The Coastal Post - February, 1996

Birding Outings

Marin Birdsong Wednesday Morning Hikes will take place Wednesday, February 7 and 21.

February 7 will be to Hidden Meadows Loop, Phoenix Lake, Ross. Meet at the Phoenix Lake parking lot at 8 a.m.

February 21 will be to Deer Park Loop, Fairfax. Meet at the CalTrans Park & Ride, Greenbrae at 8 a.m. or at the Deer Park Loop at 8:20.

A field trip to Bolinas Lagoon will take place Saturday, February 3. Meet at Highway 1 near the intersection of Bolinas-Fairfax Road at 9 a.m.

Dave Shuford, one of Marin's most knowledgeable and likable birding leaders, claims early February is the very best time to scout Bolinas Lagoon. Huge populations of wintering waterfowl and shorebirds on and around the lagoon, plus raptors aloft and songbirds in the surrounding trees will provide plenty of action for birders. Bring warm clothes, lunch, optics and friends. If really raining, the trip will be cancelled.

There is no charge for these outings. Call 479-4413 before 8:30 p.m. for more information.

Trips For Kids

The Re-Cyclery is a program of Trips for Kids, a non-profit organization that takes low-income, inner-city youth on mountain bike trips in the Marin Headlands. Over the next 12 months, the Re-cyclery will continue the Earn-A-Bike program and also teach kids computer skills, offer homework tutoring and organize bicycle art projects.

The bike rides run every Saturday and Sunday throughout the year. Environmental education workshops are offered a week prior to each trip.

Any organization serving low-income youth ages 10-17 in the Bay Area that wishes to take their group on a bike ride can call Marilyn Price at 381-2941. Trips for Kids provides the bikes, equipment, insurance and volunteers.

Teen Grief Support

A six-week support group for teens 15-18 who have lost a loved one will be offered by Hospice of Marin Thursday evenings beginning January 27 from 6-7:30 at 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera.

For more information, call Christine Rickerby at 927-2273.

Bolinas Exhibits

The Bolinas Gallery will have a mixed media exhibition by local and Bay Area artists titled "Bolinas Lagoon: Seen Today" starting January 19 and running through March 5 Fridays through Sunday, 1-5. The Gallery is located at 52 Wharf Road.

The Bolinas Museum will have a show titled "Bolinas Lagoon: Paintings from the Past" at the same time, and also sponsor a benefit luncheon and lecture at the Bolinas Rod and Boat Club on February 25.

Artist shown are: Tamae Agnoli, Nikki Basch-Davis, Debbie Beckman, Pegan Brooke, Josh Churchman, Gloria Churchman, Mike Dixon, Curtis Field, Terry Guitar, Cyn Henzler, Una Ratcliffe, Judy Molyneux, Jerry Turner, Vickisa and more.

Call 868-0553 for more information.

Slide Ranch Programs

Homestead Farm Days

Experience farm life for a day Saturday, February 24 or Sunday, February 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as a Slide Ranch teacher guides exploration of the ranch's farm and wilderness areas. Learn where food and clothing come from. Activities may include milking goats, making bread, collecting eggs and feeding chickens, carding and spinning sheep and rabbit wool, helping in the garden or hiking along one of our coastal wild land trails. This program is suitable for adults with children between 6-12 years old.

A Time for Toddlers

Saturday, February 10 or Sunday February 25, 9:30-noon there will be an opportunity for families with children under 6 years old to help milk a goat, feel the warmth of a freshly laid chicken egg, stroke the soft fur of an angora rabbit or plant seeds in a garden bed. Bring a picnic lunch.

Ocean Exploration Day

February 17 and 18, noon-4:00 p.m. there will be an opportunity to sample farm activities, take a short hike and explore the coastline and coastal tide pools. Touch the rough surface of a sea star, gently tickle a sea anemone's tentacles, follow a scampering crab over the rocks, examine the small home of a limpet, meet a nudibranch and watch a hermit crab breathe underwater.

Each of these programs cost $10 per person. Bring a lunch. Advance reservations are necessary. Call 381-6155.

Compost Training

The Marin County Office of Waste Management offers compost classes February through May on 11 Wednesday nights, plus several Saturday field trips to enhance the skills of community leaders, volunteers, educators, environmentalists, gardeners and recyclers. Home composting, worm composting, organic gardening, careers, teaching skills, large-scale composting will be covered. T-shirts and certification are available. Cost is $25.

Call 499-6647 to apply.

New Director For Conservation League

The Marin Conservation League has hired Corte Madera resident Gerald Edelbrock as its new executive director.

Edelbrock comes to the League with broad experience in environmental conservation, education, and analysis in addition to non-profit management. He has 20 years of experience in the field, most recently as Director of Public Programs at the Lindsay Museum and as Principal of InteResources Planning. Edelbrock replaces Karin Urquhart, who left MCL after 15 years.

