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From the Publisher As we wind down a challenging year, I’m reminded that for many, the time spent in isolation earlier in the year highlighted the value of personal interaction with one another. Though we’ve been apart this year more than we’ve been together, it’s apparent as I look around Orange that community members have grown even closer. With the holidays upon us, I encourage you to visit Old Towne to enjoy the camaraderie of seeing old friends and meeting new ones. The merchants in the Plaza could use our support this year. To check off your holiday shopping list, consider visiting the Plaza’s many friendly merchants for one-of-a-kind gifts. Once you’ve finished shopping, stop at one of our many restaurants for a hearty, satisfying meal. In this issue, we look at the Plaza Review’s journey from a modest newsletter 19 years ago to the robust publication it is today. In the article, “Our 100th Edition” (pg. 14), we talk to community movers and shakers about the Plaza Review, such as former Orange Mayor Carolyn Cavecche, who reads each issue from cover to cover. “I get goosebumps when the Plaza Review gets delivered to me,” she says. In these pages, meet Joseph Mahon and his new venture with Jaxon’s Scratch-Made Chix Tenders (pg. 10), the Army Navy Store (pg. 12) and Tiddleywinks Toys & Games (pg. 13). As usual, our Orange neighbors also share their talents, including Clyde San Juan (pg. 22) and Richard Turner (pg. 24), both of whom have released books. As you check out this issue, you’ll notice that the people within these pages have big smiles for you. It’s all part of what makes the Orange community so friendly. Wishing you and yours a joyful holiday Sincerely, Mike Escobedo

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OCTOBER 2020 Mon / Oct 12 / 10 am Community Foundation of Orange Rubber Ducky Derby We'll be racing ducks & raising money to help build strong foundations here in the greater Orange community! LIVE on Facebook www.communityfoundationoforange.org

Sat / Oct 24 / 4 - 8 pm Old Towne Preservation Association Haunted Halloween Decorating Contest Judges will be caravanning the streets of Old Towne Orange to determine witch homes have the best decorations. Nominate a home at www.otpa.org 714-639-6840

Sat / Oct 17 / 10 am - 12 pm Clyde The Hippo In-Store Book Signing Meet the dynamic duo & creative team of Keith & Larissa Marantz, author & illustrator. Tiddlywinks OC 129 North Glassell RSVP: www.eventbrite.com/e/clyde-thehippo-book-launch-online-and-in-storebook-signing-tickets-124026826577

Thu / Oct 29 / 3 - 6 pm Fairhaven Memorial Park Fall Festival FREE walk-thru family friendly Fall Festival with ten holiday themed treat stations throughout the park. 1702 Fairhaven Ave, SA 714-633-1442 / FairhavenMemorial.com

Fri - Thu / Oct 23 - 29 City of Orange Festifall at City Hall Dress in costume, bring a decorated pumpkin & help turn City Hall into a Pumpkin Patch, grab a take-home craft, escape the maze & use the photo booth to capture a family memory. City Hall: 300 East Chapman Ave 714-744-5599 / www.cityoforange.org

Fri & Sat / Oct 30 & 31 / 4:30 - 6 pm Backyard Art Camp Halloween Art Class! Watercolor PUMPKIN & VINTAGE TRUCK painting! Each student will go home with their masterpiece, new watercolor paints, and a bag of candy from Tiddlywinks. Costumes welcomed. Tiddlywinks OC 129 North Glassell Sign Up: www.hellomeghan.com/currentclasses.html

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Every Fri / 9:30 - 11:30 am Orange Home Grown Educational Farm Volunteer Farm Friday Try your hand at growing food. Plant, harvest, compost, mend soil & more. All ages invited, as new volunteers are paired with seasoned volunteers to work on farm projects together. 356 North Lemon St / 714-397-4699 Fri & Sat / 6 or 6:30 pm Paris in a Cup Tea Salon Sunset Suppers Be pampered at sunset, while enjoying an entree, with soup or salad, tea delights, savories, scones & an expanded dessert menu. 119 South Glassell St / 714-538-9411 www.parisinacupteasalon.com 1st Sat / 9 am Dragonfly Shops & Gardens Kids Fairy Garden Workshop Create an enchanting miniature garden with your child, friends & a little help from the fairy’s. $25. 260 North Glassell St / 714-289-4689 www.dragonflyshopsandgardens.com

Every Sat / 8:30 am - 1 pm Orange Home Grown Farmers Market A great way to begin your day, with quality produce & fresh healthy foods. 1st Sat Market Tour / Yoga for All Ages 2nd Sat Free Cooking Demo 3rd Sat Kids Club / Seed Lending 4th Sat Handmade Market Place 303 West Palm / OrangeHomeGrown.org

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Changing with the Seasons

The leaves are changing and so are the businesses in and around Old Towne, bringing new dining options for local residents. The two eateries featured here, Jaxon’s Scratch-Made Chix Tenders and Sweet Art Cafe, are open for business and look forward to providing hope and flavorful opportunities to the Old Towne community during these unimaginable times.





Jaxon’s Scratch-Made Chix Tenders When one door closes, another opens. Old Towne is witnessing this change as Jaxon’s ScratchMade Chix Tenders, a fast-casual restaurant serving homemade chicken tenders, opens where Burger Parlor once stood. The eatery is operated by the same owner, Chef Joseph Mahon. He decided it was time for a new venture after analyzing changes in customer behavior, due to the pandemic. “Chicken tenders are something that everybody can come in and eat, without breaking the proverbial bank,” says Mahon. He and his team are no strangers to chicken. At Burger Parlor, chicken tenders were already a popular item, accounting for 32 percent of the restaurant’s sales. Mahon says he recognized how trendy chicken was becoming and wanted to make decisions easy for his customers. “We took that recipe, my chef background and the principles that added to the market for Burger Parlor and translated them into a simpler, more straightforward menu,” he says. Chicken may be the star of the show, but Jaxon’s menu still has room for customization. There are 16 house made sauces, ranging from garlic herb to Cajun sauce to blue cheese, so customers can build their dream tenders. Mahon also created a classic seasoning rub for the tenders, a recipe he says takes a different focus than Nashville chicken, a spicy seasoning mix popular in the South. “We don’t hang our hat on the Nashville technique, because I’m from Orange County,” he says.

