Ronnie’s Awesome List – May 2012

This Mother’s Day I dedicate the May “Awesome List” to my mom as she faces another battle with the breast cancer monster. She is doing her part to fight what has quickly advanced to stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. I now have a better understanding of this disease however it wasn’t always that way.

Rewinding the clock back a year I felt completely paralyzed when I first found out. I cried uncontrollably. I didn’t know what to do. In desperation, I eventually reached out to the online community board of the Southern Marin Mothers’ Club. Opening up to other mothers was one of the best things I did. The overwhelming wealth of knowledge and invaluable advice from some really incredible moms helped give me the strength I needed to help my family. Thanks to them (and my family) we are back on track.

So really, I want to dedicate this post to those super moms too. Thank you Manon, Holly and Dawn and to my amazingly supportive friends Katie, Sunyoung, Onie, Shannon, Carol, Jenai and so many others. Thank you all for your wonderful advice, shoulder to cry on and support.

I tell you this story not only to remind you to get your regular check up’s, but for me, being apart of a Mothers’ Club is priceless. I don’t know what I would do without such a caring and nurturing community. Here are links to the mothers’ clubs in Marin and a little beyond:

Marin:
Corte Madera/Larkspur Mothers Club
Marin Parents of Multiples Club
Novato Mothers Club
Ross Valley Mothers’ Club
San Rafael Mothers’ Club
Southern Marin Mothers’ Club

A Little North:
Petaluma Mother’s Club

A Little South:
Golden Gate Mothers Group
San Francisco Parents of Multiples Club

Happy Mothers’ Day to you ALL!

Hugs!
Ronnie


May 2012

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May 1, May Day

May 2

Share a Book: Read to a Dog, Improve literacy skills while reading — to dogs! Canine companions really can help struggling children improve reading skills. Belvedere Tiburon Library.

May 3

Nature for Kids at Deer Island, 10am – 1pm, We’ll head up through the forest to the ridge where a beautiful open meadow will give us plent of places to enjoy lunch, explore, and look for all kinds of wildlife. David Herlocker will lead. Questions: contact David at (415) 893-9508 or dherlocker@marincounty.org. Heavy rain may cancel. Call (415) 893-9527 on the morning of the walk to hear a recorded message if cancelled. 305 Deer Island Lane, Novato.

Photosynthesis: The Musical, 9:30 & 11 a.m., A Youth in Arts world premiere, created in collaboration with the Marin Carbon Project. The incredible process of photosynthesis is explained and illustrated through music and theatre, with a powerful message about how living closer to the earth can save our global environment. Recommended for Grades 2-8.

May 4

Willy Wonka, 7.30pm, Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which features the songs from the classic family film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. This scrumdidilyumptious musical is guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth. Join us on a fantasy ride into the land of pure imagination!, Stapleton Theatre Company. San Anselmo Playhouse.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Peter Hatcher has a problem – his little brother Fudge is ruining his life! Even worse, everyone except Peter seems to think he’s adorable. Can Peter learn to love Fudge even when he does terrible things? Judy Blume’s understanding of what it’s really like to be a kid has made this story a modern classic. Funny, poignant, and amazingly true to life. Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton.

May 5

Marin Charitable’s Family Day at the Movies Fundraiser presents RIO, 10:30-1:30/1:45, 10:30 to start of presentation/movie, Face-painting, Hair flares, Pocket Lady with prizes, Jelly Bean guessing contest with Prize
Raffle, Silent Auction and Goodie Bags, The Lark Theater, 594 Magnolia in historic downtown Larkspur.

Willy Wonka, 7.30pm, Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which features the songs from the classic family film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. This scrumdidilyumptious musical is guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth. Join us on a fantasy ride into the land of pure imagination! Stapleton Theatre Company. San Anselmo Playhouse.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the culture and folklore of Mexico through music, dance and traditional crafts. Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno, established in 1967, will perform a free outdoor dance performance at 11 am. These very talented young people will demonstrate the diverse dances and colorful costumes from throughout Mexico, ranging from the tropical port of Veracruz to the rancheros of Jalisco. This will be followed at 1 p.m. by the wonderful music of Mariachi Juvenil Los Cachorros, or The Puppies. This youth group will have you shouting “¡Viva Mexico!” Stop by Studio 10 and make a paper flower or a “tin” ornament as a recurerdo or remembrance of the day. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Cinco De Mayo Celebration, 4–7pm, Free, Live Oak Social Hall, Berkeley, Join the colorful and exciting festivities. Mexican crafts, games, music, singing, dancing, and piñata breaking will be enjoyed by all who come and celebrate the day’s events. Mexican food will be served.

Cinco De Mayo Celebration, 10:00am to 6:00pm at Dolores Park.

It’s Cinco de Mayo! Get ready! Use beads, beans and foil design to make your own bracelet inspired by Mexican jewelry. Randall Museum.

MMWD Centennial Open House, 10 a.m. to Noon MMWD is hosting an open house to say “Thank you!” to our customers. Please plan to join us at our Corte Madera headquarters at 220 Tamal Vista Blvd. and bring the whole family for free tours, demonstrations and refreshments.

Family Explorers Bay Sail, 9:30am-noon, Set sail for family adventure on the Schooner Seaward. Spend your Saturday morning navigating the bay, hoisting sails, singing sea chanties, and learning a bit about bay ecology. Headlands Institute has partnered with Call of the Sea to create this unique 2.5 hour experience filled with breathtaking views and one-of-a-kind memories. NatureBridge.

Ladybug Trail Restoration, 9am – 2pm, The Ladybug Trail originates in Baltimore Canyon and makes its up to the King Mountain Loop Trail. Invading French broom is narrowing the trail corridor, so we’re joining forces with Boy Scout Troop 43 to push the broom back! The work will be strenuous and the slope is steep. Bring water; wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Rain may cancel: Call (415) 473-3778 after 7am on the morning of the event to hear a recorded message if cancelled. King Mountain Preserve.

