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Annual SAC Backpack Project Sundays, June 5-August 7, 2016

Our goal is to provide 100 backpacks filled with supplies for children and teenagers in need at the Community Resource Center in Encinitas: Local San Dieguito Schools, Stand-Up for Kids a homeless teen program in Oceanside, and Colonia Carrettas in Tijuana Mexico.

$20 donation will provide supplies for a backpack, $25 donation will provide one backpack, $45 donation will provide one filled backpack.

Types of Supplies Needed: pens, pencils, note pads, crayons, markers, rulers, calculators, paper clips, scissors, etc. For Homeless Male and Female Teens: toothbrushes, toothpaste, socks, combs, brushes, make-up, shampoo, soap or body wash, and deodorants. Gift cards appreciated.

For more information contact: Livia Walsh at or Liz Young at

June 26, 2016: Tea and Crafts, 6:00-8:00pm in Palmer Library

The Tea and Crafts group is planning to meet on Sunday, June 26 from 4:00-6:00. Please join us. Bring any project you are working on, sip tea, and get to know some members.

July 7, 2016: Food Bank Night, 6:00-8:00pm

Join Us! Just 20 minutes from UUFSD. It’s always from 6:00 – 8:00 PM – anyone over 7 years old can help! Mostly we just put food in boxes on an assembly line or bag fresh produce – really easy, no lifting, no bending, great camaraderie. In June we bagged over 9,000 lbs. of oranges and potatoes that were given to those-in-need the very next day – in JUST 2 HOURS!

This is a wonderful way of helping locally those in need and strengthening our UUFSD community as well. The San Diego Food Bank distributes over 20 million pounds of food annually to individuals, families and a network of nonprofit organizations that work to alleviate hunger throughout San Diego county. They need our help!

For more information and to Register you MUST contact Sara Ohara for the special UUFSD Group code:

July 8, 2016: Deepening Our Meditation

In this day of practice, open to anyone, we will continue to work with relaxing the body as a prelude to relaxing the mind. As we strengthen our abilities to be deeply relaxed and mindful, we will include compassion for ourselves and others. The mandala which will be created during the week of July 13-17 will be of Chenresig (Tibetan) or Avalokiteshvara (Sanskrit) who embodies limitless compassion for all sentient beings. It is fitting, therefore, that we focus our time together on those exercises which actualize this potential for compassion in each of us.

All proceeds go to the Gaden Shartse monks who will create the sand mandala. Suggested donation: $25.00

Come for the whole day or any part of it which fits your schedule. Bring a lunch and cushions for meditation or sit in a chair.

Facilitator: Christie Turner, who is a student of Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

July 8, 2016: Welcome to the Willage! 6:00-8:30pm in Founders Hall

We’ve heard it a million times — it takes a village to raise a child. But a whole lot of us raising children in the modern world are left wondering: Where’s our village?

“I miss the village I never had,” writes Bunmi Laditan. “… You’d know me and I’d know you. I’d know your children, and you’d know mine. Not just on a surface level — favorite foods, games and such — but real, true knowledge of the soul that flickers behind their eyes. I’d trust them in your arms just as much as I’d trust them in mine. They’d respect you and heed your “no” …. I miss that village I never had. The one we traded for homes that, despite being a stone’s throw, feel miles apart from each other. The one we traded for locked front doors, blinking devices and afternoons alone on the floor playing one-on-one with our little ones.”

It’s time we stop longing for the village and “will” one into being. Consider this your invitation to The Willage, a group of UUFSD parents, grandparents and friends who understand that we all need one another to get by. Our first gathering will be a “Too Tired to Cook Potluck” on Friday, July 8 from 6-8:30 p.m. Bring a dish to share (No judgment! Take-out welcome!) and meet at Founder’s Hall. We’ll trade off watching the kids at the playground while others brainstorm ways The Willage can be of service to families, whether its group beach outings (work together to minimize the schlepping!), post-Sunday service co-op childcare, “adopt-a-grandkid” for the day… the sky is the limit.

July 13-17, 2016: SACRED ARTS OF TIBET TOUR with The Monks of Gaden Shartse Phukhang Monastery, Founders Hall

Join us for a series of events including an Interfaith discussion panel, lectures,
meditation, a Tibetan Family Day and the artistic creation of a sand mandala.
From July 13-17 the monks will create the Chenrezig Sand Mandala from 9:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m. This free event will take place at UUFSD in Solana Beach at the Unitarian
Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito. The team of monks may be observed in the
process as they continue the ancient ritual of building the sand painting. Made of
powdered and dyed stone, sand, dust, flowers, and charcoal, the sand mandala will
require between 75 and 125 hours of effort, with several monks working at a time.
The sand mandala may be viewed daily throughout the creation process from
Wednesday morning through the closing ceremony on Sunday.
All events will be held in Founders Hall at UUFSD, 1036 Solana Drive, Solana Beach,
Ca 92075 (858) 755-9225 Visit for more details.

Third Friday of Every Month: DAYTIMERS Mens’ Group

Meets the third Friday of every month to share lunch and conversation. All topics and flexible format.  Roundtable Pizza, 1321 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas. All you can eat pizza and salad bar. For further info call Ben Platnik at 858-794-5324 or cell 619-987-5324.

Dates – Camp de Benneville Pines Summer Youth Camps

Be sure to sign up as soon as possible as these popular camps fill up quickly.

July 10-16: Elementary camp
July 17–23: Jr. High camp
July 24–30: Sr. High camp
July 31–August 6: Family camp

See for more information and to register.

 Dates – Upcoming Camp de Benneville Pines Adult Camps

August 13-16: Camp “Summer Break”, A Walk in the Woods with John Muir (Adult Camp)
August 13-16: Singing in the Pines (Choir Camp)
August 19-24: Art Groove
September 2-5: Young Adult Camp
September 9-11: Yoga Camp

See for more information and to register.