Posted by: Stan Russell | July 25, 2014

Living History Day at Point Sur Lightstation – August 2

From Point Sur Lightstation

Saturday, August 2, 2014
Living History Day at Point Sur Lightstation
This special event celebrates the 125th anniversary of the first lighting of the Point Sur Lighthouse in August 1889 and the 150th year of California State Parks.

Costumed Lighthouse Keepers and their wives will show you where they lived and how they worked at Point Sur.

This family friendly event will include:
Transporation to and fron the top of Point Sur Lightstation every 15 minutes
“Lighthouse Keepers” and their “wives” talking about their lives at Point Sur
A visit to the lighthouse and a chance to climb the tower
Pre-electric-era crafts and games for kids and adults.
A scavenger hunt.
Story-telling and singing; shipwrecks, children’s stories, and sea chanties.
Flag raising, lowering and folding for the kids led by a Lighthouse Keeper
Visits to the barn, blacksmith shop and Head Keeper’s Quarters
Picnicking will be allowed (bring your own food)

When
Saturday, August 2, 2014
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Last van to the top at 2:00 PM

Cost
$25 for adults
$15 for children
(All proceeds go toward the restoration of Point Sur’s historic structures)

Where
Point Sur State Historic Park
19 miles outh of Rio Road, Carmel
3 miles north of Andrew Molera State Park, Big Sur

More about Point Sur at http://www.pointsur.org

PDF is attached if you would like to print this out to display in your place of business.

Living_History_Day.pdf

Posted by: Stan Russell | July 25, 2014

Latest News from The Henry Miller Library

Latest News from The Henry Miller Library

October 5th – The Long-Awaited Big Sur Redwood Auction!
Remember back in 2012 when the giant 200-foot redwood fell? Remember when we cut up the slabs with the help of local lumberjacks Warren and Christian? Remember when we said we’d auction off some of these incredible old-growth redwood slabs? Well the time has come! Pencil in Sunday, October 5th for the grand auction! To check out photos or make a bid, please visit bigsurredwood.wordpress.com

Big Sur Sound and Story Rolls On – One Month to Go!
The world’s best (and only?) outdoor audio listening series enters August with some amazing curators lined up: Radiotopia (July 27), Snap Judgment (August 3), The Truth (August 10th), Wiretap (August 17), and 360 Documentaries (August 24)! That’s right: That’s right: sit back, close your eyes, and listen to incredible audio stories under the redwoods. Bring a layer (and a pillow!) Doors always at 8 pm. Free admission (donations accepted.) So far it has been amazing, ask the folks who’ve made it here! More info here: bigsursoundandstory.wordpress.com

(And of course, don’t forget Movie Nights every Thursday till the end of August!)

Philip Glass Days and Nights at the Library – Sept 25 and 26th!
It’s that time of year again: the Philip Glass Days and Nights Festival returns to Carmel and Big Sur! We’ll be hosting two events. Sept 25th – Screening of "Visitors" with Q&A with director Godfrey Reggio and Philip Glass. Sept 26th – An evening with Philip Glass and Friends! Tickets at at http://www.henrymiller.org (go to ‘upcoming events’ which also includes the Film and Sound and Story schedules).

Hope to see you!

Sarah, Mike and Magnus

Posted by: Stan Russell | July 22, 2014

State Park Activities July 26-29

State Park Activities

Park Day use fees apply for nature walks and activities.

~JUNIOR RANGERS & RANGER CUBS Every Day see Junior Ranger flyer

Saturday, July 26th
11:00 a.m.
Nature Walk “California Sunshine- Pfeiffer Falls”
Join Danielle on a walk to learn about how availability of light and moisture determine the varying plant communities in different parts of Big Sur. Wear sturdy shoes and meet at the Redwood Deck for this moderate hike up to Pfeiffer Falls.

2:00 p.m.
River Walk “Dam Busting”
Meet Sara at the campground store for a peek into the secret life in the Big Sur River. We will discover steelhead rainbow trout and find out how you can help these threatened fish in the their natural habitat. Wear your river shoes for this half-hour program.

