Today’s Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
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



MONTEREY COUNTY (CARMEL/BIG SUR) – The Big Sur International Marathon will be run along Highway 1 beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 26. The race will start in Big Sur and will end at Rio Road in Carmel.

Traffic on Highway 1 will be restricted from 6:00 am until 1:30 pm from Sycamore Canyon Road to Carmel Valley Road. While the southbound lane is closed for the race, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will use the northbound lane to lead caravans of traffic in alternating directions at three different intervals during this time. The CHP will also manage a closure for left turns from Carmel Valley Road onto southbound Hwy. 1 from 3:30 am until 1:30 pm. Therefore, motorists traveling in both directions should expect delays of up to two hours.

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

To find out further information about the marathon, please call (831) 625-6226 or visit the official race website

For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in Monterey County, residents can call the District 5 toll free number at 1-877-448-6771 or can visit our website at:


The Big Sur Chamber of Commerce has a page with information supplied by BSIM which includes the Race Day Caravan Schedule, course map and more here:

Posted by: Stan Russell | April 13, 2015

It’s a Wild Life – Saturday, April 18 & Sunday, April 19

It’s a Wild Life
A Big Sur neighborhood get together!!! Tell your friends.

A special screening of a new and gorgeous film by Karen and Kennan Ward. A film that is the result of six years being immersed in the wild landscapes of Big Sur – and it is stunning!

PLEASE NOTE: Saturday night is SOLD OUT

Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19
7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
7.30 Door and Music.
8:00 Mark Readdie (Resident Director Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve) intro
8:05 Kennan, Karen and Feynner presents
8:15 It’s A Wild Life begins
9:45 After party?

This is your chance to see it ‘at home,’ where it should be seen, at the Henry Miller Library outdoor movie theatre, and presented both evenings by the film makers Karen and Kennan Ward!

Beautiful sound and image, a redwood grove & the stars above. No better place in the world to see this amazing film!!!

Please tell your friends! (share below)

This will sell out so do get your tickets now.
Click on the dates above or call

“You haven’t seen Big Sur until you have seen this movie.”
US Congressman, Sam Farr, Representing California’s Central Coast (CA-20)

Two nights:
Saturday April 18 and Sunday April 19.
Tickets are $15/person (12 and under free!)

This will sell out so get your tickets now by calling 667-2574 or online at

Very limited seating.
Please carpool and park sensibly.

More about the film here:

Join us Saturday or Sunday, April 18 & 19, 2015 for an exclusive screening of “It’s a Wild Life” a feature film made by Kennan and Karen Ward

Karen and Kennan will be presenting their film and stay for a Q&A “You haven’t seen Big Sur until you have seen this movie.” US Congressman, Sam Farr, Representing California’s Central Coast (CA-20) Yes – this is the film you may have heard of already – one we have been longing to show at the Library with our big screen and great sound! Kennan and Karen Ward stayed in Big Sur for over six years, mainly at Big Creek, to do this portrait. The result is stunning. Please come and sit back under the redwoods for what will be a truly wild story. (In part told by Feynner Arias!) In the film we’ll see the remote wilderness where a family of endangered condors raise a chick high in a redwood tree, witness a one-eyed bobcat as she learns new hunting techniques in a struggle to survive… Experience the beauty of this wild coast with a man who has made this rugged environment his home for thirty years. Discover the unique and hidden secrets of this wild land we call Big Sur! More details here: Gorgeous TRAILER HERE: $15.00 Very limited seating! * Please carpool. PLEASE NOTE: You have to make reservation. Without a reservation you will not be granted entry.* We will sell out. No need to print out tickets; it will be will call, so just bring your ID. Bring your own snacks and drinks if you like. We have coffee, tea and our famous Pop Corn. To learn more about this fantastic film, please visit the film’s Facebook page and Welcome! * We have a strict limit on attendance due to the new rules. Have questions about “It’s a Wild Life” feature film by Kennan and Karen Ward (Night 1 of 2)? Contact Henry Miller Memorial Library

Third Annual
Big Sur Earth Day Fair
Sunday April 12, 2015 from 1 – 5
Henry Miller Memorial Library
48603 Hwy One, Big Sur

*In case of rain, the Fair will be held at the Grange*
Hwy 1 & Juan Higuera Creek
Please carpool, take bus line 22 stops @ Nepenthe @12:15, lvs 4 pm
Come help us celebrate Earth Day:
Take a tour through the CHEERS Trash Museum (as seen on tv)
Make a smoothie by pedaling a bike

​View the environmental displays
See the up-cycled treasures for purchase
Participate in the Earth Games – for adults & children of all ages
Let your small children play in the preschool area

Enjoy fresh, organic, yummy foods and nutritious beverages
Experience our surprise musical masters of ceremony, drums, guitars and singers.