Seal Volunteer Program

Become a volunteer docent on Tomales Bay for the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Docents will serve to increase public awareness and appreciation of the harbor seals found on Seal Island and Clam Island, an historical clam digger's site. Participation in a training session will be followed by volunteering on low tide weekends during the harbor seal pupping season, April-June. Contact Bibit Traut at 556-3509.

Parenting Workshops

Parents Place Marin programs are held at the Bernard Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 No. San Pedro Rd., San Rafael. All are open to the public. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. To register or for more information, call 563-1041. The following programs will be offered in February:

Effective DisciplineTuesday, February 6 and 13, 10-11:30 a.m. Topics include behavioral development, temperamental differences and practical limit-setting techniques. $30 per person. Leader: Lee Ann Slaton, MS.

Raising Competent DaughtersWednesday, February 7, 7-8:30 p.m. A look at the cultural attitudes and practices that limit the competence of girls. Topics include the media, toys and play, body image and role models. Fee: $15 per person, $25 per couple. Leader Lee Ann Slaton, MS.

Raising a Spirited ChildWednesday, February 14 and 21, 7-8:30 p.m. A workshop for parents of "strong-willed" children. Topics include temperament, parent/child match, dealing with tantrums, predicting and preventing trouble spots, and resolving conflicts. Fee: $30 per person, $50 per couple. Leader: Pnina Tobin, MPA.

Junk The Clunker

Donate your dysfunctional vehicle to Best Buddies, an organization that recycles unwanted vehicles to gain funds needed to support programs which foster friendships between developmentally disabled individuals and community volunteers. Call 1-800-213-8800.

American Indians In Marin

Watch for a new educational television mini-series, produced and filmed in Marin County under the guidance of an intertribal Native American Advisory Council and conducted through the unique talents of a Native America host and guests. Friday nights 9:30-10, through March 29 (the first show was December 29).

Haiti Film

The film, "Haiti: Harvest of Hope", directed and produced by Kevin Pina, will be shown at Yellow Ferry Harbor in Sausalito at 6:00 p.m., Sunday, February 11. New footage of an Rene Preval interview will be featured. A buffet reception for Pina will take place at 5:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Marin Interfaith Task Force on Central America, the event is by reservation only. Donation: $10. Information: 332-1626.

Kids' Photo Show

Point Reyes photographer Art Rogers will present a special Valentine exhibition entitled "Just Kids" in the Gallery at Toby's Feedbarn. Kids are encouraged to bring their parents.

Art Rogers has been photographing the lives and celebrations of families for over 25 years. He is widely known for his portraits of multi-generations, rural scenes of West Marin and his "Yesterday and Today" series in which the same subjects are photographed in the same place after a time span of over two decades. The recipient of a 1986 Guggenheim Fellowship, he has also received honors and grants from The National Endowment of the Arts, Marin Arts Council and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

The reception on Sunday, February 11 from 1:00-3:00 will feature a mini-concert at 2:00 by Harmony, a well-known children's performer. She will be performing music from her album "Harmony for Kids."

Toby's is located in the middle of downtown Point Reyes Station on Highway 1. Hours are 9-5 M-Sat. and 9:30-4 Sun.

Taxes For Artists Class

There will be a class on Income Tax for Writers, Artists, Photographers and Musicians at College of Marin's Harlan Center on Kentfield campus Saturday, February 10 from 1-4:30. Instructor is Michael Rothschild, a former IRS auditor. Fee is $40. Enroll at Admissions office or call 485-9305.

COM's Distance Learning Program

Five new courses are available this spring on public television in College of Marin's expanded distance learning program, which offers college credits for viewing one-hour programs and completing lesson assignments and examinations with only a few trips to campus throughout the semester. Most courses begin the week of February 5, with on-campus orientation meetings scheduled for Saturday, February 3.

The classes offered are:

English 204, Literary Visions: An Introduction to Literary Studies

Astronomy 101, Universe: The Infinite Frontier

Sociology 110, The Sociological Imagination: Introduction to Sociology

Psychology 139, Growing Old in a New Age

Business 112, Something Ventured: Small Business Management

A total of 10 credit courses are offered by television this semester in the Distance Learning Program and another seven courses can be taken by videocassette.

A rental program is available for all telecourses. Videocassette courses are also available for viewing in the Media Center at the Kentfield campus, the Language/Learning Center at the Indian Valley Campus, and at the Fairfax, Corte Madera and Novato Libraries.

Most Distance Learning courses offer 3 units of transferrable college credits and have regular COM faculty as instructors.

For information, call 457-8811 ext. 7722.

