Weekly Community Update

San Geronimo Valley Community Center

Weekly Update– Dynamic Programming for Everyone

February 2, 2023

 

Dear Community members, 

 

Yesterday marked the beginning of Black History month; a time to recognize and celebrate the contributions Black Americans have made to our country amidst oppression and a continued struggle for racial justice. This celebration and acknowledgement is of particular importance this year. Instances of police violence continue to impact the Black community, the tragic killing of Tyre Nichols being the most recent example in the headlines. Tyre was a 29 year old skateboarder, photographer, and father. His life mattered and was stolen from his family at the hands of injustice. Meanwhile, across the country, the teaching of Black and African American history is under attack as legislators attempt to limit and erase the realities of slavery, Jim Crow laws, and mass incarceration from curriculum. 

 

At the Community Center, we stand in solidarity over silence. We have made a commitment to examine our organization on an ongoing basis to ensure that our programs, practices, and procedures are antiracist, equitable, and inclusive of all in our community. We commit to accepting all without bias and taking intentional action for social justice and we commit to creating culturally diverse programming that educates, inspires action, and shifts norms. During Black History Month, we are renewing this public commitment to all of you and taking steps to further our work. 

Our drive-through Food Pantry is open today February 2nd, in the Clubhouse at the Commons parking lot. The address is 5800 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo CA 94963. We will be open 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.

Are you a CalFresh recipient whose food spoiled due to power outages? You can request a partial replacement of your CalFresh benefits if your food spoiled due to a power outage that lasted 4 hours or more. Due to the severe storm systems and power outages that began on January 7, 2023 through January 12, 2023, the 10-day food loss reporting requirement has been waived. Households that experienced food loss related to the storms now have until February 7, 2023 to submit the CF 303 requesting CalFresh benefit replacements.

 

Application for replacement of CalFresh Food Benefits can be made by completing, signing, and turning in a form called “CF 303” to your local Public Assistance office. Include your contact information and a short description of how your food was lost. Include the time and date of the power outage. Online CF 303 form here. Call your local Public Assistance office at (877) 410-8817 for more information.

Today, Thursday February 2nd from 4 – 5:15 pm join healing practitioner Carole Alter, for Exercise For Altacockers in the Community Center’s Valley Room. This senior exercise class includes stretching, isolations, weights, core work, dance, Breathwork and Qi Gong.  The class happens on Mondays from 2 – 3:15 pm and Thursdays from 4 – 5:15 pm.  Donations are gratefully accepted.  Email Carole at axiatonalarts@yahoo.com for more information.  

A wonderful way to start the day and meet new people–let’s take a walk! Join us for the Senior Stroll from 9:30 am – 10:15 am this Friday!* Tomorrow,  February 3rd, meet Poko in front of the Community Gym to take a walk around the San Geronimo Commons. The back 9 is flat, level and easy to walk. Bring your water bottle and let’s meet in front of the gym at 9:30 am. For more info contact Poko at: pgiacomini@sgvcc.org. *Rain cancels the walk. 

 

This Friday, February 3rd from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm in the Community Center East Room join fellow caretakers at Rainbow Playgroup.  Happening each Tuesday and Friday, Rainbow Playgroup is designed for caretakers, mothers, grandmothers, fathers, grandfathers and friends to have a safe place for their little ones (ages 0-5) to play and socialize. Our new Rainbow Playgroup Coordinator, Perla de los Santos, hosts with lots of fun activities.  The Marin County Free Library Learning Bus comes on Tuesdays from 10:30 -11:45 am. For more information email Perla at perladelossantos@parentservices.org.

The Marin County Office of Education is hosting a Substitute Teacher Registration Fair on Friday, February 3rd from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at the MCOE offices located at 1111 Las Gallinas in San Rafael. Open to all interested in registering to substitute teach in Marin County. Application support all in one spot! For more information call 415-499-5854.

 

The San Geronimo Valley Lions Club is thrilled to celebrate the return of the Crab Feed, hosted at the Woodacre Improvement Club on Saturday, February 4th. The Crab Feed is our largest fundraiser and proceeds go directly to grants that support key programs in our community such as; Valley Toys and Joys, Community Center Children and Youth programs, West Marin Senior Services programs, college scholarships, and so much more. The Crab Feed also supports our sister Lions Club in Kathmandu, Nepal.

