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Over the past couple of years, my partner Leslie and I have had to say final farewells to our feline friends Franny and Zoe, tabby cat sisters who kept us company during their relatively long lives (as kittens, above, their ears were enormous!). When it came time to put each one out of her misery from various ailments common to aging cats, we relied on Linda Mar Veterinary Clinic for compassionate care. First Dr. Angelique Cucaro and then Dr. Dana Thistlethwaite helped us make the difficult decision to end the costly tests and treatments, and not needlessly prolong each critter's suffering. At the most wrenching moment, letting go of a devoted pet, the vets empathized and helped us be at peace with the humane alternative: putting down a very sick animal. Sitting in on the procedure (a sedative followed by a lethal injection) was emotional but strangely reassuring. Afterward, seeing how peaceful each cat looked in death, I thought that this might not be such a bad way for a human to die.
A new comment from Dan Underhill was received on the post “City Council's O'Neill & Keener: Public Projects” of the blog Pacifica Riptide:
"I'm ready to hear about what other industry, apart from tourism, you think Pacifica might promote. I'm ready to include that industry in what I encourage the citizenry and the council to push. Yes, we lack funding. We have always lacked funding. The carpetbaggers have always cited this as the reason we need to sell out to the highest bidder. The dreamers who stuck with their principles have got us tunnels instead of a super freeway bypass, and an art center and concert hall instead of an abandoned school, and a regularly scheduled outdoor farmer's market, and a spectacular park where a dangerous stretch of highway once was, and a dog park, and a community garden, and a community theater, and libraries, and a whole alternative school (for those who remember back that far) instead of just one alternative class. All of these contribute both directly and indirectly to the collective wealth of our community in ways which selling out simply could not. Our community needs real economic solutions to real economic problems, and selling out simply lacks the long-term legitimacy required to keep us afloat."
Pacifica Beach Coalition hosts regular habitat restoration and cleanups at Pacifica beaches. If your school, group, or family can help, please call 650-355-1668. Supplies and support provided. Join Pacifica Beach Coalition to put your special talents to work. Become a Beach Steward for your favorite beach. Help with record keeping, writing articles, taking photographs, school presentations, media communications, fundraising, grant writing.
Pacifica City Council members John Keener and Mike O'Neill led a public discussion March 1 on important city projects and issues, including sea-level rise impact on future development, San Pedro Creek widening and Pedro Point bridge over Highway 1, Linda Mar water retention basin, Caltrans' proposed widening of Highway 1 from Rockaway to Vallemar, Beach Boulevard sewer plant conversion, Palmetto Avenue streetscaping, new public library.
"People have inquired about the monthly magazine the Tribune started in June 2013. The free publication Coastal Connections was mailed to 27,000 residents on the coastside. Unfortunately, the revenue received from the magazine did not support it being continued. Like many businesses in our community, the Tribune survives on revenue." (Pacifica Tribune)
Pacifica Art Connection proudly presents a one-woman exhibit of 2014 photography and ceramics by Judy Quitoriano, a multitalented artist who works in many media. Here she presents a series of 18 West Coast photographs sure to heighten appreciation for our exquisite California landscapes. In the sculpture bay are nine of Judy’s organic ceramic works also exhibiting facets of land, sea, and sky.
Photographs include Tranquil Autumn, taken at Sonoma Quarry Botanical Gardens. Reflections in the water are reminiscent of Monet, with an added canopy of beautiful autumn foliage overhead. Tree trunks and branches artfully frame the photograph of Pigeon Point Lighthouse. Local scenes are from San Pedro Valley Park and Rockaway Beach, including Clouds at Dawn and Incoming Tide. Heading south, there are scenes of Carmel and Point Lobos: Abutment, Rocks and Sea, and Carmel Beach, which includes a sea otter with a clamshell on his chest.
In the sculpture bay is a mixture of fired and air-dried ceramic pieces, including a sailing ship in full sail on a platter, a clown fish on a vase, and other more organic pieces suggesting sky, golden sand, and ebbing tide.
The gallery is at 255 Rockaway Beach Avenue (between Pacifica Chamber of Commerce and Avanti Salon). This exhibit runs till Monday, March 30. Hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and closed Sundays.
Since 1997, Coastside Land Trust has worked actively to protect and enhance the natural, scenic, recreational, cultural, historical, and agricultural resources of the San Mateo County coast. Our gallery launched in 2011 to convey the beauty of these resources through art. We now hold four to six thematic, juried shows per year, and all artists are invited to submit. California is home to stunning natural landscapes and native wildflowers that thrive in the spring. Coastside Land Trust hopes to capture this beauty in its next show, California Spring. Spring landscapes and native wildflowers from all regions of California will be considered. All media are welcome. The submission period is March 2 to 8. The show runs April 10 to May 22. Please see California Spring Art Show call for artists for full instructions.
Ward Schumaker, Disappear for a While, 2010, mixed media on paper on board, 50” x 38”
An exhibit of paintings, mixed media, collage, and sculpture by Ward Schumaker, titled do | undo, curated by Jerry Ross Barrish. On Sunday, March 29 at 4 p.m., the artist discusses his work in a free Artist’s Talk in the Main Gallery. Also showing at Sanchez are Apolitical, Be Political, a group exhibit presented by the Art Guild of Pacifica; and Printmakers – San Francisco Art Institute, curated by SFAI professor Timothy Berry. All three exhibits run through March 29. Sanchez Art Center is at 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., and by appointment during exhibits. Information: 650-355-1894, sanchezartcenter.org.
Pacifica Performances presents PAMELA ROSE & WAYNE De La CRUZ: HAMMOND ORGAN PARTY, Saturday, March 7, 2015, 7:30 p.m., Mildred Owen Hall, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica, in the building with the colorful mural. This show has audiences buzzing—and no wonder--vocalist Pamela Rose puts on an unforgettable show. Paired with jazz B-3 master Wayne De La Cruz and backed by guitarist Jeff Massanari and drummer Kent Bryson, this is just the way to party. Tickets are on sale at the door starting 30 minutes before the show, or in advance at http://www.pacificaperformances.org by Friday, 12 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, 12 noon. Admission: $20 General; $17 Seniors and Students under 25 with current ID; $15 Members; $12 Senior and Students 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.