Diane Silverstein had never heard of the show “Absolutely Fabulous” when she named her aptly-titled gifts and décor boutique in central Huntington Beach. But the fun-loving, irreverent, blonde, champagne-promoting show does give a glimpse into what makes Absolutely Fabulous such a treasure. Absolutely Fabulous is not your run-of-the-mill, Hallmark-style gift shop; they are as fun and irreverent as the show they share a name with.
The variety and uniqueness of products at Absolutely Fabulous is astounding: hand-made jewelry, Miche Bag purses (the ones where you just drop the “insides” of your purse into a new shell, rather than having to dump all of your stuff out!), $10 silk scarves, old-school shaving kits for men, a “Daddy’s Tool Bag” that includes diaper changing equipment, and instructional DVD, face mask and other funny items, rare paintings by successful artists, large crystal chandeliers, crystal perfume bottles, stuffed animal baby bottle covers, piggy banks for kids, “dorm survival kits” for new students, wedding party gifts, rare Disney art and collectibles and decorations and decorative items for every holiday.
Connect with Diane and the crew at Absolutely Fabulous located at 6026 Warner Avenue in Huntington Beach, call (714) 842-1608 or visit www.absolutelyfabulous1.com
Breastlink Medical Group is a network of breast cancer screening and treatment centers. We believe the best way to prevent, detect and treat breast cancer involves collaborative care between our breast specialty doctors and full patient participation. Whether you need a routine screening mammogram, a breast cancer risk assessment, breast cancer treatment or a second opinion, Breastlink centers are here for you.
Dr. June Chen
Breast Dedicated Radiologist at Breastlink Newport Beach
June W. Chen, M.D. is the director of breast imaging at Breastlink Newport Beach. She is board certified and completed her fellowship in the subspecialty of breast imaging at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Dr. Chen is a frequent invited speaker on breast radiology both in the community as well as internationally, and she also serves on multiple scientific advisory boards. She currently devotes her entire practice to breast imaging and breast interventional procedures. The Orange County Medical Association has consistently recognized Dr. June Chen as a Physician of Excellence.
Dr. Samantha Kubaska
Breast Dedicated Radiologist at Breastlink Orange
Samantha Kubaska, M.D. is the director of breast imaging at Breastlink Laguna Hills. Dr. Kubaska is a board-certified radiologist with nearly 15 years of experience working with referring physicians and helping patients to better understand the results of their imaging studies. She interprets breast imaging studies (digital mammography, tomosynthesis and breast MRI, amongst others) and performs breast biopsy procedures.
Dr. Tchaiko Parris
Breast Dedicated Radiologist at Breastlink Temecula Valley
Tchaiko Parris, M.D., Ph.D., is the director of breast imaging at Breastlink Temecula Valley. Dr. Parris is a board-certified radiologist. She interprets breast-imaging studies (digital mammography, breast automated ultrasound and breast MRI, amongst others) and performs breast biopsy procedures. Dr. Parris's medical training has continuously called for her to give a hundred percent and at times more, and on each occasion she has responded by striving for excellence.
In the latter half of the nineteenth century, an anatomist and physician named Julius Wolff theorized, and later produced results that followed the principles of mechanotransduction: the remodeling of bones in response to loading, or weighting. Essentially, what he sought to prove was that healthy bones will adapt to the loads under which they have been placed.
For over a century, it has been studied and well-documented that bones that experience more pressure through certain types of exercise throughout one’s life, get stronger. Stronger bones help prevent fractures. However, until recently, no study was done to show how much pressure was actually needed to build strong bones. Is taking a walk good enough? How about yoga or golf? These are great questions and the good news is that we now know the answer. As it turns out, a study out of a hospital in Bristol, England in 2012 found that unless subjects experienced 4.2 multiples of their own body weight, their bones wouldn’t get any stronger. That may seem like a ridiculous feat for most people … unless you’ve heard about OsteoStrong.
Today, Tom Moffett is proud to be a part of the OsteoStrong franchise dedicated to reversing cases of osteopenia and osteoporosis - naturally.
“When I opened OsteoStrong a year and a half ago, I had just sold a business and was looking for a business that would help people,” he says. “As it turns out, the field I chose has been a life-changer and an incredible blessing - for myself and so many of our members as well.”
