Category: Summer Series

Things to do in the Summer

Friday Nights at Bowers

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Looking a wonderful way to spend you Friday evenings this Summer? Spend Every Friday night enjoying access to art galleries & live music at Bowers Museum for just $5.00!!!

  • From July 7th  through 28th you can experience the “Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior” exhibit.
  • From August 4 through September 1st witness the “Stark Beauty: Photography” exhibit by Edward Weston.

These events take place every Friday Nights from 5:00pm – 9:00pm, bring your appetite and get some of the amazing food that is available for purchase by Tangata Restaurant, drink specials and a cash bar.

Live music will be provided by musician such as: Joel Aceves, classical guitarist and April Walsh with jazz standards from the 40’s and 50’s.

You can purchase tickets at the door or online.  If your a member, the Friday Night program is is free!

Bowers Museum is located at 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, California 92706


Sunset Cinema

OC Parks Sunset Movies 2017

Ok, I just noticed that the County of Orange and OC Parks Sunset Cinema film series is already under way! I seriously need to do some catching up around here!!!

The Sunset Cinema consists of 12 free movies taking place at Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Craig Regional Park, Salt Creek Beach, Mason Regional Park, Laguna Niguel Regional Park, and Yorba Regional Park.

Movies begin  around Sunset, so get your blanket and picnic dinner ready and enjoy a FREE movie night at the park.

The next Sunset Cinema will take place this Sunday, June 10th at Carbon Canyon Regional Park as we look out for U.F.O.’s and catch the sci-fi film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. 

Head over to Craig Regional Park in Fullerton on Saturday, June 17 as the series continues with The LEGO Batman Movie.

One of my personal favorites, The Princess Bride at Craig Regional Park on Saturday, June 24.

On Saturday, July 1 at Salt Creek Beach, don’t miss the animated comedy Sing. 

The following week, you’ll be back  at Salt Creek Beach for Steven Spielberg’s Jaws on Saturday, July 8.

Bring the family to Mason Regional Park on Friday, July 14th  bring the kids for a screening of Moana  and Friday, July 21 for an all time favorite, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. 

Come to Laguna Niguel Regional Park to see Finding Dory on Friday, July 28. Friday and then come back on August 4  for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. 

The last 2 movies of the OC Parks Sunset Cinema series will take place at Yorba Regional Park in Anaheim with A Bug’s Life on Friday, August 11. They’ll finish the series on August 18 with the 1993 American coming-of-age film, The Sandlot.

I’m planning on keeping our summer plans a bit more relaxed this year so that we’ll able to enjoy some family time and take in these FREE movie events. If you don’t have time to bring your picnic dinner, you can grab food from one of the food trucks that will be at every event. FREE parking starts as early as 6:00 pm and show times begin around 8:00 pm. For more information visit





I know it’s late tonight but are you looking for something for the kids to do tomorrow? Why not send them to VBS for a couple of days. Calvary Church in Santa Ana offers FREE Vacation Bible School for kids through Friday, July 29, 2016 and they would love it if you brought your kids. This years theme is “The Cave”.  (I love the theme this year).

They are always happy to accept kids, even if it’s just for a day! These are some of the things I LOVE about this VBS:

  • It’s FREE 

  • They never turn a child away

  • They help local children without transportation get to and from VBS  

  • They are very organized and loving with the children

  • They teach children about giving back


Every morning starts out by meeting in the main church, there’s a group of people who get the kids ready for their high energy day, with by games,, skits, singing, and praying together then the kids head to their classes where they have a bible based curriculum and then circulate in the campus and do crafts, play games, have a snack and then meet back up in the main church and end their day by another entertaining skit, singing and praying together. It feels like a rock concert in there and the kids love it!


Children are encouraged to give back by contributing through the “Penny Project”.  The kids bring in their “pennies” to fund a project to benefit the work of a missionary family. The kids will learn all about this family and what their pennies will help build or provide. 


VBS not only helps our children discover and grow closer to Christ, they also make friends and have memories and values to last a lifetime.


If you want to bring the kids tomorrow just show up at Calvary Church located at 1010 N Tustin Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705, between 4th St. & Irvine Blvd.

The program begins at 9:00 am and is over at 12:30 pm and runs through Friday. You can show up around 8:30 -8:45 within a few minutes they’ll be signed up, assigned to a crew and ready to go! You can feel self assured in leaving your kids as everyone that is serving on the volunteer team has been full background screened.

