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Monthly General Meeting

The OCA has a general meeting held on the second Friday of every month* at Chapman University.

These meetings are free and open to the general public.

The meetings take place in The Irvine Lecture Hall with seating for approximately 250 people.

The Irvine Lecture Hall (located adjacent to the Hashinger Science Center) is near the south east corner of the campus
and the nearest cross street is East Palm Ave and North Center Street.

The meetings start promptly at 7:30 PM.

The basic agenda, with approximate times, is as shown below.



7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Pre-meeting Slide Show Arrival of audience. This presentation includes recent astronomical photographs taken by OCA members.
7:30 PM - 7:45 PM Club Announcements Usually presented by the OCA Secretary, Bob Buchheim.
7:45 PM - 8:15 PM "What's Up?" Presented by various OCA Members.
8:15 PM - 9:15 PM Main Talk Speakers are often from JPL/Caltech and other major educational and astronomical institutions.
The level of the talks are usually appropriate for anyone who has an interest in this hobby.
9:15 PM - 9:30 PM Refreshments Break Donuts, coffee and soda are available for a small donation.
9:30 PM - 10:00 PM "Ask an Astronomer" Anyone can stay behind and ask a panel of experts any burning question related to this hobby.

Library

During the meeting our extensive club library is open to allow members to browse the books, videos and DVD's that are available for their use. More

Membership

The club's treasurer, Charlie Oostdyk, is available to accept new applications and renewals. More
Also a wide range of interesting astronomical items are available for sale at his table, of which, all proceeds go to the club.

Directions Top

From 5 Freeway south of 55

  • Take 5 Freeway NORTH Exit onto 55 Freeway
  • NORTH Take 55 Freeway NORTH to Chapman Avenue Orange
  • Turn WEST on Chapman Avenue (right off the freeway exit ramp)
  • Take Chapman Avenue WEST to N Grand Street
  • Take N Grand Street NORTH until it ends 2 blocks later at E Palm Avenue. Turn RIGHT on E Palm Avenue, then LEFT at the next street (N Center Street)
  • Proceed 2 blocks NORTH on N Center Street past the Hashinger parking lot to E Walnut Avenue
  • Turn LEFT (WEST) on E Walnut Avenue and go 1 block to the entrance of the Lastinger underground parking structure on the LEFT
  • Turn LEFT into the Lastinger underground parking structure.

From 57 Freeway north of the 5

  • Take 57 Freeway SOUTH Exit onto West Orangewood Avenue
  • Turn LEFT (EAST) onto West Orangewood Avenue
  • Take Orangewood Avenue (changes name to Walnut Avenue) past N Glassell Street
  • Continue 1 block to the entrance of the Lastinger underground parking structure on the RIGHT
  • Turn RIGHT into the Lastinger underground parking structure

From 5 Freeway north of the 57/22 freeways

  • Take 5 Freeway SOUTH Exit onto 22 Freeway
  • Turn EAST onto 22 Freeway
  • Take 22 Freeway to N Grand Avenue(S Glassell Street)
  • Turn LEFT (NORTH) on N Grand Avenue continue NORTH as name changes to S Glassell Street
  • at Traffic circle (roundabout) take first exit (EAST) onto Chapman Avenue
  • Turn LEFT (NORTH) onto N Grand Street
  • Take N Grand Street NORTH until it ends 2 blocks later at E Palm Avenue. Turn RIGHT on E Palm Avenue, then LEFT at the next street (N Center Street)
  • Proceed 2 blocks NORTH on N Center Street past the Hashinger parking lot to E Walnut Avenue
  • Turn LEFT (WEST) on E Walnut Avenue and go 1 block to the entrance of the Lastinger underground parking structure on the LEFT
  • Turn LEFT into the Lastinger underground parking structure

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Parking Top

Free parking is available on the campus side of E Palm Avenue or N Center Street.
Parking on the campus is ONLY available in unreserved parking spaces in either the Lastinger underground parking structure or the Barrera parking structure.
Both of these parking structures require a parking permit to be displayed that can be purchased for a small fee upon entry to the parking structure.
Parking elsewhere (including the Hashinger lot next to Irvine Hall, or on the residential side of the streets) WILL result in a parking ticket.

Those displaying a Handicapped placard will be able to continue using the handicapped spaces they have been using in the Hashinger lot.
Hashinger Hall is in the south-east corner of the campus. The nearest cross-street is E Palm Avenue and N Center Street.

Chapman Campus map can be obtained Here

*please check the calendar for any changes to the date of the meeting (we often have a conflict in September/October which results in the meeting being pushed back a week).

 

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