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    Thu, May 14, 8:46pm

    In support of Mental Health Awareness Month, Marin HHS Behavioral Health & Recovery Services has virtual gentle yoga & breathing workshops via Zoom, utilizing a trauma-informed approach, for all body types and abilities. Older adults are invited to attend online from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, and a session for anyone is set for 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 14.



    ~posted by Lynn Axelrod,

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    Sun, May 10, 8:24pm

    We are looking for licensed health care professionals to support contact investigations or clinical operations. Volunteers in this area must be 18 years or older, have a valid California license for clinical practice and have no negative licensure or certification actions. Health care professionals who wish to volunteer should read the eligibility and registration process on the Marin Medical Reserve Corps websiteand then register on the California Healthcare Volunteers (DHV) website.  &

    If you are not a healthcare professional, you can still help with our community’s COVID-19 response. Currently, the greatest volunteer need in Marin is help at food banks and food distribution sites. Register with the Center for Volunteerism and Non-Profit Leadership (CVNL). 

    Consider making a monetary donation to Marin Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund. The fund will help provide rental assistance to Marin residents who are at risk of losing housing due to COVID-19 related income loss. During the first week of the program, more than 1,500 requests for rental assistance were received totaling approximately $2.4 million in funding requests. Donations of any size are welcome. MCF is a funder of the the local rental assistance program administered by West Marin Community Services 



    ~posted by Lynn Axelrod,


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    Fri, May 8, 1:20pm
    West Marin

    Free online training available on solar and battery systems for homeowners.

    Should you go solar at your home? Should you add battery storage if you do? And how do battery systems compare to traditional backup generators?

    Get your questions answered at a free online webinar organized by the Marin County Sustainability Team and the Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s (PG&E) Pacific Energy Center.

    With the COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders and requirements on social distancing, the in-person trainings have been switched to online sessions. They are:

    Saturday, May 30, 9-10:30 a.m.
    Tuesday, June 2, 6:30-8 p.m.
    August, date and time to be determined

    The class covers the basic information a homeowner would need before investing in solar for their home including costs, return on investment, technical specifications, owning vs. lease agreements, and more. The trainings are sponsored by the Marin Energy Watch Partnership, a collaboration of the County of Marin and PG&E.

    Many Marin residents have been investigating battery storage and generators to prepare for potential public safety power shutoffs during the wildfire season. The class will cover the available options for combining battery systems with solar and how that technology compares to traditional generators.

    Sign up today on the Pacific Energy Center’s website. You will need to create an account to register for the class at the top right of the page.

    The Marin County Sustainability Team is a division of the Marin County Community Development Agency. The staff works to support healthy, safe and sustainable communities while preserving Marin’s environmental heritage. The team has developed programs to promote renewable energy, address climate change, encourage green building, recognize green businesses and implement energy efficiency projects in County schools, special districts and cities and towns. The policies and programs will ensure that Marin is healthy, vibrant and sustainable for many generations into the future. Learn more about sustainability programs for residents on the Sustainability Team’s webpage.

    ~posted by Lynn Axelrod,


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    Fri, May 8, 6:07pm

    4pm. Speakers Andy Naja-Riese, Ag Institute of Marin; Meg Davidson, SF-Marin Food Bank; David Goodman, Redwood Empire Food Bank. Dial in: 669-900-6833. Meeting ID: 950 3371 8339. Access Code: 691680. Watch online: Submit questions to  Posted by Lynn Axelrod, 

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    Tue, May 12, 2:56pm
    West Marin

    60-90% of homes are ignited by embers carried miles ahead of a fire. From FIRESafe Marin: Zone Zero. Video:

    FIRESafe Marin website is beautifully organized & informative: Website includes links to webinars, info about Fire Weather, Evacuations, Defensible Space/Hardening Your Home. Sign up for the FIRESafe Marin newsletter.

    Fire resistant & fireprone plants.

    And: Green Waste Days June 6 & 20, July 11 & 25: Free disposal days at Nicasio Corp Yard, Saturdays, June 6 & 20; July 11 & 25, 9am-4pm. Info: 415-473-6717.

    Webinar Registration: Living with Fire, Firesmart Landscaping (UC Master Gardeners):

    FIRESafe channel (lots of videos to pick from)

    Sponsored by Marin County FD, West Marin Compost, FireSafe Marin.  

