Concert features West Coast Premiere of New Center Commission by British Composer Mark-Anthony Turnage
Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes the annual return of acclaimed ensemble, the Emerson String Quartet on March 28 in a program that will feature the first West Coast performance of Shroud by British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage. This new work was commissioned in part by longtime supporters of the Center’s Chamber Music Series, Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting. The evening also includes Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major and Tchaikovsky’s Quartet No. 3 in E-flat minor, Op. 30. The Emerson String Quartet includes Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, violins; Lawrence Dutton, viola and Paul Watkins, cello. Orange County Register declares “The group remains one of our best chamber ensembles, not merely precise but expressive and intelligent to the last ounce.”
Mark-Anthony Turnage, celebrated composer of the recent opera Anna Nicole, wrote Shroud, the new string quartet specifically for the nine-time Grammy Award–winning Emerson String Quartet. The work is being performed during the Emerson’s 40th anniversary celebrations and international tour. Shroud received its world premiere on September 27, 2016 in Ohio at Akron’s Tuesday Musical in the E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall. As its name suggests, Shroud is an emotional work that mourns the loss of two of Turnage’s dear friends who passed away close together in time. The new work is approximately 25 minutes long and is composed in five movements, with the first and last movements serving as bookending tributes to each friend. The middle three movements are lighter in tone and are dedicated to the Emerson String Quartet.
Single tickets start at $29 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. Ticket holders are invited to attend the Preview Talk at 7:15 p.m.
We knew we were in for a memorable weekend when the driveway to the Fairmont Grand Del Mar (fairmont.com/san-diego) took its sweet time delivering us to the resort. A canopy of autumn colors rustled in a lazy and surprisingly warm San Diego breeze as we made our way into the canyon just a couple of miles inland from the 5, which might as well have been 500 miles from kids, laundry, work, obligations. The autumn colors eventually broke to reveal an expertly meandering golf course, which in turn gave way to the fountained entrance to our longtime-in-coming getaway with girlfriends.
Situated adjacent to the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve in San Diego, the Grand Del Mar is a mere hour’s drive from most of Orange County, but, once there, you feel utterly removed to the warmth of a Mediterranean estate. That utter removal can be of just about any flavor – we were making it a girl’s weekend, with a focus on rejuvenation and simple togetherness, but golf aficionados, outdoor enthusiasts, couples, families and foodies will all find something exceptional at the Grand Del Mar.
It is remarkable to think that, with all the affluence and attraction of Southern California, with swank people desirous of swank accommodations, it is the Grand Del Mar, nestled rurally in North County San Diego and quite out of the way of Rodeo Drive, that consistently earns the highest ratings from all the swankest reviewers and publications. Travel+Leisure named the Grand Del Mar as “California’s #1 Resort” and one of the world’s best; TripAdvisor called it the United States’ best hotel; it has swept all categories – hotel, spa, dining – with five stars from Forbes.
The Grand Del Mar is not an historic hotel – it opened in 2007 – but for those who love the richness of historic luxury, it satisfies abundantly. Many varieties of wood, marble and tapestry abound in artisan expression that is opulent without gaudiness, a balance struck by the best historic hotels. Of course, if you are one of those history types, you’ll know that historic properties are typically high on charm and low on space. Not so here. The rooms are commodiously cozy (or cozily commodious, per your preference), where you can sprawl out and never feel cold. Our suite was on an upper level with a balcony overlooking the canyon and portions of the golf course, with palm fronds swaying in the breeze just feet from us as we sipped our morning coffee.
Los Peñasquitos Canyon is a nature preserve with historical significance as the first route from Yuma to San Diego, which is today a beautiful hiking, biking and horseback riding destination. Guests of the Grand Del Mar have access to all the canyon has to offer, with bikes available for pickup at the front desk, and horses at the on-site stables ready for trail riding. For those whose outdoor adventures entail a driver and a putter, the Grand Del Mar features the only Tom Fazio-designed golf course in San Diego, complimented by swing analysis technology services, a SAMPutt lab, specialized practice areas used by some of the world’s top professionals, and more. If you’re of the aquatic persuasion, the property features two pools, one ideal for families and one infinity (read tranquility) pool for adults only. Not far beyond pools are the resort’s private beach and oceanic excursions including sunset sails and whale watching. And this only scratches the surface.
