Handsome Crockett is every bit the distinguished looking gentleman. With striking green eyes and an incredibly sweet disposition, this 9 year old American Bobtail mix is quite the kitty catch! If you’re looking for a calm and loving feline friend, you can’t go wrong with Crockett!
Meet Oink, a 4 year old kitty searching for her new family. Much more likely to greet you with a “Meow,” Oink has a laid-back personality that makes her a great lap cat. She gets along with most people and cats and would make a fabulous addition to almost any home!
This brown eyed cutie is Esteban, a loving little canine who wants nothing more than to be at your side. If his sweet face doesn’t get you, his friendly personality will definitely to win you over! Esteban is sure to make an affectionate and devoted companion.
Three year old Tux is a happy-go-lucky pup who is ready to start living the good life! Equipped with a cheerful disposition and a readiness to play, this Boxer mix checks all the boxes. Could you be the friend Tux has been waiting for?
Toddlers in Orange County are dancing away to the irresistible beats of WE ARE NOT HAMSTERS, perhaps the world’s first collection of songs released by a petting zoo.
Singer Songwriter JD Crawford, whose kids are regulars at ZOOMARS Petting Zoo, wrote and performed every number, with local musicians featuring guitar, fiddle and keyboard. Yes, guinea pigs did supply some sound effects, but it’s mostly Crawford’s rich voice. Some tunes are toddler-danceable, like the zoo hit “Guineapigville.”
There’s a birthday song and some mellow numbers too to calm kids down in a long Southern California car ride. Unlike much of kids’ music, WE ARE NOT HAMSTERS is saccharine-free, with a blues/pop vibe that adults can happily listen to over and over again.
ZOOMARS is the home of more than 200 friendly animals, including guinea pigs, llamas, emus, goats, sheep, pigs, and horses and ponies to ride. The under-5 set can go mining for gemstones, take a train ride, or have an old-fashioned birthday party in one of the zoo’s sellout picnic groves.
Crawford collaborated with ZOOMARS owner Carolyn Franks and Sound Engineer Mark Liddell to create the CD under their new label, Llamarama Records. A hefty portion of profits will be donated to local animal shelters. The CD sells for $10 and can be purchased at the zoo’s ticket counter.
ZOOMARS is located at 31791 Los Rios Street in San Juan Capistrano or visit www.zoomars.com
Multi-million dollar renovated marina will host new event celebrating the boating lifestyle, with interactive exhibits and education for all ages
Marine enthusiasts from Southern California will experience the first boating lifestyle event in a reimagined harbor setting when the Southern California Boat Show navigates its way to Cabrillo Way Marina in Los Angeles Harbor, San Pedro (2293 Miner St., San Pedro) Thursday, September 22 through Sunday, September 25.
Produced by the Duncan McIntosh Company, the four-day boating event will feature more than 200 new and used boats of all types and price points, including trawlers, cruisers, sportfishers, sailboats, catamarans, motoryachts, tenders and paddleboards, along with 80 booths offering the newest accessories and gadgets, educational seminars, as well as a food and craft beer garden celebrating local San Pedro restaurants and breweries. Families will be encouraged to participate in marine activities created especially for little boaters.
September 29, 2016 in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
Renowned as “one of the greatest flamenco dancers of this new century” (The New York Times), Farruquito makes his Segerstrom Center debut on Thursday, September 29 in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall with his latest show, Improvisao, an intimate dance program that showcases his incomparable talent for daring improvisation. It is a celebration of flamenco performed in the most traditional manner where the dancer and the musicians return to flamenco’s visceral origins.
Hailing from a flamenco family dynasty, the Spanish-born Farruquito is known for his passionate and precise dancing, and in Improvisao, he reveals, “It is a return to my roots and a sample of what I’ve learned in this profession. Singing, guitar and dance fused with total freedom to create a different show every day.”
Tickets for Farruquito’s Improvisao 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 for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236.
Boss is an affectionate pup with tons of love to give! At only 6 months old, he is well mannered and plays well with the other dogs. Snuggles and kisses are his very favorite things. Take him home and he’s sure to fill your life with fun!
