The Coastal Post - September, 1997

Valley Music Benefit

The second annual San Geronimo Valley Music Festival will celebrate summer's end with a day and night music with bands performing outdoors at the Cultural Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., on Saturday, September 13 from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit the Center's many arts and human service programs, such as a food bank, human service referrals, classes and meetings, and an arts program.

During breaks, a side stage will feature dance, poetry, storytelling, juggling and a drum jam-bring percussion instruments. Home-cooked food, smoothies and other drinks will be available.

Cost is $10 for Valley residents and $12 for others. Kids 6-14, half price; kids 5-under free.

Groups include WD-40, Mystic Roots, the Buddy Owen Band, Jboa, the Michelle Abby Quartet, Free Association, Uzca and the Trance Dance Orchestra, Abacella Women and Sister Soul.

Call 488-9385 for more information.

Senior Housing Forum

On Sunday, September 14, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., the Jewish Community Center will hold a free, community-wide forum to help people plan ahead to find housing for seniors.

Panel presentations include information about assessing needs and making decisions, what's available and where to find it, resources for living at home, and financial considerations.

Beth Ashley, columnist for the IJ, will be a featured speaker. Representatives from a wide range of facilities will also be on hand to provide information about various living choices, including independent living, assisted living, residential board and care, and skilled nursing care.

For more information, call Jeanette Kadesh, 507-0564.

Parents As First Teachers

Meeting with graduates of a model training program, Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Petaluma) spoke up for legislation to enable counties to establish training programs for welfare mothers for critically needed jobs in child care.

"This program is an inspiration to me and deserves to be replicated across the country," said Rep. Woolsey, speaking at the North Bay Children's Center in Novato, one of the training and placement sites of Marin County's Parents as First Teachers Program. "My bill will do what you are doing here in Marin on the national level: move welfare recipients into self-sufficiency and make quality child care more available."

The Parents as First Teachers bill provides financial assistance to county consortiums to train, support and place welfare recipients as early childhood teaching professionals. Specifically, the funds can be used to pay for education and training, administrative costs, supportive services such as transportation and child care, job placement services, and post-employment follow-up services.

Woolsey noted that demand for quality child care will rise dramatically as welfare mothers are required to participate in workfare programs.

Locals Graduate From Dominican

Catherine Noffsinger of Stinson Beach, and Carla Levene of Woodacre recently graduated from Dominican College with BA degrees in Psychology. Levene achieved Summa Cum Laude, highest honors.

Dominican College, founded in 1890, is a co-educational, independent Catholic liberal arts college located in San Rafael, with a student body of 1,417 men and women, and offers more than 30 bachelor's and master's degrees in both liberal arts and professional fields of study.

"Our emphasis on interdisciplinary study in the liberal arts and sciences as the basis for all degree programs prepares our graduates for the rapidly-changing world of careers, whatever field they choose," said President Joseph R. Fink.

Civil Grand Jury Taking Applications

Interested applicants are invited to apply for the 1998 Marin County Civil Grand Jury, which is composed of 19 persons who agree to serve for one year, spending a minimum of 12 hours a week on jury work.

The 1998 Civil Grand Jury will begin its term January 1. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, 18 years of age or older, and Marin County residents.

The Civil Grand Jury is an independent investigative body which monitors local governments and makes recommendations for their improvement.

Jurors receive $10 for each day of service, and reimbursement for auto mileage to and from the courthouse.

The deadline for submission of applications is Wednesday, October 1. An application may be obtained by written request or by personal appearance at Room 114, Hall of Justice, San Rafael 94903, or by calling Irene Mariani at 499-6072.

Dogpatch From Dogtown

Olema Valley Pharmaceuticals in Dogtown has developed a first-aid cream for dogs, called Dogpatch, that is "too bitter to lick," says Richard Kirschman, President, CEO and sole employee. "It's the only first-aid cream for dogs available without a vet's prescription.

Five years in development, the idea for the cream came to Kirschman when his Lakeland terrier had to wear an uncomfortable plastic restraining collar to keep him from bothering an incision on his leg.

Denatonium benzoate, imported from Scotland, is what makes the product bitter. Dogpatch is 60% aloe vera, is antiseptic and effective against both bacterial and fungal micro-organisms. It is manufactured in an FDA-inspected lab and is drug-listed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It is available in most pet stores, and retails for under $7.50.

Hepatitus B Shots Needed For Children

Children entering child care and school must show evidence of completing the hepatitus B series of immunization shots. "The hepatitis B series became routine for infants several years ago," said Betty Obata, Public Health Nurse for Marin's Department of Health and Human Services, "but there may be a lot of kindergarten children who missed out on them as babies."

Back-to-school clinics are held at 3rd and D Street, Pickleweed and Marin City. Call 499-6888.

What children need

Most children entering kindergarten will need a total of five DTP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis/whooping cough), four polio, and two MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) immunizations, as well as three for hepatitis B. Chickenpox vaccine is recommended for children who have not yet had chickenpox. Children over 18 months of age enrolling in child-care centers and family day-care homes will need the hepatitus, DTP and polio, MMR and Hib meningitis immunizations given after their first birthday. Younger infants cared for in family day-care homes or infant centers will need immunizations appropriate to their age.

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