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“To me, our classic seasoning is the most perfect piece of chicken I’ve ever had.” Mahon was trained at the Culinary Institute of America and served as the executive chef of Bastide, a Michelin star restaurant on Melrose Place, before starting his own businesses. “From the age of 13, I wanted to become a Michelin star chef,” he says. “I set goals in 8th or 9th grade and worked toward those goals.” In the few months since Jaxon’s opened, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. “I get excited when guests come in for the first time, because the

Joseph Mahon, who created both Burger Parlor and the newly opened Jaxon’s Scratch-Made Chix Tenders, holds two baskets of his homemade chicken tenders. As he transitioned from burgers to chicken, Mahon says he knew he wanted to keep his business in Old Towne because of the supportive community and the nostalgic feeling the area brings.

quality and quantity of chicken we offer is unlike any competitor around, and they see that,” says supervisor Amanda Lankin, who has worked under Mahon for two years. When Jaxon’s can host more guests inside, the restaurant will also feature a bar, complete with 20 beers on tap and a variety of cocktails, including a Moscow mule, watermelon margarita and

other seasonal drinks. As previous Burger Parlor customers convert to Jaxon’s customers and new guests roll in, Mahon is grateful that Orange residents are supporting his business, especially in these difficult times. “We want to thank everyone who has supported Burger Parlor and everyone who is going to support Jaxon’s.”

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Sweet Art Cafe owner and chef Ellie Nader sits with coffee and pastries in the bakery’s courtyard patio. Nader came up with the cafe’s name after much deliberation, finally settling on Sweet Art to represent Old Towne’s hometown feel and with the hope that the name makes customers feel warm and fuzzy.


If you’re looking for a homemade treat to tuck into this fall, stop by Sweet Art Cafe, a new European pastry shop located in the alleyway off Glassell St. After opening their business in June, Sweet Art Cafe’s owners are excited to serve more Orange residents and introduce them to the cafe’s uncommon flavors and menu offerings. “We want to expand on the products you don’t usually see,” says Polly Carazza, marketing coordinator for Sweet Art Cafe. “We have homemade options with flavors you might not usually eat, so we’re helping people expand their palates.” Sweet Art Cafe was founded by Carazza’s aunt and uncle, Ellie Nader and Reza Hosseini, a husband-and-wife duo who recently moved from Vancouver, Canada where they owned a similar eatery. “Sweet Art Cafe is a familyowned business, and a little pocket of love that everybody tries to fill with whatever they can,” says Carazza. “My husband serves as the accountant, my Aunt Ellie is the baker, and her husband, Reza, is the manager.” Nader turned her love of baking from a hobby to a profession, realizing she could expand her passion after selling her baked goods to friends. She eventually trained professionally in France.


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Now, Nader makes fresh pastries daily for the cafe and finds joy in experimenting with refined flavors like ginger and rose. “We stick to simple, wholesome ingredients, and everything is homemade and fresh,” says Carazza. Sweet Art Cafe boasts a wide menu, including coffee and tea, smoothies made with fresh

seasonal fruit and baked goods. Their most popular items are the scones, baked fresh in the morning and covered with sweet and savory options like blueberry, cheese and dried fruit. As autumn rolls in, the team aims to include more fall flavors, such as pumpkin and maple.

The Sweet Art team is also excited to expand the frozen treats portion of their menu. They already sell frozen bananas, chocolate cake, mango mousse cake, tiramisu and cheesecake, and will soon serve decadent affogatos. “We’re helping people try new European flavors,” says Nader. “The affogatos will have espresso covered in vanilla ice cream and topped with toasted almond flakes, chocolate sauce and one mini French macaron.” The cafe also serves gluten free options. Carazza and her family chose Old Towne specifically for its small town feel and close-knit neighborhoods. Although she and her husband, Dean, attended California State University, Fullerton, the pair would come to Chapman University to study in the peaceful atmosphere. “When we saw the little alley, we fell in love and thought the downtown feel had such a wholesome vibe,” she says. “It made sense to open in Orange.”

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At the Army Navy Store, an Old Towne landmark since 1955, the four seasons are apparel for the holidays, camping in the spring, surf lines for summer beach-going and military uniforms in the fall for Halloween. “We have a lot of variety,” says Steve Alvarez, the son of owner Connie Alvarez. “At different times of the year, different parts of the store carry us through those periods.” And then there are the things that sell regardless of the season, such as guns, ammunition and earthquake preparedness/survival gear, including items for water purification and water storage. In effect, this Army Navy Store lives up to the cliché, “There’s something for everyone.” “Most of the other stores like ours only carry surplus items, but we have it all. We’re not focused on any one area,” Alvarez says. But they do have a laser-like focus when it comes to good customer service. “It’s really important,” says Manager Dave O’Brien, who first started at the Army Navy Store in 1974. “When customers come in, they’re greeted like they would


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With the holidays fast approaching, owners of the Army Navy Store and Tiddlywinks Toys & Games are preparing for what traditionally is a busy season. But this, of course, has been a year unlike any other. So, we wanted to check in with these two popular Old Towne retailers to learn how they’re adapting to changing times and learn their plans for the future.


be at Cheers. And we spoil our regulars. We want to make sure that everyone gets what they came in for, and if we don’t have it, we will send them somewhere else that does.” Pleasing the customer has been a hallmark of this retailer for the past 65 years, ever since brothers Tony Alvarez Sr. (Steve’s father) and Carlos Alvarez opened their small store on South Glassell Street in Old Towne. In the early 1970s, the Army Navy Store expanded to its current size. Steve Alvarez joined the family business in 1986, shortly after graduating from the Police Academy, and decided to stay.

Ever since it opened in 1955—the same year as Disneyland—the Army Navy Store has been known for selling a wide variety of products, a few of which are displayed by (from left) Mick Varela, Mike Duran, Steve Alvarez, Emma Brock and Ian Barlow.

Since then, he says there are some experiences that stand out. Perhaps most notably, in early 1991, at the start of the first Gulf War and Operation Desert Storm, there was a surge in patriotism. One morning, dozens of customers were lined up before the store opened because word got out that it was one of the few retailers in the area well-stocked with American flags, flag pins and stickers.

Now, of course, there’s the pandemic. “We’re taking all of the precautions,” Alvarez says, which include following health guidelines about mask-wearing and limiting store capacity. “We want to be here for our customers,” he adds. “They’ve been coming in for generations— kids who shopped here years ago with their parents are now adults bringing in their kids. It’s neat to see everyone through the years.”

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Tiddlywinks Toys & Games sells a variety of vintage toys and games, plus contemporary items popular with customers, young and old alike. “The classic toys hold such good memories from your childhood, when things were so much simpler. It’s important, especially now,” says Jeanie Viveros, with her husband, Gil.


“Crazy.” That’s Jeanie Viveros’ one-word description of the life changes brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. The owner of Tiddlywinks Toys & Games is quick to add that she and her husband, Gil, are not alone when it comes to the upheaval. “Everybody’s life certainly has been a whirlwind this year,” she says. “For us, we had to close our doors one day in March, and the next day we needed to rally and figure out how things were changing and how we could adapt to it.” And adapt they did. Launching a dynamic online presence had been a longtime goal of Viveros, who opened her 2,000-square-foot retail space in 2012. An expanded website—at w w w. t i d d l y w i n k s o c . c o m — debuted in January. When it was fully up and running a couple months later, it helped to fill the void after the physical store closed, as was the case for other businesses throughout Old Towne. In addition to the online sales, customers were calling and asking to purchase contemporary gifts for kids and vintage toys and games as presents for adults, says Gil, who also helps run the store.


