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This will be the 76th annual Naples Christmas Boat Parade, where small boats sailing through the canals, big boats in Alamitos Bay and houses all around the islands will compete for holiday decoration bragging rights.
Bring your Santa hat (see pictured example), a thermos of eggnog or your preferred warm beverage, and an ugly sweater with a favorite friend to see the boat parade through the Naples canals then walk among carolers through the adjacent neighborhood to view the amazing light and holiday themed displays. We will meet at La Bella Fontana Park and walk 2 blocks to a great viewing area for the parade. Get there early as parking is challenging. More information can be found here: https://naplesca.com/commonly-asked-questions
Large boats decorated with lights parade along the peninsula at 6 pm. Small boats float through at 6:30 pm from the Appian Way Bridge. Large and small boats go in opposite directions.
Houses on Naples Island are famous for extraordinary displays of Christmas and Hanukkah lights. It makes the island a great Christmas destination in Southern California.
Consider arriving early to rent a duffy or kayak among the flotillas, stroll the shops and restaurants on 2nd St. and enjoy the atmosphere.
Please call Trip Organizer Rob McKee, Secretary Great Outdoors LA, 424-317-1112 for additional questions or concerns.
Health Issue/allergies: It is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency. Discuss any medical concerns with the event leader if you wish.
During the registration process, check the "Christmas Parade" event, not the "Holiday party" event.
Register soon, invite your peeps, spaces are limited.
We're celebrating the holiday season so put on your festive gear!
By popular demand we're going to Casita del Campo in Silver Lake, a beautiful Mexican historically queer-oriented in Silverlake since 1962. Margaritas are handmade with fresh lime juice. Two outdoor patios, gorgeous indoor patio with living tree and skylights. Margaritas are handmade with fresh lime juice.
There will great food, great company, and RAFFLE PRIZES!
So do ye now your...extra special apparel and join the celebration.
December the 11th at 11 00AM to 2:00PM
Where: 1920 Hyperion Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90027
Registration is limited to 31 people.
Cost per member is only $20. Includes food and one alcoholic beverage.
Carpooling is encouraged, especially if you may be drinking.
Click here to request or offer a ride, or paste the following link into your browser: http://www.groupcarpool.com/t/st39r7
(Officers please arrive by 10:45 am so we can discuss program, raffle, Jan event planning.)
How to create events on GO WildApricot website.
We will review how to set up an event, including registration categories, registration form options, emails, waitlist settings, tags, and registrant contact management. Get tips for setting up and managing. Bring your questions.
This is for all WildApricot Event Managers with administrative access and any members who plan to have access and would like to learn the process.
Zoom meeting access link will be in confirmation and reminder emails.
Great Outdoors Event Manager Manual: Click Here
WildApricot Help - Tutorials click here
Contact: Scott Connelly, Chair Outdoor Experience: email click here
Please join us on Sunday December 18, 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM for a scenic and educational walk/hike to include Cabrillo Beach shore, rocky shoreline and sea cliffs, tide pools, Korean Peace Bell Park and optional visit to the Cabrillo Aquarium at the end of our tour.
The walk/hike offers stunning scenic views and is good for beginning to moderate skill levels. The route is a mixture of paved sidewalks with some dirt terrain and the ocean trail leads down to the rocky beach, so make sure to wear sturdy walking/hiking shoes.
We will start with an easy stroll along and past Cabrillo Beach shoreline. We will proceed to the adjacent tide pools (at low tide) and then walk along the rocky seaside for about ¼ mile to get to the famous sea cliff site of Sunken City (known for its landslide-ruined road and brilliant artwork/graffiti on the broken rocks and road. From there we will walk and have a talk at the Point Fermin Park with its 100-year-old trees, location of many movies, and historic lighthouse. Next, we'll walk up the hill to the grand Korean Peace Bell with its great ocean overlook and get more information about the history of this cultural monument as well as its contrasting WWII gun emplacements. From there we walk back to the Cabrillo Aquarium (around 2pm) and have the option for an oceanography professor-led visit to the Cabrillo Aquarium (optional $5 contribution). (Note: another option before or after group activity is to do a long walk along the shore in either direction from the aquarium).
Hike leaders: John Blasco and Joe Holliday (geologist and naturalist)
Contact: John Blasco, 562-726-4165 firstname.lastname@example.org
Parking: approximately $3 -$4 ($1 per hour) at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium https://www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org/visit-cma/directions-parking.asp
Limited street parking outside of the Cabrillo parking lot may be available.
Please carpool if possible. Every little bit helps.
Click here to request or offer a ride, or paste the following link into your browser: https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/mnhea5
Bring: drinking water in a reusable bottle, snacks, sun protection, wear sturdy footwear. Carry Emergency Contact Information.
We recommend you read our suggested 10 essential items to bring - click here.
Optional: After our San Pedro event head over the bridge to downtown Long Beach and celebrate with GO OC/LB Chapter at the Holiday Party. Separate advance registration required: https://greatoutdoors.org/event-5054189
Directions | Parking | Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
3720 Stephen M. White Drive San Pedro, CA 90731 310-548-7562
Health Problems/allergies: It is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency. Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader if you wish.
Current COVID-19 Requirements: Most of our participants are vaccinated, and we ask that you get vaccinated and boosted. Together, we are fighting the spread of this deadly virus and its variants! We ask all outing participants to comply with the following:
I will follow Federal, State and local COVID guidelines as well as the directions of the event leader(s). See Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
I will not attend if feeling ill or have any symptoms of COVID.
I will contact the Trip Leader if I test positive for COVID within 14 days of the event.
SAVE THE DATE!
After registration opens up and you register, please consider carpooling with a fellow Great Outdoors camper to save money/ fuel/ the environment. The link will be same as below:
This event is being planned by the Los Angeles Chapter. We have a premium group tent-only site reserved. RVers, please go to the CA state park reservations website to make your own reservations ASAP.
Please check back here for updates; or contact John Blasco at email@example.com
Mark your calendar!
SAVE THE DATE
You may attend either one or both.
Friday June 2, 2023 2 pm - Check in at the campground, if applicable.
4 pm welcome hike for attendees at the hike/trip leader training this weekend. We will discuss and demonstrate The Ten Essentials and safety on the trail.
Saturday June 3, 2023 8-5 Hike Leader
Sunday June 4, 2023 8-12 -Trip Leader
DAY HIKE LEADER - SECTION I
Be a Hike Leader! Not just someone who knows the way, but someone who applies safety, best practices, fun, and local knowledge to make a successful outing. In addition to the course outline we will discuss any issues with past hikes and plan for future hikes. We will review basic hike leader procedures and techniques and latest technology and information. Completing this course will provide participants with Day Hike Leader Certification. Also a good refresher for hike leaders.
Hike Leader Syllabus
Prerequisites: Great Outdoors member (click here to join). The course is for anyone interested in becoming a hiker leader, learning more about leading effective hikes, or becoming a more confident and capable hiker.
This Hike Leader Certification course is for hikers who are interested in learning new skills as well as experienced hike leaders who are looking to update or refresh their outdoor leadership skills. It is suitable for all ranges of hiker abilities, from novice up to very experienced hikers.
Objectives: Introduce participants to the skills, knowledge and attitudes of a trained hike leader, including appropriate risk management for day hikes. Present skills for leading a safe, environmentally responsible and enjoyable hike.
Content/Topics Covered: Hike planning, description, screening participants, trail group management, emergency management, medical issues on the trail, map reading and navigation, outdoor techniques, environmental protection, and problem solving techniques and scenarios.
Course Format: The training includes in person instruction with group discussion and problem solving applications and trail-based scenarios.
Pre-Course Assignment: Review training manuals and video:
Link to Training Resources: Click Here
How to Lead a Hike: Video: Click Here
Printed manuals available at the training location at no cost to participants.
Option to purchase and have manual(s) mailed to you upon registration.
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TRIP LEADERSHIP - OVERNIGHT EVENTS - SECTION II
One of the premier features of Great Outdoors is overnight trips. As a leader you will propose, research and design overnight trips. You will manage and administer the trip using leadership and group management skills. Completing this course will provide participants with Trip Leadership Certification.
Create a new trip or update a former trip.
Planning, scouting, securing reservations.
Finances and budget.
Create a trip description and promotion.
Secure all logistics including any permits, and support staff as necessary.
Communicate with participants to provide information and answer questions.
Conducting your trip, safety issues, group management issues - preventing and solving.
Course Length/Hours: 4 hours.
What to bring: Lunch, water bottle, mug for hot drinks. If you are taking the Hike Leader course bring day pack with your 10 essentials. If you are tent camping, bring food, camp gear, warm clothing.
Facilities: We will be in the conference room with tables, chairs, TV monitor and restrooms. Trailheads located onsite.
Camping at O'Neill Regional park.
Scott Connelly, Chair Outdoor Experience: email click here
Course Preparation: We will send you a link to the Outdoor Experience Training Manuals. You are encouraged to review the material ahead of time.
Link to Training Resources: Click Here
Above is a just a partial list of past Great Outdoors LA events. We've had many events each year going way back to 1978!
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