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Ryan’s Recycling Heads to the Big Apple OUR COMMUNITY, OUR VOICE




JULY 12-25, 2019 • VOLUME 17, ISSUE 13

Fine Wine & Sunshine

The 2019 MissionFest to bring country music and wine to San Juan G E T T I N G O U T/ PAG E 1 0 The country music and wine festival MissionFest returns to San Juan Capistrano for its second year at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park on Saturday, July 13. Photo: Courtesy of Luis Esparza

Tokio Insurance Responds to City’s Lawsuit EYE ON SJC/PAGE 3

Capo Plaza Undergoing Renovations


Earthquakes Rock Southern California EYE ON SJC/PAGE 4




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WHAT’S NEXT: During the renovations, both Hennessy’s and Five Vines are expected to remain open, according to Almquist. The upgrades are projected to be completed by the end of the year. “We should be in a position to offer space to tenants by the end of the year,” Almquist said. “Call it the end of this year through the first part of spring in the next year.”

Five things San Juan should know this week

EDITOR’S NOTE: An extended version of the story can be found at—SR

Tokio Insurance Responds to City’s Lawsuit THE LATEST: The underwriter for the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park is disputing the city’s allegations that the insurance company breached its contractual agreement by failing to reimburse the city more than $1.6 million in legal fees related to challenging last year’s Clean Water Act lawsuit with Orange County Coastkeeper. In court documents filed last month, Tokio Marine Specialty Insurance responded to the city’s complaint, asking the Superior Court of Orange County to strike out portions of the city’s claims, including its request for punitive damages based on a lack of facts. Tokio’s “Motion to Strike seeks to dismiss the frivolous prayer for punitive damages in the Complaint and related allegations because they fail to allege any facts to support that Tokio Marine engaged in any fraudulent, malicious, or oppressive conduct,” the court filing states. In April, the city filed a lawsuit against Tokio and Blenheim Facility Management, the company operating the equestrian park, in an effort to recoup its losses incurred during the Coastkeeper suit, which alleged that the riding park contributed to pollution in San Juan Creek. The city and Blenheim reached a settlement agreement in September 2018, requiring the city to make upgrades to the RMV Riding Park—projected to cost about $8.5 million—and pay Coastkeeper close to $2 million in attorneys’ fees, as well as $1 million to the California State Parks Foundation for projects to benefit the San Juan Creek watershed. In San Juan’s latest suit, the city alleges that Tokio breached its contractual obligation to indemnify the city for its losses related to the settlement agreement and claims the insurance company has “wrongfully interpreted language in insuring clauses and exclusions to avoid coverage.” “Tokio Marine has refused to pay over $1.6 million in outstanding invoices for attorney and expert fees and costs as of the date of the filing of this Complaint,” the city states in its April filing. “The conduct of Tokio Marine was despicable conduct that was willful, fraudulent, malicious, and intended to cause the City great harm and to subject the City to an unjust hardship,” the city also said. The Capistrano Dispatch July 12-25, 2019

Ryan’s Recycling Heads to the Big Apple Renovations to upgrade Capistrano Plaza and allow for additional retail space along Verdugo Street in San Juan’s downtown district is currently underway. Photo: Shawn Raymundo

Tokio is arguing against that portion of the city’s complaint, stating the city has “misstated and twisted such facts in order to support its baseless claims.” The company also called the city’s reasoning for its request for damages “fatally deficient and uncertain.” Tokio goes on to state that the city’s complaint “contains only boilerplate conclusory, non-factual allegations of fraud, malice, and oppression in an effort to support a prayer for punitive damage. . . . There are no factual allegations of any evil motive by Tokio Marine, any desire by Tokio Marine to harm the City, that the City was subjected to cruel and unjust hardship by Tokio Marine, or of any outrageous conduct.” WHAT’S NEXT: A hearing date for Tokio’s motion is scheduled for Aug. 8. EDITOR’S NOTE: An extended version of the story can be found at—Shawn Raymundo

Capo Plaza Undergoing Renovations THE LATEST: Capistrano Plaza in the city’s downtown district will soon have a new look, as renovations to update the shopping center are currently underway. When completed, the plaza, which currently houses Five Vines Wine Bar and Hennessy’s Tavern, will have space for two additional shops to open along Verdugo Street, which is soon expected to undergo a beautification process as well. The proprietor of the plaza, Dan Almquist, is looking to have the renovations go hand-in-hand with the city’s plans to make Verdugo Street more pedestrian-friendly by widening the sidewalks and implementing new landscaping, paving and lighting. “So that’s the biggest thing we’re doing is having storefronts on Verdugo to make a pedestrian-friendly environment,”

Almquist said, further describing the renovations as mostly cosmetic and noting they will also include improvements to the facility’s functionality and utilities. Part of the renovation plans is to allow for more lighting in the front of the plaza along Camino Capistrano, where the entrance of Hennessy’s sits. Currently, the face of the restaurant features low arches, but upgrades intend to remove those. “That area in front of the building is fairly dark, the arches are fairly low, and that wall that’s adjacent to Verdugo, it’s just a big blank wall . . . it’s really not that inviting to walk down the street,” Almquist said. Also included in the renovations is a plan to expand Five Vines by installing a balcony to its recently created secondfloor section called The Attic at Five Vines. “Five Vines will have some changes. They’re going to add a kitchen upstairs, some minor remodeling, add additional square footage to the concept they already have in The Attic,” Almquist said. While presenting renderings of the upgrades to the local community at a recent Coffee Chat at Hennessy’s, Almquist noted that he wanted to also address negative comments he had previously received about the building’s look. “Everyone I talked to thought the building was ugly,” Almquist had said. Expounding on that comment with The Capistrano Dispatch, the local developer explained that he would like the look of the plaza to be more in line with the aesthetics of the downtown corridor and Mission San Juan Capistrano. “Our hope is that (the plaza) would be more appropriate, fitting in with downtown being across from the Mission,” Almquist said, adding, “It’s all that much more important for the city that we have a proper entrance into our downtown. So we want to do our part in again fitting in with such a historic and a really beautiful downtown for San Juan.”

