October 2014, Enter to win 2 tickets to see the 3D Sideshow at the Mill Valley Film Festival!

 3dsideshow_winEnter to win 2 tickets to see the 3D Sideshow at the Mill Valley Film Festival!

I have 2 tickets to give away for EACH show! Sign up on my Facebook Page to enter. The first winning name will be drawn from my Facebook followers tomorrow at 5pm for the October 4th show. The second winning name will be drawn next Wednesday at 5pm for the October 12th show. Winners will be notified directly.

Be sure to check out Ronnie’s Awesome List for the latest greatest events happening in and around Marin. October 2014 is a month chock full events. Keep checking back – you don’t want to miss anything!

Check out my AWESOME interview with the producer of “The 3D Sideshow” and one of the world’s leading contemporary stereo photographers, Robert Bloomberg.

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3D Short Flicks for Kids at The Mill Valley Film Festival

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The 3D Sideshow
Age Recommendation: 6+
* Saturday, October 4, 11am, Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael
* Sunday, October 12, 11am, Sequoia Theatre, Mill Valley

The 3D Sideshow is one of the many innovative programs showing in the Children’s Festival portion of this years Mill Valley Film Festival. It includes many shorts from around the world in a wide variety of styles. I’m extremely excited to share an exclusive interview with the producer of “The 3D Sideshow” and one of the world’s leading contemporary stereo photographers, Robert Bloomberg.

allisnotlost_tktHow did you come up with the idea of the 3D Sideshow?

I’ve been involved with the National Stereoscopic Association (NSA) for decades and was the Northern California director for over 20 years. Each year the NSA hosts a convention called 3DCom, and a main feature of the convention is the Stereo Theater, which showcases the works of both amateur and professional photographers and filmmakers. I thought it was a shame that the general public, especially kids, had little opportunity to see these innovative 3D films. So I had the idea to put together The 3D Sideshow.

diaryofafridge_tktCan you tell me more about the variety of shorts a family will experience?

Included in this collection you will see innovative shorts showcasing both big budget films as well as low to no budget films. There is a wide variety of distinctly different approaches to 3D, including computer generated imagery (CGI), hand drawn animation, stop motion, time lapse, as well as live action. There are different genres including music videos like OK GO’s “All Is Not Lost” and “White Knuckles” and Jeff Boller’s “A Geek Like Me”, two submissions from Disney, “Get a Horse” and “Feast”, an amazing historical film by Georges Méliès, an incredible 2D to 3D conversion of the classic sequence from Harold Lloyd’s “Safety Last”, a Simpson’s short “The Longest Daycare”, and the world premiere of “One Night in Hell” from Queen guitarist, Brian May’s London Stereoscopic Company.

What were some of the challenges you faced in bringing this culmination of short films together?

Deciding which films to include in the program was a big challenge. There are so many great films out there, and I wanted to choose not only my favorites, but ones that complimented each other and made for a good program.  It’s like planning a dinner party where you want all your guests to get along and have a good time.

Then there was making sure all the films were in the proper format to show on the theater’s projection system.  This DCP (Digital Cinema Package) system usually requires expensive conversions by a large production house.  Fortunately, there are now several free shareware programs online, such as OpenDCP, which I used to convert those films that were sent to me in other formats.

frogsandfriends_tktMy 11 year old daughter just signed up to be in the filmmaking club at her middle school. What advice would you give to a kid who aspires to be a filmmaker? Any advice for parents, like myself, to help encourage these future filmmakers/storytellers?

Just keep encouraging them and give them the space to create. If you can afford it – get them equipment and help with whatever they need to pursue their dream, watch their work and be positive. The nice thing about growing up today is that there are so many opportunities, inexpensive software and computers available. At one time this software and hardware was only available to large studios and was very expensive. Now, people are shooting movies with iPhones and editing movies on their laptops.

Also, watching films together with your kids, talking about them, the editing, camera positions, sound and music, etc. The more films you see with your kids, the more you can talk about them in that way. Ask what they think makes them good, what they don’t like about them, and help them look at what they’re watching more critically.

ageeklikeme_tktAs a parent, I worry about my child getting into 3D because I don’t want her on the computer all the time. How can a parent, like myself, help encourage this interests without feeling like she is spending too much time on the computer?

I’m old school in terms of filmmaking. The last film I did for the Mill Valley Film Festival was “How to Draw a Cat” which I did in my living room with a one man-one cat crew. Ask what she is interested in and what is out there in the world that she would like to share with other people. Perhaps she likes visiting the animals at WildCare or enjoys a particular sport or activity;  this could be the perfect subject  for her film. That way she is out there and not sitting in front of a computer but engaging with a subject she’s excited about. These days the computer is a necessary part of the process for editing, but the actual experience of making and sharing the film doesn’t have to involve sitting in front of a computer all day.

infernalcauldron_tktAlthough 3D has been around for a long time it was not fully embraced by movie studios – it was a novelty. I remember seeing “Jaws 3” with 3D glasses I got off the back of a cereal box. Now with computer technology, many films seem to get caught up in 3D – especially kids films. Do you see this trend continuing?

Unfortunately, there is a lot of prejudice about 3D because of its hit and miss history. It was often done by people who really didn’t understand the 3D process or care enough about the final product to put the effort in. It does require attention to detail. In the past there were limitations with technology. The big 3D films in the 50’s involved having 2 projectors lined up on the screen in exact registration and synchronization. The sad fact was many of the projectionists were not trained or familiar with the process.

Honenightinhell_tktow does 3D change the type of story you can tell?

Movie making is fairly young, only a little over 120 years old, and filmmakers have had a chance to experiment and learn their craft and develop a film language.  3D has existed in some form since 1915 but filmmakers haven’t had the time to develop the language of 3D filmmaking they way they have with 2D. To me, Avatar was the first big 3D success because James Cameron is interested in doing 3D the right way. Now, several Academy Awards have gone to both animated and feature films in 3D. Films like “Life of Pi” and “Hugo” and prominent directors like Ang Lee and Martin Scorsese are using 3D in an intelligent way, and not just using it as a gimmick. Ideally, 3D should become a natural thing so that people don’t even think about it. For me, I have to ask “Is 3D important for the subject?” You have to have a reason for using it.

How does 3D lend itself to the overall experience of the 3D Sideshow that you would not get from 2D?

We see in 3D. Everyone is walking around shooting 3D all the time. Your 2 eyes are like 2 lenses of a camera that your brain is fusing into 3D. So it’s a natural way of seeing the world. Hopefully in the near future you won’t be thinking about whether a film is in 3D or 2D, the way you don’t think about a film being in color as opposed to black and white. 3D can really add to a film. In Werner Herzog’s film, “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” the 3D lets the audience see how prehistoric painters incorporated the surface of the cave into their art. 3D brings you into their world, and makes it so much more immersive.

safetylast_tktYou have included classic snippets of films from Georges Méliès and Harold Lloyd. If Méliès and Lloyd were alive today, how do you think they would receive this film?

I’m positive they would both love it! Harold Lloyd was a 3D buff and was the inaugural President of the Hollywood Stereoscopic Society. He had access to the most elite Hollywood’s stars and shot many of them in 3D. He would be amazed at how his granddaughter, Suzanne, has converted his iconic clock sequence from his 2D film, “Safety Last,” into 3D.

