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Na Leo Holiday Concert
Saturday, December 17, 8 pm

NA LEO PILIMEHANA, which in Hawaiian means the voices blending together in warmth, is the most popular, award winning and biggest selling female Hawaiian group in the World. Na Leo consists of three childhood friends, Nalani Choy, Lehua Kalima Heine and Angela Morales. This concert will feature Na Leo performing their contemporary hits and holiday classics.


COMING IN JANUARY 2017

Eric Tingstad & Nancy Rumbel
Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 8 pm

Grammy Award winners Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel have performed, recorded and touring together for more than 24 years with 19 albums to their credit. Traveling to as many as 50 concert venues a year, they are friends who enjoy each other’s company and truly love making music.


Liz Story, Lisa Downing and Kori Carothers
Saturday, January 21, 2017, 8 pm

Solo piano artists Liz Story, Lisa Downing and Kori Linae Carothers will each perform individually for an evening of inspiring acoustic piano.


James Garner, Johnny Cash TributeJames Garner, Johnny Cash TributeJames Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash
Sunday, January 22, 2017, 3pm

James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash celebrates the life and music of the legendary ‘Man in Black’ with strong conviction and stunning accuracy. Garner and his band faithfully recreate Cash’s biggest hits and present historical accounts and personal anecdotes about America’s most beloved singing storyteller in this not-to-be-missed musical event. This is the closest experience to seeing Johnny Cash in person today. Don’t miss it!


Sarah Chang, violinSarah Chang, violinPrague Philharmonic
Thursday, January 26, 2017, 8pm

Sarah Chang, violin
Emmanuel Villaume, Music Director and Chief Conductor
Emmanuel Villaume leads PKF – Prague Philharmonia as their newest Music Director and Chief Conductor, highlighting the vigour, energy, and perfectionism, as well as a tremendous love for the music, with which the orchestra imbues each and every concert. Violin soloist Sarah Chang will be featured in this performance.


Muriel Anderson
Saturday, January 28, 2017, 8pm

Muriel Anderson’s new audio-visual show, Wonderlust, is a must-see as well as a must-hear! Her world-renowned guitar and harp guitar playing is highlighted by a backdrop of stunning visuals by celebrated photo-artist Bryan Allen.


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: (949) 480-4ART (4278); This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Box Office Hours Mon-Fri: 10am to 2pm.

Box Office will be open 1 hour prior to scheduled performance times on performance days.

Nov 29, 2016

Pets of the Month

Tedi2323About as cool as they come, Andre is a mellow cat with a personality of gold. Happy to be around humans and felines alike, Andre is ready to make new friends wherever he goes! This laid-back kitty would fit in well to just about any home.

 

 

 

 

 

sokieThis sweet girl is Sookie, an attentive and affectionate kitty looking to find her new family. With beautiful markings and a personality to match, Sookie would make a great cat for someone willing to give her all the love she so deserves!

 

 

 

 

 

sajackSajack is a nine month old pup who ready to live to good life! Once a timid little guy, he has now grown into quite the character. Sajack enjoys playtime in the yard and making new dog friends. He is a gentle soul and would make a great pet for someone with a quiet lifestyle.

 

 

 

 

 

senoritaSeven month old Senorita is a spunky puppy who’s ready for just about anything. Don’t let her size fool you. Senorita may be small, but her personality is anything but. Once you meet her, she’s sure to wow you with her adorable charms.

Pacific Symphony Pops
THE TEN TENORS

Friday–Saturday, Dec. 16–17, 8 p.m.

“Home for the Holidays” is a magical experience for the whole family that will dazzle, delight and captivate audiences. Join Australia’s rockstars of the opera as they amaze and enthrall with their unique selection of traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites. With soaring versions of “Joy to the World,” “Sleigh Ride,” “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland” and many more, “Home for the Holidays” is the perfect way to celebrate the spirit of the season. As an added bonus, Nancy Cartwright, voice actor for “The Simpsons,” makes a special appearance to narrate “The Night Before Christmas.”


