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April North County Coastal Group Meeting

North County Coastal Group – Wednesday, April 20
Encinitas Community Center, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

On March 15 several Sierra Club North County Coastal Group members met to discuss North County Coastal local cities overall environmental concerns, issues regarding North Coastal cities Climate Action Plans and  Community Choice Energy possibilities.  It was a great discussion that generated several areas of concern.
Issues identified for Solano Beach included: Enforcement of City environmental policies regarding bag ban and commercial recycling, sea level rise and Solana Beach Climate Action Plan.
For Oceanside issues identified included:  Gregory Canyon, bag ban, habitat conservation plan, coastal development, sea level rise, Buena Vista Lagoon restoration, I 5/78 widening and interchange, protecting local farm land and Oceanside Climate Action Plan.
For Encinitas issues identified included:  Elections opportunity for progressive council membership in November 2016 with four seats open, polystyrene ban, Community Choice Energy, bike lanes, Encinitas Climate Action Plan update, waste and recycling of plastic, education/outreach to community around environmental issues.
For Carlsbad issues identified included:  Open space, water, development, Encina Power Station and Community Choice Energy.
Regional issues identified in addition to the above included focus on Gregory Canyon with its plan for land fill development on top of the areas’ water aquifer, mandates without enforcement, San Onofre waste storage, Community Choice Energy creation of an alternative energy provider with possibility of a Joint Powers Authority for all North County Coastal cities, freeway widening versus regional transportation planning, huge development plans, Palomar Airport expansion, Coastal Commission direction and future of the Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan.
It was decided for folks interested in pursuing addressing issues both on a local and regional basis, we would meet again in a month to discuss how we might come together to form a viable group that would be able to tackle some of these major concerns.  For issues specific to Community Choice Energy, it was determined that the Carlsbad Action Team already working with Pete Hasapopoulos of the Sierra Club My Generation program would address specifically those issues.
For the past several years, there has been a North County Coastal Group of the Sierra Club that addressed local issues, provided educational opportunities and a social forum for people who shared the same commitment and dedication to “exploring, enjoying and preserving” the  treasured environment we so cherish in San Diego.  The Sierra Club of San Diego would like to see that the North County Coastal members again have that opportunity to focus on their local issues and function as an active local Sierra Club group under the umbrella of the San Diego Sierra Club with all the backing of the National Sierra Club.
To that end, we have scheduled another meeting at the Encinitas Community Center for Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 6:30-8:30 pm.  We will have a short social time and then plunge in to figure out how we want to proceed to give North County Coastal Sierra Club members the best plan for reestablishing the North County Coastal Sierra Club Group focusing on local issues and raising our effectiveness in using the Sierra Club voice in the North County Coastal area.
For more information, contact Karenlee Robinson at klrobinson@cox.net

The Encinitas Community Center is at the intersection of Encinitas Blvd.
and Balour Drive. From I-5, take Encinitas Blvd East to Balour Drive (at
the top of the hill) and turn right, then turn left on Oakcrest Park
Drive. The entrance is off Oakcrest Park drive, just South of Encinitas
Blvd on Balour.

Coaster Meeting – July 21

Coasters (North County Coastal Group) member meeting.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 – 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Registration Required before July 19, 2015 5:00 PM
Location: Encinitas Community Center
1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024, USA

Topic: the proposed development at the Strawberry Fields in Carlsbad.

A representative of the developer, Caruso Affiliated, will provide an overview of the proposed project and answer your questions.

This is likely to be a popular topic, so advance registration is required. To sign up, locate the meeting on the activities calendar, or use this direct link. Click the Register button at the top right, and follow the instructions to register.

Our usual meeting room will only hold about 20 people. If registrations exceed that, I will try to arrange for a larger room at the community center.

Since we are limited to a two-hour meeting, we would like to organize the questions, and make sure the most important questions get priority. You may submit up to three questions with your registration. Priority will go to the questions that more people suggest.

Ride List for July 2015

July 4 – SATURDAY
JULY 4 HOLIDAY JR EXPRESS RIDE
Difficulty Rating: over 35 mi, rolling hills, 12-14 mph average pace.
Meet at 9:00 am for an approximate 40 mi ride to Cabrillo Monument with an optional ride to the tidepools. Please call Fern Siegel at 619-583-3261 for ride start location near SDSU. This ride will be coordinated with the July 4 pot luck at the home of Fern and Lee Siegel in the afternoon. See the Out Spoken’ newsletter for details on the party. Leader: Myles Pomeroy, 858-565-7262.

