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Weekly Events Happenings in Orange County: February 2 – 8, 2015

Saturday, February 7th

Experience Falconry on The Reserve!

The Richard and Donna O’Neill Conservancy

The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo

RMV Presentation Center

28811 Ortega Hwy.

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Start your morning with an educational hike to a field where you’ll see an amazing demonstration of falconry! Licensed falconer Adam Chavez will educate patrons about the partnership between human and raptor, better known as a “bird of prey.” Adam will discuss the traditional practice of falconry, a sport which is thousands of years old, along with newer equipment employed by contemporary practitioners. The event will include an exhilarating demonstration and an opportunity to take a photo with one of the birds. Event runs 7:00am – 10:00am for ages 8 and up. Admission is $35 for adults and $30 for children 12 and under. Must RSVP online.

Red Rock Canyon Guided Hike

Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park

Borrego Parking Area

Irvine Ranch

Come and enjoy a guided 3.6 total miles hike over gentle grade. The hike will encompass the Borrego trail, a heavily wooded canyon with multiple plant communities. We will hike along the bottom of the canyon as we watch for acorn woodpeckers and mule deer. The hike will transition to the beautiful geological formation know as Red Rock Canyon. Please bring plenty of water, and wear sturdy shoes. This free program runs 8:00am – 10:00am for ages 7 and up. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

Wilderness Access Day – Limestone Canyon

Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve

Augustine Staging Area

Irvine Ranch

Start your weekend off by exploring the endless opportunities found throughout magnificent Limestone Canyon. Designated trails will be open for self-guided trail use in OC Parks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space. Trail routes vary in distance and level of difficulty with choices ranging from easy one-hour walks to strenuous 15-mile cardio treks. Whether traveling by feet, hooves or wheels, Wilderness Access Day in Limestone Canyon is a treasure waiting to be discovered by hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers alike. Trails open 8:00am – 2:00pm. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

All participants are requested to check-in and complete their registration at the Augustine Staging Area prior to accessing the trail system. The highly popular “The Sinks” is a 9-mile round trip hike over moderate terrain and can take the majority of the designated event time. Do not stop or park anywhere along Santiago Canyon Road. THE ENTRANCE GATE WILL NOT OPEN UNTIL 8am. Please plan your drive accordingly. Anyone stopped or parked along Santiago Canyon Road prior to the opening will be subject to citation. Thank you for your cooperation with regards to the safety of everyone on the road. The continued offering of this program depends upon your compliance to this request.

Participants are required to stay on designated trails at all times. In addition to being a rare and sensitive habit, the Irvine Ranch Open Space is under strict protection. There are often unseen dangers just off-trail including, but not limited to: mountain lions, poison oak, ticks, poisonous spiders, and venomous snakes. OC Rangers may issue citations for visitors found off-trail so for your safety, please stay on the designated paths during your stay in Limestone Canyon.

Wilderness Access Day – Limestone Canyon, Guided Walk

Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve

Augustine Staging Area

Irvine Ranch

Join us for a guided art walk during Wilderness Access Day – Limestone Canyon, Guided Walk. This month we will offer an exploration of nature by hiking along the Sandtrap Loop. Discover the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, its history and nature along this climbing 5 mile hike. This hike is suitable for children age 12 and up. Walk runs 9:00am – 11:30am. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

Monthly Wildlife Walk

San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

5 Riparian View

Irvine, CA 92612

Join us at 9:00am on the 1st Saturday morning of each month for an easy hour and a half wildlife walk to witness the varied interactions among plants, insects, birds, and wildlife. The walks are for everyone, young and old alike, and they’re free!

Back Bay Drive Nature Walk

Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve

Back Bay Science Center

600 Shellmaker Rd.

Newport Beach, CA 92660

Led by Newport Bay Conservancy on behalf of California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Join a Naturalist starting at Shellmaker Island for a walk along Back Bay Drive.  There are great opportunities to view shorebirds, waterfowl, and other birds while learning about this important estuary.  Walk runs 9:00am – 11:00am for ages 8 and up. Please call 949 923-2269 for reservations which are encouraged, and directions.  Bring sun protection and binoculars if you have them.

Nature Tour

Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center

34558 Scenic Dr.

Dana Point, CA 92629

This walk explores the ecology and natural history of the area and is approximately 2 hours.  The tour begins at 9:00am. Nature Tours occur on the first Saturday of each month.  It is a docent led tour that covers approximately 1.5 miles in distance. This walk requires RSVP to either [email protected] or (949) 248-3527, and has a maximum capacity of 10 individuals.  Please call the Nature Interpretive

Orange County Black History Parade & Cultural Faire

Downtown Anaheim

205 E Center St. / 200 S Anaheim Blvd.

Anaheim, CA 92805

Activities run 9:00am – 4:00pm and include:

  • Youth Art Contest winning art display and awards to winners
  • Storytellers & Anaheim Public Library Bookmobile
  • Musical Entertainment: Gospel, Soul, Jazz, Reggae and HIp Hop
  • Comedian Al Greene
  • History Classes by OC Learning Black History
  • High School Marching Bands and Color Guard Units
  • Health Village (health information and testing)

Parade steps off at 10:00am on Anaheim Boulevard (from Sycamore Street, past City Hall, to Santa Ana Street).

