Whether it’s a Cake, Cupcake or Cake Pop, Confectious Pastries are Infectious

At five years of age little brown haired, doe eyed Nicci Julian was measuring and mixing in the kitchen of her family home. As her friends watched cartoons, with flour dusting her hair and dough stuck to her hands, Julian instead was mesmerized by the Food Network. By the age of 10, Julian was a passionate student in chef taught…

Therapy on The Move! Equine Therapy for the Body and Mind.

Our tri-cities are drawn to nature, and its healing effects. We prefer being nestled to the beach, and our beautiful canyons; and trading the isolation that its location innately brings for convenience to a bigger city center. We crave the ocean sunsets, the sound of animals in the hills…this is our therapy- the calm to our week, the stable tranquility…

Kids Can Make A Big Difference in San Clemente

 Article and Photography Gina Siebert  For centuries, the greatest thinkers have suggested the very notion that "Happiness is found in helping others". Here in San Clemente, we are seeing kids and teens be leaders in the community, sharing their time and talents to make a significant difference for others over and over again. These three incredible organizations offer kids and teens fun,…

Taking Steps for Small Steps for Compassion

On Monday, November 27th, 2018 Bear Coast Coffee hosted a fundraising event for Small Steps for Compassion. The goal was to raise enough money for 25 young girls at the Small Steps home in Tanzania. That goal was met and it was a fun time as you can see from the pictures in our Good Times section. We were fortunate enough to sponsor Nuru,…

Big Vision With a Small Focus

In 2009, Shannin and Paul Pickle, along with their two children Corrinne and Ashton, took a trip to Tanzania, Africa to start Small Steps for Compassion. Small Steps for Compassion is an organization dedicated to empowering individuals to transform their community through compassionate action. Currently, this vision is being fulfilled through two channels: a girls home and a school.

BEACH 
CONSERVATION PROGRAM

“It happens the same way every time,” says Shon Miller, Executive Director of the Beach Conservation Program, as he reflects on the youngest beach clean-up volunteers. Miller says the two and three-year-olds show up a bit confused their first time out, picking up rocks and throwing them away. By the second or third time they come to help, they’re running…

Trevor’s Dream Bedroom Revealed

Trevor Salman was the most recent recipient of a Special Spaces Orange County dream bedroom remodel. Trevor was diagnosed with leukemia last September and was selected to receive a remodel by the Special Spaces team. The remodel took place the weekend of March 11-12, and the reveal happened on Sunday, March 12. Along with the Special Spaces OC team, students…

A Flying Success at Giving Back

According to Denise Wilson, there are two keys to success: resilience, and a deep sense of knowing anything is possible. Wilson is the founder, president and CEO of Desert Jet, an aircraft charter, management and maintenance company based in Palm Springs. Since inception, Desert Jet has grown significantly and experienced much success.