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

Sunday, February 8th

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.

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.

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.

Science Sundays with ExplorOcean

Back Bay Science Center

600 Shellmaker Rd.

Newport Beach, CA  92660

ExplorOcean offers families a fun, interactive hands-on experience to connect to the 7 essential principles of ocean literacy through Science Sundays at the Back Bay. 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. Program runs 10:00am – 2:00pm. Science Sundays are FREE and offered to children of all ages. Join us at ten and prepare to see your world in a whole new way! Program is ongoing, weather permitting.

On Sundays, follow ExplorOcean volunteers to the Back Bay Science Center to participate in their Community Day Program, hosted by the City of Newport Beach.

The OC Great Park

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.

Clinic in the Park: One-Stop Shop for Health – The Clinic in the Park’s mission is to establish innovative community-based one‐stop shop for health model of health promotion. The Clinic in the Park is a transformative replicable strategy to integrate community health into the health care system, and ultimately improve health outcomes and decrease costs. Clinic runs the same hours as the Farmer’s Market and is located behind it.

Free services include:

  • Health Screening, Treatments and Check-ups
  • Health Chat with Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, Dietitians, Health Educators and other Specialists
  • Resources and Referrals (Insurance, Legal, Parenting, etc.)
  • Special Family Activities
  • Books, Booster Seats, Fresh Produce, Pedometers, Bicycle Helmets, First Aid Charts and More!

Summer Opportunities Fair Jamboree

Tarbut V’Torah Community Day School

5 Federation Wy

Irvine, CA 92603

Parenting OC’s Annual Summer Opportunities Jamboree will give parents a chance to meet and talk with exhibitors representing local summer camps, sports teams, family travel destinations, activities and school summer programs. Event runs 10:00am – 3:00pm and is free with free parking provided on location.

There will also be an entertainment stage featuring acts like YouTube sensation Skylar Stecker, pop duo SharpTurnAhead, MasterChef Junior contestant Sean Le, dancers from the Thistle Academy of Irish Dance, UC Irvine’s Jodaiko Japanese drummers, the TVT Garage Band, rock band Lost in Atlantis and more as well as sports demos and contests.

The event is also home to the annual Fifth-Grade Spelling Bee, where third through fifth graders compete for prizes, and a Cute Kid Cover Contest, made possible with the help of our photographer Ana Brandt.

Crystal Cove State Park

8471 Pacific Coast Hwy.

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Family Hike – Winter is a wonderful time to learn about our local nature.  Join a park naturalist on a family hike at Crystal Cove State Park to learn about the plants and animals living in the park on Sunday, February 8 at 9am. Meet at the flagpole at the Moro Ranger Station (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the Ranger Station.)  $15 day-use fee.

Geology Tour – Crystal Cove State Park is hosting a geology tour along the coastal section of the park on Sunday, February 8 from 1-3pm.  Visit several diverse and geologically outstanding sites which all display a story from a different geologic time.  Meet at Los Trancos lot at the trailer (PCH turn inland at stoplight “Los Trancos”). Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15).

Japanese Kimono Festival

Irvine Valley College Performing Arts Center

5500 Irvine Center Dr.

Irvine, CA 92618

Twenty years ago, Irvine was honored to welcome Nihon Waso Gakuen – one of Japan’s premiere schools of kimono protocol and history – when it presented the Japanese Kimono Festival here. We are pleased the Festival will once again return to Irvine on February 8, 2015. A Reception and Silent Auction will take place at 1:00pm with the Japanese Kimono Festival Performance taking place at 2:00pm. Event proceeds will assist victims of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami, as well as benefit community projects supported by the Rotary Club of Irvine.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the event website for more information.

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Irvine and in partnership with the City of Irvine, Irvine Valley College and the Irvine Chamber of Commerce, the Festival will feature a special performance by Nihon Waso Gakuen. Over the past 41 years, Nihon Waso Gakuen has taught women the art of kimono dressing and has performed in countries such as Australia, Canada, China, France, Italy, and Thailand.

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.  Storytime runs 1:30pm – 2:00pm. 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. Today Cynthia will read That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown written by Cressida Crowell. No fee but donations are always welcome. Sign-up online. 

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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Pam Gausman is a wife and stay-at-home mom of two energetic boys. In between planning and attending the boy’s activities she enjoys reading, scrapbooking, relaxing with friends, and dreaming of future travel destinations.

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