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Pilates Day 2018!

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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…
It takes a trained eye to note the subtle shading needed to contour a surfboard. To taper the rails just so. To send the airbrush lightly over the fin box and trace the shape perfectly, symmetrically, precisely. It takes a trained eye to paint the female form, to counter shadow and shape until a living woman appears on the page. It takes a trained eye to dive below what William Asbury called the “large-scale manifestations of classical biology” to the molecular plane below. For Kristy Fleming, MD, each of those became immediately necessary and tangential to another when she discovered…
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…
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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Taking a Vow to Save

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My father does not like debt. My father does not like debt in the way that most people don’t like spiders, or brussel sprouts. It irks him. He (and his own father) both worked their way out of debt, and have been fortunate enough to never look back. But for most in America, the concept of a little debt (or even a lot of it) isn’t too far off from the concept of satisfying a craving for your favorite food. Sure, it might not be the most healthy meal in the world, but you’re balancing it along with a handful…
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…
Mar 27, 2018

Pets of the Month

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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…
Mission Viejo Wigs is truly a family business. Not in the traditional sense, where its owners and operators share the same genes. But rather in such a way that every person who has walked through Owner Betty Darroch’s doors in the 30+ years she has been in operation immediately felt like a member of Darroch’s extended family. As a professional hair and wig stylist since 1962, Betty began her career at CBS where her résumé reads like a celebrity screenplay starring the coifs of a veritable “who’s who” of Hollywood: Ann Margaret, Carol Lawrence, the Midnight Specials and the Sonny…
I do not trust advertisements on television. I am certainly not one of those people who sits up watching late night cable dialing in for the newest in skin care, workout equipment, or nutrition supplements. I trust my friends. My family. Folks who can offer me sound advice based on years of experience. (Call me old fashioned.) When I met Libby about a year ago, we chatted for a bit, asking each other the usual (where are you from, what do you do for a living?). I was curious when she referred to herself a “wellness resource.” I inquired further,…
Just to Be With You –  Jimmy Gallagher and the Passions Having an oldies’ radio show brought back its own memories. Digging into the archives to find that golden oldie meant that hearing the title of a song flooded the senses. I received phone calls such as, “I have not heard that song in 50 years!” or “I remember who I was dancing with when that song played.” That meant that I got to them with that memory. To a certain extent, that is why we enjoy listening to the oldies. Our lives were simpler, entwined with innocent relationships, attention…
To most the idea of doing an aerial yoga class sounds a little scary, but in all honesty, it’s for anyone that enjoys a fun workout, a good stretch, and a calming meditation. If you partake in a yoga practice already, then you can do aerial yoga. It doesn’t require you to be an acrobat and on the contrary, it can be easier than a traditional yoga class. Here is how it works— You sit on a soft, fabric hammock that looks kind of like a long scarf. The hammock is kept close to the ground, generally no higher then…
A Listening Ear and an Eye for Design Stephen R. Covey, one of my favorite authors (nerd alert) famously wrote that “most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” I have met many of these people. I am sure you have as well. Lesser often though, are the ones you meet in the camp of understanding. Even with very few words spoken. A great many things can come from a good listening ear: the least of which offers clearer communication and a sense of settlement for all parties involved. That feeling…
People of all ages get skin cancer. Checking your skin can help you find skin cancer early when it’s highly treatable. Skin cancer is actually one of the easiest cancers to find. That’s because skin cancer usually begins where you can see it. You can get skin cancer anywhere on your skin — from your scalp to the bottoms of your feet. Even if the area gets little sun, it’s possible for skin cancer to develop there. You can also get skin cancer in places that may surprise you. Skin cancer can begin under a toenail or fingernail, on your…
Destination dining in Dana Point inspired by the authentic cuisine, tradition and charm of Venice, Italy For a unrivaled dining experience derived from years of education, a passion for preparing delicious, authentic dishes from the freshest ingredients and a dedication to stellar customer service where the owners and staff make you feel like a personal guest in their home, look no farther than Casanova Ristorante. Owner Chris Lagaris and General Manager Stefano Xenos have clearly - pardon the pun - discovered the recipe for success in the Southern California restaurant industry. The cousins have been working together for half a…
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…
All the jokes my husband makes about potentially living under the same roof as his mother-in-law aside, my 84-year-old mother knows she can always move in with our family if or when the time arrives when she needs extra help in her daily life. I recently learned about Acti-Kare, thinking forward about what options were out there for those looking to take care of their elderly in-house: options to give you more dignity, comfort, and independence, not less. An industry leader in providing highly qualified, compassionate, and trustworthy caregivers, Acti-Kare is dedicated to in-home care, and Lori Renaud, R.N., is…
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…
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…

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