• Leadership Santa Maria Valley Publishes Bilingual Children's Book, ''Strawberry Moon Says, Goodnight''

    Leadership Santa Maria Valley Class of 2020 (a program of the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce) recently completed 1 of 2 Legacy Projects. Amidst a global pandemic, their class not only built a mobile observatory, which will be ready to unveil in January, but they also wrote a bilingual children's book, Strawberry Moon Says, Goodnight, as their second Legacy Project.

    With our incredible community's help, they successfully held an art contest to find talented students to illustrate the book. Twenty artists were selected, who range in age from 9-17, to illustrate each verse, and WOW do we have incredible student artists in our community!

    What makes this book a Legacy? 100% of the book's sale proceeds will support literacy programs at Northern Santa Barbara County United Way and art programs through P.L.A.Y. and the Boys & Girls Club of Mid Central Coast. The book is available for pre-order at www.goodnightstrawberrymoon.com.

    Strawberry Moon Says, Goodnight is a sweet bedtime story from the moon's perspective looking down on the beautiful Santa Maria Valley. Located on the Central Coast of California, its mild climate allows for year-round adventures on sandy coastlines and rolling hills. Come along as the Strawberry Moon explores the Santa Maria Valley and surrounding area best known for its native wildlife, local beaches, huge famous strawberries, Santa Maria Style B.B.Q., and so much more!

    Did you know Strawberry Moon is a nickname given to the full moon in the month of June by the Native American Algonquin tribe? It signifies the time of year to gather ripe, wild strawberries.

    Leadership Santa Maria Valley Class of 2020 hosted a small, safe, and socially distant ceremony on December 5th at Rotary Centennial Park to recognize the art contest winners and honor the many community sponsors. The Santa Maria Valley community came together to donate time and resources to bring this book from idea to reality, and we couldn’t be more proud. Thank you to Claudia Cabrera Olsen and Santa Maria High School teacher, Mireya Luna, for translating the book.