Old Towne Orange Plaza Review | Issue 98 | Mar-Apr 2020

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From the Publisher As founder and publisher of the Old Towne Orange Plaza Review, I feel forever fortunate to be a part of such an engaged and thriving community. I also hold a deep sense of pride about helping to encourage that engagement by sharing inspiring stories within these pages. One of my favorite honors is spotlighting the many accomplished individuals and organizations that through their positive efforts make a difference in the lives of many. In this edition, we highlight individuals who work tirelessly to help the community, such as Anke Vogelvang with her annual Spring Boutique March 27-29 (pg. 23). This fundraiser, featuring unique handcrafts, benefits various charities. Similarly, proceeds from the CHOC Follies (pg. 15) help fund the lifesaving work done at Children’s Hospital of Orange County. The Assistance League’s Annual Embrace Orange Gala on April 5 (pg. 26) also does its part to raise funds to provide humanitarian services to those in need within our community. At Chapman University in the heart of Old Towne, the educational establishment continues to make history. Consider attending An Evening of Holocaust Remembrance (pg. 7) April 21. On March 14, the man considered this generation’s MLK, Rev. Dr. William Barber, will speak for the University’s Annual Founder’s Day (pg. 29). Also in this issue, with a heavy heart we say goodbye to a man who benefited many. Plaza Review contributor and good friend Phil Brigandi left an immense legacy with his work as a noted historian. In this issue, (pg. 32), we strive to honor him and the good he did during his lifetime. As always, I am incredibly grateful for your readership.


What’s Happening MARCH 2020 Tue-Fri / Mar 10 - 13 / 7:30 pm Chapman CoPA “The Wolves” Pulitzer Prize finalist play chronicles six Saturday mornings in the lives of a soccer team somewhere in suburban America as they prepare for their games. Moulton Hall: 315 East Palm Ave / 714-997-6812 tickets.chapman.edu/Online/default.asp Wed / Mar 11 / 5 - 7 pm Chapman Leatherby Libraries “Groundbreaking Girls” Art Reception Celebrating artist Allison Adams’ remarkable portraits of influential women with a book talk by Professor Lilia Monzo. Leatherby Libraries: One University Dr / 714-532-6027 events.chapman.edu/79478 Thu / Mar 12 / 5 - 9 pm Tasos Project For Kids Annual Gala Event Charity gala dinner, auction, raffle & entertainment to benefit kids that lost a parent to cancer. See article on page 26. St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox 405 North Dale, Ana / 949-521-3703 tasosprojectforkids.org/gala-event

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Sat / Mar 14 / 8 am - 5 pm Chapman University Founders Day 2020 Connecting the community with religious scholars. Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II. All Faiths Chapel: One University Dr www.chapman.edu/founders-day Sat / Mar 14 / 9:30 - 11:30 am Orange Home Grown Bug Day at the Farm Spend the morning learning about bugs, worm composting, arts & crafts, planting activity, storytime and bug viewing. OHG Education Farm: 356 North Lemon Facebook.com/OrangeHomeGrownInc Sat / Mar 14 / 6 - 10 pm Villa Park Little League Taste of Villa Park St. Patrick’s Day theme with food, beer, wine, cocktails, music, dancing, auctions, raffles and more, to benefit VPLL. Villa Park Shopping Center: 17852 Santiago Blvd / vplittleleague.net Sun / Mar 15 / 4 pm Musco Center for the Arts Jason Vieaux A precise & soulful classical guitarist, with a reputation for expressiveness and a remarkably wide range of music. 415 North Glassell St / 844-626-8726 www.muscocenter.org

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Around the Plaza Mon / Mar 16 / 7:30 am CHOC Jack & Jill Guild “Tee it Up for CHOC!” Golf Classic A great day of fun & creative golf challenges to benefit CHOC Children’s Oak Creek Golf Club, Irvine 714-393-1506 / jackandjillguild.org

Thu / Mar 19 / 7 pm Bohemian Botanicals Succulent Workshop Join us to create beautiful macrame planters with gorgeous succulents! Chapman Crafted: 123 North Cypress St Purchase tickets @ Eventbrite.com

Sat / Mar 21 / 10 am - 5 pm Country Roads Antiques & Gardens Spring Garden Party Celebrate Spring with garden style, raffles, a free plant to our first 100 guests, refreshments, a plant sale & more. 204 West Chapman Ave / 714-532-3041 facebook.com/JohnnyeMerlesGardens

Wed / Mar 25 / 7:30 pm Musco Center for the Arts An Evening with John Leguizamo Emmy & TONY award-winner shares his life’s lessons & the characters he’s encountered during his career in film, theatre, television & literature. 415 North Glassell St / muscocenter.org

Sat / Mar 21 / 2:30 pm Orange Public Library Foundation 2020 Documentary Film Series “The Biggest Little Farm” enjoy the magnificence & resilience of the natural world with this story that trades city living for acres of farmland & a dream. 407 East Chapman Ave / 714-288-2470 www.oplfoundation.org

Thu / Mar 26 / 11:30 am - 1 pm Orange Chamber of Commerce State of the City Luncheon Join Mayor Mark Murphy as he presents a yearly report on the state of the city. Sandhu Conf Ctr: 571 North Grand St 714-538-3581 / orangechamber.com

Mon / Mar 16 / 6 - 7 pm Chapman University Science on Tap Beer and the Science of Flavor with Fred Caporaso, Ph.D. Chapman Crafted: 123 N Cypress St 714-289-2032 / events.chapman.edu

Thu / Mar 19 / 7 - 9 pm Citrus City Grille Whiskey & Cigars Dinner Enjoy a 4-course dinner paired with the hot, spicy, aromatic powerful flavors of Country Smooth Whiskies. 122 North Glassell / 714-639-9600 facebook.com/CitrusCityGrilleOrange

Tue / Mar 17 / 11 am - 9 pm Citrus City Grille St. Patrick’s Day Lunch & Dinner Kick up your heels & raise your glass with a traditional Irish 3-course meal. 122 North Glassell / 714-639-9600 facebook.com/CitrusCityGrilleOrange

Thu / Mar 19 / 7:30 pm Musco Center for the Arts Los Angeles Master Chorale Enjoy “Lagrime di San Pietro” (Tears of St. Peter) an overwhelmingly emotional Renaissance masterpiece. 415 North Glassell St / muscocenter.org

Sun / Mar 22 / 7 pm St. John’s Concert Series Bach Cantata Vespers Concert Cathedral Singers, Soloists, Orchestra & Organ will present the beautiful motet “Jesus Priceless Treasure”. 185 South Center St / 714-288-4431 www.stjohnsorange.org

Thu & Fri / Mar 19 & 20 / 9 am - 4 pm Schroeder Studio Mixing Greens & Painting Trees Learn to create & match greens & apply them in a landscape emphasizing trees. 1639 East Lincoln Ave / 714-633-0653 www.schroederstudio.com

Sat / Mar 21 / 10 am - 3 pm Dragonfly Shops & Gardens 13th Birthday Celebration Celebrate with cupcakes, lemonade, an amazing candy bar, free stuff & more. 260 North Glassell St / 714-289-4689 www.DragonflyShopsAndGardens.com

Tue / Mar 24 / 7 pm Orange Community Historical Society Quarterly Meeting For those interested in the history of Orange & its surrounding areas. Orange Main Library: 407 E Chapman 714-288-2465 / historicalorange.org

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Fri & Sat / Mar 27 & 28 / 1:30, 7:30 pm CHOC Children’s CHOC Follies An all-star cast of OC’s business, social & civic leaders in a fun-filled original & entertaining musical tribute to “The Great Gatsby”. OCC: Robert B. Moore Theatre 2701 Fairview, Costa Mesa 714-432-5072 / www.chocfollies.org Fri - Sun / Mar 27 - 29 Vogelvang Victorian Mansion Spring Boutique & Charity Fundraiser Celebrate Spring with unique handcrafts, charity raffle, clothing & jewelry, Dutch apple cakes, candies & baked goods. 288 North Olive St. CONTINUED ON PAGE 37

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Integrating into Orange

by Yuki Klotz-Burwell

Spring has almost sprung, and so have new businesses filling Orange with new opportunities. With a range of options, the businesses featured here help residents further integrate themselves into the Orange community. From Brewery 1886, with its craft beers and innovative appetizers, to Marywood Hills, with its customized homes, to the Shannon Family Mortuary, with personalized and comforting funeral services, the recent openings provide something for everyone.


