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From Marble to Ribbons, Cages, and Collars

The din from the 5 Freeway rumbles through Santa Ana’s Chiarini Marble & Stone, but it’s as innocuous as elevator music compared to the ear-splitting high-powered drills and cutting machines the artisans are using to turn stone into fireplaces, fountains, and other architectural objects.

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Speaker of Note: Umi Garrett

What qualifies a 13-year-old to give a TED talk? How about being globally hailed as a piano prodigy since her 2009 appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”? Garrett, who lives in Aliso Viejo, already has released two albums, played with multiple symphonies, been named a Young Steinway Artist, and won competitions in Japan, Hungary, and New York.

Rufi Thorpe, author, photographed 19 June 2014 in College Park MD, for Orange Coast Magazine.

‘The Girls From Corona del Mar’ Author Rufi Thorpe

She now lives in Washington, D.C., but the just-published author is still a Californian at heart. Thorpe, 29, taps into the beachy vibe of her hometown of Corona del Mar in her first novel, the story of two “roaming and bratty girls.” The title? “The Girls From Corona del Mar” (Random House). Here are a few of her O.C. inspirations.

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