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July 13, 1993 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For 14 years, archeologist Nicholas Magalousis has explored Mission San Juan Capistrano, probing the crevices of adobe buildings and the ground beneath them for clues to the history of the 217-year-old structure that has been home to Indians, Spanish soldiers, Mexican ranchers and Franciscan friars. "I call him Indiana Jones," said Brian McInerney, director of the mission's visitors' center. "Nothing makes him happier than being four feet into a hole and looking at a rock."
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March 17, 2007 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
A $2-million, golden altarpiece that stands more than four stories tall within the Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano will be unveiled today at an afternoon Mass. On Friday, as workers hurried to apply finishing touches to the lighting of the Grand Retablo, worshipers entering the basilica froze upon viewing the altarpiece for the first time. One woman with rosary in hand stood for several minutes, staring in amazement as tears rimmed her eyes.
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NEWS
November 29, 1999
While famous for its flying visitors, San Juan Capistrano mission also boasts beautiful gardens, thanks to the Gardening Angels volunteers.
NEWS
March 17, 2005 | Brenda Rees
Don't expect the skies to darken and turn black with the flapping of exhausted birds this weekend at the San Juan Capistrano Mission. There's nothing quite so dramatic at the "Return of the Swallows" celebration, the family event that welcomes the Franciscan mission's famous feathered friends back from Goya, Argentina, 7,500 miles away. "You very rarely see whole flocks of them at one time," says Michelle Lawrence, executive director of the mission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1989
The Hispanic Development Council of the United Way will present "La Familia Unida" (The United Family), a community forum, at the San Juan Elementary School on Sunday. Workshops on communicating better in the family, dealing with local schools and personal relationships will be conducted in Spanish. Free child care will be provided for children from 3 to 12 years of age and a free Mexican dinner will be served.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1989
Beginning Thursday, the Orange County public information office will be selling limited-edition sets of six Orange County Centennial pins for $30. The sets are glass enclosed in wood frames and contain five previously issued pins and a sixth pin depicting the centennial symbol. The other five pins depict such landmarks as the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana, the Huntington Beach Pier, the San Juan Capistrano Mission, Knott's Berry Farm, Disneyland and Anaheim Stadium. The sets may be purchased at the Public Information Office in the Hall of Administration on 10 Civic Center Plaza in Santa Ana. between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week.
NEWS
August 5, 1999
The piano duo Belamore may have been the featured act Sunday night, but the real attraction was the San Juan Capistrano Mission. The Old Stone Church was the setting for a benefit for the Mission Preservation Society and its ongoing restoration project. The $7-million project received $1 million from a state grant Monday and $600,000 has been donated by supporters. On Sunday, guests paid $50 for an evening under the stars, a prime rib dinner and a musical program ranging from classical to pop.
NEWS
February 22, 1996
Robert Ortega's family has been made up of weavers for seven generations, beginning in the early 1700s when Spaniard Gabriel Ortega settled in the Northern Rio Grande Valley, known today as Chimayo, N.M. Gabriel and his descendants became famous for the quality of their hand-woven wool blankets, rugs, vests, coats and purses. Recently, Robert Ortega, who still lives in Chimayo, was invited to participate in the Colonial Hispanic Textile Exhibition at the San Juan Capistrano mission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1993 | T. CHRISTIAN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Services were held Monday for Isabel Parra Grijalva, a lifelong resident of the county and a descendant of one of its pioneers. She was 104. A third-generation Californian born in San Juan Capistrano, Grijalva died July 22 in Santa Ana of natural causes. Grijalva was the great-great-granddaughter of Miguel Parra, for whom the Parra Adobe in San Juan Capistrano is named. The building, built in the 1840s as a stagecoach stop, is now a museum but is closed for repairs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2000 | ELAINE GALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The modern church at Mission San Juan Capistrano, where Spanish priest Father Junipero Serra first said Mass in 1778, has become a basilica, a site recognized for special religious, cultural and historical significance. With approval granted by Pope John Paul II in late winter, the church becomes the sixth minor basilica in California and the 46th in the nation. Major basilicas are all in Rome. The decree from the pope followed a request from the Most Rev. Tod D.
NEWS
November 29, 1999
While famous for its flying visitors, San Juan Capistrano mission also boasts beautiful gardens, thanks to the Gardening Angels volunteers.
NEWS
August 5, 1999
The piano duo Belamore may have been the featured act Sunday night, but the real attraction was the San Juan Capistrano Mission. The Old Stone Church was the setting for a benefit for the Mission Preservation Society and its ongoing restoration project. The $7-million project received $1 million from a state grant Monday and $600,000 has been donated by supporters. On Sunday, guests paid $50 for an evening under the stars, a prime rib dinner and a musical program ranging from classical to pop.
NEWS
June 8, 1998 | ANN CONWAY
Ask Alice O'Neill Avery about her beloved antiques and she throws up her hands in mock despair. "I have so many collections that I even have Windsor chairs--that kind of thing," said Avery, 81, as she wended her way through exhibits at the preview party for the Capistrano Antiques & Garden Show. "I love them all, but I'm having a terrible time because I'm getting older and thinking, 'Who's going to get what?'
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1998 | SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Try these lyrics out: "When the swallows come back to Van Nuys. . . ." This past weekend, about 500 enthusiasts of the swallows that made San Juan Capistrano famous watched 200 birds dip and weave outside their nests--at the Japanese Gardens in Van Nuys. Notably absent: an old mission, 60 years of tradition and romance.
NEWS
August 28, 1997
Here's the setting: a romantic evening in a European-styled courtyard, complete with an 18th century fountain burbling in the background. Now think of a soundtrack. A little Strauss? Some soft Brahms? How about up-tempo jazz? That's the choice organizers made recently for a Hot Summer Night concert at the Decorative Arts Villa in San Juan Capistrano. A hundred people gathered around the fountain to hear Finger Roll perform dynamic jazz from its debut album, "In the Zone."
NEWS
August 28, 1997
Here's the setting: a romantic evening in a European-styled courtyard, complete with an 18th century fountain burbling in the background. Now think of a soundtrack. A little Strauss? Some soft Brahms? How about up-tempo jazz? That's the choice organizers made recently for a Hot Summer Night concert at the Decorative Arts Villa in San Juan Capistrano. A hundred people gathered around the fountain to hear Finger Roll perform dynamic jazz from its debut album, "In the Zone."
NEWS
March 17, 2005 | Brenda Rees
Don't expect the skies to darken and turn black with the flapping of exhausted birds this weekend at the San Juan Capistrano Mission. There's nothing quite so dramatic at the "Return of the Swallows" celebration, the family event that welcomes the Franciscan mission's famous feathered friends back from Goya, Argentina, 7,500 miles away. "You very rarely see whole flocks of them at one time," says Michelle Lawrence, executive director of the mission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 1996
Free Thanksgiving dinners will be served to the needy across Orange County on Thursday and Friday. Some of the locations: THURSDAY * Anaheim: La Casa Garcia Restaurant, 531 W. Chapman Ave., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (714) 740-1108. * Costa Mesa: Someone Cares Soup Kitchen, Rea Community Center, 661 Hamilton St., 1-4 p.m. (714) 548-8861. * Fullerton: Home Front Church, 808 W. Commonwealth Ave., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (714) 680-0401.
NEWS
February 22, 1996
Robert Ortega's family has been made up of weavers for seven generations, beginning in the early 1700s when Spaniard Gabriel Ortega settled in the Northern Rio Grande Valley, known today as Chimayo, N.M. Gabriel and his descendants became famous for the quality of their hand-woven wool blankets, rugs, vests, coats and purses. Recently, Robert Ortega, who still lives in Chimayo, was invited to participate in the Colonial Hispanic Textile Exhibition at the San Juan Capistrano mission.
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