Archives for February 2, 2017

All 5 CHILDREN’S ALBUM GRAMMY® Nominees Perform Public Benefit Concert Ticket proceeds benefit music in the schools programs in L.A. County Saturday, February 11 , 11 am to 12:00 noon At Lucky Strike Live Hollywood, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA (in the Hollywood & Highland Complex)

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The Children’s Recording Arts Alliance announces the eighth annual charity benefit performance featuring all five of this year’s children’s album GRAMMY® Award nominees.

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This year’s concert is noteworthy because all five nominated artists are independent musicians

All net proceeds from the performance will go to support The Symphonic Jazz Orchestra’s “Music in the Schools” residencies, which serve more than 3,400 students each week throughout Los Angeles County. With a unique curriculum for elementary age students, including its flagship “Bach to Bebop” residency, students in Compton, Long Beach, Watts, and the San Fernando Valley learn to become music creators, appreciators and performers.

While this event celebrates recording arts and this year’s nominees for best children’s album, it is not an official event of the Recording Academy. The children’s album award winner will be announced at the live-streaming 59th annual GRAMMY Awards pre-telecast ceremony in the Microsoft Theater at LA Live on the afternoon of Sunday, February 12th. Visit www.grammy.com for more information about these official events.

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Credit: Children’s Recording Arts Alliance. Photo credit: Brian McCarthy Photo Studios.

French for Kids: Les Saisons By Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 11

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French for Kids: Les Saisons (The Seasons) is a fun, colorful DVD language course from Whistlefritz that is perfect for helping your kids learn French.

Les Saisons follows Fritzi, a cute and cheery mouse who attends a birthday party and then wonders when his own birthday is. His friend Marie helps guide him through the year and tells him all the special traits of winter, spring, summer and fall so he can figure it out. I had fun joining Marie and Fritzi in a well-paced lesson and jovial sing-a-long about the seasons – all in French.

 

The entire program runs 35 minutes and, while it’s about the seasons, it also covers vocabulary on saying “hi,” saying your name and other basic phrases as well as special vocabulary about holidays. This program really helps children understand by repeating words over and over and singing about the words to make it fun. The teacher Marie pronounces everything very slowly and clearly. A group of kids also repeat key words and contribute to a better understanding of what is going on onscreen. This DVD mixes animation and live action together successfully to make sure kids can follow the pronunciation but also have fun with its cast of animated characters. The lesson also includes footage of kids doing several pastimes related to the season being discussed which keeps things interesting. For instance, when they talk about fall, they shows kids jumping into piles of leaves.

 

This DVD has a special features video that explains Whistlefritz’s inventive philosophy about immersion and what exactly learning by immersion means. I recommend you watch that before showing kids the DVD.

 

I give French for Kids: Les Saisons an age recommendation of 2 to 8. There is nothing objectionable about this DVD, but I think it is most comprehensible for children at least 2-years-old. I’m not a parent, so that’s your call. The DVD’s length and cheerful atmosphere should keep your child’s attention. I give French for Kids: Les Saisons 4 out of 5 stars. This is an excellent resource for your child to begin to learn some basic French. This DVD is available on Amazon and other places where DVDs are sold. Do check out some of the other titles from its producer, Whistlefritz while you’re at it.

 

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

Celebrate the Season of Romance with a Burke Williams Valentine’s Day Gift Card Package and Receive a Special Gift Just For You

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Burke Williams is pleased to introduce three special Gift Card Packages to celebrate Valentine’s Day and the ones you love. Cupid takes aim with a luxurious selection of services offered at an incredible value, and each gift purchased will include an H2V Travel Kit filled with products from Burke Williams exclusive H2V skin care line.

 

Burke Williams Day Spas offer romance with relaxation in a sanctuary that will leave the special someone in your life feeling pampered and cared for. The “Romance,” “True Love,” and “For Two” Gift Card Packages offer signature services at a discounted price, and packages are available now and vary slightly per spa location. With each purchase you will receive an H2V Travel Kit, filled with a complete regime of effective skin care products including Complete Cleanser, Prepare Toner, Buff Exfoliator, Advance D3 Moisturizer, and Protect Sunscreen (a $34.50 value).

 

Love will fill the air with Burke Williams “Romance” package, which includes a Spa Pedicure with choice of a 50-minute Pure Relaxation massage with enhancement or a 50-minute Spa Style Facial with peel or brightener. “Romance” is a rejuvenating and relaxing escape starting at just $159 (regular price $189 and up).

