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

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

Meet the Artists: Featured Artist JIM BLOOM:

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

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

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

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

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


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

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



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


The Shed Fine Arts Gallery

24471 Del Prado Avenue

Mission Viejo, Saddleback Valley Elks Dictionary Team Receives Award

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Andy Costello

2014-15 CHEA Public Relations Chairman Designate

Mission Viejo, Saddleback Valley Lodge #2444

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

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


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

Presentations on Career and Technical Education

University/College Admission Requirements


Community College Transfer Programs

Tuesday April 29th, 2014

6:30pm – 8:00pm

SJHHS Theater Conference Rm.

SJHHS Guidance Dept.


Saddleback Community College

Grand Canyon University


UC and CSU Representatives

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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


Nina Welch

Fine Arts Public Information Officer

Saddleback College

28000 Marguerite Parkway

Mission Viejo, CA 92692




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

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


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April 23, 2014

Marian Bergeson Elementary School

Laguna Niguel, CA  92677

School Phone:  (949) 643-1540

Call In Sick Line:  (949)643-9938

Principal:  Barbara Scholl

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Barbara Scholl

Principal, Marian Bergeson Elementary School

Laguna Niguel, CA


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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


July 9 – August 30, 2014

Performances Nightly at 8:30pm

Advance Tickets: $15 - $220

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



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



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



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

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


Joe Haakenson

JUVE Creative, Inc.


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

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

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April 25 & 26, 2014


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

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




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

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

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

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



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

Ocean Institute is open to the general public on weekends, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Cost:  $6.50 adults, $4.50 children (ages 4-12), Ocean Institute members free.  Unique maritime and ocean-themed items are available in the Chambers Gallery every day, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Institute address: 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point.  Website: www.ocean-institute.org.  Phone: (949) 496-2274.

Jim Graves

HarpsiSecrets Revealed! Saddleback College McKinney Theatre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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



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

Nina Welch

Fine Arts Public Information Officer

Saddleback College

28000 Marguerite Parkway

Mission Viejo, CA 92692



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Jayce Keane

Director of Public Relations

Pacific Symphony

3631 S. Harbor Blvd. Suite 100

Santa Ana, CA 92704

Direct: 714/ 876-2383 │Tickets: 714/ 755-5799


The public is invited to the Mission Viejo Rotary Club’s 26th annual Mission Viejo Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, May 1

Permalink 04/21/14 00:55, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings

Rotary Day of Prayer

The Prayer Breakfast is at 7:30 a.m. at the Mission Viejo Country Club, 26200 Country Club Drive.

The breakfast is in honor of the “National Day of Prayer,” which was designated as the first Thursday of May and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on May 5, 1988.

A year later, the Rotary Club of Mission Viejo decided to sponsor the first annual “Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast” including former Mayor Bill Craycraft, who recently passed away.

The breakfast, which took place at the old Holiday Inn in Laguna Hills, attracted roughly 300 people and featured then Orange County Supervisor Gaddi Vasquez as the keynote speaker.

Many years later, the tradition is still going strong. This year’s breakfast will feature gospel choir and spiritual leaders emphasizing the theme of diversity.

Cost is $25. Reservations are available at http:// www.MissionViejoRotary.org.

Mission Viejo Event - Cookie donations still sought for City’s adopted Marines, Sailors

Permalink 04/21/14 00:53, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Charitable

marinesCommunity cookie donations are still sought for the Marines and Sailors Adoption Committee’s annual “Family Appreciation Day” for members of the Headquarters Battalion of the 1st Marine Division.

Roughly 1,200 Marines and family members are expected to attend the spring event at Lake Mission Viejo. The cookies are a small token of appreciation for the sacrifices the service men and women and their families continue to make in the name of freedom.

The goal is to serve 5,000 cookies or Rice Krispies treats at the family event.  Whether you can donate one or 100 cookies, the gesture is appreciated.

