Old Towne Orange Plaza Review | Issue 114 | Mar-Apr 2023

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Old Towne Orange PLAZAREVIEW From the Publisher

Here at the Old Towne Orange Plaza Review , it warms my heart when readers express their appreciation for our publication. I especially enjoy receiving heartfelt correspondence that shows we are accomplishing what we set out to do. Our goal is to inform of the fine establishments and organizations offering wonderful products and services here. We also strive to tell the stories of inspiring community members working to make the city and world a better place.

In a recent letter, a reader said: “Your publication has helped our family discover good businesses to visit.” While another reader expressed: “I’m so happy that you keep publishing the Plaza Review. I always look forward to reading it. It truly keeps me informed about the businesses and homes that you feature. I hope you never stop publishing!”

In this issue, we feature opportunities to engage in inspiring and fun community events this spring. These include the Woman’s Club of Orange’s 84th Annual Spring Flower Show to be held on April 13 (pg. 8). Then there is the Taste of Orange on May 7 put on by the Assistance League’s Orange Blossoms, with proceeds benefitting women and children in need in Orange (pg. 9).

In our New to the Neighborhood column on page 12, learn all about Grow & Share, an organization that harvests unused fruit and distributes it in underserved local communities. Then on page 28, find out about the dedicated folks bringing an upcoming Art Walk to Orange.

These are just a handful of events occurring during this time of renewal here in Orange. I wish you an enjoyable spring full of fresh beginnings and possibilities.


What’s Happ e ning . . .

MARCH 2023

Sat / Mar 11 / 9 am

Chapman University

Founders Day 2023

“HOLY ENVY: Finding God in the Faith of Others” featuring best selling author Rev. Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor. All Faiths Chapel: One University Dr www.chapman.edu/founders-day

Sat / Mar 18 / 9 am

Volunteer Opportunity

Santiago Creek Clean-Up

Join Mayor Dan Slater and other like-minded folks, for a community effort to keep the creek clean. Meet at the Cambridge St. Bridge 590 South Cambridge St.

Sat / Mar 18 / 6 - 10 pm

Villa Park Little League

Taste of Villa Park

“Let the Shenanigans Begin!” St. Patrick’s Day theme, with food, beer, wine, cocktails, music, auctions, raffles and more, to benefit VPLL.

Villa Park Town Center: 17852 Santiago Blvd www.VPLittleLeague.net

Tue / Mar 21 / 5:30 pm

Orange Community Historical Society Quarterly Meeting

“Celebrating 50 Years of Imparting History” for those interested in the history of Orange & its surrounding areas. Orange Main Library: 407 E Chapman 714-288-2465 / historicalorange.org

Thu / Mar 23 / 7:45 am

Orange Chamber of Commerce

City Council Appreciation Breakfast

Join us in showing your appreciation to our City Council members at this year’s “William G. Steiner Memorial” appreciation breakfast. 6410 East Chapman Ave / 714-538-3581


Tue / Mar 28 / 8 - 9 am

Orange Chamber “Eggs & Issues”

An event series that covers a wide variety of interesting topics concerning our city. Join this month’s special guest Orange Police Chief Dan Adams. O Sea 109 South Glassell St 714-538-3581 / OrangeChamber.com

Old OldTowneTowneBlooms Blooms

Enter your prized plants, flowers, or flower arrangements in our professionally-judged show. Shop vendors’ booths, including our Sweet Shoppe and Plant Booth. Pause Pause and refresh at our Garden Cafe. Pick up a light luncheon or a beverage & dessert. Information & Entry Forms Available at: The Woman’s Club of Orange 121 S. Center St. More Info: www.womanscluboforange.org or call 714-836-5919 All net proceeds benefit WCO Charities Enjoy Enjoy the plants and floral arrangements on display from local gardens. ~ Free Admission! ~ Open to all Amateur Gardeners – No Entry Fee to Exhibit Woman’s Club of Orange 84th Annual Spring Flower Show Opportunity prize drawings hourly! Thursday, April 13, 2023 ursday, 12 Noon to 4 PM p fit WCO C
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APRIL 2023

Sat / Mar 25 / 10 am - 3 pm

Friends of Orange Public Library

Spring “Bag of Books” Sale

$5 fills a FOPL bag full of books. 9-10 am: Members only.

($12 memberships available at the door)

Orange Main Library: 407 E Chapman 714-288-2424 / www.foplca.com

Sat / Mar 25 / 2 - 6 pm

Orange Arts Council & Orange Chamber

Orange Plaza Art Walk

Tour a variety of Plaza merchants to view works by local artists. Article on page 28.

The Hilbert Temporary: 216 E Chapman 714-538-3581 / Orange Chamber.com

Fri & Sat / Mar 31 & Apr 1

CHOC Children’s CHOC Follies

“The Three Chocolatiers”

An all-star cast of OC’s business, social & civic leaders in a fun-filled musical confection sure to delight the “sweet-buckler” in all of us.

OCC: Robert B. Moore Theatre 2701 Fairview, Costa Mesa 714-509-7913 / www.chocfollies.org

Accepting Scholarship Applications

Orange Home Grown, through Apr 1

Apply On-line at: OrangeHomeGrown.org

Assistance League, through Apr 6

Apply On-line at: www.ALOrange.org

Sat / Apr 8 / 10 am - 2 pm

St. John’s Lutheran Church

Community Easter Egg Hunt

A free, fun-filled morning of egg hunts, tacos, treats, games, crafts & more. 185 South Shaffer St / 714-288-4400 www.stjohnsorange.org/egghunt

Sat / Apr 8 / Noon - 5 pm

Locals & Co. Music Pub Crawl

A flashback to the past celebrating various music genres while visiting Old Towne Orange’s favorite bars & breweries. Chapman Crafted: Check-in at 11 am 123 North Cypress / MusicPubCrawl.com

Mon / Apr 10 / 7 - 9 pm

Orange Art Association General Meeting

Meet artist & view the finest artwork by members of the Orange Art Association. 395 South Tustin St / 714-538-8069 www.OrangeArtAssociation.org

Thu / Apr 13 / Noon - 4 pm

Woman’s Club of Orange 84th Annual Spring Flower Show

Enjoy plants & floral arrangements, shop vendor booths & refresh at the Garden Cafe. 121 South Center St / 714-836-5919 www.womanscluboforange.org

Sun / Apr 16 / 8 am - 3 pm

Orange Plaza Rotary Plaza Car Show

More than 400 pre-1976 Street Rods, Custom & Classic vehicles. Old Towne Orange Plaza Square www.orangeplazarotary.org

Sun / Apr 16 / 4 - 8 pm

Assistance League Embrace Orange

“Passport to Generosity” fundraising event, benefitting ALO philanthropic programs. Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach 714-532-5800 / www.ALOrange.org

Tue / Apr 18 / 7 pm

Chapman Rodgers Center

An Evening of Holocaust Remembrance

Shout the Truth to the World,The Secret Archives of the Warsaw Ghetto. Fish Interfaith Center: Chapman.edu/holocausteducation

Sat / Apr 22 / 10 am - Noon

OHG - Earth Day at the Farm Native Bee House Class. Must pre-register. 356 N Lemon / OrangeHomeGrown.org

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Becoming Local Staples!

Big Al’s Pizzeria

From the creators of the iconic Maywood, California-based Big Al’s Pizzeria comes the restaurant’s second location, which officially opened to Old Towne customers in December.

Big Al’s Pizzeria, founded and operated by brothers Ali and Michael Chahine, serves pizza, wings and sandwiches that are all Halal certified, meaning the meat follows Islamic dietary laws.

Before becoming a founder in the restaurant industry, Ali owned a wholesale clothing business. As an entrepreneur and food lover, he decided to take the plunge and opened a meat market.

“The market was successful, but our friend owned a pizzeria for more than 20 years and planted the seed of an idea that we could create our original pizza shop,” says Michael. “We put a pizza oven in the meat market, and it started growing from there.”

Ali and Michael trained with their friend and spent three months developing and testing their own recipes. The menu was motivated by various international flavors, with a mix of Lebanese, Asian and Mexican-focused pizzas.

“Our menu draws inspiration from our travels, experiences and nationality overall,” says Michael. “Our Lebanese mom was always cooking for us growing up, and we took inspiration from her, too.”

Customers can choose from options like the carne asada pizza or the beef brisket sub or select a half-and-half style pizza to sample two of Big Al’s signature pizzas. The most popular item is the Lebanese garlic chicken pizza,

This spring, discover the latest additions to the Orange community. From Halal restaurant Big Al’s Pizzeria, to produce distribution non-profit Grow & Share, to community space Living Mi Vida Loca, these new businesses are already becoming local staples. Read on for a closer look at what the establishments and their founders bring to the neighborhood.

topped with a homemade garlic sauce, shredded chicken breast and buttermilk ranch.

“We call it a deconstructed version of a Lebanese chicken shawarma sandwich, and I had no idea it was going to be such a hit,” says Michael. “This pizza superseded my expectations.”

The rest of their menu turned out to be a hit too, and in 2015, Yelp crowned Big Al’s Pizzeria on its list of Top 100 U.S. Places to Eat. Michael says he and his brother never imagined their food would be so well-known and loved.

“We’re self-taught chefs creating pizza recipes, and suddenly, we have award-winning dishes,” says Michael. “It made me realize that if you have a passion for something, you can go far.”

After making Yelp’s list again in 2018, the Chahines started considering expanding and opening a new location. But then the pandemic hit, and they

put their plans on hold.

“As soon as we felt everything was picking up again, we hired a real estate agent and found the Old Towne location,” says Ali. “It was the perfect location, and we already had many existing customers in Orange County. The community has been so welcoming and great so far.”

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Big Al’s Pizzeria Owner Michael Chahine displays two of the restaurant’s distinct menu offerings. Though the entire menu is Halal, Chahine encourages any customer to give the eatery a try. “Our food is for anyone who wants to try pizza or wings that aren’t mainstream,” he says. “We offer something that’s untraditional and outside of the box, but delicious.”

Grow & Share

Once known for its lush groves of citrus trees, the city of Orange hosts many homes abundant with fruit and, often, a lack of use. One family is working to make the community more fruitful for everyone through Grow & Share, a non-profit that redistributes excess fruit to those in need.

Established last year by Orange native Beth Huber and her family, Grow & Share gathers locally grown produce and partners with organizations to share the fruit with underserved communities.

“I’ve always volunteered in the community, but I wanted to start something myself, and my family has these citrus trees that go crazy with fruit each year,” says Beth. “I did a little research, and it turned out there was a pretty strong need for something like this in the area.”

Beth and her family started the operation by picking their own leftover fruit and calling on social media to see if anyone had excess citrus they could grab. They quickly connected with dozens of neighbors eager to share citrus, persimmons and avocados, and today, Grow & Share collects between 300-600 pounds of produce each weekend.

“All of the produce we pick comes from within Orange County, mostly in Orange and Santa Ana,” says Beth. “Our main goal is to serve local residents in need.”

Though the Grow & Share team has already had a tremen-

dous impact, Beth aims to keep the organization local and familyfocused.

“It’s a whole family affair,” she says. “It’s mostly just my parents, siblings and our significant others

doing the picking and organizing.”

Beth’s father, Shane Huber, leads most of the manual picking and operations portions of the non-profit. He and the rest of his

The Grow & Share team, including

produce. Beth and her parents, Shane and Susie, all grew up in Orange. They feel a strong sense of connection to the city that drives them to continue the work they do.

family have full-time jobs, but they spend hours each week coordinating, picking and donating hundreds of pounds of produce.

“It got to the point where picking and dropping fruit off twice a week became routine,” says Shane. “This is so incredibly important to the community, but it’s straightforward and easy for us to do.”

Through Grow & Share, the Hubers are most proud of how they come together as a family every weekend to donate their time and energy to the community and the environment.

“Not only are we able to feed people with the fruit that gets picked, but there’s an environmental impact to this as well,” says Beth. “When fallen fruit lays on the ground, it releases methane gasses into the environment. The more fruit we can redistribute, the better, and it has a dual impact on the health and sustainability of our community.”

Visit GrowAndShareOC .org for more details on how to donate produce, time or funds.

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(from left) Mike Cucco, Founder Beth Huber, Zack Pavkov (on ladder), Katie Pavkov and Susie Huber, poses with freshly picked
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Living Mi Vida Loca

Living Mi Vida Loca, an award-winning Orange County guide and website, began as a lifestyle blog in 2009 by Founder Pattie Cordova, but the company recently brought its online community together into the physical world through a new coworking and events space.

The new communal space, LMVL.club, opened in Old Towne in January and serves as a hub for coworking, events, workshops, and more. During the workday, the location offers designated workspaces for anyone to work and collaborate.

“In the evenings and weekends, the space is open for people to use for events and workshops,” says Cordova. “We’ve found that small businesses have all these ideas and plans they want to do but don’t have the space or capital for it. We want to provide that space for them.”

Cordova originally founded Living Mi Vida Loca as a personal blog but quickly expanded her content to product reviews and started working with big brands like Walt Disney World and Ford. During the pandemic, she rebranded the site into what it is today: a guide for fun things to see, eat and do in Orange County.

“We wanted people to see what was possible in Orange County,” says Cordova. “That’s how the space came about, because we wanted to be a resource for local businesses and the community, especially with the isolation the pandemic brought.”

After a few years of running the blog and a social media management company, Cordova brought in two friends, Belinda Espinoza and Stephanie Robledo, to help grow Living Mi Vida Loca. Espinoza, a digital content creator at Living Mi Vida Loca, started writing blog posts and covering press events almost 10 years ago.

“The work I do has become so much more than I originally thought it would be,” says Espinoza. “Now we have a team and are always bouncing ideas off each other. People see how much we love what we do and how hard we work, and it shows.”

Cordova and her team are most

proud of their work to create a heightened sense of community through the event space, guides and local calendars, especially within the Latino community.

“We wanted to give the Latino community access to things they maybe didn’t know about before, like street fairs, and specifically for first-generation families,” she says.

Beyond creating an event directory and an in-person space, Living Mi Vida Loca bridges

businesses and the local community, connecting them with experiences they may have otherwise missed.

“With our platform, we’re able to give businesses a broader audience,” she says. “we also introduce community members to new experiences they never would’ve known about before, especially if they felt like they had to know somebody to get in.” •

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Living Mi Vida Loca Digital Content Creator Belinda Espinoza (left), Founder Pattie Cordova (center) and Writer Stephanie Robledo stand in the Orange County guide’s newest community space. The location also doubles as the headquarters for the social media management arm of the business.

The Style You Need

In Southern California, car culture is a pastime entrenched in tradition and nostalgia. Here in Orange, we have three establishments with a passion for car care. Detail Garage provides products and education to keep your vehicles detailed, Shine Speedshop specializes in restoration and customization, and Wheel Warehouse ensures your ride has the tread and style you need.

Detail Garage Orange

In July 2020, Adriana and her husband, Hector, began their future specializing in car care, signing the lease for Detail Garage Orange. Since then, they have quickly established themselves as the go-to place for all things car detailing.

While Hector worked to get their new shop ready, Adriana and her friend Dareyli Pena attended the Chemical Guys’ masters course to learn about the product line and how to use the various chemicals.

“At Chemical Guys headquarters, we learned how to properly take care of all vehicles, including washing, claying, waxing, paint correction and protecting coatings like ceramic coat, as well as the correct use of degreasers and dilution to use on both interior and exterior,” says Adriana. “We also learned about wheel cleaners and which rim cleaners to use on specific rims.”

Putting into practice what they learned, they began detailing their own cars and those of friends and neighbors. When the shop opened, their foundation was doing demos on customers’ vehicles to help them better identify their needs.

“Part of our service is to teach our customer s,” says Hector. “The most common demos are clay wax for the exterior, and for the interior, leather cleaning and conditioning.”

Hector offers polishing classes twice a month to teach how to properly do paint correction. The

four-hour class runs from 10 am to 2 pm.

“We break down how the surface of the paint looks and steps on how to polish, how the pads work, what type of compounds to use, depending on the vehicle,

and then we finish the lesson with protective coating,” says Hector. The personalization is where Detail Garage is different.

Hector DeGante, Adriana DeGante (front) and Dareyli Peña have built a following on social media at #detailgarageorange, where they say the “before and after videos” are the most popular.

“We have four different kinds of leather products,” says Adriana. “Why? Not all cars are taken care of the same way. With a brand-new car versus someone who is an Uber driver, I’m going to recommend a different product and treatment.”

They also host a Rides and Coffee once a month on Sundays from 9 am to 11 am in their parking lot, where they provide live demos, highlight discounts throughout the store, hold raffles, and naturally, serve doughnuts and coffee.

John Silvestri from Orange is a car enthusiast who does The Friends of Steve McQueen Car & Motorcycle Show in Chino Hills. He met Hector and Adriana when he approached them about donating a raffle prize.

“They didn’t hesitate,” says Silvestri. “They’re not just a shop in Orange. They know their people and their product, and their customer service is outstanding. I recommend them all the time.”

“In California, because we have such beautiful weather, the car culture here is strong,” says Adriana. “A lot of our customers want to have the brand-new look of a car without the brand-new car payment—and that’s what we’re here for.”

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Shine Speedshop

Restoration and customization are the name of the game at Shine Speedshop. Owner Jimmy Falschlehner—known as Jimmy Shine—is a recognizable name in the world of classic car culture. His shop in Orange has 16 to 17 car projects going at any given time.

“We do everything from what we call a shave and a haircut, which is in and out and down the road,” says Shine. “And then we have projects that are long-term and more involved.”

Shine has been building hot rods and cars since he was a kid. He built his first car at the age of 14— a 1940 Willys All steel Gasser style truck. “It took me two years and two days,” he recalls.

Originally in a location off of Katella, Shine Speedshop moved to its current location five years ago for a larger space.

“We’re not an automotive repair shop. We’re kind of a glorified hobby shop,” says Shine. “Car people are very passionate. Our main product that we sell is fun.”

Shines’ clients include collectors, hot rodders, car enthusiasts and celebrities. It’s a family business. Shine and his wife, Nikki, met when they were 12. Their daughter Kayla has an office there, as does Nikki’s mom, Penny. The two are part of a nineemployee team.

Shine has been in this industry since the mid-1980s. He starts with a hulk, a body, a chassis and sources parts worldwide. “In year’s past, I was a 1920s, 1930s, 1940s Ford guy,” he says. “But times change,

and now we do a lot more 1950s and 1960s cars.”

Shine grew up racing and for the last 25 years has been doing El Mirage landspeed racing. “I had a Model A roadster with an injected supercharged small block Chevy 301 cubic inch that I went 208 miles per hour in,” he says. “That got me into the 200 mile per hour club. More people have been to the top of Mount Everest or have been in outer space than are in the 200 mile per hour club.”

