DAILY NEWS FROM OUR COMMUNITY

2015 Elks Hoop Shoot National Finals will take place April 16-19, 2015

Permalink 12/18/14 15:20, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Sports, Charitable, Health

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Mike Long and Daphne Ghazizadeh

 

 

Mission Viejo Elks #2444 - Hoop Shoot

 

Boys and girls, ages 8 to 13, from the Mission Viejo area participated in the Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot competitions on November 8 and 9, 2014.  Mission Viejo/Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge #2444 Hoop Shoot Director Daniel Hernandez and his committee enthusiastically welcomed many Hoop Shoot participants to the basketball gymnasium at Mission Viejo High School.

 

Competitors that made the most free throws in their age group now are eligible to compete at the next level, Elks District Hoop Shoot.  Elks Orange Coast District #690 will conduct their 2015 Elks District Hoop Shoot on January 17, 2015 at Elks Lodge #794 in Santa Ana.

Elks Lodge #2444 will be represented in the Elks District Hoop Shoot by these five awesome Hoop Shooters:  Tyler Yamaguchi (Boys age-group 12/13), Daphne Ghazizdeh (Girls 12/13), Jake Woodall (Boys 10/11), Madison Kelly (Girls 10/11) and Tyler Kelly (Boys 8/9).

 

Prior to conducting an Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot competition, the Hoop Shoot committee of Elks Lodge #2444 contacted thirty area schools and local chapter of the National Junior Basketball (NJB).  Mr. Hernandez of Elks Lodge #2444 extends a warm and heartfelt thank you all to these gracious and dedicated school and NJB administrators for their help in advertising the Elks Hoop Shoot program to the youth in the Mission Viejo-Saddleback Valley area.

 

The Elks Hoop Shoot program provides youth across the United States an opportunity to compete at Elks Hoop Shoots in their local area.  Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot winners are eligible to compete at their Elks District Hoop Shoot.  Competitions proceed in like fashion from District to State and from State to Regional.  Elks Regional Hoop Shoot winners are eligible to compete at the Elks Hoop Shoot National Finals!

 

The Elks Hoop Shoot National Finals are held annually in Springfield, Mass., home of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  In the end, one boy and one girl from each age-group will win the Elks National Title and have their names permanently inscribed at the Basketball Hall of Fame.  The 2015 Elks Hoop Shoot National Finals will take place April 16-19, 2015.

 

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Left to Right- Shelia Ellison, Carol Bryan, Cole Ellison and Lloyd Bryan


The Elks National Foundation will coordinate and cover expenses of transportation, housing and food to the Elks Hoop Shoot National Finals for the winners and parents/guardians of each Elks Hoop Shoot Regional competition.

 

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) have over 850,000 Elks Members and more than 2,000 Elks Lodges nationwide.  The Elks National Foundation established the Elks Hoop Shoot program to encourage America's youth to compete, connect and succeed.

 

Mike Long

 

CRESCENDO CHAPTER CELEBRITY SERIES FEATURES PATRICIA WARD KELLY, WIDOW OF DANCE LEGEND GENE KELLY

Permalink 12/18/14 15:06, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, The Arts

 

 

 

 

“Gene Kelly: The Legacy” will be the subject of biographer and film historian Patricia Ward Kelly, who will speak at the Bowers Museum, Norma Kershaw Auditorium on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      She met Gene Kelly in 1985 at the Smithsonian when he was host/narrator for a television special for which she was a writer.

The two instantly bonded over poetry and soon after, he invited her to California to write his memoirs, a job for which she recorded his words nearly every day for over ten years.

In capturing his amazing artistic contributions and the real feeling of his life story, the two fell in love, married and shared a tender romance that lasted until his death in 1996.

She currently serves as Trustee of The Gene Kelly Trust and is Creative Director of Gene Kelly: The Legacy, a corporation established to commemorate Kelly’s fame for nearly a century worldwide.  She lives in Los Angeles.

Mrs. Kelly has appeared in “An Evening with Mrs. Gene Kelly” in several cities around the world, has been a panelist at the Bangkok International Film Festival and featured speaker at Cinematographer’s Day with her illustrated overview “Gene Kelly and the Revolution of Dance on Film.”

In 2007, she joined musician Michael Feinstein in his “Standard Time” Carnegie Hall/ASCAP performance, providing an intimate story about the songs of Gene Kelly.  More recently, she brought her story to the Laguna Playhouse.  Her presentation includes rare audio and movie clips that recount his life and demonstrate his amazing ability to energize dance on film.  Her performance has been described as “mesmerizing.”

