Corte Madera Chronicles: The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter
The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter for April 19, 2019

***ATTENTION CORTE MADERA and Central Marin NRGs***
Did you know about our FREE Certified Comprehensive
First Aid Training? 


Did you know that the Town of Corte Madera began sponsoring training classes for community members since November 2018? If you were not aware, this is a great time for you to become informed.

The Town of Corte Madera is committed to emergency preparedness. We want to build community awareness, preparation and resilience when it comes to disasters in our Town. The Certified Comprehensive First Aid (CCFA) Training is a FREE 5-hour class that is certified by the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI). Individuals taking this training learn about child and adult CPR, appropriate use of Automated External Defribillators (AEDs), how to manage blood borne pathogens, appropriate skilled first-aid training and coordination and interaction with badged first-responders.

At the completion of this training, participants receive a certification card that expires after two years. Not only is the training FREE to Corte Madera residents, but participants also receive a FREE home first-aid kit.

We have had lots of participants in our past trainings and are continuing to offer more for our residents. We currently have two other trainings scheduled. One will be held on May 4th and the other on September 28th. If you are interested in signing up, please contact Lorena Barrera in the Administration Department. She can be reached via phone at
415-927-5086 or via email at lbarrera@tcmmail.org.

If you know of anyone interested in registering, please share the flyer with them. Please encourage them to spread the word and register as soon as possible. These trainings are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

What's Happening in Town
Flashlight Egg Hunt

HAPPENING TONIGHT: Flashlight Egg Hunt

Grab your flashlight and basket and join us at Piper Park for our fourth annual Flashlight Egg Hunt! Eggs stuffed with goodies will be spread across a section of the park. When the timer goes off, the search begins! The hunt begins at 8:30PM sharp - don't be late!
Registration is not necessary. This event is free to the community. There is a separate area for kids age 6 and under. 

The hunt will be held on Friday, April 19th at 8:30PM at Piper Park in Larkspur. For more information, please call 415-927-5072.


Pole Walking for Balance, Mobility and Independence

Pole Walking for Balance, Mobility and Independence


The Corte Madera Library invites you to a presentation on Pole Walking. 

Want to feel taller and more confident? Learn how to reduce the risk of falling while improving endurance, spine function and bilateral stability at this interactive presentation with Jayah Faye Paley, Certified Personal Trainer. A demonstration of top quality poles and tips will be included.

This event will be held on Monday, April 22nd from 10:30AM to 11:30AM at the Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Drive. It is co-sponsored by Corte Madera Library & Corte Madera Parks & Recreation Department.

Registration is not required, but seating is limited. Call 415-924-6382 for more information. 


Corte Madera Town Band Spring Concert

Corte Madera Town Band Spring Concert


Spring is in the air and the Corte Madera Town Band is busy practicing for its Annual Spring Concert. 

The concert will be held on Friday, April 26th at 7:30PM at the Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive. 

Bring the whole family - it's FREE!!! The band will play great tunes, which you will recognize. 
Refreshments will be served for all. 

About the band: The Corte Madera Town Band is a volunteer organization made of folks with a passion for playing music. There are about 40 musicians from all walks of life, ranging from high school teens to 80+ years young, traveling from 17 communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. To learn more about the Corte Madera Town Band, please visit their website, www.CorteMaderaTownBand.org



Facing Mecca: Reflections on Islam in Art

Facing Mecca: Reflections on Islam in Art


The Corte Madera Library invites you to a lecture showcasing the Asian Art Museum’s collection which will explore how Islamic art reflects Islam as a religion, as well as the relationship between Islamic rulers and their states. Take a flying carpet ride and see how art and Islam interact to produce beautiful objects. 
You may be surprised by what you see.

This event will be held on Tuesday, April 23rd from 7PM to 8PM at the Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Drive. Call 415-924-6382 for more information. 


Virtual Reality Demos with Oculus Rift

Virtual Reality Demos with Oculus Rift


The Corte Madera Library is hosting a demonstration on an Oculus Rift. If you are curious about the emerging world of virtual reality, then sign up for this demo to explore space or the oceans, meet a t-rex up close, create 3D works of art, or just check out some Virtual Reality gaming! 

