Ronnie’s Awesome List – October 2013

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Quick Mill Valley Film Festival Tip:

Leave the car at home and use the COMPLIMENTARY MVFF SHUTTLE SERVICE for easy direct access to and from Festival venues. Shuttle service will run Saturdays and Sundays, October 5-6 and October 12-13 from 11am to 11pm. Last year, my daughter and I used this service and we appeared to be the only movie goers who got the memo. Everyone else riding with us were film makers, actors and others who created the films in the festival. It was a great chance to personally talk to “special guests” of the festival.

* Please note: All air shows and Naval Fleets have been cancelled for Fleet Week this year.

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Community Congregational Church, Tiburon

Bay-mazing Fun with Local Mazes and Labyrinths

Both mazes and labyrinths have been in existence for thousands of years and over time have been adopted by different cultures throughout the world, ranging from Egypt, India and Brazil to Europe and the US. So what’s the difference between a maze and a labyrinth, exactly? A maze has a multi path design and a labyrinth has a single path. And here’s the good bit. It’s been proven that children who play with mazes and labyrinths experience a boost in motor development, creative thought and critical thinking skills. Happily, they are blissfully unaware of this and just see it as pure and simple FUN!

As a toddler moving beads on a colorful wire maze, it was clear that my daughter was captivated from an early age. When she was three, on a trip to Grace Cathedral, we came upon a beautiful labyrinth. I followed its intricate pathway a few steps behind her. She was concentrating so hard and felt such a great sense of accomplishment when she finally reached the center. At the age of six, trips to the surreal maze at Forbidden Corner in Yorkshire, England had us hooked.

As she’s become older, she’s advanced to creating complex contraptions on the awesome marble wall at the Exploratorium and enjoys other more challenging maze building toys as well. There are many board games, online downloadables, apps, and books that provide plenty of portable entertainment, perfect for travel. We started creating our own mazes on the spot with LEGO ® and straws and are inspired by observing mazes in nature. The leaf cutter ant home at the California Academy of Science is a good one to check out.

As Halloween approaches, look out for the fabulous hay stacks and corn mazes at some of the amazing pumpkin patches.

Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze

Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze

Other local mazes and labyrinths:

There are a wide variety of mazes and labyrinths to appeal to different ages that range from fairly simple to extremely difficult. Have fun seeking out ways to enjoy this really fun activity with your kids wherever and however you choose. It is equally fun for kids and grownups alike.

* Some of the places mentioned are in places of worship and healing. Please make sure to be respectful of others who are using the labyrinths and mazes for meditation, religious, solace or therapeutic purposes.

Tuesday, October 1

JymbabiesJymBABIES, ages birth-24 months, a new drop in play space from birth to 24 months. Enjoy a soft indoor playground for climbing, crawling, sliding, bouncing in our bouncy house, building, dancing, scooting and more! * FREE during the month of October. Join Miss Kitty on open day from 9:30am-11am, Marin JCC, San Rafael.

Film of the Month, 1:30pm Hallowscreen, 4pm The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, every day except Wednesday, Walt Disney Museum.

Wednesday, October 2

*Canceled because of the federal government shutdown* Yoga in the Redwoods, 9:30-11:30am, embrace the peace and serenity of the ancient redwood forest with a ½-mile, leisurely, guided nature walk (by Ranger Michelle Armijo) and yoga (led by Ann Agbayani), Muir Woods.

Youth Afternoon Community Service, 3-5pm, kids are invited to join us in Center restoration projects. For more information, please contact Marisela Alvarez at (415) 388-2524 x150, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.

Thursday, October 3

Sanctuary Bird Walks, 9-11am, join us for a bird walk led by experienced birder. We will view and learn about the waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds that visit the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.

Free Play in the Game Room, 4:15-5pm, Free Play in the Game Room, kids can hang out and play pool, foosball and air hockey! Sausalito Library.

Friday, October 4

Toddler Days, 9am-12pm, A popular day at the farm for families with toddlers and babies!  Enjoy milking a goat, holding a warm egg from the chickens, and hearing the baa of the sheep. There are many tastes, colors, and smells living in our organic garden, and we use all of our senses to explore the farm.  Activities are toddler appropriate, but all ages welcome on this very friendly day, Slide Ranch.

*Canceled* Creatures of the Night Flashlight Program, 4-7pm, moderate, two-mile night walk, discover what nocturnal animals are and how their adaptations help them survive, Muir Woods.

Fall Family Fun Night by the Lake, 5:30-8:30pm, enjoy a cool fall evening on the lawn featuring a family movie, popcorn, bounce house for the kids, and more! Feel free to picnic and BBQ too, Stafford Lake, Novato.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Dick Conte Trio, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Film Night: Ratatouille, 7:30pm, do not bring chairs, Strawberry Recreation, Mill Valley.

sonoma-county-harvest-fair-logo copySonoma County Harvest Fair, 10am – 7pm, Kids and parents can experience life on the farm with some of this year’s new additions. Sweet Lil’s Farmery will be on hand with hatching chicks, barnyard animals, and perhaps best of all, a faux cow that the whole family can milk.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, plus kids program 10am – 11am, Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park.

Saturday, October 5, New Moon

logo_web4th Annual Bay Area Costume Swap and Green Halloween Celebration, 9am-2pm, Bring a costume, get a costume at the farmers market, Costume Swap, Music, Face Painting, Pony Rides and organic treats, Marin Country Mart Farmers’ Market.

Worldwide Day of Play, enjoy bubbles and kite flying, Parade Ground at Fort Baker.

