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I’ve had one recurring dream my entire life. It started when I was a teenager and in the dream I’m tuning the motor of a Porsche 911 Carrera. I can trace the root of my obsession with cars to my time in high school auto shop.

I loved to tinker as a teen, and into my twenties, being beneath the hood was what got me fired up. Over the years, I’ve worked on more old cars that I can count (including many that would be considered classics today). Perhaps most of them the polar opposite of the Porsche’s sleek lines and distinct-from-a-distance engine sounds, but rare is rare. Some kids like sports. For me, the real game was in a garage.

I used to think that the best I could hope for was to befriend benevolent Ferrari, McLaren or Audi R8 owners who were amenable to occasionally tossing the keys my way. But I can almost guarantee that they wouldn’t appreciate me driving their performance vehicles the way I was recently able to experience at Exotics Racing in Los Angeles.

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My wife knows how much I love cars so for Christmas, I was gifted with five exhilarating laps behind the wheel of a Lamborghini Huracan. Giving folks a taste of what track driving is all about is one thing: Exotics is entirely another. Here you are able to race the supercar of your dreams on a closed track with a professional driver in the passenger seat encouraging you to push the car to its limits (with appropriate safety measures taken, of course). At first, I was just happy to be behind the wheel, but after the third lap, my fear of wrecking this incredible machine began to fade.

Since 2009, Exotics has been pumping its customers full of adrenaline on the track, by taking the wheel of one incredible machine or another, and pushing performance to its outside limits.

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Exotic’s professionally designed racetrack offers the best straights and double apexes over its 1.2 mile length. Many auto enthusiasts, myself included, have taken the risk on open stretches of highway and country roads a time or two, pushing the pedal down a little too far, watching for the red and blue lights as highway patrol catches on. Here, you can rip around the same curve over and over without fear of a ticket or getting arrested. And there is a team of incredible professional instructors to guide you through the true capacity of the cars, as well as the basics you thought you learned in Mario Kart, but never actually tested out on paved road. In fact, these professionals aren’t there to rein you in or hold you back in any way … just the opposite. They want you to experience the thrill of the ride to full effect. Understeer, oversteer, progressive throttle. What 640 horsepower really feels like.

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The largest fleet of exotic supercars awaits: from Italy, you’ve got Ferrari and Lamborghini - from Britain, the Aston Martin, and the cream of Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Nissan’s crop as well. First in safety and service in the industry, Exotics Racing is the original supercar experience, designed to keep you dreaming about the drive far beyond your last lap on the track. Let’s be honest, we all have that vision of some valet accidentally tossing over the keys to a Ferrari 458 Italia after dinner out one night, but the chances of that actually happening are about as good as my first 911 winning a head-to-head with its 2019 counterpart. Plus, just handing over the keys like that is asking for trouble. The team of professional at Exotics take each driver through safety instruction, and then a side-by-side ride along.

Choose from a single ride, multi-car packages, even a 3-person drifting ride along, where the G-forces stack up. After inspecting all of the gorgeous marvels of automotive engineering on hand and sliding behind the wheel of the bright green Lamborghini Huracan I was going to drive, my 11-year-old son expressed enthusiasm (much to his father’s delight) about the opportunity to ride along when Formula Drift Driver Hiro Sumida would drift the Dodge Challenger Hellcat through two teeth-clenching, adrenaline pumping laps that would reach speeds in excess of 110 miles an hour and burn some serious rubber.

I haven’t had that dream in the weeks since my Exotics Racing experience. Perhaps because I now know I can get my “fix” anytime the need for speed strikes. I can still smell the garage, and the tire rubber and oil and grease. The feel of the towel in my hand and hard wax underneath my fingernails. But there is just something so satisfying about whipping around a track at close to top speed in one of the world’s finest supercars, or going 0-60 in three seconds flat. Having said that, I’m certain our experience will inspire recurring dreams for my son and I for years to come.


Exotics Racing is located at 9300 Cherry Avenue in Fontana (they also operate a second location in Las Vegas).
For information, call (909) 201-7679 or visit www.exoticsracing.com

Thursday, February 28, 2019
Samueli Theater

The Takács Quartet returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts on February 28, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. in Samueli Theater. The ensemble, considered to be one of the world’s greatest string quartets, welcomed second violinist Harumi Rhodes earlier this year following the retirement of founding member Kàroly Schranz. Quartet members include Edward Dusinberre and Harumi Rhodes, violins; Geraldine Walther, viola; and Andràs Fejér, cello.

