Ronnie’s Awesome List – August 2013

August (reposted upon request) is packed full of great things to do before the kids head back to school. Plenty of events, movies, theatre, music, crafts, nature hikes and more.


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Night-at-McNears-580x250It’s still summer, so why not let the kids stay up late to watch the night sky on August 11-12 for the Perseids Meteor Shower. This is one of the best annual meteor showers to observe in the northern hemisphere, producing up to 100 large, bright meteors per hour with spectacular streaks of light that illuminate the night sky.

You may have heard these streaks of light referred to as a “shooting star” or “falling star.” These actually are not stars (the closest star to Earth is the Sun.) In a nutshell, these are a tiny piece of comet dust called a meteoroid. A meteoroid smacks into the Earth’s atmosphere at a fantastic speed delivering a momentary flash of light as they burn up.

Best viewing is late at night from a dark location and clear sky. Allow your eyes to adjust to the darkness so try not to turn on a flashlight. Let your little scientist bring a clipboard, paper and pen to record what they see, how many meteors, what direction they are traveling, and if you see any colors? It is well worth staying up for what should be an awesome celestial show guaranteed to delight you and your budding astronomer.

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Thursday, August 1

Firefighters Storytime, 9:30am, ages 3+, presents a morning story time all about firefighters! A very special guest will join us to talk about fire safety too, RSVP to library@cityoflarkspur.org or 927-5005, Larkspur Library.

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse, 10am, Rio, 10 films for $5 or $1 per show, Century Rowland, Novato.

Kids Swim Free Day, 11am-5pm, McNears Beach Park.

Musician Dale Allen Boland, 11am, Belvedere Tiburon Library.

Littles, 11am-12pm, for children entering kindergarten in the fall or younger, Octopus-alooza! Are you ready to wiggle like an octopus? Join us for squiggles and giggles as we read tales of the many-legged wonders and make our very own paper octopus, Sausalito Library.

Author Amy Novesky, 2:30-3:30pm, Local children’s author Amy Novesky reads from her picture book biography about Bay Area artist Imogen Cunningham, whose black and white images of plants and people are icons of modern photography. Participants will explore this art form by making sun prints with natural objects, Mill Valley Library.

Drawing and Storytelling From Nature With Ane Carla Rovetta, 2:30pm, Naturalist and storyteller weaves magical tales and leads a drawing activity! San Rafael Library.

Bookworms Book Club, 3:45pm, 3rd-6th grade, discuss a featured book and enjoy refreshments, San Anselmo Library.

Summer Concert Series, 5-7pm, Ring of Fire, Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross.

TEEN Teen Book Club: Don’t Turn Around, 7-8:30pm, What do two teenage hackers and a mysterious, incurable disease all have in common? Find out when we read Michelle Gagnon’s gripping novel, Don’t Turn Around. The evening will begin with a lively discussion of the book and conclude with a very special Q&A session with the author of Don’t Turn Around, Michelle Gagnon! Mill Valley Library.

TEEN Squishy Circuits, 2:30pm, Make your own light-up creations with Sara Bolduc of the San Rafael Clubhouse. Create your own blinking buzzing creatures and sculptures while learning about electrical circuits and conductivity. A workshop for teens in grades 6-12. Civic Center Library.

TEEN Summerfilm, Experience film in depth with new CFI Education summer courses for one week (July 22-26) OR two weeks (July 22-August 1) THE JURY, July 30-August 1 from 10am-5pm (Week One a prerequisite to attending the Week Two session), contact 383.5256, x113, or via email at education@cafilm.org.

Will Magid Trio, 12:30-1:30pm, is known for his eclectic playing style, never limiting himself to just one musical influence, but always playing with impeccable skill, Yerba Buena Gardens.

Kids Day with Chelle! And Friends, 11am-2pm, commemorating the music of New Orleans jazz, soul, funk, and rock and roll, Stern Grove.

Friday, August 2

End of the Summer Party, 2-4:30pm, We’re throwing a party! Join us for a super fun afternoon of live music, face painting, games, and ice cream in Robin Sweeney Park,  Sausalito Library.

Jonathan Kathrein Talks About Sharks, 2:30-3:15pm, Have you ever met anyone who’s been bitten by a shark? Our guest will tell us how the experience transformed his life and inspired him to teach peace and encourage respect and kindness for all creatures, human and otherwise, Mill Valley Library.

The Bubble Lady, 3:30pm, This show really pops! It’s crazy and zany and tons of fun. A Sausalito favorite! Sausalito Library.

Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30pm-8pm, Band of the Golden West, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito.

