When I was a child, I remember my parents moving our family into a new house, with pristine, white carpets. Beautiful to look at, but completely impractical when you consider that two young children would soon be tromping about.
As expected, my brother and I managed to ruin a swath of the floor covering in spectacular fashion … and in relatively short order. Enough so that it was replaced with a more manageable shade. Had my parents discovered the benefits of professional carpet cleaning services like those offered by the Laguna Niguel-based Beacon Carpet Cleaning, they certainly would have been better able to keep their flooring, countertops and upholstery from looking like they’d survived the tornado of their kids.
Ken and Linda Rogers, who founded Beacon in 1988, originally intended to simply find something they could do side-by-side. Both having spent their careers in various customer service oriented businesses, and searching for an opportunity to branch out, they decided upon carpet cleaning. In the years since, the couple and their longtime staff “family” have set the standard in residential and commercial carpet cleaning across Orange County.
An IICRC, Wools of New Zealand and Carpet and Rug Institute certified firm, Beacon takes the process of education to the next level, ensuring their team of professionals are trained to an unprecedented degree of sharpness and quality. The Master and Journeyman Certifications, highest available in the carpet cleaning industry, ensure that Ken and Linda’s customers enjoy a necessary service given by a trustworthy crew.
Fast forward (a few) years and I’m now a grown-up with kids of my own. By pure happenstance, our family inherited the gorgeous off-white carpeting that came with the home we purchased a few years ago. Add the happy fact that our abode has been the scene of many an afternoon play date and the recent addition of a new puppy and you can probably imagine the toll the carpets have taken. But unlike my parents, I have long recognized the importance of calling in the experts - well before the point of no return.
When we called Beacon Carpet Cleaning, Ken personally came out to give us an estimate. In utilizing their services, I can confidently share that he, Linda and their crew - many of whom have been with the company for over a decade - are not only highly professional, but are among the nicest people in the business. They did a great job and given that our kids and pup are still young, we’ll very likely be calling on Beacon again in the not-to-distant future.
Maintaining one’s floors, showers, countertops, upholstery, rugs, mattresses, and other areas around the home can be overwhelming: with or without children running amok. Since its inception, Beacon evolved to encompass a complementary business - Marblelife Stone and Tile Restoration with the goal of engaging its clients on as many surfaces as possible. Beacon providing protectants and cleaning services for almost anything you can think of: your Grandmother’s antique Oriental rug to yacht and boat cleaning in the harbors of Orange County.
“Each of these surfaces work together to create a cherished expression of your identity, dreams, and values,” says Ken. “It’s a unique space to celebrate with friends, or just to enjoy time by yourself. We can meet you in that space and help you protect what you invested in, keeping it looking its best for as long as possible.”
Beacon Carpet Cleaning and Marblelife is located at 27665 Forbes Road in Laguna Niguel. To connect with Ken and Linda, call (949) 496-6079 or visit www.beaconcarpetcleaning.com or www.marblelife.com
At Capital Bank, we are dedicated to collaborating with clients to provide financial solutions tailored to their specific needs and goals. We call it “Banking Outside the Box” and it’s our signature at Capital Bank. Orange County is our home and supporting its local business community is our passion. Under the leadership of Senior Vice President Don Solsby, our local office team is comprised of highly accomplished banking professionals with a proven track record of achieving results for our clients.
Our commercial lending team in San Juan Capistrano will work closely with you to customize credit solutions to accommodate all your business’s financial needs, including:
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As a trusted banking partner, Capital Bank is ready to help your business achieve its financial goals, now and in the years ahead.
Capital Bank is located at 31351 Rancho Viejo Road, Suite 101 in San Juan Capistrano. For more information, call (949) 322-7996 or visit www.mycapitalbank.com
Sean Jones: Inspired by Miles Davis’s Jazz
Friday, April 6, 2018, 8 PM
Music and spirituality have always intertwined in the artistic vision of trumpeter, composer, educator, and activist Sean Jones. As a child he performed with the church choir in his hometown and switched from the drums to trumpet upon his first exposure to Miles Davis at age ten.
The New York Times describes Sean Jones as “a trumpeter with an incisive tone and a firm grasp of jazz traditions,” and JazzTimes writes, “When Jones solos, soaring with a gentle strength as his band swells behind him, it’s not just a pretty melody… It’s praise.”
