Fairfax Update
Special Holiday Edition
November 27,2020
As we enter the holiday season we want to share some of the events that will bring us together, remind everyone to support our local businesses and crafts people and our Mayor, Renee Goddard, shares a final message as Mayor of our community. At the December 2nd Town Council meeting the Council will select a new Mayor and Vice Mayor.

What a year 2020 has been, we are so grateful for the leadership, volunteerism and connection that has stayed so strong in our community.
Mayor Goddard's Message to the Community

Remote but Ever-Connected
My first experience with a remote control was with an old television that barely worked unless you pounded the top of it with your fist, and twirled the antennae to find reception. I remember holding the button with me thumb, pointing and waving the foreign object frantically trying to make it all the way through “I love Lucy”. Right around the same time, I became obsessed with a game called ‘Pong’ where a ‘joy stick’ moved two vertical .5 inch lines up and down the screen serving as rackets to hit a digital dot back and forth over a center line. I have dramatically dated myself, but I distinctly remember feeling at the time that we were reverting to parallel play just as we had begun to master interaction and communication. 
2020 has stretched our community to it’s limits, and in doing so, repositioned us facing forward into the future with a refined road map and a skill set to help us find our way.  

At times I have felt like that child pressing the remote control button with my thumb, hoping for a successful connection, or the little digital Pong dot exhausted on the court in the world’s longest rally. 
With the Shelter In Place order on March 16th, everything came to a screeching halt and humans went remote. 

Fairfax rose to the life altering occasion. Social distancing was mandated and remote digital connectivity quickly filled it’s place, an adaptation, the antidote to social isolation. 

New interactive modalities were identified and vocabulary was quickly colloquialized, such as “un-muting” each other on zoom calls or “freezing” in the midst of the hottest year on record.Town Council meetings could now be conducted in pajama pants and most interestingly to me was watching myself talk to a screen, observing my own facial expressions in real time as I listened to those I could not see. 

We could not have imagined the potential benefits of virtual communication in providing access to public meetings. 
On-line tools grew and amplified the Black Lives Matters movement, enabled a virtual National Convention (at least one), broadcast virtual Climate Conferences and activism reaching unprecedented tens of thousands of people. We saw the world’s largest on-line Choral gathering, on-line end of life Ceremonies, Passover Seders, zoom happy hours and dance parties. I foresee the next Guinness Book of World Records, the virtual version.

There is causality between the events of 2020. At the start of the shelter in place order, many of us had the privilege of enjoying extraordinary blue skies and walks to beautiful open lands, but that land was not accessible to those who don’t live close to open space. There were postings at the entrance to our watershed reading “Access for locals Only.” We enjoyed the cleanest air on record because many of us could work remotely and not drive, while a large majority of essential and frontline workers who rely on public transportation or carpooling to jobs were disproportionately exposed to the virus and had no time to enjoy that same fresh air. The digital divide was especially pronounced with remote learning which unfairly disadvantaged students in underserved parts of our county. Some High School students used new Covid related grading policies to their advantage to gain admission to elite Universities while other students hunted for wifi connections in order to attend classes merely to remain eligible to graduate. 

The events of 2020 provided opportunity for a deeper look at our assumptions. George Floyd’s murder shocked the world and we narrowed our focus, committing to holding up an equity magnifying lens and centering racial justice in our discussions. While we began creating new systems to transform old systems, the gaping equity divide was widening. The beneficiaries of the silver linings of 2020, the blue skies, family bike rides and tech innovations were the usual suspects, and those who carry the bulk of the burdens are again the underserved and marginalized communities. 

Thankfully, the Racial and Social Justice Movements of our time are being led by youth. There is a language that our generation is not well versed in, and best we observe and learn and wait to be invited in.  
The number of young people elected to public office in Marin on November 2nd was unprecedented. They dazzled us with digital fluency. They provided evidence that remote connections can shift paradigms. The campaigns run by our younger candidates were visionary and responsive, based in logical and emotional intelligence. 

In a year where fear was pervasive in our community our students and the younger generation of leaders stayed fundamentally hopeful, impassioned and unafraid to demand change.

Paul Hawken in his 2007 book Blessed Unrest writes about the intersection of climate and social justice and how the largest movement in the world came into being. He writes; “The internet and other communication technologies have revolutionized what is possible for small groups to accomplish and are accordingly changing the loci of power”. We are living in that moment, in that movement. 

This year we have walked through an unrecognizable world together. We have physically distanced and virtually intertwined, interconnecting generations, races, cultures and beliefs. Where once there was pong and 2 lines and a dot there is now a global network and opportunity for good on a mammoth scale. 

I am grateful to have been the Mayor of Fairfax in 2020, and as I learned yesterday on Thanksgiving, gratitude translates across all communications platforms, and the expression of thanks offers a moment for introspection, a respite from what ails us to remember what sustains us. 

Stay connected & PLEASE wear a mask to keep yourselves and others safe.

We will make it through together!
Of course we wish we could gather as we have for so many years, in the Pavilion to shop with the lovely local artists and crafts people. And the next day, head to the Women's Club and sing carols and make wreaths shoulder to shoulder with our friends and neighbors. But, alas, it's all virtual this year. It's not our first choice but hopefully this will help our community stay connected as we wait out this wave of pandemic and we can all gather in 2021 to continue these beloved local traditions.

We have a wonderful selection of vendors, some new to the Craft Faire and some that you might be looking for because you buy from them year after year. Some vendors plan to do small, outdoor pop ups. We want to keep you in the loop so please subscribe to our Town Newsletter. We'll be sending out special holiday editions from mid November thru mid December.

And check back often, we are adding more vendors daily!
Citizen of the Year Nominations

Last few days to nominate someone!

Last year, the Town Council reinstated the Citizen of the Year Award at their April 3, 2019 meeting. The award was awarded annually from 1992 through 1997. A plaque with the recipients' names engraved upon it still hangs in the Women's Club.

The Fairfax Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC)
is taking nominations from the public for the 2020 award starting on November 1st. The nomination period will be open from November 1 - December 1, 2020.
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Town Council Meeting
December 2nd - 7pm

Racial Equity and Social Justice Committee Meeting
December 3 - 7pm

Racial Equity and Social Justice Committee Retreat
December 6 - Time TBD

To view the agendas visit our Public Meetings page.
Wreath Making with the Fairfax Volunteers
Sunday December 13, 2020
2-5pm - Live on Zoom!

One of the Fairfax Volunteers favorite events, the Annual Holiday Wreath Making/Caroling/Potluck has had to be adjusted due to COVID-19 and restrictions on large gatherings. This year, we will distribute wreathmaking kits to families in advance of the event. 

Please reserve one by e-mailing mbaird@townoffairfax.org. Maria will bring the wreath making kits which will consist of a wreath ring, ribbons, decorations, and a “Special Surprise gift” out to your car, on Park Road, near Peri Park. Please contact her early as only 100 kits will be available.  
Then, we will host a virtual event via Zoom on Sunday, December 13th from 2-5pmWe will post a link closer to the event. As part of the gathering, Georgia Gibbs, Artist-in-Residence, and one of our Board members will demonstrate how to make a wreath via Youtube. We are happy to keep this tradition alive, albeit it with changes by offering it remotely this year.
Wonderfully Wild Marin: A Calendar, Online Fundraiser and Now...Pop Ups for Open Space 

Want to help protect local open spaces during these trying times and get some amazing artwork as part of the donation thank-you gifts?  Here’s how!

The Fairfax Open Space Committee along with The San Anselmo Open Space Committee have been collaborating together to create an informationally rich and stunningly beautiful Calendar for 2021 called Wonderfully Wild Marin

Now, in addition to the calendars, you can also get stunning photos by these photographers and other fun gifts, three Saturdays in a row, from 2-7pm in Downtown Fairfax at 31 Bolinas Rd.
It will be an open air, covid-complaint Pop Up with wait list and reservations recommended.

Visit Wonderfully Wild Marin or contact pascalberandesign@yahoo.com or (415)456-5870 for more information or to make reservations.

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Wishing you a safe and joyous holiday season - Please remember to shop local and support our wonderful downtown merchants!