Archives for June 1, 2016

Green Earth Frying Pan 3-Piece Set by Ozeri (8″, 10″, 12″) is a Must-Buy!

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Are you looking for a great Skillet pan set? The Green Earth Frying Pan 3-Piece Set by Ozeri (8″, 10″, 12″) is a Must-Buy! Each Ozeri pan utilizes GREBLON ceramic – an ultra-safe ceramic coating from Germany which is 100% PTFE, PFOA and APEO free (no heavy metals or chemicals).

I love how durable and sturdy these pans are and they are super easy to clean. I have to admit there has been some food sticking to the pans but I find them super easy to clean by hand washing them. So, this has not been an issue for me at all. I like the sizes and these are my to-go-to pans. I like the textured bottoms of the pans and I find that if I lightly spray them with cooking spray,foods are less likely to stick. Over all, I am very pleased with these pans and highly recommend.

You can purchase on Amazon.com.

Self Disclosure: I received a free product in exchange for an unbiased review. Photo Credit: Ozeri.

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Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this Beauty Post. Photo Credit: NYC New York Color.

OC Parks June 2016 Calendar Of Events

May 24 – August 1 – Hats Off to the Amigos de la Colina
Heritage Hill Historical Park, along with its supporting volunteer organization The Amigos de la Colina, is pleased to welcome the public to enjoy its display of vintage hats. On view at the park in Lake Forest the hats are a collection of a wide variety, dating from late 1800’s through the 1950’s.
Location: Heritage Hill Historical Park. 25151 Serrano Road
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Website: www.ocparks.com/heritage
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2227

June 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 (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
Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast
Cost: Free
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Ages 15 and up. Registration is encouraged, sign-up online: www.eventbrite.com/fitnesshike.

June 2 – Restore Wildflowers and Wildlife in Limestone Canyon
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Remove aggressive weeds and give native wildflowers more room to grow, which help local wildlife thrive in Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. All tools and training, including plant identification, will be provided.
Location: Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Website: www.ocparks.com/irvineranch
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: Ages 12 and up. Registration is required, sign-up online: http://letsgooutside.org/activities/2016/06/02/restore-wildflowers-and-wildlife-in-limestone-canyon-7/ Expect a challenging and unique workout experience as this event will include bending, kneeling and walking across slopes and uneven terrain. Driving directions will be
provided after registration.

June 2 – Midweek Walk in Nature
9 – 11 a.m.
Join us for a wonderful 4-mile (300 ft. elevation gain) hike in beautiful Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. Enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of the coastal sage plants as we hike along Wood Creek.
Location: Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Website: www.ocparks.com/alisoandwoodcanyons
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun
Special Instructions: Registration is required, sign-up online: www.eventbrite.com/midweekwalkinnature. A hat, sunscreen, hiking shoes, water and snack are recommended. Elevation gain of 300 ft. that can be uneven and rocky. 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).

June 3, 10, 17, 24 – Wild Tales
10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Join Newport Bay Conservancy Volunteers for a fun filled parent and child experience that may include arts and crafts, storytime, hands-on activities and outdoor nature walks.
Location: Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve 2301 University Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Website: www.ocparks.com/newport
Cost: $5 per child
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2269
Special Instructions: Ages 2 to 5 years old. Registration is required, email info@newportbay.org or call (949) 923-2269 to register.

June 4 – Nursery Plant Propagation and Care Day
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 passes will be provided at the nursery.
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Registration is encouraged, sign-up online: www.eventbrite.com/nursey. Wear closed-toed shoes, bring layered clothing and sun protection (hat, sunscreen) and bring water. Meet at 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.

June 4 – Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Explore designated trails available for self-guided access for hiking, biking and equestrian use through Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve.
Location: Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Website: www.ocparks.com/irvineranch
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: Registration is required, sign-up online: www.letsgooutside.org/wildernessaccessday. Directions will be provided after registration.

June 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/carboncanyon
Cost: Free
Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-3160
Special Instructions: Meet at Nature Center located at east end of park. To register, call (714) 973-3160 or email carboncanyon@ocparks.com. Participants should remember water, sunscreen, hat and hiking shoes. Rain will cancel hike.

June 4, 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.

