Prayers of Twenty Millions

Good People,

All is well from our perch. We are happy to be back in the Visitor Center and out from living the movie cycle loop.  Ask the Foundation or VC staff to recite from memory any of the movies’ narratives or play the tasty licks from the score.  It’s all ingrained into our memory  Once again, many thanks to our volunteer work crew who sweated a wonderful luster on the VC desk..  I recommend you stop by to check it out.  Now that the VC is refreshed we envision the space to house temporary exhibits and highlight the view.  We plan to fine tune the space over the next 6 months.     

Volunteer Recruitment, August 23rd 6:00pm

Please spread to your worlds. Also if you would like to come up for this event and interact with perspective volunteers please do so.  Stories coming from you allow the newbies good insight to our program.  Your presence adds great value to the recruitment and we can get more suckers to enjoy this wonderful place.  Please show up if you want to hang.

Open Tower, August 25th  10:00 to 4:00

Bring the stories of ye Old Point Loma Light to life as visitors eagerly wait to claw their ways up to the lantern.  Assist in the flow, provide history, or dress to the nines and provide some colorful interaction with the visitors.  If you think you are not up to snuff with your factoids, we will have a lighthouse continuing education session on August 24th at 6:30pm.  We will BBQ, play some old timey music, and put wrinkles in our brains.  If you plan to help for the 25th I strongly recommend you come out for the 24th to get refreshed and have a good old-time with the lighthouse as our backdrop.  If you can come to the events please email “Point Fermin” in the subject line.

Deadline: Festival of Sail, August 29th through September 1st

Thanks to the folks that have already RSVP’d. We need some help Friday the 29th 4:00 to 7:00pm, Sunday the 31st 12:00 to 4:00 and 4:00 to 7:00pm, and Monday Sept. 1, 9:00am to 1:00pm.  Please RSVP by August 25th with “PCF 816” in the subject line.

TPERP Training September 20th and 27th

Calling all tidepool lovers.  Our annual TPERP training is set and Bonnie and the TPERP committee have a good line-up this year.  Please spread the word on this and we look forward to seeing your participation at the training.  To RSVP please email Bonnie with “Algae Vs. Plant” in the subject line.

Cabrillo Fest September 27th/28th

It is the season and the events for the fest are all lined up.  It is also the season for folks to enjoy discourse of Cabrillo’s origin.  Cabrillo comes into our historical records in 1510 as a ten-year old and that’s the best we have of an origin stories for this Iberian.  If Portuguese or Spanish historians find that birth certificate, then we can get to the specifics.  The race is on.  If you would like to help (looking for about 4 folks) with the commemoration (setup/take down of chairs mostly) on Saturday September 27th at 2:00 or want to help us on Sunday September 28th at the Submarine Base (setting up, outreach, breakdown) please email me with “My Fellow Iberian” in the subject line and we can work out a schedule.

Fall Festival at PLNU Saturday October 25th 10:00 am to 2:30 pm

Fall is coming in a trimester so we need to get organized to prepare for the festivities. If you would like to help for the event we are looking for two folks to help us outreach at PLNU.  Please email me with “Phineas Bresee” in the subject line.

Lecture Series

We look to the 2015 schedule to fill up our Series.  If you have any ideas or know of any folks that can put wrinkles in our brains please pass their information on to me.

Work Crew Leaders

If you are interested in leading and assisting large volunteer work crews, we are looking for some folks to help out.  Recently more work crews are interested in volunteering at Cabrillo and we want to foster this support.  This would require some park service training on identified projects to get you skilled, thus we are looking for a stronger commitment.  Then with your new skillz you can lead a work crew out in the Park.  We hope to host a work crew a month at Cabrillo down the road so looking for a cadre of folks to pool from.  If you are interested and would like more information email me with “Mcleod” in the subject line.

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Rails to Trails

We are working on the training dates for this program with Amtrak.  I said end of August, but more realistically let us look towards September.  Stay tuned for dates. We need a longer term commitment from you and participation in a variety of training is required.  If you can commit to this and are interested please send me an email with “Don’t throw Mama” in the subject line.

Our Friends, Supporters, and Partners

Cabrillo National Monument Conservancy

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 Cabrillo National Monument Foundation

 Maritime Museum of San Diego

Get your party on with the MMSD for a festive Fandango event.  With the San Salvador as the backdrop this should be a lively party-I heard there might be a scruffy man walking around with a mini horse to provide information, insight and buffoonery.  It is also a fundraiser for the San Salvador and future educational endeavors for San Diego yutes.

The San Diego Natural History Museum

The San Diego Natural History Museum is currently offering discounted vouchers for blue whale watching cruises on weekends between now and August 31.  Learn more at

The San Diego Natural History Canyoneer Program will begin its annual training in September, and will open the classes to Cabrillo VIPs.  Look for a separate announcement with details soon.

Coming to theNAT on January 17, 2015 is a new permanent exhibition titled Coast to Cactus in Southern California.  Go check it out when it opens; you can pick up some good continuing education credits on this one.

With shallow breaths,



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