Creekside Fridays Music Series, 6:30-8pm, Pretending, Tennessee Valley “Cabin,” located at 60 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Susan Sutton Trio, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Concert Under the Oak, 6-8pm, Petty Theft, Northgate, San Rafael.

Picnics on the Plaza, 5-8pm, feature music and family fun. Bring your picnic basket or buy food at the event, San Anselmo Town Hall Lawn.

TEEN Soft Circuit Keychains, 3:30-4:30pm, make light up keychains using soft circuits. Participants will learn about wiring and circuitry, and create a squishy keychain to take home. San Rafael Library.

TEEN Novato Library Lock-In: For Teens in Grades 6-12, Party at the library after hours! Come to the Library when we are closed for games, food prizes and if you want, you can even sleep over! We will start the night with pizza and other snacks. If you choose not to sleep over, pick up will be at 11:00 p.m.

Venezuelan Music Project, 11-11:30am & 12:15-12:45pm, combines Indigenous-Venezuelan, West African and Spanish-European influences, creating a dynamic ensemble full of vibrancy, rhythm, energy and color, Yerba Buena Gardens.

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Saturday, August 3

Maritime Day, 8am-6pm, a day of nautical activities including traditional boat-building demonstrations, boat rides and floating home tours plus a flea market and music, Galilee Harbor, 300 Napa St., Sausalito, 332-8554, free.

Nor-Cal Splash & Dash, 9am, ages 4-15, Marinwood Pool, San Rafael.

Make a Home Depot Load ‘n Go Truck, 9am-12pm, Home Depot.

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

Class: Susanne Pari & Sheila Gordon – Together Stories, 10am-12pm, $40, Learn how to create a collaborative story using a sequential back-and-forth method via email, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

The Keith Show, 12pm, magic and juggling, Civic Center Library.

The Keith Show, 3pm, Novato Library.

Headlands Nightlife: Family Night Hike & Campfire, 6-8:30pm, Join us for a hike and play games while exploring the mysterious lifestyles of crepuscular animals. Gather ’round the campfire for quality time with friends and family, sing songs and get silly as you roast s’mores by moonlight, $12/person, NatureBridge, Sausalito.

North Bay Mobile Drive-In Movies, 9pm, Ghibli Animation Night! MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (Rated G) 1988, Old Hamilton Theater Building, 520 Palm Drive, Novato.

Nature for Kids: An Evening at Deer Island, 6 – 8pm, take a slow walk up to the ridge-top where we can enjoy a healthy 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.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Grandpa Banana, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Summer Nights, 7pm, Locura and Los Pinguos, live music, kids zone, family friendly, kids under 17 free, Marin JCC.

TEEN Jewelry Workshop with Chelsee Robinson, 1-3pm, grades 6-12, Marin City Library.

SBPoloCupInvite_SV_leah_REVISED2Stick & Ball Fundraiser, 10am-5pm, enjoy an exciting day of polo, wine, shopping and more benefiting Breast Cancer Emergency Fund, Wine Country Polo Club, Santa Rosa.

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

AfroSolo Arts Festival, 1-3pm, Yerba Buena Gardens.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Fancy Pants: A Look at Fashion, Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by teaching artists, deYoung Museum.

Mountain Lake Science Saturdays: The SF Forktail Damselfly, 1-2pm, hear John Hafernik discuss the damselfly’s natural history, threats to its survival and the potential to reintroduce it to Mountain Lake. While this species was once widespread in the Bay Area, its last known San Francisco population now survives in the Presidio and few other populations remain, Presidio, San Francisco.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

coverBeaver Festival, 11am-4pm, Martinez.

Sunday, August 4

Green Gulch Farm Sunday Children’s Program, 10am, After a short talk, the children leave the zendo to participate in their own special programs. Activities include crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual. Please check in before the program at the table near the southwest side entrance of the zendo.

Music in the Park, 1pm, San Anselmo.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, Solid Air, Town Center, Corte Madera.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Megan Slankard, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Summer Sunday Concerts, 5-6pm, George Cotsirilos, Robb Fisher and Ron Marabuto, Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square.

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

KIDSTAGE, 12-1pm, before every concert, kids of all ages are invited to participate in hands-on arts projects and program with Chelle! And Friends, Stern Grove.

Troc Talks, 12pm, an informative pre-concert Troc Talks with Shuggie Otis at Stern Grove’s Trocadero Clubhouse.

Shuggie Otis, 2pm, free admission, Stern Grove

San Francisco Mime Troop, 2-4pm, mix of biting political satire, original music and general hijinks, Yerba Buena Gardens.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am , San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Monday, August 5

Guest Storyteller Anne Fretes, 2:30-3:15pm, Listen to a captivating tale from Africa about a painful conflict between a young brother and sister who have a seemingly unsolvable problem. Fantasy and adventure are woven through this story of family love and its ability to overcome loss and adversity, Mill Valley Library.

