Weekly Community Update

San Geronimo Valley Community Center

Weekly Update– Dynamic Programming for Everyone

May 26, 2022

Dear Community Members,

The last few weeks have felt cloaked in sadness. The news of another school shooting, this time killing 19 students and 2 adults in Ulvade, Texas, has shaken our staff to the core. School should be a sanctuary for learning and growth and instead, children lost their lives this past Tuesday in an act of preventable violence. Our community, while far away from the events in Ulvade, mourns this loss of life. Personally, I am taking stock of how to stop this pattern of violence so that we never have to read a headline like this again. While my nature is to remain positive, I must admit that I am angry and heartbroken. This must change, enough is enough. Today, while it may be difficult, I am showing up to the Community Center to deliver our programs with love and joy. I am sitting in meetings to address the needs of the community and my beloved neighbors. I am supporting the Lagunitas School District as we all grapple with the question, “what if this had been us?” I send love to you all as we feel our way through yet another tragedy.

The Community Center staff is diligently putting our summer programming in place for community members of all ages. A summer music concert series in partnership with Giaco’s Valley Roadhouse, Family Music Hour, Outdoor Movie nights, Summer Bridge and Summer Camp, Senior Strolls, Art Shows in our galleries, and much more. These programs will be highlighted each week in this Thursday update and in our Summer issue of Stone Soup which will be mailed to all residents of the Valley and Nicasio in early June. It is so wonderful to see so many friends and neighbors in person after a challenging two years and we will be doing our utmost to keep these events as safe and healthy as possible.

Our drive-through Food Pantry will be open today May 26th, 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 a.m. – 2 p.m. 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.

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 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. this Friday! Tomorrow, May 27th, 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 a.m. For more info contact Poko at: pgiacomini@sgvcc.org.

The San Geronimo Valley Community Center is proud to present the wonderful artwork made by the Nicasio School student artists in the Maurice Del Mue Galleries from Tuesday, May 24 through May 31st.  The galleries will be open Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  *Galleries may be closed for viewing due to classes and events so call (415) 488-8888 to check availability.

On Friday, May 27, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. Kate’s Café will again be back at the Community Center!  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 (composer of “Across the Great Divide” and “Give Yourself to Love”), Kate Wolf, who was a resident of the Valley and Community Center board member.  Come to share, come to listen. For information and to sign-up contact MC Juliette Valente: j.valente@comcast.net. If you are unable to attend in person and would like to watch via Zoom get the Zoom link on our website here.

On Wednesday June 1st at 5:30 p.m. the Healthy Community Collaborative BBQ and Edie Robinson Awards Ceremony will happen in the Courtyard of the Community Center.  Everyone is invited to join the celebration recognizing  the incredible work of these amazing volunteers in our community.

Giaco’s Valley Roadhouse and the San Geronimo Valley Community Center are proud to present the first of the Summer 2022 Valley Summer Music Series on Saturday June 4th featuring the fantastically fun music of the Valley Blues Brothers Rhythm & Blues Revue. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. and includes performances by Jake Giacomini, Elwood Chavez, Rebecca Chourre, John Cunningham and Velvy Appleton. Giaco’s Valley Roadhouse is located at 625 San Geronimo Valley Drive in San Geronimo. Tickets are $15 for the show and a portion of the proceeds go to support the Community Center.  Giaco’s kitchen closes at 9 so get your dinner reservations early.   Go to https://valleysummerseries.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets.

On June 4th from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. LEAP is having Valley Fest, reviving their beloved family friendly spring fundraiser.  There will be music, petting of cute animals, crafts, cake walks and so much more on the Upper Campus of the Lagunitas School.  LEAP is a non-profit education foundation supporting the programs of the Lagunitas School District.

The Healthy Community Collaborative will meet with Supervisor Dennis Rodini on Monday, June 6th from 4 – 5:00 p.m. Following that Dennis Rodoni will have Open Office Hours from 5 – 6:30 p.m. The featured guest speaker for this event is Vegetation Management Fire Captain, Jordan Reeser.

