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Join the So Cal Explorers Meetup for fun outings to learn, explore, and celebrate Southern California's most historic, iconic, interesting, cool and lesser-known spots. We'll enjoy walking tours, presentations, hiking, kayaking, museums, live music, movies, dining, exploring, and meetin' up. I’ll do my best to keep the costs down. Come explore with other like-minded folks for relaxed, casual and fun socializing, learning and dining.

Upcoming events (5)

MOVIES & MUNCHIES: NOMADLAND AT THE FRIDA

The Frida Cinema

Winner of three Academy Awards – Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Frances McDormand), Best Director: Chloé Zhao, and Best Motion Picture of the Year – Nomadland is the transcendent film experience that has emerged as one of the most highly-acclaimed films of 2020.

BUY YOUR TICKETS SOON. THE FRIDA IS STILL AT LIMITED CAPACITY. TICKETS ARE $11.50.

https://thefridacinema.org/event/nomadland/

We'll meet first at the front of 4th Street Market Food Hall for munchies before the film. There's a wide selection of food options and outdoor seating.

6:00 p.m. MUNCHIES (OPTIONAL) Meet at 4th Street Market Food Hall. If we are not at the front, we will be seated on the back patio.

7:40 p.m. MOVIE Head over to the Frida on foot. (1 block away) for 8:00 movie.

I'm looking forward to see you all.

MUSIC+ FOOD+DRINK: THE POLLEN COLLECTIVE

Old World Village

The Pollen Collective
Follow the band at: https://thepollencollectiveband.com

The Pollen Collective is a Southern California bred American Roots Music band whose pedigrees descend ubiquitously from the early punk & hardcore scenes of the late 80’s to the contemporary acoustic and indie-folk sounds of today.

6:45 -9:30 Eat, Drink and Be Merry - No Cover Charge.

LITTLE-KNOWN TREASURES - ARDEN: HELENA MODJESKA HOUSE

Arden Helena Modjeska Historic House & Garden

“Modjeska House, also known as Arden, is a house designed by Stanford White in Modjeska Canyon, California. It is significant for being the only surviving home of Helena Modjeska, a Shakespearean actress and Polish patriot. The property is located in a live oak grove on the banks of Santiago Creek in Modjeska Canyon, California.” (Wikipedia)

BECAUSE OF LIMITED CAPACITY DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS, THIS MEETUP IS LIMITED TO 10 PEOPLE.

9:30 - MEET AT MODJESKA HOUSE

10:00 - 11:30 PRIVATE DOCENT TOUR OF ARDEN - FREE

11:30 -1:00 - BRING YOUR OWN PICNIC, PICNIC BLANKET AND/OR LAWN CHAIR. WE’LL HAVE A PICNIC ON THR GROUNDS.

PRINT THESE DIRECTIONS BECAUSE YOU WILL PROBABLY LOSE CELL SERVICE IN THE CANYON.

From Interstate 5:
From the North: Exit on El Toro Road turn‐off, turn left onto Ave De La Carlota, then left onto El Toro Road From the South: Exit at El Toro Road and turn right onto El Toro Road
Follow El Toro Road east 9.3 miles until it becomes Santiago Canyon Road
Stay to the left at Cook’s Corner
Travel 4 miles and turn right onto Modjeska Canyon Road
From Interstate 55:
Exit on Chapman Ave and head East
Chapman Ave becomes Santiago Canyon Road once you pass Jamboree Road Stay on Santiago Canyon Road for 12 miles to Modjeska Canyon Road
Turn left on Modjeska Canyon Road
Modjeska Canyon Road:
After approximately one mile you will pass a long tan building with a "Modjeska" signs on the roof
Just past the building the road bears right, crosses a small bridge, and comes to a 3 way intersection Make a left turn around the tree at the center of the intersection to stay on Modjeska Canyon Road The road is very narrow with blind curves, so please drive cautiously and slowly
Follow this about a mile and bear right at the fork with Harding Canyon Road
There will be a Fire Station on the left; just after the station turn right onto Olive Hill Road Arden is the first property on the left; drive through the gate and park in the lot to the left.

Wear flat, closed-toe shoes and bring sunglasses, hat and sunscreen. Part of tour is outdoors. No dogs.

Watch this short film about Helena Modjeska

https://youtu.be/-TXoN_RPZPg

BEACH PARTY POTLUCK AND BONFIRE

Huntington State Beach

If we ALL do what we are supposed to do – wear our masks, socially distance, and get the vaccine when it’s available, the COVID-19 “tsunami" should have receded by the end of May.

So let’s celebrate with a Beach Party Potluck and Bonfire!

WHEN Saturday, June 26, 2021 from Noon until 9:00 p.m.

WHY Because we’ve missed getting together! Oh, and it’s Heather’s milestone birthday!

WHERE Huntington State Beach, PCH and Newland, near lifeguard station TBD (we will let you know closer to the event date)

WEAR Comfortable clothes, bathing suit, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Bring a jacket or sweater (the nights can be cold)

WHAT …do you need to bring? See below for the potluck. Don’t worry about bringing food for everyone…there’s going to be tons of food, firewood (we need a lot of firewood!), beach chairs and blankets, beach games, additional pop-ups if you have them and your favorite beverage (no alcohol per beach regulations).

What you should bring based on your last name:
Last Name A-D Plates & Utensils (Plates, utensils, napkins, wet wipes, paper towels, hand sanitizer, etc.)
Last Name E-I Side dish of your choice (Salads, Fresh fruit, deviled eggs, etc.)
Last Name J-N Main dish of your choice (fried chicken, hot dogs with skewers, buns & condiments, etc.)
Last Name 0-R Snacks of your choice (Chips & Dips, Crudités, etc.)
Last Name S-Z Dessert of your choice (cake, cookies, s'mores, etc.)

Parking is $15 per day ($30 for oversized vehicles) at Huntington State Beach. Gates close at 9:00 p.m. If you are going to carpool to reduce the cost, please organize carpooling yourself.

**We understand that some of you may not be in the mood to celebrate yet. Our hearts go out to any SoCal Explorer who was affected or lost a loved one due to COVID-19. **

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