Family Movie Nights: “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, 6pm, we’ll provide the popcorn and drinks, all you need to bring is your family (and maybe some pillows or blankets if you’d like to be extra cozy), Novato Library.

TEEN Writing Is So Delicious: A Creative Writing Workshop for Teens in Grades 9-12, 4pm, Fairfax Library.

Tuesday, August 6, New Moon

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse, 10am, Chimpanzee, 10 films for $5 or $1 per show, Century Rowland, Novato.

Little Sprouts! The Small People, 11:30-11:45am, age 5 and under, Family fun folk music, with a fantastic green twist! Snail People will play re-imagined classics and creative originals that encourage singing and dancing along with on-the-spot music creation. No sign-up needed – everyone welcome., Mill Valley Library.

The Reading Is So Delicious Book Club, 2:30-3:30pm: The Twits by Roald Dahl, ages 8-11, registration is required, San Rafael Public Library.

Play with your Food! 3-4:30pm, ages 7-11, Printmaking, collage and sculpture with fruits, vegetables and other fun food! Fairfax Library.

Wednesday, August 7

Magical Moonshine Puppet Theatre – Puppylocks and the Three Bears, 1pm, What if the Three Bears were really teddy bears and Goldilocks not a girl at all, but a mischievous little dog that wreaks havoc while the bears are away? Live music and singing accompany this very funny retelling of the traditional fairytale, San Anselmo Library.

Magical Moonshine Puppet Theatre – Puppylocks and the Three Bears, 3:30-4:30pm, Mill Valley Library.

Movies on the Green, 6pm, Mary Poppins, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

TEEN Creative Writing Workshop, 7pm, These sessions offer high school students the opportunity to workshop any creative writing projects they are working on or just relax and freewrite, Mill Valley Library.

Trapeze Arts, 12:30 and 2:00 p.m., Marvel at the high-flying stunts of Les Aerielles Trapeze Arts, then try out stilts and a tightwire, Lawrence Hall of Science.

Thursday, August 8

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse, 10am, Chimpanzee, 10 films for $5 or $1 per show, Century Rowland, Novato.

Free Swim Lessons for Kids, 10am–12pm, kids between 5-12 years old, space is limited to 20 children, to RSVP, contact Dan Sauter at DSauter@marincounty.org or call 446-4424, McNears Beach Park, San Rafael.

Kids Swim Free Day, 11am-5pm, McNears Beach Park.

Dig into Reading SUMMER READING PARTY with Magician Brian Scott, 11am, Belvedere Tiburon Library.

Art in the Park at Paradise Beach, 1-3pm, Art supplies, smocks and snacks will be provided, Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon.

Puppylocks and The Three Bears, 1pm, ages 3+, Join us for a very funny bilingual retelling of the traditional fairytale, Goldilocks and The Three Bears with live music and singing, Bolinas Library.

Puppylocks and The Three Bears, 3:30pm, ages 3+, Point Reyes Library.

Mad Science Crazy Chemistry, 2:30-3:15pm, A Mad Scientist will make colors change, melt a head, and coax a science genie from a bottle – all through the use of some spiffy chemical reactions. She’ll even create an extra hand to help with the more complicated experiments and surprise you with an explosion of foam – this is craziness you won’t want to miss! Amphitheater. No sign-up needed. Mill Valley Library.

Summer Concert Series, 5-7pm, Revolver, Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross.

TEEN Duct Tape Wallets: A Workshop for Teens in Grades 6-12, 1pm, South Novato Library.

Friday, August 9

Puppylocks & the Three Bears! 3:30pm, A puppet show from Magical Moonshine Theater. In this retelling of the classic fairy tale, the main character isn’t a curious little girl, but a mischievous golden dog. Hilarious, cute and crazy! Sausalito Library.

Banana Slug String Band, 3:30-4:15pm, dive in and swim on a musical odyssey into the Earth’s one mysterious, marvelous – and precious – ocean. Mll Valley Library.

Latin Flavors on Fourth Street, 5:30-9pm, music, salsa lessons, food samples and more, between Lincoln and H Street, San Rafael.

Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30pm-8pm, Tom Rigney, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito.

Creekside Fridays Music Series, 6:30-8pm, Tribe of the Red Horse, Tennessee Valley “Cabin,” located at 60 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Randy Vincent Trio, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Music in the Park, 6-8pm, The Novelists, Marinwood Park, San Rafael.

Picnics on the Plaza, 5-8pm, feature music and family fun. Bring your picnic basket or buy food at the event, San Anselmo Town Hall Lawn.

