Hawaiian Holiday Concert with Ho’okena
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2017, 8PM
Ho’okena is a mainstay on the island music scene and is synonymous with high quality Hawaiian music. Members Horace K. Dudoit III, Chris Kamaka, and Glen H.K. Smith have won numerous Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards for excellence in recording, composing, and creating Hawaiian contemporary music, which also earned them two Grammy nominations.
Tickets: $45 ($37 student/senior/military)
Acoustic Strings Festival
SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 2018, 3PM
This day-long festival features outstanding musicians performing a variety of genres and string instruments: Germán López, timple player from Gran Canaria; composer and guitarist Kaki King; folk/Americana duo Bettman & Halpin; Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo; and Naumburg International Violin Competition winner Tessa Lark. Artists will play individually, then unite at the end of the evening. Vendors will be selling food throughout the day. www.soka.edu/pac
Tickets: $60 ($48 student/senior/military)
Event Schedule: http://tinyurl.com/SokaAcousticFest
Soka Performing Arts Center is located at 1 University Drive in Aliso Viejo.
For information, visit www.performingarts.soka.edu
A symphony orchestra is typically comprised of seventy to one hundred musicians. Depending on the work being played and the size of the venue, the philharmonic is comprised of brass, woodwinds, and percussion, sometimes including keyboard or a stand-alone instrument, like a standing harp.
Each piece has its part in the composition. Each piece has its own individual music, the notes blending together to form the symphony’s movements. Each musical note is vital to the performance.
A human body is comprised of six main elements: oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus. 60% of those elements makes a body of water. To sustain the symphony that the human body plays night and day - heart rhythm, blood circulation, nerve connection, one must receive the proper amount of nutrients, remain in an environment that is amenable to growth, and avoid injuries or weaknesses that would attack its regular performance. Colonel H.S. Dhinsa has dedicated his life to providing the correct environment for a vibrant internal composition. A voracious reader and trained horseman, the Colonel was born and raised in India. After graduating from his studies as a Veterinarian, he joined the Indian military as an animal vet and became an expert on breeding horses, especially in the areas of fertility and infertility.
A delicate balance, to be sure, the Colonel spent thirty years in the military, perfecting the science behind the body’s own balance, rising through the ranks to become a Colonel. Taking early retirement, he and his wife moved to the United States in 1991. Individual notes in a larger symphony, joining the broad musical sweep of American culture, the Colonel realized how vital it was to alert his new community to the vitamins, herbs, and alternative supplements that could revitalize their health.
Graduating from the American Academy of Clinical Homeopathy was icing on the educational cake. A Master’s recipient of a Nutrition and Reproductive Physiology degree from Denmark added to his extensive background in reproductive physiology, nutrition, and clinical homeopathy. The Colonel began to stack up his experience, looking for an outlet to forge a new path towards health. His opportunity arose in 1999, with the purchase of Health Works Juice Bistro. Housed in Laguna Niguel’s Plaza de la Paz, the Bistro has been Colonel Dhinsa’s “Temple of Healing” for the past 18 years. Present seven days a week to give sage advice to his customers, the Colonel takes pride in the gourmet sandwiches, wraps, soups, wheatgrass shots, and fruit smoothies he provides at Health Works. “We are looking at alternative systems to supplement medical science, and produce a healthy body.”
Without the conductor, a symphony is simply comprised of individual instruments. Single sounds which, without guidance, produce cacophony. Offering free one-on-one guidance to his clients, Colonel Dhinsa is the health composer. Aligning a variety of herbs, medicines, and supplements, his homeopathic cures for yourself or your favorite animal companion will revitalize your internal composition and bring you back to the symphony your own body is capable of. What a sweet sound that is.
Connect with the Colonel by calling (949) 831-9777. Health Works and Juice Bar is located at 27271 La Paz Rd, Suite A in Laguna Niguel.
136 N. La Salle Street
Old World charm and authentic Italian cuisine is at its finest in the heart of the Chicago Loop. Located adjacent to the Cadillac Palace Theatre inside the Hotel Allegro, 312 Chicago is presided over by executive chef and Italian native Luca Corazzina. Taste your way through plates of silken Burrata cheese, pappardella bolognese, and Mediterranean branzino (a skin-on sea bass with yellow pepper puree, crab meat, green onions, radishes, fresno peppers, lime juice, olive oil and micro cilantro) so fresh you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to Italy for dinner.
Eleven City Diner
1112 S. Wabash Avenue
This classic hybrid Jewish deli/American family diner tips its hat to a bygone era by balancing the warmth of a 1940’s soda fountain nostalgia with a clean, modern design. Vintage revolving doors, fully functional antique silver soda jerks, an old-fashioned candy counter, white pharmacy tiles and 1920s art-nouveau fixtures add to its charm. And to our kids’ delight, breakfast is served all day!