They are looking forward to see your kids there tomorrow!

Find answers to common questions – VBS FAQ


Cinema Under the Stars


Enjoy “Cinema Under the Stars” Movie Nights at Oak Canyon Nature Center! Each evening begins in the amphitheater with a twilight walk at 7:30pm led by their staff naturalists, followed by the feature presentation at 8:00 p.m.

Blankets or jackets are suggested. Admission is free, but a $5.00 donation per family is suggested. And what would a movie be without the snacks? Visit the Oak Canyon Snack Bar during your movie to get all your movie favorites, including: popcorn, candy, water, and more! All proceeds go directly to the Nature Center.

Oak Canyon Nature Center is located at 6700 E. Walnut Canyon Rd, Anaheim, CA 92807

2016 Dates:

Friday, July 15, 2016

The Good Dinosaur

Friday, July 22, 2016

Big Hero 6

Friday, July 29, 2016

Hotel Transylvania 2

Free Movie Monday’s

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Summer time means FREE movies at Segerstrom Center. FREE Movie Mondays, return’s for its tenth season on the Argyros Plaza.

Gather as a community for a casual evening of fun activities, picnic dinners or specialties from popular food trucks and watching five fan-favorite films on consecutive Mondays.

Set-up begins at 5:30 p.m., with the movie starting at dusk (approximately 8 p.m.). Guests are encouraged to bring beach chairs or other easily portable seating items, snacks and picnic suppers. Barbecues and similar food preparation are not permitted but your  bring your picnic baskets and get ready to have a blast!

Summer Film Showings Include:

  • July 11th – Grease
  • July 18 – Selena
  • July 25th – Elf
  • August 1 st – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • August 8th – The Labyrinth

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626


Movies on the Lawn

Movies on the Lawn

Mark your calenders for this summer’s Movies on the lawn at the Great Park. Watch classic or family movies on the big screen.

Bring low-back chairs, blankets and a picnic, or try some of the yummy eats from one of the food trucks or snack bar. Movies are weather permitting and actual start time may vary pending sunset, approximately 8:15 pm but get there early to grab a good spot!

The Great Park is located at 6950 Marine Way, Irvine, CA 92618

June 24 – Bringing Up Baby

A potential $1 million dollar donation and a Brazilian leopard named Baby bring together a reserved paleontologist and a wealthy heiress.
Not rated (1938), 102 minutes
Food Truck: Crepes Bonaparte


June 25 – The Peanuts Movie

The beloved Peanuts gang is back, as Snoopy and Charlie Brown take on new and epic adventures.
Rated PG (2015), 93 minutes
Food Trucks: Mess Hall Canteen, Crepes Bonaparte and Front Porch Pops & Torch S’more
July 8 – State Fair

In the Frake family, everyone has something to gain when the Iowa State Fair comes to town for the summer.
Not rated (1945), 100 minutes
Food Trucks: The Burnt Truck and Scooter’s Italian Ice
July 9 – Kung Fu Panda 3

Po the panda returns to teach his new students the secrets of kung fu and finds a family he never knew he had.
Rated PG (2016), 95 minutes
Food Trucks: The Cut, The Greasy Wiener, Gyritto, Scooter’s Italian Ice and Torch S’more

Tustin Concerts in the Park

It’s summer time and that means Concerts in the Park! Tustin’s Concerts in the Park series started yesterday, June 21, 2016 and take place every Wednesday through August 10, 2016 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Peppertree Tree Park.

Grab your beach chairs and bring your dinner or support some of the non-profit food vendors for a picnic in the park while some enjoying some quality live entertainment.

Peppertree Park in located at 230 West First St., Tustin, CA 92780



OC Parks Summer Concert Series

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The County of Orange and OC Parks welcome back the annual outdoor summer concert series with 10 free concerts at Craig Regional Park, Tri-City Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park and Salt Creek Beach. Each concert event will offer free live music under the summer sky on Thursday evenings June 30 through September 1.

The series kicks off on Thursday, June 30 at Craig Regional Park in Fullerton with swing revival sensation Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performing with Kris Bradley. Then the concert series moves on to Tri-City Park in Placentia with Neil Diamond tribute Diamonds Are Forever and Vic Lazar performing on Thursday, July 7.

The concerts continue at Mason Regional Park in Irvine with the “Lounge King” Phil Shane performing with a full band and Hawkline Monster opening the show on Thursday, July 14. Favorite ‘80s tribute band Flashback Heart Attack returns to the OC Parks concert series performing at Mason Park on Thursday, July 21 with Well Hung Heart performing as an acoustic duo to open the show.

