Weekly Community Update

San Geronimo Valley Community Center

Weekly Update– Dynamic Programming for Everyone

September 29, 2022

Dear Community,

Last Friday I attended the Marin County Hunger forum put on by First Five Marin, with my colleagues Julie Young and Nicole Ramirez. The forum focused on fighting hunger and food insecurity in Marin. Nicole was part of a panel that highlighted the food distribution system that the Community Center provides each week. She shared how we adjusted our model during the pandemic to an outdoor, drive-through system. Yesterday, the White House put on a national conference on hunger, nutrition, and health and the SF/Marin Food Bank was one of the presenters. We are proud of our organization’s role in fighting food insecurity and feel grateful that with our partners across Marin, we are working on solutions together.

Supervisor Dennis Rodoni will have office hours for San Geronimo Valley & Nicasio today, Thursday September 29th starting at 6:00 pm via Zoom.  The Zoom meeting code is 958 4067 2114 and passcode is 599912.  Contact Rhonda Kutter with any questions at 415-473-3246 or email RKutter@MarinCounty.org.

Have you ever dreamed of working at the Community Center and being a part of our super fun team? You’re in luck, we are now accepting applications for Family Advocates to join the Community Center. Family Advocates are key team members working in the areas of youth services, wellness and prevention, and recreation. These team members serve as boots-on-the-ground providers, interacting directly with our community, and caring for the youth in our programs. This position may work in any of our after school childcare programs including Zoila’s, the LOFT, VAST, and Wellness & Recreation programs. This role may work primarily in one program or across programs. To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@sgvcc.org.

We are thrilled to announce that our Annual Heart of the Valley Gala is returning on October 29, 2022! This year we will be venturing out of the Valley for a very special event at the Marin Art and Garden Center.

The Gala will include a special viewing of the Connie Smith Siegel Retrospective Show. Upon her passing in 2020, Connie left the Community Center the largest legacy gift in our history and this event offers us a chance to honor her life and view her amazing collection of work.

In addition, we will be celebrating this year’s Heart of the Valley Gala honorees, Kelly Hunt Miceli and Margaret Krauss for their incredible service to our community at the Presbyterian Church Honor Pantry throughout the height of the pandemic by providing food for hundreds of people each week.

Tickets are $175 Get yours today!

You can also sponsor a volunteer, staff member, or Lagunitas School Teacher or make a donation in honor of the year’s Heart of The Valley honorees here.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Learn more here.

Our drive-through Food Pantry is open today September 29th, 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.

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 and Aging & Adult Services, seniors who have pre-registered only can pick up a pre-made, nutritious meal during the 11:00 am – 2:00 pm food bank distribution hours. Please contact Poko Giacomini, pgiacomini@sgvcc.org to register.

A wonderful way to start the day and meet new people–let’s take a walk! Join us for the Senior Stroll from 9:15 m. – 10:00 m. this Friday! Tomorrow, September 30th, 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 9:15 am. For more info contact Poko at: pgiacomini@sgvcc.org.

This Friday, September 30th 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 will also be returning to the Center in September on Tuesdays from 10:00 -11:15 am. For more information email Perla at perladelossantos@parentservices.org.

The Community Center is very excited to share that there are expanded opportunities for Afterschool Enrichment Classes for students! In addition to our affordable childcare programs at Zoila’s and The Loft, students will also have options for a wide variety of fun after school classes. From art, to woodworking, to mountain biking, to martial arts, there are plenty of classes to choose from.  See the full catalog of classes here.

Sign-up to register here.

The San Geronimo Valley Community Center is proud to show the work of Virgil Shaw in the Maurice Del Mue Galleries in OctoberThere will be a reception for the artist on Sunday, October 9th from 4 – 7:00 pm.

Forest Knolls resident Virgil Shaw is well recognized as an accomplished singer-songwriter performing throughout the Valley and Bay Area. In addition, Virgil Shaw is also a talented painter and cartoonist. In the October exhibit at the Community Center, Virgil’s wry drawings give sage commentary on contemporary life.

We can all play a role in preventing suicide. On Wednesday, October 5th at 2:00 pm join the Marin County Suicide Prevention Collaborative in their efforts to build community, foster awareness, and advance the County suicide prevention strategic plan. Held the first Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m., the meeting is closed captioned and open to the public. More information can be found here.