This event will be held on Wednesday, April 24th from 3:30PM to 5PM at the Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Drive.
This demo is for kids ages 13 and up. Space is limited. You must sign-up by calling 415-924-3515. 


Prescription Take-back 2019

Prescription Take-back Day


It’s finally Spring - - and time to clean out your medicine cabinets and drawers of unwanted prescription drugs. 

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, April 27th.
RX Take-Back Day is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. On the last Take-Back Day in October 2018, nearly 460 tons (more than 900,000 pounds) of unused or expired medications were collected nationwide.
 
You can drop off pills and patches at either of the Central Marin Police Authority (CMPA) stations between 10AM and 2PM on Saturday, April 27th.  Please no liquids or sharps.  The Larkspur station is located at 250 Doherty Drive, and the San Anselmo station is at 525 San Anselmo Avenue. Click here to view and share the event flyer.


Certified Comprehensive First Aid Training (CCFA)

FREE Certified Comprehensive First Aid Training


ARE YOU SIGNED UP for one of the upcoming, Certified Comprehensive First Aid Trainings (CCFA)??? The training is FREE, yes, FREE to Corte Madera residents.


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In our continuing commitment to emergency preparedness, the Town of Corte Madera is sponsoring training classes for community members. This is one of the many ongoing efforts Town-wide to build community awareness, preparation and resilience.

  • This 5-hour class will certify you for a period of 2 years
  • It is certified by the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI)
  • The course material covers child & adult CPR, appropriate use of Automated External Defribillators (AEDs), how to manage blood borne pathogens, appropriate skilled first-aid training, and coordination and interaction with badged first-responders
  • The course is hands-on, interactive and focused 
  • The course will give special attention to our local vulnerabilities of fire and earthquake response
  • Beverages and snacks will be provided
  • Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing and be prepared to be engaged
  • Participants completing the course will receive a home first-aid kit 
  • Individuals age 18 or older ONLY (we will not be able to accept anyone under the age of 18. If you are under age 18 and have already been registered by Lorena Barrera, please disregard this part of the message), may sign-up by sending your full name and home address via email to Lorena Barrera at lbarrera@tcmmail.org or by calling 415-927-5086. Early enrollment is highly encouraged. You will not be able to participate if you are not enrolled. 
  • Classes are offered on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Questions regarding the course curriculum may be directed to Marla Orth (dhsys@sbcglobal.net)
  • Questions regarding enrollment may be directed to Lorena Barrera at lbarrera@tcmmail.org
  • All classes will be held at the Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, and begin promptly at the specified time.  
  • The upcoming class dates for the Corte Madera community are:
    • Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 10:00 AM
    • Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Your skilled efforts can potentially save a life or prevent a disability. Giving you the skill sets will remove the fear and hesitation to act quickly and appropriately. 


Thank you for your commitment to our Town’s safety.
Click here to view the flyer on these classes. Make sure to share the flyer with everyone you know. 


Board and Commission Recruitment

***REMINDER***

Interested in joining a Town Board or Commission? Want to be a part of a group of individuals who make recommendations to our Town Council? 
If so, take a look at the recruitment notice below, published by our 
Town Clerk, Rebecca Vaughn. 


2019 COMMISSION AND BOARD RECRUITMENTS


The Corte Madera Town Council is requesting applications from Corte Madera citizens who may be interested in serving on the Town’s Planning Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission, Flood Control Board, Sales Tax Citizens’ Oversight Committee and Representative to the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Abatement District. With few exceptions, all Corte Madera residents who are registered voters of the Town are eligible to apply for appointment.
 
The Planning Commission is a vital component of our community.   It is a five member body to oversee the Town’s planning process. Currently the two-year terms of two (2) Commissioners will expire on June 30, 2019. Much of the Commission’s time is devoted to reviewing permit applications for home remodels and additions. The Commission works to balance the needs of individual families for more living space with the need to protect neighborhood character. The Planning Commission also works on longer range issues.  The Commission meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m., with occasional study sessions scheduled as needed.
 
