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Events Happening this week in Orange County: August 10th – August 16th

Wednesday, August 12th

Harvest at the Native Seed Farm

Native Seed Farm

Native Seed Farm Parking Area

Irvine Ranch

letsgooutside.org/activities/2015/08/12/harvest-wildflower-seed-us-native-seed-farm-3-2015-08-12/

Want to smell the sun-dried sweetness of summertime? Want to feel the crunch of crispy golden brown pods?  Come and refresh your senses while giving back to Nature!

Sign up to help behind the scenes at the Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s one-of-a-kind Native Seed Farm in Irvine!  You will be harvesting seeds from our quirky native Summer wildflowers, like Yellow Pincushions and Heart-leaved Beard Tongue. Tools and training with be provided, and no experience is needed.  After a quick ride to the Farm-site in an open-air safari vehicle, you will get introduced to some of our beautiful native plants, and then we’ll get to work! Event runs 9:00am – 12:o0pm for ages 8 and up. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

Modjeska House Tour

25151 Serrano Rd.

Lake Forest, CA 92630

ocparks.com/modjeskahouse/

Docent-led tour of the historic house and grounds. Tour runs 10:00am – 12:00pm. Cost is $5 per person. Advance reservations required, call (949) 923-2230. Directions provided with reservations.

Parent and Me Time

Shipley Nature Center

17851 Goldenwest St.

Huntington Beach, CA  92648

shipleynature.org/childrens-programs/

The Parent and Me program provides nature-related stories, crafts and stroll along the trails. Cost:  $3.00 Per Parent. No reservation required. Event runs 11:00am – 12:00pm.

Celebrate the seasons with your family at Shipley Nature Center. Discover nature’s changes as you walk through the habitats. A child’s trail guide is available for your use.

Winter rains sprout colorful mushrooms in secret places along the trails. The interesting shapes may inspire you to make a mushroom print at home. Buy a mushroom at the supermarket or find one in your backyard. Instructions to make a print are available to take home.

Spring days encourage new leaves and flowers on some of the trees. Look for the amazing yellow flowers on the Fremontia (Fremontodendron californicum, California Flannel Bush). How many different types of trees can you identify?

Summer is time for butterflies. Count how many Monarchs you see flying throughout the different habitats. Look for a caterpillar crawling on milkweed plants. You may find a jewelled chrysalis encasing a future Monarch.

Fall brings the spiders spinning webs from branch to branch. Watch out! You may walk into one. Can you spot a spider waiting for a tasty treat? How many webs do you see as you walk the trails?

Story Time and Songs

Granola Babies

3315 Hyland Avenue, Suite B

Costa Mesa, CA  92626

granolababies.com/products/baby-tales

Bring your little to enjoy songs and stories at Granola Babies. It’s on Wednesdays at 11:15am and it’s about 20 minutes long. Complimentary to attend and no registration is required. For questions, please call the store at 714-445-4948.

Breastfeeding Group

Granola Babies

3315 Hyland Avenue, Suite B

Costa Mesa, CA  92626

granolababies.com/collections/events/products/breastfeeding-support

The breastfeeding support group at Granola Babies is an inviting, friendly and welcoming group for mothers and mothers-to-be. It’s on Wednesdays at 1:00pm. Children are welcomed and there’s a comfortable sofa for nursing. You’ll receive both education and breastfeeding support for a successful breastfeeding relationship with your child. A new topic is discussed each week. Pre and post baby weigh check available to measure mild intake. The event is complimentary and starts at 1:00pm.For questions, please call the store at 714-445-4948.

Breastfeeding Support Group

Unfold Yoga OC Annex

504A S Brea Blvd.

Brea, CA 92821

unfoldyogaoc.com

This breastfeeding support group is for expectant, new, and veteran moms to share and learn in a supportive environment.  We will have lactation consultants and doulas on hand to help answer individual and group questions.  We encourage group discussion and help from experienced mothers as well. The group is offered as follows:

  • Daytime Meetings: Every 1st & 3rd Monday from 11:30am-1pm
  • Evening Meetings: Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday from 6:30pm-7:45pm

Cost: $10.

