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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, 10/25/2016
Viewing at 7:15 PM, Sunset at 6:15 PM

Place: Biola University
Address: 13800 Biola Avenue; La Mirada
Location: 335418"N, 1180048"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.
7:15 PM
Event: McPherson Magnet School
Date: Wednesday, 10/26/2016
Viewing at 7:15 PM, Sunset at 6:07 PM

Place: McPherson Magnet School
Address: 333 S. Prospect St.; Orange
Location: 33°47’01"N, 117°49’04"W

Directions: Merge onto I-405. Take the exit toward CA-55 N; go 0.2 mi. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for CA-55 N and merge onto CA-55 N; go 7.5 mi. Take the Chapman Avenue E exit; go 0.3 mi. Merge onto E Chapman Ave; go 0.6 mi. Turn right onto S Prospect St; go 0.3 mi. School is on the left. The viewing location is on the basketball courts behind the school building
7:15 PM
Event: Bonita Canyon Elementary
Date: Thursday, 10/27/2016
Viewing at 7:15 PM, Sunset at 6:06 PM

Place: Bonita Canyon Elementary
Address: 1 Sundance Drive; Irvine
Location: 33°38’02"N, 117°48’47"W

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.
7:00 PM
Event: Lake Forest Elementary
Date: Friday, 10/28/2016
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 6:04 PM

Place: Lake Forest Elementary
Address: 21801 Pittsford; Lake Forest
Location: 3338’40"N, 11740’17"W

Directions: Merge onto I-405 S/San Diego Fwy via the ramp to San Diego; go 5.5 mi. Take exit 1A for Lake Forest Dr; go 1.3 mi. Turn left onto Lake Forest Dr; go 3.6 mi. Turn right onto Pittsford Dr; go 0.7 mi. Turn right. School is on the right.
6:00 PM
Explore the Stars in the Observatory campground on Palomar Mountain. For details, please contact Bob Nanz or Steve Short.
7:00 PM
Event: Lake View Elementary
Date: Wednesday, 11/2/2016
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 6:01 PM

Place: Lake View Elementary
Address: 17451 Zeider Lane; Huntington Beach
Location: 33°43’25"N, 117°59’09"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.
7:00 PM
Event: Cerro Villa Middle School
Date: Thursday, 11/3/2016
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:59 PM

Place: Cerro Villa Middle School
Address: 17852 Serrano Ave; Villa Park
Location: 33°49’12"N, 117°49’11"W

Directions: Take CA-55 to Katella Ave exit. Go east on E Katella Ave; go 0.5 mi. Turn left at N Wanda Rd; go 0.3 mi. Continue on N Santiago Blvd; go 0.5 mi. Turn right at Serrano Ave. Follow Serrano past the school and turn right on Nichols Ave. Entrance gate is on the right past the portables.

7:00 PM
Event: Bathgate Elementary School
Date: Friday, 11/4/2016
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:58 PM

Place: Bathgate Elementary School
Address: 27642 Napoli Way; Mission Viejo
Location: 33°34’48"N, 117°38’56"W

Directions: Take CA-55 S to I-5 South. Take exit 11A and merge onto I-5 S; go 5.9 mi. Keep right to stay on I-5 S; go 8.3 mi. Take exit 88 for Oso Pkwy; go 0.3 mi. Turn left onto Oso Pkwy); go 1.9 mi. Turn right onto San Rafael; go 0.7 mi. Turn right onto Napoli Way. School is on the left. Access the basketball court by circling counter-clockwise around the school starting from the north end of the school.
5:00 PM
Event: Shoreline Christian School
Date: Monday, 11/7/2016
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:56 PM

Place: Shoreline Christian School
Address: 10350 Ellis Ave.; Fountain Valley
Location: 33°41’36"N, 117°56’58"W

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. Set up on the east side of the school.
7:00 PM
Event: Beacon Park Elementary School
Date: Wednesday, 11/9/2016
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:54 PM

Place: Beacon Park Elementary School
Address: 200 Cultivate; Irvine
Location: 33°41’28"N, 117°44’00"W

Directions: From North: Take CA-241 South Keep right at the fork to continue on CA-133 S, follow signs for I-5 S; go 1.6 mi. Take exit 12 for Irvine Blvd; go 0.3 mi. Turn left onto Irvine Blvd; go 0.4 mi. Turn right onto Ridge Valley; go 0.1 mi. At the traffic circle, take the 3rd exit onto Beacon; go 0.1 mi.
7:00 PM
Event: Washington Middle School
Date: Wednesday, 11/16/2016
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:50 PM

Place: Washington Middle School
Address: 716 East La Habra Blvd; La Habra
Location: 3355’50"N, 11756’21"W

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.
7:00 PM
Event: Bryant Ranch Elementary
Date: Thursday, 11/17/2016
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:48 PM

Place: Bryant Ranch Elementary
Address: 24695 Paseo de Toronto; Yorba Linda
Location: 3352’47"N, 11742’59"W

Directions: Take CA-91 east to Gypsum Canyon Rd exit. Turn left on Gypsum Canyon Rd - go 0.6 mi. Turn right on La Palma Ave - go 0.3 mi. La Palma Ave becomes Camino De Bryant - go 0.6 mi. Turn left on Paseo De Toronto - go 0.2 mi. Access to the blacktop is on the west side of the campus parking lot.

7:00 PM
Event: Ethan Allen Elementary
Date: Friday, 11/18/2016
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:49 PM

Place: Ethan Allen Elementary
Address: 16200 Bushard St.; Fountain Valley
Location: 33°43’40"N, 117°57’43"W

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.

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