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THE LATEST: Ryan Hickman, a 9-year-old San Juan Capistrano resident, is proving that making a difference in the world can be done regardless of age. Ryan, who started the company Ryan’s Recycling in 2012, was recently selected to sit on the Kids Board of Directors for the clothing subscription company KIDBOX, which caters to children ranging from babies to teens. Since the launch of Ryan’s Recycling, the company has collected more than 500,000 bottles and cans and recycled 96,000 pounds of recyclables. Ryan’s efforts caught the eye of KIDBOX board alumni, who nominated him to sit on the board. At the end of July, Ryan will head to the clothing company’s headquarters in New York City, where he’ll learn more about what goes on behind-the-scenes at KIDBOX. “The social purpose of KIDBOX was to provide clothes to one million children, but it grew into so much more,” said Brandi Temple, chief community officer for KIDBOX. The KIDBOX team has a strong focus on kindness, believing that children are the future, which is how the Kids Board of Directors came to be. The company was founded in 2015 by Haim Dabah in an effort to help children in need. Through KIDBOX, parents can pick out and order a box of clothes that match their kid’s style. The parent and child can decide whether to keep and pay for certain clothes, sending some back, or keep the whole box. If they decide to keep the box, parents and their children can select a charity to donate to through KIDBOX. Each season, a new round of charities are available for donation through the website. This will be the third year of the Kids Board of Directors, as each year 12 new children between the ages of 8 and 14 are selected to join. They’re found through social media, local communities, board alumni nominations and applications on the KIDBOX website. Like Ryan, the board members have similarly started their own companies, nonprofits and fundraisers, or are passionate (Cont. on page 4)

EYE ON SJC (Cont. from page 3) advocates for various social issues to which they’ve devoted their childhood. The children on the board collaborate and help one another with their passions, but they are also each given the spotlight. Each month, KIDBOX brings attention to one child and their philanthropic work to help raise awareness to the social issue they’re tackling. “The goal is to amplify what they’re doing and have others add onto it,” Temple said. Each child will be tasked with coming up with their own projects and ideas related to their humanitarian efforts within their local communities. Ryan’s passion for recycling started at the young age of 3, when he accompanied his father to a local recycling plant, and it sparked a lifelong mission to help animals and the environment. In addition to his own recycling collection service, Ryan has donated approximately $10,000 to Pacific Marine Mammal Center through his company, as well as with the help of others who have donated in his name. “It’s a good way to give back, and I love helping the animals,” Ryan said. Not only does Ryan love giving back to organizations he finds important to his cause, he also takes to the beaches to clean along the coast and visits customers in Orange County to collect their recyclables. Across Orange County, Ryan’s Recycling has approximately 200 customers who schedule pickups from Ryan. Whether it be from a home or an office, he will be there to help make a difference any way he can. “If a kid like me can do it, anyone can do it,” Ryan said about the act of recycling. “If you already recycle, keep up the good work. If not, start recycling.” WHAT’S NEXT: Wherever Ryan goes, his passion follows, as he will also be volunteering at Cherry Kids, a local nonprofit afterschool and summer program institution. “I’ll be recycling until I’m an old, old, very old man,” Ryan said. To learn more about Ryan’s Recycling or to schedule a pickup, visit To learn more about KIDBOX, their boxes and charities, visit EDITOR’S NOTE: An extended version of the story can be found at—Zara Flores

Earthquakes Rock Southern California over Fourth of July Weekend THE LATEST: While cities throughout the nation celebrated the July 4 holiday weekend, Southern California was rocked by two major earthquakes, increasing the possibility of aftershocks occurring throughout the week, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A 6.4 magnitude quake first shook the city of Ridgecrest the morning of July 4. The Capistrano Dispatch July 12-25, 2019

Ryan Hickman, a 9-year-old San Juan Capistrano resident who started his own recycling company, Ryan’s Recycling, in 2012, was recently appointed to sit on the Kids Board of Directors for the clothing-subscription company KIDBOX. Photo: Courtesy of Megan Wolborsky

The desert town was hit again the following evening when a 7.1 tremor struck the area, causing further damage to buildings. No fatalities or major injuries were reported, according to news outlets. Based on data collected from the public, the Geological Survey found that both earthquakes were felt as far away as Las Vegas and Phoenix. In the tri-city area, residents experienced light shaking and no damage from Friday night’s 7.1 quake. Earlier in the week, the Survey’s earthquake hazards division had noted that anywhere from 55 to 120 small earthquakes and aftershocks of magnitude 3 or higher were likely to occur in the days following the 7.1 quake. The Survey had also reported there was a less than 1% chance an aftershock larger than magnitude 7.1 would occur. “Magnitude 3 and above are large enough to be felt near the epicenter,” the Geological Survey previously stated. “The number of aftershocks will drop off over time, but a large aftershock can increase the numbers again, temporarily.” Countywide earthquake assessments conducted by the Orange County Fire Authority found no reports of major damage or injuries following both quakes, according to Jon Muir, OCFA’s public information officer. Muir encouraged local residents to head to the OCFA’s website to review its emergency preparedness page for details on setting up a disaster plan and making an emergency kit. The federal government’s emergency preparedness site,, highlights several safety tips for what to do during and following an earthquake. During an earthquake, you should drop to your hands and knees, cover your head and

neck with your arms and hold on to any sturdy furniture until the shaking has stopped. In other situations, advises: • Those who are driving to pull over and stop the car. • Anyone in a bed to stay there and cover their head and neck with a pillow. • People indoors to refrain from going outside until the shaking stops. • Not to use elevators if you are in a highrise building. • To stay alert for falling rocks and landslides if you are near slopes, cliffs or mountains EDITOR’S NOTE: An extended version of the story can be found at—SR

Public Hearing for River Street Project to Continue THE LATEST: A city council vote on whether to certify the environmental report for the River Street Marketplace Project was postponed to early August, giving the mover of the plan an opportunity to respond to one critic’s opposition to the development. Councilmembers on Tuesday, July 2, issued a continuance of the agenda item to their Aug. 6 meeting as, days prior, the city had received a letter from a law firm representing San Juan resident Jeff Vasquez, who’s calling on the council to deny the certification of the project’s Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The project’s developer, Dan Almquist, asked the city to delay its consideration of the plans so that he and his team can address the laundry list of grievances