Home Depot to the Fire Rescue, 9am-12pm, ages 5-12, build a fire rescue plane, Home Depot.

USTA Free Kid’s Day at Tiburon Challenger! 9am-11am, Play with the Pro’s, for ages 6-12 years old. Join us for a special opportunity to come out for a fun day on the courts and meet some of the professionals competing in the tournament. Dress comfortably and bring your smile, Register online, Tiburon Peninsula Club – Lower Courts, 1600 Mar West Street Tiburon, Contact Michelle Skipwith, 279-1973.

Nature Spanish 101, 9:30-11am, exercise your Spanish skills and learn new vocabulary for the plants and animals in an ancient coast redwood forest on this easy, one-mile nature walk through Muir Woods.

AppleFaire Post Card4Mountain School Apple Faire, 10am-1pm, ages 3-7, games, puppet shows, and more! 50 El Camino Drive, Corte Madera.

Nature for Kids: Fun and Farming at Indian Valley, 10am-2pm, talk about seasons, insects, spiders, lizards and more and visit the Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden, College of Marin Indian Valley Campus, Novato.

Bay Area Pet Fair, 10am-5pm, free family & pet event featuring hundreds of adoptable dogs, cats and small animals; Bay Area K-9s demonstrating crime-busting skills; Splash Dogs—Dock jumping and big air dogs; dozens of vendors will feature the latest in pet supplies; live shows, activities for pets and kids, face painting, giveaways and much more! Marin Center Exhibit Hall and Fairgrounds.

Make a Book Workshops with Annelies Atchley Part I, 11am, ages 7 & up, children will make their own book. Write and record our stories for printing. Space is limited, preregistration is required, 789-BOOK or email jdesk@thelibrary.info, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Share-a-Book, 11am-12pm, Practice reading skills by reading with a Canine Companion! Reserve a spot at the desk or by calling 506-3165, South Novato Library.

wickie_tktWickie and the Treasure of the Gods (WICKIE AUF GROSSER FAHRT), 11:30am, ages 7+, presented in 3D Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

Contest, 1pm, ages 7+, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.

Arias in the Afternoon, 2-4pm, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito.

Read to a Dog, 2pm, Corte Madera Library.

Soft Circuits, 2-3:30pm, 6th-12th graders,  we will be making LED Pin switches and parallel circuit LED bracelets sewing with conductive thread, LEDs, felt, buttons and beads, South Novato Library.

See the Stars of Marin, 7:30pm, telescopes will be set up behind the tennis courts next to the main parking area, Marin Country Club, Novato.

Fandango, 10-4, welcome autumn’s arrival as they did in 1840′s by experiencing the dance and music of a “Fandango”. Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park, 3325 Adobe Road.

The Civil War Presidio, 1-3pm, hear stories and see landmarks in the Presidio from this crucial period in our nation’s history on an easy, 1.5-mile walk, RSVP 561-4323.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Get Crafty with Your Art: The Arts and Crafts Movement, Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by teaching artists, deYoung Museum.

Pier Crabbing, 10am-12pm, We’ll teach you how to use the nets, discuss bait and regulations, and let you try your luck on the Fort Point pier.

Special Saturday Program, 11am-4pm, take a self-guided or docent-led tour of the Main Post; bring a picnic to enjoy with your friends and family; play games on the lawn; learn some camping basics provided by staff members; and more! Questions 561-2730 or nature@presidiotrust.gov, Presidio, San Francisco.

Science Saturdays at Mountain Lake, 1pm, Mountain Lake Reptiles and Amphibian Reintroductions with Vance Vredenburg.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park.

festival_flier_image_finalArab Cultural Festival, 12-6pm, San Francisco’s Union Square transforms into an Arab bazaar offering food, games and entertainment to the whole family.

TarantulaFest & Barbecue, 10am-6pm, food, games, contests, entertainment, and enlightenment including a leisurely nature walk with a volunteer naturalist and search for tarantulas on the move, Henry Coe State Park.

Sonoma County Harvest Fair, 10am – 7pm, Kids and parents can experience life on the farm with some of this year’s new additions. Sweet Lil’s Farmery will be on hand with hatching chicks, barnyard animals, and perhaps best of all, a faux cow that the whole family can milk.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, make your own marionette, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, make your own xylophone, Randall Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Indigenous Peoples Day, 10am-6pm, free, traditional dancing, music, crafts, food and more, Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park, Berkeley.

Sunday, October 6

Children’s Program at Green Gulch, 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.

Bay Area Pet Fair, 10am-5pm, free family & pet event featuring hundreds of adoptable dogs, cats and small animals; Bay Area K-9s demonstrating crime-busting skills; Splash Dogs—Dock jumping and big air dogs; dozens of vendors will feature the latest in pet supplies; live shows, activities for pets and kids, face painting, giveaways and much more! Marin Center Exhibit Hall and Fairgrounds.

Novato Fire Department Open House, 10am -1pm, various fire stations in Novato.

Southern Marin Fire Department (SMFD) Open House, 12-3pm, SMFD has 3 fire stations tours to check out the State-of-the-Art equipment and the fire house, there will be something special at each station, visit all three fire houses and enter to win a Movie Night at the fire house for 10 kids.

