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Then & Now: By Rhonda DeHaan
Then & Now: By Rhonda DeHaan

By Rhonda DeHaan

Young readers are invited to the San Juan Capistrano Library to vote on their favorite books. Millions of children have participated in the California Young Reader Medal (CYRM) program since it began in 1974. As part of the program, kids are encouraged to enjoy nominated books, then choose which one they liked the best. Visit the library to get involved in this exciting program. For more information and to see past winners, go to

As part of the ongoing program for the Eat, Move, Grow: Healthy Living grant, the San Juan Capistrano Library is pleased to present these upcoming programs:

  • Continuing through March 27, Yoga for Adults and Teens is offered every Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. Reduce stress with an hour of stretching, strengthening, breathing and relaxing with Yoga Bungalow instructor Tam Nguyen.
  • Last month’s class on Beans and Grains left participants wanting more, so on Thursday, March 14, from 4-5:30 p.m., Chef Kim Allen will share her knowledge and love of “Beautiful Breads.” Watch for more cooking demonstrations in April.
  • Also, in March, the library is happy to once again host a nutrition class presented by The Mission Hospital Wellness Corner. Learn about how to have a “Good Gut” on Wednesday, March 20, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • To celebrate the changing of seasons, a gardening workshop for adults will be held on Saturday, March 30, at 1 p.m. Create a spring bouquet with Marianne Taylor from Goin’ Native. Supplies are limited to the first 25 participants, so come by the library to sign up today. And, gardeners, mark your calendars, because the SJC Garden Club is going to share how to create a patio vegetable garden on April 20.

The dedicated staff at the San Juan Capistrano Library continue to look for and add exciting programs for all ages. They are also helpful in answering questions, providing guidance in using library resources, and happy to welcome visitors to enjoy these and other events. You can find more information and access online services at

Rhonda DeHaan enjoys learning about San Juan Capistrano and its history, sharing fun photographic finds along the way. She is proud mother of two, a freelance writer and a member of the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society Board of Directors. She is also serving her eighth year as member of the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission.

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