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The City Of Mission Viejo

Mission Viejo is a city located in southern Orange County, California, U.S. in the Saddleback Valley. Mission Viejo is considered one of the largest master-planned communities ever built under a single project in the United States, and is rivaled only by Highlands Ranch, Colorado, in its size. The city has a 2011 estimated population of 93,483

Mission Viejo is suburban in nature and culture. The city is mainly residential, although there are a number of offices and businesses within its city limits. The city is known for its picturesque tree-lined neighborhoods, receiving recognition from the National Arbor Day Foundation. The city's name is a reference to Rancho Mission Viejo, a large Spanish land grant from which the community was founded.

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A Classic Year for Tuscan Wines

You have to do your homework with Italian wines.  With each year there is an inconsistency in quality.  They can be very good or very bad depending on what mother nature has presented to winemakers at harvest time. California has the most consistent weather conditions of any country. Even the most disappointing of recent vintages in California, the 2011, showed well in some varietals as select winemakers worked hard to get the maximum out of the harvest.  But countries like Italy every so often contend with a headache called Mistral, a hurricane-like weather condition that can roar in from the north and virtually destroy crops.  Reputable wineries have been known to plough under their grapes at harvest rather than bottle a bad vintage. 2015 had no such problem.
I analyzed Wine Spectator’s recent Top 100 wines of the world out of more than 15,000 released and tasted this year, and indeed Italian wines scored as well as the U.S. with Tuscany topping any district in the world.  Focusing in on the top ten, Tenuta San Guido Sassacaia 2015, from the Tuscan district of Bolgheri, was awarded the #1 wine in the world ($245.). No real surprise there. More important for the Italian wine market, the #3 wine in the world selected by Wine Spectator is Castello Di Volpaia, a 2015 Chianti Classico Reserve ($35.).  This best represents the vast majority of Sangiovese grape based wines with a 2015/2016 vintage at value prices. Federica and Nicolo Mascheroni Stianti produced this gem in their tiny town of Volpaia. Federica pointed out that with 96 points, “it was the highest score ever for our wine. It is a balanced complex red with a long gorgeous finish.  Our grapes are crushed and vinified in steel tanks, then aged in a mix of Slavonian oak casks and French oak barriques for two years.”
Italian reds are not wines that are casually consumed.  When I open one, there is always a small wedge of cheese, preferably a Parmesan, some cold cut meats like Prosciutto from Parma or Salami from Genoa.  The perfect bread would be an Italian loaf, uncut with sesame seeds and honey baked in on top. I hand-separate a generous piece and dip it in olive oil, dusted with sweet basil spices.
Molto Bene! as an Italian or anyone who enjoys Italian wine and food would proclaim…very good!
Driving through Italy is a hair-raising experience but it’s the best way to enjoy the hundreds of varietals and thousands of vineyards, many in the backyards of each Italian that has the property to do it.  The country produces a 5th of the wine in the world.  It deserves a place on your wine list.  See chianticlassico.com.

Tuscany vineyards produced acclaimed wines with the 2015 vintage.  Photo by Google Images.

The holiday tasting event at PAON Carlsbad was managed by Barbara Pape, Marketing Director, and Kate Edgecombe, Wine Director, both from PAON. Photo by Rico Cassoni.

A Tasting Holiday at PAON
With key help from the Riboli Family of San Antonio Winery of Los Angeles, PAON Restaurant, Wine Bar & Wine Shop in Carlsbad staged a sold-out holiday party & Wine Warehouse sale earlier this month.  Taste of Wine and Food was the media partner in the event, which featured 5 areas of wine tasting where wine club members mixed and matched with the public and members of the trade. The Boys and Girls Club of Carlsbad was the benefactor of a Silent Auction.
50 different wines created a lot of excitement including the Riboli Family, named 2016 American Winery of the year by Wine Enthusiast magazine.
Guests got a chance to also taste wines by:  Trefethen, Fess Parker, Flora Springs, Arrowood and my favorite from the group, the Losano Malbec 2015 Grand Reserve from Mendoza, Argentina( $22).
For more on PAON and its wine club, visit paoncarlsbad.com.

Wine Bytes

Seasalt Seafood Bistro in Del Mar is presenting Castello Banfi Italian wines from Tuscany in a six course wine and food dinner, Thurs. Jan. 10 at 6pm. Discover Super Tuscan wines and other favorites for $75. per person. Call 858-755-7100 to reserve a place.
Five key wine regions of France will be explored closely with a class at Meritage Wine Market Tues. Jan. 15 from 6 to 8:30pm. 12 wines will be tasted along with French cheeses, charcuterie and other regional samples. Look for insights on Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Loire Valley and the Rhone Valley. Cost is $89 ea. RSVP and get more details at 760-479-2500.
Firenze Trattoria in Encinitas has a great night of Paso Robles best, Niner WineEstate with its rich reds, pairing up with a 5 course custom dinner, Thurs. Jan. 17 at 6pm. Meet Niner owner Andy Niner and winemaker Patrick Muran at Firenze. Beautiful red blends are their specialty. Cost is $100. per guest. Call 760-944-9000.
Be sure to place the 7th annual Vin Diego Wine & Food Festival on your calendar for Sat. April 13 at Waterfront Park along San Diego’s Embarcadero. Only wines will be featured with over 300, plus the best chefs in town presenting their best dishes. Tickets start at $85.ea. See ticket pricing and details at vindiego.com.

Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. He is one of the leading commentatorson the web. View his columns at tasteofwineandfood.com.Reach him at frank@tasteofwineandfood.com

DADS MAKE TIME TO BUILD BONDS WITH THEIR CHILDREN, AND HAVE FUN TOGETHER ALONG THE WAY

Created by the YMCA to strengthen family relationships, the Y Adventures Guides and Princesses Program (formally Y Indian Guides and Princesses) enables parents and their children to have fun while sharing new adventures and learning about each other. Through this program, parents and their children become part of a small community along with other families that enjoy monthly gatherings, community service learning projects and participation in a variety of activities including camp outs, bowling, pinewood derby, dances, sporting events, hiking, fishing, zip lining, archery and much more.
As a parent of a young child, Ladera Ranch residents have a tremendous opportunity to get to spend time with their child, and get to know them on a deeper level. Spending quality one-on-one time with a child will help build a strong bond of trust and memories that will last a lifetime.  The YMCA is currently enrolling for Father/Daughter and Father/Son expeditions for youth K-6th grade.
For more information, contact Kurt Zimmerman at Kurt.Zimmerman@softwaredell.com or visit www.ymcaoc.org/ag.

Kure It’s Inaugural Rivals Cup Golf Tournament Nets over $100,000 Goal

KURE IT’S INAUGURAL RIVALS CUP GOLF TOURNAMENT NETS OVER$100,000 GOAL

Rivals United for a Kure, the major support group for nonprofit Kure It Cancer Research, which raises funds for underfunded cancers, held its inaugural golf tournament at Pelican Hill Golf Club in early June. A full contingent of golfers signed up for a beautiful, sunny day of golfing at the prestigious golf resort, later joining friends and family at the awards banquet and auction in a tent near the club house.The Rivals story is about the longstanding football rivalry between UCLA and USC, and the golfers came out to compete for the Rival’s Cup representing and routing for their respective team. It was close, but USC won the inaugural Rival’s Cup. The nice ending to the rivalry story is that raising funds for cancer research put aside any serious rivalry feelings and smiles abounded all-round.Among those leading the charge were Kure It board officer and Westport Properties Board Chair Drew Hoeven, whose late father Barry Hoeven founded Kure It 10 years ago, Briggs Electric CFO and Kure It board chair Todd Perry, Kure It board member and US Storage Centers and Westport Properties President/CEO Charles Byerly, and tournament co-chairs Linda and Burton Young (USC) and Dana and Tom Chou (UCLA).
Television host and country singer Matt Rogers led the fast-paced live auction, which showcased trips to top golf retreats, including Pinehurst, Wailea, Cabo Del Sol, Bandon Dunes and the venerable Masters in Augusta, Georgia. Golfer Michael Wong won both Pinehurst and Bandon Dunes and the Masters sold for $16,000 twice to Karen Jordan and Taryn and Chris Mead.
Drew Hoeven said of the effort, “Seeing the Rivals United for a Kure campaign extend into the inaugural Rivals Cup Tournament makes me extremely proud. My father, Barry Hoeven, would be so happy to see Kure It raise even more money for UCLA Jonsson and USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Centers. Our first tournament was a tremendous success, and we are happy to announce that we netted well over our $100,000 goal for cancer research.”
Sponsors included Title Sponsor US Storage Centers, Sperry Commercial and Sperry Equities, Briggs Electric, Kiwi II Construction, NPV Advisors, The Muller Company, Walker & Dunlop, Rolex, Rolls Royce of Orange County, First Foundation Bank, Elite OC Productions, Coast to Coast Copy Empower Graphics, Main Graphics, among others.
The fourth Rivals United for a Kure Gala is being planned for Sunday, November 11, at the City National Grove of Anaheim. It is always held the Sunday prior to the famous football match-up between UCLA and USC the following Saturday.
Kure It, Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing funding for translational research projects focused on kidney cancer and other underfunded cancers. The funds raised through Kure It directly support groundbreaking research at leading cancer centers. Founded by Barry Hoeven in 2007 after his diagnosis with kidney cancer, Kure It expanded to support all underfunded cancers when the vast disconnect between the number of people afflicted with cancer and the amount of funding available for research became apparent. To date, Kure It has raised more than $6 million for cancer research and holds strong to the belief in Funding Research = Saving Lives! For more information visit www.KureIt.org.

