AquaZot Swim Club The AquaZot Swim Club summer session is designed as a fun and structured program to develop swimming skills for 5- to 12-year-olds who are already water safe. Our experienced instructors employ the most recent aquatics methods to progress each student from basic to advanced stroke ability in all four competitive strokes. Mini swim meets will be held every two weeks as a fun way to judge each student’s progress. 714.470.3763,

The Arts Project OC San Clemente’s one-stop shop for all things art! We offer classes in acting, voice, music and studio art for creative kid ages 3 and up. Your aspiring

Capo Beach Christian School Summer Quest

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musician can make music at The Sound Studio. The Art Studio explores mediums such as painting, drawing and mixed media. In the Black Box Studio, become a triple threat in singing, acting and dancing. For more information, including fees, schedules and registration, log on to or call 949.276.ARTS (2787).

Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley The Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley offers summer day camp programs at three different South Orange County locations, including San Juan Capistrano, Aliso Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita. Day Camp runs from June 30- Aug. 29. Day Camp is offered Monday through Friday. Members participate in fun hands-on activities and field trips. Members’ age ranges, cost and hours vary by location. For more information, call 949.240.7898 ext. *28.

Boys & Girls Club of the South Coast Area The Boys & Girls Club of the South Coast Area’s PLAY GREAT Summer offers more than 25 summer programs including athletics, arts and crafts, computers, games, field trips and special events at a low cost of $30 annually, or free to our members (small additional fee for field trips). The club is located at 1304 Calle Valle, San Clemente. Summer program runs June 20–Sept. 6. Hours are Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m. 949.492.0376,

Broderick Montessori Broderick Montessori School is excited to announce a wonderful summer program for preschool, kindergarten and elementary children from June 30-Aug. 15. Give your child the Montessori academic edge while they explore

Summer Quest is a faithbased day-camp run by certified teachers with loving hearts. Each day brings hours of creative play, new friendships, character building and exciting adventures. With weekly beach days, pool days, park days and field trips to fun places like Knott’s Berry Farm, Legoland, county fairs and water parks. You will never hear those dreaded words, “I’m bored.” The small teacher-to-child ratio ensures safety and quality care. Located in Capistrano Beach. 949.496.3513,

City of Laguna Niguel Be a Squirrel or Coyote in the Laguna Niguel’s Parks and Recreation summer day camp programs! Campers explore Crown Valley Community Park and partake in activities such as handball, nature hikes, daily swimming, group games on pristine soccer fields, arts and crafts, construction toys, table games, camp songs, karaoke, Wii games and science exploration activities. Squirrels have weekly themed visitors, while Coyotes travel to the beach on Tuesdays and an amusement park on Thursdays. Register online at

DanMan’s Music School Not your father’s band. DanMan’s five-day intensive workshops let campers create and name their own rock bands and put on a real show for family and friends. Instructions on guitar, piano, drums, bass and vocals are provided by inspiring professional music teachers. Exercises include creating set lists, making band posters and rehearsing for the big gig. Cost is $225 per camp. Bring in DanMan’s ad from this issue before June 30 and receive $25 off. The jamming begins July 7. 24699 Del Prado, Dana Point. 949.496.6556,

Dana West Yacht Club Sailing Camp DWYC is again offering their popular Sailing Camp to community kids ages 8 to 18. The camp is three two-week sessions that can be enrolled in separately,

consecutively, or in combination. The dates of the sessions are June 30 – July 11, July 14 – July 25 and July 28 – Aug. 8. The camp now includes larger boats for older kids. Check out our junior video at Dana West Yacht Club, 24601 Dana Drive, Dana Point.

Endless Summer Surf Camp Celebrating its 22th anniversary, Endless Summer is the longest running surf camp in Orange County and caters to first-timers wanting to learn the basics of surfing and ocean safety as well as experienced surfers looking to improve their skills. Offering a new camp every Monday from June through September, the fun in the sun continues for 15 weeks

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at San Onofre State Beach. Day camps for kids 10 and older run Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. These camps are priced at $495 and include equipment, lessons, lunch, snacks, drinks and a T-shirt. Weeklong overnight camps are $895 and include accommodations, surf equipment, surf lessons, all meals, snacks,

drinks and a camp T-shirt. Also popular are our Surf & Turf surfing and golf camps, provided in cooperation with Talega Golf Course. Private lessons, group lessons and adult camps are also available. Sign up early. Camps sell out every summer! Call 949.498.7862 to register.

