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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 

April 3, 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. 

Los Angeles County Arboretum

March 24, 2018, 9:00 AM

Please notify the trip leader if you plan to attend.

The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden encourages people to explore the paths, discover plants and trees from all over the world and learn about California history on your journey through our 127 acres. 

Admissions: Adults: $9.00 

Students with ID. and Seniors age 62 and older: $6.00 

Children Ages 5-12: $4.00 

Children under 5: free 

Members free 

For information, please call 626.821.3222. Visitors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Guest services can accept payments of cash, and personal checks from California. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover. The Arboretum participates in the American Horticultural Society’s reciprocal admissions program with one exception: Descanso Gardens.

With 127-acres to see, self-guided tours can take you anywhere from an hour to three hours, depending on your interests and time. 

The Garden & Gift Shop is a unique source for an array of peacock-theme merchandise. Almost everyone leaves the Arboretum in love with our beautiful peacocks and peahens. You can take them home, at least an image of the bird on a fan, candle, magnet, or puppet—to name just a few examples of our wonderful collection of peacock-motif merchandise.

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Whiting Ranch Day Hike

April  8, 2018, 8:30 AM

Please notify the trip leader if you plan to attend.

Limestone Canyon and Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park encompasses about 4,300 acres of riparian and oak woodland canyons, rolling grassland hills, and steep slopes of coastal sage scrub and chaparral. The park is highlighted by scenic rock formations, including the beautiful Red Rock Canyon, our destination.

Our hike will go up Borrego Canyon, through old growth forest. At 2 miles out, we will arrive at Red Rock Canyon. The last portion of trail into the Red Rocks is sandy and rocky so boots or sturdy walking shoes are recommended. We will spend time there to enjoy the sights and a snack.

 On our way back, we will take the Billy Goat Trail circling around to the Serrano Trail. (Those not wishing to take the longer hike can retrace their steps to the Parking Lot.) O he total hike will be about 10 miles and take about 4.5 hours. Afterwards, those Twho wish can gather for lunch at a nearby food court.

The park is closed for 3 days following rain. To verify access, call the park at (949) 923-2245 or check for alerts at: http://www.ocparks.com/whitingranch/ No alternative hike is planned. 

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Fullerton Aboretum

April  20, 2018

Please notify the trip leader if you plan to attend.

Excerpts from the Fullerton Arboretum Website:

 “Mission of the Fullerton Arboretum Provide our visitors the opportunity to gain knowledge and appreciation of the plant world through collections that preserve and promote stewardship of worldwide plant diversity and regional agricultural heritage. Serve faculty, students and the broader community through education and scholarly activities.”

Heritage House:

Heritage house is a 19th century house on the grounds, restored in 1984. “In 1972 the house was moved from its original town site at the corner of Amerige and Harvard (Lemon) to the Fullerton Arboretum. The restored house now serves as a museum of family life and medical practice of the 1890s. Heritage House is an excellent example of Eastlake Victorian-style architecture, prevalent in Orange County during the late 1800s. The structural elements of the building's ornamentation and scale are balanced in pleasing proportions. The home is constructed of redwood and fir. Two other historic structures were moved to the Heritage House yard: an 1880s outhouse and an 1895 pump house and windmill. The wisteria-covered arbor was built from plans from an 1880s architectural design book. The gardens and orchards surrounding Heritage House have been planted in a manner typical of the late 19th century. They harken back to the agricultural heritage of Orange County's a way of life that has all but vanished from the Southern California urban landscape.”

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Upcoming Events for 2017 and 2018

Fullerton Arboretum
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Doug Cable
Puente Hills Wildnerness Preserve Day Hike
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Dennis Vinopal
Aliso and Woods Canyon Regional Park Day Hike
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Frederick Brown
Hollyhock House Day Trip
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Gary Spake
Mount Baldy Day Hike
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Frederick Brown
Dogwood Car Camp
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06/02/2018 to 06/04/2018
Dennis Vinopal
Beginner Backpack
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06/10/2018 to 06/12/2018
Frederick Brown
Mount San Jacinto Day Hike
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Doug Cable
Intermediate Backpack
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07/09/2018 to 07/14/2108
Frederick Brown
Abalone and Sacred Coves Day Hike
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Frederick Brown
Advanced Backpack
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08/05/2018 to
Rob Talbert
Advanced / Intermediate Backpack
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08/26/2018 to
Doug Cable
Automotive Driving Museum
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Gary Spake
San Bernardino Peak Day Hike
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Doug Cable
Great Outdoors Annual Conference10/12/2018 to
Santa Ana Zoo
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Gary Spake

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