 

Tickets for the Patricia Ward Kelly event can be purchased at the door for $30.  For more information and to assure your reservation, please contact Mary Staton at (714) 544-5549. All proceeds from this event support Segerstrom Center for the Arts and its education and community programs.

 

Marsha Corzine, Public Relations

Rock icon Cyndi Lauper is coming to Segerstrom - "Kinky Boots"

Permalink 12/18/14 15:01, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: The Arts

2013 Tony Award®-Winning Best Musical



Orange County Cast Announced 

December 30, 2014 – January 11, 2015

KINKY BOOTS, the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (book) and Grammy® Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Tony Award-winner for Best Score for KINKY BOOTS) opens at Segerstrom Center for the Arts December 30, 2014 – January 11, 2015.

Kyle Taylor Parker (KINKY BOOTS on Broadway, In the Heights national tour) plays the role of Lola.

Steven Booth (Avenue QGlory DaysDogfight) stars as shoe factory owner Charlie Price.

They are joined by Lindsay Nicole Chambers (HairsprayLegally BlondeLysistrata Jones) as Lauren, Joe Coots (TV’s Inside Amy SchumerFull Monty national tour) as Don, Craig Waletzko (Guys & DollsYoung Frankenstein) as George and Grace Stockdale in her touring debut as Nicola.

 

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts

The Mission Viejo, Saddleback Valley Elks welcomed 23 new members in the month of November. The new members all will join in the many charitable events taking place during the holidays

Permalink 12/18/14 14:55, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Charitable

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ELKS IN FULL STRIDE OF GIVING FOR THE HOLIDAYS


They are from Mission Viejo Sven Akesson, Angela Hamel, Jessica Jensen, Glen Meredith, Michael Stefanik, and Gary Stewart. New Elks from Laguna Hills, Robert Herrmann, Rick Meumann, and Larry Vaughn. Mary and James Kovash reside in Trabuco Cyn. Other new members are Ginger Breiner from Laguna Niguel, and Lake Forest residents James Maloney, and Paula Pangle, Garreth Brown from Aliso Viejo, Clay Currie of Rancho Santa Marguarita, Toby Sanford, and Kacey Igarashi of Coto De Caza, Ronald Goodbrand of Dove Canyon, James Goyne of Irvine, Martyn Mayhead of San Juan Capistrano, Earl Pattschull of Anaheim, and Chuck Steinhaus of Yorba Linda.

Lodge President Derek Randles said of the event, “This is a very special group of initiates as it puts our Lodge over our goal of one thousand (1000) members. The added members will surely help us over the holidays as we have a bigger charity workload than ever before.”

Randles referred to events such as our Christmas Party for the developmentally challenged, Bringing Santa and loads of gifts to the Orange County Rescue Mission, Dictionaries to third graders, Visits to the Veterans Hospital, Fund raisers for the Elks Handicapped Children’s charity, and Donations to outreach and food basket charities, to mention just a few.

Randles added, “Many of our new members told us that they wanted to give something back to the community and to the less fortunate. They said the idea of tackling that job all by oneself was overwhelming to them so they chose joining the Elks as the best way to give back through an organization that specializes in a wide spectrum of charity work.

And they also appreciated the fact that none of the Elks draw one nickel in pay…and that includes the Lodge President.” For information regarding membership in the Mission Viejo, Saddleback Valley Elks call (949) 830-3557.

Mission Viejo/Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge #2444 is celebrating 44 years of service to Saddleback Valley Communities. It is one of 10 lodges in the Orange Coast District of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) whose headquarters is in Chicago, Illinois. The BPOE is a charitable organization with a 146 history of giving. "Elks Care Elks Share"

 

Seated L to R: Ginger Breiner, Paula Pangle, Kacey Igarashi, Lodge President Derek Randles, Mary Kovash, Angela Hamel, and Jessica Jensen

StandingL to R: Martyn Mayhead, Rick Meumann, Chuck Steinhaus, James Goyne, Robert Herrmann, Glen Meredith, Svsn Akesson, Clay Currie, Ronald Goodbrand, Garreth Brown, James Kovash, Toby Sanford, Earl Pattschull, James Maloney, Gary Stewart, Gary Vaughn, and Michael Stefanik.

