I've always been partial to people who go above and beyond. It's a character trait I seem to consistently run across when conducting interviews with individuals utilizing the services of Hospice Care of the West and this showcase on Mr. Vernon Clover and his wife, Donna, is no exception.
Vernon, who suffers from Parkinson's Disease, has been under the care of Dr. Kang Hsu, Medical Director at Hospice Care of the West, for nearly three years. In that time, Dr. Hsu and the man he calls "one of his favorite patients," frequently chatted about the former high school driver's education teacher and boy's basketball coach's love of the game. So when Dr. Hsu learned that Vernon was a Lakers fan, he volunteered a pair of tickets that allowed Vernon and his wife their first visit to the Staples Center to watch their team play last December as part of Hospice Care of the West’s new “True Loves and Wishes” program created to grant the wishes of its patients.
"We had such a wonderful time," says Donna. "I had never been to a professional game and it had been many years since Vernon had been to one, so we can't thank Dr. Hsu enough for such a memorable afternoon. It certainly added to the excitement that the Lakers won that day! But more than that, everyone at Hospice Care of the West is so nice and so caring, they have really been an incredible help to us on every level."
A native Oklahoman, Vernon met his future bride on a blind date and they will celebrate their 47th wedding anniversary in October. An "Army brat," Donna was born in Pennsylvania and raised all over the country in states where her father was stationed, including Kentucky, Florida, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Donna's son David Schaffer lives two blocks away from the couple and her daughter, Chris, lives in Texas, while Vernon's daughter Stacey lives in Tulsa. Vernon and Donna are the proud grandparents of three "lovely granddaughters" - Alexis, 21, Caroline, 16 and Isabella, 13.
For more information on Hospice Care of the West, call 800-405-1159 or visit www.HospiceCareoftheWest.com
Pacific Symphony announces a blockbuster Summer Festival 2016 designed to evoke the memories of the last 30 years with exhilarating and iconic music for the final season at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre before its scheduled closure. Warm pleasant evenings, picnic baskets flowing with delectable goodies, surrounded by family and friends, are only the cherry on the top – for those planning their summer around five exceptional musical experiences under the stars. The Symphony’s 2016 Summer Festival kicks off with a high-energy, celebratory start with a July 4 Spectacular – this year featuring The Music of Michael Jackson and showcasing the best-known hits of the legendary “King of Pop.” From The Jackson 5 to his final film, “This Is It!” the evening includes music from “Off the Wall,” “Thriller,” “Bad,” “Blood on the Dance Floor” and much more. The seven-piece rock group Windborne, along with lead singer James Delisco, joins the Symphony to bring to life the genius of Michael Jackson’s legacy. The concert, taking place on Monday, July 4, at 8 p.m., is led by Maestro Kaufman, and includes the holiday traditions of a salute to the U.S. Armed Forces and patriotic favorites, before closing with a brilliant fireworks finale.
Beethoven’s blockbuster Ninth Symphony (Saturday, July 23 at 8 pm) - with a huge orchestra, full chorus and a spine-tingling vocal quartet of world-class singers – is the crown jewel of the final Summer Festival season at Irvine Meadows.
Next, the film that gave the world one of its greatest movie heroes – Indiana Jones – is back and better than ever before on Saturday, August 13th at 8 pm! Relive the magic on the silver screen with the original great adventure, “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” with
John Williams’ thrilling score performed live to the full-length film by the Symphony, led by international guest conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos, music director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra and general director of Chatham Opera.
Dashing and debonair, Bond’s movie themes are instantly recognizable, evoking international intrigue, glamour and suspense. Two-time Grammy Award-winner Sheena Easton, the featured singer on the James Bond soundtrack, “For Your Eyes Only,” seduces the audience into the world of “Goldfinger,” “The Spy Who Loved Me” and “Skyfall,” plus “spy” songs from “Mission Impossible,” “Austin Powers” and more. The Spy Who Loved Me takes place Sunday, Aug. 21, at 7:30 p.m.
Labor Day weekend never sounded so good. The Symphony’s final concert at Irvine Meadows is rife with booming cannons, dazzling fireworks and extraordinary music. What more fitting conclusion to this incredible era in the Symphony’s history than to end on a triumphant note with “Tchaikovsky Spectacular,” featuring the outstanding young talent of violinist Paul Huang and pianist Natasha Paremski. Maestro St.Clair returns for this special evening to take the audience on a trip down memory lane, reminiscing on nearly three decades of concerts “in the meadows.” The program is a Tchaikovsky hit parade featuring excerpts from the perennially popular ballets “Swan Lake” and “The Nutcracker,” and two beloved concertos. The curtain falls on this chapter of the Symphony’s history to the traditional sounds of the electrifying “1812 Overture” on Saturday, Sept. 3, at 8 p.m.
Since its first Wills and Trusts Week in the fall of 2011, the Orange Catholic Foundation (OCF) has had as one of its primary goals to encourage everyone to have an estate plan designed to provide for the needs of their families.
Each year in the spring and fall, the OCF works in collaboration with parishes and schools throughout the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange to provide information sessions led by local Catholic estate planning attorneys and financial advisors to help you protect and provide for your loved ones, update or create your estate plan, and learn more about wills, trusts, estate taxes, probate expenses, guardianship of minor children, selection of personal representatives, and more.
For convenience, the Foundation offers a series of morning and evening seminars that are scheduled at local parishes across the diocese.
While learning how to effectively plan a legacy, attendees at these sessions receive answers to such questions as:
The Orange Catholic Foundation warmly welcomes all who are interested in attending one of the upcoming sessions during the week of May 16 through 21. Times and locations for the spring Wills and Trusts Week are listed in their advertisement in this issue of Sorbet.
Everyone who attends and completes a basic introductory form will receive a complimentary consultation with both an estate planning attorney and a financial planner within the next six months.
In ancient poetry, a surviving image of justice was described “holding level the balance.” Later named Iustitia, the image of Lady Justice has maintained through the age, appearing in courtrooms, palaces, and government centers worldwide. A physical allegory for the law, the lady is none to be reckoned with: her double edged sword as formidable as any.
And yet, what is perhaps most striking about this ages old symbol is her blindfold. Any fool can muscle a scale to balance, if he is tilted himself - but the Lady holds the recipe for sea change in her blinded gaze: a ruthless integrity of purpose - to mete justice without the sway of fear or favor.
For Senior Deputy District Attorney Karen Schatzle, that ruthless integrity of purpose is what she seeks to bring to the Superior Court in Orange County. Prior to obtaining work in prosecution, Karen worked full time for the Orange County Probation Department. As a Deputy Probation Officer, she handled a myriad of tasks, ranging from investigating both juvenile and adult offences, supervising violent crimes offenders, and preparing guidelines for the Superior Court’s sentencing procedures. A force on the streets as well, Karen was post certified and trained to carry a weapon. Part of a coalition enforced with unifying efforts to reduce gang violence, she worked hand in hand with social services, law enforcement, probation officers and prosecutors: honing her awareness of the social issues taking shape in the streets of her city, and driving her decision to apply for law school. Clearly no stranger to hard work and dedication, Karen took the initiation to motherhood one step further than most, passing the BAR exam on her first attempt, while pregnant with her third child.
During her longstanding tenure as a prosecutor, Karen dedicated the majority of her attentions towards violent crimes - trying over 86 cases, many of which resulted in multiple life sentences. Though one might guess at the fact, Schatzle notes that “she has never been, or am now, dissuaded by a difficult challenge.” But what is the cost of such dedication? Surely, this is why Lady Justice is blindfolded. To remain separate from her decisions - if not to spare herself the torture of seeing chaos enacted daily in the streets of so many cities in Orange County. But to Schatzle, there is no worth without the struggle for true integrity: which, for her, “is not an external appearance but an inward reality that refers to singleness of heart and mind, the development of a blameless character by adhering to an exemplary moral code.”
