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April 26 and 27, Kriser’s will offer a variety of grand opening promotions including free pet nail trimmings, free pet IDs and complimentary photos!

Permalink 04/24/14 15:03, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Business

ALL-NATURAL PET RETAILER KRISER’S TO OPEN SIXTH SOCAL LOCATION IN LAGUNA NIGUEL

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Growing demand for all-natural pet food, supplies and grooming fuels expansion to another community

Kriser’s, a multi-unit pet retailer specializing in all-natural pet food, supplies and grooming, will open its sixth Southern California location on Saturday, April 26, in Laguna Niguel, at 23894 Aliso Creek Road (in the Aliso Village Shopping Center).

The opening of this location marks 24 stores nationwide, further establishing Kriser’s as one of the country’s top independent pet retailers. Kriser’s exclusively offers the very best all-natural pet foods, treats, toys, supplements, supplies and grooming services, along with an unmatched and highly personal customer experience in every store.

“The number of pet parents who enjoy providing a healthy, active and all-natural lifestyle for their pets is continuing to rapidly grow across the nation, especially in communities like South Orange County,” said Brad Kriser, founder and CEO of Kriser’s.

“To support this healthy pet movement, our goal at Kriser’s is to provide the most trustworthy pet food and supplies to these pet parents and educate them on the benefits of an all-natural lifestyle for their four-legged family members.”

Grand Opening Activities Featured in Laguna Niguel

On April 26 and 27, Kriser’s will offer a variety of grand opening promotions including free pet nail trimmings, free pet IDs and complimentary photos with their pets, all on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Throughout the weekend, customers can enter to win free pet grooming for a year (a total of eight grooms) or a $250 shopping spree at the store.

The grand opening celebrations continue the weekend of May 3 and 4, with specials including four plush toys for a total of $5, free collapsible pet travel bowls and free pet IDs. Additionally, customers can enter to win a $100 gift certificate for pet food and supplies.

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As part of its grand opening celebration, Kriser’s will deploy the Kriser’s Poo Fairies in dog-friendly locations across the Laguna Niguel vicinity to ensure the community is “poo-free.” Equipped with a tandem bicycle and white uniforms, Kriser’s Poo Fairies reward good citizens for picking up their dogs’ poo by handing out Kriser’s coupons, treats and free poop bags. Pet parents caught in the responsible act will also receive an “I scooped” sticker to spread the word.

“As people become more discerning about their pets’ health and wellness, we’ve seen an increasing number of pet parents seek resources within their communities to get education and convenient access to quality products under the same roof,” added Kriser. “It’s engrained in our store culture to offer knowledge first and foremost, alongside tailored recommendations based on their pets’ unique needs. We will continue to be a voice for those without one.”

For more information about Kriser’s stores, products and history, please visit www.krisers.com. For information on the Laguna Niguel opening, please contact Jennifer Regnier at regnier@formulapr.com or 310.578.7050.

About Kriser’s
Kriser’s, often referred to by its customers as the “Whole Foods for pets,” is a multi-unit pet retailer specializing in all-natural pet food, supplies and grooming.

It was founded by lifelong pet owner and healthy pet advocate Brad Kriser after he was exposed to the benefits of the all-natural pet lifestyle for his own furry family members.

Since opening its first store in Chicago in 2006, Kriser’s has launched 24 locations in 4 markets – Chicagoland, Denver, Southern California and Houston – all based on a model of educating consumers and providing an unparalleled shopping experience and a clean and inviting store layout. All products sold in Kriser’s stores are carefully selected by Brad and his team, and endorsed as “Kriser’s Approved” only after extensive review. In addition to carrying a large variety of all-natural food and treats brands, which have no corn, soy or by-products, Kriser’s also offers grooming services and a wide selection of toys and supplies.

At the forefront of the all-natural segment of the flourishing pet industry, which is expected to reach more than $58 billion in 2014, Kriser’s has grown steadily with an unwavering commitment to pets and received the Best Overall Multi-Unit Pet Retailer at the 2013 Global Pet Expo. As a result of its education-oriented model, Kriser’s had a 43 percent revenue increase in 2013, and Kriser’s continues to see double-digit comp store sales since its founding. For more information, please visit www.krisers.com. Follow Kriser’s on Twitter at http://twitter.com/kriserspets or ‘like’ us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kriserspets.

 

Construction is fast and furious at LEGOLAND® California Resort with the new LEGO® Legends of Chima Water Park presented by Cartoon Network quickly approaching on May 24, 2014

Permalink 04/24/14 14:14, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Business

The New LEGO® Legends of Chima Water Park Received
its Largest LEGO
® Model This Weekend!!
Lion Temple Arch Installed in New Water Park Presented by Cartoon Network


 

The largest LEGO® model for the new Chima Water Park, a LEGO Lion Temple arch, was installed over Easter weekend.  Stretching 18 ½ feet high and 14 feet wide and weighing 2,116 pounds, the LEGO arch will stream water beneath the massive lion head at the entrance to the Lion Temple Wave Pool.

Created out of 260,000 LEGO bricks, the arch is the centerpiece of the new Water Park as it “protects” the interactive wave pool designed for families with young children.


The giant LEGO model is positioned in front of Mt. Cavora, the “floating” iconic mountain from the LEGO® Group’s newest hit product “Legends of Chima.” Mt. Cavora is 23-feet tall, 13-feet wide, weighs more than 11,000 pounds and will be releasing 400 gallons of water every minute as it “floats” 40-feet above the wave pool. Construction crews are also hard at work building Eglor’s Build-A-Boat.

Much like the interactive play experience introduced with Build-A-Raft River at LEGOLAND® Water Park, Eglor’s Build-A-Boat gives children the opportunity to use their creativity and bring their imaginations to life. Young guests can build their own boat and race against their friends and build their own LEGO scene in Chima. Six LEGO models will be featured in this area, including four miniature scale models of areas within Chima Water Park and an Eagle Head that stands 11-feet-high.

