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

Saturday, August 22nd

Birding Hike in Weir Canyon

Weir Canyon Nature Preserve

Lot 3 – Irvine Regional Park

Irvine Ranch

letsgooutside.org/activities/2015/08/22/birding-hike-weir-canyon-2/

Join us in beautiful Weir Canyon as we observe the many species of birds found in this canyon’s diverse habitats. Weir Canyon Nature Preserve is home to red-tailed hawk, turkey vulture, white-tailed kite, scrub jay, acorn woodpecker, California towhee and many others. Discover why their home is a protected wilderness area. Remember to wear sunscreen, bring plenty of water, and bring your binoculars. Spare binoculars are available. Free event runs 8:00am – 11:00am for ages 12 and up. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

Beginner Animal Tracking

Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve

Lot 15 – Irvine Regional Park

Irvine

letsgooutside.org/activities/2015/08/22/animal-tracking-3/

Come search for evidence that animals leave behind in Fremont Canyon. Mule deer, bobcat, coyote and even mountain lion call this hidden canyon home. Gain the basic tracking techniques as we search for evidence such as tracks, fur, bones, homes and even scat. You never know what you may find! Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you do not mind getting a little dusty. This program is focused for older children and adults. Free event runs 8:00am – 11:00am for ages 12 and up. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

Harvest Wildflower Seed with Us at the Native Seed Farm

Native Seed Farm

Native Seed Farm Parking Area

Irvine Ranch

letsgooutside.org/activities/2015/08/22/harvest-wildflower-seed-us-native-seed-farm-4-2015-08-22/

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.

Drop in and Draw

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

3321 Hyland Ave.

Costa Mesa, CA 92262

chuckjonescenter.org

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!

Create Back to School Crafts with Land of Nod

Land of Nod

3333 Bear St.

Bridge Level, Space #344

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

landofnod.com/Stores/south-coast-plaza/str158

Join us for free crafting, hosted by our friends at Hatched Baby, a hip, kids and baby clothing retailer for modern families. We’ll be decorating pencils with pinwheel toppers for kids. Plus, they’re hosting a pop-up shop. Event runs 10:00am – 12:00pm. Space is limited, so RSVP to [email protected].com.

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.

Animal Feeding

Bolsa Chica Conservancy

3842 Warner Ave.

Huntington Beach, CA  92649

bolsachica.org/events

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

lakeshorelearning.com

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 Animal Antics! Paper Pal.

Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo

Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park

30753 La Pata Rd.

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

rmvrodeo.com

The Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo is good old entertainment for the entire family, not to mention the richest 2-day rodeo in the nation with a purse totaling over $250,000. The top 30 rodeo contestants in saddle bronc and bareback riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, bull riding and team roping will come to San Juan Capistrano for this chance of a lifetime.

Celebrating the golden age of early California history and the American West, Rancho Mission Viejo has committed to the preservation of the cowboy way of life. Carrying on the cowboy tradition of “passing the hat” in support of a sick child or needy friend, all proceeds from the rodeo will benefit local charities.

Rodeo begins Saturday at 4:00pm (gates open at 1:00pm) and at 1:30pm on Sunday (gates open at 10:30am). See website for details and a schedule of events. Admission is $30 adults and $10 children 4-12. Parking is $5 cash only. Parking is limited so be sure to arrive early!

Family Hike – Agua Chinon

Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve

Portola – Agua Chinon Staging Area

Irvine Ranch

letsgooutside.org/activities/2015/08/22/family-hike-agua-chinon-14/

Enjoy an early evening family hike in Agua Chinon, part of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. We hike a gradual climb of 500 ft elevation of  as we watch for red-tailed hawks and mule deer. The hike will average 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 gradual climb hike. Hikers should be in good health able to do a beginning hike over a variety of terrains. 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.

Aliso Viejo Summer Concert SeriesFlashback Heart Attack (80s)

Grand Park/Town Center Amphitheater

26703 Aliso Creek Rd.

Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

avca.net/events.php

Join Aliso Viejo Community Association from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at Grand Park for a live concert. For those of you who come to the park early, blankets and chairs are allowed. No roping off, no caution tape, no tarps are allowed. All tarps will be removed by AVCA due to the damage they cause to the grass. AVCA is not responsible for any unattended items.

Cypress Concerts on the GreenThe Wise Guys (Big Band)

Cypress Civic Center Green

5275 Orange Ave.

Cypress, CA 90630

ci.cypress.ca.us/whats_news/15_concerts.htm

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.

Lake Forest Movies in the ParkBig Hero 6

Pittsford Park

21701 Pittsford Dr.

Lake Forest, CA 92630

ca-lakeforest.civicplus.com

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.

Yorba Linda Family Movies in the ParkBig Hero 6

Hurless Barton Park Amphithater

4601 Casa Loma Ave.

Yorba Linda, CA

ci.yorba-linda.ca.us

Movies start at 7:45 pm. Seating will be available on the grass, so bring a blanket or low lawn chair. If you choose to bring a chair, please sit in the back or on the side, so as not to block the view of others. For the comfort of the audience, dogs are not recommended.

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