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PACIFIC SYMPHONY MUSIC DIRECTOR CARL ST.CLAIR PAYS TRIBUTE TO HIS GREATEST MENTOR, LEONARD BERNSTEIN, WITH FOUR CONCERTS DEDICATED TO HIS MOST SIGNIFICANT WORKS

Permalink 01/28/15 16:49, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: The Arts, Pacific Symphony

 

“For the Love of Bernstein,” part of the “Music Unwound” series, features special guest host Jamie Bernstein, pianist Benjamin Pasternack and soprano Dawn Upshaw

 

The concert takes place Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 29-31, at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall; a preview talk with Alan Chapman begins at 7 p.m.

Composer, conductor and teacher Leonard Bernstein, one of the undeniable giants of 20th-century music, and the first American-born conductor to become a major star, becomes the focal point of Pacific Symphony’s second “Music Unwound” concert this season, “For the Love of Bernstein.”

In 1985, a young Carl St.Clair met Bernstein as a conducting fellow at Tanglewood Music Center. A few years later in 1990, St.Clair stepped in for the ailing Maestro and conducted his “Arias and Barcarolles” during what turned out to be Bernstein’s last concert. St.Clair would soon be named music director of Pacific Symphony, but the impact of Bernstein’s mentoring to St.Clair has remained to this day.

Together with other artists who have been privileged to work with the fabled conductor, St.Clair—who is celebrating his 25th anniversary season with Pacific Symphony—offers a heartfelt tribute to the man he calls the greatest influence on his musical life. “For the Love of Bernstein” includes a multitude of Bernstein’s best music including his Symphony No. 2, “The Age of Anxiety”; “Slava! A Political Overture”; “Somewhere” from “West Side Story”; Overture to “Candide”; selections from “Three Dance Episodes” from “On the Town,” “Arias and Barcarolles,” “Trouble in Tahiti” and “Wonderful Town.”

The concert takes place Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 29-31, at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall; a preview talk with Alan Chapman begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25-$99. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit PacificSymphony.org.

 

Janelle Kruly

Public Relations Associate

Pacific Symphony

3631 S. Harbor Blvd. Suite 100

Santa Ana, CA 92704

Direct: 714/ 876-2385 │Tickets: 714/ 755-5799

www.PacificSymphony.org

Free Concert with Pacific Symphony Orchestra Cellist Laszlo Mezo at Saddleback College

Permalink 01/28/15 16:46, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Schools, The Arts, Pacific Symphony

 

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The Division of Fine Arts and Media Technology is thrilled to present a free noon concert as part of their monthly Concert Hour with Laszlo Mezo on Thursday, January 29th at 12 noon in Fine Arts 101.

Born in Budapest, Hungary, Laszlo Mezo gained national recognition as one of the top musicians of his generation. Mr. Mezo has forged a career as a soloist, recitalist, master teacher, and chamber musician.

He has performed extensively in Europe, Asia, and North and South America. Always eager to pass on his knowledge, Laszlo has conducted master classes in Japan, Brazil, Italy, Switzerland, Hungary, and the United States.

Currently residing in Los Angeles, California, Mr. Mezo is a member of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. He is a sought after soloist, and an active studio musician in Hollywood. He has played in many film scores, some most updated blockbusters include Ice Age, Life of Pi, Wolverine, and The Lone Ranger.

 

Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Parkway in Mission Viejo, just east of Interstate 5 at the Avery Parkway exit.  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.

 

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

 

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Nina Welch

Fine Arts Public Information Officer

Saddleback College

28000 Marguerite Parkway

Mission Viejo, CA 92692

www.saddleback.edu/arts

UCLA Violin Professor Movses Pogossian Presents Free Master Class to Saddleback Violin Students

Permalink 01/28/15 16:40, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Schools, The Arts

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Director of Instrumental Studies Yorgos Kouritas at Saddleback College is thrilled to announce a master class by UCLA violin professor Movses Pogossian on Sunday, February 8th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Fine Arts 101. Advanced violin students will perform. Admission is free and open to the public.

 

Native of Armenia, violinist Movses Pogossian made his American debut performing the Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Boston Pops in 1990, about which R. Dyer of the Boston Globe wrote: “There is freedom in his playing, but also taste and discipline. It was a fiery, centered, and highly musical performance…” Movses Pogossian has since performed with orchestras such as the Brandenburger Symphoniker and the Halle Philharmonic in Germany, the Sudety Philharmonic in Poland, the Tucson Symphony, the El Paso Symphony, the Scandinavian Chamber Orchestra of New York, and the Toronto Sinfonia.