Renee and Henry Segerstrom HallRenee and Henry Segerstrom HallPedals and Pipes
HOLIDAY ORGAN SPECTACULAR

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m. | Tickets $30-$75

Celebrate the season with the king of instruments! Enjoy a magnitude of musical splendors with a world-class organist and members of Pacific Symphony performing a delightful mix of sacred and holiday music. Favorite Christmas carols share the bill with traditional organ works that highlight the $3.1 million William J. Gillespie Concert Organ.

Performances at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Hall, 615 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa.


For information or to purchase tickets, contact the box office at (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.

Celebrating 25 years of car-crushing, dirt-flying action, the infamous 2,000 horsepower engines are revving up again and ready to roar full throttle back into SoCal as Monster Jam®, the most adrenaline charged motorsports experience for families on the planet, returns to Anaheim in 2017 with more action and more trucks than ever before for fans, with a newly added fourth weekend event!  The world’s best monster trucks are ready to battle it out in the ultimate event of speed, racing, stunts and demolition through Angel Stadium of Anaheim for another season of high-octane Saturday events between January 14 – February 25, 2017.

2017 Anaheim Event Schedule Includes
Jan. 14th, Jan. 28th, Feb 11th and Feb.25th
**Eight New Trucks Making Their Anaheim Debut Appearances**


Angel Stadium of Anaheim – 2000 Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, CA 92806 • www.MonsterJam.com

Grammy® Award-Winning Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano Return to Segerstrom Center in Fiesta Navidad

Segerstrom Center for the Arts continues its holiday celebrations with the world renowned, Grammy-winning Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano for a celebratory evening of Mexican and American holiday songs, inspired choreography performed by Folklor Pasión Mexicana as well as audience sing-alongs in Fiesta Navidad on December 23 in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. This joyful concert also features the Latin Christmas tradition of La Posada, the reenactment of Joseph and Mary’s pilgrimage to Bethlehem.


Grammy® Award-Winning The Klezmatics Make Segerstrom Center Debut in The Klezmatics’ Happy Joyous Hanukah, Lyrics by Woody Guthrie

This Hanukkah season, Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes superstars of the klezmer world, the Klezmatics on December 22 in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. The Klezmatics from East Village make their way to Orange County for a special concert featuring the band’s unique 21st century approach to the venerable klezmer tradition. This tour also marks the band’s 30th anniversary. The program includes selections from two albums where the Klezmatics provide the music to Woody Guthrie’s unpublished lyrics, Woody Guthrie’s Happy Joyous Hanukkah and the Grammy Award-winning world music album, Wonder Wheel: Lyrics by Woody Guthrie. “A complete joy…Guthrie’s lyrics are transformed from dust-gathers to living, breathing, vital pieces of music…Woody’s Jewish in-laws would certainly have been proud,” states All Music Guide. The evening also features songs from their latest album, Apikorsim-Heretics.


Tickets to both events start at $29 and are available online at www.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 savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236.

October 22 and November 12, 2016

soka 232High school juniors and seniors and their parents are invited to attend Soka University’s annual Lions Roar Student Campus Days on October 22nd or November 12th. Lions Roar runs from 8:30 am – 3 pm and includes student-led campus walking tours, opportunities to talk to faculty and students, academic programs workshops, a session on admission and financial aid, free lunch and club performances.

Register online at www.soka.edu/lionsroar. Questions can be answered by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 888.600.SOKA x 4150. Soka University is located at 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo at the intersection of Wood Canyon Drive and University. For a map and driving directions see www.soka.edu/directions.

Soka University, Aliso Viejo 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. SUA was rated #1 in Study Abroad, #1 in Faculty Resources and in the Top 50 National Liberal Arts Colleges in US News and World Report’s

“Best Colleges 2017.” 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. www.soka.edu.

Oct 30, 2016

Pets of the Month

Tedi2323This handsome lug is Wile E and he would love to be your new best friend! Though he might be named after a crafty coyote, this goofy guy is as loveable as they come. Two years old, Wile E loves dogs and humans alike and would make a wonderful addition to an active home.

 

 

 

 

lolaPretty little Lola is a sweet dog with a happy and energetic personality.  Always ready for fun, this 1 year old Poodle mix would make a great pup for someone who loves to play.  Once you’ve met Lola, she’s sure to win you over.

