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Grand Opening: Mid Bridal
MID Bridal
23591 Rockfield Blvd
Lake Forest, CA 92630
949-295-7439
MID Bridal is now open in Lake Forest. Come find your dream dress, uniquely tailored to your body and vision. Mirela is from Romania born into a decent family of seamstresses. From a young age she has had a strong passion for sewing and designing. This is where her distinct artistic background stems from. As she dived into the design world, it was a gradual evolution. It all started in Orange County where Mirela launched her business of custom-made ivory lace appliqués. Mirela is designing for brides in Europe and United States. Although her roots are from the art world, she never forgets to combine art and fashion through each of her luxury creations. INSPIRATION The fabrics and different accessories provide me with infinite inspiration. Therefore every season I scout the market and the different suppliers and create unique fabrics and patterns designed by myself to make my vision a reality. Source: https://www.weddingwire.com/biz/mirela-iorgoni-design-corona/6698cd5f6bd949b4.html
Come To Lake Forest's Farmers Market For Fresh Produce And Homemade Goods
Lake Forest Sports Park & Recreation Center
28000 Rancho Parkway
Lake Forest, CA 92630
949-273-6960
Come to Lake Forest's Farmers Market tonight, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Lake Forest Sports Park. Enjoy a cool evening out as you shop for locally sourced produce, flowers, and homemade goods. Booths are first come, first serve, for anybody who'd like to set up shop and share their goods with the community, and tables are limited one per person in order to promote variety. Come by and shop local! For more information, please call (949)273-6971.
Meet Nikita Ganatra Of Kumon Math And Reading Center Of Foothill Ranch
Kumon Math and Reading Center of Foothill Ranch
26741 Portola Pkwy Ste 1 B
Foothill Ranch, CA 92610
949-238-8100
Today we’d like to introduce you to Nikita Ganatra. Nikita, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today? I am the girl who started her journey in a small town called Junagadh and have kept going forward and never looking back. How I got here is a bit tough to put into a few words – so many people, so many experiences, so many heartbreaks and tough decisions – all have contributed to my life thus far that isolating a few highlights seems impossible – truly. And yet, as I am about to finish, my 6-year old says, the impossible is just the “unimpossible”. 🙂 We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you? Our road thus far with Kumon has been full of challenges and lots of learning. To start with, in 2012 we welcomed our son Sahil, who is now 6 years old. I often joke that we were raising two babies simultaneously – him and Kumon. We opened Kumon – our second baby- in May of 2013, but the prior year, I was going through training in New Jersey, scouting a location for the center, learning about commercial leases and every possible aspect of running a business! Remember, I was a teacher with former training, a classroom full of kids and a curriculum I that was handed to me to teach, with teacher’s notes and all 🙂 – not much was left to me to decide. But with Kumon, I had to make all the decisions without having any experience in making those decisions – no tools, no guidebook to follow and no kids to teach, yet. Both were in their infancy and boy did I have moments of self-doubt! Once you become a mom, something inside of you changes. You are in a constant state of decision-making about a new life you have brought to the world for which you have no prior experience or training – it is the internship of a lifetime! Alongside, I was frustrated that I wasn’t able to do either of my jobs well, let alone being a partner to my husband, Sanjeev. You see, I like to do things well – I believe if you are going to do something, do it well. Now, as a seasoned entrepreneur, I have learned that in business and in life, somethings you just get started with and then learn along the way. I wish I had known that when I first started, but the experience is the greatest of teachers and I see what joy I experience when I can say, yes, it was tough, but I got through it and I am ready to do it again and do it better! My kids at the center feel the same elation when they come across a challenge and instead of giving the answer, we walk them through the process of figuring it out and the “aha” moment that comes after – nothing can take the place of that sweet moment of success! Of course, the road to anything that you are building from scratch is never smooth and challenges are plentiful. For us to be where we are, it has been the support of our village that has helped us step on one rung at a time while holding they hold the ladder – my husband Sanjeev – my rock, son and inspiration – Sahil, our resilient parents, loving uncles, aunts, cousins, friends, my right-hand – Miss Desiree, the city of Lake Forest Economic Development, Lake Forest City Council, our center’s staff members, Kumon’s staff, and all the parents that have trusted us in helping their kids! So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Kumon Math and Reading Center of Foothill Ranch story. Tell us more about the business. For more than 50 years, Kumon’s after-school academic enrichment program has helped children achieve success worldwide. We strive to instill in children the desire to achieve and the motivation to learn on their own. Whether your child is seeking enrichment, needs help catching up or is just beginning his or her academic career, Kumon is designed to help him or her develop a love of learning. Students advance through the program at their own pace. Our emphasis on individualized learning helps your child become focused, motivated and self-reliant. We monitor each child’s progress to ensure comprehension before moving on to a new concept. With a strong academic foundation, critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, your child has the potential to achieve whatever he or she desires. The Kumon Math Program is a comprehensive curriculum that develops the necessary skills to help children progress from counting through calculus. The Kumon Reading Program begins with basic phonics and progresses all the way through advanced reading comprehension. We believe a strong foundation is essential to academic and personal success. Our mission is to provide children in our local community an opportunity to build and master foundational skills in the areas of Math and Reading while developing complimentary study and