8th Annual Salmon Release at Blackie’s Pasture in Tiburon. Come join the fun as we release 2000 young salmon into the San Francisco Bay. Enjoy music from the Beautiful Losers, BBQ from the Tiburon Fire Department, and lots of Science fun with Booths with games and activities for children of all ages. Join the Redwood High School Cheerleaders in cheering on the youngsters as each child sets free their own Chinook salmon. The fish will released on the high tide at High Noon! Don’t miss the fun.

Howl to the Full Moon, 7 – 9pm, Rangers Karen Kilian and Rich Gibson, along with Marin Humane Society staff, host this easy hike on the Southern Marin Line Fire Road to celebrate National Pet Week. This is a great opportunity to learn the rules about dogs on Open Space District lands and about trail etiquette techniques, while exploring the Baltimore Canyon Preserve with other two- and four-legged hikers. If we’re lucky, we might see the rise of the Flower Moon! Hikers must be prepared to leash their pets. Bring a flashlight and a leash for all dogs; wear warm layered clothes. For more information, contact Karen or Rich at kkilian@marincounty.org, rgibson@marincounty.org or call 473-2816. Rain will cancel. Baltimore Canyon Preserve.

Norway Day Festival, Take a trip to Norway without ever leaving the Bay Area! Fort Mason Center, San Francisco.

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, 11 am & 2 pm, This time the wolf gets to tell his side of the tale—but do you believe him? Bring your reporter’s notebook and have fun solving this wacky whodunit. Recommended for ages 5+, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse.

Tour of Novato and FunFair, a bicycling and walking fundraising event for the Novato public schools. Here’s your chance to have a great day with your family, get a little exercise, and fundraise to support our schools all at the same time! Last year this event raised more than $100,000 for our schools, and we think this year will be even better, Sherman Avenue in front of the Novato City Hall.

Children’s Day Festival, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. In recognition of Japan’s national holiday to celebrate children, the JCCCNC presents our annual Children’s Day Festival in Japantown. There will be entertainment, food and hands-on craft activities for children.

Windrush Farm Family Day, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Bring your children or grandkids to watch baby lambs and kids bounding over spring-green fields. Feed the sheep, llamas, cows, and goats. We’ll make butter to spread on bread with local homemade jams. Mimi Luebbermann raises a variety of sheep for wool and spins and dyes her own yarns. She’ll show us various fleeces and wool products and teach carding and spinning. Make your own wool bracelets. Pre-registration is required. Windrush Farm, 2263 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma.

Build A Planter Box, 9am-12pm, Kids can build a planter box and add plants for a touch of color. Kids will learn to build their very own planter box while learning tool safety, Have fun, make friends and gain a sense of achievement and work ethic, You can paint and add embellishments to your project while at the workshop, Home Depot.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Peter Hatcher has a problem – his little brother Fudge is ruining his life! Even worse, everyone except Peter seems to think he’s adorable. Can Peter learn to love Fudge even when he does terrible things? Judy Blume’s understanding of what it’s really like to be a kid has made this story a modern classic. Funny, poignant, and amazingly true to life. Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton.

Drop-In Science, Find out how different wing designs affect the flight patterns of various types of paper airplanes in this aerodynamic experimentation class 10:30, Randall Museum.

Afternoon Art, It’s Cinco de Mayo! Get ready! Use beads, beans and foil design to make your own bracelet inspired by Mexican jewelry. 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Storyteller Kirk Waller will present a series of classic tales with an original flair.  1:30pm & 2:30pm. Oakland.

May 6, Full Moon

Slide Ranch Presents a special concert with Carrie Rodriguez, 2:30 p.m., Bring a picnic and a blanke, Dress in layers, Call 415.381.6155 to purchase tickets.

Willy Wonka, 7.30pm, Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which features the songs from the classic family film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. This scrumdidilyumptious musical is guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth. Join us on a fantasy ride into the land of pure imagination!, Stapleton Theatre Company. San Anselmo Playhouse.

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

Jerusalem Marketplace, 11:45 – 2, Middle Eastern food, crafts for kids (adults welcome too) such as working with clay, making spice mixes, beaded necklaces. Costumes provided. The event is free and open to the public. Fellowship Hall, Mount Tam United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave, Mill Valley.

Drop-In Art-Making: Garden Ornaments, 1-3 PM, Inspired by Earth Day and the exhibition Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought, have fun crafting your own garden ornaments using recycled and upcycled materials. families@thecjm.org or 655.7852, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, 11 am & 2 pm, This time the wolf gets to tell his side of the tale—but do you believe him? Bring your reporter’s notebook and have fun solving this wacky whodunit. Recommended for ages 5+, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse.

Norway Day Festival, Take a trip to Norway without ever leaving the Bay Area! Fort Mason Center, San Francisco.

Sunday Streets, 11a.m. to 4p.m. Mission route, including the popular route along 24th and Valencia Streets; ‘Penguins to Penguins’; a safe, fun, car-free place for people to get out and get active in San Francisco neighborhoods.

Preschool Gallery Hour, 10–11:30 AM, activities include gallery explorations of the current exhibition Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought, hands-on art-making fun, and musical guest Isaac Zones. Adults must be accompanied by a preschooler for entry. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Drop-In Art-Making: Garden Ornaments, 1-3pm, hands-on fun inspired by Earth Day and the exhibition Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought, have fun crafting your own garden ornaments using recycled and upcycled materials. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

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

APA Heritage Month Celebration, 10:00 am–5:00 pm, FREE general admission, Activities include: Japanese Embroidery with Lucy Arai, 10:00 am–4:00 pm, Taiko Drumming and Tahitian Dance, 11:00 am–12:00 pm and 1:00–2:00 pm, Storytelling Performance: Journey to the West, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm, Stories! The Wicked, the Wily, the Wise, 11:00 am (30 minute pre-k tour), 1:00 and 3:00 pm (45 minutes) Yoga Flow, 2:00–3:00 pm, Asian Art Museum.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Peter Hatcher has a problem – his little brother Fudge is ruining his life! Even worse, everyone except Peter seems to think he’s adorable. Can Peter learn to love Fudge even when he does terrible things? Judy Blume’s understanding of what it’s really like to be a kid has made this story a modern classic. Funny, poignant, and amazingly true to life. Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton.

