Sanchez Art Center’s sixth annual 50|50 Show, with 67 artists selected by juror Jack Fischer, is open. Each artist has created 50 small artworks in 50 days, for an exhibit of more than 3,000 affordable pieces. Sanchez Art Center, 1220 Linda Mar Boulevard, Pacifica. Gallery hours: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. or by appointment. Information: 650-355-1894
Coastside Film Society screens three Charlie Chaplin comedies with live piano accompaniment, Friday, August 29 at 7:30 p.m., Coastside Senior Housing/Senior Coastsiders, 925 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, $8 adults, $4 children.
The whole family will love these madcap films. Bowing to popular acclaim, we have once again asked Montara's own Shauna Pickett-Gordon to write a score for this silent-film night and to play live during the screening. Check out this short YouTube video to see just how much fun Shauna's piano has brought to our last two silent-film nights.
The program includes: A Dogs Life (1918). Chaplin's Little Tramp shambles around the cold, cruel world with his partner Scraps the dog. They pull off brilliantly coordinated food heists and befriend a lonely and lovely dance hostess. But things still look pretty desperate until Scraps discovers the hidden loot from a bank heist. Of course, the crooks want it back!
The Idle Class (1921): The Little Tramp sneaks into an upper-class resort, where he is mistaken for an inebriated millionaire. The millionaire's neglected and lonely wife is thrilled at her husband's transformation, and spirited hijinks ensue. Charlie remains the tramp, but the opulent interiors and costumes contrast richly with the grunginess of the first film.
Pay Day (1922): Here Chaplin plays a construction worker who loves his job but is especially looking forward to getting paid and enjoying a night out with his pals. His pennypinching wife has other ideas. This gleeful romp showcases Chaplin in an extended choreography of expert brick-catching and an overactive elevator that catches everybody unaware. Arriving home at daybreak after a night out on the town, Chaplin is getting ready for bed when the alarm clock rings, waking his wife. He pretends to be just getting up. Another day at work begins.
For more information and directions to the new venue, see: www.HMBFilm.org
Directions to the screening: The Film Society screens films at the new Senior Coastsiders facility within the sprawling Coastside Senior Housing Complex. The building is brand-new and Google maps and most GPS systems may not direct you properly. Typing in the address (not the name) should get you close. Or check out the map we provide on the Film Society website linked to above.
The parking lot is off Arnold Way. Feel free to park in one of the 35 parking spaces marked SC-Reserved, or CADH-Reserved, or on Main Street in front of the housing complex. Do not park in any numbered spaces. The entrance is just behind the fountain next to the parking lot.
Sprout Farm by Beau Gill Fall Harvest by Larry Calof
"California Agriculture" Art Show, Coastside Land Trust Gallery, 788 Main Street, Half Moon Bay. Exhibit runs through October 24. Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and by appointment.
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Saturday, August 23 from 10 a.m. to noon: Purissima Old Town Site Workday. Please join us for the second of four habitat restoration workdays at the old town site. We continue to remove invasive plants and maintain a small foot trail leading to a meadow. Meet at the corner of Verde Road and Highway 1 (same turn as Elkus Ranch). Wear long sleeves and pants, sturdy shoes, and sunscreen. Bring buckets and gloves. All ages welcome; under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Monday, September 1, 10 a.m. to noon: California Coastal Trail Construction Kickoff! You are cordially invited to join us for a casual celebration and orientation for this exciting project! Exact location TBA, as we get closer to the date.
Call 650-726-5056, email firstname.lastname@example.org, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for up-to-the-minute announcements. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Coastside Land Trust is dedicated to the preservation, protection and enhancement of the open space environment, including the natural, scenic, recreational, cultural, historical, and agricultural resources of the San Mateo County coast for present and future generations. Native Plant $5 Sale! Go green with summertime sale prices on 1-gallon native plants, including coyote bush, currant, bee plant, strawberry, lizard tail, white yarrow, wild rose, and sagebrush. Please visit our office to purchase plants and view our demonstration garden. Coastside Land Trust
The labyrinth in the courtyard at Saint Edmund’s Church is now available for all to enjoy as a place of peace and tranquility seven days a week. The gates are open daily from 7 a.m. to dusk.
"The labyrinth is a metaphor for the spiritual journey that we are all on as we search for the center and meaning of our lives. Since prehistoric times, the labyrinth has been a sacred path of meditation that confers real benefits to body and soul. It has been found in all religious traditions in various forms around the world." (Saint Edmund's)
Saint Edmund's Episcopal Church is at 1500 Perez Drive off Rosita Road in Linda Mar, Pacifica. Call 650-359-3364 for more information.
