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CARNIVAL TIME AT THE RESCUE MISSION - Elk volunteers showed up with five trucks with carnival games and prizes for the fun event

Permalink 08/31/14 13:07, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Life in South O.C., Charitable

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Elk volunteers loaded five trucks with carnival games and prizes including toys, clothing and food; all donated by the local Elks Lodge members and the Elks Charity Committee. At the Mission, the thirty-four Elk men and women with the help of three Elks youth volunteers went to work. The Mission’s beautiful courtyard was soon transformed into a festive carnival-midway complete with colorful booths, awnings, games, and prizes for everyone.

 

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Event Chairman Elks Exalted Ruler Derek Randles, Rescue Mission Manager of Events and Volunteer Resources Kayleigh Roenicke, and Elk Stephanie Bongartz


Grownups and kids alike munched on cotton-candy, snacks, and snow cones while they tried their luck at the games and picked through boxes and boxes of new clothing, gifts and prizes. Everyone was a winner. The Elks Lodge also furnished a bounce house and a petting zoo to the delight of the youngsters. The face-painters, tattoos, and crafts booths were popular with the adults as well as the children.

One young woman stopped at a ball-toss booth to tell the Elks Lodge volunteers how thankful she was for the six brand new shirts she got for her three young daughters, tearfully saying they were the girls’ first shirts that were new and not hand-me-downs. In spite of the sometimes heartbreaking stories and circumstances that brought these appreciative residents to the Mission’s shelter, this day was all about fun and celebration.

 

 

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Mother and daughter sporting new mustaches


All were thankful for the opportunity given them by the Mission to start a new life, a new beginning. Elks Lodge volunteer Stephanie Bongartz said “Just when you think you are doing something good for someone else, you realize you are getting back so much more than you are giving. These wonderful people are so grateful; they make you feel proud to bring a little joy into their lives.” At lunch time, the Elks Lodge volunteers staffed the Mission’s kitchen and buffet line, serving hot/chili dogs, potato-salad, chips, sodas and fresh fruit salad.

 

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Resident Face painters at work

 

The project was organized by Elks Lodge President Derek Randles who said of the event, "What a wonderful group of appreciative people we had the pleasure of serving. You could see the enjoyment in the faces of the children and the parents, and we truly feel honored we were able to brighten their day. Elks really do care, Elks really do share." Prizes and gift merchandise for the carnival were donated by Elks Lodge members Stephanie & Bill Bongartz of Bongo Ink Advertising Supply & Service of Lake Forest. Major funding for the event was provided by a Community Impact grant received by the Elks Lodge from the Elks National Foundation (ENF).

The ENF is the Elks national charity fund which in addition to providing grants for local community projects, also sponsors programs such as the Elks Scholarships, Veterans benefits, Handicapped Children projects and funding for many more local and national charities. Since its inception in 1928, the ENF has contributed more than four hundred million dollars to Elks charitable projects.

 

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. For more information on the Orange County Rescue Mission call: (714) 247-4300 or Toll-Free: (800) 663-3074 or go to: http://www.rescuemission.org/


Andy Costello, Lodge Publicity
Rescue Mission residents photos used with permission and names withheld. 

“KEEP COMMUNICATING”

Andy Costello

2014-15 CHEA Public Relations Chairman

 

Mission Viejo, Saddleback Valley Lodge #2444

The Mission Viejo, Saddleback Valley Elks welcomed seven new members in August

Permalink 08/31/14 12:51, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Life in South O.C., Charitable

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They were Gregory DeWitt of Mission Viejo, Dana Davidson of Laguna Hills, Davest Adams and Marie Treibel of Lake Forest, Scott Allen of Laguna Niguel, Gary Brice of Torrance, and Matthew Graham of Aliso Viejo.

 

Welcome to the Mission Viejo Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge 2444

We are in the heart of Southern California, located in Mission Viejo, just two miles off the 5 freeway.
We are known as the Friendliest Lodge in the Southern California District, come in and see for yourself!

Join us for
Monday or Friday night dinners (please check out our calendar for more details). Our weekly BINGO on Wednesdays is open to the public and our Snak Shak is serving food and desserts to keep you bingo players going.

So come join us for our large BINGO Payouts and kitchen specialties you can only get at the Mission Viejo lodge!

We look forward to seeing you. Remember Elks Care and Elks Share. So come on in and see what all of the hype is about!





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New Elks members seated L to R: Dana Davidson, Davest Adams, Exalted Ruler Derek Randles, and Marie Treibel. Standing L to R: Matthew Graham, Scott Allen, Gary Brice, and Gregory DeWitt.