On Thursday, October 6th at 7:00 pm there will be the first of the Let’s Talk Community Discussion Series: Just Say Know. Understand the current culture around substances that our young people are facing, with an emphasis on the current fentanyl crisis. What we need to KNOW and do. Speakers include Jeffrey DeVido, MD, MTS, Marin HHS Chief of Addictions, and Ed Ternan, Song for Charlie. Hosted by Marin Healthy Youth Partnerships and Let’s Talk Marin. Register here to attend virtually.

On October 7th at 11:00 am just after the Senior Stroll, the San Geronimo Valley Community Center will be hosting a Tea and Cookies Get Together for Seniors – now on the first and third Friday of the month! Enjoy this casual get-together with staff and other seniors in our community. Email Nicole at nramirez@sgvcc.org with any questions.

Directly following the Senior Tea until 2:30 pm, we are hosting a “Senior Play Date” with games, discussions, lively debate, entertainment, music, movies, and all kinds of fun and thrills to delight our elder sensibilities.

Did you know our San Geronimo Valley was once zoned to have 5,000 homes, a shopping center, high school and heliport?  What happened? Find out at the San Geronimo Valley Planning Group’s 50th Year Anniversary Celebration, October 8, 3 – 5:00 pm, Wilderness Way (across from the school parking lot by the gym). Everyone welcome. More info at: sgvpg.org.

 

Marin Art and Garden Center in partnership with the San Geronimo Valley Community Center is pleased to announce the Connie Smith Siegel: Legacy Retrospective in The Studio Gallery at the Marin Art and Garden Center from October 15 – November 27, 2022.  There will be an opening reception on Sunday, October 23, 2022, from 1 – 3:00 pm.

Connie Smith Siegel was an accomplished artist and teacher, using art as activism, color as healing, and landscape painting as a way to honor the earth and the sense of place. After Connie’s passing on August 4, 2020, the breadth and legacy of her work was truly realized. This retrospective collection pulls from over a thousand pieces covering miles upon miles of California landscapes and beyond.  The Marin Art and Garden Center is located at 30 Sir Francis Drake boulevard in Ross.  Open gallery hours and more information can be found at maringarden.org.

The West Marin Community Response Team presents a free West Marin Health and Wellness Fair on Thursday, October 20th from 12 – 4:30 pm at the San Geronimo Commons located at 5800 Sir Francis Drake Blvd in San Geronimo.

This Health Fair offers an array of free health services, information and resources to our West Marin communities.  Come for Vision Testing, Flu shots, Covid-19 vaccines/boosters, free tests and masks, a mobile Health clinic with health checks and various tests hosted by Ritter, Indigenous Healing, along with numerous informational pop-ups, such as WMSS, Fire Safe Marin and our local disaster councils, SPAHR, NAMI, Zero Waste Marin, Rolling Root by the Agricultural Institute of Marin, and the Clean Slate Program. Come out and take advantage of these incredible services at no cost, while enjoying free BBQ, and healthy rainbow food platters!

Please join River Otter Ecology Project, your friendly local river otter research, education, and community science group on Wednesday, November 16th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the Valley Room for a fun, free interactive program all about our local semi-aquatic mammal, river otters!

We’ll talk about what we do and why, river otter fascinating natural history, and show plenty of videos from our motion-activated cameras. We will also show some of our lesser-seen neighbors…lions, and badgers and bears oh my! Bring the kids…we’ll provide otter hats and masks for coloring there or at home. Register for this free event here.

The San Geronimo Valley Open Gym is… Open!!

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

Save The Date – Our Holiday Arts Faire is on! We are thrilled to be gearing up for another great Holiday Art Faire at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center on Saturday, December 3rd, 2022, from 11 am-5 pm! This year we will again be hosting our Holiday Faire outside in the courtyard behind our Community Center and alongside the East End of the building. In the case of rain, we will have a back-up plan to move indoors. We will create a magical and inviting environment for our community to safely gather and exchange holiday cheer!  If you would like to be a vendor apply now here to reserve a spot.

We can’t wait to see you!

Thank you all,

Dave Cort

Executive Director

COVID-19 INFORMATION & RESOURCES 

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 & Wednesdays – 11 am-12 pm

Fridays – 1-2pm 

1431 CA-1 #10, Point Reyes Station

Fairfax Market – PCR TESTING

September 30th, 10 am-4 pm

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

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

https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/testing

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