Something is brewing in the Plaza, and it will soon give Orange residents a place to drink craft beer, share creative appetizers, and watch a game. Brewery 1886 is estimated to open around midApril, in the building where George II Antiques used to be. Owner Mike Hernandez, who also co-owns Smoqued California BBQ, wanted to open a brewpub in Orange for years, but hadn’t found the right location. When he discovered the building holding George II Antiques available, he met with the owner and soon leased his dream site. “There are so many specific restaurants in the Plaza, so we wanted to create something that’s for everyone,” says Hernandez. “The ultimate goal for us is to create an environment where families can hang out, have a great meal and a drink, in an area that doesn’t feel like a sports bar.” The site still has an array of widescreen televisions for watching sports, but Hernandez says the focus will be on creating an environment that acts as a city hub. The menu, created by Executive Chef Frank Meranda, recently from Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, will have something for everyone, with a variety of appetizers and entrees, craft cocktails, and of course, beers. “We want beer lovers, foodies, families and everyone to think of Brewery 1886 as their brewery,” says Drew Ciora, Hernandez’s business partner. “We want it to be a place to enjoy a great beer and fantastic meal with family and friends.”


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Owner Mike Hernandez (left) and brewer Shaun Morgan toast to Brewery 1886, which opens soon. The menu includes a mix of appetizers and entrees, and will offer IPAs, lagers, stouts, as well as craft cocktails.

Hernandez and Ciora met in the early 1990s after working together at the Huntington Beach Beer Company and the Laguna Beach Beer Company. The duo

opened Smoqued BBQ in 2012, and around two years later Hernandez knew he eventually wanted to open a brewpub.

“I love working in breweries, and I’ve always felt like the Plaza needed a solid brewpub,” says Hernandez. “We need a hub for the city—a great place for people to come before they go to a game, and after the games, too. Our goal is to create that environment.” Hernandez and Ciora have been planning the establishment for years. Now, they’re finally getting it set up and building from the ground up, including developing everything from plumbing to menu design. “Mike and I are doing everything,” says Ciora. “I’ve had the opportunity to open six other brewpubs, so I’m using what I know to help in all aspects of the buildout and operations planning.” Brewery 1886, which gets its name from the year the building was constructed, has already generated excitement with its location on the Plaza’s main street. Hernandez says he’s excited by the amount of people who walk by every day, and he’s looking forward to living up to the expectations of future customers. “One of our goals is to share that first beer and meal with our guests,” says Ciora. “It’s always a great reward to see people enjoy something you have put so much effort into bringing to life.” Brewery 1886 114 North Glassell St. www.Brewery1886.com “NEW” CONTINUED ON PAGE 12

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Neighborhood Sales Manager Farrah Larson stands in front of the property information for Marywood Hills, designed by The New Home Company. In 2019, The New Home Company was named 2019 Builder of the Year by Professional Builder Magazine.

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On top of the beautiful hills of Orange sits Marywood Hills, a gated community with 40 homes built by The New Company. Officially opened in 2018, Marywood Hills features custom residences ranging from 3,500-4,300 square feet. “Buyers have the opportunity to meet with our company designer and personalize their houses quite a bit,” says Farrah Larson, Neighborhood Sales Manager. “Our design studio is on site. When we’re finished with the home, it truly reflects the buyer.” The property Marywood Hills sits on originally belonged to Marywood Hills High School, a Catholic all-girls school. The area’s historical significance drew The New Home Company to purchase the land. “We decided to honor the cultural significance of the community, so at the entry monument we have a bronze plaque describing the area’s history. We also used salvaged bricks from various buildings,” says Larson. “We’re proud to be a part of adding to the character and history of Orange.” The community also holds several trees that have stood on the site for decades. Homeowners and couple Gina Azizad and Saad Bhatti say these special touches attracted them to Marywood Hills. “They have Marywood


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trees in everyone’s front lawns, which is really nice,” says Azizad. The couple moved to Marywood Hills in February of 2019, and immediately loved the location and feel of the community. “It’s great to have the aspects of a new house with the accessibility of Orange,” says Bhatti. “The area is so convenient and

has everything you could want in a house in terms of size, space and even parking.” The couple moved from a gated community in Rancho Mission Viejo with 50,000 homes, so the

small size of Marywood Hills feels intimate and welcoming. “The way they built our house is so conducive to hosting guests, entertaining and utilizing the actual space,” says Azizad. “We hosted a holiday dessert social and met a lot of our neighbors.” Marywood Hills’ customer service is another big draw for its residents. The New Home Company’s employees are passionate about helping customers with every aspect of the homebuying process. “Purchasing a home is a particularly emotional undertaking for people. Giving keys to buyers is exciting, because it’s where they’re going to live and make memories,” says Larson. “This is a great industry to be in.” With just eight vacant houses left on the Marywood Hills property, it’s clear the community is gaining popularity. Larson recommends coming by to look at the homes, even just to see how the company has transformed the neighborhood. “There are all these great people in our community,” says Azizad. “We feel really lucky to live here.”

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The new owners of Shannon Family Mortuary, Julie and Charles Link, intend to carry on the same personalized mortuary services as their predecessors. A fixture in Old Towne since 1933, the family-run mortuary offers caring, supportive service during what is often a difficult time for clients.

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The death of a loved one is a difficult and profound lifechanging event. When such a loss occurs, it helps to have expert, caring assistance from a family-run mortuary that embodies the spirit of close community. The new owners of Shannon Family Mortuary, Julie and Charles Link, offer such heartfelt assistance to family and friends during this challenging life transition. “We’re honored to take over the business, which has served the Orange community as a full-service mortuary since 1933,” says Julie. “We look forward to continuing to help families enjoy the memories of yesterday, focus on the challenges of today, and look to the promise of tomorrow and the healing that it brings after the death of a loved one.” Grandson of the mortuary’s founder, and son of Ralph and Delores Shannon, who ran the business for many years, Don Shannon is happy to hand over the reins to the Links. “I’m grateful the Links will continue the tradition of running the business as a privately-owned company that offers the same high-quality, personalized funeral and memorial services that Orange and the surrounding community have come to know,” says Don. He waited to retire until he found new owners well suited to the business.


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The Links, who live in Orange and whose son, Simon, attends Orange High School, have more than 20 years’ combined experience in the funeral industry. Julie has a degree and went to school for business and is a licensed Funeral Director. Charles has also worked in the field for 17

years, including for Shannon Family Mortuary, since 2011. Retaining the Shannon founding family name, the mortuary will continue to provide a complete range of compassionate personal-

ized assistance, from cremation to full traditional services, including for members of the military. All prearrangements will also be 100 percent honored. As part of the transition, the mortuary’s location on Maple St. in Old Towne was sold. On March 1, the business moved into another Old Towne location on East Chapman Ave. “It’s a smaller building, but we’ll be providing the same full mortuary services,” says Julie. “We’ll be using space in local churches for memorials and funerals, including the beautiful, historic Chapel of Orange, which is nondenominational.” At Shannon Family Mortuary, they have an open-door policy, says Julie. “We invite you to come in any time we’re open to check out our offerings and meet us.” In fact, you’re likely to see the Links around town, adds Charlie. “Julie and I are involved in various local organizations, such as the Orange Rotary and the Woman’s Club of Orange. We look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have.”

