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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
Cabrillo Playhouse 
 
 
 
"Our charming little Cabrillo Playhouse is where San Clemente's storybook past, vibrant present and promising future all come together in one colorful and cozy bundle of magic... It is the 20's and the 2000's. The playhouse itself is magic, a captivating 66-seat theatre coverted with love and care from one of the city's originals... with the red tile and white stucco that was the trademark of all the homes built in the mid-20's. Our Community Theatre, founded in 1953, moved into this historic site on the corner of Avenida Cabrillo and Ola Vista in 1966, and has been winning raves and capturing hearts ever since with inspiring presentations!"  San Clemente
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
The City of San Clemente, California 
 
 
"San Clemente residents often think of their town as paradise—where the 1920’s vision of a Spanish Village by the Sea still lingers, the sun shines 342 days a year and the conveniences of metropolitan Southern California are balanced by fresh ocean air and beaches untouched by time. Just 75 years ago, most of the coastal land between Los Angeles and San Diego was no more than barren rolling hills covered with mustard and sagebrush. San Clemente was no exception.... People indeed love beautiful places and the boom in San Clemente’s population—at 55,000 this year as the City celebrates its 75th anniversary—reflects the popularity of San Clemente and the development that has transformed all of Orange County in the past century. However, San Clemente started and has evolved differently than many of its neighboring communities. San Clemente was among the first master planned communities built from totally open land in the United States. Before erecting a single structure on the rolling coastal hills, Ole Hanson laid out an expansive plan based on the Spanish Colonial architectural style including restaurants, a clubhouse, residences, public parks, a public pool, a fishing pier, and even equestrian trails."  San Clemente
Dana Point Festival of Whales 
 
 
2006: "Don't miss the 15th annual Festival of Whales Street Faire on March 4 & 5, 2006! Come join the community as we celebrate the return of the Gray Whales off the coast. Come sample the best of Dana Point through more than 100 booths, displays, and fun activities. Follow the Parade to the Street Faire! Fun for the entire family. Great food, great games, great entertainment, and best of all - the great people of Dana Point."  Dana Point
Doheny Blues Festival 
 
 
Held in May. 2006 description: "There is no finer location than Doheny State Beach to celebrate true American Music... plus enjoy tasty food, shop in the expanded Vendor Village and have a picnic with your friends! The stellar list of artists performing this year includes: * B.B. King - the 80th Birthday Celebration * Etta James and the Roots Band * John Hiatt with special guests the North Mississippi Allstars * Los Lobos * G Love and Special Sauce * Tower Of Power * Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials * Tommy Castro Band * Charlie Musselwhite * Henry Butler * James Hunter from England * The Electric Kings from Belgium * James Harman Band * The Mannish Boys Revue * Zac Harman & MidSouth Blues Revue * Nathan James & Ben Hernandez * Martin Gerschwitz, Blue Mama & more!"  Dana Point
Endless Summer Surf Camp 
 
 
"The Endless Summer Surf Camp has a beautiful campsite overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the San Onofre State Park Campground, which is just south of the city of San Clemente, California. San Clemente is approximately 60 miles south of Los Angeles and approximately 60 miles north of San Diego. San Clemente has an average summer temperature of 78° air, and 70° water. San Clemente is the surf energy capital of Southern California and has produced many top professional surfers such as Shane Beschen, Chris Ward and Mike Parsons. The area offers a variety of waves from the easy rolling waves of San Onofre for the beginners, to the world class point surf of Lower Trestles for the more experienced surfers."  San Clemente
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
Goodie's Tavern 
  
Features local bands.  San Clemente
Iva Lee's 
 
 
"Come on in, have a seat and sit a spell. Welcome to Iva Lee's Southern and Creole Cuisine. Iva Lee was born and raised in the South. She came from a long line of Southern women who passed down recipes since their arrival in America in 1640. Iva Lee was my beloved grandmother. She took pride in preparing a wide variety of Southern meals and classic dishes from New Orleans for family and welcomed friends. Parties and Large Events - Iva Lee's can seat up to 42 guests in the back dining room, 34 in the front dining room and up to 32 on the patio. We can do Christmas Luncheons, Weddings, Baby Showers, Corporate Luncheons, Dinner Parties, etc." Tennessee meatloaf. Jambalaya. Homemade sausage. Sweet potato fries. Pulled pork sliders with tobasco onions. Bourbon french onion soup. Blues musicians.  San Clemente
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
Nick's Restaurants 
 
 
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner in San Clemente, Laguna Beach, or Belmont Shore in Long Beach. For the perfect start to your Sunday, Nick's serves up a scrumptious breakfast.  Irvine, Laguna Beach, Long Beach, San Clemente
Orange County ColdFusion Users Group 
 
