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When he visits HAMMER & NAILS | Men’s Grooming Shop in the Ocean Ranch Village in Laguna Niguel, his most difficult decision centers around which premium beverage to enjoy and what cable program to watch on his own personal big-screen TV while receiving his services. Providing a full-range of experiences from Premium Haircuts, Beard Grooming and Old-School Straight-Razor shaves to their cornerstone experiences for Hand & Foot Grooming (Men’s MANicures & Pedicures), as well as services such as Facials and Facial Waxing (eyebrows, ears & nose), making it his premier one-stop destination for confidence to always look and feel his absolute best.

HammerNails 78“We’ve built a ‘Man Cave’ and it has everything you’d expect,” says the owner, Beverly Shepherd. Adding, “Our guests can relax without all the astringent smells you typically find at normal nail salons. Instead detecting the subtle scents of cedar, leather, and steel. We have an incredibly cool custom ‘57-Chevy lighted door panel that welcomes guests before being warmly greeted by one of our Client Concierge’s.”

When you first arrive, your eyes are immediately drawn to the larger-than-life graphic of sparks exploding from the Hammer and is impacts the steel beneath it. As you are still taking in the rugged, weathered corrugated steel wall behind the reception counter, you are greeted with a warm friendly smile, offered your choice of a premium complimentary beverage including choices such as Ketel One® Vodka, Macallan®, Crown Royal®, selection of craft beers, wine, or soft drinks.

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Beverly first came to America from the Philippines in 2009. Shortly after she met her husband, Michael while she was working at the Nordstrom cosmetics counter in Fashion Island. Beverly & Michael married in 2017 in a romantic beach ceremony at the El Nido Resort in the Philippines. Mike sold his previous company, an electronics & materials test lab, in 2015 and they wanted to start a new business together. After seeing the episode on SHARK TANK® featuring the original founder of Hammer & Nails, they decided to open the first HAMMER & NAILS Franchise in Orange County in Laguna Niguel and just celebrated their 4th anniversary for the shop.

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Bev & Mike have assembled a team of the top talent in Orange County providing 5-Star services to local residents as well as many from out of the area and those vacationing at one of the many local luxury resorts in the area. “With couples getting married at these amazing resorts, many will schedule groomsman parties to be sure they are all looking sharp and “on point” for their special day,” Beverly stated. While our incredible Barbers/Stylist can keep anyone looking their best and have proven time-and-time again their confidence and skill for clients seeking a new look and even a total transformational haircut style. Beverly also added, “it is not uncommon for gentlemen to visit our shop each month and spend several hours, starting with a Premium Haircut and Shave or Facial then relaxing in our Hand & Foot Grooming Man Cave for one of our Signature Manicure/Pedicures combos like the Big Daddy Aromatherapy.

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“It was a good experience for me. I was there after a tough day and felt welcomed. I have received several compliments on the haircut and will be back for more soon. Thank you.” - T. Alvarez

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“Another great experience at Hammer & Nails. I don’t live in the area but often visit friends in Dana Point and Laguna Niguel who turned me on to Hammer & Nails so I always try to stop in for a haircut or manicure/pedicure. I think this was my 4th visit. The stylists and nail techs are skilled and friendly, and you can enjoy a complimentary adult beverage during your appointment. Terrific!” - E. Rodgers

“The place was “hopping”, but I never felt overlooked or unattended to. When my turn came around, I certainly felt the personal touch your business has always provided me. Found a new addiction too, my first facial experience has left me yearning for more.” - D. Brask

Beverly Shepherd“You guys are doing great. I called Friday afternoon in search for a manicurist for an urgent need of a pedicure due to a painful ingrown toenail. My manicurist was unavailable. I was hesitant to drive from Irvine to Laguna Niguel but your receptionist talked me into. She was right. 20 minutes. Not bad. I was seated right away and offered a beverage. Jack & Coke in a crystal short. Nice! The manicurist, I wish I knew her name, was amazing. She talked me through the service and help relieve my pain. The Jack & Coke helped. She did an awesome job! - F. Mejia

