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Pacific View School First Of Fall Work Party Saturday, Sept. 30th
9/23/2017 Summer’s done so now that temps have cooled down it’s time to get back to gettin’ it done at PVS! This coming Saturday the 30th, 8:00 am to 12:00 noon, we will be conducting a 360-degree perimeter clean-up and landscape weeding to complement the newly installed shade cloth and professionally trimmed trees. We’ll also be prepping the verge for wildflower seeding in advance of the (hopefully) winter rains. For the interior we’ll be digging into the Reception Room (the former school library) for a thorough clean-up and organization.
At the 10-o’clock break the Encinitas Arts Culture and Ecology Alliance will be giving a short presentation to interested neighbors and volunteers, updating on recent site rehabilitation, entitlements and creating the Pacific View Academy Of Arts.
Dress comfortably with closed-toed shoes and bring a hat and gloves. Sunscreen provided. All volunteers must sign a release waiver. Under-18’s welcomed with signed consent of a parent or guardian. We’ll be offering orange slices and refreshing ambient water from our on-site atmospheric humidity extraction unit donated by Ambient Water of San Diego.
For further info contact Mark Wisniewski (760) 436-5308
8/23/17. In a public proclamation at the head of today’s Encinitas City Council meeting, Encinitas Friends of the Arts presented the appreciative EACEA Board of Directors with a check for $4000 dollars from the proceeds of the Encinitas Flea Market, co-hosted at Pacific View School the 29th of July. There were more than 30 booths selling original art and vintage artifacts, and over 1000 Flea Market attendees, according to Naimeh Tanha, EFA President.
Our thanks go to the 100 or so volunteers and vendors who worked so hard for three days in the hot sun to make the event a safe and enjoyable success: to the Ambient Water team who provided free water generated from plentiful atmospheric humidity to all comers, to the talented musicians who played five hours of nonstop original songs, and to the EFA and City Arts and Parks and Recreation Departments who were the event promoters.
The funds will go to the next round of exterior capital improvements at the future Pacific View Academy of Arts campus - following on the heals of last fiscal year’s $200,000 rehabilitation effort by EACEA, funded primarily by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, with generous private donations of work-time and cash multiplying the tangible achievements.
Pacific View Block Party
June 11, 2017. Click on image of grinning grommettes to see photo gallery and read recent write-up on our PVS Block Party last Sunday. Over 300 showed up on a lovely June beach day to help restore a pulse to the heart of Pacific View To all who came and all who helped...thanks!
Over 300 Volunteers Help Restore Pacific View!
Over a very busy Street Faire weekend April 29-30 more than 300 volunteers from the Encinitas community and the North Coast Church of Vista pitched in to create a near-miraculous overnight transformation of Pacific View's exterior. Check out the gallery below and a recent article in the San Diego Union Tribune. Simply awesome...huge thanks to all who helped.
PACIFIC VIEW EXTREME MAKEOVER WEEKEND, April 29-30!
On April 29 and 30, 2017 the Encinitas community, together with volunteers from the North Coast Church of Vista, will be helping to transform the historic Pacific View School located in the heart of Old Encinitas. Here's your chance to to be part of a true community bootstrap venture to restore a beloved but sadly neglected former elementary school back to function as a world-class arts and ecology hub. The bones of the old school are good, and we've recently re-roofed and repaired all the rotted eves. A new coat of paint and a good cleaning will not only reduce neighborhood blight but will help kick-start the $2.4 million capital campaign needed to fund full restoration and open the doors to the Encinitas community and beyond. We need help painting, cleaning and landscaping. Tools, snacks, sunblock and lunch by Bull Taco provided! To sign up send a request to EACEAlliance@gmail.com.
Class of 2017 Donor Tiles Now Available
Based on the overwhelming positive response to last year's inaugural "Class Of 2016" Pacific View School donor tiles we are debuting the "Class of 2017. Donors who act before May 5, 2017 receive a $50 discount. Click to the Join/Donate page for details!
