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Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park 
 
 
A favorite of mountain bikers and hikers. Quickly being encroached by development, however. "This expansive park sits at the south end of the Laguna Greenbelt. Its canyons harbor a pastoral feel unmatched in Orange County. Favored with petroglyphs etched by Native Americans, Aliso & Wood Canyons are natural wonders still to be enjoyed.... Approximately 4,000 acres of wilderness and natural open space land. Originally, part of the Juaneno or Acajchemem tribal land, it later was owned by Don Juan Avila, Louis Moulton, The Mission Viejo Company and now is under the jurisdiction of Harbors, Beaches, and Parks Department. Within the park lands are mature oaks, sycamores, and elderberry trees, two year round streams and over 30 miles of official trails. Many rare and endangered plants and animals make this park their home. This park is dsignated as a wildlife sanctuary. "  Laguna Niguel
Art & Creativity for Healing, Inc. 
 
 
"Our Mission: To offer Art & Creativity for Healing painting classes and workshops free of charge to children and adults suffering from abuse, illness, grief or stress on-site at hospitals, treatment centers and non-profit facilities. Art & Creativity for Healing... Located in Laguna Niguel, Calif., this innovative organization offers unique classes and workshops that help children, teens and adults suffering from abuse, illness, grief or stress process their feelings using the venue of painting on canvas. It is only through the generosity of foundations, corporate and private donors that Art & Creativity for Healing continues to grow and flourish in its service to the community."  Laguna Niguel
Arts Orange County 
 
 
Workshops to help build professional skills of those working in the nonprofit arts community. Grants programs. Publications. Public awareness. Arts education improvement programs for K-12 schools. Orange County Arts Awards. "Arts Orange County was established in 1995 as a nonprofit countywide arts council. It is the state-local partner with the California Arts Council and is the official local arts agency of the County of Orange. Arts Orange County serves as a resource and advocate for the arts community, as a catalyst for leadership on arts issues, and as sponsor of programs and services which enhance public awareness of arts activities and promote the development of the arts and arts education in Orange County. "  Santa Ana
Bridges Training Stables 
 
 
Bridges Training Stables - Specializing in Hunters, Jumpers, and Dressage - Western and Trail also available - Learn to Ride with Bridges Equestrian - Riding Lessons & Training - Specializing in Hunters and Jumpers - Ages 8 and up / All Levels - Your Horse or Ours! Horse Leases, Horse Sales, Horse Care, Equestrian Team, One Day Boot Camp, Kids Equestrian Summer Camps, Shows, Clothing, Accessories.  San Juan Capistrano
Christmas at the Mission 
 
 
"Juaneño Band of Mission Indians, Acjachemen Nation Presents: Christmas at the Mission - The official City ceremony and lighting of the San Juan Capistrano Christmas tree begins in Historic Towne Center Park, with a visit from Santa Clause, a Live Nativity Presentation, Merchant Open House, Music and Fun. From there, holiday guests are invited to attend the annual Christmas at the Mission Festival." At the Historic Mission San Juan Capistrano.  San Juan Capistrano
Crown Valley Community Park 
 
 
"Crown Valley Community Park serves as the center for the City’s recreational programs and activities. It attracts over 240,000 people annually for programs scheduled by the Parks and Recreation Department. It offers a variety of amenities, including a 25 yard pool, outdoor amphitheater, Niguel Botanical Preserve, South Coast YMCA, various athletic facilities and facility rentals: 1 Pool (with diving boards), 30 Picnic Tables, 1 Wading Pool, 7 Barbeques, 1 Baseball Field, 3 Group Sites, 2 Soccer Fields, 2 Restrooms, 1 Bike Trail, 1 Tot Lot, 1 Outdoor Amphitheater, 280 Parking Spaces (9 handicapped), Botanical Preserve (18 Acres), 3 Community Rental Rooms."  Laguna Niguel
Flower & Garden Festival at the Mission SJC 
 