Photo: Nick Gates/Etnies Skatepark

Etnies Skatepark Etnies Skatepark offers the most dynamic weekly summer skateboarding camps in Orange County. Photography and videography camps are also available. Campers each receive a camp shirt and have the opportunity to create their own skateboard deck. During break time, campers have full access to our video game lounge to keep each day exciting and fun-filled. Etnies Skatepark covers 62,000 square feet, making it the largest free public skatepark in America. For more information, call 949.916.5870 or visit

Fashion Camp Create. Design. Sew. Fashion Camp is a creative learning space teaching the principles behind fashion design. We cover sketching, creating, designing and sewing. Our summer camps are geared toward beginners and perfect for those who have some experience too. Design Camps, Sewing Camps, Advanced Camps, Teen Camps and more. Ages 7-17. Half-day, full-day and weekend camps are offered. Early and late pickups are available too. 555 The Shops At Mission Viejo Road, Ste. 604A, Mission Viejo, 949.364.1856,

Bold Girlz Fashionista Fun Camp Bold Girlz is the ultimate party place for girls, offering fashion-themed parties and weekly summer fashion camps for fun selfesteem building. Girls will learn runway modeling, decorate T-shirts, enjoy spa day, hair and makeup, glamour shots and more. The last day of camp features a runway fashion show for family and friends. Girl Scout community service workshops, Happy Girlz Finishing School and walk-in Mini-Glam services are also available. Located at the Kaleidoscope, 27741 Crown Valley Parkway in Mission Viejo. For more info, call 949.348.1300 or see

Julie Foudy Soccer Camp The Julie Foudy Soccer Camp returns to Mission Viejo, July 15-18, for our 19th year! Our unique full-day camp is highlighted by U.S. National Team exercises, team building and leadership development from some of the most successful women soccer players and coaches in the game. New this summer, we’re excited to offer our College Prep program! Also, for the little ones, the Julie Foudy Happy Feet Program offers half-day fun for boys and girls ages 3-7.

Mathnasium Mathnasium can help you ramp up math skills this summer to set up for success in the coming school year. Our summer programs are designed to prevent summer learning loss and help students prepare for what lies ahead. All of our memberships offer a customized program with flexible scheduling—pick days and times that suit your schedule! In addition, four weekly Game Hours are available during the summer to both members and non-members. 888.962.6284,

Mission San Juan Capistrano Mission San Juan Capistrano is pleased to offer summer programs the entire family can enjoy, including weekly activities and summer camps. The weekly craft activities, for ages 6-12, will run from July 7 – Aug. 22. The summer camps include Ceramic Clay Camp, July 7-18 and July 21 – Aug. 1, and the popular Adventure Sleepover Night at the Mission, July 11-12. For more information on all the summer fun, call 949.234.1315 or see

OC Junior Guards OC Junior Guards is staffed and operated by OC Lifeguards. Junior guard instructors are certified lifeguards who teach students critical ocean safety fundamentals through hands-on experience in a variety of life-

saving and waterman/woman activities. Get safe for summer. Ages 8-15. Location: Strand Beach, Dana Point. Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Session 1: June 30–July 11 ($335); Session 2: July 14–Aug. 1 ($435); Session 3: Aug. 4– Aug. 22 ($435). Sign up at 949.443.0773,

Ocean Institute Let your child explore the mysteries of the ocean world through our unique, hands-on marine science and maritime history summer camps. Campers can study marine wildlife in our labs, take a cruise aboard our research vessel Sea Explorer, or even step back in time to the life of a tallship sailor of the 1800s. Camps are suitable for children and teens 5 to 17 years old and include weeklong day camps and overnight adventures. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274,

Our Lady of Fatima Falcon Summer Camp Falcon Fun Summer Camp in San Clemente is open to all children entering kindergarten through eighth grade. Camp hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m., July 7 – Aug. 22. Campers will experience positive reinforcement from caring adults, the sharing of adventures with a group of friends and the chance to participate in fun-filled summer activities. Daily activities include blocks of time for themed science, crafts, games, technology, light academics, weekly beach days and field trips to places such as Disneyland and the Aquarium of the Pacific, plus special guest Fridays. For more information, see and click on Summer Camps tab or call 949.492.7320.