 

Saddleback’s Instrumental Studies Department is privileged to have some of the finest musicians of the Pacific Symphony as its instructors. This semester the department will be hosting master classes by distinguished violinists such as Haroutune Bedelian and Guillaume Sutre. Previously, master classes have been taught by Martin Chalifour and William Fitzpatrick.

The Symphony Orchestra and the Wind Ensemble tackle some of the most difficult pieces such as Verdi’s and Brahms’ Requiems. Dr. Kouritas is also teaching violin, viola, and chamber music and has performed recently several violin recitals. Last April, he was honored to work with Carl St. Clair in the Ithaca Conducting Master class. In June, he was selected by the Baltimore Symphony to work in a master class with Gerard Schwarz (former Seattle Symphony’s Music Director). http://www.saddleback.edu/fa/instrumental-music

Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Parkway in Mission Viejo, just east of Interstate 5 at the Avery Parkway exit.  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.

 

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

 

 

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Nina Welch

Fine Arts Public Information Officer

Saddleback College

28000 Marguerite Parkway

Mission Viejo, CA 92692

www.saddleback.edu/arts

Segerstrom Center Presents GUYS AND DOLLS, 4/14 - 19

Permalink 01/28/15 16:29, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, The Arts

Big League Productions Inc. Presents

at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County

April 14 - 19, 2015

Bustling with gamblers, gangsters and sassy showgirls, GUYS AND DOLLS plays in Orange County at Segerstrom Center for the Arts from April 14 – 19, 2015. The musical revisits Broadway’s golden era with a score by the legendaryFrank Loesser and a masterfully witty book and lyrics by Joe Swerling and comedy legend Abe BurrowsGUYS AND DOLLS is based on the glorious Damon Runyon comic book world of 1940s Times Square New York City.

 

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Tribute Show ABBA the Concert Comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Permalink 01/28/15 16:25, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, The Arts

 


ABBA the Concert pays tribute to the phenomenal Swedish pop group for one night only at Segerstrom Center for the Arts on May 8, 2015.

Fans will hear such favorites as “Mamma Mia,” “S.O.S.,” “Money, Money, Money,” “The Winner Takes All,” “Waterloo,” “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme” and “Dancing Queen.”

 

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts

DIRTY DANCING at Segerstrom Center, 2/3 - 15

Permalink 01/28/15 16:23, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: The Arts

Casting and Creative Team Announced 
for the Orange County Premiere of

February 3 - 15, 2015
at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Segerstrom Center for the Arts announced  that Samuel Pergande andJillian Mueller will star as Johnny Castle and Frances “Baby” Houseman in the Orange County premiere of DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE.

Pergande and Mueller will lead a company of 26 that includes Doug Carpenter (Billy Kostecki, Singer), Sam Edgerly (Robbie), Jerome Harmann-Hardeman (Tito Suarez), Caralyn Kozlowski (Marjorie Houseman), Jesse Liebman (Neil Kellerman), Gary Lynch (Max Kellerman), Herman Petras (Mr. Schumacher), Emily Rice (Lisa Houseman), Mark Elliot Wilson (Dr. Jake Houseman) and Jenny Winton (Penny Johnson).

 

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Vocational Visions Sets $100,000 Fundraising Goal for 12th Annual Enchanted Evening Fundraiser

Permalink 01/28/15 16:20, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Charitable

Vocational Visions presents its popular Enchanted Evening

fundraiser on Saturday, April 18 in hopes of reaching their fund raising goal of $100,000.

 

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All proceeds will directly support the programs and services of Vocational Visions

which provides vocational, economic and community inclusion services to adults with

intellectual/developmental and other disabilities.

 

Chaired by community leader and Vocational Visions’ board member Hilary Hurt, the event

will be held at the Irvine Marriott Hotel and this year’s theme is “An Enchanted Evening of

Magic & Comedy.”


World champion magician Johnny Ace Palmer will entertain and mesmerize guests throughout

the evening which includes cocktail reception and social hour with expansive silent auction,

multi-course dinner, live auction, musical entertainment and heart-warming performance by

Vocational Visions participants.

