Carden Academy of Mission Viejo has joined the Stratford School family. Founded in 1999, Stratford School is a leading independent, co-educational private school located in the Los Angeles area and Northern California. Together, we’re creating an outstanding educational experience for our preschool through 8th grade students. Our unique, nurturing, and balanced school environment inspires children to become the next generation of creative problem-solvers, innovators, and leaders. For more information visit www.StratfordSchools.com/mission-viejo and discover the Stratford/Carden power of two.
Join Us For An Open House
Stratford School and Carden Academy will be hosting several open house events during April – Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at our Mission Viejo campus located at 24741 Chrisanta Drive in Mission Viejo. Take a tour of our creative, hands-on approach to learning and children are welcome to attend! Pre-register at www.StratfordSchools.com/MVOH.
About Stratford School
The curiosity to reach.
The courage to grasp.TM
The spirit of Stratford is embodied in our philosophy of “summa spes, summa res,” meaning, “highest hopes, highest things.” We believe all children can achieve when given the opportunity to succeed.
Beginning in preschool, Stratford’s curriculum is designed to develop the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical building blocks to last a lifetime. Hands-on, multi-sensory activities, including imaginative STEAM play, encourage preschoolers to play and share with others, while developing their self-confidence. Stratford teachers enrich the academic lessons with the “fun factor,” so each child discovers the joy and excitement of learning.
Our accelerated core curriculum exceeds California’s Academic State Standards and motivates students to become critical thinkers, innovative problem-solvers, and proficient writers. We provide a rich balance of art, music, history, science, physical education, and foreign language programs — all of which provide students with a well-rounded education that is further enhanced by our teachers’ creative and individualized approach to learning.
About Middle School
Middle School continues the Stratford tradition of excellence. We prepare and mentor students for admission to top private high schools, or advanced placement in public high schools. Our curriculum delivers a broad base of knowledge that’s rich in vocabulary, analytical thinking, and consistent instruction. Stratford balances the curriculum with art, music, science, physical education, and foreign language.
At Stratford, academic success is just the beginning.
Stratford students are accepted to exceptional public, private, and independent high schools. I’m removing the reference to Southern California and throughout the Bay Area as with Southern California it will be many years before any of our students will even be close to entering high school...so felt I should keep it generic in nature.
Our Admissions Process
Stratford welcomes students throughout the school year, as long as there is space available in the desired program, and the child is grade level ready. There are no yearly registration fees, no required parent volunteer hours, and no required fundraising or donations. A sibling discount is available.
Come for a tour
Experience the true magic of Stratford School during a campus visit. We invite you and your child to take a tour and learn how our dedicated teachers provide Stratford students with a solid foundation that ensures the best preparation for a lifetime of learning, and connects them with their unique futures.
You’ll find a Stratford School located in Southern California including Los Angeles Melrose, Altadena, and Mission Viejo and communities throughout Northern California including, Danville, Pleasanton, Fremont, San Francisco, San Bruno, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, San Jose, Los Gatos, Milpitas, and Morgan Hill.
Legally Blonde, the Musical
Sunday April 2 @ 3 PM
Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe
and Nell Benjamin
Book by Heather Hach
Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture SUA’s Theatre Arts Club is proud to invite you to this university’s first student produced musical: Legally Blonde, the Musical.
Soka University’s 8th Annual Luau
Saturday, April 8 @ 5 PM
Saturday, April 8 @ 8 PM
With artists from Alaska and Greenland, Pamyua showcases Inuit culture though music and dance performance. The show is a platform to share indigenous knowledge and history. Often described as “Inuit Soul Music,” Pamyua has discovered their own genre. “Pamyua” (pronounced bum-yo-ah) is a Yup’ik Inuit word meaning “encore” or “do it again.”
Critical Conversations @ Soka presents MOBY: Vegan Meat-Up
Wednesday, April 12 @ 7 PM
Safe Space for the Curious Carnivore
Opening musical performance by electronica music star and notable vegan Moby, followed by a screening of the documentary The Last Pig by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Allison Argo. Event includes post-screening conversation with the filmmaker, Farm Sanctuary’s Gene Baur, and Moby.
Meat-eaters free when accompanied by a vegan.
