A Tale of Two Fountains

I want to thank one of my readers for suggesting that I start writing about the history of Old Towne Orange. I personally know very little about Old Towne’s history, so I enlisted a guest blogger,Renee Dallas who runs the OTO Walking Food Tours, to write up some historical tidbits that we could all enjoy reading. I hope you all enjoy this new section of the blog, as always, your comments and suggestions are welcome!

The Plaza (also known as “The Circle” to many), and her beloved fountain are one of the best known and loved landmarks in Orange County. Whenever you drive through Old Towne, you’ll see people relaxing by the fountain with kids, pets and taking photos of loved ones. It has become a symbol for the community spirit so noteworthy in Orange.

Read More

Chapman University is Celebrating 150 Years with a Big Birthday Party

Today at 3pm, Chapman University invites all of you out to celebrate their 150th birthday! They are having a Campus Open House with festival booths, children’s activities, free performances, a Campus Art Walk and more. At 3:30 pm, pop into a free class by one of six top professors, or continue to enjoy the free festivities on the Piazza (which will include a display of live Galapagos tortoises and sea slugs, musical instruments, cartoon drawing by the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and more. After brief remarks by President Jim Doti and Mayor Cavecche at 7:30 pm, a rollicking concert by The Alley Cats will lead into a finale fireworks display! Plus – free hot dogs, chips, lemonade — and a giant birthday cake in the shape of Memorial Hall. Free parking in the Chapman parking structures.

Read More