Paloma’s BIG DREAM BEDROOM REVEAL!

It was a huge surprise for a precious four-year-old and her eight-year-old sister last weekend when our Special Spaces Orange County team worked around the clock to make her dream of a ‘Galaxy of Unicorns and Rainbows’ come to life!

Let’s Cut to the Chase at Camino Real Playhouse

You know they’re creepy, kooky, spooky and ooky, but did you know the Addams family can sing? The macabre musical came to Camino Real Playhouse in San Juan Capistrano recently featuring all your t.v. and big screen favorites: Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday and Pugsley, along with Uncle Fester, Grandma, Lurch, some new friends of the family and some very old ancestors.…

Music Matters

When you ask Patti Compton and Anthony Small who their favorite musicians are, you won’t hear Billboard chart-toppers like Ariana Grande, George Strait or Imagine Dragons. Instead, you’ll hear names, such as Nathaniel Rateliff, Thelonious Monk, and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. If you don’t know who those artists are or anything about their musical influences, a new foundation…

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…