Ronnie’s Awesome List – September 2011

This past summer I had the privilege to explore some of the most beautiful areas in the world and despite all the fantastic places I visited; I also live in the most beautiful place in the world. So I was excited to stumble across Capture California, a FREE game in which encourages you to experience some of the coolest parts of California, all while competing to win awesome prizes. It’s not too late to enter and goes through October 10, 2011.

Back in Marin, one of my favorite events in September is BLACKIE’S HAY DAY on Saturday September 24th. Blackie’s Hay Day is reminiscent of an old fashioned country fair with pony rides, relay races, toy tractors, jumpies, a climbing wall, live entertainment and more and it is a benefit for the Children’s Room at the Tiburon-Belvedere Library. 10am-3pm at Blackie’s Pasture. Entrance to Blackie’s Hay Day is $10 per person. Children under 2 are free!

Another one of my all-time favorite events is the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival. It’s great fun especially for kids. This years entertainment for kids includes crafts, puppet shows, magic shows and more. September 24th & 25th, $10 General Admission, $5 Students and Seniors, Free for kids under 12 years.

Important notices:

  • Bay Area Discovery Museum is closed September 20th – October 3th.
  • Zeum is closed from September 12th though October 14th.
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Thursday 9/1

~ DANCE Avance, sizzle, style and most of all swing!!! Come early for dance lessons. 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, Jessie Square (near the Jewish Museum), San Francisco, FREE.

~ FILM So Dear to My Heart, Film of the month, 1:00pm and 4:00pm. The Walt Disney Museum.

~ SCIENCE Drop-In Science, Most machines have very simple concepts at their core.  Build a working simple machine to discover the basics of engineering. Randall Museum, 10:30 & 11:30.

Friday 9/2

~ FILM Film Night in the Park, Young Frankenstein, San Anselmo.

Saturday 9/3

~ ANIMALS Hawk Talk and Banding Demos, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration with the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory with a docent gives an hour-long talk about hawk monitoring and identification using photos and other props. A newly banded wild hawk is brought up and shown to the crowd and released. No registration necessary, meet on top of Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands at noon.

~ ASTRONOMY Astronomy Day on Mt. Tam FREE public lecture “Extreme Astronomy: Eyeing the Cosmos through One Cubic Kilometer of Ice” by Dr. Kirill Filimonov of the UC Berkeley in the Mountain Theatre on Mt Tam at 8:30pm followed by telescope viewing in the Rock Spring Parking Lot, 455-5370.

~ CRAFT Saturdays are Special, Construct your own animal sculpture from our abundant wood scrap supply. Randall Museum, 1pm-4pm.

~ CRAFT ESPN College Game Day Board, 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.

~ FESTIVAL Sausalito Art Festival, enjoy fabulous art and fun entertainment. If your an 80’s fan, Saturday’s line up includes The Human League, The Romantics, Men Without Hats, and more. 10:00 AM-6:00 PM.

~ FESTIVAL Gold Rush Days is a FREE, fun and exciting event for the whole family! Come on down and be transported back to the days of Gold and Glory alongside colorful characters from the 1850s. From musicians to melodramas, soldiers to saloons, you’ll experience it all at Gold Rush Days! 10am-5pm. (916) 808-7777.

~ FESTIVAL Scottish Highland Games, Alameda County Fairgrounds.

~ FESTIVAL Historic Rail Fair, Ardenwood Historic Farm.

~ FILM Film Night in the Park, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, San Anselmo.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, Jean Paul Valjean will delight audiences with his acrobatics and juggling with the “Short Attention Span Circus”. 1:30pm & 2:30pm Puppet Show: Beauty and the Beast. This is the classic tale of a young woman who learns to love a beast, realizing that one should never judge a book by its cover. 11am, 2pm & 4pm, Oakland.

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

~ THEATRE The Merry Wives of Windsor, Sir John Falstaff, tavern bad boy and knight of misrule inShakespeare’s history plays, meets his match when he tries to scam the housewives of suburban Windsor. 2pm, Old Mill Park – Behind Mill Valley Library
375 Throckmorton Avenue. Free and family friendly.

~ THEATRE Free Shakespeare in the Park, The Presidio’s Main Post Parade Ground Lawn (between Graham St & Keyes Ave). Cymbeline. Follow Princess Innogen on her search for reconciliation against the backdrop of a colorful and magical journey. Forbidden love, mistaken identities, banishment and a magic potion – Shakespeare combines multiple styles in this endlessly inventive fairy tale! 7:30pm.

Sunday 9/4

~ ANIMALS Hawk Talk and Banding Demos, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration with the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory with a docent gives an hour-long talk about hawk monitoring and identification using photos and other props. A newly banded wild hawk is brought up and shown to the crowd and released. No registration necessary, meet on top of Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands at noon.

~ ART Drop-In Art-Making: Using inspiration from the CJM’s architecture, create an artwork piece combining old and new materials and images. 1-3 PM, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

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

~ EVENT Point Reyes National Seashore Sand Sculpture Contest, Drakes Beach, Point Reyes. All ages welcome at this free event. 9am-3:30pm.

~ FESTIVAL Sausalito Art Festival, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM, Musical entertainment: 11:00-11:45am, Lorin Rowan’s Caribbean Bleu, 12:30-1:45pm, Edgar Winter , 2:30-3:45pm, Montrose 4:30-6:00pm.

~ FESTIVAL Gold Rush Days is a FREE, fun and exciting event for the whole family! Come on down and be transported back to the days of Gold and Glory alongside colorful characters from the 1850s. From musicians to melodramas, soldiers to saloons, you’ll experience it all at Gold Rush Days! 10am-5pm. (916) 808-7777

~ FESTIVAL Scottish Highland Games, Alameda County Fairgrounds.

~ FESTIVAL Historic Rail Fair, Ardenwood Historic Farm.

~ MUSEUM What’s the STORY? Explore art, create your own, travel to extraordinary worlds, get hands-on, discover special places, be inspired. That’s just a hint at the fun we have in store for you on Family, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

~ MUSIC Concerts-in-the-Park, Richard Olsen’s Big Band Swing and Rock n’ Roll, 4pm, Belvedere Park.

~ NATURE Children’s Program at Green Gulch, 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.

~ PARADE Tiburon Belvedere Labor Day Parade, old-fashioned parade starts near the Tiburon Library at the corner of Tiburon Boulevard and Mar West Street and ends at Belvedere Park for the final Concert in the Park Event. Bring the family and enjoy the fun!

