Old Towne Orange Plaza Review | Issue 121 | May-Jun 2024

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What’s Happ e ning .

From the Publisher

While unrest in today’s world can be unsettling, tough times tend to bring people together. Such is the case in Orange, where we have plenty of places to go where everyone knows our name.

Over more than two decades of publishing the Plaza Review, we have featured many community members and area establishments. Amongst all those subjects, one constant is clear— a unifying desire for community and support. You’ll find that and more within these pages.

In this issue, meet brand-new shops and services designed to put a smile on your face (pgs. 8-10). At Bricks & Minifigs, enjoy the wonders of playing and creating with LEGOs® for adults and children. Visit Higher Ground Wellness to learn about a happier, healthier way of life, and stop in at Plaza Petals, where you’ll find lovely flowers and plants designed to bring you joy.

At the Hilbert Museum of California Art, Founder Mark Hilbert has made it his mission to share uplifting paintings of everyday life in our Golden State. The museum’s new permanent home boasts 22,000-square-feet of feel-good art perfect for the whole family (page 17).

On page 20, read about Orange’s Turtle and Tortoise Club, celebrating 60 years in Orange County this year and holding their annual show this month. The club shares information on how fun these long-lived animals are as pets and how to properly care for them.

Sure to give you a happy feeling is the Kid’s Musical Theater, which has featured youth community theater in Orange for almost 20 years (pg. 22). And then for something out-of-the-ordinary, check out the spontaneous and joyous Tablao Flamenco artform (pg. 17).

I wish you a wonderful time taking advantage of all that our fine city has to offer.


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MAY 2024

Sat / May 11 / 9 am - 1 pm

Orange Home Grown Farmers Market

13th Anniversary Celebration

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West Floral Park & Fisher Park

Open Garden Day

Enjoy a variety of gardens, unique planting ideas, inspiring yard designs & more. OpenGardenDay.com

Sat / May 11 / 4 - 6 pm

Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music Sholund Scholarship Concert

Arthur Honegger’s “King David’, featuring the University Orchestra, Singers & Choir. 415 North Glassell St / 714-997-6812 https://events.chapman.edu/91866

Fri-Sun / May 17-19

Chapman Commencement Weekend

Congratulations to the students as they celebrate their graduation! One University Dr / 714-997-6740 Graduation.chapman.edu

Sat / May 18 / 9 am - 1 pm

Orange Home Grown Kid’s Craft Fair

A great opportunity to purchase student-made crafts, while encouraging their talents & business skills. 303 West Palm / OrangeHomeGrown.org

Sun / May 19 / 5:30 pm

Old Towne Preservation Association Annual Awards, Garden Party & Gala Join us for fun, food & fellowship, as we recognize major improvements to, and the preservation of, Old Towne properties. Woman’s Club: 121 South Center St. 724-639-6840 / www.OTPA.org

Tue / May 21 / 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Orange Community Historical Society General Meeting

Learn more about the origins of Orange. Main Library: 407 East Chapman Ave www.HistoricalOrange.org

Sat / May 25 / 3 - 4:30 pm

Orange Public Library Foundation

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JUNE 2024

Sat / Jun 8 / Noon - 4 pm

Sno2Go Grand Opening

Enjoy free samplings, give-aways, a raffle, contests & more, every hour. 3505 East Chapman / 714-307-4817

Sat / Jun 8 / 7 pm

Musco Center Gospel of Voices of OC “Sacred Sounds, Soulful Queens”

A unique musical event chronicling the lives of African American artistic masters. 415 North Glassell St / MuscoCenter.org

Jun 10 - Aug 16 / 9 am - 2 pm

Pacific Conservatory

DiscoveryArts Summer Camp

Explore voice, piano, string instruments, drums, art & improv for ages 3-12. 1311 East Katella Ave / 714-545-1217 www.PacificConservatoryOC.com

Sat / Jun 15 / 6-10 pm

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Wrestling at the Legion

An evening of hard-hitting, high flying, smash-mouth pro wrestling action. American Legion: 143 South Lemon St RPWrestling01@yahoo.com

Fri / Jun 21 / 4 pm

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Make Music Day

A celebration of music & performances throughout Orange. Free to participate, or enjoy, with a kick-off at City Hall. www.MakeMusicDay.org/orange

Sat / Jun 22 / 10 am - 6 pm

Orange Rotary Club Chili Cook-Off

Chili sampling will abound.Taste & vote for your favorite.Tastings from 11 am to 3 pm. Five samples for $10.

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Now Blossoming in Orange

Bricks & Minifigs

At the beginning of this year, Bricks & Minifigs opened in Orange to invite children and adults alike to find the joy in LEGO® pieces. Husband-and-wife duo Bob and Monica Schwaniger opened the Orange franchise location after having a lifelong appreciation for LEGO and wanting to pivot to owning their own business.

The pair love the building blocks for different reasons. Bob is fascinated by how far LEGO has come and how advanced the pieces are, and Monica loves using loose pieces to make mosaic art.

“We love the art of LEGO and want people to find that joy, too,” says Bob.

The certified LEGO resale store offers new and used sets, as well as retired sets and bulk pieces customers can sift through to find what they want. It’s a buy, sell and trade operation, so Bob and Monica encourage people who want to sell sets or parts to come in and rehome their LEGO bricks.

The store also hosts events and birthday parties that allow customers to participate in build challenges or use the space to freestyle create whatever they want with the LEGO pieces. The space was recently rented out

As spring brings fresh blooms to Old Towne, three new businesses are also sprouting: Bricks & Minifigs, Higher Ground Wellness and Plaza Petals. Read on for more and swing by the storefronts to see what each has to offer this spring.

for a 65th birthday celebration, where the host and guests built flower sets.

