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                                    9-4-2011



BEST BETS & NEWSLETS (ALSO SEE ATTACHED)

         Community Emergency Response Teams (Tuesday night!)
         Have Your Property Taxes Reassessed?
         San Rafael City Council Candidates’ Forum – 9/21, 7-9pm, 620 Del
          Ganado Road!
         Smart Meters & PG&E
         Collage Playshops, Mill Valley
         The Art of the Eco Mind Shift
         SRPD Lieutenant Dan Fink safety tips
         Remembrance Writing 101
         4th Saturday - Parks and Paths - Service Days - 4th Saturday of the
          month
         Coastal Cleanup – Locally!
         Awakened Action Dinner with Green Sangha
         Warm Wishes 7th Annual - Bocce Ball Tournament
         Glorious Marin County Open Space
         Marin Coalition – Candidates for San Rafael City Council
         San Rafael Mayoral Candidates’ Forum – 10/4, 7-9pm, 620 Del Ganado
          Road!
         Homeowners Save Energy Workshops
         San Francisco Offers Solar Program to Marin Businesses

Useful Attachments:

         Concert Series Poster
         SmartMeter Letter
         Fire Season Safety Tips

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CERT is Back!
Hello San Rafael Neighborhood Associations, Our September sessions of CERT
Basic start Tuesday. The new Marin County CERT program is now just $30 and
only 15 hours long. Training is at Station 2, the fire station right across the street
from Whole Foods. Classes are every Tuesday evening from 6 - 9 beginning on
Sept. 6 through Oct 4. Please visit www.marincountycert.org to sign up online via
Paypal or download, print and mail in a check with the registration form.
Thanks and we hope you see you at class!
Angela Del Ponte
Emergency Services Coordinator
City of San Rafael Office of Emergency Services
1400 Fifth Avenue ~ San Rafael ~ CA ~ 94901
Office: 415-458-5002
Cell: 415-720-6196
Fax: 415-485-3177
Angela.DelPonte@cityofsanrafael.org


Have Your Property Taxes Reassessed? Consider Carefully.
http://www.co.marin.ca.us/depts/AR/main/docs/Request_for_Assessment_Review_For
m.pdf


San Rafael City Council Candidates’ Forum – 9/21, 7-9pm, 620 Del Ganado Road!


Smart Meter Issues
A percentage of people continue to become ill and stay ill after SmartMeter installation
on or near their homes. Some customers who have managed to retain their analog
meters are suffering ill effects from neighborhood meters. Absolutely no policy or
practice is in place to help these people. PG&E and CPUC will not address the dirty-
electricity problem created by the meters' switching mode power supply, and neither will
PG&E disclose the peak intensity of the over 22,000 pulses/spikes the meters make in a
24-hour period. Rather, PG&E continues to maintain that the meters are safe, while
zapping TV viewers with colorful commercials featuring householders who have
become titillated by the experience of tracking their SmartMetered energy use online.
Customers who do not want SmartMeters installed are sometimes intimidated or told
untruths by installers. The list of outrages goes on, and that's without touching the topic
of long-term increases in health risks, such as DNA breaks, blood-brain barrier



