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PERSPECTIVES AND INSIGHTS Commemoration of Kristallnacht Architecture and Antisemitism Before and After the November 9, 1938 Pogrom: The Political Uses of Building in Nazi Germany

November 7, 2023 | 7 p.m. Wallace All Faiths Chapel | Fish Interfaith Center This year we continue our tradition of coming together as an interfaith community to remember the pogrom of November 9-10, 1938, often referred to as Kristallnacht. We remember those targeted by the antisemitic violence that swept across Germany and Austria during the pogrom, and we honor the courageous few who dared to stand with the persecuted and defy Nazi authority. At this year’s event, Duke University scholar of art, art history, and architecture, Dr. Paul Jaskot will bring his interdisciplinary expertise to bear in exploring how spatial histories clarify the radicalization of genocidal policies.

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Dr. Jaskot is chair of the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University where he is also co-director of the Digital Art History & Visual Culture Research Lab. He is the author or coeditor of several groundbreaking books, including (co-edited with Alexandra Garbarini) New Approaches to an Integrated History of the Holocaust: Social History, Representation, Theory (2018) and The Architecture of Oppression: The SS, Forced Labor and the Nazi Monumental Building Economy (2000), and dozens of articles. He holds a Ph.D. in Art History from Northwestern University. Dr. Jaskot is on the editorial board of the Journal of Jewish Identities and the German Studies Review and is associate editor for architectural history of Grove Art Online. From 2008 – 2010, he was president of the College Art Association. Dr. Jaskot is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including from the Getty Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. A reception will follow the event.

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From the Publisher The hallmark of a vibrant community is the ability to honor the past while embracing what the future has to offer. Orange is such a place—and this issue reflects that. In the following pages, you will see how our town continues to preserve its history and acknowledge those individuals who have made this such a wonderful place to live, while welcoming the new. On pages 22-23, we are honored to share the accomplishments of one of Orange’s most influential members— Teresa “Tita” Smith, who was named 2022 Citizen of the Year this past October for her many contributions to our community. The property owners featured in this issue, Doug and Susie Willits, are also long-time members of Orange. Meet the couple and their extended family and see their charming Old Towne home (pgs. 16-19). Also in this issue, discover new establishments that have recently hit the scene with fresh perspectives. This includes the reinvigorated Café Zocalo under new ownership (pg. 10) and Soul+Land Lab (pg. 11), a brand-new addition to the Plaza offering people of all ages the chance to explore their artistic sides. Of course, all great communities help those less fortunate. On pages 13-15, meet the folks behind Charity on Wheels, The HUB OC and Love Orange. As you prepare for the upcoming holiday season, help keep Orange a great place by frequenting establishments that make our community strong. These include area shops such as the Dragonfly Shops & Gardens (pg. 21), Matoska Trading Company (pg. 11), Tiddlywinks Toys and Games (pg. 8), Orange Army Navy Store (pg. 11), Reneé Jewelers (pg. 18), Summerhill Antiques (pg. 19) and Palm Market & Deli (pg. 3). I wish you a wonderful holiday season filled with joy.

What’s Happening . . . NOVEMBER 2023 Sat / Nov 4 / 10 am - 5 pm Country Roads Antiques & Gardens Annual Holiday Open House Join us in a celebration of the most wonderful time of the year! Holiday décor, refreshments, raffles, good cheer & more! 216 West Chapman Ave / 714-532-3041 CountryRoadsAntiques.com Tue / Nov 7 / 7 pm Chapman University Commemoration of Kristallnacht Architecture & Antisemitism Before & After the Nov 9, 1938 Pogrom: The Political Uses of Building in Nazi Germany. Wallace All Faiths Chapel Chapman.edu/HolocaustEducation 714-628-7377 Sat / Nov 11 / 11 am City of Orange Veterans Day Tribute Help us honor past veterans & current military with patriotic music & inspirational speeches. Depot Park: 100 North Atchison St 714-744-7274 / CityOfOrange.org

Sat - Sat / Nov 11 - 18 Community Foundation of Orange Orange Field of Valor In support of our local veterans, active duty military & their families, with special recognition of Vietnam era veterans. Handy Park: 2143 East Oakmont Ave 714-288-9909 CommunityFoundationOfOrange.org Tue / Nov 14 / 5:30 - 7 pm am Orange Community Historical Society General Monthly Meeting Join history-minded folks to learn more about the origins of Orange. 407 East Chapman Ave www.HistoricalOrange.org Sat / Nov 18 / 8 pm Orange County Guitar Circle Performance by Yuri Liberzon OCGC.org / See ad on page 16. Sun / Nov 19 / 10 am First United Methodist Church of Orange 150th Anniversary Celebration Join us for worship, as we celebrate our anniversary, then join us for lunch w/RSVP. 161 South Orange St 714-532-6363 / FUMCO.org

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Thu / Dec 14 / 3 - 5 pm Chapman University Economic Forecast Be among business leaders to learn firsthand from Dr. Jim Doti and his team of experts as they provide crucial insights for the upcoming year. Musco Center 415 North Glassell St / 714-997-6812 EconomicForecast.Chapman.edu

Sun / Dec 3 / 3:30 - 7 pm City of Orange Tree Lighting Ceremony Join us for an evening of holiday cheer & family fun with kids activities, photos with Santa & traditional carols with full choir & orchestra. Plaza Square / 714-744-7278 CityOfOrange.org

Sat / Dec 16 / 5 - 8 pm Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church Living Nativity Live animals & yummy treats. Front lawn of Lomita & Cambridge. Fun for the whole family. 800 North Cambridge St www.OrangeOSLC.org / 714-639-9390

