Ronnie’s Awesome List – July/Aug 2012

Let’s face it, Marin County is picture perfect. With these June gloom days behind us the average day can get hot! Days are longer, sunsets are spectacular, glorious blue skies and beach days, which means to me, that special summer feeling is in the air.

This year, the Marin Parks Department is celebrating it’s 40th year and has some amazing summer fun planned. I recently went on an amazing Culinary Hike on Mt. Burdell organized by the Marin Parks Department with my fellow fabulous mommy blogger friend, Frogmom. Check out the list of amazing summer events below they have planned (in bold.)

With annual traditions abound, beautiful open space to explore, miles of beaches, local festivals and beautiful sunshiny days; there is something very special about being here and I sure am grateful for it all.

Have a great summer!
Ronnie

Every Thursday:

Marin Art & Garden Center’s Summer Concert June 14 – September 27, 5:30 to 7:30 pm June – Aug., 5 to 7 pm September MAGC’s most popular event series features these laid-back outdoor concerts, fun for all ages! Bring the entire family and enjoy music from blues to jazz to rock n’ roll at our beautiful gazebo lawn. Beer, wine, other beverages and a selection of foods will be sold to benefit MAGC.

Every Friday:

Friday Nights on Main, 6-9pm, every Friday June 22 through September 14, (excluding Friday, August 24) The Ultimate Community Street Party Outdoor dining, live music, dancing, shopping, Main Street, Tiburon.

Creekside Fridays Music Series, every Friday June 15 to August 10, 6:30-8pm, FREE, Tennessee Valley “Cabin,” located at 60 Tennessee Valley Road, a beautiful setting right off the creek.

Jazz & Blues by the Bay, Friday Nights: June 1st – August 24th 6:30pm – 8pm, Gabrielson Park in Sausalito.

Music in the Park, 6-8pm, June 22-August 17, Free entrance, Marinwood Park.

Every Sunday:

Sunday Fun Days at the Pool June 17-August 12, 12-4pm Music, food, bounce house and games! Free to pool memebers, non-members pay the pool entrance fee, Marinwood.

Music in the Park, 6-8pm, July 14 – August 19, Free entrance, Creek Park, 400 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo.

July 2012

Sunday 7/1

Green Gulch Farm Sunday Children’s Program Activities include crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual. Please check in before the program at the table near the southwest side entrance of the zendo. Green Gulch, Muir Beach.

Sunday Special: Magic Mike, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, free, The Bay Area’s own Michael Stroud will wow you with his amazing sleight-of-hand magic tricks and his wild and crazy personality. He’ll be bringing his adorable magical rabbit Sweet Pea, too. Mill Valley Public Library.

Civil War Days, cannons and muskets boom out on Angel Island! Bring the family, take a picnic, catch a ferry ride and discover a day in the life of a Civil War soldier at historic Camp Reynolds. 435-5390.

Music for Families with the San Francisco Symphony, 2:00pm, Bring your family to hear the San Francisco Symphony in kid-sized classical concerts designed for families—great music, fascinating musical discoveries, and priceless memories. Music for Families concerts are engaging and fun; a great way to pass the Symphony magic from one generation to the next. Recommended for ages 7 and older. Davies Symphony Hall. SFSKidFriendly50 for 50% off.

Drop-in Art Making, 1-3 pm, Summer Nature Scupltures, nspired by the many sculptures included in the Museum’s exhibition Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought, use recycled and upcycled materials to create your own 3-dimensional work of art. And while you’re here, contribute to a community tree sculpture designed by Museum educators. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Sunday Streets, 11a.m. to 4p.m., Mission, Valencia Street from 14th to 24th and 24th Street from Valencia to Hampshire.

Mind, Body and Art Series, 12:00 noon–3:00 pm, The Mythic Yoga Lounge, How do we use works of art to connect with ourselves and others? Explore this idea through movement, meditation, stories and, of course, art. Each session offers an opportunity to delve deeper into practices that balance energy, align your body, and go inward to just chill. Asian Art.

KID STAGE, SF Jazz, 12:00 until 1:00 p.m. before every concert, kids of all ages are invited to participate in hands-on arts projects and programs at KidStage in the West Meadow. Kids can enjoy craft-making, singing and dance lessons, games, and more! A different activity will be featured at each concert. Join in the fun! Stern Grove.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band, brings the sounds of the Big Easy back to the Grove. Local group The Stone Foxes open the show with a roadhouse-ready sound steeped in gritty blues. Stern Grove.

Marin County Fair, Always Fresh, Fun & Local, celebrating the legacy and future of Marin’s vibrant agricultural community, 10 Avenue of the Flags San Rafael.

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 “And the Good Brown Earth” by Kathy Henderson. 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.

Monday 7/2

Upside Down Fairy Tales, No sign-up required – All ages, 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM, FREE, Mill Valley Public Library.

Marin County Fair, Always Fresh, Fun & Local, celebrating the legacy and future of Marin’s vibrant agricultural community, 10 Avenue of the Flags San Rafael.

Muir Woods After Hours, 7-9 pm, Explore the evening magic of Muir Woods, learning about the secret nightlife of an old-growth redwood forest. We’ll listen for owls, look for bats, and use our senses to guide us along the trails. This is an easy, two-mile walk on paved trail. Bring your flashlight, dress in layers, and wear good hiking shoes. Reservations required 388-2596.

Tuesday 7/3

The Fair from Up There, 6:30 – 9:30pm, Join Ranger Dave McMullen for a walk from the Marin County Fair to the top of San Pedro Mountain. We’ll see the sun set, the moon rise and if our timing is right…the fireworks! There will be a discussion of the ecology and history of San Pedro Mountain during the hike. The climb up the Woodoaks Trail is strenuous, please wear sturdy shoes, bring a flashlight, water, and snacks. Approximately 3.0 miles. Fair admission does not need to be paid to participate. Civic Center Post Office, San Rafael.

Marin County Fair, Always Fresh, Fun & Local, celebrating the legacy and future of Marin’s vibrant agricultural community, 10 Avenue of the Flags San Rafael.

Little Sprouts – Dinosaurs Roar! Age 5 and under, 11:00AM – 11:45AM, free, Make a cool dinosaur craft and listen to some great dino stories. Advance sign-up required. Mill Valley Library.

Piccolo Puppet Players, 3:30pm, Join us for a traditional Punch and Judy show. Sausalito Library.

Share a Book Program, designed to encourage children to practice their reading skills with a non-judgemental listener in a low pressure environment. Children are invited to sign-up for an individual 15-minute appointment to read or share a book with a very well-trained dog. Larkspur Library.

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

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

Wednesday 4th of July Celebrations:

Thursday 7/5

Classic Cartoon Day! 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM, free, Popcorn and pillows provided. Mill Valley Library.

Wildlife Associates, 11am, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Miss Kitty Concert Series, 10:30am, for children aged birth to 8 years old, San Rafael Library.

* TEEN First Thursday: Movie and Pizza Night, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, For High School Students Only, Easy A? Moneyball? Midnight in Paris? Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2)? Which one of these page-to-film movies will be showing (alongside a pizza dinner). Stay tuned to find out! Mill Valley Library.

7/6

ClownSnotBombs, 4:30 – 7 p.m., believes joy and laughter are a fundamental human right. This eight person circus puts on a variety-style show that includes comedy skits, unicycle dancing, acrobatics, juggling, music and much more. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Game & Puzzle Day, All ages – no sign-up needed, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM, FREE, Roll the dice, spin the spinner, or pick a card. Play board games, cards, Jenga, or spend some quiet time working a big puzzle. Call 415-389-4292 x106 for more information. Mill Valley Public Library.

Join the Circus: Make a Circus Mask, 3:30pm, Join us to make circus masks! Sausalito Library.

Concert Under the Oak, 6-8pm, Zoo Station – The complete U2 experience! Northgate.

Cirque Musica, The show blends the grace and thrills of the world’s greatest circus performers with stunning symphonic music from classical and popular repertoire, performed by the San Francisco Symphony.

Chelle! & Friends, 11:00 am – 11:30 am & 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm Chelle! & Friends perform music from New Orleans, the land where Jazz was born. Join the party, move your feet, sing-along, and join a Mardi Gras parade. Laissez les bon temps rouler! Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Saturday 7/7

Summer Cycling Series Ride 1: Tykes on Bikes, 10am – 12pm, Marin County preserves have miles of great places to ride your bike! Join a ranger for this assortment of rides with different locations, times, and increasing skill level. Meet at the end of Crown Rd for an easy kid’s ride on the flat, shaded Southern Marin Line Fire Road. The ranger will discuss the ecology and history of the area during this 4 mile (round trip) ride. Riders under 18 will need to be accompanied by parent/guardian. Bring your own bike as well as sufficient water, snacks, and other bike equipment. Meet at the Crown Rd gate in Kent Woodlands.

Twilight Criterium, San Rafael.

Nature for Kids: An Evening Walk at Deer Island, 6 – 8pm, We’ll take a slow walk up to the ridge-top where we can enjoy a picnic dinner while we look and listen for creatures of the night. We’ll talk about owls, bats, coyotes and many other animals that start their “day” just as the sun sets. We request that no animals (except service animals) attend. Contact David at 893-9508 or dherlocker@marincounty.org. 305 Deer Island Lane, Novato.

Kol Shofar Shabbat Family Experience, with Musician and Jewish Educator Jonathan Bayer, 10:30 to 11:30 at Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon.
Free and open to all. For more info, please contact Sara Kupor at, skupor@kolshofar.org or 388-1818, Ext 112.

Build a Moving Truck, 9am-Noon, Kids can build their very own working moving truck! Kids will learn to build a Penske moving truck while learning tool safety, have fun, make friends and gain a sense of achievement and work ethic. Designed for children ages 5-12, Home Depot.

Merola Opera’s Schwabacher Summer Concert, Bring your friends and family to a day of free opera in the Gardens. For opera lovers and novices alike, this popular concert is the perfect way to explore the riches of opera and experience the stunning versatility and talent of the Merola artists. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type, 1-:30am & 4pm, Farmer Brown’s cows are c-c-c-cold. They’d like cozy electric blankets. But how to tell him? Eureka! They discover an old typewriter in the barn, and start sending him notes. Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

“All My Friends Are STILL Dead” book reading by Jory John Free! 1:00 to 2:00 pm, Paxton Gate’s Curiosities for Kids (766 Valencia).

Saturday & Sunday 7/7 – 8

So You Think You Can Hoop 3-On-3 Competition, all ages can run, jump, block, shoot and play in a fast paced fun-filled environment, will offer something for everybody; competitive games, a fun and festive environment, surprise appearances by NBA players and local celebrities; and a fun zone for the whole family. We’re looking for basketball players ages 8 to 80 to compete. Oracle Arena.

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

Children’s Fairyland, Fairyland favorite Blake Maxam, “The Wizard of Ahhhhs,” astounds and amazes children of all ages with his magic show (1:30pm & 2:30pm), Children’s Theatre: Mouse Deer (12:30pm & 3pm), The puppet show The Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings. Oakland.

Sunday 7/8

KID STAGE, San Francisco Symphony, 12:00 until 1:00 p.m. before every concert, kids of all ages are invited to participate in hands-on arts projects and programs at KidStage in the West Meadow. Kids can enjoy craft-making, singing and dance lessons, games, and more! A different activity will be featured at each concert. Join in the fun! Stern Grove.

San Francisco Symphony performs with Music Director and Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas in a rare summer appearance! The afternoon’s program features the iconic sounds of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with members of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. Stern Grove.

La Sardina de Naiguatá + Rumbaché, 1-3pm, fusing salsa, timba, bomba, funk and whatever else fits the dancing mood. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Drop-in Art Making, 1-3 pm, Summer Nature Scupltures, nspired by the many sculptures included in the Museum’s exhibition Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought, use recycled and upcycled materials to create your own 3-dimensional work of art. And while you’re here, contribute to a community tree sculpture designed by Museum educators. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type, 1-:30am & 4pm, Farmer Brown’s cows are c-c-c-cold. They’d like cozy electric blankets. But how to tell him? Eureka! They discover an old typewriter in the barn, and start sending him notes. Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday 7/9

Marvelous Magical Music! 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM,  Hear stories about music, musicians, and musical instrument. Mill Valley Library.

Bluegrass Night – Hot Buttered Rum & Jugtown Pirates, 7pm,

Tuesday July 10

Nature for Kids: Indian Tree, 10am – 1pm, This is a great place to explore nature on any summer day. If it’s hot we can head into one of the cool canyons and enjoy the shade of the redwoods, or we might go up the hill and see what we can find in the Oak forest. Meet at the Vineyard Road Trailhead in Novato.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid, CineArts Marin, Sausalito, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Century Rowland Theatre, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

Little Sprouts – Treats for Tweets, Age 5 and under, 11:00AM – 11:45AM, Make snacks for backyard birds with a pine cone feeder full of peanut butter and seeds. Advance sign-up required. Mill Valley Library.

Share a Book Program, designed to encourage children to practice their reading skills with a non-judgemental listener in a low pressure environment. Children are invited to sign-up for an individual 15-minute appointment to read or share a book with a very well-trained dog. Larkspur Library.

Carnival of Chaos, 3:30pm, A fast-paced, action-packed show that’s hilarious, interactive and provides clever entertainment for the whole family. Sausalito Library.

Laugh-Out-Loud Book Club, 4:00PM – 4:45PM, Join us for an anything and everything Mac Barnett book group. Mill Valley Library.

* TEEN Henna Art with Rachel-Anne Palacios, 4 – 5:30pm, Learn the traditions of henna and create beautiful designs with henna artist, Rachel-Anne Palacios. Each teen will receive a design by Rachel-Anne and a henna kit to take home. Pre-registration and a signed parental permission slip are required. Henna art will last 7-10 days. Corte Madera Library.

Kids Day with Magik*Magik Orchestra, Magik*Magik Orchestra Education workshops will include creative instrument making, engaging rhythm and music activities, and the chance to perform in a unique band setting. The music will span genres and include some pieces from the main stage performers! Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Wednesday 7/11

Saving our Steelhead, Cascade Canyon Open Space, 10am – 1pm, The upper reaches of San Anselmo Creek come to life on the southwest flanks of San Geronimo Ridge and then pass through this preserve in the Fairfax hills. This portion of the Corte Madera Creek Watershed is among the most pristine of all of the systems that ultimately flow into San Pablo Bay. With luck, we will be able to look into a few of the clean, clear pools and see the young steelhead that take refuge there during the summer months. Contact David Herlocker at (415) 893-9508 or dherlocker@marincounty.org. Cascade Canyon Preserve.

Carnival of Chaos, 1:00 pm, Carnival of Chaos presents their world-class variety act including insane juggling, dangerous stunts, and musical parody the whole family will love. San Anselmo Library.

Carnival of Chaos, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM, Mill Valley Library.

Express Yourself! Button Making, 3pm, ages 6+, Bring photos or other images to create original, personalized buttons. Ot her materials needed to create the buttons will be provided. Don’t forget to register! San Rafael Library.

Storyteller Michael Katz, 1pm, “Teller of a Thousand Tales” Michael Katz presents folktales from around the world…Asia, Africa, Europe and North America…in his uniquely active and expressive style. Fantastic for all ages, especially children ages 4 and up. South Novato Library.

Storyteller Michael Katz, 3pm, Novato Library.

Share A Book– Read to a Therapy Dog for Readers, 3pm, allows children to read to dogs as a way to improve their literacy skills. Belvedere Tiburon Library.

* TEEN Creative Writing Workshops, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, These sessions offer high school students the opportunity to workshop any creative writing projects they are working on or just relax and freewrite. There is no need to sign up in advance, just drop in. These workshops are for high school students only. Mill Valley Library.

Summer Movie Series, Lion King, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Join us at for Movies on the Green, Marin County Mart.

Dino Drawing for the Whole Family, 10:30 AM – Noon, Here’s a question for a young paleontologist! What would your dad look like if he was a dinosaur? Well, join us for a special Dino Drawing extravaganza and create your own “Tricera Pops.” It’s fun for the whole family as you meet some of the reptiles that roamed the earth millions of years ago in the new exhibit, Plantosaurus Rex, then use crayons, markers, pencils and your imagination to create your very own. Draw huge dinosaurs on a giant team mural, play dino Pictionary and create silly, new dinosaurs with a collaborative game called “heads and bodies.” Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park. $15 for one adult and child: $8 each additional child (includes admission), 5 + up.

Kids Day with Magik*Magik Orchestra, Magik*Magik Orchestra Education workshops will include creative instrument making, engaging rhythm and music activities, and the chance to perform in a unique band setting. The music will span genres and include some pieces from the main stage performers! Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Thursday 7/12

Dog Day Afternoon, 5 – 7pm, McInnis Park, Bring your dogs for an evening of fun and education with Marin County rangers and the Marin Humane Society at McInnis Park. We’ll discuss Marin County Park and Open Space District rules and regulations and sensitive wildlife issues that all pet owners should know. Enjoy a free BBQ and raffle prizes donated by Pet Arcade. Bring a leash. For more information, contact Chief Park Ranger Rob Ruiz at (415) 473-4045 or rruiz@marincounty.org. 310 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael.

Summer Drop-in Programs, Nature Walk with Ranger Lucy, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., We are offering some great summer programs and forged new partnerships to help make even more connections with the Museum’s magnificent Fort Baker location. Free with Museum admission, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Century Rowland Theatre, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

Cowgirl Tricks with Karen Quest, 11am, vaudeville western comedy complete with trick roping, music, and cowgirl shenanigans. Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Miss Kitty Concert Series, 10:30am, for children aged birth to 8 years old, San Rafael Library.

Musical Duo Colibri, 12pm, Lively Latin American music for the entire family! Using an exciting array of traditional folk instruments, Lichi Fuentes and Alisa Peres present a lively, interactive musical journey through Latin America. Civic Center Library.

Read to a Dog, 1:00-2:00pm pm, Grades Kindergarten and up, Advanced sign-ups required. Want to have a “paws-itive” reading experience? Come share a book with the popular Marin Humane Society SHARE (Special Human Animal Relationships) A Book dogs. San Anselmo Library.

Retro Recycled Time Machines, Grade 1+ – advance sign-up required, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, What can you do with an extra-large cardboard box? With some recycled odds & ends and a touch of whimsy, you might just invent your own time machine. Mill Valley Library.

* TEEN Jewelry Making for Beginners, 2:30-3:30pm, Become your own jewelry designer! Explore your creativity through interesting colors, textures, and techniques. The class will be taught by Dragonfly Designs. Don’t forget to register for these events! San Rafael Library.

* TEEN Henna Art with Rachel-Anne Palacios, 3:30 – 5pm, Learn the traditions of henna and create beautiful designs with henna artist, Rachel-Anne Palacios. Each teen will receive a design by Rachel-Anne and a henna kit to take home. Pre-registration and a signed parental permission slip are required. Henna art will last 7-10 days. Civic Center Library.

Gaucho, music of Django Reinhardt and 1930s European gypsy jazz. Improvisational and swing elements are also thrown into the mix. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble, featuring young and very talented musicians performing classic Latin jazz compositions. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Kids Day with Magik*Magik Orchestra, Magik*Magik Orchestra Education workshops will include creative instrument making, engaging rhythm and music activities, and the chance to perform in a unique band setting. The music will span genres and include some pieces from the main stage performers! Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

my classic Spanish Flair, 7:30pm, This vibrant music readily recalls a Spain of fragrant gardens, gypsy sirens, and warm days and sultry nights by the sea. San Francisco Symphony, Davies Symphony Hall.

Friday 7/13

Campfire Tales: Stafford Lake, 4 – 8pm, The festivities will start with a nature walk led by Naturalist David Herlocker. After that we’ll return to the picnic area where the grills will be fired up and we will serve hot dogs. Just as the sun begins to set, Children’s Librarian Jennifer Robinson of the Novato Library will share some of her favorite stories about nature and the Native Americans that inhabited the hills and valleys around us. Contact David at 893-9508 or dherlocker@marincounty.org. Stafford Lake Park, Novato.

Mad Science – Fire and Ice, Grade K+, 2:30PM – 3:30PM, Explore crazy chemical potions and the wonders of dry ice with a Mad Scientist. Mill Valley Library.

Pulling the strings: Decorate Giant Puppets, 3:30pm, Their feet are as big as a human heads, their fingers as big as human hands . . . they’re giant puppets and they’re coming to the Library. Bring your artistic skills, we’re providing the puppets. Sausalito Library.

Kol Shofar’s Young Family Picnic, with our new Senior Rabbi, Susan Leider, 5:30 to 7:00 pm at Belvedere Park, Belvedere, (San Rafael Ave & Community Rd), Free and open to all, RSVP required, skupor@kolshofar.org.

Unique Derique, 11-11:30am & 12:15-12:45pm, delights all ages by clowning, dancing, and turning his agile limbs into a drum set or a harpsichord keyboard. His interactive performance is percussive, syncopated and dynamic. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

my classic Russian Favorites, Shostakovich, Borodin, and Tchaikovsky, San Francisco Symphony, Davies Symphony Hall.

Saturday 7/14, Bastille Day

Summer Cycling Series Ride 2: Fox Hollow to White Hill, 10am – 12pm, Join a ranger for this assortment of rides with different locations, times, and increasing skill level. We’ll start at the end of Glen Drive in Fairfax and ride the lower route over to White Hill with an optional trip into the Giacomini Preserve. See why this is the hub for many amazing ride options in the county. This ride will require beginner to intermediate skill level and some climbing. Bring your own bike as well as sufficient water, snacks, and other bike equipment. Glen Drive in Fairfax.

Puppet Art Theater – Tommy’s Space Adventure, 1pm, A fun puppet show for the whole family. Space is limited. Larkspur Library.

Family Fun Crafts, 2 – 3pm, Design your own tote bag with Librarian Victoria Gonzales! Marin City Library.

SHARE-a-Book Dogs, Kindergarten and older – advance sign-up required, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Mill Valley Public Library.

Concert for Kids, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM, Tim Cain, Robin Sweeny Park, 420 Litho Street, Sausalito.

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

Northgate Kids’ Sing ‘n Play! Kids of all ages are invtied to come play, sing and dance in an interactive musical playgroup that will be led by talented local Marin music teachers.

Cultural Fusion Infusion – Rupa & the April Fishes, 7pm, Marin JCC.

Come Together, 6-9pm, Adults $10, Kids $5, Creek Park, San Anselmo.

Dino Drawing for the Whole Family, 10:30 AM – Noon, Here’s a question for a young paleontologist! What would your dad look like if he was a dinosaur? Well, join us for a special Dino Drawing extravaganza and create your own “Tricera Pops.” It’s fun for the whole family as you meet some of the reptiles that roamed the earth millions of years ago in the new exhibit, Plantosaurus Rex, then use crayons, markers, pencils and your imagination to create your very own. Draw huge dinosaurs on a giant team mural, play dino Pictionary and create silly, new dinosaurs with a collaborative game called “heads and bodies.” Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, 5 + up.

CLIF Kid Backyard Game of the Year Playoffs, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Free to the public, all kids are invited for a lively afternoon of fun and games! The first 200 kids will get a free Backyard Game Playoffs t-shirt, and free organic snacks will be on-hand to nourish kids throughout the event. Marina Green in San Francisco.

AXIS Dance Company, 1pm, 1:50pm & 2:40, falling up is a new site-specific work utilizing ramps and various spaces to connect art and landscape, accompanied by live music with an innovative ensemble of dancers with and without disabilities is a jewel of contemporary dance and disability culture, paving the way for its powerful physically integrated dance form. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

my classic Beethoven, 7:30pm, Everyone, everywhere, can hum the opening bars of Beethoven’s iconic Fifth Symphony. But to hear it live, performed by one of the world’s great orchestras, is an experience of the most memorable kind. San Francisco Symphony, Davies Symphony Hall.

Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type, 1-:30am & 4pm, Farmer Brown’s cows are c-c-c-cold. They’d like cozy electric blankets. But how to tell him? Eureka! They discover an old typewriter in the barn, and start sending him notes. Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Saturday & Sunday 7/14 – 15 

Children’s Fairyland, Owen Baker Flynn with his “World Premiere,” a lively show featuring juggling, fire-eating and a multitude of surprises (1:30pm & 2:30pm), Children’s Theatre: Rip Van Winkle (12:30pm & 3pm), The puppet show The Three Spinning Fairies. Oakland.

Sunday 7/15

Nature for Kids: Indian Valley, 10am – 1pm, If there is still any moisture left in the marsh, we will check the area looking for treefrogs, toads and newts that are about to begin their journey up into the hills, looking for a cool moist place to hide for the summer. After that we will follow one of the creeks to a waterfall that is also a good place to find wildlife (and enjoy a relaxing lunch).

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

R.E.A.D. With Bumps! 2pm, Participants need to register for a fifteen minute appointment with Bumps in order to participate! San Rafael Library.

Concerts-in-the-Park, Livin’ in the USA, Celebrating American hits and the legends who made them, 4pm, Belvedere Park.

Marine Mammals of the Golden Gate, Join an experienced YMCA naturalist for a day of learning all about the fascinating adaptations of our local marine mammals, while exploring the trails of the beautiful Marin Headlands. Take a tour of the Marine Mammal Center. See a real skeleton of a blue whale! Play fun games about seals and whales on Rodeo beach!Easy to Moderate grade, 1-2 miles. Meet at Fort Cronkite parking lot restrooms @10:30 am. Pre-registration required.

Drop-in Art Making, 1-3 pm, Summer Nature Scupltures, nspired by the many sculptures included in the Museum’s exhibition Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought, use recycled and upcycled materials to create your own 3-dimensional work of art. And while you’re here, contribute to a community tree sculpture designed by Museum educators. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30 AM, San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park. Join a docent-led Family Walk following Children’s Storytime in the Library, featured book “And the Good Brown Earth” by Kathy Henderson. 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.

KID STAGE, Magik*Magik Orchestra, 12:00 until 1:00 p.m. before every concert, kids of all ages are invited to participate in hands-on arts projects and programs at KidStage in the West Meadow. Kids can enjoy craft-making, singing and dance lessons, games, and more! A different activity will be featured at each concert. Join in the fun! Stern Grove.

Nitin Sawhney & Meshell Ndegeocello, 2pm, The Festival presents cross-cultural cool with internationally renowned Indian-British producer, DJ, and multi-instrumentalist, Nitin Sawhney. Singer-songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello brings her eclectic blend of folk, jazz, hip-hop, funk, and rock sensibilities. Stern Grove.

Family Fun Day, 10:30 am–4:30 pm, Enjoy a fun-filled day of engaging programs—all FREE with museum admission—that promise to delight and excite the imaginations of both young and old. From performances and hands-on activities to docent family tours and storytelling, there’s truly something for the entire family! Asian Art.

Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type, 1-:30am & 4pm, Farmer Brown’s cows are c-c-c-cold. They’d like cozy electric blankets. But how to tell him? Eureka! They discover an old typewriter in the barn, and start sending him notes. Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday 7/16

Penguin Parade, all ages, 2:30PM – 3:15PM, Chill out and listen to some awesome penguin stories, enjoy a frosty refreshment, and make a cool penguin craft. Mill Valley Library.

Wild Americas, 12 – 1pm, Come meet and greet some wildlife of the Americas! These shows are always popular, so please come early and often! Stinson Beach Library.

Wild Americas, 3-4pm, Inverness Library.

Stargazing with California Academy of Sciences, 7:30 – 9pm, astronomer Bing Quock will discuss how to observe the summer sky, with emphasis on the visible planets, constellations, and selected deep-sky objects. Inverness Library.

Pajama Storytime – Camping!, 7pm, Join us for an extraordinary evening in the library…we’ll sing campfire songs, read some stories, and maybe even roast some marshmallows! Bring the whole family and feel free to wear your camping clothes. Novato Library.

Pajama Storytime – Camping!, 7pm, South Novato Library.

An Evening in Puerto Rico – Plena Libre, 7pm, Marin JCC.

Tuesday July 17

Dolphin Tail, CineArts Marin, Sausalito, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

Dolphin Tail, Century Rowland Theatre, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

Laugh-Out-Loud Book Club, 4:00PM – 4:45PM, Join us for an anything and everything Mac Barnett book group. Mill Valley Library.

The Trombonist, 3:30pm, Improvised stories using the rich and playful sounds of the trombone: The Trombonist has collected stories and sounds from around the world and brings them to us in a unique, super fun and family (encouraged!) friendly performance. Sausalito Library.

Family Program with Victoria Gonzalez: Repurposed Book Bags, 3 – 4pm, Pre-registration is required. Create a personalized book bag using fabric plus an iron-on appliqué process. Corte Madera Library.

Polar Bear Picnic, 11-11:45am, , 1:00AM – 11:45AM, sign-up required. Mill Valley Library.

Share a Book Program, designed to encourage children to practice their reading skills with a non-judgemental listener in a low pressure environment.
Children are invited to sign-up for an individual 15-minute appointment to read or share a book with a very well-trained dog. Larkspur Library.

* TEEN Flight Club for Teens, 2 – 3:30pm, Have fun learning, building, and experimenting with paper airplanes. This class will assist you in becoming a master paper airplane mechanic. For teens in grades 6-12. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. Novato Library.

Kids Day with Dance Mission, Dance Brigade’s Dance Mission Theater is a non-profit, multi-cultural dance center located in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District featuring Hip-Hop, Salsa, Bhangra, Brazilian, Bollywood, Afro-Haitian, modern and more. Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Wednesday 7/18

Photo by Eva Kolenko

Hoopman Eddie Madril, 1pm, Experience the artistry of Native American hoop dancing with Eddie Madril, Pascua Yaqui tribe member. Discover the rich traditions of America’s indigenous peoples, past and present, through the beautiful expression of song and dance. San Anselmo Library.

Eddie Madril, Hoop Dancer, 3:30PM – 4:30PM, Mill Valley Library.

String Along With Ruth Stotter, July 18 @ 3pm, ages 6+, Enjoy string stories, and then learn how to make the figures! Ruth Stotter, former director of the Dominican University Storytelling Program, often uses origami, string, masks, and puppets in her performances. She is the author of numerous books, and has performed and taught workshops on five continents. Don’t forget to register! San Rafael Library.

Summer Drop-in Programs, Hooping Workshop, 10:30 a.m. – noon, We are offering some great summer programs and forged new partnerships to help make even more connections with the Museum’s magnificent Fort Baker location. Free with Museum admission, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Morning Amongst the Redwoods, 8-10 am, Stretching and walking through an ancient redwood forest are a great way to start any day off right. Come for a brisk two-mile easy walk and mild stretching among the tallest living organisms in the world, the coast redwoods. RSVP by calling (415) 388-2596.

* TEEN Duct Tape Wallets for Teens!, 3 – 4:30pm, Duct tape, you can use it for anything even to make a wallet! Assistance and materials provided. Open to 6th-12th Graders. Walk ups OK but signup is highly recommended as space is limited. South Novato Library.

* TEEN Jewelry Workshop with Chelsee Robinson, 4 – 5:30pm, In this fun, free, hands-on workshop, local designer & entrepreneur Chelsee Robinson will guide you in creating your very own jewelry! There will be an assortment of materials and styles to choose from. Work with chain, charms, beads and more to learn the newest techniques and leave with a lifelong skill. All materials included. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. Fairfax Library.

* TEEN Creative Writing Workshops, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, These sessions offer high school students the opportunity to workshop any creative writing projects they are working on or just relax and freewrite. There is no need to sign up in advance, just drop in. These workshops are for high school students only. Mill Valley Library.

Summer Movie Series, Bolt, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Join us at for Movies on the Green, Marin County Mart.

Kids Day with Dance Mission, Dance Brigade’s Dance Mission Theater is a non-profit, multi-cultural dance center located in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District featuring Hip-Hop, Salsa, Bhangra, Brazilian, Bollywood, Afro-Haitian, modern and more. Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco

Thursday 7/19

Carnival of Chaos, 11am, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Boswick the Clown’s Reading Circus, all ages, 2:30PM – 3:30PM, Learn about the art of clowning when you take a journey to Boswick’s Reading Circus. Mill Valley Library.

Family Program with Victoria Gonzalez: Repurposed Book Bags, 3–4pm, Pre-registration is required. Create a personalized book bag using fabric plus an iron-on appliqué process. Civic Center Library.

Miss Kitty Concert Series, 10:30am, for children aged birth to 8 years old, San Rafael Library.

* TEEN Sci-Fi Party for Teens, 7 – 8pm, Avoid termination by the Daleks by banding together with other Sci-Fi geeks at our Sci-Fi party for teens. Celebrate the Sci-Fi enthusiast within by dressing up as your favorite sci-fi character, creature or invent your own (villains, even Daleks welcome). Contest for the best costumes, games, food and prizes. Novato Library.

Kids Day with Dance Mission, Dance Brigade’s Dance Mission Theater is a non-profit, multi-cultural dance center located in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District featuring Hip-Hop, Salsa, Bhangra, Brazilian, Bollywood, Afro-Haitian, modern and more. Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco

Dolphin Tail, Century Rowland Theatre, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

The San Francisco Mime Troupe, The Last Election, A Melodrama of Farcical Proportions, 7:00 PM (Music 6:30), Mill Valley Community Center, on the Back Lawn, FREE (donation).

my classic Americana, 7:30pm, Hues of red, white, and blue color the beloved American music on this concert. From Appalachian Spring to Rhapsody in Blue to West Side Story San Francisco Symphony, Davies Symphony Hall.

Cuban Cowboys, indie rock with traditional Cuban music. Riding in on waves of mambo riffs, distortion and heavy Latin percussion. Yerba Buena Garden Festival.

Friday 7/20

Summer Cycling Series Ride 3: Burdell by Bike, 5:30 – 7:30pm, Marin County preserves have miles of great places to ride your bike! Join a ranger for this assortment of rides with different locations, times and increasing skill level. The top of Mt. Burdell has stunning views of North Marin as well as southern Sonoma County. We’ll start early evening at the end of San Andreas Dr and ride the perimeter fire roads, touring most of this large preserve. This is for intermediate to advanced riders; there are steep climbs and brisk, bumpy downhills. Bring your own bike as well as sufficient water, snacks, and other bike equipment.  Mount Burdell Preserve.

Ane Carla Rovetta – Guided Drawing Workshop, all ages – advance sign-up required, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, Join local treasure Ane Carla Rovetta for stories, drawings, and fascinating information about the natural world. Mill Valley Library.

If I was the Ringmaster: Make a Circus Book, 3:30pm, What would happen at your circus? Clowns, cowboys and elephants on a tightrope? Jugglers on a trapeze? Come make your own circus book! Sausalito Library.

Concert Under the Oak, 6-8pm, The Sun Kings – Top Beatles tribute on the West Coast! Northgate, San Rafael.

Picnics of the Plaza, 5-8pm, Community event on Friday evening featuring music and fun for the kids. Bring you picnic dinner and join the fun. San Anselmo Town Hall Plaza.

Red Panda Acrobats, 11am & 12:15pm, Chinese acrobatics has a history of over 2,500 years. Characterized by amazing skills of strength and extraordinary balance, Chinese Acrobatics features stretching, handstands, tumbling, dance and use of everyday household items such as plates, bowls, glass cups, and rugs. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

my classic Dvořák, 7:30pm, enormously popular work sure to enthrall listeners young and old. San Francisco Symphony, Davies Hall.

Saturday July 21

Big Time Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., traditional Native American trade festival at Kule Loklo, a Coast Miwok Cultural Exhibit. Throughout the day demonstrators will exhibit their skills in basketry, flint knapping, clamshell bead making, and more. Learn more about the culture and traditions of the Coast Miwok and other local American Indians at a variety of informational booths. Traditional dancers from the Intertribal Pomo group and Dry Creek Pomo will perform. Vendors will also be selling a wide variety of crafts. Point Reyes National Seashore at Kule Loklo.

Celebrating 20 Years, 12pm – 3pm, Art Fair, Rock Wall, Live Band, FREE LUNCH, Raffle, Balloon Artist and more, Whole Foods, 414 Miller Ave, Mill Valley.

Marinwood Family Fun Run & Walk, 8:30am check in, 5k, 10k & kids dash events, Race starts in Marinwood Park by the tennis courts on Miller Creek Rd. San Rafael.

Insect Safari, Look for signs of insects-butterflies, dragonflies and other six-legged creatures. We’ll also take time to admire the flowers and trees, and even learn the names of a few of them. Directions: From Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. in Fairfax (heading NW) make a left on Pacheco Avenue, turn right on Broadway Boulevard, and left on Bolinas Road. Continue on Bolinas Road for half a mile and then turn left at Porteous Avenue and then right to stay on Porteus. We’ll meet at the parking area at the end of Porteous Avenue.

Let’s Move on Crissy Field! 1-3 pm, Grab your water bottle, sunscreen, and hat! Join Ranger Mariajose Alcantara on a “Park Prescriptions” healthy walk to the Golden Gate Bridge and back, in your local national park. Wear comfortable shoes, dress in layers, and bring a fun stretch to share before our walk. Meet in front of the Beach Hut cafe, located on Crissy Field’s East Beach. Reservations required 561-4323.

* TEEN Henna Art with Rachel-Anne Palacios, 1 – 2:30pm, Learn the traditions of henna and create beautiful designs with henna artist, Rachel-Anne Palacios. Each teen will receive a design by Rachel-Anne and a henna kit to take home. Pre-registration and a signed parental permission slip are required. Henna art will last 7-10 days. Marin City Library.

Patrick Ball & The Medieval Beasts, 1pm, Storyteller and celtic harper Patrick Ball brings his love of the spoken word to the Yerba Buena Gardens. Accompanied by Shira Kammen (vielle, medieval harp, voice) and Tim Rayborn (lute, psaltery, percussion, voice), Patrick Ball tells the timeless story of Tristan & Iseult. Yerba Buena Garden Festival.

Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type, 1-:30am & 4pm, Farmer Brown’s cows are c-c-c-cold. They’d like cozy electric blankets. But how to tell him? Eureka! They discover an old typewriter in the barn, and start sending him notes. Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits, 7pm, Marin JCC.

Folktales across the African Diaspora, 2-4pm, Why Goats Smell Bad with Obáfémi Orígúnwà.

Saturday & Sunday 7/21 – 22 

Children’s Fairyland, Jacquelyn Lynaugh as The Blue Fairy appears with her puppet pal Pinocchio and her guitar, Prince Charming. She will be performing well known folk songs and helping children make wishes come true with her crystal wand and fairy dust (1:30pm & 2:30pm), Children’s Theatre: The Tortoise Who Flew (12:30pm & 3pm), The puppet show The Three Spinning Fairies. Oakland.

Sunday 7/22

KID STAGE, Dance Mission, 12:00 until 1:00 p.m. before every concert, kids of all ages are invited to participate in hands-on arts projects and programs at KidStage in the West Meadow. Kids can enjoy craft-making, singing and dance lessons, games, and more! A different activity will be featured at each concert. Join in the fun! Stern Grove.

The E Family Band, 2pm, The Escovedo family brings the beat in this one-of-a-kind performance featuring Pete, Juan, Peter Michael, and a special performance by Sheila E. Stern Grove.

Sunday Streets, 11a.m. to 4p.m., Bayview/Dogpatch.

Organic Jive Collection, 6-9pm, Adults $10, Kids $5, Creek Park, San Anselmo.

Drop-in Art Making, 1-3 pm, Summer Nature Scupltures, nspired by the many sculptures included in the Museum’s exhibition Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought, use recycled and upcycled materials to create your own 3-dimensional work of art. And while you’re here, contribute to a community tree sculpture designed by Museum educators. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type, 1-:30am & 4pm, Farmer Brown’s cows are c-c-c-cold. They’d like cozy electric blankets. But how to tell him? Eureka! They discover an old typewriter in the barn, and start sending him notes. Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday 7/23

Pig Tales – Paper Bag Puppet Party, No sign-up required – all ages, 2:30PM – 3:15PM, Come to our annual paper bag puppet party! Bring the whole family to listen to some pig tales and make your very own pig puppet. Oink! Mill Valley Library.

Timothy James Magic, 1 – 2pm, Combining magic and humor, Timothy James creates a memorable occasion for the whole family. This event will take place in the main hall at the Dance Palace, 503 B Street in Point Reyes Station. Point Reyes Library.

Timothy James Magic, 4-5pm, Bolinas Library.

Stargazing with California Academy of Sciences, 7:30 – 9pm, astronomer Bing Quock will discuss how to observe the summer sky, with emphasis on the visible planets, constellations, and selected deep-sky objects. Corte Madera Library.

Balkan Romani Night! – Brass Menažeri, 7pm, Marin JCC.

Tuesday 7/24

Puss in Boots, CineArts Marin, Sausalito, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

Puss in Boots, Century Rowland Theatre, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

Laugh-Out-Loud Book Club, 4:00PM – 4:45PM, Join us for an anything and everything Mac Barnett book group. Mill Valley Library

Little Sprouts – I Wanna Be A Pirate! Or a Mermaid!, Age 5 and under, advance sign-up required, 11:00AM – 11:45PM, Make a mask and set sail on the seven seas. Hear some great pirate and mermaid stories too. Advance sign-up required. Amphitheater – Mill Valley Library.

Share a Book Program, designed to encourage children to practice their reading skills with a non-judgemental listener in a low pressure environment.
Children are invited to sign-up for an individual 15-minute appointment to read or share a book with a very well-trained dog. Larkspur Library.

Ventriloquist Steve Chaney, 3:30pm, Corny Crow, the ‘dummy’ and ventriloquist Steve Chaney are hilarious. As one little boy said, “I laughed so hard I thought my brains fell out.” Sausalito Library.

Wednesday 7/25

Kalaikoil Dance & Arts of India, 1pm, Move along with dance troupe Kalaikoil as they perform the classical south Indian dance, Bharatanatyam. Stick around and learn a few dance steps of your own! Council Chambers, San Anselmo Library.

Kalaikoil Traditional Indian Dance, all ages, 3:30PM – 4:30PM, Mill Valley Library.

Express Yourself! Glow Bugs and Jars, 3pm, ages 6+, We will provide materials and instruction to make a super cool glow bug and a super pretty glow jar! Don’t forget to register! San Rafael Library.

Piccolo Puppet Players, 1pm, Bring the whole family to enjoy the slapstick humor and rollicking audience participation of a Punch & Judy puppet show. This performance is fantastic for kids as well as their parents! South Novato Library.

Piccolo Puppet Players, 3pm, Novato Library.

* TEEN Creative Writing Workshops, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, These sessions offer high school students the opportunity to workshop any creative writing projects they are working on or just relax and freewrite. There is no need to sign up in advance, just drop in. These workshops are for high school students only. Mill Valley Library.

Summer Movie Series, Bee Movie, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Join us at for Movies on the Green, Marin County Mart.

Puss in Boots, Century Rowland Theatre, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

Thursday 7/26

Nature for Kids: Creek Critters at Cascade Canyon, 10am – 1pm, On this day we will focus on the insects and other living things that live in creeks. Most people know that many frogs and salamanders start life in the water and then come out to live on land for the rest of their lives, but you might be surprised to learn how many different insects grow up in the water and then one day climb out, shed their skin, spread their new wings, and fly away. This creek should be a great place to find a lot of interesting creatures. Cascade Canyon Preserve.

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.

Kenn Adams Adventure Theater “Myth Adventures of Melanie Moe”, 11am, create live theater based on Greek myths. Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Miss Kitty Concert Series, 10:30am, for children aged birth to 8 years old, San Rafael Library.

Read to a Dog, 1:00-2:00pm pm, Grades Kindergarten and up, Advanced sign-ups required. Want to have a “paws-itive” reading experience? Come share a book with the popular Marin Humane Society SHARE (Special Human Animal Relationships) A Book dogs. San Anselmo Library.

Sean’s Shadow Puppet Show, 11am-12:00pm, Musician and puppet artist Sean Powers performs The Magic Measuring cup, a shadow puppet play adapted from folklore. San Anselmo Library.

Sean’s Shadows Shadow Puppet Show, all ages, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, Shadow puppet fans can sign up for a hands-on post-performance workshop. No sign-up needed for the puppet show; advance sign-up required for workshop. Mill Valley Library.

* TEEN Henna Art with Rachel-Anne Palacios, 3 – 4:30pm, Learn the traditions of henna and create beautiful designs with henna artist, Rachel-Anne Palacios. Each teen will receive a design by Rachel-Anne and a henna kit to take home. Pre-registration and a signed parental permission slip are required. Henna art will last 7-10 days. South Novato Library.

* TEEN Jewelry Party for Teens, 3 – 4:30pm, In this fun, free, hands-on workshop, local designer and entrepreneur Chelsee Robinson will guide you in creating your very own jewelry! There will be an assortment of materials and styles to choose from. Work with chain, charms, beads and more to learn the newest techniques and leave with a lifelong skill. Open to 6th – 12th Graders, All materials included. Novato Library.

* TEEN Read It & Meet: Book Talking for Teens, 3-4;30PM, Join your fellow teens to have refreshments and discuss The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean. Fourteen-year-old Symone shares her family’s passion for the Antarctic. When Victor, the family benefactor, proposes a trip to Paris that gets extended to Antarctica, she is both thrilled and apprehensive. As fellow travelers start getting mysteriously ill, her misgivings increase until her very survival is threatened. Join your fellow teens to have refreshments and discuss this prize-winning book of treachery, terror, adventure, and survival! Pre-registration is required. For grades 6-12., Civic Center Library.

* TEEN Read It & Meet: Book Talking for Teens, 3-4;30PM, A Midsummer Nights Dream retold in graphic novel format this Shakespeare comedy, set in the magical woods of Athens, is a story of love, fairies, and betrayal. Join Amy Stoll and other teens in reading this classic tale. The first 10 who sign up will get a copy of the book to keep. Also the book group will attend the Marin Shakespeare Company performance of Midsummer Night’s Dream at Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, Dominican University of California. Sunday July 29th 4pm, Corte Madera Library.

* TEEN Between the Pages Book Club, A summer book club just for middle school aged youth! Join us for snacks and a fun book discussion. The first ten people to sign up get a free copy of the book to keep! The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, 2:30-3:30pm, San Rafael Library.

The Wizard of Oz: Movie Night with the San Francisco Symphony, 7:30pm, Come in costume and you can enter a raffle for great prizes—even the kids! Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain, but don’t miss this great and powerful event. Davies Symphony Hall.

Shotgun Wedding Quintet, 12:30pm, live improvisational hip-hop, head-nodding boom-bap jazz, and everything in between. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Friday 7/27

Wizard of Oz (1939), Based on the popular L. Frank Baum stories, Dorothy and her dog Toto are swept away in a tornado’s path and somehow end up in the magical land of Oz. Strawberry Recreation.

Creative Drama & Improv for Kids, Grades 3+, Advance registration required, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, Explore creative expression through acting, improvisation, movement, and voice. This fun workshop is led by popular theater teacher Sandra Davies. Mill Valley Library.

Circus Arts Workshop, Have you ever wanted to be an acrobat? Now’s your chance. Join us for a very special circus arts workshop with AcroSports, a Circus Training School. Limited to ages 7-10, registration required. Space is limited, so please call 415-289-4121 to hold your spot. Sausalito Library.

Annie Barrows Author Visit, Ages 7 and up, 2-3pm, Ivy & Bean, Advanced registration required. Author Annie Barrows will discuss how she came up with the idea to write her popular chapter book series Ivy & Bean. Annie will also read and answer questions about writing. San Anselmo Library.

Picnics of the Plaza, 5-8pm, Community event on Friday evening featuring music and fun for the kids. Bring you picnic dinner and join the fun. San Anselmo Town Hall Plaza.

The Wizard of Oz: Movie Night with the San Francisco Symphony, 7:30pm, Come in costume and you can enter a raffle for great prizes—even the kids! Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain, but don’t miss this great and powerful event.

Venezuelan Music Project, 11am & 12:15pm, combines Indigenous-Venezuelan, West African and Spanish-European influences, creating a dynamic ensemble full of vibrancy, rhythm, energy and color. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Gilroy Garlic Festival

7/28

Harvest Bulbs on Rush Creek Preserve, 9am – 12pm, Join us for the first Marin County Parks volunteer bulb harvesting project. Help us remove nonnative bulbs like daffodil, belladonna, and iris growing on the preserve and take them home to plant in your garden. The site is about a ¼ mile hike from the meeting site and will require a moderate amount of effort to dig out bulbs in dry clay soil. This project is suitable for volunteers of all ages. Bring water; wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Greg Reza at (415) 473-3778 or greza@marincounty.org. Rush Creek Preserve.

Kids Club Project, 1-2pm, bird house, Pre-registration required, 388-623, Goodman’s Hardware, Mill Valley.

Summer Drop-in Programs, Creating-With-Nature with Environmental Artist Zach Pine, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., We are offering some great summer programs and forged new partnerships to help make even more connections with the Museum’s magnificent Fort Baker location. Free with Museum admission, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Northgate Kids’ Sing ‘n Play! Kids of all ages are invtied to come play, sing and dance in an interactive musical playgroup that will be led by talented local Marin music teachers.

Insect Discovery Lab, 11:00AM, Explore the fantastic lives of beetles, millipedes, tarantulas, walking sticks, whip scorpions and more! San Francisco’s Insect Discovery Lab will visit the library with a hands-on demonstration that will introduce us to the extraordinarily diverse world of insects and other arthropods. Children ages 3 and older. Space is limited, Larkspur Library.

Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, 7pm, Marin JCC.

Family Night Hike & Campfire: S’mores Cook-Off & Sing-Along, 6-8:30 p.m. Calling all parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and siblings! Enjoy the great outdoors after the sun sets with a fun-filled, family-friendly night hike and campfire. Themes vary and s’mores will be provided. Sausalito.

Pixar in Concert, From the Toy Story trilogy to The Incredibles and UP, Pixar has forever impacted filmmaking and given audiences of all ages some of the most beloved characters in cinematic history. Davies Symphony Hall.

Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu, 1 pm, a visually captivating rich blend of traditional and contemporary forms of hula, showcasing signature pieces and audience favorites in the hula kahiko, hula ‘auana, and hula mua styles. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type, 1-:30am & 4pm, Farmer Brown’s cows are c-c-c-cold. They’d like cozy electric blankets. But how to tell him? Eureka! They discover an old typewriter in the barn, and start sending him notes. Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

7/28 – 29 

Berkeley Kite Festival, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Free Kite Making, Free Candy Drop, Team Kite Flying, Giant Creature Kite Expo, Stunt Kite Flying, Kite Team of Japan, Rokkaku Battles, Great Food & Music, Cesar E. Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina.

Gilroy Garlic Festival

Children’s Fairyland, Storyteller Kirk Waller will present a series of classic tales with an original flair (1:30pm & 2:30pm), Children’s Theatre: Mouse Deer (12:30pm & 3pm), The puppet show The Three Spinning Fairies. Oakland.

Sunday 7/29

KID STAGE, San Francisco Ballet Center for Dance Education, 12:00 until 1:00 p.m. before every concert, kids of all ages are invited to participate in hands-on arts projects and programs at KidStage in the West Meadow. Kids can enjoy craft-making, singing and dance lessons, games, and more! A different activity will be featured at each concert. Join in the fun! Stern Grove.

Marin Shakespeare Company, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 4pm, Family Day Matinee, 18 and under free.

Campbell’s Soup Jazz , 6-9pm, Adults $10, Kids $5, Creek Park, San Anselmo.

San Francisco Ballet, Experience the grace and beauty of one of the world’s premiere ballet companies in the incomparable setting of Stern Grove, 2pm, Stern Grove.

Darren Johnston Ensemble, 1pm, Songs from Seven Miles World Premiere. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Drop-in Art Making, 1-3 pm, Summer Nature Scupltures, nspired by the many sculptures included in the Museum’s exhibition Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought, use recycled and upcycled materials to create your own 3-dimensional work of art. And while you’re here, contribute to a community tree sculpture designed by Museum educators. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type, 1-:30am & 4pm, Farmer Brown’s cows are c-c-c-cold. They’d like cozy electric blankets. But how to tell him? Eureka! They discover an old typewriter in the barn, and start sending him notes. Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday 7/30

Monster Mashup, No sign-up required – all ages, 2:30PM – 3:15PM, Come hear Monster Stories and participate in a Monster Drawing Contest! Mill Valley Library.

* TEEN Read It & Meet: Book Talking for Teens, 4-5:30PM, Discuss the award winning Ender’s Game with other teens. And yes, there will be food. Jump into Science Fiction this summer and read Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card , winner of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards. The story: In order to defend against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. Is Ender the one to save the world? Read it and meet in the library to share your thoughts. The first 12 teens to sign up get a free paperback copy. Pre-registration is required. For grades 6-12. Fairfax Library.

Cultural Fusion Infusion – Rupa & the April Fishes, 7pm, Marin JCC.

Tuesday 7/31

Nature for Kids: Roy’s Redwood, 10am – 1pm, We will start this day in a giant meadow; we’ll quietly search along the edges where we might find certain animals that want to warm up in the sun, but stay close to the bushes where they can hide. Then we can head up into the forest and listen for lizards and other animals in the dry leaves. We’ll end the day in the cool redwood forest where we can look for owl pellets and whatever else catches our eyes. Roy’s Redwood Preserve.

Winnie the Pooh, CineArts Marin, Sausalito, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

Winnie the Pooh, Century Rowland Theatre, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

Laugh-Out-Loud Book Club, 4:00PM – 4:45PM, Join us for an anything and everything Mac Barnett book group. Mill Valley Library.

Little Sprouts – Bingo Schmingo Music, Age 5 and under, advance sign-up required, 11:00AM – 11:45PM, Bingo Schmingo brings a morning of music and movement and preschool fun! When you join music and laughter with phonics-based learning, it’s a terrific time for the preschool set. Advance sign-up required. Mill Valley Library.

Magician Timothy James, 3:30pm, Astonishing sleight of hand combined with humor and charm, Timothy James is a master Magician. You’ll be amazed! Sausalito Library.

Share a Book Program, designed to encourage children to practice their reading skills with a non-judgemental listener in a low pressure environment.
Children are invited to sign-up for an individual 15-minute appointment to read or share a book with a very well-trained dog. Larkspur Library.

Bingo Shmingo Music, 2pm, Novato Library.

Bingo Schmingo Music with Kathleen Rushing, For toddlers and preschoolers, 4-4:45pm, San Anselmo Library.

Wednesday 8/1

Brian Scott Magic, 1pm, Brian Scott will entertain you with surprising illusions, comic interludes, and magical, mystical fun! San Anselmo Library.

Brian Scott, Magician, all ages, 3:30PM – 4:30PM, Mill Valley Library.

Express Yourself! Origami, 3pm Learn the Japanese art of folding paper known as Origami. We will also make bookmark monsters! Don’t forget to register! San Rafael Library.

Michael Katz – Storyteller, 2 – 3pm, Bring the kids to see and hear this marvelous storyteller as he brings tales to glorious life. Inverness Library.

Michael Katz – Storyteller, 4:30-5:30pm, Bolinas Library.

* TEEN Jewelry Workshop with Chelsee Robinson, 3:30pm, In this fun, free, hands-on workshop, local designer & entrepreneur Chelsee Robinson will guide you in creating your very own jewelry! There will be an assortment of materials and styles to choose from. Work with chain, charms, beads and more to learn the newest techniques and leave with a lifelong skill. All materials included. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. Corte Madera Library.

* TEEN Creative Writing Workshops, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, These sessions offer high school students the opportunity to workshop any creative writing projects they are working on or just relax and freewrite. There is no need to sign up in advance, just drop in. These workshops are for high school students only. Mill Valley Library.

Summer Movie Series, The Incredibles, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Join us at for Movies on the Green, Marin County Mart.

Thursday 8/2

Fly Me to the Moon at Rush Creek, 6 – 8:30pm, Rangers will lead this easy, summer evening walk. First we will stroll along looking for wildlife and discussing the preserve’s history. We will end our hike just in time to witness the full moon rise and its reflections in the water. Be sure to bring some sort of camera to record this wonderful sight. Hikers should bring warm clothes, flashlights, and binoculars.

Winnie the Pooh, Century Rowland Theatre, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

Puppet Art Theater “Jack and the Beanstalk”, 11am, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Miss Kitty Concert Series, 10:30am, for children aged birth to 8 years old, San Rafael Library.

Ugly Sculpture Contest, all ages, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, Try your hand at making the ugliest sculpture in the world! Drop in and put together some truly hideous recycled parts to create the homeliest art object imaginable. Library patrons will vote on their favorites. Mill Valley Library.

Classical Mystery Tour: Music of the Beatles, 7:30pm, Recapture the spell the Beatles cast over us with the Classical Mystery Tour, featuring four musicians who look – and sound – just like the original Fab Four, performing over two dozen classic Beatles tunes with the San Francisco Symphony.

Bang Data, 12:30pm, mix of slick and melodic guitar, gritty synth & bass, over banging electro-acoustic rhythms; making this the perfect canvas for Deuce Eclipse’s bilingual rhymes and melodies. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Friday 8/3

Marine Mammal Center at Paradise Park, 10am – 12pm, The Marine Mammal Center rescues and rehabilitates thousands of sick and injured marine mammals yearly. What we learn from their patients helps us inspire others to take action to protect the oceans. The Whale Bus will visit Paradise Beach for hands-on experience with pelts and skulls and examples of marine debris to help people learn how they can help. For more information contact Chief Ranger Rob Ruiz at (415) 473-4045 or rruiz@marinparks.org. Parking is free for this event. Paradise Park, Tiburon.

Concert Under the Oak, 6-8pm, Contino – Cajun, Zydeco and Blues music guaranteed to get you up on your feet! Northgate, San Rafael.

It’s Knot Just String, Grades 3+, Advance registration required, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, Learn to make friendship bracelets out of lanyard, hemp, or embroidery floss. Mill Valley Library.

Grand Finale! The Amazing Library CIRCUS Finale!, 3:30pm, Rollicking music, free-flowing popcorn, circus games, face painting and delightfully drippy ice cream! Sausalito Library.

* TEEN Library Lock-In for Teens, 7pm – Saturday, August 4, 2012, 9am, Party at the library after hours! Come to the library when we are closed for games, food, prizes and if you want…sleep over! Open to 6th – 12th graders. If you choose not to sleep over, event ends at 11:00 p.m. Signup and permission slip required, important specifics will be included on your permission slip. Novato Library.

Picnics of the Plaza, 5-8pm, Community event on Friday evening featuring music and fun for the kids. Bring you picnic dinner and join the fun. San Anselmo Town Hall Plaza.

RATATOUILLE (Marin County Parks Anniversary), Hal Brown at Creekside Park, Greenbrae.

Classical Mystery Tour: Music of the Beatles, 7:30pm, Recapture the spell the Beatles cast over us with the Classical Mystery Tour, featuring four musicians who look – and sound – just like the original Fab Four, performing over two dozen classic Beatles tunes with the San Francisco Symphony.

Unique Derique, 11am & 12:15pm, The Unique Derique delights all ages by clowning, dancing, and turning his agile limbs into a drum set or a harpsichord keyboard. His interactive performance is percussive, syncopated and dynamic. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Saturday 8/4

Quijeremá, 11 a.m., Drawing from the musical heritage of the Caribbean, Central and South America, Quijeremá performs songs in Spanish and English, while sharing the music’s cultural and historical background through call and response songs, stories and movement. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Concert for Kids, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM, James K, Robin Sweeny Park, 420 Litho Street, Sausalito.

Orquesta La Moderna Tradicion, 7pm, Marin JCC.

AfroSolo’s Jazz in the Gardens, 1pm, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Saturday & Sunday 8/4 – 5

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

San Jose Renaissance Faire, 10am-6pm, Guadalupe River Park.

Sunday 8/5

Sunday Special: Orange Sherbet, all ages, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, This tasty musical trio serves up sweet music for families that will have you tapping your toes and clapping your hands to delicious songs about waffles, pasta, and rutabagas. Mill Valley Library.

R.E.A.D. With Bumps! 2pm, Participants need to register for a fifteen minute appointment with Bumps in order to participate! San Rafael Library.

The Ring, 6-9pm, Adults $10, Kids $5, Creek Park, San Anselmo.

Mind, Body and Art Series, 12:00 noon–3:00 pm, Yoga for Kids, How do we use works of art to connect with ourselves and others? Explore this idea through movement, meditation, stories and, of course, art. Each session offers an opportunity to delve deeper into practices that balance energy, align your body, and go inward to just chill. Asian Art.

Sunday Streets, 11a.m. to 4p.m., Mission, Valencia Street from 14th to 24th and 24th Street from Valencia to Hampshire.

Drop-in Art Making, 1-3 pm, Summer Nature Scupltures, nspired by the many sculptures included in the Museum’s exhibition Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought, use recycled and upcycled materials to create your own 3-dimensional work of art. And while you’re here, contribute to a community tree sculpture designed by Museum educators. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Green Gulch Farm Sunday Children’s Program Activities include crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual. Please check in before the program at the table near the southwest side entrance of the zendo. Green Gulch, Muir Beach.

Marin Shakespeare Company, King John, 4pm, Family Day Matinee, 18 and under free.

KID STAGE, oZoKidZ, 12:00 until 1:00 p.m. before every concert, kids of all ages are invited to participate in hands-on arts projects and programs at KidStage in the West Meadow. Kids can enjoy craft-making, singing and dance lessons, games, and more! A different activity will be featured at each concert. Join in the fun! Stern Grove.

Ozomatli return to Stern Grove Festival with their genre-spanning, high-energy sound. Opening the afternoon is Malian hip-hop trio SMOD.

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 “Oliver’s Vegetables” by Vivian French. 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.

Monday 8/6

Shirley Castro, Pelican Counting, No sign-up required – all ages, 2:30PM – 3:15PM, Mill Valley Library.

* TEEN Jewelry Workshop with Chelsee Robinson, 2-3:30pm, In this fun, free, hands-on workshop, local designer & entrepreneur Chelsee Robinson will guide you in creating your very own jewelry! There will be an assortment of materials and styles to choose from. Work with chain, charms, beads and more to learn the newest techniques and leave with a lifelong skill. All materials included. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. Civic Center Library.

African Music Night – Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited, 7pm, Marin JCC.

Tuesday 8/7

Yogi Bear, CineArts Marin, Sausalito, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

Yogi Bear, Century Rowland Theatre, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

Little Sprouts – Mad Hatter Tea Party, Age 5 and under, advance sign-up required, 11:00AM – 11:45AM, Bring your best stuffed friend or doll to tea and make a crazy hat or crown. Advance sign-up required. Mill Valley Library.

Kids Camp with Chelle and Friends, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., a new three-day arts education workshop series for kids ages 7 – 13. Kids Campers will learn about New Orleans folk music, movement, and story-telling to create original performances at the end of the third day. Campers have the opportunity to learn directly from local teaching artists. Youth will attend all three days. Registration is required. Only families and groups of less than ten kids will be able to register for Kids Camps. Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Wednesday 8/8

Art in the Park, 11am – 1pm, Bring the kids out to Paradise Beach Park to paint the beautiful scenery and wildlife that surrounds us. Art supplies, smocks, and snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Ranger Christin Lopez at clopez@marincounty.org. Park admission is free for this event. Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon.

Andy Strain the Trombonist, 1pm, With a little help from the audience, trombonist Andy will perform improvised musical stories using the rich and playful sounds of the trombone. San Anselmo Library.

Andy Strain, The Trombonist, 3:30PM – 4:30PM, Mill Valley Library.

Inspired Silliness with Magician and Juggler, Owen Baker-Flynn, 3:30pm, Join us for a show that features juggling, magic and other goofy stuff! Civic Center Library.

Share A Book– Read to a Therapy Dog for Readers, 3pm, allows children to read to dogs as a way to improve their literacy skills. Belvedere Tiburon Library.

* TEEN Creative Writing Workshops, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, These sessions offer high school students the opportunity to workshop any creative writing projects they are working on or just relax and freewrite. There is no need to sign up in advance, just drop in. These workshops are for high school students only. Mill Valley Library.

Summer Movie Series, Fantastic Mr. Fox, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Join us at for Movies on the Green, Marin County Mart.

Concerts on the Plaza, Tom Rigney & Flambeau, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Cajun Music, Mill Valley Plaza.

Kids Camp with Chelle and Friends, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., a new three-day arts education workshop series for kids ages 7 – 13. Kids Campers will learn about New Orleans folk music, movement, and story-telling to create original performances at the end of the third day. Campers have the opportunity to learn directly from local teaching artists. Youth will attend all three days. Registration is required. Only families and groups of less than ten kids will be able to register for Kids Camps. Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Thursday 8/9

Nature for Kids: Bahia (Rush Creek Open Space), 10am – 1pm, We will follow a trail that winds along a slope above the edge of a marsh. There will surely be insects in the air and lots of newborn fence lizards along the trailside. We will find a place where we can rest in the shade and look out over the water to watch dragonflies, ducks and other animals that the water attracts.

Yogi Bear, Century Rowland Theatre, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

Dream Big Summer Reading Party Featuring Crosspulse Duo, 11am, Step Dancing traditions, & Found Sound all presented with delightful humor and skill. Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Miss Kitty Concert Series, 10:30am, for children aged birth to 8 years old, San Rafael Library.

Read to a Dog, 1:00-2:00pm pm, Grades Kindergarten and up, Advanced sign-ups required. Want to have a “paws-itive” reading experience? Come share a book with the popular Marin Humane Society SHARE (Special Human Animal Relationships) A Book dogs. San Anselmo Library.

Kids Camp with Chelle and Friends, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., a new three-day arts education workshop series for kids ages 7 – 13. Kids Campers will learn about New Orleans folk music, movement, and story-telling to create original performances at the end of the third day. Campers have the opportunity to learn directly from local teaching artists. Youth will attend all three days. Registration is required. Only families and groups of less than ten kids will be able to register for Kids Camps. Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Akira Tana and The Secret Agent Men, 12:30pm, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Cumbia Tokeson, 6pm, fuses chicha (Amazonian psychedelic guitar cumbia popular in the ‘60s and ’70s) with accordion-driven melodies and hard grooves of Colombian cumbia, adding in reggae, funk, and punk. Definitely sweat-inducing dance music!, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Friday 8/10

Origami Fishing Game, Grade K+ – advance sign-up required, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, First you fold some fishes. Then you fold a fish pond to keep them in and a bowl to catch them in. When you’re done folding, add a fishing pole and play a few rounds of your very own hand-made fishing game. Mill Valley Library.

Crosspulse Music and Percussion, 1:30 – 2:30pm, Bring the whole family to enjoy the energy and excitement of this music, dance and percussion group as we wrap up our wonderful summer events. Point Reyes Library.

Crosspulse Music and Percussion, 4:30pm, Stinson Beach Library.

Picnics of the Plaza, 5-8pm, Community event on Friday evening featuring music and fun for the kids. Bring you picnic dinner and join the fun. San Anselmo Town Hall Plaza.

Red Panda Acrobats, 11am & 12:15pm, Chinese acrobatics has a history of over 2,500 years. Characterized by amazing skills of strength and extraordinary balance, Chinese Acrobatics features stretching, handstands, tumbling, dance and use of everyday household items such as plates, bowls, glass cups, and rugs. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Friday-Sunday 8/10-12

Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, Golden Gate Park.

Saturday 8/11

Family Fun Night, Water Wizard Wonderland, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Join the Wizards and other mystical characters. Watch them transform into princes and princesses throughout the evening. Dress up as your favorite Wizard fairytale character. Mill Valley Community Center.

THE MUPPETS MOVIE (1979) , San Anselmo.

Northgate Kids’ Sing ‘n Play! Kids of all ages are invtied to come play, sing and dance in an interactive musical playgroup that will be led by talented local Marin music teachers.

Family Night Hike & Campfire: S’mores Cook-Off & Sing-Along, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Calling all parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and siblings! Enjoy the great outdoors after the sun sets with a fun-filled, family-friendly night hike and campfire. Themes vary and s’mores will be provided. Sausalito.

Elizabeth Singer Hunt Author Visit, Ages 7 and up, 10:30-11:30am, Nine-year-old Secret Agent Jack Stalwart fights villains around the globe in this popular chapter book series. Find out how the author invented the character and learn how to write a spy novel of your own. San Anselmo Library.

SHARE-a-Book Dogs, Kindergarten and older – advance sign-up required, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Mill Valley Public Library.

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

Saturday & Sunday 8/11-12

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

Sunday 8/12

Concerts-in-the-Park, Tennessee River, Combining the essence of Alabama with their own unique sound, 4pm, Belvedere Park.

The Tickets Band, 6-9pm, Adults $10, Kids $5, Creek Park, San Anselmo.

Wind Fair, 1am-4pm, a breezy open-air market featuring wind-themed arts and crafts, demonstrations and the science of wind, Exploratorium.

KID STAGE, CHELLE! And Friends, 12:00 until 1:00 p.m. before every concert, kids of all ages are invited to participate in hands-on arts projects and programs at KidStage in the West Meadow. Kids can enjoy craft-making, singing and dance lessons, games, and more! A different activity will be featured at each concert. Join in the fun! Stern Grove.

Al Jarreau and The George Duke Trio reunite for an afternoon of jazz classics and Oakland’s neo-soul songstress Mara Hruby opens the day with her mesmerizing, smooth vocals, 2pm, Stern Grove.

Drop-in Art Making, 1-3 pm, Summer Nature Scupltures, nspired by the many sculptures included in the Museum’s exhibition Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought, use recycled and upcycled materials to create your own 3-dimensional work of art. And while you’re here, contribute to a community tree sculpture designed by Museum educators. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

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

Monday 8/13

Stuffed Animal Sleepover, No sign-up required – all ages, 2:30PM – 3:15PM, Bring your favorite stuffed animal for an evening story time and bedtime snack; then your stuffie gets to spend the night! Pick up your stuffed friend the next day, along with a souvenir of its late-night library adventure. Mill Valley Library.

Tuesday 8/14

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

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

Little Sprouts – Yoga Sprouts, Age 5 and under, advance sign-up required, 11:00AM – 11:45AM, Practice yoga with your preschooler. Play, dance, sing and breathe in a creative environment incorporating props, stories, and movement. Advance sign-up required. Mill Valley Library.

Wednesday 8/15

Nature for Kids: Evening at Mount Burdell, 6 – 8pm, Bring a picnic dinner and the family to learn about the animals that come out in the evening during the hot summer months. We’ll take a slow walk to a peaceful clearing where we can watch and listen as the bats begin to fly, and the owls come out to feed. Bring something to sit on – tablecloths and sheets work well, blankets usually pick up a lot of foxtails in the dry grass.

Concerts on the Plaza, Jimmy Dillon Band, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Rock and Soul, Mill Valley Plaza.

Megumi Japanese Storytelling, 1pm, Experience Japanese culture through stories of greedy and generous spirits, goblins, animals and human beings. San Anselmo Library.

Megumi, Storyteller, 3:30PM – 4:30PM, Mill Valley Library.

* TEEN Creative Writing Workshops, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, These sessions offer high school students the opportunity to workshop any creative writing projects they are working on or just relax and freewrite. There is no need to sign up in advance, just drop in. These workshops are for high school students only. Mill Valley Library.

Summer Movie Series, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Join us at for Movies on the Green, Marin County Mart.

Thursday 8/16

Walk into History/Campfire Tales: Marin’s First People, 6:30 – 8:30pm, look into our past with Marin’s premier anthropologist and archaeologist, Betty Goerke. She will describe the lives of the Coast Miwok, both before and after the first European explorers and settlers arrived. Her colorful and detailed stories will transport us through time as we gaze out over the bay and get a feeling for the vast and wildlife rich marshes that once surrounded this site. We will also have a chance to learn a bit about the more recent history of this area; Supervisor Susan Adams will be on hand to reflect on nearly a decade of experience representing this district. The evening will start with a free BBQ served by ranger staff. Parking is free to participants. Contact David Herlocker at 893-9508 or dherlocker@marincounty.org. McNears Beach Park, San Rafael.

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

Paper Making Madness, Grade 2+, advance sign-up required, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, Make paper from junk mail, old letters, and colorful scraps. It’s fun, easy, and oh-so-messy! Add flower petals, bits of bark, and and dried leaves to make a one-of-a-kind recycled masterpiece. Wear old clothes. Mill Valley Library.

Blind Willies, 12:30pm, blend of folk, blues, Americana, and rock ‘n’ roll, plus sincere songwriting and vocals reminiscent of Mick Jagger. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Friday 8/17

Giants World Series Replay Day, all ages, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, Break out your orange and black and relive the Giants terrific win in the 2010 World Series. We’ll show highlights of that Game 5 win and serve popcorn and snacks for a real baseball treat. Go Giants! Mill Valley Library.

End-of-Summer Party, 2-4pm, Creek Park, Celebrate your reading achievements with our end-of-summer party at Creek Park. Buki the Clown will be on hand to entertain and paint faces! San Anselmo Library.

Concert Under the Oak, 6-8pm, The Rave-ups – Amazing Tribute to the 1960’s Yardbirds! Northgate.

Picnics of the Plaza, 5-8pm, Community event on Friday evening featuring music and fun for the kids. Bring you picnic dinner and join the fun. San Anselmo Town Hall Plaza.

Caterpillar Puppets, 11:00 am – 11:30 am and 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm, Children’s show of lively hand puppets. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Friday & Saturday 8/17-18

Nostalgia Days Rod and Kustom Car Show, Show located from 1st to 7th Street on Grant Avenue West in Downtown Novato.

Saturday 8/18

Mona Khan Company, 11 a.m., Combining classical Indian, folk and tribal dance with western theatrical traditions, Bollywood is filled with flash and energy set to modern beats and rhythms. This interactive workshop includes an introduction to Bollywood, followed by a dance demonstration. Then, join the dancers for a chance to learn and perform a catchy dance routine. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Concerts on the Plaza, Sofi Rox, Forest Sun, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM & 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Pop Original Folk, Mill Valley Plaza.

Greenwood School Family Fibershed Festival, includes a natural dyes workshop, bicycle-powered drum carder demonstration, re-furbishing vintage textiles, and wet felting. Come and play as a family and celebrate the beauty of holistic education and local agriculture together with us! Greenwood School, Mill Valley.

Photo by Russell Johnson

Much Ado About Nothing, Espionage, ambush, and conquest. 2pm, Old Mill Park, Behind Mill Valley Library. Free and family friendly.

KUNG FU PANDA II, San Anselmo.

Exploring the Redwoods, Come to Samuel P. Taylor State Park for a hike to an old-growth Redwood Tree called the Pioneer Tree. Samuel P. Taylor Park’s only old-growth trail is a short, easy walk (2.7 miles) that climbs a hillside, visits a lone old-growth redwood, then descends through a little canyon. Pack a lunch and after our walk, enjoy it in the picnic area along Papermill Creek under the Redwoods. We will meet in the group parking area beyond the picnic site and across the bridge on the left. Samuel P. Taylor Park is located in West Marin on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard approximately 14 miles west from San Rafael. Parking fee required.

Happy 100th, Frank! Celebrating Exploratorium founder Frank Oppenheimer, 10 am – 5 pm, 11 am to 2pm, you can make a spinning top, one of Frank’s favorite DIY projects, screenings of some of his favorite films from the museum’s Cinema Arts archives (including the Eames’ Power of Ten) ‘ and cake! Exploratorium.

Mads Tolling, one of the best violinists of his generation, pays tribute to his friend and mentor, jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, performing compositions by Ponty in new arrangements. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Sunday 8/19

Geology Rocks! Explore rocks! Play at the beach! Learn about the fascinating geological history of the Marin Headlands and the forces that shaped the California Coast with interactive games and activities. Meet at Point Bonita YMCA. Pre-registration required.

Much Ado About Nothing, Espionage, ambush, and conquest. 2pm, Old Mill Park, Behind Mill Valley Library. Free and family friendly.

Revolver, 6-9pm, Adults $10, Kids $5, Creek Park, San Anselmo.

KID STAGE, Presto! Interactive Opera for Kids, 12:00 until 1:00 p.m. before every concert, kids of all ages are invited to participate in hands-on arts projects and programs at KidStage in the West Meadow. Kids can enjoy craft-making, singing and dance lessons, games, and more! A different activity will be featured at each concert. Join in the fun! Stern Grove.

San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Opera Orchestra with conductor Giuseppe Finzi, 2pm, The afternoon’s program features soprano Leah Crocetto, tenor Michael Fabiano, and more soloists performing a selection of operatic favorites. There’s nothing quite like opera in the Grove! Stern Grove.

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 “Oliver’s Vegetables” by Vivian French. 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.

Drop-in Art Making, 1-3 pm, Summer Nature Scupltures, nspired by the many sculptures included in the Museum’s exhibition Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought, use recycled and upcycled materials to create your own 3-dimensional work of art. And while you’re here, contribute to a community tree sculpture designed by Museum educators. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

San Francisco Mime Troupe, 2pm, presents The Last Election, a tale that will warm the heart of every billionaire. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Monday 8/20

Noisy Nights, 6:30PM – 7:15PM, Shouldn’t bedtime be quiet and relaxing? Well, it isn’t in these raucous tales! Enjoy a noisy snack after the stories. Mill Valley Library.

Tuesday 8/21

Little Sprouts – Shake Your Sillies Out, Age 5 and under, advance sign-up required, 11:00AM – 11:45AM, Listen to a noisy book, make your own shaker instrument, and then jam out to some crazy tunes. Advance sign-up required. Mill Valley Library.

Clifford, Century Rowland Theatre, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

Straus Family Farm Tour, Tomales Bay Oyster Company, Highway One, Marshall.

Wednesday 8/22

Steve Chaney and Cornelius, No sign-up required – all ages, 3:30PM – 4:30PM, Mill Valley Library.

* TEEN Creative Writing Workshops, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, These sessions offer high school students the opportunity to workshop any creative writing projects they are working on or just relax and freewrite. There is no need to sign up in advance, just drop in. These workshops are for high school students only. Mill Valley Library.

Summer Movie Series, Tangled, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Join us at for Movies on the Green, Marin County Mart.

Thursday 8/23

FREE Pool Days, McNears Beach Park will offer a “fee-free” swim day for children under the age of 17 every Thursday through the summer.

Read to a Dog, 1:00-2:00pm pm, Grades Kindergarten and up, Advanced sign-ups required. Want to have a “paws-itive” reading experience? Come share a book with the popular Marin Humane Society SHARE (Special Human Animal Relationships) A Book dogs. San Anselmo Library.

Clifford, Century Rowland Theatre, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

Friday 8/24

Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is the first film in the Harry Potter series based on the novels by J.K. Rowling. Strawberry Recreation.

Picnics of the Plaza, 5-8pm, Community event on Friday evening featuring music and fun for the kids. Bring you picnic dinner and join the fun. San Anselmo Town Hall Plaza.

Chelle! & Friends, 11:00 am – 11:30 am & 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm Chelle! & Friends perform music from New Orleans, the land where Jazz was born. Join the party, move your feet, sing-along, and join a Mardi Gras parade. Laissez les bon temps rouler! Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Saturday 8/25

Murphy Irish Dancers, 11 a.m., Always a Museum favorite, this award-winning group of young dancers performs a variety of step dances including jigs and reels. The Murphy Irish Dancers, dressed in colorful costumes, share a connection to age-old Irish traditions as well as joyous celebrations that are very much alive today. Tap your feet to the live Irish music and then try out a few simple dance steps. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Concerts on the Plaza, Melody Walker & Tia Carroll, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM & 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, American Roots Rhythm & Blues, Mill Valley Plaza.

Northgate Kids’ Sing ‘n Play! Kids of all ages are invtied to come play, sing and dance in an interactive musical playgroup that will be led by talented local Marin music teachers.

Melon Mania, 9:00am – 2:00pm, Kid’s watermelon seed spitting contest at 10:30 am, prizes to be won! Taste over 50 varieties of rare organic heirloom melons, grown from the Baker Creek Seed Company/Petaluma Seed Bank vault. Many of these melons have never been grown before in the United States, and are being showcased for the first time ever! Taste numerous varieties, meet the farmer, and buy your favorite heirloom melons to enjoy at home. Pony Rides, face painting, and eco crafts all day long.

Kids Yoga at lululemon!, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Holly Salamun will lead Kids Yoga in front of our store from 12:30-1:30pm. Holly is a community recognized yoga and pre-school teacher in Marin County. Bring the kids down for a fantastically fun yoga practice!

Kids’ Hands-On Cooking Class: Lunch & Snacks, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, $10 per child, kids will learn how to make Lunch Box Wraps and Baked Pita Chips while we prepare Cheddar and Cauliflower Soup. The $10 fee will be donated to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign. Reservations required, please call 924-6799, Williams-Sonoma, Village at Corte Madera.

Sunday 8/26

Nature for Kids: Spiders at Roy’s Redwoods, 10am – 1pm, Late summer is the best time to study spiders. Some species that have been hiding are building bigger webs out in the open, and lots of spiders that were very tiny when they were born in the spring have become adults which makes them easier to find. We will also search the cool forest for trapdoor spiders and others. We will learn how spiders make silk, and how different species catch their prey. Roy’s Redwoods Preserve, Nicasio Valley Rd, just north of Sir Francis Drake Blvd.

Yoga in the Park, McNears Beach Park. Participants will begin with a one hour beach clean-up and then switch gears to enjoy a half hour yoga class on the grass. The class will be lead by professional yoga teacher Daniel Rauck, and will be appropriate for all ages and ability levels. We will wrap up the day with a potluck by the water. Park staff will provide clean-up supplies, potluck contributions, and a limited number of towels for use during yoga. Please bring a food dish or beverage of your choice, a towel or yoga mat, water, and sunscreen. RSVP’s are appreciated but not required. To RSVP contact 473-2823 or kschroeder@marincounty.org. Parking fee is waived for volunteers.

KID STAGE, Magik*Magik Orchestra, 12:00 until 1:00 p.m. before every concert, kids of all ages are invited to participate in hands-on arts projects and programs at KidStage in the West Meadow. Kids can enjoy craft-making, singing and dance lessons, games, and more! A different activity will be featured at each concert. Join in the fun! Stern Grove.

Drop-in Art Making, 1-3 pm, Summer Nature Scupltures, nspired by the many sculptures included in the Museum’s exhibition Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought, use recycled and upcycled materials to create your own 3-dimensional work of art. And while you’re here, contribute to a community tree sculpture designed by Museum educators. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

The Family Crest opens with an eclectic blend of indie rock and classical musicianship. Known for their viral videos and quirky sound, alternative rockers, 2pm, Stern Grove.

Sunday Streets, 11a.m. to 4p.m., Chinatown.

Monday 8/27

End-of-Summer Film Festival, all ages, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, Enjoy a family friendly movie on the big screen in the cool Creekside Room. Popcorn and pillows provided. Film titles TBA. Mill Valley Library.

Tuesday 8/28

End-of-Summer Film Festival, all ages, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, Enjoy a family friendly movie on the big screen in the cool Creekside Room. Popcorn and pillows provided. Film titles TBA. Mill Valley Library.

Wednesday 8/29

Game & Puzzle Day! all ages, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, Work puzzles and play games in the Creekside Room. Mill Valley Library.

* TEEN Creative Writing Workshops 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, These sessions offer high school students the opportunity to workshop any creative writing projects they are working on or just relax and freewrite. There is no need to sign up in advance, just drop in. These workshops are for high school students only. Mill Valley Library.

Thursday 8/30

End-of-Summer Film Festival, all ages, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, Enjoy a family friendly movie on the big screen in the cool Creekside Room. Popcorn and pillows provided. Film titles TBA. Mill Valley Library.

FREE Pool Days, McNears Beach Park will offer a “fee-free” swim day for children under the age of 17 every Thursday through the summer.

>Friday 8/31

A Walk into History: Evening at Roy’s Redwoods, 6 – 8pm, Join Supervisor Steve Kinsey, Naturalist David Herlocker, local open space advocate Jean Berensmeier, former Open Space Planning and Acquisition Manager David Hansen, and others for an evening to celebrate four decades of open space protection in San Geronimo Valley. The night will begin in the meadow with a picnic dinner and a talk about the history of the land and open space in the San Geronimo Valley. We’ll take a short walk to a little hilltop with a beautiful view and hear about the animals of the night as the full moon rises. Then we’ll quietly head back through the big meadow, listening and watching for owls. Roy’s Redwoods Preserve.

End-of-Summer Film Festival, all ages, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, Enjoy a family friendly movie on the big screen in the cool Creekside Room. Popcorn and pillows provided. Film titles TBA. Mill Valley Library.

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.

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