June 4– What’s in Your Backyard?
9 – 11 a.m.
Learn about native animals while hiking 3 miles through Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve.
Location: Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Website: www.ocparks.com/irvineranch
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: Ages 5 and up. Registration is required, sign-up online: www.letsgooutside.org/backyard. Driving directions will be provided after registration.

June 4 – Caspers Park Foundation Monthly Meeting
10 – 11 a.m.
Interested in volunteering at Caspers Wilderness Park? Join our monthly volunteer meeting held in the Caspers Wilderness Park Nature Center to discuss park topics and have a special presentation by a guest speaker.
This is a great opportunity to learn just what volunteers do, as well as meet others who love nature, the outdoors and preserving the park for all.
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 fee)
Contact: (949) 923-2210

June 4 – Explore the Bay Family Hike
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
An easy hike for families of all ages to learn more about Upper Newport Bay and enjoy its trails.
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: No registration is required. Hike will be on paved and dirt trails. Bring sun protection and water. Meet on the patio of the Muth Interpretive Center.

June 4 – Orange County Historical Commission Arden Open House
11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The Orange County Historical Commission cordially invites you to a special open house at Arden: Helena Modjeska Historic House and Gardens offered in conjunction with Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary’s Summerfest. Open house will include docents stationed throughout the historic home, Arden Garden Committee members around the grounds, and an opportunity to meet Historical Commissioners and learn about their current projects.
Location: Arden: Helena Modjeska Historic House & Gardens. 29042 Modjeska Canyon Road Modjeska Canyon, CA 92676
Website: www.ocparks.com/modjeska
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Contact: Emily McEwen at (949) 923-2230
Special Instructions: Please take the Summerfest shuttle from the offsite parking area to Arden. Visit www.ocparks.com/arden for more information.

June 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) 497-8324
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).

June 5, 12, 19, 26 – Guided Nature 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: 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.

June 5 – Bugs and Butterflies
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
OC Parks invites children and families to learn all about bugs and butterflies! Come tour Riley Wilderness Park’s butterfly garden at this free, family-friendly event. Learn all about unique and unusual insects and how to attract bugs and butterflies to your own garden.
Location: Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park. 30952 Oso Parkway Coto De Caza, CA 92679
Website: www.ocparks.com/thomas
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2265

June 6 – Discover Hidden Wildlands: Black Star
8:30 – 11 a.m.
Explore seldom-hiked trails and enjoy fantastic vista views, a secluded oasis of oaks, and rocky outcrops during a moderate 2.5-mile hike through Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park.
Location: Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Website: www.ocparks.com/irvineranch
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: Ages 12 and up. Registration required, sign-up online:www.letsgooutside.org/hiddenwildlands. Driving directions will be provided after registration.

June 8 – Equestrian Ride: Discover the Natural Wonders of Weir Canyon
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Explore historic Weir Canyon Nature Preserve from the back of your horse. All riders must have trail riding experience and bring their own fit and able horse.
Location: Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Website: www.ocparks.com/irvineranch
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: For ages 18 and up. Registration is required, sign-up online: www.letsgooutside.org/equestrianride. Driving directions will be provided after registration.

June 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. Hike is not for beginners Registration is required, sign-up online: www.eventbrite.com/fitnesshike. Meet at Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd. east to end; meet at the gate.)

June 10– Mason Movie Nights Under the Stars
7 – 9:30 p.m.
Come see a free screening of Disney’s “Inside Out” at Mason Regional Park. Bring a blanket or low-back chair and sit under the night sky while enjoying this family-friendly movie!
Location: William R. Mason Regional Park. 18712 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612
Website: www.ocparks.com/william
Cost: Free
Parking: Free after 5:30 p.m.
Contact: (949) 923-2220
Special Instructions: You are welcome to bring your own refreshments and snacks. Reservations are not necessary and the movie will begin around sunset (approximately 8 p.m.). This is an outdoor event, please dress accordingly. Rain will cancel the event.
June 11 – Animal Tracking in Fremont Canyon
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Search for evidence that animals leave behind in nature, such as tracks, fur, bones, homes and scat while gaining basic tracking techniques during a hike in Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve.
Location: Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Website: www.ocparks.com/irvineranch
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: Ages 8 and up. Registration is required, sign-up online: www.letsgooutside.org/animaltracking. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you do not mind getting a little dusty. This program is focused for older children and adults. Driving directions will be provided after registration.

