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Thank you for visiting Great Homes of Orange County.  We created this simple blog for our friends and neighbors to share the people, places, art, culture, news, and lifestyle that makes Orange County a great place to live, work, and play.

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Are you or a Veteran experiencing Domestic Violence? VA can help

Did you know that Orange County has the fourth-largest veteran population in California, numbering just over 130,000?*

It’s No Game: Stop Intimate Partner Violence!  With VA’s Caregiver Support Line, assistance is just a quick phone call away.

Please visit http://www.womenshealth.va.gov for more information or contact your VA provider.

Whether you’re in need of immediate assistance or have questions about what services you may be eligible for, the caring licensed professionals who answer the support line can:

  • Tell you about the assistance available from VA.
  • Help you access services.
  • Connect you with the Caregiver Support Coordinator at a VA Medical Center near you.
  • Just listen, if that’s what you need right now.

If you’re just getting started with VA, calling the Caregiver Support Line is a great first step to take to learn more about the support that’s available to you.

*Source: Orange County Register http://www.ocregister.com/articles/veterans-651682-county-report.html

 

VA Caregiver Support Line Celebrates 5 Years!

The Caregiver Support Line has been providing support to Caregivers for five years!

Over 220,000 callers have reached out to the CSL since it’s opening in February 2011.

8cbea-groupstudydiscussionwww-cute-pictures-blogspot-comStaffed by licensed social workers, the Support Line is available to provide supportive counseling, education on topics related to caregiving, and help to connect Caregivers to local supports and services to assist them in their caregiving role, including a referral to a local Caregiver Support Coordinator located at every VA medical center nationwide.

To further support Caregivers, the Caregiver Support Line also facilitates telephone education presentations several times each month for Caregivers, with a focus on self-care.

With VA’s Caregiver Support Line assistance is just a quick phone call away.

Are you caring for a Veteran loved one? Call today at 1-855-260-3274 to learn more about ways VA may be able support you in your caregiving journey!

Whether you’re in need of immediate assistance or have questions about what services you may be eligible for, the caring licensed professionals who answer the support line can:

  • Tell you about the assistance available from VA.
  • Help you access services.
  • Connect you with the Caregiver Support Coordinator at a VA Medical Center near you.
  • Just listen, if that’s what you need right now.

If you’re just getting started with VA, calling the Caregiver Support Line is a great first step to take to learn more about the support that’s available to you.

Alzheimer’s Research UK presents #sharetheorange

Last year, on World Alzheimer’s Day, Richard Branson blogged about alarming data that showed that one in three people born in 2015 will go on to develop dementia in later life. What’s more alarming, however, is that most people view dementia as an inevitability.

This is untrue. Dementia is caused by diseases, and diseases can be prevented and beaten. To make this point clear and confront misunderstanding around dementia, Alzheimer’s Research UK has released the stop motion animation below.

 

Official USC Holiday Bowl Events

USC Holiday Bowl 2015

If you didn’t already know it, I’m a USC alumni (Class of ’84). So it goes without saying I’m pretty excited about the Trojan’s upcoming appearance in the Holiday Bowl against Wisconsin on December 30th beginning at 7:30 PM PST at Qualcomm Stadium.

Here are some of the events fellow Trojan Fans and Alumni will want to enjoy while in San Diego:

USC Football Team Arrival Greeting and Happy Hour*
Saturday, Dec. 26, 4 p.m.
Marriott Grand Marquis San Diego Marina
333 W. Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101
*Happy Hour immediately following the team arrival

Team Day at the San Diego Zoo*
Sunday, Dec. 27, 2 p.m.
San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Dr
San Diego, CA 92101
*Alumni are welcome to purchase admission tickets and enjoy the day with the team.
Spirit of Troy Concert and Cocktail Reception
Monday, Dec. 28, 5:00 p.m. Concert
*Concert will be held outside Tilted Kilt Mission Valley Mall
6:00 p.m. Reception at Tilted Kilt
1640 Camino Del Rio N.
San Diego, CA 92108

Battle of the Bands Luncheon
Tuesday, Dec. 29, 11:00 a.m.
Hilton Bayfront San Diego Downtown
1 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101

Spirit of Troy Practice
Tuesday, Dec. 29, 12:30 – 5 p.m.
Mission Bay High School
2475 Grand Ave.
San Diego, CA 92109

USC Alumni Association Happy Hour
Tuesday, December 29, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Marina Kitchen Lounge
Marriott Grand Marquis San Diego Marina
333 W. Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101

March in the Holiday Bowl Parade
Wednesday, December 30, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Near San Diego County Administration Building along Harbor Dr.
1600 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA 92101

Holiday Bowl: USC v. Wisconsin
Wednesday, December 30, 7:30 p.m.
Qualcomm Stadium
9449 Friars Rd
San Diego, CA 92108

Some events are limited to USC students and/or Alumni. For more information or questions, please contact USC Alumni Club of San Diego at sdscalumsec @ gmail.com.

Find your perfect home for the holidays.

 

 Your perfect home for the holidays awaits you in Orange County, courtesy of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties.
Click on the photo for more information.

Coto de Caza | $4,488,000

Listed by: Lyn Chadwick

Coto de Caza | $3,298,888

Listed by: Ralph Balo and Lyn Chadwick

Dana Point | $2,399,000

Listed by: Sheri Normandin

Newport Beach | $2,299,000

Listed by: Susan Sinclair

Newport Coast | $2,200,000

Listed by: Ed Escano

Newport Beach | $1,849,000

Listed by: Hanz Radlein

Laguna Beach | $1,598,000

Listed by: Brenda McCroskey

Mission Viejo | $1,499,000

Listed by: Linda Huebner

Irvine | $1,328,000

Listed by: Doris Lipscomb

San Juan Capistrano | $1,199,900 – $1,215,000

Listed by: Evan Balsis

Coto de Caza | $1,149,900

Listed by: Joan Bannigan

Laguna Hills | $1,050,000 – $1,150,000

Listed by: Jim Bishop

San Clemente | $789,900

Listed by: Debbie Brewington

Lake Forest | $779,900

Listed by: Pat and Jennifer Nunnikhoven

San Clemente | $775,900

Listed by: Diana Crandall

Irvine | $675,000

Listed by: Ronie and Cyrena

Irvine | $659,000

Listed by: David Yegenian

Source: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties