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LAST CHANCE TO SEE EXHIBIT PAYING TRIBUTE TO MISSION CEMETERY

Permalink 10/01/14 17:07, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Religions

 

Mission San Juan Capistrano has been honored to present “Camposanto: A Tribute to the Mission Cemetery History” in the historic Sala Building.

If you've had the chance to experience it already, or have not seen it all, now is the time to get one last look: The exhibit will close for good on Jan. 5, 2015.

“Camposanto: A Tribute to the Mission Cemetery History” pays homage to the landmark Mission Cemetery which is located east of Serra Chapel.  The “camposanto” – or “holy field” -- was a common term Franciscan padres used for "cemetery."  The Mission cemetery was actively used for nearly 70 years, the first burial most likely taking place in 1781, and the last around 1850.

Franciscan padres kept detailed records of each person who died and was buried at the Mission.  The leather-bound Burial Register the padres used lists over 3,400 individuals between 1781-1850.  The cemetery tribute features each name listed in the Burial Registers by year, which include baptized Native American men, women and children, as well as Spanish padres, soldiers and their families.

The tribute also features information on the history of Spanish Colonial burial practices during the Mission period (1776-1834), disease and population decline of the Mission Native American community, the cemetery’s first burial of Monsignor St. John O’Sullivan in 1934, as well as a pictorial timeline of how the Mission cemetery visually changed over time.

The cemetery tribute was funded by private donations and membership proceeds.

About Mission San Juan Capistrano:

Known as the “Jewel of the Missions,” Mission San Juan Capistrano is a historic landmark and museum that boasts of quality permanent exhibits featuring original artifacts as well as traveling and temporary exhibits on a wide variety of topics.

The site itself serves as a living outdoor museum with original buildings constructed by Native Americans in the 18th century including the Serra Chapel, Great Stone Church, and the original padres’ quarters of the South Wing.

The Mission was founded on November 1, 1776 by Padre Junipero Serra as the seventh in the chain of the twenty-one California missions established by Spain, and is Orange County’s  only mission. Every year, over 50,000 students visit the Mission and engage in an inspirational learning experience via the Mission Matters programming, as part of their State required California history studies.

Mission San Juan Capistrano is owned by the Diocese of Orange and is supported by the Mission Preservation Foundation, which is comprised of business and community leaders committed to ensuring the long term preservation and viability of Orange County’s only Mission. The Mission receives no funding from either the Church or the State of California and charges admission funds as a means of providing public access.

Mission San Juan Capistrano is located at 26801 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675. Open Daily 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Good Friday afternoon. Admission is $9 adults; $8 seniors (60 years or over); $6 children (ages 4 to 11); and children ages 3 and under are admitted free. Free audio guide with senior and adult admission. For more information, call (949) 234-1300 or visit www.missionsjc.com.

3-D THEATRICALS PRESENTS BROADWAY’S BELOVED RAGTIME

Permalink 10/01/14 16:13, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, The Arts

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A Stunning Musical Portrait of America


October 10–26 at Fullerton’s Plummer Auditorium

November 1–9 at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center

 

With its passionate, sweeping score, peppered by unforgettable songs, Orange County’s 3-D Theatricals is pleased to present Ragtime, one of Broadway’s most critically acclaimed and much beloved musicals.



Performances begin October 10th; followed by the production’s official press opening on October 11th and continuing through October 26th at the historic Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton, CA.  Ragtime will then travel to the South Bay peninsula for its official November 1st opening night at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center in Redondo Beach, CA.  Performances in Redondo Beach are scheduled through November 9th.


ABOUT THE SHOW:


Ragtime is based on the landmark E. L. Doctorow novel and features a Tony Award-winning score by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Once on this IslandSeussical) and a book by Terrence McNally (Master ClassLove! Valour! Compassion!).

 

This powerful portrait of turn-of-the-century America intertwines the stories of three diverse families as they confront history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, and hope and despair, against a background of historical celebrities like Henry Ford, Emma Goldman, Harry Houdini, Evelyn Nesbit, J.P. Morgan and Booker T. Washington.

 

Directed by 3-D Theatricals’ Executive Producer/Artistic Director T.J. Dawson, with Musical Direction by Julie Lamoureux, and Choreography by Dana Solimando, the show also celebrates a panoramic view of American life by way of an eclectic mix of remarkable songs such as Wheels of a Dream, Getting Ready Rag, Your Daddy’s Son, Till We Reach That Day, Back To Before, and Make Them Hear You.  Director T.J. Dawson says “Ragtime is a thrillingly haunting experience.  The audience will feel they’re a part of it.  It’s their story.”

THE CAST:


Featuring a cast of nearly 50, Ragtime stars *Rufus Bonds, Jr. (as Coalhouse Walker Jr.), *Craig McEldowney (as Father), Tyler MicLean (Younger Brother), *Gary Patent (as Tateh), Daebreon Poiema (as Sarah), and Christanna Rowader (as Mother). *Denotes Members of Actors Equity Association.

