Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters

Farallone View Elementary has a weekly after-school program for “gifted and talented” fourth and fifth graders. This year one of their projects is the production of Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, a sort of Cinderella story of African origin, complete with handmade masks and intricate drum rhythms.

It is the story about two daughters and the making of a queen. It is also the story about students eager to learn.

Note:

Farallone View isn’t a big money school like some of those over-the-hill. There is only a small budget to fund the gifted and talented program. The music director is part-time and paid for by fund-raising. The single microphone at the school cuts in and out to the point where it is barely usable. This is a situation where small donations can make a real difference. If you want to donate $5, $25, $50, or $100 to next year’s program please contact the school or click the “Donate” button above and indicate in the comments section that it is for the gifted and talented program and we will forward the money and work with the program to make the best use of it.

If you would like to make a more significant contribution or if you’d like to sponsor the program contact us and we can discuss the program’s needs in more detail.

Choose your video format (see key, at left):

{mos_fb_discuss:3}

Video by Darin Boville

Comments { 0 }

Where Am I Now?

Neil Merrilees: Right Here In the Middle

“Where Am I Now”

In this third installment of his powerful video column, Neil plays a game with the viewer–sort of a cross between “Where’s Waldo?” and “Hide-and-Seek” as he continues to explore the rules that are changing our community and creating a new coast.

Charting a path that is neither “no growth” nor “pro-growth” Neil highlights the absurdities of our current development laws and suggests a few new ideas.

Don’t watch it if you are happy with the “Hatfields vs. the McCoys” nature of our politics here on the Coast, but do have a look if you think we can do better.

First published in Coastsider.com.

Choose your video format (see key, at left):

{mos_fb_discuss:3}

Video by Darin Boville

Comments { 0 }

A Common Fear

Kenny Howell: Messing Around In Boats

“A Common Fear”

Drowning. In a kayak it seem so easy with your body tucked way in there and the spray skirt holding tight. In this second installment of his video column Kenny Howell addresses this fear head-on with the help of kayak rescue expert John Lull (a resident of El Granada).

If the video doesn’t tell you all you need to know check out John’s book Seakayaking: Safety & Rescue. It’s the standard text in the field.

First published in Coastsider.com.

Choose your video format (see key, at left):

{mos_fb_discuss:3}

Video by Darin Boville

Comments { 0 }

Sundog Over Montara Mountain

On Sunday, my family and I went for a walk on Montara Mountain. On the way down my Mom spotted what looked like a miniature, rainbow-colored sun! My Dad identified it as a Sun Dog. As I looked closer at it I saw that there was a white, cloudy ball at the center. As we moved on I tried to keep track of both the Sun Dog and the Sun as we moved into a patch of trees. When we came out of the woods the Sun Dog had faded and all that was left were several bright wisps of cloud.

After we returned home I looked on the Internet and learned that Sun dogs are formed by the Sun being reflected off ice crystals, water, fog or mist in the air. They most commonly occur at sunset or sunrise. A good web page to learn more is at Wonderquest.

See more photos of the sundog:
Browse the images

See images as a slideshow

{mos_fb_discuss:3}

Photograph by Elizabeth Boville

Comments { 0 }