Lion Temple Wave Pool and Eglor’s Build-a-Boat are two of eight areas featured in the new LEGO Legends of Chima Water Park. Other areas include: Cragger’s Swamp - This hands-on water play area invites guests to ride water slides, blast water cannons and jets and slide through the head of a massive crocodile. More than 50 interactive water play features will delight young guests in water that is only one foot deep.

Wolves’ Den – This is the place to grab a bite when guests get hungry! Enjoy tasty food surrounded by collectibles gathered by the clever wolf tribe. Explorers Forest- In this lush and tropical forest, guests will be greeted by Gorzan the Gorilla in his 15-foot tall mech suit.

Rhino Beach - This sand filled oasis offers guests a place to get some shade, lounge and rest. Speedorz Arena- This interactive play area lets guests race their Speedorz through unique obstacles. Forever Rock- Featured just outside Cragger’s Swamp, the iconic rock contains a smaller rock acting as chalk board for kids to tally their achievements just as Cragger and Laval did. For those that want to kick back and stay awhile, 15 new cabanas surround the area for rent.

LEGO Legends of Chima Water Park is included in the cost of admission to LEGOLAND Water Park. For ticket prices, operating schedule and additional information, visit www.LEGOLAND.com or call 760-918-LEGO (5346).

LEGOLAND® California Resort includes LEGOLAND® California, SEA LIFE® Aquarium, LEGOLAND® Water Park and LEGOLAND® Hotel.

 

All are geared for families with children between the ages of 2 and 12. At LEGOLAND California, you’ll find more than 60 rides, shows and attractions including LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland Model Display, Pirate Reef and Dino Island.

 

SEA LIFE Aquarium is home to more than 5,000 living creatures and incorporates LEGO® models into a child’s voyage to the depths of the ocean featuring play zones, fun facts and quiz trails.

LEGOLAND Water Park features more than 7 slides, sandy beaches and the unique Build-A-Raft River.

 

The nation’s first LEGOLAND Hotel features 250 rooms, all themed either as pirate, adventure, or kingdom plus more than 3,500 LEGO models throughout the three-story hotel.

 

For more information, visit  www.LEGOLAND.com or call (760) 918-LEGO (5346).

Celebrate World Oceans Day at the Ocean Institute

Permalink 04/24/14 14:10, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings

 

The Ocean Institute will celebrate World Oceans Day on Sunday, June 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  World Oceans Day allows us to celebrate the ocean’s wide array of wonders and resources and to consider ways that each of us can help with ocean conservation.



Come and explore the wonders of the ocean with us:

Investigate sand and shells of the world

Explore marine wildlife with exciting hands-on activities

Learn about animals in our deepest seas

The cost to participate is $6.50 for adults, $4.50 for children (ages 3-12).

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 every day, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Institute address: 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point.  Website: www.ocean-institute.org.  Phone number: (949) 496-2274.

 

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Jim Graves

THE FESTIVAL OF ARTS RETURNS TO LAGUNA BEACH July 6 – August 30, 2014

Permalink 04/24/14 13:53, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: The Arts

 

 

The Festival of Arts – California’s Premier Fine Art Show – returns July 6 through August 30, 2014 with 140 of Orange County’s most renowned artists. As California’s longest running outdoor fine art show and one of the nation’s most highly acclaimed and attended juried exhibitions, visitors and art connoisseurs can expect to find the highest echelon of art and artists at the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts.

“Every year we are honored to feature the work of such incredibly talented artists at the Festival of Arts,” says Marketing and Public Relations Director Sharbie Higuchi. Visitors have an opportunity to view and purchase original paintings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, jewelry, and more from artists around Orange County. Since opening in 1932, thousands have shown and sold their artwork at the Festival and many have their work featured in the private collections of leading art collectors, celebrities, and museums around the world.

Throughout its eight-week run, the Festival of Arts offers a wide range of daily activities that the whole family can enjoy. The 2014 events calendar includes nightly live music, jazz concerts, wine and chocolate pairings, cooking demonstrations, guided art tours, and art workshops. Several special one-day events return this year including the Festival Runway Fashion Show and Family Art Day.

“There’s something for everyone this year,” says Higuchi. “Visitors can wander through the artwork and buy a piece to take home, listen to an art tour, catch a demonstration, or just sit back and enjoy the live music. The Festival of Arts is the place to be this summer!”

EVENT INFORMATION

SPECIAL EVENTS

For a complete list of activities visit LagunaFestivalofArts.org. All events are free with admission unless otherwise noted.

 

· Art Talks: A Lecture Series
Thursdays, July 10 – August 28 
(12 – 1pm)

· Art, Jazz, Wine, and Chocolate
Thursdays, July 10 – August 28 
(5:30 – 7:30pm); $15

· Jazz on the Green
Saturdays, July 12 & 26, Aug 9 & 30
(1 – 3pm)

July 12: Greg Adams & East Bay Soul

July 26: Down to the Bone

Aug 9: Jeff Lorber Fusion

Aug 30: Spencer Day

· Festival Runway Show
Saturday, August 2 
(1 – 4pm)

· Family Art Day
Saturday, August 19 
(12 - 3pm)

· Art of Cooking Series
Sundays, July 13 – August 24 
(1 – 2pm)

· Sunday in the Park Music Series
Sundays, July 13 – August 24 
(2 - 4 pm)


ART WORKSHOPS FOR EVERYONE

· In 2014, printmaking, ceramics and multimedia workshops will be open daily for visitors of all ages to stretch creative muscles. The Festival Art Center, sponsored by Wells Fargo, will be open from 11am - 8pm daily for hands-on artistic fun.

· Creativity runs wild at the Festival’s Adult and Teen Art Workshops where students will create their own masterpieces under the instruction of professional artists. Reservations required, call (949) 464-4234 for information and schedule.

· Monday - Friday, the Festival hosts Youth Art Education Days, art classes for children ages 5-12. Classes include sculpture, printmaking, drawing, and much more. Call for schedule and reservations: (949) 464-4234.

