San Anselmo: On-Call Pickups, Youth Commission Opportunities, Library News, Historical Society, Spring Egg Hunts, Safe Digging Month

On-Call Pickups

Marin Sanitary Service will provide two on-call pick-ups during each calendar year for residential customers at no additional charge.   The on-call pick-ups can include a) 2 cubic yards of solid waste or b) the equivalent of fourteen 32 gallon bags, or c) 1 cubic yard of solid waste or the equivalent of seven 32-gallon bags and one bulky item.  A bulky item means items that are too large be placed in a can, such as large household appliances, furniture, carpets, mattresses and similar large items that require special handling due-to their size. If you need additional special pick-ups of large or hard to handle items, these may be requested and cost estimates can be provided.  Call Marin Sanitary Service at 456-2601. 

Youth Commission Opportunities

The Town of San Anselmo is currently seeking applicants for Youth Commissioner seats on six of the Town's Boards and Commissions. The Arts Commission, Historical Commission, Open Space Committee, Parks & Recreation Commission, Library Advisory Board and Quality of Life Commission are seeking San Anselmo students to join for a term of one year. 

Applicants must live in San Anselmo and be entering their sophomore, junior or senior year of high school to be considered. Applications must be received by Thursday, May 1 at 5:00 p.m. For additional information about these opportunities, including how to apply, please go to

http://www.townofsananselmo.org/index.aspx?nid=557 or contact Community Services Director Dave Donery at ddonery@townofsananselmo.org or 258-4661.

Library news

The Library would like to start a discussion group on The New Yorker Magazine. If you are a fan of this publication, join other like-minded people to discuss articles, art and cartoons.  The group will start on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. in the Library. Contact the Library at (415) 258-4656 or library@townofsananselmo.org to reserve your place.  

San Anselmo Historical Society Program

The San Anselmo Historical Society presents Shingle Style on April 24, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Council Chambers. Author Lucia Howard will present an illustrated talk on Bay Area Brown Shingle homes designed by such noted architects as Ernest Coxhead, Bernard Maybeck, Julia Morgan, and Willis Polk. She will explore the history and context of these unique and deeply personal buildings through photographed examples of remarkable houses, including three beautiful brown shingles in San Anselmo. Refreshments will follow the free program. For more information, go to www.sananselmohistory.org or call (415) 258-4659. 

Spring Egg Hunts

Get your running shoes ready! The Spring Egg Hunt is one of our oldest family events, occurring the Friday and Saturday before Easter at Memorial Park each year. 

On Friday night, April 18 at 8:15 p.m. we offer the Flashlight Egg Hunt for children 8 & older. Bring your flashlights and baskets, because as soon as the sun goes down, the fun begins! Candy and prizes are scattered around the field, and quick hands tend to snatch it all up early, so don't be late!

On Saturday morning, April 19, at 11:00 a.m. we offer the Children’s Spring Egg Hunt & Camp Fair for children ages 7 and younger. The field is split up into three areas for different age groups and children are lined up around the perimeter of the field. As our special guest Mr. Bunny counts down from 10, the children get ready to run and find all the treats that have been hidden on the field. Stay for the annual San Anselmo Camp Fair (10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) which features a performance by magician The Amazing Jonathan, along with numerous activities provided by staff from San Anselmo’s many summer camps!

Safe Digging Month

April is National Safe Digging Month, the time of year when PG&E works to communicate how important it is that professionals and homeowners alike call 811 and follow a safe digging process to help prevent injuries, property damage and inconvenient outages.

Electric power lines, natural gas pipelines, communications lines and other utility services could be within a few feet of the surface. For homeowners, excavating in your yard poses some risk. Digging into an underground electric line can cause power outages and personal injury from shock or electrocution.

A damaged gas pipeline or service to a house can create an explosion hazard that potentially endangers both persons and property. These underground facilities are not always located out in the street. So whether you are grading, installing sprinklers or planting a tree, PG&E encourages you to make the call to USA.

When you call USA, an operator will ask you a few questions such as your planned excavation location, date and time of excavation, your name, city/county permit number (if known), and whether or not you marked out your site in white paint (see instructions below). Two working days’ notice is required on all USA tickets, including renewals and extensions. Each USA ticket is active for 28 calendar days from the date called in.

You are required to mark out your proposed excavation site in white paint. Each person excavating is required to outline the proposed excavation in white paint. Chalk-based paint is recommended as it cleans up readily. The USA website (www.usanorth.org) has suggested guidelines for your work area mark out. You will also see how utilities depict their underground facilities.

PG&E will typically mark the horizontal location of gas and electric facilities by painting stripes on surface streets and sidewalks or marking off pavement areas with colored flags. Yellow designates gas lines and red designates electric lines.

San Anselmo News, published weekly on Fridays, is available at the San Anselmo Town Hall, Library, and on the Public Notice Bulletin Board. It is also available on the Town’s website, www.townofsananselmo.org, and by email subscription. 

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