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Full Moon
 Full Moon
Beginner’s Class
 7:30:00 PM - 9:30:00 PM The first session of the Beginners Astronomy Class gives a general overview of all of the different objects you can see in the night sky, with some history and information about what they are and their significance. The Beginners Astronomy Class is held at the Heritage Museum of Orange County in Santa Ana. For details, please see the webpage on the Beginners Class, under "About OCA" and "Special Interest Groups". Free and open to the public as well as members of OCA. Note: All people who attend will be invited to visit one of our monthly star parties at Black Star Canyon. More
Private - Santiago Hills Elementary School
 Event: Santiago Hills Elementary School
Date: Tuesday, 3/6/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:52 PM

Place: Santiago Hills Elementary School
Address: 29 Christamon W.; Irvine
Location: 33°43’07"N, 117°45’32"W

Directions: Take CA-55 South towards Costa Mesa,2.4 mi. Take exit 11A and merge onto I-5 South towards San Diego. Travel 3 miles and take exit 99 for Culver Drive. Turn Left onto Culver Drive. Turn Right onto Irvine Blvd, .7 mi. Turn Left onto Yale Ave, 0.3 mi. Turn Left onto Orange Arrow and then Right onto Chrisamon West. School is located on the Left.
AstroImagers SIG
 Monthly meeting of the AstroImagers group in the Digital Media Center, 1300 S. Bristol Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92704.

The meeting begins at 7pm and will be in the "Multipurpose Room," which is located on the first floor, south end of the building. Enter the main lobby, turn left to go down the hallway, and we are in the second room on the left. There is a small sign on the wall next to the door that says "Multipurpose Room." There is plenty of free parking.

This very active group includes all levels of imagers, from beginners through experts in CCD, video and film astrophotography. All OCA Members are welcome, at whatever level they may be or the nature of their interest in this topic.

Please click here for Details
Private Outreach - Library of the Canyons
 Event: Library of the Canyons
Date: Thursday, 3/8/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:53 PM

Place: Library of the Canyons
Address: 7531 Santiago Canyon Rd; Silverado
Location: 33°44’38"N, 117°40’03"W

Directions: Take CA-55 north towards the 91. Take the exit East Chapman Ave and continue on Chapman as it becomes E. Santiago Canyon Rd, 5.5 mi. Keep Left to stay on E Santiago Canyon Rd, 6.5 mi. The library will come up on the left hand side after the Silverado Children’s Center.
Last Qtr Moon
 3rd Quarter Moon
OCA General Meeting

Meetings are FREE and open to the public, and are held at Chapman University

Club Announcements
Whats Up: See Announcement on Home Page.
Main speaker: See announcement on Home Page
Library: Members can check out books from our extensive collection.

Refreshments: will be available (coffee, donuts, soft drinks, etc.).
Daylight Savings Begins
Private Outreach - Springbrook Elementary
 Event: Springbrook Elementary School
Date: Monday, 3/12/2018
Viewing at 8:00 PM, Sunset at 6:57 PM

Place: Springbrook Elementary School
Address: 655 Springbrook N; Irvine
Location: 33°40’10"N, 117°47’54"W

Directions: Take CA-55 S to the 405 and take exit 6B to merge onto 405 S towards San Diego, 8mi. Keep left, follow signs for 405 South towards San Diego, 2.6 mi. Take exit 5 for Culver Drive. Use the left two lanes to turn Left onto Culver Drive. Turn Right onto Main St., 0.2 mi. Make an immediate Right at the first cross street onto W Yale Loop. Follw it for 1 mile and turn Left onto Greenmoor which will turn into Fallingstar. Turn Left into the small cul-de-sac, with the school directly in front of you - This is the location of the gate. Do Not use Springbrook as you will not be able to access the gate from there.
Private Outreach - Laguna Woods Astronomy Club
 Event: Laguna Woods Astronomy Club
Date: Tuesday, 3/13/2018
Viewing at 8:00 PM, Sunset at 6:58 PM

Place: Held at Clubhouse 5
Address: 24262 Punta Alta; Laguna Woods
Location: 33°36’30"N, 117°44’54"W

