News Shorts - December 2003
School-Age Children Need
The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services is looking for people who can provide temporary homes to children who are age five to eighteen years old. As foster parents, individuals and couples make significant differences in the lives of children who have typically experienced abuse or neglect. These children can blossom with families who are able to provide stability and love.
Anyone interested in learning about foster care is invited to an upcoming Information Meeting on Thursday, December 4, from 7-8:30 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Division of Social Services at 10 North San Pedro Rd., Room 1018 in San Rafael. A social worker and a foster parent will describe the experience of foster parenting, as well as the financial support and professional training which are available.
For more information, please call Cindy Wasserman at 415-499-5028.
Marin County Launches "Grown In Marin" Website
The University of California Cooperative Extension of Marin County and its partners, have just completed a new website, Grown in Marin (www.growninmarin.org). The site showcases thirty-five Marin County producers of fine products such as organic strawberries, grass-fed beef, olive oil, an abundance of vegetables, oysters, eggs and more. Each farm lists their product availability, hours open to the public, a description of the farm and some history, along with other valuable information. The viewer can also search the thirty-five farms for specific products through a search engine. The website is rich in resources with a complete farmers market schedule, helpful publications and published resources, farm stays and tours, organically-friendly stores and restaurants and a long list of sustainable agriculture links.
The site is updated regularly and will continue to expand to provide tools for Marin farmers to attract new customers. The family farms presented on growninmarin.org depend on consumers in order to remain economically healthy.
Muir Beach Quilters' Fair
Find something unique for everyone on your holiday list at this year's Muir Beach Quilters' Holiday Arts Fair on Saturday, Dec. 6 (11 am to 5 pm) and Sunday, December 7 (10 am to 4 pm) at the Muir Beach Community Center (19 Seascape Drive), located just 15 minutes from Highway 101 in scenic Muir Beach.
Notable artisans at this year's Holiday Arts Fair include award-winning quilt artists Kathy Sward and Judith Yamamoto as well as many wonderful returning artists.
The Gingerbread Attic, located within the Arts Fair, will provide free, fun activities for kids while their parents shop or enjoy the beach. Catering by Dixie will serve up tempting holiday treats to satisfy the hungry shopper or beachcomber.