Thursday, July 31, 2014

OC Parks August 2014 Calendar of Events

Here are some highlights from the OC Parks August Calendar of events, if you are looking for hiking ideas or other outdoor events in the month of August, make sure to check out some of these great events!

OC Parks AUGUST 2014 calendar of events

August 1 – Explore the Plants on the Trail to Barbara’s Lake
8 – 10:30 a.m.
Join us on a wonderful morning walk to Orange County’s only natural lake while learning about our native California plant life. This 2-mile leisurely hike will be led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions:  Ages 8 and up. Online reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Road/SR-133, approximately 3.5-miles south of I-5/405). For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

August 1 – Animals In My Backyard – Preschool Program 
10 – 11 a.m.
Come learn all about animals you find in your backyard! Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts, and meeting zoo animals up close!
Location: Orange County Zoo. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Website: http://www.ocparks.com/oczoo/
Cost: $5 per child (one parent included) Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6846
Special Instructions: PHONE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call Marcy Crede-Booth, Education Coordinator at (714) 973-6846. For ages 3 to 4 years old. Parent must accompany child for duration of program. Additional parents/siblings/family/friends must pay admission fee to enter zoo.

August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – Wild Tales
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Visit with Preserve staff for story-telling fun! After a story, learn more about the natural history of the Bay through crafts, hands-on activities and nature walks. Come prepared for an exciting outdoor experience!
Location: Upper Newport Bay. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Cost: $5 per student Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290
Special Instructions: Ages 2 to 8 years. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please call (949) 923-2275, or email unbic@ocparks.com to register.  

August 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24 30, 31  – Redwood Hike
8:30 – 10 a.m.
Join OC Parks' trained staff on an easy 1.1-mile 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 way. The hike begins each Saturday and Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. from the park's Nature Center. Don't forget to visit our Nature Center when you are there, too!
Location: Carbon Canyon Regional Park. 4442 Carbon Canyon Road, Brea, CA 92823
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-3160
Special Instructions: All ages. Participants should remember water, sunscreen, hat, hiking shoes. Meet at Nature Center located at east end of the park. Reservations preferred, please call (714) 973-3160 or email carboncanyon@ocparks.com.

August 2 – Exploring Nature with a Camera 
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Explore nature in the summer - using a digital camera.  Bring your camera and search for interesting shapes, organisms, lighting situations, and colors. Share your ideas with other nature enthusiasts!  Hike 2 miles over steep and uneven terrain (400-ft. elevation gain).
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions:  Ages 12 and up. Online reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Road/SR-133, approximately 3.5-miles south of I-5/405). For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

August 2, 9, 16, 23, 29 – Nature Walk 
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Join our Naturalists on a nature walk and learn about Trabuco Canyon animals and nature. Light to moderate walk on mostly paved roads. Meet at the Nature Center just inside the main entrance of the park.
Location: O’Neill Regional Park. 30982 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2260
Special Instructions: All ages welcome. Event is conditional on the weather.

August 2, 30 – Bats of Orange County
7:15 – 8:30 p.m.
Join Park Ranger Brad Barker at Laguna Niguel Regional Park on Saturday, August 2 as we learn about those mysterious creatures of the night - bats! Ranger Barker will lead a 45-minute presentation about bats that can be found in Orange County. After the presentation, join us for a 30-minute walk to the nearby lake as we look for bats and listen for their echolocation using a bat detector.
Location: Laguna Niguel Regional Park.
28241 La Paz Rd., Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 
Website: http://www.ocparks.com/lagunaniguelpark/
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2240
Special Instructions: Meet at the amphitheater. Come early to look at a bat skeleton and skull.

August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – Ranger Led Campfire Program
8 – 9 p.m.
Join us Saturday night at the amphitheater for this Ranger led talk on local animal life, set to the glow of fire light. This event is only open to those camping at O’Neill Regional Park. No access for day use after sunset.
Location: O’Neill Regional Park. 30982 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678
Cost: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2260 or (949) 923-2256
Special Instructions: All ages welcome. Event is outdoors and dependent on weather conditions. 

