Ronnie’s Awesome List – May 2011

Talkin’ Bout Mill Valley

2 big events have all eyes on Mill Valley in May. Tickets are on sale now for The Storybook Ball, a Parent-Child Dance, for children ages 4-9, 4:00pm-7:00pm at the Mill Valley Community Center. Don’t be late for this very important date! This year’s event, based upon the children’s classic, Alice in Wonderland, will feature dancing, delicious food, entertainment, favors and more. All proceeds benefit children and teen’s programming at the Mill Valley Public Library.

The Memorial Day Parade on May 30th is Mill Valley’s big community day and an event not to be missed. The theme this year is “MISSION POSSIBLE, what would CHARLES do” in honor of Charles McGlashan. In support of his legacy, parade organizers are asking to honor Charles’ vision by cleaning up our hiking trails, walking or riding our bike’s to school or town center, using public transportation and carpooling, supporting local suppliers and organic farmers, bring a reusable bag when you shop, generate less trash, use renewable energy, bring your own steel (not plastic!) water bottle to meetings, bring your own mug to the local coffee shop, get involved, show up to champion good policies at your local city and town council meetings and Board of Supervisors hearings, be considerate of others…and of the delicate balance of life on this planet.

I highly recommend starting your morning early at the Mill Valley Volunteer Firefighters annual pancake breakfast from 7–11 am in front of City Hall at 26 Corte Madera Avenue. After bellies are nice and full, enjoy Mill Valley’s wonderful, old fashion parade then head to the Community Center for the 10th Anniversary Celebration, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM, There will be FREE activities including face painting, jumpees, animal & puppet shows, magic, field activities, live music and much more.

Look out for last minute events in May for:

  • May Day 5/1
  • Cinco de Mayo 5/5
  • Mothers’ Day 5/8
  • Memorial Day 5/30

Read to a Dog

Does your child need a little extra help improving his/her reading skills. The Marin Humane Society has created a very successful program called “SHARE a Book.” Dogs visit children at schools, libraries and at the humane society where the children sit and read to them. Children feel comfortable with dogs. They are ideal reading companions because they offer unconditional love and acceptance. The program makes reading fun, increases confidence and improves reading skills for the children. Listings for this program are below. Any questions contact your local public library or the Marin Humane Society for more information.

Enhancing a Trip to the Museum

Museums in the Bay Area cater to children’s needs and curiosities in wonderful ways. Take the Jewish Museum, for example, they have three different “Art Packs“available to check out at the Visitor Services Desk.  One is based on the museum’s architecture, one is on sketching, and one changes with their exhibitions. They help engage a child’s curious mind and helps them understand the significance of what they are viewing.

SFMOMA invites children and adults to get creative with a wide range of activities, packets, and games that families can pick up at the museum for free and take around the museum with them such as an ipod mobile game for kids, worksheets on specific artists, a “treasure hunt” guide that can be completed anywhere in the museum, and in gallery iPads with interactive media features.

Rain or shine their is something wonderful to do everyday. Additional reoccurring events are listed at “Ronnie’s Awesome Every List – 2011.” Please always check to confirm the events listed below and come back to visit us frequently – we are constantly updating our listings. See you around town…..remember, tell them Marinhood sent you.

Happy Ms./Mrs./Mr. Mother’s Day!

Ronnie


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SUNDAY MAY 1, May Day

~ ART Create tissue-paper collages inspired by the poems written by children living at Terezin concentration camp during World War II. 1-3 PM, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

~ BALLET The Little Mermaid, 8:00 PM, War Memorial Opera House, heart-wrenching story of sacrifice and unrequited love comes to life against dazzling scenic, costume and lighting designs.

~ CINCO DE MAYO Cinco de Mayo, We’ll have traditional Mexican music playing throughout our museum, coloring pages for the kids (or any colorful grown-ups) and other festivities to give you an early start on your Cinco de Mayo. It’ll be a Fiesta of Fun! Playland-Not-at-the-Beach.

~ CRAFT Interplanetary Design Challenge, 12:30pm – 2:30pm, Ever wonder what it’s like to be an astronaut or alien? We invite you to step into the Artist Annex and enter Zeum’s Galactic Outpost. You’ll have the opportunity to dive into Interplanetary Design Challenges where you can develop prototypes and one-of-a-kind astro inventions. Build your own space station or flying machine! We’ll give you all the tools and materials you’ll need – the only thing you have to bring is your imagination. For children ages 5 and up! Zeum, San Francisco.

~ DANCE Jewels in the Square, 2-4pm, Chinyakare Ensemble, Music & Dance of Zimbabwe. Union Square Park, San Francisco.

~ DANCE Bay Area National Dance Week

~ EVENT Mad Hatter’s Spring Tea Party, The Tea Party has 2 sittings, Noon and 3pm, Make a date for tea with Alice, the March Hare, Door Mouse and Mad Hatter for a decidedly unique and unorthodox tea complete with tea sandwiches, hot chocolate, and desserts. Enjoy the theatrical company of characters in original costumes from the Stark Ravens Historical Players, as they entertain and cause smiles and giggles in Falkirk’s elegant Victorian setting. This event sells out; please make your reservations early! COST: $27.50 for adults, $22.50 for children. Includes goodie bag for child. Bring your camera for great photos! Reservations required by calling 485-3333.

~ EVENT Buddha’s Birthday Celebration, This is a wonderful day for families and children of all ages. Parents can go to zazen while children help decorate the pagoda house for the baby Buddha and hear the story of the birth of Buddha. There is a formal ceremony followed by a procession, the pageant and birthday cake. Pack a picnic, bring your friends and come join us for a wonderful celebration of spring on the main lawn at Green Gulch Farm.

~ EVENT Jerusalem Marketplace 24 A.D., 11:30am. Come take in the sights, sounds and tastes of a busy marketplace in Jesus’ time. There will be authentic food, crafts, dancing and games for all ages. Admission is free. Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church,410 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley, 415-388-4456.

~ EVENT Members Day, noon to 3 pm to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Crissy Field’s transformation. Join us on the airfield at noon on May 1 with your picnics and blankets. Fly special 10th Anniversary kites, watch the antics of professional kite flyers, and enjoy live music from zydeco band Mojo, activity books for the little ones, and free lemonade and cake for Crissy Field’s 10th birthday. You can also purchase your lunch at one of the cafes on Crissy Field for 10% off. At 1 or 1:30 pm, set off on your choice of ranger- and expert-led hikes in the park—a Batteries to Bluffs hike, a Presidio hike, an art walk to view the Habitats art exhibit in the Presidio, a stroller walk of the Promenade, a walk to Fort Point to watch the cannon fire, and more! Leave your stuff at our picnic basket check and pick it up after your hike.

~ EVENT Opening Day on the Bay, Decorated Boat Parade, Crissy Field to Pier 39, starting at 12 Noon.

~ FARM Blossoms, Bees & Barnyard Babies, Spring Farm Tour, Experience Spring in full bloom, as farms from Healdsburg to Petaluma open their gates and barnyard doors to offer a behind-the-scenes peek at Sonoma County’s finest food and agriculture. Stroll through orchards and gardens in bloom; sample local honeys and learn about the art of beekeeping; see newly born barnyard babies; and taste some of the county’s award-winning artisanal foods.  You’ll meet the farmers who grow your food and actively support the preservation of the county’s rich agricultural heritage. 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

~ FESTIVAL How Weird Street Faire, the city’s streets will be transformed into a celebration of peace and creativity, as thousands of people journey to the “Mythical Realms”, Howard & 2nd Streets, San Francisco. There will be loud music, earphones are recommended for young children.

~ FESTIVAL 9th Annual Ross Valley Schools YES Fest, 11:00a to 4:00p at White Hill Middle School, Fairfax, CA. The YES Fest, a celebration of arts programs is a FREE all-day event featuring musical performances, drama, dance, poetry and artwork by student and community artists, thespians, musicians, and dancers for audiences of all ages. See galleries of paintings, multi-media, and ceramics in addition to live shows.

~ FESTIVAL Norway Day Festival, take a trip to Norway without leaving the Bay Area. Fort Mason, San Francisco.

~ FESTIVAL Glen Park Festival

~ FESTIVAL 21st Annual Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show, 10:00am-4:00pm, Whimsical, fascinating, amusing, educational, curious, and unique, massive celebration of mechanical ingenuity, power and style. It’s a remarkable show-and-tell spectacle, an outdoor museum-for-a-day, featuring 2,000 magnificent driving, flying and working machines from the 20th and 21st centuries. (650) 726-3491, http://www.miramarevents.com. Half Moon Bay Airport, 9850 Cabrillo Highway North, Half Moon Bay, Tickets $20/Each, $10/Senior(65+) and Child (11-17), Free/Child (10 and Under)

~ FESTIVAL Point Reyes Birding and Nature Festival

~ FESTIVAL Bodega Bay Fish Fest, enjoy music, food, and entertainment for this celebration of the start of the Salmon fishing season and the annual Blessing of the Fleet.

~ FILM Dumbo, 1:00pm and 4:00pm. The Walt Disney Museum.

~ FILM A Cat in Paris, Recommended for ages eight and up. 12:30pm, San Francisco International Film Festival.

~ FILM Do you See What I See, Recommended for ages seven and up. 11am, San Francisco International Film Festival.

~ HISTORY Chinese Cannery Laborers, 3:00pm. Meet on Balclutha’s main deck at Hyde Street Pier. Vessel admission (under 16 free). On this walking tour of Balclutha you will learn about the lives and cultural contributions of Chinese laborers who sailed from San Francisco to Alaska for the great salmon runs.

~ MAY DAY May Day Celebration,  1–3pm, Live Oak, Free, All Ages. Youth will dance and sing around a May Pole in celebration of May Day. May Day baskets will be made and decorated. Light refreshments will be served. For more information call 981-6690.

