DAILY NEWS FROM OUR COMMUNITY

Sponsors are sought for the 11th Annual Aliso Viejo Community Cup - a fun-filled event that benefits local youth

Permalink 04/18/14 13:51, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Charitable



The Aliso Viejo Community Cup takes place on Friday, May 30 at the Aliso Viejo Country Club, 33 Santa Barbara.

The event kicks off at 11 a.m., with registration and activities starting at 9 a.m. The fun and competitive golf tournament includes a banquet, awards, opportunity drawings/auction and more.

 

TEE OFF FOR A GOOD CAUSE

 

Boys & Girls Club

Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley
Aliso Viejo Branch
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley
- Aliso Viejo Branch help young people reach
their full potential and achieve positive outcomes
in academics, character and leadership, and
healthy lifestyles, through a range of stimulating
and challenging programs.
To learn more about the Boys & Girls Clubs
and their positive effects on youths,
please visit their website by clicking here.

CHARITY HAS ITS REWARDS

All players will receive the complimentary VIP Golf Package which includes:

  • VIP golf
  • Continental breakfast, box lunch, on-course snacks & beverages
  • Awards Banquet

 

Mulligan Package Available for $50. This package includes several on-course contests and a $100 gift certificate for the Nike on-site store.

The Aliso Viejo Community Cup provides a fantastic opportunity to network with local leaders and develop new relationships, be recognized as a community stakeholder and enjoy a fun and relaxing round of golf on a beautiful site – all while supporting some very worthy causes.
Aliso Viejo Community Foundation

 

Community Foundation
In recognition of the escalating cost of higher
education, the Aliso Viejo Community
Foundation awards scholarships for
college-bound Aliso Viejo high school
seniors.

Wounded Warrior Project
We have partnered with the Wounded Warrior
Project to offer opportunities for service
members to play in the tournament.
If you can’t join us this year, please consider
sponsoring one of our military heroes.

 

 

Golf price is $250 and includes a continental breakfast, box lunch, on-course snacks and beverages, and a banquet dinner.  Sponsorships opportunities range from $350 to $15,000.

Mulligan packages will be available on tournament day for an additional $50. Along with two Mulligans, the package includes several on-course contests and a $100 valued gift certificate to the Nike onsite store.

Net proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Aliso Viejo Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley and the Aliso Viejo Community Foundation's scholarship program.

To support military personnel, the event has once again joined forces with the Wounded Warrior Project to offer opportunities for US Marines and wounded warriors to play in the tournament. Folks who cannot play in the tournament this year are encouraged to consider sponsoring our military heroes.

The Aliso Viejo Country Club is next door to the Aliso Viejo Conference Center and Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center. The facilities are conveniently located off Glenwood at Golf Drive between Moulton Parkway and Aliso Creek Road.

To register and for more information, visit the City's website at http://cityofalisoviejo.com. Information is also available by contacting Kristin Olsen at 949-425-2537 or kolsen@cityofalisoviejo.com.

 

Kelly Tokarski

Defeat Stress Through Healthy Thoughts By Don Ingwerson

Permalink 04/18/14 13:42, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Religions, Commentary

 

Stress. We would all be hard pressed (pun intended) to find someone who hasn’t had to deal with a stressful situation.

And we’ve all heard from researchers and clinicians that the fight-or-flight response commonly attributed to stress affects health. How?

It turns off the body’s natural self-repair mechanisms, which help maintain heart health, fight cancer and infection, and hold off symptoms of aging. While poor diet, inactivity, bad habits, and sleep deprivation are all linked to poor health, the thoughts you entertain when you are stressed are just as disease-promoting.

Your thoughts, beliefs, and feelings are under your control. Calm thoughts, beliefs, and feelings that are expectant of good outcomes can lead to effective stress responses. You have the power to control your thoughts, returning the body to the health-inducing state that activates natural self-repair.

Today stress is considered to be at epidemic levels. But blaming increasingly hectic lives and ever-lengthening to-do lists won’t relieve the stress and its effects. Effective stress reduction can be achieved by guiding thought in the direction of peace and stillness. Someone experiencing stress might think, “If I could be calm, I wouldn’t be stressed!” But actively taking hold of thought during stressful situations will promote health and combat stress.

Once, an arson fire was set in the small coastal city where I live. The fire extended from eight miles inland to the edge of the ocean, burning homes in my neighborhood at the rate of about one house every 15 seconds. The stress of evacuation and uncertainty was almost overwhelming. My wife and I decided to challenge the extreme stress and, instead, look to God for calmer, intelligent thoughts. We went to an all-night McDonalds and prayed. When morning came we saw on TV our house standing untouched in the midst of devastation, just as our thought remained untouched by stress as we prayed through the night.

A well-known hymn helps with this idea of taking control of thought: “Speak through the earthquake, wind and fire, O still small voice of calm…Take from us now the strain and stress…”

Many health researchers have realized the power of thought in health. Opening up thought to a divine power redirects the power of thought spiritually, more than just having good thoughts. While present-day medical practitioner Lissa Rankin describes this divine influence as an inner light, 19th-century spiritual health researcher Mary Baker Eddy described this calm as the effect of the spiritual laws of God.

Through their research and work, they have each been able to share what they found about health and healing. Rankin describes her “Whole Health Medicine” regimen in Mind Over Medicine, encouraging the health care industry to empower patients to heal themselves. Eddy wrote Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, which has for over 100 years enabled people to heal themselves and others. This book includes many first-hand accounts by people who overcame a wide variety of stressful problems through thought transformations.

