Month: March 2016

Women’s Bike Racing for Beginners

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I haven’t been on my road bike in over 11 years (that’s me on the right…just kidding) and I do believe it’s time to dust my beloved road bike and get it tuned up!

The “Women’s Bike Racing for Beginners” event hosted by The Unlikely Cyclist (an awesome specialty bike shop in Costa Mesa) has sparked an interest in me. This is what this blog is all about, things that inspire me, refine my life and hopefully yours too.

The Unlikely Cyclist is a women’s specific cycling boutique. This very unique bike shop that started from a blog (and yet again…I’m feeling inspired) and turned into a shop that specializes in empowering all women regardless of age, size or ability to excel in the sport of road cycling.

Image courtesy of The Unlikely Cyclist Facebook page
Image courtesy of The Unlikely Cyclist Facebook page

This fun event is an introduction to the world of women’s bike racing. This is the perfect way to get women involved and learn (or re-learn) about road racing.

The event will be taught by Priscilla Savord (an actual CAT 1 racer), Priscilla will teach you how to corner safely, distribute your weight effectively, protect your front wheel and more. This is an awesome opportunity to have some fun, learn some new skills or re-kindle some old ones.

  • When: Friday, April 7, 2016, check in at 5:15 pm. The clinic begins at 5:30 pm and is followed by a “race” at 6:00 pm.
  • Where: The Great Park, Irvine, CA
  • Cost: $10.00 – Please RSVP on The Unlikely Cyclist Events The Unlikely Cyclist Events Facebook page.

The Unlikely Cyclist is located at 1661 Superior Ave., Costa Mesa, CA

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Take a Walk in the Park Day

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Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center

Today is the (unofficial) official “Take a Walk in the Park Day” (any excuse will do for me). That’s right, get out there today and take a walk in the park.

According to Everybodywalk.org  going on regular walks has a very positive effect on your overall health and well-being. In fact they also say that walking in natural environments, such as parks, trails, and other green spaces has proven that people enjoy higher levels of health and well-being.

Walking in nature promotes total health, both physical and mental. An example of this can be seen by looking at the body’s relationship with stress after walking through an urban and a green environment. In one study, groups of university students were taken on walks through a forest and the city. Saliva samples taken from the participants before and after each of the walks demonstrated that the experience of walking through the forest reduced the participants’ levels of cortisol, the body’s stress hormone, to a greater extent than did the city walk.

Walking in a natural setting reduces stress, promotes calm & relaxation, helps short term memory and helps the attention span of children with ADHD.

Find a trail at one of your local regional or local parks today. You can help the movement by posting a picture with the hashtag #takeawalkintheparkday.

 

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Imaginology Returns!

2016 OC Fair ImaginologyMake sure you save the date to attend “Imaginology – Full Steam Ahead” as it returns to the OC Fair & Event Center. Imaginolgy creates a stimulating world in which youth of all ages can explore the professional fields of science, technology, engineering and more.

There was so much to do last year – we attended 2 days and I still we still missed things. There are hands-on workshops and exhibits, children can discover their abilities in S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and agricultural fields.

Explore the vegetable and fruit gardens in Centennial Farm and develop a green thumb through various gardening activities including radish seed planting, digging and identifying vegetable roots and examining a variety of plants through touch and smell at the Garden Touch Table. Live demonstrations will include a blacksmithing presentation and a cow-milking display where guests learn the process of how milk travels from the cow to the store. Attendees can also pet a chick or visit The Great Egg-Scape exhibit and watch chicks hatching.

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Guests of all ages can compete in the free Scarecrow Contest on Saturday and the Sawhorse Contest on Sunday held in Country Meadows. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top entries. Youth Project entries will be on display in the Action Gallery to showcase the talents of local youth in a variety of subjects including fine arts, poetry, science and engineering, fashion design and more.

Local professionals and Imaginology staff will lead hands-on makeshops and workshops suitable for all ages including ceramics, sewing, tie-dyeing, painting, sculpting and other crafts.  Supplies are provided for free and most artwork and crafts created may be taken home.