~ MAY DAY Morris Dancers for May Day, 1:30 p.m. Come celebrate May Day at the Garden. The Berkeley Morris Dancers will perform their traditional rites of spring. Free with Garden admission. Contact garden@berkeley.edu, 510-643-2755

~ MAY DAY May Day on Mare Island: Springtime Tours and Tea, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Join us for a full day of events. Choose from guided or self-guided wildflower and bird walks, take a carriage ride or history tour. And be sure to attend the annual Daffodil Tea, a joyous springtime ritual we have been celebrating for over a decade. Choose from two seatings, at noon and 3:00pm. See our website for a full schedule of events. Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve, 1595 Railroad Ave, Vallejo.

~ MUSEUM Holocaust Remembrance Day, admission to the Museum and this program is free, Jewish Museum.

~ MUSIC Free Student Recitals at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, an excellent opportunity to expose your child to a variety of musical instruments and styles. Mark Anderson, guitar (11am), Young-Hsiu Huang, viola (11am), Opera One-Acts (2pm), Sang Yoon Cho, harpsichord (2pm), Doug Chin, percussion (2pm), Yang Krack, voice (5pm), Elisabeth Lowry, flute (5pm), Elizabeth Kimble, composition (8pm), Leah Metzler, cello (8pm), 50 Oak Street, Civic Center. Free. (415) 864-7326

~ MUSIC Frederica von Stade, mezzo-soprano, Jake Heggie, composer/pianist, Family Matinee, 2p,m Children $10/Adult $15, Herbst Theatre.

~ NATURE Let’s Move Outside, six-week beginner’s hiking program and introduction to the park consists of guided hikes for adults and families with school-aged children (ages 7 and up recommended). Participants will learn about the cultural, natural, and historical treasures of the Marin Headlands. Park volunteers and staff will provide information on park stewardship and history, hiking safety and etiquette, the benefits of “moving outside” for children and adults, and more. This course is designed for beginning hikers. Hikes will begin at the easy level and move up to moderate.

~ NATURE Birding in the Headlands, 9:30-11:30 am, Welcome the spring migrants back to the Marin Headlands! Take an easy walk along Rodeo Lagoon with volunteer Jane Haley to discover what birds visit us and come here to nest. Meet at the Marin Headlands Visitor Center. Bring binoculars and field guides. For ages 8 and up; no pets. Rain cancels. Reservations required; please call (415) 331-1540.

~ THEATRE The Adventures of the Man in the Moon, 1:00 PM and 3:30 PM, This man in the moon looks down upon all humans and especially enjoys those that are partying.  “Oh, I wish I could participate in their adventures.” Surprisingly, he gets to earth and his adventures take off and he causes a sensation.  Dance and music make this a 5 star show! Young Performers Theatre, Fort Mason Center, Building C, Third Floor, Room 300, San Francisco.

~ VOLUNTEER Tend To Our Garden, Help us tend to their school garden to cultivate an environment that inspires the students and promotes academic excellence. Davidson Middle School, San Rafael.

MONDAY MAY 2

~ FESTIVAL Point Reyes Birding and Nature Festival

TUESDAY MAY 3, New Moon

~ DRESS Kodomo no Hi Kimono Dressing, space is limited. This is a rare opportunity to dress your child in traditional Japanese Kimono in celebration of Kodomo no Hi.

~ EVENT Toddler Time – Goats, Bring the tiny tots out for an exciting morn- ing at the farm. Each day we’ll meet and learn all about a new animal friend through stories, chores and fun. (1-4 yrs.) 11-11:30am, Ardenwood.

~ FESTIVAL Cinco de Mayo Celebration with Ballet Folklorico Netzahualcoyotl, Showcase Theatre, 9:30 & 11 a.m. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with these talented and dedicated dancers, ranging from children to young adults. Learn about the regional dances of Mexico and let them inspire your students to consider what young people can achieve through the arts.

~ WORKSHOP Resilience in Action: Raising Children Who are Prepared to Thrive, Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg will discuss how children and teens can develop positive coping strategies, the red flags of an at-risk youth, and how parents can help facilitate the seven Cs in their children: competence, confidence, connection, character, contribution, coping, and control. He emphasizes the developmental strengths of youth and aims to equip parents and educators with the skills to help children help themselves. 7:00 p.m., Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur.

WEDNESDAY MAY 4

~ EVENT Japanese Children’s Day, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm! Create overlapping fish scales from circles of tissue paper and use them as kites to fly in our Wind Tunnel. Visitors can make wearable ‘samari hats’ or ‘kabuto’ from newspaper, and create Japanese carp kites – “Koinobori” – from colorful tissue papers, strings and ribbons. Venture over to the multi-cultural reading tent featuring Japanese children’s stories at 11 am. Habitot Children’s Museum.

~ WORKSHOP Vivian Sonnenberg, sleep consultant will be available to answer your sleep questions, 7-9pm. The Poppy Store in Marin County Mart, Larkspur. Please RSVP to marinoffice@poppystores.com

THURSDAY MAY 5, Cinco de Mayo

~ CRAFT Clay Day Crafts, for ages 5 & up, 4pm We will be using air hardening clay, and lots of fun shapers. Kids will take home their creations. Preregistration required. For more information or to register, call (415)789- BOOK or email jdesk@bel-tib-lib.org. Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

~ CRAFT Make It @ MOCFA, 6-8pm; A silkscreen printing project using iconic Corita imagery from the 1960’s. Create original collage designs with inks prepared to match period colors. Screen-print on paper to create posters Sister Corita-style, or transfer these designs onto t-shirts and tote-bags. Museum of Craft and Folk Art is conveniently located in the Yerba Buena Museum District.

~ CINCO DE MAYO Cinco de Mayo, Celebrate highlights of Mexican culture and history with Cinco de Mayo festivities, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm. Create traditional Mexican paper flowers with multicolored tissue paper and pipe cleaners. Visitors can decorate clay pottery with colorful paints and add it to our Tree of Life sculpture. The Habitot Grocery Store will be transformed into a ‘Mercado’ or Mexican market where Mexican fabrics, tropical flowers and frutas y verduras can be “purchased.” Venture over to our Multicultural Reading Tent featuring Cinco de Mayo stories at 11 am. Habitot Children’s Museum.

~ CINCO DE MAYO “The Tree and the Donkey Who Wanted to Sing”A bilingual storytime for the entire family. Inspired by the music of Veracruz, Mexico, Cascada de Flores tells their own origin story of traditional music and dance, which explodes with rhyme, fun musical instruments and sweet characters. 4pm, Space is limited. Please call 927-5005 to RSVP. Larkspur Library.

~ WORKSHOP Holistic Health and Green Living, Alina’s Cucina, Authors of The Baby Cuisine Cookbook (now at Williams Sonoma), 6 PM, Stretch the Imagination, 47A Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. Contact Ozzie at hmnmarincounty@yahoo.com.

FRIDAY MAY 6

~ DANCE Rotunda Dance Series, Hui Tama Nui. Free, 12 Noon, San Francisco City Hall.

~ EVENT Family Fun Friday, Come have fun with the whole family in the Fairfax Pavilion! Toys and games for the kids – old school playgroud games for the grown ups. Feel free to bring your own “picnic” dinner. $5 per adult – kids FREE 6pm – 8pm.

~ EVENT Art Show Lark Pien, join us for an evening of friends, music and fun. Refreshments will be served. 5-10pm. Seesaw, San Francisco.

~ MOTHER’S DAY Mother’s Day Fest, 12pm-4pm Free, Stop by with the family, and try some goodies, browse for wonderful gifts and flowers or make something with the kids for mom. We will be celebrating the heart of your household, so we hope to see you there. Whole Foods, Blithedale.

~ THEATRE Wizard of Oz, Live music accompaniment and featuring your L. Frank Baum favorites. Tickets range from $14.00 – $20.00. The Playhouse, 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo, 7:30pm.

SATURDAY MAY 7, National Astronomy Day

~ ART Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids at the Legion of Honor, The Power of Painting, 2pm-3:30pm, (ages 7–12) and Big Kids/Little Kids (ages 4–6). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists.

~ ASTRONOMY Astronomy Day on Mt. Tam with Public Star Party, Astronomy Day Special Event with lecture followed by stargazing through telescopes set up and operated by SFAA club members. 7:30 PM – 12:00 AM, Mt. Tamalpais-Rock Springs, Bolinas Ridge Rd, Mill Valley.

~ CINCO DE MAYO Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the culture and folklore of Mexico through music, dance and traditional crafts. Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno will perform a free outdoor dance performance at 11 a.m. These very talented young people will demonstrate the diverse dances and colorful costumes from throughout Mexico, ranging from the tropical port of Veracruz to the rancheros of Jalisco. This will be followed at noon by the music of Mariachi Los Cachorros, or The Puppies. Stop by Studio 10 and make a paper flower or a “tin” ornament as a ‘recuerdo’ or remembrance of the day. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~ COOKING Hands-On Cooking Classes for Kids, learn to make stuffed ravioli, marinara sauce and chocolate panna cotta from scratch, $30 for 1 1/2 hours, 10am-11;30am, WILLIAMS-SONOMA at the Village at Corte Madera. Space is limited, RSVP required, 924-6799.

~ CRAFT Tulip Planter, 9am-Noon, In addition to the newly constructed project kit, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron and an achievement pin. Designed for children ages 5-12. Any Home Depot store.

~ COOKING Decorate a Cupcake for Mom, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. FREE. Bring your son or daughter to decorate a cupcake for their mom.  Cupcakes, frosting and toppings are complimentary. Whole Foods Novato.

~ CRAFT Saturdays are Special, Choose your own colors, cut, punch shapes, and test for visual effect as you transform ordinary cardboard and containers into an extraordinary kaleidoscopes of your own design. Randall Museum, 1pm-4pm.

