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The bonfire at Fiesta Island earlier this month was a big success and a lot of fun! There were 35 people there, including some newcomers who heard about the event through our social media. Thanks to Marissa, John and Ed for planning and hosting the event, Merry for running the meeting, Shelly for promoting, and everyone who attended for creating a meaningful evening.


The softball season is in full swing, but it’s not too late to join! The team plays Wednesday evenings in a co-ed beginner league in Kearny Mesa through November. In addition to players, the team needs a scorekeeper, manager and, of course, fans! If you are interested in joining or supporting the team, or want to stay in the loop about future seasons, contact Coach Mary. Their games are listed on the calendar on the website.

To show support for our team, we invite everyone out to root, root, root for the SMARTies at 6:00 pm on October 26th.Peanuts and Cracker Jacks will be provided!

Volunteer Recognition

Each month at the Community Development Meeting, we say a special thanks to volunteers who’ve stepped up for SMART San Diego. 

This month we want to recognize the contributions that Mary N. has made to our community. She stepped forward earlier this summer and asked how she could get involved. At the Pizza Social, she floated the idea of a softball team. A week later, she had selected an appropriate league, figured out the costs, and was ready to recruit players. The team has played already played their first couple of games. Mary also started facilitating last month. Her meetings are Mondays at 7:00 am and Tuesday evenings at 6:00 on Zoom. Thank you, Mary, for stepping up. We are glad to have you involved in making our local SMART community more vibrant and connected.

We also want to thank Mike C. who has been facilitating the Saturday noon meeting at the community center for more than a couple years now. He has also been involved in organizing social activities like pickleball and the recent sailing events. He’s been a big supporter of the other social events in our community and is always a steady presence.

Do you know a volunteer who has made your SMART experience better? Let us know so their contribution can be recognized!

Guest Speaker on CRAFT

At the Community Development meeting on October 8th, Dr. Julia Rosengren will present an overview of the Community Reinforcement and Family Training approach. CRAFT, along with other SMART tools are used in our Family & Friends meetings and provide concerned significant others the tools they need to effectively support their loved one, without supporting their addictive behavior.

Everyone is welcome to attend our Community Development meeting the second Saturday of every month from 9:30-11:30am on Zoom. Julia will speak at 9:30. You are welcome to attend for her presentation, or stay for the whole meeting.

Upcoming Activities

Mark Your Calendars

Here are a couple of our upcoming activities. All are welcome to attend. Click the links for more details.

Do you want to get more involved in community activities? Join us Thursday, October 6th at 6:00 pm at the SMART community center in Kearny Mesa for a Social Event Planning Session. Bring your ideas; snacks will be provided. 

Show your support for the softball team. Join us on October 26th at 6:00 pm to root, root, root for the SMARTies at our Team Appreciation Night. There will be peanuts and Cracker Jacks! Fans are welcome at all games played Wednesday nights at the Kearny Mesa Rec Center. See the calendar for details.

What’s your VACI? Sometimes the idea of “vitally absorbing creative interests” comes up in meetings. Making time for a creative hobby can help you build a more balanced life or serve as a positive distraction. Join Micah each Saturday afternoon to companionably work on arts and crafts and get inspired by others. Wood burning, chainmail making, drawing, origami, knitting, stained glass, and fabric dyeing are some of the things that participants have been working on lately. People are welcome to come for the company even if they don’t have a project to work on. Arts & Crafts Saturdays from 2-4 pm at the community center. 

Many find that participating in social activities increases the benefit of meetings. As you build connections with others, you may discover that you are more comfortable sharing in meetings and you look forward to them more. All are welcome at our social events and anyone can plan them – if you’ve got something in mind, contact Kristi.

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Get Involved

Call for Volunteers!
We need volunteers who want to become more involved in the SMART Recovery San Diego community. If you can give a few hours a month to help with social activities, fundraising, or community outreach, we can use your help! Contact community@smartrecoverysd.org to find out more.

Have You Ever Thought of Facilitating a Meeting?
We are looking for volunteers to start new meetings or serve as substitutes, particularly in-person meetings. New meetings allow us to reach a broader community who might benefit from SMART. Our training program will pair you with a mentor to offer guidance and support while you prepare to facilitate a meeting of your own. Contact the facilitator training committee.

Come to the Community Development Meeting
If you’ve been thinking of becoming more involved, this is a great way to learn about what we’re working on and where help is most needed. All are welcome to attend this meeting on the second Saturday of every month from 9:30-11:30 on Zoom. The first hour focuses on administration and long term planning, the second hour is dedicated to meeting management. You are free to only attend part of the meeting. If you have questions about the agenda of the upcoming meeting, contact Megan.

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