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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: Biola University
Date: Tuesday, 12/1/2015
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:45 PM

Place: Biola University
Address: 13800 Biola Avenue; La Mirada
Location: 3354’18"N, 11800’48"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.
7:00 PM
Event: Huntington Beach Library
Date: Wednesday, 12/2/2015
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:45 PM

Place: Huntington Beach Library
Address: 7111 Talbert Avenue; Huntington beach
Location: 334209"N, 1180016"W

Directions: Take I-405 N/San Diego Fwy via the ramp to Long Beach; go 7.9 mi. Take exit 14 for Brookhurst St toward Fountain Valley; go 0.2 mi. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Brookhurst St S and merge onto Brookhurst St; go 0.7 mi. Turn right onto Talbert Ave; go 2.9 mi. Continue straight to stay on Talbert Ave. Destination is on the right.
7:00 PM
Event: Cox Elementary School
Date: Thursday, 12/3/2015
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:45 PM

Place: Cox Elementary School
Address: 17615 Los Jardines East; Fountain Valley
Location: 3342’29"N, 11756’26"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; then drive across the field to the north side of the school. Set up on the north black top area.
7:00 PM
Host cancelled due to schedule conflict Event: Vanguard University
Date: Friday, 12/4/2015
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:45 PM

Place: Davis Magnet School
Address: 1050 Arlington St; Costa Mesa
Location: 334013"N, 1175405"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.
7:00 PM
Event: Northwood High School
Date: Monday, 12/7/2015
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:44 PM

Place: Northwood High School
Address: 4515 Portola Pkwy; Irvine
Location: 3344’04"N, 11744’57"W

Directions: Merge onto CA-91 E/Riverside Fwy toward Riverside; go 1.1 mi. Take exit 40 for California 241 South Toll toward Irvine; go 1.0 mi. Continue onto CA-241 S; go 5.8 mi. Keep right at the fork to continue on CA-261 S, follow signs for California 261 Toll S/Irvine; go 3.1 mi. Take exit 3 for Portola Pkwy; go 0.4 mi. Turn left onto Portola Pkwy; go 1.4 mi. Turn left onto Yale; go 0.3 mi. Turn left. Turn right. Turn left. School is on the right.

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