DAILY NEWS FROM OUR COMMUNITY

"We have four other major fund raisers throughout the year and all the profits go towards our Elks local and national charities"

Permalink 10/23/14 15:36, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Charitable

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SOMETHING TO LAUGH ABOUT

The Mission Viejo, Saddleback Valley Elks Ladies held their annual Comedy Night and it was a side-splitting success. San Diego based comedian Tony Calabrese headlined the event and kept the audience in stitches.

Award winning magician Johnny “Ace” Palmer of Huntington Beach dazzled the audience with his close-up magic, pulling, baby chicks and white doves out of nowhere and a white rabbit out of his hat.

The event was attended by one hundred eleven Elk members and guests who enjoyed an Italian dinner of Caesar salad, Chicken Parmesan, Spaghetti Marinara, and a desert of homemade cannolies. The dinner was prepared by Elk’s volunteers Pam Mackey, Ben Blair, Bill Bongartz, Rick Lambert and Ray Mallen. Girl Scout troop #261 led by Leeora Beck served the dinner and were given a two hundred dollar ($200) donation from the Lodge.

The event was put on by the Elks Ladies Club and run by club president Mary Ann Alvarez of Mission Viejo and her staff of helpers.

The Nine hundred fifty dollars ($950) profits from the event will support the Elks National Foundation Charity fund. Ladies club president Alvarez said of the event. "It wasn't a huge money maker, but every little bit helps. We  have four other major fund raisers throughout the year and all the profits go towards our Elks local and national charities."

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.

Andy Costello, Lodge Publicity

Photo: Lodge Trustee Basia Bills watches a rabbit appear out of a hat


 

“KEEP COMMUNICATING”
Andy Costello
2014-15 CHEA Public Relations Chairman
Mission Viejo, Saddleback Valley Lodge #2444

The Australian Bee Gees Show Makes Its Segerstrom Center Tribute Concert Debut, 3/13

Permalink 10/23/14 15:28, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, The Arts

The Australian Bee Gees Show
a Multi-Media Theatrical Concert, Arrives 
at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

From the producers that brought you RAIN – A Tribute to The Beatles, the West End production Let It BeJason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience andPFX – The Pink Floyd Experience, Annerin Productions and co-producer SPI Entertainment present The Australian Bee Gees Show, a celebration of one of the most influential and famous musical groups of all time. The show comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts on March 13, 2015.

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Welcomes Grammy® Award-Winning Vocalists Dianne Reeves and Gregory Porter

Permalink 10/23/14 15:26, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, The Arts

Two superb jazz singers will share the stage at Segerstrom Center as four-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves and rising vocalist and Grammy winner Gregory Porter perform on January 16 in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

This will also be Porter’s Center debut, while Reeves last appeared at the Center during the 2004 – 2005 season along with Terence Blanchard.

The New York Times says, “grandeur with refinement: that describes the aura of Dianne Reeves” and states that Porter “has most of what you would want in a male jazz singer, and maybe a thing or two you didn’t know you wanted.”

 

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts

The 10th Laguna Beach Gold Coast Million Dollar Home Raffle ends today Thursday, October 23. Don't miss your chance to WIN the Grand prize: $1 Million cash or a home in Laguna Beach

Permalink 10/23/14 11:05, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Charitable

Ocean Institute Raffle

 

 

 

 

 

 


NEW this year: Susan G. Komen Orange County will benefit from a portion of the Ocean Institute’s

10th Annual Laguna Beach Gold Coast Raffle. When ticket purchasers designate

Susan G. Komen Orange County Affiliate as their benefiting charity, Komen will

receive $50 of the ticket price. Komen Orange County supporters have a special

opportunity to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public. 

More drawings, more winners, more fun: Dream vacations along the California

Gold Coast, Lexus cars, more cash and more prizes! The earlier you enter,

the more chances you have to win, with $100,000 in prizes awarded to single

ticket buyers and $225,000 awarded in prizes for multiple ticket buyers.

Why wait? Call 949.542.3600 now, and be sure to designate Komen Orange

County. Tickets are $150 and only 21,000 will be sold! Click here for more

information or download an entry form.