An avid motorcycle racer in his younger days, Tom has experienced his fair share of broken bones over the years - old injuries that were compounded by arthritis made pain management an ongoing issue as he aged into his 50s. A DEXA (Dual X-Ray Absortiometry) Scan, used to measure bone density, revealed that Tom had osteopenia (bone density that is lower than normal peak density, but not low enough to be classified as osteoporosis).
Like many people, Tom believed only post-menopausal women got osteoporosis, but he quickly learned that this wasn’t the case. The International Osteoporosis Foundation reports that osteoporosis causes more than 8.9 million fractures annually and that 1 in 3 women over age 50 and 1 in 5 men over age 50 will experience osteoporotic fractures.
The patented OsteoStrong modality is, remarkably, not based in pharmaceuticals, workouts, or diets. Using their unique device, Tom and his staff put pressure on the bones in a safe manner that triggers the body’s neuro-adaptive response to naturally engineer more bone tissue and muscle fiber.
“Our members come in once a week for about 15 minutes, which includes a seven-minute hydromassage,” he explains. “It’s easy on us, and easy on our clients. When people thank you for giving them their lives back - it just doesn’t get any better than that.”
Tom recently incorporated another natural modality into his center - PEMF (Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field) therapy, which pulses an electromagnetic field through the body, “essentially exercising your body’s cells.”
“The earth’s magnetic field is not as strong as it used to be, and we’re weakening its effects more and more with the shoes we wear and their rubber soles, our cars with rubber tires,” says Tom. “PEMF charges your 75 trillion cells, increases blood flow, oxygenates your blood, regenerates cells, and helps to detoxify the entire body.”
Backed by more than 40 years of clinical studies, researchers believe that the pulsed signal produced by the PEMF nudges the body’s chemistry so the healing process may proceed more rapidly. With benefits like reduced pain, improved sleep, better absorption of nutrients, and improved athletic endurance, it isn’t any wonder that OsteoStrong’s client base has grown. The following client testimonial is echoed by scores of happy, pain-free clients: “Things that were kind of maybe aching or hurting before, I don’t have have those pains or aches now. I have a lot more tingling and sensation in the areas where I didn’t have before. A lot more movement in my hand. So it has helped me tremendously.”
“One of our goals is to live the best quality of life we can as we age,” says Tom. “At OsteoStrong, each brief session is designed to help you naturally achieve healthy joints, strong bones, and better balance and flexibility. This allows you to do more of what you want to do – to enjoy a pain-free, healthy, active life. For example, there’s nothing like being able to play with your grandchildren or take a brisk hike in nature.
“Many people buy into the notion that they will have to sacrifice many of the activities they love as they age. Many seniors learn to simply accept the fact that their bones, muscles, and balance are going to weaken as they age. They figure that new aches and pain are just the way it’s going to be from here out… This is not the case with many of our OsteoStrong members.
“It’s true that everyone eventually feels the effects of bone and muscle loss after age 30. But, at OsteoStrong, our goal is not to slow down the process of aging like what you’d expect from working out every day. Our goal is to actually reverse the process of aging. In fact, we measure your progress by looking at the results you achieve. Our systems are backed by science and thousands of testimonials from people of all age groups that confirm that your bones can get stronger and your agility can improve.”
Connect with Tom and his team by calling (949) 916-0916, stop by OsteoStrong of Laguna Woods at 23601 Moulton Parkway, Suite B or visit OsteoStrongLagunaWoods.com or HealWithPEMF.omnium1.com
Freddie is a very special rabbit available for adoption. One of the rare bunnies who lives for pets, he will often run up to you hoping to get your attention. Don’t be surprised if he even hops over for a nice snuggle! He would be a perfect bunny for a first-time owner. Freddie has great litter box habits and is waiting for a family to love!
Seven month old Jessie is a happy little kitty who loves to meet new people. Very social and especially sweet, he gets along great with cats and humans alike. If you’re looking for a fun and well-rounded feline, Jessie may be your perfect match!
