Ronnie’s Awesome List – May 2014

 


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The Very Hungry Readerpillar

Forty five years ago, the warm sun came up, and POP, out of the mind of Eric Carle came the classic illustrated children’s book, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar.’ To mark this milestone and encourage children to develop their imaginations through storytelling, is a list of all the story times in Marin for every day of the week, throughout the summer. It’s a great opportunity to feed young minds with creativity and energy from our amazing storytellers who will turn your child’s world into a beautiful butterfly.

On Monday he ate through one apple, but he was still hungry.

On Tuesday he ate through two pears, but he was still hungry.

On Wednesday he ate through three plums, but he was still hungry.

On Thursday he ate through four strawberries, but he was still hungry.

On Friday he ate through five oranges, but he was still hungry.

On Saturday, he ate through one ice-cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake, and one slice of watermelon.

On Sunday he ate through one nice leaf, and after that he felt better.

MAY 2014

Thursday, May 1, May Day

Hour of Code, 5-6pm, ages 12+, build a 2 player 2D top-down game with JavaScript in 10 short tasks, Microsoft Store, Corte Madera.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 7:30pm, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Sleeping Beauty, Film of the Month, The Disney Museum.

Friday, May 2

Playdate_header2Playdate 2014: Jet Set to Rio, 6:30pm, $350, Embark upon a vintage aviation experience and travel back to a 60’s themed arrival lounge where you will be welcomed by a captain and flight attendants to a Brazilian-themed Carnival, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

PJ party with Gianna Marino for ages 4-8, DIESEL, a Bookstore, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Kent Island Restoration Team, 10am – 2pm, Learn to identify invasive species, get hands-on training, and be a part of the team working to protect and restore the unique ecosystem on Kent Island in Bolinas Lagoon. Meet at the public dock on Wharf Rd in Bolinas (across from the College of Marin biology lab).

Saturday, May 3

Free Comic Book Day, The library will have a selection of comics for kids and teens that are available for free, as long as they last (two per person), Mill Valley Library.

Free Comic Book Day, 10am-5pm, Visit the library to receive a free comic book. Comics will be available for all ages, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

10003474_676792729051141_923981324_nVivienne Harr, 1pm, meet 10-year-old (and Fairfax resident) who decided child slavery had to be stopped. She started a lemonade stand and has already raised over $200,000. Her delightful picture book tells how she is doing it. Book Passage, Corte Madera.

RVMC Baby & Toddler Expo, 10:30am-1:30pm, discover local activities, learning opportunities, caregivers and resources for their infants and toddlers ages 0-3, clothing drive for new or gently worn newborn clothing for Loved Twice, Drake’s Landing Community Center, 300 Drake’s View Circle, Greenbrae.

Tour of Novato and FunFair, a bicycling and walking fundraising event for the Novato public schools. Here’s your chance to have a great day with your family, get a little exercise, and fundraise to support our schools all at the same time! Downtown Novato.

kidswholovetocookimageKid’s Love to Cook! Hands On Cooking Demonstration, 10:30-11:30am, Direction Five is back with a cooking demonstration and tasting with hands-on participation appropriate for children of all ages, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur. 

Rocky Road Fudge for Mom, 9:30am, ages 5+, Give Mom a box of fudge that you’ve made yourself – it’s way better than store-bought chocolates. Join us and learn how, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Water Safety Day, 8-11am, enjoy a Free Pancake Breakfast, bouncy house, games and more, Terra Linda Community Center, San Rafael.

Life on the Edge: Family Sunset Stroll & Campfire, 6–8:30pm, $12 per person, Together we’ll sort through rainbow sands, learn how rocks are formed, and dive into the world of marine animals that call the shoreline home, NatureBridge, Sausalito.

North Bay Mobile Drive-In, Juno, 8:30pm, fun, authentic, drive-in experience, movie is projected on the side of the Old Hamilton Theater building (closed for many years now) and transmit the audio over the FM band (88.3FM) just like modern drive-ins. By donation, small concession snack bar available at each performance, Old Hamilton Theater Building, 520 Palm Drive, Novato.

Read to a Dog, 2-3pm, Corte Madera Library

Art in the Park at Paradise Beach, 10am-12pm, Bring the whole family out to picturesque Paradise Beach Park to paint the beautiful scenery and wildlife that surrounds us while looking out at the San Francisco Bay. Art supplies, smocks, and healthy snacks will be provided. Paradise Beach Park, 3450 Paradise Drive, Tiburon.

Yoga in the Park, 10am-1pm, fun-filled event offers a great way to get active while giving to a wonderful park, and giving to yourself! We will begin with a two hour service project that will spruce up McNear’s Beach Park. From there we will switch gears and enjoy a 45 minute yoga class on a flat grassy area beside the bay. The class will be led by professional yoga teacher Daniel Rauck and will be suitable for all ages and ability levels. Lunch served at 12:30pm. McNears Beach Park, 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael.

California Bookstore Day: 10:30 am:  Mimosas to toast DIESEL and other independent bookstores, 1 pm:  Sweet treats, All day:  A Bookstore Scavenger Hunt and Bookstore Bingo; completed entries go into a drawing for “Games and Prizes for ages 16+”, DIESEL, a Bookstore, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

It’s Time to Celebrate, 1-4pm, Come and enjoy the music of Juan L. Sanchez as we celebrate El Dia de Los Ninos/El Dia de Los Libros at the Point Reyes Station Library.

Mt. Tam Star Party, 8:30pm, free, “Searching for Planets in Ophiuchus” Searchers for extrasolar planets are using two techniques, radial veloity and a new strategy for finding a new category of planets that do not orbit any stam, the so-called “free-floating” planets. with Dr. Chris McCarthy, Rock Springs parking lot, Mountain Theater, Mill Valley.