“I love when people walk into our store and have an amazing reaction,” says Monica. “Life is hard, and having a place where you can just let loose and enjoy yourself is so needed. It’s rewarding to bring that joy to people and to hear the sounds of them having fun and enjoying our space.”

Alongside their passion for LEGO, the Schwanigers wanted to own a business that supports people who are neurodiverse, including their two sons, one of whom works at Bricks & Minifigs.

“Everyone wants to be accepting of diversity, but you have to create opportunities to support it,” says Monica. “It’s difficult for people with social communication disabilities


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For Bob, creating a welcoming space where customers can experience nostalgia and happiness has been deeply fulfilling.

“A few weeks ago, a woman came in who told me she’s 87 years old and just started getting into LEGO, and she loves it,” he says.

“It’s never too late to start.”

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Higher Ground Wellness

In August, Old Towne welcomed a fresh addition to the community with Higher Ground Wellness, a network of holistic health professionals founded by married couple Andrea and Riley Collins.

“We partner with doctors, specialists, technicians and teachers to bring a wide range of holistic health to clients,” says Andrea. “I gather different experts to share their expertise on how to live a more natural, healthy life.”

Andrea got into the field 12 years ago when she was pregnant with her first child and looking for ways to optimize her health.

“I started to question so much of what was happening in my life and it brought me into this holistic journey where I realized how important it was for me to use what was given to us in nature,” she says. “I became so passionate about wanting to help other people and show them the natural way to do things.”

At Higher Ground Wellness, Andrea describes herself as a collaborator who brings experts together. So far, the business has partners who offer services, including personal training, customized nutrition, sound healing, red light therapy, and more.

“We believe in inspiring people to keep everyone on the path to an optimal lifestyle,” says Andrea. Customers

Higher Ground Wellness Founders

Andrea and Riley Collins pose in the storefront of their health wellness collective. In addition to hosting recurring classes at their office in Old Towne, the team offers private and corporate events, and can travel to other locations to host onsite workshops.

Andrea to kick off a 21-day detox program. She also offers personalized weekly meal plans and diagnostic testing, focusing on supporting customers looking to improve their gut health or those with different heart diseases.

“My goal at Higher Ground is to support health and healing through food,” says Ross. “I met Andrea earlier this year, and the second I met her, things just clicked. I’m excited to see how we pair our complementary services to help people heal.”

All the services come together in an office on West Maple Avenue in Old Towne, which Andrea says she has developed to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere for the community.

“There’s an intimate connection that people have in Orange where they really care about everyone’s businesses succeeding,” she says. “This city is so special, and I want everyone to feel welcome at Higher Ground.”

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Blossoming in Orange

Plaza Petals

Plaza Petals is now blooming in the historic Clark Gas Station on South Main Street. Founded by Michele Morris in 2019, the full-service floral shop expanded to a new storefront in February that sells flowers, plants and other locally made crafts, bringing new life to a local landmark.

For the past five years, Morris has been selling flowers and plants from her 1970s Volkswagen bus in the Plaza. When her friend Beth Huber reached out to her with an idea to partner and open a new storefront together, Morris jumped on the idea for the next chapter of her work.

Plaza Petals is a full-service florist and plant shop that sells arrangements both in the brickand-mortar storefront and online. Customers will find beautiful curated arrangements or can customize designs themselves and order via pickup or local delivery. The store also offers a flower subscription service for businesses and individual customers to schedule flower deliveries on a recurring basis.

The store also has handcrafted products from local businesses, including clothing and greeting cards. “We partner with womenowned businesses and other small, local shops because we

want to support each other and continue to build a sense of community here,” says Huber.

With Plaza Petals, Huber and Morris saw a chance to differentiate themselves from big-name stores.

Michele Morris (left) and Beth Huber recently transformed the iconic Clark Gas Station by expanding Plaza Petals, the flower shop Morris founded in 2019. Between making florals for baby showers, birthday parties and bridal events, as well as running the storefront with a selection of flower arrangements, Morris and Huber have their hands full managing a thriving floral business.

Plaza Petals is taking up shop in the historic Clark Gas Station, a landmark in Orange since the 1920s. When Huber and Michele saw the building was available for lease, they jumped on the opportunity to establish a new, creative shop for the community.

“We love the history behind the building,” says Morris. “We have a lot of customers come by just to check out the space and tell us stories and show photos of the gas station.”

The friends-turned-businessowners duo also has a second site that they use to create their arrangements and plan to expand the use of the space to host floral classes and workshops.

“We have a huge variety of plants that you’re not going to find at stores like Home Depot,” says Huber. “It feels extremely quaint and the building complements it all.”

“We would love to partner with a school as well and host workshops for kids,” says Morris, whose husband works in education and sees a natural partnership between the shop and schools. “Having holiday-themed workshops, like wreath-making around Christmas time, is a goal for us this year.”

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From Citizens to Public Servants

Everyone has a life story that made them who they are today. In this Know the Neighbors, we talk with three Orange city councilmembers, all up for election this year. Learn more about the life journeys taken by Jon Dumitru, Ana Gutierrez and Kathy Tavoularis that led them from citizens to public servants. Their stories include first jobs, early influences and the passions that inspired them to run for office.

Jon Dumitru , District 1

Jon Dumitru is currently serving his second stint on the Orange City Council representing west Orange. Born at Chapman General the oldest of three boys, he was raised in Old Towne and central Orange.

“My favorite thing growing up was this big dirt lot near my house where we would play soldier and throw dirt clots,” says Dumitru, who became an Eagle Scout at age 16.

“A lot of who I am today was influenced by the adults I had as role models,” he says. “My high school history teacher, Mrs. Stover, inspired me. I also learned important lessons from recently retired Orange High Music Director Mike Short, who taught me to be be a moral and ethical citizen.”

Short remembers Dumitru well. “Jon has great follow through,” says Short. “When he says he’s going to do something, he gets it done.”

Dumitru’s love of singing has led him to travel the world. “I was in concert choir and chamber singers in high school and the Master Chorale after that,” he says. “I’ve sung around the world performing the music of Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin while standing in the place where the music was written. It was amazing.”

Dumitru also traveled as a youth to visit his grandparents in what was then Yugoslavia. “A lot of the world doesn’t have the freedoms we do, and I’ve gotten

to see that firsthand,” he says.

Growing up, Dumitru says he didn’t watch cartoons but instead watched the news. “I am enthralled by world politics,” he says.

Dumitru knew from an early age he wanted a career in public service and fulfilled that desire by working 30 years for the Orange County Fire Authority. He first ran for city council in 1996.

“One of my dearest friends was Steve Ambriz,” he says. “In high school we said that we were

both going to be on the city council someday. We ran in 1996 and both got smoked. He eventually got elected, and I followed him shortly thereafter.”

Dumitru was a councilman from 2004 to 2012. Eight years later, after retiring from work in 2020, he ran again.

“Jon loves Orange and wants to make sure that he leaves it a better place than he found it,” concurs Short.

Dumitru encourages residents to work with the city. “A resident of the City of Orange has a better chance accomplishing their goal because this city is so responsive,” he says. “You’ll get there. It might take a little bit, but you’re going to get there.”

“I don’t believe I can complain about anything if I’m not willing to step up to change it,” says Dumitru. Jon Dumitru 714-744-2211 / JDumitru @CityOfOrange.org

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From Citizens to Pubic Servants

Ana Gutierrez is the first person born, raised and still living in the El Modena barrio neighborhood to sit on Orange City Council.

“We lived in the unincorporated side of El Modena and then moved to the city side from one side of Hewes St. to the other,” she says.

The youngest of eight, Gutierrez’ parents emigrated from Mexico, settling in the neighborhood behind Moreno’s restaurant. She attended Jordan Elementary, McPherson Middle and El Modena High Schools. Growing up, she was involved in choir and drama.

“In elementary and middle school, I was quiet,” she says. “Then at the 9th grade talent show, I sang ‘For Your Eyes Only’ and came out of my shell.”

Her first job was at the Wet Seal at The City mall (now the Outlets at Orange) as part of the Regional Opportunity Program. She got her bachelor’s in international business with a concentration in Spanish at California State University, Fullerton. During this time, she also taught ESL to adults at night for the Fullerton Joint Union High School District and subbed in the Anaheim City School District.

“Eventually I got jobs in finance and insurance, but they weren’t fulfilling,” she recalls. “I couldn’t see that I was helping anyone.

Then I went to a hiring fair and was hired on the spot to teach 1st grade at Long Beach Unified and have taught full-time ever since.”

For the past 22 years, Gutierrez has taught various elementary grades at Santa Ana Unified while earning a master’s in educational leadership. She also got married and began her family of two children, now 15 and 16.

Gutierrez had never thought about entering politics until 2020 when the city assigned council districts. At that time, she heard that a representative for east Orange was needed. “I thought, why not?” she says.

She went to city council meetings to learn, did meet and greets, including one in Spanish, and ran a grassroots campaign relying heavily on friends and family. Her niece took on the role of her campaign treasurer.

“I can’t think of anyone more driven or community minded than her,” says niece Jessica Perez. “She does not stop. When she wants something done, she will figure out how to get it accomplished.”

Gutierrez is looking forward to the Skatepark at Grijalva Park and the new bathroom amenity in the El Modena Basin. She would also like to see El Modena be designated a culturally historic district.

“There is important history that happened here, such as Mendez vs. Westminster,” she says. “That shaped California and helped change the nation. It’s important that we memorialize that.”

Ana Gutierrez


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Orange Councilwoman Kathy Tavoularis has an appreciation for being an American. Born in Montreal, Canada, to parents who emigrated from Greece, Tavoularis went through the naturalization process to become a citizen.

“I am the only immigrant on the city council,” she says.

Tavoularis, along with her older brother Pete, a long-time history teacher and coach at Orange High School before passing away in 2020, and older sister Sperry, were raised in the U.S. They first resided in Quad Cities, Illinois before the family moved to Orange in 1981, where Tavoularis attended Taft Elementary, Peralta Jr. High and Villa Park High Schools. Her first job was at Sears at the Mall of Orange.

“They put me in charge of fitting men for suits when I was 16,” she says, laughing.

Tavoularis went on to California State University, Long Beach where she received a degree in political science.

“We grew up with my parents always telling us how lucky we were to live here,” she recalls. “My father’s village in Greece was occupied during World War II, and my mom experienced the same in Athens. As a result, all three of us majored in political science. It was never discussed; it was just what we all knew. Freedom was all that was ever talked about.”

She began a career in politics and public affairs, opening her own firm in 2007 running political campaigns, both nationally and locally.

“It was never my intent to run for public office,” she says. “But there was a vacancy in the 3rd district when Mike Alvarez resigned. My brother had just passed and a couple people encouraged me to run as a tribute to my brother because he loved the people of Orange so much, especially the kids that came through his classroom.”

She was appointed in April 2021 and elected the following year.

“So now I have this opportunity to represent the areas of Peralta and the Mall of Orange,” Tavoularis says. “I am passionate about my district because I grew up right here. This is my home.”

Susan Tillou has known Tavoularis since junior high. “Our career lives ran in parallel in that we believe in community voice and activism but more behind-the-scenes rather than the spotlight,” says Tillou, who

was recently appointed to the Santiago Creek Commission. “We are both at that time of life when we appreciate the community we grew up in and want to bring our skills back to serve Orange.”

Tavoularis considers Orange a special place. “I know all 34 cities in Orange County really well because of my job,” she says. “But Orange is unique and you have a council that cares and is invested.”

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“One of the joys of serving on city council is the people I meet,” says Orange Councilwoman Kathy Tavoularis. “I love meeting a neighbor I don’t know. So many of the people I’ve met are wonderful.”
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There’s no place like Home

Living in a historic Craftsman bungalow on North Center Street, Evan and Dana Gaydon enjoy proximity to everything they love about Old Towne Orange. Whether the Saturday farmers market, the cafés and coffee shops, or the Orange Train Station, the array of convenient destinations provides the best of all worlds for the Gaydons.

Married in 2016, the couple lived in Costa Mesa before relocating to Old Towne in December 2017. They moved into a bungalow just blocks from the Plaza.

“We found the house through a friend in Orange, Realtor Heather Garcia from Garcia Kincaid Real Estate Group,” says Dana. “We were lucky it came available in December, because most people generally aren’t looking to move during the holidays. We assured the landlord the house would be in good hands with us.”

Meticulously renovated by homeowner Marcel Trepus, the single-story clapboard bungalow was built in 1923 and features a multi-gabled, shallow-pitch roof and large corner-wraparound porch supported by a wide tapered pier with an ornamental brick base. The quaint front yard includes a concrete entryway that Marcel installed to replicate the historic sidewalks of Old Towne.

“We like to be outside, especially in the summer on the front porch or the backyard,” says Dana. “We have hosted fun gatherings on the back lawn through the years. We even had an all-girl band play here on the stage our landlord built under the orange tree.”

A brand and lifestyle photographer who works with many small businesses in the area, Dana has an office at the house as well as a studio in Costa Mesa. She often does family photo shoots in the Plaza,

as well as wedding photography at The Richland Hotel just down the block from their home. She founded her business, Modern Joy Studio, in 2006, presenting a unique, colorful approach to portrait photography.

A graduate of Tustin High, Evan works as Director of Sales and Operations at ARC Document Solutions based in Costa Mesa. Specializing in blueprints, graphics, banners and signage, ARC boasts such clients as the County of Orange and the Orange Unified School District.

“Most all of the visual graphics in the Orange schools are from our company,” says Evan. “Dana helped us with a mural project at Orange High School for the drama team. We service the local market from our satellite office here in Old Towne Orange.”

As creative professionals, the couple appreciates the authentic

vintage aesthetic of their Craftsman bungalow. With a mutual love for antiquing, they’ve outfitted the home with quite a few pieces from Old Towne retailers like the Orange Circle Antique Mall and De-Lux Clothing. Their vintage bar cart blends perfectly in the dining nook, as does the small table Dana found at an estate sale.

In the kitchen and dining room, Marcel’s amazing craftsmanship includes built-ins and cabinetry that seamlessly capture the historical period of the interiors.

“When we purchased the home in 1999, I read the best books I could find about the architecture of that era,” says Marcel. “I started doing things like crafting authentic wooden window screens to replace the newer aluminum frames or ripping out the drop-down ceiling and fluorescent lighting that had been installed in the 1960s. Above it was the beautiful, original light

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fixture that unfortunately didn’t provide enough light, so I added recessed lighting while keeping the focus on the main lighting. The switches are from Classic Accents, which makes modified pushbutton switches with dimmers. Another great resource is Crown Hardware and Rejuvenation Lighting.”

In the kitchen, Marcel ripped out the counter from a previous 1960s remodel, building a new counter the same size as the original with a framed-out space for a small dishwasher. Made from raw wood, the counter and lower cabinets appear period correct and are impeccably integrated with the original upper cabinets.

To maintain his goal of era relevancy, Marcel crafted the glass-paneled built-in hutch in the dining room, mastering the art of painting wood with oil to replicate the type of finish integral to the

times. Requiring weeks of strenuous, tedious work, he also handscraped the sand finish from every wall in the house and smooth coated the plaster, painting each room in attractive colors.

With her closet in the middle bedroom and her office in the third bedroom, Dana appreciates the salmon-colored walls and Marcel’s embossed ceiling that looks like the old-style tin ceilings

from the 1920s. She also loves the chocolate-brown stain of the original wood floors that Marcel restored throughout the home.

“The whole house was covered in green shag carpeting from the 1970 s,” recalls Marcel. “The original Douglas Fir planks are narrower and thinner than planks typical of that era. It would have been cheaper to rip out and replace the entire floor, but I decided to restore it, even though portions were damaged by a roof leak.”

Meanwhile, Evan likes to do woodworking himself and is quite handy around the house. He built some large tables that when bookended together can accommodate 35 people in the backyard. He spends much of his free time in the garage tinkering with projects.

Their dog “Busta” is a homebody who doesn’t wander into the neighbor’s yard across the shared ribbon driveway.

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For Evan and Dana Gaydon, nothing beats the charm of a wraparound porch on a Craftsman-style home. “We love lounging on the porch and looking out toward our great town and community,” says Dana.
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Busta joins the couple on the couch, showering them with “good boy doggy love” daily. The house is primed for entertaining. Dana will find any excuse to put together a vintage outfit. As a professional photographer, Dana appreciates the natural light and colors inside their home, as well as being surrounded by inspirational items in her home office.

There’s no place like Home

“Our dog gets us out and about in Old Towne,” says Evan. “We go to the farmers market every Saturday morning and gather our meals for the entire week. We usually eat out at the local restaurants on the weekends. We walk to our favorite coffee


shop, Play, every day, and go to Byblos Café almost every Friday night for dinner.”

A train connoisseur, Evan takes the Metrolink or Amtrak to various work locations in Southern California. For weekend vacations, the couple rides the

train to Santa Barbara or San Diego, or even to San Juan Capistrano for lunch at the Ramos House Café. But for Evan, Dana and Busta, there’s no place like home.

