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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
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.
21
Tue
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: Biola University
Date: Tuesday, 11/21/2017
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:48 PM

Place: Biola University
Address: 13800 Biola Avenue; La Mirada
Location: 33°54’18"N, 118°00’48"W

Directions: Take CA-91 West or I-5 North to Beach Blvd. Exit onto Auto Center Drive. Continue to Beach Blvd. Go north on Beach Blvd about 1.0 mi. Turn left onto La Mirada Blvd. Drive 1 mi past Rosecrans Ave. Turn left at the east campus entrance. Enter campus then turn left. Drive south past the soccer field to Parking Structure S (22 on map). Enter and drive to the top level. Setup scopes at the top east end of the structure.
27
Mon
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: American Heritage Girls
Date: Monday, 11/27/2017
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:45 PM

Place: American Heritage Girls
Address: 24231 El Toro Road; Laguna Woods
Location: 33°36’46"N, 117°43’20"W

Directions: Take CA-55 S towards I-5 S. Merge onto I-5 S towards San Diego and travel 11 mi. Take exit 91 toward El Toro Rd. Stay in the middle lane to travel straight onto Paseo De Valencia. Turn Right onto El Toro Rd, 0.8 mi. Lutheran Church of the Cross, where event is held, will be on right, 0.5 mi.
28
Tue
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: St. Edward Parish School
Date: Tuesday, 11/28/2017
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:45 PM

Place: St. Edwards Parish School
Address: 33866 Calle La Primavera; Dana Point
Location: 33°28’15"N, 117°41’25"W

Directions: Take CA-55 to the I-5 South. Merge onto I-5 S; go 23 mi. Take exit 79 for CA-1; go 0.3 mi. Continue onto CA-1 N; go 1.2 mi. Turn right onto Street of the Crystal Lantern; go 0.1 mi. Turn right onto Calle La Primavera/Manzanita Dr; go 0.5 mi. Turn into the church parking lot on the right.
December
6
Wed
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: Lake View Elementary
Date: Wednesday, 12/6/2017
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.
7
Thu
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: Cox Elementary School
Date: Thursday, 12/7/2017
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:45 PM

Place: Cox Elementary School
Address: 17615 Los Jardines East; Fountain Valley
Location: 33°42’29"N, 117°56’26"W

Directions: Take CA-55 South to I-405 North. 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 left at Euclid St; go 0.7 mi. Turn left at Slater Ave; go 0.1 mi. Turn left at Los Jardines East. School is on the right. Enter the black top area on the south side of the school.
14
Thu
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: Danbrook Elementary
Date: Thursday, 12/14/2017
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:46 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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