Admission is $125 per person and sponsorship and table opportunities are available. For reservations or further information, contact Tammy Jensen at 949.837.7280, ext. 214 or visit www.vocationalvisions.org.

The Irvine Marriott Hotel is located at 18000 Von Karman Ave in Irvine.

About Vocational Visions
Since 1974, Vocational Visions has provided vocational, economic and social services to Orange County adults with intellectual/developmental and other disabilities. The nonprofit organization has eight comprehensive programs that serve more than 500 men and women by providing pathways to employment, life-long learning, and community inclusion.

Salt Creek Grille in Dana Point will celebrate Valentine's Day Feb. 13-15 with a three-course prix fixe couple's menu

Permalink 01/28/15 16:07, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Life in South O.C., Business

 

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Salt Creek Grille in Dana Point will celebrate Valentine's Day Feb. 13-15 with a three-course prix fixe couple's menu ($49 per person) and specialty a la carte menu available all weekend long .

Reservations are available for the popular eatery that's nestled on the corner of Crown Valley Parkway and Pacific Coast Highway at 32802 Pacific Coast Highway.

For more information, call 949-661-7799 or visit saltcreekgrille.com.

 

 

 

 

(Holiday Hours May Vary)
Bar: Daily 4pm


Dinner: Monday- Friday  5pm
Saturday - Sunday  4pm

Lunch: Saturday 11:30am and Sunday 10:30am
Happy Hour: Sunday - Friday 4pm to 6:30pm

Brunch: Saturday 11:30 - 2pm and Sunday 10:30am - 2pm

Address
32802 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, California 92629
Phone
(949) 661-7799 
Fax
(949) 661 2447


Kelly Tokarski
KT Community Relations

CHARMING VOCAL SENSATION—THE TENORS—WIN HEARTS AND DELIVER ROMANTIC EVENING OF MUSIC FOR VALENTINE’S DAY CONCERT WITH PACIFIC SYMPHONY POPS

Permalink 01/28/15 15:48, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Pacific Symphony

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With looks as hot as their voices, The Tenors bring their powerful and diverse vocal talent to Pacific Symphony Pops for a special Valentine’s Day weekend with the orchestra.


Admired as Canada’s national treasure, the charming quartet performs a romantic mix of classical and contemporary pop music, perfect for a night out with that special someone.

Since the release of their platinum-selling debut album in 2008, vocalists Victor Micallef, Clifton Murray, Remigio Pereira and Fraser Walters have quickly risen to fame, performing with big-name artists such as Paul McCartney, Queen, Neil Young, Sarah McLachlan, Chris Botti, Brian McKnight and Natalie Cole.

Singing songs from their newest album, “Lead With Your Heart,” which includes four original works, The Tenors perform favorites such as the title piece, “Ava Maria,” “Anchor Me,” “Lullaby,” “Hallelujah” and others, all backed by the lush sounds of the full symphony orchestra.

“Valentine’s Day with The Tenors” takes place Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 12-14, at 8 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets are $35-$160; Box Circle, $185. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.

Led by Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman, the Symphony opens the concert with familiar love themes from the classical and popular catalogs.

“Love will be in the air on our Valentine’s Day Pops weekend,” expresses Kaufman. “In addition to The Tenors, the orchestra performs music from both the classics and Hollywood, which are all about love and relationships.

The sounds of romance include Mozart’s ‘Marriage of Figaro,” the lilting melody of Debussy’s ‘Clair de Lune’ and, from Hollywood, the magical score from the Academy Award-winning film ‘Chocolat,’ as well as one of the most memorable love themes ever written: ‘An Affair to Remember.’ There will be a lot of hand-holding going on during our musical celebration of Valentine’s Day!”

 

The International Review of Music was overjoyed with The Tenors’ performance in Los Angeles, claiming that “each of the tenors has an individual vocal texture, the solo passages were filled with emotional variation and the ensemble segments came vividly to life via the colorful blending of sounds.” The critic further complimented the group saying, “The evening belonged to The Tenors. To their singing, to their musicality, to their entertaining collection of songs, and to their warm and irresistible amiability.”

Widely admired by critics and fans, The Tenors continue their success with their newest album, “Lead With Your Heart,” which garnered a 2013 JUNO Award for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year. For the group, “Lead With Your Heart” is more than just a cover title, it’s their mantra.

