Tuesday, October 27, 2009

MBOSC donates $3,500 to Wilder Ranch State Park

I am really pleased to announce that MBOSC has donated $3,500 to Wilder Ranch State Park. Due to the success of our recent fund raising efforts we decided to increase our donation from $2,000 to $3,500. We really appreciate the generosity of the mountain biking community in supporting our efforts to help our local State Parks during these
difficult budgetary times.

The funds will be earmarked for a new sign at the entrance to the Wilder Ranch back country near the Cowboy Coral. There are a lot of out of town visitors to Wilder Ranch so we feel that good signage is valuable to help orient our guests in the park. A high quality sign is also a visible demonstration that the facilities are well kept. The old sign was dated, faded, falling apart - and a bit of an embarrassment (see image).

The new sign will be built by
Wildways Illustrated. You have probably seen their work all over the Monterey Bay area. We will be starting the design process soon and a representative from MBOSC will be on the committee to help oversee the design. We hope to have the sign completed by next spring.

We are also interested in funding two more park signs at Wilder: one at 4 Corners (where Enchanted Loop meets Eucalyptus Loop) and another near Empire Grade.

Mountain bikers have been volunteering our labor to help maintain the local trails for decades. This financial contribution represents another avenue for which the mountain biking community contributes to the maintenance of our parks resources.

Thank you all very much for helping us make a generous contribution to our local parks!

Monday, October 26, 2009

November 18th is MBOSC night at the Surfrider Cafe

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The Surfrider Cafe is a relatively new restaurant in downtown Santa Cruz. They have a weekly community night on Wednesdays and they have graciously offered to devote Wednesday November 18th as a community night for MBOSC.

Mark your calendars: MBOSC Community night at the Surfrider Cafe Wednesday November 18th. 429 Front St. at Cathcart

15% of the gross sales from the day of business will benefit MBOSC. Having lunch or dinner at the Surfrider Cafe on November 18th will benefit MBOSC.

There is a patio/courtyard in plain sight, so bikes can be easily locked and watched.

The Surfrider Cafe also has a daily happy hour from 4-6pm. All microbrew pints are $2

Going to a restaurant to have a meal and some drinks with your fellow mountain bikers is a great way to support MBOSC and your local small business.

I'm looking forward to seeing you there!