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breaches, blood sugar disturbance, cancer . . . Pets can be affected also, as can all
living tissue.
Then there's the privacy violation. If you missed it earlier, do watch this Southern
California commentator's excellent 4-minute piece on the SmartMeter as a surveillance
device! http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?p=5008.
My attorney and I have sent the Notice to PG&E that the above commentator
recommends (with a couple of minor tweaks). I'm happy to send you a copy.
Another item of interest: A Swedish scientist at the Karolinska Institute (awards
Nobel in Physiology/Medicine), recently wrote directly to our own California
Public Utilities Commission about the serious health risks of wireless
SmartMeters. http://www.scribd.com/doc/59738917/Dr-Johansson-s-letter-re-
SmartGrid-Smart-Meter-dangers-to-CPUC-7-9-2011
http://whyfry.org/brazilian-study-cancer-associated-with-radiation-from-cellular-
antennas/
This is well-assembled --a responsible, professional site.
http://electromagnetichealth.org/electromagnetic-health-blog/take-action/
Good coverage, so Finney (Channel 7 – ABC) must certainly be interested. (For some
odd
reason this video includes a snippet of me speaking at a March CPUC
meeting). http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/7_on_your_side&id=8292440
The overall positive news is that awareness of the menace is spreading, not only in the
Bay Area, but throughout the state, the U.S. and beyond (Hawaii, Arizona, New Mexico,
Maine, Michigan, Illinois, British Columbia), and local resistance is making news in
these areas. In Santa Cruz County protestors have launched petitions to recall their
county sheriff because of his failure to enforce an installation-blocking ordinance very
similar to Fairfax's. More people are getting sick, but as understanding increases, at
least some are better able to link their symptoms with the pulsed radiation and dirty
electricity produced by wireless meters. Many of you have already helped in this regard.
Thank you.
Meanwhile, ten parties have filed legal protests to PG&E's inadequate and
discriminatory opt-out proposal, one of which is a group that includes Marin County and
Fairfax. Two pre-conference hearings before a CPUC administrative law judge have
been held. Although CPUC President Peevey has excluded health concerns from the
scope of the proceedings, most of the parties are valiantly keeping the topic alive.
Yesterday the City of San Rafael sent the excellent letter below to the CPUC and
PG&E. The letter summarizes city/community concerns and past city action, states
objection to PG&E's opt-out proposal and firmly reiterates the city's request that the
SmartMeter program be suspended. I am gratified by city administration openness to
input in drafting this piece, and frankly proud of the thoughtful final product. A few other


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California municipalities have sent letters objecting to the opt-out, but this is by far the
finest that I've seen. Enjoy the read.
The overall positive news is that awareness of the menace is spreading, not only in the
Bay Area, but throughout the state, the U.S. and beyond (Hawaii, Arizona, New Mexico,
Maine, Michigan, Illinois, British Columbia), and local resistance is making news in
these areas. In Santa Cruz County protestors have launched petitions to recall their
county sheriff because of his failure to enforce an installation-blocking ordinance very
similar to Fairfax's. More people are getting sick, but as understanding ncreases, at
least some are better able to link their symptoms with the pulsed radiation and dirty
electricity iroduced by wireless meters. Many of you have already helped in this regard.
Thank you.

Meanwhile, ten parties have filed legal protests to PG&E's inadequate and
discriminatory opt-out proposal, one of which is a group that includes Marin County and
Fairfax. Two pre-conference hearings before a CPUC administrative law judge have
been held. Although CPUC President Peevey has excluded health concerns from the
scope of the proceedings, most of the parties are valiantly keeping the topic alive.

Yesterday the City of San Rafael sent the excellent letter below to the CPUC and
PG&E. The letter summarizes city/community concerns and past city action, states
objection to PG&E's opt-out proposal and firmly reiterates the city's request that the
SmartMeter program be suspended. I am gratified by city administration openness to
input in drafting this piece, and frankly proud of the thoughtful final product. A few other
California municipalities have sent letters objecting to the opt-out, but this is by far the
finest that I've seen. Enjoy the read.

On July 28, fifty members of the public spoke before the CPUC about SmartMeter
problems, including many from San Rafael and other parts of Marin. It was the best
showing yet on these issues! Thanks
go to the five of you first-time troopers on this list: Terra Linda resident Chandu Vyas,
and Sun Valley neighbors Leslie Simons, Gayle Mills, Kim Hahn and Bob Ernst. Special
appreciation goes to loyal,
oft-returning veteran Lisa Sangita Moskow. Noisy applause, everybody.

ACTION YOU CAN TAKE

1) Send a copy of the San Rafael letter to your own city/town council
members and urge them to take similar action (Fairfax excepted,
because that mighty town already has its mighty ordinance, as does
unincorporated Marin).

2) Jump in and take a turn (or a repeat turn --whoopee!) at the next
CPUC meeting on Thursday morning, August 18. It's quick and dirty,
and it is meaningful and instructive to hear others speak of their
SmartMeter experiences and views. (If you'd like to entertain
yourself with a video sample of proceedings in advance, let me know.)

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Some new info or newly-presented info re RF radiation and dirty
electricity. A sampling:

•Retired epidemiologist Sam Milham, outraged about SmartMeters, makes
a YouTube video in hopes that someone will listen.
•Kaiser study finds link between autism and mothers' exposure to non-
ionizing radiation (SmartMeter-type) during pregnancy.
•British scientist discusses how SmartMeters can cause both autism and
cancer.
•Peak pulse intensity of SmartMeters still not disclosed by PG&E, but
possibly discovered through another source.
With continuing thanks for your interest,
Vicki


Collage Playshops, Mill Valley
I will be hosting two Collage Playshops at the O'Hanlon Center for the Arts in Mill Valley.
The first is on Sunday July 31, from 10am to 2pm. The second is on Thursday
September 15 from 5-9pm. Each is only $30 for non-members and $24 for members of
O'Hanlon. Please call 415-388-4331 to register and visit www.ohanloncenter.org for
directions to their great facility. All materials are included so just bring yourself and a
lunch for a fun time creating art! Please forward this to anyone you know who may be
interested. Namaste, Elaine. Elaine Larson - elainelars@gmail.com


All Personnel:
On the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, we are once again planning an observation and
announcement just prior to 07:00 hrs on Sunday morning (see below). We have also
added a "Moment of Remembrance at 10:00 hrs.
As the sun rises on this 10th Anniversary of 9/11, many of us will be spending time with
family, both at home and the firehouse. Some of us may be driving or traveling, yet all of
us will remember where we were when we heard the news on 9/11 a short, but distant
10 years ago. I am sure you have not forgotten the place or time and the awe of it all,
the unthinkable acts that were committed, the pain and suffering.the unexplainable loss
and then, the unity, resolve and rebuilding...the healing.
This day has been proclaimed as Patriot Day and we ask that you join the Nation and
remember those lost to the tragic events that unfolded before the world on September
11, 2001. Patriot Day is an opportunity to never forget what happened on 9/11,
recapture the spirit of unity and compassion that inspired our Nation following these
terrible attacks and dedicate ourselves to helping others in our communities. The World

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Trade Center Towers stood for 56 minutes and 102 minutes respectively after being
attacked. They fell in 12 seconds. Contrary to a headline or two, things have changed
since 9/11. And while time may help, it doesn't change how deep this series of terrible
acts hurt so many. They really will never be the same for us and for many others around
the world. Sure we may be better prepared for the next terrorist attack and this effort
should serve to improve our readiness for all of our missions. However it doesn't change
the fact that 343 FDNY Firefighters and 60 NYPD and Port Authority Police Officers
never came home on 9/11 along with the over 2500 innocent people that died from
these events on that tragic day.
Families of September 11
The National 9/11 Memorial will be dedicated on September 11, 2011 on the 10th
anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in a ceremony for victims' families. The memorial
features the country's largest man-made waterfalls dramatically cascading into two
sunken pools. These pools mark the footprints of the Twin Towers. Perhaps more
poignantly, the names of 2,980 victims have been etched in granite around the edges of
the memorial. The effect seeks to create closure for families of the nearly 40 percent of
victims whose bodies were completely obliterated during the attacks.
On the 10th anniversary of the tragic loss suffered on September 11, 2001, we
again honor the brave Americans who lost their lives that fateful day. IAFF 9/11
Video
Comm Center will be broadcasting a very brief message Sunday morning
9.11.2011. The suggested format is as follows:
MOMENT OF SILENCE WITH BELLS
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2011
6:58 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time
· All available fire department personnel assemble at attention in front of individual
station flag pole (or central location in front of building)
· No recommended uniform of the day
· Company officer or designated person may choose to make brief remarks
· No badge shrouds
· Flag should be at half-staff by direction of the City
· Community involvement is welcome
· When assembled, maintain silence
6:59 a.m. PDT- Time of South Tower Collapse