Rounding out the cast is Jr., Brooke Besikof (as Little Girl), Jimmer Bolden (as Booker T. Washington), *John McCool Bowers (as J.P. Morgan), *Gary Brintz (as Harry Houdini), *Doug Carfrae (as Grandfather), Jeanette Dawson (as Evelyn Nesbit), *Jean Kauffman (as Emma Goldman), Donovan McFann (as Little Boy), William Shaffner (as Willie Conklin), Amber J. Snead (as Sarah’s friend), *Robert Yacko (as Henry Ford); and an ensemble including Nick Adorno, *Marliss Amiea, Brandon Armstrong, Patrick Batiste, Remmie BourgeoisBrandon Burks, *James Campbell, Matthew Carvin, Michael Coleman, Chanel Edwards-Frédérick, Desiree Gillespie, Jenna Gillespie, Devon Hadsell, Joshua Hamilton, Jimmy Hippenstiel, Melinda Koen, David Lynn, Melanie Mockobey, Julie Morgentaler, *Tracy Rowe Mutz, Dino Nicandros, Sharie Nitkin, Brandon Pohl, Kirklyn Robinson, Natalie Sachse, Kim Taylor, Christine Tucker and Josh Wise. *Denotes Members of Actors Equity Association.

THE CREATIVE TEAM:

T.J. Dawson (2013 LA Ovation Award Nominee/Best Direction of a Musical/Parade) serves as 3-D Theatricals’ Executive Producer and Artistic Director; and as Ragtime’s Director.  Julie Lamoureux is Musical Director with Dana Solimando as Choreographer and Esteven Valdez as Assistant Choreographer. Gretchen Dawson serves as Co-Producer and Director of Advertising.  Daniel Dawson and Jeanette Dawson are Co-Producers.  Lighting Design is by Jean-Yves Tessier.  Sound Design is by Julie Ferrin.  Costume Coordinator is Karen Fix Curry. *Nicole Wessel is Production Stage Manager with *Terry Hanrahan as Assistant Production Stage Manager and Assistant Rehearsal Stage Manager (Redondo Beach).  *David Jordan Nestor is Company Manager and Assistant Rehearsal Stage Manager (Fullerton).  Amber Snead is Artistic Coordinator.  Jennifer Nelson is Associate Box Office Manager. *Denotes Member of Actors Equity Association


THEATRE LOCATIONS and TICKET INFORMATION:

PLUMMER AUDITORIUM:  201 E. Chapman Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92832.

Remote Box Office: 714 589-2770, Ext. 1. Hours: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday; 12:00 – 4:00 pm Saturday. Theater Box Office Hours: Two hours prior to performances at the theater.

Ticket Prices: $28 to $60. Ticket Handling Fee: $3 per ticket.

 

Online Ticketing: www.3dtshows.com. Group and Student discounts are available.

Fullerton Performance Dates and Times: October 10 – October 26, 2014

Friday, October 10 – 8:00 pm (Preview)

Saturday, October 11 – 8:00 pm (Opening)

Sunday, October 12 – 2:00 pm

Friday, October 17 – 8:00 pm

Saturday, October 18 – 8:00 pm

Sunday, October 19 – 2:00 pm

Thursday, October 23 – 8:00 pm

Friday, October 24 – 8:00 pm

Saturday, October 25 – 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm

Sunday, October 26 – 2:00 pm

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REDONDO BEACH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 1935 E. Manhattan Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90278

Remote Box Office: 714 589-2770, Ext. 1. Hours: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday; 12:00 – 4:00 pm Saturday. Theater Box Office Hours: Two hours prior to performances at the theater.

Ticket Prices: $35 to $65. Ticket Handling Fee: $3 per ticket.  Online Ticketing: www.3dtshows.com. Group and Student discounts are available.

Redondo Beach Performance Dates and Times: November 1 – November 9, 2014

Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center - Performances:

Saturday, November 1 – 8:00 pm (Opening)

Sunday, November 2 – 2:00 pm

Friday, November 7  – 8:00 pm

Saturday, November 8 – 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm

Sunday, November 9  – 2:00 pm.

ABOUT 3-D THEATRICALS:

3-D Theatricals (3DT) is the newest professional, Los Angeles Ovation Award-winning theatre company in Orange County and the South Bay. 3DT is an enthusiastic young company and are proud members of the Fullerton Chamber of Commerce, LA Stage Alliance, and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre.

3DT is a non-profit public benefit corporation. 3DT has already been recognized by critics and patrons alike for providing a caliber of shows in comparison to National Tours and Broadway! 3DT hopes to provide inspiration for youth to explore the arts further, and see what heights it can take them to. 3DT has been establishing quite a reputation for bringing new and edgy titles direct from Broadway, and giving a fresh approach to the classics, offering something for the seasoned theatre enthusiast and the next generation of audiences.