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Wed & Thu / Dec 20 & 21 / 7:30 pm Musco Center for the Arts Nochebuena: A Christmas Spectacular Celebrate Mexican traditions & customs with Ballet Folklórico de Los Angeles & Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar. 415 North Glassell St. MuscoCenter.org / 714-997-6812 EVENTS CONTINUED ON PAGE 25

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For 20 years, Café Zocalo has been known by various names as a popular Old Towne breakfast spot. This month, it turned a fresh page as new owners updated and infused the establishment with the vibrant essence of their Mexican heritage. “We’re keeping the menu as it is, but enhancing it with Latino fusion,” says Juan Carlos Vazquez, who purchased Café Zocalo with his wife, Mariána. “My Latino culture and background are very important to me, so building that into this café is a great opportunity.” The updated menu builds off the existing breakfast-focused menu, but now includes both breakfast and lunch options with Mexicaninspired dishes like chilaquiles and a Mayan hot chocolate. Juan and his family also wanted to make sure parts of their culture were present in more than just the food, so the interior now features traditional Mexican art and boasts an updated logo with new colors. After taking over the café with his wife, Juan Carlos wanted to expand his team to become a family endeavor, so he teamed up with Mariána’s sister, Brenda Ramirez, and cousin, Diana Madrigal. “They became part of our ownership team with their roles and work ethic, and it has been empowering,” he says. “Having the opportunity to build a business together as a family has been my biggest joy with this café.” As the crew settles into their Old Towne location, they look forward to integrating with the community.


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The Café Zocalo team, including (from left), Maria, Adan, Humberto, Mike, Diana Madrigal, Mariána and Juan Carlos Vazquez, Brenda Ramirez, Jorge and Leticia, pose with several menu offerings in front of the newly rebranded restaurant. Mariána and Juan Carlos, who purchased the eatery, hope to establish the business as a go-to spot filled with Mexican cuisine and heritage.

“I love how customers come in and tell us about the history of Old Towne,” says Mariána. “We have nothing but gratitude and excitement to keep serving people in Orange.” Already, they have found customers to be welcoming and thoughtful, and excited about the new changes. “It’s so rewarding to have customers come up to me and share their stories and how their experi-

ence is going,” says Madrigal, the restaurant’s Administrative Coordinator. “That’s the kind of satisfaction you can’t find working in an office.” Café Zocalo’s owners are also looking forward to becoming a staple in the Orange restaurant scene, and their passion is matched by their determination to create a well-rounded dining experience.

Becoming well-known in the area is a top priority for Juan Carlos and the team, who are committed to carving out a distinct identity that sets them apart. “When people think about the Plaza, certain restaurants and businesses come to mind,” he says. “We want to change that up so when people think about the Plaza, they now think of us. We want to be top of mind as a destination to eat and drink.”

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Last month, Old Towne welcomed a new addition to its arts scene with SOUL+LAND Lab, a space dedicated to art workshops and other creative events. “We want to be a safe space for people to come in, students to do homework, and artists to express themselves,” says Founder and Creative Director Mike Salas. Salas and his wife, Mercedes, originally created the concept for SOUL+LAND two years ago, during the height of the pandemic. They transformed an old warehouse they owned into a creative hub, initially hosting informal art workshops for their friends. “At our first workshop, everybody had blank canvases. We realized after that we wanted to do something a bit different,” says Salas. “We made it easier by offering stencils, which gave everyone an edge. We started seeing little masterpieces on their canvases.” The couple brought their workshops to restaurants and venues across Orange County, hosting nearly 200 sessions before opening the first retail space in Old Towne. “Old Towne has a special place in my heart,” says Salas, who was born in Orange and often went to restaurants in the Plaza on date nights. “We saw a lease open, and it felt like fate.” SOUL+LAND’s schedule is already filled with upcoming themed stencil workshops. Participants can immerse them-

Mercedes and Mike Salas, the husband-and-wife duo who founded SOUL+LAND Lab, showcase a finished product from their themed workshop honoring rapper Mac Miller. “Our workshops where we paint portraits of icons like Mac and Kobe Bryant are quite special,” says Mike. “We have a DJ and music videos playing, and it’s a great experience.”

selves in creative sessions like football-themed paint-by-numbers or a nostalgic 1990’s hip-hop painting experience. The team is also gearing up for October, including several sold-out Halloween paint and sip classes and Dia De Los Muertos work-

shops with mocktails and Mexican sweet bread. For those seeking a more intimate artistic experience, the space is rentable for private art workshops and events, and SOUL +LAND’s paint-by-numbers kits

can be shipped anywhere in the country. As the company expands, Salas will offer other community-driven art forms like dance and yoga. They have hired several Chapman students to lead classes for participants of all skill levels. “We were mobile for a long time, so we’re excited to finally have a location in Orange,” says Marketing Director Yajaira Pompa. “The space is open for everyone to hang out and express themselves.” Salas’ long-term vision for SOUL+LAND is a community hub that brings all art forms to life. From morning dance classes tailored for seniors, to spoken poetry sessions designed for teens, and engaging family workshops for parents and children, he aims to create an environment filled with creativity for all ages. “We want to be an art café where we sell coffee and mocktails, with everything sourced from the local farmers market,” he says. “We love art in all forms, and our goal is to support local artists as much as possible.”

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by Sheri Ledbetter

It’s the time of year when people often want to give back. Here we look at three organizations that do that all year long. These local nonprofits, together with an army of like-minded volunteers, are working in spaces to make the world just that much better. Read on to learn about Charity on Wheels, The Hub OC and Love Orange.


Ten years ago, motivated by their faith, Zach and Michelle Southall founded Charity on Wheels, a homeless outreach dedicated to getting people off the street and back on the road to self-reliance. “I started by just driving around and engaging with the homeless wherever I could,” recalls Zach. Around this time, Zach was also working as a Worship Pastor, and while filling in for another pastor at Salvation Army’s Praiseworks Church in Anaheim, he met their Director of Homeless Ministries, whose system for rescuing and restoring people suffering from homelessness Zach would base his model on. Soon after, Charity on Wheels was born. “Initially, I didn’t know what I was doing,” says Zach, now Director of Worship Arts at Salem Lutheran Church & School in Orange. “But I learned quickly that no one cares about what you know until they know you care. Everything must start from a genuine relationship.” The Southalls describe Charity on Wheels as a bridge—filling in gaps between help services. “There is not a one-size-fits-all solution to homelessness,” says Zach. In addition to street outreach, the Southalls also host a weekly dinner gathering at their facility in Anaheim. The gathering includes a worship service, along with access to their pantry and wardrobe. Guests can also receive


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resource navigation to help them get off the street. “We try to facilitate getting each person the best treatment we can find, and continue to stay engaged,” says Zach. “We have vans that pick people up from parks and shelters and bring them to our Wednesday night gathering.” They do this to continue building relationships. “We need to provide an ongoing community of support to replace the old community that we’re trying to pull

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The Hub OC Founder Holiday Zimmerman never intended to start a nonprofit. But around the time her husband, Kyle, was called to help as a pastor at Friends Church in Orange, her dad passed away. She learned her father had recently begun the formation of a nonprofit. “This was the beginning of something that God obviously had plans for,” says Zimmerman, who soon discovered through board member Bill Steiner that there was a need at the Youth Centers of Orange for the support of a nonprofit. “We named the nonprofit The Hub OC, because we wanted it to be a hub where people could get their needs met in Orange County,” says Zimmerman. Then Covid hit and the Zimmermans were faced with hundreds of kids with nowhere to go, as many of their parents were essential workers. Working with the city, they were able to keep the Youth Center open at Friends Church and provided WIFI, air-conditioning and meals. The Youth Centers expanded to include the city’s four community sites. With both private and government funding, they kept afloat. “My dream is self-sufficiency. There was a storefront opening on Glassell, and I thought of running a thrift store,” says Zimmerman. “We have churches that can donate clothing. I wanted it to be an



Dedicated to helping those in need, this faithful group supports The Hub OC, which includes the Hub Resource Center, the Youth Centers and Full Center Meaningful Marketplace. Gathered here are (top right, from left) Johnmark Rivera, Sam Kizler and Edgar Garnica, (center row, from left) Eva MacGregor, Kelsey Mallender, Arianna Rios, Tammy McMullen, Taylor Ferguson, Diane Reynolds, Cameron Geringer-Pate, Kylee Simonton, Holiday Zimmerman, Joanna Fermin and (front) Alex Geringer-Pate and Kaili Ramirez.

entrepreneurial place where Youth “We are a one-stop-shop. If you may not even realize it,” says Center kids and emancipated are unhoused or just struggling, Kylee Simonton, Executive foster youth could get a job.” you can come and receive two Director of the Hub Resource What began as a one-month meals a day, shower, do laundry Center, who adds that some 2,000 popup became Full Circle and charge devices,” she says. people use the center as their Meaningful Marketplace. The “We also provide clothing, job mailing address. store has now been open for three resources, art therapy, men’s and The Youth Centers, Full Circle years and has helped raise more women’s groups and AA.” Meaningful Marketplace and the than $150,000. The Hub Resource Center Hub Resource Center are all “The city approached us to works with the county on housing. under The Hub OC nonprofit. help them with the homeless, so In one year, the center sheltered “Orange is so community in May 2022 we opened The Hub 354 people and has permanently focused and collaborative. Coming Resource Center,” says Zimmerman housed 22. here has been a dream,” says of the center that serves more than “Someone might be minutes Zimmerman. 200 clients a day Monday through away from homelessness, and you The Hub OC Saturday. 1439 West Chapman Ave., #196 / info@TheHubOC.org / TheHubOC.org

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What started out as a few volunteers helping out with the city’s Christmas tree lighting event more than a decade ago has evolved into a mobilized force of year-round volunteers dedicated to improving the City of Orange through the nonprofit Love Orange. “It began through Orange’s churches, so Love Orange is kind of a gift from the churches of Orange to the city,” says Ric Olsen, Executive Director of Love Orange. Love Orange provides the tools needed to connect people with opportunities to serve in the city. It is divided into two categories: the year-round events and the citywide serve day. “We wanted to help people find a way to help make the city a better place,” says Olsen. Since the beginning, Love Orange has been a partner to the city when they worked together to address the homeless encampment at the riverbed. “Love Orange leads the Homeless Neighbor Initiative,” says Leslie Hardy, Community Services Director with the City of Orange. “They bring together all the local faith based and other nonprofits with the city and the police’s H.E.A.R.T. program to help with homeless resources.” This led to working with the city on other projects, such as with hoarders, needs identified by


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couple relishes their life, which includes supporting an array of local non-profit groups, as well as spending quality time with their daughter and son (Kelsey and Ben), six grandchildren, two dogs and extended family. This Thanksgiving, relatives from

Michigan will join the family festivities. A Realtor with Seven Gables Real Estate in Old Towne, Doug often collaborates on special projects with Susie and Ben, who are also Realtors. Throughout the year, Susie and Doug donate