For spa enthusiasts, the Grand Del Mar offers one of the most acclaimed in the country. Naturally it features a comprehensive menu of treatments, such as cleansing facials and therapeutic massages, as well as a custom line of organic products; but it also offers a world-class spa experience, with wet and dry saunas, indoor whirlpools, separate men’s and women’s relaxation lounges with fireplaces, access to the adults-only relaxation pool and all the hot tea, snacks and chocolates you could ask for.
The dining experience at the Grand Del Mar stands on its own and is itself the reason that many travel long distances to visit the resort. Six on-property dining venues offer something for every taste, mood and interest, often to the sound of live music. Addison, led by celebrated executive chef William Bradley, is the Grand Del Mar’s signature dining feature. Local ingredients are combined with contemporary French influences and presented with exceptional service to make Addison Southern California’s most awarded fine dining restaurant.
Amaya is a more casual option fusing Spanish, Italian and French fare with expansive, sunny views of the canyon and golf course. We enjoyed a sumptuous breakfast of various benedicts and the “Black & Blue” Brioche French Toast with granola, lemon crème fraîche and berries, and an immunity smoothie for good measure (the effects were immediate). But excellence does not stop at Addison or Amaya. From its restaurants to its in-room dining, from its robust wine program to its seasonal menus and Afternoon Tea, the Grand Del Mar has something for every epicurean.
With all that the Grand Del Mar has to offer in activities, amenities, services and dining, the delight of being there is ultimately of the atmosphere, and that comes down to two things: beauty and people.
The staff members at the Grand Del Mar have a special quality. While hospitality professionals are typically welcoming, of course, the folks at the Grand Del Mar are authentically welcoming. So much so that either the resort has found hundreds of matchless thespians to do everything from valet the car to turn down the sheets, or the Grand Del Mar’s people truly enjoy being there. I want to believe that it is the latter.
As to beauty, the Grand Del Mar is simply an exquisitely designed place with lovely spaces; from the driveway to the marbled entrance to the furnishings and the vistas, you cannot escape a floor-to-ceiling sense of beauty of the most approachable kind. And so at every turn you are inspired to tranquility and delight. In the end, that is how we spent our 24-hour break from our everydays – enjoying each other, and simply basking in what the Grand Del Mar is. Long, slowly winding driveways always lead to something good.
It is rare to find someone who can say that they appreciate adverse events in their life. More rare perhaps to find someone who will admit that such a calamity led them to a job that they love with a company that treats them with mutual respect and admiration.
Nancy Stewart, a long time South County resident and mother of two filed a claim for a water leak with her insurance company and was repeatedly denied. While the problem stagnated, Nancy looked for help. How to go about maneuvering the claims process? How to protect her property and equity?
Fortunately she found the professionals at Roby & Associates Public Insurance Adjusters who worked on her behalf to negotiate the claim.
Roby & Associates specializes in helping clients negotiate their claim or claims for damage under any insurance policy covering real or personal property due to fire, water, wind, vandalism, theft – any first party claims.
“Wayne Roby and his contractor, Jack Paulus, assured me that I had a legitimate claim for damages. They immediately went to work, and we carefully and diligently managed my claim to the very end.”
Typically, homeowners hire out contractors to take care of things they can’t themselves: kitchen remodels, home automation. The work is planned and executed - such was with Roby & Associates.
“Wayne built my claim to maximize the monetary features and benefits of my policy coverage based on my actual damage,” she says. “He taught me what customers need, and how to most effectively manage an insurance claim.”
By the time he was able to help her resolve her claim, Wayne had recognized a kindred spirit in Nancy – someone who believed in the process and possessed a desire to help others who found themselves in a similar situation. So he offered to help Nancy obtain her Public Insurance Adjusters License. She is now proud to represent Roby & Associates as their Consumer Advocate.
Seeing both sides of the business helps, and Wayne has worked for insurance companies as well as in adjustment for the last thirty years. “We help consumers maximize all of their policy coverage’s,” he says. Beyond that though, Nancy states: “You’re surrounded by a team of quality people who truly care, who are willing to deliver an unparalleled level of service to the consumer.”
