Weekly Community Update

San Geronimo Valley Community Center

Weekly Update–Navigating the Pandemic, Returning Together

October 21, 2021

Dear Community Residents,

What a joy it is to be sitting at my kitchen table writing this update as a steady rain continues to fall. The plants in our yard feel so happy as they absorb this wonderful gift from the skies. As you will read throughout this update, the Community Center is offering more and more in person programs for children, adults, and seniors. The Center feels alive and bustling as most of our staff are now regularly back in the office and our hallways are again filled with laughter, conversation, and connection. We continue to carefully navigate the pandemic, wearing face coverings indoors and monitoring public health guidance. We are committed to keeping our residents safe as we return together. Come by the Center to check out the new NextGen mural and the array of classes we are offering. I know I speak for all of our staff, we’d love to see you!

The Annual Golf Tournament returns with a very special Veterans Day weekend tournament! Join us Friday, November 12th for an 11am Shotgun start followed by oysters, drinks, and dinner! Supporting our Community Gym and Youth Programs, the Golf Tournament is a fun way to raise funds for the Center! This year we are hosting our tournament at Rooster Run Golf Club in Petaluma and we are looking forward to trying out a new course! Buy your tickets today on Eventbrite. Tickets are limited this year so act quickly to reserve your spot!

Our drive-through Food Pantry will be open today October 21th, 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. Thank you to our partners SF Marin Food Bank, ExtraFood and Innovative Health Solutions

During our Food Bank distribution we are also providing our drive-through Senior Lunch for seniors aged 60+. In partnership with the Marin Health and Human Services Aging & Adult services and Vivalon’s (Whistlestop) Jackson Café, seniors who have pre-registered only can pick up a pre-made, nutritious meal during the 11am – 2 pm food bank distribution hours. Please contact Poko Giacomini, pgiacomini@sgvcc.org to register.

For over thirty years the San Geronimo Valley Community Center has worked in partnership with Valley Toys and Joys every holiday season to support local families, who are having financial challenges, by distributing holiday gifts to children in the San Geronimo Valley and Nicasio. Valley Toys and Joys is a local non-profit founded by Grace Tolson and her family members at the Dickson Ranch. The intention of this program is to provide local children ages two years old through 8th grade with three holiday wishes.  Families who are eligible must  live in the San Geronimo Valley or Nicasio or children must attend either Lagunitas School or Nicasio.

Applications are available at the Community Center website here.

You can also come to the Community Center and they will be posted on the doors available in English and Spanish. You can fill the application out at home and mail it back to the Community Center.  Applications will be available on October 22, 2021 and due back on November 25, 2021. Gifts will be distributed on December 20 & 21, 2021 from noon to 4pm at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center.

Also, please consider donating to this incredible program that has had such a positive impact on our communities’ children for over three decades.

You can send a donation to:

Valley Toys and Joys

PO Box 496

Woodacre, CA 94973


A GREAT way to start the day–let’s take a walk! Join us for the Senior Stroll on Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. every Friday! Tomorrow, October 22nd, 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. The walk will last from 45 minutes to an hour. Bring your water bottle and let’s meet in front of the gym at 9:30 a.m. Senior Stroll will be cancelled if it rains.For more info contact Poko at: pgiacomini@sgvcc.org

Kate’s Cafe returns Friday, October 22nd at 7pm for its final virtual show! Zoom in for incredible performances by some of our local valley talent. Juliette Valente hosts the virtual Kate’s Cafe ZOOM space, for local musicians, poets, and more to perform. This months show features: Writer Carole Alter, singer/guitarist Yvonne Goode, and Dorothy Cox and Lee Rockwell-Cary Bluegrass and Gospel. Come to share, come to listen. Each individual or group will play live for 15 minutes. Email Juliette Valente for information: j.valente@comcast.net. Visit our website for Zoom login.