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ever we can be of assistance,” says Doug. “I have a Midwestern work ethic combined with the philosophy to share what we have. Pretty soon, you take on a lot of projects, but the reward for all the hard work is seeing the results, be it for kids, veterans or seniors.” Before purchasing their 1940’sera home (which is actually a duplex) in the mid-1990s, the couple lived in an equestrian community in Orange Park Acres for 25 years. In 2012, they sold their home there and downsized to their current home in Old Towne. At the time they acquired

the duplex, both their kids were attending Chapman University. The family’s Chapman University roots run deep. Doug and Susie met on the Chapman tennis courts more than 50 years ago. Both are Chapman grads, along with their kids and daughterin-law. Their daughter is a Chapman Law School graduate. The Willits’ philanthropic involvement with Chapman is extensive. In fact, the “Willits Family Concourse” by the tennis courts is named in their honor. Doug served on the Chapman Board of Governors for many years, and was named Governor

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It’s the ideal setting for Susie to bake homemade zucchini bread made from zucchini she grows in the backyard. The recipe came from her mother’s great-aunt. For Thanksgiving, their daughter Kelsey usually makes rhubarb pie while Susie prepares traditional turkey and dressing. Family members gather within view. “The open concept of the kitchen is totally different than what it used to look like,” says Susie. “We even have a breakfast bar between the kitchen and living room so folks can sit and chat while we cook. It works well with six grandchildren and dogs running around.” Although they love their kitchen, the Willits spend just as much time outside in their rear patio preparing meals in their decked-out barbecue area outfitted with a bar, barstool seating, a fridge and icemaker. Visible from the sidewalk, the front patio is also a favorite gathering spot where the Willits converse with neighbors and dog walkers who pass by. CONTINUED ON PAGE 18

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The open concept of the remodeled kitchen features a breakfast bar with seating for five, making the kitchen a central gathering place for extended family.

Designed by the Willits, the back patio is outfitted with a built-in bar, fire pit, TV and multiple seating areas.

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“That’s the great thing about living in Old Towne,” says Susie. “It’s so friendly, and we run into neighbors and friends every day. Everybody knows our dogs because they greet everyone, not necessarily quietly!” For the holidays, the Willits decorate their home inside and out with an array of festive lights. Their Christmas tree is on display

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in the bay window so that it can be seen from the street. During the holidays, the entire neighborhood goes all out with their Christmas decorations. A few doors down, their neighbor wins decorating awards just about every year. “Christmas time in Orange is absolutely fantastic,” says Susie. “The tree lighting downtown is so

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special with all the church choirs involved. We participated one year when Doug was Citizen-ofthe-Year. We led the pledge at the tree-lighting ceremony in the Plaza, which was a real honor.” While the holidays are a special time for the Willits, Doug looks forward to Veterans’ Day weekend each year. In conjunction with the Community Foundation of Orange, a group of volunteers

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In their spare time, Doug and Susie like strolling to the Plaza six blocks away, frequenting their favorite restaurants, including Citrus City Grille, as well as patronizing local retailers. “There’s no place like Old Towne Orange, and we absolutely love the community here,” says Doug. “We meet new and phenomenal people almost every day.”

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For Paul Paton, Dean of Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law, lessons learned in childhood helped shape his accomplished career, which has spanned corporate, government and academic environments. “I was born and raised just outside of Toronto, and dinner table conversation was very important,” he says. “My brother, sister and I were instilled with a strong ethical compass and understanding of the value of a good debate and a respectful argument.” Paton was also taught about the importance of education. “My parents placed a priority on learning,” says Paton, a firstgeneration student and lawyer, who has taught, written and advised on ethics in government and business. “My mother wasn’t able to finish high school and my father didn’t have a college degree, but he became a public school-board trustee.” All these lessons led to the knowledge that with talent comes responsibility. “We were taught to use our gifts and work to the best of our ability in service to others,” he says. “My parents were both born during the Depression—my father in Scotland and my mother on a farm in northeastern Alberta. Their challenging upbringings inspired us to make the most of the opportunities we are given.” Educational Beginnings Paton began his higher education at the University of Western Ontario but changed course after a year, deciding to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations at the University of Toronto where he graduated as Moss Scholar, the university’s top all-around student. During his time as an undergraduate, he also considered pursuing music as a career—even receiving a scholarship and CONTINUED ON PAGE 20