Without a keen construction eye, most consumers are left in the dark when it comes to household claims – a situation that can easily can end up escalating into a repair cost nightmare.
Having an advocate to fight for you can be the most direct route to protect, secure, and repair the damages done, without incurring more in the process. Wayne, Jack, and Nancy are all active in various organizations and charities around South Orange County - from the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce to raising support for cystic fibrosis. But for Wayne, and all those who work with him, “working with our clients to get them back to a pre-loss condition is the reward in itself.”
For a complimentary consultation to determine how a Public Insurance Adjuster can help you navigate your insurance claim, call Nancy at (949) 842-5821 or Wayne (310) 251-8091.
Call me old fashioned, but I believe that physical photos are a medium worth preserving. When I recently sat down to put together my daughter’s baby book, I thought of how printed images might at times seem like a thing of the past. But then I can’t imagine showing off my family photos by scrolling through all the images I posted to Facebook once upon a time.
Diana Schmitt of the San Juan Capistrano-based Accents Portraits by Diana understands the desire for individuals and families to preserve their most precious memories in more than merely a digital format. She has spent the better part of 30 years specializing in family portraits, wedding photos and capturing the most priceless of moments in all types of life celebrations.
With nearly 30 years of experience, Diana’s focus is families, and she always aims to deliver “extraordinary customer service.”
“Diana is amazing,” says Heidi Hitt. “She has taken so many special pictures over the years for me and my family. They all turn out so beautifully. I am so blessed to have someone I can trust to help me capture special moments in time. Everybody loves when we send out our Christmas cards; they can’t believe how beautiful the pictures are. Thank you Diana for all the beautiful memories.”
Accent Portraits by Diana and San Juan Photo and Digital is located at 32281 Camino Capistrano, Suite C-104 in SJC. They can be reached at (949) 661-6465 or online at www.accentportraitsbydiana.com
Diane Silverstein had never heard of the show “Absolutely Fabulous” when she named her aptly-titled gifts and décor boutique in central Huntington Beach. But the fun-loving, irreverent, blonde, champagne-promoting show does give a glimpse into what makes Absolutely Fabulous such a treasure. Absolutely Fabulous is not your run-of-the-mill, Hallmark-style gift shop; they are as fun and irreverent as the show they share a name with.
The variety and uniqueness of products at Absolutely Fabulous is astounding: hand-made jewelry, Miche Bag purses (the ones where you just drop the “insides” of your purse into a new shell, rather than having to dump all of your stuff out!), $10 silk scarves, old-school shaving kits for men, a “Daddy’s Tool Bag” that includes diaper changing equipment, and instructional DVD, face mask and other funny items, rare paintings by successful artists, large crystal chandeliers, crystal perfume bottles, stuffed animal baby bottle covers, piggy banks for kids, “dorm survival kits” for new students, wedding party gifts, rare Disney art and collectibles and decorations and decorative items for every holiday.
Connect with Diane and the crew at Absolutely Fabulous located at 6026 Warner Avenue in Huntington Beach, call (714) 842-1608 or visit www.absolutelyfabulous1.com
Breastlink Medical Group is a network of breast cancer screening and treatment centers. We believe the best way to prevent, detect and treat breast cancer involves collaborative care between our breast specialty doctors and full patient participation. Whether you need a routine screening mammogram, a breast cancer risk assessment, breast cancer treatment or a second opinion, Breastlink centers are here for you.
Dr. June Chen
Breast Dedicated Radiologist at Breastlink Newport Beach
June W. Chen, M.D. is the director of breast imaging at Breastlink Newport Beach. She is board certified and completed her fellowship in the subspecialty of breast imaging at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Dr. Chen is a frequent invited speaker on breast radiology both in the community as well as internationally, and she also serves on multiple scientific advisory boards. She currently devotes her entire practice to breast imaging and breast interventional procedures. The Orange County Medical Association has consistently recognized Dr. June Chen as a Physician of Excellence.
