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Growing up, I’m sure we all heard our parents or teachers quip “at least you have a roof over your head,” when we complained about one thing or another. Bad cafeteria food, rain at recess, slow wi-fi.

For Jim McCormack, that adage hit home a bit differently. Roofing defined the summers of his junior high and high school years, working alongside his father in the San Gabriel Valley. Branching into doors, windows, solar, painting and insulation wasn’t a far reach, especially after earning his contractor’s license in 1992.

That roof over your head: Jim may have installed it.

Working with residential clients, commercial property managers and building owners puts McCormack Roofing in the unique position of offering their clients a range of complementary services, helping to minimize the frustration homeowners and managers feel when looking for a reliable contractor. “Our mission is to be the most respected service-oriented home improvement company in Orange County - not the biggest - the most respected’, Jim notes. “If we work hard to constantly improve and follow the ‘Golden Rule’ we really can’t go wrong.”

A resident of Laguna Niguel for the past 25 years, Jim is familiar with the residential landscape, and the ever present and changing demands of the housing market. New paint, new doors and windows - “we all walk that line between what is affordable now, and what will save us money in the long term.” When searching for someone to update or upgrade your home, looking for low pricing and efficient labor are really just the tip of the iceberg - reputation, credentials, name recognition: between Jim and his father, McCormack Roofing has been around for the last 100 years in combined roofing and construction management.

“Above all else, your residential roof sets the tone for the overall style and appearance of your home. If you’re not yet in the market for a new roof entirely, we can help serve your immediate needs as well with our repair and maintenance division.” Metal, stone, composition, concrete and more. McCormack will even power wash an existing roof that has grown dingy with age, mold, or mildew - leaving it clean and sealed with the custom color of your choice. By getting several roofing-related services at the same time, clients save money and add instant value and comfort to their homes.

Solar is just one of those services, yet one of the most exciting to Jim and his team. Designed to integrate seamlessly with an existing roofing system, McCormack’s expert staff handles everything, from installation to all the information you might need for tax rebates or credits to offset your investment. An early proponent of energy-saving systems, Jim warranties the solar installation right alongside his roofing, allowing customers the peace of mind that comes with avoiding the “pitfalls of unsuitable installation”. “It is a major benefit to have a contractor who is well versed in both applications, and can design and harmonize the whole system to provide optimum benefits for you”.

Offering a complete line of windows and doors to suit any style or taste rounds out McCormack’s offerings, ensuring that your view is improved whether you’re coming or going. Helping to substantially lower your utility bill, new windows provide exceptional value any way you look at them. For Jim, gazing into his life through the framework of his business has offered him a glimpse of a value-driven mission: one that grows alongside his family, hobbies, and passions. “My wife and I love being outdoors; fishing, hiking, snowboarding with our kids - working in the community has to mirror our commitment to each other, and I treat every one of my customers like family. It is important to me that each of our customers knows they have been treated fairly and received the quality job they contracted for in good faith. It is a passion of mine to recruit a committed and dedicated team of associates who share the same principles and values that I adhere to.” It’s the way his father went about business - and for Jim, it’s the only way to go.

For a FREE In-Home Estimate or to connect with Jim and the McCormack Roofing, Construction & Energy Solutions team, call (714) 777-4040 or visit

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserves your love and affection

Sharon Salzberg

A great way to connect inwards to the emotional and spiritual self, the highest self, is to start first with the physical self — the body. As your vessel, your physical body carries the rest of you around each day. Your thoughts, your feelings, your desires, your experiences, your pain, and your joy, are all housed in your tissues and cells. 

It makes sense then that caring for your body would be of utmost priority. Yet often it is not. Our bodies, by the most incredible design, can operate at high levels with minimal care for long periods of time. We are able to sustain energy, produce results, and meet the needs of those around us while offering ourselves very little. Eventually though, without attention and restoration we become depleted. Things start to break and become painful, disease sets in, we feel run down and weak, and our ability to care for others diminish.

The solution is self love through the form of self care; to fill up so we can offer more of ourselves to ourselves, and to the world. Caring for the physical body allows for the cultivation of strength, endurance, energy within, and offers us access to forgiveness, gratitude, confidence and love for others.

A practice like Pilates or yoga, which connects body, mind, and spirit, is not only a beautiful way to experience growth it is a powerful way! Movement to breath, done skillfully with purposeful placement of the muscles and skeletal system, creates a unique experience in the body, and offers benefits unlike those found in other forms of movement. And on a more practical level, it’s one of the most efficient ways to care for your self. In just an hour, the entire body is nourished, strengthened, and expressed.

