The Coastal Post - April 2000

Newsbriefs By Submission


Power Wheelchairs Available

The Senior Wheels USA Program makes electric wheelchairs available to qualifying senior citizens, 65 years old and up, and the permanently disabled, at no cost.

If your need is for use in your home, call for more information: Leon Johnson, 1-800-246-6010.

Alzheimer's Conference

"Entering a New Century with Hope," a one-day educational conference on Alzheimer's for professionals and families will be held on Saturday, April 29 at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 15 Mark West Springs Road in Santa Rosa.

Cost is $10 general admission and $25 for professionals. An optional box lunch is $8. Continuing Education units are available. Call 707-573-1210 for more information.

Jews Observe Passover

Jews the world over will begin to observe the eight-day holiday of Passover at sunset Wednesday, April 19, beginning with a seder, a religious service and a meal filled with symbolic foods and traditional rituals. A list of Bay Area seders can be obtained for any branch of Judaism as well as contemporary formats, such as feminist, vegetarian, interfaith and others, by calling 415-777-4545 or 877-777-JCIR (toll free beyond 415 area code) or by e-mailing [email protected]

San Geronimo Art Show

The San Geronimo Valley Cultural Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. (5 miles west of Fairfax), will hold a Spring Art Show featuring 60 local artists April 7 through 11. Times are: Opening reception on Friday, April 7, 6:30-9 pm; Saturday and Sunday, April 8 and 9, 10am-6pm; Monday and Tuesday, April 10 and 11, 9am-noon. A location map is available at www.sgvcc.org.

Enrichment For Children

A ten-week summer camp program will be offered at four locations in the North Bay by Novato and Petaluma Enrichment Care. Camps will feature weekly theme adventures, arts and crafts, science, sports and games, drama and music, field trips and swimming. Scholarships are available. Call 415-898-3628.

BBQ Benefit For The Birds

The Marin Audubon Society will hold its Mother's Day BBQ on Sunday, May 14 from 11 am-2pm, serving beginning at noon, at Volunteer Canyon, 3 miles north of Stinson Beach on Hwy. 1, one-third of a mile south of Audubon Canyon Ranch. $15 per adult, $10 per child under 10. Reservations are required; parking is limited, so please carpool. Call 415-454-5469 for more information.

Elks Give To Hospice

The San Rafael Elks Lodge recently contributed $1,500 to the Hospice of Marin Children's Program through its Allensby Charity Trust Fund

Hospice of Marin has served the local community for 24 yeas. Its goal is to offer patients and families facing terminal illness the highest quality of life possible each day by providing medical, psychological, social, spiritual and practical assistance.

For more information, call 415-927-2273.

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Hospice is offering open grief groups that don't require reservations for the spring season. They will be held Mondays, April 3, May 1 and June 5, from 10-11:30am at 150 Nellen Avenue in Corte Madera.

Professionals Sought To Become Foster Parents

Are you a trained social worker, psychologist, psychiatrist, special education teacher, pediatric nurse or pediatrician? If so, and if you have the time needed and experience with children, your expertise could greatly benefit a Marin child with special needs.

The Health and Human Services Department invites you to learn about becoming a professional foster parent. Since you would need to be available when the child is home from school, this might be the perfect opportunity if you are working part-time or from your home. Alternatively, you may be retired or taking time off from your career to follow other pursuits. Professional foster care providers receive compensation commensurate with their education and experience with children.

People of other professional and non-professional backgrounds are also needed.

Call 415-499-7118.

Scrutinize Biz Ops

Advertised business opportunities are often scams. Get all earnings claims in writing. Interview references. Study franchise disclosure documents. Ask the Attorney General's office or consumer protection agency and Better Business Bureau about the promoter. For more information about business opportunities advertised, call the Federal Trade Commission toll free at 1-877-FTC-HELP (382-4357) or visit on-line at www.ftc.gov.

Tomales Bay Green Crab Study Approved

The Board of Supervisors recently approved a request from the County Farm Advisor to authorize $4,000 to fund a study of the introduced European green crab recently found in Tomales Bay to document impacts on cultured shellfish and native populations of oysters, clams and seabirds.

The green crab's diet includes mussels, oysters, plants, other crabs, small fish and insects. The green crab has been blamed for wiping out the soft-shell industry in New England in the early 1900s. On the West coast, it was first detected in the late 1980s in San Francisco Bay, where it remained for three years. Then in 1993, it was discovered in Bodega Harbor. Green crabs can now be found in every major bay and estuary between Morro and Humboldt Bays.

The crabs most likely were introduced to California waters via the ballast water of commercial vessels, or hitched rides on the seaweed used to pack live seafood or baitworm shipments.

By accurately quantifying the impact of green crabs on both commercial and non-commercial species, the study will assess the potential impact of other non-native marine species and how to control them. It will also assist policy makers in determining how much of our public resources should be devoted to controlling this current invader.

For more information, call Paul Olin at 707-565-2621.

Grants Offered To Tam High Seniors

Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded to Tam High seniors for college, university or vocational/technical/para-professional programs based on financial need and demonstrated interest in further education. Students receiving this award have one opportunity to apply for a renewal grant of up to $1,000.

The grant program was established by the estate of Sausalito teacher Kent Kincaid, along with representatives of the Sausalito School District and Tamalpais High School District.

Applications are available in the Career Guidance Center at Tam High, Monday through Thursday, 380-3582. Deadline is May 4, 3:30 p.m.

Common Products Dangerous To Sniffers

The California Poison Control System is launching an effort to cut the rising number of illnesses and deaths among school children caused by inhaling household products. A recent state survey shows the use of inhalants as drugs of abuse is on the rise in elementary and middle schools, and already exceeds the national average.

Sniffing or inhaling household products, from gasoline and paint thinner to computer cleaners and glues, can severely damage the brain, heart, liver, bone marrow and other parts of the body.

For questions about these chemicals or help in the event of a poisoning, contact 1-800-876-4766.

Gillnets Killing Turtles And Whales

Environmental organizations have filed suit against the National Marine Fisheries Service for its failure to protect endangered sea turtles and whales and dolphins from drowning in large numbers in the California gill net fishery for thresher shark and swordfish.

In 1999, the fishery illegally captured or killed humpback whales, fin whales, northern elephant seals, green sea turtles and olive ridley sea turtles, all protected under the Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act and/or state law. In addition, scores of dolphins of three species, California sea lions, and several critically endangered leatherback sea turtles were captured.

A copy of the lawsuit can be found at http://www.seaturtles.org/pdf/drift_gillnet_complaint.pdf.

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