TenPints Entertainment presents The Urban Renewal Project - THEPOET
Friday, April 14 @ 8 PM
The Urban Renewal Project is a Los Angeles based band that uses instruments of a bygone era to create a signature sound that blurs the boundaries between soul, jazz, and hip hop. The group features a big band horn section, a singer, and a rapper who perform upbeat originals, as well as fresh interpretations of jazz standards to recent hits.
Murray Perahia, Solo Piano
Friday, April 21 @ 8 PM
In the more than forty years he has been performing on the concert stage, American pianist Perahia is the recipient of two Grammy awards for his recordings of Chopin’s complete Etudes and Bach’s English Suites Nos. 1, 3, and 6, and numerous Grammy nominations.
José Rizo’s Mongorama
Friday, April 28 @ 8 PM
Mongorama a Latin-jazz ensemble formed by KJazz 88.1 radio personality José Rizo (host of jazz on the Latin Side). The Grammy-nominated group explores the early Mongo Santamaria charanga-jazz material of the 1950s and early 1960s, and refreshes it with a modern perspective.
Sundays@Soka -- Pacific Symphony with Joyce Yang
Sunday, April 30 @ 3 PM
The Sundays at Soka Series returns for a fourth season featuring 70-minute, informal concerts hosted by conductor Carl St.Clair. The theme for this season will be Beethoven Piano Concertos and will include all five concertos as well as the Triple Concerto.
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.
Mon-Fri: 10am to 2pm
Box Office will be open 1 hour prior to scheduled performance times on performance days.
This handsome guy is Jax, a 1 ½ year old Great Dane mix looking for a new start in life. Before coming to the shelter, Jax was shuffled through multiple short-term homes and never quite got the chance to truly belong anywhere. Now, he’s ready to become a permanent fixture in an active household where he can really thrive. Could Jax be the match for you?
One year old Fondue is a happy little guy with a quirky personality to match. He enjoys outdoor activities and playing with his canine pals. Full of energy, Fondue is looking to find someone who loves to have as much fun as he does!
Mitsy is a big kitty with an even bigger personality. Her general hobbies include sunbathing, playing with toys, and ruling over everything in her cat domain. Mitsy would make a great companion and would do best as the only cat in a home where she can be the center of attention.
Five year old Matzo is a well-mannered canine who would make great addition to the family! Matzo loves to go for walks and run around and play in the yard with his other dog friends. He has a friendly personality, is well potty-trained, and would be good in a home with other dogs or kids.
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.
May 12 & 13, 2017
in Segerstrom Hall
The Harry Potter Film Concert Series returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second film in the Harry Potter franchise. On May 12 & 13, 2017, the acclaimed Pacific Symphony Orchestra will perform John Williams’ unforgettable score from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets while the film plays in high-definition on a 40-foot screen. The Harry Potter Film Concert Series, which is another magical experience from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, kicked off in June 2016 with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and is scheduled to include hundreds of performances across more than 35 countries around the world through 2018.
In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, cars fly, trees fight back and a mysterious house-elf comes to warn Harry Potter at the start of the second year of his amazing journey into the world of wizardry. This year at Hogwarts, spiders talk, letters scold and Harry’s own unsettling ability to speak to snakes turns his friends against him. From Dueling Clubs to rogue Bludgers, it’s a year of adventure and danger when bloody writing on a wall announces: “The Chamber of Secrets has been opened.” Saving Hogwarts will require all of Harry’s, Ron’s and Hermione’s magical abilities and courage.
Tickets for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets start at $39. They are be available online at SCFTA.org, by calling (714) 556-2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, please call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236.
Bubblefest – April 1–16, 2017
Visit Discovery Cube’s Orange County campus for the return of Bubblefest XXI! Watch the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show and witness art in motion as bubble scientist Deni Yang performs tricks and stunts with smoking bubbles, spinning bubbles, bouncing bubbles, and a laser light show. Then, learn the science behind the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show with hands-on activities like blowing giant bubbles, playing in water spheres, and more!
Rocket Launch – May 13, 2017
Blast off at Discovery Cube’s annual Rocket Launch! Located on campus at the Boeing Company in Huntington Beach, this event is full of hands-on activities for all ages and includes a competition where you’ll design, build and launch your own 2-liter bottle rocket with pressurized air and water. Rockets with the longest “hang time” will be awarded prizes.