Shine has a lot of local Orange clients, as well as people from all over the world.

Dave Keister grew up in Orange and was raised around cars his whole life. He met Shine when he worked on his 1965 C10 Glasser, and they’ve been close friends ever since. “Jimmy is like a brother,” says Keister. “He’s a good listener when it comes to projects. He plays more of a team role with the customer, which makes him different from other builders.”

One of Shine’s good friends is Billy Gibbons from ZZ top, whose 1984 El Camino he customized.

“Our vehicles are very eclectic,” says Shine. “We’ve been approached by people all over the world. It’s a multistep process. We start with a phone call, photos and ideas, and see where that takes us.”

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Wheel Warehouse / Orange Tire

Chris Granger and Mike Yablonka know a thing or two about wheels and tires. Located at the corner of Katella and Batavia since 2016 is Wheel Warehouse / Orange Tire. Founded in 1979 in Anaheim, Wheel Warehouse has a long history in the wheel and tire industry. Being one of the original boutique wheel stores and creating one of the first websites in the wheel industry in 1996, they have built a loyal customer following.

Ted Bernez is a local car enthusiast who has known Granger for more than 20 years and only gets his tires from Wheel Warehouse.

“Chris is the most ethical businessman I’ve ever met,” says Bernez. “Customer and safety oriented, he is fair and has saved me a lot of money.”

Granger’s early knowledge came from working for a wheel importer, before moving on to manufacturing and installation. While serving as manager at Wheel Warehouse, he started a company that resold the factory wheels that are traded in. This has become a big part of Wheel Warehouse today.

“For many of our customers, we are their next stop after the dealer,” says Granger. “There are a lot of reasons why someone would come here. Generally, you want wheels, but you need tires.”

The staff at Wheel Warehouse pride themselves on educating their customers, whether catering to the seasoned automobile enthusiast or simplifying the technical aspect of wheels and tires to satisfy requests for different cosmetic looks.

Granger has been involved with the aftermarket wheel industry since 1986. He brought brotherin-law Mike into the business in 2005. With Granger’s technical experience and Yablonka’s busi-

ness skills, combined with a long-time knowledgeable staff, this family business has evolved into a full-service shop that sells and installs wheels and tires, as well as lift kits, vehicle lowerings and alignments.

“What has kept us going is we know wheel s,” says Granger. “Everything associated with wheels and tires is actually engineered for performance, but 90 percent of what we sell and install is to enhance the cosmetic appeal of the vehicle. We know what fits cars, pickups, trucks or hot rods. Every car is different in size, bolt pattern, offset and brake clearance.”

As an independent dealer, Wheel Warehouse is there to match the proper brands with customer needs.

“The wheels you put on a car affect a lot of other things such as your ride, your look and how your steering wheel feels when you’re driving, says Granger. “Our goal is to provide the best wheel and tire options to match each customer’s needs. We stand behind all products and services we offer.” •

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NRecently unveiled in Old Towne Orange, The Richland Hotel is Orange County’s newest luxury boutique hotel and event space, bringing new life to the centuryold family residence and business adjacent to Chapman University at 137 East Maple Ave.

The Richland is truly a family affair with the focus on serving the local community. Indeed, the community has always been at the heart of this historic property, which for more than 85 years belonged to the Shannon family, owners of Shannon Family Mortuary, which has since relocated to East Chapman in Old Towne.

Seeing the potential for the site, while recognizing the inherent challenges, Tustin-based developer/investor Hicham Semaan, along with partners Patty Semaan and Dr. Steve Yu, purchased the property in 2019.

An integral member of the Old Towne community, Semaan has previously developed several historic properties, including new restaurants Snooze, Wazabi Sushi, The Taco Stand and Bluestone Lane Café.

Before acquiring the Shannon property, Semaan originally envisioned converting the property

into an enclave of restaurants and housing. Feedback from community leaders, neighbors and city staff, however, led him to embrace the idea of opening a boutique hotel instead.

“Initially, we planned for the hotel to be a family business run by myself, my wife, Patty, and our children,” says Semaan, managing partner of H.S. Real Estate, LLC.

“After we acquired all the permits and approvals, we went through the design-review process and completed the construction

plan. We then looked to partner on the kitchen and event space, and that’s when we found 24 Carrots and decided to turn the entire project over to 24 Carrots Catering & Events, including the day-to-day operations of the hotel.

“We were so impressed with 24 Carrots from the start and felt they would be the perfect fit for the community and a great fit for the finishing touches,” continues Semaan. “They pulled in a lot of resources from the local area, including suppliers, designers,

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The Richland is comprised of a three-story home built in 1906, flanked by the former chapel (now an events ballroom) and 1960’s-era building that now serves as the hotel’s office/check-in area. Sterling hospitality abounds at The Richland boutique hotel in Old Towne Orange. Pictured here are (from left) Katherine Jimenez, front desk, Robert Bennett, bar manager, Erandi Morales Foster, venue and event producer, (front) Sarah Nye, venue and event manager and Anthony Arambulo, head chef.

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subcontractors and furnishings, mostly from Orange. They have done a spectacular job in designing The Richland and have left no stone unturned in taking our original vision to a world-class level.”

Opened on February 2, 2023,

The Richland features 12 guest rooms and suites, a cozy “living room” lounge and cocktail bar, as well as a large ballroom and indoor/outdoor gathering spaces for 200+ guests.

Built in 1906, the three-story

main residence, plus the 1908 home behind the parking lot, had always been used as residences. As a matter of fact, every one of the 12 guest suites occupies what were residences or office areas or were new additions.

The historic home combines traditional California Craftsman with San Francisco-style Victorian architecture. Added in the 1930s, the chapel is now transformed into an events space/ballroom perfect for receptions, parties and

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Showcasing a vaulted ceiling and exposed wood beams, the former chapel (built in the 1930s) has been transformed into The Estelle Ballroom and accommodates up to 200 guests.

rehearsal dinners. The hotel’s office and check-in area is located in the 1960’s portion of the main structure facing East Maple Ave. There is also a cottage at 230 North Orange St., which is a 2bedroom home available for overnight stays.

Lynn Wagoner, Chief Business Development Officer for 24 Carrots, says The Richland is their first hotel project in the 19 years they’ve been in business. The Costa Mesa-based company used the interior design talents of Raili Clasen of RailiCA Design. They also sourced many antiques

and accessories from Old Towne merchants, including Country Roads Antiques—everything from rotary phones and decanters to vases, artwork and accents.