Brigg’s Electric CFO and Kure It Board Chair Todd Perry, Tom Bethman, Brad Weaver
Co-Chairs Burton and Linda Young, Dana and Tom Chou
Kure It board member Julie Alai, Didi Pearce
Masters Tournament winner Karen Jordan
Taryn Mead, Lauren Wong, Linda Brigante

REP. MIMI WALTERS ANNOUNCES WINNER OF 2018 CONGRESSIONAL ART COMPETITION

REP. Walters with the winning artist Elsa Schweizer
I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2018 Congressional High School Art Competition for California’s 45th District is Mission Viejo resident Elsa Schweizer. Elsa’s artwork, titled “Abigail in Orange”, is a stunning portrait of her sister that incorporates thin layers of multimedia paper to create a unique 3-D image.
It was an honor to recognize Elsa and the other talented participants of this year’s competition at the Orange County Great Park’s Artist Studios, where all of the submitted artwork was showcased last month for families and friends to enjoy. I continue to be amazed by the incredible artistic talent of students in our community, and am proud to support this annual program that encourages our children to explore their passion and provides a forum to display their artistic talents for the community to see. Elsa and her family will soon travel to Washington, D.C., for a reception in the U.S. Capitol Building, where she will meet with winners from other Congressional districts across the Nation. There, her artwork will be displayed for an entire year for millions of visitors to enjoy. My office and I look forward to sharing Elsa’s artwork with Orange County residents touring the Capitol!
Winning Artwork “Abigail in Orange”
I want to thank all of the students who participated in this year’s competition. Our community is enriched by the contributions of these young artists and I cannot wait to see what great works of art are in store for next year’s competition! If you have any questions about the Congressional Art Competition, please do not hesitate to contact my District Office at (949) 263-8703.
Mimi Walters represents California’s 45th Congressional District, which includes the communities of Irvine, Tustin, North Tustin, Orange, Villa Park, Anaheim Hills, Lake Forest, Laguna Hills, Laguna Woods, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Coto de Caza.

TREE IDENTIFICATION BOOK FROM THE ARBOR DAY FOUNDATION HELPS PEOPLE IDENTIFY TREE SPECIES

California Buckeye Tree
The Arbor Day Foundation has a book that helps people identify trees in a simple, step-by-step process. The book, What Tree Is That?, is available for a $5 donation to the nonprofit tree-planting organization.
What Tree Is That? is a fun, easy-to-use tree identification guide that features hand-drawn botanical illustrations highlighting the distinctive characteristics of many tree species.
Nature lovers and professional arborists alike have called this pocket field guide a must-have, user-friendly resource. Its beautiful, full-color illustrations are in precise detail and depict natural colors, shapes and textures so users can make a positive species identification in just a few easy steps.
The Arbor Day Foundation offers this book to help people identify trees throughout the Eastern and Central regions of the United States. What Tree Is That? uses a unique step-by-step approach for identifying the species of each tree, explaining what to look for in the shape and arrangement of the leaves, differences in the leafstalks and specific characteristics of fruits, flowers, buds and bark.
“Our What Tree Is That? Pocket guide is an ideal resource for developing a greater appreciation for trees,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “The Arbor Day Foundation strives to help people enjoy and appreciate trees, and we feel our pocket field guide will do just that.”
What Tree is That? is also available as an online interactive version at arborday.org. To obtain a tree identification guide in full color, send yourname, address, and $5 for each guide to What Tree Is That?, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410. You can also order the book online at arborday.org.

CHRISTIE BRINKLEY’S HAMPTONS TOWER HOME FOR SALE!

America’s most popular supermodel, Christie Brinkley, has put her longtime Hamptons estate on the market asking $29.5 million. The 20-acre estate in Bridgehampton, called Tower Hill, is now far too large for empty nester Brinkley and though it was perfect for raising her daughters, it is no longer practical for a single woman with three children who are now young adults.
Like many celebrities who require safe places to park their wealth, Brinkley has invested in real estate, concentrating in the Hamptons at the tip of Long Island. She has been a resident there for years and though originally a California “surfer girl” as a youth, the 64-year-old “Uptown Girl” now calls the Hamptons home.
Named for the century-old observation tower that was built as part of the main house in 1891, Tower Hill is sited on more than 20 private open and wooded acres, the three-story traditional main house has six bedrooms and five and a half baths, while the guest house and artist’s studio add another two bedrooms and two baths totalling over 11,000 square feet of living space. Charmingly eclectic, the home is pure Christie – subtly sophisticated and at the same time whimsical. Included are a large country kitchen and family room, gym, office, four fireplaces, multiple stone terraces and a four-car heated garage. Grounds with rolling lawns, flower and organic vegetable gardens and walking trails also include a tennis court, pond and heated swimming pool. The property was totally restored in 1998 by Christie and her then husband – architect Peter Cook. Since the acreage is 200 feet above sea level, from the observation tower, one can see the Atlantic Ocean, the south shore of Connecticut, Gardiner’s Island, and the North Fork Peninsula.
Raised in Southern California, Christie Brinkley has lived what many would call a fairytale life beginning with her move to France after high school to study art. In 1973, celebrity photographer Errol Sawyer saw her in a Paris post office and connected her to the world of fashion modeling. She came to fame as a three-time Sports Illustrated cover girl and now with over 30 years as one of America’s favorite models, a record stint as the Cover Girl pitch woman and lucrative endorsement deals for beauty products, wine and fitness equipment, Christie can afford to live wherever she wants. She continues to model and is now producing her own wine, Bellissimo Prosecco, and a new line of Christie Brinkley skincare products and hairpieces.
Christie Brinkley is selling Tower Hill, her Bridgehampton family home of 15 years. The estate is listed by Enzo Morabito of Douglas Elliman. Priced at $29.5 million.
Source: elliman.com

ORANGE COUNTY NATIVE SERVES WITH NAVY STRIKE FIGHTER SQUADRON

A 1999 Katella High School graduate and Anaheim, California, native is currently serving with a U.S. Navy strike fighter squadron, which flies one of the world’s most advanced warplanes.
Petty Officer 1st Class Elizabeth NuNez-Orona is an aviation ordnanceman with the Kestrels of VFA 137, which operates out of Naval Air Station Lemoore. A Navy aviation ordnanceman is responsible for maintaining the weapons systems on the aircraft and uploading and downloading ordnance on the aircraft.
“Growing up I was taught that you have to hustle,” NuNez-Orona said. “You have to work for what you want, and nothing is free. It’s the same in the Navy.”
Members of VFA 137 work with the F/A 18 Super Hornet, one of the most advanced aircraft in the world. The Super Hornet takes off from and lands on Navy aircraft carriers at sea and is capable of conducting air-to-air combat as well as striking targets on land. It is approximately 61 feet long, has a loaded weight of 51,000 lbs., and a max speed of 1,190 miles per hour.
Operating from sea aboard aircraft carriers, the Super Hornet gives the Navy the power to protect America’s interests anywhere, at any time. The versatile jet has the ability to destroy targets located hundreds of miles inland, without the need to get another country’s permission to operate within its borders.
“Strike Fighter Wing, U. S. Pacific Fleet, based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, is the heart of Naval Aviation,” said Capt. James S. Bates, Deputy Commodore, Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Pacific. “The sailors assigned to SFWP always exceed expectations and produce amazing results through team work and dedication to their department, squadron, the U.S. Navy and their family. Naval Aviation is a challenging occupation, but our sailors work day in and day out to provide fully mission capable aircraft and fully qualified aircrew to ensure leadership is able to answer national level tasking. I am humbled to be able to lead the sailors of SFWP and I am proud to call Lemoore my home.”
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, NuNez-Orona and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs.
“I am looking forward to mentoring the sailors within this command,” said NuNez-Orona. “I retire in a year, so I want to make sure I leave something good behind.”
NuNez-Orona is proud of receiving a Volunteer Service Medal for cleaning up Kings County and helping youth ministries in the Lemoore area.
“Serving in the Navy means preserving our rights and freedoms,” NuNez-Orona said. “It means giving back to a country that gave my parents a good opportunity when they came here from Mexico.”

Tickets On Sale Now For Pacific Symphony SummerFest 2018 At Pacific Amphitheatre On The OC Fairgrounds

