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.
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 protected]
Inasmuch as proceeds support the Pacifica "Seniors In Action" program, perhaps a Riptide reader would care to purchase one or more of these three pieces of furniture (see below) before we "Craigslist" them at the end of the week. Your choice: $40. Communications station table, 30" x 40" x 27" Cabinet with interior light, 31" x 18 x 74" Solid oak top round table, 48" x 27"
Stop by the games room at Pacifica Community Center, Highway 1 at Crespi, for a closer look or email [email protected] if interested.
Pacifica civic leaders (government, nonprofit, educational institution, residential, faith community, family group) ask all Pacificans to help save water.
The governor has declared a drought emergency, and our water district has called for voluntary 20 percent reduction in water use. This means taking shorter showers, using less water in the home and garden, using commercial car washes instead of washing the car at home, etc. The water district and the Internet have lots of good ideas for saving water.
This is a genuine crisis, and we all need to do our part to help. I am cutting way back on my water use, and writing about this emergency in my Pacifica Tribune column and here on my Pacifica Riptide blog. Please do whatever you can to spread the word to others. We need to do this thing now! Every day counts. And don’t forget to “pray for rain,” even if you’re not religious. Thanks.
John Maybury, Editor & Publisher, Pacifica Riptide
On January 22, more than 150 people came together at the Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco to honor the accomplishments of several remarkable children and youth from Pacifica and South San Francisco.
Ten members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County were awarded the title of "Clubhouse Youth of the Year,” while Clarissa Fong, a senior at South San Francisco High School, won the overall “Youth of the Year.” Clarissa will have the opportunity to advance toward the state, regional and national Youth of the Year titles.
Many local and state elected officials were on hand to issue certificates of achievement to each awardee. Torani was awarded the “Business Partner of the Year” award, too. During the reception, entertainment included the sounds of the El Camino High School Jazz Combo, as well as Ava Crotti, of Ortega Elementary School in Pacifica, performing “Over the Rainbow.”
"Our community came together in a remarkable way to celebrate youth, which is an important part of our mission work – bringing kids, youth, and community together. Our sponsors and donors made it possible for us to keep this event free; guests enjoyed food and beverages from many local businesses, all of which was donated," said Sharon Dolan, Executive Director.
Sponsors included the Basque Cultural Center, Comcast, Kaiser Permanente, Kiwanis Club of South San Francisco, South San Francisco Scavenger Company, Dudley Perkins Company, and Wayne Joseph, D.D.S. Numerous South San Francisco restaurants provided complimentary food dishes, and Torani hosted a soda bar.
For more information, please contact Sharon Dolan, Executive Director at the Boys and Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County, at (650) 589-7090 ext. 14 or [email protected]
Pacifica Lions Club has given $200,000 to the Pacifica Historical Society to finish its restoration of the Little Brown Church as a history museum and event center.
On January 11 a hundred happy folks gathered at the new museum to celebrate the occasion, with speeches by city officials and club members, and of course the obligatory filming and photographing of the ceremonial check handover.
Pacifica Riptide congratulates both organizations for supporting local historical awareness and restorations, including the new museum, the Ocean Shore Railroad car, and Sam Mazza's castle on the hill.
(Posted by John Maybury, Pacifica Riptide, Pacifica, California)
Rocky Rockaway says Pacifica Police Chief Jim Tasa may stick around for six months longer to help train and transition the new chief starting in February 2014. Riptide sends best wishes and thanks to Chief Tasa for his service to the community.
Interested in helping preserve the environment? Want to work with local environmental groups? Interested in serving on the board of a nonprofit organization? If so, Pacifica's Environmental Family (PEF) would like to talk with you.
Local volunteers started PEF more than 25 years ago, and it was formally incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 1998. Its primary role is to be a fiscal sponsor of grassroots community projects in Pacifica that are nonprofit in scope and have an environmental focus.
In addition, PEF puts on events such as the recent screening of Chasing Ice, a climate change talk by Carlos Davidson, and an environmental forum with City Council candidates.
PEF proudly serves as the nonprofit fiscal sponsor of Pacifica Beach Coalition, Pacifica Gardens, Pacifica Shorebird Alliance, Vallemar Conservators, and Pacificans for a Scenic Coast. PEF is always looking for new groups to sponsor.
Through PEF's commitment to responsible nonprofit stewardship of their funds and under PEF's auspices, these local projects can apply for grants, hold fundraisers, and accept tax-deductible donations to sustain their important work on behalf of Pacificans and the environment throughout the year. PEF's support provides the nonprofit infrastructure to make it possible for all of these projects to make things happen and thrive.
One of PEF's goals is to expand its board of directors. PEF seeks individuals who are strongly committed to environmental sustainability, have good communication skills, enjoy being part of a collaborative group, and are available to meet at least eight times per year for board meetings.
PEF is particularly interested in candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas: nonprofit administration, bookkeeping/accounting, fundraising, public relations and communications, environmental education and advocacy, event organizing, group facilitation, community organizing and/or administrative assistant skills.
If you want to be considered for a volunteer board position, please contact PEF President Marj Davis at 650-483-1161 or [email protected] to get more information and to arrange an interview.
You may have read about the cook and the janitor who stayed on duty without pay to care for elderly patients at a Castro Valley facility after other staff abandoned their jobs. Now that the story has come out, Maurice Rowland and Miguel Alvarez are being praised for their courage and compassion. Please join Riptide in sending a check in any amount to reward these two heroes (they will share the joint account that has been set up for them) in care of U.S. Bank, 344 20th Street, Oakland, CA 94612.
To support Pacificans for a Scenic Coast (PSC) in its legal challenge to the Caltrans final environmental impact report (FEIR), you can make a tax-deductible donation with PayPal or credit card online.
Pacifica's Environmental Family is PSC's fiscal sponsor, so be sure to click "Add special instructions for the Recipient" and type in "for PSC" or "for Pacificans for a Scenic Coast" so your donation goes to the right place. The web page has information on mailing a check. More Info Here