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It’s Super Bowl Sunday and it’s a great day to #giveadman about others. Please don’t  drink and drive today. If your hosting a party take the keys away at the door and call uber for your guest if they’ve had too much to drink.

Listen to the wise words of Helen Mirren, she knows how to #giveadman.

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Shark Lagoon Nights

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Shark Lagoon Nights are a FREE event at Aquarium of the Pacific and are held most Friday nights.

The public is invited to get up close with the ocean’s ultimate predators at the Aquarium of the Pacific for FREE during Shark Lagoon Nights. Guests will have the opportunity to touch bamboo sharks and see large sharks such as sandtigers as well as rays in the Aquarium’s Shark Lagoon.

Enjoy Coffee, hot cocoa, beer, wine, desserts, and snacks as they are available for purchase.

EVENT INFORMATION
WHEN FRIDAY, FEB 5, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, FEB 19, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, FEB 26, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, MAR 25, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, APR 1, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, APR 8, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, APR 22, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, APR 29, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, JUN 3, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, JUN 10, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
COST FREE for everyone!
Where Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
INFO (562) 590-3100, ext. 0

Weekend Hikes

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It’s time for my weekly edition of “Weekend Hikes”.  Get your hiking boots this weekend is filled with some great FREE guided hikes!

For those looking to get more.familiar with hiking take part in the Introduction to Day-Hiking Skills at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. If you choose to go unguided – take advantage of the Wilderness Access Day at Limestone Canyon at Irvine Ranch Open Space. Looking for a hike the entire family can take part in? Try an family friendly hike to see the Redwood Grove Hike at Carbon Canyon Regional Park.

It’s going to a be gorgeous out this weekend. Get out there!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Introduction to Day-Hiking Skills at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers in a classroom and outdoor setting to learn about outdoor hiking skills. The class will be followed by an easy  2-mile hike on level terrain.  We will cover boots, day packs, poles, clothing and map reading.

  • 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).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.

Online Registration

Date: 2/6/2016
Time: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Long Distance Hike at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Explore the beauty and diversity of Willow Canyon, Bommer Ridge and Emerald Canyon in the backcountry of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. This will be a strenuous, 7.2-mile hike (650-ft. elevation gain) over rocky, steep, and uneven terrain. We will hike through sycamore and oak woodlands, coastal sage scrub, and along ridges with beautiful vistas. Participants should be fit and able to hike long distances.

  • For your safety and comfort bring 2-3 liters of water, a hat, a hearty snack and proper hiking shoes.
  • Ages 15 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, just south of El Toro Road).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8325.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.

Online Registration

Date: 2/6/2016
Time: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon at Irvine Ranch Open Space

Designated trails in Limestone Canyon will be open for self-guided trail use for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians in OC Parks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space. Trail routes vary in distance and level of difficulty with choices ranging from easy one-hour walks to strenuous 15-mile cardio treks. All participants are requested to check-in and complete their registration at the Augustine Staging Area prior to accessing the trail system, and are required to stay on designated trails at all times.

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Driving directions will be provided after registration.
  • For more activities in Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, click here.

Online Registration

Date: 2/6/2016
Time: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
First Saturday of the Month Morning Hike To The Redwood Grove at Carbon Canyon Regional Park
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.

Participants should remember water, sunscreen, hat and hiking shoes.

  • All ages (small children may have to be carried).
  • Meet at Nature Center located at east end of park.
  • Cost: FREE!

Registration: call (714) 973-3160 or emailcarboncanyon@ocparks.com

Parking: $5 per vehicle

RAIN WILL CANCEL HIKE!

Date: 2/6/2016
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

 

Family Hike at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

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.

  • 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).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.

Online Registration

Date: 2/6/2016
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Guided Nature Hike at Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Join the Park Ranger for a one mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. Hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages.

  • Contact park office for hike updates.
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle (day use fee).
  • Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area.
Date:  2/7/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

 

Sunday Family Fun Hike at Aliso & Wood Canyons Park
When was the last time you took the family out to hike for pure enjoyment? On this excursion, we’ll focus on fun facts, nature themed games, and wildlife habits while answering questions from your little ones.

