The neighborhood builders have been selected and construction is now underway on model homes for the six brand new Hilltop Neighborhoods slated to debut this Fall at the inter-generational village of Esencia in South Orange County, announced Paul Johnson, Senior Vice President - Community Development for Rancho Mission Viejo, LLC.
According to Johnson, the homebuilders selected to construct and sell the six new Hilltop Neighborhoods at Esencia include Del Webb Homes and CalAtlantic Homes, who will build new “Gavilan” neighborhoods (primarily single-story homes exclusive to residents age 55-plus), while Meritage Homes, MBK Homes, Warmington Homes, and William Lyon Homes will build the brand new all age neighborhoods within Esencia’s Hilltop Neighborhoods. Combined, the six homebuilders will offer six different and brand new Hilltop Neighborhoods terraced along hillsides to afford panoramic ocean and territorial views of the vast Rancho Mission Viejo. To sign-up for more information about The Hilltop Neighborhoods, visit www.RanchoMissionViejo.com and complete the Sign Up form.
Esencia is the second village on the 23,000-acre Rancho Mission Viejo (“The Ranch”), where approximately 75% of the land has been designated as preserved open space known as The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo and only 25% will be crafted into inter-generational villages over the coming years. Ultimately, Rancho Mission Viejo will offer homes for all ages as well as “Gavilan” homes exclusive to people age 55 and older. In addition, Rancho Mission Viejo is planned to include sites for parks and schools, miles of multi-user trails, recreational clubhouses, community farms, civic uses, child care centers, places of worship and up to 5 million square feet of non-residential uses including shopping, dining and employment centers.
The first village to be developed on The Ranch was the now sold out village of Sendero. The second village on The Ranch is Esencia (Spanish translation: the essence), set atop some of the highest elevations of The Ranch.
The initial collection of homes offered for sale at Esencia are part of The Canyon House Neighborhoods, which introduced a new model for inter-generational living by integrating Gavilan 55-plus neighborhoods into Esencia’s all age neighborhoods. Homes in The Canyon House Neighborhoods are currently priced from the high $400,000s to over $1 million. The next collection of homes at Esencia, known as The Hilltop Neighborhoods, will continue this level of integration around an inter-generational recreational and social amenity called The Hilltop Club.
Now under construction and 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 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.
Through the unique programming and services offered to all Rancho Mission Viejo resident via “RanchLife,” fitness classes, health and wellness workshops, happy hours, club meetings and all sorts of events and activities at The Hilltop Club will be conducted to unite residents via their shared interests and abilities versus dividing them by age. And, views from The Hilltop Club, situated at the pinnacle of Esencia, will feature expansive coastal and backcountry vistas including the preserved lands of The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo.
“As we continue to evolve the concept of inter-generational living here on The Ranch, we welcome the neighborhood builders who are joining us as pioneers in offering new, exciting and enriching environments for people of all ages and life stages,” said Johnson. “Ultimately, RanchLife and the integrated lifestyle we are encouraging is all about giving people the choice to be as connected to each other as they desire.”
Johnson explained that complimenting places like The Hilltop Club are amenities designed for families as well as amenities exclusive to Gavilan 55-plus residents, including the recently opened Outlook swim and social retreat as well as the large Hacienda clubhouse in the first village of Sendero. Johnson also noted that additional Hilltop Neighborhoods will consist of phased releases of homes now for sale by CalAtlantic Homes, Shea Homes and TRIPointe Homes in Esencia’s Canyon House neighborhoods.
The Canyon House Neighborhoods are oriented around the many amenities found at The Canyon House social and recreational gathering place including Canyon Coffee, the Esencia Visitors Center, the indoor-outdoor Retreat, the event lawn and courtyard, the meeting and art room at The Studio, and the adjacent Oak Canyon open space and trails which lead to the new Esencia Farm, the third working farm on The Ranch.