The Community Center is so very proud to present the art of Larry Rippee and Molly Rea in the Maurice Del Mue Galleries in June.

For over twenty years Larry Rippee has been associated with the San Geronimo Valley Community Center primarily in event production and as the Visual Arts Coordinator of the Maurice Del Mue Galleries. In addition to that Larry devotes his creative time to printmaking, drawing and hosting a blues program, ‘Coast Highway Blues’ on radio station KWMR-FM. This is his first exhibition at the Community Center.

Molly Rea is a portrait painter, art teacher and longtime volunteer with the San Geronimo Valley Community Center.  There will be a reception for the artists on Sunday, June 12th, from 4 – 7:00 p.m. 

The San Francisco Mime Troupe will be giving a free performance on Sunday, June 19th at 4:00 p.m. in the Lagunitas School Field.  The San Francisco Mime Troupe is a theatre of political satire which performs free shows in various parks in the San Francisco Bay Area Coordinates: 37.7565°N 112.4131°Wand around California. Note: SFMT does not perform silent mime, but each year creates an original musical comedy that combines aspects of Commedia dell’Arte, melodrama, and broad farce with topical political themes.

Michael McQuilkin’s Family Music Hour XIX returns on Saturday, 

June 25th!  This treasured event includes a pre-show dinner starting at 4:30 – 5:45, followed by a joyful evening showcasing of the Valley’s Best Musical Families at 6:00 p.m.  Hear Buck and Gracie Chavez, Rebecca Chourre, Tealy Gapinski, Kira Thelin, Andrew Giacomini,Alexa Davidson, Kylie Clarke, John Cunningham, the McQuilkin brothers, Indigo Jenkins,Wayne Patton, Katherine Wethington, Isabella Andrews, Lila Fox, and the Valley All-Star band, Tim Cain and the Lagunitas Horns!

Tickets are $10 for the dinner and $10 for the show. Buy them now at https://mcquilkinfamilymusichour.eventbrite.com.

The Lagunitas School District is now enrolling for Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten for the upcoming 2022-23 school year.

  • Transitional Kindergarten – available for children whose 5th birthday is between September 2nd and February 2nd
  • Kindergarten – available to children whose 5th birthday is on or before September 1st

Please visit the Enrollment page on our website to learn how to register your child: https://www.lagunitas.org/page/enrollment-parent-portal-page

Contact Principal Laura Shain to schedule a visit at lshain@lagunitas.org. Visit lagunitas.org to learn more.

The Valley List Serve Email is temporarily down while a new web host is found.  The moderator will email everyone currently signed up once the new server has been established.

We can’t wait to see you!

Thank you all,

Dave Cort

Executive Director

Take-home COVID test distribution – Every Thursday 11am-12pm

Drive-through Food Pantry at

5800 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Geronimo 


The San Geronimo Commons 

Every Thursday 11am-12pm

Drive-through Food Pantry at

5800 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Geronimo 

West Marin Community Services

Mondays and Wednesdays – 11am-12pm 

1431 CA-1 #10, Point Reyes Station

Fairfax Market – PCR TESTING

May 27th, 10am-4pm

2040 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax

By appointment, call (888) 702-9042 or online here.

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



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!

West Marin Pop-up Events

Pop-Up: Point Reyes Station

Thursday, May 26, 2 PM – 5 PM

West Marin Community Services

11431 CA-1, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956


Find more vaccination appointments at Marin County Vaccine Finder


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.

Key Covid-19 Resources:

Covid-19 Data: https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/surveillance

Testing: https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/testing

Isolation & Quarantine Guidelines: https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/isolation-and-quarantine

Vaccine Finder: https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/vaccinefinder

General Vaccine Info: https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/vaccine

Pediatric Vaccine Info: https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/vaccine/pediatrics

Booster Shot Information: https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/VaccineBooster

Communications Toolkit: https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/covid-19-communications-toolkit

Masking Requirement Updates: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/guidance-for-face-coverings.aspx

Public Health Updates: https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/updates