O.C.’s HAIR POLICE WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE
THE GRADUATING CLASS OF 2015 WHILE WE WISH FOR YOU
THE GREATEST SUCCESS AND HAPPINESS!!
“The future belongs to those who believe in the
beauty of their dreams.”
The end of the school year, a major shift in kids schedules, restless little ones, Summer looming. Exhausted, Overwhelmed?! Swoop those cherubs up in your arms and take a drive to Heisler Park in Laguna Beach. The park offers majestic views of the ocean as you stroll high a top the Pacific Ocean upon some of Laguna’s magnificent cliffs. There is entertaining people watching of artists immersed in their craft to sunbathers. Picnicking to barbequing are available. Spend the day! Roam into downtown Laguna and back. Plan to remain for one of Southern California’s breathtaking sunsets. The Park is located just north of Main Beach in downtown Laguna. Access http://www.discoverlaguna.com/beaches/heisler.htm
for further information. Enjoy, decompress, you are going to make it!
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Martin Luther King Jr.
Students ranging from fourth to sixth grade at Springbrook Elementary School in Irvine proudly represent The Springbrook Ambassadors. The group was established as the school’s leadership program. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, this compassionate team of children chose to represent one of their own for their annual Day of Service project.
Michael Fullmer is eight years old, in third grade, and is a fellow student at Springbrook Elementary. Mikey, as he is affectionately called, suffers from a rare skin disorder referred to as epidermolysis bullosa. The disease causes skin to tear and blister easily. Mikey’s parents painstakingly wrap him in bandages daily to help to keep his skin from doing just this.
Nearly 80 students comprised of the Springbrook Amabassadors combined with South Lake Middle School and University Park Elementary set up a snack and lemonade stand on MLK Day on Mikey’s behalf in order to raise funds to apply toward research for epidermolysis bullosa. Motorists passing by the corner of Greenmoor and East Yale Loop in Irvine were so moved by the efforts of these deeply empathetic children to the point that their contributions culminated into a grand total of $1,141.00! To make a donation or to learn more about epidermolysis bullosa, please go to ebresearch.org. The EB Research Partnership was founded by Mikey’s parents when they merged their fundraising arm with a New York families organization that too have a son suffering from the same disease.
O.C.’s Hair Police would like to recognize the unconditional kindness of the students of The Springbrook Ambassadors as our most recent In It To Win It recipients while we offer our support of their efforts toward their schoolmate, Mikey, with a donation to EB Research in their name. So often, we bypass the power of a child’s heart in our busy days as they remain before us patiently awaiting to be called upon. O.C.’s Hair Police encourages taking a moment to glance their way to embellish in this gift for as Henry Ward Beecher once stated, “Children are the hand by which we take hold of heaven.”
Nestled up against a cozy neighborhood in Costa Mesa, the occupants of the unassuming building housing Girls, Inc. thrive. Their joyful sounds at play drown out the bustle of Costa Mesa’s Newport Blvd. a mere two blocks away while the pristine 10 acre Lion’s Park offers itself as a lovely buffer to the hectic life that engulfs city dwellers.
Within the peaceful walls of Girls, Inc., girls of all ages are inspired daily to be “Strong, Smart, and Bold”! Programs such as Y.E.S.S. and S.T.E.M. nurture 138,000 members across the U.S. and Canada by providing them with life-changing experiences and real solutions to the issues that are unique to the challenges that young ladies face on a daily basis.
O.C.’s Hair Police is so impressed with Girls, Inc. and their programs of empowerment therein that we have chosen the Girls, Inc. members of the Costa Mesa location as our current “In It To Win It” recipients. We received 12 essays from the 5th and 6th grade young ladies at Girls, Inc. that touched on their summer memories. The vibrant colors depicting their essays in art form served as lively backdrops to their written words. Their respective stories spoke of Y.E.S.S. and/or discussed their experiences through a prism embracing a science like perspective influenced by S.T.E.M. For your viewing, their essays are posted on our FB page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/OCs-Hair-Police-Treatment-Center/552243538129181
Y.E.S.S. stands for Youth, Empowerment, Self, Sufficiency while S.T.E.M. is an abbreviation for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Both programs celebrate the embodiment of the characteristics that are the basic foundation of being a girl while encouraging them to utilize these attributes toward creating a start up business to embracing the sciences.
These lovely young ladies should be proud of their ability to incorporate a creative flair to the fundamentals of business and the sciences as reflected in their summer tales which popped off the page draped in full color artistry. In the same breathe, the Girls, Inc. organization should be applauded for their efforts to encourage their members to expand their basic thoughts by pushing the limits of their thinking to reach beyond established boundaries to a realm of limitless innovation.