Johnson added that new recreational amenities have recently opened at Esencia and more are on the way. For example, now open is The South Plunge, an all gathering place with a pool, children’s water play area, small event lawn, and an outdoor grilling and dining area. Also open and exclusive to the Gavilan 55+ crowd is The Outlook, complete with a covered great room, a resort-style lap pool with cabanas, a fire pit, and an outdoor dining area with barbeque grills. Plus, preparing for their grand openings over the coming months are numerous open air rooms and retreats located within Esencia and along its scenic edges, including The Campout with its tent platforms, BBQ grills, shade structure, tables and firepit, as well as the new Esencia Green, and South Paw Dog Park for four-legged friends. For Gavilan residents, Sunrise Park, Sunset Park, the BBQ Barn, and The Getaway will provide unique opportunities for picnics and other get-togethers with friends, family and neighbors.
Plan are also underway for The Pavilion, a multipurpose gymnasium with adaptable space for basketball, volleyball and all sorts of cultural and social events. And, anticipated to open for instruction by Fall 2018 right next to The Pavilion is the new Esencia K-8 school (part of the acclaimed Capistrano Unified School District). Approximately 50 acres of commercial space has been allocated at Esencia for such uses as retail shops and services, restaurants, professional and medical offices, and more.
Esencia on The Ranch is located just 2.3 miles from downtown San Juan Capistrano and five miles from San Clemente and Doheny State Beach, with easy access provided to the employment and retail centers of Ladera Ranch, Mission Viejo, Irvine, Rancho Santa Margarita and other Orange County areas.
To reach Esencia, exit the I-5 at Ortega Highway and proceed inland to Antonio Parkway. Turn left, then right at Cow Camp Road, left onto Esencia Drive and follow the signs to The Canyon House/Visitors Center.
Trusted, tried and true. That’s the reason why United American Mortgage has been successful for over 20 years. Since 1993, UAMC specializes in providing mortgage-financing solutions to homeowners and homebuyers.
You’re almost tired of reading about it but it’s true: the mortgage meltdown hurt more than a few and people are still trying to recover. It’s hard to know whom to trust. With many mortgage companies competing and failing, UAMC has found itself expanding into 9 states. Originally formed to provide for the specific needs of Southern California borrowers seeking mortgage products tailored for them, UAMC has made it their personalized business to get to know and help you.
“We’ve grown substantially because we have the ability to adapt to the ever-changing marketplace,” says UAMC President Al W. Hensling. “We are in the home business, the helping-people business. Yes, it requires us to at times work around the clock. Yes, we have to keep up-to-date on the latest products and regulations. We take our clients and what we do seriously because at the end of the day, everyone should either be in the home of their dreams or keep the one they love so much. To some people, it’s just paperwork and numbers. But to us, it’s personal. It’s home.”
Their incredibly impressive, rare, referral-only business model may also be the key to understanding their success, as customers flock just to see if UAMC truly walks the walk. To them, offering you efficient, cost-effect and timely service is just a day’s business. These days, most companies feel the need to plaster those words all over their advertisements. UAMC doesn’t need to express that they go above and beyond, they just think that it should come standard. “I guess you could say we just want to help how we can. Since our business is referral based, we truly get to know your family and friends.
UAMC continues to evolve with new products and financing solutions to the ever-changing Southern California real estate market. While many have given up the idea of owning a home or even refinancing, UAMC holds to the knowledge that today’s new and innovative programs are making it easier than ever to purchase or refinance.
“After a period of time in which it was extremely difficult to obtain a mortgage, things have started to normalize and lending guidelines are starting to loosen,” says Al. “The ‘Mortgage Meltdown’ created a great deal of uncertainty in the marketplace and made it difficult for so many to secure financing. We understand that a lot of people are scared to see where they stand and that’s ok. We just want you to know that it doesn’t have to be this way. Most of our clients feel the same way. Some people tell us they didn’t even want to find out about their options in the first place because they didn’t understand the jargon. Well, we aren’t the company that just explains things once. We’re with you step by step, no matter what.”
“If you’re considering anything in our sector then consider us the right team for the job,” Al says. “Call us, visit us online, or stop by the office anytime. We’re always on standby to see how we can help you. Don’t let the mortgage meltdown of yesterday affect where you’re at today. We’ve got the cutting edge techniques and knowledge to help your unique situation. We’re ready to meet your challenges and assist you into getting or keeping your home!
