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December Newsletter 2020

Santa’s “Stop, Wave and Go!”


With the pandemic, Santa has shifted his plans a bit this year to keep everyone safe by hosting a “Stop, Wave and Go” program at Santa’s Village every Saturday and Sunday from November 29 through December 20 in the Civic Center Plaza at 200 Civic Center. 

From 6 to 8 pm, families and individuals can drive-through Santa’s Village to stop, wave and drop off a letter to Santa and Mrs. Claus.  During this time, folks must remain in their vehicles.  Other days and times, however, the Civic Center workshop area will be available for families to stroll and view the holiday decorations and lights. Masks must be worn, and social distancing is required.

Along with the Stop and Wave program, Santa promises to answer every letter dropped off in his workshop mailbox between November 29 and December 21. For the Letters to Santa program, be sure to print names and addresses clearly, so jolly ole St. Nick can pen a personalized letter back.

For more information, visit www.mvactivities.com.


Check out the Winter Mission Viejo Life!


The winter edition of Mission Viejo Life is now online – offering information about holiday programs, virtual classes and special events spanning the next few months.
Inside the pages is details about a variety of fitness opportunities such as lap swimming, tennis courts and pickleball courts.  
Mission Viejo Life features information about special events such as the Oso Virtual 5K Fun Run; resources for seniors; how to support our Marines; recreation and fitness opportunities    as well as classes for the young and young at heart.
Check out Mission Viejo Life today.


Evening play returns to Felipe Tuesday and Thursday Nights


The Felipe Tennis and Recreation Center, located at 27161 Nogal, is now open on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 3-8 pm for pickleball, tennis, and family (same-household) volleyball.

Volleyball: Volleyball courts will now be available for family (same-household) groups of no more than four players for 80-minute reservations:

  • Monday – Thursday (8:30 am / 10 am / 11:30 am)
  • Tuesday / Thursday (3 pm / 4:30 pm / 6 pm)

Please view our guidelines on how to book a volleyball court here. Volleyball reservations can be made online here for members by selecting “Rec Center Amenity Reservations.” Non-Members can make a reservation by emailing fitness@cityofmissionviejo.org. The cost is $12 per court ($3 per person) for up to four players.


Family Basketball Reservations now open!


The Montanoso Recreation and Fitness Center, located at 25800 Montanoso, is now open Monday through Saturday for individual and family basketball reservations.
Basketball courts are now available for family (same-household) groups of no more than four players for 90-minute reservations.  Families must bring their own ball. Reservations are available on:

  • Monday-Friday (1 pm / 3 pm / 5 pm)
  • Saturday (10 am / 12 pm)

Members can make reservations free of cost ahead of time by logging into their PerfectMind account at missionviejo.perfectmind.com. Basketball reservations can be made online here    for members by selecting “Rec Center Amenity Reservations.” Non-members can make a reservation by emailing fitness@cityofmissionviejo.org. The cost is $12 per court ($3 per person) for up to four players.

For more information, email fitness@cityofmissionviejo.org.


Drive-Through Toy Donations for Marine Families

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The Mission Viejo Marines and Sailors Adoption Committee will host a drive-through toy collection to support the children and families of the City’s adopted Headquarters Battalion, First Marine Division on Saturday, December 12 from 9 to 11 am in the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center parking lot. Put your donation in your trunk, drive-up, pop the trunk,   and dedicated volunteers, staff and Marines will collect your donations. Social distancing guidelines will always be followed, and donors must remain in their car. 

For more information, visit cityofmissionviejo.org/marines or contact 949-470-3043 or RCS@cityofmissionviejo.org.



Holiday Support for Marines and their Families

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Celebrate the holidays by supporting our active duty Marines, Sailors and their families. There are three ways to support help: Adopt a Marine Family Gift Giving Program; Turkey Bucks Holiday Meal Program; and toy donations.

Adopt a Marine Family Gift Giving Program
Every year, countless military members spend the holidays away from loved ones. In gratitude for their service, you can make a difference to those who protect our freedoms by providing holiday gifts for Marine families.  As part of the program, participating Marines provide a “wish list” to the family readiness officer at Camp Pendleton. That information is then relayed to   City staff, which works to link families with generous community members interested in providing gifts that are delivered to Camp Pendleton before the holidays. 

Turkey Bucks for Marines Holiday Meal Program
Give thanks by giving back to Mission Viejo’s Hometown Battalion. When checking out at participating Albertsons, tell the cashier know you want to participate in the Turkey Bucks for Marines program, and Albertsons will donate a December holiday meal to the families of Headquarters Battalion, First Marine Division from Camp Pendleton. Participating Albertsons include the following locations: Mission Viejo – 23072 Alicia Parkway; Lake Forest – 24251 Muirlands Boulevard; Laguna Niguel – 29941 Alicia Parkway; and Dana Point – 33601 Del Obispo Street.

Toy Donations
Donate new, unwrapped toys at any of our four Recreation and Tennis Centers or the Mission Viejo Library. Toys are distributed to the children of active duty Marines at Camp Pendleton during their annual holiday party and toy distribution. Toys will be collected starting Friday, November 27 through Thursday, December 24.
For information, contact RCS@cityofmissionviejo.org



Get the Murray Memo in your Inbox!


Interested in receiving our Murray Memo Newsletter via email?  Our senior bi-monthly newsletter has information on our upcoming virtual exercise classes, health lectures, nutrition resources, special events and more.  To subscribe to our Murray Memo e-newsletter, simply visit  https://cityofmissionviejo.org/subscribe with your name and email address to receive the latest up-to-date information.



Senior Citizen Food Resources in Mission Viejo


The City of Mission Viejo offers a variety of food programs to service older adults in our community including:

Grab and Go
Age Well Senior Services is offering a “Grab and Go” option for our congregate meals.  You are provided a frozen meal along with a cold pack consisting of milk, juice, bread and butter during this crisis.  This meal is available Monday through Friday to pick up at one of our City facilities, and a two-day reservation is required. If interested, please call 949-470-3062.

Meals on Wheels 
Seniors require the home-delivery option will receive a hot meal, frozen meal and cold breakfast.  During this crisis, any senior, whether a registered client or not, has the option to order meals for home delivery.  For more information and to reserve a meal in advance, please call 949-470-3063.

Once a month, Age Well Senior Services, in cooperation with the Community Action Partnership of Orange County, distributes nonperishable food items to the public. You must be a resident of Mission Viejo, Rancho Mission Viejo or Rancho Santa Margarita to participate. Bring proof of residency (i.e. driver’s license or utility bill). Pre-bagged groceries will be available for pick up with our drive-through only service in our parking lot. For more information, call 949-470-3062.
This program is a FREE drive-through food pantry available to low- and fixed-income seniors.  Groceries will be available for pick up with our drive-through only service in our parking lot at the Norman P. Murray Center every Friday from 8-9 am.  All new participants are required to complete a client intake form. For more information, call 949-470-3062.
Cal Fresh
Cal Fresh is the new and improved food stamps program. Due to the pandemic, application assistance takes place virtually. If you need assistance completing your application online, you can call our helpline at 855-233-3362 or visit https://www.feedoc.org/get-help/calfresh-assistance/. Second Harvest Foodbank is available to answer questions and book appointments Monday through Friday from 8-4:30 pm. The appointment will take place via Zoom, but video is not required. 





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