The 11 City French Toast is crafted from fresh baked challah, strawberries, bananas and toasted coconut. Our kiddos absolutely LOVED their fluffy buttermilk pancakes topped with chocolate chips and whipped cream, while I went for the delicious Smoked Scottish Salmon platter (friction smoked, hand-cut, no nitrates, no sugar).
The super friendly, attentive service here is worth a special mention: even though we were tourists and first-time diners, we were greeted and treated like neighborhood regulars.
Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
438 N. Wells Street
Considered the oldest family name in Chicago pizza, Lou Malnati’s has stayed true to the original Chicago style deep dish pizza recipe first created in the 1950’s. Lou’s is famous for its buttery, flakey crust; sweet and tangy tomatoes; gooey mozzarella cheese; and perfectly seasoned sausage. If you’re craving the best deep dish around, Lou Malnati’s is the place to go!
Revival Food Hall
125 S. Clark Street
Revival Food Hall is a massive 24,000 square foot venue located in the heart of The Loop on the ground floor of The National—a 20-story restoration of a historic 1907 Daniel Burnham-designed building.
A kaleidoscope of all-local, artisanal purveyors prepare a variety of dishes for virtually every discriminating palate: Mexican fare, pizza, sandwiches, barbecue, baked goods, ramen, poke (my favorite), seafood, gelato, salads, coffee, cocktails and wine. You won’t find any restaurant chains here - most of the stalls are occupied as offshoots of small restaurants and food trucks that have been established in other neighborhoods.
43 E. Ohio Street
With 63,000 square feet of space, dozens upon dozens of aisles of groceries, and 20-plus different restaurants and bars – Eataly’s is a foodie’s Italian-cuisine themed Disneyland.
Arguably the most popular restaurant here is La Pizza & La Pasta features two of the best-loved Italian dishes: Napoli-style pizza and al dente pasta. Grouped together in the southwest corner of the second floor, they share a menu - making this the most immediately appealing area for a group that includes all ages.
True to form, the kids opted for the Margherita pizza, and then had to stave off the adults grabbing a slice (or two). This delicious dish is the real deal folks and quite possibly the best Neapolitan pizza in the city – boasting both a beautifully charred crust and the perfect balance of crisp exterior to airy, soft interior, a light brushing of tart and slightly sweet tomato sauce and a smattering of just-melted tangy mozzarella. Yum!
We at South County Magazine would like to thank Aileen and Paul Brazeau, co-owners of San Clemente Villas by the Sea for including our publications and our advertising partners in such a festive affair in celebration of their 15th Anniversary - the gracious hospitality of Aileen and her attentive staff, who went above and beyond ensured guests a memorable experience.
Attendees mixed and mingled with other local business owners and professionals and socialized with some of the facility’s residents, many of whom got into the act - dancing to live music and noshing on an array of other specialty appetizers. In chatting with several partygoers who call the Villas home, it was clear that the management and staff here strive to create a happy, warm “extended family” atmosphere.
As we begin working on the December 2017 issue, we look forward to continually evolving the magazine and serving as a true community resource.
See you at our next event!
Southern California’s Ultimate Winter Experience Continues with 18 days of Entertainment, Attractions and Fun for all Ages
Celebration Festivals is “bringing winter to the OC” with the return of Southern California’s largest winter tradition - Winter Fest at the OC Fair & Event Center. This year, the forecast calls for 18 days of snow in a winter wonderland of fun as Winter Fest will run from December 21 through January 7, giving families additional time in the new year to enjoy more than 20 wintry activities that are back by popular demand. See Santa and his reindeer fly over the fairgrounds for four nights only before heading back to the North Pole on Christmas Day.
Winter Fest’s giant wonderland of family fun and date night charm is a great value with tickets available starting at only $10. Season passes are also available for all 18 days of Winter Fest to capture plenty of Instagram-worthy pictures.
“Winter Fest has become a go-to destination for Southern California families to celebrate the holiday season and we are proud to bring ‘winter to the OC’ for our third year of fun, food and entertainment,” said Katrina Carlson, Events Director of Celebration Festivals. “We’re bringing back all the attractions people love, from high-speed sledding thrills to a larger real snow play area, outdoor ice skating, and flying Santa and his Reindeer over the fairgrounds. Whether you choose to come for a day of carnival games and snow play, enjoy a holiday cocktail over evening entertainment, or ring in the New Year, Winter Fest has something for everyone to make lasting memories.”
Private, ice rink-side VIP cabanas start at only $69 per session, creating a destination for holiday office parties, birthday parties, family retreats or date nights. Each cabana will accommodate two to 10 people and can adapt to fit parties of up to 100 guests. The VIP cabanas offer exclusive menus with seasonally-inspired food, cocktails, a private ice rink entrance and private servers.
