May 9, 2019
preserving, protecting, and defending the rural character
and natural resources of Carmel Valley since 1949

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A free program of CVA's Natural Resources Committee:

Explore the Fascinating World of
Beneficial Insects, Bugs and Spiders

with Patrick Stadille, Science Teacher and Naturalist Extraordinaire.

Saturday, May 18, 10:00 am -12:30 pm
MEarth Gardens

We will be discovering beneficial insects, bugs and spiders and exploring them under the microscope. Bring a journal and drawing supplies to record what you see.

RSVP /questions call Paola Berthoin 624.9467
Labyrinth Opens at St. Dunstan's
Open to the public from sunrise to sunset.

A beautiful labyrinth, designed for meditative walking, has been installed on the grounds of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church and Montessori School in Carmel Valley.

Designed by master labyrinth builder Lars Howlett of San Francisco, the labyrinth is St. Dunstan’s gift to members of the community who wish to enter into the mindfulness and centering that walking the labyrinth can provide.

“The completion of this labyrinth is something many of us have dreamed about for years. The minute construction was completed, it felt like it had always been here,” said the Rev. Rob Fisher, rector of St. Dunstan’s. “We are all so happy that people will be able to savor the experience of walking this labyrinth while soaking up the remarkable natural beauty of Carmel Valley that surrounds its setting. Whatever your religious persuasion, it is an inherently spiritual experience.”

St. Dunstan’s labyrinth was constructed over several days, with the children of St. Dunstan’s Montessori School watching and helping. With the assistance of their teachers, they wrote prayers and messages of hope that were set in the ground before the first layer of material went on. Some of the children also set bricks for the perimeter. They all did what they could to contribute; the children were among the first to walk the labyrinth when it was completed.

Labyrinths have a long tradition in both spiritual and secular settings, emerging from ancient times and featuring multiple design patterns. Howlett says contemporary labyrinths “typically have a single pathway that meanders toward the center,” and then back out again. Among the most famous is the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral in France, which inspired the design of the labyrinth in Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Howlett trained with the leader of the labyrinth movement, Lauren Artress, at both locations.

In her book, Walking A Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice, Artress said, “The connection with Spirit is possible within the wondrous container of the labyrinth. As thoughts dispel, we invite into our awareness an open-minded attention. This consciousness moves out of focus the events in our lives and allows us to see that it is the invisible moments between the events that are important.”

St. Dunstan’s ( is located at 28005 Robinson Canyon Road in Carmel Valley.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Father Rob Fisher, St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church: (831) 624-6646 Lars Howlett, Discover Labyrinths: (415) 810-4906
From the Monterey County Composer’s Forum :

Winds of Change

will be presented by the Monterey County Composer’s Forum, May 19, 3 PM, Hidden Valley Music Seminars, 104 West Carmel Valley Road.

The concert will feature music composed by Abbott, Ettinger, Kaiser, Lesher, Macy, Ovens, Peterson, Price, Roseman, Victorine, and Yramategui.

There is a $10 suggested donation for admission to the concert. Donations will also be accepted to benefit Youth Music Monterey
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Special Events Task Force

The Resource Management Agency (RMA)
cordially invites you to participate in our Special Events Task Force.
Every fourth Thursday once a Month from 9:00-10:30 am
Monterey County Government Center, 1441 Schilling Place, Salinas

The Special Event Task Force Meeting Agendas and Minutes,
which include lists of approved and proposed events, are posted online.
Please Click Here to view.
From the Community Center:

Monday, June 3rd,
Community Center, 25 Ford Road

Volunteers will serve a full course meal including dessert and beverages, with perhaps a fun bingo game afterwards. We have engaged the participation of the valley restaurant community, and this month’s entree for Cinco de Mayo is generously provided by Plaza Linda. All CV seniors invited for camaraderie, food and fun! (Caretakers welcome!)

Seating at 11:30, buffet served at Noon. 
Sponsored by the Carmel Valley Community Youth Center, Friends of Rippling River, and the CV Women’s Club Foundation .
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Point Lobos
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Pris Walton, President
Carmel Valley Association
Curious About CVA?
Carmel Valley Association is one of the oldest, largest, and most suc cessful community organizations in Monterey County. We are entirely volunteer, with no paid employees. Our mission is to defend the beauty, resources and rural character of our beautiful valley. We do that by working with residents, businesses, and government.
CVA was instrumental in the adoption of the Carmel Valley Master Plan and recently settled a lawsuit with Monterey County regarding traffic measurement and capping future development on very favorable terms for our valley. Our volunteer experts represent Carmel Valley's interest, testifying before governmental bodies concerning development, water, traffic, road signs, and other quality of life issues.

We keep valley residents informed about important issues and events with our weekly email Bulletin, which goes to over 1100 residents, and our quarterly Newsletter, which is mailed to over 7,000 valley addresses.

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Douglas Steakley