Caruso Never Sleeps ~ Fall Means Time to cut back Watering

Summer is over and I miss it already as the days grow shorter. Now we can be efficient with water usage. October, November and December are traditionally when Southern Californians waste most water. That is because while the weather remains relatively warm, many plants begin to go dormant and as a result they require far less water. Most people can reduce their water consumption 40% o 70% at this time of year and still have healthy plants. You can conserve thousands of gallons of water during these 3 months alone by:

1)      Cut down lawn watering to 2 days a week about 4 minutes per watering

2)      Plant more California-Friendly native plants – talk to your local nursery

3)      If you have a standard manual sprinkler timer, replace it with a smart timer that automatically adjusts your water with the weather…and you might get rebates from your water supply company too!

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Saturday Shopping in Laguna Niguel

Tomorrow, Saturday October 6th head on out to the LAGUNA NIGUEL FALL BOUTIQUE AND CRAFT FAIRE!


When: October 6th

Time:10am – 3pm

Location: Sea Country Center – 24602 Aliso Creek Road, Laguna Niguel CA 92677


Come support LOCAL, SMALL BUSINESS and find an incredible assortment of unique handcrafted items… including: clothing, jewelry, holiday decor, ornaments, paintings, photography, pottery, purses, soap, candles and much more from over 70 vendors! Admission is free and there will be food and beverages available for purchase


Hope to see you there!



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Caruso’s OC Happenings for October!


Orange County Events for October!

Stand Up World Tour    Oct. 2-8

See the world’s best stand up paddle boarders as they converge in Huntington Beach for stop number four of six on the Stand Up World Tour. 8am. Huntington City Beach: 1 Main Street.

Tiller Days- Tustin     Oct. 5-7

The event provides an opportunity for Tustin to celebrate Orange County’s agricultural heritage. Features Parade (on Saturday at 10 am), carnival, rides, food and entertainment. 17522 Beneta Way, Tustin. 714-573-3326 /

Walk to End Alzheimer’s     Oct. 6

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. 7:30am-12pm. Doheny State Beach: 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point. 949-757-3708 /

The Vintage Food & Wine Festival     Oct. 6

Don’t miss this annual event at the Mission San Juan Capistrano. Dancing under the stars to live music by Family Style, World Class Wine Tasting, Sample foods from the best local Restaurants, Casino Games, Silent Auction.

NAMI Walks     Oct.6

NAMI Walks is the largest fundraiser for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI provides free educational programs and services to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness. 7:30am-12pm. Pier Plaza: 1 Main Street, Huntington Beach.

Paws for a Cause     Oct. 7

Join OC Animal Care for the first Paws for a Cause, a 2-mile dog walk in Huntington Beach! All proceeds will be donated to OC Animal Care, which provides care for abandoned and abused animals. 7:30am. OC Animal Care: 300 Pacific Coast Highway.

Sandcastle Contest     Oct. 7

Thousands of sightseers descend on Corona del Mar State Beach to watch participants – ranging from novice to expert – construct more than 30 entries. Crossroads are Marguerite Ave. & Ocean Blvd.

San Clemente SeaFest     Oct. 7

Chowder Cook-off, Fisherman’s Lobster, Surfing Contest, Business Exposition, Arts & Craft Show and a U.S. Coast Guard Search & Rescue Demo Operation which all takes place at the historic San Clemente Pier area. 949-492-1131 /

Silent River Film Festival     Oct. 11-14

The festival dedicated to the independent filmmakers of the world has been established with a vision to bring East and West together on one platform. Edwards West Park 8 Cinema and other premium locations in Irvine: 3735 Alton Pkwy.

The Heritage Festival & Parade     Oct. 13

Festivities begin with the Chamber of Commerce pancake breakfast at 6:30 a.m. followed by the parade and band review at 9:30 a.m. The festival begins at 9:30 a.m. Tri-City Park: 2301 N. Kraemer Blvd., Placentia. (714) 524-8535 /

Woodie Car Show     Oct. 14

Presented by the SoCal Woodie Club. Free admission, surf vendors, food, drink and live music. 8am-3pm. Lantern Bay Park: 25111 Park Lantern Road, Dana Point.

Mission Viejo Readers’ Festival     Oct. 14

A full day of authors, adult and children entertainment, vendors, food. Featured authors will be speaking, taking questions and signing books. 12-6pm. Norman P. Murray Community Center & Village Green, Mission Viejo.

Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Please     Oct. 14

Wine, Cheese & Chocolate in support of Project Self-Sufficiency, a non-profit organization that assists single parents earning their education to become self-sufficient. 2-5pm. Newland Barn: 19822 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach.

Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational     Oct. 14-21

Each year the famous seaside community and historic artist colony of Laguna Beach turns into an outdoor studio. Various Locations in Laguna Beach. 949.494.8971 x219 /

Photo credit to:  San Clemente Fine Art Photography  

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Caruso’s Touches on the Millennial Generation….



Young Adults Less Interested in Community Issues, Politics and Environment, Finds New Research

The times are changing, and not necessarily for the better when it comes to giving back to society, according to 40 years of research on 9 million young adults. Since the baby boomer generation, there has been a significant decline among young Americans in political participation, concern for others and interest in saving the environment, according to a new study published by the American Psychological Association. “Popular views of the millennial generation, born in the 1980s and 1990s, as more caring, community-oriented and politically engaged than previous generations are largely incorrect, particularly when compared to baby boomers and Generation X at the same age,” said the study’s lead author, Jean Twenge, PhD, a psychology professor at San Diego State University and author of the book, “Generation Me.”

“These data show that recent generations are less likely to embrace community mindedness and are focusing more on money, image and fame.” The study was published online this month in APA’s Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The findings did show that millennials were more likely than baby boomers or Generation Xers to volunteer during high school and to say that they intend to participate in community service in college. However, the authors contend that this trend is most likely related to schools’ requiring community service for graduation, which has been cited in numerous studies. The desire to save the environment, an area considered to be of particular concern to millennials, showed some of the largest declines, with three times as many millennials as baby boomers at the same age saying they made no personal effort to help the environment.

Fifty-one percent of millennials said they made an effort to cut down on electricity use to save energy, compared to 68 percent of boomers in the 1970s. Twenge and her colleagues analyzed data from the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future study of high school seniors, conducted continuously since 1975, and the American Freshman survey by UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute of entering college students since 1966. Both surveys included items on life goals, concern for others, and civic and community involvement. In the American Freshman survey, the proportion of students who said being wealthy was very important to them increased from 45 percent for baby boomers (surveyed between 1966 and 1978) to 70 percent for Generation Xers (surveyed between 1979 and 1999) and 75 percent for millennials (surveyed between 2000 and 2009).

Likewise, the proportion who said it was important to keep up to date with political affairs decreased, from 50 percent for boomers to 39 percent for Generation Xers and 35 percent for millennials. “Becoming involved in programs to clean up the environment” decreased, from 33 percent for boomers to 20 percent for millennials. “Developing a meaningful philosophy of life” decreased the most across generations, from 73 percent for boomers to 45 percent for millennials. “These data suggest that the ‘Me Generation’ label affixed to the baby boomers was unwarranted. In comparison to the proceeding generations, the boomers look significantly more selfless,” Twenge said. “The generational trends toward more political disengagement, less environmental concern and more materialistic values could have a meaningful impact on society. It will be interesting to see how millennials are affected by the recent recession and whether future generations will reverse the trends. ”

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Article: “Generational Differences in Young Adults’ Life Goals, Concern for Others, and Civic Orientation, 1966-2009,” Jean M. Twenge, PhD, and Elise C. Freeman, MA, San Diego State University; W. Keith Campbell, PhD, University of Georgia; Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, online.

 Full text of the article is available from the APA Public Affairs Office and at

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Caruso Says ACT NOW!


Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S. Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business.


Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA.

PIPA would give the government new powers to block Americans’ access websites that corporations don’t like. The bill allows corporations and the US government to censor entire websites and cut sites off from advertising, payments and donations.

This legislation will stifle free speech and innovation, and even threaten popular web services like Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.

Fighting online piracy is important. The most effective way to shut down pirate websites is through targeted legislation that cuts off their funding. There’s no need to make American social networks, blogs and search engines censor the Internet or undermine the existing laws that have enabled the Web to thrive, creating millions of U.S. jobs.

The Senate will begin voting on January 24th. Please let them know how you feel. Sign this petition urging Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA before it is too late.

Tell Congress: Don’t censor the the link to sign the petition!


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Caruso Investigates 11-11-11



11-11-11. Its here. The day that everyone around the world has been talking about since the year became 2011. But what does it actually mean? And what’s in store for us? I did some investigating and uncovered some interesting facts relating to 11-11-11.


11/11/11: Veterans Day

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France.

However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”


11/11/11: Historical

The Great Blue Norther of 11/11/11:

“One-hundred years ago, November 11th, 1911: The Great Blue Norther descended upon America. The day started fine; there were even record highs for that time of year. Then it all changed; temperatures began to drop. Within the space of ten minute: the temperature dropped 40 to 50 degrees; by midnight a 66 degree temperature drop was recorded. There were dust storms, thunderstorms, tornado’s, and blizzards. Over 300 deaths were reported.”

In the interests of full disclosure: reports that sudden 50 degree temperature drops, though unusual, are not that rare.

