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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

February
11
Thu
7:00 PM
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Event: Brywood Elementary School
Date: Thursday, 2/11/2016
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:31 PM

Place: Brywood Elementary School
Address: 1 Westwood; Irvine

Directions: Take CA-55 South to I-5 South. Take exit 11A to merge onto I-5 South; go 4.0 mi. Take exit 99 for Culver Dr; go 0.4 mi. Turn left at Culver Dr; go 0.6 mi. Turn right at Bryan Ave; go 0.4 mi. Turn right at Westwood. School is on the right.
16
Tue
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: Robinson Elementary School
Date: Tuesday, 2/16/2016
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:35 PM

Place: Robinson Elementary School
Address: 21400 Lindsay Drive; Trabuco Canyon
Location: 3339’03"N, 11734’22"W

Directions: From North County, take CA-91 east to CA-241 S. Take exit 40 for California 241 South Toll; go 21.2 mi. Take exit 19 for Santa Margarita Parkway; go 0.3 mi. Turn right onto Santa Margarita Pkwy; go 1.9 mi. Turn left onto Plano Trabuco Rd; go 0.3 mi. Take the 2nd right onto Robinson Ranch Rd; go 0.3 mi. Take the 1st right onto Lindsay Dr. School is on the left .
25
Thu
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: Davis Magnet School
Date: Thursday, 2/25/2016
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:45 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.
26
Fri
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: Utt Middle School
Date: Friday, 2/26/2016
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:45 PM

Place: Utt Middle School
Address: 13601 Browning Ave.; Tustin

Directions: Take CA-55 to I-5 South. Merge onto I-5 South; go 1.6 mi. Exit on Red Hill Ave. Turn left at Red Hill Ave; go 0.3 mi. Turn right at San Juan St; go 0.5 mi. Turn left at Browning Ave. School is on the left.
29
Mon
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: Loma Vista Elementary
Date: Monday, 2/29/2016
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:48 PM

Place: Loma Vista Elementary
Address: 13822 Prospect Ave; Tustin
Location: 3345’44"N, 11749’09"W

Directions: Merge onto I-5 N; go 2.5 mi. Take exit 103A for California 55 N; go 0.2 mi. Keep left and merge onto CA-55 N; go 1.0 mi. Take exit 12 for 17th St; go 0.3 mi. Turn right onto E 17th St; go 0.5 mi. Turn left onto Prospect Ave; go 0.2 mi. Turn right onto 17th St. Look for the gate on the left. Drive on drive way to reach the concrete basketball courts behind the school. Look for the signs.
March
1
Tue
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: Buena Park Junior High
Date: Tuesday, 3/1/2016
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:49 PM

Place: Buena Park Junior High
Address: 6931 Orangethorpe Ave; Buena Park
Location: 3351’41"N, 11800’46"W

Directions: Take CA-55 or CA-57 to CA-91. Take CA-91 west toward LA. Take the Knott Ave exit- Turn right onto Knott Ave. go 0.1 mi. Turn left onto Orangethorpe Ave. go <0.1 mi.
2
Wed
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: Fairmont Private Schools
Date: Wednesday, 3/2/2016
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:49 PM

Place: Fairmont Private Schools
Address: 5310 E. La Palma Ave.; Anaheim Hills
Location: 3351’30"N, 11748’06"W

Directions: Merge onto I-5 N; go 2.5 mi. Take exit 103A for California 55 N; go 0.2 mi. Keep left and merge onto CA-55 N; go 7.4 mi. Merge onto CA-91 E; go 0.5 mi. Take exit 35 toward Lakeview Ave; go 0.2 mi. Merge onto E Santa Ana Canyon Rd (signs for Lakeview Ave); go 0.1 mi. Turn left onto S Lakeview Ave; go 0.7 mi. Turn right onto E La Palma Ave; go 1.0 mi. School is on the right.
3
Thu
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: George White Elementary
Date: Thursday, 3/3/2016
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:50 PM

Place: George White Elementary
Address: 25422 Chapparosa Park Rd.; Laguna Niguel
Location: 3330’57"N, 11741’11"W

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.
4
Fri
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: DePortola Elementary
Date: Friday, 3/4/2016
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:50 PM

Place: DePortola Elementary
Address: 27031 Preciados Dr; Mission Viejo
Location: 333606"N, 1173932"W

Directions: Take the CA-55 South to the I-5 South toward San Diego - go 14.1 mi. Take the La Paz Rd exit - go 0.3 mi. Turn left on La Paz Rd - go 1.0 mi. Turn left on Spadra Ln - go 0.2 mi. Turn right on Preciados Dr - go 0.2 mi. Enter blacktop area using driveway to the right of the garden on the right side of the school. Go around the garden and toward the back of the school.
7
Mon
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: LePort School
Date: Monday, 3/7/2016
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:54 PM

Place: LePort School
Address: 9790 Finch Avenue; Fountain Valley

Directions: Take the CA-55 to the I-405 N. Go north on I-405 N; go 4.1 mi. Take the Euclid St/Newhope St exit; go 0.3 mi. Turn right onto Euclid St; go 0.5 mi. Continue onto Ellis Ave; go 1.3 mi. Turn left onto Hawthorn St; go 0.1 mi. Turn left onto Starling Ave. Turn right and on Redwood St. Turn left onto Finch Ave. School is on the right. Set up on the blacktop area on the east side of the school.
8
Tue
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: LePort School HB
Date: Tuesday, 3/8/2016
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:55 PM

Place: LePort School HB
Address: 16081 Waikiki Lane; Huntington Beach
Location: 3343’40"N, 11802’38"W

Directions: Take CA-55 to CA-22 west; go 12.1 mi. Take exit 5 for Valley View St toward Bolsa Chica Rd/I-405 S; go 0.4 mi. Turn left onto Valley View St; go 0.2 mi. Continue onto Bolsa Chica Rd; go 3.1 mi. Turn right onto Edinger Ave; go 0.1 mi. Continue a few 100 ft past Waikiki Lane to the gate on the left. Enter the gate and drive across the field to the blacktop area.
9
Wed
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: Evans Elementary School
Date: Wednesday, 3/9/2016
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:56 PM

Place: Evans Elementary School
Address: 12281 Nelson Street; Garden Grove
Location: 3347’05"N, 11756’50"W

Directions: Take CA-55 to CA-22 W. Take the CA-22 W/Garden Grove Fwy west toward Long Beach for 5.7 mi. Take exit 11 toward Euclid St; go 0.3 mi. Turn left onto Trask Ave; go 0.2 mi. Turn right onto S Euclid St; go 1.1 mi. Turn left onto Lampson Ave; go 0.3 mi. Turn right onto Nelson St; go 0.2 mi. School is on the left. Entrance is on the north side of the school.
10
Thu
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: Sunkist Elementary
Date: Thursday, 3/10/2016
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:56 PM

Place: Sunkist Elementary
Address: 500 N. Sunkist; Anaheim
Location: 3350’44"N, 11752’44"W

Directions: (1) Take the 57 Fwy to Lincoln Ave. Go west on Lincoln 0.4 mi to Sunkist. Turn right on Sunkist and go about 0.5 mi to the school. OR: (2) Take the 91 Freeway and exit at Kraemer. Go north on Kraemer to La Palma. Turn left on La Palma and then turn left on Sunkist.
 

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