The 3D Sideshow also features a remarkable discovery and rare treat from the father of special effects filmmaking, Georges Méliès, whom many people may know from Martin Scorcese’s 3D film, “Hugo”.

HTDAC-art secretsI know some people interested in having their film in the Mill Valley Film Festival. What can you tell my audience about the process of getting a film into the Mill Valley Film Festival?

Just send it in. In my case, I was encouraged by a friend to submit my “How To Draw a Cat”, so I sent an email with a description of film, posted a video online for them to view, and it ended up being selected for showing by the festival.  One of the nice aspects of the Mill Valley Film Festival is their interest in and support of local filmmakers.

Is this compilation of shorts going to be shown any where else?

No, these two screenings will be the only opportunity to see this particular compilation of films. Perhaps if “The 3D Sideshow” is a hit with audiences, the festival may wish to run it as a yearly event, similar to John Goddard’s wonderful “Hi De-Ho Show.” There were so many great shorts I had to cut out because of time restrictions and I would love a chance to showcase them in the future.

piecesofthefair_tktCan you give me some insight on what surprises audience members will experience?

On October 4th we will have five filmmakers for a Q & A after the program, me (Robert Bloomberg), Bob Venezia  (“Pieces of the Fair”),  Jeff Boller (“A Geek Like Me”), Eric Kurland (lead stereographer for “The Longest Day Care” and OK GO videos), and Patrick Osborne (“Feast”).

On October 12 we will have a screening of Jeff Boller’s “The making of  “A Geek Like Me“, followed by a live presentation by Patrick Osborne on the making of his film, “Feast”, from conception to final product.

We will also have a special door prize giveaway at both screenings of a yet unreleased, wonderful new 3D product.

movingstill_tktMany young people today are interested in learning 3D. We have camps and classes for kids in elementary school who are interested in learning 3D. Any last bits of advice for young artists just embarking on 3D as a potential path of interest?

There are so many tutorials online, How- to’s, equipment and DIY projects available. The National Stereoscopic Association has a magazine which has great articles. There are local film groups such as The Oakland Camera Club, which has a 3D division, festivals such as Mill Valley that supports and shows 3D. They have a wonderful program, CFI Education which encourages young filmmakers. I’m sure if your daughter came up with an interesting film, they would definitely take a look at it.

Also there are several 3D smartphone Apps, such as i3DSteroid and 3D Camera, that make it fast and simple to produce 3D that you can share online or email to a friend. The technology these days is so amazing.

whiteknuckles_tktWhere do you see this technology going?

I think it is just going to become easier for everyone to create art. There is hardly anywhere you can go in the world these days where people are not shooting photos and videos. I can’t think of a single major event that doesn’t get recorded. It’s just a matter of having the vision and taking the time to put it together. It’s one thing to shoot—there are so many people out there with thousands of photos and movies on their computer—it’s another thing to take that raw material and create something special. That is the hard part and where the work comes in, but it can be the most rewarding. For me, it’s a way to combine all my passions.

Microsoft_party_posteretteThe Mill Valley Film Festival runs October 2-12. In addition to the 3D Slideshow, this years children’s selection features innovative family films including a FREE outdoor screening of the classic Mr. Bug Goes to Town at the Old Mill Park Amphitheatre in Mill Valley and a selection of nonverbal foreign films including Miniscule: In the Valley of the Lost AntsThe Boy and the World, and This Bird’s Gonna Fly.

PLUS a Children’s Film Festival Celebration on October 12, 3-5pm, including live entertainment, Oliver Twist, The Family Bug Band, Glitter Tattoos, short films and more at the Microsoft Store in the Village at Corte Madera.

For a free pair of 3D glasses, mail a SASE to Box 227, Forest Knolls, CA 94933. You can use them to better view the images on Robert’s website.

 

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Ronnie’s Awesome List – October 2014


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SoiStock_000013749619XSmall-300x208me of my favorite family friendly events happen in October:

and every year we plan an outing to the fabulous pumpkin patches and gear up for all the Halloween fun (listed below in orange).

October also hosts ‘Blessing of the Animals,’ one of the Bay Area’s greatest traditions and performed in the ways of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and the environment. I am not religious but because of my personal passion in this area, I look forward to this event every year. I love watching kids line up, excited to have their beloved pets blessed with a special prayer to honor their loyal companions who love us unconditionally. It is a very special experience. There are many places across Marin to line up and have your pet blessed:

amelia_munroFriday, October 3

Saturday, October 4  

Sunday, October 5th

Sunday, October 26

Here are some other fun family and pet friendly events worth a mention:

If you know any other family and pet events in the Bay Area, please let us know.

Wednesday, October 1

Eggy Storytime, 11am, ages 3+, enjoy egg experiments and stories, Corte Madera Library.

Spaceships & Wings: A story time about flying things, 3-3:30pm, all ages, come to this special story time all about things that fly! Sausalito Library.

img_4673_medProfessor Smart’s Fun with Physics Show, 4pm, Kick off SCIENCE MONTH with this wild and crazy show! You just might learn something, Corte Madera Library.

Tween Movie: Coraline, 4pm, Sausalito Library.

Reduce Test Stress: A Free Program for Parents and Students, 7-8pm, Presented by Dr. Ben Bernstein, Clinical Psychologist & Performance Coach, and author of Test Success! How To Be Calm, Confident, and Focused on Any Test, Novato Library.

Film of the Month, 1:30pm & 4pm, films vary, every day except Wednesday, Walt Disney Museum.

Thursday, October 2

uncleeyejulia_mustacheUncle Eye and Julia, 4pm, ages 5+, listen to tales and sing along with Uncle Eye (Ira Levin), and Julia’s songs and singing stories – the Palace of Wonders. Join the fun, hear about Ruby the Rescue Cow and sing your heart out! Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Young Writer and Artists Club, 4-5pm, ages 8-11, Are you an aspiring writer or artist? Come to the Young Writer and Artists Club! We’ll write stories and poems, and draw, paint and collage. You don’t need to come every week, join us when you can, Sausalito Library.

Friday, October 3

Kids’ Pajama Party with Kathryn OtoshiKathrynOtoshi, 6pm, cozy in front of the fireplace, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies and get your books signed before heading home for bed, diesel, A Bookstore.

Afoutayi 5th Annual Haitian Festival, 6-9pm, free, live music, dance and more! YIA Gallery, 917 C Street, San Rafael.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park.

Sonoma County Harvest Fair, 4-9pm.

Saturday, October 4

Toddler Days, 9am-12pm, enjoy milking a goat, holding a warm egg from the chickens, and hearing the baa of the sheep, activities are toddler appropriate, but all ages welcome on this very friendly day, Slide Ranch.

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

tennis-racquetTiburon Challenger: USTA Kids Day, free, enjoy fun games, activities and soft serve ice-cream cones, Tiburon Peninsula Club, contact Michelle at 279-1973, skipwith@norcal.usta.com.

Junior Chef Class, 10am,  ages 9–13, Mac & Cheese – You Way!, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Nature for Kids: Deer Island, 10am-1pm, follow the 2.3 mile loop trail around this “island” as we walk through oak forests and open meadows. This beautiful little ridge that rises above the surrounding marshland is a great place to enjoy an autumn day with the family. Don’t forget to bring your lunch! Meet at the gate on Deer Island Ln in Novato.

Hand Painted Halloween Rocks, 10am-12pm, $2 per child for 30 minutes, ages 3+, Michaels, San Rafael.

3dsideshow_tktMILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL: The 3D Sideshow, 11am, short films, special music videos, & animations including an old Mickey Mouse short Get a Horse with 3D characters jumping in and out of the film, a rare clip from Harold Lloyd’s Safety Last, the Disney short Feast, and Georges Méliès Infernal Cauldron, the first film in 3D, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.

Science for Small Hands, 11am-12pm, hands-on exploration of science, technology, math and engineering. For young learners, ages 3-6, with caregivers, Novato Library.

Hawk Talk & Banding Demo, 12-2pm, about hawk migration and identification, Marin Headlands.

MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL: Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants (Minuscule: La Vallée des Fourmis Perdues), 12pm, A real forest landscape is the backdrop for a 3D animated story about the tiny, scuttering creatures that live there, including our petite protagonist: a recently hatched ladybug who is minus one wing and one family after an encounter with a gang of flies, Sequoia Theatre, Mill Valley.

Marinwood Oktoberfest! 12-5pm, music, food and more, San Rafael.

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

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

flora-and-the-penguin_fc_loresMolly Idle – Flora and the Penguin, 1pm, innovative, wordless picture book with clever flaps that reveal Flora and the penguin coming together, spiraling apart, and coming back together as only true friends do, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Professor Smart’s Fun with Physics Show, 1-2pm,  Science will come to life with an interactive performance combining theatrical storytelling and very cool demonstrations, Marin City Library.

Historic Fort Baker Tour, 1-2pm, learn about the Colonial Revival buildings and how this 1905 army post represented a new and improved standard of living for the officers and soldiers stationed here with architectural historian Kristin Baron, Cavallo Point reception building, Sausalito.

boxtrolls_tktMILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL: The Box Trolls, 1:15pm, Laika (Caroline and ParaNorman) is one of the animation world’s great new wonders, using pioneering creative technologies and approaches to storytelling. Where do they fit into the storied history of the medium and who is driving their creative visions? A chat with some key leaders of the Laika will provide a window in their wonderful world, and meet Directors: Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi and Producer: Travis Knight, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.

LEGO-Engineering, grades 2-5, Build a GEAR CAR and have an ISLAND VEHICLE ADVENTURE with Nancy from Play-Well TEKnologies! Class size limited: pre-registration required. Fairfax Library.

Ian Lendler – The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth, 2:30pm, The Stratford Zoo looks like a normal zoo… until the gates shut at night. That’s when the animals come out of their cages to stage elaborate performances of Shakespeare’s greatest works. Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Cover_IsisA Treasury of Glorious Goddesses Series, 4pm, Meet authors Shirin Yim Bridges, Janie Havemeyer and Gretchen Maurer as they discuss their lively middle grade novels that bring world mythologies to life! Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Owl Wars, 6:30-9:30pm, 5 mile strenuous hike at dusk, look and listen for the owls that call Muir Woods home, reservations required; call (415) 388-2596, Muir Woods.

North Bay Mobile Drive-In, Lord of the Rings, 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.

Healthy Parks, Healthy People, 2-4pm, hiking, beginner exercises and family games, you’ll get to know your various National Park sites while getting those hearts and waistlines happy, Presidio, San Francisco.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park.

October Fireworks Series, 6pm, fireworks at 8:30pm, music and more, Pier 39, San Francisco.

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.

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

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.

Lift Off Festival, 10am-5pm, see firing rockets, flying discs, soaring falcons, floating bubbles, and all sorts of things ascend into the air, CuriOdyssey, San Mateo.

Sonoma County Harvest Fair, 10:30am-5pm.

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.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, October 5

ShowImage.aspxNovato Fire District Open House, 10am-1pm.

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

Boogie with Emily Bonn, 11-11:45am, ages 2-5, Emily will bring her favorite old-timey, folk and classic children’s songs to create a playful learning environment for children. This 4-week course nurtures creativity, self-expression, and confidence while developing singing and rhythm musicality, body awareness and social skills. Registration Required, Mill Valley Library.

MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL: The Boy and the World (O Menino e o Mundo), 11am, Handdrawn animation and music from luminaries in Brazil’s contemporary music scene enhance this wordless tale of a boy’s travels to find his father, who no longer can earn a living from the land, Sequoia Theatre, Mill Valley.

thisbirdsgonnafly_tktMILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL: 5@5 This Birds Gonna Fly, 11am, animated shorts from around the world is sure to delight children of all ages, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.

Hawk Talk & Banding Demo, 12-2pm, about hawk migration and identification, Marin Headlands.

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

The Last Gun, 11am-3pm, How can a 50-ton gun simply disappear? Learn this and more while helping load and aim the last operational gun of its kind. Photos of the century-old Endicott system batteries in action are on display in an underground cartridge room, Presidio at Battery Chamberlin, north end of the Baker Beach parking lot.

Story Time & Family Walk, 10:30am, ages 4-8, Cloud Forests and Conservation, San Francisco Botanical Garden.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park.

Sonoma County Harvest Fair, 10:30am-5pm.

FAMILY PROGRAM: Foods of the Americas Family Day, 10am-3pm, Crafts, Food, Talks, Docent Tours, Corn Husk Dolls and Food tastings and Demos, UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, October 6

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL: Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, 5pm, Century Cinema Corte Madera.

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

Tuesday, October 7

Build a Body Storytime & Workshop, 3:30-4pm, ages 5+, Corte Madera Library.

Sunset/Full Moon Walk to the Point Bonita Lighthouse, 6-7:30pm, tour down the Point Bonita Trail, through the hand carved tunnel and out to the Lighthouse, Reservations required; call (415) 331-1540.

10639524_826935347350987_5751421220374992775_nMarin Private School Fair, 6:30-8:30pm, sponsored by Southern Marin Mothers’ Club, Greenwood School, Mill Valley.

Muir Woods After Hours, 8-10pm, ages 8+, This is an easy, 2-mile walk on paved trails. Bring your flashlight and discover Muir Woods when the sun goes down. Reservations required, 388-2596.

Wednesday, October 8, Full Moon, Total Lunar Eclipse

Amazing Animals Storytime, 11am, ages 3+, learn about penguins, otters, sharks, and more, Corte Madera Library.

LEGO Club, 3-4:30pm, ages 4+, We’ve got a huge LEGO collection. Come play, build and geek out with us! No children under 3 will be allowed, although we will have Duplos in the Children’s Room for them to play with, Sausalito Library.

Free Bike Repair Day for kids and families, 1-4pm, Bay Area Bike Mobile presents a free day of bike repair for kids and families. Bring your bike to the San Anselmo Library lawn. We can fix most everything! Arrive Early. Space is Limited.

Creatures of the Night Flashlight Program, 5-7pm, discover what nocturnal animals are and how their adaptations help them survive. By playing with flashlights and using a form of Morse code, learn about the effects of light pollution on nocturnal animals, Muir Woods.

Disney on Ice, enter the Promo Code MOM for a special discount, Oracle Arena, Oakland.

Thursday, October 9

Fleet Week, Enjoy the celebration honoring the men and women of our nation’s armed forces, watch the Parade of Ships, feel the roar of the Blue Angels.

Bird Walk, 10:15am, Birders or aspiring birders of all levels are welcome. No worries if you don’t have your own binoculars, we can loan you a pair during our walk, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.

