Past News


Celebration of Musical Theatre Through Time


Welcome to the Meritage Ensemble


"Rock the Gifts" with the Searchers


Central Library to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month


Muzeo Presents Events on Aging; Open Book Series


Marley's Ghost In Concert, August 20.


A Chorus Line Extended


Hope Appeal for $50K


OCS June Concert Treat


Summer Programs in the Carnegie Building


More MUZEO Magical Moments


Here Be Dragons


Veterans Initiative in the Arts


APACF Passes Major Milestone


Stage Door Repertory Announces 2016 Season


APACF Gets Closer To The Goal


90 Foot Fashion Stretch for Anaheim Ballet


We All Love Musical Brilliance


Junior Musicians Take the Stage


Anaheim Ballet School Free Performance Friday July 24


Classic Master Paintings at Center Gallery


Battle of the Bands is Heating Up


Concerto Guild News


Sligo Rags Back On May 16th.


Anaheim Ballet Touches Hearts at the Spectrum


Love Goes Wrong With OCS


Searcher's Annual Show Details


JC & Laney with special guest CEJ in concert


The Chance Hits New Challenge Grant High


As You've Never Seen It Before - La boheme


Living Tradition Rounds Out The Year With Flair


These Kids 'Rock' On The Piano


Theatre News


Renee’s Photography Exhibition


Debbie Reynolds Coming To APACF


Cathy Barton and Dave Para to Perform in Anaheim


Transcending Boundaries Through the Arts


Elsie Reed is 97!


The Vesper Light is Coming With OCCS


Pint and Dale Come to Town


Small Potatoes with the Living Tradition


Carol of the Nutcrackers


OCS Gala Special Concert


Foxpointe Seasonal Soiree Invitation


Kids Rock With the OCS


Summer Intensive Peaks in Pearson Park


Jacques D'Amboise, Forever Young


Anaheim International Dance Festival Takes Shape


Great Season Ahead for the Symphony


Creative Identity Concert Draws High Praise


Art Reflections to Dazzle and Amaze


MECCA comes to Anaheim


Jazz Generations Fundraiser Announced


Symphonies For Wind This Month


Student Film Festival in GardenWalk on Saturday


OC Symphony Presents Clarion Calls Next Sunday


AAA 50th Anniversary Show


Ponderosa Library Appreciation


Young Children in AWE Helped By Public Library Foundation


Aliens in Anaheim Again


Acclaimed Irish Balladeer Making Rare Appearance in Anaheim


Brace for the ACE - it Might Be Cold!


OCS to Perform Favorites by Bizet and Ravel


The Nutcracker on Public Radio


Art Association opens Exhibit in Center Gallery


Tree Lighting Almost Here


Public Library Foundation Recognition


Wind Symphony Lives Up To Its Promise


Major Thirds Kept Us Guessing!


Best Ever Broadway Comes to Anaheim


Exquisite Evening of Japan Inspired Music


Broadway Comes to Anaheim Again


AIDF Points To The Future


Splendid Start to International Dance Festival


TLT to Celebrate 30th Anniversary


New Performing Arts Center Inches Ever Closer


Three Glorious Days in Brea


Celtic Music for the Multitudes


West Side Story Rave Review


OC Symphony Gets Close to Arena Concert


Mayor\'s Concert Poses Questions


Bluegrass Band and Appalachian-Country Duo Share Stage


Panning for Gold The Searchers' Way


OC Symphony Pulls out the Stops


Traveling Western Folk Singers - Saturday


Creative Identity Changes Lives


A Glimpse into City Cultural Arts Programs


Folk Music Icons to Appear at Living Tradition


Anaheim Community Theatre


Gershwin, Copland and Beethoven Combine Forces to Entertain


Nutcrackers and Snow


Treats in Store with A Holiday Cornucopia


When Broadway Rocked Anaheim - Nov 5th


Broadway Rocks Anaheim Again


New Anaheim Ballet YouTube Video


Sarah McQuaid in Concert with Jack Brown


A Little Night Music


OC Symphony Baton Changes Hands


Tracy Grammer in Concert on Saturday


Borrowed, Blue, Old and New


Anaheim International Dance Festival


Ballet Students to Kick-off Dance Celebrations


Anaheim Ballet Offers Huge Summer Program


Jerry Springer: the Opera


OC Symphony Receives City Designation


Great July Photo Classes


When Mahler Met Saint Saens


Anaheim Art Association Shows off Winners


The Mayor's Concert is Coming Sunday 26th!