The Ocean Institute is the registered raffle holder with the California Attorney General’s

Office: #R-1640 for the 10th Annual Laguna Beach Gold Coast Raffle.

 

 

 

 

 



Call NOW -  (949) 542-3600
Or, download entry form, fill it out and fax to (949) 542-3601.

Tickets are $150.  Only 21,000 tickets will be sold.

 

  • Buy 1 ticket & qualify to win Grand Prize + $46,000 in bonus prizes.
  • Buy 2 tickets & qualify to win Grand Prize + $78,000 in bonus prizes.
  • Win RX 450h Hybrid SUV lease or $15,000, Dream Vacations, South
  • Coast Plaza Shopping Sprees and lots of cash!

SIMON KIDGITS CLUB HOSTING HAPPY HAUNTING HALLOWEEN PARTY AT THE SHOPS AT MISSION VIEJO ‘Bully Free Zone’ App Released by Captain McFinn also available

Permalink 10/22/14 15:37, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Business

The Shops at Mission Viejo will offer Orange County-area children a safe place to take part in Halloween activities as the Simon Kidgits Club® presents its annual Halloween Spooktacular! event on Saturday, October 25  from 10 a.m. to noon on the upper level, near the Play Area.

 

“The Shops at Mission Viejo is the perfect place for families looking for Halloween entertainment in a fun, safe community environment,” said Patsy Sanquist, Director of Marketing and Business Development at The Shops at Mission Viejo. Whether kids want to show off their new costume or take home some Halloween-themed crafts, there is an activity here for every ghost, witch, princess and werewolf. This Halloween event is a great addition to our year-long Simon Kidgits Club programs.”

 

This year, The Simon Kidgits Club will recognize October as Bully Prevention Month in association with ‘Malls & Retailers Unite Against Bullying,’ and their children’s property Captain McFinn.

 

Captain McFinn promotes social and emotional development in children through live virtual playdates, online games, apps and resources for parents and teachers.

 

At the The Shops at Mission Viejo Halloween Spooktacular! Kidgits event, a free app called The Bully Free Zone will be available for download. The Bully Free Zone is an app released by Captain McFinn and features fun activities, a new McFinn cartoon, and a chance for families to win a free iPad Air.

 

Families who download the app can sign the Bully Free pledge and help spread the word about bully prevention. They can also spread kindness with one of the app’s featured activities, the Kindness Calendar. With the Kindness Calendar, children and parents receive prompts to complete acts of kindness. Once an act is complete, it is tracked in the Kindness feed. The more kind acts that are accomplished, the more badges children and their parents receive. This free app is a perfect and fun way for families to participate in Bully Prevention Month.

The Shops at Mission Viejo will have several activity stations and games for children to enjoy, including cookie decorating, Halloween-inspired crafts, and more. Simon Kidgits Club members will receive special goodies, while supplies last.

 

The Simon Kidgits Club is a fun and informative program that focuses on health, wellness, education, safety and entertainment for children ages 3-8. Since 2003, the Simon Kidgits Club has kept children and parents alike amused with various events and activities while providing incentives for club members, such as special offers, rewards and games.

 

Simon Kidgits Club members receive a variety of goodies, including a Simon Kidgits Club T-shirt, membership card, birthday card and gift, discounts and scheduled activities. For more information about the Simon Kidgits Club, visit http://www.simon.com/kidgits/.

 

Visit The Shops at Mission Viejo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram at

https://www.facebook.com/ShopsAtMissionViejo, https://twitter.com/ShopsMV and http://instagram.com/ShopsMV.

 

About The Shops at Mission Viejo

Among the 150 stores and restaurants at The Shops at Mission Viejo, this indoor mall features Nordstrom, H&M, Macy's, Apple, Sephora, and The Cheesecake Factory.

Home to Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour, Paradise Bakery and Microsoft, recognized by the OC Register's 2013 People's Choice Awards for "best ice cream," "best cookie," and "best tech store" respectively, The Shops at Mission Viejo serves many nearby communities such as Ladera Ranch, Rancho Santa Margarita, Coto de Caza, San Juan Capistrano and the city of Mission Viejo.