ART TOURS

Free art tours are held Monday - Friday at 11 am and 3 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 4 pm. Meet the artists and learn firsthand about their artwork and techniques through discussions and free artist demonstrations.

SPECIAL EXHIBITS

· The Festival’s Junior Art Exhibition, sponsored in part by The PIMCO Foundation, is comprised of over 300 pieces of artwork from Orange County school children (PK-12). The quality of art represented in exhibit will astound art lovers of all ages.

· Support the arts by purchasing artwork from the Art-to-Go Exhibit themed “People, Places, and Things” donated by Festival arts with proceeds benefiting The Artist Fund at Festival of Arts.

DINING OPTIONS / GIFT SHOP

· Tivoli Terrace Restaurant serves lunch and dinner during the Festival season in a beautiful garden setting. Live music is featured nightly. Tivoli Terrace will feature its Summer Pageant Menu with an array of salads and sandwiches and fresh seafood for lunch and a variety of traditional American cuisine for dinner.

· Gina’s Alfresco offers casual Italian fare and is a complement to the Festival’s artistic atmosphere.

· The Festival of Arts boutique style gift shop is the perfect place to find t-shirts, art books, posters, messenger bags and many other items to remember your visit.

GENERAL FESTIVAL INFORMATION

DATES & TIMES

July 6 – August 30, 2014

Open daily from 10am – 11:30pm

Early closing 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.

Passport to the Arts:

A special promotion (funded in part by Bank of America): Passport to the Arts for only $23. Includes unlimited admission all summer long to the Festival of Arts, the Sawdust Art Festival and Art-A-Fair. Enjoy works of art by more than 500 artists, 300 hands-on workshops, dozens of special events, plus a one time, all-day free parking pass with each Passport purchased. Order online at www.LagunaBeachPassport.com. Passports also available for purchase on-site at each festival location during the summer.  Offer excludes Pageant of the Masters.

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

Art Talks

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION

The Festival of Arts, a non-profit 501(c)(3), has always been a local leader that has helped with the growth and development of the community and the arts in Laguna Beach. Established in 1932, the Festival of Arts’ mission is to promote, produce and sponsor events and activities that encourage the appreciation, study and performance of the arts. For every summer for over 80 years, the Festival of Arts has produced two world-class events: The Festival of Arts- California’s Premier Fine Art Show and the Pageant of the Masters- where art comes to life. Together both shows attract more than 250,000 visitors into Laguna Beach.

 

Joe Haakenson

 

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Aliso Viejo. On Tuesday, the city of Aliso Viejo recognized the people who devote their time to the city's volunteer program during a special dinner at the Aliso Viejo Conference Center

Permalink 04/24/14 13:24, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Charitable


"Thank you for your passion, time and talents ... Aliso Viejo is a better place because of you," Mayor Phil Tsunoda said to the crowd of about 65.

Some of the volunteers recognized during this annual event have worked at the city's Family Resource Center and with the Boys & Girls Club.

Others chipped in at the city's Snow Fest, Community Cup golf tournament and Founder's Day Fair.  Some spend their time serving as members of the Aliso Viejo PALS program and Neighborhood Watch. And still others continue to give tons of hours to an array of projects that benefit the community.

Each volunteer devoted at least 10 hours to the city.  Lonnie Grabham (52.25 hours), Travis Mooney (42.25 hours); and Patti Mooney (31 hours) devoted much more.

PALS volunteers Gary Hess, who logged 138.25 hours of service; Mike Anderson with 128.5 hours; and Ed Shandrew who spent 110.25 hours volunteering his time were feted for their awesome efforts.  Aliso Viejo's past Citizens of the Year were also acknowledged for their contributions.

No matter what their individual contribution, the volunteers share a common desire to make a difference in Aliso Viejo.

Mayor Pro Tem Bill Phillips and Council Members Ross Chun and Mike Munzing were on hand for the dinner that also recognized several youth members in the community.

Collectively, the volunteers donated more than 3,000 hours, which equates to over $75,000 in savings to the city. 

The dinner demonstrated the city's appreciation of these dedicated individuals who step up to the plate and epitomize community pride and volunteerism at its finest. Along with a delectable meal, the volunteers received a little gift.

If you are interested in volunteering, check out the Aliso Viejo Exchange website at  http://www.alisoviejoexchange.com for a sample of programs and activities that are in need of volunteers.

See photos from the dinner at https://www.facebook.com/CityOfAlisoViejo.

 

Kelly Tokarski

KT Community Relations

Come meet and talk with the amazingly talented featured artists at the San Clemente Artist Association’s Summer Judged Show on Sunday, April 27

Permalink 04/24/14 13:16, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: The Arts

Meet and Greet Artists at Art Show and

Reception on April 27.


From 3 pm to 5 pm, the artists will gather for the show and an hors d'oeuvre's reception at the San Clemente Art Gallery, 100 Calle Seville  Avenue in San Clemente. Entrance to the Gallery is facing Del Mar.

The artists’ work will be judged by category. Ribbons and cash prizes will be awarded for top placing competitors.

The event is free and open to the public. Artwork will be available for sale.

The Art Association was founded in 1953 by artist, Lilian Finlay to appreciate all facets of arts and crafts and establish and support an eclectic Art Community in San Clemente.

Now with over 350 members and 8 Art Shows each year the Association continues to grow and reach out to the local artists and community in meaningful and creative ways

For more information, please contact Pam Hill at 949-369-0260.

 

Donia Moore

Owner/ President

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Shimmy that Samba, check out that Cha Cha, glide through that Waltz; dance until you can’t stand up for your favorite charity!

Permalink 04/24/14 13:02, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Charitable

4th Annual “Dancing For a Cause”  May 9, 2014 at

Historic San Clemente Casino

 

Six Organizations come together to raise funds for their charities at

the 4th Annual Ballroom Dancing competition.