We must find a way to combat stress, the underlying factor in many diseases. As both Eddy and Rankin discovered, health begins in thought. And we can all learn to find that peace in thought that reduces, even overcomes, stress.

 

Don Ingwerson

Article first published in Blogcritics.

 

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

CAPO ARTS FESITVAL PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Permalink 04/18/14 13:39, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Schools, The Arts

CAPO ARTS FESTIVAL Student works in art, drama, dance and music from schools across Capistrano Unified School District will be showcased at the first annual Capo Arts Festival.

The Capistrano Council of PTSA’s is planning and sponsoring the event Saturday, May 3rd from 1-4pm at Aliso Niguel High School, 28000 Wolverine Way, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656.

There will be hands-on arts projects for everyone, including original sidewalk chalk drawings.

The event is free; food and drinks will be available for purchase. For more information and entry forms go to http://www.cucptsa.com/index.asp?mid=108 or contact Capo Arts Festival Coordinator Courtney Fielder at cfielder1@att.net.

CAPO ARTS FESITVAL PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED We're using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity. Please sign up for 1st Annual Capo Arts Festival at ANHS-help needed May 2-3, 2014 - here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

 

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/DihwKN
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

The Saddleback College Instrumental Music Program Offers Two Performances

Permalink 04/18/14 13:37, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Schools, The Arts

 

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Mission Viejo, CA—On Friday, May 9th at 7:30 p.m. in the McKinney Theatre, the Saddleback College Wind Ensemble, directed by Maestro Yorgos Kouritas, presents a concert featuring popular pieces written for Wind Ensembles.

This performance is a part of 8 Days of Arts, a collaboration of the City of Mission Viejo, Saddleback College, and The Shops at Mission Viejo.

Check out all the activities happening from May 3-10 by clicking on website below.

For the Wind Ensemble performance, tickets are $10 general; $7 students/seniors.  Call the ticket office at 949-582-4656, Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 4:00 p.m. or order tickets online at www.saddleback.edu/arts.

 

Maestro Kouritas has recently been selected to actively participate in the Ithaca International Conducting Master Class.

On Saturday, May 10th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. the Department of Music is thrilled to present a violin master class with Haroutine Bedelian, violin professor, at UCI. Advanced violin students will perform.

Admission is free. Haroutine Bedelian is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, London, where, at age 20, he won the first prize in the BBC Violin Competition. He has performed in festivals and concerts in major cities and concert halls throughout North and South America, the United Kingdom, Europe, and the Middle East.

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, piano, music technology and commercial music.  Other music classes include harmony, musicianship, composition, history and appreciation of western art music, music business, rock, jazz and world 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.

_____________________

Nina Welch

Fine Arts Public Information Officer

Saddleback College

28000 Marguerite Parkway

Mission Viejo, CA 92692

www.saddleback.edu/arts

YMCA HEALTHY KIDS DAY & SUMMER KICK-OFF CARNIVAL!!! Saturday, April 26th from 11am - 2pm

Permalink 04/18/14 13:33, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Schools

 

This wonderful event will be held at the LAGUNA NIGUEL FAMILY YMCA located at 29831 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677.

Please come join the fun!! We will be having a Petting Zoo, Carnival Games with Prizes, Shark Slide, Food Trucks and Kona Ice Truck!! This is a fun family event for all.

We are also having a Donation Drive for Homeless Families.

Bring a donation of baby essentials (pack of diapers or wipes, baby food or care item) and ENTER TO WIN a FREE 3 MONTH FAMILY MEMBERSHIP AT THE YMCA!!!

 

Valued at $225.00

Also, Join the YMCA as a Health and Wellness member and receive $100.00 OFF Sports, Personal Training or Youth Programs!!

This is a FREE event.

Additional Parking: Shuttle vans will be available at Moulton Elementary School, 29851 Highlands, Laguna Niguel. The shuttle vans will be available from 10am - 2:30pm.

 

Some are young, some are gray. Some are new, some are here to stay. They may be different as night and day, but these artists are all the same, in one specific way

Permalink 04/18/14 13:14, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: The Arts

www.FestivalofArts.

Festival of Arts Pageant of the Masters

 

 

 

 

They are the artists of the Festival of Arts -- 140 of them -- who will display their wide range of talents during this year's Festival Art Show from July 6-Aug. 30 in Laguna Beach.

The artists are all local, but their experiences span the globe, and it shows in their work. They are wood craftsmen, jewelry makers, glass blowers, photographers, digital artists, watercolor painters, oil painters, sculptors, and more.

They share art as their passion, but their lives and history couldn't be more different. And let's face it; artists are different. All of this year's 140 artists have a story to tell. They speak through their art, but they are also available for interviews.

Below is a small sample of a few artists and a brief description of how they are unique. And feel free to read the bios on all 140 artists by going to http://www.foapom.com/summer-art-show/gallery/

Gary Zuercher
Zuercher specializes in digital imaging and High Dynamic Range photography. Getting personal: While serving in the U.S. Army in Korea in 1968, he was subjected to ionizing radiation. As a result of the radiation exposure, he developed an incurable bone marrow disease, Polycythemia Vera. For the last seven years, he has undergone chemotherapy and other treatments that have so far been successful. He has a studio in San Clemente.