“This is a community project from beginning to end,” says Wagoner. “We used as many local resources as we could, every step of the way. We went through several rounds of approvals with the city’s design committee for all the exteriors, including final paint colors, exterior lighting and landscaping. Many of our subcontractors are from right here in Orange.”

From the original oak floors and staircases to the original windows, doors and trim, the entire renovation retains as much of the historic architectural elements as possible. The kitchen and living space of the original home was located on the second floor. The attic space on the third floor is now a guest suite. There is also a “get ready” room on the second floor designed for wedding parties.

“In the former chapel, we opened up the entire space, including the organ room above,” says Wagoner. “There was a drop ceiling in the chapel. We exposed

the original roofline and rafters.”

According to Wagoner, the most challenging feat was pulling back the previous front-lobby building in order to reveal the original facade of the 1906 home.

The heart of the hotel is the Living Room Bar and Lounge located inside the first floor of the main residence. From the street, one can see into the bar through the front window.

Serving craft cocktails and artisan appetizers and entrées, the bar is currently open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 5 pm to 11 pm. Craft beer on tap

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Tastefully appointed, twelve unique guest suites occupy residential spaces within and around the historic home.

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is brewed by Chapman Crafted Beer of Old Towne. Chapman Crafted’s coffee is served for continental breakfast.

Fast becoming a popular gathering spot, the bar and lounge area includes a fireplace, built-in seating nook, leather sofas, marble coffee tables, a marble cocktail bar and custommade barstools.

“Outside just below entry stairs

is a cozy patio for outdoor dining,” says Wagoner. “Access into the kitchen space is through a ‘secret’ door designed as a bookshelf to complement the cozy library feel of the lounge.”

Specializing in weddings, 24 Carrots is the only catering company in Southern California to offer an exclusive hotel/venue experience.

The 24 Carrots team includes

Sarah Nye, venue and event manager; Erandi Morales Foster, venue and event producer; Katherine Jimenez, front desk; Anthony Arambulo, executive sous chef and head chef at The Richland and Robert Bennett, bar manager.

Since The Richland’s official debut, the response from the community has been positive, says Wagoner. “Most people who

visit are excited to see the new life of the building. Old Towne is a great ‘staycation’ destination, especially for parents of Chapman University students who want to visit. We are also offering full-house rentals for wedding parties and other kinds of events. There is a tremendous amount of support for all our offerings at The Richland right here in Old Towne Orange.” •

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New Orange Mayor Strives to Boost Customer Service ,

The bedridden woman Dan Slater went to visit once a week in the early 1980s had difficulty speaking, but the smile on her face remains vivid in his memories. Slater and his college buddies visited the 90-year-old woman and numerous others at an Orange convalescent home because some of the residents did not have visitors all year.

It’s one of many examples of how Slater treats others with respect—an approach he applies to life, his work as a longtime real estate broker, and now as the new mayor of Orange.

“I want to apply this philosophy to City Hall and treat the entire community with respect like they should be treated,” Slater says.

Slater was sworn in as mayor in December, returning to city government after 20 years. He previously served as a city council member from 1994 to 2002, helping to preserve the historic district and improve the city as a whole. Slater decided to run for mayor in 2022 to address homelessness in the city.

A third-generation Orange resident, Slater’s family members have lived in the city since the 1880s. After graduating from Orange Lutheran High School, he went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton in 1985. Slater has served as a member of the Orange Rotary Club, president of the Old Towne Preservation Association and president of the Orange Chamber of Commerce, among other organizations. He lives in Old Towne in a 1923 California bungalow that he restored.

Slater had already started working as a real estate agent by the time he was at Cal State and sold his second house on his last day of college. He is the broker/owner for Orange Realty, Inc.—the oldest real estate firm in the city. Slater is known for embracing the customer-service model to gain loyal clients.

“A large part of my success in real estate is due to customer service and how you serve customers,” he says. “If you always

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treat customers like you would want to be treated, they will want to use your services again.”

Longtime friend and former real estate law paralegal Gillian DeGraff, who helped with Slater’s mayoral campaign, has seen his approach firsthand.

“Dan is good-natured and friendly and always takes the time to really listen to what people have to say,” she says. “These qualities are what people really respect.”

His service extends beyond his professional and government role. DeGraff says he helps clean up trash on the 55 Freeway once per month and has taken homeless children Christmas shopping in his service with the rotary club.

Since December, the mayor has been developing a plan to address homelessness in the city by establishing a temporary shelter. It’s a resource that is needed because currently a homeless person has to go to neighboring Buena Park or Placentia to find a bed, and

often those facilities are full with a waiting list.

“We’re doing the best we can with our resources, but the critical missing link is a temporary shelter where we can provide beds to anyone who is on the street,” Slater says. He and other city officials are currently looking for a location for a 60-bed facility in Orange.

To improve customer service for residents, Slater and the rest of the council approved the addition of a second council meeting per month. The change went into effect in March.

And to boost public transparency, Slater created a new “Meet with the Mayor” program to offer residents a chance to schedule appointments with him and share their concerns.

Slater sees a bright future for Orange, given its location and unique neighborhoods. “People who grew up here stay here, and I think that says a lot about our community,” he says. “People truly love our city.” •

To contact the Mayor’s office, call 714-744-2219

When Chapman University’s former Executive Vice President, Chief Advancement Officer (EVP/CAO) left in September 2021, Matt Parlow had no idea he would soon be stepping into the position. At the time, he was happily serving as Chapman University’s Dean of Fowler School of Law.

“When President Struppa asked me to fill the EVP position, it came as a surprise, but he saw something in me, and after some wonderful conversations, I told him I was in,” says Parlow, who started as EVP/CAO on December 1, 2021. “It isn’t a traditional career path for a dean to transition to a position like this, but it has been an exciting and rewarding opportunity to be directly involved in Chapman’s bright future.”

Well-Suited for the Role

While Parlow may have been surprised to be asked to take over as EVP/CAO, his background, experience and track record squarely pointed to his ability to excel in the position.

“As Dean of the Law School, I was involved in fundraising and have raised funds in various settings for nonprofits, as well as a for-profit real estate investment company that I helped found,” says Parlow.

While dean of the law school, Parlow had three consecutive years of record graduate employment. His fundraising efforts also led to several new professorships, a scholarship fund and supported curriculum expansion.

“When the previous EVP left, many were expecting I’d do a national search, and I also thought I would do so—at first,” says Chapman University’s President Daniele Struppa. “But then I realized I had a gem in my own organization. Matt had been a great dean for the Fowler School of Law and very successful raising money. He understood well the university priorities, and I thought that while nontraditional, this was going to be a great

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choice. That has proven to be true way beyond my expectations.

The 2022-2023 year is going to be the best ever in Chapman fundraising. He has also become a very valuable and trusted advisor.”

Zeinab Dabbah is a member of Chapman’s Board of Trustees and Chair of the Academic Committee and currently works at Cal Optima Health as the Deputy Chief Medical Officer. She agrees with Struppa’s assessment.

“For those looking in, Matt may not have been the obvious choice, but for those of us who know him and understand his passion for the university, he was the perfect choice,” says Dabbah, who was asked by Parlow to join the Fowler School of Law Board of Advisors when he was dean. “Matt has been instrumental in bringing new major gifts to the university.”

Chapman’s New Five-Year Strategic Plan

Recently at the annual State of the University Address, Struppa announced Chapman’s new five-year strategic plan, which includes a comprehensive campaign that is the largest in the university’s history. The new campaign has a goal of $500 million, and they have raised $315 million to date.

“As we work toward a new level of excellence at Chapman, I look forward to making an impact in this role and achieving the goals that the Board and President Struppa have set for us,” says Parlow.

The comprehensive campaign will provide financial support and resources in a wide variety of areas, including supporting student scholarships and ensuring academic excellence as the university’s national ranking continues to rise. Funding is also earmarked for tripling the size of the Hilbert Museum of California Art by 2024.

“The Hilbert is a treasured community asset,” says Parlow. “This is just one example of how the university is set to reach new heights.”

As the EVP/CAO, Parlow oversees a diverse team of more than 100 team members responsible for development, strategic marketing, communications, career services, and the Hilbert. He enjoys how his position calls for interfacing with a wide variety of groups associated with Chapman.

Interacting with the Chapman Family

“Advancement touches so many areas of the university— from the students, to faculty and leadership, to parents, alumni and the community,” says Parlow. “I am an extrovert, and I really enjoy interacting with the many different groups that make up the Chapman family. Just this morning I met with an alum for breakfast and had lunch with one of our generous supporters and trustees. Then this afternoon, a colleague and I worked on planning a special event for this spring where we’ll be bringing Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to campus.”

As Alexis Reekie, 2022-2023 President of the Student Government Association, sees it, Chapman University is very fortunate to have someone like Parlow invested in the wellbeing of the university and its students.

“Matt has been an integral part of the university’s planning and progress in advancement that directly supports the students at this institution,” she says. “The fundraising initiatives he has been directing I am sure will result in greatly advancing the university, academics and student experience. Matt works alongside every individual and always takes their concerns and questions into consideration. Even as a student leader, I have found that when I provide my insight, it is always received with an open mind and discussion, and that is greatly appreciated.”

Transformational Impacts of Education

For Parlow, it is the transformational aspects of education that most excite him about his involvement at Chapman. He is the son of second-generation immigrants. His grandparents immigrated to New York from Germany and Russia, and due to a lack of money, his mother was raised in a foster home and his father in an orphanage.

Transcendent Beauty : The Art of Pil Ho Lee

With artfully free brushstrokes and wide swatches of oil paint, Pil Ho Lee conjures colorful worlds on canvas, turning familiar everyday scenes into something rare and magical. The artist, a resident of Orange, can often be seen with his easel and paints around the Plaza or on other local sidewalks, capturing the hues and light of certain times of day, with the sun slanting just right, the shadows falling perfectly between leaves, or the headlights of passing cars reflecting in dazzling dashes on wet pavement.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Lee emigrated to the United States in 1977 at age 9 with his family. His parents, both schoolteachers, brought the family to the U.S. to make a better life, and to give their two sons more opportunities. “Korea in the 1970s was still mired in a poor economy as the country came out of its post-Korean-War period,” Lee says. “It was difficult back then to make a good living there.”

The family settled in Los Angeles, and the brothers enrolled in school and took ESL classes, “although we learned most of our English just by watching TV,” Lee recalls. His artistic talents helped win him new buddies, even with the language barrier.

“Star Wars was the big thing then, so I would sit and draw those characters, and all the kids would crowd around and watch me,” says Lee. “That’s how I made friends at first, because they loved my drawings.”

The talented youngster didn’t ponder much upon the difficulties of adjusting to a new life in a new country. “When you’re young, things are just exciting. I don’t remember ever being traumatized by the changes. We just loved it all, my brother and me. I’m sure it was much harder for my parents. Looking back now that I’m in my fifties, I realize what a big, bold, courageous move that must have been for them.”

Like many immigrant parents who want their children to have stellar futures, Lee’s parents tried to discourage him from pursuing art as a career path. They encouraged him and his brother

to concentrate on academic work and excel in school.

“Vocations like engineering and other white-collar careers were always discussed,” Lee says. “They did want us to play sports and do art, but it was clearly communicated not to invest too much time in those things.”

While Lee never entertained the idea of art as a profession while he was growing up, he ultimately couldn’t deny his passion. “Even though I forced myself to go the route my parents wanted me to go, after a couple of years in college, I realized that was not for me,” he says.

Still, to enter an art field in which there was a possibility of a good living, he opted for graphic design. He earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in the field at California State University, Long Beach. “Like fine art, graphic design is a creative field—but unlike fine art, there are a lot of job opportunities,” he says. He would work in graphic arts for about 20 years—in branding, corporate identity and packaging at design firms, and later as art director at an advertising agency, working for major clients like Honda and Yamaha.

But despite his success in the field, Lee always considered himself “a fish out of water” in the corporate world. “Even though I was good at graphic design and I enjoyed it, I always felt that fine art was really something that I loved more and was more naturally me,” he says.

His breakthrough came when he met Gary Bradley, an artist from North Carolina. “I was invited to a dinner up in L.A. where Gary was speaking about the role of an artist. He stayed in touch with me after that, and I showed him some of the drawings and sketches I’d been doing ‘on the side,’” says Lee.

“Gary told me that I should put a LOT more time into my own art. It was as if he gave me permission to do something I’ve always wanted to do. And I think that was the beginning of my fine art career. Gary’s encouragement, along with his thoughts on the artist’s role in the exaltation of transcendent truth and beauty,

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have helped me define myself as an artist. I was still working at the agency, but each day I’d put in about 40 minutes of painting on my own.”

