It’s impossible to say what we love most about our issue release parties, especially the most recent one at Villa Roma!
Situated in a shopping center just off La Paz at McIntyre (25254 La Paz Rd) in Laguna Hills, Villa Roma serves up amazing Italian and Argentine cuisine.
When it comes to deciding between hand battered and fried calamari, bufalo mozzarella appetizers, mini chicken, garlic and pesto pizzas or incredible wine paired with the best company and live music, I mean, you can’t choose just one thing! Guests noshed on the aforementioned apps and raved about the flavor in every bite. You won’t find deep-dish-American-football-sweatpants pizza here. No. They serve handmade, crispy, flaky crust pizza. The prosciutto and arugula, complete with a soft flurry of mozzarella is the kind of pie you sip wine with, reflecting on the old country while a hot steam of freshness rises poetically around you. Or, as others put it: one heck of a tasty pizza.
For discriminating palates, we recommend their Salmone Allo Champagne – fresh salmon baked in a champagne sauce, served with vegetables and roasted potatoes, and favorites like the Cannelonni Alla Rossini – homemade crepes stuffed with veal, ricotta cheese and spinach in a white cream béchamel sauce.
Villa Roma has an incredible selection of fine wines, great specials (on facebook), and the kind of attentive-yet-unobtrusive service you’re always hoping to get. Visit website: www.villaromarest.com for their menu and catering options. For reservations, call (949) 454-8585 or visit www.villarest.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 South County Magazine as much as we do!
Panels of Glass in Christ Cathedral, Formerly the Crystal Cathedral, Available for Dedication to a Loved One or to Celebrate a Special Milestone
The Orange Catholic Foundation is providing people all over the world the opportunity to be a part of the transformation of Christ Cathedral by digitally dedicating one of the iconic structure’s 11,236 glass window panes as a perpetual Heavenly Light that will shine for generations to come.
Christ Cathedral is rising anew as a beacon of faith for the Catholic Church, the Orange County community, and the world at large. Acquired by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange in 2013 from the Rev. Robert Schuller’s famous “Hour of Power” Crystal Cathedral Ministries, the iconic 1981 landmark is undergoing a complete renovation and transformation to take it from its former fame as the Crystal Cathedral to its permanent place as a fully restored and sanctified Catholic cathedral. Christ Cathedral is the largest glass structure in the world, a mother Church for Catholics throughout Orange County and beyond, and home to one of the largest musical instruments in the world, the Hazel Wright Memorial organ.
Supporters of this transformation may select and secure their Heavenly Lights virtual dedication from sections of the Cathedral, which are named in honor of various saints: St. Michael the Archangel, St. Teresa of Kolkata (Mother Teresa), St. Francis of Assisi, St. Ignatius, St. Patrick, St. Augustine, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Therese of Lisieux, and St. Thomas More.
“These gifts of Heavenly Lights enable people to be a part of the transformation of Christ Cathedral,” said Cynthia Bobruk, Executive Director of the Orange Catholic Foundation. “We see them as a beautiful way to honor loved ones and milestone events with a permanent place in our worship space.”
Dedication opportunities range from $40 to $10,000 and come with a certificate of authenticity, a letter of thanks from Orange County Bishop Kevin Vann and a prayer intention, which will be offered at the Epiphany Mass in 2017. Donors gifting $100 or more will also receive a Christmas season holiday ornament.
Funds raised through the Heavenly Lights dedications will be used for renovation work and in an endowment for the ongoing maintenance of Christ Cathedral and its 34-acre campus.
A beacon of faith within and beyond the Diocese of Orange, a gathering place for all on their journey of faith.
For believers and non-believers alike, it combines awe-inspiring architecture that gives a glimpse of the divine with the familiarity that feels like home.
For more information on Heavenly Lights donation opportunities, visit www.heavenlylights.org
Audiences will experience a symphony orchestra performing music to the entire film from one of the most beloved film franchises in history in Segerstrom Hall as part of The Harry Potter Film Concert Series. The film concert will feature the live symphony orchestra performing to picture every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™.
CineConcerts and Warner Bros. Consumer Products announced the Harry Potter Film Concert Series, a new global concert tour celebrating the Harry Potter films, earlier this year. The Harry Potter Film Concert that kicked off in June 2016 is another magical experience from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. Justin Freer, President of CineConcerts and Producer/Conductor of The Harry Potter Film Concert Series explains, “The Harry Potter film concert series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. It is with great pleasure that we introduce for the first time ever an opportunity to experience the award-winning music scores played live by a symphony orchestra, all while the beloved film is simultaneously projected onto the big screen. It will be an unforgettable event.”
The Nutcracker, set to music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky, features choreography by Alexei Ratmansky, scenery and costumes by award-winning designer Richard Hudson and lighting by Jennifer Tipton. The Pacific Symphony performs the beloved holiday score. In the Los Angeles Times review from last year’s inaugural Center performance, it declared, “Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky has made his own Christmas miracle: a joyful ‘Nutcracker’ ballet that is ravishing and clever enough to inspire multiple viewings.”
Misty Copeland and Herman Cornejo will lead the opening night cast of The Nutcracker roles of Clara, the Princess and Nutcracker, the Prince, respectively. Subsequent casts include Hee Seo and Cory Stearns, Gillian Murphy and James Whiteside, Isabella Boylston and Jeffrey Cirio, Stella Abrera and Alexandre Hammoudi, and Sarah Lane and Joseph Gorak in the leading roles. The engagement of The Nutcracker continues an on-going relationship between Segerstrom Center and American Ballet Theatre. The Company has appeared at the Center since the beginning in 1987. At the Center, ABT gave the world premiere of Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Swan Lake in 1988, the West Coast premiere of Kevin McKenzie’s new production of The Sleeping Beauty in 2007 and the world premiere of a new production of Firebird by Alexei Ratmansky in 2012. In 2008, the Center and ABT cocommissioned Twyla Tharp’s Rabbit and Rogue, receiving its world premiere in New York and West Coast premiere at the Center. In 1999, ABT’s production of Le Corsaire was taped in Segerstrom Hall for broadcast on PBS’ Dance In America, winning an Emmy Award. In 2003, The Dream was also taped at the Center for broadcast on Dance In America. In March 2015, Segerstrom Center presented the world premiere of ABT’s new production of The Sleeping Beauty as choreographed by Maurius Petipa with staging and additional choreography by Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky. In March of 2017, American Ballet Theatre will return to the Center with the world premiere of its new production, Whipped Cream, choreographed by ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky, with sets and costumes by pop-surrealist Mark Ryden.
Single tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker start at $29 are now available online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket discounts for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236.
Special Sweet Seats are available for every performance and include:
Saturday, October 15, 8PM
Nine-time Grammy Award winners, the Emerson String Quartet grace the Soka Performing Arts Center stage for the first time. Joining them for this program will be cellist Clive Greensmith, best known for the many years that he performed with the Tokyo String Quartet.
Saturday, October 22, 8PM
Tucson-based Tesoro beautifully and adeptly mixes the diverse styles of puro flamenco, rumba, cumbia, Latin pop and rock along with a perfect measure of funk and blues – all the while incorporating its signature powerful rhythms into infectiously heartfelt, unforgettably passionate, romantically catchy tunes.
Tuesday, October 25, 7PM
Friday, October 28, 8 PM
The silent film La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc was created without a musical score. However, most silent movies of that period were accompanied by Live music. Come join us as we screen this classic film to live accompaniment by composer George Sarah with his string quartet and vocalists.
Saturday, October 29, 8PM
Join ukulele master Herb Ohta, Jr. celebrating his 25th anniversary in the music business with special guests Jon Yamasato, David Kamakahi, Chris Kamaka, Baba Alimoot and dancer Ihilani Kamaka. This is a celebration you won’t want to miss. Aloha!
Come early for Dinner! Soka Bistro is open for dinner M-F 5:30-7:30 pm, Sat/Sun 5:00-7:00 pm.
Only $11.25 for an all-you-can-eat buffet.
Come early for Dinner! Soka Bistro is open for dinner M-F 5:30-7:30 pm, Sat/Sun 5:00-7:00 pm.
Only $11.25 for an all-you-can-eat buffet.
Box Office Hours Mon-Fri: 10am to 2pm
Tedi is a 4 year old German Shepherd looking to find her forever family. Very friendly and quick to learn, Tedi likes to stay active by playing with other dogs in the yard and also learning dog puzzles. She would shine in an energetic household with plenty of activities to keep her stimulated.
Sweet little Micky just loves to run and play. Only 1 ½ years old, he has a great personality and plays well with the other dogs. Micky would love a family who will give him all the love and snuggle time he desires!
Five year old Galacio is a handsome bunny with a truly winning personality! He loves to snuggle and really enjoys pets and treats. With tons of endearing quirks and adorable habits, Gallacio is sure to win your heart!
One year old Elmer has a real zest for life. Whether he’s playing with toys in the yard or simply going out for a quick walk, he never fails to find the fun in it! Elmer would be a great pup for someone ready to make some good memories!
Due to strong demand in SoCal, the internationally acclaimed entertainment company Cavalia will return to Orange County two weeks earlier than originally planned with its latest production of Odysseo that is wowing North American audiences and critics alike. After stunning 90,000 spectators from Orange County, LA and San Diego this past spring due to its critical acclaim, Odysseo will be back to call Irvine home for this year’s holiday season.
Attracting audiences of all ages, Odysseo definitely makes a popular family outing and gift idea. With the addition of 13 new performances to the Irvine show calendar, the 30-million-dollar theatrical extravaganza will again be presented under the White Big Top at the junction of the I-405 and the SR-133 in Irvine starting Wednesday, November 16, 2016.