If it is to be true that, “Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” (John W. Whitehead) Then, we can be rest assured that Girls, Inc. is creating a beautiful tomorrow with their message in a bottle of “Strong, Smart, and Bold!” to wash up on the shores of the future for the world to behold.
HEY KIDS!!!! TAKE A HIKE…WITH YOUR MOM!!!!
Look up, look down, look all around. Find twigs, rocks, leaves, pinecones, whatever, all of it. Create your very own nature scene on a piece of paper with your treasures found. Give it to your Mom. Tell her that you like being with her, tell her thanks, tell her you love her. Ask her if you can go hiking again. Tell her why, like this…”Hey, Mom!”, “Yeah Sweetie?”, “I like being with you. Let’s do that again. I love you.” It’s that simple.
O.C.’s Hair Police wishes you a wonderful Mother’s Day!!
For incredible hikes throughout The OC, check out Tiny Oranges link to take a nature walk
Arroyo Elementary School is located in North Tustin. The Mustangs are an impressive school reflected in their many accolades of which include the California Distinguished School Award for the year 2014. Their principal, Mrs. Villegas, has a favorite quote. It is “Carpe Diem” or “Seize the Day”! Second grade student Sabeen has done just this.
Sabeen loves her library. She looks forward to visiting her library regularly and wanted to express her gratitude for this in some way. Sabeen asked her teacher what she could do along these lines. Her teacher steered her to their principal Mrs. Villegas. Mrs. Villegas thought it best that she sign up with Ripple Kids™ as a means in which to effectively direct her endearing efforts.
Ripple Kids™ is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering kids to take action in their communities by publicizing what their peers are doing. The evolution of Ripple Kids™ began in 2003 when the founder Bridget Belden was enlightened by her 7 year old daughter and 5 year old son as she would watch them naturally extend themselves to help others in a purely unconditional manner. Her epiphany from these experiences translated into the profound recognition that, as she states, “…If we can empower and support kids while they have the inclination and the creativity, what kind of community issues can we resolve? What kind of adults will those kids grow into? What kind of world can we create?”.
Sabeen exemplifies Mrs. Belden’s powerful view of the genuine kindness of a child’s heart and the tenderness of a Ripple Kids™ profile. Sabeen took the initiative to “Seize the Day” by signing up to become a Ripple Kid™. Sabeen’s idea to sell popsicles at her school with the intent to donate the proceeds to her library was provided guidance, encouragement and nurtured through the Ripple Kids™ website. In addition, she had help from her Mom, Dad, and Sister. Sabeen raised $59.00 for her library through her popsicle sales! The process made her feel “…very good and happy”.
Sabeen is 8 years old. At such a young age, she has been driven by her love for her library to simply want to offer this love back to the place on campus that makes her feel so good. In being guided by what is right, she was able to recognize that, as she has expressed, “…some small work can make a big difference”. Sabeen is truly a leader in stepping forward to create a positive “ripple effect” amongst her peers as she embraced becoming a Ripple Kid™. In honor of Sabeen’s lovely heart, unconditional gesture of gratitude, and leadership qualities, O.C.’s Hair Police is proud to submit a donation to the Arroyo Elementary School Library on behalf of Sabeen as our current “In It To Win It” recipient.
St. Patrick’s Day is a perfect excuse for a family outing as well as tipping ye hat into the realm of mystical leprechauns! On March 16th, the O.C. Fairgrounds is holding their 8th Annual St. Patricks Day Celebration. There is a fabulous line up of entertainment from world class Irish Dancers to Marston Smith, Lord of the Cello. Entertainment abounds from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please access their website; http://ocmarketplace.com/contents/Entertainment.aspx#StPatricksDay
Leprechauns emerge this time of year being spotted by children at every turn. Nurture this imaginary world of trickery and wonderment by baking traditional Irish Soda Bread. While the bread is cooling, write a poem from a leprechaun on tracing paper. Use your “non-writing” hand so your children do know it is you. Roll the rhyme up real tight, place it in a straw cut to fit into the soda bread, and then slide it in the soda bread. Be sure to remember where you placed it so that when you cut it, you are able to slice where the straw is not. As your child enjoys the soda bread, they will then be stunned when they find a rhyme from a leprechaun¡ The following website has wonderful soda bread recipes to choose from;
To get you started, below are mystical rhymes that are loved by children every year!
Hear me in the breeze, Run with me,
See me in the trees, Laugh with me,
Watch for me dance Skip with me too,
on a flowers leaves, Where ever you are,
keep looking for me I’m always with you.
won’t you please.
On a leprechauns rainbow I now fly away
to return to you at this same time
next year on the this very same day!
“…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 is in the process of completing her Masters Degree (MFA) in the Visual Arts at 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 the simple pleasures such as a little BUBBLE MANIA!