Art Guild of Pacifica annual holiday Galleria opens Friday, December 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. and continues December 5 to 13 from 1 to 5 p.m. only on weekends (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays). Unique, affordable art and gifts in all three galleries. Meet the artists and visit their studios. Sanchez Art Center, 1220 Linda Mar Boulevard. For more info: www.artguildofpacifica.org
The Holiday Heroes program runs through December 11. Nominated Holiday Heroes will have the chance to win a $250 mall gift card. The Shops at Tanforan’s Holiday Heroes program honors local heroes, including active military, veterans, first responders (firefighters, EMTs) and teachers. Heroes can stop by the Mall Office and show their work ID to receive a free $10 mall gift card. The Shops at Tanforan also encourage the community to nominate a local hero via The Shops at Tanforan’s Facebook page. For more information, visit The Shops at Tanforan website. Each week one winning Holiday Hero will be awarded a $250 mall gift card and drawings will take place weekly on Fridays. Entries can be made once a day on The Shops at Tanforan’s Facebook page during the four-week program and winners will be selected at random.
Join us for a fun-filled holiday sing-along with live music, special appearances by the Chris Cobb Band, the Jim Moore Band, Kimber and the Muffin Heads, and more for young and old! Santa will delight the kids from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Toys for Tots is to support the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program, which donates toys to less fortunate children in our community. Please bring new, unwrapped toys for children in need. You also can bring toys to the Chit Chat Cafe between now and December 6 to either the 5 West Manor Drive or 2100 Beach Boulevard location.
Read this Half Moon Bay Review story (November 4) about a plan to build six houses on the Vallemar Bluffs in Moss Beach. If you have ever walked along there or sat on the bench gazing out at the ocean, you should be very, very afraid of this housing development proposal, which includes cutting down 40 cypress trees. The bluffs should belong to the public, not six private homeowners. STOP PAVING PARADISE!
Pacifica School Volunteers invites you to Ortega Elementary School Holiday Read Aloud, Friday, December 11 from 9 to 11 a.m. Join us to celebrate the season and share the magic and joy of reading with young students in their classroom! As a Guest Reader, you will join a classroom or two to read to students. You are welcome to bring your own cherished book or we will provide you with one from the public library. Your commitment may be less than an hour: Reading times will be scheduled between 9 and 11 a.m. Lovely light refreshments are provided by the Ortega Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO). RSVP to Bernadette, 650-355-9432 or firstname.lastname@example.org and she will help arrange your scheduled time. Hosted by Pacifica School Volunteers and Ortega Elementary School. Phone 650.355.9432 (PSV Office). Ortega Elementary School, 1283 Terra Nova Boulevard, Pacifica. If you can't volunteer for this event, we have a Spring Read Aloud Day at Sunset Ridge School, Friday, April 8, 2016.
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.
The labyrinth at Saint Edmund’s Church is available for all to enjoy as a place of peace and tranquility seven days a week. The gates open daily from 7 a.m. to dusk. The labyrinth is a metaphor for the spiritual journey 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 is at 1500 Perez Drive off Rosita Road in Linda Mar, Pacifica. Call 650-359-3364 for more information.
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 and list events on BAY NATURE. That’s easy to do with the online event submission form. Email your announcements, but please submit two weeks in advance. The calendar is the most comprehensive list of nature-related public activities in the Bay Area: hikes, talks, film screenings, workshops, restoration projects, special days at nature centers and science museums. Calendar events also feed into the interactive map.