Nike Missile Site Open House, 12:30-3pm, volunteers and Nike Veterans available to interpret each of the areas on the base.

Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship, 8pm, sing-along of sea chanteys and sailor songs aboard a historic ship at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

Build a Flower Planter, 9-12pm, Kids can build a window bird feeder to observe wildlife. Kids will learn to build their very own bird feeder while learning tool safety, Have fun, make friends and gain a sense of achievement and work ethic. Home Depot.

Hiking for Heartbeats, 2-4pm, Bring your loved ones out for a lovely hike in your national park. We’ll be making our hearts pump with stretches and light exercises before setting out to explore one of the various trails Golden Gate National Recreation Area has to offer. meeting at the Main Post Parade Ground in front of the Presidio Visitor Center on 105 Montgomery St.

Music for Families, 2pm, age 7+, San Francisco Symphony.

Open Studio, Engineering Essentials, 1-4pm, Use LEGO pieces to experiment with creating fun, unique inventions and discover the ways toys can be used to help find solutions for everyday challenges, The Walt Disney Museum.

Rumpelstiltskin, 1pm & 3:30pm, Young Performers Theatre.

Wildflower Walks, 12-1pm, The Park Stewardship team will lead you along trails and share the folklore, medicinal uses, and biology of flowers. Spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and a new appreciation for spring wildflowers in San Francisco are guaranteed! Meet at Lands End.

Cinco De Mayo Celebration, 10am-6pm at Dolores Park.

2014_kh_posterWEBChildren’s Day Festival, 11am-4pm, In recognition of Japan’s national holiday to celebrate children, Japantown Peace Plaza. 

Creativity Day, 10am-4pm, free admission to the Children’s Creativity Museum.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 5pm, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 7:30pm, Whisper of the Heart, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

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

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

Sunday, May 4

SS851931Jerusalem Marketplace, 29 A.D., 11:45am-1:30pm, Go back in time and experience middle-eastern food, games and crafts, such as woodworking, making beaded jewelry and working with clay. This is a great free event for the whole family! Costumes provided. Church services are at 10:30am and all are welcome. Mount Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave, Mill Valley.

May the Force Be With You: Star Wars Day, 1pm, prepare for blast off with Jedi Training, Galactic activities, and snacks from the Library’s Cantina. Perfect for ages 5 and up, but anyone interested in light speed travel and fighting the Dark Side is welcome, Sausalito Library.

Pacific Boychoir, 11am, will perform choral arrangements of classical and popular songs for all ages, Mill Valley Library.

118_origIsrael in Marin, 9:30am, Pick up your map and get a taste of life in Israel! Take a photo with Hump-free…a real camel! Shop the Shuk, Challenge yourself in our Israeli Boot Camp, Discover treasures in an archaeology dig, Make an ancient mosaic and decorate a Kesher tree, music by The Hebrew Projectwho blend Jewish, gospel, jazz & world music, and more, bring a can of food to donate, Marin JCC.

Children’s Program at Green Gulch, 10-11:30am, activities include crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual.

Towering Trees of Muir Woods: A Youth Program, 10:30-11:45am, Meet a tree, play with sounds and colors, learn about micro hiking and earth windows. Join Sherry Keith in exploring nature through song, music, and art. Space is limited so reservations required; please phone (415) 388-2596.

Fairy Princess Day2-2.30pm – Empowered Princess themed story time for ages 4-8,  Crown and Wand Making craft table, with plenty of glitter, 3pm – Kiki Thorpe, author of The Never Girls series, will read from her new book The Woods Beyond, which is the 4th book in the series. The books are for new readers aged 6-10, DIESEL, a Bookstore, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Create a Fairy Garden10am-12pm, ages 3-5, create a magical micro fairy garden that promises to attract woodland sprites! Turn a pint-sized bush into a fairy house and to transform twigs, moss and pebbles into fairy furniture.  $10 per child; materials included. Space limited to 25 children. Register online, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross.

Mother’s Day Make and Take, 11am-12:30pm, Bring your kids out to Stafford Lake Park to make something special for mom! Work with rangers to construct a wire bird perch, an acorn feeder, and a shadow print card. Supplies and healthy snacks will be provided. Stafford Lake Park, 3549 Novato Blvd, Novato.

Lemonade Day is a nation-wide event that teaches kids the skills they need to be successful in the future. Youth learn to set goals, develop a business plan, establish a budget, seek investors, provide customer service, and give back to the community. Lemonade day is the perfect opportunity for a community to show kids they care and train the next generation of entrepreneurs through a FREE, fun, engaging, experiential activity.

Makerbot + SketchUp, 2-4:30pm, Start by drawing lines and shapes. Push and pull surfaces to turn them into 3D forms. Stretch, copy, rotate and paint to make anything you like. Then we’ll teach you the many uses of 3D printing. For children ages 13+ and parents, Microsoft Store, Corte Madera.

Sunday Streets, Bayview/Dogpatch

Open Studio, Stop Motion Animation, 1-4pm, Make three dimensional objects come to life in a short animation. Explore hands-on activities designed around the processes involved in creating an animated film, The Walt Disney Museum.

How Weird Street Faire, the city’s streets will be transformed into a celebration of peace and creativity, as thousands of people journey to the “Mythical Realms”, Howard & 2nd Streets, San Francisco. There will be loud music, earphones are recommended for young children.

