Volume 63, Issue 6 | August 2018  
August 2018 Community Center Calendar
 
  7 | HVCA Board | 7:00 PM
14 | HVLT Board | 7:30 PM
20 | Firewise Committee | 7:00 PM
20 | Music Festival Committee | 7:00 PM
25 | Music Festival | 11:30-6:00 PM
28 | Sanitary Board | 7:30 PM
1st/3rd Wed. | Tam Design Review Board | 7:00 PM (Log Cabin, Tam Valley)
Saturdays     | A. A. Meeting | 10:00 AM
Wednesdays  | Mill Valley Zen Meditation | 7:00 PM
Fridays         | Music Together | 10:30 AM
4th Friday     | Hu Chanting Group | 7:15 PM
 
Save the Date
 
September 14 | Supervisor Dennis Rodoni - Office Hours | 2:00-4:00 PM
September 22 | Firewise Community Meeting | 3:00-5:00 PM
 Homestead Valley Music Festival
Yeah, you right -  a New Orleans celebration at the s olar p owered 201 8 Homes tead Valley Music Festival - Saturday, August 25th .

Presented by
the Homestead Valley Community Association
and sponsored by
American Solar, Good Earth Natural Foods, Marin Horizon School, Maluganis Tire Center, Mill Valley Dentistry, 
Alpha Dog, Postmates, Pig In A Pickle and 
Lagunitas Brewing Company 

By Ron Shalhoup - Music Chair
 
The 2018 edition of the Homestead Valley Music Festival will be held on Saturday, August 25. Grab your Mardi Gras beads and your fanciest umbrella, because the music of New Orleans will be featured.
 
Back to headline another year is Homestead's favorite son, Jonathan Korty . This year, Jon brings the Uptown Rulers to close out the festival at 4:30 with an all-New Orleans set featuring members of festival alumnus' Soul Ska (2017) and The California Honeydrops (2008). Since their 2008 performance, the Honeydrops have gained an international following, supported Bonnie Raitt on her tour and are coming off a couple of sold-out shows at the Sweetwater. This one will be Epic!
 
Known for their lively shows at Tupelo's in North Beach, San Francisco's Shantytown takes the stage at 2:45. "Soul and Roll" pretty much gets to the meat of it. Fronted by Teague Kernan, this 7-piece powerhouse band leaves everything on the stage and never disappoints.

At 1:15, the King Street Giants (from Sonoma) will get the New Orleans vibe cooking. They are self-described as "California Traditional Jazz and more - no trumpet required." Combining Dixieland and Brass with a wide assortment of original music and some unexpected covers, the Giants' joyous sounds will get you up on your feet and dancing.
 
Opening the day at 11:45 is our youth showcase with Footsteps, a jam band with strong influences from Phish and the Grateful Dead. The rock quintet is made up of student musicians from four local high schools that began playing together in the Marin Youth Accelerated Music Program (MY AMP), a rock school in San Rafael. Expect many more surprises throughout the day.
 
Accompanying the excellent music offering will be amazing food provided by Pig in a Pickle, incredible desserts provided by Homestead Valley bakers, and of course Lisa's Bar in the Meadow run by Homestead resident Lisa Santos who will be offering beer and wine as well as margaritas this year. There will also be a cool kids craft area to round out the day providing fun for the whole family, and giving the parents a break to enjoy they event
 
The festival is, of course, free to attend, however we are asking for donations at the gates to offset the costs of the bands and equipment.
 
LASTLY, we are in need of volunteer assistance to help with set-up, clean-up, and a whole host of other related activities. Donate wine for the bar, homemade goodies and/or sign up for a 3-hour shift. Go to: homestead_volunteers.eventbrite.com for more information and to access the sign up form. Questions about donations and volunteering can be directed to Alex Scalisi at alex.scalisi@homesteadvalley.org
 
Thanks in advance for your kind consideration and support!
 
Can't wait to see everyone there!
News From Homestead Village
Christina Oldenburg Retires

By Ginna Fleming

Eight years ago, our friend and neighbor Christina Oldenburg pioneered the launch of Homestead Village, part of a national movement to support seniors in maintaining an independent and connected life in their own homes.   Our Village is one of seven community villages joined under a common administration, Marin Villages.
 
