September 2014

Ronnie’s Awesome List, September 2014, still so many fabulous events happening this month. And don’t miss the awesome list of overnight adventures spotlighted at the top. Bring your pj’s and sleeping bag and sleep next to your favorite exhibit, under the stars or on an historic ship and let your imagination run wild…..read more.

Do you remember when you were 11? Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey traveled the world for six years talking with 11-year-olds to compose this insightful, funny and moving portrait of childhood. Don’t miss the film I AM ELEVEN Click here for complete interview & ticket information.

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11 Questions for Genevieve Bailey, Director of I AM ELEVEN

I_Am_Eleven_San_Francisco_FLYERTickets on Sale NOW

AMC Metreon 16, San Francisco

Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael

The New Parkway Theatre, Oakland

Genevieve Bailey’s award-winning documentary, I AM ELEVEN, opens this week in theaters across the Bay Area. Don’t miss this beautiful, deeply personal and at times hilarious film of what it means to stand on the cusp between childhood and adolescence. I’m extremely excited to share an exclusive interview with award winning film director, Genevieve Bailey.

Can you tell me what Genevieve Bailey was like at 11? Did something specifically happen, or not happen, at 11 that made you love that year of your life over 10 or 12?

I was similar to who I am now. When I was 11, I went from primary to high school. I was young in my class but I love that transition because I went from being a big fish in a small pond to being a small fish in a big pond. Suddenly I had hundreds of kids to meet and hundreds of new relationships to form.

I still love dogs, dancing, people, I’m very social, congenial, interested in the environment and other cultures. Like I said in the film, when I was 11, I felt the world was big in a good way. I became very interested in learning the capital city of every country I could and learning about other cultures. Even though I never left my city of Melbourne, I was interested in the wide world. Sometimes people reflect on the time they were 11 and that they are still, at heart, very much who they were at 11. That’s true for me.

Another reason why it was my favorite age was because my dad, who worked for the government as a public servant, was made redundant. He was home for one year which meant he would drive me to school, take me to basketball training, and sew sequins on my dance costumes. He was very present. When I was 22 my dad passed away, only 11 years later. I look back to 11 as being very special where I got to spend a lot of time with my dad.

In the movie you said that at the time you conceived “I Am Eleven” you were 23 years old and going through depression stemming from a bad car accident, the loss of your father, and devastating global images from the Asian tsunami during your time working for a major newspaper in Australia. I found it so interesting that at 23 you decided to channel that energy to something as risky as making a movie. How did that feeling help drive you to the idea of making an uplifting movie about 11 year olds around the globe? Did making the movie help you deal with your depression?

Like anyone having a rough time in life the idea of having a purpose can really help you to turn things around and for me I saw a real need for a film like this. Part of the reason I wanted to make I AM ELEVEN is because it is the sort of film that I would want to see and I believe other people would want to see it too. We see so much negativity in the media, not just the newspapers but in television and cinema where there is so much violence. You put on the television and you see people doing horrible things to each other and it’s presented as entertainment. I had a problem with that and thought I want to make something that makes me and audiences happy. And I wanted this film to not just be fun but also entertaining and insightful and to shed light on how children are seeing the world all over the world which is why I didn’t make a film about just Australian kids, English kids, or American kids. I really wanted to take the audience on trip around the world and reconnect them with their inner child.

There were so many layers that led me to create this film. I didn’t have any funds or grants or wealthy parents paying for my film. I just had this belief that it was worth a shot and the giant 11 year old in me likes to jump into things rather then worrying about how hard it will be. It has been a huge part of my life and there have been plenty of hurdles and challenges along the way but the kids inspired me so much that I realized the resilience and perspective that I learned from those kids has really inspired me and helped me make the film as big as I could possibly make it.

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Sharif, Gen, Grace and Billy

You went to 15 countries in your movie and filmed 22 kids. How did you come to choose these countries and situations (orphanage in India, elephant sanctuary in Thailand, Jewish girl in New Jersey, etc.)?

I decided early on that the easiest way to find 11 year olds would be to go to schools since that is where they are hanging out everyday. But I worried that schools might offer up kids with the best grades or acting experience. Even though those kids would have been interesting, I didn’t need the kids to have those backgrounds.

I had three rules. My first rule was that they had to be 11; my second rule was that they had to want to be involved; and the third rule was that the parent or guardian gave permission for them to be involved. But other then that I was open to any kid because I knew they all had something to offer.

So, I decided to do it in a much more random way. I hit streets, went to market places, talked to people in book stores, bus stops and asked people “Do you know any 11 year olds around here?” It was a very unconventional way to produce a film. I produced, shot, edited, I had so many roles in this film. I became really comfortable with approaching strangers. Every story about how I found each kid is different and some are really funny and some situations were more strenuous but at the end of the day I didn’t leave the country until I interviewed an eleven year old there first. Can you tell me about one of the funniest ones? I went into a book store in Berlin, Germany and asked the lady “Do you have any kids?” She said, “Yes, I have a 10 and 12 year old, why?” and I said “I am looking for 11 year olds.” And she said that there was a book published last year called “10 in Berlin” and it was 10 photographs of 10, 10 year-olds in Berlin. She said “That book was published last year so they are all 11 now and my friend published it so just pick a kid.” I opened the book and I said “What about her?” and she said “She lives right across the street from the book store.” I thought what are the chances of that happening.

Sharif in I AM ELEVEN

Sharif in I AM ELEVEN

Did you have a favorite country you’d like to return to? A country you missed? Was there a child you had a special connection with?

Audiences always ask me ‘who was your favorite kid?’ When I was a kid I asked my mom who was her favorite out of all of her kids in the family. And her response was “Mothers don’t have favorites, we love all our kids equally.” And I feel like that in the film, all the kids inspired me and have provided insight into their life in different ways so I love them all for different reasons. But I would say that audience favorites are Billy from London and Remi from the South of France. For me, I enjoyed all of them and want to go back and see any of them when ever I can.

I particularly loved to photograph in India. I’ve been back to India every year since we shot there and the kids there are like nephews and nieces to us. We’ve been doing a lot to help raise support for them. We created a foundation to help the kids in India and disadvantaged children around the world called ♥ The Darlingheart Foundation ♥.

My 11 year old daughter just signed up in the filmmaking club at her middle school. What advice would you give to a kid who aspires to be a filmmaker? Any advice for parents, like myself, to help encourage these future filmmakers/storytellers?

I always say to people, of any age, you should never let lack of fancy equipment or access to money stop you from telling your story. I made a lot of short films before “I AM ELEVEN” and the one that traveled the most around the world and won the most in prizes was made for about $100 with an old camera. When you get access to fancy equipment that is a great opportunity but if you don’t have access to all the bells and whistles; you can still tell stories and for me the story is the most important thing in the filmmaking process.

Reaching audiences is another important part and sharing your work even if it is rough. Showing it to people is the most exciting part of the process because you can gauge their reaction and see how the film is being received. I encourage people of any age to share their work and see how people respond to what they are making.

To parents, I would say it’s very easy, whether we are conscious of it or not, to tell kids how to do things or not do things or suggest what they should make a film about or how they should do it. What I would recommend to a parent is to provide an opportunity to let their kids experiment and explore on their own without them. There is not a right or wrong way to do anything and don’t pressure them into telling certain kinds of stories. It’s important for kids to experiment and play. What I do for myself as a filmmaker is to give myself that space to really explore and I think children are naturally curious that they make really great storytellers because of that.

Grace in I AM ELEVEN

Grace in I AM ELEVEN

What were your dreams as a child? Did your parents support your dreams as you were growing up? 

When I was 11, I was really into maths and science. I was interested in a career in forensic sciences and then I found out what that meant and realized I didn’t want to do that. I was very curious about the world, really interested in people, and was very social. My parents supported me in decisions I made regardless of what vocation it was.

Actually, while making film, and especially since distributing it, I realize (although in my heart I knew this) how influential my parents have been in not telling me what to do and encouraging me to do what ever it is that makes me happy. I realize that not everyone is raised in an environment where they are encouraged to follow their dreams. I am so very grateful to my parents. They were happy whether I wanted to become a scientist or engineer or filmmaker or teacher that they encouraged me to pursue what makes my heart sing. I am very grateful for that and I wish every child could have that.

This film was shot over a 6 year period. Was the final film what you envisioned when you started thinking about the concept when you were 23?

I look back now wishing someone interviewed me before I started because my memory before I AM ELEVEN feels so long ago. It has been such a big part of my life. I was 24 when I got onto that first flight to Tokyo and within an hour of being in Japan, I loved it so much I contacted my travel agent saying I want to stay longer. I enjoy being out of my comfort zone, the challenges of arriving in a new place, and having to start from scratch.

I reached a point early on realizing I can just keep this a small film or I can put all my energy, money and time I have into it and make it as big as possible. That was the point when I really decided that I wanted I AM ELEVEN to reach millions of people around the world and not for this to be just for family and friends. I wanted it to be as big as possible. Once I was committed to that there was no going back.

Was there anything that ended up on the cutting room floor that you wished you could have kept in the movie?

There was but the reality is shooting over 100 hours of footage, I had to cut a lot out to keep it to an hour and a half. That’s editing for you. On the DVD we can have the extra footage, outtakes, and behind the scenes. A lot of people are curious of the kids now. We can include updates of what the kids are doing now, how they are growing up and we definitely want to make a sequel as well.

Billy in I AM ELEVEN

Billy in I AM ELEVEN

You said earlier that you were directing, producing, shooting, editing and distributing your first film. Each of these tasks are extraordinarily time consuming and require a lot of focus. If you could go back in time, what advice would you give the 23 year-old Genevieve Bailey now that you have been through this process, that you didn’t know then? How about 11 year old Gen?

While there were a number of key decisions that I had to make along the way that were difficult decisions, I do not have any regrets. Even though challenges financially can be quite stressful while trying to achieve it with our small budget, I am glad we maintained all creative, financial and technical control. There was an option to hand the film over to another company. But we didn’t feel comfortable just handing over a work that was so precious to us and hope that another company would do a good job with it. So we did maintain control of the project and I’m so glad.

We had the premier of the film in Melbourne, Australia and I went to the restroom after the screening. My teacher from when I was 11 was there washing her hands. She said to me, “Oh Genevieve, that whole film is you when you were 11.” It was really interesting to hear that. At first it sounded weird but there are similarities between all of us and so many differences. I wanted I AM ELEVEN to highlight that. Show what makes us similar but also to celebrate what makes us different. I think back to my childhood and I had friends from the Philippines, Greece, Ireland, Argentina and I loved that cultural diversity. But I am conscious that not all children grow up with cultural diversity and learning about different peoples experiences and about privileged, opportunity and human rights. When I think back to when I was 11, I was interested in our differences. I was celebrating that then and I still do now.

I think I would tell myself just to enjoy every minute which I have been doing and to always remember when there are hurdles or barriers in front of you to jump a little higher and get over them.

You asked the question at the beginning of the movie, “Are they still having as much fun as I did when I was 11?” Some of the subjects the kids spoke about in the movie (love, war, the environment, happiness, and the future) and a variety of life circumstance (orphan, divorce, extreme poverty, bodies changing, racism, and bullying.) Did you feel that they were still having as much fun as you did at 11?

Yes, I did and I am glad because I wondered how much technology, advancement with the internet and access to news would hinder their experiences in their childhood. As you saw in the film, the children I found were not glued to computer screens and seeing the horrible images around the world. Even though some of them have grown up in face of adversity they all had this sense of hope, optimism, curiosity and a real sense of clarity. I think when you are 11, the world doesn’t feel as crowded, there is a real sense of ambition and respect. For instance, in the movie, Remi, the boy from the South of France, talked about the 3 different types of love he believed in and mentioned the love you have for people you’ve never met before. I think that is quite special.

Do you have any other projects in the future to watch for?

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This is me at 11!

Yes I do. I am really happy that I AM ELEVEN is playing in the US and in addition to the screening, something else is happening called “GATHR” which is when they have a direct and easy way people can demand the film screens in their city. The company I work with said in the last few weeks since the opening they received 73 requests across the US so I am going to be touring around with the film which is exciting. For more information check out www.iameleven.com/gathr

But my next project is about mental health which is something I feel very passionate to shine a light on.

Now I have a request for you and your readers. Do you remember when you were eleven? I have a sister website www.wheniwaseleven.com. I would love for you to take a photo of yourself and share a memory from when you were 11.

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Win 2 tickets to see 3 Blonde Moms

Throckposter2014 We all need to get out and laugh more. Please share this Facebook Offer and on September 16th I will announce the winner of the 2 tickets to see 3 Blonde Moms on September 18 at the Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley. Winner will be randomly chosen from Marinhood followers.

Read my interview with Joanie Fagan, the Bossy Mom, creator and producer of the hit comedy show 3 Blonde Moms….See How They Run!, playing at the Throckmorton Theatre on September 18th, 8pm, Mill Valley…..read more.

Kids are in school and there are still some fabulous things to do. Be sure to check out Ronnie’s Awesome List for September 2014.

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3 Blonde Moms – A Girls Night Out/Date Night Hit!

Throckposter2014Tickets on sale NOW: 3 Blonde Moms….See How They Run!
September 18th, 8pm
Throckmorton Theatre
142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley

Want to hear something funny? Go find a comedian. How about 3! 3 Blonde Moms are rolling into Marin with their hilarious hit comedy show called “3 Blonde Moms….See How They Run!” I sat down with Joanie Fagan, the Bossy Mom, creator and producer of the show to see how these 3 friends with their own successful comedy careers came together.

Q. Hit me (but not too hard please) with a pitch on your upcoming show? Give me a brief me on each of the 3 Blonde Moms?
We are 3 unlikely friends that live in The Valley but this last month both Beaumont Bacon and Donna Cherry hubbies are now employed on the east coast but we are still a trio. The 3 of us are so distinctly different that none of our material overlaps.

  • I am perky mom. That Martha Stewart wannabe but I fall short of being perfect or being Martha Stewart. I’m always one craft away from snapping. I think I’m perfect but I’ll walk out of the house with a velcro roller on the back of my head.
  • Beaumont is the feisty mom. She tells it like it is. Beaumont is a 5ft. whipper snapper from Texas and it doesn’t get any feistier then that. She is in a different phase of her life. Her children are older and she’s re-learning how to date her husband again. Reentering that phase of her life she is so use to bossing people around she says to her husband at the movies “Get me some popcorn! Oh, I mean, I love you!”
  • Donna is the hot momma. Always perfect with her make-up and heals. Donna actually is a former Ms. California, a Juliard trained singer, use to open for Barry Manalow and does these amazing singing impressions of famous moms. She is very girlie, loves pink and has 2 boys 7 & 17 so she has great boy jokes.

So, if you are not one of us, you know one us.

bumpitpicdonnajoaniebeau10[1]Q. How is juggling motherhood and a career working out for you?
All things go back to being a good mom. I am lucky because I get to work in spurts. 3 Blonde Moms performs 1-2 times a month and then I am a stay-at-home mom 90% of the time. The kids get to travel with us to really cool places like Washington DC and San Francisco. Half of the time we perform, we donate the show for charity. One year I donated the show to Save the Tata’s which was on the Royal Caribbean in the Bahamas. It a great balance. I am home most of the time, I make an income for the family, I get to make other families happy and my 13 year old daughter will not let me leave the house in sweats. I love what I do. I meet women who haven’t been out in so long and it’s so therapeutic. They laugh so hard they cry, it’s like a release. Laugher heals. Laughter is jogging on the inside. At the end of a 90 minute show people say “I feel better, lighter, refreshed, I can start the new day.” We forget how important laughing is.

Q. My 10 year old daughter says she wants to be a paleontologist and a comedian. Were you a funny kid? What advice would you give to a kid who wants to be a comedian?
Yes, I was funny kid. I took a lot of acting, drama and improv classes. I was at Harvey Lembecks Comedy Workshop for six years and then I joined The Groundlings. I suggest as soon as your daughter can, join an improv class. You learn timing and find out what you are funny at. Some people are funny writers, some are funny characters, some are physically funny, some people just stand there and have such a dry wit. Get her into acting or improv classes as soon as she can so she can start exercising that muscle. And also she should still focus on paleontology and keep going in that direction. I have a journalism degree from USC and it was something I could always fall back on and I use it now when I write press releases. You can’t be diverse enough. The more you have in life, the more you can talk about it and reflect it on stage. Her interest is so fascinating and specific that her talking about that or relating it to life and tying it all together is very unique.

Q. Who did you admire or influenced you to become a stand up?
Sadly we lost Joan Rivers and Robin Williams so recently. Both of those people have had a thread through my life as either motivators or people I looked up to. And then I met Robin twice at the Throckmorton Theatre which was amazing to me because I’m also an actor and he’s been able to successfully live in both worlds. He was just so nice. Joan Rivers always said “Stand up comedy is a calling” because it’s so odd that we would want to go on stage and tell jokes to people and make them laugh. It’s so hard at the beginning when you don’t have enough material but it is a calling.

Q. How do you envision 3 Blonde Moms in the future?
3 Blonde Moms has been a live stage show for 12 years. And I do other things, I have a vod-cast (video podcast) called The Joanie Show. I did 10 episodes for the Jon Lovitz Podcast Theatre – I LOVED IT. I finally got to use my journalism degree and interview great people. It was a lot of fun. The thing I want to do next is go into movies. “The Adventures of the 3 Blonde Moms” because we are so different from each other – we can take adventures to Vegas or go camping. Like the Vacation movies but more PG and showcase the things we naturally go through. I envision one of the moms would only communicate with her kids through texting back and forth – we never see the kids just their hands. Moms are just amazing!

vanityfairshotdonnaQ. What do your spouses and kids think of your act? What compromises have you had to make? Is there territory that they ask you not to talk about?
The spouses are cool with it. Actually, we don’t talk about them much. I know a lot of comics are more “male bashing.” We talk about ourselves and how we fit into the world. The in-laws, you have to explain, I might say a thing or 2 but it’s done in the best of ways. For instance, my husbands 4 sister all came to my wedding pregnant and they were all bridesmaids. We had to keep adding panels to their dresses. So I just line them up in order of trimester. They got progressively larger as they walked down the aisle. It was ok, I came down feeling “Oh, look how fit I am.” Its all in fun – they’re ok about it.
The kids we talk about them sometimes. For instance, with my 13 year old, I can only shop at certain stores like Brandy Melville. On the door it says one size fits all. So, I
walked up to the counter and said to the clerk, “One size fits all?” And he looked at me up and down and he says “Well, not all.” I thought, Hmph! I think I’ll go try on all your stretchy clothes NOW. Things happen – we’re kind of talking about the kids but in the friendliest of ways and experiences we go through. They love that we make people laugh.

Q. You each had successful careers in show business. What made you realize you wanted to collaborate together and create a stand up routine? When did you get that ah ha moment?
I birthed my child and a couple of years later I birthed the show. When I did stand up while I was pregnant and talking about my experiences about anticipating being a mom, people listened. I realized it’s so interesting and no one is talking about that. Then when I had my daughter I was talking about being a mom. People were leaning in, nodding their head and relating to what I was talking about. Before that, my material might have been funny but it wasn’t relatable or real until I became a mom. I thought, I’m perky and blonde so wouldn’t would be really funny to have 3 totally different moms on stage? The title came from the nursery rhyme “3 Blind Mice” but said “3 Blonde Moms…See How They Run” and the title clicked. Diversity on the stage just took off. We were selling out shows in advance. My favorite part is meeting other moms with the same experiences. I found a niche that’s underrepresent.

Q. How old are your kids? Who has the funniest kid and why?
We all have funny kids in their own way. Beaumont has 2 girls 10 & 15 and the whole family is funny. Donna’s 7 year old wants to be Indiana Jones and runs around with a hat and whip and her 17 year old is funny. My 13 year old daughter is funny. She makes me laugh all the time. Years ago, I walked into a room and turned on the light and my daughter said, “No, no mommy. You look so much better in the dark.” And I looked at her and said “Aw, thank you honey.” It was so adorable.

Q. So, do you write your own routines or do your kids?
Ha, we all write our own material. From the beginning, I talk about how different we are, how different our husbands, kids, background, etc. By the time we go one stage together it’s like you already know us.

Q. Did your parents support your dreams? Is “funny” in your genetic make up?
When I was growing I took acting classes. My dad is a lawyer and he thought I’d grow out of it. I never did. So he said, well, just go to college and get a degree and then you can do that as your minor. So I did. I went to college in journalism but minored in theater and went to improv classes. It was my path all along. When I was little, I was always performing so my parents eventually thought she is actually good and motivated and they did get behind me. I have a head for business and I’m creative. Just the fact that I was creating this whole act on my own my parents always said they are so proud of me. They have come to every show that is close by in LA. Sadly, my mom passed away last year. My dad is 86, still practices law, still comes to shows, and still couldn’t be more proud.

Q. They say “if you don’t ask you don’t get.” Of course, you need talent too. What lengths have you gone through to go after what you want and standing up for yourself?
You can listen to “no” all day long but I carved my own path, and we fill these rooms and get repeat audiences who want to hear from us. As Joan Rivers said, that is where “the calling comes” in. It’s almost an undeniable course that we are set on because it can be challenging and difficult and there is sexism and ageism. It’s better now but luckily I created 3 Blonde Moms out of thin air and we are all out there and the audience proves we, and all other moms, have something important to talk about, that’s relatable and significant. The proof is in the actual results so I don’t have to pay attention to all that stuff luckily.

Q. Funniest person ever – past and present?
I was immersed in comedy since I was a baby. Growing up, Carol Burnett and her whole cast, Tim Conway and Harvey Corman, made me laugh so hard. When I started doing stand-up, one night at the Improv, Tim and Harvey were hosting and they brought me on stage. I was speechless. Beaumont is one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. Robin Williams was one of my most favorite as both an actor and comic. Joan Rivers, I saw her as a teenager in the Catskills and fell out of my chair laughing so hard. Watching her on E as the fashion police was so funny. She forged the path for women. There weren’t many women doing stand up when I started. I was just behind Kathy Griffin, Rosie, and Ellen who are all great. People on Saturday Night Live – off and on, Gilda Radner when I was in college. I always loved Peter Sellers. Current comedians, so many – Kathy Griffin still makes me laugh, she is unique with her own way, Zach Galifianakis, Steve Martin, Jamie Fox, just so many.

Q. Parenthood is already a stand up act on a good day. What recommendations do you have to other moms and dads out there who want to consider stand up or writing humor especially about parenthood?
Just write, especially in the beginning. I wrote down everything. I always had a pad of paper and pen ready to write. If it is funny to you, it’s probably funny to other people. The next step is get on stage and start doing it. There are open mic nights where you can try it out for 5 minutes and even if they don’t laugh eventually you’ll find your rhythm where you’ll fine-tune your punchlines and figure out new material, get rid of what doesn’t work and keep what does. It’s a whole process. I teach at the San Francisco Comedy College a couple times a year. It’s a great place. I love teaching comedy because l love what I do so much and I can share it with other people. Almost anyone can be funny, and if you have a passion for it, you just need a little guidance.

Q. Stand-up comics write “savers,” funny comebacks for the things that can go wrong. Envision yourself on stage and various scenarios are bound to happen. What is the first thing that comes to your head when I say:

  • Hecklers? Drunk – usually in theaters they don’t heckle although you’ll occasionally hear a mom say “Right On!” In comedy clubs they serve alcohol and shows are later, so heckling happens all the time. Sometimes it’s funny or can be a minefield. Your instinct has to say to I want to participate or is this a sinking ship. Sometimes it can be funny banter and I learn from it. I have a bit about being past puma and past cougar and I thought, what would be funny past cougar and I thought badger. But someone yelled out saber tooth – that was funny.
  • Bombing a joke? (i.e. they don’t laugh) Awkward
  • Offending an audience member? More awkward

Q. What do you tell yourself on days when you really don’t want to get out there? How do you stay motivated, focused, fresh and original?
The show must go on. At the end of the day and we’re professionals. Like yesterday, we found out about Joan Rivers passing but there were comedians booked and they were so sad about her passing but Joan Rivers, above of, would want us to go on stage and be funny. The last thing Joan and Robin would want is for anyone to be sad.

Q. Where else will you all be performing while you are here?
Beside our performance on September 18th, 8pm, I will also be at The Mark Pitta Show at the Throckmorton Theatre on Tuesday September 16th.

Beaumont Bacon does the spicier version of her act Friday and Saturday at The Legendary Purple Onion in San Francisco (where Joan Rivers spent a year perfecting her act.) Use code word “blonde” and get $2 off.

Q. Finish this sentence – The best thing about being a comedian is…..?
Free therapy, I get to go on stage and talk about what ever I want and I have a captive audience.

Q. What does being a comedian mean to you?
Aw, sweet question because of losing 2 of my comic heroes so recently. I feel like I have the ability and gift to bring laughter and joy and we need that so much that I am grateful I can do that.

Q. Are you going to write a joke about this conversation?
I don’t have any jokes but I did have a lot of laughter in the conversation.

Aw, thank you Joanie!

