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Bringing Lady Justice back to Orange County

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

Yuja Wang, Solo Piano

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.


2016-17 Season Sneak Peek

Matt Haimovitz,  Cellist, Chamber Music Photo: Steph MackinnonMatt Haimovitz, Cellist, Chamber Music Photo: Steph Mackinnon

Maria Schneider, Jazz MonstersMaria Schneider, Jazz Monsters

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. 

Apr 28, 2016

Pets of the Month

PrincessPrincessNine 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..

CarterCarterCarter 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..

BodieBodieThis 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.

RosemaryRosemaryTen 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..

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.

SOKA UNIVERSITY’S 15TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

Saturday, May 7 @10:30am

festival2Soka 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.  
www.soka.edu/festival


Soka Performing Arts Center presents:

STORM LARGE AND LE BONHEUR

Friday, April 1 @8pm

Storm LargeStorm LargeStorm 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.

 

 

globalFEST ON THE ROAD: CREOLE CARNIVAL

Sunday, April 3 @7pm

globalFEST-Creole CarnivalglobalFEST-Creole CarnivalOver 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.

SOKA UNIVERSITY’S 7th ANNUAL LUAU

Saturday, April 2 @5pm

LUAU Ka Pilina 2013Join 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).

 

 

A TRIBUTE TO TOM HARRELL

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.

BRENTANO STRING QUARTET

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”. 

SUNDAYS AT SOKA WITH PACIFIC SYMPHONY
Rachel Lee Priday & Juan-Miguel Hernandez

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.

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.
 

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Box Office Hours
Mon-Fri: 10am to 2pm
Box Office will be open 1 hour prior to scheduled performance times on performance days.

Mar 29, 2016

Pets of the Month

SashaSashaTen 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.

PoppyPoppyThis 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.

MaxMaxMax 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.

FreesiaFreesiaMeet 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.

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.

Celebrating more than 25 years of promoting responsible pet care, animal entertainment and debuting the newest pet trends and products, the 26th annual America’s Family Pet Expo returns Friday, April 22 -Sunday, April 24, 2016 to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa (88 Fair Drive).

All weekend long, guests will have the opportunity to meet, see and interact with a show-stopping display of all creatures great and small. From rare birds, exotic reptiles, colorful fish, miniature horses, fancy felines to precocious pups, the America’s Family Pet Expo promises to entertain and educate guests with a variety of animal stage shows, features and attractions. New pet products from industry leaders will be offered at special show pricing.

  • Police Dog Demonstrations –Crime fighting dogs in action show how they serve and protect our community
  • Free Flight Bird Show – Watch in amazement as these magnificent birds spread their wings and take flight
  • Kids Aquarium Contest – Design and create a 10-gallon aquarium
  • Pony rides, face paintings, and “The Great American Petting Zoo”
  • Animal Adoptions – Hundreds of animals looking for a forever home
General Admission, $13; seniors 60 and over, $11. Children 6-12, $8. 5 yrs and under, free. Active and retired military free with ID. For more info, visitwww.PetExpoOC.org.

As Soka University enters its 15th Anniversary year in 2016, it celebrates its ranking in the Top 10 California Colleges by USA Today, and in the Top 50 National Liberal Arts Colleges by US News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2016.”

Among National Liberal Arts Colleges SUA was also ranked:

  1. Faculty resources
  2. Study Abroad (Tie) - 100% of SUA students study abroad for a semester in their junior year
  3. Foreign Student Factor - 39% International students
  4. Best Value
  5. Ethnic Diversity

Soka University 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. 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. Soka also provides prorated awards for students who come from different income levels. 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 more than 40 other countries.

For more information: www.soka.edu.

The new theatrical adventure by the internationally acclaimed entertainment company Cavalia to be presented under the White Big Top at the junction of the I-405 & the SR-133 (with performances beginning Wednesday, February 3), Odysseo is a $30 million extravaganza that expands the definition of performance into an epic and soulful experience that is astonishing audiences and wowing critics across North America.

Double the size of Cavalia’s eponymous creation which enjoyed a very successful run in Irvine back in 2007, Odysseo is a show unlike any other featuring 65 horses and 48 riders, acrobats, aerialists, dancers and musicians in a soulful and touching journey around the globe, celebrating the bond between the two species. The horses are the heart and soul of every Odysseo performances. These magnificent animals play in complicity and with freedom, in a symbiotic and respectful relationship with their human co-stars, charming and fascinating everyone who has the chance to witness this moving artistic and emotive partnership. The liberty number, when purebred Arabian horses are directed only by the soft murmurs of their trainer, and the fabulous caravan act that comprises people and horses too numerous to count, will leave every spectator captivated and touched by the splendour created in front of their eyes.

Credits: Dan HarperCredits: Dan HarperDeploying their extraordinary talents, the acrobats present an amazing mix of force and sensitivity, interacting with the spellbound audience, while the live musicians and vocalist perform in the most enthralling way to immerse spectators of all ages in a beautiful sensorial experience they will remember forever. Whether it is the dexterity of the African acrobats, the enchanting sound of the Kora, or the majestic life-size merry-go-around, the cast and set of Odysseo are inspired and inspiring, delivering crowd-pleasing wonders and stunts.

The mindboggling theatrical effects are as spectacular as they are numerous: a state-of-the-art video screen three times the size of the world’s largest cinema screens, a three-story mountain for dazzling perspectives, and a real lake made of 40,000 gallons of recycled water which magically appears for a splashing finale. The layers of mesmerizing decor make the audience part of the action while the gigantic stage takes everyone’s breath away. Odysseo’s technological and scenographical effects create places no one has ever seen before; places where one can feel the deep connection between horse and man.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.cavalia.net

Hundreds of wine varieties, sweet and savory chocolate confections, gourmet food samples from acclaimed Pechanga Resort & Casino restaurants, live music, a silent auction and helping out a good cause are all on the agenda for February 26 and 27 at Pechanga Resort & Casino.

Red Wine Pour into GlassChocolate Decadence on Friday, Feb. 26 features more than 30 wine varietals shown to masterfully partner with chocolate and other sweet desserts. The event runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and is $55 per person. Tickets include a souvenir wine glass, unlimited two ounce samples of wine and spirits, chocolate and confection tasting, live music and silent auction.

Wine enthusiasts can sip and explore new selections at the 8th annual Pechanga Wine Festival from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat, Feb. 27. Tickets are $65 and include a souvenir wine glass, unlimited two ounce samples of wine and spirits, gourmet food and dessert samples from Pechanga’s acclaimed chefs, as well as others in the Temecula Valley, live music and silent auction.

For tickets or more information, visit the Pechanga Box Office, call (877) 711-2946 or visit www.Pechanga.com/Entertainment. Proceeds from both events benefit Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley. Guests must be 21 or older to attend either event.

As Soka University enters its 15th Anniversary year in 2016, it celebrates its ranking in the Top 50 National Liberal Arts Colleges and Top 10 West Coast
by US News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2016.”

Among National Liberal Arts Colleges SUA was ranked:

Top 50 Nationally and Top 10 on the West Coast among National Liberal Arts Colleges

#1 - Faculty resources
#1 - Study Abroad (Tie) - 100% of SUA students study abroad for a semester in their junior year
#1 - Foreign Student Factor - 39% International students
#4 - Best Value
#5 - Ethnic Diversity

Soka University 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. 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. Soka also provides prorated awards for students who come from different income levels. 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 more than 40 other countries.

For more information: www.soka.edu