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I hope you enjoyed the full moon the other day.  Sunsets are always great to watch but during this time of the year don’t forget to look behind you. With good inversion conditions, Cumulonimbus clouds provide a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the colors of the back sunset.  The school year is here, lots of little feet will be prancing along.  Thanks for your help and patience!

Your VIP Voice

We encourage you to subscribe to the VIP Voice to have easier access to park communication and with each other.  This is a volunteer forum and we look for your involvement and participation in making Cabrillo a better place for our communities and to learn about what we all do.

Full Time Long Term Volunteering Opportunity

If you are interested in volunteering with us for a year at 40 hours a week, I have an opportunity for you.  It is a community capacity building position focusing on alleviating poverty through community gardening.  Desirable skillsets are grant writing, background in urban gardening techniques, community outreach and the desire to make a difference.  Anyone interested must have a college degree for consideration and needs to make a strong commitment on this one.  There is a modest (our most modestly priced receptacle) financial tag associated with this position.  If you would like more information or are interested please contact me ASAP with “Vista” in the subject line. 

TPERP Training September 20th and 27th

Bonnie’s smile grows and face glows as we move closer to the date.  ‘Tis the season for the tides and a good turnout it will be.  Last chance to RSVP is this Friday. Please email Bonnie with “Algae Vs. Plant” in the subject line if you wish to attend.

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.

Open Tower, November 15th

Another Open Tower event.  We are looking for 8 to 10 folks to help us assist visitors with their experience of climbing to the top.  If you can help please send me and email with “Ida Lewis” 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.

A Big Ship, first week of October(8th or 9th), 6:30pm

Dr. Ray Ashely, CEO/President of the Maritime Museum of San Diego sails in to talk about this wooden ship called the San Salvador. He will go over the historical and contemporary facets of the ship as well as the ships aim as it starts to sail and be San Diego’s flagship.  The San Salvador is set to sail in 2015 and what an educational journey we embark upon.  More info, like a date, to follow but if you want to commit now, send me and email with “The Wipstaff” in the subject line.

The Bunkers of San Diego, November 20th, 6:30pm

Join us for an evening as we look at the layout of San Diego’s coastal defense network.  From floor plans and schematics to the individuals that stared out into the Pacific to keep the harbor safe, join us as VIP Joe, or bunker and military historian marches us into the network of concrete scattered around the hillsides.  Please RSVP with “Situation SNAFU” in the subject line.

Lighthouse Information Station

With the retrofit behind us, this contact station in the lean-to is back on-line.  Email with “LIS less” in the subject line, if you need to be refreshed on procedures or would like this to be a new addition to your Cabrillo volunteer repertoire let me know and I can add it to your volgistics profile.

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.

Our Little Sweatshop

We are in the process of establishing a sewing room in the bottom of the lighthouse based on the Waltham-Lowell System.  We have two sewing machines and a serger to produce living history attire and make other oddball things.  If you would like to help out in any capacity please email with “Gingher” in the subject line.

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

All volunteers are welcome to come to an after-hours sunset social on Friday September 12th, 5:30pm to 7:30pm. For more information go to this link:

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

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.

So much for the afterglow,


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