Weekly Community Update

San Geronimo Valley Community Center

Weekly Update as we Navigate the Pandemic Together

May 6, 2021

Dear Community Members,

Greetings to you as we enter the beautiful month of May. The first weeks of May have always been a special time at the Community Center as we host the annual Spring Art Show and our community celebrates Mother’s Day. This time last year, there were so many uncertainties; we were in the second month of the pandemic and shelter in place orders were in full effect. Those were extremely challenging times and reflecting now I am impressed and inspired by the resilience of our community. As you will read in this update below, the Spring Art Show will again be virtual this year and we have a number of wonderful events planned around the show. The entries we have received are incredible and we hope you join us on Friday May 7th for our opening night event (more details below). Some of our other programs like our after school childcare have begun again in person, and our team is hard at work to develop a strategy and prepare our facilities so that we can safely return together.

Our Public Health Officer, Dr. Matt Willis presented his weekly update to the Marin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. There is a lot of information about vaccinations, gatherings, and our tier status in the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoDUr2JjTf4

Our drive-through Food Pantry will be open today in the former golf course clubhouse 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!

The Community Center’s 31st Annual ‘It’s Virtually Spring’ Art Show Opens this Friday, May 7th! You can see your neighbors and friends’ most recent acts of creativity by visiting the Community Center’s website, Instagram and Facebook from Friday, May 7th to Sunday, May 23rd. On Friday, May 7th @ 6:30pm, join us on Zoom for an opening night event! At this lively and entertaining gathering you will get to view the art in a slide show moderated by our very own Arts and Event Coordinator Larry Rippee. You will also get a chance to connect with others in this virtual forum to contemplate how art and creativity can continue to grow and thrive in our West Marin communities. To join this event please use this link to enter the Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83767862466

If you have any questions please contact Larry at: lrippee@sgvcc.org

Springtime in the Valley means one thing, The In Spirit Plant is here! Come by the Lagunitas School Upper Campus this Saturday May 8th from 1pm to 5pm for this spectacular sale! There will be sunflowers, tons of tomatoes, basil, all sorts of greens, and more to get your glorious garden started! Please do not arrive before 1pm to allow the crew time to set up. To learn more about Inspirit, check out this article featured in the Marin IJ. See you on Saturday!

The San Geronimo Valley Community Center is pleased to announce the return of our weekly Senior Lunch starting, Thursday May 13, 2021 – although we admit it is going to look a little different! In partnership with the Marin Health and Human Services Aging & Adult services and Vivalon’s (Whistlestop) Jackson Café, we will be offering a drive through lunch pick up for seniors aged 60+. Registration will be mandatory and a contribution to the program is appreciated but not required. Pick up will be at the Clubhouse parking lot at 5800 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in San Geronimo during the food bank distribution, Thursdays between 11am-2pm. For more information and to register email Nicole Ramirez at nramirez@sgvcc.org.

The Coast Miwok Panel discussion has been rescheduled for May 23rd @ 5pm-6pm. At this event you will join members of the Coast Miwok Tribal Council of Marin for a discussion around their heritage, history, and current projects! The tribal council consists of documented descendants of the Coast Miwok people of Marin County, with roots in Marin that extend back thousands of years. In addition to advocacy efforts, the council is dedicated to sharing their culture and history, and presents with organizations across the county.  If you registered for the original event that was canceled in February you do not need to register again, the Zoom information will be sent to you automatically. If you didn’t register last time and want to join, please click here to reserve your spot: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rescheduled-coast-miwok-panel-discussion-heritage-history-and-today-tickets-153533291207.

Zoila’s aftercare is open! The past couple weeks have been a true joy and we still have space! After school childcare is available Monday to Friday from 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm for Kindergarten through 5th grades. Families, children and Community Center staff will continue to adhere to CDC safety guidelines and protocols to ensure the well being of all. For more information please visit (https://www.sgvcc.org/day-care/) and if you have any questions, please reach out to Nicole Ramirez at nramirez@sgvcc.org.

Firewise is growing in the Valley, and VERG is helping to make it happen!

Firewise encourages and empowers neighbors to take action to reduce the risk of wildfire and VERG provides a framework on which Firewise can gain momentum and be successful. Working hand in hand, these two programs can dramatically reduce fire risk in the Valley. Organized around the belief that if everyone does a litt, we all become a lot safer, Firewise inspires neighbors to help one another, get organized, creates peace of mind knowing that people are being proactive, and supports long term planning and preparation. So go to sgverg.org/firewise and see what we’re up to.  And if you’re not already, sign up for VERG.

The Lagunitas School District is now accepting registrations for kindergarteners and other new students for the 2021-22 school year. Please visit this link to learn how to register: www.lagunitas.org/page/2021-22-school-year-enrollment

Lastly, join our team! The Community Center is hiring a Full Time Development and Communications Coordinator. You can learn more about the position here (https://www.sgvcc.org/join-our-team/). Applications are due by May 14th and can be emailed to jobs@sgvcc.org.

Thank you all,

Dave Cort

Executive Director


COVID-19 Resources:


  • Everyone age 16 and over is now eligible to make a vaccine appointment. 

  • Appointments Available in West Marin: MAY 18th, and JUNE 1st from 9:30 AM–2:30 PM @ Coastal Health Alliance, 3 Sixth Street, Pt. Reyes Station, CA 94956. Walk-Ins only and all vaccine options are first-come, first served. The vaccines offered are Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson.
  • Have vaccine questions? This weekly webinar has answers. Marin Health and Human Services hosts a weekly (through May 27th) 60-minute webinar where you can learn about the vaccines, getting vaccinated, and the truth about some myths and misinformation.
  •  English: Every Tuesday and Thursday 9 AM -10 AM
  •  Spanish: Every Thursday  11 AM – 12 PM

Join on Zoom at this link – https://tinyurl.com/4z85kxf2  or call in (408) 638-0968 use meeting code: 9948 0065 846#

  • Marin County residents who need assistance to make COVID-19 vaccination appointments can call (833) 641-1988 to get help from a real live human being.  This phone line will operate Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.