The Coastal Post - April, 1998

Hospice Support Group, Golf Tourney

By Staff

Hospice of Marin is planning a six-week support group for parents who have lost a spouse in the last two years and have children under the age of 18.

The sessions will be held on Wednesdays, beginning April 1 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Hospice headquarters at 150 Nellen Avenue in Corte Madera.

To reserve a place, call Christine Rickerby at 927-2273.

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The Third Annual John Meyer/Hospice of Marin Golf Tournament will be held May 18 at the Marin Country Club.

Sponsored by Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, the tournament is open to both businesses and individuals. Sign-ups are being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The tournament fee is $175 and includes brunch, golf and dinner. Dinner only tickets are available for $55 per person. Registration forms can be obtained by calling Hospice at 927-2273.

Last year's John Meyer tournament raised $35,000 for the Hospice of Marin, which has cared for more than 7,000 terminally ill people over the years. The tournament was begun for Hospice by Fireman's Fund in memory of John Meyer, who until 1995 had served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for the company.

Hospice of Marin provides a wide range of services and support for terminally ill patients and their families.

Audubon Event

The 43rd Annual Mother's Day Barbeque and Silent Auction sponsored by the Marin Audubon Society will take place Sunday, May 10 at Volunteer Canyon, 3 miles north of Stinson Beach.

This benefit party for the educational programs of both Audubon Canyon Ranch and the Marin Audubon provides funds for bird and habitat protection. Grilled chicken or vegetarian quiche will be served, with baked beans, salad, French bread and a light dessert. Wines, beer and soft drinks are available.

Serving time is noon to 2:00 p.m. Picnic tables are available at 11:00 a.m. Reservations are required. Cost is $15 per adult, children under 12, $6. Mail checks payable to Marin Audubon Society to Sophie Caldwell, 88 Murray Avenue, Kentfield 94904 by Wednesday, May 6th. No tickets will be issued. Checks assure a reservation. Call 453-4715 for more information.

A silent auction will be held, featuring books, wines and gift items.

Afterwards guests may visit nearby Audubon Canyon Ranch to view the nesting egrets and great blue herons.

Free Trees

Arbor Day USA, an environmental group, is giving away more than 12 million trees nationwide.

Households can get 5-25 trees each; schools can get up to 250 for Arbor Day (April 24) or Earth Day (April 22) celebrations, while anyone who has sustained damage from El Nino can get as many as 25-75 to replace trees that were lost.

The pre-treated trees arrive complete with planting instructions, fertilizer and a guarantee. Recipients pay no more than the program's shipping and handling costs. Five different kinds of trees are available.

Write Arbor USA, POB 980, Washington DC 20044, or access and

Slide Ranch Events

April 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. there will be a Spring Celebration at Slide Ranch. Your family can visit baby goats, chicks, see new garden plants and milk a goat, collect eggs, spin wool and taste fresh, organic produce. Take part in a naming contest for our young animals. Bring a picnic lunch. Cost is $12 per person in advance, $15 at the gate (children under 2 free).

Spring Break Day Camp will be held April 6-10 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Campers will do hands-on farm and garden activities, such as milking goats making cheese, preparing compost, harvesting produce, and planting seeds. They will also explore the coastal wilderness and create nature journals.

Slide Ranch is a non-profit agricultural and environmental education center in a small farm, coastal wilderness setting. We teach practical lessons about basic human needs-food, clothing and community. Call 381-6155 or fax 381-5762 for more information.

Prop. 224 Opposed

A small group of Caltrans bureaucrats spent more than $2 million to put Proposition 224 on the June ballot. Prop. 224 would force the state to hire as many as 15,000 new bureaucrats, while eliminating more than 87,000 private sector jobs, and it would force taxpayers to pick up the tab, as much as $1.7 billion a year.

Prop 224 would mean we'd have to trust state bureaucrats for seismic safety retrofitting work on our bridges and schools, and we'd be prohibited from drawing on the expertise of private sector earthquake experts. It would mean years of delays for that work, and for construction of badly-needed new schools, roads, hospitals, flood levees and other projects.

