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SoCal LEAF & EV Gathering - Sixth Year Ended - 20 Aug 2016

Posted: Sun Aug 30, 2015 8:34 am
by garygid
Our Sixth Year of Gatherings was in progress here.
See our Seventh Year here: http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=22460

Our LEAF group has become an extended family, with some evolving
with the times, and now arriving in other EVs, including Rav4EV, Tesla S,
BMW i3, and occasionally an iMev or Coda.
As with any good family, we welcome and enjoy this "growing up",
since it enriches the group, and provides us all with a better
perspective of the future.

So, the LEAF title for the Gathering evolves to "LEAF & EV"
until we think of something better.

Join us for a Saturday morning breakfast buffet at Hometown Buffet,
or some other location (see below), or for some other special event.

Nominally, we Gather from about 8:00 until about 11:00 AM, and some will arrive
at about 8:00 and some may stay later, if there is enough interest. Some come
for just a while, but have to leave early because they have a "real" life. :D

I usually try to arrive by 8:00, and I am usually among the last to leave.
HTB opens for Breakfast at 8:00, and transitions to their Lunch menu at about 11:00.

Usually, we LEAF/EV-Gather on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month,
but that is often modified to fit the holidays or other events in the month.
Occasionally we have Local Clusters for special events (**) at different locations.

NOTE: The Hometown Buffet in Cerritos is no more, new locations under discussion.
Testing new location at the Golden Corral in the City of Industry (see address below).


------ 73rd month Gatherings ------
Gathering #73a: 10 Sep 2016 at Golden Corral in City of Industry for breakfast.
Gathering #73b: 24 Sep 2016 at the HTB on 17th in Santa Ana for breakfast.

----- End of Sixth year of EV Gatherings -----

------ 72nd month Gatherings ------
Gathering #72a: 6 Aug 2016 at Golden Corral in City of Industry for breakfast.
Gathering #72b: 20 Aug 2016 at the HTB on 17th in Santa Ana for breakfast.

------ 71st month Gatherings ------
Gathering #71a: 9 Jul 2016 at Golden Corral in City of Industry for breakfast.
Gathering #71b: 23 Jul 2016 at the HTB on 17th in Santa Ana for breakfast.

------ 70th month Gatherings ------
Gathering #70a: 4 Jun 2016 at Golden Corral in City of Industry for breakfast.
Gathering #70b: 18 Jun 2016 at the HTB on 17th in Santa Ana for breakfast.
Gathering #70c: 25 Jun 2016 potluck, canceled, to be rescheduled.

------ 69th month Gatherings ------
Gathering #69a: 7 May 2016 at Golden Corral in City of Industry for breakfast.
Gathering #69b: 21 May 2016 at the HTB on 17th in Santa Ana for breakfast.

------ 68th month Gatherings ------
Gathering #68a: 2 Apr 2016 at Golden Corral in City of Industry for breakfast.
Gathering #68b: 16 Apr 2016 at the HTB on 17th in Santa Ana for breakfast.

------ 67th month Gatherings ------
Gathering #67a: 5 Mar 2016 at the HTB in Cerritos for breakfast.
Gathering #67b: 19 Mar 2016 at the HTB on 17th in Santa Ana for breakfast.

------ 66th month Gatherings ------
Gathering #66a: 6 Feb 2016 at the HTB in Cerritos for breakfast.
Gathering #66b: 20 Feb 2016 at the HTB on 17th in Santa Ana for breakfast.

------ 65th month Gatherings ------
Gathering #65a: 9 Jan 2016 at the HTB in Cerritos for breakfast.
Gathering #65b: 23 Jan 2016 at the HTB on 17th in Santa Ana for breakfast.

------ 64th month Gatherings ------
Gathering #64a: 5 Dec 2015 at the HTB in Cerritos for breakfast.
Gathering #64b: 19 Dec 2015 at the HTB on 17th in Santa Ana for breakfast.

------ 63rd month Gatherings ------
Gathering #63a: 7 Nov 2015 at the HTB in Cerritos for breakfast.
Gathering #63b: 21 Nov 2015 at the HTB on 17th in Santa Ana for breakfast.

------ 62nd month Gatherings ------
Gathering #62a: 10 Oct 2015 at the HTB in Cerritos for breakfast.
Gathering #62b: 24 Oct 2015 at the HTB on 17th in Santa Ana for breakfast.

