Earth Day

The 4th Annual Big Sur Earth Day Fair, sponsored by B-SAGE (Big Sur Advocates for a Green Environment) is Sunday, April 10th at the Henry Miller Library from 1-5:00.

Park and take the shuttle from the turnout at mile marker 44.3, just south of Post Ranch Inn on the ocean side of the highway, or take the bus (Line 22) to Nepenthe and walk the 1/4 mile to the Library

Children’s activities, handmade/ upcycled crafts, delicious food, bike smoothie, music, info on fracking & prizes will demonstrate our theme, “Celebrate Clean Air and Water.”


Earth Day

March 29, 2015                                                      For Immediate Release


Third Annual

Big Sur Earth Day Fair

Sunday April 12, 2015 from 1 – 5 at

Henry Miller Memorial Library

48603 Hwy One, Big Sur

*In case of rain, the Fair will be held at the Grange*

Hwy 1 & Juan Higuera Creek

Please carpool, take bus?line 22 stops @ Nepenthe @12:15, lvs 4 pm

Come help us celebrate Earth Day:

         Take a tour through the CHEERS Trash Museum (as seen on tv)

         Make a smoothie by pedaling a bike


             View the environmental displays

             See the up-cycled treasures for purchase

             Participate in the Earth Games – for adults & children of all ages

Let your small children play in the preschool area

Enjoy fresh, organic, yummy foods and nutritious beverages

Experience our surprise musical masters of ceremony, drums, guitars and singers. 

Tour the tables and booths of the Monterey Bay Master Gardeners, Ventana Wilderness Alliance and many other local organizations

Presented by Big Sur Advocates for a Green Environment (B-SAGE) 

Ocean Frontiers 11

December 22,2013

CONTACT: LYNDA SAYRE, CHAIR B-SAGE, An action group of Communities for
Sustainable Monterey County (CSMC)
(831) 667-8823,

Big Sur Premier of “Ocean Frontiers 11”
Wednesday, January 15

Big Sur Grange Hall

Hwy 1 & Juan Higuera Creek

Big Sur, California 93920

Free soup and salad at 6.
Bring your own place setting
Rise Up Singing and Program at 6:30

Donations gratefully accepted – Help with set up at 5:30 appreciated

Ocean Frontiers 1I, A New England story for Sustaining the Sea, brings audiences face-to-face with those now embarking on the nation’s first multi-state ocean plan.

The 40 minute film highlights the historic and emerging ocean uses of New England waters and introduces viewers to people working on the Northeast regional ocean planning initiative. In a region steeped in old maritime tradition, we see a modern wave of big ships, energy industries, and a changing climate, now testing the limits of an already crowded sea. But in a pioneering trial of far-sighted planning—pushed by blueprints for offshore wind energy—old residents and new are coming together to keep their ocean and livelihoods alive.

Dr. George Somero, David and Lucile Packard Professor of Marine Science and Associate Director–Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University, retired, will answer questions and help us understand why this film is important to those of us living on Monterey Bay.

Ocean Frontiers 11 is an inspiring story of citizens coming together to promote healthier economies and healthier seas across New England, and is the second of an award-winning film series produced by Green Fire Productions. (The first film shown in Big Sur last January had a standing room only turnout.)
We see how collaborative planning reduces conflicts over ocean resources and puts us on a new path of ocean stewardship. Rhode Island citizens—coastal planners, fishermen, Native American tribal leaders, environmental advocates, scientists, and wind energy executives—are featured in the film, showcasing the Ocean State’s work to not only identify options for developing offshore wind power, but to prepare for the full gamut of impending demands upon the state’s ocean.

To screen the Ocean Frontiers II film trailer visit or twitter@Ocean_Frontiers.
Press images:

Presented by B-SAGE and the Big Sur Grange

B-SAGE & The Grange offer an eye-opening film

B-SAGE and the Big Sur Grange present

Forks Over Knives: How a Plant Based Diet Can Save America*

Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Big Sur Grange
6 pm potluck (bring a dish to share and your own place setting)
6:30 Rise Up Singing and Film showing
Free Donations gratefully accepted.
Help with set up at 5:30 would be appreciated.

“A great film”
​Sanjay Gupta, M.D. CNN Chief Medical Correspondent
“ A film that can save your life.”
​Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
“I loved it and I need all of you to see it.”
​Dr. Oz, The Dr. Oz Show

What has happened to us? Despite the most advanced medical technology in the world, we are sicker than ever by nearly every measure.