“As the Economy continues to grow and we experience job growth, more families will have an opportunity to experience the benefits of home ownership. Clients always ask what is going to happen to interest rates. I really wish I had that crystal ball to answer them accurately. It is difficult to say what rates will do, as markets have not reacted to this economy as they had previously. I counsel clients to borrow based on need and what they can afford. Loan programs are changing almost daily. As we move farther away from the mortgage meltdown of 2008, more and more programs and financing options will open up. But always be wary of the deal that sounds too good to be true. Even though recent changes have cleaned up the lending industry, there are still people out there that are not looking out for the client’s best interest. Families should always determine the experience level of their mortgage professional, along with checking references from previous clients.”
Primrose is a happy little pup who enjoys meeting new people. Only a year old, she is full of pep and loves to frolic and play. Though when it comes to cuddle time, Primrose is a real pro and can snuggle with the best of them!
This handsome gent is named Skylar and he just can’t wait to meet you! Skylar has an outgoing and yet laid back attitude that would make him a great companion. With his winning personality and striking good looks, Skylar is quite the catch!
Three year old Nero is a friendly little guy who is hoping to be your new best friend! Full of energy and tons of fun, Nero loves going on walks and playing in the yard. Once you meet him, this spunky little pup is sure to win your heart!
Splash is a sweet kitty looking to find her purrfect match. At 2 years old, she has an excellent temperament and gets along well with both her human and feline friends. Though very playful and friendly, Splash would do best in a quieter home.
This summer, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®,the circus that started it all, invites fans to blast off on an intergalactic adventure with the launch of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This World™ - an all new, immersive experience playing at the Honda Center/Anaheim from July 29 – August 7.
“As we unveil Out Of This World, a show unlike anything experienced before, we are launching our iconic brand into the future,” said Alana Feld, Executive Vice President of Feld Entertainment and Producer of Out Of This World. “Ringling Bros. is constantly changing, but this is more than that. In this production, we’re creating a new genre of circus that will shatter expectations, spark excitement and push the limits of what’s possible.”
In Out Of This World, audiences will be riveted by an interactive, action-packed storyline filled with space-age family fun and technology, which deepens their connection to the performers. Through the lens of a magic telescope capable of discovering the most spectacular circus stars in the galaxy, they will join the Circus Space Fleet on a heroic mission of good versus evil to bring performers back to Earth, traveling to interstellar worlds of sand, water, fire and ice.
For the first time, the show features thrill skaters, in addition to unbelievable performances by gravity-defying acrobats, majestic animals and hilarious clowns. Imaginations will run wild throughout the non-stop display of artistic athleticism, with acts seamlessly transitioning from floor to air to ice, a feat never before done in Ringling Bros. history.
“By adding the element of ice, we’re bringing speed and motion to an already thrilling, multi-sensory performance,” said Feld. “Throughout the show, families won’t know where the floor ends and the ice begins. In the same way, parents won’t know what’s more amazing: what is happening in front of them or the look of wonder in their children’s eyes.”
Kids (age 2-12) tickets available for only $10 each (with discount coupon from participating Chick-fil-A locations)
Opening Night Special Discount tickets are only $15 each (not valid for premium VIP/Front Row seating)
Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com or HondaCenter.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.
*tickets may be subject to service charges & facility fees
Since its first Wills and Trusts Week in the fall of 2011, the Orange Catholic Foundation (OCF) has had as one of its primary goals to encourage everyone to have an estate plan designed to provide for the needs of their families.
Each year in the spring and fall, the OCF works in collaboration with parishes and schools throughout the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange to provide information sessions led by local Catholic estate planning attorneys and financial advisors to help you protect and provide for your loved ones, update or create your estate plan, and learn more about wills, trusts, estate taxes, probate expenses, guardianship of minor children, selection of personal representatives, and more.
For convenience, the Foundation offers a series of morning and evening seminars that are scheduled at local parishes across the diocese.
While learning how to effectively plan a legacy, attendees at these sessions receive answers to such questions as:
The Orange Catholic Foundation warmly welcomes all who are interested in attending one of the upcoming sessions during the week of May 16 through 21. Times and locations for the spring Wills and Trusts Week are listed in their advertisement in this issue of Sorbet.
Everyone who attends and completes a basic introductory form will receive a complimentary consultation with both an estate planning attorney and a financial planner within the next six months.
