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News from the City of Sausalito

Stories for the Week of March 30, 2018

Council Receives Report on Proposed Fort Baker Ferry Service

Pier at Fort Baker
The pier at Fort Baker
Assistant City Manager Lilly Whalen reviewed the National Park Service's proposed Alcatraz Ferry Embarkation Project in a report to the City Council on Tuesday, March 27. The project entails a series of long-term (up to 50-year) contracts between the park service and the Port of San Francisco authorizing the renovation of Pier 31½ in San Francisco to serve as the new permanent embarkation location for ferry service between San Francisco and Alcatraz and Angel Island. The project also includes renovation of the existing pier located at Fort Baker and the addition of ferry service between Pier 31½ and Fort Baker. Fort Baker is located at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, on the City of Sausalito's southern boundary.

The park service states that it currently plans to limit ferry service to Fort Baker to two round trips per day, on weekends only. The proposal says that ferry passengers going to Fort Baker from San Francisco will be required to buy round trip tickets in San Francisco. It also says that no ferry tickets will be sold at Fort Baker, and bicycles will not be allowed on the ferry.

The park service estimates that the ferry service would transport approximately 200 passengers each weekend day, increasing to approximately 500 passengers per day during peak periods. These estimates translate to a total of approximately 40,000 passengers each year. However, the contracts for the project do not impose any limits on the number of ferries traveling between San Francisco and Fort Baker, nor the number of passengers.

The City of Sausalito recently filed an appeal with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors over the proposal. In her presentation to the City Council, Assistant City Manager Whalen emphasized that, in making the appeal, the City of Sausalito is not opposed to Fort Baker ferry service, nor does it wish to delay the project, which it believes could make a positive contribution to regional transit. Whalen added, "The City of Sausalito supports regional solutions that get people out of their cars and onto public transportation, such as ferries. We must ensure these solutions are well planned to protect the environment and enhance the experience of visitors and residents."

In its appeal, the City of Sausalito recommends three revisions to the proposal that would mitigate the impacts of Fort Baker ferry service on Sausalito and its residents:
  • When ferry service starts, there should be shuttle bus connections to other destinations in Marin, including downtown Sausalito, regional attractions, and public transit stations
  • Buses connecting the Fort Baker ferry to Muir Woods and other nearby attractions should use Highway 101 rather than driving through Sausalito
  • The ferry operator should allow bikes on all ferries and also sell one-way tickets at Fort Baker for bicyclists and walkers who wish to return to San Francisco via ferry
A hearing date for the appeal before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has not been set. When available, the date will be published in Sausalito Currents and on the Fort Baker page on the City website. The Fort Baker page also has a collection of documents and filings.

Any questions about the proposed ferry service to Fort Baker or the City of Sausalito's appeal may be directed to City Clerk and Assistant City Manager Lilly Whalen at (415) 289-4134 or lwhalen@sausalito.gov.
 
WATCH THE REPORT TO CITY COUNCIL ON FORT BAKER FERRY SERVICE
VISIT THE CITY'S HOT TOPICS PAGE ON FORT BAKER FERRY SERVICE
READ THE APPEAL LETTER FILED BY THE CITY OF SAUSALITO
READ DICK SPOTSWOOD'S EDITORIAL IN THE MARIN IJ

City to Seek Bids on Revised Dunphy Park Project

Dunphy Park
Dunphy Park
At its meeting on Tuesday, March 27, the Sausalito City Council approved a plan to seek bids on the first phase of a revised Dunphy Park Improvement Project. Revisions to the original project became necessary when bids received in October 2017 exceeded cost estimates. 

The revised project separates restroom construction and landscaping into later phases of the park improvements. To save money, those elements will be awarded to specialized firms rather than to a general contractor. 

The first phase of the improvements, also known as the "base project," will focus on the general engineering components. These components include:
  • Demolition of existing park features
  • Grading of the site
  • Installation of underground utilities and site lighting
  • New parking lot and walkways
  • Shoreline access area
  • Foundations for the restroom and trash enclosure structures
  • Bike racks and removable bollards
  • Placement of planting soil
  • Installation of partial irrigation
  • Hydroseeding
Funding for the base project will come from a variety of sources, including funds from the Certificates of Participation issued in 2016, the City's Tidelands Fund, Galilee Harbor, and federal and state grants. The total cost estimate of the base project is $2,540,000. 