Michael Jacques
Jacques' current medium is wire sculpture, and also has a history of success as a painter, combining oils and acrylics on panels and canvas. Getting personal: As a child, Jacques asked his father for a new bicycle, and his father directed him to the local junkyard, where it took Jacques months to gather the material to build his own "new" bike. That type of upbringing had a profound impact on Jacques and his brother, Russell, who also is an exhibitor at this year's Festival of Arts. "We were busy, industrious boys who, out of necessity learned to use hammers, nails, wrenches, saws and even learned to sew, all the while developing hand-eye coordination that prepared us for our adult lives as artists," said Jacques, who also has an extensive comic book collection. He is an artist and teacher at the Laguna College of Art & Design and has had a number of his works purchased by the Smithsonian.

Marcus Thesing
Thesing specializes in glassblowing: Getting personal: Thesing grew up the son of a sculptor. He was sure he wanted to be an artist, but couldn't figure out which medium to specialize in. While at Orange Coast College, Thesing took every art class there was available, but didn't know which direction to take. Then one day he met John Barber, a master glassblower in Laguna Beach. Barber invited him to visit his glass studio to witness molten glass being made into art, and Thesing was hooked. After working with Barber for nine years, Thesing opened up his own glassblowing studio in 2003.

Rachel Young 
Young's primary medium is sculpture. Getting personal: Young's sculptures include those of both man and beast, and often are a combination of the two. "I delight in giving tangible, dimensional form to the fantastic beasts wrought from millennia of oral tradition, our collective imagination, and the ephemeral but savage creatures that lurk in the subconscious," she said. Young has been working with clay since childhood, but she is much more as an artist. She also is a photographer, painter, illustrator, as well as a metalsmith/jeweler. She lives in Dana Point.

Sean Hunter Brown
Brown specializes in surf/ocean photography. Getting personal: A surfer for 30 years, Brown uses his understanding of the ocean to capture the essence of a wave breaking wildly and freely through the lens of his camera. He has a passion for nature and the environment, stretching beyond the ocean, evidenced by his work as a consulting arborist, with emphasis on protecting native oak tree resources in California.

For contact information on any of the artists or information on artists from specific towns, contact Joe Haakenson at joe@juvecreative.com.

About The Laguna Beach Festival of Arts

 

The Laguna Beach Festival of Arts is a 501c3 with a mission to promote, produce, and sponsor events and activities that encourage the appreciation, study and performance of the arts. Throughout each year the Festival of Arts sponsors art education and provides art scholarships and grants.

Every summer the organization hosts California’s premier open-air fine art show and produces the Pageant of the Masters. For general information, call 949-494-1145 or visit the website at www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org. The event is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California.

Some are young, some are gray. Some are new, some are here to stay. They may be different as night and day, but these artists are all the same, in one specific way

Permalink 04/18/14 13:14, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: The Arts

www.FestivalofArts.

Festival of Arts Pageant of the Masters

 

 

 

 

They are the artists of the Festival of Arts -- 140 of them -- who will display their wide range of talents during this year's Festival Art Show from July 6-Aug. 30 in Laguna Beach.

The artists are all local, but their experiences span the globe, and it shows in their work. They are wood craftsmen, jewelry makers, glass blowers, photographers, digital artists, watercolor painters, oil painters, sculptors, and more.

They share art as their passion, but their lives and history couldn't be more different. And let's face it; artists are different. All of this year's 140 artists have a story to tell. They speak through their art, but they are also available for interviews.

Below is a small sample of a few artists and a brief description of how they are unique. And feel free to read the bios on all 140 artists by going to http://www.foapom.com/summer-art-show/gallery/

Gary Zuercher
Zuercher specializes in digital imaging and High Dynamic Range photography. Getting personal: While serving in the U.S. Army in Korea in 1968, he was subjected to ionizing radiation. As a result of the radiation exposure, he developed an incurable bone marrow disease, Polycythemia Vera. For the last seven years, he has undergone chemotherapy and other treatments that have so far been successful. He has a studio in San Clemente.

Michael Jacques
Jacques' current medium is wire sculpture, and also has a history of success as a painter, combining oils and acrylics on panels and canvas. Getting personal: As a child, Jacques asked his father for a new bicycle, and his father directed him to the local junkyard, where it took Jacques months to gather the material to build his own "new" bike. That type of upbringing had a profound impact on Jacques and his brother, Russell, who also is an exhibitor at this year's Festival of Arts. "We were busy, industrious boys who, out of necessity learned to use hammers, nails, wrenches, saws and even learned to sew, all the while developing hand-eye coordination that prepared us for our adult lives as artists," said Jacques, who also has an extensive comic book collection. He is an artist and teacher at the Laguna College of Art & Design and has had a number of his works purchased by the Smithsonian.

Marcus Thesing
Thesing specializes in glassblowing: Getting personal: Thesing grew up the son of a sculptor. He was sure he wanted to be an artist, but couldn't figure out which medium to specialize in. While at Orange Coast College, Thesing took every art class there was available, but didn't know which direction to take. Then one day he met John Barber, a master glassblower in Laguna Beach. Barber invited him to visit his glass studio to witness molten glass being made into art, and Thesing was hooked. After working with Barber for nine years, Thesing opened up his own glassblowing studio in 2003.

Rachel Young 
Young's primary medium is sculpture. Getting personal: Young's sculptures include those of both man and beast, and often are a combination of the two. "I delight in giving tangible, dimensional form to the fantastic beasts wrought from millennia of oral tradition, our collective imagination, and the ephemeral but savage creatures that lurk in the subconscious," she said. Young has been working with clay since childhood, but she is much more as an artist. She also is a photographer, painter, illustrator, as well as a metalsmith/jeweler. She lives in Dana Point.

