May, 2021
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My Park Moment Photo Contest
Submit By: May 28, 2021
The My Park Moment photo contest is an opportunity for anyone to share a photo of their favorite outdoor park experience. To enter, just submit a photo of your favorite park memory— a family picnic, a visit to Alcatraz, a camping trip to Yosemite, a hike in the Presidio, or anything else you love to do in parks.

This fall, 400 photos will be selected for a free and family-friendly outdoor photo show in the Presidio. Some people will even receive awards for their work. The contest is a way to celebrate the upcoming opening of Presidio Tunnel Tops. Share your park memories with us now, and make new ones at Presidio Tunnel Tops when it opens! Submit your photos by May 28.

The My Park Moment photo contest has several categories: Community Snapshot (adult & youth) and Visual Story Award (Adult) which will award four photographers with a $2,500 cash prize for their multiple-photo series.

STEM Girl Camp
Free STEM camps for Solano County middle and high school girls

The Solano County Office of Education and the UC Davis C-STEM Center will be hosting the camps. The middle school camps are scheduled for June 7-11 and June 14-18. The high school camp is set for June 21-25.

Reserved for Solano County Students Application Deadline:
May 15th, 2021

For more information visit:
 
The C-STEM GIRL Camps are focused on motivating girls in middle school and high school to learn computing and STEM concepts through a fun and exciting robotics-based curriculum. We hope this leadership camp will enable them to serve as leaders and inspire other young women to gain interest in science and technology through creating and joining robotics clubs in their schools and participating in the RoboPlay Competition of C-STEM Day. The camp participants are also eligible for the GIRL’s leadership award.
 
For more information about the GIRL camps visit: https://www.solanocoe.net/girlcamp or contact the Solano County Office of Education’s director of Innovative Programs and Student Success, Lilibeth Pinpin, at Ipinpin@solanocoe.net
Last Saturday of the Month
Community Day Clean-up
May 29, 2021 @ 9:00am – 11:00am
Located 'on the green' at the corner of Jefferson & Texas Streets
Fairfield, CA 94533
To protect your health and slow the spread of the coronavirus, we will be follow the most recent guidance from the Center for Disease Control, available here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html
  • If you are sick in any way, DO NOT come out to the cleanup.
  • Maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet from everyone you encounter, even if you are wearing a mask.
  • ALWAYS wear gloves.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Unfortunately, you may find used gloves, masks, and other personal protective equipment (PPE) among litter. DO NOT PICK UP ANY PPE without a grabber.
The Matt Garcia Foundation will provide gloves, grabbers and buckets for collecting the trash.
 
For more information visit www.FFINEST.org

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Safety Tips
Tips to help prevent mosquito bites

  • Apply insect repellent containing EPA registered active ingredients, including DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus to clothes and exposed skin. Repellents keep mosquitoes from biting.
  • Dress in long sleeves and pants when outdoors during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in very small amounts of standing water.
  • Install screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your house.

Fire Safety Tips

Here are some tips as we enter into another wild land fire season during drought conditions. 
  • Make sure your roof covering materials are not made of wood (composition, metal or tile are good alternative choices).
  • Keep your rain gutters clear of debris, don’t pile combustibles against your home, and plant mostly drought resistant vegetation. Your local nursery most likely has a large array of drought-resistant plants to choose from.  
  • Have a “ready kit” packed and near your door in case you need to evacuate. Visit Readyforwildfire.org for additional important information about home fire safety. You can also contact your local fire department for further fire safety advice.

Health and Safety Tips

As members of the Matt Garcia Foundation, we all proudly share the lifelong goals of helping others in need and improving our community. In order to provide this service to the best of our ability, we must first take care of ourselves. Our personal health is paramount. 

Maintaining a good strength and exercise regimen, eating healthy and lowering stress are three lifestyle habits that reduce your risk of heart attacks, diabetes, and some forms of cancer. According to most reputable health journals, we should try to maintain 30 minutes of daily rigorous activity (such as walking briskly or something equivalent).

Try to eat a healthy balance of fresh fruits and vegetables and incorporate something that reduces your stress level each day. Remember, a little is better than none, so don’t overdo it and cause an injury. Start slow and set realistic goals.
Some Inspiring Words...
"If you change the way you look at things,
the things you look at change."
- Wayne Dyer
 
"A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work."
- Colin Powell
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-Matt Garcia
MATT GARCIA FOUNDATION
P.O. Box 3301
Fairfield, CA 94533

DIRECT: 707.372.4160
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