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Wizard of Awes Not everyone can say they’ve gone from building sandcastles to designing more than two dozen projects for Disney theme parks in Anaheim and Shanghai. But Donnie DeWees sure can. The owner of an architectural design firm in Orange that bears his name, DeWees first became interested in building sandcastles as a college student at California State University, Fullerton after landing a paid internship in 2011 at an architectural firm. One of the architects, Greg LeBon, showed him a photo of two sandcastles he had helped build on the beach in Corona del Mar the summer before. One sandcastle was 8 feet tall and the other 6 feet tall, with a sand bridge connecting the two. “It was one of those visceral, watershed moments in life where everything suddenly changes,” says DeWees, who started spending weekends at the beach with LeBon and others learning the craft. After entering—and winning— a sandcastle contest in San Diego, DeWees and his team met a group of master builders working on professional projects. “We were blown away that people were making a living doing this,” says DeWees, who since then has also made a nice living during his career working for Walt Disney Imagineering. In 1994, he started doing a variety of projects for the company, including an update of the Jungle Cruise. Then in 2011, he was tapped to be the second-in-command at a Glendale architectural firm working on Fantasyland for Shanghai Disneyland.


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They spent about two years developing the construction drawings and everything needed to be translated into Mandarin for the workers in China. DeWees also moved to the country for several months to help in that process. “They’re used to building simple apartments and warehouses,” he says. “Then they get all this crazy, story-based architecture from Disney. At first, they didn’t know what to do with it.” While theme park attractions can take years to go from drawings to reality, DeWees says he especially enjoys the immediacy of building sand sculptures. “You borrow sand from the ocean for a short time, make something wonderful from it, and then you return the sand to Mother Earth,” he says. “It’s the most earth-friendly art form there is.” The team DeWees often builds with includes LeBon and other partners in Archisand, a side business founded in 1989 that sculpts award-winning sandcastles

around the globe and even has some listed as Guinness World Records. “For sand sculptures, you need to be an artist working not in two dimensions but in three,” LeBon says. “The architecture background and training lends itself well to understanding the art in a 3-D way.” Some of DeWees’ sand-based creations actually last longer than others. While sculptures at the beach may be lost to that day’s high tides, projects he has worked on at shopping malls have remained on display for weeks. As it turns out, there’s even an expiration date on some of the Disney attractions DeWees helped design two decades ago for the Anaheim theme park, because, as Walt Disney famously said, Disneyland will never be completed as long as there’s imagination left in the world. Should another opportunity arise, he’s interested in returning. “Pixie dust washes off easier than sand, but you can’t get it out

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of your system,” DeWees says. “I always enjoy working for Walt Disney Imagineering because there’s something to be said about collaborating with some of the best talent on the planet in themed architecture.” The veteran designer also enjoys working on projects with real impact on everyday lives. He has designed fire stations in several cities, including Fullerton, Moorpark and Station No. 4 here in Orange on Esplanade Street. DeWees is also part of a design team tasked with transforming medical wards at Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa into temporary housing for the homeless. “Those projects have a lot of social relevance and are incredibly near to my heart,” he says, adding that choosing a favorite between his two passions would be impossible. “Architecture and sand sculptures are exactly the same and also very different. There’s a permanence with architecture, while sand sculptures are almost like junk food, but for me they augment each other. I need both.”

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Prepare to be entertained this spring. On the calendar are the CHOC Follies, the Greater Orange Community Arts Theater Annual Gala and the Orange May Parade. Each comes with a bonus —serving as a benefit for the community. Here’s a closer look.

Ed Sullivan famously described his long-running variety series as a “really big show,” and that’s exactly what the organizers behind the CHOC Follies have planned for March 27-28 at Orange Coast College’s Robert B. Moore Theatre. “It’s always great fun,” says Debra Hart, a past performer. “It’s a professionally done production, with singing, lots of dancing and a story that’s loosely based on something in Orange County.” Started in 1997 by Gloria Zigner, a fixture in the local cultural community, the CHOC Follies is an annual production— with more than 100 volunteers performing onstage and working behind the scenes—that raises funds for Children’s Hospital of Orange County. To date, the event has collected more than $10 million for the facility, which is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country.

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Proceeds from the upcoming Follies, in addition to last year’s $700,000, is slated for CHOC’s mental health department. The theme of the 23rd annual event is “The Great CHOCsby,” inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Prohibition/Jazz Age novel, The Great Gatsby. While major details of the show’s original story will be kept under wraps until the curtain goes up, Mimi Gaudette says that the production is set in Newport Beach and will include a Charleston number and a variety of dancing styles. “There’s romance, a little intrigue and a lot of laughs,” she says of the 90-minute show that will be presented in two acts. “It’s just plain fun and suitable for the whole family.” For her part, Gaudette started taking tap dance lessons with fellow performer Beth Coffey a little more than a year ago. The entire cast started rehearsing twice a week in early January, under the guidance of choreographer Lee Martino and two directors from Citrus College: Doug Austin and John Vaughan. “We’re always happy to see each other again when that first rehearsal comes along,” says Gaudette, a retired teacher, who will be in the show for the sixth time. “It’s a great group of people.” In addition to being involved with the show, each participant is required to raise $2,500 via ticket


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Guests never know what to expect during the CHOC Follies — but they’re always sure to be entertained, as they were during a past performance with a Lady Gaga-inspired dancer. This year’s show has a “Great Gatsby” theme.

sales, fundraising events and contributions. Gaudette and Coffey, for example, recently hosted a dinner at The Black Marlin restaurant in Tustin, which donated 15 percent of the tab toward their fundraising goal.

“You have to pay to play, so I solicit everywhere,” says Gaudette, adding that the cause is an important one. “Nobody wants a sick kid, but if your kid happens to be sick, then CHOC is the place you want to go.”

CHOC Follies Where: Robert B. Moore Theatre, Orange Coast College 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa When: March 27-28; 7:30 pm Friday, 1 and 7:30 pm Saturday Tickets: $50-$125 Information: www.chocfollies.org “KNOW” CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

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Long discussed and dreamed about, the Greater Orange Community Arts Theater (GOCAT) will move a step closer to reality with the third annual fundraising gala, “2020 Vision,” on April 16 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Orange. “There are community children’s theater groups, adult choral and instrumental ensembles, school groups from throughout the Orange Unified School District and others in Orange who have never had a professional theater space to put on a show,” says Michael Short, the vocal music teacher at Orange High School. Short’s students, for example, have performed in churches, gymnasiums and even cafeterias since he arrived at the school district in 1979. But that would change with the construction of a 590-seat venue planned for Grijalva Park. And while the Orange area already has wonderful performance spaces, such as Chapman University’s Musco Center for the Arts, this new theater will include many amenities the groups using it will need. Rental costs will also be more in line with smaller performance budgets, Short says. “We’ve been talking about a theater like this for 40 years, and


Greater Orange Community Arts Theater Annual Gala

A variety of music ensembles and other groups will be providing entertainment for the April 16 fundraising gala for the Greater Orange Community Arts Theater. “We want to have a place where our kids can perform—a real professional space,” says Michael Short about the planned venue.

now we have the right motivation and the right people to get it done,” he adds. That team includes a 15-member governing board and even more advisory board members—all volunteers—working to support the effort. “This is really an independent, grassroots movement,” says Carrie Hummel, a GOCAT board member. “When we opened our bank account, we pooled the money we had in our wallets. We were definitely starting from scratch.” Now, support is coming from many corners of the community and beyond. As for the gala, Orange Mayor Mark A. Murphy will emcee, while Larry D. Dick of the Municipal Water District of

Orange County’s board of directors will be the auctioneer. Entertainment will include a 150-voice honors choir, jazz band, string ensemble, performances by The Music Room and Kids Musical Theater, plus a high school student art display. “Many of the groups that will benefit from the new theater will be showcased,” Hummel says. “I keep saying, ‘It’s not dinner theater!’ But the show will be very entertaining, and guests will have a blast.”