Six charities are joining together for Dancing For a Cause’s 4th Annual Event to be held at the Casino San Clemente, a beautifully restored historic building in North Beach. Save the date of May 9 to enjoy an exciting evening of dancing you won’t forget.

The only joint - charity fund raising event of its kind in the area kicks off  May 9 with a 6 PM social hour, followed by a delectable dinner catered by Iva Lee’s Restaurant. Silent and live auctions, the dance competition and dancing for everyone will round out the red-carpet evening. Admission is $125.00 per person and tickets must be purchased prior to the event. Proceeds of the event go to the participating charities.

This semi-formal dress ballroom-dancing competition event is modeled after TV's "Dancing With the Stars". Local celebrity judges San Clemente Mayor Tim Brown, Michael Kaupp, owner of Stanford Court Antiques and Past President of San Clemente’s Downtown Business Association will join professional Ballroom Dancer and Instructor Katya Marshukova-Gross in  judging our dance competitors.

 

This year’s dancers are: Kiwanis - Sarah Entezari; Laura's House - LaVerne Friedmann; Rotary International District 5320 Governor - Rae Shirer ; San Clemente Abolitionists -Tracy Stay; San Clemente Sunrise Rotary Club - Steven Swartz; Words of Comfort, Hope and Promise – Captain Donna Anderson.

They will be partnered with professional dance instructors from Southcoast Dancesport Ballroom and Latin Dance Studio. Owned by Rotarian Matt Gregory, the Studio provides a series of professional dance lessons for each of the competitors to help them prepare for the competition.

 

Donia Moore

Owner/ President

iwrite words

The Express Newspaper, SJHHS’s student publication, put itself on the national radar as one of the top 10 broadsheet publications of its size last Friday at the JEA/NSPA National Journalism Convention in San Diego, California

Permalink 04/24/14 12:51, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Schools

SJHHS Newspaper, The Express, Wins Honors at National Journalism Convention

Congratulations to SJHHS Newspaper Advisor Bill Kaiser and The Express newspaper staff for being recognized for their work by the National Scholastic Press Association

“Even though it was spring break, my students got themselves up and out of bed at 4:00a.m. to catch a train down to San Diego for the convention,” said Bill Kaiser, adviser to the publication.

The students entered their 12 page, April 16 edition in the Best-of-Show contest, attended five learning sessions about topics ranging from social media to investigative reporting, and competed in individual write-offs against student from around the nation before going home.

Chetana Piravi, a sophomore, received honorable mention in the category of First Year Photography with a picture of a flash mob performance on campus last fall.

Senior, Shane Battis, won a rating of excellent in News Editing/Headline Writing.

“It’s a real testimony to the dedication and enthusiasm they have about their newspaper and each other’s company,” said Kaiser. “I mean, who does that? Who goes on an academic competition on the last Friday of spring break?”

According to JEA, one of the event sponsors, at total of 1,112 students participated in write-offs from all four corners of the country.

In an effort to gain an edge on other papers from around the country The Express showcased school events in advance and provided in-depth analysis.

“I wanted to do something a little different with the front page,” said Brittany Christensen, Editor-in-Chief and three year veteran of the class. “We chose to showcase an event on page-one that hadn’t happened yet this year, but that we had pictures of from the past,” referring a story about the Every 15 Minutes program that helps raise awareness of the dangers of drunk driving.

The paper used QR codes extensively to direct readers to an online photo gallery showing the accident scene and a video created by the Mane Event TV production class.

It also used the same technology to direct readers to a news analysis about growth and the new La Pata Road, complete with 3-D animation showing how the road will look.

Another page-one story featured details about the upcoming stadium graduation, the first of its kind, to be held at Stallion Stadium on June 24.

The gamble paid off.

“I have to believe linking content to our website made the difference in the minds of judges,” Kaiser said.

 

More info: http://sjhexpress.com/?p=2591)

Alcohol & Drug Advisory Board Presents: Don’t Give Up on Your Power as a Parent: Understanding Youth Drug Trends

Permalink 04/24/14 12:43, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Schools

**A community meeting to raise awareness and share information on how to prevent youth from engaging in prescription and others drugs* *


Date: Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Time: 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Dana Hills High School

**Porthole Theater**

33333 Golden Lantern

Dana Point, CA 92629

HEAR FROM A PANEL OF INDIVIDUALS FROM THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

Orange County HCA; Alcohol and Drug Prevention Program

OC Sheriff’s Department - School Resource Officer

Orange County Superior Court Judge

Community Development Specialist

Person in Recovery – Personal Testimony

Start Talking Before They Start Using! Get involved in your community. Learn about various programs in Orange County. Be a part of the solution.

County of Orange Health Care Agency

Behavioral Health Services

For more information contact,

Danielle Daniels at (714) 834-5481 or ddaniels@ochca.com

The Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center is hosting an Opening Day celebration on Saturday, May 3 featuring a fabulous day of swimming and fun. Guests will get in the facility at a reduced rate of $3 per person

Permalink 04/24/14 12:41, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings

Photo: The Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center is hosting an Opening Day celebration on Saturday, May 3 featuring a fabulous day of swimming and fun. Guests will get in the facility at a reduced rate of $3 per person.  Opening Day is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the center that overlooks the golf course at 29 Santa Barbara Drive.  Games and activities for all ages take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and include a hula contest and pool games.  The Oasis Cafe will serve lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Seasonal, monthly and family passes will also be available.   During the season, residents can take advantage of the swim team, swim lessons, swim programs, delectable food and so much more. Visitors enjoy lap and recreational swim, private pool parties and numerous activities and events.  The Aquatic Center is located near Glenwood and Golf Drive.  For more information, call 949-425-2559 or visit www.alisoviejoaquaticscenter.com.

 

Opening Day is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the center that overlooks the golf course at 29 Santa Barbara Drive.

Games and activities for all ages take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and include a hula contest and pool games.

 

The Oasis Cafe will serve lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Seasonal, monthly and family passes will also be available.

During the season, residents can take advantage of the swim team, swim lessons, swim programs, delectable food and so much more.

