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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

7:00 PM
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.
7:00 PM
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.
8:00 PM
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.
8:00 PM
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.
8:00 PM
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.
8:00 PM
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.
8:00 PM
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.
8:15 PM
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.

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