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When the weekends rolled around, Jay Bauman put on his Chuck Taylor shoes, a cut-up band T-shirt and headed to the Cuckoo’s Nest in Costa Mesa. It was 1980, a time when disco still dominated the world. Bauman, a high school skater from Orange, found his place in a very different environment—one punctuated by forceful punk rock lyrics, steel-toe boots and slam dancing. »

Prepare your culinary and creative appetite this summer, because the recently opened businesses featured here—Afters Ice Cream, Fork & Salad and The Treasury—will give you a host of new experiences. Read on to discover more about the sweet treats at Afters, the fresh food options at Fork & Salad and the artistic opportunities at The Treasury. »

The Old Towne Orange district is known for its one-of-a-kind historic homes. Nobody knows that better than the people in the real estate businesses featured here—Caliber Real Estate Group, Garcia-Kincaid Family Team and Orange Realty. Helping someone find their dream home is never easy, but through personalized consultations, one-on-one solutions and constant dedication, these Realtors work hard to turn a house into a client’s home. »

Mary Blair (1911-1978) is known worldwide to Disney fans as the matchless designer, illustrator and colorist, who set the tone for such iconic animated films of the wartime era through the midcentury, and is the subject of a fascinating current exhibition at the Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University. »

Every Saturday, Chapman University’s Becket Building is home to the bustling Orange Home Grown Farmers & Artisans Market. The market’s eight-year success is due in part to the dedication of the founding OHG board members profiled in this article: Vicky Kisow, Nedra Kunisch and Martha Turner. It all started when Turner’s daughter, Megan Penn, returned from college wondering why Orange didn’t have a farmers market. Turner and Penn responded by gathering friends and working tirelessly for two years to launch the successful nonprofit. »

One of Norman Rockwell's most beloved works, "Crestwood Commuter Station," is not one of the master American illustrator's usual close-up character studies. Instead, Rockwell's artist's-eye "camera" pulls back to reveal a wide shot of the hustle and bustle of a commuter train station in the mid-1940s. Now on view at the Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University. »

It’s difficult, perhaps even impossible, to say “no” to ice cream or other sweet treats. The recently launched business, La Michoacána Delights, is a wonderful place to enjoy frosty desserts and other delicious snacks. If ice cream has a possible downside, it’s the calories. As luck would have it, Justine Grover has a fun way to work them off—flamenco dancing! Her studio, Naranjita Flamenco, is a great place to get your body movin’. »

INSPIRED. With the holidays approaching, church leaders are gearing up for another season of giving, service and gratitude. The three church leaders featured here: Pastor Jay Hewitt of Friends Church, Reverend Tim Klinkenberg of St. John’s Lutheran Church and Father Neil Edlin of St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Catholic Church, highlight what it takes to be inspirational guides in the Old Towne community. »

Many artists have focused on World War II aircraft carrying out battles, dogfights and bombing runs, but artist Stan Vosburg chooses to put his spotlight on the impact of these aircraft on the local community. Specifically, his hometown: Orange. »

Most of Orange’s historic downtown buildings have been remodeled at least once or twice over the years—some more than others. But this one actually grew, and will soon house Urth Caffé. »

The history of Chapman University and its surrounding community are saluted in colorful style, by artist Higgy Vasquez, in a new wall painting that can be seen daily on the Chapman campus. »

The heart of a community encompasses those businesses that make lives brighter. Such is the case with the businesses profiled here. Enjoy the delicious offerings at the long-standing Old Towne restaurant, Byblos Café, and you’re sure to leave satisfied. The same goes for a relaxing visit to Skin Care by Christina. When you wish to ensure that a senior family member is safe and satisfied, just call Carefree Home Care for expert assistance. »

Stray Cat Lee Rocker has rocked a lot of towns in his day, was recently Rockin’ in the Orange Plaza Review, and will be rolling with a new Stray Cats album, and 40th Anniversary Tour in 2019. »

While Old Towne residents enjoy socializing at a variety of restaurants and shops, they can be assured of this: they’ll be kept safe by the hardworking individuals who make up the Orange Police and Fire Departments. Though the forces are each composed of service men and women who do their best each day, three in particular stand out as outstanding examples of why Orange is a coveted place to live. Whether it be leading the Police Department, Fire Department or working hands-on with aspiring officers, Police Chief Tom Kisela, Fire Chief Jack Thomas, and Non-Sworn Employee of the Year, Officer Sandra Ruelas, offer their leadership and skills to the community every day. »

Around every corner, there’s always something new and wonderful happening in Orange. At this time, we highlight Butterflies & Bourbon, Lollipop Nail Studio and the Old Towne Orange Boys & Club, who have recently opened at vintage locations in Old Towne. »

Car enthusiasts have long recognized Orange as the street rod capital of the U.S. With the Orange Plaza Car Show taking place every Spring, we pay tribute to three extraordinary auto businesses in town: Curtis Speed Equipment, Selman Chevrolet and Toyota of Orange. »

Artist Michael Johnson enjoys the digital painting process, because of its forgiving nature. “Once you’ve made a mark on a piece of paper, it stays, but digital art allows for safe exploration and the ability to make changes,” he says of the software that imitates traditional drawing and painting tools. »

Enjoy Orange more, with the arrival of new, inviting merchants and service providers to our local business community. From the elegant furnishings and décor of The Duchess on Cambridge, to Pediatric Smiles of Orange, and the trendy women's apparel available at Zae's Boutique, there's plenty of excitement in Orange as we move into Springtime. »

To J.P. McDermott, it’s not so much a question of where he gets to play music or who he’s playing with, as long as he gets to play. McDermott focuses primarily on rockabilly music and covering songs from Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Elvis, The Beatles and more. »

What Sheila Walstead loves about Polynesian dancing is that you can be any shape, any size, any age, any ethnicity; it just takes a heart. »

“Fermented foods are some of the most powerful superfoods on the planet,” says Chele Eades, co-creator of Wildly Fermented. »

While some have described Moira Hahn’s paintings as “Pop-Surrealism,” she doesn’t find this an accurate description of her work, which has its roots in . . . »

William Houchin (center) has added a second location to complement his venerable Watch & Wares Estate Jewelry shop on South Glassell in Old Towne. »

With more than 20 instructors, The Dragonfly Studios provides a creative setting for learning something new as well as creating memories with your friends and family. »

It was a one-room schoolhouse, where a single teacher taught all five grades (with the littlest kids sitting in front and the older kids behind, so everyone got to . . . »

View the photographic work of Jon C. Haverstick and one prevailing theme overrides—humanity. It is his desire to open a window to the soul of those he photographs and his respect for the U.S. Armed Forces that led the photographer to undertake his “Faces of Freedom” project pictured here. »

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View recent Building Character stories about key Chapman University personnel and campus properties with which they are closely associated. »

Dr. Ly Nguyen and Dr. Alex Romero recently acquired Orange Circle Optometry on East Chapman. The husband-and-wife team met in Florida at optometry school, but previously lived just 15 minutes apart from each other in Orange. »

View the artwork of renowned painter Marinus Welman, and it quickly becomes apparent that he and his work can't be... »

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