Hawk Talk, 12-2pm, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration, Hawk Hill, Marin Headlands.

myneighbortotoro_tktMy Neighbor Totoro, 12:30pm, Sisters Mei and Satsuki move to the country with their dad to be closer to their mother, who is recovering from tuberculosis. Mei who spots the first totoro and follows it into the lair of King Totoro. From then on the girls are brought into a world of magic, myth and unconditional love, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am, a docent-led Family Walk following Children’s Storytime in the Library, featured book “Tingo Tango Mango Tree” by Marcia Vaughan, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, The Power of Color, Inspired by the art in Beyond Belief and the ways in which modern artists use color to express themselves, create your own colorful abstract art, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Angel Heart, 5pm, a live music storybook with text by bestselling children’s fantasy writer Cornelia Funke and music by award-winning composer Luna Pearl Woolf., Hertz Hall, Berkeley.

Blood, Guts, and Gore, 1-3pm, grades 6-8, Back by popular demand, this delightfully messy workshop will teach you how to mix your own stage blood for interactive stage combat. Poppable blood packs included! Berkeley Rep.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park.

Filipino American History Month Celebration, 11:30am-4pm, Join artist Christine Balza as she shares insight about the ancient Filipino script Baybayin, last actively used in the 1800s. Learn about the history and fundamentals of translating this script, and learn to write Baybayin by creating cool artwork, Asian Art Museum.

Sonoma County Harvest Fair, 10am – 7pm, Kids and parents can experience life on the farm with some of this year’s new additions. Sweet Lil’s Farmery will be on hand with hatching chicks, barnyard animals, and perhaps best of all, a faux cow that the whole family can milk.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, October 7

Return of the Jedi, 5:30pm, Bring family and friends of all ages to this anniversary screening of the Force-ful blockbuster that keeps on giving. Special activities include: Costume parade—dress up as your favorite Star Wars character and join the Imperial March, Prizes and giveaways, Post-screening Q&A with special guests and more, Century Cinema, Corte Madera.

Museum Mondays for Little Ones, 10am-12pm, enjoy stories, movement games, art and craft activities and a movie EVERY Monday of the month. Activities are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers, Schultz Museum.

Tuesday, October 8

Drawing Hawks in Flight, 10-11:30am, Learn relevant wing anatomy and the differences between the major groups of hawks. We will explore how to quickly block in flying hawks with a few lines. Get tricks to help you foreshorten the wings of soaring raptors and develop an understanding of how the bird’s shape will change from different angles, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.

Wednesday, October 9

Lego Engineering, 4pm, grades 2-5pm, project-based program designed to teach principles and methods of engineering, architecture and science, Corte Madera Library.

wind_rises_tkt (1)The Wind Rises, 6pm, In Japanese with English subtitles. Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and thus unable to become a pilot, Jiro joins the aircraft division of a major Japanese engineering company in 1927. His genius is soon recognized, and he grows to become one of the world’s most accomplished airplane designers, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.

Thursday, October 10

Poppy -- Photo event, 10.7, high resMy Lovely & Me, 10:30am-4pm, bring your child and their lovey to receive a free portrait, Poppy Store, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Free Play in the Game Room, 4:15-5pm, Free Play in the Game Room, kids can hang out  and play pool, foosball and air hockey! Sausalito Library.

Friday, October 11

Aquatics & Fitness Open House, 6-8pm, free, celebrate the re-opening of our newly renovated facility, swim in the pool and spa, workout in our fitness floor, enjoy refreshments and snacks, and have fun with our children’s activities, Mill Valley Community Center.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Robbie Elfman Trio, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Saturday, October 12

Harvest Festival, 10am-4pm, fun, seasonally inspired crafts and activities like scarecrow building, wool spinning, baking and making cheese and butter, meet the animals, music, food and more, Slide Ranch.

Crissy Field Aviation Walk,  10am-12pm, explore Crissy Field and learn about its role in early aviation history on this easy, one-mile walk.

California Native Plant Society Fall Plant Sale & Fair, 10am-3pm, crafting for children and more, For more information call Alison 415-858-2024, Green Point Nursery, 275 Olive Ave, Novato.

Bon Air Car Show, 10am-4pm, Over 100 of the finest vintage cars in the area come to Bon Air Center, Kentfield.

Make a Book Workshops with Annelies Atchley Part II, 11am, ages 7 & up, children will make their own book. We will finish our book covers and decorations and assemble our books. Space is limited, pregistration is required, 789-BOOK or email jdesk@thelibrary.info, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

sharkriddle_tktThe Shark Riddle, 11am, Ages 7+, Following this 30-minute film, actors/directors/writers Rob and Laura Sams present a live interactive show featuring songs, demonstrations and the administering of the “Shark Oath “, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

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

Junior Godmother’s Fundraiser, 11am-3pm, pick a pumpkin, carnival games and great food, Timothy Murphy School, San Rafael.

Annual Volunteer Recognition Picnic, 11am – 2pm, bring your family to McNears Beach Park for a late summer picnic and fun activities. Enjoy music, entertainment, and a delicious meal prepared by staff. Feel free to bring a favorite dish to share, McNears Beach Park, San Rafael.

Biketoberfest, 11am-6pm, lots of family fun including Bike Decorating, Bike Carousel, Kids Bike Skills Zone and Face Painting!

Fall Carnival at Venetia Valley School, 11am-4pm, games and kids’ activities including jumpies; live, local entertainment; face painting, henna tattoos and a cake walk and more! 177 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael.

Wickie and the Treasure of the Gods (WICKIE AUF GROSSER FAHRT), 11:30am, ages 7+, presented in 3D, Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

droppedImageOktoberfest, 12-5pm, music, food, fun, games for the kids, a fundraiser for the Corte Madera Beautification Committee, Old Corte Madera Square.