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Princess Dance Camps & More San Clemente Dance Performing Arts Center is celebrating our 20th anniversary with fun and exciting summer camps and workshops! We offer a wide range of options for all ages from 3 to adult, for beginning to advanced dancers. Eight-week summer session and weeklong dance camps with themes like “Frozen” and “Tangled” will be offered. Try a Dance Camp featuring all styles. Intensive Workshops are also available for serious dancers with California’s top teachers! For more information, call 949.498.7571 or see

The Shea Center Equestrian Camp

Photo: The Shea Center

The Shea Center’s integrated day camp for kids with and without special needs is a five-day introduction

to horseback riding, learning to appreciate and care for horses, and meeting and interacting with other kids. It is a comfortable, fun learning experience, taught by equestrian professionals who work with kids nearly every day. It is said, “No one knows and loves kids and horses more than The Shea Center equestrian staff.” Space is limited. For more information call 949.240.8441, ext. 123.

SLAM Sports Just like last summer, Slam Sports carries an abundance of Junior Lifeguard suits and boardshorts, as well as the mandatory “Duckfeet” fins. This year, they have continued the “Duck Swap” exchange program which allows parents to swap out last year’s fins for credit toward fins to fit growing feet. Owners Dan and Dagmar are continually coming up with creative ways to help the environment as well as save people money—definitely a refreshing business approach. Thanks Slam! 69 Via Pico Plaza, 949.429.7948.

Photo: The Johnson Academy

The Speech, Language & Learning Center and The Johnson Academy The Speech, Language & Learning Center and The Johnson Academy use research-based programs and one-on-one therapy to encourage academic success. Students will focus on strengthening the foundation for success in the areas of spelling, reading, math, language, comprehension, memory and critical thinking. Our summer program runs from June 16 through Aug. 22. Call us at 949.487.5251 to schedule your individual therapy, (recent evaluation required within the last six months).

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St. Anne School The Summer Knights Day Camp at St. Anne School is the ideal combination of fun and education for preschool through eighth grade, with convenience and flexibility for parents. Camp days are filled with a balance of light academics, arts and crafts, water play, weekly themes, special guests, cooking and field trips. The nine-week camp starts June 16 with full-day, halfday and extended hours options. Join for one week or all nine! 32451 Bear Brand Road, Laguna Niguel, 949.276.6711 or

St. Margaret’s Episcopal School Open to all students, camps for preschool through grade 12. Create, build, fabricate, invent, explore in STEM, arts and outdoor camps at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School this summer. St. Margaret’s Summer Exploration is a world of hands-on, mindblowing and fun opportunities for students of all ages. Exclusive partnerships with i2 Camp and the UCI School of Engineering. For more information, visit 31641 La Novia, San Juan Capistrano, 949.661.0108, Photo: St. Margaret’s Episcopal School

Photo: Tstreet Volleyball Club

Summer Soul Surf Camp Volcom presents the Summer Soul Surf Camp, located in San Clemente at San Onofre Surf Beach. Weeklong day and overnight camp programs for boys and girls ages 9–16. CPR and first aid certified instructors are experienced surfers committed to being role models both in and out of the water. Spend your summer surfing during morning and afternoon sessions. Learn to play the ukulele and eat s’mores by the campfire with friends. 800.522.1352,

Tstreet Volleyball Club Tstreet Volleyball Club trains over 350 athletes between the ages of 9 and 18 and is recognized as one of the top clubs in the country. Conveniently located in the Spectrum district of Irvine, Tstreet offers a full range of position-specific general skills and clinics throughout the summer. All participants, whether beginning or advanced, are placed in a serious learning environment. Experienced coaches, following in the footsteps of founder Olympic gold medalist Troy Tanner, teach proper volleyball mechanics in competitive fun drills. 949.305.8083,