June 11 – Family Bandito Bike Ride to Dripping Cave
9 – 11 a.m.
Join a band of bike wielding young explorers on a 5-mile ride to Aliso’s most intriguing attraction. We’ll learn the mysterious legends of this famed bandit hideout as well as about its previous inhabitants – the Acjachemen people.
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Website: www.ocparks.com/alisoandwoodcanyons
Cost: Free
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun
Special Instructions: Ages 8 and up or younger if peddled by an adult. Registration is required, sign-up online: www.eventbrite.com/bandito. Bike, helmet, water, snack, and weather appropriate clothing/shoes are required. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot).

June 12 – Beginning Fitness Hike in Weir Canyon
7 – 9 a.m.
Join a fitness-focused hike in Weir Canyon Nature Preserve, which will travel 5 miles through coastal sage scrub habitat.
Location: Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Website: www.ocparks.com/irvineranch
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: Ages 13 and up. Registration is required, sign-up online: www.letsgooutside.org/beginningfitnesshike. Driving directions will be provided after registration.

June 12 – Trail Stewardship Day
8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
If you enjoy using the park trails and aren’t afraid of a little hard work, this is your opportunity to give back by improving trails. You will also learn to see your favorite trails in a new way! Join Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks for a morning of trail maintenance. We will be using tools such as loppers, picks, shovels and McLeods to clear brush out of trails, restore features that protect the trail, and/or build new features to improve trail sustainability.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast
Cost: Free
Parking: Free for Trail Stewardship Day volunteers
Contact: (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri
Special Instructions: Ages 17 and up. Registration is required. Email alan@lagunacanyon.org to reserve your spot. Lunch and refreshments served.

June 12 – 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 Park Nature Center and discover mysterious clues animals leave behind. Enjoy nature crafts and games, like making a wild animal track mold!
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

June 12 – Second Sunday Restoration Program
9 – 11:30 a.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 removal and garden maintenance.
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: Minors aged 16 and younger must have legal guardian present at all times. Space is limited, register online: www.letsgooutside.org/sundayrestoration. No experience is necessary. Water and tools are provided. Rain cancels event.

June 14 – Adopt a Grassland – West Loma Stewardship
8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Help restore native grasslands by removing invasive weeds and planting seedlings in Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. No experience is necessary other than a desire to explore and care for open space.
Location: Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Website: www.ocparks.com/irvineranch
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: Ages 12 and up. Registration is required, sign-up online: www.letsgooutside.org/adopt. Sturdy footwear is recommended for walking on uneven terrain, kneeling, bending, and gardening in the wilderness. All tools will be provided. Driving directions will be provided after registration.

June 14 – California Native Plants and Uses
9 – 11:30 a.m.
Learn about the many fascinating uses of California native plants during the pre-mission period, on this 2-mile hike (490-ft. elevation gain) over steep and uneven terrain. This hike will focus on plants used historically for tools, food and building materials.
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. Register online: www.eventbrite.com/canativeplants. 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.)

June 14 – Intermediate Evening Mountain Bike Ride
6 – 8 p.m.
Explore Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve by night during an intermediate 10-15 mile mountain bike night ride.
Location: Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Website: www.ocparks.com/irvineranch
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: Ages 12 and up. Registration is required, sign-up online: www.letsgooutside.org/eveningbikeride. This night ride is for experienced adult riders. Lights required. Driving directions will be provided after registration.

June 15 – Shhh… Hike, Look and Listen
6 – 8 p.m.
End your day with a quiet walk through Baker Meadow in Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park.
Location: Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Website: www.ocparks.com/irvineranch
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: Ages 18 and up. Registration required, sign-up online: www.letsgooutside.org/shhh. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight and be prepared for the canyon’s cooler evening temperatures by wearing warm layers. Driving directions will be provided after registration.

June 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) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Ages 15 and up. Registration is required, sign-up online: www.eventbrite.com/fitnesshikeatwillow. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection).

June 17 – Under the Sea Preschool Program
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Learn all about animals in the ocean including fish, dolphins, sharks, and more! 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: Ages 3-4 years only. Parent must accompany child for duration of program. Registration is required! Call (714) 973-6846 to register.

June 18 – Fishing Clinic and Catfish Derby
7 a.m. – 12 p.m.
OC Parks would like to invite you and your kids to a fun morning of fishing at Clark Regional Park! This Kids’ Fishing Clinic and Catfish Derby (for ages 15 and under) is designed to teach kids how to fish, while giving them an opportunity to catch a few from the lake. Whether this is your first time fishing or you’re a regular, you will have fun trying to catch some fish! Instructors will be on hand to demonstrate, assist and answer any questions.
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 or email clarkpark@ocparks.com
Special Instructions: Please bring your own fishing pole. If you do not have a fishing pole, a small number may be available for loan. The lake will stocked with catfish and there will be a two-fish limit. Prizes will be available for the largest fish caught! Registration is required at the OC Parks Check-In table on the day of the event.

June 18 – Keep It Wild Day
8 – 11 a.m.
Come on out and help restore the wild lands we so enjoy! There’s no better way to start a Saturday morning than by joining OC Parks and Laguna Canyon Foundation staff in an invigorating project of non-native plant removal and/or planting native plants. Help us make a healthier environment for the native wildlife and for ourselves.
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) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Registration is required, sign-up online: www.eventbrite.com/keepitwild. 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).

June 18 – Keep It Wild Volunteer Day
8 – 11 a.m.
Come on out and help restore the wild lands we so enjoy! There’s no better way to start a Saturday morning than by joining OC Parks and Laguna Canyon Foundation staff in an invigorating project of non-native plant removal and/or planting native plants. Help us make a healthier environment for the native wildlife and for ourselves.
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Website: www.ocparks.com/alisoandwoodcanyons
Cost: Free
Parking: Free for Keep it Wild volunteers!
Contact: (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun
Special Instructions: Registration is required, sign-up online: www.eventbrite.com/keepitwild. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters (newly renovated staging area!), 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot).

June 18 – Explore the Bay Family Hike
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
An easy hike for families of all ages to learn more about Upper Newport Bay and enjoy its trails.
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: No registration is required. Hike will be on paved and dirt trails. Bring sun protection and water. Meet on the patio of the Muth Interpretive Center.

June 19 – 3rd Sunday Restoration Day at Peters Canyon
7:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Help the Park Rangers remove invasive and non-native plants to keep native habitat healthy, in turn helping the wildlife thrive. Please bring water, sunscreen, hat, snacks and wear closed-toe shoes.
Location: Peters Canyon Regional Park. 8548 E. Canyon View Ave. Orange, CA 92869
Website: www,ocparks.com/peters
Cost: Free
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6611
Special Instructions: Ages 12 and up. Registration is required, sign-up online: www.letsgooutside.org/sundayrestoration. Wear a hat and bring sunscreen along with water to drink. Wear closed toed shoes and bring gloves as well. Bring snacks if you get hungry.

June 19 – Slow-Paced Mountain Bike Ride: Weir Canyon Nature Preserve and Santiago Oaks Regional Park
8 – 10:30 a.m.
Join a docent-led mountain bike ride under a canopy of coastal live oaks in the historic Weir Canyon Nature Preserve area.
Location: Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Website: www.ocparks.com/irvineranch
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: Ages 18 and up. Registration is required, sign-up online: www.letsgooutside.org/bikeride. Driving directions will be provided after registration.

June 19 – Car Wreck Fitness Hike
9 – 11:30 a.m.
Long distance, high elevation hike that takes us inside Dripping Cave, up steep Mathis Canyon Trail, then by the old car wreck!
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Website: www.ocparks.com/alisoandwoodcanyons
Cost: FREE
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun
Special Instructions: Experienced hikers only. For ages 15 and up who are capable of an 8-mile, 900-ft. elevation gain hike on very steep and rocky terrain. Be prepared for hot weather, with at least two liters of water, snack, hiking footwear, sunscreen, a hat/sunglasses, and necessary medications. Registration is required, sign-up online. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot).
June 21– Birds of Mason Regional Park
9 – 10:30 p.m.
Are you able to spot the ducks, geese and grebes in the lakes? Can you hear and see the songbirds on the trees and in the bushes? There may also be shorebirds and hawks at the park! Come join an OC Parks volunteer and experienced birdwatcher and learn about the birds of William R. Mason Regional Park. While on an easy, half-mile walk around the park, you will be able to see and learn about a variety of birds that visit the park. Bring your binoculars to get better views of the birds.
Location: William R. Mason Regional Park. 18712 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612
Website: www.ocparks.com/william
Cost: Free
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2220
Special Instructions: Turn left at the stop sign after the park entrance and park in Parking Lot B. Meet by the Ranger Office. Rain will cancel event.