Two out of every three of us are overweight. Cases of diabetes are exploding, especially amongst our younger population. About half of us are taking at least one prescription drug. Major medical operations have become routine, helping to drive health care costs to astronomical levels. Heart disease, cancer and stroke are the country’s three leading causes of death, even though billions are spent each year to “battle” these very conditions. Millions suffer from a host of other degenerative diseases.

The idea of food as medicine is put to the test. Throughout the film, cameras follow “reality patients” who have chronic conditions from heart disease to diabetes. Doctors teach these patients how to adopt a whole-foods plant-based diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments—while the challenges and triumphs of their journeys are revealed.

Earth Day Fair

Save the Date!

Big Sur Earth Day Fair
Henry Miller Library
Sunday, April 21 from 1 – 5 pm.

sponsored by B-SAGE, CERT & Ventana Wildlife Society

Mark your calendar now! We are delighted to present our first Earth Day Fair next month with all kinds of interesting and fun events. The presentations and demonstrations include:

Migrating from Grid to Photo-voltaic (that means Solar) energy,
by Sage Building Solutions
Models of Home Composting made simple and (maybe even exciting)
by Treebones Resort
Gardening in the difficult, (make that darn near impossible) soil of Big Sur
with Scott Parker
Jazz/folk music by mystery guest.
Rise Up Singing with Lisa Goettel and friends

The Bag Monster is lurching all day (get your & your kid’s picture taken)
Interviews to become a “new” Bag Monster, if the present Bag Monster
Yummie goodies for sale by Marcia
Learn what “time banking” is and whether you would like to be part of it.
Hear about emergency preparedness.
Make seed strips for your garden.
Find out why metal water bottles and cloth bags are a better choice than plastic.
SNEAK preview of Big, Big Sur Fashion Show with Magnus Torren and friends and much more.

Check out all the booths from Big Sur groups like Health Center, Grange, Historical Society, Big Creek, Ventana Wildlife Society, Ventana Wilderness Alliance, B-SAGE, CERT, state and federal parks, schools and more and including activities for children, food and drink.

Do you really know what all these groups do? Come out, join the fun.
Let’s find out what we have in common and where we can help each other.

Ocean Frontiers presented by B-SAGE


Award Winning Ocean Film
Makes Big Sur Debut

You are invited to a free showing of Ocean Frontiers on Thursday, January 10 at the Big Sur Grange. Come for soup, salad and bread at 6. Bring your own place setting. Or come just for the show at 6:30. We plan to be prompt.

Ocean Frontiers” will take you on an inspiring 60‐minute voyage to seaports and watersheds across the country; from the busy shipping lanes and whale corridors of Boston Harbor to the small fishing community of Port Orford, Oregon; from the nation’s premier seafood nursery in the Mississippi Delta to the cornfields of Iowa.

Hear the voices of unlikely allies working together: industrial shippers teaming up with whale biologists, pig farmers with wetland ecologists, and many more, all of them embarking on a new course of cooperation.

The panel discussion immediately following the film showing will be moderated by retired Fire Chief, Frank Pinney. On the panel will be Laura Kasa, Executive Director of Save Our Shores, Biologists David Moen and Joe Burnett from Ventana Wildlife Society, Marcus Foster – surfer, Jess Mason – deep sea diver and Kirk Gafill, President of the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce. Dr. George Somero, Hopkins Marine Station will be present if his schedule allows. The panel will discuss the film and take questions and comments from the audience.

Ocean Frontiers is an independent film from Green Fire Productions, founded by Oregon residents Karen and Ralf Meyer. To make the documentary, the couple crisscrossed the country, meeting and filming people they call “ocean pioneers.” Along the way they discovered some unlikely allies at the forefront of implementing promising new approaches to ocean and coastal management.

The HuffPost internet newspaper notes: “Ocean Frontiers is a film that can help
turn the tide in protecting our oceans, and one which every member of Congress―and
every American―should see. It has been premiering to rave reviews all across the
country and internationally as well, and it delivers a message we all need to heed.

Ocean Frontiers” is an Official Selection of the 2012 Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, Calif., as well as a jury nomination for Best Science Communication and Official Selection for the 2012 Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival in Palmerston, New Zealand.

More information about “Ocean Frontiers” can be found at http://www.ocean‐

Thursday, January 10, 2013 at the Big Sur Grange. *

Come for soup, salad and bread at 6. Bring your own place setting. Or, come just for the show at 6:30. Donations are gratefully accepted We welcome help with set up at 5:15

*Big Sur Grange Hall, Hwy 1 & Juan Higuera Creek

January Events – save these dates!