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admission to a top Canadian music school—but decided to study music privately while finishing his bachelors. “In law, you spend so much time connected to a world of logic that it’s sometimes difficult to turn that off and focus on creativity,” he says. “Music provides me with a wonderful way to immerse myself in something that can be both logical and creative.” Prior to his career in litigation and after receiving his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, Paton attended the University of Cambridge in England to study for his Master of Philosophy in International Relations, which he received in 1990. While there, he was supervised by Christopher Greenwood, who later became a judge of the International Court of Justice. After his time in England, Paton returned to the University of Toronto and earned his law degree in 1992. He followed this by working as a law clerk for the Chief Justice Court of Appeal for Ontario. The rigorous position required that he prepare summaries of cases for the judge and brief him orally in advance of each week’s hearings. “I couldn’t have asked for a better— and more frightening—form of training,” he laughs. Commercial Litigation After his clerkship, Paton became a commercial litigator at a top Canadian firm, starting as an associate and quickly becoming a partner, often working on cross-border issues. “I traded the sleepless nights and long, hard days for the opportunity to get on my feet early,” he says. “I learned a great deal that has informed my career by working with some of the brightest and most ambitious people I have ever encountered.” Music helped him deal with the rigors of working in commercial litigation. While employed as a litigator, he sang in the Toronto Symphony’s anchor chorus. “Every Monday night, I would leave the office at 7 o’clock and run to the symphony hall to rehearse until 10 o’clock,” he says. “While other (normal) people went home, I went back to the office! Between rehearsals and performances, I sang well over 150 nights a year. It was a magnificent opportunity to share in the gift of music.” Though litigation proved lucrative, it wasn’t Paton’s long-term plan. “Financial success wasn’t the ultimate goal for me,” he says. “I measure success in other ways, including in rich experiences.” So, when the opportunity to work for the Premier of Canada’s Province of Ontario presented itself, Paton grabbed it. “I was a senior justice and policy advisor in a challenging political environment and drew on my policy and legal skills to serve the public interest,” he says of the position he held from 19971998. After leaving, he worked as in-house counsel to PricewaterhouseCoopers, leading the establishment of PwC’s affiliated law firms across the country. While in the corporate world, Paton decided that if given the opportunity to return to academia, he would jump at it. While a full-time litigator, he had directed an undergraduate program at the University of Toronto, but given his passion for education, he knew he eventually wanted to shift his efforts from practice to teaching and research. When he applied and got admitted to the Stanford Master’s Program in Law, he took a leave of absence from PricewaterhouseCoopers from 2001-2002, earning a Master of Juridical Science degree and admission to Stanford’s highly competitive doctoral program. Taking multitasking to a new level, Paton returned to consult with PwC, continued to pursue the doctorate at Stanford and became a tenure track full-time law professor, traveling back and forth to Canada to assist his aging parents with their health issues, especially with his father’s Alzheimer’s. That experience in particular offered opportunities for “grace and learning,” the value of patience and finding joy in every day. During this time, he co-authored a 2006 seminal article for the Canadian Bar Review that remains a resource for lawyers on the topic of ethics: “Corporate Counsel as Corporate Conscience: Ethics and Integrity in the Post-Enron Era.” He has also been recognized 20

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I N S I D E A R T by Mary Platt

Jim Wodark’s Paintings Portray the Beauty of The wide-open skies of the vast American deserts, the rugged multihued rock walls of canyons and buttes, the ever-changing light of the West—from golden dawns to purple dusks—these are the subjects of acclaimed artist Jim Wodark’s oil paintings. Wodark, a resident of Orange, is an award-winning plein-air painter born and raised in Colorado, so he knows the West by birthright. After achieving a marketing degree from the University of Northern Colorado (while attempting to fulfill his passion for art by taking an art class each semester), he embarked on a career in the corporate world, but soon found he wanted more in life. For a while, projects in cartooning fulfilled that need, allowing him to use his drawing skills and keen sense of humor. “What I really wanted to do was be a cartoon-strip guy like ‘The Far Side’ or something,” Wodark says, “so I decided to move out here to California.” He adds that he also “met a girl,” which helped his decision. That relationship didn’t work out, and he found the cartooning business to be a challenging way to make a living. For a while, he lived in San Diego, working on his business of creating cartoon maps of various college campuses. Then he met the woman who would become his wife. She lived in Orange County. The combination of love and art brought him to Orange. “I started painting when I met her,” Wodark says. The couple purchased their home in Orange about 25 years ago, and the family now includes two (twin) daughters and a son, all now in their 20s. The switch from cartooning to plein-air (painting outdoors in the open air) oil painting is a large leap, but it didn’t daunt Wodark. “Oil painting wasn’t really something I’d thought of doing back then. My wife was taking a watercolor class for fun, so I took the class just to play around with it, then I took another class in painting with acrylics, and finally I took a plein-air oil painting class in

Laguna Beach, and I knew that was the medium I wanted to use. I enjoyed painting as much as cartooning, so I decided to stop cartooning and just paint for a living.” Wodark loves oil painting because of the forgiveness of the medium. Oils dry slowly, so you can go back into them and revise sections of the painting if needed. Oils also offer another tool in expression—the thickness of the paint, which can be laid on in chunky dabs with brush or palette knife. “To me, these paintings tell a story, much as my cartoons did,” Wodark explains. “It’s still an expression of what I want to say, and that is to bring something beautiful into people’s lives.” Wodark travels to some of the most visually stunning regions of the West to work on his plein-air paintings, taking easel and paints out into the wilderness with him to capture the fleeting essence of light and color, both of which change throughout the day. “Usually what I paint outdoors are smaller ‘sketches’—quick little paintings I can complete quickly to capture that ever-changing light,” he says. He also will use photography to freeze a moment of light and color and form in time. Then, back in his studio, he refers to the sketches and photos to complete a larger, much more detailed oil painting. “When I look for a location outdoors to paint, it’s so many things coming together at one time,” he says. “For instance, the light is interesting, the subject matter is dramatic, or I think it’s beautiful. I wander around looking for places like that.” The compositions of Wodark’s F i n d o u t W h a t ’s H a p p e n i n g i n t o w n e a t :


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paintings are typically planned so that the addition of people as subject matter enhances the work. Horse riders are a favorite subject, making their way through towering canyons or fording rushing rivers. “The riders help me establish the size of the landmarks they move through, or they create a second focal point or even a little story within the painting.” It is this storytelling aspect that attracted art collector and philanthropist Mark Hilbert to Wodark’s works. Hilbert often refers to the museum he founded at Chapman University in Orange, the Hilbert Museum of California Art, as a museum of narrative art. “Jim’s paintings do tell a tale, and it’s often one of the vastness of our American wilderness, even today, and the enjoyment that people get from wandering through all that beauty,” says

Hilbert. He purchased the painting shown on the inside front cover of this issue for the Hilbert Museum collection. “It’s a painting of riders in Zion National Park, and it caught my eye right away. I really admire Jim’s work.” “I’m always trying to paint great paintings, aiming for that elusive ‘masterpiece’ status, and making that great statement,” says Wodark. “I’ve been doing this now for 25 years or more, and I don’t know if you ever get to what a masterpiece is. But what I like about the idea is that it constantly pulls you forward and impels you to keep examining and inquiring and reaching for that goal.” For more information, to see more of Jim Wodark’s paintings and for galleries that carry his work, go to www.JimWodark.com. Locally, his paintings can often be seen at Chemers Gallery in Tustin.