One year old Cecily is a real sweetie of a rabbit who is looking for her new home! Easy to handle, Cecily loves to be pet. She can be a tad shy at first but warms up quickly. Cecily has great litter box habits and would make a wonderful friend for someone ready to give her all the attention she needs.
Five month old Bailey has a real zest for life! Whether he’s playing with the other cats or exploring the cat room on his harness, he puts his all into it! Bailey is a spirited and playful kitty who would do best in a home with other kitties who can keep up with him.
Pretty little Sasha is an easy going feline who loves the simpler things in life. She is quiet and independent, but still loves a good playtime romp. If you’re looking for a low maintenance yet friendly kitty, you can’t go wrong with Sasha!
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.
U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, recently named the 66 athletes who will represent Team USA in track & field at the 2016 Paralympic Games. San Juan Capistrano resident Trenten Merrill is among the 40 men and 26 women on the roster scheduled to compete in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from September 7 - 18.
When he was 14 years old, Trenten was struck by a car and in spite of the medical team’s best efforts to save his limb, Trenten lost his lower right leg in the weeks following the accident. Five months after the amputation, he received his first prosthetic and began physical therapy and went back to playing sports with friends and competitively in high school.
In the ensuing years, Trenten has become one of the world’s fastest runners - skills honed on the Saddleback College track and field team where he has competed in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 800-meter run, 4x400 meter relay, long jump and javelin.
In the following interview with South County Magazine, Trenten shares his inspiration and motivation in the pursuit of excellence in athletics following the accident because as he says “I became determined to be the best athlete despite my prosthetic. I never wanted my prosthetic to become an excuse of anything less than performing my best. Any sport I pursued, I became determined to put everything I had into it.”
South County Magazine: How did you get involved in running?
Trenten Merrill: When I was about 18 or 19 years old, my prosthetist, Gary Yamamoto, encouraged me to attend a running clinic put on by Ossur Prosthetics and lead by two Paralympic Track and Field Champions - Oscar Pistorious and Brian Fraisure. Not knowing anything about Paralympics or these great athletes, I initially declined. Gary was persistent and adamant about me going. So I told him I would go for him. Little did I know the experience would open a door to my future. It was there that I became introduced to Paralympic Coach and the Brazilian 800m Gold Medalist Olympian Joaquim Cruiz. It was there that I met the Paralympian of South Africa Oscar Pistorious and the USA Athlete Brian Fraisure. After this day, I grew in my desire to compete again as an athlete and fueled my old drive to be the best I could be and my old dream of becoming a professional athlete.
SCM: Who were the people who have inspired and supported you in your endeavors?
TM: First and foremost Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior. Without Him, none of this would be possible. My family and friends were close behind supporting me to become great. My best friend Scott Agostini, who was also involved in the accident that day was a great influence as well. We continued to push each other to be the best athletes we could. Of course my mom and dad were always a great influence and was because of them and my closest friends who supported me that I began pursuing sports again.
SCM: What was involved in qualifying for the Paralympics?
TM: To make it to the Paralympic Trials, an athlete first needs to qualify by reaching a emerging standard in an event. I qualified for the 100m and Long Jump. It was at the Paralympic Trials that my Long Jump proved to be my best performance. To be selected to participate in the Paralympics, a decision process is determined based upon a percentage system from the National A team standard. I jumped above the B standard and won my event in Long Jump. Automatic qualifiers are anyone that hits the A standard in the competition and places in the Top 3 positions. I was not far off the A standard and won Long Jump, so it became an easy decision for the coaches to give me the opportunity to compete.
SCM: What advice would you share with other young men and women who are faced with a physical challenge?
TM: Physical challenges are tough. They are often the most visible, but truly we all come across challenges, whether they are physical, mental, or spiritual. We will all face challenges in our lives. But challenges produce character, so we must persevere by focusing ahead. I would encourage others to pursue their passions and desires to be great and to never give up on doing more than their best.