~ PARADE Founders Day, Once a year the sleepy little town of Tomales comes to life for a day of old-time fun! There is a parade at noon, book sale and raffles in the park, barbeque, and live music. What a great day to enjoy this historic, coastal community.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, Jean Paul Valjean will delight audiences with his acrobatics and juggling with the “Short Attention Span Circus”. 1:30pm & 2:30pm Puppet Show: Beauty and the Beast. This is the classic tale of a young woman who learns to love a beast, realizing that one should never judge a book by its cover. 11am, 2pm & 4pm, Oakland.

~ THEATRE The Merry Wives of Windsor, Sir John Falstaff, tavern bad boy and knight of misrule inShakespeare’s history plays, meets his match when he tries to scam the housewives of suburban Windsor. 2pm, Old Mill Park – Behind Mill Valley Library
375 Throckmorton Avenue. Free and family friendly.

~ THEATRE Free Shakespeare in the Park, The Presidio’s Main Post Parade Ground Lawn (between Graham St & Keyes Ave). Cymbeline. Follow Princess Innogen on her search for reconciliation against the backdrop of a colorful and magical journey. Forbidden love, mistaken identities, banishment and a magic potion – Shakespeare combines multiple styles in this endlessly inventive fairy tale! 2:30pm.

Monday 9/5, Labor Day

~ FESTIVAL/FUNDRAISER Soccerfest, Noon – 6pm, Mill Valley. Fun for the entire family, with soccer, jumpies, climbing walls and the world famous “Coaches Dunk Tank,” plus plenty of food and drink for the entire family. Admission is free, but we encourage a $5 per person ($20 max per family) contribution at the door to support player scholarships and field renovation projects.

~ FESTIVAL Sausalito Art Festival, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM, Musical entertainment: 11:30-12:30pm Wonderbread 5 , 1:00-2:00pm The Smithereens, 2:45-3:15pm Blue Sky Riders, 3:30-5:00pm Kenny Loggins.

~ FESTIVAL Gold Rush Days is a FREE, fun and exciting event for the whole family! Come on down and be transported back to the days of Gold and Glory alongside colorful characters from the 1850s. From musicians to melodramas, soldiers to saloons, you’ll experience it all at Gold Rush Days! 10am-5pm. (916) 808-7777.

~ FESTIVAL Historic Rail Fair, Ardenwood Historic Farm .

~ MUSIC Marin City Blues, Jazz and Soul Party in the Park, 12pm to 6 p.m. Rocky Graham Park, 100 block of Drake Ave., offering ethnic foods, arts and crafts and activities for kids. Entertainment line-up to be announced, Marin City 332-8316.

~ SPORTS Field of Dreams, Perfect your swing with pro coaches, take a turn at bat, practice your fast pitch, tour the dugout and locker rooms, and see your name in lights. For the younger fans, there are pictures with the Giant’s official mascot, Lou Seal, face painting, and more, plus food and drinks for everyone.

~ THEATRE The Merry Wives of Windsor, Sir John Falstaff, tavern bad boy and knight of misrule inShakespeare’s history plays, meets his match when he tries to scam the housewives of suburban Windsor. 2pm, Old Mill Park – Behind Mill Valley Library
375 Throckmorton Avenue. Free and family friendly.

~ THEATRE Free Shakespeare in the Park, The Presidio’s Main Post Parade Ground Lawn (between Graham St & Keyes Ave). Cymbeline. Follow Princess Innogen on her search for reconciliation against the backdrop of a colorful and magical journey. Forbidden love, mistaken identities, banishment and a magic potion – Shakespeare combines multiple styles in this endlessly inventive fairy tale! 2:30pm.

~ TOUR Angel Island United States Immigration Station Special Tour, Site will be open and tours available on a first come first serve basis.

Tuesday 9/6

See Ronnie’s Awesome Every List for lots of ideas and Storytime hours for the Fall 2011.

Wednesday 9/7

~ MUSIC Music Class at giggle! 11 am, giggle will host a special music class, designed for babies from birth to preschool age! Village at Corte Madera.

~ MUSIC The Kippy Marks Project, 12:30pm – 1:30pm, Union Square Park, With his unforgettable compositions, which draw from Classical, Jazz, Blues, Dance and even Middle-Eastern and Eastern-European traditions.

~ MUSIC Crosscut, 6pm – 8pm, Union Square Park, plays a unique mix of blues, rock, and original music to create a sound that is all its own. Their musical influences include early Delta Blues, Memphis and Chicago Electric Blues, Soul from STAX and Motown, R&B, Rock, and a little bit of everything else.

Thursday 9/8

~ LECTURE Mind-Body Skills and Self-Regulation: A Look at When, Why and How for Children and Adolescents, Mind-body skills and self-regulation can provide great benefit to children who suffer from headache or migraines, digestive upset, anxiety, procedure-related pain, chronic pain, bed-wetting or other chronic conditions. In this lecture, Dr. Becker will discuss how mind-body approaches can benefit children across different developmental stages, from infancy to the teen years. In addition to reviewing some of the latest research, he will provide tips on practical and day-to-day applications and will address the importance of adjusting the technique to the child’s needs. Topics will include: mindfulness, relaxation techniques, biofeedback, guided imagery, clinical hypnosis and meditation. 12pm-1pm, UCSF Osher Bldg., 1545 Divisadero St., 5th Floor @ Post St., San Francisco.

~ MUSIC San Francisco Symphony Concert in Civic Center Plaza, This free concert will feature musical surprises and celebratory treats, and activities. Festivities begin at 11:30 a.m.

~ MUSIC Crystal Monee Hall, combines the sounds of folk, gospel, jazz and blues. 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, Esplanade, Yerba Buena, San Francisco.

~ PUPPETS Puppet Art Theater with Three Billy Goats Gruff for ages 5 & up at 4pm. Enjoy the classic race of the Tortoise and the Hare and Three Billy Goats Gruff. Tiburon-Belvedere Library.

Friday 9/9

~ FILM Movie Night for Kids, Big Fat Liar, grades 3-5, 5:30-7:30pm, Suggested donation $10, Pizza and popcorn provided, Tiburon Belvedere Library.

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

~ NATURE Nature for Kids Spiders! 10am-1pm, Spiders are everywhere, and this is the perfect time of year to see spiders of every shape, size, and color. We’ll learn how they hunt, how they make their webs, and how to identify many common species. Meet at the Lake Lagunitas parking area. Parking fee. David Herlocker will lead. David at (415) 893-9508 or dherlocker@co.marin.ca.us.

