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Newsletter February 2023

Mission Viejo Local History Lecture Series

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Residents have the chance to learn more about our community through the Mission Viejo Library’s local history lecture series. 

On Sunday, February 5 at 2 pm, the Heritage Committee and Mission Viejo Diversity + Inclusion Task Force will give a presentation on the history of Mission Viejo that focuses on the ideals of community and inclusiveness. Guests will revisit events of the past and learn how they played a role in creating togetherness and community pride.

On Sunday, March 26 at 2 pm Mayor Brian Goodell, an Olympic gold medalist, will discuss the past, present, and future of Mission Viejo’s relationship with the Olympics. Mayor Goodell will discuss his experience as an athlete in the 1976 Montreal games; the events that took place in Mission Viejo during the 1984 Los Angeles Games; and Mission Viejo’s possible involvement in the 2028 games in Los Angeles. This will be a chance for the City to build new local, national, and international relationships through the world of sport.

Rounding out the three-part lecture series, culinary professional and local bestselling author George Geary will discuss his newest book “LA’s Landmark Restaurants” on Sunday, April 30 at 2 pm.

Let’s Go Digital now meets twice a month!

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The digital resources sessions take place on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 10 to 11:30 am in the periodicals section of the Mission Viejo Library. Bring your mobile devices, passwords for the app store, curiosity and be prepared to learn about all the online resources the library offers.

Let’s Go Digital sessions take place on February 8 and February 22. 


Coloring for Adults on February 9

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Coloring for Adults takes place at the Mission Viejo Library every second Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the Heritage reading porch area. 

Join us on February 9 to reduce stress, increase mindfulness, and exercise your creative side. Coloring for Adults is a free program designed to provide folks with a calm outlet to express their creativity. 

No registration is required for the program that caters to adults 18 and older. All supplies are provided.


Don’t miss Valentine RomCom Author Panel Feb. 10 

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Mark your calendar for February 10 to attend the Writers Present Valentine’s RomCom Author Panel at 6 pm in the Council Chamber.

This panel of six local romantic comedy writers – Melanie Jacobson, Summer Dowell, Brittany Larsen, Gigi Blume, Julie Christianson, and Savannah Scott – will present their most recent books and discuss the inspiration behind the stories. All six of these amazing authors specialize in feel-good romances featuring both sweet and slightly sassy heroines. It’s the perfect ladies’ evening out and bound to get you in the Valentine's Day spirit. 

Books will be sold onsite and signed after the main program. Prizes will be awarded to a few lucky audience members. Doors open at 5:45 pm at 200 Civic Center.  

Register for this free program at https://cityofmissionviejo.org/valentines-romcom-author-panel-registrat…


‘The Genealogy Do-Over: A Year of Learning from My Mistakes’ presented by: Thomas MacEntee

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When people first start researching their family history, they often make simple mistakes like name collecting, not citing sources and more. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced genealogist, you can start anew with successful research methodologies and documentation practices. 

On Saturday, February 18 at 10 am, genealogist Thomas MacEntee will host a free online discussion of his genealogy research that includes sound practices and methodologies as well as new templates, tools, and the latest technology to create a better body of family history research. Register for the program at this link. 

Thomas is a nationally known genealogy speaker who left a lucrative 40-year career in technology to pursue his love of family history and genealogy. Thomas’ technology experience is perfect for guiding today’s genealogists through the maze of options so they can deploy the best apps and devices as they break down those research brick walls. Thomas has taught more than 1,000 genealogy lectures since 2010; served on many genealogical society boards, and helped researchers save money on genealogy products and services. Today, he is working on changing the way genealogists acquire new research skills, motivating researchers to take a chance on new technologies, and improving how family stories and heirlooms are preserved and passed on to the next generations.

His presentation is open to all. 

The SOCCGS Genealogy Research Center located at the Mission Viejo Library is open five days a week with docents available to help you. Visit https://soccgs.org/library-hours for current hours.


Purse Palooza donations sought


The Friends of the Mission Viejo Library will host its annual “Purse Palooza” handbag sale on Saturday, May 6 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Norman P. Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way. To prepare for another successful event, the nonprofit is seeking new or gently used handbags of all kinds to offer for sale. 

Drop off your donations in collection boxes at the Friends of the Library bookstore and Norman P. Murray Community Center. Donations will be accepted until Saturday, April 29.



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