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Holiday Activities and Contests Corte Madera Day Camp & Upcoming Classes Corte Madera FC (Soccer) Recognizing Community Volunteers Community Announcements & Reminders
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Holliday Activities & Contests Fire Side Storytime- Free Virtual Family Event Watch the recording of our extra-special, winter themed Storytime with Stephanie HartwellMandella from the Corte Madera Library! Curl up with your family and wear your favorite cozy winter coat, hat, and mittens! We encourage you to share the link with your friends and neighbors and be enchanted by Winter’s tales. Watch readings on the new Corte Madera Parks and Recreation Department YouTube Channel.
Letters from Santa have a Special Corte Madera Tribute This season, Corte Madera Parks & Rec worked out a special arrangement with the North Pole to assist local kids with letters to and from Santa. Santa personally returned correspondence to more than 60 kids and included a special edition of the North Pole News, a single page newspaper with fun ways elves and reindeer are staying safe, fun facts, directions on how to build a snowman, and a word find puzzle. The most special addition, is found on his stationary. Santa borrowed a drawing made by Mrs. Lionella “Nella” Carvioto. Thank you to Mr. Cravioto and family for sharing the beautiful work made by the late Nella. We look forward to helping Santa again next year. More info
Holiday Home and Business Decorating Contest Nominations closed on Thursday, December 17. Check out the winners on Facebook the week of 12/21 and take a drive through town and enjoy our Community’s Holiday Spirit. Judges were looking for outstanding displays in the following categories: Classically Festive, National Lampoon Extravaganza, Stunning Store Front, and Uniquely Festive. Winners receive a gift card to a local business thanks to the CM Chamber of Commerce, Recognition in Parks & Rec Social Media, and bragging rights for 2021!
Virtual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest Last Weekend to Submit! Get Crafty with the Corte Madera Home for the Holidays Virtual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest and win a holiday themed mini basket of goodies! Your submission will be featured on our web-site, Facebook & Instagram page, and the weekly Town Newsletter. More details.
Corte Madera Day Camp & Upcoming Classes Corte Madera Day Camp Onsite Child Care and Distant Learning Support at Neil Cummins Elementary School. Corte Madera Parks & Recreation currently offers morning, afternoon, and a full day programming for the school year. Our program goal is to offer technology free activities outside of school hours and support our campers through their hybrid school experience. Reserve your child(ren)’s place today. More information.
Afterschool Care (half day) (Afternoon supervision for students attending in person school in the) Join Recreation Staff for interactive fun to unwind from school with afternoon activities including games, sports, art activities, and engineering! January Session: 1/4-1/29 Mon-Fri, 11:00am-6:30pm $750 February Session: 2/1-2/26 Mon-Fri, 11:00am-6:30pm $750
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AM and Afterschool Care (Morning supervision for students attending school in person during the afternoon) Begin your day with Recreation Staff for interactive fun before school and rejoin us in the afternoon, for games, sports, art activities, and engineering! January Session: 1/4-1/29 Mon-Fri, 8:00-12:00 & 3:20-6:30pm February Session: 2/1-2/26 Mon-Fri, 8:00-12:00 & 3:20-6:30pm
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We’re Hiring at Corte Madera Camp! We’re looking for people who are great with children and are able to adapt quickly to the needs of the campers. Plan and lead games, activities, arts and crafts projects, etc. The ideal candidate has a high level of initiative, leadership, and good communication skills. We provide training and supply you with all the necessary skills for you to succeed with our team. Starting wage is $14, depending on experience. Contact Camp Director, Xanat Rodriquez (415) 927-6723 for more information.
Virtual Bartending Classes for Adults Join Dr. Inkwell to kick off 2021 with a special mixology lesson. Guest speaker at the Exploratorium’s Science of Cocktails, Dr Inkwell has a deep knowledge of the culture and craft of spirit-making and believes made-athome cocktails can be delicious for all! As his motto states: “I don’t want you to drink more, I want you to drink well.” And if you’ve taken it once, there’s new complexities, stories, facts and twists for every cocktail. Plus Dr Inkwell takes requests! January Special- Campaign Cocktails, which may include: French 75, Seelbach, and Kir Royale, plus Dr Inkwell takes requests! More Info. Saturday, January 2
Great Gift Idea or invite friends to join the Zoom Class, only $25 per screen!
