In 1519, a man named William Horma coined a phrase that many of us use in conversation still today. Horma, the headmaster of two colleges in England: Winchester, which was founded in 1382 by William of Wykeham, and Eton - educating boys 13 to 18, whose former pupils include 19 Prime Ministers, wrote the words “Mater artium necessitas”, in his book Vulgaria.
In 1545, a similar English version was used (convenient for those of us who don’t read Latin): “Necessitie, the inventor of all goodnesse.” We know it now as an English-language proverb: meaning roughly that the driving force behind all invention is a need. Any need.
Three years ago, Charlie Lott traveled to Fresno to visit his mother; “she’d fallen, broken a hip, and had some other age-related issues. I wanted to make sure she was getting the care she needed.” Charlie found that his mother wasn’t really able to move around at all, and in fact, was so drugged up she could barely carry on a conversation. “I called my wife and told her I was bringing her home with me”. They took her to a Kaiser and weaned her from most of the medication she was on - finding the real sweet spot between managing her pain, and keeping her alert enough to get her moving again.
But as quickly as she began achieving mobility, Charlie was realizing that their home was impossibly outfitted to accommodate someone with a walker. A licensed contractor since 1981, Lott found himself fortunately equipped to start taking the necessary steps to modify their house: removing doors from their hinges, installing grab bars in the shower, raising the toilet seat. “I just started guessing at what I thought would help her to get around. We did what was needed when she needed it.” Eventually, Charlie went so far as to install motion-sensor lighting in her bedroom, the hallway, and the bathroom.
“She lived with us for nearly nine months before the illness and some other issues caught up to her, and it became necessary to place her in board care where they could keep an eye on her 24/7,” he says. “The real defining moment was when I came home and she was standing over the stove, with her robe caught in the burner about to catch flame. She didn’t even know the gas was on.”
Those nine months were a game-changer for Charlie, who suddenly had a very clear picture of the struggles and frustration that senior family members must face when dealing with mobility and/or cognitive issues.
“It also made me realize how great it felt to help someone make it through a difficult time,” says Charlie. “And how a few minor changes made a world of difference.”
With his background in construction and realty, Charlie found he was set in an extremely unique place to make a difference for those struggling as his mother had. Researching what he could do to expand upon his 36 years experience in general contracting, Charlie found that an entire movement towards Aging in Place had already begun. Giving clients a Home Safety Assessment and providing them a written plan based off of their performance including detailed specifications, services and products based on their needs and budget became the final goal: and Charlie began checking boxes off on his list.
“I went through the CAPS (Certified Aging in Place) training and became a SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist) as well, to really set me apart from other contractors who dabble in Universal Design on the sidelines of their other business.”
Additional certifications in hand, Charlie partnered up with Jane and Dan Zanini to found The Lott Group, LLC. A company that provides specialty plans for clients currently or potentially experiencing mobility issues who would rather age in place than move into an assisted living facility, the Lott Group determines exactly what products and services will best support their ability to carry out everyday activities safely, efficiently, and with dignity.
In 2000, there were 35 million Americans over the age of 65. By 2030, census estimates project that there will be over 71.5 million. The Lott Group is thrilled that they have found a place from which to help, as the number of seniors continues to increase, and folks face the enormous decision of staying in place or heading into a new chapter away from home.
“When my mom passed away, I realized that the nine months that she spent with our family were priceless,” says Charlie. “She really was part of the tribe: and a huge addition to all of our activities. Dinners, discussions, time with our grown kids. It really was life-changing. And that’s what I want to bring to the table - this priceless gift of freedom to those from whom it has been taken away.”
To connect with Charlie directly, please call (949) 541-1226. The Lott Group is located at 23811 Aliso Creek Rd., Ste. 181 in Laguna Niguel. BRE #01878857. www.AgingSafeAtHome.com
To kick off the holiday season, thousands of community members will countdown to the Huntington Beach giant snowflake lighting during the 20th annual "Light a Light of Love" holiday celebration and fundraiser to benefit nonprofit Community Service Programs (CSP) Huntington Beach Youth Shelter, a “safe haven” for homeless, runaway, abused and at-risk youth.
