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July 2, 2015:  Food Bank Volunteer Night

Food Bank Volunteer Night – Thursday July 2
Join us at the San Diego Food Bank in the Miramar area; 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 the words of one of our very wise UUFSD young helpers, Cameron, we did “Amazingly Well” in June we bagged enough potatoes for 2,888 meals for those in-need – in just 2 hours! We can’t solve all the world’s problems but we can make a difference right here, right now, one small effort at a time.

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!

Email Sara Ohara TO REGISTER and for more information:

2015 Summer Youth Camps at Camp de Benneville Pines

Mark your calendars now!

Elementary Camp – “Come As You Are”, July 5-July 11
Counselor-in-Training Program, July 5-July 11
Junior High – “Express Yourself”, July 12-July 18
Senior High – “Camp TUUne”, July 19-July 25
Family Camp – “Creating Joy!”, July 26-August 1

For more information and to register, visit

All Fellowship Memorial Day and 4th of July Campouts at Mt Laguna

We are camping out July 2nd – 5th at the El Prado Group Site, “Buckwheat”.

Typically some folks arrive on the first day (after 2PM), and others come up the next day. We will have the Community Stew dinner Saturday evening. Everyone brings something for the stewpots (traditional beef, chicken and vegetarian) and a side dish (appetizers, wine, salad, bread, dessert) to share. The results are always tasty and no one goes hungry. The rest of the meals are on a family basis.

There are some really nice hikes right from camp. Mountain bikes are good, too. The kids enjoy playing ball and hide and seek in the meadow. Outdoor toys are great, as are some quiet games (cards, etc.) for hiding in the tent from the adults. Mostly everybody yaks until they are hoarse (Hoarse Heaven).

Nights tend to be a bit chilly, but the days are warm. There is potable water at the campsites and pit toilets. Don’t like to sleep out, come up for the day on Saturday and stay to enjoy the Community Stew. You can get home by 10PM or so.

Email or call Joey ( 858-837-3103) if you have questions or to get your name on the camper list. We will be asking every family to pay $30 for the site for the weekend. Please pay your host, Joey, before you leave. Singles pay what you think is fair, and day trippers please kick in $5.00 each. You can Paypal me : Or you can bring cash/check when you arrive.

Directions & Map

From San Diego, drive east on the I-8 about 50 miles to the Laguna Junction exit for the Sunrise Highway. Turn north on the Sunrise highway and drive approximately 15 miles north to Laguna/El Prado Campground, just beyond the 26 mile marker. Or there is a more scenic route through Julian that might take you a bit longer.  GPS: 32.88694, -116.45556 32°53’13″N, 116°27’20″W

Thanks, Joey Elwell

Generosity Sunday, July 19, 2015: For the Encinitas Community Resource Center

The Community Resource Center (CRC) is a nonprofit social services agency serving residents throughout coastal North San Diego County. CRC is dedicated to helping women and children, individuals, and families live safe, self-sufficient lives by providing critical assistance in the areas of domestic violence services, food programs, and emergency and transitional housing assistance. The UUFSD staffs the CRC Food Pantry every Thursday morning; we prepare backpacks for the children of the CRC’s Battered Women’s Program; have a weekly food collection for the food pantry, and we have one major food collection event every year to provide essential foodstuffs in short supply.

Annual SAC Backpack Project

Our goal to provide 60 backpacks filled with supplies for children and teenagers in need at the Community Resource Center in Encinitas for the children in the Battered Women’s Shelter, Stand-Up for Kids a homeless teen program in Oceanside, and Colonia Carrettas in Tijuana Mexico.

Your $20 donation will provide supplies for a backpack – $25 donation will provide one backpack$45 donation will provide one filled backpack. Bring your donations of new and gently used backpacks, school supplies, cash/check or gift cards to the core area on Sundays, June 7th – August 9th.

Types of Supplies: 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.
For more information contact: Livia Walsh at or Liz Young at

August 21-27, 2015:  Professional Artists Lead “Art Groove” Adult Summer Workshops at de Benneville Pines

This will be the eighth time around for de Benneville Pines annual art camp, but this year exciting changes will make it an even better and more enriching experience. The week long program’s new name, “Art Groove,” reflects expanded opportunities for learning, creativity…and fun! Five main class subjects will be offered: life drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Each camper will choose an area of study, receiving expert instruction from a highly recognized artist within that field. Materials are provided, and teaching accommodates all levels of experience from beginner to advanced. Attendance for each class is limited to 16, so instructors can give individual attention to each student.

Following these daily morning sessions and lunch in the lodge, campers will be free to experience a variety of afternoon workshops led by experts: calligraphy, acrylic painting, anatomy for artists, canvas stretching, shadows and shading techniques, photography, art book construction and more. Early each evening, an instructor from one of the five class disciplines speaks on the subject, “My Life as an Artist.”

The Art Groove experience is customizable to each camper’s preferences. Attendees may also blend art instruction with classic de Benneville summer pleasures such as hiking, swimming, yoga, dancing and, or course, relaxation under the pines. Dinner in the lodge offers a time to discuss the day’s activities, and evening “Art Jams” feature movies, discussion groups, and even more outlets for artistic expression. Throughout the six days of camp, art will be displayed in a spirit of sharing and learning, culminating in a special exhibit on the final evening.

Visit for more information, including instructor profiles, scenes from prior art camps and samples of student art. Early registration is recommended to reserve a space in this popular adults-only “learning vacation.” Dates are from August 21-27. The cost of $950 includes instruction, workshops, materials, food, lodging and all standard activities available at de Benneville Pines. To register, go to and click on “register for camp” or email For questions or to register by phone, please call (909) 794-1252. Get in the Art Groove this summer!

​For brochures and mor​e details, contact Greg Brown:,  mobile 760-994-5317. Tuition discount available until the end of June!

September 8, 2015: The Pleasures of Poetry

“The Pleasures of Poetry,” a writing workshop, will meet again at UUFSD on Tuesdays starting September 8, 2015 from noon to 3:00 pm. We may have one or two openings for poets who want to join the 10-week fall term. We’ll consider writers with any level of experience. If you write and can meet on Tuesdays, noon to 3 pm, this may be for you. To apply send 2 or 3 of your best poems to Harry Griswold ( as soon as possible. Ask Mark Tuller of the Fellowship about his workshop experiences.

September 12, 2015: A Taste of UU – Food & Music Festival

A Taste of UU – Food & Music Festival, September 12, 2015 from 4-8 PM — Join UUs from across the county at this summer celebration at UUFSD sponsored by the San Diego UU Network (SUUN). There will be great food and live music with Chalice’s Grunnion Run + other great UU musicians. Childcare will be provided (for ages 5 and younger). Registration is required — Questions? Contact Vicky at

November 7, 2015: CABARET & CABERNET

Please join us for CABARET & CABERNET Concert featuring two of our well-loved and talented UU musicians, Chris Hassett & Drew Massicot. Enjoy a glass of wine and homemade treats while visiting with friends before the concert in Founders Hall (7:30 – 9:00 PM). The concert is jointly sponsored by UUFSD and SUUN (the San Diego UU Network). Order discounted early bird tickets ($15)  HERE $20 at door. More information to follow. View the Flyer HERE.

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.