 
"Each June, Mission San Juan Capistrano presents its annual Flower Garden and Art Show. The weekend features unique plant and garden vendors, including gardening books, artists, and demonstrations. Proceeds from the Festival support the world-famous 'Jewel of the Missions', and the work of the Gardening Angels, a group of volunteers who maintain the gardens that enhance this historic site. This popular event, held on the lush ten-acre grounds of historic Mission San Juan Capistrano features over seventy vendors/exhibitors of flowers, plants, and garden items, as well as a variety of crafts and fine art. Music, seminars, and food round out the day, so even non-gardeners will enjoy this event!"  San Juan Capistrano
Franko's Maps of Orange County & Vicinity 
 
 
Surfing? Biking? Hiking? Fishing? Exploring? Boating? Franko's Maps have long been a staple of OC Locals! Franko's Map of Orange County Surfing, Franko's Map of San Diego Surfing, Franko's Map of Orange County Trails, Franko's Trail Map of Santa Ana Mountains & Chino Hills, Franko's Trail Map of Big Bear, Franko's Poster of Big Bear, Franko's Map of South Coast Wilderness (Laguna Beach Wilderness), Franko's Diving Map of Santa Catalina Islands, Franko's Diving Map of Channel Islands, Franko's Diving Map of Orange County Coast, Franko's Diving Map of San Diego Coast, Franko's Diving Map of Los Angeles Coast, Franko's La Jolla Shores Fish Card, Franko's HMCS Yukon Deck Plan & Fish Identifier, Franko's Channel Islands Mini Map & Kelp Forest Creatures, Franko's Avalon Underwater Park & Kelp Forest Creatures, Franko's Map of Catalina's Two Harbors & Fish Identification Card, Franko's Map of Santa Catalina Island, Franko's Map of Channel Islands, Franko's Map of San Diego County Coast, Franko's Map of Orange County Coast, Franko's Map of Los Angeles County Coast, Franko's Map of Newport Harbor & Upper Newport Bay,  Corona
Fun with Chalk Children's Creative Festival 
 
 
"Fun With Chalk is a unique festive celebration of the heart, mind, and creative spirit. Thousands of visitors are captivated annually by one of America's most fun Festivals! Incredible images are created directly on asphalt, by artists, using their enormous talent, and chalk. Yes, chalk! The entire parking lot of the Norman Murray Community Center is transformed into a canvas of hundreds of images, some recreations of famous masterpieces, and others original creations of incredible design and color. The Childrens Creative Festivals, producers of Fun With Chalk, is an all - volunteer organization of people who care deeply about children and art, and who work and plan all-year round to bring a first class event to the community."  Mission Viejo
Laguna Niguel Certified Farmers' Market 
 
 
Sundays from 9 to 1 (rain or shine). Plaza De La Paz Shopping Center on the Corner of La Paz . Run by the Orange County Farm Bureau.  Laguna Niguel
Laguna Niguel Dog Park 
 
 
This park is on the corner of Golden Lantern and Beacon Hill.  Laguna Niguel
Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade 
 
 
2006: "More than 110 exciting parade units headed down Crown Valley Parkway. Marching bands, clowns, exotic cars, equestrian groups, a tribute to America’s military.... The parade is on Crown Valley Parkway between Nueva Vista and Crown Valley Community Park. The designated drop off area for entries and guests is at the northwest corner of Moulton and Crown Valley Parkway.... We suggest that you to view the photos of parade, click on our sponsors and support their business, become a volunteer and we offer you a special invitation to your club, association and company to. . . . Become a sponsor for the 2006 Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade. A small town parade like it used to be..."  Laguna Niguel
Laguna Niguel Ocean Ranch 7 Edwards Regal 
  