The effort to bring the theater to fruition has been a step-by-step process. Interviewing architects, grant-writing and soliciting additional donors are among the current priorities. Says Short: “The community is starting to see what we’re doing, and they understand it will be for their children and even their children’s children. It really is all about the kids. They are going to be creating this brand-new world for us, and we need to give them every opportunity possible.”

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each other is what makes this city so incredibly powerful and such a great place to live.” This year’s theme is “Growing Our Founders’ Vision.” It not only celebrates the agricultural harvest but also recalls the original concept of the parade, which ran from 1933-1991. Because of the long hiatus, one of last year’s biggest challenges was simply getting the word out, but that’s less of an issue this time around, Holloman says. “Almost 95 percent of last year’s sponsors are doing it again, and some are increasing their donations because they really enjoyed the parade and saw its value.” After covering parade costs,

Orange pride will be on full display during the Orange May Parade. Among last year’s entries was the Orange High School Cheer Squad. “The parade covers the whole spectrum of the community,” says Elizabeth Holloman, the parade coordinator.

excess funds will be distributed to charities in Orange. One of the partner nonprofits is HomeAid Orange County, which has a nearly 90 percent success rate in moving families from homelessness into their next housing option. Combined with the Orange International Street Fair on Labor Day weekend, Orange has a pair of popular community events that

bookend the summer, with both events benefitting local nonprofits, says Ricci. For Holloman, organizing the parade is a year-round effort that shifts to a full-time job from early January until the last entry reaches the end of the parade route. “There are a lot of moving parts, and everything has to move together,” she says. “It takes a lot of people working together to make it happen.”

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bread, eggplant Parmesan and pizza during the summer months. Originally from Ireland, Helen throws a St. Patrick’s Day party every year. She also hosts guests from Chapman University for gatherings throughout the year. “We like to entertain and have people over,” she says. “That’s why we put the kitchen outside. We have done six big parties outside,

Period-styled furnishings grace the living room. The framed orange painting and black-cat throw pillow are by vintage retro artist, SHAG, known for his mid-century modern decorative art. The Amoeba table comes courtesy of Gordon’s very hip mother.

as well as political fundraisers. Gordon’s mother was in the Foreign Service, and he grew up in a family that entertained, so it’s a natural for us.” A retired IT professional, who became a certified massage therapist, Gordon has always been handy around the house and in the yard. During their first winter in Fairmeadow, they noticed that

water was draining toward the house. Gordon singlehandedly excavated the old brick wall that was leaning quite a bit in the backyard. He discovered many layers of sod below, which had been creating a drainage problem all along. He also dug a hole for an underground rainwater catchment cistern. “There were three large cement

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SHAG-designed cocktail glasses feature the black cat theme.

The contemporary chrome cocktail bar provides a central gathering place for entertaining, also helping to keep guests circulating between the various congregation areas throughout the house and outdoor spaces.

slabs behind the house that were not in good shape,” he says. “Rainwater would come within a half an inch of entering the door. We launched a major redo of the backyard, took out all the slabs and poured new pads, as well as added bed, steps and more. We

built a 1,200-gallon underground cistern that catches rainwater for watering the garden. It has a pump for running the drip system. I dug the hole myself.” Inside the four-bedroom, twobath home, the couple upgraded the interiors while preserving the

look and feel of the original design. The previous homeowner had successfully doubled the size of one of the bedrooms so that the home doesn’t appear modified from the outside. There was still much work to be done with other improvements, however, including

repairing some of the damaged sheet rock and replacing some of the electrical. Fortunately, Gordon had acquired homebuilding skills in the past when he renovated an old Victorian the couple owned in Berkeley. The kitchen underwent a complete makeover. CONTINUED ON PAGE 24

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The outdoor kitchen offers a retreat for cooking during the warm months of the year. “It has proven to be a boon for our outdoor gatherings, as it keeps our guests close to the cook and tempts them with the smell of barbecue, as well as roasting eggplants, lentils simmering on the burners or homemade pizza in the pizza oven,” says Gordon.

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When Citrus City Grille owners, Agatha and Steve Tsirtsis, lost their 34-year-old son Tasos to leukemia, they soon realized how deeply Tasos’ kids were struggling. Their devastation inspired the couple to create the Tasos Project for Kids Foundation and Scholarship Program, a charity that offers support and hope to children who lost a parent to cancer. “We wanted to teach our grandkids kindness and generosity, as well as how something meaningful and positive can be born out of misfortune, like their father’s loss,” says Steve. Tasos Project focuses on helping families with food and clothing, as well as financial support for summer camps, family holidays to bond and reflect, and other opportunities that children might miss out on after losing a parent to cancer. “Our mission is to offer assistance to those children with small acts of kindness and support, and to bring joy and hope to their lives,” says Agatha. Tasos Project will host its 8th annual gala on March 12 to aid in its fundraising support. The event will be held at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Anaheim, featuring a silent auction, a raffle, food and wine, and a variety of young entertainers. “It’s a great event, and we completely rely on the public’s support in order to fulfill the wishes of our little friends in need,” says Agatha. “We hope we can get some attention and support and maybe find some generous souls willing to get involved and volunteer with the charity.” In the upcoming year, Steve and Agatha hope to expand their services with educational sports and music programs, as well as a kids’ playroom to play, watch movies, and talk about their shared feelings of loss. “We’re helping the kids learn to be happy, share their feelings and find joy from helping others,” says Steve. “We hope the public will join us, and together we can make a difference one kid at a time.”

Known as the City Marshal back in 1888, William M. Scott served as Orange’s first “chief of police.” For $200 a year, he was the City Marshal until 1892. During this time, he also wore the hats of street superintendent, poll tax collector, city license collector and dog tax collector. By the time 1910 came around, the police force grew to a two-man operation when A.H. Westerman was appointed as Deputy Marshal. With this additional employee, the police force was able to expand the shift to midnight, with Westerman serving as the night Marshal and Sam Jernigan, who had succeeded William Scott, as City Marshal. The following year, two motor officers were hired. Charles Goddickson and B. Land were each paid $2.50 for every arrest and conviction. In 1917, communication was enhanced, when in the center of


the Plaza, a gray pole with a red light and a telephone were installed. This became the primary communication between the Marshal and the town’s only telephone operator, a woman named Florence. To reach the Marshal, Florence would ring the phone in the Plaza. The red light would go on to alert the Marshal, who was usually patrolling on foot. This was the normal communication for the next 16 years until, in 1933, the gray pole was discontinued. That year the department began 24-hour patrol of the city, and one-way radios became the primary communication tool. The swingin’ 1920s brought many firsts. Although there was a police presence in Orange the first 33 years of the town’s existence, the City Marshals and


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Deputy Marshals operated out of various buildings downtown, with no place to call a central home. Finally, nearly 100 years ago in 1921, Orange built a new city hall on the corner of Chapman and Center. This four-story structure— long since torn down to make way for the present city hall—was built for just less than $80,000. The first floor and the basement housed the police department. The jail was relocated from a tin shed on Olive Street to the basement of the new city hall. This structure would serve as the home of the Orange Police Department until 1963 when they moved into the new and present city hall building. Soon after opening the first official police headquarters in Orange in 1921, officers began wearing uniforms. They were green, long-waisted and had choke-collars. In 1926, the first stop signals were established. The initial fine for failing to stop was $300. The roaring 1920s also saw the first female on Orange’s police

Nancy Brink, M.Div. by Julie Bawden-Davis

The many students and parishioners who have benefited from Rev. Nancy Brink’s counsel over the years can thank a failed acting tryout. Intent on being a Broadway actress, at the beginning of her freshman year, she tried out for the one full tuition acting scholarship offered by Texas Christian University. She didn’t get it. “When I came in second for the scholarship, in the odd hubris of the age of 18, I walked away from acting,” says The Donna (Ford) and Fahmy Attallah Endowed Director of Church Relations for Chapman University. “I look back now and laugh at the fact that I didn’t take any theater courses while in college, despite taking every speech and acting class available in high school.” Instead of acting, Brink, the daughter of a minister, ended up graduating with a degree in religious studies and then attended seminary at Vanderbilt University, where she earned a Master of Divinity (M.Div.). Parish Ministry For 30 years, Brink was a parish minister for her own congregations in Sioux City, Iowa, South Bend, Indiana and Omaha, Nebraska. Her denomination is the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the same denomination that founded Chapman University. “I enjoyed being a parish minister,” says Brink. “I loved the planning and leading worship, and the pastoral care, including calling on the sick and elderly. I’m not a therapist, but pastoral care offers support and helps people connect with spiritual resources. It’s very fulfilling work, because you get incredibly close to people during important times, such as births and baptisms, weddings, and even funerals.” Brink, who joined Chapman in January 2009, has found that CONTINUED ON PAGE 28

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same sort of satisfaction as the University’s Director of Church Relations. “Students come to me to discuss their futures,” says Brink. “It may be that the career they thought they wanted to do since childhood isn’t what they thought it would be, or they’re trying to figure out what it is they really want to do. Sometimes through conversation they may discover they’re trying to live up to someone else expectations, rather than doing what they really want to do. During our talks, I encourage their own internal process of discernment by asking them questions and encouraging them to reflect out loud. We all have internal wisdom that gets bogged down at times, and we may need help hearing the voice within.” Support for Students Experiencing Loss Brink also provides support for students in turmoil over the loss of a loved one, including a parent or grandparent. “Six weeks after I started college, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She died a year-and-half later when I was 20 and still an undergraduate,” says Brink. “I found during that time that many of my friends couldn’t relate and wanted me to get over mourning quickly. The people most helpful during that time were the religious studies faculty.” On several occasions since joining Chapman, Brink has organized informal support groups for students who have lost a parent or parent figure. “We joke that it’s the only club at Chapman you don’t want to get an invitation to, but it does help those involved to know that others are going through similar difficulties,” she says. Rev. Gail Stearns is The Irvin C. and Edy Chapman Dean of the Wallace All Faiths Chapel and Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Peace Studies at Chapman University. She comments on Brink’s contributions to the wellbeing of students and staff. “Nancy is deeply caring and a good listener as a chaplain, and a delight to be around. She is also wonderful at reminding us communally of our connection and heritage with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and particularly the values of inclusivity and welcome that permeate Chapman University.” Rev. Cisa Payuyo, Associate Director of Church Relations at Chapman University, agrees. “Nancy has the biggest heart, the biggest laugh and the keenest ears of anyone I know. She knows how to use her privilege to speak up and stand with people who have been marginalized. For instance, she is a beacon of light to the LGBT community across the Chapman campus. Her Bible study on ‘Reading the Bible Through Queer Eyes’ has changed lives and given hope by showing that you can be gay and loved by God.” Labyrinth and The Saint John’s Bible In addition to offering solace and guidance, Brink has brought several other spiritual elements to campus. These include a labyrinth and The Saint John’s Bible. The former is an actual labyrinth she had constructed that they set up in the Fish Interfaith Center on Mondays during semesters. “I became interested in labyrinths about 20 years ago and got credentialed in labyrinth group facilitation to use them as spiritual tools,” says Brink. “I raised the money to commission the creation of a large canvas labyrinth for Chapman. It weighs 106 pounds and comes in three pieces that we Velcro together. People come and walk the path on their own, and I help students learn ways to use the labyrinth for their own growth. There is something about walking a very complicated path meditatively that quiets the mind and heart. Every other month, we invite students, faculty and staff and the community to a program we call Sound Healing. The space is filled with the resonant sounds of singing bowls, gongs and other instruments while people meditate or walk the labyrinth. Another project Brink has spearheaded and continues to raise money for is the purchase of the full-sized, museum quality lithographic reproduction of The Saint John’s Bible. The original was commissioned by the monks of Saint John’s Abbey and CONTINUED ON PAGE 29


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High above the brick-lined streets, trolleys and through the echoing caverns of the Matterhorn, Nicholasa Nevarez found his passion for all things Disney as a child. The days of the Skyway ride at Disneyland in Anaheim are long gone, but that passion for Walt Disney’s legacy continues for Nevarez, now president of the Disneyana Fan Club. He’s going to be one of the first people in line to see “Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic”—a new exhibition opening March 7 at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. “I’m hoping that people will go as quickly as they can to see it, because it’s a very rare opportunity,” the Van Nuys resident says. The 10,000-square-foot traveling exhibit premiered at the D23 Expo Japan in 2018 and includes several rare items only on loan to the Bowers. It was co-curated by the Walt Disney Archives and the Bowers Museum. Visitors can view more than 400 objects, including original artwork, costumes and props that tell the story of the Walt Disney Archives, The Walt Disney Company and Walt Disney himself. Items include neverbefore-displayed sketches for Fantasia and ghouls from the Haunted Mansion attraction. Modern-day favorites such as superhero costumes and maquettes (scale models) from Frozen will also be included. The exhibit includes a “crown jewels section” with items exclusive to the Bowers exhibit. “It includes the original “Mary Poppins” carpet bag, props from “Bedknobs and Broomsticks,” Davey Crocket’s coonskin cap and more,” says Victoria Gerard, Bowers vice president of programs and collections. “Also, we customized one of the introductory sections to include artifacts and archival documents related to the founding of Disneyland.” Bowers staff are excited to see the reaction from the public. “I am most looking forward to seeing visitors interact with the sections of the exhibition that replicate the Walt Disney Archives’ Reading Room,” Gerard said. “Allowing visitors to really step into this space will be a magical moment, as the ‘Reading Room’ in Burbank is not publicly accessible. In these spaces, visitors will feel like Disney researchers and historians, discovering the history of the archives and The Walt Disney Company through artifacts and an immersive environment.” While the exhibit will draw many Disney and Disneyland fans, it’s also an event that may interest people who like animation, design and entrepreneurship, as it relates to Walt Disney’s story and other topics, says Kelly Bishop, director of communications and branding. Nevarez says the Los Angeles chapter of the Disneyana fan club plans to go as a group to the exhibition. He plans to attend a sneak peak of the event with the D23 fan club. “I’m so pleased that the Bowers is having this, because it’s right in CONTINUED ON PAGE 31

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Farm to Table Happiness: Terrace Hill Olive Oils by Mary Platt

If you want ultra-fresh olive oil, bypass the grocery shelves. Instead, visit the Orange Home Grown Farmers and Artisans Market. Every other Saturday, Old Towne residents and olive growers Frank and Shannon Tucker sell their delicious Terrace Hill olive oils. While there have been reports of international olive oil producers— particularly in Italy and Spain— allegedly adulterating their products with other oils, California olive oil producers are held to a far higher standard. “California has pushed very hard for clarity and truth in labeling,” says Frank. “When you see a bottle with the California Olive Oil Council certification seal, you can buy with confidence, knowing it’s real olive oil.” At the Terrace Hill Orchard and Vineyard in San Miguel, near Paso Robles, the Tuckers grow, harvest and bottle their certified oils right there on the 15-acre property they purchased in 2012 that includes 1,700 olive trees and 3,500 grapevines, basking in the Mediterranean-like climate of the Central Coast. From a pristine extra virgin olive oil to EVOOs infused with flavors like rosemary, garlic and lemon, the Terrace Hill brand stands for flavor and quality, says Megan Penn, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Orange Home Grown.