On the band’s website, singer Walters explains, “Our music always comes from our hearts and reflects our lives, allowing our sensibilities and our life experiences to shine through.” Murray adds, “Music is the language of the soul.”

The four tenors originate from various cities across Canada, bringing unique experiences and perspectives to their music. In their short time together, they have had the privilege of performing on The Oprah Winfrey Show with Celine Dion, for Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, at the 2011 live broadcast of the Emmy Awards and many major league sports games, as well as at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.

They have traveled from Bangkok and New York to London and Israel, sharing their artfully balanced mix of world music, pop, opera and folk with the world.

The Symphony’s Pops series receives support from the official vehicle, Mercedes-Benz, Avenue of the Arts Wyndham Hotel, PBS SoCal and K-Earth 101.

 

Janelle Kruly

Public Relations Associate

Pacific Symphony

3631 S. Harbor Blvd. Suite 100

Santa Ana, CA 92704

 

Direct: 714/ 876-2385 │Tickets: 714/ 755-5799

www.PacificSymphony.org

FOUND THEATRE HOSTS THREE PERFORMANCES OF NEW PERFORMANCE PIECE "FERAL CHILD" BY LONG BEACH ARTIST KATIE FARIS

Permalink 01/28/15 15:43, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: The Arts

 

Feral Child is a performance art piece centering around Greta, a distraught young woman, and her perspective of societal constructs.

After throwing a tantrum, she fragments her personality into six facets: Logic, Confusion, Sullen, Manic, Curiosity, and Maternal.

Through the use of absurdism, movement, dialogue, and five badass players, this original piece explores the nonsense that is "the civilized world."

 

CAST:

Danielle Kaufman...Logic/Confusion

Joel Jasper...Manic

Matthew Vincent Julian...Sullen

Jonny Shams...Curiosity

Katie Faris...Greta/Maternal

 

Written and Curated by Katie Faris

Collaboratively Choreographed by Cast

Set by Amy Solis and Danielle Kaufman

 

Show Title: Feral Child

 

Dates & Times: Friday & Saturday, January 30 & 31, 8 p.m.; Sunday, February 1, 2:30 p.m.

 

Tickets $10. Tickets sold at door only; no presale.

Venue: The Found Theatre, 599 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802

For more information: foundtheatre.org

“Murray Kruger – Digital Artwork” Exhibit at foaSOUTH Now thru April 9, 2015

Permalink 01/28/15 15:41, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, The Arts

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Murray Kruger, Steam Tractor, 30 x 40” (2010)

 

Explore the fantastical digital artwork of Murray Kruger at the Festival of Arts satellite gallery foaSOUTH on display now thru April 9, 2015. The public is invited to a meet the artist at a special reception on February 5 from 6 – 9pm during First Thursdays Art Walk in Laguna Beach.

 

Originally from South Africa, Murray Kruger received his formal training in painting and printmaking at Christi College in London, England. He later developed an interest in digital art and pursued further studies at San Diego State University and La Jolla Academy of Advertising Arts.

 

Murray has exhibited his digital artwork at the Festival of Arts since 2006. His images feature classically inspired figure studies with futuristic environments. Using 3D modeling software, each element is sculpted within a virtual space with careful attention to texture and lighting to create a painterly effect.

 

“Art has to be re-imagined continuously or it is in danger of becoming repetitive,” stated Murray Kruger. “A painter uses a brush; I use a computer to bring my concepts to reality.”

 

ABOUT FOA SOUTH

Opened as a collaboration between Festival of the Arts and Active Culture, foaSOUTH serves visitors and residents of Laguna Beach by promoting Festival-related exhibitions throughout the year.

Located at 1006 S. Coast Highway on the corner of Anita and PCH, the gallery has partnered with Active Culture to provide frozen yogurt and natural foods on the premises at their café.

Open weekdays from 10am - 9pm and weekends from 8am - 9pm. The Festival of Arts is a non-profit organization whose proceeds go to support the arts in and about Laguna Beach. For more information, call (949) 494-1145 or go online to www.LagunaFestivalofArts.com

 

Meghan Perez

 

Sharbie Higuchi, Director of Marketing and Public Relations,

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

Aliso Viejo Police Services seeking some good PALS

Permalink 01/28/15 15:35, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: News, Happenings, Charitable

Adult volunteers are sought to take part in the Aliso Viejo Police Assistance Liaison Services (AV PALS) volunteer program.

