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beachroad properties

FOR INFORMATION ON ANY OF THESE PROPERTIES PLEASE CALL: (949) 498.0705 | (760) 613.7720

35635 Beach Road | $2,600,000 100% remodeled beach cottage with a fantastic ocean front deck area and additional parking across the street. This home has all new furnishings and is ready to move in and enjoy. Literally step off your deck onto the sand and less than 25 feet to the water. Located in an exclusive gate guarded community with 24-hour security patrol. Very few beaches allow you to have a bonfire right out your door while enjoying a cocktail and the spectacular nightly sunsets. Includes a master bedroom on the ocean side. Best price on the Beach from Newport to San Diego!

35767 Beach Road | $2,900,000 Very unique opportunity to purchase a vacant lot on Beach Road. There are only a few of these on the road and rarely come on the market. The city of Dana Point is great to work with on the build-out. This lot has 41' of beach front. All details about a home are based on the potential for this lot. Owner may consider selling lot to the south as well for 85' of total beach front.

35705 Beach Road | $5,495,000 Beautifully remodeled beach home on the sand. This home is turnkey and ready to move in. Since the remodel a new deck has been added, carpet and paint throughout were just completed. This exclusive gate guarded community of Capistrano Beach with 24-hour security patrol ensures your privacy and quiet. Very unique that you own the beach to the high tide line and allows for cocktails and open pit fires on the beach. Additional parking for 4 cars included across the street and includes an additional 6 feet of beach front that was deeded from what used to be a public easement. Double master bedrooms and beachfront office/ den that could be a fourth bedroom.

35093 Beach Road | $3,950,000 By far the best price on the sand from San Diego to Ventura! Beautifully remodeled duplex on the ocean. Your private beachfront oasis! There are so many options available with this home. A large single-family home, use one half and rent out the other half, or rent both levels. The cash flow is significant on this home with gross revenues well over $220,000 annually. A remodel in 2005 included: kitchens, bathrooms, windows/sliders, flooring, lighting, decks, paint exterior/interior and all new furniture/appliances. This home is turnkey. Step off your deck onto the sand, enjoy the magnificent sunsets and the peace/security of 24-hour guard gate and patrol. Very unique that you can have a cocktail and fire pit on the beach. Seller could provide very creative financing .


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Large 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath "Mirador" home in Talega. Fantastic designer finishes with formal living and dining rooms, expansive kitchen with huge center island, tons of cabinetry, built in computer niche, butler's pantry, top appliances and granite counters. Main floor den/office or extra bedroom, inside laundry room and direct access to 3 car garage with workshop. Family room has cozy fireplace, built in media cabinet and french doors opening to interior courtyard. Large main floor master retreat with sitting area, fireplace, oversized walkin closet and unique glass tile finishes in bathroom. Upstairs bonus/family room with view balcony, and huge backyard with hills view. Approx. 3705 s.f. on large approx. 12,415 s.f. lot.

Offered at $999,900

amazing ocean views

Must see single level, 4 bedroom, 3 bath home located on a large estate-size, corner lot! Amazing Ocean, Catalina, San Clemente Island and city lights views! Stunning remodel with beautiful distressed wood flooring and a "To Die For" gourmet kitchen with gorgeous granite counters, custom cabinetry and stainless appliances. Living room features custom fireplace. Large master suite with luxurious bath. Family room off kitchen that opens to large entertaining patio with custom bar and BBQ area. This large lot has plenty of room for a pool, RV storage, etc. New roof, new security system and attached 2 car garage. Approx. 2800 s.f. on approx. 10,000 s.f. lot.

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Beachfront properties, vacation and off-season rentals.

Amahlia Stevens talks about her sultry bikinis and the Hollywood celebs donning them.

At Westlake Village Inn, discover a place where fairytales come true.

Bringing excellence and creativity to the social center of the home.

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Restoring the beauty of women, one patient at a time.

ROBERT IVES, ESQ. Giving you an alternative to trial and making the law work for you.

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Nominated for 'Best Blues' at the OC Music Awards

Experience authentic racing in a safe and unique environmet.

Always wanted to try ballroom dancing? Let Matt Gregory show you how to follow in his dance steps.

Discover the Ocean Institute in Dana Point for daily adventures and week-long camps.


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"Goodness gracious, sakes alive," Coach is not pleased. "Be quick but don't hurry." Coach's mental fundamental. "This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it." —Psalms 118:24 The life coach lived. It starts with the socks, and ends with the wins. In between, there may be ancillary issues, like players laying down on public roads or attempting to exercise their right to decide their own grooming option. But it always starts with the socks, and ends with the wins. I distinctly remember the first time I watched Coach before a game. He looked up at his wife, Nell, with his suit and tie on, his rolled-up paper and those piercing eyes gazing lovingly. We have never witnessed a truer love of matrimony. I would watch him from afar for the rest of his life. Essentially, he was the World's Greatest Coach and also the World's Greatest Romantic. True, pure love. That is what Nell was all about. And that is what Coach was all about. He was the winner of Westwood, who only cautiously used the word "win," if ever. Coach was anything but a wizard. There was no magic in his life or his teaching. No cheap British slang should ever be expressed to describe his excellence as a coach or a giving human being.

Coach built Pauley Pavilion (17 years after he arrived in L.A.) but we're not sure he knew where Hollywood was. Coach had no interest in Showtime. Can you imagine? Boston, who? Coach was the model of honor; the ultimate sportsman, the perceptual teacher. The only analogy one can make in an attempt to illustrate Coach's character is to describe him as the male Mother Teresa. We're quite sure Nell and Mother Teresa have been neighbors for the last 25 years. On June 4th, Coach's room was ready in Heaven. Spiritual rumor has it that, upon his arrival at the pearly gates, over 200 letters from Nell were laid atop his pillow. It starts with the socks, and ends with the wins. Don't whine. Don't look back. Don't complain and don't get blisters. Rest in peace, Coach. Please give our love to Paul, Peter, John, Mother Teresa and Jesus. Probably your starting five in heaven's intramural league. It starts with the socks and ends with the wins. "I hate being called a wizard, I'm not a wizard." —John Wooden (1910-2010)

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World Class Freestyle Parks with over 80 rails and boxes plus Bear Mountain’s All Mountain Terrain Park.

Wide open groomed runs with snowmaking from November until April.

Big Mountain Fun All Year Long For those passionate about the mountains, Big Bear Mountain Resorts is your perfect getaway. Snow Summit and Bear Mountain are located just a short drive away but will make you feel as though you’re a million miles from the city and daily grind. There’s really no explanation, it just feels a little better at 7,000 feet. Winter brings skiing and snowboarding with all the amenities. Huge snowmaking systems guarantee it. Bear Mountain has the steeps and the All Mountain Terrain Park. Snow Summit features wide open family cruising and the best variety of terrain in Southern California. Summer fun includes Golf in an alpine setting. Ride the Scenic Sky Chair up and down, for breathtaking lake views and the mountain top barbecue. Take your mountain bike up and ride some of the best terrain around from beginner to expert.

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ACROSS FROM THE PIER | $3,500,000

You will not find another property on the Southern California coast like this gem. Historical Ole Hanson overlooking the San Clemente pier. Cool breezes and romantic strolls in San Clemente’s downtown village by the sea. Excellent vacation rental income or family residence property. Seasonal or full time owner occupancy, the choice is yours. This is an excellent investment opportunity in this economic climate we are now experiencing.

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Girard Systems Providing comfort and convenience in the motor home awning industry through advanced technology. With over 20 years in the motor home industry, the founders of Girard Systems saw the need for a more convenient and superior quality awning for homeowners. This idea spawned the birth of an electric-powered awning with lateral arm supports that retract into a sleek aerodynamic box. Offering the G-2000 Patio Awning and the new G-2085 Window Awning. The G-2000 is a fully automatic lateral arm awning system. It is housed in a sleek aerodynamic box that is painted to integrate with the exterior of the home to which it is mounted. At the mere touch of a button the awning can be extended or retracted to any desirable position.

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ORIGIN TEAK CABINET CO. Origin specializes in handmade custom TEAK cabinetry. We provide a unique and genuinely "green" alternative that surpasses all other cabinets in craftsmanship and quality. Using 100% solid reclaimed teak, our cabinets hearken back to an age when woodworking was done by skilled craftsman, and products were valued because they were built to stand the test of time. To complement our cabinet designs, we also offer custom woodworks and built-ins, stone frescoes, and copper oven hoods. We provide our customers with unsurpassed quality with a commitment to creating not just a beautiful environment, but a better world. Darin Klein, Jason Nedelman (949) 369-0575 | www.originteak.com 32951 Calle Perfecto | San Juan Capistrano | California 92675 | [ 877 ] 789-7417 | Fax [ 949 ] 545-6407


reams are made. Pars wood Kitchen cabinets, islands, home office, library, entertainment center, railing and stairs, garage cabinets, mantels, columns, designed and custom wood work. We are the absolute best choice for trim carpentry in the Orange County area! With over 20 years of experience in custom carpentry, there’s no better choice! Call today to add character and style to your home. Jimmy Hemati (949) 232-8778 • (866) 666-6070 • (949) 208-1010

Shelf Genie of orange county Fall in love with your kitchen cabinets all over again. It’s easy with the help of ShelfGenie. Glide-Out shelves from ShelfGenie offer homeowners the ability to easily access storage space and get organized. Our professional designers will show you how easy it is to transform your kitchen with our Glide-Out shelves. Made from nine-ply, eco-friendly Baltic birch, our Glide-Out shelves are made to last. Each of our Glide-Out shelves is finished with a UV-protected, nine-step moisture-resistant coating for durability. Let ShelfGenie show you all the ways that our Glide-Out shelves can transform your home. Increased space, organization and accessibility are at your fingertips with Glide-Out shelves. Bob Batesole (949) 306-6502

SP&H Janitorial Professional commercial cleaners, providing vacant residential and post-construction clean-up. Licensed and bonded. Steve Hayes (949) 395-6410

Tenerelli Staging & Design Creating unique images that tastefully blend casual elegance with a touch of sophistication to create a truly beautiful home. We will accent your living spaces with rich fabrics and textures, colorful floral arrangements and scented candles to invigorate the senses. We will create an ambience that looks good and feels good. A combination of old and new, well-thought-out and detailed, the look is tasteful and stylish. We are dedicated to increasing the value of your property by enhancing every aspect of what your home has to offer. Allow us to: SET THE STAGE...CREATE THE IMAGE...AND SELL YOUR HOME. Patti & Sandi Tenerelli (949) 370-8458 | www.homestageexperts.com

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beachroad properties

FOR INFORMATION ON ANY OF THESE PROPERTIES PLEASE CALL: (949) 498.0705 | (760) 613.7720

35635 Beach Road | $2,600,000 100% remodeled beach cottage with a fantastic ocean front deck area and additional parking across the street. This home has all new furnishings and is ready to move in and enjoy. Literally step off your deck onto the sand and less than 25 feet to the water. Located in an exclusive gate guarded community with 24-hour security patrol. Very few beaches allow you to have a bonfire right out your door while enjoying a cocktail and the spectacular nightly sunsets. Includes a master bedroom on the ocean side. Best price on the Beach from Newport to San Diego!

35165 Beach Road | $3,495,000 Currently adjoining 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom homes on a very large lot with parking for 6-8 cars. Two bedrooms on the water with one side renovated in 2008 and one side renovated in 2005. Lots of options can include use as one home, use one side and rent the other, rent both sides or tear down and build a beautiful new home on one of the largest lots on Beach Road. Fully furnished with everything down to the knives and forks. All you have to do is bring shorts, a good book and a bottle of wine. This is the best value to come on Beach Road in years! Located in the exclusive gate guarded community of Capistrano Beach. Private road and quiet private beach ensure total peace and quiet.

35705 Beach Road | $5,495,000 Beautifully remodeled beach home on the sand. This home is turnkey and ready to move in. Since the remodel a new deck has been added, carpet and paint throughout were just completed. This exclusive gate guarded community of Capistrano Beach with 24-hour security patrol ensures your privacy and quiet. Very unique that you own the beach to the high tide line and allows for cocktails and open pit fires on the beach. Additional parking for 4 cars included across the street and includes an additional 6 feet of beach front that was deeded from what used to be a public easement. Double master bedrooms and beachfront office/ den that could be a fourth bedroom.

35093 Beach Road | $3,950,000 By far the best price on the sand from San Diego to Ventura! Beautifully remodeled duplex on the ocean. Your private beachfront oasis! There are so many options available with this home. A large single-family home, use one half and rent out the other half, or rent both levels. The cash flow is significant on this home with gross revenues well over $220,000 annually. A remodel in 2005 included: kitchens, bathrooms, windows/sliders, flooring, lighting, decks, paint exterior/interior and all new furniture/appliances. This home is turnkey. Step off your deck onto the sand, enjoy the magnificent sunsets and the peace/security of 24-hour guard gate and patrol. Very unique that you can have a cocktail and fire pit on the beach. Seller could provide very creative financing. 10 l SCmagazine


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CAPISTRANO REALTY & VACATION RENTALS | BEACH FRONT PROPERTY | VACATION RENTALS


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BEACH STYLE The stunning views at Beach Road are rivaled only by the neighborliness of its affluent residents and the tranquility of the private-beach vacation homes you can rent whenever you fancy. Written by

ANNA CURTIS

Maybe people have their own idea of paradise, but sometimes you come across places on this earth that everyone agrees are magical. Beach Road is one such destination, with its lucky residents and frolicking vacationers breathing in the fresh sea air, mesmerized by the way the crystal blue water shimmers off the sedate afternoon sun. Sure, it’s a private little piece of heaven. The best part is, you can have a slice of it, too. Nestled between San Clemente and Dana Point, the length of sand curving ‘round the Capistrano Bay coastline was aptly dubbed Beach Road by its early-times inhabitants. Its origins stretch clear back to the early 1900s, and with such a rich community legacy, it’s no wonder books have been written about the seafaring property. Joe Dunn, author of Pocket of Paradise (a complete historical background of Beach Road), is a retired commercial broker-turned-author who worked in the area 45 years and now manages his own coastal properties. His book is filled with interesting facts, distinct heritage and an unabashed adoration for the beauty of the land. Whether you rent/own a luxurious home or cottage on your

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own private beach, there’s no end to the serenity awaiting you. The three-mile stretch of beach offers something special for everyone: commuter trains stop a little over a mile south of Beach Road, a bevy of restaurants at the

From quaint little beach cottages to beautiful ocean front homes, they'll find the perfect home for your vacation.

Dana Point harbor satiate any appetite, and quaint shops line the streets of downtown San Clemente. Capistrano Realty is the official steward for renting or buying property on Beach Road. “Typically, when homeowners drive through the gates to sit on their deck, they feel like they have truly left it all behind,” says Ken Ross, who ran the company for six years prior

for further information, please call: (949) 496.5353 Toll Free (800) 397.6931 www.SoCalVacation.com

to its current owner, Chris Jones. “All you can see or hear is the ocean.” There are just shy of 200 lots and about 180 owners enjoying their individually developed properties at Beach festival + design 2010 l 13


Road. Capistrano Realty has specialized in this particular part of the globe for nearly 50 years, and has approximately 40 homes available for weekly rentals in the summer, and weekly/monthly rentals for the off-season months. It offers everything from beach cottages to luxury homes, all perfectly placed on the warm sand.

