Caruso’s Secret to A Brighter Smile


Need to add a smile to your day? Add some flowers to your day.

 

Weather it is fresh flowers purchased, cut from your garden, or a silk arrangement, walking into your house with your favorite vase filled with flowers, after a long day at the office is bound to brighten you day. Floral patterns can also be added to many areas of your house and will add some color and life to any room you need. For example, a new an inexpensive bed spread or quilt, some flowered pillows tossed on your couch. You can even find a large assortment of area rugs with floral designs that could “freshen” up room.  In the kitchen you could get a few floral print mugs, so when you are sipping your morning coffee….you are already smiling.

And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.          

Best regards.         

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI                                   

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors   (949) 753-7900

Caruso’s OC Happening ~ North County


ANAHEIM

Congratulations to the winners of the Great Anaheim Apps Challenge. Winners received a series of prizes including cash, tickets to Disneyland and gift certificates.

BREA

The Brea City Council Discussed possibly putting up the names of residents serving in the military on banners throughout specified areas in the city. We will keep you updated on the decision.

BUENA PARK

A Buena Park- based company has issued a recall on Flying Horse Black and White Sesame Chewy Candy. For more information call 714-670-8899.

CYPRESS

13 New Condominiums have been approved to replace four rentals on Belmont Street. Congrats.

FULLERTON 

The Annunciation Catholic School will host the first of six Lenten fish fries at 5-8 p.m. tonight in the St. Philip Benizi Parish Hall. For more information call 714-871-3610.

GARDEN GROVE 

Discounted SAT preparation courses will be offered through the Garden Grove Unified School District for 11th graders. Classes begin in March. For more information call 714-663-6503.

LA HABRA

A new Crime Scene Investigation service has been approved by city council. Congrats and good luck.

LA PALMA

The adult softball league in La Palma begins June 2nd and registration runs from April 26th to May 21st. Sign-ups will take place at the cypress recreation Department.

PLACENTIA

Congratulations to the teachers who received grants up to $500 from the Placentia Cultural Arts Commission.

STANTON

Come and enjoy a pancake breakfast with the mayor at 7:30 a.m. on April 7th at the civil center. For more information call 714-379-9222 ext. 270.

WESTMINSTER

Don’t forget to buy your tickets for Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on March 27th from 9-11 a.m. at the Community Services Building. For more information call 714-895-2860.

YORBA LINDA

Come support Make-A-Wish-Foundation as it hosts a bridal show at the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum. For more information visit www.ocbrialshows.com

And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.     

www.MichaelCarusoRealEstate.com

Best regards.                                                                                                               

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI                                   

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors   (949) 753-7900

For more information visit orangecountyregister.com

Caruso’s OC Happenings ~ Central County


COSTA MESA

Be aware of sobriety checks over the weekend. Please be safe and don’t drink and drive.

FOUNTAIN VALLEY

The Pet Prance and Health and Animal Expo Event will be hosting their 5k walk/ run. Business Owners in Fountain Valley are encouraged to participate in fellow sponsorships. For more information call 714-839-8611.

HUNTINGTON BEACH

The Planning Committee is preparing to propose their idea to create an Endless Food and Fun center. For more information visit www.huntingtonbeachCa.gove or call 714-536-5271.

IRVINE

Lonnie Horn will be hosting a forum for UCI called “Armchair Hikes in Orange County.” A brunch will also be served as well beginning at 11:15 a.m. For more information call 949-824-7960.

LOS ALAMITOS

The deadline is approaching to sign up for the annual Race for the Base 5k run, reverse triathlon and a kid’s fun run. For more information visit www.ci.los-alamitos.ca.us

NEWPORT BEACH

David Sanger will be speaking tonight and Saturday at the Central Library beginning with a wine reception at 6:30 p.m. For tickets and information call 949-548-2411 or visit www.nbplfoundation.org

ORANGE

Parents are encouraged to attend 8th grade parent night at the Orange High School for questions and concerns on Wednesday from 7-8:30 p.m. For more information call 714-628-5586.

SANTA ANA

The Santa Ana Unified School District Police Department has launched its safety campaign. For the 24-hour hotline as well as other information call 714-558-5535.

SEAL BEACH

Nothing to report.

TUSTIN

Office Max off Jamboree Rd. will be hosting a blood drive on Monday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For appointments and more information visit www.givelife.org or call 714-505-3942.

VILLA PARK

Nothing to report.

And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.     

www.MichaelCarusoRealEstate.com

Best regards.                                                                                                              

 Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI                                   

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors   (949) 753-7900

For more information visit ocregister.com

 

Caruso’s OC Happenings ~ South County


ALISO VIEJO

New Approvals have gone through for the city aiming at improving Inglesia Park. Additions will include public restrooms, walkways, lighting and recreational exercise features.

DANA POINT 

Trails for Strands beach are still awaiting approval for the allowance of dogs to travel down the switchbacks. For more information visit www.ocregister,cin.news.dogs-233304-trails-city.html

LADERA RANCH

With all of the recent rain we have received, Ladera has experienced an increase in irrigation savings. Save the trees!

LAGUNA BEACH

Help Blue Water is putting efforts into organizing a volunteer cleanup around the neighborhood near Mozambique Sunday from 1-3 p.m. Half off drinks and lunch prices will be offered as a thanks for volunteering. For more information visit www.helpbluewater.com

LAGUNA HILLS

Nothing to report.

LAGUNA NIGUEL

An exhibit for Bruce Lee with his personal memorabilia will be on display at the US Blackbelt Academy from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday. For more information call 949-363-6500.

LAKE FOREST

Come and enjoy an all you can eat pancake breakfast with the El Toro High’s cheer and song teams from 7-11 a.m. on Saturday in the gym.

MISSION VIEJO

Bob Franz, an esteemed member of the Orange County Bluebird Club, will be speaking at 8:30 a.m. Saturday about the Western Bluebird and its natural habitat. For more information call 949-472-4928.

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA

The second annual “241 Classic” is set for this Saturday as a celebration of the region’s growing lacrosse community. The event begins at 5 p.m. at Tesoro High School.

SAN CLEMENTE

The Casa Romantica Cultural Center will be hosting a “Memories of World War II” For more information call 949-498-2139.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

Come and try out for the Capistrano Football Club February 27th, March 6 and April 10th at Marco Forster Middle School. For more information call 714-931-9814.

And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.     

www.MichaelCarusoRealEstate.com

Best regards.                                                                                                               

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI                                   

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors   (949) 753-7900

For more information, please visit ocregister.com

Caruso’s Tuesday Delight: South Africa


Hello Everyone! I hope you enjoyed your President’s Day weekend. I was reading the newspaper… online … funny thought, and found this great article. I am not sure about you guys, but I couldn’t be more excited for the world cup. Not only did one of my employees travel to South Africa last year, but the scenery is breathtaking and the people are extremely down to earth and full of energy. I can’t wait to see what will become of the wonderful country during this wonderful event.

The article below captures the essential for what you should do in South Africa if you have managed to get ahold of tickets or if you plan on traveling to the country anytime in the future. I hope you enjoy the article and of course I have to give thanks to the OC Register for allowing me to share the article with you. (http://www.ocregister.com/travel/-233007–.html )

Happy Reading!

“Kicking Back in Cape Town” by Mary Ann Anderson

Hands down, Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and all eyes will be on it from June 11 to July 11, when the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament and the bend-it-like-Beckham bunch come to South Africa. The games will be played in cities all over the country, among them Johannesburg, Durban, Nelspruit and Pretoria, with several matches including the quarterfinals and semifinals set for Cape Town.

If you’ve managed to, um, “score” tickets to the World Cup, here’s our Cape Town 20 – a must-do list of places to see and things to do while you’re in the city.

•Fly South African Airways from its U.S. gateways in Washington or New York. The best advice I ever heeded as a travel writer was to fly a country’s flag carrier. The reasoning is simple. Asking questions of the crew gives you an immediate advantage if you’ve never visited that place before. South African flight attendants and gate agents will happily offer advice on the best restaurants, shops and nightspots, and can even give tips on places to steer clear of.

•Visit the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The stunning architecture of Cape Town, with the V&A as its centerpiece, clearly evokes an Old World ambience. The sun-drenched waterfront is a working harbor that basks underneath Table Mountain, and its old warehouses and docksides have been converted into a beehive of activity. Glittering hotels edge the V&A, including Victoria & Alfred, the Cape Grace, the Dock House, and the One & Only.

•Experience Robben Island. Board the Robben Island Ferry on the V&A for a fascinating tour of the desolate island prison where Nelson Mandela spent nearly two decades of his life fighting the good fight against apartheid. Tours are led by former political prisoners who gladly share their life stories.

•Ride the cable car to the top of Table Mountain or hike it! The view from Table Mountain’s flat top – the locals compare it to a tablecloth – bedazzles and is perfect for watching the alchemy of the setting sun, spinning its rays to liquid gold across the Atlantic.

•Take in a Roots Africa Tour to understand apartheid and the African perspective. Roots Africa takes you on an extensive cultural tour of Langa and Khayelitsha Townships, the millions-strong shantytowns created by the South African government under apartheid.

•Experience a Creative Cape Town walking tour. Focusing on any number of facets including events, attractions, or food and restaurants, hoofing it is the best way to see the city.

•Romp through Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Set on the slopes of Table Mountain, the gardens are breathtakingly smothered with flora and fauna from South Africa.

•Ramble through the Cape Winelands for wine tastings. The storybook Cape Winelands with their intoxicatingly fresh breezes are the center of South Africa’s boutique wine industry. The sun shines 80 percent of the time here, so as you drift through the villages of Franschhoek, Paarl and Stellenbosch, which are the historic cradle of Afrikaans and their heavy Dutch influence, the bouquet from the vineyards is prevalent and sweet. A few premier wine estates include the Delaire, the Spier, Ernie Els (yes, the golfer), the Groot Constantia and the Moreson, my personal favorite with its signature “Miss Molly” wines.

•Experience the wine estates and country inns with an overnight stay. The exquisite Grande Roche in Paarl bespeaks Dutch and French influences and houses Bosman’s, an absolutely luscious restaurant. The bright and sunny LeQuartier Francais in Franschhoek has consistently been named among the top inns in the world, as has the Steenberg in Tokai. The Constantia, also in Tokai, is extravagant yet peaceful and tranquil.

•Take in the Big Five and visit Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. About three hours outside of Cape Town, Sanbona is home to a free-roaming pride of white lions. Their blue eyes and nearly pure white fur capture the imagination and have earned them the nickname of “angel lions.” They are unlike any of the other big cats in the world. Accommodations at Sanbona include a well-appointed lodge and a luxurious tented camp, plus the requisite elephants, cheetahs, zebras and hippos are scattered about the reserve that’s the size of Singapore.

•Count the whales along False Bay. From June until October, have a whale of a time sighting these sleek mammals as they rise and fall with thunderous glee. Drive or stroll through the False Bay villages of Fishhoek, Muizenberg and Kalk Bay, or better yet stay at accommodations like the St. James, a luxurious yet affordable boutique hotel, where you can watch the continuous action from the comfort of your own room.

•See the Cape of Good Hope. On the southernmost tip of the Cape Peninsula is the Cape of Good Hope, once a stop on the spice routes of the early mariners as they went east to India. Antarctic winds and pounding surf have polished the beaches as fine as diamond dust. Surrounded by a national park and nature reserve home to elands, zebras, ostriches and baboons, the Cape is a juxtaposition of towering mountains, rolling hills and tranquil pastures that sweep down to the ocean’s edge.

•Walk among the penguins at Boulders Beach at Simons Town. There’s just something too cute about the tuxedoed, diminutive African penguins waddling around Boulders Beach, a series of coves hidden among the boulders of the Cape Peninsula.

•Pick out the Southern Cross. Get far enough away from the lights of Cape Town – Sanbona is the perfect place – and do nothing but stargaze under these wide-open skies. The constellations are different south of the equator, with the Southern Cross really lighting up the sky with an ethereal glow.

•Have a sundowner. A sundowner is a drink at sundown, and it doesn’t get any easier than that.

•Eat your way across Cape Town. From springbok to warthog to line fish – that’s any fish hand-caught by line – no place on the African continent has better dining than Cape Town. From past experiences and from asking virtually everyone I know who’s been to Cape Town, these are our top picks for restaurants: Salt at the Ambassador Hotel, OYO at the Victoria & Alfred Hotel, the Quarter Gourmet Bunny Chow, the Foodbarn in Noordhoek, Maze at the One & Only Cape Town, Moyo at the Spier Estate near Stellenbosch, Catharina’s at the Steenberg Hotel in Tokai, Signal at Cape Grace on the waterfront, the Greenhouse Restaurant at the Cellars-Hohenort Hotel and the Harbour House in Kalk Bay.

•Shop. From the pedestrian malls on the V&A filled with upscale boutiques to roadside markets and souvenir stands, there is no shortage of shopping for gifts and jewelry. Tanzanite is a good buy, and so are diamonds.

