Support Mission Viejo’s adopted troops in Tee It Up Fore Marines

Permalink 09/22/14 16:56, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Charitable

teeitupformarinesRegistration and sponsorship opportunities are now available for the annual Headquarters Battalion benefit golf tournament – “Tee It Up Fore Marines” – on Friday, October 17.

The event, which is sponsored by the Marines and Sailors Adoption Committee, City and Mission Viejo Community Foundation, benefits the Marines and Sailors of the City’s adopted Headquarters Battalion of the 1st Marine Division.

The tournament includes 18 rounds of golf with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. at the pristine Marine Memorial Golf Course in Camp Pendleton.

Community members, businesses and organizations are invited to support Mission Viejo’s adopted troops by participating in or sponsoring the event. Sponsorships range from $200 to $5,000, but donations in any amount are welcome and appreciated. The fee for an individual golfer is $200. A foursome, which includes a Marine, is $800.

Along with the honor of golfing with Mission Viejo’s Marines, this fun-filled event includes lunch, a barbecue dinner and an awards ceremony.

Tournament proceeds support the programs the Mission Viejo Marines and Sailors Adoption Committee offers military personnel and their families. Things like supporting the Wounded Warriors; sending weekly care packages to deployed troops; an annual “Day at Lake Mission Viejo”; offsetting the cost for entry-level Marines to attend the annual Marine Corps Ball; distributing toys to Marine children during the holidays; baby baskets for newborns and expectant Marine wives; and other programs.

To support the event, make checks payable to the Mission Viejo Community Foundation and mail to the Marine Golf Tournament c/o Mission Viejo Community Foundation, 200 Civic Center, Mission Viejo, CA 92691.

For more information, visit http://www.teeitupforemarines.com or call 949-470-3061.

Lance Miller, a Toastmasters world champion speaker, will appear in Mission Viejo on October 4

Permalink 09/22/14 16:54, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings

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Miller will take part in a workshop hosted by Possibilities Unlimited Toastmasters Chapter of Mission Viejo from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Norman Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way.  Registration begins at 5:30 p.m.

Miller is a professional speaker and speech coach, who has delivered more than 3,000 presentations in over 40 countries.

He has coached hundreds of people, including top Hollywood celebrities and Fortune 1000 executives.  He will talk about creating and delivering a championship speech, finding your voice and other valuable tips.

Toastmasters is a nonprofit educational organization that helps members improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills.

Space is limited, so Possibilities Unlimited Toastmasters is encouraging folks to purchase their tickets early.  Cost is $15. To register and for more information, visit http://www.putm.org.

Planting project at La Paws Park puts scout in line for Eagle

Permalink 09/22/14 16:52, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Charitable

Eagle Scout La Paws Park Sept 2014Lance Meurs has what it takes to be an Eagle. The Boy Scout of Troop 728 organized about 40 volunteers and braved the heat last Saturday to plant 1,100 1-gallon plants along the slope at La Paws Park.

The project puts Lance in line to obtain the highest ranking in the boy scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America.

Lance’s project has helped to beautify the new dog park that sits on 6 acres at the eastern edge of the City along Felipe Road just south of Gilleran Park. The City is grateful for his efforts.

For information about conducting similar volunteer projects, contact Jerry Hill at 949-470-3064 orjhill@cityofmissionviejo.org.

Festival of Arts Aquires New Artwork for Permanent Art Collection

Permalink 09/22/14 16:03, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: The Arts

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From left to right, Board Member Tom Lamb, Artist Baldemar Fierro, Art Collection Specialist Pat Sparkuhl and Exhibits Director Ron Morrissette


Recently, the Festival of Arts added an extraordinary photograph by Baldemar Fierro to its Permanent Art Collection. The piece is entitled Favela Morro do Cantagalo which Fierro captured earlier this year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“It is with great pleasure that the Festival purchased from the 2014 summer fine art exhibit, Baldemar Fierro’s color photograph,” said Festival of Arts Board Member Tom Lamb.

“This work, rich in color and texture, is an image of the slums above Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro. Baldemar exemplifies a new breed of photographers, whose documentary work in third world countries often create underlying stories such as the tension between the desperate conditions of the slums often adjacent to neighborhoods of the rich and famous with incongruous lifestyles.”

The Festival’s collection, made up of over 1,150 pieces, is composed of an eclectic mix of two-dimensional and three-dimensional work that date back to the early 1900s.

The Festival of Arts Permanent Collection, expanded annually through purchases and donations, includes painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, glass, photography, mixed media, furniture and jewelry that reflect the uniqueness and diversity that is synonymous with the Festival of Arts and the region surrounding it.