Boomer is a quiet soul who wants nothing more than to be by your side. While he is an avid snuggler, he also enjoys brisk walks and play time in the yard. Boomer has been great at making friends of all ages and would make a great family pet.
Hazel is an energetic dog who is always ready for more fun! A lover of outdoor activities, she would make a great hiking or running buddy. Hazel is an especially smart pup who would thrive in a home that could provide her with a lot of mental stimulation.
If you would like to know more about the animals listed here, please call the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter at (949)492-1617, or visit with them at 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente.
Pacific Symphony, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, is celebrating the 2017 Chinese New Year with the Southern California community by offering a number of unique and multi-faceted events. First, all are invited to the inaugural concert, “Chinese New Year: A Love Feast,” which offers a joyous mix of Eastern and Western music and dance, on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 at 8 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Surrounding the concert is a VIP Chinese New Year Celebration reception and formal dinner in collaboration with LUILI crystal art. Then, the Symphony partners with the South Coast Chinese Cultural Center/Irvine Chinese School to present the “2017 Lantern Festival,” commemorating the end of the Lunar New Year. This free, family-friendly festival – with numerous activities and performances traditionally associated with the end of the Lunar New Year – takes place Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.
January 20, 2017
The New Year at Segerstrom Center welcomes two of America’s most versatile vocalists who will perform a special double bill concert on January 20 in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. The evening begins with Grammy® Award-winning Mavis Staples, the iconic and influential vocalist who has so brilliantly performed in nearly all genres of music and is a respected Civil Rights activist. She will perform selections from her 60-year-plus career that includes songs from her brand new album, Livin’ on a High Note (which is how she’s also feeling these days). The album features songs from some of today’s leading songwriters, including: Ben Harper, Aloe Blacc, Valerie June and many others.
The evening will continue with Grammy Award-winning, vocalist and songwriter Gregory Porter (this concert was previously scheduled for May 8, 2016), who returns to the Center performing from his newest album, Take Me to the Alley, which features the single, “Holding On.” With this track, Porter presents his decidedly different version of the “Disclosure” single that he was the featured vocalist on and co-wrote for their album Caracal.
Single tickets start at $49 and are available online at SCFTA.org, by calling (714) 556-2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Artists and program are subject to change.
January 19-22, 2017
Southern California’s largest boat sales event premieres at the Fairplex in Pomona, offering boating and outdoor enthusiasts an opportunity to see, board, and buy new boats, gear and marine accessories
The Los Angeles Boat Show takes place at Fairplex in Pomona (1101 W McKinley Ave, Entrance 17; Pomona, CA 91768). The Los Angeles Boat Show is the ultimate destination for boating and outdoor lifestyle enthusiasts, featuring custom performance boats, wakesports boats, deck boats, personal watercraft, pontoons, sport fishing boats, runabouts, cabin cruisers, dinghys/inflatables, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and marine accessories.
2017 Los Angeles Boat Show highlights:
Tickets are $15 for adults; youth 12 and younger accompanied by an adult, and active military free. Tickets can be purchased in advance at losangelesboatshow.com or day-of-event at the box office.
“Joe D, The Doctor of Doo Wop”tm
We are a culture forever fascinated by our past and our future. We gaze into crystal balls, check our horoscopes, dream of a life less complicated and wish for the house on a hill, a luxury car, and the ideal mate. We also reflect on our childhood, our adolescence. We embrace fond memories of times that were fun, full of adventure, heartbreak and a lack of responsibility. That was a description of the 1950’s in the United States. It was clearly a simpler time.
The 1950’s was a unique period. It was before the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam war and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It was before the Beatles. Our country could have withstood any one of those events, but not all four. Facing just one event, we would have continued unabated into the later sixties much as we had in the late fifties; with stability, innocence and simplicity. But that was not to be. The fifties represented a time of long periods of stability with only periodic episodes of chaos. After 1963-64, that would all change. The later 60’s were a time of infrequent levels of stability with more and more chaos.
Those of us who matured in the years from 1954 through 1960, were exposed to the innocence that the music of the day captured. It would be at an eighth-grade graduation party, with boys on one side and the girls on the other. It would be 1956 when we would be captivated by Shirley and Lee’s “Let the Good Times Roll,” just to hear a faint grunt that said, “we do not have to follow all the notes in the song.” We would watch the 45 RPM records spin and drop down “Eddie My Love” by the Teen Queens and look for someone, anyone, to hold in a small embrace. And then we would thank our musical dance partner and look for someone else.
With the development of the jukebox industry during the 1930’s, Billboard began publishing music charts as an expansion of their business of selling sheet music for the vaudeville theaters. Information for rankings was based upon records sold and jukebox plays. In 1953 there was not one Rock & Roll song on the Billboard top 30. The charts reflected artists such as Tony Bennett, the Four Aces, Eddie Fisher, Patti Page, Rosemary Clooney, Doris Day and Kitty Kallen who had the number one song of the year, Little Things Mean a Lot. Those artists had two songs each in the top 30 and dominated the industry. Nat King Cole and the Four Knights represented African Americans on the charts.
One of the most powerful influences of the fifties and early sixties was clearly the music. World War II was over, the Korean conflict went to the second page, and music was having a more profound effect on our lifestyle. Rock & Roll, with its beat, the influence of rhythm and blues and an emphasis on lyrics, as unique as they were, precisely expressed the feelings between two people. We would “watch” the radio and listen intently to the words and how they affected us. The car radio played music that extended to our hi-fi record player that spun 45’s and 33 1/3 rpm long playing albums. Early Rock & Roll would eventually fade out those 78 RPM’s in favor of the smaller 45 RPM discs and twelve inch 33 1/3 albums.
The turning point for music in the 50’s was to occur in 1954. Two songs made the Billboard top 30 that would forever change the fabric of what was listened to; Sh-Boom and Shake, Rattle and Roll. Billboard recognized Sh-Boom by the Crew Cuts and Shake, Rattle and Roll by Bill Haley and the Comets, while much of the country listened to the versions recorded by the Chords in 1953 and Big Joe Turner at house parties.
In the era of the 1950’s, innocence and immaturity dominated. We could do whatever we chose to do with a family support system and our own vision of the “American Dream”. If bread was only twenty-three cents a loaf, we knew we would never go hungry. Our happiness and innocence was being reflected in the music. It was in the words, nonsense syllables, instrumentation, and of course, the beat. Radio was king and it clearly was a world for teenagers.
My column, Making Your Memories (MYM), is not intended to reflect all elements of the music listened to, but tell the reader a story; a love story, an affair of the heart, mind and soul. This era of music was one that was listened to, watched and danced to. It also chronicled our thought processes, our feelings, hopes, dreams and heartaches. Today, this same music provides a time to shed the years.
MYM is about my love affair with the music and the artists. It is my memories, as I remember them, almost off the top of my head. Any references are to ensure I do not misquote an important part of the story told regarding love of the music.
While the times may have been simpler, today’s technology offers many options. It is my intent to utilize this column to capture, one more time, those memories with a few bars of a song or discussion of an artist that you remember. You will not only be able to reflect on the music but also “see” it through the magic of your memory. As Freddy Johnson, bass singer for the Marcels of “Blue Moon” fame wrote:
Nothing can change a memory, especially a time,
When music had meaning to it.
Memories are glimpses to a legendary time.
“Joe D” is an on-air talent for Orange County-based KSBR FM 88.5 and is host of “MAKING YOUR MEMORIES” Sunday nights at 10PM. He is also author of “Making Your Memories- -The Music and Artists of the 1950’s and early 60’s.”
Heads to Segerstrom Center for the Arts
January 19 – 21, 2017
Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents Jerry Herman: The Broadway Legacy Concert January 19 – 21, 2017 in Samueli Theater. For three nights, six talented singers will take to the stage performing many of Jerry Herman’s beloved musical numbers from Mame, Mack and Mabel, Hello, Dolly! and La Cage Aux Folles. The performers include Karen Morrow, Debbie Gravitte, Scott Coulter, John Boswell, Jason Graae and Ron Raines. In addition, each evening will feature two new local students who will share the stage during these performances as part of The ASCAP Foundation Jerry Herman Broadway Legacy Prize, with the goal of introducing classic musicals to a new generation of theater lovers and performers. This concert is produced by the ASCAP Foundation and Spot-On Entertainment.