Children’s Fairyland, Storyteller Kirk Waller will present a series of classic tales with an original flair.  1:30pm & 2:30pm. Oakland.

Bobcat Day, 12pm-5pm, Who’s furry, spotted, and has a short tail? Our two bobcats, Frankie and Caro! Help us celebrate Frankie’s birthday on Sunday, May 6th .Make a card for Frankie at our card-making station– and don’t forget to make Caro an “un-birthday” card! Create animal enrichment, watch a bobcat feeding at 1pm, and receive a bobcat-themed giveaway. Bring a present for the bobcats and get one free admission for the day. Please see our website for a list of approved items. Bobcat day is FREE with admission. CuriOdyssey, 1651 Coyote Point Dr., San Mateo, (650) 342-7755.

Muir Woods After Hours, 7:30-9:30 pm, , Muir Woods National Monument, 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 along the trails. This is an easy, two-mile walk on paved trail. Bring your flashlight, dress in layers, and wear good hiking shoes. Children under 8 not advised. Reservations required; phone (415) 388-2596.

May 7

May 8

May 9

Science in the City (Online Event), Urban environments such as San Francisco are full of intriguing natural and human-made phenomena. Why is our “summer” in May and September? Where does sewage go? Explore urban engineering, ecology, optics, waves, geology, architecture, weather, and more. Free! Exploratorium.

May 10

Mother’s Day Crafts, 4pm, For ages 5 & up in the Founders Room. We’ll provide everything you need to make amazing gifts for Mother’s Day. Registration Required. Belvedere Tiburon Library.

Plantosaurus Rex, Prehistoric Plants at the Conservatory of Flowers. Runs May 10 – October 21, 2012.

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

May 11

Willy Wonka, 7.30pm, Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which features the songs from the classic family film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. This scrumdidilyumptious musical is guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth. Join us on a fantasy ride into the land of pure imagination!, Stapleton Theatre Company. San Anselmo Playhouse.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Peter Hatcher has a problem – his little brother Fudge is ruining his life! Even worse, everyone except Peter seems to think he’s adorable. Can Peter learn to love Fudge even when he does terrible things? Judy Blume’s understanding of what it’s really like to be a kid has made this story a modern classic. Funny, poignant, and amazingly true to life. Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton.

75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge party 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the de Young Museum.

May 12

The Mill Valley Nursery School 2012 Family Fun Day! , 1pm – 5pm, Fabulous Finds Silent Auction, Fifty Under Fifty Auction, Jamaica from Jamaroo Kids, Bebe, Professional Face Painter, Benny the Magician, Mill Valley Fire Dept. Fire Truck Visit, Ali Weiss of Mini Music Time, Puppet Show and more, Mill Valley Nursery School, 51 Shell Road, Mill Valley.

Willy Wonka, 7.30pm, Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which features the songs from the classic family film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. This scrumdidilyumptious musical is guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth. Join us on a fantasy ride into the land of pure imagination!, Stapleton Theatre Company. San Anselmo Playhouse.

Living History Day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park. 3325 Adobe Road, 707-762-4871.

Old Mill Creek Boat RaceOld Mill Creek Origami Boat Race. Kids and families are invited to attend a paper boat-making workshop with origami master Jeremy Shafer in the Creekside Room from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Boat makers will move outdoors to Old Mill Park to launch their vessels at 1:00 pm. (All ages, families welcome, no sign-up needed. Wear old clothes and rubber boots – there will be mud!)

Let’s Celebrate Migratory Birds! Stroll around Redwood Creek in search of migratory birds such as Wilson’s Warblers and Violet-green Swallows, then join Muir Woods’ Annual International Migratory Bird Day Celebration with family activities designed to explore the wonderful world of migratory birds. Meet at overflow parking lot at Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley.

Marin Country Mart Farmers’ Market, Come and make a bouquet and card for mom, enjoy brunch with mom and make your own flower farm bouquet (this is a kids only project). This activity will be located beneath the big farmers market tent, from 9:00-2:00. Flowers for this activity are provided by local flower farms, Crane Creek Growers and Thomas Family Farms. Larkspur Landing.

Mother Daughter Tea, 3:00pm- 5:00pm, Mothers and daughters will spend quality time at a delightful tea party on the patio. We’ll play games, get glamorous, make an art project, and more! Corte Madera Recreation Center.

Alison Faith Levy, 11 a.m. Alison Faith Levy, formerly of The Sippy Cups, is celebrating the release of her new solo CD World of Wonders filled with tunes that travel from the barnyard to the cosmos and back again. Her imaginative indie pop songs get kids dancing, singing, laughing, and even pondering the mysteries of the universe, asking the eternal question: Are there cupcakes in space?  Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Marin Rose Society Rose Show at Northgate, San Rafael, 11am-4pm, great activities for children.

Flights of Fancy, 6 p.m., The Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, The event celebrates the delight, imagination and wonder at the heart of the Museum’s mission of nurturing childhood creativity. Proceeds from Playdate 2012 support the Museum’s hands-on exhibits and expert-guided workshops in the arts and sciences, and groundbreaking outreach programs for children and families in under-served communities.

May Madness, 12-6pm, Parade at 5:00pm, The longest running street rod show and parade in Northern California. Hundreds of hot rods, customs, classics and vintage autos will line the streets of Downtown San Rafael.