Capistrano Realty & Vacation Rentals 34700 Pacific Coast Hwy #209 Dana Point, California 92624 (949) 496.5353 Toll Free (800) 397.6931 www.SoCalVacation.com

“My favorite part of Beach Road is the spectacular weather—day in, day out— with glistening ocean and whitewater views,” Jones says. “And the people here are down-to-earth, and always appreciative of a beautiful Southern California lifestyle, without pretense. It really is California’s best kept secret.” It’s obvious to us that Jones has enabled the decades-long synergy between residents and realtors to shine on. “Where else can you sit on your deck and witness the most amazing sunsets?” Ross asks, “While a school of dolphins swims nearby, and you sip a glass of your favorite Chardonnay?” We started packing our bags after we heard that. Maybe you should, too.

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Nestled between San Clemente and Dana Point, the length of sand curving ‘round the Capistrano Bay coastline was aptly dubbed Beach Road by its early-times inhabitants.


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The Mason of Imagination While most folks view bricks and boulders and see rubble, Paul Gutweiler, owner of CDM Masonry, envisions eye candy. Masons are, by definition, people who build things with bricks and rocks. However, this 50-year-old Santa Monica native sees himself as someone whose devotion to detail cements soul into stone. Most of his work is old-world stone and brick, but Paul also specializes in Italian Tuscan. His artistic attention to every detail, making every piece of rock, brick, glass and scrap to be hand-tumbled. His work can be viewed at Sonny’s Pizza in San Clemente, where he created an old world hobbit-style front for the restaurant.

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Big Bear Lake AND Mountain Communities

3 bedroom | 2.5 bathrooms Very clean forest spring home. Vaulted ceilings, circulating floor plan, family room with built-ins for in home office or study. Rear deck is house width for Sunset Magazine outdoor living ambiance. Fully landscaped, easy entry from garage to home. Sale is subject to probate court approval. Offered at $339,950

3 BedroomS | 2.5 bathrooms Tip of eagle point, amazing log home on 2 lots, incredible 180 degree view of the lake & as far as the eye can see to Castle Rock. Designed for mountain living + entertainment at it's best enjoy the private park & bird sanctuary. Massive 2 sided river rock fireplace sets the ambiance, accenting the vaulted ceilings. 20,000 linear of white plains cedar. Motivated sellers. Offered at $1,475,000

4 Bedrooms | 2 bathrooms Ambiance plus! Dramatic great rooms with an incredible view. Big wide open areas for a mountain lifestyle to fit every ones dream. Vaulted ceilings, newer appliances, extra room w/out closet is 4th sleeping area. Family room w/pool table, fenced rear yard, extensive decking. Original 1964 home completely remodeled/rebuilt/ added sq. footage. Ask about the "secret room." Offered at $549,000

6 bedroomS | 4.5 bathrooms Outstanding lake & ski slope views, upgraded 6 bedroom home, 4.5 baths Hemingwayesque ambiance and decor. Additional 500 sq' basement game room with lots of 'TV, game & hangout area, supersized deck, spa+gazebo. Massive floor-ceiling stone fireplace,granite counters,furnishings negotiable,boat dock available. May consider exchange for smaller cabin with lake views. Offered at $679,000

3 Bedrooms | 3 bathrooms A true big bear log cabin on the slopes. Another Scott Construction masterpiece that tells a unique story of it's own. Every log hand milled by the builder and every log is from the San Bernardino mountains. Granite counters, incredible ski slope view, decking overlooks bear mountain. Pine plank flooring. New stamped concrete drive will be installed. Furnishings negotiable. Offered at $1,150,000

3 Bedrooms | 3 bathrooms Absolutely gorgeous, Seaman-built log-style home in great whispering forest location. Ski-slope views, quality construction, lots of log accents with a southern exposure for quick snow melt. This is what we all came to big bear to enjoy. Don't miss this incredible home at a great price. Offered at $449,999

3 Bedrooms | 2 bathrooms Ranch style, single level, no stairs, easy access Moonridge cabin. Woodsey setting, close to golf course, just minutes to bear mountain. Updated and remodeled kitchen,newer appliances. Master bath will have new vanity. This home is furnished as you see it and ready for occupancy. 2 dog runs in rear yard. Very private setting. Offered at $226,500

ERA Bruin Trojan Realtors 42592 Moonridge Road Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

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A Pocket of Paradise The Beach Road Story Capistrano Beach, California By Joe Dunn

A Little Town Called Serra Above: Pat McNulty and Joe Dunn surfing in the Garden at Poche in their 18-foot lifeguard dory, 1968. Left: The four original Doheny beach houses, with stone steps on the face of the Palisades cliff leading to the Dohenyhome at the base of Camino de Estrella, circa 1929.

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Capistrano Beach’s downtown was known as Serra when the California Central Railroad (which was affiliated with the Santa Fe) pushed down from Los Angeles in 1887 and built the area’s first and only train station, on Victoria Boulevard. Soon after, the railroad constructed a spur track on to the beach and created a lot subdivision named San Juan by the Sea. The next year, the line was connected to San Diego by slicing off the base of the palisades of the Boca de la Playa; this enabled prospective buyers to arrive from both the north and the south. Santa Fe’s Pacific Land and Improvement Company developed shops, a dance pavilion, and a bathhouse, which resulted in the construction of the Pioneer Hotel. Lots ranging from $250 to $1,800 went on the market and apparently sold quite well. However, by the mid-1890s, due in part to poor water supply, a lumber shortage, national economic conditions and the Santa Fe’s lack of promotion, the development was a bust. The community’s identity reverted to Serra and remained so until the early 1920s.


South Coast Magazine would like to express our gratitude to Joe Dunn and his family for graciously granting us sections of his book, "A Pocket Full of Paradise" the story of Beach Road. All proceeds from the sale of his book are donated to the Surfing Heritage Foundation.

Right: Development sales office on Doheny Road in the 1920s. It’s now Beach Cities Glass Company. Below: Advertising for Capistrano Beeach

The Dohenys Turn-of-the-century adverse economic conditions, followed by a world war, prohibited further development. But the boom of the Roaring Twenties reached down even to the sleepy farming community of Serra/Capistrano Beach, as well as to Dana Point. The earliest title policy written for lands that included Beach Road was in 1892, in the name of M. A. Forster, and then again in his estate on August 8, 1906. On November 7, 1924, John O. Forster and others deeded our beach property and substantial acreage on the palisades to the First National Bank of Santa Ana, who acted on behalf of famed oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny and his son Edward L. (Ned) Doheny, Jr. On May 9, 1925, a display ad appeared in the Los Angeles Evening Herald that offered three miles of bathing beach and 1,000 acres of home sites for sale. (In those days, developers could advertise and sell prior to recording a tract map.) Prices started at $400 per lot and included such improvements as oiled streets, water and electricity. The Doheny story is in all the history books and now on the Internet, and it is indeed spectacular. In brief form, it goes something like this: A 36-year-old second-generation Irish prospector with some geology background in 1892 arrives in Los Angeles broke and, with a partner, digs a hole in a vacant lot in the Echo Park neighborhood. They struck oil at 460 feet and never looked back. Thereafter gushers were found in Fullerton and the Kern River valley, followed by control of one million acres fronting the Gulf of Mexico, thereby establishing the Mexican oil industry. By 1925 Edward Doheny’s net worth was estimated to be over $100 million (in 1925 dollars). The Dohenys had money to invest, and the Capistrano Beach development was just the vehicle in which to diversify their investments and give USC graduate and World War I naval officer son Ned something to do. The Beach Road tract map was recorded in January 1928. There were 194 lots varying in width from 30 feet to 40 feet and in depth from 60-plus feet to more than 200 feet. Two additional lots were created in the 1970s from a small parcel at the south end of the road. At some point, perhaps from the beginning, the first 43 lots as you enter the community were zoned for two-family dwellings (R-2), and the remaining 151 lots for single-family dwellings. The deed restrictions (known as CC&Rs) placed on the development (including race restrictions that were outlawed in the 1950s) were minor compared to today’s subdivision standards, and they all have long expired. A construction company headed by Luther Eldridge was formed and a lumber mill, yard and hardware store were constructed at the foot of the palisades on what is now Coast Highway. Eldridge and his crew built four houses on the Road, the Capistrano Beach Club, a lovely residence for the family at the top of the stone steps on the face of the palisades, and a few more on palisades lots, primarily to help the marketing campaign get into full swing. A featured attraction of the development was the Capistrano Beach Club—a sprawling Spanish-tiled structure featuring hand-painted beams and ceilings, swimming pool, marine dinning room, ballroom and the Swallows Nest bar. An equally important improvement was the 1,200-foot-long sportfishing Capistrano pier for charter boats as well as shore-based anglers. festival + design 2010 l 21


SCbeachscene Right: Wayne Schafer pushing his Hobie Cat through the surf, circa 1968. Note the vacant lots at Poche that Wayne sold to his pals. Below: Sean McNulty with a vintage surfboard cut down to size, circa 1967. Bottom: Ed Reese, teenage lifeguard at the Capistrano Beach Club, circa 1960.

The Birth of the Hobie Cat Wayne Schafer and Phil Edwards both had backgrounds in blue-water sailing—they brought back yachts from the L.A.-to-Acapulco race. And when Phil designed and built two catamarans in Wayne’s yard, they got the attention of local surfboard kings Hobie Alter and Grubby Clark. They figured that with their existing surfing clientele and maybe even the rest of the beach-oriented populace, they had a built-in market for those wanting to be able to sail out and back in through the waves on those days when it was too windy to surf—which is most days, especially in the afternoon. So Grubby came up with the right foam core for the hulls and Hobie and his team built prototypes and tested them in the surf and wind of Poche until they had a lightweight cat that could be handled by one person and could go through the surf without breaking the rudders. The first Hobie Cat regatta was held with four boats at Poche on the 4th of July 1968 and won by Hobie’s chief test pilot, Dana Point resident Sandy Banks. Wayne’s friend Dick Barrymore of ski-film fame, made a film of the first sleek fourteen-foot Hobie Cat riding the Poche waves. It was shown on a continuous-feed color TV at the Southern California Boat show with such success that it moved on from boat show to boat show across the country. The rest is history. One of the big appeals of the Hobie Cat class of boats was that they could easily be transported and launched anywhere. They were Everyman boats; marinas and yacht clubs were not required. In the late 1960s, Wayne’s compound became so crowded on weekends, with Hobie’s camper, several of his employees/test sailors and assorted camp followers, that some directors of the CBD lodged complaints citing Wayne’s Tahitian beach structures as nonconforming buildings. A lifelong supporter of the Beach Road way of life, Wayne pointed out other apparent violations on the Road, and the matter was finally settled when Hobie removed his camper and the weekend crowds thinned out. Wayne went on to help promote Hobie Cat regattas nationally and internationally and in fact won several championships along with Hobie’s sons, Hobie, Jr., and Jeff, in both the fourteen- and sixteen-foot classes. These victories were fitting capstones to the creation of the most successful boat of its type in the world, whose birthplace was in Wayne’s yard on the sands of Poche. Today there are 150 Hobie Cat fleets in 30 countries around the world. Hobie Alter, a longtime Beach Road resident who now resides in the San Juan Islands, Washington, and Palm Desert, California, tells the story of the time he had an après-sail Q&A session with regatta contestants, asking them, “Where are you from and why did you buy a Hobie Cat?” A sailor stood up and said, “I was at home in Chicago in February and couldn’t get my car out of the garage to go to work because there was so much snow. So I sat down, opened the paper and saw a picture of Wayne Schafer sailing his boat out through the surf in the middle of a Southern California winter and immediately decided to change my lifestyle!” 22 l SCmagazine


The Poche Surf Club Right: Pat McNulty and Joe Dunn cleaning local abalone at 35707 Beach Road, 1970. Below: Victor Hyde on a doubleoverhead wave at New House, 1981, Joe Dunn on a south-swell wave at Dunns Reef, 1968, taken from McNulty’s porch by Ron Stoner.

There are weird things done in the SoCal sun By the men who toil for surf. And the Beach Road trails have their secret tales, That would drive most men to curse. The O.C. lights have seen strange sights, But the strangest they ever did see, Was that night on the sand at Schafer land, The Poche Surf Club came to be.

The above was written by former Beach Road resident, weekly Poche denizen, restaurateur and surfer John Creed, adapted from Robert W. Service’s “The Cremation of Sam McGee.” It was used in a short story John wrote about the Poche Surf Club, the perfect organization for a bunch of beach bums who have turned a sport into a way of life. It wasn’t founded; it just is. There is no charter, no dues, no officers, no agenda and no official membership—it’s a No Club. Nonetheless, it exists, if only in the minds and memories of the countless personalities who have spent time at the Schafer compound or paddled out to the surf break.

The main, outside surf break is over a series of reefs known as “The Garden,” 100 to 200 yards out from shore depending on the size of the swell, with the takeoff spot on a south swell just about straight out from the Disney house at 35827. Generally the left is a better wave, but on a west swell, the right can be very good. The break is very tide-sensitive and can shut down quickly if the swell is not too big. Also, on a big high-tide south swell, the inside break can be very good, especially for the younger shortboard set. Today the stand-up paddle surfers have made Poche one of their favorite haunts. As surfers are wont to do, they often name beaches after local landmarks, in this case a long-removed sign on the railroad tracks that simply read “POCHE.” Old-timers remember a train-track siding in the general vicinity that it may have identified. There are lots of theories on the genesis and meaning of the sign, but none have been able to be verified. The word poche in French means pocket. It is identified on the Internet as the proper name of a French/ Belgium family of soldiers who immigrated to Louisiana to fight in the War of 1812. One theory is that a descendant of this Poche family was an officer in the Civil War and had been recruited after the war to lead a detachment protecting the Santa Fe railroad and its employees as they pushed the tracks west through hostile Indian territory. Hence the sign was recognition of services past. And when the owner of the long-closed San Gabriel restaurant El Poche Cafe was asked about the origin of his establishment’s name, he said it referred to a Mexican commoner. Whatever! The Garden is a haven for lobsters, so when the season starts in October, local fishermen set their traps throughout the surf break. An occasional long-lasting major fall swell can deposit lobster-laden traps up on the beach. In years gone by the Garden was loaded with abalone, and the Poche crew made it their pocket of paradise by picking the bounty at will. For a variety of reasons, natural and manmade, the abalone population has all but expired in the area, and if they’re out there now, they’re a protected species. festival + design 2010 l 23


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WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS? In today’s economy, many homeowners are facing tough challenges, choices and decisions when it comes to their home. Whether it’s loss of income, loss of equity, a bad loan or any other reason, many people find themselves in the stressful position of having to do something about their current situation because their house is at risk. If you are one of these people, it’s time to take action. But what should you do? Let’s review some options and see what works for you.