Tickets: $40 ($32 Students & Seniors 62+ &active military families)
Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds / Indie Folk
Friday, April 13, 2018, 8 PM
During a solo journey to the Azores Islands in 2011, Dana Louise, a visual artist, taught herself to play guitar. The daughter of Ezra Idlet of the Grammy-nominated Trout Fishing in America, Dana forged the beginnings of her sound, practicing amidst the archipelago’s lava rocks and dragon trees.
Joined by the Glorious Birds — Adams Collins (vibraphone and 5-string banjo), and Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood (Trout Fishing in America/guitar, percussion and bass) — Dana brings her vibrant, melodic vocals and finger picking to a body of complex songs. Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds work to leave their audiences glowing with the magic music can bring: genuine human connection. Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds work to leave their audiences glowing with the magic music can bring: genuine human connection.
Tickets: $20 ($16 Students & Seniors 62+ &active military families)
Latin Rock with Grammy Winner La Santa Cecilia
Saturday, April 28, 2018, 8 PM
La Santa Cecilia exemplifies the modern-day creative hybrid of Latin culture, rock, and world music. The group draws inspiration from all over the world, utilizing Pan-American rhythms including cumbia, bossa nova, rumba, bolero, tango, jazz, and klezmer music. Their unique sounds and the experience of their colorful, passionate performances continues to captivate audiences.
With a captivating voice that sings about love, loss, and everyday struggles, the band has become the voice of a new bicultural generation in the United States, fully immersed in modern music, but always close to their Latin American influences and Mexican heritage.
Tickets: $30 ($26 Students & Seniors 62+ &active military families)
Please come early and dine at our Soka Bistro
Open Monday – Friday 5:30 – 7:30 PM
$12.00 per person
For a complete 2017-18 Soka Performing Arts Center calendar of events: www.soka.edu/pac.
My sister was hit by a snowboarder when she was sixteen. On skis, just a couple of turns from the bottom of the hill - in plain sight of a SLOW sign. The snowboarder was young; not as young as my sister, but still, a young man. My parents, long-time skiers, contacted him directly, trying to see if they could get any results at all: any reparations for their high-school sophomore, laid up on the couch for innumerable weeks. There was nothing they could do. I remember feeling helpless as a child, watching the entire drama unfold. I can’t imagine what my parents must have felt. No one could help. No loopholes. No empathy, from anyone else involved.
There is a longstanding joke in the mainstream media that all lawyers are snakes. The word attorney no longer brings to mind the grainy black and white image of Gregory Peck defending the downtrodden as Atticus Finch. Certainly, in some cases, the joke must contain some shred of truth. But at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie, the welcoming, family-like environment they’ve curated isn’t too far off from the home ambience of the fictional Finch family. Folks who actually want to do good in the world. Right wrongs. Obtain real results.
Suzanne Leslie is a managing partner and attorney at Allen Flatt for more than 30 years, and prides herself on the reputation they have built. “Our years of experience have given us more knowledge in the personal industry field than other law firms can claim. What sets us apart is exactly as our tagline says: experience, compassion, results.”
As a firm, Allen Flatt have helped many families through the emotional trauma of a great many personal injury cases. Though they have attorneys that focus on estate planning, preparing wills, trusts, and contest matters, personal injury hits the closest to home. “We care about our clients, and our primary focus is to help them deal with the difficulties of being involved in an accident- be it pedestrian accident, automobile accident, slip and fall, or dog bite.” Handling the claims process for their clients lets them pursue their medical recoveries in peace, unlike my sister, or my parents. Fighting a losing cause often takes more energy than simply healing - or letting someone else rest, to do battle with their own body and take the necessary steps to get back to normal: whatever the new normal looks like.
Offering a free consultation, with the promise that no recovery means no fee, attorneys like Suzanne offer their services on a personal level. “I started out in the personal injury field to help people. I want to make sure my clients feel taken care of through every second of their claim.” Recognized by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys and the National Association of Professional Women, Ms. Leslie has recovered millions of dollars for clients and thousands of settlements for clients.
“Everyone in the firm shares compassion for the clients more than on a business level, and many of us have had first hand personal experience in what they may be going through,” she says.
As a leader in her field, it is imperative to stay abreast of the newest strictures and developments in insurance law. The more she knows, the better her chances of winning your case. Atticus Finch would probably tell you that winning isn’t everything. But sometimes, to folks like my parents, to whom winning would mean seeing my sister get the reparations for her accident paid out, and letting her find her way back to walking again, winning is the only thing.