July 5 – SUNDAY
NORTH COUNTY SUNDAY RIDE
Difficulty Rating: 21 to 35 mi, rolling hills.
The 1st, 2nd & 5th Sunday of each month, meet at 9 am at the Carmel Valley Community Center, 3777 Townsgate Drive, across the street from the Del Mar Highlands Shopping Center, 1/2 mi E of I-5. Route & leaders vary each week. Come for the social pace of this ride. Leader: Carol Carr,
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July 5 – SUNDAY
ENCINITAS TO SAN CLEMENTE JR EXPRESS
Difficulty Rating: over 35 mi, rolling hills, 12-14 mph average pace.
Meet at 8:30 am in the Oceanside East Harbor long term parking lot just E. of the RR tracks (http://tinyurl.com/23ftwob) for a 46 mi ride to San Clemente. Bring photo ID for entry to Camp Pendleton and some $$ for a quick snack stop in San Clemente. Leader: Mark Ginsburg, 858-722-1992.

July 9 – THURSDAY
THURSDAY EVENING RIDE
Difficulty Rating: 14 to 20 mi, rolling hills, 10-12 mph average pace.
Join us on this Thursday evening social ride. Meet at 5:15 pm at Doyle Park, 8175 Regents Rd, 2 blocks south of La Jolla Village Dr. Leader: Hao Zhang, 858-354-3904.

July 12 – SUNDAY
NORTH COUNTY SUNDAY RIDE
Difficulty Rating: 21 to 35 mi, rolling hills.
*** REPLACED BY Encinitas and the Coast this week (see below) ***

July 12 – SUNDAY
MISSION BAY EXPRESS RIDE
Difficulty Rating: over 35 mi, rolling hills, 12-14 mph average pace.
Meet at 8:30 am at De Anza Cove in Mission Bay Park for this 51 mi ride along the coast to La Costa Ave, inland thru RSF & Encinitas, then back to the coast with a snack stop at Java Depot. Joint ride with SD Wheelmen. Leader: Myles Pomeroy, 858-565-7262.

July 12 – SUNDAY
ENCINITAS AND THE COAST
Difficulty Rating: 21 to 35 mi, rolling hills, 10-12 mph average pace.
Meet at 9 am at the Carmel Valley Community Center, 3777 Townsgate Drive, across the street from the Del Mar Highlands Shopping Center, 1/2 mi E of I-5. We will ride up to Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas and return via the Coast stopping at Java Depot for coffee. This will be a socially paced ride and should be a fun summer ride. Mostly flat, at a moderate pace, about 25 mi. This is a new leader evaluation ride. Evaluator: Ron Manherz. Leader: Lynn Reaser, 781-879-3586.

July 15 – WEDNESDAY
COAST RIDE – OCEANSIDE TO SORRENTO VALLEY
Difficulty Rating: 21 to 35 mi, rolling hills, 10-12 mph average pace.
This is a relatively flat 25 mi ride along our beautiful coast. Most participants will drive to the Sorrento Valley Coaster Station (free parking in the north and south lots, contact me for details) arriving at about 10:00 am to provide enough time to take the #639 Coaster north-bound at 10:14 am which arrives at the Oceanside Transit Center at 10:50 am. For a shorter ride you could hop on the Coaster at Solana Beach or Encinitas. Meet at 10:51 am track-side at the Oceanside Transit Center. Stop for lunch along the way. The ride ends at the Coaster station in Sorrento Valley. Don’t forget $$$ for the Coaster and lunch. Leader: Jerry Fitzsimmons, 858-224-3437,
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July 16 – THURSDAY
THURSDAY EVENING RIDE
Difficulty Rating: 14 to 20 mi, rolling hills, 10-12 mph average pace.
Join us on this Thursday evening social ride. Meet at 5:15 pm at Doyle Park, 8175 Regents Rd, in University City, 2 blocks south of La Jolla Village Dr. Leader: Mark Ginsburg, 858-722-1992.

July 19 – SUNDAY
MISSION BAY SUNDAY RIDE
Difficulty Rating: 21 to 35 mi, rolling hills.
On the 3rd and 4th Sunday of each month, join us for the Sunday Ride starting from Mission Bay. Meet at 9 am in the parking lot immediately north of the Mission Bay Visitor Center. Route & leaders vary each week. Come for the social pace of this ride. Leader: Jerry Fitzsimmons, 858-224-3437,
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July 19 – SUNDAY
SOLANA BEACH EXPRESS RIDE
Difficulty Rating: over 35 mi, rolling hills, 12-14 mph average pace.
Meet at 8:45 am at the Solana Beach train station on Cedros Ave at the northern end of the parking lot. This 49 mi route starts out heading south along the coast towards the 56 bike path, riding through Carmel Valley, 4S Ranch, RSF, Olivenhain, and Leucadia with a coastal return. It’s a scenic ride with lots of rolling hills and a couple exhilarating downhills. There will be regroups, a break at Ranch Market in Rancho Santa Fe, and a possible additional break as needed. This is an evaluation ride so I need at least 6 people to qualify. Evaluator: Dawn Nowlin. Leader: Cynthia Katz, 818-823-7099.

July 23 – THURSDAY
THURSDAY EVENING RIDE
Difficulty Rating: 14 to 20 mi, rolling hills, 10-12 mph average pace.
Join us on this Thursday evening social ride. Meet at 5:15 pm at Doyle Park, 8175 Regents Rd, in University City, 2 blocks south of La Jolla Village Dr. Leader: Hao Zhang, 858-354-3904.

July 26 – SUNDAY
MISSION BAY SUNDAY RIDE
Difficulty Rating: 21 to 35 mi, rolling hills.
On the 3rd and 4th Sunday of each month, join us for the Sunday Ride starting from Mission Bay. Meet at 9 am in the parking lot immediately north of the Mission Bay Visitor Center. Route & leaders vary each week. Come for the social pace of this ride. Leader: Ellen Scott, 619-405-4819.

July 26 – SUNDAY
CARMEL VALLEY TO OCEANSIDE EXPRESS RIDE
Difficulty Rating: over 35 mi, moderate hills, 12-14 mph average pace.
Meet at 8:30 am in the Souplantation parking lot in Carmel Valley (3804 Valley Centre Dr, SD, 92130). Explore Carmel Valley to loop around briefly inland towards the coast to Oceanside and back along Hwy 101. Expect ~ 50 mi, moderate rolling hills, few regroups, and a brief ‘commercial’ snack stop towards the end of the ride. Leader: Dawn Nowlin, 858-254-8171.

July 28 – TUESDAY
COAST RIDE – OCEANSIDE TO SORRENTO VALLEY
Difficulty Rating: 21 to 35 mi, rolling hills, 10-12 mph average pace.
This is a relatively flat 25 mi ride along our beautiful coast. Most participants will drive to the Sorrento Valley Coaster Station (free parking in the north and south lots, contact me for details) arriving at about 10:00 am to provide enough time to take the #639 Coaster north-bound at 10:14 am which arrives at the Oceanside Transit Center at 10:50 am. For a shorter ride you could hop on the Coaster at Solana Beach or Encinitas. Meet at 10:51 am track-side at the Oceanside Transit Center. Stop for lunch along the way. The ride ends at the Coaster station in Sorrento Valley. Don’t forget $$$ for the Coaster and lunch. Leader: Jerry Fitzsimmons, 858-224-3437, .

Ride List for June 2015

June 7 – SUNDAY
NORTH COUNTY SUNDAY RIDE
Difficulty Rating: 21 to 35 mi, rolling hills.
The 1st, 2nd & 5th Sunday of each month, meet at 9 am at the Carmel Valley Community Center, 3777 Townsgate Drive, across the street from the Del Mar Highlands Shopping Center, 1/2 mi E of I-5. Route & leaders vary each week. Come for the social pace of this ride. Leader: Ron Manherz, 858-587-0272.

June 7 – SUNDAY
UTC-RSF JR EXPRESS RIDE
Difficulty Rating: over 35 mi, steep grade(s), 12-14 mph average pace.
Meet at 8:30 am at Doyle Park, 8175 Regents Rd, 2 blocks south of La Jolla Village Dr. for a 40 mi ride thru UTC, RSF & back by way of the coast & Torrey Pines. Leader: Hao Zhang, 858-354-3904.

June 11 – THURSDAY
THURSDAY EVENING RIDE
Difficulty Rating: 14 to 20 mi, rolling hills, 10-12 mph average pace.
Join us on this Thursday evening social ride. Meet at 5:15 pm at Doyle Park, 8175 Regents Rd, in University City, 2 blocks south of La Jolla Village Dr. Leader: Hao Zhang, 858-354-3904.

June 14 – SUNDAY
NORTH COUNTY SUNDAY RIDE
Difficulty Rating: 21 to 35 mi, rolling hills.
The 1st, 2nd & 5th Sunday of each month, meet at 9 am at the Carmel Valley Community Center, 3777 Townsgate Drive, across the street from the Del Mar Highlands Shopping Center, 1/2 mi E of I-5. Route & leaders vary each week. Come for the social pace of this ride. Leader: Neil Brooks, 858-452-3905,
.

June 14 – SUNDAY
MISSION BAY TO LA COSTA EXPRESS RIDE
Difficulty Rating: over 35 mi, moderate hills, 14-16 mph average pace.
Meet at 8:30 am at De Anza Cove, Mission Bay Park, for a 53 mi ride to La Costa and thru RSF & Carmel Valley with a snack stop. Joint ride with SD Wheelmen. Leader: Myles Pomeroy, 858-565-7262.

June 21 – SUNDAY
MISSION BAY SUNDAY RIDE
Difficulty Rating: 21 to 35 mi, rolling hills.
*** REPLACED BY POINT LOMA AND HARBOR RIDE this week (see below) ***

June 21 – SUNDAY
CARMEL VALLEY, RSF & COASTAL EXPRESS RIDE
Difficulty Rating: over 35 mi, moderate hills, 12-14 mph average pace.
Meet at 8:30 am in the Souplantation parking lot in Carmel Valley (3804 Valley Centre Dr, SD, 92130). Explore Carmel Valley into Rancho Santa Fe then loop around to the coast for our return route. Expect ~ 50 mi and moderate rolling hills, few regroups, and a brief ‘commercial’ snack stop towards the end of the ride. Leader: Dawn Nowlin, 858-254-8171.