time management skills vital for future success in our global economy. Keeping in mind the original mission of Kumon, that “by discovering the potential of each individual and developing his or her ability to the maximum, we aim to foster sound, capable people and thus contribute to the global community,” we at Kumon Math & Reading Center of Foothill Ranch will strive to provide each student with individualized instruction that is self-paced to allow for mastery of essential concepts in Math and Reading that are fundamental to future academic success in high school and beyond! Kumon provides a unique opportunity to excel well beyond the curriculum in school. As a former GATE teacher, I can see the value of accessing enrichment for those students who have mastered grade-level curriculum and are looking for a challenge as well as for those who need to fill the gaps in their learning. Our Placement Tests allow us to decide a starting point that is “just-right” for the student. As a credentialed teacher with experience and training in various K-12 education settings, I am able to support and nurture students using evidence and research-based strategies for academic and social-emotional needs. Building relationships and creating safe, positive environment is a prerequisite to learning. To this end, my staff and I actively work to get to know each of our students and provide an open-door policy for communication with parents and students alike. Kids are all different and have different needs. We keep this in mind with all that we do and make it our mission to give each child what he or she needs, not a standardized, one-size-fits-all model. We also welcome opportunities to collaborate with teachers to become partners in the education of children who are remedial as well as those well beyond their grade level. Through attendance at conferences and webinars, I am constantly striving to improve my craft with new learning in and out of the center. I recently attended Leaders to Learn From in Washington D.C. and will be attending International Literacy Association’s Conference in Summer 2018. Learning and teaching is truly my passion and I wish to share this passion with as many kids as I can – my Kumon center allows me to do just that! Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business? I don’t believe in luck – I know that hard work and resilience opens doors to opportunities. Preparation is key; planning is vital – things don’t always work out the way you have planned them, but the likelihood of success drastically improves when you are intentional about anything in life. This is why, Kumon’s approach to learning is a perfect fit for me – if you engage in active learning, you will improve. No one is born smart, but through effort and persistence, you will move forward and succeed well beyond your own expectations – unlocking your true potential! But the road to that potential is just that – a road. You have to be willing to walk on it, one step at a time, and sometimes, make a path where none exists! Full article: http://voyagela.com/interview/meet-nikita-ganatra-kumon-math-reading-center-foothill-ranch-not-not-la-foothill-ranch-ca-oc/
Read Aloud Tips By Kumon Of Foothill Ranch
Kumon Math and Reading Center of Foothill Ranch
26741 Portola Pkwy Ste 1 B
Foothill Ranch, CA 92610
949-238-8100
From a young child’s first time hearing a story to a teen’s escape into the pages of an intriguing novel, reading and being read to helps children explore the countless possibilities of worlds both real and imagined. The stories you read aloud to your children are often their first exposure to the world of books, and it’s the most effective way to cultivate a love of reading at an early age. Reading aloud is important, not only because it shows how much fun reading can be, but also because it introduces children to the sounds and rhythm of language, helps develop their imagination and creativity, and broadens their perspective of the world. In fact, reading aloud to children every day puts them almost a year ahead of where they would be if they were not read to daily, according to the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research. Follow these tips to inspire a lifelong love of reading. 1. Read their favorite stories over and over. Young children will often want you to reread the same book many times, and that’s okay! Repetitive reading helps children increase their vocabulary, word recognition, fluency, and comprehension. It also helps them identify familiar patterns and rhythm. 2. Let your children choose books that interest them. Making their own book selections encourages children to actively participate in the reading process. In fact, 89 percent of kids ages 6 to 17 say that their favorite books are the ones they’ve picked out for themselves. 3. Read aloud at a steady pace. Read at a pace that allows your children to follow the storyline and analyze the pictures. Talking about the story and the pictures as you read will help to develop their reading comprehension skills. Here are a few of our favorite books for reading aloud to or together with your children from the Kumon Recommended Reading List. Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming It’s another noisy morning on the farm, and all of the animals are where they should be—except Goose. And where is Goose? Young children will enjoy clucking, mucking, mewing, and cooing while they search for Goose on every gorgeously illustrated page. How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen Brimming with humor and familiar good-night antics here is a playful peek into the homes of dinosaur children and their parents at bedtime. Perfect for sharing and reading aloud, this is one nighttime book your own little dinosaur will want to read again and again. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault A told B, and B told C, I’ll meet you at the top of the coconut tree. In this lively rhyme, all the letters of the alphabet race each other up the coconut tree. Will there be enough room? Oh, no—Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey The busy Boston streets are too dangerous for eight little ducklings! But with a little help from a friendly policeman, Mrs. Mallard and her family arrive safely at their new home. This Caldecott-winning classic continues to delight generations of children. A Giraffe and a Half By Shel Silverstein Featuring rhythmic verse and iconic illustrations, A Giraffe and a Half will leave every reader—young and old—laughing until the very end. Beloved for over 50 years, this classic captures Silverstein’s signature humor and style.