Young Writer and Artists Club, 4-5pm, ages 8-11, Are you an aspiring writer or artist? Come to the Young Writer and Artists Club! We’ll write stories and poems, and draw, paint and collage. You don’t need to come every week, join us when you can, Sausalito Library.

Disney on Ice, enter the Promo Code MOM for a special discount, Oracle Arena, Oakland.

Friday, October 10

Fleet Week, Enjoy the celebration honoring the men and women of our nation’s armed forces, watch the Parade of Ships, feel the roar of the Blue Angels.

Not Afraid of the Dark Hike, This hike has been CANCELED

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Joanne Rocklin – Fleabrain Love Franny,  6:30pm, Franny starts up a correspondence with an eloquent flea named Fleabrain, who lives on her dog’s tail. Book Passage, Corte Madera.

MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL: Hoppity Goes to Town AKA Mr. Bug Goes to Town, 7:45pm, free outdoor screening of a croony, swoony animation classic that’ll delight the young—and the young at heart! Old Mill Park, Mill Valley.

Disney on Ice, enter the Promo Code MOM for a special discount, Oracle Arena, Oakland.

Saturday, October 11

Fleet Week, Enjoy the celebration honoring the men and women of our nation’s armed forces, watch the Parade of Ships, feel the roar of the Blue Angels.

Redwood Creek Before the Storms, 9:30am-12:30pm, Visit the creek at its driest and learn how coho bide their time before the onslaught of winter storms, meet at the Muir Woods Visitor Center.

Family Fun Day, 10am-1pm, pumpkin patch, games, face painting, crafts, bake sale, raffle and more, St. Vincent’s Pumpkin Patch, St. Vincent’s exit off Hwy 101, San Rafael. All proceeds donated to the boys at Timothy Murphy School at St. Vincent’s.

litquakePoster_webLitquake, 10am- 9pm, sci-fi to be heard at Gamescape, new works by local teens under the spreading tree on the library lawn, edgy “wild side” lit at Triumph Skateboards, and Muriel Johnson and Phil Sheridan will be telling stories from 11:15a – 12:15p at the Friends of the Library Bookstore, 1016 C Street, the entire 4th Street corridor in San Rafael.

Bay Area Pet Fair, Free admission (& parking), lots of free entertainment, giveaways, kid and dog activities PLUS more than 1,000 pets for adoption! Marin Civic Center.

Harvest Celebration, live music, local organic cuisine, nature craft activities, food and gardening workshops, meet our farm animals, and more, Slide Ranch.

Stars Wars Reads Day, 9am, fun-filled day of giveaways and activities in stores nationwide for Star Wars fans of all ages, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

AppleFaireRVMCMountain School Apple Faire, 10am-2pm, ages 3-7, games, crafts, puppet show and more, 50 El Camino Dr., Corte Madera.

Junior Chef Class, 10am,  ages 9–13, Waffle Mania, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

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

Concert for Kids, 10:30am, Christopher Smith, Robin Sweeny Park. Bring your family, a blanket and enjoy FREE concerts.

miniscule_tktMILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL: Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants (Minuscule: La Vallée des Fourmis Perdues), 11am, A real forest landscape is the backdrop for a 3D animated story about the tiny, scuttering creatures that live there, including our petite protagonist: a recently hatched ladybug who is minus one wing and one family after an encounter with a gang of flies, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.

Science for Small Hands, 11am-12pm, hands-on exploration of science, technology, math and engineering. For young learners, ages 3-6, with caregivers, Novato Library.

legomovie_tktMILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL: The LEGO Movie, 11am, Conversations with filmmakers from films that are part of awards season, these discussions are designed to illuminate the creative filmmaking process with directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.

Biketoberfest, 12-5pm, Family Fun Including Bike Decorating, Bike Carousel, Kids Bike Skills Zone and Face Painting! FairAnselm Plaza 765 Center Blvd. Fairfax.

Oktoberfest, 12-5pm, music, food and kids activities, Old Corte Madera SquareCorte Madera.

Fall_Flyer_FullPage_2014Fall Fest, 12-4pm, Music, Food, Cake Walk, Games, and AMAZING Raffle prizes. Join us and bring a friend to this thrilling community event for a great cause, San Geronimo Valley Community Center Arts & Events, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo.

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

Picnic Hike at Tiburon Uplands, 11am – 2pm, hike of the Tiburon Uplands Preserve, enjoy a picnic lunch, and spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay. This hike is moderate-to-strenuous, Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon.

youthreel_tktMILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL: Youth Reel, 3pm, stellar youth-produced shorts from all over the world, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

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

Tolay Fall Festival 

Family Matinees, ages 5-12, provide a window into the exciting world of live jazz and feature amazing artists from around the globe! This month is Zakir Hussain, SF Jazz Center, Miner Auditorium, San Francisco.

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

Science Saturday: Butterflies 101 – Butterflies of Mountain Lake and Beyond! 2-3pm, overview of these beautiful invertebrates, and discuss the rich history of Lepidoptera in San Francisco.

In the Footsteps of Anza, 2-4pm, walk through the Juan Bautista de Anza Trail and hear some of the stories of this trailblazing and inspirational expedition through treacherous and uncertain territory, 2.5 miles through sections of moderately strenuous terrain uphill; we’ll see and hear how this historic landscape has changed over 200 years, Presidio.

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.

Family Friendly Restoration, 9-10:30am, help plant 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 (415) 561-4280 or nature@presidiotrust.gov, Mountain Lake Outdoor Classroom, San Francisco.

IMG_0290October Fireworks Series, 6pm, fireworks at 8:30pm, music and more, Pier 39, San Francisco.

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

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Disney on Ice, enter the Promo Code MOM for a special discount, Oracle Arena, Oakland.

Sunday, October 12

Fleet Week, Enjoy the celebration honoring the men and women of our nation’s armed forces, watch the Parade of Ships, feel the roar of the Blue Angels.

Marin Waldorf School’s Annual Children’s Faire, 10am-4pm, games, puppet shows, story telling, crafts, local vendors, a visit from the Sleeping Giant, and activities such as the Knight’s Quest, Hero’s Maze, 755 Idylberry Road, San Rafael.

Sunday Special: Dholrhythms Dance Company, 11am, highlights the ancestral and ethnic roots of the Punjabi dance form while pushing boundaries with contemporary influences, Mill Valley Library.

MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL: 5@5 This Birds Gonna Fly, 11am, animated shorts from around the world is sure to delight children of all ages, Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

boyandtheworld_tktMILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL: The Boy and the World (O Menino e o Mundo), 11:15am, Handdrawn animation and music from luminaries in Brazil’s contemporary music scene enhance this wordless tale of a boy’s travels to find his father, who no longer can earn a living from the land, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.

Bay Area Pet Fair, Free admission (& parking), lots of free entertainment, giveaways, kid and dog activities PLUS more than 1,000 pets for adoption! Marin Civic Center.

Grand Opening at Dairy Knoll, music food, entertainment, and more! Dairy Knoll Rec Center, 600 Ned’s Way, Belvedere-Tiburon.

MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL: The 3D Sideshow, 11am, , 11am, short films, special music videos, & animations including an old Mickey Mouse short Get a Horse with 3D characters jumping in and out of the film, a rare clip from Harold Lloyd’s Safety Last, the Disney short Feast, and Georges Méliès Infernal Cauldron, the first film in 3D, Sequoia Theatre, Mill Valley.