Pacific Symphony has once again put together an entertaining SummerFest program for 2018 at Pacific Amphitheatre (located in the heart of Orange County). Pop open a bottle of wine, kick back, relax and enjoy the perfect soundtrack for summer evenings under the stars. This season features the classic rock’n’roll energy of “Brass Transit: The Music of Chicago” (July 4); the thrilling soundtrack of “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert” performed live to film (Aug. 18); and everyone’s favorite summer finale—Tchaikovsky Spectacular (Sept. 8), with guest pianist Vadym Kholodenko, winner of the coveted gold medal at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
Tickets for SummerFest 2018 are on sale now! Subscriptions for the three-concert series range from $63-$252 with boxes and front-row packages also available. Single tickets begin at just $25. All concerts take place at 8 p.m. With a variety of vendor options onsite to serve up delicious selections from a gourmet menu for pre-concert dining, your evening of great music in the great outdoors is sure to be memorable. Dine on the Plaza Pacifica pre-concert or in the seats during the performance. Gates open at 6 p.m. for picnicking. For more information or to purchase tickets call (714) 755-5799 or visit us online at PacificSymphony.org.
The season sponsors include PBS SoCal, K-Earth 101, KPCC 89.3FM and Classical KUSC 91.5 and the Westin South Coast Plaza. SummerFest 2018 is generously supported by the OC Fair & Event Center.
Brass Transit: The Music of Chicago (with fireworks)
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 – 8 p.m.
Pacific Amphitheatre, OC Fairgrounds
Richard Kaufman, conductor
Brass Transit – Chicago Tribute Band
Pacific Symphony
Celebrate the Fourth with the music of Chicago, known as the “rock and roll band with horns.” With hits like “You’re the Inspiration,” “If You Leave Me Now,” and “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” you’ll be swept away by the melodies that make this band such a beloved classic. To cap off the evening, sing along to your favorite patriotic tunes as we salute our armed forces and thrill to a sizzling Fourth of July fireworks show.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert
Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 – 8 p.m.
Pacific Amphitheatre, OC Fairgrounds
Richard Kaufman, conductor
“E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial”
Pacific Symphony
Experience “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” as never before when Pacific Symphony performs John Williams’ Academy Award® -winning score live while the classic film is projected on a giant high definition screen. Filled with unparalleled magic and imagination, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial follows the moving story of a little lost alien who befriends a 10-year-old boy named Elliot.
TM & © Universal Studios.
Tchaikovsky Spectacular (with fireworks)
Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 – 8 p.m.
Pacific Amphitheatre, OC Fairgrounds
Carl St.Clair, conductor
Vadym Kholodenko, piano
Pacific Symphony
SHOSTAKOVICH: Festive Overture
TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: “Procession of the Nobles”
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: “Russian Easter “Overture
BORODIN: “Polovtsian Dances” from Prince Igor
TCHAIKOVSKY: “1812” Overture
No SummerFest is complete without Pacific Symphony performing Tchaikovsky’s thrilling “1812” overture, complete with live cannons and brilliant fireworks. You’ll enjoy this famous romantic composer’s greatest hits along with his memorable Piano Concerto No. 1, performed by the First Prize Winner of the 14th Tchaikovsky Competition, Vadym Kholodenko. In 2013, the young Ukrainian pianist captured the attention of the competition jury, audience and critics alike for “mesmerizing and exhilarating” performances that brought the crowd to their feet, “cheering him like a rock star” (Cincinnati Enquirer).
About Pacific Symphony
Pacific Symphony, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair since 1990, has been the resident orchestra of Orange County’s Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall for over a decade. Founded in 1978, the Symphony is the largest orchestra formed in the U.S. in the last 50 years and is not only a fixture of musical life in Southern California, but also is recognized as an outstanding ensemble making strides on both the national and international scenes.
In April 2018, Pacific Symphony made its debut at Carnegie Hall, where it was invited to perform as part of a yearlong celebration of composer Philip Glass’s 80th birthday. The Symphony made its first-ever tour to China this year, with performances in five cities, including Shanghai and Beijing. In Orange County, the orchestra presents more than 100 concerts and events each year and a rich array of education and community engagement programs, reaching more than 300,000 residents of all ages. The Symphony has been recognized with multiple ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming and included among the country’s five most innovative orchestras by the League of American Orchestras. The Symphony’s education and community engagement activities have also been recognized by the League, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.
About Pacific Amphitheatre
Originally developed and operated by private promoters, the Pacific Amphitheatre today is owned and managed by the OC Fair & Event Center, a multi-faceted, year-round events center committed to developing the cultural and community interests of Orange County’s diverse populations. Since the Pacific Amphitheatre was reopened in 2003, sell-out crowds have regularly been attracted to this intimate 7,850 seat venue, one of the most consistently successful destinations—in one of the more desirable concert markets – in the world.
The Pacific Amphitheatre is conveniently located near three major freeways—the 405, 55 and 73—so access/egress by car is quick and easy, and there are acres of parking spaces on site.

3 simple ways men can improve their health

Men don’t have the best track record when it comes to taking care of themselves. It’s safe to say we all know someone who is just plain stubborn about going to the doctor. Even if they exhibit clear symptoms that should be checked out, say wheezing, chronic fatigue or worse, it can be a challenge to get them to seek medical help.
Of course, not all men are like this. In fact, as a whole, men have been getting better about taking care of themselves, according to new data gathered by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
“Men have begun paying more attention to their health and acting to maintain good health,” says Wanda Filer, MD, MBA, president of the AAFP and a practicing family physician. “They are getting physical exams, increasing their exercise activity, and getting their health care from their regular doctor.”
With this encouraging news, it’s important to remember that men’s health is still a big concern. By keeping the following three points in mind, you can help yourself, or a loved one, lead a longer and healthier life.
Health care is preventive, too. It’s a common misconception that you go to the doctor only when you’re sick or not feeling well.So, what’s the most common barrier that prevents men from seeing a doctor?
Answer: themselves. According to a 2016 survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of the AAFP, 31 percent of men wait until they feel extremely sick before seeing a doctor, and 21 percent say they have no reason to go to a doctor when feeling healthy.
As Filer says, “Not feeling sick is not necessarily the same as being healthy.”
Early detection and preventive care are two of the most important ways to maintain health and prevent potential health concerns from becoming major problems.
Step away from the screen.
Though more men exercise in 2016 than they did in the AAFP’s 2007 survey (80 percent vs 74 percent), many men still spend a considerable amount of time looking at screens.
In the 2016 online survey of 916 men across the country, the AAFP found that men spend, on average, about 20 hours each week working at a computer and 19 hours in front of a television.
While it’s nearly impossible to avoid screens in this day and age, men should be motivated to take on more physical and active hobbies that can reduce stress and improve their physical health.
Develop a relationship with a family physician.
An important step men can take to ensure they receive regular checkups and preventive care is to regularly visit a family physician. Nearly eight in 10 men (79 percent) have a regular doctor or health care professional they see when they are sick or want medical advice, however, a family physician not only treats the whole person, but the whole family. This is because an individual’s health should be a concern for the entire family.
The value of a family physician is that they perform routine checkups, immunizations and screenings. They can also treat chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure, asthma, arthritis and depression.
“If more men develop ongoing relationships with their family physician, their perception of good health is more likely to become reality,” said Dr. Filer.
To learn more about men’s health, visit www.familydoctor.org.
To learn more about the 2007 & 2016 surveys, visit www.aafp.org/menshealth. – (BPT)

Cool ways to enjoy your outdoor spaces through the dog days of summer

When warm weather arrives, does your family head outdoors to enjoy your patio or deck? Do they then turn around and head right back into the air-conditioned comfort when summer sun and temperatures make outdoor living spaces too hot to handle?
“In many areas of the country, the window of opportunity for enjoying your outdoor space opens in spring and closes when summer’s worst heat hits,” says Mark Dammeyer, director of exterior products for Somfy Systems. “Strong sun, hot temperatures and high humidity can make spending time on your deck or patio too uncomfortable, no matter how much you love the outdoors. Homeowners are always looking for ways to get the most time in their outdoor living spaces.”
If your deck time encompasses a month or two in spring and another in the fall, here are some ideas for how you can make your outdoor living spaces cooler, more comfortable and enjoyable all summer long: Made in the shade
Fun in the sun is one of summer’s best benefits, but too much sun can keep you off your deck or patio. Not only does direct sun make it too hot to sit out, sun exposure can damage your patio furnishings, the deck itself and your skin. Retractable awnings are a great – and great-looking – way to shield your outdoor living space from getting too much summer sun.
Awnings offer sun protection that can enable you to enjoy your deck more on sunny days, and can even help lower cooling bills by shading window and glass deck doors. Retractable awnings mean you can enjoy the benefits whenever you need them, and hide them when you don’t. Somfy Systems’ motorization solutions have made awnings even handier; a motorized retractable awning effortlessly retracts with a touch of a button. And, an optional sensor, such as the Eolis 3DWirefree (TM) RTS, can detect wind and automatically roll up your awning – even if you’re not home. A Sunis WireFree (TM) RTS Sun Sensor can automatically extend your awning based on the sun’s intensity. Simple innovative operating functions that adapt to your lifestyle. Wet wins the day.
When temperatures scorch, many of us head for the pool. Nothing cools and refreshes like a dip in the water. Adding a pool to your outdoor environment may not be practical, so look for smaller-scale options that can lend the cooling power of water to your deck or patio.
A simple outdoor fountain adds a splash of coolness and the soothing sound of moving water to your outdoor living space. Or, you can escalate your cooling efforts by installing a mister. You can find plenty of commercially available options that range from simple misting fans that connect to a garden hose to sophisticated systems that spread a light, refreshing spray over a large area. A simple online search will yield plenty of options, including some available at your neighborhood home improvement store.
Evaporative coolers are another great way to use moisture to cool the air. While indoor air conditioners draw excess moisture from the air to aid in cooling, evaporative coolers use simple physics to cool air through evaporation of water. These coolers draw the heat needed to evaporate water right out of the air – lowering the ambient temperature around the unit. Evaporative coolers work to cool the air the same way sweat works to cool off your body. Cooler accessorizing
In addition to shade and moisture, choosing cooler accessories like lighter-colored furniture and solar lights (which don’t give off heat like incandescents) can help keep your deck and patio cooler for longer this summer.
Look for furniture made of materials that will absorb less heat. That wrought-iron bistro set might look lovely on your deck, but it will heat up hot as a griddle when exposed to hours of summer sun. Fabrics and breathable materials like wicker will handle heat better than dark woods and metal.
The dog days of summer don’t mean you have to give up your outdoor enjoyment. With the right combination of shade and cooling techniques, you can enjoy your deck or patio throughout the season. – (BPT)