Film Night in the Park, 8pm, Being There, Creek Park, San Anselmo.

TEEN Makers Camp, 11am-2pm, grade 6-12, Come to the Novato Library to Make Projects from Maker Camp! Maker Camp is a 6-week virtual summer camp for teens and features how-to instruction to complete 30 awesome projects in 30 days. Camp counselors provide guidance throughout the day to help teens successfully complete projects, Novato Library.

Sunset Hike, 8-9:30pm, enjoy an evening stroll to Marshall’s Beach under the setting sun! The Batteries to Bluffs trail provides stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands, Land’s End and the ocean. No flashlights are necessary and please dress warmly – gloves, beanies, and jackets. All ages are welcome! There is a 25 person limit for this hike! Golden Gate Overlook, Langdon Ct. RSVP 561-2730 or nature@presidiotrust.gov.

Chelle! & Friends, 11-11:30am & 12:15-12:45pm, join the party, move your feet, sing-along, and join a Mardi Gras parade. Laissez les bon temps rouler! Yerba Buena.

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Saturday, August 10

The Cat in the Hat, 10:30am & 12:30pm, ages 3-12, based on the book by Dr. Seuss, whimsical, fast-paced story about a brother and sister and an unexpected visitor, Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley.

image0015th Annual Dog Show, 11am-3pm, food and fun for you and your doggie, Whole Foods, Blithedale, Mill Valley.

Inverness Fair, pancake breakfast, a book sale, music, kids’ activities and oysters for sale, Inverness. Questions: fair@invernessassociation.org

Read to a Dog, 11am-12pm, Fairfax Library.

Kids Club, 11-12pm, Join us for educational games, activities and music at Northgate, San Rafael.

Tim Cain’s Musical Adventure, 11:30am, music that makes everyone feel like dancing and singing, Inverness Library.

Tim Cain’s Musical Adventure, 2:30pm, Stinson Beach Library.

Family Fun Night, Disney Party, 5-7pm, $10 for the entire family! Costume contests, super awesome raffles with great prizes, jumpee, face painting, kids nail salon, and a kid-friendly movie for those who may not want to swim, Mill Valley Aquatic Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley.

An Evening on Mount Burdell, 6 – 8:30pm, Rangers will host an evening campfire program. There will be a short hike, stories, sing-a-longs, and a talk about the area’s history and making the perfect s’mores. Snacks and fun are free! Meet at the gate on San Andreas Dr in Novato.

Film Night in the Park, 8pm, Lincoln, Creek Park, San Anselmo.

Summer Nights, 7pm, Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic, live music, kids zone, family friendly, kids under 17 free, Marin JCC.

Mt. Tam Star Party, 8:30pm, Night Sky Tour highlighting the prominent constellations, stars and planets visible in the night time sky, before enjoying the observing session (starparty) conducted by the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers in the Rock Springs parking lot, Mountain Theater, Mill Valley.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Jason Bodlovich, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Origami-paloozaOrigami-Palooza, 1-5pm, free, featuring amazing origami, lots of tables with instructors to show you new folds for all ages, a table dedicated to folding Paper Cranes for the World Tree of Hope in City Hall over the holidays and two hot contests that anyone can win with amazing prizes. East Japan Mall, 1737 Post St. San Francisco.

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.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Scenes from the Sea, Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by teaching artists, deYoung Museum.

Apple-Fair-Poster-2013-final-navy-1024x741Gravenstein Apple Fair, 10am-6pm, celebrating the tart but sweet apple called the Gravenstein, Ragle Ranch Park, Sebastopol.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

Sunday, August 11, Perseids Meteor Shower

Marine Science Sunday, 10am-5pm, Under the Bridge: Marine Mammals in the Bay, a FREE engaging ocean-inspired classroom series from our education experts, Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

The Cat in the Hat, 10:30am & 12:30pm, ages 3-12, based on the book by Dr. Seuss, whimsical, fast-paced story about a brother and sister and an unexpected visitor, Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley.

Lake Fishing for Kids, 10am – 12pm, Rangers will cast out with the kids at Stafford Lake Park, and try to reel in the biggest fish in the lake. A limited number of fishing poles and bait will be provided first-come, first-served to beginners thanks to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. A fishing license is not required for persons under 16. Stafford Lake Park, 3549 Novato Blvd., Novato.

Summer Sunday Concerts, 5-6pm, Mixed Nuts, Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, Lovin’ Harmony, Town Center, Corte Madera.

Concerts-in-the-Park, California Cowboys, 4pm, Belvedere Park.

Music in the Park, 1pm, San Anselmo.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Kelly Peterson & Erik Smyth, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Pink Martini, 2pm, free admission, Stern Grove.

