Tuesday, July 1, 2014

OC Parks July 2014 Calendar of Events

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

OC PARKS JULY 2014 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

July 1, 8, 15, 22, 27 – 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) 923-2220
Special Instructions: For more information, call Candi Hubert at (949) 923-2222.

July 1, 12, 15, 26 – 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. 

July 2 – Butterflies and Insect Pollinators
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Join us on a morning walk in the beautiful native plant butterfly garden observing colorful butterflies and insects. The habitat is a paradise for butterflies and insects. Binoculars and cameras are welcome.
Location: Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park. 30952 Oso Parkway, Coto de Caza, CA 92679
Contact: (949) 923–2265

July 3, 31 – Fitness Hike at Dilley
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast-paced, 5.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (900-ft. elevation gain) 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. 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.

July 3 – Animal Art II – Preschool Program 
10 – 11 a.m.
Join us for an hour of creativity and fun with an animal theme! Come ready to get a little messy! Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts, and meeting zoo animals up close! Different crafts than Animal Art I.
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.

July 3, 10, 24, 31 – 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.

July 3 – 2014 Summer Concert Series – The Joshua Tree with Mia Koo   
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, July 3, U2 replica The Joshua Tree with Mia Koo will be playing at Craig 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: Craig Regional Park. 3300 State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92835.
Website: http://www.ocparks.com/craigpark/
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (714) 973-3180
Special Instructions: All ages welcome.

July 4 – Explore the Plants on the Trail to Barbara’s Lake
9 – 11:30 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.

July 4 – Annual 4th of July Spectacular and Fireworks
9 p.m.
You won’t want to miss this beautiful and spirited fireworks display over the lake!  Limited parking/access inside the park (parking fees apply) and on La Paz Road.
Annual Fireworks Display is sponsored by the City of Laguna Niguel and co-Sponsored by OC Parks.
Location: Laguna Niguel Regional Park, 28241 La Paz Rd., Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 
Contact: (949) 923-2240


July 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 – 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.

July 5, 12, 19, 26 – 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.

July 5, 12, 19, 26 – 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. 

July 5, 12, 19 – 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!

July 6, 13, 20, 27 – 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.

July 6 – Family Hike in the Canyon
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Enjoy a hike with your family in beautifully lush Wood Canyon, while exploring its wildlife with OC Parks Resource Specialist Rick Schaffer. This is an easy 2-mile hike (300-ft elevation gain) over uneven and rocky terrain.
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Ages 7 and up. Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Glenwood [turns into Pacific Park] and right on Canyon Vistas. For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

July 6 – 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.

July 8 – 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.

July 9, 16, 31 – Picturing Animals & Their Habitats   
10 – 11 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.

July 10 – 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.

July 10 – 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.

July 10 – 2014 Summer Concert Series – Calico with Alice Wallace  
6 p.m. – 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, July 10, California Country trio Calico with Alice Wallace will be playing at Mason 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: Mason Regional Park. 18712 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2220
Special Instructions: All ages welcome!

July 11 – What’s For Lunch – Preschool Program 
10 – 11 a.m.
Find out what the animals in the zoo eat for lunch and dinner! 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.

July 11, 18 – 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.  

July 12 – Non Dot Adventures Mountain Bike Race  
8 – 11:30 a.m.
On Saturday July 12, Irvine and Santiago Oaks regional parks will be the venue for the Non Dot Adventures Bike Race.
Sections of the following trails will be closed for three and half hours during the event from 8:00 am to 11:30 pm. for safety reasons: Mountain Goat, Chutes Trail, Chutes Ridgeline, Coachwhip, Bumble Bee and Barham Ridge.
Other multi-use trails that may be affected by the event include the Santiago Creek Trail, Oak Trail and Pony Trail. However, they will be open for the use by both park customers and participants during the event. All other trails will remain open.
Location: Santiago Oaks Regional Park. 2145 N. Windes Drive, Orange, CA 92869
Cost: For more information visit http://nondotadventures.com/home/races/oaks/ Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6620
Special Instructions: For more info, visit: http://nondotadventures.com/.  

July 12 – 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.

July 12 – Let’s Go Hiking!    
8:30 – 11 a.m.
Do you want to take a hike with other nature enthusiasts? Enjoy a 3.8-mile, moderate (600-ft. elevation gain) hike through Laurel and Willow Canyons with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. You will experience a variety of plant communities, from Coastal Sage Scrub to Oak Woodland and enjoy a view of the ocean at the top. Minimal interpretation, but questions welcome. The terrain can often be rocky and uneven. Participants should bring water, a hat, a snack and wear 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. Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection). For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

July 12 – Beginning Archery Class 
9 – 10 a.m.
Join Park Rangers and volunteers for an introductory archery class at the brand new archery range at Mile Square Regional Park. This one-hour class will introduce participants to basics of the exciting sport or archery. 
Location: Mile Square Regional Park. 16801 Euclid, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6600
Special Instructions: Ages 12 and up. The class is limited to the first 10 participants to sign up. Email the park office milesquare@ocparks.com to sign up.  

