South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival 2015 will be held Sept. 12. Due to the growth from this year and the expected attendance next year, we are moving the location to the Bayside Park immediately north of its current location. This will allow us to address the parking issues from this year’s unexpectedly higher attendance numbers as well as expand access to the Bay. Bayside Park has a small beach with more potential for water sports and recreational fun.

It is also adjacent to the Bayside RV Camping Resort, which will allow for easier access to those that want to spend the weekend. Those who have an RV may want to put your reservations in now since this is one of the more popular RV sites in the area.

To facilitate transportation for our local attendees, there will be shuttle service from the H Street trolley station. We will also have multiple local hotels providing overnight packages and shuttles to and from the event.

Since South Bay Alliance is an all-volunteer organization, it is our board/committee members and volunteers that make all this happen. We are currently looking for new board/committee members to assist in the planning of next year’s event. If you are interested in serving, please email southbayalliance@gmail.com and indicate your interest, in what capacity you would like to serve, and your relevant experience/background.

South Bay Alliance is always looking for people to be involved and look forward to hearing from our wonderful activists that dedicate their time to improving the world around them.

It is important that South Bay Pride (SBP) continues to support and highlight the immense amount of creativity and talent found locally. With that in mind, plans are in place to have a contest for a new logo to be used for next year’s SBP event. The contest will open for entries Dec. 1, 2014 – Jan. 15, 2015. The winner will be given credit in all our promotions, booth space at SBP in order to display their art, as well as $100 prize. We are also looking for someone to orchestrate a much larger art show in next year’s celebration, so if you are interested in helping us expand the art show, send us an email — and for those that are who’d like to enter the contest, start thinking about those designs.

Our 2015 goal will be to break 10,000 attendance, as well as raise enough funds to support opening and staffing a small but strategic LGBT Center in the old Chula Vista area in 2016. This Center will be accessible to the South County LGBT community through public transportation and will serve as a meeting place and information center to support both our LGBT youth and South County residents, in their endeavors to create a more LGBT-informed and LGBT-friendly community addressing our diverse local needs.

If you can, please donate by visiting southbaypride.org/donate. We would appreciate your support and know that all of your donations go towards that goal. Give what you can to not only keep 2015 South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival free, but also to work towards our fundraising goals for the South Bay Center. South Bay Alliance is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization so your donations are also tax deductible!

Keep checking back on our website and Facebook for our next mixer, which will happen either in early December or January. We will be reaching out to all of the local businesses, our supporters and volunteers, to bring them together for networking, fundraising and, of course, fun.

— Dae Elliott is a founding executive committee member and the current executive director of South Bay Alliance, a 501(c)3 nonprofit and organizer of the annual South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival. Contact her at southbayalliance@gmail.com.