Rumpelstiltskin, 2:30pm, Young Performers Theatre.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am, featured book, “Fire Race: A Karuk Coyote Tale”, San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 3:30pm, Whisper of the Heart, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 1pm, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Drop-In Art-Making: Illuminated Studios:  Album DesignDream up your own album cover and get inspired by the midcentury albums in Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Mapping the Contemporary Print: Selections from the Anderson Collection, deYoung Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, May 5, Cinco de Mayo

Tuesday, May 6

Nature for Kids at Stafford Lake, 10am-1pm, We’ll begin the day by looking at insects, amphibians, and other animals that live in the small pond near the lake. After that we’ll head up the Terwilliger Nature Trail to see what we can find among the flowers and the trees. Don’t forget to bring your lunch! Stafford Lake Park, 3549 Novato Blvd., Novato.

TEEN Jenny Han & Morgan Matson, 6pm, In Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before a young girl’s secret letters to her crushes are mistakenly mailed, turning her whole life upside down. In Matson’s Since You’ve Been Gone, Emily’s friend vanishes, leaving behind a list of things for Emily to do that will take her out of her comfort zone. Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Little Tykes, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, From Seeds to Sprouts, Chabot Space & Science Museum.

Wednesday, May 7

Barn Dance, 6pm, the Nicasio School Foundation will be hosting a Cajun Barn Dance to benefit Nicasio School.

Thursday, May 8, Bike to Work Day

Be a Scientist, Science is everywhere. Take a walk, visit a park or garden, and help us paint a picture of California’s food and water resources. Your answers will help us build a more secure future for you and your community. The University of California is conducting three science projects and we need your help collecting data. Pick one of three projects to learn more about how you can participate.

Hour of Code, 5-6pm, ages 12+, build a 2 player 2D top-down game with JavaScript in 10 short tasks, Microsoft Store, Corte Madera.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 7:30pm, Princess Mononoke, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Friday, May 9

Oliver, 7:30pm, After running away from the orphanage run by the heartless Mr. Bumble, Oliver meets the Artful Dodger and is recruited to pick pockets for Fagin. There, Oliver finds a friend in Nancy, but neither she nor the boy is fit for a life of crime, The Playhouse, 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo.

Saturday, May 10

Mother Daughter Tea Party, 3pm, $20/pp, Mothers and daughters will spend quality time at a Mad Hatter dinner party. We’ll play games, dance, make an art project, and more! Corte Madera Community Center.

oliver14-adOliver, 7:30pm, After running away from the orphanage run by the heartless Mr. Bumble, Oliver meets the Artful Dodger and is recruited to pick pockets for Fagin. There, Oliver finds a friend in Nancy, but neither she nor the boy is fit for a life of crime, The Playhouse, 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo.

Let’s Celebrate Migratory Birds with Muir Woods National Monument, 10am-1pm, Stroll around Redwood Creek in search of migratory birds such as Wilson’s Warblers and Violet-green Swallows, then join Muir Woods’ Annual International Migratory Bird Day Celebration with family activities designed to explore the wonderful world of migratory birds. Meet at overflow parking lot at Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley.

International Migratory Bird Day, 8am-2pm, activities and fun for all ages. IMBD is observed every year by hundreds of thousands of people. Throughout the Western Hemisphere, people flock to parks, community centers, refuges, and town squares to learn more about wild birds, take action to conserve birds and their habitats, and simply have fun.

fryJasonLEGO Star Wars with Jason Fry, 10am, Jason Fry presents LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary, which gives detailed and annotated photography and insight into characters, locations, creatures, and spacecraft of the galaxy far, far away. Come by the store for tons of LEGO activities and fun! A pallet of legos will be on hand! Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Mom & Me Breakfast, 9:30am, ages 5+, bring your mom and together we’ll make waffles along with scrumptious toppings, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Mother’s Day Crafts by SCRAP, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Marin Human Race, Fairgrounds and Lagoon Park, San Rafael.

Bloomathon, 9am, Bring gloves and trowels and plan on 1-2 hours of involvement. A variety of colorful annuals are to be planted, Mill Valley Community Center.

Oh, the Things My Mom Will Do, 11am, story time and card making, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Sixth Annual Conservancy Members Day, 11am-2pm, Join us for history walks of the Presidio, nature talks with park experts, art treks, and more at this special day celebrating Parks Conservancy members and our parks! Pick up a map and collect “treasure stamps” at stations around the historic Presidio Main Post, including: Archaeology Dig, Historic Officer’s Club Sneak Peek, Hummingbird Hotspot, Tunnel Top Sneak Peak, Art Trek. The route ends with a party on the Main Parade lawn, where we’ll have games, music, crafts, and grilled cheese sandwiches from the Melt truck, so you’ll want to bring the whole family and make a day of it!

International Migratory Bird Day, 11am-2pm, enjoy a variety of family- friendly activities, from bird watching to investigative games, questions call 561-2730 or email nature@presidiotrust.gov, El Polin Springs, San Francisco.

History for Half Pints: Arts, Crafts, and Storytelling, 12-4pm, In celebration of the “founding mother of San Francisco” Juana Briones, join us for arts, crafts, storytelling, music, and Mexican Mother’s Day. Storyteller Olga Loya infuses the spirit of Juana Briones in every story she tells. Our friends from the National Park Service will share fun facts about the Anza Trail and Juana Briones’ mother, Maria Ygnacia Ysidora Tapia Briones. We will have music, games, jewelry making, and more!, Free event at California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 4:30pm, Princess Mononoke, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Rumpelstiltskin, 1pm & 3:30pm, Young Performers Theatre.

Wildflower Walks, 12-1pm, The Park Stewardship team will lead you along trails and share the folklore, medicinal uses, and biology of flowers. Spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and a new appreciation for spring wildflowers in San Francisco are guaranteed! Meet at Lands End.

The Bad Plus, 12pm, Both fun and educational, Family Matinees provide a window into the exciting world of live jazz. Each one-hour matinee features live performance, audience participation, Q&A and amazing music. Enjoyed individually or as a series, these Family Matinees will change the way you hear jazz, Miner Auditorium.

