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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
22
Wed
7:00 PM
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Event: Los Coyotes Elementary
Date: Wednesday, 2/22/2017
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:43 PM

Place: Los Coyotes Elementary
Address: 8122 Moody St.; La Palma
Location: 33°50’42"N, 118°02’40"W

Directions: Take CA-91 W to Valley View. Exit and go south (left) on Valley View St 0.9 mi. Turn right onto La Palma Ave; go 1.0 mi. Turn left onto Moody St; go 0.2 mi to school gates
23
Thu
7:00 PM
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Event: Brywood Elementary School
Date: Thursday, 2/23/2017
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:43 PM

Place: Brywood Elementary School
Address: 1 Westwood; Irvine
Location: 3342’43"N, 11746’25"W

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.
24
Fri
7:00 PM
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Event: Venado Middle School
Date: Friday, 2/24/2017
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:44 PM

Place: Venado Middle School
Address: 4 Deerfield Rd; Irvine
Location: 33°41’33"N, 117°47’24"W

Directions: Take CA-55 S to the I-5 South. Take I-5 to the Culver Dr exit. Turn right onto Culver Dr.; go 1.1 mi. Turn left onto Deerfield Ave, go 0.5 mi.
27
Mon
7:00 PM
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Event: Deerfield Elementary School
Date: Monday, 2/27/2017
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:47 PM

Place: Deerfield Elementary School
Address: 2 Deerfield Rd; Irvine
Location: 33°41’38"N, 117°47’32"W

Directions: Take CA-55 S to the I-5 South. Take I-5 to the Culver Dr exit. Turn right onto Culver Dr.; go 1.1 mi. Turn left onto Deerfield Ave, go 0.5 mi.
28
Tue
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: Buena Park Junior High
Date: Tuesday, 2/28/2017
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:48 PM

Place: Buena Park Junior High
Address: 6931 Orangethorpe Ave; Buena Park
Location: 33°51’41"N, 118°00’46"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.
March
1
Wed
7:00 PM
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Event: Dale Junior High
Date: Wednesday, 3/1/2017
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:49 PM

Place: Dale Junior High
Address: 900 South Dale; Anaheim
Location: 33°49’10"N, 117°58’55"W

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.
2
Thu
7:00 PM
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Event: Evans Elementary School
Date: Thursday, 3/2/2017
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:50 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.

3
Fri
7:00 PM
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Event: Utt Middle School
Date: Friday, 3/3/2017
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:50 PM

Place: Utt Middle School
Address: 13601 Browning Ave.; Tustin
Location: 3344’03"N, 11748’21"W

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.
6
Mon
7:00 AM
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Event: Corey Elementary School School
Date: Monday, 3/6/2017
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:54 PM

Place: Corey Elementary School
Address: 7351 Holder St.; Buena Park
Location: 33°51’16"N, 118°01’17"W

Directions: Take CA-91 West to Knott Ave. Take exit 23A for Knott Ave; go 0.2 mi. Take the 1st right onto Houston St; go 0.5 mi. Turn right onto Holder St; go 400 ft. School is on the left.
15
Wed
8:00 AM
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Event: Beatty Elementary School
Date: Wednesday, 3/15/2017
Viewing at 8:00 PM, Sunset at 7:00 PM

Place: Beatty Elementary School
Address: 8201 Country Club; Buena Park
Location: 33°53’05"N, 117°59’28"W

Directions: Take CA-91 west to the 5 Fwy. Take I-5 Fwy west to Beach Blvd. Turn right on Beach Blvd to Malvern. Turn right on Malvern. At the first signal, Country Club Drive, turn left. The school is about 1/4 mile up Country Club on your left. Enter through the gate next to the blue colt mural and drive under the walkway coverings to the blacktop.
16
Thu
8:00 PM
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Event: DePortola Elementary
Date: Thursday, 3/16/2017
Viewing at 8:00 PM, Sunset at 7:00 PM

Place: DePortola Elementary
Address: 27031 Preciados Dr; Mission Viejo
Location: 33�36’06"N, 117�39’32"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.
21
Tue
8:00 PM
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Event: Biola University
Date: Tuesday, 3/21/2017
Viewing at 8:00 PM, Sunset at 7:05 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.
22
Wed
8:00 PM
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Event: LePort School HB
Date: Wednesday, 3/22/2017
Viewing at 8:15 PM, Sunset at 7:06 PM

Place: LePort School HB
Address: 16081 Waikiki Lane; Huntington Beach
Location: 33°43’40"N, 118°02’38"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.
 

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