Ronnie’s Awesome Summer List 2011

I am so envious of my little girl growing up in such a fantastic place. Which is one of the many reasons why I love finding out about all the awesome things to do here. Whether it includes venturing to an amazing scheduled event listed below or just getting out of the house, the Bay Area offers every reason to have fun.

Here are some of my top favorite things to do for the summer:

1. Geocaching – it is treasure hunting using a GPS receiver and a map to locate treasure caches throughout the globe. But you do not need these devices to partake in the adventure. There are hundreds of caches in northern California alone. It’s a lot of fun and a great outdoor activity for kids. We found one at a local park – it was a book hidden in a box with a pen, we signed our name in. Get a list of caches for Muir Woods, Mt. Tamalpais, GGNRA and even the local playgrounds in Marin from www.geocaching.com or www.navicache.com. Try it once and you’ll be hooked.

2. Exploration Backpacks at the Richardson Bay Audubon Society in Tiburon and is the perfect outing on a beautiful day. Tried and tested this is a super fun and educational day out.

3. $1 movies, see listings below for kid-friendly movies at a kid-friendly time as well as free outdoor films after sundown.

4. Look to your local library for amazing crafts, performances and summer reading programs. Talk to one of our outstanding librarians, they always have fantastic recommendations. Special shout out to Yolanda at the Mill Valley Library who knows how fascinated my daughter is with dinosaurs and introduced her to the magical world of Dinotopia and Mary Anning. Also to Phil Sheridan for reading to my daughter’s class to Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves – they LOVED it! Thank you to all the librarians!

5. Get lost in Golden Gate Park. If you are asking why then you haven’t been. Besides the fantastic museums and one of the best playgrounds EVER there are beautiful gardens, paddle boats, windmills, bison, model yacht club, fly casting pools and so much more! And so many great places to eat nearby. One of my favorite places for lunch is South Sea Seafood Village on Irving – yummy dim sum.

6. Become a tourist in every town in Marin. Seriously, have you really been to other towns and explored fabulous shops and restaurants or just passed through? From Sausalito to Point Reyes, you will amazed at the fantastic Marin County towns. Start a conversation with the locals – they have the best advice on where to visit, eat and play. Bonus, we are surrounded by other counties with wonderful towns as well.

7. Head to the woods (or hiking paths) – my favorite, Muir Woods. Ask the ranger for the Quest! Help your child observe the geology, animals, insects, plants and of course the trees. For my dinosaur fanatic, the redwoods offer a way for us to pretend to be what ever we want to be – but it’s always dinosaurs. And THANK YOU Lawrence Hall of Science for the new Dinosaur exhibit! We cannot wait to go.

8. The beaches! They’re free, open 24/7 and a great place to explore. Check out the tide pools at Muir Beach, take a stroll along Bolinas Beach, have a picnic on Stinson Beach, make fairy houses with drift wood and seaweed at Limantour Beach, craft a killer sand castle on Drakes Beach. The possibilities (and beaches) are endless.

9. The East Bay Regional Park District has joined a movement to encourage outdoor activity for kids throughout California called the California Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights. This program addresses recent concerns about youth detachment from outdoor activities, lack of physical exercise, and increased health risks for children. The “bill of rights” lists 10 activities kids should experience by the time they turn 14. These outdoor adventures were typical a generation ago but are becoming increasingly challenging for today’s youth. For more information on the Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights, visit www.calroundtable.org and click on Children’s Rights.

Every child should have the opportunity to:

  1. Discover California’s past
  2. Splash in the water
  3. Play in a safe place
  4. Camp under the stars
  5. Explore nature
  6. Learn to swim
  7. Play on a team
  8. Follow a trail
  9. Catch a fish
  10. Celebrate their heritage

10. Just get out and walk. Go in any direction and it’s a great escape for your kids – you never know what can happen. For instance, I was walking along the creek near my home and check out what I found, a 4 ft. leopard shark in the Arroyo Corte Madera del Presidio creek in Mill Valley. Sadly, it had died. I found a second one in another creek so I called the Marin Humane Society who told me to call the Pelagic Shark Research Foundation. Apparently there have been many incidents of this happening and they are trying to find out why. For my daughter and I, it was a chance to learn about leopard sharks directly from an enthusiastic scientist who is devoted to saving them. She is facinated by sharks now (especially megalodon.) With cuts to Fish and Game many scientists have given a lot of time to try and save these amazing animals. Learn more about other amazing wild life at Wildcare and The Marine Mammal Center - both free with very knowledgable docents.

Of course, keep checking back with us, we constantly updating our lists as we hear about more cool things to do. Don’t forget about “Ronnie‘s Awesome Every List” for great ideas for everyday of the week.

Happy Summer,
Ronnie

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JUNE

Wednesday June 1, New Moon

~ FILM Bambi, Film of the month, 1:00pm and 4:00pm. The Walt Disney Museum.

Thursday June 2

~ FUNDRAISER Children’s Fairyland Gala Fundraiser, Pure Imagination, extra-magical place after dark, and we’ll fill it with fantasy and merriment. Among the treats we’ve planned are amazing performers, delicious food, our popular silent auction, and many special surprises! Tickets must be purchased in advance.

~ PERFORMANCE Magician Alex Ramon, 4pm Alex Ramon has mesmerized millions around the world with his magic! He was the “Magical Zingmaster” for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® circus, and is the first magician to be the star of The Greatest Show on Earth®. Alex toured the globe as the star of Disney Live!“Mickey’s Magic Show” performing on 4 continents in 14 countries. At age 18 Alex Ramon received the coveted Lance Burton Award and was named “National Stage Magic Champion” by the World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas. He’s been seen on national and international television, has made elephants disappear, turned men into tigers, as well as made Whoopi Goldberg levitate. Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

~ WORKSHOP Holistic Health and Green Living, Sarah Middleton, Infant Sleep Consultant (Millette Method) & Parent Coach, 6 PM, Stretch the Imagination, 47A Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. Contact Ozzie at hmnmarincounty@yahoo.com.

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Friday June 3

~ DANCE San Francisco City Hall Rotunda, Return of the Ohlone @ 12pm at the San Francisco City Hall Rotunda honoring the Rumsen Ohlone Tribe and featuring tribal song and dance, and the presentation of the Festival’s annual Malonga Casquelourd Lifetime Achievement Award to Tribal Chief Tony Cerda. Many 2011 Festival and Ohlone Profiles Project events will bring Ohlone tribal members back to San Francisco to share their ongoing culture in their homeland. FREE to the public!

~ MUSIC Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Michael Aragon Jazz and Blues Band, Gabrielson Park, Anchor and Bridgeway, Sausalito.

~ PERFORMANCE PI CLOWNS, hilarious theater using acrobatics, juggling, mime, dance, beat boxing, and improv. Children’s Garden Series 11am & 12:15pm. Programs are held outdoors under the open sky, without much shade. Hats or caps are recommended to protect children from the sun. Yerba Buena Garden Festival, San Francisco.

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Saturday June 4, National Trails Day

~ ART Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids at the Legion of Honor, Gods and Goddesses, 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.

~ ART Finger Painting for Big Kids: Intro to Painting, Learn painting at its most fundamental level; mix colors while exploring the color wheel, experiment with acrylic paints, and water colors. Adopt the vocabulary of an artist and know how to care for your artist tools and paints. If you have ever wanted to learn to paint, this is the class for you! Registration required. Email education@wdfmuseum.org or call 415.345.6814. Price: $40 Members $45 Non-Members. Walt Disney Museum.

~ ASTRONOMY Mt. Tam Public Star Party, Astronomy 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.

~ CLASS Mindful Parenting, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Community Meditation Hall, $10-$8 sliding scale at the door plus a donation to the teacher. Registration not required – just come. This is a drop-in class. This is a gathering of parents and caregivers. Join a supportive community of peers who are also walking the path of raising children and raising ourselves.

~ COOKING Hands-On Cooking Classes for Kids, learn to make sweet breakfast treats 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 Saturdays are Special, Build your own Zen garden and add beautifully polished gems and cabochons from our collection. Randall Museum, 1pm-4pm.

~ CRAFT Valet Organizer, 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.

~ EVENT Park Day, 10am-5pm, Drop in and meet some of our Park Partners from the Golden Gate National Parks. Meet Coast Guard crews and climb on their rescue boat. Say hello to the horses of the Park Police Mounted Patrol. Learn more about sea life from the Marine Mammal Center. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~ EVENT World Ocean Day Fun! 10am-5pm, take part in FREE Docent-Led tours at: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. Marine Mammal Center.

~ EVENT Festival Latino Dance Party, 7–10pm, Live Oak, Free, Dance demonstrations! Learn Cumbia, Cumbia Sonidera, Merengue, and Salsa! The dance lessons will teach families how to dance to Latin rhythms. Special piñata-breaking for the kids! Light refreshments will be served. Berkeley. For more information call (510) 981-6690.

~ EVENT Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival, 10am-5pm, North Shattuck Ave. in Berkeley.

~ EVENT Sand Sculpture Contest, Crown Beach, Crab Cove Interp. Staff 9am-1pm, Categories include castles and sculptures by youth, families, and adults. Cosponsored by Bay View Women’s Club, East Bay Regional Park District, and Alameda Recreation & Parks.

~ FESTIVAL Western Weekend and Parade, BBQ, dancing, music, parade and more. Main st., Downtown Point reyes, 663-1075.

~ FESTIVAL San Francisco’s Union Street Eco-Urban Festival, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Union Street ~ Gough to Steiner.

~ MUSIC José-Luis Orozco, 10:30 am (doors open at 10:00 am) bilingual children’s musician $8.50 advance / $10.50 at door. Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley.

~ MUSIC Concert for Kids, FREE Lawn Seating, Robin Sweeny Park, 420 Litho Street, Sausalito.

~ NATURE Nature for Kids: An Evening at Deer Island, We’ll take a slow walk up to the ridge top where we can enjoy a picnic dinner while we look and listen for creatures of the night. We’ll talk about owls, bats, coyotes, and many other animals that start their “day” just as the sun sets. We request that no animals (except service animals) attend. From Hwy 101, take the Atherton Ave/San Marin Dr exit east on Atherton Ave, turn right at Olive Ave, and turn left at Deer Island Rd. 5-8pm.

~ 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.

~ PERFORMANCE VENEZUELAN MUSIC PROJECT, Indigenous-Venezuelan, W. African and Spanish-European influenced music. Children’s Garden Series 11am & 12:15pm. Programs are held outdoors under the open sky, without much shade. Hats or caps are recommended to protect children from the sun. Yerba Buena Garden Festival, San Francisco.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 1:30pm & 2:30pm – Blake Maxam, “The Wizard of Ahhhhs”, astounds and amazes children of all ages with his magic show. 11am & 2pm & 4pm – Puppet Show: The Reluctant Dragon. Oakland.

~ READ Paws for reading!, Kindergarten and up. Advance sign-up advised. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Corte Madera Public Library.

~ SLEEPOVER Wild Family Overnight, his deluxe Family Overnight will fulfill your dreams of spending a Wild Night at the Zoo! Keeper meetings, guided tours, outdoor camping, hot breakfast will make this an unforgettable experience for the whole family. SFZoo.

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Sunday June 5

~ ANIMALS Beginning Birding, The summer birds along Rodeo Lagoon always prove to be an interesting quest. Bring your binoculars and field guides and join volunteer Jane Haley as we look for new visitors and year-round residents. For ages 8 and up; no pets. Rain cancels. Reservations required; please call (415) 331-1540.

~ ART Drop-In Art-Making: Sweet Home Wall Hangings, In honor of Israel in the Gardens, design your own metal-embossed work of art that points to a place you call home. 1-3 PM, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

~ CAMPING William Kent Society Kampfire, Bring the whole family to experience the National Park in your backyard. Enjoy Kamp Krafts for all ages, artisanal foods and S’Mores, live music, wildlife shows, Native American storytelling, teen tent, and more!

~ DANCE Tango in the Square, Tangonero, Jewels in the Square, Union Square, 2-4pm.

~ EVENT Happy Birthday Whole Foods Market Blithedale,  We are turning a year old and you are invited to our first birthday party. There will be food, fun and music. Whole Foods Market, Blithedale in Mill Valley.

~ FARM HAY HARVESTING, Join in the fun of an old-fashioned hay harvest! Hop into the hay wagon for a ride into the fields, then help load the freshly mown hay and haul it back to the hay stack. We’ll learn the difference between hay and straw as we bring in this year’s crop. Ardenwood

~ FESTIVAL Israel in the Gardens Festival, The largest Jewish community family festival in the Bay Area includes a variety of activities for teens, young adults and families featuring the hottest new music, theater, a film festival, resource tables, and freshly prepared ethnic foods. Celebrate the diversity of the Jewish community, and shop for everything from jewelry to handmade clothing from artisan craft booths! 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Yerba Buena.

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~ MUSEUM Collection Highlights Tours for Families, 1pm, Bring the kids! Tours of SFMOMA’s galleries, tailored especially for families, are offered in conjunction with Family Sundays. Tour topic: Gotta Collect; check the schedule in the Koret Center for topics on the day of your visit. Free with museum admission. To register, visit the Koret Visitor Education Center. Space is limited. SFMOMA Family Programs are designed for families with children ages 4 to 11. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

~ MUSIC Family Concert/Ice Cream Social, 1:00pm, Tam Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley.

~ NATURE Children’s Program at Green Gulch, the beginning of the lecture is especially for children. 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. The program is regularly held on the first Sunday of each month (except the first Sunday in December). Please check in before the program at the table near the southwest side entrance of the zendo.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 1:30pm & 2:30pm – Blake Maxam, “The Wizard of Ahhhhs”, astounds and amazes children of all ages with his magic show. 11am & 2pm & 4pm – Puppet Show: The Reluctant Dragon. Oakland.

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

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Monday June 6

~ STORYTIME Story Time Hour, 11am-Noon,  featuring the travel book series by M.Sasek, kicking off  with “This Is San Francisco.” Drinks and snacks will be provided for those in attendance. The Poppy Store, Marin County Mart.

Tuesday June 7

~ EXPLORE Tyke Explorers Program, This session’s theme is: Hot and Cold (10am – 10:50am OR 12pm – 12:50pm) Scorching hot. Drenching rain. A desert made of ice? Explore the diverse locations that are found all around the world. Though there is only one planet Earth, we have a multitude of environments that make our home interesting and unique. 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

Wednesday June 8 World Ocean Day

~ EVENT Little Explorers Club, World Oceans Day, 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.

~ EVENT World Ocean Day, Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco will host a five-day World Ocean`s Day celebration, kicking off with a beach clean up and continuing with activities throughout the weekend.

~ MUSIC Moonalice, Pete Sears (Jefferson Starship), Barry Sless (Phil Lesh & Friends), Ann & Roger McNamee (Flying Other Bros.), and John Molo (Bruce Hornsby) conjure up a heady brew of roots, rock, R & B, and more! Jewels in the Square, Union Square, 6-8pm.

~ PERFORMANCE Circus, Music & Laughs featuring Jamie Coventry, join us for an exciting evening of music, storytelling, clowning and juggling with Jamie Coventry. He’ll spin things high in the air, balance the smallest objects in unbelievable ways….and….play the largest and smallest harmonicas you’ve ever seen….A show not to be missed! For more information, call the Novato Library Children’s Desk at 415-897-1143.

~ VOLUNTEER World Oceans Day Beach Clean-Up with Aquarium of the Bay, Join naturalists for a morning beach clean-up at Aquatic Park, located just a short stroll away from the Aquarium. Help do your part at our local beach – and earn a free ticket to Aquarium of the Bay just for doing your part! RSVP for the clean-up to: Ashley@bay.org 9-10am.

Thursday June 9

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Friday June 10

~ CIRCUS INCIRCULO, The circus stars of tomorrow explode in a kaleidoscope of acrobatics, aerial strength, and clowning, the dazzling new show presented by The San Francisco Circus Center, 755 Frederick Street, San Francisco, opposite Kezar Stadium, 415-759-8123. Regular Tickets: $20 Adults – $15.Students, Seniors and Children (12 and under).

~ FESTIVAL Harmony Festival, music and speaker event with a great kids zone.

~ FILM Fantastic Mr. Fox, Central Field, Fairfax, 8:30PM. Bring a blanket or low back chair to sit on.

~ MUSIC Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Bob Schulz Frisco Jazz Band, Gabrielson Park, Anchor and Bridgeway, Sausalito.

~ PERFORMANCE Magician Alex Ramon, Don’t miss this dazzling display of incredible marvels on
the Old Mill Park Amphitheater stage at 3:30 p.m. All ages, everyone welcome. Mill Valley Library.

~ PERFORMANCE Tony Borders, Ventriloquist, Larkspur Library, 4pm, 927-5005 or emailing library@larkspurlibrary.org.

~ PERFORMANCE THE RED PANDA ACROBATS, The Red Pandas perform acrobatics featuring stretching, handstands, tumbling, dance and everyday household items. Children’s Garden Series 11am & 12:15pm. Programs are held outdoors under the open sky, without much shade. Hats or caps are recommended to protect children from the sun. Yerba Buena Garden Festival, San Francisco.

~ POOL Family Fun Night, Pirates & Princesses, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Cost: $10.00 per family, Mill Valley Aquatic/Fitness Center, Aye! Ahoy matey. Come join us for the popular pirates’ eve. Arr, dress up in your fa’orite garb as a pirate or a princess, or a pirate princess, argh!

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Saturday June 11

~ ART Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids at the Legion of Honor, Museum Explorations, 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.

~ ART Disney Discoveries, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Learning Center Art Studio (A) Bring the forest scenes of Bambi to life in your own 3D diorama! Capture the beauty of the trees and the drama of “little April showers” in a miniature woodland landscape. Walt Disney Museum.

~ AUTHOR Jeff Kinney, Author & Illustrator of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, 1pm, if you plan to go be sure to visit the website for more information. Charles Schultz Mueseum.

~ CIRCUS INCIRCULO, The circus stars of tomorrow explode in a kaleidoscope of acrobatics, aerial strength, and clowning, the dazzling new show presented by The San Francisco Circus Center, 755 Frederick Street, San Francisco, opposite Kezar Stadium, 415-759-8123. Regular Tickets: $20 Adults – $15.Students, Seniors and Children (12 and under).

~ COOKING Hands-On Cooking Classes for Kids, learn to make grilled pizza, 10am-11;30am, WILLIAMS-SONOMA at the Village at Corte Madera. Space is limited, RSVP required, 924-6799.

~ CRAFT Little Sprouts! for kids entering Kindergarten in the fall and younger, 11:00 am – 11:45 am. All Little Sprouts! programs require advance sign-up and parent or caregiver participation. Treats for Tweets! Supply snacks for backyard birds with a pinecone feeder full of peanut butter and seeds. Amphitheater. Mill Valley Library.

~ CRAFT Saturdays are Special, Flag day is June 14th. Celebrate by creating a personal fabric flag in a myriad of textures and colors. Randall Museum, 1pm-4pm.

~ EVENT Annual MPOMC Garage Sale, Top quality children’s clothes, toys, and equipment at garage sale prices! Public Sale:  8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Half Price Sale 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Marin Catholic High School Gymnasium, 675 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Kentfield.

~ EVENT Summer Reading Kickoff Party, Enjoy music & refreshments in the Corte Madera Library garden.

~ FAIR San Mateo County Fair, 11:00 am-10:00 pm or 12:00 pm-10:00 pm depending on days. Music by Air Supply. San Mateo County Fairgrounds, 2495 S. Delaware Street, San Mateo.

~ FAIR Live Oak Fair, North Berkeley art & crafts community, this weekend in the park showcases the creative endeavors of local and Western states artists and craftspeople.

~ FESTIVAL Fairfax Festival and Ecofest Festival

~ FESTIVAL Harmony Festival, music and speaker event with a great kids zone.

~ FESTIVAL Children’s Street Painting, For a small fee, hundreds of children will create street paintings on C Street between 3rd and 4th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM as part of our celebration of the Youth in Arts move to 917 C Street, San Rafael.

~ FESTIVAL Novato Art, Wine & Music Festival, 10am-6pm, Grant Ave between Redwood Hwy and Seventh Street, Novato.

~ FESTIVAL Portugal Day Festival, 10am to 6 pm, History Park San Jose, San Jose, aldutra@aol.com, (650) 964-0406, History Park San Jose (Kelley Park). Parade, entertainment, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, and more. Taste a delicious variety of Portuguese food at various food booths set up to benefit Portuguese based non-profits in the State of California.

~ MUSIC Venezuelan Music Project + La Mixta Criolla, The dynamic Venezuelan Music Project combines indigenous-Venezuelan, West African and Spanish-European influences, while La Mixta Criolla draws on Puerto Rico’s musical folklore: the plena, the bomba and the música brava—or jíbara—of the island’s countryside. Yerba Buena Garden Festival, 1-3pm.

~ NATURE World Oceans Day for Sharks, Please join Sea Stewards in another world Oceans Day celebration June 11, in support of sharks and a healthy ocean. Special guests, short films, raffle and kid fun. Sports Basement, Presidio location at Crissy Field.

~ PERFORMANCE The Caterpillar Puppets, star the Three Little Bla-bla-blas, the singing Gunnywolf, and Amadeus, the shy Artist Mouse. Children’s Garden Series 11am & 12:15pm. Programs are held outdoors under the open sky, without much shade. Hats or caps are recommended to protect children from the sun. Yerba Buena Garden Festival, San Francisco.

~ PERFORMANCE VENEZUELAN MUSIC PROJECT, Indigenous-Venezuelan, W. African and Spanish-European influenced music. Children’s Garden Series 11am & 1-3pm. Programs are held outdoors under the open sky, without much shade. Hats or caps are recommended to protect children from the sun. Yerba Buena Garden Festival, San Francisco.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 12pm, Presentation Day: Meet this year’s Children’s Fairyland Personalities at an inaugural ceremony & costume premiere. 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: The Reluctant Dragon. Oakland.

