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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
“The American, by nature is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor, and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly.”
John F. Kennedy
From March 19th to April 3rd, Knott’s Berry Farm will feature their Knott’s Boysenberry Festival. The Festival will offer live entertainment from the Peanuts Party in the Park to Crazy Kirk and the Hillbillies. Delectable Boysenberry Bites will be plentiful while Interactive Pie Making will most definitely be curious to engage in. The ride portion of the park will of course be open as well.
The Knott’s Boysenberry Festival is a fitting tribute to the founders of Knott’s Berry Farm, Walter and Cordelia Knott. We hope you will join the celebration while we encourage you to proudly immerse yourselves in the rich American tradition the Knott’s exemplified. As a family, they dared to dream. This positive synergy ultimately has afforded each of our families decades of enjoyment as we stroll through the park, perhaps as they did on their farm, sharing a moment in time together.
Walter Knott was the first to produce the boysenberry. In 1932, Anaheim Parks Superintendent Rudolph Boysen approached his friend Walter Knott. Mr. Boysen had experimented with crossing the loganberry, red raspberry, and blackberry. He shared his knowledge and ingenuity with Walter in the hope that Walter could make the fruit thrive where Mr. Boysen had been unable to. As it stands today, all boysenberries in the world trace their roots back to Knott’s Berry Farm. Nurturing the hybrid berry to a thriving vine, Walter Knott deemed it a “Boysenberry” after his friend Rudolph Boysen.
Walter Knott resided in Pomona as a child. He and Cordelia Hornaday attended high school together. After high school, they married. In 1920, Walter, Cordelia and their 4 children moved, leasing a plot of land spanning 10 acres in nearby Buena Park within the neighboring county of Orange. L.A. County’s loss was truly Orange County’s gain.
The initial year of the Knott family farming was difficult however, their American spirit of entrepreneurship filled them with the sense that they would overcome and ultimately succeed. Indeed, they did. Within the second year,
their harvest was plentiful to the point that they began selling rhubarb, asparagus, and berries at a roadside stand. Their dreams and aspirations were fed by their success. In 1928, Cordelia opened a tearoom and berry market which quickly evolved into a restaurant featuring her fried chicken, homemade biscuits, and boysenberry pies. Eventually an amusement park and a mining ghost town were added. Go figure.
The Knott family transitioned their berry farm to Modesto in 1960 while the
amusement park entity of their humble beginnings continued to grow spanning to an impressive 165 acres as we know it today. The American spirit is most assuredly unique. O.C.’s Hair Police is grateful for the Knott Family and their embodiment of this American Perseverance so that we may all continue to be so encouraged to dare to dream. https://www.knotts.com/boysenberry
The origin of President’s Day transpired in the 1880’s as a federal holiday stemming from a desire to honor the birth date of George Washington, America’s Commander of the Continental Army during the American Revolution and the first president of the United States. In 1968, Congress moved to be inclusive of Abraham Lincoln’s February birth date of February 12th in this celebration. By 1971, the term President’s Day had taken hold and become a part of the American fabric. Lyon Air Museum located on the west side of John Wayne Airport in Orange County was established by Major General William Lyon. The Museum stands alongside Martin Aviation that was established in 1923 by famed aviation pioneer Eddie Martin. World War II had enormous impact on the 20th century. The Lyon Air Museum provides captivating and thought-provoking exhibits based on factual historical events of this time. There are authentic wartime aircrafts, rare vehicles, and related memorabilia that will reflect the courage and innovation of the American spirit. Take a walk down memory lane with your family. As we lead into President’s Day it seems only appropriate to enjoy being inspired by those American patriots that ensured our freedom and are honored at one of O.C.’s very own homegrown Museum’s.
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Twenty-three years ago, Duane and Kelly Roberts saved the Mission Inn located in the city of Riverside from destruction. The Inn is a member of the prestigious Historic Hotels of America maintaining a rich history dating back to its very first guests in 1876. This California landmark “…evokes the romance and enchantment of a European castle…” At this time every year, The Festival of Lights is offered for everyone to enjoy by the Roberts as their gift to the community. The Inn proudly displays the largest manmade mistletoe at a size of 12’ x 8’ amongst 4 million dazzling holiday lights. This spectacle is a must see for families. The Inn is located on Main Street in downtown Riverside. Main Street offers horse-drawn carriage rides, an outdoor ice-skating rink, holiday vendors, and family-friendly entertainment. The Inn’s lobby offers a breathtaking Christmas tree that can be marveled at while enjoying a holiday treat from the original Casey’s Cupcakes®. Santa’s elves will even tuck your child in for a long winters slumber with a present-filled stocking and a keepsake book if you choose to stay at the Inn! An evening spent at the Inn and strolling down Main Street will leave your child believing in the magic of this time of year. Please click on their website to begin the memory of a lifetime. http://www.missioninn.com/festival-en.html
Pumpkins have a rich history in the United States. In fact, so important was the pumpkin to the Pilgrims that they crafted a poem in its honor.
“For pottage and puddings and custards and pies,
Our pumpkins and parsnips are common supplies,
We have pumpkins at morning and pumpkins at noon,
If it were not for pumpkins we should be undoon.”
Pilgrim verse, circa 1633
New Englanders in the early colonies were sometimes referred to as “Pumpkin Heads” because the pumpkin was used as a template to ensure a round and uniform cut for those getting a haircut. One theory of the origin of the Jack-O-Lantern, dates back to Celtic celebrations when turnips and potatoes were carved to serve as lanterns. The English used beets. Upon settling in the new land, they found the pumpkin well suited for the same purposes of being their “Jack’s” lanterns. Traditions provide wonderful memories while offering a special moment in time that the family looks forward to yearly. Establishing a pumpkin patch to visit during Fall to find the perfect pumpkin to create your very own lantern, pumpkin pies, et al! can offer just this!
“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.”
William Cullen Bryant
As Fall transcends the frivolity of sun splashed aimless days of Summer into the serenity of calming hues of brown, yellow, and orange, the kids set down their beach towels only to pick up their notebooks and pencils. Take a moment amongst the exhaustion of this yearly transition, to return to Summer in an Autumn sort of way.
Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea maintains 124 acres of land. Sixty of these are developed and inclusive of lighted tennis courts, backstops, vast grassy areas to picnic and a 4 acre lake with two piers from which to fish from. The singular grove of Redwoods in Orange County find their home in Carbon Canyon Park as well. The Coastal Redwoods cover 3 acres!
There are Naturalist-guided tours to group talks to trail biking to bird watching to Night Hikes beginning in November.
The school calendar stretches over the majority of the year swallowing 9 months out of 12. Energizing for this journey just may be found in the tranquility of strolling through an Autumn kaleidoscope as together you reminisce about the joys of Summer while quietly wondering about what is to come. Enjoy!