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Remember Those Who Made This Day Possible

As you begin your “official” summer enjoyment, please take a moment to remember what it is all about. May you have a Blessed and Happy Memorial Day.

 

 

Art Shows and More From TACFA

tacfa_logo_forWebThe Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts, the folks that put on our wonderful Broadway in the Park every year, has presented a full schedule of events coming in late March and April.

Barbara Benson Memorial Scholarship

For our artistically inclined students, TACFA will award the Barbara Benson Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to High School Seniors enrolled in either pubic or private Tustin High Schools. Up to seven $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to seniors graduating in June. Applicants must intend to pursue an education in visual or performing arts at a college, university or professional training program after graduation. Applications and more information are available online at http://www.tacfa.org. Applications are due by March 23th so don’t delay.

Annual Student Art Invitational

Middle and high school art students will have a chance to win cash prizes while displaying their art for Tustinites at the Annual Student Art Invitiational held April 1st through the 29th in the Tustin Senior Center art gallery. According to the press release, student created works include a variety of visual media including ceramics, 3-D, photography and graphics in a variety of media. Art will be judged by professional artists with a reception recognizing the winners to be held on April 15th at 5:3- pm. The gallery will be open 8-5 daily at the Tustin Senior Center in Peppertree Park.

Viewpoints: Orange County 2015

Rounding out the month is the Viewpoints: Orange County 2015 All-media Juried Show. The 8th annual exhibit will feature professional and amateur artists throught Orange County. More than 40 artists will present 80 original artworks in various media including acrylic, pastel, watercolor and photograpy. Judging will be done by winning artist Greg LaRock, a plein air artist from Newport Beach. Greg has won numerous awards around the country for his artwork and is sought after for plein air workshops. The show and display are located at the Chemers Gallery in the Enderle Center. Of coruse this makes for the beginning of a great day that could be followed by dessert at Zov’s Bistro and a Cigar at the Epicure cigar lounge.

TACFA has a pretty full schedule this year although they have not yet announced the Broadway in the Park selection. Broadway in the Park will run August 18-22. As usual, I expect a call for volunteers as well as the usual casting call for local talent to round out the company. You can receive updates on Broadway in the Park and other TACFA activities by signing up on their website here.

Peace Officer Memorial set for January 7, 2015

TPD Memorial 1The Tustin Police Department invites the public to join them as they gather for their annual memorial of the only police officer killed in the line of duty in our city.

On December 6, 1972, Tustin Police Officer Waldron “Wally” Karp was on patrol when he answered a call to backup an Orange County Deputy Sheriff who was responding to a “man with a gun” call. As they approached the residence, they heard rustling in the bushes outside. They called for the suspect to come out. Instead, the suspect fired and hit Officer Karp and a sheriffs deputy.

On January 7, 1973, Officer Karp succumbed to his injuries and passed away. He was a Marine combat veteran and a family man who left behind a grieving wife and children.

For years, Karp’s photo hung in the lobby of the Tustin Police Department as the sole reminder of his sacrifice. But, in 2001, the work and planning of a group of employees led to the construction of a proper memorial for the only TPD officer to die in the line of duty. The memorial stands outside the department’s entrance as a reminder to all not just of Karp’s sacrifice, but the dedication of each police officer that enters the door of the Tustin Police Department.

The memorial ceremony will take place on the 42nd anniversary of Karp’s death, January 7, 2015 at 5;30 pm. The memorial is located in front of the police department, 300 Centennial Drive, Tustin CA.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays and a Prosperous NewYear

ireland703Mele Kalikimaka ame Hauoli Makahiki Hou! Nollaig chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath ùr! Milad Majid! Feliz Navidad! Merry Keshmish! Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah! Heughliche Winachten un ‘n moi Nijaar! Glædelig Jul! Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad! Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto! Chuc Mung Giang Sinh! Merry Christmas.

The Hanukkah candles have burned down, the Christmas tree remains empty but aglow.

All of us at Our Town Tustin (yes, that is all three of us) would like to wish our Christian friends, a very Merry Christmas, our Jewish friends, a very Happy Hanukkah (regardless of the way you spell it), and our friends of other faiths and belief traditions a very Happy Holiday. And, to everyone, we wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year. Though we still grieve for families torn apart by senseless violence, our nation, state and town remain united in promise and faith. And, as we always ask at this time of year, please pray for our US Military members who remain abroad in far away lands. They spend this holiday season apart from their loved ones so that you and I may spend it safely with ours.

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