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Fetch a calendar and bark the dates for Yappy Hour, the monthly cocktail party for canines and their companions at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Posh pups, haute hounds, and dapper doggies will enjoy complimentary house-made dog biscuits and refreshing libations, thanks to bacon, chicken, beef and vegan water, while their companions sip a glass of Mutt Lynch Unleashed Chardonnay, Merlot Over and Play Dead, or Chateau d’Og Cabernet Sauvignon. Cocktails, beer and a selection of barbecue items are also available for purchase. Supporting the resort’s Community Footprints program, proceeds from Yappy Hour benefit The Veterans Initiative™ of Canine Companions for Independence.

Release the Hounds for Yappy Hour 2018 on

  • Thursday, May 10, 2018 | 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 14, 2018 | 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 12, 2018 | 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 9, 2018 | 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 13, 2018 | 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 25, 2018 – Yappy Howl-O-Ween | 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 2, 2018 – Yappy Howl-iday Celebration | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

With a dramatic increase in wounded veterans, The Veterans Initiative provides an opportunity for veterans to regain their independence through the support of Canine Companions assistance dogs. Canine Companions is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly-trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.

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May 5, 2018

Indonesian satay?  Thai meat balls?  Boba tea?  Tacos?  Polish sausages?  Grilled rice balls?  Italian ice?  Korean BBQ?  Dosas?  Yakitori?  Vietnamese food?  Musubi?

These are just a few of the tempting international treats that will be served by student clubs and non-profit organizations at Soka University’s 17th Annual International Festival on May 5, from 10:30 am – 5:00 pm. Admission is free. Parking on campus is $10 (cash) and carpooling is encouraged.

The 103-acre Soka University campus is located at 1 University Drive in Aliso Viejo, CA off of Wood Canyon Drive. Exhibitor Registration is now open. www.soka.edu/festival.

This year the International Festival will again feature over 700 musicians and dancers performing on four stages. Dancers from many different nations will share their cultures, and visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy performances in Soka Performing Arts Center, at the Black Box Theatre, on Peace Lake stage, and at the Recreation Center stage. Music will range from Taiko drums and traditional instruments to orchestra and jazz. Over 250 exhibitors will also offer a wide variety of ethnic clothing, jewelry, arts, crafts, home goods, information and demonstrations. For more information see www.soka.edu/festival or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Over 8,000 people attended the festival last year.

Soka University is a private, non-profit, four-year liberal arts college and graduate program. SUA offers an 8:1 student/faculty ratio and an average class size of 12. Soka is ranked in the top 10 liberal arts colleges in California by USA Today and Top 10 Best Value among national liberal arts colleges by US News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2018.”

All undergraduate students participate in a semester of study abroad during their junior year which is included in the tuition. Full tuition scholarships are available to eligible admitted students whose annual earned family income is $60,000 or less. The university is open to top students of all nationalities and beliefs and was founded upon the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights and the sanctity of life. About 60% of SUA’s students come from the US and 40% have come from 40 other countries. For more information: www.soka.edu.

Feb 27, 2018

Pets of the Month

Lucy

Sweet little Lucy is full of fun and spunky energy. She just loves to run around in the yard and would make a great hiking or jogging companion. Lucy would do well in a family with an active lifestyle.

 

 

 

 

Chestnut

This handsome guy is Chestnut, a ragdoll mix looking for his purrfect home. Found as a stray, Chestnut is still learning to trust and can be timid initially. He is finally starting to come out of his shell and figuring out which are his favorite toys. Chestnut would likely fit best with a quiet family.

 

 

 

Funny

Funny is a friendly kitty with a very silly name. Eight years old, Funny enjoys lounging in the sun and having her head pet. Could you be the perfect match for a fun cat like Funny?

 

 

 

 

 

Grace

Two year old Grace is an adorable pup with a winning personality.  A recent momma, Grace raised six puppies and is now finally ready for a home of her own.  If you’re looking for a fun and energetic dog, Grace might just be the one for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like to know more about the animals listed here, please call the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter at (949)492-1617, or visit with them at 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente.