8:30 p.m.
Nature Walk “Creatures of the Night”
Join Park Interpreter Sara for a peek into the night life of Big Sur. Discover how animals use their senses in the dark during this one hour program. Wear warm clothes and bring a flashlight (with a red mode if you have one) This is an easy 2/3 mile dog and stroller friendly walk. Meet at the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Day Use Lot #1.

Sunday, July 27
9:00 a.m.
Nature Walk “Discovering Pfeiffer Falls”
Meet Park Interpreter Sara for a moderate hike up the Valley View trail to the base of Pfeiffer Falls. This is a 1 1/4 mile one-way walk to the waterfall. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes for this one and a half hour hike. Meet at the Redwood Deck in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

2:00 p.m.
Nature Walk “Redwood Resilience”
Join Sarah in learning about the resilience of coast redwoods to wildfire and see the rejuvenation of the forest after December’s Pfeiffer Fire. Meet at the Buzzard’s Roost Trailhead.

Monday, July 28
3:00 p.m.
Nature Walk “A Bird’s Eye View”
Learn about the different habitats and the birds that live in them along the Valley View Trail. Wear sturdy shoes, and meet Sarah at the Redwood Deck, next to the Big Sur Lodge for this moderate morning hike.

Tuesday, July 29
8:30 p.m.
Nature Walk “Ghosts of Big Sur” Join Sarah for a 45 minute program including a short walk down to the river. Dress warmly and meet in Day Use Lot #1 to hear ghost stories from around the area.

Special Tours, Museums and Visitor Centers

Point Sur Lightstation State Historic Park Tours

“Walking Tour into the Past” Volunteer led, three-hour walking tour on paved road. The walk is less than a mile but with a rise in elevation of 300’. Meet along the West Side of Highway 1, ¼ mile north of Pt. Sur Naval facility. Arrive early. Tour size limited.

Tours- Saturday: 10 am, 2 pm, Sunday: 10 am, and Wednesday: 10 am, 2 pm and Thursday at 10 am.

Admission Adult: $12.00; Ages 6-17: $5.00; Age 5 and under: free.

Molera Ranch House Museum
Find out what it was like to live in Big Sur 100 years ago? Located at Andrew Molera State Park, the Ranch House is open for visitors Thursday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Ernst Ewoldsen Nature Center
Located near the Pfeiffer Falls/Valley View trailhead is open for visitors Friday through Monday from 10:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m. when a volunteer is available. Come discover what lives here!

California Condor Discovery Center
Come learn about the magnificent condors and the reintroduction program run by the Ventana Wildlife Society. The center is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located at Andrew Molera State Park.

Thank you for visiting Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Please be patient as we work to re-open areas of the park after the Basin Complex Fire of 2008, Pfeiffer Fire of 2013 and winter mudflows. Oak Grove and Pfeiffer Falls trails remain closed due to damages. Please stay out of all closed areas.

Posted by: Stan Russell | July 16, 2014

Would You Like to Learn How to BACKPACK?

Would You Like to Learn How to BACKPACK?

The Los Padres Forest Association (LPFA) presents …

Backpacking Basics Course?
July 19, 2014 12-2 PM?
Big Sur Ranger Station Hwy. 1?
(½ mi. south of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park)

This event is FREE to the visiting public.

Learn about PREPARATION, GEAR, SAFETY, TRAIL ETIQUETTE & MORE

VWA Volunteer Wilderness Rangers Anne Canright and Lynn Moncher will be teaching LEAVE NO TRACE & Wilderness Ethics! Learn your role in protecting the future of our forests!

The discussion also will include:?
● Big Sur Hike Recommendations (Day hikes & multi-day trips)?
● Books, Maps & Big Sur Merchandise?
● Ways to get involved with TRAIL MAINTENANCE & CONSERVATION in the Big Sur backcountry.

LPFA is hosting this event in collaboration with the Ventana Wilderness Alliance.