About Baldemar Fierro

Baldemar Fierro, a 4-year exhibitor at the Festival of Arts, is a freelance photographer based in Laguna Beach, California. Fierro has been photographing for more than 15 years. He attended photography school at Orange Coast College (OCC) where he learned analog photography.

Large/medium format cameras, film development and darkroom techniques are still relevant to him in today's digital workflow. Fierro enjoys traveling to natural environments and cities close to home and around the world.

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 LagunaFestivalofArts.org.


Don't miss Opening Weekend with Joshua Bell - Sept 25-28

Permalink 09/22/14 15:44, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Pacific Symphony
A Season of Giants
Joshua Bell kicks off 2014-15 Classical Series

Join us as we celebrate Music Director Carl St.Clair's 25th-anniversary season with violinist Joshua Bell. A true classical music superstar, Bell enjoys a successful concert career, famous chamber music collaborations and performances on movie soundtracks, including, famously, "The Red Violin." Glazunov's lyrical Violin Concerto is a colorful, bravura showpiece for our special guest.

Joshua Bell is the greatest American violinist active today. — The Boston Herald

Buy Tickets for Joshua Bell

Joshua Bell
Joshua Bell
Thu, Fri & Sat, Sept. 25-27 at 8 p.m.
Preview Talk with Alan Chapman at 7 p.m.
Sun, Sept. 28 at 3 p.m. (shorter program)

Carl St.Clair – Conductor
Joshua Bell - Violin

WILLIAMS: Sound the Bells! 
ROUSE: Supplica (West Coast Premiere) 
GLAZUNOV: Violin Concerto 
STRAUSS: Dance of the Seven Veils from “Salome” 
RAVEL: Suite No. 2 from “Daphnis and Chloe”

Concert sponsors: South Coast Plaza 
Ellie and Mike Gordon • Classical KUSC

Enhancements thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Music Unwound


Permalink 09/22/14 15:40, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings

Laguna Niguel
On Wednesday and Thursday, 9/24 and 9/25 from 9:30pm to 5:30am, traffic on Crown Valley Parkway Westbound between Cabot and Forbes will be reduced to one lane for construction work. 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience.

Acoustic Bicycle Tour Stops at Saddleback College

Permalink 09/17/14 16:24, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Schools, The Arts

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Bicycles & Jazz at Saddleback College

On Monday, September 29th at 7:30 p.m., cornetist/composer Taylor Ho Bynum performs a jazz duet with bassist Mark Dresser in the McKinney Theatre.

Bynum will be nearing the end of his five-week, 1800-mile Acoustic Bicycle Tour down the west coast by the time he reaches Saddleback College.

He began his “composition journey” in a sunset solo on August 28th in Vancouver, BC and he’ll be pedaling from the Angel City Jazz Festival ready to join jazz bassist Mark Dresser for a duet on the McKinney stage then on to San Diego and to finish up on October 1st at a sunrise solo in Playas de Tijuana, Mexico.

Bynum is a Boston-area cornetist whose wide-ranging musical interests include free jazz, modern composition, and interdisciplinary projects with dancers and filmmakers.

A central figure in avant-garde jazz for more than three decades, Los Angeles-native Mark Dresser emerged out of the vital but often overlooked Southern California free jazz scene in the early 1970s.

Tickets are $10 general and $7 students/seniors.  Tickets may be purchased by calling 949-582-4656 (Tuesday through Friday, noon-4:00 p.m.) or online at www.saddleback.edu/arts.

Jazz Studies at Saddleback College emphasizes creativity through improvisation and ensemble performance.

Focusing on the historical, theoretical, and intuitive aspects of this American music, Director of Jazz Studies Joey Sellers and an outstanding cadre of nationally-recognized musicians comprise the jazz faculty.

Curricula include Improvisation, Jazz Composition and Arranging, Jazz History Syllabus, Jazz History Audio, Jazz History Podcast, Jazz Piano, Saddleback Big Band, Jazz Lab Ensemble, and Combos.

Students in Jazz Studies at Saddleback College have transferred to prestigious institutions including University of Southern California, Eastman School of Music, Berkeley School of Music, Cal State Northridge, UCLA, Cal State Fullerton, University of California at San Diego, and other regional institutions.

Some of our alumni have gone on to play professionally with Frank Zappa, Diana Ross, and other high-profile artists and organizations.

Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Pkwy in Mission Viejo, just east of Interstate 5 at the Avery Parkway exit.  Free parking is available in Lot 12.  Take Avery Parkway to Marguerite Parkway turn left to the third traffic light, which is Saddleback’s Marguerite entrance. Turn right into the campus and take the second left to Theatre Circle, turning right into Lot 12.