 

The special someone in your life can indulge in the “True Love” package, which includes a Spa Pedicure with a 50-minute Pure Relaxation massage with enhancement and a 50-minute Spa Style Facial with peel or brightener. A truly lavish and luxurious experience, “True Love” starts at just $279 (regular price $328 and up).

 

For Two” is the ultimate way to celebrate Valentine’s Day as a couple, welcoming each of you to enjoy an 80-minute Pure Relaxation massage with enhancement or Spa Style Facial with peel or brightener. “For Two” also includes two H2V Travel Kits so you can both take home the benefits of Burke Williams exclusive H2V skin care line in a convenient travel bag. “For Two” starts at just $319 (regular price $378 and up).

 

Spa services and pricing for the packages vary per spa location. For information on Burke Williams and to find a spa near you visit www.BurkeWilliamsSpa.com or call 1-866-239-6635. Celebrate the season of romance and receive a gift just for you with Burke Williams Valentine’s Day Gift Card Packages.

Credit: Burke Williams Spa. This is a sponsored post and info/photos were provided.

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For over 30 years Burke Williams Day Spa has been committed to creating an environment of refinement that inspires and provides its guest with a luxurious sanctuary to unwind. With ten locations across Northern and Southern California and the exclusive in-spa skin care line H2V, relaxation awaits with each of our European-inspired treatments including massage therapy, body wraps, facials, manicures, pedicures, baths and an array of signature spa services

February OC Parks Events Calendar

 

steve franks

director

oc community resources

 

Jennifer Hawkins, DVM

director

oc animal care

 

Renee Ramirez

Interim director

oc community services

 

Julia Bidwell

Interim director

Housing Community

Development & Homeless Prevention

 

Stacy Blackwood

director

oc parks

 

helen fried

county librarian

oc public libraries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13042 old myford rd

irvine, ca  92602

phone:  866.ocparks

fax:  714-667-6511

 

OC Parks FEBRUARY 2017 calendar of events

 

February 1, 23 Scales, Feathers, & Fur Preschool Program  

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Come learn all about animals covered with scales, feathers, or fur! Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts, and meeting zoo animals up close! Location: OC Zoo. 1 Irvine Park Road Orange, CA 92869

Website: www.ocparks.com/zoo

Cost: $5 per child (includes one adult)

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Contact: Marcy Crede-Booth at (714) 973-6846

Special Instructions: Registration is required! Call (714) 973-6846 to register. Ages 3-4 years old only. Parent must accompany child for duration of program.

 

February 2 – Fitness Hike at Little Sycamore

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this difficult, strenuous and fast-paced, 4.8-mile hike (685-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

Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast

Cost: Free   

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Contact: (949) 923-2235

Special Instructions: Ages 15 and up. Registration is required, sign up online: www.eventbrite.com/fitnesshike. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, 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).

 

February 4 – First Saturday of the Month Morning Hike To The Redwood Grove

8:30 – 10 a.m.

Join OC Parks’ trained staff on the first Saturday of the month for an easy 1.1-mile early morning 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 8:30 a.m. from the park’s Nature Center.

Location: Carbon Canyon Regional Park. 4442 Carbon Canyon Road
Brea, CA 92823

Website: www.ocparks.com/carbon

Cost: Free   

Parking: $5 per vehicle

Contact: (714) 973-3160

Special Instructions: All ages (small children may have to be carried). Participants should remember water, sunscreen, hat and hiking shoes. Meet at Nature Center located at east end of park. Registration: call (714) 973-3160 or email carboncanyon@ocparks.com. Rain will cancel hike. February 4 – Volunteer Led Hike

12 – 1 p.m.

Join Caspers Park Foundation Volunteers for a 1-mile guided nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. Hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages.

Location: Caspers Wilderness Park. 33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Website: www.ocparks.com/caspers

Cost: Free    

Parking: $5 per vehicle (day use free)

Contact: (949) 923-2210

Special Instructions: Hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages. Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area. Contact park office for hike updates.

 

February 4 – Family Hike  

3 – 5 p.m.

Come and enjoy an easy, 2.5-mile family hike over moderate but uneven terrain (45-ft. elevation gain). Starting at the James Dilley Preserve we will hike one of the most diverse areas of the park to Barbara’s Lake and back. Hike is led by Laguna Canyon Foundation naturalist volunteers.