It wasn’t a deliberate decision, though, for Lee to leave his agency. “It just happened. The agency disbanded and then re-formed, and they asked me to stay on as a freelancer. Then they wanted me to come back onboard as staff, but by that time I was seriously trying to establish myself as a fine artist. I was entering art shows and seeing the first sales of my work.”

Newport Beach resident Karen Linkletter, who owns several of Lee’s paintings, first saw his works at the Laguna Festival of the Arts in 2017 and 2018. “I saw his beautiful paintings of rainy street scenes in Los Angeles,” she says. “He captured a wet winter season in the city with incredible depth of light, shadow and movement. His painting uses layers and interesting techniques to convey animation and textures. I’m so impressed with his skill and artistic eye.”

Lee cites Swedish painter

Anders Zorn (1860-1920) and Spanish master Joaquin Sorolla (1863-1923) as his top influences, along with contemporary Vietnamese-American artist Quang Ho (b. 1963). But above all, he credits his wife, Dao, with supporting his dream and new career. “Without her I wouldn’t have been able to take this leap and pursue fine art full-time,” he says. The couple, who have lived in Orange since 2008, have a 12year-old daughter.

Lee can frequently be seen around the Plaza in Orange painting en plein air, or in the open air, outdoors. The Plaza, as seen

in the painting, “At the Circle,” on this issue’s inside front cover, as well as Orange’s sidewalk cafes, restaurants, alleys and streets, are frequent subjects of his work.

“I love plein air painting. It’s more of a recent discovery for me. I found that plein air is almost addictive, and it really has helped my style. I’m forced to focus on essentials and capture something the way I really want it to look.”

To see more of Lee’s art, visit www.PilHoLe e.com or follow his Instagram @PilHoLeeAr t. His paintings are carried by Pacific Edge Gallery in Laguna Beach (www.PacificEdgeGallery.com). •

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“Despite difficult beginnings, my parents both obtained educations and taught for the Los Angeles School District for 40 years,” he says. “They are a testament to the transformational impact an education can have on socioeconomic status. I wouldn’t have had the opportunities I’ve had without my parents becoming educated. At Chapman, we have the ability to make an impact by attracting the best and brightest students and providing the economic assistance they need to become educated, so they can go out and experience their own bright futures. My role in that transformation is humbling and holds great meaning for me.” •

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Feeling Springy

Spring has likely sprung by the time you are reading these words! This is the most wonderful time of the year if you are a gardener. Of course, we can’t wait to get out and start digging in the dirt. The winter rains have been wonderful, but we are ready for some sunshine and blooms, and we have a few plants we are looking forward to growing this season.

Foxgloves fit in that “all-time favorite” category for us. We are really excited by some of the offerings Annie’s Annuals has this season, which we will have in stock for you in our little nursery! Digitalis, the botanical name for foxglove, is a genus of plant that has about 20 or so species, but countless varieties. The common name of foxglove apparently comes from the fact that the plant grew on the hillsides where foxes had their dens. Though the idea of foxes wearing gloves is much more fun to think about, be we digress!

This season, we are excited to

have very cool foxglove varieties in stock, including ‘Camelot Lavender,’ a stunner with lavender blooms and maroon speckles, ‘Dalmatian Peach,’ which boasts peachy blooms with pale orange spots, and a new to us variety called ‘Monstrosa,’ which has impressively large blooms that almost resemble a cross between a hollyhock and orchid. Foxgloves are fairly easy to grow. They require average water, sun to part shade in hot areas, and they attract butterflies and bees!

With all the talk of “superblooms” this year, we have poppies on the mind. Though to be honest, we kinda always have poppies on the mind. We are carrying some cool varieties of the official state flower this season. Our favorite is ‘Champagne,’ a peachy bloom that does remind one of a Sunday morning mimosa. We also have purple, red and apricot in stock. These poppies are the Eschscholzia genus, part of the larger Papaveraceae family.

All members of this genus are native to Mexico and the southern or southwest parts of the United States, making them very local! They take full sun and are pretty drought tolerant once established—though they need some water to really put on a show with their blooms, hence why those rain years bring out all the color on the hillsides in Southern California. True champs, they like poor soil, but need good drainage. They will quickly die if the soil is soggy.

Nicotiana is another plant we have really come to love. As the name suggests, these prolific bloomers are related—somewhat

distantly—to tobacco plants. They are part of the Solanaceae family, which include tomatoes and eggplants. Turns out even plants have some crazy unlikely distant cousins!

We like Nicotiana because of how easy it is to grow—like super easy. The plant needs soil, water and sun, and basically will then do its thing, which is produce prolific, lovely-scented blooms. ‘Crimson Bedder’ is one of our favorites, as it can also grow in part shade and produces deep-red blooms like crazy once it is established. We also like ‘Only the Lonely’ because of its awesome name and how it produces beautiful white blooms that are incredibly fragrant.

We hope you are feeling inspired to get outside and play in the dirt! We’ll have all these plants and many more in stock in our gardens during the spring months. Come in and see us soon! •

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Brande Jackson is the owner of Johnnye Merle’s Gardens, located in the gardens of Country Roads in Old Towne Orange (www.PurtyPlants.com). She can be reached at brande@johnnyemerles.com. Brande is also a teacher, and leads classes on art, creativity and gardening, as well as walking tours of downtown Los Angeles. Johnnye Merle’s Gardens 216 West Chapman Ave.
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In 2020, Dr. William Heide announced that he would retire the following year from his position as Minister of Worship and Music at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Orange. As a beloved figure of the local church community, he led his flock through the Covid years and made the transition as easy as possible. In November 2021, Alex Guebert stepped into the role.

“Dr. Heide prepared me really well while dealing with the challenges that everyone had to face at the time,” says Guebert, who had served as Assistant Minister of Music under Heide for four years prior.

An Orange native, Guebert attended Immanuel Lutheran School and Church and later went on to college at Concordia University in Irvine. He had originally intended on pursuing a career as a professional percussionist, but decided to take a different route.

“I realized that composing and arranging is my real gift, so I got my Master’s of Music Composition from California State University, Long Beach in 2014,” he says.

While in college, Guebert joined St. John’s highly regarded Handbell Choir. He was originally a fill-in, but eventually became a full-time member during the former director, Ramona Miller’s, final year. She noticed his exceptional talent and personally selected him to be her successor, training him for the job.