Featuring Cats and Dogs, plus Fish, Birds and Frogs…and More!

OC Fair & Event Center - April 27 - 29

This annual family-friendly event features all creatures cute and cuddly, furry, feathered and scaled of all sizes, shapes and colors.

042416 PET EXPO 0604New to America’s Family Pet Expo for 2018 is the Sea Lion Splash Show; a unique mobile aquatic experience combining both marine fun and environmental education. Sea Lion Splash Show features rescued sea lions from both California and South America. Ready to thrill and excite audiences of all ages, the sea lions balance balls, shoot hoops, dance, shake their flippers, and even do a handstand or two.

Returning favorites to America’s Family Pet Expo include The Catit Playground - a popular interactive activity bringing a close-up view for guests to watch charming adoptable cats and kittens to see how they interact with different toys and people. Repticon, reptile show and sale offers hundreds of common and rare species of reptiles such as lizards, snakes, and spiders. Plus, the ever-popular Splash Dogs and The Great American Petting Zoo, family fun the whole family will enjoy.

Sea Lions 2In advance of America’s Family Pet Expo, kids can design and create a 10-gallon aquarium in the Kid’s Aquarium Contest. The aquariums will be on display throughout America’s Family Pet Expo and are judged according to age group and two categories – Natural and Creative. Also, for the aquatic enthusiast is the Aquascaping Contest, where contestants will compete to make the most beautiful, and natural underwater environment in a small aquarium.

Pet Adoptions will be handled onsite for those looking for that perfect animal addition to the family. There will be hundreds of animals hoping to find their “furever home” from local community partner organizations at the Pet Expo.

For more info and to purchase tickets online visit www.PetExpoOC.org. America’s Family Pet Expo is created, produced and managed by World Pet Association, Inc., a 68-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting responsible pet care. Kindly leave pets at home.

It’s impossible to say what we love most about our issue release parties, especially the most recent one at Tokyo Joe’s located at 27981 Greenfield Drive in Laguna Niguel.

Always made fresh-to-order, using the best ingredients possible, guests enjoyed sampling an array of delicious appetizers, including potstickers, sushi rolls, poke bowls and grilled chicken/brown rice bowls with a choice of specialty sauces. For info, visit www.tokyojoes.com

We know we’re lucky to have such great relationships with our amazing advertisers and that getting together is always a celebration each month! We feel lucky to do what we love, and hope that you enjoy our publications as much as we do!

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel presents a curated exhibition of photos and surfboards titled “Winter Waters” at the oceanfront resort. The exhibit captures the colorful waters of California and Iceland with photo prints by Chris Burkard alongside six Album Surf surfboards featuring integrated photos taken by Chris. The exhibit is on display in the resort’s Art Exhibit Space from January 17 through April. The exhibit is complimentary and open to the public.

After exploring the exhibit, guests can make it an afternoon or evening and enjoy handcrafted cocktails on 180blú as they watch surfers ride the waves at Salt Creek while the sun sets over Catalina. 180blú is the resorts outdoor oceanfront lounge featuring panoramic views of the Pacific and the blue skies across the horizon. Perched 150-feet above Salt Creek Beach, 180blú is the perfect Southern California experience to enjoy refreshing beverages, small plates from RAYA and a little slice of heaven on earth.

Chris Burkard is an accomplished explorer, photographer, creative director, speaker, and author. Traveling throughout the year to pursue the farthest expanses of Earth, Burkard works to capture stories that inspire humans to consider their relationship with nature, while promoting the preservation of wild places everywhere. Layered by outdoor, travel, adventure, surf, and lifestyle subjects, Burkard is known for images that are punctuated by untamed, powerful landscapes.


The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is located at 1 Ritz Carlton Drive in Dana Point. For information, call (949) 240-2000.

Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard adapted for the stage by Lee Hall

Music by Paddy Cunneen Directed by Marc Masterson

Now through February 10, 2018 Segerstrom Stage

Young Will Shakespeare is desperate. He has writer’s block and owes two demanding producers a new comedy—a half-baked mess titled Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter. Enter his inspiration: Viola. Smart, beautiful and Will’s greatest admirer, she will stop at nothing—including breaking the law—to be in his play. As their love blossoms, so does his greatest masterpiece. Mistaken identities, ruthless scheming, and backstage theatrics make this romantic feast “a joyous celebration of theatre” (Daily Telegraph). For info, visit www.scr.org

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Indian Fusion Music with Kiran Ahluwalia

Friday, February 16, 2018, 8 PM

Kiran Ahluwalia is a modern exponent of the great vocal traditions of India and Pakistan which she honors intensely yet departs from in masterful, personal ways. Her original compositions embody the essence of Indian music while embracing influences from both the West and Africa — specifically the Sahara. With her 5-piece group of electric and acoustic guitar, harmonium, tabla and electric bass, Ahluwalia creates boundary-breaking songs that invite us to explore the human condition, transcending the self by losing ourselves in love.

Tickets: $30 ($26 Students, Military & Seniors 62+)


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The Chieftains: Reinventing Irish Music

Sunday, February 25, 2018, 7 PM

Together for more than fifty years and recognized for reinventing traditional Irish music on a contemporary and international scale, The Chieftains’ music remains as fresh and relevant as when they first began. They have performed with many symphony and folk orchestras worldwide, and have broken many musical boundaries by collaborating and performing with some of the biggest names in rock, pop and traditional music in Ireland and around the world. The six-time Grammy Award winners’ ability to transcend musical boundaries to blend tradition with modern music has notably hailed them as one of the best known Irish groups in the world.

Tickets: $60 ($48 Students, Military & Seniors 62+)

tinyurl.com/SokaTheChieftains


Come early and enjoy dinner at our All-You-Can-Eat-Buffet.
Open Monday – Friday 5:30 – 7:30 PM. $11.25 per person.
For a complete 2017-18 Soka Performing Arts Center calendar of events: www.performingarts.soka.edu

February 27 – March 11, 2018 Segerstrom Hall

T he national tour of the Lincoln Center Theater Production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I will make its way to Segerstrom Center for the Arts February 27 – March 11, 2018. Laura Michelle Kelly stars as Anna Leonowens and Jose Llana as the King of Siam. Joan Almedilla will play Lady Thiang, with Brian Rivera as Kralahome, Q Lim as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha, Anthony Chan as Prince Chulalongkorn, Rhyees Stump as Louis Leonowens and Patrick Boll as Captain Orton/Sir Edward Ramsey.

Director Bartlett Sher had this to say about the leads in THE KING AND I: “Jose was so superb on Broadway in The King and I that I begged him to join us on the tour, and l feel we are incredibly lucky to have him. He brings such joy and virility and strength to the King. And he is one of Broadway’s great talents.

“Laura Michelle has one of the best voices on Broadway matched with an extraordinary heart. Her work on Finding Neverland and Mary Poppins distinguished both of those shows with her natural grace and joy. She will be an exquisite Anna Leonowens.”

Tickets for THE KING AND I start at $29 and may be purchased online at SCFTA.org, the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236. The 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, March 10, 2018 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation.

Jan 29, 2018

Pets of the Month

Martin

Nine month old Martin is a sweet and friendly rabbit who is ready for his next big adventure.  This curious little bunny doesn’t mind being picked up or held and even enjoys lap time when he isn’t busy exploring. Martin has good litter box habits and would make a great house bunny for a loving family.

 

 

 

 

Calico

Calico was named for her pretty, spotted markings but could easily be named Sweetie for her mellow personality.  Her favorite activity is sunbathing and she is an avid birdwatcher.  Six years old and fully declawed, Calico would be very well suited for a quiet home.

 

 

 

olga

Olga is the shelter’s current resident senior kitty.  Fourteen years old and still fairly spry, Olga is very friendly and would make an ideal lap cap for someone looking for a mellow companion.

 

 

 

 

 

Tyson

This cute little guy is Tyson, a four year old pit bull mix ready to meet his new family.  Energetic and very playful, he enjoys long walks and running with the other dogs.  Could this active pooch be the one for you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like to know more about the animals listed here, please call the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter at (949)492-1617, or visit with them at 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente.