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March 18, 1989 | MARK I. PINSKY and LUCILLE RENWICK, Times Staff Writers
More than 10,000 people are expected for the traditional return of the swallows to Mission San Juan Capistrano on Sunday, with special festivities scheduled this year celebrating the historic ministry of Father Junipero Serra. On Sunday, St. Joseph's Day, the official welcoming of the swallows will take place between 6 and 8 a.m. at the mission, at Ortega Highway and Camino Capistrano.
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March 19, 1999 | Chris Ceballos, (949) 248-2150
Elarion M. Hernandez has been selected to serve as the grand marshal for the Swallows Day Parade beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. Hernandez is a direct descendant of Sgt. Jose Francisco Ortega, the scout for the first European expedition into the Capistrano Valley. The parade, which celebrates the return of the swallows to the mission, begins at El Camino Real and ends at La Zanaja Street.
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August 21, 1993 | FRANK MESSINA
Rancho Days, a weeklong celebration of the city's cowboy heritage, begins today with a team-roping competition and a roping clinic given by two national champions. The daylong event will be followed on Sunday by a horse-training demonstration and clinic. Both events will take place on a lot at Camino Capistrano and Junipero Serra Road. Registration for both daylong events starts at 9 a.m. Admission is free to spectators.
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June 6, 1998 | SUSAN DEEMER
As city officials prepare to update plans that will guide development in the state's oldest neighborhood, hundreds will gather today to celebrate the district's history. The Los Rios Street Festival, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., will feature walking tours, historical movies, live music, dancing and art shows.
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March 24, 1990 | LEN HALL
Until Friday, Manh Che had never been behind bars. But Friday morning, a posse of sorts barged into a Carl's Jr. where Che is manager and hauled him off. Che was busted, jailed and forced to pay bail--all of $1. And all in the name of fun and tradition. "I'm still not sure what happened," Che, 25, a Laguna Niguel resident, said after being released.
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February 21, 1996 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN
The 38th annual Fiesta de Las Golondrinas begins tonight with A Taste of San Juan, ushering in a month of festivities to celebrate the return of the swallows. The event, featuring dishes by 16 local restaurants, will be at the newly restored Capistrano Depot at 26701 Verdugo St. from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5. "This is the first time the depot has been open since a year ago New Year's Eve," said Rita Tanner, publicity co-chairwoman for the Fiesta Assn.
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March 20, 1996 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
At exactly 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, before a crowd of about 200 die-hard swallow watchers, Michael Gastelum grasped the ropes dangling from the old mission bells and, with his nephew at his side, began the sacred act of welcoming the swallows back to San Juan Capistrano. It was the second time in less than a week that the old mission bells had been rung in celebration of the tiny birds, a break from the past that offended many residents.
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January 21, 1996 | LEN HALL and DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Somebody, quick, alert the swallows. In a break from a centuries-old tradition, Mission San Juan Capistrano will not officially welcome the return of the swallows on St. Joseph's Day, March 19. Instead, the 219-year-old mission will celebrate Swallows Day early, on March 16, a Saturday, to "allow more families to enjoy the festivities," said Jerry Miller, the mission's administrator.
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January 20, 1996 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Down at the Swallows Inn on Friday, everybody was talking about the return of the swallows to Mission San Juan Capistrano. No, the famed birds of poetry and song have not arrived early. But just when this city will celebrate their return was very much on people's minds. The mission said this week it would break a decades-old tradition and move the celebration from St. Joseph's Day on March 19 to a Saturday, March 16, to better accommodate families. Many in town find this, well, hard to swallow.
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April 6, 1994 | FRANK MESSINA
A city famous for its small, winged denizens will get a visit from the decidedly lesser known "land swallow" Saturday during the annual Follow the Swallow Run. For the first time, city organizers are encouraging entrants to dress up like swallows. The best-dressed swallows will win prizes. More than 1,500 runners are expected to enter the 10-kilometer event, which has separate categories for wheelchair entrants, and a shorter 4-kilometer course that encourages people to both walk and run.
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March 21, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA
As a few swallows circled overhead in their return to the Mission San Juan Capistrano this week, many residents were occupied with far weightier matters. Like preparing to kidnap tourists on the streets of San Juan Capistrano today, deciding who has the longest beard or which local female will make the finest frontier floozy. Yes, the denizens of San Juan Capistrano are a little different.
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February 7, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA
The Fiesta de los Golondrinas reception, the kickoff event in the monthlong celebration of the return of the swallows, will be Feb. 19. The reception is the annual forum at which fiesta organizers let the community know about events leading up to the swallows' return in March. "There's a huge amount of activities," said Mechelle Lawrence, city economic development administrator. At the reception, the San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Assn. "tells everybody what's happening this year."
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March 30, 1996 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN
The mud will fly at Mission San Juan Capistrano today and April 6, when residents and local officials roll up their sleeves for the Mud Slinging Festival, a rite of spring when the mission's 200-year-old adobe buildings are patched with mud and straw. The practice dates to the mission's early days, when workers would apply a mud seal to the adobes each year by hand after the rains to preserve and protect them from the elements. The event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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March 20, 1996 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
At exactly 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, before a crowd of about 200 die-hard swallow watchers, Michael Gastelum grasped the ropes dangling from the old mission bells and, with his nephew at his side, began the sacred act of welcoming the swallows back to San Juan Capistrano. It was the second time in less than a week that the old mission bells had been rung in celebration of the tiny birds, a break from the past that offended many residents.
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March 17, 1996 | From a Times Staff Writer
The swallows may have been hurried along this year into an early return, but tourists who flocked here Saturday hoping for a glimpse of the fabled birds had to be patient bird watchers if they wanted to spot one. According to legend, the swallows return to Mission San Juan Capistrano on March 19, St. Joseph's Day. But this year the traditional homecoming occurs on a weekday, so mission officials "extended" the tradition to include Saturday and Tuesday, when a second celebration is scheduled.
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March 15, 1996 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After two months of local dispute over mission officials changing the traditional date of Swallows Day, the focus of all this attention--the swallows--are finally straggling back to San Juan Capistrano. And as they wing their way into this centuries-old town, they'll find not one, but two days of festivities, a break from the past that still irks many residents here.
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February 17, 1993 | FRANK MESSINA
The longest welcome home party in the city--two months of celebration to mark the return of the swallows--kicks off tonight with "A Taste of San Juan." Ten restaurants will participate in the opening of the Fiesta de las Golondrinas, which will be held at El Adobe de Capistrano restaurant, 31891 Camino Capistrano, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Admission, which is limited to adults, is $5.
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February 21, 1996 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN
The 38th annual Fiesta de Las Golondrinas begins tonight with A Taste of San Juan, ushering in a month of festivities to celebrate the return of the swallows. The event, featuring dishes by 16 local restaurants, will be at the newly restored Capistrano Depot at 26701 Verdugo St. from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5. "This is the first time the depot has been open since a year ago New Year's Eve," said Rita Tanner, publicity co-chairwoman for the Fiesta Assn.
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February 10, 1996
Local merchants and civic groups will have a new site for their booths at this year's Mercado: Historic Town Center Park property along El Camino Real. The City Council this week approved the change, which was requested by the Fiesta Assn. The organization wanted to eliminate closing Ortega Highway during Swallows Day festivities. and free up the Mitchell lot, where the marketplace was previously, for more parking. The Mercado will be March 23.
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