 

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

Holiday Favorites Enjoy a holly jolly “Christmas with Sandi Patty”

Permalink 12/18/14 14:49, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Pacific Symphony

Pacific Symphony Pops presents "Christmas with Sandi Patty"

 





With her angelic voice and heart-warming spirit, Sandi Patty delivers an uplifting and joyous Christmas concert, complete with the festive sounds of the Symphony.

One of the most highly acclaimed performers of our time, the 5-time Grammy winner shares holiday favorites from her newest album, “Christmas Blessings,” including “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Joy to the World,” “Winter Wonderland” and many more.

Rejoice with the entire family at this wholesome holiday concert, which includes a delightful sing-along. Also, joining Pacific Symphony to narrate “The Night Before Christmas” is well-known actor Jamie Farr, known for his role as Klinger in the television series M*A*S*H.

 


 

PACIFIC SYMPHONY POPS

Christmas with
Sandi Patty

Thu-Sat, Dec. 18-20 at 8:00 p.m.

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

 

Richard Kaufman, conductor
Sandi Patty, vocalist
Jamie Farr (a.k.a Klinger of M*A*S*H fame), narrator

 

Concert sponsors:
Susie & Steve Perry

Read more in the Program Notes

 

 

HOLIDAY EVENTS AT DANA WHARF

Permalink 12/18/14 14:42, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings

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40 Nights of Holiday Nights!

A holiday wonder to see, this vibrant display of nautical, holiday, and uniquely entertaining displays are sure to delight! Don’t miss this holiday light spectacular featuring animated lighting attractions and immersive, ocean-minded sculptures, FREE, nightly through January 2, 2015.

 

Winter Wine Cruise

Through January 20, 2015 – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Nights 5:30pm to 7pm – $49 per person, 21 & over

Enjoy some winter Reds paired with delectable cheeses & crackers, fresh fruit, and assorted nuts aboard this 90-minute winter wine cruise. Board the luxurious OCean Adventures Catamaran for a sampling of wines from The Organic Wine Cellar, featuring a signature wine by WYLAND. Reservations recommended.

 

 

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!

Segerstrom Center Presents World Premiere of American Ballet Theatre’s New Production of The Sleeping Beauty

Permalink 12/18/14 14:37, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, The Arts

 

Choreography by Alexei Ratmansky 
with sets and costumes by Richard Hudson


American Ballet Theatre returns to Segerstrom Center premiering an all-new production of the classic ballet The Sleeping Beauty as choreographed by Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky.

ABT’s return to Orange County from March 3 – 8 marks the company’s 23rd visit to the Center.

Pacific Symphony will perform the beloved score by Tchaikovsky. Sets and costumes are by Tony Award®-winning designer Richard Hudson.

The production will receive its New York premiere during ABT’s 2015 spring season, certain to be a cornerstone during the Company’s celebratory 75th anniversary year, at the Metropolitan Opera House.

This version of The Sleeping Beauty is the Company’s fourth production of the ballet and marks Ratmansky’s eleventh work for ABT.

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts


Students, Staff, and Families Donate Record Number of PJs for Needy Children

Permalink 12/18/14 14:24, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Schools, Charitable


It resembled a giant slumber party as thousands of children throughout the district were encouraged to wear their pajamas to school - and it was all for a good cause.

 

 

 

On December 5,  CUSD hosted the 4th annual "Wear a Pair, Bring a New Pair" Pajama Day. Dress codes were lifted as students and staff wore their pajamas to school and generously donated new PJs to comfort children in need.

 

This year, 49 schools and the District Office collected 14,422 new pajamas for needy CUSD children, local foster care agencies, displaced families, and military households, a big increase from 2013 when district employees, students, and school families from 46 district sites donated 11,202 pajamas.

 

The one-day event is spearheaded by Sharon Yanaura, a fourth-grade teacher at Malcom Elementary School, in conjunction with "PJs from Heaven," a non-profit organization she created in memory of her late son, an LAPD officer who was killed in an off-duty accident in 2006.

 

December 18 Edition of Capo Talk: News From Capistrano Unified School District

Tesoro High School Named GRAMMY Foundation Signature School Semifinalist for Quality of Music Department Programs

Permalink 12/18/14 13:50, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Schools, The Arts

 

Tesoro High School has been selected by the GRAMMY Foundation as a GRAMMY Signature School semifinalist for 2015, a competitive program recognizing top U.S. public high schools that are making an outstanding commitment to music education during the academic school year.

 

Tesoro was named a semifinalist from more than 20,000 public high schools nationwide based on the quality of its music program, its comprehensive and diversified musical offerings, and student participation in music classes. Thirteen California high schools including five from Orange County advanced as semifinalists.

 

In mid-March 2015, the Foundation will announce the finalists for the GRAMMY Signature Schools program. Finalists receive a custom award and a monetary grant ranging from $1,000 up to $10,000 to benefit their music program.

 

The selection process for GRAMMY Signature Schools begins each year in August when the GRAMMY Foundation mails notification to public high schools requesting information about each school's music program. After the applications are scored, semifinalists are identified and asked to submit additional documentation, such as recordings of school concerts, sample concert programs, and repertoire, which is then reviewed by an independent committee of top music educators and professionals to determine the schools that merit GRAMMY Signature School status.

 

The top school music programs are designated Gold recipients. The best program of the Gold recipients is designated as the National GRAMMY Signature School. The remaining schools are designated as GRAMMY Signature Schools.

 

Tesoro High School's music program is under the direction of teachers Keith Hancock, Cathy Olinger, and Andy Magana.

 

December 18 Edition of Capo Talk: News From Capistrano Unified School District

Celebrate the Arts and the Holidays with the 2015 Passport to the Arts

Permalink 12/18/14 13:46, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, The Arts

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The Passport to the Arts team of Laguna Beach has the perfect offering this holiday season – a 2015 Passport to the Arts.

 

Kicking off its seventh consecutive season, the Passport team, comprised of Art-A-Fair, Festival of Arts and Sawdust Art Festival, in collaboration with Visit Laguna Beach and the City of Laguna Beach, offers the 2015 Passport to the Arts for just $23.

This triple-value, unique season pass provides unlimited entry to the three premier art festivals in Laguna Beach throughout the summer festival season, which runs June 26 through August 31, 2015.

 

Compare the nominal Passport to the Arts fee of $23 to the standard fee of more than $69 in value. Passport holders receive unlimited admission to all three festivals through August 31, 2015.

Special discounts from selected retailers, merchants, hotels, and restaurants throughout Laguna Beach are also available to Passport holders, as well as one-time free parking at the Act V lot at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road.

 

The 2015 Passport to the Arts benefits include:

  • Unlimited admission all summer long to all three Laguna Beach art festivals
  • More than 500 artists and 300 hands-on art workshops
  • Great music at all three festivals throughout the season
  • Dozens of special events
  • Great Savings – Only $23 for the whole season!
  • One-time free parking in the Act V parking lot on Laguna Canyon Road
  • FREE shuttle service all summer long
  • Special discounts at selected Laguna Beach lodging properties, local shops, and eateries

 

The 2015 Passport may be purchased online at www.LagunaBeachPassport.com. The Passport does not include admission to the Pageant of the Masters.

 

Meghan Perez

 

For information about overnight stays and things to do while in Laguna Beach, drop in to the Official Visitors Center, located at 381 Forest Avenue. The Visitors Center is open daily, Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching - Holiday Specials

Permalink 12/18/14 13:42, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings

 

Contact Info

34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629

Phone: 1-888-224-0603

Web: www.danawharf.com

 

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

 

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Fishing Trips

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!

Twlight Fishing

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

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
For more information on our All Day Fishing Trips, please read FAQ’s!

Overnight Fishing

Overnight trips with select dates NOW available, for more information on scheduling see calendar or please call (949) 496-5794.
For more information on our Overnight Fishing Trips, please read FAQ’s!

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!
The 7th Annual Halibut Derby starts on October 1st!
$64 per person
*Sorry, no discounts, coupons, Groupons, senior or child rates.
Click here for more information on the Halibut Derby.

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 fishing trips and all whale watching cruises. Check our half priced trip schedule and buy tickets now!

For our latest fishing calendar, click here.

Kids save $5.00 off each trip above when you sign up for the kids club

The public is invited to enjoy “A Merry Little Christmas” with the Master Chorale of Saddleback Valley on Sunday, December 21

Permalink 12/18/14 10:42, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, The Arts

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The concert is at 3 p.m. at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way.

The concert features classic holiday favorites and some folks haven’t heard before.

The Master Chorale of Saddleback Valley celebrated its 50th year in 2013. The group, which has nearly 50 vocal musicians, is the longest standing choral-performing group in Orange County.

The program includes wassail cider and goodies. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door.

