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Last Chance to Register for 2014 Dana Point Turkey Trot

This is a reminder for anyone who wants to participate in the Dana Point Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving. Online registration closes at the incredibly specific 11:55 PM on Monday, November 24th and prices will increase for on-site registration. More information and registration is available at

Visit These Ladera Ranch Haunted Houses

Looking for local haunted houses this weekend? Here are two in Ladera Ranch:

First, the return of the Shepherd’s Court charity haunted house, running Thursday through Saturday nights:

And second, a new entry sponsored by Tom Bertog Real Estate Group, on Halloween Night only:


Dana Point IlluminOcean: A New Holiday Tradition in South Orange County

This is a new event for South County and it looks like the start of a fantastic holiday tradition:


The warmth of the Southern California winter season. The wonders of the deep blue sea. The dazzling spectacle of sights, sound and motion that’s electrifying our ocean views like [...]

South Orange County Nonprofits to Benefit from 2014 Dana Point Turkey Trot

The Dana Point Turkey Trot is a great South County tradition on Thanksgiving Day, and participating also directly supports some of South County’s most deserving non-profits. The organizers behind the Turkey Trot have announced that proceeds from this year’s race will help support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley, Doheny State Beach Interpretive [...]

Fiesta BBQ on October 18th at Reata Park

Save the Date for the Fiesta BBQ on October 18th at Reata Park from Noon to 4 pm.

Consider yourself invited!

Three Movie Nights in September at the RMV Riding Park

As summer comes to an end, families can still enjoy the popular Movies in the Park series at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park. Below is the schedule for September’s three movies, courtesy of the City of San Juan Capistrano:

Enjoy the next showing of “Movies in the Park” starting on Saturday, September 13th at [...]

West Coast Film Festival Opens Tonight

Tonight is the opening night of the West Coast Film Festival. Below are the details for tonight’s screenings:

West Coast Film Festival’s opening night film is ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN on Wednesday, August 27 at 7:45 p.m.. At the 48th Academy Awards®, ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN won 4 awards including Best Screenplay, Best Actor in [...]

Rodeo Roundup at the Dispatch

The Capistrano Dispatch has a short article and some good photos from this weekend’s rodeo here.

Congratulations to the RMV Rodeo Winners

Congratulations to the winners (and all the competitors) at this weekend’s Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo:

Bareback Riding: Tilden Hooper Steer Wrestling: Trevor Knowles Tie Down Roping: Clint Cooper Team Roping: Aaron Tsinigine and Cole Davison Bull Riding: Wesley Silcox Saddle Bronc: Cort Scheer

2nd Annual Rodeo Ride on Sunday, August 17th at Reata Park and Events Center

For all of the equestrians out there, here’s a fun event to kick off Rodeo Week!