 

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High Line Festival of Surfing – Sept 4-6

hlfsMeet some of surfings greatest contemporary film makers, musician and artist at the High Line Festival of Surfing. Opening night is tonight at Equator Coffee and Proof Lab with a film screening, photography display and festivities. What a great opportunity for little surfers to meet and celebrate with their heroes.

High Line Festival of Surfing runs until September 6th. Friday and Saturday festivities will take place at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley. Kids will especially love the films (Catch itJune Gloom and What the Sea Gives Me) at Sweetwater this Saturday, September 6th starting at 3pm.

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Ronnie’s Awesome List – September 2014


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Overnight Adventures

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Penguins + Pajamas at the California Academy of Science

Sleepovers at a favorite spot are a wildly popular experience and is as exciting as ever for families. Each one offers a unique and special way to enjoy a beloved place and they sell out fast. Bring your pj’s and sleeping bag and sleep next to your favorite exhibit, under the stars or on an historic ship and let your imagination run wild.

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Do you know any other fun overnights at a museum or any other place in the Bay Area? Please let us know.

Special Note:

  • Bay Area Discovery Museum is closed September 8–22.
  • The Children’s Creativity Museum is closed September 1-12.

Monday, September 1, Labor Day

SoccerFest LogoSausalito Art Festival, Bay Model Visitors Center, 2100 Bridgeway, and Marinship Park.

Ghostbusters, 11am, 1:40pm, 4:20pm, 7pm, 9:40pm, Corte Madera Theatre.

Soccerfest, 12-6pm, free, food and fun, drinks, music and mahem, and some fancy footwork for all ages, Mill Valley Community Center.

The Tempest, 2pm, set on a lonely island that is home to the exiled duke Prospero, his daughter Miranda, the savage Caliban, and elemental spirit Ariel who fills the air with eerie sounds and delightful music, Free and family friendly, Old Mill Park Amphitheater, Mill Valley.

Free Shakespeare in the Park, 2pm, Taming of the Shrew, Green Show, a half hour before showtime – a great introduction to the play for all ages! Presidio’s Main Post, San Francisco.

Film of the Month, 101 Dalmatians, The Disney Museum, San Francisco.

Gold Rush Days,  turn back the clock to Sacramento’s historic district to 1850s. Costumed performers portray historical figures, personalities and just plain folks, bringing history to life while old-timey musicians perform on multiple stages, evoking the vivid tunes and sounds of the times, Sacramento.

Tuesday, September 2

First 5’s “Hands-On Health Express” van will be visiting the San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 10am-2pm, lots of activities for young children to learn about fitness and nutrition. Bring the kids for hula hoop fun, a little farmers market, coloring, stories and more!

Ghostbusters, 11am, 1:40pm, 4:20pm, 7pm, 9:40pm, Corte Madera Theatre.

Wednesday, September 3

e62b1178fa2111e283ae0018515993c9Family Fun Day 2014- Grand Opening Stroller Strides San Anselmo, 8:45am, free, join us for children’s activities, music class, local vendors and FANTASTIC giveaways, San Anselmo Memorial Park, San Anselmo.

Ghostbusters, 11am, 1:40pm, 4:20pm, 7pm, 9:40pm, Corte Madera Theatre.

Free Bike Repair Day for kids and families, 1-4pm, Bay Area Bike Mobile presents a free day of bike repair for kids and families. Bring your bike to the San Anselmo Library lawn. We can fix most everything! Arrive Early. Space is Limited!

Tote-Decorating Event, snacks and refreshments, The Poppy Store, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Legends and Myths of the Prairie Wolf, 10am-12pm, learn why the coyote is such a successful survivor and the topic of so many stories on this family-friendly, two-mile walk is easy to moderate with some steep hills, Muir Woods.

Thursday, September 4

OperaPoster6High Line Festival of Surfing, Mill Valley

Ghostbusters, 11am, 1:40pm, 4:20pm, 7pm, 9:40pm, Corte Madera Theatre.

An Overture to the 2014-15 Opera Season, 8pm, conducted by our own fabulous Dawn Harms and feature Operatic Favorites such as music from Tosca, La Forza Del Destino, Manon Lescaut as well as some special surprises! San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak Street, San Francisco.free,

Friday, September 5

Whole-New-Mommy_FBWhole New Mommy, infant CPR class (sign up here, $45 for the price of the certificate ONLY), infant emergency preparedness, free samples, free raffle, nutritional tips and recipes and healthy eating demo tips for families, Whole Foods on Miller, Mill Valley.

Ghostbusters, 11am, 1:40pm, 4:20pm, 7pm, 9:40pm, Corte Madera Theatre.

Picnics on the Plaza, 5-8pm, featuring music and family fun in downtown San Anselmo. Bring your picnic basket or buy food at the event, Town Hall Lawn.

High Line Festival of Surfing, Mill Valley

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Erik Jekabson Trio, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Film Night in the Park, Fifth Element, San Anselmo.

Owl Extraordinare! 7-9pm, there will be a variety of fun, educational, and hands-on activities including  search for owls, create your own owl puppet, owl anatomy and dissect a real owl pellet, RVSP to 561-2730 or email nature@presidiotrust.gov, 1216 Ralston Avenue in Natural Resources Building.

Saturday, September 6

Fall Fishing Derby, 9am-12pm, fall fishing contest, a limited number of fishing poles and bait will be provided first-come, first-served to beginners, Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon.

Build a Wizard of Oz Birdhouse, 9am-12pm, ages 5-12, Home Depot.

Whole-New-Mommy_FBWhole New Mommy, infant CPR class (sign up here, $45 for the price of the certificate ONLY), infant emergency preparedness, free samples, free raffle, nutritional tips and recipes and healthy eating demo tips for families, Whole Foods, San Rafael.

Junior Ranger: Wildland Fire, 10am-12pm, ages 7-12, learn about outdoor skills, natural history, and environmental stewardship, Mount Burdell, Novato.

Yoga in the Park, 10am-2pm, a great way to get active while giving to a wonderful park! We will begin with service projects that will focus on beach clean-up, landscape maintenance, and habitat restoration. At noon we will switch gears and enjoy a 45 minute yoga class on a flat grassy area beside the bay, McNears Beach Park, San Rafael.

Junior Chef Class, check store for time, ages 9-13, free, learn the tips, techniques and tools you need to make fresh pasta, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Five Little Monkeys, 10:30am, 12:30pm & 3pm, all ages, Those five little monkeys will get into as much mischief on stage as they do in their namesake picture books. Take cover when they make that birthday cake for Mama, meet up with a crocodile and disappear in the store! Not to mention all that jumping! Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley.

Concert for Kids, 10:30am, Tim Cain, Robin Sweeny Park. Bring your family, a blanket and enjoy FREE concerts.

Ghostbusters, 11am, 1:40pm, 4:20pm, 7pm, 9:40pm, Corte Madera Theatre.

Hawk Talk & Banding Demo, 12-2pm, about hawk migration and identification, Marin Headlands.

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

The Tempest, 2pm, set on a lonely island that is home to the exiled duke Prospero, his daughter Miranda, the savage Caliban, and elemental spirit Ariel who fills the air with eerie sounds and delightful music, Free and family friendly, Old Mill Park Amphitheater, Mill Valley.

600_401646322North Bay Mobile Drive-In, Labyrinth, 8:30pm, fun, authentic, drive-in experience, movie is projected on the side of the Old Hamilton Theater building (closed for many years now) and transmit the audio over the FM band (88.3FM) just like modern drive-ins. By donation, small concession snack bar available at each performance, Old Hamilton Theater Building, 520 Palm Drive, Novato.

High Line Festival of Surfing, Mill Valley

Film Night in the Park, Iron Giant, San Anselmo.

Healthy Parks, Healthy People, 2-4pm, hiking, beginner exercises and family games, you’ll get to know your various National Park sites while getting those hearts and waistlines happy, Presidio, San Francisco.

Nike Missile Site Open House, 12:30-3pm, volunteers and Nike Veterans available to interpret each of the areas on the base.

Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship, 8pm, sing-along of sea chanteys and sailor songs aboard a historic ship at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

Pier Crabbing, 10am-12pm, We’ll discuss bait, equipment, and regulations, then try your luck with our nets. Fills quickly so call early. Reservations required; call 556-1693.

Free Shakespeare in the Park, 2pm, Taming of the Shrew, Green Show, a half hour before showtime – a great introduction to the play for all ages! Presidio’s Main Post, San Francisco.

Festa Coloniale Italiana, North Beach, San Francisco.

Autumn Moon Festival, Chinatown, San Francisco.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Captain Underpants is Coming! 10am, Author and cartoonist Dav Pilkey, creator of the Captain Underpants series, will talk about his work, give drawing demonstrations, and sign his newest book, Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa.

Sunday, September 7

Grandparents Day, 9am-5pm, free admission for one grandparent and one grandchild! Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Green Gulch Farm Sunday Children’s Program, 10am, After a short talk, the children leave the zendo to participate in their own special programs. Activities include crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual. Please check in before the program at the table near the southwest side entrance of the zendo.

Marine Science Sunday, 10am-5pm, takes a look at Top Predators: Sharks and Orcas. Join us for classroom presentations, Docent-led tours, and more! Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

monkeys_publicityFive Little Monkeys, 10:30am, 12:30pm & 3pm, all ages, Those five little monkeys will get into as much mischief on stage as they do in their namesake picture books. Take cover when they make that birthday cake for Mama, meet up with a crocodile and disappear in the store! Not to mention all that jumping! Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley.

Kids Fair, 11am-2pm, free jumpies, petting zoo and more, Peace Lutheran Church, Mill Valley.

Ghostbusters, 11am, 1:40pm, 4:20pm, 7pm, 9:40pm, Corte Madera Theatre.

Battery Townsley Underground Tours, 12-4pm, Battery Townsley, at Fort Cronkhite, was San Francisco’s most extensive—and most secret—World War II military fortification, Marin Headlands.

Hawk Talk & Banding Demo, 12-2pm, about hawk migration and identification, Marin Headlands.

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

shipweb337182516_std.141143228_stdThe Tempest, 2pm, set on a lonely island that is home to the exiled duke Prospero, his daughter Miranda, the savage Caliban, and elemental spirit Ariel who fills the air with eerie sounds and delightful music, Free and family friendly, Old Mill Park Amphitheater, Mill Valley.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, David Correa and Cascada, Town Center, Corte Madera.

Folkish Festival, 12:30-2:30pm, The Old Way, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Free Shakespeare in the Park, 2pm, Taming of the Shrew, Green Show, a half hour before showtime – a great introduction to the play for all ages! Presidio’s Main Post, San Francisco.

San Francisco Opera at Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, FREE and open to the public.

Autumn Moon Festival, San Francisco’s Chinatown.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am, San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, September 8

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

Ghostbusters, 1:40pm, 4:20pm, 7pm, 9:40pm, Corte Madera Theatre.

 

Tuesday, September 9, Full Moon

Logo round bongos orange higher resDemonstration Class with Music Together, 9:30am, FREE, Temple Kol Shofar, Tiburon.

Demonstration Class with Music Together, 10am, FREE, Dance with Sherry Studio, San Rafael.

Nature for Kids: Spiders at Lake Lagunitas, 10am-1pm, Spiders are everywhere, and this is the perfect time of year to see spiders of every shape, size, and color. We’ll learn how they hunt, how they make their webs, and how to identify many common species. Don’t forget to bring your lunch!

The fundamentals:essential drawing techniques, 10-11:30am, with John Muir Laws, a free hour and a half workshop, this workshop will break down the essential drawing techniques that everyone should know, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.

Demonstration Class with Music Together, 10am, FREE, Church of the Redeemer, San Rafael.

Ghostbusters, 1:40pm, 4:20pm, 7pm, 9:40pm, Corte Madera Theatre.

Wednesday, September 10

Demonstration Class with Music Together, 9:30am, FREE, Dance with Sherry Studio, San Rafael.

Ghostbusters, 1:40pm, 4:20pm, 7pm, 9:40pm, Corte Madera Theatre.

Demonstration Class with Music Together, 4pm, FREE, Dance with Sherry Studio, San Rafael.

Demonstration Class with Music Together, 4:30pm, FREE, Temple Kol Shofar, Tiburon.

LEGO Club, 3-4:30pm, we have a huge LEGO collection, come build with us! Ages 4+. We’ll have Duplos in the Children’s Room for kids under 4, Sausalito Library.

Thursday, September 11

Emergency Preparedness Course, 10am-8pm, Microsoft is partnering with American Red Cross to host a free Emergency Preparedness course geared towards families, RSVP to Vetra Davis at vetdavis@microsoft.com or call 415-413-9970, Village at Corte Madera.

Demonstration Class with Music Together, 10:30am, FREE, Homestead Valley Community Center, Mill Valley.

Demonstration Class with Music Together, 10:30am, FREE, Dance with Sherry Studio, San Rafael.

Bird Walk, 10:15am, Birders or aspiring birders of all levels are welcome. No worries if you don’t have your own binoculars, we can loan you a pair during our walk, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.

Friday, September 12

Kids’ Pajama Party with Aaron Becker, 6pm, Author and illustrator Aaron Becker will be here to read you a bedtime story. Get cozy in front of the fireplace, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies and get your books signed before heading home for bed, diesel, a Bookstore, Larkspur.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Lee Waterman & Jazz Caliente, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Film Night in the Park, 8:15pm, Flubber, preceded by an on-screen tribute to Robin Williams, a long-time resident of the Bay area and College of Marin and Redwood High graduate, Creek Park, San Anselmo.

Film Night, 7:30pm, Ghostbusters, Strawberry Rec Center, Mill Valley.

Movies in the Park, 8pm, The LEGO Movie, Old Mill Park, Mill Valley.

Saturday, September 13

Demonstration Class with Music Together, 10am, FREE, Dance with Sherry Studio, San Rafael.

GMMF_Poster_2014_8.5x11Greenbrae Mini Maker Faire, 10am-4pm, Marin’s largest ‘Do-It-Yourself’ festival, showcasing local makers with activities, show-and-tell, and exhibits on arts, crafts, science, robotics, music, technology, sustainability, education, food, and creativity, Bon Air Center.

Meet the Author, Two by Kathryn Otoshi, 10am, Two is best friends with One. Whenever they’d get the chance, they’d dance! But then Three jumps in between them, and suddenly One only wants to play with Three. Two feels left out, but what can she do? This character-building counting book by award-winning author Otoshi tells a powerful story of friendship, loss, letting go, and self-discovery, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Pie ContestPie Baking Contest, 10am, Farmers’ Market, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Junior Chef Class, check store for time, $5 donation for Share Our Strength, Cookie Decorating, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Mini Golf, 11am-1pm, ages 12 and under, Rangers will host a fun afternoon of miniature golf at the McInnis Park Golf Center. Prizes will be given for anyone who gets a hole-in-one! Healthy snacks will be provided, McInnis Park, San Rafael.

Where the Wild Things Are, 11am, story time, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Kea The Reading Dog, 12pm, meet author Jane Feldman-Nieves for a book signing of a true story written by a local teacher about how her dog inspired students to read! The Depot Bookstore, Mill Valley.

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

shipweb337182516_std.141143228_stdThe Tempest, 2pm, set on a lonely island that is home to the exiled duke Prospero, his daughter Miranda, the savage Caliban, and elemental spirit Ariel who fills the air with eerie sounds and delightful music, Free and family friendly, Old Mill Park Amphitheater, Mill Valley.

Fort Baker Waterfront and Battery Cavallo Walk, 2-4pm, we’ll walk past the renovated barracks and officers’ quarters of Cavallo Point Lodge, then proceed along the waterfront where the “army’s navy” was moored during World War II.

Hooray for Hollywood, 4-6:30pm, kids under 12 are free, enjoy a picnic while listening to live music from Frozen, Apollo13, How to Train Your Dragon and more, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael.

Film Night in the Park, Wreak It Ralph, San Anselmo.

Free Shakespeare in the Park, 2pm, Taming of the Shrew, Green Show, a half hour before showtime – a great introduction to the play for all ages! Presidio’s Main Post, San Francisco.

Fort Baker Revealed, 10am-12pm, Learn about nature and history at Fort Baker on a moderate 2-mile walk around the beautiful historic location.

Chocolate Festival, Ghiradelli Square, San Francisco.

Family Matinees, ages 5-12, provide a window into the exciting world of live jazz and feature amazing artists from around the globe! This month is Claudia Villela & Friends, SF Jazz Center, Miner Auditorium, San Francisco.

National Play Dough Day, 10am-4pm, ages 6+, create and play with easy- and affordable-to-make play dough, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

DIY Boat Making, 10:30am-12:30pm, construct simple sponge boats that they can play with outside in our water table, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Creature Design, 11am-1pm, make your own original creatures to visit the Creature Zoo, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Family Friendly Restoration, 9-10:30am, help restore the beauty of the Presidio by planting native plants, removing unwanted weeds, and performing additional activities to help preserve native habitat. Snacks are provided and we will be finishing off the day with a story circle,  561-2730 or email nature@presidiotrust.gov.

Mountain Lake Science Saturdays,  2-3pm, learn about the fascinating properties of wetland soils, a lively new series of talks by scientists studying topics relating to Mountain Lake and its ecological restoration, Presidio, San Francisco.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Much Ado About Sebastopol, 10am-5pm, interact with a myriad of “villagers” from 1578, make herbal soap or try your hand at weaving, listen to a wandering minstrel…enjoy some ice cold lemonade while watching the falcons and learning about their role in Renaissance farming, sit back and take in a short Shakespeare performance while feasting on a hearty, rustic lunch, fundraiser for local public schools and programs, Ives Park.

Sunday, September 14

Asheba1Fairfax Car Show, 10am-4pm, Broadway will be closed from Pacheco to Bolinas Road.

Sunday Special: Asheba, 11am, Dance, sing or just mellow out to the cool vibes and rhythmic sounds of this Bay Area treasure. Asheba specializes in vibrant songs from the musical and storytelling traditions of Trinidad, Mill Valley Library.

Meet the Author, Telephone by Mac Barnett, 12pm, Tt’s time to fly home for dinner! In this witty picture book from award-winning and bestselling author Mac Barnett, a mother bird gives the bird next to her a message for little Peter. But passing messages on a telephone line isn’t as simple as it sounds. Each subsequent bird understands Mama’s message according to its own very particular hobbies. Will Peter ever get home for dinner? This uproarious interpretation of a favorite children’s game will get everyone giggling and is sure to lead to countless rereads, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Town Wide Picnic, 12-5pm, Music from Revolver, a Beatles tribute band, jumpee houses, games such as sack races, three legged race, egg race, suitcase race, watermelon eating contest, and tug-of-war, face painting and more, Contratti Field, near Bank Street & Broadway BL, Fairfax

Hawk Talk & Banding Demo, 12-2pm, about hawk migration and identification, Marin Headlands.

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

The Tempest, 2pm, set on a lonely island that is home to the exiled duke Prospero, his daughter Miranda, the savage Caliban, and elemental spirit Ariel who fills the air with eerie sounds and delightful music, Free and family friendly, Old Mill Park Amphitheater, Mill Valley.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, Harmonics Steel Band, Town Center, Corte Madera.

Harvest Feast, 3-6pm, Come celebrate fall, the bounty of the harvest and this golden time of year with music, activities for everyone, a blessing for the harvest, and a delicious vegetarian family-style feast, Spirit Rock, Woodacre.

Folkish Festival, 12:30-2:30pm, The Old Way, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

National Acrobats of The People’s Republic of China, 3pm, Marin Veterans’ Memorial, San Rafael.

091414_WesternAdditionSunday Streets, Western Addition, San Francisco.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, New Year Wish Magnets, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Chocolate Festival, Ghiradelli Square, San Francisco.

Free Shakespeare in the Park, 2pm, Taming of the Shrew, Green Show, a half hour before showtime – a great introduction to the play for all ages! Presidio’s Main Post, San Francisco.

Preschool Super Fun Sundays: A Sweet Start to the New Year with Octopretzel, 10-11:30am, Celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year with music, art, and stories, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Comedy Day 1 Stage, 5 Hours, 30+ Comedians, A Million Laughs! Organizers say “…it’d be rated PG-13. We ask our performers to “keep it clean,” but occasionally an “off-color” word or topic will pop up. So, please use discretion.” Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

Box Car Workshop, 11am-2pm, ages 3+, Build and test box cars made with up-cycled materials. Kids will learn about gravity, wheels and axels, force and inertia by exploring how their car is able to roll with different forces, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Much Ado About Sebastopol, 10am-5pm, fundraiser for local public schools and programs, Ives Park.

Monday, September 15

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

Tuesday, September 16

coverSpecial Blackie Storytime with Illustrator Paige Peterson, 4 pm, We are celebrating the new edition of Blackie, the Horse Who Stood Still with a reading by Illustrator Paige Peterson. Come hear the story, and feast on Blackie cookies and refreshments. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase, Belvedere Tiburon Library.

Is School Enough? 7-9pm, documents vivid examples of where new modes of learning and engagement are taking hold and flourishing, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

The Berkeley Old Time Music Festival

Wednesday, September 17

Becoming a Wildlife Detective, 10am-12pm, Explore our local wildlife and how they have adapted to their environment by examining various animal pelts and skulls, Muir Woods.

Talk-Like-A-Pirate-Day, 3:30pm, Come aboard Dread Ship Library if you dare. We’ll set sail in search of doubloons (treasure) with our hardtack (snack) and tattoos (temporary). Dress like a pirate for extra adventure. Perfect for ages 4-8, but everyone is welcome, Sausalito Library.

Novato Library Lecture: Trail Terrors, 5:30-7pm, This is a bilingual event, many people are concerned about the dangers they might encounter in the wild. This family oriented talk about many of the animals in our area, and you might be surprised to learn just how little we have to worry about when we are out on the trail, Novato Library.

The Berkeley Old Time Music Festival

Thursday, September 18

daffydaveDaffy Dave, 4pm, ages 5+, Laugh till it aches with Daffy Dave and his comedy magic, Belvedere Tiburon Library.

Meet the Author, The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey, 6:30pm, ages 12+, How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity. Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

The Berkeley Old Time Music Festival

Friday, September 19, Talk-Like-A-Pirate-Day

Park School’s Gently Used Adult & Children’s Book Sale, 3-5pm, Park School Auditorium, 411 Elm Street, Mill Valley.

Friday Nights on Main, 6-9pm, Annual Fireman’s Ball, Main Street, Tiburon.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Smith Dobson Quartet, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Pacheco Plaza Summer Music Series, 6-9pm, Pachamama Band, Novato.

The Berkeley Old Time Music Festival

Saturday, September 20, California Coastal Cleanup Day

California Coastal Cleanup Day, 9am-12pm, various locations.

California Coastal Cleanup Day, 9am-12pm, Marin County Parks will be cleaning litter and recyclables on the Mill Valley/Sausalito Multiuse Path and Bothin Marsh.

Coastal Clean Up, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary.

Park School’s Gently Used Adult & Children’s Book Sale, 9am-1pm, Park School Auditorium, 411 Elm Street, Mill Valley.”

Join the Coast Cleanup at Muir Beach, 10am-12:30pm, WildCare Family Adventures will participate in the statewide coastal cleanup. Vast amounts of plastic debris litter the world’s oceans causing harm to to wildlife. Most of this debris comes from land If not removed, it will end up in the ocean. We will have a little hike on the beach, and take part in this very important cleanup effort. Bring lunch!

Cool, Clear Waters, 9:30am-12pm, easy two-mile walk with Ranger Lou around an ecological restoration site to learn how the needs of salmon and frogs can inspire people to create habitat for endangered and threatened species during a time of climate change, and still meet the recreational needs of visitors at this popular national park site, Muir Woods.

2014 MVFA TestMill Valley Fall Arts Festival, 10am-5pm, Old Mill Park, Mill Valley.

Children’s Toy & Clothing Sale, 10am-4pm, Marinwood Community Center.

Junior Chef Class, check store for time, ages 9-13, free, learn how to make some great breakfasts, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Story Time with a Ranger, 10:30am-12pm, ages 4-6, explore the adventures and lives of salt marsh creatures through stories and activities, Santa Margarita Island, San Rafael.

Meet the Author, Alice Waters and the Trip to Delicious by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, 11am, ages 6+, The search for good food led Alice Waters to France, back to her home in Berkeley, California, to starting the famed restaurant Chez Panisse, and to the founding of the Edible Schoolyard. To her a delicious meal does not start in the kitchen, but in the field with good soil and caring farmers, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Curious George’s Curiosity Day, 11am, stories, activities and giveaways, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Oktoberfest, Tam Valley Community Center, Mill Valley.

Gateway to the Pacific, 11am-3pm, historic reinactment depicting Angel Island and its role in the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars of 1899-1902, Angel Island.

Family-Bike-Ride- Web versionFamily Bike Ride, 12-2pm, it is a fun way to learn to navigate the streets together and rules of the road, learn to balance, break, steer and stop, contact peggy@marinbike.org, 456-3469 ext. 8, Marin General Hospital, Greenbrae.

Hawk Talk & Banding Demo, 12-2pm, about hawk migration and identification, Marin Headlands.