Start loving your self with your foundation — the body. Caring for your body is essential, and loving yourself first, is most essential to a healthy and happy life. So, this Valentine’s Day take care of you, give yourself a little love, and join us at Align Pilates and Yoga Center.

If you want to get in shape, better your life, or just need help with finding the best Pilates experience, connect with Nicole or Cara by calling (949) 481-3577, stop by the studio at 26850 Ortega Hwy., Suite K in San Juan Capistrano or visit

Certified Public Accountant Peter D. Prescott is single-minded: “I strive to make each client as tax efficient as possible. Using a client’s entire finances as a framework, we establish major goals and then combine tax savings techniques and professional financial planning to enhance the growth of their money!”

Peter’s background is impressive: A business degree from U.C. Berkeley, a Professional Financial Planning designation from U.C.L.A., a Masters in Taxation from Golden Gate University, Big 8 accounting experience at Price Waterhouse and the Personal Financial Specialist Designation (PFS) from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Overwhelming technical expertise belie the fact that Peter is a people person. His clients appreciate his professional knowledge of course, but they love him for his down to earth sensibility, wit and humor. As a man who has participated in public speaking venues, stand-up comedy and a few game shows, Peter loves life and is not only dedicated to his profession, but also maintaining a balance of work and play. His most important priority is his own family. His wife Margie is a homemaker and formerly a special education teacher in San Clemente. Having three sons, Peter understands that early planning to meet family goals is critical.

Peter has been helping Southern Californians with their income tax returns, tax planning, and comprehensive financial planning needs for over 30 years. Peter is adamant when he says, “As long as the IRS keeps up with its annual “tax simplification” strategies, you will want to use a professional who understands the constantly changing tax and financial environment.”

Peter stresses that “the start of the year is the perfect time for tax planning. It enables us to achieve a good sense of direction and work together with my undivided attention. This is true for any individual, small business, or corporation seeking to become more tax efficient and a better financial consumer.”

Knowledge of the tax laws is of little value unless they can be applied wisely to fully meet your needs. That is why Peter follows a comprehensive approach combining effective tax savings, advanced financial planning strategies, estate planning and professional investment methodologies.

Why allow yourself to become anxious and stressed out about your taxes, retirement, college, or business planning? The best time to begin the process is now.

There are still many actions that can be taken to save you money this year and be better positioned for the future.

With Peter’s help you will benefit not only from his experience, but you’ll be able to relax a little more too! Call today to schedule a tax planning or tax return preparation meeting to take advantage of Peter’s New Client Offer.

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It’s no surprise why Wig Wag Dog Grooming is considered a favorite of San Juan Capistrano dog owners. Owner Liana Brown makes absolutely sure that each dog is the only star of the show while its being groomed and she offers grooming techniques that nobody else does.

“We feature Japanese grooming styles, which is so much fun for us, the pet, and the owner!” says Liana. “Japanese grooming styles focuses on the cute-factor of the dog, so we can get pretty creative. It’s a great idea for senior dogs, and we recommend if they get a Japanese style they come in every 8 weeks as opposed to 4-6 weeks with regular grooming. It’s been fun to see people’s reactions to the adorable transformation.”

Wig Wag Dog Grooming also offers carding techniques for sporting breeds and terriers which leads to a polished, natural look for your pet.

"It might mean more time and concentration on our part, but it’s a service absolutely worth your time,” says Liana. "One of the most exciting and interesting aspects about carding is that it removes the dead undercoat, and the result is a beautiful shine. The fur doesn’t mat, whereas it can when it’s only been clipped.

You know, there are so many super talented groomers who are well known for speedy service, but that’s not what we do. We will always offer the traditional styles of grooming, but for those pet owners who are looking for more, we’re happy to showcase our new talents! We think it’s imperative to stay on top of trends and looks for pets.”

Connect with Liana by calling (949) 291-8799. Wig Wag Dog Grooming is located at 32432 Alipaz St. in San Juan Capistrano.

Soka University (SUA), a private, four-year liberal arts college and graduate school located in Aliso Viejo, CA, has been consistently appearing in the top national rankings for Best Value Colleges and Most Diverse Colleges.