~ EVENT Old Mill Creek Boat Race, a yearly library tradition in the 1970s through the 1990s. In honor of its centennial year, the Mill Valley Public Library is re-launching the program. Kids 5 years old and up are invited to attend a paper boat-making workshop with origami master Jeremy Shafer in the Creekside Room from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Boat makers will move outdoors to launch their vessels at 1:00 pm. Mr. Shafer will emcee, and library staff will be on hand to organize and energize the race. May the best boat win! In any event, a good time is guaranteed for all. (All ages, families welcome. Wear old clothes and rubber boots if you have them – there will be mud!) FREE; no advance registration required.

~ EVENT Space Day, (11am-5pm), Hands-on activities and demonstrations involving space and space travel. Solar telescope viewing, weather permitting. Register to win a telescope from Astronomy Magazine. Dress up in a space themed costume and receive a special Chabot prize. Fly simulated missions in the Challenger Learning Center®, with launch times at 1pm and 3pm for ages 8 & up. Missions are $10 plus admission and registration is required. Register by calling the Box Office at (510) 336-7373. Chabot Space & Science Center.

~ EVENT May Madness and Classic Car Parade, 12-6pm, Parade is at 5pm.

~ EVENT Walk Your History, Free family walk and BBQ lunch, walk starts from 9:30am, Belvedere Park.

~ EVENT Farm Chores for Kids, 11am-noon, Lend a hand cracking corn and feeding the animals. You’ll check the chickens and help with many other morning chores. Ardenwood.

~ EVENT Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30 AM, San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park. Join a docent-led Family Walk following Children’s Storytime in the Library. Kids and their families can dig into great garden stories, then venture out on a special tour of the Botanical Garden. Storytime begins at 10:30am and the Family Walk follows at 11am. 415-661-1316.

~ EVENT Lambs, Kids, & Piglets Oh My! 1-2pm, When is a lamb called a sheep? Who’s a nanny? Who’s a kid? What’s a pig’s favorite food? Discover fun animal facts on an after- noon stroll around the farm.

~ FARM Windrush Family Farm Day, See the lambs, and feed the llamas, cows and goats — then look for tadpoles in the pond. Make butter to spread on bread with local homemade jams. Mimi Luebermann will show us about various fleece and wool products and teach us about carding and spinning. Kids and adults can make their own wool bracelets! Bring a picnic. A great tour for the whole family. Pre-registration is required. 10:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Windrush Farm, 2263 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma. Adults – $20 MALT members / $25 non-members, Children – $10 / $55 for family of 4 or more. Play clothes and shoes that can get dirty and wet, water, picnic lunch.

~ FARM Loma Vista Spring Festival, Plan now to bring your whole family to celebrate spring. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., animals to pet, crafts to make, train rides, and food and plants for sale at the Farm, 150 Rainier Ave., Vallejo.

~ FESTIVAL The Children’s Day Festival, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. There will be entertainment, food and hands-on craft activities for children. Japantown Peace Plaza.

~ FESTIVAL Cinco de Mayo Festival, cultural heritage event celebrates the self-determination of the indigenous people of Mexico with recreation, athletic mini-camps, arts and crafts, walking tour of Historic Mission Dolores, all day entertainment, food, and much more. 10:00am-6:00pm, (415) 647-1533, Dolores Park, San Francisco.

~ LEARN Trekking with Tots: Tips and Tricks, Join a short, entertaining first hike with your tot. Learn fun trail activities and some tools to get your little rambler exploring nature. Tilden Nature Area, 2-3:30pm.

~ MOTHER’S DAY Mother’s Day Doll Tea Party, Pottery Barn Kids is hosting a special tea-time for mothers and children to share.  Put on your finest and bring your child’s favortie doll or teddy bear in for refreshments, crafting and more. RSVP required.  Reserve your spot today!

~ MUSIC Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca (Latin/world), Saturday, May 7, 1-2:30pm, blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms with pan-African styles, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, ESPLANADE STAGE, Mission between 3rd and 4th Streets, San Francisco.

~ MUSIC Patchwork Series featuring Kid Kaleidoscope, Vaudevillians Stage Troupe, EarthCapades, 10:30 am. $8.00 advance / $9.00 at door. Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley.

~ NATURE Springtime Splendor in the Headlands, Join park experts Susie Bennett (Natural Resource Specialist with the National Park Service) and naturalist Sam Abercrombie for a beautiful walk amid wildflowers and butterflies along the Coastal Connector Trail at Hawk Hill. Meet at the Hawk Hill parking lot at the end of Conzelman Road, just before the one-way section. The hike, which will proceed down and up steep timber steps, totals a little less than one mile. Please wear long pants, closed toes shoes, and sunscreen. Bring water and a snack; binoculars and cameras are fun, too.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 1:30pm & 2:30pm – Jacquelyn Lynaugh as The Blue Fairy appears with her puppet pal Pinocchio and her guitar, Prince Charming. She will be performing well known folk songs and helping children make wishes come true with her crystal wand and fairy dust. 11am & 2pm & 4pm – Puppet Show: Anansi the Spider. 12:00pm & 3:00pm – The Marilynn O’Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families. 1pm-1:20pm – Animal of the Day! Oakland.

~ PERFORMANCE Professor B’s Flea Circus! Yea, we got fleas! Professor “B” is back  to showcase his remarkable live Flea Circus. There will be two performances, 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. Professor B has been training fleas  from around the world for many years and has put together  the most amazing congress of unusual acts you have ever seen. There are skeptics out there who claim there is no such thing as a Flea Circus. See for yourself, or better yet, bring a camera to prove to your friends that everything is as described. Playland-Not-at-the-Beach.

~ READ Read to a Dog – Marin Humane Society SHARE A Book Program, Kindergarten and up. Advance sign-up advised. 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Corte Madera Public Library.

~ THEATRE Wizard of Oz, Live music accompaniment and featuring your L. Frank Baum favorites. Tickets range from $14.00 – $20.00. The Playhouse, 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo, 7:30pm.

~ THEATRE The Adventures of the Man in the Moon, 1:00 PM, This man in the moon looks down upon all humans and especially enjoys those that are partying.  “Oh, I wish I could participate in their adventures.” Surprisingly, he gets to earth and his adventures take off and he causes a sensation.  Dance and music make this a 5 star show! Young Performers Theatre, Fort Mason Center, Building C, Third Floor, Room 300, San Francisco.

~ THEATRE Seussical The Musical, Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! $22 Member, $24 Public, $18 Children under 12. 2pm & 5pm. Jewish Community Center, San Francisco.

~ VOLUNTEER Alta Ave Clean Up. Meet at Alta Avenue Gate on Donahue Street. Golden Gate National Parks

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SUNDAY MAY 8, Mother’s Day

~ ART Celebrate Mother’s Day by designing 3D StoryCubes, with images celebrating your life on all six sides. Then use it to interview a loved one with a StoryCorps facilitator on hand for helpful interview tips. 1-3 PM, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

~ BLOCK PARTY Sunday Streets, Mission route, including the popular route along 24th and Valencia Streets; ‘Penguins to Penguins’; a safe, fun, car-free place for people to get out and get active in San Francisco neighborhoods.

~ CYCLING Mother’s Day Bike About at the San Francisco Zoo, 8:30a to 11:00a, San Francisco Zoo.

~ DANCE Jewels in the Square, 2-4pm, AXIS Dance Company, Integrated Dance. Union Square Park, San Francisco.

~ FESTIVAL Spring Family Festival, Gods, Goddesses and Gamelan, Learn about Asian festivals and cultural traditions, such as Chuseok, Diwali, Pasko and more, through hands-on activities, games, performances, workshops and storytelling. 10:30 am–4:30 pm. Asian Art Museum.

~ FUNDRAISER Mother’s Day Barbecue, 7:00p. Marin Audubon Society has hosted this delightful fundraiser on Mother’s Day, bringing families and friends together for a day of food and fun in the magnificent meadow of Martin Griffin Preserve’s Volunteer Canyon. Proceeds benefit the education and conservation programs of Audubon Canyon Ranch and Marin Audubon Society.

~ HISTORY Chinese Cannery Laborers, 3:00pm. Meet on Balclutha’s main deck at Hyde Street Pier. Vessel admission (under 16 free). On this walking tour of Balclutha you will learn about the lives and cultural contributions of Chinese laborers who sailed from San Francisco to Alaska for the great salmon runs.

~ MOTHER’S DAY Sunday Pancake Breakfast,  9am to 1pm, $10.00 adults/$5.00 kids. West Point Inn, Mill Valley.

~ MOTHER’S DAY Headlands in Bloom: Mother’s Day Family Program, 1-4pm register, Spring has sprung with thousands of native plants and flowers hugging the hills. We’ll head into the hills to identify blooms, practice field sketching techniques, and learn about popular pollinators. Then we’ll stop by the Headlands Native Plant Nursery for a stewardship and seed planting project. $10/per person, pre-registration required.

~ MOTHER’S DAY TUSSIE-MUSSIE FOR MOM, Ardenwood, 2-3pm, Victorians assigned meanings to flowers and sent messages via “tussie-mussies.” Select a few blooms and create your own floral message” for Mother or someone special.

~ MOTHER’S DAY Mother’s Day 2011 At Oakland Zoo, To celebrate Mother’s Day, Moms get to ride the train for free at the Oakland Zoo. Take a ride on the Outback Express Adventure Train and you can now see wallaroos and emus upclose. Spending a day at the Zoo is a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day. Bring the whole family to see siamang swing, lemurs leap, and river otters that are incredibly cute. Nestled in the rolling hills of 525-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland off Highway 580. The general Zoo information number is (510) 632-9525.

~ MUSIC Music for Kids of All Ages presented by the Marin League of the SF Symphony, 2-4pm, a free, family friendly and relaxed environment where kids of all ages can enjoy classical music, snacks provided. Reservations to SFSMarin@gmail.com or 415-216-3372, Mill Valley Community Center.

~ NATURE Let’s Move Outside, six-week beginner’s hiking program and introduction to the park consists of guided hikes for adults and families with school-aged children (ages 7 and up recommended). Participants will learn about the cultural, natural, and historical treasures of the Marin Headlands. Park volunteers and staff will provide information on park stewardship and history, hiking safety and etiquette, the benefits of “moving outside” for children and adults, and more. This course is designed for beginning hikers. Hikes will begin at the easy level and move up to moderate.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 1:30pm & 2:30pm – Jacquelyn Lynaugh as The Blue Fairy appears with her puppet pal Pinocchio and her guitar, Prince Charming. She will be performing well known folk songs and helping children make wishes come true with her crystal wand and fairy dust. 11am & 2pm & 4pm – Puppet Show: Anansi the Spider. 12:00pm & 3:00pm – The Marilynn O’Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families. 1pm-1:20pm – Animal of the Day! Oakland.

~ PERFORMANCE Professor B’s Flea Circus! Yea, we got fleas! Professor “B” is back  to showcase his remarkable live Flea Circus. There will be two performances, 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. Professor B has been training fleas  from around the world for many years and has put together  the most amazing congress of unusual acts you have ever seen. There are skeptics out there who claim there is no such thing as a Flea Circus. See for yourself, or better yet, bring a camera to prove to your friends that everything is as described. Playland-Not-at-the-Beach.

~ THEATRE Wizard of Oz, Live music accompaniment and featuring your L. Frank Baum favorites. Tickets range from $14.00 – $20.00. The Playhouse, 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo, 2pm.

~ THEATRE The Adventures of the Man in the Moon, 1:00 PM and 3:30 PM, This man in the moon looks down upon all humans and especially enjoys those that are partying.  “Oh, I wish I could participate in their adventures.” Surprisingly, he gets to earth and his adventures take off and he causes a sensation.  Dance and music make this a 5 star show! Young Performers Theatre, Fort Mason Center, Building C, Third Floor, Room 300, San Francisco.

MONDAY MAY 9

TUESDAY MAY 10

~ EXPLORE Tyke Explorers Program, This session’s theme is: Oceans. Are You My Cousin? (10am – 10:50am OR 12pm – 12:50pm) The oceans all around the globe are teeming with many different forms of life! Some swim, some drift, others crawl. We will discover how the many-finned and many-legged creatures are related to one another, despite how strange they may sometimes appear. Chabot Space & Science Center. Guests: $12 / $10 for each additional child, Members: $9 / $5 for each additional child, 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM.

~ EVENT Toddler Time – Sheep, Bring the tiny tots out for an exciting morn- ing at the farm. Each day we’ll meet and learn all about a new animal friend through stories, chores and fun. (1-4 yrs.) 11-11:30am, Ardenwood.

~ STORY TIME Storytime on the Mezzanine, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon FREE, Join us for storytime presented by the Novato Public Library’s own Children’s Librarian. Healthy snacks will be provided at the conclusion of storytime. Parents must stay with their children during storytime. Whole Foods, Novato.

WEDNESDAY MAY 11

~ CRAFT After School Special, Join us for a craft that celebrates Irish Heritage Month and Women’s History month as we create St. Brigid’s crosses. San Anselmo Library, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM.

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

THURSDAY MAY 12, Bike to Work Day

~ ART Doodle Day, Join the Museum and Chronicle Books for a special celebration of Doodle Day, part of Neurofibromatosis (NF) Awareness Month. NF is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerve endings and affects 1 in 3,000 children. We’ll celebrate with an all day Doodle Factory in Studio 10 and special Doodle books for sale in our store. Stay tuned for information about a possible celebrity guest doodler. For more information about Doodle Day visit http://www.doodledayusa.org Bay Area Discovery Museum.

FRIDAY MAY 13, Bike to Work Day

~ EVENT Friday Nights at the de Young, Join us for hands-on art making for the entire family in celebration of the night of dancing. Contact (415) 750-7694, publicprograms@famsf.org.

~ THEATRE Wizard of Oz, Live music accompaniment and featuring your L. Frank Baum favorites. Tickets range from $14.00 – $20.00. The Playhouse, 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo, 7:30pm.

~ TOUR Presidio Shuttle Tour, Noon to 1 pm, great way to see the park’s historic areas, wild open spaces, and hidden nooks, with an emphasis on projects that are shaping the Presidio today. Visit the Main Post, Crissy Field, Fort Winfield Scott, the western coastal bluffs, and more. Space is limited. Reservations limited to four people per party. RSVP Required. Call (415) 561-5418 or email presidio@presidiotrust.gov.

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SATURDAY MAY 14

~ ANIMALS Pier Crabbing, 10-Noon, Come learn about crabbing in the San Francisco Bay. We’ll teach you how to use the nets, discuss bait and regulations, and let you try your luck on the Fort Point pier. Reservations are required; please phone (415) 556-1693.

~ ANIMALS Celebrating Elephants Day, This will be a day full of events and fun things to do! Activities at the Oakland Zoo will focus on elephants. Starts at 10:00am, Oakland Zoo.

~ ART Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids at the Legion of Honor, Marvelous Menagerie: The Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel, 2pm-3:30pm, (ages 7–12) and Big Kids/Little Kids (ages 4–6). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists.

~ AUTHOR Mabel McNabb and the Most Boring Day Ever, meet the author for reading and book signing. Mabel McNabb is not a ballet dancer, a princess or at all sparkly. She’s a typical six-year-old who’s atypically shrewd. Her misadventure in this story is sparked by her spontaneous solution to the dilemma of being forced to entertain herself outdoors without benefit of playmates or TV. Kids and parents may discuss lessons learned from this tale; whether Mabel herself learns anything remains in question. Book Passage, Corte Madera,  4:00 p.m.

~ COOKING Complimentary Technique Classes for Kids, Sliders, 10am-11am, WILLIAMS-SONOMA at the Village at Corte Madera. Space is limited, RSVP required, 924-6799.

~ CRAFT Saturdays are Special, It’s not too late to celebrate Mother’s Day!  Give her a new wallet you make out of surprising materials and let her know that every day is Mother’s Day. Randall Museum, 1pm-4pm.

~ CRAFT Make It @ MOCFA, 6-8pm; Experiment and explore printmaking Sister Corita-style! An assortment of rubber stamps, ink, papers, and more help you print, collage, and create original works of art to take home, frame, or give away. Museum of Craft and Folk Art is conveniently located in the Yerba Buena Museum District.

~ CRAFT Wind Chimes, 1-2pm, RSVP to Debbie or Cindy, Goodman Building Supplies, 775 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley, 388-6233.

~ CRAFT Disney Discoveries, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, create your own magical feather! In honor of the film of the month, Dumbo, we will use a variety of materials to make your special charm that’ll help you fly like Dumbo!

~ EVENT Hairspray Sock Hop, All Ages Welcome, Strawberry Recreation Gym (2nd floor), $8 Individual or $20 Family. Join us for and evening of 50’s rock n’ roll dancing, bring your poodle skirts, grab a seat at the soda fountain and come meet our friends from the 2011 Mountain Play Hairspray! This is a great family evnet to swing the night away. Mountain Play Tickets will be on sale at the event. 6-9:30pm.

~ EVENT Appel & Frank’s Babes & Babies Shopping Event, 9:30a to 2:00p, Mill Valley Community Center, Mill Valley.

~ EVENT Water Safety Day, 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM, Free for the whole family! For more information on Water Safety and this annual event, click here. Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto.

~ EVENT Living History Day, 10am-5pm. Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park.

~ EVENT Let’s Move Novato! Get Active! Get Healthy! A Campaign to Promote Healthy Living, Free Community Event, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Novato Gymnastics and Teen Centers. Tons of Fun For Children including bicycle safety course, bicycle inspection, and helmet inspection, “Leave no trace” camping activities, “A rainbow of food”, Summer Camp Fun!, Chef le Cilantro Puppet Show, Jump Houses Participate in activities to fill up your “passport to fitness” and receive a prize!

~ FESTIVAL Young at Art, May 8-9 & 11-16 This showcase of student creativity includes dance, drama, choir and orchestral performances by San Francisco public school students. The mega-event (May 8, at 12:30 pm) is “Cultural Connections Through Dance,” starring 100 dancing elementary school kids. For 16 weeks, instructors from the San Francisco Ballet Center for Dance Education taught the students styles from country-western to West African. At the Bandshell and de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park.

~ FESTIVAL San Francisco Oysterfest Festival, 11:30AM to 7:00PM. Great Meadow at Fort Mason, Bay St & Laguna St San Francisco.

~ FUNDRAISER Storyland Festival, 1 pm, Come dance with fairies, laugh with pirates, sing with Tim Cain, & decorate cookies at the Teddy Bear’s Picnic! San Geronimo Valley Preschool Storybook Fair, Presbyterian Church corner of Sir Francis Drake Blvd. and Nicasio Valley Road San Geronimo, 488-4655.

~ HISTORY Crissy Field Aviation Walk, 10 AM–NOON, Explore Crissy Field and learn about its role in early aviation history on this easy, one-mile walk. Meet do- cent Don Gray at the Warming Hut, at the west end of Mason Street.

~ HISTORY Maritime Chinese Community Programs, 3pm, Meet on Hyde Street Pier. Free. Chinese Americans were a significant presence on the early California waterfront. They pioneered the shrimping industry in SF Bay, squid and abalone fishing in Monterey and in the Channel Islands. Chinese workers were critical to the West Coast canned salmon industry. Join a ranger talk that will explore some of these stories.

~ MUSIC Mystery Event, no time announced, Hang out in Yerba Buena Gardens to catch the mystery. Blink and you’ll miss it. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, ESPLANADE STAGE, Mission between 3rd and 4th Streets, San Francisco.

~ NATURE Tennessee Valley Spring has Sprung Wildflower Hike for ages 5 and up. 3-5pm. $10 per person. Register at 686-3805.

~ NATURE International Migratory Bird Day (8 AM–2 PM) Join us at Muir Woods for our 11th annual International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD), a free event filled with activities and fun for all ages. IMBD is observed every year by hundreds of thousands of people. Throughout the Western Hemi- sphere, people flock to parks, com- munity centers, refuges and town squares to learn more about wild birds, take action to conserve birds and their habitats, and simply have fun. Bring the family and join us for the IMBD celebration! For more information phone 388-2596.

~ NATURE The Wonderful World of the Butterfly, See the world through the eyes of the mission blue butterfly, on this guided walk with park experts through different types of habitat that these endangered butterflies inhabit.

~ NATURE Rambling Round Rodeo Cove, While exploring some Headlands habitats, we’ll rove lagoon, valley and beach, seeking what’s “uniquely Headlands.” Meet Katrina Wagner at the Marin Headlands Visitor Center for this moderate three-mile hike. For reservations, phone (415) 331-1540.

~ PERFORMANCE Short Attention Span Circus, 11:00am – 11:30am, Members $5; General Child $10; General Adult $12 (includes Museum admission) Jean-Paul Valjean was born in Algeria, Africa to fourth generation circus performers and followed in their footsteps. Constantly in motion, he continues to refine his skills while developing new and astounding feats. His blend of comedy, juggling and magic is performed in a fast-paced European style with lots of laughter and plenty of audience participation. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 1:30pm & 2:30pm – Owen Baker Flynn with his “World Premiere”, a lively show featuring juggling, fire eating and a multitude of surprises. 11am & 2pm & 4pm – Puppet Show: Anansi the Spider. 12:00pm & 3:00pm – The Marilynn O’Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families. 1pm-1:20pm – Animal of the Day! Oakland.

~ SEMINAR “Is It Dyslexia?” – A Free Informational Seminar, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, If you, or someone you know is having difficulties with reading, writing,math,speaking or thinking clearly,or ADD, please join us for this free informational seminar that will shine new light on helping correct the debilitating effects of dyslexia! The Sunrise Center, 645 Tamalpais Drive, Suite A ,  Corte Madera.

~ STORYTIME Maritime Story Time: The Tale of Henry and Harry, 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM, Sailor`s Den in the Visitor Center, Hear a story about the adventures of two stowaway kittens aboard the BALCLUTHA. Free. Join volunteer storyteller Denise McEvoy as she relates the 1887 adventures of two stowaway kittens aboard the Balclutha. Hear what it was like to be a feline sailor on the ship`s maiden voyage sailing the rough Cape Horn passage to San Francisco. 415-447-5000.

~ THEATRE Wizard of Oz, Live music accompaniment and featuring your L. Frank Baum favorites. Tickets range from $14.00 – $20.00. The Playhouse, 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo, 7:30pm.

~ THEATRE The Adventures of the Man in the Moon, 1:00 PM, This man in the moon looks down upon all humans and especially enjoys those that are partying.  “Oh, I wish I could participate in their adventures.” Surprisingly, he gets to earth and his adventures take off and he causes a sensation.  Dance and music make this a 5 star show! Young Performers Theatre, Fort Mason Center, Building C, Third Floor, Room 300, San Francisco.

~ TREASURE HUNT Family “Quest” Adventure, 10 am to Noon; meet outside the Exhibition Pavilion, RSVP to (415) 561-4449 or draffa@presidiotrust.gov, Staff will orient your family to the colorful Presidio Habitats Quest adventure booklet. Then, enjoy a self-guided exploration to experience the wildlife habitats along the route of the artwork. With team spirit and keen senses your family will solve riddles and make surprising observations. Best suited for kids aged 5 to 12. Booklet will be distributed at the event and is also available at the Exhibition Pavilion.

~ TREASURE HUNT iCarly’s Birthday. Join us for an iCarly treasure hunt full classic iCarly moments.  Playland-Not-at-the-Beach.

~ VOLUNTEER Wetlands Restoration, 10am-1pm, Help the Marin Audubon Society effectively protect the natural habitat at the Bahia in Novato for native species. Contact Kyla Burke-Lazarus, (415) 310-2574.

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SUNDAY MAY 15

~ ART A Sense of Place, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Family tour at 1:00 p.m. Wherever you go, there you are. Here, there, and everywhere, see how inventive spaces shape your sense of place. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Family programs are designed for families with children ages 4 to 11. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

~ ART Artist Trading Cards, Inspired by Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas’ famed artist salons, make your own Artist Trading Card and exchange them with family and friends. 1-3 PM, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

~ DANCE Jewels in the Square, 2-4pm, Eddie Madril, Dances from American Plains Indian Tribes. Union Square Park, San Francisco.

~ EVENT Animals of the Garden Children’s Walk, Children, with their parent or chaperones, are invited on this journey to discover the many wonderful creatures living in the Garden. On our animal hunt, we will learn about newts, birds, butterflies, frogs, lizards, snakes and more! Hone your skills of observation and learn how plants and animals live together. UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley.

~ EVENT Farm Chores for Kids, 11am-noon, Lend a hand cracking corn and feeding the animals. You’ll check the chickens and help with many other morning chores. Ardenwood.

~ EVENT Afternoon Fun Games, 2-3pm, join us for some old-fashioned fun! Try your hand at classic American pastimes including stilts, tug-of-war, and the potato-spoon race. Ardenwood.

~ FESTIVAL Heritage Day at Olompali State Historic Park, 10-4p.m.

~ FESTIVAL Russian-American Fair, 0:00a to 5:00p, Spend a day in Russia without leaving the Bay Area at our 19th Annual Russian-American Fair! Add a little Russian flavor to your weekend at this perfect family event. Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto.

~ FUNDRAISER The Storybook Ball, A Parent-Child Dance (Parents and Children ages 4-9), 4:00pm-7:00pm, Mill Valley Community Center, Don’t be late for this very important date! Join Storybooks, a committee of the Mill Valley Library Foundation, for the first Annual Storybook Ball! This year’s event, based upon the children’s classic, Alice in Wonderland, will feature dancing, delicious food, entertainment, favors and more. As a special treat, come to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party before the ball. All proceeds benefit children and teen’s programming at the library. Advance tickets required: $50 per person for the Storybook Ball; $100 per person for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (includes Ball admission). Limited scholarships available.

~ MUSIC Taiwan in the Garden, 1–2:30pm, Keelung Chung Cheng Folk Sports Troupe, direct from Taiwan, is co-presented with the Taiwanese American Federation of Northern California. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, ESPLANADE STAGE, Mission between 3rd and 4th Streets, San Francisco.

~ MUSIC Edgar Meyer, double bass, Family Matinee, 11am, Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St – 2nd Floor, San Francisco . Children $10/Adults $15.

~ NATURE Birds of Mount Burdell, 10am – 2pm, We’ll focus on reptiles and insects as we explore forests, meadows, and wet places on a perfect spring day. You’ll be amazed at the number of different creatures we can find here. We request that no animals (except service animals) attend.

~ NATURE Muir Beach Spring Walk, Explore the newly-created section of the Coastal Trail and get a hillside view of the new creek channel on this moderate walk above Muir Beach. 9-11am.

~ NATURE Let’s Move Outside, six-week beginner’s hiking program and introduction to the park consists of guided hikes for adults and families with school-aged children (ages 7 and up recommended). Participants will learn about the cultural, natural, and historical treasures of the Marin Headlands. Park volunteers and staff will provide information on park stewardship and history, hiking safety and etiquette, the benefits of “moving outside” for children and adults, and more. This course is designed for beginning hikers. Hikes will begin at the easy level and move up to moderate.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 1:30pm & 2:30pm – Owen Baker Flynn with his “World Premiere”, a lively show featuring juggling, fire eating and a multitude of surprises. 11am & 2pm & 4pm – Puppet Show: Anansi the Spider. 12:00pm & 3:00pm – The Marilynn O’Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families. 1pm-1:20pm – Animal of the Day! Oakland.

~ RACE Bay to Breakers, The wildest footrace in the world! The Embarcadero to the Great Highway, 359-2800.

~ READ R.E.A.D. to a dog! (Reading Education Assistance Dogs), 2-4pm, San Rafael Public Library. Make your reservations at the Children’s Desk or call 485-3322. This program is for school-age children.

~ THEATRE Wizard of Oz, Live music accompaniment and featuring your L. Frank Baum favorites. Tickets range from $14.00 – $20.00. The Playhouse, 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo, 2pm.

~ THEATRE The Adventures of the Man in the Moon, 1:00 PM and 3:30 PM, This man in the moon looks down upon all humans and especially enjoys those that are partying.  “Oh, I wish I could participate in their adventures.” Surprisingly, he gets to earth and his adventures take off and he causes a sensation.  Dance and music make this a 5 star show! Young Performers Theatre, Fort Mason Center, Building C, Third Floor, Room 300, San Francisco.

~ TREASURE HUNT iCarly’s Birthday. Join us for an iCarly treasure hunt full classic iCarly moments.  Playland-Not-at-the-Beach.

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MONDAY MAY 16

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TUESDAY MAY 17 Full Moon

~ EXPLORE Tyke Explorers Program, A Whale of a Time (10am – 10:50am OR 12pm – 12:50pm) Dolphins and whales are some of the most intelligent and majestic creatures that journey our Earth. Learn about a few different species of these grand creatures, through discovering which oceans they love to swim and what food they love to eat! Chabot Space & Science Center. Guests: $12 / $10 for each additional child, Members: $9 / $5 for each additional child, 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM.

~ EVENT Toddler Time – Rabbits, Bring the tiny tots out for an exciting morn- ing at the farm. Each day we’ll meet and learn all about a new animal friend through stories, chores and fun. (1-4 yrs.) 11-11:30am, Ardenwood.

~ MUSIC Dan Zanes and Friends, Everybody get up and dance to the music of this Grammy Award winning band—creators. An hour before show time we break out the scissors and the glue and have a huge art party! From origami to collage, our free art projects are specially chosen to complement every Family Show. We provide the project idea and the supplies and you enjoy the quality time creating art with the children you love. We call it Fun with Art! And we¹d love for you to join the fun! Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa.

~ NATURE Muir Woods after Hours, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Muir Woods After Hours Explore the evening magic of Muir Woods, learning about the secret nightlife of an old-growth redwood forest. This special walk begins one hour before sunset and will conclude with the dark of night! We’ll listen for owls, look for bats and use our senses to guide us through the trails. This is an easy, 2 mile walk on paved trail. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. Children under 8 not advised. Reservations required, phone 388-2596. Entrance fee applies.

WEDNESDAY MAY 18

~ DANCE Jewels in the Square, 6-8pm, SFSU Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble. Union Square Park, San Francisco.

THURSDAY MAY 19

~ VOLUNTEER Kid’s Ocean Day Adopt-a-Beach Program, clean up trash, and create aerial art to share their message of conservation with the world. We need 35 volunteers to make this day a success! Contact Wendy Dalia, Education Director at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary at wdalia@audubon.org

FRIDAY MAY 20

~ EVENT Friday Nights at the de Young, Join us for hands-on art making for the entire family in celebration of the night of dancing. Contact (415) 750-7694, publicprograms@famsf.org.

~ FILM Movie Night for Kids, grades 3-5, Hotel For Dogs, Registration Required, 5:30-7:30pm Suggested Donation $10. Call  415-789-BOOK or email jdesk@bel-tib-lib.org. Pizza and popcorn provided.

~ MUSIC An Insider’s Guide to Balinese Music with I Made Arnawa, 12:00 noon-4:00 pm, North Court Composers in Bali have at their command a rich palette of sounds and techniques, from the bronze sonorities of a large gamelan to precise interlocking rhythms and melodies. Composer I Made Arnawa  demonstrates and explains a few of his favorite musical strategies. Asian Art Museum.

~ MUSIC Sonoma Jazz Festival, starring John Fogerty, Sheryl Crow and the Gypsy Kings. Downtown Sonoma, Field of Dreams.

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SATURDAY MAY 21

The Family, 1975, Etching and Aquatint, Edition 25 Courtesy of Alex Rosenberg, New York, New York

~ ART The Art of Romare Bearden, 1:00 am – 4:00 pm, an American artist of African-American heritage, is celebrated today as a preeminent, highly prolific artist of exceptional and multifaceted talents and interests. He was a jazz aficionado, an author of scholarly books, a song writer/lyricist, as well as an arts activist and humanist. Bearden incorporated a rich montage of influences from American, African, Asian, and European art and culture and took inspiration from memories and experiences of the rural South, the urban North, and the Caribbean. MoAD.

~ ART Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids at the deYoung, Look Up! 10am-12pm, (ages 7–12) and Big Kids/Little Kids (ages 4–6). Doing and Viewing Art (ages 7–12) and Big Kids/Little Kids (ages 4–6). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

~ ART Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids at the Legion of Honor, Fashions of Antiquity, 2pm-3:30pm, (ages 7–12) and Big Kids/Little Kids (ages 4–6). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists.

~ AUTHOR Meet Elaine Pease!, author of the new young reader book Ghost Over Boulder Creek. Ms. Pease will be signing her book for us after a very special Storytime featuring her other titles, Even Sharks Need Friends, and I’ll Never Leave. 11:00 AM, Barnes & Noble, 313 Corte Madera Town Center, 415-927-9016.

~ AUTHOR Book party and reading for children, 4:00 PM, Book Passage in Corte Madera, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd. You are invited to celebrate the release of a new picture book by local author and illustrator, Bethanie Murguia. Please join us for a reading, tasty treats, kids’ activities and more! Reading begins at 4:00 PM.

~ COOKING Complimentary Technique Classes for Kids, Grilling, 10am-11am, WILLIAMS-SONOMA at the Village at Corte Madera. Space is limited, RSVP required, 924-6799.

~ CRAFT Saturdays are Special, Experience the magic of paper marbling as you make marbled greeting cards using shaving cream and liquid watercolor. Randall Museum, 1pm-4pm.

~ EVENT Maker Faire, the World’s Largest DIY Festival, San Mateo Event Center, 2495 South Delaware Street.

~ EVENT Asian Pacific Heritage Festival, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Asian Americans Alliance of Marin and the Marin Chinese Cultural Association will co-host the Asian Pacific Heritage Festival at Miwok Park, Novato.

~ EVENT Lemonade Day is a nation-wide event that teaches kids the skills they need to be successful in the future. Youth learn to set goals, develop a business plan, establish a budget, seek investors, provide customer service, and give back to the community. Lemonade day is the perfect opportunity for a community to show kids they care and train the next generation of entrepreneurs through a FREE, fun, engaging, experiential activity.

~ EVENT Lambs, Kids, & Piglets Oh My! 1-2pm, When is a lamb called a sheep? Who’s a nanny? Who’s a kid? What’s a pig’s favorite food? Discover fun animal facts on an after- noon stroll around the farm. Ardenwood.

~ EVENT Farm Chores for Kids, 11am-noon, Lend a hand cracking corn and feeding the animals. You’ll check the chickens and help with many other morning chores. Ardenwood.

~ EVENT Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30 AM, San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park. Join a docent-led Family Walk following Children’s Storytime in the Library. Kids and their families can dig into great garden stories, then venture out on a special tour of the Botanical Garden. Storytime begins at 10:30am and the Family Walk follows at 11am. 415-661-1316.

~ EVENT Beach Blanket Bonanza, Tired of the fog, the rain and snow? (What do you mean you don’t have snow?) Oh well, Summer is almost here, join us for a beach themed weekend. Get those swim suits out of the steamer trunk. Do you have your sunscreen? Playland-Not-at-the-Beach.

~ EVENT Little Explorers Club, Sea Turtles, Pottery Barn Kids is bringing the science museum experience to our store with hands-on activities, quizzes, songs, and more.  Kids ages 3 and up will learn all about ocean creatures and receive a badge for every event they attend.

~ FESTIVAL Asian Heritage Street Celebration, Kids Area with family-friendly carnival rides, community services, and games for children. Two blocks of Larkin Street between Eddy and O’Farrell, San Francisco.

~ FESTIVAL Youthfest, 11:00am to 4:00pm, enjoy live music and educational scavenger hunts for youth of all ages will support the United Nations Millennium Development Goals to reduce world poverty. Activities for pre-school age children will be at Old Mill Park. Youth will learn about solutions to global issues and vote to move community donations to the causes they care about. 1 pm, Mill Valley, Depot, Downtown Mill Valley.

~ FESTIVAL The International Children Dance and Food Festival, 10:00a to 6:00p,  colorful dresses, lively songs and authentic folk dances, Golden Gate Park: Music Concourse Bandshell, San Francisco.

~ FESTIVAL Pixie Park Spring Fair, spent decades identifying the most popular entertainment activities for the preschooler and kindergartner set in Marin. The hardest thing is to decide which event to try first Train Ride, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Bouncy Houses, Giant Inflatable Slide, Obstacle Courses, Prize Games, Plus Food, Drinks, Balloons, Face-Painting and much, much more! Admission is free; Games and Activities require purchased tickets. Park at the College of Marin on Sir Francis Drake and take the free shuttle.

~ HISTORY Maritime Chinese Community Programs, 1pm, Meet on Hyde Street Pier. Free. Chinese Americans were a significant presence on the early California waterfront. They pioneered the shrimping industry in SF Bay, squid and abalone fishing in Monterey and the Channel Islands. Chinese workers were critical to the West Coast canned salmon industry. Join a ranger talk that will explore some of these stories.

~ MUSIC MATINEE 3: THE BLUES — HEARING & FEELING IT, 11AM Blues is the foundation of jazz as well as the prime source of rhythm and blues, rock ‘n’ roll and country music, so being able to recognize it enriches all music experiences. This matinee helps the audience hone their “blues” listening skills through an interactive, how-things- work approach. Tickets $15 GA adults|$10 Adults w/ children|$5 Children/seniors, Herbst Theatre.

~ MUSIC An Insider’s Guide to Balinese Music with I Made Arnawa, 12:00 noon-4:00 pm, North Court Composers in Bali have at their command a rich palette of sounds and techniques, from the bronze sonorities of a large gamelan to precise interlocking rhythms and melodies. Composer I Made Arnawa  demonstrates and explains a few of his favorite musical strategies. Asian Art Museum.

~ MUSIC Sonoma Jazz Festival, starring John Fogerty, Sheryl Crow and the Gypsy Kings. Downtown Sonoma, Field of Dreams.

~ MUSIC BlackMahal + Guests (Punjabi fusion), 1–2:30pm, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, ESPLANADE STAGE, Mission between 3rd and 4th Streets, San Francisco.

~ MUSIC The Rubinoos Jr., 11:00 am (doors open at 10:30 am), kids show, $8.50 advance / $9.50 at door. Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley.

~ MUSIC Andy Z, 11:00am – 11:30am, Members $5; General Child $10; General Adult $12 (includes Museum admission) Andy Z delights kids and kids-at-heart with his musical adventures in the make-believe world of Andyland™. Join in the fun. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~ NATURE Restoration Workday, 9am – 12pm, Bring your family and friends for a morning of restoration and clean-up at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary. We may be removing trash, invasive plants, or helping with restoration projects. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. FREE program. RSVP: 388-2524, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary.

~ NATURE Skate Jam, 11am – 2pm, 310 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. It’s time for the annual McInnis Park Skate Jam. There will be music, food, and fun for the whole family. Registration begins at 10am, and the competition kicks off at 11am. Prizes will be awarded by age group: 5-9, 10-12, 13-15, and 16 and over. Meet at the skate park. Helmets and pad required. Rain will cancel.

~ NATURE Know Your Pollinators, 11am – 12pm, Join us after our restoration workday to learn about the pollinators native to the hills of Northern California. We’ll look at native plants, the birds, bees and and butterflies upon which they depend, and how you can attract them to your yard. Workshop is $10/participant; $5 if you have participated in the Restoraion Workday. RSVP: 388-2524. , Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary.

~ NATURE An Evening on Mount Burdell, 6:30 – 8:30pm, Open Space Rangers host a campfire program for the whole family. We’ll tell stories, sing songs, and talk about Mount Burdell’s history, fire starting, and the art of making the perfect s’more. Participants with dogs must obey MCOSD regulations.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 1:30pm & 2:30pm – Award winning Storyteller John Weaver will entertain with his lively, humor-filled stories for children of all ages. 11am & 2pm & 4pm – Puppet Show: Anansi the Spider. 12:00pm & 3:00pm – The Marilynn O’Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families. 1pm-1:20pm – Animal of the Day! Oakland.

~ STORYTIME Story time in you National Park: Coyote at Lobos Dunes, 2-3:30 pm, Enjoy an afternoon of stories at Lobos Dunes. Listen to native coyote stories from the time before time. Find out what happened to Coyote when he decided to ride a star! Bring something to sit on, a hat and jacket, and your love of nature.

~ THEATRE The Adventures of the Man in the Moon, 1:00 PM, This man in the moon looks down upon all humans and especially enjoys those that are partying.  “Oh, I wish I could participate in their adventures.” Surprisingly, he gets to earth and his adventures take off and he causes a sensation.  Dance and music make this a 5 star show! Young Performers Theatre, Fort Mason Center, Building C, Third Floor, Room 300, San Francisco.

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SUNDAY MAY 22

~ ART To celebrate the holiday of Lag B’Omer, and its accompanying bonfire lights, create your own multidimensional fire sculpture and participate in games and challenges throughout the Museum. 1-3 PM, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

~ CIRCUS Spring Carnival Fundraiser, presenting a day of family-friendly fun, with events and spectacles for children of all ages. Come try the flying trapeze, learn to walk the tightrope or juggle. Enjoy non-stop entertainment and hourly circus shows. Test your balance and skill, perform feats of strength, or get your face painted and indulge in carnival treats. Entrance to carnival is free; tickets for activities available on the day of the event. Circus Center, 755 Frederick Street, San Francisco, 11am – 4pm.

~ CRAFT Disney Discoveries, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, create your own magical feather! In honor of the film of the month, Dumbo, we will use a variety of materials to make your special charm that’ll help you fly like Dumbo!

~ EVENT Maker Faire, the World’s Largest DIY Festival, San Mateo Event Center, 2495 South Delaware Street.

~ EVENT Family Explorers Bay Sail, 9:30am-noon register. Set sail for family adventure on the Schooner Seaward. Spend your Saturday morning navigating the bay, hoisting sails, singing sea chanties, and learning a bit about bay ecology. Headlands Institute has partnered with Call of the Sea to create this unique 2.5 hour experience filled with breathtaking views and one-of-a-kind memories. All ages are welcome. Life jackets provided. Sail departs from the dock outside Bay Model, Sausalito. $25/person, pre-registration required.

~ EVENT Beach Blanket Bonanza, Tired of the fog, the rain and snow? (What do you mean you don’t have snow?) Oh well, Summer is almost here, join us for a beach themed weekend. Get those swim suits out of the steamer trunk. Do you have your sunscreen? Playland-Not-at-the-Beach.

~ FESTIVAL DooF-a-Palooza, a free admission food and family festival for children of all ages. A food-backwards, table-to-source, food educational experience, includes contests, games, entertainment and fun hands-on activities with growers, chefs, purveyors, businesses, and cookbook authors all filmed and streamed live online. Jack London Square in Oakland.

~ FILM Shorts In Brief: A Family Film Festival, All tickets $5, 2pm, Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael, Here’s a chance to see what kids and their parents are watching in Asia, Africa, Europe, South America and North America, too.

~ MUSIC An Insider’s Guide to Balinese Music with I Made Arnawa, 12:00 noon-4:00 pm, North Court Composers in Bali have at their command a rich palette of sounds and techniques, from the bronze sonorities of a large gamelan to precise interlocking rhythms and melodies. Composer I Made Arnawa  demonstrates and explains a few of his favorite musical strategies. Asian Art Museum.

~ MUSIC Sonoma Jazz Festival, starring John Fogerty, Sheryl Crow and the Gypsy Kings. Downtown Sonoma, Field of Dreams.

~ MUSIC Feel the Beat: Family Percussion Playshop, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Ages 8 & up. Feel the Beat will focus on spontaneous music making for both kids and adults. We will play a variety of percussion instruments as well as use our bodies to explore global beats and rhythmic creativity. The instructor, Bean, is an energetic, innovative musician and performer that will engage you and your kids using improvisational games.  No musical experience is necessary and instruments will be provided, but feel free to bring your own! Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

~ MUSIC Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra Spring Concert, 7:30pm, College of Marin Fine Arts Theatre.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 1:30pm & 2:30pm – Award winning Storyteller John Weaver will entertain with his lively, humor-filled stories for children of all ages. 11am & 2pm & 4pm – Puppet Show: Anansi the Spider. 12:00pm & 3:00pm – The Marilynn O’Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families. 1pm-1:20pm – Animal of the Day! Oakland.

~ PLAY Hairspray, Mountain Play, 2 pm, Mill Valley.

~ THEATRE The Adventures of the Man in the Moon, 1:00 PM and 3:30 PM, This man in the moon looks down upon all humans and especially enjoys those that are partying.  “Oh, I wish I could participate in their adventures.” Surprisingly, he gets to earth and his adventures take off and he causes a sensation.  Dance and music make this a 5 star show! Young Performers Theatre, Fort Mason Center, Building C, Third Floor, Room 300, San Francisco.

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MONDAY MAY 23

~ FUN Museum Mondays for Little Ones. Enjoy stories, movement games & arts and crafts activities designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers. Schultz Museum, 10am-12pm.

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TUESDAY MAY 24

~ EXPLORE Tyke Explorers Program Sea Animal House (10am – 10:50am OR 12pm – 12:50pm) “Rainforests” in tropical waters. Kelp forests along California’s coast. “Chimneys” in the deepest depths of the sea. So many marine environments, so little time! Explore habitats of the world’s oceans and the creatures that thrive in their waters. Chabot Space & Science Center. Guests: $12 / $10 for each additional child, Members: $9 / $5 for each additional child, 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM.

~ EVENT Toddler Time – Chickens, Bring the tiny tots out for an exciting morn- ing at the farm. Each day we’ll meet and learn all about a new animal friend through stories, chores and fun. (1-4 yrs.) 11-11:30am, Ardenwood.

~ SCIENCE Science of Baseball – Giants Day, Join us for an extraordinary day of activities, demonstrations, and a special appearance by a member of the San Francisco Giants. Don’t miss it! Exploratorium

WEDNESDAY May 25

~ BOOKS Sue Plus Sue Equals Two! – Children’s Summer Reading Recommendations, Summer’s coming, and your kids need some great books to read. Which ones will they truly love? Susan Kunhardt, our children’s book buyer, and Sue Campbell, our book fair coordinator, have plenty of suggestions. Ticket price of $10 includes a $10 gift certificate and a chance to win some special prizes! 7:00 pm, $10 (includes a gift certificate). Call (415) 927-0960, ext. 1, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

~ CRAFT Creating a Cosmos— Symbolic Figures in Balinese Offerings with Jero Made Renten, I Nyoman Sudirman, and Garrett Kam 12:00 noon-4:00 pm, In this demonstration, dozens of colored-dough figures representing the cosmos are created for a spectacular sarad offering by Renten and Sudirman. Try making on of these figures. Garrett Kam interprets as well as demonstrates and teaches you how to make woven figures that also represent the cosmos. Asian Art Museum.

~ DANCE Jewels in the Square, 6-8pm, Slim Jenkins, Tuesday Night Jump. Union Square Park, San Francisco.

~ STORY TIME Story Theater with Victoria Goring, Join Master Storyteller, Victoria Goring, for an interactive journey of stories-in-action. Victoria creatively weaves the story suggestions of her audience into imaginative creations with magical messages and guaranteed surprises. 6:30-7:30pm, Novato Library.

THURSDAY MAY 26

~ CRAFT Creating a Cosmos— Symbolic Figures in Balinese Offerings with Jero Made Renten, I Nyoman Sudirman, and Garrett Kam 12:00 noon-4:00 pm, In this demonstration, dozens of colored-dough figures representing the cosmos are created for a spectacular sarad offering by Renten and Sudirman. Try making on of these figures. Garrett Kam interprets as well as demonstrates and teaches you how to make woven figures that also represent the cosmos. Asian Art Museum.

FRIDAY MAY 27

~ CRAFT Creating a Cosmos— Symbolic Figures in Balinese Offerings with Jero Made Renten, I Nyoman Sudirman, and Garrett Kam 12:00 noon-4:00 pm, In this demonstration, dozens of colored-dough figures representing the cosmos are created for a spectacular sarad offering by Renten and Sudirman. Try making on of these figures. Garrett Kam interprets as well as demonstrates and teaches you how to make woven figures that also represent the cosmos. Asian Art Museum.

~ EVENT Friday Nights at the de Young, Join us for hands-on art making for the entire family in celebration of the night of dancing. Contact (415) 750-7694, publicprograms@famsf.org.

~ FESTIVAL Marin Greek Festival, Nativity of Christ Church, Novato. Greek food and entertainment. Adults $6, Seniors $5 (65 and older), Children 12 and Under free.

~ THEATRE Aladdin, 7:30pm, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa.

~ TOUR Presidio Shuttle Tour, Noon to 1 pm, great way to see the park’s historic areas, wild open spaces, and hidden nooks, with an emphasis on projects that are shaping the Presidio today. Visit the Main Post, Crissy Field, Fort Winfield Scott, the western coastal bluffs, and more. Space is limited. Reservations limited to four people per party. RSVP Required. Call (415) 561-5418 or email presidio@presidiotrust.gov.

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SATURDAY MAY 28

~ ANIMALS Gorgeous Goats, 11am-noon, Lend a hand grooming Laila, Heidi, Inga, and Cookie, our lovely goats. Give them a snack and learn about these gentle farm friends. Ardenwood.

~ ANIMALS Pier Crabbing, 10-Noon, Come learn about crabbing in the San Francisco Bay. We’ll teach you how to use the nets, discuss bait and regulations, and let you try your luck on the Fort Point pier. Reservations are required; please phone (415) 556-1693.

~ CRAFT Creating a Cosmos— Symbolic Figures in Balinese Offerings with Jero Made Renten, I Nyoman Sudirman, and Garrett Kam 12:00 noon-4:00 pm, In this demonstration, dozens of colored-dough figures representing the cosmos are created for a spectacular sarad offering by Renten and Sudirman. Try making on of these figures. Garrett Kam interprets as well as demonstrates and teaches you how to make woven figures that also represent the cosmos. Asian Art Museum.

~ BOOK SIGNING Book Signing and Spring Planting, 1:00pm – 2:30pm. Free with Museum admission. Please join us for a special event with local artist and author Rebecca Burgess as we celebrate the release of her new book Harvesting Color. Children and adults will plant native and sustainable dye-plants in our new Habitat Garden exhibit at the top of Lookout Cove. Rebecca will lead us through the process of cultivating dye plants and creating beautiful dyed fabric. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet Rebecca, who will be teaching our Ecological Arts summer camps June 13 – 17 and July 18 – 22. Copies of Harvesting Color will be available for purchase. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~ COOKING Complimentary Technique Classes for Kids, Fruit Custard Tarts (make sweet dough from scratch and learn to make your berries shimmer), 10am-11am, WILLIAMS-SONOMA at the Village at Corte Madera. Space is limited, RSVP required, 924-6799.

~ CRAFT Saturdays are Special, Use small pieces of wood to design and build delightful miniature furniture. Randall Museum, 1pm-4pm.

~ EVENT Afternoon Fun Games, 1-2pm, join us for some old-fashioned fun! Try your hand at classic American pastimes including stilts, tug-of-war, and the potato-spoon race. Ardenwood.

~ EVENT Come participate in Children’s Fairyland Garden Day! Featuring Let Worms Eat Your Garbage, presented by StopWaste.org. The Bay-friendly gardening program of Alameda County will provide a demonstration of worm composting, a hands-on activity for kids with educational handouts. Also, spend some time in our vegetable garden with Fairyland horticulturalist Robin North (noon to 3:00pm) while moms and dads get a special opportunity to buy Fairyland-grown plants at super special prices!

~ FESTIVAL Marin Greek Festival, Nativity of Christ Church, Novato. Greek food and entertainment. Adults $6, Seniors $5 (65 and older), Children 12 and Under free.

~ HISTORY Maritime Chinese Community Programs, 1pm, Meet on Hyde Street Pier. Free. Chinese Americans were a significant presence on the early California waterfront. They pioneered the shrimping industry in SF Bay, squid and abalone in Monterey and the Channel Islands. Chinese workers were critical to the West Coast canned salmon industry. Join a ranger talk that will explore some of these stories.

~ MUSIC Asian American Orchestra (Coltrane tribute), 1-2:30pm, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, ESPLANADE STAGE, Mission between 3rd and 4th Streets, San Francisco.

~ NATURE Spring Wildlife, 10:00am, Look for clues that will reveal the identity of some of the animals that call Tennessee Valley home in the spring. Possibilities are deer, coyotes, bobcats, Wild Turkeys and migrating songbirds such as Yellow-rumped and Orange-crowned Warblers. Meet at the Tennessee Valley parking lot. Wildcare.

~ PERFORMANCE Gustafer Yellowgold, 11:00am – 11:30am, Members $5; General Child $10; General Adult $12 (includes Museum admission) Gustafer Yellowgold is a little yellow cone-headed fellow who traveled here from the sun — and the brainchild of musician/artist Morgan Taylor. This show has become an international phenomena described by the N.Y. Times as “a cross between ‘Yellow Submarine’ and Dr. Seuss.” Taylor combines whimsical animation with live music and storytelling to create a wholly imaginative and creative experience. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 1:30pm & 2:30pm – Uncle Jer’s Traveling Bee Show presents the intriguing society of bees in a most entertaining way! 11am & 2pm & 4pm – Puppet Show: Anansi the Spider. 12:00pm & 3:00pm – The Marilynn O’Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families. 1pm-1:20pm – Animal of the Day! Oakland.

~ THEATRE Aladdin, 7:30pm, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa.

~ VOLUNTEER Muir Beach and Dias Ridge Clean-up. Meet at the Muir Beach Parking lot. Golden Gate National Parks.

~ VOLUNTEER Wetlands Restoration, 10am-1pm, Help the Marin Audubon Society effectively protect the natural habitat at the Bahia in Novato for native species. Contact Kyla Burke-Lazarus, (415) 310-2574.

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SUNDAY MAY 29

~ ART Artist Trading Cards, Inspired by Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas’ famed artist salons, make your own Artist Trading Card and exchange them with family and friends. 1-3 PM, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

~ CRAFT Creating a Cosmos— Symbolic Figures in Balinese Offerings with Jero Made Renten, I Nyoman Sudirman, and Garrett Kam 12:00 noon-4:00 pm, In this demonstration, dozens of colored-dough figures representing the cosmos are created for a spectacular sarad offering by Renten and Sudirman. Try making on of these figures. Garrett Kam interprets as well as demonstrates and teaches you how to make woven figures that also represent the cosmos. Asian Art Museum.

~ CRAFTS Crafts for Kids 3pm. Meet at the entrance to Hyde Street Pier. Free. Want to learn a little about life at sea and try your hand at making a maritime craft? Come on down to the pier and join us!

~ EVENT Farm Chores for Kids, 11am-noon, Lend a hand cracking corn and feeding the animals. You’ll check the chickens and help with many other morning chores. Ardenwood.

~ FESTIVAL Caledonia Street Spring Faire, celebrating spring, our children, our families, our neighbors and the renewal of our earth through Art, Music, Dance, Delectable Fare, and a Fun & Festive children’s Area, Sausalito.

~ FESTIVAL Marin Greek Festival, Nativity of Christ Church, Novato. Greek food and entertainment. Adults $6, Seniors $5 (65 and older), Children 12 and Under free.

~ FESTIVAL Larkspur Flower and Food Festival, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Gourmet and Specialty food vendors will be sampling out their products and inspiring the home chef and the festival will feature flower related arts and crafts to buy. Kids corner with a large jumpy and face painting. Enjoy live music throughout the day Marin Community Choir 11:15-12:15 Doc Kraft 12:30-2:00 Hawaiian Group-Pico 2:00-2:15 James Moseley Band 2:30-4:00 Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers 4:30-6:00

~ MUSIC ¡Viva la música! Mexican Tardeada, Free/Gratis – 3-6pm Mexican Tardeada. A monthly Sunday afternoon Mexican music jam in the café lobby. The Tardeadas are informal family-oriented gathering of musicians and Mexican music aficionados. Bring your Tejano/Norteño acordeon, guitar, bass, bajo, or percussion y aquí nos vemos! 3-6pm. Free/Gratis, La Peña, Berkeley.

~ NATURE Forever Spring, 9:00 AM to 11:30 PM, Bring your family on this slow and moderate walk through the redwood forest on the Fern Creek Trail to Camp Alice Eastwood and back. Discover wild mushroom gardens, banana slug trails, the Native American uses of plants, ghost redwoods, and more. Learn about the families who came here by gravity train more than 100 years ago. Appropriate for ages 6 and above. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, dress in layers, bring water and a light snack. Entrance fee apply. Muir Woods National Monument.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 1:30pm & 2:30pm – Jean Paul Valjean will delight audiences with his acrobatics and juggling with the “Short Attention Span Circus”. 11am & 2pm & 4pm – Puppet Show: The Reluctant Dragon. 12:00pm & 3:00pm – The Marilynn O’Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families. 1pm-1:20pm – Animal of the Day! Oakland.

~ PLAY Hairspray, Mountain Play, 2 pm, Mill Valley.

~ THEATRE Aladdin, 7:30pm, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa.

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MONDAY MAY 30

~ EVENT Community Center 10th Anniversary Celebration, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM, There will be FREE activities including face painting, jumpees, animal & puppet shows, magic, field activities and much more. Pop Fiction will be performing so bring your dancing shoes! following the Memorial Day parade. Mill Valley Community Center.

~ EVENT MEMORIAL DAY OPEN HOUSE Ardenwood, Interpretive Staff 10am-4pm, Mon, May 30 Celebrate an admission-free day of fun! Help with the morning chores (11 a.m.-noon). Ride the train, tour the Victorian farmhouse, and watch the blacksmith at work. Taste farm baked cookies from our outdoor Country Kitchen (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) and try your skills at old-time games (noon-1 p.m.). Stroll with an interpreter and learn what life was like long ago (2-3pm). Feed the animals (3 p.m.).

TUESDAY MAY 31

~ EVENT Toddler Time – Pigs, Bring the tiny tots out for an exciting morn- ing at the farm. Each day we’ll meet and learn all about a new animal friend through stories, chores and fun. (1-4 yrs.) 11-11:30am, Ardenwood.

~ EVENT MEMORIAL DAY OPEN HOUSE! Tilden Nature Area Interpretive Staff Noon-3:30pm, Mon, May 30 Join the holiday fun naturally as we create art from recycled materials, meet reptiles, explore the butterfly garden, play nature games, and learn about trees.

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