~ TOUR Shuttle Through Time, 10:45-11:30 am, Take the PresidiGo shuttle and travel through time as you hear stories spanning the centuries. Meet Ranger Jose Roldan at the Presidio Transit Center, corner of Graham Street and Lincoln Boulevard.

Saturday 9/10

~ ANIMALS Hawk Talk and Banding Demos, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration with the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory with a docent gives an hour-long talk about hawk monitoring and identification using photos and other props. A newly banded wild hawk is brought up and shown to the crowd and released. No registration necessary, meet on top of Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands at noon.

~ ART Doing and Viewing Art (ages 4-12). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Sculpture Solutions, 10:30am, deYoung Museum.

~ ART Doing and Viewing Art (ages 4-12). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Exploring Abstraction, 2:00pm, Legion of Honor.

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

~ CRAFT Make It @ MOCFA, 2-4pm; Create your own patchwork wrapping cloth inspired by Korean Bojagi: use fabric remnants to stitch into one-of-a-kind wraps and gifts. Demonstrations of simple wrapping techniques provided, complete with guides you can take home. $5 admission includes all materials, tips and tricks.  Recommended for ages 5 and up. Museum of Craft and Folk Art is conveniently located in the Yerba Buena Museum District.

~ CRAFT Disney Discoveries, 1:00-3:00pm, Learning Center Art Studio, What is dear to your heart? Keep those memories for years to come. We will use a variety of materials to create and decorate your very own scrapbook!

~ CRAFT Saturdays are Special, Make and wear your own weird, wacky wire pin person. Randall Museum, 1pm-4pm.

~ EVENT Family Explorers Bay Sail, 9:30am-noon, Set sail for family adventure aboard the Schooner Seaward. Navigate the bay, hoist sails, and learn a bit about bay ecology during this 2.5 hour experience filled with breathtaking views and one-of-a-kind memories. $30/person, pre-registration required, All ages are welcome. Please arrive promplty at the beginning of the program. Sail departs from the Bay Model in Sausalito.

~ EVENT Chocolate Festival, Ghiradelli Square, San Francisco, Indulge in chocolate delicacies, sip wine and enjoy chocolate inspired family activities. Proceeds benefit Project Open Hand. 12-5pm. Tickets must be purchased to taste chocolate; $20 gets you 15 samples.

~ FESTIVAL Autumn Moon Festival, San Francisco’s Chinatown, beginning with grand parade and opening ceremony at 11am at California and Grant. Featuring lion dancers, martial artists, acrobats dancers in ornate costume from the China Spirit and Flying Angels, the St. Mary’s Bell & Drum Corps and the Moon God and Goddess and more!

~ FESTIVAL Festa Coloniale Italiana, celebrating the rich Italian heritage in San Francisco. Family-fun event that is free and open to the public.

Photo by Patti Gray

~ FESTIVAL Ardenwood Shakespeare Festival & Renaissance Faire, Children will love traveling back in time and discovering old-fashioned games as well as listening to bards and admiring knights and ladies on horses. Plus, it’s farm – a young animal lovers’ paradise! 10:00 am-6:00 pm. Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont.

~ FESTIVAL Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival, 11am-4pm, Prepare your taste buds for tomato inspired gourmet dishes and more than 170 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, artisan breads and cheeses, seminars on food and wine pairing, live music. $65 per person .

~ FESTIVAL Apple Festival, Garin Regional Park .

~ MUSIC Cajun Food and Zydeco Music, Ives Park in Sebastopol, 11:30 am to 7:00 pm.

~ NATURE Giants, Dragons and Slugs, 10:00 am, Meet the tallest species of tree in the world and search for inhabitants of an ancient forest including banana slugs, dragonflies, and woodpeckers. Meet at overflow parking lot at Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley. All programs are led in both English and Spanish, and are free to the general public. For more information/questions call (415) 453-1000 x17 or email juancarlos@wildcarebayarea.org.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 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. The production features traditional Kenyan songs and games. 12:30pm & 3pm, Buki the Clown and her way cool, magic show is here to make you laugh and giggle at her crazy antics!1:30pm & 2:30pm, Puppet Show: Beauty and the Beast. This is the classic tale of a young woman who learns to love a beast, realizing that one should never judge a book by its cover. 11am, 2pm & 4pm Oakland.

~ SCIENCE Drop-In Science, Create life of your own by planting your own seed and decorating your own pot. Randall Museum, 10:30 & 11:30.

~ SHOP Peace, Love, Swap, Maternity, baby, kid, teen clothing swap.

~ STORYTIME Flower Fables on Crissy Field, Using your coyote ears and hawk eyes, come on a short expedition to look for the birds and plants of Crissy Field. Hear their stories from long ago, full of adventure and suspense, while we have fun investigating the Crissy Field Marsh. Meet Park Ranger Fatima Colindres at the Beach Hut Café on Crissy Field’s East Beach, in the Presidio of San Francisco. 2-3pm, Free; geared toward ages 5 to 9, but all ages are welcome. For more information call (415) 561-4323.

~ THEATRE The Merry Wives of Windsor, Sir John Falstaff, tavern bad boy and knight of misrule inShakespeare’s history plays, meets his match when he tries to scam the housewives of suburban Windsor. 2pm, Old Mill Park – Behind Mill Valley Library
375 Throckmorton Avenue. Free and family friendly.

~ THEATRE Free Shakespeare in the Park, The Presidio’s Main Post Parade Ground Lawn (between Graham St & Keyes Ave). Cymbeline. Follow Princess Innogen on her search for reconciliation against the backdrop of a colorful and magical journey. Forbidden love, mistaken identities, banishment and a magic potion – Shakespeare combines multiple styles in this endlessly inventive fairy tale! 7:30pm.

~ VOLUNTEER Muir Beach Clean-Up, 10am-Noon

Sunday 9/11

~ ANIMALS Hawk Talk and Banding Demos, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration with the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory with a docent gives an hour-long talk about hawk monitoring and identification using photos and other props. A newly banded wild hawk is brought up and shown to the crowd and released. No registration necessary, meet on top of Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands at noon.