Tustin Concerts in the ParkDSB (Journey Tribute)

Peppertree Park

230 W First St.

Tustin, CA 92780

tustinca.org/departments/parksrec/events/flyers/ConcertsinthePark.pdf

Relax and enjoy the sounds of great music! Pack a picnic lunch or buy food from local non-profit vendors. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Don’t miss out on this free event, which runs 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

Seal Beach Summer Concerts in the ParkElm Street Band

Eisenhower Park

211 8th St.

Seal Beach, CA 90740

web.sealbeachchamber.org/events

The Chamber, along with individual band sponsors have made these events free to the public. The concerts will run every Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. starting July 1 through August 19 at Eisenhower Park next to the Seal Beach Pier. In order to ensure there is enough space for all residents to enjoy the concerts, please do not set unattended chairs or any other items to reserve spots until after 4 p.m. All chairs and items that are in the park before 4 p.m. must be accompanied at all times. If left unattended, your belongings will be picked up and held at the chamber booth for pickup and your space will be forfeited. Please contact the Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce at (562) 799-0179 for additional information.

Nature Nights – LAST WEEK

Oak Canyon Nature Center

6700 E Walnut Canyon Rd.

Anaheim, CA 92807

anaheim.net/title/Community+Services/Oak+Canyon+Nature+Center/

Come join us as we meet experts from a variety of natural fields. Each evening begins with a twilight walk at 7:00pm led by our staff naturalists, followed by a formal presentation at 7:30pm. Admission is free, but a $5.00 donation per family is suggested.

Brea Summer Concerts in the ParkCenterfold (Hits of the 80’s)

City Hall Park

401 S Brea Blvd.

Brea, CA 92821

cityofbrea.net/index.aspx?NID=448#Concerts%20in%20the%20Park

Each week a new group will take the outdoor gazebo stage in City Hall Park for free Wednesday evening performances beginning at 6:30 p.m. Featuring a different musical genre each week, this series invites audiences to relax and picnic on the lawn while the music plays. On-site sales of tri-tip sandwiches, cold drinks and snacks help support this program. Concerts will take place Wednesdays, July 8 through August 19 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Admission is free.

Buena Park Downtown ConcertsLuis Villegas (Latin Nuevo Fiamenco)

Buena Park Downtown Mall

8308 On The Mall

Buena Park, CA 90620

buenapark.com/Index.aspx?page=346

There’s more to do at the mall than shop! Each year, Buena Park Downtown hosts the Summer Concert Series in the Krikorian Courtyard. Enjoy live entertainment and interactive activities for the kids, as well. Buena Park Downtown is one of the City’s many community partners that make the concerts possible each year. Concert runs 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

Orange Concerts in the ParkThe Trip (Classic & Modern Rock)

Hart Park Band Shell

701 S Glassel

Orange, CA 92866

cityoforange.org/depts/commserv/special_events/concerts_in_the_park.asp

Pack your picnic baskets, relax, and enjoy fantastic free entertainment for all ages under the summer starry sky! Bring your blankets or low lawn chairs and get ready for a great time!

Food will be available for purchase courtesy of a local non-profit group and please leave pets at home. Alcohol is not permitted in the park. Performers subject to change. Concerts run 7:00pm – 8:30pm.

Perseids Meteor Shower – Hike & Stargaze

Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve

Augustine Staging Area

Irvine Ranch

letsgooutside.org/activities/2015/08/12/perseids-meteor-shower-hike-stargaze-6/

Gear up for this amazing star gazing night as we capture this summer’s meteor shower! Our evening will begin with a 1.5-mile hike along the paved Hicks Haul Road, which will warm us up in the cooling summer’s air; then we will stretch out under the stars to capture one of this season’s spectacular outer galactic shows! We will view the different stars, constellations and planets as we watch for meteors crossing the night sky. Free event runs 8:00pm – 11:00pm for ages 10 and up. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

Perseids Meteor Shower –Stargazing Only

Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve

Augustine Staging Area

Irvine Ranch

letsgooutside.org/activities/2015/08/12/perseids-meteor-shower-stargazing-2/

Gear up for this amazing star gazing night as we capture this summer’s meteor shower! Our evening will begin with a fun interactive intergalactic activity that will help us understand our solar system. Then, we will stretch out under the stars to capture one of this season’s spectacular outer galactic shows! We will view the different stars, constellations and tell stories of astronomy folklore as we watch for meteors crossing the night sky.

This program does not include hiking. Free event runs 8:00pm – 10:00pm for ages 6 and up. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

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