Attendees can discover some of the oldest inventions in technology and engineering in the Conrado Sanchez Technology Museum such as the first home computer and vintage gaming equipment, cameras, phones and typewriters. Also on display throughout Imaginology will be underwater robots, classic cars, module trains, vintage fire engines and a steam-powered engine.

Children will have the opportunity to unleash their inner performer in one of the many performing and musical arts hands-on experiences. For music enthusiasts, karaoke and marimba lessons, xylophone, tuba and a collection of other musical instruments are featured in the Action Gallery. Mini drama classes, aerial arts and horse vaulting are more activities children can see and try.

More free fun includes family-friendly entertainment, giant Jenga and chess, Physical Physics – the Science of Hooping, potato sack races, pretend play at the Pet Vet and Pretend Farm and a variety of hands-on learning experiences with live reptiles, insects and more.

  • When: April 15-17 and is open Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Where: OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa – which is located off the 405 and 55 freeways
  • Cost: The event is FREE to attend. Parking is free on Friday and $8.00 on Saturday & Sunday

Visit ocfair.com/steam for more details.

 

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Hike the Redwoods!

Did you know you can hike the Redwoods right here in Orange County? Carbon Canyon Regional Park has a ten-acre grove of Coastal Redwood trees. This grove of redwoods were planted in 1975 with many of the trees standing over 100 feet tall. Not bad being that this is far from their normal growing conditions in Northern California.

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Carbon Canyon Regional Park is adjacent to Chino Hills State Park, which has 14,000 acres of protected park land (which just happens to have some great mountain biking). In addition to their most popular hike (to see the Orange County Redwoods) Carbon Canyon Regional Park has an interpretive center, picnic areas, restrooms, fishing, playgrounds, walking and hiking trails.

To tour the Redwoods at Carbon Canyon you can join OC Parks trained staff for an easy 1.1 mile hike to the redwoods. Use your 5 senses to engage with nature as you stroll to the Redwoods. You will also have an opportunity to learn about native plants along the way.

The hike takes place on the first Saturday of each month. The hike begins at the Nature Center located at the east end of the the park. Remember to bring water, sunscreen, hat and hiking shoes. All ages (small children may have to be carried). Reservations are preferred: call (714) 973-3160 or email carboncanyon@ocparks.com.

  • When: Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 8:30 – 10:00 am
  • Where: Carbon Canyon Regional Park, 4442 Carbon Canyon Rd., Brea CA 92823
  • Cost: Hike is FREE, parking is $5.00
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City of STEM Festival

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Celebrate Science,Technology Engineering & Math at the week long City of STEM Science Festival. The Festival begins Monday, March 28, 2016 and runs through Saturday, April 2, 2016. The week is filled with fun events for both kids and adults. events will be hosted everyday at different locations at Columbia Memorial Space Center and other locations within the community.

In addition to a special event taking place every day of the week. Admission to the Columbia Memorial Space Center and every event will be FREE  from Tuesday, March29th through Saturday, April 2nd.  

Monday, March 28th – Dinner for former employees of the aerospace plants that were here in Downey. Reservations required.

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Tuesday, March 29th 7:00pm – Pub Science at the Downey Brewing Company. Join us as we discuss the science of brewing beer with Lagunitas Brewing Co, and talk about Planetary Science and the possible 9th planet with one of the two Cal Tech scientists who discovered it, Konstantin Batygin.

Wednesday, March 30th – Cosmic Carnival here at the CMSC. Join us this day as we host special Spanish speaking tours and activities.

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Thursday, March 31st 5:30pm –Girls in STEM Summit at the CMSC. We will be hosting speakers from several organizations (JPL, Boeing, Virgin Galactic, Herpatology Society) as we discuss girls in STEM fields and hear their personal stories. We’ll also have really fun and engaging activities as well! This is being put on by our very own Girls in STEM Club.

Friday, April 1st – Cosmic-Palooza   Spend your Friday night in our back amphitheater as we’ll have great science themed live music! The convert begins at 6:00pm.