AV PALS assists Aliso Viejo Police Services with non-enforcement duties like neighborhood patrol, crime prevention programs, vacation home checks, community outreach, help with special events and more.

Becoming a member of the PALS team allows folks the opportunity to provide positive communications between the community and law enforcement.

"As a PALS team member, people gain great satisfaction knowing that their contributions have helped control, reduce and prevent crime in Aliso Viejo," said Crime Prevention Specialist Julia Smith.

Certain requirements apply. For details, click here or visit the Aliso Viejo Exchange website at http://www.alisoviejoexchange.com

 

Kelly Tokarski
KT Community Relations

Sea of Love: Valentine's Day event at the Ocean Institute - Come share the love this Valentine’s Day and learn about relationships under the sea

Permalink 01/28/15 15:33, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings

The Ocean Institute is celebrating Valentine’s Day with its annual “Sea of Love” program on Sunday, February 15, 2015, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Come share the love this Valentine’s Day and learn about relationships under the sea. Find out which animals stay in love forever and which are not so willing to commit to a lifetime of love.

Activities include themed crafts, scavenger hunts, and dissections.  Did you know a squid has three hearts?  Find out when you dissect one yourself!  Guests can make their own ocean-themed valentine and learn about the history of Valentine’s Day.  The program is included in paid admission to the Institute ($4.50-$6.50), and free to members.  For additional information about the Institute, visit www.ocean-institute.org or call (949) 496-2274.

 

The Ocean Institute is a non-profit organization which seeks to demystify the world of science, empower children to become tomorrow’s scientific leaders, and deepen society’s appreciation of how the ocean and science impact our lives.  Established in 1977, the Ocean Institute uses the mystery and allure of the ocean to inspire 115,000 students per year with more than 60 award-winning ocean science and maritime history programs.

We’re located in Dana Point Harbor alongside the tide pools of a Marine Protected Area, and we use the ocean as the classroom to inspire students of all ages to learn.  We’re 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

2 UNIQUE AND ROMANTIC WAYS TO CELEBRATE VALENTINE'S DAY - Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching

Permalink 01/26/15 11:50, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings



Whale watch aboard the largest vessel in Orange County, the Dana Pride. Valentine's Day chocolate treats and glasses of champagne are included. A full cash bar is also available.
$39/person | 4–6pm

OR

Join us on a sparkling wine tasting harbor cruise on the luxurious catamaran OCean Adventures. Four organic sparkling wine tastes and a chocolate bar are included. A full cash bar is also available.
$49/person | 5:30–7pm

Be sure to make reservations at one of Dana Point Harbor's many romantic restaurants for after the cruise and you'll have an unforgettable evening

 

 

2-Hour Whale Watching Adventure Cruise

Trips depart daily!

Delight in the exciting sights and sounds of the magnificent ocean creatures off Dana Point. Known as a landmark for marine life sightings, Dana Wharf’s ocean adventure cruises offer rare glimpses into a huge variety of underwater wildlife and gorgeous scenic views you’ll never forget.

Join us as we search for whales, dolphin, sea lion and other exciting marine life! All of our cruises are narrated by our expert captains who will educate you on the abundant ocean life on our coast. Trips are all 2 hours long, plenty of time to discover the world that lies beneath! Remember that sightings of marine life are guaranteed!

Cost: Adults – $45; Kids – $25

 

NEW! Deluxe Catamaran Adventure

Come aboard our specially built, luxurious catamaran for an incredible 2 to 2.5-hour Whale and Dolphin Adventure. A totally different, intimate and unforgettable experience!
2.5 Hour Catamaran Tours start back up in January.

 

Enjoy:

  • A limited number of passengers – this trip is NEVER CROWDED!
  • Amazing viewing platform- our passengers can view marine life and not get wet.
  • A faster and quieter journey – advanced technology engines assure you a smooth ride!
  • An up close and personal experience – get closer to marine life such as whales and dolphins and watch them as they swim beneath you.
  • An educational experience – get your questions answered by our on-board professional naturalist or marine biologist.
  • Bask in the sun on the sun bench in the back or ride the bow for an adventure!
  • Our enclosed cabin boasts a full view of the ocean and flat screen monitors so you can see the Captain’s navigation screen and more.