June 21 – SUNDAY
POINT LOMA AND HARBOR RIDE
Difficulty Rating: 21 to 35 mi, rolling hills, 10-12 mph average pace.
Meet at 9 am in the parking lot immediately north of the Mission Bay Visitor Center for a socially paced ride with fun and good friendship. We will ride to Cabrillo Point and along the harbor, including Harbor and Shelter Islands. Mostly flat, at a moderate pace, about 25 mi. Stop for coffee and food in route. A great way to celebrate the beginning of Father’s Day. This is a new leader evaluation ride. Evaluator: Ellen Scott. Leader: Lynn Reaser, 619-255-6819.

June 25 – THURSDAY
THURSDAY EVENING RIDE
Difficulty Rating: 14 to 20 mi, rolling hills, 10-12 mph average pace.
Join us on this Thursday evening social ride. Meet at 5:15 pm at Doyle Park, 8175 Regents Rd, 2 blocks south of La Jolla Village Dr. Leader: Hao Zhang, 858-354-3904.

June 28 – SUNDAY
MISSION BAY SUNDAY RIDE
Difficulty Rating: 21 to 35 mi, rolling hills.
On the 3rd and 4th Sunday of each month, join us for the Sunday Ride starting from Mission Bay. Meet at 9 am in the parking lot immediately north of the Mission Bay Visitor Center. Route & leaders vary each week. Come for the social pace of this ride. Leader: Marty Hambright, 858-587-0272.

June 28 – SUNDAY
CARMEL VALLEY EXPRESS RIDE
Difficulty Rating: over 35 mi, rolling hills, 12-14 mph average pace.
Meet at 8:45 am at the Carmel Valley Park n Ride lot on Sorrento Valley Rd located just west of I-5 and just south of Carmel Valley Rd for a 39 mi ride along the SR56 bike path to scenic Rancho Santa Fe and Leucadia. There will be rolling hills with one longer climb on Leucadia Blvd. Coastal return with snack stop at Java Depot. This is an evaluation ride so I need at least 6 people to qualify. Evaluator: Myles Pomeroy. Leader: Cynthia Katz, 818-823-7099.

Gala 2015

WIN a HOBIE KAYAK or SPECIALIZED BICYCLE!
Drawing June 20, 2015, need not be present to win.
Tickets $5 each or 5 tickets for $20
Click HERE to purchase tickets and more information.

June 20, 2015  6:00pm-9:30pm
Hilton Harbor Island, San Diego
Click here for details Gala Awards Celebration
“Building a Better Future”
Printable flyer here.

Sierra Club San Diego will host its annual Gala Awards Celebration to recognize the achievements of community leaders and Sierra Club volunteers in protecting the environment of our region. The event will include a reception from 6pm to 7pm, a silent auction, and dinner and awards program 7pm to 9:30pm. To purchase tickets go to the online store, call Richard at 858-569-6005, or email him at richard.miller@sierraclub.org.

“Thank You” To Our Sponsors

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San Diego Gala 2016

Gala Celebration & Awards Dinner

June 11, 2016
“Celebrating Partnerships”

Sierra Club San Diego will host its annual Gala Awards Celebration to recognize and commemorate the achievements of community leaders and Sierra Club volunteers who have contributed their time and effort to protecting the environment of our region. The event will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Hilton Harbor Island Hotel, 1960 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, from 6pm – 9:30pm. The event will include a reception from 6pm to 7pm, a silent auction, and dinner and awards program 7pm to 9:30pm.

This year’s theme is “Celebrating Partnerships”. The Sierra Club is not alone in fighting for the betterment of our environment.  We stand together with other outstanding organizations that educate, advocate and make significant contributions to insuring San Diego’s treasured environment is enhanced and protected.  The Gala will include the presentation of the Club’s FEAT (Friendly Environmental Action Taken) Awards recognizing organizations whose efforts help protect the environment, foster local solutions to global issues, help communities make sound environmental decisions about their own future and work to raise awareness of and advocate for climate change action.

We will also be celebrating the 60th anniversary of our Wilderness Basics Course.  This ten-week course on hiking, camping and backpacking attracts over 350 students annually where participants are taught skills to safely enjoy the wilderness.  Our goal is to share our knowledge and skills in the safe enjoyment of wilderness areas and to convey a sense of responsibility for maintaining the purity and integrity of the wilderness environment.