“We love living in Old Towne because it’s centrally located, as

This space takes its inspiration from an amazing handmade tiki lamp made by @nine_tikis (Instagram). Utilizing vintage fabric, Evan built benches via his own Workshop & Whiskey side project. “Someday, we’ll put it all together and host that Tiki Party we’re always talking about,” says Dana.


well as being such a neighborly community,” says Dana. “We run into friends and acquaintances every day when we walk our dog to the Plaza. People here say hello to each other, and it’s always such a friendly, small-town vibe. We feel so lucky to be here.” •


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Tablao Flamenco

A new flamenco performance series, Tablao Flamenc o, is introducing Orange residents to the spontaneous spirit of this traditional Spanish art form. Hosted by Naranjita Flamenco, the series began in March and will continue on the third Saturday of each month until November.

“What the audience sees is the sort of show you’d see in Spain, but it’s very rare to have this in Orange County,” says Creative Producer Yaelisa. “Flamenco is a very unpredictable and spontaneous form of art.”

Flamenco, which originated in southern Spain, brings singers, dancers and guitarists together for improvised shows. The performers follow a structure that defines the mood and rhythm of each show, but the dancers’ decisions are made individually and on the spot.

“Just like jazz, the performers are improvising and working with each other to make these beautiful moves that only exist at that moment,” says Naranjita Flamenco Owner Justine Grover. “It’s very intimate.”

Grover founded Naranjita Flamenco in 2012 to give herself and other artists an outlet to practice and perform flamenco, as no studios in the area prioritized flamenco. The tablao shows, which refer to the Spanish word for nightclub flamenco performances, are an extension of the work Grover does to bring flamenco to performers and audiences alike in Orange County.

“I consider myself an ambassador to this art form because it’s so special and unique,” she says. “I want more people in Orange County to experience it and fall in love with flamenco the way I love it.”

Flamenco was only recognized as an art form by UNESCO in 2010, and people like Grover and Yaelisa are helping educate the community and bring the art to life. Yaelisa has dedicated the majority of her life to this mission. She ran a successful flamenco studio in the Bay Area, co-founded the New World Flamenco Festival in Irvine, the latter of which was active from 2001-2012, and received an Emmy Award for her choreography on the PBS program “Desde Cadiz a Sevilla.”

Because of the nature of flamenco, no two of the tablaos at Naranjita will be the same. All are directed by Yaelisa, who has full artistic control of the show and chooses the guitarists and singers. At the first show in March, performers included a guitarist and three women, including Yaelisa, who both sang and danced. The April show featured two dancers, a guitarist and a special guest singer from Spain.

“You’ll see artists who are wholly dedicated to their craft and that speaks to the soul,” says Emily Burgos, who has taught flamenco at Naranjita for more than 10 years. “Audiences will enjoy a place where the environment is open and friendly to those interested in art that is a little

Building Character at C HAPMAN U NIVERSITY

Mark Hilbert

Since he was a boy growing up in Pasadena in the 1950s, history has fascinated Mark Hilbert. It is therefore fitting that he and his wife, Janet, founded the Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University.

The one-of-a-kind museum, which opened in 2016, features more than 5,000 pieces of art from the 1900s to the present-day. Focused on visual storytelling, the works illustrate California’s historical and social history, depicting everyday life in the state. The museum is the only one in the world committed to displaying the colorful, iconic past of the Golden State through the artwork of leading California Scene artists and Hollywood studio artists and animators.

Among the museum’s most celebrated works are those by well-known artists such as Millard Sheets, Emil Kosa Jr., Mary Blair, Phil Dike, Milford Zornes and Rex Brandt. The museum also features one of the largest private collections of Disney and other animation art, works by American illustrators, Native American arts and American design, including a vintage radio collection.

Journey to the Hilbert Museum

The Hilberts happened to stumble upon their first California Scene Painting in 1993 when they bought a house in Palm Springs shortly after they married. “We decided to shop consignment stores to furnish our home. That’s where we found a small watercolor landscape,” says Hilbert.

Not long after, he discovered another California Scene Painting. “When Janet saw that second painting, she said, ‘That’s a nice landscape but it would be more interesting if there were people,’” says Hilbert. “I thought, wow, you’re right. Today, 95 percent of the collection features people or evidence of people, because their presence tells a story.”

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At the time of the first painting purchase, the Hilberts discovered the book, The California Style: California Watercolor Artists 1925-1955, by Orange native and art curator Gordon McClelland. The book educated them about the California Scene Painting genre, which at the time was in danger of becoming lost in obscurity. Over the years, the Hilberts have built the collection thanks to acquisitions from California Scene painter descendants and other private parties.

“From the very beginning, it was apparent that Mark and Jan had a natural gift of intuitive discernment when it came to selecting art to acquire,” says McClelland, an independent curator since 1972 for the Hilbert and other museums and art centers in America and Europe. He has authored or coauthored 22 books focused on the connection between Social Culture and Visual Art.

“After the Hilbert collection became a reality, Mark engaged with museums all over California and worked diligently to set up exhibitions of California Scene Paintings,” continues McClelland. “He then helped facilitate catalog and book publications to document many of the exhibitions that followed. In my opinion, no one has done more or worked harder to promote California Scene Paintings than Mark Hilbert. Everyone involved in that movement, especially the artists and their families, are truly appreciative of what he has done and continues to do.”

Collection Beginnings

Back in the 1990s when Hilbert began collecting California Scene Paintings, starting a museum wasn’t on his radar. At the time, he oversaw his real estate investment company. Prior to that, he worked for two decades as an air-conditioning engineer for Trane in their commercial division after graduating with a degree in engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He has since handed the reins of his real estate company to his son and now dedicates his time to the Hilbert Museum.