The Shops at Mission Viejo is conveniently located at the intersection of the I-5 and Crown Valley Parkway in the city of Mission Viejo. With over 150 stores and restaurants, The Shops at Mission Viejo is south Orange County's main shopping destination. For a map and store listings, as well as directions, events and job listings, visit http://www.simon.com/mall/the-shops-at-mission-viejo or call 949-364-1771.

About Simon

Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit simon.com.

 

About Captain McFinn

Captain McFinn and Friends is a children’s property that promotes social and emotional development in children ages 3-5. Through live virtual playdates, online games, ground-breaking apps, and resources for parents and teachers, Captain McFinn and Friends hopes to help children and their parents stand up against bullying and learn to take responsibility for their actions.

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Noelle Ibrahim

Senior Account Executive

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The Elks are proud to support parents and our communities as we all encourage youth to lead a healthy lifestyle and say no to drugs

Permalink 10/22/14 15:28, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Schools, Charitable

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ELKS PARTICIPATE IN CITY'S RED RIBBON WEEK

Volunteer Members of Mission Viejo/Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge #2444 handed out drug awareness pamphlets to over 500 parents and youth who participated in the City of Mission Viejo's 26th Annual Walk Against Drugs.

The Elks volunteers also distributed Elks Red Ribbons, American Flags, coloring books, book markers and pamphlets "About Our Flag".

Elk volunteers at the booth administered a True/False Drug Quiz to attendees who received a chance to win in a drawing for five (5) $25 Gift Cards from the Big Five Sporting Goods Retailer.

PER Gloria R. LeCouvre, Drug Awareness Chairperson said, "The Elks are proud to support parents and our communities as we all encourage youth to lead a healthy lifestyle and say no to drugs.

The Mission Viejo/Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge #2444 is celebrating 45 years of service to Saddleback Valley Communities.

It is one of 10 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 145 history of giving. "Elks Care Elks Share"


Gloria R. LeCouvre,PER
Drug Awareness Chairman


Photo:  Drug Awareness Red Ribbon attendees rear: Teri & John Perea, children Alex 13, Elias 11, Franky 11, George Perea 10, ER Derek Randles, and Gloria R. LeCouvre, Drug Awareness Chairman

 

Andy Costello
2014-15 CHEA Public Relations Chairman
Mission Viejo, Saddleback Valley Lodge #2444

 

Segerstrom Center Presents Guitarist, Singer/Songwriter and Vocalist George Benson, 3/27

Permalink 10/22/14 15:19, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: The Arts

Segerstrom Center Presents an Evening 
with Guitarist, Singer/Songwriter

and Vocalist George Benson

Ten-time Grammy® Award-winning artist and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master George Benson returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts for one night only on Friday, March 27 at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

The evening’s program includes the greatest hits from Benson's career, which spans more than 50 years. A genius guitarist and versatile musician, Benson has crossed seamlessly over many musical genres, from swing to bop to R&B to pop to scat singing. His music and influence continue to inspire.

The French electronic duo Daft Punk recently shared in anEntertainment Weekly interview that Benson’s 1980 hit “Give Me the Night” is “the song we play to get pumped before a night out.”

 

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Don't miss Hometown Halloween Saturday

Permalink 10/22/14 15:17, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings

 

Mission Viejo is gearing up for a fun-filled Hometown Halloween on Saturday, Oct. 25.

The exciting community celebration, sponsored by the City and conducted by the Saddleback Valley Unified School District, is from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way. This year's title sponsors are Allen Chiropractic and New Generation Dentistry.

The event includes carnival game booths, crafts and pony rides. Guests will enjoy tasty fare, trick-or-treat stations, Abbit the Average roving entertainer and the Wacky Whitchin’ Kitchen, a pint-sized haunted house.

Kids sporting their favorite costume can walk the red carpet during the costume parade. The parade will be hosted by Michelangelo and April O'Neil from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Masks are not allowed on anyone over the age of 12.


For more information, call 949-768-0981 and press 3 for recreation.