And her opponent? “It is a determination to maintain judicial independence that moved me to challenge Scott”, Karen notes, “I voluntarily supported him during the last election - yet it is opposed to my moral character to do so now.” Recently censured for multiple reasons, including having sex with his law students in the court’s chambers, Steiner is an incumbent, and former colleague of Schatzle’s. “My career in law enforcement began almost 30 years ago - I have dedicated most of my career to prosecuting child molesters, sex offenders, and career criminals. My integrity, and the integrity of the court is an asset that voters should be unwilling to sacrifice.” Will the scales tip in her favor with the vote for the Superior Court seat coming up on June 7? Perhaps they should: after all, I think Lady Justice would agree with Teddy Roosevelt when he noted that “nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty” - or Robert Brault: “what happens if I do nothing?”
For more information, visit www.schatzleforocjudge.com
A 94-year-old U.S. Army WWII veteran (B-29 radio operator), Vince Van Velzer, along with four other senior veterans and three female seniors, ages 83 to 97, will each take flight in an open-cockpit, 1944 Boeing Stearman biplane at Fullerton Municipal Airport, Thursday, April 7. Two of the other veterans also served in WWII.
The flights are courtesy of Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation (AADF), a non-profit organization founded in 2011 to honor U.S. military veterans living in long-term care facilities.
All eight “Dream Flyers” are community members of Rowntree Gardens Senior Living located in Stanton / central Orange County – which also celebrated its 50th anniversary last year.
Van Velzer, a private pilot himself, and the other seven senior Dream Flyers, will strap on goggles and canvas helmets as they enjoy the ride of their lives in the same two-seater aircraft used for training military pilots during WWII.
“We, our senior flyers and their families are all thrilled to have this amazing opportunity,” stated Randy Brown, CEO of Rowntree Gardens. “We look forward to cheering them on from the ground!”
“Having been shot down by a rocket during WWII and held as a POW in Germany for 17 months, initially I wasn’t so sure about doing this,” recounted Dream Flyer Colin Jones, 94, who served in the 8th Army Air Forces’ 93rd Bomb Group. “But now that it is happening, I can’t wait for the day to arrive.” Jones lived in Long Beach prior to moving to Rowntree Gardens in 2015.
Chuck Iverson, 83, Corporal, U.S. Army. Always wanting to fly, Iverson never had the chance to learn or go on flights during his time in the military.
“I may be 97 years young, but I’m always up for an adventure,” proclaimed Dream Flyer Sammye Vore. A community member at Rowntree Gardens for the last 21 years, Vore was a missionary in Guatemala for 40 years as part of her many travels.
Ed Willems, 94, AMM2C (Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class – plane mechanic), U.S. Navy, World War II. Pilots would sometimes let Willems join them and fly the planes when they needed to do paperwork during flights. Previously a Lodi, CA resident, his son lives in Lakewood, CA.
Mac Laurence, 83, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy pilot stationed in California. After his service, he spent forty years working for Douglas Aircraft – who built the very planes he flew in the Navy. Originally from Rossmoor, CA, his daughter still lives there.
Mary Van Velzer, 88, a pilot herself and wife of Vince. She always wanted to fly as a child, but didn’t get a chance. After raising her family, she took flying lessons and flew for over 30 years. She and Vince are originally from Huntington Beach and have children in Cucamonga, CA.
Ann Seufert, 89. She’s curious and excited to be a Dream Flyer. Her husband was a commander of the Seabees for 25 years. She has children living in Cypress and Cerritos, CA.
AADF’s collaboration with Rowntree Gardens marks the first Dream Fight in Orange County. To date, the foundation has provided free Dream Flights to more than 1,500 senior U.S. military veterans living in long-term care facilities.
Saturday, May 7 @10:30am
Soka University’s 15th Annual International Festival on May 7, 2016 from 10:30 to 5:00 will feature over 900 international musicians and dancers, 250 exhibitors, international food, children’s Adventure Land with games and inflatable rides, children’s clay workshop, art exhibitions, ceramic sales and demonstrations! The International Festival is a proud partner of Orange County Imagination Celebration. Admission is FREE! Parking on campus is $10 cash.
Friday, April 1 @8pm
Storm Large has made a name for herself as one of the singers of the retro chic band, Pink Martini, and on the stage of Carnegie Hall performing Kurt Weill with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. For this performance, Storm joins forces with members of her band, Le Bonheur to perform classics from the Great American Songbook and original compositions with a compelling mix of smoldering seduction, a touch of edgy humor and unquestionable class.
