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Events Happening This Week in Orange County: July 27th – August 2nd

Thursday, July 30th

Bayside Buddies

Peter & Mary Muth Center

Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve

2301 University Dr.

Newport Beach, CA 92660

Bayside Buddies is OC Parks new summer program for school age kids offered on selected Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ages 4-10)! This is a parent and child hike with activities and games along the way, and ending with a craft in the cool classroom. Come learn about the different habitats of Upper Newport Bay, who lives here and why the Bay is important. Come prepared for exciting experiences! $5.00 per child and pre-registration is required. For additional information, or to make a reservation, please call Leslie Tobin at (949) 923-2275 or [email protected].

Slow-Paced Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Irvine Open Space Preserve

Hicks Haul Road – Jeffrey

Irvine Ranch

Enjoy an evening fitness hike through stunning rock formations and fragrant native plants as you listen to the sounds of nature. This hike is done at your own pace as a walk, jog, or run (speed range typically 2.5 to 3.5 mph), so is suitable for beginners who are just starting their fitness program as well as more experienced hikers who are looking for a workout. This out-and-back program travels the 3.5 mile route to scenic Loma Ridge (450′ elevation gain) and back down, with most participants completing the route in about 1.5 hours. The hike is family-friendly, but children must be closely supervised by an adult and able to hike with the group, or be safely carried by a strong adult or secured in a jogging stroller. This free hike runs 6:00pm – 8:00pm for ages 12 and up. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

Fullerton Downtown Farmers’ Market

Located in the Downtown Plaza on Wilshire Avenue, between Harbor Boulevard and Pomona Avenue, adjacent to the Fullerton Museum Center.

Fullerton Market offers farm-fresh produce, flowers, fresh-baked breads, live entertainment, outdoor beer garden, arts and crafts, and activities for children. In addition to the traditional favorites, new vendors will be added each week. The market runs 4:00pm – 8:30pm, April 2 – October 29, 2015.

Admission to the market is free. There are kids’ activities, live entertainment, an outdoor beer garden, arts and crafts, produce vendors and more! Visitors to Fullerton Market will also be able to tour the award-winning Fullerton Museum Center, which offers a special reduced admission rate of $2 per person from 4 to 8 p.m. on market days the first Thursday of every month.

Parking for Fullerton Market may be found in any of the free downtown lots, or in the parking structures at Wilshire (enter from Harbor); Lemon Street and Chapman Avenue; and in the Transportation Center on Pomona and Santa Fe Avenue. Musical Entertainment starts at 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. each night. See website for band line-up.

The Real World of Bats

Shipley Nature Center

17851 Goldenwest St.

Huntington Beach, CA  92648

Steve (the Batman) Norton, is a wildlife biologist with extensive knowledge of bats.  He will give us a fascinating look at different varieties of bats that can found in our area; where they live, what they eat, and what they look like!  For extra fun, kids can wear their batman costumes or pajamas, masks, capes, etc! Event runs 6:00pm – 7:00pm.

Fountain Valley Concerts in the ParkDesperado (Eagles Tribute)

Fountain Valley Recreation Center

16400 Brookhurst St.

Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Fountain Valley Live Summer Concert Series takes place every Thursday night from July 2nd to July 30th. Concerts are free and are from 5-8 pm at the Fountain Valley Recreation Center & Sports Park, 16400 Brookhurst Street. Attendants should bring picnic blankets and chairs to each event. The event is a fun picnic-style concert for families with their kids. Parking and admission is completely free. Event runs 5:00pm – 8:00pm.

Garden Grove Summer Concert SeriesGrilled Cheese Sandwich (90’s to Current)

Eastgate Park

12001 St. Mark St.

Garden Grove, CA 92845

Concertgoers can enjoy the sights and sounds of evening concerts in the park brought to you by the Garden Grove Community Foundation. No EZ-Ups or golf carts, please. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Concert runs 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Voice of Garden Grove contest starts at 5:30pm.

