Fairfax Update
News From Around Town...
April 12,2021
Please note: the newsletter is now on Mondays! We hope you like starting off the week with the latest news from around town!
The Fairfax Community Skatepark is Officially Open! 

This was an extraordinary effort by a group of local volunteers, donors and the support of the Town Council and staff.  The hours of operation are 9am to Sundown, 7 days per week. 
Peri Park Renovation is Under Way
 
The new structures have arrived!

The park will be closed from April 5th until April 21st as we demo the old structures and the new structures are delivered and installed.

Please note that two existing play structures needed to be temporarily removed in order to accommodate the new structures. The removed structures will be relocated to another area in the park in the future.
Police Chief Selection Process

The Town is conducting a community survey to: a) ask for comments regarding qualities in a police chief, b) allow for the submittal of questions for the interim Police Chief, and c) allow for comments regarding rethinking and reimagining police services for the PPPSA to discuss and consider.
 
To take the survey, Click Here.
Transportation Authority of Marin's Highway 101 Interchange and Approaching Roadway Study

Please Take the Survey Soon - Ends April 16

Highway 101’s interchanges vary in age; many of them were built in the 1950s and 1960s and have not been altered in meaningful ways to meet current and future demands of vehicles, transit, bicyclists, and pedestrians. The study will identify a program of short, medium, and/or long-term projects at twelve selected interchanges to improve their operation and safety for all users.

Let us know how we can improve your experience around Marin County’s interchanges. Your feedback will be used to identify specific areas most in need of improvement and help us make Marin County’s interchanges safer and more efficient for everyone. The survey will be open through Friday, April 16, 2021.
Marin County COVID-19 Status Update

Post-Vaccine: Do I need to wear a mask? (Spoiler alert: YES)

We’ve received several inquires about whether masks are necessary now that vaccinations are underway in Marin.

The CDC’s website warns, “we’re still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19,” and recommends everyone continue wearing masks in public places until researchers confirm the long-term efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines against new variants. Also, in the State of California, masks are still required outside of the home, regardless of your vaccination status.

The Cleveland Clinic offers some additional reasons why you should not throw away those masks as soon as you get your shot:

  1. It takes times for the vaccine to kick-in.You won’t reach the nearly 95% effectiveness rate until two weeks after your second-dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. After the first dose, you do get a partial immune response, which is good news, but it doesn’t mean you’re immediately protected the minute the needle goes in your arm. For the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you’re considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your single dose.
  2. We still need to protect those with compromised immune systems and those who cannot be vaccinated. We know that people with chronic medical conditions (like heart disease and cancer) are at risk for developing a severe case of COVID-19. And since this population wasn’t involved in clinical trials, we can’t assume that they’ll have the same effectiveness rate. It’s also recommended that if you’ve had an allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in the vaccine, you shouldn’t get it. If you had an allergic reaction to the first dose, the CDC doesn’t recommend getting the second dose either. If you’re fully vaccinated, it’s recommended to steer clear of those considered high-risk who are not vaccinated.
  3. There are still limited doses of the vaccine. Experts say that 80% of the population will need to vaccinated to reach herd immunity. While Marin has reached 40% full vaccinated (and 60% with at least one dose) we are making good progress. However, the vaccine supply chain is still volatile, and it could take us until the end of Summer 2021 to reach the 80% fully vaccinated mark.

Remember, until we reach heard immunity, vaccines are just one tool in our pandemic busting toolkit and are most effective when used in combination with wearing a mask, watching your distance and washing your hands.
2030 Climate Action Plan – Send us your comments

The deadline for comments on the draft 2030 Climate Action Plan is April 26. Click HERE to see the draft plan and to submit your comments.
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting
April 12 - 7pm

Planning Commission Meeting
April 15 - 7pm

Climate Action Committee Meeting
April 20 - 7pm

Town Council Special Meeting
April 21 - 5:30pm

Special Joint Study Session with the Planning Commission and Town Council to discuss the Housing Element Update process. This virtual meeting is from 5:30pm-7:30pm (time approx.)
 
The special Town Council meeting with begin at 8:00pm


April 22 - 7pm


To view the agendas visit our Public Meetings page.
Redwood Clean Up in Peri Park 
Sunday, April 18th
10am to noon
Peri Park Redwood Grove

Please join the Fairfax Volunteers and Ray Moritz, our local tree expert, for an outdoor volunteer project in Peri Park. Ray will show us how to clear small growths around the redwoods in the park and improve the trees' overall health. We had about eight volunteers for the first day, and enjoyed the out of doors together, while improving Peri Park.

