Events and Opportunities

Thanks to all who donated to the diversity book drive in January and food drives in January and February. We couldn’t support our community in need without you! Thanks to Greg and Chris Armstrong for their book and food donations, to Tanis Brown for her book and food donations, to Cathy Yavorsky, Monica Marvin, Toni LaHera, Maria Reyes, Jennie Brawner, and Ammi Bozonelos for their generous donation of diverse books. Thanks to Gary Hansen & Peggy Chute, Mike & Mary Lou Phipps, and Doris Payne for their donations of much-needed food. Thanks to those whose names I don’t know who sent checks to Universidad Popular. Those go a long way in helping to fill gaps in donations. We also received many donations from people outside our club and hope that effort goes toward building a stronger, more supportive community. If I forgot anyone, please let me know. We want all of your generosity to be recognized!

Food Drive for Universidad Popular

People in our community are suffering from food insecurity due to Covid-19 and they need your help. We will continue to collect donations monthly to help serve them. One of our members, Arcela Nunez-Alvarez, is spearheading this effort in the Universidad Popular community. If you are able, please add a shelf stable item or two or a personal care item to your grocery list when you shop. If you’re more comfortable sending items, please consider using Amazon or Wal-mart or another shipping services. If you’re not shopping now due to Covid risk, would you consider sending a check to Universidad Popular?  Their mailing address is P.O. Box 1712, San Marcos, CA 92069. For drop off information, please contact Kathy Steel at either or 760-889-0207 or Greg and Chris Armstrong at Call or text Chris at 760-720-9224 or Greg at 760-390-7857. This month, please drop off items no later than March 12. If you are unable to drop off food and/or personal care items at either of our homes, please contact one of us and we’ll pick them up.  As a rule, we will collect by the middle of each month.

Here’s the list of items most needed:

Food: applesauce, breakfast cereals (hot and cold), canned meats (tuna and chicken), dried fruits, mac and cheese (dry), dried fruits, energy/granola bars, healthy snacks for kids, honey, instant oatmeal, juice boxes for kids, nuts and seeds (salted and unsalted), olive or vegetable oil, pasta sauce, peanut butter & jelly, popcorn kernels, quinoa, rice, pasta, dry beans (variety)

Personal Care Items: shampoo/conditioner, toilet paper, toothbrushes & toothpaste, sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer

Other items: can openers, paper towels, and socks, craft items for children

“Fun” Raiser Event

Please join us on March 6th   from 9 am to noon for this fun and informative event that’s part of the San Marcos Hike Series. Bring friends and family, too. Let’s show the community what a great group we are. Please wear a blue shirt so we can identify as a group. Two groups – one fast-paced and the other moderate – will esch be led by a park ranger. A blend of wide sidewalks, maintained trails and signature parks await you on this 5.3-mile hike through some of the oldest neighborhoods in San Marcos. There is minimal elevation gain and the hike rating is easy to moderate. We strongly recommend face coverings and social distancing throughout the hike. 

Meeting location: Hollandia Park, 12 Mission Hills Court, San Marcos 92069 (park near the dog park). Registration is upon arrival. Here’s the link: City Hike | Event Calendar | San Marcos, CA (

Covid-19 Vaccination Information

If you qualify for Covid-19 vaccine and would like to receive one, please go to or where all vaccination sites in San Diego County are listed. Follow the instructions on the site for booking a vaccine. Please note that it may take several tries. If you don’t have a smartphone or computer, call 2-1-1 and you will receive help setting up an appointment. If you need help finding a vaccine, please contact Kathy Steel at 760-889-0207 or at, and she will either walk you through the process or provide the name of someone else who can help. If you need transportation, please let her know and she will help you find a ride to a local vaccination site.

If anyone has suggestions for a community service project they’d love to see, please contact Kathy Steel at In the meantime, look for different community service projects every month!