    Lynn, Coordinator,

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    Sun, May 17, 8:49am

    Hello neighbors - I've put together a list of local businesses that are open for take-out or delivery during our shelter-in-place, along with links to other resources, such as where you can donate, volunteer or get help for this challenging time. If you go to, you'll find a Google Doc that I am trying to keep constantly updated. For example, Side Street Kitchen reopened this weekend for takeout, and will be open Thurs-Sun going forward (including bringing back their Taco Tuesdays) The Marshall Store is also reopening for Fri-Sun takeout (order ahead online), and TableTop Farms is now taking orders for their CSA. Point Reyes Books and Cabaline are taking orders, and you can pick up in town. Osteria Stellina is planning to start an every-other-Wednesday pop-up starting May 16th, featuring local vendors. You'll also find a list of places you can donate, volunteer, or get help. Let's support our local businesses, wear our face coverings, and keep this community whole!

    Take care, everyone, and feel free to send me updates for this shared document - my email is in the doc. 

    - Natasha  Beery (on Upper Robert, off Drakes View Drive)

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    Fri, May 8, 12:08pm

    -- Athletics
    -- Badminton (singles)
    -- Throwing a baseball or softball
    -- BMX biking
    -- Canoeing (singles)
    -- Crabbing
    -- Cycling
    -- Exploring rock pools
    -- Gardening (not in groups)
    -- Golf (singles, walking – no cart)
    -- Hiking (on trails and paths allowing distancing)
    -- Horseback riding (singles)
    -- Jogging and running
    -- Kite boarding and kitesurfing
    -- Meditation
    -- Outdoor photography
    -- Picnics (with your stay-home household members only)
    -- Quad Biking
    -- Rock Climbing
    -- Roller Skating and Roller Blading
    -- Rowing (singles)
    -- Scootering (not in groups)
    -- Skateboarding (not in groups)
    -- Soft martial arts – Tai Chi, Chi Kung (not in groups)
    -- Table tennis (singles)
    -- Throw and catch an American mini football, Frisbee or Frisbee golf (not in groups)
    -- Trail running
    -- Trampolining
    -- Tree climbing
    -- Volleyball (singles)
    -- Walk the dog
    -- Wash the car
    -- Watch the sunrise or sunset
    -- Yoga

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    Mon, May 11, 7:00pm

    Health Officers caution that reducing restrictions too quickly could lead to a substantial resurgence of COVID-1


    San Rafael, CA –The seven Bay Area Public Health Officers who ordered a Shelter-In-Place in mid-March will extend the orders through May 31 while some restrictions are eased and tools to strengthen containment of COVID-19 are put into place. The social distancing intervention has slowed the increase of new cases and prevented the anticipated medical surge. As restrictions are eased, it is critical to ensure that growth of cases can be sufficiently contained to protect the health and safety of our community.

    Marin County is included among the jurisdictions extending the Shelter-In-Place order.  In addition, Marin County will also extend its Public Health Orders surrounding Park Closuresand Restrictions on Use of Short-Term Rental Orders. All three orders take effect Monday, May 4. Marin’s Public Health Order concerning use of face coverings does not presently have an end date and will remain in place until further notice.

    Under the new Shelter-In-Place order, construction activities, certain businesses that operate primarily outdoors, and some outdoor activities will be allowed to resume with specific conditions. The new Shelter-In-Place order covers everyone living or working in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara as well as the City of Berkeley, an independent public health jurisdiction, with minor variations among jurisdictions.

    As of April 28, 2020, there are 7,273 confirmed cases (up from 258 confirmed cases on March 15, 2020) and 266 deaths (up from 4 deaths on March 15, 2020) in the seven Bay Area jurisdictions jointly issuing this Order. For Marin, there are 224 cases (up from 9 cases on March 15, 2020) and 12 deaths (up from 0 on March 15, 2020).

    This next phase reflects regional progress, thanks to the collective action Bay Area residents have taken since mid-March in response to Health Officer shelter-in-place orders.

    “We can only take these first steps because of you, our community, and the way we came together, to agree to shelter at home,” said Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County Public Health Officer said in a video statement. “The sacrifices you’ve made have saved lives and flattened the curve so far. We are in phase one of this epidemic. Dramatic measures to halt uncontrolled spread have been successful though painful for all of us and our economy.”