“KEEP COMMUNICATING”

Andy Costello

2014-15 CHEA Public Relations Chairman

Mission Viejo, Saddleback Valley Lodge #2444

Hundreds of people are expected to take the Plunge at Aquatica SeaWorld’s WaterparkTM and raise funds for Special Olympics San Diego County athletes on Saturday, Sept. 13.

Permalink 08/29/14 16:32, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Charitable

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DIVE IN TO RAISE FUNDS AT AQUATICA: Companies that actively engage in community service and philanthropy, such as generous sponsors TD Ameritrade and Wells Fargo, will join supporters of all kinds to take a plunge in one of the largest wave pools in Southern California.

Aquaticas Big Surf Shores attraction allows guest to swim in more than 500,000 gallons of water with swells of up to five feet. After the Plunge for Special Olympics, which begins at 8 a.m., participants enjoy the park from 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to experience serene to extreme water play, up-close animal experiences, high speed thrills and the relaxing amenities of a beachside resort.

Plungers or those Too Chicken to Plunge are asked to raise a minimum of $100, with Plungers that jump into fundraising with both feet having the opportunity to receive SeaWorld® annual passes, a Beluga Interaction Program or other prizes. The Plunge for the Special Olympics fundraising pool party at Aquatica includes music, a raffle and more. For more information or to register, visit www.sosc.org/sdplunge or contact Kelcie Kopf at (619) 283-6197.

SEA OTTER AWARENESS WEEK: SeaWorld® San Diego is proud to participate in the celebration of Sea Otter Awareness Week, Sept. 21–27. SeaWorld activities will include daily sea otter presentations, which take place at the park’s Otter Outlook habitat next to Dolphin Point. Other festivities include craft projects for kids and visits from animal ambassadors and O.P. Otter®, the costume character. SeaWorld and Busch Gardens® support conservation projects across the globe, such as sea otter preservation, through the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund. For more information, visit www.swbg-conservationfund.org.

SEAWORLD’S HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR RETURNS: Guests can dive into an ocean full of family-friendly, sea-inspired Halloween festivities at the enchanting underwater fantasea known as SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular® on weekends Sept. 27 through Oct. 26. This seaside, SeaWorld-style Halloween festival runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The marine park’s fun-fishy Halloween activities include 10 sea-themed trick-or-treat stations throughout the park, along with an undersea pumpkin patch with wacky, roaming costume characters that pose for photos with park guests. The pumpkin patch includes cookie decorating, pumpkin painting, beautiful mermaids and much more. And of course, Halloween-themed silly spooky shows Clyde & Seamore’s Spooky Adventure and Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween will leave guests spellbound. SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular is included with park admission. For more information, call (800) 257-4268 or visit www.SeaWorldSanDiego.com (click on Events, then Halloween Spooktacular).

HAPPENINGS AT SEAWORLD THIS FALL: With the summer season now gone, Aquatica SeaWorld’s WaterparkTM is open weekends only through Sept. 28, with serene to extreme water play, animal experiences, high speed thrills and the relaxing amenities of a beachside resort. Thousands of participants are expected to take part in the eighth annual SeaWorld Shamu & You Family Walk to raise money for the critical, life-saving efforts of Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego Sunday, Oct. 26. SeaWorld® is teaming with San Diego Coastkeeper for the third annual Mission Possible: Clean the Bay Day Saturday, Oct. 25. And, SeaWorld’s good friendpopular animal expert and television personality Jack Hannawill host Jack Hanna LIVE, recounting his personal animal encounters and introducing SeaWorld guests to amazing species from around the world at SeaWorld Saturday, Nov. 1.

—SeaWorld—

 

Kelly Terry

 

Register today to camp out on Oso Creek Trail Oct. 18-19

Permalink 08/29/14 15:23, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings

camp out 2camp outReservations are now available for the fun-filled Camp Out on Oso Creek Trail October 18-19.

The Camp Out, which attracts hundreds of campers, gives folks the chance to enjoy the great Mission Viejo outdoors. It brings people of all ages together for an evening of music, skits, sing-a-longs, a flashlight hike and other cool activities.

 

This year, the City has added an educational component featuring a hike with local naturalist Mike Clayton.

The event begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 18, but campers can arrive at 3 p.m. to begin setting up their camp sites. The fun ends the next day at 10 a.m.

Dinner and breakfast are provided and participants should bring a sleeping bag, flashlight, water bottle and tent. Pets are not allowed. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

To register and for more information, call 949-470-3062 or go to https://econnect.cityofmissionviejo.org and reference course #3562.

Gain prizes for signing up for library card, participating in ‘selfie’ contest in September

Permalink 08/29/14 15:21, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Life in South O.C.

Mission Viejo Library selfie September is “Library Card Sign-up Month,” a time when the Mission Viejo Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to ensure that every student has the most import school supply of all – a free library card.

