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Newsletter February 2020

HISTORY OF MISSION VIEJO PART II:  The early years & elements that no longer exist

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Former Mission Viejo Company executive and longtime resident Bob Bunyan will provide fun history about the early years of this master-planned community at 3 pm on Sunday, February 23 in the Mission Viejo Council Chamber at 200 Civic Center. 
During this free presentation, he will discuss aspects that no longer exist in Mission Viejo but played an integral part in making our City special. 

Bob joined Mission Viejo Company in 1971 as a corporate planner involved in market research and strategic planning for company projects and programs.  His involvement in preparing Five-Year Plans contributed to much of his knowledge about key decisions in the development of Mission Viejo – including Lake Mission Viejo, the Shops at Mission Viejo and numerous housing programs.  As the last management employee, Bob was tasked with selling assets and closing Mission Viejo Company after its 1997 acquisition by Shea Homes.  He serves on the Orange County Historical Commission and is the author of “Images of America: Aliso Viejo,” published by Arcadia Publishing.  

The presentation caters to folks of all ages and students (9 and older) interested in learning about local history. A question-and-answer period follows. 

Eleven: The Movie – WWII Award-winning Documentary


Join us at 2 pm on Sunday, February 9 in the City Council Chamber for a special screening of the award-winning WWII documentary “Eleven: The Movie.” 

George Retalas, the film’s creator, writer and director, will discuss his film, which tells the stories of the veterans of Air Group 11 who flew into legend in combat over the Pacific, eventually becoming the heroes of the Hornet.  The stories are told by the heroes who lived them.

After the presentation, guests will have the chance to ask George questions and enjoy light refreshments.  To register, call 949-830-7100, ext. 5105.

Oso Smart & Fit in 2020

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Start 2020 with healthy choices for your mind and body. The library has hundreds of books and DVDs about improving your diet, exercise and brain health. Check out our extensive resource list the next time you stop by. Then make a commitment to fitness by registering for the Oso Fit 5K and Health Fair on Saturday, February 29 at the Norman P. Murray Center. This is a great opportunity for the entire family to participate in a fun 5K walk or run on the beautiful Oso Creek Trail. Plus, all proceeds from your registration can benefit the Friends of the Library when you select a recipient organization from the drop-down menu. 

Purse Palooza!


In preparation for this year’s “Purse Palooza” handbag sale on Saturday, May 2, the library is seeking donations of new or gently used handbags of all kinds.  With such a wide array of purses, the 2019 Purse Palooza raised more than $4,000 to support the Mission Viejo Library.  We hope to top that amount this year with your help! A collection box for donations is now available at the Friends of the Library Bookstore.  Donations will be accepted until Sunday, April 26.