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!

Redwood Hike

Carbon Canyon Regional Park

4442 Carbon Canyon Rd.

Brea, CA 92823

Join OC Parks’ trained staff on the first Saturday of the month for an easy 1.1 mile interpretive hike to the park’s Coastal Redwood grove. You will use your 5 senses to engage with nature as you stroll to the Redwoods. You will also have an opportunity to learn about our native plants along the trail. The hike begins at 9:30am from the park’s Nature Center. Don’t forget to visit our Nature Center when you are there, too! Hike runs 9:30am – 11:00am.

Participants should remember water, sunscreen, hat and hiking shoes. All ages (small children may have to be carried). Meet at Nature Center located at east end of park. Cost: Free. Registration: call (714) 973-3160 or email [email protected]. Parking: $5 per vehicle.

Craft Time! Drop In at Granola Babies

Granola Babies

3315 Hyland Avenue, Suite B

Costa Mesa, CA  92626

Enjoy a craft with your child every 1st Saturday morning of the month. Craft time is geared for children 2 years – 6 years old. We’ll have all the supplies available for a fun craft with your little one to complete a fun craft with you. It’s free to attend, but registration is required so we have plenty of supplies available. February craft is all about Valentine’s Day!

Drop in between 10am – 12pm. Complimentary to attend. Registration is required online. For questions, please call the store at 714-445-4948.

Saturday Storytime and Songs

Granola Babies

3315 Hyland Avenue, Suite B

Costa Mesa, CA  92626

A Saturday version of our weekly Stories and songs for all ages! Bring your child (all ages!) to enjoy songs and stories at Granola Babies. The program is on Saturday, February 7 and 24 @ 10:30am. Complimentary to attend and no registration is required. For questions, please call the store at 714-445-4948.

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.

Hummingbird Walks

Environmental Nature Center

1601 E 16th St.

Newport Beach, CA 92663

Join ENC Naturalist Leslie Helliwell for a walk in the ENC to search for hummingbirds and their nests.  Hummingbirds, called  “flying jewels” by the early Spanish explorers hover in space, power dive and fly backwards and sideways!  Learn where these tiny bits of non-stop energy get their fuel, discover how they “broadcast” their color, and learn which plants depend on them for pollination.  Program runs 10:00am – 11:00am and is repeated at 1:00pm – 2:00pm. Cost is $6 per guest ($5 for members). Call 949-645-8489 to RSVP.  Reservations required. No refunds. Register online.

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.

Sixth Annual Monarch Butterfly Day

Mile Square Regional Park

16801 Euclid St.

Fountain Valley, CA 92708

OC Parks invites children and families to learn all about Monarch Butterflies and their natural habitat with an up-close look at the magnificent creatures at the sixth annual Monarch Butterfly Day! The free event takes place in the Butterfly Garden inside the park’s Camp Sycamore located near parking lot E. Children can assist in planting plants to attract Monarch Butterflies. Participants can also go inside a netted butterfly enclosure. Butterfly experts will be on-site to provide educational information and answer questions about the beautiful and unique specimens. Additional activities include interpretive programs, children’s crafts, face painting, a balloon artist and guided nature walks. Event runs 10:00am – 2:00pm. Recommended for ages four to 12. Remember to bring your cameras! Event is free. Parking is $5 per vehicle.

The Ecology Center House & Garden Guided Tour/Volunteer Training

The Ecology Center

32701 Alipaz St.

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Join us for a free guided tour of The Ecology Center and learn more about how to become a volunteer! Tour begins at 11:00am. We are an environmental educational center whose purpose is to engage the entire family in fun, hands-on activities that teach practical, environmental solutions. Our goal is to inspire positive change to the environment of Southern California.

Join us for a guided tour of our historic home, built by pony express rider Joel Congdon in 1878. Browse our Tools for Change shop with ecologically minded resources and products. Engage with sustainable solutions in The Eco-Labs, our outdoor interpretive learning stations in the areas of water, food, waste, shelter and energy. Understand how you can take positive action towards a healthier community and environment!

Pottery Barn Junior Designer Camp

All Pottery Barn Kids Locations

Put a spotlight on your child’s creativity! Kids will participate in hands-on workshops about color, pattern, and textiles inspired by Pottery Barn’s Kids’ designs. Complete all three workshops to earn a junior designer badge. Share your child’s creative moments with #jrdesignercamp for their chance to be featured on our social media channels. Workshops run February 7, February 16, and February 21, all at 11:00am. Today’s workshop is Fun with Color & Pattern.

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.