~ ART Drop-In Art-Making: In honor of the upcoming Jewish New Year holiday of Rosh Hashana, make a kinetic mosaic that allows you to change and interchange your hopes and dreams for the coming year. 1-3 PM, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

~ AUTHOR Marsha Podd – Secrets of a Baby Nurse: How to Have a Happy, Healthy Baby 4pm

~ BLOCK PARTY Sunday Streets, Western Addition route, including North of Panhandle, Alamo Square and Fillmore and Japantown neighborhoods; a safe, fun, car-free place for people to get out and get active in San Francisco neighborhoods.

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

~ DRAMA Sunday Sampler, Berkeley Rep, Bring your family, bring a friend or treat yourself to the wide variety of programming offered at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, including acting, improvisation, stage combat and clowning. 1pm.

~ FESTIVAL Ardenwood Shakespeare Festival & Renaissance Faire, Children will love traveling back in time and discovering old-fashioned games as well as listening to bards and admiring knights and ladies on horses. Plus, it’s farm – a young animal lovers’ paradise! 10:00 am-6:00 pm. Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont.

~ FESTIVAL Autumn Moon Festival, San Francisco’s Chinatown, beginning with grand parade and opening ceremony at 11am at California and Grant. Featuring lion dancers, martial artists, acrobats dancers in ornate costume from the China Spirit and Flying Angels, the St. Mary’s Bell & Drum Corps and the Moon God and Goddess and more!

~ MUSEUM What’s the STORY? Jeanne Walker Harvey, author. Explore art, create your own, travel to extraordinary worlds, get hands-on, discover special places, be inspired. That’s just a hint at the fun we have in store for you on Family…San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

~ MUSIC Octopretzel@ 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.

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

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 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. The production features traditional Kenyan songs and games. 12:30pm & 3pm, Buki the Clown and her way cool, magic show is here to make you laugh and giggle at her crazy antics!1:30pm & 2:30pm, Puppet Show: Beauty and the Beast. This is the classic tale of a young woman who learns to love a beast, realizing that one should never judge a book by its cover. 11am, 2pm & 4pm Oakland.

~ THEATRE The Merry Wives of Windsor, Sir John Falstaff, tavern bad boy and knight of misrule inShakespeare’s history plays, meets his match when he tries to scam the housewives of suburban Windsor. 2pm, Old Mill Park – Behind Mill Valley Library
375 Throckmorton Avenue. Free and family friendly.

~ THEATRE Free Shakespeare in the Park, The Presidio’s Main Post Parade Ground Lawn (between Graham St & Keyes Ave). Cymbeline. Follow Princess Innogen on her search for reconciliation against the backdrop of a colorful and magical journey. Forbidden love, mistaken identities, banishment and a magic potion – Shakespeare combines multiple styles in this endlessly inventive fairy tale! 2:30pm. (*Family Day: pre-show activities for kids of all ages begin at 12:30 pm)

~ ZOO Oakland Zoo free to Grandparents.

Monday 9/12, Full Moon

~ FUNDRAISER Dance Palace Duck Derby, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at White House Pool, Point Reyes Station. Tickets are $5 each, or you can get a ‘quack Pack’- 5 ducks for 20 bucks. Don’t miss your chance to win big and benefit the Dance Palace at this fun- filled event. Get your tickets soon! Point Reyes Station.

~ NATURE Muir Woods after Hours, 5:30-7:30 pm, 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! Listen for owls, look for bats, and use our senses to guide us along the trails. Children under 8 not advised. This is an easy, two-mile walk on paved trail. Bring your flashlight, dress in layers, and wear good hiking shoes. Reservations required, phone 388-2596. Entrance fee applies.

Tuesday 9/13

~ ANIMAL Toddler Treks, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, for children 1 to 3 years of age. Learn about the Octopus 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. Academy of Science.

Wednesday 9/14

~ DANCE Afoutayi Dance Company, 6pm – 8pm, Union Square Park, Haitian Dance form has that has evolved into one of the most beautiful and unique dances in the world.

~ MUSIC My Peoples, 12:30pm – 1:30pm, Union Square Park, reggae-rock band known for their high energy shows, and creating music that is gritty and fun, by blending the raw and soulful elements of reggae, rock, and hip hop.

~ MUSIC The Berkeley Old Time Music Festival, five day music festival featuring performances by local and national acts, a rollicking square dance, open cabaret, and the illustrious stringband contest in venues throughout Berkeley.

~ READ Share A Book- Read to a Therapy Dog for Readers, 3pm, Tiburon Belvedere Library.

Thursday 9/15

~ MUSIC The Berkeley Old Time Music Festival, five day music festival featuring performances by local and national acts, a rollicking square dance, open cabaret, and the illustrious stringband contest in venues throughout Berkeley.

Friday 9/16

~ MUSIC The Berkeley Old Time Music Festival, five day music festival featuring performances by local and national acts, a rollicking square dance, open cabaret, and the illustrious stringband contest in venues throughout Berkeley.

~ TOUR Shuttle Through Time, 10:45-11:30 am, Take the PresidiGo shuttle and travel through time as you hear stories spanning the centuries. Meet Ranger Jose Roldan at the Presidio Transit Center, corner of Graham Street and Lincoln Boulevard.

Saturday 9/17, International Coastal Clean-Up Day

~ ANIMALS Hawk Talk and Banding Demos, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration with the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory with a docent gives an hour-long talk about hawk monitoring and identification using photos and other props. A newly banded wild hawk is brought up and shown to the crowd and released. No registration necessary, meet on top of Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands at noon.

~ ART Doing and Viewing Art (ages 4-12). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Magnificent Masks, 10:30am, deYoung Museum.

~ ART Doing and Viewing Art (ages 4-12). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Dish It Up! (in the Porcelain Gallery), 2:00pm, Legion of Honor.

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

~ CRAFT Saturdays are Special, Learn the art of bookbinding as you bind your own small book using found natural objects and other beautiful materials. Randall Museum, 1pm-4pm.

~ CRAFT Folktales Across the African Diaspora with Ayodele Nzinga 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Introducing a new interactive program series for children and their families of storytelling, performance and crafts from Africa, North America, South America and the Caribbean. Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD).

~ FESTIVAL Harvest Festival, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur, face painting, petting zoo, pony rides, apple pressing, butter making, pie contest with prizes, music from Tim Cain and more, 9am-2pm.

~ FESTIVAL San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival, Treasure Island, San Francisco. Free.

~ FESTIVAL Family Day Kite Festival, Watch spectacular kites flown high above the Marina Green, San Francisco, from the acrobatic kites of world champions to the hand-made entries of amateurs.  Free kites will be provided to kids of all ages. 11am-6pm.

