#LatinasOutdoors: How a Latina Nature Explorer was Born

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Guest Blog by Chicas Latinas’ Member: Patricia Diaz

My earliest memories venturing out into the great outdoors are strongly correlated with food. For my Mexican family, summer trips to the lake equaled carne asada and grilled onions. Burritos neatly wrapped in tinfoil still remind me of our treks up I-80 in the winter, so we could slide down snowy hills. You work up quite an appetite falling face first in the snow.  

Chicas Latinas' Member, Patricia Diaz

Chicas Latinas’ Member, Patricia Diaz

The night before a trip to the lake I would anticipate walking on the sand (or dirt depending on the location.) I would imagine the first moment the water came into view. I’d get so excited at the thought of jumping in the lake, with my pair of two-dollar arm floaties, that I’d have trouble falling asleep. Our annual trips to the snow was one of a handful of times in winter that this California kid got to pull her favorite puffy jacket out of the closet, wear a scarf and beanie, and actually need it.

Looking back, I realize that this is when my love affair with nature began. I loved it for what it was… before I knew that fancy outdoor equipment existed, before going out into nature seemed complicated and expensive. Being outdoors and exploring this gorgeous state of California filled me up with a sense of pure joy. The giddy feeling I used to get as a kid when I caught a glimpse of sparkling blue water, or a snow bank taller than my 5-year-old frame, is the same exact feeling that the grown up me gets every time I see Lake Tahoe from the top of a Sierra peak.

To the Latinas and Latinos I know who don’t venture out into nature very often, I have to ask why not? If it’s out of a sense of uncertainty of where to start, what gear you will need and who will guide you then I say look no further than this blog.

I would remind you that the reality is you can get out on countless hiking trails with little more than an old pair of sneakers & a bag filled with snacks & water. Don’t let the gear deter you. There are trails and places for everyone and for every level, from the beginner to the highly experienced trekker. My advice to you, just get out there with a fellow nature lover in the lead. I promise you that you will walk away from that first outing with memories that will last a lifetime. The added bonus is that this type of exercise comes with a view. After all, you just so happen to live in one of the most naturally beautiful places in the entire world! The trails of the Sierra Nevada and the Coast are waiting for you to take your first step. Wait there’s more…

Chicas Latinas de Sacramento are pleased to be partnering with Latino Outdoors to be your ambassadors and guides! Our first trip together will be to explore the Palomarin Trail at Point Reyes on Saturday June 27th (RSVP on Meetup, or email us!). Learn more about Latino Outdoors by clicking here http://latinooutdoors.org
No more excuses. You have a time, a place, and people who love the outdoors to lead the way. Vamonos a explorar! Let’s go explore, with Chicas Latinas de Sacramento and Latinos Outdoors!

Contact Patricia Diaz & #TeamChicas Running Group at: committees@chicaslatinasdesacramento.org

#TBT Chicas Latinas de Sacramento at Rebuilding Together Sacramento in April 2015

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11196358_10152790775516821_4054605469764219751_nWe’re going to take advantage of this #TBT (throwback Thursday) to share pictures from a community project Chicas Latinas de Sacramento volunteered at, Rebuilding Together Sacramento! 

Chicas Latinas members have been SO busy in the community these last few months that we’ve had a hard time catching up with ourselves. (Shameless plug, join our marketing team!) 

Thank you to our amazing volunteers who helped at Rebuild Day on April 25. Our volunteers helped rebuild a home and made a huge difference in the lives of a single mother and her six children in Sacramento.

The Mission of Rebuilding Together is to bring volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners in need. Learn more: http://rebuildingtogethersacramento.org/about-us/mission/

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Join Chicas Latinas de Sacramento’s Leadership Team!

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Do you enjoy…

  • Working in and with the Sacramento community?
  • Helping plan and organize events, fundraisers, and community drives?
  • Marketing events, programs, and community drives?
  • Blogging, shooting and/or editing video?
  • Inspiring others to give?

Consider joining Chicas Latinas’ leadership team!

Chicas Latinas de Sacramento‘s Program & Events and Marketing Committees meet once a month on Tuesday evenings, and are in need of a few good committee members who are interested in learning, becoming involved in the community, and giving to Chicas Latinas in order to help us further our mission.

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We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, which relies 100% on our community volunteers and donations. As we continue into our 7th year of existence, we’re excited to grow and gain funding… but we need your help to continue our work! Men and women are welcomed to join, no experience is necessary (although it’s always a plus).

Online Application: http://bit.ly/ChicasLatinasCommitteeApp

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Our mission is to make a positive impact in both the Latin and Sacramento community by improving, connecting and embracing our culture and the community in which we call our home, by giving back to our community, utilizing our people and our culture to educate, inspire, and lead.

Chicas Latinas’ Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Sacramento 2015 Team with Los Hombres

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Thank you to all the men who joined our ‪#‎WAM2015‬ team, Los Hombres de las Chicas Latinas de Sacramento… and thank you to our amazing Chicas Latinas volunteers!

This was the first year that Chicas Latinas de Sacramento hosted a walking team. We didn’t quite know what to expect, but were thrilled to discover that over 25 men registered for our team. Los Hombres delivered and we can’t wait to host a team next year – bigger and better! Chicas Latinas also hosted a volunteer team and tabled at the event.

Chicas Latinas’ team helped WEAVE, Inc. raise nearly $2,500 for sexual assault & domestic violence services for survivors in the ‪‎Sacramento community. Did we reach #‎1000MenStrong‬? With the help of Los Hombres de las Chicas Latinas de Sacramento, Weave Inc. broke a record for men walking in heals this year at Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.

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#TeamChicas: Spring round up

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Hola chicas and chicos! We’ve had such an exciting year thus far with a number of great events taking place throughout. Our latest one being our FUN RUN taking place in Auburn. Thank you again to those who joined us!

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#TeamChicas running/walking in Auburn.

We now find ourselves in the middle of Spring, approaching the middle of the year and we continue to think of more interesting (fun) runs and races to be apart of for later in the year. For our up and coming run, see below for details!unnamedIf you find yourself wanting to join us whether it’s Wednesday afternoons at McKinley Park at 6PM or Sunday’s at Sutters Landing at 8AM, please do with signing up for weekly updates! We love having both women AND men join us of all running levels. For any questions or queries, please fill out the form below.

Races to sign up:

Sunday June 7th– Kaiser Permanente Women’s Fitness Festival. Let’s make our presence known! We are training for this 5k race and would love to see you participate in this amazing event.

For race details go to: http://www.womensfitnessfestival.com/

Los Hombres de Las Chicas

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There is an old saying: “You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® asks men to literally walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes. It’s not easy walking in these shoes, but it’s fun and it gets the community to talk about something that’s really difficult to talk about: gender relations and sexualized violence against women.

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On Sunday, May 3 the men of Chicas Latinas de Sacramento will make a statement not just locally but to the world when we come together for the 5th Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.

This is the first year the Chicas will have a team representing us!! We can’t achieve this without YOU. Register today and recruit the men in your family, your work, your gym, your church. You get the idea, we are going to go big on May 3 and want you to be part of the record setting and lifesaving day.

  • Registration is $40 per man which includes: Shoes, T-Shirt, Swag Bag, and Festival Access
  • To register click on the link below and “Register for Walk a Mile”
    http://weaveinc.donorpages.com/WalkaMile2015/
  • Under team options choose “Join a Team” and select “Los Hombres de Las Chicas” 

~ A donor page will be created so you can share with family and friends. All donations will be added to the Teams fundraising goal ~

For more information Join the Event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/825541930867296/

AND Chicas!!!!

We will be out there supporting our men by Volunteering with Weave. In order to track our volunteers put “Chicas Latinas de Sacramento” in the “Additional Comments” box when registering.

For more details RSVP on the Chicas Latinas de Sacramento Meetup Page!!!

You’re Invited to “Support the Girls” at Chicas Latinas’ Anniversary Brunch & Bra Drive in Sacramento

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We can’t wait to celebrate Chicas Latinas de Sacramento‘s 6 Year Anniversary with you all on Sunday April 12th, at Vallejo’s!

