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

Sunday, August 16th

Introduction to Mountain Biking

Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park

Aliso and Wood Canyons Ranger Headquarters

28373 Alicia Pkwy.

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Join LCF volunteer Mountain Bike Trail Assistants on this beautiful 8-mile bike ride (400-ft. elevation gain) on uneven terrain. Learn mountain biking basics and trail etiquette while enjoying the canyon views. Please come prepared with a bike suitable for off-pavement riding, sturdy shoes, helmet, gloves, water and snack. Event runs 8:00am – 10:00am. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Parkway (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, left into parking lot). For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri or 949-923-2200 Sat/Sun. Parking: $3/vehicle. Register online.

Birding Walk at Willow

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Willow Staging Area

Laguna Canyon Rd.

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC Parks. Spot native and summer resident birds, with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this moderate 2-mile, hike over uneven terrain through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States. Walk runs 8:00am – 11:00am. Ages 12 and up. Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars! Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, just south of El Toro Road). Online reservations required: For questions call: 949-497-8324. Parking: $3. Register online.

Ranger Led Nature Hike

Caspers Wilderness Park

33401 Ortega Hwy.

San Juan Capistrano, CA  92675

Join our Park Rangers Sunday mornings for an easy 1-mile hike on the Nature Trail. Hike runs 8:00am – 9:00am. The trail takes visitors through grassland, oak woodland, riparian and sandy cactus scrub communities. Meet at Old Corral Day Use area. Rain will cancel hike.

  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • Wear comfortable clothing, hiking shoes.
  • Sunscreen, water and insect repellent are recommended.

For additional information, please call the park at (949) 923-2210.

Morning Walk Around the Lake

Laguna Niguel Regional Park

28241 La Paz Rd.

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Come enjoy a wonderful morning walk around the lake and learn about the native plants and critters in the park. This is an easy 2.5 mile walk (both paved and dirt trail) with no elevation gain. Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation Volunteer Naturalists. Ages 8 & up welcome. Dogs on leashes welcome. Laguna Niguel Regional Park, 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel (meet at parking lot closest to Shelter 3). Walk runs 9:00am – 11:00am. For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri or 949-923-2240 Sat/Sun. Parking: $5/vehicle. Register online.

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.

Back Bay Science Center (BBSC) Community Day

Back Bay Science Center

600 Shellmaker Rd.

Newport Beach, CA 92660

Come explore the buildings and surroundings of the BBSC!   Event occurs every Sunday and runs 10:00am – 2:00pm. Talk to the City of Newport Beach staff and volunteers about ongoing research, education, & restoration projects. Get your fingers wet in our tide pool touch tank, tour the teaching lab and aquarium tanks, and do some bird watching. The Science Center is located just off of Back Bay Drive on Shellmaker Island (600 Shellmaker Rd). This program is free and no reservations are required.

Free Kids Fishing Clinic

Dana Wharf

34675 Golden Lantern St.

Dana Point, CA 92629

Every Sunday! 12:00pm – 2:30pm. Free clinic held dockside. No reservations needed.

Every Sunday! 12:45pm – 5:15pm.
Free fishing trip. Rental gear included. Reservations required as space is limited. One free child per paying adult.

Kids’ Art Studio

Laguna Art Museum

307 Cliff Dr.

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Kids’ Art Studio is a new hands-on art-making program offered by Laguna Art Museum. It takes place on a drop-in basis on the third Sunday of every month between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. Children and their families create a piece of art, from start to finish, inspired by one of the exhibitions on view in the museum. Art projects are designed for all ages and are presented by members of the Laguna Art Museum Arts Council. Program is free for children and accompanying adults. Reservations are not required. For questions or more information, please contact Curator of Education Marinta Skupin at 949.494.8971 x201.

Dana Point Summer Concert SeriesThe Kelly Fitzgerald Band (Folk/Blues/Rock)) and Gino Walker & The Gang with Special Appearance by Derek Bordeaux and Vivian Ross (Funk & Soul Celebration)

Heritage Park

34400 Old Golden Lantern

Dana Point, CA 92629

Free outdoor concerts sponsored by the City of Dana Point. Bring your own blankets and chairs. Beer, wine, soft drinks, water & food will be available from various vendors. Concert runs 2:30pm – 6:00pm. Free Shuttle Bus service from Dana Hills High School to all of the concerts at Sea Terrace Park.  Shuttle runs from 2:30pm – 6:00pm. You can also take the PCH Trolley from other areas of Dana Point to the concerts!  For more information on this service click here.

Santa Ana Concert in the ParkJames Intveld

Fairhaven Memorial Park & Mortuary

1702 Fairhaven Ave.

Santa Ana, CA 92705

Bring your family and friends along with chairs and your dancing shoes on Sunday, August 16 at 4:00 pm to enjoy a Concert in the Park with James Intveld. Hot Rods & Classic Cars will be on display beginning at 3:00 for our 2nd annual Classic Car Show!

Huntington Beach Concert Band Summer SeriesCovina Concert Band and Huntington Beach Concert Band

Huntington Beach Central Park

18000 Goldenrod St.

Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Americana, Broadway show tunes, marches, and more. 100+ performers!

Bring out your lawn chairs and blankets! The HB Concert Band Summer Series is an eleven-week series featuring a variety of performance groups and music, such as community bands, Latin bands, and swinging Big Bands. The 2015 Summer Series runs June 28 – September 6, 2015. Performances begin at 5:00pm and are free.

Laguna Beach Music in the ParkUpstream (Calypso)

Bluebird Park

798 Blue Bird Canyon Dr.

Laguna Beach, CA   92651

Live music performance every Sunday evening in a beautiful park setting. Bring a picnic and a low backed chair.

Irvine Sizzlin’ Summer ConcertsBella Donna (Tribute to Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks)

Mike Ward Community Park

20 Lake Rd.

Irvine, CA 92604

Grab your lawn chairs, picnic baskets and dancing shoes for an evening of music in the park. A children’s play area will be available. Gourmet food trucks will be onsite with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee and other Irvine nonprofit organizations. Event runs 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Things to bring: chairs, blankets, sweatshirts, picnics or plan on enjoying a specialty item from one of the gourmet food trucks. Long pants, closed toed shoes and layered clothing are strongly recommended.

Yorba Linda Concerts in the ParkBritain’s Finest (Beatles Tribute)

Hurless Barton Park

4601 Casa Loma Ave.

Yorba Linda, CA

Bring your own picnic dinner – food will also be available from Center Catering at the Yorba Linda Community Center. Seating is available in the amphitheater grass areas at the park (chairs and blankets recommended). Dogs are not recommended due to safety issues and the comfort of others in attendance. Riding skateboards, bikes, roller blades, and scooters throughout the park during the concert is prohibited. Alcohol is not allowed in the park. Concerts run 5:45pm – 7:15pm.

Familiar al Canon/Family Hike to the Canyon

Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve

Hicks Haul Road – Jeffrey

Irvine Ranch

Come and enjoy an easy stroll on Hicks Haul Road. We will hike a paved road as we watch for soaring hawks, Turkey Vultures, curious coyotes, and flickering bats. You and your family will also learn about native plants, and their uses by local native people. The hike will average 2 miles round trip at an easy pace with a medium level of interpretation presented both in English and in Spanish. Please wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes, and bring water for the hike.

Disfrute un atardecer con su familia en una caminata de camino pavimentado de dos millas ida y vuelta en Hicks Haul Road. Observe atentamente como los halcones se remontan a las alturas, curiosos coyotes, y murciélagos que pasan por arriba. Iremos con paso lento mientras un guía naturalista nos explica los más sobresaliente detalles del paseo. Este paseo está diseñado en inglés y español para que las personas disfruten de las bellezas del cañón. Por favor use ropa y zapatos cómodos y lleve su botella de agua.

Free hike runs 6:00pm – 7:30pm for all ages. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

Starry, Starry Night

Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park

Black Star Staging Area

Irvine Ranch

Come join us for an interactive evening under the stars.  Immerse yourself in a scaled down version of our solar system.  Test your imagination in naming the constellations.  Reenact the struggle between Orion and the Scorpion.  The hike will average 2-3 miles round trip at an easy pace with a high level of interpretation. This program is for participants who would like a slower paced hike. Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes and bring water for the hike. Free event runs 7:00pm – 9:00pm for ages 6 and up. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.




Reminder – Always call or check the website to confirm time and place — and to ensure these events are not cancelled due to rain or some other circumstance.  

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