Reading – It’s A Family Affair!
Kumon Math and Reading Center of Foothill Ranch
26741 Portola Pkwy Ste 1 B
Foothill Ranch, CA 92610
949-238-8100
1. Find a comfortable, quiet space to read together with your child! 2. Help with difficult words as your child reads: a. Ask what word makes sense in the sentence. b. Encourage your child to sound out the word, if possible. c. Simply read the word for your child to keep the rhythm going. 3. Discuss the book after you finish the first read: a. Share your favorite part of the story and ask your child to share as well. b.Share an interesting word, phrase or paragraph with your child to encourage him or her sharing with you. c. Discuss the overall theme of the story – ask your child to imagine being the character who had to make a tough decision. Ask what he/she may do differently. Encourage your child to provide reasoning for their thinking. 4. Keep it enjoyable and non-threatening. Your child should feel like you are having a natural conversation rather than being part of an interrogation. 5. Appreciate your child’s sharing and thinking. End with specific feedback such as, I really like how you thought about the character and what you would do differently. I would not have considered that option and you gave me something to consider. Keep it genuine and authentic! Happy Reading!
Have A Cracked Or Wet Phone?
Staples
23710 El Toro Rd
Lake Forest, CA 92630
949-707-0193
Our techs can fix your cracked or even wet phones. Just bring them by and have one of our techs take a look and have your old phone looking new.
Just 30 Minutes A Day Can Build A Lifetime Of Advantages
Kumon Math and Reading Center of Foothill Ranch
26741 Portola Pkwy Ste 1 B
Foothill Ranch, CA 92610
949-238-8100
Enrolling in the Kumon Math Program will help build and advance your child's math skills, for an advantage in school and beyond. Daily Kumon Math Worksheets will take about 30 minutes to complete in two sessions a week at a Kumon Center, and then another five assignments to be completed at home. Your child will work at his or her own pace, mastering each new concept before moving on. With each worksheet, you’ll find your child accelerating important math skills. Many Kumon parents ultimately find their children mastering concepts that put them grade levels ahead of their peers. Please visit us at - www.kumon.com/foothill-ranch
Psychedelic Colored Unicorn Bagels Are The Best Of A Yummy Menu At Bagels & Brew By Sarah Bennett
Bagels & Brew Inc
21771 Lake Forest Dr Ste 100
Lake Forest, CA 92630
949-951-8985
No, you're not having acid flashbacks: 2016 really was the year that all our favorite foods became psychedelic-colored swirls of their former selves. Since the beginning of the year, I've seen a dozen once-bland-colored go-tos showing up on Instagram as edible rainbows. Everything from sushi and doughnuts to grilled cheeses has been subjected to the rave-space dye jobs wrought by amateur photographers and blog-bred chefs. And even though most of these so-called "unicorn foods" live on Pinterest boards more than in reality (where many belong, to be honest), there are a rare few that have crossed over into retail sale. The most prominent, the Unicorn Melt, originated in Hong Kong and debuted Stateside at Chomp Eatery in Santa Monica last year. It's a grilled cheese with a bevy of food coloring added that I've watched draw lines of attendees not only at Chomp but at local food fairs like OC Night Market and Oozefest. But it's the unicorn bagel — the other unnaturally multicolored dish that's made itself more publicly available this year — that's been tugging at my heart. A take on the beloved hunk of breakfast carbs that's been fueling my mornings for as long as I can remember (what can I say, my dad was a Jew and I'm a sucker for them), the unicorn version turns its ordinarily yellow dough into mesmerizing twists of blues, purples, reds, yellows and whites. Perhaps appropriately, the creation first appeared at a bagel shop in Brooklyn, which still sells more than 800 a day and has a shipping program for fresh batches that currently has a months-long wait. Thankfully, Orange County residents don't have to fly to New York or wait for another shock-food festival to come to town to try one of the most talked-about new food inventions of the year. As I discovered this summer, the only unicorn bagel on the West Coast is just another reason to rekindle your love for South County staple Bagels & Brew.   