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Saturday, April 2nd 10:00am-5:00pm – BIG Science Fest at the CMSC. Stop by and join us for LA’s biggest Science Festival! Admission will be FREE all day. Food trucks, special activities, rocket launches — this will be a great way to spend a Saturday with the family!

Columbia Memorial Space Center is located at 12400 Columbia Way, Downey, California 90242

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Weekend Hikes

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There’s plenty to do this weekend with all the Spring Flings and Egg Hunts but if you have the chance for a hike with the family – here are a few options.

This is Orange County Parks short but very sweet list of FREE family friendly guided hikes for this weekend. Enjoy!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

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

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


Online Registration

Date:  3/26/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Family Hike: Agua Chinon – Irvine Ranch Open Space
Enjoy a slower-paced gradual-climb hike while watching for red-tailed hawks and mule deer. This activity originated in the City of Irvine and travels into OC Parks’ Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve.

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


Online Registration

Date:  3/26/2016
Time:  5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

 

Sunday, March 27, 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:  3/27/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
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Birding Walk – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Spot native 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.
  • 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.)
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


Online Registration

Date:  3/27/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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Spring Flings & Easter Egg Hunts – 2016

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Looking for a an Easter Egg hunt this weekend? Here are some of this years Easter Egg Hunts and/or Spring Celebration going on this weekend. Happy Easter!


Celebration Church Easter Egg-Stravaganza  Brea – This is known as the biggest Easter egg hunt in Brea! Join in on Saturday, March 26th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Brea Jr. High Park. This is a FREE community event. (Bring a few dollars if you would like food.) Over 20,000 Easter eggs, 40 Game and Activity Booths, Relay Races, Arts & Crafts, Pictures with the Easter Bunny, Face Painting, Golden Egg and Bigger Prizes, and More! Click on the registration link to learn more and to register!

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Tom’s Farms Annual Easter Egg Hunt Corona – Enjoy live music at Tom’s Farms Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday March 27, 2106. Enjoy additional attractions such as the train ride,  the carousel, tractor driving, petting zoo and more.

Easter Egg Hunt and Family Fun Day Huntington Beach – Stop by and hunt for candy, take a picture with the Easter Bunny, play a game at the many game booths, enjoy the live band and visit booths from various community services. Saturday, March 26, 2016.

Egg Scramble – Irvine – Mariners Church will have face painting, food, games and other family friendly activities! Saturday, March 26th at 2:45 and 6:45 pm

Etnies Egg Hunt and Festival of Colors Lake Forest – Etnies Skate Park in Lake Forest will celebrate on Saturday with Eggs hidden throughout the Skatepark that will have small prizes in each one. Please bring your own basket as they will have limited supplies for the event. The egg hunt starts at 11:15 am sharp. The Festival of Colors will begin at 12:00 pm. Each event has a fee of $5.00 per person, per event fee. Please be sure to arrive early.

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Big Bunny’s Spring Fling Los Angeles – Hop Over to the LA Zoo and Botanical Gardens to meet “Big Bunny”. On March 25th, 26th & 27th – have the kids pet some real bunnies, there will be face painting, musical entertainment, bunny-ear crafts, and costumed characters.

 Living Desert Zoo’s Easter Eggstrvaganza, Palm Desert – Join the Easter Bunny and his strolling friends for two days of fun activities. Start the day in Gecko Gulch for an Easter Egg and enjoy crafts, face painting, bounce houses, a parade, games and prizes and more! March 26th  & 27th.

Egg Hunt at Kidspace Pasadena – On Saturday & Sunday, March 26th & 27th there will be hundreds of candy-filled eggs will be hidden throughout at the Kidspace Gardens just waiting to be found! Families can also create spring art, learn the bunny hop, pet real bunnies with Bunny World Foundation, and more!

