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Newsletter September 2019

Meet Bestselling Mystery Author, J.A. Jance

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You’ll have an opportunity to meet J.A. Jance up close and personal on Tuesday, October 1 when she appears in this free Writers Present program at 7 pm at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way. Jance is a New York Times bestselling and award-winning mystery author with more than 20 million books in print. Her writing career spans three decades and includes more than 50 books in four different series—Ali Reynolds, J.P. Beaumont, Joanna Brady and the Walker Family, along with a volume of poetry.

Jance will discuss her latest book “Sins of our Fathers.” Seattle investigator J. P. Beaumont is drawn into an intriguing and shockingly personal case in this superb tale of suspense.

A former Seattle homicide cop, J. P. Beaumont is learning to enjoy the new realities of retirement doing morning crossword puzzles by a roaring fireplace; playing frisbee with his new dog; and having quiet lunches with his wife. But then his past comes calling.

When Alan Dale, a long-ago acquaintance, shows up on Beau’s doorstep with a newborn infant in hand and asking for help locating his missing daughter, Beau finds himself faced with an investigation that will turn his own life upside down by dragging his none-too-stellar past onto a roller-coaster ride that may well derail his serene present. Even in retirement, murder is still the name of J. P. Beaumont’s game.

This is a free program hosted by the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library.  For reserved seating for two and priority book signing, purchase a $32 ticket at https://jajanceoctober1.bpt.me/, which includes one hardcover copy of “Sins of our Fathers” and a glass of wine.  Priority book signing is in the order of online purchase. Books are available beginning at 6 pm Tuesday, October 1 at the Norman P. Murray Community Center.  Creating Conversations Bookstore will sell books onsite, and the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library will host a wine bar starting at 6 pm. Come early and enjoy a glass of wine on the beautiful terrace.

For more information or to RSVP, contact 949-830-7100, ext. 5105 or libreference@cityofmissionviejo.org.

Love Your Library at Our Fall Luncheon

Library Friends Fall Luncheon

Bestselling author Abbi Waxman will present her latest novel – “The Bookish Life of Nina Hill” – during the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library’s luncheon fundraiser on Sunday, November 10 from 11 am to 3 pm at the Mission Viejo Country Club. 

Guests can mix and mingle during the social hour and silent auction preview from 11 am to noon before savoring a delicious three-course meal and great conversation with Abbi Waxman. The event includes an impressive array of silent auction items and fun door prizes.

Each $85 ticket includes luncheon with a no-host bar, author discussion, signed copy of the featured book and opportunities to win silent auction and door prizes.  So, round up your friends and register today for this fun and festive event by clicking on this link.   The country club is located at 26200 Country Club Drive. 

Tutoring and SAT/ACT Help is Free at Our Library


Call all high school juniors and seniors! The Mission Viejo Library has added tutor.com to its extensive list of online resources.  While tutor.com is available for kindergarteners through adults, the SAT/ACT tutoring is beneficial for high school juniors and seniors, and their parents.  All you need is a Mission Viejo Library card, and you’re on your way to free SAT/ACT tutoring.

Tutor.com can help you on your path to college as SAT/ACT scores are a pivotal component of college applications. Be sure to check out the powerful new resource – SAT/ACT Essentials – within the tutor.com service. Powered by the Princeton Review, SAT/ACT Essentials will give you the edge you need to reach your target score. With this resource, you can:

•    Complete a full-length practice test and see your score.
•    See the areas that need improvement.
•    Watch videos to learn important test-taking strategies.
•    Take practice drills to help raise your scores.

Preparing for college can feel overwhelming. Fortunately, SAT/ACT Essentials is available 24/7, so you can fit study time into your busy schedule. The tutors at Tutor.com can also help you raise your GPA through on-demand homework help and write a strong application essay.  Learn more at https://lhh.tutor.com/?ProgramGUID=d489339e-7022-456b-b9f1-714a0d835ccc.

Mission Viejo Historic Photographs

In the mid-1960s, Mission Viejo was just the name of a company created to build our community. James Toepfer, Philip Reilly and Donald Bren struck a deal with Dick O’Neill and the O’Neill family to design and develop the community and later City of Mission Viejo from empty cattle land. As the Mission Viejo Company grew and development began, photographs were snapped to plot the progress, memorialize achievements and create marketing materials. More than five decades later, the Mission Viejo Library houses thousands of photographic slides of Mission Viejo from the early days up to the mid-1980s.

The library is exhibiting 25 images from this mass collection through September 19. Some images on display include the barren hills around the empty intersection of Marguerite and La Paz; a line of people waiting to see the first showing at the new Mission Viejo Cinema on Chrisanta; and aerial photographs depicting the completion of Lake Mission Viejo, with no development north of what was then O’Neill Road.

If you’re interested in local history, consider joining the Mission Viejo Heritage Committee. For more information, visit this webpage.

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South Orange County California Genealogical

25 Tips for Researching Your Female Ancestors

Genealogy research

Finding female ancestors can be challenging.  In historical records, women adopted and kept their husbands’ surnames when they married.  Property and estate records were usually recorded in the husband’s name.  While this can make researching our female ancestors difficult, there are records that document their lives.

Genealogical researcher Gena Philibert-Ortega specializes in researching the women in our family tree and will share 25 tips to help you identify, trace and discover more about your female ancestors.

Gena is an author and instructor who also focuses on women's history.  Her published works include books, articles, two volumes of “Tracing Female Ancestors” and a “QuickGuide” from Legacy Family Tree.  She is the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association’s magazine and has presented to diverse groups.  Her presentation on Saturday, September 21 begins after a short business meeting at 10 am.

Visitors are invited to this free program, which includes refreshments.  The society meets at 27976 Marguerite Parkway at Hillcrest Drive.  Park and enter behind the church.  For more information, contact vicepresident@soccgs.org.

The SOCCGS Genealogy Research Center located at the Mission Viejo Library is open seven days a week with docents available to help you and beginning genealogy classes offered each month.  Visit soccgs.org for more information.

Beginning Genealogy Class

Interested in starting your family tree but don't know where to begin?  Learn the basics from South Orange County California Genealogical Society docents on Thursday, September 19 from 5:30-7:30 pm in the City Hall Saddleback Room. This free program includes an overview of the resources available in our Genealogy Research Center in the Mission Viejo Library.

Register online at www.soccgs.org.  For more information, call 949-830-7100, ext. 8498.

Mission Viejo’s Heritage House Open Additional Days

Heritage House

Learn about our City’s rich history by visiting Mission Viejo’s Heritage House from 10 am to noon on September 14, October 12 and November 9.

The Heritage House was established in 2003 to educate the public about Mission Viejo history. Formerly a Mission Viejo Company new home sales center, it was the place prospective buyers visited to find their dream home.  Today, it’s where folks go to learn about the people, places and events that made Mission Viejo “The California Promise.”

History lovers of all ages are welcome. No reservations are necessary and free parking is available. The Heritage House is located at 28951 Melinda Road. Groups of eight or more can schedule a private tour throughout the year by calling 949-470-8488.


MV Life

Keep your finger on the pulse of City of Mission Viejo, CA with the free MV Life mobile app. The City of Mission Viejo has rolled out this special app to provide you with timely information about events, amenities, shopping, dining, and recreation so you can savor the good life in this picturesque South County city. Whether you are seeking family entertainment, cultural arts or activities for the young and young at heart, Mission Viejo has it all.

Download App https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.missionviejo
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