    This initial, measured easing of some restrictions is designed to set the stage for a gradual resumption of activity and prevent rapid, exponential growth of cases that could overwhelm hospitals for a particular jurisdiction or the region as a whole.

    Under the new orders, all construction projects will be allowed to resume as long as the project complies with safety protocols included with the order.  All real estate transactions will also now be able to resume, but with continued restrictions on open houses and limitations on in-person viewings.  Any employee allowed to return to work at a facility can also access childcare programs that can operate.

    Certain outdoor businesses can also begin operating again, and people can visit those businesses to perform work or obtain goods, services, or supplies.  This includes wholesale and retail nurseries, landscapers, gardeners, and other businesses that primarily provide outdoor services as set forth in the order.  Outdoor businesses do not include restaurants, cafes or bars, regardless of whether they have outdoor seating.

    Other activities that can resume under the new order include residential moves and the use of certain shared outdoor recreational facilities that were previously ordered closed, like skate parks, but not others that involve shared equipment or physical contact.

    These orders are generally consistent with the state’s Shelter-In-Place order.  On any issue where the local and state orders may differ, the stricter order applies.

    “These changes reflect that the Shelter-In-Place order is not a on off switch,” Willis said. “The number of activities we can engage in -- while the general rule is we are remaining sheltered at home -- will increase slowly and sequentially over time. The number of businesses that may come back online, and when, is based on the ability for them to conduct business safely for both customers and employees.”

    Finding a Path Forward for Marin’s Economy

    To navigate the process of measured reopening, the County of Marin is launching an effort that will be known as [-/media/23882dffe60d4365b955e7bc6385fb17.ashx]Marin Recovers Industry Advisors. The effort will bring health care leaders, government, and industry together to work collaboratively to continually re-evaluate orders based on the status of the epidemic and Marin County’s capacity to move forward safely. Industry work groups will advise and develop standards to safely resume work, with public health guidance, across 11 specific sectors. To set expectations, the governor has indicated the rebuilding process will occur over months and not weeks.

    Indicators to help assess progress on containing COVID-19

    The regional group of Health Officers are also releasing indicators that will be used to measure progress in containing the virus and ensuring we have the infrastructure in place to protect the community from COVID-19.  These indicators will be critical to decisions in the coming weeks and months about when and how to ease shelter-in-place restrictions.  

    The indicators include:

    Whether the total number of cases in the community is flat or decreasing;
    Whether the number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 is flat or decreasing;
    Whether there is an adequate supply of personal protective equipment for all health care workers;
    Whether we are meeting the need for testing, especially for persons in vulnerable populations or those in high-risk settings or occupations; and
    Whether we have the capacity to investigate all COVID-19 cases and trace all of their contacts, isolating those who test positive and quarantining the people who may have been exposed.

    “Some may feel we're moving too quickly, especially as we see more cases of COVID 19, which we expect to some degree,” continued Dr. Willis. “Others will feel we're moving too slowly. Our role is to find the balance, using the best available science, and with the guidance and partnership our businesses our educators, our elected leaders and you our community.”

    # # #


    May 4th Shelter In Place Health Order:

    Appendix A - Social Distancing Protocol; Appendix B1 - Small Construction Project Safety Protocol; Appendix B2 - Large Construction Project Safety Protocol (Scroll to bottom of Order for links)

    May 4th Parks Closure Health Order

    Appendix A - Golf:

    May 4th Short Term Rentals Health Order

    April 17 Face Coverings Order (unchanged):

    Marin Recovers Industry Advisors Overview:

    Posted by Lynn Axelrod, Coordinator,



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    Wed, Apr 29, 2:28pm

    For individuals and families of West Marin who are experiencing financial hardship directly related to Covid-19

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    Wed, May 13, 7:16pm

    The daily numbers I've been posting are available via the HHS link immediately below, which includes Covid-19 activity in the County. The link allows for seeing if numbers are increasing or decreasing by going back through previous status updates in Marin generally, in residential care & skilled nursing facilities, and in Calif., as well as announcements. (Wishing everyone well, Lynn,


    Video, Marin's Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Matt Willis:

    Marin Public Health recently issued new guidance to all healthcare providers recommending that many more people now be tested for the virus.

    Anyone experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should immediately call their medical provider right away to discuss their conditions and seek testing.

    Find a testing location: Free confidential testing is available across Marin and the Bay Area. Search for your nearest testing location by zipcode.