Westwind Sailing

Westwind Sailing has been providing boating education in an atmosphere that’s safe, fun and encourages personal success since 1987. Summer fun at Westwind includes sailing classes, paddling classes and day camps for all ages and skill levels. Programs are sanctioned by US Sailing and Community Sailing, and are US Sailing, USCG, ASI, ACA, CPR and first aid certified. Camps and classes meet at OC Sailing & Events Center, 34451 Ensenada Place, Dana Point Harbor, 949.492.3035,

YMCA Summer Camps Reach high, play hard. Summer Camp at the YMCA is a fun, actionpacked adventure filled with sports and outdoor activities, field trips and specialty clubs! We offer licensed full- or part-time programs, weekly/ monthly rates, inclusion support for special needs, character development, service learning projects and clubs such as cooking, art, sports and more. Camp runs June 30 through Aug. 29, 6:45 a.m.-6 p.m. Find out more at


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

A Life Saved on the Court

Love: Keep It Simple Lasting senior love based on simple characteristics

Joe Pierantoni is alive and well, thanks to quick action taken by a basketball-playing doctor and a city employee




he next time Joe Pierantoni steps onto the court and scores a basket for the U.S. senior basketball team, Milt Vana and Kipp Lyons should both get an assist. During their annual tournament on Friday, April 11, teams of spry 60- to 80-year-olds, who have won both national and world championships, were locked in heated games on their home court at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center. Pierantoni, after having played in one game already and taken a one-hour rest, was three to four minutes into his second game when he suddenly fell to the floor. He had suffered a heart attack. “I didn’t feel anything. Arm pains, chest pains. Any of those things,” Pierantoni said. “I just dropped to my knees and collapsed on the floor.” Teammates rushed to Pierantoni, among them, Vana, a heart surgeon. “Milt rolled Joe over onto his back and Joe was all blue,” said Bob Messersmith, who co-founded the team 15 years ago. Vana, who Messersmith and Pierantoni said was “too modest,” could not be reached for comment. “I noticed everybody had stopped playing and an old guy go down,” Messersmith said. “We have a lot of guys go down, but he wasn’t getting up.” Pierantoni had no pulse. Messersmith held his hand and said, “It was cold as ice.” Vana began performing CPR and called out for the automated external defibrillator, or AED. Lyons, the recreation coordinator for the city’s Community Services Department, was in his office when he heard the doors open and someone rush over to the front desk, asking for the AED. Lyons quickly grabbed the machine and rushed over to the basketball court. “When I walked in there, in my mind, I said, ‘This is very, very big,’” Lyons said. “His eyes were open, but he had no pulse, nothing.” Lyons quickly attached the electric pads to Pierantoni’s chest, but because the machine is automated and first scans the patient’s vital signs, he had to wait for it to finish and prompt him to trigger the shock. The Capistrano Dispatch April 25-May 8, 2014

Kipp Lyons, the recreation coordinator for the city of San Juan Capistrano’s Community Services Department, was one of two men who helped save the life of another who suffered a heart attack while playing basketball at the Community Center on Friday, April 11. Photo: Brian Park

“We’re sitting there, waiting, and they’re saying, ‘Push the button,’ but I can’t,” Lyons said. “To his teammates, who know this guy, every minute probably seemed like a long time.” Once the AED detected a pulse, it prompted Lyons to shock Pierantoni. After two jolts, Pierantoni began to breathe and his circulation came back. “All I remember seeing was a bunch of basketball players around me,” Pierantoni said. Vana continued to aid Pierantoni until paramedics arrived a few minutes later to take him to the hospital. “Having (Vana) there was huge,” Lyons said. “That’s what really helped. I thank him so much for being there. Pierantoni, who’s been a vegetarian for the past six years and has lived a healthy and active lifestyle, said his blood and cholesterol levels had been tested before the heart attack with good results. An angioplasty, however, would reveal he suffered from a hereditary heart condition, and on Wednesday, April 16, he underwent a quadruple bypass surgery. “People were shocked this happened to me,” Pierantoni said. “It’s a blessing in disguise, though. I think it’s shown the older guys that they have to get evaluated and reevaluated.” Pierantoni was released from the hospital on Monday and is recovering under the care of his family. He was able to thank Vana, who visited him several times in the hospital, and Lyons via email. “I’m gracious. I’m truly grateful,” said Pierantoni, who will be celebrating his 68th birthday on Friday. After rehabilitation, he expects to be back on the court in 12 weeks. CD

