5 free things to do this week in Orange County
Why sit home because you don’t want to spend any money? Here are five things to do this week that cost nothing at all:
SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS
The whole family can swim free at the Pearson Park pool from 1 to 5 p.m. on both Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 3, and also on Labor Day. The program was so popular, the city extended it for the rest of the summer. Location: 400 N. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim. Learn more: Anaheim.net.
MONDAY, AUG. 21
See the live stream from NASA of the solar eclipse, the rare phenomenon when the moon will move in front of the sun, creating a shadow. Locally, the partial eclipse will be at its biggest shadow at 10:21 a.m. but if you want to see more, head to the Newport Beach Public Library, where they’ll be live streaming the NASA coverage of the total eclipse as it travels across America from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pacific time. This will take place in the Friends Meeting Room. Location: 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.
See the partial solar eclipse on special telescopes in front of the Tessmann Planetarium at Santa Ana College between 8:30 and 11:45 a.m., and also watch the national coverage of the event on a big screen. At the peak of the eclipse, some 62 percent of the sun obscured by the moon’s shadow. Free eclipse viewing glasses will be available while supplies last. Two Coronado PST Solar Telescopes will be set up in front of the planetarium, and the eclipse will also be live-streamed on the planetarium’s 30-foot dome and lobby. Astronomers will be available to answer questions. Parking will be free during the eclipse. Location: Building M, Santa Ana College, West 17th Street and Bristol Avenue Santa Ana. Learn more: sac.edu/AcademicProgs/ScienceMathHealth/Planetarium/Pages/default.aspx
THURSDAY, AUG. 24
Rock out to Family Style and Tijuana Dogs in concert in Dana Point. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free parking. This is at Bluff Park overlooking Salt Creek Beach. 33333 S. Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point. Sponsored by OCparks.com
FRIDAY, AUG. 25
See the movie “Moana” at Harper Park in Fountain Valley. Festivities start at 6 p.m. Movie begins at dusk. Bring your chairs and blankets. Games, costume contest, food trucks and more. 8675 Bluebird Ave., Fountain Valley. fountainvalley.org/856/Special-Events
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