  • 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).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun.
  • This is a 2-mile (150-ft. elevation gain) hike.
  • For ages 7 and up.
  • Parking: Free.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


Online Registration

Date:  2/7/2016
Time:  9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Lunar New Year Celebration

It’s almost time for the 3rd annual Great Park Neighborhoods Lunar New Year celebration. This years celebration promises even more fun than last year.

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We attended last years celebration and had a fantastic time. The park was beautifully decorated with lanterns, live music was playing, delicious tea and coffee were being served and there was plenty of activities for the kids.

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This year there be beautifully adorned cupcakes (almost to beautiful to eat), plenty of arts & crafts for the kids (and your inner child-like spirit), a parade of lanterns, live music, traditional Chinese Lion Head Dance, Pacific Rim beer & wine garden, a night market, and food truck court.

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There is something for everyone to enjoy at this celebration.

  • When: Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Where: Beacon Park, 501 Benchmark, Irvine, CA 92618
  • Cost: FREE

7th Annual Monarch Butterfly Day

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OC Parks invites children and families to learn all about Monarch Butterflies and their natural habitat withan up-close look at the magnificent creatures at the
7th annual Monarch Butterfly Day!

The free event lets children assist in planting plants to attract Monarch Butterflies. Participants can also go inside a netted butterfly enclosure.

Butterfly experts will be on-site to provide educational information and answer questions about the beautiful and unique specimens.

Additional activities include interpretive programs, children’s crafts, face painting and a balloon artist. This event is recommended for ages 4 to 12. Remember to bring
your cameras!

  • When: Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Where: Mile Square Regional Park, 16801 Euclid St., Fountain Valley, CA 92708 (takes place in the Forest Shelter near parking lot C)
  • Cost: Event is FREE, parking is $5.00

Family Fossil Days

Clark ParkDid you know that mammoths, ring-tailed cats, giant ground sloths and a unique type of ancient llama once lived in the area? Come explore Clark Regional Park’s rich fossil history! Family Fossil Days provide a hands-on experience for all ages with real fossils.

The three-hour program, led by park staff, will bring you face to face with a casting of a real Megalodon jaw and a 9 million year-old baleen whale fossil. Participants older than 6 years old will also be able to visit Clark Regional Park’s marine fossil site. Meet at the interpretive center, rain or shine. Pack a picnic lunch and stay for the day at the park following the program.

  • When: Saturday, February 6th, Saturday, May 7th, Saturday, September 10th, Saturday, December 3rd from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Clark Regional Park 8800 Rosecrans Ave. Buena Park, CA 90621
  • Event is FREE, parking is $5 per vehicle. 

For more information: Call (714) 973-3170 or email clarkpark@ocparks.com http://www.facebook.com/OrangeCountyParks twitter.com/OCParks Carbon Canyon Regional

It’s Museum FREE for all Day!!!

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Here’s a reminder that it’s the 11th annual Museum FREE-for all Day!!! Over twenty museums – presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science will open their doors and invite visitors to attend their museums free of charge.

Here’s a list of the 2016 Participating Museums

  • Autry Museum of the American West
  • Annenberg Space for Photography
  • Armory Space for Photography
  • The Broad
  • California African American Museum
  • California Science Center – Offer valid for general admission only. Does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions or IMAX films. Timed reservations are required for space shuttle Endeavour.
  • Craft & Folk Art Museum – Offering free admission on Sunday, January 31, 2016 as part of Museums Free-for-All
  • Descanso Gardens
  • Fowler Museum at UCLA
  • The Getty
  • The Getty Villa – Timed tickets are required. Visit http://www.getty.edu.
  • Hammer Museum
  • Laguna Art Museum
  • The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum – Does not include Ice Age Encounters or 3D Theatre
  • LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) – Offer valid for general admission only. Does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions
  • Japanese American National Museum
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)
  • Museum of Latin American Art
  • Museum of Tolerance – Closed Saturdays, offering free admission on Sunday, January 31, 2016 as part of Museums Free-for-All
  • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
  • Orange County Museum of Art
  • The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
  • The Paley Center for Media
  • Pasadena Museum of California Art
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Skirball Cultural Center – Offering free admission on Sunday, January 31, 2016 as part of Museums Free-for-All. Noah’s Ark timed-entry, one-hour tickets are limited and distributed first-come, first-served
  • Sunnylands
  • Torrance Art Museum
  • USC Pacific Asia Museum
  • William S. Hart Museum
  • Zimmer Children’s Museum – Closed Saturdays, offering free admission on Sunday, January 31, 2016 as part of Museums Free-for-All

 

Bird is the Word

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The Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve offers a FREE Family Science Sunday once a month. Each month a different educational theme is offered. This month the theme is “Bird is the Word” and will focus on birds and migration.

Self guided Free activities take place in the Muth Interpretive Center classroom and may include crafts, hands on exhibits, hikes or more. Theese activities are recommended for ages 2-10.

  • When: Sunday, January 31, 2016 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Where: Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve/Muth Interpretive Center,  2301 University Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660
  • Cost: FREE

Weekend Hikes

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If we don’t have rain this weekend there’s some fun weekend hikes planned by our OC Parks. Remeber all these guided hikes are FREE. Parking fee vary between $3.00 and $5.00.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Explore the Bay Family Hike – Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
An easy hike for families of all ages to learn more about Upper Newport Bay and enjoy its trails. 

  • Hike will be on paved and dirt trails
  • Bring sun protection and water
  • Meet on the patio of the Muth Interpretive Center
  • No fee or pre-registration required
Date:  1/30/2016
Time:  10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Guided Nature Hike – Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Join the Park Ranger for a one mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. Hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages.

  • Contact park office for hike updates.
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle (day use fee).
  • Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area.
Date:  1/31/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Car Wreck Fitness Hike – Aliso & Wood Canyons Park
Long distance, high elevation hike that takes us inside Dripping Cave, up steep Mathis Canyon Trail, then by the old car wreck! Experienced hikers only.

  • 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).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • 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.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


Online Registration

Date:  1/31/2016
Time:  9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Free Family Nights at Kidspace

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How does a FREE family night at Kidspace Museum sound? Every month Kidspace Museum offers FREE admission so that families can explore with a special evening of programming which includes performers that highlight cultures and traditions from around the world.

  • When: Family Night’s are held on the first Tuesday of every month from 4:00 to 8:00pm
  • Where: Kidspace Museum is located at 480 N. Arroyo Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91103
  • Cost: FREE
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Photo courtesy of Kidspacemuseum.org

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Explore the jungles of East Africa in this nature inspired Free Family Night! Learn about lovebirds, build a traditional East African instrument known as a “kalimba”, and create cowrie shell jewelry! Don’t miss a cultural performance at 6:00 pm!

 

Turning Lemons into Lemonades

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We are a Girl Scout Family! I am the proud leader of a Girl Scout Troop made up of 1 Cadette, 8 Juniors, 2 Daisy Girl Scouts and some of the most dedicated Moms & Dads. On Sunday, we started selling Girl Scout cookies, It always amazes me at just how much people look forward to this once a year treat and at how supportive people are of this fundraiser.

Recently I got into an online discussion with some supporters of a certain “Food” girl who is in “attack” mode against Girl Scout Cookies (conveniently just as cookie season has started). She is going on about how unhealthy the “cookies” are. This whole conversation is just mind-blowing to me. We are talking about “cookies” right? How healthy is a “cookie” to begin with. Personally, I don’t know anyone that thinks “I’m going to make a change in my lifestyle, let’s start with cookies”. Girl Scout cookies or any other treat is not intended to be your main staple in your diet. I am very careful with what my family consumes, we eat mostly vegetarian meals and I don’t buy too many sweets but I do buy some. I know how precious life is and how extremely short it can be. Yes, you could make it even shorter by making bad food choices BUT don’t go through life denying yourself some of the simple pleasures in life and certainly don’t go through life tearing down an entire group of girls or boys main “fundraiser”.

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Photo courtesy of ABCBakers

This whole conversation made me even more committed to my daughters success in reaching their goals for this cookie season. You see, these girls desire more, they see a much bigger picture than this “Food” girl. I have followed her blog and facebook page for some time now and admire some of the changes she’s made within the food industry but it upsets me that “SHE” a women, has failed to see what she is doing. If “SHE” would like to inspire some healthy changes to our cookies that’s great – I’m in! She knows darn well that you always start at the top. Talk to the powers that be at GSUSA, request a change! I responded to this “Food” girl by sending her GSUSA’s email and mailing address but I’ve heard nothing back from her. I’m curious, did she ever even try to contact them and let them know her concerns?