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

Oktoberfest, 6-9pm, Prost! Come join the German crew dressed in Dirndl’s and Lederhosen and if you have your own attire or accordion, feel free to wear or bring it! We’ll have authentic Oktoberfest food and beverages, Peace Lutheran Church, Mill Valley.

Film Night in the Park, Despicable Me 2, Creek Park, San Anselmo.

Movie Series, 7:30-9:30pm, Frozen, Before the movie: Meet and mingle with Frozen’s Princess Anna! Village at Corte Madera.

North Bay Mobile Drive-In, Moonrise Kingdom, 8:30pm, fun, authentic, drive-in experience, movie is projected on the side of the Old Hamilton Theater building (closed for many years now) and transmit the audio over the FM band (88.3FM) just like modern drive-ins. By donation, small concession snack bar available at each performance, Old Hamilton Theater Building, 520 Palm Drive, Novato.

Pier Crabbing, 10am-12pm, We’ll discuss bait, equipment, and regulations, then try your luck with our nets. Fills quickly so call early. Reservations required; call 556-1693.

Market Days, 11am-3pm, free, open-air mini-festivals that bring together museum and community scientists, artists, and educators, art and science demos, hands-on activities, exhibits, and craft displays, Exploratorium.

prk_img_shrew_indexFree Shakespeare in the Park, 2pm, Taming of the Shrew, Green Show, a half hour before showtime – a great introduction to the play for all ages! Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, McLaren Park, San Francisco.

Chibitronics, 11am-3pm, a hands-on Circuit Sticker workshop and learn how to create light-up LED cards, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival, 10am-5pm, free, lots of activities for the kiddos, including Dragon Land — a 3,500 square foot children’s activity pavilion filled with arts and crafts, games, animal balloons, face painting, temporary tattoos, yo yo lessons, the Flax Creative Arts Activity Area and more, Treasure Island, San Francisco. Free.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

The Berkeley Old Time Music Festival

Sunday, September 21

Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, 10am-5pm, Old Mill Park, Mill Valley.

Sea Otter Spectacular, 10am-5pm, the smallest marine mammal is also one of the most special with adaptations to stay warm, find food, and even use tools!  This month we celebrate the threatened species with our Sea Otter Spectacular in a fun, educational way for both kids and adults, Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

Shofar Factory, 10am, free, $15 to make your own Shofar (optional), a hands on workshop about the Shofar, RSVP to Rabbi@JewishNovato.com by September 15 , Chabad Jewish Center, Novato.

Story Time with a Ranger, 10:30am-12pm, explore the adventures and lives of salt marsh creatures through stories and activities, Meadow Dr in San Rafael.

kinderfest_eventspot_reg_headerKinderfest, 12-6pm, a fun event for the entire family. In addition to our usual festival program of food, drink, music, and dancing, there are special games, dances, and other activities designed for our younger members and guests, Nature Friends Tourist Club, Mill Valley.

Hawk Talk & Banding Demo, 12-2pm, about hawk migration and identification, Marin Headlands.

PrintWoofstock, 12-5pm, Marin Humane Society, 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato

Folkish Festival, 12:30-2:30pm, The Old Way, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, Setchko & Meese, Town Center, Corte Madera.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am, San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Free Shakespeare in the Park, 2pm, Taming of the Shrew, Green Show, a half hour before showtime – a great introduction to the play for all ages! Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, McLaren Park, San Francisco.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, New Year Wish Magnets, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

AXIS Dance Workshop for Kids, Hop, dance, wiggle, and move to the beat in this series of drop-in creative dance workshops for children of all abilities, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival, 10am-5pm, free, lots of activities for the kiddos, including Dragon Land — a 3,500 square foot children’s activity pavilion filled with arts and crafts, games, animal balloons, face painting, temporary tattoos, yo yo lessons, the Flax Creative Arts Activity Area and more, Treasure Island, San Francisco. Free.

Sunday Sampler, 1pm, sampling the wide variety of programming offered at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, Berkeley.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

The Berkeley Old Time Music Festival

Monday, September 22

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

Tuesday, September 23, Autumnal Equinox

Wednesday, September 24, Rosh Hashanah Begins, New Moon

Fairies at the Library, 3-4:30pm, Do you believe in fairies? We do! Join us in the Library’s Fairy Land (the Edgewater Room) for enchanting activities and fanciful fairy snacks. Wear your best fairy clothes! Perfect for ages 4-8, but everyone is welcome, Sausalito Library.

Thursday, September 25

Special Education in Marin and Educational Options/Resources for Children with Special Needs, 6:30-9pm, Town Center at Corte Madera, Community Room.

Friday, September 26, Rosh Hashanah Ends

 

Friday Nights on Main, 6-9pm, Oktoberfest, Main Street, Tiburon.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Trio Extraordinaire, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Film Night in the Park, The LEGO Movie, San Anselmo.

Sunset Hike, 5:15-7pm, enjoy an evening stroll to Marshall’s Beach under the setting sun Batteries to Bluffs at the Golden Gate Overlook, Langdon Ct. Please RVSP to 561-2730 or email nature@presidiotrust.gov.

Drawn Together: A Fairyland Celebration of Bay Area Artists, 6-9pm, adult evening out fundraiser full of live art-making, music, food, and fun at America’s first storybook theme park, Children’s Fairyland.

Saturday, September 27, National Public Lands Day

Trail Less Traveled, 9:30am-1pm, a family-friendly, three-mile walk. Must be able to hike moderate slopes and be able to stand for extended periods of time, Muir Woods.

blackie.scarfBlackie’s Hay Day, 10am-4pm, reminiscent of an old fashioned country fair with pony rides, relay races, toy tractors, jumpies, a climbing wall, live entertainment and more and it is a benefit for the Children’s Room at the Tiburon-Belvedere Library, Tiburon.

Junior Chef Class, check store for time, ages 9-13, free, learn how to make delicious noodle dishes, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Kids Who Love to Cook, 10:30-11:30am, hands on cooking demo for kids, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

2013-Carnival-Logo-SQUARE2-300x300Summerfest Carnival, 11-4pm, Admission is FREE! Game booths, GIANT slide, jumpy jumps, petting zoo, face painting, henna, Wheel of Fortune, kiss a pig, dunk tank, high school art display, kid’s stage with school music groups, Davidson’s marching band, yummy BBQ and delicious Pupusas. San Rafael High School.

Hawk Talk & Banding Demo, 12-2pm, about hawk migration and identification, Marin Headlands.

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

I_Am_Eleven_San_Francisco_FLYERI Am Eleven, 4:30pm, Meet the director *AND* I will be hosting the screening and Q&A, Do you remember when you were 11? Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey traveled the world for six years talking with 11-year-olds to compose this insightful, funny and moving portrait of childhood, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.

Movie Series, 7:30-9:30pm, Despicable Me 2, Before the movie: Come and be mesmerized by the magic of local Bay Area magician Timothy James! Village at Corte Madera.

Mount Tamalpias Astronomy Programs, 7:30pm, bring a chair and picnic, stargaze and learn about “NuSTAR’s Sharper View of the Universe” at the Mountain Theatre.

Film Night in the Park, Frozen, San Anselmo.

The Wizard of Oz with the San Francisco Symphony, 8pm, Davies Symphony Hall.

Imagination Playground, 2-4pm, learn & play date, RSVP required, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Mission: Presidio, 11am-6:30pm, Beginning in the Mission District, join us for a family hike “back in time” along the old mission road. We will learn a little history as we follow the path from Mission Dolores to the Spanish Presidio of 1776, with lots of fun along the way.

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Pier Crabbing, 10am-12pm, We’ll discuss bait, equipment, and regulations, then try your luck with our nets. Fills quickly so call early. Reservations required; call 556-1693.

DIY Boat Making, 10:30am-12:30pm, construct simple sponge boats that they can play with outside in our water table, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Imagination Playground, 10am-12pm, learn & play date, RSVP required, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, September 28

Beginning Birding, 9:30-11:30am, Fall and winter are a great time to bird watch in the Marin Headlands, Rodeo Lagoon.

Marine Science Sunday, 10am-5pm, takes a look at Top Predators: Sharks and Orcas. Join us for classroom presentations, Docent-led tours, and more! Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

Country Fair Day, 10am-3pm, enjoy parade, children’s activities and street booths and more, San Anselmo.

Hike the Headlands, 10am-2pm, NatureBridge, Sausalito.

Make Your Own Moss Garden, 11:30am-1:30pm, ages 5+, decorate your very own moss garden. Learn about the roles mosses and lichens play in our environment, while we enjoy a fun family project, Stafford Lake Park, Novato.

Hawk Talk & Banding Demo, 12-2pm, about hawk migration and identification, Marin Headlands.

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

Mill Valley Block Party, 1-5:30pm, food, music, kids activities, all funds raised go to Kiddo! Downtown Mill Valley.

9c9c4a48-4810-4d01-9884-e398bba4d678I Am Eleven, 4:30pm, Meet the director, Do you remember when you were 11? Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey traveled the world for six years talking with 11-year-olds to compose this insightful, funny and moving portrait of childhood, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.

The Reading Together Book Groups , 2pm for “Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy”, ages 8-10 & 4pm for “The Meaning of Maggie”ages 10-12, reading together is a special kind of book group designed to bring together kids and parents through, you guessed it, books! Once a month, we’ll get together and discuss a book that you have each read, diesel, a Bookstore, Larkspur.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, Corte Madera Town Band, Town Center, Corte Madera.

ExcelsiorSunday Streets, Excelsior, San Francisco.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, New Year Wish Magnets, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Box Car Workshop, 11am-2pm, ages 3+, Build and test box cars made with up-cycled materials. Kids will learn about gravity, wheels and axels, force and inertia by exploring how their car is able to roll with different forces, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Imagination Playground, 10am-12pm, learn & play date, RSVP required, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Polk Street Blues Festival

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, September 29

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

Museum Monday for Little Ones, 10am-Noon, Schultz Museum.

Tuesday, September 30

The Day the Crayons Quit! 11am, story time, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

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August Events 2014

As the kids all start heading back to school there are still some fabulous events you will not want to miss. Be sure to check out Ronnie’s Awesome List for August 2014.

Writer Eileen Christelow has created a delightful and amazing book series of 5 silly siblings who like to do things their way and get into mischief in the process. Now they will be plotting their exploits onstage in Five Little Monkeys, playing at the Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley, August 30-September 7…..read more.

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Interview with Eileen Christelow, Author of the Five Little Monkey Series

monkeys_publicityTickets on sale NOW: Five Little Monkeys
August 30-September 7
Marin Theatre Company
397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley
Recommended for ages 2-7

Mischievous anthropomorphic monkeys come to life on stage in Five Little Monkeys, kicking off the second season of the wildly popular Theater Series for Young Audiences at the Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley. The play is based on the series of books by Eileen Christelow which stars 5 silly siblings who like to do things their way and get into mischief in the process. I am extremely excited to share an exclusive interview with the award winning author and illustrator of Five Little Monkeys, Eileen Christelow.

Q. The play is a culmination of a number of your books (the antics when they make a birthday cake for Mama, meet up with a crocodile, disappear in the store and jumping!) Why was it decided to write the play that way? 

The play was written in rhyme by Ernie Nolan, although not all the books in my Five Little Monkeys series are in rhyme. The first two books in the series are my interpretations of old public domain jump rope rhymes. The other eight are my own stories based on those characters. I felt some of the stories wanted to be in rhyme and some just didn’t. However, all of them have repetitive phrases which the readers pick up on.

When Ernie Nolan took on the task of writing the monkey play, he chose plot lines from four of my ten monkey books and melded them together in rhyme. His adaptation, unlike my books, has also given the monkeys different personalities and ages.

Q. I love the way children’s theater connects the importance of reading for children. To see a live play of a beloved story jumping off the pages and coming to life is magic. Were you involved in writing the play or have any input on set design, costumes, and character development?

As an author and illustrator of these stories I have a firmly fixed picture of how the monkeys look and act. When the stories are adapted to a different  format you inevitably get someone else’s interpretation.

I did sit in when the first cast was running the lines but I was not sure how well it would work.  I went feeling skeptical about how adult  actors could become 5-year old monkeys.

Working with Ernie was a good experience – he was open to listening to my concerns and accommodating them. However as an author, if I give permission to do a play, I also have to let go—to some degree. I move characters around pages of a book. He moves them around on stage.

I’m happy with the play; especially after seeing it at Adventure Theatre, in Washington DC, with an audience of a hundred preschoolers! For 45 minutes those 3 and 4-year olds were completely rapt!

Q. How does it feel to see your books come to life on stage?

Unnerving. Exciting. I’m happy that people care enough about these characters that they want to see them on stage.

Q. What is the most challenging part of writing for children? How do you create a believable child’s (or monkey’s) voice?

The first monkey book was from the song about monkeys jumping on the bed; it was a rhyme that was around for a long time. My daughter brought it home from preschool. I was a wannabe children’s book author/illustrator at the time and I thought it would make a fun book. However, I didn’t do anything with it and wrote some other books. By the time she was in high school I looked into creating the Monkeys book series and luckily no one had done that. That meant I could do other books about monkeys.  The outcome of the song didn’t appeal to me but I knew I could work it so they are still sitting in the tree and you know Mr. Alligator isn’t getting them. Then it branched out to their other adventures of making a cake, with nothing to do, go shopping, etc.

So, I would think about a child’s way of looking at things, sometimes it was my own memories of being a child and sometimes it’s from having a child. My daughter and I talked a lot so I knew what was going on in her head and her friends.

Regarding the character’s voice, if you have a character that you know, you hear their voice and if you don’t you’re in trouble because you need that. I don’t know any tricks. It is just creating characters, some work and some don’t and you sort of know. If it is an excruciating process to make work you should probably stop.

Q. When you are writing, how do you like to have children interact with the characters? What do you want to the kids to take from the books? How about adults?

I do not write with a message in mind. I just want to create a good story.

Q. So many writers have illustrators for their books. Why did you choose to be your own illustrator?

Being able to illustrate my own words makes the process complete. I’m lucky I can do it.

Q.  How did you choose the various tools to illustrate with?

Jumping on the Bed was a night time scene so I wanted it to be soft. I used colored pencils and watercolor crayons and kept the lines sketchier. With the second book, Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree, I wanted brighter colors and used watercolor crayon. Several books were done in gouache and the last few were done on a computer, using Photoshop. I have switched to drawing on the computer because it’s such a great editing tool. I can move characters around, make them larger or smaller, change colors  without having to redraw the picture every time I want to make a change.

Q. When did you know you wanted to be a writer? Who are authors that inspired you to write children’s books?

Ever since I was a kid I loved to read and draw. A book that stands out that I read as a kid is the Madeline by Bemelmans. When my daughter was little we’d go to the library and read a lot of picture books. We loved books like Clyde and Wendy Watson’s Father Fox’s Pennyrhymes  or Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham.

Q. Self-publishing is having a big impact on writers of children’s books. What do you see as the positives/negatives of self-publishing?

How books are are sold and produced has changed. The publishing world is still finding it’s way.

Self-publishing is much cheaper now. But a good editor is invaluable. They are the most important part of the process! The other advantage to working with a publisher are their sales people who introduce books to bookstores around the country.  Of course promoting an ebook is a different process.

Q. What advice would you give to others interested in writing children’s books? 

When I was living in California, UC Berkeley Extension offered several courses and seminars for people interested in writing for kids. I had already started writing and illustrating—and collecting rejections.  I took a course with Betty Bacon who had been an editor at Harper and wrote non-fiction for kids. She was a terrific teacher. After the course, several enthusiastic students, including me, continued to meet with her every few weeks to work on our manuscripts—a sort of writer’s group.

Also, visiting the children’s section of the library and reading with my daughter was an invaluable part of my education.

The Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is an indispensable resource for information about conferences and locating other writers groups in your area. www.scbwi.org They host an annual conference  in Los Angeles every summer—a good place for anyone wanting to write children’s books to meet authors, editors and agents.

For anyone interested in becoming a writer or illustrator, I have an extensive links page on my website at www.christelow.com/links.html

This is not the children’s theater of past. It’s a fresh fun approach to high quality performances designed for children. This year, the Marin Theatre Company invites families to enjoy the second season of theatrical adventures of Five Little Monkeys, James and the Giant Peach, Three Little Birds and Fancy Nancy, the Musical! and Around the World in 80 Days. Tickets are on sale NOW at the Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley. Check out their website at marintheatre.org or call 388-5208 for ticket information.

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Ronnie’s Awesome List – July/August 2014


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Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food

windrush-18My daughter loves food and will try anything. Part of having such an adventurous palate stems from knowing where her food comes. Which is why we do everything we can to support our local farms. By visiting the farms and getting to personally know the farmers we have learned how precious our organic farms are.

A spring trip to Windrush Farm and last autumn to Skyline Chestnuts gave us a reality check on how the farms we love struggle to keep their operations going. Because of the lack of rain this year, Skyline had no chestnuts and Windrush Farms has to give up half their flock.

So this summer, I‘m urging you to do what you can to support local organic farms. It’s easy to do and is a valuable lesson for us all. Start with the farmers at the market, look into Community Supported Agriculture (or CSA) boxes, venture out to a Pick Your Own farm, visit a local farm and try growing your own. Here are some simple suggestions to help get you started.

Farmers Markets
Buy food “in season” and make a list of what you plan to purchase. Food “in season” is usually less expensive and tastes better. Let your child pick one thing from that list they love to eat and encourage them to try something new. Set an example by picking something new too. Talk directly to the farmer at the stand with your child, let the farmer show you how to pick the best produce, ask for a taste and ask questions.

Pick out something that might not be on your list such as honey from Marshall’s Farm, olive oil from McEvoy Ranch, raw milk from Strauss, yogurt from Saint Benoît Creamery, butter from McClelland’s Dairy, and, in the case of Windrush Farm, Mimi’s gorgeous yarn!

Enquire about visiting their farm and the best time to go. Last year, I gathered our 4H group to visit the Achadinha Cheese Farm and learned all about making goat cheese. We went when they had baby goats to play with, milked the goats, learned all about making goat cheese and had a very memorable time.

You can also take a guided group tour of the farmers markets and let them introduce you to the farmers. Contact your local farmers market for more information.

Check out the full list of local farmers markets.

achadinha-45CSA
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSA gives us direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown locally by regional farmers. When you become a member of a CSA, you’re purchasing a share from a regional farmer. Here in Marin, we have a wide variety to choose from which include meat, produce, flowers, and home products. Just to name a few: Betty’s Organics, Eatwell Farm, Frog Hollow Farm, Full Belly Farm, Bloomfield Farm, Marin Sun Farms and you can meet many of these farmers at our local farmers markets too. When you open the box, expect to see something that you are not familiar with and get excited about it! Most CSA boxes include excellent recipes too.

U-Pick
The Bay Area has access to so many amazing farms that encourage visitors to pick your own food. Another amazing opportunity to teach kids about healthy seasonal eating. Check out the website PickYourOwn for a list of farms nearby. Dress for getting messy and bring your own bags you and your child can carry. Show your child how to look for the ripe produce. Even a 2 year old knows the red strawberries are the ones to pick.

Grow Your Own
And finally, have your child pick out one plant to care for over the summer. Nothing beats the hands on learning experience of caring for your own plant. You don’t need a garden, you can grow a plant in a pot. Sproutbot is a great website to learn what and when to start planting in your neighborhood. Some guidance and reminders are necessary but they will squealed with delight to pick and eat from their own plant.

Support our local organic farms and have a wonderful summer!

Tuesday, July 1, New Moon

Turbo, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

Little Sprouts: Jump and Dance, 11-11:45am, 5 and under, Jaime Lee Currier of Your Song My Song rocks classic kids’ songs, funky originals, and unique covers on her ukulele. With felt board puppetry and imagination adventures she leads the kids in a magical, interactive exploration, Mill Valley Library.

Julian Sterling Magician, 3:30pm, all ages, Mystery and magic from Julian Sterling, a local (young!) magician, Sausalito Library.

Lego Club, 3:30-4:30pm, Bring your imagination and we will supply you with everything you need to create with LEGOs, San Anselmo Library.

Laugh-Out-Loud Book Club, Grades 3-5, 4-5pm, We’ll read The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. When her mother is abducted by aliens on Christmas Eve (or “Smekday” Eve since the Boov invasion), 11-year-old Tip hops in the family car and heads south to find her and meets an alien Boov mechanic who agrees to help her, Mill Valley Library.

Movie of the Month, 1:30pm & 4pm, Disney Goes to the Worlds Fair, The Disney Family Museum.

enchantedcircus.tickets_07-Enchanted Circus, 5:30-9pm, fundraiser for Schools Rule, cocktails, dinner, entertainment, Marin County Fair Grounds Pavillion, 491-6680.

Kids Camp with San Francisco Ballet Center for Dance Education, 12-2:30pm, free, ages 7-13, share in the love of dance from all corners of the globe and honors the dancer in all of us, Stern Grove, San Francisco.

Wednesday, July 2

cb0194d25fc82bc4c65e740c155d87c5Marin County Fair, 11am-11pm, join in the Kid’s Fun Run at 12:30pm, Huey Lewis and the News (7:30pm), Civic Center Drive, San Rafael.

Noon Concert Series, 12pm, free, Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

The Amazing Bubble Man, 1-2pm, Meet author, inventor, and expert bubbler Louis Pearl. He’ll showcase the entertaining science of bubbles, including Square Bubbles, Person-Inside-a-Bubble, Edible Bubbles, and more! San Anselmo Library.

The Amazing Bubble Man, 3:30-4:30pm, Mill Valley Library.

Drive in Movies, 3pm and/or 3:30pm , ages 4-8, We’ll start the film at 3:30pm, come at 3pm to decorate your own ‘car,’ Sausalito Library.

Movies on the Green, 6pm, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Pajama Storytime & Stuffy Sleepover! 6-6:30pm, ages 2-7, Drop your favorite stuffed animal off at the library at our special pajama storytime and pick it up the next day to find out what the critters got up to at night, Novato Library.

TEEN Henna Art Party, 5:30-7pm, henna artist, Rachel-Anne Palacios, will explain the traditions of henna art and demonstrate techniques, Point Reyes Library.

Kids Camp with San Francisco Ballet Center for Dance Education, 12-2:30pm, free, ages 7-13, share in the love of dance from all corners of the globe and honors the dancer in all of us, Stern Grove, San Francisco.

Summer Fun Days, 12-2pm, Boat Races, Build a boat and race it in the Forces that Shape the Bay pond in this annual regatta, Lawrence Hall of Science. 

Thursday, July 3

Junior Rangers: Where Did the Animals Go?, 9:30-11am, ages 7-12 year olds, Meet at the gate on San Carlos Way in Novato.

Turbo, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato.

Marin County Fair, 11am-11pm, Orpheus (3pm) & The Wailers (7:30pm), Civic Center Drive, San Rafael.

Intro to Coding, Grades 4-5, 2:30-4pm, You’ll learn about the Scratch environment and some basic programming concepts, Mill Valley Library.

Between the Pages, 3pm, grades 6-8, The Last Dragonslayer, San Rafael Library.

SHARE-a-Book Dogs, 3-4pm, practice reading aloud to a totally non-judgmental pooch! Each child gets one private, 10-minute session with a therapy dog, Fairfax Library.

SHARE-a-Book Dogs, 4pm, Each child gets a 15 minute session, Sausalito Library.

Young Writer’s Club, 4pm, Ages 8-10, Sausalito Library.

summer_concertSummer Concert Series, 5-7pm, The Soul Satellites, Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross.

Kids Camp with San Francisco Ballet Center for Dance Education, 12-2:30pm, free, ages 7-13, share in the love of dance from all corners of the globe and honors the dancer in all of us, Stern Grove, San Francisco.

Crosspulse, 11-11:30am & 12:15-12:45pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Les Gwan Jupons, 12:30-1:30pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Friday, July 4, Independence Day

4th of July Celebrations:

Marin County Fair, 11am-11pm, La Santa Cecilia (3pm) & March Fourth Marching Band (7:30pm), Civic Center Drive, San Rafael.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Family Films, 3:15pm, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Dick Conte Trio, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

San Francisco Symphony, 8pm, Epic music from the movies and American symphonic favorites lead up to an exhilarating fireworks show accompanied by the Orchestra, Shoreline Amphitheater.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Music by The Tubes, 6:30pm and 8:30pm on the Beach Bandstand.

Saturday, July 5

Build a Bug House, 9am-12pm, Home Depot.

Fun Family Walk, 10am-12pm, easy going, 1-mile walk with your family in this beautiful bayside park, McInnis Park, 310 Smith Ranch Rd, San Rafael.

Made in the Shade in Baltimore Canyon, 10am-12:30pm, explore a cool forested area shaded by towering redwood trees, California bay, madrone, big-leaf maple, and tanoak, Baltimore Canyon is the perfect place for a cool summer hike.

Handheld Fruit Pies, 10am, ages 8+, juicy fruit and a yummy crust, learn how to make a delicious personal sized pie, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Summer Ice Cream fun by Perler, 10am-12pm, use fuse beads to create an ice cream, $2, Michaels, San Rafael.

Marin County Fair, 11am-11pm, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet (3pm) & Night Ranger (7:30pm), Civic Center Drive, San Rafael.

SHARE-a-Book Dogs! 2-3pm, practice reading aloud to a totally non-judgmental pooch! Each child gets one private, 10-minute session with a therapy dog, Corte Madera Library.

Animal Smackdown, 2-3pm, ages 7-12, Think you know your animals? Think again. In an animal matchup, who would win? Lion or Tiger? Tiger Shark or Great White? Bring your animal knowledge and pit your wits against these animal match ups, Novato Library.

Art Workshop, 2:30pm, grade 6-8, with Kat David, San Rafael Library.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Family Films, 3:15pm, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Family Boot Camp, 2-4pm, earn basic soldier drills and about Presidio Military life while getting fit, Presidio’s Main Post.

Opera at the AT&T Park, 8pm, free, live simulcast of La Traviata.

Nike Missile Site Open House, 12:30-3pm, volunteers and Nike Veterans available to interpret each of the areas on the base.

Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship, 8pm, sing-along of sea chanteys and sailor songs aboard a historic ship at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

Fillmore Jazz Festival, 10am-6pm, Fillmore (between Jackson & Eddy), San Francisco.

Jelly Fish in a Bottle, 10:30-12:30pm, Explore the way jellyfish move in water by creating your own jellyfish that you can take home! Creativity Museum.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, July 6

Children’s Program at Green Gulch, 10-11:30am, activities include crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual.

Marin County Fair, 11am-11pm, Elvin Bishop (3pm) & Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (7:30pm), Civic Center Drive, San Rafael.

Build Hummingbird Feeders, 11:30am- 1:30pm, a fun and easy woodworking project and help attract birds to your summer garden, reserve your spot (and your kit) by emailing staffordpark@marincounty.org, Stafford Lake Park, 3549 Novato Blvd, Novato, CA

Folkish Festival, 12:30-2:30pm, The Bootleg HoneysMarin County Mart, Larkspur.

Family Films, 1pm, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Classic Series Film, 2pm, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Cinemark Theatre, Smith Ranch Rd, San Rafael.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, The Blues Burners, Town Center, Corte Madera.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Summer Sunday Concerts, 5-6:30pm, Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square.

Fillmore Jazz Festival, 10am-6pm, Fillmore (between Jackson & Eddy), San Francisco.

Kids Stage at Stern Grove, 12-1pm, San Francisco Symphony Classical Instrument Petting Zoo, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Stern Grove Festival, 2pm, free admission, San Francisco Symphony, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

San Francisco Mime Troupe 2-4pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am , San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Textile Design, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Temescal Street Fair, Telegraph Avenue between 51st and 42nd, Berkeley.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, July 7

TEEN Light up Duct Tape Wallets, Purselets or Cell Phone Holders, 2-4pm, 6-12 graders, Learn to make a duct tape wallet, cell phone holder or wristlet purse, with custom stickers that you create, and to add more bling finish it off with LED light that you wire yourself. Learn something new and leave with something unique that you made yourself. Marin Maker Mobile helps you bring your cool ideas to life, Stinson Beach Library.

Stories and More: Paper Bag Puppet Party, 2:30-3:15pm, all ages, listen to animal stories and make your own animal puppet, Mill Valley Library.

Tuesday, July 8

Learn to Draw Insects, 10am, learn how to draw transparent wings, foreshortened bodies and draw the insects you see from any angle. Understand the way that insects walk to help you get the leg positions of moving insects and more! No registration required. Bring a pencil and sketchbook, $20 suggested donation, Fairfax Library.

Smurfs 2, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato.

Little Sprouts: Yoga Sprouts, 11-11:45am, ages 5 and under, Practice yoga with your preschooler in a fun, creative, and cooperative environment, Mill Valley Library.

TEEN Light up Duct Tape Wallets, Purselets or Cell Phone Holders, 2-4pm, 6-12 graders, Learn to make a duct tape wallet, cell phone holder or wristlet purse, with custom stickers that you create, and to add more bling finish it off with LED light that you wire yourself. Learn something new and leave with something unique that you made yourself. Marin Maker Mobile helps you bring your cool ideas to life, Fairfax Library.

Earth to Art Tuesday, 6-12 graders, 2-3:30pm, intimate, fun, hands-on art workshop in the Novato Library Atrium.

The Three Little Pigs, 3:30pm, all ages, a puppet show from the Magical Moonshine Theater, Adorable puppets and live music: last year they were an audience (and librarian) favorite, Sausalito Library.

Animal Story Time and Crafts, 3:30-4:30pm, age 5-8, join us for several we’ll read books, then do simple crafts, Corte Madera Library.

Laugh-Out-Loud Book Club, Grades 3-5, 4-5pm, We’ll read The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. When her mother is abducted by aliens on Christmas Eve (or “Smekday” Eve since the Boov invasion), 11-year-old Tip hops in the family car and heads south to find her and meets an alien Boov mechanic who agrees to help her, Mill Valley Library.

Family Movie Night, 6-8pm, It’s Family Movie Night! Come and join us at the Novato Library for an evening of fun and entertainment for the whole family! For all ages.

Kids Day with San Francisco Ballet Center for Dance Education, 11am-2pm, ages 4-13, share in the love of dance from all corners of the globe and honors the dancer in all of us, Stern Grove, San Francisco.

Wednesday, July 9

Puppet Art Theater Presents The Three Billy Goats Gruff! 11am-12pm, ages 3-8, Corte Madera Library.

Mammals of Marin, 12pm, David Herlocker, Marin County Naturalist, will provide an overview of the many species of mammals that are found in Marin, Civic Center Library.

Noon Concert Series, 12pm, free, Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

Coventry & Kaluza: Juggling and Comedy, 1-2pm, Circus, theater, magic, and dance all come together in this talented duo, not to mention the hula hoops! Dance Palace, Point Reyes

Shadow Puppet Workshop ~Shadow Paws, 1-2pm, Discover the magical world of shadow puppetry with Daniel Barash. The audience will be encouraged to participate throughout the program and everyone will receive shadow puppet templates to continue the fun at home! San Anselmo Library.

Classic Series Film, 2pm & 7pm, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Cinemark Theatre, Smith Ranch Rd, San Rafael.

TEEN Light up Duct Tape Wallets, Purselets or Cell Phone Holders, 2-4pm, 6-12 graders, Learn to make a duct tape wallet, cell phone holder or wristlet purse, with custom stickers that you create, and to add more bling finish it off with LED light that you wire yourself. Learn something new and leave with something unique that you made yourself. Marin Maker Mobile helps you bring your cool ideas to life, South Novato Library.

TEEN Henna Art Party, 2-3:30pm, henna artist, Rachel-Anne Palacios, will explain the traditions of henna art and demonstrate techniques, Civic Center Library.

Bluegrass Boogie, All ages, 3:30-4:30pm, Bluegrass duo Emily Bonn and Jody Richardson, both early childhood music educators, perform their favorite Americana tunes for children and adults in a lively interactive concert of fiddle, banjo, ukulele, and percussive tap-dancing. Be prepared to sing and dance! Mill Valley Library.

Jelly Jam Time, 3:30pm, ages 4-8, Story-dancing with Risa Lenore, Storytelling, physical theater, and dance combine for a fun, physical and imaginative afternoon, Sausalito Library.

Puppet Art Theater Presents The Three Billy Goats Gruff! 3:30pm, ages 3-8, Civic Center Library.

Movies on the Green, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, 6pm, Join us at for Movies on the Green, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Puppet Art Theater Presents The Three Billy Goats Gruff! 7pm, ages 3-8, Fairfax Library.

Kids Day with San Francisco Ballet Center for Dance Education, 11am-2pm, ages 4-13, share in the love of dance from all corners of the globe and honors the dancer in all of us, Stern Grove, San Francisco.

Summer Fun Days, 12-2pm, Spider Spectacular, Hunt for spider webs, make webs out of duct tape, create wearable spider parts, and view live spiders, Lawrence Hall of Science.

Thursday, July 10

Smurfs 2, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato.

Sanctuary Bird Walks, 10:15am, view and learn about the waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds that visit the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.

Wildlife Associates with Creepy Critters, 11am, ages 5+, this program includes a boa, tortoise, alligator, tarantula and a giant lizard. In a safe environment we dispel myths and explore the importance these animals have in nature’s diverse web of life, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Shadow Puppet Workshop: Spin me a Shadow, Tell me a Tale, 2-3pm, Discover the magical world of shadow puppetry with Daniel Barash and The Shadow Puppet Workshop. Daniel teaches the art of shadow puppetry while telling a Southeastern Asian Folktale. Mill Valley Public Library.

Create It! Make It! Take It! 2, 3, & 4pm, ages 4+, Creativity Unleashed & Zooming Critter Creations, $5, Five Little Monkeys, Novato.

Children’s Art Project – Collage Animals!, 3:30-4:30pm, Create cute collage pets with newspaper and construction paper. Don’t forget to decorate their collar and give them a shiny new ID tag! Marin City Library.

SHARE A Book, Read to a Dog, 3:30-4:30pm, kids in kindergarten and older can sign up for a 15-minute appointment, San Anselmo Library.

Young Writer’s Club: Shadow Puppet Workshop, 4:30pm, Ages 5+, Discover the magical world of shadow puppetry with Daniel Barash, Sausalito Library.

Summer Concert Series, 5-7pm, Adam Theis’s Last Band, Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross.

Family Movie Night, 6-8pm, It’s Family Movie Night! Come and join us at the South Novato Library for an evening of fun and entertainment for the whole family! For all ages.

TEEN 20’s Party, 8-11pm, 6-12 graders, Intrigued by the Roaring 20’s, love the Great Gatsby, just want to hang out with friends? Then this event is for you, learn some dance steps from a Bay West Ballroom dance instructor from 8:15 to 9 and then enjoy a dance party from 9 to 11, Novato Library.

Kids Day with San Francisco Ballet Center for Dance Education, 11am-2pm, ages 4-13, share in the love of dance from all corners of the globe and honors the dancer in all of us, Stern Grove, San Francisco.

Musical Art Quintet, 2-4pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Friday, July 11

Family Films, Shrek, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights Day, 10am to 3pm, calling all children to claim their right to explore, learn, play, discover, splash, and celebrate being a kid! FREE activities, games and more connecting kids with the outdoors and their outdoor bill of rights. For information call 789-1384, Angel Island.

TEEN Maker Camp, 11am-2pm, virtual summer camp for teens and features how-to instruction to complete 30 awesome projects in 30 days, Lunch will be served, Novato Library.

10463040_10153036204964126_3506134719988141949_nWe Are Monsters, 1pm, free, all kid performance, Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

Free Small Slurpie, 11am-7pm, at 7-11 Stores.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Hungry Owl Project, 2:30-4pm, Hear about our nocturnal friends and their natural history. Learn about the positive impact owls have on the environment. Watch a video on the nesting cycle of Barn Owls, and meet a live Ambassador Owl! Mill Valley Library.

Shadow Paws: Shadow Puppet Show with Daniel Barash, 3:30-4:30pm, Join us for “Shadow Paws”, a shadow puppet show inspired by tales from around the world, Space is limited, and reservations are required. Please RSVP to library@cityoflarkspur.org, or 927-5005, Larkspur Library.

Family Date Nights, 5-7:30pm, Chelle! and Friends, musically rich gumbo of New Orleans jazz, R & B and gospel, fused with Caribbean rhythms, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

TEEN Murder Mystery, 5-8pm, The library is closed, but the game is on! Join us for dinner and a murder at the Corte Madera Library. Question witnesses, examine the evidence, discover the culprit! Participants will be given a character assignment and their own role in the mystery. Costumes and dramatic flair encouraged! Corte Madera Library. Crabtree-1

Kids’ Pajama Party with Jon and Tucker Nichols, 6pm, diesel, a Bookstore, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Bill Belasco and Aguabella, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Music in the Park, 6-8pm, Marinwood Park, San Rafael.

Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30pm-8pm, The Zydeco Flames, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito.

Creekside Fridays Music Series, 6:30-8pm, Stardust Orchestra, 60 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley.

Film Night in the Park, Despicable Me 2, Peacock Gap.

Pi Clowns, 11am & 12:15pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Music by Macy Gray, 6:30pm and 8:30pm on the Beach Bandstand.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Saturday, July 12

Family Films, Shrek, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Ron BermanThe Cable Car That Couldn’t Clang, 10am, meet author Ron Berman, a native San Franciscan who loves to write about the city, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Spiralized, 10am, ages 5+, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights Day, 10am to 3pm, calling all children to claim their right to explore, learn, play, discover, splash, and celebrate being a kid! FREE activities, games and more connecting kids with the outdoors and their outdoor bill of rights. For information call 789-1384, Angel Island.

Mill Valley Street Scramble, 11am, Urban Adventure Hunt, three event durations will be offered: 7 hours, 3 hours, and 90 minutes. You can do either on foot or on bike, Almonte District Improvement Club, 105 Wisteria Way, Mill Valley.

The Numberlys, 11am, ages 3-7, featuring reading and activities, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Tim Cain, 11:30am-12:30pm, When it comes to delighting children and their parents with music and dance, children’s musician Tim Cain has no equal! Stinson Beach Library.

Lego Solar Cars, 1-2:30pm, Harness the power of the sun! Design and build solar powered vehicles, learn mechanical engineering concepts and explore alternative energy sources. Marin City Library.

So You Want a Pet? 2-2:45pm, Find out all about what it takes to have a pet. What do you need to have a pet? How do you pick the best one for you? Who’s going to clean up after it?Novato Library.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

TEEN Henna Art Party, 5:30-7pm, henna artist, Rachel-Anne Palacios, will explain the traditions of henna art and demonstrate techniques, Novato Library.

MoonlightRevisedMoonlight Concert – Flying with Dragons, 6-9pm, Celebrate the full moon & join us for this complimentary musical event. The silent auction features an electric guitar signed by Carlos Santana! Proceeds from auction go to Blue Star Music Camps in San Anselmo, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Beatles Tribute, 6pm, Tickets are available only on the day of the event at Creek Park, $15 Adults/$5 Kids 12 and under. No credit cards, local checks welcome, San Anselmo.

Summer Nights, 7pm, live music from Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, kids zone, family friendly, kids under 17 free, Marin JCC.

Muir Woods After Hours, 8-10pm, This is an easy, 2-mile walk on paved trails. Bring your flashlight and discover Muir Woods when the sun goes down. Children under 8 years not advised. Reservations required, 388-2596.

North Bay Mobile Drive-In, Castle in the Sky, 9pm, fun, authentic, drive-in experience, movie is projected on the side of the Old Hamilton Theater building (closed for many years now) and transmit the audio over the FM band (88.3FM) just like modern drive-ins. By donation, small concession snack bar available at each performance, Old Hamilton Theater Building, 520 Palm Drive, Novato.

Film Night in the Park, Monsters University, China Camp.

Family Space Day at the Cal Academy of Sciences w AIAA! 11am-2pm, Meet people who work in the aerospace industry, build your own satellite, and participate in space-related demos, California Academy of Science.

Teddy Bear Festival, 11am-3:30pm, Music by The Raytones, bring your teddy bear and receive $2 off admission, San Francisco Zoo.

The Klez-X, 1pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Science Saturday: A Lake Through the Years – the History and Archaeology of Mountain Lake, 2-3pm, join Presidio Trust Archaeologist Kari Jones to learn about the ongoing research into the cultural and natural history of Mountain Lake.

Pier Crabbing, 10am-12pm, We’ll discuss bait, equipment, and regulations, then try your luck with our nets. Fills quickly so call early. Reservations required; call 556-1693.

The Presidio Rocks, 1-3pm, Learn the 160 million year story that underlies the Presidio on this 2-mile moderately strenuous walk. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a coat. Meet ranger Will Elder at Langdon Court parking lot, off Lincoln Blvd. just south of intersection with Merchant Road, Reservations required; call 561-4323.

Sunday, July 13

Pre-Natal Fitness Class, free, 8-9am, Fit4Mom Marin and Jack & Jill’s Play Space are partnering to bring you a complimentary 4-week series of prenatal fitness classes with free daycare from Urbansitter. Join other Marin moms-to-be in their journey to stay fit and healthy each step of their pregnancy, Jack & Jill’s Play Place, 125 Mitchell Blvd, San Rafael.

Marine Science Sunday, 10am-5pm, takes a look at Marine Mammal Superheroes: Super Strong and Super Smart. These fearless creatures of the deep have developed amazing superpowers that allow them to thrive in the complex environment of the ocean. Join us for classroom presentations, Docent-led tours, and more! Marine Mammal Center.

Family Films, Shrek, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Folkish Festival, 12:30-2:30pm, The Easy Leaves, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, Dave Rocha Jazz Trio, Town Center, Corte Madera.

Pool Side Jams, 2:30-4:30pm, Clara Bellino, Strawberry Recreation Center, Mill Valley.

Concerts-in-the-Park, 4pm, Fleetwood Mask, The ultimate tribute to Fleetwood Mack and their music, Belvedere Park.

Summer Sunday Concerts, 5-6:30pm, Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square.

Teddy Bear Festival, 11am-3:30pm, Music by The Raytones, bring your teddy bear and receive $2 off admission, San Francisco Zoo.

Sunday Streets, Richmond neighborhood, San Francisco.

Mountain Lake Family Festival, Nature walks of the lake will depart from the beach every hour. Meet a California floater mussel or western pond turtle. Explore the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail with Park Ranger Jose Roland, who will be dressed in Anza Expedition period piece costume.

Kids Stage at Stern Grove, 12-1pm, San Francisco Ballet Center for Dance Education, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Stern Grove Festival, 2pm, free admission, Funky Meters, Sugar Pie DeSantos, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Sponge Block Structures, 10am-4pm, Join us on our patio for water activities and create structures with sponge blocks, Creativity Museum.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Textile Design, Enjoy a Textile Petting Zoo in the Art Studio with Geana Sieburger of Britex Fabrics, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, July 14, Bastille Day

Tuesday, July 15, Full Moon

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato.

Little Sprouts: Jelly Jam Time, 11-11:45am, ages 5 and younger, performer and educator Risa Lenore in story dancing: using the elements of dance to explore story, drama and imagination. It’s fun and exciting exercise for body and mind, Mill Valley Library.

Lego Club, 3:30-4:30pm, Bring your imagination and we will supply you with everything you need to create with LEGOs, San Anselmo Library.

Coventry and Kaluza, 3:30pm, Hula hoops, music, comedy, and acrobatics: their circus-comedy show has it all, Sausalito Library.

Engineering Workshop with Lego: Animals, 3:30-5pm, ages 5-8, Let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGO®! Explore the endless creative possibilities, Corte Madera Library.

Laugh-Out-Loud Book Club, Grades 3-5, 4-5pm, The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex, Mill Valley Library.

TEEN Movie Night, 6-8:30pm, Novato Library.

California Soundscape, 2:30-4:30pm, Dan Dugan from Nature Sounds Society will be leading this class. Listeners will experience a tour of sixteen California soundscapes in surround sound, ending with recent recordings in Yosemite, Presidio.

Kids Camp with ODC/Dance, 12-2:30pm, ages 7-13, free, groundbreaking contemporary arts institution with longstanding roots in the San Francisco community bringing modern dance and movement, Stern Grove, San Francisco.

Wednesday, July 16

Junior Rangers: Birding Adventure, 9:30am-12:30pm, ages 7-12, we will discuss birds commonly found in the area this time of year, unique attributes of different groups of birds, and identification for the beginner, Meet at the Bahia trailhead near the end of Bahia Dr in Novato.

Jelly Jam Time Story Dancing, 1-2pm, Based on the principle that everything moves, and within everything there is movement, educator Risa Lenore skillfully guides children through an exploration of storytelling and dance, San Anselmo Library.

Circus of Smiles, 1-2pm, Join the circus at the library! Prepare yourself for an afternoon of fun with the Family Circo show! Songs, dance and crazy antics will keep everyone giggling for hours! For all ages, Novato Library.

TEEN Henna Workshop, 1-2:30pm, henna artist, Rachel-Anne Palacios, will explain the traditions of henna art and demonstrate techniques, South Novato Library.

Share A Book-Read to a Therapy Dog, 3pm, children read to dogs as a way to improve their literacy skills, Belvedere Tiburon Library.

Circus of Smiles, 3-4pm, South Novato Library.

Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic, 3:30-4:30pm, all ages, Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic take traditional zydeco and infuse it with elements of hip-hop, blues, rock, and pop. Andre is an accordion virtuoso and a captivating singer with a smooth soul sound. Audience members will even learn to zydeco dance, Mill Valley Library.

Insect Discovery Lab, 3:30pm, ages 4-8, hands-on insect extravaganza. You don’t have to touch the insects, but you’ll probably want to! Sausalito Library.

Button, Button, Let’s Make Some Buttons!, 4-5:30pm, Do you have a favorite character, quote, or photo? Make it into a button that you can pin to your clothes, backpack, purse, or whatever you want! You can bring in your own image or choose one from our collection of animals, comic book characters, favorite books, and more. Images must be no larger than 1 ½”, Marin City Library.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover, 5-7pm, Your stuffed animal is invited to spend the night at the Library! Drop your stuffed animal off at the reference desk between 5 -7pm on July 9. We’ve planned all sorts of activities for them once you’ve gone home. Ask them about it when you pick them up between 10am and 4pm the following day, Thursday July 17, San Anselmo Library.

TEEN Summer Book Club, 5:30-6:30pm, Point Reyes Library.

Movies on the Green, The Red Balloon, 6pm, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Kids Book Club, Frindle, 7-8pm, 4-5 graders, Corte Madera Library.

TEEN John Hubley Animation, 7pm, innovative American animator who worked for Walt Disney and created Mr. Magoo, but was also an independent filmmaker in collaboration with his wife Faith. This collection of new 35mm prints showcases several of the best animated shorts, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.

TEEN After Hours Movie Night, 8:30-10:30pm, Corte Madera Library.

Kids Camp with ODC/Dance, 12-2:30pm, ages 7-13, free, groundbreaking contemporary arts institution with longstanding roots in the San Francisco community bringing modern dance and movement, Stern Grove, San Francisco.

Summer Fun Days, 12-2pm, Ice Cream Day, Make and eat your own ice cream with a special ingredient that changes water’s freezing point, Lawrence Hall of Science.

Thursday, July 17

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato.

Kenn Adams Adventure Theater “Episode 1: Adventure in Space”, 11am, ages 5+, On a distant planet, the gentle king has been ripped from his throne! Agalactic mad man rules in his place! The planet is doomed! The world needs a hero…like you! Audience members make all of the sound effects, become the scenery, create the story, and leap up on stage to play the main characters! Belvedere Tiburon Library.

Littles with Molly, 11am, entering Kindergarten in the fall or younger, Join us for stories, songs, finger plays, and fun. We’ll read books about birds, clouds, flying, and other topics from the wide blue sky, and do a special activity, Sausalito Library.

Fun with Fossils, 2:30-4pm, grades K-5, Travel back in time with a stegosaurus to learn how and why fossils are formed. Discover where the best fossil hunting grounds are and learn what they can tell us about the creatures that once roamed the Earth. Then dig for a Shark’s tooth, make a cast, and take both home! Creekside Room. Advance sign-up required, Mill Valley Library.

Lego Solar Cars, 3-4:30pm, Harness the power of the sun! Design and build solar powered vehicles, learn mechanical engineering concepts and explore alternative energy sources. Civic Center Library.

Young Writer’s Club: Comic Book Workshop with Brian Kolm, 4pm, Ages 8-10, Whether you’ve made a comic book before or not, Brian Kolm is an expert and is here to help. To make a reservation or find out more, contact Erin at 289-4121 or ewilson@ci.sausalito.ca.us., Sausalito Library.

Summer Concert Series, 5-7pm, The Klipptones, Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross.

Mammals of Marin, 7pm, David Herlocker, Marin County Naturalist, will provide an overview of the many species of mammals that are found in Marin, Corte Madera Library.

Pizza & Pages Book Club, Grades 6-8, 7-8:30pm, Come together to dine and discuss Scott Westerfeld’s steampunk thriller Leviathan, Advance sign-up required, Mill Valley Library.

Kids Camp with ODC/Dance, 12-2:30pm, ages 7-13, free, groundbreaking contemporary arts institution with longstanding roots in the San Francisco community bringing modern dance and movement, Stern Grove, San Francisco.

Ensohza & Kyle Abbott, 12:30pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Rumbaché, 6pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Pixar in Concert, 7:30pm, visually stunning clips and memorable scores from each of Pixar’s movies, including their latest release, Monsters University, performed live by the San Francisco Symphony.

Friday, July 18

Family Films, Annie, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Balloon-powered Raceway, 2:30-4pm, Grades 2-5, It’s the first annual Library Raceway Tournament! In teams, build a balloon-powered car made from everyday materials such as straws, plastic bottles and rubber bands. Test your vehicle, make improvements, and race it in the Tournament! Creekside Room. Advance sign-up required, Mill Valley Library.

Family Date Nights, 5-7:30pm, Miss Kitty, sings and plays the tunes her pint-sized audience requests, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Michael La Macchia Trio, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Concert Under the Oak, 6-8pm, Aja Vu, Northgate, San Rafael.

Pacheco Plaza Summer Music Series, 6-9pm, Pachamama Band, Novato.

Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30pm-8pm, Jimi James, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito.

Creekside Fridays Music Series, 6:30-8pm, The 85’s, 60 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley.

TEEN Maker Camp, 11am-2pm, virtual summer camp for teens and features how-to instruction to complete 30 awesome projects in 30 days, Lunch will be served, Novato Library.

Pixar in Concert, 7:30pm, visually stunning clips and memorable scores from each of Pixar’s movies, including their latest release, Monsters University, performed live by the San Francisco Symphony.

Caterpillar Puppets, 11am & 12:15pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Music by The Fixx, 6:30pm and 8:30pm on the Beach Bandstand.

Saturday, July 19

Family Films, Annie, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Creativity Galaxy, screenings will run throughout the day, new interactive creative art adventure series designed to inspire young artists and demonstrate how much the world relies on art in all forms, giveaways and special hands-on activities, Discovery Museum.

Trails Less Traveled, 9:30am-1pm, explore the less-traveled trails at Muir Woods. From where the popular Main Trail diverges with the Fern Creek Trail, we will take the one less traveled by to Camp Alice Eastwood Trail. Meet at the Visitor Center. Bring water, snack, and wear sturdy shoes. This is a family-friendly, three-mile walk.

Big Time Festival at Kule Loklo, 10am-3pm, demonstrators will exhibit their skills in basketry, flint knapping, clamshell bead making, and more, Bear Valley Visitor Center, Point Reyes National Seashore.

The Great Sausalito Play Date, 10-11:30am, ages 3 and under, We will begin the morning with stories, songs, and finger plays, and then set the children loose on ‘stations’ of lushly tactile materials—sticky, soft, crinkly, over, under, squish, jump, play, Sausalito Library.

This walk is for the birds!, 10am-12:30pm, Join us at Rush Creek for a family stroll in search for waterfowl and other birds from the White Pelican, to the Red-tailed Hawk and Allen’s or Ana’s Hummingbirds.

Spectacular Summer Salads, 10am, ages 8+, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Kid’s Love to Cook! Hands On Cooking Demonstration, 10:30-11:30am, Direction Five is back with a cooking demonstration and tasting with hands-on participation appropriate for children of all ages, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

3 Little Pigs: The Science Behind the Story, 11-11:45am, ages 3-6, Get your construction hats on as we get set to test the science behind the 3 Little Pigs’ houses! In this extended preschool storytime, we will be engineering the strongest house we can build! Novato Library.

Read to a Dog, 11-12pm, Fairfax Library.

22nd Anniversary Party, 12-3pm, live music, food, kids activities and more, Whole Foods, 414 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley.

Charged Particles Jazz Trio, 12-1pm, ages 3+, electrifying and educational jazz performance, Corte Madera Library.

TEEN Light up Duct Tape Wallets, Purselets or Cell Phone Holders, 1-3pm, 6-12 graders, Learn to make a duct tape wallet, cell phone holder or wristlet purse, with custom stickers that you create, and to add more bling finish it off with LED light that you wire yourself. Learn something new and leave with something unique that you made yourself. Marin Maker Mobile helps you bring your cool ideas to life, Corte Madera Library.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Explore the Art of Henna, 2:30pm, grade 6-8, San Rafael Library.

TEENS Bottle Cap & Dog Tag Creations, 3-4pm, Make bottle cap or dog tag necklaces, earrings, or magnets. Bring your own images (1” circle for a bottle cap or 2”x1” for a dog tag), create your own, or find one in the magazines provided. If you want, bring in a picture of your pet! Fairfax Library.

Engineering Workshop with Lego: Animals, 3:30-5pm, ages 5-8, Let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGO®! Explore the endless creative possibilities, Marin City Library.

Family Fun Night, 5-7pm, $10 for entire family, Safari theme, Mill Valley Community Center.

Lay It on My Heart, 7pm, meet the author Angela Pneuman, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Film Night in the Park, Pirate Band of Misfits, Peacock Gap.

Headlands Nightlife: Family Sunset Stroll and Campfire, 6–8:30pm, $12 per person, Explore the mysterious lifestyle of nocturnal animals that start their day just as you’re going to bed! Learn about special adaptations that allow owls, bats, and other nighttime critters to hunt by moonlight NaturesBridge, Sausalito.

Summer Nights, 7pm, live music from Hapa, kids zone, family friendly, kids under 17 free, Marin JCC.

Mountain Lake Senses Walk, 2-3:30pm, Come experience sights, sounds, smells and flavors of Mountain Lake on an easy fun filled walk. Let’s use our five senses to investigate who uses this place as a home. Things to bring on this walk: walking shoes, dress in layers, and your love of nature. Families of all ages and abilities; meet at Mountain Lake playground.

Family Day: Paper Poetry Garden, 1-4pm, all ages, Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco.

Market Days, 11am-3pm, free, open-air mini-festivals that bring together museum and community scientists, artists, and educators, art and science demos, hands-on activities, exhibits, and craft displays, Exploratorium.

Pixar in Concert, 7:30pm, visually stunning clips and memorable scores from each of Pixar’s movies, including their latest release, Monsters University, performed live by the San Francisco Symphony.

Merola Opera’s Schwabacher Summer Concert, 2pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Wearable Electronics, 1-2:45pm, Learn how to create a light-up LED wristband! Creativity Museum.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, deYoung Museum.

Pier Crabbing, 10am-12pm, We’ll discuss bait, equipment, and regulations, then try your luck with our nets. Fills quickly so call early. Reservations required; call 556-1693.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, July 20

Pre-Natal Fitness Class, free, 8-9am, Fit4Mom Marin and Jack & Jill’s Play Space are partnering to bring you a complimentary 4-week series of prenatal fitness classes with free daycare from Urbansitter. Join other Marin moms-to-be in their journey to stay fit and healthy each step of their pregnancy, Jack & Jill’s Play Place, 125 Mitchell Blvd, San Rafael.

Family Films, Annie, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Sunday Special: The Corner Laughers, 11-11:45am, Bring the entire family to hear The Corner Laughers play catchy and clever pop music, full of harmony, hooks and intelligent lyrics, Mill Valley Library.

Fun Family Crafts, 11am-1pm, Bring your creativity to Paradise Beach Park and make fun nature crafts with a ranger. Supplies and healthy snacks will be provided. This event is for all ages. No animals (except service animals) are allowed at this park. Questions: Contact  897-0618 or SBurkhart@marincounty.org.

Sommerfest, 12-6pm,  A polka band, folk and popular group dances in traditional dress, a menu of authentic German/Austrian foods, and of course, excellent beers and other drinks, complete a fun-filled day that is sehr gemütlich for all ages, Nature Friends Tourist Club, Mill Valley.

Folkish Festival, 12:30-2:30pm, Calico, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Kids Club Project, 1-2pm, Stepping Stone, you must pre-register, Goodman’s Building Supply, Mill Valley.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, Black Olive Jazz, Town Center, Corte Madera.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Summer Sunday Concerts, 5-6:30pm, Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square.

Kids Stage at Stern Grove, 12-1pm, OCD/Dance, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Stern Grove Festival, 2pm, free admission, Pupy Y Los Que Son Son & Vieux Farka Touré, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Pixar in Concert, 2pm, visually stunning clips and memorable scores from each of Pixar’s movies, including their latest release, Monsters University, performed live by the San Francisco Symphony.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am , San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Grease Sing-a-long, 7:30pm, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco.

Alphabet Rockers, 1-2pm, Asian Art Museum.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, print making and graphic design, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, July 21

Fratello Marionettes: Carnival of the Animals, 11am-12pm, music, storytelling, and their unique artistry to share familiar stories in a totally new way, Stinson Beach Library, 868-0252.

Fratello Marionettes: Carnival of the Animals, 2-3pm, Inverness Library.

Stories and More: Math Patterns with Toni, 2:30-3:15pm, Patterns in nature, patterns on clothes, patterns everywhere – it’s all math to Toni! Come listen to stories about patterns then create your own repeating patter from one small square of paper, Mill Valley Library.

Tuesday, July 22

Nature for Kids: Dragonflies!, 10am-1pm, learn all about these fascinating insects that have been on earth since before the age of dinosaurs, Contact 893-9508, Meet at the Lake Lagunitas parking area.

Walking With Dinosaurs, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato.

Little Sprouts: Stomp, Chomp and Roar with Dinosaurs, 11-11:45am, 5 and younger, Listen to silly dinosaur stories and make your own dinosaur mask. Little Sprouts! programs require advance sign-up and parent/caregiver participation, except where noted, Mill Valley Library.

Lego Solar Cars, 3-4:30pm, Harness the power of the sun! Design and build solar powered vehicles, learn mechanical engineering concepts and explore alternative energy sources. Fairfax Library.

The Bubble Lady, 3:30pm, This show really pops! It’s crazy, zany, and tons of fun, Sausalito Library.

Animal Story Time and Crafts, 3:30-4:30pm, age 5-8, join us for several special school-aged story times this summer. We’ll read books, then do simple crafts, Corte Madera Library.

Laugh-Out-Loud Book Club, Grades 3-5, 4-5pm, We’ll read The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. When her mother is abducted by aliens on Christmas Eve (or “Smekday” Eve since the Boov invasion), 11-year-old Tip hops in the family car and heads south to find her and meets an alien Boov mechanic who agrees to help her, Mill Valley Library.

Light up Duct Tape Wallets, Purselets or Cell Phone Holders, 4-6pm, 6-12 graders, Marin City Library.

Family Movie Night, 6-8pm, It’s Family Movie Night! Come and join us at the Novato Library for an evening of fun and entertainment for the whole family! For all ages.

Kids Day with Dance Mission, 11am-2pm, ages 4-13, a multicultural dance hub bringing high-energy fusion dance and cultural stories from the Mission district, Stern Grove, San Francisco.

Wednesday, July 23

Wildcare: Feather, Fur and Scales, 10:30-11:30am, Visit with Wildcare’s animal ambassadors and examine the similarities and differences between mammal, bird, and reptile groups, Bolinas Library.

First 5 Marin’s Family Health & Fun Fair, 11:30am-3pm, The Dance Palace, Point Reyes.

Noon Concert Series, 12pm, free, Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

Coventry and Kaluza, 1-2pm, Witness extraordinary skills and thrills, including extreme acrobatics and high numbers hula-hooping! This clown duo has performed with the New Pickle Circus, among others, and twice won Best Comedy/Clown Act in the American Circus Festival, San Anselmo Library.

Drawing from Nature, 2pm, ages 6+, with Ane Carla Rovetta, San Rafael Library.

Piccolo Puppet Players, 3:30pm, Slapstick humor, ridiculous antics and audience participation: join us for a traditional Punch and Judy show, Sausalito Library.

Coventry & Kaluza, 3:30-4:30pm, Mill Valley Library.

Critter Crafting, 3:30pm, ages 5+, create a collage of a dog or a cat, Civic Center Library.

TEEN Light up Duct Tape Wallets, Purselets or Cell Phone Holders, 4-6pm, 6-12 graders, Novato Library.

TEEN Making Fresh Spring Rolls, 5:30-7pm, Point Reyes Station Library.

Movies on the Green, 6pm, The Cat in the Hat, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Paws, Claws, Scales and Tails!, 7pm, ages 3+, an All-Critter, Sing-and-Dance-Along Party with award-winning children’s recording artist TIM CAIN!, Fairfax Library.

The San Francisco Mime Troupe, 7pm (Music 6:30), Mill Valley Community Center, on the Back Lawn, FREE (donation).

TEEN Teen Book Club, The Raven Boys, 7-8pm, Corte Madera Library.

Kids Day with Dance Mission, 11am-2pm, ages 4-13, a multicultural dance hub bringing high-energy fusion dance and cultural stories from the Mission district, Stern Grove, San Francisco.

Summer Fun Days, 12-2pm, Insect Discovery Lab, Hold and touch live bugs, Lawrence Hall of Science.

Kid’s Air Faire, 11am-2pm, Hiller Aviation Museum.

Thursday, July 24

Deer Island Stroll, 9-11am, fun mid-morning hike at Deer Island. Discover the local wildlife and the unique views of this wonderful preserve. (Approximately 1-mile roundtrip.) Meet at the gate on Deer Island Ln in Novato.

Walking With Dinosaurs, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato.

Littles with Molly, 11am, entering Kindergarten in the fall or younger, Join us for stories, songs, finger plays, and fun. We’ll read books about birds, clouds, flying, and other topics from the wide blue sky, and do a special activity, Sausalito Library.

Creative Stories and Humor with Diana Shmiana and the Bag of Surprises, 11am, ages 5+, a mysterious bag appears, providing Diana Shmiana — and you the audience — with loads of laughs, hijinks, and wacky fun. Magic! Songs! Clowning! Stories and some Science thrown in!  Belvedere Tiburon Library.

Create It! Make It! Take It! 2, 3, & 4pm, ages 6+, Valcano Alert, Eruption Today, $5, Five Little Monkeys, Novato.

Draw Your Own Superhero, 2:30-4pm, grades 2-5, Learn how to draw your own superhero from illustrator Norris Burroughs. Be sure to bring your imagination and your super powers! Advance sign-up required, Mill Valley Public Library.

SHARE A Book, Read to a Dog, 3:30-4:30pm, kids in kindergarten and older can sign up for a 15-minute appointment, San Anselmo Library.

“Sticky Fingers” Workshop with Sophie Maletsky, 4pm, ages 10+, Please RSVP at 785.8177, diesel, a Bookstore, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Young Writer’s Club, 4pm, Ages 8-10, Sausalito Library.

Summer Concert Series, 5-7pm, Ring of Fire, Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross.

Family Movie Night, 6-8pm, It’s Family Movie Night! Come and join us at the South Novato Library for an evening of fun and entertainment for the whole family! For all ages.

Animal Tales Past and Present, 7pm, all ages, Popular storyteller Neshama Franklin explores & dramatizes the essential roles that animals play in fable & myth while sharing her own experiences with paws, claws, scales, fins & fur, Fairfax Library.

TEEN Jewelry Making, Grades 6-8, 7-8:30pm, Join artist Chelsee Robinson for a 90-minute class of jewelry-making instruction and construction. All materials are provided, including tools, beads, stones, crystals and gift bags. Creekside Room. Advance sign-up required, Mill Valley Public Library.

Dalia Marina, 12:30pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Kids Day with Dance Mission, 11am-2pm, ages 4-13, a multicultural dance hub bringing high-energy fusion dance and cultural stories from the Mission district, Stern Grove, San Francisco.

Sonoma County Fair, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Friday, July 25

Family Films, Despicable Me, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

TEEN Maker Camp, 11am-2pm, virtual summer camp for teens and features how-to instruction to complete 30 awesome projects in 30 days, Lunch will be served, Novato Library.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Lego Play Day, 2:30-4pm, age 5+, Get in touch with your inner engineer! Free play with Legos supports creativity, problem solving, and reading skills — and it’s FUN! Mill Valley Library.

Family Date Nights, 5-7:30pm, DJ Mancub, spinning his signature mix of some of the top danceable family fun tunes, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Film Night in the Park, Let It Be, Fairfax.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Piro Patton Quartet, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Friday Nights on Main, 6-9pm, A Night in Venice, A tribute to Italy’s most romantic city with Italian music + strolling opera singers, Main Street, Tiburon.

Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30pm-8pm, Why, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito.

Creekside Fridays Music Series, 6:30-8pm, Revolver, 60 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley.

Crosspulse, 11-11:30am & 12:15-12:45pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Music by Santana original lead singer Gregg Rolie, 6:30pm and 8:30pm on the Beach Bandstand.

Sonoma County Fair, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Gilroy Garlic Festival

Saturday, July 26

Family Films, Despicable Me, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Bring the Family to Oakwood Valley for a Leisurely Loop Trail, 10am-12:30pm, a little known trail in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, offers shelter and sun. We will look for the rare mission blue butterfly which is on the federal endangered species list. The Mission Blue depends on a very specific host plant called the lupine which is found in Oakwood Valley.

Far West Fest, 10am-7:30pm, Love Field, Point Reyes Station.

Shakes, 10am, ages 5+, from chocolate to fruit, learn how to combine different flavors, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Marin Rod & Gun Club Picnic, 10am-6pm, free, family event with game booths, live music, rides and BBQ.  The annual picnic is a free event open to the public, Waterfront in San Pablo Bay at Point San Quentin, San Rafael.

TEEN Henna Workshop, 11am, henna artist, Rachel-Anne Palacios, will explain the traditions of henna art and demonstrate techniques, Civic Center Library.

Biblio Spectacular! Magic, Comedy and Oddities, 1-1:45pm, all ages, Join the amazing Brian Scott, magician extraordinaire, as he takes us on a wild ride through magic and marvels galore! Novato Library.

TEEN Jewelry Workshop with Chelsee Robinson, 1-2:30pm, ages 10+, custom-designed necklace, bracelet or earrings using assorted blown glass, seeds, stones and art glass beads. All materials are provided, Marin City Library.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Biblio Spectacular! Magic, Comedy and Oddities, 3-3:45pm, South Novato Library.

Family Biking Workshop Series, 3:15-5pm, $10/family, learn to safely navigate the streets – with fun activities, including an optional group ride, contact Peggy Clark at or call 456-3469, 8#, Larkspur.

Film Night in the Park, 20 Feet From Stardom, Fairfax.

Mount Burdell Night Hike, 7-9pm, sunset and night hike on Mount Burdell Preserve. Discover nocturnal wildlife and the unique views of this wonderful preserve. (Approximately 5.5 miles roundtrip.) Meet at the gate on San Andreas Dr in Novato.

Summer Nights, 7pm, live music from Diego’s Umbrella, kids zone, family friendly, kids under 17 free, Marin JCC.

North Bay Mobile Drive-In, Galaxy Quest, 9pm, fun, authentic, drive-in experience, movie is projected on the side of the Old Hamilton Theater building (closed for many years now) and transmit the audio over the FM band (88.3FM) just like modern drive-ins. By donation, small concession snack bar available at each performance, Old Hamilton Theater Building, 520 Palm Drive, Novato.

kidsfest2014-MiniAD1KidsFest, 11am-2pm, free, Flax Art & Design, 1699 Market Street, San Francisco.

Fort Point Brass Band Concert, 12-1pm & 2-3pm, free summer concert series. This historic reenactment band will play music from the Civil War through the late 1800’s.

Pier Crabbing, 10am-12pm, We’ll discuss bait, equipment, and regulations, then try your luck with our nets. Fills quickly so call early. Reservations required; call 556-1693.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, deYoung Museum.

Tom Rigney & Flambeau, 1pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Wearable Electronics, 1-2:45pm, Learn how to create a light-up LED wristband! Creativity Museum.

MakeArt Workshop: Sock Muppets with Joan Herlinger, 1:30-3:30pm, all ages, Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Berkeley Kite Festival, Cesar E. Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina.

Sonoma County Fair, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Gilroy Garlic Festival 

ReptilewithHeadlineLogoReptile Day, 10am-5pm, Get up-close to cold-blooded animals like turtles, snakes, and lizards during Reptile Day! Meet this special set of creatures who have scales or scutes and find out what makes reptiles so amazing during our fun-filled, family event. Included with the cost of admission, CuriOdyssey, 1651 Coyote Point Dr., San Mateo, (650) 342-7755. 

Sunday, July 27

Pre-Natal Fitness Class, free, 8-9am, Fit4Mom Marin and Jack & Jill’s Play Space are partnering to bring you a complimentary 4-week series of prenatal fitness classes with free daycare from Urbansitter. Join other Marin moms-to-be in their journey to stay fit and healthy each step of their pregnancy, Jack & Jill’s Play Place, 125 Mitchell Blvd, San Rafael.

Marine Science Sunday, 10am-5pm, takes a look at Marine Mammal Superheroes: Super Strong and Super Smart. These fearless creatures of the deep have developed amazing superpowers that allow them to thrive in the complex environment of the ocean. Join us for classroom presentations, Docent-led tours, and more! Marine Mammal Center.

Family Films, Despicable Me, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

A Salmon Summer, The Redwood Creek Restoration at Muir Beach improves wildlife habitat and the creek and wetlands ecosystem. Learn about the history and current status of coho salmon in Redwood Creek on this easy, two-mile walk around the perimeter of a creek and lagoon restoration site. Bring water, lunch, and wear comfortable shoes.

Folkish Festival, 12:30-2:30pm, Jimmy Dillon and Generation Next, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, Solid Air, Town Center, Corte Madera.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Summer Sunday Concerts, 5-6:30pm, Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square.

Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy, 7pm, meet authors Alex Tavoularis, Dave Carson, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Kids Stage at Stern Grove, 12-1pm, Dance Mission, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Stern Grove Festival, 2pm, free admission, Rufus Wainwright & Quartet San Francisco, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Free San Francisco Symphony Concert, 2pm, Civic Center Plaza.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, print making and graphic design, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Berkeley Kite Festival, Cesar E. Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina.

Sonoma County Fair, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Gilroy Garlic Festival

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, July 28

TEEN Henna Workshop, 11am, henna artist, Rachel-Anne Palacios, will explain the traditions of henna art and demonstrate techniques, Fairfax Library.

Stories and More: Busy Bees, 2:30-3:15pm, all ages, Buzz into the library for stories about bees and a busy bee craft with Courtney, Mill Valley Library.

Museum Monday for Little Ones, 10am-Noon, Schultz Museum.

Tuesday, July 29

The Lego Movie, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato.

Little Sprouts: Mad Hatter Tea Party, 11-11:45am, For kids entering kindergarten and younger, and their caregivers, Bring your best stuffed friend or doll to tea and make a crazy hat or crown. Little Sprouts! programs require advance sign-up and parent/caregiver participation, except where noted, Mill Valley Public Library.

What Do You Do With an Idea? 11am, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Circus of Smiles, 3:30pm, Stilt walkers, jugglers, acrobats, and comedians: they’re professional goofballs and they’ll make you laugh, Sausalito Library.

Animal Story Time and Crafts, 3:30pm, age 5-8, join us for several special school-aged story times this summer. We’ll read books, then do simple crafts based on our theme “Paws to Read”! Corte Madera Library.

Laugh-Out-Loud Book Club, Grades 3-5, 4-5pm, We’ll read The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. When her mother is abducted by aliens on Christmas Eve (or “Smekday” Eve since the Boov invasion), 11-year-old Tip hops in the family car and heads south to find her and meets an alien Boov mechanic who agrees to help her, Mill Valley Library.

Kids Camp with Chelle and Friends, 12-2:30pm, ages 7-13, free, commemorating the music of New Orleans jazz, soul, funk, and rock & roll, Stern Grove, San Francisco.

Sonoma County Fair, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Wednesday, July 30, New Moon

TEEN Henna Workshop, 11am, henna artist, Rachel-Anne Palacios, will explain the traditions of henna art and demonstrate techniques, Corte Madera Library.

Storyteller Kirk Waller, 1-2pm, experience tales from the African American tradition conveyed with musicality, mime, and emotion, San Anselmo Library.

All About Puppy Training, 1:30-2:30pm, ages 6+, with Guide Dogs for the Blind volunteer Mary Jo Morris, San Rafael Library.

Ocean Film Festival, 3:30pm, ages 4-8, Kid-friendly films about the wonderful, mysterious, underwater world of the ocean. These independent films were chosen just for us by Diane Brockob. Bring a blanket to sit on, we’ll bring popcorn to share, Sausalito Library.

Kirk Waller, Storyteller, 3:30-4:30pm, Mill Valley Library.

Daffy Dave the Clown, 3:30pm, ages 3+, Get down with our favorite crazy clown as Daffy Dave returns with his goofball humor and antics, Civic Center Library.

Movies on the Green, Fantastic Mr. Fox, 6pm, Join us at for Movies on the Green, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Kids Camp with Chelle and Friends, 12-2:30pm, ages 7-13, free, commemorating the music of New Orleans jazz, soul, funk, and rock & roll, Stern Grove, San Francisco.

Summer Fun Days, 12-2pm, Fizzy, Foamy Science, Color the Hall’s sidewalks with foaming paint that you mix up yourself, Lawrence Hall of Science.

Sonoma County Fair, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Thursday, July 31

The Lego Movie, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato.

Littles with Molly, 11am, entering Kindergarten in the fall or younger, Join us for stories, songs, finger plays, and fun. We’ll read books about birds, clouds, flying, and other topics from the wide blue sky, and do a special activity, Sausalito Library.

Elephant & Piggie Party, 2:30-4pm, all ages, Let’s party with our favorite pair – Piggie & Gerald! Join us for Mo Willems’s Elephant & Piggie stories, party games, and crafts! Advance sign-up required, Mill Valley Public Library.

TEEN Henna Workshop, 11am, henna artist, Rachel-Anne Palacios, will explain the traditions of henna art and demonstrate techniques, Corte Madera Library.

Cartooning Workshop, 2-4pm, grade 6-8, learn how to draw characters, develop stories, and make your own comics, San Rafael Library.

Read to a Dog, 3-4pm, Fairfax Library.

Self-Portraits with Amy Novesky, 4pm, Ages 8-10, Award-winning author and Sausalito resident will present her book, Me, Frida, about the artist Frida Kahlo, and lead us through making self-portraits, Sausalito Library.

Funny, Furry Friends with Tony Borders, 4-5pm, Join us for an afternoon of family-friendly ventriloquism, puppetry, and comedy with Tony Borders! Space is limited and reservations are required. Please RSVP to library@cityoflarkspur.org or phone 927-5005, Larkspur Library.

Summer Concert Series, 5-7pm, Victoria George, Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross.

Create a Video Game with Scratch, 7-8:30pm, grades 6-8, Learn coding by creating a simple game in Scratch! Get familiar with basic computer science concepts and create a game that you can play and share. Advance sign-up required, Mill Valley Library.

Kids Camp with Chelle and Friends, 12-2:30pm, ages 7-13, free, commemorating the music of New Orleans jazz, soul, funk, and rock & roll, Stern Grove, San Francisco.

Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble, 12:30pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Sonoma County Fair, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Santa Clara County Fair344 Tully Rd., San Jose.

Friday, August 1

Family Films, Mrs. Doubfire, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Super Structures, 2:30-4pm, grades 1-5, Discover the strengths of triangles, cylinders, and arches. Use teamwork to build your own super structures as well as an earthquake-proof building. Take home your creation along with the knowledge of a junior structural engineer. Advance sign-up required, Mill Valley Library.

Picnics on the Plaza, 5-8pm, featuring music and family fun in downtown San Anselmo. Bring your picnic basket or buy food at the event, Town Hall Lawn.

Family Date Nights, 5-7:30pm, Mariachi Juvenil Los Cachorros, festive music of Mexico, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Kids’ Pajama Party with LeUyen Pham, 6pm, Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author and illustrator LeUyen Pham will be here to read you a bedtime story, diesel, a Bookstore, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Nick Demopoulous Smomid, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Concert Under the Oak, 6-8pm, Caravan Serai, Northgate, San Rafael.

Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30pm-8pm, Zulu Spear, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito.

Creekside Fridays Music Series, 6:30-8pm, Don Forbes & Reckless, 60 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley.

Outer Space from Open Space, 8-10pm, Come view outer space from open space as we identify the major constellations and talk about the legends behind them, Stafford Lake Park, 3549 Novato Blvd., Novato.

Film Night in the Park, Money Ball, Fairfax.

TEEN Lock-in Friday, 6-12 graders, Come to the Library when we are closed for games, food, prizes and if you want, you can even sleep over! Novato Library.

Movie of the Month, 1:30pm & 4pm, The Mickey Mouse Club – early episodes, The Disney Family Museum.

Chelle! & Friends, 11am & 12:15pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Music by Y&T, 6:30pm and 8:30pm on the Beach Bandstand.

Sonoma County Fair, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Santa Clara County Fair344 Tully Rd., San Jose.

Saturday, August 2

Family Films, Mrs. Doubfire, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Maritime Day, 8am-6pm, a day of nautical activities including traditional boat-building demonstrations, boat rides and floating home tours plus a flea market and music, Galilee Harbor, 300 Napa St., Sausalito, 332-8554, free.

Build a Mini Crate Pencil Holder, 9am-12pm, Home Depot.

Santa Venetia Stroll, 10am-12pm, take a stroll around beautiful Santa Venetia Marsh. This low-intensity 1-mile hike is a great introduction to exercise for all ages. Meet at the Vendola Drive entrance (across from the old McPhails School).

Guarding the Gate at Camp Reynolds, 11am-4pm, free, visit the soldiers and family members from the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, Philippine-American War, WWI, and WWII. Demonstrations on baking in the historic Bake House and cannon firings add to a day of stories and history come to life, Angel Island.

Circus of Smiles (Bilingual), 11-12pm, Join the circus at the library! Prepare yourself for an afternoon of fun with the Family Circo show! Songs, dance and crazy antics will keep everyone giggling for hours! For all ages, Inverness Library.

Marvel Day, 11am, story time, costume contest, and more, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Origami Workshop, 12-1pm, ages 8+, Corte Madera Library.

Nike Missile Site Open House, 12:30-3pm, volunteers and Nike Veterans available to interpret each of the areas on the base.

Circus of Smiles (Bilingual), 2-3pm, Stinson Library.

Read to a Dog, 2-3pm, Corte Madera Library.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Stories and More: Author Amy Novesky, 2:30-3:15pm, all ages, Award-winning author Amy Novesky will read from her newest picture book, Mister and Lady Day, about Billie Holiday and the dog who loved her. Music and an art activity will follow. Mill Valley Library.

Art Workshop, 2:30pm, grade 6-8, with Kat David, San Rafael Library.

Summer Nights, 7pm, live music from The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, kids zone, family friendly, kids under 17 free, Marin JCC.

Mount Tamalpias Astronomy Programs, 8:30pm, bring a chair and picnic, stargaze and learn about “How We Found the Higgs Boson” at the Mountain Theatre.

Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship, 8pm, sing-along of sea chanteys and sailor songs aboard a historic ship at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

Afrosolo, 1pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Nihonmachi Street Fair, enjoy performance, tradition, art, music, food, and more, Japantown, San Francisco.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, deYoung Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sonoma County Fair, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Beaver Festival, 11am-4pm, corner of Marina Vista and Alhambra Ave., Martinez.

Santa Clara County Fair344 Tully Rd., San Jose.

Sunday, August 3

Pre-Natal Fitness Class, free, 8-9am, Fit4Mom Marin and Jack & Jill’s Play Space are partnering to bring you a complimentary 4-week series of prenatal fitness classes with free daycare from Urbansitter. Join other Marin moms-to-be in their journey to stay fit and healthy each step of their pregnancy, Jack & Jill’s Play Place, 125 Mitchell Blvd, San Rafael.

Family Films, Mrs. Doubfire, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Children’s Program at Green Gulch, 10-11:30am, activities include crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual.

Folkish Festival, 12:30-2:30pm, Miracle Mule, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Concert on the Plaza, 1pm, T Sisters, Steep Ravine, Downtown Depot Plaza, Mill Valley.

The Reading Together Book Group, 2pm, ages 8-10, discuss book “7 Stories Up”, Diesel, a Bookstore, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, Mixed Nuts, Town Center, Corte Madera.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Music in the Park, 3-6pm, Rowan Brothers Band, Creek Park, San Anselmo.

The Reading Together Book Group, 4pm, ages 10-12, discuss book “Time Fetch”, Diesel, a Bookstore, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Summer Sunday Concerts, 5-6:30pm, Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square.

Kids Stage at Stern Grove, 12-1pm, Chelle & Friends, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Stern Grove Festival, 2pm, free admission, Andrew Bird and the Hands of Glory & Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Uncommon Time, 1pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Nihonmachi Street Fair, enjoy performance, tradition, art, music, food, and more, Japantown, San Francisco.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am , San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, print making and graphic design, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Sonoma County Fair, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Santa Clara County Fair344 Tully Rd., San Jose.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, August 4

Bookshelf Shout-Outs – a craft with Judi Evans, 3:30-4:30pm, ages 8+, Create personal recommendation bubbles to promote your favorite titles on the library shelves, Corte Madera Library.

Tuesday, August 5

Rio 2, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato.

Little Sprouts: Ladybug Picnic, 11-11:45am, At our polka-dotted picnic, we’ll read stories, make crafts, eat treats and more! Little Sprouts! programs require advance sign-up and parent/caregiver participation, Mill Valley Public Library.

Muriel Johnson, Story Teller, 3:30pm, Captivating stories from around the world. Vivid, funny, and enchanting, Sausalito Library.

Sonoma County Fair, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Wednesday, August 6

Wildlife Associates – Wild Neighbors!, 11am-12pm, meet a live Porcupine, elusive Red Fox, remarkable Harris’ Hawk and White-Tailed Kite, Discover our amazing animal neighbors who live in the hills and valleys of our state, Corte Madera Library.

Martial Arts Demo, 12pm, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Kenn Adams Adventure Theater, 1-2pm, join Melanie Moe as she leaps through time to the age of the monsters, gods and heroes of ancient Greek mythology! San Anselmo Library.

Share A Book-Read to a Therapy Dog for Readers, 3pm, children read to dogs as a way to improve their literacy skills, Belvedere Tiburon Library.

Make a Portrait Kite! with the Green Art Workshop, 3:30pm, ages 4-8, We’ll honor our personal heroes by making special portrait kites at this art workshop, Sausalito Library.

Kenn Adams Adventure Theater, All ages, 3:30-4:30pm, Mill Valley Library.

Movies on the Green, Babe, 6pm, Join us at for Movies on the Green, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

My Music is Who I Am, 7pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Summer Fun Days, 12:30pm & 2pm, Trapeze Arts, Marvel at the high-flying stunts of Les Aerielles Troupe arts, then try out stilts and a tight wire, Lawrence Hall of Science.

Sonoma County Fair, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Thursday, August 7

Junior Rangers: Make Your Own Map, 9:30-11am, ages 7-12, easy nature walk to explore Mount Burdell. We will learn how to use maps to navigate and how to make your own map of Mount Burdell! Meet at the gate on San Carlos Way in Novato.

Art in the Park, 10am-1pm, Art supplies, smocks, and healthy snacks will be provided. Paradise Beach Park, 3450 Paradise Drive, Tiburon.

Rio 2, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato.

Littles with Molly, 11am, entering Kindergarten in the fall or younger, Join us for stories, songs, finger plays, and fun. We’ll read books about birds, clouds, flying, and other topics from the wide blue sky, and do a special activity, Sausalito Library.

Create It! Make It! Take It! 2, 3, & 4pm, ages 4+, Fit for Royalty! Crowns to color, $5, Five Little Monkeys, Novato.

Lizard Lady Reptiles, 2:30-4pm, grades K-5, Meet Teressa Killeen and her cold-blooded friends: Rajah the boa constrictor, Sheba the baby Savannah Monitor, and Scooter the skink and her baby, Zeina. Hear their stories and learn about problems facing endangered reptiles in today’s world. No sign-up required, Mill Valley Library.

Between the Pages, 3pm, Code Talker, grades 6-8, San Rafael Library.

SHARE A Book, Read to a Dog, 3:30-4:30pm, Want to have a “paws-itive” reading experience? Come share a book with the popular Marin Humane Society SHARE-A-Book dogs. Kids in kindergarten and older can sign up for a 15-minute appointment, San Anselmo Library.

Young Writer’s Club, 4pm, Ages 8-10, Sausalito Library.

SHARE-a-Book with a Dog, 4pm, Each child gets a 15 minute session. This program is a fun, low-stress way to practice reading, Sausalito Library.

Summer Concert Series, 5-7pm, Danny Click, Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross.

Movie Night and Raffle, Grades 6-8, 7-8:30pm, Celebrate your summer of reading at our Middle School Movie Party. We’ll watch Catching Fire (PG-13) and chomp on some freshly popped popcorn before we announce our raffle winners! Mill Valley Library.

Tiffany Austin Quintet, 7pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Sonoma County Fair, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Friday, August 8

Family Films, How to Train Your Dragon, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Minecraft Scavenger Hunt, 9am, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Wildcare: Feather, Fur and Scales, 10:30-11:30am, Visit with Wildcare’s animal ambassadors and examine the similarities and differences between mammal, bird, and reptile groups, Point Reyes Library.

TEEN Maker Camp, 11am-2pm, virtual summer camp for teens and features how-to instruction to complete 30 awesome projects in 30 days, Lunch will be served, Novato Library.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Playground Adventure, 2:30-4pm, grades 2-5, Learn about simple machines such as incline plane, levers, wedges, and pulleys. Build your own playground with everyday materials. Advance sign-up required, Mill Valley Library.

Family Date Nights, 5-7:30pm, Blue Whale, a funky jam band from the Marin Headlands, plays a variety of classic covers from Muddy Waters to the Beatles, along with originals, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Picnics on the Plaza, 5-8pm, featuring music and family fun in downtown San Anselmo. Bring your picnic basket or buy food at the event, Town Hall Lawn.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Joshua Smith and the Birthday Jazz Band, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30pm-8pm, Dan Hicks and Bayside Jazz, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito.

Creekside Fridays Music Series, 6:30-8pm, Tam Valley All Stars, 60 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley.

Music in the Park, 6-8pm, Marinwood Park, San Rafael.

Pi Clowns, 11am & 12:15pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Music by Starship Starring Mickey Thomas, 6:30pm and 8:30pm on the Beach Bandstand.

Sonoma County Fair, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Saturday, August 9

Family Films, How to Train Your Dragon, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Inverness Fair, 8:30am, simple town fair with a pancake breakfast, a book sale, music, kids’ activities and oysters for sale, Inverness. Questions: fair@invernessassociation.org

Fruits & Veggies Here and Now, 10am, Williams Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Kids Who Love to Cook, 10:30-11:30am, hands on cooking demo for kids, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

End of Summer Party, 1-3pm, We’re throwing a party! Join us for an afternoon of live music, face painting, games, and ice cream in Robin Sweeny Park for the whole family, Sausalito Library.

San Rafael Art & Wine Festival, 1-5pm, entrance is free, cash-only event.

TEEN Teen Clothing Swap, 2-4pm, Got clothes that you like but never wear? Sick of what you have? Then why not swap your clothes for something new? Novato Library.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Pool Side Jams, 2:30-4:30pm, Void Where Prohibited, Strawberry Recreation Center, Mill Valley.

Dr. Who Trivia Contest, 5pm, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Family Fun Night, 5-7pm, pool $10 for entire family, Disney theme, Mill Valley Community Center.

Summer Nights, 7pm, live music from Blame Sally, kids zone, family friendly, kids under 17 free, Marin JCC.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, deYoung Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sonoma County Fair, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Gravenstein Apple Fair, 10am-6pm, Ragle Ranch Park, Sebastopol.

Sunday, August 10

Family Films, How to Train Your Dragon, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Sunday Special: Fratello Marionettes, 11-11:45am, all ages, Bring the entire family to see Fratello Marionettes perform The Frog Prince, Mill Valley Library.

Folkish Festival, 12:30-2:30pm, The Old Way, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Concert on the Plaza, 1pm, Jerry Hannan, Matt Eakle, Downtown Depot Plaza, Mill Valley.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, The SoulShine Blues Band, Town Center, Corte Madera.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Music in the Park, 3-6pm, Steep Ravine, Creek Park, San Anselmo.

Summer Sunday Concerts, 5-6:30pm, Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square.

Kids Stage at Stern Grove, 12-1pm, Dance Workshop with Allan Frias, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Stern Grove Festival, 2pm, free admission, Darlene Love & Monophonics, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Pistahan, 11am-5pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, print making and graphic design, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sonoma County Fair, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa. Gravenstein

Gravenstein Apple Fair, 10am-5pm, Ragle Ranch Park, Sebastopol.

Monday, August 11

Stuffed Animal Sleepover, 6:30-7:15pm, all ages, Bring your favorite stuffed animal for an evening story time and bedtime snack; then your stuffie gets to spend the night! Pick up your stuffed friend the next day, Mill Valley Library.

Tuesday, August 12, Perseids Meteor Shower

Mr. Peabody & Sherman, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show, Century Rowland Plaza,

Nature Journal Club, 10am, learn pencil techniques with John Muir Laws, Belvedere Tiburon Library.

Little Sprouts: Bingo Schmingo, 11-11:45am, Bingo Schmingo (aka Kathleen Rushing) brings a morning of music, movement and preschool fun! When you join music and laughter with phonics-based learning, it’s a terrific time for all. No advance sign-up required, Mill Valley Public Library.

Astronomy Night: Perseids Meteor Shower, 8-10pm, Bring the whole family out for a memorable evening under the stars on Mount Burdell. Check out the planets and the heavens above through a telescope, or bring a blanket to sit on and enjoy the view. Meet at the gate on San Andreas Dr in Novato.

Wednesday, August 13, Full Moon, Perseids Meteor Shower

Circus Arts Workshop, 1:30pm, ages 5+, workshop will take place outside on the lawn in front of the Downtown San Rafael Library.

Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums, 3:30-4:30pm, all ages, Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums featuring Miss Carmen Getit are a high-energy jump-blues, vintage jazz band with a little boogie woogie thrown in, Mill Valley Library.

Reptile Party with Jungle James, 4:30-5:10pm, refreshments served, The Poppy Store, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Movies on the Green, Bee Movie, 6pm, Join us at for Movies on the Green, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Kids Book Club, Flora and Ulyssus, 7-8pm, 4-5 graders, Corte Madera Library.

TEEN After Hours Movie, 8:30-10:30pm, Corte Madera Library.

My Music is Who I Am, 7pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Summer Fun Days, 12-2pm, Research Roundup, Meet the UC Berkeley students and entomologists who are making cutting-edge advancements in the field of insect science, Lawrence Hall of Science.

Thursday, August 14

Mr. Peabody & Sherman, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato.

Sanctuary Bird Walks, 10:15am, view and learn about the waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds that visit the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.

Summer Concert Series, 5-7pm, Steep Ravine, Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross.

Dog Appreciation Day/Coyote Talk, 5-6:30pm, Bring your pooch out to McInnis Park and feast on a hot dog BBQ with community members and rangers. After the festivities with our canine friends, Chief Park Ranger Rob Ruiz will discuss the habits and identifying characteristics of our wild canines; coyotes and foxes. McInnis Park, 310 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael.

TEEN Meet YA @ Diesel, 7pm, meet author Michael Grant, deserts will be served, Diesel, a Bookstore, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

SF Son Jarocho Festival, 12:30-1:30pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Friday, August 15

Family Films, Jurassic Park, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

TEEN Maker Camp, 11am-2pm, virtual summer camp for teens and features how-to instruction to complete 30 awesome projects in 30 days, Lunch will be served, Novato Library.

Lego Play Day, 2:30pm, grade K+, Mill Valley Library.

Picnics on the Plaza, 5-8pm, featuring music and family fun in downtown San Anselmo. Bring your picnic basket or buy food at the event, Town Hall Lawn.

Family Date Nights, 5-7:30pm, Enzo, a one man band, playing cool instruments like the 5-string banjo, accordion, harmonica, and musical saw, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Jake Botts Quartet , Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Concert Under the Oak, 6-8pm, Petty Theft, Northgate, San Rafael.

Pacheco Plaza Summer Music Series, 6-9pm, Creation, Novato.

Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30pm-8pm, Dennis Johnson and the Mississippi Ramblers, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito.

Film Night: Despicable Me 2, 8pm, Strawberry Recreational Center, Mill Valley.

The Unique Derique, 11am & 12:15pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Music by Eddie Money, 6:30pm and 8:30pm on the Beach Bandstand.

Saturday, August 16

Family Films, Jurassic Park, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Run for the Seals & Fun Day, enjoy FREE food and drinks, take educational tours, listen to stories and learn about the important work of the Center, The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

Apple Snacks, 10am, Willams Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Family Game Night: Family Sunset Stroll and Campfire, 6–8:30pm, $12 per person, Celebrate your family bond with outdoor team building games that get everyone in on the action. Silly fun and loads of giggles are guaranteed as we play and hike the night away! NatureBridge, Sausalito.

Jerry Gonzalez & the Fort Apache Band, 1pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, deYoung Museum.

Market Days, 11am-3pm, free, open-air mini-festivals that bring together museum and community scientists, artists, and educators, art and science demos, hands-on activities, exhibits, and craft displays, Exploratorium.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, August 17

Family Films, Jurassic Park, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Folkish Festival, 12:30-2:30pm, Smooth Hound Smith, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Concert on the Plaza, 1pm, Beatles Flashback, Matt Jaffe & the Distractions, Downtown Depot Plaza, Mill Valley.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, Lovin’ Harmony, Town Center, Corte Madera.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island. AlexRamonNewMagic

Alex Ramon #NewMagic, 3pm, $35 ticket, Showcase Theater San Rafael.

Music in the Park, 3-6pm, King & Ace, Creek Park, San Anselmo.

Concerts-in-the-Park, 4pm, Pacific Mambo Orchestra, 2014 Grammy winners, Salsa, Bolero, Mambo and Cha Cha – 19 talented musicians in one Park, Belvedere Park.

Summer Sunday Concerts, 5-6:30pm, Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square.

Kids Stage at Stern Grove, 12-1pm, Trash Mash-Up and Vogue and Tone, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Stern Grove Festival, 2pm, free admission, Sergio Mendes & LoCura, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am , San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Brazil in the Gardens, 1-2:30pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, young architects workshop, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, August 18

End-of-Summer Film, 2:30pm, Rio 2, Popcorn and Pillows provided, Mill Valley Library.

Tuesday, August 19

Nature for Kids: Insects at Stafford Lake, 10am-1pm, We’ll start the day with a look at the insect life that we can find in and around the pond, then we’ll head down the trail to see the different types of insects that live in the marshes, forests and grasslands nearby. Don’t forget to bring your lunch! Stafford Lake Park, 3549 Novato Blvd, Novato.

Work Days on the Bay, 9am-12pm, help restore and clean-up at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.

End-of-Summer Film, 2:30pm, Muppets Most Wanted, Popcorn and Pillows provided, Mill Valley Library.

Wednesday, August 20

End-of-Summer Film, 2:30pm, Lego Movie, Popcorn and Pillows provided, Mill Valley Library.

Movies on the Green, Stuart Little, 6pm, Join us at for Movies on the Green, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

My Music is Who I Am, 7pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Thursday, August 21

Create It! Make It! Take It! 2, 3, & 4pm, ages 4+, Create a Master-Plate, $5, Five Little Monkeys, Novato.

Game & Puzzle Day, 2:30pm, Mill Valley Library.

Stewie Boomstein Starts School, 4pm, meet author Christine Bronstein, Larkspur Library.

SHARE A Book, Read to a Dog, 3:30-4:30pm, kids in kindergarten and older can sign up for a 15-minute appointment, San Anselmo Library.

North African Rhythms, 1pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca, 1pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Summer Fun Days, 12-2pm, Engineering Festival, Everyone can build a hydraulic system, a wind turbine, or a bridge at this celebration of engineering, Lawrence Hall of Science.

Friday, August 22

Family Films, Kung Fu Panda, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

End-of-Summer Party, 2:30-4pm, Fun for everyone! Celebrate the end of summer with your friends and library staff under the redwood trees. Hula hoops, crafts, bubbles, face painting, Mika Scott Drumming Circle, and free ice cream will be available for your enjoyment, Mill Valley Library.

End of Summer Bash, 5-7:30pm, Say goodbye to summer with us as we go out with a bang! Grab a drum and groove with Rhythm Child, participate in a bilingual storytime and bring a picnic blanket to reflect on the fun days of summer. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Picnics on the Plaza, 5-8pm, featuring music and family fun in downtown San Anselmo. Bring your picnic basket or buy food at the event, Town Hall Lawn.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Dan Hicks & His Bayside Jazz Band, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30pm-8pm, Eugene Huggins and Friends, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito.

Music in the Park, 6-8pm, Marinwood Park, San Rafael.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Music by Great White, 6:30pm and 8:30pm on the Beach Bandstand.

Saturday, August 23

Dog Show, food and fun for you and your doggie, Whole Foods, Blithedale, Mill Valley.

Family Films, Kung Fu Panda, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Work Days on the Bay, 9am-12pm, help restore and clean-up at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.

Learn How to Pier Fish, 9am-1pm, learn the secrets and tricks of the trade when fishing from a pier, Paradise Beach Park, 3450 Paradise Drive, Tiburon.

Meet the Author, 10am, Christine Bronstein reads for her new book “Stewie Boomstein Starts School”, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Build a Better Panini, 10am, Williams Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Viva Mexico Festival, 10am, $25 advance; $30 at the door Children under 10 free, music, food, cultural arts, crafts, exhibitors and displays, Civic Center, San Rafael.

Baby Food Making Demonstration, 10:30-11:15am & 11:15-12pm, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

ChinaCampHeritageDay_2014Heritage Day, 11am-4pm, celebrate Chinese-American heritage, seafaring culture, and the natural history of our beautiful park, China Camp Village, San Rafael.

The Tempest, 2pm, set on a lonely island that is home to the exiled duke Prospero, his daughter Miranda, the savage Caliban, and elemental spirit Ariel who fills the air with eerie sounds and delightful music, Free and family friendly, Old Mill Park Amphitheater, Mill Valley.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Novato Theater Summer Festival, 3-7pm, Music, Dancing, Food & Fun “on the civic green” in Downtown Novato!

North Bay Mobile Drive-In, 8:45pm, Jumanji, A Tribute to Robin Williams, Old Hamilton Theatre, Novato.

20th Street Block Party, 20th Street between Bryant and Harrison, Florida Street between 19th and 20th Streets, San Francisco.

