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Lineup Set for Doheny Blues Festival

An All-Star lineup headlines the 17th annual Doheny Blues Festival on May 17 and 18, 2014 at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California. Among the performers are Greg Allman, Buddy Guy, the Doobie Brothers and one of Don Juan Ortega’s favorite blues musicians, Keb’ Mo’. Below is a little sample of Keb’ Mo’ doing [...]

How Would South Orange County Fare in a Flood?

With all this talk about drought and water shortages, we thought it might be fun to imagine the opposite scenario. What would South Orange County look like following unprecedented rainfall? FEMA uses the concepts of a 100 year flood and a 500 year flood to determine high risk flood zones and establish high water marks. [...]

San Clemente, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano Mayors Talk about the Future of South Orange County

The newly appointed mayors of San Clemente, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano (Tim Brown, Lisa Bartlett and Sam Allevato) sat down with the publishers of the Capistrano Dispatch and its sister publications to talk about the future of South Orange County. You should read the entire article here, but we wanted to highlight some [...]

Dana Point Considers Doheny Hotel Proposal

The City of Dana Point spent a lot of money on its entry monument and pedestrian bridge over Pacific Coast Highway. Unfortunately, motorists entering the city from the South (which includes most of the traffic coming from either direction on the 5 freeway), pass through the monument and are greeted by a vacant lot, an [...]

The Role of Sienna Botanica Riverine System and the Horno Water Quality Basin in the Ladera Ranch Ecosystem

Residents of Ladera Ranch have noticed the construction work underway in the greenbelt along Sienna Parkway. This two and a half mile long greenbelt starts in northern Ladera Ranch near Town Green Park and ends south of the community near Covenant Hills. The riverine system is home to a meandering walkway along a man-made creek [...]

Elephant Parade Coming to Dana Point

Residents and visitors to Dana Point are used to seeing large mammals around town. Whale watching tours are big business here. But for a limited time, Dana Point will play host to a herd of large land mammals. An Elephant Parade has come to town. The Elephant Parade is a fundraiser to help save the [...]

Doheny Days Music Festival Canceled for 2013, Promises to Return in 2014

For South Orange County music fans, this is sad news: the organizers of the annual Doheny Days Music Festival have decided to cancel the 2013 show. They promise to be back in 2014. It us unclear why the show has been cancelled. Below is the announcement:

Doheny Days Music Festival Postponed Festival Scheduled To Return [...]

Heading to Doheny This Weekend?

If this video doesn’t convince you to come out for the Doheny Blues Festival this weekend, nothing will!

The video captures last year’s 15th Anniversary of the Festival featuring an incredible lineup of blues greats from past and present.

Final Doheny Blues Festival Performance Schedule

The Doheny Blues Festival is coming up on May 18 and 19 at Doheny State Beach. The Festival has just finalized its lineup and released the performance schedule.

More information about the Festival is available here.

Dana Point Welcomes Cyclists and Musicians During Month of May

There are two great events coming up in May in Dana Point.

First is the Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling this Sunday, May 5:

Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling

Second is the Doheny Blues Festival from May 18-19, at Doheny State Beach:

Doheny Blues Festival