Marin Human Race, 8:30 am, Join 4,000 of your friends, neighbors, and community members in the largest collaborative fundraiser and nonprofit celebration in Marin County! Benefiting local nonprofits and schools, race day features a mostly flat 5k course, pancake breakfast, kids’ races with free registration, music, kids’ activities, community fair, free refreshments, prizes, giveaways and more! Race day registration begins at 7 am. Fairgrounds and Lagoon Park, San Rafael

The Trombone, Both fun and educational, Family Matinees provide a window into the exciting world of live jazz. Each one-hour matinee features live performance, audience participation, Q&A and amazing music. The Marcus Shelby Trio hosts our spring Matinee series, highlighting the primary solo or “lead” instruments of jazz as well as the role of the vocalist. Each matinee will focus on a particular instrument used in jazz and explore the techniques and innovations developed by some of the most celebrated artists. Enjoyed individually or as a series, these Family Matinees will change the way you hear jazz.

Freshwater Fishing, 9am – 12pm, Rangers will teach the basics of freshwater fishing at Stafford Lake Park in Novato. A limited amount of fishing poles, bait, and tackle boxes will be provided first come, first- served to novice anglers, courtesy of the California Department of Fish and Game’s “Fishing in the City” program. Fishing license required for participants 16 and over. For more information, contact Josh Gilmore at jgilmore@marincounty.org. Rain will cancel. Parking fee is $10/vehicle. 3549 Novato Boulevard, Novato.

International Migratory Bird Day 2012, 8 am-2 pm, Activities include mist-net demonstrations with the Point Reyes Bird Observatory, bilingual bird walks and story times, beach cleanup at Muir Beach, family crafts and games, and the opportunity to talk to local bird- and wildlife-conservation groups. You can also sample shade-grown coffee and chocolate, and meet a live Northern Spotted Owl at 1 pm! A shuttle from Muir Woods to Muir Beach will be provided. Parking will be limited, so plan to take the Muir Woods shuttle from Mill Valley, where it picks up every 30 minutes. 388-2596.

Fabulous Flowers: Walk and Workshop for Kids, 1-2:30 p.m., Take a floriferous walk through the Garden, learn about pollinators, and make a one-of-a-kind flower themed gift – perfect for Mother’s Day! Registration recommended; 510-643-2755, or by emailing garden@berkeley.edu. UC Botanical Garden, Berkeley.

Make It @ MOCFA, 2–4pm, Pie Making Sculptures made and baked to perfection! This isn’t your normal pie. It will be homemade, handmade, flavorful, colorful, last for years but…not edible. Join us as everyone makes their own custom clay sculpture pie, complete with everything they hold dear. To start the lesson, Joyce Grimm (Pie Ranch Chef Educator) will demonstrate the Pie Ranch philosophy broken down into the form of a pie, outlining the importance of organic farming, sustainable agriculture, and our individual role in supporting these structures. Then, create your own “life pie” to take home, a delectable sculpture molded in clay. Ages 5+, $5 includes admission and materials.

Afternoon ArtSculpt your own clay bird with feather wings and beaded eyes. Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, Sculpt your own clay bird with feather wings and beaded eyes. 10:30, Randall Museum.

Afternoon Art, It’s Cinco de Mayo! Get ready! Use beads, beans and foil design to make your own bracelet inspired by Mexican jewelry. 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Peter Hatcher has a problem – his little brother Fudge is ruining his life! Even worse, everyone except Peter seems to think he’s adorable. Can Peter learn to love Fudge even when he does terrible things? Judy Blume’s understanding of what it’s really like to be a kid has made this story a modern classic. Funny, poignant, and amazingly true to life. Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton.

Disney Discoveries! 1pm – 3pm, Attention all young merry men and women! Come ye, come all to our Disney Discovery celebrating the 60th anniversary of Walt Disney’s live action film, The Story of Robin Hood and his Merrie Men. For this activity, we will be creating satchels to hold your coins and arrows. Disney Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Garden Day! Featuring Let Worms Eat Your Garbage demonstrating worm composting. Spend some time in our vegetable garden with Fairyland horticulturalist Jackie (noon to 3:00pm.) Join Heather Farms and discover the Magic of Monarch. Learn about the life-cycle of the Monarch Butterfly. 12pm. Award winning Storyteller John Weaver will entertain with stories about nature and the garden. 1:30pm & 2:30pm, Oakland.

Weekend Workshop: Earthquake Engineering, 10:30am – 12:00pm San Andreas, Hayward, and Loma Prieta are not just names of towns, but earthquake faults which continue to shake the Bay Area today.  This workshop will explore how and why the earth shakes, what engineers do to build earthquake resistant structures, and other earthquake related phenomena such as liquefaction, tsunamis, and landslides.  Let’s shake, rattle and roll in this earth moving workshop. Recommended for children ages 6-11 years old. Pre-registration is required. Member: $20 (one adult and one child); Non-Member: $25 (one adult and one child). CuriOdyssey, 1651 Coyote Point Dr., San Mateo, (650) 342-7755.

150th Anniversay Barn Dance, 6pm, we will kick up a little dust with a western barn dance at the beautiful Collins Ranch in Nicasio.

May 13, Mothers’ Day

Willy Wonka, 7.30pm, Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which features the songs from the classic family film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. This scrumdidilyumptious musical is guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth. Join us on a fantasy ride into the land of pure imagination!, Stapleton Theatre Company. San Anselmo Playhouse.

Mother’s Day BBQ, 11a.m. to 3p.m., to benefit the education and conservation programs of ACR and Marin Audubon Society. The event will be held rain or shine at ACR’s Volunteer Canyon, located 2.66 miles north of Stinson Beach at 4800 Shoreline Highway One. Carpooling strongly encouraged, 453-2216.

Marine Science Sundays at The Marine Mammal Center! 10 AM – 5 PM

Coho Salmon at Muir Beach, 9-11 am, The Redwood Creek Restoration at Muir Beach improves wildlife habitat and the creek and wetlands ecosystem. Learn about the history and current status of coho salmon in Redwood Creek on this easy, two-mile walk around the restoration site. Bring water and a light snack; wear sturdy shoes with good treads.RSVP by calling (415) 388-2596.

