Paul Donahue writes: "The Wavecrest fields in Half Moon Bay support a large wintering population of raptors. I saw white-tailed kites, northern harriers, and Cooper's hawks, but this immature red-shouldered hawk (above) was the only raptor that cooperated. Several killdeer (below) were around the parking area."
Rick Bauman here. I once wrote you about the sad state of Linda Mar Boulevard. Thanks for letting me whine. Well, I can't take it anymore on a similar front. When the late Measure V failed, I was opposed to some of the general points in the propaganda that was mailed out to my house. It stated that we as Pacificans would continue to enjoy city services such as fire, police, etc. But one that stuck out to me was the claim of road patching. Really? Not even the most cantankerous rut has felt the city workers' shovel. Take a poll at the coffee house on that! Well, my point is the constant attention to the island medians that separate the end of Linda Mar Boulevard at Highway 1. It is a big waste of time and city money. They plant and replant them, only to fuss over the weeds that overcome the plantings. The other day as I was waiting at the light, I suggested to a city worker: How about some cement, one and done. If this is some kinda beautification of the lower boulevard, it's sadly not been very successful. Please stop the madness and pave our beaten roads instead. Can we for once be a little practical? Okay, I feel a little better.
Soul Sauce performs Friday, December 13 from 8 to 11 p.m. at Pier 23 on The Embarcadero in San Francisco. Join us for some fun Latin jazz and Brazilian music at this wonderful San Francisco music venue and restaurant. Soul Sauce this night is Jon Eriksen on vibes, Peter Horvath on piano, Rich Girard on bass, and Curt Moore on drums. Future dates and more info: Soul Sauce
Toys for Tots Event and Holiday Carol Sing-Along, Friday, December 13 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Chit-Chat Café, sponsored by Marva Seaton, Rick Halloran, and Patty Thompson. Kids are welcome and will be given goodie bags by Santa Claus! Songbooks will be provided. Artist Boris Lyubner will be donating the proceeds of any portrait that he draws then. A box for Toys for Tots is already in place at the Chat and a toy donation is requested on Friday night or at any other time. I don’t know the deadline.
Skyline College Concert Band, Jazz Band, Choir, and others, including Jazz of Japan, perform at Skyline College Theater, Friday, December 13 beginning at 7:30 p.m. with a $5 donation at the door suggested. Anyone fortunate enough to have heard the John Hall & Friends SingAlong Circus knows that, as a member of its Women's Auxiliary, Becky really wails on the sax!
Saturday, December 14, an absolutely fabulous double-header for Beatles fans at the Chit-Chat Café! First up, from 2 – 4 p.m., the monthly Sing the Beatles event hosted by Jeannine Menger, featuring the B2s band accompanying us as we sing songs from Revolver and a couple of Bird Songs, followed by requests.
Then, beginning at 7:30-ish, the Plastic Onion Band doing Beatles songs as only they can. This band has become so popular that I recommend that you get there early, although the cold may make more seats available than usual. Better yet, you could come for the afternoon SingAlong, stay for dinner, and then you’ll already be in place for the Onions!
Please remember to support the Chit-Chat Cafés, Florey’s Book Co., and other local businesses while you are out shopping and celebrating. They are here for us all year long and deserve our patronage. (In addition, many of the bands that play for us have CDs for sale. For instance, Scott Hill of the Onions has a great one.) Our lives would be sadly diminished without all of these wonderful people and their talents!