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Corona del Mar Today: Christmas comes early at Roger's Gardens

October 06, 2012|By Amy Senk
  • Roger's Gardens opened the 2012 Christmas Boutique on Wednesday.
Roger's Gardens opened the 2012 Christmas Boutique… (Amy Senk, Daily…)

Roger's Gardens opened the 2012 Christmas Boutique last week, drawing crowds who were circling the parking lot and cramming the aisles for a sneak peak at the shop's holiday displays.

"It's crazy," said Eric Cortina, Roger's Gardens' creative director.

Cortina, who has a line of ornaments and decorations in the boutique, said he loved the shop's front room with its Victorian, H.G. Wells theme featuring clocks, gears and kaleidoscopes, and an enormous tree decorated in silver and gold.

Other rooms had trees, 25 in all, with different themes — some covered in seashell ornaments, others with crystals and silver and another with pinks and blues for babies. Shoppers filled their baskets with holiday towels, toys and ornaments, and shelves and trees were loaded with stuffed deer, polar bears, pillows, music boxes and more. Staff passed out snacks — mimosas, cakes and muffins, while overhead, silver mechanical deer nodded their heads.

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Jeanine Weiss of Corona said she never misses a Roger's Christmas opening, although the recent heat wave made it feel "a tiny bit too early."

Her friend, Cindy Fredericks, disagreed.

"I'm all for celebrating, whatever the time," Fredericks said. "Year-round is good. You have to be happy, whenever it is."

Roger's Gardens is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The shop is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road.

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CdMHS bell schedule

Corona del Mar High School administrators and teachers are considering ways to change the school's bell schedule in order to create time to help struggling students, Principal Tim Bryan told members of the PTA at a recent meeting.

"It's actually a gigantic undertaking for us," Bryan said. "Since the only real resource to help students is time, we have to carve out time."

Teachers and administrators are brainstorming ways to find the extra time. One idea is to cut the passing time between classes from six minutes to five, creating a 35-minute extra period. Students who need extra help in a class would use that time to work with teachers, while students who are excelling would use the time for enrichment.

Parents expressed concerns that the extra time would be a nothing more than study hall for many students, but Bryan said there would be more to offer, although that too is in the planning stages. He also said that the extra time might come later in the day, which would help student athletes who often leave for away game and events during the school's fifth period.

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