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Feb 27, 2017

Pets of the Month

bootsBoots is a 10 year old kitty looking for a new lease on life.  Don’t let her age fool you; This little lady is full of life and just loves having company!  While she does get along well with other cats, Boots’ favorite pastime is spending the afternoon in the lap of a friendly human.  She would make a spectacular companion for someone looking for some real one-on-one time. 




cindySeven year old Cindy is quite the little sweetheart.  She absolutely loves to be around people and will happily climb into your lap if given the chance. With a mellow personality and lovable charm, Cindy is sure to win your heart!






merlynMerlin is a blue-eyed Dutch neutered male rabbit. One of several hundred rabbits brought into the OC Shelter from a single residence, Merlin was transferred to the San Clemente Dana Point Animal Shelter as part of A Rescue Mission program.  Though he can sometimes be a bit shy to start, he’s actually a very sweet bunny who loves getting pets and cuddles. Merlin is a well-mannered rabbit with excellent litter box habits and would be a great bunny for a first-time owner!



caviarThis little cutie is Caviar, a 2 year old Miniature Pinscher mix ready to be your very best friend!  She is very friendly and always on the lookout for a comfy lap to sit in.  With her happy mild-mannered personality, Caviar would make a great pet for family members of all ages.

It’s impossible to say what we love most about our issue release parties, especially the most recent one at Tannins Wine Bar & Restaurant.

Located at 27211 Ortega Highway in San Juan Capistrano, Tannins Restaurant & Wine Bar serves up a blend of old world cafe with modern flair. A vast range of both Northern and Southern Italian cuisine along with delectable desserts and specials are prepared fresh daily. With a strong focus on wine and food pairings, Tannins also offers one of the largest selections of wines by the glass in the region - with over 40 different wines to choose from.

Tannins Restaurant & Wine Bar has an incredible selection of fine wines, great specials including “Wine Down Wednesdays” (for 50% off all bottles of wine from 6 pm - 9 pm) and the kind of attentive-yet-unobtrusive service you’re always hoping to get. Visit website: for their menu and catering options. For reservations or more info, call (949) 661.8466.

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!


Charles McPhersonTribute to Charles McPherson
Friday, 2/3 @ 8PM

Sax legend Charles McPherson gained fame playing with Charles Mingus in the 60s, but it has been his continuing work with multiple jazz luminaries that places him among the top sax players in the jazz world.



Matt Haimovitz
Saturday, 2/18 @ 8PM & Sunday 2/19 @ 3PM – Attend Both!

Matt Haimovitz, renowned as a musical pioneer, Haimovitz has inspired countless listeners by bringing his artistry to any place he can bring his cello. In this case he will be bringing his instrument to the Soka Performing Arts Center to perform Bach’s Six Suites for Cello, plus overtures to Bach written by contemporary composers such as Phillip Glass, Du Yun, and Vijay Iyer.

Maria Schneider Orchestra
Tuesday, 2/21 @ 8PM

2016 two-time Grammy Award winner, Maria Schneider’s music has been hailed as evocative, majestic, magical, and heart-stoppingly gorgeous. The Maria Schneider Orchestra is among a small few to have received Grammys in multiple genres, having received the award in both jazz and classical categories, as well as for her work with David Bowie.

Sean Chen10punkSundays@SOKA – w/Sean Chen
Sunday, 2/5 @ 3PM

The Sundays at Soka features Beethoven Piano Concertos hosted by conductor Carl St.Clair. Rising star Sean Chen, 3rd prize winner in the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano competition will perform.

Beethoven – Piano Concerto Nos. 2 & 3


Hypnotic Horns1Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Saturday, 2/11 @ 8PM

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are seven brothers from the south side of Chicago. They come from an extraordinary musical family. The band freely mix the brass band tradition with generous doses of hip hop, soul, and funk, creating an intoxicating and boisterous blend that is just barely contained.

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.


Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes the return of popular musical ensemble Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox on February 17, 2017 in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. In 2015, the group’s sold-out tours of Australia and the United States prompted the Buffalo News to proclaim, “Postmodern Jukebox is literally a postmodern success, extending its reach from the virtual to the real world, touring and performing around the globe for an ever-growing fan base.”

Created by Bradlee, the rotating collective of Postmodern Jukebox has spent the past few years amassing more than 600 million YouTube views and 2 million subscribers, performed on “Good Morning America,” topped iTunes and Billboard charts and played hundreds of shows to packed-house crowds around the world.  As NPR put it, they’ve done this by “taking current Top 40 hits and re-imagining them as coming from older eras of popular music.” In one such remake, Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox turned Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” into a doo-wop ditty that’s garnered over 15.4 million views. Last year, they envisioned Radiohead’s alt-rock hit “Creep” as a torch-like ballad that’s racked up over 16.9 million views and was named one of the “9 Best Viral Cover Videos of 2015” by People magazine. MultiGrammy winning artist Lorde praised Postmodern Jukebox’s vintage take on her hit single, “Royals,” which has been viewed over 15.3 million times, as her “favorite.” They recently performed a ‘30s jazz remake of Elle King’s “Ex’s & Oh’s” for MTV UK.

Tickets to Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox start at $39 and are available online at, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. A limited number of VIP packages will be available for purchase.

Jan 28, 2017

Pets of the Month

SqueekyThis green-eyed beauty is Squeeky, a seven year old kitty looking for a new start.  Squeeky is mild-mannered and very sweet would make a spectacular lap cat.  With her mellow personality, she would thrive in a quieter home with someone special to call her own. 






popPop is a 1 year old neutered lionhead-mini-lop mix.  With his memorable hairdo and furry mustache, Pop is a real cutie with personality to match his looks! While he can sometimes be a little shy at first, but he loves to be held and cuddled. He absolutely adores pets and head rubs. Pop has good litter box habits and will be an awesome rabbit companion for a happy, loving indoor home!





MojitoMojito is an 8 month old calico kitty ready for fun.  Striking good looks paired with a lively personality make Mojito an entertaining playmate.  She enjoys playing with her twin sister Daiquiri. While not required, the two would love to go home together and keep up their dynamic duo.






BrockEight month old Brock is quite the sweet and gentle soul.  A bit shy at the start, Brock warms up quickly and loves to rest his head in the crook of your arm.  He gets along well with other cats and would make a great kitty companion in a steady home.

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.