The City expects to post a notice inviting bids on the base project in April 2018, with award of the contract possible as early as May 2018. 

Any questions about Dunphy Park improvements may be directed to Public Works Division Manager Loren Umbertis at lumbertis@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4113.
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DUNPHY PARK IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
WATCH THE DUNPHY PARK PRESENTATION TO THE CITY COUNCIL ON MARCH 27
VIEW THE POWERPOINT SLIDES FROM THE MARCH 27 PRESENTATION

Council Adopts Policy on Alternates for Boards and Commissions

PBAC meeting
Members of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee listen to a presentation
On March 27, the City Council established a City-wide policy for appointing an alternate member to City boards, committees and commissions. According to the new policy, the Council may appoint alternates to serve on all City bodies, with the exception of the Planning Commission and Historic Landmarks Board.

Once appointed to a board, committee, or commission, the alternate is encouraged to attend all meetings, and may vote in the event of the absence of a regular member. When a regular member is termed out or resigns, the alternate will immediately fill the vacancy, without further action by the City Council.

If you are interested in serving as an alternate or a regular member on any of the City of Sausalito's boards, committees, or commissions, please contact City Clerk Lilly Whalen at lwhalen@sausalito.gov.
 
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APPLY TO SERVE ON A CITY OF SAUSALITO BOARD OR COMMISSION

Sausalito's Newest Police Officer

Harrison Biersteker
Officer Harrison Biersteker before his swearing in on March 27
Harrison Biersteker was sworn in as Sausalito's newest police officer in a special presentation at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 27. Prior to becoming a police officer, Harrison served for a year as a parking enforcement officer in Sausalito. Harrison was born and raised in Yuba City, California. He is a graduate of the College of the Redwoods Basic Law Enforcement Academy and is currently working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. In his off time, Harrison enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with family and friends. Harrison looks forward to serving the Sausalito community in his new position.
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SAUSALITO POLICE DEPARTMENT

Recap of March 27 City Council Meeting

A regular meeting of the Sausalito City Council was held on Tuesday, March 27. The following, in red italics, is a brief summary of actions taken at the meeting (for a full report, watch the recording from the meeting).

Special Presentations: Consent Calendar: Watch the recording from this portion of the meeting Adopted Public Engagement Guidelines.
  • 4B. Appoint Bonnie MacGregor to her second term on the Community Safety/Disaster Preparedness Committee (Read the Staff Report)
Appointed Bonnie MacGregor to her second term on the Community Safety/Disaster Preparedness Committee. Approved Amendment No. 1 to Professional/Consulting Services Amendment for Design of 2018 Street Rehabilitation Project. Received and Filed Monthly General Plan Progress Report.
  • 4E. Adoption of Ordinance to Correct a Typographical Error in Drafting of Ordinance No. 1199 by Prohibiting Work on Holidays Officially Recognized By the City by Non-Homeowners (Read the Staff Report, Attachment 1- Ordinance No. 1255)
Adopted Ordinance No. 1255 Correcting a Typographical Error in Drafting of Ordinance No. 1199 by Prohibiting Work on Holidays Officially Recognized By the City by Non-Homeowners. Adopted Resolution No. 5705 Establishing a Policy Regarding Alternates to Serve on Boards, Commissions and Committees.

Business Items:
  • 6A. Update from Sausalito Beautiful
The Council received the report and thanked Sausalito Beautiful for its impressive efforts; no action taken. Watch the recording from this portion of the meeting
  • 6B. Report on the National Park Service's Proposal for New Ferry Service from Pier 31 1/2 in San Francisco to Fort Baker (Read the Staff Report)
The Council received the report; no action taken. See the first article in this edition of Currents for more information on this report. Watch the recording from this portion of the meeting The Council unanimously adopted Resolution No. 5706 Approving and Authorizing City Manager to Execute Amendments No. 1 to Professional/Consulting Services Agreements with PrunuskeChatham, Inc. and GeoLogic Associates. Watch the recording from this portion of the meeting The Council authorized staff to send the report. Watch the recording from this portion of the meeting

Did you know you can watch City Council meetings live via webcast? You can also watch video recordings of past Council meetings on the City website. View the minimum streaming requirements here.