 

Crab Feed attendees will enjoy all-you-can-eat fresh Dungeness crab, salad, pesto pasta, sourdough bread and more. Refreshing beer from Lagunitas Brewing Company, white wine, and non alcoholic drinks are included with your ticket. A fantastic live and silent auction along with a raffle will take place. Year after year this is one of the most enjoyable events in our Valley community!

There will be two seatings, first at 5pm ($60) and second at 7:30pm ($65). Get your tickets on eventbrite here

 

Whatever your background, if you’re curious about what makes a successful garden and don’t mind getting your hands a little dirty, put on your best mask and join us, Saturdays, 10:30 to 11:30 am, in the Valley Room for a series of classes that might answer some of your questions as you read Mother Nature’s Book.

 

2/4: Compost Happens

2/18: The Moveable Garden & Basic Pruning

Classes offered by donation.

Email Roberta Floden with any questions at rbfloden@gmail.com.

The Community Center is thrilled to announce that during the month of February the first Lagunitas All School Art Show, featuring the amazing art from students in the Open, Montessori, and Middle School Art programs will be on display in the Maurice Del Mue Galleries. Middle School Art Teacher, Julie Benjamin, describes the exhibit: 

 

“This art show is like stepping into one of our art rooms to showcase all the amazing art that happens each and every day! From Kindergarten to 8th grade, the kids get the opportunity to explore and discover different mediums, try out different techniques and skills, and hone their personal artistic style and create their own masterpieces. We have been focusing on larger collaborative inter-program projects, highlighting each individual’s style while creating an immersive collective installation.”  

 

Don’t miss the reception for these talented student artists happening on Thursday, February 16th from 3 – 4:15 pm. 

Summer is fast approaching and it’s time to plan! The San Geronimo Valley Community Center is excited to bring back our Summer Day Camp for more fun filled weeks of Friends, Sun and Valley Fun! 

 

Join us for arts & crafts, sports games and field trips. Summer camp is located on the Lagunitas school campus in the Loft and Gym.  Camp will be June 26 – July 28 Monday – Friday, 9 am – 3 pm and after care will be from 3 – 5 pm. Located in beautiful West Marin we will maximize our outside time on hikes, playing games, and exploring local farms, ranches, beaches, open space and parks.  We are a unique camp that fosters multi-age cooperative play. We plan for an exciting five weeks and hope to see you!!

Sign up and register on sgvcc.myrec.com.

On Wednesday, February 8th at 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. there will be the first of two free virtual interactive workshops for parents and caregivers titled: Talking with Kids about Race and Racism. 

These workshops are designed to support parents and caregivers of children pre-K through 8th grade, who are interested in racially conscious caregiving, and will provide strategies for having conversations with children about race. Attendees should come prepared to engage in discussions about race and racism and will come away feeling empowered to break the silence and plant seeds of change and progress. The workshops are free but registration for the February workshop and the second workshop on March 28th is required. Register here for information about joining the meeting.

For more information contact lsdracialequitytaskforce@gmail.com.

 

On Friday, February 10th at 7:00 pm, join us at the Community Center for Julie Egger presenting music by Poetic Ruckus!

Poetic Ruckus is a string ensemble, a collaboration of four creative, and soulful musicians, bringing together their inspirations into original music.  They come from a milieu of musical backgrounds.   The list is endless:  Klezmer, Blues, Jazz, Improvisation, Classical,  Folk,  Rock and Roll, Baroque, their music takes their listeners on a transformational journey. An ensemble since 2017, Poetic Ruckus features the talents of Julie Egger on violin, James Mosley on guitar, Michele McCulloch on cello and Patrick Kelly on stand-up bass.   

Tickets are $25 Adults, $20 Seniors, and $10 Specially Priced Tickets (kids, students, and fixed and low income). Get yours today on Eventbrite here.