Drop-In Art-Making: Mother’s Day StoryCubes, 1-3pm, Families can experience new adventures in art making every Sunday for free. This hands-on fun inspires visitors to learn more about the exhibitions on display, the building’s architecture, or Jewish holidays and traditions while experimenting with materials and art techniques. Celebrate Mother’s Day by designing 3D StoryCubes, with images celebrating important life moments on all six sides. Then use it to interview a loved one with a StoryCorps facilitator on hand for helpful interview tips. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast, 9am to 1pm, $10.00 adults/$5.00 kids. West Point Inn, Mill Valley.

Mother’s Day All Mom’s get in Free! The Schultz Museum.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Peter Hatcher has a problem – his little brother Fudge is ruining his life! Even worse, everyone except Peter seems to think he’s adorable. Can Peter learn to love Fudge even when he does terrible things? Judy Blume’s understanding of what it’s really like to be a kid has made this story a modern classic. Funny, poignant, and amazingly true to life. Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton.

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

Disney Discoveries! 1pm – 3pm, Attention all young merry men and women! Come ye, come all to our Disney Discovery celebrating the 60th anniversary of Walt Disney’s live action film, The Story of Robin Hood and his Merrie Men. For this activity, we will be creating satchels to hold your coins and arrows. Disney Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Storyteller Kirk Weaver will entertain with stories about nature and the garden.  1:30pm & 2:30pm. Oakland.

May 14

May 15

Nature for Kids at Mount Burdell, 10am – 2pm, The pond here is called “Hidden Lake” because it dries up every year and when that happens thousands of newts, treefrogs, and different kinds of insects that grew up in the water are still nearby. The flowers that bloom around the drying pool attract lots of interesting insects, and there will probably be plenty of other animals nearby waiting to feed on all of these tasty treats. David Herlocker will lead. Questions: Contact David at (415) 893-9508 or dherlocker@marincounty.org. Heavy rain may cancel. Call (415) 893-9527 on the morning of the walk to hear a recorded message if cancelled. For more information, visit http://www.maringov.org Mount Burdell Preserve.

Hog Island Oyster Co. & Straus Dairy, Noon – 4:00 p.m., Join local oystermen for a tour and oyster tasting, and enjoy your picnic overlooking Tomales Bay. Then carpool to the Straus Dairy to see their organic operation, a methane digester, and the other clean energy techniques they use. You’ll see cows being milked and enjoy a delicious Straus creamery tasting. Pre-registration is required. MALT.

May 16

May 17

Children’s Author Mac Barnett, 4:00pm, Children ages 5 and up are invited to join us for a visit with popular author Mac Barnett on Thursday May 17th at 4:00pm. The author of many children’s books including his brand new book, “Chloe and the Lion”, “Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem”, “Extra Yarn”, “The Brixton Brothers” and many more will share stories and tales from his adventures as a children’s writer. Book signing will follow. Space is limited, please RSVP to library@cityoflarkspur.org, or phone 927-5005.

Education Day, 11am-2pm, , students get a sneak peek at some of our exhibits and workshops as Maker Faire is being set up for the weekend. Students meet and interact with selected Makers, participate in activities, and get a glimpse of the setup process for this large-scale event. Makers Fair.

Kid’s Ocean Day Adopt-a-Beach Program, over 700 primarily underserved school children from Marin, San Francisco, and Contra Costa Counties will converge on Ocean Beach to clean up trash, and create aerial art to share their message of conservation with the world. Ocean Beach, San Francisco.

May 18

McNears Beach Block Party, 4 – 7pm, Marin County Parks wants to celebrate! Summer is just around the corner, school is nearly out, our busy season has started, and we’re turning 40! So, join us for the 1st annual McNears Beach block party. There will be food, music, a sand castle contest, swimming, and plenty of fun for the whole family. This is a great chance to meet our rangers and your Marin County neighbors. For more information, contact Dan Sauter at dsauter@marincounty.org. Entrance fee is waived. Swimming fee is $5/person. 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael.

May 19

Free Benefit Concert! Mill Valley Plaza, 11:30 am to 3:30 pm, YouthRock Rebuild and Windhorse Foundation are sponsoring this Spring event to help the children of Deak Kum Pa Orphanage in Luang Prabang Laos. The orphanage is in need of food, new shelter, educational supplies, and medical assistance. Come join the great music and community gathering!

Skate Jam, 11am – 2pm, It’s time for the annual McInnis Park skateboard competition for all ages and abilities! There will be good food, music, and plenty of fun for the whole family. Registration begins at 10am and the competition will kickoff at 11am. Prizes are awarded by age group: 5-9, 10-12, 13-15, and 16 and over. Bring a board, helmet, and pads. For more information, contact Adam Craig acraig@marincounty.org. Rain will cancel. McInnis Park, 310 Smith Ranch Road , San Rafael.

Pixie Park Spring Fair, 9am – 3pm, Marin Art and Garden Center, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Mini-Music with Ali Weiss & Warren Mann – an interactive musical experience, Fur, Scales and Tails – an entertaining show with turtles, ducks, snakes and many more creatures of all shapes and sizes, The Wronglers Trio – musical trio with guitar, Alice in Wonderland comes to life – children will have the chance to meet Alice, White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts, Talking Flowers and much more throughout the day, thanks to the College of Marin Drama Club.

Rush Creek Riders, 10am – 12pm, A ranger will lead this easy “tour de creek” bike ride on the fire roads of this scenic preserve. We will talk about marshland ecology, the history of the preserve, and offer mountain bike riding recommendations for Marin County. Bring water, a snack, and a mountain bike. For more information, call (415) 473-2816. Rain will cancel. Rush Creek Preserve.