Sierra Club San Diego annually recognizes three outstanding individuals, organizations or businesses with a FEAT Award that exemplifies the theme of the Gala.  Being honored with FEAT awards this year are:

  • League of Women Voters of San Diego – in recognition of their work of educating and enabling the citizens of San Diego to act as guardians of the environment by raising awareness and advocating for action through the democratic process.
  • Cleveland National Forest Foundation – in recognition of their commitment to sustainable regional land use planning and advocating for sensible and achievable regional Climate Action Plans.
  • California Solar Energy Industries Association, San Diego Chapter – in recognition of their work raising awareness and advocating for climate change action and in helping the City of San Diego commit to a future of 100% renewable energy.

Our outstanding cadre of volunteers, who make Sierra Club San Diego one of the most impactful environmental organizations in San Diego, will also be recognized.  This year the Chapter will recognize ten awardees for their hard work and dedication.

  • Rookie Activist of the Year – Siyuan Liu and Alejandro (Ale) Montes.  The Rookie Activist Award honors an individual who has recently begun to shine as an activist.  It is vital that, each year, new volunteers keep the Chapter’s tradition of volunteer activism going strong.  This award recognizes the importance of “rookies” to the Chapter.    Both Siyuan and Ale have been student interns and represented the Chapter at the Sierra Student Coalition SPROG, a grassroots leadership training program that teaches tools for environmental and social justice activism to young folks across the country.
  • Outings Leader Award – Lynn Nebus.  The Outings Leader Award recognizes a Chapter Outings leader who has done outstanding work in outdoor leadership and education.  As stated in the Chapter Strategic Plan, the Outings Committee takes the lead in providing safe, enjoyable, and informative outings opportunities.  The first experience with the Chapter of many members and volunteers is on a Chapter outing.  Lynn is a Certified Outings Leader who has been active in the Outings program for over 20 years serving in many leadership positions.
  • Political Activist Award – Debby Knight.  The Political Activist Award is presented to the person who has done outstanding work to further the Club’s political mission to preserve the environment through grassroots, bipartisan, political action and elect environmentally supportive candidates.  Debby is the longest serving volunteer on the Chapter Political Committee and has often taken a lead role in the endorsement process and been actively engaged with Sierra Club endorsed candidate campaigns.
  • Volunteer of the Year Award – Suzi Sandore.  The Volunteer of the Year Award is presented to the volunteer who has done outstanding work in furthering the Club’s overall mission.  Volunteers bring enthusiasm and dedication to their efforts for the Chapter.  They benefit the Club greatly and this award recognizes and publicizes their efforts.  Suzi currently serves as Chair of the North County Group and engaged in their Wilderness Basics Course.  She has been instrumental in organizing Sierra Club members for volunteer activities, such as creek clean-ups and vegetation restoration projects.
  • Club Service Award – Sierra Social Section.  The Club Service Award celebrates the achievement of one of our sections that has provided exemplary service to the Club.  The volunteers who help with the various tasks needed to support our members and activities are the true unsung heroes of the Club.  The Sierra Social Section is the Chapters most active group and took the lead to reestablishing the Chapter monthly program – Sierra Talks.
  • Special Service Award – Rob Morris.  This Special Service Award like the Club Service award is presented to an individual that has provided exemplary service to the Club.  Rob has served as the Chapter Treasurer since 2013 and has contributed enormous time and talent in helping the San Diego Sierra Club.
  • Distinguished Achievement Award – Mike Bullock.   The Distinguished Achievement award recognizes the member who has exhibited a sustained level of service and commitment to our overall mission.  It honors the person who year after year has contributed their time and knowledge and passion to help the Club achieve its goals.  Mike is the Chair of the Chapter Transportation Committee and was instrumental in helping us win several lawsuits in providing his expertise on how auto emissions effect climate change.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Mike Fry.  The Lifetime Achievement Award honors an individual who has provided distinguished service to Sierra Club San Diego for a significant period of time.  It is these types of individuals who have given their life time experiences and leadership to make the Sierra Club the best that it can be.  Mike has been an active member of the Club and Outings program for almost 50 years.  He is a Certified Outing Leader and has served in leadership positions including Chapter Executive Committee, Chair of the Ski Section and Bus Trips.
  • Silver Cup Award – Joe Zechman.  The Silver Cup award is the Club’s highest award and is presented to the person who has most significantly contributed to the success of the Club’s mission.  This is an award that recognizes efforts that not only represent a significant commitment by the volunteer but also has resulted in a significant contribution to the Club.  Joe most recently served 2 years on the Chapter Steering Committee and served on the Chapter Executive Committee for six years, twice as Chapter Chair.  Joe was active in the Sierra Singles (now the Sierra Social) Section and served on numerous Chapter committees and task forces in leadership positions.

 GALA AUCTION.  Another highlight of the Gala is our annual auction.  The big prize this year will be a 6 day South African Photo Safari (see separate article).  Past auctions have included museum and theater tickets, guided desert flower tours, hotel weekends, restaurant certificates, sports tickets, wine tastings, spa treatments, kayaking, paintings, collectibles and more.