The Takács Quartet, now entering its forty-fourth season, is renowned for the vitality of its interpretations. The New York Times recently lauded the ensemble for “revealing the familiar as unfamiliar, making the most traditional of works feel radical once more”, and the Financial Times described a recent concert at the Wigmore Hall: “Even in the most fiendish repertoire these players show no fear, injecting the music with a heady sense of freedom. At the same time, though, there is an uncompromising attention to detail: neither a note nor a bow-hair is out of place.”


Single tickets start at $39 and are available online at www.SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787.

At Stratford School, high expectations lead to extraordinary results. Our advanced, innovative, and intentionally balanced curriculum inspires, challenges, and nurtures the minds and hearts of every student. It also produces impressive results.

Stratford students outscore independent school students, are recognized for academic achievement, and contribute to their communities.

Our curriculum is created in a thoughtful and deliberate way to incite curiosity, nurture exploration, and encourage inquiry. Students develop a love of learning, study above grade level, and prepare themselves for the future.

We infuse our broad liberal arts curriculum with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM). We combine traditional teaching styles with 21st century learning principles. We integrate technology with careful intention. We provide a variety of extracurricular pursuits, personal development activities, physical education, and play time. Our passionate teachers cultivate a physically and emotionally secure classroom environment. And we both welcome and listen to the feedback of our students’ parents.

The result is a rich spectrum of hands-on learning opportunities — provided in an energized classroom atmosphere where students are mentally focused and highly engaged — that enable students to learn, question, collaborate, and develop the diverse skills and talents they need to compete in today’s world.

Harnessing the collective power of over 6,000 students, 800 teachers, 100 administrators, and 300 classrooms, Stratford School is able to explore and rapidly implement new teaching practices to achieve our ultimate goal of preparing students to become the next generation of creative problem solvers, imaginative innovators, and confident, insightful leaders.

A study conducted by Google examined the relationship between employee hiring, promotion, firing, and a STEM background. Researchers wanted to investigate what the relationship between technology jobs and STEAM education was.

What the study concluded was that the top eight qualities that define whether someone is successful in their career, across all industries, was not only about a STEM instructional background. The top eight skills revolved around what they termed “soft skills,” which included coaching, communication skills and listening capability, empathy, and support.

Clearly, incorporating soft skills into your child’s education is essential to ensure they’re set up for success in the future. Below, we discuss soft skills and how a STEM/STEAM education helps foster this vital set of skills.

What are soft skills?

A firm grasp of soft skills gives the growing mind a foundation for success. Soft skills are things like:

  • check Communication: Written, listening, verbal, body language, and business etiquette
  • check Strategies: Problem-solving skills, critical thinking, the ability to use information appropriately, creativity, and decision-making skills
  • check Self-management: Emotional intelligence, time management, professionalism, being predictable, integrity, persistence, and attitude
  • check Teamwork: Collaboration and empathy
  • check Leadership: Conflict resolution, the ability to delegate effectively, and collaboration

Soft skills, essentially, are the social skills that a person learns to communicate effectively at school and in the workplace, show empathy to others, and to work independently as well as alongside others.

Although none of the above skills are a focus onto themselves in schools, the atmosphere of any STEM/STEAM instruction is rooted in learning essential soft skills through collaborative, hands-on projects.

Why should your child learn soft skills?

Outside of the study by Google highlighting the importance of soft skills in the workplace, your child’s academic career will also benefit due to soft skills. Being able to effectively communicate and work with others will ensure your child can complete group projects to the fullest of their ability.

Soft skills are learned through time and can be applied to every project or job that your child has, making them valuable even if they change career paths. From helping them shine in an interview to making them an essential member of a team, having a foundation of soft skills means your child is set up for success.

How are soft skills represented in a STEM/STEAM curriculum?

STEM focuses not just on science, technology, engineering, and math, but also on the child’s entire learning process, including the development of soft skills. Each class is designed to allow children to communicate their thoughts, be creative, and explore new concepts in teams.