Duck-Derby-web-banner-V1Duck Derby, Point Reyes Station.

Marine Science Sunday, 10am-5pm, takes a look at Creatures of the Deep, Join us for classroom presentations, Docent-led tours, and more! Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

2ArchaeologyDayMAI2014International Archaeology Day, 1:30-3:30pm, Paleo Technology Demonstrations and Activities, Native Food Processing, Crafting Shell Beads, Flint Knappin,g Projectile Points and more, Museum of the American Indian, Miwok Park, 2200 Novato Blvd, Novato.

Microsoft_party_posteretteMILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL: Children’s Party at Microsoft, 3-5pm, fun for the whole family including live entertainment, Oliver Twist, The Family Bug Band, Glitter Tattoos, short films and more! Microsoft at The Village at Corte Madera.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Sound Sculptures, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

As You Like It, 2pm, free, RSVP required, All are invited to join Rosalind, Orlando, Celia, and Touchstone as they escape to the forest of Arden in this classic comedy focusing on love, loss and redemption, the show runs an hour and the cast will take questions, stay for a PLAYSHOP – a one-hour, hands-on session featuring activities that will enhance your appreciation of the play! The newly restored Presidio Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Ave, San Francisco.

Tolay Fall Festival 

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Disney on Ice, enter the Promo Code MOM for a special discount, Oracle Arena, Oakland.

642Artist Showcase, 2 shows: 11am Creativity Museum, San Francisco & 4:30pm Freight and Salvage, Berkeley, featuring Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Tony Award-Nominated composers of our upcoming main stage show James and the Giant Peach. Do you have young performers in your family who love theatre? Then you won’t want them to miss this unique opportunity to meet these two brilliant Broadway songwriters!

Monday, October 13, Columbus Day

Fleet Week, Enjoy the celebration honoring the men and women of our nation’s armed forces, watch the Parade of Ships, feel the roar of the Blue Angels.

Boogie with Emily Bonn, 11-11:45am, ages 2-5, Emily will bring her favorite old-timey, folk and classic children’s songs to create a playful learning environment for children. This 4-week course nurtures creativity, self-expression, and confidence while developing singing and rhythm musicality, body awareness and social skills. Registration Required, Mill Valley Library.

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

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

Tuesday, October 14

Colored Pencils For Field Sketching, 10-11:30am, with John Muir Laws, a free hour and a half workshop, Learn how to get the most of a small set of colored pencils and create a fast, portable, intuitive, and inexpensive sketching system, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.

Test-tube Terrariums Storytime & Workshop, 3:30-4pm, ages 5+, Corte Madera Library.

Expeditioners2S.S. Taylor – The Expeditioners: The Secret of King Triton’s Lair, 7pm, Kit, Zander, and M. K. West are settling into their new lives as students at the Academy for the Exploratory Sciences when Kit finds another mysterious map left for him by their father, the brilliant, famous — and presumed dead — explorer Alexander West, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Wednesday, October 15

Science Experiments Storytime, 11am, ages 3+, Corte Madera Library.

Collage Workshop with Bethanie Murguia, 3pm, ages 4+, Come to our collage laboratory: experiment with line, color, and shape to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind collages. Local author and illustrator Bethanie Murguia will demonstrate a variety of collage techniques and approaches. Bring your imagination, we’ll provide the supplies., Sausalito Library.

The MOMS inviteThe MOMS, Fuel Up to Play 60, American Dairy Association, NFL & Real California Milk Event, 3:30pm – 5:30pm in Santa Clara for a very special event for families. Experience an active drill with the San Francisco 49ers Training Camp, giveaways, fun activities, photo booths, after school snacks and drills with the 49er’s Training Camp! City Beach, 2911 Mead Ave, Santa Clara.

Disney on Ice, enter the Promo Code MOM for a special discount, SAP Center, San Jose

Thursday, October 16

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Sean’s Spooky Shadow Puppet Show, 3:30-4:30pm, San Anselmo Library.

Haunted Tales for Halloween: a Shadow Puppet Show, 6:30pm, ages 4+, an entrancing and only slightly spooky shadow puppet show, Space is limited and reservations are requested. Please RSVP to library@cityoflarkspur.org or 927-5005.

Young Writer and Artists Club, 4-5pm, ages 8-11, Are you an aspiring writer or artist? Come to the Young Writer and Artists Club! We’ll write stories and poems, and draw, paint and collage. You don’t need to come every week, join us when you can, Sausalito Library.

Disney on Ice, enter the Promo Code MOM for a special discount, SAP Center, San Jose

Friday, October 17

girlandmonster_10Sean’s Shadow Puppets, 3:30pm, Shadow puppets and live music from master puppeteer Sean Powers, Sausalito Library.

Halloween Harvest Festival! 5-7pm, ages 2-12, Carnival Games, Pumpkin Carving and Decorating, Face Painting, Trick or Treat Bag Decorating, Carmel Apples, Bounce House, Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael.

Movie Night – How to Train Your Dragon 2, 5:30 – 8:30pm, free popcorn and more! Feel free to picnic and BBQ too. Movie begins 15 minutes after sunset, Stafford Lake Park, 3549 Novato Blvd., Novato.

9c9c4a48-4810-4d01-9884-e398bba4d678I Am Eleven, TBD, Do you remember when you were 11? Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey traveled the world for six years talking with 11-year-olds to compose this insightful, funny and moving portrait of childhood, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Disney on Ice, enter the Promo Code MOM for a special discount, SAP Center, San Jose

Saturday, October 18

Trails Less Traveled, 9:30am-1pm, enjoy a walk through cascades, ferns, and fragrant tanoaks of this quiet side canyon of Muir Woods.

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

PrintGoblin 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.

Junior Chef Class, 10am, ages 5–13, Pumpkin treats, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

10575414_698722830211085_556644197096745995_oTwin Cities Co-op Halloween Carnival, 10am-2pm, featuring 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.

Science for Small Hands, 11am-12pm, hands-on exploration of science, technology, math and engineering. For young learners, ages 3-6, with caregivers, Novato Library.

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

3cd003_4140ba05c90a4c5a8ee045ba52cd9f99.jpg_srz_979_401_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzCreole United Festival, FREE but suggested donation is $5, funds raised go to the Performing Stars “Zydeco For Kids” project and music education, enjoy Zydeco on the bay with authentic Louisiana cuisine, activities for all ages, arts & crafts for kids, dance lessons, exhibits, Sausalito.

Sharktoberfest2014PosterLetterSharktoberfest! 11am-4pm, free, shark related activities, food, music and more, “Build a White Shark” and “Shark Printmaking” $5/person, registration required for these two special programs, Contact Sara Heintzelman to RSVP for the event and to reserve a spot for special programs: sara.heintzelman@noaa.gov or 561-6622 x237, Gulf of the Farallones Visitor Center, 991 Marine Drive, The Presidio, San Francisco.

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

Watercolors for kids workshop with local artist Diana Bradley for Kids, 1-3pm, ages 4-10, registration required, Bring a toy or some photos that you’d like to paint pictures of. We’ll supply all you need and give great tips to start you on your way to working with watercolors, Belvedere Tiburon Library.