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

~ SLEEPOVER Bedtime With The Beasts, spend the night at the Oakland Zoo! Special overnight program for youth groups (ages 6-18) and their chaperones. An Oakland Zoo education specialist will lead your group on an evening hike around the zoo where you’ll get a look at what the zoo is like after all of the guests leave. Arrive at 7:00pm and the program ends the next morning at 10:00am.

~ VOLUNTEER Thistles of Ring Mountain, Be part of an invasive plant removal success story! Join us as we search for and remove yellow and tocolote star thistle. Though these once-thriving weeds are on the decline, we need to monitor and remove any remaining plants we find. The work involves light to moderately strenuous activity and is suitable for all ages. Meet at the Taylor Rd MCOSD gate. Lunch will be provided. 9am – 1pm Ring Mountain Reserve.

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Sunday June 12

~ ART Drop-In Art-Making: Colors and Moods, Using the same palette that formed the visual landscape of Charlotte Salomon’s Life? Or Theatre?, combine red, blue, and yellow gouache colors to create a painting that conveys moods. 1-3 PM, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

~ AUTHOR Tom Davis – Handy Dad, Davis—extreme sports athlete and host of HGTV’s Over Your Head—presents 25 awesome projects for dads to build with their kids. Features color photographs, easy-to-follow instructions, and detailed illustrations for each project. Book Passage, Corte Madera.

~ BLOCK PARTY Sunday Streets, Bayview route, 3rd Street from Mission Bay, Dogpatch to the Bayview Opera House; a safe, fun, car-free place for people to get out and get active in San Francisco neighborhoods.

~ CIRCUS INCIRCULO, The circus stars of tomorrow explode in a kaleidoscope of acrobatics, aerial strength, and clowning, the dazzling new show presented by The San Francisco Circus Center, 755 Frederick Street, San Francisco, opposite Kezar Stadium, 415-759-8123. Regular Tickets: $20 Adults – $15.Students, Seniors and Children (12 and under).

~ FAIR San Mateo County Fair, 11:00 am-10:00 pm or 12:00 pm-10:00 pm depending on days. Music by The Four Tops. San Mateo County Fairgrounds, 2495 S. Delaware Street, San Mateo.

~ FAIR Live Oak Fair, North Berkeley art & crafts community, this weekend in the park showcases the creative endeavors of local and Western states artists and craftspeople.

~ FAIR Haight-Ashbury Street Fair, 11 am until 5:30 pm. A variety of activities will be taking place including three stages offering live entertainment; a six-block Vending Area featuring arts & crafts, food and other merchandise; an area dedicated to the entertainment of families with children.

~ FARM HAY HARVESTING, Join in the fun of an old-fashioned hay harvest! Hop into the hay wagon for a ride into the fields, then help load the freshly mown hay and haul it back to the hay stack. We’ll learn the difference between hay and straw as we bring in this year’s crop. Ardenwood

~ FESTIVAL Strawberry Festival, live music, local food vendors, free carnival games, jump house, rock wall, dunk tank , contest, free pool party and more! Strawberry Recreation District in building, 11:30am-4pm.

~ FESTIVAL Fairfax Festival and Ecofest Festival

~ FESTIVAL Harmony Festival, music and speaker event with a great kids zone.

~ FESTIVAL Novato Art, Wine & Music Festival, 10am-6pm, Grant Ave between Redwood Hwy and Seventh Street, Novato.

~ MUSIC Music with Enzo, 11am, Mill Valley.

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Monday June 13

~ FAIR San Mateo County Fair, 11:00 am-10:00 pm or 12:00 pm-10:00 pm depending on days. Music – Battle of the Bands. San Mateo County Fairgrounds, 2495 S. Delaware Street, San Mateo.

~ FILM Despicable Me, Century Theatres Northgate Mall, San Rafael, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ STORYTIME Story Time Hour, 11am-Noon,  featuring the travel book series by M.Sasek. Drinks and snacks will be provided for those in attendance. The Poppy Store, Marin County Mart.

Tuesday June 14, Flag Day

~ EXPLORE Toddler Treks, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, designed especially for children 1 to 3 years of age. Each month we will learn about a different animal that shares our world – all can be found in the Bay Area or the Academy. We will use props and our imagination to “trek” together to the place each animal calls home. This month is about snakes. California Academy of Sciences.

~ EXPLORE Tyke Explorers Program, This session’s theme is: That Cloud Looks Like a…(10am – 10:50am OR 12pm – 12:50pm)…dog? A butterfly? A car? When we use our imagination, we can make pictures out of the clouds that we see in the sky. Learn about the different types of clouds that paint our blue skies with splotches of white, providing different scenes and shapes for our imagination. 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

~ FAIR San Mateo County Fair, 11:00 am-10:00 pm or 12:00 pm-10:00 pm depending on days. Music by War. San Mateo County Fairgrounds, 2495 S. Delaware Street, San Mateo.

~ FILM Despicable Me, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ FILM Despicable Me, CineArts Marin, Sausalito, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

Wednesday June 15

~ CRAFTS Summer Craft Series, Cookie Decorating (vegan and gluten free cookies available) Just for school-aged children, 2:30-3:30, San Rafael Library. Registration required, sign up at the children’s desk or call 485-3322.

~ DANCE Salsa in the Square, Los Compas, Union Square, 6-8pm.

~ FAIR San Mateo County Fair, 11:00 am-10:00 pm or 12:00 pm-10:00 pm depending on days. Music by Tower of Power. San Mateo County Fairgrounds, 2495 S. Delaware Street, San Mateo.

~ FILM Despicable Me, Century Theatres Northgate Mall, San Rafael, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ MUSIC Cross Pulse For Keith Terry and Evie Ladin, music is everywhere. The Oakland-based duo uses everything from bells to toilet plungers to create dazzling rhythms and sounds. Stamp, clap, and sing along to their exuberant exposition of percussion and dance., 3:30pm, Mill Valley Library Amphitheater.

~ 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 in layers and bring a flashlight. Children under 8 not advised. Reservations required, phone 388-2596. Entrance fee applies.

~ PERFORMANCE The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Puppet Art Theater performs a fractured fairy tale version of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. This original half-hour story is filled with a dozen beautifully hand-crafted puppets. For ages 3 and up. For more information, call the Civic Center Library Children’s Desk at 415-507-4048.

Thursday June 16

~ ART 100 Books Public Art Project, 3:30 pm. 100 Books Project: Fly your Book Flag! Grade 3+ Your personalized flag book will be filled with words, colors, and shapes that reflect your summer state of mind. Advance sign-up required. Creekside Room. Mill Valley Library.

~ FAIR San Mateo County Fair, 11:00 am-10:00 pm or 12:00 pm-10:00 pm depending on days. Music by Tower of Power. San Mateo County Fairgrounds, 2495 S. Delaware Street, San Mateo.

~ FILM Despicable Me, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ READ Share-a-book, Read to a dog, 1pm, San Anselmo Library.

~ STORYTIME Fireflies and Falling Stars: The Magic of Bali through Story, 1:00 pm–1:30 pm. Can the animals of the forest live together in peace? Will Prince Rama and the Monkey King Hanuman rescue the beautiful Sita from the Demon Ravana? The museum’s storytellers bring the galleries to life with retell classic Balinese myths and folktales and timeless epics for audiences both young and old. Asian Art Museum.

Friday June 17

~ BLOCK PARTY Friday Nights on Main, The Ultimate Community Street Party! 6-9pm. Gather with your neighbors, friends, and family. Downtown Tiburon.

~ FAIR San Mateo County Fair, 11:00 am-10:00 pm or 12:00 pm-10:00 pm depending on days. Music by Grand Funk Railroad. San Mateo County Fairgrounds, 2495 S. Delaware Street, San Mateo.

~ FILM Film Night in the Park, How to Train Your Dragon, Old Mill Park in Mill Valley.

~ MUSIC Creekside Fridays!, Cheap Therapy, The Cabin, 60 Tennessee Valley Rd, Mill Valley, 6:30pm – 8:00pm.

~ MUSIC Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Wendy DeWitt,

~ MUSIC Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Music by STARSHIP starring MICKEY THOMAS, 6:30pm and 8:30pm on the Beach Bandstand.

~ PERFORMANCE Unique Derique delights by clowning, dancing, and turning his limbs into a drum set or keyboard. Children’s Garden Series 11am & 12:15pm. Programs are held outdoors under the open sky, without much shade. Hats or caps are recommended to protect children from the sun. Yerba Buena Garden Festival, San Francisco.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 12pm, Presentation Day: Meet this year’s Children’s Fairyland Personalities at an inaugural ceremony & costume premiere. 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: The Reluctant Dragon. Oakland.

~ READ SHARE-A-Book Dogs, Read a story to an attentive Marin Humane Society SHARE-A-Book dog. Children’s Room. Advance sign-up required. Grade K+, 3:30pm Mill Valley Library.

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Saturday June 18

~ ART Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids at the Legion of Honor, Animals in Art, 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.

~ ARTIST Pet Portraits, Bring your pet to the Museum and cartoonist Joe Wos will capture the funny, cute, or catty personality of your favorite best friend. Dog, cat, and other pet caricatures will be available for a suggested donation of $5 or more. 1–4:30pm, Schultz Museum.

~ CRAFT Saturdays are Special, Use both giant rubber stamps and rolling rubber stamps to make fabulous note cards and bookmarks. Randall Museum, 1pm-4pm.

~ CRAFT Screenprinting Your Family History, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, The Family is a key iconic image in Bearden’s art. Inspired by Juneteenth, the oldest African-American holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, our Family Day activity honors ancestry and the preservation of family relationships. Visitors will create family trees and families will screen print a collage using their own hands as branches, and leaf shapes for writing in the names of their family members. Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD).

~ CRAFT This Little Piggy, Noon-2pm, Precious Hands and feet pressed into fine china clay for lasting memories. Bring in your baby or child. Prices and sizes vary. For appointment or questions email: shawna@yourpiggyprints.com

~ CUPCAKE Decorate a Cupcake for Dad, Bring your son or daughter to decorate a cupcake for their dad.  Cupcakes, frosting and toppings are complimentary.  While supplies last! 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. FREE, Novato Whole Foods.

~ EVENT Tiburon Classic Car Show, The Tiburon Classic Car Show (TCCS) is a wonderful community event, held annually in Tiburon near the ferry boat landing, against the beautiful backdrop of the Tiburon peninsula. The show is open to the public, and admission is free.

~ FAIR San Mateo County Fair, 11:00 am-10:00 pm or 12:00 pm-10:00 pm depending on days. Music by Pablo Cruise. San Mateo County Fairgrounds, 2495 S. Delaware Street, San Mateo.

~ FESTIVAL Northern California Pirate Festival, entertaining event where everyone who loves pirates will have a great time and feel welcome! Vallejo Waterfront, only a few short steps west of the Vallejo Ferry Terminal!

~ FESTIVAL North Beach Festival, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Grant Ave. (between Columbus and Filbert) and Washington Square Park, San Francisco, 989-2220, “The country’s original outdoor arts & crafts festival celebrates its 51st anniversary with Juried Arts & Crafts Exhibitions and Sales, Celebrity Pizza Toss, Live Entertainment Stages with Alternative, Rhythm & Blues, Latin Rock, Pop Rock, Reggae, Salsa and Swing, Cooking Stage, Celebrity Chefs, Assisi Animal Blessings (2:00 pm, both days, Vallejo/ Columbus), Arte di Gesso (Italian street chalk art competition, 1500 block Stockton), indoor Classical Concerts, 4 pm, at National Shrine of St. Francis. Poetry Stage.”

~ FESTIVAL Traditional California Big Time Gathering, This Ohlone traditional gathering, hosted by the Rumsen Ohlone Tribe, features dance and song groups from six recognized California Tribes in support of the unrecognized Rumsen Ohlone tribe in a ceremony on traditional Ohlone land. Supporting tribes include: Elam Indian Colony, Pit River Maidu, Winnemum Wintu, Shingle Springs Miwok, Stewarts Point Kashaya Band of Pomo, and Manchester Pomo. Yeba Buena Gaden Festival, 5-8pm. h

~ FESTIVAL Green Kids Conference, educate kids and their families on environmental issues, make them aware of available resources and opportunities, and also to promote, encourage, and reward new innovative ideas. Microsoft Silicon Valley Campus, SVC, Building 1, 1065 La Avenida, Mountain View, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

~ FESTIVAL 61st Annual Juneteenth Festival and Health and Wellness Fair, Come out for free screenings and lots of fun.

~ FATHER’S DAY Father’s Day Lego® Duplo® Jams, parents and preschoolers can explore new ways to play while listening to fun tunes designed to compliment building with DUPLO bricks. Take home a special memento. Pottery Barn Kids, Corte Madera.

~ MEET Meet Curious George, 10:30am. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~ MUSIC Octopretzel, $5 adults, $4 kids – 10:30am, engaging music, inspiring curiosity, wonder, and appreciation for the world we live in. Their skilled musicianship and magical way with children guarantees a dance-able, sing-able and super fun experience for the whole family. La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley.

~ NATURE INSECT SCAVENGER HUNT, Insects make the world go ‘round! Learn how to identify an insect, and then find out who’s buzzing around on the farm. Complete the scavenger hunt for a prize! Ardenwood 2-3pm.

~ NATURE Deer Park Insect Safari, 10:00am, Look for insects — butterflies, dragonflies and grasshoppers. We’ll also take time to admire the flowers and trees, and even learn the names of a few. Meet at Deer Park in Fairfax.

~ PERFORMANCE San Francisco Mime Troupe, Relax in the sun with the whole family – right next to the playground so younger kids can play while others watch the show. Lagunitas School Field, 3:30pm (music), 4pm (show), Free.

~ PERFORMANCE Brian Scott, Magician, 11am, Larkspur Library, 927-5005 or emailing library@larkspurlibrary.org.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 12:30pm & 3pm, Children’s Theatre Presents: Puss in Boots: What’s a kitten to do when the dogs bully her? Momma cat responds by telling the classic story of how a loyal cat with a taste for good footwear takes her human friend from rags to riches. Words and music by Tony Jonick. 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: The Reluctant Dragon. Oakland.

~ SLEEPOVER Bedtime With The Beasts, spend the night at the Oakland Zoo! Special overnight program for youth groups (ages 6-18) and their chaperones. An Oakland Zoo education specialist will lead your group on an evening hike around the zoo where you’ll get a look at what the zoo is like after all of the guests leave. Arrive at 7:00pm and the program ends the next morning at 10:00am.

~ THEATRE Go Dog Go, All the zany excitement of this beloved story for preschoolers comes to life with plenty of doggone action! Come see if you like that hat! Performances at Children’s Fairyland, 10:30 am & 4 pm.

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Sunday June 19, Father’s Day and Juneteenth

~ ART Design 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.

~ ART Disney Discoveries, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Learning Center Art Studio (A) Bring the forest scenes of Bambi to life in your own 3D diorama! Capture the beauty of the trees and the drama of “little April showers” in a miniature woodland landscape. Walt Disney Museum.

~ CIRCUS Pi/Circus Finelli, Jewels in the Square, 2-4pm. Union Square Park, San Francisco.

~ EVENT Sunday Fun Days at Marinwood Pool! Food & Entertainement begin at 12:30pm. Free for pool members, non-members pay the normal entrance fee. Marinwood Pool for live music or DJ, bounce house & games. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

~ FAIR San Mateo County Fair, 11:00 am-10:00 pm or 12:00 pm-10:00 pm depending on days. Dia de la Feria. San Mateo County Fairgrounds, 2495 S. Delaware Street, San Mateo.

~ FARM HAY HARVESTING, Join in the fun of an old-fashioned hay harvest! Hop into the hay wagon for a ride into the fields, then help load the freshly mown hay and haul it back to the hay stack. We’ll learn the difference between hay and straw as we bring in this year’s crop. Ardenwood.

~ FESTIVAL Northern California Pirate Festival, entertaining event where everyone who loves pirates will have a great time and feel welcome! Vallejo Waterfront, only a few short steps west of the Vallejo Ferry Terminal!

~ FESTIVAL Native Contemporary Arts Festival, This 14th annual event focusing on Native artists features traditional and contemporary music, dance, and free craft activities for kids. The program includes L. Frank Manriquez, Eddie Madril, The Medicine Warriors/All Nations Drum. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, 12-3pm.

~ FESTIVAL North Beach Festival, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Grant Ave. (between Columbus and Filbert) and Washington Square Park, San Francisco, 989-2220, “The country’s original outdoor arts & crafts festival celebrates its 51st anniversary with Juried Arts & Crafts Exhibitions and Sales, Celebrity Pizza Toss, Live Entertainment Stages with Alternative, Rhythm & Blues, Latin Rock, Pop Rock, Reggae, Salsa and Swing, Cooking Stage, Celebrity Chefs, Assisi Animal Blessings (2:00 pm, both days, Vallejo/ Columbus), Arte di Gesso (Italian street chalk art competition, 1500 block Stockton), indoor Classical Concerts, 4 pm, at National Shrine of St. Francis. Poetry Stage.”

~ MUSEUM Collection Highlights Tours for Families, 1pm, Bring the kids! Tours of SFMOMA’s galleries, tailored especially for families, are offered in conjunction with Family Sundays. Tour topic: Gotta Collect; check the schedule in the Koret Center for topics on the day of your visit. Free with museum admission. To register, visit the Koret Visitor Education Center. Space is limited. SFMOMA Family Programs are designed for families with children ages 4 to 11. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

~ MUSIC Concerts-in-the-Park, Griffin Stoller, Award Winning Fiddler, and Johnny Cash Tribute Band Featuring James Garner, “Man in Black”, 4pm, Belvedere Park.

~ MUSIC Stern Grove Festival’s KidStage provides hands-on arts projects and workshops for kids of all ages before each Sunday concert from noon to 1:00 p.m.

~ MUSIC Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, classic R&B and soul sound. Kick off the Festival’s 74th Season with a Motown sound revival! Opening the afternoon is French soul crooner Ben L’Oncle Soul. Stern Grove, 2pm.

~ NATURE YMCA Point Bonita Marine Mammal-o-Rama, 10:30am-1:30pm, Spend the day in the Marin Headlands learning about the fascinating world of marine mammals with an experienced naturalist. Play fun games about seals and whales. Easy to moderate 1-2 miles. Meet at Fort Cronkite parking lot. Bring a bagged lunch. $10/adult, $5/child. Register at 331-9622.

~ OUTDOORS Junior Ranger Hike, 1-4pm, Join a park ranger on a three-mile hike through mysterious Fort Baker. We will explore shady trails, warm up in the sun at Battery Yates, and play Trail Bingo! Meet at the Cavallo Point reception building, 601 Murray Circle. Bring water, a snack, and wear good walking shoes. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. For information, call (415) 388-2596.

~ PANCAKES Pancake Breakfast, 9am to 1pm, $10.00 adults/$5.00 kids. West Point Inn, Mill Valley.

~ PERFORMANCE Puppet Art Theater – Fairy Tale Funnies. Will those clever goats outwit the ugly troll? Who will win the race: the slow and steady Tortoise or the lightning-fast Hare? The outstanding Puppet Art Theater performs these classic stories, and brings a special guest – the Dancing Caterpillar! Mill Valley Public Library.

~ PERFORMANCE Sunday Specials, 11am, Be our special guest before the Library opens. Enjoy a selected artists & entertainers (including Puppet Art Theater, The Bubble Lady, and more) in the Main Reading Room.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 12:30pm & 3pm, Children’s Theatre Presents: Puss in Boots: What’s a kitten to do when the dogs bully her? Momma cat responds by telling the classic story of how a loyal cat with a taste for good footwear takes her human friend from rags to riches. Words and music by Tony Jonick. 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: The Reluctant Dragon. Oakland.

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

~ STORYTIME Tell Me A Bed Time Story, 3-5pm, Dinosaurs, horsetails, and very old trees—all have a history in the forest before the time of people. Discover the mysteries of Muir Woods on this easy walk suitable for families with young children, ages 4 to 8. Strollers, backpack carriers, and wheelchairs welcome. Bring water, snack, and dress in layers. Meet at the Visitor Center. RSVP required; please phone (415) 388-2596.

~ THEATRE Go Dog Go, All the zany excitement of this beloved story for preschoolers comes to life with plenty of doggone action! Come see if you like that hat! Performances at Children’s Fairyland, 10:30 am & 4 pm.

~ WORKSHOP Ouch!! Ants in My Back Yard, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Interested in exploring citizen science? Learn the basics about ants and about the various kinds. Collect samples in Golden Gate Park and further explore the amazing world of ants under the microscope with the guidance of Academy entomologists and educators. For families, children must be 8 years or older. Reservations: Individuals $12, Members $10. Workshop does not include museum admission. Space is limited. To reserve a place today, buy a ticket online or over the phone at 800-794-7576. Meet at the Business Reception Desk off Middle Drive. California Academy of Science.

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Monday June 20

~ FILM How to Train Your Dragon, Century Theatres Northgate Mall, San Rafael, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ STORYTIME Story Time Hour, 11am-Noon,  featuring the travel book series by M.Sasek. Drinks and snacks will be provided for those in attendance. The Poppy Store, Marin County Mart.

~ STORYTIME Swashbuckling Stories!, Arrrgh! High seas adventure has drifted into the library! Pirates pepper the pages of these action-packed stories. Pirate booty will be served! For Grade 1+, 3:30 pm in the Creekside Room. No sign-up needed. Mill Valley Library.

Tuesday June 21, June Solstice or first day of summer (summer solstice) the longest day of the year!

