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Sausalito Currents - January 4, 2013
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Posted Date: 1/4/2013 4:45 PM

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Bicycle Educations Class Free to Sausalito Residents
The Basic Street Skills class is a PowerPoint presentation that teaches participants to safely and confidently use a bicycle for transportation. Topics covered include how to avoid collisions and citations, improve visibility, ride through intersections, the legal rights and obligations of cyclists, and more. Drivers benefit from the class as well, by learning how and why bicycles maneuver on the roads. Cyclists aged 16 and up are invited to attend.

Thursday, January 10, 6:30 – 8:30 PM Sausalito Recreation Department/City Hall, at 420 Litho Street, Edgewater Room, Sausalito

Advance registration requested: Free to Sausalito residents with proof of residence. Email or call 456-3469, 8#.

Thank you to the Sausalito Police Department and Recreation Department for your support! The class is implemented by the Marin County Bicycle Coalition in their ongoing effort to improve bicycle safety in Marin County.


Free Sausalito Electronic Waste Collection Event
Help our City to dispose of e-waste the right way by recycling!

The Sausalito Sustainability Commission is sponsoring its annual e-waste disposal event on Saturday, January 12, 2013, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM in the Sausalito City Hall rear parking lot on Bee Street. Residents and businesses are invited to drop off non-working and obsolete electronics at the event.

The following e-waste will be collected, free of charge: computers, printers, copiers, scanners, fax machines, servers, main frame units, networking equipment, systems, printed circuit boards, telephones and cellular phones, stereos, televisions and flat screens, DVD players and other consumer electronics.

E-waste collected will be shredded and mechanically separated into the primary commodities of steel, aluminum, copper and plastic for use in the manufacture of new products. No e-waste will be landfilled or exported as e-waste.


High Tides during the Week of January 7, 2013
The tides at the US Army Corps of Engineers’ dock in Sausalito for the month of January include a series of high tides that will likely result in local flooding along Gate 5 Road between Coloma and Harbor during the week of January 7th. In order to reduce the potential for property damage caused by the wave action induced when motor vehicles enter the flooded area, the subject road segment will be evaluated and likely closed and then re-opened by the Department of Public Works (during DPW duty hours), and evaluation for closure by Sausalito PD is recommended on Saturday the 12th of January.

The most significant in terms of potential flooding are predicted as follows:

 Day / Date  Time  Tide Height (predicted, feet above MLLW)
 Wed  1/9/2013   8:52 AM     6.81
 Thu 1/10/2013   9:45 AM     6.96
 Fri  1/11/2013  10:36 AM     6.96
 Sat 1/12/2013  11:27 AM     6.8



On the basis of past experience, the affected road segment can be expected to be closed for approximately three (3) hours beginning at the predicted time of high tide for those highs above 6.8 feet. The road segment will be passable for emergency vehicles, but alternate routes are recommended during the closure period.

Be advised that the City’s supplies of sand and sandbags are stocked and available in the usual places:

City Corporation Yard 530 Nevada Street Business Hours 7AM – 3PM M-F
MLK Park Parking lot behind gym anytime

In an emergency dial 9*1*1 (415-472-0911 from a cellular phone). If the Corporation Yard is closed, contact the Police Department at and they will help you gain access to the yard. For assistance due to disability or injury, call the Corporation Yard during business hours at 289-4113. After hours contact Police at 289-4170.


Community Meeting on the Draft Traffic Study at the MLK Properties Lycee Francais School
As part of the process of planning for the initiation of Lycée Français La Pérouse operations at MLK next year, the City retained Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. to prepare a Traffic, Parking and Circulation Plan. Kimley-Horn’s work includes a study of the existing operations at the site and an analysis of changes expected as a result of the departure of The Marin School and the beginning of Lycée Français La Pérouse occupancy. The City is sharing the draft of Kimley-Horn’s report on our website under the news heading “Community Meeting” and now plans to hold the community meeting on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 from 5 until 6 PM at MLK Gym to allow residents and tenants at MLK an opportunity to offer their comments on the draft. Project contact: Jonathon Goldman, Director of Public Works and ADA Coordinator, Direct: 415-289-4176,

(subject to cancellation)


 Jan 5  6:00 pm  Train Wreck Junction Hoe-Down  (see below)
 Jan 6  10:00 am  Farmers Market  Dunphy Park
 Jan 8  5:00 pm  Community Meeting on MLK Traffic Study  (see above)
 Jan 9  6:30 pm  Planning Commission  Council Chambers
 Jan 9  9:40 am  Toddler Story Time (kids 3 yrs & younger)  Council Chambers
 Jan 9  7:30 pm  Sausalito Players  (see below)
 Jan 10  3:30 pm  StoryTime with Phil  Council Chambers
 Jan 10  6:30 pm  Bicycle Safety Class  (see above)
 Jan 10  7:00 pm  Why There Are Words  (see below)
 Jan 12  9:00 am  E-Waste Collection  (see above)




It’s the First Party of the New Year - Beat those post-partum holiday blues and jump on the wagon (the hay wagon that is!) at Sausalito’s Train Wreck Junction Country Western Hoe-Down, the first Saturday in January - January 5th from 6-11 PM at the IDESST Portuguese Hall on Caledonia Street.

Rock and roll – or learn to line dance; live music provided by Train Wreck Junction – an outlaw, honky tonk, country western band. Or toss back a few shots of tequila at the Three Sisters Saloon and see if you recognize any of your favorite local personalities moonlighting as saucy bar wenches. You’ll need a cup of courage if you’re going to straddle that bull and lasso a raffle prize.

Train Wreck Junction will be joined by special guest artist Ilda Maria, the North Bay’s very own acclaimed fadista (a Portuguese “fado” singer). Ilda Maria grew up in Sonoma and started singing with local bands in the late 60’s; she later traveled to Portugal where learned to sing the fado – also known as the “Portuguese blues.”

Put on those snakeskin boots and grab your hat for the first party of the season; you might even win the grand prize for best-dressed Buckaroo.
A benefit for the Sausalito Sister City program with Cascais, Portugal, tickets are only $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Reserve now:

Celebrate the start of 2013 with your favorite rodeo queen or wrangler.


Sausalito Players presents Crossing Delancey
On Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 7:30 PM, The Sausalito Players will present Crossing Delancey, a romantic comedy by Susan Sandler, at the Sausalito Woman's Club, 120 Central Avenue, Sausalito. Admission is free.

Crossing Delancey is a romantic comedy about a young, modern woman named Isabelle who lives and works alone in a book shop. When she is not pining after a handsome author, she is visiting her grandmother in Manhattan's Lower East Side. This irascible granny and her friend, the matchmaker, have found a “good catch” for Isabelle – whose initial reluctance gives way to a blossoming romance when she finally meets Sam, the pickle vendor, as the end of the play offers a new beginning.

The cast for this romantic comedy stars Barbara Sutak, Julie Stewart, Lewis Shireman, Karen Clinton and Rob Schaaf. Crossing Delancey is directed by Barry Wasserman, Produced by Mickey Allison, and Donna Hickey, Stage Manager.

The Sausalito Players has successfully produced Reader's Theatre for over thirty years. The format is to read from the script while performing and provides a unique opportunity for local writers, directors, producers, stage crews and actors to work on stage with minimum rehearsals, and without having to memorize lines.

Admission is free and open to the public. Light refreshments served, and carpooling is recommended. The Sausalito Woman's Club is at 120 Central Avenue, Sausalito.

For more information, contact Sandra Macleod White, 415-380-7927.


Why There Are Words, named SF Guardian's Best of the Bay for Literary Event 2012, will celebrate its 3rd anniversary January 10, 2013, with the special event “Pairings.”
Beginning at 7 pm, at Studio 333 in Sausalito, tasty servings of poets and writers paired together will read each other’s work for a delectable treat. Julie Bruck, Lewis Buzbee, Carolyn Cooke, Glen David Gold, Dean Rader, Melissa Stein, Cary Tennis, & Matthew Zapruder. Seats will go quickly, so arrive early. $10 at the door. Bring extra cash for books and booze. More information, including the readers’ full bios, at the website,

Why There Are Words, curated by Sausalito-based writer Peg Alford Pursell (, takes place second Thursdays each month. Studio 333 is located at 333 Caledonia Street. To keep up with WTAW, sign up for the monthly mailer at (no spam, ever!); follow at Twitter (; find us on Facebook ( For her work in providing literary arts to the North Bay, Peg Alford Pursell was awarded a 2012 North Boho Arts Award. Read an interview with her about the award and the Sausalito arts community online.