KIDSTAGE, 12-1pm, before every concert, kids of all ages are invited to participate in hands-on arts projects and program with Crosspulse, Stern Grove.

Concerts off the Circle, 4pm, Octopretzel, a house concert venue dedicated to showcasing local talent in an intimate environment, 1614 Visalia Avenue, Berkeley.

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.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Gravenstein Apple Fair, 10am-5pm, Ragle Ranch Park, Sebastopol.

Monday, August 12Perseids Meteor Shower

Stuffed Animal Sleepover, 6:30-7:15pm, 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, Mill Valley Library.

Tuesday, August 13

Landscape Shortcuts – Water & Sky, 10-11:30am, free, explore how to draw and paint water (still lakes, open ocean, surf, waterfalls, and streams), skies (various types of clouds and sunsets), and broadleaf woodlands (oaks, bays etc.), Richardson Bay Audubon Center, Tiburon.

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse, 10am, Alvin & the Chipmunks, 10 films for $5 or $1 per show, Century Rowland, Novato.

Little Sprouts! Shake Your Sillies, 11:30am-12:15pm, age 5 and under, Listen to a noisy book, make your own shaker instrument, then jam out to some crazy tunes, Mill Valley Library.

Wednesday, August 14

Puppylocks and The Three Bears, 11am, ages 3+, Join us for a very funny bilingual retelling of the traditional fairytale, Goldilocks and The Three Bears with live music and singing, Corte Madera Library.

Puppylocks and The Three Bears, 3:30pm, ages 3+, Marin City Library.

Puppylocks and The Three Bears, 7pm, ages 3+, Novato Library.

The Mark and Dre Comedy Show, 3:30-4:30pm, Professional goofballs Mark and Dre (a.k.a. Carnival of Chaos) specialize in comedy, world class juggling, and witty repartee. Their brand of controlled chaos is guaranteed to stimulate your brain, tickle your funny bone, and whet your appetite for dangerous stunts, Mill Valley Library.

Concert on the Plaza, 6-7pm, Mari Mack & Livin’ Like Kings, Downtown Depot Plaza, Mill Valley.

Movies on the Green, 6pm, Ratatouille, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Happy Hour Launch Party, 6-8pm, free food and live music, La Boulange, Strawberry, Mill Valley.

TEEN Creative Writing Workshop, 7pm, These sessions offer high school students the opportunity to workshop any creative writing projects they are working on or just relax and freewrite, Mill Valley Library.

Wild Animal Rescue, 12:30 and 2:00 p.m., Meet rescued wild animals including a lynx, a coendu, and a kinkajou, with WildLIFE Associates, Lawrence Hall of Science.

Thursday, August 15

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse, 10am, Alvin & the Chipmunks, 10 films for $5 or $1 per show, Century Rowland, Novato.

Free Swim Lessons for Kids, 10am–12pm, kids between 5-12 years old, space is limited to 20 children, to RSVP, contact Dan Sauter at DSauter@marincounty.org or call 446-4424, McNears Beach Park, San Rafael.

Kids Swim Free Day, 11am-5pm, McNears Beach Park.

Canine Appreciation Day at McInnis Park, 5 – 7pm, Join us for your very own doggie celebration! Bring your dogs (and humans too) for a free BBQ and raffle prizes, donated by Pet Arcade. It will be an evening of fun and education with Marin County rangers and the Marin Humane Society. We’ll discuss Marin County Park rules and regulations and sensitive wildlife issues that all pet owners should know. Please bring a leash. McInnis Park, 310 Smith Ranch Rd., San Rafael

Summer Concert Series, 5-7pm, The Wronglers, Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross.

Friday, August 16

Lego Play Day, 2:30-3:15pm, Did you know that the skills used to build with Legos support problem solving, reading, and creativity? Join us for our first ever Lego Play Day. Thanks to the many families whose generous donations of used Legos makes this program possible, Mill Valley Library.

Orange Sherbet: Sweet Music for Families, 3:30pm, Toe tapping tastiness and scrumptious singing: this is a band families can groove with. Delicious! Sausalito Library.

Film Night in the Park, 8pm, Single Track High, Creek Park, San Anselmo.

Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30pm-8pm, Talk the Talk, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, George Cole Quintet and Gypsy Jazz, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Summer Music Series, 6-9pm, The Retromanix, Pacheco Plaza, Novato.

Concert Under the Oak, 6-8pm, Volker Strifler, Northgate, San Rafael.

Picnics on the Plaza, 5-8pm, feature music and family fun. Bring your picnic basket or buy food at the event, San Anselmo Town Hall Lawn.

