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

Sunday, July 12th

Bird Walk to Horno Basin

Terramor Community Garden

Ladera Ranch, CA

Offered by The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo. Would you like to learn to identify some of our local feathered friends? Enjoy an early summer morning with docent bird expert Tom Eastman, while quietly combing part of the Sienna Botanica and Horno Basin for our resident and migrant birds. Due to the proximity of the water, this is a great spot to view a variety of birds. There will be lots to see and learn along the trail and overlooking the basin. Please wear nature-colored or dark colored clothing to keep from startling away the birds – and don’t forget your binoculars! Event is for ages 8 and up and runs 7:00am – 9:30am. Register online. Fee is $10 Adult and $5 Child.

Ranger Led Nature Hike

Caspers Wilderness Park

33401 Ortega Hwy.

San Juan Capistrano, CA  92675

Join our Park Rangers Sunday mornings for an easy 1-mile hike on the Nature Trail. Hike runs 8:00am – 9:00am. The trail takes visitors through grassland, oak woodland, riparian and sandy cactus scrub communities. Meet at Old Corral Day Use area. Rain will cancel hike.

  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • Wear comfortable clothing, hiking shoes.
  • Sunscreen, water and insect repellent are recommended.

For additional information, please call the park at (949) 923-2210.

The Mysterious World of O’Neill Regional Park

30982 Trabuco Canyon Rd.

Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678

Have you ever wondered “Where are all the wild animals in the park?” Visit a Show and Share Exhibit located next to the O’Neill Park Nature Center and discover mysterious clues animals leave behind. Make a wild animal track mold and enjoy nature crafts and games. Enjoy Nature Crafts and Games! Event runs 9:00am – 10:30am.

Back Bay Science Center (BBSC) Community Day 

Back Bay Science Center

600 Shellmaker Rd.

Newport Beach, CA 92660

Come explore the buildings and surroundings of the BBSC!   Event occurs every Sunday and runs 10:00am – 2:00pm. Talk to the City of Newport Beach staff and volunteers about ongoing research, education, & restoration projects. Get your fingers wet in our tide pool touch tank, tour the teaching lab and aquarium tanks, and do some bird watching. The Science Center is located just off of Back Bay Drive on Shellmaker Island (600 Shellmaker Rd). This program is free and no reservations are required.

Old Town Irvine Tour at La Quinta Inn

14972 Sand Canyon Ave.

Irvine, CA 92618

Step back in time to explore the rich history of Irvine and the Irvine family. This docent-led walking tour reveals what life was like in Old Town Irvine in the early 1900s with site tours of what was once the bean granary, boarding house, blacksmith shop and more. Meet in the La Quinta Hotel Lobby in Old Town Irvine (Sand Canyon and Burt Road). There are construction closures on Sand Canyon just south/west of Burt Road. Please use the 5 freeway to access Sand Canyon and allow extra time to get to arrive. Meet in the lobby area of the La Quinta Inn. Event runs 12:00pm – 2:00pm. Note: Register at using course #155220.

Free Kids Fishing Clinic

Dana Wharf

34675 Golden Lantern St.

Dana Point, CA 92629

Every Sunday! 12:00pm – 2:30pm. Free clinic held dockside. No reservations needed.

Every Sunday! 12:45pm – 5:15pm.
Free fishing trip. Rental gear included. Reservations required as space is limited. One free child per paying adult.

The OC Great Park Family Activities

Sand Canyon and Marine Way

Irvine, CA 92618

Farmer’s Market – Sundays at the Orange County Great Park are headlined by the fresh produce and fun at our Certified Farmers Market. Every week, rain or shine, the Great Park Certified Farmers Market features fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, handcrafted artisan products, live music and entertainment, and a selection of gourmet food trucks. Market runs 10:00am – 2:00pm. Free parking and admission.

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.

Storytime with Cynthia Callard

Center for Living Peace

4139 Campus Dr.

Irvine, CA 92612

Join us in our library for Storytime with Cynthia Callard on the 2nd & 4th Sunday of each month! For each storytime, a story will be chosen and read aloud for all to enjoy.  We encourage you to bring friends and family members of all ages. All of the stories that are read have a wonderful message of love and compassion fitting for all ages.

On this day we will be reading “The Recess Queen” by Alexis O’Neill. Event runs 1:30apm – 2:00pm. Register online. Event is free but a donation of $2-$5 is appreciated.

Dana Point Summer Concert SeriesSapadilla (Calypso, Reggae) and Surf’s Up (Beach Boy Tribute)

Lantern Bay Park

25111 Park Lantern

Dana Point, CA 92629

Concert runs 2:30pm – 6:00pm.

Huntington Beach Concert Band Summer SeriesShoreline Symphonic Winds (Classical Favorites, Show Tunes, and Marches)

Huntington Beach Central Park

18000 Goldenrod St.

Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Bring out your lawn chairs and blankets! The HB Concert Band Summer Series is an eleven-week series featuring a variety of performance groups and music, such as community bands, Latin bands, and swinging Big Bands. The 2015 Summer Series runs June 28 – September 6, 2015. Performances begin at 5:00pm and are free.

Laguna Beach Music in the ParkLos Pinguos (Latin)

Bluebird Park

798 Blue Bird Canyon Dr.

Laguna Beach, CA   92651

Live music performance every Sunday evening in a beautiful park setting. Bring a picnic and a low backed chair.

Sunset at the Zoo Summer Concert SeriesFull Spectrum

Santa Ana Zoo

1801 E Chestnut Ave.

Santa Ana, CA 92701

This after hours concert series and tasting event features live music, art by local artisans, Zoo animals, Train & Carrousel rides. For an additional $10 donation, you can get wristband access to an exclusive beer garden tasting experience. Adults 21 and over for the beer garden, please. All funds raised help the Zoo.

Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner, blanket, family and friends and enjoy the concerts. Sunsets at the Zoo are a great Sunday summertime activity for friends, family, and couples looking to picnic together, while listening to live music and enjoying all the Zoo has to offer.

Event runs 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Cost is $12.95/person ages 3 & up. FOSAZ members pay half price admission of $6.95/person.

Knowlwood Café at the Zoo restaurant sponsors a “Blues at the Zoo” concert series on the same dates as Sunsets. However, they are separate events from Sunsets. These family fun concerts take place during regular Zoo hours from 2-4 PM inside the Zoo on the front lawn and feature some of the finest Blues performers and bands in Orange County. “Blues at the Zoo” is included in the regular price of Zoo admission.

Aliso Viejo Summer Concert SeriesCommon Sense (Surf/Reggae)

Grand Park/Town Center Amphitheater

26703 Aliso Creek Rd.

Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Join Aliso Viejo Community Association on Sunday, July 12th 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.

Concordia University Irvine Concerts on the GreenStone Soul (Soul and Motown)

Concordia University Center

1530 Concordia West

Irvine, CA 92612

“Concerts on the Green” is a free series of outdoor concerts presented by Concordia University Irvine. Stone Soul performs timeless soul and Motown classics from legendary artists such as Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and The Temptations on July 12 from 5-7 PM. Bring folding chairs and blankets for seating; picnics. Concert takes place on the lawn between Grimm Hall and the C.U. Center. Snacks will also be available in the campus’ Emandare Café.

Irvine Sizzlin’ Summer ConcertsPaperback Writer (Beatles Tribute)

Mike Ward Community Park

20 Lake Rd.

Irvine, CA 92604

Grab your lawn chairs, picnic baskets and dancing shoes for an evening of music in the park. Gourmet food trucks will be onsite with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee and other Irvine nonprofit organizations. Event runs 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Things to bring: chairs, blankets, sweatshirts, picnics or plan on enjoying a specialty item from one of the gourmet food trucks. Long pants, closed toed shoes and layered clothing are strongly recommended.

Newport Beach Concerts on the GreenSligo Rags (Celtic Bluegrass Fusion)

Civic Center – Civic Green

100 Civic Center Dr.

Newport Beach, CA 92660

The City Arts Commission will present four fantastic performances as part of the “Concerts on the Green” series during the summer of 2015. Concerts in the Parks are on Sundays, from 6-7:30 pm and are free to the public. Bring your blankets and beach chairs! Concerts are from 6-7:30 pm.

Agua Chinon Evening Hike

Irvine Open Space Preserve

Portola – Agua Chinon Staging Area

Irvine Ranch

Come out and enjoy the evening with us on the lower section of the Agua Chinon trail. This trail meanders along a dry wash, at the bottom of a beautiful sage scrub covered canyon and below the Sinks formation, providing a glimpse into a beautiful riparian area along the northern edge of the Irvine city limits.

The three to four mile out and back route has some elevation gain on the way out, but the hike is done at a moderate pace. Please bring water and wear sturdy shoes. This hike is not suitable for children under 10. Event runs 6:30pm – 8:30pm for ages 10 and up. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.




Reminder – Always call or check the website to confirm time and place — and to ensure these events are not cancelled due to rain or some other circumstance.  

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