Volume 63, Issue 10 | December 2018   
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December 2018 Community Center Calendar
  4 | HVCA Board | 7:00 PM
  8 | Winter Holiday Party | 4:00-6:00 PM
11 | HVLT Board | 7:30 PM
14 | Kids Night Out | 5:00-9:00 PM
18 | Firewise Committee | 7:30 PM
18 | Sanitary District 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  | Dance with Miss Anna | 11:30 AM
Wednesdays  | Mill Valley Zen Meditation | 7:00 PM
Fridays         | SingDancePlay - Music Together | 9:30, 10:30 & 11:30 AM
4th Friday     | Hu Chanting Group | 7:15 PM
Save the Date

January 26  | Annual Meeting | 4:30 PM Potluck Social - 5:30 PM Meeting
Homestead Valley Celebrates
Homestead Valley Pool In The Wintertime
Initial Concepts for the Homestead Valley Pool

By Leslie Dixon, President 
Homestead Valley Community Association
The various pool committees have been hard at work exploring design and financing options so that HVCA can renovate our beloved pool.  As we reported in the October Headlines, our pool infrastructure is breaking down with the plaster/deck cracking and mechanical equipment becoming inefficient.  The pool facilities and equipment are badly in need of modernizing with consideration of an environmentally friendly alternative to sanitation. The bathrooms and showers are tired and need to be updated with an eye towards current accessibility and health requirements.  And each year, we spend significant sums remediating some age-related issue to get the pool ready for the upcoming season.   Come see initial concepts for the new pool infrastructure at the HVCA Holiday Party on Saturday, December 8th, 4:00-6:00 PM.  HVCA Board and Pool Committee members will be on hand to answer any questions you have.

Land Trust Notes
Golden Gate Parks Conservancy in Homestead Valley
By Marabeth Grahame
Homestead's western ridge from Panoramic Highway down to the tree line are park lands of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). Homestead Hill, the ridge trails, the Homestead Fire Road as well as parts of the Homestead Trail are all on GGNRA land.
The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy - ParksConservancy.org - is a nonprofit cooperating organization that supports park stewardship and conservation in the GGNRA. Twice per quarter, led by restoration ecologist, Maria Alvarez, their Habitat Restoration Team (HRT) and Invasive Plant Patrol (IPP) restore native habitat and weed invasive plants in Homestead's GGNRA lands. Teams of interns and volunteers meet up near 4-Corners, collect tools and head out to tackle the relentless spread of some of the most aggressive non-native plants, plants that threaten to out-compete natives, reducing biodiversity and often posing serious fire risk.
Up on the ridge, Maria's teams target French broom (Genista monspessulana), Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius), cotoneaster (Cotoneaster lacteus) and fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) to protect what she calls, "this amazing ridgetop prairie, one of the finest in the park!" Further down in the scrub, they remove pride of Madeira (Echium candicans), sticky snakeroot (Ageratina adenophora) and licorice plant, (Helichrysum petiolare).
Last year, the HVLT and HRT collaborated to restore a beautiful oak woodland on the Homestead Trail where a large patch of a burgundy wildflower, Indian warrior, was being smothered by a broom infestation. HVLT's small teams had worked the site many times but needed the organized might of the HRT to finally remove the rest of this large patch of broom. Future cooperation will tackle other sites in Homestead, areas of particular beauty or sensitive habitat.
For work schedules and to volunteer with HRT or IPP, visit ParksConservancy.org > Get Involved > Individuals > Habitat Restoration Team OR Invasive Plant Patrol.

Homestead Valley Vignettes by Chuck Oldenburg
Memorial Rock

The beautiful red chert rock in front of the Mill Valley city hall came from Wolfback Ridge above Sausalito. Following an extended period of rain, the rock rolled down the hill and blocked Highway 101 near the Waldo Tunnel. The CHP hired Tony Brabo, a Homestead Valley concrete contractor to remove the rock. The CHP also had Hamilton Air Force Base send airmen with a crane to the site. The airmen had lifted airplanes before, but never a large rock. Their attempts failed. Tony and his crew took over and after considerable effort they loaded the rock onto a flat bed truck. Mill Valley City Manager Allen Almquist was present at the scene. He suggested that the rock should be taken to the city hall. The CHP was delighted with this suggestion. Under the watchful eye of the city manager, Tony set the rock in place in front of the City Hall in exactly the desired orientation. The rock is estimated to weigh about 9 tons.
Mill Valley History Vignettes
By Chuck Oldenburg

The Mill Valley Historical Society (MVHS) has published a book, "Mill Valley History Vignettes."  The author of the 150 vignettes is Chuck Oldenburg. Some of them are about Homestead Valley.  The price is $15 through MVHS (MVHS members $10).  Contact Stella Perone at the MVHS at 415.259.8326 or smperone@yahoo.com

On Wednesday, December 12 at 7:00 PM in the Creekside Room at the Mill Valley Public Library Chuck will make a presentation about the book along with a book signing.
Recipe Exchang e
Warm & Wonderful Clam Chowder
By Marilyn Tregoning

Thinking of just settling in to enjoy a rainy day at home.  How about a bowl of heatry clam chowder to warm you up?
3-4 slices bacon, diced
1 cup chopped onion
4 cups cubed potatoes
2 Tbs. flour
2 cans (7-1/2 oz. each) minced clams and liquid
1/2 cup water
2-1/2 cups milk
Salt and pepper

Sauté bacon slightly. Add onion (do not drain off fat)  and cook until limp. Add potatoes and stir. Sprinkle  with flour and mix. Add clam liquid and water.
Cover and simmer until potatoes are very soft.  Stir occasionally. Add milk, clams, salt and pepper.  Sprinkle with paprika and parsley.  Add a pat of butter to each bowl.