Kiosk available for ticket pick-up.  
Laguna Niguel Racquet Club 
 
 
Off of Crown Valley Parkway, close to the ocean. "Laguna Niguel Racquet Club Tennis Facilities feature: * 15 championship tennis courts * Tournament center court * Hitting walls * Ball machines * Ball hoppers available for practice... LNRC has a 12,000 square foot fitness building that is separate from the main building. In this building we offer so much! We have outstanding group exercise and spin classes.There is a Cardio Center filled with treadmills, elliptical machines, upright and recumbent stationary bikes, stair masters and versa climbers. There are both free weights and machine weights. For the latter, we feature state-of-the-art Life Fitness and Cybex equipment. Lastly, the fitness building has newly remodeled locker rooms. After your vigorous workout, go to your locker room and relax in the sauna or in the steam room.... The Jr. Olympic size swimming pool is heated year round at a comfortable 82 degrees. An outdoor Jacuzzi is conveniently located by the pool.... Located at Laguna Niguel Racquet Club, members using either clubs (LNRC or TCMB) may use (the child care) service. A fun place to be for kids between 3 months and up to 7 years of age. Your children will be in the hands of our qualified childcare staff having fun and making friends!... Van’s Pro Shop - Van and Carol Bank have been serving our LNRC members for the past 7 years. Prior to LNRC, they owned The Tennis Outlet in Laguna Beach. You will find a complete line of tennis products, including all major brands." Thank you, Stephanie - for supplying the URL for this club.  Laguna Niguel
Laguna Niguel Regional Park 
 
 
"Discover suburban recreation at its best, with a wide selection of outdoor activities, including tennis, volleyball, jogging and bicycling in a spacious, well-landscaped setting. Also enjoy fishing and boating on the park’s 44-acre lake.... Laguna Niguel Regional Park's 80 acres of turf surround a 44 acre lake, which is regularly stocked with catfish, bass and blue gill and trout during the winter months only. A large assortment of trees dot the park's 236 acreage providing beauty and shade."  Laguna Niguel
Laguna Niguel Skateboard & Soccer Park 
 
 
"The Laguna Niguel Skate and Soccer Park features a 20,000 square foot concrete skateboard park and a synthetic grass soccer field. The soccer field is the City’s second to feature synthetic grass. The synthetic grass is made of polypropylene fibers backfilled with crumb rubber. The surface is yielding and non-abrasive and can be used immediately following rain. The field is usable year round, with no down time for maintenance."  Laguna Niguel
Mangia Bene Ristorante 
 
 
"Come to Mangia Bene for the 'Fresh Italian Food Experience'. For over 10 years Mangia Bene, which means 'eat well' in Italian, has been serving the finest Italian cuisine based on recipes handed down through our family. Our delicious meals, eclectic atmosphere and friendly, personal service will delight the palette and warm the heart. Come see why Mangia Bene is so popular and the place to be in South Orange County! more Mangia Bene Offers: * Takeout & Home Delivery * Catering & Private Parties * Gift Certificates * Patio Dining * Martini Bar * Cocktails"  Laguna Niguel
Mariachi Festival 
 
 
"Mission San Juan Capistrano invites you to join us at our second annual Mariachi Festival, which will be held on August 5, 2006, 10:00 am -2:30 PM in the beautiful Mission courtyard. The festival will include entertainment 'Battle of the Mariachis' and authentic Mexican food. Mariachi performers will compete for cash prizes. This event is free with paid admission to the mission. After the Festival - the Mariachi Divas perform for Music Under the Stars."  San Juan Capistrano
Mission San Juan Capistrano 
 
