December 2017 Lifestyle Letter

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

— Henry Stanley Haskins

Our December issue is dedicated to people that have that something special within. They give to others because they care, and they care about others because it's the right thing to do. It seems like the world has been going…

Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens Wins Award

The 18th Annual ArtsOC Awards took place this Tuesday, October 17 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens was the recipient of the 2017 Achievement Award for Outstanding Arts Organization. All of the Casa Romantica staff and Board of Trustees were in attendance, as well as the Volunteer Advisory Committee.

PierPride hosts 2nd annual ‘Light Up the Pier’ 
fundraising event, held on October 13

The event was held to continue efforts in establishing a trust for maintenance of the San Clemente Pier. PierPride sponsors gathered at 
Casa Romantica to celebrate the Pier and be recognized for their generosity, with hundreds lining the pier with lit cell phones to symbolize commitment to preserving the pier.

San Clemente and Dana Hills High School

When Paula Oblen, Director of Special Spaces Orange County took this role, she knew it would take a “village” to bring her non-profit Chapter’s vision to life for deserving children facing life-threatening illnesses. When friends and fellow classmates at San Clemente High School battled such illnesses, it really struck the hearts of so many students and ignited their passion to…

Children’s Christmas Gifts to Help With Their Future

With the holiday season fast approaching, many parents and grandparents may wonder how best to invest in a child’s future, rather than simply to hand over a sum of cash. When I was younger, my father would deposit any cash I received over the holidays into a custodial investment account in my name which I was unable to withdraw until…

How to Make a Ribbon Wreath

This is a great way to repurpose ribbons from past Christmases, making an elegant decoration for your holiday celebration. Coordinate colors with your Christmas theme or with your home’s interior design to create a festive and stylish seasonal design. Have fun and be creative!

The Heart At The End of This Rainbow

Creating Rainbow Sandals, Inc. was Jay “Sparky” Longley’s first great act of altruism. He began making the sandals in a garage in Laguna back in the early ’70s, out of what he saw as a necessity for a sturdy and environmentally conscious sandal for surfers like himself. He didn’t want to continue seeing the beaches lined with broken sandals or…

COA Gives Kids & Parents a Chance to Be Unabashedly Drug-Free

The Community Outreach Alliance (COA) is a local non-profit dedicated to encouraging the brightest possible futures for San Clemente’s youth. It began as a reaction to a rising problem with heroin, which was claiming the lives of several high school students. Pondo Vleisides couldn’t stand it. At the time, the San Clemente native was running Talega Life Church, where he…

The Groundbreaking Girls Project

At the beginning of 2017, Allison Adams no longer recognized the world. She had lost her husband, Vernon, or Vernon Version .02 as she calls him, two and a half years after he had been in a terrible accident. In May 2014, Vernon Version .01 was driving home on his Vespa in south San Clemente when he was hit by…

Using Appreciation to Create a Joyful Life

With every thought we have, an emotional response will follow. Thoughts ALWAYS precede emotions. So, every thought impacts our emotional state. Moment by moment we choose which thoughts to entertain and invest energy in – and 
predictable emotions always follow.