Let’s party. Come to Mission Viejo’s 20th year "celebration on the green" events

Who said that I cannot write something positive about Mission Viejo, the city where I have resided for the past 30 years.

March 31st is the 20th anniversary of our cityhood. To celebrate that event the city is devoting a full week beginning March 22nd to a wide array of activities that you might wish to attend.

Saturday, March 22nd. Village Green at Oso Viejo Community Park with the opening ceremony at 10 am followed by our annual “Bunny Days” Celebration at 11 am.
There will be live entertainment from 12:30-2pm.

Monday, March 24th. Tour the expanded and remodeled Norman P Murray Community and Senior Center that offers a wide array of programs for all ages.

Tuesday, March 25th. Starting at the Civic Center (where our City Hall and Library are located) there will be a Mission Viejo Torch Walk with local Olympians to the Village Green at the Oso Viejo Community Park. This 1.2 mile torch walk will take you down La Paz Road to Oso Creek Trail around to the Village Green. Starting at 5:30 pm there will be a complimentary lite dinner reception in the “Sycamore Room” of the Murray Center to be followed by a concert by the Marines Battalion from 6:30-7:30.

Wednesday, March 26th. At 7 pm the program will feature an evening with syndicated cartoonist, Mission Viejo resident Kevin Fagan, creator of the comic strip “Drabble.”

Thursday, March 27th. At 6:30 pm “Play Dead” mystery writer Davis Rosenfeld will be featured in a fund raiser for our local animal rescue group DAWG. The admission of $50 per person includes wine and heavy Hors d’oeuvres. Tickets 949.470.3045 Please do not drink and drive.

Friday, March 28th. At 5:45pm a time capsule will be buried at the Center. This will be followed by a complimentary dinner, magic show and a screening of the movie “Back to the Future” at 7:30 pm.

The closing ceremony will be an all day event starting at 8 am Saturday, March 29th. We will begin activities with a community planting along the new Upper Oso Creek Trail. The “Village” will offer arts and crafts displays along with an environmental area displaying products for “green” living. This will be followed by an afternoon concert. The ribbon cutting for the Grand opening of the Center is scheduled at 6 pm which will be followed by a complimentary reception from 6 pm until 8 pm.
Note: For those who receive the local edition of the OC Register look in the Saddleback Valley News for the blue and white four page flyer entitled “Celebration on the Green” from which this post was written.

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