Kelly Tokarski

City of Mission Viejo

 

Public Information Specialist

The city of Mission Viejo is seeking applications from residents interested in filling vacancies on the Planning and Transportation Commission, Community Services Commission and Investment Advisory Commission

Permalink 10/22/14 15:13, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: News

 

The Planning and Transportation Commission and Investment Advisory Commission are comprised of five members appointed by the City Council.

The Community Services Commission has seven members including two senior citizen members.  The City Council will make the appointments on January 5.  City commissioners serve a two-year term.

Mission Viejo residents interested in applying for the commissions should file a brief application form with the city clerk's office by 5 p.m. Friday, December 12.

Applicants must be registered voters and reside in the City of Mission Viejo.  People applying for the Investment Advisory Commission should have the following qualifications: (1) banker, vice-president level or above; (2) investment banker, vice-president level or above; (3) financial planner; (4) corporate chief financial officer or treasurer; (5) registered investment adviser; or other qualified individual.

Applications are available online at http://www.cityofmissionviejo.org; at City Hall, 200 Civic Center; or by contacting the city clerk’s office at 949-470-3052. For more information about the duties of the commissions, visit http://www.cityofmissionviejo.org.


Kelly Tokarski

City of Mission Viejo

 

Public Information Specialist


 

As part of the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center’s 20th Anniversary celebration on Saturday, November 1, several families and their adopted dogs will participate in an alumni fashion show

Permalink 10/22/14 15:09, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings
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The fun-filled anniversary celebration is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 28095 Hillcrest. The event includes a special appearance by Jackson Galaxy, host and executive producer of Animal Planet’s hit show “My Cat from Hell,” educational booths, children’s activities, wildlife education, safety demonstrations, food trucks and more.

For the alumni fashion show, 15 families and their adopted dogs will strut their stuff, showing what a loving family can mean to a canine. These dogs have come a long way.

Some arrived at the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center injured or ill; others came from over-crowded shelters; and two were rescued after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.  Today, all have loving homes thanks to the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center and Dedicated Animal Welfare Group (DAWG).  Here are a few of their stories:

Little Man, a Pekinese, came into the center as a stray in May 2011 with most of his hair missing, cloudy eyes and extremely painful ears.  He was immediately sent to a local veterinarian who diagnosed him severe allergies, which left his skin inflamed and balding, and chronic eye infections in both eyes. He also had three different kinds of bacteria growing in his ears.  After months of treatment paid for by DAWG, Little Man was finally ready for adoption.  Luckily, the Harvey family understood he required ongoing care and was willing to make the commitment.  Now named “Tricky Woo,” this little pup is thriving in his home with a St. Bernard sister and tons of love.

Smoochie and Huggie were two pups rescued from the overcrowded Merced Animal Shelter where their lives were in danger.  After their arrival in February 2008, they were diagnosed with mange, a parasite that lives in the follicles of the skin.  This condition requires weeks of treatment, so DAWG paid for their medicine until they were ready for adoption.  These two special pups were adopted by the Berry family, who changed their names to Koda and Kenai.  This family also adopted two more dogs a few years later from the Animal Services Center.

A boxer mix, Bubbles was found wandering alone and ended up at a shelter in Kern County. Unfortunately, animal shelters in that area are highly overpopulated.  The Mission Viejo Animal Services Center learned that sweet Bubbles was in danger and made arrangements to transport her here.  When she arrived, staff discovered she was pregnant and about to deliver five puppies. Bubbles was sent to a great foster home while nursing her pups. Once the pups were old enough, DAWG paid for the family to be spayed and neutered and all were all adopted into loving homes.  On November 1, Bubbles will walk the catwalk with her little brother, Spike, a Chihuahua, which was also adopted from the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center.

The fashion show will also feature some rock royalty with Ian Mitchell, a former member of the 1970s Scottish pop band “The Bay City Rollers,” hitting the stage with his dogs, Tam Paton and Rod Stewart.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to cheer these families and dogs on during the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center’s 20th anniversary celebration.

For more information, visit http://www.cmvas.org or call 949-470-3045.

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Kelly Tokarski

City of Mission Viejo

 

Public Information Specialist

Next chamber mixer set for Nov. 20

Permalink 10/22/14 15:07, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Business

High Park Tap House logoHigh Park Tap House will host the next Mission Viejo Chamber of Commerce mixer on Thursday, November 20.  The public is invited to the event that takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 23641 Via Linda.

