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The city will celebrate San Clemente Day at the end of the month by hosting a series of activities and events for residents to enjoy, including a display of the Sister Monument Time Capsule 50 years after it was dedicated.

The festivities will kick off at 8 a.m. on Feb. 29 at the San Clemente Pier with the third annual Kids’ Fishing Derby. Honoring the San Clemente Municipal Pier’s historic significance as a fishing pier, the annual Fishing Derby promotes fishing for children of all skill levels and abilities.

The Derby is open to children between the ages of 6 and 13 and requires advance registration. Fishing poles, bait, and hooks are available while supplies last, but participants are welcome to bring their own equipment.

At 10 a.m., the Ole Hanson Beach Club, located at 105 West Avenida Pico, will host a free recreation swim until 1 p.m.

Attendees of all ages can swim in the warm-water pool, listen to music from the roaring ’20s, and play on the inflatable obstacle course.

As part of the celebration, the city will also display the Sister Monument Time Capsule at the San Clemente Community Center, located at 100 North Calle Seville.

Dedicated in 1969, and sealed in 1975 in conjunction with the adoption of San Clemente’s sister city, San Clemente del Tuyu in Argentina, the time capsule was going to be opened on San Clemente Day.

However, Samantha Wylie, the city’s recreation manager, announced at the city council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18, that when the city staff unearthed the capsule in preparation for its unveiling, they found it had been flooded with water.

“Unfortunately, 1969 didn’t do us any justice, and it was a little flooded with water,” Wylie said. “So, unfortunately, we weren’t able recoup the materials, but the whole capsule is on display.”

According to Wylie, the capsule appeared to have contained newspaper articles, some photos and cassettes, among other things. The capsule itself, she said, will be on display for the community to see through the month of March.

More information can be found at the city’s website,, or by calling the city’s Recreation Division at 949.361.8264 or 949.429.8797.

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