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Bugs, Blooms and Butterflies

 Muth Interpretive Center

This FREE event is held the last Sunday of every month. Self guided activities are held in the Muth Interpretive Center classroom, and feature a different educational theme each month. Activities may include hands on exhibits, outside activities, crafts and more.

A short hike or activity takes place at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., no registration is necessary. Email or contact: (949) 923-2290 for more information.

  • When: Sunday, May 31, 2015 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

  • Where: Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve/Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Dr., Newport Beach, CA

  • Cost: FREE

Memorial Day at Bill Barber Park

Image from CIty of Irvine Facebook

Image from CIty of Irvine Facebook page

The City of Irvine will host its annual Memorial Day Ceremony to pay tribute to fallen military service members at Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park.

Attendees will have the opportunity to memorialize our troops’ sacrifice by writing a brief remembrance to be posted on a memory board. Cards will also be available for well-wishers to send a message of appreciation and support to Irvine’s adopted 2/11 Marine Battalion.

  • When: Monday, May 25, 2105 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am
  • Where: Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park is located at 4 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine.
  • Cost: Free

Guests are encouraged to park in the lot at Harvard Avenue and San Juan Street.

Whole Kids Cooking Class


 My kids love going to Whole Foods in Tustin for the Whole Kids Cooking Class. Chef Cinita will show kids some kid friendly recipes that are easy, fun and delicious.

Bring your kids to this hands-on cooking class and help your picking eater to try something new by getting them involved. They’ll tallk about why it’s important to color your plate with healthy foods as they prepre their dish. The next class is sure to get your kids excited as they’ll be learing how to make DIY Cookies! 


  • When: Friday, May 29, 2015 from 4:00 pm -5:00 pm

  • Where: Whole Foods, 2847 Park Ave., Tustin, CA (map)

  • Cost: $5.00 per child

RSVP’s are Required. Email:

Princess Parables Tea Party


Once Upon A Storybook invites you and your daughter to this sweet mother/daughter event “Princess Parables Tea Party with Jeanna Young”.

Come and enjoy a talk about manners and Godly character from local author Jeanna Young. Enjoy a lovely tea and with a live princess while Jeanna reads and signs some of her books from the Princess Parables series.

This event is best suited for girls ages 4+. There is no cost for this event, but it is important to make a reservation! Please call 714-669-4377.

  • Where: Once Upon A Storybook, 17300 E. 17th Street #C, Tustin, CA 92780
  • Cost: Free

Claire Keane at Once Upon a Storybook

Book Signing with Disney Animator, Claire Keane

Come to my favorite children’s bookstore, Once Upon A Storybook, on Sunday, May 24, 2015, as Disney animator, Claire Keane, will showcase her new picture book, “Once Upon A Cloud”.

If your kids are familiar with Disney’s “Frozen” and “Tangled” movies, than you don’t want to miss this event. Claire made significant contributions to these recent hits. Bring the kids to see her incredible work.

Claire will read and sign any books purchased at this event. Please call the store to let them if you plan on attending. 714-669-4377

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  • Where: Once Upon A Storybook, 17300 E 17th St #C, Tustin, CA 92780
  • Cost: Free

Gleaning at Tanaka Farms


If your looking for a family volunteer opportunity, Tanaka Farms has an option for you. Tanaka Farms and OCO ‘s Helping Farms Feeding Families Program hosts gleaning events.

Gleaning is the process of picking or gathering of vegetables  in the field when there is an abundance of a crop.  The vegetables picked by volunteer gleaners will go to families in need connected with the food pantries at South County Outreach and Families Forward in Irvine.

  • Limited to 20 volunteers per gleaning date.
  • Every child 16 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult.
  • Gleaning will last about 2 hours.
  • Must wear closed toed shoes. Be prepared to get dirty and muddy!
  • Everyone must pre-register.
  • Click on the preferred date below

Saturday, May 23, 2015 1:45pm

Weekend Hikes

Image from OC Parks

Image from OC Parks

This weekends edition of “Weekend Hikes” features a few very nice guided hikes in some of our beautiful Orange County Parks. On both Saturday & Sunday there is a choice for a family friendly hike or a more challenging hike for those looking for a little more adventure.

Either way, it’s a free guided hike, just cover the parking. Get out there!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Guided Interpretive Hike – Irvine Regional Park
Join our naturalists on a nature walk and learn about the local plants, animals and history of Irvine Regional Park. Light to moderate walking on both paved paths and trails. Meet at the Nature Center near the OC Zoo in parking lot #19.

  • All ages welcome
  • Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
Date:  5/23/2015
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Geology Hike at Willow Canyon- Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
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).

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Rd, just south of El Toro Rd intersection).
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.

Online Registration

Date:  5/23/2015
Time:  1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Ranger Led Nature Hike – Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
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. 

  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • Wear comfortable clothing, hiking shoes.
  • Sunscreen, water and insect repellent are recommended.

For additional information, please call the park at (949) 923-2210.

Date: 5/24/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Birding Walk – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Spot native and spring migrating birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 2-mile hike over uneven terrain (up to 400-ft. elevation gain) through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States.

  • For ages 12 and up (minors must be accompanied by an adult).
  • Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars.
  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, 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).
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.

Online Registration

Date: 5/24/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM


Free Open Studio Art Time

Palette Station

The Plaette Station in Tustin is offering a FREE open studio art time on Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 1:00 pm -5:00 pm.

If you’ve been looking for an opportunity to see what Palette Station is all about, look no further. Bring the kids this Saturday afternoon for a free, no-obligation creative session with their professional artists. This place is awesome and the staff is wonderful!!!

  • When: Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Where: Palette Station, 540 E 1st St., Tustin, CA 92780. Located in Larwin Square Shopping Center next to the new Haggen’s Market. 
  • Cost: FREE

Home Remedies Workshop


This Saturday, May23, 2015, The Ecology Center presents “Home Remedies & Herbal Medicine Workshop”. Learn how to make use of the healing and long term health benefits of alternative and herbal medicine.

Herbology (herbal medicine) is extremely effective, gentle to both people and the environment, non-addictive, natural, and sustainable. It is virtually cost-free as your medicine cabinet can be sourced from your garden. Understanding the medicinal value of plants and the best ways to use them can keep your family, community, and the environment healthy.

Join the Ecology Center for this intensive 4 hour alternative healing and herbology hands-on workshop. You will gain accessible and practical knowledge on alternative ways to treat simple and more complex health conditions.

  • Start by learning about a few simple alternative ways to deal with simple headaches, allergies and injuries.

  • Explore the garden, a few medicinal herbs and their uses, and engage in a hands-on herbal medicine making lesson.

  • Discuss culinary plants that work in your medicine cabinet including sage, rosemary, thyme, garlic, and hyssop among others.

  • Gather in the orchard and learn how to use apples, peaches, lemons and more to make medicine.

  • Make and take home an herbal medicine that fits your needs and start your own Natural Medicine Chest.

This popular workshop occurs just once a year. Register now for the opportunity to learn at home remedies from two highly qualified experts in the field of natural healing.


Dr. Doug has over 30 years of experience in healing as a chiropractor and applied kinesiologist. His passion, research, and years of practice with herbology and food as medicine are integral elements in his approach to health. He is a vital part of the education provided by The Ecology Center, through his contributions of research, writing, and class instruction.

Rebecca Altman is a herbalist and writer who has been practicing herbalism for 9 years, and studying for even longer. She’s had the great fortune to learn from some of the most brilliant people in modern herbalism— Kiva Rose, Jim McDonald, Matthew Wood— and the even greater fortune to have spent a lot of time working with the plants she regularly gathers from the wild, learning their secrets from observing their patterns. Her approach to herbalism is in looking at the connections between things— between humans and the planet, between humans and each other, and between abstract concepts and grounded practices, to make them accessible to all of us. She writes about herbalism and the human condition at and she sells her herbal creations at

Herbalist Rebecca Altman harvesting medicine

  • When: Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 12:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Where: The Ecology Center, 32701 Alipaz St. San Juan Capistrano, 92675
  • Cost: $30 for Members & $40 for Non-Members

Strawberry Festival


The 57th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival will be held Memorial Day Weekend Friday, May 22nd through May 25th at the Village Green between Main and Euclid in downtown Garden Grove.

StrawberryFestivalFestivities will begin Friday, May 22nd at 1:00 p.m, bring the family for games and carnival rides. On Friday at 6:00 p.m. is the grand opening ceremony when the mayor and Miss Garden Grove cut a giant strawberry shortcake and free cake is served to all. Many parade celebrities will also be on hand to greet their fans.

The City’s 5K Run starts on Saturday at 8 a.m. as does the festival’s Celebrity VIP Breakfast at the Community Center which is open to the public. The parade begins at 10 a.m. starting at 9th and Chapman. There Will be floats, equestrians and bands, clowns, TV and film celebrities and 25 veterans and their families since this year’s theme is Honoring Our Returning Veterans.

Image from StrawberryFestivalGardenGrove Facebook page

Image from StrawberryFestivalGardenGrove Facebook page

The Theme Grand Marshal is Lt. Col. Patricia Murray, and the Celebrity Grand Marshal is M*A*S*H* star Sally Kellerman. Many celebrities will remain after the parade to sign autographs. All four days offer 35 new and exciting carnival rides, food, 200 booths and live entertainment plus contests for the Berry, Berry Beautiful Baby, Tiny Tots King and Queen, prettiest redhead and best Karaoke singers.

Strawberry Festival

For a full schedule of events click here.

Navigation’s Destination

Bug Safari


Let your children go on a Bug Safari at Fullerton Arboretum on select Wednesday and Saturday’s mornings in June, July & August.

Fullerton Arboretum’s own “Bug Lady,” Cindy Calisher,  wil be in the garden and to show kids how to spot and identify many of the littler critters that inhabit our world. Kids will have opportunities to spot insects and other bugs!

  • When: Wednesdays, June 17 & July 15, 2015 from 9:30 am  – 10:30am and Saturdays, June 13, July 11 & August 8 from 9:30 – 10:30 am
  • Where: Fullerton Aboretum – Nature Center and Grounds, located at: 1900 Associated Rd., Fullerton, CA 92831
  • Cost:  $5 per child
  • Best suited for children ages: 5 and up

There is maxium regiration of 30 people, so be sure to reserve your spot asap! To register for the class, visit

Note:  Children under  age 7 must be accompanied by  an adult.

Kids Archery Class


Join Park Rangers and Volunteers as the are on hand to offer free classes to participants 12 years old and up. The class and equipment is provided free of charge.

The archery range at Mile Square Regional Park is open to the public. The 6.71-acre redesigned range features 24 in-line shooting stations beneath a continuous metal shade canopy with 24 targets, bow racks, tables for servicing bows, perimeter fencing, north orientation and a 20-foot safety berm. The range is the largest in Orange County.

  • When: Saturday, May 23, June 6, June 27, July 11 & July 25, 2015 from 9:00 am – 10:00 am
  • Where: Mile Square Regional Park, 16801 Euclid St.,Fountain Valley, CA 92708
  • Cost: Parking is $5.00

For more information about the archery range, call the park at (714)973-6600 or (714)973-3197 or email . Read the range rules here.

 Click Here To Register

Children’s Garden Workshop

OCGreat Park_garden4KidsThe third Sunday of every month is the Great Park’s FREE Children’s Garden Workshop Series. The monthly workshop is designed to highlight the connection between nature and the core education disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts, music, and math.

A garden is a perfect backdrop for exploring the ways in which the natural world impacts every aspect of our daily lives.  This new set of fun and engaging STEAMM inspired topics are sure to delight and inspire young and old alike, so please join us.

  • Where: OC Great Park Farm + Food Lab | Map & Directions 
  • When: Sunday, May 17, 2105
  • Time: Workshops are offered every half hour from 11:00am – 1:00pm
  • Cost: Free*

 The workshop is 20 minutes of a sit down interactive presentation followed by a craft and planting activity, all ages welcome.

*Gently used book donations to the little free library are encouraged.
Ages 3-9

This program is produced  and presented by the City of Irvine’s Community Services Urban Agricultural Programs Division, and is supported by volunteers from the University of California’s Cooperative Extension Master Gardener program and Irvine Youth Action Team.

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