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April 3, 2010

It’s been a while since I have written about East Brother Lighthouse, one of Richmond’s best known landmarks, now completing its 30th year of successful operation. I encourage you to:


East Brother is entirely maintained by a non-profit corporation and dozens of dedicated volunteers. Revenue from the bed and breakfast is used to pay for materials and services essential for maintenance, such as insurance, boat maintenance, paint, tools, landscape supplies, furnishings and plumbing, electrical and mechanical equipment. There is no better way to spend a Saturday or Sunday than with a group of hard working volunteers from all over the Bay Area on a sunny day on this historic island gardening, painting or tinkering with ancient machinery and having a picnic lunch together. We are particularly looking for volunteers with construction and mechanical maintenance skills, but anyone with enthusiasm is welcome.

We also need volunteers who can help with marketing, data entry, newsletter, volunteer recruitment and coordination, fund raising and grant writing. And finally, we are always looking for a few more motivated board members with non-profit experience and a particular interest in preserving East Brother for future generations.

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East Brother Light Station                              March/April 2010

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Spring is Here

Volunteers of East Brother Island

Secrets from Anne's Galley

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Dear Tom,

While we enjoy the first days of spring we want to share with you what is so special about East Brother Light Station right now. In this issue we'll also introduce you to a group of dedicated people without whom your stay on the island wouldn't be possible. And there will be another tasty Secret from Anne's Galley, an elegant dish you can treat your guests to at your first al fresco dining of the year.

Let's stay in touch!

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Spring is Here!  
Spring flowersBy Jutta Stingl


Right now is a great time of the year at East Brother Island; when the rain takes a break and we get the first couple of warm, sunny days with clear blue skies. Thanks to a good rainy season, the island is green with fresh, new grass (and of course a few weeds). The California poppies have started to bloom, and the blossoms of our rosemary hedge and our succulents are also bringing fresh new colors to the island. We've been waiting for this all winter, and it's finally here!
For the early birds among our guests there is hardly a better place to sip morning coffee while experiencing the beginning of a new day. It's a great time to enjoy peace and quiet while nature slowly awakens around you.
Another benefit of spring is the return of our popular day use option on the island. Make your reservation and bring a picnic and some friends to enjoy the charm of the island during the day (11 am - 4 pm) each Saturday from April through September.


Volunteers of East Brother Island
Volunteers at workBy Jutta Stingl

Since 1979 (when a non-profit organization was formed to restore the lighthouse) until today, volunteers have always played a big role in the ongoing restoration and maintenance of the island. Although some people join us only for one day out of curiosity, many volunteers have supported the island for years and even decades with their time, enthusiasm, and hard work. Many hands and heads are needed to keep the place up and running, and some of our volunteers wear many hats.
Our volunteer workdays are usually on the second Saturday of the month and on a regular day up to 20 volunteers show up to paint, weed, and repair the equipment and facilities. Some volunteer work is also done remotely, like management, marketing, finance, and volunteer coordination.
If you would like to join our volunteer group, the "Wickies", please go to our website and register as a volunteer. Our volunteer coordinator will follow up with you, and you will receive the announcement of upcoming workdays.
Right now the following positions that can be done remotely are available:  volunteer coordinator, writers and editors for our newsletter,  web administrator (WordPress), and assistant gift shop manager.  If you are interested in any of these positions, please send an e-mail to volunteer@ebls.org.


Secrets from Anne's Galley 
It is a good season for asparagus; they are delicious. Here is a new recipe for White Asparagus Wrapped with Smoked Salmon.

(serves four)White asparagus wrapped with smoked salmon
20 white asparagus spears
4 tbsp. crumbled feta cheese
12 cherry tomatoes
8 slices smoked salmon
4 scallion branches, sliced
2 tbsp. parsley

1. Peel the asparagus and steam for about 5 to 7 minutes (it is done when the spears are still crunchy but just start to become tender). Immediately transfer the asparagus to a cold dish to cool.
2. Place two slices of smoked salmon flat on each plate.
3. Lay 5 asparagus on the salmon, add one tablespoon of crumbled feta cheese and wrap the salmon around.
4. Cut the tomatoes in half and put 4 half tomatoes per plate with the sliced scallion, on top of your wrap.
5. Add 2 tablespoons of creamy vinaigrette and decorate with some parsley.

It is very refreshing in summer with a glass of white wine such as Chardonnay or Vouvray.

Creamy Vinaigrette
Mix some mustard vinaigrette (one teaspoon of dijon mustard, one tablespoon of red vinegar, olive oil, pepper, and salt) with fresh cream, some lemon juice and cayenne pepper.

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