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Outreach

One of the fundamental reasons why the OCA was formed over 40 years ago was to help spread the knowledge and appreciation of Astronomy within the local community. Every year literally 1,000's of people, young and old, get to experience the joys of Astronomy, sometimes for the very first time, when OCA Members bring their telescopes out to schools, libraries and other venues. We do this absolutely for free (although we do not usually turn down any donations to the clubs education fund).

The very active outreach program is run by Jim Benet and attracts many OCA Members to help out. Jim is always looking for more volunteers. The qualifications are simple. Whatever telescope you have is fine, big or small, it doesn't matter. You simply need to bring along your telescope and love for astronomy and be willing to share that joy with all the hungry eyes and minds that turn up.

The upcoming outreach events are always entered into the OCA calendar. The outreach events that occur within schools are usually always private (members of the public cannot attend unless they have children at the school). Other outreach events which are scheduled in some of the public parks and areas may be open to the public. If you are not a member of the OCA and you would like to attend one of our outreach events please contact Jim Benet if you are unlear if the event is open to the public.

Please find the contact information for our Outreach Coordinator here

Listing of the upcoming outreaches from our calendar

November
26
Mon
7:00 PM
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Event: Aliso Viejo Middle School
Date: Monday, 11/26/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:45 PM

Place: Aliso Viejo Middle School
Address: 111 Park Ave; Aliso Viejo
Location: 33°34’49"N, 117°42’45"W

Directions: Take I-5 South towards San Diego (if taking 405 South, continue to merge onto I-5 South). Take exit 91 towards El Toro Rd. Continue straight onto Paseo De Valencia, 1.8 mi. Turn Right onto Laguna Hills Dr., 0.7 mi. Continue onto Aliso Viejo Pkwy, 0.4 mi. Turn Left onto Cedarbrook, 0.8 mi. School will be on your right.
27
Tue
7:00 PM
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Event: Alderwood Elementary School
Date: Tuesday, 11/27/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:45 PM

Place: Alderwood Elementary School
Address: 2005 Knollcrest; Irvine
Location: 33°38’56"N, 117°46’31"W

Directions: Take CA-55 South to I-5 South. Take exit 11A to merge onto I-5 S; go 7.5 mi. Take exit 95 and merge onto CA-133 S; go 1.4 mi. Turn right onto Laguna Canyon Rd; go 0.5 mi. At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto Quail Hill; go 0.3 mi. Turn left onto Knollcrest; go 0.4 mi. School is on the right. Go through the gate at the North end of the parking lot to enter the blacktop area behind the school. The viewing location is on the basketball courts past the volleyball posts.
28
Wed
7:00 PM
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Event: Loma Vista Elementary
Date: Wednesday, 11/28/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:45 PM

Place: Loma Vista Elementary
Address: 13822 S Prospect Ave; Santa Ana
Location: 33°45’44"N, 117°49’09"W

Directions: Merge onto I-5 N; go 2.5 mi. Take exit 103A for CA 55 N; go 0.2 mi. Keep left and merge onto CA-55 N; go 1.0 mi. Take exit 12 for 17th St; go 0.3 mi. Turn right onto E 17th St; go 0.5 mi. Turn left onto Prospect Ave; go 0.2 mi. Turn right onto 17th St; go 0.5 mi. Turn left onto Prospect Ave; go 0.2 mi.. Enter the parking lot at the church before (just south of) the school. Enter the gate at the back of the school (from the church parking lot). Cross over the field to the back top area.
29
Thu
7:00 PM
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Event: South Lake Middle School
Date: Thursday, 11/29/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:45 PM

Place: South Lake Middle School
Address: 655 W Yale Loop; Irvine
Location: 33°40’07"N, 117°48’33"W

Directions: Take CA-55 South towards Costa Mesa and take exit 6B for I-405 S, San Diego, 10.5 mi. Take the Right exit for Culver Drive, 2.6 mi. Make a Left onto Culver Drive. Turn Right onto Main St and then Right onto W Yale Loop. Drive past the school (on left) and make a U-Turn at Thunder Run. School will be on your right.
30
Fri
7:00 PM
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Event: Heritage Museum of Orange County
Date: Friday, 11/30/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:45 PM

Place: Heritage Museum of Orange County
Address: 3101 W Harvard St; Santa Ana
Location: 33°43’15"N, 117°54’38"W

Directions: Take CA-55 South to 405 N. Merge onto 405 North towards Long Beach. Take the Exit 11 Fairview Rd /Harbor Blvd, keep Right at the fork and follow signs for Fairview Rd. Turn right onto Fairview Rd, 2.2 mi. Turn Left onto West Harvard Rd. The Heritage Museum will be on your right. Turn into the driveway marked for Bus and Employee Entrance and follow it back behind the museum to park.
December
3
Mon
7:00 PM
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Event: GB Miller Elementary School
Date: Monday, 12/3/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:45 PM

Place: GB Miller Elementary School
Address: 7751 Furman Rd; La Palma
Location: 33°50’57"N, 118°02’02"W

Directions: Take I-5 North towards Los Angeles. Take exit 113C to merge onto CA-91 W/ State Hwy 91W, 3.2 mi. Take exit 22 for Valley View Street towards Orangethrope Ave, .02 mi. Use Left two lanes to turn Left onto Valley View St. Turn Right onto Panama Dr. and then make an immediate Left onto Miller St. The street will turn right and become Thelma Ave., 0.2 mi. Turn Left onto Furman Rd. Shool will be on your right.
4
Tue
7:00 PM
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Event: Dale Junior High
Date: Tuesday, 12/4/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:44 PM

Place: Dale Junior High
Address: 900 South Dale; Anaheim
Location: 33°49’10"N, 117°58’55"W

Directions: From North County: Take CA-91 Fwy west to Beach Blvd. Exit to Beach Blvd and go south 2.8 mi to Ball Rd. Turn left onto W Ball Rd; go 0.5 mi. Turn left onto S Dale Ave. School is on the right. Enter blacktop area through gate on south side of the school. From South County: Take I-5 N. Take the Harbor Blvd exit toward Ball Rd; go 0.3 mi. Turn right onto S Harbor Blvd; go 0.1 mi. Turn left onto W Ball Rd; go 4.0 mi. Turn right onto S Dale Ave. School is on the right. Enter blacktop area through gate on south side of the school.
5
Wed
7:00 PM
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Event: Lake View Elementary
Date: Wednesday, 12/5/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:45 PM

Place: Lake View Elementary
Address: 17451 Zeider Lane; Huntington Beach
Location: 33°42’33"N, 117°58’56"W

Directions: Take the CA-55 South toward Newport Beach. Take I-405 North - go 6.1 mi. Take the Warner Ave West exit - go 1.2 mi. Turn left on Newland St - go 0.5 mi. Turn right on Slater Ave - go 0.1 mi. Turn right on Zeider Ln - go < 0.1 mi. School is on the left.
6
Thu
7:00 PM
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Event: Bonita Canyon Elementary
Date: Thursday, 12/6/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:44 PM

Place: Bonita Canyon Elementary
Address: 1 Sundance Drive; Irvine
Location: 33°38’02"N, 117°48’47"W

Directions: Take the CA-55 south exit towards Costa Mesa Fwy/Newport Beach. Take the I-405 south and exit on Culver D. Turn right on Culver Dr and go 1.4 mi. Turn left on Campus Dr - go 0.4 mi. Turn right on Turtle Rock Dr - go 1.6 mi. Turn left on Sundance.
7
Fri
7:00 PM
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Event: Utt Middle School
Date: Friday, 12/7/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:44 PM

Place: Utt Middle School
Address: 13601 Browning Ave.; Tustin
Location: 33°44’03"N, 117°48’21"W

Directions: Take CA-55 to I-5 South. Merge onto I-5 South; go 1.6 mi. Exit on Red Hill Ave. Turn left at Red Hill Ave; go 0.3 mi. Turn right at San Juan St; go 0.5 mi. Turn left at Browning Ave. School is on the left.
10
Mon
7:00 PM
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Event: Gisler Elementary
Date: Monday, 12/10/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:45 PM

Place: Gisler Elementary
Address: 18720 Las Flores Street; Fountain Valley
Location: 33°41’32"N, 117°56’57"W

Directions: Take CA-55 S toward I-405N. Take exit 6A to merge onto I-405 N; go 4.0 mi. Take exit 12 for Euclid St toward Newhope St; go 0.4 mi. Turn right at S Euclid St; go 0.5 mi. Continue onto Ellis Ave; go 0.7 mi. Turn left at Las Flores St and go 0.2 mi. Enter blacktop area off Las Flores.
11
Tue
7:00 PM
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Event: Washington Middle School
Date: Tuesday, 12/11/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:44 PM

Place: Washington Middle School
Address: 716 East La Habra Blvd; La Habra
Location: 33°55’50"N, 117°56’21"W

Directions: Take CA-57 North. Take exit 9 to Imperial Hwy. Turn left on Imperial Hwy; go 3.0 mi. Turn right at Harbor Blvd; go 1.0 mi. Turn left at E La Habra Blvd; go 0.3 mi. Turn left on McPherson St and then turn left on the path near the basketball courts.
12
Wed
7:00 PM
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Event: Beacon Park Elementary School
Date: Wednesday, 12/12/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:44 PM

Place: Beacon Park Elementary School
Address: 200 Cultivate; Irvine
Location: 33°41’28"N, 117°44’00"W

Directions: Take CA-133 to Irvine Blvd. From North turn left on Irvine Blvd or from South turn right on Irvine Blvd. Go 0.4 mi to Ridge Valley. Turn right onto Ridge Valley; go 0.1 mi. At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit and stay on Ridge Valley; go 0.3 mi. Turn left onto Benchmark; go 0.1 mi. Continue past Cultivate and enter the gate on the side of the school.
13
Thu
7:00 PM
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Event: Danbrook Elementary
Date: Thursday, 12/13/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:45 PM

Place: Danbrook Elementary
Address: 320 S Danbrook Dr; Anaheim
Location: 33°49’45"N, 118°00’30"W

Directions: Take CA-91 West to Knott Ave. Exit 23A for Knott Ave. Turn left at Knott Ave; go 2.0 mi. Turn left at W Danbrook Ave; go 0.1 mi.
 

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