Weekly Community Update

San Geronimo Valley Community Center

Weekly Update as we Navigate the Pandemic Together

February 25, 2021

Dear Community Members,

Reading through our local newspapers this week there is quite a bit of optimism regarding the pandemic and at the same time many uncertainties and continued loss and grief. Infection numbers are declining throughout Marin and the numbers are very low here in the Valley. Marin County has moved to the red tier and many businesses and schools will be reopening. There will be more opportunities for youth sports participation outdoors, and with the beautiful, spring-like weather, outdoor activities like hiking and biking will be abound. On Monday, March 1st Lagunitas School students will have the opportunity to return to in school instruction in the afternoon. Virtual learning will continue in the morning. For the afternoon, classes will be divided into two cohorts with each cohort attending school two afternoons per week. As you drive through the Valley be alert and slow for the school-zone as our youth will be back on campus and more present in the area. On a more somber note, the U.S. reached 500,000 lives lost due to the virus. While there are brighter days ahead, we must remember the immense risk that still exists. There are many unknowns about the virus variants, how they spread and how effective the vaccines are in preventing another surge of positive cases. Even if you have received your vaccine, please continue to wear your face coverings, keep proper social distancing, and follow public health and CDC guidelines. Let’s all continue to work together to keep our community members healthy and safe.

Our drive-through Food Pantry will be open today in the Lagunitas School District parking lot between 11 am-2 pm. There is no registration or proof of eligibility necessary. Please drive up, stay in your car, and a volunteer from a safe distance will ask you how many people are in your home/family. As you drive through, another volunteer will place your groceries into your trunk. Please drive-through today if you need food.

With the Lagunitas School reopening for students next week, starting on Thursday (3/4/21), our drive-through Food Pantry will move to the former golf course clubhouse. The address is 5800 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo CA 94963. This move will allow us to continue to provide food for local families safely, maintaining social distance through our drive-through system. Deep appreciations to the Lagunitas School for hosting the drive through food pantry in their parking lot for the past year and to the Trust For Public Lands for making their parking lot available starting March 4, 2021.

A very special event! Join the San Geronimo Valley Community Center for an incredible evening with Pulitzer Prize winner and former chief White House photographer David Hume Kennerly. David will show photos and talk about “Transitions of Power: Inaugurations from Washington to Biden.” He will discuss how our normally peaceful process was disrupted on Jan. 6, 2021. This exhibition will include photos by Kennerly from Nixon to Biden. This is a free event, but we encourage participants to donate. Help us keep events like these and our community-centric programs thriving! To register for this excellent event, please click here.

The St. Patrick’s Day Talent Show and Virtual Be-In will continue in this pandemic year on Saturday, March 20, 2021, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm on ZOOM! This virtual Community Center event will once again be MC’d by Jasper Thelin and Alexander McQuilkin.

We are putting out the call right now for children, youth and families to share images, or videos of up to one-minute, filled with song, poetry, photography, dance, collages, and any other art forms under the theme  “what your life was like at the beginning of the pandemic and what it’s like now”.  Then & Now for our times! These images and videos will be shared as part of the Talent Show event. Please email entries by the end of the day on March 1, 2021, to talentshow2021@sgvcc.org.  If you have questions or suggestions you can also email Howie Cort at: hcort@sgvcc.org

Kate’s Café on Zoom is back tomorrow night, Friday, February 26, 7:00 pm, with an awesome line-up! For 25 years Kate Wolf’s Cafe Open Mic was the place for incredible music and connection at the Community Center. Juliette Valente has opened the virtual Kate’s Cafe ZOOM space up to musicians, poets, and more. Come to share, come to listen. Each individual or group will play live for 15 minutes. This month’s Kate’s Cafe will include singer songwriters Terry Garthwaite, Jo D’Anna and Larry Levine! We can’t wait! For more information or to share your passion in this virtual open mic event, please contact Juliette at j.valente@comcast.net. Tomorrow night, Friday, February 26th, please use this ZOOM link here:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82905468750 – and beam in for an enjoyable evening of friends, music, creativity and community! 

We are very pleased to announce that partner organization, Kids Cooking For Life, is bringing their new program, Kids Cooking @ Home, to our local youth in San Geronimo Valley and Nicasio. Kids Cooking @ Home offers a series of virtual cooking classes committed to healthy eating and home cooking – all kid led. The program is four weeks long, beginning March 1, 2021, and participants’ food kits and kitchen equipment will be available at the Community Center. This excellent and fun program is being offered to two groups of San Geronimo or Nicasio youth – one group of 4-5 graders and one group of 6-8 graders — all available to local families free through amazing donor support! If you would like to sign your child up, please email Nicole Ramirez, nramirez@sgvcc.org and for more information, please visit our website. These spaces are filling up quickly, so reach out to Nicole asap.

Looking forward to a wonderful, intergenerational, super fun, bubbly Lunch & Listen on Wednesday March 3, 2021 at noon! If you have ever seen Sterling’s Bubbles, you know how magical this will be. And if you have not, you’re in for a very sweet Lunch & Listen. All ages! Free! And sure to be the best lunchtime visuals set to music. After the bubble performance everyone is invited to stay and talk with Sterling and ask him questions. Come one, come all! Wednesday, March 3rd 2021 at noon! Please click here to register for this bubble filled event.

We want to give a shout out to a new (to us!) partner agency, Help A Mother Out. This great organization works to improve baby and family well being by increasing access to diapers for families in need. Diapers cost between $80 and $100 per month. That’s a huge expense for the over 5 million low-income families with young children living in the U.S. today– and public assistance programs like food stamps don’t cover diapers. We are so happy to have the opportunity to partner with Help A Mother Out and we now have diapers to distribute to families who access our Food Bank. If you or someone you know could utilize this offering, please contact Nicole Ramirez and nramirez@sgvcc.org.

Be well everyone,

Dave Cort

Executive Director

P.S. If you live in Marin County and are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, you can sign-up here to be notified when you’re eligible, based on the State vaccine priority list. Vaccine supply is limited, so you may have to wait to get a vaccine. When you are eligible, you will need to get in touch with your healthcare provider to make an appointment. For more information please visit the Marin Health and Human Services link here.

P.P.S. Vaccines available at Coastal Health Alliance in Pt. Reyes Station today, Thursday February 25, 2021 and the next three Thursdays for community members ages 65 and older. For more information and to sign up please visit: https://curative.com/sites/25663#9/38.0338/-122.9841

P.P.P.S. Coastal Health Alliance offers COVID-19 testing on Thursday mornings from 10:00 am – 11:00 am in the back parking lot at the Point Reyes Clinic. CHA collects up to 75 samples and sends them to the county lab for processing and results notification. You must live and/or work in Marin County to receive a test here. Thank you CHA!