Council meetings are also broadcast live on television via Comcast Cable Channel 27 or AT&T Channel 99. If you miss the live broadcast, check the rebroadcast schedule.

The next regularly scheduled City Council meeting will be held on April 3, 2018, with the open session due to commence at approximately 7:00 p.m.
 
VIEW CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDAS AND VIDEO ARCHIVES

Upcoming April 3 City Council Meeting

There will be a regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, with the open session beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 420 Litho Street. The following agenda snapshot provides highlights only. For more information, view the agenda and read the associated staff reports.

Consent Calendar: Matters listed under the Consent Calendar are considered routine and non-controversial, require no discussion, are expected to have unanimous Council support, and may be enacted by the Council in one motion in the form listed below:   Business Items: Did you know you can watch City Council meetings live via webcast? You can also watch video recordings of past Council meetings on the City website. View the minimum streaming requirements here.

Council meetings are also broadcast live on television via Comcast Cable Channel 27 or AT&T Channel 99. If you miss the live broadcast, check the rebroadcast schedule.

The next regularly scheduled City Council meeting will be held on April 17, 2018, with the open session due to commence at approximately 7:00 p.m.
 
VIEW CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDAS AND VIDEO ARCHIVES

Updates from Boards and Commissions

Each week, this section will provide highlights of the recent activities of one or more of the boards, commissions, and special committees representing the City of Sausalito. More information about City of Sausalito boards and commissions and City Council special committees may be found on the City of Sausalito website.
Planning Commission. The following actions were taken at the Planning Commission meeting on March 21, 2018:
  • Continued review of the proposed revisions to the Historic Preservation Regulations Ordinance, with direction to hold a joint Planning Commission/Historic Landmarks Board study session for further review of the ordinance.
  • Approved a Nonconformity Permit to allow shifting nonconforming building floor area, building coverage, and impervious surface area for the remodel of an existing residence and accessory structure at 5 Reade Lane.
  • Approved a Tree Removal Permit to remove five protected trees located at 21 Sunshine Avenue.
  • Approved a Design Review Permit, Tree Removal Permit, and Encroachment Agreement to demolish an existing garage and construct an attached two-car garage structure, remove two trees, and construct stairs, deck, driveway, utility meters, and walled landscaping improvements for the property at 200 Sausalito Boulevard.
The next Planning Commission meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers. The following items are scheduled:
  • A request for a Design Review Sign Permit for a proposed sign program of business and building identification signs for the existing office buildings at 1 and 3 Harbor Drive.
  • An appeal of an administrative decision approving a Zoning Permit to allow for the expansion of a second floor deck at 27 Central Avenue. This item was continued from the March 7 Planning Commission meeting.
  • A request for a Design Review Permit to modify the design of the Cascais Compass Rose Plaza, including donor plaque signs and landscaping, located in front of Bank of America at 700 Bridgeway.
All Planning Commission meetings are live streamed and video recorded. If you have any questions about the Planning Commission or an item under consideration, please contact the Community Development Department (CDD) at (415) 289-4128. The CDD public counter in City Hall is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Friday from 8:00 a.m. to noon.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PLANNING COMMISSION
Library Board of Trustees. The March meeting of the Library Board of Trustees was canceled due to illness. The next regular meeting of the board will be held on Thursday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Friends of the Library Bookstore on the upper level of Sausalito City Hall. Topics on the agenda include an amendment to the Library behavior policy to address instances of harassment of patrons and staff, and an update on a pilot program to stop charging fines on most of the Library's books for adults. All meetings of the Library Board of Trustees are open to the public.

The role of the Library Board of Trustees is to review the administration of Library operations, make recommendations, and establish policies. The Library Board of Trustees serves as liaison between the Library and the community, and between the Library and the City Council. Questions about the Library Board of Trustees may be directed to City Librarian Abbot Chambers at achambers@sausalito.gov.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

News from City Departments

Southern Marin Fire. On Saturday, April 14 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., the Southern Marin Fire Protection District will be hosting "Get Ready Sausalito," a community disaster preparedness meeting at the Bay Model, 2100 Bridgeway. Get Ready Sausalito will provide residents with simple steps they can take to prepare for any type of disaster that our region might experience.
 