Pollution Palooza, 10am, run an obstacle course addressing different forms of pollution including but not limited to: air, light, visual, and noise pollution, Crissy Field Center.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 1-3:30pm, Intro to Manga Drawing Workshop, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 1-7:30pm, The Cat Returns, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Open Studio, Stop Motion Animation, 1-4pm, Make three dimensional objects come to life in a short animation. Explore hands-on activities designed around the processes involved in creating an animated film, The Walt Disney Museum.

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

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

Windrush Farm’s Spring Lamb Day, 10am-4pm, spend a day knitting, spinning and visiting, 2263 Chileno Valley, Rd., Petaluma, (707) 775-3390.

Living History DayPetaluma Adobe State Historic Park. 3325 Adobe Road, 707-762-4871.

Francisco Street Fair, 11am-3pm, enjoy food, a Samba band, games, prizes, and arts and crafts. Highlights include perennial favorites such as a birthday-party bouncy house, an old- fashioned dunk tank, face painting and, of course, birthday cake – plus rocket building, a 30’ climbing wall, and more. Outside the TBS Early Childhood Center at the edge of the Gourmet Ghetto (2030 Francisco Street between Shattuck and Milvia)—where Alice Waters once taught preschool.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, May 11, Mother’s Day

Marine Science Sunday: Saving Species: Endangered Marine Mammals, 10am-5pm, a FREE engaging ocean-inspired classroom series from our education experts, Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

Mother’s Day in Bloom, 1–4pm, $12 per person, Spring has sprung with thousands of native plants and flowers hugging the hills. We’ll head into the hills to identify blooms, practice field sketching techniques, and learn about popular pollinators. Then we’ll stop by the Headlands Native Plant Nursery for a stewardship and seed planting project. NatureBridge, Sausalito.

Oliver, 2pm, After running away from the orphanage run by the heartless Mr. Bumble, Oliver meets the Artful Dodger and is recruited to pick pockets for Fagin. There, Oliver finds a friend in Nancy, but neither she nor the boy is fit for a life of crime, The Playhouse, 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo.

Makerbot + SketchUp, 2-4:30pm, Start by drawing lines and shapes. Push and pull surfaces to turn them into 3D forms. Stretch, copy, rotate and paint to make anything you like. Then we’ll teach you the many uses of 3D printing. For children ages 13+ and parents, Microsoft Store, Corte Madera.

Learn to Kayak Fish at Miller Boat Launch, 10am-12pm, Join rangers and learn how to fish from a kayak on Tomales Bay. Participants will learn the proper gear and technique to effectively kayak fish in the bay! Please bring your own kayak and fishing pole and dress in layers. This event is open to all ages. Miller Boat Launch Hwy 1, Marshall.

Caminando Entre los Gigantes, 1-2:30pm, Discover the secrets of the giant trees that reside in Muir Woods on this easy 1-mile walk in Spanish.  We will learn how these trees have lived for thousand years, and what we can do so they can be here for a thousand years more. Reservations required 388-2596.

Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast, 9am0-1pm, $10 adults/$5 kids. West Point Inn, Mill Valley.

Mother’s Day BBQat Audubon Canyon Ranch –  a secluded part of wildlife sanctuary that is rarely open to the public.

Mother’s Day Mt Tam Hike and BBQ at the Asbo’s, 10:30am, join us for a great hike on nearby Mt. Tamalpais and BBQ, RSVP required, hersson@ aol.com, 775-9328.

Little Open Studio, Storytime, Color, and Light, 10am-12pm, How does light affect color? Artist Mary Blair used color and light to decide the design for it’s a small world, explore color and light using glow in the dark paint and other materials, The Walt Disney Museum.

Open Studio, Stop Motion Animation, 1-4pm, Make three dimensional objects come to life in a short animation. Explore hands-on activities designed around the processes involved in creating an animated film, The Walt Disney Museum.

Exploratoruim, Free for Mother’s Day.

Rumpelstiltskin, 2:30pm, Young Performers Theatre.

Preschool Super Fun Sundays: Rocki’ Pattern Party for Mother’s Day, 10-11:30am, Groove to the beat of Alison Faith Levy and the Big Time Tot Rock Band, laugh with Jen Miriam Altman and her hilarious puppet show Zaide’s Mother’s Day Surprise, and create colorful fabric designs in the art studio, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 1-3:30pm, The Cat Returns, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 1pm, Ponyo, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Drop-In Art-Making: Illuminated Studios:  Album DesignDream up your own album cover and get inspired by the midcentury albums in Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Family Gallery Adventures, 11:30am, Celebrate Passover, the holiday of freedom, with music, art and stories Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Mommy and Me, deYoung Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Mother’s Day, All Mother’s receive Free Admission, Schultz Museum.

Monday, May 12

rsz_judy_sierraJudy Sierra, 10am, Everyone knows Old MacDonald, but how did he start his farm? With some help from the Little Red Hen, of course! Bestselling author Judy Sierra brings us EIEIO! How Old MacDonald Got His Farm, in which an environmentally sensitive hen helps Old MacDonald turn his boring lawn into an organic community farm. Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Tuesday, May 13

How to Draw Trees, 10-11:30am, free, Learn a variety of approaches to drawing coniferous and broadleaf trees, make fast sketches to get the gestalt of a tree in moments with pencil or watercolor, explore methods to capture the branching patterns and texture of foliage in more careful drawings, close-ups of the details of a tree by learning ways of drawing and painting leaves needles, and a great trick to block in the symmetry of a pine cone, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary.

Little Tykes, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Soil and Worms and Compost, Oh My!, Chabot Space & Science Museum.

Wednesday, May 14, Full Moon

Muir Woods After Hours, 7-9pm, 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.

Thursday, May 15

Insect Discovery Lab, 4 pm, ages 3-7, meet giant millipedes, hissing cockroaches, whip scorpions and some othe the rain forest’s most charismatic denizens. Space is limited to 25 children, RSVP required, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Hour of Code, 5-6pm, ages 12+, build a 2 player 2D top-down game with JavaScript in 10 short tasks, Microsoft Store, Corte Madera.

Family Financial Planning: Teaching The Value of Money To Children of All Ages, 11:30am-1:30pm, 1203 4th Street, 2nd Floor San Rafael.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 7:30pm, Pom Poko, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Friday, May 16

Oliver, 7:30pm, After running away from the orphanage run by the heartless Mr. Bumble, Oliver meets the Artful Dodger and is recruited to pick pockets for Fagin. There, Oliver finds a friend in Nancy, but neither she nor the boy is fit for a life of crime, The Playhouse, 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo.

We Are Monsters, 7:30pm, hilarious new musical that follows human kids into a monster cabaret filled with quirky monster characters, Dance Palace, Point Reyes Station.

Skulls, new exhibit, California Academy of Science.

Saturday, May 17

Water Safety Day, 12:30-3:30pm, Lifeguard Demonstrations, Coloring Contest for Ages 2-12 years, Fire Department Truck & Friendly Firemen, Music, Water Contests and a Raffle, Free Admittance to the pool starts at 12:30pm, Mill Valley Community Center.

tsi-logo copySalmon Release, 10am-2pm, come join the fun as we release 2000 young salmon into the San Francisco Bay, Blackie’s Pasture, Tiburon.

Oliver, 7:30pm, After running away from the orphanage run by the heartless Mr. Bumble, Oliver meets the Artful Dodger and is recruited to pick pockets for Fagin. There, Oliver finds a friend in Nancy, but neither she nor the boy is fit for a life of crime, The Playhouse, 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo.

An Evening on Mount Burdell, 7-9pm, Join rangers for an evening of fun around the campfire! There will be a short hike, stories, sing-a-longs, and a talk about the area’s history. We’ll also master the art of making the perfect s’more (ingredients provided). Remember to bring warm clothes and a flashlight. Meet at the gate on San Andreas Dr in Novato.

Indies First Storytime Day, 9:30am, we welcome Andrea Alban, author of The Happiness Tree and the YA novel Anya’s War, for our opening storytelling activity. 10:00 am, Christopher Cerf & Paige Peterson will be stopping by to present the new mini-edition of Blackie: The Horse Who Stood Still, a gorgeous picture book about a local equine hero. 11:00 am with Ivy & Bean author Annie Barrows, who will participate in the festivities with additional storytelling. 12:00 pm, there will be a Timmy Failure Total Failure Party! We welcome lovers of Stephan Pastis’ Timmy Failure series to take their photo with Total the Polar Bear, make their own Timmy Failure scarf, and participate in a number of fun activities and puzzles. 3:00 pm, we welcome Gennifer Choldenko, author of the bestselling Al Capone Does My Shirts, who will conclude the day with reading stories, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

nate the greatNate the Great Treasure Hunt, 10am-12pm,  Prizes will be Diesel gift certificates. Noon, Children’s Indies First Story Time with Gennifer Choldenko, Christie Matheson and LeUyan Pham reading their favorite picture books for ages 4-8. DIESEL, a Bookstore, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Farmer’s Market, Little Folkies music class at 9:30-10:15 am, Little Folkies Bluegrass Family Concert from 12-12:45 pm. From 1-2 pm, the Willie Nillies, 2-6 A Vocal Harmony Event, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Life Jacket Trade-In, 12-2pm, Bring your child’s life jacket for and inspection by water safety experts. If the life jacket is no longer safe to use, a new one will be given in exchange, Strawberry Village, Mill Valley.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go, 11am, story time, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Making Fresh Salsa, 9:30am, ages 8+, Learn to dice and chop vegetables and fruits for a fresh salsa, then dip in crunchy tortilla chips, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Bon Air Spring Fair, 11am-3pm, free food samplings at Mollie Stones, music and activities for the kids.

Family Biking Workshop Series, 10am-12pm, $10/family, learn to safely navigate the streets – with fun activities, including an optional group ride, contact Peggy Clark at or call 456-3469, 8#, Fairfax.

Endangered Species Day, varies by project, check website for information.

We Are Monsters, 7:30pm, hilarious new musical that follows human kids into a monster cabaret filled with quirky monster characters, Dance Palace, Point Reyes Station.

North Bay Mobile Drive-In, Destroy All Monsters, 1968 Godzilla movie, rated G,  8:30pm, fun, authentic, drive-in experience, movie is projected on the side of the Old Hamilton Theater building (closed for many years now) and transmit the audio over the FM band (88.3FM) just like modern drive-ins. By donation, small concession snack bar available at each performance, Old Hamilton Theater Building, 520 Palm Drive, Novato.

Trips for Kids Re-cyclery HUGE Blow-Out Sale, offering huge discounts on selected items at our Re-Cyclery Bike Thrift Shop in San Rafael and at our Warehouse in San Rafael.  

Endangered Species Day, times and projects vary, hands-on with restoration projects to benefit the park’s imperiled species!

Wildflower Walks, 12-1pm, The Park Stewardship team will lead you along trails and share the folklore, medicinal uses, and biology of flowers. Spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and a new appreciation for spring wildflowers in San Francisco are guaranteed! Meet at Lands End.