 


Ragtime is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.  MTI is located at 21 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019.  Telephone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684.

 

Michael Sterling

MICHAEL STERLING

Entertainment Publicity and Production

PACIFIC SYMPHONY APPOINTS TWO NEW MUSICIANS— BASS TROMBONE KYLE MENDIGUCHIA AND SECOND OBOE TED SUGATA

Permalink 10/01/14 15:44, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Pacific Symphony

 

Pacific Symphony proudly welcomes two new, accomplished musicians to the orchestra: Kyle Mendiguchia, bass trombone, and Ted Sugata, second oboe. Both made their official debut as members of the Symphony last weekend, performing on the first concert of the 2014-15 season featuring Joshua Bell in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

 

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Ted Sugata


“Both Ted and Kyle were selected from an extremely competitive audition process that brought candidates from all around the World hoping to win a position in the Symphony,” says Eileen Jeanette, vice president of artistic and orchestra operations. “We are grateful that our auditions attract such high caliber players and we warmly welcome them both to the Pacific Symphony family.”

Before joining Pacific Symphony, Mediguchia was bass trombonist with the Naples Philharmonic in Florida. Prior to his appointment in Naples, Mediguchia served one-year positions with the Utah Symphony and San Diego Symphony.

 

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Kyle Mendiguchia


He has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe with ensembles such as the New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Alabama Symphony, AIMS Institute in Graz, Austria and The Verbier Festival orchestra in Verbier, Switzerland. In 2013, he recorded Sibelius’ Sixth and Seventh Symphonies and his tone poem, “Tapiola,” with the Atlanta Symphony on the ASO media label. A San Diego native, Mediguchia earned a master of music degree from The Juilliard School and a bachelor of music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Sugata was a member of the Sarasota Orchestra in Florida and also served as principal oboist with the Lyrique en Mer Opera Festival in Bell-lle, France. A native of SouthernCalifornia, he frequently performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, San Diego Symphony, Long Beach Symphony and the Pasadena Symphony, and is also a member of Calico Winds, a resident woodwind quintet with the Glendale Noon Concerts.

Sugata has performed with ensembles across the United States including the Buffalo Philharmonic and as a fellow with the Tanglewood Music Center; National Repertory Orchestra and at the Music Academy of the West. Born and raised in Northridge, Sugata started playing the oboe at age 13.

He continued his studies with Joseph Robinson at the Manhattan School of Music and with John Mack at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he received a master of music degree. Sugata recently completed a doctorate of musical arts degree in oboe performance at the University of Southern California under Joel Timm.

 

Jayce Keane

Director of Public Relations

Pacific Symphony

3631 S. Harbor Blvd. Suite 100

Santa Ana, CA 92704

Direct: 714/ 876-2383 │Tickets: 714/ 755-5799

www.PacificSymphony.org

 

 

Support Mission Viejo’s adopted troops in Tee It Up Fore Marines

Permalink 09/30/14 19:07, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Charitable

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Registration and sponsorship opportunities are now available for the annual Headquarters Battalion benefit golf tournament – “Tee It Up Fore Marines” – on Friday, October 17.

The event, which is sponsored by the Marines and Sailors Adoption Committee, City and Mission Viejo Community Foundation, benefits the Marines and Sailors of the City’s adopted Headquarters Battalion of the 1st Marine Division.

The tournament includes 18 rounds of golf with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. at the pristine Marine Memorial Golf Course in Camp Pendleton.

Community members, businesses and organizations are invited to support Mission Viejo’s adopted troops by participating in or sponsoring the event. Sponsorships range from $200 to $5,000, but donations in any amount are welcome and appreciated. The fee for an individual golfer is $200. A foursome, which includes a Marine, is $800.

Along with the honor of golfing with Mission Viejo’s Marines, this fun-filled event includes lunch, a barbecue dinner and an awards ceremony.

Tournament proceeds support the programs the Mission Viejo Marines and Sailors Adoption Committee offers military personnel and their families. Things like supporting the Wounded Warriors; sending weekly care packages to deployed troops; an annual “Day at Lake Mission Viejo”; offsetting the cost for entry-level Marines to attend the annual Marine Corps Ball; distributing toys to Marine children during the holidays; baby baskets for newborns and expectant Marine wives; and other programs.

To support the event, make checks payable to the Mission Viejo Community Foundation and mail to the Marine Golf Tournament c/o Mission Viejo Community Foundation, 200 Civic Center, Mission Viejo, CA 92691.

For more information, visit http://www.teeitupforemarines.comor call 949-470-3061.

Tony Award-Winning Musical KINKY BOOTS is Coming to Segerstrom Center, 12/30 - 1/11

Permalink 09/30/14 14:28, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, The Arts

2013 Tony Award®-Winning Best Musical



is Coming to Orange County 

December 30, 2014 - January 11, 2015

KINKY BOOTS, the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (book) and Grammy® Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Tony Award-winner for Best Score for KINKY BOOTS), opens at Segerstrom Center for the Arts from December 30, 2014 – January 11, 2015.

KINKY BOOTS took home six 2013 Tony Awards, the most of any show in the season, including Best Musical, Best Score (Cyndi Lauper), Best Choreography (Jerry Mitchell), Best Orchestrations (Stephen Oremus) and Best Sound Design (John Shivers).

The show also received the Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Broadway.com awards for Best Musical and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Album, along with many other accolades.

 

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Spelling Your Way to Laughter at Saddleback College

Permalink 09/28/14 20:30, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Schools, The Arts

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Mission Viejo, CA – The Department of Theatre Arts at Saddleback College is thrilled to present The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Music and Lyrics by William Finn; Book by Rachel Sheinkin; conceived by Rebecca Feldman; with additional material by Jay Reiss.

This hilarious musical directed by Scott Farthing and musically directed by Lex Leigh features an eclectic group of six tweens vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. “Plasma TV in a fancy hotel -- Where they treat you well --All because you love to spell!”

If you love to spell, you could compete with these rambunctious characters as an audience participant or if you love to laugh, come and see The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee onOctober 17th-19th in the Studio Theatre at Saddleback College.

Dates:  October 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 7:30 p.m. and October 19, 26 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling (949) 582-4656 (noon-4 Tuesday-Friday) and online atwww.saddleback.edu/arts.  Prices are $15 general; $10 students/seniors.

 

The Department of Theatre Arts program at Saddleback College produces several fully-staged shows each year.  All students are given the opportunity to audition for every production yet Theatre Arts students are given priority in the casting process.  In addition there are numerous opportunities for students to contribute in backstage activities through the Entertainment and Theater Technology program.

Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Pkwy in Mission Viejo, just east of Interstate 5 at the Avery Parkway exit.  Free parking is available in Lot 12.  Take Avery Parkway to Marguerite Parkway turn left to the third traffic light, which is Saddleback’s Marguerite entrance. Turn right into the campus and take the third left to Theatre Circle, turning right into Lot 12.

Located in Mission Viejo, Saddleback College provides quality higher education and training to the greater south Orange County community.  Having served more than 500,000 students since 1968, Saddleback College offers over 300 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals.  For more information, please visit www.saddleback.edu and for Fine Arts information, please visit www.saddleback.edu/arts.

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Photo: (left to right) Brian Flores, Keivon Akbari, Danya El-Kurd

Photographer: Ken Kinder

 

 

_____________________

Nina Welch

Fine Arts Public Information Officer

Saddleback College

28000 Marguerite Parkway

Mission Viejo, CA 92692

Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo Holds ‘Back To Class’ Group Training Sampler

Permalink 09/25/14 16:06, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Health

Orange County’s Premier Health Club Hosts Open House to Preview Club and Fitness Classes

Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo, Orange County’s top athletic club, is hosting a ‘Back to Class’ open house for members and non-members in honor of its new and existing group classes. This event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 7:30 to 12:30 p.m. and will consist of 30-minute samplings of the club’s most popular group fitness options. This exciting offering will be free to all members and first-time visiting non-members.

 

Aimed at showcasing the club and its abundant offerings, the ‘Back to Class’ event will preview the group classes, kids’ dance, small group training, and fee-based group training. Some schedule spotlights include the total body workout, BOSU Box class; the Bollywood-inspired dance and fitness program, BollyX; and the muscle sculpting Piloxing, a unique combination of Pilates and boxing.

Class space is limited and participants are encouraged to arrive early. Attendees interested in the cycling class must pre-register at the Club Desk 60 minutes prior to the start of class.

First-time non-members interested in attending must be at least 21 years old, an Orange County resident and sign up for a complimentary one-day guest pass: http://www.renaissanceclubsport.com/aliso-viejo/try-clubsport-free.

Non-members who have previously visited the club will need to be accompanied by a member or hotel guest and purchase a $25 guest pass, which can be done upon arrival at the Club Desk.

To learn more about the ‘Back to Class’ group fitness sampler, please visit http://bit.ly/1tylbWJ or call Group Fitness Director Marcia Volkman at (949) 330-5506. For more information about Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo, please visit: www.renaissanceclubsport.com/aliso-viejo.


About Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo

A premier health club for individuals and families, combined with a 174-room hotel, Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo combines a world-class sports club with a full-service hotel and restaurant spa.

Guests of this membership based family-friendly club enjoy 85,000 square-feet of world-class fitness with the latest cardio and strength training equipment, six fitness studios, racquetball, handball and squash courts, an aquatic center and childcare center with activities for kids of all ages.

