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Holiday Art Walk, Green Buildings, and Thanks

Don't forget green waste pick-up is every week through the winter, too.

Thanks to Friends of the Library

At the meeting of Tuesday, Nov. 9, the San Anselmo Town Council recognized the extraordinary contributions made to the town by the Friends of the San Anselmo Library.

The Friends contribute significant time to the through the used books sales, book mending and fundraising. In addition, they contribute significant funds to the library to provide resources for programming, much needed equipment, new materials, support for children's summer reading and special events throughout the year.

But, in recent years when times have been particularly tough and the town budget was cut significantly, the Friends stepped up their fundraising and their support for the library. Astonishingly, since 2006, the Friends have donated $500,000 to the San Anselmo Library.

The council commends the Friends of the Library for their heart-felt dedication to the Library and for giving new meaning to the word friends.

The council and staff are truly grateful for these generous, caring and dedicated volunteers.  Please join me in sincerely thanking them for their efforts:

Arnie Scher, Barbara Dwyer, Barbara O'Brien, Bev McIntosh, Carol Fabric, Carol Palmer Collins, Claude Hill, Cynnie Barrows, Darlene Huffman, Denise Bertucelli, Don Martin, Donna Bjorn, Dorothy Walters, Eli Welber, Ellen Bosner, Genie Colteaux, Gloria Snyder, Hart Smith, Hellsman Heath, Ida Hill, Jaccy Gouly, Jack Barrows, Jan Petri-Haynes, Jean Holm, Jeff Snyder, John Girton, Joyce Mills, Karen Peterson, Linda Hoch, Lindsay McLorg, Marilyn Girodo, Mary Conners, Pam Cullen, Pam Dixon, Peter Hoch, Rilla Chaney, Sheila Girton, Sue Neil, Sue Severin, Suzanne Knecht, Therese Stawowy, Tom Peacock, Tom Robinson, Virginia Hall, Wilma Smith.

Library Book Sale

The Friends of the San Anselmo Library are holding a book sale on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event takes place on the lawn in front of and in the . In case of rain the sale will move into the Council Chambers. There will be many great children's books available, in addition to a number of other books. Plan on doing some holiday shopping here with bargain prices on great books. All our proceeds go to the San Anselmo Library.

Bulb Planting – Volunteers Needed

A bulb planting day will be held on Saturday, Dec. 4, meeting at 10 a.m. on the Town Hall Plaza. Bring your shovels, trowels, gardening gloves and water. We'll be planting in the Red Hill Avenue and the Center Boulevard medians. Call 258-4600 for more information.

Green Building Ordinance

The town is holding a special public workshop to provide an overview of the town's new Green Building Ordinance. This free workshop will provide you with handouts and information on how to meet the green building requirements for new construction and remodels of both residential and commercial properties.

The workshop is intended for architects, contractors and homeowners, and is open to everyone. The town's Green Building Ordinance, which is based on the Build It Green system for residential projects and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system for commercial projects, will become effective on Jan. 1, 2011. 

When: Friday, Dec. 10, 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Where:  Town Council Chambers, 525 San Anselmo Ave.

If you have questions or need additional information please contact Phil Boyle, Senior Planner, at 258-4617 or pboyle@townofsananselmo.org.

Holiday Art Walk

The San Anselmo Arts Commission and the San Anselmo Downtown Merchants are sponsoring a Holiday Art Walk. Participating merchants so far include Gioia, Michael Feldman, Sunglass City, Marin Coffee Roasters, Delectables, RockFlower Paper, French Nest, Prima Regalia, Studiolo, Margaret Muldoon Faux Finishing, Toss, Collage, Focus Opticians, Marchet Jewelers and the Dollsmith.

The event will kick off on Friday, Dec. 3, the night of the Downtown Merchants Open House, and continue through Jan. 10. Participating merchants will be identified with blue and white balloons and maps will be available all around the downtown. 

Ross Valley Rainwater Harvesting Project Tour

Learn how rainwater runoff can be a community asset. See what others are doing to conserve water, reduce flooding and erosion impacts on neighborhoods, and project local streams and wildlife habitat! This tour will provide information on the relevance and benefits of rainwater harvesting, methods and design basics.

Tour local rain garden projects on Friday, Dec. 3, from noon to 3 p.m. The tour meets at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross (follow directional signs to the Compost Demonstration area). The tour is free for MMWD customers, $25 for others.

To register and for more information, contact rainwater@tirn.net, 663-8590, x 241 or visit raingardens.spawnusa.org. The tour is part of MMWD and SPAWN's 10,000 Rain Gardens Project. It is co-sponsored by the Marin Art & Garden Center, the town of San Anselmo and the San Anselmo Library.   

Included on the tour is our own, in progress, demonstration rain garden in front of the library.

San Anselmo News, published weekly on Fridays, is available at San Anselmo Town Hall, Library, on the Public Notice Bulletin Board, and in the Ross Valley Reporter. It is also available on the town's website and by email subscription.  To subscribe to the email list, send an email to townclerk@ci.san-anselmo.ca.us

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