Unlike traditional education, a STEM education fosters and requires collaboration and groupthink at every level, which allows children to ready themselves for a workplace where soft skills like leadership and teamwork are integral.

Additionally, when tackling a STEM/STEAM project, students are required to work towards a solution using a range of skills and creativity. Through these projects, your child is learning independent work, self-management, out-of-the-box thinking, and persistence.

STEM education helps your child to develop skills in technology and science, while also focusing on the soft skills in teamwork and self-management. As a result, your child graduates well-prepared to tackle the complex demands of the modern workforce and outshine the competition.



For more information about how Stratford School teaches soft skills to set your child up for success, schedule a tour at your local school today at www.stratfordschools.com.

Always learning, The Parish School graduates are confident and compassionate young men and women who make a difference. Faithful to Catholic values, The Parish School at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church sustains an evolving schoolwide learning environment that inspires each learner to achieve his or her God-given potential inside and outside the classroom.

ALWAYS LEARNING
The Parish School is #AlwaysLearning. Learners don’t just memorize math equations or recite spelling words. They ask questions and explore. They love not just school – but the process of learning. And learning comes not just through doing things right, but through doing things wrong. We develop resilient, innovative learners who try, grow and achieve.

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
The Parish School utilizes a standard-based curriculum aligned to the Roman Catholic Church teachings which prepares our learners for high school and beyond. The faculty and staff continually expose learners to meaningful hands-on experiences, resulting in thoughtful risk-tasking, problem solving and collaboration.

SMALLER CLASSES – IN-DEPTH LEARNING
Not only do we boast an impressive 11:1 student-to-instructor ratio, but our Lower School uses Departmentalized Platooning. Each class moves as a unit between three classrooms, with a teacher focused on just two subjects. The result – a richer learning experience.

CREATIVITY
Through Makerspace – a hands-on studio that integrates technology, engineering and creativity with project-based solutions to real-world situations - art, music and more, we build creative and confident leaders.

FAITH DEVELOPMENT & STEWARDSHIP
Each day, we pray, serve and grow in our relationship with God. It is present in the books we read, the history we teach, and the music we sing. Our learners attend weekly Mass, provide mentorship through Prayer Partners and participate in hands-on service projects and retreats.

March 6 - 23, 2019
Segerstrom Hall

Disney Theatrical Productions and Segerstrom Center for the Arts are proud to announce that tickets for the long-awaited engagement of Disney’s Aladdin are now on sale. The hit Broadway musical will begin performances in Segerstrom Hall on Wednesday, March 6 for a limited engagement of three weeks through March 23.

Aladdin will play Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 7 and March 21 at 2:00 p.m., Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. VIP Ticket Packages, which include a prime seat location, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item, are also available. Beginning Sunday, November 11, tickets will be available at the Center’s Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, online at SCFTA.org or by calling the Box Office at (714) 556-2787. Orders for groups of 10 or more may be placed by calling (714) 755-0236.

Sage Hill School is pleased to announce our new transportation program for the 2019-2020 school year, offering a free bus service between our Newport Coast campus and locations in Ladera Ranch, Mission Viejo and San Juan Capistrano.*

Sage Hill School offers a dynamic, college-preparatory curriculum for grades 9-12 designed to inspire independent, creative and critical thinking. An average class size of 16 enables our students to challenge themselves and nurture relationships with motivated peers and our world-class, dedicated faculty. Outside the classroom, students participate in athletics, explore artistic abilities, and engage in the world beyond campus through service to the community, internships and educational travel. 

Sage Hill is committed to giving students the support they need to succeed in high school, college and beyond. Our Ninth Grade Experience helps ensure a successful transition from middle school, and our advisory program facilitates open communication among students, families and teachers. A student-to-college-counselor-ratio of 36:1 ensures every Sage Hill student has the tools to find the right college fit.

Sage Hill’s beautiful facilities, including the 30,000-square foot arts Studio at Sage Hill, 13,000-square-foot Lisa Argyros and Family Science Center and newly renovated Johnson Family Library, provide space for innovative and collaborative education.