Hands-On Learning: Scoubidou Woven Whatzit! Decorating Project, 2pm, ages 7+, Decorate your backpack, locker or notebook with the Scoubidou, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Rush Creek Bike Ride, 5-6:30pm, enjoy a moderate 9-mile mountain bike ride at the Rush Creek Open Space Preserve. This route has very little elevation change and offers sweeping views of the marshlands at Rush Creek. Dress in layers, bring water, and don’t forget your bike! Meet at the Pinheiro Fire Rd gate on Binford Rd in Novato.

Oceans Aglow: Family Night Hike & Campfire, 6–8:30pm, join us for a night hike to Rodeo Beach in search of bioluminescent plankton twinkling in the sand, NatureBridge, Sausalito.

International Archeology Day, 10am-3pm, stop by Pershing Square to see archeologists in action, make your own adobe brick wall, behind the scenes tour of the lab, and more, Pershing Square at the corner of Arguello and Moraga, Presidio, San Francisco.

Tolay Fall Festival 

Market Days, 11am-3pm, free, open-air mini-festivals that bring together museum and community scientists, artists, and educators, art and science demos, hands-on activities, exhibits, and craft displays, Exploratorium.

San Francisco Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights, 12-3pm, birding, habitat restoration, quests, games and more, RSVP requested to (415) 561-4280 or nature@presidiotrust.gov, Mountain Lake, San Francisco.

TD-CircleLogo-IP-e1405383864269Trolly 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.

October Fireworks Series, 6pm, fireworks at 8:30pm, music and more, Pier 39, San Francisco.

Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Disney on Ice, enter the Promo Code MOM for a special discount, SAP Center, San Jose

Sunday, October 19

Goblin Jamboree, 10am-4pm, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Talk to a Planetary Geologist, 12-2pm, Dr. Georgiana Y. Kramer from The Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, and find out the latest news about our Moon. We hope to see a lot of budding young scientists. Bring your curiosity and questions. The event and entrance to the museum is free! The Space Station Museum, Novato.

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

MCM_Diesel_IvyBean_WebIvy + Bean Day, 2pm, ages 6-10, join us for an afternoon of games and fun! Bring a friend or come and make new ones while you play musical statues on the lawn and have a 3-legged race around the green before marching back to the store in a parade, led by a trumpet player, to greet Ivy + Bean author, Annie Barrows at 2:30 pm. There will be a photo booth for you and your friends to take silly pictures in, crafts to make and giveaway surprises! deisel, A Bookstore, Larkspur.

Tolay Fall Festival 

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.

Sunday Streets, Mission, San Francisco.

jalexander400dpiMaster Magician Jay Alexander, 11am, his illusions and sleight of hand are remarkable and amazing, Randall Museum, San Francisco.

AXIS Dance Workshop for Kids, Hop, dance, wiggle, and move to the beat in this series of drop-in creative dance workshops for children of all abilities, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

East Bay Mini Makers Faire, 10am-5pm, hack, make and remake things into new, personalized stuff. This is truly a Do-It-Together experience.

Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Disney on Ice, enter the Promo Code MOM for a special discount, SAP Center, San Jose

Monday, October 20

ivanKatherine Applegate – Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla, 10am, presents the extraordinary true story of a special gorilla who was captured as a baby in the Congo and brought to a mall in America to attract shoppers, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Boogie with Emily Bonn, 11-11:45am, ages 2-5, Emily will bring her favorite old-timey, folk and classic children’s songs to create a playful learning environment for children. This 4-week course nurtures creativity, self-expression, and confidence while developing singing and rhythm musicality, body awareness and social skills. Registration Required, Mill Valley Library.

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

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

Tuesday, October 21

Storytime: Horton and the KwuggerBug by Dr. Seuss, 11am, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Explore the 5 Senses Storytime & Workshop, 3:30-4pm, ages 5+, Corte Madera Library.

Pajama Rama! 6:30-7:30pm, A family program of bedtime stories & songs. Come in your pajamas and slippers! Bring your favorite stuffy! Fairfax lIbrary.

Wednesday, October 22

Family Movie Afternoon, 3pm, Pirate Fairy, Sausalito Library.

Kiddo! Art Show Reception, 4:30-6:30pm, SweetE Organic, Strawberry Village, Mill Valley.

Thursday, October 23, New Moon

Young Writer and Artists Club, 4-5pm, ages 8-11, Are you an aspiring writer or artist? Come to the Young Writer and Artists Club! We’ll write stories and poems, and draw, paint and collage. You don’t need to come every week, join us when you can, Sausalito Library.

Hands-on Science at the Farmer’s Market, 3-7pm, North Berkeley Market, Shattuck @ Rose St, Berkeley.

Friday, October 24

ill-give-you-the-sunJandy Nelson – I’ll Give You the Sun, 6:30pm, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Tam Valley Haunted House, Mill Valley.

ShowImage.aspxHalloween Music & Magic Show, 4pm & 6pm, Mill Valley Community Center.

The Witches, 6:30pm, This is a faithful adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic story in which Boy and his Grandmother defeat the Grand High Witch and her followers, who are holding a Conference in an English seaside hotel, Young Performers Theatre.

Super Natural Halloween Party, 6:30-9pm, This ghoulishly family fun event will feature trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, face painting and live science demonstrations, with more surprises added daily! California Academy of Science.

Explorer Days – Behind the Scenes of the Berkeley Natural History Museum, 4-5:30pm, Get a behind the scenes look in the collections which are normally closed to the public, including the Essig Museum of Entomology, the UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology, Jepson Herbarium, and the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. Please arrive early to secure your spot as the tour will be limited to 20 people.

Saturday, October 25

Halloween costume swap, 2014Costume Swap, 9am-1pm, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Family Exploreres Bay Sail, 9:30am-12pm, Set sail for family adventureon the schooner Seaward. Navigate the bay, hoist sails, and learn a bit about bay ecology during this 2.5 hour experience filled with breathtaking views and one-of-a-kind memories, NaturesBridge, Sausalito.

Junior Chef Class, 10am, ages 5–13, Halloween Cookie Decorating, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Kayak Paddle and Cookout, 10am – 1pm, after the paddle, stay for BBQ hot dogs and refreshments, free of charge, Tiburon.

get_to_knowGetting to Know WildCare, 10am-12:30pm, Enjoy a short hike in nearby Gerstle Park, where we may spot red-shouldered hawks and dusky-footed woodrat nests, WildCare, San Rafael.

Scream On The Green Faire, 10am-5pm, Trick or Treating 11a-1p, Little Chamber of Horrors” Haunted House, Pumpkin Carving & Costume Contest, Music, Food and more, Sherman Avenue and the Civic Green & City Hall complex.

WildlifeDiscoveryDayMarin Wildlife Discovery Day, 10am-2pm, over 150 species of birds that live and breed in Marin, our creeks support some of the best coho salmon populations in northern California, and our hills are home to California’s top predator, the mountain Lion, ‘Children’s Island’ in the lagoon at the Marin Civic Center.

Science for Small Hands, 11am-12pm, hands-on exploration of science, technology, math and engineering. For young learners, ages 3-6, with caregivers, Novato Library.

Halloween10.25Halloween Festival, 9am-1pm costume swap, 11am Pup Parade, Kids Music, face painting, crafts and more, Marin County Mart, Larkspur

Halloween Storytime: Click, Clack, Boo! 11am, join us in costume for this Halloween Storytime with fun-filled giveaways and activities, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Halloween Bash – A Community Arcade, 12-4pm, A mashup of Halloween and makers, celebrating community-made arcade games, with free trick-or-treating and a food drive, Bon Air Center, Greenbrae.