The festivities, including a children’s holiday parade, will take place along Main Street in downtown Huntington Beach and at Huntington Beach Pier Plaza. The main event highlight is a beautiful pier lighting ceremony of more than 80 giant snowflakes throughout Main Street and down the pier. An opportunity for children to have their picture taken with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at Pier Plaza following the children’s parade will also be available. Additionally, performances from local organizations and high school groups will be held on stage at Pier Plaza, throughout the celebration.
But here in Orange County, we can go one better as we are lucky enough to be able to experience the live action version of the hilarious tale of Buddy the Elf’s journey to New York to discover his true identity at its exclusive premiere at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
After its record-breaking run at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre during the 2010-2011 holiday season, ELF The Musical lands with a jingle of sleigh bells at Segerstrom Hall on December 20. In this modern day Christmas classic, Buddy, a young orphan child, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. Most of us might cringe when imagining a grown-up human man in tights self-actualizing on stage, but the critics are raving. The New York Times called ELF “A splashy, peppy, sugar-sprinkled holiday entertainment” and Variety proclaimed that ELF is “happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids, and plenty smart for adults!”
The Segerstrom Center production of ELF The Musical features songs by Tony Award winning nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book created by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray), and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone). The production will feature direction by Sam Scalamoni and choreography by Connor Gallagher - bringing Buddy’s endless charm, innocence and magical holiday cheer to audiences young and old.
Segerstrom Center presents a broad range of programming each season for audiences of all ages, including international ballet and dance, national tours of top Broadway show, intimate performances of jazz and cabaret, contemporary artists, classical music performed by renowned chamber orchestras and ensembles, free performances open to the public from outdoor movie screenings to dancing on the plaza and many other special events. Visit scfta.org to find out more.
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. “We’re like family here,” glows Diane. “I give my regulars a 10% discount on everything, and we often know what they’re looking for before they do.”
The nature of gift purchasing has changed greatly since the advent of the internet. How has Absolutely Fabulous stayed above the fray and blossomed while the rest of the gift industry flounders? “That’s easy,” responds Diane Silverstein, “quality, selection, price range, and ease of shopping.” After many visits to her “absolutely fabulous” gift and décor shop, I would have to agree. “Plus – we ship world-wide, so you can mail your stuff right from here!”
While the internet excels at making home shopping the easiest experience when you know exactly what you’re looking for, much of holiday gift-giving starts with “who is this for, and how much do I want to spend on them?” Absolutely Fabulous makes this type of shopping easy with their “you know the personality, we know the product” approach to holiday gift-giving. “You see,” Diane explains in her charming English accent, “we spend hours and hours searching for the best new products offered in the gift industry. When our customers come in with their lists, we walk them around and point out options that our customers would never have found in an internet search.”
Diane is not kidding on that last point. 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, Christmas decorations that range from very inexpensive bottle stoppers and tree decorations to 6-foot high collectible Santa dolls. Absolutely really does cover the gamut of gifts for anyone: “from birth to death and everything in-between is our moniker” Diane proudly states. I tend to agree.
Let’s see what other people have had to say about Absolutely Fabulous (we checked their reviews): “nicest ladies who took terrific care of me,” “Love this store. It’s amazing and wonderful to shop in.” The raves go on and on. Absolutely Fabulous is not only a local treasure, however, they have been awarded multiple national awards for her visual merchandising (did I mention that they have the best windows in the country – an honor repeatedly bestowed upon them by leading industry publications, including Gifts and Decorative Accessories Magazine.
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
This handsome lug is Wile E and he would love to be your new best friend! Though he might be named after a crafty coyote, this goofy guy is as loveable as they come. Two years old, Wile E loves dogs and humans alike and would make a wonderful addition to an active home.