For more information, visit www.WinterFestOC.com
December 19 – 24, 2017
Featuring more than 40 classic hits such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” MOTOWN THE MUSICAL tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry, and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more.
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL returns to the Segerstrom Hall stage for one week only December 19 – 24, 2017. Single tickets start at $29 and may be purchased online at SCFTA.org, 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. The 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, December 23, 2017 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation. For more information, visit www.MotownTheMusical.com
Six year old Rusty is a sweet little guy who wants nothing more than to be by your side. Great on leash and easygoing, Rusty would be a good companion for someone who is looking for a low maintenance dog. Could this gentle soul be the one for you?
This scruffy little cutie is Thelma, a three year old Jack Russell Terrier mix looking for a new home. Thelma doesn’t let something like missing an eye get her down. She is always full of spunk and has a winning personality that is sure to win over anyone!
Eleven month Cyan is a spayed Lionhead Lop who is just waiting for the right person to call her own. Having originally come into the shelter in very poor condition, Cyan sometimes takes time to trust but once she knows you she is friendly and calm when picked up. She would make a great house bunny for someone who is willing to get to know her and doesn’t mind a bit of grooming.
Always ready to greet you at the door with a friendly meow, Piper is a particularly attentive kitty looking to find her forever human. She is three years old and has a mellow, happy personality. With her pretty green eyes and sweet disposition, Piper would be a good match for almost any household.
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.
Follow your heart straight to adventure with Disney On Ice! Families will make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie and all your Disney friends when the new ice show Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart arrives at the Honda Center! The ice skating extravaganza features the beloved stories & characters from the smash hit animated movies Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory and Inside Out for the first time in a live production, with performances from Wednesday, December 20 – Sunday, December 24, 2017.
Just keep swimming with Dory, Nemo, Marlin and new pal Hank from Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory as they embark on a life-changing excursion to find her parents and discover the true meaning of family. Cheer with Joy, Sadness, and the rest of the Emotions from Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out as they help Riley find the confidence to win the big hockey game.
Venture to wintery world of Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana and the Disney Princesses make their dreams come true through their virtues of bravery, kindness and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and the Toy Story gang.
Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.
Soka University is a private, four-year liberal arts college and graduate school located on 103-acres in Aliso Viejo, California.
Soka is ranked in the top 10 liberal arts colleges in California by USA Today and Top 10 Best Value among national liberal arts colleges by US News and World Report’s “Best Colleges 2018.”
The mission of Soka University is to foster a steady stream of global citizens committed to living a contributive life. About 60% of Soka University’s students come from the U.S. and 40% have come from more than 45 other countries. Admitted undergraduate 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 income levels.
All undergraduate students study a non-native language, and everyone studies abroad for a semester during their junior year (included in tuition and required for graduation). Undergraduate students may choose from concentrations in Environmental Studies, Humanities, International Studies or Social and Behavioral Sciences -- with a new Life Sciences Concentration to open in Fall 2020.
SUA students have now been accepted to graduate schools at many prestigious universities, including Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Stanford, USC, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UCI, Georgetown, Columbia Teacher’s College, Hawaii Law, Cornell, Duke, Boston, NYY, Cambridge and London School of Economics. Every under-graduate at SUA graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, which has qualified students for graduate school in such diverse fields as law, education, economics, statistics, urban planning, psychology, diplomacy, environmental studies, mathematical finance, international development studies, international education policy, international studies, conflict analysis and resolution, Japanese language and literature, Latin American politics and human rights, environmental legal studies, history, peace studies, East Asia regional studies, public affairs, sociology, anthropology, entertainment industry management, second and foreign language education (TESOL), creative writing, screenwriting, literature, global affairs, art education and medicine (with extra science classes.)
Where can a Liberal Arts degree take you? Many places!
Founded upon the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights and the sanctity of life, SUA is open to top students of all nationalities and beliefs.
Friday, October 20, 2017 @8:00 PM
John Welsh Band creates a sound that blends high energy Latin, West African, reggae, and folk-rock rhythms that get crowds moving wherever they perform.
A world traveler by nature, John Welsh lived and studied in Central America where he was heavily influenced by the music, language, and culture. Joined by his brother Chris, bass; Nathan Larsen, drums; Devin Modugno, lead guitarist; and Nigerian born, Courage Eigbike, who brings his reggae and West African influenced sound to the group. Together, the band creates songs with the vision of bringing their world music sound to a mainstream audience.
Performing in both English and Spanish the John Welsh Band wins over audiences with a high energy show that emphasizes crowd participation, upbeat rhythms, and singalong choruses. Winner of the 2016 Fraser Valley Music Award and declared one of Vancouver’s best bands of 2016 by Vanmusic, the John Welsh Band has “a natural command of the stage combined with infectious toe-tapping songs that puts one in mind of sunny beaches and happy times” (CBC Vancouver). www.soka.edu
Tickets: $20 ($16 student/senior/military)