~ CRAFT Little Sprouts! Treats for Tweets! Supply snacks for backyard birds with a pinecone feeder full of peanut butter and seeds. Amphitheater. For kids entering Kindergarten in the fall and younger, 11:00 am – 11:45 am. Advanced sign-up required and parent or caregiver participation. Mill Valley Library.

~ CRAFT TLC Tuesdays – Reuse, Recycle, Have Fun! 100 Books Project: Books on the Wing, Grade 3+, Help create whimsical works of art for the Children’s Room by transforming discarded reading matter into flights of fancy. Creekside Room. Advance sign-up required. Pamper the Earth with these planet-friendly programs. 3:30pm Mill Valley Library.

~ EVENT Summer Solstice Celebration, 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. Meet at Muir Beach. No reservations required.

~ 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

~ EXPLORE Tyke Explorers Program, This session’s theme is: Seasons of Change (10am – 10:50am OR 12pm – 12:50pm) Sing: Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall – all you have to do is call, and I’ll be there yeah, you’ve got a friend. Discover the reasons for the seasons and the beauty that transforms the Earth throughout each year on its journey around the Sun. Chabot Space & Science Center. Guests: $12 / $10 for each additional child, Members: $9 / $5 for each additional child, 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM.

~ FILM How to Train Your Dragon, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ FILM How to Train Your Dragon, CineArts Marin, Sausalito, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ MUSIC Sing-Along with Tim Holt, Tim Holt brings his lively storytelling and old-fashioned sing-along approach to his latest folksong program: “The Water Is Wide: Songs of the Sea & Rivers.” The program includes sea chanteys, whaling songs, old favorites like “Shenandoah” and “The Erie Canal,” and Woody Guthrie’s Columbia River ballads. It’s a celebration of life on our rivers and oceans as expressed through the American folksong. Refreshments will be served. Marin City Library, 7pm.

~ PERFORMANCE Puppet Art Theater presents The Tale of the Dragon’s Tail, 11am-12pm, Fairfax Library, Ages 3+.

~ PERFORMANCE Tale of the Dragon’s Tail: A Puppet Show, Princess Penny feels there’s something mysterious going on at the castle, and it involves a dragon! Novato Library, 6:30pm, Ages 3+. 897-1143.

Wednesday June 22

~ BOOK Laugh-Out-Loud Book Club, Grade 3+, 4:30 – 5:15, Our weekly book group is about anything and everything Jon Scieszka (rhymes with Fresca). We’ll read aloud as many of his hilarious books as possible starting with Summer Reading is Killing Me and his newest novel Spaceheadz. We’ll even attempt a few “out of this world” activities, too! Creekside Room. Advance sign-up required. Mill Valley Library.

~ CRAFTS Summer Craft SeriesQuilted Bookbags with Victoria Gonzalez. Just for school-aged children, 2:30-3:30, San Rafael Library. Registration required, sign up at the children’s desk or call 485-3322.

~ DANCE Swing in the Square, The West Coast Ramblers and Lindypendance, Union Square, 6-8pm.

~ FAIR Sonoma-Marin Fair, Noon to midnight (gates close at 10pm), Enjoy carnival rides, music by Tower of Power, livestock exhibits, home and fine arts exhibits, wine tasting of award-winning wines from our North of the Gate Wine Competition, the World Champion Ugly Dog Competition, a Talent Show, and much, much more. 175 Fairgrounds Drive Petaluma, 707-283-3252.

~ FILM How to Train Your Dragon, Century Theatres Northgate Mall, San Rafael, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ MEET Daytime Dads Meetup with Babies/Kids, 3–4:30 pm, Are you a stay at home dad, have the day off, or get the afternoon to play with the kids? Come join the dads at Dolliver Park in Larkspur (also known as the Dark Park.) All ages welcome. Please call David when you get to the park to meet up with the dads: 415-710-7162

~ MUSIC Frances England & Friends, Bay Area recording artist (and winner of Parent’s Choice awards in 2008 and 2011), Frances England plays indie/alt music that both children and parents love. Her award-winning albums are brimming with songs that are good enough to pass for grown-up music. 3:30pm, Mill Valley Library Amphitheater.

~ NATURE Nature for Kids at Cascade Canyon, We’ll head up one of the shaded canyons to look for butterflies and other bugs, and maybe even some snakes and lizards. The fact that some of the creeks here stay wet all year attracts all kinds of wildlife. We request that no animals (except service animals) attend. Meet at the MCOSD gate at the end of Cascade Dr. From Fairfax, follow the Fairfax-Bolinas Rd to Cascade Dr. Parking is limited, so carpool if you can. 10am-2pm.

~ PERFORMANCE Summer Reading Program: Alex Ramon, World Famous Illusionist, Alex Ramon has mesmerized millions around the world with his magic! He was the “Magical Zingmaster” for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® circus, and is the first magician to be the star of The Greatest Show on Earth®. He’s been seen on national and international television, has made elephants disappear, turned men into tigers and made Whoopi Goldberg levitate. 1pm, San Anselmo Town Council Chambers.

~ PERFORMANCE Amazing Juggler Owen Baker-Flynn’s Act in a Box, Come enjoy a morning of juggling and fun at the library, free for children age 3 and up. For more information please contact the Corte Madera Library Children’s Desk at 415-924-6382.

~ 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 June 23

~ AUTHOR Elizabeth Singer Hunt, Grade 1+, Nine-year-old Secret Agent Jack Stalwart fights villains around the globe in this popular chapter book series. Find out how the author invented the character and thinks up his secret missions. Books will be available for purchase. Creekside Room. No sign-up needed. Creekside Room. 3:30p, Mill Valley Library.

~ FAIR Sonoma-Marin Fair, Noon to midnight (gates close at 10pm), Enjoy carnival rides, music by Rick Springfield, livestock exhibits, home and fine arts exhibits, wine tasting of award-winning wines from our North of the Gate Wine Competition, the World Champion Ugly Dog Competition, a Talent Show, and much, much more. 175 Fairgrounds Drive Petaluma, 707-283-3252.

~ FILM How to Train Your Dragon, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ PERFORMANCE Images in Motion Puppeteers with Big Bad Bruce, for ages 5 & up, “Big Bad Bruce” by Bill Peet, is a classic story, full of rollicking action and humor. Bruce, a big bully of a bear, never picks on anyone his own size until he is diminished in more ways than one by Roxie, a small but very independent witch. This tale is brought to life with the beautiful crafted hand, rod and shadow puppets of Images In Motion. Belvedere-Tiburon Library, 11 am Founders Room.

~ PERFORMANCE Amazing Juggler Owen Baker-Flynn’s Act in a Box, Come enjoy an afternoon of juggling and fun at the library! This free program is for children age 3 and up and is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Marin County Library. For more information, please contact the Marin City Library at (415) 332-6154.

~ STORYTIME Fireflies and Falling Stars: The Magic of Bali through Story, 1:00 pm–1:30 pm. Can the animals of the forest live together in peace? Will Prince Rama and the Monkey King Hanuman rescue the beautiful Sita from the Demon Ravana? The museum’s storytellers bring the galleries to life with retell classic Balinese myths and folktales and timeless epics for audiences both young and old. Asian Art Museum.

Friday June 24

~ BLOCK PARTY Friday Nights on Main, The Ultimate Community Street Party! 6-9pm. Gather with your neighbors, friends, and family. Downtown Tiburon.

~ COOKING Hands-On Cooking Classes for Kids, learn to make sweet breakfast treats 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 Go Fly a Kite! Grade 1+, Construct and decorate paper kites or gliding airplanes and test them out in the redwood grove. Don’t want to fly? Fold some origami animals or blow gigantic soap bubble blimps – fun for everyone! Amphitheater. Advance sign-up required. 3:30pm Mill Valley Library.

~ EVENT Pasados del Presidio: Afternoon Fun for Kids, Noon-3pm, Explore the lifeways and music of Early California. Kids can enjoy adobe brick making, pottery, tortilla making, and more! The Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop.

~ FAIR Sonoma-Marin Fair, Noon to midnight (gates close at 10pm), Enjoy carnival rides, music by The Charlie Daniels Band, livestock exhibits, home and fine arts exhibits, wine tasting of award-winning wines from our North of the Gate Wine Competition, the World Champion Ugly Dog Competition, a Talent Show, and much, much more. 175 Fairgrounds Drive Petaluma, 707-283-3252.

~ MUSIC Creekside Fridays!, House Party Boogie Band, The Cabin, 60 Tennessee Valley Rd, Mill Valley, 6:30pm – 8:00pm.

~ MUSIC Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, The Bingtones, Gabrielson Park, Anchor and Bridgeway, Sausalito.

~ MUSIC Concerts Under the Oak, Zebop! The Rhythm and Music of Santana, Northgate Mall, San Rafael.

~ MUSIC Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Music by ERIC BURDON & THE ANIMALS, 6:30pm and 8:30pm on the Beach Bandstand.

~ MUSIC Music in the Park Series, 6-8pm in Marinwood Park, “Agape Soul”.

~ PERFORMANCE Chelle! & Friends perform music from New Orleans, the land where Jazz was born. Children’s Garden Series 11am & 12:15pm. Programs are held outdoors under the open sky, without much shade. Hats or caps are recommended to protect children from the sun. Yerba Buena Garden Festival, San Francisco.

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Saturday June 25

~ ANIMALS Wild Things At The Library, 11am-12pm, Come visit with some of our wild animal friends and learn more about them from Wild Things Inc. This is always a popular show, so come early. For further information please call the Inverness Library at 669-1288.

~ ANIMALS Wild Things At The Library, 2-3pm, Come visit with some of our wild animal friends and learn more about them from Wild Things Inc. This is always a popular show, so come early. For further information please call the Bolinas Library at 669-1288.

~ 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.

~ ART Live Study Sketch Session, We’re bringing in real animals, just like Disney did, for you to study and sketch!! Don’t miss this opportunity to join an artist on our front lawn and bring life to your illustrations! This activity is weather permitting. 10:00am – 12:00pm, Front Lawn (A), Walt Disney Museum.

~ CAMPING Family Hike and Campfire, 6-8:30pm Enjoy the great outdoors after the sun sets with a fun-filled family friendly hike and campfire. Gather ’round the campfire for quality time with your favorite friends and family, sing songs, and get silly with your siblings as you roast S’mores by moonlight. *$10/person, pre-registration required, Headlands Institute.

~ CAMPING Great American Backyard CampoutJoin REI and YMCA Point Bonita and sleep under the stars in the magnificent Marin Headlands. REI will provide FREE rental gear (including tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads on a first-come, first-serve basis), Hot Dogs and Hamburgers and your family will contribute to a Potluck Dinner on Saturday night. Breakfast will be provided on Sunday morning. There will be programs including YMCA naturalist-led hikes, arts and crafts, a campfire, and a “Leave No Trace” info and game session by REI. $10/per person. To register please e-mail Damien Oyobio or call 415 331 9622.

~ CRAFT Saturdays are Special, Design and bead a leather medicine bag that will hold your small treasures. Randall Museum, 1pm-4pm.

~ DANCE AXIS DANCE COMPANY, 1:00 pm, 1:50 pm and 2:40 pm The site-specific find way to fall II, choreographed by Sonsheree Giles with live music by Caroline Penwarden. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

~ EVENT San Francisco Gay Pride Event, dedicated to education, to the commemoration of LGBT heritage and to the celebration of LGBT culture and liberation.

~ FAIR Sonoma-Marin Fair, Noon to midnight (gates close at 10pm), Enjoy carnival rides, music by Blue Oyster Cult & Foghat, livestock exhibits, home and fine arts exhibits, wine tasting of award-winning wines from our North of the Gate Wine Competition, the World Champion Ugly Dog Competition, a Talent Show, and much, much more. 175 Fairgrounds Drive Petaluma, 707-283-3252.

~ FAIR Birth and Baby Fair, showcases local businesses and resources as well as independent designers with the aim to educate and expose new & expecting parents and young families to unique & beneficial products & services.

~ FESTIVAL “Solstice Celebration”― An afternoon of summer solstice festivities with *Lowiczanie Polish Folk Ensemble of San Francisco (Polish), Leap of Faith Longsword (English), Centeotl Grupo de Danza y Baile Mexican (Mexican), and *Jubilee American Dance Theatre (USA), 3pm.

~ FESTIVAL KidsBash, A public event that provides the kids of San Francisco with a festival of their very own. Ghirardelli Square, 10am-4pm.

~ FESTIVAL Mexican Arts Festival, 4pm, A fun, festive, outdoor and bilingual celebration of Mexican culture for the whole family! Free event  with low-cost activities & food.  San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.

~ FILM Film Night in the Park, National Velvet, Creek Park in San Anselmo, 8pm.

~ FISHING Fishing for Kids, Rangers will teach the basics of freshwater fishing at Stafford Lake Park. A limited amount of fishing poles, bait, and tackle boxes will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. Bring snacks, water, and sun block. Pets are not permitted (except service animals). From the park entrance, turn right and park in the last lot at the end of the road (3549 Novato Blvd, Novato). Parking is $10. Fishing license required for participants 16 and over.

~ FUNDRAISER Walk in the Wild, Stroll through the Zoo and enjoy delicious cuisine, libations, fabulous entertainment, and dancing under the stars. Guests under 21 will not be admitted.

~HISTORIC TOUR African Californios, 2-3pm, explore untold stories of African-Americans in California’s Spanish Colonial period. Learn how their legacy shaped the San Francisco we know today.Reservations required 561-4323.

~ MUSIC Mashups Summer Music Series, Beatles jam band Rubber Souldiers, Bring the whole family, a picnic dinner and be ready to dance! Hosted by: Mr. Mashup. Tickets are $10 per person (under 1 free), available for purchase on our website or at the gate. Ticket price does not include day admission to Children’s Fairyland. Gates open at 6pm, concert starts at 6:30pm.

~ MUSIC San Francisco Free Folk Festival, music and dance workshops, concerts, dance parties, crafts, vendors, formal and informal music-making, and just plain fun for the whole family. All ages and musical interests are welcome. Presidio Middle School, 450 30th Ave, San Francisco (@ Geary)

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 12:30pm & 3pm, Children’s Theatre Presents: The Five Heads: A magical bird that can make milk, an enchanted snake that can morph into human form, and a laughing forest are only some of the wonders in the fairytale world of this African Cinderella story. Written and directed by Jacinta Kaumbulu, the production features traditional Kenyan songs and games. 1:30pm & 2:30pm – Jacquelyn Lynaugh as Mother Goose, with her friends Grieselda the Goose and Humpty Dumpty, will entertain both adults and children with her music and tales. 11am & 2pm & 4pm – Puppet Show: The Reluctant Dragon. Oakland.

~ SLEEPOVER Academy Sleepovers, Why count sheep when you could count geckos, butterflies, sharks, and penguins? Camp out for a night at the Academy, and you’ll see the museum in a whole new light. California Academy of Science.

~ THEATRE Go Dog Go, All the zany excitement of this beloved story for preschoolers comes to life with plenty of doggone action! Come see if you like that hat! Performances at Children’s Fairyland, 10:30 am & 4 pm.

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Sunday June 26

~ ART Drop-In Art-Making: Colors and Moods, Using the same palette that formed the visual landscape of Charlotte Salomon’s Life? Or Theatre?, combine red, blue, and yellow gouache colors to create a painting that conveys moods. 1-3 PM, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

~ EVENT Sunday Fun Days at Marinwood Pool! Food & Entertainement begin at 12:30pm. Free for pool members, non-members pay the normal entrance fee. Marinwood Pool for live music or DJ, bounce house & games. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

~ EVENT San Francisco Gay Pride Event, dedicated to education, to the commemoration of LGBT heritage and to the celebration of LGBT culture and liberation.

~ FAIR Sonoma-Marin Fair, Noon to midnight (gates close at 10pm), Enjoy carnival rides, music, livestock exhibits, home and fine arts exhibits, wine tasting of award-winning wines from our North of the Gate Wine Competition, the World Champion Ugly Dog Competition, a Talent Show, and much, much more. 175 Fairgrounds Drive Petaluma, 707-283-3252.

~ FARM HAY HARVESTING, Join in the fun of an old-fashioned hay harvest! Hop into the hay wagon for a ride into the fields, then help load the freshly mown hay and haul it back to the hay stack. We’ll learn the difference between hay and straw as we bring in this year’s crop. Ardenwood

~ FESTIVAL Oban Festival and Bazaar, Enjoy Japanese and other ethnic food, demonstrations and displays of Japanese dance, flower arranging (Ikebana), Bonsai, calligraphy, martial arts, and much more.  11am-4pm, Buddhist Temple of Marin, 390 Miller Ave., Mill Valley.

~ MUSIC Stern Grove Festival’s KidStage provides hands-on arts projects and workshops for kids of all ages before each Sunday concert from noon to 1:00 p.m.

~ MUSIC Jazz Mafia Symphony, genre-defying fusion of jazz, funk, hip-hop, electronica, and symphonic music. Includes the world premiere of a new piece, “Emperor Norton Symphony No. 2,” celebrating the spirit of San Francisco’s favorite eccentric. Chali 2na, known for his MC skills with hip-hop group Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli, guest stars. Stern Grove, 2pm.

~ MUSIC Rockin’ Ukes Family Workshop, Ages 7 & up are welcome!, 11:00am-1:00pm. The ukulele is fun and easy to play. You can have hours of enjoyment with just a few basic skills. This workshop will discuss how to start and continue to improve your playing. Basic chords, strumming and a few standard chord progressions will be covered. This 2-hour Rockin’ Ukes workshop is for families & kids ages 7 and up, no previous experience necessary. $15 per class with advance registration, $20 at the door. Pre-registration is suggested as the number of instruments the instructor can provide is limited. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda, 510.865.5060.

~ MUSIC San Francisco Free Folk Festival, music and dance workshops, concerts, dance parties, crafts, vendors, formal and informal music-making, and just plain fun for the whole family. All ages and musical interests are welcome. Presidio Middle School, 450 30th Ave, San Francisco (@ Geary)

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 12:30pm & 3pm, Children’s Theatre Presents: The Five Heads: A magical bird that can make milk, an enchanted snake that can morph into human form, and a laughing forest are only some of the wonders in the fairytale world of this African Cinderella story. Written and directed by Jacinta Kaumbulu, the production features traditional Kenyan songs and games. 1:30pm & 2:30pm – Jacquelyn Lynaugh as Mother Goose, with her friends Grieselda the Goose and Humpty Dumpty, will entertain both adults and children with her music and tales. 11am & 2pm & 4pm – Puppet Show: The Reluctant Dragon. Oakland.

~ THEATRE Go Dog Go, All the zany excitement of this beloved story for preschoolers comes to life with plenty of doggone action! Come see if you like that hat! Performances at Children’s Fairyland, 10:30 am & 4 pm.

~ VOLUNTEER Tiburon Uplands Broom Pull, clear an isolated stand of French broom at this gorgeous nature preserve. Working near a ridgeline with spectacular views, our work will protect diverse plant and animal habitat that is situated downhill of a large seed-producing broom colony. The event will begin with a 20-minute interpretive hike up moderate to steep trail. Work will occur on uneven terrain and is suited for volunteers 8 years and older. Park and meet at the dirt turnouts at 3150 Paradise Dr. Tiburon Uplands Nature Preserve, 9am – 12:30pm.

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Monday June 27

~ FILM Tale of Despereaux, Century Theatres Northgate Mall, San Rafael, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ MAGIC Dan Chan, Magic Man, 10:30-11:30am, Prepare to be amazed and entertained by a wizard of the arts of magic, Dan Chan. Fun for the whole family. For further information please call the Stinson Beach Library at 868-0252.

~ MAGIC Dan Chan, Magic Man, 1-2pm, Prepare to be amazed and entertained by a wizard of the arts of magic, Dan Chan. Fun for the whole family. This event will be held at The Dance Palace at 503 B Street in Point Reyes Station.

~ MAGIC Alex Ramon Magic, Bay Area native Alex Ramon has toured the world with Disney and Ringling Brothers. We are very lucky to present his mystifying and mind bending magic show this summer! This program is ideal for school-aged children. 2pm, San Rafael Library.

~ MAGIC Alex Ramon Magic, 11-11:45am, Mystifying, mind-bending, mesmerizing magic from Alex Ramon will enthrall all ages, kids and adults! 11-11:45am, Corte Madera Library.

~ MUSIC Music Together of Marin, Free demonstration, registration required. Parents Place, San Rafael, 10-10:45am.

~ STORYTIME Story Time Hour, 11am-Noon,  featuring the travel book series by M.Sasek. Drinks and snacks will be provided for those in attendance. The Poppy Store, Marin County Mart.

~ STORYTIME Japanese Folktales, Travel with us to a distant land as you listen to three Japanese folktales. Japanese snacks served to curb the hunger pains during your journey. 3:30 pm in the Creekside Room. No sign-up needed. Mill Valley Library.

Tuesday June 28

~ CRAFT Treasures from Trash, Grade 2+, Decorate a recycled water bottle to hold a beautiful bouquet of handmade handprint lilies. It’s a green gift idea or a sustainable sculpture for your room. Creekside Room. Advance sign-up required. Pamper the Earth with these planet-friendly programs. 3:30pm, Mill Valley Library.

~ CRAFT Little Sprouts! Pre-Kindergarten, 11:00 am – 11:45 am. Practice yoga with your preschooler. Play, dance, sing, and breathe in a creative environment incorporating props, stories, and movement. Creekside Room. Mill Valley Library. Advance registration required.

~ FILM Tale of Despereaux, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ FILM Tale of Despereaux, CineArts Marin, Sausalito, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ MUSIC Build a Band Kids Day with Magik*Magik Orchestra, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bring lunch. Kids Days are interactive and fun arts education programs for children ages 4-13, open to the public and admission-free. Pre-registration is required. Stern Grove.