Renaissance ClubSport is located at 50 Enterprise, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656. For more information about the club, visit http://www.renaissanceclubsport.com/ or call (949) 643-6700. To join the conversation, find Renaissance ClubSport on Facebook at facebook.com/renaissanceclubsportav or follow the club on Twitter at @ClubSportAV.

 

Support Tribeca Salon in their quest to win a grant to help the needy - " We need to get 250 votes to compete for a $150,000 grant from Chase bank"

Permalink 09/25/14 15:59, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Business, Charitable

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Tribeca Salon of Aliso Viejo is trying to win a grant from MissionMainStreetGrants.com.

Tribeca had been open for 7 years . Their goal is to provide great hair and skincare to their clients.

Tribeca Salon is a big believer in giving back to the community .

They have a 4 chair Salon at the Village of Hope to serve the 190 men women and children who live there.

Tribeca also hosts a yearly Cut a Thon to raise money and awareness for the Village of Hope.

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For more info. www.tribecahairsalon.com.

We need to get 250 votes to compete for a $150,000 grant from Chase bank.

You can follow us on Facebook .

Tribecahairsalon.com/Facebook

Spelling Your Way to Laughter at Saddleback College

Permalink 09/23/14 18:43, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Schools, The Arts

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Mission Viejo, CA – The Department of Theatre Arts at Saddleback College is thrilled to present The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Music and Lyrics by William Finn; Book by Rachel Sheinkin; conceived by Rebecca Feldman; with additional material by Jay Reiss.

This hilarious musical directed by Scott Farthing and musically directed by Lex Leigh features an eclectic group of six tweens vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. “Plasma TV in a fancy hotel -- Where they treat you well --All because you love to spell!”

If you love to spell, you could compete with these rambunctious characters as an audience participant or if you love to laugh, come and see The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on October 17th-19th in the Studio Theatre at Saddleback College.

Dates:  October 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 7:30 p.m. and October 19, 26 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling (949) 582-4656 (noon-4 Tuesday-Friday) and online at www.saddleback.edu/arts.  Prices are $15 general; $10 students/seniors.

 

The Department of Theatre Arts program at Saddleback College produces several fully-staged shows each year.  All students are given the opportunity to audition for every production yet Theatre Arts students are given priority in the casting process.  In addition there are numerous opportunities for students to contribute in backstage activities through the Entertainment and Theater Technology program.

Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Pkwy in Mission Viejo, just east of Interstate 5 at the Avery Parkway exit.  Free parking is available in Lot 12.  Take Avery Parkway to Marguerite Parkway turn left to the third traffic light, which is Saddleback’s Marguerite entrance. Turn right into the campus and take the third left to Theatre Circle, turning right into Lot 12.

Located in Mission Viejo, Saddleback College provides quality higher education and training to the greater south Orange County community.  Having served more than 500,000 students since 1968, Saddleback College offers over 300 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals.  For more information, please visit www.saddleback.edu and for Fine Arts information, please visit www.saddleback.edu/arts.

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Photo: (left to right) Brian Flores, Keivon Akbari, Danya El-Kurd

Photographer: Ken Kinder

 

 

_____________________

Nina Welch

Fine Arts Public Information Officer

Saddleback College

28000 Marguerite Parkway

Mission Viejo, CA 92692

 

 

www.saddleback.edu/arts

Whale Watching cruises at the Ocean Institute, October - December 2014

Permalink 09/23/14 18:39, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings

The Ocean Institute will present a series of whale watching cruises on its 70-foot R/V Sea Explorer.  The cruises will give participants an opportunity to see fish, dolphins, sea lions and other wildlife along the Southern California coastline.  Upcoming cruises include:

October 4, 5, 12, 18, 19, 26 (Blue Whale Discovery Cruises)

November 1, 8, 15, 23

December 6, 13, 20

10 a.m. each day.  Prices are $35 for adult, $22 for children (age 4 to 12).  Information may be obtained by calling the Ocean Institute at (949) 496-2274.  Register online at www.ocean-institute.org.

Founded in 1977, the Ocean Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to ocean preservation through education, setting the standard for educational excellence and serving as a leading resource for universities, museums, teachers and all others seeking to increase their knowledge of the ocean.

The Ocean Institute is open to the general public on weekends, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Cost:  $6.50 adults, $4.50 children (ages 4-12), Ocean Institute members free.  Unique maritime and ocean-themed items are available in the Chambers Gallery everyday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Institute address: 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point.  Website: www.ocean-institute.org.

 

Jim Graves

 

 

Finding healing through prayer and reliance on church should never be considered anything but a powerful influence for good health

Permalink 09/23/14 18:38, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Religions, Commentary

by Don Ingwerson

Millions of Americans attend church each week – many more than once. Yet it seems the focus tends to be about those who forgo church. But why isn’t more attention given to how church services enrich lives rather than reasons for not attending? Is it because church is personal and benefits are hard to quantify? The interesting thing is that some of the reasons for not attending include having a higher priority for being with friends (companionship), and having the only time to work out at the gym or participate in a yoga class (exercise). These are healthy motives.

But it turns out that attending church, where you find a bolstering effect from shared prayers, is also healthy. According to author T.M. Luhrmann, “one of the most striking scientific discoveries about religion in recent years is that going to church weekly is good for you. Religious attendance — at least, religiosity — boosts the immune system and decreases blood pressure. It may add as much as two to three years to your life.”

Relying on prayer and the collaborative effort of church members’ shared reverence for God affect health. Mary Baker Eddy, an early health researcher who wrote Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, presents a clear guideline for prayer to influence health – which leads to a life that is more flexible, centered, and balanced. She states, “To reduce inflammation, dissolve a tumor, or cure organic disease, I have found divine Truth [God] more potent than all lower remedies.”

As an example, my wife and I experienced the beneficial effects of church attendance and supportive prayers from church members when she was playing the leading role as a gun moll at the Pasadena Playhouse. She was to fall down a flight of stairs each night, but the night before the final evening she injured her back and couldn’t move freely without pain. She called a church friend to pray with her. While talking with this friend, my wife realized that it may not have been the fall that caused the back problem, but that she felt like she had been stabbed in the back in a business deal.

My wife started feeling relief from the pain as both she and her church friend prayed to know that this businessperson was, as stated in the Bible, “created in God’s image and likeness,” and so had to be actually honest. The full healing came the next day – the final day of her performance – when this person offered a full refund of the funds he had collected. To make that day even more special, an usher came down the center isle during the final curtain call with a dozen red roses. My wife thought they were from me but instead they were from members of the church she had attended as a child.

Understanding that God is all, that God is all good, and that every person reflects this goodness – all integral prayer components in Christian Science – brought about healing. And that healing experience was the direct result of the prayers from a church friend and enriched by members from her childhood church. Finding healing through prayer and reliance on church should never be considered anything but a powerful influence for good health.

Article first published in Blogcritics.

 

Don lives in Laguna Beach with his wife and they are both Christian Science practitioners. He brings his years serving the public in education to his work as a liaison of Christian Science, where he maintains contacts with the media and legislative offices. Don blogs on health and spirituality and you can read more at www.csinsocal.com.

Celebrate the heritage of Aliso Viejo with fun for the entire family during the annual Founder's Day Fair on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 3 to 8 p.m

Permalink 09/23/14 18:34, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings



Held at the rustic Aliso Viejo Ranch site at 100 Park Avenue (across from Aliso Viejo Middle School), the event features interactive historical exhibits, food, local entertainment, community booths, pony rides, a petting zoo, old-fashioned games and mechanical rides, inflatables and other amusements.

The celebration culminates with a concert under the stars featuring "Afterparty," a popular '80s band performing from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This year's theme - "A Founder's Fiesta" - commemorates the "Golden Age of the California Rancho" when Don Juan Avila owned the land in this area.

Admission is free, with nominal costs for food and certain activities.  No pets or outside food or drinks are allowed.

For more information, stay tuned to http://www.cityofalisoviejoviejo.com or call 949-425-2550.

The Vanguard University Department of Theatre Arts presents The Beat Goes On, a Rock and Roll road trip through the last half of the 20th Century

Permalink 09/23/14 18:27, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Schools, The Arts

 

 

The Beat Goes On – World Premiere

A Musical Revue that journeys through the decades of Rock and Roll

Created and Directed by Vanda Eggington

The creator of Boomers and Love Makes the World Go ’Round is at it again! Get ready for The Beat Goes On, a Rock and Roll road trip through the last half of the 20th Century, with stops in small town malt shops, sunny California beaches, mirror ball disco halls, and MTV studio extravaganzas. This is a high energy and family friendly look at music favorites that reshaped the world.  |  Suitable for ages 6 and older

Thursday, September 25 .........  8:00 pm

Friday, September 26 ..............  8:00 pm

Saturday, September 27 ..........  2:00 and 8:00 pm

Sunday, September 28 ............  2:00 pm

Friday, October 3 ....................  8:00 pm

Saturday, October 4................. 2:00 and 8:00 pm

Sunday, October 5................... 2:00 pm

Go to www.vanguardtickets.com to purchase tickets online

General admission -- $17.00

Seniors age 60 and older -- $14.00

Children age 6 to 12 -- $14.00

Groups of 10 or more -- $14.00

VU Faculty / Staff -- $14.00

VU Alumni -- $14.00

College Students with ID -- $14.00

All shows are presented at the Lyceum Theater located on the Vanguard University campus off Newport Boulevard.

Call the Vanguard University Theatre Department box office at 714-668-6145 for more information.

 

Bill Hughes

Theater Manager

Vanguard University

vanguard.edu/theatre

Youth Vision Testing Conducted at the Elks Lodge

Permalink 09/23/14 18:13, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Charitable, Health

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(L to R): Mark Hensley, Tom Cataldo, Betty Gallups, Jeff Upton and Torrie Smith

 

With partial funding from the city of Mission Viejo, Mission Viejo / Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge No. 2444 (“Elks Lodge”) hosted and funded the first city-wide free vision testing for youths on August 17, 2014.

 

Tom Cataldo (Chairman), Torrie Smith, Mark Hensley, Jeff Upton and Betty Gallups of the Better Vision for Children Foundation (“BVCF”) administered and conducted the free pre-school vision screenings for city resident youths aged 6 months to 5 years old.

Of the 17 youths tested, over one-third failed the vision tests. With this early vision testing, these youths can now visit an eye doctor to correct their vision deficiency.

 

The Mission Viejo / Saddleback Elks Lodge No. 2444, celebrating forty-four (44) years of service to the Saddleback Valley communities, is one of ten 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 146 year history of giving, “Elks Care, Elks Share.”

 

Andy Costello, Lodge Publicity

Mission Viejo / Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge No. 2444

 

ELKS Mission Viejo Saddleback Valley Lodge #2444 Makes An Impact

Permalink 09/23/14 18:09, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Charitable

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Mission Viejo Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge #2444 members, PER Gloria LeCouvre and Inner Guard Mike Long, conducted an Elks booth at The Shops in Mission Viejo for five hours on Saturday, August 16, 2014.

Ms. LeCouvre and Mr. Long shared information about the BPOE and personally handed out Elks program materials for Drug Awareness, Americanism, and Scholarships to over 200 individuals and families.

Elks Drug Awareness materials given to mall patrons included drug awareness pamphlets, coloring books, book markers and bracelets. Bracelets with a drug awareness message were a very big hit with the young children and teenagers.

More than 200 American flags and American flag education booklets were gifted to children, teenagers and adults of all ages. Elks Scholarship pamphlets were also given to college-bound teenagers and parents of same.

The Elks were warmly received by mall patrons. Many faces brightened with smiles and pride as they carried their new Elks gifts and proudly waved their American flags.

The Mission Viejo / Saddleback Elks Lodge No. 2444, celebrating forty-four (44) years of service to the Saddleback Valley communities, is one of ten 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 146 year history of giving, “Elks Care, Elks Share.” For information on Elks charities call (949) 830-3557 Mike Long, Lodge Publicity


Picture: left to right, mall patrons, Ella Vandenburg, Natalie Henrotin and mom Lori Henrotin of Mission Viejo and Elks Lodge #2444 Drug Awareness Chairman and PER, Gloria LeCouvre.



“KEEP COMMUNICATING”

Andy Costello

2014-15 CHEA Public Relations Chairman

Mission Viejo, Saddleback Valley Lodge #2444

Support Mission Viejo’s adopted troops in Tee It Up Fore Marines

Permalink 09/22/14 16:56, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Charitable

teeitupformarinesRegistration and sponsorship opportunities are now available for the annual Headquarters Battalion benefit golf tournament – “Tee It Up Fore Marines” – on Friday, October 17.

The event, which is sponsored by the Marines and Sailors Adoption Committee, City and Mission Viejo Community Foundation, benefits the Marines and Sailors of the City’s adopted Headquarters Battalion of the 1st Marine Division.

The tournament includes 18 rounds of golf with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. at the pristine Marine Memorial Golf Course in Camp Pendleton.

Community members, businesses and organizations are invited to support Mission Viejo’s adopted troops by participating in or sponsoring the event. Sponsorships range from $200 to $5,000, but donations in any amount are welcome and appreciated. The fee for an individual golfer is $200. A foursome, which includes a Marine, is $800.

Along with the honor of golfing with Mission Viejo’s Marines, this fun-filled event includes lunch, a barbecue dinner and an awards ceremony.

Tournament proceeds support the programs the Mission Viejo Marines and Sailors Adoption Committee offers military personnel and their families. Things like supporting the Wounded Warriors; sending weekly care packages to deployed troops; an annual “Day at Lake Mission Viejo”; offsetting the cost for entry-level Marines to attend the annual Marine Corps Ball; distributing toys to Marine children during the holidays; baby baskets for newborns and expectant Marine wives; and other programs.

To support the event, make checks payable to the Mission Viejo Community Foundation and mail to the Marine Golf Tournament c/o Mission Viejo Community Foundation, 200 Civic Center, Mission Viejo, CA 92691.

For more information, visit http://www.teeitupforemarines.com or call 949-470-3061.

Lance Miller, a Toastmasters world champion speaker, will appear in Mission Viejo on October 4

Permalink 09/22/14 16:54, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings

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Miller will take part in a workshop hosted by Possibilities Unlimited Toastmasters Chapter of Mission Viejo from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Norman Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way.  Registration begins at 5:30 p.m.