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Dozens of diverse and creative workshops are offered at the Dragonfly monthly. You can learn, for instance, how to make succulent wreaths, terrariums, suncatchers, birdfeeder/planters, mosaic gnomes, mushrooms and steppingstones, macrame wall hangings, as well as watercolor paintings. “No other place in Orange County has the depth and breadth of what we offer,” says owner and crafter Beth Davidson. Most classes are held outside, where cypress trees provide shade. “Students often talk about the vibe here and CONTINUED ON PAGE 24


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T A L K O F T H E T O W N E by Melissa Pinion-Whitt

A Home Grown Kid from Teresa “Tita” Smith spent her Sundays as a child wandering through orange groves and splashing in irrigation puddles at her grandfather’s orchard in Orange. Times were much simpler then, and the town a lot smaller, but to Smith, the city retains that same charm today. It’s part of the reason why she feels so passionate about Orange—home to five generations of her family. “We are still a city that has a small-town feel and a great history of inclusion,” she says. Smith’s passion for Orange earned her the 2022 Citizen of the Year award, which she received during Orange’s “State of the City” on October 6 at Chapman University. She received the award from the Orange Chamber of Commerce for contributing a lifetime of service to the city. Mike Spurgeon, who helped Smith get her start in city leadership by nominating her for the Orange Planning Commission in 1992, called her a dedicated preservationist who made well-

A young Teresa celebrating her birthday in 1952.

researched decisions for the city. “She never let the citizens down, and if anybody is deserving of this award, it’s her,” Spurgeon says. Smith’s grandparents came to Orange in the 1920s in search of good weather and better opportunities, getting a foothold in the agriculture industry. As a child through her grandparents’ business, she met people of Japanese and Latino descent, which


planted a seed that would evolve into an interest in social science. “I was fascinated to know people whose culture and lifestyle were different,” she says. Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from the University of California, Irvine in 1970 and a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California in 1992. Her education opened the door to leadership roles. She and her husband, Bill, established a youth ministry group, as well as a young adult ministry group with Holy Family Cathedral. She later took on the role as executive director of Catholic Charities of Orange County, overseeing the organization’s food bank and group homes, among other programs. “It really opened my eyes as a hometown girl from Orange County with an intact family, who never in her life had to worry about something to eat or a place to sleep,” says Smith. Then in 1986, she delved deeper into community leadership and

helped establish the Old Towne Preservation Association. The catalyst for forming the group was a turn of the century home on her block that was slated for demolition to make way for expanded library parking, Smith says. The couple who own the home —Mark and Sherri Clemens— continue to show gratitude that Smith and others in the association came together to save their 1906 house. “She deserves to be Citizen of the Year because she loves her neighbors as much as herself, and puts us first,” the couple says. Her preservation work captured the attention of Spurgeon, leading to her appointment on the Orange Planning Commission, for which she served 12 years. She was also elected to the Orange City Council in 2004, serving as mayor pro tem from 2009 to 2012 and mayor from 2012 to 2018. She strived to support businesses, increase jobs in the city and make fiscallyconservative decisions to reduce the city’s deficit.



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At this year’s State of the City Address, Tita Smith (front, center with hat) received the 2022 Citizen of the Year Award. Celebrating with her after the ceremony are (standing, back) daughter Angela Scott and son-in-law John Scott, (seated around table, from left) husband Bill Smith, brother Thaddeus J. Smith, sister Maria Smith, brother Fr. Christopher Smith, brother-in-law Mark Bright, sister Monica McPheeters, sister-in-law Kathy Smith and son Patrick Smith.

Additional honors Smith has garnered include the “Spirit of Old Towne” award in 2000, the “Volunteer of the Year” award in 2006, the “Commerce Award” in 2009 and the William T. Glassell award in 2011. Smith, who still sits on the board for the Old Towne Preservation

Association, expressed gratitude for the chamber honoring her as “Citizen of the Year.” “I am very humbled, but also excited because there are a lot of people who can take credit,” she says. “And having family here for five generations, this is an honor not just for me, but for all of them.”

