High 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.
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.
This 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.
Pretty 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.
Woody 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.
Four 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:
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
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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
Audiences will experience a symphony orchestra performing music to the entire film from one of the most beloved film franchises in history in Segerstrom Hall as part of The Harry Potter Film Concert Series. The film concert will feature the live symphony orchestra performing to picture every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™.
CineConcerts and Warner Bros. Consumer Products announced the Harry Potter Film Concert Series, a new global concert tour celebrating the Harry Potter films, earlier this year. The Harry Potter Film Concert that kicked off in June 2016 is another magical experience from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. Justin Freer, President of CineConcerts and Producer/Conductor of The Harry Potter Film Concert Series explains, “The Harry Potter film concert series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. It is with great pleasure that we introduce for the first time ever an opportunity to experience the award-winning music scores played live by a symphony orchestra, all while the beloved film is simultaneously projected onto the big screen. It will be an unforgettable event.”
The Nutcracker, set to music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky, features choreography by Alexei Ratmansky, scenery and costumes by award-winning designer Richard Hudson and lighting by Jennifer Tipton. The Pacific Symphony performs the beloved holiday score. In the Los Angeles Times review from last year’s inaugural Center performance, it declared, “Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky has made his own Christmas miracle: a joyful ‘Nutcracker’ ballet that is ravishing and clever enough to inspire multiple viewings.”
Misty Copeland and Herman Cornejo will lead the opening night cast of The Nutcracker roles of Clara, the Princess and Nutcracker, the Prince, respectively. Subsequent casts include Hee Seo and Cory Stearns, Gillian Murphy and James Whiteside, Isabella Boylston and Jeffrey Cirio, Stella Abrera and Alexandre Hammoudi, and Sarah Lane and Joseph Gorak in the leading roles. The engagement of The Nutcracker continues an on-going relationship between Segerstrom Center and American Ballet Theatre. The Company has appeared at the Center since the beginning in 1987. At the Center, ABT gave the world premiere of Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Swan Lake in 1988, the West Coast premiere of Kevin McKenzie’s new production of The Sleeping Beauty in 2007 and the world premiere of a new production of Firebird by Alexei Ratmansky in 2012. In 2008, the Center and ABT cocommissioned Twyla Tharp’s Rabbit and Rogue, receiving its world premiere in New York and West Coast premiere at the Center. In 1999, ABT’s production of Le Corsaire was taped in Segerstrom Hall for broadcast on PBS’ Dance In America, winning an Emmy Award. In 2003, The Dream was also taped at the Center for broadcast on Dance In America. In March 2015, Segerstrom Center presented the world premiere of ABT’s new production of The Sleeping Beauty as choreographed by Maurius Petipa with staging and additional choreography by Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky. In March of 2017, American Ballet Theatre will return to the Center with the world premiere of its new production, Whipped Cream, choreographed by ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky, with sets and costumes by pop-surrealist Mark Ryden.
Single tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker start at $29 are now available online at 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 discounts for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236.
Special Sweet Seats are available for every performance and include:
Saturday, October 15, 8PM
Nine-time Grammy Award winners, the Emerson String Quartet grace the Soka Performing Arts Center stage for the first time. Joining them for this program will be cellist Clive Greensmith, best known for the many years that he performed with the Tokyo String Quartet.
Saturday, October 22, 8PM
Tucson-based Tesoro beautifully and adeptly mixes the diverse styles of puro flamenco, rumba, cumbia, Latin pop and rock along with a perfect measure of funk and blues – all the while incorporating its signature powerful rhythms into infectiously heartfelt, unforgettably passionate, romantically catchy tunes.
Tuesday, October 25, 7PM
Friday, October 28, 8 PM
The silent film La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc was created without a musical score. However, most silent movies of that period were accompanied by Live music. Come join us as we screen this classic film to live accompaniment by composer George Sarah with his string quartet and vocalists.
Saturday, October 29, 8PM
Join ukulele master Herb Ohta, Jr. celebrating his 25th anniversary in the music business with special guests Jon Yamasato, David Kamakahi, Chris Kamaka, Baba Alimoot and dancer Ihilani Kamaka. This is a celebration you won’t want to miss. Aloha!
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.
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 Hours Mon-Fri: 10am to 2pm
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One 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!
Due 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.
Attracting 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.