Volume 64, Issue 5 | June 2019   
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June 2019 Community Center Calendar
  2 | Art Reception for Susan Gantner | 3:00-5:00 PM
  4 | HVCA Board | 7:00 PM
  7 |  Kids Night Out | 5:00-9:00 PM
10 | First Day of Summer Camp w/ Camp Funderblast 
11 | HVLT Board | 7:30 PM
18 | Firewise Committee | 7:30 PM
18 | Music Festival Committee | 7:30 PM
25 | 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  | Mill Valley Zen Meditation | 7:00 PM
Fridays         | SingDancePlay - Music Together | 9:30, 10:30 & 11:30 AM

Save the Date

Sat., Aug 24  | Homestead Valley Music Festival
4th of July Parade & Picnic
Homestead Valley's Annual 4th of July Celebration

Parade and Fire Truck
Dress up & parade from  Volunteer Park to  Stolte Grove!
Decorate your...
bike...scooter...pet...classic car...goat,
horse & buggy!
Bring along and play your musical instrument!
(Line-up begins @ 10:30 at Volunteer Park - Parade starts at 11)
11:30 Party in Stolte Grove
  Food for sale from Let's Be Frank
Live Music by Little Folkies
Games & Goodie Bags

Please contact Lindsey Tucker at lindseyjtucker@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer.

Hope to see you there!
Homestead Valley Safety Committee
Updates from the Homestead Valley Safety Committee

By Kris Cann

Two spring meetings organized by the Homestead Valley Safety Committee drew large crowds of HV residents eager for information on the subjects of evacuation and fire fuel reduction projects. At the first meeting on April 7th, presentations were made by Jim Derich on the history and goals of the Safety Committee and Block Contact Network program, by Southern Marin Fire District Chief Matt Bouchard on do's and don'ts of evacuation in HV and by Mark Stahl who explained the structure and interface of HV organizations - HV Land Trust, HV Community Association, HV Firewise and the HV Block Contact Network program. Mark described recently completed fire fuel reduction projects and explained the process for developing and executing these projects in cooperation with HV Firewise Committee.
The program on April 7th was repeated on May 13th and was attended by over 100 residents. The second meeting featured presentations by Jim Derich, Kris Cann, MVFD Chief Mike St. John and Mike Cann.
In addition to these meetings the Safety Committee has gathered updates on emergency alert systems, information on First Aid and CERT meetings and has collaborated with Get Ready Marin in planning future HV Block meetings. The HV Block Contact Network program has recruited contacts for 52 of Homestead's 69 blocks. To find out what block you are in and your Block Contact, email Kris Cann with your name and street address (kristincann@hotmail.com).
Memorial Day Parade
Peppermint Patty Wins Award!

By Alex Scalisi
The committee for the Homestead Valley Music Festival along with the Homestead Valley Community Association entered a float in this year's Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade on Monday May, 27, 2019.  The goal was to raise awareness for our great festival, along with showing a little bit of the Homestead Valley flavor.  We had community decorating party on Sunday, May 26th, where we decorated neighbor and HVCA board member, Jim Derich's truck and trailer.  We showcased a youth musical act --the very talented and mature for their ages (13!), "Cubed" --along with a number of neighbors both young an older walking, riding, scootering and pogo-sticking, along with our float.  It was great neighborhood event and one that we won't soon forget.  We're also very thrilled to announce that our float was an award winner this year.  We took home the prestigious 2019 "Best Dog" award for Maverick's goat, Peppermint Patty!  We would love to continue with a float each year in the Memorial Day parade, please reach out if you have interest in designing, or joining us next year!
2019 Homestead Valley Pool
Gettin' In The Swim of Things

By Summer Shapiro
We are beyond excited to announce that our swim program has been up and running with renewed life and vibrancy. Since we opened the pool this season in April we have been providing instruction for children ages 2 to 14, teaching them to blow bubbles and crab walk all the way to preparing them for Junior Lifeguard tryouts.
In just a few weeks our summer instructor, Mary Sample-Mattos (right) will be coming on board to breathe water confidence, strength and joy into our young swim students. We are so happy to have her coming on to the Homestead Valley Community Pool's team as her experience in the community and at Marin Horizon School has been long cherished. Mary is bringing sensitivity and skill to her young students and their varied comforts in the water. This, paired with her more than 15 years of experience teaching children how to swim, is a recipe we are looking forward to giving a home to.
There are still lessons available to book during the summer. You can call us at the Homestead Valley Community Center's office to ask us questions or assist you with booking lessons. We hope you have a great start to your summer and will enjoy the next time we see you by the pool or around the Center!
Homestead Valley Vignettes by Chuck Oldenburg
Camp Tamalpais

In 1904, a few of the first folks to buy lots in Homestead Valley occasionally camped out on them. In 1906, many earthquake refugees camped on their lot until they could build a house. In 1908, a developer had a different idea. He subdivided an 11-acre tract in a redwood canyon into 137 tiny lots, many on steep slopes. Camp Tamalpais was designed for camping. He constructed a swimming pool with water coming from the Belvedere reservoir up on Sequoia Valley Rd. He built a large fireplace for cooking, and set up large tents for food preparation and dining. Electricity was available. Restrooms were connected to a main sewer line. San Francisco families could escape summer fog by camping out in Camp Tamalpais. It was a great success. Small cottages soon replaced tents. Lots were often combined to accommodate larger houses. The Great Depression of the 1930's brought about the demise of the summer resort. The swimming pool became a parking lot. Year-round residents seeking seclusion and privacy moved in to the renamed Tamalpais Canyon. It became a colony of artists and writers. But demographics change. By the 1960s, families predominated. One father provided TV for his kids by installing an antenna on top of a tall redwood tree. Tamalpais Canyon today is a community of 25 homes. Most are high up on the flanks of the redwood canyon.

MHS-HV Joint Committee Notes
MHS/Homestead Valley Joint Meeting Minutes

Homestead Valley/Marin Horizon School
Notes, Joint meeting, 7:30 PM, May 8, 2019, Library, Marin Horizon School

To read the notes, please click on the link below
Homestead Valley Contact Information
Community Center Office
David Ross, Executive Director                      

Summer Shapiro, Associate Center Director

Community Association
Leslie Dixon, President

Alex Scalisi, Vice-President
Land Trust
Brian Spring, President

Mark Stahl

Sanitary District
Bonner Beuhler, Manager

Stolte Grove Rentals
Sheila Nielsen

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