The 63 ft OCean Adventure is an eco-friendly, state-of-the-art catamaran, also available for charters. It is certified to carry up to 59 passengers and is fully equipped with an easy-access deli-style galley and full-service bar.

Half Price Tuesday!

Every Tuesday, all our trips are half price! Take advantage of this special pricing and bring your friends and family!

 

 

SPORTFISHING

Have you ever wanted to go ocean fishing but thought it was only for the professional? Well, we have good news for you! Dana Wharf Sportfishing offers fishing trips all year long and anyone can go – young, old, experienced or those out for their first trip. Our landing caters to the novice as well as the seasoned angler. Our knowledgeable crew and expert skippers who are always eager to help educate and instruct, if needed. The types of fish available to catch vary depending on the season and water temperature. They include Halibut, Barracuda, Yellowtail, White Sea Bass, Sand Bass, Calico Bass, Bonito, and even Tuna. You never know what you might reel in, and that is part of the magic of fishing.

Our vessels are clean and our friendly, professional and experienced crew are there to help you! Our vessels offer a full galley with hot and cold food. Beer, soda, chips and candy are available for purchase (sorry, no coolers can be brought aboard the boat). If you do not have fishing gear, we have rods and reels to rent from $14 – $18, and a day license for anyone over 16 years of age is required. Come join us for an adventure you will never forget. It might just become an obsession.

3/4 Day Fishing

These 9-hour local, coastal trips are currently fishing for bass, rockfish, and yellowtail.
Adults – $64; Seniors – $59; Children – $46
For more information on our 3/4 Day Trips, please read FAQ’s!

1/2 Day Fishing

This 5-hour trip is perfect for families and fish locally off the coast. 
Adults – $46; Seniors – $41; Children – $29
For more information on our 1/2 Day Trips, please read FAQ’s!


Two Ways to Enter

1. Halibut Drift Days

These are special extended halibut drift trips that will specifically drift for halibut.
Fridays and / or Sundays 7:00am – 4:00pm – Limited load to 25 passengers.
$64 per person, $5 entry included in price.
Buy tickets online at Zerve here!

2. Enter on any open party ½ or ¾ day trip!

Cost is $5 and will be taken at time of check-in. Entry must be paid for before boat departs. An entry is only valid for the day it is purchased. To enter on a different day, an addition entry ticket must be purchased.

Buy tickets online at Zerve here!
YOUR $5 ENTRY GOES INTO THE HALIBUT DERBY JACKPOT!

6 Ways to Win

  1. At the end of the derby, the angler who catches the largest halibut (by weight) will receive 50% of the Halibut Derby Prize Money! (Prize money accumulated between November 1st, 2014 and April 30th, 2015)
  2. The remaining 50% of the Halibut Derby Jackpot will go to the winner of the Dana Wharf Halibut Derby Fish Off on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015. The Fish Off will be a free trip for the top 25 anglers who catch the top 25 halibut (by weight) during the Halibut Derby.
  3. Each month of the Derby, a $100 gift card to Dana Wharf, an Okuma rod/reel, a Hogan’s Tackle Gift Certificate/Grab Bag and a Jig Stop Gift Certificate will be awarded to the angler who catches the largest halibut (by weight) that month.
  4. Every angler entered in the Derby that catches a Halibut 15lbs or larger will win a $65 gift box filled with prizes from BD OUTDOORS. (Gift box will be mailed to the angler.)
  5. Each Drift Day every angler will be entered in a raffle to win a 3/4 day fishing trip with Dana Wharf. ($64 Value)
  6. Each Drift Day the JACKPOT winner will receive a free hat and shirt from Dana Wharf or one of our sponsors.

Buy tickets online at Zerve here!

Please read the full rules and eligibility requirements. Please note rules are subject to change.
*Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult on either the Halibut Drift Days or when buying a Halibut ticket on a 1/2 day or 3/4 day.

Kids Free Fishing Clinic and Free Fishing Trip

Sundays at Noon

Dana Wharf Sportfishing invites all children to come to their dock side fishing clinic and learn hands on techniques on fishing from the experts. After the clinic Dana Wharf will be running a fishing trip from 12:45 – 5:45, adults are $39 plus license and equipment, children 12 and under fish for FREE. Extra bonus is the chance of spotting whales, dolphins and other marine life! This trip includes equipment! More information and reservations call Dana Wharf at 949-496-5794.