Los Padres Forest Association – Big Sur Station – (831) 667-2315

From Supervisor Dave Potter’s office
Good Morning,

Please note on your calendars; the 7/25/14 BSMAAC meeting has been rescheduled to Friday, October 31, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in Lodge Conference Center, Pfeiffer State Park. Please also note on your calendars that the November 21st meeting has been cancelled. The quarterly BSMAAC meetings will resume in 2015 and we will forward the calendar as soon as we have secured the 2015 dates.

Thank you,

Jayne Mohammadi
Aide to Supervisor Dave Potter
County of Monterey, Board of Supervisors
(831) 647-7755
(831) 647-7708

The miracle is this – the more we share, the more we have. ~Leonard Nimoy

From Henry Miller Memorial Library

Today (Wed) starts a FIVE-day stretch of fantastic summer fun at the HML! Check it:
* Wed – Ping Pong Championship! Noon-6 pm.
* Thurs – Big Sur International Short Film Screening Series <https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Sur-International-Short-Film-Screening-Series/278990888233> ! Starting at 8 pm.
* Fri – Live music with Desert Center and Mikey Selbicky, 7:30 pm
* Sat – Camp Anastroca! Music, dance, food, and more! 11 am – 11 pm.
* Sun – Jackie Bristow in concert – 3 pm
* Sun night – Big Sur Sound and Story <https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Sur-Sound-and-Story/208165336054083> with The Dinner Party Download <https://www.facebook.com/dinnerpartydownload> !! 8 pm
All events except * are free (donations appreciated.) Questions? Call us! 831-667-2574.
Reserve your spot to events by clicking here:http://www.eventbrite.com/o/henry-miller-memorial-library-440462807

From Point Sur Lighthouse
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Visitors are invited to tour Point Sur during a special Living History Event celebrating Point Sur Lighthouse’s 125th anniversary.
Ghost Tours dates have been announced.
http://www.pointsur.org/

From Big Sur Chamber of Commerce

Remember that State Parks has sponsored activities for the whole family and your guests.

http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/campfire-program.html

More local events and music calendar
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/events.html

Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
http://www.TheBigSurBlog.com

Posted by: Stan Russell | July 11, 2014

ROAD AND LANE CLOSURES SCHEDULED FOR JULY 13 ­ JULY 20

From: Grant Leonard [mailto:grant]
Sent: Friday, July 11, 2014 12:32 PM
To: Grant Leonard
Subject: NEWS RELEASE: TAMC Cone Zone Report for July 13 – July 20

Date: Friday, July 11, 2014
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Grant Leonard (TAMC)
Phone: (831) 775-4402

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TAMC CONE ZONE REPORT
ROAD AND LANE CLOSURES SCHEDULED FOR JULY 13 – JULY 20

MONTEREY COUNTY – Here are the major scheduled road and lane closures for Monterey County from Sunday, July 13, through Sunday, July 20, 2014 – newest information is in red. Please keep in mind that construction work is weather-dependent.

Highway 1 – Big Sur – Carmel: July 13 – July 18
Night time striping and markings replacement along Highway 1 at multiple locations from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

The locations are:
Sunday, July 13 – Carmel River Bridge to just north of Garrapata Creek Bridge
Monday, July 14 – Yankee Point Drive/Malpaso Rd. to just south of Hurricane Point
Tuesday, July 15 – Garrapata Creek Bridge to south of Molera Park Entrance
Wednesday, July 16 – South of Bixby Creek Bridge to Grimes Canyon
Thursday, July 17 – North of Molera Park Entrance to Grimes Canyon
Work hours are 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Sundays
Work will result in reversing one-way traffic control.
Motorists can expect delays of approximately 15 minutes.

Highway 1 –South Coast: July 15 – July 18
Daytime work along Highway 1 between Pacific Valley and Vicente Creek Bridge from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Motorists can expect delays of approximately 15 minutes.