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Egg Bowl Pasadena – The FREE egg hunt is held inside the Rose Bowl Stadium on Saturday March 26th. This FREE event provides fun for the whole family with games and activities for children and teens. This is Pasadena’s largest egg hunt with over 60,000 eggs. Nominal fees apply for major attractions and food. For a fee, there is also an optional VIP Bunny Brunch. Please check the website complete details.

Spring EGGstravaganza La Jolla – Birch Aquarium celebrates the arrival of spring and the changes it brings by joining them for an Eggstravaganza on Easter Sunday, March 27th! Explore animal eggs, discover changes in the sea by making your own plankton, create a shark egg craft, and participate in an “underwater egg hunt” – no baskets needed, Activities are included in regular admission.

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Image Courtesy of City of Tustin Parks & Recreation Facebook page

Easter Egg Hunt Tustin – The City of Tustin’s 47th annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place on March 26th. Events begin bright & early 8:30 am at Tustin Sports Park. Enjoy an Egg Hunt, Jumpers, Magician, Wild Animal Show, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Games Booths and Pictures with the Easter Bunny.

Image courtesy of Saddleback Church Facebook page
Image courtesy of Saddleback Church Facebook page

Easter at Saddleback Chruch  in Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Corona, Irvine North, Irvine South, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Los Angeles, Newport Mesa, Rancho Capistrano, San Clemente & South Bay will all have Easter events for kids of all ages. Please check individual locations for egg hunts and times.

Egg Drop at Crosspointe Church, Yorba Linda – Celebrate Easter with an amazing 30,000 egg drop from a helicopter. Enjoy an encouraging message, great music, food trucks and more. The event is being held at Yorba Linda High School on Sunday March 27th and begins at 10:30 am.

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Bubblefest!

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 We LOVE Discovery Cube’s OC’s Bubblefest! My girls and I attended for the first time last year and we will not miss Bubblefest’s 20th anniversary this year! This amazing show is Discovery Cube’s most popular event and you don’t want to miss it!

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Your Bubblefest experience includes tons of bubble fun and what kid doesn’t love bubbles? The hands-on bubble activities include: Bubble Science Experiments, Bubble Lab, Bubble Wall, CO2 Chambers and Laser Table, to name a few. My girls favorite outside activity was the bubble rider, they had a blast!

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The highlight of Bubblefest is the 40 minute Mega Bubblefest Laser Show by Deni Yang – it is absolutely incredible! The show is a combination of artistry, science and an astounding laser show. This world-renowned show is both unique and stunning.

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The show features awesome bubble tricks that include smoking bubbles, spinning bubbles, bouncing bubbles, a snow show of bubbles and a rainbow a table. I never thought about the science of bubbles until attending this show.

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Bubblefest admission includes access to the following:

  • Mega Bubblefest Laser Show
  • Water Spheres 
  • Bubble Zone
  • Bubble Lab
  • Bubble Wall
  • CO2 Chambers
  • Laser Table
  • Cube Jr. Playground – Exclusive bubble play area for kids ages 5 and under.

Bubblefest runs March 26 – April 10, 2106. The Mega Bubblefest Laser Show runs 4 times a day during Bubblefest, 11:00 am, 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:30 pm.

In addition to the general admission, there is an additional charge for Mega Bubblefest activities of $5 for members and $7 for non-members, children 2 & under do not need a Bubblefest ticket, however they must sit on an adult’s lap during the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show. Any child that requires their own seat must have a Bubblefest ticket. You can purchase tickets the day of the event for $10.00.

Discovery Cube OC, located at 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705

Click here to purchase tickets. For more information visit the Discovery Cube OC’s website. 

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A Hike for Dodgers Fans

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I know usually focus on hikes in Orange County but this one is so cool I couldn’t help but post it. If you’re a Dodgers Fan – this is the hike for you! Dress in Dodger Blue, get your hiking boots, pack your snacks and plenty of water. Everyone’s Dodgers Hike  has a meetup coming up at Griffith Park.

The hikes are an average of 6 Miles and take approximately 3 Hours. Hikes are at an intermediate level and trail running or hiking shoes are mandatory.

