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September, 2003

News Shorts

Learn About Becoming a Foster Parent

The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services will offer an Information Meeting on foster care on Thursday, August 28, 7 to 8:30 p.m. The presentation, facilitated by a social worker and a foster parent, will be held at the Division of Social Services at 10 North San Pedro Rd., Room 1018 (on the north side of the building) in San Rafael.

Foster parents provide temporary homes (usually three to twelve months) to children of diverse ages. The county is currently facing a shortage of foster parents and your help is greatly needed. You may be male or female, single or part of a couple (married or not), older, a renter or homeowner. Professional training and financial assistance are provided.

For more information and for a schedule of additional Information Meetings, please call 415-499-7118.

Call To Artists: Junk Art Show & Competition

Scrapture on Tour 2003, Junk Art Show and Competition will take place Saturday, September 27 from 10 to 4 at Toby's in Point Reyes Station. Artwork must be registered by noon and you must be present to win cash prizes. This is FREE family fun with plenty of food from Indian Peach Food Company of and Marin Sun Farms along with live music by Kings Point Reggeastra.

Partial support for Scrapture on Tour 2003 in provided by a grant from the Marin Arts Council. Also supporting Scrapture on Tour is Waste Free Now, Waste Management, Inc., Gallery Route One, Environmental Action Committee of West Marin, Dennis Rodoni, and the Tomales Bay Association.

Examples of Scrapture Art can be seen on For more information, contact Lauri Sturdivant at 415-663-1427 or [email protected]

Parnell Will Not Seek Re-Election

After careful consideration, Dr. Frank Parnell has decided not to be a candidate for re-election as a Trustee of the Marin Community College District in November, 2003.

As a dedicated supporter of public education, Parnell has served eight years on the College of Marin (COM) Board during challenging times, including two years as Board President.

In his press release, Parnell stated, "The COM Board of Trustees has been goal-oriented and proactive in addressing our challenges at the college including the future use of the Indian Valley Campus, development of a facilities master plan, internal dispute resolution and institutional reorganization.

"By the end of the term as Board President in December 2003, I am optimistic that our search for a new President/Superintendent will be successful and that a decision will be made to move forward with the General Obligation bond measure which is badly needed to improve our physical facilities."

Sheriff's Citizen's Academy

The Marin County Sheriff's Office is proud to announce the next presentation of the Sheriff's Citizen's Academy. The academy is scheduled to begin on Wednesday Sept. 17. The course is presented once a week on Wed. evenings from 6:30-9:30 for a total of 13 weeks.

Participants of the course will be introduced to the wide are of various responsibilities of the Sheriff's Office. In addition to the weekly classroom discussions, participants have the opportunity to participate in many "in-field" demonstrations. This includes every student having the opportunity to attend the Sheriff's Office pursuit driving course, ride-along with a deputy during a patrol shift, and experience first hand the stress of making life or death decisions using a high tech Force Options Training Simulator where the students are subjected to "shoot or don't shoot" training exercises.

The Marin County Sheriff's Office is the largest law enforcement agency in Marin County. It has over 200 sworn personnel and 105 civilian personnel. In addition to patrol responsibilities, it is responsible for the Marin County Jail and the security of the Marin County Courts. Students will be exposed to several specialty units including the Canine Team, Investigations Bureau, Dive Team, Probation Enforcement Team, and Marine and Air Patrol Units. Recently with the cooperation of the California Department of Corrections, the Sheriff's Office has added a tour of San Quentin State Prison as part of the academy's curriculum.

Applications for the next class are available by call the Sheriff's Office Professional Standards Unit at 415-499-7836 or via the Sheriff's Office website at




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