Prop 224 would mean bigger state government and higher taxes. That's why it's opposed by the California Taxpayers' Association and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, the California Teachers Association and the League of California Cities, the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California (AFL-CIO) and the California Chamber of Commerce.

"Fewer People For A Better World"

Negative Population Growth is a non-profit, national membership organization established in 1972 that seeks to establish non-coercive financial incentives and disincentives that will motivate Americans to limit their fertility as a matter of social responsibility. We are striving to promote the ideal of the two-child maximum family as the social norm.

We also call upon Congress to impose tough restrictions on immigration in order to halt illegal immigration and reduce legal immigration from the present 900,000 per year to no more than 100,000 per year.

At present, U.S. population stands at over 268 million and is still growing rapidly by some three million per year. Immigration, both legal and illegal, accounts for about 40 percent of our annual growth. In 1950 we had about 150 million people; we have added almost 120 million people in only 50 years. We believe that the optimum population for our country is not more than 150 million.

News From Woolsey

Expanded Medicare

Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-Petaluma) is co-sponsor with Representative Pete Stark (D-CA) of a bill that would allow Americans age 62-65 and workers over 55 who lose their jobs to buy into the Medicare program. "This legislation will go a long way to provide health security for hundreds of thousands of Americans," Woolsey said.

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Organic Food

Woolsey urged the United States Department of Agriculture to revise its regulations to more closely mirror the high standards currently used in California, and said that new regulations proposed for organic farming practices would hurt local farmers and consumers. The proposed federal regulations would permit the use of irradiation and bio-engineering in growing organic produce, and would allow a more liberal use of antibiotics and drugs in livestock.

"Irradiation and genetic engineering don't spell organic in my book," she said. "If we lower our standards, the big losers are consumers who won't know which products are truly organic."

The USDA has extended its public comment period until April 30.

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Child Care

Woolsey has introduced legislation to make child care more affordable by providing assistance to private child care centers for children in low-income families.

She said the average cost of full-time child care for ages two-five is $6,656 annually in Marin and $5,512 in Sonoma County. An amendment to the National School Lunch Act would allow more private child care centers to participate in the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program, which defrays the cost of snacks and meals for low-income children.

Marin Movie History

The Marin County Historical Society announces the publication of Movie Studios and Movie Theaters in Marin: A History Since 1898 by Lionel Ashcroft. The book celebrates 100 years of movie making in Marin County.

The book is available through the Historical Society's gift shop located at 1125 B Street, San Rafael. The museum is open for tours every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Call 454-8538 for more information, or visit website

Open Space Anniversary Celebrations

Marin County Open Space District will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a variety of free events scheduled to take place throughout the year. Saturday, April 18 from noon to 3:00 p.m. former Poet Laureate Robert Hass will join Marin County poets and authors in a picnic and poetry reading at Roy's Redwoods in San Geronimo.

On Saturday May 9 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. celebrants are encouraged to bring their instruments to a participatory musical event at Lang Hill on the Sleepy Hollow/Terra Linda Divide. The event features musicians Annie Owens, Kate Munger and Terry Garthwaite for in drum and chanting circle.

On Saturday, May 23, hikes will take place and naturalist Ane Rovetta will present "Stories Around a Campfire" at Joske Grove on Mt. Burdell in Novato from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

The Hass, Rovetta and musical events are free; however, tickets are required. Contact 472-3500.

Monthly hikes and horse and mountain bike rides will be conducted by rangers and naturalists. Call 499-6405.

Volunteers Needed

The Novato Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers for the Novato Art, Wine and Music Festival to be held Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Volunteers for a four-hour shift will receive a free festival tee-shirt. Call 897-1164.

Bodega Festival

The Bodega Bay Fisherman's Festival to be held Saturday and Sunday, April 18 & 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. will feature music, food, a golf competition and bathtub races.

On Saturday, the musical lineup includes Sasha Smith Band and the Michael Barclay Blues Bands with a special appearance by Julian Lage. Sunday headlines the Michael Bolivar Band, Diamond Jim and the Country All-Stars, and Solid Air.