Do you have a service or business that you would like to promote or an item of value that you no longer need?  Then donate it for our auction!  To donate an auction item call Richard at 858-569-6005 or email him at richard.miller@sierraclub.org.

  • Individual Tickets – &75 includes reception and dinner.
  • Tables of 10 – $700
  • Sponsorships – $500 to $2,000 call the office for details.

To purchase tickets go to the online store, call Richard Miller at 858-569-6005, or email him at richard.miller@sierraclub.org.

Gala Auction to Feature South African Photo Safari!

Accommodations for 2 – Valued at $5,950

Donated by Zulu Nyala, www.zulunyala.com

This may be your chance to finally take the vacation you have always dreamed about.

The biggest prize for the Gala auction will be a six day, six night African photo safari with luxury accommodation for two people at Zulu Nyala Luxury Hemmingway Tented Safari Camp, Heritage Safari Lodge, or Game Lodge situated in the heart of South Africa’s Zululand conservation region – one of the richest conservation regions in Africa.

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It includes full board – that means three delicious meals per day, prepared by the finest international chefs – with an African flavour, of course.  There will be two game viewing activities per day guided by professional game rangers in open game viewing vehicles.  Additionally a personal ranger that will assist you in arranging your activities during your stay at Zulu Nyala.

The auction safari does not include airfares, transfers, side trips, drinks, telephone calls, laundry and gratuities.  The safari certificate will be valid for two years from the auction date.

Sierra Club is a 501(c) (4) non-profit organization, tax ID # 94-1153307. Contributions or gifts to “Sierra Club San Diego Chapter” are not tax deductible; they support our effective citizen based advocacy and lobbying efforts.

Ride List for May 2015

May 3 – SUNDAY
NORTH COUNTY SUNDAY RIDE
Difficulty Rating: 21 to 35 mi, rolling hills.
The 1st, 2nd & 5th Sunday of each month, meet at 9 am at the Carmel Valley Community Center, 3777 Townsgate Drive, across the street from the Del Mar Highlands Shopping Center, 1/2 mi E of I-5. Route & leaders vary each week. Come for the social pace of this ride. Leader: Ron Manherz, 858-587-0272.

May 10 – SUNDAY
NORTH COUNTY SUNDAY RIDE
Difficulty Rating: 21 to 35 mi, rolling hills.
The 1st, 2nd & 5th Sunday of each month, meet at 9 am at the Carmel Valley Community Center, 3777 Townsgate Drive, across the street from the Del Mar Highlands Shopping Center, 1/2 mi E of I-5. Route & leaders vary each week. Come for the social pace of this ride. Leader: Neil Brooks, 858-452-3905,
.

May 10 – SUNDAY
INLAND CARMEL VALLEY EXPRESS RIDE
Difficulty Rating: over 35 mi, steep grade(s), 12-14 mph average pace.
Meet at 8:30 am at the northeast corner of Linda Vista Rd and Via Las Cumbres (parking available on Via Las Cumbres and in the County Board of Education parking lot) for a 43 mi ride north past SR 56 to Carmel Valley Rd, then west to the coast. Snack stop. Rain cancels. Leader: Myles Pomeroy, 858-565-7262.

May 17 – SUNDAY
MISSION BAY SUNDAY RIDE
Difficulty Rating: 21 to 35 mi, rolling hills.
On the 3rd and 4th Sunday of each month, join us for the Sunday Ride starting from Mission Bay. Meet at 9 am in the parking lot immediately north of the Mission Bay Visitor Center. Route & leaders vary each week. Come for the social pace of this ride. Leader: Marty Hambright, 858-587-0272.

May 24 – SUNDAY
MISSION BAY SUNDAY RIDE
Difficulty Rating: 21 to 35 mi, rolling hills.
On the 3rd and 4th Sunday of each month, join us for the Sunday Ride starting from Mission Bay. Meet at 9 am in the parking lot immediately north of the Mission Bay Visitor Center. Route & leaders vary each week. Come for the social pace of this ride. Leader: Ron Manherz, 858-587-0272.

May 24 – SUNDAY
MISSION BAY EXPRESS RIDE
Difficulty Rating: over 35 mi, moderate hills, 12-14 mph average pace.
Meet at 8:30 am at DeAnza Cove in Mission Bay Park for a 40 mi ride north, then inland as temperatures permit and back along the coast. Rain cancels. Leader: David Johnson, 858-483-5877.

May 25 – MONDAY
MEMORIAL DAY HUFF N’ PUFF N’ PIG-OUT
Difficulty Rating: 21 to 35 mi, moderate hills, 12-14 mph average pace.
Meet at 9:30 am for a Memorial Day ride. Bring you bathing suit if you want to cool off after the ride. Afterward the ride, we’ll fire up the grill and pig-out on the patio. Bring something to grill, your own drinks and a side dish or desert to share. Call leader one week in advance for start location. Leader: Marty Hambright, 858-587-0272.

