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

Saturday, August 15th

Wilderness Access Day: Bommer Canyon

Bommer Canyon

Bommer Canyon Cattle Camp

Irvine Ranch

Enjoy self-guided access in the southern portion of Irvine’s Open Space Preserve. The entire southern Open Space Preserve trail network will be open for self-guided hiking and biking from 8 am to 2 pm. This includes the single-tracks in Shady Canyon and Bommer Canyon that are reserved for guided activities only. Registration is not required for this event. The Bommer Canyon Cattle Camp will be available for parking, but please take note that your vehicle must be removed from the Cattle Camp area by 2 pm.

Introduction to Walking and Hiking in the Outdoors

Bommer Canyon

Bommer Canyon Cattle Camp

Irvine Ranch

Are you a beginner hiker looking for a few tips and tricks to improve your experience and quell some fears of heading out on the trails? If so, come out to our clinic. Topics include proper preparation, equipment, clothing, packs, shoes, and day hiking gadgetry. This course is introductory and will focus on trail safety, etiquette, and basic hiking principles.

The program is conducted in a seminar/discussion format during the concurrent Wilderness Access Day. Bring a camp chair, drink and snacks for the presentation and bring your hiking gear to test your new knowledge out on the trails of the Irvine Open Space Preserve. The trails will be available for self-guided access until 2pm. Free event runs 9:00am – 11:00am for ages 8 and up. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

Big Canyon Nature Walk

Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve

Big Canyon Parking Lot

Newport Beach, CA 92660

Expert Newport Bay Conservancy Naturalists conduct highly informative themed plant and bird programs at Big Canyon from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM on the 3rd Saturday of the month.  These interpretive programs, which involve a short walk in an area where several habitats meet, provide a great introduction for those interested in identifying the birds and plants they see at the Bay. If a particular theme is not stated, the Naturalist will discuss items of special interest encountered by the group along the way, such as a bird in breeding plumage or a rare plant that is flowering at the time. This is a “serendipity” walk. Bring binoculars if you have them. There is no charge for the program, but reservations are requested. Please call 949-923-2269 for more information and to RSVP.

Huck Finn Fishing Derby

Huntington Beach Pier

1 Main St.

Huntington Beach, CA 92648

This is a Free Event! The Community Services Department and Let’s Go Fishing at the Huntington Beach pier will host the annual Huck Finn Fishing Derby on the Huntington Beach Pier. Children ages 4 through 15 are invited to experience the fun of recreational fishing off the Huntington Beach pier with prizes given to both the largest and smallest fish caught. The Huck Finn fishing derby begins at 9:15 am and will conclude at noon; check in begins at 8:00 am. Bait will be provided to registered participants as well as a limited amount of loaner rods offered by CA Fish and Wildlife.

Dana Point History Tour

Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center

34558 Scenic Dr.

Dana Point, CA 92629

This walk explores the history of the area and is approximately 2 hours. History Tours occur on the third Saturday of each month and have rotating themes. It is a docent led tour that covers approximately 1.5 miles in distance. Walk runs 9:00am – 11:30am. This walk requires RSVP to either [email protected] or (949) 248-3527, and has a maximum capacity of 10 individuals. Please call the Nature Interpretive Center at (949) 248-3527 for more information.

Drop in and Draw

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

3321 Hyland Ave.

Costa Mesa, CA 92262

Held most Saturdays from 9:30am – 12:30pm. It’s a great place to express yourself creatively. Good for children of all ages (must be accompanied by an adult.) Free, but a nominal donation is suggested to help cover the costs of materials. Join us and let you and your children’s inner Picassos shine!

OC Model Engineers Free Public Rides

Orange County Model Engineers

Goat Hill Junction Railroad

2500 Placentia Ave.

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Public ride days are conducted on the third Saturday and following Sunday of each month from 10:00am – 3:30pm. The club has a variety of engines and riding cars.  Trains on public ride days are made up of 4 to 6 bench cars that seat 5 to 6 adults and children.  Children need to be old enough to walk (note we may have a height of 34″ requirement). Rides are free; however, donations are welcome and help keep the trains running.

Family Workshop at Coastkeeper Garden

Santiago Canyon College

8045 E Chapman Ave.

Orange, CA 92869

The 2.5 acre Coastkeeper Garden is located at Santiago Canyon College in the City of Orange. This unique, sustainable garden hosts plants from six southern California native habitats as well as drought-tolerant plants. The Master Plan incorporates six California Friendly ® vignettes (garden rooms) into “backyard” landscapes that harmonize with the native plant habitat throughout the Garden. We are open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Tuesday through Saturday. (The entrance is on East Santiago Canyon Road between Newport Ave and Jamboree). Free parking available in a dirt lot off E. Santiago Canyon Rd.

The Coastkeeper Natural Play Garden is an area within the Coastkeeper Garden where children can enjoy nature in a controlled setting through fun and exploration. The Natural Play Garden includes:

  • Tree stump paths to navigate
  • A deer grass maze for hiding
  • Willow tree tunnels and paths
  • Rocky hill for climbing and navigating
  • Large tunnel built into a hillside
  • Sitting areas for parents

Families are invited to visit the Coastkeeper Garden on the third Saturday of each month.  Workshop begins at 10:00am. Families will explore the Garden together while discovering the diversity and importance of plants and nature.  Workshops are designed to spark creativity and learning and offer families a hands-on opportunity to experience the natural world.  Each Family Workshop focuses on a creative theme and features activities, songs, stories and a whole lot of fun! RSVP for our workshops by emailing [email protected] or by visiting the Coastkeeper Calendar page. Workshops are subject to cancellation due to poor weather.

Modjeska House Tour

25151 Serrano Rd.

Lake Forest, CA 92630

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.

Animal Feeding

Bolsa Chica Conservancy

3842 Warner Ave.

Huntington Beach, CA  92649

Come join us to learn more about the animals at our interpretive center! During the feeding, we will cover feeding habits and general biology and anatomy of our reptiles and marine animals! *Please note: snake feedings involve live mice.* Feeding is free and runs 12:oopm – 1:00pm. Animal feedings open to the public occur EVERY Saturday.

Lakeshore Learning Free Craft Clinic

Your closest Lakeshore Location

Children are invited to your closest Lakeshore Learning Store for a free craft clinic from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Lakeshore will provide all the supplies. For ages 3 and up. Today’s craft is Summer Breeze Wind Chime.

Once Upon a Storybook Bilingual Storytime

Once Upon a Storybook

17300 E 17th St. #C

Tustin, CA 92780

We are so excited to offer our first ever bilingual storytime! The makers of Lil’ Libros will be here to read stories in English & Spanish from their series! If you want your kids to be introduced to a second language, this is a great opportunity to hear stories in Spanish and also in English. We’ll sing some Spanish and French songs, too! I am so excited about this storytime!!! Please let us know if you plan to come. Storytime runs 11:00am – 12:00pm.

Cypress Concerts on the GreenDean Colley (Neil Diamond Tribute)

Cypress Civic Center Green

5275 Orange Ave.

Cypress, CA 90630

Presented by the Cypress Recreation & Community Services Department. All concerts are free. Festival seating, picnics and lawn chairs are encouraged. Light refreshments are available for purchase. Arts and Crafts will be available for children starting at 5:30pm. Alcohol and smoking of any kind are prohibited. Concerts begin at 6:00 p.m.

La Palma Concerts in the ParkStone Soul (Motown)

Central Park Amphitheater

7821 Walker St.

La Palma, CA 90623

The City of La Palma and the Community Activities and Beautification Committee proudly presents Concerts in the Park. This summer series of musical concerts and fun invites you to gather family and friends, bring a picnic, relax, and enjoy the music. Concert runs 6:30pm – 8:00pm.

Lake Forest Movies in the ParkA Bug’s Life

Mountain View Park

4061 Dylan

Lake Forest, CA 92630

Bring your friends, family and a blanket for free movies and fun under the stars! The 2015 movie series will begin with a screening of the “Muppets Most Wanted.” We build up to the “Lego Movie,” then go back to school with “Monsters University.” Next, we will discover what “A Bug’s Life” is really all about. Last but not least, we will make friends with our favorite robot, Baymax, in the movie “Big Hero 6.” Fee: Free! (Snacks will be available for nominal fee). Event runs 7:30pm – 9:30pm.

Family Hike – Black Star Canyon

Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park

Black Star Staging Area

Irvine Ranch

Enjoy an early evening family hike in Black Star Canyon, part of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. We will hike along a flat trail and cross a creek as we watch for red-tailed hawks and mule deer. The hike will average 2-3 miles round trip at an easy pace with a medium level of interpretation. This program is for participants who would enjoy a slower-paced and level hike. Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes, and bring water for the hike. Be ready to enjoy the sounds and smells of early evening. Free event runs 6:00pm – 8:00pm for ages 8 and up. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

Astronomy Program

Caspers Wilderness Park

33401 Ortega Hwy.

San Juan Capistrano, CA  92675

Come for a grand tour of the universe! Join Allan and other amateur astronomers and have a look in the telescopes to see the Moon, Mercury and Saturn. Take a guided tour of the constellations and learn the myths and facts about the cosmos. Observe the wonders of the night sky including nebulas, galaxies, star clusters and double stars. Event runs 7:00pm – 10:00pm and is free. Parking- $5.00 per vehicle. Note: held only on evenings with clear skies (good weather). Call the Park at (949) 923-2210 for weather/sky updates or additional information.

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