“I’m a repeat customer and always treated well, have a good experience.” - T. Gallagher

“Service is always prompt, excellent and friendly. BEST IN CLASS” - G. Powell

“You took really good care of my elderly father who has many foot and toenail issues. The staff was all very kind.” - R. Misiow


PREMIUM & CLASSIC SERVICES INCLUDE

  • Haircuts
  • Straight-Razor Shaves
  • Beard Grooming
  • Face Treatments
  • Facial Waxing
  • MANicures
  • Pedicures

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These Premium MANicure/Pedicure Combo are the Signature Services of HAMMER & Nails found nowhere else and are the service that places us a level above any other nail salon for Men. All our Premium Pedicure services include callus resurfacing, infused signature scrub, hand & foot massage, nail care (clip, file, and buff), finishing with warm paraffin on your hands & feet, and our steamed towel wrap.
The Jack Hammer Experience - Rich, liquid-gold from fingers to toes.

  • The Hops & Cedar Experience - Beer-lover’s bliss. 
  • The Big Daddy Experience - Refresh & relax with our most popular Hand & Foot experience. 
  • The Milk & Honey Experience - Saturate your skin in luxury.
  • Sports Pedicure - Sore muscle relief for our most active guests. 
  • Essential Tea Tree Pedicure - For feet needing extra TLC.

Scan to Book BlackHAMMER & NAILS is active in the community a Members of the Chamber of Commerce for both Laguna Niguel and Dana Point. They also actively sponsor and contribute to many of the local schools and community events. Bev & Mike and their entire staff take a great deal of pride in providing exceptional services to the community and have enjoyed getting to know their clients and other local business owners

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32411 Golden Lantern, Unit H, Laguna Niguel
Book you appointment at HNGrooming.com or call/text 949.340.3559

At The Covington, an ECS senior living community in South Orange County’s Aliso Viejo, holiday meals are an opportunity to create cultural experiences for residents.

The Covington is home to residents of many faiths. Holiday meals are a chance for residents to celebrate their faith and culture with others through food.

“There are multiple religious beliefs here at The Covington,” says Javier Sarmiento, Dining Services Director at The Covington, whose hospitality background includes The Four Seasons and Hilton Hotels. “So, when there’s a religious holiday, we try to accommodate as much as we can by creating delicious meals that are typical for that celebration.”

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Holiday meals at The Covington are frequent throughout the year, and include Seder dinner for Passover and Chinese New Year.

“Our Executive Chef, Mike Desimone, is great at coming up with different dishes that accommodate our residents,” says Sarmiento. “It’s something we’re really proud of – attention to detail.”

Resident reaction is what makes it all worth it.

“Our residents are really appreciative of our dinners,” says Sarmiento. “I’m surrounded by an extremely talented team and it is really gratifying to be able to host meaningful celebrations like this for our residents.”

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It’s not just the Culinary Team at The Covington that helps make these holiday meals happen. The resident Dining Services Committee plays a large role, too. “Our Committee is comprised of approximately 25 residents, but anyone can come to the meetings,” says resident Barbara Peck, Chair of the Dining Services Committee. “The purpose is to have an open, on-going conversation with our chefs, and to share comments and suggestions,” says Peck. “They’re always agreeable with what we have to say and open to ideas we have for upcoming events.”

The Committee gathers monthly, along with Sarmiento, Desimone, and the Dining Room Services Manager, Gerardo Guerrero. The group discusses upcoming celebrations and menu options. It takes about 2-3 weeks to execute a holiday meal, from ordering food, testing menus and tasting dishes, and making sure the meals look great on the plate. Depending on the number of residents who are attending a particular holiday dinner, the celebrations occur in The Covington’s variety of dining venues and event spaces such as the Grand View formal dining room, the Lounge, or Schumacher Hall.

These holiday meals are in addition to the approximately 11,500 meals The Covington’s Culinary Team executes each month.

“Food is a very important part of life at The Covington, and it’s done very well,” says Peck.