The Parks and Recreation Commission is an advisory board that recommends policy and procedures for parks and recreational facilities, recreation programs, park development and park maintenance.  The two-year terms of four (4) Commissioners are expiring on June 30, 2019. Meetings are held on the 4th Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. 
 
The Flood Control Board advises the Town Council on all matters affecting flooding in Corte Madera.  Examples of duties of the board are to review and report on the flooding impact of current and proposed flood control and storm drain projects, and to review and report on flood management plans in order to define what actions are necessary to reduce flood conditions in the Town.  The two-year terms of three (3) Board members are expiring on June 30, 2019. Meetings are held bi-monthly on the 2nd Monday of each even month at 6:30 p.m.
 
Town of Corte Madera Representative to the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Abatement District (2-year term, currently vacant) The main purpose of the Board of Trustees of the MSMVCD is to organize and carry out an effective mosquito and vector control program and to develop a budget adequate to staff and support the program. This seat is currently vacant and preference for the appointment will be given to a person with strong interest in the prevention, elimination or control of mosquitoes and other arthropods known to be potential carriers of infectious diseases, or presenting a public nuisance. The Board of Trustees meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at District Headquarters, 595 Helman Lane, Cotati, CA.


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If you are interested in serving on one or more commissions or boards, you may obtain an application from Town Offices at 300 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925 between the hours of 8a.m.-12:00p.m. and 1:00p.m.-4:00p.m., on the website at http://townofcortemadera.org/494/Commission-or-Committee-Appointment, by calling 415-927-5085 or via email at rvaughn@tcmmail.org.    
 
PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATIONS BY 4:00pm ON FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2019. Completed applications may be sent via email to rvaughn@tcmmail.org or mailed/delivered to Town Hall (300 Tamalpais Dr., Corte Madera, CA 94925).

Click here to view the official public notice


Insuring Against Natural Disasters

Mark your calendars for...
INSURING AGAINST NATURAL DISASTERS


The Central Marin NRG Program presents, "Insuring Against Natural Disasters," A talk with Amy Bach of United Policyholders - Insurance Consumer Advocates (www.upheld.org).

Amy Bach will speak on asset resilience: insurance needs and disaster preparedness. For many residents, their home home is their largest financial asset - Join us to learn how to protect your real and personal property if a disaster occurs. 

With recent wildfire seasons straining our utilities and insurance companies, asset resilience in the face of community-wide natural disaster has become a major issue. 

This will be a free community event. It will be held on Thursday, May 16th from 7PM to 8:30PM at the Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive.
Please arrive early to get a seat for this event. 

This event is sponsored by the Town of Corte Madera, Corte Madera Community Foundation, and Larkspur Community Foundation. 
Check out the event flyer below by clicking here. Make sure to share it with your friends. 

What's Happening in Marin
Fire Science, Forest Ecology and the Fire Triangle

Fire Science, Forest Ecology and the Fire Triangle

Join Ranger Mike Warner for a 1 hour introduction and learn about wildland fire and the fire triangle. There will also be a fun activity after.

This program is ideal for children 8 to 12 years of age, but people of all ages are welcome!

Free drop-in activity scheduled for Thursday, April 25th from 3:30PM 4:30PM at the Novato Library, 1720 Novato Blvd., Novato, CA. 

For more information, call Novato Library at 415-473-2050.


Gun Violence Prevention Town Hall

Gun Violence Prevention Town Hall


Congressman Jared Huffman and special guest, Congressman Mike Thompson, invite you to a town hall on gun violence prevention. The conversation will focus on making our schools and public places safer for everyone with participation from local students, as well as representatives from Moms Demand Action, the Brady Campaign, and others. 

The town hall is scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 28th from 1PM to 2:30PM at Dominican University, Angelico Hall, 50 Acacia Avenue, San Rafael. 

This event is free and open to the public, however, seating is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis up to capacity. To RSVP or for more information, click here


Marin County Parks Event

Scenic Bike Ride


Want to go on a scenic mountain bike ride with a ranger? Marin County Parks invites you to join Ranger Krista Hanoff for a morning ride along the marsh at Rush Creek Preserve.
This event is ideal for all ages. Degree of difficulty: Easy. Wear comfortable athletic clothing and sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring water and your bike.