The Great Blue Norther acquired its name not from the extreme temperature changes, but from the accompanying weather phenomena.


11/11/11: Singularity Summary

Most predictions and opinions concerning 11/11/11 are based on or rooted in its mathematical uniqueness as a number.

11*11*11: There are three possible scenarios:

1. Something good happens— There is absolutely no scientific basis for this belief. There are no known logical premises for this belief. The belief that something good will happen is based solely on spiritualism, faith, and/or innate optimism. This belief is not necessarily a bad thing; we don’t know everything; the probability is not zero.

2. Nothing happens— This is the most likely scenario. Just because an unusual date number sequence occurs doesn’t mean that something extraordinary will happen. Usually it’s a non-event.

3. Something bad happens— There is absolutely no scientific basis for this belief. There are no known logical premises for this belief. The belief that something bad will happen is based solely on pessimism of reality. This belief is not necessarily false; after all, things are generally/usually a mess. The probability is not zero.

Don’t forget to make a wish at 11:11 am & pm!


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Caruso’s OC Happenings ~ South County



South County



Coming up October 28-29, 2011 from 5-10pm is the annual Halloween Fair and Haunted House! Soka University will have booths for children, haunted house for young teens recommended for age 10 and over), games, activities and performances for all to enjoy! All proceeds benefit SUA student clubs. Here is the schedule of events; 5:00 pm – Game stations open (all ages), 5:45 pm – Club performances & at 7:00 – 10:00 pm – Haunted House is open. Game and Haunted House tickets sold at the door. Haunted House: $5. For more information you can call 949.480.4000.


TOMORROW October 22 2011 is the annual Doheny State Beach Halloween Haunt from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Don’t miss out on Doheny’s most festive event of the year as we transform a section of the campground into a spooky area, an array of educational booths, spooky walk, face painting, games, snacks and other fun activities. There is no charge for admission; however, you are asked to bring in one can of food per person as an entry fee. For more information you can call 949-496-6172. Also coming up Friday, October 28, 2011 from 3 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. there will be Halloween Crafts, Cupcake Decorating, Best Carved or Decorated Pumpkin Contest for ages 3-10 years. (Bring your already carved or decorated pumpkin). At 5 pm there will be a children’s costume parade, with free treat for each child. Then at 6:15, the Moonlight Movie will start (Monsters, Inc.)There will be free popcorn during the movie and refreshments also available to purchase. For more information you can call 949-248-3530. Lastly also on Friday, October 28, 2011 from 5-7pm is the annual Halloween Kids Boo Cruise! Take a 20-minute Haunted Harbor Cruise! Wear your favorite costume! Trips will depart every 20 minutes. Costume contest on every cruise! The cost is $3 per person. For more information you can call 949-496-5794.


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Coming up October 27 – 29, 2011 starting at 6:30 is the annual Haunted Trails. It’s a MAD, MAD WORLD! Take a journey through the dark and “MAD World” of Haunted Trails 2011(Crown Valley Community Park). Small groups will be carefully guided through a world of mass confusion, personal confinement, terrible torture and unbelievable horror! This is a VERY SCARY event and not recommended for children under 8 years of age. The event is $10 per entrance. For more information you can call 949-425-5100.


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Now through November is the Starr Ranch Sanctuary – Adult Wildlife Research Camp located in Trabuco Canyon. Audubon California’s Starr Ranch Sanctuary invites you to our fall classes for adults. Join our wildlife biologist for two peaceful days at beautiful 4000 acre Starr Ranch in southeast Orange County and experience nature hands-on as a wildlife researcher. Our fall wildlife research camp gives participants the opportunity to learn and use techniques employed by wildlife biologists to study large and small mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and terrestrial invertebrates. For RESERVATIONS OR INFORMATION you can call 949-858-0309.


Coming up November 4, 2011 from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. is the annual A Taste of San Clemente! Held under the stars, this annual event serves up culinary masterpieces from over twenty of the areas finest restaurants, as well as sixteen premium wineries from throughout California, ice cold Microbrews and more. Tickets are limited to 250 guests. The ticket price includes a complimentary “Taste of San Clemente” wine glass or beer mug, food, wine, entertainment and valet parking. For more information you can call 949-492-1131.


Coming up Saturday October 29, 2011 at 6:30, 7:00 & 7:30 is the annual Ghost Tours. Get in the spirit of Halloween by joining the Historical Society Walking Tour Guides on a spooky walking tour of Los Rios Street, the oldest residential neighborhood in California. Be prepared for creepy tales of big black dogs, strange monks who have lost their heads, ghostly tales about a lady in white and other goings on. Cost: $5.00 adult’s $2.00 children. Reservations are required. Meet and pay at the O’Neill Museum. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 949-493-8444.

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