To learn more about Sage Hill School, visit: www.sagehillschool.org


*free transportation contingent upon sufficient demand

SAGE HILL SCHOOL
20402 Newport Coast Drive
Newport Coast CA 92657
Phone: (949) 219-0100
Admission Office: (949) 219-1337

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Samueli Theater

Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes back the Fauré Quartett, joined by double bassist Luis Primera on March 19, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. in Samueli Theater. The concert features a unique pairing from the repertory of piano quintets that include the double bass, along with Frank Bridge’s delightfully tuneful Phantasy. Quartett members include Dirk Mommertz, piano; Erika Geldsetzer, violin; Sascha Froembling, viola; and Konstantin Heidrich, cello.

Single tickets start at $39 and are now available online at www.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 savings of 10 or more, please call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236.

prescott logoPeter Prescott formed Prescott Tax & Wealth Management (PTWM) over 20 years ago to focus on the needs of individual and small business owners who want and deserve a more comprehensive approach to their financial affairs that are typically provided by separate CPA, Financial Planning and Insurance advisors.  Peter was one of the first CPAs nationally to offer a combined CPA and Financial Planning approach.

Peter astutely observes that most individuals go to separate financial advisors who are trying to maximize the business for their own specific service without regard to the impact of the other areas of required planning and the budgetary trade-offs needed for ultimate financial success.

Peter is proud of his training and background including a CPA, Masters in Taxation, Advanced Financial Planning designations, Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation, Registered Securities Principal, B.S. in business from U.C. Berkeley, Insurance Agent and Price Waterhouse alumni. However, Peter is prouder to be able to implement all of these skills sets when assessing client’s unique financial situations. Few advisors or firms have the training and experience to deliver such a comprehensive approach. PTWM can complete what is needed from planning conception through implementation.

This approach provides the most client satisfaction and positive feedback to PTWM. “We are often told by clients that our comprehensive approach implementing strategic tax planning is the missing element not found from other advisors. The challenge today is that clients have too much information coming at them daily. They need an experienced professional can that stay current with all new tax laws and interpret what is important and relevant to their situation. Our comprehensive financial approach can’t be replaced by software, hardware or websites. One of the greatest added value returns we offer our clients are tax savings which can sometimes be higher than actual investment returns” states Peter.

Most clients first come to PTWM as a CPA Tax Client or for a Comprehensive Financial Review. Both approaches allow PTWM to find tax savings and efficiencies which are often the greatest source of financial returns. More importantly, Peter states that this process allows PTWM to learn about each individual’s personal life goals that normally don’t come to life when just looking at the numbers. Unlike most CPAs, Peter is an extroverted people person that wants a personal relationship. This philosophy is the backbone of how PTWM works with each client.

The core tenants of this philosophy are to help each individual maximize their return on life through the various life stages.

1. Organization: We will help bring order to your financial life.
2. Accountability: We will help you follow through on your financial commitments.
3. Objectivity: We bring insight form the outside to help you avoid emotionally driven decisions in important tax and money matters.
4. Proactivity: We work with you to anticipate your life transitions and to be financially prepared for them. Time spent in preparation avoids time spent in reparation.
5. Education: We will explore what specific knowledge will be needed to succeed in your situation.
6. Partnership: We attempt to help you achieve the best life possible but will work in concert with you, not just for you, to make this possible.

To schedule a consultation or to connect with Peter directly, call (949) 248-9815 or email

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Securities and advisory services offered through Independent Financial Group, LLC (IFG), a registered broker-dealer and investment advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC.  PTWM and IFG are unaffiliated entities. Peter D. Prescott CA Insurance License #0733213

Thousands of Animals and the People Who Love them to Gather at the OC Fair & Event Center

A weekend full of animal education, family fun, pet entertainment, competitions and adoptions
Showcasing everything you need to know for a happier, healthier pet

***Please Do Not Bring Your Pets***

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, America’s Family Pet Expo returns to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa (88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 92626) Friday, April 26 - Sunday, April 28, 2019. The annual family-friendly event features all creatures cute and cuddly, furry, feathered and scaled of all sizes, shapes and colors. Animal entertainment, education, adoption and shopping all at the OC Fair & Event Center.

Show hours:
Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday 10am-6pm.
OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 92626. Facility charges $9.00 parking.
Kindly leave all pets at home.

For more information and to purchase tickets online visit www.PetExpoOC.org. America’s Family Pet Expo is created, produced and managed by World Pet Association, Inc., a 69-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting responsible pet care.