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


Photo: Taylor Ho Bynum


Nina Welch

Fine Arts Public Information Officer

Saddleback College

28000 Marguerite Parkway

Mission Viejo, CA 92692


Saddleback College Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestras Perform

Permalink 09/17/14 16:18, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Schools, The Arts



Mission Viejo, California-The Department of Music at Saddleback College is pleased to present two dynamic concerts under the baton of Maestro Yorgos Kouritas.

On Friday, October 10th at 7:30 p.m., the Saddleback College Wind Ensemble opens its fall semester with an evening performance featuring works by Sparke, Meij, Leemans, Roost, Whitacre, and a Big Band Bash.

On Saturday, October 11th at 7:30 p.m., the Saddleback College Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to present Schubert’s Symphony #8, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, and Stamitz’s Viola Concerto.

Both concerts take place in the beautiful McKinney Theatre. 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.

Yorgos Kouritas was a prize winner for the prestigious American Prize in Conducting in 2012. In December 2012, Dr. Kouritas was a participant in the Virginia Symphony Conducting Workshop and was awarded the Outstanding Participant prize by the internationally known conductors JoAnn Falletta and Jorge Mester.

His extensive background in conducting includes being the Assistant Conductor of the Boise Philharmonic and Director of the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in addition to working with Cincinnati Symphony (and its Youth Orchestra), and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.

He has conducted the Boise Philharmonic in Idaho several times. Highlights of his career include being selected by Lorin Maazel as Conducting Fellow and receiving great reviews by the Washington Post and Washington Times.

He has also been chosen to study twice with the famous German conductor Kurt Masur.

Orchestras he has worked with include Baltimore Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony, Manhattan School of Music Symphony, Castleton Festival Orchestra, Lucca Festival Orchestra, Ithaca College Symphony, Fingerlakes Symphony, Ossia Ensemble, Rochester Composer’s Sinfonietta, Pleven, Plovdiv and Bacau Philharmonics.

Saddleback’s Instrumental Studies Department is privileged to have some of the finest musicians of the Pacific Symphony as its instructors.

This semester the department will be hosting master classes by distinguished violinists such as Haroutune Bedelian and Guillaume Sutre. Previously, master classes have been taught by Martin Chalifour and William Fitzpatrick.

The Symphony Orchestra and the Wind Ensemble tackle some of the most difficult pieces such as Verdi’s and Brahms’ Requiems. Dr. Kouritas is also teaching violin, viola, and chamber music and has performed recently several violin recitals.

Last April, he was honored to work with Carl St. Clair in the Ithaca Conducting Master class. In June, he was selected by the Baltimore Symphony to work in a master class with Gerard Schwarz (former Seattle Symphony’s Music Director).


Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Pkwy 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


Western Night is a Huge Hit at the MV Elks Lodge - Run-A-Ways RV Club held their 32nd annual Western Night Dinner-Dance

Permalink 09/17/14 16:08, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Charitable


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Frank and Sandy Scarpini of Mission Viejo


The Elks Lodge room was once again transformed into a delightful old western town & country scene with hand painted wall murals and a jail house that practically everyone frequented by night’s end…happily paying the sheriff’s small fine (for charity) to buy their freedom.

Camper Don Berreth (Mission Viejo) acted as the “crooked” jailer and Harts Hobbs (Mission Viejo) as the “I could be bribed” Sheriff.

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Fun on the dance floor

The happy crowd of cowboys and cowgirls in western attire feasted on delicious BBQ tri-tip, BBQ chicken, country beans, corn & salad, all topped off with a decadent desert.

Music was provided by the country & western group, “Back Home”. This was the band's third appearance at the annual event, keeping the dance floor filled throughout the evening.


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Best Western costume

couple winners Doug & Janelle Olson of Mission Viejo


Door prizes donated by campers and local merchants were obtained through the efforts of camper Marilyn Gross (Laguna Woods).

Dinner & raffle ticket sales were managed by Barbara Martino (Mission Viejo) and the kitchen crew was led by Wagon Master Pat Martino.

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Cowboy Chief Cook & Run-A-Ways Wagon Master Pat Martino


Scout Leader Leeora Beck and the Girl Scouts of troop #261 were servers. The Scout troop received a donation from the Run-A-Ways.

The event was chaired by Wagon Master Pat Martino and wife Barbara (Mission Viejo) with the help of no less than 35 hard working RV Camping Club members, all dedicated to making certain that a great time would be had by all.


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Best Costume judges and winners


MC Andy Costello (Laguna Hills) welcomed the guests and thanked them for their support. He said the event was expected to raise close to $3,000, which would bring the amount of the RV Camping Club’s contributions to the Elks National Foundation (ENF) and other Elks charities to over $14,500 for the year. Costello explained, “The ENF is the Elks national charity fund which in turn funds our Scholarship program, Veterans benefits, Handicapped Children’s charities, and grants for local community projects.

Since its inception in 1928, the ENF has contributed more than four hundred million dollars to Elks charitable projects.”

The Mission Viejo / Saddleback Elks Lodge No. 2444, celebrating forty-four(44) years of service to the Saddleback Valley communities, is one of ten lodges in the Orange Coast District of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) whose headquarters is in Chicago, Illinois. The BPOE is a charitable organization with a 146 year history of giving, “Elks Care, Elks Share.” For information on Elks charities call (949) 830-3557

Hal Mattson, Lodge Publicity

Mission Viejo / Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge No. 2444



Andy Costello

2014-15 CHEA Public Relations Chairman

Mission Viejo, Saddleback Valley Lodge #2444

Freaky Fridays!!! LEGOLAND California Resort Adds Two Friday Nights to Its Brick-Or-Treat Halloween Celebration!

Permalink 09/17/14 15:45, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Life in South O.C.



CARLThe biggest kids’ Halloween celebration in San Diego, Brick-or Treat and Brick-or-Treat Party Nights, presented by Shutterfly, is about to get bigger at LEGOLAND® California Resort. The family theme park is adding two Friday nights (Oct. 17 & 24) to its Halloween festivities.

Now six nights in October, Brick-or-Treat Party Nights features a variety of family activities including the Ghost Cruise Scavenger Hunt,  Brick-or-Treat Trail including a LEGO® Legends of CHIMA™ toy giveaway, a new bonus treat station and dance party at SEA LIFE® Aquarium and LEGOLAND Hotel is joining in the fun with its own Brick-or-Treat entertainment.


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Every Saturday night and two Fridays in October from 5 to 9 p.m., the Park transforms into a not-too-spooky Halloween celebration. Brick-or-Treat Party Nights is a special event and admission can be purchased for as low as $30 if purchased online in advance.


Special event ticket holders can enjoy costume contests, nighttime trick-or-treating for children 12 and under at 12 treat stations throughout LEGOLAND California Resort where kids can gather goodies, tasty treats and other surprises.


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The LEGO themed treat stations offer a safe, fun and entertaining trick-or-treating experience for all to enjoy during Party Nights with festive music, live entertainment, interaction with the “Boo Crew,” the animated light show “Spirits of Halloween” and fireworks capping off the night at 9 p.m.

During Party Nights, guests can “boo-gie” down at three frighteningly-fun dance parties: the new Hubble Bubble’s Dance Party, the Monster Fighter Mash Character Dance Party or Wanda’s Jellyfish Jam in SEA LIFE Aquarium. 

Several ghostly fun areas of LEGOLAND are open late and included in the  Party Nights special event ticket on October 4, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25, including Land of Adventure, Castle Hill, Imagination Zone and Park favorites: Coastersaurus, Safari Trek and Fairy Tale Brook. Kids can participate in fun activities like Hubble Bubble’s Ultimate Dance Party, mingling with the “Boo Crew” including Silly Scarecrow, tap dancing skeletons, Dr. Hyde’s percussion cart plus the interactive show, “Mail Order Monsters.”

Special event guests can also enjoy entertainment from the “Witchettes,” a splash artist creating Halloween-themed paintings to music and master ventriloquist Kevin Johnson returns to the stage at LEGOLAND.

Also new, an additional treat station at SEA LIFE Aquarium giving guests two bonus treat stations filled with treats and other surprises to its Brick-or-Treat Party Night festivities. Admission to SEA LIFE is included with a Brick-or-Treat Party Night special event admission.

Daytime trick or treating is available from 12 – 5 p.m. on weekends in October, with three treat stations at LEGOLAND and one  treat station at SEA LIFE Aquarium. SEA LIFE also offers a special themed daily dive show featuring underwater pumpkin carving, a Halloween puppet show and daily creepy creature appearances every weekend in October adding to the Halloween fun!  

LEGOLAND Hotel also joins in Brick-or-Treat spirit with Halloween decorations, nightly entertainment from the Boo Crew’s Dr. Rodney Rathbone and his monster fighting crew and Halloween building activities for the kids.

