You are invited to join us at the 17th Annual
Sunday, May 15, 2016 1-5 PM

Starr Ranch, on over 4,000 acres set in the foothills east of Rancho Santa Margarita, is used primarily as an educational and research facility for the Audubon Society. We have partnered with them to conduct this fundraising activity. BBQ Activities include hiking, bird watching, listening to a live Band, great conversation, special activities, and enjoying tasty food. Deer often wander through the picnic area during the day.
Hamburgers, Veggie Burgers, salads, beans, potato chips, desserts, fresh fruit and all the trimmings will be provided. A beverage bar (donations welcome) for your beverage of choice is available.
Tickets are $30 per person, Family Plan includes adults at the regular price of $30 and all children 15 and under (1 or more) for a flat rate of $15. To request tickets, send check, made out to SIERRA SAGE, and a xsdgfhbSASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope) to Starr Ranch BBQ, c/o Patty Sappingfield, P. O. Box 524, Lake Forest, CA 92609. For more info or to volunteer to help, call Mike or Patty Sappingfield at 949-768-3610 or email Map and directions are provided with each ticket.

You are invited to join us may 24 at our bi-monthly meeting:
Learn about the local Group of the Sierra Club, get an update on the status of San Onofre Power plant nuclear fuel disposal plans and more.

Feature Program: Thea Gavin —Adventure After 50: She lost her shoes and found new joy on the trail
When she turned 50, Orange native Thea Gavin decided to try hiking barefoot as a remedy for chronic knee pain. Six years later, her knee still hurts every now and then, but she’s discovered how much fun it is to hit the trails shoelessly, especially at Grand Canyon, where she had a chance to spend three (mostly barefoot) weeks at the North Rim in June 2011 as a National Park Service volunteer. Since then she has been back as often as possible, both on guided and solo hikes. Thea enjoys sharing what she has learned about hiking solo or with a group at Grand Canyon—with or without boots.

.WHERE: Norman Murray Community and Senior Center
24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA
WHEN: 7:00 PM, Tuesday, May 24, 2016
ROOM: Juniper
Northbound on I-5, exit at La Paz, turn right onto La Paz, cross Marguerite Parkway and proceed over Oso Creek. Turn left onto Veterans Way and drive to the Murray Center Parking lot.
Southbound on I-5, exit at La Paz, turn left onto La Paz, cross Marguerite Parkway and Oso Creek. Turn left onto Veterans Way and drive to the Murray Center Parking Lot

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Welcome to Sierra Sage

Sierra Sage of South Orange County is a group under the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club. We have a commitment to protect the natural environment of our world and take a special interest in the natural environs which still exist in and around Orange County. We fulfill this commitment in a number of ways that include political activism, public awareness campaigns,and direct environmental action. Additionally we promote the environment by providing fun, interesting, and informative outings that encourage an appreciation of nature. One of the best ways to encourage people to take a stand in defense of nature is to expose them to its beauty and the many ways in which our lives are dependent on it. See the Sierra Sage newsletter about current conservation issues.
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The Wonders of Oregon:
July 16- July 23, 2017

Wikipedia describes Oregon as: “…diverse, with a windswept Pacific beaches, volcano studded Cascade Mountains, abundant waterfalls, dense evergreen forests,… and high desert sprawling across much of its east all the way to the Great Basin”. Come join us on our 7 day, 6 night fly-drive trip from as we explore the fascinating state of Oregon.
You will start by enjoying the beaches, lighthouses, and historical sites of the Oregon Coast before moving inland along the magnificent Columbia River Gorge to explore the incredible waterfalls, fun hiking and even touring Bonneville Dam and Fish Ladder. The last part of the trip will include Mt. Hood, Newberry Crater and its amazing obsidian flows, Lava River Cave,and last, but not least, Crater Lake.
Trip includes all transportation in Oregon, 6 nights lodging, all admissions toscheduled places, andtours and most breakfasts and some picnic lunches. Trip does not include air fare to and from Portland, Oregon and most lunches and all dinners, nor does it include optional items. Trip cost is $1295 for Sierra Club Members ($1395 for non-members) A $500 deposit will holdyour place on the trip with the remainder due by April 1, 2015. For information and to apply, contact Leader Mike Sappingfield at (949-768-3610) or 26352 Via Juanita, Mission Viejo, CA 92691. Co Leaders: Patty Sappingfield, Mary Morales