s a relationship columnist for 20 years, I’ve heard lots of stories from people about why their marriages or relationships didn’t last. I’ve heard people disparage their exes. I’ve heard how couples have mistreated each other. The reasons for relationship failures become a litany of woes, which never seem to end. But in the last couple of weeks, something refreshing happened. Two widowed people, one man and one woman, independent of one another and from different parts of the country, sent me emails that were simple, and yet, contained information and tidbits about what characteristics help make marriages and relationships endure. The first message came from Steve, an Orange County resident. After 42 years of marriage, Steve’s wife Linn passed away in January 2011, following a battle with leukemia that lasted two-and-a-half years. He said, “I miss her all of the time, since we felt like newlyweds every day. She was the first woman I had been with intimately.” Several months later, Steve called his 10th-grade high school sweetheart, Kathleen. During the conversation, he asked, “Are you married?” Her reply, “No, and I haven’t dated in 17 years.” Steve changed that when he asked her out and they started dating. Steve said, “I discovered she is sweet, kind, caring and has other qualities that Linn had. God has blessed me with another incredibly special person.” Sweet, kind and caring. Characteristics as simple as that. Toss in a person with thoughtfulness and compassion and those are the qualities important to Steve. Last summer, Steve and Kathleen attended their 50th high school reunion together. On his birthday in December, he asked her to marry him. She accepted. Steve said, “I’ve learned the secret to a

long and happy marriage. If the house needs dusting and vacuuming, do it yourself. Don’t berate your wife and just love her for who she is. And most importantly, remind yourself that you’re not that good of a catch.” ON LIFE AND LOVE AFTER 50 Steve is also humble. By Tom Blake The second simple message came from Ellen, a Georgia resident and widow of nine years, who recently met a widower of five years. She said, “We were both ready for a relationship. I think that is the important part. It takes a while to be ready to commit to someone again.” Ellen is right. If both members of a newly dating couple aren’t ready for a relationship, it won’t happen. If they are ready, and they’re compatible, bingo, they’ve got a match. Ellen added, “I got lucky and met a really terrific man who treats me like a ‘princess.’ One thing we both say is that we never want to take each other for granted. We both remember saying things to our deceased spouses that maybe we should not have said. So, my partner and I are careful not to say hurtful things. We live everyday like it is our last. It truly is wonderful.” Granted, what Steve and Ellen stated in their correspondences was basic and simple. Who said that finding love after 50, 60 and 70 has to be difficult to thrive? For more dating advice and stories visit, and to comment, email Tom at CD PLEASE NOTE: In an effort to provide our readers with a wide variety of opinions from our community, the DP Times 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 DP Times or Picket Fence Media. If you would like to respond to this column, please email us at



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Hundreds gathered at Doheny State Beach, April 18 for a traditional Hawaiian paddle-out memorial for Hobie Alter who passed away March 29 at the age of 80. Photo by Emmy Lombard

Honoring Hobie Alter Friends, family and admirers paddle out at Doheny Beach to celebrate the life of the surfing and sailing legend BY ANDREA SWAYNE, THE CAPISTRANO DISPATCH