 
"Mission San Juan Capistrano, the Birthplace of Orange County, was founded more than two hundred years ago. Today it is a monument to California's multi-cultural history, embracing its Native American, Spanish, Mexican and European heritage. Originally built as a self sufficient community by Spanish Padres and Indians, the Mission was a center for agriculture, industry, education and religion. Visitors will discover many areas of interest within the Mission walls. You can hear the tolling of century old bells and walk down its time worn paths. The serenity and peace amid the 10 acres of lush gardens and cool fountains, cloistered by old adobe walls, offers visitors seclusion from the sights and sounds of a busy world. Visit the Serra Chapel, Padres Quarters, Industrial Area, Soldiers Barracks, Cemetery and The Great Stone Church." Events include: Art Exhibitions, Benefit Gala Concert & Dinner, Christmas at the Mission, Flower & Garden Festival, Founders Day, Kids Day at the Mission, Lecture Series, Lincoln Celebration, Living History Day, Mariachi Festival, Member Appreciation Day, Music Under the Stars, Return of the Swallows, Sunday Symphony Series, Two for One Resident Day, Mission San Juan Capistrano Summer Camps.  San Juan Capistrano
Mission San Juan Capistrano Summer Camps 
 
 
Mission San Juan Capistrano offers a variety of entertaining, hands-on summer camps for children. Each is designed to teach children about Mission and California history.... The following camps will be held in 2006: Beginning Clay Summer Camp: Students will learn to express themselves artistically while learning about early California pottery, both indigenous and European. Students will learn how to make pinched pots, coiled pots, decorative tiles, primitive statues, as well as how to glaze their work. Mission Matters Camp: Ron Bauer will lead children in hands-on craft making and tasks focusing on skills of the Mission and Rancho Eras. Students will learn how to make candles and soap out of tallow, rope making and knot tying, as well as hide branding. Camp Discovery at Mission San Juan Capistrano: Enjoy a fun-filled, educational week (or two) of the science behind and inside the beautiful Mission San Juan Capistrano. Discovery Science Center is teaching Science on a Mission Camp and Science Sleuths Camp for 7 to 10 year old campers at the Mission San Juan Capistrano this summer. In addition, the Science Center is teaching Summer Smiles for 5 and 6 year old campers. Science on a Mission Camp: Embark on a scientific mission to unearth the secrets of the past. Explore the history and restoration of the jewel of San Juan Capistrano, experiment with building designs and materials that strengthen structures, make gooey slime and more. Enjoy this fun-filled, educational week of the science behind and inside the Mission San Juan Capistrano. Science Sleuths at the Mission: Open your eyes to a whole new world! Experience our StarLab planetarium. Uncover the mysteries of the universe as your investigations take you from the microscopic level of fingerprints and fossils to the telescopic wonders of the stars. Explore the animals of the past, make a rubber ball, and much, much more! Summer Smiles at the Mission: It’s never too early to learn about science! Investigate butterfly wings and bug antennae using microscopes. Experiment with ooey, gooey concoctions. Take apart owl pellets. Examine real fossils and make a fossil imprint to take home. Create a comet. And best of all, parents ~ this program will strengthen what your kids are learning in school. Indian Summer Camp: Journey’s to the Past educator, Jacque Nunez presents a camp that celebrates culture, diversity, and California’s heritage. Imagine Journeying back in time when people lived in harmony with Mother Earth and learning about Native American cultures and lifestyles from early southern California. Children will learn to be keepers of the Earth through sound environment practices and learn skills that the Native California Indians used, such as stomping mud for Adobe making, scrubbing gourds for rattles, drilling shells for necklaces, and pounding yucca for string are just a few crafts that will create a special memory for your child. Intermediate Clay Summer Camp: For the first time Mission San Juan Capistrano is offering an intermediate ceramics camp. In this camp, students will learn the basic fundamentals of wheel thrown pots, free hand vases, making sculptures, statues, and heads. Gold Rush: What was the trail of our California Gold Rush like and who were the Native Americans that the Pioneers encountered across the country? Children will experience arrowhead making, carding wool, making friendship bracelets, panning for gold, making biscuits, playing Pioneer and Native American games, and authentic Native American dancing."  San Juan Capistrano
Music Under the Stars at Mission SJC 
 