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· Comm Center will alert all stations and ring bells 5-5-5-5 (four sets of five chimes
each), followed by "Comm Center Clear".
"Signal 5-5-5-5 is a tradition deeply rooted in the history of the Fire Department of
New York... These bells honor the 343 FDNY Firefighters who answered their last
alarm and made the ultimate sacrifice at the World Trade Center on September 11,
2001... Comm Center Clear."
(5-5-5-5 Explanation.Long before telephones and radios, fire departments used the
telegraph to communicate. When the handle was pulled on the once-familiar red fire
alarm boxes found on nearly every street corner of America, a special code was
transmitted to every fire station. When a firefighter died in the line of duty, the fire alarm
office would tap out a special signal. That signal was five measured dashes, then a
pause, then five measured dashes, another pause.then five more dashes. This became
universally known as the Tolling of the Bell and was broadcast over all telegraph fire
alarm circuits. This signal was a sign of honor and respect for all firefighters who had
made the ultimate sacrifice and has become a time-honored tradition)
7:00 a.m. PDT - 1 Minute of Complete Silence
Suggested additional actions may include:
· Recognize any line of duty deaths neighboring departments have suffered in the past
year
· Recite the Firefighters Prayer or comments about the safe return of our Firefighters
and Police Officers as they respond to their daily duties of service
Dismissal - Each person as they choose
Firefighter's Prayer
When I am called to duty, God wherever flames may rage,
give me strength to save a life, whatever be its age.
Help me to embrace a little child before it's too late,
or save an older person from the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert to hear the weakest shout,
and quickly and efficiently to put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling and to give the best in me,
to guard my neighbor and protect his property.
And if according to your will I have to lose my life,
bless with your protecting hand my loving family from strife.
9.11 Moment of Remembrance
1000 hours a.m. PDT - On this 10th Anniversary of 9/11, at 1000 hours, Fire Personnel
are also asked to cease any non-emergency activity for one minute and, as bells and
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sirens ring out, take a moment to honor the victims of the worst terrorist attack on U.S.
soil. Fire personnel are authorized to briefly ring bells and sound sirens as we observe
this a "Moment of Remembrance" and call on you to reflect on the lives lost and those
affected by the tragedies of 9/11. http://www.lautenberg.senate.gov/stopandremember/
Please accept a few links with 9/11 information and tributes: nyc.gov/fdny/tribute
tributewtc http://nymag.com/news/articles/wtc/1year/numbers.htm
http://home2.nyc.gov/html/doh/wtc/html/services/9-11orgs.shtml
May we never forget this tragic loss.
Respectfully, Chris Gray, Fire Chief, "Our Mission.is to help"


The Art of the Eco Mind Shift
http://www.ted.com/talks/natalie_jeremijenko_the_art_of_the_eco_mindshift.html


Contemplative Service for Peace
Sunday, September 11, 2011
4:00 - 5:00PM
Service will include silence, music, and sacred texts from the world's religions.
 Community Congregational Church, 145 Rock Hill Drive, Tiburon, RSVP to
programs@marinifc.org In peace, Rev. Carol Hovis, Executive Director, Marin Interfaith
Council


SRPD Lieutenant Dan Fink safety tips:
In response to last month’s child enticement case, we were asked to send out some
information as to what to do if this happens again:
Parents
A. Call 911 immediately and report the following;
    1. Location of incident. Direction the suspect was last seen.
    2. Description of suspect. Attempt to remember as much information as possible.
       Begin from the top down- Hair, facial hair, shirt, pants, race, height, weight and
       age. Any unusual jewelry, tattoos, marks or scars.
    3. Description of suspect vehicle. Very important to attempt to obtain the license
       plate number. Look for anything on the vehicle that stands out like bumper
       stickers, damage to vehicle, damaged or tinted windows.
    4. If you have a cell phone and if it’s safe to do so, take a photograph of the suspect
       and/or suspect vehicle. You could also video record via cell phone. Please
       remember to do this ONLY if it is safe to do so.
B. Parents should talk to their children regarding this topic.
Children