------ 61st month Gatherings ------ (start of our Sixth year)
Gathering #61a: 12 Sep 2015 at the HTB in Cerritos for breakfast.
Other events for National Drive Electric Week start on Sep 12th.
Gathering #61b: 26 Sep 2015 at the HTB on 17th in Santa Ana for breakfast.

------ 60th month Gatherings ------ (end of the Fifth year)
Gathering #60a: 8 Aug 2015 at the HTB in Cerritos for breakfast.
Gathering #60b: 22 Aug 2015 at the HTB on 17th in Santa Ana for breakfast.
Gathering #60c: 29 Aug 2015 an anniversary Breakfast Potluck at Jeanne's home.

----- Fifth Year of Gatherings ------
See our Fifth Year thread:
http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=17823

----- Fourth Year of Gatherings ------
See our Fourth Year thread:
http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=14125" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

------ Third Year of Gatherings ------
See our Third Year thread:
http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=9695" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

------ Second Year of Gatherings ------
See our Second Year thread:
http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=5418" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

------ First Year of Gatherings ------
See our First Year thread:
http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=1148" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

------------ Locations -------------

Golden Corral in City of Industry
17635 Castleton St 
City of Industry, CA 91748
Phone: (626) 839-8188

This GC is located just South of the 60 freeway, 4 miles West of the 57 freeway,
about half way between the S. Azusa Ave exit on the West and the Fullerton Rd
exit on the East.  They open at 7:30 for breakfast on Saturday.

From south Orange County, go North on I-5, then North on 57,
and then about 4 miles West on the 60 freeway.

Hometown Buffet on 17th in Santa Ana:
Located just 2 blocks East of I-5 on 17th street in Santa Ana
1008 EAST 17TH STREET
SANTA ANA, CA 92701
Phone: (714) 541-3020
Their "breakfast" hours are from 8:00 until 11:00 (when "lunch" begins").
I usually plan to arrive about 8:00, and stay until at least 11:00.

Hometown Buffet in Cerritos:
About 0.2 miles east of the 605 freeway. Use the "South Street" exit about a mile south
of the 91 freeway, going east to 11471 South Street. The HTB is north of South Street,
"hidden" behind other buildings in the shopping center.

Cerritos Nissan:
18707 Studebaker Road, just west of 605. Take the first exit south of 91 (South St),
and go west one short block, turning right (north) onto Studebaker Road.
About 0.2 miles north, turn left onto Auto Square Dr. and then left again into Cerritos Nissan.

They have three L2 charging stations, but the two in front are often in use.
They have one QC machine that requires activation by an NRG/eVgo card ($$).
After hours, they typically block the entrances to the lot with "blocker" cars.
But, at least when I asked nicely, they were friendly, and helpful.
So, basically charging is only available during business hours.

------------- Misc ------------------
As always, Suggestions Welcome
Thanks everyone for your support and help.

Re: SoCal LEAF & EV Gathering - Cerritos - 12 Sep 2015

Posted: Sun Aug 30, 2015 9:02 am
by garygid
Starting Year 6...

1. Our first Gathering of this new year of events is scheduled for
breakfast at the Hometown Buffet in Cerritos, about 2 blocks
East of 605 on South Street, which is the first exit off of 605
south of the 91 freeway.

2. Note, Upcoming Event near Cerritos HTB on 12 September 2015:

National Drive Electric Week Event - Long Beach
Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Houghton Park
6301 Myrtle Ave
Long Beach, CA 90805

3. Other NDEW events Saturday afternoon.

4. The big NDEW event in LA on Sunday the 13th.

So, ... We could have breakfast from 8 to 9:30 or 10 or so,
and go over to event #2, which is nearby. Most likely, that
is what I will do.

Or, we could go to this event at 9 or so, and meet at the HTB
(or Golden Corral) for lunch at about 12:30.

Any ideas or suggestions?

Re: SoCal LEAF & EV Gathering Year 6 - Cerritos - 12 Sep 2015

Posted: Fri Sep 04, 2015 7:18 am
by garygid
There is an informal meetup of Tesla owners (new, older, and prospective)
tomorrow, Saturday Sep 5th, at the Fountain Valley Supercharger, at 11 AM.
We will chat, then walk across the street to eat Lunch at the Souplantation.
This is near 405 and Euclid, see http://supercharge.info for the exact location.