July 12 – Animal Art – Program for 5-8 year olds  
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Join us for an hour of creativity and fun with an animal theme! Come ready to get a little messy! 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 5 to 8 years old. Additional parents/siblings/family/friends must pay admission fee to enter zoo.

July 12 – Super Full Moon Hike    
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Hike with Ranger Adam Martinez as the sun sets and the moon rises over Laurel and Willow Canyons. Observe the changes as day turns to night.  Hear the last bird songs and use the bat detector to listen for their ultrasonic communication. Light interpretation with questions always welcome. The terrain can often be rocky and uneven. Participants should bring water, a snack, a flashlight, and wear proper hiking shoes.
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: 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.

July 13 – 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: $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 3.5miles south of I-5/405). For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

July 13 – A Walk in the Park
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Bring the family to view the landmark Aliso Creek restoration project and search for OC’s native wildlife on the Aliso Creek Trail East. This is a 2.5-mile, leisurely hike on level terrain (50-ft. elevation gain) through riparian and grassland habitats. Led by OC Parks Resource Specialist Rick Schaffer.
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Cost: Free Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia Pkwy, first right on Awma Road, left into parking lot). For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

July 13 – 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.

July 13 – 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

July 13 – Afternoon Geology Hike
1 – 3:30 p.m.
Enjoy an afternoon of unspoiled canyon views while learning about the geology of this area.  The rocks and fossils reveal fascinating stories about the park’s ancient environments.  Meet at the Nix Nature Center to begin this highly interpretive 3-mile hike (400-ft. elevation gain), on sometimes steep, uneven and rocky terrain. 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 12 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.

July 13 – 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.


July 17 – 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.

July 17 – 2014 Summer Concert Series – Flashback Heart Attack with The Devious Means 
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, July 17, 1980s sensation Flashback Heart Attack takes the stage with The Devious Means at Mason 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: Mason Regional Park. 18712 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2220
Special Instructions: All ages welcome!

July 17 – “Orange County Circa 1889” Opening Reception
7 – 9 p.m.
Old Orange County Courthouse is pleased to present “Orange County Circa 1889,” a collection of historic photographic work taken 125 years ago documenting the founding era of Orange County. The exhibit will be on display July 14 through October 10, 2014 with an opening reception held on Thursday, July 17 at 7 p.m. Local historian Phil Brigandi will host the exhibition opening reception on July 17 and deliver a presentation that will tell the story of creating Orange County.
Location: Old County Courthouse. 211 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana, CA 92701
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Contact: (714) 973-6605
Special Instructions: RSVP is requested by calling (714) 973-6607 or emailing oldcounty.courthouse@ocparks.com.

July 18 – 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.

July 18 – Tot Walk
9 – 11 a.m.
Join Ranger Zak and Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers and bring your young ones (babies to 3 years old) to explore Aliso's wild backyard. We will see bugs, animal tracks, plants, birds and have all kinds of outdoor fun!
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Cost: Free Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: For babies to 3 years old. Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia, first right on Awma, left into parking lot). For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

July 18 – 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 July 18 for a viewing of Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco. 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.
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: 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.

July 19 – Family Hike
3 – 5 p.m.
Join us on this very enjoyable, easy 3-mile hike over moderate but uneven terrain (100-ft. elevation gain). Families welcome. You 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.

July 19 – Amazing Birds of Prey at Laguna Niguel Regional Park
5 – 6 p.m.
Get a close-up look at live hawks, owls and falcons from Orange County Bird of Prey Center. Learn to identify raptors in flight. Find out how owls fly silently and discover other raptor survival secrets! Live raptor presentation by Bird of Prey Center's Peggy Chase at 5 p.m.
Location: Laguna Niguel Regional Park. 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Cost: Free, donations appreciated Parking: $5 per vehicle 
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Reservations encouraged, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. For questions, call (9490 497-8324.

July 20 – Morning Walk Around the Lake
8 – 10 a.m.
Come enjoy a wonderful morning walk around the lake and learn about the native plants and critters in the park. This is an easy 2.5-mile walk (both paved and dirt trail) with no elevation gain. Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation Volunteer Naturalists. Dogs on leashes welcome.
Location: Laguna Niguel Regional Park. 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $5 per vehicle 
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Ages 8 and up. Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Meet at shelter 3 parking lot. For questions, call (949) 497–8324.

