Ronnie’s Awesome List – November 2011


As the winter holiday’s start to rush in so do out-of-town visitors. Wondering where to go that everyone will enjoy? Here are some tours that are entertaining, informative and some are FREE!

Shuttle Through Time: Take the PresidiGo shuttle at 10:45-11:45 am, 1st & 3rd Friday of the month and travel through time as you hear stories spanning the centuries. Meet NPS Ranger at the Presidio Transit Center, corner of Graham Street and Lincoln Boulevard. Free!

San Francisco City Guides: Run by local volunteers who love the City, its history, lore and legends as much as I do. Tours are fun and informative showing you a combination of San Francisco landmarks and off-the-beaten-path sites. Most tours last 1-1/2 to 2 hours and are not hard, although, you are walking in San Francisco and that often involves hills. Regularly scheduled City Guides tours are free, donations are always welcome.

The Marine Mammal Center: Open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is free! Docent-Led Tour for an hour of insights and stories. Adults/$7, $5/kids.

Marinship Walking Tour at Bay Model Visitor Center: Walk back in time with Carol Schoenfeld on a 1.5 hour guided tour of Sausalito’s Historic Marinship. This was a major WWII shipyard which had a significant role in winning the war and influencing social changes in Marin County. Come and learn about the history, the extraordinary Marinship workers, and the spirit of this era. Call 332-3871 to make arrangements. Free!

Tour Berkeley Campus: The UC Berkeley Visitor Center offers tours seven days a week, with reservation, all year (except for Thanksgiving and the winter holiday period).  Led by expert student guides who know the campus and the nuances of student life, the campus tour is ideal for students interested in attending UC Berkeley or tourists wishing to learn more about the campus. Free!

AT&T Park: This tour is not free but if you have a baseball enthusiast visiting this tour is a must. I took my dad (a NY & SF Giant fan) in October and he was like a kid again. Tour includes the Field Warning Track, a Major League Dugout, Visitors’ Indoor Batting Cage, the Visitors’ Clubhouse, the Press Box, a Luxury Suite. $15/adult, $12/kids.

There are many tours in the Bay Area, so if you know of tour that Marinhood fans would enjoy please let us know.

Happy November!
Ronnie

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Tuesday, November 1

~ ART Everything Is the Kitchen Sink11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Family tour at 1:00 p.m., Special presentation at 2:00 p.m. If you were traveling in a trailer for a month, what would you need? Artists Andrea Zittel and Charlie White asked this kind of question when they customized their own trailer, the A to Z 1995 Travel Trailer Unit. Combining creativity and efficiency at this Family Studio, you can create your own miniature trailer with all the necessary items inside. Learn how to reuse and recycle with a reading of Michael Recycle, by Ellie Bethel. Children ages 4 to 11 on family program days. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

~ CRAFT Crochet Class, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Pickleweed Public Library, 50 Canal Street, This is a series of classes to learn to make easy home projects. 485-3483.

~ STORYTIME Stories by the Fireside, with Phil Sheridan, Henry’s Toyshop, Mill Valley.

Wednesday, November 2

~ CRAFT Day of the Dead – Día de Los Muertos Family Altar Making Event, Age 5 and up and families, Learn about Day of the Dead/Día de Los Muertos traditions in Spanish and English and then transform a shoebox into a beautiful altar to honor a loved one. Kids 5 and up and families. Call 389-4292 x106 to register, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM, FREE, Mill Valley Public Library.

~ FESTIVAL San Francisco’s Annual Day of the Dead celebration!

~ FESTIVAL Dìa de los Muertos Celebration, 5-9PM, Shattuck Ave. at Vine St. in Berkeley includes a community altar, costume & giant papier mâché head contests, Aztec Dancers, food trucks, and a sidewalk candle light procession.

~ FESTIVAL Día de Muertos, Join us for bilingual storytime, games and crafts for the entire family! 5-6pm, Novato Library, 897-1143.

Thursday, November 3

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Friday, November 4

~ DRAMA Creative Drama Playshop with Sandra Davies, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM, Kids in Kindergarten and up will explore the world of improvisation and drama as they dive into their imaginations. We’ll play fun improv games, act, dance, sing, and tell stories together. Children are encouraged to make up stories on their own with partners or groups and they will delight in the whimsical outcome. Anybody can play improv with instructor Sandra Rae Davies (founder of the YeaSayers Improv Troupe). San Anselmo Library.