Sausalito Historical Society offers a special drawing workshop for 8-9 year olds
In conjunction with “Fritz (the comic wit of Phil Frank) Crackers” exhibit, the Sausalito Historical Society presents a special drawing workshop with special effects wizard and nationally syndicated cartoonist, Cris Hammond. This is a 3-part workshop open to third grade kids, ages 8-9 years, to learn the basics of drawing and developing cartoon characters. Saturdays 2:00-3:15pm with optional homework assignments.

Week 1: How to use basic shapes to create characters
Week 2: How expressions tell stories and how to develop a story
Week 3: Perfecting expressions and finalizing a character

Saturdays: January 19/, January 26, February 2
$30 Members/$35 Nonmembers
Includes sketch pad and all materials
Space is limited so please book ahead. Visit to register.


Hold the Date for another incredible Sister City event
Saturday, January 26 – Gala Evening at The Pines. Your presence at the gala will help us host seven Chilean women entrepreneurs for activities in Sausalito next Spring.
Try a Pisco Sour, taste wines from here and there, and eat fabulous food. There will be piano music, dance and song. Participate in an exciting live auction with fabulous prizes, plus periodic raffles during the evening. You will top off the evening by dancing to the selections of Radio Sausalito’s own DJ extraordinaire: Jonathan Westerling!
Your hosts for this magic Soirée will be Roxanne Sheridan, Gil Purcell Sr., Gil Purcell Jr. and the Sausalito/Viña del Mar Operations Council.

Tickets are $57.00 per person, buy them at the door or on line at:

Contact: Roxanne Sheridan 415-515-3561 or Veronica
Barzelatto 415-497-6311

There will be shuttles to and from the venue starting at 6:30 pm from the Spencer Avenue Bus stop and Sausalito City Council parking lot (in back of building). Arrive early to park so that you do not miss any of this exciting evening!

Finally, just a reminder that should anyone wish to make a donation to our Committee before the end of the year, you can do so on our online site:


Kudos to our Kids
Sausalito Marin City School District Celebrates Student Achievement
The Sausalito-Marin City School District received presentations from school administrators that showed a marked increase in student achievement at Bayside Elementary School and steady growth at Martin Luther King Jr. Academy Middle School. Bayside Elementary School saw a 54 point increase in the California Academic Performance Index, to 804 ranking it as a high performing school. MLK Academy has grown 64 points in the past five years.


Willow Creek Foundation announces community Memberships. Show your support for, and become connected with, your local public school - Willow Creek Academy, your free award winning K-8 public charter school located in Sausalito.

More reasons to become a Member of Willow Creek Foundation:
• Help maintain the extra programs (art, music, Spanish language, physical education) that are not covered by public funding but contribute to Willow Creek Academy’s success and popularity with local families
• Receive a regular newsletter about what’s happening at Willow Creek Academy
• Have the opportunity to tutor at Willow Creek Academy
• Help keep young families in the community
• Help maintain the unique ethnic diversity at Willow Creek Academy which is Marin County’s most diverse school
• Have the opportunity to schedule a conducted tour of Willow Creek Academy and see the students at work in their classrooms
• Receive invitations to Willow Creek Foundation and Willow Creek Academy events
• Receive recognition on Willow Creek Academy’s website and in next year’s Willow Creek Academy Directory
• Include your membership level as a charitable donation on your 2012 tax returns.
• Good public schools increase the value of homes within the school district!

Annual Membership Levels:
Minimum $50 – Willow Seed
$250 Willow Seedling
$500 Willow Catkin
$1,000 Willow Leaf
$2,500 Willow Sapling
$5,000 Willow Branch
$10,000 Willow Tree

To become a Member of Willow Creek Foundation for the current school year, go to to make a donation of $50 or more, selecting Membership as the Purpose of Donation. Or you may send a check to Willow Creek Foundation, 10 Liberty Ship Way #150, Sausalito, CA 94965. You have automatically been designated as a Member if you have already donated at least $50 since July 1, 2012.