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Winner of the Dana Point Times 2017 “Best of Dana Point” People’s Choice Award for “Best Happy Hour” and “Best Bartender” (GOLD) and “Best Overall Restaurant,” “Best Pizza,” “Best Bar” and “Best Take-Out Food!” (SILVER)

I have to admit - I’m pretty particular when it comes to deciding where to go for dinner on date night, out for a family meal or simply stepping out to enjoy a glass of fine wine and live entertainment after work. Lucky for me, I live in Dana Point and am only a stone’s throw from a popular eatery that dishes up all this and delicious Italian cuisine to boot: Brio Tuscany Grille.

Brios looks like halibutA recently unveiled updated menu includes familiar favorites (the signature Crab and Lobster bisque and Brio’s famous Pork Chop), wood fired pizza and specialty pasta dishes. A meat-and-potatoes eater? The Flat Iron Bistecca Pesto starts with a USDA Prime Cut oven roasted, garlic and fresh Italian herbs and freshly made pesto sauce. Prefer poultry? Try the Pollo al Mattone “Chicken Under the Brick” which arrives as a boneless half chicken marinated with citrus, rosemary, sliced fresh garlic and a blend of Italian spices, drizzled with olive oil and lemon sauce - cooked under a brick in a wood-fired oven. All produce is locally grown and organic.

For starters, the Antipasto Italiano Platter arrives with an array of flavorful favorites - Prosciutto di Parma, artisan salame, fresh buffalo mozzarella, Tuscan olives, grilled artichoke hearts, roasted bell peppers and toasted ciabatta bread. Yum! A seafood aficionado?

Brios something tartarThe perfect complement is the piping hot oven baked baguette, baked fresh to order (think soft on the inside, perfectly crusty on the outside) and served with olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette.

I love the wood-fired pizzas here. They don’t make deep-dish-American-football-sweatpants pizza. No. They serve handmade, thin, crispy, flaky crust pizza. I had “Make Your Own Pizza” with prosciutto and arugula, complete with a soft flurry of mozzarella. You know, the kind of pie you sip wine with, reflecting on the old country while a hot steam of freshness rises poetically around you. Or, as others put it: one heck of a tasty pizza.

Brio Tuscany Grille has an incredible selection of fine wines (and a full premium bar), great nightly specials and the kind of attentive-yet-unobtrusive service that makes any meal that much more enjoyable. Visit briotuscanygrill.com for their menu and catering options or call (949) 443-1476 for reservations. You won’t be disappointed!

Legendary performer and composer Yanni will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of “Live At The Acropolis” with a world tour that will launch this spring in the United States. The maestro returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts with the “Yanni 25 – Live At The Acropolis Anniversary Concert Tour."

“Live at the Acropolis,” released in 1994, was Yanni’s first ever live album and concert video. Recorded at the Herodes Atticus Theatre in Athens with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra from London, the concert took a year and a half to complete. The album was mixed and produced by Yanni in his home studio and was made into a TV special that aired in the United States on PBS. “Live at the Acropolis” became an incredible success and is the second best-selling music video of all time. A deluxe package of completely remastered 5.1 sound and high definition video of “Live At The Acropolis” will be released in 2018 to commemorate this anniversary.

Yanni's iconic performances at the Acropolis in Greece, the Taj Mahal in India, the Forbidden City in China, the Royal Albert Hall in England, The Pyramids in Egypt and El Morro in Puerto Rico have crossed countless borders and has resonated with billions of people across the globe.


Tickets for Yanni start at $59 and may be purchased online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787.

Ahmad Jamal Quartet and Shahin Novrasli Kenny Barron Quintet • Kurt Elling Christmas Branford Marsalis Quartet and Yuko Mabuchi Trio • Catherine Russell

Jazz has been part of the Center’s repertoire for more than 30 years, and has helped to establish Orange County’s thriving music scene. NEA Jazz Masters Ahmad Jamal, Branford Marsalis and Kenny Barron bring power to the Center’s 2018-2019 Jazz Series line-up. Making their Center debuts are the astonishing young Azerbaijani pianist Shahin Novrasil performing with Jamal, and the Yoko Mabuchi Trio with Marsalis. Vocalist Catherine Russell makes her Center debut and Kurt Elling entertains with a special holiday set.

