Volume 64, Issue 9 | October 2019   
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October 2019 Community Center Calendar
  1 | HVCA Board | 7:00 PM
  4 | Kids Night Out | 5:00-9:00 PM
  8 | HVLT Board | 7:30 PM
10 | Mill Valley Philharmonic | 7:00 PM RESCHEDULED to November 14th
15 | Firewise Committee | 7:30 PM
18 | Kids Night Out | 5:00-9:00 PM
20 | Last Day of the 2019 Pool Season
22 | Sanitary District Board | 7:30 PM
31 | H omestead Halloween | 4:00-5:30 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

December 7 |  Winter Holiday Celebration | 4:00-6:00 PM  
Homestead Halloween
Homestead Halloween
Thursday, October 31st
4:00-5:30 PM
Community Center
Come join your neighbors...enjoy a costume parade, celebrate and share seasonal soups 
& healthy snacks  before going off into a 
fun-filled night of  "Trick or Treat!"
CSA-14 Advisory Board Report

By Andy Stoelting, CSA-14 Secretary

The unincorporated communities in the County of Marin are organized into County Service Areas.  Homestead Valley is designated as County Service Area No. 14 (CSA-14).  As currently comprised, the CSA-14 Advisory Board consists of members of the Homestead Valley Community Association (HVCA), the Homestead Valley Land Trust (HVLT), and the Homestead Valley Sanitary District (HVSD).  The CSA-14 Advisory Board is an advisory Board to the County of Marin, and meets with the County twice a year to update the County on the operations of the HVCA, HVLT and HVSD. The Board reviews and approves the CSA-14 budget for the fiscal year, including the revenue from Homestead Valley's Measure A parcel tax passed in 2009 and a portion of our property taxes. The Board also reviews expenditures by HVCA and HVLT to support their programs.

On September 19, 2019, the CSA-14 Board met with County representatives from the Parks Department.  The Board updated the County on the HVLT's fire fuel mitigation efforts, the HVCA's progress in securing financing for the upcoming pool renovation and the HVSD's replacement of sanitary piping in the Valley.  Formal minutes of the Board's meeting are not reviewed and approved until the next Board meeting (scheduled for February 27, 2020), but in an effort to get real-time information out to the Community, HVCA is posting the Secretary's Notes from the September meeting on its website CSA-14-Meeting-Minutes-2019-09-19.pdf.  The CSA-14 Board meetings are open to members of the public, and we welcome your attendance.

Pool Splash
Members of the 2019 Pool Staff Team (l to r:) Amelia Meir, Jonah Buessing, Ashlyn Onken, Summer Shapiro, Taylor Smith, Magdalena del Castillo, Alexander Betz, Jackson Phillip, Braden Osborn and Joran Bannister
2019 Pool Season ends on October 20th

It has been a wonderful 2019 Pool Season!  Thanks to all our members and guests for a fabulous, fun-filled and safe season.

Thank you also to our terrific staff of lifeguards, instructors and gatekeepers -  Joran Bannister, Alexander Betz, Jonah Buessing, Magdalena del Castillo, Henry Lipson, Bryce Mason, Garrett Mason, Eric Mcougal, Amelia Meier, Maximillian Muncy, Ashlyn Onken, Braden Osborn, Jackson Philipp, Lia Pletcher, Mary Sample-Mattos and Taylor Smith - we couldn't have had such a successful season without our dedicated staff!

Summer and David
MHS Update
Marin Horizon School "Good Works Team" Neighborhood & Campus Clean-Up, November 1

On Friday, Nov. 1 at 10:00 AM, students, faculty and parents from the Marin Horizon School's Good Works Team will walk along Evergreen and Laverne Aves and clean up the Halloween trash and other residue, and will also clean up the MHS Campus.  All are welcome to join our group:  we will meet in front of the school at 10:00 AM.  (Bring your own gloves.)
Homestead Valley Vignettes by Chuck Oldenburg
Volunteer Fire Department

In 1940, Ove Johnson watched helplessly while his home on the corner of La Verne and Melrose burned to the ground. County fire fighters had responded to the call, but they were not authorized to fight structure fires. Ove was furious. After rebuilding his home, he bought an old Hudson truck. Five friends helped him refurbish it as a fire truck. It was kept in Ove's garage. In an emergency, Ove's wife would sound the siren on top of their house. The volunteer fire brigade would rush to the Johnson's garage and speed off to the fire. In 1950, they paid $100 for a small lot across Melrose from Homestead School. They built a firehouse with donated lumber. A dance was held there on New Year's Eve, 1950. In 1962, paid firemen replaced volunteers. In 1980 when fire protection came from the Tamalpais Valley fire department, the firehouse was closed and rented as a residence. In 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake damaged it severely, and it was demolished. In 1992, the lot was developed as Volunteer Park.
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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