We at South County Magazine would like to thank Aileen and Paul Brazeau, co-owners of San Clemente Villas by the Sea for coordinating such a festive affair in celebration of the release of our July 2016 edition - the gracious hospitality of Aileen and her attentive staff, who went above and beyond to ensure guests a memorable experience.
Attendees mixed and mingled with other local business owners and professionals and noshed on delicious, falling-off-the-bone lamb chops, grilled corn, skewered veggies, fresh fruit - an amped up backyard barbecue just in time for the holiday weekend! Guests socialized with some of the facility’s residents, many of whom got into the act - line dancing to a live country western band!
As we begin working on the August 2016 issue, we look forward to continually evolving the magazine and serving as a true community resource.
See you at our next event!
Pacific Symphony launches its upcoming 2016-17 season in glorious style this September with a one-night-only spectacular—“An Evening with Renée Fleming,” featuring “America’s reigning diva” (The Washington Post) for more than a decade in a rare Orange County appearance! One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry and compelling stage presence. From the Metropolitan Opera and the White House to the Super Bowl and now the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, the internationally sought-after soprano arrives to inaugurate the Symphony’s 10th season in its home. There is no better place in the world to hear this modern diva’s sumptuous voice and dazzling technique than in the opulent and acoustically superior Segerstrom Concert Hall.
The concert features four-time Grammy Award-winner Fleming – whom The Telegraph calls the “possessor of the most sheerly beautiful soprano voice on the planet”–singing Richard Strauss’ hauntingly beautiful “Four Last Songs,” a lush late-Romantic work written near the end of the composer’s career; it is certainly among the greatest song cycles for soprano and orchestra. The songs are “Frühling” (Spring), “September,” “Beim Schlafengehen” (When Falling Asleep) and “Im Abendrot” (At Sunset).
This glittering high note spotlighting one of the most revered opera stars and greatest voices of our time takes place Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 8 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, prior to the official start of the subscription season the following week on Sept. 22-24. Led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, this special concert is sure to sell out quickly.
Tickets are on sale now for $50-$175.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.
Like many passionate and dedicated individuals who have made an impact in the world and changed the lives of many, Victoria Morgan’s life mission came from a deeply personal and emotional experience. That experience resulted in BIS KIDS; a program and movement that has helped and encouraged more than 2,000 children and families from Orange County and Los Angeles to lead better and more productive lives.
BIS KIDS is a proactive prevention program against drug and alcohol use. The BIS Foundation was founded in 2006 and is designed for children 7-12 years of age. The program uses age-appropriate language; games; music; artwork; role playing; videos and prizes to educate children about substance abuse and the disease of addiction. The children have great fun and they leave with knowledge and a tool-set that can help them stay safe. BIS KIDS teaches children if they stay away from drugs and alcohol they can accomplish anything they choose to do in life!
Alen Wood had the opportunity to sit down with Victoria Morgan to learn more about her mission, the BIS Foundation, and the BIS KIDS program.
Alen Wood: I am excited to speak with you about this wonderful program. Can you tell me about the BIS KIDS program and what happens at a BIS KIDS event?
Victoria Morgan: Thank you for the opportunity to talk about my foundation and the program that is so dear to my heart. Drugs and alcohol are sucking the lives out of our children. Substance abuse is promoted in our music, on TV, and in the movies. It is in the schools, neighborhoods, communities and at home. Our goal is to empower children! We want them to have the tools they need to stay safe and drug free no matter what is going on around them.
On the first day of the BIS KIDS event, we do role playing and discuss many important questions. Who are the safe people in your life that you can talk to? Who would you call if you needed a ride home and you did not want to call your Mom or Dad? How do you step out of a bullying situation if someone is trying to get you to do something you do not want to do? What do you do if someone offers you a drink of alcohol, a pill or a marijuana cigarette?
The program and BIS KIDS events teach these children about the “addiction monster”! Here is a startling fact: If a child starts drinking alcohol or experimenting with drugs before the age of 15 there is a 50% chance they will become addicted.
