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Second Saturday Art Fair Coming to an End

We are sad to hear that San Juan Capistrano’s Second Saturday Art Fair will close December 13th after seven years. The Capistrano Dispatch has the story here. While downtown will certainly be missing something without the art fair, we totally agree with the organizers when they say:

“The Art Fair’s intent was to place artists [...]

Save the Date for Christmas at the Mission

The holidays are always a special time of year at the Mission, and it’s only one month away! Save the date for Christmas at the Mission, which we be held Saturday, December 6th from 5:30-8 PM as part of community celebration in downtown San Juan Capistrano. Tickets and more information are available here.

Handmade Market Coming to Ecology Center

Orange Coast Magazine has published an article about San Juan Capistrano’s Ecology Center and its handmade arts and crafts fair scheduled for Saturday, November 8th. According to the Ecology Center:

In an effort to celebrate our Southern California community of artists, crafters, makers, skilled laborers etc., we are honored to host the first annual Maker’s [...]

Video: San Juan Capistrano and Caspers Wilderness Park

Although this is an older video, it takes a very artistic view at downtown San Juan Capistrano, including the Mission, and nearby Caspers Wilderness Park:

Dates for Laguna Niguel’s 2014 Haunted Trails

Are you ready for this year’s crop of local haunted houses? The Laguna Niguel Haunted Trails program is always a great show. Below are this year’s dates:

Tesoro Stands With Capo

A class act by the Tesoro High School community:

Over the weekend, 6 local students were in a devastating car accident. 5 passed away, and 1 is still fighting for his life in the hospital. In memory of these students and in support of our fellow high schools, wear BLACK & GOLD to honor the [...]

Mission Kicks of Sala Preservation Project with Open House on October 9

Next Thursday, October 9th at 11 AM, the Mission is hosting an Open House that will feature a presentation and overview of the Sala Preservation Project scheduled to begin this month. From the Mission:

In the coming year, the Mission Preservation Foundation will undertake the Sala Preservation Project, a three phased preservation effort of an [...]

Sixteen Year Old Ladera Ranch Resident Cole Custer Becomes Youngest Ever Winner of a NASCAR National Series Race

Congratulations to Ladera Ranch resident and Tesoro High School student Cole Custer for becoming the youngest winner ever of a NASCAR national series race. Custer won the Truck Series race in just his seventh career series start at the age of 16 years, seven months and 28 days old. According to NBC Sports:

The teenager [...]

Aerial Views of Ladera Ranch

We came across a great video of Ladera Ranch on Vimeo, filmed using a drone aircraft.

Aerial Views of Ladera Ranch from Urs Britschgi Real Estate Team on Vimeo.

A link to the full video is here. The video was produced by Ladera Ranch realtor Urs Britschgi. In addition to being a local realtor, [...]

San Juan Mission Getting a Group Hug Tomorrow

Want to be a part of a group hug with a thousand people? Here is an interesting event taking place at the Mission tomorrow to commemorate Orange County’s 125th birthday: