Fairfax Update
News From Around Town...
August 1,2022
PG&E Vegetation Management Update

PG&E will be working on trees in the area for the next few weeks, so please be aware of possible traffic delays and tree work overhead.

Please contact PG&E with any questions or concerns at treesafety@pge.com or 1-877-295-4949
Traffic Alert

The Marin Century cycling event is being held this Saturday, August 6. Two routes go from Stafford Lake Park in Novato toward Fairfax and then climb Mt. Tam via Fairfax-Bolinas Road. They currently expect about 285 riders that will ride one of these two routes and they should all pass through Fairfax by about 9am that morning.
Climate Action Update

Marin Clean Energy (MCE) has launched their second portable battery giveaway to support backup power for medically vulnerable residents in the event of an outage. The batteries can supply up to 3 days of clean, reliable power and will be provided at no-cost to income-qualifying customers who rely on electric medical devices. 

Fairfax Election Update
The next election is November 8, 2022, when Fairfax voters will elect two Town Council Members, a Town Treasurer and a Town Clerk, as well as vote on a ballot measure to renew a special tax for paramedic services.

To learn more, including how to run for office, please visit: https://www.townoffairfax.org/elections/
Upcoming Meetings
Town Council Meeting
August 3 - 6:30 pm

Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting
August 8 - 7pm

Climate Action Committee Meeting
August 16 - 7pm

To view the agendas visit our Public Meetings page.
Community Events
Fairfax Farmers Market
Wednesdays 4-8pm
Bolinas Park

Join family and friends to shop local and celebrate community, every Wednesday 4-8pm May through October.
Emerging Youth Music Series
The Strange: Live at the Redwood Stage
Saturday August 13th 6-8 pm
Redwood Stage - Peri Park, Fairfax CA

Come see The Strange, an indie-rock band with influences from various genres, notably 80's post-punk and modern neo-soul. They perform a mix of original songs and covers of various artists, ranging from Alabama Shakes to New Order to Thundercat. Their original music is characterized by confessional storytelling sung over grooves that will make you sway or jams that are sure to get you dancing.

Come listen and connect with this emerging band!
Mads Tolling Concert
Saturday, August 20th 
1 pm
Redwood Grove Stage
Peri Park

Mads Tolling, multi grammy-winning, internationally acclaimed violinist, performs in Fairfax! Mads  is a multi-Grammy award winning violinist who has toured the world doing sold out performances, had his compositions performed by professional orchestras, and played in concert with other major artists. His versatility is phenomenal, delving into everything from gypsy jazz, rock n’ roll, tango, to fiddle music. 

Come join us for a one hour show. The concert is free; tips encouraged.

Sponsored by Fairfax Park and Rec with Fairfax Artists in Residence, for more info contact pascalberandesign@yahoo.com
Save the Date!
Town Picnic
Sunday, September 18th
noon-5 pm
Contratti Field

Music by Nick Brown, old fashioned games, food trucks Casablanca and Infusion Craft and much much more!

If you would like to volunteer to help with this event, please contact mbaird@townoffairfax.org
Summer BioBlitz at Elliot Nature Preserve
Sunday August 7th
4pm - 6:30pm
Elliot Nature Preserve in Fairfax

As the days get longer in Summer, late afternoon and early evening are the perfect time to spend in nature. We will meet at the intersection of Cascade and Canyon Roads and walk down to the preserve together. Due to limited parking, please carpool or ride your bike!

Fairfax Recreation
Toddler Music with Dani Levy 
Ages 0-6 years
Thursdays August 18 - September 22
Women's Club outside patio

Music with Dani is a fun and interactive music and movement time for young children and their grownups.  Dani’s music session will have the children singing, dancing, rhyming, using their imaginations and having fun while creating music together!

Chi Gong
10am – 11am
Bolinas Park
$60 for 4 classes
Register now for August!

Chi Gong (Qigong) is the ancient Chinese practice of movement and meditation, deeply rooted in the balance and harmony of nature.  Chi is the vital life force energy that animates all living beings. Through gentle exercises we learn to cultivate and direct the flow of Chi within ourselves and draw from the Universal Chi all around us. Empower yourself to health!

Other Town and County News
Did You Know That the Town Has a Sidewalk Repair Program?

The Town’s Sidewalk Repair Program “waives” the encroachment permit fee for the sidewalk repair and will provide up to a maximum of $1000 as a 50% matching grant for the construction work. For example, if the work costs $800, the Town will reimburse applicants $400. The matching grant is subject to the availability of funds. Upon approval of your application, funding will be reserved for your project. Be sure to apply for the program before you start repairs, the Town will NOT reimburse applicants for any expenses incurred for past sidewalk repair work or prior to the approval of their application.

Opportunities for ADU/JADU Permitting and Construction

In January of this year, the Town Council updated the ADU/JADU ordinance and extended the amnesty program another 10 years (expires January 1, 2032). As part of the program all penalties are waived and ALL ADUs/JADUs (legalizing illegal ones or permitting new ones) get 50% permit fees charged.  The streamlined permitting process along with the California laws that have been passed in recent years, it's easier than ever to add an ADU or JADU to your property.

You can review the Urgency Ordinance on the Recent Ordinances page and then contact the Building and Planning Department for more information about the permitting process.
Chipper Days

The MWPA Curbside Chipper Program (also known as “Chipper Days”) is happening now.

Visit www.chipperday.com/marin to sign up for a spot!
Want to Get Involved? Join a Board or Commission!

Do you want to make a real difference in 2022? Consider joining a board or commission for the Town of Fairfax. There are openings on several boards and commissions.

Public Safety Power Shutoff Address Alerts Provide Notifications for Addresses Other Than Your Home That Are Important to You, Including Schools or a Relative’s Home 

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) customers and non-account holders can now sign up for notifications for any address they care about to stay informed about Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS). High winds can cause tree branches and debris to contact energized lines, damage our equipment and cause wildfires. As a result, PG&E may need to turn off power during severe weather to prevent wildfires. This is called a PSPS.  

It is important to remember that if you signed up to receive these alerts prior to June 2022, you will need to re-enroll for each address, to continue receiving these notifications through June 2023. 

To sign up for alerts for any address that is important to you or a loved one, visit: www.pge.com/addressalert

Alerts are accessible in multiple languages by automated call and text. 
Household Hazardous Waste
Help us keep household hazardous waste (HHW) from polluting the environment in Marin County. These helpful FAQs cover all the basics and will help you dispose of HHW properly.

Which materials are classified as hazardous?
Materials known as Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) are toxic to you and/or to the environment. HHW materials include the following categories: Electronics, Paint, Batteries, Light Bulbs, Household Chemicals, Personal Care Products, Gardening Products and Auto Care Products. They cannot be disposed of in curbside carts.

New Options for Supporting Mental Health in Marin

In 2020, Congress approved a new free 24/7 crisis phone number for behavioral health crisis needs nationwide. Beginning July 16, 2022 instead of dialing 911, emergency calls can be placed to 988 for urgent help in a time of mental health, substance use crisis, or even witnessing another person experiencing a behavioral health challenge.

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