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Community Action staff have always been innovative and creative-- especially when it comes to stretching a modest budget to make the greatest impact possible or creating surprising collaborative partnerships across the community.
SLO Grown is an example of just such ingenuity! In the late 1970s, CAPSLO, then known as the Economic Opportunity Commission of San Luis Obispo County, created a community-based music competition and fundraiser. Local musicians composed and submitted original songs about San Luis Obispo and the winners were featured on locally recorded, produced, and pressed vinyl records that were sold to raise money to support program activities. Local graphic artists competed to be featured on the cover. SLO Grown #1 was co-produced by KZOZ and features a rare and original recording of a song by Alfred Yankovic-- better known as Weird Al!
The first song on SLO Grown #2 is written and performed by Louie Ortega, a grammy-nominated artist and long time friend of Community Action who has contributed his time and talents for the Annual Afternoon of Epicurean Delights fundraiser, the California Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association Conference and the agency's 40th anniversary celebration at SLO Farmer's Market.
While it's hard to know how many records were sold or how much money was raised by SLO Grown, the memories and songs created by the project are priceless! CAPSLO recently tracked down the original vinyl recordings and is having them digitized so that they can be shared and enjoyed once again! Stay tuned for the re-release of these Community Action treasures-- a listening link and full album artwork will be shared soon!
Youth participants from CAPSLO's Project Teen Health (PTH) Club at Santa Maria High School submitted and were awarded a grant request from the Fund for Santa Barbara's Youth Making Change grant program to launch a school wellness intiative this past February.
Members of the Project Teen Health Club had improved their knowledge of healthy nutrition through participating in PTH programming, and felt the need to advocate for healthier food options in their school cafeteria based on what they had learned. Each month PTH Club Members hosted a booth with food samples providing education about different health topics such as Rethink Your Drink and MyPlate. They also posted motivational and educational messages about fitness in the bulletins and on posters around campus.
A new state law mandates that every public school have a wellness policy, and Santa Maria High School did not have one yet. PTH Club members educated their peers, created awareness about the law and recruited advocates to attend the district's first-ever Wellness Policy Meeting. With support from staff and their Youth Making Change grant, PTH Club students created a survey about the cafeteria food on campus and received 175 responses. They presented the results at Santa Maria Joint Union School District's inaugural Wellness Policy Committee meeting in front of a variety of school staff, community members, a school board member, and the district's assistant superintendent.
The survey found that 72% of the students reported eating regularly in the cafeteria. The top three words used to describe food served in the cafeteria: Nasty, OK, and Unhealthy. Students reported salads and sandwiches were "the best options" eaten in the cafeteria because they appear more "real" and they can be customized. The worst foods in the cafeteria? Nachos, popcorn shrimp, and fried fish. Changes students wanted to see included more fresh food cooked in the school kitchen, fresh fruit options such as watermelon, strawberries, and fruit cups, and a larger variety of food throughout the week.
Based on the results from the survey, PTH Club youth hope to provide nutrition facts on foods in the cafeteria so students can make more informed choices. They also reached out to the Food Services Director to share feedback and advocate for change. PTH Club will continue to review policy language and promote to students by giving other district high schools the school lunch survey, inviting them to report at the next meeting, and invite ASB officers to the next meeting. In addition, two PTH Club youth will be serving on their district's new Wellness Policy Committee.
While it is too soon to tell what institutional changes to cafeteria food might come from these efforts, the students involved with the PTH Club are empowered and will be able to transfer these new found presentation and advocacy skills on campus and throughout their community.
With nearly $2.9 million dollars raised, the capital campaign for the new homeless services center at 40 Prado Road is getting ready for its public launch! The center at 40 Prado will combine emergency shelter services and day services currently being provided at two locations – Maxine Lewis Shelter and Prado Day Center – and will also eliminate the need for overflow sheltering at local churches and synagogue. The center at 40 Prado will streamline current programs at a significant cost savings over time. Case management is the cornerstone of this innovative center, putting individuals and families on a path that will lead to self-sufficiency. First-time clients receive individualized plans, with a focus on permanent supportive housing
The following video, produced for 40Prado.org, offers a glimpse into who we serve and why we need the support of the community to help build the new center! The video closes with a call to text slohomeless to 51555. By participating, you will be provided with updates on the campaign's progress, including future opportunities to participate. Text messaging rates do apply and you may opt out at any time! Thank you for your support!
Tickets are now on sale for an Afternoon of Epicurean Delights (AED), the Central Coast event that keeps people coming back year after year. We will be celebrating the 29th year of this spectacular event on Sunday, June 5th. The historic Chapman House by the Sea in Shell Beach will open its gates and welcome guests from 11:30 to 3:30.
Please join us for a day filled with music, lovely gardens, panoramic ocean views and renowned food and beverages.
Get your tickets early, as we sold out last year. We don‛t want you to find yourself standing outside the gate looking in at the exquisite Estate grounds and wishing that you were inside.
Tickets are $125.00 and may be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets, or directly from the Community Action Partnership Health & Prevention Division office: phone (805) 544-2498. Complimentary shuttles start at 11:00 am from Shell Beach Elementary School and Pismo Beach City Hall.
For those not living on the Central Coast, an Afternoon of Epicurean Delights has become the best excuse for a get-away weekend.
Sincere gratitude to all of our supporters
The 29th annual Afternoon of Epicurean Delights (AED) will be celebrated on Sunday, June 5th 2016. This spectacular event will be held from 11:30 to 3:30 on the tranquil and picturesque grounds of the historic Chapman House by the Sea, nestled on the bluffs of the Pacific Ocean in Shell Beach. Proceeds benefit the Health & Prevention Division of Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, which provides medical, educational & advocacy services for over 10,000 under-served families, women, men and youth throughout our county.
Guests at the event are invited to stroll through the serene gardens, take in the panoramic ocean views, and sit poolside while tasting food and beverages from SLO County's most renowned and award winning restaurants, caterers, wineries, breweries, and confectioners. Guests will also enjoy a variety of live music and can participate in a silent auction with items featuring local art, hand-crafted jewelry, premium and reserve wines, get-away weekends, gift baskets, and much more.
Fifty plus of the most renowned food and beverage purveyors will be participating in the event.
Please park at Shell Beach Elementary School or Pismo Beach City Hall to take a complimentary shuttle to the event.
Shuttles will start at 11:00 am and run until 4:00 pm. Thanks for taking the shuttle, as this will help to not impact the Shell Beach community.
Afternoon of Epicurean Delights sold out in 2015; make sure get your tickets early!
Tickets also make great gifts!
We recommend that your print or obtain a ticket in advance, so that you will not have to wait at will-call. Click the link above to buy tickets.
If you have questions please call the Afternoon of Epicurean Delights office at (805) 544-2498.
Your support is sincerely appreciated.
Sincere gratitude to all of our supporters
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