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Saturday, November 5

~ 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. Lovely Landscapes in American Impressionism, 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. The Power of Painting, 2:00pm, Legion of Honor.

~ ART Trash to Treasures, fun, engaging and educational workshops will give children ages 5-11 the opportunity to create unique note cards using plastic trash collected from local beaches, while learning about marine mammals, ocean health and how they can prevent ocean trash, 1-3pm, The Marin Mammal Center, Sausalito.

~ ART Randall Museum, Create a beautiful personal matchbox shrine.  Collage details on the outside of your shrine and pull it open to reveal messages and images you’ve hidden inside, 1pm and 4pm.

~ CRAFT Veterans Flag Day, Free Make-It Take-It. Ages 3 & up. While supplies last. Michaels, 400 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael 12-2pm.

~ EVENT GROW Open House, 254 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley, 2-5pm, free drinks, taco truck, oyster bar, music.  For more information call 888-8471.

~ EVENT Family Farm Days, Slide Ranch, 10am – 2pm: $30/person; $95 families of 4 or more; age 2 and under free.

~ EVENT Candlelight Tour, 6:30-8 pm, See Fort Point by the light of candles and stars on this evening tour. Reservations required; phone (415) 556-1693.

~ 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 “Are Trees Alive?” by Debbie Miller. Kids and their families can dig into great garden stories, then venture out on a special tour of the Botanical Garden. Storytime begins at 10:30am and the Family Walk follows at 11am. 415-661-1316.

~ EVENT Day of the Dead, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Pickleweed Park Community Center, 50 Canal St., San Rafael.

~ EVENT Manor Elementary School Winter Faire, 150 Oak Manor Drive, Fairfax, Come for the sledding and the creative games, bake sale, bounce house, big slide, chilli cookoff and a book sale. It’s free and fun for the whole family. Fundraiser for Manor PTA and the YES Foundation, 4:00pm.

~ EVENT Guy Fawkes event at the Pelican Inn and the beach, contact them for info, 383-6000.

~ MUSIC Alison Faith Levy’s Big Time Tot Rock, 11am – 12pm, bringing a freewheeling, rock n’ roll energy to acoustic guitar and piano tunes, encouraging kids and parents to dance around, get silly, and have fun! Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~ MUSIC Día de los Muertos Community Concert, 2pm, Davies Symphony Hall.

~ NATURE Family Hike at Bolinas Lagoon, 11am – 1pm, discover why the lagoon was designated as a “Wetland of International Significance” and learn about birding. (415) 507-2816.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, The Velveteen Rabbit. 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. 1:30pm & 2:30pm Oakland.

~ PERFORMANCE Paula the Magician, 11:00 AM, Barnes & Nobel, Corte Madera.

~ SCIENCE Discovery Days North Bay Discovery Day at Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, 11AM -4PM.

~ SCIENCE Drop-In Science, Randall Museum, It’s a well know fact that oil and water don’t mix, but see how fun this physics fact can be.  Make your own psychedelic Lava Lamp to amaze your friends and family!

~ SCIENCE Star Party, Mt. Tamalpais State Park, Explore the Wonders of the Universe, a “nekkid-eye Nightscape” tour following the program.

~ SPORT Kids’ & Family Relay Triathlon, 11:30am, McNear’s Beach County Park (201 Cantera Way, San Rafael, CA 94901)

~ STORYTIME Scott the Storyteller, puppeteer and storyteller, will be at Book Passage in Corte Madera at 11 a.m.

~ VOLUNTEER Horse Hill Work Party, 9am – 1pm, broom-busting pizza party, raffle, and equine interpretive event. Participants will learn about the herd that calls this hill home, see them up close, and discover their unique and entertaining personalities. Meet near the intersection of Lomita Dr and Greenfield Ct (Mill Valley).

~ WRITING Karen Benke – Rip the Page! Writing for Kids 8-10 Years Old, Benke presents an imaginative writing workshop for kids 8-10 years-old who want to create poems and small stories they can take home to share. Karen Benke has inspired kids’ creative journeys in the form of poem-making for 17 years as a California Poet in the Schools and has authored a collection of poems, Sister, and a new book for kids and kids-at-heart, $40, 3pm, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

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Sunday, November 6, Daylight Savings

~ EVENT Children’s Program, 10-11:30am, Green Gulch Farm.

