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happenings Mark your calendar for these

special events. Friday, Dec. 4, 6 p.m.: Christ-

mas Sing-a-Long and Tree Lighting Ceremony, Tustin Li- brary Courtyard. Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to 7

p.m.: Nutcracker Holiday Vil- lage & Tree Lighting, downtown Anaheim, corner of Clementine and Center Street Promenade. Sunday, Dec. 6: 21st Annual

Tree Lighting Ceremony and Candlelight Choir Procession; festivities begin at 3:30 p.m., ceremony at 5:15 p.m. at Orange Plaza; Orange Community Mas- ter Chorale led by Michael Short. Saturday, Dec. 12, all day:

Santa arrives in Villa Park by fire truck, and tours the commu- nity making stops to visit children along the way. Sunday, Dec. 13: Villa Park’s

annual Dryland Boat Parade begins at dusk. Boats, floats, and vehicles of all types, plus the VPHS and Cerro Villa bands will parade through the city, end- ing with festivities in the Towne Center.

Santiago Charter thespian appears on L.A. stage

Philip Solomon, a seventh

grader at Santiago Charter Mid- dle School, stars in the west coast premier of Athol Fugard’s “The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek,” opening Nov. 7 at the Fountain Theater in Hollywood. Solomon plays Bokkie, a young

South African who encourages artist Nukain Mabuzza to fin- ish his work transforming rocks into painted garden flowers and confronting his legacy as an art- ist and a black man in apartheid South Africa. Solomon has appeared in a number of stage productions, as well as in a commercial, televi- sion and Nickelodeon shows. The play runs Friday, Saturday, Sun- day and Monday nights through Dec. 14. Call (323) 663-1525 or visit for ticket information.


Liz Richell I was invited to a preview at

The Melt, prior to its official opening last month. For cheese- heads like me, the very word “melt” conjures visions of ooz- ing mozzarella and Swiss, warm rounds of brie and camembert. So, with tuned-up taste buds, I accepted the invitation. My taste buds were not disap- pointed, and after much vacil- lating between menu items, I eventually settled for the Italian job, a grilled cheese masterpiece, generously filled with Fontina and provolone and grilled mush- rooms on slightly spicy garlic bread, toasted till oozing (see above).Aside order of sweet po- tato fries proved addictive. This

selection could easily be shared by two people – unless one is a teenage boy, then all bets are off. The Melt is not just a sandwich

joint. It also offers stacked burg- ers, made to order, using Angus or Wagyu beef, and cheese on both sides of the bun with such additions as avocado, jalapeno, pickled onions; mushrooms, fresh spinach, grilled onions; ba- con, grilled onions, aged cheddar – all choices are served on a po- tato roll, a nice alternative to the usual bland bun. The sandwich selections also include the cheesesteak, made withAngus sirloin, grilled onions and aged cheddar and Mac Dad- dy – yes, macaroni cheese with

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bacon on grilled artisan white. Alongside, you may choose naked or “well dressed” fries. Mac and cheese also stands on its own, or with the addition of bacon, fresh spinach and crispy onions. Salads are added as sides or entrees, and grilled chicken can be added to any choices. Both to- mato basil and spicy black bean soups sounded tempting, but I’ll wait till next time. Drinks, shakes, soft ice cream and even a s’mores melt fill out the menu – and the tum! All ingredients are fresh, and the best news is that all the cheeses are real – you’ll find no plastic cheese here. All items – except the soup – are made to order. Wine and beer are also available.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 The Melt is part of a chain that

is expanding to this community from the San Francisco area, and can be found at 2943 El Camino Real in the Tustin Marketplace. Pop into The Melt before or after a movie, or take a break during the up-coming shopping season. Prices are in the medium cate-

gory, mostly ranging from $2.95- $6.95 for single items, $2.25- $4.95 for drinks and desserts, and a kids’ menu from $4.95- $5.95. If your nonprofit organi- zation is looking for a fundraiser, The Melt supports such events with a 25 percent donation based on pre-tax sales. The restaurant is open Mon.-Thur. from 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. till 10 p.m.; and Sundays from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Say cheese!

Salem plans boutique and more Salem Lutheran Church and

School will hold its annual La- dies’ Holiday Boutique from 12 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21. The featured guest speaker will

be Sharon Ellion, and music will be provided by the Crean High School Choir. RSVP for the free luncheon to Brooke Krochman at (714) 336-8733.


Prices include: new valve stem, mount & balance, and weights

Philip Solomon

OPA will deck the halls

The Orange Park Acres com-

munity is planning its annual Christmas party on Sunday, Dec. 13 starting at 5 p.m. at Moreno’s Restaurant, 4638 E. Chapman. This social gathering brings in

the holiday spirit with a Mexican buffet. Don your festive attire and join in for a great evening, with en- tertainment by the Salem Singers. Tickets are $35 each, and can

be purchased online at orange-, from any OPA board director, or call (714) 900- 2672. As a follow up note, the OPA

fall BBQ and dance raised more than $20,000, which will be used for major trail projects.

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