Weekly Community Update

San Geronimo Valley Community Center

Weekly Update as we Navigate the Pandemic Together

December 3, 2020

Dear Community Members,

Seasons Greetings as we move into the joyous month of December. As we prepare for the holidays, it is important to stay very focused on your health and the health of your family, friends, and neighbors. As was recommended by Marin County Public Health and the CDC, we all adapted our Thanksgiving holidays to slow the spread of COVID-19–thank you for playing your part in keeping our community safe and healthy! During the December holiday season, please remember to heed these public health recommendations–keep your gatherings small, stay close to home, wear your face coverings, and keep up your social distancing. As difficult and challenging these times can feel, I feel very fortunate to be living and working here in our West Marin community. The other day I went on a wonderful hike with my daughter, daughter in law, and grandson on the French Ranch Trail from Sir Francis Drake Blvd straight up to the Nicasio Ridge. It was a beautiful day and we all got quite a workout. There were very few people on the trail so we felt very safe. While cozying up by the fire with loved ones may not be in the cards this year, consider making new traditions that get you outside into the surrounding open space and enjoying this place we call home. Also, at the Community Center we are very pleased to be creating and offering some incredible virtual programs and events that will bring us together to celebrate and learn this holiday season. There is so much to look forward to as you will see outlined in this weekly update.

Today, Thursday December 3rd, is our Annual Day of Giving!  Please consider donating to support the San Geronimo Valley Community Center. This year every donation is matched up to $5,000! Members of our Community Center Council of Major Donors have come together to provide an incredible opportunity for all of you to double your gift — and make a difference in the lives of your neighbors in the Valley and Nicasio. Your donation will support the Community Center’s drive through food pantry, our inclusive Senior and Youth Programs, our awesome local (now virtual!) Arts & Events Programs, and our Community Unlearning programs that focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Every donation impacts the Center’s ability to help meet the needs of our residents. And this year your donations will be doubled up to $5,000! Together, we will continue to navigate this challenging time that has affected all of our lives and we will emerge a stronger and more resilient community, based on love and support for one another.

You can make an online donation here, by mailing a check to PO Box 194 San Geronimo 94963 or by calling Rebecca Teague at 415-328-7988. 

Our drive-through Food Pantry will be open today between 11am-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. We encourage you to come today if you need food. We continue to be grateful for our partnership with SF Marin Food Bank and all of our staff and volunteers that make this crucial day happen every week.

This Saturday, December 5th, 2020, our beloved Annual Holiday Arts Faire is going virtual! The holiday spirit in the Valley is strong. While we cannot share the same room for visiting Santa,  communal wreath making, jolly kid crafts, sugary delights, festive vendors, Dani Levy performance, and candle lighting ceremonies, we can still do all of these things together remotely!

Come on down to ye olde Zoom room this Saturday, December 5th, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm and choose your own holiday adventure! We will have a plethora of great breakout rooms and special guests– fun for the whole family! Hosts and MCs Japer Thelin and Alexander McQuilkin and our Community Center staff will entertain and help guide you through this excellent holiday event. Please register for this awesome afternoon here.  For a schedule of the afternoon’s events, please click here.

As part of our Annual Holiday Arts Faire, we are opening our virtual doors to some amazing crafts people, on our virtual Holiday Faire Arts & Crafts page here! There you will find an assortment of vendors with unique crafts, beautiful art, and holiday gifts for you to purchase for your loved ones this holiday season. Our Holiday Faire Arts & Crafts page will be live December 3rd through December 6th— we hope you all will support these awesome local crafts people and artists! Shop local. Feel good.

Another upcoming lively holiday event is the world premiere of Tom and Amy Valen’s film, Just for the Joy of It, a documentary on the making of local music favorite, Family Music Hour. Shot mainly Spring through Winter 2018, the film weaves interviews in the homes of Family Music Hour performers with a dive into the fun and hard work it takes to prepare for shows, and includes stellar performances from shows #15 and #16.  Bring the McQuilkin Family, the Chavez Family, Andrew Giacomini, Alexa Davidson, Tealy and Kira Gapinski and more awesome Valley talent into your living room for just one night. Feel the warmth and joy of Family Music Hour performances from your own home. To register for this event, please click here to receive your log in information

See you all Saturday at the Virtual Holiday Arts Faire!

Stone Soup and the Catalogue is being delivered to all Post Office Boxes in the next few days, but you can read it online by going to this link!

Dave Cort

Executive Director

PS. Another great way to shop thoughtfully this holiday season! Consider supporting local children’s education in the Lagunitas School District by doing your holiday shopping through LEAP’s Virtual Holiday Auction marketplace December 2nd through December 16th. You will find boutique gift cards, home baked pies, select wines, vintage collectibles, children’s games and much, much more! 100% of all proceeds go directly to local student’s enrichment programs such as art, music, Spanish, instructional aides and virtual assemblies. To access this online auction website, please visit www.LEAP4education.org 

PPS. Resources available to our community:

  • MEALS ON WHEELS 

Home-delivered meals for homebound adults age 60+: (415) 457-INFO. In West Marin: (415) 663-8148.

  • NOURISH MEALS

Home-delivered meals for individuals with chronic illness: Call Whistlestop (now Vivalon)  at (415) 456-9062 x176.

  • CERES 

Home-delivered meals for people with illness: Call (707) 829-5833, http://www.ceresproject.org/

  • SAN FRANCISCO/MARIN FOOD BANK FOOD LOCATOR

Search for the nearest food pantry or food distribution location here.

  • MARIN COUNTY’S ONLINE COMMUNITY RESOURCE GUIDE

Learn about a variety of food resources: https://www.marinhhs.org/community-resource-guide

PPPS.  SAVE THE DATE! On Tuesday, December 8, 2020, from 6:30 to 8:00pm, The Trust for Public Land will host a webinar to present key elements of its Vision Framework for the San Geronimo property (known locally as the San Geronimo Commons).  Join us next Tuesday to hear about our process, learn about future opportunities for the property, and ask questions.  Please register in advance for this webinar by clicking here.