The Coastal Post - August 1999

Community News

Student Hosts Sought

The American Institute for Foreign Study is offering Bolinas area high school students an opportunity to earn scholarship dollars towards study and travel by hosting an Academic Year in America (AYA) high school exchange student arriving this August.

Families who host an AYA exchange student can learn about the student's country, its customs, culture and language, and if the American student studies abroad, he/she will have made a friend. Exchange students have good English skills and motivation.

If interested in studying/traveling abroad and/or opening your home to an AYA exchange student, call Andrea at 1-800-322-4678 x 6078.

Renaissance Faire Finds New Home

Two of California's most celebrated entertainment traditions come to life together as the Renaissance Pleasure Faire finds an ideal location at the Nut Tree in Vacaville, Solano County, for its 33rd annual celebration.

"This location is ideal for a number of reasons," said David McCullough, the new General Manager of the Northern California Faire. The flat terrain allows winding country lanes, and giant walnut trees provide shady glens for Guild and stage areas.

The Nut Tree is located just off Interstate 80, less than an hour's drive from San Francisco and a half hour from Sacramento. Visitors traveling from the Bay Area will exit at Allison Road, while those approaching from Sacramento will take Leisure Town Road.

REC is continuing its efforts in securing a home in Antioch for future events.

The Faire will be open Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day, August 28-October 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Discount tickets and general information are available by calling 800-52-FAIRE.

Carole Hayashino Begins Campaign

Carole Hayashino will seek the Democratic Nomination for State Assembly, the 6th District Assembly seat currently held by Kerry Mazzoni, who will not seek re-election because of term limits.

In her campaign announcement, Hayashino outlined her priorities:

"As the Director of Development of San Francisco State University, I know the opportunities a college education can provide. Those opportunities should exist for every qualified student in California, and I will work to ensure they do. It troubles me that the Governor proposed spending $385 million of the State's surplus on a new state prison, yet only $10 million to study a new UC campus. Those priorities need to change.

"I believe that families should have access to health care, earn a decent wage and afford to buy a home. California pays only $5.75 per hour to thousands of home health care workers and provides them no health insurance. We are all better off in a state where people earn a livable wage.

"We must demand accountability from one another. For those who give our kids access to guns, engage in acts of violence or pollute the environment, the consequences must be certain and swift.

"Our government must be held accountable, too. California spent $110 million on a failed computer system intended to recover millions in unpaid child support. I won't support new taxes as long as money is being wasted."

Eighth Grade Girls Honored

The Marin branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has honored seven eighth grade Marin girls for their achievements in math and science. Each girl received a Certificate of Achievement and a $50 US Savings Bond.

The girls, who were chosen by their teachers, are Courtney Prince for Davidson Middle School, Kristen Griffin from Miller Creek (both in San Rafael), Katelyn Walker from Kent Middle School in Kentfield, Meaghan Maher from Lagunitas School, Sharon Torigoe from Hall Middle School in Larkspur, Kaitlin Shorrock from White Hill Middle School in Fairfax, and Charlotte Helvestine from Ross School.

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