PVS Spring Cleaning And Paint Party This Saturday, March 25!
Pacific View Class Of 2016
Inaugural Donor Recognition Wall—Available Until Dec. 31, 2016!
What it is: 1) a fundraising program for the Encinitas Arts Culture and Ecology Alliance to further the continued efforts to rehabilitate and transform Pacific View School into a thriving community arts and ecology center. 2) a way to engage and recognize local citizens who want to guarantee the continuation of this bluff-top school as a place of learning located in the heart of Encinitas. "The Class Of 2016" inaugural donor wall will celebrate our community's early adopters as the first class since the school's closing in 2003. It will also honor the vision of Encinitas' founders who gifted the land and built the original schoolhouse in 1883. NOTE: the Class Of 2016 has closed, however the Class of 2017 will begin in a few weeks. Stay tuned!
This just in from our esteemed colleague and co-enabler Brad Roth of the Cottonwood Creek Conservancy…looking for some able hands and help with creek-habitat maintenance this Saturday: “Since we have spent the last few months helping with the Pacific View School rehabilitation instead of working on Cottonwood Creek habitat, we need to catch up on some maintenance. So we will be having a work day this Saturday, the 10th, from 8:30 to 12:30 (late arrivals ok). We will be doing maintenance on our recent plantings and some weeding and trail maintenance. The forecast is for partly sunny with a high near 65. We will have an interpretive tour of our habitat restoration area during our 10:30 break. We will meet at our usual gathering at the trail entrance near the southeast corner of B St. (extension of Encinitas Blvd. west of Coast Highway 101) and Third St., 2 blocks west of Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas. It's just up from the sewer pump station on that corner. There is parking on the street or in the big Moonlight Beach parking lot at the top of the hill at Third and C Streets. Wear clothes suitable for gardening and sun protection- hat, sunscreen, etc. Water and oranges will be available. If you can't make it this time, our usual date is the second Saturday of the month from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM.”— Brad Roth, Project Manager, Cottonwood Creek Conservancy: email@example.com Cel: 442-888-0839.
For more info contact Joy Lyndes firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming PVS Event November 5th! Come celebrate our 2016 achievements at this Final WORK DAY of 2016! A quick reminder of Saturday’s work party, 8:00 am to 12:00 noon, November 5, to continue our ongoing Pacific View cleanup campaign. This Saturday we will focus on sprucing up Pacific View’s public entrance on the northeast corner (see attached photo) by removing weeds and litter and installing downslope erosion control with straw wattles. From Brad Roth, Cottonwood Creek Conservancy: "If you have shovels, rakes, or a wheelbarrow, they will be handy- mark them with your name. Enter the site from the south side from F Street, just up from the corner of F and Third St. There will be on-site parking designated for this event. Wear clothes suitable for gardening and sun protection—hat, sunscreen, etc. Water and oranges will be provided.” We will have a drawing for several local Stewardship gifts, as THANK YOUS for our volunteers. Volunteer contact: Joy Lyndes, email@example.com
October 22, 2016: Our Saturday work party of Oct. 22 was blessed with a solid turn-out and over 15 new volunteers. Attached are a few photos from the cleanup showing the Class of 2016. All in all…you rock!
September 28, 2016: Pacific View Update. For PVS Cleanup # 2 on Saturday the 17th it was literally a day of digging in. Under the guidance of Brad Roth and Mark Wisniewski of the Cottonwood Creek Conservancy, a crew of 29 EACEA volunteers dug, shoveled, scraped, and hauled dirt all morning to install erosion control straw wattles on the northwest corner of Pacific View. This proved timely as we received an unseasonable douse of rain from the remnants of Hurricane Paine within days of installation. Happy to report the new wattles performed as rated, keeping the bare soil surrounding the school in place until we can plant drought-tolerant Southern California natives to enhance Pacific View and the surrounding neighborhood.
