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Why did this music resonate with the teenagers that were a product of the 50’s? The music was theirs. DJ’s of the day would play the songs over and over, yet the audience never tired of listening. There were times when one record would be played over and over to break it down and listen to what the words meant.  It was untouched idealism. Going steady meant a pledge to see or date only that one person, exclusively. Guys and girls went “steady” even if they never kissed or were forbidden by their parents to date. It meant a letterman’s…
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Sunday May 5th is International Pilates Day. Pilates Day is an annual, international community event, celebrated on the first Saturday of May every year. The Pilates Day mission is to foster the public’s appreciation, and awareness to the Pilates Method. Through a network of varied, innovative, and high quality grassroots Pilates events, that are taking place around the world and accessible and affordable for all. Align Pilates and Yoga is excited to be participating in this world-recognized event. To be part of this exciting day, it’s paramount for Align to explain what the hoopla with Pilates is all about. Pilates…
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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: Working capital Business term loans Equipment acquisition loans Commercial…
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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…
Dining at the Ritz-Carlton is itself a worthy reason to pay a visit any day of the week and enjoy a different experience for every meal, each appropriate to the moment: a light, casual breakfast at the Market Place (try the quinoa bowel for a guiltless treat); a poolside snack while lounging midday (the fresh pita and house-made hummus from the Dana Pool Cafe is surprisingly finger-licking); a late drink at the outdoor, oceanfront lounge, 180blû (the Tequila Sangria is a specialty). RAYA, however, is a singular dining experience that simply mustn’t be missed. RAYA showcases Chef Steve Wan’s signature…
Did you know that more than 8 million doctor’s office visits per year in the US are for Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s)?  This common and treatable condition affects men and women of all ages; however, it is more commonly seen in women and the frequency of infections tends to increase with age. In fact, urinary incontinence is twice as common in women as it is in men and more than 50% of older women struggle with involuntary leakage of urine. If you have had a UTI, you know that it is an uncomfortable condition. The symptoms range from milder symptoms…
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Yum Yum is an eight year old kitty who is ready for a new start. Calm and mild-mannered, she enjoys sunbathing and having her fur brushed.  Yum Yum is declawed and would do best as the only pet in a quiet home.           Josephine and Napoleon are two sweet bunnies who are looking for somebunny to love.  A bonded pair, they enjoy their supervised hops in the yard together and lounging in the shade.  With a lovable pair like Josephine and Napoleon, you’ll always have a hopping good time.         One year old…
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