Single tickets go on sale approximately eight weeks prior to individual engagements. Visit the Center’s website, www.SCFTA.org for more information. For inquiries about group ticket discounts, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Ina Garten, the American culinary icon, author of 10 New York Times bestselling cookbooks and host of the popular Emmy and James Beard Award-winning Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics show on Food Network, is celebrating her newest cookbook, Cook Like A Pro. She will share stories that bring you behind the scenes of filming her television show (now in its 13th season), writing bestselling cookbooks and enjoying food with friends and family. She will also take questions from the audience.

From America’s favorite home cook: recipes, tips, and why-didn’t-I-think-of-that tricks for cooking your best. In her newest instant-classic cookbook, beloved author Ina Garten shares 85 never-beforepublished recipes that teach home cooks dependably delicious dishes along with the keys to achieving success and confidence in the kitchen. As seen on her latest television series, Cook Like A Pro, each recipe focuses on techniques, tips, insights, make-ahead guidance, and kitchen efficiency that will turn you into a better and more intuitive cook. From Red Wine Braised Short Ribs to Blue Cheese Grits and a simplified Baked Alaska that will wow your friends, this collection represents Ina’s go-to recipes and techniques that every cook wants to know.


Tickets for Ina Garten start at $49.50. They may be purchased online at SCFTA.org, the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556- 2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 20 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755- 0236.

July 7 – September 1, 2018
Shows Nightly at 8:30pm

Makeup OrangeCratesThe Pageant of the Masters is arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. This uber-creative, one-of-a-kind show combines theater, performance art and art history. Each evening during the summer season, classic and contemporary works of art are faithfully re-created with theatrical illusion and real people posing as living pictures. A live narrator serves as a guide through the story of each recreation accompanied by the music of a professional orchestra.

POM CuttingGlass GaryPrettymanIn the early years of the 20th century, a new generation of impressionists and plein air painters set up their easels outdoors and reveled in the natural beauty to be found as far as the eye could see. In the 2018 Pageant of the Masters, “Under the Sun,” theatrical magic, live music and light-hearted storytelling will honor Laguna’s own and other artistic pioneers from around the world who left their studios in search of new inspiration.


Advance tickets are $15 - $240 (includes season pass to the Festival of Arts Fine Arts Show). For info, visit www.PageantTickets.com

Women’s Intimate Health and Wellness is Important

The medical device and pharmaceutical industries have made tremendous advances in male sexual health, finally, there is a breakthrough in female sexual health!

Childbirth and the natural aging process can cause changes which may affect feminine wellness. To address these issues, Dr. Fleming and her team now offer vaginal rejuvenation via a non-surgical, non-invasive in-office procedure with no discomfort and no downtime.

“Controlled radiofrequency stimulates new collagen and elastin production, resulting in better tissue quality,” says Dr. Fleming. “This revitalized tissue translates to improvement in laxity, relief from post-menopausal dryness, and help with stress urinary incontinence. Patients (and their partners) also report dramatic enhancement of their intimate relationships.”

“This is for the young mother of two who is afraid to jump in the bounce house with her children for fear of an embarrassing urine leak,” says Dr. Fleming. “This is for the woman with post-menopausal or chemotherapy-induced vaginal dryness that makes intercourse painful, which leads to avoidance, which strains relationships. This treatment is for comfort, confidence, and quality of life.

Am I a Candidate?

How would you rate your level of sexual desire?

1. Very low 2. Low
3. Moderate 4. Very high

Has your relationship with your partner been adversely affected due to childbirth or the natural aging process?

1. Definitely 2. Somewhat
3. Minimally 4. Not at all

How would you rate your sexual satisfaction during intercourse?

1. Poor 2. Fair
3. Good 4. Excellent

How confident are you about become aroused during sexual activity?

1. No confidence
2. Very low confidence
3. Moderate confidence
4. Very confident

Do you experience discomfort during intercourse due to dryness?

1. Yes, I avoid sex 2. Often
3. Sometimes 4. Rarely or never

Do you frequently experience urinary leaking or urgency?

1. Usually 2. Sometimes
3. Rarely 4. Never

How would you rate your vaginal tightness?

1. Very loose
2. Moderately loose
3. Moderately tight
4. Very tight

If you scored a “1” or “2” on any of these questions above, please call our office to discuss new treatment options available.


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23141 Moulton Parkway, Suite 110 Laguna Hills
(949) 916-5956 • flemingderm.com

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has announced its internationally and culturally rich 2018 – 2019 Dance Series, a season marked with important World, American, West Coast and Center premieres to be discovered by audiences throughout California and nationwide.