Part of what makes the meals at The Covington so delicious are the high-quality ingredients used by the Culinary Team.

Meals feature hormone-free poultry and beef that is USDA Choice or better. Santa Monica Seafood delivers fresh seafood twice weekly and selections are made per the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch guidelines. Locally sourced produce is always a priority to support nearby farmers and the region’s economy.

At one particular Committee meeting, a resident requested the Culinary Team bring back the Triple Chocolate Cookies, which had been phased out because of pandemic-related supply chain issues. “Sure enough, that same week, we had Triple Chocolate Cookies back on the menu,” says Peck. “Sometimes it’s the little things.”

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“We normally wouldn’t be able to accommodate a request like this so quickly because of ingredients being on back order, so we got creative and had our pastry chef make the cookies from scratch,” says Sarmiento. “Whatever it takes.”

Another way residents are able to stay in touch with the Culinary Team at The Covington is through comment cards in each of the dining rooms. The cards give residents an opportunity to share their feedback on a particular dish or meal. “It helps motivate our team when we hear positive comments,” says Sarmiento. “And it gives us a chance to course-correct when we receive not-so-great comments. We want to hear it all.”

The Culinary Team occasionally receives handwritten recipes on the comment cards, a nice insight into residents’ tastes, memories, and passions. “Chef Desimone will take the resident’s recipe, work on it, and figure out how to implement it into our menus,” says Sarmiento. One such menu offering is called Grandma’s Favorite Meatloaf.

But while faith-based meals are an important aspect of life at The Covington, so, too, are the events that are simply a great time. These events add an extra air of festivity to an already active social life at The Covington. Events include luaus, barbecues, and even an Elvis Presley Night. “Whether it’s religious or not, we try to be very creative with what we do,” says Sarmiento.

Oktoberfest 2022 was a huge success and a lot of fun for residents. “The Dining Committee met with the Culinary Team, and we asked them to serve drinks and appetizers that would be found at a traditional Oktoberfest,” says Peck. “So, they brought in kegs of German beer, pretzels with cheese sauce, and bratwurst. It was a lot of fun.”

“The main point is to be able to give the residents a great experience,” says Sarmiento. “That’s what we’re here for.”


Interested in learning more about The Covington?
Reach out at (949) 209-3829 and thecovington.org.

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Along the California Coast, the ultra-popular maritime activity of whale watching kicks off for the fall/winter season with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see gray whales migrating through the waters for a limited time. In San Diego, City Cruises' seasonal winter whale watching experience returns, which will run through the spring, featuring the best sightseeing of the Bay paired with a professionally narrated tour of whale hot spots and not-to-be-missed San Diego sites. To guarantee a memorable experience for all guests, City Cruises will provide a pass to return for another whale watching or harbor cruise experience if some species of whale is not spotted.

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Celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with an unforgettable experience on the water. The two-hour Thanksgiving brunch cruise is available in Newport Beach, San Diego and Marina Del Rey, and includes a menu of freshly-prepared Thanksgiving staples as well as drinks, including unlimited champagne, live music, and unbeatable views.

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For those who wish to skip the holiday meal preparation and spend more quality time with loved ones, the Thanksgiving Day Dinner Cruise offers an evening cruise complete with a decadent Thanksgiving dinner and entertainment. Dinner will be offered at the Newport Beach, Marina Del Rey, San Diego and Long Beach ports.

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The tastes emerging from downtown San Clemente’s new contemporary Mexican restaurant Gema are influenced by its chef’s childhood memories and high-level culinary techniques.

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Partnering authentic ingredients straight from Mexico with locally sourced seasonal fare, Gema’s Executive Chef Juan Pablo Cruz takes tradition and gives it new life. His menu is scratch-made and inspired by authentic Mexican gastronomy which “supports local farmers markets, purveyors of naturally and humanely raised meats, sustainable seafood and the use of top-quality products and ingredients.”

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Al pastor, birria, fish, shrimp, and wagyu take center stage at this seaside city’s newest upscale eatery, accompanied by quesillo cheese, habanero glazes, and tamarindo or jackfruit adobada.

