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Comedy Show Benefit for Dana Point’s Adopted 5th Marines Regiment

We love the way Orange County cities have adopted and supported our local Marines. Here’s an opportunity to support Dana Point’s adopted 5th Marines Regiment while enjoying a great night of comedy.

A star-studded line-up of national touring comedians are coming together on Monday, September 15th to host Laughs for Leathernecks, to raise funds for [...]

Car Wash to Benefit San Juan Adopted Marines

Courtesy of the City of San Juan Capistrano:

Don’t Miss the Marine Car Wash Saturday, Sept. 6

The City of San Juan Capistrano will host a car wash on Saturday, September 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot at the corner of Ortega Highway and El Camino Real near the Camino [...]

Big Surf at Dana Point Harbor

The anticipated big surf has finally arrived at Dana Point Harbor. Be careful out there on the jetty!

image credit: Dana Point Harbor (Facebook)

Meeting Tonight to Discuss Silverado Branch Library Relocation

For our friends in the canyon areas:

OC Parks and OC Public Libraries invite the public to learn more about the relocation of the Silverado Branch Library to the former Silverado Elementary School site at 7531 Santiago Canyon Rd. The meeting will include an estimated construction schedule for the library and multi-purpose room. The process [...]

In Memory of Alice O’Neill Avery

Our condolences to the employees and family members of Rancho Mission Viejo on the death of Alice O’Neill Avery, matriarch of the O’Neill family and a sixth generation Californian. She passed away July 22, 2014 at her home in Brentwood, California at the age of 97. Avery was the daughter of Richard O’Neill Jr. and [...]

Guapas Tapas and Diego Rivera

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source: Guapas Tapas Facebook Page

Photos from San Juan’s 4th of July Celebration

The Capistrano Dispatch has some great photos from the city’s 4th of July celebration at the San Juan Capistrano Sports Park. You can view the photos here.

Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s Wildlife Monitoring Project is a Model of Open Space Land Management

Our friends and neighbors at the Irvine Ranch Conservancy posted this great compilation of wildlife caught on film by the IRC’s Wildlife Monitoring Project. Since our local open spaces comprise the same habitat, we see many of the same animals in our local parks and reserves.



Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks

The Conservancy’s [...]

Happy 4th of July!

First and foremost, we hope that everyone out there enjoys a safe and happy 4th of July holiday. God bless America!

We’ve already given you the details on fireworks shows in Ladera Ranch and San Juan Capistrano. There are plenty of other fireworks shows scheduled in South Orange County tonight. Courtesy of the Orange County [...]

Celebrate the 4th of July in Ladera Ranch

Ladera Ranch will host a full day of fun for the 4th of July, including a fireworks show, community parade, a 5K run (and a 1K kids run), live music and games and a number of food vendors. The 4th of July community parade begins at 10:30 AM at the corner of Sienna Parkway and [...]