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Vasquez raised in the letter, which attorneys from Briggs Law Corporation submitted on Friday, June 28. The meeting was set to have a public hearing for the River Street project, followed by the council’s vote on the certification, as well as whether to pass the introduction and first reading of ordinances approving the project’s development agreement and amending the Los Rios Specific Plan. While the council agreed to postpone its consideration of the project, members of the community were still allowed to weigh in on the plans and will have a chance to express their support or opposition at the Aug. 6 meeting as well. For the past few years, Almquist has proposed building the “pedestrian-oriented” marketplace on the southeast corner of Paseo Adelanto and River Street. The project would incorporate five buildings on 65,000 square feet, featuring both indoor and outdoor dining, produce stands and other “artisan-type” retailers and businesses. In the letter from Vasquez, his attorneys state that approval of the EIR “would violate the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA),” as well as other local laws, including the city’s municipal code. The firm goes on to dispute several aspects of the EIR, challenging its findings and conclusions on the impacts to aesthetics, air quality, traffic and transportation, cultural resources and noise, among others. The city on Monday, July 1, announced that Almquist requested the continuance. He explained to The Capistrano Dispatch that he asked the city for the postponement so he can address Vasquez’s concerns. “It’s very important for us, as we’ve done throughout this entire process, that we do it the right way, which we have,” Almquist said. “It’s unfortunate, because when you look at the EIR document, it’s well-prepared and extremely thorough . . . it very conclusively talks about any impacts or mitigated impacts.” Addressing the council, Vasquez, who has staunchly opposed the River Street project, claimed the report “severely” understates the impacts the development will have. He also stated that impacts are “almost ignored” in the report “paid for by the developer.” “The author of the EIR would like you believe there is no traffic on Del Obispo (Street) and Alipaz (Street), no train, no gridlock, no noise, and no change to the aesthetic character of the district as a result of this project,” Vasquez said in his prepared remarks. WHAT’S NEXT: The city council will continue the public hearing and its consideration of the project on Aug. 6 at City Hall at 5 p.m. EDITOR’S NOTE: An extended version of the story can be found at—SR



Community Meetings


Mission to Host 2019 Benefit Gala Mission San Juan Capistrano on Friday, Sept. 20, will host its 2019 Romance of the Mission benefit gala on the historic grounds, where guests will be treated to a live intimate performance by the Grammyaward winning producer and vocalist Steve Tyrell. In the ruins of The Great Stone Church, Tyrell will perform several of his popular jazz standards. Tyrell, who has achieved success as a singer, songwriter, producer and music supervisor for nearly 50 years, has worked with several legendary artists including Diana Ross, Ray Charles, Mary J. Blige and Stevie Wonder. “I am thrilled to be part of the Romance of the Mission gala in their continued efforts to preserve the historic San Juan Capistrano Mission,” Tyrell said in a press release from the Mission. “It will be my honor to perform and I am looking forward to an unforgettable evening.” In addition to the performance, the Mission will also honor Carol and Don Dorkowski for their extensive support and commitment to preserving the Mission. The couple is recognized as long-time supporters of Mission events. Don, a high-school English teacher of 35 years who went on to officiate collegiate and NFL football games including Super Bowl XXXII, serves on the Mission Preservation Foundation Board of Directors. Carol is known to support a variety of humanitarian causes. “Don and Carol have become beloved ambassadors and can be seen at nearly every event rallying for preservation and appreciation of the Mission San Juan Capistrano,” Mission Executive Director Mechelle Lawrence Adams said in the release. For more information on underwriting or to request an invitation, contact Barb Beier at 949.234.1323 or email her at

App Challenge for Students Lauch in 49th District Rep. Mike Levin, D-CA, announced the launch of this year’s Congressional App Challenge on Monday, July 8, inviting middle and high school students in California’s 49th Congressional District to submit their original app for a chance for it to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year. Each year, individual students or teams of students throughout the nation are challenged to create and submit their own apps for the Congressional App Challenge, which launched in 2015 as an initiative to encourage student engagement in computer science. “The CAC aims to bridge the gender, The Capistrano Dispatch July 12-25, 2019

MONDAY, JULY 15 Parks, Recreation, Youth and Senior Services, Trails and Equestrian Commission Meeting 5: 30 p.m. The city’s commission on parks and recreation will meet at City Hall, 32400 Paseo Adelanto. To see the agenda, visit TUESDAY, JULY 16

Orange County Fire Authority hosted its first-ever Girls Empowerment Camp this past weekend in Irvine for more than 50 teenagers to learn all aspects of a fire service career. Photo: Courtesy of OCFA

geographic, and racial gaps in tech by building the domestic pipeline of future tech innovators,” a press release for the challenge states. “The program has inspired over 14,000 students across 47 states and territories to code over 4,000 apps for desktop, PCs, web, tablets, mobiles or other platforms.” Various Congressional representatives can register their district for the challenge. So far this year, more than 250 members have opened a challenge. This year, freshman Congressman Levin registered for the competition and is calling on students who either reside or attend school in the 49th District to participate. The 49th District incorporates the cities of Dana Point, San Clemente, and San Juan Capistrano as well as cities in northern San Diego County. Winners of the challenge will be recognized by their member of Congress in addition to their app being displayed in the U.S. Capitol. For more information and to apply, head to

OCFA Hosts First-Ever Girls Empowerment Camp Orange County Fire Authority hosted its first-annual Girls Empowerment Camp for more than 50 teenagers last month in Irvine. The free two-day camp exposed teens to all aspects of a fire service career, including aerial ladder climbing, hose handling, ropes and knots, CPR/first aid, roof prop, and also were led through a confidence course. On Saturday, June 29, the campers received instruction from professional OCFA firefighters on firefighting techniques and the use of various tools. On Sunday, June 30, the campers had the chance to perform their newly learned skills. The camp was held at the Orange County Fire Authority Regional Fire Operations and Training Center, Training Grounds at

1 Fire Authority Road in Irvine.

Local Author Publishes ‘Biblical Ethics’ Author Chester J. Delagneau, a San Clemente resident of 15 years says, “The modern church has forgotten the biblical role of happiness according to a Christian worldview.” In Delagneau’s new book, Biblical Ethics: An Exegetical Approach to a Morality of Happiness, published by WestBow Press, Delagneau provides an academic text and supplementary study guide over biblical happiness. The book also contains questions for personal reflection and spiritual growth. Through Biblical Ethics, Delagneau discusses how Christians must reclaim the true definition and thoughtful explanation of biblical happiness in order to live abundant lives. He explains how three key Hebraic words have the hermeneutical power to transform the church back to her radiant self: esher, barak and shalom. “The paradox of the pursuit of happiness—that is, all people seek happiness, but not all people find happiness—affects everyone. . . . Until we understand and put into practice three key biblical words, we will continue to come up short of true happiness” says Delagneau, a poet of prose in the world of inspirational Christian living. He received extensive biblical, philosophical and ethical training from Azusa Pacific University, Talbot School of Theology and Fuller Theological Seminary. His new book is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. For more information, visit: Delagneau will host a book signing at Beach Town Books in San Clemente on Saturday, July 13 from 4-6 p.m. Have something interesting for the community? Send your information to

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City Council and Successor Agency Meeting 5 p.m. The city’s governing body will meet at City Hall, 32400 Paseo Adelanto. To see the agenda, visit Because I Love You (BILY) Meeting 6:30-8:30 p.m. Meets every Tuesday. Because I Love You (BILY) helps parents find solutions to any crisis they are experiencing because of their children’s (adults or minors) poor choices. San Clemente Presbyterian Church, 119 Avenida De La Estrella. FRIDAY, JULY 19 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 23 Cultural Heritage Commission Meeting 4:30 p.m. The city’s Cultural Heritage Commission will meet at City Hall, 32400 Paseo Adelanto. To see the agenda, visit 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 24 San Juan Capistrano Rotary Club 6:15 p.m. The Rotary Club of San Juan Capistrano meets every Wednesday at the Rotary Scout Hut, 31372 La Mantanza. For more information, visit FRIDAY, JULY 26 The next edition of The Capistrano Dispatch publishes.



Events at The Ranch SATURDAY, JULY 13

North Ridge Hike

8-10 a.m. Join The Reserve for a summer hike along the North Ridge Trail out to Wilson’s Camp and back along Shady Canyon. Participants must register or be on the wait list by 4 p.m. Friday, July 12. Adult price is $10 and $5 for children. The Richard and Donna O’Neill Conservancy. 28811 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano. 949.489.9778. MONDAY, JULY 15

Summer Community Service Hours

The Reserve at RMV will host the learning workshop for children “I Dig Fossils” at the Ladera Ranch Library on Monday, July 15. Photos: Courtesy of The Reserve

Fossil Discovery Workshop Allows Children to Learn Interactively About Ancient History BY ANDREA CLEMETT, FOR THE CAPISTRANO DISPATCH

The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo intends to ignite learning about prehistoric life on our planet for children in the “I Dig Fossils” workshop at the Ladera Ranch Library on Monday, July 15. This an open house event where there will be various interactive learning and crafting stations for participants between the ages of 5 to 10. Each station will have different lessons, allowing the participating children to pick and choose their favorites or dive into a little bit of each subject with the assistance from the staff and volunteers. “Typically, we teach about the present day such as native California animals and plant life but this one is going back even further in our natural history,” said The Reserve Education Coordinator Bonnie McQuiston. “We examine what prehistoric animals lived here on this land, that is much different now, in order to develop an appreciation and connection to the natural world.” Interactive stations with hands-on exploring The Capistrano Dispatch July 12-25, 2019

will include tracing fossils dating back to 250 million years ago as well as some more recent from 10,000 years ago. Participants will receive an opportunity to feel real fossils such as ammonite fossils and other ocean type fossils that are found in Southern California. Timelines will be displayed with replica fossils of saber tooth tigers and skulls will be viewable as well. From there, students can act as paleontologists at a sand station that is built to resemble a dig site to find the assorted fossils buried.

By using their small shovels and brushes, students can identify what the fossils were as living organisms before they transformed into mineral matter. They will also uncover the difference between bones and fossils in the “Fossil vs. Not a Fossil” activity. McQuiston said those students who fancy the prehistoric ocean will be able to dig out their own shark tooth fossil while looking at the different shark species’ fossils ranging from the Megalodon to Great Whites. Another station will let students create shapes similar to rocks made from salted dough and embed different types of shells to resemble fossils on the oceans floors. McQuiston said she encourages kids to grab a book to read about dinosaurs, fossils and ancient life after they attend. While general admission is free, participants are required to register for the event through The Reserve’s website. The event is scheduled to kick off at 10 a.m. at Ladera Ranch Library. For more information call 949.234.5940.

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9-11 a.m. Students, complete your service hours this summer by volunteering at The Reserve. The service project site hosts school field trips, summer camps and other programs. Maintaining the space allows for a safer and more enjoyable experience for all of its visitors. Earn volunteer service hours while giving back to the community. Drinks, snacks, gloves and tools are provided. Participants must be registered by Friday, July 12. 28811 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano. 949.489.9778. MONDAY, JULY 22

Wildlife Explorers!

10-11 a.m. High-flying hawks and dashing deer, come explore the animals living here. Become a wildlife explorer with The Reserve as you’ll learn about the amazing animals of Orange County. Meet a live animal, learn to identify tracks and investigate animal evidence, such as bones and fur. No registration is required. Ladera Ranch Library, 29551 Sienna Parkway, Ladera Ranch. 949.234.5940. THURSDAY, JULY 25

Comets and Asteroids: Visitors from our Solar System

7-8:30 p.m. This event is a nontechnical presentation answering such questions as “What’s the difference between a comet and an asteroid? Where do they come from? Why do comets have two tails? What is the origin of meteor showers? Where would you most likely find a meteorite?” and many more. Register to participate by 2 p.m. the day of. The Studio, 75 Esencia Drive, Rancho Mission Viejo. 949.489.9778.