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They also started preparing custom and personalized gifts, a service that was especially popular before Easter. “We took into account the age, preferences and budget, and assembled special surprises that almost were as good as what Mom and Dad would have chosen

themselves,” Jeanie recalls. “We were making lots of deliveries in Orange, Villa Park and surrounding areas,” Gil adds. At Tiddlywinks, there’s much to choose from—arts and crafts, puzzles, bikes and scooters, plush toys, novelty items, science and

educational toys, and even clothing for babies and toddlers. Jeanie says a nice selection of books for children is her favorite part of the store; for Gil, he especially likes the dice game Tenzi, which is suitable for all ages. Customers also come in for their favorites. “There was a 65-year-old guy who recently bought a yo-yo,” Gil recalls. “When’s the last time he played with a yo-yo? He couldn’t wait to get outside the door and open it up.” Running Tiddlywinks Toys & Games has been a rewarding experience, says Jeanie, who has lived in Orange with her family for more than 20 years. “As hard as it was when the store was closed, at the same time it was so heartwarming to be a part of this community,” she adds. “People would literally come knocking on our door and say, ‘Wanted to make sure you’re OK. We’re here to support you.’ They went above and beyond for sure.”

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Our 100th Nineteen years ago, the Old Towne Orange Plaza Review was an eight-page newsletter with only two colors. Now, 100 editions later, the community publication has grown to a full-color, 40-page paper filled with dozens of articles and distributed to 35,000 residents. The Plaza Review was born when a local business owner wanted to collaborate with Mike Escobedo, a graphic designer and advertising professional, on a monthly town newsletter. The collaboration ended after two issues, but Escobedo took the initiative to continue the publication on his own. Although some encouraged Escobedo to distribute the paper outside of Old Towne to draw new people in, he felt as though there was so much information about the community that even residents didn’t know. Since the paper’s inception, Escobedo has continued to focus on highlighting the stories in and around Old Towne. “I would relate it to an orchestra, where you first have to train the orchestra to make beautiful music,

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which will appeal to the local audience,” he says. “Those people will then tout the orchestra, attracting outsiders, which is what we found works with the Plaza Review.” Today in 2020, the Plaza Review is a vibrant publication, complete with recurring sections like “New to the Neighborhood” and “Talk of the Towne” and the popular “Old Towne Property” that gives readers insight on Old Towne residences and homeowners. While the sections highlight different aspects of Orange, the stories serve one main goal: to connect the Old Towne community. “Twenty years ago, the community was close, but not nearly as connected as today,” says Escobedo. “I believe that featuring human-interest stories about our immediate neighbors connects people who may not have known about one another.” Sandy Quinn, President of the Old Towne Preservation Association, was featured on the cover of the May/June 2013 edition with his German Shepherd, Google. Even now, seven years

after his “Old Towne Property” article was published, Quinn says he still has people recognizing him and his dog in the Plaza. “I’ve always looked at the Plaza Review as part of the fabric of Old Towne and the glue that helps bring it all together,” says Quinn. “These cover stories are fascinating. Mike takes you through their historic homes and highlights their lives.” The Plaza Review’s humaninterest stories also serve as an introduction to Orange for Chapman University’s newest students. For the past 15 years, the school’s student orientation leaders have distributed the paper at check-in tables, and in 2013, thenPresident Jim Doti mailed the latest issue to all 1,300 of the university’s incoming freshmen. Since the Plaza Review’s first issue came out, the relationship between the publication and Chapman University has strengthened. “The Plaza Review helps communicate the exciting and interesting things happening at Chapman,” says Doti. “As a result, many Orange citizens attend those events and enjoy them, because the Plaza Review brought those opportunities to their attention.”

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While the Plaza itself has seen the growth and evolution of countless new businesses and restaurants in the last two decades, the Plaza Review continuously works to support these new businesses and connect them with customers through the “New to the Neighborhood” section. Dr. Alex Romero, owner of Orange Circle Optometry, says the Plaza Review has been there for his highs and lows. When he first took over the existing optometry storefront in 2013, Romero was concerned that Old Towne residents wouldn’t recognize that he had rebranded the location. “When our ‘New to the Neighborhood’ article was published, we got a second chance, and it really got the ball rolling for us,” he says. “We use a questionnaire that asks how our patients heard about us. A lot of people write in the Plaza Review.” Dr. Romero also recalls when Orange Circle Optometry was burglarized, and the Old Towne community came together to donate to the business to help him and his wife get back on their feet. “Mike let me use a page in the Plaza Review to write a thank

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Homeowner Jenny Heredia-McCandless fashioned her 1970s-era house after the arts & crafts movement. The impressive remodel showcases wood shingles, tapered trim and an expansive front porch accented in slate. Jenny’s father’s 1963 Corvette is parked on the cobblestone-style driveway.

Renowned in Orange It’s no coincidence that gorgeous tile work abounds in the Orange home of Jenny McCandless, whose late grandfather Charles McCandless was one of the most renowned masons in Orange. Whether the slate window trim in her kitchen or the floor-toceiling rockwall fireplace in the living room, there are echoes of her family’s masonry history throughout Jenny’s home. Founded by Jenny’s grandfather in 1924 in Santa Ana, McCandless Tile is a third-generation business

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currently owned by her father and run by her brother Mark. Local landmarks attributed to Charles McCandless include the First Presbyterian Church and the historic fountain at the Old Towne Plaza, installed in 1934. “My grandfather lived in Orange, and both of my parents were raised in Orange,” says Jenny from her 1970s-era home located within walking distance of the Plaza. “He did tiles throughout Southern California, including at Disneyland, Orange

High School and the Wrigley Mansion on Catalina Island. He also tiled the animal mural at Cambridge Elementary, and of course, the Old Towne Plaza fountain. Every time I walk by the fountain with my daughters, we are reminded of my grandfather. I’m so thankful for his commitment to the city and being a part of its history.” With its arts & crafts architectural accents, incredible backyard and expansive front porch, Jenny’s home is a central gathering place

for family, neighbors and friends. The single-story residence was built in the 1970s in a tract of 1950s-era ranch-style homes. In 1997, she bought the house from the original owner (who also happened to be her mother’s friend), and then proceeded to renovate and remodel the entire house from top to bottom. “The kitchen was our first big remodel,” she says. “We knocked out a wall between the front room and the kitchen to make it more open. It was just a regular ceiling

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Jenny’s teenage daughter helped design the landscaping on the property, which features everything from drought resistant succulents and sage, to marigolds, basil and a sequoia tree. The family enjoys shopping for plants at the Potting Shed in Old Towne.

