Friday/Saturday, January 30/31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 312 Avalon Drive, Pacific Manor, Pacifica. Longtime Pacifica Historical Society member Kay Kirkland has moved to Sacramento. Her family is planning to rent her Pacifica house, but there is still LOTS OF STUFF inside. PHS has the opportunity to hold a rummage sale this weekend as a fundraiser. Please drop by if you can, and get something of Kay's at a bargain price.
Angela Pryor, Flowers of Argentina, 2014, oil on canvas, 40” x 30”
Exhibit of paintings by Angela Pryor titled Story of the Defeated, curated by Jerry Ross Barrish. At 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 25, the artist discusses her work in a free Artist’s Talk in the Main Gallery. Also featured are Love and Loss, a group exhibit presented by the Art Guild of Pacifica; and Fog Fest Invitational, photographs by photo contest award winners and contest judges Alan Grinberg and Edwin Hacking. All three exhibits run through February 15. Sanchez Art Center is at 1220 Linda Mar Boulevard, Pacifica. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Information: 650-355-1894, sanchezartcenter.org
While we Little People fuss and fume over our budgets and programs and local issues, we should remember where the Big Bucks really go:
Tomahawk cruise missile: $1.2 million, plus costs of fuel, crew, and deployment of warships to launch the missiles
Hellfire missile: $100,000, plus costs of fuel, crew, and warplanes to fire the missiles
Small Diameter Bomb: $30,000, plus costs of fuel, crew, and warplanes to drop the bombs
B-1 bomber: classified; estimated cost somewhere between $1.5 billion and $2.4 billion, plus $58,000 an hour to operate
F-15E Strike Eagle fighter bomber: $108 million, plus $39,000 an hour to operate
F-22 Raptor: $350 million, plus $68,000 an hour to operate
The United States uses much of this expensive firepower in Syria and Iraq against American-made materiel (artillery and tanks) that ISIS/ISIL seized from the Iraqi Army when it disintegrated in June 2014.
(Sources: Robin Wright, “The Vortex,” The New Yorker, December 8, 2014; Yahoo News; Defense Daily)
"Orange Creme Soda" by Victor Carmichael"New York Memories" by Karen Rosenstein
By Cindy Chan, Special to Riptide
Pacific Art Connection proudly presents "Spectra," an exhibit of artwork depicting various facets of light and color -- the shimmer of nature, the brightness of a child's smile, and the spark of the abstract igniting the imagination. In this show, eight local artists exhibit 27 works in a range of mediums, including acrylics, ceramics, fused glass, photography, and watercolor.
Though many individual art pieces stand out, "Orange Creme Soda," an acrylic painting by Victor Carmichael, invites attention with brilliant colors illuminating the Pacifica Pier at sunset. In "Shimmering Light on Linda Mar" and "Mystical Pacifica Pier," Donna Doney evokes wonder through her photography of Pacifica oceanscapes. In fused-glass wall art, Karen Rosenstein captures the spark of vitality in "Raw Energy," alight in orange, yellow, and red. In addition to these three artists, Cindy Chan, Anne Puski, Judy Quitoriano, Larry Rosenstein, and Margaret Welsh also contribute their work to "Spectra."
This exhibit runs through Saturday, January 31. Quarry Cove Art Gallery is at 225 Rockaway Beach Avenue, next to Avani Salon, and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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California Coastal Commission (CCC) responds to City of Pacifica request to change Local Coastal Plan for proposed Beach Boulevard project (aka The Old Sewer Plant). Officially known as Amendment # LCP-2-PAC-14-0173-1, this is a working draft. The proposed project is intended to be integrated into Pacifica's General Plan. The city's information about this project is published on the city website at the link below:
Photo by Pacifica Riptide drone, eastern Sierra Nevada.
By Gary Hanauer, Special to Riptide
Outdoor writer Tom Stienstra reports mind-boggling statistics in his San Francisco Chronicle/SF Gate blog: WHERE'S THE SNOW?
He writes: "Blue Canyon averages 252 inches of snow per year, Truckee averages 204 inches per year, and both have zilch right now. The weather station at Blue Canyon (5,240-foot elevation at the small airport) is used as a reporting point for meteorologists across America; it has bare dirt around it right now. Drought? Hardly. The station has already recorded an amazing 46.67 inches of rain this winter. If all that rain were snow, it could be 20, 30 feet high."
He adds: "It’s not only bare dirt along the Dunsmuir Grade, but it has not snowed there even once this season. Zero. Yet just above the Dunsmuir Grade, at Girard Ridge, the rain gauge has recorded 46.88 inches of rain this winter. Last year at this time, it was about 4 inches. On Saturday, the freezing level was 10,600 feet at Mount Shasta, some 1,500 feet higher than 9,025-foot Mount Eddy to the west."
Meanwhile, in the Redwood Empire to the north of us, Gasquet has received a towering 47.52 inches of rain, 37.43 inches have fallen in Zenia on the Eel River, and, closer to home right in Sonoma County, Yorkville (familiar to those of us who take Highway 128 from 101 to Mendocino) has had a staggering 53.76 inches of rain. But almost all of that wet stuff fell in December. January has been so dry, Tom reports, "that the rivers are low and clear."
Coastside Land Trust Art Gallery presents its 2nd annual "California Raptor Show." The exhibit features 26 local artists who have captured California's diverse raptor population through art. Mediums include oil, watercolor, batik, acrylic, mixed media, wood carving, and fine-art photography. All art is for sale. Show runs to February 13. Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and by appointment. Coastside Land Trust is dedicated to the preservation, protection, and enhancement of open space, including the natural, scenic, recreational, cultural, historical, and agricultural resources of the San Mateo County coast, for present and future generations. 788 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, 650-726-5056.
Beach Boulevard, Sunset Storm Clouds Mori Point, View from the TopRockaway Beach, The Bench View Storm Warning Sunset @ Pedro Rock Beach Boulevard: Grandma Knows Best Derelict Storm Drain: Clothes Hanger Full Moon @ The Dunes Sky Travelers @ Mussel Rock