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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!
Brake Repair & Service
Elite Automotive Services
26801 Vista Ter
Lake Forest, CA 92630
949-454-1000
Brakes wear out over time requiring service. How long your brakes last is based on various things such as driving conditions, how you brake and other factors. For this reason, it is necessary to service your brakes regularly. We are familiar with the driving conditions here in Lake Forest and know that your brakes need care. So we provide a complimentary inspection with every service to make sure that any problem is taken up before it becomes a major concern. For the full list of automotive maintenance, repairs, and services, visit: http://www.eliteautomotiveservices.com/services/
What’s So Cool About The Cool Wrap?
Chick-fil-A
26792 Portola Pkwy
Foothill Ranch, CA 92610
949-699-3881
As seasons change, so can our lunch orders. When the weather heats up, you might be thinking about swapping out your hot-off-the-grill Chick-fil-A favorite for something a little… cooler. The good news is we have just the thing – the Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap®. Is it the ingredients? Maybe it’s the way it’s wrapped. Or is it the dressing? So what is it that makes the Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap® so tasty? In the end, what makes it different is that there simply aren’t that many “things” involved in the first place. It only takes five ingredients and the special flatbread to make the Cool Wrap. The reason it’s so good is because it’s so simple – yet it still gives you everything you want. To learn more about the Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap®, go to: https://bit.ly/2qOnN7j
What’s So Original About The Original Chick Fil A Chicken Sandwich?
Chick-fil-A
26792 Portola Pkwy
Foothill Ranch, CA 92610
949-699-3881
Since its debut in 1964, the original Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich has been a hit with millions of people nationwide. What’s the secret to its popularity? While it seems simple – just a lightly breaded chicken breast with two pickles between a toasted, buttered bun – every part of the Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich is truly an original. And it all goes back to the creation of the sandwich more than 50 years ago. How it all began The invention of the chicken sandwich began as the solution to an interesting problem. In the early 1960s, Truett Cathy was running a successful restaurant called The Dwarf Grill in the Atlanta suburb of Hapeville, Ga., when he was approached with an offer. A local poultry supplier had been tasked by an airline to provide a boneless, skinless chicken breast that would fit in the plastic trays of in-flight meals. The supplier met the challenge but ended up with quite a few chicken breast pieces that didn’t meet the airline’s size requirements. The supplier asked Cathy if he could use them. Determined not to let the opportunity pass him by, Cathy accepted the order. Once Cathy had his perfectly seasoned chicken breast, he needed to find the best way to serve it. His decision to put the smaller cut of meat between two buttered buns and serve it as a sandwich was a game changer. But it wasn’t complete yet. When he finally added two dill pickle slices, his customers said it was just the right touch. Cathy folded up the recipe and put it in his pocket. From there, the Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich was born. Today, Cathy’s recipe – still unchanged – is locked in a vault at Chick-fil-A’s headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. What is it that makes this simple sandwich an original? Every single part of it. To learn more about the chicken sandwich, visit: https://bit.ly/2HKXUP4
Discover Your Home’s Value
Berkshire Hathaway - Cindi Powalski BS,SFR,CHS,CNE,SS
949-230-2220
Go to http://propertyvalue.bhhscalifornia.com/ to see how much your property is worth! Results will include: HOME VALUE ESTIMATES An automated value estimate can give you a rough estimate of the value of your home. This can be a useful starting point, before you talk to one of our licensed real estate agents. BUYER BREAKDOWN Using a proprietary algorithm, you can see how many people are looking for homes like yours. If you are thinking of selling your home, this is the best way to get a feel for the market. RECENT NEARBY SALES These facts can give you the edge in understanding what to expect when selling your home.
15 Reasons Cindi Powalski Is The Right Real Estate Agent For You!
Berkshire Hathaway - Cindi Powalski BS,SFR,CHS,CNE,SS
949-230-2220
As a real estate professional providing assistance for both home buyers and sellers in Lake Forest and surrounding communities, I will always have your best interests in mind. 1. I have a total commitment to providing excellent service throughout the real estate transaction. 2. I have exceptional knowledge of the local Lake Forest real estate market. 3. As a real estate professional, I will be committed to negotiating on your behalf to help meet your specific goals and objectives. 4. I will engage in a comprehensive networking strategy to assist in the purchase or sale of your home. 5. I will go the extra mile for you to make sure your next real estate transaction is a smooth one. 6. I take pride in providing personalized service which means that I will be highly involved in the actual purchase or sale or your home. 7. I will utilize technology to better meet your specific real estate needs, whether you are buying or selling. 8. I will take on the difficult tasks to make moving an easy process. 9. I will assist you in finding the related services that are necessary to buy or sell a home or other property. 10. I will keep you apprised of current local real estate market conditions that can impact the purchase or sale of your home. 11. I engage in a corporate level of marketing to make sure that your home gets as much exposure as possible if you are a seller and that you find the perfect home if you are a buyer. 12. I work as a full time real estate professional which means you will have the pinnacle of support throughout your real estate transaction. 13. I will utilize my experience both in and out of real estate to let you attend to your family while I do the work making sure your real estate transaction is processed in the most trouble free manner possible. 14. I will respect your time and work with you so your busy schedule is not interrupted. 15. I will uphold the highest moral and ethical standards throughout any real estate transaction I am involved in. To learn more about how I can help you with your next real estate transaction, visit my website at: http://www.cindipowalski.com/why-choose-me
A Welcoming Environment
Mercedes-Benz of Foothill Ranch
81 Auto Center Dr
Foothill Ranch, CA 92610
949-273-2922
Consumers from the community that come visit us are greeted by a genuinely welcoming environment, and customer-focused staff. We make it a point to let our guests know that if they need help — be it advice on what to do next, or mechanical best practices — every member of our Mercedes-Benz dealership staff is there to help. This commitment to you is reflected in a couple of ways. Perhaps the best way that we show we truly care is through our one-of-a-kind Preferred Owner Rewards Program. This program includes perks like: Zero-Wait Service Free Car Washes Free Mercedes-Benz Loaner Vehicles Premier Express Service 24-hour Roadside Assistance A Premium Guest Lounge Children’s Area Accessories Boutique We have all of this for you, and sincerely want you to take advantage of everything we have to offer while you’re here. What really supports our already welcoming environment are the staff members, and every customer that walks through the door will be greeted with a smile. That’s because