In the kitchen: Jenny’s twin daughters, Sierra (left) and Paige, are active in the local community. Paige sings with her high school choir at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Sundays. Sierra is the volunteer chairperson of the Assistance League of Orange thrift shop in the Plaza.

before we vaulted it and installed exposed beams. We also knocked down the entire garage and widened it by eight feet, and then added on the new front porch off the front of the house. We got ideas from looking at houses in the area built in the 1920s and 1930s.” Jenny herself sketched the architectural drawings for the front porch, which is clad in Hardie-board fascia that looks like wood. Tapered columns are tiled in slate at each base, while

The beautifully renovated kitchen features a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams. The kitchen window is trimmed in slate, while the counters are clad in granite.

hand-molded bricks reveal actual handprints in them. In keeping with the arts & crafts architectural influences, the exterior also features wood shingles, vintage-style lanterns and windows trimmed in Georgian brick. The driveway and walkway below the front porch showcase stone from Thompson’s Brick

Supply near Katella. Local mason Gordy Smith did all the masonry in the front, as well installed all the cement in the backyard, adding an acid wash for a vintage look. The backyard provides an oasis for family gettogethers. “We love to sit by the fire pit or lounge in the Jacuzzi,” says

Jenny. “We recently had the girls’ 16th birthday party in the backyard with their friends. My daughter Sierra planted most all of the plants in the back, including the Chambakka tree, Mexican sage, succulents and basil. In the front, we have a sequoia that we planted. We love going to the Potting Shed in Old Towne. The girls love allCONTINUED ON PAGE 20


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Flowers and festive touches abound throughout the home. With the holidays just around the corner, the home will soon be decked out with lights, décor and plenty of seasonal foliage.

their annual Christmas fun and festivities. “We like to decorate for the holidays, and we pull out all the stops,” she says. “There are a lot of established families in the neighborhood that we celebrate the holidays with. My parents visit us just about every day.” With her roots so firmly planted in Orange, it’s little wonder that Jenny’s family remains active in the community. Her mother volunteers at the Now & Again thrift shop run by the Assistance League of Orange, where daughter Sierra is a thrift shop chairperson. Paige is active in the Villa Park High

Jenny recounts that it took three months to build the fireplace. Several tumbled stones from her grandfather are inset into the hearth. Meanwhile, the home’s three bathrooms are all tiled in the same slate featured in the kitchen. The three-bedroom home brims with warmth and a welcoming charm with the framed family photographs taken by daughter Sierra, the rocks and pottery that Jenny has collected through the years and the artwork, antiques and keepsakes that take center stage throughout. With the holidays approaching, Jenny is looking forward to

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Lawrence (LB) Smith PharmD, PhD by Julie Bawden-Davis

When Chapman University’s Vice Provost for Academic Administration, Lawrence (LB) Brown, left the School of Pharmacy to take the administrative position in June 2019, he was somewhat apprehensive about the move. “Up until that point, my life had been about training pharmacy students and improving the profession,” says Brown, who joined Chapman in 2013 to lead the University’s new School of Pharmacy. “I soon saw that everything I cared about came with the new position as Vice Provost. Helping faculty be more successful with their jobs serving students helps students be more successful.” Response to COVID Brown’s administrative skills were put to the test this past spring when COVID hit. “I was immediately pulled into meetings with the president and other senior staff and tasked with assisting in devising policies surrounding COVID,” says Brown. “My healthcare background enabled me to contribute in a way that helped leadership make informed decisions. The university would have been fine without my assistance, but I think I made the process run more smoothly.” Chapman University President Daniele Struppa remarks on Brown’s indispensability during COVID. “When the pandemic broke out, we had to pivot to remote within days. LB was our point person on the academic side. He earned respect from everybody on campus with his ability to jump in with calm and poise.” It was Brown’s response to the pandemic that led Struppa to also appoint him as Presidential Advisor on Faculty Diversification. “LB is former military, and he shows that w w w. O r a n g e R e v i e w . c o m / e v e n t s


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experience,” says Struppa. “He is always calm under pressure, extremely well organized, has a systematic approach and a remarkable ability to see the big picture. I’ve put him in charge of a significant budget to help increase the number of faculty of color on campus. He has already been successful with that initiative.” Provost Glenn Pfeiffer agrees regarding Brown’s contributions to Chapman. “LB took on a difficult role at a challenging time and responded extremely well. The university has benefited greatly by having someone with his talents working in the Provost’s office. His expertise and commitment have been invaluable during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.” Doctor of Pharmacy Though becoming an air traffic controller once interested Brown, after serving in the U.S. Air Force as a pharmacy technician following high school, he decided to become a Doctor of Pharmacy. That was after three tours in Asia from 1985 to late 1990 and being called back to serve during Desert Storm in 1991 for a short period. “At that time in the late 1980s, pharmacy technicians serving overseas did pretty much everything a pharmacist would do stateside, including filling prescriptions and counseling patients about their medication, all of which I enjoyed,” he says. That led Brown to earn his Pharm D. (Doctor of Pharmacy) in 1999 from the University of the Pacific in Stockton and his PhD in Social and Administrative Pharmacy in 2003 from the University of Minnesota. Brown’s military service also encouraged an interest in leadership he’d had since high school. “While in pharmacy school, I got involved in opportunities that started me on a path to leadership positions,” he says. “This included serving as the Chapter President of the APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists and as a regional officer and then National Speaker of the House.” Since those early roles, he has served as a trustee and Speaker of the House of the American Pharmacists Association and as president of the organization in 2015. Prior to joining the School of Pharmacy’s administrative team, Brown was an Associate Professor of Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in Memphis. There he served in various roles, including Vice-Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chair of the Health Outcomes and Policy Research Division, Director of Graduate Studies in Health Outcomes and Policy Research and Director of the UT Center for Medication Therapy Management. Joining Chapman University When Brown and his wife, May, and their two daughters left Tennessee so he could join Chapman in 2013, the Chapman University School of Pharmacy (CUSP) was a couple of years from opening its doors. He worked tirelessly to fulfill the school’s goal to educate and develop the next generation of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists. “My vision was to give the students a ‘Nordstrom’ experience,” he says. “I want them to leave the university feeling taken care of and as if they have grown and are well-equipped to succeed in the pharmacy field. That focus helped us grow the pharmacy school in a very competitive market. When we opened, there were 11 other pharmacy schools in California students could choose from; today there are 14.” Brown also enjoys keeping abreast of changes in the field of pharmacy. “Pharmacy has changed dramatically since the mid-1990s when pharmacists first began giving patients vaccines,” he says. “At that same time, a new model of pharmaceutical care emerged, focusing on a holistic approach that strives to keep patients healthy, rather than just managing disease.” Over his career, Brown has worked to expand pharmacists’ roles within the healthcare system to improve patient health. He is an international expert in the area of Medication Therapy Management (MTM), which enables pharmacists to take a more