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast

Cost: Free     

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Contact: (949) 923-2235

Special Instructions: Registration is required, sign up online: www.eventbrite.com/familyhike. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right).

 

February 5, 12, 19, 26 – Ranger Led Hike

8 – 9:15 a.m.

Join the Park Ranger for a 1-mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park.

Location: Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park. 33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Website: www.ocparks.com/caspers

Cost: Free    

Parking: $5 per vehicle (day use free)

Contact: (949) 923-2210

Special Instructions: Hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages. Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area. Contact park office for hike updates.

 

February 8 – Yoga Hike

9 – 10:30 a.m.

Stretch your mind and body on this 2.4-mile hike with a yoga twist over steep and uneven terrain (100-ft. elevation gain) led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.

Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Website: www.ocparks.com/aliso

Cost: Free    

Parking: Free

Contact: (949) 497-8324

Special Instructions: Ages 12 and up. Registration is required, sign up online: www.eventbrite.com/yogahike. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area: Begin at Wood Canyon Trail off Canyon Vistas in Aliso Viejo. From Pacific Park/Canyon Vistas intersection, go Northwest on Canyon Vistas. Park legally (note street signs) on or near Canyon Vistas, preferably between Coastal Oak and Madia (22100 region of Canyon Vistas). Wood Canyon Trail starts as a paved sidewalk between a neighborhood park and tree-lined easement, then becomes dirt trail into the canyon. Hike leaders and participants will meet at the end of the paved sidewalk, entering the canyon.

 

February 9 – Fitness Hike at Ridge Park

8:30 – 11 a.m.

Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this moderate, fast-paced, 6.5-mile hike (700-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

Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast

Cost: Free   

Parking: Free

Contact: (949) 497-8324.

Special Instructions: Ages 15 and up. Registration is required, sign up online: www.eventbrite.com/fitnesshike. Hike is not for beginners. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd. east to end; meet at the gate.)

 

February 10 Nose, Toes & Ears Preschool Program

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Come find out why some animals have big or small noses or ears, and what their toes look like! Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts, and meeting zoo animals up close!

Location: OC Zoo. 1 Irvine Park Road Orange, CA 92869

Website: www.ocparks.com/zoo

Cost: $5 per child (includes one adult)

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Contact: Marcy Crede-Booth at (714) 973-6846

Special Instructions: Registration is required! Call (714) 973-6846 to register. Ages 3-4 years old only. Parent must accompany child for duration of program.

 

February 11 – Nursery and Plant Care  

8 – 11 a.m.

Join us at our native plant nursery as we care for native plants from their seed stage to their mature, ready-to-be planted stage. Volunteers may collect seeds, sow seeds in flats, bump plants up, plant at restoration sites, sterilize plant containers, and/or help maintain the facilities for the plants. Gain hands-on experience with habitat restoration while working alongside other zany and interesting plant lovers!

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast

Cost: Free   

Parking: Free parking passes will be provided at the nursery.

Contact: (949) 923-2235

Special Instructions: Registration is required, sign up online: www.eventbrite.com/nurseryandplantcare. Wear closed-toed shoes, layered clothing and sun protection (hat, sunscreen) and bring water. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, just south of El Toro Road).  Park and walk up the gravel trail 100 yards to get to the small native plant nursery, just before the trailers.

 

February 11 – California Native Plants Hike

8:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Learn about the seasonal life of California Native Plants with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this enjoyable 2.5 mile hike (45-ft. elevation gain) over moderately uneven terrain.

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast

Cost: Free   

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Contact: (949) 497-8324

Special Instructions: Ages 12 and up. Registration is required, sign up online: www.eventbrite.com/nativeplantshike Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right.)

 

February 11, 18, 25 – Walk with a Naturalist   

9 – 10:30 a.m.

Join O’Neill Regional Park naturalists and learn about the animals and nature of Trabuco Canyon. This will be a light to moderate walk on mostly paved roads.

Location: O’Neill Regional Park. 30892 Trabuco Canyon Road
Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678

Website: www.ocparks.com/oneill

Cost: Free

Parking: $5 per vehicle

Contact: (949) 923-2260

Special Instructions: All ages welcome. Meet at the Nature Center just inside the main entrance of O’Neill Regional Park. Event is conditional on weather.

 

February 11 – Eighth Annual Monarch Butterfly Day

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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 eighth annual Monarch Butterfly Day! Activities will include interpretive presentations, children’s crafts, face painting and a balloon artist. This event is recommended for ages four to 12.

