Hi All – Do you remember when you first moved into your new home and had empty cabinets that you weren’t sure HOW you would ever fill them up…lol. 

Obviously, those cabinets were eventually filled up to overflow. That is how I felt when COVID hit us. I began walking to Avila each day with my friend Jeri and found myself with lots of spare time each day. How quickly times changed. Within a matter of a few months, I was busier than I had been working at the Center for the past ten years. All those closets that I was going to clean out and recipes I was going to try and yardwork I was going to accomplish…well, to say that most of those plans fell by the wayside would not be an exaggeration. Now the world is starting to return to our new normal, and I am not sure how I can go back to life before COVID…and my boys, Buddy and Bugz, will not be happy…or will they? Surely, Bugz will find another pillow or doggie blanket to chew up in my absence. 

I am confident that the Community Center will be allowed to reopen soon, so I am looking for ways to raise some funds to help us. The Center will be available for rental and activities such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Cuesta Emeritus classes, and San Luis Coastal School District Adult Education exercise programs will be returning. 

If you haven’t become a member or renewed your membership for 2021, please do so now…we really need your support. I am not sure when we will be able to host one of our fundraisers, but I will keep you informed. Another way to support the Center is to purchase a Healing Garden Commemorative Engraved paver. 

You can also help us by enrolling in the Ralphs Community Rewards Program. All you have to do is go online to ralphs.com and select the Avila Beach Civic Association (AS854). A percentage of your purchases will be donated by Ralphs to the ABCA to help support the Community Center and our programs and activities. The Kroger Co. Family of Stores is committed to bringing hope and help to the local neighborhoods they call home. I hope that you will sign up and help us raise funds.

Finally, if you are interested in getting more involved in your community and the Center, please contact me at (805)801-4114 or avilabeachcc@gmail.com. 

Your help will be greatly appreciated!