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By Capistrano Dispatch Staff
Cancellations, Closures and Postponements
Boras Classic high school baseball tournament at JSerra on April 14: CANCELLED
Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano will begin an organized, temporary program closure. This means all in-person Breakthrough activities will be postponed beginning Monday, March 16
Buckcherry concert at The Coach House has been rescheduled to Oct. 18.
Capistrano Unified School District CANCELLED all athletic events and competition through Monday, April 13, this includes Dana Hills, San Clemente and San Juan Hills high schools, as well as Aliso Niguel, Capistrano Valley and Tesoro. Practices will continue without spectators.
Capistrano Valley Christian School enacts two-week CLOSURE from end of school day on Friday, March 13 through March 30. Classes will be conducted online. All athletic events and competitions CANCELLED.
Casa Classic—An Evening with Marni Raab in San Clemente on March 20: POSTPONED to Friday, June 12
Casa Bridal Show in San Clemente on March 22: POSTPONED, new date TBD
City of San Juan Capistrano: “In order to retain the ability to provide essential services to the community, the City of San Juan Capistrano is taking steps to reduce the potential exposure of COVID-19 to employees and the public. Effective Monday, March 16, City Hall, the Utilities Building, the Community Center and the Police Services administrative building (“Dance Hall”) will be closed to the public for seven days. This decision will be re-evaluated in a week to determine if an extension is warranted. All City employees will report to work as usual and conduct City business by phone and e-mail. The only change will be that the public will not have personal access to employees at City Hall. All field operations including police, fire, waste disposal, building inspections, street maintenance, parks maintenance, etc. will continue uninterrupted.” Visit sanjuancapistrano.org for more information and updates.
The Cottage Gallery in San Juan Capistrano will be closed until April 1.
Dana Point Youth Baseball has SUSPENDED all baseball activities until April 6.
Festival of Whales, March 7-8, 14-15: CANCELLED
Five Vine Wines Bar is closed until further notice.
G. Love & Special Sauce concert at The Coach House, March 13: CANCELLED (G. Love & Special Sauce have made the decision to cancel the remainder of their tour dates in March.)
JSerra Catholic High School will be CLOSED on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 to set up online classes. Classes will be conducted online from Wednesday, March 18 through Easter Break until April 20. All athletics practices and games SUSPENDED for at least two weeks.
Mission San Juan Capistrano is implementing a temporary, indefinite and immediate closure effective March 16 at noon. Serra Chapel will remain open during scheduled mass times only – the public should visit Mission Basilica’s website for any and all updates regarding church services at missionparish.org.
Ocean Institute Fest Music-Culinary Festival, March 28-29: POSTPONED to Sept. 11-12
From OC Public Libraries: ” All OC Public Libraries locations will be closed to the public until further notice, please check our website for updates or call your local library Monday-Friday from 10 am-5 pm. All material due dates will be automatically extended until we re-open. Please do not return your library material during this time, all the book returns will be closed until we re-open. All available hold’s pickup dates have been extended until we re-open. During this time enjoy our digital services with eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines, stream music, movies and TV shows. “
2020 Panhe at the San Mateo Campground at San Onofre State Beach on March 29: CANCELLED
Paddy’s Station, a new Irish pub coming to downtown San Juan Capistrano in the old Vintage Steakhouse building, has delayed a grand opening until April.
The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo has cancelled all scheduled events through March 31.
All Saddleback Fine Arts events for the remainder of the spring semester have been cancelled.
Saddleback Valley Christian School enacts two-week CLOSURE from end of school day on Friday, March 13 through March 30. Classes will be conducted online. All athletic events and competitions CANCELLED.
San Clemente Little League SUSPENDED its season through April 10
San Juan Capistrano Cultural Heritage Commission Meeting, March 24: CANCELLED
San Juan Capistrano Meeting Design Review Committee Meeting, March 26: CANCELLED
San Juan Capistrano Parks, Recreation, Youth and Senior Services, Trails and Equestrian Commission Meeting, March 16: CANCELLED
San Juan Capistrano Planning Commission Meeting, March 24: CANCELLED
San Juan Capistrano Utilities Commission Meeting, March 17: CANCELLED
San Juan Capistrano Coffee Chat, March 20 and March 27: CANCELLED
San Juan Capistrano Little League SUSPENDED its season through April 6
San Juan Hills Golf Club is suspending all live music for the remainder of March and adjusting their food and beverage offerings to comply with health organizations and government agencies. They are also observing social distancing protocol at the club and on the Golf Course and will continue to send updates regarding the Clubs operation.
Southern California Volleyball Association POSTPONED all events through March 22. SCVA includes San Clemente Volleyball club, as well as 949 Athletics and SoCal Spitfires in San Juan Capistrano.
St. Margaret’s enacts two-week CLOSURE from end of school day on Friday, March 13 through March 30. Classes will be conducted online. All athletic events and competitions CANCELLED.
Stroll Through the Gardens with the San Juan Capistrano Garden Club has been cancelled.
Swallows Day Parade, March 21: POSTPONED, new date TBD
Swallow’s Inn in San Juan Capistrano closed on March 15 and will update customers on when they re-open.
From City of Dana Point: The Dana Point Community Center and Nature Interpretive Center will be closed March 13-31. Recreation classes and city-sponsored events will be cancelled during this time. If you are enrolled in a recreation class during this time period, the city will issue you a prorated refund for the classes you will be missing. “Classes will not be made up at a later date. City Hall is open and plans to remain open. City council and planning commission will remain on their current schedules.
From City of San Juan Capistrano: effective Friday, March 13, all non-essential programs and activities scheduled to take place at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center are suspended. This includes classes, private events and the Senior Lounge. At this time, the senior meal delivery program, transportation support services, and senior tax preparation services remain in operation. Full refunds of city facility rental fees will be provided to impacted private event organizers. For questions regarding a specific activity or program, please contact the Community Center at 949.493.5911.
Strerling Grand Opening in the Village of Esencia at Rancho Mission Viejo has been replaced with personalized tours by appointment. Contact Justyna Korczynski at firstname.lastname@example.org to to reserve a tour.
All Orange County Fire Authority facilities will be closed to the public for one week, beginning March 12 at 5 p.m. OCFA facilities closed to the public include RFOTC headquarters, Community Risk Reduction area offices and all fire stations. All station tours, school visits or community events will be CANCELLED and all scheduled meetings and training classes will be POSTPONED.
On the other side of things, here are places that are staying open as of now or offering limited or other services:
Capistrano Unified School District is offering free meals during the three-week school closure to students. More than 1,000 children were served at four school sites during the first day. Visit cusdinsider.org for more information.
Family Assistance Ministries in San Clemente is adapting its regular office hours, now 10 am–3 pm Monday throughFriday, as long as possible. Clients are asked to call our main line at 949.492.8477 to pre-order for drive-up food orders. Further information regarding FAM’s services and operations is available at the agency’s website family-assistance.org.
The San Juan Capistrano City Council meeting for Tuesday, March 17, will proceed as scheduled. However, residents are encouraged to view the meeting live at the City’s website. Residents are also encouraged to submit agenda item correspondence to the City Council electronically. Material may be e-mailed to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Transmittal prior to the start of the meeting is recommended. If you choose to attend the meeting, hand sanitizer, tissues and social distancing instructions will be provided.
Tannins Restaurant & Wine Bar has delivery and catering available seven days a week. 27211 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano. 949.661.8466. tanninsrestaurant.com.