Above and Beyond – The Ultimate Interactive Flight Exhibition
May 27 to September 10, 2017
This groundbreaking exhibition celebrates the power of innovation to make dreams take flight! The traveling aerospace exhibition, sponsored by Boeing in commemoration of Boeing’s 100th anniversary in 2016, features: immersive simulations, interactive design challenges, iconic historical touchstones, visionary concepts for the future, and inspiring stories from game-changing innovators, past and present. Design – and test-fly – your own supersonic jet. Pilot a drone into the eye of a hurricane to measure nature’s fury. Spread your wings and experience flight as a bird or a futuristic wing-flapping aircraft. Or take an elevator ride to the edge of space!
Doc McStuffins – May 27 to August 28, 2017
For the first time ever, Disney Junior has partnered with a museum to create an exhibit based on one of its most beloved characters! Based on the famous television series, Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit lets doctors-in-training visit the McStuffins Toy Hospital E.R., Pet Vet, and Nursery to learn the daily duties of a doc and about healthy habits, empathy and nurturing care.
Help Doc McStuffins at McStuffins Toy Hospital:
Learn how to keep yourself and your toys happy and healthy in Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit!
Discovery Cube is located at 2500 N.
Main Street in Santa Ana. For more information, visit oc.discoverycube.org.
When you want a vacation and he wants beer,
Carlsbad has your back.
by Betsy Sanz
I enjoy a good beer, but I wouldn’t go out of my way for one. My husband, on the other hand, would not only go out of his way, he would form every vacation around beer if no one else were to be considered. So when we were planning a short getaway, we decided to do something that would excite both of us: a “beer-cation,” where he would ensure we got plenty of great beer, and I would ensure we got plenty of “cation.” The obvious destination was Carlsbad, where the beer lover can come away sated and the vacation seeker can come away satisfied. Here’s how to do it.
Every beer lover’s dream, Barrel Republic is a great place to start, and perhaps end, a Carlsbad beer-cation. Located in the heart of uber-walkable Carlsbad Village, Barrel Republic is an excellent execution of the emerging pour-your-own drink model. An RF bracelet issued to you upon arrival unlocks over 70 taps, nearly 60 of which are beers (there are wines and nonalcoholic options, too) from all over the country and world. It’s a fun and interactive way to try all sorts of beer, pouring a little here or a lot there, being charged by the ounce. The food is inventive and flavorful, too. Be sure to try the Cheese Crisp Tacos and the Spicy Four Mac & Cheese. Find out more at barrelrepublic.com.
Scavengers Beer Tours
If you want to canvass Carlsbad and North County breweries sans responsibility there may be no better way than with Scavengers Beer Tours. You roam from tasting room to tasting room in one of their WWII-era Swiss-made safari vehicles, enjoying the open coastal air and sipping cold local brews as you go (somehow it’s legal!). With seating for up to 12 people, mouth-watering barbecue between breweries, and an authentic beer geek as driver, guide, and DJ, Scavengers makes for an ultimate beer exploration. Find out more at brewerytoursandiego.com.
Of the breweries brewing in Carlsbad proper, Pizza Port is not only the most renowned, it is the brewery most emblematic of the Carlsbad culture. It is basically the also-Carlsbad-native Shaun White of beer: casual, colorful, and excellent. The pizzas are at once classically satisfying and highly adventurous (try the Bressi Ranch for a kick), but the brand is stretching far and wide on the coattails of its beer. The Pizza Port fan favorites, including the original Swami’s IPA, are served at each of the five Pizza Port locations, while each is home to its own brewmaster who is also free to brew his own creations. Carlsbad offers two Pizza Port locations to chase the perfect taster: the flagship store in the heart of Carlsbad Village or the new Bressi Ranch site that features grog, grub and an industrial brewery and bottling plant from which they are launching their regional takeover. Find out more at pizzaport.com.
Running the Carlsbad Gamut
You don’t have to travel outside of Carlsbad to experience a variety of brew and breweries. All will offer their take on the West Coast’s favorite style, the India Pale Ale, and from there the beers and personalities vary widely, from the literally burgeoning Burgeon Beer Company with its woodsy aesthetic and its near immediate popularity (try the Dutchman’s Pipe imperial stout for a chocolate-coffee roundhouse to the face – it’s 13% ABV), to the steam-punked Arcana Brewing (consider their chardonnay barrel-aged Newton’s Graft Apple ale/cider hybrid, if they have it) and the especially friendly Culver Beer (their Strange Ways saison will hearken you back to the Belgian farmhouse in your head). By the end of our two-day beer-cation we had tasted over 40 beers, and many of them would have us coming back for more. Find out more: burgeonbeer.com, arcanabrewing.com, culverbeer.com.
Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa
Situated on a spacious hill with the ocean in sight, the Sheraton Carlsbad spells vacation, with modern Mediterranean design and lush, rolling grounds that feel removed from the hubbub while keeping you close to the brewery action. It is an especially attractive option if in addition to beer you have kids, play golf, enjoy exercise or spa opportunities, or want great dining options no matter how you spent your day. Be sure to visit their on-site restaurant TWENTY/20, which promises and delivers – with great hospitality – farm-fresh ingredients with a coastal California flare. Here terrace seating makes the most of the property’s expansive view and the staff relishes recommending delicious beers, from San Diego and beyond, to pair with your meal or munchies. (Don’t pass up the braised lamb rigatoni, the scallop and pork belly, or the potato gnocchi!) Also of note is the resort’s upcoming trolley beer tours for guests only. Find out more by visiting sheratoncarlsbad.com.
Breakfast @ Park Hyatt Aviara
If you too think breakfast is the quintessential vacation meal, the Park Hyatt Aviara has a legendary buffet that will be a culinary highlight of your getaway to Carlsbad. For the rest of the day you’ll be dreaming of the eggs benedict, blintzes, juicy meats, housemade yogurt and jams, and the impressive spread of freshly made pastries prepared by a team of French chefs. The Park Hyatt Aviara is a premier property with some of the best views in Carlsbad; an after-breakfast stroll to walk off the Belgian waffles and rev up for beer is well advised. Find out more at aviara.park.hyatt.com.
Pedego Electric Bikes
No visit to Carlsbad would be complete without getting close to the ocean and seeing Carlsbad Village, and we discovered that electric biking is a riotous way to do it. We got ours from Pedego Electric Bikes, located in the Village, and were able to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time, thanks to the fact that when we didn’t want to peddle we could just juice up the electric motor and coast at 20mph. Electric biking along PCH in sunny, friendly Carlsbad is vacationing at its best. Find out more at pedego.com.
Ocean Crest Spa at Cape Rey
A great spa experience can almost single-handedly put the vacation in beer-cation. Cape Rey Carlsbad is a California-Craftsman-style hotel just 150 steps to the surf and home to the environmentally mindful Ocean Crest Spa. Take time in the sauna, then the outdoor relaxation area where the ocean air greets you but the sun doesn’t overwhelm you, before an hour or more with outstanding massage and facial treatments that utilize exceptionally pure, naturally sourced products available in few other spas. Avail yourself of all that Ocean Crest has to offer and you’ll go home rejuvenated no matter how much beer you put in your ‘cation.Find out more at oceancrestspa.com.
Need more info and ideas?
Go to visitcarlsbad.com for all things Carlsbad, and all things beer-cation.
Soka University's 16th Annual International Festival on May 6, 2017
Indonesian satay? Thai meat balls? Boba tea? Tacos? Polish sausages? Grilled rice balls? Italian ice? Korean BBQ? Dosas? Yakitori? Vietnamese food? Musubi?
These are just a few of the tempting international treats that will be served by student clubs and non-profit organizations at Soka University’s 16th Annual International Festival on May 6, from 10:30 am – 5:00 pm. Admission is free. Parking on campus is $10 (cash) and carpooling is encouraged. The 103-acre Soka University campus is located at 1 University Drive in Aliso Viejo, CA off of Wood Canyon Drive.
This year the International Festival will again feature over 900 musicians and dancers performing on four stages. Dancers from many different nations will share their cultures, and visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy performances in Soka Performing Arts Center, at the Black Box Theatre, on Peace Lake stage, and at the Recreation Center stage. Music will range from Taiko drums and traditional instruments to orchestra and jazz. 250 exhibitors will also offer a wide variety of ethnic clothing, jewelry, arts, crafts, home goods, information and demonstrations. The “Self Motivated” art exhibition featuring selected paintings and drawings by Soka art students will be open in Founders Hall second floor Art Gallery and Laguna Niguel artist Jay Gales’ “Distant Visions: Digital Images” will be featured in the first floor Gallery.
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. 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 & 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. Free tuition is 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.
For more information: www.soka.edu.
Boots is a 10 year old kitty looking for a new lease on life. Don’t let her age fool you; This little lady is full of life and just loves having company! While she does get along well with other cats, Boots’ favorite pastime is spending the afternoon in the lap of a friendly human. She would make a spectacular companion for someone looking for some real one-on-one time.
Seven year old Cindy is quite the little sweetheart. She absolutely loves to be around people and will happily climb into your lap if given the chance. With a mellow personality and lovable charm, Cindy is sure to win your heart!
Merlin is a blue-eyed Dutch neutered male rabbit. One of several hundred rabbits brought into the OC Shelter from a single residence, Merlin was transferred to the San Clemente Dana Point Animal Shelter as part of A Rescue Mission program. Though he can sometimes be a bit shy to start, he’s actually a very sweet bunny who loves getting pets and cuddles. Merlin is a well-mannered rabbit with excellent litter box habits and would be a great bunny for a first-time owner!
This little cutie is Caviar, a 2 year old Miniature Pinscher mix ready to be your very best friend! She is very friendly and always on the lookout for a comfy lap to sit in. With her happy mild-mannered personality, Caviar would make a great pet for family members of all ages.
It’s impossible to say what we love most about our issue release parties, especially the most recent one at Tannins Wine Bar & Restaurant.
Located at 27211 Ortega Highway in San Juan Capistrano, Tannins Restaurant & Wine Bar serves up a blend of old world cafe with modern flair. A vast range of both Northern and Southern Italian cuisine along with delectable desserts and specials are prepared fresh daily. With a strong focus on wine and food pairings, Tannins also offers one of the largest selections of wines by the glass in the region - with over 40 different wines to choose from.
Tannins Restaurant & Wine Bar has an incredible selection of fine wines, great specials including “Wine Down Wednesdays” (for 50% off all bottles of wine from 6 pm - 9 pm) and the kind of attentive-yet-unobtrusive service you’re always hoping to get. Visit website: www.tanninsrestaurant.com for their menu and catering options. For reservations or more info, call (949) 661.8466.
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Tribute to Charles McPherson
Friday, 2/3 @ 8PM
Sax legend Charles McPherson gained fame playing with Charles Mingus in the 60s, but it has been his continuing work with multiple jazz luminaries that places him among the top sax players in the jazz world.
Saturday, 2/18 @ 8PM & Sunday 2/19 @ 3PM – Attend Both!
Matt Haimovitz, renowned as a musical pioneer, Haimovitz has inspired countless listeners by bringing his artistry to any place he can bring his cello. In this case he will be bringing his instrument to the Soka Performing Arts Center to perform Bach’s Six Suites for Cello, plus overtures to Bach written by contemporary composers such as Phillip Glass, Du Yun, and Vijay Iyer.
Maria Schneider Orchestra
Tuesday, 2/21 @ 8PM
2016 two-time Grammy Award winner, Maria Schneider’s music has been hailed as evocative, majestic, magical, and heart-stoppingly gorgeous. The Maria Schneider Orchestra is among a small few to have received Grammys in multiple genres, having received the award in both jazz and classical categories, as well as for her work with David Bowie.
Sundays@SOKA – w/Sean Chen
Sunday, 2/5 @ 3PM
The Sundays at Soka features Beethoven Piano Concertos hosted by conductor Carl St.Clair. Rising star Sean Chen, 3rd prize winner in the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano competition will perform.
Beethoven – Piano Concerto Nos. 2 & 3
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Saturday, 2/11 @ 8PM
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are seven brothers from the south side of Chicago. They come from an extraordinary musical family. The band freely mix the brass band tradition with generous doses of hip hop, soul, and funk, creating an intoxicating and boisterous blend that is just barely contained.
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.