  • When: Sunday, April 3rd, 2016 – meet at 6:30 am, hike begins at 6:45 am
  • Where: Griffith Park Merry Go Round Parking Lot 1, 4730 Crystal Springs Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90027
  • Cost: FREE

If you want a nice place to grab a lunch and relax after the hike give “The Trails Cafe” a try.

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This place has such an awesome vibe and they have a great selection of vegetarian and Vegan options, coffees and amazing pie.

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Spring Nature Days

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Come to Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary as they present “Spring Nature Days”, a fun-filled two-day event that features guided nature walks, arts & crafts and a chance to talk with the staff.

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Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary is 12 acre preserve that hosts walking trails, wildlife observations spots including a bird observation porch, creeks, picnic tables, a nature science center, a gift shop and hiking trails.

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Spring Nature Days will feature Guided Nature Hikes at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm. The one hour guided nature hikes are family friendly hikes where you can learn about the different types of wildlife that visits Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, while learning local history and visiting their animal ambassadors.

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Children can take part in making nature themed crafts throughout the day, such as a bird feeder, a sun catcher a flower mobile and more.

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There will be FREE lemonade and cookies for the visitors at the nature science center. My girls had such a wonderful time here with hands on exhibits and great little gift shop. My girls bought some very nice hiking sticks at the gift shop that now go along with us on every hike.

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You can meet the staff of Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary and share some of your bird sightings throughout the day at the sanctuary while learning about some of the local flora and fauna located within in the sanctuary and in Orange County.

  • When: Thursday, March 31, 2106 and Friday, April 1, 2016 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Where: Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, 29322 Modjeska Canyon Road, Silverado, CA 92676
  • Cost: FREE but donations are gladly appreciated and help to maintain this beautiful facility.
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Strive for Greatness

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While out running errands today, I saw this sign courtesy of The Haute Room. I laughed at how ridiculously truthful and relevant this is. Why do we stop at a number? At what’s comfortable?

This is exactly why personal trainers, nutritionist and life coaches are so effective! We become complacent with being good enough. We often forget how incredibly good it felt to have the wind blowing through our hair while riding our bikes as children. How unstoppable, how invincible we felt.  We should never stop striving for the feeling.

One of my favorite songs is “Thrive” by the Casting Crows – it states “We know we were made for so much more than ordinary lives, It’s time for us to more than just survive, We were made to thrive”.

Life is short – we should always strive for more. Don’t become complacent – “Strive for Greatness” in everything you do. Thank you #thehauteroom for believing in us and for this incredible inspiration. I look forward to seeing more of your inspiring signs.

P.S. – Please, don’t burn yours ex’s house down.

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Adventure Day

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Adventure Day is a fun-filled family event that celebrates the 42nd anniversary of Caspers Wilderness Park. Enjoy a full schedule of guided hikes, arts and crafts, wildlife exhibits, games, and food.

Families and friends of all ages can partake in the numerous activities, including: wildlife-inspired games of ring toss, cowboy lasso, a scavenger hunt and storytelling. Learn about bugs, raptors, conservation, navigation, Native Americans and OC history!

Come to Caspers to not only have an ‘Adventure’ but also “Find a New Adventure” while talking with the exhibitors and exploring the trails. Whether it be buzzing with a Bee Keeper about the life of a bee, or listening to stories about the history of the Native Americans, or learning how to hike…Explore, Dream, Discover!

Some participants include: Reserve of Mission Viejo, OC Bird of Prey Center, Caspers Park Foundation, Inside the Outdoors, Journeys to the Past and more!

  • When: Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Where: Caspers Wilderness Park, 33401 Ortega Highway San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
  • Cost: FREE
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Hike, Bike or Run

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Hike, Bike or Run the trails this weekend at one of our beautiful OC Parks – there is something for everyone this weekend.

If the idea of walking slowly and learning about local Flora & Fauna, taking part in an Intermediate Mountain Bike ride, running through some trails or mediating in nature on the first day of spring is for you – an Orange County Parks Staff member will guide you through.