~ NATURE Muir Woods Auditory Odyssey, Winter is the best time to experience the quietness of the primeval forest at Muir Woods. See and hear the subtle changes of the redwood forest as day transitions into night. Travel slowly through the woods with Ranger Lou Sian on this easy walk, surrounded by the rich sounds of nature that are fast becoming endangered in this urban area. Children under 8 years not advised. Bring a flashlight, dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Reservations required; phone (415) 388-2596.

~ 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.

~ PERFORMANCE Timothy James, Magician, Berkeley JCC.

~ PERFORMANCE The Flying Calamari Brothers Magic and Comedy, Come see two of the funniest and coolest Magicians working today! Osher Marin JCC The Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael.

~ PERFORMANCE EarthCapades Environmental Vaudeville, Juggling, Stiltwalking and Circus Arts, The Randall Museum, San Francisco.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, The Velveteen Rabbit. 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. 1:30pm & 2:30pm Oakland.

~ SCIENCE Festival Finale at AT&T Park, San Francisco, 11AM -4PM.

~ SCIENCE Little Learners Lab, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Outside of the Project Lab. This special program is designed for the Academy’s youngest learners (ages 3 to 5) and families. Be a scientist-in-training and do fun hands-on-experiments! California Academy of Science.

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Monday, November 7

~ EVENT Museum Mondays for Little Ones, Enjoy 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.

Tuesday, November 8, Election Day

~ CRAFT Crochet Class, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Pickleweed Public Library, 50 Canal Street, This is a series of classes to learn to make easy home projects. 485-3483

~ MUSIC 200 Years of American Music, Showcase Theatre, Marin Civic Center, 9:30 & 11 a.m. We open the season with Razzle Bam Boom’s song-filled and humorous take on important musical genres of the past two centuries, including Bluegrass, Hawaiian, Western, Jazz, Blues, Patriotic, Folk and Rock ‘n Roll. Sing and clap along as you learn the musical history of our country. Appropriate for All Grades.

~ NATURE Rainbow Rocks at Rodeo Beach, Somewhere over the Golden Gate Bridge and below Hawk Hill, there is a place where you and your young adventurer can discover what makes the rocks at the Marin Headlands so unique. Join us for guided hands-on field activities designed to engage your preschooler’s sense of wonder and imagination through story, movement, and inquiry. Together, we’ll sort through rainbow sands, learn how rocks are made, and explore color, texture, and size all while enjoying the great outdoors. 9:30-11:30am register, $15/per child per session, 1 adult FREE with child admission. Pre-registration required. Ages 3-5 welcome (pre-K), Snack provided.

~POETRY Young Poet’s Club for Kids 6-12If you like to read and write poetry, join the Poetry Club! Space is limited so call us at (415) 258-4656 to register, San Anselmo Library.

~ SCIENCE Toddler Treks – Owls. This is a caregiver/child participatory program, designed especially for children 1 to 3 years of age. Each month we will learn about a different animal that shares our world – all can be found in the Bay Area or the Academy. We will use props and our imagination to “trek” together to the place each animal calls home. California Academy of Science.

~ SCIENCE Sprouts! 2:00 pm. Explore plants, animals, geology, weather, and seasons in a variety of nature’s gardens, including deserts, forests, wetlands, and even your own backyard! The program can include learning games, simple crafts, stories and other fun activities. For children ages 3-5. Join us in November to learn about coniferous trees and discover the vast plant life in Californian forests. California Academy of Science.

Wednesday, November 9

~ EVENT Having Fun in the Delta, 2pm – 3pm Have you ever thought about all the things there are to do in the Delta? Come find out some fun and interesting adventures you and your family can have by exploring this hidden gem with Ranger Bill. Bay Model, Sausalito.

~ NATURE Nature for Kids at Point Reyes, 10am – 2pm, Point Reyes National Seashore, great place to look at bugs and other animals. We’ll have lunch at Divide Meadow, a perfect spot for kids to explore among the tall grasses. Meet at the far end of the large parking area across from the Bear Valley Visitor Center.