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    A. Do not talk to strangers.
    B. Do not stop walking if a person is following you. If you feel you are being
        followed, find the first adult, house, or business you see and let them know you
        are being followed.
    C. Do not ever stop and talk to person that is inside a vehicle.
    D. Do not ever enter a car or approach a car if a person asks you to get in.
    E. Make as much noise as possible if someone attempts to grab you and place you
        in a vehicle. Scream as loud as you can and fight as hard as you can.
    F. Report suspicious people or vehicles to an adult immediately. Follow all the steps
        as above.
As always, please do not hesitate to call 911. Also please do not assume that someone
else has called the police. Often times, we hear about crimes that happened days
earlier from the neighborhoods but find out that the police were never notified the day of
the crime. Time is our enemy in theses cases. The sooner we know about the
information, the more likely it is we are able to solve the crime. If anyone has any other
questions, please call Sergeant Jim Correa at 415-485-3195 or Lieutenant Dan Fink at
415-485-3148.




Changing Color Sign at Northgate 1 Planned, Violates Ordinance, Approved by
Planning Commisison
http://sanrafael.patch.com/articles/planning-commission-in-favor-of-color-changing-sign-
for-northgate




Remembrance Writing 101
I've added Tuesdays to the Remembrance Writing 101 schedule. So, Tuesdays and
Thursdays at Whistlestop, 2- 4 P.M. I usually get there by 1 P.M. to enjoy lunch in
Jackson Cafe and chat with whoever shows up. Hope it's you! If you are enjoying some
other writing experience, I do hope you'll let a friend know about RW 101! Also am
celebrating the fact that a dear workshop writer enabled me to buy a "scanner." This
means that I'll be able to add some of your precious photos to your writing chapbooks.
So, please talk to me about your dreams for publishing your "writes!" I think I've finally
come up with a reasonable fee that will compensate me somewhat for my time, but still
make the prospect of publishing your chapbook very affordable! lovingly, Claudia P.S.:
If you know anyone who is able, financially, to share in my mission "to give older
adults a written voice," they may contribute in person at any workshop, or to
Claudia Carroll / Dreamcatcher, P.O. Box 4152 San Rafael, CA 94913-4152 (A gift
of $195 will allow me to publish a chapbook for someone who, not computer
savvy, "hand-writes" their stories. This gift may be given to be used at my
discretion, or for someone special you know in our Remembrance Writing 101

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workshop). (Read some RW 101 writers!)
http://www.claudiacarroll.biz/remembrance_writing_101
http://www.lulu.com/cjcarrollbooks



September 13-15, 2011 Santa Rosa, California - The Heirloom Vegetable and Seed
Fair
Register at: theheirloomexpo.com
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 7PM - Keynote Speech by Jeffrey Smith
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 3PM - Activist Circle with Jeffrey Smith

September 16-17, 2011 San Francisco, California - California Biosafety Alliance -
GMO Awareness Week, Join Vandana Shiva, Jeffrey Smith and others to raise
awareness about GMOs.
Register at: http://biosafetyalliance.org/

Saturday, September 17th morning - Jeffrey Smith Panel : "Building the Movement:
Goals and Strategies" Women's Building, 3543 18th St. # 8, San Francisco, CA 94110
Cost: Varies per event, scholarships are available.
Please visit the website above for more information and to register.

September 18, 2011 Petaluma, CA - GMO Speaker and Activist Training with
Jeffrey Smith
Location: Petaluma Seed Bank, 199 Petaluma Blvd No., Petaluma, CA 94952
Cost: $80 Individual / $140 Couple Early Discount Before August 20th $70/$120
Partial scholarships are available please contact
scholarships@responsibletechnology.org

Friday October 14-16, 2011 San Rafael, CA - Bioneers Conference
Sunday, October 16th
2:45-4:00pm - Panel with Andy Kimbrell. Genetic Engineering: The Battle for Safe Food,
Public Health and Environmental Sovereignty
4:00-6:00pm - Activists' breakout sessions
Register at: http://www.bioneers.org/conference

October 29-30, 2011 Los Angeles, Greenfest LA
Location: Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S Figueroa St.
Saturday: Lecture and Activist Meeting
Register and More Info: http://www.greenfestivals.org/la/updates/

Sunday, October 30, 2011 Los Angeles, CA
9:30am - 5:30pm
Location: TBA
Cost: $80 Individual / $140 Couple Early Discount Before October 1st $70/$120
Partial scholarships are available please contact
scholarships@responsibletechnology.org

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November 12-13, 2011 San Francisco, CA Greenfest
Location: San Francisco Concourse
Saturday: Lecture and Activist Meeting
Register and More Info: http://www.greenfestivals.org/sf/updates/




Sunday, November 13, 2011 San Francisco, CA
9:30am - 5:30pm
Location: TBA
Cost: $80 Individual / $140 Couple Early Discount Before October 15th $70/$120
Partial scholarships are available please contact
scholarships@responsibletechnology.org
You can also view all these events online here:
http://responsibletechnology.org/lecture-calendar
What our alumni say about the training:
"The Speaker Training has given me a level of authority in any discussion regarding
genetically modified organisms. I would rate my preparedness a 6 before the training
and a 9 afterwards." L.B., Los Angeles
"Jeffrey's Training was chock full of compelling information and great visuals of the
Power Point presentation. I appreciated his down to earth style, sense of humor and
emphasis on the positive." B.U., New Paltz, NY "Jeffrey Smith's GMO Speaker
Training is fantastic. Jeffrey's training really helped me pull together everything I've
learned and focus on the most important aspects of the GMO issue. He taught us how
to speak about the GMO issue, simply and succinctly. It's an invaluable training and
highly recommended for everyone." S. F., Moms for Safe Food




4th Saturday - Parks and Paths - Service Days - 4th Saturday of the month
Mark your calendars just now for 9/24 Terra Linda Paths Project! – 9am to Noon –
Meet at TL Rec!
Please bring gloves, a water bottle, and wear clothing appropriate to physical
work in the elements, including closed-toed shoes (no flip-flops, please).
Public Works Parks Division will provide extra gloves, litter sticks, all painting gear, trash
bags
and tools tailored to the work at hand, as well as a water jug for refilling water bottles.
If you like, bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the park afterward, visit Wildcare Nature
Center,
or take a walk downtown for lunch. You will be asked to sign a release form when you
arrive.

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NOTE REGARDING MINORS If coming with minors that are not your own, you
must have their parent or legal guardian sign a Volunteer Service Agreement form
before they arrive. Please call 415-485-3407 if you need more information.



Coastal Cleanup Day. Saturday, September 17, 9 am to noon. California Coastal
Cleanup Day, an annual beach and inland waterway cleanup, is the state's largest
volunteer event. In 2010, over 82,500 volunteers removed more than 1.2 million pounds
of trash and recyclables from our beaches, lakes, and waterways. Act Locally and Join
Safe Passage on Lucas Valley Road at 101 Lucas Valley Road (office building) in San
Rafael, with closed-toed shoes, hats, and smiles.



Awakened Action Dinner and Fundraiser. Saturday, October 1, 5-8 pm.
This is one of the highlights of our year, as we celebrate Green Sangha's
accomplishments and envision next year’s success. We will begin with a delicious,
organic, vegetarian buffet dinner prepared by Ali Ghiorse of Savory Thymes. We will
then gather for music, meditation, speakers, and a short film on Green Sangha.
This is our major fund-raising event of the year, and we are delighted to be hosted by
Savory Thymes, whose mission is to convene artists, grassroots organizations, and
activists in order to cross-pollinate ideas, build relationships and alliances, and provide
a space to galvanize support for a wide variety of social and environmental initiatives
(http://savorythymesevents.org/).
All proceeds will fund our programs of mindful practice and awakened action: the
Garden Wheel, the Green Schoolyard at Davidson, Habitat Restoration & Litter
Reduction, the Low Carbon Diet, Rethinking Plastics, Solar Cooking, and the Teen
Environmental Leadership Academy. Tickets: $75-125.
Please mark your calendar for October 1. The location is Hillside Gardens in Mill Valley;
shuttle service will be provided. More details to follow shortly.


Warm Wishes 7th Annual
Bocce Ball Tournament
Sunday, September 25, 2012
Check in 9:30am / Start 10:30 am




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Come one come all and join in the FUN!
No experience necessary
Master of Ceremonies: Bill Hamm. Founder
Marin Bocce 550 B Street San Rafael
Tickets $45.00/$55.00 after Sept 1st
Includes Lunch, Beverages & Awards.
For information contact MarinLink 415-472-0211
Registration starts at 9:30 and Tournament begins at 10:30. Silent Auction closes at
2:00!
Save the date! Come assemble backpacks on December 3th at Unity of Marin, 8AM
Proceeds benefit the Holiday Homeless Backpack Project-our 18th year!
Mary O'Mara, MBA
MarinLink, Executive Director
5800 Northgate Suite 250 ( Mezzanine)
San Rafael, CA 94903



OUR GLORIOUS OPEN SPACE
You might be able to help us on our trail use survey or may know others who might be
interested. We are conducting a trail use survey on Open Space that will yield very
important information for our Roads and Trails management plan. We hired Alta
Planning & Design to oversee the survey but we are looking for volunteers to conduct
the field survey to help keep costs down.
You have a strong commitment to our trails and know many members in the Marin
Community. We are looking for 13 teams of two volunteers to commit to three 2-hour
time slots (a morning, evening, and weekend). In addition, Volunteers are required to
attend a short training on Thursday, Sept 15th from either 1:00-3:00pm or 6:00-8:00pm
at the Parks Lucas Valley field office at 18 Jeannette Prandi Way in San Rafael.
Cheers, Greg
Here is the schedule and preserve locations:


PRESERVE            LOCATION                    DATE             TIME
North
                    The Quarry on Indian
                    Valley FR/Clark-Malone                       7:30-
Indian Valley       Tr                          20 or 22-Sept    9:30AM
                                                                 4:30-
                                                20 or 22-Sept    6:30PM
                                                                 11:00-
                                                1-Oct            1:00pm
                                                                 7:30-
Rush Creek          Binford Rd entry            20 or 22-Sept    9:30AM
                                                                 4:30-
                                                20 or 22-Sept    6:30PM

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                                                               11:00-
                                               1-Oct           1:00pm
                   San Andreas Dr entry or                     7:30-
Mt. Burdell        at Hidden Lake              20 or 22-Sept   9:30AM
                                                               4:30-
                                               20 or 22-Sept   6:30PM
                                                               11:00-
                                               1-Oct           1:00pm

Central
                   Top of Mission Pass
                   bikepath at
                   Ridgewood/Top Cemetary                      7:30-
TL/Sleepy Hollow   FR                     20 or 22-Sept        9:30AM
                                                               4:30-
                                               20 or 22-Sept   6:30PM
                                                               11:00-
                                               1-Oct           1:00pm

                   Top San Pedro                               7:30-
San Pedro Mtn      Fr/Woodoaks Tr              20 or 22-Sept   9:30AM
                                                               4:30-
                                               20 or 22-Sept   6:30PM
                                                               11:00-
                                               1-Oct           1:00pm

