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July 2021  
Dana Point's First Monarch Butterfly Habitat

Did you know that the Monarch Butterfly population has declined by 98 percent over the last 20 years? That’s why it’s important to do what we can to help nurture and strengthen the existing number of butterflies.

Thanks to Legacy, Monarch Watch and community volunteers, Dana Point now has its first Monarch Butterfly Habitat located at Sea Terrace Park. It’s a first step to bringing a large population of Monarchs back to Dana Point. Pollinator habitat horticulturist Marianne Hugo and Monarch Butterfly expert and author Susie Vanderlip planned and directed the implementation of the habitat.

As Susie notes, the Monarch population is dropping because of habitat loss and pesticide use, among other issues. Planting native milkweed and nectar plants is critical. 

The new Dana Point habitat will need tender loving care and lots of water, but it will be a showcase habitat when established.

Summer Concerts In the Park

Ready for some live music? Join us at Sea Terrace Park for our FREE concerts in the park featuring two bands each Sunday through August 15th.

*Concerts will be held in accordance with the most current guidance from State and local health agencies. For more information, call the City of Dana Point Recreation Division at 949-248-3536, or email

July 25
Tricia Freeman's Tribute to Female Rock Stars
Mirage Visions of Fleetwood Mac

August 1
Listen to the Music - The Doobie Brothers Experience
The Eagles Experience

August 8
The Piano Men Generations - Music of Billy Joel
Kenny Metcalf as Elton

August 15
New Caribbean featuring Einstein Brown
4:00pm to 4:30pm
Ava August, American Idol Top Ten Finalist, Season 19
Garratt Wilkin & the Parrotheads

Symphony on the Go!

August 11, 2021 at 7:00pm, Sea Canyon Park

The Pacific Symphony’s mobile community concert experience is touring Orange County and coming to Dana Point for a FREE 45-minute pop-up concert held from 7:00pm to 7:45pm. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy!  For more information contact the City of Dana Point Recreation Division at, or call 949-248-3536.

For more information about the Symphony On the Go! program, visit


City Clerk
Kathy Ward Retiring
The City of Dana Point is saying good-bye to City Clerk Kathy Ward. Her 30-plus year tenure at the City began in 1989, as one of Dana Point’s first charter employees when it was incorporated as an Orange County city. Kathy has been City Clerk for 15 years. Working at the City during that time has only reaffirmed her admiration for the Council and appreciation of residents. “This is such a well-run City. I’ve seen great improvements over the years that really benefit the residents. It’s amazing the amount of summer events and activities that are available for free – it’s why I believe the City does such a great job for the people who live here," said Kathy.

Shayna Sharke will assume the role of City Clerk for Dana Point upon Kathy’s retirement at the end of July. As Kathy notes, Shayna has everything she needs for success. “She is the right fit, has the right personality and the residents love her.” Shayna has worked for the City since 2012 when she began as an Administrative Assistant in Public Works after spending nine years at the Ocean Institute. She spent the last three years as Deputy City Clerk. “Kathy is an excellent mentor. She has done such a wonderful job all of these years. I look forward to keeping the precedent she set while looking for ways to do more for the City,” shared Shayna.

Click here for more information about the City Clerk's Office.
Good Luck
Team USA!
We can’t wait for the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo and wish all competitors the best of luck. There are so many athletes from Orange County! We’re especially thrilled to cheer on Dana Point local Katie McLaughlin, who is a member of USA Swimming. A graduate of Santa Margarita Catholic High School, Katie qualified for her first Olympics by earning a spot on the women’s 800-meter freestyle relay. She is also a 5x World Championships (LCM) medalist (3g, 2s).

The Opening Ceremony for the Olympic Games in Tokyo starts July 23. The Olympic surf competition window will be between July 25 and August 1. Go Team USA!
Dana Point City Events
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(949) 248-3500

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