City offers civics academy for students 

The city of Half Moon Bay is offering students in grades 8 to 12 an opportunity to experience city operations and learn about how local government works. 

As participants of the Future Leaders Civics Academy program, students will meet city staff and council members, take part in a mock council meeting and earn community service credit. There are also segments on public speaking and learning best practices for resume writing and job applications. Dinner is served at each session. 

The program takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 29, Sept. 5 and 12. Dinner is provided. Deadline to apply is June 30. 

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CoastPride to host speakers

CoastPride, an advocacy group seeking to improve support and awareness of LGBT families and youth, is hosting its first speaker series this week. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Half Moon Bay Library.

Jordan Decker, an international speaker and activist, will share his story on being bullied and struggling with suicidal ideation. His nonprofit, “Trans HeartLine,” provides safe post-operative housing for transgender residents in the Bay Area. Joanna Barkin, an author, educator and mother of a transgender child, will share her experiences supporting transgender youth. Her book, “He’s Always Been My Son,” was published in 2017. 

Seating is limited for the event. For more information, visit


Devil’s Slide Ride to  put pedalers to test

The eighth annual Devil’s Slide Ride to benefit Partners and Advocates for Remarkable Children and Adults, will be held on Saturday, June 8, in Pacifica. 

Road cyclists will choose between three routes. The “Century from Hell” climbs up over 9,000 feet, while the “Merciless Metric Century” guides bikers through 64 miles of ocean vistas, mountains and redwood groves. Lastly, the aptly named “Fiendish Fortymile” travels through the Coastside’s farmlands to Half Moon Bay and back.  

Participants can take advantage of aid stations, snacks, refreshments, maps and a post-ride meal. Proceeds from the event support PARCA, a nonprofit that assists people with developmental disabilities. 

To register for the event, or for additional information, visit 

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