Thursday, November 10, Full Moon

~ EVENT Children’s Book Swap, 4-5:30, The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer which means more time for reading! Bring your used children’s books to our Children’s Book Swap and take home something new to read—or at least new to you. Sausalito Library.

~ MUSIC Musical Pajama Story Time with Julia Norton, All ages, 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM, Jump into your jammies and come to the library for relaxing songs and stories with Julia Norton, singer and lullaby expert. Call 389-4292 x106 for more information. The Creekside Room, Mill Valley Public Library.

~ NATURE Muir Woods after Hours, 4-6 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.

Friday, November 11, Veterans Day

~ FILM Movie Night for Kids grades 3-5, Karate Kid, Registration Required, 5:30-7:30pm, Suggested Donation $10, Call or email the Children’s Room to sign up early for this monthly favorite for older kids. Pizza and popcorn provided. Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

~ VETERAN’S DAY Veterans’ Day, 9:30 am, Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael, Honor those who have served our country. Marin’s Veterans’ Day program will begin in the Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium with music, military exercises and a brief address. It will continue in front of the World War I, World War II and Korean, Vietnam and Merchant Marine Memorials on the Avenue of the Flags. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony in the Redwood Foyer. Admission to this event is free; no tickets or reservations are required.

~ VETERAN’S DAY Veteran’s Day Celebration and BBQ, free event that features a parade in the morning, a U.S. Military Fly over featuring two T238 planes courtesy of Beale AFB, CA. The Bay Area Tuskegee Airmen Ceremony and a featured monologue presented by a theater student portraying the role of General Benjamin Davis by Performing Stars of Marin and the Marin Theater Company.

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Saturday, November 12

~ ART Randall Museum, In many places, houses stand on stilts.  Design and decorate your own stilt shack with all the trimming! 1pm and 4pm.

~ ART Family Fun Activity: Paint, 10:30 am–12:00 noon, Suggested for families with children ages 7-10. Families learn to make South Asian style paintings together with New York artist Talha Rathore. This intimate setting allows budding artists an opportunity to explore traditional painting techniques. Asian Art Museum.

~ ART Make It @ MOCFA, with guest artist Stan Peterson, 2–4pm “Construction is collaboration” is a quote from Randy Colosky, the artist featured in the current exhibition. Participants 5 years and older will use scrap wood, cordless drills, and dowels to build a collective sculpture in the Museum gallery. At the end, stand back and see what you have created! We will photograph the sculpture before all is disassembled and you take a piece of it home. $5 for admission and materials. Members are free.

~ 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 “Are Trees Alive?” by Debbie Miller. Kids and their families can dig into great garden stories, then venture out on a special tour of the Botanical Garden. Storytime begins at 10:30am and the Family Walk follows at 11am. 415-661-1316.

~ EVENT The Night’s Sky: Family Night Hike & Campfire, 5:30-8pm, Join us for a night hike and investigation of the night’s sky under a full moon. Gather ’round the campfire for quality time with friends and family, sing songs, and get silly as you roast s’mores by moonlight. 5:30-8pm Headlands Institute, Sausalito.

~ EVENT Grandparents Family Farm Day, 10am-2pm, at Slide Ranch. To ask about space and fees, contact them at 415.381.6155 or office@slideranch.org. (please double check this date!)

~ EVENT Victorian Christmas, Camp Reynolds, Angel Island, Join us for arts & crafts and make your own holiday ornament to take home! Enjoy the smell and taste of hot apple cider and freshly baked cookies made in the historic brick oven of the cozy 1860s era Bake House. Tours of the historic Victorian officer’s quarters on site will be offered, as well as a traditional Camp Reynolds cannon firing to salute the season at noon and 1:30 pm each day.

~ MUSIC The Swing Era, 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. Although designed for elementary school students, our Family Matinees are open to music fans of all ages. Acclaimed bassist and composer Marcus Shelby leads this season’s wonderful program.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, The Velveteen Rabbit. 12:30pm & 3pm, Award winning Storyteller John Weaver will entertain with his lively, humor-filled stories for children of all ages. 1:30pm & 2:30pm Oakland.

~ SCIENCE Drop-In Science, Randall Museum, What’s a turtle?  What’s a tortoise?  Meet some of the Randall turtles and tortoises and see just how great these animals are.  Paint your own watercolor habitat to discover how each type of animal lives!