~ FESTIVAL Spice of Life Festival, Enjoy local food, wine, art, music, and creative hands-on activities for kids. 11am-7pm, Free Admission,

~ FESTIVAL Woofstock, 3 to 6pm, Marin Humane Society, 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato. Join us for an afternoon of entertainment for the entire family (dogs, too!) featuring music by Petty Theft, Kids Zone with face painting and fun activities for younger attendees and more.

~ FESTIVAL Korean Culture Day, Enjoy FREE museum admission with the whole family celebrating the Korean moon festival of Chuseok. As a celebration of the good harvest on the autumn full moon day, people visit their hometowns and share a feast of traditional food with family and friends. This all-day family fun day offers docent tours, storytelling, food tasting, music and art. Korean music artist Kang Eun-il’s Haegum Plus performs their “New Traditional” fusion music for the first time in the Bay Area. Watch artists Shin Meekyung and Lee Kang Hyo demonstrate new and traditional forms of art making and create your own artworks to take home. Asian Art Museum.

~ FILM Donizetti’s Elixir of Love is a classic boy-meets-girl story with plenty of lighthearted comedy along the way! Naïve ice-cream seller Nemorino believes a love potion will help him win the heart of the beautiful Adina. Two fascinating strangers arrive to hinder and help our leading man in his quest. In this charming production, the story unfolds in a small Napa Valley town at the beginning of World War I. 11am-12:15pm, Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 4th Street, San Rafael. Free!

~ FUNDRAISER Woofstock, a benefit concert for the Marin Humane Society. Don’t miss a fun afternoon of entertainment for the entire family (dogs, too!). 3-6pm, 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato.

~ MUSIC Concert for Kids, Miss Kitty, Robin Sweeny Park. Bring your family, a blanket and enjoy FREE concerts, 10:30am.

~ MUSIC The Berkeley Old Time Music Festival, five day music festival featuring performances by local and national acts, a rollicking square dance, open cabaret, and the illustrious stringband contest in venues throughout Berkeley.

~ MUSIC Bebop, Playin’ the Changes, 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. Marcus Shelby and his guests will highlight the works of Parker, Gillespie, Monk and others, demonstrating the visionary role bebop continues to play in jazz performance and composition. Herbst Theatre, San Francisco.

~ MUSIC Gamelan Sekar Jaya, enjoy the complex interlocking rhythms and virtuosic ensemble sensibility of Balinese gamelan, and the myriad expressions and delicate hand and eye motions of Balinese dance. 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, Yerba Buena Gardens.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, Puppet Show: Beauty and the Beast. This is the classic tale of a young woman who learns to love a beast, realizing that one should never judge a book by its cover. 11am, 2pm & 4pm, Children’s Theatre Presents: Tales from the Pearl of the Eastern Sea. A collection of stories from the Philippines tells of how the islands came to be, why mosquitos are like that, and how even the lowliest worm can become a prince if he takes good care of the world around him. 12:30pm & 3pm. Storyteller Kirk Waller will present a series of classic tales with an original flair. 1:30pm & 2:30pm, Oakland.

~ RUN Zero Breast Cancer Dipsea Hike/Run Lite on the beautiful Mill Valley & Mt. Tamalpais Trails. Check-in is at Old Mill Park in Mill Valley at 8:00 AM, with a 9:00 AM start.

~ SCAVENGER HUNT Nihon wo Arukou! (Let’s walk around Japan!) Japantown Scavenger Hunt! Japantown Peace Plaza Post & Buchanan Streets, The Japan Center Mall is a representation of Japan. The decorations or stores in J-town have their own meanings related to Japanese history and culture. Let’s discover a New Japan Town with your own eyes and feet by participating in a fun and educational scavenger hunt! Everyone who completes the journey will receive Silly Bandz! And the first 150 youth to complete the journey will also receive a $5 gift certificate to any merchant in the East and West Japan Center Malls. For Youth Aged 3-11 years old with Adult Supervision, 10am-1pm.

~ SCIENCE Drop-In Science, Chemistry never tasted so good!  Make and take home your own edible chemistry experiment. Randall Museum, 10:30 & 11:30.

~ STORYTIME 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, featured book “Sister Night & Sister Day” by Beth Norling. Kids and their families can dig into great garden stories, then venture out on a special tour of the Botanical Garden. Storytime begins at 10:30am and the Family Walk follows at 11am. 415-661-1316.

~ THEATRE The Merry Wives of Windsor, Sir John Falstaff, tavern bad boy and knight of misrule inShakespeare’s history plays, meets his match when he tries to scam the housewives of suburban Windsor. 2pm, Old Mill Park – Behind Mill Valley Library
375 Throckmorton Avenue. Free and family friendly.

~ THEATRE Free Shakespeare in the Park, The Presidio’s Main Post Parade Ground Lawn (between Graham St & Keyes Ave). Cymbeline. Follow Princess Innogen on her search for reconciliation against the backdrop of a colorful and magical journey. Forbidden love, mistaken identities, banishment and a magic potion – Shakespeare combines multiple styles in this endlessly inventive fairy tale! 7:30pm.

~ VOLUNTEER California Coastal Clean-up with Marin Parks and Open Space, 9am-12pm. Call Greg Reza at (415) 499-3778 to find a collection site in Marin or to become a Beach Captain. Participants are invited to a free BBQ at the Bay Model Visitor Center, at 2100 Bridgeway, Sausilito.

~ VOLUNTEER California Coastal Clean-Up Day volunteer opportunities with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

~ VOLUNTEER Coastal Clean-Up, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary needs help with a beach trash clean-up and marine debris education. Help us reduce clean-up waste by bringing a bucket for collecting small trash items and work gloves. Bring your family and friends–all ages are encouraged to participate! Please bring a re-useable water bottle and be sure to wear appropriate clothing and closed-toe shoes.

~ VOLUNTEER The Marine Mammal Center’s Annual Coastal Cleanup DayFun Day activities for kids include, docent-Led tours at 11 am 1 pm and 3 pm, classroom programs for the family throughout the day, kids can fill complete a “passport” at various stations for a prize, activities include: making trash art mosaics (photos of mosaics created are taken home), coloring, explore marine mammal pelts and skulls plus more, sign our Pledge Wall and tell us “What you can do to help prevent ocean trash”

~ VOLUNTEER Coastal Clean-up Day, 9:30am-noon register, Celebrate the 27th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day with stewardship at Rodeo Lagoon. Show your community support for our shared natural resources by lending a hand, learn about the impacts of marine debris, and spend some quality time with your kids outdoors. FREE, registration appreciated but not required. All ages are welcome.