In all my years on the Pacifica Planning Commission, I never saw a more useless map (click link above to see project proposal). Therefore, I have added a third page, highlighting as best I could figure out (having seen the dog-and-pony-show drawings presented to us earlier) to make it more readable. It bears no resemblance to what we were shown, so some of the highlighting is guesswork.
Reading the first page, you get some numbers in absolute contradiction to the neighbor-friendly drawings shown to us quite some time ago: 16 houses on the ridge, not five or six. Farther down Gypsy Hill Road, 10 more houses; then even farther down, 16 below-market homes (required by law to include affordable housing). A "paper road" would have to be paved.
This is a grossly larger development than we were originally presented with, and in my personal opinion, the intent was to placate the neighbors into thinking this was no big deal so there would be no opposition. One of the “selling” points to our community was that the Campagnas themselves would be the architects, with their intimate respect for the community and environment.
Here is the truth, which I have heard directly from an inside source: The Campagnas do not have the money to develop this project. They hope to get all permits in place so they can sell to some outside company that will obviously build it to make a profit. Adamo Campagna would like to be the architect, but there is nothing to say that this would happen or what that would really mean, anyway.
Another glitch in the plan is that the required noticing area does not include the people on the hillside across the valley of Brighton (e.g., Talbot), who would be the most visually impacted, but because of the code, are not required to be noticed.
Additionally, there is the reality of a history of mudslides on this hill. Because we have had no hard winters in a long time, that may have faded into recent memory. But at the top of Brighton (under Grace’s Vista Point) is a very steep, bare hillside, which has repeatedly slid in wet winters.
After the recent disastrous news from Washington state, where a massive mudslide occurred where they knew mudslides had occurred in the past, how dare we put people at risk? For those on Brighton, whose backyards face the steep hill but have so far been protected by the dense vegetation, what will excavation do to the stability of the hill? The proposed houses are large and set somewhat downhill, dug into the hillside; the extent of excavation required is of major concern.
I’m not even going to go into the various species of wildlife that live here, including many varieties of birds in particular, at the risk of being labeled some kind of environmental extremist.
If any of this matters to you, please talk to City Council and the Planning Commission. Now is not the time for apathy.
BJ Nathanson, Former Pacifica Planning Commissioner
Pacifica Beach Coalition hosts regular cleanups and habitat restorations at Pacifica beaches. If your school, group, or family would like to help, please contact Pacifica Beach Coalition at 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 recordkeeping, writing articles, taking photographs, school presentations, media communications, fundraising, grant writing, and more.
If you like to walk in San Pedro Valley Park and enjoy its flora and fauna, and you want to help maintain the park, drop by the visitor center and join the volunteer team called Friends of San Pedro Valley Park. Several times a year, experts present programs at the visitor center and guided hikes focusing on park wildlife, geology, and botany. Volunteers help maintain the hiking trails and wildlife habitat in the park.
Bay Area nature enthusiasts stay informed about nature events and list their own events on BAY NATURE. That’s even easier to do now with the online event submission form. You can email your announcements, but please submit events two weeks in advance. The calendar is the most comprehensive listing of nature-related public activities in the Bay Area: hikes, talks, film screenings, workshops, restoration projects, special days at nature centers or science museums, and anything else nature-related. Calendar events also feed into the interactive map, one of the most popular features of the website. Your event may also be selected for the biweekly e-newsletter, Bay Nature Connections. Visit the website at the link below:
Explore internship and volunteer opportunities year-round in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), including Pacifica's three national parks (Mori Point, Milagra Ridge, and Sweeney Ridge), plus Ocean Beach, The Presidio, and Muir Woods. Projects include planting, weeding, mulching, beach cleanup, trail maintenance, and more. Register online at PARKS CONSERVANCY. For more information, call 415-561-3077 or email us at email@example.com
MEDIA ALLIANCE Check out the lineup of classes for writers, editors, photographers, designers, broadcasters, community organizers, computer wizards, dancers, actors, and other creative folks. Media Alliance has an interactive website for finding jobs, signing up for classes, and connecting to other media activists in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Beach Watch volunteer shoreline monitoring was launched by the marine sanctuary in 1993 under the auspices of NOAA, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. Beach Watch uses highly trained “citizen scientists” from all walks of life to conduct regular shoreline surveys spanning 150 miles of coastline from Point Año Nuevo to Bodega Head. The volunteers have conducted wildlife surveys during oil spills. Since 1996, the nonprofit Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association has managed Beach Watch data and volunteers. Find out more about the sanctuary and its volunteer programs: FARALLONES and NOAA.