Refinance Refinancing is the process of paying off an existing loan by taking out a new loan and using the same property as security. Homeowners may refinance to reduce their mortgage expense if interest rates have dropped, to switch from an adjustable rate to a fixed rate loan if rates are rising, or to secure long-term financing if your loan is a short-term loan. There are two main drawbacks with refinancing. First, there is no certainty that an application for refinancing will be approved—loans are much harder to qualify for now and the guidelines are much stricter. Secondly, refinancing generally resets the repayment period, that is, if one refinances a 10-year loan into a 30-year loan, one would pay the new loan for 30 years instead of the 20 years left on the old loan.

Loan Modification A loan modification is a permanent change in one or more of the terms of a mortgagor’s loan. This allows the loan to be reinstated and results in a payment the mortgagor can afford. There are many loan modification programs out there, as well as a lot of confusion. To date, very few loan modifications have been done, with some estimates as low as only 3% completed nationwide. Many companies promised results and very few have delivered. In order to qualify for most loan modifications, your home must already be at risk, meaning that you must already be behind on your mortgage payments and subject to foreclosure. Many people have entered into programs hoping for a loan modification, only to be turned down months later, while they were far behind on their payments and left with very few options. If this has happened, then a short sale is probably the best option. With the extremely low number of

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finished loan modifications, the chances of getting one done on your house is very small.

Short Sale Short-pay transactions, or “short sales,” are transactions where the seller owes more on his or her home than the home is worth. Short sales are a way for homeowners to avoid foreclosure on their homes and still be able to pay off their loans by settling with the lenders. A lender may accept a short sale when the borrower is in severe financial straits and market conditions make a short sale the best choice to mitigate the lender’s damages. This saves the lender the costs of foreclosure and the borrower avoids having a foreclosure on their credit report. By entering into the short sale programs you can stop harassing calls from the bank, and stay in your property until it sells and closes. Also, your credit takes a lesser hit than with a foreclosure and in some instances you can receive up to $1,500 to relocate. In a typical short sale, the lender will pay all closing costs and any commissions due; the seller pays nothing. Every bank handles short sales differently and contacting a realtor is a good way to get started. First, you’ll need to get a market analysis to see what your property is worth and what makes sense for you. If a short sale is the right option, then you or your realtor need to contact the bank, ask for the short sale department and begin the process. Once started, short sales take anywhere from threeto-eight months to close, so have patience and in the meantime, you live in your house. There are many types of short sales, and some can come with liability from the bank or the IRS, so make sure to look into the tax consequences as well. Many lenders have the incentive to negotiate a short sale with a distressed borrower. When a lender takes back a property pursuant to a foreclosure sale, the lender will be responsible for a variety of costs, such as property maintenance, HOA fees, utilities and taxes, and might risk destruction of property by vandalism. A short sale is often the more desirous, cheaper option for the bank.

Foreclosure Foreclosure is the legal process where a lending agency assumes ownership of a property from a defaulted mortgage borrower. When

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a homeowner has late payments that violate the terms of their mortgage agreement, a mortgage company has the right to begin foreclosure proceedings. During the period of foreclosure, the lender is generally obligated to provide 90 days for the borrower to bring their mortgage out of default. After that time, if the mortgage remains in default, the lender will post a notice of foreclosure auction. The auction will be held no sooner than thirty (30) days after the notice is published. Both short sale and foreclosure will have a negative effect on your credit. Foreclosure, however, is far more damaging than a short sale. In a foreclosure, it is estimated a homeowner will lose as much as 300 points from their FICO score, with the entry of “foreclosure” to describe the status. Damage estimates vary on short sales, but generally range between an 80-120-point FICO reduction. The short sale will be entered into your credit report, but will be less damaging than the foreclosure entry. A homeowner can also do a deed in lieu of foreclosure as a last resort before foreclosure, but a short sale is usually a better option. There are other options available, and I would encourage everyone to do as much research as possible and to contact a professional Realtor to help you decide which option is right for you. Today’s economy is very challenging and navigating it successfully is very difficult—people need help and they need answers. I have been in the real estate profession for over 20 years and am Co-Owner of San Clemente Realty; we are short sale experts and will gladly help you with the process and answer any questions you may have. To get a free market analysis for your property and a free professional consultation about your options contact me, Kevin MacGillivray, at (949) 4660072, or email me at calshortsales@hotmail. com. The property analysis and consultation are completely free and with no obligations on your part. You have nothing to lose but your property, so before you do, call me and let's review your options! Kevin MacGillivray San Clemente Realty | (949) 466.0072 Email: calshortsales@hotmail.com This does not constitute legal advice. If you are in need of legal advice please consult with an attorney.


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Roman Alexander and the Robbery Written by

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With a sound as original as its name, it’s no surprise this local band was nominated for ‘Best Blues’ at the 2010 Orange County Music Awards.

The OC has long been the initial stomping grounds of great musicians, at least in recent rock history. Heck, even Leo Fender himself—father of the electric guitar—lived his whole life in Fullerton. So the band, Roman Alexander and the Robbery, is no different when it comes to a group of talented young individuals putting it all on the line and taking their shot at the music industry. As well they should. Evolutionary in style and genre, their music comes smoothly at you with a bluesy soul-and-funk feel that resonates somewhere way down deep. “I don’t believe in styles anymore,” lead singer Roman Alexander says. “I think people just want to hear music that’ll make them feel something.” Well, whether his band can be categorized as a particular style or not (and it probably can’t be pigeonholed), there is one type 28 l SCmagazine


Meet the Band Lead singer Roman Alexander is inspired by the idea of affecting people by the lyrics he writes. Growing up, his father introduced him to classic rock and great artists like Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley and Curtis Mayfield. Coupled with his mother’s love for great soul music from artists like Al Green, and bands like Earth, Wind and Fire, Alexander developed his own creative sense of music. “It’s a hard living, but as long as I have a guitar in my hands, there’s always new songs to sing and new people to play them for,” Alexander says. “This is how we get by.”

Guitarist Matt McDavid will tell you his family is a machine run by music, and his life has always had a soundtrack. It’s obvious he has total faith in the others as musicians. “We do a lot of impromptu jams live, where we just pick a note and see where it takes us,” he says. “It’s inspiring every time one of those jams goes well.”

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of music everybody likes: the good kind. For Roman Alexander and the Robbery, that means a soulful voice over folk-y chord with a rhythmic backbone, raw leads and a smooth finish. Just the thing you weren’t expecting on a Saturday night in a microcosm like the OC. Unless, of

started playing music by ear when he was 9 years old, and never stopped. He feels “like a gladiator” when he plays music live. Ultimately, he’d like to travel the world expressing his creative side by pushing the boundaries of music. “It’s like I’m adding color to a musical painting.”

course, you were in the know. You can thank us later, after you’ve caught one of their shows live. Of course they’re in demand—they tour all over California, playing 15 venues a month. And their self-released album, “Roman Alexander and The Robbery,” is available on iTunes and Amazon.com. Somehow, some way, get yourselves in front of these guys before they hit the big time.

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keyboardist Chad Stanner grew up amid musical instruments all around the house and loves the fact that he makes music almost every night of the week. “My goal is to basically travel the world as a musician,” he says. Bassist Ryan Reno is the snarky one of the bunch (a trait he admits “doesn’t translate well in e-mails or texts), and has been playing since he was 11 years old. His inspiration is seeing the bands he loves play, “unless they’re terrible live.” What does he love most about the work he does? “Free food and drinks,” he says, mulling it over. “And I’m kinda serious about that.”

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Laguna Beach local Amahlia Stevens talks about sunshine, sex appeal and why movie stars like Nicole Kidman don her sultry bikinis.


This summer, feeling good in your skin means getting all the vitamin A your body needs. We’re talking about Vitamin A swimsuits, of course, by designer Amahlia Stevens. And no one can resist these beauties. Maybe that’s because Stevens trots the globe for the finest fabrics and inspirations, which has led to the smashing success of her show-stopping line of bikinis and resort wear. Stevens first began designing suits for herself, then her friends and eventually a considerable base of jetsetting clientele. There are summer essentials every woman needs. Here is where you’ll definitely find that beloved black swimsuit. “A woman can’t have too many black bikinis. They’re super sexy in an understated way.” Vitamin A is like the LBD—“little black dress”—of swimsuits. The LBB, baby. “When I first started, Brazilian cuts were in. But the bottoms were high-cut and the tops were too small to fit me properly. So I worked with an old-school custom swim shop in Laguna to create the bikini I envisioned.” And the “California Cut” was born. It was a cut no one had made yet, inspired by the lingerie she had seen in Milan. Beautiful and sleek, with “flat” seams for a smooth fit against the skin, yet the resiliency to handle the feisty California shore break. “It was low-slung around the hips, with a nice curve in the back to emphasize without exposing too much,” she recalls. “I also added tiny metal rings for flair.” Those were the fine details that would later become the trademark look of Vitamin A bikinis. Trendsetting, elegant and with unparalleled fit, the suits perfectly define the bodies they’re wrapped around. “They’re smokin’ hot!” Stevens laughs. “But they are not just for supermodels. Before it’s adopted, I personally try every new Vitamin A style on myself and friends to ensure it fits REAL WOMEN.” And of course you can mix and match tops with bottoms to find your own custom fit. You could say Vitamin A leads the swim world through its innovation and unique vision. It’s a mix of natural California beach beauty and chic international appeal. “I’m inspired by the art and architecture I see on my travels," she says. “As well as the fabulous film and fashion icons of the ‘60s and ‘70s.” Yet, it’s the travels in her own backyard—the secret coves of Laguna—that propel 34 l SCmagazine


“A perfect bikini is the foundation of any summer wardrobe,” says Amahlia. “A woman can’t have too many black bikinis. They are super sexy in an understated way.”


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This year, the California sun shines across the Atlantic,

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Aniston are fans. “I love creating designs and watching

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Elegant Weddings Are A Specialty Of Westlake Village Inn

When it comes to orchestrating weddings, receptions and honeymoons, there are few places as spectacular as Westlake Village Inn, a member of Summit Hotels & Resorts distinguished portfolio of properties. Located on 17 lush acres, halfway between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, the boutique resort engages couples with its quartet of al fresco ceremony sites, selection of indoor and outdoor reception venues, and romantic rooms and suites. For couples preparing to take a trek down the aisle, Westlake Village Inn offers a collection of romantic garden settings for both large and intimate weddings. Brides yearning for something blue will find it at the Lakeside Gazebo, situated on the banks of the inn’s private tarn with its azure waters and enchanting pergola. The Waterfall is another breathtaking ceremonial site featuring swaying palms, lush landscapes, and a slightly elevated staging area so that guests can witness the vows from all vantage points. The Mediterraneo Gazebo is also located lakeside with vows exchanged from beneath a slightly raised Romanesque gazebo. Brides yearning to make a dramatic entrance can do so beneath a fleet of arched floral-covered arbors that lead to the Tuscan Garden where vows are exchanged beneath an open-air pergola at the end of the aisle. After the “I dos” newlyweds and their guests can take an effortless stroll to one of the inn’s many storied reception venues. The settings are designed to accommodate both large and small gatherings, and interiors vary from salon to salon. Among the many ame-

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Where magical moments are created and fairytales come true

nities are bi-level ballrooms, romantic views, lakeside settings, stunning fireplaces, dramatic ebony crystal chandeliers, built-in bars, and adjacent outdoor lanais for pre-reception cocktails. One of the more popular destinations for intimate post-nuptial celebrations is The Wine Cellar. Seemingly plucked from the vineyards of Tuscany, this open-air retreat, designed for parties of 68 or less, features stone-covered colonnades which romantically frame the lakeside views. The setting also boasts a private bar, as well as rustic wine barrels for added ambiance. After the celebration, the newlyweds can retreat to The Villa, a plush and lavish two-story, loft-like honeymoon suite replete with a pair of fireplaces, a dramatic spiral staircase, dining area and exhibition kitchen, spacious bathroom with a two-person Jacuzzi tub, original trompe l’eoil paintings, and a private garden patio and balcony. Wedding guests are invited to slumber in one of the inn’s plush guest rooms with their individual and luxurious appointments, including Italian bedding, Jacuzzi tubs, romantic fireplaces, and private patios

or balconies. The morning following the wedding, the newly minted mister and missus can invite their families to dine with them inside the spacious Villa where the inn’s culinary team can prepare and serve a sumptuous breakfast. The Villa also lends itself well to private prenuptial dinners, bridal luncheons, and poker parties for the groom and groomsmen. The inn employs a team of professional wedding coordinators to help make the bride’s day as seamless as possible. No matter what the request, from a specially designed wedding cake to creative musical ensembles, such as bagpipes, to staging a dramatic entrance for the bride, the assigned wedding coordinator is on hand to help create the bride’s dream wedding.

For room reservations, site tours or to inquire about booking a wedding, call the inn directly at (800) 535.9978. You may also take a virtual visit at www.westlakevillageinn.com or email weddings@wvinn.com.

WESTLAKE VILLAGE INN 31943 Agoura Road Westlake Village CALIFORNIA 91360

Westlake Village Inn, located at the Lindero Canyon Road exit off Highway 101 in Westlake Village on Agoura Road, is the only California member of Summit Hotels & Resorts distinguished portfolio of properties, a division of Preferred Hotel Group, a global leader in the hospitality industry representing the finest hotels in the world. festival + design 2010 l 41


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Fashion Written by

JAMIE HINRICHS

Downtown shopping on Avenida Del Mar offers a variety of fabulous fashion boutiques, like the shops Heavenly Couture and Vintage Inspired, both of which offer customers the perfect combination of styles in vogue and quality clothing.

Heavenly Couture This charming boutique’s mission is to find the best values of modern styles for its customers. Although you might find similar designs in other shops in Orange County, here the price for any item is always $15 or less. Why keep looking for a better deal, when you can head to Heavenly Couture to find the latest fashion trends at the lowest price? Owner Justin Ha and his wife, June, decided to open a San Clemente store since their Laguna Beach location attracted similar clientele and was thriving. "San Clemente didn’t have a low-cost clothing store such as Loehmann's," he says. "So the niche was wide open for Heavenly Couture." Although the pricing is low for their clothing items, that in no way reflects the high quality of what they sell. The diverse and hip style of clothing also appeals to a wide range of ages, offering something fashionable for almost everyone. The name "Heavenly Couture" and the use of a dove in the logo are meant to reflect the couples' commitment to their faith and their dedication to providing customers with high quality, low-priced clothing. "We're a spiritual company," Ha says. Heavenly Couture is always looking to hire qualified sales associates. For more information, inquire about employment at their San Clemente store location. Heavenly Couture | 128 Avenida Del Mar

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Vintage Inspired Apparel & Home Décor San Clemente appeals to tourists and residents alike for having the ambiance and visual aesthetic of being an historic beach town. That's why Vintage Inspired Apparel & Home Décor is so well-suited for Avenida Del Mar. This quaint boutique sells modern clothing in the vintage style of the 1920s through the 1980s, allowing people to immerse themselves in a bit of classic style. Owner Laura Newhall-Allen has had a lifelong love for fashion. Growing up, her mother taught her about clothing construction and fabric, which contributed to her decision to pursue and achieve a degree in fashion merchandising and interior design. Vintage Inspired is the culmination of her longtime dream to open a vintage clothing store. Newhall-Allen hopes the vintage clothing she offers will invoke nostalgia in older clientele and inspire younger customers to cultivate a more classic wardrobe. "I strongly believe in providing personalized customer service," she says. "Something that's hard to come by in today's clothing chains and department stores." Vintage Inspired offers an impressive range of women and men’s fashion, true vintage accessories and even some enchantingly antiquated home décor items. The clothing is functional and sophisticated, yet affordable, which is something everyone looks for in the modern economic atmosphere. Next time you're on Del Mar, stop in to meet Newhall-Allen and to take a step into fashion history. Vintage Inspired 144 Avenida Del Mar JAMIE HINRICKS


sunpowered "There are widespread benefits, such that with every green job we create, our nation takes one step closer toward achieving energy independence, strengthening national security, bolstering the economy, protecting the environment and improving public health." —Donald Plaut, Environmentalist

Let A1 Certified Solar put you in the 21st Century Harness the sun’s power to provide clean, efficient energy. You've heard about it. Maybe even considered it for your own home or office. If concerns about the difficulty or the cost stopped you from getting serious about solar energy, it might be time to find out how easy and affordable solar power really is. Chances are, one of your neighbors has already elected to go in this direction and you have seen the energy-saving panels on his roof. This could be the perfect time to find out more about it, because of all the incentives being offered to new customers and the increased efficiency of the new generations of solar panels. A1 Certified Solar is a state-licensed electrical contractor with engineers on staff who have over 30 years experience in structural and design engineering. They also act as consultants for many Orange County cities. They specialize in residential and commercial installations, providing customers with a full-service solution for all their solar needs. A1 Certified Solar will educate you, help you secure financing, install your system and also prepare all of your rebate paperwork. Written by

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Rebates, you say? Yes! Your utility company will pay you up to 25% of the purchase price and you’ll get a 30% tax credit from the government for going solar. Not bad for an energy system with a 25 year warranty and with many systems still producing power after 40 years! Talk about a smart investment; In 5-10 years, your system will have paid for itself. Who wouldn’t want to elimi-

nate all electric utility costs for up to a quarter of a century? If you’re thinking about saving yourself lots of money and helping the environment, all at the same time, A1 Certified Solar is definitely the place to start!

Solar energy is clean, renewable and very dependable. Producing electricity from solar energy results in a reduced consumption of fossil fuels and therefore generates far fewer pollutants and greenhouse gases. Each and every solar electric system installed has a significant impact on the world we all live in. Check out the following environmental impact statistics a modest solar power system can have over its lifetime: • 300 barrels of oil not produced • 270,000 miles not driven • 1,100 lbs. of acid rain emissions not discharged • 550 lbs. of smog emissions not produced • 220,000 lbs. of greenhouse gases not emitted • Equivalent to planting 500 trees

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Complete Welcome to the world of Designer Kitchens, where excellence in creativity lends vitality and warmth to the social center of the home. Written by

ANNA CURTIS

From whole-house renovations to additions on kitchens, baths and home offices, no project is too small or large for the talented team at Designer Kitchens. They can design a single entertainment unit or an entire new kitchen filled with exquisite furniture cabinets. Regardless, you never fail to bask in the expert design service and years’ worth of know-how at their hands. One of the best parts of Designer Kitchens is that they work as a team that thoroughly understands personal style, never failing to keep functionality at the forefront of their minds. “We care for our clients through every step of the remodeling process,” owner Ayeshah Morin says. “We take a turn-key approach that allows us to professionally handle every single aspect of the project.” Aside from Morin, the team at Designer Kitchens consists of two other certified kitchen designers—Johnny Chao and Sabina Subzwari. With years of remodeling experience in kitchens, baths and other spaces, the staff has remained up to date on the latest trends, codes and guidelines in the industry. “We’re constantly expanding our horizons through education, training and professional affiliations, with architects, designers and builders to provide the very best in custom design,” Morin says. 44 l SCmagazine


Designer Kitchen services: Design In-Home/Showroom Consultation Kitchens Bathrooms Home Offices Media Rooms Laundry Rooms Space Planning Drafting Floor Plans Elevations Perspectives Installation Cabinetry Countertops Appliances Atmospheric Lighting Surfaces & Flooring

“We care for our clients through every step of the remodeling process,” owner Ayeshah Morin says. “We take a turn-key approach that allows us to professionally handle every single aspect of the project.” Designer Kitchens, Inc. 17300 E. 17th Street Suite A Tustin, CA 92780 ( 888) 370.6194 info@designerkitchensoc.com

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The Financial Crisis and You What to do in the shadow of the perfect financial storm Written by

David L. Gibbs

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bankruptcy, they can be sued for recovery? A $5,000 loan you repaid could cost your relative three times that amount in attorneys’ fees. You may also be able to avoid bankruptcy entirely through debt settlement. It’s important to know your options early. The simple point is that the sooner you get good advice, the better equipped you will be to ride out what is proving to be a persistent, very nasty storm.

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Local Orthodontist Dr. Brandon is serious about creating

smiles Dr. Brandon not only

uses orthodontics to put a broad smile on your face, he also enjoys giving tips on the finer points of fishing as well as lessons in ocean safety.

San Clemente resident and local orthodontist Dr. Alex Brandon takes his job—creating smiles—very seriously. It’s apparent in his practice, Brandon Orthodontics, but it’s just as clear on the faces of his patients and their families when they join him and his wife Patti (and of course their three dogs) on the Brandons’ boat, aptly named the “Dog House.” A licensed boat captain, Dr. Brandon enjoys sharing the joys of being on the water with others, not to mention tips on the finer points of fishing as well as valuable ocean safety and conservation lessons. It’s just one of the many ways Dr. Brandon gives back to the community. To Dr. Brandon, San Clemente is not just a place to set up practice—it's also his home, 48 l SCmagazine

his community. Local schools and sports teams benefit greatly from his frequent and generous support. For instance, he provided every child at five elementary schools with flashlights and safety tips last Halloween. He also donated reusable water bottles for the entire Triton Pop-Warner Football League, the San Clemente Little League and for the spring jog-a-thons at Las Palmas, Truman Benedict and Marblehead Elementary schools. Additionally, Brandon Orthodontics was the head sponsor of Vista del Mar’s Mako Foundation fall auction fundraiser. Due to popular demand, he donated two fishing trips, raising nearly $2,000 for the Mako Foundation. Most recently, he purchased several skateboards signed by local professional

skateboarder Ryan Sheckler and donated them to area schools for their fundraisers. Dr. Brandon originally worked for his father, fellow orthodontist Dr. Jack Brandon, while he was still in high school. Today, he provides the same opportunity by hiring and mentoring student interns with an interest in the field from local high schools. All of these efforts to support local schools and youth programs are symbolic of his genuine care for the families with which he shares this great community. Dr. Brandon brings that same care and passion to his practice, where he meets the orthodontic needs of San Clemente with an approach based on early intervention, state-of-the-art technology and family-focused care.


Dr. Brandon takes his job—creating smiles — very seriously. It’s apparent in his practice, but it’s just as clear on the faces of his patients and their families when they join him and his wife Patti (and of course their three dogs) on the family boat.

Early Assessment Avoids Future Problems If your child’s teeth grow-in evenly spaced, with plenty of room to fit, consider yourself lucky. For the rest of us, there is orthodontia. While it may be difficult for the average person to judge whether a young child would benefit from orthodontics, an orthodontist can make an accurate assessment. The sooner that assessment occurs, the better, according to Dr. Brandon. When a child is between the ages of 6 and 8, the roof of the mouth is not yet fully developed and the bone is still soft. If an orthodontist anticipates that more space will be needed to accommodate permanent teeth, this is the age range in which to begin expansion, not later when the bone structure is set. Early assessment and, if needed, early intervention, is the best way to avoid more serious issues later in life. “I’d rather get things going in the right direction, and then let Mother Nature follow along,” he says. “But it absolutely makes sense to get started sooner rather than later.” Parents should look for signs that their child may need an orthodontic evaluation as early as age 7, including crowding of the teeth; an open bite (teeth that don’t come together when biting); a deep bite (when upper teeth come down too far); a cross bite (when upper teeth come inside lower teeth); or the presence of habits such as thumb sucking or mouth breathing. Most children won’t need early treatments, but if a parent is unsure, children should have their first consultation no later than age 7.

Patients are Part of the Family Brandon Orthodontics offers a full range of the latest treatment options, including clear braces, Invisalign and a variety of other fixed and remov-

able appliances for both children and adults. But the latest techniques and state-of-the-art technology at Brandon Orthodontics are rivaled by the exceptional quality of care and generous heart behind this practice. Your initial phone call will likely be answered by office manager Suzie Weber, and you’ll immediately get a feel for the warmth of the office and its staff. The goal of the staff at Brandon Orthodontics is to treat each patient as a part of the family. Dr. Brandon is careful not to overload his schedule, and makes ample time for each appointment to ensure he can focus completely on each patient’s needs. While Dr. Brandon pays close attention to detail, he is also personable and low-key, sporting a Hawaiian shirt on most days–a perfect complement to the tropical fish tank greeting patients in the reception area. Whether at sea or in his practice, Dr. Brandon’s interest, care and passion for his patients and their families is evident. His goal is to help every patient achieve a healthy smile while having some fun in the process. And remember, the sooner that process begins, the better.

Call Suzie to set up a complimentary consultation for yourself or your child. Brandon Orthodontics accepts most insurance plans, and offers customized long-term (interestfree) payment plans through their office to fit your family’s budget. Ongoing discounts are available for military families as well.

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Restoring the

Women

One Patient at a Time THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, COUNTLESS WOMEN EXPERIENCE SHAME AND EMBARRASSMENT. THEY SUFFER FROM AILMENTS THAT MAY BE DIFFICULT TO DISCUSS WITH LOVED ONES OR EVEN THEIR PHYSICIAN, FOR MANY OF THESE WOMEN, THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE HAS BECOME PROFOUNDLY IMPACTED.

Urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse affect millions of American women each year. Women with these urogynecological conditions experience a wide range of difficulties — from mild discomfort to severe pain. According to the American Medical Association, urinary incontinence, or leakage of urine, affects up to 56% of women over the age of 65 and up to 20% of women below the age of 65. Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when pelvic structures, like the rectum or bladder, protrude into the vaginal wall. This can make walking, standing, sexual intercourse and/or urination problematic. These disorders may stem from a number of factors — ­ from damage to the pelvic floor following childbirth to heavy lifting to severe constipation. Urogynecology is the study and treatment of female pelvic medicine and pelvic floor reconstruction. Mission Hospital Laguna Beach is fortunate to have the expertise of world-renowned physician Red Alinsod, MD, FACOG, FACS, ACGE. Dr. Alinsod, a urogynecologist and aesthetic vaginal surgeon, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. This highly sought-after surgeon is the founder of South Coast Urogynecology, Inc. — the first Aesthetic Vaginal Surgery Center and Chronic Pelvic Pain Center in South Orange County. “We are a full-service clinical care center for women,” says Dr. Alinsod. “We are not merely a gynecology office, or a med spa or laser center.

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We are all of that and more. We offer impeccable medical care in a luxurious setting.” In order for Dr. Alinsod to treat urinary incontinence, he first needs to determine the type of incontinence his patients have: Stress Incontinence, where there is abdominal pressure that comes from a laugh or sneeze; Urge Incontinence, where there is a sudden urge to urinate; Overflow Incontinence, when the person is unable to fully empty the bladder; and Functional Incontinence, when physical problems such as arthritis may delay the trip to the bathroom. Dr. Alinsod is an expert at diagnosing the specific forms of incontinence and uses a wide range of treatments, including behavioral techniques, neuromodulation, medications, and surgery. The cutting edge development that Dr. Alinsod uses for treating incontinence involves the use of a device called a “MiniTape.” This MiniTape, which is made from ultra lightweight mesh, is placed under the mid-urethra to act as a backboard when one sneezes or coughs. This then blocks the urethral opening and either decreases or stops the leakage of urine. This procedure is called “tension-free” because the sling is not sutured into muscle, fascia or bone. Also, the construction of the sling allows for the patients’ healing tissues to grow into it and hold the mesh sling in place. Due to its thinness and very low weight, complications have been exceedingly few with results that are outstanding. Dr. Alinsod also has a very high success rate with


his treatment of pelvic organ prolapse. There are different forms of prolapse: Rectocele, the prolapse of the rectum; Cystocele, the prolapse of the bladder; Uterine Descensus, the prolapse of the uterus; and Enterocele, the prolapse of the small bowel. Dr. Alinsod is able to zero in on the different types of prolapse to treat the specific needs of each patient.

ing the right physician. Dr. Red Alinsod is that physician.

Smartmesh™

Dr. Alinsod has refined the in-office vaginal rejuvenation surgery so that it does not require an IV and is done under mild sedation and local anesthesia. Dr. Alinsod’s vaginal rejuvenation services are unparalleled. He aims to restore patients throughout the world. “My patients become functional and beautiful,” he says. Dr. Alinsod is the National Instructor in Aesthetic Vaginal Surgery for The American Academy of Cosmetic Gynecologists. He has trained numerous gynecologists, urologists, plastic surgeons, and cosmetic surgeons.

Mpathy Medical is a medical device company that develops a range of surgical solutions used to restore pelvic health to women. Dr. Alinsod uses their lightweight mesh, which is among the thinnest mesh in the world. It has revolutionized the field of urogynecology. Studies made by Dr. Alinsod, on the long-term outcomes of the mesh, found that the new erosion rate using Smartmesh is less than 1%. This is a dramatic finding compared to the 6-25% erosion rates that come from the thicker mesh materials. If this weren’t enough, Dr. Alinsod has done something else that has made him one of the most sought-after physicians in the world: he has created custom designs out of the Smartmesh. These designs are used for vaginal surgeries, bladder and rectum prolapse repair, and the minimally invasive incontinence surgeries he performs. Whereas previously the mesh pieces were cut into square shapes, Dr. Alinsod has designed pre-cut shapes that are then tailor made for each patient. His exclusive use of Smartmesh, coupled with his custom designs, has changed the face of urogynecolgy and it’s why patients come from all over the world to see Dr. Alinsod.