Eye of the ‘Tiger’ Clyde San Juan’s Focus is on In his profile on Amazon.com, Clyde San Juan is described as an “author and illustrator, backpacker on crooked trails, amateur photographer and, more recently, creativity encourager.” He is and has been all of those. And more. “Currently, I’m an author and teacher,” says San Juan, the Plaza Review’s digital artist. “That’s the season I’m in right now.” To be more specific, San Juan is the co-author and illustrator of a children’s book, I Spy a Tiger, re-released in August with Redemption Press. As an art instructor, he teaches watercolor and acrylic painting. “Even with all the wacky

things going on this year, there’s a lot of cool and hopeful things happening,” he says. A self-taught artist, who began drawing at the age of 4, San Juan says that for most people, learning how to draw with pencils in black and white is the beginning of a series of progressions. “Moving forward in age, one begins to delve into color and painting. Watercolor is my favorite painting medium for its fluid, serendipitous inspirations,” he says, adding that he was fortunate to have encouraging teachers along the way—starting in elementary school and continuing through college. In the fifth grade, his teacher entered one of his works with the



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“I enjoy encouraging people to aspire to the creative aspects of painting and drawing. That has really been a joy for me,” he says. Cora Serviss of Long Beach, one of San Juan’s students for nearly five years, decided to finally learn how to watercolor, a longtime dream, after she retired from her career as an office manager and signed up for classes with San Juan. “He has taught us about the color mixing mechanics, complementary colors, different brush strokes, composition and more,” she says. “As an instructor, he’s patient and truthful. If he thinks you can improve in an area, he will give you constructive criticism and tell you how you can do the

technique better.” Another student, Gloria Krieger of Garden Grove, signed up for classes four years ago after seeing a poster in the Huntington Beach Hobby Lobby. “He is very knowledgeable about watercolor,” says Krieger, who previously had done oil painting and was eager to learn a new discipline. “I really look forward to the weekly Zoom classes.” New students can register for beginner classes on San Juan’s website, crookedtrailscafe.com. It’s also the place to discover more about I Spy a Tiger, originally completed in 2008. By coincidence, after deciding to update and publish it as a new edition, he learned

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about the arrival of his first grandchild, due in December. And there’s more: San Juan is working on a fiction novel, which would be his third book (The Continued Flights of Icarus was released in 1984). And he is compiling a cookbook with “tasty” recipes for people with food intolerances like him. “Luckily, it’s intolerances and not allergies, which are more acute,” he says, adding that he has issues with chiles, tomatoes, potatoes and eggplant—all members of the nightshade family of plants. He also has plans to make his already dynamic website even more eclectic by adding a place to sell his artwork, including original art from I Spy a Tiger. And he plans on featuring a blog. But, in this current season of his life, there’s a more immediate priority. “I’m looking forward to reading I Spy a Tiger to my grandson; it’s going to be exciting. In easy rhyme and bold illustrations, it makes for interactive reading and bonding,” he says. “That’s the nice thing about books—you can handle them and be intimate with them. Books are great.”

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The Might that Survives by Tiana Zoumer

During trying times, it becomes especially valuable to pay attention to our history. It is in reflection we discover how humanity has survived past challenges. Crucial in that endeavor are courage and empathy. Chapman University’s Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education is focusing their Fall Series on the theme, “Sharing StrengthSustaining Humanity.” Two free online programs will focus on two very different events, one on African American athletes, often treated like second class citizens, who nonetheless chose to represent their country in the 1936 Olympics. The other on a Norwegian hostage of the Nazis who looked beyond his own safety to help a young Jewish boy survive the concentration camp Sachsenhausen. Both events focus on inspiring stories that speak to the roles of courage and empathy in the most challenging of times. Night One The series begins October 20th with the screening of the docu-

mentary Olympic Pride, American Prejudice, followed by a Q & A with the film’s writer and director Deborah Riley Draper. Nominated for an Image Award by the NAACP, the film centralizes upon the 17 African American athletes, two women and 15 men, who competed alongside Jesse Owens in Berlin’s

1936 Olympic Games. While Hitler viewed the Games as an opportunity to prove the superiority of the socalled Aryan race and banned non-Aryans from joining the German team, he allowed competing teams to represent diverse racial and religious backgrounds. Countries, including the U.S., were divided on whether they should boycott or compete in the Olympic Games, which Hitler viewed as an opportunity to showcase Berlin and Nazi power. As the Rodgers Center’s founding Director Marilyn Harran emphasizes, “Once the decision to participate was made by the U.S. Olympic Committee, individual athletes still had to each make their own decision. It was a decision that was especially difficult for both Jewish and African American athletes.” Harran continues, “As this documentary illustrates so well, these athletes, who represented a country that often subjected them to prejudice and discrimination,

consistently shared their strength with one another, gave the Games their all and represented both the United States and humanity at its best.” Night Two While the Center’s first event focuses on events that at the time drew the attention of the world, the second event reflects upon the violent attacks done in the dark of night. “To Remember and Reflect: In Memory of Kristallnacht” focuses on events of November 1938, the Night of Broken Glass, and their farreaching consequences. The event is jointly presented with the Fish Interfaith Center. Kristallnacht was a nationwide wave of violence launched against Jews, their places of worship, homes and businesses. While the Nazis claimed it was a spontaneous response to the murder of a German diplomat in Paris, sources reveal that the Nazis had long planned and coordinated such an event. The November pogrom against the Jewish community set on fire and destroyed many synagogues and damaged countless businesses. It

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memorializes the harrowing experiences of Odd Nansen, a Norwegian held hostage by the Nazis in several concentration camps. After the war, Nansen became a co-founder of UNICEF. Harran noted, “In the concentration camp Sachsenhausen, Nansen befriended and shared his rations with a 10-year-old Jewish boy who had survived Auschwitz, thereby helping to save his life. Nansen exemplified generosity and decency in a time of brutality and inhumanity.” By sharing his strength and resources, he truly sustained humanity. For the first time in the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education’s 20 years, the events will be virtual, and all are invited to attend. Both events are free, online and available to the general public.

Screening of “Olympic Pride, American Prejudice” Tuesday, October 20, 6 pm Q&A following the screening with director and writer Deborah Riley Draper Register for this event at Chapman.edu/holocausteducation/virtualevents To Remember and Reflect: In Memory of Kristallnacht, 1938, with Timothy Boyce Monday, November 9, 6 pm For more information, visit Chapman.edu/holocausteducation/virtualevents


expanded approach to managing patient medications regarding their health. He has given many presentations on MTM throughout the U.S. and world. Focus on Research Brown’s work in the field of pharmacy has included conducting research. “I’ve always been fascinated with the concept of the stereotypical view people have of pharmacists,” he says. “Most people only know about community pharmacists filling prescriptions, but pharmacists work in many capacities, such as going on rounds with doctors and making medication recommendations. I wondered what people think, for instance, when they see their pharmacist typing on the computer. People often don’t know that the pharmacist is looking for vital information while filling prescriptions, such as drug interactions and allergies.” To gauge how aware people are of pharmacist roles and capabilities, Brown conducted regional studies on the consumer view of pharmacists. The results have proven revealing and have the potential for improving the patient experience. His most recent research was a national survey of more than 25,000 consumers. He found that the view of pharmacists is similar in all 50 states. Whether he’s contributing to the field of Pharmacy or acting as Vice Provost, Brown focuses on service. Those who work with him note this penchant to serve the greater good. “I’m always impressed by LB’s commitment and willingness to contribute whenever he can,” says Pfeiffer. Struppa agrees. “LB is a kind, generous man of integrity and character. Our society needs more people like him. As I have told him several times, I know one day I’ll be invited to his inauguration as president of some other college or university. His trajectory is clear, and he has what it takes to reach that goal. I can’t wait for that day, though I don’t want him to leave us too soon.”

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Artist Richard Turner In our current troubled era, beset by a worldwide pandemic, political unrest and environmental disasters, people seem to be turning to calming, often ancient and time-honored practices: meditation, yoga, various forms of spirituality. So, it seems timely that an acclaimed Orange artist is advocating a very old contemplative practice and art form: the collection and display of “viewing stones” or “scholar’s rocks.” But a rock is just a rock, right? One might think so—but to ancient Chinese scholars and aristocrats, some unusual, beautiful or particularly evocative stones became objects of special appreciation and contemplation. They would carefully collect these unique stones and display them in their gardens, homes or workplaces for the purpose of aesthetic appreciation. The practice spread from China to Japan and Korea over many centuries. It is still very popular in many Asian countries today, with a growing and significant following in the U.S. Richard Turner is an emeritus


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professor of art at Chapman University who taught studio art and Asian art history at the school for 41 years before his retirement in 2011. He also served as director of Chapman’s Guggenheim Gallery. Turner is lead author of a new book, Contemporary Viewing Stone Display, published this year by the Viewing Stone Association of North America. Turner recalls how he first became aware of, then fascinated by, the concept of viewing stones. “I always loved to talk about Chinese and Japanese gardens in my Asian art history classes,” he says. “As I became more familiar with these gardens, I noticed that in some Chinese gardens there were sections of outdoor displays featuring strange and fascinating stones. I began to wonder if there was anything like them here in Southern California.” He recounts how, at around the same time, he was invited to a

meeting of a local bonsai club. “The bonsai master, whom I watched groom a tree, was also a master carver of bases for stones collected here in the U.S. He said something that tipped the balance for me between bonsai and stones. ‘Bonsai flourishes on attention; stones flourish on neglect.’ I thought, yes, that’s perfect for me!”

Chinese viewing stones are called “scholars’ rocks,” because initially it was scholars, poets and artists collecting them. “They put them on their desk or table so while they composed poetry, created a painting or a piece of calligraphy, they’d be in the presence of this stone that evoked a distant mountain peak, or a human or animal figure, or even a deity,” says Turner. “At a very elemental level, the stone could also be seen as an expression of the primal energy of the universe itself.” Japan’s early culture was highly influenced by China. As travelers and collectors brought viewing stones from China to Japan, the practice became popular there, ultimately taking on a distinctly Japanese form. “The Japanese began to appreciate stones that reflected their own geology and tastes, as well as being influenced by existing Shinto practices,” Turner explains. “The types of stones they col-

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doing more to change the so-called natural world than wind, water, weather or any other element. We are responsible for climate change, and we are, therefore, a force of nature. We love to go to national parks and understand the healing nature of communion with the natural world. But we also need to acknowledge that we are mistreating our planet, exploiting and polluting it.” Several of the contemporary viewing stone displays Turner includes in his section of the book suggest that urgent connection to human abuse of the planet’s environment. Traditional stone displays, especially in Japan, emphasize harmony and tranquility. But that’s only part of the story of our relationship to the Earth, says Turner. Turner’s work featured on the inside front cover of this issue is intended by the artist to provoke political and social discourse. It features a specimen of Desert Rose, a form of selenite that crystallizes in petal-like formations, mounted vertically to evoke its similarity to an explosion flowering in the atmosphere. The shape of the stone is cloudlike, and the “petals” of the selenite have a roiling quality like the billowing cloud of an atomic blast. “Atomic tests were frequently conducted in the deserts of New Mexico, Utah and California in the 20th century,” says Turner. “The above-ground nuclear tests conducted in Utah in 1953 were upwind of the site where the Hollywood movie “The Conqueror” was being filmed. Of the 220 members of cast and crew of the film, 91 of them, including John Wayne, later died of cancer, leading to speculation that their deaths had been caused by exposure to radiation from the blasts,” says Turner. The base from which the Desert Rose ascends is fashioned from a fragment of an inexpensive plaster statue of a Roman soldier. Pieces of the armor and the tunic are visible on the front of the base. “Taken together, the rising cloud of the explosion and the fragment of the fallen soldier could be seen as an acknowledgement of the abiding ubiquity of war. The Desert Rose could also be read as clusters of relentlessly dividing cancer cells and the Roman soldier as a symbol for victims of the disease.”


lected in their practice—which is known there as suiseki—were more related to landscapes than to figures, and the way they displayed them was simpler in terms of the bases they would create. The bases for Chinese viewing stones were typically more elaborate, derived from the type of furniture that would be used to display a fine vase, for example. But in Japan they preferred a style of display that was quite simple and that highlighted the stone itself, so there wasn’t as much of a dialogue between the base and stone.” The first viewing stone clubs in the U.S. date back to the postWWII period and were primarily Japanese rather than Chinese, because of the large Japanese American population here. “Annual exhibitions by these early suiseki clubs soon attracted a wider group of people, and membership grew,” says Turner. Turner’s own artwork is often informed by his interest in Chinese scholars’ rocks and Japanese suiseki. He has curated three exhibitions of viewing stones displayed alongside, and in an artistic dialogue with, contemporary work by sculptors, painters, ceramicists and photographers. “Working with viewing stones offers the opportunity to build on a tradition that was centuries in the making. I see the evolution of viewing stone connoisseurship in China and later in Japan as an impetus to develop a distinctly contemporary practice grounded in regional geology and landscape that is responsive to 21st century art, politics and environmental issues.” Turner has three goals with his book. “First, to give readers a sense of the long and fascinating history of stone appreciation in China, Japan, Korea and the U.S. Second, to encourage readers to make this tradition their own. The chapters on principles of display are intended to inspire creating viewing stone displays using materials readily available at Home Depot or Ikea. “Third, we’d like our readers to consider that viewing stones can be understood as vehicles for thinking about our troubled relationship with the environment. In our current geological epoch, the Anthropocene, we humans are


