The Coastal Post - October, 1996

New Exhibits At The Bolinas Museum

Bolinas Museum announces the opening of an historical exhibition, "Smiley: The Man Behind the Bar." Ismaele "Smiley" Bianchini was a sportsman and fisherman from the hill country of Italy. He bought the building and business that became the Bar and Bait Shop, a place where friends would meet, have a drink after work, and weekenders would come to catch up on the local news and gossip. The Museum exhibit spotlights photos and memorabilia from that time and place in Bolinas.

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The museum has announced the opening of a new exhibition, "The Spirits of Gospel Flat," an audio-visual visit to the old Bolinas Cemetery and the early days of the village. Large-scale landscape photographs bring the atmosphere and history of the cemetery to life. Video images offer an initimate tour. Photographs and video are by guest curator Bonnie Durrance. Oral history research and other project assistance were done by Michele de Greeve, an intern.

Hours are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

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The Community Exhibition Grant for 1997 has been awarded to Elia Haworth (Maurer) and Allen Maurer for "The Paths Taken: Collecting the Wisdom and Passion of Coastal Marin," scheduled to open at the museum in March.

Elia Haworth is well known to many people in West Marin. She is an artist who has lived in Marshall, Stinson Beach and Bolinas since 1972. Haworth created the Bolinas Museum exhibition "We Are Still Here: The Coastal Miwok in 1993." She is currently living part-time in Austin, Texas with her husband Allen Maurer. She works as a therapist and director of the Hill Country Men's Center. She maintains her studio in Bolinas.

Hawoth describes this project as a "heart to heart conversation among members of the communities, celebrating our diversity and teaching and inspiring us all." Recommendations for people to be included are being sought. Call 868-2023.

18th Pony Club Show

The Marin County Pony Club hosts its 18th annual fall fundraiser horse show Sunday, October 13, 9 a.m., at Vanishing Point Ranch, off Mesa Road at Evergreen in Bolinas.

Admission to the day-long event is free to spectators. There is a nominal entry free for participants. The shows is tailored to attract all levels of riders, and includes dressage, jumping, cross-country, walk and trot, an egg and spoon contest, and pleasure pairs.

Raffle tickets for prizes can be purchased; a food booth is open from 9-5, selling lunch, snacks, pastries and drinks.

For more information, or an entry form, call Susan Burris at 868-9605, or the Ranch at 868-9019.

Lagoon Plan To Be Considered

The Bolinas Lagoon Management Plan Update will soon be considered for approval by the Marin County Open Space District at the regular meeting on Tuesday, October 1 at 11 a.m. in the Board Chambers, Room 322, at the Civic Center.

The plan, prepared by Wetlands Research Associates Inc. of San Rafael, recommends additional studies to determine what, if any, actions should be taken to remedy the lagoon's on-going sedimentation problem. It also makes recommendation regarding 13 categories of day-to-day resource management issues.

The plan was recently recommended for approval, subject to certain revisions, by the Bolinas Lagoon Technical Advisory Committee and the Marin County Parks, Open Space, and Cultural Commission.

Slide Ranch Harvest Celebration

The Seventh Annual Harvest Celebration will take place at Slide Ranch on Sunday, October 6, 10 a.m to 4 p.m., and will include all of the favorite Slide Ranch activities, including harvesting pumpkins, milking goats, making cheese, spinning sheep wool into yarn and visits to all of the farm animals, as well as one-time-only activities such as mask and instrument-making, performances by Anita Jones, storyteller, Wise Fool Puppet Intervention and their Giant Puppets and live music with the Deadly Nightshades. The day ends with a magical, musical procession.

Slide Ranch is a non-profit agricultural and environmental education center that teaches hands-on educational programs from its spectacular farm and wilderness setting.

For more information, call 381-6155. Advance reservations are $15; tickets $20 the day of the event.

Nominations Sought

The Marin County Human Rights Commission is accepting nominations for the 1996 Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Awards. Five recipients, who have given outstanding service to Marin County in the area of civil and human rights, will be honored at the 16th annual dinner. Individuals and community organizations are invited to complete and return nomination forms by October 4, 1996. The requirements are that the nominees be strong advocates for human rights and live or work in Marin County. Marin Community Foundation will award $1,000 stipends to each recipient, who will then select a Marin non-profit agency to receive the money.

The awards presentation and annual dinner will be held on Thursday evening, January 9, 1997 at Wyndham Garden Hotel in San Rafael. Call Patricia Maguire at 499-6189 for more information.

Free Anonymous AIDS Test

The Department of Health and Human Services is offering a free and anonymous AIDS test on Monday, October 14 from 1:30-4:30 in Pt. Reyes Station. The procedure consists of information, a blood test, and a one-week follow-up for the results and counseling. Call 499-7515 for questions or an appointment.

Arthritis Self-Help Course

An Arthritis Self-Help program will begin Thursday, October 17 and run through November 21, meeting from 7-9 p.m. at Kaiser, 99 Montecillo Rd., Terra Linda. This is a self-management program developed by Stanford University which shows how to manage pain, use medications, communicate with doctors, and exercise. Any adult with arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia or any related condition may sign up by calling 444-2433. Space is limited.

Now Hiring At Marin Conservation Corps

Young adults between the ages of 18 and 26 interested in job training, environmental work and a paid job are invited to join the Marin Conservation Corps to work on outdoor projects. Starting pay is $6/hr. with many opportunities for promotions.

Training programs include classes in GED, ESL, computers, communication, landscaping, construction, leadership and more. Opportunities are also available for Crew Leader, Recycling Specialist, and AmeriCorps Community Service positions.

For more information, call 454-4554.

Homestead Fair Looking For Crafts

Entries are being sought for this year's Homestead Holiday Crafts Fair. The two-day event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Homestead Valley Community Center, 315 Montford Avenue, Mill Valley

To maintain the high standard of crafts offered, all entrants are subject to selection by committee, even if they have previously participated. We ask that applicants submit a photo and a brief description of work along with the application form. Artists will be allowed to sell only those crafts that are thus represented. All work must be hand-produced by the artist.

Call the Community Center at 388-9916 or write to above address for application form. Mark all correspondence "Crafts Fair." The deadline for entries is October 31.

Hospice Offering Groups

Hospice of Marin is planning a special four-week group using writing to explore and express grief. The sessions will meet on Monday evenings at 8:30 p.m. beginning September 30 at Hospice headquarters, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera. Donations accepted. Call Christine Rickerby, 927-2273.

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Parents who have lost a child of any age can benefit from a new support group offered on Wednesdays, beginnning September 18 from 3:30-5 p.m. For those who have lost adult children 19 years and older, sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings beginning September 17 from 7-8:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Call Nancy Langley, 927-2273.

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Volunteers are needed to provide a variety of support services for patients and their families. A six-week training course is provided, to be held Wednesday afternoons from October 9 to November 13. The class will cover the program of care, the role of volunteers, and the impact of life-threatening illness and death on family members. Enrollment is limited to 25. Materials cost $35. Call Judy Bissey, 927-2273.