OC Symphony - an American Landmark


Welcome to Creative Identity


Appeal: Homes for Dancers


Soul Music with Living Tradition


AB Co-Director Honored


In Service to the Mouse


Anaheim Ballet Wows Hundreds of School Kids

Opal Show to open at the BEC.

By Veronica Purpura, 2016-10-26

America’s largest opal show, the American Opal Society’s 49th annual Opal, Gem and Jewelry Show, runs November 5th and 6th from 10am-6pm on Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday. The show location is the Business Expo Center (BEC) at 1960 S. Anaheim Way, Anaheim, CA 92805. The building is parallel the 5 FWY between Orangewood and Katella and a couple of blocks past Angel Stadium.

Parking is FREE.  Admission is only $5 for adults. It is free for kids 15 years or younger and students with ID. Each attendee will receives a drawing ticket, though more can be purchased at the show (with a wide selection of great prizes from all of our vendors).

You will find opal and gem dealers from around the world; rough and cut opals and other gemstones; a huge drawing; free demonstrations on gemstone cutting, jewelry making and more; jewelry and fine craft dealers (perfect for the upcoming holiday season); gem identification, kids activity area; geode cutters; gold panners; and much, much more!

Please spread the word

The AOS has been working hard all year to promote the event, but they admit  struggle to get the word out. So please repost/share/forward/promote this email for the AOS show to any or all of your contacts, or promote it via any social media you use? It would be amazing if you could help with this.

The BEC will have a gourmet food truck during lunch hours, plenty of bathrooms, parking space and more.  Visit our website at or

The Show is perfect for hobbyists and families! If you have any questions, you can contact the Show Chairman, Veronica Purpura, at or call her at (714) 501-9959.

November at the MuzeO

By Carol Latham, 2016-10-26

The MuzeO is turning up the culture and fun this month with a dazzling array of offerings; truly something for everyone of any age. The desciptions here are well worth reading carefully with your calendar in hand.

November 9th. The presentation for the Bring Lunch and Learn series features Alexandra Smyser, who brings her unique voice to ‘ESTATE PLANNING FOR BLENDED FAMILIES’. She states that second marriages and blended families present their own issues when it comes to estate planning: you would like to take care of your spouse and your children, but letting them work it out after you are gone is a recipe for disaster. Once you have been through a divorce, you understand that “happily ever after” isn’t always. Fortunately, estate planning that takes into account your unique family situation can alleviate most of your concerns, allowing you freely to pursue your second chance at happily ever after.

The presentation will cover the unique challenges of planning for blended families from both the legal and practical perspective. Estate planning attorney Alexandra Smyser will discuss your options for estate planning, help you avoid some of the pit-falls and provide some organizational tools to help with an easier trust administration.

Arrive by 11:15 AM as this free program starts promptly at 11:30 AM and concludes at 12:30 PM. Feel free to bring your lunch and enjoy it during the presentation. Park in the 90 minute or 2 hour parking.

Thursday, November 17th, from 4 – 5:30 PM.  Ben Allen from Alzheimer’s Orange County will present ‘Brain Health – Can we prevent Alzheimer’s?’ This will outline the age-related changes in memory and learning, the threats to brain health, as well as, provide instructions on how the brain can be protected.

Ben is a volunteer with Alzheimer's Orange County. He speaks to groups all over Orange County on Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. He retired from AT&T in 2011 after a 33-year career in a wide variety of positions in the engineering and operations departments. Ben and his wife, Judy have been married for 32 years. For over 20 years, they were marriage mentors and educators in their church. Ben brings a personal perspective to education on dementia and Alzheimer's disease as a result of Judy's diagnosis with Alzheimer's disease.

Thursday November 17th. The Open Book Authors’ series continues with two authors, William Brandon III and Jon-Barrett Ingels.

William Brandon III is a voracious reader and an unrepentant scribe. The co-mingling of these pleasures forged a path that lead to editing and design for numerous publications and journals. In 2015 he became the Managing Editor for Black Hill Press. He is a husband and father, and his work has been published by The Rumpus, Rain Crow Magazine, in a special anthology supporting the non-profit Mines Advisory Group & many others. His novella, SILENCE was published by Black Hill Press in 2013.


Jon-Barrett is a storyteller. That comes through with his books, his screenplays, his stage plays, his emails, his notes to himself, his songs, his acting, his interviews for The How The Why podcast, his interviews for Flaunt Magazine, and it has been passed on to his daughter who tells her own stories in everything she does. His book ‘How to Succeed By Falling’ is a coming of age memoir.