MUSIC Sing with Pierini Del’Avo, San Rafael Library, 3:30 PM. Small and tall are invited to come and sign delightful and original songs by Pierini Del’Avo. Feel shy about singing? You can join in the movements. Best for children 3-7 years old.

Wednesday June 29

~ BOOK Laugh-Out-Loud Book Club, Grade 3+, 4:30 – 5:15, Our weekly book group is about anything and everything Jon Scieszka (rhymes with Fresca). We’ll read aloud as many of his hilarious books as possible starting with Summer Reading is Killing Me and his newest novel Spaceheadz. We’ll even attempt a few “out of this world” activities, too! Creekside Room. Advance sign-up required. Mill Valley Library.

~ CRAFTS Summer Craft Series, Postcard collage for armchair travels penpal exchange. Just for school-aged children, 2:30-3:30, San Rafael Library. Registration required, sign up at the children’s desk or call 485-3322.

~ EXPLORE Toddler Treks, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, designed especially for children 1 to 3 years of age. Each month we will learn about a different animal that shares our world – all can be found in the Bay Area or the Academy. We will use props and our imagination to “trek” together to the place each animal calls home. This month is about snakes. California Academy of Sciences.

~ FILM Tale of Despereaux, Century Theatres Northgate Mall, San Rafael, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ MEET Meet Curious George, 10:30am. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~ MUSIC Colibrí, Colibrí (hummingbird in Español) will perform lively, latin infused music on a variety of instruments. A great family show for all ages! 10:30am, San Rafael Library.

~ MUSIC Miss Kitty, Local favorite Miss Kitty will perform a series of six fun family concerts perfect for children aged birth to 8. 7pm, San Rafael Library.

~ MUSIC Build a Band Kids Day with Magik*Magik Orchestra, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bring lunch. Kids Days are interactive and fun arts education programs for children ages 4-13, open to the public and admission-free. Pre-registration is required. Stern Grove.

~ STORYTIME Kirk Waller, Storyteller, In the age of iPhones and Blackberrys, this award-winning storyteller is known for his ability to enrapture audiences with the spoken word. Experience tales from the African American tradition conveyed with musicality, mime, and emotion – no electronic gadgets needed! 3:30pm Mill Valley Library.

~ STORYTIME Summer Reading Program: Kirk Waller, Storyteller, 1pm, San Anselmo Town Council Chambers.

Thursday June 30

~ AUTHOR Annie Barrows, How much fun can you have with 5 gumdrops and 2 paper clips? Don’t miss this wacky craft invented by the irrepressible author of everyone’s favorite Ivy and Bean series. Annie will also read and answer questions about writing and other stuff. (Books will be available for purchase or bring your own.) Creekside Room. No sign-up needed, Grade 1+, 3:30pm, Mill Valley Library Amphitheater.

~ FAIR Marin County Fair, 11am to 11pm, in celebration of the Golden Gate Bridge. Music by Three Dog Night, 10 Avenue of the Flags San Rafael, 415-499-6800.

~ FILM Tale of Despereaux, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ MUSIC Build a Band Kids Day with Magik*Magik Orchestra, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bring lunch. Kids Days are interactive and fun arts education programs for children ages 4-13, open to the public and admission-free. Pre-registration is required. Stern Grove.

~ PERFORMANCE Juggler Dana Smith, for ages 5 & up , show includes three club juggling, Chinese rhythm stick, diabolo, ball spinning, hat tricks, hand balancing stunts and other one of a kind feats and never before seen skills. Belvedere-Tiburon Library, 11 am Founders Room.

~ READ Share-a-book, Read to a dog, 1pm, San Anselmo Library.

~ STORYTIME Fireflies and Falling Stars: The Magic of Bali through Story, 1:00 pm–1:30 pm. Can the animals of the forest live together in peace? Will Prince Rama and the Monkey King Hanuman rescue the beautiful Sita from the Demon Ravana? The museum’s storytellers bring the galleries to life with retell classic Balinese myths and folktales and timeless epics for audiences both young and old. Asian Art Museum.

Friday July 1, New Moon

~ ART 100 Books Public Art Project, Construct tiny books from recycled playing cards and snack packages – see how many you can make in an hour. They make cool note pads or great gifts. Grade 3+, advance registration required, 3:30-5pm, Mill Valley Library.

~ BLOCK PARTY Friday Nights on Main, The Ultimate Community Street Party! 6-9pm. Gather with your neighbors, friends, and family. Downtown Tiburon.

~ CRAFT 100 Books Public Art Project: Mini-Books, Grade 3+, Construct tiny books from recycled playing cards and snack packages – see how many you can make in an hour. They make cool note pads or great gifts. Creekside Room. Advance sign-up required. 3:30pm Mill Valley Library.

~ DANCE San Francisco City Hall Rotunda Nimely Pan African Dance Company @ 12pm at the San Francisco City Hall Rotunda. FREE to the public!

~ FAIR Marin County Fair, 11am to 11pm, in celebration of the Golden Gate Bridge. Music by Toots & The Maytals. 10 Avenue of the Flags San Rafael, 415-499-6800.

~ MUSIC Creekside Fridays, 7th Starduster Orchestra, The Cabin, 60 Tennessee Valley Rd, Mill Valley, 6:30pm – 8:00pm.

~ MUSIC Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Hands on Fire, Gabrielson Park, Anchor and Bridgeway, Sausalito.

~ MUSIC Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Music by THE FAMILY STONE, 6:30pm and 8:30pm on the Beach Bandstand.

~ PERFORMANCE Circus Bella is a dazzling kaleidoscope of thrilling feats of balance, strength, and elegance plus outrageous slapstick. Children’s Garden Series 12-1pm. Programs are held outdoors under the open sky, without much shade. Hats or caps are recommended to protect children from the sun. Yerba Buena Garden Festival, San Francisco.

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Saturday July 2

~ FAIR Marin County Fair, 11am to 11pm, in celebration of the Golden Gate Bridge. Music by Ozomatli. 10 Avenue of the Flags San Rafael, 415-499-6800.

~ FILM Film Night in the Park, The Princess Bride, Creek Park in San Anselmo, 8pm.

~ MEET Meet Curious George, 10:30am. Bay Area Discovery Museum. 

~ MUSEUM Shadows, Masks, & Mythology Daily, July 2–September 11, 10:00 am–5:00 pm Indonesian performing arts are highlighted in this lively and interactive environment for all ages. Try your hand at shadow puppetry, explore a Balinese temple, listen to gamelan and other forms of Indonesian music, watch shadow puppet plays on an iPad, make your own puppet and read about Indonesian art and culture. Asian Art Museum.

~ MUSIC Fillmore Jazz Festival, Blending art and soul in one of the country’s most unique neighborhoods, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free Jazz festival on the West Coast, 10am-6pm, Fillmore Street between Jackson and Eddy.

~ PERFORMANCE Shadows, Masks, & Mythology Daily,  thu September 11, 10:00 am–5:00 pm. Indonesian performing arts are highlighted in this lively and interactive environment for all ages. Try your hand at shadow puppetry, explore a Balinese temple, listen to gamelan and other forms of Indonesian music, watch shadow puppet plays on an iPad, make your own puppet and read about Indonesian art and culture.

~ PERFORMANCE Circus Bella is a dazzling kaleidoscope of thrilling feats of balance, strength, and elegance plus outrageous slapstick. Children’s Garden Series 12-1pm. Programs are held outdoors under the open sky, without much shade. Hats or caps are recommended to protect children from the sun. Yerba Buena Garden Festival, San Francisco.

~ READ Dogs are great listeners!, Kindergarten and up. Advance sign-up advised. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Corte Madera Public Library.

~ THEATRE Go Dog Go, All the zany excitement of this beloved story for preschoolers comes to life with plenty of doggone action! Come see if you like that hat! Performances at Children’s Fairyland, 10:30 am & 4 pm.

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Sunday July 3

~ ART The Art of Portraiture, Drawing on Gertrude Stein’s lifelong long affair with the portrait, create your own portrait of live, in-studio models with props-in-hand! 1-3 PM, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

~ CLASS Family Practice Day: Special Family Day in the Upper Hall, Cost $35-55 per family, plus a donation to the teachers. Code FA3D11. Please bring lunch to share. 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm, Family Days are a wonderful opportunity to spend the day connecting with your children, yourself and a community of supportive peers. Come play, share, learn and open your heart! Spirit Rock.

~ DANCE Tango in the Square, Olivia & Jonathan, Jewels in the Square, Union Square, 2-4pm.

~ EVENT Sunday Fun Days at Marinwood Pool! Food & Entertainement begin at 12:30pm. Free for pool members, non-members pay the normal entrance fee. Marinwood Pool for live music or DJ, bounce house & games. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

~ FAIR Marin County Fair, 11am to 11pm, in celebration of the Golden Gate Bridge. Music by The Pointer Sisters. 10 Avenue of the Flags San Rafael, 415-499-6800.

~ MUSIC Fillmore Jazz Festival, Blending art and soul in one of the country’s most unique neighborhoods, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free Jazz festival on the West Coast, 10am-6pm, Fillmore Street between Jackson and Eddy.

~ MUSIC Stern Grove Festival’s KidStage provides hands-on arts projects and workshops for kids of all ages before each Sunday concert from noon to 1:00 p.m.

~ MUSIC Celebrate an Indie Independence Day weekend! Indie powerhouse singer-songwriter Neko Case showcases her passionate vocals and inspired lyricism. Local favorite The Dodos open the show with their melodic folk-rock sound. Stern Grove, 2pm.

~ NATURE Children’s Program at Green Gulch, 1st Sunday, the beginning of the lecture is especially for children. 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. The program is regularly held on the first Sunday of each month (except the first Sunday in December). Please check in before the program at the table near the southwest side entrance of the zendo.

~ THEATRE Go Dog Go, All the zany excitement of this beloved story for preschoolers comes to life with plenty of doggone action! Come see if you like that hat! Performances at Children’s Fairyland, 10:30 am & 4 pm.

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Monday July 4, Independence Day

4th of July Celebrations:

  • Bolinas Independence Day Starts in town at 11 am; the town center will be closed to vehicle traffic.
  • Corte Madera-Larkspur pancake breakfast and 4th of July Parade.
  • Inverness Way North near the Inverness firehouse. Small fun local event in the town of Inverness with foot races for everyone from toddlers to adults.
  • Marin County Fair, 11am to 11pm, in celebration of the Golden Gate Bridge. 10 Avenue of the Flags San Rafael, 415-499-6800.
  • Marinwood Firefighters for pancake breakfast
  • Novato’s 4th of July Parade
  • Ross Picnic at Ross Commons parade and picnic.
  • Stinson and Bolinas have a tug of war over the channel that separates the two towns. Despite being yards away from each other, the towns have very different feels (to say the least). That is what makes this event that much more fun. 9-10am.
  • Sausalito 4th of July Parade and Fireworks, 10am-4pm.
  • Sleepy Hollow Parade & BBQ
  • Woodacre Independence Day pancake breakfast and parade.
~ FILM Megamind, Century Theatres Northgate Mall, San Rafael, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

Tuesday July 5

~ NATURE Wildlife Associates – Predators and Prey, All Ages, 3:00 pm, Learn how the delicate balance of nature is maintained by the predator-prey relationship. Wildlife guest stars include a golden eagle, African serval, kestrel, and an African crested porcupine. Amphitheater. No sign-up needed. Mill Valley Library.

~ CRAFT Little Sprouts! for kids entering Kindergarten in the fall and younger, 11:00 am – 11:45 am. All Little Sprouts! programs require advance sign-up and parent or caregiver participation. I Wanna be a Monster! Make a mask and become a “real” monster. Hear a funny monster story, too. Amphitheater. Mill Valley Library.

~ DANCE Cuban Dance and Culture Kids Day with Dance Mission, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bring lunch. Kids Days are interactive and fun arts education programs for children ages 4-13, open to the public and admission-free. Pre-registration is required. Stern Grove.

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

~ FILM Megamind, CineArts Marin, Sausalito, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ MUSIC Miss Kitty, Local favorite Miss Kitty will perform a series of six fun family concerts perfect for children aged birth to 8. 7pm, San Rafael Library.

~ MUSIC Orange Sherbet @ 3pm; Charity and the JAMband @ 4pm The Park Chalet/Beach Chalet has been generously opening its lawn to us for four summers now, so we can serve up the families of San Francisco some handmade music and dance outside.

Wednesday July 6

~ BOOK Laugh-Out-Loud Book Club, Grade 3+, 4:30 – 5:15, Our weekly book group is about anything and everything Jon Scieszka (rhymes with Fresca). We’ll read aloud as many of his hilarious books as possible starting with Summer Reading is Killing Me and his newest novel Spaceheadz. We’ll even attempt a few “out of this world” activities, too! Creekside Room. Advance sign-up required. Mill Valley Library.

~CRAFT Kids’ Squares: A Quilting Craft, Join quilter Victoria Gonzalez in creating your own quilted square to be a part of a larger quilt for the South Novato Library. For ages 3 and up. South Novato Library at 2:30pm, 506-3165.

~ DANCE Cuban Dance and Culture Kids Day with Dance Mission, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bring lunch. Kids Days are interactive and fun arts education programs for children ages 4-13, open to the public and admission-free. Pre-registration is required. Stern Grove.

~ FILM Megamind, Century Theatres Northgate Mall, San Rafael, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ PERFORMANCE Doug Nolan – Rock Steady Juggling Comedy! Juggling! Magic! And more! Join juggling maestro Doug Nolan for an afternoon of high-flying hijinks. A veteran performer, this super funny guy also teaches a powerful lesson about recycling. 3:30pm Mill Valley Library.

~ PERFORMANCE Adventure Theater, Magic, intrigue, jokes and juggling! For ages 3 and up. Novato Library, 6:30pm, 897-1143.

~ PERFORMANCE Tony Borders, Ventriloquist, 1-2pm, Tony Borders and his talking puppets invade the library to thrill and entertain you and to leave you laughing. For further information please call the Inverness Library at 669-1288.

~ PERFORMANCE Tony Borders, Ventriloquist, 4-5pm, Tony Borders and his talking puppets invade the library to thrill and entertain you and to leave you laughing. For further information please call the Bolinas Library at 868-1171.

~ PERFORMANCE Adventure Theater, 6:30-7:30pm, Magic, intrigue, jokes and juggling! Ages 3+, For more information, call the Novato Library Children’s Desk at 415-897-1143.

Thursday July 7

~ ART 100 Books Public Art Project Clowning Around, Create a book featuring your own clown and whatever else you would like to have parading through the pages of your colorful circus book. 3:30-5pm, Grade 1-2, Children’s Room. Mill Valley Library.

~ CLASS Photo Basics for Grandparents, 6:30-8pm, For beginner-level photographers who are hoping to improve family portraits and picture-taking.  Please bring a manual/SLR or point-and-shoot digital camera.  This is a FREE class, but pre-registration is required. Parents Place in San Rafael.

~ DANCE Cuban Dance and Culture Kids Day with Dance Mission, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bring lunch. Kids Days are interactive and fun arts education programs for children ages 4-13, open to the public and admission-free. Pre-registration is required. Stern Grove.

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

~ PERFORMANCE Magical Tales from Around the World with Blake Maxam, 2:30-3:30pm, Stories, magic and fun from everywhere you can imagine, and maybe a few places you can’t! For ages 3 and up. For more information, call the South Novato Library at 415-506-3165.

~ STORYTIME Pajama Storytime with Tracey Tate, 7-7:30pm, Wear your coziest P.J.’s and bring a snuggly for sweet dream stories, songs and fingerplays. For children ages 4 to 8 years old, with a parent or caregiver. For more information, call the South Novato Library at 415-506-3165.

~ STORYTIME Fireflies and Falling Stars: The Magic of Bali through Story, 1:00 pm–1:30 pm. Can the animals of the forest live together in peace? Will Prince Rama and the Monkey King Hanuman rescue the beautiful Sita from the Demon Ravana? The museum’s storytellers bring the galleries to life with retell classic Balinese myths and folktales and timeless epics for audiences both young and old. Asian Art Museum.

Friday July 8

~ BLOCK PARTY Friday Nights on Main, The Ultimate Community Street Party! 6-9pm. Gather with your neighbors, friends, and family. Downtown Tiburon.

~ FUN Cherry Hoops Hands-on Hula Hoop Party, Grade 2+, Holy Hula Hoops! Have fun in the sun watching an expert hooper strut her stuff. You’ll get to try some new hula tricks of your own, too! Amphitheater. Advance sign-up required. 3:30pm Mill Valley Library.

~ MEET Summer Sunset: Curious George, 5-7pm. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~ MUSIC Creekside Fridays!, Go Kat Go, The Cabin, 60 Tennessee Valley Rd, Mill Valley, 6:30pm – 8:00pm.

~ MUSIC Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Cosmo Alleycats, Gabrielson Park, Anchor and Bridgeway, Sausalito.

~ MUSIC Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Music by GREAT WHITE, 6:30pm and 8:30pm on the Beach Bandstand.

~ MUSIC Music in the Park Series, 6-8pm in Marinwood Park, “Miles Schon Band”.

~ PERFORMANCE PI CLOWNS, Hilarious theater using acrobatics, juggling, mime, dance, beat boxing, and improv. Children’s Garden Series 11am & 12:15pm. Programs are held outdoors under the open sky, without much shade. Hats or caps are recommended to protect children from the sun. Yerba Buena Garden Festival, San Francisco.

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Saturday July 9

~ ASTRONOMY Mt. Tam Public Star Party, Astronomy 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.

~ COOKING Hands-On Cooking Classes for Kid, pizza party for all ages, $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 Make It @ MOCFA, 6-8pm; Enjoying a long history as a craft and folk art, traditional and contemporary bojagi acts as both decorative and functional way of wrapping and protecting precious items or gifts. The Museum’s exhibition, “Wrapping Traditions: Korean Textiles Now”, promises to inspire creating your own wrapper from paper and fabric scraps, authentically re-using old to make new. Join our educators, special guest artists, and artisans for an afternoon of sewing, stapling, pasting, piecing, and attaching, tea tasting with local purveyors, and fun. Recommended for ages 4 years and up. $5 for materials and admission, FREE for members. Museum of Craft and Folk Art is conveniently located in the Yerba Buena Museum District.

~ EVENT Ohlone Game, 1-2pm, enjoy an easy 1/2 mile stroll near Chrissy Field Marsh. Hear about the intimate relationship Native Americans had with the San Francisco Peninsula and discover how the Ohlone people managed the land. Meet at the Beach Hut Cafe next to the Chrissy Field Center. Reservations required 561-4323.

~ FLIM Movies in the Park, “The Karate Kid” Rated PG, 8:15 PM – 10:00 PM, Free, Pioneer Park, Novato.

~ MUSIC Concert for Kids, FREE Lawn Seating, Robin Sweeny Park, 420 Litho Street, Sausalito.

~ MUSIC Marcus Shelby Orchestra, “Lullaby of Birdland,” “Begin the Beguine,” “What is this Thing Called Love?”… MSJO performs a tribute to the Great American Songbook featuring vocalists Faye Carol and Kenny Washington, with arrangements by Marcus Shelby. The concert also includes a work-in-progress of Shelby’s Green, a suite for orchestra that uses music to promote green economic solutions as a way towards social justice. Green connects to Shelby’s other major compositions that have been commissioned by YBGF: Harriet Tubman: Bound for the Promised Land and Soul of the Movement: Meditations on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., around freedom, civil rights, and social justice. Yerba Buena Garden Festival, 1-2:30pm.

~ POOL Family Fun Night, Superhero Festival, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Cost: $10 per family, Mill Valley Aquatic Center, Are you a superhero or a super villain? Dress up as your favorite superhero and see which superpowers our staff has! Be ready to explain your superpowers and sing us your superhero’s theme song.

~ SLEEPOVER Bedtime With The Beasts, spend the night at the Oakland Zoo! Special overnight program for youth groups (ages 6-18) and their chaperones. An Oakland Zoo education specialist will lead your group on an evening hike around the zoo where you’ll get a look at what the zoo is like after all of the guests leave. Arrive at 7:00pm and the program ends the next morning at 10:00am.

~ STORYTIME Flower Fables at Thompson’s Hollow, 2-3pm, enjoy and afternoon as you listen to native plant stories. Bring comfy shoes, dress in layers and your love for nature and storytelling. Free, meet at the corner of Lincoln and Halleck St. Registration required 561-4323.

~ THEATRE Go Dog Go, All the zany excitement of this beloved story for preschoolers comes to life with plenty of doggone action! Come see if you like that hat! Performances at Children’s Fairyland, 10:30 am & 4 pm.

Sunday July 10

~ ANIMALS Beginning Birding, The summer birds along Rodeo Lagoon always prove to be an interesting quest. Bring your binoculars and field guides and join volunteer Jane Haley as we look for new visitors and year-round residents. For ages 8 and up; no pets. Rain cancels. Reservations required; please call (415) 331-1540.

~ ART Drop-In Art-Making, Story Boards, Using inspiration from the current Charlotte Salomon exhibition, create your own stories by arranging selections of characters into storyboard compositions. 1-3 PM, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

~ AUTHOR Gecko’s Complaint Reading, 11:00 am–1:00 pm, Author Annie Bowler reads from her book, which retells a favorite Balinese folktale of a gecko complaining of noise to the jungle’s lion chief. The lion questions many jungle creatures and even the rain itself as he discovers the importance of everything to the whole. “Quit your complaining!” the lion says to all. “Go home and live in peace with one another!” Great for kids ages 4-8. Asian Art Museum.

~ BLOCK PARTY Sunday Streets, Great Highway route #2; a safe, fun, car-free place for people to get out and get active in San Francisco neighborhoods.

~ CIRCUS The Family Sardine, Judy & Punch, Jewels in the Square, 2-4pm. Union Square Park, San Francisco.