ave a Hobie Day” is more than just the catchphrase of the proprietor of Southern California’s first surf shop, pioneer of the modern surfboard and Hobie Cat sailboat inventor. It was, and is, a motto—way of life shaped and revolutionized by Hobart “Hobie” Alter. For the hundreds who assembled at Doheny State Beach Friday to honor the life of Hobie, the gathering epitomized a Hobie day. Alter died, surrounded by family, at his home in Palm Desert on March 29. He was 80. Fulfilling his request for a traditional Hawaiian paddle-out memorial after his death, family, friends and admirers paid their respects to the man and his gifts to surfing and sailing culture. The water ceremony began with a circling of attendees, a Hawaiian prayer and song. The ceremony included family members scattering ocean water, sand, soil and rock salt from Hawaii, and Hawaiian leis, a tradition representing the final farewell. The event succeeded as a celebration of life, and of the fun brought to life by Hobie. Alter’s transformation of the surfing and sailing industries and culture began in 1950 when he started shaping balsa wood boards in his family’s garage in Laguna Beach. By 1954 his father, annoyed with the dusty mess, helped Hobie open a surf shop in Dana Point, Southern California’s first storefront dedicated to the rising sport. It was there that, working with friend and co-worker Gordon “Grubby” Clark, the modern surfboard’s transition from wood to polyurethane foam and fiberglass began. In 1967, Hobie’s love of sailing prompted him to apply his foam and fiberglass recipe toward the creation of a lighter and more affordable sailboat—one that could

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be launched from the beach and piloted by a single sailor—the Hobie Cat. Following the water ceremony, and back on land, the crowd lingered to share stories and reminisce about the man who was a loved one, friend, mentor and pioneer of fun. The send-off included a standing row of foam surfboard blanks where people pinned photos and notes to Hobie as a visual remembrance and showing of gratitude. People of all ages and varying levels of connection with the iconic innovator expressed their thoughts on paper adding to the moving display. Ten-year-old Jack Culp of San Juan Capistrano was among those who felt moved to pen a note to Hobie. “I feel honored to be here. He has made such a difference in the surf industry and everything water related. I came here because I really wanted to honor him for that,” Culp said. “Hobie was my friend’s great uncle. I think he was really lucky to have had him in his family.” As people mingled, admiring the large assemblage of classic Hobie surfboards, Hobie Cats and classic cars bearing the iconic brand name, many took a turn on stage, behind the mic to share fond remembrances of time spent with Alter. Among those sharing stories were Hobie’s son Jeff Alter, Mark Johnson of Hobie SUP Boards and fellow waterman and friend Mickey Munoz. Sheri Crummer of San Clemente also shared a story, then summed up the session with heartfelt appreciation. “I would like to thank Hobie for all the joy and all the stoke he gave everyone over the years,” Crummer said. The indelible legacy Hobie leaves in death—ingrained by his more than six decades of ingenuity and invention—will certainly live on. Hobie Alter, rest in peace. CD For video of the memorial, see


Cross-Country Success for Wounded Veteran

Jones gets hero’s welcome at Pendleton, throws first pitch at Petco Park

U.S. Marine Corps veteran and double amputee Rob Jones shares a moment with the man who taught him how to ride again, Ray Clark. Jones finished a cross-country bike ride from Maine to Camp Pendleton Saturday morning accompanied by area riders. Photo: Andrea Papagianis BY ANDREA PAPAGIANIS, THE CAPISTRANO DISPATCH


ob Jones and Ray Clark met at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Ma. Jones, a young sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserves, had returned from Afghanistan, wounded and entering recovery. At 24, Jones was injured by the weapons of warfare he had been tasked to look for: improvised explosive devices. Jones, of Lovettsville, Va., was seriously injured. Photographs taken after the incident show a battered Marine. Badly wounded, Jones’ legs were amputated above the knee. Through it all, Rob maintained his spirit, his father Lenny recalled Saturday morning as Jones embarked on the last miles of his cross-country journey, a fundraising tribute to injured servicemen and women. “He got us all through this,” Lenny Jones said, holding back tears. Jones and Clark met through the organization Ride 2 Recovery, which Clark serves as program coordinator for at Walter Reed. The Calabasas-based nonprofit has assisted more than 10,000 wounded veterans build their strength through cycling. Jones set his sights on conquering a challenge. He was determined to once again ride a bike—no hand cycles or recumbent bikes, Jones wanted a traditional, upright bike. Jones slowly began riding in early 2011. Together with Clark, Jones took to a tandem bike, allowing Jones to build up his core strength and regain his mobility. The cycling helped him walk. As Jones grew stronger, he took to the pavement solo but clipping in and out of pedals was difficult without knees. Clark and Jones continued to work, and Jones devised a plan to protect himself when he fell. Towels provided cushioning on handlebars and the bike’s frame. “Despite everyone saying it couldn’t be Page 14