August 2, 9, 16, 30 – Campfire Program
8 – 9 p.m.
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.
Location: Caspers Wilderness Park. 33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2210
Special Instructions: All ages welcome!

August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 – Nature Hike
8 – 9 a.m.
Join our Park Rangers Sunday mornings for an easy 1-mile hike on the Nature Trail. 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. 
Location: Caspers Wilderness Park.  33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2210
Special Instructions: Wear comfortable clothing and hiking shoes. Sunscreen, water and insect repellent are recommended. For additional information, please call the park at (949) 923-2210.

August 5, 12, 19, 26 – Scout Programs
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tiger Club Discover Nature Program (1st Grade), Wolf Cub Outdoor Adventure (2nd grade), Bear Cub Wildlife Wander (3rdgrade), Webelos Forester Badge Program (4th & 5th grade), Webelos Geologist Badge Program (4th & 5th grade), Webelos Naturalist Badge Program (4th & 5th grade)
Location: Mason Regional Park. 18712 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612
Cost: No fee, Scout Leader provides badges.
Contact: (949) 923-2230
Special Instructions: For more information, call Candi Hubert at (949) 923-2222.

August 5, 9, 19, 23 – Modjeska House Tour 
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Docent-led tour of the historic house and grounds.
Location: 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630-2534
Contact: (949) 923–2230
Cost: $5 per person
Special Instructions: Advance reservations required, call (949) 923-2230. Directions provided with reservations. 

August 6 – Animated Animals with the Chuck Jones Center
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Learn to draw an animal with a Chuck Jones Center artist and meet an animal up close! Learn more about the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Warner Bros. animation at www.chuckjonescenter.org.
Location: Orange County Zoo. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Website: http://www.ocparks.com/oczoo/
Cost: $10 per child (parent observer - $2 admission fee) Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6846
Special Instructions: PHONE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call Marcy Crede-Booth, Education Coordinator at (714) 973-6846. For ages 9 to 16 years old.

August 7, 28 – Fitness Hike at Little Sycamore
8:30 – 11 a.m.
Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this difficult, strenuous and fast-paced, 4.8-mile hike (400-ft. elevation gain) over very steep, uneven terrain with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.  
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions:  Ages 15 and up. Online reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Not for beginners. Hiking poles suggested. Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Road/SR-133, approximately 3.5-miles south of I-5/405). For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

August 7, 14, 21, 28 – Tideland Tykes
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Join our preserve staff for a fun-filled parent and child experience that may include arts and crafts, story telling, hands-on activities or outdoor nature walks. Come prepared for an exciting outdoor experience!
Location: Upper Newport Bay. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Cost: $5 per student Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290
Special Instructions: Ages 2 to 8 years recommended. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call (949) 923-2275, or email unbic@ocparks.com to register.


August 7 – 2014 Summer Concert Series – Gardens & Villa with Stacy Clark
6 – 8 p.m.
OC Parks welcomes back its annual concert series. Ten free concerts at Craig Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park and Salt Creek Beach will present local musical artists performing live in the outdoors June through August. On Thursday, August 7, indie rock group Gardens & Villa with Stacy Clark will be playing at Mile Square Regional Park.
All of the OC Parks Summer Concerts are part of The World Famous KROQ's ROQ N' Surf summer series. Shows are from 6 to 8 p.m., free concert admission with free parking and open to the public of all ages. Food trucks will have food available for purchase at each location. Friends and families are invited to come out and enjoy great local live music under the stars at OC Parks this summer season.
Location: Mile Square Regional Park. 16801 Euclid, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6600
Special Instructions: All ages.

August 8 – Under the Sea – Preschool Program
10 – 11 a.m.
Learn about the animals in the ocean including fish, dolphins, sharks, and more! Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts, and meeting zoo animals up close!
Location: Orange County Zoo. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Website: http://www.ocparks.com/oczoo/
Cost: $5 per child (one parent included) Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6846
Special Instructions: PHONE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call Marcy Crede-Booth, Education Coordinator at (714) 973-6846. For ages 3 to 4 years old. Parent must accompany child for duration of program. Additional parents/siblings/family/friends must pay admission fee to enter zoo.

