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December is a time of giving

It seems each year December sneaks up on me and taps me on the shoulder when I least expect it. If months took the form of men, December would be a ninja.

All of the sudden I’m late with shopping, planning for family visits, figuring out how to finish end-of-the-year work assignments… I know I’m preaching to the choir. It is also an annual reminder of just how good are many of our neighbors.

One such reminder is the Adopt-a-Family program that runs like clockwork out of Coastside Hope on the Midcoast. Caring Coastsiders donate and in many instances shop for people in the community who could use a happy holiday. Others turn out to wrap the gifts, which, depending upon your proclivities, is either one of your favorite parts of your own holiday season or a curse. Last year alone, 871 people in 292 families were presented with age-appropriate gifts they otherwise wouldn’t have had. It’s all possible because of your generosity.

The big gift-wrapping day was Sunday, and program administrator Judy O'Leary tells me all the families have already been adopted. That includes a $100 food coupon for families and $50 for seniors.

Of course, too many of our neighbors are in need all year long. Coastside Hope can always use your help. Find out more about the Adopt-a-Family program and all the good work done through one of the premier nonprofits on the coast by visiting: https://coastsidehope.org/our-services/adopt-a-family/

Busy Thursday: A lot of government agencies will be slowing down this month as thoughts turn to the holidays, but Dec. 2 is a busy day. The San Mateo County Zoning Officer conducts a hearing at 10 a.m. https://planning.smcgov.org/zoning-hearing-officer, the San Mateo County Parks Commission meets at 4 p.m. https://parks.smcgov.org/parks-commission and the Montara Water and Sanitary District board is scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m. http://mwsd.montara.org/

Who doesn’t love a parade? The Nights of Lights continue this Friday with a parade down Main Street. The fun starts at 6 p.m. in downtown Half Moon Bay. There may still be time to enter your group in the parade: https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/local/night-lights

— Clay Lambert