Pretty little Lola is a sweet dog with a happy and energetic personality. Always ready for fun, this 1 year old Poodle mix would make a great pup for someone who loves to play. Once you’ve met Lola, she’s sure to win you over.
Woody is a happy little fluffball who wants nothing more than to be by your side. The epitome of lap dogs, he would willingly spend all day cuddled in your lap if you let him. With a truly loyal personality, Woody would make a devoted companion to someone with a little love to share.
Four year old Anvil is our longest running resident by far. First arriving at the shelter in June of 2013, Anvil spends each day waiting for that special someone to call his own. He has made many new human friends during his time with us and just loves to play ball and practice canine nose work. While Anvil has enjoyed his stay at the shelter, nothing can compare to being in a loving home. Could you be the one to finally make his long awaited dreams come true?
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.
Paths that meander alongside creeks and shady groves of trees, open space bursting with flowering plants and inhabited by deer, birds and other wildlife--the outdoors is calling you right now. It’s a perfect time to take a day hike--not only does Orange County have a wealth of trails to explore the natural beauty of the region, but hiking is a great form of exercise.
An hour-long hike can burn 468 calories for a 160-pound person, and walking can help guard against many chronic health problems such as obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. But a healthy hike is a safe hike, and many of those safety precautions should begin before you even set foot outdoors.
Here are some planning steps to take before hitting the trail:
Know where you are going. Get a trail map and find a path that fits your level of expertise. If you are a novice, don’t try a long, uphill climb with rocky terrain. Most trail maps will tell you if a path is easy or tough, how long it is, if the trail is paved or not and more. Often, you can find these maps online for advance planning, but make sure you pick up a hard copy of the trail map at your destination so you can carry it with you on the hike. Once you know where you are going, make sure someone not on the hike knows where you’ll be and the estimated time of your return, in case of emergency.
Put your best foot forward. Cross-training sneakers or trail shoes are good for light hikes; longer treks with hills or dirt paths may be better suited for hiking boots. Make sure they are broken in properly before wearing them on a hike, as new or ill-fitting shoes could cause blisters.
Be prepared. You’ll want to have some supplies on hand for your hike. They include sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat or other sun protection; water (at least two quarts); some snacks, such as dried fruit, trail mix or granola bars; a compass; a first-aid kit with basics such as bandages, gauze, tweezers, antiseptic ointment, hydrocortisone cream and any prescription medications; and a comfortable backpack to carry it all in. If it’s a long hike or you’re in unfamiliar territory, bring some extra food and water as a precaution. Other safety items include a flashlight in case you are stuck on the trail after dark, a water purification tool and a whistle to call for help; a mobile phone is handy to have in case of emergencies, or to let your contact at home know you’ve safely finished your hike, but you can’t always count on cell reception in remote areas.
Predict the weather. Loose layers are good, especially if the clothing is made of moisture-wicking fabric to prevent it from getting damp. A jacket is a good idea if there’s even a chance of rain. You can always peel off the jacket or your top layer of clothing and put it in your pack or tie it around your waist if it gets warm. If your hiking day promises to be a hot one, aim for an early start before temps rise. As the day goes on, find shady spots where you can walk or rest to stay out of the sun. And definitely stop and rest for at least 30 minutes and drink water if you feel nauseous, have a headache or are cramping--these are signs of possible heat exhaustion.
Once you’ve hit the trail, there are some other safety measures to keep in mind. Stay on the trail. Keep an eye out for animals--stop at the ranger’s office before the hike and find out what animals live in the area. Don’t touch unfamiliar plants; again, a talk with the ranger can give you information on poisonous plants along the trail. Prevent injury with a healthy stride. And don’t feel the need to rush--it’s important to take the time to enjoy your beautiful surroundings.
It’s impossible to say what we love most about our issue release parties, especially the most recent one at Villa Roma!
Situated in a shopping center just off La Paz at McIntyre (25254 La Paz Rd) in Laguna Hills, Villa Roma serves up amazing Italian and Argentine cuisine.
