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Sausalito Currents - July 26, 2013
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Posted Date: 7/26/2013 3:00 PM

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Have you been following the open discussion forums? Open topics of discussion on Open City Hall include:

1. “Have your Say” (In this forum we are inviting you to offer suggestions on how to use this new public discussion tool.)

2. “Recycling and Composting” (Did you know that we must meet certain State mandated recycling goals? This forum offers you the opportunity to make suggestions on how we can meet, or better, our current recycling program.)

Click here to participate in one, or all, open discussions. We value, and look forward to, your input.





All kids 12 & under are eligible to sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge, whether they’re being read to or reading on their own! Participants must come to the library at least six times between 6/8 & 8/2, and read for a total of 20 hours. Kids get prizes after each library visit and kids who complete the Summer Reading Challenge get a free book & are entered into a lottery for even more awesome prizes!

Here are the special events planned for this week:

Tuesday, July 30: The Keith Show
End the summer with a . . . juggle? The Keith Show dazzles with comedy and feats of juggling. 3:30 PM – Welcome to all ages

Wednesday, July 31: It’s Your Turn: Make a Book!
You’ve spend the summer reading – now come make a book of your own! What story do you want to tell? 3:30 PM – Recommended for kids 4-8, but all ages are welcome

Thursday, August 1: Octopus-alooza!
Are you ready to wiggle like an octopus? Join us for squiggles and giggles as we read tales of the many-legged wonders and make our very own paper octopus. 11:00 AM – For children entering kindergarten in the fall or younger

Friday, August 2: End of Summer Party 2:00-4:30 pm
We’re throwing a party! Join us for a super fun afternoon of live music, face painting, games and ice cream in Robin Sweeny Park.

2013 Sausalito People Program
The Library's spring 2013 Sausalito People program series is now being broadcast on Marin TV's Education Channel, Comcast cable channel 30, courtesy of the Community Media Center of Marin. The six speaker series started July 5 and will run every Friday at 6pm through August 9. The series will then start repeating immediately on August 16 and run through September 20.

7/5, 8/16: Megan Papay (shoe designer)
7/12, 8/23: David Wronski (ultramarathoner)
7/19, 8/30: Paolo Salvagione (artist and engineer)
7/26, 9/6: Gordie Nash (sailor)
8/2, 9/13: Maria Finn (author)
8/9, 9/20: Amy Novesky and Bethanie Murguia (children's book authors)

Marin TV Education Channel schedule:



Marinship Steering Committee

The City of Sausalito is still accepting applications to serve on the Marinship Steering Committee. This Committee will be tasked with evaluating the current Marinship Specific Plan to determine to what degree that the Marinship Specific Plan is adding to the health of the City, or not, and, identifying areas of the Marinship where improvements can be made to the Marinship Specific Plan to add to the health of the City. If you have an interest in serving on the Marinship Steering Committee, please contact the City Clerk as soon as possible. Council plans to hold interviews in September.


(subject to cancellation)


 July 26  6:30 pm  Jazz & Blues: Paula Harris  Gabrielson Park
             Sponsored by: Sausalito Art Festival
 July 27  10:30 am  Family Story Time  Council Chambers
 July 28  10:00 am  Farmers Market  Dunphy Park
 July 30  3:30 pm  Special Library Children’s Event  see above
 July 31  9:40 am  Toddler Story Time  Council Chambers
 July 31  3:30 pm  Special Library Children’s Event  see above
 Aug 1  11:00 am  Special Library Children’s Event  see above
 Aug 1  3:30 pm  Storytime with Phil  Council Chambers
 Aug 2   2:00 pm  Special Library Children’s Event  see above




Summer Camp for kids 5-8 yrs old – August 12-16 - 1:00PM - 4:00PM daily
(sponsored by the Sausalito Presbyterian Church)

Water Water Everywhere!

A fun and lively summer camp will offer young people an understanding of water's importance, how to preserve and improve the environment and how water ties into stories like Noah’s Ark and Jonah and the Whale. This camp experience is designed to explore water - learning about conservation of water and water resources, caring for our environment, and having fun with water! The week-long camp will include arts and crafts, games, songs, snacks, and time spent exploring local waters. Telephone 415-332-3790 or email for questions or reservations. $50 per child • $40 per additional sibling.


The Sausalito Art Festival is now taking volunteer sign-ups online at The options and opportunities are endless! Greet and meet at the front gate, pour champagne, margaritas or micro-brews, interact with the artists by helping them load-in and load-out, work in the merchandise shop, or try to nab a spot on the coveted Garbage Crew. The festival is also looking for social media sleuths this year – volunteers to capture festival vignettes on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. The “Get Involved” volunteer website page lists the many posts available.