Sunday 9/18

~ ANIMALS Hawk Talk and Banding Demos, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration with the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory with a docent gives an hour-long talk about hawk monitoring and identification using photos and other props. A newly banded wild hawk is brought up and shown to the crowd and released. No registration necessary, meet on top of Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands at noon.

~ ART Drop-In Art-Making: Using inspiration from the CJM’s architecture, create an artwork piece combining old and new materials and images. 1-3 PM, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

~ ART Adventures in Architecture, join this interactive family tour that will explore Contemporary Jewish Museum redesigned historical building. This tour includes scavenger hunts, material investigations, and design challenges. 11:30 AM–12:30 PM

~ CRAFT Disney Discoveries, 1:00-3:00pm, Learning Center Art Studio, What is dear to your heart? Keep those memories for years to come. We will use a variety of materials to create and decorate your very own scrapbook!

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

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

~ FESTIVAL San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival, Treasure Island, San Francisco. Free.

~ FESTIVAL Family Day Kite Festival, Watch spectacular kites flown high above the Marina Green, San Francisco, from the acrobatic kites of world champions to the hand-made entries of amateurs.  Free kites will be provided to kids of all ages. 11am-6pm.

~ HIKE Flora and Fauna of Whitehouse Pool, 10am-12pm, White House Pool lies on the banks of Lagunitas Creek and provides important habitat for salmon and other wildlife. Rangers will investigate this stretch of the Tomales Bay watershed to find native plants and animals. This walk is perfect for beginners. We welcome experienced birders and nature lovers to help spread enthusiasm for all things wild! Questions: Call (415) 507-4045.

~ HIKE Fall Walk on the Dipsea Ridge, 9a-12p, Enjoy the loveliest season in the Bay Area on a moderate/strenuous, three-mile (round-trip) walk from Muir Woods and back. We’ll ascend above the ancient coast redwood rainforest via the Ben Johnson Trail, and walk along the Deer Park Fire Road through groves of Douglas fir. At the top of the Dipsea Ridge, we’ll take in spectacular ocean views and listen for the haunting calls of birds across the coastal shrub land. Wear good hiking shoes, hat, and sunscreen. Bring water and a snack. Meet at the Muir Woods Visitor Center. Entry fees apply. Reservations required; please phone (415) 388-2596.

~ MUSIC The Berkeley Old Time Music Festival, five day music festival featuring performances by local and national acts, a rollicking square dance, open cabaret, and the illustrious stringband contest in venues throughout Berkeley.

~ MUSEUM What’s the STORY? Lynn Hazen, author. Explore art, create your own, travel to extraordinary worlds, get hands-on, discover special places, be inspired. That’s just a hint at the fun we have in store for you on Family… San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, Puppet Show: Beauty and the Beast. This is the classic tale of a young woman who learns to love a beast, realizing that one should never judge a book by its cover. 11am, 2pm & 4pm, Children’s Theatre Presents: Tales from the Pearl of the Eastern Sea. A collection of stories from the Philippines tells of how the islands came to be, why mosquitos are like that, and how even the lowliest worm can become a prince if he takes good care of the world around him. 12:30pm & 3pm. Storyteller Kirk Waller will present a series of classic tales with an original flair. 1:30pm & 2:30pm, Oakland.

~ THEATRE The Merry Wives of Windsor, Sir John Falstaff, tavern bad boy and knight of misrule inShakespeare’s history plays, meets his match when he tries to scam the housewives of suburban Windsor. 2pm, Old Mill Park – Behind Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue. Free and family friendly.

~ THEATRE Free Shakespeare in the Park, The Presidio’s Main Post Parade Ground Lawn (between Graham St & Keyes Ave). Cymbeline. Follow Princess Innogen on her search for reconciliation against the backdrop of a colorful and magical journey. Forbidden love, mistaken identities, banishment and a magic potion – Shakespeare combines multiple styles in this endlessly inventive fairy tale! 2:30pm.

Monday 9/19

Ronnie’s Awesome Every List has lots of ideas.

Tuesday 9/20

Check out Storytime hours for the Fall 2011.

Wednesday 9/21

~ AUTHOR Jackie Preiss Weitzman presents Superhero Joe. Joe is a boy with a super imagination. Armed with his cape of confidence (a blanket) and his shield of invincibility (a garbage can lid), Joe is ready to save the day. Robin Preiss Glasser presents a morning with Fancy Nancy! Join the illustrator of Fancy Nancy: Hair DOs and Hair Don’ts for a morning of fabulous fancy fun! Come in fancy dress! 10 am, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

~ EVENT Meet Chipper, author Stephanie Rach, will read stories from the series — playfully teaching kids good character a love and respect for nature. After story time, kids will engage in eco-educational crafts and activities. From making binoculars to caterpillars, we use items right out of the recycling bin to create nature crafts. Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera, 10:30am.

~ MUSIC Oscar Reynolds, 12:30pm – 1:30pm, Union Square Park, promoting Bolivian music in Bolivia and around the world.

~ MUSIC Electric Shephard, 6pm – 8pm, Union Square Park, blending the best elements of psychedelic, blues, and trance – in addition to a hearty dose of indie-rock.

Thursday 9/22, First day of Autumn

~ AUTHOR Michael Chabon, Tickets $28 (includes signed book) Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon talks about The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man. Chabon snags his youngest audience yet with this first-person profile of a superhero who battles both bad guys and anger issues. Awesome Man zooms about in his stylin’ costume, decapitating a giant killer robot with the positronic rays that shoot out of his eyes, and schooling Professor Von Evil’s Antimatter Slimebo, 7pm Osher JCC, San Rafael.

Friday 9/23

~ ANIMALS Animalpaloza! 11am-5pm. Fort Mason Building D, Fleet Room, 38 Fort Mason. San Francisco Come to a wild celebration of animals that brings you closer to nature than ever before. Experience up-close, hands-on encounters with animals from around the world. Hold a beetle, stroke a millipede, hug a python, befriend a frog, pat a bat!

~ FILM Little Mermaid Sing-a-Long, Castro Theatre.

