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…
Serving up some of the best Italian dishes this side of Venice If you’re in the mood for delicious, authentic Italian fare served in a romantic atmosphere where the owners and staff make guests feel as welcome as a member of the family, experience Casanova Ristorante. Literally everything I’ve tried on the menu here has been nothing short of superb. The service is excellent – attentive and unobtrusive – the ambiance is warm and friendly and its popular cocktail lounge featuring an extensive, specially selected wine list (and full bar) has a loyal following among locals and visitors alike. Start…
Welcome to 2017! Did you make your New Year’s resolutions? It’s a 4,000-year tradition that dates to the Babylonians who started their new years at the Spring Equinox in a 12-day religious festival known as Akitu. The most common resolutions then were to pay up on debts and return things that were borrowed. Later in ancient Rome, Julius Caesar changed the calendar and established January 1 as the beginning of the new year circa 46 B.C. January was named for Janus, a two-faced god who looked backwards into the previous year and ahead into the future. Sacrifices were made to…
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Take Charge of Your Health A government task force is about to give insurance companies an excuse not to pay for mammograms. They are creating new guidelines that recommend women delay screening until age 50! They also recommend insurance companies only pay every other year for a mammogram and stop paying after the age of 74. This is a tragedy. One in 5 breast cancers occur in women under age 50. These guidelines will cause diagnostic delays, force doctors to treat cancer with more aggressive treatments (chemotherapy, surgery and radiation), and cause young women to die needlessly. Young children will grow up without their mothers and families will be devastated.  The…
Winter Fest at the OC Fair & Event Center is Southern California’s largest winter experience. Features include ice tubing, a two million light walk-through show, ice skating, Snow Play with real snow blown in daily, nightly Christmas tree lighting ceremony, carnival rides, festive entertainment, seasonal eateries, visits with Santa and so much more. “From high-speed sliding thrills to a special toddler-sized snow hill to craft cocktails and local bands, there’s truly something for everyone,” said Brad Billington of Mirage Entertainment. “Winter Fest is the place to make memories and this year you can even ring in the New Year under…
Nov 29, 2016

Pets of the Month

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About as cool as they come, Andre is a mellow cat with a personality of gold. Happy to be around humans and felines alike, Andre is ready to make new friends wherever he goes! This laid-back kitty would fit in well to just about any home.         This sweet girl is Sookie, an attentive and affectionate kitty looking to find her new family.  With beautiful markings and a personality to match, Sookie would make a great cat for someone willing to give her all the love she so deserves!         Sajack is a nine…
Cheryl Turner, owner of Paris in a Cup, shares 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. I’m a fan of old…
Na Leo Holiday ConcertSaturday, December 17, 8 pm NA LEO PILIMEHANA, which in Hawaiian means the voices blending together in warmth, is the most popular, award winning and biggest selling female Hawaiian group in the World. Na Leo consists of three childhood friends, Nalani Choy, Lehua Kalima Heine and Angela Morales. This concert will feature Na Leo performing their contemporary hits and holiday classics. COMING IN JANUARY 2017 Eric Tingstad & Nancy RumbelWednesday, January 18, 2017, 8 pm Grammy Award winners Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel have performed, recorded and touring together for more than 24 years with 19 albums…
Pacific Symphony PopsTHE TEN TENORS Friday–Saturday, Dec. 16–17, 8 p.m. “Home for the Holidays” is a magical experience for the whole family that will dazzle, delight and captivate audiences. Join Australia’s rockstars of the opera as they amaze and enthrall with their unique selection of traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites. With soaring versions of “Joy to the World,” “Sleigh Ride,” “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland” and many more, “Home for the Holidays” is the perfect way to celebrate the spirit of the season. As an added bonus, Nancy Cartwright, voice actor for “The Simpsons,” makes a special appearance to narrate “The…
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…
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…
While cardiovascular disease is a broad term that encompasses many different kinds of heart or blood vessel problems, it is often used to refer to damage to your heart or blood vessels by atherosclerosis or a buildup of fatty plaques in your arteries. This type of plaque buildup can thicken and stiffen artery walls, ultimately inhibiting blood flow to vital organs and tissues. This is the most common cause of heart disease, and high cholesterol is a significant contributor. What is Cholesterol? Created by the liver, cholesterol is a waxy, fatty substance found in your bloodstream and in many foods…
Grammy® Award-Winning Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano Return to Segerstrom Center in Fiesta Navidad Segerstrom Center for the Arts continues its holiday celebrations with the world renowned, Grammy-winning Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano for a celebratory evening of Mexican and American holiday songs, inspired choreography performed by Folklor Pasión Mexicana as well as audience sing-alongs in Fiesta Navidad on December 23 in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. This joyful concert also features the Latin Christmas tradition of La Posada, the reenactment of Joseph and Mary’s pilgrimage to Bethlehem. Grammy® Award-Winning The Klezmatics Make Segerstrom Center Debut…
For a solid month after my kids watched the beloved New Line Cinema movie ELF, whenever either of them would pick up a phone call, they’d answer, (with as much pep and holiday cheer as possible) “Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?”  If you haven’t seen the movie, I’d ask you to just put this magazine down, brew some hot cocoa, pop a batch of peppermint Tollhouse cookies in the oven, and immediately find a copy to put on. But here in Orange County, we can go one better as we are lucky enough to be able to experience…
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…
Oct 28, 2016

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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…
Good Feet products are medically tested to alleviate pain and promote healing If you've ever had low back pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis or foot pain, you know how miserable it can make you feel and if you're like most folks, it's worth trying anything short of surgery to relieve the pain. Many physicians recommend Good Feet products, including shoe inserts that have been scientifically and medically tested to alleviate the pain and promote healing. At the Good Feet store in Dana Point, you'll discover shoe inserts that support your feet in comfort so that you can enjoy walking, dancing or playing sports again. This family-owned and operated store…
As the colder and wetter weather approaches us, it is time to think about taking extra care of your hearing aids during these months. While Southern California may not experience a significant change in weather, many people travel during the holiday season to other areas of the country with colder temperatures and even snow. Below are some tips to ensure optimal hearing no matter where you are during the holiday season. 1. The colder weather may have you donning extra layers of clothes: hats, scarves and heavier jackets. Remember to be extra careful when putting on or removing these articles…
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…
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…

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