1. Have you always wanted to be a Mason? There’s a new Masonic lodge in town, Veritas Masonic Lodge No. 855. They formed 1 ½ years ago and first met in Mission Viejo. They “cut the ribbon” on the move to San Juan Capistrano almost two weeks ago, even though they’ve been meeting at the Women’s Club – a tad ironic because it’s a group only for men – since January.
“Eventually we hope to have an International Order of Eastern Star (women only) and youth organizations, such as the DeMolay (young men only), The International Order of Rainbow for Girls and Jobs Daughters (young women only),” the lodge’s secretary Fred Baribeault told Patch.
Veritas is Latin for “an enduring aesthetic truth,” Baribeault wanted us to know. It’s also the motto of Harvard University. “Our motto is, ‘Equality, Fraternity & Fidelity,’” he said.
According to the lodge’s website, to become a member, you must seek them out. You must also believe in a supreme being regardless of your religion and be at least 18 years old (and a man). Then there’s an interview process, and if that goes well, a vote.
As their membership has included kings, presidents, scholars and religious figures, it’s not bad company to keep.
2. Will trade ice cream for blood: People who donate blood at the city’s blood drive today (from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Community Center) will receive a coupon for a free ice cream rom Cold Stone Creamery and two complimentary tickets to the Laugh Factory (minimum purchase required). You can sign up online for an appointment atwww.redcrossblood.org use sponsor code: cityofsjc or call (949) 443-6322.
Plus, all those who donate between Aug. 26 and Sept. 9 will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card. For more information on the American Red Cross blood donation program click here.
3. Curiosity did not kill anyone: Mission San Juan Capistrano will set up “curiosity carts” throughout the central courtyard between 10 a.m. and noon today (and Thursday). Each educational cart offers close-up learning for students and visitors interested in seeing items up close. Items include branding irons, spurs, horseshoes, hides, candles, pottery shards and objects used by the Juaneno Indians.
4. A class for those who like to plan ahead: Want to become more water efficient in your gardens? This is a new class, developed for new residential gardeners and those who want to take a fresh look at their old landscapes. Learn six ways to make your garden California friendly:
- Rethinking elements of your site
- Right plant, right place
- Managing irrigation
- Using rainwater as a resource
- Building a living soil sponge
- Using a holistic approach to gardening
The class will take place 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday Oct. 29 in the Community Center meeting room.
The class is free, but limited to the first 30 people who register via Community Services. A waiting list to fill the seats of any cancellations will then be created. The city may be able to schedule a second class this winter if there is sufficient interest.
Register at the Community Center 25925 Camino del Avion, San Juan Capistrano, 92675. For directions, or to register by phone, call (949) 493-5911.
5. Patch read of the day: Photos: Fog and Tartan at the Dana Point Celtic Games
For other happenings, check our events calendar.