On February  21 and 22nd the Community Center will be having Holiday Camp from 9 am. – 5 pm. Holiday Camp is held when school is closed and offers parents a safe place for children to play, do art activities, eat healthy snacks and have some gym time. Holiday Camp will be held in the LOFT above the gym for ages K-5th grades. The fee is donation based (suggested donation $50/day). No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

For more information contact Nicole Ramirez at nramirez@sgvcc.org

Friday, February 24th  at 7:00 pm, Kate’s Café will again be back in person!  Hosted by Juliette Valente, Kate’s Cafe Open Mic has been the place for incredible music and connection at the Community Center for more than 25 years. Kate’s Café was named in honor of renowned American folk singer and songwriter, Kate Wolf.  Both aspiring and renowned musicians, poets and actors come to share their new works and talents. Come to share, come to listen! 

 

If you would like to be in the line up for Kate’s Café Open Mic, please email or call MC Juliette Valente at:  j.valente@comcast.net, or call: (415) 488-9074.

 

If you are unable to attend and would like to watch via Zoom the link is here.

The kids have talent!! The Community Center is overjoyed to share that on Saturday, March 18th the Saint Patrick’s Day Youth Talent Show will be back in person! MCed by our favorites: Alexander and Will McQuilkin, this beloved event packs the house as our creative kids sing, dance, and even perform magic tricks for a spellbound audience.  The show, divided into 2 acts begins at 4 pm with kids 5 – 10 performing. At 5 pm we take a dinner break (delicious dinner for purchase at a reasonable cost) then the second act begins for kids 12 – 18 performing at 6 pm. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 Seniors, $8 Children.  Family of 4 or more $35. Get your tickets today on Eventbrite here.

 The Talent Show raises funds for our Youth programs including: The LOFT, VAST, Summer/Holiday Camps and more!  Youth performers: Brainstorm your talent for when registrations open at sgvcc.myrec.com next week.

The San Geronimo Valley Open Gym is… Open!!

  • Hoops (ages 18 & up) happens from 8 -10 am on Sundays, 5:30 – 7 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 – 9 pm. 
  • Ping-Pong also is on Sundays from 6 – 9 pm.  
  • Pickleball is on Tuesdays from 6:30 – 9:00 pm.

Costs are $5 – 10 sliding scale.  If interested and for more information about Open Gym programs contact Lori Ramirez at lramirez@sgvcc.org.  

We can’t wait to see you!

Thank you all,

Dave Cort

Executive Director

 

 

VACCINATION POP-UPS

 

Wednesday, February 8, 11am – 2:30 pm

50 Inverness Way, 

Inverness, CA 

 

Monday, February 27, 11 am – 5 pm

San Geronimo Valley Community Center

6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd

San Geronimo, CA 94963

*Free food truck meal provided for all booster vaccinations

 

Covid Vaccine Clinic every Monday 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Covid-19 shots available to all patients

Walk in. No appointment needed.

West Marin Medical Center

11150 CA-1, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

415-663-1082

 

((COVID-19 TESTING AND TAKE-HOME TEST DISTRIBUTION))

 

The San Geronimo Commons 

Every Thursday 11 am-2 pm 

Drive-through Food Pantry at

5800 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Geronimo 

 

West Marin Community Services

Mondays and Fridays – 11 am-12 pm 

1431 CA-1 #10, Point Reyes Station

 

Information about other testing locations in Marin can be found at:

https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/testing

 

VACCINATION APPOINTMENTS IN MARIN

It’s critical to protect yourself, your co-workers, and your family. The vaccine is safe, effective, and free. Vaccination is one of the most important tools to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Help build community immunity in Marin County by getting vaccinated! Find an appointment here: https://myturn.ca.gov

 

Find more vaccination appointments at Marin County Vaccine Finder

 

NEED HELP WITH MAKING AN APPOINTMENT?

 

Please call 833-422-4255, M-F 8am-8pm Sat–Sun 8am-5pm 

Anyone age 12 and older can call. Support in multiple languages. Staff can also be reached at chat.myturn.ca.gov.

Additional Key Covid-19 Resources:

Covid-19 Data 

Testing

Isolation & Quarantine Guidelines

Masking Requirement Updates

Public Health Updates