June 23 – Fitness Hike at Canyon View
8:30 – 11 a.m.
Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, moderately paced, 6-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
Website: www.ocparks.com/alisoandwoodcanyons
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun
Special Instructions: Ages 15 and up. Registration is required, sign-up online: www.eventbrite.com/fitnesshike. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Glenwood [turns into Pacific Park] and right on Canyon Vistas. Meet at the entrance to Canyon View Park).

June 23 – Tecate Cypres Stewardship
9:30 – 11 a.m.
Water and weed around young Tecate cypress trees, a rare species found only in Southern California and northern Baja California. These trees have been planted at the Fremont Canyon Staging Area, an easily accessible location for volunteers, and all tools and training are provided.
Location: Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Website: www.ocparks.com/irvineranch
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: Ages 10 and up. Registration is required, sign-up online: www.letsgooutside.org/tecate. Driving directions will be provided after registration.

June 23 – 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: Orange County 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: Ages 3-4 years old only. Parent must accompany child for duration of program. Registration is required, call (714) 973-6846 to register.

June 24 – The Lure and Lull of Limestone Canyon and The Sinks Equestrian Ride
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Take a leisurely ride through Limestone Canyon from the back of your horse. All riders should have trail riding experience and a fit and able horse.
Location: Limestone Canyon
Website: www.ocparks.com/irvineranch
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: Ages 16 and up. Registration is required, sign-up online: www.letsgooutside.org/equestrianride. Driving directions will be provided after registration.

June 24 – Twilight Trek on the Mesa
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy the Mesa during dusk in beautiful Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park during a 3-mile night hike.
Location: Black Star Canyon Nature Preserve
Website: www.ocparks.com/irvineranch
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: Ages 10 and up. Registration is required, sign-up online: www.letsgooutside.org/twilighttrek. Driving directions will be provided after registration.

June 25 – Birding Walk
8 – 11 a.m.
Learn, practice or just enjoy spotting summer and year-round resident birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 1.5-mile hike over primarily flat, but uneven terrain through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States. No experience necessary!
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. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars. 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).

June 25 – The Birds of Weir Canyon
8 – 11 a.m.
Join a moderate-paced birding walk through the beautiful oak woodlands of Weir Canyon Nature Preserve.
Location: Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Website: www.ocparks.com/irvineranch
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: Ages 10 and up. Registration required, sign-up online: www.letsgooutside.org/birdsweircanyon. Driving directions will be provided after registration.

June 25 – Trail Stewardship Day
8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
If you enjoy using the park trails and aren’t afraid of a little hard work, this is your opportunity to give back by improving trails. You will also learn to see your favorite trails in a new way! Join OC Parks and Laguna Canyon Foundation for a morning of trail maintenance. We will be using tools such as loppers, picks, shovels and McLeods to clear brush out of trails, restore features that protect the trail, and/or build new features to improve trail sustainability.
Location: Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Website: www.ocparks.com/alisoandwoodcanyons
Cost: Free
Parking: Free for Trail Stewardship Day volunteers
Contact: (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2235 Sat/Sun
Special Instructions: Ages 17 and up. Registration is required! Email alan@lagunacanyon.org to reserve your spot. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

June 25 – Star Wars Day
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Let the Force be with you when you visit the zoo! Join us for a day of Star Wars family fun that includes Star Wars characters, crafts, games, and photo opportunities! Zoo animals will receive special treats and there will be animal meet-and-greets throughout the day.
Location: Orange County Zoo. 1 Irvine Park Road Orange, CA 92869
Website: www.ocparks.com/zoo
Cost: $2 per person (ages 2 and under free)
Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: Marcy Crede-Booth at (714) 973-6846
Special Instructions: Reservations are not needed. The first 100 children ages 12 & under in Star Wars costume will receive a special gift AND a free train ride ticket to Irvine Park Railroad! All visitors are encouraged to come in Star Wars attire/costume.