This would be a great weekend to plan a trip to Big Sur, spend a few nights, check out the locals event on Thursday, January 10th, and stay on for the Foragers Festival events on Friday and Saturday, January 11-12! Join us for some wonderful winter events!

January 11 – 12, 2013

Enjoy A Culinary Exploration into the World of Wild Foods

A celebration of the amazing array of wild foods will be the centerpiece for a Big Sur weekend of gourmet food, world-class wine and beer, entertainment, expert-led foraging hikes, a chef competition and a very special dinner with Kory Stewart, a chef who Forages! All events are for the benefit of the Big Sur Health Center.

Friday night will feature dinners at local restaurants. The Big Sur Bakery will host “Forage with Friends” dinner. The River Inn will partner with Firestone Brewery for a “Foragers Beer Dinner”. More exciting dinners/specials will soon be announced.

Saturday morning kicks off with Wild Mushroom Walks and Talks led by expert foragers. These will be informative and entertaining strolls through Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

The Restaurant at Ventana will host two events on Saturday beginning with a chef competition featuring wild mushrooms. Titled “Fungus Face-Off”, the event will put participating chefs in friendly competition for “best” in numerous categories by noted judges, culminating in “People’s Choice”. The food and wine tastings also features a silent auction with many unique offerings. The Fungus Face-Off takes place from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Saturday evening, Truman Jones, executive chef at the Restaurant at Ventana and Kory Stewart, executive chef at Americano Restaurant located in San Francisco’s Hotel Vitale, will prepare the grand dinner beginning at 6:00 pm at the Restaurant at Ventana. The multi-course dinner, destined to be a memorable feast, will be paired with incredible wine selections.

Please visit our site: Big Sur Foragers Festvalfor the more information including schedule, prices and ticket sales.
*The Chanterelle Festival has been discontinued.

Award Winning Ocean Film Makes Big Sur Debut

Well known locals and others on a panel to discuss this film with the audience.

What would Big Sur be without the ocean and it’s creatures? From the stories of those who lived off the land and sea in years gone by to the present day when people from all over the world come to Big Sur for many reasons, especially it’s unique beauty, the ocean has played a huge role in who we are.

And now, we are very fortunate to be able to show the film “Ocean Frontiers” at our next B-SAGE/Grange event Thursday, January 10. This film, which premiered at the Blue Ocean Film Festival in Monterey a few months ago, is an inspiring voyage to seaports and watersheds across the country where we meet industrial shippers and whale biologists, farmers and wetland ecologists, commercial and sport fishermen, and reef snorkelers—all of them embarking on a new course of cooperation to sustain our oceans and the economies that rely on them. It highlights four cases where vastly different stakeholders came to the table and cooperatively made good decisions for the environment.

According to one participant, “Ocean Frontiers is a great film to share with the community because it is optimistic and positive, and shows successful approaches to the ocean stewardship issues we face today.” We are excited to bring this film to Big Sur.

The panel discussion immediately following the film showing will be moderated by the de facto mayor of Big Sur, retired Fire Chief, Frank Pinney. On the panel will be Laura Kasa, Executive Director of Save Our Shores, Biologist David Moen from Ventana Wildlife Society, Marcus Foster – surfer, Jess Mason – deep sea diver and Kirk Gafill, President of the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce. The panel will discuss the film and take questions and comments from the audience.

Thursday, January 10, 2013 at the Big Sur Grange.
Come for soup, salad and bread at 6.
Bring your own place setting.
Or, come just for the show at 6:30.
We plan to be prompt.

Hope for a Changing Planet

Hope for a Changing Planet

Thursday Oct. 4, Grange Hall, Big Sur
Potluck 6 pm, Program 6:30

Big Sur Advocates for a Green Environment (B-SAGE) and Big Sur Grange encourage everyone to come and hear about: Hope for a Changing Planet.

Global Warming can sometimes seem nebulous and distant. However, it is becoming clear that those distant changes will have local and personal effects on our daily life and health. The Climate Reality Project is a resource that is providing education and research on these changes as they are happening and how those changes are causing real consequences now and more so in the near future.

Central California volunteer and environmentalist, Tama Olver, attended a Climate Reality Project event in August 2012 with people from 47 states and 58 countries. She is coming to Big Sur to share the latest thinking about our changing climate and impending impacts on human health. Her focus is one of hope and action.

Come hear Tama Olver and see her informative power point presentation at the Big Sur Grange Pot Luck, 6:00pm October 4th. Bring a dish to share and your own place settings, program at 6:30. Donations for expenses are appreciated. For more information, call B-SAGE at 667-8823 or go to