August 9 – 2nd Saturday Trail Work Day
8:30 – 11 a.m.
Come join park staff and our trail leaders by volunteering to assist with habitat restoration, non-native plant removal and trail work throughout Irvine Regional Park. Please wear jeans and durable shoes or boots. Park provides tools and gloves. Bring sunscreen, hat, snacks and water.
Location: Irvine Regional Park. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869 Website: www.ocparks.com/irvinepark/
Cost: Free Parking: Free for volunteers 
Contact: (714) 973–6835
Special Instructions: Ideal for ages 12 and up. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Large school groups/companies welcome, call (714) 973-6836 for group registration.

August 9 – California Native Plant & Wildflower Hike     
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Learn to identify native plants with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist on this moderate paced, steep and rocky, 3.5 mile hike (600-ft. elevation gain).
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle  
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: Ages 12 and up. Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection). For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

August 9 – Weekends at the Nix Nature Center: Daytime Astronomy  
1 – 4 p.m.
Astronomy in the daytime…How does that work? We look out into the heavens in the daytime and can’t see the stars…except for one! Amateur astronomers will bring their telescopes and solar filters so you can look for sunspots and other features on our closest star. Make your own ultraviolet-detecting bracelet and enjoy other fun-in-the-sun activities! 
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Cost: Free Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: Online reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Road/SR-133, approximately 3.5-miles south of I-5/405). For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

August 10 – Second Sunday Restoration Program
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Join Preserve staff and other volunteers in enhancing the Bay’s habitat for local wildlife. Activities may include non-native plant removal, planting natives, watering, trash cleanup and Butterfly Garden maintenance. No experience is necessary; water, snacks and tools are provided. 
Location: Upper Newport Bay. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290
Special Instructions: Minors aged 16 and younger must have legal guardian present at all times. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please call (949) 923-2275, or email unbic@ocparks.com to register. Rain or heat advisories cancels event.

August 10 – The Mysterious World of O’Neill Regional Park  
9 – 10:30 a.m.
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 Regional Park’s Nature Center and discover mysterious clues animals leave behind. Free fun crafts and games! 30 minute moderate nature walk will follow.
Location: O’Neill Regional Park. 30982 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2260

August 10 – Ranger-Led Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride
2:30 – 4 p.m.
Join the Park Ranger for an intermediate mountain bike ride in the wilderness park that encompasses 544 acres over 6.5 miles while enjoying majestic views. The elevation gains on the ride are over 600 feet and participants should come prepared with a bike suitable for rugged off-road trails, a helmet, gloves, sturdy shoes, water, and a snack. 
Location: Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park. 30952 Oso Parkway, Coto de Caza, CA 92679
Cost: Free Parking: $3 per vehicle   
Contact: (949) 923–2265
Special Instructions: Meet at the Ranger Station in the patio area.

August 12 – Dilley Loop Nature Hike
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Get close to nature on this leisurely 2-mile hike (370-ft. elevation gain) over steep and uneven terrain as you spot plants and animals or maybe their tracks and signs along the way.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions:  Ages 12 and up. Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. James Dilley Preserve (405 South to 133 South to stoplight at 73 turn-off; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right). For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

August 14 – Fitness Hike at Willow  
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this difficult, strenuous and fast-paced, 5.5-mile hike (400-ft. elevation gain) over steep and uneven terrain with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: Ages 15 and up. Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection). For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

August 14 – 2014 Summer Concert Series – Western Standard Time with Colin Giles
6 – 8 p.m.
OC Parks welcomes back its annual concert series. Ten free concerts at Craig Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park and Salt Creek Beach will present local musical artists performing live in the outdoors June through August. On Thursday, August 14, big skatalite tribute band Western Standard Time with Colin Giles will be playing at Mile Square Regional Park.

All of the OC Parks Summer Concerts are part of The World Famous KROQ's ROQ N' Surf summer series. Shows are from 6 to 8 p.m., free concert admission with free parking and open to the public of all ages. Food trucks will have food available for purchase at each location. Friends and families are invited to come out and enjoy great local live music under the stars at OC Parks this summer season.
Location: Mile Square Regional Park. 16801 Euclid, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6600
Special Instructions: All ages.