The series will then move to Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley with LA alternative rock group Grizfolkperforming with Robert John and the Wreck on Thursday, July 28. The traditional and contemporary sounds of Ireland will pour through Mile Square Park on August 4 with The Fenians performing live joined by Dano Forte’s Juke Joint Show.

Next stop is in Orange for Saved by the 90s and Gardeners Logic at Irvine Regional Park on Thursday, August 11. Local folk indie favorite, Matt Costa will perform at Irvine Regional Park with David Rosales on Thursday, August 18.

The summer concert series wraps up on a high note with two dates at Bluff Park overlooking Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point. Tijuana Dogs and Family Style will take the stage on Thursday, August 25. Indie pop sensation JR JR (formerly known as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.) will take the stage with their hit song “Gone” on September 1 with Big Monsta opening the show.

All of the OC Parks Summer Concert Series events take place from 6 to 8 p.m., are free to attend, with free parking and open to the public of all ages. Food trucks will be serving on-site at each location. Guests may bring their own food, and alcohol consumption by those 21 and over is permitted for the concerts Friends and families are invited to come out, bring a blanket and a beach chair and enjoy great local live music under the stars at OC Parks this summer season.


2016 OC Parks Summer Concert Series Schedule

(All shows 6-8 p.m., free admission with free parking)

Craig Regional Park

Location: 3300 State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92835

Contact: (714) 973-3180,

Date: Thursday, June 30

Artist: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy with Kris Bradley

Tri-City Regional Park

Location: 2301 N. Kraemer Blvd., Placentia, CA 92870

Contact: (714) 973-3180,

Date: Thursday, July 7

Artist: Diamonds Are Forever with Vic Lazar

Mason Regional Park

Location: 18712 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612

Contact: (949) 923-2220,

Date: Thursday, July 14

Artist: Phil Shane with Hawkline Monster

Date: Thursday, July 21

Artist: Flashback Heart Attack with Well Hung Heart

Mile Square Regional Park

Location: 16801 Euclid St., Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Contact: (714) 973-6600,

Date: Thursday, July 28

Artist: Grizfolk with Robert John and the Wreck

Date: Thursday, August 4

Artist: Fenians with Dano Forte’s Juke Joint Show
Irvine Regional Park

Location: 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA, 92869

Contact: (714) 973,6835,

Date: Thursday, August 11

Artist: Saved by the 90s with Gardeners Logic

Date: Thursday, August 18

Artist: Matt Costa with David Rosales
Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach

Location: 33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, CA 92629

Contact: (949) 923-2280

Date: Thursday, August 25

Artist: Tijuana Dogs and Family Style

Date: Thursday, September 1

Artist: JR JR with Big Monsta


Cinema Under the Stars

Come and see “Brave” at Oak Canyon Nature Center’s Cinema Under the Stars on Friday, July 31, 2015. The evening begins in the amphitheater with a twilight walk at 7:30 pm led by staff naturalists, followed by our feature presentation at 8:00pm.

Blankets or jackets are suggested. Admission is free, but a $5.00 donation per family is suggested. Visit the Oak Canyon Snack Bar during your movie to get all your movie favorites, including: popcorn, candy, water, and more! All proceeds go directly to the Nature Center.

Oak Canyon Nature Center is located at 6700 E. Walnut Canyon Rd, Anaheim, CA 92807

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Cinema Under the Stars

Oak Canyon Nature Center Presents Cinema Under the Stars Movie Nights. Each evening begins in the amphitheater with a twilight walk at 7:30pm led by staff naturalists, followed by our feature presentation at 8:00pm.

Blankets or jackets are suggested. Admission is free, but a $5.00 donation per family is suggested. Visit the Oak Canyon Snack Bar during your movie to get all your movie favorites, including: popcorn, candy, water, and more! All proceeds go directly to the Nature Center.

  • Friday, July 17, 2015:  The LEGO Movie
  • Friday, July 24, 2105: Paddington
  • Friday, July 31, 2015 Brave

Oak Canyon Nature Center is located at 6700 E. Walnut Canyon Rd, Anaheim, CA 92807

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Nature Nights


Join experts from a a variety of natural fields at Nature Nights at Oak Canyon Nature Center.

Each evening begins with a twilight walk at 7:00pm led by our staff naturalists, followed by a formal presentation at 7:30pm.