Location: Mile Square Regional Park. 16801 Euclid St.

Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Website: www.ocparks.com/milesquare

Cost: Free

Parking: $5 per vehicle

Contact: (714) 973-6600

Special Instructions: For additional information please visit: www.ocparks.com/butterflyday.

 

February 12 – Signs Left Behind

8 – 10 a.m.

Join Park Ranger Shelly Meneely as we learn how to identify signs left behind by the wild animals of Santiago Oaks Park. Ranger Shelly will a give a 30-minute presentation on how to identify scat and tracks of various animals. After the presentation, join us for a 90-minute walk as we learn to identify tracks and scat on the trails. Learn how to identify the differences between mountain lion tracks and domestic dog tracks.

Location: Santiago Oaks Regional Park. 2145 N. Windes Drive

Orange, CA 92869

Website: www.ocparks.com/santiago

Cost: Free    

Parking: $5 per vehicle

Contact: (714) 973-6620

Special Instructions: Ages 15 and up. Registration is required, sign up online: www.letsgooutside.org/signsleftbehind.

 

February 12 – Family Fun Hike

9 – 11 a.m.

When was the last time you took the family out to hike for pure enjoyment? On this 2-mile (150-ft elevation gain) excursion, we’ll focus on fun facts, nature themed games, and wildlife habits while answering questions for your little ones.

Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Website: www.ocparks.com/aliso

Cost: Free    

Parking: Free

Contact: (949) 923-2200

Special Instructions: Ages 7 and up. Registration is required, sign up online: www.eventbrite.com/familyfunhike. MEET AT CANYON VIEW STAGING AREA. Begin at Wood Canyon Trail off Canyon Vistas in Aliso Viejo. From Pacific Park/Canyon Vistas intersection, go Northwest on Canyon Vistas. Park legally (note street signs) on or near Canyon Vistas, preferably between Coastal Oak and Madia (22144 region of Canyon Vistas.)

 

February 12 Second Sunday Restoration Program

9 – 11:30 a.m.

Join Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve staff and 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; please bring hat, sunscreen, snacks, etc. Water and tools are provided.

Location: Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve. 2301 University Drive Newport Beach, CA 92660

Website: www.ocparks.com/newport

Cost: Free

Parking: Free

Contact: (949) 923-2290

Special Instructions: All ages welcome. Minors ages 16 and younger must have legal guardian present at all times. Space is limited and pre-registration is required, sign up online: www.letsgooutside.org/secondsunday.

 

February 12 – Geology Hike at Willow

1 – 4 p.m.

Enjoy an afternoon of unspoiled canyon views and learn about the geology of this area. The rocks and fossils reveal fascinating stories about the park’s ancient environments. This will be a 3.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (600-ft. elevation gain).

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast

Cost: Free     

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Contact: (949) 923-2235

Special Instructions: Registration is required, sign up online: www.eventbrite.com/geologyhike. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Rd, just south of El Toro Rd intersection).

 

February 16 – Fitness Hike at Willow

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 (571-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast

Cost: Free     

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Contact: (949) 923-2235

Special Instructions: Ages 15 and up. Registration is required, sign up online: www.eventbrite.com/fitnesshike. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Rd, just south of El Toro Rd intersection).

 

February 16 Animal Art II Preschool Program  

10:15 – 11:15 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!

Location: OC Zoo. 1 Irvine Park Road Orange, CA 92869

Website: www.ocparks.com/zoo

Cost: $5 per child (includes one adult)

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Contact: Marcy Crede-Booth at (714) 973-6846

Special Instructions: Registration is required! Call (714) 973-6846 to register. Ages 3-4 years old only. Parent must accompany child for duration of program.

 

February 17 – Tot Walk

9 – 11:30 a.m.

Join Ranger Zac along with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers and bring your young ones (infant to age three) to explore Aliso’s wild backyard. Take a leisurely stroll through the garden and to the creek. We will see bugs, plants, birds and explore! Ranger Zac may even host a game, play guitar or introduce a local resident to the children. Come join the fun!

Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Website: www.ocparks.com/aliso

Cost: Free    

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Contact: (949) 497-8324

Special Instructions: Registration is required, sign up online: www.eventbrite.com/totwalk. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area: Begin at Wood Canyon Trail off Canyon Vistas in Aliso Viejo. From Pacific Park/Canyon Vistas intersection, go Northwest on Canyon Vistas. Park legally (note street signs) on or near Canyon Vistas, preferably between Coastal Oak and Madia (22100 region of Canyon Vistas). Wood Canyon Trail starts as a paved sidewalk between a neighborhood park and tree-lined easement, then becomes dirt trail into the canyon. Hike leaders and participants will meet at the end of the paved sidewalk, entering the canyon.

 

February 18 – Keep It Wild Volunteer Day

8 – 11 a.m.

Join OC Parks and the Laguna Canyon Foundation for a morning of invigorating habitat restoration work in Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. Help us create a healthier habitat for the native plants and wildlife that call the canyon their home. Depending on the time of year volunteers will assist with various restoration activities including removal of non-native plants, seed collection and/or planting of native plants.

Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Website: www.ocparks.com/aliso

Cost: Free    

Parking: Free for Keep It Wild volunteers

Contact: (949) 923-2200

Special Instructions: Registration is required, sign up online: www.eventbrite.com/keepitwild. No experience is necessary and all tools will be provided. Please wear closed toe shoes, sun protection and bring water. Come out and join the team to help restore the wild lands we all enjoy! Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot).

 

February 18 – Keep It Wild Volunteer Day

8 – 11 a.m.

Join OC Parks and the Laguna Canyon Foundation for a morning of invigorating habitat restoration work in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. Help us create a healthier habitat for the native plants and wildlife that call the canyon their home. Depending on the time of year volunteers will assist with various restoration activities including removal of non-native plants, seed collection and/or planting of native plants.

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast

Cost: Free     

Parking: Free for Keep It Wild volunteers

Contact: (949) 923-2235

Special Instructions: Registration is required, sign up online: www.eventbrite.com/keepitwild. No experience is necessary and all tools will be provided. Please wear closed toe shoes, sun protection and bring water. Come out and join the team to help restore the wild lands we all enjoy! 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).

 

February 18 – Twilight Hike

5 – 7 p.m.

What’s better than a night hike? A Twilight Hike! Join Park Ranger Shelly Meneely for a hike at twilight. Discover the animals of the twilight zone. Learn about the three types of twilight. Did you know the Earth has a shadow? Twilight is the time to look for it! Ranger Meneely will a give a 30-minute presentation about twilight and animals of the twilight zone. Afterwards, join us for a 1 ½ – hour walk as we hike the twilight-lit trails of the park.

Location: Santiago Oaks Regional Park. 2145 N. Windes Drive

Orange, CA 92869

Website: www.ocparks.com/santiago

Cost: Free    

Parking: $5 per vehicle

Contact: (714) 973-6620

Special Instructions: Space is limited, sign up online: www.letsgooutside.org/activities/2017/02/18/twilight-hike/.

 

February 18 – Moonstruck Night Hike

5:30 – 8 p.m.

Come see Carbon Canyon Regional Park in a completely different setting – in the dark! Our annual fall/winter night hikes are here again. Park Rangers will lead a hike to the Redwood Grove showcasing the natural wonders that can only be seen at night.

The Moonstruck Night Hike will feature many fun activities, including a visit to the Nature Center and hot cocoa and cookies, a live animal presentation by the Nature of Wildworks, and a hike through the wilderness area.

Location: Carbon Canyon Regional Park. 4442 Carbon Canyon Road
Brea, CA 92823

Website: www.ocparks.com/carbon

Cost: Free   

Parking: Free

Contact: (714) 973-3160

Special Instructions: Make sure you dress for cold weather and bring your flashlight! Space is limited. Please call to register: (714) 973-3160 or email carboncanyon@ocparks.com. *This hike was rescheduled from Jan. 21 due to muddy conditions.

 

February 19 – Introduction to Mountain Biking

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer Mountain Bike Trail Assistants on this beautiful 8-mile bike ride (400-ft. elevation gain) on uneven terrain. Learn mountain biking basics and trail etiquette while enjoying the canyon views.

Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Website: www.ocparks.com/aliso

Cost: Free    

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Contact: (949) 923-2200

Special Instructions: Registration is required, sign up online: www.eventbrite.com/introtomountainbiking. Please come prepared with a bike suitable for off-pavement riding, sturdy shoes, helmet, gloves, water and snack. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Parkway (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, left into parking lot).