Resources at the Mission Viejo Library are available to anyone with a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and services that support academic achievement. For others, the library is a place for entertainment, culture and lifelong learning.

During September, the library is celebrating the power of the library card with some fun activities – every new library cardholder who signs up gets to spin a prize wheel and win something extra to take home. Patrons will also receive free replacement cards (normally $2) for the entire month.

Folks can also get creative and show off their cards in the “Library Card Selfie” contest – take a picture with your Mission Viejo Library Card and submit it for a chance to win. Simply submit your photo via Twitter or Instagram with hashtag #mvlibrarycard or email it to libreference@cityofmissionviejo.org from September 1-30.  The best entries will be displayed in the library and at http://www.cmvl.org. Six lucky participants will win a prize.  Two winners – one youth and one adult – will be awarded in each of the following categories:

  • Most creative backdrop inside the library
  • Most creative backdrop outside the library
  • Largest number of people in the photo with library cards

Contest rules are available at http://www.cmvl.org.

For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the Mission Viejo Library at 100 Civic Center or apply online at http://www.cmvl.org.

Top wheelchair tennis champ looking to defend her Masters title in Mission Viejo

Permalink 08/29/14 15:19, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Sports

Yui KamijiWheelchair tennis champion Yui Kamiji is looking to defend her 2013 Masters Doubles Champion title when the UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters returns to the Marguerite Tennis Pavilion November 5 – 9.

Last year, the left-handed wonder from Japan teamed up with Jordanne Whiley of Great Britain to outlast Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany and Kgothatso Montjane of the Republic of South Africa. Since that match, Yui has added Doubles titles from the Australian, French and Wimbledon Opens and is currently the #1 ranked player in the world.

She will be among the top doubles wheelchair tennis players on the planet to compete in Mission Viejo for the Masters titles in three divisions – Men’s, Women’s and Quads.  The Doubles Masters, one of the International Tennis Federation’s most prestigious tournaments, is the last stop on the professional wheelchair tennis tour.

In 2013, Mission Viejo was the first U.S. city to host the Masters in the 20-year history of the championships. This year, the City is expecting professionals from more than a dozen countries to compete in Mission Viejo for over $60,000 in prize money.

For more information about the 2014 UNIQLO Doubles Masters in Mission Viejo, visitwww.itfwheelchairmasters.com.

Festival of Arts Weekly Events - Final Week

Permalink 08/26/14 16:34, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, The Arts

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Festival of Arts exhibitor Tom Lamb

 


FESTIVAL OF ARTS WEEKLY EVENTS
Monday, August 25 – Saturday, August 30 (FINAL WEEK!)


THIS WEEK AT THE FESTIVAL OF ARTS


Nightly Music Schedule (FINAL WEEK!)

Dates/Times: July 7 – August 30
Daily 5:30-7:30pm
Cost: Free with Festival Admission


Tuesday, August 26: Rob Mullins

Wednesday, August 27: Jason Feddy Band
Thursday, August 28: Billy Valentine – part of our Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate series
Friday, August 29: ADAAWE

Saturday, August 30: Missiles of October


Youth Arts Education Workshops (FINAL CLASSES!)

Dates/Times: July 7 – August 29
Mondays – Fridays 11am & 1pm
Cost: $10 material fee/session

Bring out that creative spark in your young artist at the Youth Arts Classes this summer at the Festival of Arts. Kids will enjoy art classes taught by professional Festival artists in mixed-media, jewelry making, collage and more. Meanwhile, parents will have free time to view the artwork on display throughout the Festival grounds. Festival artists will also share some of their creative techniques in a fun and friendly environment that will inspire your kids to come back every week! Open to children ages 5 - 12. Reservations required. For information and a detailed schedule, call (949) 464-4234 or email exhibits@foapom.com.


Tuesday, August 26: Watercolors (11am), Collage (1pm)
Wednesday, August 27: Claytoon (11am), Printmaking (1pm)
Thursday, August 28: Printmaking (11am), Landscape Painting (1pm)
Friday, August 29: Wire Sculpture (11am), Pastels (1pm)


Art Talks: Lecture Series (FINAL EVENT!)
“Art of Documentary Photography”

Date: Thursday, August 28
Time: 12 – 1pm
Cost: Free with Festival admission

On August 28 from 12-1pm, Festival of Arts exhibitor Tom Lamb will lead a discussion on the impact of documentary photography in the world of fine art. Festival artists including Roger Bennett, Baldemar Fierro, Rob Gage, Bob Hansen, and Barbara White will join him in sharing insights on the ever-changing aspects of photography and how documentary photography has impacted social change. This will be the final Art Talk of the 2014 Festival of Arts season.



Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate
(FINAL EVENT!)
Live Performance by Billy Valentine

Date: Thursday, August 28

Time: 5:30 – 7:30pm
Cost: $15 in addition to Festival admission

Chocolate, wine, and all that jazz sweetens up the Festival of Arts this summer! On Thursday nights, indulge your senses at the “Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate” series. Sample a wide variety of Kendall-Jackson wines expertly selected to compliment and enhance the nuanced flavor of high-end chocolates from XAN Confections. The Festival’s casual and classy outdoor setting, together with the soulful sounds of jazz surrounded by fine art, creates an ideal evening for friends, sweethearts, and family.

As a singer, Billy has opened for Donny Hathaway & Roberta Flack (‘70’s), Young Holt Unltd. (lead singer), performed in the musical ‘The Wiz’ (1st national tour) and musical ‘It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues’ (Geffen and San Diego Rep), and featured in ‘The Five Heartbeats’ (lead vocalist). He has performed in L.A. clubs such as H.O.M.E., Casa Del Mar Hotel, Café Cordiale, Jazz at the Vic, Vibrato, Shutters at the Beach, Spazio and at private events, large and small, in and out of the country.Billy’s glorious singing voice was heard every week on the television series, ‘Boston Legal’ – from the theme song right thru to the end of each and every episode, from the premiere in 2004 to the finale in 2009.

Concerts are free; Wine and Chocolate pairings (21 and over) are $15 in addition to Festival of Arts admission. Limited seating available in reserved section for an additional $25 per person by calling (800) 487-3378.


THIS WEEKEND AT THE FESTIVAL OF ARTS

Jazz on the Green (CLOSING DAY!)

Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band

Date: Saturday, August 30
Time: 1 – 3pm
Cost: Free with Festival admission

The 2014 Jazz on the Green series concludes on the final day of the Festival of Arts on Saturday, August 30th from 1 – 3pm with a not-to-be-missed performance by jazz legend Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band. For more than three decades as both a leader and a sideman, conguero Poncho Sanchez has stirred up a fiery stew of straight-ahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety of Latin American and South American sources.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL OF ARTS FINE ART SHOW

As one of the nation’s oldest and most highly acclaimed juried fine art shows, the Festival of Arts features the artwork of 140 award-winning artists. Patrons can enjoy the work of exhibiting artists, demonstrations and art workshops, daily art tours, live music, special events, dine at on-site restaurants and much more. For a full listing of events, visit LagunaFestivalofArts.org.

 

Open daily from 10am – 11:30pm

Early closings: July 6 at 6pm and August 23 at 3:30pm

LOCATION

Festival of Arts Grounds

650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

FOR INFORMATION & TICKETS

(800) 487-3378

www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org

 

Submitted By: Meghan Perez

Sharbie Higuchi, Director of Marketing and Public Relations

 

Festival of Arts • 650 Laguna Canyon Road • Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Four-Time Tony Winner PIPPIN is Coming to Segerstrom Center, 11/11 - 23

Permalink 08/24/14 21:46, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, The Arts





for a Limited Engagement!

November 11 - 23, 2014

Experience the thrilling 2013 Tony Award-winning musical PIPPIN, described as “an eye-popping, jaw-dropping, visually stunning extravaganza. The thrill of the season!” by NY1.

PIPPIN is back on Broadway for the first time since it thrilled audiences 40 years ago.

With a beloved score by Tony Award nominee Stephen Schwartz (GodspellWicked), PIPPIN tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence.

Will he choose a happy but simple life?

Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory?

PIPPIN is noted for many Broadway standards, including “Corner of the Sky,” “Magic to Do,” “Glory,” “No Time at All,” “Morning Glow” and “Love Song.”


 

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Chef Camron Woods Concludes Festival’s Art of Cooking Series with a Taste of The Ranch

Permalink 08/22/14 16:56, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, The Arts

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The 2014 Festival of Arts’ Art of Cooking series comes to a close on Sunday, August 24 with Chef Camron Woods of The Ranch.

 

Formally Aliso Creek Inn, The Ranch’s restaurant, HARVEST, features old favorites with a new twist, inspired by the local flavors, ingredients and traditions of American and California Cuisine.

 

Chef Woods will bring his culinary talents to the Festival to demonstrate and share recipes from the new Laguna Beach resort. Cooking demonstrations are free with Festival admission.


Chef Woods oversees the Ranch’s two restaurants, as well as the banquet and catering program.

Born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, he embarked on his culinary career at Woodlands Resort and Inn in Summerville, starting humbly as a dishwasher and eventually working his way up to Executive Sous Chef.