Dr. Samantha Kubaska
Breast Dedicated Radiologist at Breastlink Orange
Samantha Kubaska, M.D. is the director of breast imaging at Breastlink Laguna Hills. Dr. Kubaska is a board-certified radiologist with nearly 15 years of experience working with referring physicians and helping patients to better understand the results of their imaging studies. She interprets breast imaging studies (digital mammography, tomosynthesis and breast MRI, amongst others) and performs breast biopsy procedures.
Dr. Tchaiko Parris
Breast Dedicated Radiologist at Breastlink Temecula Valley
Tchaiko Parris, M.D., Ph.D., is the director of breast imaging at Breastlink Temecula Valley. Dr. Parris is a board-certified radiologist. She interprets breast-imaging studies (digital mammography, breast automated ultrasound and breast MRI, amongst others) and performs breast biopsy procedures. Dr. Parris's medical training has continuously called for her to give a hundred percent and at times more, and on each occasion she has responded by striving for excellence.
In the latter half of the nineteenth century, an anatomist and physician named Julius Wolff theorized, and later produced results that followed the principles of mechanotransduction: the remodeling of bones in response to loading, or weighting. Essentially, what he sought to prove was that healthy bones will adapt to the loads under which they have been placed.
For over a century, it has been studied and well-documented that bones that experience more pressure through certain types of exercise throughout one’s life, get stronger. Stronger bones help prevent fractures. However, until recently, no study was done to show how much pressure was actually needed to build strong bones. Is taking a walk good enough? How about yoga or golf? These are great questions and the good news is that we now know the answer. As it turns out, a study out of a hospital in Bristol, England in 2012 found that unless subjects experienced 4.2 multiples of their own body weight, their bones wouldn’t get any stronger. That may seem like a ridiculous feat for most people … unless you’ve heard about OsteoStrong.
Today, Tom Moffett is proud to be a part of the OsteoStrong franchise dedicated to reversing cases of osteopenia and osteoporosis - naturally.
“When I opened OsteoStrong a year and a half ago, I had just sold a business and was looking for a business that would help people,” he says. “As it turns out, the field I chose has been a life-changer and an incredible blessing - for myself and so many of our members as well.”
An avid motorcycle racer in his younger days, Tom has experienced his fair share of broken bones over the years - old injuries that were compounded by arthritis made pain management an ongoing issue as he aged into his 50s. A DEXA (Dual X-Ray Absortiometry) Scan, used to measure bone density, revealed that Tom had osteopenia (bone density that is lower than normal peak density, but not low enough to be classified as osteoporosis).
Like many people, Tom believed only post-menopausal women got osteoporosis, but he quickly learned that this wasn’t the case. The International Osteoporosis Foundation reports that osteoporosis causes more than 8.9 million fractures annually and that 1 in 3 women over age 50 and 1 in 5 men over age 50 will experience osteoporotic fractures.
The patented OsteoStrong modality is, remarkably, not based in pharmaceuticals, workouts, or diets. Using their unique device, Tom and his staff put pressure on the bones in a safe manner that triggers the body’s neuro-adaptive response to naturally engineer more bone tissue and muscle fiber.
“Our members come in once a week for about 15 minutes, which includes a seven-minute hydromassage,” he explains. “It’s easy on us, and easy on our clients. When people thank you for giving them their lives back - it just doesn’t get any better than that.”
Tom recently incorporated another natural modality into his center - PEMF (Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field) therapy, which pulses an electromagnetic field through the body, “essentially exercising your body’s cells.”
“The earth’s magnetic field is not as strong as it used to be, and we’re weakening its effects more and more with the shoes we wear and their rubber soles, our cars with rubber tires,” says Tom. “PEMF charges your 75 trillion cells, increases blood flow, oxygenates your blood, regenerates cells, and helps to detoxify the entire body.”
Backed by more than 40 years of clinical studies, researchers believe that the pulsed signal produced by the PEMF nudges the body’s chemistry so the healing process may proceed more rapidly. With benefits like reduced pain, improved sleep, better absorption of nutrients, and improved athletic endurance, it isn’t any wonder that OsteoStrong’s client base has grown. The following client testimonial is echoed by scores of happy, pain-free clients: “Things that were kind of maybe aching or hurting before, I don’t have have those pains or aches now. I have a lot more tingling and sensation in the areas where I didn’t have before. A lot more movement in my hand. So it has helped me tremendously.”
“One of our goals is to live the best quality of life we can as we age,” says Tom. “At OsteoStrong, each brief session is designed to help you naturally achieve healthy joints, strong bones, and better balance and flexibility. This allows you to do more of what you want to do – to enjoy a pain-free, healthy, active life. For example, there’s nothing like being able to play with your grandchildren or take a brisk hike in nature.
“Many people buy into the notion that they will have to sacrifice many of the activities they love as they age. Many seniors learn to simply accept the fact that their bones, muscles, and balance are going to weaken as they age. They figure that new aches and pain are just the way it’s going to be from here out… This is not the case with many of our OsteoStrong members.
“It’s true that everyone eventually feels the effects of bone and muscle loss after age 30. But, at OsteoStrong, our goal is not to slow down the process of aging like what you’d expect from working out every day. Our goal is to actually reverse the process of aging. In fact, we measure your progress by looking at the results you achieve. Our systems are backed by science and thousands of testimonials from people of all age groups that confirm that your bones can get stronger and your agility can improve.”
Connect with Tom and his team by calling (949) 916-0916, stop by OsteoStrong of Laguna Woods at 23601 Moulton Parkway, Suite B or visit OsteoStrongLagunaWoods.com or HealWithPEMF.omnium1.com
Freddie is a very special rabbit available for adoption. One of the rare bunnies who lives for pets, he will often run up to you hoping to get your attention. Don’t be surprised if he even hops over for a nice snuggle! He would be a perfect bunny for a first-time owner. Freddie has great litter box habits and is waiting for a family to love!
Seven month old Jessie is a happy little kitty who loves to meet new people. Very social and especially sweet, he gets along great with cats and humans alike. If you’re looking for a fun and well-rounded feline, Jessie may be your perfect match!
Boomer is a quiet soul who wants nothing more than to be by your side. While he is an avid snuggler, he also enjoys brisk walks and play time in the yard. Boomer has been great at making friends of all ages and would make a great family pet.
Hazel is an energetic dog who is always ready for more fun! A lover of outdoor activities, she would make a great hiking or running buddy. Hazel is an especially smart pup who would thrive in a home that could provide her with a lot of mental stimulation.
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.
Pacific Symphony, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, is celebrating the 2017 Chinese New Year with the Southern California community by offering a number of unique and multi-faceted events. First, all are invited to the inaugural concert, “Chinese New Year: A Love Feast,” which offers a joyous mix of Eastern and Western music and dance, on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 at 8 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Surrounding the concert is a VIP Chinese New Year Celebration reception and formal dinner in collaboration with LUILI crystal art. Then, the Symphony partners with the South Coast Chinese Cultural Center/Irvine Chinese School to present the “2017 Lantern Festival,” commemorating the end of the Lunar New Year. This free, family-friendly festival – with numerous activities and performances traditionally associated with the end of the Lunar New Year – takes place Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.
January 20, 2017
The New Year at Segerstrom Center welcomes two of America’s most versatile vocalists who will perform a special double bill concert on January 20 in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. The evening begins with Grammy® Award-winning Mavis Staples, the iconic and influential vocalist who has so brilliantly performed in nearly all genres of music and is a respected Civil Rights activist. She will perform selections from her 60-year-plus career that includes songs from her brand new album, Livin’ on a High Note (which is how she’s also feeling these days). The album features songs from some of today’s leading songwriters, including: Ben Harper, Aloe Blacc, Valerie June and many others.
The evening will continue with Grammy Award-winning, vocalist and songwriter Gregory Porter (this concert was previously scheduled for May 8, 2016), who returns to the Center performing from his newest album, Take Me to the Alley, which features the single, “Holding On.” With this track, Porter presents his decidedly different version of the “Disclosure” single that he was the featured vocalist on and co-wrote for their album Caracal.
Single tickets start at $49 and are available online at SCFTA.org, by calling (714) 556-2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Artists and program are subject to change.