INDOOR Garage/Moving/Estate/Yard/Rummage Sale, Wednesday, March 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. City of Pacifica Senior Services bargain-priced sale with a theme at Pacifica Community Center, Highway 1 at Crespi. This sale features SCARVES, HANDBAGS, AND WOMEN'S FASHIONABLES along with an array of other items. Our weekly rummage sales consist entirely of donated reusable items priced very low. All sales proceeds support Senior Services. For further information, call 650-738-7384.
Status: Sale Scheduled 04/15/2014 Sale Date: 04/15/2014 Sale Time: 12:30 p.m. Sale County: San Mateo Property Address: 446 Old County Road, Pacifica Sale Location: Marshall Street entrance, Hall of Justice, 400 County Center, Redwood City, California
(Editor's Note: Could the clock tower wind up in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, alongside the London Bridge?)
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Pierre Merkl III, Just Don’t, oil, 2009–2013, 30” x 40”
“Scenes, Schemes, and Genes (Skeins)” is an exhibit of paintings by Pierre Merkl III, curated by DeWitt Cheng. The artist and curator give a talk on Sunday, March 30 at 4 p.m. Showing concurrently are “Portraits,” a group exhibit by the Art Guild of Pacifica; and “Galen Wolf: A Brush with History,” curated by Shannon Nottestad, who also edited Wolf’s book Legends of the Coastland. All exhibits run through March 30.
Sanchez Art Center is at 1220 Linda Mar Boulevard, Pacifica. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. during exhibits (except opening nights). For more information, call 650-355-1894 or visit Sanchez Art Center
Through years of educational activities by the Pacifica Beach Coalition, Pacificans have a pretty solid understanding of the problems inherent in plastic. From plastic fouling our beaches to killing sea turtles and creating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, we know more than most that plastic has a downside.
But after doing many beach cleanups, we all inevitably start asking the same question: How do we stop this insanity before it happens? An important piece of the answer is found in Beth Terry’s excellent book Plastic Free—How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too.
Yes, we already live in a community that has banned takeout Styrofoam and plastic bags at the checkout counter. Many of us have moved past the ridiculous bottled-water fad, but we still see the damaging effects of our throw-away society every time we walk on the beach. We want to do more, but what does the next step look like?
In 2007 Beth Terry had an epiphany after seeing photos of a dead albatross chick on Midway Island, its stomach filled with “small pieces of plastic that had no business being out there in the middle of nowhere. Pieces of plastic like those that I myself used every day.”
At that moment she realized that she was part of the problem: “But what could I do? I knew that while I couldn’t personally go out and clean up the gyre, I could start with myself.” So she undertook the daunting task of living her life, as much as possible, without plastic. She started a blog, now called MyPlasticFreeLife.com, and began sharing what she learned. Eventually it evolved into her book.
Plastic Free is essential reading for those inspired by Charles Moore, discoverer of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, or Annie Leonard, author of The Story of Stuff. As Beth puts it, “There are so many books and movies these day alerting people to the environmental problems we face, but few offering real, practical solutions. I don’t have all the answers, but I do have a lot of them!”
And that she does. From food to cleaning products to beauty care, Beth has already spent seven years figuring out what might work—or not. With a lighthearted and often humorous style that cuts through our natural defensiveness, she doesn’t take herself too seriously. “I didn’t write this book to tell anyone what to do,” she says, “but as an invitation to join me in this journey of personal discovery.”
And lest we assume her discovery was a smooth path to change, Beth bares her darkest hour: “One night, around 2 AM, I found myself at the 24 hour Longs Drugstore down the street, frenetically pacing up and down the aisles…desperate to find something not made out of plastic.” Anyone who has been to a drugstore lately can imagine the absurdity of Beth's predicament. It’s exactly how an albatross might feel.
Join Beth for an afternoon of inspiring stories and practical tips about ways to reduce plastic in your home and on the planet. She will be signing Plastic Free, a book made without plastic and thus unlikely to harm seabirds. The book-signing is Saturday, March 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Florey’s Book Co., 2120 Palmetto, Sharp Park, Pacifica.
Ask Pacifica City Council to adopt the Climate Action Plan to steeply reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
• There is scientific consensus that we must reduce emissions by at least 25 percent before 2020 to avoid catastrophic climate change. • As a coastal city, Pacifica is especially vulnerable to sea level rise, stronger winter storms, and coastal erosion. Therefore, we must do our part to reduce emissions. • The State of California has adopted strong policies to reduce emissions, and counts on cities to do the same. • Nine cities in San Mateo County already have adopted climate plans. Another four, including Pacifica, have draft plans. • A Pacifica task force drafted a climate plan in 2012. City Council has yet to act on it.
The draft Climate Action Plan is available on the city website. Also, click the link below to read Cynthia Kaufman's report on the recent local screening of Shored Up, a documentary on sea level rise.
Redwood Bluegrass Associates Proudly Presents Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands WHEN: Saturday, March 15 - 5 p.m. Doors open for jamming - 7 p.m. Concert venue open - 7:30 p.m. Showtime WHERE: First Presbyterian Church of Mountain View, 1667 Miramonte Avenue (at Cuesta Drive), Mountain View TICKETS: $20/advance, $25/door; half-price for teens, free for under-13 and music students. Visit http://www.rba.org/tickets.html for more info and to order tickets. INFORMATION/RESERVATIONS: http://www.rba.org
Pacifica Performances presents Bobbe Norris and Larry Dunlap, Saturday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m., Mildred Owen Hall, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica, in the building with the colorful mural. Bobbe and Larry return with their unique jazz-flavored approach to classic songs and lesser-known gems. This time around there will be an emphasis on the songs of Rodgers and Hart (Bewitched, Little Girl Blue, The Lady Is A Tramp, and more). Filling out the quartet will be Jason Lewis and Dan Feiszli.
Tickets are on sale at the door starting 30 minutes before the show, or in advance at PACIFICA PERFORMANCES by Friday noon the weekend of the show. Seats for six or more can be reserved with Visa or MasterCard by calling 650.355.1882 by Friday noon the weekend of the show. Admission: $20 General; $17 Seniors and Students under 25 with current ID; $15 Members; $12 Senior and Student Members; Youths under 18 are free. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. For more information or a schedule, call 650.355.1882 or email email@example.com. Mildred Owen Hall is wheelchair accessible.