“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Beauty Avenue located at 124 E. Yorba Linda Blvd. in Placentia is truly an avenue of beauty. Owner, Daniel Oh and his staff are deeply committed to the Yorba Linda, Brea, Anaheim Hills, Fullerton, and Placentia communities they serve. Exemplifying this is their ongoing promotion for hair donations to the non-profit children’s charity, Wigs for Kids, as well as their consistent outreach efforts to the H.I.S. House families and individuals located in Placentia.
Regularly, Beauty Avenue will conduct a day of beauty for the H.I.S. House occupants in transition while the same hair stylists and staff of Beauty Avenue are poised each and every day to donate the hair of those patrons that request them to do so for Wigs for Kids. Daniel Oh explains, “We are reminded daily how fragile life can be, and how thankfully blessed we are to have an opportunity to help people in need.”
In our effort to support Beauty Avenue’s commitment to its community and those in need, O.C.’s Hair Police is honored to provide a charitable contribution to both Wigs for Kids and H.I.S. House on their behalf. We would like to also thank Daniel and his Beauty Avenue members as they remind us that the beauty within each of us can truly change the lives of others through the simplest of gesture’s woven into an avenue of giving.
The journey leading one to a place of empathy and action is truly inspirational as well as deeply enlightening. Most definitely the evolution of Wigs for Kids and H.I.S. House exemplify just this.
The non-profit charity for children Wigs for Kids developed when a beloved niece diagnosed with leukemia, her Uncle a highly influential hair stylist, his promise to her, a flood, and the genuine compassion of the human spirit was tapped into.
Jeffrey Paul began the journey leading him to the creation of Wigs for Kids over 30 years ago. Paul’s niece had been diagnosed with leukemia. Devastated at the thought of losing her hair, Paul’s niece made an emotional plea to him to please provide her with hair so that she would not have to be bald when she tried out for the gymnastics team she had dreamt of representing ever since she could remember. Paul promised she would have hair.
Children are much more active than adults and their heads are smaller. This posed as a very difficult challenge for Paul. After countless consultations with doctors and prosthetics specialists, the creation of a hairpiece that would uphold its look as if it were a child’s very own hair was devised. The wig that Paul developed remains on the scalp before, during, and after the most rigorous child activities inclusive of gymnastics!
Chemotherapy saved Paul’s nieces life. Due to the Chemotherapy treatments that left her bald however, she chose to wear her wig for her gymnastics competition. Paul sat in the stands cheering her on as she pointed to her head while looking up to him after finishing a routine. In that moment Paul proclaimed, “Tears ran down my face. I knew that God was taking me to another place in my life. The time was right for me to reach out.”
In 1989, the Presbyterian Church founded H.I.S. House. The “H.I.S.” of H.I.S. House stands for Homeless Intervention Shelter. In its humble beginnings, this three bedroom two bath farmhouse nestled in Placentia where raising citrus fruit, walnuts, avocados, and grapes abound shared in the synergy of a town that boasted the Valencia Orange Growing and Packing company as a fabric of its community. The love that once was reflected in a nurturing farmhouse has grown in its goodness to become a transitional shelter for families and individuals that are suffering from homelessness.
The depth of compassion that is woven into this property is reflected in its now burgeoning 13 guest room, 5 bathroom, 2 kitchen and family rooms, one living room and library, and a resident manager quarters. The length of stay for its transitioning residents is 4-6 months. To date, H.I.S. House has lovingly assisted over 2000 families, singles, and children regain self-sufficiency.
Our human spirit yearns for the love from one another. We are blessed to have the Beauty Avenue’s, the Wigs for Kids, and the H.I.S. House’s amongst us and those within their organizations that drive a deep sense of connectivity and compassion as members of our very own communities.BEAUTY AVENUE WIGSFOR KIDS HIS HOUSE
“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” Mother Teresa
Throughout the Netherlands and Scandinavia nearly 1,000 years ago, animal bones were laced to the footwear of those looking to travel on frozen lakes and rivers. In 1592, a Scotsman developed an all-iron skate. For the Dutch, this innovation lead to a surge in traveling on blades between villages as well as an efficient and popular means of transport beginning in the 1600’s. On the Fens in England in 1763 the maiden speed skating race was launched, one hundred and twenty one years prior, the first Skating Club was established in Edinburgh in 1642.
