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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
22
Wed
7:15 PM
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Event: Dale Junior High
Date: Wednesday, 10/22/2014
Viewing at 7:15 PM, Sunset at 6:12 PM

Place: Dale Junior High
Address: 900 South Dale; Anaheim

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.
25
Sat
7:30 PM
-
 
Event: O’Neil Regional Park
Date: Saturday, 10/25/2014
Viewing at 7:30 PM, Sunset at 6:08 PM

Place: O’Neill Regional Park
Address: 30892 Trabuco Canyon Rd; Trabuco Canyon

Directions: Take CA-91 East to CA-241 South toward Irvine. Merge onto CA-241; go 20.2 mi. Take the Santa Margarita Pkwy exit; go 0.3 mi. Turn right onto Santa Margarita Pkwy; go 1.9 mi. Turn left onto Plano Trabuco Rd; go 0.6 mi. Plano Trabuco Rd turns left and becomes Trabuco Canyon Rd; go 1.3 mi. Turn left toward Trabuco Creek Rd; go 456 ft. Take the 1st left onto Trabuco Creek Rd; O’Neill Park is on the left.
27
Mon
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: Shoreline Christian School
Date: Monday, 10/27/2014
Viewing at 7:15 PM, Sunset at 6:07 PM

Place: Shoreline Christian School
Address: 10350 Ellis Ave.; Fountain Valley

Directions: Take CA-55 S towards I-405N. Take exit 6A to merge onto I-405 N; go 4.7 mi. Take exit 14 for Brookhurst St toward Fountain Valley; go 0.4 mi. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Brookhurst St S and merge onto Brookhurst St; go 1.3 mi. Turn left at Ellis Ave. and go 0.3 mi. School is on the right.
28
Tue
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: Washington Middle School
Date: Tuesday, 10/28/2014
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 6:06 PM

Place: Washington Middle School
Address: 716 East La Habra Blvd; La Habra

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.
29
Wed
7:30 PM
-
 
Event: Laguna Woods
Date: Wednesday, 10/29/2014
Viewing at 7:30 PM, Sunset at 6:04 PM

Place: Clubhouse 5
Address: 24262 Punta Alta; Laguna Woods

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.

30
Thu
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: Cox Elementary School
Date: Thursday, 10/30/2014
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 6:04 PM

Place: Cox Elementary School
Address: 17615 Los Jardines East; Fountain Valley

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.
November
7
Fri
7:30 PM
-
 
The 3rd session of the Beginners Astronomy Class covers different ways of finding what’s up in the night sky.

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," or click here.
Free and open to the public as well as members of OCA.
Note: All people who attend will be invited to visit our Anza dark site or our Black Star Canyon dark site as guests at one of our monthly star parties.
10
Mon
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: Ethan Allen Elementary
Date: Monday, 11/10/2014
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:54 PM

Place: Ethan Allen Elementary
Address: 16200 Bushard St.; Fountain Valley

Directions: Take CA-55 to CA-22 W. Merge onto CA-22 West/Garden Grove Fwy; go 7.7 mi. Take exit 10 toward Brookhurst St; go 0.2 mi. Turn right at Trask Ave; go 0.2 mi. Take the 1st right onto Brookhurst St; go 3.0 mi. Turn right at Heil Ave; go 0.5 mi. Turn right at Bushard St, go 0.3 mi. School is on the right.
12
Wed
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: Peters Canyon Elementary School
Date: Wednesday, 11/12/2014
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:52 PM

Place: Peters Canyon Elementary School
Address: 26900 Peters Canyon Rd; Tustin

Directions: Take CA-55 S to the I-5 S. Take exit 11A to merge onto I-5 S toward San Diego. Take exit 100 for Jamboree Rd. Turn left at Jamboree Rd; go 2.3 mi. Slight right to stay on Jamboree Rd; go 0.4 mi. Turn left at Tustin Ranch; go 0.2 mi. Turn right at Pioneer Way; go 0.1 mi. Turn right at Pioneer Rd; go 0.4 mi. Take the 1st left onto Peters Canyon Rd. School is on the left.
13
Thu
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: George White Elementary
Date: Thursday, 11/13/2014
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:52 PM

Place: George White Elementary
Address: 25422 Chapparosa Park Rd.; Laguna Niguel

Directions: Take the 55 Fwy South to the I-5. Go south on I-5 about 17 miles and exit on Crown Valley Pkwy. Turn right on Crown Valley Pkwy and go 1.7 miles to Golden Lantern St./Moulton Pkwy. Turn left on Golden Lantern and go 1.7 miles to Chapparosa Park Rd. Turn right on Chapparosa Park Rd.
15
Sat
6:00 PM
-
 
IVC Astronomy Class field trip to Anza. Professor: Jennifer Tan. The club observatory, Kuhn Telescope and area around the observatory are reserved for this event.
17
Mon
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: Reilly Elementary School
Date: Monday, 11/17/2014
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:49 PM

Place: Reilly Elementary School
Address: 24171 Pavion; Mission Viejo

Directions: Take CA-55 to I-5 South. Take exit 11A toward San Diego. Merge onto I-5 S; go 12.9 mi. Take exit 89 for La Paz Rd; go 0.3 mi. Turn left onto La Paz Rd; go 1.3 mi. Turn left onto Marguerite Pkwy; go 0.7 mi. Turn right onto Jeronimo Rd; go 1.5 mi. Turn right onto Pavion; go 0.2 mi. School is on the right. Access blacktop area on the right-hand side of the school.
18
Tue
5:00 PM
-
 
Event: Woodsboro Elementary School
Date: Tuesday, 11/18/2014
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:48 PM

Place: Woodsboro Elementary School
Address: 7575 Woodsboro Avenue; Anaheim

Directions: Take CA-55 North to CA-91 East. Merge onto CA-91 E ; go 1.9 mi. Take the Imperial Hwy/CA-90 exit; go 0.3 mi. Turn left onto CA-90 W; go 0.5 mi. Turn right onto E La Palma Ave; go 1.4 mi. Turn left onto Emogene St. Turn left onto E Woodsboro Ave; school on the right.
19
Wed
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: Danbrook Elementary
Date: Wednesday, 11/19/2014
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:49 PM

Place: Danbrook Elementary
Address: 320 Danbrook St; Anaheim

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.
20
Thu
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: Bonita Canyon Elementary
Date: Thursday, 11/20/2014
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:48 PM

Place: Bonita Canyon Elementary
Address: 1 Sundance Drive; Irvine

Directions: Take the CA-55 south exit towards Costa Mesa Fwy/Newport Beach. Take the I-405 south and exit on Culver D. Turn right on Culver Dr and go 1.4 mi. Turn left on Campus Dr - go 0.4 mi. Turn right on Turtle Rock Dr - go 1.6 mi. Turn left on Sundance.
21
Fri
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: Ladera Elementary School
Date: Friday, 11/21/2014
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:47 PM

Place: Ladera Elementary School
Address: 2515 Rawlings Way; Tustin

Directions: Take CA-55 South towards Newport Beach. Take the Fourth St exit toward Irvine Blvd; go 0.3 mi. Turn left onto E 4th St/Irvine Blvd. Continue to follow Irvine Blvd 2.5 mi. Turn left onto Tustin Ranch Rd; go 1.1 mi. Turn left onto Rawlings Way. Turn right; school is on the right .
 

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