Volume 65, Issue 4 | April 2020  
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May 2020 Community Center Calendar

Public meetings are cancelled until further notice due to the 
shelter-at-home order.
  7 | HVCA Board |
14 | HVLT Board | 
21 | Firewise Committee |
28  | Sanitary District Board |

1st/3rd Wed. | Tam Design Review Board |
Saturdays     | A. A. Meeting |
Wednesdays | Mill Valley Zen Meditation | 
Fridays         | SingDancePlay - Music Together |
Marin Landscapes
Marin Landscapes

By Terry Nevin
Tom Soltesz has been our featured artist at the Community Center for the last several months but unfortunately because of the Shelter-In-Place order and the inability to have the Artist Reception as planned, we thought you might like to preview and purchase his art on line.  Art can have a healing effect especially during this COVID19 pandemic.   Many of the amazing paintings are of a place we hold near and dear, Marin Landscapes.
A resident of Marin County for almost 40 years, Tom has been painting views of our hills, valleys and coast in oils to bring attention to the beauty of Marin to thousands of residents that have purchased his art over the years. He has been a Marin Agricultural Land Trust Artist for almost 20 years helping to raise funds to keep Marin green. He's involved in bringing attention to great organizations such as the Buckalew program that helps the mentally challenges residents of Marin to survive and thrive through the annual "Marinscapes" show in Larkspur. He has also been a member of The Baywood Artists group that has helped raise funds for such organizations as One Tam, the GGNRA, and the Bay Trail among others. He is a member of the California Art Club, a 100 year old club that promotes the art of California, and Oil Painters of America.
Tom is currently represented by a number of well-known galleries in the Bay Area in including the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco. His art has been published in a number of books and Magazines throughout the years.
A word from Tom:
I am pleased to offer my work at a substantial discount of less than half of my gallery prices to share my paintings with those that could previously not afford original art. This pandemic has affected all of us in the art community, I just hope my art can bring a little bit of local beauty into as many homes as possible. More of my work can be seen on my website www.solteszart.com.
Homestead Valley Vignettes by Chuck Oldenburg
Flu Epidemic
Between the spring of 1918 and the summer of 1919, 25% of the US population became sick from the so-called Spanish flu-675,000 died. In November 1918, Mill Valley counted 84 cases or about 3% of the population. In San Francisco the rate was about 4%. In San Anselmo, 70 out of 120 orphans were down with the influenza at the Presbyterian Orphanage. Health authorities advised wearing a white cotton cloth mask at all times in public. Masks were mandated for women working in the Red Cross rooms at the Outdoor Art Club where they produced mufflers, socks, sweaters, bandages, compresses, etc. for soldiers and sailors fighting in the Great War. By January 1919 the number of cases in Mill Valley had decreased to 24. Elementary schools were closed between October 1918 and February 1919. During the epidemic, church services were held out of doors at Our Lady Of Mount Carmel Church (see photo). Among those who died from the "Spanish Flu" was the highly esteemed long term Mill Valley resident, 50-year old Mrs. Eva A. Finn.   The influenza pandemic infected an estimated 500 million people across the world killing 50 to 100 million of them between January 1918 and December 1920.
This Vignette was originally sent out on December 24, 2015 and is on
page 65 in "Mill Valley History Vignettes."
Land Trust Notes
HVLT-Firewise Is Adapting
By Marabeth Grahame

Fire fuel reduction efforts are essential activities and HVLT-Firewise is here to help. We have adapted two of our most popular programs, Neighborhood Debris Boxes and Neighborhood Chipper Days to make them easier to access while physically distancing. Our reflective address placard program continues unchanged to make and install reflective address signs.

Neighborhood Debris Boxes
You provide a location for the box and the brush, vines, branches and logs to fill it and we will deliver it and cut down the contents for FREE.

Neighborhood Curbside Chipper Program

Homestead Firewise, in collaboration with Southern Marin Fire, is offering roadside chipping of branches and small trees for Homestead residents.
For details on these programs and other fire safety information, see Sponsored Homestead Firewise Programs at http://www.hvlt.org/fire-safety/            
Limbs piled with all cut ends pointing toward street for chipping
with neighborhood  debris box.
Physical Distancing While Walking, Cycling and Hiking

It is wonderful to see so many of our neighbors out walking and cycling around the neighborhood and hiking the trails. For everyone's safety, please maintain 6' physical distance at all times during these activities.  When you encounter someone on a narrow trail, pause to look for a side trail or clear area where you or they can pull off and wait while the others pass. Bring masks while out to use when passing others. Thank you and keep exploring our beautiful neighborhood and open space.
For hike suggestions, wildflower hotspots and trailheads near you contact trails@hvlt.org

Until further notice, the Homestead Valley Land Trust's board meetings will be held remotely through video conferencing. Contact info@hvlt.org for access link. As before, meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month, start at 7:30 and last until 9:00 or 9:30. Seehttp://www.hvlt.org/events/ for updates.
Spring In The Wildlands

It was an early May afternoon. The rains of the weeks before had revived the parade of spring flowers. There appeared blue-eyed grass and rose mallow, purple lupine and yellow mule ears, and the rich white of yarrow. Wild cucumber made long chains of lobed leaves across the forest floor. In the open, scarlet pimpernel glowed like miniature beds of coals in the green grass.

On the hills the spring greenness was turning russet and gold. In some places last year's bleached oat stalks stood white above the new growth; the glassy sheaths that once held grains vibrated in the breeze.

In the woods it was damp underfoot. Everywhere something was happening: flowers blossoming, new leaves and needles appearing, seed pods forming, fungi swelling, and last year's leaves mouldering into humus.

The dog caught a scent and dove off the trail to the right. A few seconds later a large deer jumped up across the trail to the left just ahead. Minutes later a small green snake with red stripes on the side crossed the trail just as the dog went by, unaware of the writhing form between her feet.

These timeless articles are reprinted from "On Foot in Homestead A Hiker's Journal of a Coastal Valley," by Matthew Davis, 1988. Matthew Davis (1935-2015), a former HVLT Board member, wrote articles which appeared in the Homestead Headlines beginning in 1984. In 1988 Matthew compiled his columns into a book "On Foot in Homestead - A Hiker's Journal of a Coastal Valley," published by the HVLT.
Homestead Valley & COVID-19 
We hope this finds all our friends and neighbors healthy, happy and safe at home in these continuing turbulent times. As of this writing, the shelter-at-home order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been extended through May 2020. All public meetings and gatherings are cancelled indefinitely. Due to this order, the Homestead Valley Pool opening has been postponed until further notice.

"Hope is being able to see that there light despite of all the darkness."

Desmond Tutu, South African Cleric
Useful links:
HVCA contact information:
Marin County Coronavirus website:  

Individuals may contact Marin Health and Human Services with non-medical questions about the coronavirus by calling (415) 473-7191 (Monday - Friday, 9:30 AM to 12 Noon and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM) or emailing COVID-19@marincounty.org.
Homestead Valley Contact Information
Community Center Office
David Ross, Executive Director                      

Community Association
Alex Scalisi, President

Ashley MacDonald, Vice-President
Land Trust
Brian Spring, President

Mark Stahl

Sanitary District
Bonner Beuhler, Manager

Stolte Grove Rentals
Sheila Nielsen

Joint Marin Horizon School/Homestead Valley Committee
Christina Oldenburg, Co-Chair

Bill Perrine, Co-Chair
415.388.8408 x225

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