Sunday, April 3 @7pm
Over the past decade, globalFEST has become one of the most dynamic global music platforms in North America. What started as an annual showcase in New York has grown into an international brand, building audiences for world music with stages at SXSW, Bonnaroo, and beyond. globalFEST On The Road: Creole Carnival will feature three outstanding acts: Emeline Michel – hailed as the reigning queen of Haitian Song, Casuarina – one of the most respected samba bands of Brazil, and YOUTUBE sensation Brushy One-String.
Saturday, April 2 @5pm
Join Soka University’s Ka Pilina Ho’olokahi Hawaiian Dance Club for an all-you-can-eat buffet with roast pig by Bon Appetit and a wonderful show of Pacific Island dances performed by SUA students. Buffet opens at 5 pm. Show starts at 5:30 pm on the Campus Green (outdoor seating).
Friday, April 8 @8pm
An All-Star tribute to one of the greatest jazz trumpet players of our time: Tom Harrell. Tom will be here with his regular bandmates Ugonna Okegwo and Johnathan Blake to kick off the celebration. They will be joined by Grammy Award winning saxophonist Joe Lovano, vocalist Judi Silvano, pianists Kenny Werner and Larry Vuckovich, flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny and trumpeters Sean Jones and Ron Stout. You won’t want to miss this incredible mix of outstanding musicians.
Saturday, April 9 @8pm
Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. “Passionate, uninhibited and spellbinding,” raves the London Independent; the New York Times extols its “luxuriously warm sound [and] yearning lyricism”.
Sunday, April 17 @3pm
The final concert of the MOZART! series will feature Mozart’s Concertante for Violin and Viola. Also being performed will be Symphony No. 41.
Box Office Hours
Mon-Fri: 10am to 2pm
Box Office will be open 1 hour prior to scheduled performance times on performance days.
The holiday season filled with friends, family and lots of food has come to an end. The start of the New Year is a perfect time to get back on track with healthy habits and take charge of your family’s health.
CalOptima, the health insurance provider for thousands of adults and children throughout Orange County, offers these easy tips to start off 2016 on the right foot:
Get vaccinated: Vaccinations are one of the best ways to protect you and your family from potentially harmful diseases. Immunizations such as the flu shot are important to people six months or older and especially if you have family members over 50 years. Be sure to check-in with your doctor regularly to ensure that you and your family are up-to-date on your vaccinations.
Maintain a healthy diet: Focus on eating foods that help promote all around health. Try to incorporate more fruits, vegetables and whole grains into your family’s regular diet. Maintaining a diet rich in vegetables may help reduce risk of stroke, cancer, heart-diseases and Type-2 diabetes. Make a habit of incorporating one new fruit or vegetable into your weekly meals.
Stay active: Regular physical activity improves overall health and fitness. Staying active is easier than you think and is as simple as going for a twenty minute walk with your kids or dog, taking the stairs at work or playing a friendly ball game with friends and family. Make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated while you exercise.
Get plenty of sleep: Lack of sleep can affect you mentally and physically. It can decrease the strength of your immune system and increase the chances of getting sick. Keep good sleep habits by avoiding large meals before bed and ensure that you and your child go to bed at the same time every night.
Schedule a wellness visit: The beginning of the year is a great time to schedule a wellness visit for you and your child with your doctor. Lastly, make sure to bring a list of questions you may have about your health to address with your doctor at this visit.
It’s easy to take an active role in your health care all year long. By following these simple tips you and your family will be well on your way to a healthy 2016!
In California, patients who wish to acquire medical marijuana need a doctor’s approval and require enrollment in a patient registry and a medical marijuana identification card to be shown at a dispensary (this ID card is issued to patients who have a signed statement from a doctor diagnosing their specific condition and that medical marijuana is the recommended treatment protocol).
California's medical marijuana laws state that marijuana can be used for a wide range of health conditions - from arthritis, anxiety, chronic pain, insomnia and migraine headaches to diabetes, glaucoma and "any other illness for which marijuana provides relief."
In the following interview, Derek Worden, owner of the Santa Ana-based South Coast Safe Access (SCSA), addresses some commonly asked questions about the process and safety of the product available at Orange County's first fully licensed, state-of-the-art marijuana dispensary.
Answer: SCSA patients must be over 21 years of age, have a valid California Driver's License and must provide an original doctor's recommendation.
A: All vendors are exclusively hand-picked cultivators of medical marijuana and are the best in the industry. We send every product to SC Labs to be tested for quality assurance. SC Labs conducts all testing in accordance with strict scientific protocols and the latest research.
A: Yes, we have every product lab tested and those results are available for our patients' review.
A: We offer a wide selection of edibles, extracts, tinctures and concentrates including Kiva, Liquid Gold, Cheeba Chews and Prima Can, among others.
A: Patients are able to buy up to two ounces of medicine when visiting SCSA.
A: Yes, all patient information is confidential.
1. Pour Epsom salt in to a flat container and set aside. Make sure container is wide enough to easily roll mason jar in.
2. Dip sponge brush into mod podge and evenly coat the outside of the mason jar. Do not coat the bottom of the jar or the threaded area on top.
3. Carefully roll mason jar in the Epsom salt, covering thoroughly.
4. Stand upright and let dry overnight.
5. Once dried, wrap top of mason jar with twine and add your holiday finding.
6. Enjoy as-is, or insert a tealight candle to add a little sparkle to your snowy mason jar!
8 oz. mason jar (we used Ball brand)
Holiday findings (we used a holly sprig)
Tealight candle (optional)
1. Take washi tape and wrap around one end of craft stick. You can do any number of strips! Get creative and mix up your designs to add variety, but be sure to leave room to write the activies.
2. Using the Sharpie, write 24 activities that would be fun to accomplish during the month of December, one on each stick. Activities can be anything you’d like! Here are a few suggestions to get you started: Drink Hot Cocoa with Marshmallows, Donate Toys to Children in Need, Go on a Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt, Make Christmas Cookies, Send a Holiday Card to a Deployed Service Member, Make a Gingerbread House, Say a Prayer for Peace, Deliver Christmas Goodies to a Neighbor, Listen to Christmas Music, Write a Letter to Santa, Donate Canned Goods to a Shelter
3. Place activity sticks in jar. Starting with December 1, choose an activity each day from the jar to do together as a family. When there are no more activities left in the jar, it must be Christmas!
16 oz. mason jar
24 Craft sticks (tongue depressor size)
Holiday-themed washi tape
Fine point Sharpie Marker
1. Cut about 15-20 1-inch wide strips from tissue paper. For an 80 mm ornament, you will want the length to be around 5-6”. For best results, do 2 layers on the ornament.
2. Remove the top of ornament and set aside. This will allow you to hold onto the ornament when applying mod podge.
3. Pour a small amount of mod podge into a plastic cup or other container. You can add more later as needed.
4. Insert index finger into stem of ornament to hold. Dip sponge brush into mod podge and apply one layer all around ornament.
5. Starting at the top of the ornament, take one strip of tissue paper and smooth it onto the ornament. Apply a very thin layer of mod podge on top of the tissue paper to hold in place and carefully smooth out wrinkles. Do not soak the tissue as it will tear.
6. Take another strip of tissue paper and slightly overlap onto the piece already on the ornament. Apply a thin layer of mod podge on top of tissue paper and smooth out wrinkles.
7. Repeat Step #6 until the entire ornament is covered all around with tissue paper.
8. Once first layer of tissue paper is completed, repeat Steps #5 – 7 to apply second layer.
9. (Optional) Apply glitter before letting dry.
10. Let dry overnight and replace top. Trim your tree with your homemade beauties!
Clear plastic ornaments (we used 80 mm ornaments)
Printed tissue paper of your choice
enliu will be at the Sonora Cheer Holiday Boutique on December 5th at Sonora High School. Come shop our unique gifts and décor for the holidays and meet the enliu team!