In ancient poetry, a surviving image of justice was described “holding level the balance.” Later named Iustitia, the image of Lady Justice has maintained through the age, appearing in courtrooms, palaces, and government centers worldwide. A physical allegory for the law, the lady is none to be reckoned with: her double edged sword as formidable as any.
And yet, what is perhaps most striking about this ages old symbol is her blindfold. Any fool can muscle a scale to balance, if he is tilted himself - but the Lady holds the recipe for sea change in her blinded gaze: a ruthless integrity of purpose - to mete justice without the sway of fear or favor.
For Senior Deputy District Attorney Karen Schatzle, that ruthless integrity of purpose is what she seeks to bring to the Superior Court in Orange County. Prior to obtaining work in prosecution, Karen worked full time for the Orange County Probation Department. As a Deputy Probation Officer, she handled a myriad of tasks, ranging from investigating both juvenile and adult offences, supervising violent crimes offenders, and preparing guidelines for the Superior Court’s sentencing procedures. A force on the streets as well, Karen was post certified and trained to carry a weapon. Part of a coalition enforced with unifying efforts to reduce gang violence, she worked hand in hand with social services, law enforcement, probation officers and prosecutors: honing her awareness of the social issues taking shape in the streets of her city, and driving her decision to apply for law school. Clearly no stranger to hard work and dedication, Karen took the initiation to motherhood one step further than most, passing the BAR exam on her first attempt, while pregnant with her third child.
During her longstanding tenure as a prosecutor, Karen dedicated the majority of her attentions towards violent crimes - trying over 86 cases, many of which resulted in multiple life sentences. Though one might guess at the fact, Schatzle notes that “she has never been, or am now, dissuaded by a difficult challenge.” But what is the cost of such dedication? Surely, this is why Lady Justice is blindfolded. To remain separate from her decisions - if not to spare herself the torture of seeing chaos enacted daily in the streets of so many cities in Orange County. But to Schatzle, there is no worth without the struggle for true integrity: which, for her, “is not an external appearance but an inward reality that refers to singleness of heart and mind, the development of a blameless character by adhering to an exemplary moral code.”
And her opponent? “It is a determination to maintain judicial independence that moved me to challenge Scott”, Karen notes, “I voluntarily supported him during the last election - yet it is opposed to my moral character to do so now.” Recently censured for multiple reasons, including having sex with his law students in the court’s chambers, Steiner is an incumbent, and former colleague of Schatzle’s. “My career in law enforcement began almost 30 years ago - I have dedicated most of my career to prosecuting child molesters, sex offenders, and career criminals. My integrity, and the integrity of the court is an asset that voters should be unwilling to sacrifice.” Will the scales tip in her favor with the vote for the Superior Court seat coming up on June 7? Perhaps they should: after all, I think Lady Justice would agree with Teddy Roosevelt when he noted that “nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty” - or Robert Brault: “what happens if I do nothing?”
For more information, visit www.schatzleforocjudge.com
Tuesday, May 3, 8PM
Praised for her technique, fresh interpretations and charismatic stage presence, Wang’s performance celebrates the 15th anniversary of Soka University.
The program will include
Brahms: Ballades Op. 10 Nos. 1 & 2;
Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op. 16;
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 29.
Series packages will go on sale June 6th and single-event tickets will go sale July 6th for Soka Performing Arts Center’s 2016-17 season. In addition to the International Symphonies, Sundays at Soka with Pacific Symphony, Chamber, Jazz Monsters and Jazz Festival series packages, this year you can save money by purchasing a World Music Series package that includes five world music events. On September 17, 2016 Soka celebrates the fifth anniversary of the opening of the Performing Arts Center and invites the community to an open house to see the two performance spaces with live music, tour backstage and enjoy light refreshments. For more information go to: www.performingarts.soka.edu
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.
Nine month old Princess is a fun little kitty who just loves company. Like true royalty, she enjoys having attention lavished upon her in the form of pets and playtime. Princess will happily reward you with her loving purrs and devotion..
Carter is a happy dog who just loves to play! At only 1 ½ years old, Carter is very lively and athletic and would appreciate someone who can keep up with his active lifestyle. When play time is over, Carter shows off his cuddly side and often wants nothing more than to sit in your lap and cover you with kisses..