May 31 – SUNDAY
NORTH COUNTY SUNDAY RIDE
Difficulty Rating: 21 to 35 mi, rolling hills.
The 1st, 2nd & 5th Sunday of each month, meet at 9 am at the Carmel Valley Community Center, 3777 Townsgate Drive, across the street from the Del Mar Highlands Shopping Center, 1/2 mi E of I-5. Route & leaders vary each week. Come for the social pace of this ride. Leader: Ellen Scott, 619-405-4819.

May 31 – SUNDAY
ENCINITAS EXPRESS RIDE
Difficulty Rating: over 35 mi, moderate hills, 12-14 mph average pace.
Meet at 8:30 am at the Encinitas Coaster Station located at East D Street and Vulcan for a meandering, hilly 45 mi ride through Encinitas, Carlsbad and Oceanside with a snack stop. Joint ride with San Diego Wheelmen. Hot temps changes to all coastal route. This ride avoids the congestion associated with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. Leader: Myles Pomeroy, 858-565-7262.

May 31 – SUNDAY
MISSION BAY EXPRESS RIDE
Difficulty Rating: over 35 mi, moderate hills, 12-14 mph average pace.
Meet at 8:30 am at DeAnza Cove in Mission Bay Park for a 40 mi ride north, then inland as temperatures permit and back along the coast. Rain cancels. BE ADVISED THAT THE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MARATHON WILL IMPEDE TRAFFIC ON EAST MISSION BAY DRIVE, SEA WORLD DRIVE AND MORENA BL but the DeAnza Cove parking lot will be accessible from the north. Leader: David Johnson, 858-483-5877.

Fighting For What We Value

Fighting for what we value is a huge expense, even though many experts, scientists, lawyers and volunteers provide their services to the Sierra Club for free. Your financial support enables the Sierra Club San Diego to continue working on your behalf for the environment.

In times like these, conservation is especially important to prevent irresponsible decisions that endanger our health and our natural world. We must act now if we are to ensure a future that includes clean air, clean water, open spaces and abundant native wildlife, the issues that define our quality of life.  Your contribution will support the grassroots actions needed to protect and improve our environment.  Even a very small donation – $5 or $10 – is important to our work.

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Wine Tasting – April 12

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Sipping Sierrans Wine Tasting
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Sunday, April 12 at 2pm
Come join friends and fellow Sierrans for a wine tasting social event and fundraiser for Sierra Club San Diego. We are fellow members like you that gather to enjoy and learn about wines all while having the opportunity to engage in conservation and hear about Sierra Club programs. Of course, it is also about meeting new friends, old friends and just plain FUN.

Come join us at San Pasqual Winery, in the heart of downtown La Mesa at 8364 La Mesa Blvd. We will enjoy a flight of 8 wines that you select from a list of about 12 choices, including a variety of white, red and fruit wines. This will be accompanied by plates of selected cheeses and crackers. Additionally, San Pasqual Winery will donate 20% of all bottle sales from the event to Sierra Club San Diego! All members and their guests are invited to attend and is open to the public. Space is limited and of course you must be of legal drinking age.

Cost is $30 per person. This will cover all expenses and includes a small donation to Sierra Club San Diego. To make your reservations and purchase tickets, go to http://donate.sierrasd.org/ . If you would like to pay by check, please call the office at 858-569-6005 to make your reservations and mail checks, payable to Sierra Club, to Sipping Sierrans, 8304 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Ste. 101, San Diego, CA 92111.

For more information about the winery and the wines, see http://www.sanpasqualwinery.com/

Ride List for April 2015

March 1 – SUNDAY
NORTH COUNTY SUNDAY RIDE
Difficulty Rating: 21 to 35 mi, rolling hills.
The 1st, 2nd & 5th Sunday of each month, meet at 9 am at the Carmel Valley Community Center, 3777 Townsgate Drive, across the street from the Del Mar Highlands Shopping Center, 1/2 mi E of I-5. Route & leaders vary each week. Come for the social pace of this ride. Leader: Neil Brooks, 858-452-3905,
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March 1 – SUNDAY
UTC-RSF JR EXPRESS RIDE
Difficulty Rating: over 35 mi, steep grade(s), 12-14 mph average pace.
Meet at 8:30 am at Doyle Park, 8175 Regents Rd, 2 lights south of La Jolla Village Dr. for a 40 mi ride thru UTC, RSF & back by way of the coast & Torrey Pines. Leader: Hao Zhang, 858-354-3904.