July 24 – Fitness Hike at Canyon View
8:30 – 11 a.m.
Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast-paced, 5.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (400-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Ages 15 and up. Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Glenwood [turns into Pacific Park] and right on Canyon Vistas. Meet at the entrance to Canyon View Park). For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

July 24 – Into the Wild 5K Rockin Summer Run #1 
5 p.m.
These evening summer runs introduce people of all ages to the exciting world of short distance trail racing. Our single loop race course winds its way on trails designed for the beginner trail runner or advanced street racer. Runners will use their skills to run the trails outlining Irvine Park as the sun slowly lowers in the sky. 
After the race participants will be treated to a concert in the park as they relax with their family and friends enjoying the sounds and sights of the pleasant summer evenings in Southern California.
Stay for the concert featuring Suburban Legends with Papafish! Music starts at 6 p.m.
Location: Irvine Regional Park. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869 Website: www.ocparks.com/irvinepark/
Contact: (714) 973–6835
Special Instructions: For more information, visit: http://www.intothewildoctrailrun.com/event_date072414.php

July 24 – 2014 Summer Concert Series – Suburban Legends with Papafish  
6 to 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, July 24, pop world artist Suburban Legends with Papafish will be playing at Irvine 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: Irvine Regional Park. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869 Website: www.ocparks.com/irvinepark/
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (714) 973–6835
Special Instructions: All ages!   

July 25 – Meditating in Nature
Relax in nature. Enjoy walking meditation, breathing and energization exercises, and sitting meditation. Bring a blanket and a pillow.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: Ages 16 and up. No experience necessary. Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Little Sycamore Staging Are/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. 


July 25 – Friday Night at the Movies  
8 – 10 p.m.
Come see a free screening of Spielberg-directed movie E.T. 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.

July 26 – 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.  

July 27 – Birding Hike  
8 - 11 a.m.
Spot local native and spring resident birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this slow and easy 2-mile walk through a landscaped suburban parkland setting at Laguna Niguel Regional Park. Wear hiking or walking shoes; bring binoculars!
Location: Laguna Niguel Regional Park, 28241 La Paz Rd., Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2240
Special Instructions: Ages 12 and up.
Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Laguna Niguel Regional Park, 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel (Enter park and make a right turn at the T intersection. Make a left into the first parking lot and meet at the far end.)

July 27 – Family Science Sundays  
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, July – Astronomy, August – Reptiles and September – Talking Trash.
Then join Preserve staff for story time 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.

July 27 – There’s More Than Meets The Eye At Clark Park  
1 – 3:30 p.m.    
Have you ever wondered “Where are all the animals in the park?” but haven’t a clue?  See the park through the eyes of a Ranger and discover the hidden clues. Find out what animals ruled the land in Clark Park 10,000 years ago and what animals rule today.  Visit with Rangers at a Share and Show Exhibit located at Clark Park’s Fossil Museum front patio from 1 to 3 p.m. and discover the secrets of Clark Park. A moderate, 30–minute, ¾-of-a-mile, Ranger-led nature walk will follow. The walk will begin at the Share and Show Exhibit, continue past Elephant and Camel Hill and up Camel Hill, the highest point of Clark Park before looping back to the starting point. Fun activities will be available for both children and adults.
Location: Clark Regional Park. 8800 Rosecrans Ave., Buena Park, CA 90621
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973–3170 

July 31 – Into the Wild 5K Rockin Summer Run #2
5 p.m.
These evening summer runs introduce people of all ages to the exciting world of short distance trail racing. Our single loop race course winds its way on trails designed for the beginner trail runner or advanced street racer. Runners will use their skills to run the trails outlining Irvine Park as the sun slowly lowers in the sky. 
After the race participants will be treated to a concert in the park as they relax with their family and friends enjoying the sounds and sights of the pleasant summer evenings in Southern California.
Stay for the concert featuring GOGO13 with The Hawkline Monster! Music starts at 6 p.m.
Location: Irvine Regional Park. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869 Website: www.ocparks.com/irvinepark/
Contact: (714) 973–6835
Special Instructions: For more information, visit: http://www.intothewildoctrailrun.com/event_date073114.php.

July 31 – 2014 Summer Concert Series – GOGO13 with The Hawkline Monster
6 to 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, July 31, ska band GOGO13 with The Hawkline Monster will be playing at Irvine 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: Irvine Regional Park. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869 Website: www.ocparks.com/irvinepark/
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (714) 973–6835
Special Instructions: All ages!  

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