OC Parks Summer Concert SeriesTom Freund (Folk) and Downtown Country Club (Country)

Mason Regional Park

18712 University Dr.

Irvine, CA 92612

OC Parks welcomes back its annual outdoor summer concert series. Six free concerts at Salt Creek Beach, Mason Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park and Craig Regional Park will present Southern California artists performing live under the summer sky June through August. Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point will kick off this year’s free summer concert series. Thursday, July 23 welcomes U2 replica The Joshua Tree performing with the progressive and classic rock tunes of Zach Churchill.

All concerts are from 6 to 8 p.m., free and open to the public of all ages. Bring your family and enjoy live music under the stars with OC Parks this summer. Event: Free. Parking: Free.

Westminster Summer ConcertsThe Smokin’ Cobras (Classic Rock)

Civic Center Sunken Gardens

8200 Westminster Blvd.

Westminster, CA 92683

On Thursday nights in the summer the Civic Center Sunken Gardens is the place to be. The community can enjoy a variety of free concerts beginning July 16th through August 13th from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. and be entertained by swing, rhythm & blues, rock-n-roll, country, and Westminster’s own Nicholson Pipes & Drums. Concertgoers may bring a picnic dinner or enjoy the delicious food items available through non-profit organizations.

Anaheim Concerts in the CanyonPowerhouse (Top 40)

Ronald Reagan Park

945 S Weir Canyon Rd.

Anaheim, CA 92808

All concerts are free! Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Gourmet food trucks, free games and activities for all! Concerts begin at 6:30pm.

Placentia Concerts in the ParkMariachi Divas

Tri-City Park

2301 N Kraemer Blvd.

Placentia, CA 92870

Free concerts presented by the City of Placentia Cultural Arts Commission. Non profit food vendors will be selling refreshments and dinner option at each concert. Inclement weather will cancel event. Concerts begin at 6:30pm.

La Habra Concerts in the ParkHip Street

El Centro Lions Park

350 E Erma Ave.

La Habra, CA 90631

Free Concerts in the Park are held during the summer on Thursday evenings from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at El Centro-Lions Park, 320 E. Erna Ave. Open seating is first come, first served on the grass in front of the stage. Please bring your own chairs and blankets for seating. You may also bring your own food and drinks or purchase them at the event from vendors, which include food trucks, local restaurants and local non-profits. There is a kids’ zone at each concert with games and activities run buy our aquatics staff. Kids and adults also can participate in the games that take place during the concert’s intermission. Please no alcohol or pets, with the exception of service dogs.

Tustin Movies in the ParkMr. Peabody & Sherman

Cedar Grove Park

11385 Pioneer Rd.

Tustin, CA 92782

Pack up your lounge chairs, blankets, and spend a night under the stars with family and friends! Movies start at dusk (between 7:50 and 8:10pm). Activities 5:30pm – 7:30pm.

Full Moon Hike – Orchard Hills

Irvine Open Space Preserve

Orchard Hills

Native Seed Farm Parking Area

Irvine Ranch

If you’ve ever wondered what happens in the open space when the sun goes down, then sign up for the popular full moon hike. Experience the serenity of a moonlit night in Orchard Hills. This trail meanders through an active avocado orchard and provides fantastic ridge-top views of Irvine and the Pacific coastline.

The three-mile loop has several very steep climbs, but the hike is done at a moderate pace. The effort is rewarded with a beautiful, unobstructed view to the west. Please bring water and wear sturdy shoes. This hike is not suitable for children under 12. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, bring water and a flashlight (red tinting preferred). This free hike runs 7:00pm – 9:30pm for ages 12 and up. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

Once Upon a Storybook Milk & Cookies Storytime

Once Upon a Storybook

17300 E 17th St. #C

Tustin, CA 92780

Hear some quiet stories to relax you after a busy day.  Milk & cookies provided (if your child has food sensitivities, please bring an appropriate snack.)  Great for ages 3-8. Storytime is every Thursday at 7:00pm.

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