~ EVENT Sunday Fun Days at Marinwood Pool! Food & Entertainement begin at 12:30pm. Free for pool members, non-members pay the normal entrance fee. Marinwood Pool for live music or DJ, bounce house & games. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

~ EVENT An Evening on the Bay, Rangers will guide this fun and informative family friendly kayak excursion along the Tiburon peninsula. Afterwards enjoy BBQ hotdogs and snacks on the beach while taking in glorious views. All skill levels are welcome. Bring a kayak (or canoe), lifejacket, paddles, drinking water, and any necessary equipment. Pets are not permitted (except service animals). Meet at Paradise Beach Park (3450 Paradise Dr, Tiburon). Parking is $10. 5-7pm.

~ MUSIC Rhythm Child @ 3pm; Charity & the JAMband @ 4pm The Park Chalet/Beach Chalet has been generously opening its lawn to us for four summers now, so we can serve up the families of San Francisco some handmade music and dance outside.

~ MUSIC Stern Grove Festival’s KidStage provides hands-on arts projects and workshops for kids of all ages before each Sunday concert from noon to 1:00 p.m.

~ MUSIC AfroCubism brings musical greats from Mali and Cuba together for an afternoon of global jams and danceable rhythms. Local Cuban group Pellejo Seco warms up the Grove with their salsa-infused sound. Stern Grove, 2pm.

~ NATURE Nature for Kids at Indian Valley Open Space, The shady forest is a great place to look for bugs, birds, and other critters. We’ll try to figure out where the two million frogs, toads, and newts (that we saw as tadpoles last March) have ended up. We request that no animals (except service animals) attend. Meet at the parking area at the west end of Indian Valley College. GettInG tHere Follow Ignacio Blvd all the way through campus to the last parking lot, by the police station. 10am-2pm.

~ PANCAKES Pancake Breakfast, 9am to 1pm, $10.00 adults/$5.00 kids. West Point Inn, Mill Valley.

~ THEATRE Go Dog Go, All the zany excitement of this beloved story for preschoolers comes to life with plenty of doggone action! Come see if you like that hat! Performances at Children’s Fairyland, 10:30 am & 4 pm.

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Monday July 11

~ CRAFT Traveling Postcards Family Crafts, Create change through the exchange of handmade art. At this free workshop, we will make postcards that brighten the lives of others. This workshop is free and craft materials will be provided for participants. For more information, contact the Corte Madera Library at 924-6444, 4-5:30pm.

~ FILM Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything, Century Theatres Northgate Mall, San Rafael, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ STORYTIME Upside-down and back-to-front, These are tales of the unexpected, where things are not what they seem to be! However, our snack will be as just as delicious as it looks. Grade 1+, 3:30 pm in the Creekside Room. No sign-up needed. Mill Valley Library.

Tuesday July 12

~ CRAFT Retro Recycled Time Machines, Grade 1+, What can you make with a large cardboard box, recycled odds’n’ends, and a touch of whimsy? A time machine, of course.  Bring your friends and family to help build a sci-fi wonder, and don’t forget to bring your imagination! Creekside Room. Advance sign-up required. Pamper the Earth with these planet-friendly programs. 3:30pm Mill Valley Library. Advance registration required.

~ DANCE Little Sprouts! Pre-Kindergarten, 11:00 am – 11:45 am. Toddler Dance Party with Dylan Donkin. Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie! Creekside Room. Mill Valley Library. Advanced registration required.

~ DANCE Modern Dance and Theater Kids Day with LEAP…imagination in learning, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bring lunch. Kids Days are interactive and fun arts education programs for children ages 4-13, open to the public and admission-free. Pre-registration is required. Stern Grove.

~ FILM Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ FILM Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything, CineArts Marin, Sausalito, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ PERFORMANCE Xtreme Science Magic with Don O’Brien, 11am-12pm, Fairfax Library. Ages 4-11.

Wednesday July 13

~ BOOK Laugh-Out-Loud Book Club, Grade 3+, 4:30 – 5:15, Our weekly book group is about anything and everything Jon Scieszka (rhymes with Fresca). We’ll read aloud as many of his hilarious books as possible starting with Summer Reading is Killing Me and his newest novel Spaceheadz. We’ll even attempt a few “out of this world” activities, too! Creekside Room. Advance sign-up required. Mill Valley Library.

~ BOOK Kids Book Club, 4th graders and up are invited to join in a discussion of The Adventures of Nanny Piggins by R.A. Spratt. Debbie Toizer will lead a discussion of this very funny book. Call the Corte Madera Library Children’s Desk to sign up and reserve a copy of the book.

~CRAFT Kids’ Squares: A Quilting Craft, Create your own square to be a part of a larger quilt for Novato Library. For ages 3 and up. For ages 3 and up. 2:30pm at the Novato Library. Registration required by calling 415-897-1143.

~ DANCE Modern Dance and Theater Kids Day with LEAP…imagination in learning, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bring lunch. Kids Days are interactive and fun arts education programs for children ages 4-13, open to the public and admission-free. Pre-registration is required. Stern Grove.

~ EXPLORE Toddler Treks, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, designed especially for children 1 to 3 years of age. Each month we will learn about a different animal that shares our world – all can be found in the Bay Area or the Academy. We will use props and our imagination to “trek” together to the place each animal calls home. This month is about Lizards, Salamanders, Chameleons & Geckos. California Academy of Sciences.

~ FILM Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything, Century Theatres Northgate Mall, San Rafael, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ MAGIC Dan Chan Magic 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. 3:30pm Mill Valley Library.

~ MUSIC Miss Kitty, Local favorite Miss Kitty will perform a series of six fun family concerts perfect for children aged birth to 8. 7pm, San Rafael Library.

~ MUSIC Moonalice, Pete Sears (Jefferson Starship), Barry Sless (Phil Lesh & Friends), Ann & Roger McNamee (Flying Other Bros.), and John Molo (Bruce Hornsby) conjure up a heady brew of roots, rock, R & B, and more! Jewels in the Square, Union Square, 6-8pm.

~ MEET Meet Curious George, 10:30am. Bay Area Discovery Museum. 

~ PERFORMANCE Summer Reading Program: Dan Chan Magic Man & Kat the Acrobat, Why master one kind of magic when you can conquer them all? Few magicians today can compare with Dan Chan’s incredible range of performance. From sleight of hand tricks to circus stunts, to the rare Chinese Art of Bian Lian, Chan does it all! San Anselmo Town Council Chambers, 1pm.

~ READ Read to a Dog at Fairfax Library, 3 – 4pm, The SHARE-A-BOOK dogs from MARIN HUMANE SOCIETY return to Fairfax Library! Children are invited to practice their read-aloud skills on a totally non-judgmental pooch. Each 10-minute session will be private. First come, first served.

Thursday July 14, Bastille Day

~ ART Instant Theater, Grade 3+, In just one afternoon, we’ll put on a play from scratch. In groups, we’ll choose parts and decide on props; there’s no need to memorize lines as you can read from your script. The big fun is in performing for each other. Creekside Room. Advance sign-up required. 3:30pm, Mill Valley Library Amphitheater.

~ DANCE Modern Dance and Theater Kids Day with LEAP…imagination in learning, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bring lunch. Kids Days are interactive and fun arts education programs for children ages 4-13, open to the public and admission-free. Pre-registration is required. Stern Grove.

~ EVENT Dog Day at the Park, Bring your canine companion(s) for an early evening of fun and socialization, while you enjoy a free BBQ and raffle prizes. Park rangers and Marin Humane Society officers will talk about sensitive wildlife resources and responsible behavior. Bring a leash for each dog. Meet at McInnis Park (310 Smith Ranch Rd, San Rafael). 5-7pm.

~ FILM Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ 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 in layers and bring a flashlight. Children under 8 not advised. Reservations required, phone 388-2596. Entrance fee applies.

~ STORYTIME Star Stories, Myth and Legends of the Constellations, San Rafael Library, 2:30pm.  Storyteller Georgie Craig will reveal the myths and legends behind familiar constellations. Children will hear how Coyote arranged the night sky, the myth of Callisto, learn about the Greek hero Perseus, and more! This storytelling series is ideal for youth in 3rd grade or older. Great for fans of the Percy Jackson series.

~ STORYTIME Storytime in French, Celebrate Bastille Day with storytime in French with Anne De Souza of Le Petit Jardin. For ages 3 and up. 11 – 11:30am, Corte Madera Library.

~ STORYTIME Fireflies and Falling Stars: The Magic of Bali through Story, 1:00 pm–1:30 pm. Can the animals of the forest live together in peace? Will Prince Rama and the Monkey King Hanuman rescue the beautiful Sita from the Demon Ravana? The museum’s storytellers bring the galleries to life with retell classic Balinese myths and folktales and timeless epics for audiences both young and old. Asian Art Museum.

Friday July 15, Full Moon

~ BLOCK PARTY Friday Nights on Main, The Ultimate Community Street Party! 6-9pm. Gather with your neighbors, friends, and family. Downtown Tiburon.

~ CRAFT Stuff it! Birds and Beasts, Grade 3+, Create a cuddly birdie or mini-monster from fleece, felt, and fluffy stuffing – this is not your typical store-bought toy, but a unique pet of your own design! Creekside Room. Advance sign-up required. 3:30pm Mill Valley Library.

~ FILM Film Night in the Park, Despicable Me, San Geronimo Community Center, 8pm.

~ MUSIC Creekside Fridays!, Petty Theft, The Cabin, 60 Tennessee Valley Rd, Mill Valley, 6:30pm – 8:00pm.

~ MUSIC Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Curtis Lawson, Gabrielson Park, Anchor and Bridgeway, Sausalito.

~ MUSIC Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Music by LOVERBOY, 6:30pm and 8:30pm on the Beach Bandstand.

~ PERFORMANCE The Caterpillar Puppets star the Three Little Bla-bla-blas, the singing Gunnywolf, and Amadeus, the shy Artist Mouse. Children’s Garden Series 11am & 12:15pm. Programs are held outdoors under the open sky, without much shade. Hats or caps are recommended to protect children from the sun. Yerba Buena Garden Festival, San Francisco.

~ SLEEPOVER Academy Sleepovers, Why count sheep when you could count geckos, butterflies, sharks, and penguins? Camp out for a night at the Academy, and you’ll see the museum in a whole new light. California Academy of Science.

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Saturday July 16

~ CAMPING Family Hike and Campfire, 6-8:30pm Enjoy the great outdoors after the sun sets with a fun-filled family friendly hike and campfire. Gather ’round the campfire for quality time with your favorite friends and family, sing songs, and get silly with your siblings as you roast S’mores by moonlight. *$10/person, pre-registration required.

~ FAIR Marinwood’s Countrytime Fair! 11am-3pm Check back for details!

~ FESTIVAL San Anselmo Art Festival

~ FESTIVAL Big Time Festival at Kule Loklo, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. traditional Native American trade festival at Kule Loklo, a Coast Miwok Cultural Exhibit. Throughout the day demonstrators will exhibit their skills in basketry, flint knapping, clamshell bead making, and more. For more information, please contact Loretta Farley at 415-464-5140.

~ FESTIVAL Far West Fest, great music and Kids Zone featuring interactive activities, healthful snacks, and kid-centric live music and storytellers. Clowns, jugglers, and other circus acts dot the landscape throughout the day.

~ HISTORY Crissy Field Aviation Walk, 10am-Noon, Explore Crissy Field and learn about its role in early aviation history on this easy, one-mile walk. Meet at The Warming Hut. Reservations required 561-4323.

~ MEET Meet Curious George, 10:30am. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~ PERFORMANCE Storyteller and illustrator Ane Carla Rovetta, 2pm, Larkspur Library, 927-5005 or emailing library@larkspurlibrary.org.

~ PERFORMANCE FOUR WINDS AMERICAN INDIAN DANCE, Showcase dances from American Plains tribes, singing and drumming, audience members can join a social round dance. Children’s Garden Series 11am & 12:15pm. Programs are held outdoors under the open sky, without much shade. Hats or caps are recommended to protect children from the sun. Yerba Buena Garden Festival, San Francisco.

~ READ SHARE-A-Book Dogs, The popular Marin Humane Society SHARE-A-Book dogs are stopping by the library every month to share their love of reading. Kids in kindergarten and older may sign up for a 15-minute appointment. Mill Valley Library.

~ THEATRE Go Dog Go, All the zany excitement of this beloved story for preschoolers comes to life with plenty of doggone action! Come see if you like that hat! Performances at Children’s Fairyland, 10:30 am & 4 pm.

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Sunday July 17

~ ART Drop-In Art-Making, Mini-Salon Dioramas, Evoking Gertrude Stein’s famed living room full of art, create a diorama in which you get to design the wallpaper, place the paintings, and even make some of your own mini-masterpieces. 1-3 PM, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

~ CIRCUS The Family Sardine, Jamie Coventry, Jewels in the Square, 2-4pm. Union Square Park, San Francisco.

~ EVENT Sunday Fun Days at Marinwood Pool! Food & Entertainement begin at 12:30pm. Free for pool members, non-members pay the normal entrance fee. Marinwood Pool for live music or DJ, bounce house & games. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

~ FESTIVAL San Anselmo Art Festival

~ MUSIC Musica y Cuentos con Mariela Herrera, Sing songs in Spanish and play drums, maracas, and rhythm sticks with musical Mariela. It’s a bilingual treat for the preschool set. Mill Valley Library, 11am-12pm.

~ MUSIC Concerts-in-the-Park, Caravanserai Santana Tribute Band, 4pm, Belvedere Park.

~ MUSIC Stern Grove Festival’s KidStage provides hands-on arts projects and workshops for kids of all ages before each Sunday concert from noon to 1:00 p.m.

~ MUSIC Pioneering 80’s band The English Beat bring reggae and dub-infused ska to the Grove. San Francisco’s My First Earthquake kick off the day with their new-wave inspired style. Stern Grove, 2pm.

~ MUSIC Sandy Perez Y Su Lade, Batalero/congero Sandy Perez brings a wealth of knowledge to the stage. Perez, a descendant of the legendary Villamil family, is a world recognized master percussionist and instructor. He was the principal percussionist for twelve years with Grupo Afro-Cuba de Matanzas, known as the originators of Bata Rumba, and famed for their mastery of the full spectrum of Afro-Cuban folkloric music and dance. Sandy’s open-minded approach has enabled him to adapt to styles ranging from Cuban popular to fusion and avant-garde jazz. He has been featured at the Havana Jazz Festival and the Afrocubanismo! Festival (Banff, Canada), and has performed with world luminaries Steve Coleman, Angá Díaz, Yosvany Terry, Youssou N’Dour, and others.Yerba Buena Garden Festival, 1-2:30pm.

~ OUTDOORS Junior Ranger Hike, 1-4pm, Join a park ranger on a three-mile hike through mysterious Fort Baker. We will explore shady trails, warm up in the sun at Battery Yates, and play Trail Bingo! Meet at the Cavallo Point reception building, 601 Murray Circle. Bring water, a snack, and wear good walking shoes. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. For information, call (415) 388-2596.

~ PERFORMANCE Sunday Specials, 11am, Be our special guest before the Library opens. Enjoy a selected artists & entertainers (including Puppet Art Theater, The Bubble Lady, and more) in the Main Reading Room.

~ STORYTIME Tell Me A Bed Time Story, 3-5pm, Dinosaurs, horsetails, and very old trees—all have a history in the forest before the time of people. Discover the mysteries of Muir Woods on this easy walk suitable for families with young children, ages 4 to 8. Strollers, backpack carriers, and wheelchairs welcome. Bring water, snack, and dress in layers. Meet at the Visitor Center. RSVP required; please phone (415) 388-2596.

~ THEATRE Go Dog Go, All the zany excitement of this beloved story for preschoolers comes to life with plenty of doggone action! Come see if you like that hat! Performances at Children’s Fairyland, 10:30 am & 4 pm.

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Monday July 18

~ ANIMALS Wild Things At The Library, 10:30 – 11:30am, Come visit with some of our wild animal friends and learn more about them from Wild Things Inc. This is always a popular show, so come early. For further information please call the Stinson Beach Library at 868-0252.

~ ANIMALS Wild Things At The Library, 1-2pm, Come visit with some of our wild animal friends and learn more about them from Wild Things Inc. This is always a popular show, so come early. For further information please call the Point Reyes Library at 663-8375.

~ FILM Kung Fu Panda, Century Theatres Northgate Mall, San Rafael, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ STORYTIME Native American Tales, Choctow, Navajo, Siksika, and Chinook – all are indiginous tribes with a rich history of folklore. Enjoy ancient stories of monster birds, seals, bears, and horny toads. Taste a special tribal treat, too! Grades 1+, 3:30 pm in the Creekside Room. No sign-up needed. Mill Valley Library.

Tuesday July 19

~ CRAFT Ane Carla Rovetta – Guided Drawing, All Ages, She is a zoologist, naturalist, storyteller, visual artist, and local treasure; she also lives and works in a chicken coop. Join Ane Rovetta for stories, drawings, and heaps of fascinating information about the natural world. Creekside Room. Advance sign-up required. Pamper the Earth with these planet-friendly programs. 3:30pm Mill Valley Library.

~ CRAFT Traveling Postcards Family Crafts, 7-8:30pm, Create change through the exchange of handmade art. At this free workshop, we will make postcards that brighten the lives of others. This workshop is free and craft materials will be provided for participants. For more information, contact the Novato Library at 415-897-1142.

~ CRAFT Little Sprouts! Pre-Kindergarten, 11:00 am – 11:45 am. All Little Sprouts! programs require advance sign-up and parent or caregiver participation. Totally Tote Bag. Make a fashion statement about books with a stylish canvas bag that you decorate yourself. Amphitheater. Mill Valley Library. Advanced registrations required.

~ FILM Kung Fu Panda, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ FILM Kung Fu Panda, CineArts Marin, Sausalito, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ PERFORMANCE Monsters in the Bathroom with Sandi Sylver, A concert that is wildly whacko, mildly creepy, and a whole lot of fun! For ages 3 and up. For more information, call the South Novato Library at 415-506-3165.

Wednesday July 20

~ ANIMALS Summer Reading Program: Wildlife Associates Bay Area Wild, Children must remain quiet and seated during this 40-minute show. Note special start time: 2:00 pm. Come meet and learn all about the beautiful and fascinating animals that live in the forests and fields of the Bay Area. Gain insight into the secret lives of these intelligent and ecologically important animals. Wildlife guest stars include a red fox, great horned owl, opossum, and red tailed hawk. San Anselmo Town Council Chambers. 2pm.

~ BOOK Laugh-Out-Loud Book Club, Grade 3+, 4:30 – 5:15, Our weekly book group is about anything and everything Jon Scieszka (rhymes with Fresca). We’ll read aloud as many of his hilarious books as possible starting with Summer Reading is Killing Me and his newest novel Spaceheadz. We’ll even attempt a few “out of this world” activities, too! Creekside Room. Advance sign-up required. Mill Valley Library.

~ DANCE Salsa in the Square, Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble, Union Square, 6-8pm.

~ FILM Kung Fu Panda, Century Theatres Northgate Mall, San Rafael, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ MUSIC Miss Kitty, Local favorite Miss Kitty will perform a series of six fun family concerts perfect for children aged birth to 8. 7pm, San Rafael Library.

~ MUSIC Trio Cascada de Flores – Folk Music of Mexico, Cascada de Flores celebrates the incredible variety of Mexican and Caribbean folk music, storytelling, and dance. Performing on an array of traditional instruments (including a donkey’s jawbone) in traditional costume, this dynamic trio will delight and inspire the whole family. 3:30pm Mill Valley Library.

~ PERFORMANCE Dr. Seuss Show with Ventriloquist Sandi Sylver, Storyteller-ventriloquist-songstress Sandi Sylver will delight and entertain at this special event! This free program is for children age 3 and up and is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Marin County Library. Please contact the Corte Madera Library Children’s Desk at (415) 924-6382 for more information.

~ PERFORMANCE Monsters in the Bathroom with Sandi Sylver, 3:30 – 4pm, A concert that is wildly whacko, mildly creepy, and a whole lot of fun! For ages 3 and up. For more information, call the Civic Center Library Children’s Desk at 415-507-4048

~ PERFORMANCE Monsters in the Bathroom with Sandi Sylver, 6:30 – 7:30pm, A concert that is wildly whacko, mildly creepy, and a whole lot of fun! For ages 3 and up. For more information, call the Novato Library Children’s Desk at 415-897-1143.

~ 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.

~ READ Share A Book, Read to a Therapy Dog, 3-4pm, The SHARE-A-BOOK dogs from MARIN HUMANE SOCIETY return to Fairfax Library! Children are invited to practice their read-aloud skills on a totally non-judgmental pooch. Each 10-minute session will be private. First come, first served. Fairfax Library.

Thursday July 21

~ AUTHOR Marissa Moss, Grade 4+, Explore the art of the diary in this journaling workshop led by the author of the beloved Amelia’s Notebook series. Learn how to use juicy verbs, great first sentences, and satisfying endings in your very own notebook. Purchase a book if you want to or bring one for Ms. Moss to sign. Creekside Room. Advance sign-up required. 3:30pm, Mill Valley Library Amphitheater.

~ FILM Kung Fu Panda, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ PERFORMANCE Dr. Seuss Show with Ventriloquist Sandi Sylver, 3 – 3:45pm, Storyteller-ventriloquist-songstress Sandi Sylver will delight and entertain at this special event! This free program is for children age 3 and up and is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Marin County Library. Please contact the Marin City Library at (415) 332-6157 for more information.

~ PERFORMANCE Storyteller/Ventriloquist Sandi Sylver presents Monsters in the Bathroom, Funny, freaky, creepy, and crazy…stories and songs for ages 5 to 11. 7-8pm, Fairfax Library.

~ STORYTIME Fireflies and Falling Stars: The Magic of Bali through Story, 1:00 pm–1:30 pm. Can the animals of the forest live together in peace? Will Prince Rama and the Monkey King Hanuman rescue the beautiful Sita from the Demon Ravana? The museum’s storytellers bring the galleries to life with retell classic Balinese myths and folktales and timeless epics for audiences both young and old. Asian Art Museum. http://www.asianart.org/bali/familyprograms.htm

Friday July 22

~ BLOCK PARTY Friday Nights on Main, The Ultimate Community Street Party! 6-9pm. Gather with your neighbors, friends, and family. Downtown Tiburon.

~ COMMUNITY Picnics of the Plaza, Community event on Friday evening featuring music and fun for the kids. Bring you picnic dinner and join the fun. San Anselmo Town Hall Plaza.

~ CRAFT Cats’n’Dogs Paper Bag Puppet Party, All Ages, Fashion a feline or canine character from a simple brown paper bag – add distinctive ears, nose, and tongue to create your paper pet. Listen to cool cat and hot dog stories, too. Creekside Room. No sign-up needed. 3:30pm Mill Valley Library.

~ MUSIC Creekside Fridays!, Salsa Dura, The Cabin, 60 Tennessee Valley Rd, Mill Valley, 6:30pm – 8:00pm.

~ MUSIC Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Audrey Moira Shimkas, Gabrielson Park, Anchor and Bridgeway, Sausalito.

~ MUSIC Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Music by AVERAGE WHITE BAND, 6:30pm and 8:30pm on the Beach Bandstand.

~ MUSIC Music in the Park Series, 6-8pm in Marinwood Park, “Jesse Brewster”.

~ PERFORMANCE Chelle! & Friends perform music from New Orleans, the land where Jazz was born. Children’s Garden Series 11am & 12:15pm. Programs are held outdoors under the open sky, without much shade. Hats or caps are recommended to protect children from the sun. Yerba Buena Garden Festival, San Francisco.

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Saturday July 23

~ COOKING Hands-On Cooking Classes for Kids, learn ice cream basics, $30 for 1 1/2 hours, 10am-11;30am, WILLIAMS-SONOMA at the Village at Corte Madera. Space is limited, RSVP required 924-6799.

~ EVENT Library Centennial Party, Celebrate the Library’s 100th birthday with music, crafts, old-fashioned games, and family fun in Old Mill Park. 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. All Ages – No sign-up needed. Mill Valley Library.

~ MUSIC Fort Point Garrison Band, Noon-2pm, free, Enjoy this historic reenactment band as they play music from the Civil War era. All ages welcome.

~ NATURE Canal Family Walk, 10:00am, Walk along the shore of San Francisco Bay and look for creatures living in the marsh and mud, including endangered California Clapper Rails, crabs and spiders. Meet at the Pickleweed Community Center in San Rafael.

~ PERFORMANCE Barone Puppets, Larkspur Library, 11am, 927-5005 or emailing library@larkspurlibrary.org.

~ PERFORMANCE VENEZUELAN MUSIC PROJECT, Indigenous-Venezuelan, W. African and Spanish-European influenced music. Children’s Garden Series 11am & 12:15pm. Programs are held outdoors under the open sky, without much shade. Hats or caps are recommended to protect children from the sun. Yerba Buena Garden Festival, San Francisco.

Sunday July 24

~ ART Drop-In Art-Making, Mini-Salon Dioramas, Evoking Gertrude Stein’s famed living room full of art, create a diorama in which you get to design the wallpaper, place the paintings, and even make some of your own mini-masterpieces. 1-3 PM, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

~ CIRCUS The Family Sardine, Thomas Truman John, Jewels in the Square, 2-4pm. Union Square Park, San Francisco.

~ EVENT Sunday Fun Days at Marinwood Pool! Food & Entertainement begin at 12:30pm. Free for pool members, non-members pay the normal entrance fee. Marinwood Pool for live music or DJ, bounce house & games. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

~ MUSEUM LGBT Family Morning of Stein, It’s a summer morning of Gertrude Stein when the Museum opens early just for young children (preschool through nine years old) and their families. Tour the Gertrude Stein: Five Stories exhibition with interactive activities, create mixed-media magnets, enjoy tea and pastries at our “Stein Salon,” and move to the groove with the music of Shira Kline and ShirLaLa. Contemporary Jewish Museum, 9-11am.

~ MUSIC Stern Grove Festival’s KidStage provides hands-on arts projects and workshops for kids of all ages before each Sunday concert from noon to 1:00 p.m.

~ MUSIC San Francisco Symphony returns to Stern Grove Festival with conductor Michael Francis and pianist Sara Davis Buechner. Stern Grove, 2pm.

~ MUSIC Schwabacher Summer Concert, Enjoy extended scenes from Don Carlo (Verdi), I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Bellini), Lucia di Lammermoor [Donizetti], Rigoletto (Verdi), and Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky) performed by the talented young artists that make up the Merola Opera Program’s class of 2011. Yerba Buena Garden Festival, 2-4pm.

~ MUSIC Music in the Park, Free Summer Concert Series, 1-4 PM Jeb Brady Tribute Blues plus announcement of the first recipient of the Naim Satya Student Scholarship Award. Creek Park, San Anselmo.

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Monday July 25

~ FILM Charlotte’s Web, Century Theatres Northgate Mall, San Rafael, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ CRAFT Traveling Postcards Family Crafts, 3:30 – 5pm, Create change through the exchange of handmade art. At this free workshop, we will make postcards that brighten the lives of others. This workshop is free and craft materials will be provided for participants. For more information, contact the Fairfax Library at 457-5629.

~ STORYTIME Tall Tales, Muscle men! Swamp angels! Fast and foolish loud mouths! Enjoy an afternoon in the company of the largest, wiliest, and muddiest characters ever to stomp through a folk tale. Massively delicious snack, too! 3:30 pm in the Creekside Room. No sign-up needed. Mill Valley Library.

Tuesday July 26

~ CRAFT Fine Felted Friends, Grade 3+, Learn how to needle felt a funny frog or bouncy bird with beautiful, 100% natural lambs wool. Later on, you’ll be able to create your own cuddly buddies using this technique. Pamper the Earth with these planet-friendly programs. 3:30pm Mill Valley Library.

~ CRAFT Little Sprouts! Grandparents are the Best! Hear a story about these extra-special people and make a cuddly stuffie to take with you when you visit. Amphitheater. For kids entering Kindergarten in the fall and younger, 11:00 am – 11:45 am. Advanced sign-up required and parent or caregiver participation. Mill Valley Library.

~CRAFT Kids’ Squares: A Quilting Craft, Create your own square to be a part of a larger quilt for Novato Library. For ages 3 and up. For ages 3 and up. 2:30pm at the Novato Library. Registration required by calling 415-897-1143.

~ DANCE Kids Day with San Francisco Ballet Center for Dance Education, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bring lunch. Kids Days are interactive and fun arts education programs for children ages 4-13, open to the public and admission-free. Pre-registration is required. Stern Grove.

~ FILM Charlotte’s Web, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ FILM Charlotte’s Web, CineArts Marin, Sausalito, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ MUSIC Miss Kitty, Local favorite Miss Kitty will perform a series of six fun family concerts perfect for children aged birth to 8. 7pm, San Rafael Library.

Wednesday July 27

~ ANIMALS Wildlife Associates, experience wildlife at the library– see a sloth and an anteater and learn about these animal ambassadors, free program is for children age 3 and up, Corte Madera Library.

~ BOOK Laugh-Out-Loud Book Club, Grade 3+, 4:30 – 5:15, Our weekly book group is about anything and everything Jon Scieszka (rhymes with Fresca). We’ll read aloud as many of his hilarious books as possible starting with Summer Reading is Killing Me and his newest novel Spaceheadz. We’ll even attempt a few “out of this world” activities, too! Creekside Room. Advance sign-up required. Mill Valley Library.

~ DANCE Kids Day with San Francisco Ballet Center for Dance Education, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bring lunch. Kids Days are interactive and fun arts education programs for children ages 4-13, open to the public and admission-free. Pre-registration is required. Stern Grove.

~ DANCE Swing in the Square, The B-Stars and SF Lindy Exchange, Union Square, 6-8pm.

~ EXPLORE Toddler Treks, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, designed especially for children 1 to 3 years of age. Each month we will learn about a different animal that shares our world – all can be found in the Bay Area or the Academy. We will use props and our imagination to “trek” together to the place each animal calls home. This month is about Lizards, Salamanders, Chameleons & Geckos. California Academy of Sciences.

~ FILM Charlotte’s Web, Century Theatres Northgate Mall, San Rafael, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ MEET Meet Curious George, 10:30am. Bay Area Discovery Museum. 

~ NATURE Nature for Kids at Rock Spring, This is a great place to spend a summer day. We’ll see which insects are visiting the late blooming flowers and look for salamanders in the shaded streams. Be ready for any kind of weather—we might be above the clouds, walking in the fog, or bathed in sunshine. We request that no animals (except service animals) attend. Meet at Rock Spring (the junction of Pantoll Rd and Ridgecrest Blvd on Mount Tamalpais). 10am-2pm.

Photo by Eva Kolenko

~ PERFORMANCE Hoopman – Native American Culture and Dance, Experience the artistry of Native American hoop dancing with Edwardo Madril, Pascua Yaqui tribe member. Discover the rich traditions of America’s indigenous peoples through the beautiful expression of song and dance. Learn some American Indian sign language, too. 3:30pm Mill Valley Library.

~ READ Read to a Dog, Fairfax Library, 3 – 4pm.

Thursday July 28

~ ART Circus Arts Workshop, Grade K+, Jump, juggle, and learn how to balance various objects on your nose and chin. Wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to move. Aspiring clowns and superstars welcome! Amphitheater. Advance sign-up required. 3:30pm, Mill Valley Library Amphitheater.

~ DANCE Kids Day with San Francisco Ballet Center for Dance Education, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bring lunch. Kids Days are interactive and fun arts education programs for children ages 4-13, open to the public and admission-free. Pre-registration is required. Stern Grove.

~ FILM Charlotte’s Web, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ PERFORMANCE Steve and Cornelius “Corny” Crow, 2:30 – 3:30pm, Laughing, singing and lots of audience participation with Steve and his talking crow, Cornelius! Ages 3+, For more information, call the South Novato Library at 415-506-3165.

~ STORYTIME Fireflies and Falling Stars: The Magic of Bali through Story, 1:00 pm–1:30 pm. Can the animals of the forest live together in peace? Will Prince Rama and the Monkey King Hanuman rescue the beautiful Sita from the Demon Ravana? The museum’s storytellers bring the galleries to life with retell classic Balinese myths and folktales and timeless epics for audiences both young and old. Asian Art Museum.

Friday July 29

~ ASTRONOMY Meteor Shower Hike, Ranger Charlie Schonwasser leads this short hike up Mount. Burdell to hopefully catch a not-so-fleeting glimpse of the magical Delta Aquarids meteor shower! Astronomer Larry Brodkin will be on hand to show participants a deep view of the heavens above with his 8” Meade Telescope. Bring a blanket, flashlight, water, and snacks. Please leave pets (except service animals) at home. Meet at the San Andreas MCOSD gate. From Hwy 101, take the Atherton Ave/San Marin Dr exit west on San Marin Dr for 2.3 miles. Turn right at San Andreas Dr, gate is near the end on the right. 9-11pm.

~ BLOCK PARTY Friday Nights on Main, The Ultimate Community Street Party! 6-9pm. Gather with your neighbors, friends, and family. Downtown Tiburon.

~ FESTIVAL Gilroy Garlic Festival

~ FUN Old-fashioned Fun – Game & Puzzle Day! All ages. Who needs a Wii when you can roll the dice, spin the spinner, or pick a card? Play games from the past like marbles, jacks, Pick-Up-Sticks, or spend some quiet time working a big puzzle. Get ready for some good old-time fun! Creekside Room. No sign-up needed. 3:30pm Mill Valley Library.

~ MUSIC Creekside Fridays!, Fat Saturday Night, The Cabin, 60 Tennessee Valley Rd, Mill Valley, 6:30pm – 8:00pm.

~ MUSIC Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Gator Beat, Gabrielson Park, Anchor and Bridgeway, Sausalito.

~ MUSIC Concerts Under the Oak, The Department of Rock, Rock Music of the 70′s, 80′s, 90′s, & Beyond, Northgate Mall, San Rafael.

~ MUSIC Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Music by THE EDGAR WINTER BAND, 6:30pm and 8:30pm on the Beach Bandstand.

~ PERFORMANCE Unique Derique delights by clowning, dancing, and turning his limbs into a drum set or keyboard. Children’s Garden Series 11am & 12:15pm. Programs are held outdoors under the open sky, without much shade. Hats or caps are recommended to protect children from the sun. Yerba Buena Garden Festival, San Francisco.

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Saturday July 30, New Moon

~ ART Usable, Lovable Peanuts, Decorate and personalize your own Snoopy plush to take home! Work with an artist to paint, tie–dye, clothe, and create a unique Snoopy to cuddle and treasure. Cost: $20 for members; $25 for non-members. Reservations required by calling (707) 284-1263. 1–3pm, Charles Schultz Museum.

~ EVENT Family Fun Run & Walk, Race starts at 9am! Marinwood.

~ FESTIVAL Berkeley Kite Festival, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Cesar E. Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina, Kites aren’t just for kids any more. Experience the excitement and artistry of modern kite flying. You’ll find something for everyone at the Berkeley Kite Festival. From the Giant Creature Kites as big as houses, to the free Kite Making and Candy Drop for kids, you don’t want to miss this year’s Annual Berkeley Kite Festival.

~ FESTIVAL Gilroy Garlic Festival

~ MEET Meet Curious George, 10:30am. Bay Area Discovery Museum. 

~ MUSIC Lord Loves a Working Man puts on a raucous performance with a soul/fun repertoire that mixes original material with obscure and rare covers of a bygone day. Yerba Buena Garden Festival 1-2:30pm.

~ PERFORMANCE Unique Derique delights by clowning, dancing, and turning his limbs into a drum set or keyboard. Children’s Garden Series 11am & 12:15pm. Programs are held outdoors under the open sky, without much shade. Hats or caps are recommended to protect children from the sun. Yerba Buena Garden Festival, San Francisco.

Sunday July 31

~ ART Drop-In Art-Making, Story Boards, Using inspiration from the current Charlotte Salomon exhibition, create your own stories by arranging selections of characters into storyboard compositions. 1-3 PM, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

~ EVENT Sunday Fun Days at Marinwood Pool!Food & Entertainement begin at 12:30pm. Free for pool members, non-members pay the normal entrance fee. Marinwood Pool for live music or DJ, bounce house & games. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

~ FESTIVAL Gilroy Garlic Festival

~ MUSIC Stern Grove Festival’s KidStageprovides hands-on arts projects and workshops for kids of all ages before each Sunday concert from noon to 1:00 p.m.

~ MUSIC San Francisco Ballet returns to Stern Grove Festival with artists of the Company performing a selection of works from their current repertory. Renowned for its incomparable level of innovation and exuberance, San Francisco Ballet is one of the premier ballet companies in America. Stern Grove, 2pm.

~ MUSIC Music in the Park, Free Summer Concert Series, 1-4 PM The Shots Irish, Old-time, Country, Blues. Creek Park, San Anselmo.

~ PERFORMANCE Brian Scott, Magician, Ready for a little Sunday morning magic? Brian Scott will wow you with his mysterious magic tricks and stun you with his amazing antics! Mill Valley Public Library.

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Monday August 1, Ramadan begins

~ FILM Planet 51, Century Theatres Northgate Mall, San Rafael, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ STORYTIME Fractured Fairy Tales, Grade 1+ Have a fantastically fun time with some hilarious retellings of your favorite old-fashioned tales. Then stay for some fairy tale goodies. 3:30 pm in the Creekside Room. No sign-up needed. Mill Valley Library.

Tuesday August 2

~ CRAFT Lizard Lady Reptiles, Grade K+ Meet Teressa Killeen and her cold-blooded friends – Valentino the iguana, Don Juan the boa constrictor, and Scooter the skink are just a few. Hear their stories and learn about problems facing endangered reptiles in today’s world. Creekside Room. No sign-up needed. 3:30pm Mill Valley Library.

~ CRAFT Little Sprouts! Ladybug Picnic. At our polka-dotted picnic we’ll read stories, make crafts, eat treats, and more! Amphitheater. For kids entering Kindergarten in the fall and younger, 11:00 am – 11:45 am. Advanced sign-up required and parent or caregiver participation. Mill Valley Library.

~ FILM Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ FILM Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, CineArts Marin, Sausalito, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

Wednesday August 3

~ BOOK Laugh-Out-Loud Book Club, Grade 3+, 4:30 – 5:15, Our weekly book group is about anything and everything Jon Scieszka (rhymes with Fresca). We’ll read aloud as many of his hilarious books as possible starting with Summer Reading is Killing Me and his newest novel Spaceheadz. We’ll even attempt a few “out of this world” activities, too! Creekside Room. Advance sign-up required. Mill Valley Library.

~ FILM Planet 51, Century Theatres Northgate Mall, San Rafael, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ MUSIC Miss Kitty, Local favorite Miss Kitty will perform a series of six fun family concerts perfect for children aged birth to 8. 7pm, San Rafael Library.

~ PERFORMANCE Fratello Marionettes present The Carnival of the Animals, Watch three classic fairytales as you’ve never seen them before. Using a cabaret-style of manipulation, Fratello Marionettes performs “The Three Little Pigs,” “The Tortoise and the Hare,” and “The Ugly Duckling” with marionettes that range from one- to three-feet tall. This completely wordless production will wow the whole family. 1:00 PM, San Anselmo Town Council Chambers.

~ PERFORMANCE Fratello Marionettes – Carnival of the Animals, Watch three classic fairytales as you’ve never seen them before: “The Three Little Pigs,” “The Tortoise and the Hare,” and “The Ugly Duckling” performed by extraordinary hand-made marionettes in a completely wordless production for the whole family. 3:30pm Mill Valley Library.

~ PERFORMANCE Daffy Dave, 3:30 – 4pm, Daffy Dave brings down the house with his goofy blend of magic, juggling and humor that’s perfect for the Captain Underpants crowd. Get down with the clown to celebrate the summer reading game finale. Ages 3+, For more information, call the Civic Center Library Children’s Desk at 415-507-4048.

~ RETREAT Family Retreat (LOTTERY) (4 nights), Cost $685 – $345, sliding scale, This five-day, four-night retreat is for families with children ages 5-15 and will include periods of family activities, young people’s groups, parent program and free time. Dharma activities include songs, stories, skits, games, art, time on the land, a campfire, council practice, parent discussions, meditation for parents and children, and dharma talks. Spirit Rock.

Thursday August 4

~ ART Summer in a Jar, Grade 2+, Trap the summer in a jar to remind you of fun in the sun long into the school year. Bring in small mementoes to add a personal touch to your Summer Jar. Creekside Room. Advance sign-up required. 3:30pm, Mill Valley Library Amphitheater.

~ FILM Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

STORYTIME Pajama Storytime with Tracey Tate, 7-7:30pm, Wear your coziest P.J.’s and bring a snuggly for sweet dream stories, songs and fingerplays. For children ages 4 to 8 years old, with a parent or caregiver. For more information, call the South Novato Library at 415-506-3165.

~ STORYTIME Fireflies and Falling Stars: The Magic of Bali through Story, 1:00 pm–1:30 pm. Can the animals of the forest live together in peace? Will Prince Rama and the Monkey King Hanuman rescue the beautiful Sita from the Demon Ravana? The museum’s storytellers bring the galleries to life with retell classic Balinese myths and folktales and timeless epics for audiences both young and old. Asian Art Museum.

~ STORYTIME Star Stories, Myth and Legends of the ConstellationsSan Rafael Library, 2:30pm.  Storyteller Georgie Craig will reveal the myths and legends behind familiar constellations. Children will hear how Coyote arranged the night sky, the myth of Callisto, learn about the Greek hero Perseus, and more! This storytelling series is ideal for youth in 3rd grade or older. Great for fans of the Percy Jackson series.

Friday August 5

~ BLOCK PARTY Friday Nights on Main, The Ultimate Community Street Party! 6-9pm. Gather with your neighbors, friends, and family. Downtown Tiburon.

~ DANCE San Francisco City Hall Rotunda Parangal Dance Company @ 12pm at the San Francisco City Hall Rotunda. FREE to the public!

~ FILM Classic Cartoon Day, All Ages, Looney Tunes, Silly Symphonies, and classic Saturday morning cartoons served up with popcorn and pillows. Don’t miss this animated blast from the past! Creekside Room. No sign-up needed. 3:30pm Mill Valley Library.

~ MEET Summer Sunset: Curious George, 5-7pm. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~ MUSIC Creekside Fridays!, Dr. Elmo and Wild Blue, The Cabin, 60 Tennessee Valley Rd, Mill Valley, 6:30pm – 8:00pm.

~ MUSIC Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Kenny Neil, Gabrielson Park, Anchor and Bridgeway, Sausalito.

~ MUSIC Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Music by GIN BLOSSOMS, 6:30pm and 8:30pm on the Beach Bandstand.

~ MUSIC Music in the Park Series, 6-8pm in Marinwood Park, “Endoxi”.

~ PERFORMANCE Unique Derique delights by clowning, dancing, and turning his limbs into a drum set or keyboard. Children’s Garden Series 11am & 12:15pm. Programs are held outdoors under the open sky, without much shade. Hats or caps are recommended to protect children from the sun. Yerba Buena Garden Festival, San Francisco.

~ READ Marin Humane Society’s Share A Book Program (Kids read to a dog) on, 11am, Larkspur Library, 927-5005 or emailing library@larkspurlibrary.org.