Vaginal Rejuvenation Over the past couple of decades, cosmetic surgical procedures have become more commonplace. Women throughout the United States are seeking ways to improve themselves with a wide range of procedures, including facelifts, breast augmentation and, with increasing frequency, vaginal rejuvenation. Vaginal rejuvenation, also known as aesthetic vaginal surgery or vaginoplasty, aims to tighten lax muscles and tissues and remove excess vaginal skin. This procedure narrows the diameter of the vagina, resulting in a smaller and tighter opening and vaginal canal. The first step for the decision to undergo aesthetic vaginal surgery is also the one that is the most important: choos-

“My goal is to make each patient feel feminine again,” says Dr. Alinsod. “Women come to me because they want experienced hands they can trust. They want choices and alternatives, and a doctor who will provide the best solutions for them.”

Labial Surgery Dr. Alinsod has developed precise techniques taught and used worldwide to recontour the labia minora and labia majora into a more aesthetically pleasing and more comfortable condition. His international preceptorship program has drawn surgeons, for training, from Belgium to Australia. He is world renowned for his “Barbie Look” labiaplasty.

About South Coast Urogynecology, Inc. The staff at South Coast Urogynecology offers compassionate care to patients in a relaxed and professional setting. What makes this medical practice so unique is the multitude of specialties: gynecology, urology and aesthetic gynecology. Dr. Alinsod and his team have mastered the skills of each of these fields and patients benefit from this first-rate expertise. It’s widely known that Dr. Red Alinsod is an internationally recognized physician. But what some don’t know is that he is also a teacher. Throughout each year, Dr. Alinsod brings his wisdom and expertise to fellow physicians. He has founded the Alinsod Institute for Aesthetic Vaginal Surgery, which is a national surgical training center. The Institute, which is located in his offices on the Mission Hospital Laguna Beach campus, provides training to physicians seeking to learn more about pelvic prolapse reconstruction, incontinence surgeries, and vaginal rejuvenation.

The South Orange County Community Dr. Alinsod is pleased to be part of the Mission Hospital family. He’s also happy to be a part of the South County community and works hard to bring his patients the best. “I believe we will dramatically improve the success rates with our patients, while at the same time decreasing complication rates,” he says. “It pleases me that I have the chance to make a difference in this Orange County community that I love so much.” Dr. Alinsod has a following that reaches all over the world. Patients travel from as far away as Australia, Greece and Nigeria for the chance to be treated by him. Fortunately for the South County community, this internationally-renowned surgeon is nearby. If you are in need of the services of Dr. Red Alinsod and his team at South Coast Urogynecology, Inc., then do what thousands of satisfied patients have done and call their offices today.

About Dr. Red Alinsod Dr. Red Alinsod graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine and completed his OB/GYN residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. His focus in those early years was pelvic surgery. He was the first Rutledge Fellow at MD Anderson Cancer and Tumor Institute and was also selected as a Galloway Fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Medical Center. Dr. Alinsod was accepted to Yale’s Gynecologic Oncology fellowship but was unable to attend due to a military commitment with the US Air Force. He headed the Gynecologic Services at George Air Force Base, CA, and Nellis Air Force Base, NV, as he concentrated on benign gynecology, urogynecology, and pelvic surgery. Dr. Alinsod provides the highest quality of care to his patients in a trustworthy manner. For more information about Dr. Alinsod and his team at South Coast Urogynecology, Inc., contact their offices today.

Specialties at South Coast Urogynecology: • Gynecology • Aesthetic Vaginal Surgery

• Urogynecology • Aesthetic Lasers

• Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery • Bio-identical Hormones

Procedures performed by South Coast Urogynecology • Vaginoplasty (Vaginal Rejuvenation) • Perineoplasty (Perineorrhaphy) • Labia Minora Plasty (Labial Reduction) • Labia Majora Plasty • Cystocele Repair (Bladder Repair) • Rectocele/Enterocele Repair (Rectal Repair)

• Hymenoplasty • Incontinence Sling • Endometrial Ablation • Uterine Suspension • Vaginal Hysterectomy

• Clitoral Hood Reduction • Laser Resurfacing • Essure Sterilization • Vaginal Vault Suspension • Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

31852 Coast Hwy, Suite 203 Laguna Beach, CA 92651-6765 p: (949) 499-5311 | f: (949) 499-5312

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ONE WEEK AFTER Procedure performed by Dr. Alberto Di Giuseppe

FAQs on Vaser Lipo laguna laser center is proud and excited to announce Vaser Liposuction to their growing list of premier services. This minimally invasive procedure is performed in office without the use of IV’s or heavy sedation.

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Every body type has areas that are predisposed to fat storage and even with rigorous diet and exercise those unwanted bulges often persist. Patented VASER® technology and the advanced LipoSelection® technique now offer a safe alternative for eliminating unwanted fat, revealing a smooth new shape with fast recovery

What is VASER Lipo? How does it differ from traditional liposuction? VASER Lipo, also known as LipoSelection®, is an advanced body contouring procedure that selectively removes unwanted body fat. An alternative to the harsh techniques of traditional liposuction, VASER Lipo uses state-of-the-art ultrasound technology designed to gently reshape your body. What distinguishes the VASER Lipo procedure is its ability to differentiate fatty tissue from other important tissue structures­—such as nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. Innovative VASER technology breaks up fat while preserving other important tissues to promote smooth results and rapid healing.

What body areas can be treated with VASER Lipo? Doctors have experienced great success in treating all of the following areas: abdomen, thighs, knees, ankles, calves, buttocks, hips, back, arms, male and female breasts, love handles, chin, face and just about any other body part you need treated.

What body areas can be treated with VASER Lipo? Dr. Alinsod will concentrate on his areas of expertise such as the upper and lower abdomen, mons pubis, love handles, backs, inner thighs and inner knees, saddlebags and outer thighs. Vaser is also excellent on calves, buttocks, hips, arms, male and female breasts, chin and facial areas.

Where is VASER® Lipo performed? VASER Lipo is performed in a clean and sterile environment. Dr. Alinsod performs at the Laguna Laser office under local tumescent anesthesia, the safest of all locations and techniques.


Photos courtesy of Sound Surgical Technologies

Body Sculpturing History: Pleasant middle aged professional in her mid 30s requested a reduction in abdominal girth and fat content. She was currently on a weight loss program and wanted a “jump start” in her efforts to reclaim her pre-pregnancy weight and shape. She wanted an improvement in her silhouette without a surgical tummy tuck and did not want any downtime due to her self-employed status. BEFORE VASER

Procedure: Vaser liposculpting was done under tumescent anesthesia with the patient completely awake and very gently sedated with only Ativan. No narcotics were used. The areas treated included upper and lower abdomen, mons pubis, and flanks. A total of four pounds of fat were removed resulting in approximately 3 inches of waistline reduction. No sutures were placed post op. There were no complications.

Post Op Course: The patient required a minimal amount of pain medications (Ibuprofen) and was able to walk home and be pain free the entire day. She wore an abdominal binder that kept her abdomen compressed.

Results:

ONE WEEK AFTER Procedure performed by Dr. Newton Moscoe

four pounds of abdominal fat have been removed. photos were taken only one week apart (one week post op). How much does the treatment cost? VASER Lipo is an advanced procedure. Consults are free. The total cost of your treatment will vary depending upon the number of body areas treated and the extensiveness of the procedure. The Laguna Laser Center has financing plans available, so that you can pay for the procedure in convenient monthly payments.

Please call our office for promotional discounts. Using the VASER® Lipo System, Dr. Alinsod helps his patients set realistic expectations, gives a plan for success, and performs the highest quality techniques to help his patients reach the best outcome.

The patient went to work the next day with minimal discomfort. She felt like she had done a few hundred sit ups but it did not interfere with her ability to walk and work in her office. At one week post op, as seen in the photos, she was very happy with her results and planning for her next liposculpturing of back and thighs.

Comments: This is an excellent example of a patient that is perfect for Vaser Liposelection. She wanted an outpatient awake procedure not needing an IV or hospital or surgical center stay. She wanted no downtime. She wanted a sleeker appearance and the ability to wear clothes from the past. She also did not want an abdominoplasty and had realistic expectations of results. She realized that it would take more exercise and dietary follow up to continue her improvement and achieve her final goal of normal weight and shape. She did not consider Vaser to be a weight management technique but more of a sculpting procedure that would give her an excellent outlook on her way to a new body. BEFORE VASER

ONE WEEK AFTER

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SCbeautyscene Today more than ever, we all want to look and feel our best, and while diet and exercise are important for overall health, age and genetics often determine our individual body shape.

SmartLipo

The latest advancement in the evolution of liposuction The physicians at Laser Lipo Center, a divi-

melt. The energy also coagulates

sion of The Vein Doctor Medical Group, have

tissue, inducing collagen retrac-

treated dozens of patients in their Palm Desert

tion and tissue and skin tighten-

and Newport Beach offices with a brand new,

ing. The laser causes small blood

non-invasive procedure recently profiled on

vessels to coagulate immediately,

CBS News.

resulting in less bleeding, swelling and bruising than conventional

This procedure is designed to eliminate fat

liposuction. SmartLipo can be used

and make people skinnier, and what sets this

to treat most problem areas, including the

treatment apart from traditional liposuction is

traditional lipo runs a 10 percent risk and

neck, back, thighs, arms, abdomen and love

that there is no surgery, no lengthy recovery

requires post surgical touchups as much as

handles.

20 percent of the time.

cations associated with established surgical

“We’re seeing fantastic results,” says Medical

The procedure is not for everyone. Smart-

procedures. Laser lipolysis, or SmartLipo, is

Director Sanford Greenberg, M.D. “The laser

Lipo works best on individuals needing to

quickly catching the attention of those who

eliminates fat in the targeted area, and the fat

lose pockets of fat in specific areas often

are frustrated with dieting but don’t want to go

doesn’t come back. At the same time it tight-

resistant to diet and exercise. A prospec-

under the knife in the name of beauty.

ens the skin so in the end you have a smooth,

tive patient should schedule a consultation

sculpted appearance.”

appointment to discuss goals and expecta-

period, or any of the many potential compli-

Liposuction has been among the top three most popular cosmetic surgical procedures

SmartLipo laser lipolysis offers many advan-

performed throughout the United States since

tages when compared to traditional liposuc-

the year 2000, according to statistics provided

tion. Patients undergoing the SmartLipo

by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

procedure are given simple local anesthesia

Today more than ever, we all want to look and

rather than general anesthesia, so they remain

feel our best, and while diet and exercise are

awake and aware. There are no stitches or

important for overall health, age and genetics often determine our individual body shape. Achieving the body image you want may very well be impossible without the help of a

scarring as with liposuction, and the skin

tions for SmartLipo, and to determine if they qualify as a candidate. A slimmer, more sculpted you is possible without invasive surgery. You can achieve your desired body image quickly and safely with SmartLipo, the latest advancement in the evolution of liposuction.

is tightened rather than left sagging, thus

For a complimentary consultation on Smart-

eliminating the need for additional corrective

Lipo, please contact the Laser Lipo Center.

procedures, such as lifts or tucks. Downtime

physician-performed fat removal procedure.

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SmartLipo™ laser lipolysis is a non-surgical,

the roughly seven-day downtime and six-week

SmartLipo

minimally invasive procedure in which a laser

need for a compression garment with the

fiber is inserted directly into a patient’s subcu-

surgical procedure. The complication rate

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taneous fat cells, causing them to rupture or

for SmarLipo is less than 1 percent, while

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Dental Implants The Permanent Solution for Tooth Loss Implant secured in place

As dental implants are becoming more and more popular in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, I found significantly more patients to be turned on by the idea of dental implants to replace the use of dentures or bridges. Dental Implants are artificial tooth root replacements. They are titanium alloy posts designed to be placed into the jaw bone and to allow for the attachment of a prosthetic tooth at the top to counter tooth loss. With today’s advanced dental technologies, dental implants have proven to be the ideal restorative option for the treatment of missing teeth with a success rate exceeding 95% and a highly rated cosmetic results. Back in the old days, when people lost teeth, they either lived without them or started learning how to talk and eat with a new set of dentures. Dentures are usually hard to use, due to their inadequate stability/retention which cause sores by slipping and scraping the gums. The problem we, as dentists see, is the pressure from dentures resulting in accelerated bone shrinkage, not to mention that denture maintenance can be bothersome. Along with more knowledge and better technology, people now have the option to get fixed bridges to replace missing teeth for better function and cosmetic results. Fixed bridges have been the ideal restoration for missing teeth for the past decades. This method, however, still does nothing to stop the bone loss due to the absence of teeth, eventually resulting in a black gap between the gum and the bridge. Dental Implants, on the other hand, are clinically proven to be superior because they are functionally more effective and durable than dentures and bridges. Dental implants are the only option that stop and prevent bone loss due to missing teeth. With properly placed dental implants, the jaw bones maintain the shape and volume, resulting in a natural look; full looking cheeks/lips, rather than sunken-in cheeks or pursed lips. Tooth loss can result from tooth decay, bone loss (periodontal disease) or trauma to the mouth. Regardless of the nature of the problem causing tooth loss, dental implants may be recommended. Implants would be the top choice for my family.

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work for you

“ALTERNATIVES to TRIAL” The courts have long struggled to keep pace with ever-increasing caseloads. In the mid1980s, if civil litigants wanted to have a judge or jury decide their case, it was not unusual to wait five years to see the light of a trial courtroom. Many courts in California were in crisis and simply could not handle the burden. The solution came in the form of a paradigm shift in the way we resolve legal disputes. The courts and lawyers began turning to trial alternatives, such as arbitration, mediation, special referees and judicial references. As a collective, these procedures are referred to as “Alternative Dispute Resolution” (ADR). ADR’s sudden growth in popularity and acceptance, took tremendous pressure off the courts at a critical time. Now ADR is vigorously encouraged by the court system and is endorsed by both state and federal statutes. However, one should not believe that this endorsement means that ADR procedures are in all ways equal to a court trial. There are important differences that directly bear upon your constitutional rights, and the decision to proceed with ADR should not be taken lightly. A full discussion of all ADR procedures is not possible here. Instead, this article focuses on what is perhaps the most common of these alternatives—arbitration. This is the procedure of presenting your legal dispute to an agreed-upon or appointed professional outside the courtroom. This arbitrator is typically not a sitting judge, but is a professional who possesses legal dispute resolution skills. The arbitration can be either “binding” or “non-binding.” Binding arbitration means, most importantly, that the decision (in the form of an “arbitrator’s award”) is final in that there is no right to appeal. This is an important characteristic, since even an obvious mistake, misapplication of law or misinterpretation of fact by an arbitrator will not be overturned by court review, absent fraud or profound dysfunction in the arbitration process. Arbitration is usually binding only if the parties have agreed in writing, in advance. Typically, such “arbitration clause” is included as but one provision in a larger contract for goods or services. However, it is very important to know that the contract arbitration clause does not have to specify that the arbitration is binding. Generally, if the parties agree to

arbitrate, their arbitration will be deemed binding unless the contract language specifies that it is to be non-binding. Another important thing to understand is that by agreeing to arbitrate, one gives up a fundamental and very valuable constitutional right—the right to a trial by jury. The jury is, in my personal opinion (and in the minds of our founding fathers and countless legal scholars), the single most powerful and effective engine of truth and justice that we as a society have ever devised. To give up the right to a jury should not be taken lightly. The benefits of arbitration are also very weighty and profound. Arbitration is usually much faster and less expensive than the process of trial. The process does not typically require the parties to submit to the strict procedures of trial evidentiary presentation or admissibility. The arbitration process is not public. It is private and is structured and conducted as the parties agree. Once completed, the arbitrator’s award is typically submitted to a judge in superior court to be affirmed and entered as an enforceable judgment under California state law. If it is non-binding, the arbitrator’s award may be accepted or rejected by either party by timely notice, with certain legal consequences not important for this brief discussion. If faced with the decision of whether to proceed with or agree to accept ADR, one’s decision is always important. Unfortunately, the decision often must be made on the spot, forced upon us by a medical form or other small-print contract. The best one can do is to take the time to read the wording carefully. In some cases, these form contracts may specifically allow you to change your mind by giving notice within a specified time after signing. If you agree to arbitrate but have second thoughts when something goes wrong, such notice procedure may afford an opportunity to reconsider and rescind such agreement to arbitrate. As with all legal matters, it is sometimes best to consult a legal professional when faced with the decision to elect or reject ADR. Likewise, whether to include or agree to an arbitration clause in your own business contracts is a complex decision with real fiscal and practical consequences. Look at the alternatives, consider the effects, and be mindful of your objectives. Seek professional advice to resolve doubt or uncertainty. If you do these things, you are “making the law work for you.” Best wishes.

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Fighting for your

RIGHTS

In an age where we have seen the erosion of personal liberties and the rise of corporate wealth, it can seem difficult to carve out justice from our legal system.

Joseph C. Rosenblit has always believed that the law can—and should— apply equally to the rich, poor and middle class alike. And he has made that belief the core of his legal practice. In the 22 years Rosenblit has practiced law, he has taken hundreds of cases to trial, arbitration, mediation and judgment. Many of those cases were resolved well into the six- and seven-figures. What he has brought to the litigation arena every time is the tenacity to fight for every right and every dollar to which his clients are entitled. These results have been obtained in a number of forums including real estate, personal injury, elder abuse and fraud litigation. The battles have been fought in civil court, private arbitration and bankruptcy court. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants.

Some of the outstanding results that Rosenblit has recently obtained: • The driver of a garbage truck hung a left turn in front of Rosenblit’s client, who was on his way to work. The injuries sustained by that client necessitated two back surgeries and left him partially disabled for life. The jury awarded $2.1 million. • A 60-year-old widow was preyed upon by a couple who convinced her that they had an investment business, and talked her into borrowing $750,000 against her home to invest with them. It was a scam. They left her penniless and on the verge of foreclosure. When Rosenblit sued them, additional bank accounts were found in their name. The accounts were frozen immediately; a judgment against the defendants was obtained and Rosenblit recovered his client’s money. • A client’s elderly mother died at a nursing home under suspicious circumstances. A review of the medical records revealed that she had been malnourished. An elder abuse complaint resulted in a $1 million policy limits settlement. • A client required lumbar fusion surgery (with a titanium cage) when the cab of the truck he was driving was crushed by a 2-ton crane shovel that had been negligently swung by its operator. Rosenblit received an $875,000 jury verdict. • A family bought a home near the coast. The realtor and the sellers of the home knew, but did not disclose, that the soils had major erosion issues. They also knew that some foundational slipping had occurred as a result of it. Significant construction work needed to be performed

in order to secure the home. The case resolved for sufficient monies to cover the costs of construction and attorney’s fees.

• A woman crossed the street using a crosswalk when the signal gave her the go-ahead. She was hit by an uninsured motorist and required a hip replacement. In an ‘Uninsured Motorist’ arbitration, she was awarded $470,000. • A real estate agent defrauded a woman during a real estate deal. When Rosenblit sued in civil court, the broker filed for bankruptcy. He then filed against the broker in bankruptcy court and obtained a judgment for fraud. Rosenblit is now in the process of obtaining up to the $50,000—the amount available through the Department of Real Estate Victims fund. • An elderly couple re-financed a commercial property, and was defrauded by both the lender and the mortgage broker. Rosenblit brought an action for fraud and elder abuse against those companies and got the terms of the loan changed as well as a cash settlement for the couple (the amount of which must remain undisclosed due to a confidentiality agreement). In addition to the types of litigation described above, Rosenblit’s office has been actively involved in helping people find relief from mortgages and other types of debt that have left them in financial ruin. He has achieved loan modifications, helped with short sales, gotten debt reductions, filed bankruptcies and successfully petitioned criminal courts to expunge misdemeanors (and certain felony convictions) on behalf of clients who needed a fresh start. Besides the willingness to take up the battle, litigation calls for a certain skill in which the experienced attorney is able to size up all the various elements of the case, play the strengths, and lead the client to the most optimal result possible. Rosenblit’s fee structure remains negotiable. He has hourly rates, contingency fees hourly/contingency blends and flat rates according to the type of case and the financial positions of his clients. He has litigated cases in every county of Southern California as well as Northern California, and is licensed to practice in every court in this state, including all California Federal District Courts.

Free consultations are available Law Offices Of Joseph C. Rosenblit 31726 Rancho Viejo Road, Suite 121 San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 p: 949.248.3763 | f: 949.248.3460 Email: rosenblitlawyer@gmail.com

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ANNA CURTIS

Welcome to Jacobi's on the Alley, where you’ll find a new type of American cuisine and a great burger joint. “We're going through a food revolution in this country," owner Mark Jacobi says. "Californian cuisine was the precursor to all of this change. Burgers are in, American cuisine is back. These foods arent simple-they can be complex and fun at the same time.” According to Jacobi, "New American Cuisine" is a lot like California cuisine, but with various ideas from different regions of the U.S., some of them new and some of them old. Only the freshest ingredients from local purveyors are plucked up for his entrees, but he'll ship in all-natural beef from the Midwest, and make sure his dishes delight the palate with hints of Asian, Mexican and European twists. With a history in food that stretches across the counter from the age of 15, Jacobi started a catering company that was so wellreceived it simply had to evolve into future restaurants in Laguna Beach and San Juan Capistrano. His latest venture, Jacobi's on the Alley, opened this April and has already received high accolades from a broad spectrum of patrons. What inspires his passion for food? "I think it’s the whole dining experience," he says. Looking around at the upbeat, contemporary decor of his new place, a happy vibe does start to sink in. "I really enjoy that food makes people smile, and I like that food


Grilled Boneless Leg of Lamb Marinated in plain yogurt, red wine and garlic. Leg of lamb (3-4 lbs, boneless and butterflied) 4 Tbsp minced garlic 3 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary 1 cup olive oil ½ cup soy sauce 4 Tbsp fresh lemon juice 1 cup red wine 2 cups plain yogurt Salt and pepper to taste. Rub leg of lamb with garlic and rosemary. Mix together olive oil, lemon juice, soy sauce and red wine in large bowl. Place the lamb in mixture. Marinate covered, at room temperature or in the refrigerator overnight. If lamb was kept in the refrigerator, remove and bring to room temperature before cooking. Rub the lamb with salt and pepper and then coat with yogurt. Preheat barbecue, and grill the lamb about 18 minutes per side. Place on shallow dish and cover with clean towel. Let rest about 15 minutes before serving. *Garnish with mint jelly.

can be entertainment as well as sustenance."

For further information please call: (949) 361.9586 102 Avenida Cabrillo San Clemente JacobisOnTheAlley.com

Stopping in for lunch? Try the pulled-pork tenderloin on fresh-baked ciabatta bread, laced with melted jack cheese. Feeling like a burger for dinner? The Napa burger is to die for, with a 1/2 pound of all-natural beef nestled between tasty cabernet red onions, cornichons, gorgonzola and dreamy French dijon aioli. His passion is food, but what he loves most about owning a restaurant is the fact that he gets to make people happy. "I also like the comaraderie with other people in this industry." You can find him mingling with the chefs from Vine and the employees from Hapa J's on any given night. "We'll have a glass of wine and taste great food for fun. We've all become friends and have a good time."

*Open everyday but Monday (everybody deserves a day off).

For now, you can bring your own bottle of wine to dinner with no corkage fee. In the future, Jacobi will offer an amazing beer and wine list, boasting over 30 beers (nine of them on tap) and a minimum of 50 wines, with 25 by the glass. "Our menu is so reasonably priced, I think our customers will be here more than once a week," he says.

open for breakfast Saturday and Sunday at 9 am

It's obvious he'll have no trouble attracting a value-oriented patronship along with a younger, more hip fanbase. "My food has big tastes and therefore goes great with big bold wines," he says. "There is nothing better than a big red and a rack of lamb." Looks like Jacobi is on his way to winning the palates of everyone in San Clemente. Don't pass this joint!

MARK JACOBI

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Drop by the Salt Creek Grille on any given night and you’re bound to see a darkhaired debonair man greeting guests and charming visitors like only George Clooney could do.

Marcos Costas

Is well known in both the restaurant and wrestling worlds This venerated general manager is a movie star in his own right. A 20-plus year industry veteran who worked at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, Marcos Costas is leading the ship at this award-winning Dana Point establishment. He spent the last two years as general manager at the highly acclaimed Andrea Restaurant, The Resort at Pelican Hill’s world-class signature restaurant. Costas was recently recognized as the “top” restaurant general manager by the Irvine Company for 2009. A fixture in the South County fine-dining scene, Costas has successfully managed operations at French 75 Champagne Bar & Bistro, Ti Amo Ristorante in Laguna Beach and Savannah Steak and Chop House in Laguna Niguel. In his free time, the San Clemente resident is a longtime wrestling coach at San Clemente High School. Marcos Costas

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His recent arrival to Salt Creek Grille comes as the 13-year-old establishment continues to thrive. Named the 2009 Business of the Year by the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce, the restaurant recently rolled out a new menu, just remodeled its two banquet rooms, and launched its successful “345 Cabana Patio” promotion in April.

Costas recently took a break in the day to chat about the industry with South Coast.

Q: What do you think patrons look for in dining today?

A. I think they want to see where the value lies in the experience. People can see value in many different areas­—portion sizes, atmosphere, price point, presentation, type of service etc., but if they are looking closer at where they are potentially going to spend their “dollar votes,” they have to see some sort of value attached to that decision. We strive to provide “constants” that continue to add to that value during the time our guests spend with us­—cleanliness, fresh products, and knowledgeable and pleasant staff members who understand that is what the guests are coming in for. Q. How has that changed from past years? A. In stronger economies where people were eating out more frequently, their choices could encompass several different dining venues or the same restaurant more frequently. The past couple of years, although people may not be eating out as frequently, they still want an experience that


salt creek grille is about warmth and comfort, fire and smoke. Located in the seaside village of dana point, this upscale but very casual restaurant offers sophisticated fare in a relaxed setting. encapsulates all those different venues during their meals out. Many restaurants had to take a hard look at themselves and decide how they were going to capture the patrons looking for that experience at a price point guests could justify. The old saying that “the most expensive thing in a restaurant is an empty table,” has held true in these past few years where the goal has been to keep guests coming in but to offer pricing so that we would see them more than once.

Q. What new things can diners look forward to? A. Once again we have our hugely popular

Cabana Nights Patio promotion that features $3 drinks, $4 appetizers, and $5 martinis starting at 4 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. It created such a vibrant, outdoorsy feel yet with the casual elegance that is so special about living in Orange County. Our private dining areas were just beautifully remodeled, so this summer we will do events in the Mason Library room and Monarch Room. Our bar will continue to offer live entertainment five nights a week along with the same Cabana Nights specials from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Q. What do you like to do in your free time? A. I love to jog. I’ve participated in a handful of

marathons and shorter races. I do my best thinking while I’m jogging, as it has always tied together my mind and body in a very peaceful way. I love to travel, some of my recent trips have been to Thailand and Cuba. I enjoy submerging myself into different cultures. I don’t always do the touristy things, but get to know the people who live in the countries I visit. Restaurants have that similar aspect to me: no shift is the same, and every night is a different mix of people and personalities I get to meet and build relationships with. Lastly, I do like to go out to eat, mostly because I never have any food at home, but I truly enjoy the marriage of good food and good wine.

(949) 661.7799 www.saltcreekgrille.com 32802 Pacific Coast Highway Dana Point, California

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Favorite Book: Tuesdays with Morrie Favorite Movie: Cinderella Man Favorite Saying: “The Worst Form of Failure is the Failure to Try” – Vince Lombardi Next Vacation: Italy or Greece Favorite Restaurant: Laguna Thai by the Sea Favorite Vice: Espresso Likes: Italian Red, Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Shiner Bock Beer, New York Giants, Pasta, Swedish Fish, Great Chocolate, Cheese Plates Dislikes: Mean People, Waiting in Line, Finding Parking Spaces, DVDs that skip, Rocky 2-6, the malls at Christmas time

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WEST AT THE SPA AT FOUR SEASONS HOTEL WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CALIFORNIA In a destination known as a place for renewal, The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, California, offers an extensive menu of treatments and therapies aligning ancient Eastern tradition with today’s Western sensibilities in an opulent, serene environment. For a more sybaritic experience, the Ultimate Indulgence package is delivered in a fully appointed spa suite for a complete day of personalized pampering. Extensive fitness facilities and classes continue the mind-body experience. Treatments and therapies complement programs at California Health & Longevity Institute.

Spa Menu Collections Guests visiting the Spa select from a comprehensive array of traditional Eastern and Western massage treatments, body treatments, facials and bath rituals. The Eastern Energy Awakening collection incorporates techniques such as shiatsu, reflexology, Thai and reiki. These treatments are steeped in the ancient tradition that massage is fundamentally aligned with the giving and receiving of chi to balance the delicate flow of energy in the body.

Décor and Design Spanning 40,000 square feet, the Spa’s white carrara marble interiors are accented by intricate marble patterns. California sunshine streams through a skylight to custom-designed Japanese paper lanterns in the relaxation lounges. Underneath, a wall of water cascades past rare orchids into a reflecting pool which can be traversed by a Chinese footbridge connecting the separate men’s and ladies’ lounges. Relaxation areas include men’s and ladies’ lounges, each with dry sauna, eucalyptus steam room and mosaictiled whirlpool rooms.

The massage treatments offered in the Western Energy Revival collection are designed to improve circulation, body tone and promote a state of physical and psychological well-being. Swedish, deep tissue and craniosacral are offered as well as a tandem massage, during which two trained therapists work in synchronicity to provide peace and ease inner turmoil. The Spa at Four Seasons is the only location in the region to offer a hydrossage, an underwater massage technique that utilizes the therapeutic effects of water applied at variable force, controlled by the therapist.

Twenty-eight treatment rooms appointed with bamboo wood floors and honey onyx accents in the coffered ceilings all open to private outdoor terraces. Four spa suites, each with daybed, fireplace, and experience shower, feature views of secluded garden terraces and private plunge pools. In addition, 10 outdoor cabanas, furnished with day beds and private bars, surround the Serenity Pool.

