Letters to the Editor

Viewpoint: Celebrate Los Osos

Celebrate Los Osos is very grateful. We just helped produce an all-day music festival which attracted more than 1,100 people — all with the help of enthusiastic volunteers and several very generous businesses.

In conjunction with the Back Bay and Baywood inns, we sponsored the free Back Bay Music Festival on Saturday, May 22. The event included a barbecue by the Bay/Osos Kiwanis Club and featured four wonderful musical groups: “Voce,” a jazz ensemble from Cuesta College; “Café Musique,” a marriage of classical, gypsy and tango music; “Umojah,” world music and “Zongo All-Stars,” performing hot, fun, CaliCubano dance music. Proceeds from the food, beverages, donations and raffle will go toward future projects.

Over the past two years, we have restored the “Bridge Bear” sculptures, built the fence at the community park, planted the Oak Preserve and the Los Osos Valley Road median strips, painted the Little League snack shack and now held a festival. Future projects include the “Sweetsprings Trail,” which will allow walkers to enter the Audubon natural area from Third Street, and the Cuesta Inlet clean up scheduled for September 25.

None of this would be possible without the financial aid from donations and more than 150 community volunteers. Volunteering is the most fundamental act of citizenship and philanthropy in our society.

It is offering time, energy and skills to help others and is an extension of being a good neighbor.

By caring and contributing to change, volunteers make a difference. People work to improve the lives of their neighbors and, in return, enhance their own.

Celebrate Los Osos is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation. We are an all-volunteer organization whose goal is to “make a difference, one project at a time.” We wish to thank all those people who have contributed and volunteer-ed on “Celebrate” projects — it is you who are making a big difference to our community.

Pandora Nash-Karner is the president of Celebrate Los Osos.