Sean Hunter Brown
Brown specializes in surf/ocean photography. Getting personal: A surfer for 30 years, Brown uses his understanding of the ocean to capture the essence of a wave breaking wildly and freely through the lens of his camera. He has a passion for nature and the environment, stretching beyond the ocean, evidenced by his work as a consulting arborist, with emphasis on protecting native oak tree resources in California.

For contact information on any of the artists or information on artists from specific towns, contact Joe Haakenson at joe@juvecreative.com.

About The Laguna Beach Festival of Arts

 

The Laguna Beach Festival of Arts is a 501c3 with a mission to promote, produce, and sponsor events and activities that encourage the appreciation, study and performance of the arts. Throughout each year the Festival of Arts sponsors art education and provides art scholarships and grants.

Every summer the organization hosts California’s premier open-air fine art show and produces the Pageant of the Masters. For general information, call 949-494-1145 or visit the website at www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org. The event is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California.

Orange County Local Deals - Travel Zoo!

Permalink 04/18/14 13:09, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Business

 

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Source: Danza del Sol Winery

 

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$65 -- Newport Private Cruise for up to 8 w/Bubbly, 55% Off

Source: Newport Fun Tours

 

For 55% off, coast through Newport Bay with up to seven friends and a bottle of bubbly during a 90-minute electric boat cruise.

Feb. 10, 2014 - Aug. 10, 2014


90% (80 ratings)

$39 -- Chapter One: Dinner for 2 at ‘Whimsical Gastropub'

$39 -- Chapter One: Dinner for 2 at ‘Whimsical Gastropub'

Source: Chapter One: the modern local

 

The praises for Chapter One are endless: Zagat rates it "very good to excellent" (24), OC Weekly named it a best new restaurant and it's on four CBS LA "Best Of" lists.

March 26, 2014 - June 24, 2014


100% (33 ratings)

$35 -- Newport Beach: Kayaking & Lunch for 2, Reg. $110

$35 -- Newport Beach: Kayaking & Lunch for 2, Reg. $110

Source: Newport Fun Tours

 

Enjoy this winter heat wave on an afternoon kayak excursion from Newport Fun Tours, which has a 91% positive rating from Travelzoo subscribers.

Valid through July 17, 2014


90% (80 ratings)

$10 -- C4: 'Fabulous' Art Deco Deli Fare w/$20 to Spend

$10 -- C4: 'Fabulous' Art Deco Deli Fare w/$20 to Spend

Source: C4

 

"The C4 Deli blends the contemporary, yet timeless elements of a boutique wine bar and craft beer store" (Examiner). Save 50% on elevated deli fare and drinks.

March 27, 2014 - Sept. 24, 2014


$45 -- Newport: Brunch or Sunset Cruise w/Drinks for 2

$45 -- Newport: Brunch or Sunset Cruise w/Drinks for 2

Source: Deo Juvante Yacht Charters

 

Two can enjoy the morning sun together or toast to the night with a choice of a two-hour brunch or sunset cruise for more than 60% off.

Feb. 22, 2014 - Aug. 24, 2014; Saturday-Sunday


$39 -- Newport Wine Bar: Flights & Cheese for 2, Reg. $120

$39 -- Newport Wine Bar: Flights & Cheese for 2, Reg. $120

Source: California Wine & Cheese

 

Save nearly 70% at California Wine & Cheese in Newport Beach, which earns 4 stars from TripAdvisor users.

March 26, 2014 - June 26, 2014


$13 -- Gray Whale-Watching Trip off Newport, Reg. $36

$13 -- Gray Whale-Watching Trip off Newport, Reg. $36

Source: Ocean Explorer Cruises

 

Spot the majestic gray whale in its peak migratory season with this excursion, which leaves from Newport Beach and travels 15 miles into the Pacific.

Feb. 3, 2014 - July 23, 2014


89% (453 ratings)

$39 -- Deep Sea Fishing Day & Lunch off Catalina, Reg. $82

$39 -- Deep Sea Fishing Day & Lunch off Catalina, Reg. $82

Source: Davey's Locker

 

Hunt for more than 30 varieties of fish such as white sea bass, halibut, barracuda and yellowtail on a 10-hour deep sea fishing excursion around Catalina Island.

Feb. 20, 2014 - May 30, 2014


$40 -- South Coast Winery: Tour & Tastings for 2, 50% Off

$40 -- South Coast Winery: Tour & Tastings for 2, 50% Off

Source: South Coast Winery Resort and Spa

 

Named Best California Winery by the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association, South Coast Winery Resort and Spa also boasts a 4-star rating from TripAdvisor.

Feb. 7, 2014 - Aug. 7, 2014; Sunday-Friday


$15 -- Newport Bay: Sightseeing Boat Tour for 2, Reg. $38

$15 -- Newport Bay: Sightseeing Boat Tour for 2, Reg. $38

Source: Fun Zone Boat Company

 

Take in views of sea lions, Catalina Island and the California coastline on a 90-minute cruise through Newport Bay.

March 24, 2014 - Sept. 24, 2014


$49 -- Newport Beach: 2-Hour Surfing Lesson, Reg. $150

$49 -- Newport Beach: 2-Hour Surfing Lesson, Reg. $150

Source: Clint Carroll Surf School

 

Five-time U.S. champ Corky Carroll was "one of surfing’s first pros" (Surfline), and his son carries on the wave-riding tradition by teaching it – save 65% on lessons.

March 7, 2014 - Aug. 28, 2014


$15-$29 -- Award-Winning Language Program for Kids, 50% Off

$15-$29 -- Award-Winning Language Program for Kids, 50% Off

Source: Little Pim

 

Travelzoo has negotiated an exclusive deal with the award-winning Little Pim, a top language-learning program for children.

