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Big Issues on the San Juan City Council Agenda Tonight

There is an important City Council meeting scheduled for tonight in San Juan Capistrano. On the agenda are several items that are generating a lot of resident input and opinion.

First, on the agenda is a two year renewal of the management agreement between the City of San Juan Capistrano and Blenheim Facility Management, LLC [...]

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 [...]

Schedule for Rodeo Week in San Juan Capistrano

Below are more details on the upcoming RMV Rodeo and Rodeo Week in San Juan Capistrano, courtesy of the City:

The following Chamber of Commerce sponsored events will take place the week prior to the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo at the City’s Riding Park. Contact the Chamber of Commerce for ticket information for these events.


Save the Date: Two Steppin Under the Stars on July 12

Another great local event coming up:

Two Steppin Under the Stars

Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 12th from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. for music and dancing with the Kelly Boyz on the grass at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park at San Juan Capistrano located at the corner of La Pata/Ortega Hwy. Hosted by [...]

Tomorrow is Movie Night at the RMV Riding Park

Looking for something fun to do tomorrow night? Come out to the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano for movie night. Admission and parking are free. Tomorrow night’s movie is Maverick, starring Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster. There will be music by Bad to the Bone BBQ and music from “Chapped Cheeks” [...]

Two Stepping Under the Stars at the RMV Riding Park

Interested in doing a little two-stepping under the stars at the RMV Riding Park in support of the San Juan Capistrano Equestrian Coalition? Should be a great event, and best of all it is free. Below is the invitation, courtesy of the City of San Juan Capistrano:

Come and Two-Step Under the Stars on August [...]

Blenheim Grand Prix Comes to Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park This Sunday

Village of Sendero Grand Opening Details

We previously reported that the grand opening for the Village of Sendero (including 55+ Gavilan) was going to be June 29-30, 2013. Courtesy of Rancho Mission Viejo Company, below are some details:

Visitors will start at the Guest House, in the El Prado Community Core. Information on Sendero, Gavilan, the homes and the community will [...]

Open Space: You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means

Part of Rancho Mission Viejo’s media strategy is to place “suggested posts” (Facebook-speak for ads) in the newsfeeds of potential buyers. The ad uses pictures of a green orchard, a field of wild poppies or a shaded path lined by majestic oak trees and invites viewers to:

“Like” this if you like open space.

As [...]

Examining the Conceptual Plan for the Proposed Reata Park and Event Center

San Juan Capistrano has recently announced the creation of the Reata Park and Event Center, a proposed city park located at the eastern edge of San Juan Capistrano on Ortega Highway near the Rancho Mission Viejo border. The current plan for the area contemplates a passive community park on about 12 acres of the 18.4 [...]