During the chef’s eight-year tenure at Woodlands, the resort attained world-class status and received numerous awards, including becoming the first Five Star and Five Diamond property in the state.

Active in the culinary world, Chef Woods has appeared on numerous TV news programs where he is sought out for his simple, straightforward approach to cooking. He is also extremely proud of the charitable work he has done with Mama’s Kitchen as well as the San Diego Council on Literacy’s fundraiser: Eat. Drink. Read.

“Chef Woods will be wrapping up a fantastic line-up of talented chefs featured in this year’s Art of Cooking series,” said Susan Davis, director of special events. “Sunday is your last change to watch, learn, and sample delicious recipes from a culinary expert this summer at the Festival of Arts!”


 

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL OF ARTS FINE ART SHOW

 

As one of the nation’s oldest and most highly acclaimed juried fine art shows, the Festival of Arts features the artwork of 140 award-winning artists. Patrons may enjoy the work of exhibiting artists, demonstrations and art workshops, daily art tours, live music, special events, on-site restaurants and much more. For a full listing of events, visit LagunaFestivalofArts.org.

Submitted By: Meghan Perez

 

LOCATION

Festival of Arts Grounds
650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

 

FOR INFORMATION & TICKETS

(800) 487-2787

www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org

 

UPDATED LOOK, FEEL AND NAME COMING TO THE SHOPS AT MISSION VIEJO’S FOOD COURT

Permalink 08/22/14 16:47, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Business

Photo: Big News! The Shops at Mission Viejo’s food court is preparing for an upgrade to enhance the customer dining experience at the center. Construction on the new Dining Pavilion has begun, and is scheduled to be completed by November 2014. Keep up with the progress through our "Dining Pavilion Updates" tab at the top of the page.

 

Details on the remodel are below, and you can view and download a rendering of what the updated Dining Pavilion will look like once complete, here:

 

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The Shops at Mission Viejo’s food court is preparing for an upgrade meant to enhance the customer dining experience at the center. Set to start construction this month with the aim to be complete by mid-November, the cosmetic remodel of what will be called the Dining Pavilion will include a new color palette, new flooring, new lighting, new furniture, and two new food kiosks, as well as a new layout that is meant to improve the flow of traffic and visibility throughout the dining area.

 

Rather than the current setup that includes seating in the middle with eateries on the outskirts, the Dining Pavilion will showcase a main walkway through the middle, with trellises and banquettes removed to open up the space.

The current food court was installed as a new amenity in 1999, when Simon acquired The Shops at Mission Viejo.

“It’s time to give the food court a fresh look and feel,” said Patsy Sanquist, director of marketing and business for The Shops at Mission Viejo. “The population of families in our community continues to grow, and we wanted to respond to the changing needs of our shoppers.

Additional features of the upgraded Dining Pavilion will include high bar top counters, charging stations and communal tables big enough to accommodate large families or groups wanting to sit together. The upgrades will be complete just in time for holiday shopping, a busy season at The Shops at Mission Viejo.

“We see a lot of birthday parties in the food court, so people will be able to sit together in large parties without having to push tables together,” said Sanquist.

The entire area will showcase a clean, contemporary look to complement the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired style of the mall’s overall architecture. Additionally, interior landscaping outside of the food court will be replaced to create better visibility for the Dining Pavilion from inside the center.

Construction will not interrupt business for shoppers or food court tenants, as most of the work will be done at night.  All tenants will be open throughout construction.

For more information, visit The Shops at Mission Viejo on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShopsAtMissionViejo, Twitter at twitter.com/ShopsMV or Instagram at 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.

 

Noelle Ibrahim

Senior Account Executive

 

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Who will be the Next Ms. Senior California?

Permalink 08/22/14 16:44, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings

 

Winner Will Compete in Ms. Senior America Pageant

 

October 2014 in Atlantic City

Westminster, CA – The California Senior America Pageant is proud to announce that fourteen contestants from all over California will be competing for the coveted title of Ms. Senior California 2014 on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Rose Center Theater in Westminster, CA.

When:                         Saturday, August 23, 2014

Time:                          2:00 PM

Location:                     Rose Center Theater

14140 All American Way

Westminster, CA 92683

Tickets to the pageant are $20.00 each and can be purchased online by going to www.RoseCenterTheater.com and clicking on “tickets:.

The theme this year is “Encore!”; the women who will be competing in the pageant are Suzanne Goodrich from Rancho Santa Margarita, Judy Lamppu and Sandra Erkus from Granada Hills, Syni Champion and Lanan Clark from Sacramento, Bonnie Deming and Joyce Schumaker from San Diego, Elaine Brammell from Carlsbad, Merilee Imamoto from Penn Valley, Rebecca Morse from Altadena, Lea London from Marina del Rey, Dr. Gayla Jackson from Moorpark, Patee Spurlock from Oceanside and Angie Kardashian from Tustin.

