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Visitors from around Orange County and the world will gather Saturday through Monday at Mission San Juan Capistrano for the legendary Return of the Swallows. The mission bells will be rung with the expected first spotting of swallows after daybreak on Saturday and Monday. On Saturday, there will be food and refreshments, artisans demonstrating craft work, mariachi music, dance tributes by the Anaheim Ballet and American Indian groups, and actors portraying historic characters. (No entertainment on Sunday.)

* Return of the Swallows, Mission San Juan Capistrano, 31522 Camino Capistrano. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $6 adults; $5 seniors; $4 children. (949) 234-1333.




With its poignant look at small-town life and its minimalist production requirements, Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" is one of the most frequently performed American plays. The Chance Theatre takes a not-quite-perfectly timed crack at this story of life in Grover's Corners, New Hampshire. Wilder set the opening act of his 1938 Pulitzer Prize-winning play on May 7, 1901, so the Chance's scheduling will prove a bit too overeager in providing a 100th anniversary Grover's Day performance.

* "Our Town," Chance Theatre, 5576 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills. Saturdays and Sundays, 5 p.m. Ends April 8. $10-$12. (714) 777-3033 or



Pop Music

The Waybacks' music has been described as "acoustic mayhem," and whatever you call its melange of country, bluegrass, folk and jazz, it's a big hit with fans. The group has a new album, "Devolver," to explore at its show this weekend as part of the Living Tradition's ongoing folk music series in Anaheim.

* The Waybacks, Downtown Community Center, 250 E. Center St., Anaheim. With Ken & Phee Graydon. 7:30 p.m. $10. (949) 646-1964.

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