Highway 1 – Big Sur: July 17 – July 18
Daytime shoulder work along Highway 1 between the Big Sur Maintenance Station and Garrapata Ridge Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Motorists can expect delays of approximately 10 minutes

Highway 1 – Big Sur: July 15
Daytime pavement repair along Highway 1 between the Big Sur State Park Entrance and Hurricane Point from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Motorists can expect delays of approximately 10 minutes

Highway 1 – Monterey: July 16
Daytime bridge work along southbound Highway 1 between Aguajito Road and Iris Canyon Road from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Motorists can expect delays of approximately 10 minutes

Highway 68 – Salinas: July 16
Daytime utility work along westbound Highway 68 / South Main Street between San Joaquin Street and San Miguel Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Motorists can expect delays of approximately 5 minutes

Today’s Date: Wednesday, July 9, 2014
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Susana Z Cruz (bilingual) or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or 549-3189

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OVERNIGHT STRIPING AND MARKING ALONG HIGHWAY 1 FROM BIG SUR TO CARMEL BEGINS SUNDAY

MONTEREY COUNTY – An overnight project to replace the striping and marking, also known as thermoplastic traffic stripe, along Hwy. 1 from just south of Castro Canyon Bridge in Big Sur to the Carmel River Bridge in Carmel will begin Sunday, July 13 at 7 pm, Caltrans officials have announced.

Below is the schedule for the first week:

· Sunday, July 13 – Carmel River Bridge to just north of Garrapata Creek Bridge
· Monday, July 14 – Yankee Point Drive/Malpaso Rd. to just south of Hurricane Point
· Tuesday, July 15 – Garrapata Creek Bridge to south of Molera Park Entrance
· Wednesday, July 16 – South of Bixby Creek Bridge to Grimes Canyon
· Thursday, July 17 – North of Molera Park Entrance to Grimes Canyon

Roadwork will consist of reversing one-way traffic control from 7 pm to 7 am Monday through Thursday and from 8 pm to 7 am on Sundays. No work on Friday or Saturday nights. Motorists can expect a delay not to exceed 10 minutes. This project is expected to be complete by the end of July.

The contractor for this $300,000 construction project is Cal Stripe, Inc. from Colton, CA.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway construction zones.

For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in Monterey County, residents can call the District 5 toll freenumber at 1-877-448-6771 or can visit our website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm#mon

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From Henry Miller Memorial Library

Today (Sat) at the Library – 3:00 pm: Mickey Muennig: Dreams and Realizations for a Living Architecture book release and signing!


Please join Mickey in celebrating the publication of this, the first monograph of his work, at the Henry Miller Library, on Saturday, July 5th, at 3 pm. Admission is free.
This gorgeous book features the work and essays of Mickey. As many of you know, Mickey is a world-renowned proponent of organic architecture. He designed the Post Ranch Inn, reconstructed the Esalen Institute baths, and designed numerous homes and other spaces here in Big Sur.

Check out some of his incredible work below.

This is a historic day for us, so again, please join us!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1409593305995867/

http://www.henrymiller.org

Posted by: Stan Russell | July 1, 2014

State Park Activities for 4th of July Weekend

State Park Activities for 4th of July Weekend

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park sponsored activities run from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Park day use fees apply for nature walks and activities.

Junior Ranger and Ranger Cubs Program & Activities

Hey, Junior Rangers!
Who: Kids ages 7-12 only
When: Monday – Thursday and Saturday at 10:00 A.M.
Where: Meet staff at the Redwood Deck in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park adjacent to the Big Sur Lodge restaurant.
What: An hour of fun games and activities about the Big Sur environment.

Hey, Ranger Cubs!
Who: Kids ages 6 and under (with parents)
When: Monday – Thursday and Saturday at 11:30 A.M.
Where: Meet staff at the Redwood Deck in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park adjacent to the Big Sur Lodge restaurant.
What: A half-hour of story telling, games and activities.