Each contestant competing in this year’s pageant either won a regional title or was first runner up in one of the seven preliminary pageants that were held around the State. "The pageant allows our women to stay vital and connected with life!  They are able to share their ‘joy of living’ with others while remaining visible in their communities", said Pamela Wheeler, CEO, Ms. Senior California

The Pageant is open to women who have reached the “age of elegance” – 60 years of age and up. The Pageant seeks to elevate Baby Boomer women as well as senior women, encouraging them to be role models for their peers and younger generations. Pageant competition is based on an interview, modeling an evening gown, sharing of a philosophy of life statement, and talent.

The winner of Ms. Senior California, will go, all expenses paid, to compete in the 2014 Ms. Senior America Pageant held October 2014 in Atlanta City.

Reigning Ms. Senior California Alise Richel is from Santa Monica.  She was born in Brooklyn, New York and studied with great conductors from the Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna State Opera as well as conductors from LaScala.  She studied in the Opera Department at Tanglewood under the auspices of Leonard Bernstein.   She also studied in the Opera Workshop at Columbia University; her rehearsal pianist was John Kander who went on to write greats such as “New York, New York.”    She married and raised two children and continued her love for singing.  Years later she moved to Los Angeles to be near her son and is now teaching vocal students.  Currently she is writing a book based on her approach to the art of singing.  Two years ago, Alise married Dr. Fred Adler a retired aerospace executive.

Since 1972, the Ms. Senior America – as well as all state chapters – has held to the philosophy that seniors are the foundation of America and should be considered one of its most valuable treasures. They believe that through their knowledge, experiences, and resources, the younger generations of America have the opportunity to build a better society.

Ms. Senior California of America, Inc. was established as a non-profit corporation in 2010 and is affiliated with Ms. Senior America, Inc., founded in 1971. The Ms. Senior California Pageant is celebrating its 28th anniversary, and is now the largest senior pageant program in the nation. For more information please visit www.MsSRCalifornia.com.

 

 

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Kelly Bennett

www.BPUnlimited.com

PR/Marketing/Branding

 

 

 

Orange County Art Students Receive Awards from The PIMCO Foundation and Festival of Arts

Permalink 08/22/14 16:38, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Life in South O.C., Charitable, The Arts

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A jury made up of representatives from the The PIMCO Foundation and the Festival of Arts selected 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners from the more than 300 Orange County students’ incredible work of art on display in the Festival’s Junior Art Exhibit.

 

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The awarded categories were photography (grades pre-kindergarten to sixth and seventh to seniors) and 3-dimensional works (grades pre-kindergarten to fifth, sixth to eighth grades and seventh to seniors) and two-dimensional artwork for each grade from pre-kindergarten through high school.

The jurors for these special awards included from The PIMCO Foundation (Peter Strelow and his son Gordon) and from the Festival of Arts (Roger Folk and Jacquie Moffett).


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Sarah Middleton - Ron Morrissette

 

The 2014 Junior Art Awards Ceremony was held Sunday on the Festival of Arts grounds. The winners were acknowledged, honored and presented with gold, silver and bronze medallions by Sarah Middleton, Executive Director of The PIMCO Foundation and Festival of Arts President Fred Sattler.

The students’ teachers were also recognized with certificates of appreciation. Hundreds of friends, family members and art instructors turn out to support and congratulate the recipients of the Junior Art Awards. Fred Sattler presented a token of appreciation to The PIMCO Foundation for their six-year support of the Junior Art exhibit – an original piece of art designed by Festival of Arts exhibitor Mike Tauber.

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“The Junior Art exhibit has become not only a showcase for young Orange County student artists, but also a vivid testimonial to the value and importance of continuing arts education in our school systems,” said Festival of Arts President Fred Sattler.

The 2014 Junior Art Exhibit is presented by the Festival of Arts and funded in part by The PIMCO Foundation. The Festival of Arts is a non-profit organization. Proceeds support the arts and art education in and about Laguna Beach.www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org.

 


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL OF ARTS FINE ART SHOW

DATES & TIMES

July 6 – August 30, 2014

Open daily from 10am – 11:30pm

TICKET INFORMATION

General Admission: Weekdays $7, Weekends $10

Students & Seniors: Weekdays $4, Weekends $6

Free Admission for Children 12 and under, Military, and Laguna Beach Residents.

SPONSORS

The Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters are sponsored in part by Fidelity Investments, KOST Radio 103.5, the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, & Orange County Register.

 

LOCATION

Festival of Arts Grounds
650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

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Sharbie Higuchi, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Festival of Arts • 650 Laguna Canyon Road • Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Popular sports talk radio hosts will give away free trip to anywhere in US at Mama's on 39 Aug. 27

Permalink 08/21/14 22:45, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Business, Charitable

"The Petros and Money Show" will host a "White Pants Wednesday End-of-Summer Party" Aug. 27 at Mama's on 39 in Huntington Beach.


People who come to the eatery on the corner of Beach Boulevard and Altanta Avenue sporting white pants between 3 and 6 p.m. will have a chance to win two round-trip tickets anywhere Southwest Airlines flies in the United States.

Hosted by Petros Papadakis and Matt "Money" Smith, the Petros and Money Show or "PMS" is a popular sports talk radio program that airs on KLAC-AM ("AM 570") Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m.

The fun-filled event is the restaurant's pre-Labor Day blowout, designed to give people the opportunity to enjoy meeting their favorite sports radio hosts and tasting some of the best food around.

Mama's on 39 serves farm fresh comfort foods with a culinary twist - tempting diners seeking delectable breakfast, lunch and dinner fare. The eatery also has eight Thrifty ice cream flavors. The restaurant is also known for its unique crafted cocktails and infamous 32-ounce Mama Mary.

Mama's on 39 is at 21022 Beach Blvd. in Huntington Beach. For more information, call 714-374-1166.

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Kelly Tokarski
KT Community Relations

Festival of Arts Goes Out with a Bang with Jazz Legend Poncho Sanchez

Permalink 08/20/14 15:51, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Life in South O.C., The Arts

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The 2014 Jazz on the Green series, sponsored by the University of Redlands, concludes on the final day of the Festival of Arts on Saturday, August 30th from 1 – 3pm with a not-to-be-missed performance by jazz legend Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band.

For more than three decades as both a leader and a sideman, conguero Poncho Sanchez has stirred up a fiery stew of straight-ahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety of Latin American and South American sources. His influences are numerous, but among the more prominent figures that influenced his music are two of the primary architects of Latin jazz – conga drummer/composer Chano Pozo and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.

If music were pictures, Grammy Award-winning percussionist Poncho Sanchez's music would be best described as a kaleidoscopic swirl of some of the hottest colors and brightest lights to emerge from either side of the border. At any given show, on any given record, fragments of Latin jazz, swing, bebop, salsa and other infectious grooves collide and churn in a fiery swirl, with results that are no less than dazzling.

“Poncho and his Latin Jazz Band always bring an energy and excitement to their concerts,” said Susan Davis, director of special events for the Festival of Arts. “It’s going to be a great performance to wrap up our summer season!”

Poncho Sanchez will perform on the closing day of the Festival of Arts Saturday, August 30th from 1 - 3pm on stage at the Festival green. Jazz on the Green Concerts are free with Festival of Arts Admission.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL OF ARTS FINE ART SHOW

As one of the nation’s oldest and most highly acclaimed juried fine art shows, the Festival of Arts features the artwork of 140 award-winning artists. Patrons may enjoy the work of exhibiting artists, demonstrations and art workshops, daily art tours, live music, special events, on-site restaurants and much more. For a full listing of events, visit LagunaFestivalofArts.org.

DATES & TIMES

July 6 – August 30, 2014

Open daily from 10am – 11:30pm

Early closings: July 6 at 6pm and August 23 at 3:30pm

TICKET INFORMATION

General Admission: Weekdays $7, Weekends $10

Students & Seniors: Weekdays $4, Weekends $6

Free Admission for Children 12 and under, Military, and Laguna Beach Residents.

SPONSORS

The Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters are sponsored in part by Fidelity Investments, KOST Radio 103.5, the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, and Orange County Register.

LOCATION

Festival of Arts Grounds
650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

FOR INFORMATION & TICKETS

(800) 487-2787

www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org

Submitted By: Meghan Perez

Sharbie Higuchi, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, 949.464.4282.
Festival of Arts • 650 Laguna Canyon Road • Laguna Beach, CA 92651

The “King of Romance” Engelbert Humperdinck Makes His Segerstrom Center for the Arts Debut

Permalink 08/20/14 15:48, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, The Arts


Grammy® nominated, Golden Globe "Entertainer of the Year" and multi-platinum selling artist Engelbert Humperdinck will perform at Segerstrom Center for the Arts for one night only on Saturday, September 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Segerstrom Hall.

The charismatic and consummate entertainer will please audiences and “Humperdinckers” alike with music from his vast catalogue, including hits such as “Quando, Quando, Quando,” “Release Me,” “The Last Waltz,” “Spanish Eyes” and many more tender ballads.

London Times calls him, “The premier voice of the 20th Century.” For his Center debut, Humperdinck will also perform music from his latest album, Engelbert Calling.

