The months seem to be flying by this year, but I’m grateful for what we’ve already accomplished as a community. Among our recent achievements, we were able to distribute 105 pounds of produce to South County Outreach, a local non-profit that runs the largest food pantry in South Orange County. This donation was made possible through our partnership with Renewable Farms at Aliso Viejo Ranch’s Gold Coast Farm, with the help of our very own Camp AV participants. This is the first crop of vegetables that was harvested at Gold Coast Farm, and since then we have been proudly sharing regular harvests with South County Outreach. A video recap can be found here on our Facebook page, and upcoming volunteer opportunities at Gold Coast Farm can be found at renewablefarms.com.
As the upcoming season approaches, public health officials are urging residents to stay safe and continue taking precautions against COVID-19 and the new delta variant. Though things have begun to feel more “normal” in the past few weeks, we must acknowledge that the fight against COVID-19 is not over, and cases are continuing to rise here in Orange County. The OC Health Care Agency is encouraging residents to stay vigilant with COVID-19 prevention measures, testing, and vaccinations in order to keep our local businesses open. Our local businesses have kept our community thriving during these trying times, and we must also do our part to help them stay afloat. That being said, many of you may know that the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently updated its Guidance for Face Coverings in response to new CDC mask recommendations. Under the new guidance, masks are required for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, at places including public transit, schools and childcare centers, emergency shelters, healthcare clinics and hospitals, correctional centers, and senior care facilities. Please follow these guidelines to keep your families, friends, and fellow residents safe so we can continue fighting back against the pandemic.
We are also asking for your help by participating in the upcoming American Red Cross Blood Drive, which will be coming to Aliso Viejo Ranch on September 7 to provide donation opportunities to eligible and healthy individuals who would like to donate blood to those in need. If you’d like to make an appointment, head over to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: Aliso Viejo. As an added incentive, the American Red Cross is giving out limited edition campfire mugs that are perfect for the fall season to those who donate September 3-7.
To make the most of our beautiful weather, I’d like to remind you of the fun family night we have taking place here this month! We will be showing a special screening of Trolls World Tour at Aliso Viejo Middle School, complete with food for purchase and a place that families and friends can gather safely to enjoy a night under the stars. The event is free, so RSVP now for August 27 and get your blankets, pillows and low lawn chairs ready – we look forward to seeing you there!
As you know, City Council, City Staff and I remain committed to helping you and your family thrive in every way possible. We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events in the City this month!
Mayor Tiffany Ackley
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