In the Halloween spirit, community sponsor Union Bank is donating 300 tickets to local Boys and Girls Clubs allowing members to visit this year’s Brick-or-Treat festivities during the first weekend of the month-long celebration.

During Brick-or-Treat, LEGOLAND is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

SEA LIFE is staying open until 8 p.m. on Saturdays for those wanting to explore the Aquarium after dark.

Admission to Brick-or-Treat Party Nights can be purchased for as low as $30 if purchased online in advance. For exclusive savings and more information on Brick-or Treat and Brick-or Treat Party Nights, visit www.BRICKORTREAT.com or call 760-918-5346.

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 seven slides, sandy beaches and the unique Build-A-Raft River. New this year, LEGO Legends of CHIMA Water Park presented by Cartoon Network where guests splash about in a Lion Temple Wave Pool, slide out of a crocodile’s mouth and race LEGO boats. The nation’s first LEGOLAND Hotel features 250 rooms, all themed either as pirate, adventure, or kingdom plus more than 3,500 LEGO models throughout the three-story hotel. For more information, visit  www.LEGOLAND.com or call (760) 918-LEGO (5346).

Yanks Air Museum Proudly Welcomes Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) to Chino, Ca. Fly-in Sept 20

Permalink 09/17/14 15:02, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings





Over 500 airplanes will be flying into Chino for special events and exhibitions planned for the fly-in of the nation’s largest general aviation organization. Open to the public.

Yanks Air Museum proudly welcomes the nationwide fly-in of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) to Chino Airport on Saturday, September 20, 2014. More than 500 airplanes from around the country will be flying into Chino and will be on display to the public throughout the weekend. AOPA is celebrating its 75th anniversary. It is the largest general aviation organization of pilots and owners in the country.

Yanks will host a series of events for AOPA and the public during the fly-in weekend. A special $5.00 Pancake Breakfast will be served Saturday morning at the airport.  Special tours of the museum collection of over 200 fully restored vintage American aircraft from all eras, wars, conflicts and events will be available.

VIP tours of Yanks well-known Restoration Hangar will be a highlight of the weekend, where aviation enthusiasts can see how rare antique aircraft are lovingly and authentically returned to fully flyable, original manufacturers’ specifications, using original and , authentic parts. An added event on Sunday, Sept.21 will be a run-up of the Museum’s 1939 “Connie” Lockheed EC-121T’s engines.


Long a supporter of military and civilian aviation, the Yanks Air Museum collection is considered one of the most prominent in the world. Included is a WWI Curtiss Jenny – the first mass produced aircraft with interchangeable parts.  Constructed of wood and fabric, the Jenny was the basic Army trainer for American and Canadian pilots in World War I. A model plane collection and an “insider’s” peak at the restoration workshops of the museum are also offered.


Yanks Air Museum is open Friday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission: $5.00 – children(age 5-11); $10.00 – Seniors(65+), $11.00 – General.  VIP Tickets: Additional $5.00. Military discounts available with military I.D. Contact us:  info@yanksair.com. Phone: 909-597-1735. www.yanksair.com


Donia Moore

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“The Best Mariachi in the World,” - at Segerstrom Center for the Arts !!!

Permalink 09/17/14 14:59, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, The Arts

Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán 
Makes Segerstrom Center Debut

The universally renowned and acclaimed Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán will perform for one night only on Saturday, November 29 at 8 p.m. at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Internationally acclaimed as “the best mariachi in the world,” the group comes to the Center for a rare Orange County appearance.



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Permalink 09/17/14 14:26, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Charitable


On August 23rd, seven-time Grammy® award winner and music legend Al Jarreau performed during one of the most momentous night of the summer art season: The Celebrity Beneft Concert and Pageant at the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts. Al Jarreau performed to nearly 3,000 fans on the Festival of Arts center green. “It was a spectacular concert,” said Special Events Director Susan Davis. “The fans loved it!”  Guests also enjoyed a private showing of the Festival of Arts Fine

Art Show.



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Al Jarreau’s innovative musical expressions have made him one of the most exciting and critically acclaimed performers of our time with seven Grammy® Awards, scores of international music awards and popular accolades worldwide.

Jarreau is only the second artist – Michael Jackson was the first -- to win Grammy Awards in the jazz, pop and R&B categories.

And he has done so because of his unerring ability to bring authenticity to each of those styles.  One of Jarreau's most commercially successful albums is Breakin' Away (1981), which includes the hit song "We're In This Love Together."

He wrote and performed the Grammy-nominated theme to the 1980s American television show Moonlighting. Among other things, he is well known for his scat singing and the ability to imitate conventional guitar, bass, and percussive instrumentation.

