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Donate Toys to Benefit San Juan’s Adopted Marines

Please read and contribute if you are so moved, courtesy of the City of San Juan Capistrano:

The City has launched a toy collection drive to benefit the children of San Juan Capistrano’s adopted 1st Battalion, 11th Marines (1/11). Community members can help support the 1/11 by dropping off new, unwrapped toys in the bin [...]

Camp Pendleton Mud Run Starts This Weekend

Since Camp Pendleton is technically part of our “Ranch” here at Rancho Ortega, it would not be inappropriate for us to give a hearty “hoo-ah” to all the mudders heading down to Pendleton tomorrow through June 15th to join the world famous Camp Pendleton Mud Run. Remember, folks, “this isn’t a Mud Walk, but a [...]

Camp Pendleton’s History: Friars, Vaqueros & Marines

We found this great video on the history of the land on which Camp Pendleton sits, including the southern half of the historic Rancho Santa Margarita y Las Flores. (The northern half, of course, consists of Rancho Mission Viejo and the Ranch neighborhoods of Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Las Flores, Ladera Ranch and now [...]

Marine Benefit Car Wash Tomorrow

A reminder about tomorrow’s car wash to benefit San Juan’s adopted Marines:

The City of San Juan Capistrano will host a car wash on Saturday, May 18 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 Real Playhouse to benefit the [...]

Support San Juan Capistrano’s Adopted Marines

There is a strong bond of support and appreciation between San Juan Capistrano and the United States armed forces, and in particular the City’s adopted Marines of 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment (1/11). Show your support for these heroes by taking part in a car wash on May 18th to benefit the Marines of 1/11. [...]