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For skincare, the Youthful Vitality Collection features facials suited for various skin types and benefits including options with caviar as well as triple collagen and vitamin C. The results- driven anti-aging compound, Idebenone, is featured in the Reveal Facial, visibly reducing skin damage. In 2008, The Spa at Four Seasons partnered with Kate Somerville Skin Health Experts to offer signature facial treatments incorporating the celebrity facialist’s unique skincare regimen.


Immerse yourself in a blissful experience of serenity, body and soul in gentle harmony. Eastern tradition blends with Western sensibility in holistic treatments and therapies carefully attuned to individual needs.

A series of diverse body treatments designed to detoxify, exfoliate, soothe and reinvigorate are offered in the Renewal Body Collection. The Holistic Journey, a Westlake Village signature experience, begins with a sea salt exfoliation blended with a choice of aromatherapy oils. A rain shower Vichy experience and wildflower bath infusion follow. Antioxidant rich Edelweiss lotion is applied, and then the guest is wrapped in soft blankets for a scalp and foot massage. The soothing soaks in the Healing Waters Collection begin with a 20-minute hydrotherapy ritual, followed by a half-hour neck, back and shoulder massage. Designed specifically for gentlemen, the Men’s Signature Collection includes a facial, back treatment and muscle repair. Yamaguchi Salon The Yamaguchi Salon offers hair styling cut, color and makeup services inspired by a unique feng shui approach to beauty. Additionally, signature green tea or sake manicures and pedicures are offered. Ultimate Indulgence Full Day Package A one-of-a-kind Ultimate Indulgence package provides seven hours of customized treatments, relaxation and pampering in the exclusive privacy of one of the spa suites. An aromatherapy soak is followed by a 90-minute massage, blending ancient

Eastern and traditional Western practices. The next experience is a 90-minute facial designed specifically for the guest’s skincare needs. Refreshments and a spa luncheon are served at intervals next to the fireplace or in the garden. The day ends with an Asian soy milk and green tea manicure and pedicure. Fitness and Exercise The mind-body connection continues with a 16,000-squarefoot fitness facility designed to incorporate the latest programs for guests desiring to stay fit. Each of the 24 cardiovascular stations, including treadmills, recumbent and upright bicycles, elliptical cycles and climbers, is equipped with a personal entertainment station. Other equipment includes circuit-training, stretching and free-weight stations. Pilates, yoga and other fitness classes are held in the centre’s exercise studio. Exercise specialists from California Health & Longevity Institute oversee fitness programs including personal consultations, training and assessments such as body mapping or measuring an individual’s resting metabolic rate (RMR).

For further information, please contact: Shelby Taylor Cuban Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village [818] 575-3099 shelby.taylor@fourseasons.com Nicola Blazier Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts [416] 441-4301 nicola.blazier@fourseasons.com Leanne Drago Columbus PRCo [212] 251-1015 ldrago@prco.org

An exercise path meanders through the nine acres of lush, themed gardens with scenic vistas including waterfalls, an orchid greenhouse and an authentic Chinese pagoda surrounding the Hotel. Swimmers can take advantage of the Mediterranean-inspired indoor lap pool, featuring large doors that open to views of the impressive gardens.

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remains the quaint, communityinvolved dining establishment it’s always been, yet now offers a gluten-free version of its signature savory Italian dishes ANNA CURTIS

Carbonara’s has a motto: “Non c’e tavola senza pane e vino.” Translation: It’s not a table without bread and wine. We’ll agree with that motif, especially since it recently got even better. Carbonara’s now offers a gluten-free portion of its menu, because people’s diets have changed over the years and there is now such a high demand for altered versions of traditional foods. “We’re obviously a pasta/bread/flour place,” Carbonara says. “But we understand dietary needs and we like catering to everyone.” Now you really can have it all. The gluten-free pasta and entrees are even made in a separate part of the kitchen, away from the utensils that produce regular menu items. “We want to make sure it’s done properly,” he says. It wasn’t a transition that was hugely publicized, but through the local gluten-free market, Stella Lucy, customers have been sent happily back and forth between establishments. “We’re in the midst of creating a menu specifically for the change,” Carbonara says. That’s not to say the restaurant doesn’t still offer every bit of Italian goodness it’s known for: The lasagna alla bolognese, with its meat sauce-layered sheets of pasta and delicious mix of ricotta, mozzarella and parmigiano cheeses, continuously delights the palate. The taglioline al pesto—a generous portion of wide linguini pasta tossed with fresh basil sauce, parmesan cheese and flavorful broccoli flowerets—never fails to please. Pair any of the entrees with a signature cocktail or crisp glass Photo: WowiZowi.com

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of white wine from Carbonara’s extensive menu, and you’ve got yourself a meal fit for royalty.


The restaurant is now doing $10 small plates Monday through Friday—delicious offerings of short ribs, pork, chicken, pastas and the like. It also offers $5 appetizers and house martinis. At the end of this year, the restaurant will be celebrating its 20th anniversary. This will include renovations to different parts of the restaurant. “As always, we’re trying to stay with the community,” Carbonara says. He and his wife, Mary (who still runs the restaurant right alongside him), just want to make the restaurant a fun place for food-loving families to gather. Add to that, the never ending list of local fundraising events they graciously host in their courtyards, and there’s not a reason you shouldn’t make reservations to Carbonara’s on your coveted nights out. “You name it, we support it in our community,” he laughs.

111 Avenida Del Mar #B, San Clemente (949) 360.1040 | www.Carbonara.com Open seven days a week. Happy hour is between 4−6 p.m. www.carbonaracatering.com

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Linguine Caprini [Gluten Free]

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Another specialty of Carbonara’s is its catering division, with Tony’s daughter, Christina, still at the helm. Recently nominated as “Caterer of the Year” by The Knot wedding magazine in Orange County, its catering menu can be customized to meet the tastes of any bride/groom. Not necessarily Italian food, either. “We cater Mediterranean, Mexican… even traditional barbecuetype fare,” Christina says. “It all depends upon our customers’ needs.”

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LOEWS LIVING SERENITY MEETS SUSTAINABILITY AT LOEWS SANTA MONICA BEACH HOTEL’S NEWLY-RENOVATED OCEAN SPA & FITNESS

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel announces the re-opening of its 7,000-square-foot Ocean Spa & Fitness, an eco-conscious spa that embraces nurture and nature. “As we continue to invest in our hotel, we feel a strong sense of responsibility to help protect our planet,” said Bill Doak, general manager of Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. “This project allows us to be environmentally responsible while still providing a luxury spa experience for our hotel guests, spa members and local residents.” Designed and managed by Plus One Health Management, Ocean Spa & Fitness’ eco-friendly design elements include Ecoresin panels made from 40-percent post-industrial recycled resin, Armstrong sustainable ceiling tiles, reclaimedwood furniture pieces, Mondo recycled rubber floors and Shaw carpet with Cradle to Cradle Certification. In addition to aesthetic changes, the spa’s wellness experiences have also been rejuvenated to include organic attributes. The “Aroma Synergy” massage and “Stream of Consciousness” scalp treatment, incorporate certified organic essential oils by Red Flower. Spa-goers choose from a variety of blends, including Indian jasmine, French lavender and Icelandic moonflower, to help enhance their healing

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Reinvigorate your body and soul with a complete menu of spA and salon services.

experience. Red Flower is an eco-responsible company that uses sustainably harvested ingredients, biodegradable products and recycled packaging.

side-by-side racing experience. A group fitness studio also offers a variety of classes, including yoga, spinning, dance, mat Pilates and body sculpting.

Other unique spa experiences offered in Ocean Spa’s four treatment rooms include Moor mud wraps, buff body treatments, beauty flash facials and the signature “Beachcomber” massage with heated tiger clam shells infused with mineralrich kelp and sea water. Several of these treatments incorporate Pevonia Botanica products. A member of the Organic Trade Association, Pevonia is a renowned leader in botanical skincare largely for its environmental endeavors, including paraben-free and chemical-free products, post-consumer recycled bottles and biodegradable packaging.

Additional spa amenities include spa manicures and pedicures, full-service hair salon with cutting, coloring and styling services, expansive retail boutique, comfortable men’s and women’s lounges with dry saunas and eucalyptus steam rooms, personalized fitness programs, nutritional coaching and educational seminars. For more information on Ocean Spa & Fitness, please call (310) 899-4040 or visit www.loewshotels.com.

Recognized as one of the nation’s “best hotel fitness centers” by Men’s Health, Ocean Spa’s fitness center has also undergone a complete transformation. The spacious facility features new, state-of-the-art cardio equipment by Technogym, including six treadmills, seven elliptical machines, three exercise bikes, one rowing machine, one Excite top hand machine and two cardio waves – each equipped with an iPod docking station and personal television. In addition, three interactive Expresso bikes allow guests to enjoy a fun and competitive

Ocean Spa & Fitness is just one part of Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel’s commitment to maintain its long-standing reputation as one of Los Angeles’ most celebrated beachfront hotels. After a $7 million renovation and remodeling venture that was completed in 2009, which included an exterior facelift for a more luxurious arrival experience, new lobby and pool furniture, guestroom bathroom upgrades and meeting-space enhancements. The fresh new look has complemented the hotel’s unique setting with the thriving Santa Monica city on one side and the sands of the Pacific Ocean on the other.

Opened in 1989 as the first beachfront hotel in Los Angeles, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel is located steps from the famous fitness paths and outdoor parks that run along the Santa Monica shoreline.

For more information, please call [310] 458-6700, [800] 23-LOEWS or visit www.loewshotels.com.

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Didn’t you secretly want to be Tom Cruise’s character in the movie “Days of Thunder”? (Or at least his love interest.) Well, now You can be. Kind of. Written by

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The Need for Speed

Feeling racy? Take a few turns on K1 Speed’s crazy-fast go-kart racetrack. K1 Speed is the largest indoor go-kart racing organi-

K1’s popular “Arrive and Drive” option allows every-

zation in Southern California, with locations in Carls-

one, be they seasoned pros or newbie novices, to

bad, Irvine, Anaheim, Ontario and Torrance. It’s even

experience a rush of adrenaline, anytime they so

eco-friendly; riders test their speed under energy

desire. Racers receive a results sheet based on a

efficient lighting with European electric pro-karts (gas-powered karts not only emit gas fumes into the atmosphere and seep liquids onto the racetrack, but are also slower than state-of-the-art versions). High-

scoring system that allows them to compare times and rank themselves against other drivers—with the cool option of checking results online to see how

torque, zero-emission electric karts are capable of

they fared against the best race times of the week

speeds approaching 40 mph on indoor racetracks!

or month.

Co-owner Boris Said—the former BMW Prototype

Looking for an awesomely entertaining place to take

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Owner Scott English hits the spot every time with Bonded Cleaners. Let’s face it: Even though there’s been an economic turndown, people still need to have their dry cleaning done. Especially if they’re hitting the pavement looking for work. Scott English understands this, and pilots his dry cleaning business accordingly, which is partly why his Bonded Cleaners is so favored by the people of San Clemente. “As with everyone, we’ve been hit by the slowing down of business,” English says. “But we’ve been able to keep our prices reasonable by working harder to stay ahead of the times.” He may never have thought he’d end up in his particular profession, but he loves it. And he learned the business well from his parents,

back when they owned it. “My father had worked in the oil industry for 35 years before he opened Bonded Cleaners, and taught me the importance of daily maintenance on equipment,” he says, smiling. “My mother was in real estate and bestowed the art of finance upon me.” After 14 years working alongside them and learning how the business operated, he bought the place.

“I love living and working in San Clemente,” English says. “It’s very fulfilling. I feel like I’m on vacation everyday.”

Greg Suding & Scott English

English prides his business success on excellent customer service and professional dry cleaning at practical prices. “We also like to show our support for local schools by purchasing advertising space at numerous sporting events and fundraisers.” They even offer a 10% discount on prepaid orders.

Bonded Cleaners (949) 498.1183 1221 North El Camino Real San Clemente, CA

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Join us for great music and a relevant message you can apply to your life. Saddleback Church brings the community together every weekend for a time of celebration, with great music and an inspiring message that is relevant to today’s challenges. You’ll meet friends in a warm, casual atmosphere while your kids enjoy a safe, fun and age-appropriate program designed specifically for them! We also have a separate student’s program for junior high and senior high students available at our 11 o’clock service.

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Investigating in Turbulent Times It is the most unbelievable of times. Things that were never going to happen to our lifestyle happened. Intellectual, intelligent, savvy and diligent people were all caught off guard by the devastating economic downturn. As a private investigator we were deluged with clients in good times asking for information about loved ones, missing relatives, infidelity, insurance scams and documenting their children activities, etc. Now in the harsh new world, it has changed to foreclosures, breach of contracts, fraud, judgment enforcement, skip tracing, serving legal documents and asset searches. Attorneys are reporting that they are working twice as hard but are having problems with clients being able to pay their fees due to either losing their job or businesses. Landlords are having a tough time keeping tenants in their property for lack of ability to pay, or being able

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to evict them to be able to rent to someone else. Landlords are then stuck with a hefty mortgage payment on a building with multiple vacancies. Then the lenders and banks are having problems collecting fees to keep their businesses open. Homeowners are losing their jobs and failing to pay their homeowners association's assessment fees. Homeowners associations are having problems maintaining the association without the fees. It is a vicious cycle of events that we hear every day. What we have found is that “Communication� between debtor and creditor is key to resolving your issues. For information and action on your investigative needs such as asset searches, judgment enforcement, skip tracing and serving legal documents, please call for an appointment, the first consultation is free.

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Let’s Dance Matt Gregory does put on incredible airs—but they’re the ones that belong on the dance floor. We’re talking about the way his body flies across the space of his Laguna Hills studio with an astonishing capacity for his craft. Tall and thin, his sinewy frame seems made for the rhythm of the ballroom dancing he teaches. Whether it’s the slow-slow-quick-quick steps of the Foxtrot, or the smooth rise-and-fall movements of the Waltz, he glides around with such superb form you can’t help but be captivated. If you’ve never thought you could move like that, think again. Although Gregory’s level of sophistication is long earned, he’s a gifted and patient instructor who loves nothing more than to help his students realize their abilities—and have a heck of a great time doing it. “I like to refer to our front door as a ‘magic’ door, a place where you can hang your worries and come have fun,” he says. “Nobody leaves without a smile on their face.” You might have thought about taking ballroom lessons before—we can probably all admit to having been Written by

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drawn in by popular shows like “Dancing with the Stars” or “So You Think You Can Dance.” Some of Gregory’s

Leading man Matt Gregory of South Coast DanceSport expertly shows you how to follow in his dancing shoes.

guest choreographers even hail from those shows. We wouldn’t be surprised to find one of his students starring on them someday. Gregory’s clientele is broad ranging, including all age levels and skills sets. Up until now, you may have doubted your own dance floor prowess or you thought you were too old to learn. But this particular instructor encourages everyone—young and old—to give it a whirl. Kids, couples, singles, retirees. You wouldn’t think it, but men seem to enjoy the classes even more than the women sometimes. “It’s challenging to navigate around

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This exciting and cutting-edge studio trains not only a wide variety of students interested in dance at any level, be it social or competitive, but boasts some of the top professionals in the country.

