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.
SoCal motor sports fans are getting revved up to experience a massive collection of the world’s best monster trucks battling it out in the ultimate event of high-octane speed, racing and destruction as Monster Jam® returns to Angel Stadium of Anaheim for another season of three dirt-flying, high-energy events between January 16 – February 13, 2016.
Fans will witness an explosive event of demolition, speed and powerful stunts with the world’s best monster trucks and drivers whose skills provide an awesome spectacle of “rock-and-roar” that will bring fans to their feet cheering for more! This year’s massive 16-truck lineup is highlighted with appearances by Monster Jam powerhouses and World Finals Champions Grave Digger® driven by the legendary Dennis Anderson and the “fastest machine in the sport” MAX-D®, along with World Finals super-trucks El Toro Loco®, Captain’s Curse®.
The 2016 Progressive Insurance Los Angeles Boat Show , February 25-28, at the Los Angeles Convention Center and Burton W. Chace Park in Marina del Rey. The four-day event showcases hundreds of vessels from entry-level family cruisers to million dollar yachts, plus the latest in boating, outdoors, and marine accessories. Features also include a high-energy kids’ zone, educational seminars from industry experts, on-the-water boating lessons and maritime fun for all-ages.
1. Pour Epsom salt in to a flat container and set aside. Make sure container is wide enough to easily roll mason jar in.
2. Dip sponge brush into mod podge and evenly coat the outside of the mason jar. Do not coat the bottom of the jar or the threaded area on top.
3. Carefully roll mason jar in the Epsom salt, covering thoroughly.
4. Stand upright and let dry overnight.
5. Once dried, wrap top of mason jar with twine and add your holiday finding.
6. Enjoy as-is, or insert a tealight candle to add a little sparkle to your snowy mason jar!
8 oz. mason jar (we used Ball brand)
Holiday findings (we used a holly sprig)
Tealight candle (optional)
1. Take washi tape and wrap around one end of craft stick. You can do any number of strips! Get creative and mix up your designs to add variety, but be sure to leave room to write the activies.
2. Using the Sharpie, write 24 activities that would be fun to accomplish during the month of December, one on each stick. Activities can be anything you’d like! Here are a few suggestions to get you started: Drink Hot Cocoa with Marshmallows, Donate Toys to Children in Need, Go on a Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt, Make Christmas Cookies, Send a Holiday Card to a Deployed Service Member, Make a Gingerbread House, Say a Prayer for Peace, Deliver Christmas Goodies to a Neighbor, Listen to Christmas Music, Write a Letter to Santa, Donate Canned Goods to a Shelter
3. Place activity sticks in jar. Starting with December 1, choose an activity each day from the jar to do together as a family. When there are no more activities left in the jar, it must be Christmas!
16 oz. mason jar
24 Craft sticks (tongue depressor size)
Holiday-themed washi tape
Fine point Sharpie Marker
1. Cut about 15-20 1-inch wide strips from tissue paper. For an 80 mm ornament, you will want the length to be around 5-6”. For best results, do 2 layers on the ornament.
2. Remove the top of ornament and set aside. This will allow you to hold onto the ornament when applying mod podge.
3. Pour a small amount of mod podge into a plastic cup or other container. You can add more later as needed.
4. Insert index finger into stem of ornament to hold. Dip sponge brush into mod podge and apply one layer all around ornament.
5. Starting at the top of the ornament, take one strip of tissue paper and smooth it onto the ornament. Apply a very thin layer of mod podge on top of the tissue paper to hold in place and carefully smooth out wrinkles. Do not soak the tissue as it will tear.
6. Take another strip of tissue paper and slightly overlap onto the piece already on the ornament. Apply a thin layer of mod podge on top of tissue paper and smooth out wrinkles.
7. Repeat Step #6 until the entire ornament is covered all around with tissue paper.
8. Once first layer of tissue paper is completed, repeat Steps #5 – 7 to apply second layer.
9. (Optional) Apply glitter before letting dry.
10. Let dry overnight and replace top. Trim your tree with your homemade beauties!
Clear plastic ornaments (we used 80 mm ornaments)
Printed tissue paper of your choice
enliu will be at the Sonora Cheer Holiday Boutique on December 5th at Sonora High School. Come shop our unique gifts and décor for the holidays and meet the enliu team!
In October, the Dana Point Robo-Techs - a 7th grade robotics team from Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano and Laguna Niguel - presented their 2015 World Championship winning VEX IQ Middle School STEM Research Project to hundreds of guests at the Team Kids Innovative Thinkers Forum in Dallas, Texas.
The team of eight highly motivated, committed young individuals chose to research how robotic devices could be engineered to help people heal and focused their research on robotic devices - including robotic exoskeletons - designed to help paralyzed veterans recover their mobility, rise up to eye-level, and even walk again.
Exoskeletons offer many possible benefits to those with spinal cord injuries such as improving muscle mass, bone density, circulation, bowel and bladder function, as well as reducing spasticity, pain, and increasing one’s dignity by allowing veterans to stand on their own two feet again. Paralyzed veteran U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Gary Linfoot walked for the first time with his EKSO Exoskeleton on Veteran’s Day, 2013. He says “to have the chance to walk again, to see my wife Mari eye-to-eye, and hug my children heart-to-heart is a feeling I cannot begin to explain.”