Redeem by Aug. 31, 2014


$29 -- Newport: Paddleboard Rental w/Juice, Reg. $66

$29 -- Newport: Paddleboard Rental w/Juice, Reg. $66

Source: Balboa Fun Tours

 

Practice your paddleboarding skills on Newport Bay with Balboa Fun Tours, which earns a 92% approval rating from Travelzoo subscribers.

April 14, 2014 - Sept. 14, 2014


92% (25 ratings)




Eco Xpo Sustainable Living Show May 17-18 at San Juan Capistrano's Los Rios Park

Permalink 04/17/14 12:47, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Business

 

The first "Eco Xpo" Sustainable Living Show is set for May 17-18 at Los Rios Park in San Juan Capistrano.

The weekend Eco Xpo is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 31790 Paseo Adelanto in the Historic District of San Juan Capistrano.

Hosted by Goin Native Therapeutic Gardens, Eco Xpo will educate and encourage people to have beautiful, bountiful and beneficial gardens while conserving and reducing resources through innovative landscape design, low-water plants and solar and LED lighting.  

The event is free to the public and will feature demonstration gardens, expert speakers, activities for children, local produce, edible landscapes, habitat gardens, environmental products and resources and much more. Nurseries and about 50 vendors from all over will converge at Los Rios Park for a fun-filled weekend. 

Proceeds will benefit the beautification and butterfly habitat of the city's Los Rios Park. 

Goin Native Therapeutic Gardens has cared for the California native plants at Los Rios Park since the city built the 6.5-acre park in 2009.

The nonprofit organization is committed to providing horticultural education, emotional and physical rehabilitation and practical life skills to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, while promoting environmental sustainability and saving community resources.

For more information, visit http://goinnative.net or call 949-606-6386.



Kelly Tokarski
KT Community Relations

New York Times Bestseller neurosurgeon Eben Alexander MD ("Proof of Heaven") will speak Tuesday, April 29 at 7pm, at the Norman Murray Community Center

Permalink 04/17/14 12:46, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER TO SPEAK APRIL 29!

Alexander will talk about his life-changing Near-Death Experience, which occurred during a week-long coma.  As his body battled a severe case of Bacterial Spinal Meningitis, a brain disease that disables thinking and feeling, his neurosurgeon colleagues were about to recommend "pulling the plug."

Then he regained consciousness. While almost "dead," he experienced a realm of great joy, beauty, and purpose.  As a result, he no longer fears death, and travels the world sharing his transformative experience.

Reservations, $22, may be made at www.ebenalexanderoc.eventbrite.com.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.

 

The event will be sponsored by the International Foundation for Survival Research, a nonprofit organization which provides public education about experiences pointing to life beyond death. and related research (www.expbeyond.org).

 

Norman Murray Community Center

24932 Veteran's Way (off La  Paz),

Mission Viejo, CA 92692.

 

Elizabeth McAdams


Get your tickets for Seussical!! - Support Tesoro High Theatre

Permalink 04/17/14 12:43, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Schools, The Arts

 

 

 

 

 

To Order Tickets, Click on Tickets Below

 



 

 








Who says moving mountains isn’t possible? - New Water Park At LEGOLAND®

Permalink 04/17/14 12:42, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings

LEGOLAND® California Resort is Moving Mountains in Order to Open New LEGO® Legends of Chima Water Park on Memorial Day Weekend!


Iconic “Floating” 40-Foot Tall Mt. Cavora Featured in New Water Park Presented by Cartoon Network





Who says moving mountains isn’t possible?  LEGOLAND® California Resort took on that challenge by bringing one of the largest features of the new LEGO® Legends of Chima Water Park presented by Cartoon Network to Carlsbad from Lake Elsinore.

The 40-foot tall “floating” Mt. Cavora will be featured in the new interactive Lion Temple Wave Pool, one of the new areas in the Chima Water Park opening May 24, 2014. 

This icon from the LEGO® Group’s newest hit product “Legends of Chima,” was created for the Resort by Storyland Studios in Lake Elsinore, CA and took a team of 20 builders more than four months to design and construct.

A caravan of workers traveled in the early hours of the night moving power lines and other obstacles to ensure a safe journey for the colossal Water Park feature that was installed with the use of a heavy loading crane.

The floating mountain, known for providing the great energy source “CHI” to the eight animal tribes, is 23-feet tall, 13-feet wide and weighs more than 11,000 pounds. Mt. Cavora can be seen from anywhere inside the Water Park as it “floats” 40-feet above the wave pool releasing 400 gallons of water every minute for guests to splash about and enjoy.

An animal from each tribe is represented on Mt. Cavora: a lion, an eagle, a crocodile, a gorilla, a bear, a rhinoceros, a wolf and a raven.  

Areas featured in the new LEGO Legends of Chima Water Park include: Lion Temple Wave Pool – The centerpiece of the new Water Park where guests make their way through a LEGO® archway and into an interactive wave pool designed for families with young children.

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.  Eglor’s Build-A-Boat - Following in the unique 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 also build their own LEGO scene in Chima on any of four base plates set in front of model scenes.

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.comor call (760) 918-LEGO (5346).

MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS plc is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. Europe’s Number one and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 100 attractions, 10 hotels/3 holiday villages in 22 countries  across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its almost 60 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and more than 20,000 + employees.


Visit www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information.

