Volume 64, Issue 8 | September 2019   
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September 2019 Community Center Calendar
  3 | HVCA Board | 7:00 PM
  6 | Kids Night Out | 5:00-9:00 PM
10 | HVLT Board | 7:30 PM
13 | Dennis Rodoni Office Hours | 2:00 PM
17 | Firewise Committee | 7:30 PM
17 | Music Festival  Follow-up | 7:30 PM
20 | Kids Night Out | 5:00-9:00 PM
22 | Marsha Hallet Art Reception | 4:00-6:00 PM
24 | 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
Homestead Valley Music Festival
2019 Homestead Valley Music Festival

Grateful for Another Beautiful Day In The Meadow

By Alex Scalisi

The 2019 Homestead Valley Music Festival returned to the Meadow on Saturday, August 24th with sunny skies, boogie-woogie, rock and jam filled tunes and smiles across the faces of neighbors, friends and loved ones who joined us.  With an estimated attendance of just over 1,000 adults and children, there were four acts on the bill with special guests, including our very own Maverick, who opened the event with his original "Homestead Valley Song" (you can have Paris) to get things going.

The festival got into full swing with our annual "Youth Showcase" featuring local youth performers,  Natalia Betzler and 102 Keys, from Tam High School.  The groups soulful rock sound blended perfectly with the early afternoon Homestead crowd, including a superb rendition of David Bowie's 'Moonage Daydream' among others.  Next up was, Radio Veloso, a San Francisco funk outfit billed as "The Iron Maiden of Jazz" to get the party really going.  Following Radio Veloso, we had surprise sit in with The Plage Boys, featuring local artists including Mill Valley Music owner, Gary Scheuenstuhl.

Rounding out the event was the legendary Mitch Woods & his Rocket 88's, playing that sweet, "get out your seat, jumpin jive" that got everyone in the Meadow on their feet!  That will not be the last time Mitch Woods plays the Music Festival!  Wow!

Finally, Stu Allen and Friends took the stage for some authentic, Homestead Valley style Grateful Dead tunes that had the sunshine daydream vibe going throughout the afternoon.  Darren was certainly looking down on us with approval.  Truly an amazing day of live music in our meadow.

Lots of food , beverages and fun accompanied the musical offering including amazing BBQ from Pig in the Pickle, (best BBQ in the Bay) and Mia's Desserts, snow cones by Charity Smart -- all of which completely sold out of all items!
Lisa's Bar in the Meadow,  run by Homestead resident Lisa Santos and team, once again poured ice cold Lagunitas beer (one of our major sponsors) and a nice selection of red and white wines which were generously donated by local Homestead residents including Helena Chaye.  
The festival is a family  affair and what would it be without fabulous KidZone.  Thanks to Summer Shapiro for organizing all those great, fun activities and to Kyle Donohoe, Cheng Compton and Braden Osborn for keeping all those kids entertained. 
Finally, we could never pull this off without the many fine volunteers we had working on everything from set up, food, wine/beer, set up/clean up, etc.  We thank them whole heartedly and they are (in no particular order...!) as follows:   Ashley MacDonald  (co-chair)  Ron Shaloup  (music)  Bob Westbrook  (MC)  David Rush  (art)  Matt Thomas (promotion) John Reimers (set up and canopy catcher)  Margaret Harding  (attendance)  Patrick Wyman  (parking),  Leslie Dixon  (setup)    Diana Flasher  (runner).
We'd also like to give HUGE thanks to the generous sponsors and Lindsey Tucker who made the festival possible. They are: American Solar, Postmates, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Marin Horizon SchoolMill Valley Dentistry, Good Earth, Kerry Rose Reality, Malugani Tire and Mill Valley Refuse.
AND, of course, let's not forget the ongoing efforts of David Ross at HVCA for his continuing support...LASTLY - We would like to thank all of those who made GENEROUS gate donations this year.  Without you, WE COULD NOT PUT ON THIS FANTASTIC COMMUNITY EVENT!!  
Artist Series
Marsha Hallet

"Portraits With A World View"

My paintings and photographs are of people with whom I have had a conversation and a momentary connection and who have given me permission to take their photo.
My passion is to preserve images of people not yet transformed by globalization. Before acculturation takes hold, I want to document people who live a traditional life.
I hope you find beauty in the diversity of these world faces. I am available for commissions to paint your beautiful face too!
My educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford and an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA. I have 30 years of experience in the fashion industry as a sweater designer and successful entrepreneur.  I complete a two year docent training program for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in January, 2020.
I have studied drawing and painting at City College San Francisco and the College of Marin. My paintings and drawings have been selected for several juried shows at City College San Francisco, College of Marin, and the Marin County Fair.

Pool Splash
Renovation Plans Firming Up

By Leslie Dixon
As we get closer to firming up our renovation plans for HVCA's beloved pool, we are pleased to launch this new feature in Homestead Headlines to keep you updated on our progress.  It was nice to see many of you at the HVCA table at the Music Festival to see the latest design concept and learn how you can help. The various pool committees have been hard at work exploring design details and financing options.  We are currently tracking towards a Fall 2020 groundbreaking. By the end of October, the communication team will launch new pages on HVCA's website with details on the design and how you can help. 
For those who might have missed our communications in the October and December 2018 Headlines, it's the pool's time!  The pool infrastructure is breaking down with the plaster/deck cracking and the mechanical equipment becoming inefficient and out of date. The pool facilities and equipment are badly in need of modernizing. The bathrooms and showers are tired and we need to update everything with an eye towards current accessibility and health requirements. Each year we spend significant sums remediating some age-related issues to get it ready for the upcoming season. Additionally, we want to look at available environmentally friendly alternatives for sanitation.
With summer over and the  Homestead  Valley Pool slowing down, it is a good time to be reminded about why so many in our valley cherish the pool:
  • A wonderful gathering place for families to swim and enjoy the sun and outdoors
  • A resource for all ages to stay active and healthy
  • A perfect venue for birthday and graduation parties
  • A pool that offers offers swim instruction for all ages in a private or group setting
  • A valuable feature of summer camps offered by Camp Funderblast and Marin Horizon School
  • An opportunity for teens to work as gatekeepers and lifeguards, often as their first job experience
  • A gathering place that has a charming, warm, small-community feel.
We will have fun events planned for the Spring and Summer to engage the entire community as we get closer to groundbreaking .
Homestead Valley Vignettes by Chuck Oldenburg

In 1971, twelve families formed a housing cooperative. The land would be owned in common, a central lodge would provide such functions as laundry, cooking and dining. Each family would live in a separate house, and community-owned cars would be parked in a central garage. Footpaths would lead to the houses. Food from a community garden would be preserved along with food bought in bulk. Families would take turns preparing community meals. Gray water would be used for the garden and toilets. In 1972, Amaranth Cooperative purchased 12 acres above Tamalpais Canyon on Sequoia Valley Road. They chose the name Amaranth, an imaginary undying flower (also a grain called quinoa). But things didn't work out exactly as envisioned. Banks would not finance a Cooperative. Amaranth Cooperative became Amaranth, Inc. Twelve conventional homes were constructed. But several housing cooperative concepts survived. There is no central lodge. None of the homes has a garage. There are two parking lots. Amaranth, the imaginary undying flower lives on.
Marin Horizon School
MHS Construction Updates

School construction updates are always available at the Marin Horizon School website.  Please visit marinhorizon.org/.
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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