If space permits, we will park the Tesla vehicles, near, but not in, the SC
charging stalls. Otherwise, we will attempt to use other parking spaces
nearest the Supercharger location, or just across the street in the
resturant's spaces nearest the SC location.

I intend to arrive around 10:30 to charge my car for awhile, then move
my car when we go into the resturant.

This might be a good time for prospective or new owners to get many
questions answered.

Re: SoCal LEAF & EV Gathering Year 6 - Cerritos - 12 Sep 2015

Posted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 7:12 am
by garygid
The OC Tesla Group meetup was a very nice success last Saturday.
Tom and I arrived at the FV Supercharger shortly after 10 AM, with 6 of the
8 spaces open, and we took 2 of the remaining spaces. By 11 AM other
members had arrived, some charging and others just parking in the roughly
17 adjacent parking spaces. By 11:30, the group had grown to about 12 cars
and 16 people, with other travelers arriving, charging, and leaving. I went
into the Souplantation to arrange a table, with about 18 or more Teslas
visible, and all 8 charging stalls full. Hopefully, most members moved
out of the charging spots to leave room for those passing through, but
the SC spaces appeared to be "occupied" before the group picture
and the trickle-in of the group members to our long table.

A few others arrived later, including one couple who just took delivery
of their Tesla a day or two ago, I think. It appeared that everyone had
a good time, with many conversations in progress at any given moment.

When we left, shortly after 1 PM, it appeared that all the SC spaces were
occupied, but there was no easy way to tell if anybody was waiting for
a charge, or eating, or shopping at the nearby Costco, or the adjacent Petsmart.

Re: SoCal LEAF & EV Gathering Year 6 - Cerritos - 12 Sep 2015

Posted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 7:30 am
by garygid
Is anybody other than me planning on eating breakfast at
the Hometown Buffet in Cerritos this coming Saturday?

I think that many are planning on going to the Long Beach
National Drive Electric Week (NDEW) event, which goes from
9 to noon "nearby". I am likely to arrive there by 10 or so,
after some breaking of the overnight fasting.

It could be a warm, even hot, day on Saturday, with today
and Friday forcast fot the high eighties, and Tu, Wed, and Th
predicted to be in the low 90s here in Laguna Hills.
Hopefully there will be some shade, but water, hats, and
sunscreen are probably important to consider.

Do we have any "meeting point" at the Long Beach event?

Cheers, Gary

Re: SoCal LEAF & EV Gathering Year 6 - Cerritos - 12 Sep 2015

Posted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 2:05 pm
by 91040
I will go directly to Long Beach.

Re: SoCal LEAF & EV Gathering Year 6 - Cerritos - 12 Sep 2015

Posted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 6:19 pm
by Boomer23
I will go directly to Long Beach. I'd like to arrive early to scope out the event and see what staging options there are for the various car brands.

I need to leave on time, also, for a date with Mrs. Boomer later in the day.


Also, is anyone from our group planning to attend the Los Angeles event on Sunday at Exposition Park?

Kathleen?

Re: SoCal LEAF & EV Gathering Year 6 - Cerritos - 12 Sep 2015

Posted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 7:31 pm
by JeremyW
I'll be at the Long Beach and the Los Angeles events. Volunteered for the LA one, too.

Re: SoCal LEAF & EV Gathering Year 6 - Cerritos - 12 Sep 2015

Posted: Wed Sep 09, 2015 7:05 am
by JasonA
I was planning on Diamond Bar later on Saturday I think.. dunno, still thinking about it, some of our other "Leaf'ers" in the group will be over there as well.

I think we may skip Cerritos and head straight down to LB as well. Is there going to be a spot similar to previous years?

And yes, Hilda and I will be there with both vehicles on Sunday fully loaded with like 9 people! :shock:

Re: SoCal LEAF & EV Gathering Year 6 - Cerritos - 12 Sep 2015

Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2015 5:50 am
by garygid
I plan to go to the Cerritos HTB at 8, just in case anybody shows up there.

Then, if there are newcomers or others there, I can lead them over to
the Long Beach NDEW event, planning to get there somewhere between
9 and 10. Hopefully I will see many of you there, and even park with
our group, at:

LB NDEW Event - 9 to Noon
Houghton Park
6301 Myrtle Ave
Long Beach, CA 90805

Cheers, Gary