Being industrious is something Hilbert learned from a young age. “My parents owned an appliance store in Pasadena where I worked starting at 12 cleaning and emptying the trash,” he says. “When I got older, I made deliveries and installed appliances. That experience, along with the influence of my parents, taught me a strong work ethic.”

It was about seven years into collecting California Scene Paintings in the early 2000s that the Hilberts held a show and published a catalog of featured paintings. “After that show, we began getting requests from museums to loan out paintings, which we have done to places like The Getty and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art,” he says.

Hilbert had the idea to start his own museum about 12 years ago after visiting an exhibit at a museum in Los Angeles from which he came away dissatisfied. “On my way home, I thought I could do better by providing an art experience that would leave people with a smile on their face.”

He then spent some time determining where the museum would be located—eventually deciding on Chapman University. “I wanted to be associated with a high-caliber, private institution that would provide a personalized experience with less politics,” says Hilbert, who notes that his and Janet’s time as donors and trustees “has been wonderful.”

When Hilbert approached then President Jim Doti in 2014 about the museum, “He was immediately open to the idea,” says Hilbert. “There happened to be a California Scene Painting show in Pasadena at the time. Jim and Sheryl Bourgeois, then Chapman’s Executive Vice President of Advancement, went to the show and were pleased with what they saw.”

The museum initially opened in a 7,500 square-foot building across from the Orange Train Station where it stayed for eight years before recently moving to its permanent home this past February.

The Hilbert’s New Home

Three years in the making, the new museum’s square footage increased to 22,000. The facility has 26 galleries for rotating displays, as well as a café, community room, research library and

Our Messengers of

Survivor’s Symphony

Testimony: Anita Lasker-Wallfisch

Memory: an element both fragile and strong, fleeting yet enduring.

For Holocaust survivors, memory can evoke both pain and meaning. Sharing the memories of that horrific era requires the courage to speak the unspeakable, and to describe the unimaginable.

Sponsored by the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education and The 1939 Society, a community of Holocaust survivors, their families and friends, a new exhibition at Chapman University’s Hilbert Museum of California Art— “MESSENGERS OF MEMORY: A 25-Year Retrospective of the Annual Chapman University Holocaust Art & Writing Contest” —features 75 pieces of visual art, poetry and prose excerpts, and films honoring Holocaust survivors and the enduring significance of their memories for a new generation.

The exhibition showcases the top-placing entries from the first quarter-century of one of the

world’s oldest and largest student art and writing competitions focused on the Holocaust. The retrospective is the first public exhibition to occupy the Hilbert Museum’s new Burra Family Community Room, added during the museum’s expansion.

According to Dr. Marilyn Harran, Director of Chapman’s Rodgers Center, the show represents winning entries from students attending 84 middle and high schools in 52 cities and 11 states in the U.S. and two other countries. Visitors can view student artworks and excerpts of written entries, as well as 12 student films. In its 25-year history, the annual contest has reached some 150,000 students and 2,000 educators in the U.S. and 24 other countries.

“This 25th year of the Holocaust Art & Writing Contest highlights Chapman University’s remarkable, sustained commitment to furthering knowledge of the Holocaust and empowering young people to translate knowl-

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edge into action,” says Harran. “The hope is the contest and special retrospective at the Hilbert Museum help create a society free of bigotry, racism and antisemitism.”

The 25th edition of the Chapman Annual Holocaust Art & Writing Contest asked students to submit works under the theme, “Answering the Call of Memory: Choosing to Act.” An awards ceremony this past March featured remarks by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad, a Chapman University Presidential Fellow who survived genocide and enslavement at the hands of ISIS.

“We are proud to have this 25year retrospective of this important and impactful contest here at the Hilbert,” says Museum Founder Mark Hilbert. “Over many years, it has reached thousands of high school and middle school students. The students’ works are amazing. They are so talented, and clearly the survivors’ testimonies have meant a lot to them and inspired their art.”

Each piece of art in the contest whether visual, written or filmed —is inspired by a Holocaust survivor’s testimony. “In years past, dozens of survivors from the L.A. and OC area attended the annual contest’s awards ceremony at Chapman, along with hundreds of student participants and their teacher s,” says Mary Platt, Director of the Hilbert Museum, who has been at Chapman for 20 years. “Sadly, many of the survivors have passed away, and the ones left

The Shoes That Held Her Captive Cate McMackin, 2019 / St. Mary’s School Testimony: Fela Gipsman

were children during World War II. This makes it more important than ever for today’s students to watch and hear survivors’ filmed testimonies and respond to them in art and in writing.” Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation and The 1939 Society are among the organizations that have filmed survivor testimonies, preserving their truths for posterity and making the films available online.

On the inside front cover of this issue, 8th-grader Sophie Shinmei’s 2023 award-winning painting, “Holding on to Hope,” is a scene inspired by the filmed testimony of Holocaust survivor Jadzia Stern. At age 12, Jadzia was imprisoned in Auschwitz, separated from her family. She recalled finding a sunflower just outside the wire surrounding the camp and picking it in defiance of the guards. Later, she found her little sister in the camp hospital and held her for about 15 minutes before she was snatched from Jadzia’s tight embrace. That was the last time she would see her. Almost all of Jadzia’s family members perished in the concentration camps.

Jadzia’s testimony is told on film with emotion and dignity. It’s easy to see why her story inspired Sophie’s powerful painting, some 80 years later. The exhibition at the Hilbert Museum contains many such images and stories— extraordinary student work inspired by extraordinary people who lived through this history, and whose testimonies plead with us to never forget. •

“ Messengers of Memory ” runs now through July 31 at the Hilbert Museum of California Art, located at 167 North Atchison St. Open Tue - Sat from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission and parking are free. Registration online is recommended at www. HilbertMuseum .org, though walk-ins are welcomed.

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Mark Hilbert

courtyard with native gardens. The facility is composed of two buildings united by an open-air structure featuring a 40’ x 16’ glass tile mosaic created in 1969 by acclaimed California Scene painter Millard Sheets.

Former Director of the Irvine Museum, Jean Stern, has known Hilbert for 20 years. “From the first time we talked, Mark impressed me with his knowledge and most importantly his dedication to art,” says Stern. “He has a very rare quality: he follows through on his word. Mark has done a lot for the public and the art community. Because of that, I have worked with him when he asked, including writing both of his Hilbert Collection books.”

For Hilbert, collecting and sharing art through the Hilbert Museum has been an enjoyable, energizing endeavor for him and Janet. “When we first started collecting, a smart gallerist said to train our eye for quality, so we have gone to Europe 30 times over the years to study art,” he says. “This allowed us to create a high-quality, comprehensive collection and provide visitors with a unique museum experience.”

According to Hilbert, running a successful museum wouldn’t be possible without the support of Chapman University and those who work to make the museum excellent. This includes Museum Director Mary Platt, Operations and Events Manager Julie Gorzik, Museum Registrar Emily Valdez and Docent Coordinator Jill Keefe.

“I’m proud of what we’ve created. I enjoy talking to people as they leave the museum and hearing about their wonderful experiences,” says Hilbert. “It’s fulfilling to know that I met my goal of providing a positive, upbeat experience for people to learn about California history through beautiful artwork.”

The Hilbert Museum of California Art is located at 167 North Atchison St. Open Tue - Sat from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission and parking are free. Registration online is recommended at www. HilbertMuseum .org, though walk-ins are welcomed. •

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Inspiring proper care for Turtles & Tortoises

Although he can’t explain his fascination for them, John Kim has always liked turtles and tortoises.

“My first pet (in 1st grade) was a turtle,” says Kim, who today serves as President of The California Turtle and Tortoise Club of Orange County and the Executive Board that represents all chapters statewide.

“Turtles and tortoises make excellent pets,” says Kim. “They are relatively low maintenance and come in a variety of sizes and colors.”

The simplicity of their care and hardiness, however, can lead to improper husbandry, which can result in turtles and tortoises barely surviving, rather than thriving, says Kim, who notes that the main mission of the Turtle and Tortoise Club is to provide education regarding proper care.

“Our club exists to share care information for various species,” says Kim. “We also help conservation efforts around the world, and people seek us out when they are looking to surrender or adopt

turtles and tortoises. We have an active adoption program through most of our chapters to connect animals in need with new homes.”

The Orange County club, founded 60 years ago this April, spreads information about tortoises and turtles through their monthly meetings held on the first Friday of the month in Orange and at their annual Turtle



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“Our monthly meetings and annual show are open to all ages and free to attend,” says Kim. “We strive to inspire people to care about their turtles and tortoises as much as any other (often furry) animals in their care. Most turtles and tortoises live a very long time—some more than 100 years. Proper care during the first few years is critical to setting them up for a healthy life.”

Turtles and tortoises make great long-lived pets, agrees Ginny Doepping, Treasurer of the Orange County Chapter and CFO of the Executive Board that represents all chapters statewide. “They are an ideal pet choice for people who may have allergies to animals with hair or for people who like lower maintenance pets,” she says.

At the monthly meetings in Orange, which include expert guest speakers and knowledgeable members sharing tips, they focus on offering “scientific, proven information for caring for and feeding turtles and tortoises,” says Linda Grunnet, Vice-President and Membership Chair of the Orange County chapter, who also oversees the annual show.

This year’s show is a great place to become introduced to the world of pet tortoises and turtles. “There will be live turtles and tortoises, vendors, educational information and even microchipping, which is highly recommended,” says Grunnet. “Turtles and tortoises are serious escape artists. Some can dig 4 to 7 feet deep and escape from a fenced-in yard. Microchipping is a great way to locate a runaway turtle.” •

The Annual Turtle and Tortoise Show is Saturday, May 18 at First Christian Church, 1130 East Walnut Ave., Orange, from 9 am to 4 pm. The Orange County club meets the first Friday of every month at the same location at 7:30 pm. Annual membership costs are $25 for individuals and $35 per family. More information: www.Tortoise.org/orangecounty

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Circle in the Square

Tablao Flamenco

outside of the usual, while still staying respectful of flamenco traditions.”

Each tablao show highlights how the performers express themselves via music and dancing, and Grover and Yaelisa are proud to get the chance to show flamenco to brand-new audiences.

“Artists know the language of flamenco, and they communicate with each other beautifully on stage,” says Grover. “Dancers train and have certain moves prepared, but until you’re out there, you don’t know how it’s going to come together. The performances are unrehearsed but everything blends so well because it’s raw and full of talent.”

While the performances are a fulfilling outlet for Yaelisa, she’s dedicated to helping audiences across Orange County recognize flamenco for its distinctiveness.

“We want people to come with an open mind and educate them on how rare it is to see flamenco in this format outside of Spain,” she says. “It’s an inspirational art form that’s both lively and intense, so most people have never seen anything like it.” •

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Sharing their Winnings

Coupon winner Cathy Stauffer and her husband, Don, may have met and married in Nebraska, but the couple has enjoyed being members of the City of Orange for almost 20 years.

They spent their early years in Orange becoming familiar with the community and now enjoy walking the area and checking out the many new businesses in Old Towne Orange. Fond of the Plaza’s antiques shops, Cathy collects Sun-themed items. Being an avid reader, you can often find Don at the Orange Public Library.

Before she and Don retired, Cathy had a long career in photography, which she left when 60 Minute Photo in Orange closed in the early 2000 s. “Now I just take photos of my grandchildren,” says Cathy with a smile.