Deliver your cookies with your name (or group name) and number of cookies attached to the Recreation and Community Services Department located on the second floor of City Hall by 5 p.m. Thursday, April 24.  City Hall is at 200 Civic Center.

For more information, contact Barbara Swanson at 949-859-4348 x 5723 orbswanson@cityofmissionviejo.org.

Urban-jazz sax man Jackiem Joyner to appear on next radio for TV broadcast - Murray Community Center May 10th 2014

Permalink 04/21/14 00:51, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: The Arts

JackieM joynerChart-topping jazz sax man Jackiem Joyner will appear on the next “Breakfast with Gary and Kelly” radio for TV broadcast on Saturday, May 10. The Saturday morning radio show will broadcast live starting at 9 a.m. from the Norman P. Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way.

A studio audience will be welcomed in for the 10 a.m. to noon show; doors will open at 9:30 a.m. with the final hour being videotaped for later broadcast.

The program airs on the City’s MVTV Channel 30 and on Saddleback College’s SCTV Channel 39.  The audience will be admitted free of charge but seating is limited.  Reservations are available at www.ksbr.org

Joyner is one of the most exciting young turks on the urban and contemporary jazz scenes today.

Honored as “Debut Artist of the Year” for his 2007 release “Babysoul,” his sophomore effort “Lil’ Man Soul” spawned a pair of Number 1 singles including “I’m Waiting For You,” winner of Song of the Year honors at the 2009 Smooth Jazz Awards.  His new release, “Evolve,” marks a return for Joyner to the sounds that have garnered him remarkable notoriety.

For more information on the Radio on TV monthly series and how to become part of the audience for this special May 10 show, tune to 88.5 KSBR or visit www.KSBR.org.

Mission Viejo Arbor Day - Neighborhood planting effort will bring people together, beautify Avery Parkway

Permalink 04/21/14 00:49, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Charitable

gardenTo help beautify an entryway to Mission Viejo and benefit the environment, the City will host a special volunteer planting and cleanup project on Saturday, April 26.

Hundreds of volunteers are expected to take part in the “neighborhood beautification” effort to plant new landscaping along a quarter-mile stretch of Avery Parkway, east of Marguerite Parkway, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Every year, the City engages enthusiastic, energetic and environmentally minded residents in volunteer tree planting activities in honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day. This year, the City is taking that effort into local neighborhoods.

“We are focusing on bringing community volunteers and neighbors together to plant shrubs and trees along the slopes on Avery Parkway to enhance their neighborhoods,” said Public Services Operations Manager Jerry Hill.  “This project is not only an opportunity to celebrate the environment, but it’s also a great way for residents throughout Mission Viejo to volunteer to help in the community.”

From groups, organizations, schools, churches, families and businesses, volunteers of all ages will plant 1- and 5-gallon plants and 15-gallon trees on Avery between Marguerite and the Arroyo Trabuco Golf Course. Their efforts will add to the roughly 8,000 plants and trees that are planted in this “Tree City” each year. This is the 15th year Mission Viejo is celebrating the Arbor Day Foundation-sponsored Tree City USA national designation for its commitment to urban forestry.

Along with planting, community members are invited to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day at the City’s Green Expo at Coronado Park, 26652 Las Ondas Drive.

The expo at this neighborhood park will feature earth-friendly crafts and environmental exhibits with tips on water conservation, pollution prevention and recycling. Volunteers will have a chance to create an Earth Day Promise Tree mural out of clay, recycled wood and copper.

The expo will also give residents an opportunity to sign up for the CoolCalifornia City Challenge, a fun competition between California cities to motivate and reward residents for reducing their carbon footprints and helping to build more vibrant communities.

Mission Viejo is one of 10 California cities taking part in the challenge that calls for participants to track driving and home-energy use and take energy efficiency surveys to earn points for being green.

For more information, visit the City’s Green website at www.cityofmissionviejo.org/green or call 949-470-3010.

U.S. Marine Corps 1st Law Enforcement Battalion Adoption Ceremony Guests will have a chance to meet over 150 Marines the community will be “adopting” on Saturday, May 3 at the U.S. Marine Corps 1st Law Enforcement Battalion Adoption Ceremony

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The Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) joins the entire state in

celebrating Tuesday, April 22, as California School Bus Drivers’ Day, officially honoring school bus

drivers for their continued and excellent services to the children of our community.


CUSD encourages parents, school employees, and school children to recognize school bus

drivers as an important part of their everyday lives. If you happen to be driving by or traveling on a

school bus on April 22, express your gratitude to the driver with a big wave or thank you.

The district employs 85 bus drivers and maintains a fleet of 160 yellow buses. Each day bus

drivers for the district safely transport approximately 3,100 students, more than 6 percent of district

enrollment, to and from school over an area spanning 200 square miles, according to Carlos Chicas,

CUSD Director of Transportation.


“Our bus drivers often set the tone for the day as a student’s important first daily contact with a

school employee, and they provide necessary support for services for the delivery of educational

programs and extra-curricular activities,” he said.

Despite the number of school buses being operated throughout the state, school buses remain one

of the safest modes of school transportation. This can be attributed to the school bus drivers’

commitment to safety, their excellent driving skills, and attention to detail.


School Bus Drivers’ Day is promoted by the Governor’s Office, the State Assembly, and the

California Assn. of School Transportation Officials, a professional organization that promotes safe pupil

transportation and advocates for continued high standards for California’s school bus drivers.

CHABAD JEWISH CENTER OF LAGUNA NIGUEL - Join us for Passover services and Yizkor prayers this Tuesday morning, April 22

Permalink 04/20/14 14:23, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Religions

Dear friend,

Prayers will begin at 9:30am, Torah reading and Yizkor at 10:15.

To make a donation in memory of your loved one, please click here and include

their Hebrew name and that of their father's, if known.

A light Kiddush will follow the service.

Happy Passover!


Rabbi Mendy Paltiel



Yizkor, a special memorial prayer for the departed, is recited in the synagogue four times a year, following the Torah reading on the last day ofPassover, on the second day of Shavuot, on Shemini Atzeret and on Yom Kippur.

Yizkor, in Hebrew, means "Remember." It is not only the first word of the prayer, it also represents its overall theme. In this prayer, we implore G-d to remember the souls of our relatives and friends that have passed on.

When we recite Yizkor, we renew and strengthen the connection between us and our loved one, bringing merit to the departed souls, elevating them in their celestial homes.

The main component of Yizkor is our private pledge to give charity following the holiday in honor of the deceased. By giving charity, we are performing a positive physical deed in this world, something that the departed can no longer do.

The soul gains additional merit if the memory of its good deeds spur their loved ones to improve their ways.



27631 La Paz Road
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677-3917 USA

Map and Directions

Ph:  949-831-7701

Fax: 949-831-1082


It's a beautiful Easter day!

Permalink 04/20/14 14:15, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Religions

Happy Easter From The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Rancho Margarita Stake

Laguna Niguel Stake

Mission Viejo Stake

San Clemente Stake

Irvine Stake


Jesus Christ was the promised Redeemer of the world, the Savior of mankind, the Son of the living God. He was with His Father before He came to earth in mortality, the Creator of the earth upon which we stand.

Carl Bloch, IRI

In His mortal ministry He walked the dusty roads of Palestine, healed the sick, raised the dead, taught His gospel, gave His life on Calvary’s hill, and rose on the third day, a perfected, resurrected being, breaking the bands of death for us all, thus becoming “the firstfruits of them that slept.”

The Savior paid the price for all of our sins. The prophet Isaiah saw the gift beyond the price of the Atonement of Jesus Christ:

“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:4-5).

We testify that Jesus Christ was resurrected and that He lives today as our Savior and Redeemer.


The First Presidency

President Thomas S. Monson

President Henry B. Eyring

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf



Open hearts, Open minds, Open doors, The People of the United Methodist Church - Spend Easter Sunday With Us!

Permalink 04/19/14 22:59, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Religions




Hope Wins

They left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy (Matt. 28:8)

The miracle of Easter is sometimes hard to believe, but it’s worth a try.

Because, when we choose to believe in God’s power over death itself, we begin to believe that God can bring goodness to a world that often seems lost.

The women who ventured to Jesus’ tomb early Easter morning did not have much reason to feel hopeful.

But when angels mystically appeared to them, they found themselves starting to believe. Lifting their eyes, they soon discovered the Risen Lord.

When we find ourselves wondering if the obstacles in our lives or in our world might be insurmountable, even a glimmer of hope can truly come in handy! If we say, “Well, maybe God can do this,” we might lift our eyes just enough to see that God’s been with us all along.

Please join us for worship. Please join us with hope, so that our eyes may be opened to see the Risen Lord in our midst.

God’s Peace be With You,

Pastor James Dollins


  • Sunday Worship Service
    9:30 am
    Fellowship Time
    10:30 am
    Adult Sunday School
    11:00 am
    Children's Sunday School
    9:45 am

Office Hours

Mon-Thurs 9am-3pm

Fri closed

Excluding Holidays

Located At:

24442 Moulton Parkway

Laguna Woods, CA 92637-3362

Office: 949 837-3414

Fax:     949 837-3428

AV Corpus Christi REGULAR SUNDAY MASS and other news

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Easter Sunday, April 20th:


8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, and 12:00 Noon.

All Masses will be held in the Grand Hall

with overflow seating outdoors...please dress accordingly.

Special extra parking on Aliso Viejo Parkway

has been arranged for Easter Sunday ONLY.

Parish office closed

Please use caution and cross only at the lights!

The Parish office repoens on Tuesday, April 22nd.


Parish Office Hours

In observance of Easter,

the Parish offices will be closed from Thursday, April 17th -  Monday, April 21st.

The office will re-open on Tuesday, April 22nd.

Happy Easter!



PSA 2014

Our Kids - Our Church - Our Future

As of Tuesday April 15, 2014:

Number of Pledges: 433

Amount Pledged: $279,520 *

Monies Collected: $ 60,523 *

* These totals DO NOT include any parishioner who went directly online to pledge


To all who have given their donation - thank you!

To all those who are still discerning - we will be happy to accept your pledge any time!

You can place your pledge in the Sunday Offertory basket or give it to Father Tim.

If you are unable to pledge at this time - please pray for the success of the campaign!


Click here for futher information on the PSA campaign or to pledge online



Networking and Employment Transition Support Ministry


Next Meeting: Thursday, April 24, 2014

7:30 pm - Rooms 1 & 2

Topic: Establishing a Transition Plan”


click here for more information




An Easy and Delicious way to Support Corpus Christi!

Corpus Christi’s first Diner's Night of 2014 will be at

Stella's Italian Restaurant

located in Monarch Bay Plaza

on Wednesday April 23rd.


Click here for more information



Camp Corpus Christi Vacation Bible School is here!!!


July 28th - August 1st

9:00 am - 12:45 pm

All Corpus Christi kids ages 6-11 are invited to participate in Corpus Christi’s Vacation Bible School!

Youth ages 12-17 are invited to participate in the Camper in Leadership Training (CILT) program too!


click here for more information


The 2014 Corpus Christi College Scholarship

The Corpus Christi College Scholarship (CCCS) is a merit based financial aid grant ($5,000) awarded to an individual student
for the purpose of furthering her/his education.

The Scholarship is awarded annually based on a range of criteria that reflect
the values of our Corpus Christi Catholic-Christian Community as well as the abilities and potential of the student applicant.

Who is eligible to apply?

Graduating students whose families are registered, financially participating members of Corpus
Christi Catholic-Christian Community (verifiable registration, weekly Offertory/Stewardship and yearly Pastoral Services Appeal)
since March 2012 may apply for this award.

Applications are now available on the Concierge Shelves.

Completed applications are due April 26, 2014.


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