June 25 – Family Hike: Agua Chinon
6 – 8 p.m.
Enjoy an early evening 3-mile family hike in Agua Chinon while watching for native plants and animals in Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve.
Location: Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Website: www.ocparks.com/irvineranch
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: Ages 8 an up. Registration is required, sign-up online: www.letsgooutside.org/aguachinon. Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes, and bring water for the hike. Driving directions will be provided after registration.

June 26 – 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 canyon views.
Location: Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Website: www.ocparks.com/alisoandwoodcanyons
Cost: Free
Parking: $3 per vehicle.
Contact: (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun
Special Instructions: Registration is required, sign-up online: www.eventbrite.com/introductiontomountainbiking. 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 Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot).

June 26 – 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. This is for INTERMEDIATE riders with mountain biking experience. Appropriate mountain biking equipment required.
Location: Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Website: www.ocparks.com/alisoandwoodcanyons
Cost: Free
Parking: $3 per vehicle.
Contact: (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun
Special Instructions: Registration is required, sign-up online: www.eventbrite.com/intermediatemountainbiking. Must have helmet, gloves, hydration; a snack is strongly suggested. Be prepared for varied weather in the canyons. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot).

June 26 – Family Science Sunday
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Free activities in the Muth Interpretive Center classroom once a month, each one with a different educational theme to explore.
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: Recommended for ages 2 to 10. All activities are self guided. May include crafts, hand-on exhibits, hikes or more!

June 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.

June 26 – Meditating in Nature
5:45 – 7:15 p.m.
Relax in nature this spring with park staff and Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Enjoy a short walking meditation (1/2 mile), breathing and energization exercises, and sitting meditation. Bring a blanket, pillow, and clothing in layers in case the evening is cool. No experience necessary.
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 Mon-Fri
Special Instructions: Ages 16 and up. Registration is required, sign-up online: www.eventbrite.com/meditating. 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).

June 29 – What’s For Lunch Preschool Program
10:15 – 11:15 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: 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: Ages 3-4 years old only. Parent must accompany child for duration of program. Registration is required! Call 714-973-6846 to register.

June 30 – 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
Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast
Cost: Free
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Ages 15 and up. Registration is required, sign-up online: www.eventbrite.com/fitnesshikeatdilley. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; and make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right.)
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

Rancho Los Cerritos hosts Summer Concert Series

On the fourth Saturdays of June and July, Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site will be hosting two free summer concerts in the beautiful backyard of the historic property. Guests are welcome to arrive at 4:30 p.m. for pre-concert picnicking in the stunning historic gardens and music will begin at 5:30, continuing until 7p.m.
The first concert, taking place on Saturday, June 26th, will feature the musical talents of local jazz band, Al Threats and Amusement Park. Al has been playing bass for over 30 years, beginning his musical career with a Funk and Sole band he formed in the 1970’s. Since that time, he has travelled extensively to various Jazz festivals in Europe, Los Angeles and many more locations and thus has pursued the art of Jazz music in its many forms.

Ray Goren & the Generation Blues Experience will play the second concert on Saturday, July 24th. The band is comprised of several blues veterans and Ray’s diverse musical tastes have greatly influenced by his original music; a mixture of pop, rock and R&B. He is a captivating live performer and has played all around the United States, sharing the stage with those of BB King, Leon Russell, Robby Krieger, Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Alice Cooper and Eric Gales to name a few.

Concerts begins at 5:30 PM and ends at 7 PM. The gate to the backyard opens at 4:30 for pre-concert picnicking. Guests are welcome to bring a blanket or lawn chair. Pets are not allowed.

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About Rancho Los Cerritos:
Rancho Los Cerritos is located at 4600 Virginia Road in Long Beach. Built in 1844, the adobe home and grounds echo with the rich history of Spanish, Mexican, and American
California and with the families who helped transform Southern California from its ranching beginnings to the modern and urban society it is today. The two-story Monterey-style adobe is primarily furnished to reflect occupants and lifestyles from the 1860s-1880s. The site, a National, State and Long Beach Historic Landmark, also includes historic gardens and a research library and archives. The Rancho is operated by the Rancho Los Cerritos Foundation in private-public partnership with the City of Long Beach. For more information please call (562) 206-2040, or visit the website at www.rancholoscerritos.org and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rancholosc.