done or that it was too dangerous … as if serving in Afghanistan as an engineer wasn’t dangerous,” said John Wordin, founder of Ride 2 Recovery. “Rob proved that you set your goals, not a therapist or anyone else. And with a little help, anything can be done.” Jones set aside riding for a time and pursued a new challenge: rowing. He went on to become a Paralympian, bring home a bronze medal, with his partner, from the 2012 London Games. Last year, Jones told Wordin, “I am riding across the country.” Jones chose a route, riding east to west, from Bar Harbor, Maine to Camp Pendleton. Biking about 30 miles per day, with his brother and then dad following, Jones crossed the country during one of the nation’s worst winters on record. On Saturday, Jones’ more than six-month, 5,000-mile ride neared its end. Escorted by 50 or more riders, Jones left Dana Point in the early hours to Camp Pendleton, where he received a hero’s welcome. Clark, the man who got Jones going, rode beside him as he completed his journey. “I am not surprised to see Rob achieve his goals, because he is that kind of guy,” Clark said. Jones rode into San Diego’s Petco Park Sunday on the bike that took him across the nation. Marking the Padres’ Military Opening Day, Jones threw out the ceremonious first pitch and was honored by actor Gary Sinise, who after his role in Forrest Gump as double-amputee Lt. Dan Taylor became an advocate for wounded veterans. Through the ride, Jones raised about $115,000 for Ride 2 Recovery, the Semper Fi Fund and the Coalition to Salute American Heroes. “Having a purpose and having something to work toward is always going to make your life better,” Jones said. “In order to get what you want, you have to prove it to yourself and work at.” CD


St. Margaret’s Episcopal student-athletes Chaz Williams, left, and Alastair Hurry sign their National Letter of Intent during a ceremony on campus. Courtesy photo

Spring Signing Day in San Juan COMPILED BY STEVE BREAZEALE


pril 16 marked the date for high school student-athletes in certain sports to sign their National Letter of Intent. At St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, two athletes signed their letters, declaring their college school of choice. Senior Chaz Williams signed to play baseball at Cal Lutheran University and Alastair Hurry signed to play tennis at Villanova University. JSerra Catholic seniors Casey Eugenio and Clay Chatham signed their National Letters of Intent.

Eugenio was offered preferred walk-on status for the University of Oregon football team. Eugenio had a strong all-around senior season with the Lions and played both sides of the ball. As a running back, Eugenio rushed for 1,124 yards and scored 13 touchdowns. He also caught 21 passes for 284 yards and two scores as a receiver. On defense, Eugenio recorded 35 total tackles. The senior was also a main punt and kick returner. Chatham, a 6-feet-6-inch senior pitcher for the Lions baseball team, signed to play at Dartmouth College. CD



ormer U.S. Olympic Development coach Oliver Wyss has been named the new JSerra Catholic head boys soccer coach, according to a press release issued by the school. Wyss will replace Davor Fabulich, who guided the Lions to a 14-10-2 overall record in 2013, including a 4-5 record in the Trinity League. JSerra reached the wild card round of the CIF-SS Division 1 Championships, where they lost to Valley View in penalty kicks. Wyss has coached three US Youth national soccer championship teams at Page 16

the club level with West Coast Futbol Club and was named the 2010 Cal South Coach and US Youth Soccer Region 4 Competitive Coach of the Year. As a player, Wyss competed for the Switzerland Youth National Team, tallying over 20 international appearances. He began his playing career at the age of 15 with F.C. Solothum in Switzerland. “Wyss is committed to educational and competitive excellence,” JSerra athletic director Jim Hartigan said in the release. “His leadership and expertise will translate into success for our student-athletes and build upon our outstanding soccer program.” CD


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San Juan Prep Sports: By the Numbers COMPILED BY STEVE BREAZEALE