~ SLEEPOVER Penguins+Pajamas, 6:00 pm, Curious whether Claude the albino alligator snores at night? Now’s your chance to find out. Unroll your sleeping bag inside the Academy for a Penguins+Pajamas sleepover. Explore your favorite exhibits, visit penguin central and tour the universe after-hours. California Academy of Science.

~ WORKSHOP Worm Bin Workshop, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Learn how to make a worm bin for your home or classroom! Worm bins keep food waste out of landfills and produce wonderful soil for your garden. We’ll also explore other methods of composting, such as tumblers and yard waste bins. Appropriate for families or individuals. Cost: $40 (includes bin, info packet, & starter worms). Advance registration required: 388-2524. Richardson Bay Audubon & Sanctuary, Tiburon.

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Sunday, November 13

~ CRAFT Clay Pot EventMake-It Take-It with purchase of clay pot. Ages 3 & up. While supplies last. Michaels, 400 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael 1-2pm.

 

~ EVENT Victorian Christmas, Camp Reynolds, Angel Island, Join us for arts & crafts and make your own holiday ornament to take home! Enjoy the smell and taste of hot apple cider and freshly baked cookies made in the historic brick oven of the cozy 1860s era Bake House. Tours of the historic Victorian officer’s quarters on site will be offered, as well as a traditional Camp Reynolds cannon firing to salute the season at noon and 1:30 pm each day.

~ MUSEUM Preschool Gallery Hour: The Magic of Stories, featuring the music of the East Bay’s Octopretzel and the Magic of Brian Scott. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

~ NATURE Welcome Back Salmon! Bring the whole family and join us around a campfire with members of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria who will say their traditional salmon blessing. The event features storytelling, native craft-making, and traditional fire-starting. Also, bring your favorite nature readings to wish the coho salmon a healthy return to their home in Redwood Creek. Meet on Muir Beach where the creek meets the ocean. For more information, call (415) 388-2596.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, The Velveteen Rabbit. 12:30pm & 3pm, Award winning Storyteller John Weaver will entertain with his lively, humor-filled stories for children of all ages. 1:30pm & 2:30pm Oakland.

~ VOLUNTEER Fennel Fest at McInnis Park, 9am – 12pm, 350 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. Meet at the skatepark parking lot.

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Monday, November 14

~ EVENT Museum Mondays for Little Ones, Enjoy 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.

Tuesday, November 15

~ ART Everything Is the Kitchen Sink11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Family tour at 1:00 p.m., Special presentation at 2:00 p.m. If you were traveling in a trailer for a month, what would you need? Artists Andrea Zittel and Charlie White asked this kind of question when they customized their own trailer, the A to Z 1995 Travel Trailer Unit. Combining creativity and efficiency at this Family Studio, you can create your own miniature trailer with all the necessary items inside. Learn how to reuse and recycle with a reading of Michael Recycle, by Ellie Bethel. Children ages 4 to 11 on family program days. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

~ CRAFT Crochet Class, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Pickleweed Public Library, 50 Canal Street, This is a series of classes to learn to make easy home projects. 485-3483

Wednesday, November 16

~ ANIMALS Fish Feeding Frenzy, 2:30pm – 3pm Help Ranger Bill feed the hungry inhabitants of our fresh and saltwater tanks. Watch the different feeding styles of perch, crabs, sea stars, and steelhead trout. Bay Model, Sausalito.

Thursday, November 17

~ CRAFT Harvest Crafts with It’s a Piece of Cake for ages 5 & up, registration required, 4pm, Come make some wonderful crafts featuring pumpkins with It’s a Piece of Cake. Limit 30 children- sign up today by calling 789-2662. Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Friday, November 18

~ HOLIDAY Tree Lighting Ceremony, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, While the Mistletones rock the stage with festive holiday songs, Santa will make a grand entrance in a horse-drawn sleigh to light our Oak Tree for the holidays! Come join the free fun, snow, gifts and magic! Northgate Mall.

~ NATURE Focus on Gulls, 10am – 2pm, Point Reyes National Seashore. Naturalist Shannon Burke will discuss identification, plumages, and life-histories of our local gulls as we attempt to demystify these beautiful birds. Meet at the parking lot across from the Bear Valley Visitor Center.