Visitors enjoy lap and recreational swim, private pool parties and numerous activities and events.

The Aquatic Center is located near Glenwood and Golf Drive.

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

 

 


Kelly Tokarski
KT Community Relations

The Shed at the Coastal Arcadian, in Dana Point, invites you to enjoy a full evening of art, fun and music on April 24 from 5 PM to 7 PM at its Last Thursday Art Launch program

Permalink 04/23/14 16:38, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Business, The Arts

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A portion of all proceeds goes to help Laguna Beach’s Friendship Shelter, now in its 25th year of helping the homeless. Entrance to the Shed is on Amber Lantern.

Meet the Artists: Featured Artist JIM BLOOM:

Featuring new Mixed Media Paintings and Original Drawings by Philadelphia Artist    Jim Bloom. From Allentown, Pennsylvania, Jim Bloom’s portraits and scenes often evoke still shots loaded with information about the subjects depicted and the artist himself, telling stories with biting wit and irony that capture the eye and quickly convey a message or feeling that leaves a lasting impact on the viewer.

In his mixed media paintings and drawings, Bloom responds to his observations of popular culture with simultaneously raw and undeniably demanding compositions. Jim Bloom's work is currently shown exclusively at The SHED Contemporary

Enjoy the Classic Rock of MICHAEL JAMES. His passion for rock music evolved early on, leading him to singing roles with multiple bands touring Boston and New York by the age of 18, and eventually, throughout the East Coast.

20 years later, Michael attended the Berkley College of Music in Boston to gain a deeper understanding of music theory. Notable instructors included Armard Quallintine and Mary Healy (also the voice coach for singer and front man Steven Tyler for the rock-band "Aerosmith")and eventually became a teacher assistant under his mentors.

Having moved to California after leaving Berkley, Michael now teaches, as well as performs his music solo. Michael is passionate to give back to the community and strives to create a better world for present and future generations.

 

Build Your Own Mimosa. In addition to listening to Michael’s music, come “Build Your Own Mimosa" with Night Owl Productions by doily design haus. This featured vendor specializes in a variety of bar services including personable bartenders, courteous waitstaff, custom cocktail design, assistance and advisement in purchasing alcohol and barware, as well as their very own signature interactive cocktail bars.

A few of the 'Interactive', 'DIY', 'Build Your Own', absolutely awesome bars they have to offer, each of which is custom-designed per client and styled to match each individual event, includes: Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar, Martini Tasting Bar, DIY Mimosa Bar, Margarita bar and more.

MISSION STATEMENT:

 

The Mission of the Coastal Arcadian and The SHED Contemporary is to promote and enhance the community's appreciation and participation in the arts by facilitating unique art exhibits and events. Our monthly gatherings and creative workshops preserve the enrichment of all forms of art. We welcome the public to enjoy our Community Arts Commune for present and future generations.

 

The Shed Fine Arts Gallery

24471 Del Prado Avenue

Mission Viejo, Saddleback Valley Elks Dictionary Team Receives Award

Permalink 04/23/14 16:22, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Charitable

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Past Exalted Ruler Pat Martino, Exalted Ruler Derek Randles, and Public Relations Chairman Andy Costello

 

Past Exalted Ruler Pat Martino of Mission Viejo and Elks Public Relations Chairman Andy Costello of Laguna Hills were honored at a recent Elks meeting for their years of dedication to the Elks Dictionary Project.

Both received Certificates of Recognition from Exalted Ruler Derek Randles. The Elks duo has personally handed out 35,200 dictionary/encyclopedias to third grade students in the Saddleback and Capistrano Valley school districts over the past eight years.

When asked about the work, Project Chairman Martino said, “Of all the things we at the Elks do for charity and for the community, this has to be one of the most rewarding and enjoyable projects. Even in this day of the Internet, teachers have told us that the dictionary/encyclopedia is a great teaching tool, and is used in class throughout the school year.”

Teammate Andy Costello added, “We receive thousands of thank you notes and cards from students and teachers. We save every one of them in large binders to remind our members of the good the Elks are doing for our youth.

In other Elks news, the Lodge announced their upcoming Youth Appreciation Night on May 6th. Outstanding youngsters from local schools and youth groups will be honored for achievement in academics, sports, and community service.

The event will take place at the Elks Lodge, 25092 Marguerite Parkway in Mission Viejo on Tuesday at 7:00pm and is open to the public.

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 regarding the Elks or membership, call 949 830-3557.

 

Andy Costello

2014-15 CHEA Public Relations Chairman Designate

Mission Viejo, Saddleback Valley Lodge #2444

High School, College and Beyond! Every Scholar Needs a Skill! - Join us to learn about your child’s options after high school

Permalink 04/23/14 16:16, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Schools

 

Join us to learn about your child’s options after high school

Presentations on Career and Technical Education

University/College Admission Requirements

and

Community College Transfer Programs

Tuesday April 29th, 2014

6:30pm – 8:00pm

SJHHS Theater Conference Rm.

SJHHS Guidance Dept.

Presenters:

Saddleback Community College

Grand Canyon University

 

UC and CSU Representatives

Saddleback College Symphony and Choirs Present A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms

Permalink 04/23/14 16:08, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Schools, The Arts

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On Saturday, May 17th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 18th at 2:30 p.m., the Saddleback College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Yorgos Kouritas, and the Community Chorale, Concert Choir and professional soloists, under the direction of Dr. Scott Farthing, join forces to present A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms in the McKinney Theatre.

Soloists are Saddleback College voice faculty John Huntington and Soprano Rhaea D’Aliesio, Saddleback College alumnus and Master’s degree candidate in Opera at the Longy School of Music in Boston. Those who saw Saddleback Civic Light Opera’s production of Fiddler on the Roof last summer will be thrilled to see John Huntington, who played Tevye, perform baritone solos in this impressive production.

 

Tickets are $15 general and $10 students/seniors.  Call the ticket office at 949-582-4656 (noon to 4:00 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday) to order your tickets or online at www.saddleback.edu/arts.

