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South Orange County’s 4th of July Fireworks Displays

Looking for a fireworks show near you? The Los Alamitos Patch has the roundup of some of this weekend’s big shows. In addition, below is a list of some of the South County fireworks displays:

San Juan Capistrano

Festivities begin at 3:00 p.m. with mechanical rides, bounce houses, activities for the kids, food, exhibits, and [...]

Dana Point Boat Show This Weekend

With Memorial Day behind us, it is safe to say that summer is here. And what better way to kick off summer than with a trip to beautiful Dana Point Harbor for the 13th annual Dana Point Boat Show. The show opens tomorrow, Thursday, May 30th and continues through Sunday, June 2nd.

About the boat [...]

Concept Video for Dana Point Harbor Redevelopment Plan

A recent Orange County Register article discussed the coming renovation of Dana Point Harbor, with construction scheduled for as early as 2014. Among other changes, the redevelopment plan contemplates “seven new buildings ranging from three to five stories tall are planned, which will increase the total retail and commercial space in Dana Point Harbor by [...]

The Tragic and Scandalous Origins of Doheny State Beach

Official records will tell you that the original 41 acres of Doheny State Beach was donated by Southern California oil tycoon Edward Doheny on May 31, 1931. Many people don’t know that tomorrow – February 16th – marks the anniversary of the Doheny family tragedy that directly resulted in Doheny’s donation of the oceanfront property [...]