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After a low turnout at the first local pediatric COVID-19 vaccine clinic on the Coastside on Dec. 15, San Mateo County Health facilitated a second clinic for kids ages 5 to 11 on Jan. 9. This time, dozens of kids rolled up their sleeves.

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We grumpy old men spend an inordinate amount of time visiting doctors. This allows us to stay grumpy nearly every waking hour. We spend half our time feeling grumpy about the minor and major maladies that plague us, and the rest of the time being grumpy about all the prodding, poking, prescr…

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Ninety-year-old Marilyn Jones counts her five children, 30 grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren as the best gifts in her life. Now, she feels, she wants to work on some gifts of her own.

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With COVID-19 vaccinations now available for kids ages 5 through 11, the Coastal Repertory Theatre has announced that the youth musical theater program will return for 2022. The program is open to vaccinated kids, kindergarten through eighth grade, of all experience levels.

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The inaugural Beach Break Film Festival, which was supposed to take place Dec. 28-30 at the Coastal Repertory Theatre, has been postponed due to the spike in COVID-19 cases and the omicron variant.

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San Mateo County Health is hosting another free Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine clinic for kids, ages 5 to 11. The clinic will take place from 2 to 6 p.m., on Jan. 9, at the Cabrillo Unified School District Event Center, 530 Kelly Ave. in Half Moon Bay.

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With only two days left in 2021 we come to an annual tradition of self-humiliation. No, not the photos of us at New Year’s Eve parties, passed out on the dog’s bed; I refer to New Year resolutions.

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After being canceled for two consecutive years, the Pacific Coast Dream Machines event will return to Half Moon Bay from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 24, 2022, at the Half Moon Bay Airport’s Eddie Andreini Field. Gates will open at 7 a.m. for those who have registered their machine or expect t…

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’Twas the night before Christmas, when here by the sea not a creature was stirring, except maybe me. Slumber escaped me, so deeply in thought: “Does Christmas have meaning? Is all this for naught?

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As Executive Director Belinda Hernandez-Arriaga walked through the Ayudando Latinos a Soñar center on Saturday afternoon, she could hardly get through as piles of gifts were stored on every available surface. Outside, bags full of wrapped toys lined the sidewalk, ready for 200 local families…

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As a writing professor at Stanford University in 1995, Richard Holeton wrote a 500-word short story about Theodore Streleski, the Stanford graduate student who bludgeoned his faculty advisor to death with a hammer in the 1970s. He developed the story into a hypertext novel, “Figurski at Find…

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If ’tis the season to be jolly, why am I so stressed out? Could it be that until Dec. 15 I utterly failed to keep my 2021 New Year’s resolution: finding and buying unique Christmas gifts throughout the year?

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In the spirit of holiday giving, the Unitarian Universalist Coastside Community is hosting a fundraiser for Senior Coastsiders with a virtual interfaith music festival on Sunday, Dec. 19. Many musicians donated their work for the Turning Towards the Light: A Holiday Fundraiser for Senior Coa…

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In May 2020, when Walter Anderson walked through the Half Moon Bay High School auditorium to his classroom, the set for the canceled production of “Newsies” was still in place. As he sat in front of his computer to teach a band class remotely, he never would have expected that he would still…

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Once again this year, the Unknown Motorcycle Club is helping other Coastsiders make the holidays a little brighter for local families in need.

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The annual La Honda Holiday Faire and fundraiser, benefiting the volunteer fire brigade, will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. on Sunday at the La Honda Fire Station, 8945 La Honda Road.

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The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors is looking for Coastside representatives for several committees, including one with a direct impact on coastal building.

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Join docents from the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District for a hike dubbed “Wonder and Wander,” set for 10 a.m. on Saturday.

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Former San Mateo County poet laureate and Coastsider Caroline Goodwin recently released her most recent poetry collection, “Old Snow, White Sun.”

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The Coastal Repertory Theatre is wrapping up the season with its final performance of the year, “The Santaland Diaries.” The one-man show starring David Blackburn will open on Dec. 3 and run through Dec. 19.

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Thirty years ago, when Lesli Sachs-Williams moved to the coast, there wasn’t an organized community for Jewish Coastsiders. Sachs-Williams would stand in the aisle where Jewish holiday food and Kosher food items were displayed, waiting for someone to buy matzos. She scoured the phone book fo…

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Cunha Intermediate School teacher Kurt Murray will be teaching students to code using new technology from Bird Brain Technologies. The Hummingbird Robotics Kit he uses is a creative tool that allows students to design and program a robot, and thanks to a $1,000 innovation grant from the Cabr…

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It was a doomed love story, perhaps more tragic than Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” But our sweethearts were not parted by feuding families in fair Verona, but by a more insidious cause: adverbs.

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The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District board of directors last week approved the purchase of a 644-acre portion of the Johnston Ranch property in Half Moon Bay from the Peninsula Open Space Trust for $4.8 million.

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Lately, I’ve been seeing articles mentioning a pending real estate bubble. Perhaps what’s caused this thinking is the sudden rise in home prices in certain parts of the country. It could be rising interest rates, inflation, supply chain issues, government spending, etc. Some think the sky is…

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It says something about the complexity of California’s water crisis that there are so many actors in the state’s water wars, all clamoring for more. Nature, alone, is silent in this fight, relying on others to speak on behalf of the welfare of wildlife and waterways.

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Due to the COVID-19 shutdown and mandates, the Coastside Community Orchestra has not been able to perform since Feb. 1, 2020. Now, the group is back with its annual chamber music concert and music awards fundraiser, conducted by Robert Smith and featuring a string orchestra and two piano ensembles.

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Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica has reopened after being closed for five days following torrential rain that caused sewer overflows into the ocean. The beach was closed on Oct. 24 after the storm dumped 6.87 inches of rain on Pacifica. It reopened on Friday with permission from the county’s envi…

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National Stress Awareness Day is celebrated on Nov. 3 each year, though there’s little to celebrate about stress. You’ll occasionally hear procrastinating newspaper columnists say that “deadline stress” spurs writing creativity. That’s just an excuse to binge-watch sci-fi with the dog, then …

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For Coastsiders looking for an opportunity to improve their dance moves, the city of Half Moon Bay is hosting a ballroom dance class. The class is intended for locals 18 and older who want to learn new skills and spend time with friends and neighbors.

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The San Francisco Giants’ playoff aspirations came to an end when the Los Angeles Dodgers claimed the National League Division Series. For some fans, that might be the end of Major League Baseball’s 2021 postseason, but a particular group of Bay Area residents is still paying close attention…

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With Halloween only four days away, our thoughts turn to our ghastly and ghostly traditions, from carved pumpkins to wee children dressed like goblins, monsters and Sen. Ted Cruz. As the tykes prowl the streets with their trick-or-treats, running a door-to-door protection racket, we adults f…

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Coastsiders will celebrate Pacifica’s third Arbor Day with the planting of 40 trees, the dedication of a COVID-19 memorial grove at Fairmont Park, and an art contest for students.

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Local artists were among the many disappointed by the cancellation of the annual Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival, which was scuttled for the second year in a row.