After the concert, guests proceeded to the Irvine Bowl to enjoy a special performance of the Pageant of the Masters hosted by Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, A.J. Cook, and Matthew Gray Gubler of the hit TV show Criminal Minds.



Following a short skit highlighting the Pageant of the Masters volunteers, the cast of Criminal Minds then pulled the winning tickets for the three raffle prizes.

The Hawaiian Getaway at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua in Maui, including airfare for two compliments of KOST Radio 103.5 was Hank Kurtz and Lynn Erwin from Carlsbad. The winner of the Tanzanite & Moonstone earrings designed by Lugano Diamonds was Ginger Thomas. And the lucky winner of the 2014 Mazda6 GT was Bill Larsen from Ocean View, Delaware.

The evening concluded with a captivating performance of the critically acclaimed Pageant of the Masters production of “The Art Detective.”

The gala event grossed approximately $250,000 for future arts programming and the building fund for improvements of the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters facility. Festival of Arts President Fred Sattler thanked the sponsors of the event and also the patrons. “It is through the support of tens - of- thousands of people, just like you, that our juried art exhibit, higher education scholarships, art education programs and the many additional activities that support this community are made possible,” Sattler said.

Also in attendance were many other celebrity guests including Melissa Biggs, Kathleen Bradley, Gordon Clapp, Roger Clark, Clifton Collins Jr., Milena Govich, Robert David Hall, Jon Huertas, Gregory Itzin, Richard Karn, Joshua Malina, Jerry Mathers, Donna Mills, Dr. Andrew Ordon, Geoff Pierson, Dallas Raines, Charles Shaughnessy, Mia St. John, and Larry Wilcox.


The Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters are sponsored in part by  Fidelity Investments, KOST Radio 103.5, the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, and Orange County Register. The Festival of Arts is a non-profit organization that produces The Festival of Arts – California’s Premier Fine Art Show and 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. Proceeds support the arts and art education in and about Laguna Beach.

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Submitted By: Meghan Perez

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

As part of the celebration marking Orange County's 125th birthday, Mission San Juan Capistrano set a world record for "largest hug around a California mission" with its Hands Around the Mission event on Saturday

Permalink 09/17/14 14:14, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Religions






The Mission gathered more than 1,000 volunteers who combined to hold hands around the perimeter of the Mission San Juan Capistrano grounds, which measure about 11 acres. The volunteers held hands for 10 minutes for the record, which was documented via aerial photography. All participants received an official certificate of participation.

There were a number of dignitaries in attendance, including Mexican Consul Alejandra Garcia Williams, and several city council members and candidates. A variety of groups were represented, including Native Americans. Jacque Nunez of the Acjachemen Tribe gave a blessing.

The Mission also offered free admission to all Orange County residents as part of the county's birthday celebration.

Mission San Juan Capistrano, recognized as the birthplace of Orange County and the county's most historic landmark, was the primary donor for San Juan Capistrano's celebration throughout the city. There were plenty of activities throughout the city during the day's celebration, which took place at the San Juan Capistrano Library, the Los Rios District and the Historic Town Center Park.



About Mission San Juan Capistrano:

Known as the “Jewel of the Missions,” Mission San Juan Capistrano is a historic landmark and museum that boasts of quality permanent exhibits featuring original artifacts as well as traveling and temporary exhibits on a wide variety of topics.

The site itself serves as a living outdoor museum with original buildings constructed by Native Americans in the 18th century including the Serra Chapel, Great Stone Church, and the original padres’ quarters of the South Wing.

The Mission was founded on November 1, 1776 by Padre Junipero Serra as the seventh in the chain of the twenty-one California missions established by Spain, and is Orange County’s  only mission. Every year, over 50,000 students visit the Mission and engage in an inspirational learning experience via the Mission Matters programming, as part of their State required California history studies.

Mission San Juan Capistrano is owned by the Diocese of Orange and is supported by the Mission Preservation Foundation, which is comprised of business and community leaders committed to ensuring the long term preservation and viability of Orange County’s only Mission. The Mission receives no funding from either the Church or the State of California and charges admission funds as a means of providing public access.

Mission San Juan Capistrano is located at 26801 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675. Open Daily 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Good Friday afternoon. Admission is $9 adults; $8 seniors (60 years or over); $6 children (ages 4 to 11); and children ages 3 and under are admitted free. Free audio guide with senior and adult admission. For more information, call (949) 234-1300 or visit www.missionsjc.com.