Hawk Talk, 12-2pm, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration, Hawk Hill, Marin Headlands.

Youth Reel: Paradigm, ages 13+, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

ispy_tkt5@5: Children’s Story, 12:30pm, ages 7+, collection of short films for young children from both international festivals and old favorites, Subtitles will be read aloud by a professional voice artist, Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

Share-a-Book Dogs, 1-2pm, read aloud skills with a dog in a supportive atmosphere. Sign up for a 15-minute appointment by calling 415-389-4292 x4741, Mill Valley Library.

TEEN Engineering Challenger, 1-2:30pm, grades 6-12, Accept the Challenge! Work with teammates to complete a designated engineering mission. Participants will need to construct LEGO® trucks, bridges, elevators, cranes, bulldozers, conveyor belts, and other motorized and alternatively powered contraptions in order to achieve the team goals, Marin City Library.

Family Game Night: Night Hike & Campfire, 6-8:30pm, No board needed and no board here! Celebrate your family team with cooperative games that get everyone in on the action. Silly fun and loads of giggles are guaranteed as we play the night away! NatureBridge, Sausalito.

Mt. Tam Star Party, 7pm, free, “Near Earth Asteroids: Friends or Foes?” The close flyby of the 30m asteroid 2012DA14 on Feb 15 and the Chebalkul Meteor which exploded over Russia the same day, has increased awareness of the smaller objects in our solar system and their potential impact with Earth, Rock Springs parking lot, Mountain Theater, Mill Valley.

Family Movie Series - Poster ArtworkFamily Movie Night: The Goonies, 7:30pm, free, Center Court Movie Lounge, The Village at Corte Madera.

Tolay Fall Festival, 11am-5pm, featuring hay rides, a giant pumpkin patch, a “creatures” barn full of live snakes, spiders, birds and tide pool animals, candle making, wool carding, a straw maze, a petting zoo, lawn games, a replica of a Native American village, and a pumpkin seed spitting contest, Tolay Lake Regional Park east of Petaluma.

Mythbusters, 2pm & 8pm, on-stage experiments, audience participation, rocking video and behind-the-scenes stories, Sun Orpheum Theatre.

Special Saturday Program, 11am-4pm, take a self-guided or docent-led tour of the Main Post; bring a picnic to enjoy with your friends and family; play games on the lawn; learn some camping basics provided by staff members; and more! Questions 561-2730 or nature@presidiotrust.gov, Presidio, San Francisco.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, make your own matchbox shrine, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, make your own spectroscope, Randall Museum.

LEAP Sand Castle Contest, 10am-4pm, Ocean Beach, San Francisco.

Second Saturday Cartoonist: Kevin Vassey, 1-3pm, Meet, watch, and talk to Dreamworks animator and cartoonist Kevin Vassey. In addition to working on How to Train Your Dragon, Madagascar, and Shrek, Vassey also draws a weekly webcomic called The Gnome Syndicate, Schultz Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, October 13

Marine Science Sunday: Creatures of the Deep, 10am-5pm, free, celebrate Halloween with a creepy collection of the animals that live in the darkness of the ocean!  Come learn about the elephant seal’s ability to dive to 5000 feet and stay underwater for two hours at a time, how a sperm whale dives in search of the mysterious giant squid, and the spooky creatures like Vampire Squid and Goblin Sharks that are just out of sight, Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

My Neighbor Totoro, 11am, Lark Theater, Larkspur.

Discovery Day Open House, spend the day behind the scenes, meet our scientists and learn about their research in San Francisco Bay and beyond, Romberg Tiburon Center.

Hawk Talk, 12-2pm, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration, Hawk Hill, Marin Headlands.

The Shark Riddle, 12:30pm, Ages 7+, Following this 30-minute film, actors/directors/writers Rob and Laura Sams present a live interactive show featuring songs, demonstrations and the administering of the “Shark Oath “, Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

Tolay Fall Festival, 11am-5pm, featuring hay rides, a giant pumpkin patch, a “creatures” barn full of live snakes, spiders, birds and tide pool animals, candle making, wool carding, a straw maze, a petting zoo, lawn games, a replica of a Native American village, and a pumpkin seed spitting contest, Tolay Lake Regional Park east of Petaluma.

Italian Heritage Columbus Day Parade

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, The Power of Color, Inspired by the art in Beyond Belief and the ways in which modern artists use color to express themselves, create your own colorful abstract art, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Preschool Gallery Hour with Octopretzel, 10-11:30am, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Free Day at The Exploratorium

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, October 14, Columbus Day

Pajama Story Time, 6:30-7pm, Molly will get the kids ready for bed with stories new and old. Put on your PJs, grab your best stuffed friend (or blanket), and join us on the second Monday evening of each month for a very special story time, Mill Valley Library.

Museum Mondays for Little Ones, 10am-12pm, enjoy stories, movement games, art and craft activities and a movie EVERY Monday of the month. Activities are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers, Schultz Museum.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, The Power of Color, Inspired by the art in Beyond Belief and the ways in which modern artists use color to express themselves, create your own colorful abstract art, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Tuesday, October 15

Pizza & Pages Middle School Book Club, 6:30pm, read Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi on your own. Join your fellow readers and eaters for a lively discussion over pizza and dessert. Call 389-4292 x4741, Mill Valley Library.

Science Experiments, 3:30pm, ages 5-8, Corte Madera Library.

Wednesday, October 16

Squishy Circuits, 9-10:30am, Working with dough, LED lights, a motor and a battery pack, take on different design challenges to learn more about how electricity works, West Marin School, 11550 State Route 1.