When it comes to deciding between hand battered and fried calamari, bufalo mozzarella appetizers, mini chicken, garlic and pesto pizzas or incredible wine paired with the best company and live music, I mean, you can’t choose just one thing! Guests noshed on the aforementioned apps and raved about the flavor in every bite. You won’t find deep-dish-American-football-sweatpants pizza here. No. They serve handmade, crispy, flaky crust pizza. The prosciutto and arugula, complete with a soft flurry of mozzarella is the kind of pie you sip wine with, reflecting on the old country while a hot steam of freshness rises poetically around you. Or, as others put it: one heck of a tasty pizza.
For discriminating palates, we recommend their Salmone Allo Champagne – fresh salmon baked in a champagne sauce, served with vegetables and roasted potatoes, and favorites like the Cannelonni Alla Rossini – homemade crepes stuffed with veal, ricotta cheese and spinach in a white cream béchamel sauce.
Villa Roma has an incredible selection of fine wines, great specials (on facebook), and the kind of attentive-yet-unobtrusive service you’re always hoping to get. Visit website: www.villaromarest.com for their menu and catering options. For reservations, call (949) 454-8585 or visit www.villarest.com
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Panels of Glass in Christ Cathedral, Formerly the Crystal Cathedral, Available for Dedication to a Loved One or to Celebrate a Special Milestone
The Orange Catholic Foundation is providing people all over the world the opportunity to be a part of the transformation of Christ Cathedral by digitally dedicating one of the iconic structure’s 11,236 glass window panes as a perpetual Heavenly Light that will shine for generations to come.
Christ Cathedral is rising anew as a beacon of faith for the Catholic Church, the Orange County community, and the world at large. Acquired by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange in 2013 from the Rev. Robert Schuller’s famous “Hour of Power” Crystal Cathedral Ministries, the iconic 1981 landmark is undergoing a complete renovation and transformation to take it from its former fame as the Crystal Cathedral to its permanent place as a fully restored and sanctified Catholic cathedral. Christ Cathedral is the largest glass structure in the world, a mother Church for Catholics throughout Orange County and beyond, and home to one of the largest musical instruments in the world, the Hazel Wright Memorial organ.
Supporters of this transformation may select and secure their Heavenly Lights virtual dedication from sections of the Cathedral, which are named in honor of various saints: St. Michael the Archangel, St. Teresa of Kolkata (Mother Teresa), St. Francis of Assisi, St. Ignatius, St. Patrick, St. Augustine, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Therese of Lisieux, and St. Thomas More.
“These gifts of Heavenly Lights enable people to be a part of the transformation of Christ Cathedral,” said Cynthia Bobruk, Executive Director of the Orange Catholic Foundation. “We see them as a beautiful way to honor loved ones and milestone events with a permanent place in our worship space.”
Dedication opportunities range from $40 to $10,000 and come with a certificate of authenticity, a letter of thanks from Orange County Bishop Kevin Vann and a prayer intention, which will be offered at the Epiphany Mass in 2017. Donors gifting $100 or more will also receive a Christmas season holiday ornament.
Funds raised through the Heavenly Lights dedications will be used for renovation work and in an endowment for the ongoing maintenance of Christ Cathedral and its 34-acre campus.
A beacon of faith within and beyond the Diocese of Orange, a gathering place for all on their journey of faith.
For believers and non-believers alike, it combines awe-inspiring architecture that gives a glimpse of the divine with the familiarity that feels like home.
For more information on Heavenly Lights donation opportunities, visit www.heavenlylights.org
It’s exceptionally rare to find hair artists who truly cares about their customers’ needs and are dedicated to finding the perfect solution – and have the skill and experience to actually achieve your desired results.
With years of experience helping women and men who have fine and thinning hair challenges, Debora Routhe and Elizabeth Nunez are the dream team behind Mission Viejo based Full Strands Inc. They are the go-to professionals for clients seeking non-surgical hair replacement options.
