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Magdalena Parker of Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz wrote to invite cyclists and others to donate to make this big event successful. It’s coming up Saturday, December 8, at San Jose Convention Center. — By Karen KefauverScreen Shot 2012-12-03 at 11.02.59 PM

Turning Wheels for Kids will host their annual event, “The Big Bike Build,” where hundreds of volunteers will build 2,500 bikes in one day! It will be held at the South Hall of the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose.

Every year the request for bikes exceeds our ability to purchase them, and we hope that you will help us achieve our goal in getting every child in the Bay Area that needs and wants a bike, on one. We would like for you to be a part of this special event by making a donation that can be presented to Turning Wheels for Kids on the day of the Big Bike Build.

Your donation will be used for this and future events. Make checks payable to Turning Wheels for Kids. No donation is too small. $5, $10, $20. Anything will be greatly appreciated. Please direct questions and send all donations to:

Magdalena Parker

126 Ponderosa COURT

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(408) 314-3971   mags126@comcast.net

Turning Wheels for Kids is a registered 501c3 non profit that promotes healthy lifestyles by providing underserved children with a brand new bicycle at the holidays and year round through a number of partnerships focused on preventing childhood obesity and supporting low-income families. Their partnership with the Valley Medical Center Pediatric Lifestyle Clinic helps get kids with obesity related health issues experiencing the fun outdoors as an alternative to video and computer games, TV, and texting.

Tax Deductibility and Tax Identification Number

The value of your contribution will be a tax deductible donation. Turning Wheels tax identification number is 77-0187890.

Thank you for considering a donation to Turning Wheels for Kids. Your contribution will help ensure a successful event and we are happy to share your generosity.  I will bundle your donations with a list of contributors and present them on December 8 on behalf of MBOSC – Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz.

Have a great holiday season!

Magdalena Parker, MBOSC Team Captain for 2012 Big Bike Build

Drew Perkins with the City of Santa Cruz reports that the next Pogonip workday will be Sunday, December 2nd. You don’t have to have experience. Just know how to shovel dirt, rake leaves and follow directions. That’s what I did and you can read about it here when I made my debut at trail work recently. Here’s the story from my monthly Spin City cycling column.  Keep reading for details on the next trail work day on Sunday, December 2. To make a donation to the trail, click here: https://www.wepay.com/donations/147116

— Karen Kefauver

“This trail will connect U-Con to Golf Club Drive and is designed to be a sustainable, beginner friendly, and fun way to get from downtown Santa Cruz to Henry Cowell, the upper UCSC Campus, and Wilder Ranch State Park. We had a great workday last Saturday with almost 30 volunteers and we have now logged over 2,000 volunteer hours for this project, awesome!” said Drew Perkins, the trail work organizer.

Meet at the bottom of the U-Con singletrack at 9 a.m. and working three to four hours. We will work rain or shine, but high winds may cancel due to safety concerns.

We will have a pizza lunch afterwards sponsored by Caletti Cycles. We will have very tasty coffee to get us started provided by Verve Coffee Roasters.

Please bring sturdy shoes, long pants, gloves, and water. Tools will be provided.

To make sure there are enough tools and pizza, sign up in advance at www.trailworkers.com.

 

Trips for Santa Cruz, www.tripsforkidssantacruz.org,  is looking forward to 2013. To grow the Trips for Kids Santa Cruz program, the goal is taking more kids out biking on a monthly basis and creating a community of young people who will continue to ride bikes on their own. The Martinelli trailer space in Watsonville has worked out well and Trips for Kids Santa Cruz has a fleet of about 30 bikes.                 — By Karen Kefauver

One goal for next year is to get volunteers more involved. Trips for Kids Santa Cruz is under the Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz umbrella.

Outlined below are specific areas where help is needed. Feel free to contact names of coordinators listed below.

The next ride is December 1, 2102 at 10 a.m. See what Trips for Kids Santa Cruz is all about.

