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Orange County Events Happening this Week: July 6th – July 12th

Saturday, July 11th

Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon

Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park

Baker Staging Area

Irvine Ranch

Black Star Canyon offers pleasant introductory trails for beginner hikers and families, and challenging experiences for seasoned trail users. Designated trails are available for self-guided access for hiking, biking and equestrian use by connecting various loops to offer extended exploration throughout the canyons. Take time to explore the local plant communities and beautiful scenery in easy 30-minutes walks or take in 7+ miles in a strong cardio trek. Event runs 8:00am – 2:00pm. Parking is limited on Black Star Canyon Road and carpooling is strongly encouraged. All participants are requested to check-in and complete their registration at the Registration Booth prior to accessing the trail system. If you are found to be on the trails without a day use pass you will be immediately directed back to the staging area.

Wilderness Skills Adventure

The Richard and Donna O’Neill Conservancy

The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo

28811 Ortega Hwy.

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Sharpen your outdoor survival skills on this fun family walk! Work together learning how to build a shelter, make a compass and stay safe on the trails this summer. Event is for ages 6 and up and runs 9:00am – 11:30pm. Register online. Fee is $10 Adult and $5 Child.

Harvest Wildflower Seed With Us at the Native Seed Farm

Native Seed Farm

Native Seed Farm Parking Area

Irvine Ranch

Want to stand knee-deep in rows of blooming color? Want to 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 native Spring wildflowers, like California Poppies and Arroyo Lupines. Tools and training will 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.

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!

Children’s Bug Safaris

Fullerton Arboretum

1900 Associated Rd.

Fullerton, CA 92831

Join the Arboretum’s own “Bug Lady,” Cindy Calisher, in the garden and learn how to spot and identify many of the littler critters that inhabit our world. You will have opportunities to spot insects and other bugs! Event runs 9:30am – 10:30am. Cost is $5/person. Suggested age is 5 and up. Maximum is 30 people. Register online.

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.

Mariachis at the Mission

Mission San Juan Capistrano

26801 Ortega Hwy.

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Enjoy live mariachi music in the historic Mission from the talented performers of Capistrano Community Mariachi Program. Event runs 10:00am – 11:15am.

The OC Great Park Family Activities

Sand Canyon and Marine Way

Irvine, CA 92618

Family Bucket Garden – Family oriented, hands on gardening workshop that will get the whole family growing great food. Participate in a short talk on how to grow good food in containers, followed by attendees planting a ‘bucket garden’ to take home. Come learn everything you need to know about sustainable home gardening practices. Event runs 10:00am – 11:00am. The Garden Workshop series will feature various topics, including seasonal planting, tree health and care and succulents. Workshops are led by the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Master Gardeners of Orange County. Materials will be available for first 30 families; one bucket per family.

The Art Lab: Creation Stations – Play, create and explore at our self-directed creation stations. These hands-on activities emphasize divergent thinking, problem solving skills and innovation. Families with children of all ages are welcome. Event runs 10:00am – 4:00pm at the Great Park Artists Studios.

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.

Animal Feeding

Bolsa Chica Conservancy

3842 Warner Ave.

Huntington Beach, CA  92649

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 My Aquarium.

Once Upon a Storybook New Chapters Storytime

Once Upon a Storybook

17300 E 17th St. #C

Tustin, CA 92780

This storytime is for chapter book readers who would like to be introduced to new stories.  Miss Susie the Storylady will read a couple of chapters of at least two books to give you a flavor of what’s out there.  Bring a pillow pet or a friend to lie on 🙂 Maybe you’ll find a new favorite!  Targeted to ages 8-12. This storytime occurs the 2nd Saturday of each month at 2:00pm.

Singing Magician Richard Rumble

Mission Viejo City Hall

Saddleback Room

200 Civic Center

Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Comedy, music and magic come together when award-winning magician Richard Rumble sings his way through musical hits and mesmerizes audiences with his amazing illusions. Age 4 & older. FREE. Two shows beginning at 2:00 and 3:30pm.

Cypress Concerts on the GreenThe Alley Cats (Doo Wop)

Cypress Civic Center Green

5275 Orange Ave.

Cypress, CA 90630

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.

Laguna Niguel Summer ConcertsWoodie & the Longboards (Beach Boys Tribute) and Heartache Tonight (Eagles Tribute)

Crown Valley Community Park

29751 Crown Valley Pkwy.

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Come join us for our annual Summer Concert Series located in the newly renovated Crown Valley Park Amphitheater! Don’t forget your dancing shoes! Free shuttle service for every concert located at City Hall 30111, Crown Valley Pkwy. Food available for purchase. See website for a list of food truck vendors. For the safety of others please no scooters, skateboards, roller blades, pets blades, pets or smoking in the event area. Alcohol is prohibited in all City parks. Please bring low chairs/blankets. Concert is 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

Family Hike – Round Canyon

Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve

Portola – Round Staging Area

Irvine Ranch

Enjoy nature with friends and family in Round Canyon. We hike along a fairly flat trail as we watch for red-tailed hawks and mule deer. The hike averages 2-3 miles round trip at an easy pace with a medium level of interpretation. This program is for participants who would like a slower-paced and level hike. Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes, and bring water for the hike. Be ready to enjoy the sounds and smells of the early evening. Event runs 6:00pm – 8:o0pm for ages 6 and up. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

La Palma Concerts in the ParkHeartache Tonight (Eagles Tribute)

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 SeriesDolphin Tale and Vibe Tribe (Classic Rock)


11200 Lexington Dr.

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.

Irvine Movie on the LawnPaddington

The OC Great Park

Sand Canyon and Marine Way

Irvine, CA 92618

Join us for a classic or family blockbuster favorite movie on the outdoor big screen. Things to bring: low-back chairs, blankets and a picnic or purchase items from the food trucks or snack bar. Movies are weather permitting and admission is free. Event runs 7:00pm – 10:00pm.

Dana Point Sunset Walk

Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center

34558 Scenic Dr.

Dana Point, CA 92629

The Sunset Walk is 1.5 mile hike through the Headlands Conservation Area that takes approximately 1.5 hours.  Visitiors will learn about what critters come out to play at night and enjoy a summer sunset from atop Hilltop Conservation Park! Walk runs 7:00pm – 8:30pm. The walk requires RSVP either by email to [email protected] or by calling (949) 248-3527, and has a maximum capacity of 10 individuals. Please call the Nature Interpretive Center at (949) 248-3527 for more information.  Because it can be windy in the afternoon and evening, visitors are encouraged to bring an extra layer.

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