  • When: Every Wednesday evening, through August 12, 2015
  • Where: Oak Canyon Nature Center, 6700 E. Walnut Canyon Rd, Anaheim, CA 92807
  • Admission is free, but a $5.00 donation per family is suggested.

Here’s the schedule:

Wednesday, July 8th, 7:30pm: “Trapper” Dan Jundanian’s Insect Fair

Join us for an evening of learning and fun. Dan Jundanian, a former longtime Oak Canyon Naturalist, returns for his annual Nature Night presentation. Enjoy an evening of insect education as Dan displays exciting insects from around the world.

Wednesday, July 15th, 7:30pm: Wonders of Wildlife

Cheryl Rendes from Wonders of Wildlife will share a variety of animals from the savannas of Africa to the tropical regions of South America.

Wednesday, July 22nd, 7:30pm: Reptiles from Around the World

Dr. Tom Greek will bring along an exciting collection of reptiles including local and exotic snakes, lizards and more. Learn about the lifestyles of these unique reptiles and enjoy an opportunity to see and touch these animals up close.

Wednesday, July 29th, 7:30pm: Orange County Birds of Prey

Dr. Scott Weldy, Veterinarian and Director of the Orange County Birds of Prey Center, will share information on raptors and will bring a variety along for an audience “encounter.”

Wednesday, August 5th, 7:30pm: Our Solar System

Mike Beckage will introduce the challenging hobby of amateur astronomy through his breathtaking slide show. Then we will journey up the hill and view the night sky through telescopes aimed at the evening’s best features. *This program involves a strenuous uphill walk to reach the viewing area.

Wednesday, August 12th, 7:30pm Annual Flashlight Hike

While waiting for the sun to set, get an introduction to the “creatures of the night” then join Oak Canyon’s naturalists on a trek through the trails of the Nature Center. There will be several walks of varying abilities. Don’t forget your flashlight as we explore Oak Canyon at night!”


2015 Summer Concert Series


OC Parks welcomes back its annual outdoor Summer Concert Series. There will be six free concerts at Salt Creek Beach, Mason Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park and Craig Regional Park.

Friends and families are invited to come out, bring a blanket and a beach chair and enjoy great local live music under the stars at OC Parks this summer season.

The concerts will be held under the summer skies on Thursday evenings from July 23 through August 27, 2015. All shows are from 6:00 pm -8:00 pm and include free admission and free parking.

Here’s the schedule for the 2015 OC Parks Summer Concert Series:

  • July 23, 2015 – Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point: U2 replica The Joshua Tree –  performing with the progressive and classic rock tunes of Zach Churchill.
  • July 30, 2015 – Mason Regional Park in Irvine: folk artist Tom Freund and the local country sensation Downtown Country Club.
  • August 6, 2015 – Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley: Santana tribute band Savor will headline as Big Monsta, will kick off the show.
  • August 13, 2015 – Irvine Regional Park , Venice Beach natives and indie rock group Venice will hit the stage with soul singer Quinn Archer
  • August 20,2015 – Craig Regional Park, enjoy the Fleetwood Mac tribute band Rumours and Yukon Gold.
  • August 27, 2015 – Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach, Nick Waterhouse will take the stage along with the band Melted who will open the show.

The OC Parks Summer Concerts are part of the KROQ ‘N Surf Summer Series


Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts


The Irvine Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Series at Mike Ward Community Park are coming up. As always, there are some great performances scheduled for the FREE Family Friendly concert series.

Here’s the 2015 line up:

  • Sunday, July 12, Paperback Writer: The Beatles Experience
  • Sunday, July 19, Pacific Symphony – Symphony in the Cities
  • Sunday, July 26, 2015, Savor: Santana Tribute Band
  • Sunday, August 2, King Kruk as Elvis
  • Sunday, August 9, Hot August Night: Tribute to Neil Diamond
  • Sunday, August 16, Bella Donna: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks

All concerts are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m..Gourmet food trucks will be on site serving up a selection of culinary delights with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee and other non-profit organizations.

The very special treat of the summer concert season features Symphony in the Cities, performed by the Pacific Symphony, on Sunday, July 19, at 7 p.m. Led by Music Director Carl St. Clair, the event will feature a full orchestra of musicians plus guest artists performing a classical guitar program.

A musical playground for children will begin at 5:30 p.m. During this time, children can make an instrument, play drums, meet a musician and join a conducting clinic with Maestro Carl St. Clair.

