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Independent Order of Odd Fellows Ocean View Lodge #143
526 Main St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F) Ocean View Lodge #143 has been performing benevolent work in the areaMore since 1865. This fraternal society has played a big role in the history of Half Moon Bay. It was responsible for the incorporation of the city and formed the original city council. It also created the first city park, the first low-cost senior housing facility and one of the first cemeteries. The I.O.O.F. is also responsible for one of the most distinctive looking buildings on Main Street. The historic Odd Fellows Building is hard to miss with a large eyeball on near the top and a mysterious sign with only the three-linked letters: F.L.T.

The lodge has meetings on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month for planning charity work and fraternizing with fellow members. Some of the organizations the I.O.O.F. sponsors are the S.O.S. Challenge, the Educational Foundation, Living Legacy Program, Remembering Our War Heroes, United Nations Educational Program for Youth and the Tournament of Roses Parade, as well as many other local charities.

The Pilarcitos Rebekah Lodge #286 also meets in the Odd Fellows Building on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month.

Shely Pack Dancers
270 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Owner Shely Pack Shely is a faculty member of the Teachers Training School at the University of BuffaloMore and chairman of the Modern Dance Education Committee for Dance Masters of America. Her studio provides dance instruction and summer workshops to students of all ages and skill levels. It also hosts dance birthday parties and other special events. 
Richard J. Elkus Ranch Environmental Education Center
1500 Purissima Creek Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

The Richard J Elkus Ranch Environmental Education and Conference Center provides a unique hands-on learningMore experience for youth within the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Students who visit the 125 acre ranch learn about environmental science, California history, animal care, nutrition, and agriculture in a rural setting.

Elkus Ranch is committed to providing a rich ranch experience for all children by offering a myriad of educationally diverse programs, including programs designed for students with special needs. Our Dean Trail leads visually impaired children with the help of a guide rope to explore the natural habitat surrounding the ranch. Our sensory garden contains a variety of plants that can be experienced through their scent, taste, and texture. Our enabling garden has raised beds that can be tended without kneeling or bending. All of our ranch facilities are wheelchair accessible. Our programs are aligned with the California Science Content Standards and provide opportunities to learn about the production of food and fiber, the interrelationships of plants and animals in their natural habitats and the importance of environmental stewardship. Schools interested in scheduling field trips can contact us directly. We offer a limited amount of scholarships to low income schools, please contact us for more information or to see if your school qualifies.

While the ranch is not open to the public, we do offer family oriented public events throughout the year. Our most popular annual events are Sheep to Shawl, Summer and Winter day camps for children 6-11, and Spring and Fall Pre-School Days. We also have opportunities for community service projects and volunteers.

The Conference Center at Elkus Ranch is a 4,400 square foot educational and day conference facility. The facility is available to rent for day conferences, off-site meetings, workshops and trainings. Local overnight facilities are also available. Also available for rental: a commercial kitchen, board room, and ranch house.  Please contact us for current rates and availability.

Half Moon Bay Head Start
900 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Half Moon Bay Head Start has been providing services for low income families in the San Mateo County Coastside areaMore since 1990. The organization offers programs that serve the entire child, meaning that offerings range from health and nutrition education to cognitive skill-building that readies each child for kindergarten. Special needs children are welcome. Breakfast and lunch are provided daily.

Head Start also offers workshops for parents. Past topics have included how to keep children safe and how to access social services. In order for their children to attend Head Start, each family must prove eligibility in advance. Stop by the office to submit an application.

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