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Well “Food” girl, you have inspired me to turn these lemons your throwing at us Girl Scouts into lots and lots of Lemonades. Yes, “Food” girl – it just happens to be the 10th anniversary of Lemonades, which also happen to be Vegan and my favorite Girl Scout cookie!

For those of you who would like to purchase Girl Scout cookies, contact me – my daughters would be so grateful to you for helping them reach their goals. If you don’t like Girl Scout Cookies or don’t like where you “think” the proceeds might be going – we gladly take donations! We would love it if you could encourage others to donate as well!! Donations can go directly to the girl or the troop selling these cookies. Each troop has a different goal and different organizations they plan on helping. So be sure to ask them what they plan on doing with the proceeds.

Ohhh and “Food” girl, excuse us from your site at this time. All of us Girl Scout Leaders and Moms will be rather busy as we support our girls and help build Girls of Cougar, Confidence and Character.

Woman to Woman – I’m kind of disappointed that you don’t get it, on the other hand -“Thank you” for reminding everyone it’s Girl Scout Cookie Season and for helping promote our product.

Can someone please pass the Lemonades?

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There are No Mistakes in Art

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How great would it be if you never made a mistake? Learn from the creative imagination of children’s book author, TV writer, and director Samantha Berger, that “in art, there are no mistakes” in this Chuck Jones Center-sponsored Creative Classroom. But even if you can’t make a mistake in art, that doesn’t mean discipline isn’t important. In this class, Samantha Berger will show you that creating something every day along with thoughtful doodling will lead you to new discoveries and ultimately to brilliance.

“There Are No Mistakes in Art” will take place on Sunday, January 24 from 2 to 4 PM at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, 3321 Hyland Ave., Suite A, Costa Mesa, CA. It is free and open to the public. Reservations are a must as seating is limited. RSVP to Programs@ChuckJonesCenter.org or by calling 949-660-7793 x 107.

  • When: Sunday, January 24, 2016 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Where: Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, located at South Coast Collection. 3321 Hyland Avenue. Costa Mesa, CA 92626 – View Map
  • Cost: FREE

Hikes & Bikes

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From family-friendly hikes to bird watching to mountain biking, OC Parks has something for you this weekend! Join in on one or more of these FREE guided hikes or rides, just cover the parking fee. Get out there!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Let’s Go Hiking – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Do you want to take a hike with other nature enthusiasts? Enjoy a 3.8-mile, moderate (600-ft. elevation gain) hike through Laurel and Willow Canyons with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. You will experience a variety of plant communities, from Coastal Sage Scrub to Oak Woodland and enjoy a view of the ocean at the top. Minimal interpretation, but questions welcome. The terrain can often be rocky and uneven. Participants should bring water, a hat, a snack, and wear proper hiking shoes.

  • Ages 15 and up.
  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


Online Registration

Date:  1/23/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Full Moon Night Hike – Carbon Canyon Regional Park
Come see Carbon Canyon Regional Park in a completely different setting – under a full moon! This is the last winter night hike of the season. Park Rangers will lead a hike to the Redwood Grove showcasing the natural wonders that can be enjoyed under a full moon.

The Full Moon Night Hike will feature many fun activities, including:

  • A visit to the Nature Center
  • Hot cocoa and cookies
  • A live animal presentation
  • A hike through the wilderness area

Parking and the event are FREE!

Space is limited. Please call to register:

(714) 973-3160 or e-mailcarboncanyon@ocparks.com

Date:  1/23/2016
Time:  5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

 

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Birding Walk – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Spot year-round and winter resident 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.
  • Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


Online Registration

Date:  1/24/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Guided Nature Hike – Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Guided Nature Hike –

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

Contact park office for hike updates.

Cost: $5.00 per vehicle (day use fee)

Date:  1/24/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Introduction to Mountain Biking – Aliso & Wood Canyons Park
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.

  • 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).
  • Please come prepared with a bike suitable for off-pavement riding, sturdy shoes, helmet, gloves, water and snack.
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


Online Registration

Date:  1/24/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Intermediate Mountain Biking – Aliso & Wood Canyons Park

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.