I am a huge, huge fan of ceviche and always feel compelled to order the seafood specialty in the hopes of sampling the freshest of fish enhanced with each chef’s unique, flavorful spin on a traditional favorite. Gema’s iteration arrived with cuts of fresh fish (varies per the freshest available each day), mandarin habanero glaze, kumquot salad and blue watercress.

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Remaining in keeping with my seafaring theme of the evening, I opted for another appetizer as my main course: the Camarones Flameados, crunchy shrimp with grasshopper creme, charred heirloom tomatoes, corn croutons, macadamia dust and sorrel mix.

If you’re a meat eater like my husband, menu options include the Wagyu steak - an MB-8 Australian filet accompanied by scalloped potatoes, the Birria de Res (tender prime short rib) and the grilled prime cut NY strip loin steak enhanced with bone marrow butter.

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Other popular entrees include the Halibut Al Pastor (Alaskan halibut, achioto infusion, pineapple foam and serrano puree) and the Sea Bass Meztlapique (Mexican sea bass enhanced with a bergamot basil salsa macha).

Share a couple of sides, partake in a tostada de wagyu or Duranzo salad (elegante mix greens, blood orange vinaigrette, house hibiscus cheese, castilla walnut), and finish the night with a delectable dessert.


110 S. El Camino Real
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(714) 640-9371
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The transformational gift was announced at the 2022 Hope Gala featuring Nick Jonas

Visionary philanthropist Julia A. Argyros surprised guests at City of Hope’s Hope Gala in Orange County by announcing a $25 million gift from Julia and George Argyros to City of Hope Orange County.

This transformational gift continues a decades-long legacy of extraordinary generosity and support from the Argyros family to City of Hope.

Now, in recognition of the generous gift, the Argyros name will grace the healing garden at City of Hope Orange County Lennar Foundation Cancer Center, furthering a shared commitment to healing mind, body and spirit.

The Argyros family has made deep investments in health care, education, childhood development and arts foundations across Southern California.

“We are honored to be in the position to support City of Hope, which is saving lives and expanding access to its advanced cancer care. We believe it is our privilege to give back to the community. We hope that this gift helps people get the care they need and that everyone who walks through the healing gardens at the new cancer center is filled with peace and hope,” Julia Argyros said.

The Sept. 10 gala raised $2.3 million in addition to the announcement of the Argyros family’s transformational $25 million gift to City of Hope Orange County. The gala brought together leaders and luminaries to honor Julia Argyros and celebrate the partnership of City of Hope’s many philanthropic supporters in Orange County and nationally. The gala featured a performance by Grammy-nominated recording artist Nick Jonas.

“City of Hope came to Orange County to answer a pressing need in the community, and we are grateful for those foresighted supporters who help us ignite a movement that is changing the health care landscape,” said Annette Walker, president, City of Hope Orange County. “Supporters like Julia and George Argyros, and everyone whose contributions are helping to make this vision possible, are evidence of the incredible support for City of Hope in Orange County. Together, we can achieve our goal of making our communities cancer free.”

City of Hope Provides Orange County’s Most Advanced Cancer Care

Patients at the cancer center receive fully integrated, multidisciplinary care — from prevention through survivorship — in one convenient location where every physician and staff member is solely focused on treating and curing cancer. They have access to City of Hope’s 575 physicians and more than 1,000 researchers and scientists, and nearly 1,000 Phase 1-3 clinical trials conducted at City of Hope each year.

The outpatient cancer center features a suite of market-leading technology, 67 spacious exam and treatment rooms, an infusion center and a design developed around patient preferences. It will be seamlessly connected to Orange County’s only specialty cancer hospital, opening in 2025.

City of Hope’s Orange County cancer care network currently includes four regional clinical network sites — two in Newport Beach, one in Huntington Beach and one in Irvine. The cancer center, the regional sites and the planned hospital will create Orange County’s largest network dedicated exclusively to cancer treatment and cures.


Julia ArgyrosPatients can make an appointment at any of the Orange County locations by calling 888-333-HOPE.