The program will begin with a discussion of the North Bay fires and perspectives from firefighters, followed by tips on disaster preparedness, such as signing up for emergency notifications, how to handle an evacuation, and creating defensible space around your home. Representatives will be on hand from the Southern Marin Fire District, the Sausalito Police Department, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), the Marin County Office of Emergency Management, FIRESafe Marin, and other partner agencies.

At the meeting on April 14, Southern Marin Fire and the City of Sausalito will also launch a community survey on wildfire risk management in Sausalito. A link to the survey will appear on the City website and in Sausalito Currents.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SOUTHERN MARIN FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
Public Works. There are two items from the Department of Public Works this week, one related to traffic and pedestrian controls in downtown Sausalito on April 4 and 5, the other related to the removal of unhealthy trees in MLK Park.

Traffic and pedestrian controls will be in effect in the area of 676-686 Bridgeway on Wednesday, April 4 and Thursday, April 5 due to work related to underground utilities. The work is being done to determine the best way to construct a new 6" sanitary sewer lateral and dedicated 4" fire sprinkler line. The contractor for the construction project at 676-686 Bridgeway will attempt to minimize the amount of time that traffic and pedestrian controls are in place. While in the area, please drive, walk, and ride carefully. Another round of closures will be necessary when the new sewer lateral and sprinkler line are installed.

It was brought to the attention of the Department of Public Works that there are unhealthy-looking trees along the eastern edge of the field in MLK Park. The department contacted Bartlett Tree Service to obtain an assessment of the condition of the trees. Ten willow trees and one alder were inspected. The alder was observed to be in an advanced state of decay, with a large visible wound on the lower part of the trunk. Of the willow trees, eight were observed to be dead, with the remaining two showing signs of advanced decay. The report concluded that, due to the advanced decline of the trees and the ongoing presence of visitors and children at MLK field, the trees should be removed as quickly as possible to alleviate the risk of injury to someone standing near the trees. Any questions about the tree removal may be directed to Division Manager Loren Umbertis of the Department of Public Works at (415) 289-4113 or lumbertis@sausalito.gov.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

Things Happening in Our Community

Impact (1949, 111 minutes). The third program in the Sausalito Library's "Sausalito Goes to the Movies" series is a screening of Impact, an excellent but little-known film noir starring Brian Donlevy and Ella Raines. The film features an extended shot of downtown Sausalito as it looked in the late 1940s. The screening will take place inside the Library on Friday, March 30 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Seating will be a mix of padded and wooden chairs; bring a cushion to be more comfortable. Attendees are also welcome to bring their own popcorn or snacks.
SEE A CALENDAR OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
38th Annual Easter Parade and Egg Hunt. The Easter Bunny will be hopping into Sausalito on Saturday, March 31. This year's parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the corner of Johnson and Caledonia streets. We will then march to Dunphy Park for an Easter egg hunt, followed by live music from Tim Cain. At 11:00 a.m., there will be an Easter bonnet contest judged by members of the Sausalito Woman's Club. The 38th Annual Easter Parade and Egg Hunt is presented by the Sausalito Parks and Recreation Department. Easter festivities will take place rain or shine.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE EASTER PARADE AND EGG HUNT
Get Ready Marin. A free Get Ready class will be given at the Tamalpais Community Center on Saturday, March 31 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Coordinator Maggie Lang will show how to prepare for hazards we may experience in Marin, including best practices for evacuation in case of fire. The class will take less than two hours and is open to all. Please join us, even if you can't stay for the entire event. The Tamalpais Community Center is located at 203 Marin Avenue in Mill Valley. 
LEARN MORE ABOUT GET READY MARIN
Groundbreaking of Praça de Cascais. Join the Sausalito-Cascais Sister City team and local dignitaries for the historic groundbreaking of Praça de Cascais on Monday, April 2 at noon. The new plaza commemorating our Portuguese heritage and sister city relationship will be constructed in front of the Bank of America building on Bridgeway. The new plaza includes a traditional Portuguese calçada – pavement mosaic – of a compass rose that was gifted to the City of Sausalito by the City of Cascais. For more information about the new plaza, and to have your business or family name commemorated in bronze in the new plaza, contact Cheryl Popp at cheryl@poppinc.com.
LEARN MORE ABOUT SAUSALITO SISTER CITIES
Rodent Prevention and Control Workshop. Got rats or other rodent problems? The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District wants to help! Join us on Thursday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers to learn how to recognize rodent activity, ways to reduce attractants and harborage on your property, the best non-toxic methods for rodent control, and how to rodent-proof your home. Presenter Nick Picinich is the Rodent Control Specialist for the Vector Control District. Nick is certified by the California Department of Public Health as a vector control technician and has twelve years of experience working for the district. This program is presented by the Sausalito Library.
SEE A CALENDAR OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
Dear Brigitte (1965, 100 Minutes). The final program in the Sausalito Library's "Sausalito Goes to the Movies" series is a screening of Dear Brigitte. The film features Jimmy Stewart as absent-minded professor and poet Robert Leaf, whose math-genius son has a crush on Brigitte Bardot. Professor Leaf and his family live on a houseboat at Gate 6 Road. The screening will take place inside the Library on Friday, April 6 beginning at 7:30 p.m.
SEE A CALENDAR OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
Sausalito Writers' Circle. Looking for a supportive group to share your writing with? Ready to tackle that story, novel, or poem? Interested in providing feedback to others? Whether you're an aspiring writer, a seasoned veteran, or somewhere in between, come join us on Sunday, April 8 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in the City Hall Conference Room. Your host at this Sausalito Library program is Sausalito resident, published author, and experienced workshop facilitator, Cindy Knoebel. If interested in attending, please join our Meetup group and RSVP. The Writers' Circle typically meets twice per month. 
JOIN THE MEETUP GROUP AND RSVP FOR THE SAUSALITO WRITERS' CIRCLE
MLK Park Meeting. On Monday, April 9 at 6:00 p.m. there will be a meeting at the MLK gym at 610 Coloma Street in Sausalito to discuss the proposed outdoor exercise equipment and pickle ball courts for the MLK Park renovation. For more information, contact Parks and Recreation Director Mike Langford at (415) 289-4126 or mlangford@sausalito.gov.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT
Met Opera Preview: Luisa Miller by Verdi. The Sausalito Library's Met Opera Preview series for 2017-18 continues on Tuesday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the Edgewater Room of City Hall with a preview of the upcoming Metropolitan Opera performance of Luisa Miller by Giuseppe Verdi. Host Tom Wilhite will present background information about the composer and opera and a selection of audio and video clips from past performances. Tom's preview takes place on the Tuesday before the Saturday morning Live in HD simulcast from the Met.
SEE A CALENDAR OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
Cult of the Machine. Join Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco docent Julia Geist at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 12 as she explores the de Young Museum special exhibit (running from March 24 to August 12, 2018) that features more than a hundred masterworks of American Precisionism by such modernists as Charles Sheeler, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Charles Demuth. This program is presented by the Sausalito Library and sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
SEE A CALENDAR OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
Get Ready Sausalito. The Southern Marin Fire Protection District will be hosting a community preparedness meeting on Saturday, April 14 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Bay Model, 2100 Bridgeway. The program will begin with a discussion of the North Bay fires and perspectives from firefighters, followed by tips on disaster preparedness, such as signing up for emergency notifications, how to handle an evacuation, and creating defensible space around your home. Representatives will be on hand from the Southern Marin Fire District, the Sausalito Police Department, the Marin County Office of Emergency Management, FIRESafe Marin, and other partner agencies. All are welcome, no RSVP required.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SOUTHERN MARIN FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