More Upcoming Classes & Corte Madera FC (Soccer) Tennis Key Sales for 2021 The locks at both Town Park and Granada Park courts will be changed on January 12, 2021. New tennis keys for the 2021 season may be purchased online now. In order to minimize in-person transactions during the pandemic, all key sales will be completed online only and staff will not collect past keys at this time. Please hold on to previous year’s keys as we may offer a credit for returning them later in the year. 2021 Key Rates & Online Registration: Register to purchase a key using the links below through our online registration system. You’ll need to sign in first. Full Year,
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Classes Returning in March: • • • • • • • • • • •
Playwell Engineering Shakespeare's Heartbeat- Theater Class
for Kids on the Spectrum
Amazing Science Kids Carpentry w/ Nat Skateboarding w/ Jeremy Boucher Hip Hop w/Just Dance Academy Gymnastics w/The Flying Dutchman Capoeira Sewing Art Beginning Tap Dancing w/ Carol Butler
In-person classes are planned outdoors in Town Park, on the Community Center Patio, and outside the Dance Studio. Once guidelines permit, classes will be offered indoors and more will be added. More information coming soon.
Corte Madera FC (Soccer) 2020 Soccer Season- Review & Farewell This year’s soccer program was our most successful, given all that we had to overcome. It just shows you what can be achieved when everyone works together, Frank Bonardi. Frank and his team of trainers, coaches and volunteers did a fantastic job to make the 2020 season possible. Their hard work, creativity, and attention to changing guidelines for youth sports kept 800 youth players active and safe. The professional trainers did a wonderful job of challenging the players, and keeping them engaged despite not being permitted to scrimmage or play games.
Farewell to Abe Torres Over three last 7 years, I have enjoyed building this league to be the success it is today. I wish you all the best moving forward, Abe Torres. Corte Madera Parks & Rec is sad to see Abe leave CMFC. He has been an integral member of the soccer leadership team and wish him and his wife the very best on their next adventure and some well-earned travel time.
2021 Corte Madera FC (Soccer) Annual Spring Clinic, May Tryouts & Plans for the Season
Spring Clinic: March 2 - April 30- Register Online Now! Clinic runs 8 weeks with a break the week of April 5. When registering online, you will likely need to join a waitlist while teams are built. Be assured, most waitlisted players will be added to teams. Registration is organized differently this year since restrictions continue to limit cohort size to 14 participants. Link to Registration. Search by “soccer”
May Tryouts & Plans for the Season Tryouts will be the first or second week of May, guidelines permitting. The season is planned following current restrictions limiting cohort/teams to 14 players and including drills and conditioning. As soon as competition and inter-team play is permitted, our format will adapt and look a lot more like previous years. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding so we can offer a safe program.
Recognizing Community Volunteers The Parks & Recreation Commission selected three recipients for the 2020 Volunteer of the Year Award. For three weeks in November we will honor each awardee separately, culminating in a half page print article in the Marin IJ on Friday, 12/4.
Meet Sarah Goody, Youth Volunteer of the Year:
Sarah is a Sophomore at Redwood High and fierce leader at the forefront of the global youth-led climate movement. Through her relentless passion towards empowering youth and fighting for climate justice, Sarah has inspired thousands of young people to take climate action. She works tirelessly to educate children and teens on the effects of climate change, its impact on a local and global basis, what it means to them, and how they can take action for a better future.
In addition to being the founder of Climate NOW, Sarah is also the founder of Broadway Speaks Up, the Youth Council Liaison for Greening Forward, Campaign Director for the National Children’s Campaign, Lead Circle member for Youth vs. Apocalypse, and the San Francisco Coordinator for Earth Uprising.