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Family Music program takes place each Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. September 22 through November 10

Permalink 08/20/14 02:30, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, The Arts

Childhood class funRegistration is underway for two new exciting classes at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center that are designed to nurture young children’s creativity and learning.

During the Family Music program, parents can participate with their toddlers ages 15 months to 3 1/2 years in singing; bouncing activities; jumping, twirling and dancing; and playing simple instruments – while developing strong musical bonds with their children. Through activities that bridge the natural connection between music and movement, children’s musical aptitude and listening abilities are enhanced and developed.

The Family Music program takes place each Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. September 22 through November 10. Cost is $80. Registration is available online at econnect.cityofmissionviejo.org by referencing course #3660.

In the Cycle of Seasons class, parents will celebrate their children’s love of nature and growing independence through activities that focus on the seasons of the year. Classes are designed to build attention and self-expression and include singing, moving, focused listening, musical games, exploring musical instruments, creative movement and storytelling. Parents and siblings join participants for the first 15 minutes and then kids the kids are independent for the remainder of the class.

The program, which caters to ages 3 to 5, takes place every Monday from 10:20 a.m. to 11 a.m. September 22 through November 10. Cost is $80. Registration is available online at econnect.cityofmissionviejo.org by referencing course #3661.

The Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center is at 24932 Veterans Way. For more information, call 949-470-3062.

The Shops at Mission Viejo to revamp its food court

Permalink 08/20/14 02:27, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Business

The Shops at Mission ViejoThe Shops at Mission Viejo’s food court is about to get a facelift.

Construction starts this month on the cosmetic remodel of the new “Dining Pavilion” that will include a new color palette, flooring, lighting, furniture and two new food kiosks.

Rather than seating in the middle with eateries on the outskirts, the Dining Pavilion will showcase a main walkway through the middle, with trellises and banquettes removed to open up the space.

The area will feature high bar-top counters and communal tables that can accommodate large families or groups.

The current food court was built in 1999 when Simon acquired The Shops at Mission Viejo.

Most of the construction will take place at night, and the upgrades will be complete in November.

Youngsters can build bridges, motorized cars in special camp

Permalink 08/20/14 02:26, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings

LegoCamp croppedChildren interested in building bridges and other designs are invited to register today for the Play-Well TEKnologies Pre-Engineering LEGO Camp offered through the City of Mission Viejo.

The camp, which is open to kids ages 5-6, takes place from 9 a.m. to noon August 25-29 in the City Hall Saddleback Room at 200 Civic Center.

In this fun-filled camp, participants will build engineer-designed projects like boats, mazes and motorized cars and will use special pieces to create their own designs.


Cost is $175 for the weeklong camp. Register online ateconnect.cityofmissionviejo.org by referencing course #3595.

Labor Day specials on tap at Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center

Permalink 08/20/14 02:17, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: News, Happenings, Life in South O.C., Sports, Health

 

Spend Labor Day at the Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center, and you'll pay a $3 entry fee (normal adult fee is $5) and will enjoy a host of fun-filled free activities and specials from the Oasis Cafe.

The September 1 celebration at 29 Santa Barbara is from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and features games and activities throughout the day. The water balloon toss kicks off at 11 a.m.; followed by relay races at noon; a hula hoop contest at 1 p.m. and pool games at 2 p.m.
Tasty chef specials from the Oasis Cafe will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Aquatic Center is conveniently located near Aliso Creek Road and Glenwood Drive, next to the Aliso Viejo Conference Center. Starting September 2, the facility will be open during the week from 2 to 6 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through September 28.

For more information, visit www.alisoviejoaquaticscenter.com or call 949-425-2559.

 

Kelly Tokarski
KT Community Relations

Fall Slowly in Love with Fun Activities During ONCE at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Permalink 08/19/14 11:35, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, The Arts

 

 

August 19 - 31, 2014


ONCE, winner of eight Tony Awards® including Best Musical and winner of the 2013 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album, will play at Segerstrom Center for the Arts for a limited engagement from August 19 – 31, 2014. Audiences attending this show are invited to listen to and participate in free activities.


For all performances, patrons will have the opportunity to write and share their personal anecdotes on ONCE branded coasters that will be displayed on the Orchestra Level lobby. Audience members are encouraged to write about how they met their friends, significant others and fellow ticketholders through the prompt, “How did you meet?”


Audiences will be greeted by folk-style musician Scott Brazee of S.S. Odyssey as he performs original songs near the Segerstrom Hall Box Office. Brazee will welcome guests on select performances beginning an hour before show time.

Patrons are encouraged to take their photos and selfies and post them on social media sites and use hashtag #OnceMusicalOC.

 

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