With the holiday season fast approaching, we recognize that this can be a busy time of the year. We thus invite you to pause and reflect on the many things for which you are grateful. At Bayside Community Center, we have countless examples of the people, activities, and experiences in Linda Vista that we are grateful for, including our community's kind acts, warm gestures, and kindred spirit we are graced with each day.
We are also grateful for the opportunities that continue to come to fruition at Bayside and in Linda Vista, as we empower our diverse community to improve its quality of life through services, education, and advocacy. Examples of these exciting developments include;
the 2017 Holiday Food Distribution
Healthy Start Parent Workshops
the 2nd Linda Vista Youth Resident Leadership Academy
Nov. 17 at 1:00pm Bayside will empty its pantry and serve hundreds of Linda Vista residents by providing staple items to fill their cabinets as we enter the holiday season. The first step of empowerment often begins with helping to meet basic needs and address community identified priorities. As a direct result of these types of services several of Bayside's constituents have become some of Linda Vista's strongest grassroots leaders.
This Fall also saw the launch of Bayside's new Healthy Start Parent Workshop series at Kit Carson Elementary. Parents have learned the value of balanced nutritional meals as well as how to prepare cost-efficient and delicious meals through our new interactive curriculum. Workshop attendees also were invited to reserve free garden space in one of Linda Vista's growing community gardens in addition to having their CalFresh questions answered. We are eagerly anticipating the launch of our exciting new workshop curriculum at Linda Vista Elementary in the coming weeks!
Bayside is preparing to host its seventh RLA since 2013. With support from the Travis Manion Foundation and Nadia Arambula, long-time Linda Vista community leader and graduate of Bayside's first Resident Leadership Academy, the 2nd Youth Resident Leadership Program will launch in January 2018. Next year's Youth RLA will emphasize character building and community improvement.
This Fall also saw the installation of a beautiful intersection mural outside one of our cherished local schools, Montgomery Middle. On Oct. 28, nearly 100 community members and supporters installed an important traffic-calming mechanism in a dangerous intersection as a means to keep families and children safe as they walk, bike, and drive to school each day. The mural also beautifies the community, bringing the street to life through vibrant colors and art in an image designed by the community for the community. This accomplishment serves as a reminder of how powerful our grassroots leaders can be as we unite to address community-identified priorities.
For these reasons and more, Bayside extends a special thank you to donors at every level who empower our organization to continue its work in serving the Linda Vista community. And most importantly, we thank you for your continued support and commitment to our beautiful neighborhood!