They request that no pets (except service animals) attend. Rain will cancel. If you have questions, please contact Krista Hanoff at KHanoff@marincounty.org.

The event will be held on Sunday, April 28th from 9AM to 11AM at the Rush Creek Preserve in Novato. For directions, park entrance information and more, please click here


Marin Wildfire Forum

Marin Wildfire Forum


Please join Marin County's municipalities and fire agencies on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 10AM at Embassy Suites in San Rafael (101 McInnis Pkwy, San Rafael, CA 94903) for a FREE community presentation and panel discussion on wildfire preparedness, with an introduction to important new efforts that will help make Marin more wildfire resilient.  There will be tables and booths representing a variety of stakeholders, contractors, and agency representatives of agencies and industries who play a role in Marin's wildfire readiness.

What: Opening with a special guest presentation from a Camp Fire evacuation survivor, the Marin Wildfire Forum will look at prevention and preparedness through a countywide lens. Representatives from local government, fire agencies, land managers, emergency services, law enforcement, community leaders and wildfire experts will update residents on progress to date, work to come, and future needs. Residents will learn what they can do to protect their homes and what we can do together to make Marin as wildfire safe and emergency ready as possible.

Why: Wildfire prevention and emergency preparedness are countywide priorities. Great work is being done in communities across Marin, but there is much more to do. Fire knows no boundaries. We must work together as one community to make all of Marin as wildfire safe and emergency ready as possible.

When: Saturday, May 4 from 10 AM to noon.

Where: Embassy Suites, San Rafael -101 McInnis Pkwy, San Rafael, CA 94903

Contact: Jennifer Gauna, 415.473.6159 or jgauna@marincounty.org
Registration: optional but encouraged.

Event sponsors: 
FIRESafe MARIN, County of Marin, Firewise USA, Marin County Fire Chiefs Association.

To register, click here

To view and share the event flyer, please click here

Age-Friendly Intergenerational Center
AFIC April Schedule

Intergenerational Center


The Intergenerational Center is a gathering place for seniors, children and young adults, featuring programs in art, games, yoga, literature, technology and more. AFIC offers events and activities for all ages -- preschool to 100+. 

For information or to view the April program schedule, please visit the Intergenerational Center website: https://agefriendlycenter.org or call
415-991-4040.


Intergenerational Center programs are FREE for members. Membership cost for Corte Madera residents is $25 and for non-residents it is $40 for all of 2019. 
The cost is a tax-deductible donation to Age-Friendly Solutions, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Please contact Pam at The Center at 415-991-4040 or via email at pwaterstone@tcmmail.org for more information.


The Intergenerational Center is located by the "pencil bench" at 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera CA 94925

Town Manager and Council Reports

Town Manager Cusimano: He reported that he followed up with several residents and relevant parties regarding the parking issues around Redwood High School. The entire group has been looking at different options and a community meeting will be held to discuss this issue and the available options with the residents in the area.
 
Councilmember Kunhardt: He reported attending the Home and Community Development Block Grant meeting and the group has a set of recommendations that will go to the Board of Supervisors. These recommendations do not affect the Town.
 
Vice Mayor Andrews: He reported attending the Flood Control Board and Parks and Recreation Commission meetings and the groups are working on their budgets. He mentioned Proposition 68 grant applications are due in June. He also attended the Legislative Committee meeting and noted that there are more than one hundred housing-related bills in the legislature. He also mentioned that there are several ADU ordinances being considered.
 
Mayor Ravasio: He participated in Supervisor Rodoni’s office hours and he mentioned that the MCCMC (Marin County Council of Mayors and Councilmembers) meeting will be next week. Representatives from the schools will be present and the panelists will be discussing vaping.

Upcoming Town Council, Board and Commission Meetings
Upcoming Town Council, Board and Commission Meetings

Work Week of Monday, April 22nd to Friday, April 26th

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