Open Studio, Color, Tone, and Mood, 1-4pm, Learn the techniques for effectively influencing the overall mood of a scene through color use and dark vs. light tones. Follow along through guided demonstrations to help you create your own color palette for various moods and emotions, The Walt Disney Museum.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 5pm, Pom Poko, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Pier Crabbing, 10am-12pm, We’ll discuss bait, equipment, and regulations, then try your luck with our nets. Fills quickly so call early. Reservations required; call 556-1693.

Asian Heritage Street Celebration, 11am-6pm, Explore the Asian Museum for free during this annual program held during the Asian Heritage Street Celebration outside the museum. Asian Art Museum.

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

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

Carousel Grand Re-Opening, 11am-2pm, Celebrate the grand re-opening of our historic 107-year-old carousel! Free rides and entertainment for all ages, Yerba Buena Gardens.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 7:30pm, Castle in the Sky, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Makers FaireA family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement, San Mateo County Event Center.

Himalayan Fair, Live Oak Park in Berkeley.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, May 18

peterpanStorybook Ball, 4-7pm, this years theme is Peter Pan! All proceeds fund the children’s and teen programs for the Mill Valley Library, Mill Valley Community Center.

Oliver, 2pm, After running away from the orphanage run by the heartless Mr. Bumble, Oliver meets the Artful Dodger and is recruited to pick pockets for Fagin. There, Oliver finds a friend in Nancy, but neither she nor the boy is fit for a life of crime, The Playhouse, 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo.

Annual Heritage Day, The day will feature guided walks to learn about Olompali’s birds, plants, and archaeology, as well as talks by experts who will discuss the park’s historical structures and the Burdell Victorian Garden. Olompali State Historic Park.

Maifest, 12-6pm, decorated to honor a town or village’s local history, produce, and crafts, and is the focus of the traditional Maypole Dance. Tourist Club, Mill Valley.

LuLuPipLulu & Pip, book signing event with the author and doll maker, Poppy Store, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Nature Detectives Hike at Deer Island, 10am-12pm, ages 5 to 10, Even though we may not see animals as we walk through the habitats that they live in, by being observant and knowing how to interpret the evidence we find, we can see that there is life all around us! Meet at the gate on Deer Island Ln in Novato.

McInnis Skate Jam, 11am – 2pm, all ages and abilities! There will be food, music, and plenty of fun for the whole family. Registration begins at 11am and the competition kicks off at 12pm. Prizes are awarded by age group: 5-9, 10-12, 13-15 and 16 and over. McInnis Park, 310 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael, CA

We Are Monsters, 3pm, hilarious new musical that follows human kids into a monster cabaret filled with quirky monster characters, Dance Palace, Point Reyes Station.

MP-1134-SmallPostcard_4x6_Finalweb_02South Pacific, 2pm, Kids ages 4-13 free on Opening Day, Mountain Play.

Makerbot + SketchUp, 2-4:30pm, Start by drawing lines and shapes. Push and pull surfaces to turn them into 3D forms. Stretch, copy, rotate and paint to make anything you like. Then we’ll teach you the many uses of 3D printing. For children ages 13+ and parents, Microsoft Store, Corte Madera.

Cycling Crissy, Pedaling Presidio, The warm-up is a flat 2 miles around Crissy Field, where Ranger James will storytell and say farewell to DiSuvero sculpture. Then the more energetic can continue on a 3-mile loop around the Presidio, climbing to some new paths and bikelanes. Safe and nature-rich riding. Children over 12 and beginner cyclists are welcome. Helmet required. Meet ranger James Osborne at the Beach Hut/CFC at 1199 East Beach, Presidio.

Bay to Breakers, The wildest footrace in the world! The Embarcadero to the Great Highway, 359-2800.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am, featured book, “Fire Race: A Karuk Coyote Tale”, San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 1pm, My Neighbor Totoro, 3pm, Castle in the Sky, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Open Studio, Color, Tone, and Mood, 1-4pm, Learn the techniques for effectively influencing the overall mood of a scene through color use and dark vs. light tones. Follow along through guided demonstrations to help you create your own color palette for various moods and emotions, The Walt Disney Museum.

Drop-In Art-Making: Illuminated Studios:  Album DesignDream up your own album cover and get inspired by the midcentury albums in Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Collaborative Game Building, 11:30am, ages 6+, inspired by our exhibition To Build & Be Built, this  series of collaborative building games and challenges are led by local artists and architects, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Family Friendly Restoration, 10-11:30am, help restore the beauty of the Presidio by planting native plants, removing unwanted weeds, and performing additional activities to help preserve native habitat. Snacks are provided and we will be finishing off the day with a story circle,  561-2730 or email nature@presidiotrust.gov.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Miniature Marvels, deYoung Museum.

Makers FaireA family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement, San Mateo County Event Center.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, May 19

Tuesday, May 20

National Geographic Kids Club, 10-11am, near the kids play area and food court for our FREE National Geographic Kid’s Club! The theme this month is CASTLES!, Northgate, San Rafael.

Little Tykes, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Planting in the Garden, Chabot Space & Science Museum.

Wednesday, May 21

Thursday, May 22

Hour of Code, 5-6pm, ages 12+, build a 2 player 2D top-down game with JavaScript in 10 short tasks, Microsoft Store, Corte Madera.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 7:30pm, Grave of the Fireflies, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Friday, May 23

139Kiddo! Carnivalinclude rides, games, food, music and fun for the whole family, Mill Valley Middle School.

Marin Greek Festival, Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Christian Church, 1110 Highland Drive, Novato; 883-1998.

Seals & SlippersCamp 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. With bellies full, we’ll dive into some serious fun, as we explore the animal care and science that happens behind-the-scenes.  Marine Mammal Center.

American Clown Circus, 6:30pm, 457 St. Vincent Drive, Novato.

