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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 www.muzeo.org 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.



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