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On January 9, students, teachers, school principals and families from all over Marin gathered in Whistlestop’s Jackson Café to recognize the finalists of Whistlestop’s 2019 Holiday Card Contest. Elementary school students in grades K-5 were invited to submit designs that highlight the holiday spirit of community, peace, love and giving, with the winning designs gracing Whistlestop’s official holiday card. Pictured above are (back row, left to right,  Catherine Nam, principal, Rancho Elementary School, Joe O’Hehir, CEO, Whistlestop, Mary Jane Burke, Marin County superintendent of schools, Molly Mundell-Bass, teacher, Tam Valley School, (middle row, left to right) Heath Hochanadel, Tam Valley School, contest winner Asher Abedin, Tam Valley School,  Oliver Pool, Rancho Elementary School, (front row, left to right) Quinn Ostroff, Rancho Elementary School, Varnika Kamma, Rancho Elementary School,  Venisha Potnuru, Rancho Elementary School, Maya Livingston, Old Mill School, Kosara Fackler, Old Mill School,  Emily Vasquez, Saint Vincent de Paul Elementary School and Josie Robison, Glenwood Elementary School.  -Photo courtesy of Whistlestop

All ages of chess players are invited to join the Fairfax Chess Club that meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Fairfax Cafe, 33 Broadway, Fairfax.  The club is an official US Chess Federation Club. All levels are welcome from beginner to advanced. For additional information, call Stan Rosenfeld at (415) 290-6060.  -Photo courtesy of Fairfax Chess Club

Outdoor Advanced Leadership Academy is a six-day residential camp for students entering grades six to 10 where they will learn what it takes to become the leaders of the next generation of environmental activism.  Summer sessions are June 21-26 and July 19-24. Campers stay in the dorms of the Point Bonita YMCA and participate in a variety of outdoor activities including kayaking, ropes course challenges, bird counts, group research projects and challenge hikes. Applications are due by Feb. 15 and are available at For more information, contact Sean Dries, Associate Executive Director, at (415) 331-9653 or -Photos courtesy of Point Bonita YMCA

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