Trick or Treat on Fourth Street, 1-2:30pm, Haunted House at Saint Raphael’s School, games, crafts, and trick or treating, Downtown City Plaza, 990 Fourth Street, San Rafael.

Pumpkin Carving, 1-2pm, RSVP to Cindy or Carol, 388-6233, Goodman’s Hardware, Mill Valley.

Halloween Haunt, 4-8:30pm, Haunted House, Music, Food, Jump House, Face Painting, Scares, Laughs, Magic Show, and MORE!! Belvedere Community Center.

Haunted House, 5pm–5:30pm, child friendly, GAME ROOM, CITY HALL
Come see what spooky terrors lurk in this year’s inception of the annual Sausalito Haunted House. They’re dying . . . to meet you, Sausalito City Hall.

Mount Tamalpias Astronomy Programs, 7:30pm, bring a chair and picnic, stargaze and learn about “The Top Tourist Sights of the Solar System” at the Mountain Theatre.

Explorer Days – Back in Time at the Bay Model, 1:30-2:30pm, watch the Bay Model fill and get familiar with the forces of nature that created the SF Bay Estuary and surrounding areas, limited to 40 attendees.

Hands-On Learning: ZOOB Building and Modeling Event, 2pm, ages 4-7, build something creative with the ZOOB moving, mind-building modeling system, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Marin Wildlife Discovery Day, 10am – 2pm, Children’s Island, Lagoon Park, Intersection of Avenue of the Flags and, Civic Center Drive, San Rafael.

Woodland Pet Food & Treats Halloween Pet Parade & Costume Contest, Mill Valley, Greenbrae and San Rafael locations. My favorite sweets shop, SweetE, will have several delicious, organic chocolate and fruity at the Mill Valley event!

Trunk or Treat, 5-6:45pm, Mill Valley Community Center Parking Lot.

Graveyard Stroll, 6 – 7:30pm, get a head start on Halloween! 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, Marin County Parks Lucas Valley Field Office 18 Jeannette Prandi Way, San Rafael.

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

Hawk Talk & Banding Demo, 12-2pm, about hawk migration and identification, Marin Headlands.

Geology of the Golden Gate Headlands, 9am-2:30pm, Explore 200 million years of geologic history and learn the fascinating story told by the rocks at the Golden Gate, Reservations required 561-4323.

Tam Valley Haunted House, Mill Valley.

Halloween DayFlier2014_2Family Halloween Fest, 10am-2pm, Join us for a day of family-friendly, non-scary, inexpensive Halloween fun! Randall Museum.

History Comes Alive with Juana Briones at El Polín Spring, 1-2:30pm, experience a day in the life of Juana Briones, a legendary woman of the Presidio. We will start by grinding corn, and then continue with a short walk while listening to stories of the Presidio’s past inhabitants, registration required, 561-4323.

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.

2014_wharffestWharf Fest, 11am-6pm, enjoy music and live entertainment, food and wine, a chowder competition, children’s rides, ship tours, street performers, art, fireworks, and more, Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco.

The Witches, 1pm & 3:30pm, This is a faithful adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic story in which Boy and his Grandmother defeat the Grand High Witch and her followers, who are holding a Conference in an English seaside hotel, Young Performers Theatre.

October Fireworks Series, 6pm, fireworks at 8:30pm, music and more, Pier 39, San Francisco.

Hands-on Science at the Farmer’s Market, 10am-3pm, Downtown Berkeley Market, Center St @ MLK, Berkeley.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, October 26

Marine Science Sunday, 10am-5pm, takes a look at Creatures of the Deep, Join us for classroom presentations, Docent-led tours, and more! Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

Explorer Days – BioBlitzing at Muir Woods, 10am-12pm, identify and document as many different plant and animal species as we can, limited to 25 total participants.

Scream On The Green Faire, 10am-4pm, “Little Chamber of Horrors” Haunted House, Pumpkin Carving & Costume Contest, Music, Food and more, Sherman Avenue and the Civic Green & City Hall complex.

WOW! Halloween Faire, 10:30am-12pm, carnival games, bounce in the jump house, enjoy the candy & prize hunt and costume parade! Strawberry Park & Rec. Mill Valley.

Explorer Days – Marin Headlands Native Plant Science, 12-2pm, tour the native plant nursery and take a short hike, limited to 15 total participants.

Explorer Days – SF State University’s Bayside Marine Laboratory, 2-4pm, ages 11+, ocusing on phytoplankton, ocean acidification, harmful algal blooms, and carbon cycling will be open and scientists and students will be available to answer questions, Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, Tiburon.

Reading Together Book Group, 2pm, ages 8-10, The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm, diesel, A Bookstore, Larkspur.

Jeepers Jack-O-Lanterns, 10am – 12pm, ages 7+, carve your own spooky Jack-O-Lantern for Halloween! A limited amount of pumpkins will be available (otherwise, you are more than welcome to bring your own), and festive, healthy snacks will be provided, Paradise Beach Park, 3450 Paradise Dr., Tiburon.

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

Hawk Talk & Banding Demo, 12-2pm, about hawk migration and identification, Marin Headlands.

Beginning Birding, 9:30-11:30am, age 8+, easy walk along Rodeo Lagoon to discover our summer birds.

Tam Valley Haunted House, Mill Valley.

hoopla_5Halloween Hoopla, 12-1:30pm, Music, crafts, & costume parade for kids! Unique Derique is the master of ceremonies and will lead numerous games for families to play, Yerba Buena Gardens.

Meet the Banjo with Roger H. Siminoff, 11:30-12:30pm, upclose introduction to a classic bluegrass instrument—the banjo, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

The Witches, 2:30pm, This is a faithful adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic story in which Boy and his Grandmother defeat the Grand High Witch and her followers, who are holding a Conference in an English seaside hotel, Young Performers Theatre.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Sound Sculptures, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Hands-on Science at the Farmer’s Market, 9am-1pm, Temescal Farmer’s Market, 5300 Claremont Ave., Oakland.

Celebration of the Mind, 2-5pm, include a variety of talks and engaging performances and will feature interactive activities and a wide selection of mathematical games and puzzles.  Children are welcome to attend and participate in these fun activities, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, located at 17 Gauss Way, Berkeley.

Explorer Days – Paleontology and Geology at New Brighton State Beach, 3-5pm, we will discuss the formation of marine sedimentary rocks, examine the Purisima Formation fossils at New Brighton Beach, discuss the processes responsible for preserving fossils, and learn about the ancient seafloor environment in which these fossils are preserved! You are guaranteed to see fossils of ancient clams, snails, and whales,  limited to 40 total participants.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, October 27

Boogie with Emily Bonn, 11-11:45am, ages 2-5, Emily will bring her favorite old-timey, folk and classic children’s songs to create a playful learning environment for children. This 4-week course nurtures creativity, self-expression, and confidence while developing singing and rhythm musicality, body awareness and social skills. Registration Required, Mill Valley Library.

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

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

Tuesday, October 28

Nature for Kids: Cascade Canyon, 10am – 1pm, This beautiful canyon is a great place to enjoy the changing of the seasons and the colors of fall. If it’s warm we might find some lizards still out and about; if it has rained we might find some early season salamanders! Don’t forget to bring your lunch! Meet at the gate at the end of Cascade Dr.