China Camp Historic Tour & Nature Walk, 10:00am – 12:30pm

Endangered Species Day, Get hands-on with restoration projects to benefit the park’s imperiled species! The Golden Gate National Parks are home to more federally protected species than any other unit of the National Park System in continental North America—the California red-legged frog, coho salmon, mission blue butterfly, Presidio clarkia, and many more. In honor of these vital plants and animals, this year marks the 2nd annual “Species of the Year” in the Golden Gate National Parks: 2012 Species of the Year is the coho salmon. Please join the effort to protect the coho salmon and other precious park wildlife by helping to heal their critical and limited habitats. Learn more about Endangered Species Day and Threatened and Endangered Species in the Golden Gate National Parks. (415) 561-3077 or volunteer@parksconservancy.org.

Northgate Kids’ Sing ‘n Play!, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Come sing and dance along with a musical playgroup of kids and parents led by talented local musicians! Northgate Mall, San Rafael.

Zoe Gets Ready, a story where getting dressed inspires big dreams! Each day is full of possibilities, and Zoe wants to be ready for everything this one might bring. But that makes getting dressed really, really hard! If it’s a twirling day . . . if it’s a cartwheeling day, or a hiding day, or a flying day. Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Maker Faire showcases the amazing work of all kinds and ages of makers—anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience. We encourage you to join the fun and enter a project to exhibit.

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

Bay Area Storytelling Festival, storyteller’s concerts, we offer a children’s program, storytelling workshops, open mic sessions, and for the first time this year, a story slam. To cap off the weekend, we have scheduled a solar eclipse for Sunday evening; astronomers and telescopes will be on hand to enhance our viewing. Craneway Pavilion, Richmond

Asian Heritage Street Celebration, 10:00 am–5:00 pm, FREE general admission, Activities include: South East Asian Cultural Exhibits, 10:30 am–4:00 pm, AHSC School Awards Ceremony, 11:00 am–12:00 noon, Art Activity: Celebrate the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary, 11:00 am–4:00 pm, Art Activity: Chalk Drawing on the Front Steps, 11:00 am–4:00 pm, Family Tours, 11:00 am and 1:00 pm (45 minutes each), Stories! The Wicked, the Wily, the Wise, 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm (45 minutes), South East Asian Cultural Showcase, 12:30 pm–1:30 pm, AHSC Cinema Showcase 2:00 pm–4:00 pm, Asian Art Museum.

Afternoon ArtCreate a clay bird’s nests with twigs and fill it with eggs. Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, Snakes oh my!!! Meet some of the Randall Museum’s reptile friends and make your own snake to take home! 10:30, Randall Museum.

Afternoon Art, Create a clay bird’s nests with twigs and fill it with eggs. 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Friends & Family Hike, This hike is a fun, adventurous way to experience the natural beauty of the California coast while supporting GirlVentures’ mission to empower adolescent girls to develop and express their strengths. All ages are welcome! GirlVentures.

Himalayan Fair, 10am-7pm, Entry to the fair is free though we appreciate all donations. Every $5.00 donated earns you a ticket to our yearly raffle. Live Oak Park in Berkeley.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Street Celebration, Asian Arts & Crafts World Market, an extravaganza of special and unique hand-made products and artworks. The fair will also feature a scrumptious collection of pan Asian delights and sweets, along with the Bay Area’s favorite food trucks. Civic Center/Little Saigon District of San Francisco! FREE!

Armitage Gone! Dance, 2pm, Karole Armitage’s reputation as “punk ballerina” rose from her edgy interpretations of classical dance. Her company of dancers brings incredible energy and focus to the stage in dynamic choreography. Novellus Theater at YBCA, $10 Children/$15 Adults.

Loma Vista Farm’s Spring Festival, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., you’ll find animals to pet, crafts to make, train rides, and food and plants for sale at the Farm, located at 150 Rainier Ave. in Vallejo, Calif. Admission is free.

Children’s Fairyland, The Oakland Public Conservatory of Music. Students experience the joy and inspiration that making music can bring to our lives. A variety of rhythmic ensembles with deep roots in Latin-Caribbean, African, and Afro-American musical cultures are explored, with particular attention paid to the specific roles each instrument plays in the ensemble and how they collaborate in the creation of richly layered pieces of music. Come enjoy the children singing and playing their instruments with confidence and beauty. 12pm. Dana Smith performs a show for all ages, with circus arts, comedy, improv and audience participation. 1:30pm & 2:30pm. Oakland.

May 20, Annular Solar Eclipse, New Moon

Storybook Ball, 4-7pm, A parent-child dance for kids ages 4-9, his year we will be celebrating the classic Wizard of Oz. The event will feature music and skits by the Stark Raven Historical Players and Timothy James debuting new material in his magic act, dancing, delicious food and drinks, and also many creative activities that are sure to appeal to munchkins of all ages. Supporting the Mill Valley Library, Mill Valley Community Center.

Annual Heritage Day, celebrate history, culture, and nature at Olompali’s 27th annual Heritage Day offering a wide range of activities. Visitors can take guided walks to lean about Olompali’s birds, plants, and archaeology. They also can hear experts relate the history of the Camilo Ynitia Adobe and the Burdell Mansion, as well as the planned renovation the historic Burdell Victorian Garden. Throughout the day there will be family-oriented interactive demonstrations of crafts like basketry, flint-knapping, clam disc bead making, adobe brick making, blacksmithing and free ice cream courtesy of Clover Stornetta.

German Culture Fests, Maifest, A polka band, traditional group dances in traditional dress, a menu of traditional foods and of course, excellent beers complete a fun-filled day for all ages, Nature Friends Tourist Club, Mill Valley.

Paradise Beach Park Broom Pull, 10am – 12pm, Situated on the northern side of the Tiburon Peninsula, Paradise Beach Park offers attractive picnic areas and beautiful views of the San Francisco Bay and beyond. We will remove French broom and other invasive species from the upper shoreline, and several oak woodland areas of the park. The work will occur on gentle to moderate slopes. Bring water; wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Rain may cancel: call (415) 473-2823 after 7am on the morning of the event to hear a recorded message if cancelled. For more information, visit http://www.maringov.org… Parking fee waived for volunteers. Paradise Beach Park, 3450 Paradise Dr, Tiburon.