The new book Contemporary Viewing Stone Display by Richard Turner, Thomas S. Elias and Paul A. Harris, is available on the homepage (Bookstore section) of the Viewing Stone Association of North America website: http://vsana.org

Goodbye to an Amazing by Julie Bawden-Davis

Historic Tree

Back in 1904, Edwin Honey, a pioneer of early Orange, planted a tree on the corner of Almond and Harwood that would one day tower 95 feet high. He had dug up two Stone Pines (Pinus pinea) in the High Sierra Nevada mountains and carried the saplings home in his saddlebag. Honey, who owned the Orange Water Company, and his wife, Clarissa, bought lot #32 in 1903 from Richland Farms. The Old Towne property sat on a double lot that was originally 5 acres, a perfect home for the trees, one of which survived. Today, Arlene Avdeef and her husband, Thomas, live on lot #32. They bought the property in 2012 after immediately falling in love with the home and the tree. (The Plaza Review featured the Avdeef’s home in the May/June 2014 edition, available on-line at: orangereview.com/article/springtime-in-orange.) “The tree was so tall that at one time, I could see it when I got off the 55 freeway onto Tustin St.,” says Arlene of the tree which is on the National Register as the largest Stone Pine in California. “It was a beautiful sight.” Unfortunately, the pine had been heavily pruned during a drought prior to the Avdeef’s moving in, and as a result, the tree gradually began to decline over the next several years. “A few months after we moved in, we began noticing the tree losing needles,” says Arlene. “Branches became bare and had to be taken down. We paid for an analysis of the tree’s health. Three arborists inspected the tree and advised us to treat yearly for pests and diseases and fertilize. Most importantly, we also ensured that the Stone Pine was getting adequate irrigation. We even took out a patio so that it could soak up more water.” Unfortunately, the tree continued to decline, and more and more branches became hazardous and needed to be removed. Recently, a majority of the tree was deemed dead and a hazard by five arborists. The Avdeef’s had to make the heartbreaking decision to have the Stone Pine taken down. “When the tree was removed recently, though arborists thought it might have had a bark beetle infestation, no evidence of that was found,” says Arlene. “It was a small consolation to me that we did all we could to save the tree.” For the Avdeefs and residents of Orange, the tree will be greatly missed. “Over the years, the Stone Pine has brought such joy to people driving and walking by,” says Arlene. “It was so beautiful and majestic and provided shade for our house and surrounding homes. Many birds also nested in its branches. The Stone Pine’s loss leaves a huge gap in our property and hearts.”

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Fall is for Planting by Brande Jackson

Despite what our decorations and pumpkin-spiced-everything might suggest, the reality is that autumn in Southern California isn’t exactly cold. Or chilly. Sometimes it’s even hot. While the latter can be disappointing at times, the upshot is that it means that the late fall and early winter months are ideal times for getting your “garden house in order.” Think of it as spring cleaning, only in the fall, and in your garden! This is the time of year we clean up our own gardens in our little nursery, as well as our client gardens. Prune, clean up leaves and other debris (compost ‘em!) and bring in some fresh soil amendments and do some general “sprucing up.” For the devoted gardeners out there, or those of you who want to keep your landscape looking fresh, we suggest getting in the habit of bringing in a few new plants each month. By adding a few plants here and there and swapping out annuals as they die back, you will save money by avoiding big re-plantings, and keep your garden looking fresh and interesting. This is something we try to do in our own gardens and do for our clients. As far as WHAT to plant, really, you can plant just about anything in the fall. Bareroot plants should wait until later in the winter, and it’s not the ideal time for all vegetables, but other than that, there are lots and lots of options. Here is what we are excited to be planting right now: Rudbeckia, poppies and salvias are your standard cottage garden plants, providing great color to your garden all year long. Hardy and tough, these are great additions and do well when planted in the fall and early winter months. Plus, these plants will continue to show up in your garden year after year. Let poppies go to seed. Cut back rudbeckias and salvias in the winter, so that they can look stunning in the spring. This is also the ideal time to plant hollyhocks, foxgloves and other biennials. We are really excited about some of the colors in our current hollyhock selection: cerise, lavender, black and pink are among our favorites! You need them in your garden! Plant ‘em this fall! And what is fall without ornamental grasses? Imperata ‘Red Baron,’ Orange New Zealand Sedge and Pink Muhly Grass are some of our all-time favorites, and lately we’ve been into Deschampsia ‘Northern Lights,’ a really cool small grass. You can grow ornamental grasses all year—and they are a great addition for any garden, providing variations in texture and color to help “define” your landscape a bit. We just love a garden full of them in the fall! Succulents do well pretty much any time of the year, providing that they have good drainage. Echeverias are among our most favorite. Easy to grow, they provide stunning color and texture. Echeveria ‘Perle Von Nurnberg’ is one of our very favorites. Feeling overwhelmed? We are happy to help you pick out some plants to best meet the needs of your garden—just reach out! Enjoy the pumpkin spices and the sunshine!

Brande Jackson is the owner of Johnnye Merle’s Gardens, located in Country Roads Antiques in Old Towne Orange at 204 West Chapman. www.purtyplants.com. She can be reached at brande@johnnyemerles.com. She is also a teacher, and offers classes on art, creativity and gardening. www.brandejackson.com 28

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Behind every great idea are inspired individuals who fan creative sparks until they catch fire and become realities. Back in the mid-1990s when Downtown Santa Ana (DTSA) was in its infancy, Diego Velasco became one of the first anchor tenants of the Artists Village. His Memphis Café opened in 2002 and had an active presence in the DTSA culinary scene until closing the doors in 2014. “Back in 2002, we wanted to be involved in a venture involving food, community and culture, and we found that in Downtown Santa Ana,” says Velasco. He is Executive Chef and cofounder of Memphis Group, which owns the original Memphis Café in Costa Mesa that opened in 1995. “My partners and I loved the urban environment in DTSA, including the arts and culture,” he says. “It was also exciting to be located in the historic Santora Building. The beautiful corner spot on the promenade drew me to the building, and the urban, bustling feel of the area attracted me.” Velasco stood at the forefront of the transformation of DTSA, which brought forth a new generation of chefs, cuisines and restaurants, turning Santa Ana into a world-class culinary destination. “The cuisine and arts and live music events in DTSA all brought everything together,” says Velasco. “We started the First Saturday Art Walks, which began attracting larger and larger crowds. The area was a great fit for a restaurant business.” As many professionals who open businesses in Downtown Santa Ana do, Velasco decided to make Santa Ana his home. He bought his first house in 2001 and has been a resident ever since. In 2007, he purchased his current home, a 1925 Spanish Revival. As is customary with the architectural style, the home wraps around a courtyard featuring a large fountain. Velasco enjoys entertaining in his backyard “Zen” retreat. “There’s

a huge wisteria on a pergola that provides plenty of shade in the summer and has beautiful fragrant flowers,” he says. “Large sycamores line the street, creating a canopy, and we’re located near the bike trails.” Born in Long Beach, Velasco moved to Santa Fe Springs at an early age, then Montebello. He attended high school at St. Paul near Whittier. Aside from visiting Huntington Beach as a kid to boogie board, he hadn’t spent much time in Orange County until he attended California State University, Fullerton. At the school, he was studying to be an accountant but soon realized that his future included making food not crunching numbers. He left Fullerton and went to San Francisco, attending culinary school from 1992 to 1994. After graduation, he returned to Orange County and opened Memphis Café in early 1995. Velasco’s culinary influences include his grandmother, who he spent a great deal of time with working in the kitchen when he was young. His mother also influenced his future career. “My mom worked for a designer in the fashion district in Los Angeles,” he says. “She exposed me to a lot of different kinds of foods when she took me out to restaurants. At the time, Wolfgang Puck was up and coming, and the LA food scene was on fire. It was all really impressive to me.” Today, Velasco enjoys running Memphis Café and the Tin Lizzie Saloon, both in Costa Mesa. One of his favorite pastimes is experiencing the restaurants in Downtown Santa Ana. “It’s great to watch the young chefs and more seasoned restaurateurs making their marks,” he says. “I’m really happy to see the area continue to expand and thrive.”

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Orange Farmers Market

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Citrus City Grille

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ANTIQUES & COLLECTABLES: 13 Antique Depot . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 155 South Glassell St (714) 516-1731 13 Antique Station . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 178 South Glassell St (714) 633-3934 22 Country Roads Antiques . . . . . 35 204 West Chapman Ave (714) 532-3041 20 Orange Circle Antique Mall . . . 33 118 South Glassell St (714) 538-8160 19 Summerhill Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 110 South Glassell St (714) 771-7782 ARTS & CULTURE: 19 Clyde San Juan - Artist crookedtrails@hotmail.com (714) 299-3085 26 Hilbert Museum of Calif Art . . . 2 167 North Atchison St (714) 516-5880 25 Marinus Welman - Artist . . . . . . C 2402 North Glassell St (714) 998-8662 24 Naranjita Flamenco . . . . . . . . . . D 301 East Katella Ave (714) 400-2939 24 Pacific Conservatory . . . . . . . . . E 1311 East Katella Ave (714) 545-1217 AUTOMOTIVE: 11 Titan Automotive . . . . . . . . . . . . H 939 West Chapman Ave (714) 997-2311 32 Villa Ford of Orange . . . . . . . . . . F 2550 North Tustin St (877) 585-3090 CITY ELECTION: 8 Arianna Barrios for Council www.VoteBarrios.com 1 Adrienne Gladson for Mayor www.GladsonForOrange.com 1 No on AA www.KeepOragneSafe.org

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DINING & PUBS: Blaze Pizza 101 South Glassell . . . . . . . . . . 23 (714) 783-9845 2139 North Tustin St . . . . . . . . . . G (714) 408-7361 Byblos Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 129 West Chapman Ave (714) 538-7180 Citrus City Grille . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 122 North Glassell St (714) 639-9600 1886 Brewing Company . . . . . . 7 114 North Glassell St (714) 922-8130 Paris in a Cup - Tea Salon . . . . 24 119 South Glassell St (714) 538-9413 Rutabegorz Restaurant . . . . . . 14 264 North Glassell St (714) 633-3260 Smoqued Barbeque . . . . . . . . . . 9 128 North Glassell St (714) 633-7427 Taco Adobe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 121 North Lemon St (714) 628-0633 Zito’s New York Style Pizza . . . 12 156 North Glassell St (714) 771-2222 EVENTS / ORGANIZATIONS: Chapman University . . . . . . . . 16 One University Dr CUSafelyBack.Chapman.edu Holocaust Education . . . . . . . . 16 One University Dr (714) 628-7377 Chapman.edu/holocausteducation Orange Farmers Market . . . . . . 1 303 West Palm Ave www.orangehomegrown.org HEALTH, FITNESS & BEAUTY: Circle City Barbers . . . . . . . . . . 4 133 West Chapman Ave (714) 453-9765 Orange Circle Optometry . . . . . 20 227 East Chapman Ave (714) 538-6424




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HEALTH, FITNESS & BEAUTY: Smiles of Orange . . . . . . . . . . . . I 743 East Chapman Ave (714) 997-5495 Syrentis Clinical Research . . . . L (800) 639-78839 JEWELRY Rambling Rose Jewelry . . . . . 32 118 S Glassell (714) 538-6305 Renée Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 138 N Glassell (714) 538-1956 REAL ESTATE: Caliber Real Estate Group . . . . 31 134 South Glassell St (714) 922-0605 Orange Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K 1537 East Chapman Ave (714) 997-0050 Real Estate Establishment . . . 21 550 East Chapman Ave (714) 744-5711 Willits Real Estate Group . . . . 17 229 North Glassell St (714) 315-8120 SERVICES: The ANT Group . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 385 South Glassell St (949) 354-4434 H&H Income Tax Insurance . . . 28 480 S Glassell (714) 288-2088 Jadtec Security Services . . . . . B 1520 West Yale Ave (714) 282-0828 Knox General Insurance . . . . . 29 226 South Glassell St (714) 744-3300 Old Towne Plumbing . . . . . . . . 22 info@oldtowneplumbing.com (714) 213-5211 Shannon Family Mortuary . . . . . J 1005 East Chapman Ave (714) 771-1000 Sign Painter - Patrick Smith (714) 282-7097 pgsmithdesign.com State Farm - Adam Guss . . . . . . 6 60 Plaza Square (714) 978-4200




SPECIALTY RETAIL: 13 Army Navy Store . . . . . . . . . . . 25 131 South Glassell St (714) 639-7910 28 Johnnye Merle Gardens . . . . . 35 204 West Chapman Ave (714) 532-3041 9 Laurenly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 142 North Glassell St (714) 538-7567 13 Matoska Trading Company . . . 19 123 North Glassell St (714) 516-9940 31 Tiddlywinks Toys . . . . . . . . . . . 18 129 North Glassell St (714) 997-8697 TOURISM: 11 Orangeland RV Park . . . . . . . . . A 1600 West Struck Ave (714) 633-0414 33 Ruta’s Old Town Inn . . . . . . . . 15 274 North Glassell (714) 628-1818

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