as an ethics expert in the U.S. and internationally, serving as Reporter for the American Bar Association’s Ethics 20/20 Commission, for an Arizona Supreme Court Working Group and for the ABA’s prestigious Standing Committee on Professional Regulation. He has also held positions with the International Bar Association and been an invited speaker for state bars, academic panels and legal conferences across the U.S. and internationally. “My time at Stanford showed me the next chapter was to step into the academic environment full-time,” says Paton, who returned to California in 2008 at the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law as Professor and Director of its Ethics Across the Professions Initiative. He taught ethics, corporate governance, business and international law and served as the university’s Vice Provost from 2012-2013. Back to Canada In 2014, Paton returned to Canada to serve as Dean of the Faculty of Law and Wilbur Fee Bowker Professor of Law at the University of Alberta. “During my five years as dean, we hired 11 faculty members, doubled the operating budget and broke into the top 100 in The Times Higher Education world rankings of law schools for the first time ever,” he says. “Ninety-three percent of my students got jobs after graduation, even during an economic downturn.” Colleague Ian Holloway, Dean of the University of Calgary Faculty of Law, worked with Paton when he was dean at the University of Alberta. “Paul has something near-unique in North America today—a deep understanding of the legal profession in both the U.S. and Canada. That represents a tremendous strength when it comes to educating the next generation of legal professionals.” Students of Paton note his impact on them, including Sereena Dosanjh, 3L President - Law and Business Association at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law. “What sets Dr. Paton apart as a mentor and educator is his unwavering support,” she says. “He takes a genuine interest in each student’s growth and well-being, ensuring they not only excel academically but also develop the essential life skills that will serve them throughout their early careers.” Bernadette McMechan agrees. “I had the pleasure of completing my Juris Doctor under Paul's Deanship at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law (2016-2019). I worked directly with him on the inaugural Dean’s ‘Women in Law’ Speaker Series which enabled students to engage in intimate, candid conversations with female trail blazers, leaders and mentors about the challenges they faced in their legal and judicial careers. Paul initiated this impactful speaker series and actively supported its success.” Coming to Chapman For Paton, all roads have prepared him for the deanship at Chapman. “I was thrilled to be invited to apply and have had a warm welcome,” says Paton, who moved to Orange County with his partner, Michael James. “At Chapman, we have a great faculty and university, an incredible building and the benefit of being situated in a wonderful community. Old Towne Orange is a gem. There is a healthy population of first-generation students and a diversity of viewpoints, which encourages debate and dialogue.” Since arriving, he has identified three areas for focusing initial efforts: supporting research and its potential as a public service; enhancing and focusing experiential learning for law students and building opportunities for collaboration with other programs and deans across campus. As former colleague Kellye Y. Testy, President & CEO, LSAC (Law School Admission Council) sees it, Paton is ideal for the deanship at Chapman. “Paul was a member of LSAC’s board and chaired our audit committee. His expertise in legal ethics helps provide the core of integrity that characterizes his leadership. I am excited to see where he can take Chapman, as it is a very strong institution with much to contribute to advancing law and justice.”

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The Passing of a Dear Friend by Nathan Carter

This past September, the City of Orange lost one of its most colorful and long-standing members, Renée Mascolo. Renée was a fixture of Old Towne Orange, owning and operating Renée Jewelers for more than 40 years. She was the eighth owner of the 100+-year-old jewelry store, which she willed to her longtime friend and business partner, Perry Pace. “She was a really neat person,” says Pace. “Her dad was a conductor at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where he married her mother. Her mom wanted to be in the movie business, so they moved to California in the 1920s, where Renée was born at the City of Angels Hospital. However, Renée’s mother then became ill and passed away, so her father put her into the Villa Cabrini Academy (a private Catholic school for girls in Burbank.)” When she became an adult, Renée and her father opened music and dance studios in L.A. where they performed together and taught students. During her life as a musician and dance instructor, she had a brush with fame. “Renée taught ballroom dancing and singing,” Pace says. “When the Twist came out, she went to Vegas, hooked up with Sammy Davis Jr., and she danced with him on stage in Vegas, Reno and Tahoe.” After touring with Sammy Davis Jr., Renée continued visiting Vegas over the years, enjoying frequent visits throughout her life. “Anytime she had a chance, Vegas came up,” says Nate Wisely, a personal friend. “Perry Pace ran the store when she was gone. He has done the store’s jewelry and creative work for more than 40 years.” Renée maintained her love of music and dance throughout her life, bringing it to her volunteer time. “Renée was very active in the local Elk’s club,” says Wisely. “She was in charge of entertainment and events, and organized several evenings of dinner entertainment, and dances. She was also really involved in the civic development of Orange. She loved her little city of Orange.” After her time on the live entertainment circuit, Renée returned to Orange and became a professional jeweler, where she attracted the attention of her second husband. “She was married to a guy named Gary who lived down the street from my brother here in Orange,” Pace says. “Gary was on dialysis and knew he didn’t have long, so he bought the jewelry store for Renée.” Gary had a golfing buddy named Hank Mascolo, another longtime fixture in Old Towne Orange. After Gary’s passing, Hank checked in on Renée frequently, and after a time, the two became an item. “Hank was my barber,” Wisely says. “He cut hair on the circle for 60 years or so, and they became the downtown romance of the area.” Eventually, Renée and Hank got married in the backyard of their home in Orange, surrounded by all of their friends. They both continued running their businesses well into their later years. Hank passed away 11 years ago, and Renée remained an active member of the community and business until three years ago. “Renée enjoyed talking to people and running the store,” says Wisely. “But she had macular degeneration in her eyes. When she couldn’t hear well or see the tickets, she decided to retire.” Since Renée’s passing, the store has continued running under her name. “I told Renée not to worry,” Pace says. “She wanted me to keep the store running, so I will for a while. The store has been here for more than a hundred years. I’ve been doing jewelry work for 51 years this Christmas, and I like what I do.” Renée Jewelers 138 North Glassell St. / 714-538-1956 Renee-Jewelers.edan.io

