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This Is The Way To Spend Cinco De Mayo
Los Cabos Sports Bar
20702 Lake Forest Dr Ste A2
Lake Forest, CA 92630
We serve a variety of food here at Los Cabos Sports Bar and Grill such as Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos, Fiesta Salad, Taquitos, Seafood Taco, and Surf and Turf Burrito. Find us on Lake Forest Drive just south of Regency Ln. We're by Regency Park. Order online for carryout or delivery!
Check Out Aroma Pizza's Lunch Specials
Aroma Pizza and Pasta
20491 Alton Pkwy
Lake Forest, CA 92630
This locally owned pizza parlor hits the spot. They have a dozen lunch deals that put more food in your stomach and keep more money in your pocket.
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
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
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/
Reading – It’s A Family Affair!
Kumon Math and Reading Center of Foothill Ranch
26741 Portola Pkwy Ste 1 B
Foothill Ranch, CA 92610
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!
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
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
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!
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!
20761 Lake Forest Dr Ste A
Lake Forest, CA 92630
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.
Cindi Powalski From Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Berkshire Hathaway - Cindi Powalski BS,SFR,CHS,CNE,SS
Cindi Powalski is a Lake Forest resident and full-time sales associate with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices providing real estate services to numerous Lake Forest families. She brings an extensive background in business management and sales which, combined with her genuine passion for helping Lake Forest families, gives her a distinct advantage in attaining the best possible outcome for her clients. Ms. Powalski also holds numerous education-based real estate designations, including the Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource designation, Certified Negotiating Expert designation, Short Sale Specialist designation, and the federal Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives training program. An honors graduate of Washington State University, Ms. Powalski is a driven and energetic professional whose reputation for following through to fruition has earned her the respect and trust of colleagues and clients alike. We recently sat down with Ms. Powalski to learn more about her services Question & Answer Tell us a little bit about your business? What makes it unique? My philosophy is simple: make it as easy and stress-free as possible for my clients. Whether they are first-time home buyers, trying to sell a home, or are looking to move, real estate is a business of relationships. I pay keen personal attention to detail and like to provide an extensive overview of the home purchase/selling process, ensuring there will be no surprises down the road, and everything that happens is to be expected. A house is just a house until people make it a home, and I pride myself on developing personal relationships with my Lake Forest clients, ensuring all transactions go smoothly through communication and extensive research; exceeding expectations is my goal. How did you get involved in your industry? My family has been involved in the Real Estate industry for a long time. Before we knew it, my husband and I were raising two daughters and moved to Lake Forest. We immediately fell in love with the community. As my children grew, I began taking Real Estate classes to invest in a constantly changing industry - little did I know it would grow into my passion. My passion for helping others is magnified by the love for our local Lake Forest community. What cities do you work in? I work throughout the U.S., but the Saddleback Valley is my strong suit and Lake Forest is my sweet spot. I maintain relationships with local chambers of commerce, the Orange County Sheriffs Department, city officials, and past clients. Many clients have become good friends and we continue to build even stronger bonds through Facebook and other social media platforms. Staying connected also makes it easy for clients to refer friends and family when they need help in Real Estate. Real Estate is all about relationships; being who you are, listening intently, being trustworthy, honest and making sure it's never about "you,” but always “about them” – all while exceeding expectations! credit - Lake Forest Economic Development, Business Spotlight July 2015