Debora is an American Board Certified Haircolorist and a cutting specialist, while Elizabeth is a skilled and experienced barber and cosmetologist. Haircutting and hair extensions are her forte.
“When it comes to hair extensions or hair restoration/replacement, it’s not one size fits all,” says Debora. “What sets our business apart from others is our dedication to continuing education. We continually seek to discover better products and techniques to give our customers the hair of their dreams. Further, we are full-time behind the chair hairdressers. We are well versed in all aspects of color, design, and styling. This experience allows us to make all hair systems and extensions look incredibly natural and undetectable.”
Eight years ago, after an increasing number of her clients came to her with fine and thinning hair concerns, Debora made it her mission to find ways to help.
“I sought out solutions and became certified in numerous techniques,” she says. “Our business in the non-surgical hair replacement industry has grown by word of mouth from our satisfied customers. We are truly making a difference for women and men who felt for so long that they had nowhere to go and could find no acceptable solutions for their fine and thinning hair. We have seen self-confidence come back for the clients we serve. They no longer feel self conscious or embarrassed of their appearance. We are excited to come to work every day and transform our clients into the best version of themselves. We live to make people feel beautiful!”
Equally passionate about giving back to the community, Full Strands supports South County Outreach, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing hunger and homelessness by helping people help themselves with a food pantry, homeless prevention counseling, and rapid re-housing programs.
“The most rewarding aspect of owning this business is that we get to do what we want to do,” says Debora. “We get to choose the products, the hair systems, extensions, and the tools we work with. We selected the salon decor and pick the music we listen to. We have created a relaxing, private environment for our clients to enjoy and in which our creativity can flourish.”
Book online at fullstrands.com.
Full Strands is located at 27741 Crown Valley Parkway, Suite 201, Studio 23 in Mission Viejo. Debora and Elizabeth can be reached by calling 949-300-3625.
The Nutcracker, set to music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky, features choreography by Alexei Ratmansky, scenery and costumes by award-winning designer Richard Hudson and lighting by Jennifer Tipton. The Pacific Symphony performs the beloved holiday score. In the Los Angeles Times review from last year’s inaugural Center performance, it declared, “Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky has made his own Christmas miracle: a joyful ‘Nutcracker’ ballet that is ravishing and clever enough to inspire multiple viewings.”
Misty Copeland and Herman Cornejo will lead the opening night cast of The Nutcracker roles of Clara, the Princess and Nutcracker, the Prince, respectively. Subsequent casts include Hee Seo and Cory Stearns, Gillian Murphy and James Whiteside, Isabella Boylston and Jeffrey Cirio, Stella Abrera and Alexandre Hammoudi, and Sarah Lane and Joseph Gorak in the leading roles. The engagement of The Nutcracker continues an on-going relationship between Segerstrom Center and American Ballet Theatre. The Company has appeared at the Center since the beginning in 1987. At the Center, ABT gave the world premiere of Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Swan Lake in 1988, the West Coast premiere of Kevin McKenzie’s new production of The Sleeping Beauty in 2007 and the world premiere of a new production of Firebird by Alexei Ratmansky in 2012. In 2008, the Center and ABT cocommissioned Twyla Tharp’s Rabbit and Rogue, receiving its world premiere in New York and West Coast premiere at the Center. In 1999, ABT’s production of Le Corsaire was taped in Segerstrom Hall for broadcast on PBS’ Dance In America, winning an Emmy Award. In 2003, The Dream was also taped at the Center for broadcast on Dance In America. In March 2015, Segerstrom Center presented the world premiere of ABT’s new production of The Sleeping Beauty as choreographed by Maurius Petipa with staging and additional choreography by Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky. In March of 2017, American Ballet Theatre will return to the Center with the world premiere of its new production, Whipped Cream, choreographed by ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky, with sets and costumes by pop-surrealist Mark Ryden.
Single tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker start at $29 are now available online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket discounts for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236.
Special Sweet Seats are available for every performance and include: