With COVID restrictions loosening and summer in full swing, there seems to be a lot more activity in Bayside!
This past weekend, The Power of Pollinators Festival welcomed visitors to the Jacoby Creek School Garden and the Jacoby Creek Land Trust Kokte Ranch and Nature Preserve for hands-on activities on bats, bees, dragonflies, birds. , native and pollinator friendly plants, composting and more.
It takes a whole community to organize an event like this. Many thanks to Sue and Jim Moore, Stephanie Mietz, Sandra Hun von-Arb, Denise Seeger, Jessie Bunkley, Dan Gale and Boy Scout Troup # 15, and Full Cycle Composting for planning and activities, and Sequoia Zoo Foundation, Bayside Community Church, Mad River Gardens, It’s Alive Kombucha, and Bayside Community Hall for additional support.
The Bayside Community Hall will be hosting a volunteer day on Tuesday, July 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Casandra Kelly will lead a deep kitchen cleaning crew, and Sue Moore will work with a group to beautify the newly planted native garden. Stop by and volunteer a bit. Every hour helps.
On Saturday July 10, Tacos by the Creek at Caudal Fin Farm. This event features tacos made with beef from Shakefork Community Farm and vegetables grown at Caudal Fin Farm. This is a fundraiser for TRIB Research, a local non-profit organization that works to connect local farms, fresh food and fisheries research within our community.
The TRIB team includes farmer and fisheries ecologist Samantha Kannry, fisheries ecologist Sam Rizza and fisherman Jeff Abrams. Visit triburesearch.org to learn more about their mission and, more importantly, to order your tacos!
There is a new business in our community, Brainwash Thrift at # 40 Sunny Brae Center. They are open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and are stocked with a variety of used clothing and fun accessories. According to their Facebook page, the business is indigenous and female-owned, gay-safe and inclusive in size. Hope to meet the owner soon, and give you a full profile. In the meantime, you can easily find them on Facebook and Instagram, or just drop by to say hello.
And an update on Bayside Hall’s legal struggle. At the time of writing, the judge still had not set a bail amount for the appeal. Community surveys are coming. So far, there appears to be very little interest in the community to revive a barn chapter for Bayside.
Lawyers for the Hall will file a notice of intention to appeal before the June 28 deadline, so we can continue to gather information from the community and await bail information. I started a petition to the California State Grange asking them to seek a compromise that declares local ownership of all current and old barn rooms, and in return offers continued organizational level support to the organization of the barn and any future local chapter.
You can view all of this information and get links to the survey and petition at baysidecommunityhall.org.