Science Experiments, 11am, ages 3 & up, Corte Madera Library.

Share-a-Book, 3pm, kids can read to dogs as a way to improve their literacy skills, Belvedere- Tiburon Library.

Youth Afternoon Community Service, 3-5pm, kids are invited to join us in Center restoration projects. For more information, please contact Marisela Alvarez at (415) 388-2524 x150, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.

Kids Book Club, 7pm, grade 4-5, The One and Only Ivan, Corte Madera Library.

Thursday, October 17

Free Play in the Game Room, 4:15-5pm, Free Play in the Game Room, kids can hang out  and play pool, foosball and air hockey! Sausalito Library.

Friday, October 18, Full Moon, Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

The Great Shakeout,  11am-3pm, free, visit the quake simulator and lots of information about disaster preparedness, Marin General.

Muir Woods After Hours, 4-6pm, listen for owls, look for bats, and use our senses to guide us along the trails, easy, two-mile walk on paved trail, Muir Woods. RSVP 388-2596.

Halloween Harvest Festival, 5-7pm, kids 12 and under, Pumpkin Carving & Trick-or-Treat Bag Decorating, Face Painting, Bounce House and more, Marinwood Community Center.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Bob Shleeter Trio, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Saturday, October 19

goblingeneralinfoflyernewsletterGoblin Jamboree Sponsor Breakfast, 8 & 9am, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Goblin Jamboree, 10am-4pm, come in costume and explore the haunted wonderland complete with games, attractions and live entertainment. Enroll in the witches’ school, take a train or pony ride, visit the petting zoo and enjoy a full brew of games, activities and live entertainment, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Twin Cities Co-op Halloween Carnival, 10am-2pm, join us for a day of fun at this much loved and non-scary annual Halloween event. The carnival will feature an array of fun children’s activities, including face painting, carnival games, a cake walk, raffle, jumpy house, bake sale, used costume sale and much, much more, 56 Mohawk Avenue in Corte Madera.

7ROCKTOBERFEST_posterRocktoberfest, 8:30am-6pm, wood racquet tournament, auction, music, jumpy house and more, Boyle Park Tennis Courts, Mill Valley.

Geology of the Marin Headlands, 9am-2pm, Explore 200 million years of geologic history and learn the fascinating story told by the rocks at the Golden Gate, RSVP 561-4323.

Restoration Work Day, 9:30am-12:30pm, bring your family and friends for a morning of restoration and clean-up, FREE program. RSVP: 388-2524, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.

Owl Box Workshop, 10am-12pm, learn about what species of owl in the area can benefit from these boxes, the dangers that are commonly faced by our nocturnal friends and what we can do to help, Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon.

TEEN Robotics Lab, 1-2pm, Explore the many aspects and applications of robotics with Andrew Maley of Marin Maker Mobile. Create your own game controllers using MaKey MaKey boards and everyday objects – a piece of paper? a glove? a banana?!?! Plus, Mr. Maley will be giving demonstrations of robots built by middle-schoolers, Corte Madera Library.

Day of the Dead Crafts, 2pm, San Anselmo.

TEEN Engineering Challenger, 3:30-5pm, grades 6-12, Accept the Challenge! Work with teammates to complete a designated engineering mission. Participants will need to construct LEGO® trucks, bridges, elevators, cranes, bulldozers, conveyor belts, and other motorized and alternatively powered contraptions in order to achieve the team goals, Fairfax Library.

Tolay Fall Festival, 11am-5pm, featuring hay rides, a giant pumpkin patch, a “creatures” barn full of live snakes, spiders, birds and tide pool animals, candle making, wool carding, a straw maze, a petting zoo, lawn games, a replica of a Native American village, and a pumpkin seed spitting contest, Tolay Lake Regional Park east of Petaluma.

Pier Crabbing, 10am-12pm, We’ll teach you how to use the nets, discuss bait and regulations, and let you try your luck on the Fort Point pier.

Hawk Talk, 12-2pm, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration, Hawk Hill, Marin Headlands.

Special Saturday Program, 11am-4pm, take a self-guided or docent-led tour of the Main Post; bring a picnic to enjoy with your friends and family; play games on the lawn; learn some camping basics provided by staff members; and more! Questions 561-2730 or nature@presidiotrust.gov, Presidio, San Francisco.

Science Saturdays: Frog in the Fog, Part II, 1pm, evolution and conservation of Central African frogs, Presidio, San Francisco.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Layer It Up!, Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by teaching artists, deYoung Museum.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, make your own clay skull, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, learn about and make your own bat, Randall Museum.

td2013-circle1Trolly Dances, 11am-2:45pm, free with regular MUNI fare, tours leave every 45 minutes starting at 11:00 a.m. and ending at 2:45 p.m. from the Market St. Railway Museum, south of Embarcadero Plaza.

Master Class for Kids: Babymouse! 10:30am-12pm, Join sibling team Jennifer and Matthew Holm, creators of the award-winning graphic novel series Babymouse, as they show you tips on creating a comic, play fun comic drawing games, and spark your imagination to become the next comics creator! Recommended for aspiring cartoonists age 6 and up. RSVP (707) 284-1263 or register online, Schultz Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Art & Pumpkin Festival, Half Moon Bay

Sunday, October 20

Goblin Jamboree Sponsor Breakfast, 8 & 9am, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Goblin Jamboree, 10am-4pm, come in costume and explore the haunted wonderland complete with games, attractions and live entertainment. Enroll in the witches’ school, take a train or pony ride, visit the petting zoo and enjoy a full brew of games, activities and live entertainment, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Mathnasium 10-20-13 TriMathlon FlyerNational Trimathlon, 7:30am – 5pm, 2nd-5th graders, participation is FREE. Join the fun at Mathnasium on 247 Shoreline Hwy in Tam Junction in Mill Valley. Participants will receive a wallet, keychain, math puzzles, donation to their school and much more! 1st place gets $100 bill. If your child ranks in the top 3 across all Mathnasiums they get $250-$1,000 donated to their school, trophy & much more.

