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October Newsletter 2022

Fall Movies in the Park series kicks off


Bring your friends, family, a blanket and lawn chair and enjoy a movie in the park! Join us for “Raya and the Last Dragon” on Saturday, October 8 and “Beetlejuice” on Saturday, October 29!  Both movies will screen at the Cordova Park, 26931 El Retiro.

Movies start at dusk with activities, music and games kicking off at 6 pm. Refreshments will be available. The City’s movie series is sponsored by Raising Cane’s, Financial Partners Credit Union, Pizza Hut, and Advanced Orthodontics.

For more information, call 949-859-4348, ext. 5616.


Free Community and Senior Flu Shot Clinics on tap this fall

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To help keep residents healthy, the City of Mission Viejo is partnering with Genoa Healthcare to provide free Senior and Community Flu Shot Clinics in October and November. 

The Senior Flu Shot Clinic takes place from 11 am to 3 pm on Tuesday, October 25 at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way.  Shots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis with most shots available in the “senior-dose.”  The flu shot is recommended for folks 65 and older. Some non-senior dose shots will be available.  Participants can enjoy a barbecue sandwich lunch before or after their shot from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Lunch reservations should be made by October 20 by calling 949-470-3063. 

Then on Wednesday, November 9, the Community Flu Shot Clinic will take place from noon to 4 pm at the outdoor North Paseo located at 25282 Marguerite Parkway. Shots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis with most standard flu shots available and some senior doses for folks 65 and older. Standard flu shots are for children 3 and older with parent consent or 15 and older without consent as long as they provide proof of identification with name and date of birth.   

Participants are encouraged to bring their health insurance card; however, all shots will be provided for free, and no reservations are needed to obtain a flu shot. 

For more information, call 949-470-3062. 


Pumpkin Diving returns Oct. 23


This fun-filled event from 2 to 5 pm transforms the Sierra pool into a floating pumpkin patch. Along with diving for pumpkins, you can decorate your autumn squash and play fun carnival games. This event will also feature the City’s SNAP (Special Needs Adaptive Programming) initiative. The program is designed to provide opportunities for folks to partake in adaptive programs and experience the mental, physical, emotional and social aspects of sports and recreation.

SNAP participants can arrive an hour early at 1 pm to enjoy crafts, fun sensory activities, pumpkin decorating and water play with mini pumpkins and more. 

Pre-sale tickets are $5 until October 22 and $10 at the door. The Sierra Recreation Center is located at 26887 Recodo Lane. For more information or to register, visit https://cityofmissionviejo.org/register or call 949-859-4348.

Enhance your students' education with afterschool enrichment classes


If you want to enhance your child’s education or have them try something new, Mission Viejo has the perfect class for you.  For more information on the following classes or to register, visit https://cityofmissionviejo.org/register or call 949-470-3062. 

Engineering & Robotics: Lego Superhero City
For ages 6-9, this class gives students the chance to create an amazing superhero city complete with hideouts, motorized machines and super tools.  Class takes place at the Norman P. Murray Center on Thursdays from 3-4 pm October 20 through November 17. Cost is $120. 

S.T.E.A.M. Studio: 3D Printing and Laser Cutting
For ages 9-12, this class gives students the chance to use 2D and 3D software to design projects and create real-world objects using state-of-the-art technology. Class takes place at the Norman P. Murray Center on Thursdays from 4:15-5:15 pm October 20 through November 17. Cost is $120.

Reading and Math Development
For kids in kindergarten through sixth grade, these classes will assist struggling students and challenge advanced students.  It will help improve comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, and develop their understanding of fraction operations, prime numbers, algebra and more. Classes offered include Reading Development Grades K-1, Reading Development Grades 2-6, and Math Development Grades 2-6. Classes take place at the Norman P. Murray Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The next session begins on October 6. Cost is $169.

For ages 5.5-15, a variety of classes are offered for students to learn different coding programs and create their own games. Classes include Game Development and Design with ROBLOX, Minecraft MakeCode Programming, Scratch Ninja 1 & 2 and Scratch Junior.  All classes are held online.