Crystal Cove State Park

8471 Pacific Coast Hwy.

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Winter Bird Walk – Love birds, but need help with identification?  Join Crystal Cove State Park birders on a guided winter bird walk on both the inland and coastal areas of the park on Saturday, February 7 at 8am.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheatre (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground.) $15 day use fee.

Beachside Chat – Learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturdays, February 7, 14, & 28 from 11-2pm at the Historic District Education Commons where Ranger Jenn will host a Beachside Chat.  Park in the Los Trancos lot (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk through the tunnel or take the shuttle.) Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15).

Sunset Hike – Crystal Cove State Park docents will lead a guided interpretive 2-hour, Sunset Hike 4-mile hike on Saturday, February 7 at 4:30pm.  Terrain will be uneven and steep with a 700 foot elevation gain/loss in some areas on this moderate night hike.  Meet at the the Berns Amphitheatre (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park follow the signs to the Campground.) Wear sturdy shoes, bring water & a flashlight, and dress in layers. $15 day-use fee.

Science Saturdays with ExplorOcean

ExplorOcean Galleries and Science Courtyard

600 E Bay Ave.

Newport Beach, CA 92661

ExplorOcean offers families a fun, interactive hands-on experience to connect to the 7 essential principles of ocean literacy through Science Saturdays at ExplorOcean. Quick and engaging activities bring parents and children together as they make predictions, ask questions, problem-solve and think like scientists. Each month we will introduce a new theme based on one of the Ocean Literacy Principles. Science Saturdays are FREE and offered to children of all ages. Join us at noon and prepare to see your world in a whole new way! Program runs 12:00pm – 3:00pm and is ongoing, weather permitting. Registration is not required.

Lakeshore Learning

Your closest Lakeshore Location

Free Craft Clinic – 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. This week the project is From the Heart Coupons.

Fun Finding Fungi Mushroom Walk

The Richard and Donna O’Neill Conservancy

The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo

RMV Presentation Center

28811 Ortega Hwy.

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

What are Mushrooms and Why Do We Care? Why do they grow with Oaks? Can I Touch Them? Can I Pick Them? Can I Eat Them? How to Find, Photograph, and Identify Fungi. Explore the fascinating world of wild mushrooms with amateur mycologist Joanne Schwartz. If we are fortunate and get rain, we might find a wide range of fungal forms and species. Bring your camera if you want. Walk runs 1:30pm – 4:30pm for ages 8 and up. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Must RSVP online.

Abbit the Average – Comic Magician

City Hall

Saddleback Room

200 Civic Center

Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Combines hilarious magic and juggling with plenty of audience participation and endless laughs for an experience that’s anything but average! Two shows at 2:00pm – 3:00pm and 3:30pm – 4:30pm. Age 4 & older. FREE. For more information contact the Youth Services Desk at 949/830-7100, ext. 5107.

Raising Bilingual Children

La Habra Library

221 East La Habra Blvd.

La Habra, CA 90631

Should you speak to your children only in English, sometimes in English, or only in your first language? Join Maritere Rodriguez Bellas, author of Raising Bilingual Children, and Dr. Faith Polk, Assistant Professor at Bradman University, as they share their expertise for raising children in a multi-lingual home. Event runs 2:30pm – 3:30pm and is free. Contact: 1-714-526-7728 or 1-562-694-0078.

Family Hike, Baker Canyon

Black Star Canyon Wilderness Area

Black Star Staging Area

Irvine Ranch

Enjoy an early evening family hike on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. We will hike along a flat trail and cross a creek as we watch for red-tailed hawks and mule deer. The hike will average 2-3 miles round trip at an easy pace with a medium level of interpretation. This program is for participants who would enjoy a slower-paced and level hike. Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes, and bring water for the hike. Be ready to enjoy the sounds and smells of early evening. This hike is suitable for children age 8 and up. Hike runs 4:00pm – 6:00pm. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

Buck Gully Reserve Upper Loop Evening Hike

Buck Gully Reserve

Newport Coast Community Center

Irvine Ranch

Explore the richness of Newport Beach’s Buck Gully Reserve as we hike during a beautiful Winter evening. The stream is running and the diverse plant life is gearing up for spring, making for a fantastic evening hike in a natural oasis amid the suburban surroundings. For a short distance, we’ll walk along San Joaquin Hills Road which overlooks Buck Gully, and then drop down into the canyon on the Bobcat Trail and loop back through the upper end of the gully along the Buck Gully Trail. PLEASE NOTE: Poison oak grows in abundance throughout the entire Buck Gully Reserve trail system. If you are susceptible to poison oak, please plan accordingly. This hike is suitable for children age 8 and up. Hike runs 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

Campfire Program

Caspers Wilderness Park

33401 Ortega Hwy.

San Juan Capistrano, CA  92675

Every Saturday night, join us for a campfire program that may include a slide presentation, wilderness safety, games and activities for children, animal adaptations, skins and skulls, a live animal demonstration and a chance to visit the Nature Center. Topics may vary weekly. Program runs 8:00pm – 9:00pm. Cost: Free. Parking: $5 per vehicle. All ages welcome.

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