    Reopening Marin County:  [English y Español]. Your input sought by May 15 on Reopening Guidelines:

    Marin HHS Resources

    Video: Dr. Jei Africa, Director, Marin HHS Behavioral Health & Recovery Services, for Marin HHS, Info, Interactive Map, Graphs, Data; add'l Resources: Multiple pages of FAQS (Click on 'View More FAQs' on initial landing page) and Masks/Face Coverings, Homelessness, Transit, Hospitals, Donation Options, Disabilities, Apply for Medi-Cal/CMSP/CalFresh-Cal-Works, Isolation & Quarantine, General Coronavirus Info, Travelers, Businesses, Events/Mass Gatherings, Pregnant Women & Children, Chronic Medical Conditions, Schools,

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    Wed, May 6, 12:39pm

    Seniors, individuals experiencing homelessness, people of color, low-income households / adultos mayores, personas sin hogar, personas de color y hogares de bajos ingresos.

    How are these vulnerable groups faring during the COVID-19 pandemic? And what resources are in place to support these groups as the effects of COVID-19 continue? ... ¿Cómo les va a estos grupos vulnerables durante la pandemia de COVID-19? ¿Y qué recursos existen para apoyar a estos grupos mientras continúan los efectos de COVID-19?

    Benita McLarin, FACHE, Director, Marin County’s Health and Human Services Department / Directora del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos, Condado de Marin
    Lisa Santora, M.D., Deputy Subdirector de Salud Pública, Condado de Marin

    How to Participate: Watch Live Video Online (return on Wednesday, April 29 for a link to watch) or Watch Live on Television: Comcast channel 27

    Como Puede Participar: Vea el video en vivo en línea (regrese miércoles 29 de abril para obtener un enlace para ver); Subtítulos en vivo[External]; Vea en vivo por televisión, Comcast, canal 27.

    Submit Questions in Advance / Enviar Preguntas por Adelantado: Español & English.

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    Tue, Apr 28, 4:17pm

    Accepting N95 masks, Surgical masks, Isolation masks, Disposable gowns, Latex gloves in new, unopened boxes. (No homemade "masks,"/face coverings; keep for self, family, friends.) Drop-off Monday - Friday, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, at The Salvation Army (351 Mission Avenue, San Rafael). Or see donation form online.

    Financial donation information to Marin Community Foundation. Link included on same webpage (or re 5 areas: Emergency rental assistance for low-income residents; Expanded food for economically disadvantaged families; Expanded meals for seniors; Wi-Fi mobile access for economically disadvantaged students; Emergency childcare for health care workers and emergency responders. 


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    Thu, Apr 23, 6:47pm

    Child abuse tends to spike in times of crisis. Calls to Marin County’s child abuse and neglect hotlines have plunged since the start of the COVID-19 shelter-in-place order, raising concerns of specialists with the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). According to HHS’ Children and Family Services Division, calls to the Marin hotline (415-473-7153) averaged 23 per week in 2019, but the numbers have decreased sharply the past two months during the COVID-19 emergency. There were 12 phone referrals the week of March 23 and eight the week of March 30. Statewide, calls to similar hotlines are down 40% to 60%, according to the California Office of Child Abuse Prevention

    HHS Child Welfare Director Bree Marchman said family members and friends need to be especially wary of tempers and tension flaring within sheltered households. 

    Ntl Child Abuse Prevention Month:

    Calif Office of Child Abuse Prevention:

    Marin Children & Family Services:

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    Wed, Apr 22, 6:46pm

    If this doesn't open, apologies. Go to . Scroll to Food topic

    21 pages: questions about Food Safety, Food Distribution & Delivery Sites of all kinds, School Programs, CalFresh Info. By Marin County Aging & Adult Services, 415-457-INFO (4636), M-F 8:30 to 4:30 pm.; email; Try to be patient on call and email returns.  

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Commons Connect Forums provide a virtual gathering place to those who live and work in the West Marin Community. (Access to this local online forum is limited to those who work and live in the geographical area outlined here.)

A single registration allows community members to post local events on the Community Calendar, to post items of immediate importance on Alerts, and to access all of the forums including:

  • West Marin Soapbox: Campaigns, Causes, and Discussions
  • Over-the-Hill-Gang: Rides and Errands
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  • West Marin Marketplace: rentals; things and services for sale
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