TIME-SAVING TIPS SO PARENTS CAN HAVE A LITTLE BREAK

You wake up before the sun rises to shower and get ready for the day. Soon you hear the patter of tiny feet upstairs. You get breakfast ready for your little ones and then get them dressed. Between packing bags and preparing lunches, you barely have time to grab breakfast for yourself. You rush out the door just in time to make it to work before that big meeting starts.
And all this happens before 8 a.m.
Being a parent means juggling not just your own schedule, but those of your children as well. Nearly two in three moms have never taken a day completely for themselves, according to a new survey conducted by Luvs and Wakefield Research. It’s no surprise most parents long for a little breathing room to relax.
Fortunately, with these five tips and tricks, you can ease your schedule and save time throughout the day. Use that extra time for something you enjoy, whether it’s watching your favorite TV show, going for a run or sipping a cup of tea while star gazing.
Make nap time all about you
If you have small kids, you probably use the few hours they nap to do laundry, clean the house or catch up on emails. Instead, once or twice a week, use the break to do something just for you. Read a book, catch up on the DVR or even step into the shower! In fact, the Luvs survey found that a quarter of moms would simply value an uninterrupted shower versus going to the spa.
Simplify diapering
Changing diapers throughout the day adds up fast in time and money. Parents can look to avoid leaks while keeping little ones comfortable by using Luvs which are extra absorbent and have large stretch tabs for easy fastening. Visit www.luvsdiapers.com to learn more about Luvs Ultra Leakguards with NightLock Plus.
Ready the night before
Mornings are hectic for families, and a bad one can really set the tone for the entire day. Save time and eliminate stress by doing as much as possible the night before. Select clothes for kids and yourself, prepare lunches, pack bags and bathe in the evening. When the alarm goes off, you will be 75 percent ready to go.
Cook double batches
When you cook twice as much, you cover two meals in the time it takes to make just one. Double the casserole for tonight and freeze half for next week. Cook 2 pounds of chicken so you have lunch for tomorrow in addition to dinner. Double the soup and freeze in individual containers so both you and your partner have an easy meal you can grab and go.
Play date exchange
Spearhead a babysitting exchange between you and your parent friends. Offer to bring a few extra kids to the park to give another parent a much-needed break. Then next week, swap play date duties so you can enjoy a few hours alone. Your kids will love having friends along, while you get precious “me time.” It’s a win-win for everyone.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE ART KIND!

Downtown Anaheim’s quarterly art walk and festival, Art Crawl Experience (ACE) returns May 12th from 6-10pm! Guests to the event will revel in the local art of photographers, painters, musicians as well as craftspeople showcasing their unique works. If the mood strikes, there will be delectable local fare for you to munch on. Guests also get the chance to let out their inner artist by painting with the artist, Jack Knight!
Popzilla Gallery will be hosting an unofficial fan art show centered on the films, and legacy, of Steven Spielberg. To add to the theme they will have the Jurassic Park Jeep parked outside of Pop! Comics! for everyone’s enjoyment.
The crawl stretches from Clementine to Anaheim Boulevard along Center Street Promenade with activities featured at MUZEO, Center Gallery and the Anaheim Packing District.
The address is 201 Center Street Promenade, Anaheim, CA 92805.
For more information visit www.downtownanaheim.com/events/ace
Highlights of the May 12 Art Crawl Experience include:
Brick & Mortar Pop-Up Galleries (From East to West):
Muzeo -Museum and Cultural Center – 214 S. Anaheim Blvd. Anaheim, CA 92805
“Ghost Stories and Fairy Tales” by Geoff Mitchell
Center Gallery – 250 E. Center Street
“Seeing is Believing: Photographs of Our Amazing World.” By Roger R. Bennett
Pop! Comics – 203 W Center Street Promenade, Anaheim, CA 92805
Popzilla Gallery Presents “Spielberg” an unofficial fan art show at Pop! Comics!
Entertainment – at Center Street Promenade and Lemon Street will include painting with Jack Knight and live music from 6 pm to 9:30 pm
The Downtown Anaheim Association is a non-profit, mutual benefit organization and a public/private partnership responsible for promoting, developing and maintaining downtown as a vibrant and diverse center, encompassing commercial, cultural, educational, recreational and government uses. The DAA is committed to attracting people to the downtown area by hosting and coordinating creative events.

NATIONAL CHARITY LEAGUE, INC. CANYON CHAPTER HOSTS ANNUAL MOTHER-DAUGHTER RECOGNITION TEA

NATIONAL CHARITY LEAGUE, INC. CANYON CHAPTER HOSTS ANNUAL MOTHER-DAUGHTER RECOGNITION TEA

Members from the National Charity League, Inc., Canyon Chapter (NCL, Inc.) gathered at the Mission Viejo Country Club on Sunday, May 6, for their Annual Mother-Daughter Recognition Tea. The event honored the dedication and commitment of Canyon Chapter members to community service and recognized the graduating senior Class of 2018 for their accomplishments. Canyon Chapter mothers and daughters contributed over 8,500 hands-on volunteer hours to local philanthropies last year alone.More than 200 mothers and daughters enjoyed the “Springtime in Paris” theme with an outdoor garden reception highlighted by live string musicians, a flower wall for picture-taking, and decorations featuring a 12-foot-tall Eiffel Tower and vintage bike displaying a wicker basket overflowing with flowers and french baguettes. A French-inspired luncheon and awards ceremony followed in the Club’s ballroom.
“The annual Mother-Daughter Tea is such a great way to celebrate all of the girl’s hard work throughout the year and to honor the senior girls for their six years of dedication and service in NCL,” said Robin Philips, Mother-Daughter Tea Chair and incoming Chapter President for 2018-2019.
About National Charity League, Inc., Canyon Chapter
National Charity League, Inc., Canyon Chapter was founded in 1998. Chapter members live in Coto de Caza, Dove Canyon, Ladera Ranch, Las Flores, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Juan Capistrano, and Trabuco Canyon. The Chapter currently has 248 members and provides hands-on volunteer service for 23 philanthropic organizations. Members are women and their daughters in grades 7-12. Through this community service, NCL, Inc. develops socially responsible community leaders and strengthens the mother-daughter relationship. The traditional six-year core program also includes leadership development and cultural activities. For more information about the NCL, Inc., Canyon Chapter, please visit www.NCLCanyon.org and follow the Chapter on Instagram @NCLincCanyon and on Facebook @NCLCanyonChapter.
About National Charity League, Inc.
Established in Los Angeles, California in 1925, and incorporated in 1958, National Charity League, Inc. is the premier organization of mothers and their daughters in grades 7-12. Currently, the membership organization has 65,000 members in 253 Chapters that thrive in 26 states nationwide. Having grown by nearly 70 percent in the last decade, those members contributed nearly 1.4 million volunteer hours to more than 4,000 local philanthropy partners last year alone. For more information or for alumnae interested in reconnecting, visit the website at www.nationalcharityleague.org to find a Chapter in your area.

Krista Hagen and her daughter, Lyndsey
Wendy Ruiz, Dawn Stark, Marie Fintland and Deanna Rule
Paris themed decoration
Vanetta Perisho and her daughter, Jacquie
Tammy Steenland and her daughter, Ava
Mother-Daughter Tea Committee (Left to Right) Dominique O’Donnell, Wendy Higgins, Robin Phillips, Lori Bertino, Amy Burchit, Carine Brown, Kara Piller
Margo Gunderson and Robin Phillips

MISSION VIEJO SCHOOL FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN SUCCESS

MISSION VIEJO SCHOOL FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN SUCCESS

When Mission Viejo Christian School (MVCS) added a full day kindergarten program to their existing 1st through 8th grade campus at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, they had great expectations, but nothing could have prepared them for the overwhelming success of the program in such a short time. This past week MVCS’s kindergarten program received accreditation from both the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This rigorous process reflects that MVCS is meeting the highest standards in education, which includes a clear focus on high levels of student learning and the needs of the whole child. MVCS is thrilled that their kindergarten program now joins the rest of the school as ACSI and WASC accredited and is proud to have achieved this status in record time!Principal Bob Sladek said, “The tremendous benefit of having an 11-acre campus to accommodate the addition of a full-day kindergarten program means that parents can now have all of their school-age children on the same campus. Next year, we will expand to two kindergarten classes, both in large classrooms with their own bathroom and a spacious play area proximate to the classrooms. More importantly, our kindergarten students will benefit from the enrichment programs available to all of our students – art, music, technology, STEM, library, and PE. Above all, our students will be trained from a biblical perspective that focuses on their character development and manners equally as with their academic development. Our goal as a school is not merely to raise smart children, but rather children who are wise, because their hearts – kindness, respect, compassion – are nurtured along with their minds.”
MVCS enrolls just under 400 students from kindergarten through 8th grade, with two to three classes per grade. Small class sizes are a hallmark of the school (approximately 20 to 25 students per class), which includes a full-time instructional assistant in the kindergarten classroom. Principal Sladek added, “We are in the sweet spot for school size. We are small enough to offer a family-oriented culture, where I know each student by name and teachers are able to meet the individual needs of students; but we are also large enough to host an expansive extra-curricular program, including a STEM Learning Lab, performing arts program, instrumental band classes, athletic teams, before and after school care, and numerous after school clubs.”
MVCS’s inaugural full-day kindergarten class is just weeks from graduating and advancing to first grade. Lori Flores, MVCS kindergarten teacher, said, “Teaching kindergarten at MVCS is such a joy! The children have displayed incredible growth both academically and spiritually this year. Whether they are singing and dancing to their sight word songs, investigating and building as engineers during STEM lab, or studying God’s word, the kindergarten students are developing a lifelong love for learning. I cannot believe our first year is coming to an end. I am so excited to stay connected to this class and their amazing families as the children continue to excel all the way through 8th grade and into higher education.”
Amy Chaffin, parent of a MVCS kindergartner, commented, “Mission Viejo Christian School has far exceeded our expectations during our first year here. The sense of community and family is present in everything they do. Ms. Flores is nurturing, caring, loving, and is always thinking about what’s best for the children. It’s incredible how much our son has grown and progressed in just one year.”
Hailey Zeilfelder, another MVCS kindergartner parent, added, “Our daughter began the year unsure and a bit behind academically having only attended a two day per week pre-k for one year prior to coming to MVCS. Her growth as a scholar and a believer has been in leaps and bounds. She is leaving kindergarten a confident, curious, literate child with valuable biblical exposure, for this, we are SO grateful.”
Mission Viejo Christian School began 25 years ago as a ministry of Mission Viejo Christian Church and remains committed to its founding purpose of educating the whole child and preparing servant leaders for success in high school, college, and future career paths. More information about MVCS is available on the school’s website (https://www.missionviejochristian.com) or by contacting Kari Hollerbach, Assistant Principal and Director of Admissions at 949-465-1950 or khollerbach@mvcschool.org.
 