 

Lobster Fishing Trips:

Try our special Captain Dave's twilight lobster safari fishing trip and enjoy a relaxing evening on the Helena with our special guest captain Dave!

  • Seasonal catches include Lobster
  • Learn from our knowledgeable, family friendly crew and skippers who will expertly guide you throughout this fun filled excursion.
  • Bask in the breathtaking views of Dana Point Harbor's serene beaches and scenic shorelines from the deck of one our fleet's top of the line boats!
  • soda, water, assorted snacks, and unlimited cheeseburgers are included.

From novice to expert, everyone will enjoy discovering their love of sportfishing, conservation, and the great outdoorson this 5 hour evening excursion.

What Is Not Included?

  • Fishing Equipment: Lobster hoops, measuring gauges, and bait are included
  • Fishing License Regulations: Anglers 16 years of age or older are required to have a fishing license in their possession before boarding the boat. One day licenses are available in our shop and can be purchased prior to departure and a lobster report card $10. All children under 16 years of age are required to have a lobster report card. Non-anglers are not required to have a license.
  • Food and Beverages: Unlimited cheeseburgers, soda, water and snacks are included in the ticket price. Beer will be available for purchase.
  • Gratuities: Tips for the crew members are optional but greatly appreciated! They work very hard to make your trip as good as can be. Typical tips range from $5-10 per adult ticket.

 

 

Private Charters

 

All of Dana Wharf’s vessels are available for private charter. We have 14 vessels that include fishing boats, our new 63′ catamaransix passenger fishing yachts, a scuba diving vessel and specialty sail boats are available for the following:

If you are interested in a private charter please call us at (949) 496-5794 x 11 or email us atcharters@danawharfsportfishing.com

Click here to download the Charter Information Flyer

Meet our Boat Captains! The best in the business!

 

 

Kelly Farlow

Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching

http://www.danawharf.com/

Event involves five local Churches and a Temple in the Laguna Hills area, all coming together in a wonderful choral program on Sunday Jan 25th

Permalink 01/24/15 12:24, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Religions, The Arts

COMMUNITY OF FAITH

CHORALFEST


A presentation of scripture

and music

featuring choirs and musicians from:


St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church


Lutheran Church of the Cross


Geneva Presbyterian Church


St. George’s Episcopal Church


Laguna Country Methodist Church


Temple Judea


Sunday, January 25th, 2015

6:30pm

St. Nicholas Church

24252 El Toro Road

Laguna Woods, CA 92637


The event involves five local Churches and a Temple in the Laguna Hills area, all coming together in a wonderful choral program on Sunday Jan 25th. It marks the start of an anniversary year as ALL congregations involved are celebrating their 50th anniversaries!  (The only exception is St. George’s, which was founded in the late 1800’s.) The event will take place at St Nicholas Church on El Toro Rd. It promises to be an entertaining evening with a reception following.

Free admission – Reception follows in Msgr. Otto Sporrer Center

 

Andy Costello

ALISO NIGUEL HIGH SCHOOL SOLO AND ENSEMBLE CONCERT - Tonight At Soka

Permalink 01/23/15 15:19, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Schools, The Arts

Aliso Niguel High School Solo and Ensemble Concert

The Aliso Niguel High School Orchestra Program presents

A Solo and Ensemble Concert

Friday, January 23, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

This concert features the finest students of the program’s 200+ members in a solo or small ensemble performance. The evening will conclude with a special performance by the program’s top orchestras.

Ticket info inquiries can be made at school in the orchestra room, by contacting Albert Jeung atayjeung@capousd.org, or calling (949) 831-5590 ext. 720.

Tickets: $10.00/$5.00 Students and Seniors (62+)

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Come early for Dinner! Soka Bistro is open for dinner M-F 5:30-7:00 pm, Sat/Sun 5:00-7:00 pm. Only $10.95 for an all-you-can-eat buffet.

Matt Anderson is 2014 Mission Viejo Deputy of the Year

Permalink 01/23/15 15:16, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings

Deputy Matt AndersonDeputy Matt Anderson, a nearly 13-year veteran of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, has been named 2014 Deputy of the Year. He will be recognized by the City Council with other top City and Orange County Fire Authority employees on February 2.