Guests to the November event will enjoy complimentary refreshments and networking with local business leaders and elected officials.  Mixers are free for chamber members; $10 general admission. Visitwww.missionviejochamber.com to RSVP or call 949-470-8409 for mo

Mission Viejo - City business workshops offered in November

Permalink 10/22/14 15:05, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Business

Business workshop

Business workshops are held each month in the Saddleback Room at Mission Viejo City Hall through a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, SCORE, Employment Development Department (EDD), Internal Revenue Service, OC Small Business Development Center and the California Board of Equalization.  The free or low-cost business workshops in November include:

•             Getting Started with Facebook Marketing (SCORE) on Thursday, October 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ($139 online registration).  Register athttp://www.score114.org or call 714-550-7369.

•             Managing Payroll, Withholdings, Making Tax Deposits, Reporting Payroll Taxes (IRS/SCORE) on Wednesday, November 5 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. (FREE).  Register at http://www.score114.org or call 714-550-7369.

•             Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar (EDD) on Thursday, November 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (FREE).  Register at http://www.edd.ca.gov or call 888-745-3886.

•             Getting Started with Linked In Marketing (SCORE) on Thursday, November 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ($139 online registration).  Register at http://www.score114.org or call 714-550-7369.

•             Branding and Website Strategies (SCORE) on Wednesday, November 12 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ($35 online registration / $45 at the door).  Register at http://www.score114.org or call 714-550-7369.

•             Getting Started with Email Marketing (SCORE) on Thursday, November 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ($139 online registration).  Register at http://www.score114.org or call 714-550-7369.

For more information about upcoming workshops and to register for any of the upcoming business workshops, visit http://missionviejomeansbusiness.com.

 

Kelly Tokarski

City of Mission Viejo

 

Public Information Specialist

Don't miss "A Sherlock Holmes Halloween" - Oct. 25

Permalink 10/22/14 15:00, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Pacific Symphony

 







Buy tickets




Farmers and Merchants Bank

presents Pacific Symphony's
FAMILY MUSICAL MORNINGS
A Sherlock Holmes Halloween

A Sherlock Holmes Halloween

Saturday, Oct. 25 at 10 & 11:30 a.m.

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Alejandro Gutiérrez, conductor
Joe Lauderdale - director, script writer
Rich Wordes - Sherlock Holmes
Stephanie Draude - Watson
Francisco Fullana - violin


Be sure to attend the Musical Carnival (at 9 a.m., for those attending the 10 a.m. concert or at 12:15 p.m., for those attending the 11:30 a.m. concert), where kids may participate in a variety of hands-on activities, including meeting musicians (from the Symphony and the Youth Ensembles), playing a violin and a performance by Northwood High School Chamber Orchestra.

Learn more in the program notes.



While leading the orchestra, Assistant Conductor Alejandro Gutiérrez hears a mysterious violin haunting the concert hall. To find out who is behind this shadow sound (played by brilliant young artist Francisco Fullana, who recently won the Johannes Brahms International Violin Competition), he asks for assistance from his “good friends,” Sherlock Holmes and Watson, to get to the bottom of the case.

Be sure to join us for a morning of music, laughter and clue-finding fun in this comedic turn from the traditional Halloween fare.

Chabad Jewish Center of Aliso Viejo - The Jewish Women's Circle

Permalink 10/22/14 14:58, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Religions

 

 

Women's CircleJewish Women have always played a pivotal role in Jewish life. On a personal familial and community level it has always been the Jewish woman who has created and developed the aura of Judaic life.

While bringing inspiration to our daily lives, through gaining deeper insight into our own innate spiritual qualities, we can contribute and transform our lives and the lives of those around us in a profound way. The "Jewish Women's Circle" is poised to explore Judaism, while fostering friendship, sharing and growth.    

The Jewish Women’s Circle is a group designed for the contemporary woman.  The goal of The Jewish Women’s Circle is to unite all Jewish women through exciting events and activities.

The Jewish Women’s Circle comprises women of diverse affiliations and backgrounds who join together under the Chabad umbrella, to have a good time, to explore Jewish themes and to work together to create and enhance community projects.