Segerstrom Center’s Education and Community Programs Department Presents the Annual Artist Showcase

Permalink 04/17/14 12:41, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: The Arts

Arts Teach Showcase Returns to Segerstrom Center, 4/29

 

Tuesday, April 29 in the 
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Teachers and school administrators, PTA members, community partners, nonprofit organizations and others interested in presenting world-class artists at assemblies or teach art workshops at their sites are encouraged to attend Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ annual Arts Teach Showcaseon April 29 from 8:45 a.m. to 1:16 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

During this FREE action-packed and fun-filled day, attendees can watch live performances on three stages, experience hands-on workshops and meet with the talented teaching artists to explore unique and wonderful ways of presenting customized programs for upcoming events.

 

scfta.org

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Kaleidoscope Center and the City of Mission Viejo Present Family Art Day Featuring The Bears About Town Apr. 26

Permalink 04/17/14 12:37, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Business


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Kaleidoscope Center together with co-host The City of Mission Viejo and The Friends of the Arts are pairing up once again to bring the South Orange County Community Family Art Day on Saturday, April 26 from Noon to 5 p.m., an afternoon of fun activities for all ages as well as an opportunity to enjoy The Bears About Town art Collection.

 

Kaleidoscope Center has been home to The Bears About Town Exhibit over the last year.  But just like in the popular children’s story book, the bears are looking for a new home and they’ve found it at the Oso (Bear) Creek Trail.  The community is invited to celebrate the progress of these magnificent life size bears during the Family Art Day where they are soon to begin their journey to their next home.

 

Other complimentary (unless otherwise noted) activities include:

*Browse through The Bears About Town Collection

*Create your art at Kaleidoscope through our many art stations

*Community-based art with Circle Painting founder and artist Hiep Nguyen, a unique, interactive and group-based opportunity to create large-scale art using circles

*Face painting

*Children paint their own keepsake bear for a small fee (Proceeds to benefit the World Wildlife Foundation)

*Music from local schools and other performing artists

*Facebook contest “Calling All Artists” to participate in a community Chalk Art competition.  Post a picture of your art on Kaleidoscope Facebook and Instagram and the person with the most likes will be the winner.  The winner to be announced at the Arts Alive event on May 4.

 

Mission Viejo’s Oso Creek Trail is where one of the last magnificent brown bears that once roamed the county was sighted.  Although the bears disappeared decades ago, their artistic representation can be seen on the Oso Creek Trail once more.  In addition to the beautiful bronze bears who roam parts of Oso Viejo Park, the Bears About Town will soon inhabit the community along Marguerite Parkway as honored mascots of the Oso Creek Trail.

 

Family Art Day sets the stage for the upcoming Arts Alive Festival and Street Painting event in May. This year’s festival – May 3-4 – celebrates the 1970s with a plethora of cultural, artistic and environmental activities and top-notch entertainment.  For more information about Family Art Day and Arts Alive, visit discovermissionviejo.com.

About Kaleidoscope Center

Kaleidoscope Center is a 245,000 retail property centrally located at 27741 Crown Valley Parkway just off the 5 Freeway in Mission Viejo.

The premier center serves Orange County, Los Angeles and San Diego areas with its popular entertainment, retail and dining hot spots such as the new Union Market Mission Viejo, Sola Salon, Edwards Cinemas, LA Fitness, Burke Williams, Islands Restaurant, Buffalo Wild Wings, Howie’s Game Shack, Laser Quest, Riptide Rockin’ Sushi and Teppan Grill, The Pound, Maui Grill, Rocco’s Pizzeria, Rita’s Italian Ice, Yogurtland, AT&T, Jump 'n Jammin, and Color Me Mine.

Kaleidoscope also hosts several events each year for residents to enjoy including concerts, art festivals, wine tastings and more.  New businesses have recently joined the diverse Kaleidoscope community and improvements have been made to the center’s parking, signage, and cosmetic appeal, with further improvements planned.  Kaleidoscope Center is owned by an affiliate of Westport Capital Partners LLC, and is managed by Sentinel Development.  Be sure to follow all the happenings at Kaleidoscope via twitter.com/gokaleidoscope, facebook.com/gokaleidoscope andhttp://gokaleidoscope.com.

 

 

Veronica Meter

Vero Strategies

4th Annual Easter Garden Party - April 19th - Kaleidoscope

Permalink 04/17/14 12:35, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings

Kaleidoscope Easter Party

Marine Mammal (whale watching) cruises, May & June 2014 - Ocean Institute Series

Permalink 04/17/14 12:34, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Charitable

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

May 4, 10, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31

June 1, 7, 8, 14, 21, 22

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

 

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

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

 

Jim Graves

Direct from its phenomenally successful Broadway engagement, the internationally-acclaimed RAIN – A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts from April 25 – 26, 2014

Permalink 04/17/14 12:33, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: The Arts

Direct from Broadway!

The Original Beatles Experience! 

New Songs Included in RAIN's Multi-Media 
Experience for the 2014 Tour

Opening April 25 for a Limited Engagement at 
Segerstrom Center for the Arts

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

 

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 Smallwood joins as the keyboardist.

 

 

 

 

Dana Wharf Upcoming Events - winners of the Wyland art contest will be announced May 11th at Dana Wharf

Permalink 04/17/14 12:32, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Business

 

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY WINE CRUISE

Orange County Wine Cruise
$49 per person
5:30pm - 7:00pm
This cruise runs Fridays and Sunday nights.

