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Events Happening This Week in Orange County: July 20th – July 26th

Saturday, July 25th

Birding Hike in Limestone Canyon

Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve

Augustine Staging Area

Irvine Ranch

Join us in beautiful Limestone Canyon as we observe the many species of birds found in this canyon’s diverse habitats. Limestone 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. Event runs 8:00am – 11:00am for ages 12 and up. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

Cypress Festival

Oak Knoll Park

9600 Graham St.

Cypress, CA 90630

Cypress Community Center

5700 Orange Ave.

Cypress, CA 90630

The Cypress Community Festival is the largest one day event in Orange County, CA. A day long celebration of the City of Cypress that includes a Car Show/Chili Cook Off, Rides, Entertainment, Shopping and a whole lot more. Festival runs 9:00am – 5:00pm. See website for details and a schedule of events.

Beginning Archery Class

Mile Square Regional Park

16801 Euclid St.

Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Join Park Rangers and Volunteers for an introductory archery class at the brand new archery range at Mile Square Regional Park. This one hour long class will introduce participants to the basics of the exciting sport or archery. The class is free, parking is $5 per vehicle. Equipment is provided. Participants must be at least 12 years old. Pre-registration is required. To allow us to accommodate as many participants as possible please only sign up for one class per person. Register online.

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!

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.

Guided Interpretive Hike

Irvine Regional Park

1 Irvine Park Rd.

Orange, CA 92869

Join our naturalists on a nature walk and learn about the local plants, animals and history of Irvine Park. Light to moderate walking on both paved paths and trails. Hike runs 10:00am – 11:00am for all ages. Hike is free but parking is $5/vehicle. Meet at the Nature Center near the OC Zoo in parking lot #19.

Public Tour and Animal Feeding

Bolsa Chica Conservancy

3842 Warner Ave.

Huntington Beach, CA  92649

Public tour runs 10:00am – 12:00pm. Then join us for an animal feeding at 12:00pm. 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 Stay Cool Sun Visor.

Bagpiper John McLean Alla

Mission Viejo City Hall

Saddleback Room

200 Civic Center

Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Enjoy an interactive musical program that introduces the unique rhythm and sounds of Scotland’s most famous instrument, the bagpipes. Kids will clap along and learn traditional Scottish dances. For more information contact the Children’s Reference Desk at 949/830-7100, ext. 5107. Age 4 & older. FREE. Event begins at 2:00pm and repeats at 3:30pm.

Hawaiian Storytime

Once Upon a Storybook

17300 E 17th St. #C

Tustin, CA 92780

Enderle Center is hosting a fun, family Customer Appreciation Hawaiian Night (complete with food and Hawaiian hula lessons!), and to get you into the mood, we’re having a Hawaiian Storytime, complete with craft! We’ll read some funny and beautiful Hawaiian-centered stories and make a lei. Enderle’s event is free; ours is $5/child. Please let us know you are coming to this fun event for the whole family! Aloha! Event runs 5:30pm – 6:30pm.

Family Hike – Agua Chinon

Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve

Portola – Agua Chinon Staging Area

Irvine Ranch

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 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. Event runs 6:00pm – 8:00pm for ages 8 and up. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

Yorba Linda Family Movies in the ParkPlanes: Fire and Rescue

Eastside Community Park Picnic Shelter Area

5400 Eastside Circle

Yorba Linda, CA 92887

Bring a blanket or low lawn chair and enjoy a showing of PLANES:FIRE AND RESCUE (PG) at Eastside Community Park on a warm summer evening.

La Palma Concerts in the ParkThe Neil Deal (Tribute to Neil Young & Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young)

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.

Los Alamitos Music & Movies Event SeriesFrozen and Southland Mega Groove

Laurel Park

10862 Bloomfield

Los Alamitos, CA 90720

The City of Los Alamitos Recreation & Community Services Department is proud to present the summer Music and Movies Event Series, presented by the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Commission. Enjoy four different Saturday nights of live music and an outdoor movie that is free to the community. Bring your neighbors, dust off the lawn chairs, and join the community for a night under the stars!  Live music from bands and local groups will entertain all generations from 6:30pm to 8:00pm with the movie to follow, beginning at dusk.  Each event will include raffle prizes, children activities, and food or refreshments for sale.  There will also be Food Trucks so be sure to come hungry! For additional information, please contact the Los Alamitos Recreation & Community Services Department at (562) 430-1073. For this event, wear bathing suits and bring inflatables.

July Bat Walk

The Richard and Donna O’Neill Conservancy

The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo

28811 Ortega Hwy.

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Bats are one of the many mysteries of nature.  What kinds of bats live in Orange County? Take an evening walk with bat biologist Stephanie Remington to find out! Ms. Remington has surveyed Orange County bats in habitats ranging from suburban neighborhoods to the local wildlands. You will experience “bat detectors” which convert ultrasonic bat sounds to frequencies audible to humans, as you learn more about the natural history of local bats. Event is for ages 10 and up and runs 6:45am – 8:45pm. Register online. Fee is $10 Adult and $5 Child.

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