San Juan Hills sophomore pitcher Nick Hernandez was handed the loss in the Stallions 6-0 loss to San Clemente on April 23. Photo: Kevin Dahlgren

hrough the use of stats and numbers, we break down the week, and season, in the San Juan Capistrano area prep sports world. .517/.595/.966 Batting average, on base percentage and slugging percentage, respectively, for San Juan Hills softball senior shortstop Brook Miko in 74 plate appearances this season. Miko has been doing it all for the Stallions and leads the team in all major offensive categories. She has five home runs and 17 stolen bases. 1 Number of losses suffered by the San Juan Hills boys volleyball in Sea View League play, dating back to March 26, 2013. 16 Number of straight set victories re-

corded by the Saddleback Valley Christian boys volleyball team. The Warriors are 21-3-1 on the season and eyeing a trip to the CIF-SS Division 5 Championships. 6 Match medals won by St. Margaret’s senior golfer Anthony Cecere on the season. Cecere has helped power the Tartans to an 8-5-2 overall record and a 7-0 record in Academy League play. The team is currently two games clear of second-place Crean Lutheran. 14 Consecutive games in which Capistrano Valley Christian senior infielder Parker Coss has reached base, a stretch dating back to March 15. Coss is currently in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak. CD

Stallions Baseball Shutout by Tritons Stallions Surf Team Wins BY STEVE BREAZEALE, THE CAPISTRANO DISPATCH


here was not much that could touch San Clemente pitcher Kolby Allard during his Sea View League outing against San Juan Hills on April 23, as the left handed junior power pitched his way to his fifth victory on the season and a comfortable 6-0 win over the Stallions. Allard allowed just two hits and issued three walks while striking out nine over six innings. He gave way to reliever Dylan Riddle in the sixth inning due to a heavy pitch count. By that point the Tritons had done all of their damage. The Tritons scored one in the top of the first inning and the Stallions mounted a response in the bottom half. San Juan Hills leadoff hitter Mario Morales reached base on an error, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and got to third on an Allard wild pitch. With the tying run 90 feet away, Allard settled down. He struck out two batters in a row to end the threat and continued to baffle Stallions hitters in the following innings by recording five straight strikeouts. Morales reaching third base was the farthest a Stallions (12-10, 1-4) base runner would get with Allard on the mound.

“Allard is a competitor. Here he is, he throws six zeroes up on the board and he’s mad at the fact he didn’t throw strikes in his last inning,” San Clemente head coach Dave Gellatly said. San Juan Hills left fielder Marco Cianciola recorded the only Stallions hits on the day. San Clemente hitters chased Stallions sophomore pitcher Nick Hernandez from the game in the fourth inning after collecting 11 hits and five runs. It was Hernandez’s fourth start on the year The score could have been worse for San Juan Hills, who came into the game following a fourth-place finish in the Ryan Lemmon Invitational Tournament last week. A key defensive play by Morales at shortstop in the second inning limited the Tritons damage to only one run in the inning and kept it a 2-0 ball game. Morales ranged to his right on a ground ball with a runner at third and two outs, fully extended himself, and came up with an accurate throw to get the runner. The young Stallions team now has a chance to play spoiler and get back to .500 in the league standings. They will travel to play San Clemente on April 25 before playing two games against both first-place Dana Hills and Aliso Niguel next week. CD

State Championship

San Juan Hills High School surfers are the 2013-2014 SSS state champions among Section B inland teams. Photo: Sheri Crummer BY ANDREA SWAYNE, THE CAPISTRANO DISPATCH


he San Juan Hills High School surf team became state champions at the 2013-2014 Scholastic Surf Series State Championship at Oceanside Harbor April 5-7. The team competes in the SSS Section B Inland schools division, where they beat out runner-up Aliso Niguel High School for the overall team championship title. Capistrano Valley High School and Santa Fe Christian shared the third-place spot on the podium. The Stallions all around skill was evident in their multiple category wins and

placements. San Juan Hills also emerged victorious in Men’s Longboard and Women’s Longboard divisions. In the Women’s Shortboard division, the team shared a fifth-place tie with Bishops, Capistrano Valley and Santa Fe Christian high schools. Three team members made podium appearances in individual competition. Kevin Skvarna earned a fifth-place finish in Men’s Longboard while Walker Carvalho and Shayne Jenkins came in third and fifth, respectively, in Coed Bodyboard. For full results, see CD

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