Maker Faire showcases the amazing work of all kinds and ages of makers—anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience. We encourage you to join the fun and enter a project to exhibit.

The Music Man, follow the fast-talking, charismatic traveling salesman Harold Hill (Robert Moorhead) as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying musical instruments and uniforms for a marching band he knows will never come to be. The town’s lovely Marian the Librarian (Susan Zelinsky) just may end up being Hill’s trouble with a capital “T.” 383-1100, info@mountainplay.org Mountain Play, Mt. Tamalpais.

Tour de Marin, 45-mile ride through scenic Marin and then watch the final stage of the Tour of California in the afternoon. There will be great food all along the ride, including fine gourmet cuisine from Marin artisan cheese and bread makers. You’ll ride along Bicycle Route 5, roll past Stafford Lake, see redwood groves and horse stables, and take in a feast at the Nicasio energizer station.

Celebrate Golden Gate bridge history and lore, Spend the day learning about the fascinating history of our iconic bridge, as well as the natural history of the Golden Gate. Meet at Point Bonita YMCA @10:30 am. Moderate hike; 2-4 miles.

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

Family Gallery Tour: Trees, 12:30-1:15 PM, Experience the world of trees during an interactive gallery tour of Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought, specially designed for families with children ages 6 to 9. With hands-on experiential activities woven throughout, the important role of trees will spring to life! families@thecjm.org or 655.7852, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Drop-In Art-Making: Nature Letters, 1-3 PM, Families can experience new adventures in art making every Sunday for free. This hands-on fun inspires visitors to learn more about the exhibitions on display, the building’s architecture, or Jewish holidays and traditions while experimenting with materials and art techniques. As the exhibition Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought enters its final days, and to help celebrate the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, create artful letters that celebrate nature using a variety of recycled papers. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Family Art Studio: Storytelling with Awele, 2-4 PM, Join the CJM on third Sundays for Family Art Studios, when the Museum offers in-depth, one-session art classes for families with children ages 6 and up. These special programs encourage children and adults to explore a chosen creative process as a family, with Museum educators and special guest artists leading the way. For this Family Art Studio, learn the ancient art of storytelling. Working with Internationally known storyteller, TED speaker, and workshop leader Awele (ah WAY lay) Makeba, first explore the world of storytelling, and then bring to life your own family story. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

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

Himalayan Fair, 10am-7pm and May 20th, 10am-5:30pm, Entry to the fair is free though we appreciate all donations. Every $5.00 donated earns you a ticket to our yearly raffle. Live Oak Park in Berkeley.

Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild LIVE! 6:30PM, Take a trip to the wild side with America’s favorite zookeeper! Jungle Jack’s live show features many of his favorite exotic animal friends, as well as fascinating and humorous stories and footage from his adventures around the world. Everyone from the youngest child to the oldest adult will be amused and delighted! Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa.

Children’s Fairyland, Dana Smith performs a show for all ages, with circus arts, comedy, improv and audience participation. 1:30pm & 2:30pm. Oakland.

May 21

May 22

Happy Birthday Bridge, May 22, 2012- May 25, 2012, 9am – 4pm, A week-long celebration, including art-based activities to create bridge crowns, bridge sculptures, and a giant Happy Birthday Bridge Card. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

May 23

Nature for Kids at Stafford Lake, 10am – 1pm, By now the pond will be buzzing with dragonflies, plus there should be turtles, frogs, and lots of other wildlife that live near the water as the days get warmer. We’ll have lunch by the creek, and after that (if it’s not too hot) we’ll head up the Terwilliger Nature Trail to see what we can find among the flowers and the trees. David Herlocker will lead. Questions: Contact David at (415) 893-9508 or dherlocker@marincounty.org. Heavy rain may cancel. Call (415) 893-9527 on the morning of the walk to hear a recorded message if cancelled. For more information, visit http://www.maringov.org. Stafford Lake Park, 3549 Novato Blvd, Novato.

May 24

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

May 25

Kiddo! Family Carnival, Beginning Friday, May 25 and running through Monday, May 28, please join us for a real old-fashioned carnival. There will be rides for all ages, plus food and games. The littlest ones in your family will love the Berry-Go-Round and the Tune Train, while your teenagers will be thrilled with the Sizzler, Zipper, Tilt-A-Whirl and the Texas Tornado, among many more. Mill Valley Middle School.

American Crown Circus, St. Vincent’s School for Boys in Marinwood.

May 26

Kiddo! Family Carnival, a real old-fashioned carnival. There will be rides for all ages, plus food and games. The littlest ones in your family will love the Berry-Go-Round and the Tune Train, while your teenagers will be thrilled with the Sizzler, Zipper, Tilt-A-Whirl and the Texas Tornado, among many more. Mill Valley Middle School.

American Crown Circus, St. Vincent’s School for Boys in Marinwood.

Homestead Skillshare Festival, 10am-6pm, Hayes Valley Farm, 450 Laguna Street, SF A festival to help educate, inspire and spread sustainable living and self-sufficiency skills. Workshops include worm bins, bike powered machines, cob ovens, urban composting, urban gardening in the Bay and container gardening, fruit trees, seed-saving, food preservation (wine-making, pickling, miso), disaster preparedness, herbal medicine, herb growing, teas and tincture making, bee-keeping and pollination, backyard livestock (with live chickens and ducks), insects as food, solar ovens, mushroom cultivation, soap-making, natural dyes, candle-making, diy green cleaning, natural beauty, nonviolent communication, and more! (Habra traduccion en Espanol) and cash only at the door.

