Rancho Days at Heritage Hill, El Toro

Explore the history of Orange County’s ranchos and Indian cultures at the annual Rancho Days Fiesta at Heritage Hill Historical Park, 25151 Serrano Rd., Lake Forest, May 6, 11am to 3pm. Highlighting the historic Serrano Adobe (shown below in 1935), this event explores what California was like in the mid-19th century. The photo above was taken at last year's event, and shows some of the restored historic buildings from old El Toro.
The event will include re-enactors and period food. Enjoy performances of Mexican Rancho-era and Juaneno songs and dance. Learn the crafts of rope knotting, basket weaving and adobe brick-making through interactive demonstrations. $4 per adult, $3 per child (ages 3 to 12). Ages 2 and under free. For more information, call (949) 923-2230.
The photo above shows the Serrano Adobe before the surrounding park was developed.

On a related note, Janet Whitcomb has been writing articles about El Toro/Lake Forest history for Patch.com in recent months. You might want to take some time to check them out.