Joe Haakenson

Second annual Blessing of the Animals by the Rev. Kent Doss September 28 at 2:00pm - 6:00pm in Florence Joyner Park in Mission Viejo

Permalink 09/17/14 13:45, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Religions

Blessing of The Animals

2:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014


Each year in October, many Catholic churches sponsor a “Blessing of the Animals” service, to honor the memory of St. Francis of Assisi and to continue his work of respecting and caring for animals.  Many Unitarian Universalist congregations also hold a blessing of the animals. Tapestry, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, invites you to participate in our own ceremony.

with Yappy Hour following the Blessing

Yappy Hour is a joint fundraiser between Tapestry’s Ways & Means and Social Action Committees.  Proceeds will be divided between Tapestry and the Prisoner Pup Program at California Institution for Women in Chino, CA


For Dogs . . .


Pet Costume Parade


Doggy Obstacle Course

For Kids . . .


Bocce Ball


Water Balloon Toss


Apple Bobbing


Provided by our own Chef Kathy

Menu includes: hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, chips. salad and dessert and drinks


Suggested Donation: $15 for individuals $25 per family


Rev. Kent Doss

Acclaimed Chanteuse Cécile McLorin Salvant Makes Segerstrom Center Debut, 11/14 & 15

Permalink 09/17/14 13:38, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: The Arts

Grammy®-Nominated Vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant 
Makes Segerstrom Center Debut in Jazz Series

She Will Be Joined by Award-Winning 
Pianist/Composer Aaron Diehl

Segerstrom Center presents emerging vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant to its Cabaret Series on November 14 & 15 in Samueli Theater.

She will be accompanied by virtuoso pianist/composer Aaron Diehl. “I’ve never heard a singer of her generation who has such a command of styles,” remarks Diehl of his collaborator McLorin Salvant, who is one of today’s most highly regarded jazz artists.

Her soulful style and creative energy have garnered her a Grammy nomination and great critical acclaim. Dubbed "the Real Diehl" by Wynton Marsalis, pianist Diehl is introducing a whole new generation to the music of keyboard greats such as Duke Ellington, Art Tatum and Mary Lou Williams.



Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Beat Tomorrow's Deadline - Buy Now 10th Laguna Beach Gold Coast Million Dollar Home Raffle

Permalink 09/17/14 13:37, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Charitable

Dear Friend,

Buy your tickets NOW for the 10th Laguna Beach Gold Coast Million Dollar Home Raffle for your chance to win the Grand Prize:  $1 Million or a home in Laguna Beach.

Don’t wait!
Call 949.542.3600 or, click here for entry form.

Bonus Drawing deadline is Midnight tomorrow, Thursday, September 18.
1 ticket - chance to win Grand Prize + $84,000 in bonus prizes.
2 tickets - chance to win Grand Prize + $160,000 in bonus prizes.

Tickets are $150. Only 21,000 tickets will be sold.

The money raised supports the non-profit Ocean Institute’s efforts to enhance the educational opportunities of school children in our community.

Good Luck!
Dan Stetson
President, Ocean Institute

P.S. If you have already purchased tickets, thank you! Remember to Refer Your Friends. It’s another great way to win!  1st Prize: You Both Win a new Lexus IS 250, 27 month lease or $7,000 each!

California Wing Locates Missing Pilot

Permalink 09/17/14 13:24, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: News

Volunteer Masthead

Found September 16, 2014

Fresno, California -- Civil Air Patrol’s California Wing  located a downed aircraft missing since Monday evening. The pilot, who was seen walking near the airplane, was transported from the crash site in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains via a National Park Service helicopter.

CAP spotted the downed aircraft at 9:03 a.m. September 16,  near where the last known Emergency Locator Transmitter signal had been heard. The aircraft had departed from Reid-Hillview Airport, San Jose, California, on Monday and was destined for Lone Pine, California.

Eight CAP members led by CAP Maj. Marc Sobel, the mission’s incident commander, conducted three aerial searches for the missing pilot. Initially, CAP launched an aircraft from Camarillo, California, at 11:28 p.m. Monday evening and received its first signal from the plane’s ELT at 12:44 a.m. The general location of the beacon was identified at approximately 1:05 a.m., in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains, approximately 80 miles east of Fresno.

“The members of the California Wing performed this mission is an extremely polished and professional manner, which is what they are trained to do,” said California Wing Commander, Col. Jon Stokes. “I am extremely proud of them and especially proud of the way in which the mission ended.”

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 60,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs about 85 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 70 lives annually.

Its unpaid professionals also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 25,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs.

Performing missions for America for over 70 years, CAP will soon receive the Congressional Gold Medal in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com, www.capvolunteernow.com and www.capgoldmedal.com for more information.