​Tour the tables and booths of the Monterey Bay Master Gardeners, Ventana Wilderness Alliance and many other local organizations
Presented by Big Sur Advocates for a Green Environment (B-SAGE)

Posted by: Stan Russell | March 20, 2015

Free Cornell University Chorus Concert at Big Sur River Inn

From Big Sur River Inn

Hello friends and neighbors,

The Cornell University Choir – 50 young women traveling from Cornell in Ithaca NY while on their California Tour, will be staying with us at the Big Sur River Inn, April 1 and they will be presenting a concert that day.

Take a look at the attached flier and please join us for this special event.

Best to you

Alan Perlmutter
General Partner
Big Sur River Inn

Posted by: Stan Russell | March 17, 2015

Big Sur Garden Gallery anniversary/Relay for Rachael

Congratulations to Big Sur Garden Gallery on their 1-year anniversary!

From Big Sur Garden Gallery

Friday, March 20th is the 1-year anniversary of my re-opening of the Big Sur Garden Gallery at Loma Vista!! To celebrate, everything storewide is going to be 15% off. Additionally, since I am on one of the five teams running the Big Sur International Marathon Relay this year to raise money for local photographer Rachael Short’s ongoing medical expenses (she was paralyzed in a car accident in 2010), I’ll be donating 5% of whatever profit I make that day to my relay team, Team Big Sur Ladies! So mark your calendars, get a deal, support local artists AND a good cause!! For more information about Rachael’s journey to recovery, check out and if you can’t make it to the shop that day, you can donate directly at
Thanks all!

Posted by: Stan Russell | February 13, 2015

From Ventana Wilderness Alliance

Pine Ridge Trailhead Volunteer Overview & Training Session
March 7, 2015 10:00 AM

Please join us at the Pine Ridge Trailhead Volunteer Training Session at the Big Sur Station.

We are looking for courteous, friendly people who are willing to share a few hours of their time at least six times a year to help contact hikers and backpackers at the Pine Ridge Trailhead in the Big Sur Multi Agency Parking Lot.

This is an important volunteer position because the Pine Ridge Trail is the most heavily used trail in the Ventana Wilderness. This trail is used by thousands of hikers and backpackers every year, mainly as an access route to Sykes Camp and Sykes Hot Springs.

No hiking experience is necessary. You will be given the tools and information to communicate to hikers and backpackers about the Ventana Wilderness, the need to practice Leave No Trace Principles, and ensuring hikers know current fire restrictions and other important information.

During this training we will present an overview, duties and responsibilities, the training period, expectations, and evaluation period to become a Pine Ridge Trailhead Volunteer.

If you have any questions, or are interested in volunteering but can not make this date, please contact Sharol Sevilla @

Big Sur Station 10:00 AM
Room on the left hand side of the building when facing the entrance.

contact: Sharol Sevilla or sign up via VWA Meetup

VWA Meetup

Posted by: Stan Russell | February 8, 2015

Hwy 1 closed overnight between MM 42 & MM 10

Hello Big Sur!

8:30 PM
Just received a call from Eric DeGroodt, Caltrans District 5 Supervisor for the Big Sur area. There has a been a small rockslide on Highway 1 at MM 34.4 and the Highway will be closed overnight between MM 42 (Fullers) and MM 10 (Willow Springs Yard). It doesn’t sound like it is a bad slide but CHP recommended for safety, closing the Highway. Caltrans will have crews out at first light to clear the road.

At the moment, CHP website is indicating Highway 1 is closed from Rio Road to San Luis Obispo County line. I told Eric about this and he called CHP to have them update the CAD website to indicate where the actual closures are located. The electronic sign at Rio Road should read “Highway 1 closed 30 miles south. All Businesses Open”.

Be safe and buckle up!

Stan Russell
Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100

Posted by: Stan Russell | February 8, 2015

Annual Captain Cooper Lasagna Dinner at the Big Sur River Inn

Mark your calendars for the Annual Captain Cooper Lasagna Dinner at the Big Sur River Inn this Thursday.
Details below:

Posted by: Stan Russell | February 5, 2015

Storm to impact our area

US National Weather Service San Francisco Bay Area/Monterey California

Thursday, February 5
12:10 PM Storm Update

Everything is still on track for a stormy end to the week, although we have slightly increased rainfall forecast for all locations. The Friday commutes could be very challenging, so please allow for extra time. Remember, roads are very slick during the onset of rain after long dry spells!

A wet and windy storm is forecast to move into the area later today (Thursday) and continue through the weekend. Rainfall totals across the urban San Francisco Bay Area are expected to be 2 to 4″ of rain, 3 to 6″ in the North Bay and coastal mountains. Locally up to 10″ is possible on the higher peaks of Marin and Sonoma counties.

Locally up to 8” are possible for the coastal mountains in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. Lower rain amounts of 1.5 to 3” can be expected for the remainder of our area.

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