July 4th, Tuesday - Temecula July 4th Parade 
Old Town, Temecula 

This went on without a hitch.  We had the Earth Ball, two bicycles and one tricycle, stuffed animals, and plenty of friendly enthusiasm.  The audience was quite large and very friendly.

A great day for this year's July 4th Celebration.

Put on by Margaret Meyncke
Sierra Club / Santa Margarita Group
Outreach Chair​​


































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​​Aug. 12 (Sat) 8:30 AM  Palomar Mountain State Park Hike

Join me on a hike through the deeply forested trails of Palomar Mountain State Park.  I will be using several trails to form a loop. The hike will be moderately aggressive, about 8 miles long with about 1000' of gain/loss.  I will be making some changes from last year's hike to highlight different park features. We will meet at the parking lot near Doane Pond. This is where the hike will begin and finish.  Dress in layers, bring 2 liters of water, a snack or lunch, sturdy hiking shoes and don't forget the sunscreen. The park's physical address is 19952 State Park Rd. Palomar Mountain, CA 92060.  There is an $8 per vehicle day use fee. To register or for more information:  email Bob Audibert at bob.takeahike1@gmail.com or call me at (951)302-1059.  Steady rain cancels.  Santa Margarita Group

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​ 1. Primal Pastures on Oct. 15, 2016

We toured Primal Pastures; Farmer John, our tour guide, detailed the objectives for the operation. The operation is a small family farm located in Murrieta, California. Their goal is to produce wholesome meat that is grown humanely, responsibly and sustainably.






                       



                                Tour of Primal Pastures

2. Temecula Olive Oil Ranch

We had a great educational afternoon, November 6, 2016.  In addition we had good music, good food, olive oil tasting and raffle.  It was a good opportunity to meet and socialize, and listen to a talented vocalist, Kelly Wilson.
 
Thom Curry of Temecula Olive Oil Company was our tour guide.  We learned briefly how the ranch was created, the microclimate of the site, the type of olive trees, and the process of extracting olive oil from the fruits.  






                               

                                  Tour of Temecula Olive Ranch
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3. California Energy System in Transition, Regional Perspectives and Local Opportunities

Meadow Day, October 29, 2016, was organized by Teri Biancardi.  The panel of speakers discussed alternative approaches to land management in areas at risk of desertification. These include erosion control, soil remediation and native plant regeneration strategies, which are currently being implemented in the community open space by an AmeriCorps team, who is deployed to the area for six weeks.         

         


               






From the left: Teri Biancardi, Carmen Fields,
              Zach Chastain, Anisha Borthakur, Cody Autaubo

Teri Biancardi discussed methods for erosion control, soil remediation, and native plant regeneration.

A summary of the other activities:
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October 4, 2017: Thompson Middle School’s successful Eco-Fair was attended by over 500 7th grade students.  Several agencies provided interactive information. 












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November 4, 2017 - 10 am to 3 pm:  Pam, Caren and volunteers tabled at the annual

Family Wildlife Day at the Santa Rosa Plateau.




















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Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 9 am to 11 am

Ceremony for the Opening of Skyview Park in Temecula
at: 31991 Roripaugh Valley Road, Temecula CA 92596

It was exciting to be present at the opening of this park,  5.1-acres in all, which is both family-friendly and is attractively xeriscaped with drought-tolerant plants and landscaping. Located at  31991 Roripaugh Valley Road, it also features expansive  views of fields and hills on the northeastern portion of the city.This was a ceremony put on by the Temecula Park and Recreation Department, of which the Sierra Club had a table there to hand out literature about our organization.  Caren and Elena attended.


  


















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​​​​Sierra Club SMG Annual Holiday Party

Sunday, December 10 - 1:00 to 5:00 pm @ Vail Lake Resort


​Our group went on a 45-minute hayride; then headed back to the lodge, where we held a raffle, had early dinner and sang Christmas Carols.  Good time by all!