This Open Book Authors’ Series is offered free to the community, starts at 6 PM and concludes at 8 PM. The program includes readings, open discussion, and an opportunity to purchase books and have them signed by the author.

In the Carnegie Galleries the featured exhibit is the '53rd Juried Exhibit'- by the Anaheim Art Association. This exhibit ends on November 6th. Following this on November 12th through January 1, 2017, will be the 'Clay and Glass' exhibit by the Association of Clay & Glass Artists of California (ACGA). This members exhibition features the artworks of eight invited southern California artists: Caroline Blackburn, Pierre Bounaud, Beverly Crist, Maria DeCastro, Paul Harrie, George Jercich, Alone Larsen, and Cheryl Tall. The exhibition presents a diverse array of techniques and approaches to handmade ceramics and glass, with each artist showing a group of original pieces in their respective media. Artworks produced using various firing temperatures and working methods, from functional to sculptural, are displayed.

In the Main Muzeo Gallery 'Muzeo Express,' a model train exhibit, opens on November 12 through to January 8th, 2017. Model trains will deck the halls of Muzeo this holiday season! From the creators of the Nixon Library spectacular comes an all-new annual exhibition, sure to become a family holiday tradition. Muzeo Express: Holiday Model Trains will delight children and enthusiasts alike. It includes themed layouts such as Thomas the Train, California landmarks and a vintage department store window. Brought to you by Toy Train Operating Society and Train Collectors Association.

The public opening on Saturday, November 12 from 1-4pm will include trackless train rides and other family activities. Other holiday programming includes a Polar Express Pajama Party on Friday, December 2 and a Holiday Tea and Performance by Tin Box Theatricals called A Child’s Christmas in Wales on Sunday, December 4.

For more information on these or other programs, to arrange a docent led tour, etc., call (714) 956-8936, or visit the website at The MuzeO is located at 241 So. Anaheim Blvd., at corner with Broadway. Parking is available in the parking structure. Park beyond the gate and obtain a parking voucher. Validation available at the gift shop.

Altrusa Hosts Festival of Trees

By Carol Latham, 2016-10-26

Saturday, November 19th with be a festive day as the Altrusa Anaheim Club hosts their annual Festival of Trees at the Anaheim United Methodist Church Community Center. The event will start at 11:30 AM and end at 2:00 PM.

The event is a kick-off to the Holiday Season and will feature an opportunity drawing of decorated trees and wreaths,  a silent auction, mystery balloons, homemade baked goods, jams, jellies, relish and candy, as well as, gifts to go. Take photos with Santa and Mrs Claus, enjoy the wonderful festive entertainment from the Starlight Carolers and a plethora of tasty refreshments. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Reservations encouraged.

Donations and purchases at this fund raiser benefit Altrusa of Anaheim's Community Service Projects. Altrusa Club of Anaheim is part of a 99 year old international organization of professionals and business people who provide for their communities through volunteer community service.

If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation, send your check to the 501[c] [3] charitable organization -  Altrusa of Anaheim Foundation, P. O. Box 8468, Anaheim CA 92812.

The Anaheim club, this year celebrates its 69th year of providing such services as the  ROP re-entry scholarships, support for Women’s Transitional Living Center and Pathways of Hope [formerly Halcyon], the  Creative Writing Project, Anaheim Reads and various literacy projects with the Anaheim YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, Boys Hope/Girls Hope and  Joya's college prep classes. Last year the club reached a milestone of over 21,000 blankets delivered through Project Linus and Blankets with Love and over 10,000 recreational and resource books through project Hope Reads to UCI Cancer Center.

The Anaheim club is part of District Eleven which is comprised of California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, Raja North and South and Sonora, Mexico. The club meets the fourth Monday of most months at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites on Walnut for business, dinner and a program, at 6 PM.

For more information on Altrusa, membership and their projects, call [714] 712 – 0266, e-mail at or visit the website at

Meritage Broadway Concert Success

By The Editor, 2016-10-26

Last month I mentioned the Meritage Vocal Ensemble’s concert, a journey though Broadway music old and new, on October 22nd, at Anaheim United Methodist Church. Well, I went to see for myself and, WOW, was I impressed! They were everything I hoped for: a well-balanced chorale, a charming director (Dr. Cristian Grases) ably supported by a magnificent pianist (Porfino Mojica) and the Meritage Combo -- Aaron Serapi on drums and Corbin Jones on bass guitar.