Miller is a professional speaker and speech coach, who has delivered more than 3,000 presentations in over 40 countries.

He has coached hundreds of people, including top Hollywood celebrities and Fortune 1000 executives.  He will talk about creating and delivering a championship speech, finding your voice and other valuable tips.

Toastmasters is a nonprofit educational organization that helps members improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills.

Space is limited, so Possibilities Unlimited Toastmasters is encouraging folks to purchase their tickets early.  Cost is $15. To register and for more information, visit http://www.putm.org.

Planting project at La Paws Park puts scout in line for Eagle

Permalink 09/22/14 16:52, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Charitable

Eagle Scout La Paws Park Sept 2014Lance Meurs has what it takes to be an Eagle. The Boy Scout of Troop 728 organized about 40 volunteers and braved the heat last Saturday to plant 1,100 1-gallon plants along the slope at La Paws Park.

The project puts Lance in line to obtain the highest ranking in the boy scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America.

Lance’s project has helped to beautify the new dog park that sits on 6 acres at the eastern edge of the City along Felipe Road just south of Gilleran Park. The City is grateful for his efforts.

For information about conducting similar volunteer projects, contact Jerry Hill at 949-470-3064 orjhill@cityofmissionviejo.org.

Festival of Arts Aquires New Artwork for Permanent Art Collection

Permalink 09/22/14 16:03, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: The Arts

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From left to right, Board Member Tom Lamb, Artist Baldemar Fierro, Art Collection Specialist Pat Sparkuhl and Exhibits Director Ron Morrissette

 

Recently, the Festival of Arts added an extraordinary photograph by Baldemar Fierro to its Permanent Art Collection. The piece is entitled Favela Morro do Cantagalo which Fierro captured earlier this year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“It is with great pleasure that the Festival purchased from the 2014 summer fine art exhibit, Baldemar Fierro’s color photograph,” said Festival of Arts Board Member Tom Lamb.

“This work, rich in color and texture, is an image of the slums above Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro. Baldemar exemplifies a new breed of photographers, whose documentary work in third world countries often create underlying stories such as the tension between the desperate conditions of the slums often adjacent to neighborhoods of the rich and famous with incongruous lifestyles.”

The Festival’s collection, made up of over 1,150 pieces, is composed of an eclectic mix of two-dimensional and three-dimensional work that date back to the early 1900s.

The Festival of Arts Permanent Collection, expanded annually through purchases and donations, includes painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, glass, photography, mixed media, furniture and jewelry that reflect the uniqueness and diversity that is synonymous with the Festival of Arts and the region surrounding it.

About Baldemar Fierro

Baldemar Fierro, a 4-year exhibitor at the Festival of Arts, is a freelance photographer based in Laguna Beach, California. Fierro has been photographing for more than 15 years. He attended photography school at Orange Coast College (OCC) where he learned analog photography.

Large/medium format cameras, film development and darkroom techniques are still relevant to him in today's digital workflow. Fierro enjoys traveling to natural environments and cities close to home and around the world.

About the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts

The Laguna Beach Festival of Arts is a 501c3 with a mission to promote, produce, and sponsor events and activities that encourage the appreciation, study and performance of the arts. Throughout each year the Festival of Arts sponsors art education and provides art scholarships and grants. Every summer the organization hosts California’s premier open-air fine art show and produces the Pageant of the Masters. For general information, call 949-494-1145 or visit LagunaFestivalofArts.org.

 

Don't miss Opening Weekend with Joshua Bell - Sept 25-28

Permalink 09/22/14 15:44, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Pacific Symphony
A Season of Giants
Joshua Bell kicks off 2014-15 Classical Series


Join us as we celebrate Music Director Carl St.Clair's 25th-anniversary season with violinist Joshua Bell. A true classical music superstar, Bell enjoys a successful concert career, famous chamber music collaborations and performances on movie soundtracks, including, famously, "The Red Violin." Glazunov's lyrical Violin Concerto is a colorful, bravura showpiece for our special guest.

Joshua Bell is the greatest American violinist active today. — The Boston Herald

Buy Tickets for Joshua Bell





Joshua Bell
Joshua Bell
Thu, Fri & Sat, Sept. 25-27 at 8 p.m.
Preview Talk with Alan Chapman at 7 p.m.
Sun, Sept. 28 at 3 p.m. (shorter program)


Carl St.Clair – Conductor
Joshua Bell - Violin


WILLIAMS: Sound the Bells! 
ROUSE: Supplica (West Coast Premiere) 
GLAZUNOV: Violin Concerto 
STRAUSS: Dance of the Seven Veils from “Salome” 
RAVEL: Suite No. 2 from “Daphnis and Chloe”

Concert sponsors: South Coast Plaza 
Ellie and Mike Gordon • Classical KUSC

Enhancements thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Music Unwound

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