Activities For The Whole Family

Saturday, July 5th
1:00 p.m.
Nature Walk: “Big Sur through the Ages”
Discover how natural and cultural forces have shaped the landscape and the people who have lived here. Visit John Pfeiffer’s Homestead cabin, see some of the effects of recent fire activity and look for threatened Steelhead Trout. Wear river shoes if you want to get wet. Meet Park Interpreter Sara at the green fire gate near Day Use Lot #3.

3:00 p.m.
Nature Walk “Discovering Pfeiffer Falls”
Meet Park Interpreter Sara for a moderate hike up the Valley View trail to the base of Pfeiffer Falls. This is a 1 1/4 mile one-way walk to the waterfall. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes for this one and a half hour hike. Meet at the Redwood Deck in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

8:30 p.m.
Nature Walk “Creatures of the Night”
Join Park Interpreter Sara for a peek into the night life of Big Sur. Discover how animals use their senses in the dark during this one hour program. Wear warm clothes and bring a flashlight (with a red mode if you have one) This is an easy 2/3 mile dog and stroller friendly walk. Meet at the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Day Use Lot #1.

Sunday, July 6th
11:00 a.m.
Children’s Nature Walk: “Flower Power- The plants of Big Sur”
Join Sara for an hour of fun games, and a little walking. Discover the many plants of Big Sur and how they grow. All ages welcome, meet at the Redwood Deck in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

ON-GOING TOURS AND VISITORS CENTERS

Point Sur Light Station State Historic Park Tours
“Walking Tour into the Past” Volunteer led, three-hour walking tour on paved road. The walk is less than a mile but with a rise in elevation of 300′. Meet along the West Side of Highway 1, ¼ mile north of Pt. Sur Naval facility. Arrive early. Tour size limited.

TOURS:
Saturday: 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m.,
Sunday: 10:00 a.m., and Wednesday: 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m.
Admission Adult: $12.00; Ages 6-17: $5.00; Age 5 and under: free.
www.pointsur.org

Molera Ranch House Museum
Find out what it was like to live in Big Sur 100 years ago? Located at Andrew Molera State Park, the Ranch House is open for visitors Thursday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Ernst Ewoldsen Nature Center
Located near the Pfeiffer Falls/Valley View trailhead is open for visitors Friday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m. when a volunteer is available. Come discover what lives here!

California Condor Discovery Center
Come learn about the magnificent California condors and the reintroduction program run by the Ventana Wildlife Society. The center is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located at Andrew Molera State Park.
Ventana Wildlife Society

Thank you for visiting Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Please be patient as we work to re-open areas of the park after the Basin Complex Fire of 2008, Pfeiffer Fire of 2013 and winter mudflows. Oak Grove and Pfeiffer Falls trails remain closed due to damages. Please stay out of all closed areas.

Posted by: Stan Russell | June 27, 2014

ROAD AND LANE CLOSURES SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 29 ­ JULY 6

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE TAMC CONE ZONE REPORT
ROAD AND LANE CLOSURES SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 29 – JULY 6

MONTEREY COUNTY – Here are the major scheduled road and lane closures for Monterey County from Sunday, June 29, through Sunday, July 6, 2014 – newest information is in red. Please keep in mind that construction work is weather-dependent.

Highway 1 – Big Sur Coast: July 1 – July 2
Daytime drainage work along Highway 1 between Lime Creek Bridge and Castro Canyon Bridge from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Motorists can expect delays of approximately 15 minutes.

Highway 1 – Big Sur: July 1 – July 2
Daytime paving along Highway 1 between the Juan Higuera Creek Bridge and the Andrew Molera Park entrance from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Motorists can expect delays of approximately 15 minutes

Highway 1 – Big Sur: July 1 – July 2
Daytime shoulder work along Highway 1 between Hurricane Point and Palo Colorado from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Motorists can expect delays of approximately 15 minutes

Highway 1 – Carmel Highlands: July 1 – July 2
Daytime drainage work along Highway 1 between Granite Canyon Bridge and Arroyo Del Mar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Motorists can expect delays of approximately 10 minutes

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