North America was introduced to speed skating shortly after 1763. By 1850 and nearly eighty five years into being introduced to the sport, the U.S. had developed a lighter, sharper, all-steel blade. Americans have without question embraced the gamete of sporting events and pastimes offered within the realm of ice skating since its inception within our country.
The average daily degrees in Southern California reaches 75 farenheit. The temperature required in order for a lake to begin to freeze from its perimeter inward is 32 degrees. During this process, the air must remain colder than the water. Southern Californian’s are not deterred easily and in this instance climate is not a factor. Listed below are six of many ice skating rinks throughout our adventure seeking, health conscious County. From public skate to figure skating to ice hockey to broomball, the sport of ice skating is thriving in the O.C.
As California enters into its rainiest season in five years, O.C.’s Hair Police thought it just might be good karma to assist in furthering this pattern by encouraging participation in a genuine winter sport established almost 10 centuries ago. In a sense, performing our very own rain dance!
Regardless of the reason, O.C.’s Hair Police hopes you will enjoy a wonderful family outing by accessing one of the many skate rinks in the O.C. Enter into the same temperate atmosphere that ensures snow capped mountaintops along the Sierra Nevada mountain range which produces 95% of our water source in California. May your winter wonderland excursion within the rink foster fond family memories and just maybe through osmosis the continuance of a rainy So Cal winter! anaheim Ice family fun!!!
As the denouement of 2016 transcends upon us, O.C.’s Hair Police would like to wish each and every one of our patrons blessings and peace throughout 2017. The assurance that the goodness in humanity will persevere as it has throughout history is reflected in the words of Lord Alfred Tennyson as he proclaimed in 1850 within his poem, “Ring out, wild bells” in 1850. We would like to offer these same sentiments in 2016 as our toast to the current New Year.
Ring Out, Wild Bells
As September becomes our norm, the vast majority of school-aged children will have entered back into another year of school. For many parents, this is a relief. The actual student, however, most likely does not share in this exaltation. To soften yet another pendulum swing in a families lifestyle from lazy days of summer to a return to alarm clocks and dressing for the day in the gray mist of dawn, O.C.’s Hair Police suggests a family excursion to one of the many O.C.’s Ice Cream and Confectioner Parlors!
America has a rich history of the consumption of ice cream. The first evidence of ice cream in the U.S. was documented in a letter by a guest of Maryland Governor William Bladen in 1744. President Thomas Jefferson’s vanilla ice cream recipe has been compared to a modern-day Baked Alaska. At the second inaugural banquet for President Madison in 1831, Dolly Madison served a delectable strawberry ice cream creation. Jacob Fussell, a Baltimore Milk Dealer, pioneered the manufacturing of ice cream in the U.S. in the year 1851 after the development of insulated ice houses. From that moment on, ice cream transitioned from being an elitist delicatessen to becoming a mainstream staple throughout our great nation.
Soda Fountain shops thrived in the 19th Century and the “soda jerk” emerged. World War II utilized ice cream as a morale booster to its troops as units tried to outdo each other in the amount of ice cream served. The “floating ice cream parlor” in 1945 was built for sailors in the Western Pacific while America celebrated with ice cream when the war came to an end. Americans consumed 20 quarts of ice cream per person in 1946 one year after the “floating ice cream parlor” took to the high seas!!
After 30 years of a fairly constant production of ice cream, specialty ice cream and confectioner parlors began to surge once more and have continued to do so since the 1970’s. While ice cream tantalizes the taste buds, it also generates a common bond of delight in the mixture of flavors consumed that instantaneously cause one to want to share with others in the discovery! Life slows and our troubles are forgotten with each mouthful while we cling to the exhilaration of a communal ice cream moment.
For parents and kids alike, an exploration to the modern day “Soda Fountain” may be the perfect remedy to assist in easing back into the realities of this “school days are here again” time of year. O.C.’s Hair Police offers the following establishments to get you started. We most certainly hope that you and your family try more than just one of our suggestions!!
Fun Facts of the Origin of Ice Cream: Evidence of ice cream dates as far back as the second century, B.C. when Alexander the Great was known to be fond of honey and nectar flavored ice and snow. King Solomon quite possibly would be a Juice Bar regular today as it has been referenced he enjoyed iced drinks during harvesting. Runners regularly went to the mountains to retrieve snow for Nero Claudius Caesar (A.D. 54-86) to then flavor it with fruits and juices during the Roman Empire.