Nostalgia Days, Novato.

TEEN Let’s Roll: Vegitarian Sushi Workshop, 5-6:30pm, Learn to make delicious vegetarian sushi. Space is limited – pre-registration is required. Call 457-5629 to register or for details on this event, Novato Library.

TEEN Makers Camp, 11am-2pm, grade 6-12, Come to the Novato Library to Make Projects from Maker Camp! Maker Camp is a 6-week virtual summer camp for teens and features how-to instruction to complete 30 awesome projects in 30 days. Camp counselors provide guidance throughout the day to help teens successfully complete projects, Novato Library.

The 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.

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Saturday, August 17

Sidewalk Chalk Art, 9am–5pm, Help bring the traveling art exhibit, Framed, outdoors. Fill Festival Plaza with your original sidewalk chalk art. Buckets of chalk will be waiting for your artistic expressions. Work solo or join a group and let your creativity soar, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

The Cat in the Hat, 10:30am & 12:30pm, ages 3-12, based on the book by Dr. Seuss, whimsical, fast-paced story about a brother and sister and an unexpected visitor, Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley.

Learn How to DJ, 12-3pm, Ages 10+, Learn the fundamentals of digital and analog DJ mixing and broadcasting with Project Level and the DJ’s of KMEL.. Marin City Library.

King Stag, 2pm, Carlo Gozzi’s fairytale masterpiece featuring comic servants, princes and princesses, magicians and magical animals, brought to the stage with masks, puppets and the performance tradition of thecommedia dell’arte, Old Mill Park, Behind Mill Valley Library. Free and family friendly.

Run for the Seals, The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Jinx Jones, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Film Night in the Park, 8pm, The Avengers, Creek Park, San Anselmo.

Nostalgia Days, Novato.

Family Day Kite Festival, 11am-5pm, free, watch spectacular kites flown high above the Marina Green—from the acrobatic kites of world champions to the hand-made entries of amateurs.  Free kites will be provided to kids of all ages.

Take to the Field, 1-5pm, suggested donation of $5, attendees will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play on the field at AT&T Park.

Carpetbag Brigade, 1-2:30pm, stilt-walking street theater with social themes, Yerba Buena Gardens.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

Wings Over Wine Country Air Show, 9am, Santa Rosa Jet Center.

Family Progams: Ponds and Creeks Tour, 10-11:30am, Explore the Garden’s water habitats from gently flowing creeks to still pond waters. Dip nets in pools and examine plants, insects, and microscopes. Learn about photosynthesis, decomposers, and the importance of protecting these fragile environments. Advance registration required, Botanical Gardens at UC Berkeley.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Nature Journaling, 10:30am – 12:30pm (program begins at 10:30am), quick demos on how to draw flowers, birds, trees and more that are appropriate for any skill level. Simple nature journals will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own notebook to begin your own personal nature journal. A wide variety of art supplies will be provided, RSVP to 561-2730 or nature@presidiotrust.gov, Inspiration Point (Meeting location is Inspiration Point.)

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Borders of Art: Framing the Big Picture, Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by teaching artists, deYoung Museum.

Debardchery: Archery, Bardic Poetry & Silly Games, 10am-5pm, Golden Gate Park.

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

Sunday, August 18

The Cat in the Hat, 10:30am & 12:30pm, ages 3-12, based on the book by Dr. Seuss, whimsical, fast-paced story about a brother and sister and an unexpected visitor, Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley.

Music in the Park, 1pm, San Anselmo.

King Stag, 2pm, Carlo Gozzi’s fairytale masterpiece featuring comic servants, princes and princesses, magicians and magical animals, brought to the stage with masks, puppets and the performance tradition of thecommedia dell’arte, Old Mill Park, Behind Mill Valley Library. Free and family friendly.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, Audrey Moria Shimkas, Town Center, Corte Madera.

Concert on the Plaza, 3-5pm, The Rusty Strings Express and The Mill Valley Philharmonic, Downtown Depot Plaza, Mill Valley.

Summer Sunday Concerts, 5-6pm, Bubba’s Taxi, Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Todos Santos, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

San Francisco Opera, 2pm, free admission, Stern Grove.

Troc Talks, 12pm, an informative pre-concert Troc Talks with the San Francisco Opera at Stern Grove’s Trocadero Clubhouse.

KIDSTAGE, 12-1pm, before every concert, kids of all ages are invited to participate in hands-on arts projects and program with Presto! Interactive Opera, Stern Grove.