I must add that the closing medley from Fiddler on the Roof was a total knockout! Chuck Murphy’s Tevya was as good as any I have ever heard. The director graciously allowed me to bring greeting from the Arts Council and to share a little of our own planned Broadway Arts concert next February. Meritage is our newest member organization. And I am now Meritage’s newest second tenor!These guys are so good it’s almost intimidating. But, listen, they actually NEED more male singers. Here’s their website.

In a couple of days I will fill out this article to give you a bunch more details.

Please come back by Saturday!

Chance Theater receives recognition from American Theatre Wing

By From Casey Long, 2016-10-07

The American Theatre Wing, best known as the creator of the Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards, is awarding the Chance with one of the 2016 National Theatre Company grants.

(Left: Casey Long & Karen Jean Olds share a moment on stage)

Created by American Theatre Wing to recognize and supporting the most promising emerging theatre companies, the 2016 grants for Initial Support are being presented to seven companies from around the country. Companies chosen to receive the grants have articulated a distinctive mission, cultivated an audience, and nurtured a community of artists in ways that strengthen and demonstrate the quality, diversity, and dynamism of American theatre.

“We are humbled and overwhelmed by this recognition from the American Theatre Wing,” said Casey Long, Chance Theater founding artist and Managing Director.

“Since we opened our doors, we’ve been committed to emphasizing the power and uniqueness of live theater by presenting plays and musicals that engage our community in a dialogue about the human experience. This grant is, in part, recognizing that commitment that is shared by theater companies all over the country. We are honored to be included with these great theaters, and grateful to the American Theatre Wing for supporting our mission of createing bold and personal theater here in Southern California.”

This year marked the implementation of new guidelines, creating Second-Time Support grants which are being presented to 5 companies. These grants for the 2016 will be distributed for general operating support to companies who have already received the National Theatre Company Grant in grant cycles occurring between 2010 and 2015. It is the American Theatre Wing’s hope to provide additional support for companies who plan to advance their work in a significant way and have a strategic goal to build the organization’s capacity to continue to innovate and create a more dynamic American Theatre and have described an actionable plan to achieve that goal. More information about the National Theatre Company grants can be found at

To schedule press interviews, request photos, schedule press comps or for any additional information, please contact Casey Long at (714) 900-3284 or by email,


Proud to be one of the leading ensemble-driven theatre companies in Southern California, CHANCE THEATER has won five Ovation Awards (including two for Best Production of a Musical--Intimate Theater for Triassic Parq -- The Musical and Jerry Springer: The Opera).

The Chance also received an LADCC Award for its reimagined revival of West Side Story.

The Anaheim City Council recently named Chance Theater “the official resident theater company of Anaheim”. Twice named “Outstanding Arts Organization” by Arts Orange County, Chance Theater is also a recipient of the LADCC’s Polly Warfield Award for Excellence.

Chance Theater is focused on its goal of being Orange County’s premiere mid-size contemporary theater by contributing to a more compassionate, connected, and creative community. As a constituent member of Theatre Communications Group, Network of Ensemble Theaters, and the LA Stage Alliance, Chance Theater continues to bring national attention to the Southern California and Orange County theater scenes.


The American Theatre Wing is dedicated to advancing artistic excellence and nurturing theatre’s next generation: on the stage, behind the scenes, and in the audience. For nearly a century, the Wing has pursued this mission with programs that span the nation to invest in the growth and evolution of American Theatre. Traditionally, the Wing has encouraged members of the theatre community to share their off-stage time and talent directly with the theatre audience at large--whether it was singing for the troops in the Stage Door Canteen of the 1940s, or sharing their stories on a podcast today. As the founders of The Tony Awards®, the American Theatre Wing has developed the foremost national platform for the recognition of theatrical achievement on Broadway. Yet the Wing's reach extends beyond Broadway and beyond New York. The American Theatre Wing is now in a long-term partnership with The Village Voice to co-present The Obie Awards, off-Broadway’s Highest Honor. The Wing also develops the next generation of theatre professionals through the SpringboardNYC and Theatre Intern Network programs, incubates innovative theatre across the country through the National Theatre Company Grants, fosters the song of American theatre through the Jonathan Larson Grants, honors the best in New York theatrical design with the Henry Hewes Design Award, illuminates the creative process through the “Working in the Theatre” program and media archive. Finally, the Wing supports theatre education opportunities for underserved young people and under-resourced public schools around the United States with the newly launched Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative. Visitors to can gain inspiration and insight into the artistic process through the Wing’s extensive media collection, and learn more about its programming for students, aspiring and working professionals, and audiences.

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