August 15 – A Morning Stroll to Barbara’s Lake
8 – 10:30 a.m.
Enjoy an outdoor stroll to Barbara’s Lake (Orange County’s only natural lake) on this leisurely paced, level, 2-mile hike with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: All ages welcome! Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405). For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

August 15 – Mason Movie Nights Under the Stars
8 – 10 p.m.
OC Parks is pleased to announce Mason Movie Nights Under the Stars! Join us on August 15 for a viewing of Despicable Me 2. Bring a chair or blanket and find a spot on the grass in Mason Park’s beautiful amphitheater. You are welcome to bring your own picnic, there will be free popcorn and bottled water available for everyone. Additional refreshments will be available for a nominal fee.
Location: Mason Regional Park. 18712 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612
Cost: Free Parking: Free after 6:30 p.m.   
Contact: (949) 923-2220
Special Instructions: Reservations are not necessary. Parking will be free after 6:30 p.m. and the movie will begin around sunset, approximately 8:30 p.m. This is an outdoor event, please dress accordingly. Rain will cancel event.

August 16 – Introduction to Mountain Bike Riding
8 – 10 a.m.
Learn mountain biking basics and trail etiquette on this 6.8-mile ride over steep and uneven terrain (800-ft. elevation gain) while enjoying canyon views. Please come prepared with a bike suitable for off-pavement riding, sturdy shoes, helmet, gloves, water and snack. Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer mountain bike trail assistants.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Cost: $2 per person Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: Online reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd east to end; meet at the gate.) For questions call: (949) 497-8324.  

August 16 – Introduction to Mountain Bike Riding
8 – 10 a.m.
Learn mountain biking basics and trail etiquette on this 6.8-mile ride over steep and uneven terrain (800-ft. elevation gain) while enjoying canyon views. Please come prepared with a bike suitable for off-pavement riding, sturdy shoes, helmet, gloves, water and snack. Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer mountain bike trail assistants.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: Ages 15 and up. Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd east to end; meet at the gate.) For questions, call (949) 497-8324. 

August 16 – Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride
8 – 10 a.m.
Catch beautiful canyon views on this 10-mile ride over steep and uneven terrain (1,000 ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer mountain bike trail assistants. This is for INTERMEDIATE riders with mountain biking experience. Appropriate mountain biking equipment required. Must have helmet, gloves, hydration; a snack is strongly suggested. Also, be prepared for varied weather out in the canyons. 
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: Ages 15 and up. Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd east to end; meet at the gate.) For questions, call (949) 497-8324.
 
August 16 – Family Hike
3 – 5 p.m.
Come and enjoy an easy, 2-mile family hike over moderate but uneven terrain (100-ft. elevation gain). Starting at Nix Nature Center we will hike one of the most diverse areas of the park under a canopy of oaks to Barbara’s Lake and back. Hike is led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions:  Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (east side of Laguna Canyon Rd/Sr-133, just north of 73 Toll Road). For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

August 17 – Restoration Day 
8 – 11 a.m.
Help maintain the park you love by volunteering to help remove non-native brush for fire suppression and re-vegetation of native plantings. Please wear jeans and durable shoes/boots. Park provides tools/gloves/water. Bring sunscreen/hats/snacks.
Location: Peters Canyon Regional Park. 8548 E. Canyon View Ave., Orange, CA 92869
Cost: Free Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6611
Special Instructions: Ideal for ages 16 and up. Minors must be accompanies by an adult. Large school groups/companies welcome. Call (714) 973-6611 for group registration. Click link for online waivers - http://ocparksforms.com/

August 21 – Picturing Animals & Their Habitats  
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Create your own animal scrapbook and learn different art techniques. Part of class takes place out in the zoo and is taught by artist docents. Includes meeting an animal up close! 
Location: Orange County Zoo. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Website: http://www.ocparks.com/oczoo/
Cost: $5 per child (one parent included) Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6846
Special Instructions: PHONE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call Marcy Crede-Booth, Education Coordinator at (714) 973-6846. For ages 5 to 8 years old. Parent must accompany child for duration of program. Additional parents/siblings/family/friends must pay admission fee to enter zoo.