Caregiver Support Group. Are you or someone you know caring for a loved one who is suffering from some form of cognitive impairment? Consider joining the Sausalito-based Caregiver Support Group, which is led by facilitators affiliated with the Alzheimer's Association of Northern California. The next monthly meeting will be held on Saturday, April 14 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in the Rotary Village Community Room at 701 Olima Street in Sausalito. The group offers caregivers the ability to exchange information, talk through challenges and ways of coping, and share feelings and frustrations. Participants and their situations are assured complete confidentiality. For additional information, please send email to caregivermarin@gmail.com. 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Coloring & Doodling Party for Adults. Come relax and join the coloring party on Tuesday, April 17 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Edgewater Room of City Hall. We provide a stress-free atmosphere, soothing music, and delicious refreshments so you can unleash your imagination. The Sausalito Library provides all coloring supplies and bookmarks and buttons made from your artwork. Seating is limited for this free program. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Rebecca at rburgan@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4100 x502. The Library also offers a variety of coloring books for adults to take home, color, and return. Leave your artwork in the book for others to see! Need coloring implements? Boxes of colored pencils are now available for in-Library use. 
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An Evening of Poetry. The Sausalito Woman's Club and the Sausalito Library invite you to an Evening of Poetry on Wednesday, April 18 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. This special gathering will celebrate some of the outstanding poetry of today. You'll hear readings from entrepreneurs, teachers, clergy, and community leaders. There will also be special guest appearances by award-winning SLAM poets from local high schools — brave new voices bringing the noise from the margins to the core. Admission is free, and there will be a no-host bar. Parking is available at Christ Church. Seniors may also make a reservation with Call a Ride for Sausalito Seniors (CARSS) by calling (415) 944-5474 before April 16.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SAUSALITO WOMAN'S CLUB
Reversing Cognitive Decline. Join Sausalito resident and Clinical Nutritionist Leni Felton at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 19 for a presentation on the underpinnings of cognitive decline, dementia, and Alzheimer's. We are now in "the Era of Treatable Alzheimer's." Since 2014, researchers led by Dale Bredesen, M.D. (previously of the Buck Institute) have developed, implemented, and published results on their program to reverse cognitive decline. Attendees at this Sausalito Library program will learn key steps you can implement daily to age with clarity and vitality. If you or a loved one is already experiencing cognitive decline, you'll learn how a comprehensive program can successfully reverse its course.
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Open House at Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center. The IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center will be hosting its annual open house at 511 Caledonia Street between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. Everyone is invited to drop by. The event will be an opportunity for those who may be unfamiliar with the center to visit and learn more. There will be displays available on the long history of the organization (established in 1888), and on the Portuguese-American community in Southern Marin. Weather permitting, there will also be short, guided walking tours along Caledonia Street to highlight some of the many locations that have a connection to this heritage. Questions may be directed to Mike Moyle at history@idesst.org.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE IDESST SAUSALITO PORTUGUESE CULTURAL CENTER
Earth Day 94965. Sausalito and Marin City residents are encouraged to pitch in to help clean up the local landscape on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22. From 9:00 a.m. until noon, we'll walk together and help to clean up our community. There will be five clean-up spots this year, stretching from downtown Sausalito to Marin City. After the clean-up, there will be a pizza party at the Bay Model, sponsored by Mollie Stone's Markets. To participate, sign up for a clean-up location. Earth Day 94965 is presented by the Community Enhancement Committee of the Sausalito Woman's Club. For more information, please email earthday94965@gmail.com.
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Met Opera Preview: Cendrillon by Massenet. The Sausalito Library's Met Opera Preview series for 2017-18 comes to an end on Tuesday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Edgewater Room of City Hall with a preview of the upcoming Metropolitan Opera performance of Cendrillon by Massenet. Host Tom Wilhite will present background information about the composer and opera and a selection of audio and video clips from past performances. Tom's preview takes place on the Tuesday before the Saturday morning Live in HD simulcast from the Met.
SEE A CALENDAR OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
Getting to the Root of the Matter. This Marin Master Gardener lecture on Thursday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers will provide home gardeners with an overview of why deep, infrequent watering is recommended for maintaining healthy plants. Presenter Lois Stevens will focus on root depths and their uptake of water and nutrients. She will also explain efficient watering practices for Marin's climate and soil conditions. Lois has been a UC Marin Master Gardener since 2008 and has been gardening for nearly 50 years. This program is part of a series of talks by Master Gardeners presented by the Library and Sausalito Beautiful, in conjunction with the University of California Cooperative Extension Marin Master Gardeners.
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Fado at The Pines IV. You are cordially invited to an evening of petiscos, wines, and Portuguese fado music, featuring fadistas Angela Brito and David Silveira Garcia. The national song of Portugal, fado is intimately intertwined with Portuguese food, wine, and culture. This year's event will be held on Saturday, April 28 from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. at The Pines mansion at 33 Miller Avenue in Sausalito. Fado at The Pines IV is a benefit to support the Youth Sailing Exchange between Cascais, Portugal and Sausalito. Tickets for Fado at The Pines IV are limited to 122 reserved seats. Tickets are priced at $80, $90, and $100.  
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