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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

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 or visit

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 .

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

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

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 .





Time to inflate your tires, polish your helmet, and squeeze into that old riding spandex!  May is Bike Month in San Luis Obispo, and whether your are a seasoned pro or a beginning biker, there are plenty of fun activities planned for you and your trusty set of wheels. Here are some highlights of the over 60 free events scheduled county-wide during the upcoming weeks:

Commuter Bike Competition- How many friends and coworkers can you motivate to cycle for their commute?  Compete with other local businesses in the same size bracket to see how many miles you can ride to and from the workplace!  Register your company today by visiting the San Luis Obispo Regional Rideshare website.

Kidical Mass- Take the children out on a spin around town with the just-for-kids version of the Thursday, May 3 Bike Happening at 5:30pm.  Costumes are encouraged for this year’s theme of “Rainbows”.  Meet at Mitchell Park and follow the leaders through downtown San Luis Obispo!

Bike to Bites- On Wednesday May 9, head over to Atascadero’s Galaxy Theater for pizza, root beer and a movie!  The ride starts at the Community Center for a quick safety lecture at 3:30pm.

Bike-In Movie-  Leave the car at home for the San Luis Obispo Bike-In Movie on Thursday, May 11 at the Mission Plaza.  A showing of Napoleon Dynamite begins at 7:30 pm under the stars.  Bring snacks, blankets, and a friend!

Bikefest- Arroyo Grande will be holding the Iras Memorial Bikefest on Saturday, May 12 starting with a Bike Parade at the Rotary Bandstand on Nelson St. at 12:30pm.  From there, the party pedals to Branch Street Deli with food, beer from New Belgium Brewing Company, and music from blues and jazz band, Moonpie.

Montana de Oro Group Ride- Take in the scenery on Saturday, May 12 for the Montana de Oro Group Ride.  Meet at the Ranger Station at 1pm to wheel up Hazard Peak Trail.

Tweed Ride- Don’t be surprised to see many a dapper lady and gentleman on Sunday, May 13.  They will be gussied up to take part in the SLO Tweed Ride, beginning at the Triangle Park near the Railroad Station at 1.  Play croquet, listen to music, and munch on crumpets.  Visit the Tweed Ride’s official site for more details and outfit recommendations.

Women’s Bike Workshops- On Monday, May 14, beginning at 6pm, join your sister cyclers for bike workshops and tutorials.  Sign up through the SLO Bicycle Coalition for a free spot and details on time and location.  Sorry, no boys allowed!

World Bike Relief Poker Run- Play a game of chance through downtown San Luis Obispo for a good cause.  Benefiting World Bicycle Relief, a non-profit that provides bicycles to third world nations, participants take off from Central Coast Brewing on Saturday, May 19th at 10am to begin their walk or ride in search of playing cards at local businesses.  Donations are $5 a hand, and there will be prizes, food, and beer on tap.  Stick around for a raffle after the Run!

Cote de Tolosa Velo Challenge III- Tolosa Winery and the SLO Bicycle Coalition host a beautiful 52-mile ride on Sunday, May 20.  The event is free, and leaves the Winery in Edna Valley promptly at 7am.  Lunch is provided for those taking part in the event.  With over 5,000 feet of climbing, this journey is for serious cyclers only.  Register at Tolosa’s events page.

Bike Workshops- Become bike savvy through a day of workshops held at the SLO Bicycle Coalitions Headquarters in downtown San Luis Obispo on Monday, May 21.  The first of a series of lessons begin at 6pm and will go over basic rules of the road, dispel common myths, and provide tips on ow to ease your commute around town.  Stick around for their 7pm session where you will learn basic bike maintenance and repair skills.  Reserve a spot through the SLO Bicycle Coalition website.

Dad’s Big Wheel Race- Bring the best plastic toy ride you can find, haul it to the top of the Jennifer Street Bridge in San Luis Obispo, and race with your fellow costumed crazies.  Padding comes highly recommended for this lighthearted competition on Saturday, May 26 at 3:30 pm.  Dad will award prizes for Hottest Hot Wheel and Coolest Costume.  Move to Gus’s for social hour and bruise-nursing afterward.

Pedal to Paella- Gather at Santa Margarita Park on Sunday, May 27 at 2pm for the fourth annual Pedal to Paella.  Tour the alleyways to wind up at the Educated Gardener Nursery for paella, friends, and music.  Bring your own drinks, dishes, and flatware.  Ingredient donations appreciated.

Bicycle Advocacy Mini-Summit- Learn to make communities more bike friendly through advocacy and awareness on Wednesday, May 30 at 6pm.  Held in the SLO Library Community Room, you can reserve a seat at the discussion through the SLO County Bicycle Coalition.

Bike Month Blowout- Party with your fellow road warriors at the Creeky Tiki in San Luis Obispo on Thursday, June 7 at 6:30pm.  Commuter Bike Competition will be presented, brand new bicycles raffled off, and plenty of food, music, and drinks to fuel your ride for the months ahead!








Celebrate Earth Day 2012 in San Luis Obispo by showing your love for Ma Nature this Sunday, April 22 with a number of fun activities throughout the county!

-Get Down to Earth-  San Luis Obispo’s El Chorro Regional Park will be holding their Get Down to Earth shindig as a part of a worldwide recognition of the 42nd annual observance of Earth Day.  Ride the complementary shuttle, bicycle, or carpool to enjoy the free festivities from 10am-5pm.  Check out the booths featuring community organizations, kids activities, for-profit and non-profit businesses, government agencies, and area schools.  The solar powered stage presents the music of Brendan James, Midnight Express, and Up in the Air.  For questions or volunteer applications, contact the Earth Day Alliance at

-Cal Parks Volunteering- Show your planet a little love by offering to spend the day restoring and cleaning one of California’s state parks.  Montana De Oro in Los Osos is still registering volunteers through the California State Parks Foundation.  Workers will be grading, providing drainage repairs and tread maintenance for Coon Creek and Rattlesnake Trails as well as installing a bluff safety fence and native plantings for the Islay Campground.  With budget cutbacks and the possibility of closures, our state parks need as much support as they can manage!

-The Earth Day Food and Wine Festival- Head to Atascadero for the sixth annual Earth Day Food and Wine Festival, brought to you by the Central Coast Vineyard Team.  The event is held from April 20-22 with the main attraction taking place at the Pomar Junction and Vineyard Winery in Templeton on April 21.  Attending will be over 200 purveyors of local, sustainably produced food and drink, growers, vintners, and chefs.  Live music by the Mother Corn Shuckers will get you dancing and working up a healthy appetite.  Tickets range from $40-100. For details and tickets, visit

Party for the planet! Learn a little something about the environment and have a great time in the process!  What do you do to celebrate our glorious globe?