Hike the Headlands, 10am-2pm, a day of discovery in nature with your family and friends. Participate in hands-on science activities along the trail and enjoy a day outdoors all while helping make our programs accessible to ALL children. Musical entertainment, refreshments, festivities, and prizes!

Scare up a Dark Drawing with Ane Carla Rovetta, 11am-12pm, Fearsome feathers, frightening fur, and eyes that see in the dark – Halloween animals might be more fun than you ever imagined! Hear artist, naturalist, and storyteller Ane Carla Rovetta weave slightly spooky tales as she draws the creatures of the night, Mill Valley Library.

Hawk Talk, 12-2pm, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration, Hawk Hill, Marin Headlands.

Family Friendly Restoration, 10am-1pm, locate TBD, 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.

jay_spiral_72Master Magician Jay Alexander, 11am-12pm, The Randall Museum.

Trolly Dances, 11am-2:45pm, free with regular MUNI fare, tours leave every 45 minutes starting at 11:00 a.m. and ending at 2:45 p.m. from the Market St. Railway Museum, south of Embarcadero Plaza.

Healthy Parks, Healthy Pedaling, 1-3pm, over 12+, A five-mile, moderate bicycle ride promoting physical, mental, and spiritual health, Beach Hut, adjacent to the Crissy Field Center.

Tolay Fall Festival, 11am-5pm, featuring hay rides, a giant pumpkin patch, a “creatures” barn full of live snakes, spiders, birds and tide pool animals, candle making, wool carding, a straw maze, a petting zoo, lawn games, a replica of a Native American village, and a pumpkin seed spitting contest, Tolay Lake Regional Park east of Petaluma.

tingo-tango-mango-treeChildren’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am, a docent-led Family Walk following Children’s Storytime in the Library, featured book “Tingo Tango Mango Tree” by Marcia Vaughan, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Multi-Sensory Modern Art Workshop, As part of Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month, create and explore with texture, scent, and sound, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

eastbaymmfEast Bay Mini Maker Fair, 10am-5pm, Park Day School, Oakland.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Art & Pumpkin Festival, Half Moon Bay

Monday, October 21

Sanctuary Bird Walks, 9-11am, join us for a bird walk led by experienced birder. We will view and learn about the waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds that visit the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.

Museum Mondays for Little Ones, 10am-12pm, enjoy stories, movement games, art and craft activities and a movie EVERY Monday of the month. Activities are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers, Schultz Museum.

Tuesday, October 22

Trick or Treat Bags, 3:30pm, grades K & up, call 924-6382, Corte Madera Library.

Wednesday, October 23

Nature for Kids: Stafford Lake, 10am-1pm, visit a pond, a permanent creek, and a marsh, and talk about the animals that live in these wet habitats, Novato.

Thursday, October 24

GoldenDragon-160x300Golden Dragon Acrobats, 6:30pm, acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa.

Friday, October 25

“The Darkness” – Haunted House, 3-4:30pm (not scary, ages 8 and under), 5-6:30pm (scary , ages 9 and under), 6:30pm-7:30pmm (closed for monster feeding), 7:30-9pm (horrifying!) $5 pp, Tam Valley Community Center, Mill Valley.

Halloween Music & Magic Show, ages 3+, 4pm & 6:30pm, with music guests Orange Sherbet and magic by Brian Scott, Mill Valley Golf Clubhouse.

Seals, Slippers, and Stars: Overnight Stays at The Marine Mammal Center! 6pm-9am, Camp out under the stars in the Marin Headlands, enjoy special after-hour activities and wake up to the sound of barking sea lions. This one-of-a-kind overnight program kicks-off with a delicious dinner, followed by the opportunity to observe our patients as they enjoy their evening meal.

DgBnNcwqRnGouTr5*Yl*4A0EGolden Gate Opera’s Hansel & Gretel, 7pm, Showcase Theatre, San Rafael.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Jeff Derby Trio, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Saturday, October 26

Halloween at Deer Park, 10am, we’ll take a short hike in Deer Park, looking for signs of autumn. Have plants gone to seed? Which trees drop their leaves? Why are spiders so conspicuous this time of year? Bring a snack and then we’ll gather under the “Halloween” tree for a story.

TC_021907_7675Halloween Family Farm Day, 10am-2pm, some special tricks and treats today! We might make Halloween costumes from recycled materials, take a spooky tour of the garden, watch some wriggly composting worms and bake delicious treats! Don’t forget to wear your costume! Slide Ranch.

Engineering Helicopters, 10am-12pm, grades 3-6, free, build your own helicopter using common household supplies (we’ll provide everything you need), 473-2090, Novato Library.

Halloween Bash, Trick-or-Treat, Bring two cans of food in exchange for a trick-or-treat bag, and join in the Halloween festivities! Bon Air, Greenbrae.

MCM_HalloweenCarnival2013_0926_arkHalloween Carnival & Costume Parade, 9am-2pm, Kids Costume Parade & Costume Pup Parade, face painting, pony rides, kid’s music by Christopher Smith, and kids’ Halloween crafts by SCRAP, Marching Band, festive Halloween treats, pumpkin carvings and more, Marin Country Mart.

Trips for Kids Re-Cyclery Blow-out Sale, 10am-4pm, offering 25% – 50% discounts on selected items, 125 Larkspur St. Suite 119, San Rafael. For more information call 458-2986.

Marin County Triathlon, 11:30am, McNears Beach.

Storytime at Greenwood School, ages 4 to 6, play, engage in an art or domestic activity and enjoy a freshly baked snack followed by a story, Mill Valley.

994003_10201010054189858_1390622557_n1-323x500Natural Museum of Horror, 5:30-10pm, free, Stinson Beach community Center.

WOW! Halloween Faire, 10:30am-12pm, Come in costume to celebrate All-Hallows-Eve with other wizards, witches, ferries, astronauts and cartoon characters. Play carnival games, bounce in the jump house, enjoy the candy & prize hunt and costume parade! Strawberry, Mill Valley.

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

Caribbean Dance with Asheba, 11am, a rhythmic, joyful and interactive version of your favorite kid’s songs spiced with Caribbean and World beats, inspired by his own childhood on the island of Trinidad, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Safe Trick or Treat, 11am-3pm, Grant Ave, Downtown Novato.

Kids and Family Relay, 11:30am, triathlon –  swim, bike, run, McNear’s Beach, San Rafael.

Trick or Treat on Fourth Street, 1-2:30pm, free and safe Trick or Treating experience for kids on Fourth Street in Downtown San Rafael, starting at San Rafael City Plaza.

collinsJohnJohn Collins – The New World Champion Paper Airplane Book, 1pm, Featuring twenty-two unique airplane designs with step-by-step instructional photos, plus tear-out models printed on regulation-weight paper stock, this entertaining and informative guide promises hours of flying fun, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Halloween Party for Teens, 2-4pm, Novato Library.

“The Darkness” – Haunted House, 3-4:30pm (not scary, ages 8 and under), 5-6:30pm (scary , ages 9 and under), 6:30pm-7:30pmm (closed for monster feeding), 7:30-9pm (horrifying!) $5 pp, Tam Valley Community Center, Mill Valley.

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

Halloween Haunt, 4-8:30pm, haunted house, music, food, jumpies, face painting, magic show and more, Belvedere Community Center.

Santa Venetia Neighborhood Association Halloween Party, 5:30pm-8pm, free, explore a Haunted Cemetery, Witches Kitchen, games and traverse the Spooky Neighborhood, San Rafael Fire Department will be will be there and Trick-or-Treating! This is a fun event for the whole family, block party on Adrian Way (between Mabry and Meadow).

Haunted House, 5:30-11pm, Stinson Beach Community Center.

Realm of Darkness Haunted House, free, fear friendly 6-7pm, High Intensity 7:15-8:45pm, contact whitakerbarnes@yahoo.com for more information, 14 Brooke Circle, Mill Valley.

Graveyard Stroll, 6-7:30pm, experience our one-of-a kind program that uncovers one of Marin’s most interesting, but little known cemeteries. All treats (and tricks!) are free, Lucas Valley Field Office, 18 Jeannette Prandi Way, San Rafael.

Family Movie Night: Hocus Pocus, 7:30pm, free, gravel lot by Nordstrom’s, Village at Corte Madera.

Special Saturday Program, 11am-4pm, take a self-guided or docent-led tour of the Main Post; bring a picnic to enjoy with your friends and family; play games on the lawn; learn some camping basics provided by staff members; and more! Questions 561-2730 or nature@presidiotrust.gov, Presidio, San Francisco.

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

supernatural-intro-slide-newSupernatural Halloween 2013, Grab your costume and have yourself a ghostly good time as you trick-or-treat your way through the Academy at night, among spooktacular animals and spine-tingling specimens, California Academy of Science.

Discovery Days, North Bay, 11am-4pm, free, Highlights there included liquid nitrogen ice cream, an emergency room patient robot, LEGO® engineering, strawberry DNA extraction, airplane and catapult launches, marble machines, and elephant toothpaste, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa.

Science Days, 11am-4pm, demonstrations, experiments, hands-on-activities, exhibits, lectures including a Chemistry Magic Show, Life of a Criminalist, Geophysical Prospecting, Fossil Casting, Observing the Sun with a Telescope, Mathematical Puzzles, Statistics Funhouse, Computer Simulation, Psychology Playground, Potpourri of Physics, Health Screenings, Robot  in Action, Sea slugs, Bugs & other Creatures, Cal State East Bay Hayward Campus, Science Buildings, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd, Hayward.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Insects vs. Robots, 11am-2pm, activities related to both entomology and engineering, then see which you like the best. As a budding entomologist, look deeply into the insect world. Then try being an engineer by engaging in robotics challenges led by the UC Berkeley Pioneers in Engineering, Lawrence Hall of Science.

Creepy Happy Halloween, 10am-5pm, pumpkin lifts, creepy crawly animals, Mummies: Secrets of the Pharoahs, and more, Lawrence Hall of Science. 

Halloween Haunts, 6:15pm, ages 4-12, Travel our enchanted trail, collecting treats and encountering weird and wacky characters along the way. At the end of your journey, enjoy hot cider, delicious goodies, and spook-tacularly fun entertainment. Good, silly old fashioned farm-style fun — nothing too scary. Halloween costumes extremely encouraged!, Hidden Villa.

Sunday, October 27

Marine Science Sunday: Creatures of the Deep, 10am-5pm, free admission, creepy collection of stories about the animals that live in the deepest parts of the ocean! Learn how elephant seal’s can dive to 5000 feet and stay underwater for 2 hours at a time without imploding, find out how a sperm whale searches for its nemesis – the mysterious giant squid, and discover more about spooky looking animals like the Vampire Squid and Goblin Shark, Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

Papermill Children’s 2013 Halloween Carnival and Chef off, 11am-4pm, Toby’s Feed Barn, Point Reyes Station. Call 663-9114 for more information.

Fall Open House & Picnic, 12-5pm, free, visit with artists in their studios and attend performances and readings, then head outside to partake in hands-on activities for all ages, peruse finely-crafted wares at local artisan pop-up shops, and see the landscape through new eyes on artist-led hikes, Parade Ground, Sausalito.

Spook the PoolSpook the Pool, 2-4pm, $7pp, face painting, crafts, games, jumpee house, pumpkin picking in the pool and more, Mill Valley Community Center.

Spooky Bat Box Building Workshop, 2-5pm, Bats get a bad rap, but they are actually very important creatures in the web of life. They eat lots of insects like mosquitoes, which ultimately helps us. Learn all about our furry, flying friends and help them by building a box they can call home, McInnis Park, San Rafael.

Golden Gate Opera’s Hansel & Gretel, 2pm, Showcase Theatre, San Rafael.

“The Darkness” – Haunted House, 3-4:30pm (not scary, ages 8 and under), 5-6:30pm (scary , ages 9 and under), 6:30pm-7:30pmm (closed for monster feeding), 7:30-9pm (horrifying!) $5 pp, Tam Valley Community Center, Mill Valley.

Camp Creepy, 3:30-6pm, ages 2-12, $12, haunted house! We will also have a dodge ball room, arts and crafts, a balloon room, face painting, games, a jump house, and food, Marin YMCA.

stroberJoanna_meersSharonSharon Meers & Joanna Strober – Getting to 50/50, 4pm, you can have a great career, a great marriage, and be a great mother. The key is tapping into your best resource and most powerful ally—the man you married, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Halloween Sausalito, 5-5:30pm Child friendly, 6-7pm Full Haunted House, City Hall, 420 Lithos, Sausalito.

Halloween Hoopla, interactive performances and games for kids under 10 and their adults. The program culminates in the eagerly awaited Halloween Costume Parade, where everyone shows off their Halloween finery, Yerba Buena, San Francisco.

Spooktacular Halloween Party & Trick-or-Treat,  12-4pm, free, mall-wide trick for treating and games, decorations, bouncy house, arts and crafts, face painting & removable tattoos, Japantown Peace Plaza.

Open Labs, multiple locations, check website for a list of unique, fun and educational glimpse into the scientific wonders in the Bay Area!

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Beyond Belief Art Party, Explore color, add to a community installation, and celebrate the wonder and power of modern art.  Come see Beyond Belief one last time and have fun in the studio, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am, a docent-led Family Walk following Children’s Storytime in the Library, featured book “Tingo Tango Mango Tree” by Marcia Vaughan, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park.

Spooktacular Halloween Party, Parade & Trick or Treat in Japantown.

Sunday Streets, Richmond neighborhood; a safe, fun, car-free place for people to get out and get active in San Francisco neighborhoods.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Creepy Happy Halloween, 10am-5pm, pumpkin lifts, creepy crawly animals, Mummies: Secrets of the Pharoahs, and more, Lawrence Hall of Science.

Monday, October 28

barnettMac_scieszkaJohnMac Barnett & Jon Scieszka – Battle Bunny, 6pm, meet the authors of a dynamic exploration of creative storytelling that’s sure to engage and inspire, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Museum Mondays for Little Ones, 10am-12pm, enjoy stories, movement games, art and craft activities and a movie EVERY Monday of the month. Activities are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers, Schultz Museum.

Tuesday, October 29

Halloween Stories, 3:30pm, ages 5-8 years, wear your costume, Corte Madera Library.

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Randel McGee and Goark, 3:45pm, Groark, the loveable, guitar-playing dragon and his trusty friend Randel McGee bring their great stories, songs, and comedy to the Sausalito Library to help us celebrate Halloween.

Goblins’ Parade, 5-7pm, San Anselmo Library.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration, Gourmet Ghetto, 5-9PM, 1400 block Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

Wednesday, October 30

Slightly Spooky Family Storytime, 6:30pm, San Anselmo Library.

Thursday, October 31, Halloween

Halloween Stroller Fitness Class and Playgroup, 9:30am-12pm, dress in costume and enjoy all things Halloween from games, songs, crafts and exercises! 734-8174 or email karin@fit4mom.com, Fit4Mom Marin, Civic Center Lagoon Park, San Rafael.

Timothy_James_Smoke_LargeMagician Timothy James, ages 5 & up, 4pm, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Trick or Treat! 4-6pm at Village at Corte Madera. and 5-7pm at Northgate in San Rafael, Costumed guests will receive spooktacular treats from Village stores and restaurants.  Watch for list of participating stores coming soon!

Halloween Sausalito, 4:30pm, Firefighter BBQ, parade, trick-or-treats, haunted house, dog costume contest, Sausalito.

Halloween Festivities, 5:45-8pm, Caledonia Street & City Hall, Sausalito

Halloween Parade, 5pm, starts at movie theatre, Fairfax.

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