For this showcase, our editorial team asked Cheryl Turner, owner of Paris in a Cup, to share her personal vision and inspiration behind her immensely popular tea salon and boutique based in historic Old Town Orange ... in her own words and just in time for the holidays.
Visitors to my Tea Salon frequently ask me why I chose a French theme for my restaurant, my answer is always the same. I love all things French, especially the beautiful city of Paris. Due to an inner-ear problem, I have never been to the city of love, so I decided to bring it stateside. Old Towne Orange was the perfect choice. My husband and I own the building and this community is a great place to do business. I have been a business owner in this charming district for over 20 years, I can’t imagine being anywhere else.
I’m a fan of old movies, so I incorporated elements from the silver screen era while designing and planning my restaurant. You’ll see touches from movies like “An American In Paris,” “Weekend At The Waldorf,” “Gigi” and more. My plan was to give my guest an escape, to be transported to another era, if only for an hour or two. Even the clock on the wall reads Paris time and you’ll find the daily Paris forecast displayed in the gift shop. If I had to describe my decorating style, I would have to say “Vintage Parisian Glamour.”
We offer our guest two experiences, shopping and dining. When you first enter, you’ll discover a little French souvenir shop filled with much of the same merchandise you find when you visit Paris, France. I have worked very carefully with several French Importers to assure my customer they are getting an authentic souvenir. We actually have shoppers who purchase our souvenirs, travel to Paris and upon returning give them to their family and friends.
Our Tea Market offers our guest a sample “sniff” of every tea we carry, so you can make your tea selection before enjoying it in the salon or purchasing it to take home. In addition to carrying several French tea lines, we also proudly serve and sell our own Paris In A Cup signature brand. Our teas are imported and blended by a master tea blender here in the US. You’ll find French gourmet goods, tea towels, candies, chocolates, watches and of course Eiffel Towers. French themed jewelry adorned with Eiffel Towers and fleur di lis are abundant and quite reasonably priced. We’re a great spot to find a gift for your favorite Francophile, or that hard to buy for person.
After browsing you enter our Tea Salon, deliberately separated from the shop. Once seated in the salon you’ll forget you’re in the US. Our guests are soon transported to another place and time as they sit back in our cushy, European style banquettes or on one of our oversized chairs. Enjoy our French café music while dining. Close your eyes, you’re in Paris. You’ll be offered a menu featuring tea fare, luncheon and tempting desserts, along with our vast tea selections menu containing 130 teas.
Our kitchen staff, headed up by Chef Josh Backstrom, will prepare your choice to order. You’ll find items like seasonal entrée salads, hearty handcrafted soups and sandwiches and two types of quiche, all prepared fresh daily. Tea fare can include our award-winning scones served with house made crème fraiche and our berry jam, delectable tea sandwiches and petit fours (a trio of petite desserts). You may want to add a side of our delicious three-citrus curd (our scones and curd got us featured in Tea Time Magazine and “Tea and Scones” book, Hoffman Publishing). Tempting desserts are presented with a French flair. My favorites, our crème brûlée or our French macarons served on an Eiffel Tower stand. It’s really hard to choose. All entrees include your beverage choice. Choose from of our freshly brewed teas, delivered to your table ready to pour, or our European style coffee, or try our famous French Vanilla lemonade. We also offer house passion-berry iced tea or pick one from the tea selections menu and we’ll ice it for you.
Throughout the year, we have many fun events and themed teas. Some of our most popular include our Meet the Author Teas, Best Friends Tea for Valentine’s Day, Little Black Dress Tea, Mother’s Day Teas, and of course or Joyeux Noel Teas at the Holidays. As a breast cancer survivor, I am happy to give back by hosting a fundraiser the first Friday in October every year. We call it An Evening in Paris. Our salon is available for bridal showers and baby showers. You can visit our website for more details.
Paris In A Cup has been in business for over eight years, with this being our ninth Christmas. If you haven’t visited us as of yet, I sincerely hope I have tempted you to drop in and say “Bonjour”. We look forward to serving you soon. We’re open Wednesday through Sunday serving from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM and our boutique stays open for shopping until 5:00 PM. Don’t forget to take a box of our French macarons home with you. I promise you, you’ll be back for more. À bientôt!