Peace in the Park Festival, 11am-6pm, a rejuvenating day of peaceful activities for all ages and backgrounds, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum. Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, deYoung Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, August 24

Family Films, Kung Fu Panda, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Roll at Rush Creek, 8-11am,Want to go on a scenic mountain bike ride with a ranger? Come join Ranger Ian McLorg for a Sunday morning ride along the marsh at Rush Creek Preserve. This is a moderate 7-mile ride intended for intermediate mountain bike riders. Meet at the Pinheiro Fire Rd gate on Binford Rd in Novato.

Folkish Festival, 12:30-2:30pm, Generation Next with Jimmy Dillon & Friends, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Concert on the Plaza, 1pm, Beso Negro, Downtown Depot Plaza, Mill Valley.

Back to School Special with Save Rafe by James Patterson, 1pm, DIESEL, A Bookstore in Larkspur.

The Tempest, 2pm, set on a lonely island that is home to the exiled duke Prospero, his daughter Miranda, the savage Caliban, and elemental spirit Ariel who fills the air with eerie sounds and delightful music, Free and family friendly, Old Mill Park Amphitheater, Mill Valley.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, New West Guitar Group, Town Center, Corte Madera.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Music in the Park, 3-6pm, West Grant Boulevard, Creek Park, San Anselmo.

Summer Sunday Concerts, 5-6:30pm, Bubba’s Taxi, Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square.

Sunday Streets, Mission neighborhood, San Francisco.

Kids Stage at Stern Grove, 12-1pm, Kristin Damrow Dance (Venture Dance), 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Stern Grove Festival, 2pm, free admission, The Zombies & Vetiver, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, young architects workshop, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, August 25

Museum Monday for Little Ones, 10am-Noon, Schultz Museum.

Tuesday, August 26

A VERY Frozen Stroller Strides & Playground, 9:30am, Hauke Park, Mill Valley.

Wednesday, August 27

Movies on the Green, Horton Hears a Who, 6pm, Join us at for Movies on the Green, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

My Music is Who I Am, 7pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Thursday, August 28

Friday, August 29, New Moon

Family Films, Babe, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Nostalgia Days, 1st to 7th on Grant Avenue West, Novato.

Picnics on the Plaza, 5-8pm, featuring music and family fun in downtown San Anselmo. Bring your picnic basket or buy food at the event, Town Hall Lawn.

Friday Nights on Main, 6-9pm, Main Street USA, A salute to Disney, with some of your favorite characters in attendance + the music of The Kyle Martin Band performing contemporary and classic rock favorites., Main Street, Tiburon.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Susan Sutton Trio, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Family Movie Night, 7:30 – 10pm, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, enjoy a move popcorn, bring your family, a blanket, chairs, and a picnic dinner or snacks (portable BBQs are allowed). Stafford Lake Park, 3549 Novato Blvd, Novato.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Music by Papa Doo Run Run, 6:30pm and 8:30pm on the Beach Bandstand.

Gold Rush Days,  turn back the clock to Sacramento’s historic district to 1850s. Costumed performers portray historical figures, personalities and just plain folks, bringing history to life while old-timey musicians perform on multiple stages, evoking the vivid tunes and sounds of the times, Sacramento.

Saturday, August 30

Last Hurrah!, 9:30am-12:30pm, take a leisurely walk through an ancient redwood forest, Muir Woods.

Pizza Dough from Scratch, 10am, Willams Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

monkeys_publicityFive Little Monkeys, 10:30am, 12:30pm & 3pm, all ages, Those five little monkeys will get into as much mischief on stage as they do in their namesake picture books. Take cover when they make that birthday cake for Mama, meet up with a crocodile and disappear in the store! Not to mention all that jumping! Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley.

Family Films, Babe, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Sausalito Art Festival, Bay Model Visitors Center, 2100 Bridgeway, and Marinship Park.

Nostalgia Days, 1st to 7th on Grant Avenue West, Novato.

Back to School Bash, 1-3pm, free SweetE’s Organic Sno Cones, photo booth sessions, raffle prizes, snacks and more! Tiburon Boardwalk, 1550 Tiburon Blvd.

The Tempest, 2pm, set on a lonely island that is home to the exiled duke Prospero, his daughter Miranda, the savage Caliban, and elemental spirit Ariel who fills the air with eerie sounds and delightful music, Free and family friendly, Old Mill Park Amphitheater, Mill Valley.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Mount Burdell Night Hike, 7 – 9pm, Discover nocturnal wildlife and the unique views of this preserve. (Approximately 5.5 miles roundtrip.) Meet at the gate on San Andreas Dr in Novato.

Mount Tamalpias Astronomy Programs, 8pm, bring a chair and picnic, stargaze and learn about “The Big Bang in Context” at the Mountain Theatre.

Free Shakespeare in the Park, 2pm, Taming of the Shrew, Green Show, a half hour before showtime – a great introduction to the play for all ages! Presidio’s Main Post, San Francisco.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

Scottish Highland Games, Alameda County Fairgrounds.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Gold Rush Days,  turn back the clock to Sacramento’s historic district to 1850s. Costumed performers portray historical figures, personalities and just plain folks, bringing history to life while old-timey musicians perform on multiple stages, evoking the vivid tunes and sounds of the times, Sacramento.

Sunday, August 31

Point Reyes National Seashore Sand Sculpture Contest, 9am-3:30pm, Drakes Beach, all ages welcome at this free event.

Five Little Monkeys, 10:30am, 12:30pm & 3pm, all ages, Those five little monkeys will get into as much mischief on stage as they do in their namesake picture books. Take cover when they make that birthday cake for Mama, meet up with a crocodile and disappear in the store! Not to mention all that jumping! Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley.

Streets for People, 11am-4pm, Creative fun activities, gathering and socializing, play, shop and eat at the third annual “Streets for People”, Bolinas Road, Fairfax.

Tomales Founders Day, 11am, fair in the community park and the quirky parade at noon.

MusicFest_LoRes_6x8Homestead Valley Music Fest, 11:30am-5:30pm, free, picnic and listen to great music at Homestead Meadow, Mill Valley.

Tiburon Belvedere Labor Day Parade, 1pm, old-fashioned parade starts, Tiburon Blvd & Lagoon Rd., along Tib. Blvd. to Main Street and Ark Row to Beach, Bring the family and enjoy the fun!

Family Films, Babe, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Sausalito Art Festival, Bay Model Visitors Center, 2100 Bridgeway, and Marinship Park.

The Tempest, 2pm, set on a lonely island that is home to the exiled duke Prospero, his daughter Miranda, the savage Caliban, and elemental spirit Ariel who fills the air with eerie sounds and delightful music, Free and family friendly, Old Mill Park Amphitheater, Mill Valley.

Reading Together at Diesel, 2pm, ages 8-10, reading the book “Almost Super”, Diesel, a Bookstore, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, Andoni, Town Center, Corte Madera.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Music in the Park, 3-6pm, Danny Click, Creek Park, San Anselmo.

Reading Together at Diesel, 4pm, ages 10-12, reading the book “The Night Gardner”, Diesel, a Bookstore, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Concerts-in-the-Park, 4pm, David Martin’s House Party, Interactive Rock n Roll; lots of dancing, Belvedere Park.

Summer Sunday Concerts, 5-6:30pm, Dirty Cello, Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square. prk_img_shrew_index

Free Shakespeare in the Park, 2pm, Taming of the Shrew, Green Show, a half hour before showtime – a great introduction to the play for all ages! Presidio’s Main Post, San Francisco.

Quetzal, 1pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, young architects workshop, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Scottish Highland Games, Alameda County Fairgrounds.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Gold Rush Days,  turn back the clock to Sacramento’s historic district to 1850s. Costumed performers portray historical figures, personalities and just plain folks, bringing history to life while old-timey musicians perform on multiple stages, evoking the vivid tunes and sounds of the times, Sacramento.

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Ronnie’s Awesome List – June 2014


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SR_Pacifics_Logo(4c)-3-(1)Some of my favorite childhood memories include going to a baseball game with my dad. Every year, as Father’s Day approaches, I reminisce about the great times we had enjoying baseball together. Which is why I am really looking forward to recreating those memories with my daughter by taking her to see the San Rafael Pacifics play at Albert Field in San Rafael. Not only do I love the nostalgia and simplicity of today’s independent ballgames, they also remind me of those bonding times with my dad. Plus they’re an inexpensive and fun outing the whole family will enjoy.

While baseball is the main focal point, there are plenty of other games and activities going on around the ballpark. Some new additions include a speed pitch machine and healthier food options. Throughout the season, there are a lot of fun and exciting promotions, including former MLB player appearances, giveaways for both kids and adults, and awesome events.

1009042_502431026501252_511219406_oAnd, if your summer-born kid really enjoys baseball, the San Rafael Pacifics Ball Club offers a unique birthday experience. Party packages include food, birthday cake, party bags, a visit from Pacifics players and their lovable team mascot, Sir Francis the Drake. Top it off with a personalized PA announcement during the game and your child will have memories to last a lifetime. The most popular spot is right behind home plate where your kids can eat lunch while watching batting practice. Special added features include throwing out the first pitch or being a bat boy/girl for the game.

The San Rafael Pacifics season opens on Tuesday, June 3rd against the Sonoma Stompers and close the season on August 24th against the Pittsburg Mettle. Pacifics Stadium is located at Albert Park in San Rafael (B Street and Albert Lane.) For more information about tickets, The Rookie Club or birthday parties, please contact Jennifer Clark at jennifer @ pacificsbaseball.com or check out their website.

Don’t Forget – Kids Bowl Free All Summer Long! Country Club Bowl in San Rafael is Marin County’s place to bowl. To register your child for 2 free games of bowling daily visit the website each week to print the proper dated coupon – they only issue them weekly.

Sunday, June 1

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, the Musical, 10:30am & 12:30pm, Lulu, Sam, and their playground friends explore the power of imagination, Marin Theatre Company.

Marin Home and Garden Expo, 10am-5pm, Marin Civic Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael 507-1537, $6 to $10, free for 12 and younger.

South Pacific, 2pm, Mountain Play.

Children’s Program at Green Gulch, 10-11:30am, activities include crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual.

Planetary Dance, sunrise ceremony 5:20am, main event 11am, “Remember the Children” is the theme of the 34th annual outdoor dance celebration with Marin choreographer Anna Halprin, including music, poetry and a healthy potluck lunch, Santos Meadow, Muir Woods Road, Muir Beach.

Family Adventure Sails, 10am-12:30pm, sail by famous San Francisco sights such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Angel Island, Adults $50/ Youth (ages 6-12) $25 / Children (under 6) free.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, Pickled Beats (Rock/Country/Dance), Town Center, Corte Madera.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Exploration Workshop: All About Show Boat, 11am-12pm or 12:30-1:30pm, ages 6+, Experience this classic of American musical theater in an interactive, multi-generational workshop based on the themes, story, characters and music of Show Boat, San Francisco Opera.

Grove on the Road, 11am-3pm, Instrument petting zoo with Magik*Magik Orchestra, art workshop, and more! 24th & Sanchez Streets, San Francisco.

Makey Makey Mash-Up, 11am, ages 6+, Turn everyday objects into interactive games, instruments and art using simple hardware and software concepts with Makey Makey technology, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Film: Disney’s Fantasia Live in Concert with the San Francisco Symphony, 4pm.

Movie of the Month, 1:30pm & 4pm, Peter Pan, The Disney Family Museum.

Open Studio, Color, Tone, and Mood, 1-4pm, Learn the techniques for effectively influencing the overall mood of a scene through color use and dark vs. light tones. Follow along through guided demonstrations to help you create your own color palette for various moods and emotions, The Walt Disney Museum.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 1pm, From Up on Poppy Hill, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Miniature Furniture Design, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Zaide Makes Challah: Puppet Show with Jen Miriam Altma, 11:30am-12:15pm, Laugh uproariously as Zaide (grandfather) attempts to make challah for Shabbat. The only problem is . . . he doesn’t know how to cook very well, and he can’t see well enough to read the recipe, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, June 2

Clever Jackie Takes the Cake, 11am-12pm, first graders of Stinson School invite you to come enjoy their performance of Clever Jackie Takes The Cake, to help us kick off summer reading, Stinson Beach Library.

Summer Salistace, Treasure Island.

Tuesday, June 3

Henna Art Workshop, 7-8pm, Henna artist Rachel-Anne Palacios will explain the traditions of henna art and demonstrate techniques, Point Reyes Station Library Meeting Room.

Wednesday, June 4

Family Astronomy Night, 7:30pm, Join local astronomer Ken Frank who will talk about astronomy and the day and night sky. In conjunction with our Summer Reading Program, Fizz Boom Read! Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

4 Year Anniversary Party, 5-7pm, tapas, sangria and more, Whole Foods, Blithedale, Mill Valley.

Noon Concert Series, 12pm, free, Anne Rainwater, piano solo: Works include Haydn Sonata in E-Flat Major and Bach’s First, Keyboard Partita, Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

Grove on the Road, 5-7pm, Instrument petting zoo with Magik*Magik Orchestra, art workshop, and more! Joe DiMaggio Playground, Powell and Lombard, San Francisco.

Thursday, June 5

Native Garden Work Days, improve native pollinator habitat and create demonstration gardens the general public can replicate at home, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.

Friday, June 6

McNears Beach Block Party, 4-7pm, food, live music, swimming, paddleboards, and plenty of fun for the whole family. Free parking and pool use! McNears Beach Park, 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael.

Family Biking Workshop Series, 3:15-5pm, $10/family, learn to safely navigate the streets – with fun activities, including an optional group ride, contact Peggy Clark at or call 456-3469, 8#, Novato.

Kids’ Pajama Party with Bethanie Deeney Murguia, 6pm, Get cozy in front of the fireplace, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies and get your books signed, Diesel, a Bookstore, Larkspur.

Concert Under the Oak, 6-8pm, Pride & Joy (R&B/Soul), Northgate, San Rafael.

Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30-8pm, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito. 

Red Panda Acrobats, 11-11:30am & 12:15-12:45pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Saturday, June 7

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, the Musical, 10:30am & 12:30pm, Lulu, Sam, and their playground friends explore the power of imagination, Marin Theatre Company.

Nature for Kids at Deer Island, 10am-1pm, follow the 2.3 mile loop trail around this “island” and look for all of the wildlife and late blooming flowers that thrive here. There should be plenty of butterflies and other interesting insects to see as well as lizards, birds, and gorgeous trees to shade us. Don’t forget to bring your lunch! Meet at the gate on Deer Island Ln in Novato.

National Trails Day – Mill Valley, 9am-12pm, clean up the Sausalito/Mill Valley Multiuse Pathway and Bothin Marsh Open Space Preserve, volunteers of all ages are encouraged to attend. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Snacks and water will be provided, Meet at the end of Sycamore Ave on the multiuse pathway in Mill Valley.

National Trails Day Pancake Breakfast, 9am-12pm, join us for a hearty pancake breakfast in the Tennessee Valley picnic area followed by a ranger-led hike to the beach. $10/Adult, $5/Children includes pancakes, sausage/vegan sausage, and a hot cup of coffee or orange juice, Tennessee Valley.

Family Hike at Roy’s Redwoods, 10am-12:30pm, Come with the whole family to enjoy the beautiful San Geronimo Valley.

Nike Missile Site Open House, 12:30-3pm, volunteers and Nike Veterans available to interpret each of the areas on the base.

Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship, 8pm, sing-along of sea chanteys and sailor songs aboard a historic ship at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

MPOMC Garage Sale, 8am to 2pm, Top quality children’s clothes, toys, and equipment at garage sale prices! Marin Catholic High School Gymnasium, 675 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Kentfield.

Summer Sides That You Can Make, 9:30am, ages 8-12, Getting ready to grill? After this class, you’ll be ready to help mom and dad with creating delicious summer side dishes to go with bbq chicken, hamburgers and steak, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Tam Jam, 6pm, listen to some rockin’ music by 7 talented student bands from our own community. There will be plenty of music, food, and fun for the whole family, Tam Valley Community Center.

Ready Mill Valley Backyard Campout, check in is at 4pm, pitch your tent with other families, neighbors, and friends, enjoy an evening of campfire programming, family fun, and preparedness activities, Mill Valley Community Center.

Build a Riding LawnMower, 9am-12pm, Kids can build an organizer to store hair bands, race cars… or make a great gift for DAD! Home Depot.

South Pacific, 2pm, Mountain Play.

Animals on Parade, 11-11:30am, Join us for a special family storytime to celebrate our favorite animals! Kick off this Summer Reading in style with this special family event. For all ages, Novato Library.

Read to a Dog, 2-3pm, Corte Madera Library.

Family Explorers Bay Sail, 9:30am-12pm, $35 per person, Set sail for family adventure on the schooner Seaward. Navigate the bay, hoist sails, and learn a bit about bay ecology during this 2.5 hour experience filled with breathtaking views and one-of-a-kind memories. NatureBridge, Sausalito.

Beatles, Barbecue & Beverages, 3-6pm, sing-along and dining benefit the Marin Community Music School, $10 to $15, Fairfax Pavilion, 142 Bolinas Road.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

National Cemetery Walk, 10am-12pm, Hear about Medal of Honor recipients, a Union spy, an Indian scout, Buffalo Soldiers and others buried here. Dress warmly. This 1-mile walk has a steep uphill climb. Rain cancels. Meet docent Galen Dillman at the cemetery entrance gate, corner of Lincoln Blvd. and Sheridan Ave.

Family Fun Fitness, 2-4pm, learn how we can work out our bodies while playing fun games and exploring the Golden Gate National Parks. Wear comfortable exercise clothing you can move in and don’t mind getting dirty. Don’t forget your water bottles. All ages and fitness levels welcome. Meet at the Main Post Parade Ground in front of the Presidio Visitor Center on 105 Montgomery St.

Soy and Tofu Festival, 11am-5pm,  Japantown Peace Plaza and Post St.

Union Street Festival, 10am-6pm.

Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic, 11-11:30am & 12:15-12:45pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Open Studio,Illustrating the Story, 1-4pm, Taking inspiration from the Little Golden Books of Mary Blair’s design, learn the skills to layout and balance text to illustration as a children’s book illustrator would. Apply these techniques to key moments of your own short story, The Walt Disney Museum.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

The Very Busy Spider Weaving Project, 10:30am-12:30pm, ages 3+, Weave your own spider web with fabric and string. Create a large-scale collaborative web to display at the museum and a small web to take home, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Miniature Furniture Design, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Open Farm Day, 11am, tour will begin at 11am, but you are welcome to come any time and splash in the creek, picnic under the cottonwood trees, and spend the day here at the farm! For questions, please email hallie@fullbellyfarm.com, Full Belly Farm.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, June 8

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, the Musical, 10:30am & 12:30pm, Lulu, Sam, and their playground friends explore the power of imagination, Marin Theatre Company.

Talking Trees and Whispering Woods, 10:30-11:45am, ages 7-12, go on a nature scavenger hunt, write poetry, and create a take-home art piece, Muir Woods National Monument. 

Marine Science Sunday: Celebrating World Oceans Day: The Big, The Small, and The Weird, 10am-5pm, a FREE engaging ocean-inspired classroom series from our education experts, Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

Dipsea Race, 8:30am sharp! Mill Valley.

Strawberry Festival, 11:30am-4pm, free, Enjoy local musicians and food vendors, free carnival games, family races and more. Come play with the little fuzzy friends in the petting zoo, bounce in the jump house, climb the rock wall, hit the target on the dunk tank and enjoy a free swim at the SRD pool! Strawberry Recreation Center.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, 3pm, Marin Symphony orchestra performs the soundtrack live, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael.

World Oceans Day Celebration, 12-5pm, interactive, educational, fun that will be a blast for all ages. Come interact with activists all over the Bay Area as well as engage in fun water games, listen to a live band and jump in the ocean themed bounce house! To change the way people think of our oceans, we need to make  saving the seas fun! Tam High School Football Field.

South Pacific, 2pm, Mountain Play.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, Michael Bartel (Elvis Impersonator), Town Center, Corte Madera.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Western Weekend, parade starts at 12pm, celebrating the ranching roots of West Marin, with 4-H exhibits and homecoming queens, a real eclectic mix of the area, combining the cowboy with the local food and the local artists, Point Reyes Station.

Family Adventure Sails, 10am-12:30pm, sail by famous San Francisco sights such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Angel Island, Adults $50/ Youth (ages 6-12) $25 / Children (under 6) free.

Sunday Streets, 11am-4pm, Great Highway, San Francisco. 

Union Street Festival, 10am-6pm.

Haight-Ashbury Street Fair, 11am-5:30pm. 

Balloon Art, 10:30am-12:30pm, ages 3+, create a collaborative caterpillar mural inspired by Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” using balloons as our painting tools, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

JAMband Family Festival, 3-5pm, Beach Chalet, San Francisco.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 3pm, From Up on Poppy Hill, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Open Studio,Illustrating the Story, 1-4pm, Taking inspiration from the Little Golden Books of Mary Blair’s design, learn the skills to layout and balance text to illustration as a children’s book illustrator would. Apply these techniques to key moments of your own short story, The Walt Disney Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, June 9

Storytime & Great Stuffed Animal Sleepover, 4pm, Stuffed animals are invited to a sleepover at the library. What will they do while they are here? Come in for storytime and to drop off your stuffed animal Monday June 10 at 4pm. Pick up is all day Tuesday June 11th. Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Tuesday, June 10

Family Movie Night, 6-8pm, Come and join us at the South Novato Library for an evening of fun and entertainment for the whole family! For all ages.

Ice Age, The Meltdown, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

How to Draw Butterflies, Dragonflies, and the Insects of Summer, 10-11:30am, with John Muir Laws, a free hour and a half workshop, Bugs are fun and they are everywhere! Learn how to draw insects and spiders in quick field studies, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.

Little Tykes, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Playground Design Challenge, Chabot Space & Science Museum.

Wednesday, June 11

Noon Concert Series, 12pm, free, Edgewood Trio  (Beni Shinohara, violin, Vicky Ehrlich, cello and Marlyn Thompson piano) Program includes Dvorak’s “Dumky” Trio, and works by Turina and De FallaThrockmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

Thursday, June 12

Muir Woods After Hours, This is an easy, 2-mile walk on paved trails. Bring your flashlight and discover Muir Woods when the sun goes down. Children under 8 years not advised. Reservations required, 388-2596.

Ice Age, The Meltdown, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

Destani Wolf, 12:30-1:30pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Friday, June 13, Full Moon

Friday the 13th Not Afraid of the Dark Hike, 7:30-9pm, enjoy Old St Hilary’s at night! Join Ranger Felicity Hartnett to avoid the black cats, ladders, and other superstitions on this day for a pleasant short hike through Old St Hilary’s preserve. Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring a flashlight, Meet at the gate at the end of Lyford Dr in Tiburon.

Film Night in the Park, 8pm, contact 272-2756, Fairfax.

Creekside Friday, 6:30-8pm, The Cabin, Tennessee Valley, Mill Valley.

Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30-8pm, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito.

Venezuelan Music Project, 11am & 12:15pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Saturday, June 14, National Get Outdoors Day

MCM_FatherDayBBQ_WEB_2014The Country Mart Farmers’ Market, 11am-2pm, yummy BBQ and blue grass and folk music, fun kid’s activities too! Marin Country Mart Farmers’ Market, Larkspur.

Art in the Park, 10am-12pm, Bring the whole family out to scenic Stafford Lake Park to paint the oak studded grasslands of beautiful North Marin. Art supplies, smocks, and healthy snacks will be providedStafford Lake Park, 3549 Novato Blvd, Novato.

Father’s Day Weekend Fishing Derby, 9am-1pm,Join rangers for our fishing contest at Paradise Beach Park! Prizes will be awarded for the first fish, the biggest fish, and the heaviest fish! A limited number of fishing poles and bait will be provided first-come, first-served to beginners, thanks to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. A valid California fishing license is required when fishing from the shore, not from the pier. Paradise Beach Park, 3450 Paradise Drive, Tiburon.

Failure: A Love Story, 2pm, ages 8+, filled with Roald Dahl-like mirth, mischief and melancholy, enjoy dancing and musical numbers, puppets and and a whole lot more. The play does deal – in a Dahl sort of fashion – very tenderly, but very honestly with death, so parents be ready to answer those questions should they come up after the show, Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley.

Tiburon Classic Car Show

legoLego Experience, 10ama-2pm, join Playwell to dream it, build it, wreak it, repeat, Poppy Store , Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Father Son BBQ, 6:30-9pm, Dads and sons will have a blast playing kickball and eating barbecue, games and activities, $20 per person, Corte Madera Rec Center.

Summer Reading Program: Paws to Read!! We’re delighted to be offering a wide variety of really fun, interactive summer programs! You’ll even get a free book, just for signing up.

Novato Festival of Art, Wine and Music, 10am-7pm, handcrafted art, regional vintage wines, award-winning micro brews, Americana and gourmet foods, and first-rate live music, the Festival is the good-time place to be, Grant Avenue between Redwood Boulevard and Seventh Street, Novato.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Fairfax Festival, 11am-6pm, parade starts at 10am.

Brian Scott – Magician! 11am, Come ready to be amazed by the magic of this talented and funny performer, Please rsvp to 927-5005, or email us at library@cityoflarkspur.org, Larkspur Library.

Carnival of the Animals, 1-2pm, take an amazing ride through 3 classic fairy tales told through music and marionettes. For all ages. Novato Library.

Carnival of the Animals, 3-4pm, take an amazing ride through 3 classic fairy tales told through music and marionettes. For all ages. South Novato Library.

Film Night, “Up”, 8pm, Contratti Ball Field, Fairfax.

Novato Art, Wine & Music Festival, 10am-6pm, Grant Ave between Redwood Hwy and Seventh Street, Novato.

TEEN Come in Character, 6th to 12 Graders, 1-3pm, Come dressed as your favorite character, fictional or not, living or dead. Games, prizes, healthy and unhealthy snacks. Prizes for teens who are the most believable and stay in character the longest. Space is Limited. Sign up Recommended. Novato Library.

The Art of the Descarga, 1pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Mountain Lake Science Saturdays, 2-3pm, Native Fish: Restoring the Three-spined Stickleback to Mountain Lake. Meet at the 14th Avenue Gate located near 1808 Wedemeyer Street.

Film Night in the Park, Ghostbusters, Dolores Park.

Chocolate Bank Robbery Scavenger Hunt, 12pm & 1pm, Tickets: Adults: $20, Kids <18: $10, or Families: $50, 14th Ave East Meadow Picnic Area, San Francisco.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

Switch It Up, 11am-12pm, Become a mixmaster of sound and switch it up on a turntable created by you. Learn about electricity using conductive materials, including you as an interactive wire! Create a fully-functional circuit on a piece of paper and design paper switches for making musical melodies. Then, connect your turntable to a MaKey MaKey and blend your beats on a DJ music mixing game, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Fathers Day Workshop, 11am-2pm, Create a crown for dad to wear on his special day! Stop by our Innovation Lab and design a one-of-a-kind gift that’s fit for a king., Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

North Beach Festival, 10am-6pm, Blessing of the Animals: The animal blessing at The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi, Kids’ Chalk Art Area: Let your kids creativity shine in North Beach and buy a square and street chalk at our kids chalk art area on Vallejo St between Grant Ave & Columbus and more.

Little Open Studio, Storytime and Watercolor, 10am-12pm, How does light affect color? Artist Mary Blair used color and light to decide the design for it’s a small world, explore color and light using glow in the dark paint and other materials, The Walt Disney Museum.

Open Studio,Illustrating the Story, 1-4pm, ages 7 and under, Let’s explore the many wonders of color and water! Using the wonderful watercolors of Mary Blair as an inspiration, we will use stamps, brushes, and even fingers and toes to paint away the morning!, The Walt Disney Museum.

Northern California Pirate Festival, 10am-6pm, Vallejo.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, June 15

Sunday Special: Throckmorton Theatre Youth Showcase, 11-11:45am, musical numbers performed by Throckmorton Youth Performers and Little Throck from the 2013-14 season including Wizard of Oz, Footloose, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cinderella and Annie Kids, plus songs by a cappella group, Throckappella, Mill Valley Library.

Father’s Day Project, 10:30-11:30am, family-inspired project in Art Studio 10 and a special one-hour Father’s Day art activity in the Idea Spot, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast, 9am, West Point Inn.

A Barkin’ Birthday, a small fee, docent-led tours will be offered at 11 am, 1 and 3 pm, free entrance, Free classes at 12 and 2 pm will focus on California sea lion adaptations, current patients, and their history at PIER 39.

South Pacific, 2pm, Mountain Play.

Fairfax Festival, 11am-6pm, parade starts at 10am.

Concerts-in-the-ParkFathers’ Day Concert. Bring Dad, Grandad and the whole family for a classic Motown, R&B and Soul afternoon with lots of dancing, Belvedere Park.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Summer Sunday Concerts, 5pm, Town Band (classical/big band), Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, Z and The Benders (Jazz Dance Music), Town Center, Corte Madera.

Novato Festival of Art, Wine and Music, 10am-6pm, Grant Avenue between Redwood Boulevard and Seventh Street, Novato.

Family Adventure Sails, 10am-12:30pm, sail by famous San Francisco sights such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Angel Island, Adults $50/ Youth (ages 6-12) $25 / Children (under 6) free.

Native Contemporary Arts Festival, 12-3pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Celebration of Indiamusic, dance and fun family activities including performances, art activities, henna tattooing and a Bhangra flashmob dance, Asian Museum.

North Beach Festival, 10am-6pm, Blessing of the Animals: The animal blessing at The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi, Kids’ Chalk Art Area: Let your kids creativity shine in North Beach and buy a square and street chalk at our kids chalk art area on Vallejo St between Grant Ave & Columbus and more.

Open Studio,Illustrating the Story, 1-4pm, Taking inspiration from the Little Golden Books of Mary Blair’s design, learn the skills to layout and balance text to illustration as a children’s book illustrator would. Apply these techniques to key moments of your own short story, The Walt Disney Museum.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Miniature Furniture Design, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Collaborative Game Building, 11:30am, ages 6+, inspired by our exhibition To Build & Be Built, this  series of collaborative building games and challenges are led by local artists and architects, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Northern California Pirate Festival, 10am-6pm, Vallejo.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, June 16

Tuesday, June 17

The Muir Woods Canopy: BioBlitz Findings! 10am-12pm, As part of BioBlitz, a National Geographic event hosted in the park back in March, a team of researchers from Save the Redwoods League were able to climb into the canopy of Muir Woods and observe– the first time this has ever been done! Come to this presentation and hike to learn what they found!

Epic, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

TEEN Teen Movie Night, 6-8:30pm, Come to the Novato Library and enjoy a movie filled with LEGO goodness. Pizza, healthy and unhealthy snacks will be served. Novato Library.

Little Tykes, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Shake, Rattle and Roll, Chabot Space & Science Museum.

Wednesday, June 18

Punch & Judy Show, 1-2pm, Prepare to laugh out loud as the Piccolo Puppet Players return to the Novato Library with their family-oriented puppet show is sure to have you giggling at the hilarious antics of Punch & Judy. For ages 3+ with caregivers.

Punch & Judy Show, 3:30-4:30pm, Prepare to laugh out loud as the Piccolo Puppet Players return to the Marin City Library with their family-oriented puppet show is sure to have you giggling at the hilarious antics of Punch & Judy. For ages 3+ with caregivers.

Share a Book with a Dog, 3pm, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Summer Movie Series, Dennis the Menace, 6pm, Join us at for Movies on the Green, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Noon Concert Series, 12pm, free, Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

Summer Fun Series, 12-2pm, Be a Bug, Make your own butterfly wings, create bug sunprints, and get your face painted like your favorite insect, Lawrence Hall of Science.

Thursday, June 19

Magician Brian Scott, 11am, performing tricks and treats and other mystic magic to amaze you, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Epic, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

Failure: A Love Story, 1pm, ages 8+, filled with Roald Dahl-like mirth, mischief and melancholy, enjoy dancing and musical numbers, puppets and and a whole lot more. The play does deal – in a Dahl sort of fashion – very tenderly, but very honestly with death, so parents be ready to answer those questions should they come up after the show, Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley.

Jenny Lind Concert, 12:30pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Conjunto Karabali, 6pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Friday, June 20

Circus Fun with Coventry and Kaluza, 3:30pm, the Instigators of Fun, will bring juggling, acrobatics and comedy to Larkspur Library. Please rsvp to 927-5005, or email us at library@cityoflarkspur.org, Larkspur Library.

Family Date Nights, 5-7:30pm, Caribbean Dance Party with Asheba, 5-7:30pm, Bring your dancing shoes for a Caribbean Dance Party with Asheba as we kick-off summer the right way with our Member Appreciation Night, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Thingamajig Workshop, 4:30pm, ages 4+, make a musical instrument out of recycled materials – you very own Thingamajig, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Wildcare, Feather, Fur and Scales, 2:30-3:30pm, visit our animal ambassadors and examine the similarities and differences between mammal, bird, and reptile groups, Stinson Beach Library.

Creekside Friday, 6:30-8pm, The Cabin, Tennessee Valley, Mill Valley.

Concert Under the Oak, 6-8pm, SF Music Club Event (World/ Reggae), Northgate, San Rafael.

Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30-8pm, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito. 

TEEN Light up Duct Tape Wallets, Purselets or Cell Phone Holders, 2-4pm, 6th-12th graders, Space is limited. Signup required. Call 473-6058, Civic Center Library.

Unique Derique, 11am & 12:15pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Saturday, June 21, Solstice

Summer Solstice at Muir Beach, 6-8pm, Celebrate the longest day of the year at the continent’s edge, Muir Beach. Join us for storytelling and songs around a bonfire. Dress warmly and bring a mug for hot drinks. Free. Meet at Muir Beach. No reservations required.

Sunset Solstice Hike, 7:30-9pm, unwind as we end the longest day of the year in the beautiful Lucas Valley Preserve. Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water and snacks. Friendly dogs are welcome, but must be leashed. Big Rock trailhead in San Rafael.

Creekside Restoration with Save The Bay, 9am-12pm, learn about the history of San Francisco Bay and Creekside Marsh, and be a part of a community-based effort to enrich important habitat areas of Hal Brown Park! Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to attend! Pre-registration is required, Hal Brown Park, Bon Air Road, Greenbrae.

Meandering in China Camp’s Miwok Meadow, 10am-12:30pm, Start with a picturesque drive along San Pablo Bay until you get to the entrance gate of Miwok Meadows. We will be looking for signs of deer, listening for wild turkey calls, and signs of other wildlife in this pleasant walk around the meadow. Learn how the Miwoks hunted and gathered food and how they used plants and trees to their benefit.

kidswholovetocookimageKid’s Love to Cook! Hands On Cooking Demonstration, 10:30-11:30am, Direction Five is back with a cooking demonstration and tasting with hands-on participation appropriate for children of all ages, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

I ♥ Zoku, 9:30am, ages 5-12, If you love slushies, popsicles and ice cream, then you will love Zoku. Join us and learn how to make these tasty treats, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Hands-on Learning, The Physics of Toys, 2pm, ages 7+, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

One Heart Music, 1-2pm, Join us for an afternoon of music with George Sellner and his guitar. One guy, one guitar, and lots of heart will make for a fun day of music for little ones! For ages 3+ with caregivers, Novato Library.

One Heart Music, 3-4pm, South Novato Library.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival

Mexican Art FestivalSan Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo.

Pier Crabbing, 10am-12pm, We’ll discuss bait, equipment, and regulations, then try your luck with our nets. Fills quickly so call early. Reservations required; call 556-1693.

Natural Presidio Walk and Campfire, 4-6pm, explore the natural Presidio on this family friendly evening walk that starts at Rob Hill parking lot and ends with a fun campfire program. You’ll hear stories from many cultures about the longest day of the year. Meet at the Rob Hill Campground.

Market Days, 11am-3pm, free, open-air mini-festivals that bring together museum and community scientists, artists, and educators on third Saturdays from June to October. They feature curated art and science demos, hands-on activities, exhibits, and craft displays, Exploratorium.

Spending Time With Your Kids, 11:30am-12:30pm, Learn about developmentally appropriate interactions with mobile technology and your family. Discover ways in which you can effectively use an iPad to experience playing and learning together with your child, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, the musical,  11am & 2pm, meet Lulu, Sam and their playground friends explore the power of imagination, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

San Francisco Free Folk Festival, Presidio Middle School (site map), 450 30th Ave, San Francisco (@ Geary)

Marcus Cohen & The Congress, 1pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, June 22

San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival

Summer Sunday Concerts, 5pm, Steep Ravine (bluegrass), Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square.

Marine Science Sunday: Celebrating World Oceans Day: The Big, The Small, and The Weird, 10am-5pm, a FREE engaging ocean-inspired classroom series from our education experts, Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

Octopalooza, 11:30am-3pm, join naturalists from the Aquarium of the Bay to learn about the amazing cephalopod, find out what’s armed and what’s tentacled through hands-on activities and information on cephalopods and sustainable seafood and Interactive Squid Dissections at Noon, 1pm, and 2pm, Bay Model, Sausalito.

TEEN Teen Improv Workshop with Laura Derry, 1-3pm, 6-12th graders, a two hour improvisation workshop! Laugh and be spontaneous while learning some beginning improv activities and fun performance games Corte Madera Library.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, Jesse Lee Kincaid (Americana & Irish), Town Center, Corte Madera.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Dog Day on the Bay, Hornblower Cruises Champagne Brunch Cruise to benefit Puppy Dog Tales Reading Program.

Exploration Workshop: All About Show Boat, 11am-12pm or 12:30-1:30pm, ages 6+, Experience this classic of American musical theater in an interactive, multi-generational workshop based on the themes, story, characters and music of Show Boat, San Francisco Opera.

Smokey Robinson and Patti Austin, 2pm, free, Stern Grove.

San Francisco Free Folk Festival, Presidio Middle School (site map), 450 30th Ave, San Francisco (@ Geary)

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, the musical,  11am & 2pm, meet Lulu, Sam and their playground friends explore the power of imagination, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Fabric Design, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Rainbow Shadows: Celebrating Family with Shadow Puppets, 11:30am-12:15pm, In honor of SF Pride Month, join shadow puppeteer Daniel Barash for a performance and puppet-making workshop that celebrates family inall its diversity, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, June 23

Tuesday, June 24

Laugh-out-Loud Book Club, 4-5pm, grade 3-5, reading aloud the True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. When 11 year-old Tip’s mother is abducted by aliens on Christmas Eve (or “Smekday” Eve since the Boov invasion), Tip hops in the family car and heads south to find her. Along the way, she meets an alien Boov mechanic who agrees to help her and save the planet from disaster, Mill Valley Library.

Wildcare, Feather, Fur and Scales, 10:30-11:30am, visit our animal ambassadors and examine the similarities and differences between mammal, bird, and reptile groups, Inverness Library.

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, 11am, ages 7+, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Family Movie Night, 6-8pm, Come and join us at the Novato Library for an evening of fun and entertainment for the whole family! For all ages.

The Croods, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

TEEN Henna Art Workshop, 1-2:30pm, 6-12th graders, Henna artist Rachel-Anne Palacios will explain the traditions of henna art and demonstrate techniques. Adult participants will have the opportunity to practice working with henna and receive a design by Rachel-Anne, Point Reyes Station Library Meeting Room.

Kids Day with Dholrhythms Dance Company, 11am-2pm, ages 4-13, learn the rhythms and music of Punjab, India though explosive, colorful workshops, Pre-registration is required, Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Little Tykes, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Electricity Design Challenge, Chabot Space & Science Museum.

Wednesday, June 25

Magician Dan Chan, 3:30-4:30pm, Why master one kind of magic when you can conquer them all? Few magicians today equal Dan Chan’s incredible range of performance. From sleight-of-hand tricks to circus stunts, from eye-popping juggling to the rare Chinese art of Bian Lian, Chan does it all, Mill Valley Library.

Magician Dan Chan, 1-2pm, San Anselmo Library.

Meet the Illustrator Alexandra Boiger, 3:30-4:30pm, Learn about the art of book illustration with renowned San Anselmo illustrator Alexandra Boiger. She is the illustrator of the award winning children’s books Poor Doreen: a Fishy Tale, Tallulah’s Toe Shoes, and the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle series, among many others, San Anselmo Library.

Doug Hofkins the Surfing Magician, 11am-12pm, he’s a fabulous magician, specializing in illusions and slight of hand, making objects float and then disappear, Corte Madera Library.

Doug Hofkins the Surfing Magician, 3:30-4:30pm, Marin City Library.

Kids Book Club – Knucklehead, 7-8pm, 4th and 5th graders, How did Jon Scieszka get so funny? He grew up as one of six brothers with Catholic school, lots of comic books, lazy summers at the lake with time to kill, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, and jokes told at family dinner, Corte Madera Library.

Creekside Q – Town Barbecue, 5:30-7:30pm, Music, games, food, fun, friends and family! Dinner provided by Insalata’s Restaurant, Contact the Recreation Department at 258-4640 to purchase tickets, Sir Francis Drake Blvd. at Center Blvd., San Anselmo.

Summer Movie Series, Charlotte’s Web, 6pm, Join us at for Movies on the Green, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Teen Book Club – The Fault in Our Stars, 7-8pm, grades 9-12, Space is limited – pre-registration is required. Call 924.6444, Corte Madera Library.

Noon Concert Series, 12pm, free, Katarina Lee (18) and Matthew Lee (15). Winners of the Marin Music Chest Competition. Program to include works by Bach, Chopin and LisztThrockmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

TEEN Kick-Off Movie and Pizza Party, 6-9pm, Gather with your friends at the library for a special movie night with pizza and refreshments! Point Reyes Station Meeting Room.

TEEN Henna Art Workshop, 3-4:30pm, 6-12th graders, Henna artist Rachel-Anne Palacios will explain the traditions of henna art and demonstrate techniques. Adult participants will have the opportunity to practice working with henna and receive a design by Rachel-Anne, Marin City Library.

Comedy on the Plaza, 6:30pm, free to the public. May not be suitable for very young audiences, Mill Valley Square.

Kids Day with Dholrhythms Dance Company, 11am-2pm, ages 4-13, learn the rhythms and music of Punjab, India though explosive, colorful workshops, Pre-registration is required, Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Summer Fun Series, 12-2pm, Be a Bug, Make your own butterfly wings, create bug sunprints, and get your face painted like your favorite insect, Lawrence Hall of Science.

Thursday, June 26

Little Pup Puppet Show with Caterpillar Puppets, 4pm, Fun for the whole family!  Reservations are requested. Please rsvp to 927-5005, or email us at library@cityoflarkspur.org Larkspur Library.

Nature for Kids at Indian Valley, 10am-1pm, start the day looking for bugs and lizards, and if we’re lucky we might even find young frogs or toads that are looking for a cool, moist place to hide for the summer. After that we’ll head into the forest which is also a good place to find wildlife. Don’t forget to bring your lunch! College of Marin Indian Valley Campus in Novato, parking lot 6 (1800 Ignacio Blvd).

Cosmic Creations, 2:30-4pm, grade 3-5, Discover the science behind the objects we see in the night sky in this out-of-this-world program. Enjoy stories about space, learn about the phases of the moon, and watch as we build a comet in the library, Advance sign-up required, Mill Valley Library.

Maker Air Force, 7-8:30pm, grade 6-8, Get hands on and learn how to build powered aerial vehicles – planes, helis, airships and more! Then take to the skies and pilot your aircraft all around the library airspace, Advance sign-up required, Mill Valley Library.

Family Movie Night, 6-8pm, Come and join us at the South Novato Library for an evening of fun and entertainment for the whole family! For all ages.

The Croods, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

MAGC Summer Concert Series, 5-7pm, Rowan Brothers, Ross.

Bells Atlas, 12:30pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Kids Day with Dholrhythms Dance Company, 11am-2pm, ages 4-13, learn the rhythms and music of Punjab, India though explosive, colorful workshops, Pre-registration is required, Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

1776 Campfire with Captain Anza, 6:30-8:30pm, The soldados who founded the Presidio camped as they made their way north from present-day Mexico. At this event, experience a re-enactment campsite, use period instruments to map their journey, and play music from the expedition. Guests can also help put up a tent with Captain Anza and enjoy s’mores by the fire, Rob Hill Campground (off Washington Boulevard).

Friday, June 27, New Moon

Friday’s on Main, 6-9pm, Circus Adventure, enjoy puppet shows, live music, jugglers and more, Tiburon.

Jazz Combo Charged Particles, 11 am, ages 5 & up, Join us for a family jazz concert featuring Latin, classical, and funk influences. The group will not only play for us, but will share info on how they play their instruments, and the art of jazz. Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Family Films, 1pm, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Magnetic Magic, 2:30-4pm, Join the Mad Scientist Team and investigate the powers and daily use of magnets. Test for electromagnetic fields and feel like a magician while using the magnets to levitate cool objects! Take home your own floating magnet set, Advance sign-up required, Mill Valley Library.

Family Game Night:Sunset Stroll and Campfires, 6-8:30pm, $12 per person, Celebrate your family bond with outdoor team building games that get everyone in on the action. Silly fun and loads of giggles are guaranteed as we play & hike the night away! NatureBridge, Sausalito.

Family Date Nights, 5-7:30pm, The Raytones combine a mix of pop, funk, and rock & roll with playful lyrics about cool things like hula hoops, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Music in the Park Serieslive music, food, and fun for the whole family at Marinwood Park, San Rafael.

Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30-8pm, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito. 

Pacheco Plaza Summer Music Series, 6-9pm, The Zydeco Flames, Novato.

Pasados del Presidio: San Francisco’s “Birthday”, 11am-12pm, In 1775-1776, 240 colonists – soldiers, men, women and children – traveled 1,800 miles from present-day Mexico to found the Presidio of San Francisco, bringing with them a new culture and a new era in California History. Descendants of the original founding families of the Juan Bautista de Anza Expedition return to the Presidio every June to recognize the amazing journey. Join them for this special commemoration, Pershing Square (near the Presidio Officers’ Club), Main Post.

Afternoon Fun for Kids, 12-3pm, Explore the stories of Early California and see history come to life. Enjoy music,dance, Ohlone storytelling, hands-on kids’ activities, living history, and Juanito the donkey. This year Ballet Folklórico Mexicano will offer dance workshops, Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop, Main Post.

Circus Bella, 12pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Saturday, June 28

Little Beats Music Performance, free, 12:00-12:45pm Super Shakers 1-3 years, 1:00-1:45pm Rockin’ Tots 3-5 years, Mill Valley Community Center.

Italian Street Painting Pop-Up Gallery, 10am-9pm, free, downtown San Rafael, along Fifth Avenue and A Street.

Talk to the Animals, 11am, Ventriloquist Tony Borders entertains ages 3 and up with his menagerie of funny, furry friends! Fairfax Library.

Giant Bubble Show! 11am, ages 3+, The fun, the science, the wonder of these delicate swirling creations is all part of this family show from Wild Child Bubbles. See just how big these bubbles can get! Civic Center Library.

Family Films, 1pm, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Ice Cream in Minutes, 9:30am, ages 5-12, Want to learn how you can make ice cream in minutes? Join us and learn how!, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Giant Bubble Show! 1-2pm, ages 3+, Novato Library.

Giant Bubble Show! 3-4pm, ages 3+, South Novato Library.

Junior Ranger Programs at China Camp State Park, 3:30pm – 4:30pm, ages 7-12 but all ages welcome, China Camp Village (in front of the museum), For more information call the China Camp Ranger Office 415-456-0766.

Failure: A Love Story, 2pm, ages 8+, filled with Roald Dahl-like mirth, mischief and melancholy, enjoy dancing and musical numbers, puppets and and a whole lot more. The play does deal – in a Dahl sort of fashion – very tenderly, but very honestly with death, so parents be ready to answer those questions should they come up after the show, Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley.

Henna Art Workshop, 1-2:30pm, Henna artist Rachel-Anne Palacios will explain the traditions of henna art and demonstrate techniques. Adult participants will have the opportunity to practice working with henna and receive a design by Rachel-Anne, Marin City Library.

Mt. Tam Star Party, 8:30pm, free, “Masks of the Cosmos” Humans have always wondered about the Cosmos and their own place in it. Different cultures have believed that they have discovered its true nature, but might these ideas just be anthropological ‘masks’ projected on the universe?  Dr. Wil van Breugel, UC Merced, Rock Springs parking lot, Mountain Theater, Mill Valley.

i scream Sandwich, 10:30am & 11:30am, meet the author and demo, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

San Francisco Pride Celebration

Circus Bella, 12pm & 2:15pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, the musical,  11am & 2pm, meet Lulu, Sam and their playground friends explore the power of imagination, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, June 29

Italian Street Painting Pop-Up Gallery, 10am-6pm, free, downtown San Rafael, along Fifth Avenue and A Street.

Summer Sunday Concerts, 5pm, Curtis Bumpy (soul), Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, Jesse Lee Kincaid (Americana & Irish), Town Center, Corte Madera.

Family Films, 1pm, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Kids Stage with Dholrhythms Dance Company, presents an hour-long activity that take place prior to a Sunday concert at Stern Grove Festival, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Allen Stone, 2pm, free, Stern Grove.

San Francisco Pride Celebration

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, the musical,  11am & 2pm, meet Lulu, Sam and their playground friends explore the power of imagination, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Fabric Design, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, June 30

Stories and More: Marvelous Magic, 2:30-3:15pm, Natasha will share stories about music, musicians, and musical instruments followed by a live performance, Mill Valley Library.

Brian Scott – Magician! 1-2pm, Come ready to be amazed by the magic of this talented and funny performer, Dance Palace, Point Reyes.

Brian Scott – Magician! 3:30-4:30pm, Bolinas Community Center.

TEEN Kick-Off Movie and Pizza Party, 6-9pm, Gather with your friends at the library for a special movie night with pizza and refreshments! Stinson Beach Library.

Museum Monday for Little Ones, 10am-Noon, Schultz Museum

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