Santa, Toy Drives, Music and a Water Forum

San Juan Capistrano has a lot going on this week.

San Juan Capistrano rents out the service of Santa. Patch file graphic.
San Juan Capistrano rents out the service of Santa. Patch file graphic.

1. Get a visit from Santa: Would you like Santa Claus to visit your home, party, school or special function? The city of San Juan Capistrano Community Services Department offers Santa house calls. Visits are available for 15, 20, 30, 45 or 60 minutes. We service the communities of San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, San Clemente, Talega and Capistrano Beach. For cost and availability please call (949) 493-5911 or stop by the Community Center. All Santas have been fingerprinted and have completed an investigation by the Department of Justice. Photos of our Santas are available to view.

2. Toy drives galore: Star Motors is seeking donations of unwrapped, new toys of at least $5 in value. Bring ‘em by on or before Dec. 16. Star Motors is at 32955 Calle Perfecto, San Juan Capistrano. Independence Bank is having its toy drive in conjunction with Homefront America now through Friday. Besides toys, Target and Walmart gift cards work, as does money for stocking stuffers and breakfast with Santa at Zoomars.

3. A treat for San Juan Elementary: Native American Storyteller, Jacque Nunez, an alumna of San Juan Elementary, will share stories, songs, and history Tuesday with current students. Nunez, a ninth-generation Rios descendent is donating her historical California Indian presentation, Journeys to the Past, to San Juan Elementary. She was selected “Educator of the Year 2009 by the 32nd California American Indian State Conference.” Her Journeys to the Past program educates, engages, and enlightens the students.

The program includes songs, stories, a display of baskets, and musical instruments of the Southern California Native Americans.

4. Water? That’s not controversial at all: The city of San Juan Capistrano will host a water forum 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center, 25925 Camino Del Avion. This is a great opportunity to share your input and to ask your questions of water industry professionals and city staff in a booth and exhibit style forum. The city encourages your input and feedback into the water and sewer rate study that is underway and is due to be completed by spring.

5. There’s a new general store in town: The Chamber of Commerce will cut the ribbon on the Los Rios General Store 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The general store is in the tiny building behind the Humming Bird House Café and next to the Ramos House Café.  Enjoy music, food  and drinks from 5-8 p.m.

6. Nothing like a winter concert to put you in the holiday mood: The Marco Forster Middle School Winter Orchestra and Choir Concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday in the MPR. The Winter Band Concert is at 7 p.m. Thursday. Suggested donations:  $2 adult, $1 child.

7. Mix it up: The Chamber is holding its annual holiday mixer from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Residence Inn. Cost is $15 for members, $25 for potential members and get a $5 discount if you bring an unwrapped toy worth $10. 

For other happenings, check our events calendar.

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