 

Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Parkway 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 second left to Theatre Circle, turning right into Lot 12.

With a long tradition of excellence in music, the Saddleback College Vocal Program continues building on that tradition with the very finest in both standard vocal repertoire and the music of the cutting edge. The primary choirs on campus include the Community Chorale and the Concert Choir, which perform many concerts around the area throughout the school year.


Membership is open in both ensembles with the successful completion of a vocal placement interview at the beginning of each semester. In addition to beginning, intermediate, and advanced-level vocal classes, Saddleback College offers private voice lessons to a select few vocalists who are planning on pursuing degrees in vocal performance at the University or Conservatory level.

 

Past students in the Applied Music program have been accepted to prestigious music schools across the country. In addition, Saddleback College is proud to be one of a handful of community colleges in the state which offer its students the opportunity to perform in operas and opera scenes each semester.

The Saddleback Symphony Orchestra is composed from many of Orange County’s most dedicated musicians.  Symphony members bring a wide variety of personal and musical experiences to the orchestra.  The ages of the musicians span from teenagers to retirees – but equally share a passion for making music.  Currently rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 7:00 -10:00 p.m. on the Saddleback College campus.

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 event information, please visit www.saddleback.edu/arts.

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Nina Welch

Fine Arts Public Information Officer

Saddleback College

28000 Marguerite Parkway

Mission Viejo, CA 92692

www.saddleback.edu/arts

 

 

This week is Administrative Professional’s Day (otherwise known as Secretaries Day) -News and Wednesday Updates from Bergeson

Permalink 04/23/14 15:11, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Schools

 

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April 23, 2014

Marian Bergeson Elementary School

Laguna Niguel, CA  92677

School Phone:  (949) 643-1540

Call In Sick Line:  (949)643-9938

Principal:  Barbara Scholl

Bergeson Website: http://bgnes.capousd.ca.schoolloop.com/

 


ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS WEEK: This week is Administrative Professional’s Day (otherwise known as Secretaries Day). Please take a moment to call the office, stop by the office, or send an e-mail to let our hard-working all around amazing office dynamic duo (Debbie and Angel)  know how much you appreciate them.   They are an amazing team!   :)  We are very lucky to have them serving our community at our school!


COFFEE TALK THIS FRIDAY WITH LAGUNA NIGUEL MAYOR, LINDA LINDHOLM: This Friday from 8 – 9 am in the library, we have the honor of hosting Laguna Niguel Mayor, Linda Lindholm with us to give us some updates on projects that are happening within the city.  Afterwards, there will be an opportunity for question/answer time.  Please join us for this special visit!



DINE-OUT NIGHT AT BALLPARK PIZZA: It’s Pizza Night this Thursday!  Ballpark Pizza is at the corner of Crown Valley and Niguel Rd.  They are donating 20% back to our school for anything you buy ALL DAY long on Thursday, April 24.  Tell your friends and BRING the flyer with you so that our school gets credit for your purchase.  The flyer went home within the last few days in the backpacks.


ARTAPALOOZA: This Friday is Artapalooza from 5 – 8 pm where students will be able to create fantastic artwork for FREE, sponsored by our Bergeson PTA.  Tomorrow, Thursday is the last day for ordering dinner at $5 per person which includes a Chick fil A sandwich, chips and a drink.  (checks payable to Bergeson PTA with your families name in the memo line.  5th Graders will create a mural on the 5th grade wall in the back of the school (it was formerly in the front of the school but we decided to move it to the playground area).

We’d like all 5th graders to have a part in this so come on down to the playground on Friday evening.  We’ll also have a paper mural for every student in the school to work on.  All students will be able to create works with:  Sidewalk Street Chalk Drawings, Clay, Water colors and other art forms.  We are in need of volunteers for this event.  Please email Courtney Fielder if you have questions or you’d like to volunteer at cfielder1@att.net.


EARTH DAY FOOTPRINT FRIDAY: This week, we celebrate Earth Day.  As a special bonus for students who bring in their recycling this Friday, we will give out 2 Bergeson Best tickets to each student who brings a bag of recycling instead of 1 ticket.  We are trying to save our earth, one step at a time.  Recycling is a great way to teach students about this.  And added bonus, it helps our school to raise money for added programs and materials.  Thank you for your help!

Barbara Scholl

Principal, Marian Bergeson Elementary School

Laguna Niguel, CA

2014 PAGEANT IS THE NEXT CASE FOR “THE ART DETECTIVE” - July 9- August 30, 2014

Permalink 04/23/14 08:29, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: The Arts

 

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As the Pageant of the Masters – Laguna Beach’s world-famous celebration of art in “living pictures” – tableaux vivants – enters its ninth decade, Pageant director Diane Challis Davy was eager to field questions during a “third degree” about her 2014 theme, The Art Detective.

To the question: Who is “the Art Detective”? Challis Davy replied, “Anyone who suffers from a case of curiosity, who’s driven to ask who, what, where, when and why.” She added, “Who doesn’t love to solve a mystery or enjoy a good scandal or a ‘ripping yarn’?”

 

The original inspiration for the theme, she said, came from television shows like “The History Detectives” and the “Connections” series, as well as from her love of Sherlock Holmes stories.

But, as with all her Pageants, this one begins with great masterpieces of art. “We’ll feature Manet’s ‘Olympia,’ Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch,’ Botticelli’s ‘Primavera’ and ‘Madame X’ by John Singer Sargent,” Challis Davy noted, revealing just a few of the highlights from her list.

The Art Detective will be beautiful, fun, enlightening and mysterious. And through the art of storytelling, we’ll shed light on true and sensational art history.”

Speaking of storytelling, Challis Davy’s veteran scriptwriter Dan Duling expressed his own enthusiasm for the 2014 theme: “The history of art is filled with whodunits, unsolved mysteries and tales of discoveries that changed the way we look at the world.