Join us for a 90-minute evening cruise aboard our luxury catamaran through the beautifully lit up Dana Point Harbor. This cruise will feature a sampling of wines from The Organic Cellar which promotes organically grown and pesticide-free wines as well as a sample platter of cheese, crackers, fruits and nuts that compliment the wines. The 63' Ocean Adventure catamaran also features a full cash bar if you'd like to purchase some additional beverages. Sit back, relax and enjoy the lights of beautiful and charming Dana Point Harbor This cruise includes:

~ 4 tastes of wine (2 red and 2 white) from The Organic Cellar, featuring wines from Wyland, which is a winery that infuses great tastes, health, and fine living. Join us in making our lives a little healthier and a whole lot more delicious.
~ Cheese/cracker/dried fruit/nut sampler
~ Wine host

Additional wine can be purchased aboard the catamaran. 

 

ABOUT THE VESSEL

Dana Wharf's newest vessel is the 63' catamaran, the Ocean Adventures, which comfortably holds up to 49 passengers. This luxury vessel was built exclusively for Dana Wharf and is the newest boat in the California whale watching business! This eco-friendly vessel is the future of whale watching and features high-tech viewing cameras mounted at the bow, a roomy viewing deck, and the smoothest ride on the water! You will LOVE this vessel!

 


Dana Wharf and The Wyland Foundation have entered into a partnership to offer the most unique and creative experience on the water.

Every Saturday from January - April 2014!!

Art Lesson & VIP Boarding 9am - 9:45am 
Whale Watching 10am - 12pm

$5 donation includes Art Lesson and 2-hour whale watching adventure package for children ages 3-12.
(*Children must be accompanied by a paying adult 
– with up to 2 children allowed per adult.)

$45 Adults
$25 Kids 12 and under (Without Art Lesson Participation)

Running every Saturday January 25th - April 26th, 2014, from 9am – noon, participants get an art lesson presented by Wyland, via video feed, then continue the adventure with a 2-hour whale watching trip – all on Dana Wharf's flagship 95 ft. vessel, the Dana Pride. All children's artwork will be entered into a contest to win prizes including the GRAND PRIZE of a framed limited edition signed and numbered giclee on paper of Wyland's "Tails of Great Whales" valued at over $1,000!

 

 

All participates also receive a FREE GIFT from Wyland's art studio (valued at $20), and accompanying adults get FREE coffee – a true bargain for the required $5 donation. For those over 12, the 2-hour whale watching adventure is $45, and $35 for military & seniors (55 and over). The kids price is normally $25 for children (3-12) – making this package a particularly exceptional value at only $5, with all donation proceeds benefitting Wyland Foundation art and science education program.

Carefully chosen by Wyland himself, winners of the contest will be announced May 11th at Dana Wharf. There are winners from each of three categories, including 3-56-8, and 9-12 years of age. One winner from each category will receive a $25 gift card to the Wyland studio in Laguna Beach and two free whale watching tickets from Dana Wharf. The winning artwork from each category will be framed and hung for public viewing at Dana Wharf during the month of May. The Grand Prize winner will receive a framed limited edition signed and numbered giclee on paper of Wyland's world renowned painting, "Tails of Great Whales" valued at over $1,000!

 

 

 

SPORTFISHING

Orange County Fishing and Whale Watching
Check availability and buy tickets:

Please note that Dana Wharf does not have ANY fuel sur charges.

3/4 Day Fishing
These 9-hour local, coastal trips are currently fishing for bass, rockfish, and yellowtail.
Adults - $64
Seniors-$59
Children - $46

Get more information – read faqs!

Halibut Derby
This 9-hour trip specifically targets halibut by drifting. Entry into the Derby is included on these trips! Trips run Fridays and Sundays!
$64 per person
*Sorry, no discounts, coupons, Groupons, senior or child rates.
Get more information – read faqs!

1/2 Day Fishing
This 5-hour trip is perfect for families and fish locally off the coast. 
Adults - $46
Seniors-$41 
Children - $29

Get more information – read faqs!

Twlight Fishing
This 4-hour trip fishes locally off the coast in the evenings. 
$29 Per Person

2 for 1 Tuesdays
Join us on any Tuesday (all year long) and fish for half price! Valid on 1/2 day and 3/4 day day fishing trips and all whale watching cruises. Check our half priced trip schedule and buy tickets now!

All Day Fishing
The Fury runs all day trips to Catalina. 
Trips now Available
5:00am - 5:00pm
Adults - $75 
Seniors/Military-$65
Children - $55

Get more information – read faqs!

Overnight Fishing
Overnight trips with select dates NOW available, for more information on scheduling see calendar below or please call (949)496-5794.
Get more information – read faqs!

 

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 are guaranteed!

Click on thumbnails to see beautiful photos taken on our trips!

NEW! Deluxe Catamaran Adventure
Come aboard our specially built, luxurious catamaran for an incredible 2.5-hour Whale and Dolphin Adventure. A totally different, intimate and unforgettable experience! This 2.5-hour trip departs select days aboard the catamaran at various times.

Special Engagement: 8 hour ALL DAY CATAMARAN Catalina Adventure in search of Gray Whales , trips will depart monthly first trip JAN. 26th hurry space is limited! See the calendar here.

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 49 passengers and is fully equipped with an easy-access deli-style galley and full-service bar.

Tom the Humpback WhaleGray Whale Spy Hops in Front of Dana Point HarborBlue Whale in Front of Ocean Adventures CatamaranGray Whale Close to ShoreDelta the Blue WhaleKiller Whale!Hook the Blue WhaleRisso's Dolphin

Orange County Whale WatchingIf you don't see A GOOD SHOWING of whales or dolphin, you will get your ticket back and are invited to come out again with us! These "whale checks" never expire.