 

February 19 – Intermediate Mountain Biking

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Catch beautiful canyon views on this 10-mile ride over steep and uneven terrain (1,600-ft elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer Mountain Bike Trail Assistants.

Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Website: www.ocparks.com/aliso

Cost: Free    

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Contact: (949) 923-2200

Special Instructions: Registration is required, sign up online: www.eventbrite.com/intermediatemountainbiking. 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. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Parkway (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, left into parking lot).

 

February 25 – Planting a Successful Butterfly Garden

10 – 11:30 a.m.

“If you plant it, they will come!” Choosing the right plants will aid in the success of your butterfly garden. Join Park Ranger Jenn in a program that will discuss native Orange County butterflies and how to attract them. Optional “walk & talk” through Mason Park’s Butterfly Garden will be included towards the end.

Location: William R. Mason Regional Park. 18712 University Drive

Irvine, CA 92612-2601

Website: www.ocparks.com/mason

Cost: Free    

Parking: $5 per vehicle

Contact: (949) 923-2200

Special Instructions: Turn right at the stop sign after the park entrance and park in Parking Lot A. Meet at Shelter #2. Rain will cancel event. For additional information please visit: www.ocparks.com/butterflygarden.

 

February 26 Family Science Sunday

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Come join us for a fun day of learning anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.! Family Science Sundays feature free activities in the Muth Interpretive Center’s Discovery Classroom. Each month, we will explore a different educational theme. The activities are self-guided and may include hands-on exhibits, outside hikes, crafts and more!

Location: Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve. 2301 University Drive Newport Beach, CA 92660

Website: www.ocparks.com/newport

Cost: Free

Parking: Free

Contact: (949) 923-2290

Special Instructions: All ages welcome, recommended for ages 2 to 10 years old. No registration is required and children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

February 26 – Then and Now: An Interactive Discovery of Animals Living in OC’s Past and Present

1 – 3 p.m.

Come out to Clark Regional Park on the last Sunday of every month to learn about the animals that ruled the land 10,000 years ago and the animals living in Orange County today. Visit the Show and Share activity table for hands-on exhibits and discover the similarities and differences between past and present animals.

Location: Clark Regional Park. 8800 Rosecrans Ave. Buena Park, CA 90621

Website: www.ocparks.com/clark

Cost: Free     

Parking: $5 per vehicle

Contact: (714) 973-3170

Special Instructions: This is a free, family-friendly event. Meet at the interpretive center, rain or shine. Pack a lunch and stay for the day at the park following the program.

 

February 26 – Native American Crafts

1 – 4 p.m.

Drop in to the Nix Nature Center to learn how people lived on this land without roads, stores, or fences. Make your own traditional toys and games. Grind “paint rocks” and use a pump drill. Make cordage and a bull roarer. Together, we will remember that everything we create and use comes from the Earth.

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast

Cost: Free     

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Contact: (949) 497-8324

Special Instructions: Ages 5 and up with an adult. Registration is required, sign up online: www.eventbrite.com/nativeamericancrafts. 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).

 

 

Credit:

OC Parks

The OC Parks system encompasses 26 regional, wilderness and historical facilities, as well as coastal areas throughout the County of Orange in California. Featuring nearly 60,000 acres of parkland, open space and shoreline, Orange County’s award-winning parks and programs are enjoyed by millions of residents and visitors each year, in ways as diverse as the parks themselves.

 

OC Parks offers wilderness hikes. Campgrounds. World-class mountain biking. Nature centers. Nationally recognized historic sites. Fishing. Surfing. And the list goes on. Whether a visitor comes to jog or camp; whether a family holds a reunion at a park or meets friends at the beach, OC Parks offers everything you need to make every day a great one.

 

http://www.ocparks.com

 

 

First ever wedding live on a bus! Marry Me on a megabus!

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Think about the most unique place you and your loved one could tie the knot. A roller coaster, a hot air balloon, underwater—yes, these are all unexpected venues, but believe it or not, they’ve also been done before.

But what if you were the very first couple to ever get married….on a megabus?!

That’s right—one adventurous couple will win a free wedding – on a decked-out megabus – plus honeymoon transportation and a lot of spending money.

What better way to start your life together than something as crazy (and fun!) as this?

Contestants can enter here up until Feb. 21, sharing their story and why they want to be married on a megabus. The winner will be chosen and announced via megabus social channels on March 15, 2017.

Credit: Megabus. Contest is not affiliated with SoCal City Kids.