In addition to a fun time, volunteers receive free admission to the Festival (the same day they work), a commemorative T-shirt and are invited to attend the annual volunteer appreciation party. The price less part? Getting exclusive, behind-the-scene insights into the making of an art festival and being a part of the team that produces one of the most prestigious art shows in the country.

Most shifts are three-hours long, leaving the balance of the day to play, meet up with friends, savor the art and waterfront venue, catch the headline musicians on stage and check out the special exhibits. Whether volunteering with friends, or meeting new friends, a good time is guaranteed for all.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and over 21 years of age to participate in alcoholic beverage sales. All volunteers will be required to attend a volunteer orientation.

It takes a village to run the Sausalito Art Festival, and every year more than 1,500 dedicated volunteers fuel the three-day festival making it truly a community event. Over 30,000 visitors and art aficionados from around the world attend the festival over the holiday weekend, so every volunteer is an ambassador of sorts ensuring that guests experience Sausalito’s signature style of hospitality.

The non-profit Sausalito Art Festival Foundation produces the annual event with proceeds supporting the local arts community in the form of student scholarships, grants to other non-pro?t arts organizations and community service programs such as the recently launched “Artists Teaching Art” in local schools. Through this support, the Festival has made a signi?cant investment in the future of its community, totaling over $500,000 in the past decade.

To volunteer or for more information:



Sustainability Commission:

Help Keep Household Medications Out of Our Watershed
Do you have expired or unwanted prescription drugs, non-prescription drugs, or supplements? Please do not flush these items down your toilet, into your sink, or put them in your trash. Most drugs cannot be removed by sewage treatment plants so they end up in our watershed, contaminating our drinking water and the Bay. Safely dispose of these at the Sausalito Police Department at 29 Caledonia Street.
Thank you for protecting our water!


Disaster Preparedness Committee:


During emergencies or disasters the key aspects for managing your food supplies are:

1) Safety and Sanitation

• Keep food in covered containers.
• Keep cooking and eating utensils clean.
• Keep garbage in closed containers and dispose outside, burying garbage if necessary.
• Keep your hands clean by washing them frequently with soap and water that has been boiled or disinfected.
• Use only pre-prepared canned baby formula for infants.
• Discard any food that has come into contact with contaminated floodwater.
• Discard any food that has been at room temperature for two hours or more.
• Discard any food that has an unusual odor, color, or texture.

• Eat foods from cans that are swollen, dented, or corroded, even though the product may look safe to eat.
• Eat any food that looks or smells abnormal, even if the can looks normal.
• Use powdered formulas with treated water.
• Let garbage accumulate inside, both for fire and sanitation reasons.

Note: Thawed food usually can be eaten if it is still “refrigerator cold.” It can be re-frozen if it still contains ice crystals. To be safe, remember, “When in doubt, throw it out.”

2) Cooking

• Alternative cooking sources in times of emergency include candle warmers, chafing dishes, fondue pots, or a fireplace.
• Charcoal grills and camp stoves are for outdoor use only.
• Commercially canned food may be eaten out of the can without warming.
• To heat food in a can:

1. Remove the label
2. Thoroughly wash and disinfect the can. (Use a diluted solution of one part bleach to ten parts water.)
3. Open the can before heating.

3) Managing Without Power

Here are two options for keeping food safe if you are without power for a long period:

• Look for alternate storage space for your perishable food.?
• Use dry ice. Twenty-five pounds of dry ice will keep a 10-cubic-foot freezer below freezing for 3-4 days. Use care when handling dry ice, and wear dry, heavy gloves to avoid injury.


Tree Committee:

Little-known fact:

There is a fine of up to $1000 for altering, pruning, shaping, trimming, topping, or removing any protected, heritage, dedicated or city-owned tree without a Tree Removal / Alteration Permit.

• Protected Trees include any Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia) on developed private property measuring 4 inches or more in diameter at breast height (DBH) or any tree measuring 4 inches or more in DBH on undeveloped private property.
• Heritage Trees include any tree measuring 10 inches or more in DBH on developed private property.
• Dedicated trees are those with special significance as provided for by resolution of the City Council.
• City-Owned Trees include any tree or shrub on city-owned property or public right-of-way.

When in doubt, call Lilly Schinsing at (415) 289-4134 or email her at with questions. For more information visit the Trees and Views Ordinance (Municipal Code Section 11.12).