Like a book club for art film aficionados! Please join us on Monday, October 25th, 6:00 – 7:00 pm for our fourth Monday of the month, Artist Film Night! Watch the film ahead of time and join us on the 25th to discuss with your community. This month hosts Larry Rippee and Debra Amerson will discuss Cutie and the Boxer.

This documentary film is about the difficult 40-year relationship between “boxing painter” Ushio Shinohara and Noriko Shinohara, a Japanese-born husband and wife who are both artists who live in Brooklyn, New York. Ushio Shinohara is a small player in the contemporary art world, known for painting with a pair of paint-soaked boxing gloves and his oversized motorcycle sculptures made of cardboard. Their family has struggled financially for many years.  Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband’s assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own. Ushio has begun to recognize that he’s not the only artist in the family. An Oscar nominated reflection on love, sacrifice and the creative spirit.

Directed by Zachary Heinzerling. Winner- documentary direction, 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Watch the film on Kanopy or Prime then join us on Zoom to enjoy rich film conversation!

Free on Kanopy (Marin county Library)

Rent on Amazon Prime

Sign-up for this FREE discussion on Eventbrite here.

The Valley After School Tutoring Program (VAST) offers one-on-one tutoring and homework help for students at affordable rates. Our hourly rate is $20/hr. and tutoring can be as many days as needed.  This year we are offering this program as a hybrid – offering either in person or virtually. We will start virtually the week of October 4th and will resume in person the following weeks. For more information contact Lori Ramirez, VAST coordinator at vast@sgvcc.org or at 415-488-4118 ext. 506. VAST is currently seeking tutors for in person instruction, especially in Middle School Math or other subjects please call ASAP if interested. For more information about any Youth Programs please contact Nicole Ramirez at 415-488-8888 X 254 or nramirez@sgvcc.org

On Sunday, November 7th from 3:00 – 4:15 pm, enjoy a hilarious new performance from Lisa Rothman: Work From Home: Well That’s Fun. This performance, which will be performed in-person in the Community Center Courtyard*, is a follow-up to her virtual performance The Virtual Happy Hour. It’s been more than a year and Lisa’s husband’s desk is still in the hall right in front of the bathroom door. He calls it his “bonus room” and he plans to keep it there, even after he gets to go to a real office with co-workers who aren’t his family members.  Lisa’s fed up with co-starring in the reality show Extreme Manspread: The Covid Years – Home Office Edition. Unless Marie Kondo knocks at the door soon, Lisa’s going to have to take matters into her own hands. This family-friendly, FREE performance (donate what you can), is sure to make you laugh AND think! Sign up for the show on Eventbrite here.

*Proof of vaccination required. All in-person attendees must wear face masks.

Basketball season is on its way from November to March. The Community Center is partnering with St. Cecilia’s Church for the 2021-22 Basketball season. We will have girls and boys teams from 3rd grade through 8th grade. Please contact Lori Ramirez at lramirez@sgvcc.org if your child is interested in playing or if you are interested in coaching. Registration forms are coming out soon.

Thank you all,

Dave Cort

Executive Director

Vaccination Appointments in West 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!

October 28, 2021 10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Pop-Up: San Geronimo Food Pantry

5800 Sir Francis Drake

San Geronimo, CA 94963

Age 12 or older, J&J, Moderna, Pfizer

Find more vaccination appointments at https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/vaccinefinder

All vaccine options are first-come, first-served. No appointment is necessary.

  • Vaccines are FREE and available to anyone age 12 & over, regardless of immigration or insurance status.
  • Walk-ins are welcomed at ANY Marin County Public Health Location. Bring ANY form of identification (it does not need to be a photo ID).


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The hotline supports callers in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Arabic, and other languages. Staff can also be reached at chat.myturn.ca.gov.

COVID-19 Testing in West Marin:

West Marin Community Services

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Point Reyes Station CA 94956

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by appointment only call 415-663-8361 Ext. 302

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