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GUEST OPINION: Moments in Time by Jan Siegel

Voters in 1990 Knew Importance of Open Space


an Juan Capistrano is a remarkable community. We actually voted to tax ourselves before the government could come and do it for us. Before the government said we had to raise taxes to pay for infrastructure such as roads, schools and water, we agreed to add to our property bills the cost of buying and maintaining open space in our community. In 1990 and in 2008, we purchased land as a community to keep it from going to developers for more housing. But we did even more. In 2008, we also passed Measure X, which requires voters to approve any changes to land designated as open space in the city’s General Plan. In 1990, 70% of San Juan’s voters approved a bond measure to purchase the Northwest Open Space. The Northwest Open Space is designated as a Community Park—one of eight designations for open space land use, according to the city’s General Plan. This has led to confusion. Measure X

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enced media salesperson who brings a wealth of digital and social media knowledge and experience, as well as in print. She most recently worked for the Irvine Weekly and L.A. Weekly. She was previously with the San Diego Reader for seven years. Traci states, “I’m excited to be in San Clemente and working for the SC Times. I’m a hometown girl who loves the beach, our town and the amazing people of San Clemente.” As Traci joins the PFM team, Susie Lantz leaves us but isn’t going far. After five years at PFM, Susie is joining the San Clemente Chamber of Commerce. We wish Susie all the best and look for-

only requires voters to approve a change to open space land use, but with eight categories to choose from, the city can opt to change from one designation to another without voter approval, provided that the changes stay within the open space designations. It all comes down to your definition of “change.” At a public workshop on June 5, Marlene Draper, one of the leaders instrumental in the passing of the1990 bond, stated that at the time the voters knew exactly what they were voting for and that they knew that a community center would be built, sports fields put in, etc. One of the considerations for the current site is Putuidem Village. This area is all that is left of the largest Native American village that populated this area thousands of years before the arrival of the missionarMOMENTS ies. Because of its Native IN TIME By Jan Siegel American history, the area is an archeological site. As an archeological site, many improvements to the property cannot be made. Therefore, bringing in plumbing, electricity or building foundations become a challenge. Having a museum and community events highlighting the Native American culture are in keeping with a community park, along with sports fields. This part of the Northwest Open Space package sat locked up and vacant for more than 20 years, because the city did not have the funds to make it accessible to the public. In 2005, the city established the San Juan Capistrano Open Space Committee to make recommendations to

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the city council about open space issues. Public hearings were held. This is what led to Measures X and Y and the purchase of Reata Park and the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park. Again, voters knew exactly what they were voting for. They wanted to keep the riding park. In 2009, the Open Space Foundation was formed. Foundation volunteers independently raised money for improvements to open space areas. They also spent thousands of hours doing hands-on work at no cost to the city. In 2017, when the city council started looking into improvements to the Northwest Open Space, they ignored the Foundation. The city should include the Foundation and the Putuidem Village Committee on any discussion on what happens to this site. Spend a Moment In Time and let the city council know how you feel about keeping the last part of the Northwest Open Space for the community. 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

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The List What’s going on in and around town

The monthly Second Stage Stand-up is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and keep you laughing long after the evening ends. Held on the theatre’s Second Stage, there isn’t a bad seat in the house, as the audience is treated to a solid lineup of four comedians in every show. Each show runs approximately 90 minutes and is capped off by a national headliner; this month, it’s John Poveromo. Camino Real Playhouse 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano. 949.489.8082.



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BALLROOM BASH 7-9:30 p.m. Head to the Dana Point Community Services Center for a ballroom dance party. The event begins with a brief ballroom lesson, followed by an evening of dancing to great recorded music, including Foxtrot, Swing, Waltz, Tango, Cha-Cha, Rumba and Salsa. Entry fee is $10 per person and admission includes delicious refreshments and soft drinks. Singles or couples are welcome. Ladies, no stiletto heels, please. You may pay at the door or pre-register through the Dana Point Community Center. 949.498.0233.

Friday | 12 ‘BLURRED LINES’: SOLO ART EXHIBITION 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Kickoff summer by surrounding yourself within energetically charged and unique works of Contemporary Artwork by Erik Skoldberg. “Blurred Lines” is a solo contemporary art exhibition open to the public, presented by THOMAS STUDIOS, a new experiential Art Gallery and Home Showroom located in downtown Laguna Beach. The show runs through July 14. 550 South Coast Hwy, #5, Laguna Beach. 949.274.9023.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO GHOST WALK 8-9:30 p.m. As the sun sets on the walls of the ruins of the Great Stone Church, the dead walk the streets of old San Juan Capistrano. Join the newest venture into the dark and the macabre through the historic streets of one of California’s oldest cities. Tours meet just outside the brick visitors’ information booth near the train tracks located behind the Franciscan Plaza Parking Structure at the end of Verdugo Street. 26701 Verdugo Street, San Juan Capistrano. 866.446.7803.

Saturday | 13 DON’T TREAT YOUR SOIL LIKE DIRT! 9-10 a.m. Great soil is the basis for a great garden. Learn about how to get your soil in top condition, learn the difference between soil and compost, as well as between potting soil and garden soil. Join the UCCE Orange County Master Gardeners to learn how to give your soil the attention it deserves. Free with limited seating; walk-ins are welcome. Reata Park & Event Center, 28632 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano. 949.493.5911. DESIGN BASICS: MY AVANT GARDEN 9:30-10:30 a.m. You’ve removed your lawn; now what? Tree of Life Nursery makes it easy to take the next step. Learn how to create a “My Avant Garden” pre-planned native garden. This new five-step program created by My Avant Garden and Tree of Life Nursery will help take the guesswork out of designing your native garden. You’ll be shown how to read the detailed installation plan provided with the kit, given insight into the plant selection for each garden, offered guidance on nurturing your garden through the important establishment phase and introduced to capturing rainwater for a truly resilient California-native garden. My Avant Gardens are designed to replace thirsty front yards with beautiful, low-water gardens. All the information and guidance you need for success has been assembled into one convenient package. Tree of Life Nursery, 33201 Ortega HighThe Capistrano Dispatch July 12-25, 2019

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SATURDAY, JULY 13: 2019 MISSIONFEST 1-8 p.m. MissionFest is back with a music and wine-tasting experience like no other—the easiest choice for summer entertainment. The event is set in the plush grounds of San Juan Capistrano’s Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park. Country music star Jamey Johnson is this year’s headliner and will be accompanied by other country music acts such as Dennis Quaid and The Sharks, Eric Paslay, Annie Bosko and Karly Moreno. MissionFest will not only feature a powerful lineup of live music, there’ll be more than 30 fine wineries and food selections from Trevor’s at the Tracks, Sol Agave, Cousins Maine Lobster and Bad to the Bone. Pace yourself; it’s a lot of fun to have in one day. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend this event. Wine tasting will go from 1- 3:30 p.m. 30753 La Pata Road, San Juan Capistrano.

way, San Juan Capistrano. 949.728.0685. FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: ‘TOY STORY 3’ 5:15-8:15 p.m. Join the Saddleback Kids Rancho family for popcorn and candy while enjoying an indoor movie experience with Toy Story 3. A parent or adult is required to attend with their children.

This is not a drop-off event. Saddleback Church Rancho Capistrano, 29251 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano. For questions, contact April at aprilc@saddleback. com or 626.827.2541. SECOND STAGE STAND-UP 7 p.m. Join the Camino Real Playhouse for an evening of side-splitting laughter. Page 10

GRAVEL RIDE, FROM DOCENT BREWING 9 a.m.-noon. This Gravel Ride, hosted by Pure Ride Cycles, will incorporate a 30-mile bike ride, likely traveling through the Talega area. Following the ride, participants can enjoy a $10 beer and sandwich special, courtesy of Docent Brewing, so prepare your pint glasses. Docent Brewing, 33049 Calle Aviador, Suite C, San Juan Capistrano. 949.581.8900. INTRO TO VEDIC ASTROLOGY 1-4 p.m. Jyotish “Vedic” Astrology can open doors and provide answers. This class is open to anyone who is interested in their destiny. You will receive your unique chart and handouts. You will learn how to read your unique chart and determine your next step on your life path. The 27 lunar mansions/nakshtras will also be discussed. And more will be revealed about each individual’s chart. This workshop will be facilitated by Sandra Nix. The cost to attend is $65. Yoga Bungalow, 32382 Del Obispo Street, Suite B5, San Juan Capistrano. 949.310.5477.

GETTING OUT SUMMER PICKLEBALL 2:30-5:30 p.m. Come to play indoor pickleball this summer at the San Juan Capistrano gymnasium. The group will meet every Sunday through Oct. 27. New to the game? No problem. Instruction and all equipment will be provided. For additional details and to register, please call the Community Services Department at 949.493.5911. 1 Via Positiva, San Juan Capistrano.

The event will be presented by writer and teacher Kelli Bergheimer, who holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and master’s degrees in education and in business management. Mission Viejo Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 27976 Marguerite Parkway at Hillcrest Drive. Park.

Monday | 15 OPEN MIC AT BARNOA 7-10 p.m. Orange County singers and songwriters join host Gary Wright on the first three Mondays of every month to share their musical talent. Bring your musical instruments and love of live music. The stage is set with everything you need. Must be 21 and older. Barnoa Wine and Craft Beer Bistro. 831 Via Suerte, San Clemente. 949.388.4378.

Wednesday | 17 WEDNESDAY NIGHT TRIVIA 7:30-9:30 p.m. Enjoy friendly competition and craft beers among friends during the BrewHouse’s weekly trivia night. Food trucks are on site during the trivia contest. The BrewHouse. 31896 Plaza Dr., Suite D3, San Juan Capistrano. 949.481.6181. LADIES WINE AND SELF-DEFENSE NIGHT 6:30-7:30 p.m. Attention, all ladies, Pride Martial Arts is hosting a free self-defense series the third Thursday of every month and is inviting the whole community to join in a fun night of practical self-defense. The event is open to all ladies 21 and older. After the class, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine while networking with the other ladies in the community. Pride Martial Arts, 31103 Rancho Viejo Road, Suite 3, San Juan Capistrano. 949.218.8333. sjc@

Friday | 19 THE NORDECK GOLF TOURNAMENT 8 a.m.-4 p.m. This inaugural golf tournament celebrates Steve Nordeck, a great man, a good friend and a San Juan Capistrano icon. This tournament will benefit The Swallows Inn Foundation, which provides assistance to many local charities. Individual green fee is $150 and includes lunch. Foursome fee is $600. Registration opens at 6 a.m., with the shotgun start scheduled for 8 a.m. Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, 26772 Avery Parkway, Mission Viejo. 949.922.8704.

Saturday | 20 GROWING SUCCULENTS 9:00 a.m. Water-wise, succulents and cacti The Capistrano Dispatch July 12-25, 2019

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At the Movies: ‘Midsommar’ is Intoxicating BY MEGAN BIANCO, THE CAPISTRANO DISPATCH


or those who found Hereditary too gruesome viewing last summer, I should warn you that director Ari Aster’s follow-up feature released in theaters over this holiday weekend is just as graphic. If Hereditary was a family nightmare, Midsommar is a relationship fever dream. After experiencing a traumatic family tragedy, college student Danielle Ardor (Florence Pugh) tags along with her flaky boyfriend, Christian (Jack Reynor), and his friends on a monthlong trip to small-town Sweden for their annual Midsommar traditions. But before heading downtown, Christian’s friend, Pelle (Vilhelm Blomgren), convinces the group to begin the vaca-

are some of the easiest plants to grow. Attend this class at Armstrong Gardens to meet with experts who will provide tips on how to keep those succulents and cacti healthy, happy and beautiful. Armstrong Gardens, 32382 Del Obispo Street, Suite D, San Juan Capistrano. 949.661.6666. RADICAL WELLNESS: MIND+BODY 9:30-11:30 a.m. Personal wellness workshop focused on developing your core beliefs and core strength. Elyse Snipes, a licensed marriage and family therapist, with Aurora Allen, a yoga instructor and self-care advocate, are teaming up to bring you their best work. Elyse will take you through a process of identifying and con-

tion visiting the commune his family resides in for a week of their own festivities. Dani thinks she’s in for a trip of homemade food and getting high until she is introduced to the stranger, cultural customs. To no surprise, Midsommar has been getting consistent comparisons to The Wicker Man (1973). Yes, it is similar in story and theme, especially since there aren’t many films out there on pagan cults. But, fortunately, the newer film lives up to the praise for the most part. Pugh continues her impressive streak of stellar performances, and Aster is now two-for-two with quality cinematic efforts. As a visual moviemaker, he has a unique style and technique that will make his work stand out opposite his peers. If there is one thing to nitpick— and most critics have made note of this already—it’s that Aster’s screenwriting leaves a tiny bit to be desired. There’s just one aspect that usually comes off as a bit cliché in the writing. But so far, Aster’s aesthetics and characters are memorable and intriguing enough to make up for it. CD

verting your core beliefs so you can live freely and fully. Aurora will then lead you in an empowering yoga sequence as you anchor your mental work to your physical body. Join Perspektive Studio to experience the power of the mind and body connection. Perspektive Studio, 32773 Calle Perfecto, San Juan Capistrano. elyse@ ONLINE TOOLS TO ORGANIZE AND COLLABORATE WITH YOUR COUSINS 10-noon. The South Orange County California Genealogical Society will host this free program in which you can learn tips and techniques of online wikis, blogs, and collaborating tools to share your family history with your cousins, friends, and family.

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MUSIC UNDER THE STARS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES 5:30-9:30 p.m. Music Under the Stars Summer Concert Series is a fundraising concert series in support of preservation and sustainability of Mission San Juan Capistrano. Each concert features a top-notch tribute band lineup, celebrating a variety of timeless and nostalgic classics in popular music at the beautiful and historic setting of the Mission. Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano. 949.234.1300.

Sunday | 21 BRUNCH AT RAYA 11 a.m.-2 p.m. A tempting brunch with flowing champagne awaits guests every Sunday morning in RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Start with a fresh fruit martini and a selection of pastries, then enjoy a threecourse a la carte menu. Cost is $72. One Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point. 949.240.2000.

Wednesday | 24 OPEN MIC NIGHT AT MAHÉ 6:30-9:30 p.m. Come in for Mahé’s happy hour and stay to enjoy Orange County singer/songwriters as they join host Gary Wright live on stage. Bring your musical instruments and love of music. The stage is set with everything you need. All ages are welcome. Mahé Dana Point. 24961 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point. 949.240.6243.

Thursday | 25 OPEN MIC NIGHT 6-9 p.m. Five Vines Wine Bar presents its Open Mic Night every Thursday. Five Vines is looking for musicians, comedians, poets—anyone who wants a mic and an audience. Must be 21 and older. 31761 Camino Capistrano, #11, San Juan Capistrano. 949.800.9145. ACOUSTIC THURSDAYS AT BARNOA 7-9 p.m. Live music every Thursday. A rotating cast of Orange County’s most talented musicians play acoustic covers and original music. Enjoy a great wine selection, craft beers, tasty appetizers and Barnoa’s full dinner menu. Must be 21 and older. Barnoa Wine and Craft Beer Bistro. 831 Via Suerte, San Clemente. 949.388.4378.


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

A Living-Apart Together Relationship (LAT) May Be the Perfect Arrangement


t age 78, Judy (not her real name) is confused about her relationship. She asked for advice. Judy said, “Two years ago, a high school classmate, 78, and I began a relationship. He was married 53 years. His wife had dementia, and he cared for her until he couldn’t anymore. She went into assisted living. “After his wife died, he came to see me often, and helped me move and buy a car. Our feelings grew, and we declared our love.” “We live an hour and a half away (from each other). He remembers the anniversary of our first holding hands, our first kiss, and incidents like when he says he thought of me while driving all the way home. “He’s a country boy; I’m a city girl. When I stay at his place, I feel like I’m in the boonies; it’s really rural. When he comes here, he cannot stand traffic. He curses at traffic, or if he drops something, or when he can’t find his phone, or at anything that frustrates him. “I can’t stand that. It cuts into the peace we are experiencing and really affects me.  “He’s jealous that I’ve been in several relationships prior to ever knowing him. Plus, he’s constantly wanting sexual activity to the point I think he’s obsessed.

“We just talked a few moments ago; he’s at his place and I’m at home. He misses me and loves me, and for the first time, instead of rolling his eyes when I want to go to my church group, or other things I like, he’s encouraging me to do so. “I try to please him. He does me, too. Today, he said he doesn’t want to be someone who controls my life. That was new, because in fact, he tries to. “Having said all that, he’s truly a fine person and the reason I got involved to begin with. There’s much I love about him. But we are very different. ON LIFE AND “I’ve thought about LOVE AFTER 50 moving to his place By Tom Blake and building a new life. It’s just that I like civilization. I also love his friends; they’re fun, great people. He has a large family; I enjoy being with them and love for him to spend time with them. “Also, he’s remarked he thinks about moving into my place; thus, no yard to mow, hedges to trim, repairs to make and the like. “He’s conflicted, and so am I.

“What to do? We love each other, but we’re so different.” TOM’S ADVICE: Considering you’re both so different and yet love each other, you already have the best arrangement—a LAT (Living-Apart Together) relationship. Living an hour and a half away from each other is a bit inconvenient, but living apart allows you both to spend time alone when you want. You say you’re both “conflicted” about relocating. Based on the information you provided, if one of you relocated, there is a strong chance that one or both of you would not be happy living permanently in the other’s environment. Because you are so different, problems could quickly arise. You say he’s controlling, jealous and wants too much sex. He also has anger issues. I see big red flags in those characteristics. Firmly explain to him that those behaviors are unacceptable to you. He must treat you with respect. You reported that he said he is going to try to change his behavior, to be more considerate of you. Give him a chance, see if he does. And, as far as the obsessive sex, tell him to cool his jets somewhat on that also. After your talk, see if his behavior

Adoptable Pet of the Week: Keanu

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

The Capistrano Dispatch July 12-25, 2019

The next senior singles Meet and Greet is scheduled for Thursday, July 25, 5-7 p.m., at Tutor and Spunky’s Deli, 34085 PCH in Dana Point. No admission fee. Complimentary appetizers. Beer and wine $5. Couples welcome.