The Jewish Women’s Circle provides an opportunity to bring together women with divergent points of view, backgrounds and affiliations in an atmosphere of friendship.

All Jewish Women are welcome regardless of affiliation or level of observance.

For more information about our upcoming events call the Chabad Center at (949) 244-7627 or emailRochel@JewishAlisoViejo.com

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world share what they are doing to better the communities in which they live

Permalink 10/22/14 14:50, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Religions

OCTOBER 2014 — POSTED by DAVID PORTER


MormonNewsroom.org features stories from its international Newsroom websites to share what leaders and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world are doing to better the communities in which they live.

Lithuania: Mormon Women Sew 90 Infant Quilts
Women of the Church’s Relief Society in Lithuania got busy in August sewing quilts for infants living in a community children’s home — 14 hours later the 90 quilts were completed.

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The women were happy to serve, sewing one quilt for each baby in the home.

Go to the Lithuania Mormon Newsroom website (Lithuanian).

Cambodia: 500 People Seeing Better
LDS Charities, working with local leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has provided glasses for 500 people in Cambodia’s Battambang Province.Cambodia Clear Vision Project1

Members of the Church in the province were aware that many people had vision problems. “We are so thrilled to be able to see clearly again,” said one grateful recipient. Others receiving the glasses remarked how delighted they were to be able to read again. Many recipients had never used glasses before.

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Read more about the service provided on the Cambodia Mormon Newsroom website.

Cambodia: Church Contributes to National Immunization Program
The Church, through LDS Charities, continues to support Cambodia’s national immunization program.

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LDS Charities provided 1,500 carriers and 6,000 ice packs in which to transport vaccines to high risk communities in remote areas and to ethnic communities in urban and rural areas. The country’s secretary of state and minister of health remarked that this contribution helps to reduce the incidents of child mortality in Cambodia.

Go to the Cambodia Mormon Newsroom website for additional information.

Japan: Guam Mormon Helping Hands Gather Books for People on Pacific Island
Pohnpei, in the Micronesian Islands, received a gift of books through the participation of Mormon Helping Hands.

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Volunteers, along with the Ayuda Foundation, collected and distributed schoolbooks and other educational materials.

Read more about the volunteer efforts on the Japan Mormon Newsroom website.

Chile: Mormons Choose Service to Celebrate Nation’s Independence
Thousands of Latter-day Saints celebrated the country’s independence by beautifying their communities.

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“Serving others is serving God” was their motto. They cleaned, swept, painted and trimmed around their community squares, streets, stadiums, schools, senior centers, city halls and other places on 18 September, the national holiday.

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The Chile Mormon Newsroom website (Spanish) includes additional information.

Honduras: National Independence Day Celebrated
Latter-day Saints in Tegucigalpa participated with their countrymen celebrating patriotism and independence.

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More than 400 young people of the Church performed Mayan and other folk dances in the Tiburcio Carias Andino National Stadium in Tegucigalpa.

Go to the Honduras Mormon Newsroom website (Spanish) to read what else the youth honored.

 

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Marine Mammal Cruises in November & December 2014, Ocean Institute, Dana Point

Permalink 10/22/14 14:38, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings

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Marine Mammal Cruises in November & December

 

­ The Ocean Institute will present a series of Marine Mammal 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:

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

Relying on God in the Foxhole of a Health Crisis by Don Ingwerson

Permalink 10/22/14 14:29, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Religions, Commentary

 

Have you ever heard the statement, “There are no atheists in a foxhole”? I recently came across this statement and it really brought to mind the idea that although most of us aren't actually hunkered down in a war zone foxhole, figuratively many of us feel that we are as we fight for health. It can actually feel like a combat zone for anyone who has a serious health condition, addiction, emotional stress, or other crises. And in these situations, people are more inclined to seek a higher power for help.

 

What this means to me is that people are not actually accepting the illness and inharmony, but instead are claiming their right to health by turning to God. Early health researcher Mary Baker Eddy helped many understand their spiritual nature and right to experience permanent health, and in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, she encourages people to: “Realize the presence of health and the fact of harmonious being, until the body corresponds with the normal conditions of health and harmony.”

