Cindy Abbott, Executive Director of Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica – photo by Diane Lebow

“Exploring Pacifica”

by Erin Deinzer

To quote an adventurous gal from Kansas, “There’s no place like home.”

That phrase was running through my mind at the BATW September meeting in Pacifica—a 15-minute drive from my house.

Held at the Sanchez Art Center, the meeting began with an intro by Jamie Monozon, CEO of the Pacifica Chamber of Commerce. Following was a presentation by Greg Cochran, president of the Pedro Point Surf Club. Interesting tidbit? Because the beach at Linda Mar has a “gentle slope,” it’s an ideal place to learn to surf or paddleboard, or go for a refreshing swim. Meanwhile, over at the Pacifica pier, anglers can drop their lines in the ocean to fight for bragging rights.

Next up we heard from Sharron Walker, an enviably trim ex-teacher who now leads hikes into San Pedro Valley (a San Mateo County Park). Lots of questions were answered about local flora and fauna; then a group of the heartier attendees met for an afternoon hike that took them out onto the trails.

Me? I opted to stay behind at the arts center and shop as a result of our next speaker (and event hostess), Executive Director Cindy Abbott. The current exhibit at the 20-year-old facility is titled, “50/50”—an extremely cool concept: 50 works of art, none of them larger than 6” x 6”, are created in 50 days by more than 60 artists (all of whom have been vetted). Each of these miniature treasures is for sale, and the money raised not only benefits the center, but the artists themselves. (Their 2017 calendar can be found here:

Whether you’re looking for some serious beach time, a deep dive into the arts, or amazing local hikes, Pacifica really does prove “there’s no place like home.”

Many thanks to Judith Horstman, who coordinated this multi-faceted event.