Each person is responsible for their own cutting tools and protective equipment. They should be prepared to be working on their knees.

Ray recommends:
 
- Knee pads or something soft to kneel on.
- Work gloves, like "gardening gloves" or construction gloves.
- Eye protection.
- A full water bottle
- A face mask
- Hand shears
- loppers
- A small hand rake or something to pull pieces out of the basal sprout clump
- A small handsaw for cutting brush
Marin Sanitary Curbside Clean-up Coming Up
April 19 - 23

Residential Spring Curbside Clean-Up is coming up! Start clearing things out now so you are ready for pick up the week of April 19th.

During your clean-up week, you can put out up to 14 bags of extra material at no extra cost on your normal service day.

WHAT YOU CAN PUT AT THE CURB FOR CURBSIDE CLEAN-UP
  • Up to 14 extra bags or cans (2 cubic yards) of garbage, recycling, and compostables (yard/food waste)
  • Extra cans/bags can’t weigh more than 60 pounds
  • Extra cans/bags can’t be larger than 32 gallons in size
  • No bulky items like mattresses, appliances, and furniture 

Material will be collected on your normal service day during your areas’ scheduled clean-up week.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day 
Saturday, April 24

The Fairfax Police Department will be hosting this event - details to follow.
Fairfax Recreation
Outdoor Yoga with Veronica will continue outside in Bolinas Park on Mondays when weather allows with masks and distance protocols. Click here for more info.


Summer Camps with Fairfax Recreation!  

Art & Nature Camp
For children 4 -5 years 
Week of July 12th
Monday – Friday from 9am – 12noon 

This camp is designed for transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten child/ren to get them comfortable for the new school year ahead. The flow of each day will include morning circle, music, storytelling and movement, snack time, and a short nature walk and art activity before pick up at 12 noon. Children will learn how to work within a group of peers, enhance listening skills with music exercises and do hands on crafts and nature exploration with skilled teachers.
Camp Fairfax
Ages 6-10
July 26 - August 6
10am - 4pm

Camp Fairfax is a homegrown local camp for school aged youth going on its 12th year! During this special time of year campers and their counselors focus on the unique aspects of our little town and each other. This simple and old-style summer camp has evolved and this summer will include TWO specialized weeks with each week focusing on a theme. Week 1 will focus on the arts and week 2 will focus on the natural environment and music. We weave in teambuilding games and activities throughout each week and a highlight is our weekly Friday water play of running through sprinklers on the ballfield and balloon toss.
Bioblitz to Celebrate Earth Day
April 25th
9:30am until 11:30pm

Become a citizen scientist, wildlife and lands photographer, and help us document the diversity in our Open Space Preserves! 
Join Fairfax Parks and Recreation in collaboration with Fairfax Open Space Committee (FOSC) for our first Bioblitz to celebrate Earth Day. 

A BioBlitz is an event where a group of people tries to document as many species as possible in a specific time frame. 

It's a great way to get to know a place, local animals and plants, and collect real scientific data.

This is an in-person event, adapted to COVID regulations, with social distancing, masks at all times, touchless sign up, and no equipment sharing. 

We will walk in very small groups, explore the park, and document all our observations using the free smartphone app iNaturalist. 
We will also be learning tips for taking photos in the great out of doors!

If this sounds like fun, join us! More info and RSVP: Pascalberandesign@yahoo.com

Space is limited so make your reservations soon!
Fairfax Food Pantry
Saturday mornings from 8-10am
Fairfax Community Church 
2398 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax.

The Fairfax Food Pantry continues to be open. Drive through or walk up service is available. In addition to our regular bagged groceries, folks will be receiving 15lb produce boxes as part of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). 
Join a Board or Commission!

Do you want to make a real difference in 2021? Consider joining a board or commission for the Town of Fairfax. There are openings on the Open Space Committee, Climate Action Committee, Volunteer Board and Planning Commission.

Town of Fairfax sitio web se puede traducir al español

El sitio web se puede traducir al español usando el ícono del globo que se encuentra en la barra verde de cada página.

Our website can now be translated into Spanish (and other languages) using the globe icon found on the green bar at the top of each page.