On the second day of our workshop we bring in the parents and we teach them everything we have taught the children. We want the entire family on the same page. We want to open the door of communication so families can have discussions about these issues. The parent and child do an activity together. After the group activity the kids graduate from BIS KIDS receiving a certificate of completion and the kids can download the BIS KIDS app (www.thebiskid.com). It is a fun positive game that reinforces what they learned in BIS KIDS!
AW: When people think about “drugs or alcohol abuse”, they generally think about teenagers or adults that are using. Are there some thoughts you have that people should really know about... that perhaps they are unaware of?
VM: Absolutely! Children are affected by substance abuse. They know kids in school that may be experimenting with alcohol, marijuana, street drugs and prescription drugs. They see people smoking marijuana and drinking on TV. It is embedded in our culture. They begin experimenting at a younger age. We have had children in BIS KIDS in middle school that have friends who overdosed on drugs. It is tragic! The kids all knew about Michael Jackson and Prince! The only way to the other side is by education and giving the kids a tool-set that can be applied in slippery situations.
AW: Can you tell us how the idea for creating BIS KIDS came about? What was the motivation for you to start the foundation and program?
VM: In 2005 my only son Colin was killed in alcohol related automobile accident. He was riding in a car with a drunk driver. The driver was a 24-year-old female with a history of substance abuse. My son was 30 years old and had struggled with addiction issues since high school. Everyone’s life changed in that moment. Our family was devastated! We wanted something good and positive to come from this horrible accident. The BIS (Believe In Sobriety) Foundation is a living legacy to my beautiful son. If we can keep one child or one family from experiencing what our family experienced our efforts will have been a success!
AW: You have built a living legacy to Colin and it’s very inspirational. How involved are the communities and cities where you hold BIS KIDS events? Are they supportive and encouraging?
VM: Thank you for asking this question! This is our 8th year doing BIS KIDS in Orange County and Los Angeles and we are literally here because of the incredible support we receive. Working with corporate sponsors, private foundations, individual donors and local agencies enables us to scholarship all the children. We enroll the children on a first-come basis. All children need the skill-set we teach at BIS KIDS.
The key to the program is that the kids have great fun and the parents are so appreciative! We receive tremendous support from North Bound Treatment Services; The Children’s Bureau; All for Kids; The Raise Foundation; Hope By The Sea; The Iacocca Foundation and individual donors. We are expanding BIS KIDS to every city and community in Orange County. The cities officials and community leaders have been extremely supportive!
AW: Wow! Every corporation who provides sponsorship should know about BIS KIDS! Can you tell us about the BIS KIDS team of specialists? Who actually facilitates the program?
VM: A team of trained professionals lead all the BIS KIDS events. Our clinical director is Leslie Cox, a LCSW, and most of our team members are bilingual.
AW: Is there anything else that you would like to communicate to people about the BIS KIDS program?
VM: I could speak forever about what people should know, but education and knowledge are the keys to success! We have to empower our children! Give them the tools they need to take care of themselves. We have to teach our children about this disease. Studies show that using heroin, marijuana, pills, alcohol and nicotine is on the rise! You cannot expect your kids to just say “NO.” We must teach them a set of tools that help them stay safe.
Pretty little Nancy is ready and looking for her purrever home! This curious little kitty just loves attention and is always there to greet you at the door. Just over a year old, Nancy has a fun spunky personality and would make a great addition to almost any family!
This scruffy little cutie is name McCoy and he is a great big bundle of fun! Only 2 years old, McCoy loves to run and play. He gets along well with other energetic dogs his size and enjoys a good game of tag. McCoy would make an excellent companion for someone who loves to stay active.
These big brown eyes belong to a sweet little pup named Peanut. Appropriately named, Peanut is a very small dog with lots of love to give! Due to her petite size, she can sometimes be a tad shy in making big new friends but really wants nothing more than to be cuddled in your arms. Once you meet Peanut, she’s sure to win your heart!
Three year old Marshall is just about as lovable as they come. Sociable and attentive, he enjoys the company of human visitors as well as his feline friends. Marshall’s winning personality and playful demeanor make for an all-around fantastic pet!