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December 2, 2014.



OC / LB Chapter Monthly Meeting, 13641 Deodara Drive,  Garden Grove, CA 92844 on the first Tuesday of the month from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.



We have a pot-luck social hour at 7 PM with FREE FOOD and beverages served. During the Social Hour, the Core Group will be meeting. You are welcome to attend the Core Group Meeting and give input. Only Core Group Members can vote. The general meeting will start at 8 PM.

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Core Group Members

President: Daryl Arthur

Vice President of Outings: Larry Purtle

Treasurer: Dennis Vinopal

Secretary (unfilled)

Board Representative: Larry Purtle

Memberbship: Dennis Vinopal

Outreach (unfilled)

Newsletter: Frederick Brown

Webmaster: Frederick Brown





Holiday Party

Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 6:30 PM


Come and enjoy an evening of cheer along with a beautiful night time view of Long Beach and the harbor.

Please bring an inexpensive and hopefully entertaining gift suitable for a white elephant exchange. This is your chance to clear out those "oh, you really shouldn't have!!" gifts you've gotten from time to time, usually from last year's white elephant party!

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Naples Boat Parade

Saturday 12/13/2014 at 5:00 pm (streets on Naples close at 5pm)



We will start by strolling along the Naples canals to admire the decorations and enjoy different caroling groups, heading to the South side of Naples to enjoy the large boat parade, which starts at 6pm. We will then continue wandering to the interior canals to enjoy the small boat parade, which starts at 6:45pm.


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Museum of Latin American Art and Rancho Los Alamitos

Sunday, January 11, 2015, starting at 11 AM

Join us for an exploration of two of Long Beaches’ best cultural and historical sites. We will meet at the Long Beach Museum of Latin American Art (628 Alamitos Ave between 7th and 6th) at 11 am and take in the wonderful galleries and sculpture garden until 12:30. This is a collection of contemporary paintings, photography and sculpture from across Latin America. There is plenty of free parking and admission to the museum is free on Sundays.

We will then head east, stopping for lunch at the Fantastic Café (1180 Studebaker at the corner of E Anaheim Rd) . After lunch we will go west on E Anaheim Rd, making a left on Palo Verde Ave into the Bixby Hill community which is home to the Rancho Los Alamitos (6400 Bixby Hill Rd).

The Rancho is a slice of history of the region. First a village site of the native Tongva people, then a Spanish and Mexican Rancho, a private estate, and now a wonderful historical park. We can go on a docent lead tour of the ranch house, take in a historical video, or just wander the beautiful gardens. Parking and admission to the Rancho are free.

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Orchard Camp Day Hike

Sunday, January 25, 2015 starting at 9 AM

This moderate hike covers the lower portion of the original 19th century trail to Mt. Wilson. Orchard camp is an oak and spruce shaded bench, just above a sparkling creek. The huge oak there has been dated at 1,500 years old, one of the oldest in the
Beautiful Little Santa Anita Canyon is steeped in history. This was the first modern
trail built into the San Gabriel Mountains in 1864. In a secluded glen, shaded by giant canyon oaks and big cone spruce, a "Halfway House" was built. The trail was used in 1889 to tote the Harvard University Telescope piece by piece to the summit of Mt. Wilson. The camp was homesteaded and small groves of apple, cherry, plum and chestnut trees were planted. In its peak year in 1911, over 40,000 people signed the camp register. Orchard camp was abandoned in 1940. Today the building and tents are gone. But the enchanting stream-side spot still holds an appeal for lovers of sylvan seclusion.

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Outdoors Experience

Phase 1--March 13 and 14, 2015

Phase 2--April 25 and 26, 2015

The California Great Outdoors is a non-profit organization for GLBTQ people or anyone else who enjoys outdoors recreation. Our bi-annual outdoor skills and leadership program is two weekends of hands-on instruction while camping. Whether you're new at camping and want to learn how to camp safely and responsibly, or if you're a hike/trip leader taking care of people on your trips, this wonderful program is for you!
Topics covered: equipment, planning, navigation, cooking, wilderness survival techniques, medical considerations, places to explore under the sun or under the stars....
You may take Phase 1 by itself to obtain the Day Hike Leader Certification, or you may take both phases to also obtain Trip Leader Certification.

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