For more information, call 949-470-8440.

 

Kelly Tokarski

The City of Mission Viejo

Public Information Specialist

The Mission Viejo Chamber of Commerce will host a casino-themed holiday mixer on Thursday, December 18 at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way

Permalink 12/18/14 10:40, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Business, Charitable

Chamber Mixer

Guests to the 5:30 p.m. mixer can enjoy blackjack, craps and roulette with play money and chips along with free refreshments from Mountain Mike’s, Paradise Cafe and Bakery and Coldstone Creamery.

Beer and wine will be available for purchase from the High Park Tap House.

In the spirit of the holidays, the chamber has teamed up with the nonprofit California Elder Care Referral Service to support needy seniors.

An angel tree will be on display for folks to select an ornament with a specific wish list item needed by a local senior.  Donors will be rewarded with extra gambling chips in exchange for each $20 donation made to the California Elder Care Referral Service.

Mixers are free for chamber members; $10 general admission.

Visit www.missionviejochamber.com to RSVP or call 949-470-8409 for more information.

 

Kelly Tokarski

The City of Mission Viejo

Public Information Specialist

Santa will be in his workshop this week from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday - Mission Viejo Civic Center

Permalink 12/18/14 10:37, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings

MVTV ChristmasWith City Hall set to close for the Christmas and New Year holidays beginning Thursday, December 25, the City is relishing in the holiday spirit and sharing the season with others.

Boasting magnificent lights and holiday decorations, Mission Viejo Civic Center is once again the perfect backdrop for Santa’s Workshop. Since the beginning of the month, St. Nick – with Mrs. Claus in tow – has been delighting children of all ages.

As shown in this 1-minute video produced by Mission Viejo Television, Santa’s Workshop has been making memories for countless families.

Santa will be in his workshop this week from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. The Mission Viejo Civic Center is at 200 Civic Center. For more information, visitwww.mvactivities.com.

 

Kelly Tokarski

The City of Mission Viejo

Public Information Specialist

Mission Viejo Animal Services Center is offering a special “Home for the Holidays” adoption promotion Friday through Sunday, December 19-21

Permalink 12/18/14 10:34, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Charitable

 

The promotion includes 10 cats and three dogs available at a discounted adoption fee. These loving pets are spayed or neutered, micro-chipped, vaccinated and ready to go home for the holidays.

Stop by the Animal Services Center at 28095 Hillcrest this weekend to meet your new family member.  For more information, call 949-470-3045 or visit www.cmvas.org.

 

Kelly Tokarski

The City of Mission Viejo

Public Information Specialist

 


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Pizza Studio Open For Business

Permalink 12/18/14 10:32, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Business, Health

Pizza Studio staff 12-15-14A new 1,965-square-foot Pizza Studio restaurant opened Wednesday, December 17 on Marguerite Parkway, just north of Avery Parkway.

This is the first of three new restaurants to open in the newly constructed building within Avery Center.  The Broken Yolk and Jimmy John’s  Gourmet Sandwiches will open in early 2015.

Pizza Studio is a fast-casual restaurant where pizzas cook in just two minutes and customers choose the crust, sauce, cheeses and an unlimited variety of toppings for $7.99.

The menu also offers salads and freshly baked cookies.  Beer and wine will be available at this location in a couple of weeks.

Of the 23 Pizza Studio locations across the country, 12 are in California, and Mission Viejo’s will be the second in Orange County.  The eatery is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily at 28621 Marguerite Parkway, Suite B6.

For more information, visit www.pizzastudio.com or call 949-364-1604.

 

Kelly Tokarski

The City of Mission Viejo

Public Information Specialist

City business workshops available in January

Permalink 12/18/14 10:28, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Schools, Business

 

 

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

 

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  • What You Need to Know About Schedule C & Other Small Business Taxes & Tax Forms (SCORE/IRS) on Wednesday, January 7 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. (FREE).
  • The workshop takes place in the Saddleback Room at Mission Viejo City Hall, 200 Civic Center.  Register at www.score114.org or call 714-550-7369.
  • The Art & Science of Creating a Successful Business Plan (OC SBDC) on Thursday, January 29 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ($35 online registration or $45 at the door).
  • The workshop takes place in the Sycamore Room at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way.  Register at www.score114.org or call 714-550-7369.   For more information about upcoming workshops and to register, visitwww.missionviejomeansbusiness.com.

