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Happy 99th Birthday, Mary Harris!

Mary Harris - Self Portrait

Riptide friend Mitch Reid writes: "Mary Harris (self-portrait above) of Shelter Cove turns 99 later this week. She is an inspiration to us all, an awesome artist and lifelong peace activist (World Federalists), a living example and essence of exceptional good karma. I look forward to celebrating her 100th." Lizelle adds: "Mitch, we're getting close. Happy 99th, Mary! (Photo below is from the pre-birthday party at Shelter Cove, where Mary has lived for the past 40+ years.)

  Marys 99th group pic






Help Riptide Cover the Coastside

Salada beach -#4v  copyPlease tell our advertisers you saw their ad on Riptide. Our advertisers and friends have generously supported Riptide since our 2007 launch. Now you can help, too. Click here to ask how. One way is to click the ad and Amazon link on our right sidebarwe get a percentage! Any size donation gladly accepted by mail: John Maybury, PO Box 334, Moss Beach, CA 94038. Remember to share Riptide stories on Facebook and Twitter by clicking the social media icons below each post. As our friend, Pacifica City Council member John Keener, says, "Thanks for maintaining the best blog in Pacifica."



Fair Rents for Pacifica: Deirdre Martin for City Council

FairRents4Pacifica supports Deirdre Martin's campaign for City Council because she favors rent stabilization. We feel this is the best strategy for us to pursue in Pacifica. We have volunteered to help gather signatures in San Mateo for its rent stabilization ballot measure. We feel any positive movement in the Bay Area helps our efforts here in Pacifica. Many of us are working to create "roaming shelters" in Pacifica and the rest of the Coastside. Today there are no shelters for homeless people on the coast, and this effort will provide shelter year-round and be supported by government funding. Deirdre Martin's fundraising event is at Shelldance Orchid Gardens on June 12. Please see the flyer below and on Riptide Activities & Events.



Montara Mountain Book Back in Print

Montara Mountain by Barbara VanderWerf
Montara Mountain
is back in print. Barbara VanderWerf’s guidebook to the trails, plants, and fascinating historical lore of Montara Mountain, including San Pedro Valley Park, is available at the Visitor Center Trailside Store. Originally published in 1995, Montara Mountain was reprinted in 2010 with a foreword by Mike Vasey. As this is still a great reference book for hikers, bicyclists, and horseback riders, the Friends of San Pedro Valley Park (SPVP)—working with Barbara—have facilitated a third printing. Trailside Store hours are Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The park entrance is at 600 Oddstad Boulevard just south of the Oddstad/Rosita/Linda Mar intersection. Friends of SPVP present informative nature programs, and always welcome new members to support volunteer work in the park:

Friends of San Pedro Valley Park

Pacifica Beach Coalition



Pacifica Beach Coalition hosts regular habitat restoration and cleanups at Coastside beaches. If your school, group, or family can help, please call 650-355-1668. Supplies and support provided. Put your special talents to work. Become a steward for your favorite beach. Help with writing articles, taking photographs, school presentations, media communications, fundraising, record-keeping, and grant writing.

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Friends of San Pedro Valley Park

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.

GGNRA Trail Keepers & Parks Conservancy Volunteers

Volunteer in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) through the Trails Forever Program. The Coastside has four national parks: Mori Point, Sweeney Ridge, Milagra Ridge, and Rancho Corral de Tierra. Trail Keepers enjoy a flexible, family-friendly schedule, regular exercise, outdoor learning, and skill development, all while supporting their beloved parks. By monitoring trails, Trail Keepers collect important information for the National Park Service Trail Crew and maintenance and natural resources staff, and share park history with other visitors. Get to know new trails, while enjoying old favorites. Email or call 415-561-3068 for information on Trail Keeper orientations and volunteer opportunities.

Parks Conservancy

Explore internship and volunteer opportunities year-round in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), including the Coastside's four national parks (Mori Point, Milagra Ridge, Rancho Corral de Tierra, and Sweeney Ridge), plus San Francisco's Ocean Beach and The Presidio, and Marin's Muir Woods. Projects include planting, weeding, mulching, beach cleanup, trail maintenance, and more. Register online at Parks Conservancy. For information, call 415-561-3077 or email

Citizens Combat SFO Airplane Noise

File a Complaint

S.F. Examiner Story

"If the apparent epidemic of aircraft noise has health implications, Pacifica resident Dan Stegink might be the guy to help. A computer programmer who specializes in medical epidemic tracking software, Stegink created, a website that enables affected residents to instantly report aircraft noise to the Federal Aviation Administration."