Category Archives: friends and neighbors

Self Defense

You can’t always count on men to protect you. Even worse: some men want to hurt you. Avonti strongly supports the right of women to arm and defend themselves against predators. And we know that successful self defense requires regular practice. Last Sunday, Von practiced pistol skills with the Firearms Training Associates, (FTA), one of California’s top self-defense schools. We like this place, and we like their prices. Plus, there’s none of the macho posturing you sometimes find at other firearms schools. FTA provides a relaxed, safe, female-friendly environment. It’s fun too. We highly recommend a visit. If you can’t find a class that works with your schedule, contact the owner Cheryl Murphy to see about special accommodations.

Back to School Day

Last Monday, Avonti partnered with the City of Brea to help economically disadvantaged kids look and feel their best. Through the Brea Family Resource Center, qualifying kids first got a new backpack to start their school year. Then they came to us for free haircuts and styling. For six straight hours, the salon was filled with youthful energy and excitement. We had a great time, made new friends and ate far too many rice crispy treats. Please visit the Brea Family Resource Center and consider getting involved. Also, be sure to join us at Avonti this Sunday, September 8th. We’re having a party to raise money for CHOC, the children’s hospital of Orange County. Visit your friends, eat free food and buy a bunch of our ridiculously low-priced raffle tickets. We’re offering amazing prizes and 100% percent of the proceeds will go directly to CHOC. So come have fun and help kids at the same time. Meantime, have a look at these pictures from last Monday.

Sculpture by Gisele


This Friday, sculpture by Gisele Cariou will be featured during the opening of a new wing at Yorba Linda’s Nixon Museum. The opening ceremony will also include performances from the US Marine Corps Band, followed by an indoor piano recital. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. and is open to the public. Gisele is an accomplished artist who works with a variety of materials. On Friday, the museum will display her bronze sculpture depicting a youthful Nixon. The museum is located at 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd, Yorba Linda.

iFix it


Shattered screen on your Blackberry? Software won’t work on an iPad? Maybe you just need an adapter for your new iPhone 5.
Justin Vasquez is the man to see. He’s our upstairs neighbor. And we couldn’t be happier.
We regularly run upstairs with some phone or pad problem that seems unsolvable. And Justin fixes it, usually in just a few minutes.
But he looks so young! You’re right, he does. Believe it or not, he’s only 20.
His girlfriend/business partner just turned 21 and Justin can’t even go to bars with her yet.
But he’s a maestro of mobile devices and owns his own business.
How is this possible?
A few years ago, Justin’s sister brought him a broken phone. Justin took it apart and fixed it for fun. That’s right–for fun.
He’s always liked taking things apart and rebuilding them. But phones really captured his interest.
So he decided to spend a year of 50 hour work weeks with a local tech company. This let Justin focus on his new-found passion.
At the same time, he studied engineering at Cal Poly Pomona, one of our state’s finest schools. It’s a workload that would exhaust any mere mortal, but not Justin. After three years of this grueling schedule, he decided to open his own business as well.
We’d be jealous of Justin’s phenomenal accomplishments, but we’re too busy being grateful.
Thank god he decided to move into our building.
We’ll never have to visit the evil Apple store again.
Forget their long lines, high prices and so-called “genius bar.”
We have the real thing and he’s just upstairs.
So next time you’re at the salon, be sure to bring your broken or malfunctioning device and take it to Justin.
Meantime, visit his website for more information.