Odysseo is an immersive theatrical experience that marries the equestrian arts, stage arts, and high-tech theatrical effects at never-before-seen levels. A show unlike any other on the planet, Odysseo brings the audiences to a live Hollywood-style movie set, where the moving interactions between human and horse are at the heart of the action. On an enormous stage, layers of mesmerizing decor are combined with live music, gravity-defying acrobatics, mesmerizing aerial stunts and inspiring HD projections, all of which make Odysseo the first 6D show in the world. With a state-of-the-art video screen three times the size of the world’s largest cinema screens, as well as a three-story mountain for dazzling perspectives and a real lake - the last of which magically appears for a splashing finale - Odysseo truly pushes the limits of live entertainment.
IRS problems are a very personal issue and people facing them often do not know where to turn for help.
"IRS problems generally affect all aspects of your life,” says Edward Daoud, Ph.D., MBA., EA. "Many people just live with the problem for months and sometimes years, assuming that nothing can be done about it.”
For anyone facing IRS problems, imagine how relieved they'd feel in the hands of a competent expert who deals with the IRS on a daily basis - a professional who truly cares about helping people. An expert who would give them the peace of mind they and their family deserve so they can stop looking over their shoulder once and for all, knowing that they no longer need to meet or communicate with the IRS.
Too often, individuals attempt to handle their IRS situation themselves (or with their current CPA or the person who prepared their taxes), but don’t receive the relief they are seeking.
Because they know the ‘ins and outs’ of the tax system, Edward Daoud and his experienced team of enrolled agents at Capstone Tax Resolution are uniquely qualified to help individuals struggling with IRS issues to negotiate a personalized solution for the resolution of their tax problems.
"It’s easy for good, hard-working Americans to fall behind,” says Edward. "Providing IRS Tax help to Orange County residents was a natural evolution for us as a company to expand the scope of our financial services. We have helped settle over 100 cases for a small fraction of the amount owed. As your representative, we handle all IRS communications on your behalf.”
One client, James S. of Laguna Woods says that working with Edward was a “warm and personal as well as a professional experience. We would absolutely recommend the services provided by Capstone Financial” and encourages anyone facing IRS issues to “avail yourself to this experience. A personal touch is deeply appreciated."
Capstone Financial & Tax Services handles IRS representation services including the Preparation of Unfiled Income Tax Returns, Penalty Reduction, Offers in Compromise (OIC), Payment Plans, Financial Hardship Plans, Wage Garnishment/Bank Levy Releases, Audits and IRS Appeals.
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Handsome Crockett is every bit the distinguished looking gentleman. With striking green eyes and an incredibly sweet disposition, this 9 year old American Bobtail mix is quite the kitty catch! If you’re looking for a calm and loving feline friend, you can’t go wrong with Crockett!
Meet Oink, a 4 year old kitty searching for her new family. Much more likely to greet you with a “Meow,” Oink has a laid-back personality that makes her a great lap cat. She gets along with most people and cats and would make a fabulous addition to almost any home!
This brown eyed cutie is Esteban, a loving little canine who wants nothing more than to be at your side. If his sweet face doesn’t get you, his friendly personality will definitely to win you over! Esteban is sure to make an affectionate and devoted companion.
Three year old Tux is a happy-go-lucky pup who is ready to start living the good life! Equipped with a cheerful disposition and a readiness to play, this Boxer mix checks all the boxes. Could you be the friend Tux has been waiting for?
Toddlers in Orange County are dancing away to the irresistible beats of WE ARE NOT HAMSTERS, perhaps the world’s first collection of songs released by a petting zoo.
Singer Songwriter JD Crawford, whose kids are regulars at ZOOMARS Petting Zoo, wrote and performed every number, with local musicians featuring guitar, fiddle and keyboard. Yes, guinea pigs did supply some sound effects, but it’s mostly Crawford’s rich voice. Some tunes are toddler-danceable, like the zoo hit “Guineapigville.”
There’s a birthday song and some mellow numbers too to calm kids down in a long Southern California car ride. Unlike much of kids’ music, WE ARE NOT HAMSTERS is saccharine-free, with a blues/pop vibe that adults can happily listen to over and over again.
ZOOMARS is the home of more than 200 friendly animals, including guinea pigs, llamas, emus, goats, sheep, pigs, and horses and ponies to ride. The under-5 set can go mining for gemstones, take a train ride, or have an old-fashioned birthday party in one of the zoo’s sellout picnic groves.
Crawford collaborated with ZOOMARS owner Carolyn Franks and Sound Engineer Mark Liddell to create the CD under their new label, Llamarama Records. A hefty portion of profits will be donated to local animal shelters. The CD sells for $10 and can be purchased at the zoo’s ticket counter.
ZOOMARS is located at 31791 Los Rios Street in San Juan Capistrano or visit www.zoomars.com