Orange County/Long Beach

What's Happening at Great Outdoors OCLB?

Come Join Us on October 7, 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.




Great Outdoors--OC/LB is a community partner with The LGBTQ Center Long Beach for Qfilms.

We’re excited to be partnering with the Long Beach QFilm Festival in THE CIRCLE as part of the upcoming 2014 Festival.


Stefan Haupt’s new film, THE CIRCLE, uncovers the fascinating universe of one of the first gay liberation communities while depicting a decades-long love story – made taboo by society.


THE CIRCLE will be showing at the Art Theatre on Sun, Sep 14th at 5:00pm.  Tickets are available at We hope to see you there!





The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach Presents

The 2014 Long Beach Qfilm Festival, and

Announces the Complete Lineup & Schedule.

Passes and individual tickets now on sale!

Long Beach, California - The 2014 Long Beach Qfilm Festival will take place September 12 through 14, 2014 at the historic Art Theatre located at 2025 East 4th St. and the neighboring LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, both on

Long Beach’s renowned “Retro Row.” Submissions for this year’s fest are now closed but will be accepted beginning in October for the 2015 festival via

Passes and tickets are available for purchase beginning Monday, August 11th through the Qfilm Festival page at

Long Beach’s longest-running film festival since 1993, the Qfilm Festival annually presents narrative features, documentaries and short films that embody the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. Last year’s event was the most successful yet with over 1,500 attendees and featured several West Coast, Southern California and area premieres as well some of the most acclaimed features on the 2013 film festival circuit. Nearly 200 submissions were received this year by both professional and student filmmakers from around the world. Many filmmakers and cast members of the films to be shown will be present for audience discussions after each screening. Festival events will feature numerous parties and opportunities for attendees to meet and mingle with filmmakers, actors, critics and other industry professionals.

Click here for complete information.






Planning Meeting for 2014-2015 Chapter Events

September 13, Noon to 3 PM

13641 Deodara Drive, Garden Grove, CA 92844

A meeting in planned for Saturday, September 13, 2014 from Noon to 3 PM. This meeting will be at our usual meeting room at the Garden Grove Community Center.  At this meeting all of the Chapter outings for November to November will be planned and put on the calendar. Pizza will be served.

Members and non-members are welcome to contribute ideas for events of the 2014-2015 season. We look forward to having an exciting year ahead, with day hikes, backpacks, museum trips, car camps, and other outings yet to be imagined. 





Out on the Mountain

September 19, 2014

The Long Beach/Orange County Chapter of Great Outdoors is joining in "Out on the Mountain," a LGBT night at Magic Mountain. Go to to buy your tickets.

Let Gary Spake know by e-mailing him at so that he can be looking for you. Great Outdoors will meet at the gate at 5:30 on the night of the event. 


Wheeler Gorge Campout

October 3 through October 5, 2014

Located in the Los Padres National Forest, on the scenic banks of Matilija Creek, in a mountain canyon at just 1.100' of elevation, it is a favorite campground of many of our members for a convenient location and shady campsites. The stream's water may be low this time of year, but it still is not silent as it meanders through a creek bed nestled among huge boulders. This stream and its branches travel throughout the length of the campground. Shady campsites are provided with their cover by old Oak and Sycamore trees that gorw throughout the campground. This year (because it is close) we are including “wine tasting,” sampling wines from a small winery located on the outskirst of the lovely town of Ojai.

There are barbecue stands and camp fire rings in or near almost every campsite. The weather should be warm and ideal for a night hike after our usual potluck on Saturday night. Every campsite is unique and spaced so that it feels more like wilderness than it really is. Please bring two bundles of firewood for Friday and Saturday nights.


Click here for more information.


Great Outdoors Conference 

October 15-17, 2014

Carpinteria State Beach

The park is off U.S. 101, twelve miles south of Santa Barbara. Exit at Casitas Pass Road, travel West on Casitas Pass Road to Carpinteria Avenue, make a right at the signal; then turn lef on Palm. The beach is at the end of Palm Avenue.  

Provided Meals: Friday night "tea," Continental Breakfast Saturday and Sunday, Hoedown Dinner on Saturday.  

Bring: 1 bundle of firewood/person, "Country" Dessert to share Saturday night, pumpkin to carve (optional), ratty blue jeans (optional) 

There will be three hikes for the Conference attendees. Two will be "nature walks" to view interesting and beautiful features of the Carpinteria shoreline and a longer hike taking us away from the shore and into the nearby foothills. 

Click here for complete trip notes.


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