She has now elected to take a well-deserved retirement as Chair of our Steering Committee.  Her commitment to the Village mission and to our Homestead community has been an inspiration to all of us.   Thank you, Christina!
We have decided that this is the right moment to simplify our administration and merge the Homestead group into our close partner, Mill Valley Village, and they have happily welcomed us.   Our members will still enjoy the same array of services and programs, and our volunteers will continue their wonderful work. 
We look forward to expanding our support to our aging friends and neighbors in Homestead and in the wider Mill Valley community, and to sponsoring more of the programs that have brought all of us great information and entertainment.
Marin Horizon School News
A Letter from Bill Perrine, 
Head of School

Dear Neighbors,
 
I hope you are enjoying a happy and healthy summer. As the new Head of School at Marin Horizon, my family and I are enjoying this time as we settle into our Homestead Valley home and get to know our neighbors. One of my highest priorities as I take on this role is to build and maintain a strong connection between the school and the community.
 
With that, I want to provide an update on the public process surrounding the campus building plan. We are placing new story poles around campus to illustrate the reductions in the overall height and size from the previous plan. These story poles will provide an accurate reflection of the current proposal that is under review by the County of Marin. The story pole installation includes tall metal poles and many stabilizing wires, which do present certain safety risks within campus. In order to ensure safety, the poles will be installed before the start of the school year from Tuesday, July 31 to Friday, August 17. Please note that during this time, the interior of campus will be temporarily closed to prevent visitors from tripping on wires or running into the poles while using the playground areas. The school also will take pictures of the story poles and post them onto our website for viewing.
 
Once the story poles have come down, we anticipate having another meeting with the Tam Design Review Board in the early fall. At that meeting, we will present the various reductions to the previous campus plan for their review. In case you haven't seen the latest design plan yet, they are posted on our website here: www.MarinHorizon.org/CampusPlan .
 
I look forward to getting to know each of you over the weeks and months ahead. Thank you and please reach out if you have any questions.
 
Warm regards,
 
Bill Perrine,
Head of School

Editor's Note: Mr. Perrine is the new Head of School, effective Summer 2018.
4th of July Parade and Picnic
Thanks to Many, A Fun (& Cool) 4th of July Celebration 

By Keith Chapman
 
As with so many of the wonderful events each year in Homestead, this year's 4th of July parade and picnic would not have been possible without many loving efforts and donations. 
 
For the always lovely and patriotic decorations, my thanks to the Alan CowanCynthia SamsonZoe Cowan, Jeremy Cowan, Fred Hildago and Ada Holmes Hildago. Alan also pulled double duty on the grill with assistance from B rent   Prouty , over from San Francisco. 

My thanks to Alex Scalisi and Jeff Gilliam for tending bar, and Jeff, thank you once again for always ensuring the grill is in tip-top shape. For tireless set up, food preparation & service and smiles, my sincere thanks to Gwen Gallagher and Devi Brown. Many thanks for the donations of time, energy, and delicious baked goods to Mia Wyman and her sister Toni Greene, and finally to my wife, Radiance Chapman, for the cookies, rice krispy treats, and patience. Mary Walsh and Rich Kideckel, thank you for leading the clean up and ensuring Stolte Grove was pristine again.

Rachel Carlin, thank you for jumping in to help in oh-so-many ways, from set up and organizing to ticket sales, with an assist from Boriana Fackler After just arriving home from the east coast, thank you Maxine Flasher-Duzgunes for the wonderful face-painting! 

Thank you also to Jonnie Alper and Southern Marin Fire for once again coordinating the fire truck to lead the parade. Thanks also go out to to Mill Valley Refuse for their support of our event.  

As always, many, many thanks to David Ross and for the support in planning and supporting the event.
Homestead Valley Pool News
Lotsa Fun in the Summertime

By Summer Shapiro, Associate Center Director

Our 2018 summer pool season has been a positive and fulfilling centerpiece of HVCA's community center experience. As the new pool manager I am happy to report that the planning, recruitment and training processes have paid off.  I have had the deep pleasure of receiving heartfelt thanks from community members for creating a safe and welcoming pool environment and I have seen the kind of pro-activity and responsibility from our young staff that I hoped for.
 
We began in the winter with recruiting, outreach to different Marin high schools, as well as other pools, clubs and swim coaches for expert advice and staff recommendations. I went through the rigorous 4 day lifeguard certification process in April. It not only gave me understanding and appreciation for what my young staff members would be learning, but It was empowering to learn all the rescues as well as glean what I needed to generate a team that would take water safety seriously.
 