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“We’re so fortunate to have the Tuckers participating in the weekly OHG Farmers and Artisans Market. Their Terrace Hill extra virgin olive oil blends are some of the best I have ever tasted. Their oil is used by many Orange County restaurants.” Frank, who recently retired from his executive position as global chief people officer at Taco Bell, and Shannon, who served as a nurse at St. Joseph’s and other healthcare providers for 30 years, decided to find fulfillment in life by going back to the land. “We stumbled onto the idea of becoming farmers—a rather romantic notion—because we love getting out there and getting dirty,” says Shannon. The couple initially wanted a vineyard but found that many sites have grapevines and olive trees. “Grape growers use olive trees around the perimeters to catch the dust from the roads,” explains Frank. “Traditionally, grape growers also planted olives, because the trees are hardier. Grapes may not survive a freeze, but olive trees will.” The Tuckers sell their grape harvest to Stoic Wines, their son Andrew’s wine label, while personally guiding their olives from farm to press to table.

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Saint John’s University. A team of 22 artists spent 13 years making this first hand-written Bible since the invention of the printing press. Made in medieval fashion on calfskin vellum using quills made from feathers, this Bible offers many inspiring illuminations that help people reflect on scripture in our 21st century context. Known as The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition, there are 299 seven-volume reproductions that have been made. Chapman owns the first five volumes of the 101st printing and will soon purchase the remaining two. The large volumes travel to classrooms, are used in Bible studies, and are available to community groups who want to see it. Founders Day and Rev. Dr. William Barber The office of Church Relations also hosts an annual Founders Day every March, when they invite leading scholars in Bible, theology and church, notes Brink. “The Rev. Dr. William Barber, leader of the revived Poor People’s Campaign, a man many are calling this generation’s Martin Luther King, Jr., will be speaking and teaching during Chapman’s 37th Annual Founders Day on Saturday, March 14,” she says. “This promises to be a historic day at the university, much like when MLK came to Chapman in 1961. Barber will receive an honorary doctorate from the university.” Considering all the fulfilling and exciting events and occurrences going on at Chapman’s Office of Church Relations, Brink says she doesn’t regret giving up acting. “What I’m doing now is wonderful work,” she says. “Although, I go to theater every chance I get.”

The Founders Day event is open to the public and requires a ticket for entry. Chapman students and faculty can attend free with identification. For more information, go to www.chapman .edu/Founders-Day.


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When artist Monica Edwards was young, her parents shipped her off to Southern California from wherever her family was living at the time—Colorado, Wyoming, Florida—to spend summers with her cousins in the Golden State. “What I remember most was the drive to Orange County from LAX, my nose pressed against the window of the olive-green Buick, gazing at a hazy orange sunset with the dark silhouettes of palm trees whizzing by,” recalls the artist. Born in Argentina in 1962, Edwards and her family moved to the United States three years later. Since both her parents were doctors, the plan was for her to follow in their footsteps. “But I fell in love with drawing and illustration during my biology classes, and never looked back,” says the artist, who currently has a selection of her work on view through May 2 at the Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University, in the exhibition “Monica Edwards: Slices of Life.” Over the years, Edwards has


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Monica Edwards: an Artistic created illustrations for the Cabrillo Marine Museum, for children’s books, medical filmstrips and litigation graphics, and she worked for 14 years in the newsroom of the Orange County Register illustrating for the daily newspaper. After leaving the Register, she decided to try some “dream jobs,” so she became an animal wrangler at Disneyland, a park attendant at the Orange County Zoo, a flight attendant, a park ranger and an Alaska tour guide. But she ultimately found her way back to what she calls her true calling: art. “My life truly hit its course in 2000 when a friend bought me a French easel, and I began plein-air painting,” she says. “The landscapes, ecosystems and cultures of Orange County are my muses.” (Plein-air painting is the practice of painting outdoors in natural light, from the French term “en plein air,” meaning “in the open air” or “outdoors.”) “Painting is the one thing I do in my life that brings me the deepest sense of peace, and the

never-ending desire to grow and explore the discipline and its techniques,” Edwards adds. “I’m still under the tutelage of an incredible painter, and I do my best to learn with every single painting I create. I believe we don’t paint for the end product—we paint for the process. Every scene or subject has its own set of challenges, so an artist’s openness to learning should always be active.” Traversing Orange County to find scenes to paint, Edwards has hit upon some favorite locations she likes to return to again and again, painting scenes of the changing light at different times of the day, and the constantly shifting casts of people who populate her works. She loves Laguna Beach, of course, and often drives to the desert or into the mountains to find a painting spot. But the City of Orange, and especially Old Towne, is a place she cherishes and has found herself coming back to paint many times. “I’ve lived in many parts of

Southern California,” she says, “but since the late 1970s I’ve had an affinity for the vibe in Old Towne Orange. I recall the days of the small art festival in the Plaza, and that old hippie charm still has its hold on me. The old trees and historic houses and buildings, the unique stores and restaurants, the revitalization of new businesses and the population of interesting college students from Chapman gives Orange such a pleasant mix of old-world aesthetics and new-generation energy. I just love it.” The featured Edward’s painting on this issue’s inside front cover, “Cherished Time with Eleonore,”

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which the artist created in 2019, is set in a familiar location: in the Orange Plaza, with the beloved Plaza fountain in the background. In front of the fountain, a grandfather gently interacts with his tiny granddaughter as they both enjoy the park and the day. “The light that morning was beautiful,” Edwards recalls. “The weather was perfect, and the two people were in a dreamy state of contentment. That morning everything seemed to be moving slowly, and that’s a rare feeling when you’re plein-air painting. It’s usually a race against time. But there was such a stillness in this man with his granddaughter. The light hit them just right, and I had to capture that moment. I got lucky, I guess!” When it was completed, “Cherished Time with Eleonore” was purchased by the grandfather in the painting, Ignacio Ochoa, who loaned it to the Hilbert Museum for the current exhibition. “Part of the vision of the Hilbert Museum is to identify and champion the works of living California artists who continue to work in the style of the renowned

regionalist and figurative genre painters that our museum celebrates,” says Mary Platt, Hilbert Museum Director. “We’re delighted to showcase and bring added attention to the works of Monica Edwards, who so well captures the beauty and diversity of our own Orange County landscapes and cityscapes.” For her part, Edwards is thrilled to have her first museum exhibition. “From the moment I first stepped into the Hilbert Museum, I felt I had stepped into an institution that values the work of my heroes, the great painters of California,” she says. “Now, a couple of years later, I find it a dream and an incredible honor to be showing a ‘slice’ of my works within the walls of this gem of a museum.” Today, from her home studio, Edwards devotes herself full-time to painting, including exhibiting at the Festival of the Arts in Laguna Beach and leading plein-air painting activities for the Irvine Ranch Conservancy and OC Parks. For more information about her work, visit www.MonicaEdwards Art.com.

“Monica Edwards: Slices of Life” is on view at the Hilbert Museum now through May 2. The Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University is located at 167 North Atchison St. in Orange, across from the train station. Hours are Tuesdays - Saturdays, 11 am to 5 pm; admission is free. Parking is free with a permit obtained inside the museum, or in the free City of Orange Metrolink Structure at 130 North Lemon St., directly east of the museum. More information: www.hilbertmuseum.org, or 714-516-5880.

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the heart of Orange County where many of our members live and gives them accessibility that they wouldn’t normally have,” he says. The Bowers Museum has hosted well-known exhibitions including “Terra Cotta Warriors”—statues discovered in the tomb of China’s first Emperor Qin Shi Huang and later termed the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” The museum has also hosted “Mummies of the World” and 2019’s “Guo Pei: Couture and Beyond”—a display of the world-renowned fashion designer’s runway pieces. The Bowers also has eight permanent galleries on view, including the “Ancient Arts of China,” “Ceramics of Western Mexico,” and “California Legacies—Missions and Ranchos.” “Inside the Walt Disney Archives” will be open through August 30 from 10 am to 4 pm, Tuesday through Sunday. Weekday costs are: adults, $23; seniors (62 or older) and students (12 or older), $20; children (3 to 11 years old), $5; free for children younger than 3 years old. The event is considered a “timed-entry” exhibition, which means visitors will purchase tickets for specific dates and times that they’d like to enter the exhibit. Learn more at www.bowers.org, or call 714-567-3600.