Restore Ring Mountain, 9am – 1pm, Come to Ring Mountain to help restore habitat, listen to interpretive talks, and find out what’s in store for the future of this incredible preserve! Protect the endangered Tiburon Mariposa Lily by finding and removing invasive yellow and tocolote star thistles. These invasive plants were once a thriving population on the rise, but this annual removal effort is yielding positive results. We have not found yellow star thistle in several years and tocolote star thistle is now on the decline. Join us to become part of this habitat restoration success story. This is a light, moderately strenuous activity and is suitable for volunteers of all ages. Bring water; wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Rain may cancel: Call (415) 473-3778 after 7am on the morning of the event to hear a recorded message if cancelled. For more information, visit http://www.maringov.org

Kids Club, Father’s Day Gift, 1-2pm, pre-registration required, call 388-6233, ask for Cindy or Carol, Goodman Building Supplies, Mill Valley.

Afternoon Art, Pound out and collage bottle caps to make some cool refrigerator magnets. Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to build a rocket! Design and create a real rocket that you can launch!10:30, Randall Museum.

Elephants Day, 2 shows- 12 and 2 pm, come visit elephants (and all your other favorite animals) and enjoy an animal-free circus show with Circus Finelli. Learn about elephants with the experts from the Oakland Zoo, and become involved with helping these amazing animals to thrive and grow in numbers. Circus Finelli will perform two short spectacles for children and families, one at noon and one at two pm. Oakland Zoo.

Children’s Fairyland, The after school MUSE Orchestra of Oakland East Bay Symphony’s Music for Excellence will perform. 12:30pm. Jacquelyn Lynaugh as The Blue Fairy appears with her puppet pal Pinocchio and her guitar, Prince Charming. She will be performing well known folk songs and helping children make wishes come true with her crystal wand and fairy dust. 1:30pm & 2:30pm. Oakland.

May 27

Mill Valley Historical Society conducted its 35th annual Walk Into History

Kiddo! Family Carnival, a real old-fashioned carnival. There will be rides for all ages, plus food and games. The littlest ones in your family will love the Berry-Go-Round and the Tune Train, while your teenagers will be thrilled with the Sizzler, Zipper, Tilt-A-Whirl and the Texas Tornado, among many more. Mill Valley Middle School.

Golden Gate Festival, Marking the official 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, tens of thousands of participants are expected at the historic celebration along the San Francisco waterfront. Fireworks, 9:30–9:50 pm.

Larkspur Flower & Food Festival, 11 am to 6 pm, celebrate the beginning of Summer at the Bay Area’s longest running festival of flowers and food.

American Crown Circus, St. Vincent’s School for Boys in Marinwood.

The Music Man, follow the fast-talking, charismatic traveling salesman Harold Hill (Robert Moorhead) as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying musical instruments and uniforms for a marching band he knows will never come to be. The town’s lovely Marian the Librarian (Susan Zelinsky) just may end up being Hill’s trouble with a capital “T.” 383-1100, info@mountainplay.org Mountain Play, Mt. Tamalpais.

Caledonia Street Festival, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM, This year’s Festival will be a toast to the 75th Anniversary of The Golden Gate Bridge featuring the “Golden Gate Bridge Photo Contest-Then, Now & Today”. This annual event draws hundreds of people to dance, eat, drink, mingle, shop and groove. Artistic highlights include craft and art booths, live music entertainment and street performers. A festival created to appeal to the entire family, there is also a children ‘s area filled with activities for youngsters of all ages to participate in. Enjoy all the beautiful and historic things Caledonia Street has to offer and support the fantastic local business owners. This event will go on rain or shine.

Drop-In Art-Making: Nature Letters, 1-3 PM, Families can experience new adventures in art making every Sunday for free. This hands-on fun inspires visitors to learn more about the exhibitions on display, the building’s architecture, or Jewish holidays and traditions while experimenting with materials and art techniques. As the exhibition Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought enters its final days, and to help celebrate the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, create artful letters that celebrate nature using a variety of recycled papers. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Jacquelyn Lynaugh as The Blue Fairy appears with her puppet pal Pinocchio and her guitar, Prince Charming. She will be performing well known folk songs and helping children make wishes come true with her crystal wand and fairy dust. 1:30pm & 2:30pm. Oakland.

May 28, Memorial Day

Kiddo! Family Carnival, a real old-fashioned carnival. There will be rides for all ages, plus food and games. The littlest ones in your family will love the Berry-Go-Round and the Tune Train, while your teenagers will be thrilled with the Sizzler, Zipper, Tilt-A-Whirl and the Texas Tornado, among many more. Mill Valley Middle School.

Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade and Community Celebration.

American Crown Circus, St. Vincent’s School for Boys in Marinwood.

Nature for Kids at Roy’s Redwoods, 10am – 1pm, We will start the day in a huge meadow where there is lots of room to explore. Then we can head up to the shady ridge and see what we can find in the deep layer of leaves that carpet the forest floor. After that, we will head down to the cool shade of the redwoods and see if we can figure out where the owls are nesting. If we get lucky, we can study some owl pellets and see what kinds of animals they are eating. David Herlocker will lead. Questions: Contact David at (415) 893-9508 or dherlocker@marincounty.org. Heavy rain may cancel. Call (415) 893-9527 on the morning of the walk to hear a recorded message if cancelled.

Museum Mondays for Little Ones, 10am–12noon, Enjoy stories, movement games, arts and craft activities, and a movie. Activities are designed for children ages 1–5 and their caregivers. Schultz Museum.

Memorial Day Services, 9 am, observance, conducted by Marin County United Veterans Council, will feature music, remembrance program, flag displays and wreath-laying ceremonies. Admission to this event is free; no tickets or reservations are required. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael

May 29

May 30

Kids Create! Tissue Paper Stained Glass, 3:30 – 4:30pm, Using tissue paper, contact paper and wire, construct a colorful creation that will glow  when light shines through it! For ages 5 and up. Fairfax Library.

May 31

The Stairwell Sisters, San Francisco’s all-gal old-time teardown, The Stairwell Sisters, play a deep and rowdy repertoire of timeless bluegrass tunes plus a solid selection of smart, original material. The Stairwell Sisters lay down concerts and square dances for counter-culturalists everywhere, infusing the old music with intoxicating energy and soul.

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