Kelly Tokarski

The City of Mission Viejo

Public Information Specialist

Take steps to prevent pollution from entering our waterways

Permalink 12/18/14 10:24, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Health

Storm drain trashWith the recent rains comes a reminder for residents to be aware of what they are sending down the storm drains.

When rains come, the water sweeps along everything in its path, sometimes clogging storm drains with debris, causing neighborhood flooding and carrying pollution to Oso Creek or Aliso Creek.

During storms, trash, organic matter and automotive pollutants are primary sources of pollution that threaten our local watersheds.

Most people don’t realize that even leaves and grass clippings carried into the storm drains with rainy weather can not only clog the pipes but can also disrupt the ecological health of our waterways.  Here are some ways you can help:

1.            Pick up all litter and loose objects like yard clippings and branches in your yard and on your property.  Dispose of yard clippings in your green waste container.

2.            Check your own yard drains to make sure they aren’t clogged.  If they are, clean them and properly dispose of the debris.  Also, look at the catch basin at the end of your street.  If it is clogged, report it to the City at 949-470-3095.

3.            Sweep all dirt from driveways and walkways and throw it in the trash.  Even dirt is a pollutant when carried into the creeks.  Never hose down sidewalks or driveways.

4.            Don’t fertilize or use pesticides on your lawn and garden before a storm.  Those chemicals are washed off the lawn into the street and storm drains.

5.            Always clean up pet waste and flush it down the toilet or throw it in your trash container.

6.            Store paints or other toxic chemicals indoors.

For more information, visit www.cityofmissionviejo.org/green.

 

Kelly Tokarski

The City of Mission Viejo

Public Information Specialist

Employee of the year has saved Mission Viejo thousands of dollars

Permalink 12/18/14 10:22, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Charitable
Chris Covellone

He’s known as a proactive, hardworking and efficient team player. He’s a reliable guy who – no matter how busy – will drop what he is doing to help a resident or co-worker in need. On Wednesday, Chris Covellone also became known as Mission Viejo’s Employee of the Year.

Surrounded by co-workers, elected officials and friends, Chris was named the City’s top 2014 employee during Mission Viejo’s annual holiday luncheon.

Nominated for the award by multiple co-workers, Chris has been working as a Senior Public Services Contract Administrator for the past 6 ½ years. In that role, he is responsible for contract administration and monitoring City contractors to ensure quality performance standards are achieved with HVAC, electrical repairs and retrofits. He provides daily inspection and maintenance service repairs to City equipment and infrastructure and conducts project research, among many other duties. He also helps the City with regular special event set-ups and event preparations.

Chris always goes the extra mile and will often perform electrical repairs himself rather than outsourcing those duties.  By taking the initiative, Chris has saved the City thousands of dollars. In fact, in the last three years, he has saved the City $27,630 in contractor expenses by removing and installing more than 307 lighting ballasts within numerous City buildings. He has cut nearly $15,000 more in contractor expenses at City Hall and the library replacing faulty hot-water heating valves and plumbing and electrical connections. Since he began his Mission Viejo post, Chris has saved the City’s General Fund about $192,630.

“Chris performs all of his duties expeditiously and with enthusiasm as his fellow co-workers do as well, but Chris is the first that has taken the next big step forward in our group to initiate and document these cost-saving repairs versus the sole use of contracted resources,” said his supervisor Dan Sullivan.

City Manager Dennis Wilberg praised Chris for his tireless efforts on behalf of the City.

“There is always one person who rises to the top, and the selection committee always makes the right decisions in the people they select for Employee of the Year, and they did so again this year by selecting Chris,” he said.

 

Kelly Tokarski

The City of Mission Viejo

Public Information Specialist

Free fun-filled cartoon class set for Jan. 31

Permalink 12/18/14 10:21, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Charitable, The Arts

Professional cartoonist and caricature artist Dave Boatman will delight children and adults alike when he visits Mission Viejo on Saturday, January 31.

 

Dave Boatman Cartoon Class The Art of Mo Willems

 

 

 

 

 

Boatman will demonstrate how to draw the popular characters from Mo Willems’ books in a fun, educational and free cartoon class open to children ages 6-12.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library, the free program takes place at 2 p.m. and again at 3:30 p.m. in the Saddleback Room at City Hall, 200 Civic Center.   Registration is required and begins January 4 at the library’s youth reference desk.

For more information, call 949-830-7100, x5107.

Kelly Tokarski

The City of Mission Viejo

Public Information Specialist

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