May 2019 Community Center Calendar
3 | Kids Night Out | 5:00-9:00 PM
7 | HVCA Board | 7:00 PM
14 | HVLT Board | 7:30 PM
17 | Kids Night Out | 5:00-9:00 PM
21 | Firewise Committee | 7:30 PM
21 | Music Festival Committee | 7:30 PM
28 | Sanitary District Board | 7:30 PM
31 | Kids Night Out | 5:00-9:00 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
Save the Date
May 8 | Joint MHS-Homestead Valley Community Meeting | 7:30 PM MHS Library
May 27| Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade (featuring H.V. Music Festival Float) | 10:30 AM Old Mill Park
Susan Gantner - A Creative Inspiration For Many
Susan Gantner is a local artist and Homestead Valley resident, whose long career as an artist and educator has yielded a diverse body of work and projects. A California native, Gantner received an art degree from UC Berkeley and moved to San Francisco to raise a family and pursue a career as an artist.
Susan founded the Creative Workshop, an after school art program that provided early art education and exploration opportunities to children in San Francisco for over ten years in the 1970's. Many local architects, designers and artists credit this initial introduction to the creative arts as the early inspiration for their life long passions and professions. Susan illustrated numerous children's books, some of which were published worldwide, including the Sophie and Jack series, translated into four languages.
Susan went on to found and operated Jordan Press, a print and greeting card company, whose designs are well known and widely distributed throughout the US. While running Jordan Press, Susan continued to paint & draw and was included in numerous local art exhibitions. Her work is in the collections of many local families, and in some cases, has been passed down to a new generation of art fans. Susan lives in Homestead Valley with her dog Leo, down the street from her two daughters, and 5 grandchildren
Look for a display of Susan's artwork at the Community Center beginning May 15th.
Uncle Sam and Homestead Valley Want You!
The annual 4th of July Parade and Picnic is in need of an event coordinator and volunteers for this year's event. This community event relies on enthusiastic organizers and volunteers making this fun event such a great success in celebrating the 4th of July each year.
If you are interested in being an organizer for this event, please contact David Ross at HVCA by May 15th at
I Love A Parade!
Come join your friends and neighbors with the Homestead Valley Music Festival float at the 2019 Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade. The Homestead Valley crew are going to show everyone just how we celebrate in our little corner of the world!
Great Place For Your Next Party or Event
Planning a party or event soon...whether indoors or outdoors, the community center is an inviting,
peaceful, beautiful, clean and comfortable location for your next special event...right in your back yard!
Hickman's Service Station
In 1948, Frank Hickman who lived in Homestead Valley became a Chevron Dealer. His service station was on the corner of Evergreen and Miller. From 1956 to 1961, Preston McCoy worked part time in the station while attending Tam High and College of Marin. His reminiscences appeared in the Mill Valley Historical Society's Spring 2014 Review.
"Hickman's Chevron Service was a real 'Service' station. In those days there were plenty of cars from the 1940s and even some that were pre-World War II. All of them required a lot of maintenance, so service was a big part of the gas station experience. When a car pulled up to the pumps, we washed the front and rear glass, checked the oil and water levels and even the battery fluid, and tire pressure if they looked low, or when we were asked. Those cars typically lost oil, water, and air between fill-ups. All this service was provided for just three or four dollars' worth of gasoline at 32 cents-per gallon. Saturday was our biggest day. Many customers wanted their cars washed and/or serviced, so there was a wash rack, just a parking space really, with a hose and a drain. I disliked washing cars because we had to clean all the windows inside and out, vacuum the floors, dust the dash, and wipe down the paint. Sometimes we applied wax. Everything was done by hand. I was paid $1.50/hour, the minimum wage at the time."
By Shannon Burke, Interpretive Naturalist, Marin County Parks
Here in Marin County we're fortunate to be surrounded by so much open space. We share these spaces with an abundance of animals with which we sometimes interact. Coyotes generally want to avoid people and physical contact with humans is extremely rare. But coyotes perceive dogs as another "coyote" in their territory and act accordingly. Sometimes they may behave territorially in the vicinity of a den. They'll try to appear intimidating (raise their hackles, stand their ground, bark, growl). This is for show and is intended to encourage the dog to move out of the coyote's territory. They usually don't behave this way around humans unless a dog is present. If you encounter a coyote on a trail who's exhibiting these behaviors you can be big and loud - look it in the eye, wave your arms, shout and stomp. Keeping your dog on leash is one of the best ways to minimize interactions and, if your dog is small, pick it up until you're out of the area.
Remove fallen fruit, pet food, accessible garbage, etc. from yards - this is the best way to avoid attracting coyotes to neighborhood areas. If they begin to spend time around neighborhoods haze
them by making noise (shout, bang pots) or spray them with a hose.
A timeline to help understand coyote behavior
Winter/Spring: Males and females pair up and establish a den. Pups are born and are typically moved to other den sites 2 - 3 times in the first month. Males hunt both day and night to feed the female and pups.
Late Spring: Pups are weaned and adults hunt both day and night to feed their pups.
Summer/Fall: Half-grown pups leave the den site and follow their parents around. Young disperse away from their parents. During this time we hear a lot of vocalizations as coyotes communicate with each other to define their territories. Basically they're just talking to each other. Coyotes don't howl over their kill (a common misconception) and an individual coyote has the incredible ability to produce multiple sounds at once so one or two coyotes can sound like several.
Great Job Opportunities For All Ages Still Available!
We're still accepting applications for lifeguards. This is a great opportunity for all ages to serve the community while working outdoors. Whether you are a stay-at-home parent, retired or a student come join our team!
Community Center Office
David Ross, Executive Director
Summer Shapiro, Associate Center Director
Leslie Dixon, President
Alex Scalisi, Vice-President
Brian Spring, President
Bonner Beuhler, Manager
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