Deputy Anderson’s strong work ethic and commitment to the City has earned him the respect of peers, supervisors and community members.

Assigned to the City of Mission Viejo for the last 5-plus years, Deputy Anderson is a proven leader who is recognized for his knowledge and teaching ability as a Field Training Officer (FTO). In fact, over the time Deputy Anderson has been in Mission Viejo, he has been responsible for training 10 new patrol deputies.

The dedicated deputy is also recognized by peers as a great communicator and source of information. He stays cool under pressure, and residents have noted his compassion and concern. One man said Deputy Anderson is an “asset to the department and the most professional deputy he has ever seen.”

It’s that kind of praise that continues to pepper Deputy Anderson’s employee file. He’s the kind of guy who never shies away from work and is a team player and role model. Deputy Anderson has been applauded for his knowledge of marijuana laws thanks to a yearlong stint with the Marijuana Taskforce and for his dedication to the job.

“Deputy Matt Anderson is a true asset to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and the City of Mission Viejo, and no one is more deserving of this award than he is,” said Chief of Police Services Lt. Brad NewMyer.

 

Kelly Tokarski

The City of Mission Viejo

Public Information Specialist

Mission Viejo YMCA hosting ‘Buddy Basketball’ program for kids with special needs

Permalink 01/23/15 15:14, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Schools, Charitable

YMCA logoThere’s a new youth basketball league at the Mission Viejo YMCA that’s geared toward special-needs athletes.

The league, dubbed Buddy Basketball, is run by local high school athletes. The program was started 18 months ago by several high school students at the Laguna Niguel YMCA. Mission Viejo resident and Capistrano Valley High School student Erica Stoll is working with the founders to expand the program into Mission Viejo.

Buddy Basketball helps special needs children learn the skills and the game in a controlled environment with 1-on-1 attention with a volunteer high school athlete.  The season lasts 10 weeks and meets for an hour on Sunday.  At the end of the season, parents get a progress report and each participant receives a trophy.

The program takes place at 11 a.m. Sunday from January 25 to April 19 at the Mission Viejo YMCA at 27341 Trabuco Circle.

There is a nominal fee to cover costs and a scholarship program for families in need.

For more information, contact Kevin or Erica Stoll at 949-338-7113 or mvbuddybasketball@gmail.com.

 

Kelly Tokarski

The City of Mission Viejo

Public Information Specialist

One of SoCal’s top comedy-magic acts to perform in Mission Viejo Feb. 7

Permalink 01/23/15 15:13, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings

ABBIT Funglasses hi-resAbbit the Average, one of the most sought-after comedy acts in Southern California, will delight folks of all ages when he performs two special shows in Mission Viejo on Saturday, Feb. 7.

Jeff Abbit, better known as Abbit the Average, presents a high-energy, something-for-everyone hysterical magic and juggling variety show. With a wit faster than his hands, he combines incredible magic and juggling with physical and prop comedy.  Plenty of audience participation and endless laughs make this the ultimate entertainment experience that is anything but average.

The show, geared toward kids 4 and older, takes place at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the Mission Viejo City Hall Saddleback Room at 200 Civic Center.

This free show is sponsored by the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library. For more information, call 949-830-7100, ext. 5107.

 

Kelly Tokarski

The City of Mission Viejo

Public Information Specialist

Fruits of students’ labor benefiting orphaned pets

Permalink 01/23/15 15:12, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Schools, Business

Students making dog bedsHomeless pets at the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center are more cozy thanks to the efforts of local elementary students.

As part of the Valencia Elementary Outreach Program, several students handmade dog beds by knotting and stuffing pet-themed fleece material. The kids also made toys for the orphaned cats.

Led by volunteer Teddi Sadler, the PTA-sponsored outreach program regularly brings together about 30 students in kindergarten through six grade to make a positive difference in the community by helping others.

Along with beds and toys, the kids designed and colored thank-you cards for shelter staff and volunteers and handed out gift bags and goodies.

“The animals and kids had fun getting to know each other during the students’ visit to the Mission Viejo Animals Services Center,” said Animal Services Supervisor Brynn Lavison.  “We are grateful for their efforts.”

 

Kelly Tokarski

The City of Mission Viejo

Public Information Specialist

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