Greer's OC: Tradition continues with CdM Christmas Walk

November 30, 2011|By Greer Wylder

A favorite holiday tradition, the 33rd annual Corona del Mar Christmas Walk returns from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

It's the time when thousands gather to celebrate the festivities, which include specials at participating merchants, a dozen bands performing, foods from the Fireman's Grill BBQ, local restaurant tastings, and complimentary tacos from Rasta Taco mobile taco cart. Bella Bella Salon will be offering complimentary treatments and coupons for future haircuts.

Kids will love pictures with Santa Claus, bouncy houses, bungee jumping, holiday characters, and petting zoo. A beer and wine garden is in Bandera's lower parking lot with the local band "Pinch Me" performing, and enter an opportunity drawing to win more than $15,000 of prizes.



Artist lecture

Join acclaimed artist Arie Galles at Soka University at 5 p.m. Sunday for a lecture and slide show on his current "Heartland" series of reflected-light paintings of aerial landscapes.

The beautiful paintings are a visual exploration of color and light. Galles works with fluorescent colors painted on vertical aluminum rods mounted on white canvas. The images created are actually shadows of reflected light and color.

Galles, an art professor at Soka, is also an accomplished artist who's had solo shows across the country. Galles is generously donating a portion of the proceeds from the sales to support "Patient 13," a groundbreaking documentary on diabetes that I helped make.

Prices range from $1,100 for a colored pencil work, to $15,000 for a large painting. The exhibition runs through Jan. 6.

Founders Hall Art Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Soka University of America is at 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo.

For more information about Arie Galles art, visit For more information about the film, visit


Step Up for private shopping

Donna Karan New York at South Coast Plaza invites you to a special breakfast and private shopping event in support of Step Up Women's Network. The event will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 8.

I'll be co-hosting the event along with Natalie Umbert, Nicole McMackin and Grace Gutierrez. Step Up gives high school girls in underserved communities opportunities to gain confidence, become college and career-ready through after-school and weekend programming and mentorship.

Enjoy breakfast and 10% off all Donna Karan purchases. RSVP to or call (213) 382-9161.

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