~ SPORTS Esurance Tennis Classic Kids Day, meet tennis legends Murphy Jensen, Gigi Fernandez, Amber Liu Chang and Ken Flach who will be on court to play with the kids. Also featuring the 10 and Under Tennis QuickStart Play Format – games, drills and prizes for all, ideal for kids between the ages of 6-10! The Club at Harbor Point, 475 E. Strawberry Dr., Mill Valley, 3:00 to 4:30 pm

~ TOUR Shuttle Through Time, 10:45-11:45 am, Take the PresidiGo shuttle and travel through time as you hear stories spanning the centuries. Meet Ranger Jose Roldan at the Presidio Transit Center, corner of Graham Street and Lincoln Boulevard.

Saturday 9/24, National Public Lands DayBanned Books Week at the Mill Valley Library

~ ANIMALS Hawk Talk and Banding Demos, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration with the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory with a docent gives an hour-long talk about hawk monitoring and identification using photos and other props. A newly banded wild hawk is brought up and shown to the crowd and released. No registration necessary, meet on top of Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands at noon.

~ 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.

~ ART Doing and Viewing Art (ages 4-12). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Surface Tension: Contemporary Prints from the Anderson Collection, 10:30am, deYoung Museum.

~ ART Doing and Viewing Art (ages 4-12). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection, 2:00pm, Legion of Honor.

~ ASTRONOMY Outer Space from Open Space, 7:30 – 9:30pm, After a short march up Mount Burdell, we’ll settle in to watch the evening sky explode into a stargazing adventure. We’ll pinpoint the major constellations and discuss the legends behind them while astronomer Larry Brodkin gives participants a deep view of the heavens with his 8” Meade Telescope. Wear warm, layered clothes and bring binoculars or a telescope, a flashlight, a blanket, and star charts. Meet at the San Andreas Trailhead. Questions: Call (415) 507-2816.

~ CRAFT Saturdays are Special, Turn 2D into 3D; fold, assemble and decorate your very own origami treasure box. Randall Museum, 1pm-4pm.

~ EVENT Blackie’s Hay Day is reminiscent of an old fashioned country fair with pony rides, relay races, toy tractors, jumpies, a climbing wall, live entertainment and more and it is a benefit for the Children’s Room at the Tiburon-Belvedere Library. 10am-3pm at Blackie’s Pasture. Entrance to Blackie’s Hay Day is $10 per person. Children under 2 are free!

~ EVENT Cirque de Sea, performances by the French acrobatic sailing couple, Franck Rabilier and Delphine Lechifflart. The duo will perform two free aerial acrobatic shows from their sailboat, La Loupiote, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at KKMI Marine Services, Sausalito.

~ FESTIVAL Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, 10AM – 6PM 10:30-12:30 Hands-On Craft Time with Tia, 12:30 Fratello Marionettes, 1:15 Georgia’s Stories – East of the Sun, West of the Moon, 2:00 Tinker’s Coin Puppets , 2:45 Magic Dan Chan, 3:30 The Gnome Show Puppets $10 General Admission, $5 Students and Seniors, Free for kids under 12 years.

~ FESTIVAL It Happens Community Fair, A day of family fun, food, live music, and adventure comes to the Marin County Fairgrounds Saturday, September 24th! Kids’ events, including a 1K Run, facepainting and more, plus a silent auction and CBS’ Jan Wahl as your host! 11am-3pm.

~ FESTIVAL Summerfest, The San Rafael City School Community has found a way to have fun and help save the critical school programs that our kids count on and deserve. Please join us for a day filled with family fun, games, and excitement.

~ FILM Little Mermaid Sing-a-Long, Castro Theatre.

~ MUSIC Patchwork Series featuring Octopretzel and Rude Dog Duo, $8.00 advance / $9.00 at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley. Their skilled musicianship and magical way with children guarantees a dance-able, sing-able and super fun experience for the whole family. Door open at 10am.

~ MUSIC Polk Street Blues Festival, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

~ MUSIC The Pedrito Martínez Group + The John Santos Sextet, Afro-Cuban band, Yerba Buena Gardens. 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Free.

~ MUSIC Earle Fest, A Celebration of Americana Music, 12-7pm, Northern California‚s premier Americana music festival! Located on the beautiful grounds of the Earle Baum Center in Santa Rosa, EarleFest features a stellar lineup of national and regional Americana musician. All proceeds benefit the Earle Baum Center for the Visually Impaired.

~ NATURE Free day at Muir Woods.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 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. 12:30pm & 3pm, Baker Flynn with his “World Premiere”, a lively show featuring juggling, fire eating and a multitude of surprises. 1:30pm & 2:30pm, Puppet Show: Beauty and the Beast. This is the classic tale of a young woman who learns to love a beast, realizing that one should never judge a book by its cover. 11am, 2pm & 4pm, Oakland.

~ SCIENCE Drop-In Science, Come and be amazed by the awesome unseen world of the insects all around us. Randall Museum, 10:30 & 11:30.

~ SHOP Marinwood Morning School’s Semi-Annual Children’s Toy & Clothing Sale, 10am-4pm.

~ THEATRE Free Shakespeare in the Park, The Presidio’s Main Post Parade Ground Lawn (between Graham St & Keyes Ave). Cymbeline. Follow Princess Innogen on her search for reconciliation against the backdrop of a colorful and magical journey. Forbidden love, mistaken identities, banishment and a magic potion – Shakespeare combines multiple styles in this endlessly inventive fairy tale! 7:30pm.

Sunday 9/25, Yom Kippur, Banned Books Week at the Mill Valley Library

~ ANIMALS Hawk Talk and Banding Demos, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration with the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory with a docent gives an hour-long talk about hawk monitoring and identification using photos and other props. A newly banded wild hawk is brought up and shown to the crowd and released. No registration necessary, meet on top of Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands at noon.

~ ART Drop-In Art-Making: In honor of the upcoming Jewish New Year holiday of Rosh Hashana, make a kinetic mosaic that allows you to change and interchange your hopes and dreams for the coming year. 1-3 PM, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

~ AUTHOR Jeanne Walker Harvey, talks about My Hands Sing The Blues. Artists and critics praise Romare Bearden’s collages for their visual metaphors honoring his past, African American culture, and the human experience. Using his painting, Watching the Good Trains Go By, Harvey describes the daily southern life that Bearden saw. Jeanne is a local author and the author of Astro, the Steller Sea Lion. 4 p.m. Book Passage, Corte Madera.