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Chris Brigandi recalls how he found his brother Phil engrossed in the encyclopedia when they were kids. “I asked what he was researching, and Phil told me he was just learning,” says Chris of his younger sibling, who passed away on December 12, 2019 at the age of 60. “That was Phil. He loved knowledge, and he loved history—especially history of Orange, where he was born and lived most of his life.” Considered Orange’s historian and a former columnist with the Old Towne Orange Plaza Review, Brigandi spent more than four decades chronicling the rich history of Orange and Orange County, as well as parts of California. Phil, who served as the Orange County archivist for five years, wrote more than 40 history books and countless articles, creating a rich database of historical information. “We grew up on Hamilton Ave. in the City of Orange, right


down the street from Handy Elementary School,” notes Chris. “Dad was a probation officer, and mom stayed at home.” Phil attended local schools, including graduating from Orange High School in 1977. He earned a degree in history from California State University, Fullerton in 1982. “My brother really loved the City of Orange,” says Chris. “In many ways, he was an old soul. From a young age, he connected with old-timers. Their stories pulled him back to earlier eras.” Listening to old-timer’s stories and recording their history was a pastime of Phil’s that led to a vast body of historical information. “Phil started recording oral histories when he was a teen in the mid-1970s,” says Chris. “He’d sit with old-timers for hours and listen and ask questions. With Phil, it was always, tell me more. He was also a stickler for accuracy.”

Stephanie George is an archives and museum consultant and on the board of the Orange County Historical Society and curator of the Society’s archives. She and Phil knew each other for many years as members of the society and were close friends. “Phil was incredibly committed to writing and preserving the stories of Orange County and Southern California,” says Stephanie. “This may sound trite, but he was the epitome of a Boy Scout. Phil was everything that the Boy Scouts talk about fostering in young men. He was trustworthy,

The Orange County Historical Society is maintaining Phil’s So Cal Historyland website. Visit here: www.socalhistoryland.mysite.com

upright and honest and always made good on his promises.” In his younger years, Phil was a Boy Scout, attaining Eagle status. As an adult, he remained an active volunteer, working every summer at the Schoepe Scout Reservation at Lost Valley as a counselor. Orange County historian Chris Jepsen is a friend and colleague of Phil’s and considers him a mentor. “If you’re lucky, you get one or two people in a generation like Phil, who can carry on the historical work of a community, and build on it and preserve it,” says Jepsen, President of the Orange County Historical Society and Assistant Archivist at the Orange County Archives for the last 16 years. Phil hired Jepsen

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for the job at the archives, and he worked under him for five years. “Phil did everything he could to preserve history, including saving newspaper clippings,” says Jepsen. “When old newspaper offices were scheduled to be torn down, he went into the buildings and removed historical materials before the bulldozers came in. He leaves behind an enormous legacy in his body of work.” According to Jepsen and those who knew him, he was a modest man who lived a modest life. Except for email and manning a history website, he shunned electronics. When he went hiking —a favorite pastime—he used a real compass. He never owned a cellphone. “Phil always considered himself an Orange kid at heart, just studying local history,” says Jepsen. “However, his knowledge base and his reach grew exponentially over time. I believe that if he had lived another 20 years, the next step would have been as our state historian.” Stephanie was always impressed with what she refers to as Phil’s encyclopedic knowledge of local and California history. “Phil knew so much about Southern California and state history, I would often be gob smacked,” she

says. “On a regular basis, we went on day trips into surrounding areas. One day, we drove out to Joshua tree. When it was time to return home, Phil decided to take the back roads and use the freeways as little as possible. The whole way home, he did a running narration of what we were passing. I felt like I was on a tour bus.” She also enjoyed Phil’s sense of humor. “When we were working on a project for the Historical Society’s Centennial year celebration in 2019, Phil and I went at least once a week to our archives at the Heritage Museum of Orange County. He’d find something amusing in our collection, and giggles ensued. He regaled me with stories of our society’s early history, mostly concentrating on some of the more colorful members. As Phil said on his website, he was always looking to tell the story, and he was a master at doing so. I am so lucky to have been a part of that story. Phil had an incredibly generous heart.” Adds his brother Chris, “Phil found a purpose and passion at a young age, and he loved what he did. He stayed true to himself and was a kind and loving human being. His good work was far-reaching and beneficial to many. He is deeply missed.”

Terrace Hill Happiness “This whole project is not a cash cow,” says Shannon. “It’s a labor of love. Our goal is someday to break even, and we’re working on that!” The Tuckers still live in Old Towne Orange, where they’ve been extremely active members of the community since they moved here in 1985, shortly after they married. “We got enmeshed right away with everything happening in Orange,” says Shannon, president of the Kiwanis Club of Orange. “We became the people down at City Hall making sure things were getting done right. We worked very hard to get the Old Towne Historic District put on the National Registry of Historic Places, among other volunteer efforts.” The Tuckers commute to work on their olive farm every week, for what started out to be three- or four-day weekends but now can stretch to a week at a time. “With


Frank retiring, we hope to be at the farm a lot more during the week, so we can be home in Orange on the weekends,” says Shannon. “In the process of growing, harvesting and producing California olive oil, we’ve learned so much about how important it is to know where your food is coming from,” Shannon adds. “We’re so involved with the OHG farmers market philosophy of natural farming processes and promoting them, so more farmers follow them. We feel like we’re part of the leading edge of something very big.” Frank agrees. “We feel blessed and a tremendous sense of pride to be ambassadors for a healthy product that we’ve grown, harvested and milled. We went into this not knowing how it might turn out, but we’ve had an amazing time with it.”

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With the rise of the up-andcoming culinary corridor on 4th Street in Downtown Santa Ana, the new Bird & Barrel restaurant is more proof of the area’s uptrend. This latest culinary addition to Santa Ana’s restaurant scene features poultry-centric Asian fusion cuisine. “The intent of the food at Bird & Barrel is comfort and familiarity infused with Asian cooking,” says the restaurant’s co-owner and chef, Sonny Nhoung. “The food is a mishmash of a wide variety of Asian food styles, including Cambodian, Vietnamese and Japanese.” Nhoung previously owned and ran Shuck Oyster Bar in Costa Mesa. “The best analogy I can think of when it comes to fusion cuisine is mixed martial arts,” says Nhuong, whose partner, Phil Brooks, is from South Africa. “No style is better than any other. When you combine the styles, you have a really nice harmony.”


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in Santa The food at Bird & Barrel is inspired by the cooking of Nhuong’s mother and grandmother, he says. “What I ate as a kid inspired what I’m making here. My mom and grandma would cook a lot of dishes with poultry, such as chicken and duck. For instance, chicken sandwiches, chicken and rice and chicken soup, whenever I was sick. That all stuck with me.” Popular specialty dishes at Bird & Barrel include their signature Garlic Noods. “This is a southeast Asia, Italian fusion dish,” says Nhuong. “It features a lot of garlic, including house made garlic sauce and garlic oil over garlic-infused linguini noodles. The dish also has onions, red pepper flakes and parmesan Reggiano.” The restaurant’s Tomato Cucumber Salad features Persian cucumber, a cherry heirloom

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tomato mix, Italian and Thai basil, cilantro and mint. The Seared Duck is pan seared after being marinated in a soy-based dressing with a little bit of fresh thyme. The duck is served over spicy cabbage seasoned with Korean chili powder and other house secrets. Currently, the menu is evolving. “We’re moving to a tapas type of menu, because food is meant to be shared,” says Nhuong. “I grew up with everyone sharing food at the table.” They’re also devising a

late-night menu for Friday and Saturday nights when they’ll serve specialties like chicken noodle soup similar to pho. Representing the barrel in the restaurant’s name, the interior of the space features ample wood, and the bar resembles a barrel with dark wood and metal strips, says Nhuong. “The restaurant’s style is modern minimalistic and very welcoming. Customers have commented that the space is quaint, relaxing and comfortable. That’s exactly the vibe we’re aiming for with Bird & Barrel.”