Kelly Farlow

Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching

http://www.danawharf.com/

“Imagine That!,” a concert and art exhibit that showcase the relationship between the two art forms - April 27, at 3 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Admission is free!

Permalink 04/17/14 12:29, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: pacific symphony

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“IMAGINE THAT!” PACIFIC SYMPHONY SANTIAGO STRINGS PARTNERS

WITH THE STUDIO AT SAGE HILL TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY IN 
MUSIC AND ART DURING SEASON FINALE CONCERT AND EXHIBITION

In a partnership that celebrates human imagination and creativity, Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings (PSSS) is joined by The Studio at Sage Hill to present “Imagine That!,” a concert and art exhibit that showcase the relationship between the two art forms.

For their season finale, PSSS highlights a display of student artwork inspired by Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” in a pre-concert lobby exhibition and onscreen in a slideshow synced to the performance. Led by Music Director Irene Kroesen, PSSS also performs Mascagni’s Intermezzo from “Cavalleria Rusticana,” “Charterhouse Suite” by Vaughan Williams and Saint-Saëns’ “Danse Bacchanale” from “Samson and Delilah.”

The concert takes place Saturday, April 27, at 3 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Admission is free. The artwork, created by Sage Hill high school students and 6th -9th graders from across the county, is also being featured in an art show at The Studio at Sage Hill on March 27, where a chamber ensemble from PSSS performs.

 

“The intent was to unite both performing and visual artists in a specific project to promote arts awareness in the community,” says Kroesen. “Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ was inspired by the artwork of Viktor Hartmann and depicts an imaginary tour of an art collection. Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings reversed the concept. We asked young artists in the community and Sage Hill School to be inspired by Mussorgsky’s music to create visual art pieces.”

Mussorgsky’s piece, written in honor of his late friend and painter Hartmann after attending an exhibition of his drawings and watercolors, is his most famous work—and for this concert, PSSS performs a string arrangement by Carrie Lane Gruselle. To celebrate this magnificent music, students all over Orange County listened to Mussorgsky’s musical masterpiece and were invited to create artwork based on one movement or several.

 

“Both art and music have over centuries influenced not only social but also political change,” continues Kroesen. “Through the artistry of composers and artists, music and art have pushed the limits of its acceptance into everyday life, not just for the elite but also for the common man.”

The young string musicians open their concert with the uniquely English music of Vaughan Williams in his “Charterhouse Suite,” bright and clear, with unexpected harmonic twists. Then, the sublime beauty of Mascagni’s Intermezzo from “Cavalleria Rusticana” allows them to shine and is memorable for its use in well-known films such as “The Godfather, Part III.” The finale stirs with passion, drama and exoticism, as PSSS concludes their season with an exuberant rendition of Saint-Saëns’ “Danse Bacchanale,” from his opera “Samson and Delilah.”

“Each season, I want our orchestra members to experience the wealth of excellent string orchestra literature of major composers such as ‘Charterhouse Suite’ by Vaughan-Williams,” says Kroesen. “In addition, I select other works that challenge and promote musical growth as well as creating an enjoyable learning experience. The amount of musical growth of our musicians is vast. Their technical skills are challenged throughout the music, as well as their ensemble playing in creating performances that will raise heightened emotional responses from our audience. I am excited by this concert and look forward to having them experience the true art of making music!”

While led by Kroesen, a respected veteran teacher of the Irvine Unified School District, PSSS also benefits from the artistic guidance of the Symphony’s Music Director Carl St.Clair. Representing 32 schools in and beyond Orange County, PSSS provides an experience that nurtures the confidence, poise and musical sensitivity of young musicians through the study and performance of outstanding string orchestra literature. PSSS serves instrumentalists in grades 6 through 9 and is one of three Youth Ensembles programs offered by Pacific Symphony. Each season, students enjoy an interaction with Maestro St.Clair, as well as interactions with guest artists and professional musicians of the Symphony. Students also engage in an annual weekend retreat and are offered free and discounted tickets to Symphony performances throughout the season.

 

The Studio at Sage Hill provides unique opportunities in the arts through intentional relationships with its community, both on a local and global level. Located on the campus of Sage Hill School, The Studio is a space for collaboration between professionals, educators and students. Through performances, installations and educational workshops, The Studio serves as a beacon for cultural awareness, thoughtful discussion, experimentation, risk-taking and creative thought. The Studio at Sage Hill is committed to utilizing its unique position within its community to make art and arts education accessible to all individuals.

“PSSS approached The Studio at Sage Hill because Sage Hill has a high quality visual and performing arts program,” says Melissa Craig, the Symphony’s director of youth ensembles. “This is a unique opportunity for both organizations because neither has worked with an orchestra or visual art project in this capacity or along this nature of creative presentation. I’m most excited for our students to see the artwork that was inspired by this project, and how that may affect or provoke their music-making. I feel it is important for young musicians and artists to be introduced to different inspirational avenues of creativity and self-expression.”

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

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Music Sensation Yoshiki Kicks Off World Tour in Segerstrom Center for the Arts Debut

Permalink 04/17/14 12:29, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: The Arts

Yoshiki, Asia’s foremost rock icon and multi talented music superstar, will bring his new live show, Yoshiki Classical, to Segerstrom Center for the Arts in a special one-night-only concert on Friday, April 25 at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

The show will feature music from Yoshiki’s latest album that includes collaborations with some of music’s most renowned artists and legendary producers.

Along with Billboard Magazine, MTV, Reuters and AOL, Classic FM applauds Yoshiki Classical as an “enlightening exploration of one musical auteur’s quest to turn his music into something more than a series of rock ballads.”

 

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