“I have been so blessed to be able to spend my creative life in the theatre and to give musical voice to such wonderful characters as Dolly Levi (Hello, Dolly!); Georges and Albin (La Cage Aux Folles); and Mame Dennis (Mame). I always wrote for specific characters and specific situations. To know that my songs could also have a life outside of their respective shows was always a welcoming surprise to me. When The ASCAP Foundation approached me about presenting a new program consisting of nationwide concerts featuring my songs with symphony orchestras and a series of master classes targeting university/college students in writing and performing for the musical theatre I was thrilled. And I couldn’t have asked for a more sterling cast to sing my songs…I am delighted to have them representing my musical legacy and bringing my songs to you this evening. Clearly, for me, the Best of Times is Now.” – Jerry Herman
Single tickets are $79 and now available online at SCFTA.org, by calling (714) 556-2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa.
Since shopfronts became shopfronts, there has been a need for signs: the need for signs begetting the craft of sign painting. Hand-lettering arose in America in the 1800’s as a means of distinguishing between products and companies when capitalism began to boom. Until the advent of vinyl lettering in the 80’s, hand-lettering and sign painting was thought of as a viable career path, instead of the niche hobby it has become in today’s market.
David Velasquez was painting panels on trucks and hand-lettering company logos on the truck doors in the 80’s, finding that his artistic talent was in much higher demand in the transportation market. Boats, hot rods, jet skis, and even planes. Pinstriping led to logo design, logo design to portraits, and soon enough David was sketching historical points of interest and lovely, yet long-forgotten buildings.
Born in the late 50’s in Ventura County, California, David grew up in El Rio. A small, unincorporated town once known as New Jerusalem, El Rio was founded in 1875 by the local postmaster, who also ran the General Store. David’s life took a similar trajectory, branching along two courses - marrying his high school sweetheart, and going to work in construction, now, well over twenty years.
An uncle first realized that David showed natural talent for drawing, and helped coach him from simply copying comic strips to drawing original art in 3D. For years however, David believed that he wasn’t good enough, and that his hobby was exactly that: just a hobby. When Six Flags Magic Mountain invited him to submit selections from his portfolio to a contest they were having, he balked: “I felt I was very unqualified - I had no intention of accepting the invitation.” 10 pieces were to be chosen by the team at Magic Mountain, to use on items for the gift shop. “I remember being very intimidated, but the sales rep strong-armed me, and they ended up picking all seven of the pieces I submitted. I was blown away.”
Giving him the confidence boost he needed, the contest blossomed into screen printing- and eventually a commission with the National Park Service. David “drew the historic buildings at Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, and Bryce Canyon National Parks. I also did pen and ink work, and the parks, and eventually Six Flags Magic Mountain all used my drawings for gift items sold at their gift shops.” Impressive, for a man who has no formal art education.
“Love all, trust a few, and do no wrong to anyone. With God’s help, you’ll live a great life’. I believe that, especially in relation to my art: it has been a great source of stress relief and inspiration over the years. Particularly when I come home from running my construction business.”
Most of David’s work is in single tones - black and white, just doodles. Those doodles are now being turned into a coffee table book.
“For years, I would just sketch: or doodle, and thought those pages were being tossed out when my wife was cleaning the house. Turns out, she saved them, and I was asked to include them in my new book.” Pencil sketches, graphics, and other artwork will go into David’s newest work- mediums which are still in high demand elsewhere.
“I am currently working on a logo for a radio station, family portraits, pen and inks of a motorcycle and hot rod, and pencil portraits of the ‘Kings of Cool’: Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, John Wayne, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, and Robert DeNiro,” he says.
David has work on display at the Ventura County Art Museum, and the San Buenaventura Mission store. “I thank the good Lord for my family and friends who inspire me to do the right thing in life, and I want to keep doing what I love.” And his advice to young or aspiring artists out there? “Hone your skills, practice. Do what you love, be it drawing, painting, sculpture, music, even teaching. Art can be found in so many things.”
To view more of David’s art, visit his FB page (David Velasquez) or Instagram (velasquezgraphics). To connect with David directly, call (805) 432-6082.