Monday, August 14, 2017

The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse: Fun Facts to Prepare

A map of the United States showing the path of totality for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse.
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[Courtesy of GSUSA]: What happens when the moon passes between Earth and the sun, blocking the sun’s rays? A solar eclipse! During a total eclipse of the sun, the sky goes dark for several minutes, the temperature drops, stars appear, birds and other animals can become confused, and people gather outside to see the spectacle for themselves.

On Monday, August 21, astronomy enthusiasts across the United States will be able to view a partial and total eclipse of the sun for the first time in nearly four decades. On the Oregon coast, the total eclipse will be visible at 10:20 a.m. pacific time, while those in Columbia, South Carolina, will need to wait until 2:40 p.m. eastern time before seeing it. After accounting for time zones, the moon’s entire trip will only take one hour and 33 minutes!

Although it’s safe to be outside during an eclipse, it’s not safe to look at the sun while the phenomenon is occurring (or at any other time!) If you want to watch this remarkable event, be sure to use a pair of solar viewing glasses (available at National Parks on the day of the eclipse), use a projection method, or join an eclipse-watching party at your local natural history museum or planetarium.

Eclipses actually happen about every 18 months, but it’s rare for them to follow a path that people can easily see. If you don’t get to watch the eclipse this time, mark your calendar for April 8, 2024, when the next one will be visible in the United States!

Curious to know what the eclipse will look like where you live? Plug in your zip code on an interactive map.

Want more information? Visit NASA’s 2017 eclipse site.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Happy National S'Mores Day!

August 10 is National S’mores Day! Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced today that the popular Girl Scout S’mores Cookies will return as part of the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie season lineup!

With its debut last year, the Girl Scout S’mores became the most popular flavor to launch in the 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies. Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast will continue to offer one of the two varieties of Girl Scout S’mores, which joins classics like Thin Mints®, Caramel deLites®, and Shortbread.

The tradition of making and enjoying S’mores in the outdoors was popularized by Girl Scouts as early as the 1920s, and it portrays Girl Scouts’ longstanding commitment to all the outdoors has to offer girls. In addition, each and every purchase of Girl Scout Cookies—100 percent of the net revenue of which stays local—is an investment in girls and their futures, powering amazing opportunities and experiences for them.


Saturday, August 5, 2017

Fork It Over Fundraiser - Chef winners!

FORK IT OVER FUNDRAISER at the Palm Garden Hotel, August 3

Delicioso! GSCCC held the Third Annual Fork It Over on Thursday, August 3. It was a tasty event that help raise funds for our Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) programs across all of our six counties.

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This year, chefs created one sweet and one savory culinary delight, in the culinary competition portion of the event.

The Cave Ventura
 And the winners are (drumroll, please . . . )

FIO 2017 Winners are . . .

Judge’s Choice:
Sweet: BLVD BRGR Company: Cindy Rivezzo
Savory: BJ’s – Gerry Ruiz

People’s Choice:
Sweet: Sugar Lab Bake Shop – Ali Davis
Savory: The Cave and Dj’s California Catering – Alex Montoya (Cave) – & Eric Bryant

Girls Choice:
Sweet: Sugar Lab Bake Shop – Ali Davis

Congratulations to all our chefs, restaurants, spirit purveyors and all those who volunteered and attended this event. A big thank you. Until next year!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Girl Scout Troop 33132 Help the Hungry & Homeless in Salinas

Troop 33132 made over 100 bagged lunches for the homeless and disadvantaged in Salinas last week. They used boxes of Girl Scout Cookies donated by GSCCC and placed an entire box of cookies in each of the bagged lunches!

Girl Scouts donated them to Dorothy's Kitchen and also passed out about 55 bagged lunches with boxes of cookies to the needy during First United Methodist Church's lunch service to the homeless.

A heartfelt thank you to Troop 33132 and all the troops that do good in their community! Way to go G.I.R.L's! Please share your story with us at

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Premier America Presents the Third Annual Fork It Over Fundraiser on Thursday, August 3!

GSCCC's Third Annual Fork It Over is being presented by Premier America Credit Union.

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast is hosting the Third Annual Fork It Over fundraiser on Thursday, August 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Palm Garden Hotel in Thousand Oaks.

Tickets are $50 per person and $75 for double admission, with all proceeds benefiting the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) across all six counties served by GSCCC.

Fork It Over ticket sales support what girls love about Girl Scouts. Participating in troops, camping and the outdoors, event participation patches, developing leadership skills, STEM-related activities, and so much more are all part of GSLE programming. Fork It Over proceeds will enhance these experiences and activities with critical leadership processes and outcomes.

The evening will conclude with a cookie culinary competition featuring recipes from renowned chefs from popular local California restaurants, caterers, and food trucks. A panel of judges will select the best creations and guests can vote on their favorite entry for the “People’s Choice” award as well as enjoy a silent auction.

Fork It Over 2017 is being presented by Premier America Credit Union. Food and spirit
sponsors include: BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, Blvd. Brgr Co., Brendan's Irish Pub & Restaurant, The Cave Ventura, DeLiese Cellars, DJ’s California Catering, Dottie's Sweet Delights,The Dudes' Brewing Company, Enegren Brewing Co., Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.,The Gourmet Girl, Institution Ale Co., Labyrinth Winery, Martian Ranch & Vineyard, Mouthful Eatery, Opolo Vineyards, Poseidon Brewing Company, Seasons Catering, Sugar Lab Bake Shop, and Sub Zero Ice Cream.