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Our Monthly Social Meeting is at:

Marie Callender's

16390 Beach Blvd.

Westminster, CA 92683

Phone: 714-847-6600

Come and Join Us

Our next Gathering will be on 

October 2, 2018 


OC / LB Chapter Monthly Social Meeting is on the first Tuesday of the month from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

 We have a social hour at 7 PM, and dinner service will begin at about 7:30 PM.  Each person is responsible for their own food and beverage bill.  

During the Social Hour, the Core Group will be meeting briefly. You are welcome to participate in  the Core Group Meeting and give input. Only Core Group Members can vote. 

2018 All Chapter Conference

October 12-14, 2018

Come out and join the 2018 All Chapter Conference hosted by the San Diego Great Outdoors at Cuyamaca Rancho SP - Green Valley Campground.

This year marks the Ruby (40th) Anniversary of the Great Outdoors, for some this has been a journey for others this new, in either case its a great way to connect with other like minded LGBT and allies.

We have a weekend full of fun activities planned for all participants, whether that is to reconnect with old friends or hike in a new area, we'll be offering something for everyone.

A little about Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

East of San Diego, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park offers respite from the dry Southern California landscape. The park’s 24,700 acres of oak and conifer forests and expansive meadows are broken by running streams.

Located in the Peninsular Range of mountains, Cuyamaca Peak, at 6,512 feet, is the second highest point in San Diego County. From the peak, visitors can see Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to the east and the Pacific coastline to the west. Over half of the park’s acreage is designated as state wilderness.

Our Campground

Green Valley sits at an elevation of 4,000 feet and has a creek which runs through the middle of the campground.  We have 12 campsites for sleeping and one campsite designated as our event space.

Saturday Night Event

What would a Anniversary be without a celebration, our celebration will be themed to the 1970s/80s. So put on your bell bottoms, or dust off your parachute pants, and let's have some fun. Prizes will be awards to the best dressed participants.

Weekend Itinerary

Friday, October 12, 2018

2:00 PM - Registration Opens

6:00 PM - Meet and Great - Hosted by San Diego Great Outdoors

8:00 PM - Movie: La Cage aux Folies (1978)

Saturday, October 13, 2018

10:00 AM - Day Hike

2:00 PM - Photo Scavenger Hunt

6:00 PM - Potluck Dinner

7:00 PM - Evening Program (Wear your best 70's/80's outfit)

Sunday, October 14, 2018

9:00 AM - Hosted breakfast

12:00 PM - Event ends

What to Bring

Ten Essentials, camp chair, camp table, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, potluck item for Saturday night, firewood.


Dogs must be attended and leashed at all times. Except for service animals, pets are allowed only on paved roads.

Health Problems/allergies

It is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency. Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader if you wish.


Payment in full confirms the reservation. Cancellation for a full refund must be received by October 5.

Click here for more information and registration

Santa Ana Zoo Day Trip

October 25, 2018, 9:30 AM

From the Santa Ana Zoo website:

 “Fifty monkeys at all times. That was the unusual request made in 1952 by Joseph Prentice, the founder of the Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park. In order for the Zoo to exist, Mr. Prentice required that there be 50 monkeys on the grounds at all times. When you come for a visit, look for the 50 monkeys!

This charming Zoo features over 80 species of animals, including the smallest monkeys in the world, the Pygmy Marmosets. The Zoo is a place to play, a place to learn and a place to spend time with your family.

When visiting the Zoo, children and adults can share time together learning about animals, plants and the environment. There is also a children's farm, train ride and carrousel featuring endangered species.”

We will meet in front of the ticket booth at 9:30 AM

Click here for more information

Crystal Cove Day Hike

November 3, 2018

The hike will begin promptly at 8:00AM when we will proceed northward through the center area of the canyon. The path rises quickly at the 1.1 mile cut across. We will then hike along the perimeter of the park in a counter-clockwise direction, passing various campground sites and making our way back to the lower use area trailhead. The total distance is roughly 9.0 miles with variation in elevation between 35 and 1800 feet.

Please arrive prepared with the club recommended essentials (www.greatoutdoorsla.org/essen.html). Snack breaks will be taken at regular intervals. A scenic break is planned at the lower campground site on the east of the park with a beautiful panoramic view of the canyon and Pacific Ocean.

After the hike, we can enjoy a refreshing dip in the ocean and a picnic on the beach. If you are interested, please bring swimming / beach attire and extra food.

Click here for more information

Check out the other chapters' upcoming events:

(Click on Chapter Name for Website)

Great Outdoors Corporate Website

Los Angeles Chapter

Palm Springs Chapter

San Diego Chapter

Santa Barbara/Ventura County Chapter

Upcoming Events for 2017 and 2018

Automotive Driving Museum
Click here for more information
Date Chnaged from 09/09/16 to 09/23/16
Gary Spake

San Bernardino Peak Day Hike
Click here for more information
Matthew Bokach
(Los Angeles Chapter)

Great Outdoors Annual Conference10/12/2018 to
San Diego Chapter
Click here for more information and registration

Santa Ana Zoo
Click here for more information
Gary Spake

Crystal Cove Day HikeNovember 3, 2018
Frederick Brown
Click here for more informaiton
California Science Museum
Cllick here for more information
Gary SpakeTrip TripNotes not yet available
Holiday PartyDecember 2, 2018
Doug Cable
Click here for more information

Bike Ride12/16/18
Trip Leader TBD
Trip Notes not yet avaialble

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