Taking a look at what's going down and coming up for residents in the Rancho Santa Margarita area.
• Former Angel outfielder Chad Curtis was convicted by jury based on testimony of three girls who were teens when Curtis was alleged to have touched them inappropriately, leading to six counts of criminal sexual misconducts.
• Former Mission Viejo football player Jahleel Pinner of RSM is expected to get some big-game touches this season for USC when he takes his stance at fullback. Read about Pinner here.
• Friday is the deadline for a Patriot Day Essay Contest sponsored by the City of Rancho Santa Margarita. There are three different categories, for grades K-5 (300 words or less), 6-8 (400 words or less) and 9-12 (600 words or less). This is the theme: "Patriot Day & National Day of Service and Remembrance – Why it is important to honor and observe Patriot Day." Follow this link and click on the rules and information.
• Are you a business owner or manager in Rancho Santa Margarita? If so, consider joining the Chamber of Commerce, which will have a lunch mixer on Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Cinépolis. Cost is $15 for members, $25 for non-members. Evening mixers—the next is Sept. 3 at Hanna's—are free to members., $15 for non-members.
• What movie will you be seeing next at Cinépolis in Rancho Santa Margarita? The top movie over the weekend was Lee Daniels' The Butler, which finished directly ahead of Meet the Millers and Elysium.
• It's not like we have tornado season approaching, but if you think you need a generator, check out this story to get some help.