 

Not only are people realizing their spiritual communion to God is linked to harmonious being, but doctors are also realizing that this spiritual relationship is important to their patients' health. Judy Ann Bigby, M.D. reports that she asks her patients if they have any spiritual relationships and how these relationships might aid them in working through their health challenges. But she also encourages patients who have a spiritual relationship to cultivate that relationship at all times, not just when they are having a health challenge.  In this way, well-being is encouraged. “Being healthy is not just the absence of illness,” says Dr. Bigby. “For many people, being at peace and having a spiritual connection affects their overall well-being and feelings about their health.”

 

This realization by doctors that a connection to a higher power is health-giving is also now being backed by studies, which show that religious commitment, including worship attendance and prayer, is valuable to health. Specifically, spiritual or religious practice has been shown to enhance prevention and treatment of mental disorders and addictions, reduce pain and disability, and prolong survival. In addition, spiritual treatment has been shown to enhance recovery.

 

Regardless of what doctors or scientists think, many people believe that the condition of their spirit affects their health. People know the importance a loving act can have on another’s spirit – and on their own spirit. That's why the benefits of spiritual health are being more widely accepted and promoted. As people realize the presence of health from a spiritual perspective, as Eddy encouraged, they will start seeing a richer, fuller, healthier life outside of that foxhole.

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.

The 10th Laguna Beach Gold Coast Million Dollar Home Raffle ends tomorrow, Thursday, October 23. Don't miss your chance to WIN the Grand prize: $1 Million cash or a home in Laguna Beach

Permalink 10/22/14 14:21, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Charitable

 

 

 

 

 



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Aliso Viejo's new video highlights City's vast attributes, strong economic climate

Permalink 10/21/14 12:40, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Life in South O.C.

The city has produced a new economic development video that's designed to showcase Aliso Viejo's vast attributes and strong economic climate to businesses and visitors alike.

The roughly 3-minute video, available here, capitalizes on Aliso Viejo's ideal location and business landscape that's home to fast-growing entrepreneurs and modern industry including technology, medical devices, health care, pharmaceutical and biotechnology. 

The video promotes the city's highly skilled workforce; beautiful housing styles; award-winning educational facilities; parks and trails; entertainment, shopping and dining; transportation corridors; and amenities like the Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center and Conference Center.

A special drone was used during filming to capture Aliso Viejo's rolling hillside, valley terrain, and picturesque views from Soka University and other locations.

With multiple scenes throughout the city, the video shows how you can "experience it all" in this live-work community. It also demonstrates why Forbes.com named Aliso Viejo as one of America's Top 25 Towns to Live Well and the Orange County Register's Best of OC guide named Aliso Viejo as Orange County's best city to live in.

For more information, visit http://www.cityofalisoviejo.com.

 

Kelly Tokarski
KT Community Relations

Segerstrom Center Announces 41st Annual Candlelight Concert, 12/5

Permalink 10/21/14 12:38, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Charitable, The Arts

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Announces
41st Annual Candlelight Concert

Shanaz and Jack Langson chair gala fundraiser 
to support Center arts and education programs

Center Executive Vice President 
Judith O’Dea Morr to be special honoree

Frank Sinatra, Jr. and Super Diamond headline

Friday, December 5, 2014

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has announced details for its 41st Candlelight Concert, one of Orange County’s most beautiful and anticipated annual fundraisers that is a highlight during the holiday season and supports the Center’s artistic and education programs.

This year, Candlelight Concert is co-chaired by Shanaz and Jack Langson. The event’s special honoree will be Judith (Judy) O’Dea Morr, executive vice president of the Center who will be celebrating her 30th anniversary with the Center and has helped chart its course to becoming one of the most prestigious and successful arts centers in the nation.

The gala will be on Friday, December 5 in Segerstrom Hall with entertainment by renowned singer, musical director and conductor Frank Sinatra, Jr. and San Francisco’s super band, Super Diamond, the group that has transcended the label of tribute band by passionately immersing themselves in Neil Diamond’s huge repertoire and delivering high-octane performances around the country.

 

scfta.org

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

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