This handsome fella is named Bodie and he is looking for his new best friend. A true gentle giant, Bodie is a big kitty with lots of love to share. Though sometimes a tad shy, he loves to be pet and brushed and would do well in a quiet, relaxed home.
Ten month old Rosemary is back from foster care and ready for adoption! This little cutie just loves treats and is pretty easy to handle. She doesn’t mind being held and always enjoys a good petting session. Rosemary has great litter box habits and would do well in a cozy, indoor home..
Saturday, May 7 @10:30am
Soka University’s 15th Annual International Festival on May 7, 2016 from 10:30 to 5:00 will feature over 900 international musicians and dancers, 250 exhibitors, international food, children’s Adventure Land with games and inflatable rides, children’s clay workshop, art exhibitions, ceramic sales and demonstrations! The International Festival is a proud partner of Orange County Imagination Celebration. Admission is FREE! Parking on campus is $10 cash.
Friday, April 1 @8pm
Storm Large has made a name for herself as one of the singers of the retro chic band, Pink Martini, and on the stage of Carnegie Hall performing Kurt Weill with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. For this performance, Storm joins forces with members of her band, Le Bonheur to perform classics from the Great American Songbook and original compositions with a compelling mix of smoldering seduction, a touch of edgy humor and unquestionable class.
Sunday, April 3 @7pm
Over the past decade, globalFEST has become one of the most dynamic global music platforms in North America. What started as an annual showcase in New York has grown into an international brand, building audiences for world music with stages at SXSW, Bonnaroo, and beyond. globalFEST On The Road: Creole Carnival will feature three outstanding acts: Emeline Michel – hailed as the reigning queen of Haitian Song, Casuarina – one of the most respected samba bands of Brazil, and YOUTUBE sensation Brushy One-String.
Saturday, April 2 @5pm
Join Soka University’s Ka Pilina Ho’olokahi Hawaiian Dance Club for an all-you-can-eat buffet with roast pig by Bon Appetit and a wonderful show of Pacific Island dances performed by SUA students. Buffet opens at 5 pm. Show starts at 5:30 pm on the Campus Green (outdoor seating).
Friday, April 8 @8pm
An All-Star tribute to one of the greatest jazz trumpet players of our time: Tom Harrell. Tom will be here with his regular bandmates Ugonna Okegwo and Johnathan Blake to kick off the celebration. They will be joined by Grammy Award winning saxophonist Joe Lovano, vocalist Judi Silvano, pianists Kenny Werner and Larry Vuckovich, flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny and trumpeters Sean Jones and Ron Stout. You won’t want to miss this incredible mix of outstanding musicians.
Saturday, April 9 @8pm
Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. “Passionate, uninhibited and spellbinding,” raves the London Independent; the New York Times extols its “luxuriously warm sound [and] yearning lyricism”.
Sunday, April 17 @3pm
The final concert of the MOZART! series will feature Mozart’s Concertante for Violin and Viola. Also being performed will be Symphony No. 41.
Box Office Hours
Mon-Fri: 10am to 2pm
Box Office will be open 1 hour prior to scheduled performance times on performance days.
Ten month old Sasha is a sweet little kitten looking to win your heart. A wonderful lap kitty, Sasha enjoys being pet and brushed. Her other hobbies include bird watching and taking cat naps in the sun. Take her home and you’re sure to have a friend for life.
This little cutie is Poppy and she’s ready for a new start! At only 8 months old, Poppy is a speedy little girl and really knows how to move! Keeping up with her happy personality can be tons of laughs. Poppy is litter box trained and would make an fun addition to the family.
Max is a fun-loving pooch who loves the great outdoors. Whether he’s joining you on an adventurous hike or just a romp in the yard, Max enjoys staying active. When it’s time to take a break, he is well-mannered in the house as well and very potty trained. Max will make a great best friend, but does prefer to be the only pet in the house.
Meet Freesia, an 8 month old dwarf mix hoping for a new home. Freesia is an active girl and loves to zip around her pen. Once she settles down, she doesn’t mind being held and pet. Freesia has excellent litter box habits and would make a nice house bunny in loving indoor home.