Fetch a calendar and bark the dates for Yappy Hour, the monthly cocktail party for canines and their companions at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Posh pups, haute hounds, and dapper doggies will enjoy complimentary house-made dog biscuits and refreshing libations, thanks to bacon, chicken, beef and vegan water, while their companions sip a glass of Mutt Lynch Unleashed Chardonnay, Merlot Over and Play Dead, or Chateau d’Og Cabernet Sauvignon. Cocktails, beer and a selection of barbecue items are also available for purchase. Supporting the resort’s Community Footprints program, proceeds from Yappy Hour benefit The Veterans Initiative™ of Canine Companions for Independence.
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With a dramatic increase in wounded veterans, The Veterans Initiative provides an opportunity for veterans to regain their independence through the support of Canine Companions assistance dogs. Canine Companions is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly-trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.
May 5, 2018
Indonesian satay? Thai meat balls? Boba tea? Tacos? Polish sausages? Grilled rice balls? Italian ice? Korean BBQ? Dosas? Yakitori? Vietnamese food? Musubi?
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 17th Annual International Festival on May 5, 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. Exhibitor Registration is now open. www.soka.edu/festival.
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 2018.”
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. 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.
Featuring Cats and Dogs, plus Fish, Birds and Frogs…and More!
OC Fair & Event Center - April 27 - 29
This annual family-friendly event features all creatures cute and cuddly, furry, feathered and scaled of all sizes, shapes and colors.
New to America’s Family Pet Expo for 2018 is the Sea Lion Splash Show; a unique mobile aquatic experience combining both marine fun and environmental education. Sea Lion Splash Show features rescued sea lions from both California and South America. Ready to thrill and excite audiences of all ages, the sea lions balance balls, shoot hoops, dance, shake their flippers, and even do a handstand or two.
Returning favorites to America’s Family Pet Expo include The Catit Playground - a popular interactive activity bringing a close-up view for guests to watch charming adoptable cats and kittens to see how they interact with different toys and people. Repticon, reptile show and sale offers hundreds of common and rare species of reptiles such as lizards, snakes, and spiders. Plus, the ever-popular Splash Dogs and The Great American Petting Zoo, family fun the whole family will enjoy.
In advance of America’s Family Pet Expo, kids can design and create a 10-gallon aquarium in the Kid’s Aquarium Contest. The aquariums will be on display throughout America’s Family Pet Expo and are judged according to age group and two categories – Natural and Creative. Also, for the aquatic enthusiast is the Aquascaping Contest, where contestants will compete to make the most beautiful, and natural underwater environment in a small aquarium.
Pet Adoptions will be handled onsite for those looking for that perfect animal addition to the family. There will be hundreds of animals hoping to find their “furever home” from local community partner organizations at the Pet Expo.
For more info 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 68-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting responsible pet care. Kindly leave pets at home.
It’s impossible to say what we love most about our issue release parties, especially the most recent one at Tokyo Joe’s located at 27981 Greenfield Drive in Laguna Niguel.
Always made fresh-to-order, using the best ingredients possible, guests enjoyed sampling an array of delicious appetizers, including potstickers, sushi rolls, poke bowls and grilled chicken/brown rice bowls with a choice of specialty sauces. For info, visit www.tokyojoes.com.
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There are artists who write melodies for songs, artists who write lyrics and artists who perform. Rare are those who write and perform their own songs. Leiber and Stoller never sang a note, at least not well.
Doc Pomus and Mort Shulman did not perform their songs but that did not stop Pomus from shuffling on stage with his crutches, grabbing a microphone and trying. The Brill Building in New York City contained songwriters, lyricists and artists but only Neil Sedaka, Neil Diamond and Carole King were creative enough to step into the limelight and perform their own songs.
Many of the vocalists in the 1950’s and early 60’s wrote songs so they did not have to pay someone else for the rights to their song of choice. Others knew what style of music their voice range and talents could perform and felt compelled to prepare something they were vocally comfortable with. Still others had that song in their head, like Gary Troxel of the Fleetwoods, who could not stop until the melody was on paper or recorded as was the case in “Come Softly to Me.”
Life’s circumstances can motivate someone with a musical talent to document their feelings or just burst out in song. Bobby Vinton was serving his country in the U.S. Army when he penned “Mr. Lonely,” as was Buddy Knox (“Party Doll”). Other artists would record their song and find it covered by someone else who would produce the big hit. The song “Little Darlin” was written by Maurice Williams who recorded it with his group the Gladiolas in the back of a record shop. The song was released and picked up by a Canadian group, The Diamonds, who eclipsed the small record label distribution limitation and propelled “Little Darlin” to the top of the charts.