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Cottage Gardening in Drought Conditions by Brande Jackson

As it looks like California is headed into another year of drought, it’s a great time to revisit ideas for low water gardens that look great and attract wildlife. Check out our plant suggestions for a colorful “cottage garden look,” while also limiting water use AND benefiting local ecosystems. These plants will tough it out in the hot summer sun, while also providing pretty blooms and attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Eschscholzia californica is often referred to as the “California” poppy, but this versatile plant species comes in a full array of colors besides the orange it’s known for. These include white, rose, purple (our favorite!), apricot, red and yellow. Mix and match them, and you can have a stunning arrangement that requires only minimal water. Better yet, these plants like to self-sow, and over time, provide your landscape with a very natural appearance. They are also super easy to take care of, requiring quite literally almost no care at all once they are in the ground and happy. Asclepias are commonly known as milkweeds. They are an oftenrequested plant in our nursery. This plant family is also quite drought hardy. Once established, they can tolerate some dry spells and continue to thrive. The common orange and gold bloomed varieties are great additions to your cottage design, but there are many other stunning types of this plant available. Our favorite is one known as ‘Silky Gold’ that produces a stunning yellow flower. Asclepias are, of course, known for being critical in supporting the habitat of monarch and other butterflies, making them a great, eco-minded addition to your garden. We love, love, love Echinacea! A popular herbal remedy, this plant is super easy to grow, has a stunning bloom, self-sows, and is, from our experience, quite drought hardy. While best known for its purple color, there are all sorts of wonderful hybrids available in reds, oranges and yellows, too! Lupines are another plant family that often surprise with their drought resistance. Our favorite is Lupinus succulentus ‘Arroyo Lupine,’ a stunning California native that produces sweet pea style blooms and requires only minimal water once established. These plant selections only represent a small fraction of the plants available to drought minded gardens. Water restrictions do not mean the end of gardening as we know it. They are just a “course adjustment” getting us thinking about ways to be more sustainable and more creative with the plants we choose for our gardens. We’ll be celebrating the spring with our annual garden party! Join us on March 21st for refreshments, a plant sale and more!

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Keeping it in the (St. John’s) Family Coupon winner Jessica Fink and her husband, Ryan, consider themselves connoisseurs of the Plaza’s many eateries. “We’ve eaten at almost every place in the Plaza, because we

like to try new foods,” says Fink. “We chose Byblos Café to use our coupon, because it’s owned by a St. John’s family, and their food is awesome.” For the last two years, Fink has served as a fourth-grade teacher at St. John’s Lutheran School, an extension of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Old Towne. “I knew I wanted to be a teacher since I watched my thirdgrade teacher do a really great job,” says Fink. “I wanted that relationship with kids. Helping students grow in their faith and academics is very fulfilling.” Fink moved from Arizona to Orange County in 2012, when she started studying Elementary Education at Concordia University. There, she met Ryan, who currently teaches in Irvine. The couple moved just outside the Plaza two years ago when they married, and Fink began teaching at St. John’s. “I love living near the Plaza. It feels like a small town, even



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Wed / Apr 1 / 7:30 pm Musco Center for the Arts Kishi Bashi with Chamber Orchestra Performing music from his new film, “Omoiyari,” which explores how empathy played key roles in our quest for social equality & sustainable society. 415 North Glassell St / 844-626-8726 www.muscocenter.org

Thu / Apr 16 / Noon - 4 pm Woman’s Club of Orange 83rd Annual Flower Show No entry fee to exhibit & open to all amateur gardners. Enjoy plants & floral arrangements, shop vendor booths & refresh at the Garden Cafe. 121 South Center St / 714-501-2246 www.womanscluboforange.org

Sat / Mar 28 / 10 am - 3 pm Friends of Orange Public Library Spring Book Sale $5 Fill-a-Bag entrance fee, we supply the bag with $2 Off if you bring your own Friends reusable bag. Orange Main Library: 407 E Chapman 714-261-8710 / www.cityoforange.org

Sat / Apr 4 / 10 am Musco Center for the Arts Food & Culture: An Italian Perspective A celebration of Italian food culture, featuring talks by influencers, scholars & chefs, access to a tasting pavilion. 415 North Glassell St / 844-626-8726 www.muscocenter.org

Sat / Mar 28 / 11 am - 3 pm Orange Park Acres Women’s League 8th Annual Chili Cook Off Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place. Live music, coleslaw, cornbread, beer & wine, vendors. Free admission. 6422 East Santiago Canyon Rd 714-923-4760 / www.opawomen.org

Sun / Apr 5 / 4 - 8 pm Assistance League of Orange Embrace Orange Dinner & Auction “To Serve With Love” fundraising event, benefitting ALO philanthropic programs. Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach 714-532-5800 / www.ALOrange.org www.assistanceleague.org/orange

Thu / Apr 16 / 6 - 10 pm Greater Orange Community Arts Theater 2020 Vision Fundraising Gala Help raise funds to build a performing arts venue for the greater Orange community, while enjoying a wonderful dinner & many talented local performers. Article on page 16. 121 South Center St / 714-501-2246 www.womanscluboforange.org

Sat / Mar 28 / 1 - 5 pm Moana Nui Grand Opening Party Share the Love, Aloha & learn the culture of the Pacific with dance demos, photo booth, face painting, kanikapila jam & more. 211 West Katella Ave #K 949-541-3515 / MoanaNuiDance.com

Sat / Apr 11 / 10 am - 1 pm St. John’s Lutheran Church Community Easter Egg Hunt A fun-filled morning of egg hunts, burgers, hot dogs, popcorn, petting zoo, games, inflatables, face painting, craft station, cotton candy, snow cones, music & more. 185 South Shaffer St / 714-288-4400 www.stjohnsorange.org/egghunt


Through Mar 28 Assistance League of Orange Accepting Scholarship Applications Accepting scholarship applications from high school seniors graduating from an OUSD high school. Apply 0n-line at: www.alorange.org

Sat / Apr 11 / 11 am & 2:30 pm Paris in a Cup Little Black Dress Tea Celebrate the Creative Women of the Madison Avenue during the 1950s, with this year’s “Mad Women” theme. 119 South Glassell St / 714-538-9411 www.ParisInACupTeaSalon.com

Mon / Mar 30 / 6 - 8:30 pm Orange Public Library Help for Small Business Owners Free business advice to entrepreneurs! Presented by SCORE to help with networking, social media & building capital. 407 East Chapman Ave / 714-288-2400 www.cityoforange.org

Mon / Apr 13 / 6 - 7 pm Chapman University Science on Tap “Sustainability at the Happiest Place on Earth” with Lotus Thai, Environmental Integration Manager at Disneyland Resort. Chapman Crafted: 123 North Cypress St 714-289-2032 / events.chapman.edu

Sun / Apr 19 / 8 am - 3 pm Orange Plaza Rotary Orange Plaza Car Show More than 400 pre-1976 Street Rods, Custom & Classic vehicles will be on display in the beautiful Plaza Square. Old Towne Orange Plaza Square www.orangeplazarotary.org Tue / Apr 21 / 7 pm Chapman Rodgers Center An Evening of Holocaust Remembrance Lighting of candles of remembrance, reflections & reading from “I Want You To Know We’re Still Here: A Post Holocaust Memoir” by Esther Safran Foer, Musical Tributes & Closing Reflections by Rev. Dr. Gail Stearns Fish Interfaith Center: One University Dr / 714-628-7377 chapman.edu/holocausteducation Thu / Apr 30 / 5 - 7 pm Chapman Leatherby Libraries Exhibit Reception Aloha! Hawaiian Shirts, Tommy Bahama, and the American Tropical Dream, presented by the Huell Howser Archives. Leatherby Libraries: One University Dr / 714-532-6027 events.chapman.edu/80141

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