Frank Sinatra couldn’t say it better himself: The best is yet to come. At least hundreds of seniors are finding this out after a move to Reata Glen. The South Orange County community is celebrating its third year in a row of being voted #1 senior living community in Orange County by the readers of The Orange County Register.

But what makes this community so unique? Why are so many seniors flocking here for their retirement? The answers to these questions can be found by asking the residents themselves and looking back at the events and activities that make this community their home.

Multicultural Opportunities

You couldn’t find one person who wasn’t smiling at the dining room table as they enjoyed the Passover Seder Dinner. The traditional event, hosted in April, was a first for many of them as they indulged in the matzo ball soup and poached fish dumplings made by the chefs at Reata Glen. For resident Esther Sterling, it’s been a holiday she’s celebrated since she was a child living in Poland.

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Reata Glen is home to many residents of diverse backgrounds and nationalities, and they’re all interested in learning from one another and sharing their experiences.

“It’s a good feeling to bring my religion to people who have never experienced it before,” said Sterling. The Passover Seder Dinner is one of many events hosted by the Blum Judah Group, which is named after resident Steven Blum. Nearly 100 residents attend the monthly meetings that promote people of diverse backgrounds. “We started the group to teach others about Judaism. There are so many people here interested in learning about it,” said Sterling.

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Karen Phelps is enjoying art like never before. “I now have more time to spend creating my artwork,” noted Phelps. She’s been an artist her whole life, even owning her own art studio. Now, her studio is located inside her two-bedroom apartment. “This is the best move I ever made in my life. I stimulate my mind with painting and get my exercise by going to the pool three to four times a week.”

In January, Phelps and 24 other residents showcased their artwork for the entire community to see. With the help of Activities Director Jayne Austin, Phelps hosted the first Art Guild. From drawings and paintings to prints, sculptures and photographs, residents displayed meaningful art they created before and after
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Friendships Are Formed Every Day

Cheri Brumleu was apprehensive at first about a move to Reata Glen, but looking back, she’s thankful to her husband for making the decision when he did. “He knew Reata Glen would meet our wants today and our needs tomorrow. He wanted me to be surrounded by people instead of living at home by myself.”

After 62 years of marriage, Brumleu’s husband passed away last year. She was comforted by her friends and neighbors at the community. Over time, she’s participated in numerous events, including this summer’s Murder Mystery, where she portrayed a silver-screen star in the Prohibition era.

Brumleu still enjoys working part time as a travel consultant and hosts cruises, which is something she enjoyed doing with her husband. “It’s wonderful to continue to travel,” said Brumleu. “I have peace of mind knowing that everything is taken care of.”

Peace of Mind for the Future

Roberta and Patrick Jackson say peace of mind is important to them and their lives at Reata Glen. The two newlyweds met at the community in 2019 and hosted their wedding in the gazebo of the community in May 2022.

“When you live at Reata Glen, it opens you up and expands your horizons,” said Roberta. “I have more friends here than I’ve ever had before.”

The couple now lives together in the Life Plan Community. They feel comforted knowing that they have convenient access to The Orchards Health Center adjacent to the community – offering care if they ever need it.


What Are You Waiting For?

With so much to enjoy, it’s no wonder Reata Glen has been named the best retirement community in Orange County. Residents can choose to settle into a stand-alone patio home or apartment home. They can connect with a community of friendly, active seniors while enjoying the luxuries of maintenance-free living. Schedule your complimentary tour to meet with the residents who call Reata Glen home. Call 949-751-1066 to learn more.

In the 1950s, Bobbie Riddell loved to play volleyball on Laguna Beach. Every chance she got, Bobbie was down by the water, sand in her toes, digging for balls and spiking winners. “It was a different time back then,” Bobbie says, “and so was the beach.”

Less crowded and not so developed, there was room to breathe and a sense of freedom for a generation only a decade removed from World War II. The Big Bopper was on the radio, Rebel Without a Cause was in movie halls and Elvis was everywhere, defining the decade’s youthful exuberance.