Recognizing Community Volunteers (Cont.) We are lucky Sarah is a member of our Corte Madera community and look forward to seeing where her passion and leadership take her. Congratulations on receiving the 2020 Youth Volunteer of the Year Award from the Corte Madera Parks & Recreation Commission.
Meet Rob Snavely, Volunteer of the Year: Marin Villages nominated Rob Snavely for the 2020 Volunteer of the Year Award for his time and dedication to assist members. He is professional, courteous and is always willing to help. Marin Villages is a non-profit organization that has over 490 vulnerable older adults members that live in Marin County. Their team of volunteers assist members with receiving vital food and prescriptions, rides to important medical appointments, handyman fixes, technical assistance, and friendly check in calls during the shelter in place. There are 6 villages in Marin County, one of which is Twin Cities Village that includes Corte Madera and Larkspur. Rob has been a volunteer for Marin Villages’ Twin Cities Village since February 2019. In that time, he has completed 47 volunteer activities which equates to over 63 hours of volunteering time. These volunteer activities include picking up and delivering groceries or important prescriptions to our members, handyman fixes such as changing light bulbs or fixing smoke detectors, watering gardens and plants, and helping members with computer or cell phone challenges. He has also stepped in to help the Marin Villages’ office team by moving and preparing heavy boxes of hand sanitizer for distribution. He has gone above and beyond in helping Twin Cities members, as well as members throughout Marin County. Marin Villages and the Town of Corte Madera are very lucky to have such a valuable volunteer in our community.
Meet Pati Stoliar, Senior Volunteer of the Year: Inspired by the volunteer efforts of those who preceded her, RN Pati Stoliar began devoting time to the community in the mid-80s. She proposed a townwide survey of residents; served on the Citizens Advisory Housing Committee; worked on Corte Madera’s 75th Diamond Jubilee; joined the Disaster Council; served on the Accessibility Commission; volunteered with CERT, the Marin Medical Reserve Corps, Get Ready 94925 and the NRGs; garnered funds for the two Disaster Trailers at the shopping centers and for disaster kits; dedicated years to the Town’s Centennial celebration, chairing the birthday festivities; established Age-Friendly Corte Madera in 2014 to improve quality of life for older adults (Age-Friendly Corte Madera) and recently volunteered for the Town’s Objective Design & Development Standards Technical Advisory Committee. Once Corte Madera was welcomed to the World Health Organization Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities in 2015, the task force only gained momentum. Using data from a survey provided to all Corte Maderans over 55, they developed the Age-Friendly Corte Madera Strategic Plan, which included the vision of an intergenerational center that launched in 2018 and went virtual in March of this year(Age-Friendly Intergenerational Center) AFCM also offers helpful and informative presentations on a variety of topics, participates in Senior Fairs, honors all those 90 or better with a festive celebration each year and teams up with Rotary and the CM Lions to assist older adults with small household tasks. In 2020, Pati and the AFCM team offered initial outreach to seniors when the shelter-in-place order began. With the Third Wednesday Talks on hold, they joined other Age-Friendly towns in Marin to present their monthly forums on Zoom. They partnered with the Town and the Lions providing free masks in Town Park. In August, unable to hold a large community celebration, AFCM took the party to the doorsteps of some most appreciative nonagenarians and centenarians. They are also currently collaborating with the Town to generate a community walking map which will identify routes with benches, restrooms and drinking fountains. Thank you Pati, for all your leadership and inspiration that makes Corte Madera a wonderful and age-inclusive community.
Recognizing Community Volunteers (Cont.) Introducing The Corte Madera Giving Tree. We take recognizing amazing people seriously and are always looking for a good individual or group to highlight. Please submit names and stories for the Giving Tree. Email submissions for The Giving Tree to Perry Nalle until January 3, 2021. Help us recognize people who make a difference to others and our community by adding names to our “Giving Tree”. Email us your name, the person or group you are grateful for, and a few lines describing how that make a difference or why you are grateful to them. We will add names to paper leaves and attach it to the hand painted tree displayed on the lobby windows of the Community Center. The tree will be up from mid-November through mid-January. Come by and take a picture of your dedicated leaf and send it to the person you recognized. We may select to highlight individuals or groups for additional recognition on Facebook or the Town Newsletter, with permission.
Meet the Artists: Carolyn & Louis Nuyens Sr. Local Artists Carolyn & Louis Nuyens Sr. both have taught at Super Cool Summer School with Larkspur Recreation for the past 15 years. Carolyn Nuyens created 8 of the most popular Super Cool Summer School classes from Crazy Concoctions to The Science of Candy. She was the Director of the Handle Institute helping people with neurodevelopmental irregularities and continues to teach in many settings. Louis Nuyens Sr. started teaching art in San Francisco High Schools in 1969. His portraits, sculpture and paintings have been exhibited in many venues in the Bay Area as well as internationally. He has taught calligraphy, drawing, painting, sculpture, architectural design, and art history. He is also well known as the portrait artist of the Dickens and Renaissance Fairs since 1977. The two married quickly after meeting in Monet’s Garden in France. We are very grateful to them for donating their talents to this project and bringing beautiful attention to The Giving Tree and recognition of the inspiring volunteers within our community.
Community Announcements & Reminders Skunk Hollow Mini Park is Open! Renovation of the playground was completed in November and ready for the neighborhood to enjoy. A small re-opening and ribbon cutting ceremony was held on November 12, 2020 and shared virtually via Facebook Live. Watch the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Facebook and view the Digital Event Program Play equipment includes a new climbing structure, slides, swings, and a sand and water feature. Picnic tables and benches have been refurbished as well as the grass and exterior landscaping. Donâ€™t forget face coverings when you visit for everyone 2 years and older. Please review posted signs regarding capacities so that we can keep our community well and follow State Guidelines. Welcome Back!
Playgrounds Reopened After 1 Day of Closure. During a press conference on Friday, Dec. 4, Bay Area Health Officers announced a new Regional Stay at Home Order, ahead of the Governorâ€™s State order. Effective Tues. 12/8/20-1/4/21, playgrounds and indoor recreation are closed, among other industries. After more deliberation, State Guidelines were revised to allow playgrounds to open effective Weds. Dec. 9 after one day of closure. As Park and Rec professionals, we are happy to reopen our most popular park amenity and keep our children safely active outdoors. Please remember that everyone 2 years and older are required to wear face coverings, maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing, and wash hands often. Read the 12/4/20 Press Release or watch the 12/4/20 Press Conference.
Playground Use Capacities & Face Coverings Please note that signs are posted at the Town Park Playground and at Skunk Hollow Mini Park to indicate capacities in the play area and for specific play equipment. Posted capacities are required by the State in addition to requiring everyone over 2 years to wear a face covering in public while continuing to maintaining physical distancing.
Community Announcements & Reminders Changes to Animal Ordinance. Please help us remind dog handlers in Town that the animal ordinance was modified in October 2020 to limit leash length to a maximum of 6 feet and to restrict use of the low canal on east side of Town Park. The Town Ordinance applies to public areas, including the path on the east side of Town Park between the low canal and Mohawk residences. CMPA will be issuing fines.
Field Closure at Town Park. Select field space is closed to allow time for the grass to regenerate and to prevent damage that is easily caused with wet conditions. Thank you for your patience and we look forward to reopening areas early next spring.
From our Family to Yours:
Preview Department YouTube Channel Our team is in the process of developing the Corte Madera Parks & Recreation Department YouTube Channel to showcase classes, advertise programs and events, and share helpful resources. Thank you, Erin for taking the lead. Preview Channel and learn more about upcoming classes and watch the Fireside Storytime Readings with the Corte Madera Library.
Parks & Recreation Department Annual Program Report & 2021 Goals Our team has worked hard to pivot and adapt programming and services in 2020. View the Presentation to Town Council on December 15 by Parks & Recreation Director, Ashley Howe.