Lamb, oyster and local fish will be served, and a wine tasting booth will feature Sonoma County wineries.

Proceeds fund many community services. Admission is $3 for adult and $2 for seniors. Children age 12 and under are free. Call (707) 875-3422 or visit for more information.

Property Taxes Due

Friday, April 10 is the final day the 1997-98 2nd Installment Property Taxes can be paid to avoid a 10% penalty and $10 cost. Payments must be postmarked by April 10 or delivered to the Tax Collector's office by 5:00.

Property owners who have not received a tax bill should contact 499-6133.

Anyone who has sustained $5,000 or more in property damage and has not filed a claim should do so by contacting the County Assessor at 499-7215. Owners have 60 days to file a claim and in some cases the deadline is extended to six months. Taxes on storm-damaged property can be deferred pending reassessment.

The tax office hours are 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and will be extended from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 10.

Music Grants Awarded

The Autodesk Foundation and the Broderbund Foundation have each awarded $1,000 grants to the Novato Alhambra Chamber Orchestra's Young Musicians Scholarship Program.Westamerica Bank has awarded $250 to the Santa Rosa program.

The program also received a generous two-year grant by the United Way.

The Alhambra Chamber Orchestra has been offering classes since 1985 to low-income, high-risk students in violin, cello, classical guitar, ballet folkloric. Seventy students in Marin and 20 in Santa Rosa receive instruction, from pre-school to high school.

There is a long waiting list. For more information, a brochure or application, write The Alhambra Chamber Orchestra, POB 368, Novato 94948 or call 883-5764.

Hospice Conference

Hospice of Marin and Kaiser will broadcast the Fifth Annual Hospice Foundation of America National Bereavement Teleconference: "Living with Grief: Who We Are, How We Grieve" at the Kaiser facilities in San Rafael and Novato.

The teleconference will be moderated by Cokie Roberts, ABC News and NPR correspondent. It will focus on how culture, spirituality, age and gender affect the way people experience loss and express grief.

The program is free. Seating is limited and reservations are required by April 17. Call 927-2273.

Mandatory School Immunizations and Exams

To protect the health of every student in school, California state law requires that all children entering kindergarten and the first grade must have a health examination. This check-up must be done no earlier than March of the year preceding kindergarten entry. Parents may be able to obtain the required examination from their health-care provider free of charge. Call 499-6886 (English) or 499-7499 (Spanish) to find out if your child is eligible for a free exam.

Every child must be immunized for polio, Dtap (Diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis) and MMR (measles, mumps and rubella). The new requirements for the 1998-99 school year also include Hepatitis B, which must be started six months ahead of school entry date and the second MMR. For information regarding hours and location of the Department of Health and Human Services' Immunization Clinic, call 499-6888.

Housing Authority Moves

Marin Housing Authority announced that their office moved to 4020 Civic Center Drive in San Rafael (94903-4173) on March 24 and the former offices at 30 North San Pedro Road closed March 20. The phone number-491-2525-will not change.

Office hours will be Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The satellite office at 429 Drake Avenue in Marin City is open from 10:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

A new satellite office will be opening a 5 Golden Hinde Blvd. in San Rafael, open by appointment only.

Two Bird Art Show

Two Bird Cafe at the Valley Inn, 625 San Geronimo Drive, off Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in San Geronimo, presents art work by Virginia Olson and Arvid Olson of San Anselmo through April, Wednesday through Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m and 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. For restaurant reservations, call 488-0105; to talk to the curator, call Susan Wilson Rodgers, 488-0528.

El Nino Assistance

Residents who face foreclosure or eviction from their homes as a result of economic hardship caused by the El Nino storms may be eligible for mortgage and rental assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as a part of FEMA's Temporary Disaster Housing Program, which provides rental assistance to those who have been displaced, or funds to make a home livable.

The deadline to register for assistance is May 8. Call 800-462-9029 between 8 a.m and 8 p.m. seven days a week.

For business loans, call the Small Business Administration, 800-488-5323.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) provides financial help and employment services to workers and those who are self-employed who became unemployed as a direct result of the storms. More information is available at Employment Development Department offices.

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