Paul Anka wrote over 500 songs, many of which he recorded and performed in personal appearances. It would be Frank Sinatra who would ‘borrow’ his work and make “My Way” a classic standard. He also turned out songs for such notables as Buddy Holly, Connie Francis, and Michael Jackson.
For over fifty years, Neil Sedaka has written, performed and produced a number of songs that he sang, and provided to other talent to sing. “Where the Boys Are,” was a hit for Connie Francis but “Oh, Carol,” “Calendar Girl,” “Breaking Up is Hard to Do,” “Love Will Keep Us Together,” and Solitaire, ” are all his words, lyrics, music and voice.
The writing of songs and the proper legal procedures to follow to ensure the artist is credited for its creation is a complicated and many times convoluted process. Lyricists must copyright their creation but can also be the musical arranger or composer. Each component of a song must recognize the creator. Lyricists, composers, arrangers, managers and publishers all are a part of this process of musical production that must be translated into a studio environment with instrumentation, engineering and an overall production effort to include distribution. It requires a collaborative effort where each individual entity plays a role. All participants must ensure they have documented their role for the potential remuneration that may follow.
Sadly, there were artists at every level, from song writing, performing, to publishing that were taken advantage of and never saw the financial reward for their efforts. Conversely, there were artists that followed the appropriate protocol and legally protected their rights to their creations. Even today, artists benefit from making one of the many memorable songs of the 50’s into a continual flow of financial reward. Many books and professional journal or newspaper articles have been written of those who were taken advantage of. Efforts have been made by people such as T. J. Labinsky, Jon Bauman (Sha Na Na), Rob and Laura Albanese of LAR Enterprises and Brian Beirne of Legendary Shows, to compensate many for their loss of earnings. It is not our intent to dwell on this ugly part of the industry of music, merely to point it out as a part of the history.
Since 1914 the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has protected and enforced copyright laws and the collection of royalties from its members. Artists who understood the business side of the music industry registered their songs and recordings, as ASCAP would battle with radio stations over fees to be paid for playing the recorded music. Not to be outdone, the broadcast industry started its own licensing organization, Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI). The influence of listeners and the public was now captured by BMI efforts to take on all performers and writers, including rhythm and blues and country music as opposed to ASCAP’s domination of the New York artists. Covering from Brooklyn to Beverly Hills, BMI treated live and recorded performances equally and used national sampling to track performances and popularity (Altschuler, 2003).
Many artists who wrote and sang their own music benefitted if they understood the parameters of the legal requirements. Fats Domino, Lloyd Price, Chuck Berry, Dick Dale, Lou Christie, Bobby Vinton and Little Richard, for instance, all benefitted regardless of who performed their music, and still do today. Others, such as Clyde McPhatter, Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly, Bobby Darin, Rick Nelson, Sam Cooke and Brook Benton all ensured their estates continue to receive payment for sales and air play on a compensatory basis. Still, others have sold their rights to their songs and music of their own volition.
Whether by manipulation, marketing or just basically understanding that music was changing in the 1950’s, the industry was finding it more complicated. Congress, to include then Senators John Kennedy and Barry Goldwater would team up to proclaim that “the airways of this country have been flooded with bad music since BMI was formed.” Classical and traditional music was under attack because the public’s taste had been ‘artificially stimulated’ by the conspiracy of radio station owners. The complications would continue unabated, even today.
Making Your Memories is a commentary on the music of the 1950’s and early 60’s. “Joe D” is an on-air talent for Los Angeles and Orange County based KSBR FM 88.5 HD-2 and is host of “MAKING YOUR MEMORIES” Sunday nights at 10PM. He is also author of “Making Your Memories with Rock & Roll and Doo Wop - -The Music and Artists of the 1950’s and early 60’s.” website: www.making-your-memories.com
Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard adapted for the stage by Lee Hall
Music by Paddy Cunneen
Directed by Marc Masterson
Now through February 10, 2018
Young Will Shakespeare is desperate. He has writer’s block and owes two demanding producers a new comedy—a half-baked mess titled Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter. Enter his inspiration: Viola. Smart, beautiful and Will’s greatest admirer, she will stop at nothing—including breaking the law—to be in his play. As their love blossoms, so does his greatest masterpiece. Mistaken identities, ruthless scheming, and backstage theatrics make this romantic feast “a joyous celebration of theatre” (Daily Telegraph). For info, visit www.scr.org