Derivatives of ice cream circulated through Europe when Marco Polo returned to Italy with a recipe similar to today’s “sherbet” from the Middle East. England at the same time was seemingly discovering ice cream when Charles I regularly offered “Cream ice” at his table. Paris, France was the first known country to offer ice cream to the general public in 1660 at Café Procope introduced by Sicilian Procopio. The recipe blended milk, cream, butter, and eggs. Seemingly, throughout the ages a scoop of ice cream has served up drips of happiness. May this universal truth continue for you and your family as you find your very own drips of happiness in each and every scoop as well!
“…a simple and totally awesome outdoor activity…Fill your yard, the beach, a park, a campground, or anywhere outdoors with giant, almost unpoppable, BUBBLES!!” Chelsea Rector
Balboa Island Native and current UCR Masters Student, Chelsea Rector, exclaims with a smile that, “Bubbles are incredibly colorful! They are able to illuminate any backdrop with an unpredictable canvas of ever changing hues based on the angle of the rays of light touching down upon the bubble as it emerges. Seemingly the bubble comes alive while creating its very own exclusive shape to not be repeated in exact formation really ever again. Fascinating!!”
Chelsea, while a Fellow at the Culver Center of the Arts, completed a bubble study as a part of her Fellowship at the Center. She also has a Masters Degree (MFA) in Visual Arts from UCR. For your best bubble results, she recommends the Beeboo Big Bubbles Kit and the Pro Bubble Juice both found on Amazon at a reasonable price. The Pro Bubble Juice works well with standard size bubble wands also. Chelsea strongly urges our readers to buy the Pro Bubble Juice by the “…gallon, for maximum fun!”
Bubbles have been entertaining people of all ages for at least 400 years. Bubbles can reach a height of 4 meters while there is no limit on the length that they are able to extend to. Children as young as 2 years of age through their college experience are able to benefit intellectually on a conceptual basis from the formations of bubbles by simply creating and/or watching them evolve from a bucket of soapy water. Be sure to maintain a higher bubble mix than water while making your very own bubble art. Ultimately, water will succumb to gravity affecting the ability of the bubble to maintain its vitality. The bubble mix will slow this process down due to its glycerol content.
OC’s Hair Police thanks Chelsea for her comments while hoping that her direction will allow you and your family the time this summer to enjoy simple pleasures such as a little BUBBLE MANIA!Bubble History
Keep the Outdoors, Outdoors!!
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Carry It In Your All About Summer Bag…
“In summer, the song sings itself.”
William Carlos Williams
Let It Happen In A Summer Sort Of Way…
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“Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.” Hippocrates
Anika Ortiz is 11 years of age. Within these first precious years of life she has experienced tragedy on a level that one would hope to never be exposed to in a lifetime. From the depths of despair, Anika has continued to soothe her heartache through helping those that are struggling emotionally and physically also. Anika has established a “pop-up” boutique with a portion of the proceeds being donated to low-income women and families challenged with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, domestic violence, and other difficult life altering issues.
The name of her boutique is Anika’s Pink Closet. It is located at the Mariposa Women and Family Center on West Town and Country Road in the city of Orange. One time per month the boutique will be open at the Center spanning over the course of one year. Each time the boutique is open, there will be a speaker discussing topics that are relevant to young girls such as bullying and setting healthy boundaries. Anika herself will also offer her personal fashion tips while engaging her audience with mounds of self-confidence.
Items in the boutique for purchase include clothing, accessories, toys, and other goods for girls. Anika has cleaned her closet out as well as purchased on Craigslist to round out her initial line of product. 10% of all proceeds will be donated back to the Mariposa Women and Family Center. Anika also encourages donations of items to be dropped off at the Center in order for her to sale.
Anika lost her sister, Alejandra Hernandez, a couple years ago to domestic violence. Alejandra was murdered by her estranged husband, John Rand Agosta. Agosta is currently serving 50 years to life for this horrific crime. Maria Ortiz is Anika and Alejandra’s mother. She had wanted to honor her daughter while reaching out to others with similar experiences. Anika’s desire to create a boutique was the catalyst to assist those that are looking to heal.
O.C.’s Hair Police would like to honor Anika, Maria, Alejandra, and the Mariposa Women and Family Center for the enormity of their hearts and the difference they are making within their community as our current “In It To Win It” recipients. It is the unsung heroes amongst us that are able to provide strength to those in despair so that they may shed the past for a better tomorrow. O.C.’s Hair Police is proud to assist in this process with a donation provided to Anika’s Pink Closet as well as the Mariposa Women and Family Center.
“How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it!” George Elliston