Behind every masterpiece, there are clues to many other mysteries. I can’t wait to explore these dramatic tales of art lost and found, and the amazing efforts to preserve and protect our artistic heritage.”

The 2014 Pageant will also revisit the world’s most costly, as yet unsolved, art heist. In 1990, thieves stole a Vermeer painting and several other priceless works from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

It’s a case that, after all these years, now seems on the verge of a breakthrough. That possibility prompted Challis Davy to wonder, “Will it be solved before our season ends?”

As with last year’s tribute to movies and masterpieces, The Art Detective will have its share of theatrical surprises and exciting revelations, and an all-new score written by its contributing composers and performed each night by the Pageant’s world-class orchestra under the direction of conductor John Elg. Returning to the narrator’s booth for his fourth year at the Pageant is Richard Doyle.

Everyone associated with the production gratefully understands the Pageant wouldn’t be possible without its volunteers, which also include Challis Davy’s research committee.

Now numbering nearly 100 participants, the research committee members are amateur “art detectives” in their own right, presenting suggestions every year for consideration as Challis Davy begins the challenging process of choosing artworks for the Pageant’s new theme.

Finally, Challis Davy was asked if she could offer any other clues about what’s in store for audiences in 2014. With a conspiratorial smile, she said, “I want to keep them on the edge of their seats.”

ABOUT THE PAGEANT OF THE MASTERS

The Pageant of the Masters is the Festival of Arts’ crowning jewel and arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. Real people magically transformed into life-sized re-creations of famous works of arts. A live narrator guides the audience through the story of each living picture accompanied by the music of a professional orchestra. With an expert staff and hundreds of dedicated volunteers, the Pageant of the Masters has won recognition as the best presentation of its kind.

DATES & TIMES

July 9 – August 30, 2014

Performances Nightly at 8:30pm

TICKET INFORMATION
Advance Tickets: $15 - $220

A Pageant ticket also acts as a season pass to the Festival art show.

 

LOCATION

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

 

FOR INFORMATION & TICKETS

(800) 487-2787 or (949) 494-1145

www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org

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.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION

 

The Festival of Arts, a non-profit 501(c)(3), has always been a local leader that has helped with the growth and development of the community and the arts in Laguna Beach. Established in 1932, the Festival of Arts’ mission is to promote, produce and sponsor events and activities that encourage the appreciation, study and performance of the arts.

For every summer for over 80 years, the Festival of Arts has produced two world-class events: The Festival of Arts- California’s Premier Fine Art Show and the Pageant of the Masters- where art comes to life. Together both shows attract more than 250,000 visitors into Laguna Beach.

 

Joe Haakenson

JUVE Creative, Inc.

 


Before Segerstrom Center audiences rock out to RAIN – A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES, they are invited to partake in pre-show activities that include a photo opportunity depicting a replica of the iconic album cover from The Beatles eleventh album, Abbey Road

Permalink 04/22/14 17:10, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: The Arts

Here Comes the Pre-Show Fun Offered 
by Segerstrom Center During 

April 25 & 26, 2014

 

There will also be Abbey Road trivia on display. Patrons are encouraged to post photos on their social media sites and use hashtag #RainTributeOC.

Cast for the Orange County engagement includes Paul Curatolo as Paul McCartney, Steve Landes as John Lennon, Ralph Castelli as Ringo Starr and Joe Bithorn as George Harrison. Chris Smallwoodjoins as the keyboardist.

 

 

 

Learn about the exciting luminous underwater world just waiting to shine!

Permalink 04/22/14 17:06, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings

The Ocean Institute will offer evening Bioluminescence cruises on Saturday, May 31, June 28, July 26, August 23, September 20, October 25, 7:30 – 10 p.m. The cruises provide a unique opportunity to learn about the remarkable ability of some marine animals to glow in the dark and to witness this curiously beautiful phenomenon.

Cost $35 adults, $22 for children ages 4-12 (Ocean Institute members $22 adult, $19 child).  Cruise information and reservations: (949) 496-2274, dial “0” for the operator.

 

 

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.

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 every day, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Institute address: 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point.  Website: www.ocean-institute.org.  Phone: (949) 496-2274.

Jim Graves

HarpsiSecrets Revealed! Saddleback College McKinney Theatre

Permalink 04/22/14 17:01, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Schools, The Arts

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–On Sunday, May 4th at 2:30 p.m., Reflections of the Ocean Classical Keyboard Series is pleased to present nationally-recognized harpsichordist John Metz performing and elucidating on how to play expressively on this seemingly recalcitrant historic keyboard instrument—the harpsichord!

There will be a demonstration of the harpsichord and “how harpsichord players think,” followed by a short recital. Music by Bach, Georg Muffat and the great French Baroque woman composer Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre. "We just had John Metz (Arizona State) on campus as visiting artist for a week, including an absolutely stunning program of the Goldberg Variations."  John.Howell at Virginia Tech. Metz lays to rest, once and for all, the myth that dynamics cannot be attained with a harpsichord just because it has no pedals.  The performer finds subtle ways of shading and coloring his sounds." Dimitri Drobatschewsky  The Arizona Republic Jan 28, 1994

John Metz, Harpsichordist and Pianist, received a Master’s Degree in Piano from Syracuse University and a Doctorate in Harpsichord from The Juilliard School.  From 1968 to 1978 he was Pianist in Residence at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.

In 1980 he joined the faculty of Arizona State University where he developed an early music program and taught piano and harpsichord. He also directed the Baroque Ensemble where he coached singers and instrumentalists in baroque style. Dr. Metz performed on the Connecticut Early Music Festival every year since its inception in 1982, and he took over as Artistic Director of the Festival from 1999 to 2007.

He retired from Arizona State University in 2004 and settled in Waterford, CT. where he has been teaching piano and harpsichord.  His recordings include Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Three Harpsichord Suites by Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre. (Summit and SoundSet Records)

Tickets are $15 general; $12 seniors; $10 students; children FREE with paying adult; 2 for 1 for music teachers with MTAC/CAPMT ID. For tickets call 949-582-4656 (Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 4:00 p.m). or order your tickets online at any time at www.saddleback.edu/arts).

 

Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Parkway 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 second left to Theatre Circle, turning right into Lot 12.

 

The Music Department has established a comprehensive program which is considered to be one of the finest in California: a complete lower-division curriculum for transferring music majors, numerous performance groups, private and group lessons, a full concert series with faculty and guest artists, and general music courses.

The nationally-recognized faculty is dedicated to performance and to teaching in all areas such as vocal, instrumental, jazz, guitar, and piano.  Other music classes include harmony, musicianship, composition, history, and appreciation of western art music, rock, jazz and world.

 

 

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 more than 300 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals.  For more information, please visit www.saddleback.edu.  For Fine Arts events, visit www.saddleback.edu/arts.

Nina Welch

Fine Arts Public Information Officer

Saddleback College

28000 Marguerite Parkway

Mission Viejo, CA 92692

www.saddleback.edu/arts

PACIFIC SYMPHONY’S 2014 GALA “BY THE SEA” DELIVERS WHIMSY OF TURN-OF-THE-CENTURY SEASIDE AMUSEMENT PARK RIFE WITH BATHING BEAUTIES, CARNIVAL STUNTS AND RED HOT BIG BAND!

Permalink 04/22/14 16:53, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Charitable, pacific symphony

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Hop on board the electric Red Car and escape down to the picturesque seaside of the turn of the last century for Pacific Symphony’s 2014 Gala “By the Sea,” a lavish evening of carnival fun, coastal delicacies, auction items and thrilling entertainment.

To celebrate the orchestra’s 35 years in Orange County, the Gala committee has designed a soirée reminiscent of the first boardwalks, Ferris wheels, bath houses and dance floors that lined California’s beautiful coast.

Taking place for the first time at the ocean-side Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa on Saturday, May 31, at 5:30 p.m., guests enjoy the shimmering views and fresh salt air as they stroll along “The Walk of a Thousand Lights” and test their skills in a host of carnival games and fun houses along the boardwalk.

A romantic ride on the Ferris wheel awaits, as do a bevy of bathing beauties, sideshow entertainers and tempting carnival-inspired treats.

“This year’s Gala takes its inspiration from the old seaside amusement parks that were built in the early 1900s in the beach-side towns of California,” says Joann Leatherby, who serves as the Gala chair along with Greg Bates. “The Long Beach Pike, just up the road from the Huntington Beach Hyatt where we are hosting the event, was founded in 1902. With its Grand Bathhouse, Majestic Ballroom and Walk of a Thousand Lights, the Pike provided us with a theme that is both entertaining and elegant.”

Adorned in blue and metallic art deco, the “Majestic Ballroom” opens at 6:45 p.m. for a gourmet feast of seaside cuisine, an exhilarating live auction and entertainment by Pacific Symphony musicians.

The Ballroom was a favorite of many Big Bands of the time, so the  Symphony wraps up the memorable evening with its favorite “Big Band,” J.T. & Friends, courtesy of Symphony supporter, John Tu of Kingston Technology.

Attire is black tie or formal art deco-era fashion, and valet is hosted. To RSVP (tables are $15,000-$100,000; individual seats are $1,000), please contact the special events department at (714) 876-2364 or events@pacificsymphony.org.

 

Leatherby, who is a dedicated Symphony board member with a long history of philanthropy in Orange County adds: “It’s such a meaningful year for Pacific Symphony, as the orchestra celebrates its 35th season in Orange County! Therefore, it’s so fitting for our Gala to celebrate some of what makes Orange County, with its access to the ocean and incredible weather, a wonderful home for such a world-class symphony.”

Upon entering the reception, guests are invited to “step right up” and experience the whimsy and delight of a 1900s’ carnival! While sipping delicious beverage concoctions and munching on upscale carnival fare such as black pepper bacon and truffle popcorn, Ahi cones, and mini “Pink” pups, guests may take in the sweet serenades of a barbershop quartet.

Lining the boardwalk are a plethora of circus acts to entrance guests with amazing stunts and acts of bravery. These include the bearded lady on stilts, George the Giant who walks on glass and the man who eats fire! A carnival barker urges guests to try their luck in the Hall of Mirrors, have their fortunes told or be sure to see the contortionist bend like a pretzel—plus many other surprises!

Once Gala attendees have taken a ride on the Ferris wheel and proven their hands in games of skill, they make their way into the Majestic Ballroom for a scrumptious gourmet dinner, live auction and more entertainment!

The multi-course meal includes a Waldorf salad with romaine, orchard apple, celery, candied walnuts and roasted grapes with a creamy honey dressing; duet of grilled filet mignon with caramelized shallots and cabernet demi and roasted sea bass topped with lemon fennel confit; a sweet pea and gruyere cheese soufflé; and market rainbow carrots and haricot verts.

Dessert is a Neapolitan panna cotta with grilled pineapple and warm bananas foster (menu is subject to change). While guests enjoy their meal, members of the Symphony and Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles showcase the music and education programs, all of which benefit from the Gala’s proceeds.

 

After dinner, the enticing live auction begins! A yearly favorite, the Gala auction is brimming with extravagant items, extraordinary travel packages and one-of-a-kind experiences.

This year’s lucky guests have the opportunity to: bid on a luxury vacation to the St. Regis Bora Bora, courtesy of Tahiti.com; join film composer James Newton Howard in London as he works on the score for the newest “Hunger Games” film, “Mockingjay”; and be part of an intimate luncheon with violinist Joshua Bell.

After the auction and fund-a-need, J.T. & Friends heat up the dance floor with their full string section, brass, woodwinds, keyboard, percussion and myriad singers for a grand ending to the evening.

“I love music. I wouldn’t be who I am today without the many years I studied piano. I love classical music. I love fund-raising. And I love having fun. And I love being ‘By the Sea,’” concludes Leatherby. “What better job for me than to put that all together and chair the Pacific Symphony Gala?!”

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

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