As always – these a and activities are FREE, just cover the parking! No excuses – #getoutthere and explore.

Saturday, March 19, 2106

The OC Chili Winter Trail Run Series – O’Neill Regional Park
The OC Chili Winter Trail Run Series will keep you motivated to stay fit during the winter months.
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Date:  3/19/2016
Time:  7:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Geology Hike – Aliso & Wood Canyons Park
Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 4-mile geology hike (600-ft. elevation gain) over steep and uneven terrain. Hike through the oak-filled woodland of Wood Canyon and continue to the park’s highest peak. We will pass by rock formations that tell of ancient floods, landslides and the building of a great shell-filled limestone reef. This hike is not for beginners!

  • 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).
  • Bring water, hiking shoes (hiking poles suggested), snacks, the field guides of your choice, and a sense of adventure!
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun.
  • For ages 15 and up.
  • Parking: Free.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


Online Registration

Date:  3/19/2016
Time:  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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:  3/19/2016
Time:  10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
The Flora and Fauna of Weir Canyon – Irvine Ranch Open Space
Hike through the beautiful oak woodlands of Weir Canyon Nature Preserve, a protected wilderness area home to a wide variety of wildlife including mule deer, bobcat, coyotes, red-tailed hawks and more. Learn about the native flora of the canyon that sustains the native wildlife.

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


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Date:  3/19/2016
Time:  9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

 

Sunday, March 20, 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:  3/20/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Introduction to Mountain Biking –  Laguna Coast Wilderness 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.

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area. Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Road, east to end, meet at the gate.
  • 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) 923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: Free.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


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Date:  3/20/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Intermediate Mountain Biking – Laguna Coast Wilderness 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.

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area. Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Road, east to end: meet at the gate.
  • 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) 923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


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Date:  3/20/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

 

Meditating in Nature – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Relax in nature on the first daytime in 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.
  • Ages 16 and up.
  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


Online Registration

Date:  3/20/2016
Time:  5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
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Girls in STEM

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Columbia Memorial Space Center is getting ready to celebrate their annual Girls in STEM Summit!

Come meet members from the 1st Girls in STEM Club of the CMSC along with professionals within the STEM field. Bring your girls out for a night full of fun activities including a Robotics Lab and 3D printing demonstrations. There will be special guest speakers from Boeing, JPL, Cerritios College Women’s STEM Club and more.

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Queen Mary – Free After 3

The Queen Mary is celebrating their 80th Anniversary of the Queen Mary’s Maiden Voyage and to kick off the celebration, they are offering free entry to the ship on March 24th after 3:00 pm.

They will be will be offering enriching historical tours for just $5 and although it’s full on the 24th, they will launch “The Salon Series” a monthly evening of entertaining public programming for guests of all ages.

In the new “The Salon Series” guests will enjoy curated entertainment situated in the elegant design and classic sophistication of one of the Queen Mary’s historic salons – Queen, Royal and Grand – unrivaled in their beauty and comfort.

The Salon Series will present a collection of films, musical performances, lectures and more designed exclusively for the series.

March 24th FREE After 3 will feature:

  • FREE ACCESS to the Queen Mary from 3PM until closing*
  • Movie screening in the Queen’s Salon. Limited seating for the film screening. (SOLD OUT)
  • $5 ship tours all evening
  • $5 4D-Theater Experience
  • Discounted Parking – $10 flat rate parking after 3PM

The Queen Mary is located at: 1126 Queens Hwy Long Beach, CA

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Free Cone Day!

I think just about everyone I know is aware that I love ice Cream so that’s why a FREE Cone Day at Dairy Queen makes me do the happy dance.

Today, Tuesday, March 15th is Free Cone Day at all participating Dairy Queen’s.

Free Cone Day Monday, March 16th.  *Free small vanilla cone at participating locations.  All day, limit one per person.

You can get a free small vanilla ice cream cone, all they ask is that you leave a donation for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

You can find a location near you by clicking here, so go get your ice cream and give back to a great cause.

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