The Central Coast is blessed to be made up of a number of communities where kind and giving citizens are concerned for the welfare of their neighbors. During the holiday season, there are a number of opportunities to help those in need by volunteering, giving to charity, and donating items to food drives and fundraisers. For those looking to do a little good work this season, check out these upcoming events that serve the people of SLO and spread some good will throughout the area.
Turkey Drive- Starting on November 1 and running through the 18, the FoodBank of Santa Barbara County will be holding their annual Turkey Drive. Help them achieve their goal of collecting 2,500 birds. Contributions can be dropped off at their facility at 4554 Hollister Ave on Mon-Fri from 7:30am-4:30pm. You can also make a monetary donation online at https://secure.qgiv.com/for/fosbc/.
Flanders Bicycle Build and Swap- Time to clean out the garage, fix up that old bike, and donate unwanted parts. Join the Tall Bike Posse at Flanders Bicycle (1951 Santa Barbara St, Apt D, SLO) this Saturday, November 10 for a build, bike-in movie and potluck. There is no sellers fee, and donations of gently used gear are always appreciated.
SWAP Elfin Forest Work Party- Help maintain a unique part of the Central Coast ecosystem in Los Osos on Saturday, November 3 from 9am-noon in Los Osos. The “Weed Warriors” meet at the north end of 15th Street near the Elfin Forest, and will help to combat soil erosion, invasive species, and maintain trails. Tools, water, gloves, and snacks will be provided. For more information, contact the Small Wilderness Area Preservation organization (SWAP) through Yolanda at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.elfin-forest.org.
Johnson Ranch Connector Trail- Help get the Johnson Ranch Connector Trail between Costco and Irish Hills in SLO get ready for business on November 3rd and 17th. On Novermber 3rd, volunteers and members of the California Conservation Corps will be meeting at the Home Depot Parking Lot off of Los Osos Valley Rd beginning at 9am. A free pair of polarized sunglasses will be given to all who attend. The work party on the 17th will congregate at Laguna Lake Park at 8am for a light breakfast before trail work. A BBQ lunch and t-shirts will be yours to enjoy in return for your effort! For more information, visit http://www.cccmb.org/ .
CNPS Native Plant Sale- Support the California Native Plant Society November 3 at the Pacific Beach High School at 11950 Los Osos Valley Road in San Luis Obispo. There you will find hundreds of specimens of drought-tolerant and beautiful native plants as well as botanical experts to answer any questions you might have. For gardening and event questions, visit their site at www.cnps-slo.org.
Empty Bowls- The FoodBank of Santa Barbara will hold their 15th Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser on Sunday, November 15 at the Rockwood Women’s Club (670 Mission Canyon Rd, Santa Barbara) from 11am-2pm. Each person who makes a donation of $30 or more will receive a hand-picked ceramic bowl crafted by local artisans. Attendees can choose from one of three sittings, and enjoy a silent and raffle. VIP tickets are also available. To purchase admission, visit https://secure.qgiv.com/for/fosbc/event/14047/.
Hunger Free Drive Campaign- The United Methodist Church of SLO asks members of the community to help end hunger locally through their 1-2-3 Hunger Free Drive Campaign. To participate, donate a jar of peanut butter or a canned item to the Salvation Army or SLO Food Bank, or give a $3 to benefit the “Give Ye Them To Eat” program in Puebla, Mexico.
Santa Maria Car Show and Turkey Drive- Come take a gander at some gorgeous cars and help families in need on November 10, form 10am-2pm at the Albertson’s parking lot in Santa Maria (2320 S. Broadway). Bring your family and a turkey to benefit the FoodBank of Santa Barbara County.
Atascadero Horsemen’s Club Toy Ride- Bring an unwrapped toy to for the Horseman’s club Toy Ride on November 18. This family friendly trail ride will benefit the Marine Corp Reserve Toys for Tots program. Participants will meet at the Atascadero Mutual Water Company Maintenance yard (6575 Sycamore Rd) at 8am. Groups will leave every 15min until 10m and ride two hours north through the Salinas River to Hoover’s Beef Palace in Templeton at the stock yard. There will be water crossings. For more information, visit www.atascaderohorsemensclub.com .