~ EVENT Great West End & Railroad Square Handcar Regatta & Exposition of Mechanical & Artistic Wonders! a splendid celebration of art, science and ingenuity, for the delight and edification of all who attend. 707-490-5039 11am-6pm. 94th Street, Santa Rosa, ty@handcarregatta.com.

~ EVENT Free For All, 11am-6pm, Join us for a full day of music, dance and theater throughout the UC Berkeley campus. Along with over 25 free performances to choose from in theaters, concert halls and out of doors, you can experiment and listen to demonstrations at the instrument petting zoo; meet the artists at CD signings, and more. Bring your friends and family for a transformative day of live performance, no tickets required!

~ EVENT Cirque de Sea, performances by the French acrobatic sailing couple, Franck Rabilier and Delphine Lechifflart. The duo will perform two free aerial acrobatic shows from their sailboat, La Loupiote, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at KKMI Marine Services, Sausalito.

~ FESTIVAL Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, 10:30-12:30 Hands-On Craft Time with Tia, 12:30 Fratello Marionettes, 1:15 Brian Scott’s Magic, 2:00 Sing with Dave Fromer, 2:45 Benny from the Magic Circus, 3:30 Nick Barone’s Puppets – Tales from the Enchanted Forest 10AM – 5PM $10 General Admission, $5 Students and Seniors, Free for kids under 12 years.

~ FESTIVAL Festival Guatemalteco, 10 am to 6 pm, Lagoon Park, San Rafael, All-day family festival featuring the finest bands from Guatemala. Fidel Fuñes (Marimba), Checha y Su India Maya (Marimba) , Grupo Rana (Merengue & Tropical), Grupo Fiesta (Tropical) , Ronald y Sus Bravos (Tropical), $25 Advance, $30 At the door, Children 11 and under – Free.

~ EVENT Biketoberfest, FREE!!! Bike expo, live music, cargo bike jubilee and more! FairAnselm Plaza 765 Center Blvd. Fairfax (Birthplace of the mountain bike!)

~ FESTIVAL San Anselmo’s Annual Country Fair Day & Parade, beginning with a Pancake Breakfast at the Downtown Fire Station (7-10:30AM), a Country Fair from 10am to 2pm (San Anselmo Avenue between Tamalpais and Tunstead Avenues), the Parade (begins at 11am and runs on “The Avenue” from Ross Ave. to Bridge Street). The event culminates with a Music and Food Festival in Creek Park (Noon to 4pm).

~ FESTIVAL Atlatl Competition and Flintknapping, enjoy paleolithic spear throwers and skilled knappers transform stone into functional tools as you watch. Coyote Hills Regional Park.

~ FILM Little Mermaid Sing-a-Long, Castro Theatre.

~ MUSEUM What’s the STORY? Bob Barner, author. Explore art, create your own, travel to extraordinary worlds, get hands-on, discover special places, be inspired. That’s just a hint at the fun we have in store for you on Family… San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

~ MUSIC Polk Street Blues Festival, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

~ 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 Children’s Fairyland, 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. 12:30pm & 3pm, Owen Baker Flynn with his “World Premiere”, a lively show featuring juggling, fire eating and a multitude of surprises. 1:30pm & 2:30pm, Puppet Show: Beauty and the Beast. This is the classic tale of a young woman who learns to love a beast, realizing that one should never judge a book by its cover. 11am, 2pm & 4pm, Oakland.

~ THEATRE Free Shakespeare in the Park, The Presidio’s Main Post Parade Ground Lawn (between Graham St & Keyes Ave). Cymbeline. Follow Princess Innogen on her search for reconciliation against the backdrop of a colorful and magical journey. Forbidden love, mistaken identities, banishment and a magic potion – Shakespeare combines multiple styles in this endlessly inventive fairy tale! 7:30pm.

Monday 9/26, Yom Kippur, Banned Books Week at the Mill Valley Library

~ EVENT Museum Mondays for Little OnesEnjoy stories, movement games, and arts & crafts activities designed for children ages 1–5 and their caregivers. $5 per child; up to 2 adults per child are free before 11am.After 11am, regular Museum admission applies. Schultz Museum. 

~ FILM August to June, asks us to reconsider how we achieve what we really value for our children and society. Filmed in Marin County, Q & A with Filmmakers, $10, Students (Under 18) $7, 7pm, Lark Theatre.

Tuesday 9/27, New Moon, Banned Books Week at the Mill Valley Library

~ ANIMAL Toddler Treks, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, for children 1 to 3 years of age. Learn about the Octopus 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.

~ AUTHOR Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson talk about The Bridge to Never Land. Aidan and Sarah Cooper discover a mysterious document in an antique English desk. Something about the document seems familiar to Sarah, and that night she realizes what it is—it involves Peter Pan! 10am, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

~ DANCE Swing in the Square with Rich & the Rhythm Roustabouts & The Rent Party, 6pm – 8pm, Union Square Park, free swing dance lessons, live music and Djs playing all sorts of swinging music from the 1930s thru the 1950s.

~ MUSIC Diego’s Umbrella, 12:30pm – 1:30pm, Union Square Park, Gypsy Rock with a mix of Eastern European tradition, pop sensibility and punk rock energy.

Wednesday 9/28, Banned Books Week at the Mill Valley Library

~ TOUR Historic Cruise, Picnic and Angel Island Tour, Cruise to Angel Island aboard the Presidential Yacht Potomac, tour the Immigration Station, and enjoy a delicious box lunch on the historic grounds of the “Ellis Island” of the West. Visit the Potomac site or call (510) 627-1215 for information, group tours and reservations.

Thursday 9/29, Banned Books Week at the Mill Valley Library

~ CIRCUS FREE Kids Circus and Juggle-a-thon, 2-5pm, UN Plaza, San Francisco, Clown Snot Bombs Secret Circus. There will be an after-school circus show and free instruction in the circus arts for children.

Friday 9/30, Banned Books Week at the Mill Valley Library

~ EVENT KidsFest at the Zoo, popular family event. Early Admission: 5pm, General Admission: 6pm. (415) 753-7173.

~ FESTIVAL Sonoma County Harvest FairSonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa from 10 am–7 pm. Enjoy ferris wheel, merry-go-round, zipper, super slide, tea cups, games, pumpkin carving, grape stomp, continuous live jazz, an art show, crafters pavilion, farm animals to meet, and much more. Admission: Adults $8, children 7–12 $3 and children 6 and under free.

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