August 21 – 2014 Summer Concert Series – Moonsville Collective with Annie McQueen and Summer Watson
6 – 8 p.m.
OC Parks welcomes back its annual concert series. Ten free concerts at Craig Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park and Salt Creek Beach will present local musical artists performing live in the outdoors June through August. On Thursday, August 21, backyard acoustic jug sensation Moonsville Collective with Annie McQueen and Summer Watson will be playing at Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach.
All of the OC Parks Summer Concerts are part of The World Famous KROQ's ROQ N' Surf summer series. Shows are from 6 to 8 p.m., free concert admission with free parking and open to the public of all ages. Food trucks will have food available for purchase at each location. Friends and families are invited to come out and enjoy great local live music under the stars at OC Parks this summer season.
Location: Salt Creek Beach Park, 33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, CA 92629
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2280  
Special Instructions: All ages.  

August 22 – Friday Night at the Movies
8 – 10 p.m.
Come see a free screening of Pixar's third installment of the Toy Story series at Carbon Canyon Regional Park. Bring a blanket or low back chair and sit under the night sky while enjoying this family-friendly movie!
There will be free popcorn and other refreshments will be available for purchase
Location: Carbon Canyon Regional Park. 4442 Carbon Canyon Road, Brea, CA 92823
Cost: Free Parking: Free after 6:30 pm
Contact: (714) 973-3160
Special Instructions: All ages. This is an outdoor event, please dress accordingly. Please register by calling (714) 973-3160 or email carboncanyon@ocparks.com.

August 23 – Long Distance Hike in the Back Country
8 – 11:30 a.m.
Explore the beauty and diversity of two canyons, Little Sycamore and Laurel Canyon, in the backcountry of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. This will be a strenuous, 8.2-mile hike (770-ft. elevation gain) over rocky and uneven terrain. We will hike through sycamore and oak woodlands, riparian habitats, coastal sage scrub, and open grassland. Participants should be able to hike long distances. For your safety and comfort, bring 2-3 liters of water, a hat, a hearty snack and proper hiking shoes.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle   
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: Ages 15 and up. Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405). For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

August 23 – Star Party 
8 – 9 p.m.
Come for a grand tour of the universe! Join Allan and other amateur astronomers and have a look in the telescopes to see Mars and Saturn. Take a guided tour of the summer constellations and learn the myths and facts about the cosmos. Observe the wonders of the night sky including nebulas, galaxies, star clusters and double stars.
Location: Caspers Wilderness Park. 33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2210
Special Instructions: Held only on evenings with clear skies. Call park at (949) 923-2210 for weather-sky updates or additional information. 

August 24 – Family Science Sundays: Reptiles 
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Join us in the Muth Interpretive Center classroom on the last Sunday of each month for self-guided activities, hands on exploration and craft fun! This is a FREE program and recommended for ages 3 to 12.  Each month features a new educational theme to explore, August – Reptiles and September – Talking Trash. Then, join Preserve staff for storytime at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Location: Upper Newport Bay. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290
Special Instructions: Please email unbic@ocparks.com for more information.

August 28 – 2014 Summer Concert Series – Matt Costa with the Wheeland Brothers
6 – 8 p.m.
OC Parks welcomes back its annual concert series. Ten free concerts at Craig Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park and Salt Creek Beach will present local musical artists performing live in the outdoors June through August. On Thursday, August 28, local indie rock icon Matt Costa and the Wheeland Brothers will be playing at Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach.
All of the OC Parks Summer Concerts are part of The World Famous KROQ's ROQ N' Surf summer series. Shows are from 6 to 8 p.m., free concert admission with free parking and open to the public of all ages. Food trucks will have food available for purchase at each location. Friends and families are invited to come out and enjoy great local live music under the stars at OC Parks this summer season.
Location: Salt Creek Beach Park. 33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, CA 92629
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2280  
Special Instructions: All ages. 

August 30 – Sunset Hike      
6 – 8 p.m.
Hike with Ranger Adam Martinez as the sun sets over Laurel and Willow canyons. Observe the changes as day turns to night. Hear the last bird songs. Light interpretation with questions welcome. The terrain can often be rocky and uneven.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle  
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: Ages 12 and up. Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection). For questions, call (949) 497-8324. 

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