Ms. Flores and her MVCS kindergarten class taken on August 28, 2017, the first day of school.
Kindergarten field trip to The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo
Today’s kindergarten classrooms still have crayons, glue, scissors, workbooks, and traditional table time, in addition to having computers, STEM Labs, and learning tools that help propel 21st century learners
Kindergartners love learning in the school’s STEM LAB. In December, after reading “The Gingerbread Man,” they were challenged to think like engineers and build a hideout using fruit snacks and toothpicks to shield the gingerbread man from the fox

LAURA’S HOUSE WOMEN’S GUILD EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS AT 4TH ANNUAL LADERA DERBY DAY RECEIVES NON-PROFIT GROUP OF THE YEAR AWARD

Amanda Gephart (left) and Catherine Hollinger (right) accepting the Non-Profit Group of the Year award
On Saturday, May 19th, 2018, Laura’s House Women’s Guild received the Non-Profit Group of the Year Award, at the annual Ladera Ranch Community Services (LARCS) volunteer appreciation event.  Each year, LARCS recognizes local heroes. This year, Laura’s House Women’s Guild received the award.
Margaret Bayston, CEO and Director of Laura’s House said: “We are very proud of our Laura’s House community and the Women’s Guild for giving many volunteer hours of leading, organizing and supporting our not-for-profit. These efforts do not go unnoticed. Each year, our event is held to inspire fun, hope and awareness of Laura’s House and our mission.”
“This is such an honor. I am very proud of this group of women and what we have been able to accomplish, together, says Kathy Wood, President of the Laura’s House Women’s Guild. Our Annual fundraiser, Ladera Derby Day, is a wonderful and joyful day to celebrate Laura’s House and the community.”
As with tradition, the legendary Kentucky Derby was displayed Live on a large screen television for all to view. Guests witnessed Justify win and lawn games were also in play for prizes. Ladies and gentlemen guests walked the Laura’s House purple carpet to model Kentucky Derby attire and all efforts made, raised funds and awareness of Laura’s House. For more information on Laura’s House and events, please visit: https://www.laurashouse.org/events.
About Laura’s House Women’s Guild:
The Women’s Guild is a group of women volunteers with the unique privilege of working with the families affected by domestic violence. When families enter Laura’s House, they are in crisis mode. The Women’s Guild adds a little fun and normalcy to their lives, by providing the families in the Emergency Shelter and the Transitional Living Center with birthday parties and holiday celebrations. The smiles on the faces of the moms and children are so rewarding to all.
About Laura’s House:
Laura’s House Women’s Guild 2018
Guest watching the Kentucky Derby
Laura’s House is a nonprofit organization established in 1994 to provide domestic violence-related services.  It is the only state-approved comprehensive domestic violence agency in south Orange County, Calif., serving communities throughout Orange County and the surrounding regions of southern California. The mission statement is: Changing social beliefs, attitudes and the behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence, while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse.  Services include: Emergency Shelter, Counseling and Resource Center, Children’s Therapeutic Programs, Transitional Living Center, Legal Advocacy, and Community Prevention/Education and Outreach. In 2017, Laura’s House provided direct services to 3,821 persons and prevention/education and community outreach activities to 24,733 persons. Visit www.laurashouse.org for more info.
Winners of the Dapper Contest
Winners of the Derby Hat Contest
 
 

ORANGE COUNTY COASTKEEPER RELEASES 2017 DATA ON HUMAN ACTIVITY IN MARINE PROTECTED AREAS

Coastkeepers Volunteers
ORANGE COUNTY, June 4, 2018 – Today, Orange County Coastkeeper publishes its latest MPA Watch report, an analysis of human activity at Orange County’s seven Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in 2017. The report is based on recent data collected by Coastkeeper volunteers who patrol local MPAs to research and protect vulnerable ecosystems.
MPAs protect valuable marine environments by prohibiting or limiting activities like fishing, oil drilling or development projects. They create safe places for marine populations to grow and thrive, while also providing beautiful destinations for people to enjoy. By maintaining healthy marine environments and species within MPAs, non-restricted waters can offer healthy fishing stocks for sport and commercial fishers.
“Our data show that thousands of locals enjoyed our pristine, healthy MPAs last year. It’s all thanks to the passionate volunteers who spend their time patrolling the waters that make Orange County so special,” says Ray Hiemstra, associate director of programs for Orange County Coastkeeper. “It’s an inspiring reminder that the health of our oceans is up to all of us.”
Coastkeeper reports that volunteers counted 21,176 people visiting local MPAs during its surveys. 85.2 percent of observations were onshore recreational activities like swimming, sunbathing, running and wildlife viewing. Offshore activities like surfing, diving, snorkeling and boating comprised 14.8 percent of total activity.
The surveys found that more than 98 percent of recorded activities were non-consumptive, allowing marine life to thrive undisturbed. Volunteers also counted 101 potential violations of MPA regulations. Coastkeeper says these potential violations demonstrate a need for continued community education to inform the public how to sustainably enjoy MPAs. The organization also calls for increased enforcement of MPA regulations to hold violators accountable.
“When I learned that our government agencies need information on the activities occurring in our MPA in order to protect them, volunteering seemed like a great way to fill the gap,” says Lauren Hisatomi, a Coastkeeper volunteer in the MPA Watch program. “I get to keep Orange County fishable and swimmable while spending time at the beach.”
Volunteers in Coastkeeper’s MPA Watch program receive classroom and field training to gather accurate, reliable information on human activity in MPAs. The program’s ongoing research ensures MPAs continue to protect our coastal ecosystems so they can be enjoyed for generations.
To learn about volunteer opportunities with the MPA Watch program, please visit http://www.coastkeeper.org/mpa_watch.
To view the full 2017 MPA Watch report, click here.
To view a full list of Orange County’s Marine Protected Areas, click here.
ORANGE COUNTY COASTKEEPER: Founded in 1999, the mission of Coastkeeper is to protect and promote sustainable water resources that are swimmable, drinkable, and fishable. Coastkeeper is a nonprofit clean water organization that serves as a proactive steward of our fresh- and saltwater ecosystems. We work collaboratively with diverse groups in the public and private sectors to achieve healthy, accessible, and sustainable water resources for the region. We implement innovative, effective programs in education, advocacy, restoration, research, enforcement, and conservation. For more information, visit www.coastkeeper.org or call 714-850-1965.

2018 Ladera Ranch Volunteer of the Year Awards

Celebrating Volunteerism, Community and Giving Back

Since Ladera Ranch was founded over 18 years ago, the spirit of volunteerism has been an integral part of the Ladera lifestyle and fabric of the community. It’s exciting to see families create a legacy of service to others and serve their community. When families volunteer together, it brings them together in positive ways that are unique to each family.
On May 19th, Ladera Ranch Community Services (LARCS) held its annual Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Event, a special time to celebrate those individuals and families who have generously given of their most precious resource – their time. These are great people doing great things in their community and they help make Ladera Ranch a unique and special place to call home.
The LARCS Spirit of Community Service Award was presented to Julia Ransom who has consistently demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the community through service of time and talent. In honor of her late brother, Julia and her family created the James Henry Ransom Foundation and 5K Run. The Foundation is making a positive difference in the local community by encouraging discussions about mental health and through donations to local adolescent mental/behavioral health programs.
The Adult Volunteer Group of the Year was presented to the Ladera Ranch Civic Council for its work with the County of Orange to solve traffic concerns on Benjamin Drive and Oso Grande, for successfully advocating for the donation of two OC Sheriff’s Department bike patrols, for facilitating the completion of the track and pool at San Juan Hills High School, and more.
Harpreet, Naveen, Anmol and Amrita of the Kaur and Singh family accepted the Family Volunteers of the Year award for their generous volunteerism at events, on committees, Teen Leadership Council and much more. Anmol is credited for her efforts in creating the Teen Zone for the 4th of July Celebration event and she will be running the Blood Drive for the Teen Leadership Council at the 2018 National Night Out event.
LARCS 2018 Volunteer Recognition Awards
Family Volunteers of the Year:                        Kaur and Singh Family
Neighborhood of the Year:                                The Trails
Adult Volunteer of the Year:                              Julie Fingersh
Teen Volunteer of the Year:                              Anya Searle
Teen Group of the Year:                                    Teen Leadership Council
Adult Group of the Year:                                    Ladera Ranch Civic Council
Neighborhood Representative of the Year:    Susan Boardman
Neighborhood Activities Coordinator of the Year: Christine Lock
Spirit of Community Service of the Year:      Julia Ransom
Ranch Hand Volunteer of the Year:                Sienna Thornburg
Community Non-profit Group of the Year:    Laura’s House Women’s Guild
Ladera residents benefit from the efforts of their neighbors who generously give of their time and talent through volunteerism. Volunteers serve on committees, on boards and at events. They carefully review feedback from residents, they organize events, plan recreation programs, maintain the beauty and architectural integrity of the community and ultimately foster the Ladera Ranch lifestyle.