March 4 – WEDNESDAY
COAST RIDE – OCEANSIDE TO SORRENTO VALLEY
Difficulty Rating: 21 to 35 mi, rolling hills, 10-12 mph average pace.
This is a relatively flat 25 mi ride along our beautiful coast. Most participants will drive to the Sorrento Valley Coaster Station (free parking in the north and south lots, contact me for details) arriving at about 10:00 am to provide enough time to take the #639 Coaster north-bound at 10:14 am, arriving at the Oceanside Transit Center at 10:50 am. For a shorter ride you could hop on the Coaster at Solana Beach or Encinitas. Meet at 10:51 am track-side at the Oceanside Transit Center. Stop for lunch along the way. The ride ends at the Coaster station in Sorrento Valley. Don’t forget $$$ for the Coaster and lunch. Leader: Jerry Fitzsimmons, 858-224-3437,
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March 8 – SUNDAY
NORTH COUNTY SUNDAY RIDE
Difficulty Rating: 21 to 35 mi, rolling hills.
*** REPLACED BY SAN ELIJO LAGOON SOCIAL RIDE this week (see below) ***

March 8 – SUNDAY
SAN ELIJO LAGOON SOCIAL RIDE
Difficulty Rating: 21 to 35 mi, rolling hills, 10-12 mph average pace.
Expect 25 mi with rolling hills on this social-paced ride. En route, we’ll visit San Elijo Lagoon Nature Sanctuary in Encinitas. www.sanelijo.org. Bring a bike lock and your own snack to enjoy. Meet at 9:00 am in the Carmel Valley Community Center (3777 Townsgate Drive, 1/2 mi east of I-5) parking lot across the street from Del Mar Highlands Shopping Center. Leader: Ellen Scott, 619-405-4819.

March 11 – WEDNESDAY
BIRDING BY BIKE
Difficulty Rating: up to 13 mi, basically flat, 10-12 mph average pace.
Meet at 8:30 am at De Anza Cove in Mission Bay Park for a beginning birding by bike outing. There are more than 70 birds associated with the Mission Bay area. We’ll identify birds along the San Diego River bike path. Bring binoculars, water, snack and a bird guide if you have one. Contact leader in advance if loaner binoculars are needed. Expect about 10-12 mi of riding and approximately 2.5 hours of birding. Assistant Ellen Scott. Leader: Kathy Askin, 619-849-9865.

March 15 – SUNDAY
MISSION BAY SUNDAY RIDE
Difficulty Rating: 21 to 35 mi, rolling hills.
On the 3rd and 4th Sunday of each month, join us for the Sunday Ride starting from Mission Bay. Meet at 9 am in the parking lot immediately north of the Mission Bay Visitor Center. Route & leaders vary each week. Come for the social pace of this ride. Leader: Marty Hambright, 858-587-0272.

March 15 – SUNDAY
SOUTH BAY EXPRESS RIDE
Difficulty Rating: over 35 mi, moderate hills, 12-14 mph average pace.
Meet at 8:30 am at De Anza Cove in Mission Bay Park for this approx. 40 mi ride to Imperial Beach and up the Strand. Bring money for the ferry ($4.25) and snack stop. Route will include Bachman hill into Hillcrest. Leader: Kathy Askin, 619-849-9865.

March 22 – SUNDAY
MISSION BAY SUNDAY RIDE
Difficulty Rating: 21 to 35 mi, rolling hills.
On the 3rd and 4th Sunday of each month, join us for the Sunday Ride starting from Mission Bay. Meet at 9 am in the parking lot immediately north of the Mission Bay Visitor Center. Route & leaders vary each week. Come for the social pace of this ride. Leader: Jerry Fitzsimmons, 858-224-3437,
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March 22 – SUNDAY
SAN LUIS REY BIKE PATH-ELFIN FOREST EXPRESS RIDE
Difficulty Rating: over 35 mi, moderate hills, 12-14 mph average pace.
Meet at 8:30 am in the Encinitas train depot parking lot at 25 East D St @ Vulcan (Thos Guide 1147-C7) for this 53 mi ride up the coast highway, then east on the San Luis Rey Bike Path to Vista, San Marcos and Escondido, then back through Elfin Forest. Snack stop. Joint ride with SD Wheelmen. Rain cancels. Leader: Myles Pomeroy, 858-565-7262.

March 29 – SUNDAY
NORTH COUNTY SUNDAY RIDE
Difficulty Rating: 21 to 35 mi, rolling hills.
The 1st, 2nd & 5th Sunday of each month, meet at 9 am at the Carmel Valley Community Center, 3777 Townsgate Drive, across the street from the Del Mar Highlands Shopping Center, 1/2 mi E of I-5. Route & leaders vary each week. Come for the social pace of this ride. Leader: Ron Manherz, 858-587-0272.

March 29 – SUNDAY
SOLANA BEACH TO OCEANSIDE
Difficulty Rating: over 35 mi, rolling hills, 12-14 mph average pace.
Meet at 8:30 am in north parking lot of the Solana Beach Coaster station (105 N. Cedros Ave) for this peppy ride along the coast to Oceanside (~32 mi) and optional San Luis Rey bike path for a ~ 48 mi ride. The ride ends with a snack stop at Java Depot. Bring plenty of water, snacks, money and required helmet. Rain cancels. Leader: Dawn Nowlin, 858-254-8171.