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Haltrom Academy Mission Viejo
Check out a behind the scenes look at our August cover shoot at Halstrom Academy!



Zia Jewelry FEATURE:
Halstrom Academy of Mission Viejo

A one student to one teacher ratio is the cornerstone philosophy of Halstrom Academy. Founded in 1985, Halstrom pioneered the concept of customized curriculum paired with guided, individual instruction. After recently expanding its staff and campus to serve students from Grades 6 through 12, the school has grown to over 13 campuses throughout the state, with the Mission Viejo location as its largest. Read More...

Oceanfest San Clemente

LOCAL events:
Orange County Seafood Festival – August 9th in Dana Point
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Dana Point Harbor, just steps outside the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, the bluffs provide the perfect backdrop for pescatarian indulgences, refreshing drinks, and lively entertainment. The Orange County Seafood Festival is a don't-miss event that takes place at Dana Point's Lantern Bay Park on Saturday, August 9th from noon to 7 p.m. Read More...


Mission Grill San Juan Capistrano

LOCAL Food & drink:
Smokey's House of BBQ – Dana Point
There's no need to look further than Dana Point for scrumptious Southern fare. Smokey's House of BBQ boasts a hometown casual atmosphere, stunning ocean view, and melt-in-your-mouth smoked meats. Izzy Mercado, owner and restaurateur, helped build Smokey's into the cornerstone establishment it has been for over 6 years. Having begun his journey as the restaurant's executive chef at its inception, Izzy is emotionally invested in Smokey's service, food, and patrons. Read More...


Back to School 2014

Back to school 2014:
Highlighting schools in South Orange County
Download a comprehensive guide to some of the best private schools in South Orange County. PDF includes: Aliso Viejo Christian School, Mission Basilica School, Our Savior's Lutheran School, St. Edward the Confessor Parish School, St. Michale's Christian Academy and Serra Catholic School. Read More...




Orange County Charity
Summer Camp Guide for Orange County Special spaces:
Special Spaces and Designer Paula Oblen of San Clemente team up for Dream Bedroom for Laguna Niguel Child.
Special Spaces mission is simple but zealous. It is to create dream bedrooms for children with life-challenging illnesses in Orange County and across the country. A place that only the child can dream or imagine while addressing their medical needs. Where does a child go battling a life-challenging to find peace and comfort? Read More...




Calendar of Events July calendar of events for South OC
See what is going on in our community
Stay current and up to date with our community. Check out the latest news on what's happening in South OC. From where the best happy hour is to where your favorite local band might be playing. There are plenty events in the month of August to keep you and your family busy! View Calendar...

Fireworks Dana Point Lobster Beach Fest
August 16th, starting at 4:00 p.m.
Join this magnificent party at Doheny State Beach! Enjoy an incredible steak, lobster and seafood dinner with spirits, live music and dancing under the stars. This promises to be the party of the summer, so get your tickets now! Read More

Fireworks The 54th Annual Art & Craft Fair
August 16th & 17th, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This fun event is held at the San Clemente Community Center Grounds. Admission is free! Boasting over 100 artists and artisans, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, handcrafted and vintage clotting and so much more! Read More...




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