10 Group Photo Ladera Ranch Volunteer Award Recipients
Ladera Ranch Community Volunteer Recognition Award-Neighborhood of the Year: Several Families from The Trails neighborhood
Adult Volunteer of the Year- Julie Fingersh
Community Non-Profit Group of the Year-Laura’s House Women’s Guild. Amanda Gephart and Catherine Hollinger
Adult Group of the Year-Ladera Ranch Civic Council. Gary Kephart, Amir Arbabi, Michael Ellzey, and Stephanie Ramsey

Valiant Women of Mission Hospital raises nearly $200,000 (net) to support Women’s Services

Valiant Women Board of Directors (left to right) Row 1: Kimberlee Davis, Tricia Raymund, Lisa Brabender, Carolyn Mower, Dee Covarrubias, Pat Atallah. Row 2 and 3: Patsy Sanquist, Lisa Dale, Monique Berry, Andrea Lydon, Linda Birck, Barbara Massrey, Mary Miyamoto, Serena Benson. Missing: Nancy Patch, Ellen Edington, Joanne Maguire, Vicky Carabini, and Susan D. Morrison.
Mission Hospital physicians and nurses walked the runway showcasing spring designs from the retailers at The Shops at Mission, the event’s Presenting Sponsor.
John D. Miller (Chief Development Officer, Mission Hospital Foundation), Margarita Solazzo (Chair, Mission Hospital Board of Directors), Patsy Sanquist (Director of Marketing and Business Development, The Shops at Mission Viejo), Nate Svihlik (General Manager, The Shops at Mission Viejo), Tarek Salaway (Chief Executive, Mission Hospital).
Valiant Women of Mission Hospital celebrated Beaches and Bling at the 22nd Annual Valiant Women Luncheon and Fashion Show on Friday, May 4 at the beautiful Monarch Beach Resort.  Nearly $200,000 (net) was raised by the event to support Valiant Women’s bold commitment to generate more than $1.6 million over the next five years.
In addition to their continued support for Mission Women’s Wellness Center, Mission Maternity Center and nursing scholarships, Valiant Women is raising funds to purchase a mobile 3D Tomosynthesis Mammography unit and da Vinci operating bed for women’s surgeries.
One of the most inspirational moments of the event was the story shared by Natalie Grumet. Natalie was shot in the face at the Route 91 Country Music Festival in Las Vegas in October 2017. Natalie and her husband, Jason talked about her extensive injuries and her journey home to Mission Hospital for treatment and healing. “One of my first memories was Jason talking to me about going home to Mission Hospital to continue my care,” shared Natalie. “My heart ached to be home; to be safe. I want to thank every physician, nurse and clinician who cared for me from the bottom of my heart. I can never thank you enough.”
Allison Molinski RN – White House Black Market
A team of Mission Hospital physicians and nurses served as fashion models,
showcasing spring designs from retailers at The Shops at Mission Viejo. This year several firefighters from local stations also walked the runway to support Mission Hospital. Fashion show retailers included Banana Republic, Brighton Collectibles, Chico’s, Lululemon, Fredric H. Rubel Jewelers, Soma, Tommy Bahama and White House | Black Market. Models had their hair styled compliments of Toni & Guy and makeup provided by MAC Cosmetics.
The event was made possible through the generous support of Presenting Sponsor – The Shops at Mission Viejo and Valiant Sponsors – Golden State Foods and Mark and Ginny Wetterau, Jeanne and Igor Olenicoff and an anonymous donor.
To learn more about how you can become involved in Valiant Women, please contact Jessika Abbott at jessika.abbott@stjoe.org or (949) 365-3844.

Start the countdown to Orange County’s biggest summer event – the 2018 OC Fair begins July 13

COSTA MESA (May 22, 2018) – Amazing summer memories are on the way. The 2018 OC Fair invites every fairgoer to “Free Your Inner Farmer” – wave your hat in the air and celebrate our agricultural heritage with OC style. You can even wear overalls and get in free until 3 p.m. on Thursdays – there are deals all 23 days of the Fair.
The 128th annual OC Fair opens July 13 and runs through Aug. 12. Pacific Amphitheatre will launch the Toyota Summer Concert Series with several pre-Fair shows starting July 7. And it’s time to enter competitions; deadlines vary from now through the Fair. Don’t miss your chance to bring home a blue ribbon and earn bragging rights.
Here are highlights of the excitement that’s coming this summer to the 2018 OC FairNEW THIS YEAR
Daredevils & Wheels – A wild, live-action stunt show at Action Sports Arena July 18-22, this outrageous spectacle features the Globe of Death steel ball, Vortex of Doom aerial platform raceway and a motorcycle high wire.
Fair food – Those who have been saving up those calories for their summer Fair treats can choose from chocolate pasta, a spaghetti donut, the pineapple-and-pork “Pine and Swine” sourdough bread, frozen Reese’s cream pies, deep-fried filet mignon on a stick, spicy fried cheese curd chips and Bomb Pops in a cup.
Gigantic farmers: Bounty of the County – Three 16-foot-tall murals by artist John Cerney honoring local farmers and ranchers will greet fairgoers at the three main gates of the OC Fair. Plus, human-scale displays showcasing California’s own farm stars share video stories with guests at the click of an app.
Craft Bar – Farm-to-bar mocktails (and cocktails after dark) will include hand-picked garden ingredients sure to refresh and inspire (and locally crafted spirits from San Clemente’s Drift Distillery).
Peterson Farm Brothers – Real-life singing Kansas farmers turned YouTube sensations will give Fair guests a unique view of real life on a farm in 2018 – and you can even sing along.
Bravemind exhibit at Heroes Hall – Opening in June, this new exhibition will show how a virtual reality technology from USC is helping veterans overcome PTSD in the real world.
Culinary Crawl – This guided tour takes fairgoers through a mini version of OC’s curated culinary offerings, from a Patisserie to a Charcuterie, featuring insider info and tastings. Free tours will be held four times daily.
Selfie pop-up museum – Stay tuned for details on this only-at-the-OC-Fair pop-up selfie experience that will celebrate the unique and Instagram-worthy fun of the Fair. The exhibit is set to open on July 20.
RETURNING FAIR FAVORITES
Junior Livestock Auction – Saturday, July 21, at the Livestock Show Ring. See ocfair.com/junior-livestock-auction for details.
OC Brew Hee Haw craft beer festival – Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15. Get tickets at ocbrewheehaw.com.
OC Fair Fun Run 5K – Sunday, Aug. 5. Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the summer’s funnest 5K! Register at ocfair5k.com.
Also coming back for more summer fun: All-Alaskan Racing Pigs, Peking Acrobats, comedy hypnotist Mark Yuzuik, The Conjurer, Russell Brothers Circus, Frank Thurston, Explorium and more
DEALS
We Care Wednesdays – Offering free Fair admission with donation on Wednesdays until 3 p.m. See ocfair.com/deals for donation details.
NEW! Overalls Day – Free your inner farmer by wearing overalls and get free admission on Thursdays until 3 p.m.
Kids Day – Kids 12 and younger get in free all day every Thursday.
Carnival Fun – Get unlimited ride wristbands for $35 each on Wednesdays and Thursdays (sold until 4 p.m., valid until 8 p.m.)
$3 Taste of Fair Food – Sample food items available for just $3 each, every Thursday until 4 p.m.
Best Deal Ever – Get half-price general admission ($7) and enjoy the carnival for half the tickets to ride on Saturdays and Sundays until 1 p.m.
NEW! Sunday Fun Day – Get half-price general admission ($7) and a $35 unlimited ride wristband (sold until 1 p.m.; valid until 4 p.m.) for ultimate family fun.
MUSIC
The Toyota Summer Concert Series at Pacific Amphitheatre will feature headliners such as Steve Martin and Martin Short, Brett Eldredge, Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss, Trevor Noah, The Psychedelic Furs with -X- and The Fixx, and so much more. Plus, several pre-Fair and post-Fair shows have been added to the summer season, including two nights of Stray Cats.
Full lineup: pacamp.com
Over at The Hangar, the best in tribute bands will top off the night every Wednesday through Saturday with acts like Journey Unauthorized, Zeppelin Live, Hotel California and BOSTYX. Plus, The Hangar will feature Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez, Foghat, Ozomatli and Firefall with Poco.
Full lineup: ocfair.com/the-hangar
FAIR BASICS
2018 OC Fair theme: “Free Your Inner Farmer”
Dates: July 13-Aug. 12, Wednesday-Sunday
Hours: Wednesday-Friday, noon-midnight; Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-midnight
Admission:
Wednesday-Friday: $12 general, $7 senior (60+) and youth (ages 6-12), free for children 5 and younger
Saturday-Sunday: $14 general, $7 senior (60+) and youth (ages 6-12), free for children 5 and younger
Parking: $10 cars, $20 buses and limos.
Free offsite parking and shuttle is available Saturdays and Sundays from Experian in Costa Mesa; shuttle runs 10 a.m.-1 a.m.
OC Fair Express: Catch the bus from one of nine locations through O.C. on Saturdays and Sundays for $4 round trip, and get a $4 Fair admission coupon. Seniors ride for $1.50 round trip.
More info: ocfairexpress.com.