Since 1994, the three-deep coffee shop, bakery and café have earned its reputation as the morning version of "Cheers," where locals stop in for a breakfast sandwich, a cup of caffeine and some chit-chat with familiar faces on their way into the day. It doesn't hurt that they've always made no less than 30 different kinds of bagels every day — from basic (poppy, whole grain) to esoteric (vegetable, French toast) — that you can cover with more than 15 different kinds of cream cheese, from sweet honey walnut to herb-infused. When I lived nearby, I'd stop by the original in Mission Viejo for one of their boiled-and-baked everything bagels loaded up with lox-laden cheese (can they just make pillows out of that stuff?) and a cup of serve-yourself coffee. If I knew I'd be skipping lunch like a good office drone, it was all about the Sunrise Bagel, with fluffy egg, smoky bacon, and melted yellow cheese, or a hearty scramble, which comes with its own bagel and schmear on the side. In its salt shakers alone, it had more personality than any other bagel chain in OC. And with an expanded menu of salads and sandwiches, it won me over from anywhere else trying to peddle bagels on the side. It's the kind of place that's easy to take for granted when it's your everyday stop, but damn do you miss it when there's nowhere around to get a decent bialy stamped with garlic and sesame seeds. Bagels & Brew has since added a spot in Lake Forest and another in Aliso Viejo, replicating its success as the neighborhood coffee shop while expanding its kitchen's reach into Angus burgers, tacos and (at the Aliso location, anyway) bowls of pasta, wholesome steak dinners and sweet griddle breakfasts (that cinnamon swirl French toast!). Somewhere along the way, the company decided it needed to reach out to the next generation of future regulars and created a social media presence, including a well-followed Instagram, which over the last few years has been cluing the world into this homegrown bagelry's new wave of creative baking.   Around Valentine's Day, they post photos of their red heart-shaped bagels. On St. Patrick's Day, they make batches of green ones. Before Fourth of July, they make patriotic bagels out of red, white and blue stripes. When the Golden State Warriors play, there are limited-edition blue and gold bagels for sale. New menu items include baby back ribs and a pepperoni pizza bagel, draped in tomato sauce and cheese like a grown-up Bagel Bite. And instead of concocting more savory cream cheeses, this year's seasonal spring flavors included sweet-as-frosting Oreo cream cheese, toffee caramel crunch, s'mores and more. In the context of this young, hip, Instagram-posting, dough-dying side of Bagels & Brew, a unicorn bagel was almost inevitable. That the already trippy bagel is given a kiss of vanilla and the recommended schmear is the so-called Birthday Cake Cream Cheese (let's be honest, it's basically cheesecake with sprinkles) is just a dessert-for-breakfast bonus. For now, unicorn bagels are only available Thursday through Sundays and, even though you'd think the novelty might have worn off after six months on the market, they still sometimes sell out. But don't worry. Even if there aren't any unicorn bagels left, there are still baskets full of normal-colored classics that — whether covered in plain cream cheese or used as the bun for a mushroom Swiss burger — will never go out of style.   posted October 27, 2016, LA Times SARAH BENNETT is a freelance journalist covering food, drink, music, culture and more. She is the former food editor at L.A. Weekly and a founding editor of Beer Paper L.A. Follow her on Twitter @thesarahbennett.
Lip Sense Open House Every Thursday!
BeYOU2Full!
949-293-2870
Every Thursday from 7:00pm to 8:00pm we have a LipSense Open House where you can try on any LipSense product and see how it looks and feels before you purchase. Don't forget to show us your LipSense coupon to save 15%.
17 Years Serving The Best Pizza And Empanadas In Lake Forest!
EMPANADA MAN
20761 Lake Forest Dr Ste A
Lake Forest, CA 92630
949-855-9900
Empanada Man Pizzeria was founded in 2000 with the basic philosophy of serving the best pizza and empanadas anywhere. Today after 17 years, they continue to provide the community great tasting flavors, using only the freshest and finest ingredients available, never compromising quality or value over the ups and downs of the economy.