Don worked for many years in construction as a drywall contractor. Following his retirement, they decided to move to the Hart Park neighborhood just south of the Plaza.

The Stauffers, who will celebrate 62 years of marriage this June, have grandchildren and greatgrandchildren they travel to visit whenever they get a chance.

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Acting, Song & Dance

For nearly 20 years, Kid’s Musical Theater (KMT) has delivered youth community theater to Orange. The program provides kids 8 to 18 the opportunity to participate in production performance in acting, song and dance.

In 2005 Mignon Whitaker wrote a proposal, resulting in Kid’s Musical Theater’s inception as a community outreach ministry at St. John’s Lutheran Church and School. For the next 19 years, Whitaker would eventually lead the program, producing some 60 shows with hundreds of kids.

“It was a love and passion,” says Whitaker. “I felt this ministry was super important to the community.”

“We are a Christian-based theater group,” says Tara Rynders, who became Executive Director this year after Whitaker retired. “We don’t do Christian stories per se; we do the typical Broadwaybased musicals but we give them a safe space to do that.”

KMT produces three shows a year—two musicals and one Shakespeare—with around 50 kids in each musical and about 20 in the Shakespeare show, the latter requiring players 13 to 18 years old. The auditions are open to the community and nothing is pre-cast. All kids must audition for each show and everyone who auditions gets a part.

“You might not get a speaking part in your first audition,” says Rynders. “Most kids start in the ensemble, which is a ton of stage time, as ensemble players are in nearly every song.”

At the audition, kids should come prepared with a song.

“We want them to pick a song that reflects their vocal range and what character they want to play in the show,” says Rynders. “The 8 to 10 year olds who don’t have much theater experience can come in and sing the ABCs or Happy Birthday. We’re just trying to get to know them.”

Shakespeare auditions are different. There is a party for everyone who wants to be in the Shakespeare production where expectations are relayed, and everyone who shows up can be in the show.

“We have kids in our current show who have been in 10 or more shows,” says Rynders.

Siblings Emma, 15, and Ben Siaki, 19, have been acting in KMT for several years.

“It’s just as fun to be in the ensemble as it is to be in the lead role,” says Emma, a 10th grader at Star Academy in Brea and in her 6th production. “You are in a lot more numbers and it’s a good way to figure out what KMT is about.”

A 12th grader who loves to sing and dance, Ben says of his 9th and final KMT show, “My favorite part is the community that KMT has become. It feels like a family where everyone is working toward the same goal and it’s cool.”

Whitaker notes that theater training offers a different nuance for those who participate.

“The kid who is a baseball pitcher often remains pitcher through each season. In theater, the actor playing Ariel in The Little Mermaid may be an ensemble cast member in Anne of Green Gables. They learn humility, as the ‘star’ shifts more in theater.”


• Anastasia is June 7 & 8 in historic Walker Hall at St. John’s Church.

• The Shakespeare show is Macbeth at Pitcher Park (free will offering).

Auditions: June 14

Performances: August 2 - 4

• The fall musical will be Newsies Jr. Auditions: August 23 & 24

Performances: November 22 & 23

Rynders, who has a television and film degree with a minor in theater and currently works for Disney, first got involved with KMT 14 years ago when her daughter was in a production. As Executive Director, Rynders is the producer of each show. She is supported by volunteers who handle finance and administration, along with sets and costumes, and a creative team serving as director, choreographer and music director.

“The key thing that KMT does for kids is teach them how to tell their truth through storytelling on stage,” she says. •

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9 Antique Depot 14 155 South Glassell St (714) 516-1731

9 Antique Station 17 178 South Glassell St (714) 633-3934

1 Country Roads Antiques . . 24 216 West Chapman Ave (714) 532-3041

11 Orange Circle Antique Mall 21 118 South Glassell St (714) 538-8160

13 Summerhill Ltd 22 110 South Glassell St (714) 771-7782


7 Hilbert Museum of Calif Art 2 167 North Atchison St (714) 516-5880

19 Marinus Welman - Artist D 2402 North Glassell St (714) 998-8662

6 Naranjita Flamenco E 301 East Katella Ave (714) 400-2939


12 Titan Automotive J 939 West Chapman Ave (714) 997-2311

24 Villa Ford of Orange F 2550 North Tustin St (877) 585-3090


10 O’Hara’s Pub 5 150 North Glassell St (714) 532-9264

1 Ojai Burger 25 238 West Chapman (657) 221-0619

1 Rutabegorz Restaurant 7 264 North Glassell St (714) 633-3260

13 ZINC Cafe Market Bar . . . . . . 15 195 South Glassell St www.ZincCafe.com

7 Zito’s New York Style Pizza 156 North Glassell St 6 2026 North Tustin St G 1716 West Chapman Ave N


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16 Real Estate Establishment . 11 550 East Chapman Ave (714) 744-5711

11 United Real Estate Group H 2811 East Katella Ave (714) 858-9059

3 Willits Real Estate Group 8 229 North Glassell St (714) 315-8120


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8 Galla-Rini Roofing (714) 244-6567 www.GallaRiniRoofing.com

11 H&H Income Tax Insurance 16 480 South Glassell (714) 288-2088

5 Jadtec Security Services A 1520 West Yale Ave (714) 282-0828

18 Old Towne Plumbing 12 (714) 532-6274 OldTownePlumbing.com

17 Shafer Plumbing B 1307 West Trenton Ave (714) 974-9448

8 Shannon Family Mortuary . . K 1005 East Chapman Ave (714) 771-1000


10 Army Navy Store 13 131 South Glassell St (714) 639-7910

10 Matoska Trading Company 9 123 North Glassell St (714) 516-9940

8 Paris in a Cup - On-line (714) 538-9411 www.ParisInACup.com


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