  • 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).
  • Must have helmet, gloves, hydration; a snack is strongly suggested. Be prepared for varied weather in the canyons.
  • This bike ride is not for beginners.
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


Online Registration

Date:  1/24/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Whale Fiesta

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Clear your calendar and join Cabrillo Marina Aquarium in celebrating the 46th annual Whale Fiesta! This fun-filled family event, co-sponsored by Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Cetacean Society, celebrates marine mammals and the migration of Pacific gray whales along Southern California’s coast.

More than 20 marine life organizations will exhibit and provide information about their efforts to raise awareness and provide protection for these animals. Throughout the day expert Cabrillo Whalewatch naturalists will give talks on various marine mammals.

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This year we are building a life-sized Pacific gray whale! Grab your shovels and come lend a hand. The highlight of the day is the Great Duct Tape Whale Contest, where model whales and other sea creatures are created by all ages. Other special activities throughout the day include face painting, music, marine mammal-related arts and crafts projects for all ages, a puppet show, a life-sized walk-through whale and a passport contest for fabulous prizes.

The celebration’s grand finale will be Whale Dynamics, where participants will be transformed into a single “living whale.”

  • When: Sunday, January 31, 2016 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Where:  Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro, CA 90731
  • Cost: Admission to the aquarium os Free however a suggested donation of $5 for adults and $1 for children and seniors helps maintain the aquarium and offer excellent programs.

The Aquarium’s Exploration Center, Aquatic Nursery and the Library will be open to visitors 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Spend the whole day enjoying all the activities for free!

Girls in STEM

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Something very exciting is taking place over at the Columbia Memorial Space Center! The Columbia Memorial Space Center has recently launched “Girls in STEM” an out-of-school science club that will brings interactive and hands-on experiences in STEM to young girls within the community.

Girls are encouraged to explore and test their own ideas as well as careers in STEM. Joining and attending the Girls in STEM Club is absolutley FREE!

The club is best suited for girls ages 8 and up. In additon to the club meetups, normally held on the 3rd Saturday of the month, the girls also have outings such as a recent trip to JPL. Any money needed for outings or materials can be earned through various fund raising events. This is a great opportunity for our girls!

This months meeting the girls will be putting together a temporary exhibit for the CMSC’s commemoration event.

  • When: Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Where: Columbia Memorial Space Center, 12400 Columbia Way
    Downey, California 90242
  • Cost: FREE

Meet the Mummies!

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This is the final weekend to meet the Mummies at the Natural History Museum’s “Mummies New Secrets from the Tomb” exhibit! My family and I were finally able to visit last weekend. One of my daughters asked to see Dinosaurs and the other wanted to see Mummies, the Natural History Museum had both!

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During our visit, we were able to see 20 mummies, some of which have never been on public display before. The mummies come from ancient Egypt and Peru and bring to life many of the ancient burial details as well as how the societies lived and their beliefs. I was unable to take pictures of the displays are they are extremely sensitive.

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We were also able to view a few decorated coffins, mummification tools as well items that were placed inside the tomb alongside the Mummies. My girls had a great time at the interactive display tables. They were able to virtually “unwrap” layers of  the mummies, and move the mummies from top to bottom and side to side. They were also able to see some of the objects the mummies were laid to rest with.

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The museum will be staying open late on this Saturday night – until 9:00 pm on January 16th in order to accomidate visitors before the exhibit final day. It is highly recommended that you reserve your timed tickets in advance to guarantee admission. Timed tickets for this exhibition are required. If your a Member of the museum you do get free access to see the Mummies, but an advanced reservation is also required. The Museum will be open on Martin Luther King Day, which is the last day to see this exhibit.

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The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is located at 900 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90007.

The cost of tickets to view the exhibit plus admission to the museum for the day is: $22.00 for adults, $19.00 for Seniors (ages 62+), $19.00 for Student Youths, $10.00 for children (ages 3-12) and Free for children 2 and under. Members are free. Parking is $15.00 during the weekend. By the way, a family membership for two adults and up to four children (age 17 and under) is only $99.00 and includes Unlimited free admission to the Natural History Museum, the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and the William S. Hart Museum.

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Your Natural History Museum membership includes FREE timed-tickets to Butterfly Pavilion, Spider Pavilion, Bug Fair, traveling exhibitions as well as Free tickets to First Fridays (RSVP’s are required).

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