Not Afraid of the Dark Hike, 7:30 – 9:30pm, ages 12+, Join Rangers Felicity Hartnett and Mike Warner for an evening hike through the preserve. This hike is best suited for ages 12+ and adults who can hike at a moderate pace. Dress in layers, wear good hiking shoes, and bring water. Flashlights or headlamps required. Meet at the gate on San Andreas Dr in Novato.

Saturday, May 24, Possible Meteor Storm, the Earth will pass through the debris field left behind by a small comet that may result in a brief but intense burst of meteor activity some are predicting could be the most intense meteor shower in more than a decade.

Kiddo! Carnivalinclude rides, games, food, music and fun for the whole family, Mill Valley Middle School.

LBG and BBG jumpingLadybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, the Musical, 10:30am & 12:30pm, Lulu, Sam, and their playground friends explore the power of imagination, Marin Theatre Company.

Tennessee Valley Family Hike, 10am-noon, Look for clues that will reveal the identity of some of the animals that call Tennessee Valley home. We may find evidence of Gray Fox, deer, coyote, bobcat, wild turkey, Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. We may even spy some River Otters in the pond. Meet at the Tennessee Valley parking lot.

Forever Spring, 9:30am-12:30pm, age 6+, slow and moderate walk through the redwood forest on the Fern Creek Trail to Camp Alice Eastwood and back. Discover wild and endangered coho salmon, banana slug trails, the Native American uses of plants, ghost redwoods, and more.

American Clown Circus, 1:30pm, 4pm, & 6:30pm, 457 St. Vincent Drive, Novato.

Toddler Day, 9am-12pm, $30/pp, 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. Slide Ranch.

Build a Burger, 9:30am, ages 8+, Discover how much fun it is to make stuffed burgers plus a vegetable burger that tastes amazing, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

2014_Taste_MarinIJTaste of Town Center, Noon- 2PM! Delicious samples from our wonderful food purveyors! Come enjoy live music, face painting, and FREE samples! Town Center, Corte Madera.

Marin Greek FestivalNativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Christian Church, 1110 Highland Drive, Novato; 883-1998.

Hands-On Learning Event: eeBoo’s Spanish Flashcards, 11am, Come, learn and have fun as we play Spanish Charades with eeBoo’s Spanish Flash Cards!, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Little Open Studio, Storytime, Color, and Light, 10am-12pm, How does light affect color? Artist Mary Blair used color and light to decide the design for it’s a small world, explore color and light using glow in the dark paint and other materials, The Walt Disney Museum.

Open Studio, Color, Tone, and Mood, 1-4pm, Learn the techniques for effectively influencing the overall mood of a scene through color use and dark vs. light tones. Follow along through guided demonstrations to help you create your own color palette for various moods and emotions, The Walt Disney Museum.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 5:30pm, Grave of the Fireflies, 7:30pm, Only Yesterday, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

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

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

Family Day: Wild Cardboard Masks, 1-4pm, ages 6-12, Museum of Craft and Design.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, May 25

Kiddo! Carnivalinclude rides, games, food, music and fun for the whole family, Mill Valley Middle School.

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, the Musical, 10:30am & 12:30pm, Lulu, Sam, and their playground friends explore the power of imagination, Marin Theatre Company.

539ca0c6eec5f541beaa9c56261b2209Caledonia Street Festival, 11am- 5pm, “Welcome to the America’s Cup,” highlights include craft and art booths, live music entertainment and street performers, Sausalito.

Muir Beach Volunteer Fire Department BBQ, 12-5pm, feast on BBQ chicken, veggie tamales and lots more. Live music…R&B and rock ‘n roll dance music, Dancing, food and fun for the whole family!

American Clown Circus, 1:30pm, 4pm, & 6:30pm, 457 St. Vincent Drive, Novato.

Larkspur Flower and Food Festival, 11am-6pm, celebrate the beginning of Summer at the Bay Area’s longest running festival of flowers and food, Magnolia Ave. Larkspur.

Marine Science Sunday: Saving Species: Endangered Marine Mammals, 10am-5pm, a FREE engaging ocean-inspired classroom series from our education experts, Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

Mill Valley History Walk, take a tour of the estate of  the Locust District – Then & Now, Planes, Trains and Indian, The Outdoor Art Club, Mill Valley

Marin Greek FestivalNativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Christian Church, 1110 Highland Drive, Novato; 883-1998.

Makerbot + SketchUp, 2-4:30pm, Start by drawing lines and shapes. Push and pull surfaces to turn them into 3D forms. Stretch, copy, rotate and paint to make anything you like. Then we’ll teach you the many uses of 3D printing. For children ages 13+ and parents, Microsoft Store, Corte Madera.

Rancho Nicasio Summer Barbecues on the Lawn

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 5:30pm, Only Yesterday, 1pm, Howl’s Moving Castle, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Open Studio, Color, Tone, and Mood, 1-4pm, Learn the techniques for effectively influencing the overall mood of a scene through color use and dark vs. light tones. Follow along through guided demonstrations to help you create your own color palette for various moods and emotions, The Walt Disney Museum.

Drop-In Art-Making: Illuminated Studios:  Miniature FurnitureCreate your own one of a kind miniature furnishings using fine art and recycled materials, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Carnaval Parade, 9:30am, the Parade starts at 24th St. & Bryant St., proceeds to Mission St., then Mission to 17th St., Enjoy the artistic street theater performances of our Grand Parade contingents as they showcase their themes; cast of dancers, musicians and other performers; choreography, costumes, props, and incredible floats!

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, May 26

Mill Valley Volunteer Firefighters Pancake Breakfast, 7-11am, Corte Madera Ave. in front of City Hall.

Kiddo! Carnivalinclude rides, games, food, music and fun for the whole family, Mill Valley Middle School.

Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade, “Honoring Those Who Gave Their Lives for Freedom,” parade winds through downtown Mill Valley to celebrate Memorial Day.  The Parade starts at 10:30 at Old Mill School and ends at Tam High, Sweetwater Music Hall’s, Concert on the Green at the community center featuring the music of Matt Jaffe and the Distractions, Lebo and Friends, and Melvin Seals and JGB, great food and more!

American Clown Circus, 1:30pm & 4pm, 457 St. Vincent Drive, Novato.

Nature for Kids at Bahia, 10am-1pm, This open oak woodland at the edge of the San Pablo Bay wetlands is a fabulous spring destination. Wildflowers dot the lush grassland, the fresh leaves of the trees are alive with birds, and there are always butterflies patrolling the road that runs along the ridge. We’ll head to a nice clearing at the top where the kids can explore, while we let the birds and butterflies come to us. Don’t forget to bring your lunch! Bahia trailhead near the end of Bahia Dr in Novato.

Rancho Nicasio Summer Barbecues on the Lawn

Museum Monday for Little Ones, 10am-Noon, Schultz Museum

BofPreyDayCULogoBirds of Prey Day, 10am-5pm, What makes a bird a bird of prey? And how do they hunt and survive? This Memorial Day, learn about amazing avians during our feather-filled family event. Get up close to falcons, hawks, owls and other birds of prey and attend special programming. Free with the cost of admission. CuriOdyssey, 1651 Coyote Point Dr., San Mateo, (650) 342-7755.

Tuesday, May 27

Little Tykes, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Edible Garden, Chabot Space & Science Museum.

Wednesday, May 28, New Moon

Thursday, May 29

Hour of Code, 5-6pm, ages 12+, build a 2 player 2D top-down game with JavaScript in 10 short tasks, Microsoft Store, Corte Madera.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 7:30pm, Spirited Away, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Friday, May 30

Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30pm-8pm, Big Cat Tolefree & the Hipnotics, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito.

Family Movie Night, 8-11pm, Come enjoy a spring evening on the lawn at Stafford Lake for Family Movie Night! We will be featuring a family movie, popcorn, and more! Feel free to picnic and BBQ as well. For movie information please call closer to event date. Movie begins 15 minutes after sunset. Stafford Lake Park, 3549 Novato Blvd, Novato.

Tiburon Turns 50! 6pm, live music from several bands, lots of food and drink purveyors, activities for kids and much more. Come nightfall, Fireworks! A great display will be launched from off-shore and visible from the whole waterfront and Angel Island. After fireworks, it will be “Dancing on Main Street” with more live music. Don’t miss this once in 50-year experience in our beautiful downtown.

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

TEEN Ken Baker in conversation with Joyce Maynard, 6:30pm, Ken Baker, an E! News correspondent, presents his novel How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly In Love. Emery’s family puts her on a reality TV show in which she has fifty days to lose fifty pounds and win a million dollars. As the ratings climb and her weight drops, Emery uncovers important truths about beauty, love, family, and fame. Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Saturday, May 31

International Festival, music and dance performances by students and local performers plus a silent auction, raffles, games, food and activities for children, Coleman Elementary School, 800 Belle Ave., San Rafael.

May Madness, hundreds of hot rods, customs, classics and vintage autos will line the streets of Downtown San Rafael.

Explore Mt Burdell, 10am – 1pm, Come enjoy a mid-morning hike on Mt Burdell! Join Ranger Mike Warner for a moderate 3 mile hike through the preserve. We’ll learn about the area’s unique natural resources and features through some fun, interactive activities. We’ll also discuss some of the area’s rich local history, as well as fascinating facts about its acquisition. Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water and snacks. Meet at the gate on San Andreas Dr in Novato.

International Festival & Silent Auction, food, games, prizes and more, Coleman Elementary School, San Rafael.

Kids Club: Father’s Day Gift, 1-2pm, RSVP required, Goodman’s Hardware Supply, Mill Valley.

Junior Ranger Programs at China Camp State Park, 3:30pm – 4:30pm, ages 7-12 but all ages welcome, China Camp Village (in front of the museum), For more information call the China Camp Ranger Office 456-0766.

North Bay Mobile Drive-In, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, movie is projected on the side of the Old Hamilton Theater building (closed for many years now) and transmit the audio over the FM band (88.3FM) just like modern drive-ins. By donation, small concession snack bar available at each performance, Old Hamilton Theater Building, 520 Palm Drive, Novato.

Mount Tamalpias Astronomy Programs, bring a chair and picnic, stargaze and learn about “When World Collide” at the Mountain Theatre.

Marin Home and Garden Expo, 10am-5pm, Marin Civic Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael 507-1537, $6 to $10, free for 12 and younger.

Wildflower Walks, 12-1pm, The Park Stewardship team will lead you along trails and share the folklore, medicinal uses, and biology of flowers. Spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and a new appreciation for spring wildflowers in San Francisco are guaranteed! Meet at Lands End.

Little Open Studio, Storytime, Color, and Light, 10am-12pm, How does light affect color? Artist Mary Blair used color and light to decide the design for it’s a small world, explore color and light using glow in the dark paint and other materials, The Walt Disney Museum.

Open Studio, Color, Tone, and Mood, 1-4pm, Learn the techniques for effectively influencing the overall mood of a scene through color use and dark vs. light tones. Follow along through guided demonstrations to help you create your own color palette for various moods and emotions, The Walt Disney Museum.

Film: Disney’s Fantasia Live in Concert with the San Francisco Symphony, 8pm.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 5pm, Spirited Away, 7:30pm, Porco Rosso, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

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

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

CHOCOLATE CHALART Festivalbetween Rose and Vine Streets, Berkeley.

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