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Saturday, November 19

~ 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. The Art of the Anatolian Kilim: Highlights from the McCoy Jones 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. Animals in Art, 2:00pm, Legion of Honor.

~ ART Randall Museum, Alexander Calder was famous for his giant mobiles.  Make a “stabile” sculpture inspired by this great artist. 1pm and 4pm.

~ CRAFT Thanksgiving Table Decoration, 1-2pm, RSVP a must, 388-6233, Goodman’s Building Supply, Mill Valley.

~ EVENT Give Thanks for Food; Family Farm Day, Slide Ranch, 10am – 2pm, Share the wonders of Slide Ranch with your whole family! With the guidance of our experienced teachers, you will milk a goat, feel a sheep’s wool, feed and collect eggs from our chickens, plant a seed, sample from our organic garden, make crafts and food, and explore wild land trails overlooking the ocean. Pack a lunch, water bottle, layered clothing and shoes that can get dirty!

~ EVENT Folktales Across the African Diaspora, 2-4pm, storyteller Yolanda Rhodes will present Mama Yo Tells Tales, whimsical tales from the Caribbean, Deep South and Africa that reflect African roots. Families will make masks representing characters from the stories to enrich their storytelling experience. Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD).

~ EVENT Candlelight Tour, 6:30-8 pm, See Fort Point by the light of candles and stars on this evening tour. Reservations required; phone (415) 556-1693.

~ MUSIC LOLLIPOPALOOZA, 10 AM and 12 Noon, featuring Tim Cain, Cindy Cohen, Miss Kitty and Christopher Smith with keyboards by Peter Penhallow and the Dream Circle Band perform two Lollipopalooza concerts, a delightful, interactive sing and dance along extravaganza for young children and their families, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 240 Tiburon Blvd. (across from Cove Shopping Center), Tiburon.

~ MUSIC Culann’s Hounds, 11am – 12pm, Combining vocal harmonies with melodies on fiddle, guitar, and mandolin, to produce an eclectic blend of modern and traditional Irish music. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~ MUSIC essence Free CD Release Party, 1:00pm – 1:30pm, Marin singer-songwriter and Museum member essence releases her first children’s CD, “A Dog Named Moo,” Sing and dance along as essence joined by Susan Z share some of the playful tunes. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~ NATURE Wild Fall Friends, 10:00 am, Look for clues that will reveal the identity of some of the animals that call Tennessee Valley home during the Fall. Meet at the Tennessee Valley parking lot.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, The Velveteen Rabbit. 12:30pm & 3pm, Fairyland favorite Blake Maxam, “The Wizard of Ahhhhs”, astounds and amazes children of all ages with his magic show. 1:30pm & 2:30pm, Oakland.

~ SCIENCE Drop-In Science, Randall Museum, Before GPS people were still able to easily figure out how to navigate the world with the amazing characteristics of magnets.  You’ll never lose your way after this fun session where you’ll create your own compass from scratch!

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Sunday, November 20

~ AUTHOR Owen Bragg – Ketinga the Cat & Eunice the Unicorn, a delightful children’s book about a cat and a mischievous mouse!, and Eunice the Unicorn. Enjoy the adventures of this brave little unicorn as she flees from an evil tyrant! A percentage of proceeds from sales will support Autistry Studios of Marin, a non-profit organization that helps teens and adults with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and other learning differences. Book Passage.

~ CRAFT Family Menorah Making Playshop, With parents’ help and guided by the instructor, children make their own Hannukah menorahs. 1:30-3:30pm, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco.

~ CRAFT Thankful Event, Free Make-It Take-It. Ages 3 & up. While supplies last. Michaels, 400 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael 1-3pm.

~ EVENT Ane Carla Rovetta – Acorns á la carteIn this season of Thanksgiving, join Ane Carla Rovetta for stories, drawings, and a celebration of the woodlands that surround us. She’ll share acorn treats, toys, and folktales that are guaranteed to increase your appreciation of Marin’s amazing oaks! All Ages, 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM, FREE. Mill Valley Library.

~ HOLIDAY PIER 39’s Tree Lighting Celebration, a holiday tradition, will feature entertainment performing seasonal favorites. Bring the whole family to sing, shop and swoon at the 60’ tree. PIER 39’s majestic tree, adorned with glistening ornaments, bows and twinkling lights will be lit at 5:30 pm in the Entrance Plaza., Mill Valley Public Library.

~ MUSEUM Free Day! Celebrate Charles Schultz’s birthday with FREE admission to the museum.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, The Velveteen Rabbit. 12:30pm & 3pm, Fairyland favorite Blake Maxam, “The Wizard of Ahhhhs”, astounds and amazes children of all ages with his magic show. 1:30pm & 2:30pm
Oakland.

~ PERFORMANCE The Bubble Lady, The Randall Museum, San Francisco.

~ NATURE Salmon Hike, 10am – 12pm, If Mother Nature cooperates, we’ll be fortunate to witness one of Marin’s natural treasures—steelhead and coho salmon. Learn about their life cycles and the efforts to restore local populations. Meet at the Leo T. Cronin Fish Viewing Area (off Sir Francis Drake Blvd), approximately 1 mile west of Lagunitas.

~ NATURE Nature for Kids at Blackstone Canyon, 10am – 1pm, Big Rock Ridge. This secluded valley below the rugged east end of Big Rock Ridge is a great place to look for animals that are attracted to the creek. Meet at the end of Valleystone Dr in San Rafael.

~ NATURE Soaring Raptors, 1-4pm, Break out the binoculars and spotting scope; it’s raptor migration season in the Headlands! Join our educators for a hike into the hills to catch a glimpse of these birds of prey, dissect an owl pellet, and perfect your raptor calls., *$15/person, pre-registration required.

~ SCIENCE Little Learners Lab, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Outside of the Project Lab. This special program is designed for the Academy’s youngest learners (ages 3 to 5) and families. Be a scientist-in-training and do fun hands-on-experiments! California Academy of Science.

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Monday, November 21

~ EVENT Museum Mondays for Little Ones, Enjoy 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.

Tuesday, November 22

~ CRAFT Crochet Class, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Pickleweed Public Library, 50 Canal Street, This is a series of classes to learn to make easy home projects. 485-3483

~ SCIENCE Sprouts! 2:00 pm. Explore plants, animals, geology, weather, and seasons in a variety of nature’s gardens, including deserts, forests, wetlands, and even your own backyard! The program can include learning games, simple crafts, stories and other fun activities. For children ages 3-5. Join us in November to learn about coniferous trees and discover the vast plant life in Californian forests. California Academy of Science.

Wednesday, November 23

~ EVENT Tis the Season for Science, Enjoy wintry festivities and family fun that celebrates the science behind some of our most familiar holiday sights, sounds, and traditions. Join us November 23, 2011 through January 16, 2012. California Academy of Science.

Thursday, November 24, Thanksgiving

~ RACE Marin County Turkey Trot, The Youth Gobbler 1 Mile and Turkey Trot 5K are run cross country style on the trails of Marin’s Open Space.

Friday, November 25,  New Moon

~ HOLIDAY The San Rafael Annual Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland, Snow Sledding & Marketplace Noon to 8:30 PM Parade at 5:30 PM

~ HOLIDAY The Great Dickens Christmas Fair: A holiday adventure into Victorian London, partying with hundreds of costumed players in over 120,000 square feet of theatrically-lit music halls, pubs, dance parties and Christmas shops on winding lanes.

~ PERFORMANCE School’s Out Family Magic Shows: Gerald Joseph, 12-1pm or 2-3pm, Adults: $5 Members; $15 General | $5 youth 18 and under (incl. museum admission)  Sleight of hand, levitation, and fanciful escapes will all be part of the fun. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

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Saturday, November 26

~ ART Randall Museum, Blend two dimensions into three. Sculpt a bowl, a boat, a jug, a hat.  You choose. 1pm and 4pm.

~ HOLIDAY Snow & Kids’ activities 9:00 AM – Noon, Fourth Street ~ A Street to Lootens , San Rafael, CA

~ HOLIDAY Gingerbread Architecture Fundraiser, 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. $30 per gingerbread kit for members $40 per gingerbread kit for nonmembers, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~ PERFORMANCE Tomáš Kubínek, Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible, The perfect family outing for Thanksgiving weekend! He may be a bit “unhinged” (and we mean that in the nicest way!), but the one-and-only Dr. Professor Kubínek is also a comic genius, virtuoso vaudevillian, and all-round charmer who gives audiences an utterly joyous experience they’ll remember for a lifetime. Zellerbach Playhouse, Berkeley.

