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

Thursday, August 13th

Wee Wonder Walks: Summer Snakes

Quail Hill

Quail Hill Trailhead

Irvine Ranch

Verdi is a fun loving snake who is afraid to grow up and lose his sporty snake spots. Will he stop his silly antics and act like a mature snake? Find out what Verdi will do during this fun storytelling program. After the tale, create your own Verdi snake to take home! This program is perfect for wee little ones, 2 – 6 years of age. We will spend the first half of the time enjoying our program’s topic, possibly making a craft or listening to a story, and then we will explore the trails on an easy paced walk, suitable for off-road strollers and carrying packs. Parent or guardian must register and attend along with their child. Free event runs 10:00am – 11:00am for ages 2 and up. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

Bayside Buddies

Peter & Mary Muth Center

Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve

2301 University Dr.

Newport Beach, CA 92660

Bayside Buddies is OC Parks new summer program for school age kids offered on selected Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ages 4-10)! This is a parent and child hike with activities and games along the way, and ending with a craft in the cool classroom. Come learn about the different habitats of Upper Newport Bay, who lives here and why the Bay is important. Come prepared for exciting experiences! $5.00 per child and pre-registration is required. For additional information, or to make a reservation, please call Leslie Tobin at (949) 923-2275 or [email protected].

Land of Nod Storytime

Land of Nod

3333 Bear St.

Bridge Level, Space #344

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Join us every Thursday for Storytime at 11:00am. We’ll be reading some of our favorite classics for you and your little ones to enjoy.

Slow-Paced Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Irvine Open Space Preserve

Hicks Haul Road – Jeffrey

Irvine Ranch

Enjoy an evening fitness hike through stunning rock formations and fragrant native plants as you listen to the sounds of nature. This hike is done at your own pace as a walk, jog, or run (speed range typically 2.5 to 3.5 mph), so is suitable for beginners who are just starting their fitness program as well as more experienced hikers who are looking for a workout. This out-and-back program travels the 3.5 mile route to scenic Loma Ridge (450′ elevation gain) and back down, with most participants completing the route in about 1.5 hours. The hike is family-friendly, but children must be closely supervised by an adult and able to hike with the group, or be safely carried by a strong adult or secured in a jogging stroller. This free hike runs 6:00pm – 8:00pm for ages 12 and up. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

Fullerton Downtown Farmers’ Market

Located in the Downtown Plaza on Wilshire Avenue, between Harbor Boulevard and Pomona Avenue, adjacent to the Fullerton Museum Center.

Fullerton Market offers farm-fresh produce, flowers, fresh-baked breads, live entertainment, outdoor beer garden, arts and crafts, and activities for children. In addition to the traditional favorites, new vendors will be added each week. The market runs 4:00pm – 8:30pm, April 2 – October 29, 2015.

Admission to the market is free. There are kids’ activities, live entertainment, an outdoor beer garden, arts and crafts, produce vendors and more! Visitors to Fullerton Market will also be able to tour the award-winning Fullerton Museum Center, which offers a special reduced admission rate of $2 per person from 4 to 8 p.m. on market days the first Thursday of every month.

Parking for Fullerton Market may be found in any of the free downtown lots, or in the parking structures at Wilshire (enter from Harbor); Lemon Street and Chapman Avenue; and in the Transportation Center on Pomona and Santa Fe Avenue. Musical Entertainment starts at 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. each night. See website for band line-up.

Explore the Skies above Shipley and Dulcimer Music

Shipley Nature Center

17851 Goldenwest St.

Huntington Beach, CA  92648

The Southern California Dulcimer Heritage will “jam” in the amphitheater.  The Dulcimer is a musical instrument with a sounding board with strings of graduated length played by being struck with handheld hammers.  Come see and hear this unique sound while enjoying the cool breezes. Concert runs 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

Join us as we are visited by the Orange County Astronomers who will help us explore nearby planets and star systems light years away!  Our evening hours will be extended to allow for this not to be missed event which runs 8:45pm – 10:00pm.

Fountain Valley Movies in the ParkHow to Train Your Dragon

Green Valley Park

17250 Los Jardines West

Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Activities begin at 6:00pm. Costume Contest: Dress up like your favorite character from the movie for a chance to win a bike! Food trucks attending: “The Burnt Truck” and “Bacon Mania.” Parking and admission is completely free.

Garden Grove Summer Concert SeriesStone Soul (Motown)

Eastgate Park

12001 St. Mark St.

Garden Grove, CA 92845

Concertgoers can enjoy the sights and sounds of evening concerts in the park brought to you by the Garden Grove Community Foundation. No EZ-Ups or golf carts, please. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Concert runs 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Voice of Garden Grove contest starts at 5:30pm.

OC Parks Summer Concert SeriesVenice (Indie Rock) and Quinn Archer (Soul)

Irvine Regional Park

1 Irvine Park Rd.

Orange, CA 92869

OC Parks welcomes back its annual outdoor summer concert series. Six free concerts at Salt Creek Beach, Mason Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park and Craig Regional Park will present Southern California artists performing live under the summer sky June through August. Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point will kick off this year’s free summer concert series. Thursday, July 23 welcomes U2 replica The Joshua Tree performing with the progressive and classic rock tunes of Zach Churchill.

All concerts are from 6 to 8 p.m., free and open to the public of all ages. Bring your family and enjoy live music under the stars with OC Parks this summer. Event: Free. Parking: Free.

Westminster Summer ConcertsNicholson Pipes & Drums Community Concert

Civic Center Sunken Gardens

8200 Westminster Blvd.

Westminster, CA 92683

On Thursday nights in the summer the Civic Center Sunken Gardens is the place to be. The community can enjoy a variety of free concerts beginning July 16th through August 13th from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. and be entertained by swing, rhythm & blues, rock-n-roll, country, and Westminster’s own Nicholson Pipes & Drums. Concertgoers may bring a picnic dinner or enjoy the delicious food items available through non-profit organizations.

Placentia Concerts in the ParkBJ Smith (R&B, Soul)

Tri-City Park

2301 N Kraemer Blvd.

Placentia, CA 92870

Free concerts presented by the City of Placentia Cultural Arts Commission. Non profit food vendors will be selling refreshments and dinner option at each concert. Inclement weather will cancel event. Concert begins at 4:00pm.

Tustin Movies in the ParkPaddington

Peppertree Park

230 W First St.

Tustin, CA 92780

Pack up your lounge chairs, blankets, and spend a night under the stars with family and friends! Movies start at dusk (between 7:50 and 8:10pm). Activities 5:30pm – 7:30pm.

Once Upon a Storybook Milk & Cookies Storytime

Once Upon a Storybook

17300 E 17th St. #C

Tustin, CA 92780

Hear some quiet stories to relax you after a busy day.  Milk & cookies provided (if your child has food sensitivities, please bring an appropriate snack.)  Great for ages 3-8. Storytime is every Thursday at 7:00pm.

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