Interested in helping preserve the environment? Want to work with local environmental groups? Interested in serving on the board of a nonprofit organization? If so, Pacifica's Environmental Family (PEF) would like to talk with you.
Local volunteers started PEF more than 25 years ago, and it was formally incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 1998. Its primary role is to be a fiscal sponsor of grassroots community projects in Pacifica that are nonprofit in scope and have an environmental focus.
In addition, PEF puts on events such as the recent screening of Chasing Ice, a climate change talk by Carlos Davidson, and an environmental forum with City Council candidates.
PEF proudly serves as the nonprofit fiscal sponsor of Pacifica Beach Coalition, Pacifica Gardens, Pacifica Shorebird Alliance, Vallemar Conservators, and Pacificans for a Scenic Coast. PEF is always looking for new groups to sponsor.
Through PEF's commitment to responsible nonprofit stewardship of their funds and under PEF's auspices, these local projects can apply for grants, hold fundraisers, and accept tax-deductible donations to sustain their important work on behalf of Pacificans and the environment throughout the year. PEF's support provides the nonprofit infrastructure to make it possible for all of these projects to make things happen and thrive.
One of PEF's goals is to expand its board of directors. PEF seeks individuals who are strongly committed to environmental sustainability, have good communication skills, enjoy being part of a collaborative group, and are available to meet at least eight times per year for board meetings.
PEF is particularly interested in candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas: nonprofit administration, bookkeeping/accounting, fundraising, public relations and communications, environmental education and advocacy, event organizing, group facilitation, community organizing and/or administrative assistant skills.
If you want to be considered for a volunteer board position, please contact PEF President Marj Davis at 650-483-1161 or email@example.com to get more information and to arrange an interview.
Planting Season Has Begun! Our volunteer propagators have grown more than 10,000 locally native plants this year, and we need your help to plant them all before the rains end! Join our Stewardship Saturdays, rain or shine, to improve native habitat on San Bruno Mountain, December 14, 27, 28.
Growing Natives @ Mission Blue Nursery Join our team of volunteer propagators as we grow next season's batch of locally native plants for restoration and public sales. In case of rain, meet at San Bruno Mountain Watch in Brisbane for seed processing, Wednesdays, December 11 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Take a Hike Experience San Bruno Mountain on a guided educational hike to the Native American shellmound. Meet at San Bruno Mountain Watch in Brisbane at 10 a.m. and hike until 1:30 p.m., Saturday, December 21.
Tom Borden, owner of mobile food truck Poppy's Crab Shack, writes: "I wanted to keep you up to date on what's happening with Poppy's this season. We had a great first year but have turned the wheel over to a couple of chefs from SF, Mark Furr and Angela Chavez. Mark and Angela are seasoned in the mobile food truck biz (they ran the now closed Smoke BBQ truck in SF, check it out, they got great reviews) and were looking to move to HMB and start a new seafood based mobile food business. They are a great fit to take Poppy's to the next level. Everything will be staying the same, although they plan to update the menu with some new seasonal items -- surf & turf is in the plans. Mark & Angela are outfitting their 1965 Commander food truck as we speak and they expect Poppy's to be open for business in the next few weeks. Amy and I will continue to help them in the business as they are getting established. We are also going to be releasing our Poppy's Crab Shack Cookbook: The Story of a Season in the next few months. We will let you know when that happens."
Back in April 2013, Ian Butler reported: "I spotted this food truck parked at Montara Beach last weekend and pulled over for the best crab sandwich ever! Poppy's Crab Shack is run by Tom Borden, an adventurous Coastsider with a penchant for tasty crustaceans. He will be setting up shop at the Pacifica Farmer's Market next month, but now I'm dreaming of crab delicacies at our own Linda Mar Beach."
"Have you noticed UPS-uniformed cyclists towing small trailers full of parcels in your neighborhood recently? I did a little research and discovered that they are refilling their trailers at pods strategically placed around town. The pods are refilled regularly by one of the familiar big brown trucks that used to trundle up and down the street. I think that it is rather charming to see a cyclist pedaling up the street with a trailer full of parcels, later to be seen coasting back down the hill with an empty trailer. Not only is it much more environmentally friendly, it is a whole lot quieter."
Angelicas Bistro, 863 Main Street, Redwood City, Sunday, December 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. Mike Galisatus Big Band—Christmas Series, Bell Stage Main Dining Room. Tickets Online. Minors welcome, student tickets available. Original and contemporary compositions, and hard-swinging standards, led by Mike Galisatus, freelance trumpeter and director of bands at College of San Mateo. Band member credits include Count Basie, Huey Lewis, Pete Escovedo, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joe Louis Walker, Jr., and many more. Native San Franciscan Duane Lawrence’s rich baritone voice croons a smooth ballad, swings with the best, and belts out R&B tunes as heard in his group Lawrence Expressway Band. For more than 13 years, he was one of the featured vocalists with the 16-piece Contemporary Jazz Orchestra at Jazz at Pearl’s and a featured vocalist with the fabulous Full Spectrum Jazz Big Band. He also credits more than 500 performances with the Starlight Orchestra at the historic Starlight Room.