West
                   Cascade Dr/Canyon Rd                        7:30-
Cascade Canyon     entry                       20 or 22-Sept   9:30AM
                                                               4:30-
                                               20 or 22-Sept   6:30PM
                                                               11:00-
                                               1-Oct           1:00pm
                   San Geronimo Ridge @
San Geronimo       Hunt Camp (western side                     7:30-
Ridge              of FR)                      20 or 22-Sept   9:30AM
                                                               4:30-
                                               20 or 22-Sept   6:30PM
                                                               11:00-
                                               1-Oct           1:00pm
                   Main entry/Nicasio Valley                   7:30-
Roys Redwoods      Rd @ the meadow             20 or 22-Sept   9:30AM
                                                               4:30-
                                               20 or 22-Sept   6:30PM
                                               1-Oct           11:00-

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                                                                 1:00pm
                   White Hill FR @ top of                        7:30-
White Hill         White Hill Tr                 20 or 22-Sept   9:30AM
                                                                 4:30-
                                                 20 or 22-Sept   6:30PM
                                                                 11:00-
                                                 1-Oct           1:00pm

South
                   Crown Rd @ Hoo-koo-e-
                   koo Tr OR end of
                   Madrone Ave/Madrone                           7:30-
Baltimore Canyon   Canyon Tr                     20 or 22-Sept   9:30AM
                                                                 4:30-
                                                 20 or 22-Sept   6:30PM
                                                                 11:00-
                                                 1-Oct           1:00pm
                                                                 7:30-
Camino Alto        Escalon FR/Del Casa FR        20 or 22-Sept   9:30AM
                                                                 4:30-
                                                 20 or 22-Sept   6:30PM
                                                                 11:00-
                                                 1-Oct           1:00pm
                   Ring Mtn FR @ top of                          7:30-
Ring Mountain      Phyllis Elman Tr              20 or 22-Sept   9:30AM
                                                                 4:30-
                                                 20 or 22-Sept   6:30PM
                                                                 11:00-
                                                 1-Oct           1:00pm
                  Railroad Grade @ Two                           7:30-
Blithedale Summit Tanks                          20 or 22-Sept   9:30AM
                                                                 4:30-
                                                 20 or 22-Sept   6:30PM
                                                                 11:00-
                                                 1-Oct           1:00pm

Greg Reza, VOLUNTEER PROGRAM COORDINATOR, 3501 Civic Center Dr. Suite
260, San Rafael, CA 94903, 415 499 3778 T



MAYORAL CANDIDATES’ FORUM
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 – 7-9pm
620 Del Ganado Road



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County of Marin Home Energy Workshops
Are you interested in making your home more comfortable, durable and efficient? Would
you like to earn rebates for upgrading? Come join us to learn how you can get started!
These workshops will explore the benefits of home energy efficiency and will introduce
you to a new state-wide rebate program available to homeowners for making home
energy upgrades. You will hear informational and inspirational talks from home energy
experts and have the opportunity to address concerns you have about your home. Meet
local home performance professionals, enjoy light refreshments and mingle with other
community members, too!


Thursday, September 8 7:00- 8:30 pm Tamalpais Valley Community Center, Mill
Valley
Wed., September 14 7:00- 8:30 pm Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
Monday, September 26 7:00- 8:30 pm San Rafael Community Center, San Rafael
For more information about the workshops, contact Ana Toepel at 415.473.4197 or
energy@co.marin.ca.us. For information about Energy Upgrade California in Marin, go
to www.co.marin.ca.us/energyupgrade.



San Francisco Offers Solar Program to Marin Businesses
The City of San Francisco Department of the Environment is pleased to announce an
exciting new solar group purchasing program for small businesses and commercial
property owners in the Bay Area called Solar@Work. What makes this program unique
is not only the 20% group discount, but also the access to integrated financing options.
Through the program's pre-negotiated solar lease or PPA options, participants can
install solar for little to no money down and, for the first time, pay less for solar power
than they pay for electricity from the grid. Solar@Work is a project of the World
Resources Institute with support from the San Francisco Department of the
Environment. Program participants will be accepted thru October 14, 2011. For more
information contact renewables@sfgov.org or visit
http://www.wri.org/project/technology/renewable-energy-and-efficiency/solar-at-work




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