One beautiful, sun-kissed day in 1957, Bobbie and friends were playing volleyball when another young woman approached. Her name was Marion Sandell. Marion said she had not played much volleyball before and was not particularly good, but asked if she could join in. Bobbie being Bobbie, immediately said Yes. True to her word,

Marion was not particularly good, but she had a determination that Bobbie admired. Such are the moments that beget life-long friendships.

Bobbie and Marion quickly became a fearsome two-person volleyball team and played together for over a decade. As loyal teammates on the beach they had each other’s back, but off the sand, their friendship and commitment ran even deeper.

In 1963, when Bobbie was pregnant with her second child, Marion accompanied her to the hospital. “She was more nervous than I was,” Bobbie says. Together, they celebrated birthdays, anniversaries, and graduations while providing support during life’s challenging moments. “We were always there for each other,” Marion says.

After a dozen years as the volleyball queens of Laguna Beach, Marion and Bobbie started playing tennis. “We could get quite competitive sometimes,” Marion says. To this day the women still debate who had the better serve. “I did,” Bobbie laughs.

Eventually these natural athletes decided to take up biking. Both bought brand new bicycles and for the next 15 years did a twice weekly 20-mile ride. “Staying active kept us healthy, but it was also just plain fun,” Marion says.

Later in life, Marion’s first husband passed. A few years later Marion met new husband Bob and she settled into a new life. Then Bobbie lost her husband. Through it all, the women continued to remain close friends but for Bobbie, loneliness began to creep in, and she found her house too much for her.

There are so many activities to choose from and always something new to learn.

In 2019, Marion and husband Bob moved into The Covington. Then, in 2021, Bobbie decided it may be time for her to consider making a change too. “Within one month I sold my house and moved in,” says Bobbie. “I miss my house, but it was absolutely the right decision; one I probably should have made sooner.”

Now the women are together again, sharing their life-long friendship – and they are as busy as ever. The Covington’s approach to proactive health and wellness ensures the women have numerous ways to stay active. “I especially enjoy our exercise sessions with Neal, the trainer at our community,” Bobbie says.

Physical activity is just one aspect of living well and The Covington ensures residents have a variety of ways to stay sharp and be at their best. Since arriving, Marion has taken up ceramics and enjoys the many live-music concerts put on by the community. “Honestly, I do more here than I ever did at home,” she says.

The community spirit of The Covington is strong and both women have never shied away from trying something new. “We both play bridge but another resident, our friend Jade, invited us to try Mah Jong,” say Bobbie. “It’s my new thing, I love it.”

Bobbie and Marion say they enjoy the lush gardens and walking paths at The Covington every day.

At this stage of her journey, Marion says she is grateful for the wellness, well-being, and peace of mind The Covington provides her. “I never thought I would be this happy at this age.” Bobbie concurs and says that being able to spend time with her best friend is the icing on the cake. “I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”

The Covington is a member of the ECS family of communities for active seniors. Founded on four commitments – choice, creativity, confidence, and connection, ECS has been at the forefront of nonprofit senior living in Southern California since 1923.

Choice

At The Covington, your journey can be as adventurous or easy-going as you want. A maintenance-free lifestyle means freedom to create your future, pursue your passions and enjoy active independence. Our residences, villas, and cottages offer floor plans for all needs, freeing you from the worry of having to move again. With services to ensure your comfort and mobility, and amenities to keep you active and inspire learning, here, life is what you make it.

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Like most ECS campuses, The Covington is a Life Plan Community. Choosing a community like ours ensures a plan for your care needs — now and in the future – with a focus on proactive wellness and a continuum of care. Making your home here also provides peace of mind, knowing you do not have to move should your needs change.

Creativity

Our Creative Living philosophy drives life-long learning, growth, and social and cultural connections. Here, you will find the settings, services, and amenities that support fun, fresh opportunities for self-expression and discovery. Choose from fitness for all levels, theater and singing groups, and art and dance classes – all available on campus. If you need more inspiration, our communities are conveniently located near many of Southern California’s celebrated cultural destinations.

The culinary team at The Covington delivers inspired dining for the discerning palate.

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Confidence

Confidence is everything. As a nonprofit organization, ECS is continually reinvesting to improve infrastructure, services, and programs. No matter which Life Plan community you choose, you will experience relaxed, maintenance-free, sophisticated retirement living. With one of the highest credit ratings in the industry, ECS offers the security, services, and peace-of-mind that allows you to enjoy all life has to offer.

Connection

The strength of a community is the strength of its people. Relax over morning coffee with friends, take a class, attend a lecture, and delight in live entertainment. Here, your social life is as vibrant as you are. Or contribute by serving on a resident club or leadership committee. Our “Resident Centered, Staff Supported” approach means you enjoy the full spectrum of quality-of-life benefits that comes from calling a Life Plan Community home. It is an environment that allows you to flourish and be your very best.

About Us

The Covington offers exceptional continuing care, retirement community living in a secure, gated neighborhood in Aliso Viejo, Southern California. Our relaxed, maintenance-free, resort-style accommodations, and active campus environment offer the perfect place to continue your journey, on your terms.


We would love to hear from you. Please visit thecovington.org or phone (949) 209-3829 to learn more.

From its scenic South Orange County hilltop location, Rancho Mission Viejo offers a wide variety of new homes, designed for a wide-range of lifestyles, including Gavilán neighborhoods, The Ranch’s brand for the unique 55+ lifestyle.

Gavilán residents enjoy single-level living and exclusive access to resort-style amenities, events, and activities designed for those who enjoy a vibrant lifestyle. Gavilán exclusive recreational amenities and indoor/outdoor spaces are located throughout The Ranch including:

  • The signature Clubhouse;
  • The Hacienda, nestled in Sendero featuring a saltwater pool, spa, fitness center/massage room and the Palomino Great Room and Event Bar;
  • The Outlook, an indoor/outdoor retreat complete with a resort-style lap pool and spa;
  • The Getaway, which includes an indoor club room and meetup space;
  • Among other exclusive and intergenerational amenities to explore.

Residents of the 55+ neighborhoods on The Ranch enjoy a robust calendar of RanchLife community events, more than 40 resident-led Gavilán clubs, exclusive dining events, happy hours and more.

Additionally, Gavilán residents have access to all amenities throughout The Ranch including clubhouses, pools, spas, parks and open-air retreats, and an extensive list of programs and events while ‘Gavilán-exclusive’ amenities and programs are open only to those who reside in The Ranch’s 55+ neighborhoods.

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The Ranch’s intergenerational focus nurtures neighborliness among all ages and life stages, utilizing award-winning amenities and thoughtful programming to create a vibrant social life in neighborhoods that are part of a historic ranch featuring thousands of acres of permanently protected open space. Extended families reside throughout The Ranch, providing a wonderful opportunity for grandparents to live close to their children and grandchildren. No other planned community in Orange County can match Rancho Mission Viejo’s rich offering of amenities and family-oriented activities, which include workshops, classes, health and wellness programs, happy hours and resident-led clubs, among many others.

The last working ranch in Orange County, residents enjoy a unique lifestyle found only at The Ranch, including acres of citrus groves, miles of protected creeks, nearby beaches, jobs, cultural amenities and outstanding dining and retail. Upon completion, The Ranch will occupy approximately 6,000 acres, or 25%, of the historic 23,000-acre Rancho Mission Viejo, Orange County’s last working ranch, which has been held in the O’Neill/Moiso/Avery family since 1882. About 17,000 acres, or 75%, of The Ranch will be preserved for ranching, farming and the phased formation of a large habitat conservation area known as The Nature Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo.

Two new Gavilán neighborhoods exclusively for 55+ residents will be opening in the next phase of the Village of Rienda, coming in late 2022.


To learn more, visit www.RanchoMissionVIejo.com visit the Discovery House in person at Ranch Camp or call (949) 768-1882.