 
Held June to September at Mission San Juan Capistrano. "Mission San Juan Capistrano presents ... Music Under the Stars evening concerts... The concerts feature dining and dancing to a variety of live music including Big Band, Latin, Motown & R & B, Swing, Top 40 in the beautiful Mission courtyard."  San Juan Capistrano
Plaza de la Paz 
 
 
30 Minute Fitness (949) 305-0333 / American Cancer Society Discovery Shop (949) 831-8523 / Amersterdam Cafe (949) 831-0104 / AM/PM Gas & Mini Mart (949) 831-4108 / Art Images Custom Framing (949) 831-2201 / Cedar Creek Inn / Chaparosa Grill / Charo Chicken (949) 352-5051 / Cingular Wireless (949) 352-9978 / Club Nails (949) 362-5436 / Corner Bakery / Epic Tickets (949) 831-5333 / Euro Day Spa & Laser Center (949) 831-2006 / FedEx Kinko's (949) 352-1900 / Golden Dragon Chinese Food (949) 362-4739 / H&R Block (949) 643-6750 / Health Works & Original Juice Bistro (949) 831-9777 / Henry's Marketplace (949) 349-1999 / Home Depot (949) 831-3543 / Kassra Persian Cuisine (949) 362-2500 / La Paz Beauty Supply & Salon (949) 643-9520 / Little Bit of Grace - City Custom Floral Designs (949) 643-3887 / Long's Drugs (949) 831-4311 / Mangia Bene Pasta & Pizza (949) 831-0140 / McDonald's (949) 643-3326 / Moore's Sew, Vac and Fans Center (949) 362-9186 / Moulton Animal Hospital (949) 831-7297 / One Stop Vision Care (949) 643-2020 / Oreck Floor Care Center (949) 831-6744 / Oso Niguel Healthcare Center (949) 643-9111 / Pacific Park Chiropractic (949) 643-7200 / Pacific Park Jewelers (949) 916-5200 / Pawsitively Purrfect (949) 831-6226 / Pet Junction (949) 643-0100 / Pizza Hut (949) 362-5100 / Playmates Hourly Drop-In Childcare (949) 633-3458 / Rock N' Road Cyclery (949) 360-8045 / Sango Sushi Japanese Cuisine (949) 831-7287 / Sparkling Cleaners (949) 643-1656 / Spectrum Tan (949) 831-7367 / Subway (949) 643-2228 / Super Tailoring (949) 362-2889 / Sylvan Learning Center (949) 349-1835 Taco Bell (949) 831-3334 / Dr. Kenneth Tjon, DDS, APOC (949) 831-1402 / Tompkins Flooring (949) 425-5900 / Union Bank of California (949) 448-8550 / United Studios of Self Defense (949) 831-0886 /  Laguna Niguel
Return of the Swallows Mission San Juan Capistrano 
 
 
2006: "Mission San Juan Capistrano will present its annual Return of the Swallows celebration Saturday March 18th to Sunday March 19th, 2006. Festivities include the traditional bell ringing, Pageantry, live entertainment, ethnic foods, and vendors all to mark the springtime return of the swallows to Capistrano. The Mission's biggest annual celebration, it marks the coming of spring, a time of renewal and rebirth. Other highlights include Living History Members, scheduled Docent tours, artisans demonstrating crafts, mariachi performers, school choirs and performers, Indian dance groups, ethnic foods and much more. The swallows migrate annually to Goya, Argentina in October, and return to their spring and summer home in San Juan Capistrano each March. The Swallows celebration began centuries ago when Mission padres observed that the birds return roughly coincided with St. Joseph's Day on the church calendar, March 19. The celebration has achieved international prominence since then."  San Juan Capistrano
Sunday Symphony Series 
 
 
"The Mission San Juan Capistrano presents a Symphonic Celebration Series with Sunday Evening Pops Concerts by the Capistrano Valley Symphony, May through September featuring classic symphony sounds and show tunes and popular music from the 40's to the present day in the beautiful Mission courtyard."  San Juan Capistrano
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