Garrapata Volunteer day

State Parks will be hosting their monthly volunteer program at Garrapata State Park on Saturday, 3/21 from 10 am – 1 pm. Volunteers will be removing non-native, invasive weeds around Soberanes Creek to preserve native coastal scrub habitat.

Meet at the Soberanes Point Trailhead on the west side of Highway 1 across from the Soberanes Canyon trailhead. Please bring water, a hat, a snack, and perhaps a lunch to enjoy mid-program. We will provide tools, loaner gloves, water, and training. All ages welcome. No experience or commitment necessary.

For more information, please contact or call 831-574-9008.

Thank you.

Ruby Kwan-Davis, Forestry Aide, Volunteer Program Coordinator

California State Parks, Monterey District

Community Invitation from Esalen

PLEASE READ THE INVITE — RSVP TO as directed on the invite, not here in the comments. Ask them if Cambria or Carmel are local enough. Ask them if your Big Sur pay stubs will be sufficient. Esalen did not share their criteria with me and did not define what they mean by “local.” Thank you.

Coast Ride this weekend

Upwards of 400 bicyclists are expected this holiday weekend, as well as our own Forager’s Festival. From the website:

“This year’s “Coast Ride” will be from January 18th-20th (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)

We continue this year back to the original, the classic, the standard, gorgeous, full-coastal route this year, featuring a climber’s delight on Day 2 with views and climbs that will wow you.

We are excited to return to Sports Basement [in San Francisco] to start our journey down the coast.  We will start bright and early as usual – arrive at 7:00am so we can roll by 7:45.  We end in Santa Barbara for our standard 375 miles of California coastline cycling.”\

I have a number of other news items of interest, including an Esalen invite to the community and several items from CABS, to post today.

Mary Adams Fireside Chat

1200 Aguajito Road, Suite #1, Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831) 647-7755
For Immediate Release – January 8, 2020
Supervisor Mary L. Adams invites Fifth District Residents to Chat
The issues don’t have to be ‘hot’ to share your thoughts with Supervisor Mary L. Adams at her upcoming Fireside Chat.
Fifth District Supervisor Mary Adams will host her first Fireside Chat of the new year on Wednesday, January 15thfrom 5:30 to 6:30 pm.  This Chat will be held in the Cypress Fire Station, located at 3375 Rio Road in Carmel. At this first meeting of the year, you are expressly invited to come and help shape the Supervisor’s priorities for 2020.
About Fireside Chats
Fireside Chats are informal meetings held by Supervisor Mary Adams throughout the 5thDistrict. Meetings are held in the evening to increase access of working people to their County Supervisor. All District residents are invited to bring any issue or concern of importance to them to discuss with Mary and her staff.  
Other 2020 Fireside Chats are scheduled for:
·      March 18, City of Monterey Fire Station – 600 Pacific St., EOC Room, Monterey, CA
·      May 20, Monterey Regional Fire District Office – 19900 Portola Drive, Salinas
·      July 15, Cypress Fire Station, Rio Road, Carmel
·      September 16, City of Monterey Fire Station, Pacific Street, Monterey
·      November 18, Monterey Regional Fire District Office, Portola Drive, Salinas
An RSVP isn’t necessary.

Hazard Mitigation Forum

Dear BSMAAC and Big Sur community members:

Monterey County Office of Emergency Services is hosting a Hazard Mitigation forum at the Big Sur Grange Hall on January 16th from 6pm to 8pm.

Join us to help your community be hazard ready!

Monterey County is updating its current (2016) Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. In compliance with FEMA’s published requirements and procedures for local hazard mitigation plans in 44 CFR §201.6(c)(1), the public outreach strategy for hazard mitigation will provide a mechanism for coordination and accountability among the jurisdictions, as we seek to enhance community engagement and education.

Monterey County is a community with diverse concerns and needs. Hazards such as, fires, drought, floods, landslides and severe weather are just a few hazards that cannot be prevented. Come join us on our hazard mitigation community event to learn more about creating strategies to reduce disaster loses and foster community resiliency.

You can register to attend here:

Special Screening — short film on Big Sur, responsibility, and tourism

The screening will begin at 7:30 sharp. 
The film is about twenty minutes long. 

Directly following the screening will be a public Q&A session with the film makers along with a panel of selected community members –about the film, the future of Big Sur, the interaction with visitors, responsible travel and more!

*This is a FREE screening*

The event starts at 7pm
The screening starts at 7:30
Come as you are. 
Tea, coffee, and light snacks will be provided 

Veterans Day, 2019

I was honored to be a part of a dinner and award ceremony for Monterey County Veterans of the Year with 2 other women, and 9 other men — all continuing their service through volunteer work for our community.

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Photo by Martha Karstens
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Congressman Panetta, himself a former Veteran of the Year

Then, I joined the staff and friends of Voices of Monterey Bay for a joyous birthday bash for Voices and a celebration of the First Amendment on Sunday night at the Haute Enchilada Social Club in Moss Landing. The evening was full of music, performance, readings, good food and good company. This was one of the musical performances: a family that played and sang for us.

Finally, we are wrapping up our weekend with Veterans Day free-admission-for-vets at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Photos later, I hope.

I hope yours was as blessed and filled with warmth and smiles as mine was.