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Saturday August 6

~ ANIMALS Insects In The Library, 11am – 12pm, Come discover the amazing world of insects with Insect Discovery Lab. You can even hold and pet them! For further information please call the Point Reyes Library at 663-8375.

~ ANIMALS Insects In The Library, 3-4pm, Come discover the amazing world of insects with Insect Discovery Lab. You can even hold and pet them! For further information please call the Bolinas Library at 868-1171.

~ ASTRONOMY Mt. Tam Public Star Party, Astronomy 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.

~ COOKING Hands-On Cooking Classes for Kids, learn to make delicious pasta dinners 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.

~ FILM Film Night in the Park, Toy Story 3, San Anselmo, 8pm.

~ MUSIC Concert for Kids, FREE Lawn Seating, Robin Sweeny Park, 420 Litho Street, Sausalito.

~ MUSIC AfroSolo’s Jazz in the Gardens is a component of the AfroSolo Arts Festival, a celebration of African American artists giving voice to the Black experience. In 2011 AfroSolo continues to bring a focus to world peace by featuring artists from Sudan, Ethiopia and other African countries that have been ravaged by war. Yerba Buena Garden Festival, 1-3pm.

~ MUSIC AsiaAlive: Gamelan for Children and Their Families with Kompiang Metri-Davies, 12:00 noon–4:00 pm FREE with museum admission. Artist and musician Metri-Davies gives lessons in how to play gamelan instruments. Children and their parents can learn to play simple phrases of gamelan music in just one afternoon. Asian Art Museum.

~ PERFORMANCE Wild Things (Wildlife presentation), 11am, Larkspur Library, 927-5005 or emailing library@larkspurlibrary.org.

~ READ Happiness is a warm puppy, and a book!, Kindergarten and up. Advance sign-up advised. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Corte Madera Public Library.

~ READ Share-a-book with Fido, Novato Library, 2-3pm. Call 415-897-1143 to register.

~ THEATRE Circus Adventure, Toe-tapping music, circus acts, and the story of KaiKu the Clown, whose curiosity sends him halfway around the world, will intrigue children of all ages when Circus Adventure comes to town. Inspired by the epic tale of the hero seeking to return to his roots, this production blends the thrill and fun of the circus with the excitement of live theatre. Circus Adventure is created and directed by Cirque du Soleil artist Jeff Raz, with support from the East Bay Community Foundation. Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. $15 children, $17 seniors, $20 adults, (510) 296-4433, 2pm.

Sunday August 7

~ ART Drop-In Art-Making, Magnetic Poetry, In the tradition of Gertrude Stein’s playful way with words, create your own word magnets, exchange with other Drop-In attendees, and take your magnets home in a personalized poetry tote. 1-3 PM, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

~ EVENT Sunday Fun Days at Marinwood Pool! Food & Entertainement begin at 12:30pm. Free for pool members, non-members pay the normal entrance fee. Marinwood Pool for live music or DJ, bounce house & games. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

~ FISHING Salt Water Fishing Clinic, Bring the kids and the young at heart to learn the basics of salt water fishing from rangers and local pros at McNears Beach Park. A limited amount of fishing poles, bait, and tackle boxes will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. Bring snacks, water, and sun block. Pets are not permitted (except service animals). Meet at the fishing pier (201 Cantera Way, San Rafael). Parking is $10. A fishing license is required when fishing from shore, but not when fishing from the pier.

~ MUSIC The Hipwaders @ 3pm; Charity & the JAMband @ 4pm The Park Chalet/Beach Chalet has been generously opening its lawn to us for four summers now, so we can serve up the families of San Francisco some handmade music and dance outside.

~ MUSIC Stern Grove Festival’s KidStage provides hands-on arts projects and workshops for kids of all ages before each Sunday concert from noon to 1:00 p.m.

~ MUSIC R&B great Aaron Neville serenades the Grove with his chart-topping hits. Local bluesman Quinn Deveaux and the Blue Beat Revue open the afternoon. Stern Grove, 2pm.

~ MUSIC AsiaAlive: Gamelan for Children and Their Families with Kompiang Metri-Davies, 12:00 noon–4:00 pm FREE with museum admission. Artist and musician Metri-Davies gives lessons in how to play gamelan instruments. Children and their parents can learn to play simple phrases of gamelan music in just one afternoon. Asian Art Museum.

~ MUSIC Music in the Park, Free Summer Concert Series, 1-4 PM Blue Ambience Django – style Gypsy. Creek Park, San Anselmo.

~ NATURE Children’s Program at Green Gulch, 1st Sunday, the beginning of the lecture is especially for children. 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. The program is regularly held on the first Sunday of each month (except the first Sunday in December). Please check in before the program at the table near the southwest side entrance of the zendo.

~ THEATRE Circus Adventure, Toe-tapping music, circus acts, and the story of KaiKu the Clown, whose curiosity sends him halfway around the world, will intrigue children of all ages when Circus Adventure comes to town. Inspired by the epic tale of the hero seeking to return to his roots, this production blends the thrill and fun of the circus with the excitement of live theatre. Circus Adventure is created and directed by Cirque du Soleil artist Jeff Raz, with support from the East Bay Community Foundation. Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. $15 children, $17 seniors, $20 adults, (510) 296-4433, 2pm.

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Monday August 8

~ FILM Ramona & Bezus, Century Theatres Northgate Mall, San Rafael, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ STORYTIME Animal Adventures All kinds of critters — large, small, smart, silly, fierce, and cowardly –populate these yarns and fables. We hope you like to eat animals, too! (Animal crackers and cookies, of course.) Grade 1+, 3:30 pm in the Creekside Room. No sign-up needed. Mill Valley Library.

Tuesday August 9

~ ANIMALS Insects In The Library, 2-3pm, Come discover the amazing world of insects with Insect Discovery Lab. You can even hold and pet them! For further information please call the Inverness Library at 669-1288.

~ ANIMALS Insects In The Library, 6-7pm, Come discover the amazing world of insects with Insect Discovery Lab. You can even hold and pet them! For further information please call the Stinson Beach Library at 868-0252.

~ CRAFT La Tortilla Tradición, Grade 2+, Stir up the incredibly simple ingredients, squish the dough with a genuine tortilla press, and pop your creation onto the griddle. Served with a little guacamole and salsa – olé! It’s Mexican soul food from scratch. Creekside Room. Advance sign-up required. 3:30pm Mill Valley Library.

~ CRAFT Little Sprouts! Mad Hatter Tea Party. Bring your best stuffed friend or doll to tea and make a crazy hat or crown. Amphitheater. For kids entering Kindergarten in the fall and younger, 11:00 am – 11:45 am. Advanced sign-up required and parent or caregiver participation. Mill Valley Library.

~ DANCE Flamenco and Brazilian Samba Kids Day with Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bring lunch. Kids Days are interactive and fun arts education programs for children ages 4-13, open to the public and admission-free. Pre-registration is required. Stern Grove.

~ EXPLORE Toddler Treks, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, designed especially for children 1 to 3 years of age. Each month we will learn about a different animal that shares our world – all can be found in the Bay Area or the Academy. We will use props and our imagination to “trek” together to the place each animal calls home. This month is about Turtles. California Academy of Sciences.

~ FILM Ramona and Beezus, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ FILM Jimmy Neutron, CineArts Marin, Sausalito, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ PERFORMANCE Daffy Dave, Daffy Dave returns with his silly brand of magic, music and juggling. Get Down with the Clown! Ages 3+, Fairfax Library.

Wednesday August 10

~ BOOK Laugh-Out-Loud Book Club, Grade 3+, 4:30 – 5:15, Our weekly book group is about anything and everything Jon Scieszka (rhymes with Fresca). We’ll read aloud as many of his hilarious books as possible starting with Summer Reading is Killing Me and his newest novel Spaceheadz. We’ll even attempt a few “out of this world” activities, too! Creekside Room. Advance sign-up required. Mill Valley Library.

~ BOOK Kids’ Book Club, 4th graders and up are invited to join in a discussion of Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce. Debbie Toizer will lead a discussion of this book. Call the Corte Madera Library Children’s Desk to sign up and reserve a copy of the book.

~ DANCE Flamenco and Brazilian Samba Kids Day with Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bring lunch. Kids Days are interactive and fun arts education programs for children ages 4-13, open to the public and admission-free. Pre-registration is required. Stern Grove.

~ FILM Ramona & Bezus, Century Theatres Northgate Mall, San Rafael, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ FILM Free Movies on the Green, Annie, Marin County Mart, Larkspur, Free, 6-8pm.

~ MEET Meet Curious George, 10:30am. Bay Area Discovery Museum. 

~ MUSIC Alphabet Rockers, Meet the “School House Rock” of the Hip-Hop generation. This San Francisco-based trio raps, beat-boxes, plays the electric guitar, sings, and entertains all ages. Find out why this innovative group has won multiple awards and created a hit CD. 3:30pm Mill Valley Library.

~ MUSIC Concert on the Lawn with Dave & Reed Fromer, 6:30-7:30pm, Bring a picnic dinner, a blanket and the entire family for an evening of fun and music with this father and son duo! For more information, call the Novato Library Children’s Desk at 415-897-1143.

~ PERFORMANCE Summer Reading Program: Puppet Art Theater, Puppet Art Theater combines wit, humor, and audience participation to entertain and captivate audiences of all ages. This special show features two folktales from Norway and Ancient Greece. To see how cultures from around the world tell stories, stick around after the performance to see some of the amazing puppets Puppet Art Theater has collected from around the world. 1:00 PM, San Anselmo Town Council Chambers.

~ PERFORMANCE Summer Reading Program: The Bubble Lady returns, Bubbles are an international language! Come see why parents and kids alike can hardly contain their excitement as Rebecca the Bubble Lady performs bubble acrobatics unimaginable to anybody who’s used to tiny little blips from store-bought soap bubbles. 1:00 PM, San Anselmo Town Council Chambers.

Thursday August 11

~ ART Art Adventures, It’s Knot Just String!, Grade 3+, Learn to make friendship bracelets out of lanyard, hemp, or embroidery floss. We’ve got all the supplies, and will teach you the basics to get started making your own accessories in no time! Creekside Room. Advance sign-up required. 3:30pm, Mill Valley Library Amphitheater.

~ DANCE Flamenco and Brazilian Samba Kids Day with Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bring lunch. Kids Days are interactive and fun arts education programs for children ages 4-13, open to the public and admission-free. Pre-registration is required. Stern Grove.

~ FILM Ramona and Beezus, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ STORYTIME Fireflies and Falling Stars: The Magic of Bali through Story, 1:00 pm–1:30 pm. Can the animals of the forest live together in peace? Will Prince Rama and the Monkey King Hanuman rescue the beautiful Sita from the Demon Ravana? The museum’s storytellers bring the galleries to life with retell classic Balinese myths and folktales and timeless epics for audiences both young and old. Asian Art Museum.

Friday August 12

~ BLOCK PARTY Friday Nights on Main, The Ultimate Community Street Party! 6-9pm. Gather with your neighbors, friends, and family. Downtown Tiburon.

~ CIRCUS Trinket See Live Acrobats, Clowns, Contortionists, Rope and Tissue Acts in the Circus Spire Youth Troupe Production of Trinket. Fri & Sat – 7pm, Sun – 3pm. Tickets: $2 for Kids and $5 for Adults. Kinetic Arts Center, 785 7th Street, Oakland.

~ FESTIVAL Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, Golden Gate Park.

~ MUSIC Creekside Fridays!, Marble Party, The Cabin, 60 Tennessee Valley Rd, Mill Valley, 6:30pm – 8:00pm.

~ MUSIC Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Music by BERLIN featuring TERRI NUNN, 6:30pm and 8:30pm on the Beach Bandstand.

~ MUSIC Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Lynn Asher, Gabrielson Park, Anchor and Bridgeway, Sausalito.

~ PERFORMANCE Sean’s Shadows Puppet Show, All Ages, Musician and shadow puppet artist Sean Powers performs Why Rat is First, a story from China. Shadow puppet fans can sign up for a hands-on post-performance workshop. Creekside Room. No sign-up needed for puppet show; advance sign-up is required for the after-show workshop. 3:30pm, Mill Valley Library.

~ PERFORMANCE Caterpillar Puppets star the Three Little Bla-bla-blas, the singing Gunnywolf, and Amadeus, the shy Artist Mouse. Children’s Garden Series 11am & 12:15pm. Programs are held outdoors under the open sky, without much shade. Hats or caps are recommended to protect children from the sun. Yerba Buena Garden Festival, San Francisco.

~ READ Marin Humane Society’s Share A Book Program (Kids read to a dog) on, 11am, Larkspur Library, 927-5005 or emailing library@larkspurlibrary.org.

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Saturday August 13, Full Moon

~ CAMPING Family Hike and Campfire, 6-8:30pm Enjoy the great outdoors after the sun sets with a fun-filled family friendly hike and campfire. Gather ’round the campfire for quality time with your favorite friends and family, sing songs, and get silly with your siblings as you roast S’mores by moonlight. *$10/person, pre-registration required.

~ CIRCUS Trinket See Live Acrobats, Clowns, Contortionists, Rope and Tissue Acts in the Circus Spire Youth Troupe Production of Trinket. Fri & Sat – 7pm, Sun – 3pm. Tickets: $2 for Kids and $5 for Adults. Kinetic Arts Center, 785 7th Street, Oakland.

~ CRAFT Trash to Treasures: Family Art Workshops at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, for children ages 5-11, create unique note cards using plastic trash collected from local beaches, while learning about marine mammals, ocean health and how they can prevent ocean trash! This two-hour-long program starts with a trash cleanup of Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands, then participants head back to The Marine Mammal Center to create their note card masterpieces. Each family will walk away with a one-of-a kind note card to keep or give to someone special! 10:00am – 12:00pm. $10 each additional person ($20 per adult & child pair). Children must be accompanied by an adult. FREE for members of The Marine Mammal Center.

~ CRAFT Make It @ MOCFA, 6-8pm; Enjoying a long history as a craft and folk art, traditional and contemporary bojagi acts as both decorative and functional way of wrapping and protecting precious items or gifts. The Museum’s exhibition, “Wrapping Traditions: Korean Textiles Now”, promises to inspire creating your own wrapper from paper and fabric scraps, authentically re-using old to make new. Join our educators, special guest artists, and artisans for an afternoon of sewing, stapling, pasting, piecing, and attaching, tea tasting with local purveyors, and fun. Recommended for ages 4 years and up. $5 for materials and admission, FREE for members. Museum of Craft and Folk Art is conveniently located in the Yerba Buena Museum District.

~ CRAFT Collaborative Painting Event Join your fellow crafters and artists to create a personal masterpiece. While supplies last. Ages 3 and up. Michaels, 400 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael 10-12pm.

~ CRAFT Clay Pot EventCreate a crafty bookworm from a clay pot–great place to hold your bookmarks and other knickknacks. Make-It Take-It with purchase of clay pot. While supplies last. Ages 3 and up. 10am-Noon, Michaels, 400 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael 10-12pm.

~ CRAFT Puppet Making Party, 2-4pm, Paxton Gates for Kids.

~ FESTIVAL Pistahan – all family-friendly with an inimitable Filipino-American flair – features seven pavilions and several stages highlighting music, dance, art, crafts, cuisine, artifacts, plus a special trade expo featuring products unique to the Philippines: mother of pearl, bamboo, coconut, Philippine mahogany, marble, pineapple fiber and more. Yerba Buena Garden Festival, 11am-5pm.

~ FESTIVAL San Rafael Food & Wine Festival, enjoy food from area restaurants and sample wines from 25 of the region’s outstanding boutique wineries. In addition, there will be a chef demonstration area featuring a number of area restaurants. Admission to the event is free. Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, 12:00 NOON – 6:00 PM.

~ FESTIVAL Gravenstein Apple Fair, 10am-6pm, Ragle Ranch Park, Sebastopol.

~ FESTIVAL Outside Lands Music & Arts FestivalGolden Gate Park.

~ FESTIVAL Nihonmachi Street Fair, 11am – 6pm, in San Francisco’s Japantown.

~ FILM Station Jim, A young lad who works as a porter at a rural railway station in the 1890‘s discovers a stray Jack Russell terrier in a crate delivered to the station and finds out that it can perform tricks. “Station Jim” soon becomes a local attraction with the passengers who pay money to see its tricks. In true British tradition, there is romance and mystery and “Station Jim” saves the day. Tickets: $5, Kids 2 and under are free, Lark Theatre.

~ MUSIC Fort Point Garrison Band, 1-4pm, free, Enjoy this historic reenactment band as they play music from the Civil War era. All ages welcome.

~ NATURE Muir Woods after Hours, 6:30 PM to 8:30 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 in layers and bring a flashlight. Children under 8 not advised. Reservations required, phone 388-2596. Entrance fee applies.

~ THEATRE Circus Adventure, Toe-tapping music, circus acts, and the story of KaiKu the Clown, whose curiosity sends him halfway around the world, will intrigue children of all ages when Circus Adventure comes to town. Inspired by the epic tale of the hero seeking to return to his roots, this production blends the thrill and fun of the circus with the excitement of live theatre. Circus Adventure is created and directed by Cirque du Soleil artist Jeff Raz, with support from the East Bay Community Foundation. Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. $15 children, $17 seniors, $20 adults, (510) 296-4433, 2pm.

Sunday August 14

~ ANIMALS Beginning Birding, The summer birds along Rodeo Lagoon always prove to be an interesting quest. Bring your binoculars and field guides and join volunteer Jane Haley as we look for new visitors and year-round residents. For ages 8 and up; no pets. Rain cancels. Reservations required; please call (415) 331-1540.

~ ART Drop-In Art-Making, Magnetic Poetry, In the tradition of Gertrude Stein’s playful way with words, create your own word magnets, exchange with other Drop-In attendees, and take your magnets home in a personalized poetry tote. 1-3 PM, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

~ AUTHOR Sofia’s Dream, storytime with local author Land Wilson. 10am Mill Valley Baby & Kids Company, 12 Miller Ave.

~ BLOCK PARTY Sunday Streets, Civic Center/Tenderloin route; a safe, fun, car-free place for people to get out and get active in San Francisco neighborhoods.

~ CIRCUS Trinket See Live Acrobats, Clowns, Contortionists, Rope and Tissue Acts in the Circus Spire Youth Troupe Production of Trinket. Fri & Sat – 7pm, Sun – 3pm. Tickets: $2 for Kids and $5 for Adults. Kinetic Arts Center, 785 7th Street, Oakland.

~ EVENT Sunday Fun Days at Marinwood Pool! Food & Entertainement begin at 12:30pm. Free for pool members, non-members pay the normal entrance fee. Marinwood Pool for live music or DJ, bounce house & games. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

~ FESTIVAL Gravenstein Apple Fair10am-5pm, Ragle Ranch Park, Sebastopol.

~ FESTIVAL Pistahan – all family-friendly with an inimitable Filipino-American flair – features seven pavilions and several stages highlighting music, dance, art, crafts, cuisine, artifacts, plus a special trade expo featuring products unique to the Philippines: mother of pearl, bamboo, coconut, Philippine mahogany, marble, pineapple fiber and more. Yerba Buena Garden Festival, 11am-5pm.

~ FESTIVAL Outside Lands Music & Arts FestivalGolden Gate Park.

FESTIVAL Nihonmachi Street Fair, 11am – 6pm, in San Francisco’s Japantown.

~ MUSIC Concerts-in-the-Park, Foreverland, Michael Jackson Tribute, 4pm, Belvedere Park.

~ MUSIC Stern Grove Festival’s KidStage provides hands-on arts projects and workshops for kids of all ages before each Sunday concert from noon to 1:00 p.m.

~ MUSIC Javier Limon’s “Women of Water” Featuring Buika, La Shica and Sandra Carrasco. Acclaimed Flamenco producer Javier Limon showcases the vocal talents of internationally renowned Mallorcan chanteuse Buika, along with Spanish singers La Shica and Sandra Carrasco. Brazilian singer Luisa Maita opens the afternoon with modern samba sounds. Stern Grove, 2pm.

~ MUSIC Music in the Park, Free Summer Concert Series, 1-4 PM Lonestar Retrobrates Country, Western, Jazz. Creek Park, San Anselmo.

~ PANCAKES Pancake Breakfast, 9am to 1pm, $10.00 adults/$5.00 kids. West Point Inn, Mill Valley.

~ PERFORMANCE The Bubble Lady – Welcome to Bubble Land! The Bubble Lady will put a smile on your face with her amazing bubbles – this show is nothing short of Bubblelicious! Mill Valley Public Library.

~ THEATRE Circus Adventure, Toe-tapping music, circus acts, and the story of KaiKu the Clown, whose curiosity sends him halfway around the world, will intrigue children of all ages when Circus Adventure comes to town. Inspired by the epic tale of the hero seeking to return to his roots, this production blends the thrill and fun of the circus with the excitement of live theatre. Circus Adventure is created and directed by Cirque du Soleil artist Jeff Raz, with support from the East Bay Community Foundation. Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. $15 children, $17 seniors, $20 adults, (510) 296-4433, 2pm.

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Monday August 15

~ FILM Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Century Theatres Northgate Mall, San Rafael, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ STORYTIME Books tell the Story First there was the storyteller, then there was the book. Now there is the iPad and the eReader…which one would you rather cuddle up with? A lovely literary snack will be served after the stories.Monday programs begin at 3:30 pm in the Creekside Room. No sign-up needed, Grade 1+. Mill Valley Library.

Tuesday August 16

~ CRAFT Paper Making Madness, Grade 2+, Make paper from junk mail, old letters, and colorful scraps. It’s fun, easy, and oh-so-messy! Add flower petals, bits of bark, and a little glitter and you’ll be amazed at your one-of-a-kind recycled artwork. Amphitheater. Advance sign-up required. Wear old clothes. 3:30pm Mill Valley Library.

