The Coastal Post - May, 1997

PR May 97

Hospice Book Sale

Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd. in Corte Madera, will offer for sale thousands of hardback and paperback books to help Hospice of Marin on Friday, May 16, from 6-11 p.m., Saturday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Book donations can be dropped off at Hospice, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera. Call 927-2273 for pickup.

Fish And Climate

New research published in the National Academy of Sciences' Proceedings shows that fish in the Antarctic and Arctic oceans, at opposite ends of the earth, independently evolved nearly identical anti-freeze glycoproteins five to 14 million years ago, providing a new line of evidence to confirm when the Southern Ocean froze.

Fish in both northern and southern polar waters adapted to a cooling climate by evolving anti-freeze proteins that kept them from freezing in frigid oceans and let them exploit new ecological niches. The new research traces for the first time the genetic process by which a novel protein evolved to enable this adaptation.

Dominican College Summer Sessions

Course catalogs are now available and registration begins Friday, April 25, and continues through the first day of class, for area residents interested in classes covering a wide variety of disciplines. Day, evening and weekend courses are offered during the following three sessions:

Session I: May 21-July 29, 10 weeks

Session II: May 21-June 24, 5 weeks

Session III: June 25-July 9, 5 weeks

Call 485-3280 or 800-935-3280 for a catalog or more information.

Vacancy On Trails Committee

The Marin County Open Space District is accepting applications for membership on the Marin County Trails Committee. There is a single vacancy for an individual representing the interests of mountain bicyclists. Applicants should possess considerable knowledge and personal experience of Marin trail use and issues. Call 499-6387 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for application, or pick up in Room 415 at the Civic Center. Deadline is 4 p.m. May 21.

Novato Festival

The Novato Chamber of Commerce will hold its 15th Annual Novato Festival of Art, Wine and Music on Saturday, June 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, and Sunday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Old Town (DeLong Avenue exit from Highway 101).

The work of more than 250 fine local artists and craftspeople will be showcased; there will be music and wine-tasting, children's activities, a Corvette show and a wide variety of fine foods and beverages available. Entry is free.

DUI Offenses Continue To Drop

Deaths from alcohol-related accidents fell again in 1995, as did injuries, arrests and repeat offenses, according to an annual report to the legislature issued by the DMV. Director Sally Reed said, "This is the sixth straight year the numbers have declined." She said the change was brought about by public pressure, tough new laws, strong law enforcement efforts and public education campaigns.

The survey shows about 90 percent of DUI offenders are male, average age 33, with average blood-alcohol concentration more than twice the legal limit.

Arthritis Forum

Kaiser will offer the following programs for arthritis sufferers: "Preparing for Arthritis Surgery," by John Silver, MD, and "Improving Function with Exercise," by Carol O'Neil, physical therapist, on May 8. "Approaches to Movement" will cover arthritis aquatics, Qi Gong/Yoga and Tai Chi on May 21. Each session is from 7-9 p.m, free and open to the public. Call 444-2173 to reserve a seat; space is limited.

Girls Chorus

Auditions for the San Francisco Girls Chorus will take place in May. The Chorus consists of a Chorus School of four groups of musical ability, each with its own director. The goal of the Chorus School is to establish the highest possible music standards through teaching and performance experience, and to instill in its student-artists the values necessary to succeed in music.

The Girls Chorus also conducts the Opera Arts Training Program, a summer workshop for gifted singers 12-18 seeking operatic careers.

Need-based scholarships are available. Call 673-1511 for more information.

Vision Fire

A new cantata by Mill Valley composer Peter Black entitled"Vision Fire," a musical tribute to the cycle of fiery death and gradual rebirth in the ancient Bishop pine forest of Pt. Reyes National Seashore, will be featured on the program of "An Evening of Symphonic Music" at Burbank Auditorium on the Santa Rosa Jr. College campus Tuesday, May 13 at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

Bike Swap

The 6th Annual Bike Swap and Sale will take place Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8th, from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. at the Mill Valley Rec Center, 180 Camino Alto, to raise money for Trips for Kids and Re-Cyclery. Each year Trips for Kids takes hundreds of inner city youths in the Bay Area on mountain bike excursions in Marin County. Many of the kids have never been outside of their urban environment. Re-Cyclery is a bike thrift store and job training center for low-income youths. It's located at 610 4th Street in San Rafael, and is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Tuesday through Thursday from 5-6.

To offer donations or for more information, call 381-2941 or 459-7637.

Volunteers Sought For Tree Planting

The Marin County Open Space District is looking for volunteers to join in planting 650 native trees in a sensitive wildlife area on Mt. Burdell in Novato. No experience is necessary. Outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate. All training and tools are provided.

Contact Leonard Page at 499-3778 for more information.

Ride-Sharing In San Geronimo

Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., San Geronimo Valley residents will have an opportunity to register at the San Geronimo Valley Cultural Center for a new ride-sharing service called the Reg. The program will provide a series of stops along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard where registered riders can catch rides from registered drivers. Both drivers and riders will be issued photo IDs, and the County Sheriff's department will be conducting limited background checks on registrants.

Drivers must be 21 years old and need to show license, certificate of insurance and proof of registration. To be riders, those under 18 need parental consent and to have graduated from the sixth grade.

Call 488-8888 for more information.

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