Purchase your tickets in-advance, ticket prices will increase at the door.

Pre-Sale Tickets: http://chicaslatinassupportthegirls.eventbrite.com/

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Next Sunday… 

✧ Enjoy an amazing Mexican brunch buffet by Vallejo’s Restaurants

✧ Be serenaded by the wonderfully talented Dinorah Klingler / Dinorah’s Entertainment

✧ Donate a bra, receive a complimentary mimosa (donations go to Bishop Gallegos Maternity Home / Women’s Empowerment)

✧ Purchase a Michelada, as a donation to Chicas Latinas!

✧ and much more!!!

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Chicas Latinas de Sacramento’s mission is to make a positive impact in both the Latin and Sacramento community by improving, connecting and embracing our culture and the community in which we call our home, by giving back to our community, utilizing our people and our culture to educate, inspire, and lead.

Please join us at “Support the Girls,” Chicas Latinas de Sacramento’s Brunch Fundraiser and Bra Drive!

Chicas Latinas de Sacramento relies 100% on our volunteers and community donations! Our annual fundraiser is our source of funding at the moment. Our dream is for our 501(c)3 nonprofit to continue in creating a culture of volunteerism and leadership in our community, for years to come. Your ticket purchase is a donation to our organization and a step closer to a dream realized for Sacramento, for our families, for our futures.

Please consider showing your support for Chicas Latinas, by sharing this event, inviting your friends and family members, and joining us for a great day of celebration and giving!

New and used bra donations will go to:

  • Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 6.58.16 PMBishop Gallegos Maternity Home, a home for women over the age of 18 who are pregnant and in need of shelter, food, safety, comfort and support during their pregnancy. Learn more: http://www.bgmh.org/
  • Women’s Empowerment, a program that educates and empowers women, who are homeless, with the skills and confidence necessary to secure a job, create a healthy lifestyle, and regain a home for themselves and their children. Learn more: http://www.womens-empowerment.org/

Pre-Sale Tickets: http://chicaslatinassupportthegirls.eventbrite.com/

Chicas on the run!

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Just as we mentioned before, the Chicas Running group are making moves! Last week, several of our members made it to the UC Davis campus to run the 5K Caterpillar Crawl benefiting Camp Kesem. See below for shots of our Chicas in action!

THIS weekend we look forward to seeing more of our Chicas on the run for Sacramento’s Shamrock’n Half Marathon, Sunday, March 15th starting with the first wave at 7:45AM and last at 8:30AM in Raley Field.

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Click HERE for a map.

We wish our Chicas the BEST of luck this weekend!

Want to join the fun in running? Fill out the form below to stay in the loop for future running events:

Chica’s Running Group Q&A!

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Having trouble understanding what it takes to hit the ground running? Come join us for a Chicas Running Group Q&A session/lunch on Sunday February 22 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at The Coffee Garden 2904 Franklin Blvd., Sacramento CA 95817.

We want to hear your questions and feedback about running! The Chicas Running Group is here to serve you as a beginning or advanced runner. All are welcome. Please RSVP and send your questions by February 18th, to Sol at solluvs2run@gmail.com or fill out the contact form below. Hope to see you there!

Chicas Running Group Spring Marathons for 2015!

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Don’t wait to join the Chicas Running Group! As we prepare for the two marathons this spring (info below) we will be giving opportunity for runners to earn either free admission or fun-run worthy prizes. Your chance to earn begins the first run on Sunday, February the 1st through the end of the month!

Saturday March 7, 2015

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More specific information is TBD. However, this is a 5k race benefiting Camp Kesem, a college student run organization whose mission is to help children through their parent’s cancer. Registration cost details coming soon. The first 10 runners that come to at least four Chicas running group workouts,* we’ll cover your entry fee.

Sunday March 15, 2015

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Blue Diamond Shamrock’n Half-Marathon in Sacramento. We won’t be offering free entry for this race, but we’ll be raffling off a few amazing prizes. You must attend at least four group workouts* to be enter into the raffle.

*You are not required to attend four consecutive runs, only four total. So let’s get going runners! #TeamChicas

Community Running Group Form: http://bit.ly/ChicasRunningGroup

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