~ PERFORMANCE Nutcracker Sweets, Children’s Creativity Museum (formerly Zeum), through Dec 23.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, The Velveteen Rabbit. 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 Oakland.

~ SCIENCE Drop-In Science, Randall Museum, The physics behind bubbles!  Make your own unique bubble wand to create this wonderful natural phenomenon for yourself.

~ SPORT Fishing Derby, 8am – 12pm, 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael. Thanksgiving weekend is the perfect time to enter the competition and teach your kids to fish! Prizes will be awarded for the biggest fish caught and most fish caught. Rangers will be on hand to demonstrate the basics of salt water fishing. A limited number of fishing poles and bait will be provided first-come, first-serve courtesy of Western Sport Shop and the Ca Dept of Fish and Game. Meet at the pier.

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Sunday, November 27

~ EVENT MIlk & Cookies Party, ODC Dance, 3:45PM, $12 per person, Join the characters from The Velveteen Rabbit for this special, one-time-only, post performance party in the YBCA Forum. Nibble on mountains of tasty treats, dance with the characters and have your face painted —it’s great family fun for all!

~ HOLIDAY Gingerbread Architecture Fundraiser, 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 pm. $30 per gingerbread kit for members $40 per gingerbread kit for nonmembers, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~ OPERA Carmen for Families, 11am-12pm or 12:30-1:30pm Ages 10 and older recommended. Snacks will be served after each workshop. Experience Bizet’s masterpiece in an interactive, multi-generational workshop based on the themes, story, characters and music of Carmen. Rachel Henneberry, Stage Manager for Carmen, will lead us in dynamic and engaging activities that will transport us to the world of this dramatic tale, $5 per person, Chorissima Hall, San Francisco Girls Chorus, 44 Page Street between Gough and Franklin Streets, San Francisco Opera.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, The Velveteen Rabbit. 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 Oakland.

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Monday, November 28

~ EVENT Museum Mondays for Little Ones, Enjoy 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.

Tuesday, November 29

~ CRAFT Crochet Class, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Pickleweed Public Library, 50 Canal Street, This is a series of classes to learn to make easy home projects. 485-3483

~ SCIENCE Toddler Treks – Owls. This is a caregiver/child participatory program, designed especially for children 1 to 3 years of age. Each month we will learn about a different animal that shares our world – all can be found in the Bay Area or the Academy. We will use props and our imagination to “trek” together to the place each animal calls home. California Academy of Science.

Wednesday, November 30

~ HOLIDAY The Best Time of Year: A Christmas Special with the San Francisco Symphony Enjoy the magnificent San Francisco Symphony and Chorus in a joyful holiday concert of old favorites and Christmas standards, San Francisco Symphony, 8:00pm, Davies Symphony Hall.

~ SCIENCE Xtreme Science Magic! Fire tornados, bubble fun, flying toilet paper and shooting rockets. Is this a science or a magic show? It’s BOTH! Don and Shane O’Brien are back to get kids hooked on science. Ages 3+, 6:30 – 7:30pm, Novato Library, 897-1143.

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2 Responses to Ronnie’s Awesome List – November 2011

  1. Eden says:

    Your lists are unbelievable. Thank you! I can’t imagine how much time it takes to collect all this information up and post it in a blog. I believe my friend and SkinnyScoop co-founder has reached out to you about using the SkinnyScoop list platform to enhance and grow your lists even further. You really have such great content and I think our list templates would make it easy and fun to share it plus you get the added benefit of traffic and engagement from our network.

    In the meantime, I wanted to share a very new list I am creating as I thought you might want to add to it. The nice thing about all SkinnyScoop lists is they are collaborative so one woman can start it but others add to it or vote on things or follow the list for updates. See what you think of this one – right up your alley I would think!

    Bay Area Holiday Activities That Are Fun For The Whole Family
    http://www.skinnyscoop.com/list/eden/bay-area-holiday-activities-that-are-fun-for-the-whole-family

    Best,
    Eden

  2. Pingback: Things to Do with Kids in Marin – November | Marinhood

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