Sure, he’ll lead you on. But in this case, you’re really going to like it.

the floor and be able to move your body in a powerful and new way,” Gregory says. “Women are hard-wired to want to dance, of course. But it’s a proportionate group of students coming through our doors.” His panache for teaching anyone how to dance might stem from his own unlikely background. He started at the age of 19, late for someone foraying into the world of competitive dance. (Most professionals start while they’re barely able to walk.) “I was on a holiday break from college,” he recalls. “My mom bought me a package of lessons at a local studio. I fell in love with it.” He trained for years after that, entering and winning competitions, eventually making his way to Southern California and ensconcing himself in the realm of dancers and studios here. “I have empathy for adults who come here to learn, since I was once in their shoes,” Gregory says. “I make sure I provide a safe and comfortable environment for them to learn in. You don’t have to be athletically gifted, or even be part of a couple.” He likes that his students end up feeling confident, beautiful and able to move artistically to the music.

Gregory and his carefully chosen (and extremely well-trained) instructors teach ballroom, Latin and country western dance to a bevy of clients. They offer all types and sizes of packages, with your first session being free. You can even drop in on a class for about the price of a gourmet Starbucks coffee drink. Upcoming nuptials? The South Coast Dance Sport has pre-planned or last-minute tutorials that promise to surprise and impress your wedding guests. What couple wouldn’t want to prepare for their special day ahead of time with a glass of champagne, red roses and a choreographed routine by an expert like Gregory?

reflects the warmth and accomplishment of Gregory himself. “I love the people I get to work with,” he says. “It’s so rewarding to see them enjoying themselves and successfully learning how to dance.” South Coast Dancesport 23461 Ridge Route Drive, Laguna Hills (949) 945.4200 | www.southcoastdancesport.com

If the thought of learning to dance is daunting, you can see what it’s all about by attending the studio’s monthly “Practice Party.” It’s a great way to introduce yourself to the studio atmosphere, or show off what you’ve already learned there. The evening event goes for a couple of hours, beginning with wine and cheese, and a half-hour dance lesson by Gregory. Check the site for this and other floor-twirling events. With such a genuine and energetic approach to his teachings, it’s no wonder his studio perfectly

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Summer Adventures Neptune’s Nautiloids Camp

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Sea Squirts Camp

Ages: 5–6 Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm Hours: 3 hours/day for 5 consecutive days Dates: June 28, July 6*, 12, 19, 26, Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Price: $160 (4-day camp $145) Members: $145 (4-day camp $120) This camp brings children’s literature to life as your child meets the characters of books about the ocean. Each day a book will introduce a new theme for the day’s activities. I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry will introduce the theme of big and little as your child observes the 17-foot tentacle of a giant squid or looks at plankton under a microscope. The program includes fun crafts and encounters with a variety of wonderful sea life. Proof of age required the first day (must be age 5 by Sept.1, 2010) *Four-day camp July 6 (closed on 5th of July); call for information

Ages: 6–7 Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm Hours: 7 hours/day for 5 consecutive days Dates: June 28, July 6*, 12, 19, 26, Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Price: $270 (4-day camp $220) Members: $240 (4-day camp $195) Become an undersea detective as you investigate some of the mysteries of the deep! In this exciting camp, your child will learn how scientists study the world around us by using real scientific tools and techniques to solve a week’s worth of underwater mysteries. Each day will introduce a fun new puzzle to unravel, as well as onsite outdoor explorations and themed crafts. Highlights include exploring the Dana Point Marine Protected Area and a cruise onboard the R/V Sea Explorer. Proof of age required the first day (must be age 6 by Sept.1, 2010) *Four-day camp July 6 (closed on 5th of July); call for information

Buccaneer Adventure Camp

Ages: 7–8 Time: 9:00am–4:00pm Hours: 7 hours/day for 5 consecutive days Dates: July 6*, 12, 19, 26, August 2 Price: $270 (4-day camp $220) Members: $240 (4-day camp $195) Set a course for adventure as we go back in time to the Golden Age of Sail, to a world of wooden ships, buried treasure, and yes...pirates! Learn what life was like for pirates at sea and experience the lost arts of the mariners. Each day is filled with activities that challenge young sailors including fun crafts, sail handling, rowing, story telling, treasure hunts, encountering historic characters from the past, and even going up the mast in a boatswain’s chair. Young lads and lasses may even cross paths with other pirates during the week! Adventures are dockside aboard the Tallship Pilgrim and in the Maritime Learning Center. Proof of age required the first day (must be age 7 by Sept. 1, 2010) *Four-day camp July 6 (closed on 5th of July); call for information

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Ages: 8–9 Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm Hours: 7 hours/day for 5 consecutive days Dates: June 28, July 6*, 12, 19, 26, Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Price: $285 (4-day camp $230) Members: $255 (4-day camp $205) What do you call a scientist who studies the ocean? An oceanologist? Find out what kind of “ologist” you’d like to be as you explore the many different fields of ocean science. Become an ichthyologist and study fish. Explore the sea floor as a marine geologist and use underwater robots to investigate the depths. Learn how ecologists study the animals in different ocean habitats. Other camp highlights include a walk into the Dana Point Marine Protected Area, a two-hour adventure cruise aboard the R/V Sea Explorer, and a field trip to the SEA LIFE Aquarium next door to LEGOLAND California in Carlsbad. Proof of age required the first day (must be age 8 by Sept. 1, 2010) *Four-day camp, July 6 (closed on 5th of July); call for information.


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Seafarer’s Odyssey Camp

Ages: 9–10 Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm Hours: 7 hours/day for 5 consecutive days Dates: July 12, 26, August 2, 23 Price: $285 (Members: $255) Sailing, rowing, steam power, and remote controls. These are all ways we have explored our ocean. At Seafarer’s Odyssey Camp, we experience them all with fun, hands-on activities. Our odyssey begins in the Golden Age of Sail aboard a traditional tallship and continues through time, culminating onboard our modern research vessel. During the week, the adventurers will have the opportunity to crew and set sail aboard the Spirit of Dana Point (including working the helm and firing the ship’s cannon!), row traditional longboats, explore sea legends and lore, race miniature steamboats, and investigate the harbor floor with a remotely operated vehicle (ROV). From the past to the present, join us as we go on a maritime adventure through time that you will not soon forget! Proof of age required the first day (must be age 9 by Sept. 1, 2010)

ence internship or career. You will learn about boat safety, current oceanographic research, tools of an aquarist, and methods for studying plants and animals in our Marine Protected Area. Program highlights include a snorkeling field trip, an ROV workshop, kayaking, a 4-hour research cruise aboard the R/V Sea Explorer, and various leadership/team-building activities. Participants complete a small group project and presentation. Successful program graduates may apply to intern in one of four fields: our animal husbandry program, crew aboard the R/V Sea Explorer, work with the Outdoor Education Department, or as a docent/researcher in the Marine Protected Area. Interns will work on a project during the year after the camp and present their findings at a symposium hosted at the Ocean Institute. Interested students must apply for admission to this program and provide two letters of recommendation. An application for this program is available online at www.ocean-institute.org.

Coastal Explorer Camp

Ages: 10–12 Time: 9:00am–4:00pm Hours: 7 hours/day for 5 consecutive days Dates: July 12, 19, 26, Aug 9, 16, 23 Price: $285 (Members: $255) Explore the beautiful, unique coastline of Dana Point in this activity-packed camp. Throughout the week, you will study the science of the surf zone in our laboratory and onboard the R/V Sea Explorer. You’ll also have a chance to participate in fun activities focusing on marine animals and their environment. This camp includes a day of fishing along the coastline with a chance to look for blue whales, scientific sampling aboard our research vessel, kayaking in Dana Point Harbor, tidepool exploration, and a day at the beach!

Marine Science Careers/Internship Academy

Ages: 14–17 Time: 9:00am–4:00pm Hours: 7 hours/day for 5 consecutive days Dates: August 2 - 6 Price: $305 (Members: $275) Are you interested in learning about the ocean and careers in marine science? This week-long program introduces you to intertidal ecology, animal husbandry, laboratory investigations, and shipboard research in preparation for a marine sci-

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Ages: 4–Adult (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult) Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm Hours: 3 hours Date: June 20 Price: $45/adult; $35/child (Members: $40/adult; $30/child) The hunt is on! In search of pirate loot, you and Dad will scour the grounds of the Ocean Institute for clues that will lead to a rich sailing adventure, full of fun and treasure. Sail out on the Pacific Ocean aboard the tallship Spirit of Dana Point, following signs and signals that will lead to adventure. Cannons will roar as you come upon the unmarked treasures on the high seas and collect your reward (unless you encounter a pirate or two). This exciting treasure hunt will be an experience you’ll never forget!

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Ages: 5–Adult (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult) Time: 7:00pm to 10:00pm Hours: 3 hours Dates: July 4 Price: $45/adult and $35/child (Members: $40/adult and $30/child) Enjoy a sunset cruise and fireworks aboard the R/V Sea Explorer, while listening to music provided by Jazz! FM 88.5 KSBR. Appetizers and desserts are included! Off-site parking and free shuttle will be available.

Minimum Age: 8 (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult; maximum of 2 children per adult) Time: 5:30pm to approximately 5:00pm (next day) Hours: 23.5 hours SEASONAL SAFARIS Dates: July 10 – 11, August 7 – 8 Three easy ways to become an Ocean Institute Member and register for Spring or Summer Progra Price: $125 (Members: $105) This fun, overnight program combines an exciting island getaway with the unique Catalina Snorkeling Cruise experience of traveling aboard an historic tallship! Passengers will depart aboard Minimum Age: 9 (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult) the Spirit of Dana Point to Catalina Island, while enjoying a sunset dinner at sea. Time: 8:00am to 8:00pm Hours: 12 hours When the sun rises, guests will head ashore to spend the morning exploring the Dates:or June 26, July 17, Seven 31, August 28with days a14, week Seven days a week at our V charming city of Avalon. In the afternoon, participants will enjoy a Membership leisurely sail and Spring Price: $78 (Members: $70) back to Dana Point. Throughout the voyage, guests are invited to participate in your MasterCard, Visa, Services Center with your Summer program registration Experience the underwater wonders off Catalina Island with a trip on the R/V various maritime traditions such as story telling, chantey singing, knot tying, and American Express or Card, Visa, American Exp may be completed on our Sea Explorer. Make the crossing from Dana Point with Ocean Institute scientists sailing. Price includes dinner, bunks for sleeping during the transit, a continental Discover Card Discover Card, cash or ch website with a MasterCard, leading you on an aquatic adventure through the islands kelp forests and reef breakfast, and a water-taxi to and from Avalon. Lunch and any expenses in Avacommunities. Whale and dolphin sightings are often possible. Enjoy a full day 9:00am–4:00pm payable to Ocean Institute Visa, American Express lon are not included. packed with a continental (949) breakfast, snorkeling, catch-and-release fishing, and or Discover Card at 496-2274 9:00am–4:00pm weekday a barbecue dinner onboard. Fishing gear is provided, but anglers over 16 must Mysterious Lights www.ocean-institute.org 10:00am–3:00pm weeken display a valid fishing license. Bring your own snorkeling gear and lunch. Minimum Age: 8 (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult) Time: 4:30pm to 8:00am (next day) Hours: 15.5 hours Terms and Conditions Blue Whale Safari Dates: July 9 – 10, August 6 – 7 Price: $70 (Members: $65) Minimum Age: 8 (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult) Payment: Full payment be made at time of booking. Hours: 5 hours Imagine living in a world of complete darkness. How would you find food, locate must Time: 8:00am to 1:00pm a mate, or defend yourself? By glowing, of course! This fun overnight program Dates: July 10, 24, August 7, 21 Processing Fee:inAmaprocessing fee is$55 added to all credit explores deep-sea adaptations and the phenomenon of bioluminescence Price: (Members: $49)card, phone, and internet reservations. rine animals. Exciting laboratory activities, dissections, crafts, and videos prepare Join us on the open ocean searching for thedays elusive whale. Blue Refunds/Transfers: Must be requested at least 15 business/working priorblue to program startwhales date. are participants for an evening of fun on the sea. Watch the sunset over the Dana not migratory but follow food supplies around the world’s oceans. During this Point Headlands as we enjoy dinner and a bonfire at theAdditional fire-pit. After dinner, of the year, they are found (withon theallexperienced eyes of All ourreturned Captain checks Fees: A $20 pertime program, per person feeoften will be charged refunds/transfers. you’ll board the R/V Sea Explorer for our popular 2.5-hour bioluminescence and naturalists) between our coast and Catalina Island, feeding on the local fare are subject to a $20 fee. cruise. The night ends with a sleepover on the tent-like Sleeping Deck. of krill and fish. Share the day with the largest animal ever to live on the Earth… Program Confirmation / Required Forms: Confirmations the address you provide. the blue whale. Opportunities alsowill arisebetoemailed observetodolphin, ocean sunfish, and Camp will be included in your confirmation. If requested, you will receive the camp Father’s Day Catch-and-Release materials (itinerary & waivers)more. materials via First Class US Mail in mid-March for Spring Programs and in June for Summer Programs. There Fishing Trip a completed Medical Form and an Acknowledgement of Risk form for each child. Required forms will Ages: 8–Adult (children under 18 must be accompaniedmust by anbeadult) also be available online and can be dropped off early beginning in June at the Visitor Services Desk. Faxed or Time: 8:00am to 12:30pm Hours: 4.5 hours mailed forms must be received no later than the week before camp. Parents will be notified upon receipt. Date: June 20 Forms will also be accepted during the check-in process on the day of the program. Price: $45/adult; $35/child (Members: $40/adult; $30/child) Join us for our Father’s Day Catch-and-Release Fishing Trip aboard the R/V Sea Disclaimer: Notsupply paid for with taxpayer/school district funds. Not sponsored by CUSD. Explorer. Take your Dad on an outdoor adventure he’ll never forget! We’ll the fishing gear and bait. Continental breakfast, coffee, water, and soft drinks will be provided. 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How to Draw with Drew Brophy

Artist Drew Brophy is internationally known for his vivid and unique oceanthemed designs. His artwork can be seen on everything from surfboards and skateboards, to clothing lines and fabric designs. His cool designs have even been seen on our Summer Adventures brochure for the past five years! This fun, stepby-step drawing class is based on Drew’s newly released book titled HOW TO DRAW WITH DREW BROPHY. The instructor will show kids how to draw some of Drew’s favorite fish characters, beach scenes and other elements like flames and custom lettering. Then they will tie all the elements together to create one fantastic painting. All registrants receive one free copy of the book and Drew will host a book signing at the end of the program. Dates: June 19th Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm Cost: $10/child

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