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City Celebrates Family, Friends With Annual Party

Central Park is transformed into bounce house festival as residents take in community spirit to close out the year.

There were rock climbing walls, good food and bounce houses—lots of bounce houses—at Rancho Santa Margarita's Bell Tower Regional Community Center and Central Park.

The city's signature event, Celebrate Family and Friends New Year's Eve, attracted an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 people on a pleasant early evening that was in stark contrast to last year's bitter cold that kept crowds down.

Musicians, magicians, dancers and local businesses and service groups took part in the festivities, the 11th annual event that celebrates the city's incorporatin established Jan. 1, 2000.

Check back with Patch for photos and videos from the event.

Jack Leonard January 02, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Happy 2nd year, RSM.Patch.com !
April Josephson January 02, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Martin, is there a music credit for the music video?
Martin Henderson (Editor) January 03, 2012 at 02:09 AM
I did the editing and photography, but the music itself is done by Fontana; this particular song is called Palladium. Reminds me of "Beverly Hills 90210" (which used to be a guilty pleasure of mine). Be sure to check out the video for the year in review, which I hope to post tonight; probably my best video ever.
April Josephson January 03, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Will do.

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