Mission Viejo, Saddleback Valley Elks Honor Our Fallen Heroes

Elk Veterans gather for the annual group photo
On a beautiful, sunny Memorial Day afternoon, the members of the Mission Viejo Elks Lodge united to commemorate our fallen United States servicemen and servicewomen. Lodge Exalted Ruler Mike Klinger welcomed more than 200 members, Veterans and other guests as they enjoyed Elks fellowship and dined on delicious barbecued hamburgers, hot dogs and corn on the cob.
Exalted Ruler Klinger stepped to the podium and spoke of the true meaning of Memorial Day, stating, “Today, Americans across this nation and citizens located around the world will pause throughout the day to observe Memorial Day. Since its first official observation on May 5, 1868, when it was called Declaration Day, it has been a day of remembrance for those who sacrificed and died in our nation’s service. And while it was originally dedicated to honor Civil War soldiers, we know it today as a celebration in memory of all who have fought for and defended our right to freedom.”
27 year Elks member, Richard Holmes shows off this 63 year old jacket he wore aboard the submarine Greenfish at Pearl Harbor.
Next, Lodge Veterans Services Chairman Jerrie Muir took the microphone and lead the gathering to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and sing “God Bless America”. Afterwards he requested a moment of silence from those assembled to show support of our First Responders and the men and women of our Armed Forces. Vets Chairman Muir then called for all Veterans in attendance to come forward to be recognized and participate in a group photo. At least 45 Veterans stepped forward to assemble for the photo and they received sustained applause from the appreciative and patriotic crowd.
 
As the afternoon concluded, Exalted Ruler Klinger thanked all for attending the event and thanked the volunteers that made the event possible and the music and entertainment performed by Roy Southerland. Event volunteers include greeters Gail Patti and Linda Cimmarusti; kitchen workers Gwen Williams, Laura Lumley, Vicky Long, Kevin Hughes, Kevin Lindley and Barbara King and kids fun zone leader Barbara Coppola.

ORANGE COUNTY NATIVE SERVES ABOARD ONE OF THE U.S. NAVY’S FIRST “STEALTH SHIPS”

Fireman David Bernal
A 2010 Colton High School graduate and Anaheim, California, native is serving as part of the Pre-Commissioning Unit for the future Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116). Fireman David Bernal is assigned to DDG 116 in Bath, Maine. As a fireman Bernal is responsible for maintenance of the ship’s electrical distribution systems.
“I enjoy the camaraderie with the sailors in the division that I work in,” said Bernal.
DDG 116 is currently undergoing tests and trials in preparation for delivery to the U.S. Navy from shipbuilder Bath Iron Works. Arleigh Burke class destroyers measure approximately 500 feet long and are powered by four gas turbines that allow the ship to achieve over 30 mph in open seas. Destroyers are tactical multi-mission surface combatants capable of conducting anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, and ballistic missile defense, as well as humanitarian assistance. Fast, maneuverable, and technically advanced, destroyers provide the required warfighting expertise and operational flexibility to execute a variety of missions.
“Thomas J. Hudner Jr., a naval aviator who retired as a captain, received the Medal of Honor from President Harry S. Truman for displaying uncommon valor during an attack on his element leader, the first African American naval aviator to fly in combat, Ensign Jesse L. Brown,” said Cmdr. Nathan W. Scherry, commanding officer, PCU Thomas Hudner. “On 07 May 2012, Secretary Mabus announced that DDG 116 will be named in Captain Hudner’s honor. Today, as the Navy’s finest 300 Sailors crew the 66th Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer, they do so with a tremendous amount of honor, pride, and sense of duty. We are extremely honored to be able to carry Captain Hudner’s values and legacy forward so that they are never forgotten. We are proud to be able to carry out our missions in defense of our country’s freedom and values, and humbled to be part of the Hudner family.”
Bernal has carried lessons learned from his hometown into his military service.
“Growing up, I learned the values of hard work and taking with you as much as you can from your job so you can move on to the next chapter in your life,” said Bernal.
With a crew of over 300 sailors, each crew member’s job is important to the smooth operation of the ship. The jobs range from weapon handling to navigation.
Bernal has military ties with family members who have previously served and is honored to carry on the family tradition.
“My older brother served in the Marines for five years and did a tour in Afghanistan,” said Bernal. “I’m proud to carry on his name doing my part serving in the military.”
Bernal’s proudest accomplishment was graduating boot camp.
“We had several dropouts in my division throughout the eight-week course. Completing boot camp gave me the confidence needed to know I can complete anything in life I set my mind to,” added Bernal.
Close living conditions build strong fellowship among the crew, Navy officials explained. The crew is highly motivated, and quickly adapt to changing conditions. It is a busy life of specialized work, watches, and drills.
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s newest ships, Bernal and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs.
“Serving in the Navy means being a part of something bigger than myself,” said Bernal. “I have a great sense of pride and honor serving my country, and it makes my family proud.”
The construction of the ship is over 98% complete. The ship is scheduled for commissioning in late 2018 in Boston, Mass. For more information about the commissioning, visit http://www.usshudnerddg116.org.

A special Flag Day celebration held at local Elks Lodge

Boy Scouts of Troop 603 present colors
The Mission Viejo, Saddleback Valley Elks Celebration of Flag Day was held at a Tuesday meeting which was open to the public. Patriotism has characterized the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America since the early days of the organization. Allegiance to the flag of our country is a requirement of every member. In 1907, the Grand Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks designated, by resolution, June 14 as Flag Day. The Grand Lodge of the Order adopted mandatory observance of the occasion by every Lodge in 1911, and that requirement continues. The Elks prompted President Woodrow Wilson to recognize the Order’s observance of Flag Day for its patriotic expression. But it was not until 1949 when President Harry Truman, himself a member of the Elks, made the proclamation that thereafter June 14 would be a day of national observance for the symbol of our country.
Larry Colgen, Frank Scarpini, and Dennis Lumley Folding of the Flag
Elks sponsored Boy Scout Troop 603 opened the program with the Presenting of the Colors. Exalted Ruler Mike Klinger welcomed members and guests and introduced retired Air Force Veteran Jim Humphrey who recited the “History of the Flag.” Each Armed Forces Flag was displayed and compositions about each written by Lodge Lecturing Knight Lane Keran were read by Elk veterans: The United States Army by Sven Akesson – retired Army, Steve Cagnacci – retired Navy, Larry Colgan – retired Air Force, Jerrie Muir – Active Marine Corps, Lucky Walch – retired Navy, and Norm Jones – retired Navy spoke about the POW / MIA Flag. The Armed Forces Medley played by Lodge organist Andy Costello followed with veterans rising to great applause as their branch of service was played.
Lodge Leading Knight Jamie Camunas read “The Meaning of the 13 Folds”, while our nation’s Flag was folded by Veteran Lodge members Dennis Lumley, Larry Colgan, and Frank Scarpini. The inspirational program concluded with a spirited rendition of “God Bless America” by all in attendance. Refreshments and fellowship followed. Lodge #2444 is celebrating 49 years of service to Saddleback Valley Communities. It is one of 8 lodges in the Orange Coast District of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) whose headquarters is in Chicago, Illinois. The BPOE is a charitable organization with a 150 year history of giving. “Elks Care Elks Share” For information regarding Elks programs or membership, call 949 830-3557.

LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE RAISES $1.7 MILLION AT NEWPORT GALA

LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE RAISE $1.7 MILLION AT NEWPORT GALA

The Laguna Playhouse raised $1.7 Million at their annual gala held on at Island Hotel in Newport Beach. Attended by 400 playhouse patrons, the sold-out event featured a VIP Sponsors Reception, an elegant dinner, live and silent auction, entertainment and a special performance by “Phantom of the Opera” star Davis Gaines. Honored at the event were the Moulton Family and South Coast Plaza.
“A big thank you to Gala Honorees Jared Mathis (great-grandson of Nellie Gail Moulton) and the Moulton Family for announcing their $1 million gift toward renovations which will restore the beauty and vitality of the Moulton Theatre,” said Ellen Richard, Laguna Playhouse Executive Director. The one-million-dollar gift by the Moulton Family was inspired by the generosity of the City of Laguna Beach providing a grant for improvements over five years and the family’s desire to reflect its appreciation of the city with their gift.
The Island Hotel was transformed into a glamorous backdrop to this memorable and inspiring evening which began with a VIP Sponsors Reception and private performance by “Phantom of the Opera Star” Davis Gaines, who continued to entertain guests throughout the night with his powerful voice. Members of the Playhouse Youth Theatre Conservatory joined Gaines in performing “Day by Day”.
Chair of the Board of Trustees Paul Singarella kicked off the honoree portion of the night with a historical introduction about the Moultons. He welcomed Mathis to the stage, while a historical video played which provided a unique glimpse into how the nearly 100-year-old theatre came to be. It paid tribute to a pioneer of the arts and philanthropist, Nellie Gail Moulton, the major benefactor to the building of Laguna Playhouse’s Moulton Theatre.
Mathis currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Laguna Playhouse and is Chair of Laguna College of Art and Design. He serves as CEO of the Moulton Company along with his cousin, Scott Barnes, CFO and a supporter of Laguna Playhouse and was present to accept the honor. “We are truly honored and humbled to be recognized by The Laguna Playhouse,” said Mathis. “Our family and The Moulton Company is dedicated to honoring and building on Nellie Gail’s vision and commitment through faithful service and support.”
South Coast Plaza also received recognition and was honored for its role since its creation 50 years ago in supporting arts, theatre and culture throughout Orange County.
It was 1966, 50 years ago, when Nellie Gail Moulton was approached to help fund the building of the now 420 seat Moulton Theatre named after her husband Lewis F. Moulton. Donating a large principal amount of the $400,000 needed to build the theatre, Nellie Gail not only served as the major benefactor of the theatre, she co-founded the Laguna College of Art and Design served as President of the Laguna Art Museum. Nellie Gail was a major catalyst for the creation of an arts community in Laguna Beach. Today, the Moulton family fulfills her legacy through their commitment to Laguna Playhouse and the entire Laguna Arts Community.
Co-chaired by Laguna Playhouse Season Producer Lisa Hale, Annee Della Donna and Board of Trustee Jamie Walters El Erian, were intricately involved in every aspect of the gala. “Each of us began our love for Laguna Playhouse through the Youth Theatre conservatory and its programs,” noted the co-chairs. Major Sponsors for the event were South Coast Plaza, Lisa Hale, Joe Hanauer, Jamie El-Erian, Nolet’s Spirits, Greg and Barbara MacGillivray, Heather and Paul Singarella.
Founded in 1920, the historic Laguna Playhouse is one of the oldest continuously-operating not-for-profit theatres on the West Coast and is proud to be an active participant in the celebrated Laguna Beach arts community. From classic plays and musical comedies to the current off-Broadway smash, cutting edge and traditional music exhibitions, dance festivals and stand-up comedy performances, Laguna Playhouse brings the magical experience of the performing arts direct to over 80,000 patrons each season. A member of the League of Resident Theatres, Laguna Playhouse is also home to the annual Laguna Dance Festival, Laguna Beach Music Festival and Laguna Beach Concert Band.
Laguna Playhouse educational programming includes year-round classes, productions by and for children and teens (Youth Theatre) and is one of the few companies in the region that offer a curriculum-based professional theatre-touring program, TheatreReach, which aligns with the California State Standards for literature, history and performing arts curriculum.
Serving more than 80,000 patrons each season, Laguna Playhouse has been recognized in 2016 and 2015 as one of Orange County Register’s “Best of OC” in the category of Live Theatre. The Playhouse has featured many talented performers on stage, including Leslie Caron, Val Kilmer, Ed Asner, Hershey Felder, Donna McKechnie, Rita Rudner, violinist Joshua Bell, Lee Rocker, ballerina Misty Copeland, Harrison Ford, and Bette Davis. For more information about the Laguna Playhouse, please visit http://www.lagunaplayhouse.com. http://www.lagunaplayhouse.com.

The Moulton Family was honored and announced their $1 million gift toward renovations of the Moulton Theatre
Paul Singarella with Kate and Jared Mathis, Great Grandson of Nellie Gail Moulton
Playhouse Trustees Barbara and Greg MacGillivray
Chris and Michelle Barwick
Playhouse Executive Director Ellen Richard with Trustee Jim Mellor and Suzanne Mellor

ELKS HONOR OUTSTANDING YOUTH OF THE SADDLEBACK VALLEY COMMUNITY

ELKS HONOR OUTSTANDING YOUTH OF THE SADDLEBACK VALLEY COMMUNITY
Mission Viejo Saddleback Valley Exalted Ruler (ER) Mike Klinger welcomed the honored award recipients and their proud parents, to the kickoff meeting of Elk’s annual Youth Appreciation Week. Guests were treated to hot dogs & Hamburgers before the meeting began and filled the Lodge meeting room for the awards ceremony. ER Klinger read the proclamation from The Grand Exalted Ruler of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Malcolm J. McPherson proclaiming the first week of May as Youth Appreciation Week. Every Elks lodge in the country (over 1900 Lodges) reserve a special night during this week to celebrate the outstanding youth in their area. The special meeting was attended by Laguna Hills Mayor Melody Carruth and Mission Viejo Mayor Pro Tem Greg Raths who also read a proclamation from the City of Mission Viejo honoring the occasion. ER Klinger began the meeting reading an inspirational message to the young boys and girls who worked so hard to achieve their goals. The message was “Struggle Makes You Stronger” A motivational piece which suggests that it is often necessary to endure some pain to achieve success in anything that is worthwhile.
Past Exalted Ruler (PER) Mike Long acted as master of ceremonies for the award presentations. PER Long added his welcome to all and said, “This Lodge of Elks is proud of these youngsters and you parents and teachers who do so much to encourage their efforts to excel.” He added, “Our Lodge is committed to service for the people of our community and proud of our close relationship with the cities of the Saddleback Valley.” Receiving awards for their accomplishments were young students who wrote award winning essays, students who won Elks National Foundation Scholarships, young men who won on the local level for the Elks Hoop Shoot competition, and the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and their leaders who soared above all the others.
National Hoop Shoot: Lodge Hoop Shoot Committee Chairman Daniel Hernandez presented awards to 1st place winners Adam Berlin, Boys 12 and 13 and Dean Martinez, Boys 10 and 11 Division.American Essay Contest: Hundreds of essays were read by Lodge Americanism Essay Chairman, John Lee, and his Essay team. The theme of the essay was “Why our Veterans are America’s Heroes”. Winners were:
Division 1 Grades 5& 6: student Sophia Svoboda, Foothill Ranch Elementary School, Grade 6 Teacher Ms. Hiebert, student Annie Blomquist, Glen Yermo Elementary School Grade 6 Teacher, Ms. Giries, and student Aleah Schisler, Foothill Ranch Elementary School, Grade 6 Teacher Ms. Roesch.
Division 2 Grades 7& 8: student Jessica Nguyen, La Paz Intermediate School Grade 8 Teacher – Ms. Gonsior, student Sophia Koop, La Paz Intermediate School Grade 8 – Ms. Gonsior, and student Tony Istaphanous, La Paz Intermediate School Grade 8 – Ms. Gonsior. Teacher Gonsior was recognized by the Elks for her excellent work with her three (3) eighth grade winners.Elks National Foundation “Most Valuable Student” Scholarship awards: Mission Viejo Elks advanced 3 boys and 3 girls to District competition and 2 of the 6 went on to be State Finalists: Each of the 2 will receive a $4000 scholarship ($1000 per year) from the Elks National Foundation. Receiving the honors were: Ryan Foundoulis, Laguna Hills High School who placed 33rd of 188 in the California, Hawaii Elks Association (CHEA) competition and Matthew Tang, Irvine High School who placed 22nd of 118 in the CHEA competition.
Thom Spratt, Elks Lodge Scouting Chairman presented the following Awards for Scouting:
Pack 603 Cub Scout of the Year: Samuel Trumbly
Pack 603 Cub Scout Leader of the Year: Christine Fritz & Brenda Boelter
Pack 603 Cub Scout Extra Effort Award: Jeff Goold
Pack 603 Cub Scout Arrow of Light Award: Leon Bayles, Brandon Boelter, Josh Calen, James Grace, Peter Hines, Gavin Pasek, Samuel Trumbly, Devin Boothe
Troop 603 Boy Scout of the Year: Donovan McFann
Troop 603 Boy Scout Leader of the Year: Tracie Forse
Honorees received a thunderous round of applause from the appreciative audience of family and Lodge members present as they approached the podium to accept their awards. The meeting concluded with the singing of God Bless America by all. Photos were taken and refreshments were served. Lodge #2444 is celebrating 49 years of service to Saddleback Valley Communities. It is one of 8 lodges in the Orange Coast District of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) whose headquarters is in Chicago, Illinois. The BPOE is a charitable organization with a 150 year history of giving. “Elks Care Elks Share” For information regarding Elks programs or membership, call 949 830-3557

Pack 603 Cub Scout Arrow of Light Winners Gavin Pasek, Leon Bayles, Brandon Boelter, Samuel Trumbly and Scout Master Thom Spratt
Elks Hoop Shoot Boys 12-13 Winner Adam Berlin with MV Elks Hoops Shoot Chairman Daniel Hernandez
Pack 603 Cub Scout Leaders of the Year Brenda Boelter and Christine Fritz with MV Elks Scout Chairman Thom Spratt
Mayor Pro Tem Greg Raths presents Past Exalted Ruler Mike Long with City of Mission Viejo Youth Appreciation Week Proclamation

International Ballet Stars Dance in Festival Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker

Celebrating 30 years of artistic excellence, Festival Ballet Theatre (FBT), Orange County’s resident professional ballet company, will present the family favorite production of The Nutcracker, December 8 – 24, 2018 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre in Irvine, California.
Festival Ballet Theatre’s family-friendly, breathtaking production features superb colorful scenery and dazzling costumes, which make this age-old tradition sparkle like new. Be swept away by Tchaikovsky’s iconic score as the Sugar Plum Fairy, our heroine Clara, dancing toys, mischievous mice, sparkling snowflakes, waltzing flowers and a cast of hundreds take you on a magical journey to mystical lands. This full-length traditional production is choreographed and directed by Festival Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director, Salwa Rizkalla, and features world-renowned guest artists, FBT’s professional company dancers, and exceptional young talent from across the Southland.
The beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier are a highlight of Clara’s adventure – FBT’s spectacular guest artists. The beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy will be danced by: Tara Ghassemieh (Festival Ballet Theatre), Maria Kochetkova (former San Francisco Ballet), Sara Mearns (New York City Ballet), Teresa Reichlen (New York City Ballet) and Beckanne Sisk (Ballet West). The handsome Cavalier will be danced by: Jared Angle (New York City Ballet), Fabrice Calmels (Joffrey Ballet), Vitor Luiz (San Francisco Ballet) and Chase O’Connell (Ballet West).
Festival Ballet Theatre’s holiday celebration The Nutcracker is made even more magical with sets and costumes by Simon Pastukh and Galina Solovyeva.

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