WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4
Network Breakfast Mixer
7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. Join the chamber on the first Wednesday of the month for breakfast at the Vintage Steakhouse. Cost $15-$25. 26701-B Verdugo St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.4700, www.sanjuanchamber.com.
8 p.m. The Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano celebrate the holidays “mariachi style” at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Tickets start at $29. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org.
Karaoke with Les and Joel
7 p.m. Every Wednesday at Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.3188, www.swallowsinn.com.
Native American Basket Weaving
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Experience the art of basket weaving, a Native American tradition, at Mission San Juan Capistrano. Free with admission. 26801 Ortega Hwy., 949.234.1300, www.missionsjc.com.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5
Farm and Gardening Talk with Severine Fleming
6 p.m. Hear from farmer, activist, and founder of the Greenhorns movement on the history of the grange at The Ecology Center. Free/ $15 community sponsor. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223, www.TheEcologyCenter.org.
8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Volunteers can meet every Thursday in front of the Montanez Adobe at Los Rios Park to help maintain the garden and more. Bring Gloves, wear close-toed shoes. 949.606.6386, www.goinnative.net.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6
Friends of the Library First Friday Film
7 p.m. Movie night at the library. Donation $2. 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.1752, www.ocpl.org.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7
SJC Tree Lighting Ceremony & Festivities
4 p.m.-9 p.m. A holiday tradition at Historic Town Center Park with entertainment, shopping, refreshments, festive activities and more family fun. The tree lighting ceremony begins at 5:45 p.m. Free to attend. 31852 El Camino Real, 949.493.5911, www.sanjuancapistrano.org.
Christmas at the Mission
5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. After the city tree-lighting ceremony, the family is invited to celebrate the holidays at Mission San Juan Capistrano in an event with live music and entertainment, holiday activities, food vendors and much more. Admission $3–$5. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300, www.missionsjc.com.
Family Film Feature
10 a.m. The family is invited to watch a fun movie at the library. Free admission and popcorn. 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.1752, www.ocpl.org.
The Ecology Center Guided Tour
1 p.m. Engage in a docent-led tour of our historic home, gardens, and outdoor learning stations at The Ecology Center. Free. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223, www.TheEcologyCenter.org.
Holiday Boutique Arts & Crafts Fair
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Holiday event at the Community Presbyterian Church with a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, children’s crafts, a bounce house, refreshments and much more fun. 32202 Del Obispo, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.1502, www.sjcpres.com.
Backyard Skills at the Center for Living Peace, Irvine
1 p.m.-3 p.m. Use homegrown herbs to make your own organic herbal salves at the Center for Living Peace. Cost $12. 4139 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.5500, www.GoodHappens.org.
Christmas at the Casa
5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Celebrate the spirit of the Christmas season with family and friends at Casa Romantica’s annual holiday open house, featuring Santa, live entertainment, music, kid’s crafts and more. Free admission. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, www.casaromantica.org.
Holly Jolly Hoopla
2 p.m.-5 p.m. Holiday spectacular and annual tree lighting at the San Clemente Community Center. Festivities include cookie decorating, photos with Santa, walks through the Candy Cane Factory, and more, with the tree lighting at 5:15 p.m. 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente, 949.361.8264, www.san-clemente.org.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12
The Casa Nutcracker
7 p.m. Casa Romantica presents the “Casa Kinetic” play performed by the Orange County Ballet Theater. General admission $30. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, www.casaromantica.org.
SJC Chamber Christmas Party
5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Join the SJC Chamber of Commerce for a festive Christmas party at the Residence Inn by Marriott. Tickets $15-$25. 33711 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.4700, www.sanjuanchamber.com.