Brazil in the Gardens, 1-2:30pm, Yerba Buena Gardens.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am , San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Wings Over Wine Country Air Show, 9am, Santa Rosa Jet Center.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Family Friendly Restoration, 10am–1pm, Join our newest education team member, Allison, and the Presidio Park Stewards as we help restore the beauty of the Presidio by planting native plants, removing unwanted weeds and various other activities to help preserve native habitat. Snacks are provided and we will be finishing off the day with a story circle! RSVP requested to 561-2730 or nature@presidiotrust.gov, Baker Beach.

Sunday Streets, 11a.m. to 4p.m. Tenderloin; a safe, fun, car-free place for people to get out and get active in San Francisco neighborhoods.

Monday, August 19

End-of-Summer Film Festival – Despicable Me, 2:30pm, Mill Valley Library.

Tuesday, August 20

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse, 10am, African Cats, 10 films for $5 or $1 per show, Century Rowland, Novato.

End-of-Summer Film Festival – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), 2:30pm, Mill Valley Library.

Full Moon Paddle and Campfire, 7-11pm, After our stellar paddle excursion, we will warm up next to a campfire and a cup of hot cocoa. Bring your own kayak and all of your safety gear, including dry clothes and a flashlight; we’ll be out after dark. Questions: 446-4423 or ACraig@marincounty.org, McNears Beach.

Wednesday, August 21, Full Moon

Game & Puzzle Day, 2:30-4pm, Mill Valley Library.

Movies on the Green, 6pm, Cars, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

TEEN Creative Writing Workshop, 7pm, These sessions offer high school students the opportunity to workshop any creative writing projects they are working on or just relax and freewrite, Mill Valley Library.

Thursday, August 22

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse, 10am, African Cats, 10 films for $5 or $1 per show, Century Rowland, Novato.

End-of-Summer Film Festival – Shrek, 2:30pm, Mill Valley Library.

Family Movie Nights: “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, 5pm, we’ll provide the popcorn and drinks, all you need to bring is your family (and maybe some pillows or blankets if you’d like to be extra cozy), South Novato Library.

B_BsmallBluegrass, Boat Rides & Barbecue, 4:30-6:30 pm, free/donations are welcome, free boat rides, hot dogs and whatever else lands on the potluck table. Live music by the Waterfront Pickers and friends, knot tying instruction, Dunphy Park, Sausalito.

Friday, August 23

Children’s Room End-of-Summer Party, 2:30pm, Fun for everyone! Celebrate the end of summer with your friends and library staff under the redwood trees. Hula hoops, crafts, bubbles, face painting, music, ice cream, and a smoothie bike will be available for your enjoyment, Mill Valley Library.

Juan L. Sanchez: Multilingual Singer and Storyteller, 3:30pm, Warmth, humor and laughs, Juan will bring his guitar and charm for a great afternoon, Sausalito Library.

ENDOFSUMMER_01The End of Summer Extravaganza, 4–7:30pm, Join us for a Museum-wide celebration of the end of summer! Enjoy music, food, activities and FUN for all. There will be two special performances by Rhythm Child at 5 and 6 p.m in Festival Plaza. Grab a drum and join this fun, grooving drum-based sing along for the whole family. Food trucks will be selling tasty treats, so bring a blanket, have a picnic, and celebrate the end of summer with us, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30pm-8pm, Eugene Huggins and Friends, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Eric Lindquist Trio, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Music in the Park, 6-8pm, Danny Click, Marinwood Park, San Rafael.

Picnics on the Plaza, 5-8pm, feature music and family fun. Bring your picnic basket or buy food at the event, San Anselmo Town Hall Lawn.

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Saturday, August 24

Best Lunch Box Ever

Best Lunch Box Ever Demonstration & Book Signing, 10:30am – 12:30pm, send your kids off with delicious, nutritious lunches that are healthy and tasty, meet Katie Sullivan Morford, food blogger and author of the Best Lunch Box Ever demos, from 11:30 to 12:30 at the farmers’ market, Marin Country Mart.

Summer Countdown at Creekside Park, 9a-12p, Cool mornings await you with beautiful views and the calls of herons and egrets. Shake off your end-of-summer blues and take in the majesty of your surroundings. You can make a difference for the Bay by helping us remove trash and invasive plants.

Kids Club, 11-12pm, Join us for educational games, activities and music at Northgate, San Rafael.

rhythmchildThe Rhythm Child’s Network, 10:30am-12pm, interactive drum circle and sing along! Marin Country Mart.

King Stag, 2pm, Carlo Gozzi’s fairytale masterpiece featuring comic servants, princes and princesses, magicians and magical animals, brought to the stage with masks, puppets and the performance tradition of thecommedia dell’arte, Old Mill Park, Behind Mill Valley Library. Free and family friendly.

Origami With Marco And Grace, 2pm, ages 8+, Corte Madera Library.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, The David Thom Band, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Day of Innovation, 11am-4pm, Invent, create, discover! Meet local designers, educators, and artists and make and explore a variety of hands-on projects, Schultz Museum.

MakeArt Workshop: Pocket Landscape, 1:30 – 3:30pm, ages 6-12, craft your own picturesque 3-D landscape nestled inside a pocketsize tin. Use modeling clay to illustrate a landscape from your imagination, or model yours after California landscapes! Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco.

PowerPoint PresentationCamping at the Presidio, 11am-4pm, FREE, all-ages open-house, with free hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers, activities include fire building, camp cooking, tent demonstrations, and nature sculpting, Rob Hill Campgrounds, San Francisco.

20th Street Block Party, 12-6pm, free, 20th Street between Bryant and Harrison as well as Florida Street between 19th and 20th Streets in the Mission District of San Francisco.

Peace in the Park Festival, 11am-6pm, Golden Gate Park.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Objects of Belief from the Vatican: Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by teaching artists, deYoung Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, August 25

HarmonicaPocket114_photo credit Tim Rounds.72dpiThe Harmonica Pocket in A is for Apple – Bay Area “Kindie” Debut! 11am, feature the wah-wah guitar, ukulele, jaw harp, washboard percussion, harmonicas, and an invented instrument called a “Hinklehorn” – part kazoo, part plumbing fixtures, Mill Valley Library.

King Stag, 2pm, Carlo Gozzi’s fairytale masterpiece featuring comic servants, princes and princesses, magicians and magical animals, brought to the stage with masks, puppets and the performance tradition of thecommedia dell’arte, Old Mill Park, Behind Mill Valley Library. Free and family friendly.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, New West Guitar, Town Center, Corte Madera.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Caribbean R&B, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Concert on the Plaza, 3-5pm, Solid Air and Todd Morgan & The Emblems, Downtown Depot Plaza, Mill Valley.

Summer Sunday Concerts, 5-6pm, Wendy DeWitt, the Queen of Boogie Woogie, with Kirk Harwood, Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square.

Founders Day, 8am-Sunset, free, enjoy an historic walk in an old-growth redwood forest in celebration of those who worked hard to protect the lands we now call national parks! There will be special programs and activities for the whole family, and even a chance to meet “John Muir!”

Monday, August 26

End-of-Summer Film – The Sandlot, 2:30pm, Mill Valley Library.

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

Tuesday, August 27

Wednesday, August 28

Free School Lunch Give-Away, 3-5pm, Whole Foods Blithedale, Mill Valley.

Concert on the Plaza, 6-7pm, The Hot Club of Marin, Downtown Depot Plaza, Mill Valley.

Movies on the Green, 6pm, 101 Dalmations, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

TEEN Creative Writing Workshop, 7pm, These sessions offer high school students the opportunity to workshop any creative writing projects they are working on or just relax and freewrite, Mill Valley Library.

Thursday, August 29

Friday, August 30

The Keith Show, 3:30pm, End the summer with a  . . . juggle? The Keith Show dazzles with comedy and feats of juggling, Sausalito Library.

Picnics on the Plaza, 5-8pm, feature music and family fun. Bring your picnic basket or buy food at the event, San Anselmo Town Hall Lawn.

Friday Nights on Main, 6-9pm, The Ultimate Community Street Party Outdoor dining, live music, dancing, shopping,  “Tiburon Salutes the America’s Cup,” with the music of The Foggiest Notion., Main Street, Tiburon.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Lorca Hart Trio, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

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Saturday, August 31

Sausalito Art Festival, Bay Model Visitors Center, 2100 Bridgeway, and Marinship Park; 331-1142; 331-3757; $5 to $25.

King Stag, 2pm, Carlo Gozzi’s fairytale masterpiece featuring comic servants, princes and princesses, magicians and magical animals, brought to the stage with masks, puppets and the performance tradition of thecommedia dell’arte, Old Mill Park, Behind Mill Valley Library. Free and family friendly.

Junior Ranger Programs at China Camp State Park, 3:30pm – 4:30pm, ages 7-12, Free, 456-0766.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Smokehouse Gamblers, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Free Shakespeare in the Park, 2pm, Macbeth, bring your family, friends, a blanket and a picnic to enjoy FREE professional theater in a beautiful park setting! San Francisco’s Presidio – Main Post Parade Ground Lawn, (between Graham St & Keyes Ave.)

Caterpillar Puppets, 11-11:30am & 12:15-12:45pm, Three Little Bla-bla-blas, the singing Gunnywolf, and Amadeus, the very shy Artist Mouse who sketches a lucky audience member at every show! Yerba Buena Gardens.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

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, Sacramento.

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