 

 

 

 

 

WoodyWoody is a happy little fluffball who wants nothing more than to be by your side.  The epitome of lap dogs, he would willingly spend all day cuddled in your lap if you let him.  With a truly loyal personality, Woody would make a devoted companion to someone with a little love to share.

 

 

 

 

 

AnvilFour year old Anvil is our longest running resident by far.  First arriving at the shelter in June of 2013, Anvil spends each day waiting for that special someone to call his own.  He has made many new human friends during his time with us and just loves to play ball and practice canine nose work.  While Anvil has enjoyed his stay at the shelter, nothing can compare to being in a loving home.  Could you be the one to finally make his long awaited dreams come true?

Now open in scenic South Orange County are 11 new Hilltop Neighborhoods at Esencia, including a wide selection of homes for all ages as well as “Gavilan” neighborhoods of primarily single-story homes for the 55-plus crowd ---- collectively ranging in price from the upper $300,000s to over $1 million.

Debuting just last month with brand new model homes, The Hilltop Neighborhoods at Esencia are terraced along hillsides to afford distant coastal views and territorial backcountry panoramas. The homes sit atop some of the highest elevations in the area.

To learn more about Esencia and its new Hilltop Neighborhoods, visit www.RanchoMissionViejo.com or download driving directions and start your home search today at the Esencia Visitors Center, located right in Esencia’s Canyon House social center and situated next to Canyon Coffee and across from Esencia Farm.

At the Visitors Center, homeshoppers can learn all about the full range of Esencia neighborhoods now selling homes in the existing Canyon House Neighborhoods and those now selling in the new Hilltop Neighborhoods. Also available at the Visitors Center are 3D computer images of Esencia with information about community social and recreational amenities now open and under construction including pools, spas, parks, trails, outdoor patios, fitness centers, meeting and activity rooms, oak-filled canyons with scenic lookouts, dog parks, firepits and barbeques, sports parks, event greens, and the brand new Hilltop Club – now taking shape atop some of the highest elevations of Esencia.

The Visitors Center is also “the place” to learn about the new Sendero Marketplace retail plaza preparing to open soon, Esencia K-8 school slated to open in Fall 2018, the docent-led activities being conducted at The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo, the recently opened “La Pata Gap” roadway extension, and life in the Agrihood ™ where three community farms are now conducting culinary workshops, producing fresh produce, and fostering a healthy lifestyle.

From the Visitors Center, homeshoppers can easily venture out to the model homes for the existing Canyon House Neighborhoods, including those Canyon House Neighborhoods offering new phases in the Hilltop Neighborhoods (encompassing the existing all age neighborhoods of Aria and Aubergine by TRIPointe Homes, Citron and Heirloom by CalAtlantic Homes and the Gavilan 55-plus neighborhood of Cortesa by Shea Homes).

Or, homeshoppers can simply head up to the brand new model homes in the following six new Hilltop Neighborhoods:

  • Sage – townhomes ranging from 931 to 1,791 sq. ft. by Meritage Homes. Priced from the high $300,000s
  • Veranda – townhomes ranging from 1,681 to 2,254 sq. ft. by MBK Homes. Priced from the high $500,000s
  • Iris – a “Gavilan” neighborhood of primarily single story detached homes ranging from 1,729 to 2,340 sq. ft. by CalAtlantic Homes. Priced from the priced from the mid-$600,000s
  • Arista – a “Gavilan” neighborhood of primarily single story detached homes ranging from 1,466 to 1,875 sq. ft. by Del Webb Homes. Priced from the high $600,000s
  • Canopy – single family detached homes ranging from 2,153 to 2,799 by Warmington Residential. Priced from the low $700,000s
  • Briosa –single family detached homes ranging from 3,069 to 3,491 sq. ft. by William Lyon Homes. Priced from the high $900,000s

Now under construction and slated to open next Spring is Hilltop Club, envisioned as the recreational and social heart of Esencia. The expansive Hilltop Club has been designed as a resort-style clubhouse with indoor-outdoor fitness and group exercise spaces, swimming pool, wading pool, spa, seasonal and special event bar with lounge seating, BBQ pavilion, bocce ball courts, game arcade, firepits, and a large lawn for community events, celebrations and gatherings.

To learn more, come experience Esencia today. Download driving directions to the Esencia Visitors Center at www.RanchoMissionViejo.com.

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