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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 February, April, September, and November. Our meetings are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Encinitas Community Center. 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 every two weeks, depending on what news and events there are to report.
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Coaster News

Updated on November 2, 2014

Coasters Meeting

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Encinitas Community Center

Topic TBD

2014 Meeting Schedule The meetings will be on the third Tuesday of February, April, September and November. 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, November 08, 2014
Dayhike (E5A) Coasters Sat Hike- Shaw Valley
Easy 5 miles less than 500 feet elevation change
Leader: Mac Downing - Assistant: Needed
Los Penasquitos/Del Mar Mesa core in San Diego's Multiple Species Conservation Program. Is one of few intact open spaces in our coastal area. Bring water, snack. Optional restaurant lunch after hike.
From highway five going south be in extreme right lane south of Del Mar Heights exit, take 56 Exit. At bottom of ramp at signal turn left (east) onto Carmel Valley Road. Go east get on highway 56 ramp going east.
From highway five going north take the bypass road,
Go east get on highway 56 ramp going east.
Exit at Carmel Country Road (Exit 2) Go right (south) past signal at Grand Del Mar, go up hill turn right at Sagamore Way, park on Sagamore or Sterling Grove Ln. Thomas Map 1188 C8 & 1208 D1. GPS address 5000 Sterling Grove Lane. Meet 9am. Rain, drizzle or muddy trails cancels. If hike cancelled message on Mac's home phone.

After hike optional lunch. Go west on 56. Take El Camino Exit. You are now going west on Carmel Valley Road. Proceed under highway five and continue to Sam's Pizza (858 755-8809) 2212 Carmel Valley Road, Thomas 1207 H1. Parking is tight on Carmel Valley, spots found on side roads.
Contact: Mac Downing
619-542-9320 or M2CDOW4@YAHOO.COM
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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

Autumn at Anstine

Nov 8 Sat 2-5 PM
Autumn at Anstine – in Vista

Join the Anstine-Audubon Nature Preserve for its annual fall festival, Autumn at Anstine! This free, family-friendly event will feature a variety of hands-on activities and presentations for the young and young-at-heart, including a native plant tour, a chance for kids to make their own bird feeders, and presentations from two of Project Wildlife’s amazing “Animal Ambassadors,” including a local bird-of-prey. The event will culminate with a family-friendly bird walk through the preserve just before sunset, when the birds are most active. For directions and more, go to www.facebook.com/AnstineAudubonNaturePreserve


Carlsbad Parks and Recreation Commission Hearing

Nov 12 Wed – 5:30 – 7 PM
Parks and Recreation Commission Hearing on Parks Plan for Aviara, Poinsettia, and Pine Ave.
The City of Carlsbad Parks & Recreation Commission will hold a special meeting to hear a summary of the input received on the master plan updates for Aviara, Poinsettia and Pine Avenue community parks. Meeting will be held at the City of Carlsbad Faraday Center, 1635 Faraday Ave., in room 173B. The final recommendations are expected to be presented to the City Council on Tuesday, Dec. 9 for adoption. The meeting agendas and staff report will be available 72 hours before the meetings on the Parks & Recreation Commission webpage.


Encinitas Housing Element Update

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

Come share your thoughts on future housing choices for our community. The City of Encinitas is hosting five Community Dialogue Sessions to get your input on potential locations for new housing in the city, as well as design considerations for these future neighborhoods. All Community Dialogue Sessions will be held as an open house format. Drop in anytime between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Find out more: http://www.AtHomeInEncinitas.info
CARDIFF
Seaside Center for Spiritual Living
1613 Lake Drive
November 13, 2014
OLIVENHAIN
Ranch View Baptist Church
416 Rancho Santa Fe Road
November 18, 2014
OLD ENCINITAS
Library
540 Cornish Drive
November 15, 2014
LEUCADIA
Beacon’s Bible Church
367 La Veta Avenue
November 17, 2014
NEW ENCINITAS
Diegueño Middle School
2150 Village Park Way
November 22, 2014


El Salto Falls
El Salto Falls, Buena Vista Creek