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Sep 30, 2016

Pets of the Month

Tedi2323Tedi 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.





Micky22Sweet 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!






galacio23Five 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!






elmer123One 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!

The World’s Largest Touring Production Returns to OC on Nov. 16

Odysseo LogoDue 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.

3 carosello danharper 0Attracting 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.

TICKETS - Tickets are priced from $29.50 to $144.50 + applicable taxes and fees. For a memorable evening, the Rendez-Vous package offers the best seats in the house, exquisite buffet dining before the show, open bar, desserts during intermission and an exclusive visit of the stables after the show. This unique VIP experience takes place in a tent alongside the White Big Top. The Rendez-Vous package prices range from $149.50 to $254.50 + applicable taxes and fees. Special pricing and packages also available for groups, children (2-12), juniors (13-17) and seniors (65+). Visit or  call (866) 999-8111.

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.

"We’ll listen to your IRS difficulties in our office in complete confidence at NO CHARGE. We’ll answer your questions, explain your options and suggest solutions and provide you with a written estimate of our fees to permanently resolve your IRS difficulties.”

To connect with Edward and the team at Capstone Tax Resolution call (949) 310-3261 or  visit Capstone is located at 43 Marbella, Suite 102 in San Clemente.
Aug 30, 2016

Pets of the Month

Crockett2Handsome 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!





OinkMeet 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!





EstebanThis 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.





TuxThree 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

September 22-25, 2016

Multi-million dollar renovated marina will host new event celebrating the boating lifestyle, with interactive exhibits and education for all ages

249Marine enthusiasts from Southern California will experience the first boating lifestyle event in a reimagined harbor setting when the Southern California Boat Show navigates its way to Cabrillo Way Marina in Los Angeles Harbor, San Pedro (2293 Miner St., San Pedro) Thursday, September 22 through Sunday, September 25.

Produced by the Duncan McIntosh Company, the four-day boating event will feature more than 200 new and used boats of all types and price points, including trawlers, cruisers, sportfishers, sailboats, catamarans, motoryachts, tenders and paddleboards, along with 80 booths offering the newest accessories and gadgets, educational seminars, as well as a food and craft beer garden celebrating local San Pedro restaurants and breweries. Families will be encouraged to participate in marine activities created especially for little boaters.

Admission is $15 for adults; youth 12 and younger accompanied by an adult are free. Military receive a $5 discount with military ID. Tickets can be purchased at the box office. Show hours: Thursday, 12pm-7:00pm; Friday-Sunday 12pm-5:00pm. For more information visit

September 29, 2016 in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Renowned as “one of the greatest flamenco dancers of this new century” (The New York Times), Farruquito makes his Segerstrom Center debut on Thursday, September 29 in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall with his latest show, Improvisao, an intimate dance program that showcases his incomparable talent for daring improvisation. It is a celebration of flamenco performed in the most traditional manner where the dancer and the musicians return to flamenco’s visceral origins.

Photo by Sophie MühlenburgPhoto by Sophie MühlenburgHailing from a flamenco family dynasty, the Spanish-born Farruquito is known for his passionate and precise dancing, and in Improvisao, he reveals, “It is a return to my roots and a sample of what I’ve learned in this profession. Singing, guitar and dance fused with total freedom to create a different show every day.”

Tickets for Farruquito’s Improvisao start at $39 and are now available online at, 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.

Jul 31, 2016

Pets of the Month


bossBoss is an affectionate pup with tons of love to give!  At only 6 months old, he is well mannered and plays well with the other dogs.  Snuggles and kisses are his very favorite things.  Take him home and he’s sure to fill your life with fun!


cecilyOne year old Cecily is a real sweetie of a rabbit who is looking for her new home! Easy to handle, Cecily loves to be pet.  She can be a tad shy at first but warms up quickly. Cecily has great litter box habits and would make a wonderful friend for someone ready to give her all the attention she needs.


baileyFive month old Bailey has a real zest for life!  Whether he’s playing with the other cats or exploring the cat room on his harness, he puts his all into it!  Bailey is a spirited and playful kitty who would do best in a home with other kitties who can keep up with him.


sashaPretty little Sasha is an easy going feline who loves the simpler things in life.  She is quiet and independent, but still loves a good playtime romp.  If you’re looking for a low maintenance yet friendly kitty, you can’t go wrong with Sasha!