The Queen Mary will once again go country with ShipKicker June 4th 2nd Annual Country Music Festival will Bring Today’s Best Country Artists to Long Beach at the Queen Mary’s Waterfront Events Park from 1PM - 11PM

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The Queen Mary is pleased to welcome ShipKicker back to the beautiful Waterfront Event Park on Saturday, June 4, 2016. The 2nd annual country music festival will bring today’s best country artists to Long Beach with performances by Easton Corbin, Clare Dunn, Stephen Wesley, Dylan Scott, Scotty Mac Band, Honey County and Daniel Bonte and The Bona Fide. ShipKicker welcomes country music fans of all ages with food vendors, a beer garden, cocktails, line dancing lessons from Cindi Massengale, and country yard-games to entertain in between musical acts.

  • The ShipKicker Saloon will keep the entertainment rolling in between sets on the main stage, featuring a full bar, dance floor, and DJ Goodtime Gordie spinning the top country hits.
  • Olivia Ooms and Dylan Uribe will strip things down with a special acoustic performance in this intimate and boot-kicking fun Saloon.
  • VIP ticket upgrades are available and include VIP line at entrance, access to a private bar and two drink tickets and Queen Mary ship access for the day.
  • Pit Pass upgrades are available for $30. Attendees can enjoy the standing-room-only PIT at the front of the stage for a close-up view of their favorite artists!
  • Meet and Greet passes will be available on site during ShipKicker for Clare Dunn and Dylan Scott for $20. (Limited amount of passes available; Easton Corbin passes are sold out.)
  • For more information and to purchase tickets to the 2nd annual ShipKicker visit http://www.queenmary.com/events/shipkicker/.

June 1 ShipKicker GoCountry Listener Party:

Kick-off the music festival with Shipkicker GoCountry listener party on June 1st. From 8am – 10am the public is invited to join GoCountry’s morning hosts from Graham in the Mornings, Graham and David, in the historic Observation Bar for very special acoustic performances by Daniel Bonte, Scotty Mac, Honey Country and Stephen Wesley. The event is free to attend but guests must make a reservation online.

 

2016 Performances:

1:00pm – Daniel Bonte and the Bona Fide

2:15pm – Honey Country

3:30pm – Scotty Mac Band

4:15pm – Olivia Ooms Acoustic in ShipKicker Saloon

4:45pm – Stephen Wesley

5:30pm – Dylan Uribe Acoustic in ShipKicker Saloon

6:00pm – Dylan Scott

7:30pm – Clare Dunn

9:30pm – Easton Corbin
WHEN:
1pm – 11pm
Saturday, June 4, 2016

WHERE:
The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802

TICKETS:

Purchase tickets online at QueenMary.com/ShipKicker

  • General Admission: $45 online, $55 day of
  • VIP Admission: $85 online, $110 day of
  • Pit Passes: $30
  • Meet and greet passes: $20 (Easton Corbin is sold out)

PARKING:
$20 upon exit

Credit: The Queen Mary.

“Rainbow Surprise” Creation Station at Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site!

Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is offering an exciting afternoon of free, good old-fashioned fun for children at Creation Station. Join us for an afternoon of colorful, “rainbow surprises” on Saturday June 4th! Activities will include painting butterflies, creating engravings, and crafting vibrant mosaics, using every color of the rainbow.

This drop-in, historically-themed craft workshop will be from 1-4pm and is perfect for children ages 5-11. Creation Station workshops are held rain or shine. In addition to participating in these hands-on activities, visitors can choose to take a free house tour between 1 and 5pm, or a garden tour at 2:30pm.

Mark your calendars! Creation Station will begin again in October.

About the Rancho:

Built in 1844, the adobe home and grounds of Rancho Los Cerritos echo with the rich history of Spanish, Mexican, and American California and with the families who helped transform Southern California from its ranching beginnings to a modern, urban society. The two-story Monterey-style adobe is primarily furnished to reflect occupants and lifestyles from the 1860s-1880s. The site, a National, State and Long Beach Historic Landmark, also includes historic gardens and a research library and archives. It is operated by the Rancho Los Cerritos Foundation in a public/private partnership with the City of Long Beach. For more information please call (562) 206-2040, or visit the website at www.rancholoscerritos.org and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rancholosc.

Credit: Rancho Los Cerritos.