•South Africa is called the Rainbow Nation for good reason. Officially there are 11 languages spoken in the country, with most everyone speaking English and Afrikaans, plus a mix of European, Arabic, and Asian tongues that keep conversations interesting. Listening to the melange of languages along the V&A is a fascinating multicultural experience unto itself.

•With so much to do, don’t forget your tickets to the World Cup.

And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.      www.MichaelCarusoRealEstate.com

Best regards,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI                                   

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors  (949) 753-7900

Caruso’s OC Happenings ~ Central County


COSTA MESA

Rich Harbour’s surf boards will be on display at the Orange Coast College Doyle Arts Pavilion until April 9th. For more information visit www.occartspavillion.blogspot.com

FOUNTAIN VALLEY

Seniors who want to be better educated on how to get the best out of their health care system can join the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program for a free seminar on February 22nd from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the senior center. For more information call 714-593-4446.

HUNTINGTON BEACH

Check out the H.B. Paper Trails and find a way to earn more money at work because of a fitness test! For More information visit www.ocregister.com/hbpapertrails.

IRVINE

The Hop and Harmony 5.k walk/run will be hosted by Beckstrand Caner Foundation on February 27th. All proceeds will benefit local cancer patients and their families. For more information call 949-955-0099 or visit www.ochopeandharmony.com

LOS ALAMITOS

The city is looking to hire five new employees for the police services. For more information visit www.ci.los-alamitos.ca.us

NEWPORT BEACH

The City Hall will be closed on Monday due to President’s Day.

ORANGE

The Choir and Orchestra from the Azusa Pacific University will be performing at the St. John’s Lutheran Church February 21st beginning at 7 p.m. For more information call 714-288-4400.

SANTA ANA

A strolling mariachi band will be parading downtown Santa Ana in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Volunteers will be handing out roses to the first 500 couples. The band will be playing Saturday beginning at 4 p.m. and Sunday beginning at 3 p.m.

SEAL BEACH

There will be a flag ceremony and open house honoring the newly opened Fire Station 48. The ceremony will take place March 2nd at 8 a.m. For more information visit www.ci.seal-beach.ca.us

TUSTIN

The Tustin-Santa Ana Rotary Club has given awards to teachers and staff members in the Tustin Unified School District. Congratulations to those who received one.

VILLA PARK

The City Hall will be closed on Monday due to President’s Day.

And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.     

www.MichaelCarusoRealEstate.com

Best regards.                                                                                                               

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI                                   

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors   (949) 753-7900

For more information visit ocregister.com

 

Caruso’s OC Happenings ~ South County


ALISO VIEJO

Bus services will be reduced due to loss of state funding beginning March 14th. Bus riders beware. For more information visit http://www.octa.net

DANA POINT 

The community center will be hosting a senior’s Valentine’s Day dance tonight at 5. For information call 949-496-4252.

LADERA RANCH

Congrats to Joshua Vecchione, Stacie Hess, Lori Coble and Chris Coble for being awarded recognition for outstanding community service.

LAGUNA BEACH

Come sign up for Laguna Beach basketball league. Sign ups are for girls ages Kindergarten through 9th grade. Registration is open through February 26th. For more information call 949-494-2535.

LAGUNA HILLS

Nothing to report.

LAGUNA NIGUEL

The city council meeting has been canceled on Tuesday due to lack of substantive agenda items. The next meeting will be March 2nd.

LAKE FOREST

Congratulations to Amy Rodriguez for being chosen to play for the U.S. Women National Soccer Team at the 2010 Algarve Cup in Portugal.

MISSION VIEJO

The Mission Viejo High boys and girls lacrosse will be holding a rummage sale as well as an e-waste drive on February 20th from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school.

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA

Congratulations to sheriff’s deputies Jack Ackerman and Jason Finley for being honored as the 2009 deputies of the year.

SAN CLEMENTE

An adult doubles tournament will be held on February 27th and hosted by the Rancho San Clemente Tennis and Fitness club. For more information email mvalko@cox.net

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

The San Juan Hills High students raised more than $1500 dollars for Haiti in their earthquake relief in one minute. For more information visit www.ocregister.com/capo

And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.     

www.MichaelCarusoRealEstate.com

Best regards.                                                                                                              

 Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI                                   

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors   (949) 753-7900

For more information, please visit ocregister.com