If you would like to know more about the animals listed here, please call the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter at (949)492-1617, or visit with them at 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente.

San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter is participating in the nationwide Clear the Shelters Event on Saturday, July 23rd!  From 10am-4pm, all of these terrific potential pets and many more will be available for a greatly reduced adoption fee of only $20!!!

U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, recently named the 66 athletes who will represent Team USA in track & field at the 2016 Paralympic Games. San Juan Capistrano resident Trenten Merrill is among the 40 men and 26 women on the roster scheduled to compete in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from September 7 - 18.

When he was 14 years old, Trenten was struck by a car and in spite of the medical team’s best efforts to save his limb, Trenten lost his lower right leg in the weeks following the accident. Five months after the amputation, he received his first prosthetic and began physical therapy and went back to playing sports with friends and competitively in high school.

In the ensuing years, Trenten has become one of the world’s fastest runners - skills honed on the Saddleback College track and field team where he has competed in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 800-meter run, 4x400 meter relay, long jump and javelin.

In the following interview with South County Magazine, Trenten shares his inspiration and motivation in the pursuit of excellence in athletics following the accident because as he says “I became determined to be the best athlete despite my prosthetic. I never wanted my prosthetic to become an excuse of anything less than performing my best. Any sport I pursued, I became determined to put everything I had into it.”

South County Magazine: How did you get involved in running?

Trenten Merrill: When I was about 18 or 19 years old, my prosthetist, Gary Yamamoto, encouraged me to attend a running clinic put on by Ossur Prosthetics and lead by two Paralympic Track and Field Champions - Oscar Pistorious and Brian Fraisure. Not knowing anything about Paralympics or these great athletes, I initially declined. Gary was persistent and adamant about me going. So I told him I would go for him. Little did I know the experience would open a door to my future. It was there that I became introduced to Paralympic Coach and the Brazilian 800m Gold Medalist Olympian Joaquim Cruiz. It was there that I met the Paralympian of South Africa Oscar Pistorious and the USA Athlete Brian Fraisure. After this day, I grew in my desire to compete again as an athlete and fueled my old drive to be the best I could be and my old dream of becoming a professional athlete.

SCM: Who were the people who have inspired and supported you in your endeavors?

TM: First and foremost Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior. Without Him, none of this would be possible. My family and friends were close behind supporting me to become great. My best friend Scott Agostini, who was also involved in the accident that day was a great influence as well. We continued to push each other to be the best athletes we could. Of course my mom and dad were always a great influence and was because of them and my closest friends who supported me that I began pursuing sports again.

SCM: What was involved in qualifying for the Paralympics?

TM: To make it to the Paralympic Trials, an athlete first needs to qualify by reaching a emerging standard in an event. I qualified for the 100m and Long Jump. It was at the Paralympic Trials that my Long Jump proved to be my best performance. To be selected to participate in the Paralympics, a decision process is determined based upon a percentage system from the National A team standard. I jumped above the B standard and won my event in Long Jump. Automatic qualifiers are anyone that hits the A standard in the competition and places in the Top 3 positions. I was not far off the A standard and won Long Jump, so it became an easy decision for the coaches to give me the opportunity to compete.

SCM: What advice would you share with other young men and women who are faced with a physical challenge?

TM: Physical challenges are tough. They are often the most visible, but truly we all come across challenges, whether they are physical, mental, or spiritual. We will all face challenges in our lives. But challenges produce character, so we must persevere by focusing ahead. I would encourage others to pursue their passions and desires to be great and to never give up on doing more than their best.

We at South County Magazine would like to thank Aileen and Paul Brazeau, co-owners of San Clemente Villas by the Sea for coordinating such a festive affair in celebration of the release of our July 2016 edition - the gracious hospitality of Aileen and her attentive staff, who went above and beyond to ensure guests a memorable experience.

Attendees mixed and mingled with other local business owners and professionals and noshed on delicious, falling-off-the-bone lamb chops, grilled corn, skewered veggies, fresh fruit - an amped up backyard barbecue just in time for the holiday weekend! Guests socialized with some of the facility’s residents, many of whom got into the act - line dancing to a live country western band!

As we begin working on the August 2016 issue, we look forward to continually evolving the magazine and serving as a true community resource.

See you at our next event!