We wanted to give special thanks to our Mayor and City Council, who voted unanimously to approve our Right Of Entry last February and who have joined us on the frontline to help reboot Pacific View as a world class arts and ecology center.
September 6, 2016: Upcoming Pacific View School Fall Cleaning September 17th. Following fast on the heels of last-month’s successful debut clean-up party at Pacific View School, The Encinitas Arts Culture and Ecology Alliance has scheduled another volunteer work morning for September 17th. Last month’s on-site work party—which saw over 30 volunteers and various city and county officials pitching in—made significant headway in cleaning up accumulated trash, weeds and debris around the school’s nearly three-acre perimeter. The scheduled Saturday-morning work party will focus on improving erosion control by re-installing the soil-retention fiber rolls on the school’s periphery. Brad Roth and Mark Wisniewski of the Cottonwood Creek Conservancy will lend their grading and soil expertise. We will move to the interior schoolyard to clean up the proposed gardens’ space and contribute to a more pleasant PVS experience overall. Volunteers are encouraged to wear hats and use sun protection as well as bring garden tools, buckets, cleaning supplies. Work commences at 8:30 a.m. and all volunteers must sign a general release under EACEA’s Right Of Entry agreement. We are hoping for a generous turnout as many hands make light work. Water, oranges and a good dirty time guaranteed! For details, contact Joy Lyndes: firstname.lastname@example.org
September 6, 2016: New Windows! The broken windows of classrooms 1 through 7 (north-facing side of Pacific View School) were replaced on September 1st and 2nd, financed by a grant from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. New glass for other broken windows to follow immediately, covered by the same grant. Thanks to Supervisor Dave Roberts for jumpstarting the building rehabilitation!
August 13, 2016: Clean Up-Date! If measured in weeds pulled, trash picked, sidewalks swept, dumpsters filled and gallons of sweat per hour, our first official clean-up of Pacific View was raging success. Over 35 volunteers that included a mayor, two city council members, a county supervisor and a former mayor showed up get hands-on and hands dirty for over four hours last Saturday. The effort was headed up by Garth Murphy and EACEA landscape-committee head Joy Lyndes, with the invaluable help of Brad Roth of the Cottonwood Creek Conservancy who organized the tasks and work parties. The work party combed the perimeter of PVS's 2.87-acre site, removing a dumpster's worth of weeds, accumulated trash and rubble. In other words, we are rolling! Stay tuned for further work events via this site. Special thanks to Mayor Kristen Gaspar, Encinitas city council members Mark Muir and Tony Kranz, Supervisor Dave Roberts and former mayor Teresa Barth.
PS: we are looking ID everybody in the group photo (second in the gallery). If you can ID any, all or some of these good folks, please send an email to email@example.com.
PVS Debut Cleanup, Saturday August 13th, 8:30-12:30: Finally, after nearly two years of crossing "t"s and dotting "i"s to get our paperwork in order we can finally get hands on and hands dirty! The EACEA Landscape Committee is putting a call out for volunteers to help clean-up the plants and shrubs surrounding PVS's perimeter. Basically , pulling weeds, clearing out accumulated trash and giving the outside grounds a bit of TLC. This will be our first community clean-up event and hope to have a good turn-out as many hands make light work (and more fun). Bring gloves, hats, sunscreen and a good pair of work shoes as we will be working on some steep embankments. Meet at PVS 8:30 a.m.; water and oranges provided. To sign up contact Joy Lyndes: firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 8, 2016: Jace Schwarm, City of Encinitas Risk Manager OK's Glen Pruim, Director of Public Works to give us the keys to Pacific View School under the terms of the ROE agreement.
June 30, 2016: EUSD, the Encinitas Union School District has finally completed vacation of the Pacific View School premises, a year and a half after escrow closed on the sale of the School to the City of Encinitas, in January 2015. This vacation opens the way for the EACEA to enter the premises unimpeded, under a Right of Entry Agreement already signed with the City.