Mike Ward Community Park is located at 20 Lake Rd, Irvine, CA 92604

Low-back chairs, blankets, picnic dinners and warm clothing are encouraged. For more information, call 949-724-6606 or visit


Sunsets and Blues at the Zoo

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Get Ready to Swing into Summer with Cool Line Up of Musical Talent and Local Craft Breweries at the Santa Ana Zoo.

Sunsets at the Zoo and Brew at the Zoo deliver a cool Sunday summertime activity for friends, families, and couples who enjoy listening to live music, picnicking on the lawn, and tasting great brews -Steve McGuigan,

Sunsets at the Zoo

Friends of Santa ana Zoo’s after-hours Sunday Summer concert series and tasting events feature live music, Zoo animals, a silent auction, and train and carousel rides. Zoo members and guests are welcome to grab their cameras, bring a blanket, pack a picnic or purchase BBQ items provided by the Elks, and enjoy a relaxing, fun-filled musical evening outside under the California sky.

Zoo members and guests 21 and older with a valid ID are welcome to enjoy a unique craft brew-tasting experience from a handful of Orange County’s finest craft beer brewers. All proceeds raised will benefit The Santa Ana Zoo.

Event dates and artists include:

  • Sunday, June 28, 5:30-7:30 pm, Featuring: The Fabulous Peggie Perkins, Tasting: Valiant Brewing & Ambitious Ales
  • Sunday, July 12, 5:30-7:30 pm, Featuring: Full Spectrum, Tasting: The Bruery & Bootlegger’s Brewing Co.
  • Sunday, July 26, 5:30-7:30 PM, Featuring: High in the 80’s, Tasting: Native Sons Ales & Left Coast Brewing Co.

Admission to Sunsets at the Zoo is $12.95 per person ages 3 & up, and just $6.95 for FOSAZ Members. Children under 3 are free. The cost to enjoy the Brew at the Zoo tasting experience is an additional $10 donation per person and is reserved for adults 21 and over with valid IDs.

Tickets can be purchased online at or at the gate on the night of the event.

Blues at the Zoo

For Zoo members and guests looking for fun on an early Sunday afternoon, Knowlwood Cafe at the Zoo is pleased to announce the return of its “Blues at the Zoo” concert series. and feature some of the finest Blues performers and bands in Orange County.

  • Sunday June 28, 2:00 – 4: 00 pm featuring Babylon Blues
  • Sunday, July 12, 2:00 – 4:00 pm featuring Chico’s Bail Bonds
  • Sunday, July 26, 2:00 – 4:00 pm featuring Papa J and Richard

“Blues at the Zoo” is included in the regular price of Zoo admission on the day of the event.
The Santa Ana Zoo is home to more than 150 animals, including 50 of the most interesting and engaging monkeys and several endangered species, like the Golden Lion Tamarins.

The gates open daily from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Admission is $10.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors and children 3-12 years. Children under 3 are free.

The Conservation Carrousel Rides are $3 each and Zoofari Express Train Rides are $4 each, and combo tickets are $6 each. Children under 2 are free to ride with paid adult on the Train and adults standing with children on the Carrousel are free.


Family Movie Night at Calvary

Come out for a FREE family friendly movie night under the stars. Calvary Church of Santa Ana provides the movie and FREE popcorn, you bring your own chair or blanket for seating.

  • June 24, 2015 – Big Hero 6
  • August 19, 2015 – The Lego Movie

Movies start at 7:30 pm on the Calvary Church Patio. Calvary Church is located at 1010 North Tustin Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705



Summer Concerts on the Lake


It’s time for Summer Concerts on the Lake at the North Lake in the Village of Woodbridge in Irvine.

There is a scheduled a number of free Concerts on the Lake at the North Lake Gazebo for your enjoyment this summer. These popular events feature different styles of music, while providing the perfect opportunity for a picnic on the lawn with friends! Concerts are currently scheduled for the following Saturdays (dates are subject to change).

  • Saturday, June 27th – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – StoneSoul (Classic Soul)
  • Saturday, July 18th – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Kelly Rae (Country Band)
  • Saturday, August 8th – 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – World Tour Legends of Rock (Rock n’ Roll)
  • Saturday, August 29th – 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Catch a Wave (Beach Boys Tribute)

Woodbridge Village North Lake is located on Barrance between West Yale Loop and East Yale Loop in Irvine, CA – across the street from Ruby’s Diner