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Boston Globe Previews Pacific Coast Fog Fest

If you visit the Bay Area in late September, don’t miss the 31st annual Pacific Coast Fog Fest in the city of Pacifica, located 15 minutes south of San Francisco. The free event, which takes place on the (historically) sunniest weekend of the month, Sept. 24 and 25, includes live music on three stages, more than 200 arts and crafts vendors, a parade and, new this year, a replica of the Jaguar-turned-hearse from the cult classic film “Harold and Maude,” the final scene of which was shot at the cliffs of Mori Point in Pacifica. Participants of all ages can join in a competitive 5-mile run or non-competitive 3-mile walk during the Fog Jog and Stride, see a sand sculpture as it’s created, and attend the Family Fun Fest, where they can make giant bubbles and paint a real car. 650-465-8645, www.pacificcoastfogfest.com. (Boston Globe, August 18)

 


Fog Bank Contest

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The Fog Bank contest features a Lucite tank containing a model of Pedro Point, complete with surfers. The entrant who comes close to guessing the actual number of cotton "fog balls" within wins $50 cash or a $50 gift certificate. The contest is open now at Darlene Gonzalez Direct Funding, 205 Rockaway Avenue, Rockaway Beach.
On August 15, it moves to Oceana Market in Eureka Square. On September 1, it moves to First National Bank in Linda Mar. On September 15, it moves to Florey's Bookstore on Palmetto. Mark your calendars for Fogfest 2016, September 24-25. Winners are announced and prizes awarded on the main stage Sunday the 25th. (pacificcoastfogfest.com)

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Happy 99th Birthday, Mary Harris!

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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, a living example and essence of exceptional good karma. I look forward to celebrating her 100th. As I always tell her, she is an inspiration to us all. June 29 (via proclamation of the City of Pacifica) is Mary Harris Day. Pictures (posted below) are from a pre-birthday celebration in Shelter Cove, where Mary has lived for the past 40+ years. She is an incredible artist, and has been an advocate for world peace most of her life, and is still involved with the World Federalist movement. Big Cheers for to Mary Harris. She continues to inspire at age 99." Lizelle writes: "Mitch, we're getting close. Happy 99th, Mary!"
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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.

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Montara Mountain Book Back in Print

Montara Mountain by Barbara VanderWerf
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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:

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Pacifica Beach Coalition

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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 Park Volunteers

Volunteer in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). 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. Call 415-561-3068 for information on Trail Keeper orientations and volunteer opportunities. Explore other GGNRA internship and volunteer opportunities year-round, 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 volunteer@parksconservancy.org