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Friday, May 6

Fun and Fabulous Mother’s Day Luncheon & Fashion Show
10 a.m. The Catholic Charities Auxiliary Chapters 4 & 5 are hosting a Mother’s Day luncheon and fashion show at El Adobe de Capistrano featuring fashions by Chico’s, free champagne, a silent auction, pre-loved jewelry and vintage purses for sale. Social hour runs from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by the luncheon. $41 for CCA members, $46 for non-members. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 949.488.3872. El Adobe de Capistrano, 31891 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano.

Hi-Caliber Horse Rescue Benefit
5 p.m. A night of food, music and auctions to benefit Hi-Caliber Horse Rescue. The Essentials Band will perform and there will be a cash bar, buffet dinner and dancing. Must be 21 or older. Tickets are $50 in advance, $75 at the door and $90 for a couple. Tequila’s Mexican Restaurant, San Clemente, 855.480.4247,

12936508_1142461552454465_3212261824307481726_nFirst Friday Film
7 p.m.-9 p.m. The San Juan Capistrano Friends of the Library presents a monthly movie night, featuring Miss You Already, starring Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette. A $2 donation supports the library. La Sala Auditorium, San Juan Capistrano Library, 31495-A El Camino Real, 949.493.1752,

‘A Night of Chekhov’
7:30 p.m. The Saddleback College Department of Theatre Arts presents A Night of Chekhov April 29-May 7 in the Studio Theatre. Directed by Olivia Trevino, audiences will enjoy six of the Russian playwright’s hysterical farces. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 seniors, $10 students. 28000 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656,

Saddleback Wind Ensemble: Echoes of an Era
7:30 p.m. The Saddleback College Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Maestro Yorgos Kouritas, presents a full spectrum of wind ensemble music, including Echoes of an Era by The Beatles. Tickets are $10 general admission or $7 for students/seniors (presale only). McKinney Theatre, Saddleback College, 28000 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656,

Saturday, May 7

FiestaDay2Historical Society’s Fiesta Day
10 a.m.-2 p.m. In honor of National Preservation Week, the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society is hosting the third annual Fiesta Day, where visitors can walk along historic Los Rios Street—the oldest residential neighborhood in California—and see what life in the Capistrano Valley was like in the 19th and 20th centuries. Many of the homes will be open to the public, providing a rare glimpse inside the architectural treasures. Docents will also be on hand to recount some of the fascinating stories of the area’s early years. The Historical Society, located in the O’Neill Museum, will host exhibits, demonstrations, crafts, games, piñatas and more. Admission is free; donations are welcome to help continue preservation efforts. San Juan Capistrano Historic Society, O’Neill Museum, 31831 Los Rios Street, 949.493.8444,

Elegant and Enchanting Garden Tour
10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Rose Society of Saddleback Mountain presents their 25th Elegant and Enchanting Garden Tour. The theme for this year’s tour is “California Gardens/California Dreamin’” and features four unique and innovative private gardens—two in San Juan Capistrano and two in San Clemente. Proceeds provide scholarships for college students studying horticulture. To date, the event has provided more than $50,000 in scholarships. Advance tickets are $25 and may be purchased at or 949.837.2141. Advance tickets may also be purchased at Dana Point Nursery, 34100 Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point. A complimentary $10 gift certificate will be included with each ticket purchased at the nursery. On the day of the tour, tickets may also be purchased for $30 at 3 Maracay in San Clemente, one of the featured homes.

12957657_1142463695787584_8044574358799508180_oFamily Film Feature
10 a.m.-noon. The San Juan Capistrano Friends of the Library presents a family-friendly matinee film the first Saturday of the month. This month features Norm of the North. Free admission and popcorn. La Sala Auditorium, San Juan Capistrano Library, 31495-A El Camino Real, 949.493.1752,

R.H. Dana Elementary Fiesta Carnival 2016
11 a.m.-2 p.m. This annual school carnival includes fun for the whole family with live entertainment, food, inflatables, games, raffles and more. Admission is free. Food, raffle and activity tickets will be sold onsite. R.H. Dana Elementary School, 24242 La Cresta Drive, Dana Point, 949.246.4453. 

DerbySixth Annual Kentucky Derby Hat Party
1 p.m. The San Juan Capistrano Equestrian Coalition and the Regency Theatre present the sixth annual Kentucky Derby Hat Party. The event includes hat judging at 2:30 p.m., a parade of horses at 3 p.m. and a 3:15 live screening of the Run for the Roses. A special screening of the film The Black Stallion will follow the race. Doors open at 1 p.m. for the pre-race party. A special derby menu will be served at Rick’s Café. Tickets are $20 before May 7 or $25 day of the event, and can be purchased at the Regency Theatre or online at For more information, visit

Backyard Beekeeping
1 p.m.-3 p.m. Join The Ecology Center for a workshop that explores the lifecycle of honeybees, their importance to the environment’s health and the equipment and skills needed to start beekeeping at home. All attendees will receive informational hand-outs to complement the subjects covered in the workshop. A few samples of honey will be available to taste from The Ecology Center’s network of all-natural beekeepers. $30 for members, $40 for non-members. The Ecology Center, 32701 Alipaz Street, San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223,  

DPsymphony_RobinGrayDana Point Symphony
7:30 p.m. The Dana Point Symphony Orchestra presents event No. 3 of its four-concert 2016 season with conductor Dean Anderson and featuring Regulo Martinez on piano. Program includes Elgar’s, “String Serenade,” Mozart’s, “Piano Concerto d minor” and Mozart’s, “Symphony 40 K 550.” Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students, seniors and military. Buy tickets online or at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. St. Edward’s Church, 33926 Calle La Primavera, Dana Point,

Sunday, May 8

Mother’s Day Walk
8 a.m.-10 a.m. Join The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo for a fun discovery walk down Gato Road to visit the Sister and Mother Oaks and celebrate the beauty of spring’s revival in the great outdoors. Ages 8 and up. $10 for adults, $5 for children. Talega Trail in San Clemente (The Richard and Donna O’Neil Conservancy), call for directions, 949.489.9778,

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