With Love from Staff to You

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Here is a list of favorite books read by staff members this past year.  Some are classics, most are adult fiction, but there are a few nonfiction and young adult books, too.  
Happy Valentine’s Day and happy reading!
44 Scotland Street series McCall Smith, Alexander FIC MCCALL SMITH, A.
The Age of Innocence Wharton, Edith PB WHARTON, E.
An Anonymous Girl Hendricks, Greer FIC HENDRICKS, G.
Ask Again, Yes: A Novel Keane, Mary Beth FIC KEANE, M.
The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel Arden, Katherine FIC ARDEN, K.
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End Gawande, Atul 362.175 GAW
Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel Sullivan, Mark FIC SULLIVAN, M.
Black Spire Dawson, Delilah S. FIC DAWSON, D.
The Body: A Guide for Occupants Bryson, Bill 612 BRY
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill Waxman, Abbi FIC WAXMAN, A.
Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win Piazza, Jo FIC PIAZZA, J.
City of Girls Gilbert, Elizabeth FIC GILBERT, E.
Dark Age Brown, Pierce FIC BROWN, P.
A Darker Shade of Magic Schwab, V.E. FIC SCHWAB, V.
Delta-V Suarez, Daniel FIC SUAREZ, D.
Educated: A Memoir Westover, Tara BIO WESTOVER, T.
Finale: A Caraval Novel Garber, Stephanie YA FIC GARBER, S.
For the Love of Books: Stories of Literary Lives, Banned Books, Author Feuds, Extraordinary Characters, and More Tarrant, Graham 809 TAR
The Fountains of Silence: A Novel Sepetys, Ruta YA FIC SEPETYS, R.
Freefall: A Novel Barry, Jessica FIC BARRY, J.
Giant Days (Series) Allison, John YA FIC ALLISON J. (GN)
Girls Burn Brighter: A Novel Rao, Shobha FIC RAO, S.
The Giver of Stars Moyes, Jojo FIC MOYES, J.
The House of Mirth Wharton, Edith PB WHARTON, E.
The Huntress: A Novel Quinn, Kate FIC QUINN, K.
Internment Ahmed, Samira YA FIC AHMED, S.
The Island of Sea Women: A Novel See, Lisa FIC SEE, L.
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Grann, David 976.6004 GRA
The Kingdom of Copper Chakraborty, S.A. FIC CHAKRABORTY, S.
Lab Girl Jahren, Hope BIO JAHREN, H.
The Last Bus to Wisdom Doig, Ivan FIC DOIG, I.
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me Tamaki, Mariko YA FIC TAMAKI, M. (GN)
The Lost Girls of Paris Jenoff, Pam FIC JENOFF, P.
Love Looks Pretty on You Leav, Lang 821.92 Lea
Mister Miracle King, Tom YA KING, T. (GN)
Moonglow: A Novel Chabon, Michael FIC CHABON, M.
The Mother-in-Law Hepworth, Sally FIC HEPWORTH, S.
Mr. & Mrs. American Pie McDaniel, Juliet FIC MCDANIEL, J.
The Nanny: A Novel MacMillan, Gilly FIC MACMILLAN, G.
The Nickel Boys: A Novel Whitehead, Colson FIC WHITEHEAD, C.
Olive, Again Strout, Elizabeth FIC STROUT, E.
Ordinary Grace: A Novel Krueger, William Kent FIC KRUEGER, WILLIAM K.
A Prayer for Owen Meany Irving, John FIC IRVING, J.
Red, White, & Royal Blue McQuiston, Casey FIC MCQUISTON, C.
Rusty Brown Ware, Chris 741.5973 WAR (GN)
Searching for Sylvie Lee: A Novel Kwok, Jean FIC KWOK, J.
The Silent Patient Michaelides, Alex FIC MICHAELIDES, A.
Stalker: a Joona Linna Novel Kepler, Lars FIC KEPLER, L.
Summer of '69 Hilderbrand, Elin FIC HILDERBRAND, E.
A Terrible Country Gessen, Keith FIC GESSEN, K.
They Called Us Enemy Takei, George YA FIC TAKEI, G. (GN)
Wanderers: A Novel Wendig, Chuck FIC WENDIG, C.
We Were the Lucky Ones Hunter, Georgie FIC HUNTER, G.
Where the Crawdads Sing Owens, Delia FIC OWENS, D.
The Winter of the Witch: A Novel Arden, Katherine FIC ARDEN, K.
Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel's Classroom Burger, Ariel 940.5318 BUR

Have You Tried Tutor.com?

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In case you missed its launch last fall, the Mission Viejo Library offers tutor.com for kindergarten age through adults. This online service is available 24/7 and free to patrons with a Mission Viejo Library card. 

Thinking about the SAT or ACT? Check out the powerful new resource SAT/ACT Essentials through tutor.com. The program will give you the edge you need to reach your target score. With SAT/ACT Essentials you’ll be able to:

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

Tutor.com also features one-on-one tutoring sessions in math, resume and cover letter help, AP exam prep and more. Log in today and check it out!

South Orange County California Genealogical Society
“Death Decoded - Documenting Death with or without a Death Certificate”

Genealogy research

Identifying where and when an ancestor has died is an essential step for every genealogist.  However, sometimes the facts about death can be buried as deeply as the ancestor.  Join us as Jane Neff Rollins discusses how to find a wide variety of documents that identify date and place of death (even if a death certificate can’t be found) and how to decode what the documents are really telling you.

Jane Neff Rollins is a full-time professional researcher at Sherlock Combs Genealogy.  She specializes in Russian Empire research and translation and research in the Midwest and Southern California. She conducts research for authors, attorneys, professional genealogists, and family researchers, writes articles for genealogy publications and lectures frequently at local societies and national conferences. The presentation begins after a short business meeting at 10 am and ends at noon.

Visitors are invited to this free program on Saturday, February 15, 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.  Visit www.soccgs.org for hours.

Mission Viejo’s Heritage House Open Feb. 8

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Learn about our City’s rich past by visiting Mission Viejo’s Heritage House at Melinda Park on Saturday, February 8. The house will be open from 10 am to noon.

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 came to find their dream home.  Today, it is where visitors come to learn about the people 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.

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