As spring arrived young people of Homestead Valley began to apply. I enjoyed using the application and interview process as a way to prepare and train the young applicants in professionalism for future work experience. Once our first wave of Lifeguards and Gatekeepers were offered positions we ventured into training. We spent an afternoon learning the ins and outs of the Homestead Pool, playing team building games, going over Emergency Action Plans and rescue procedures.  We even brought in Veronica Cowen, who teaches meditation tools at the Foundation for Spiritual Development in San Rafael, to lead the team through some basic visualization tools to help us stay present, energized and aware on the pool deck.
 
The training has paid off as I am confident in the staff's strength. I have seen my staff members spring into action at the slightest possibility of patron risk. I have watched them engage in proactive communication with kids and families about how to make different choices to ensure more safety. And I have had the pleasure of hearing from many community members how grateful they are for the work that is being done. Thank you to the many Homestead Valley residents who have come up to me to tell me they are happy with the staff's alertness, proactivity and care.
 
The majority of our staff have come directly from Homestead Valley, or by word of mouth from a Homestead Valley friend or family. The team is made up of mostly high school students with a few college students.  I am looking forward to a great rest of the season. If this season was any indicator of next season, I look forward to a strong 2019 pool season. Thank you to all who have helped make this a great season!
Homestead Valley Vignettes by Chuck Oldenburg
Elementary Schools

By 1907 it was obvious that because of increased migration to Mill Valley from San Francisco, a consequence of the 1906 earthquake, the elementary school, later known as Summit School, would run out of space for pupils.  A second school was required.  In January 1908 a one-room school in Homestead Valley opened with 50 children in grades 1 to 4.  It was located on what is today the corner of Janes and Montford. In 1909 Tamalpais Park School opened on East Blithedale. In 1920, Homestead School was replaced with a larger school on the corner of Montford and Melrose. In 1921, Old Mill School opened on Throckmorton Ave.   Since then more new schools would be added. Throughout its history the school district added, expanded or closed schools as the number of pupils increased or decreased.

Every two weeks a vignette about the history of Mill Valley is by email to members of the Mill Valley Historical Society. Each vignette has a tidbit of information in one paragraph. The objective is to offer a way for members to learn something about the history of Mill Valley with minimum effort.  Several vignettes relate to the history of Homestead Valley.
Since April 2000, the Homestead Headlines has published Chuck's articles about the History of Homestead Valley. Chuck's vignettes will replace them.
What Is This?
The Proverbial "Blown Gasket"

On an otherwise lovely June afternoon, the Center blew a gasket!  A fire sprinkler supply line failed, but fortunately the water damage was contained to only the downstairs. We were able to get the sprinkler system repaired the next day and regain occupancy. The good news...the upstairs was unaffected

We quickly hired a company to  take care of extraction and begin a dry-out,  necessitating opening the wallboard and tile removal in the bathroom to ensure no mold growth.  Once we were dried out, the County and insurance carriers got in to make a damage assessment.     

The County has been very responsive in overseeing the building restoration, hiring B-Side Construction (the same contractor that did the building remodel). Work is scheduled to begin the week of August 6.

Camp Funderblast was forced out of their space for the summer, but they didn't miss a beat... and did it all w/ a smile! A busy and unusual summer here! Thanks to everyone for (pardon the pun) "going with the flow". 
Firewise News
Sanitary District News
Three HVSD Seats Up for Grabs in November 
6 th Election

Three seats on the board of directors of the Homestead Valley Sanitary District will be up for grabs in the November 6, 2018 district elections.
 
All registered voters in the district are eligible to serve. Anyone interested in running for one of the seats should contact the Marin County Elections Office, Marin Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 121, San Rafael, CA 94903. Their telephone is 415-473-6437. You can also contact Al Leibof, HVSD President, at 415-302-2127, or the District Manager Bonner Beuhler at 415-725-7852 if you have questions about the district and its operation.
 
The nominations period began on July 16 and ends at 5:00 p.m. on August 10.
Recipe Exchange
Heirloom Tomato Delight

By Marilyn Tregoning
 
Here is a recipe that fed us and friends with veggies  from our garden last year. We will be making more  this year. You could make this recipe by buying  large heirloom tomatoes. We used our large  Buffalo Steak tomatoes. Build your food on a  large dinner plate. One for each person.
 
HEIRLOOM TOMATO DELIGHT
Fill plate with crisp lettuce chopped into
small pieces. Add a large heirloom tomato slice  in the center. Sprinkle it with vinaigrette,
Feta cheese, chopped red onion, and
Kalamata olives and other small veggies
can be added. Enjoy!
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