“We would work at my house together,” says Miller. “Alex can hear the music in his head, so we would be very quiet while he stood in front of a mirror. I would watch and teach him.”

Miller says it is easy to see why Guebert was able to move into the

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head role of Minister of Worship and Music. His talent and personality make him exceptionally easy to work with. “St. John’s stands for musical excellence,” says Miller. “There isn’t one person at St. John’s who isn’t pleased that he is our new Minister of Music. He works well with just about anybody.”

It was back in 2017 that Heide approached Guebert to be the new Assistant Minister of Music, a position created specifically for him. Thanks to a donation from an anonymous donor, the position was fast-tracked rather than having to go through the channels of approval that would normally be required.

“The donor gave a lot of money to fund that part-time position for me so the church could just make it happen rather than having to add it to the budget for the following year,” Guebert says. “I don’t know who that person is, but they were a big part of this. The donor also helped me pay for the Director of Parish music certificate, which you need to be called as a Minister of Music in the Lutheran Church.”

Guebert learned a great deal from Heide during those four years in the assistant’s position. Now he strives to lead his team and congregation as his mentor did before him.

“Dr. Heide was a strong leader, but he definitely didn’t make it all about him,” Guebert says. “For him, the primary goal is worshiping God. It’s very admirable. I always try to be that way about my work.”

Now that Guebert holds the highest music position in the church, he enjoys learning how to use the position to make the best events possible.

“Much of the work is administrative rather than actual music,” he says. “The music part of it fills my soul, but the administrative part is very fulfilling. It’s more about me leading a team. We have a large enough staff here that I can delegate really big things so that we can make big things happen.”

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Bringing Art to the Orange Plaza

A year of planning is about to pay off as the newly formed Orange Arts Council soon brings its first Orange Plaza Art Walk to life.

In February 2022, Orange artist Tina Leigh Heiland organized the Orange Arts Council after participating in an art show with some of her close friends.

“I noticed that in the city, there are a lot of restaurants going up, but where are the artists and the venues for artists to share their work?” asks Heiland. She is Chair of the Orange Arts Council, a business owner and art teacher for Garden Grove Unified School District. “There are lots of creatives here. We needed a place for us to meet and put our minds together to get ideas.”

Shortly after organizing, members of the Arts Council began brainstorming. They came to a consensus that Orange had previously had art walks, but they had fallen away at some point. Planning began, and Heiland quickly realized that the Council needed help.

“I decided to get a partner because this was bigger than just having an idea and going forward,” she says. “I thought, ‘if I could get the backing of the Orange Chamber…,’ so I called on a whim and was lucky enough to get Elizabeth Holloman at the Chamber on the line.”

Heiland and the Chamber began putting the pieces together

to make the art walk a reality.

The Chamber organized sponsorships from members John Aust Realty and The Potting Shed by Carlisle. It turns out that John Aust’s daughter Madison had already begun organizing an art walk before joining forces with the Chamber’s show.

“It was a perfect match for a community event that would also bring business down here,” says Elizabeth Holloman, Executive Director of the Orange Chamber

of Commerce. “Tina and I, along with the whole team, have worked for the last year to bring this together.” That team consists of Heiland, the Chamber, the Orange Arts Council, Madison Aust and Ben Finley, who both work for John Aust Realty, as well as Mary Platt, Director of the Hilbert Museum, and locally renowned artist Judy Schroeder. (Heiland, Platt and Schroeder are jurors for the show.)

Planning the event produced more support from individuals and businesses than Heiland anticipated. “We have a lot of really amazing people working with us who are just as excited as we are,” she says. “Having people post on Instagram and hang posters, and sponsors

paying for the banners we’re printing is a good thing to see. Everybody involved is excited about bringing art back to Orange.”

With all the pieces in place, the Art Walk finally became fully organized last December. At that point, a call was put out for artists to submit their pieces for the show.

“We’re trying to get enough venues to match one per artist, so if we get 25 venues, we will have 25 artists,” Holloman says. “We might have to double up on some, but the merchants here in the Plaza have been very open to the idea and are willing to be a part of the Art Walk.”

“During the event, you get a passport signed off to show that you’ve been to each of the venues and then drop it off at the Hilbert Museum in a box,” says Holloman. “At the museum, we are having a drawing of the passports for a piece of art, an original watercolor donated by Judy Schroeder.”

The Orange Plaza Art Walk will begin at 2 pm on Saturday, March 25. Final viewing will be at 6 pm, and the drawing for Schroeder’s painting will be held at 6:30 pm at the Hilbert Museum’s temporary location at 216 East Chapman. Additionally, during the event, children’s art from CHOC will be displayed in the parking lot behind John Aust Realty at 219 East Chapman.

The Orange Arts Council holds their meetings at 4 pm on the third Thursday of every month in the Chamber of Commerce building. •

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Ultimately, Guebert leads his team through listening to his staff and guiding them through challenges to ensure their own success with the same humbleness he admires about Heide.

“The purpose is always worship,

which keeps us in check,” he says. “It’s not about our showmanship and musicianship. It’s good that we can be solid, good musicians, but at the end of the day, it’s about worship.” • St.

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2nd & 4th Wed / 6 pm

Flag Lowering Ceremony

Honoring our veterans & active duty. Plaza Park, Old Towne Orange

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Volunteer Farm Friday

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Biking Around Old Towne

Bob Eames moved to Old Towne Orange in the 1970s while stationed at El Toro Marine Base. A job as a dental assistant brought Karen Kent here in 1970. As fate would have it, Bob and Karen met at a party near the dental office and married one year later.

When The Eames furnished their home, they did so with antiques purchased in Old Towne. Though Bob isn’t related to Charles Eames, the architect and furniture designer, the couple acquired a classic chair with the name.

Today, the Eames ride their bikes throughout Old Towne, which enables them easy access to events like Chapman University’s summer outdoor concerts. They also frequent the Hilbert Museum and enjoy people watching while sitting next to the fountain in Plaza Park.

“We have coffee at Cafe Zócalo, fix our bike tires at Orange Cycle and shop at Orange Army Navy,” says Karen. “By riding our bikes, we’re reminded of the city’s charm.”

The Eames will use their coupon

at Rutabegorz, a favorite of theirs since the 1980s at the Tustin location. “We were thrilled when they opened one here in 2001!” says Karen. “We order salads and soups of the day and sit outside.” •

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