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Saturday February 22, 2014

By Edhat Subscriber

Friends of Channel Coast State Parks (FCCSP), the nonprofit cooperating association that serves the Channel Coast district of the California State Parks, will be hosting a volunteer service event at Carpinteria State Beach on Saturday, February 22, 2014.

This event has been planned to celebrate the park's 82nd "birthday." The group is looking for a maximum of 100 volunteers to participate. Day-use parking will be free for all volunteers, and once the work is done, participants will be welcome to stay and enjoy the park. Registration begins at 9:00 A.M., and the event will conclude at 1:00 P.M., after lunch. Volunteers will meet and sign in at the campground's amphitheater.

The event will be co-hosted by Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal. As an Ambassador for Friends of Channel Coast State Parks, Supervisor Carbajal is helping to draw more attention to the group and the work it does. Said Supervisor Carbajal, "Carpinteria State Beach is a jewel of the Santa Barbara Coastline, and I am proud to support FCCSP and the park by co-hosting this event. It is my hope that many members of our community turn out to volunteer and show their support for Carpinteria State Beach in honor of its 82nd birthday."

Volunteers will help to beautify the park grounds and assist with preparing them for the busy spring and summer seasons. Volunteer tasks may include planting, trash removal, painting, removing weeds, and more. Melissa Baffa, executive director of FCCSP, says the organization enjoys hosting volunteer service days because "they get members of the community into our parks, lending a hand, and helping to defray some of the maintenance costs. Our mission is to help people form deeper connections with our parks and our programs, and this is an important step in that direction." She went on to add that families, individuals, and groups of all kinds are welcome to volunteer.

Carpinteria State Beach is the most popular and highly visited park in the Channel Coast District. According to Dave Wilson, supervising ranger at the park, "Every day, people celebrate nature, recreation, and history while visiting us. Tide pool exploration, surfing, and discovering the remains of bygone asphalt mining operations are just a few adventures to be had at this special place. Join us and give the gift of service to this beautiful part of our California State Parks."

Those interested in volunteering can find out more and can also register online by visiting www.friendsofccsp.org/show-carp-some-love Additionally, a Facebook event for the volunteer service day can be found on the Friends of Channel Coast State Parks Facebook page. Individuals and businesses interested in supporting the event should contact Melissa Baffa using the contact form on the page above or email address below.

To find out more about Friends of Channel Coast State Parks, its activities, and what you can do to help, please check the site for additional information (www.friendsofccsp.org) or contact Melissa Baffa, the organization's executive director, at mbaffa@friendsocfccsp.org or 805.626.0156.

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