Contact info: Maj Aaron Yanagihara - paocap85@sbcglobal.net – (916) 257-28151


Submitted By:

Lloyd P. Bumanglag Capt,CAP

Public Affairs Officer (PAO)

USAF Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol


Long Beach Senior Squadron 150

Create lasting memories while enhancing your child's or grandchild's love of music - Family Musical Mornings, Subscriptions start at just $12 per concert

Permalink 09/17/14 13:18, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: The Arts
Create lasting memories while enhancing your child's or grandchild's love of music. Subscriptions start at just $12 per concert.

Rubio’s® Sponsors 30th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day

Permalink 09/16/14 16:45, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Business, Charitable, Health

San Diego-Based Restaurant Chain Teams Up with California Coastal Commission in Support of Ocean Health





Rubio’s® Restaurants, the brand that has counted the ocean as a source of inspiration since its founding more than 30 years ago, is joining forces with the California Coastal Commission in support of ocean health.

Known for its craveable coastal cuisine, Rubio’s is sponsoring the Commission’s 30th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. to noon at beaches throughout the state of California.

California Coastal Cleanup Day, the state’s largest volunteer event, is part of the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by the Ocean Conservatory.


California Coastal Cleanup Day was created to bring community members together in support of coastal conservancy and ocean health through the removal of trash and debris from the California coastline.

Last year’s event saw more than 70,000 volunteers remove over 750,000 pounds of garbage and recyclables from the state’s waterways.

This year, in addition to its sponsorship, Rubio’s will also be showing its support by sending Team Members to various cleanups throughout San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles and Northern California.

To thank volunteers for their support, free Rubio’s taco coupons will be distributed at all 800 California cleanup locations.


“We couldn’t be more thrilled to team up with Rubio’s for this year’s California Coastal Cleanup Day,” said Mary Shallenberger, chair of the California Coastal Commission.


“Rubio’s is known for its dedication to supporting ocean health, so an alignment with our organization felt very natural. With California’s beaches becoming collecting spots for trash, its imperative that we step up now to protect the ocean for future generations to use and enjoy.”


Rubio’s works to be a friend to the ocean year-round by sourcing the majority of its seafood from sustainable fisheries, recycling plastic and glass bottles in restaurants whenever possible, using eco-friendly plates and takeout containers and supporting ocean-centric causes.

Every May, Rubio’s holds its annual CoastFest event, a free celebration of the ocean complete with a beach cleanup, complimentary food and drinks, live music, and activities for guests of all ages. In addition to CoastFest, Rubio’s also gives away a reusable tote bag in honor of World Oceans Day each June. To date, Rubio’s has provided guests with more than 60,000 totes.


“At Rubio’s, we take great pride in our commitment to the ocean and aim to partner with organizations who share similar beliefs,” said Ralph Rubio, co-founder of Rubio’s. “Sponsoring the 30th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day is one way we can not only give back, but also continue to support ocean health year-round.”


Rubio’s passion for creating delicious coastal cuisine began when the first Rubio’s opened in 1983. To date, Rubio’s has sold more than 190 million Original Fish Tacos® and uses sustainable seafood in nearly all of its seafood menu items. The brand continues to expand its menu with innovative recipes, ranging from sustainable shrimp to Atlantic salmon. In addition to serving certified sustainable seafood, Rubio’s also offers grilled marinated chicken and steak, no-fried pinto beans, salads, handmade guacamole, and a variety of proprietary salsas – all prepared in Rubio’s kitchens.


For more information about the California Coastal Commission’s 30th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day and how to get involved, please visit http://www.coastal.ca.gov.

To learn more about Rubio’s, its ocean health related initiatives or its coastal cuisine, please visit www.rubios.com. Join in the conversation by following Rubio’s on Twitter (www.twitter.com/RubiosTweets) or liking it on Facebook (www.facebook.com/rubios).


About Rubio’s Restaurants:

The first restaurant was opened in 1983 in San Diego by Ralph Rubio and his father, Ray, who started the fish taco phenomenon that spread across the nation. Today, Rubio’s menu has grown from The Original Fish Taco® to include additional chef-crafted seafood recipes that feature sustainable shrimp, Atlantic salmon, Regal Springs® tilapia and mahi mahi. In addition to certified sustainable seafood, Rubio’s offers grilled marinated chicken and steak, salads, handmade guacamole, “no-fried” pinto beans, and a variety of salsas that are prepared daily. Rubio’s is headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., and operates 190 restaurants in California, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Nevada. For more information, visit http://rubios.com.


Danielle Solich



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