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May, 2004

News Briefs

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, April 29, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Division of Social Services at 10 North San Pedro Rd., Room 1018 (on the north side of the building) 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.

Foster parents provide temporary homes (usually three to twelve months) to children of all ethnic backgrounds and ages. The county is especially looking for foster parents interested in caring for school-age children (including teenagers). Foster parents may be male or female, single or part of a couple (married or not), older, a renter or homeowner.

For more information, please call 415-499-5028.

Volunteers Needed at the Health & Harmony Festival

The 26th Annual Health and Harmony Festival returns to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds June 12-13, 2004 and there are ample opportunities to join in the creation of the summer's most popular progressive educational celebration.

A great way to meet people, learn or enhance a skill, and tie into the most vibrant community around. Visit the website at www.harmonyfestival.com to learn more or call now for your application and watch for news of the Volunteer Kick-off party in May. Volunteers get a one day pass for four hours of time, and there's more passes for more work! There are opportunities now or during the weekend of the festival. Email [email protected] or call 707-861-2035 ext. 310.

Annual Tea & Fashion Show to Benefit Tomales History Center

Tomales Regional History Center's sixth annual Tea and Fashion Show will be held on Saturday afternoon, May 15, at the Tomales Town Hall. As in past years, the menu will include English tea, sandwiches and dessert, and guests will have the opportunity to bid on any of the variously themed gift baskets offered.

The tea is always a sellout and tickets go very quickly, so please make your plans right away. The $25 tickets, which must be reserved, may be ordered from Mary Zimmerman (415.663-1217) or Kathleen Sartori (707.878.2328).

Benefit for KWMR

A benefit for KWMR, 90.5 Point Reyes Station 89.3 Bolinas will take place on Saturday, May 1 starting at 8 p.m. at the Bolinas Community Center, 14 Wharf Road, Bolinas.

"Ribbon of Highway, Endless Skyway" a musical review of the life and songs of Woody Guthrie with dancing to follow featuring Jimmy LaFave, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, Kevin Welch, The Burns Sisters, Joe Rafael and Narrator Bob Childers.

Tickets available at www.virtuous.com, tickets.com outlets or charge by phone 415-478-2277, Slim's and the Great American Music Hall box offices. $20 for members of KWMR (through the station) and $25 for non-members. For more information, call 415-663-0905 or visit www.kwmr.org

BBQ for the Birds

Come to the 49th Annual Mother's Day BBQ, Sunday, May 9, 11 am admittance, 12 to 2 p.m. serving time at the Marin Audubon Society Volunteer Canyon, 3 miles north of Stinson Beach on Highway 1, 1/3 miles south of Audubon Canyon Ranch. Cost is $18 per adult, $10 per children under 10. Reservations are required and parking is limited, so please carpool if possible. Handicapped access available.

Proceeds from this unique event bring several thousand children from Bay Area school to Audubon Canyon Ranch to meet the "critters" of our natural world and to learn about protecting their environment. For information, call 415.454.5469.

Arts & Healing Network Launches New Website

The Arts & Healing Network has just launched their newly remodeled web site at www.artheals.org. The new site features a more elegant design, a search capability, easier navigation, and more information than ever before on the power of art to heal.

The site offers a wealth of information including an extensive community projects section, healing artist pages, grants, books, events, links, an interactive bulletin board, an artist support section, a monthly news page featuring interviews with leaders in the field and more.

Tam High School District to Place Parcel Tax Renewal on the November 2004 Ballot

The Tamalpais Union High School Board of Trustees voted last week to place a parcel tax renewal measure on the November 2004 ballot. This measure would ask voters to reaffirm their commitment to quality high school education by renewing the existing parcel tax that they approved in 1997. This local tax is approximately $180 per year or $15 per month and is scheduled to expire in the spring of 2005. Individuals over the age of 65 are eligible for an exemption.

The present parcel tax supports the District's comprehensive and exceptional academic programs, helps attract and retain accomplished and experienced teachers and maintains small class sizes. It accounts for 18% of the District's annual budget.

For further information, please contact Susan Schmidt at 415.924.9289 or [email protected]

 

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