Contact Roxanne Harrison for more info to register for the Dec. 1 ride or to volunteer: bikesantacruzca@gmail

Volunteers needed:

Kid Coordinator: Kymberly Lacrosse  (3 people needed)  klacrosse@unitedwaysc.org

·      Research youth organizations for possible participation in T4KSC

·      Contact and set up presentations with potential local youth organizations

·      Make presentations to potential groups as needed

·      Assist with information packet preparation and distribution

·      Attend local community events/fairs to promote T4KSC

·      Follow-up on potential participant organizations

·      Participate in T4KSC rides to get an understanding of what we are doing

Website/Database: Gene Knipe  (2-3 people needed) egenesk@mac.com

·      Help maintain and continue to develop T4KSC website.  Keep pictures and posts up to date.

·      Help in development of T4KSC database so we can better track our participants and volunteers.  Filemaker experience helpful.

·      Interested in Facebook?  Help optimize our FB page.

Facilities/Bike Maintenance: John Fuchs (4 people needed) john@johnfuchs.com

  •  Bike Mechanic-2 people needed and repair approximately 30 mountain bikes at our facility and tools.
  •       Administration: Maintain electronic and paper files related to rides and riders
  •    Facility Maintenance- Maintain and repair facility interior and exterior.

Fundraising/Grant Writing: Roxanne Harrison (2 people needed) bikesantacruzca@gmail.com

  •        Apply for local fundraising opportunities with restaurants and grocery stores
  •        Grant writing experience and able to write one or two grants per year.
  •        Help with fundraising events as they are developed,

Many local mountain biking enthusiasts, including members of Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz, are headed to the Kernville Fat Tire Fest, Oct 19-21. It’s home of the Cannell Plunge. Let me know how it goes! 
— Karen Kefauver

It is that time of the year again in lovely *Kernville, California. The leaves are changing, the crowds have dwindled and the mountain biking is at its finest in the Southern Sierras. Mountain & River Adventures is hosting the 21st annual Fat Tire Festival. 2012 marks the 21st year that we have been celebrating mountain biking with guided rides, exciting activities and a Halloween Party not to be missed! Featured is a long weekend of the best trails in California. Be sure to ride the Cannell Trail, 20+ miles of breathtaking views and clean air.

* Kernville is located 42 miles (68 km) northeast of Bakersfield, at an elevation of 2667 feet (813 m). The population was 1,395 at the 2010 census, down from 1,736 at the 2000 census.

Roxanne Harrison of Trips for Kids Santa Cruz  wants to share two upcoming fall events to help get kids outside and on bicycles. Both look worthwhile. — Karen Kefauver

The first event is the second annual Monterey Bay Youth Outdoor Day at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds on Saturday, September 22, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

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Date: September 22, 2012
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds
2601 East Lake Ave.
Watsonville, CA 95076

The second event is Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day in Toro Park, Monterey on Saturday, October 6,  10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This is a great event sponsored by MORCA and IMBA designed to expose kids to mountain biking.

Our hope is to bring some of veteran kid riders and hopefully attract some new kids to come along for this event.Image

The Monterey Off Road Cycling Association (MORCA) a chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is hosting Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day.

When: Saturday October 6th, 2012, 10am to 2pm

Where: Toro Park near the Quail Meadows day use area.
Click here for park information.

Cost: The event is free but there is an $8 entrance fee to Toro Park if you drive in.

What to expect:
On site registration will start at 10am and continue throughout the event.

All participants must sign a waiver and helmets are required (NO EXCEPTIONS!!!).

Activities include basic bike safety, a skills course, trail rides for all ages, prizes and a barbeque.

This local event is part of a nationwide celebration known as “Take-A-Kid-Mountain-Biking Day,” supported by IMBA. The event purpose is to provide a means for kids and their families to enjoy local trails together. The Monterey County Parks Department will allow bikes on certain Toro Park trails that are usually closed so beginners can enjoy a safe ride. Local bike shops have donated products along with contributions from IMBA and Cliffbar.

Participants will need to bring their own bikes and helmets (MORCA has a few extra kids’ helmets to loan and some demo bikes will be available on a first come first served basis). Bike gloves are recommended, but not required. Parents are encouraged to ride with their children.

This is a great opportunity to pass your passion for pedaling on to kids.

For questions or more information, email: tkmbd@morcamtb.org

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