~ CRAFT Little Sprouts! Shake Your Sillies Out! Listen to a noisy book, make your own shaker instrument, then jam out to some crazy tunes. Amphitheater. For kids entering Kindergarten in the fall and younger, 11:00 am – 11:45 am. Advanced sign-up required and parent or caregiver participation. Mill Valley Library.

~ FILM Planet 51, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ FILM Planet 51, CineArts Marin, Sausalito, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

MUSIC Sing with Pierini Del’Avo, San Rafael Library, 3:30 PM. Small and tall are invited to come and sign delightful and original songs by Pierini Del’Avo. Feel shy about singing? You can join in the movements. Best for children 3-7 years old.

Wednesday August 17

~ CRAFT Tam Valley Origami, What is Origami? It is the art of paper folding. It is the magic of turning a simple square of paper into a frog, butterfly, box and or so many other things–without glue or scissors. Come and learn to make beautiful art pieces. All levels. All ages. The Cabin, Mill Valley. 2-3pm.

~ DANCE Salsa in the Square, Los Boleros, Union Square, 6-8pm.

~ FILM Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Century Theatres Northgate Mall, San Rafael, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ FILM Free Movies on the Green, The Sound of Music, Marin County Mart, Larkspur, Free, 6-8pm.

~ MUSIC Concert in the Plaza, 6:00 PM, Downtown Plaza, Mill Valley, Mark your calendar for the annual Concert in the Plaza series. Artists and times to be determined. For more information, please visit the Concerts on the Plaza page.

~ MUSIC Enzo Garcia – Mill Valley Musician plays MVPL, Local talent Enzo Garcia plays guitar, banjo, accordion, musical saw, jew’s harp, enzotar, slide flute, and, gulp, more! A Bay Area legend, he’s been entertaining families for over 15 years. In 2008, Mayor Gavin Newsom proclaimed January 26 the official “Breakfast with Enzo Day.” 3:30pm Mill Valley Library.

~ PERFORMANCE Tale of the Dragon’s Tail by Puppet Art Theater, 11 – 11:45am, Enjoy a puppet performance that will delight all ages! Corte Madera Library.

~ PERFORMANCE Tale of the Dragon’s Tail by Puppet Art Theater, 3-4pm, Enjoy a puppet performance that will delight all ages! For more information, please contact the Marin City Library at (415) 332-6157.

~ 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 August 18

~ FILM Planet 51, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

~ PERFORMANCE Kenn Adam’s Action Theater, 4pm, Larkspur Library.

Friday August 19

~ BLOCK PARTY Friday Nights on Main, The Ultimate Community Street Party! 6-9pm. Gather with your neighbors, friends, and family. Downtown Tiburon.

~ EVENT End-of-Summer Reading Fiesta, Celebrate your reading accomplishments with live music from La Familia Peña-Govea, games, and yummy snacks! San Anselmo Library.

~ MEET Summer Sunset: Curious George, 5-7pm. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~ MUSIC Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Montclair Women’s Big Band, Ellen Seeling Director, Gabrielson Park, Anchor and Bridgeway, Sausalito.

~ MUSIC Asheba, 5 – 7 p.m., 5:30 p.m. Meet Curious George: Don’t forget your camera! Curious George will make a 15-minute appearance in Festival Plaza. 6 p.m.: Asheba: It is always a dance party with Asheba, This energetic singer, songwriter and storyteller will have you dancing and jumping to his hip music. His show is spiced with Caribbean and world beats, inspired by his own childhood on the island of Trinidad.

~ MUSIC Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Music by SANTANA original lead singer GREGG ROLIE, 6:30pm and 8:30pm on the Beach Bandstand.

~ MUSIC Music in the Park Series, 6-8pm in Marinwood Park, “About Face”.

~ PERFORMANCE Chelle! & Friends perform music from New Orleans, the land where Jazz was born. Children’s Garden Series 11am & 12:15pm. Programs are held outdoors under the open sky, without much shade. Hats or caps are recommended to protect children from the sun. Yerba Buena Garden Festival, San Francisco.

~ READ SHARE-A-Book Dogs, The popular Marin Humane Society SHARE-A-Book dogs are stopping by the library every month to share their love of reading. Kids in kindergarten and older may sign up for a 15-minute appointment. Mill Valley Library.

~ READ Marin Humane Society’s Share A Book Program (Kids read to a dog) on, 11am, Larkspur Library, 927-5005 or library@larkspurlibrary.org.

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Saturday August 20

~ CRAFT Trash to Treasures: Family Art Workshops at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, for children ages 5-11, create unique note cards using plastic trash collected from local beaches, while learning about marine mammals, ocean health and how they can prevent ocean trash! This two-hour-long program starts with a trash cleanup of Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands, then participants head back to The Marine Mammal Center to create their note card masterpieces. Each family will walk away with a one-of-a kind note card to keep or give to someone special! 10:00am – 12:00pm. $10 each additional person ($20 per adult & child pair). Children must be accompanied by an adult. FREE for members of The Marine Mammal Center.

~ CRAFT The Power of Pollination Felt Fruit Craft Activity, 2-4pm, Paxton Gate for Kids.

~ EVENT/FUNDRAISER, Marvel Comic Fundraiser, get 2 cookies (choice of superhero) to decorate for a donation of $5, each child gets a free limited edition comic book, story time at noon, lots of giveaways and fun for the whole family, 10-12pm. All money raised goes to No Child Goes Hungry, Share Our Strength, Willams Sonoma, Corte Madera.

~ FESTIVAL Brazil in the Gardens, Music of Brazil’s greatest composers including Antonio Carlos Jobim, Cartola, Paulinho Da Viola, Beth Carvalho, Jacobo Do Bandolim, Joao Bosco, Samba da Mangeira and others who have contributed to the classical Brazilian repertoire. Performed by the California Brazil Camp All-Stars with Clarice Assad, Claudia Villela, Moyseis Marques, Alessandro Penezzi, Jorge Alabe, Alessandro Penezzi, Alexandre Ribeiro and surprise guests. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, 1-3pm.

~ FESTIVAL Wings over Wine Country, A tremendous lineup of flying includes military jet demonstrations, world class civilian aerobatics and a host of Warbirds and more, Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County, Santa Rosa.

~ FILM Movies in the Park, “The Princess and the Frog” Rated G, 8:15 PM – 10:00 PM, Free, Pioneer Park, Novato.

~ FILM Lassie Come Home, After her destitute family is forced to sell her, a collie named Lassie escapes from her new owner and begins the long trek from Scotland to her Yorkshire home. Tickets: $5, Kids 2 and under are free, Lark Theatre.

~ MUSIC Concert in the Plaza, 3:00 PM, Downtown Plaza, Mill Valley, Mark your calendar for the annual Concert in the Plaza series. Artists and times to be determined. For more information, please visit the Concerts on the Plaza page.

~ NATURE Beach Family Day, 10:00am, Enjoy a day at the beach and look for shells, Beach Hoppers and egrets. We’ll also explore the area around Rodeo Lagoon, and look for Killdeer, Brown Pelicans and elusive River Otters. Meet at the Rodeo Beach parking lot at the end of Bunker Road in Sausalito.

~ NATURE Birds Around the Marsh, 2-3pm, Using your detective skills, come help us find the birds of Chrissy Field. We will have binoculars to have a fun adventure investigating the marsh. Free, all ages welcome. Meet Ranger Fatima Colindres in front of the Chrissy Field East Beach. Reservations required 561-4323.

~ READ Share-A-Book with Fido, 2-3pm, The Share-A-Book sessions allow children to read up to 10-minutes to dogs as a new and fun way to enjoy books, while providing additional support towards improving their literacy skills. Novato Library. Call 415-897-1143 to register.

~ SLEEPOVER Academy Sleepovers, Why count sheep when you could count geckos, butterflies, sharks, and penguins? Camp out for a night at the Academy, and you’ll see the museum in a whole new light. California Academy of Science.

~ SLEEPOVER Bedtime With The Beasts, spend the night at the Oakland Zoo! Special overnight program for youth groups (ages 6-18) and their chaperones. An Oakland Zoo education specialist will lead your group on an evening hike around the zoo where you’ll get a look at what the zoo is like after all of the guests leave. Arrive at 7:00pm and the program ends the next morning at 10:00am.

~ STORYTIME Let’s Go Chipper Story Time, free, Chipper the Squirrel will host an eco-educational story time, with crafts and activities for kids ages 2-8. Gather around the “campfire”, as “Let’s Go Chipper” author Stephanie Rach reads from her series of books, which playfully teach kids a love and respect for the environment. Registration preferred. Corte Madera REI, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

~ THEATRE Circus Adventure, Toe-tapping music, circus acts, and the story of KaiKu the Clown, whose curiosity sends him halfway around the world, will intrigue children of all ages when Circus Adventure comes to town. Inspired by the epic tale of the hero seeking to return to his roots, this production blends the thrill and fun of the circus with the excitement of live theatre. Circus Adventure is created and directed by Cirque du Soleil artist Jeff Raz, with support from the East Bay Community Foundation. Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. $15 children, $17 seniors, $20 adults, (510) 296-4433, 2pm.

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Sunday August 21

~ ART Drop-In Art-Making, Design with Objects, Inspired by Gertrude Stein’s flare for food and fashion, create your own clothing designs using everyday objects from the kitchen sink! 1-3 PM, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

~ CRAFT Collaborative Painting Event Join your fellow crafters and artists to create a personal masterpiece. While supplies last. Ages 3 and up. Michaels, 400 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael 10-12pm.

~ FESTIVAL Wings over Wine Country, A tremendous lineup of flying includes military jet demonstrations, world class civilian aerobatics and a host of Warbirds and more, Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County, Santa Rosa.

~ MUSIC Stern Grove Festival’s KidStage provides hands-on arts projects and workshops for kids of all ages before each Sunday concert from noon to 1:00 p.m.

~ MUSIC San Francisco Opera perform an afternoon of arias and solos. The performance features internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick. Stern Grove, 2pm.

~ MUSIC Music in the Park, Free Summer Concert Series, 1-4 PM Revolver 60′s baby, only 60′s! Creek Park, San Anselmo.

~ OUTDOORS Junior Ranger Hike, 1-4pm, Join a park ranger on a three-mile hike through mysterious Fort Baker. We will explore shady trails, warm up in the sun at Battery Yates, and play Trail Bingo! Meet at the Cavallo Point reception building, 601 Murray Circle. Bring water, a snack, and wear good walking shoes. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. For information, call (415) 388-2596.

~ PERFORMANCE San Francisco Mime Troupe, Fasten your seatbelts for another wild yet thought-provoking ride with the world-renowned San Francisco Mime Troupe, with the ensemble’s annual new musical addressing contemporary America. Prepare for laughter, tragedy, snappy dialogue and live music. Pre-show music begins at 1:30pm. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, 2-4pm.

~ STORYTIME Tell Me A Bed Time Story, 3-5pm, Dinosaurs, horsetails, and very old trees—all have a history in the forest before the time of people. Discover the mysteries of Muir Woods on this easy walk suitable for families with young children, ages 4 to 8. Strollers, backpack carriers, and wheelchairs welcome. Bring water, snack, and dress in layers. Meet at the Visitor Center. RSVP required; please phone (415) 388-2596.

~ THEATRE Circus Adventure, Toe-tapping music, circus acts, and the story of KaiKu the Clown, whose curiosity sends him halfway around the world, will intrigue children of all ages when Circus Adventure comes to town. Inspired by the epic tale of the hero seeking to return to his roots, this production blends the thrill and fun of the circus with the excitement of live theatre. Circus Adventure is created and directed by Cirque du Soleil artist Jeff Raz, with support from the East Bay Community Foundation. Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. $15 children, $17 seniors, $20 adults, (510) 296-4433, 2pm.

~ VOLUNTEER Point Reyes Park BeautificationLocals, visitors, and tourists from around the world love this small, neighborhood park in Point Reyes Station. We’ll focus on safety and cleaning, during our busy summer season. Projects include weed and litter removal, mulch spreading, and pathway sweeping. Bring the whole family, enjoy Toby’s Community Playground, and get to know your fellow community members. Work will occur on both flat and uneven terrain. The park is located at the intersection of Toby St and Mesa Rd.

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Monday August 22

~ FILM End-of-Summer Film Festival, Free family movies! Stay tuned for further information…Mill Valley Library.

Tuesday August 23

~ FILM End-of-Summer Film Festival, Free family movies! Stay tuned for further information…Mill Valley Library.

Wednesday August 24

~ DANCE Swing in the Square, Quarter Mile Combo, Union Square, 9:20pm.

~ EXPLORE Toddler Treks, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, designed especially for children 1 to 3 years of age. Each month we will learn about a different animal that shares our world – all can be found in the Bay Area or the Academy. We will use props and our imagination to “trek” together to the place each animal calls home. This month is about Turtles. California Academy of Sciences.

~ FILM End-of-Summer Film Festival, Free family movies! Stay tuned for further information…Mill Valley Library.

~ FILM Free Movies on the Green, Up, Marin County Mart, Larkspur, Free, 6-8pm.

~ MEET Meet Curious George, 10:30am. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~ MUSIC Concert in the Plaza, 6:00 PM, Downtown Plaza, Mill Valley, Mark your calendar for the annual Concert in the Plaza series. Artists and times to be determined. For more information, please visit the Concerts on the Plaza page.

~ NATURE Nature for Kids at Bolinas Lagoon, At the edge of the lagoon we’ll visit a forest that grows alongside a rushing creek, we should be able to see lots of insects and other animals there. After that we’ll explore the strip of land between the trees and the salt marsh—always a good place to find interesting creatures. We request that no animals (except service animals) attend. Meet at the Bob Stewart Trailhead. From Hwy 1, follow Olema-Bolinas Rd—the trail head is just east of the nursery.

Thursday August 25

~ FILM End-of-Summer Film Festival, Free family movies! Stay tuned for further information…Mill Valley Library.

Friday August 26

~ EVENT End-of-Summer Festival, Fun for everyone! 3:30 pm, Celebrate the end of summer with your friends and library staff under the redwood trees. Enjoy music with former Sippy Cup Rudy Trubitt, crafts, face painting, ice cream, and more. All ages! Mill Valley Library.

~ MUSIC Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Eugene Huggins, Gabrielson Park, Anchor and Bridgeway, Sausalito.

~ MUSIC Concerts Under the Oak, The Unauthorized Rolling Stones A High-Energy Tribute to the Originals!, Northgate Mall, San Rafael.

~ MUSIC Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Music by EDDIE MONEY, 6:30pm and 8:30pm on the Beach Bandstand.

~ PERFORMANCE ALPHABET ROCKERS, Hip-hop DJ, beatboxer and soul vocalist, featuring songs about elementary school experiences. Children’s Garden Series 11am & 12:15pm. Programs are held outdoors under the open sky, without much shade. Hats or caps are recommended to protect children from the sun. Yerba Buena Garden Festival, San Francisco.

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Saturday August 27

~ CRAFT Create with Nature Series, From fairy-sized houses to palm teepees, kids and grown-ups alike will create imaginative art and structures using natural materials in an outdoor Presidio setting. The ingredients for the day include wood, leaves, stone, pine cones, bark, branches, water, and imagination. Bring a picnic lunch or snack. RSVP to (415) 561-4449 or draffa@presidiotrust.gov.

~ CRAFT Useable, Loveable Peanuts, 1-3pm Decorate and personalize your own Snoopy plush to take home! Work with an artist to paint, tie–dye, clothe, and create a unique Snoopy to cuddle and treasure. Cost: $20 for members; $25 for non-members. Reservations required by calling (707) 284-1263. Schultz Museum.

~ EVENT 3rd Annual Mill Valley Dog Show, 9am-12, Whole Foods Market, 414 Miller Ave, Mill Valley.

~ CRAFT Sun Printing, 2-4pm, Paxton Gate for Kids.

~ FILM Film Night in the Park, Mary Poppins, San Anselmo, 8pm.

~ FESTIVAL China Camp Heritage Day, 10am-4pm, China Camp State Park, 101 Peacock Gap Trail, San Rafael.

~ FESTIVAL Reggae Festival, 11am-6pm, Fillmore @ O’Farrell.

~ MEET Meet Curious George, 10:30am. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~ MUSIC Concert in the Plaza, 3:00 PM, Downtown Plaza, Mill Valley, Mark your calendar for the annual Concert in the Plaza series. Artists and times to be determined. For more information, please visit the Concerts on the Plaza page.

~ MUSIC Meklit Hadero If Joni Mitchell were East African and met Nina Simone for tea in the Mission, she might end up sounding like Meklit Hadero. With a luminous voice and lyrical songwriting that moves from the starkly personal to the poetically metaphoric, Meklit is a true modern global artist: born in Ethiopia, raised in the US and nurtured for the last several years in San Francisco’s richly diverse arts scene. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. 1-2:30pm.

~ SLEEPOVER Bedtime With The Beasts, spend the night at the Oakland Zoo! Special overnight program for youth groups (ages 6-18) and their chaperones. An Oakland Zoo education specialist will lead your group on an evening hike around the zoo where you’ll get a look at what the zoo is like after all of the guests leave. Arrive at 7:00pm and the program ends the next morning at 10:00am.

Sunday August 28

~ ART Drop-In Art-Making, Design with Objects, Inspired by Gertrude Stein’s flare for food and fashion, create your own clothing designs using everyday objects from the kitchen sink! 1-3 PM, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

~ AUTHOR Guest Artist and free Ice Creamaward–winning animator, illustrator, and children’s book author Mo Willems will read from his books—Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed and I Broke My Trunk—and provide a drawing demonstration. After the reading, Willems will be available to sign his newest Elephant and Piggie book Should I Share My Ice Cream? At noon, watch animated versions of Naked Mole Rat Gets DressedDon’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, and his other classics. During the signing, Willems will sign one book from home and all books purchased at the Museum. His many books include Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale. Schultz Museum.

~ FESTIVAL Colorfest, 12-4pm,  feature a rainbow of hands-on science activities, demonstrations and local artisans selling colorful wares. Exploratorium.~ EVENT The Last Hurrah! 9am-Noon, Can’t stand to see vacation end but too tired to travel? Before letting the lazy days of summer slip away, spend some quality time on a leisurely morning walk through an ancient redwood forest. Wear sturdy shoes, dress in layers, bring water and a snack. Strollers not advised. RSVP required; call 388-2596. Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

Monday August 29, New Moon

Tuesday August 30

~ FOOD Whole Foods Market 4 Course Food & Farm, 9-5:30pm, $15 includes visits to Nicasio Cheese Farm, All Star Farms, Lunch from Whole Foods and Christine’s Upper Crust Pie. =)~

Wednesday August 31

~ FILM Free Movies on the Green, Charlotte’s Web, Marin County Mart, Larkspur, Free, 6-8pm.

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12 Responses to Ronnie’s Awesome Summer List 2011

  1. Lyssa says:

    Mill Valley Public Library also has a backpack exploration program, called “Experience Backpack”: http://www.millvalleylibrary.org/Index.aspx?page=1254

    Great list and blog! thanks so much.

  2. mom in marin says:

    This is so great! Is there a way to print it so we can keep it in our kitchen drawer for easy accessibility?

  3. Jody Branham says:

    Puppets and Players Little Theatre presents “Puff the Magic Dragon”

    The Puppets & Players Little Theatre revives traditional puppet theatre, an art form that has entertained and educated young and old for centuries.

    In this adaptation of “Puff the Magic Dragon”, a fantasy adventure comes to life! Little Jackie Paper and Puff return to the magical land of Honalee and discover that the mystical “Magic Box” belonging to King Cobwebs has been stolen. Jackie and Puff agree to help the king and his granddaughter find the missing box and return it to the palace. During their quest, our heroes fight a duel onboard a pirate ship with Captain Bilgewater and his sidekick Grog, face a fearful storm at sea, and travel to the bottom of the ocean, where they meet a friendly octopus named Rastapus, who helps Jackie discover that the “Magic Box” contains “the most powerful magic of all”, the magic of his own.

    Tuesday, July 5, 2011 6:00 pm
    Where:
    142 Throckmorton Theatre
    142 Throckmorton Ave.
    Mill Valley, CA 94941

    Tickets $8 kids, $10 adults
    May be purchased at website: http://www.142throckmortontheatre.com/
    or at theatre box office: 415-383-9600,
    and at event
    Proceeds to benefit “Marin Youth Performers”
    the Youth Program of 142 Throckmorton, a non-profit organization

    Puppets and Players Little Theatre website: http://puppetsnplayerstheatre.com/

    Submitted by:
    Jody Branham.

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    • marinhood says:

      Thank you so much for your comments. This was not a paid subject matter but they did invite us to check it out (no strings attached). I get invited to many places (but that is no guarantee that I will write about it nor will I ever accept payment for my content). But the Insect Discovery Lab was truly an amazing experience for all of us that I couldn’t resist writing about.

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  8. marinhood says:

    I do not know any other blog that use the same format that I have. That is having a chronological list of great events and being 1 click away from the content you need. Most websites I know of, you have to go to the calendar, click on the date, find an event you want, click on it and it takes you to more pages within their site, can’t backtrack. I don’t have time for that.

    As a busy mom, “Ronnie’s Awesome List” is the list I always wished I had. Find the info you want quick, get out and enjoy the day with your kids.

    But sites I like: For travel writing with kids, to me, you can’t beat FrogMom http://frogmom.com – she is my favorite. For the East Bay I think http://www.510families.com does a great job for their area. I like Frisco Kids too – http://www.friscokids.net.

  9. I was curious if you ever considered changing the page layout of your site?

    Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people
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    • marinhood says:

      Thank you for your feedback. I am always looking at ways to enhance the functionality of my site. It is a lot of content and a lot of work that is not always easy to layout. My hope is users of Marinhood are able to locate the information they need fast. I think it is fairly successful but definitely has room for improvement.

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