changes. If not, then you can decide what to do. He must treat you with respect. For now, keep the LAT relationship as is. Don’t move in together. 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 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






his handsome little guy is Keanu, a 2-year-old sweetheart looking for his forever family. While he loves playing in the yard with his small dog pals, Keanu’s favorite place to be is in your arms. He is very affectionate and loves a good snuggle or belly rub. Could you be his perfect match? If you would like to know more about Keanu, call the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter at 949.492.1617 or visit with him at 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente. CD

Each Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of 3x3 squares. To solve the puzzle, each row, column and box must contain each of the numbers 1 to 9. Puzzles come in three grades: easy, medium and difficult. Level: Medium

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Royce Lewis Plays in MLB All-Star Futures Game JSerra alum and 2017 No. 1 overall pick Royce Lewis took part in the MLB All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 7, in Cleveland, Ohio. Lewis, the No. 1 prospect in the Minnesota Twins system and No. 7 overall prospect in MLB, went 1-for-2 with a single in the annual game between the top prospects in MLB farm systems. Lewis entered the game at shortstop for the American League in the fifth and collected his hit in the sixth. Lewis had a couple missteps with an error in the top of the seventh, and in the bottom of the seventh with two outs and the potential winning run on third base, he struck out swinging.

JSerra alum and 2017 No. 1 pick Royce Lewis played shortstop for the American League in the MLB AllStar Futures Game in Cleveland on Sunday, July 7. Photo: Courtesy of Fort Myers Miracle

Originally slated as a seven-inning game, the teams played a tie-breaking eighth inning with each team opening its half of the frame with a runner on second base. Lewis was the runner in the bottom of the inning, but neither team got its runner to score. The game ended in a 2-2 tie. Lewis is in his second full season of professional baseball and his second year with the Advanced-A Fort Myers Miracle.



Our City Scoreboard keeps you updated on all of the local San Juan Capistrano youth and community team accomplishments and special individual performances of the week. Email  for submission. 949 VOLLEYBALL CLUB WINS FOUR MEDALS AT JUNIOR NATIONALS The 949 Volleyball Club, based in San Juan Capistrano with athletes from all over South Orange County, earned a silver and three bronze medals at the USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championships in Dallas from June 30 to July 7. The 949 Boys 16s won their first 10 matches of the tournament, dropping only three sets on the way to the 16 USA division championship game. In the title game, MAVS Volleyball of Kansas City swept 949 in two sets to take the title. MAVS pulled the reverse of 949 in winning 10 straight matches after losing their opener. The 949 16s won the bronze The Capistrano Dispatch July 12-25, 2019

949 Volleyball Club’s 16s earned silver at the USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championships on July 7 in Dallas. Photo: Courtesy of 949 Volleyball Club

medal as 15s last year. The 949 Boys 14s had a similar opening run to the 16s with wins in their first nine matches of the 14 Open Division tournament with only three lost sets. In the semifinals, local rival Balboa Bay Volleyball Club of Newport Beach swept 949 in two sets, and 949 settled for bronze.

This season, Lewis is batting .272 with a .288 on-base percentage and .373 slugging percentage. The 20-year-old has 14 doubles, three triples, eight home runs and 32 RBI in 81 games.

St. Margaret’s Lacrosse Coaches Step Down, Girls Coach Hired Two months after capturing Orange

The 949 Boys 18s took a bronze medal with a loss to Balboa Bay. The 18s went 8-1 in group play with only four dropped sets, but 949 was again swept in two sets in the 18 Open Division semifinals. The 18s finished fifth last season as 17s. The 949 Boys 17s dropped just three sets in group play for an 8-1 record. The 17s lost their second match and then won seven in a row on the way to the 17 Open Division semifinals. 949 was taken down in two sets by Southern California Volleyball Club of Redondo Beach. The 17s earned bronze last season as 16s. The 949 Boys 13s finished fifth, and the 12s finished in 10th. WATER POLO CLUB TEAMS QUALIFY FOR JUNIOR OLYMPICS The Orange County Water Polo Club qualified eight teams in various divisions for the USA Water Polo Junior Olympics. The Junior Olympics take place over two sessions with the boys divisions July 20-23 and the girls and mixed divisions July 25-28. Both take place at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Page 14

County and Southern Section championships, St. Margaret’s boys lacrosse coach Glen Miles has stepped down after seven seasons in the position. Miles also worked on the football coaching staff and was the girls lacrosse coach in the 2013 season. In seven seasons, Miles compiled a record of 108-39 with Orange County championships in 2013, 2015, 2018 and 2019 and US Lacrosse Southern Section championships in 2013, 2015 and 2019. Miles’ daughters, recently graduated Niki Miles and sophomore Jordan Miles, were on the Tartans’ championship girls lacrosse teams last season. Niki Miles is headed to play lacrosse at Penn. St. Margaret’s girls coach Holly Reilly also stepped down following the season and back-to-back Orange County and Southern Section championships. Reilly replaced Miles in 2013 and put together an 84-22 record in six seasons with Orange County and Southern Section titles in 2018 and 2019. St. Margaret’s announced Brian Kelly as the new girls lacrosse coach on June 19. Kelly most recently was the coach of the Whitter College men’s lacrosse team with a record of 60-49 from 2009-17, including an NCAA Division III National Championship in 2016. Kelly played professionally in the outdoor Major League Lacrosse and indoor National Lacrosse League. CD

Irvine. OCWP qualified its Mixed 10U, Boys 12U, Boys 14U Blue, Boys 16U Blue and Boys 18U Blue to their respective championship divisions. OCWPC’s Boys 18U Red will compete in the Classic Division. OCWPC’s Boys 14U red and Boys 16U red will compete in the Invitational Division. The 16U and 18U teams qualified through the Southern Pacific Zone tournament from June 21-23 at the Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine. The OCWPC Boys 18U Blue dominated their opener with a 21-0 win over Patriot. OCWPC Blue had a strong win over Northwood, 11-8, and edged out Vanguard in a shootout tiebreaker, 9-9 (5-4). In the quarterfinals, OCWPC Blue knocked off Ohana, 17-6, but Newport was strong in the semifinals to beat OCWPC, 16-12. OCWPC Blue came back to beat Vanguard again in the third-place match, 13-6, and take bronze. The OCWPC 18U Red team finished 10th. The OCWPC 16U Blue finished fourth at the Southern Pacific Zone Tournament. CD

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