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how they feel welcome,” says Davidson. “Our workshops are meant for everybody to have success.” Since the gift-giving holiday season is around the corner, the Dragonfly is the ideal place to make presents for special people, gather with them to learn something new or find different ways to spruce up your home and yard. Davidson says the handmade quality of the crafts is perfect for one-of-a-kind gifts. “Instead of giving those in your life items mass-produced abroad, you can gift them locally made presents created by someone they love and care about,” she says. The classes at the Dragonfly have a three-fold appeal, she explains. “You can make a holiday décor item, create a gift to give someone and give the gift of a workshop that you enjoy together.” This year, The Dragonfly expanded its instructor pool. Davidson seeks people “who have a skillset” that she doesn’t. “There’s plenty of room at the table,” she says. “I’m always looking for skilled people to share their craft.” Tustin resident Pam Edmondson teaches the Kokedama, Driftwood Succulent, Corsage and Holiday Wreath workshops. “Dragonfly offers such a unique space and atmosphere that people joining us for workshops arrive as guests but leave as friends,” she says. Edmondson particularly likes

“meeting so many interesting people who also enjoy learning and creating.” Davidson is transitioning the business more towards workshops and creating a sense of community. The Dragonfly can also be used for birthdays, fundraisers and special gatherings. One example of the latter is an event planned by a customer who is a financial planner. “To say thanks for their business, he is inviting clients to come make a succulent wreath for the holidays,” she says. Some people sign up for a workshop to ease back into a social atmosphere. One woman visited the Dragonfly after hip surgery saying she was finally ready to “come out into the world and have some fun” after a long rehab period. “There are people who attend workshops looking to simply relax and enjoy themselves, while others want to learn a new skill,” says Davidson. “The succulent wreath class is a good example. Once they learn how to make wreaths, they can do so for holidays throughout the year.” Maleia, a frequent workshop participant from Villa Park, says, “I know that not only will I leave with a really cool, unique piece that I created, I will also have had great conversations with people I’ve met sitting around the table. It’s a chance for community and memories.”

The Dragonfly Shops & Gardens Wed-Fri: 11 am - 5 pm / Sat: 9 am - 5 pm / Sun: 11 am - 4 pm 260 North Glassell St. / 714-289-4689 www.DragonflyShopsAndGardens.com Join Us for a Variety of Festive Holiday Workshops: Succulent Wreaths, Holiday Ornaments, Baubles for your Branches, Mandala Rocks, Wind Chimes, Mosaic Tiles, and more. See website for full schedule, class details, prices & monthly additions.


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3rd Mon / Noon Woman’s Club of Orange General Meeting Luncheons A gathering of membership, with speakers, presentations, entertainment and a business report. Visitors are welcome, with reservation. 121 South Center St. www.WomansClubOfOrange.org

Every Sat / 9 am - 1 pm Orange Home Grown, Farmers Market A great way to begin your day, with quality produce & fresh healthy foods. 1st Sat Knife Sharpening 2nd Sat Free Cooking Demo 3rd Sat Kids Club / Seed Lending 303 West Palm / OrangeHomeGrown.org

2nd & 4th Tue / 6 - 8 pm City of Orange City Council Meeting Keep informed about our city. Agendas released on the prior Thursday. Orange City Hall: 300 East Chapman Ave 714-744-2225 / www.CityOfOrange.org

3rd Sat / 9 - 11 am Volunteer Opportunity Santiago Creek Clean-Up Join in to help keep the creek clean. Meet at the Cambridge St. Bridge 590 South Cambridge St. www.SantiagoGreenway.org Every Sat & Sun / 10 am - 2 pm 1886 Brewing, Brunch at the Brewery 3-course brunch, brunch ala carte & our famous 1886 Brunchuterie. 114 North Glassell St / 714-922-8130 www.1886BrewingCo.com Every Sun / 10 am - 3 pm Citrus City Grille Buffet Brunch Bottomless Mimosas & Bloody Marys. A la carte brunch items also available. 122 North Glassell St / 714-639-9600 www.CitrusCityGrille.com 2nd Mon / 7 - 9 pm Orange Art Association General Meeting All are welcome to participate in these creative gatherings & demonstrations. 395 South Tustin St / 714-538-8069 www.OrangeArtAssociation.org

4th Tue / 8 - 9 am Orange Chamber of Commerce Eggs & Issues Breakfast Influential public figures & industry leaders discuss topics concerning Orange. 714-538-3581 / OrangeChamber.com Every Wed & Thu / 5 - 7 pm City of Orange Meet with the Mayor Call to schedule a 30-minute meeting with Orange Mayor Dan Slater, to discuss issues that are important for the city. Orange City Hall: 300 East Chapman Ave CRivas@CityOfOrange.org (714) 744-2219 1st & 3rd Wed / 11:45 - 1 pm Orange Chamber of Commerce Business Networking Group A great opportunity to get to know other business & help to expand yours. Zito’s Pizza: 2036 North Tustin St 714-538-3581 / OrangeChamber.com

An Artist’s Passion

Cari Coffman was born in Garden Grove and grew up in Orange County. Inspired by her artist grandfather, Morris Coffman, who lived in Palm Springs and exhibited his artwork there, this issue’s coupon winner began developing her own artistic skills at a young age. Art became Coffman’s passion, and she made her mark designing and illustrating posters at Canyon High School. She went on to earn a bachelor’s in art from California State University, Fullerton. Nowadays, Coffman teaches ceramics full-time during the week in Riverside. “On weekends, I offer glass mosaic workshops for special events, such as Date Night and Bachelorette Parties,” she says. Coffman and her wife, Hillary, were married in March of this year and honeymooned in Australia and New Zealand. They live in their dream home in Orange Hills. “We love our neighbors. We look out for each other and gather for Sunday dinners,” says Coffman. “They’re the best.”

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Once a week, the couple visits the Orange Plaza, where they shop at vintage stores and dine at their favorite restaurants. Annually, they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at O’Hara’s Pub. Coffman will use her coupon at Smoqued California BBQ, where her favorite meal is the St. Louis Rib Plate.


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