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       Still Moon Light
         Linda Lyerly





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       Diane Nygaard

A gift to the Coasters from Diane for our help on the Sherman fundraising campaign. Click here to enlarge

Coasters - North County Coastal Group
The Coasters are the geographic division of the San Diego Chapter for the north coastal area, Del Mar to Oceanside. We organize a variety of Sierra Club activities in coastal North County, including outings, social events, and conservation efforts.

We organize local hikes, usually on the first Saturday of each month. Format is a 9 am morning hike, optional lunch, done by noon. We walk in the north coast area, from Penasquitos to Oceanside. When tides are favorable, we are on the beach. Hikes are listed here, below, and in the Happenings singles group newsletter.

The Coasters meet on the third Tuesday of each month. Our meetings are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024. The 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. (Map)

To get on the email list for local events and news, click here, click on Join, and follow the instructions on the screen. The news email is sent out about once a month, depending on what news and events there are to report.
Photograph, artfully adjusted
Torrey Pine      Gene Walker

Coaster News

Updated on November 28, 2014

Coasters Holiday Party

Tuesday, December 16, 2015 6:30 pm
Party at Linda's. RSVP for address and directions
This will be a potluck and byob. Plan to bring some goodies to share, appetizers, finger food, cookies or whatever you like. Bring your own favorite holiday beverage.

Festivities will include a "white elephant" gift exchange. If you would like to participate in the game, bring a wrapped gift. Otherwise, prepare to be entertained by the participants. Now is your chance to get rid of that awful gift that has been gathering dust in the closet ever since someone completely unfamiliar with your taste in household objects gave it to you years ago. Wrap it up and bring it to the party for the "Most Awful" gift exchange. All particpants will draw a number. In order by the numbers, each participant will have the option of choosing a gift from the pile, or taking away something that a previous participant has opened. After something has been taken away twice, it is no longer up for grabs. It sounds complicated, but it turns out to be fun, unless you get something you want (not likely) and it gets taken away. Try to maintain a cheerful outlook.

Coasters Meeting

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Encinitas Community Center
We will have a roundtable discussion on housing policy and the Encinitas housing element update, with a focus on how housing policy impacts greenhouse gas emissions.

2015 Meeting Schedule We are returning to a full meeting schedule for 2015. The meetings will be on the third Tuesday of every month. Our meetings are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Encinitas Community Center.

Location: The 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. Each of these meetings will feature a speaker. In May and October we will hold our popular Saturday picnics in conjunction with the Coaster hikes, and in December we will have a holiday party.


Local Hikes

Saturday, December 20, 2014
Dayhike (E5A) Coasters Saturday - Carmel Mountain Preserve
Easy 5 miles less than 500 feet elevation change
Leader: Mac Downing - Assistant: Needed
Hike in the Carmel Mountain Preserve. Learn about this Habitat Conservation Area managed for wild life. Easy hike on plateau, few people, relatively quiet. Bring water, good shoes or boots, and eat lunch on trail. Limited to 20. For reservations email (prefer) or call Mac. Rain or drizzle cancels.
Contact: Mac Downing
619-542-9320 or M2CDOW4@YAHOO.COM


Local Hikes - Other Organizations

Guided Nature Walks at San Elijo Lagoon

San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center,
2710 Manchester Avenue
See www.sanelijo.org for more information.

More Outings

We have set up an online listing of Chapter Outings. You can find it here.
(http://www.sierraleaderssd.net/SDOPubWeb.asp)
You can sign up to receive an outings listing monthly by email. To sign up, click here.

And more

See other events at:

Sierra Club San Diego Events http://sandiego.sierraclub.org/Calendar/OARSPage1.asp

San Diego Audubon events
http://www.sandiegoaudubon.org/events/events-calendar

Buena Vista Audubon Events
http://bvaudubon.org/

San Diego Coastkeeper
http://www.sdcoastkeeper.org

Surfrider Foundation - San Diego
Events - http://www.surfridersd.org
Beach Cleanups - http://sandiego.surfrider.org/programs/beach-cleanups

The California Native Plant Society
http://www.cnpssd.org/

San Dieguito River Park
http://www.sdrp.org/

The Escondido Creek Conservancy
http://escondidocreek.org/events/

The Natural History Museum calendar page
http://www.sdnhm.org/canyoneers/calendar.html

The combined environmental calendar page
http://www.calsmerge.com/asd/environment/

REI Encinitas Events
http://www.rei.com/stores/encinitas.html

Adventure 16 Events
http://www.adventure16.com/events.asp

Environmental Links


The California Coastal Commission
http://www.coastal.ca.gov/

Carlsbad Watershed Network
http://www.carlsbadwatershednetwork.net

The Desert Protective Council
http://www.dpcinc.org/index.html

The Escondido Creek Conservancy
http://www.escondidocreek.org/

The Solana Center for Environmental Innovation
http://www.solanacenter.org/

Friends of the Foothills
www.taskforce.sierraclub.org/friendsofthefoothills/

San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy
http://www.sanelijo.org/

Marine Protected Areas
https://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/mpa/

Wilderness For All
http://wilderness4all.org

San Diego Tracking Team
www.sdtt.org

The Wild Side News
http://www.wildsidenews.com/

Endangered Species Coalition
http://www.endangered.org/blog/

Sierra Club Blogs

Compass: http://www.sierraclub.org/compass

The Green Life: http://www.sierraclub.org/greenlife

Taking the Initiative: http://www.sierraclub.org/carlpope

Food Links

Food Not Lawns
http://www.sdfoodnotlawns.com/
Local Food
La Vida Locavore
Edible San Diego
Farmers Markets
http://www.sandiegoroots.org/farmers_markets.html
http://sdfarmbureau.org/BuyLocal/Farmers-Markets.php

For More Information

About the Coasters, contact:
  • David Grubb, at 760 753-0273.

The Coasters ExCom members for 2014 are:
David Grubb - Chair
Debbie Hecht
Peg Kessler
Linda Lyerly - Treasurer
Cathryn Rathsam
Marc Sands
Barbara Walker
Coaster Documents
Bylaws
   

Environmental Events

Encinitas Housing Element Update

The housing element is a critical component of the city's general plan. It determines how the city will grow.

Share your thoughts on future housing choices for our community. The City of Encinitas is using an interactive system to collect comments on housing plans. Find out more: http://www.AtHomeInEncinitas.info

A good article on the legal issues:
Encinitas' housing policies draw legal scrutiny
By LYLE MORAN, The Daily Transcript, Tuesday, November 18, 2014


El Salto Falls
El Salto Falls, Buena Vista Creek