Fairfax Update
News From Around Town...
July 19,2021
Vegetation Management Grants

The Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority (MWPA) is conducting Chipper Day events for every Fairfax neighborhood from May through September. MWPA is also in the process of developing a grant program to assist senior and lower income households with brush clearance on their properties.

However, since the MWPA program is not available yet, Vice-Mayor Hellman and Councilmember Goddard discussed the creation of a local program at the Council’s budget workshop. At its June 16th meeting to discuss this item, the Council assigned an ad-hoc subcommittee of Vice-Mayor Hellman and Councilmember Goddard to work with staff to develop the program parameters.    

Grants will be for up to $1,000 and will be available to Fairfax residents who rent or own property in town. The program will be self certifying and will be a reimbursement system that will require photos and/or receipts of the work done. The grants will only be available for brush clearing/tree trimming, but not home hardening. 

The Town will launch the program in early August. Stay tuned for the application process and more details.
Fairfax Community Mural Painting Begins - Save the Date!
Sunday, August 1st
After three days of cleaning by a core of volunteers, the Mural on Merwin (by the hardware store) is ready for painting. Volunteers will be completing the restoration over the coming weeks.
We will have a short ribbon cutting ceremony on Sunday, August 1st, with Mayor Bruce Ackerman and Frank Gonzalez, our original Artist in Residence and creator of the mural, presiding.
We Invite you to Participate in the Housing Element Process

The Town of Fairfax and EMC Planning Group, our Housing Element firm, welcome you to participate in in a discussion about the Housing Element update on the Town's online public engagement platform - www.fairfaxspeaks.com. We invite everyone to the table to determine what kind and where you want housing in Fairfax. 

Plus, if you register online you are eligible for free prizes, courtesy of the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce. Please join us today and help us plan for Fairfax's future.
MCE Cares Credit

As part of MCE’s ongoing COVID relief efforts, we are offering bill credits to help those most financially impacted. Eligible residential customers can receive the MCE Cares Credit of $10/month, and small business customers are eligible for a 20% monthly discount on their electric generation charges. The MCE Cares Credit will be through December 2021.

Upcoming Meetings & Events
Climate Action Committee Meeting
July 20th - 7pm

Volunteer Board Meeting
July 26th - 6:30pm

Tree Committee Meeting
July 26th - 7pm

Open Space Committee Meeting
July 27th - 7pm

Racial Equity and Social Justice Committee Special Meeting
July 29th - 7pm

To view the agendas visit our Public Meetings page.

Fairfax Farmers Market in Bolinas Park
Wednesdays 4-8pm

It has been a crazy 16 months and we are pleased, excited and thrilled to announce that the 4th Annual Fairfax Artwalk is underway!  
Please mark your calendars: Friday, September 24, 5-8pm  
Interested artists please contact pascalberandesign@yahoo.com to participate. August 1st deadline to apply!
Town-wide Community Picnic
September 19th
The Fairfax Volunteers will be bringing back the Town-wide picnic to the Contratti Ball Field on Sunday, September 19th, from 12 noon – 5 pm. Music line up will be teen band Banana Soup, followed by the Nick Brown & Friends, followed by Last Chance Summer Dance, which will feature 80’s Motown Dance Music assembled by Jason Minkler. 

This picnic will feature some old fashioned games as well as arts & crafts activities.  Beer from Iron Springs will be available for purchase. Masking requirements will be enforced for unvaccinated attendees. 

More details will be available soon, so stay posted!
Fairfax Recreation
New Parents and Babies Group 

We are thrilled to resume one of our flagship programs. This offering is FREE to new parents and their babies and is an opportune way to connect after many months of the pandemic.   
Starting Thursday, August 5  

Location: Community Center at 16 Park Road – this group will take place outdoors at various locations around the Community Center until the rainy season begins.  Please meet at the center first to sign in.  Masks outdoors is optional.  

Mini Skate Camp
Week of August 2nd
Beginner and Intermediate levels

We have added another week of skate camp at the new Fairfax Skate Park! Campers will be instructed in the basic fundamentals of skateboarding. The primary focus will be to get kids comfortable riding and performing flat ground maneuvers, and small skate park obstacles.

Camp Fairfax

This just in - there are 2 spots available in Camp Fairfax this summer! Sign up now to secure your spot in this unique and high quality camp. 
Mat Yoga with Tamela is Back at the Women's Club
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9:30-10:45 am  

Mat Yoga will be in-person or you can continue on Zoom starting July 12, 2021.

Class size will be limited to 16 students for IN PERSON CLASSES (Priority to Fairfax Residence). We will continue to follow social distancing practices.

These classes will be for ALL LEVELS. Since I will not be able to see all of you, please modify the poses as needed to support your body and to take care of yourself.  Most of all, have fun!

You can pick up your FREE Evacuation Tags at the Fairfax Police Department

The Fairfax Police Department in partnership with the Ross Valley Fire Department is giving away evacuation tags to residents living in the Town of Fairfax, Marin County, California. Evacuation tags are a new tool to help us more quickly ensure that neighborhoods are evacuated during a disaster. Residents affix the tag in a location that is highly visible when they evacuate (mailbox, front door, garage, end of your driveway).

This saves time because first responders don’t have to utilize our own ribbon on the property and we can immediately check the next home. We’ve learned that seconds can count during evacuations and we are excited to bring this new time-saving tool to our residents. Each tag comes with a bilingual instruction flyer, too.

Read more about how Evacuation Tags work here.
Countywide Rental Assistance Program

If you are experiencing financial difficulties due to COVID-19, please contact the programs below.

Marin County Emergency Rental Assistance Program 
For the application and information about the program and how to apply visit the County of Marin's website.

Fairfax Rental Assistance Program
The Town Council has established a Residential Rental Assistance Program to assist extremely low-income Fairfax renters whose household incomes were adversely affected by COVID-19. The program is administered by St.Vincent de Paul and Ritter Center. If you are in need of assistance or have questions, please call 415-454-3303 X11 to leave a message. Calls will be returned in the order they are received.
PG&E Programs to Help Those Impacted by the Pandemic

Customers who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can now find new and updated information and web resources on various programs available to those who are behind on their bills and/or needing financial assistance due to the ongoing pandemic by going to: pge.com/covid19
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.

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