Bill Endangers Wildlife

America's most beloved Marin wildlife may soon slip closer to extinction if a new bill introduced in the Senate is passed into law. Humpback whales, sea otters, sea turtles, Steller sea lions, Hawaiian monk seals and marbled murrelets, among others, would lose vital protections under Senator Dirk Kempthorne's (R-ID) "Endangered Species Conservation Act of 1995" (S. 1364). In fact, the Kempthorne bill is even more extreme than the Young-Pombo bill in the House, making it the most egregious assault on the ESA yet in the 104th Congress.

If the Kempthorne bill had been enacted as the original ESA 23 years ago, very few of the species now listed would have qualified for protection. If enacted into law, S. 1364 will:

Eliminate protection of Steller sea lions, Pacific salmon and other wildlife currently protected as endangered populations.

Abandon the ESA's fundamental goal of recovering threatened and endangered species.

Severely limit habitat protection.

Waste millions of dollars by requiring American taxpayers to pay developers not to destroy endangered species habitat and creating new bureaucratic hurdles for the listing and recovery of threatened and endangered species.

Vet Home Loans

Governor Pete Wilson has increased the maximum Cal-Vet home loan amount to $250,000, enabling more veterans to purchase homes in higher-cost regions of California.

The new law applies to single-family homes.

Previously the maximum Cal-Vet home loan was $170,000, or 90 percent of the county median home purchase price, whichever was higher.

Vets who were not residents at the time they entered the service, but who live here now, may apply.

Cal-Vet has many advantages to VA, FHA and other conventional home loans: no points, low $50 application fee, low down payment, rapid application processing, best earthquake and flood protection plan available, rehabilitation loans, subsequent loan, home improvement loans.

Call 1-800-952-5626 to request a pre-qualification request form.

Condom Art Contest

Public Art Works, in collaboration with Marin AIDS Project, has launched its "Art-in-Print" award project. This commission, entitled "Prophylactic Artifice" was created by noted Marin artist Dino Colombo. The project will involve thousands of teenagers in a contest to design art work for the outer packaging of condoms, and is intended to be a catalyst for community dialog regarding healthy sexual behavior among teenagers. Four winning designs will be selected by a jury of prominent artists and teen representatives for offset printing in full color on thousands of glossy, condom-sized envelopes.

The contest is limited to people under 25 years of age. All entries must be postmarked by February 14. Winners will be announced on March 1. Call 455-5400.

Film History Exhibit

The Marin County Historical Society announces its exhibition, "Moving Pictures: A History of the Film Industry in Marin," to run March 1 through June 1. The opening reception will take place at both the Museum and the former Lyric Theater, now Books Revisited. There will be video screenings of films at the Museum and a silent film showing at the Lyric.

We would like to invite the public to participate in this exhibition in the form of a loan or donation of: ephemeral (tickets, hands bills, flyers, etc.), memorabilia (souvenirs, posters, signed photographs, etc.), documentation (news clippings, stills, photographs, promotional materials, etc.), artifacts (costumes, props, technical hardware, etc.)

The MCHS Museum is a two-floor Victorian structure located on the 11-acre Boyd Park in downtown San Rafael. Founded in 1935, the Museum is primarily a volunteer-run, non-profit organization open to the public Thursday-Saturday, free of charge (open seven days a week to private groups and schools by appointment).

Call 282-9739 for more information.

Garden Center Lecture

The Marin Art and Garden Center, Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross, will present a lecture, "To Spray or Not To Spray...and with What," Tuesday, February 13 at 7:30 p.m. by D. Bruce Phillips, noted San Franciscan Rosarian and American Rose Society accredited judge. Meetings are open to the public at no charge and all guests are welcome to participate in the prize raffle. Refreshments are provided. Call 461-9300 for more information.

May Model Train Event

The National Model Railroad Association, as part of its 1996 regional "In the Lap of Luxury" convention is presenting a spectacular model train show in San Rafael, May 4th and 5th, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Included will be operating layouts representing all of the popular sizes of miniature trains, including steam locomotives, diesels, passenger and freight trains, and interurban (trolley) lines. In addition to the trains themselves, there will be displays by model railroad manufacturers and vendors, offering a look at the variety of products available to the serious railroad modeler. There will be an opportunity for visitors to run trains, and to learn to make miniature trees and scenery.

Fee: $5. Children under 12 free with adult. Call 381-6027.

LeMieux Campaign Art Auction

On Sunday, February 11, from 2-5, the Dotty LeMieux for Supervisor Campaign will host a gala fundraiser and art auction at the Rancho Nicasio. Several prominent Marin artists have donated their work to help raise funds. They include Marty Knapp, Ernie Braun, Elly Simmons, Birgit O'Connor, Tom D'Onofrio, Bruce Mitchell, Sherana Frances, Claudia Chapline and many others.

Music will be provided by the John Goodman/Bart Hopkin Duo. Gene Ptak will be the auctioneer. There will be hors d'oeuvres and a no-host bar. The cost is $25, or you may become an advance sponsor and bring your friends. Call 924-6636. Please RSVP by February 5.

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