The Dana Point Robo-Techs now speak publicly in the community to create awareness and advocate action through an online petition to encourage the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide robotic mobility devices, like exoskeletons, to these heroes injured in the line of duty protecting our freedoms.
Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen.
Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. The heartwarming Academy Award®-winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating into your town. Be magically whisked away to wintry Arendelle by dazzling special effects and astonishing skating as you sing and dance along to inspiring songs including “Let It Go.” Join royal sisters Anna and Elsa, the hilarious snowman Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven as they journey to discover that true love is the most magical power of all!
Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, with special appearances by beloved Disney Princesses and characters from favorites like Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Disney’s The Lion King.
Get warmed up for the show and learn the snowman dance at the Stonyfield YoKids and Disney Magic of Healthy Living Dance-Along Pre-Show. This unforgettable celebration of love and friendship will leave your family with memories to last a lifetime.
When it comes to deciding between hand battered and fried calamari, bufalo mozzarella appetizers, mini chicken, garlic and pesto pizzas or incredible wine paired with the best company and live music, I mean, you can’t choose just one thing!
We know we’re lucky to have such great relationships with our amazing advertising partners and editorial contributors and that getting together is always a celebration each month! We feel lucky to do what we love, and hope that you enjoy South County Magazine as much as we do!
On display through January 2016, this exhibit highlights five of Southern California’s leading landscape painters. The exhibition spans more than 40 years of artwork highlighting paintings of the majestic coastline from San Clemente to Newport Beach. Let me know if you would like to come check out the exhibit.
About the Artists
Born of Italian parents in New York, artist Dante Liberi (1919-2004) spent the last 20 years of his life in Laguna Beach, where he moved his family as he felt it was the closest to his wife Nevalda’s homeland of Italy. He would return to Italy every year to paint and exhibit his work. Throughout his years painting in Southern California, his work retained a vividly European feel.
Michael Logan has been painting for more than 50 years. Influenced by the early California impressionist such as Granville Redmond, William Wendt and Edgar Payne, Michael started painting and moved to the flourishing art colony, Laguna Beach, at the age of 18. That move shaped his life as an oil painter. He has gone on to travel the world and has held numerous group and one-man shows with a local and international following.
In addition to her editorial, curatorial and design jobs, Vanessa Rothe is a fine artist exhibiting the last 15 years alongside the nation’s top artists in galleries, art clubs, as well as museums. She is a signature member of the American Impressionist Society, Artist Member of the famed Salmagundi Art Club New York, California Art Club and LAPAPA. She hails from Laguna Beach.
A member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, award winning artist Jeff Sewell was born and raised in Newport Beach. Growing up in Orange County has attached Jeff deeply to the ocean lifestyle, which he captures in his remarkable seascapes.
Patrick Donovan Tobin (1950-2006) was raised in Laguna Beach. During his life he traveled and painted throughout Europe, Mexico and Hawaii, returning every year to his hometown where he would show his work at the Festival of the Arts, distinguished art galleries such as Diane Nelson, Richard Challis and Gallery McCollum. He felt this tiny stretch of coastline was as good as any, with the light comparable to Southern France, where his greatest influences, such as Henri Matisse and Andre Derain had lived and painted.
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is located at One Ritz-Carlton Drive in Dana Point.
The BFAB program builds hi-tech “smart homes” for service members returning from war who have been catastrophically injured.
Carpet One Floor & Home, and its manufacturing partner Mohawk, have committed to providing flooring materials and installation for 46 of these “smart homes.” Each store’s customers are invited to share information about the program with others, and make a personal contribution to the store site.
In recognition of that support, members of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) - acting on their own initiative as ambassadors for the foundation - presented Kevin and Mary Gail with a specially designed shadowbox containing hallowed 9/11 steel from Ground Zero.
“We are truly humbled and honored that the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and members of FDNY - who were actually at Ground Zero on 9/11 and during its aftermath - traveled all the way from their home base to visit us and express their gratitude to us,” says Kevin. “In fact, we are the ones who are thankful to them for their dedication and service. That is why we are so thrilled to be a part of this impactful program that helps military heroes who have suffered the most devastating injuries.”
OC FAIR & EVENT CENTER in Costa Mesa: October 15 through November 29, 2015
KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™ premiered to the world in Montréal in April 2014 and is Cirque du Soleil’s 35th production. Since its debut, the critics have been raving: “KURIOS is Cirque du Soleil’s strongest act in years…one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen on a stage” (Toronto Star) and “KURIOS is the best Cirque du Soleil show in a long time.” (San Francisco Chronicle).
Written and directed by Michel Laprise, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™ is a tale in which time comes to a complete stop, transporting the audience inside a fantasy world where everything is possible. In this realm set in the latter half of the nineteenth century, reality is quite relative indeed as our perception of it is utterly transformed. The name of the show refers to the humble and strange characters that inhabit the Seeker’s Cabinet of Curiosities.
In an alternate yet familiar past, in a place where wonders abound for those who trust their imagination, a Seeker discovers that in order to glimpse the marvels that lie just below the surface, we must first learn to close our eyes. In his larger-than-life curio cabinet, the Seeker is convinced that there exists a hidden, invisible world – a place where the craziest ideas and the grandest dreams lie waiting. A collection of otherworldly characters suddenly steps into his makeshift mechanical world. When the outlandish, benevolent characters turn his world upside down with a touch of poetry and humor in an attempt to ignite the Seeker’s imagination, his curios jump to life one by one before his very eyes.