 
Meetings the last Thursday of each month. "The Southern Orange County ColdFusion Users Group (SOCCFUG) is a chapter of the Southern California ColdFusion Users Group (SCCFUG). We are dedicated to helping our members exchange technical and business ideas about database-website connectivity and the effective application of Allaire's ColdFusion software. We meet at the San Clemente Round Table Pizza (949-496-7701) because it's within a few hundred yards of a freeway offramp, easy to find, and has lots of parking. Plus they have good pizza. Take the Estrella exit from the interstate 5 freeway. Go east to the first traffic light, turn right into a parking lot, and it is in front of you."  San Clemente
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
San Clemente Body Surfing Club 
 
 
"End of Summer 1999 The San Clemente Body Surfing Club had a fantastic summer with many new members, lots of great waves and best of all, many new friendships were made, and old ones cemented! The summer started out with warm water and sunny skies, good friends and some mild swells. Then somehow Seattle sent it's weather patterns down south and we had weeks of overcast and worse of all -- the water went from 70 to 62 overnight! However, this turn of events did little to detour our devoted (crazed?) members. Every Wednesday night the crew would gather under the palapa at North Beach. The regulars included - yours truly (Scot E. Ferris), Don and Susie Long, Mila and Kurt Finlay (who always brought a giant basket of fresh home-baked Snickerdoodle cookies!), John 'Dr. John' and Eileen 'Dr. Eileen' Seibert (thanks for the firepit and wood!), Al 'The Hooded Wonder' White and his awesome salads, The Saunders Clan (all seven of them, Bill, Sherry, Kerri, Scotty, Bridget, Dennis and Kurt, Tim and Scott (with two 'T's'), Eric, the police dude with the Fu-Manchu who was always on patrol, and the homeless guy who always had his bedroll and 'house' rolled out under the palapa when we showed up. I know I've forgotten somebody, so let me know and I'll add your name to the list."  San Clemente
San Clemente Dog Park 
 
 
Includes a separate fenced area for small and/or older dogs. "SC Dog Lovers worked hard with our City’s Parks and Recreation committee of San Clemente to get the first off-leash dog park built for our city. San Clemente Dog Lovers is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded by Gregg Lipanovich. We are still working together with the Parks and Rec. to help promote a more dog friendly San Clemente. Our efforts include fund raiser events that will support additional off-leash recreational areas and amenities. Parks and Rec. is open to fund these additional play areas that are of interest to pet owners and the residents, when jointly funded. The San Clemente Dog Park has 2 separate exercise areas. The larger one is about _ acre of decomposed granite. There are 4 benches, 2 doggy pot dispensers, a doggy drinking fountain and a double gated entrance. The smaller area is a nice grass enclosure for smaller, less active or mature dogs. The park is used quite a bit. So bring extra bags for pick up. Dog Park located at the corner of La Pata and Calle Extremo. Park your car on either side of La Pata. Handicapped parking spot and handicapped entrance into Dog Park provided."  San Clemente
San Clemente Krikorian 6 
  

 
San Clemente Ocean Festival 
 
 
Festival held in July. "The San Clemente Ocean Festival is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the promotion and support of ocean safety, the environment and the community by providing a quality athletic, cultural and enjoyable family event.... Proceeds from the San Clemente Ocean Festival help fund many worthwhile organizations, including SC Jr. Lifeguard & city aquatic programs, Ocean Institute for local school programs, Meals on Wheels and the Boys and Girls Club. Scholarships are also provided annually to three area high schools."  San Clemente
San Clemente Village Certified Farmers' Market 
 
 
Sundays from 9 to 1 year-round.  San Clemente
San Onofre Surfing Club 
 
 
Established in 1952.  San Clemente
Summer Fun Surf Camp 
 
 
"Hello, thank you for your interest in our Summer Fun Surf Camp (S.F.S.C.). S.F.S.C. has a beautiful campsite in San Clemente State Park right on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Located between San Diego and Los Angeles, in Southern California. Average air temperature is 78° F, water 70° F."  San Clemente
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
Taka-O Japanese Restaurant 
 
 
Sushi Bar, Dining & Karaoke Bar. "There is something about the word 'sushi' that portrays fun, and Taka-O Restaurant, San Clemente's BEST Japanese restaurant, is just that . . . fun! It is fun to be there and fun to eat there. Taka-O owners Roger and Kelly Sugano have been satisfying customers' taste for great Japanese food for the past 21 years. This unique restaurant has 3 distinct areas, a dining room, a Sushi Bar and a Karaoke Bar. The dining room is set up in such a way that you can choose your dining atmosphere from a cozy booth for 2, to a party size table for party size fun. They have an extensive menu that is bound to delight every taste bud.... The Sushi Bar, in the center of the restaurant, is as much social as it is culinary. In the evenings, 4 Sushi Chefs delight their regular customers and newcomers alike with the full spectrum of the freshest sushi and sashimi. Watching how much they enjoy preparing your orders is half the fun.... Even more fun is to be had in the Karaoke Bar. People from all over come for the party like atmosphere to participate and hear amateur, and yet to be discovered great talents, in the Karaoke Bar."  San Clemente
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