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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

October
20
Fri
7:15 PM
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Event: Mission Viejo Campout
Date: Friday, 10/20/2017
Viewing at 7:15 PM, Sunset at 6:13 PM

Place: Held at William S. Craycraft Park
Address: 23650 Via Linda; Mission Viejo
Location: 33°36’08"N, 117°39’05"W

Directions: Take CA-55 S to I-5 S. Take the I-5 S exit toward San Diego; go 1.1 mi. Merge onto I-5 S; go 13.0 mi. Take the Alicia Parkway exit; and use the Left two lanes to turn onto Alicia Pkwy. Make a Left onto Via Linda, 1.5 mi. Turn left onto Los Viveros, 0.2 mi. Gate to the backside of the park is located straight ahead just before the road curves. Drive through the gate, staying to the Right so that you’re lead onto the gravel.
24
Tue
7:15 PM
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Event: Trabuco Hills High School
Date: Tuesday, 10/24/2017
Viewing at 7:15 PM, Sunset at 6:09 PM

Place: Trabuco Hills High School
Address: 27501 Mustang Run; Mission Viejo
Location: 33°39’16"N, 117°39’05"W

Directions: Take CA-91 east to CA-241 South. Follow CA-241 to for about 19 mi to exit 22A for Portola Pkwy. Turn slight right onto Portola Pkwy; go 0.5 mi. Continue onto Santa Margarita Pkwy; go 0.5 mi. Turn right onto Los Alisos Blvd; go 0.1 mi. Turn right onto Mustang Run; go 0.1 mi. School is on the right.
25
Wed
7:15 PM
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Event: Beacon Park Elementary School
Date: Wednesday, 10/25/2017
Viewing at 7:15 PM, Sunset at 6:08 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.
26
Thu
7:00 AM
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Event: Cerro Villa Middle School
Date: Thursday, 10/26/2017
Viewing at 7:15 PM, Sunset at 6:07 PM

Place: Cerro Villa Middle School
Address: 17852 Serrano Ave; Villa Park
Location: 33°49’12"N, 117°49’11"W

Directions: Take CA-55 to Katella Ave exit. Go east on E Katella Ave; go 0.5 mi. Turn left at N Wanda Rd; go 0.3 mi. Continue on N Santiago Blvd; go 0.5 mi. Turn right at Serrano Ave. Follow Serrano past the school and turn right on Nichols Ave. Entrance gate is on the right past the portables.
27
Fri
6:00 PM
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Explore the Stars in the Observatory campground on Palomar Mountain.

This is a 2-night public outreach event. Friday night is more informal, generally with fewer viewers and no formal program (it tends to be more of a star party for those volunteers who show up that night). Saturday night is much busier, and starts with a pot-luck for the volunteers, followed by a talk at around dusk, and then public viewing through the volunteers’ telescopes after that. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Bob Nanz at bob@nanzscience.com, or you can visit his website for more information: http://nanzscience.com/explore/index.html.
27
Fri
7:00 PM
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Event: Utt Middle School
Date: Friday, 10/27/2017
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 6:05 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.
28
Sat
7:00 PM
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Event: International Observe the Moon Night
Date: Saturday, 10/28/2017
Viewing at 7:30 PM, Sunset at 6:05 PM

Place: Held at Laguna Canyon Wilderness Park
Address: 18751 Laguna Canyon Rd; Laguna Beach
Location: 33°36’29"N, 117°45’51"W

Directions: Take CA-55 S to I-5 South. Take exit 11A to merge onto I-5 South; go 7.7 mi. Take exit 95 for State Hwy 133 South. Merge onto CA-133 S; go 5.4 mi. Nix Nature Center is on the right (west side of the street).
28
Sat
6:00 PM
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Explore the Stars in the Observatory campground on Palomar Mountain.

This is a 2-night public outreach event. Friday night is more informal, generally with fewer viewers and no formal program (it tends to be more of a star party for those volunteers who show up that night). Saturday night is much busier, and starts with a pot-luck for the volunteers, followed by a talk at around dusk, and then public viewing through the volunteers’ telescopes after that. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Bob Nanz at bob@nanzscience.com, or you can visit his website for more information: http://nanzscience.com/explore/index.html.
November
8
Wed
7:00 PM
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Event: Washington Middle School
Date: Wednesday, 11/8/2017
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:55 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.
9
Thu
7:00 PM
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Event: Bryant Ranch Elementary
Date: Thursday, 11/9/2017
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:54 PM

Place: Bryant Ranch Elementary
Address: 24695 Paseo de Toronto; Yorba Linda
Location: 33°52’47"N, 117°42’59"W

Directions: Take CA-91 east to Gypsum Canyon Rd exit. Turn left on Gypsum Canyon Rd - go 0.6 mi. Turn right on La Palma Ave - go 0.3 mi. La Palma Ave becomes Camino De Bryant - go 0.6 mi. Turn left on Paseo De Toronto - go 0.2 mi. Access to the blacktop is on the west side of the campus parking lot.
12
Sun
7:00 PM
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Event: Lomarena Elementary
Date: Monday, 12/11/2017
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:44 PM

Place: Lomarena Elementary
Address: 25100 Earhart Rd; Laguna Hills
Location: 33°35’42"N, 117°41’36"W

Directions: Take the CA-55 South to the I-5. Take the I-5 South towards San Diego - go 13 mi. Take the Alicia Pkwy exit. Turn right on Alicia Pky - go 0.6 mi. Turn left on Wilkes Pl - go < 0.1 mi. Turn left on Barents - go 0.1 mi. Turn right on Earhart Rd.
14
Tue
7:00 PM
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Event: Loma Vista Elementary
Date: Tuesday, 11/14/2017
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:51 PM

Place: Loma Vista Elementary
Address: 13822 S Prospect Ave; Tustin
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.
15
Wed
7:00 PM
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Event: Dale Junior High
Date: Wednesday, 11/15/2017
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:51 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.
16
Thu
7:00 AM
-
 
Event: Meadow Park Elementary
Date: Thursday, 11/16/2017
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:50 PM

Place: Meadow Park Elementary
Address: 50 Blue Lake S; Irvine
Location: 33°40’17"N, 117°48’32"W

Directions: Take CA-55 S to 405 S. Merge onto 405 S and that the exit for Culver Drive. Turn left onto Culver Dr. Turn right onto Main St. - .5 mi. Turn right onto W Yale Loop and then left onto Blue Lakes S., .2 mi. School will be on right hand side, .3 mi.
17
Fri
7:00 AM
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Event: Renascence School International
Date: Friday, 11/17/2017
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:47 PM

Place: Renascence School International
Address: 2987 Mesa Verde Dr E; Costa Mesa
Location: 33°40’45"N, 117°55’45"W

Directions: Take CA-55 South to 405 N. Merge onto 405 N and take the exit for Fairview Rd. Keep left at fork and follow signs for Harbor Blvd. Turn left onto Harbor Blvd - go 1.1 mi. Turn right onto Gisler Ave - 0.6 mi. Turn left onto Country Club Drive. Turn left onto Mesa Verde Dr East. School partking llot on the right.
20
Mon
5:00 PM
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Event: Heritage Museum of Orange County
Date: Monday, 11/20/2017
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:48 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 Enterance and follow it back behind the museum to park.
 

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