Summer is quickly coming to an end and I’m going to try to squeeze in as much as possible until school starts.
Come to Irvine’s William R. Mason Regional Park’s amphitheater and enjoy their the final Movie under the stars of this season, “Despicable Me 2” while your treated to some complimentary popcorn and a bottled water.
Bring your picnic dinner, lawn chairs and blankets. The movie will begin at sunset (between 7:45 to 8:00 pm.) and parking is FREE after 6:30 p.m.
If you get there early you can take a stroll along the 9 acre lake and enjoy the beautiful shade trees.
Mason Regional Park
18712 University Drive
Irvine, CA 92612-2601
On Saturday, August 9th, the Great Park will host a FREE 60 minute lecture. Topic: Habits For A More Balanced Life
Living mindfully means different things to different people, but here in the Farm + Food Lab it involves being present in thought, deliberate in deed, attuned to your surroundings, and actively engaged in the moment. This series will provide the knowledge and tools to help you reassess what’s important, rebalance your priorities, and regain control over the ever increasing demands of your busy life. Join us for what is sure to be an enlightening and engaging series designed to help you obtain the benefits and rewards of mindful living.
Time(s): 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Location:Farm + Food Lab | Map & Directions
Ages 16+ are welcome to attend
This program is produced and presented by the City of Irvine’s Community Services Urban Agricultural Programs Division in collaboration with local health care professionals.
A fun addition to the Summer Educational Series and a great way to spend an afternoon is at Tanaka Farms in Irvine. They are currently featuring their Watermelon Tours and for a short time, Strawberry Tours as well.
My Girl Scout troop visited in the spring for a Strawberry Tour. Everyone enjoyed the tour and the strawberries we picked were the most delicious strawberries I’ve ever tasted.
Tanaka farms is a 30 acre working farm that grows organic fruit and vegetables. These fruits and vegetables are sold at their farm stand as well as their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program.
Tanaka Farms also offers educational tours. The tours are available throughout the year. Strawberry Tours (Mid-March to end of June), Cookout Tours (Mid-March to end of August), Watermelon Tours (July to August), and the Pumpkin Patch Tour (end of Sept. to end of October).
You tour the farm on a wagon pulled by a tractor. Along the way, you take various stops to learn about the vegetables and fruits that are currently in season. You learn how they are grown and you get to taste them, yum! For your final stop you arrive at your crop where you get to sample some fresh melon and watermelon and than pick your own personal-sized watermelon to enjoy at home.
The following tours are available at this time:
Strawberry Tours every hour from 10am to 2pm! No reservations needed
Watermelon Tours every hour beginning at 9:30 am and the last tour leaves at 2:30 pm; No reservations needed
Watermelon Tours Monday-Friday with a reservation
U-Pick Tours – We’ll keep you posted with this free tour’s availability!
Arrive 15-20 minutes before your tour and be prepared to get dirty, take shoes you don’t mind getting some dirt or possibly mud on, remember this is a working farm.
Rates are as follows:
Adults and Children are $18.00
Children 2 and younger are Free
Group tours and rates are available: home-schooling group, boy scouts, girl scouts, summer camp, sports group, or other organizations.day, enjoying our special group rates. For your group reservations please call Aimee at (949) 653-2100 Ext. 204
photos from Tanaka Farms Facebook page
Today, Sunday, July 27th, Pacific Symphony provides a perfect way to create a summer memory! Come equipped with your lawn chairs and picnic baskets to Irvine’s Mike Ward Park in the Village of Woodbridge. The FREE ninth annual “Symphony in the Cities” concert in the park event attracts thousands of people each summer. “Musical Playground” is a part of Symphony in the Cities with hands-on activities for children prior to the concert.
- make an instrument
- play in a drum
- meet a Symphony musician
- conduct a clinic with Maestro St.Clair
- play in a circle drum
- visit an instrument petting zoo
- help lead the orchestra in Sousa’s “Hands Across the Sea” during the concert
The Symphony’s Musical Playground, begins at 5:30 p.m. and the FREE Symphony in the Cities concert begins at 7 p.m..
With a potpourri of popular classics, Americana and patriotic tunes, this year’s concert is led by Music Director Carl St.Clair and features mezzo-soprano Ola Rafalo singing Bizet’s sultry Suite from “Carmen” and four talented young violinists from Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings (PSSS) performing Vivaldi’s Concerto in B Minor. Classical KUSC’s radio host Rich Capparela serves as the emcee and also narrates Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” before a final audience sing-along of patriotic favorites.
Location: Mike Ward Community Park Woodbridge, 20 Lake Road, Irvine, 92604
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Admission and parking are FREE
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images from pacificsymphony.org