Medicare Open Enrollment at the Norman P. Murray Center


The Council on Aging HICAP program will provide one-on-one personal counseling by trained volunteers to assist seniors in choosing their health plan for the 2022 Medicare Open Enrollment.  Appointments will be offered Wednesday, November 16 and 30 from 9 am until 3 pm at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center. To schedule an appointment, call 949-470-3062 beginning at 8 am on October 1.



Excursions are back!


Experience new places the following exciting excursion options.  Led by staff from the Norman P. Murray Center, you can travel in confidence and enjoy a variety of locations. For more information or to register for an excursion, call 949-470-3062.

Tramcar to the 'Stars'
Escape to Palm Springs on Thursday, October 27 for an all-day event in the sophisticated desert oasis in the heart of the serene Coachella Valley. At the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, we’ll board the world’s largest rotating tramcars and travel 2.5 miles along the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon to the pristine wilderness of Mt. San Jacinto State Park.

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
Experience the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on Saturday, November 19.  This Museum is the largest institution in the U.S. devoted to the arts, sciences, and artists of moviemaking! Enjoy leisure time for lunch on your own and browsing at the Original Farmers Market and The Grove. An ice cream treat from a locals’ favorite is included. Register by November 4.

L.A. Master Chorale’s Festival of Carols
Ring in the holiday season at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Saturday, December 10. Listen to the Los Angeles Master Chorale bring Christmas to life with traditional Christmas carols and festive folksongs from around the world. Designed by architect Frank Gehry to be one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world, the Disney Concert Hall provides visual and aural intimacy for an unparalleled musical experience. Enjoy time at leisure for lunch on your own at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Café or a nearby eatery before the matinee performance. Terrace-level seating. Register by November 13.


Register now for Fall Break Camps


Keep your kids learning and moving with fun and educational Fall Break camps. The following camps will take place Monday through Wednesday, November 21-23 from 9 am to noon.  For more information on the following classes or to register, visit https://cityofmissionviejo.org/register or call 949-470-3062. 

Chem Kidz
For ages 5-11, this class will feature hands-on experiments.  Students will create elephant toothpaste, make five-minute ice cream, and create extreme bubbles!  Class will take place at the Norman P. Murray Center.  Cost is $120.

Fine Art Academy
For ages 5-11, this class will explore many different art styles including watercolor, paint, pastels and more.  Class will take place at the Potocki Center for the Arts.  Cost is $120.

Super Soccer Stars Camp
Super Soccer Stars teaches soccer skills in a fun, non-competitive and educational environment.  Through an age-specific curriculum, soccer is used to nurture, build self-confidence and develop teamwork.  Camp will take place at Cordova Park.  Two classes are offered: Super Soccer Stars ages 3-5 and Super Soccer Stars ages 6-12.  Cost is $180.

Kids Factory School Break Camps
The City-sponsored Kids Factory program is expanding to accommodate more family requests for childcare programming at elementary schools throughout the year.  The program will now offer all-day camps during select non-school days including Thanksgiving Break. Students will have the chance to play a variety of games, win prizes, create crafts, and enjoy other themed activities. These new programs offered to elementary school-aged children will operate at Los Alisos Intermediate School with a second site available during weekly holidays (Thanksgiving, winter and spring breaks) at the Norman P. Murray Center. Kids Factory is a fun drop-in recreation program. Parents can drop kids off there or children can walk to the program after school or for day-long camps. Cost is $99.


Mission Viejo Gives Back


On Friday, October 28, residents are invited to support two critical needs in our community: blood donations and food and diaper collections. The City of Hope and local charity Families Forward will be at the North Paseo, 25282 Marguerite Parkway, from 11 am to 4 pm.  Blood donation appointments are encouraged, but walk-up services are available. Non-perishable food and diapers of all sizes are requested. Visit envisionmv.com for blood donation appointments or call 949-470-3061 for more information.   


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