The Irvine cancer center is home to a team of cancer-fighting physician-scientists assembled from across the country

City of Hope has opened the most advanced comprehensive cancer center in Orange County, ushering in a new era of hope for people with cancer.

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At City of Hope Orange County Lennar Foundation Cancer Center, a team of some of the world’s most acclaimed physician-scientists with expertise in lung, breast, gastrointestinal, gynecological, genitourinary, blood cancers and more — leads next-level cancer treatment and research.

Patients receive fully integrated, multidisciplinary cancer care — from prevention through survivorship — in one convenient location where every physician and staff member is solely focused on treating and curing cancer.

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“With the opening of City of Hope Orange County Lennar Foundation Cancer Center, we are delivering on our promise to the people of Orange County and changing cancer care for our family, friends and neighbors,” said Annette M. Walker, president, City of Hope Orange County. “Four years ago, we pledged to bring the most advanced cancer care to Orange County, home to 3.2 million people. Hope is truly here in Orange County.”

Distinguishing clinical services include:

  • Acclaimed cancer expertise: Access to City of Hope’s 575 physicians and more than 1,000 researchers and scientists who only focus on cancer.
  • Lifesaving clinical trials: Access to nearly 1,000 innovative Phase 1-3 clinical trials being conducted at City of Hope each year — more cancer-focused clinical trials than anywhere in the area.
  • Breakthrough treatments: Targeted immunotherapies, including CAR T cell therapy, as well as bone marrow transplants, robotic minimally invasive surgeries and MRI-guided radiation oncology.
  • Leading-edge technology: The latest and most comprehensive suite of market-leading radiology, interventional radiology and radiation oncology equipment.
  • Integrative medicine: A trailblazing integrative medicine program combining the best of Western medicine and evidence-based complementary therapies, such as acupuncture, massage and meditation.

The outpatient cancer center will be seamlessly connected to Orange County’s only specialty cancer hospital exclusively focused on treating and curing cancer, opening in 2025.

City of Hope, one of only 52 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the country, is answering the call to extend its personalized care, outstanding research and lifesaving treatments closer to home. Despite its reputation for healthy living, Orange County is not immune to the national 1 in 3 statistic for cancer incidence. Nearly 20% of Orange County residents have left the area for advanced cancer care, many traveling up to two hours each way to City of Hope in Duarte.

Built For and With the Community

City of Hope Orange County Lennar Foundation Cancer Center was designed with input from more than 500 patients, their families and community members. Every feature of the cancer center — from the design of its gathering spaces to its lighting, its wall color, even its artwork selection — was intentionally chosen to promote healing and comfort and ensure patients and their families have the best care experience.

Features include:

  • 67 spacious exam and treatment rooms and 15 consultation rooms
  • An infusion center designed around patient preferences with 43 infusion bays and 10 private infusion treatment rooms with panoramic views of the Saddleback mountains.
  • Hope Boutique, a full-service salon and specialty shopping experience with oncology-trained cosmetologists.
  • A retail and specialty pharmacy that dispenses traditional, specialty, and over-the-counter medications, alleviating the travel burden on patients for their medication needs.
  • A full range of state-of-the-art laboratory services in one location, making it convenient for patients to get routine blood draws.
  • Feng Shui design, art galleries, a healing garden, dedicated space for family members to gather or work, and programs to care for the whole patient — mind, body, and spirit.

“I've been waiting for this day ever since City of Hope announced its plans for an Orange County campus. Whenever I connect with people navigating a cancer diagnosis, my first piece of advice is always to find a cancer-specific research center for the most advanced care. Now, right here in our community, people with cancer have the highly specialized and compassionate care they need — all in one place,” says Leslie Bruce Amin, a grateful patient.

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City of Hope Orange County’s cancer care network currently includes four regional clinics — two in Newport Beach, one in Huntington Beach and one in Irvine. The cancer center, the regional clinics and the planned hospital will create Orange County’s largest network dedicated exclusively to cancer treatment and cures.


To make an appointment, call 888-333 HOPE (4673).
For more information, visit, CityofHope.org/OC.

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