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Walkable And Livable Communities Institute

15 May

The WALC Institute’s mission is to inspire, teach, connect and support communities in their efforts to improve health and well-being through better built environments.

I received what you see below in my email a few minutes ago – check out the website – MIDNIGHT is the deadline – WalkLive.org

Donate before midnight to have your contribution “stretched” by the Seattle Foundation and other sponsors!
Today’s the day! The Seattle Foundation’s nonprofit GiveBIG fundraiser lasts until midnight Pacific time.

We hope you’ll consider making a donation to support our Walkable Community Help Desk. We provide this service to communities for free and we rely on support from people like you to make the Help Desk possible!

Please tell your friends, share with your colleagues, and join us today for our largest fundraising effort to date. Any donation helps, whether large or small.

Visit our website for more information, and check our Facebook page today for fundraiser updates. Have a question of your own for the Walkable Community Help Desk? Email us any time.

Look Who’s In The Neighborhood

20 Apr

Today I visited some garage sales to see who else is interested in the community garage sale in late September or early October. I stayed within these boundaries – north of 78, west of Nordahl, south of El Norte Parkway, southeast(?) of Borden & east of Mulberry, also including the houses down Falcon which is west of Mulberry and branches off from Mission Road. I also included houses that are just on the other side of the street boundary, so for example I spoke with Sheldon and his wife who live ON El Norte Parkway, but who are technically north of the street.

I met some interesting people and found out that Vallecitos is having a community garage sale on May 18th. I had no idea. Two women told me about it and one of them, Isabel, gave me some pencils for my friend, Mary Carrillo of Point Loma, to take to Belize for the children of the village she will visit in September. Thanks, Isabel!

Mary visits Belize once or twice a year to be of service to the women and children of the village. I’ll post more about Mary Carrillo another time and include the name of the place.

While I was out I took photos of some green stuff I like and then I found a woman, Alice Olsen, who is the office manager of three[!] sites of Community Catalysts of California. I had never heard of them before, but they have been doing good work for over 30 years! The paragraphs below are from their website.

Who We Are

A Positive Catalyst For People With Disabilities

Community Catalysts of California provides services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living and equality for individuals with disabilities. We have successfully provided services for thirty years with the fundamental goal of helping people with disabilities achieve a higher quality of life.

Empowering Our Military Veterans

Veterans Community Services, a division of Community Catalysts of California, supports Veteran’s and their families to gain increased independence and productivity as responsible members of their community. VCS provides coordinated case management services to obtain housing, access benefits, secure employment or advance education in the San Diego and Imperial County areas.

Strengthening Our Community

Our organization’s prevailing principle is strengthening our community through engagement and daily manifestation of our work in your neighborhood, work, and social environment. We support the belief that people with special needs are an integral part of community and encourage you to support our services in a manner that matches your strengths and resources. Our community partners are vital to our continued success.

Community Catalysts of California is a not for profit 501(c)(3), charitable organization.

Here’s the CCC website:
CommunityCatalystsCalifornia.org

They also help veterans! Here’s the CCVCS site:
Veterans Community Services – CCVCS.net

Alice Olsen was having a garage sale to benefit CCC. She had her neighbor, Cheryl, and two daughters and a couple grandkids helping out.

Below is a photo of their sign and some photos of trees I saw when I was out and about. I like trees and I like shade. No matter how you feel about trees, my guess is you like the shade they provide on a hot day.

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Thinking About Neighborhood

8 Apr

My guess is that nearly everyone wants their neighborhood to be a great neighborhood, no matter how they define great neighborhood. There is more than one way to define neighborhood and neighbor.

We can also have neighborly connections with people who don’t live quite so close. Andre Stevens-Thomas is one of those people with whom I have a growing “neighbor” connection even though he doesn’t live in San Marcos.

He and I got together months ago and discussed a book I mentioned in an earlier post. That book is “In The Neighborhood” by Peter Lovenheim and right now you can get it on Kindle for under $6.00 – In The Neighborhood.

Andre is quite a musical talent and right now he’s working on an album and probably will be in the studio on and off for several months. Here’s his website:

Stevens-Thomas Group/Andre Bio

He’s having lunch with me at Mr. Taco near Cal State San Marcos in a couple weeks.

Who else wants to get together with me for lunch?

Garage Sale Or Yard Sale

18 Mar

On Saturday I was training at my friend and business partner’s house in Carlsbad. It’s a beautiful place with a beautiful ocean view. Sue told me that Calavera Hills is having a big garage sale in the entire community this Saturday. I think she said that over 100 houses are participating. That got me to thinking.

We can do the same thing in our neighborhood. Or yours. I should mention a couple things.

One, I grew up calling it a garage sale when I lived in Leucadia as a kid. I don’t really care whether you call it a garage sale or a yard sale. It’s the same thing, right? Anybody know a notable distinction between the two?

Two, I tend to think of my neighborhood as pretty large. Yesterday I was out checking on local garage sales (as well as checking the natural boundaries of the neighborhood) and I found a couple on Rock Springs after following a few signs to a mystery sale that was apparently held on Saturday. A guy named George sold me a pair of jeans for a great price. He moved here from Ramona in November and he’s up for having a simultaneous garage sale in September.

Who’s with us!?

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