Directions: Take CA-55 to I-5 South. Merge onto I-5 South; go 11.9 mi to the El Toro Rd exit. Merge onto Paseo de Valencia; go 0.2 mi. Turn right onto El Toro Rd and go 2.1 mi to Calle Corta. Turn right on Calle Corta into Gate 9. Turn right at Avenida Sosiega; go 0.2 mi. Turn left at Monte Hermoso; go 0.3 mi. Turn right at Punta Alta, Clubhouse 5 is on the right.
Private Outreach - Davis Magnet School
 Event: Davis Magnet School
Date: Friday, 3/16/2018
Viewing at 8:00 PM, Sunset at 7:00 PM

Place: Davis Magnet School
Address: 1050 Arlington St; Costa Mesa
Location: 33°40’13"N, 117°54’05"W

Directions: Take CA-55 South toward Newport Beach. Take exit 5B for Baker St; go 0.6 mi. Turn right at Baker St; go 0.3 mi. Turn left at Bristol St; go 0.6 mi. Take the 3rd right onto Newport Blvd; go 0.3 mi. Slight right at Arlington Dr; go 0.5 mi.
Private meeting-Astropysics SIG
 Our Astrophysics group meets to discuss and learn about how the universe works as a seminar group that bases its discussions on topics of interest introduced by the participants and the videos that are shown during the meetings on different aspects of astrophysics. The meetings are held in the classroom at the Heritage Museum of Orange County, located at 3101 W. Harvard Ave., Santa Ana. The museum is located about a half-block west of Fairview; Harvard is about two miles north of the 405 Fwy, between Warner and Edinger. The driveway is at the western end of the museum property; follow it around to the back of the property to the parking area; the classroom faces the parking area. All members are welcome - come join us for a stimulating evening!
New Moon
Private star party - Anza
St. Patrick’s Day
Private Star Party - Orange County
 Monthly Star Party in the OC Parks Open space (Location may vary), open to OCA Members and their guests only. NOTE: The actual time the gate opens may be different from what is shown above. The Orange County star parties generally begin with the opening of the gate about 30 minutes before sundown and close at midnight. Please contact Steve Mizera, the Star Party Coordinator, at mizeras@cox.net for details, and to be put on the OC Star Party mailing list.
Spring Equinox
Private Outreach - Isaac Sowers Middle School
 Event: Isaac Sowers Middle School
Date: Tuesday, 3/20/2018
Viewing at 8:00 PM, Sunset at 7:04 PM

Place: Isaac Sowers Middle School
Address: 9300 Indianapolis Ave; Huntington Beach
Location: 33°39’51"N, 117°57’54"W

Directions: Take CA-55 S towards Costa Mesa. Take exit 3 towards 22nd St/Victoria St. Merge onto Newport Blvd and turn right onto Victoria St, 0.1 mi. Victoria St will turn into Hamilton Ave. Turn right onto Bushard St, 0.6 mi. Turn left onto Cohasset Ct, (just before the school). Follow Cohasset around to the back of the school. Enter the black top area through the parking lot on the right.
Private Outreach - Ethel Dwyer Middle School
 Event: Ethel Dwyer Middle School
Date: Wednesday, 3/21/2018
Viewing at 8:00 PM, Sunset at 7:05 PM

Place: Ethel Dwyer Middle School
Address: 1502 Palm Ave; Huntington Beach
Location: 33°40’11"N, 118°00’17"W

Directions: Take CA-55 South towards the 405, Costa Mesa. Use Right two lanes to merge onto 405 North towards Long Beach, 5.0 mi. Take exit 14 for Brookhurst St - keep Left at the fork, following signs for Brookhurst St South. Merge onto Brookhurst St. Turn Right onto Ellis Ave, 2.0 mi. Continue onto Main Street, 1.5 mi. Use Right two lanes to make a Right onto 17th St., 0.5 mi. Turn Left onto Palm Ave. School will be on your Left.
Private Outreach - Heritage Museum
 Event: Heritage Museum of Orange County
Date: Friday, 3/23/2018
Viewing at 8:15 PM, Sunset at 7:06 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.
1st Qtr Moon
 1st Quarter Moon
OCA Board Meeting
 2:00:00 PM - 6:00:00 PM The regular meeting of the OCA Board is at 2:00 p.m., at the People Ready office at 696 Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, CA. All members are welcome to attend, but please contact our host, Greg Schedcik, in advance to let him know you will be attending.
Palm Sunday
Good Friday
Passover Begins
OCA Banquet
 OCA Banquet at JT Schmid, 2610 E Katella Ave in Anaheim.
Full Moon
 Full Moon

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