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Events Happening this week in Orange County: August 17th – August 23rd

Wednesday, August 19th

Midweek Nature Walk

Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park

Canyon View Park

22144 Canyon Vistas

Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Join us for a wonderful 4-mile hike in beautiful Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. Enjoy the site, sounds and scents of the coastal sage wildlife as we hike along Aliso Creek. Walk runs 9:00am – 11:00am. Led by an LCF volunteer naturalist & reader. Elevation gain 300 ft. on terrain that can be uneven and rocky. A hat, sunscreen, hiking shoes, water and snack are recommended. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Glenwood [turns into Pacific Park] and right on Canyon Vistas. Meet at the entrance to Canyon View Park). For questions call: 949-497-8324 M-F or 949-923-2200 Sat/Sun. Parking: Free. Register online.

Early Start: Harvest Wildflower Seed with Us at the Native Seed Farm

Native Seed Farm

Native Seed Farm Parking Area

Irvine Ranch

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 8:00am – 11:o0am for ages 8 and up. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

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.

Parent and Me Time

Shipley Nature Center

17851 Goldenwest St.

Huntington Beach, CA  92648

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. Today’s theme is Birds of a Feather.

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

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

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.

San Juan Summer Nite Concert SeriesPickleback Shine (Country)

Historic Town Center Park

31852 El Camino Real

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Enjoy free summer concerts in the park. Historic Town Center Park, located at 31852 El Camino Real in beautiful San Juan Capistrano is the site for the June 17 concert featuring live music, dancing, free activities for kids in the youth zone, a business expo with information booths and local restaurants where you can purchase great food fare. The San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce will offer beer and wine for purchase. Bring your lawn chair, blankets and enjoy an entertaining evening with your friends, family or neighbors. Event runs 6:00pm – 8:00pm and is free. Public parking is available as well as disabled parking adjacent the park. For more information call (949) 493-5911. Concert Schedule click here.

Seal Beach Summer Concerts in the ParkL.A.Vation (U2 Tribute)

Eisenhower Park

211 8th St.

Seal Beach, CA 90740

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.

Brea Summer Concerts in the ParkThe Wise Guys Big Band Machine (Big Band & Swing)

City Hall Park

401 S Brea Blvd.

Brea, CA 92821

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 ConcertsDesire (Tribute to U2)

Buena Park Downtown Mall

8308 On The Mall

Buena Park, CA 90620

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.

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