US News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2017” ranked SUA in the Top 50 among National Liberal Arts Colleges and Top Ten in Best Value.

Soka University ‘s Rankings in Best National Liberal Arts Colleges – Tied for #41

  • #1 - Faculty Resources among National Liberal Arts Colleges
  • #1 - Foreign Student Factor among National Liberal Arts Colleges
  • #1 (tie) - Most Students Studying Abroad
  • #3 (tie) - Ethnic Diversity among National Liberal Arts Colleges
  • #8 - Best Value School among National Liberal Arts Colleges
  • #18 - “Least Debt” (Student Debt Load) among National Liberal Arts Colleges

New this year was the ranking #18 - “Least Debt” (Student Debt Load) among National Liberal Arts Colleges.

USA Today and rank Soka University in the “Top 10 Colleges in California,” and MSN Money lists Soka University as one of a few top private colleges that offer full tuition scholarships to admitted students whose families make $60,000 or less annually. ranks SUA as #3 for Happiest Freshmen nationally (after Yale and the University of Chicago.)

“I’m very proud that Soka University is showing up in top national rankings for both best value and diversity, even though our liberal arts college is only 15 years old,” notes SUA president Daniel Habuki. “Our mission is to foster a steady stream of global citizens committed to living a contributive life...people who will give back to their communities and make this world a better place. We encourage top students of all nationalities and beliefs to apply and our scholarship endowment helps make it possible for students of all economic backgrounds to attend. We are also one of the few undergraduate universities that gives scholarship opportunities to international students.”

Soka offers an 8:1 student/faculty ratio and study abroad for every undergraduate student. About 60% of Soka University’s students come from the US and 40% have come from more than 40 other countries. Admitted students whose annual family income is $60,000 or less may be eligible for Soka Opportunity Scholarships which cover full tuition. Additional scholarship opportunities are available for higher incomes. 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.

Dec 27, 2016

Pets of the Month

FreddieFreddie is a very special rabbit available for adoption. One of the rare bunnies who lives for pets, he will often run up to you hoping to get your attention. Don’t be surprised if he even hops over for a nice snuggle! He would be a perfect bunny for a first-time owner. Freddie has great litter box habits and is waiting for a family to love!





HazzelHazel is an energetic dog who is always ready for more fun! A lover of outdoor activities, she would make a great hiking or running buddy. Hazel is an especially smart pup who would thrive in a home that could provide her with a lot of mental stimulation.






JessieSeven month old Jessie is a happy little kitty who loves to meet new people. Very social and especially sweet, he gets along great with cats and humans alike. If you’re looking for a fun and well-rounded feline, Jessie may be your perfect match!






senoritaBoomer is a quiet soul who wants nothing more than to be by your side. While he is an avid snuggler, he also enjoys brisk walks and play time in the yard. Boomer has been great at making friends of all ages and would make a great family pet.

Early in my writing career, I had the opportunity to interview many successful entrepreneurs for an OC-based regional business/lifestyle publication. While the scope of the featured businesses was diverse, the owner/operators all shared an unerring passion for their profession and a common belief that “if you love what you do, the money will follow.”

As the owners of Ricardo’s Place Mexican Restaurant in San Juan Capistrano, there’s no doubt that Ricardo and Rosa Beas practice what they preach with regard to their devotion family (including their extended “family” of employees, many of whom have been with Ricardo and Rosa since the restaurant opened in April of 2003), friends and dedication and commitment to the betterment of the community.

Steadfast supporters of numerous charitable organizations, Ricardo and Rosa devote their time to giving back, particularly to the local youth in our community. They are both on the Board of Directors for ATLAS, a youth soccer program, and the Capistrano Community Mariachi Program. Rosa is a board member of the Friends of the San Juan Capistrano Library and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley. Ricardo lends his time to serve on the board of the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce and the Latino Business Council and the couple take pride in their volunteer efforts in the San Juan Capistrano and Monarch Beach Rotary clubs.

“Ricardo and Rosa Beas represent the best of the best,” says Richard Ybarra, CREER Executive Director. “They are passionate and inspiring as individuals, as a team, as business and social entrepreneurs and they are community building innovators who give at home, at the office and in the streets. They are truly “champions of Capistrano” whose consistency and contributions large and small always add up to success and giving. I am honored to call them friends and colleagues.”

For my part, I had the pleasure of meeting Ricardo and Rosa for the first time when I was in the process of launching South County Magazine in January 2011 and felt an instant connection to this dynamic couple. I had initially approached them about participating in the magazine from an advertising standpoint and spoke to them about editorial opportunities to showcase their business. As I would come to discover is their way, Ricardo and Rosa immediately redirected the attention from themselves to share with me details of many worthy local non-profit organizations they felt would better benefit from exposure in a community magazine.

Family roots

For both Ricardo and Rosa, the seeds of success – both personally and professionally – were planted at an early age by their mothers. Ricardo credits his mother, Alicia Beas, with serving as the inspiration for the growth and success of several Southern California-based family-run restaurants built on the foundation of her strong work ethic and business acumen.

The authentic Mexican cuisine on the menu are fashioned after and inspired by Ricardo’s grandmother’s own family recipes. On one of her last trips to the region from her native Mexico, his grandmother attended the grand opening of Ricardo’s Place.

Rosa’s mother, Rosa Ruiz-Rivera, influenced Rosa’s varied philanthropic interests throughout her childhood and continues to inspire her daughter to spearhead efforts to raise awareness and funds to support many local charitable organizations.

“My mother always gave of herself, her time and talents to benefit others,” says Rosa. “Ricardo and I share the belief that what you give, you will receive many times over in life.”

“Ricardo’s Place is a wonderful success story and a reminder that in an age of spreadsheets and Search Engine Optimization, a great product and friendly service are still the most effective tools for business success,” says Mark Bodenhamer, Executive Director, San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce. “San Juan Capistrano wouldn’t be the same without Ricardo’s Place and the great people behind it.”

To connect with Ricardo and Rosa, call (714) 493-4941 or visit Ricardo’s Place at 32082 Camino Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano or visit Ricardo’s Place is open five days a week (closed Mondays and Wednesdays) for lunch or dinner and offers takeout and catering for gatherings of all sizes - from small family functions to large corporate events.

Pacific Symphony, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, is celebrating the 2017 Chinese New Year with the Southern California community by offering a number of unique and multi-faceted events. First, all are invited to the inaugural concert, “Chinese New Year: A Love Feast,” which offers a joyous mix of Eastern and Western music and dance, on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 at 8 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Surrounding the concert is a VIP Chinese New Year Celebration reception and formal dinner in collaboration with LUILI crystal art. Then, the Symphony partners with the South Coast Chinese Cultural Center/Irvine Chinese School to present the “2017 Lantern Festival,” commemorating the end of the Lunar New Year. This free, family-friendly festival – with numerous activities and performances traditionally associated with the end of the Lunar New Year – takes place Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

January 17 – 29, 2017

TIME Magazine’s #1 Show of the Year, MATILDA THE MUSICAL, is coming to Orange County as part of Segerstrom Center for the Arts 2016-17 Broadway Series. Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Dodgers, this first national tour of MATILDA THE MUSICAL will be performed in Segerstrom Hall January 17 – 29, 2017.

Winner of 70 international awards, including four Tony Awards® and a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards® including Best Musical, MATILDA THE MUSICAL is based on the beloved novel by best-selling author Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox). It is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny.

Tickets to MATILDA THE MUSICAL start at $29 and are now available online at, by calling (714) 556-2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa.


Southern California’s largest boat sales event premieres at the Fairplex in Pomona, offering boating and outdoor enthusiasts an opportunity to see, board, and buy new boats, gear and marine accessories

Boating with FriendsBoating with FriendsThe Los Angeles Boat Show takes place at Fairplex in Pomona (1101 W McKinley Ave, Entrance 17; Pomona, CA 91768). The Los Angeles Boat Show is the ultimate destination for boating and outdoor lifestyle enthusiasts, featuring custom performance boats, wakesports boats, deck boats, personal watercraft, pontoons, sport fishing boats, runabouts, cabin cruisers, dinghys/inflatables, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and marine accessories.


2017 Los Angeles Boat Show highlights:

  • Hundreds of boats for sale – New boats to fit a variety of budgets, lifestyles and levels of experience
  • Kids’ Zone – Keep the kiddos busy with toy boat building, balloon artists, face painting and fun surprises!
  • NFL Game Day Experience – BBQ showdown, craft beer tasting, live music, contests, giveaways, and interactive viewing areas complete with big-screens and grand sound systems.

Tickets are $15 for adults; youth 12 and younger accompanied by an adult, and active military free. Tickets can be purchased in advance at or day-of-event at the box office.