World Premiere
ISADORA
Starring Natalia Osipova

American Premiere
PYGMALION
Inspired by the Greek Myth
Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg

West Coast Premiere
HARLEQUINADE
American Ballet Theatre

Center Premiere
PEPPERLAND
Mark Morris Dance Group

Center Premiere
DON QUIXOTE
Starring Ivan Vasiliev Mikhailovsky Ballet and Orchestra

Annual Holiday Presentation
THE NUTCRACKER
American Ballet Theatre

Don Quixote Angelina Vorontsova and Ivan Vasiliev 2 Photo by Jack Devant


For information, visit SCFTA.org

nelsonThe Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel presents its annual summer Festival of Arts exhibit featuring 13 contemporary artworks from the Festival’s Permanent Collection. Honoring the oceanfront resort’s long-term partnership with Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts, guests are invited to view the exhibit from May 11 through September 4, 2018. Guests can also visit the Festival of Arts, featuring 140 of Orange County’s finest artists, and experience the Pageant of the Masters UNDER THE SUN-themed stage performance where art comes to life.

The exhibit, titled “Fantastic Imagination: 45 Years of Contemporary Art,” was curated by Pat Sparkuhl and includes:

Iranian Strongman, Rob Gage, photography, 1972
Untitled, James Nussbaum, acrylic on canvas, 1972
Evolutionary II, Andy Wing, mixed media, 1983-84
Kimono, Joan Swanson, handmade paper, c.1985
Untitled, David Rosen, oil on canvas, 1986
Silke, Gregg Stone, watercolor, 2011
The Magician, Murray Kruger, digital, 2011
Red Billow Camera, Bradford J. Solomon, oil on canvas, 2012
Bold Tree Trunk I, Yoonsook Ryang, monotype, 2013
Mandala, Mariana Nelson, mixed media, 2016
Homework, Kathy Jones, oil on canvas, 2016
From Line to Color, Noriho Uriu, printmaking, 2016
Mrs. Rothchild Goes Bananas, Helen Weld, pastel, ND

Additional pieces include images of hand-painted costumes, behind the scenes photographs, as well as a photo of one of the Pageant of the Masters Tableaus – The Kiss on the Hand from 2016.

Since its first Wills and Trusts Week in the fall of 2011, the Orange Catholic Foundation has had as one of its primary goals to encourage everyone to have an estate plan designed to provide for the needs of their families.

Each year in the spring and fall, the Orange Catholic Foundation works in collaboration with parishes and schools throughout the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange to provide information sessions led by local Catholic estate planning attorneys and financial advisors to help you protect and provide for your loved ones, update or create your estate plan, and learn more about wills, trusts, estate taxes, probate expenses, guardianship of minor children, selection of personal representatives, and more.

For convenience, the Foundation offers a series of morning and evening seminars that are scheduled at local parishes across the diocese.

While learning how to effectively plan a legacy, attendees at these sessions receive answers to such questions as:

  • Who will make my healthcare decisions if I am no longer able to act on my own behalf?
  • Who will have the power to manage our finances if we are no longer able to manage our property or financial affairs?
  • What is the difference between a will and a trust?
  • What happens if I pass away without an updated estate plan?
  • What are the advantages of pre-planning for my funeral expenses?
  • How can we leave a legacy of faith?
  • Who should we appoint as our trustees and successor trustees?
  • Who will be the guardian of my dependent children or child with special needs if something happens to me?

The Orange Catholic Foundation warmly welcomes all who are interested in attending one of the upcoming sessions during the week of May 21st - 26th. Times and locations for the spring Wills and Trusts Week are listed in their advertisement in this issue.

Everyone who attends and completes a basic introductory form will receive a complimentary consultation with an estate planning attorney within the next six months.


The Orange Catholic Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation and an autonomous pious foundation that exists to serve the Diocese of Orange, including its parishes, schools and overall diocesan mission. The Orange Catholic Foundation plans and conducts major diocesan fundraising programs including the Proud to be Catholic Pastoral Services Appeal (PSA), the For Christ Forever Capital Campaign, the Conference on Business & Ethics, the annual Wills and Trusts Weeks and other special fundraising events. The Foundation also manages endowments and various charitable funds and grants funds according to the donor’s intent.

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.”


IMG 0642Beacon 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

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