Trick or Treat Bags Storytime & Craft, (for ages 5-8), 3:30-4pm, Corte Madera Library.

Silly and Spooky Pajama Storytime, 6-6:30pm, join us for some Not-Too-Scary stories, songs, and dancing! Wear your jammies or try out your costume! Novato Library.

Haunted House, Novato Youth Center.

Hands-on Science at the Farmer’s Market, 2-6:30pm, Lorin (South Berkeley) Market, Adeline & 63 St, Berkeley.

Wednesday, October 29

Make-a-Mask Crafter-noon, 3-4:30pm, ages 4+, Lion, princess, butterfly, ghost….what do you want to be? Come make masks with us! We’ll provide all the supplies, you provide the imagination, Sausalito Library.

Goblin’s Spooktacular – Trick or treat on San Anselmo Ave between Woodland and Tamalpais, 5-7pm.

Día de Los Muertos/Day of The Dead, 5-7pm, Come and Learn about Day of The Dead and Make art with Rachel-Anne Palacios /Venga y aprenda sobre el Día de Los Muertos y haga arte con Rachel-Anne Palacios, Novato Library.

Thursday, October 30

Timothy_James_Smoke_LargeMagician Timothy James, 4pm, ages 5 & up, Marvel at the magical skills of magician Timothy James, Belvedere Tiburon Library.

Silly and Spooky Pajama Storytime, 6-6:30pm, join us for some Not-Too-Scary stories, songs, and dancing! Wear your jammies or try out your costume! South Novato Library.

Mary Poppins, A musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film, Berkeley Playhouse. 2640 College Ave. Berkeley.

Friday, October 31, Halloween

Phil’s Halloween Story Time, 3:34pm ages 4-7, Sausalito Library.

Halloween Parade and Trick or Treat Lane, 5:45-8pm, Ghouls, Goblins, Princesses, Superheroes, Cats, Ghosts, and Monsters of all sizes, shapes and ages UNITE together at the corner of Caledonia and Johnson to haunt the street in search of free candy. We march at 6pm sharp so be ready to line up at 5:45pm. We will finish our Halloween Parade at Robin Sweeny Park, otherwise known as Trick or Treat Lane for more treats and Halloween fun, Sausalito.

ecb81ea4cbf80154687e413c_710x800Woodland Pet Food & Treats Halloween Pet Parade & Costume Contest, Novato.

Kids Costume Parade & Trick-or-Treating, 4-7, pumpkin decorating at The Poppy Store, Parade 5:30pm, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

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September 2014

Ronnie’s Awesome List, September 2014, still so many fabulous events happening this month. And don’t miss the awesome list of overnight adventures spotlighted at the top. Bring your pj’s and sleeping bag and sleep next to your favorite exhibit, under the stars or on an historic ship and let your imagination run wild…..read more.

Do you remember when you were 11? Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey traveled the world for six years talking with 11-year-olds to compose this insightful, funny and moving portrait of childhood. Don’t miss the film I AM ELEVEN Click here for complete interview & ticket information.

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11 Questions for Genevieve Bailey, Director of I AM ELEVEN

IAmEleven_SF_October2014Tickets on Sale NOW

10/17 Lark Theater, Larkspur

Genevieve Bailey’s award-winning documentary, I AM ELEVEN, opened to such fave reviews, that theaters across the Bay Area have extended the film for the next 2 weeks. Don’t miss this last chance to see such a beautiful, deeply personal and at times hilarious film of what it means to stand on the cusp between childhood and adolescence. I’m extremely excited to share an exclusive interview with award winning film director, Genevieve Bailey.

Genevieve Bailey and Ronnie at Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael.

Genevieve Bailey and Ronnie at Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael.

Can you tell me what Genevieve Bailey was like at 11? Did something specifically happen, or not happen, at 11 that made you love that year of your life over 10 or 12?

I was similar to who I am now. When I was 11, I went from primary to high school. I was young in my class but I love that transition because I went from being a big fish in a small pond to being a small fish in a big pond. Suddenly I had hundreds of kids to meet and hundreds of new relationships to form.

I still love dogs, dancing, people, I’m very social, congenial, interested in the environment and other cultures. Like I said in the film, when I was 11, I felt the world was big in a good way. I became very interested in learning the capital city of every country I could and learning about other cultures. Even though I never left my city of Melbourne, I was interested in the wide world. Sometimes people reflect on the time they were 11 and that they are still, at heart, very much who they were at 11. That’s true for me.

Another reason why it was my favorite age was because my dad, who worked for the government as a public servant, was made redundant. He was home for one year which meant he would drive me to school, take me to basketball training, and sew sequins on my dance costumes. He was very present. When I was 22 my dad passed away, only 11 years later. I look back to 11 as being very special where I got to spend a lot of time with my dad.

In the movie you said that at the time you conceived “I Am Eleven” you were 23 years old and going through depression stemming from a bad car accident, the loss of your father, and devastating global images from the Asian tsunami during your time working for a major newspaper in Australia. I found it so interesting that at 23 you decided to channel that energy to something as risky as making a movie. How did that feeling help drive you to the idea of making an uplifting movie about 11 year olds around the globe? Did making the movie help you deal with your depression?

Like anyone having a rough time in life the idea of having a purpose can really help you to turn things around and for me I saw a real need for a film like this. Part of the reason I wanted to make I AM ELEVEN is because it is the sort of film that I would want to see and I believe other people would want to see it too. We see so much negativity in the media, not just the newspapers but in television and cinema where there is so much violence. You put on the television and you see people doing horrible things to each other and it’s presented as entertainment. I had a problem with that and thought I want to make something that makes me and audiences happy. And I wanted this film to not just be fun but also entertaining and insightful and to shed light on how children are seeing the world all over the world which is why I didn’t make a film about just Australian kids, English kids, or American kids. I really wanted to take the audience on trip around the world and reconnect them with their inner child.

There were so many layers that led me to create this film. I didn’t have any funds or grants or wealthy parents paying for my film. I just had this belief that it was worth a shot and the giant 11 year old in me likes to jump into things rather then worrying about how hard it will be. It has been a huge part of my life and there have been plenty of hurdles and challenges along the way but the kids inspired me so much that I realized the resilience and perspective that I learned from those kids has really inspired me and helped me make the film as big as I could possibly make it.

Ronnie, Genevieve and Dagan

Ronnie, Genevieve and Dagan

You went to 15 countries in your movie and filmed 22 kids. How did you come to choose these countries and situations (orphanage in India, elephant sanctuary in Thailand, Jewish girl in New Jersey, etc.)?

I decided early on that the easiest way to find 11 year olds would be to go to schools since that is where they are hanging out everyday. But I worried that schools might offer up kids with the best grades or acting experience. Even though those kids would have been interesting, I didn’t need the kids to have those backgrounds.

I had three rules. My first rule was that they had to be 11; my second rule was that they had to want to be involved; and the third rule was that the parent or guardian gave permission for them to be involved. But other then that I was open to any kid because I knew they all had something to offer.

Dagan in I AM ELEVEN

Dagan in I AM ELEVEN

So, I decided to do it in a much more random way. I hit streets, went to market places, talked to people in book stores, bus stops and asked people “Do you know any 11 year olds around here?” It was a very unconventional way to produce a film. I produced, shot, edited, I had so many roles in this film. I became really comfortable with approaching strangers. Every story about how I found each kid is different and some are really funny and some situations were more strenuous but at the end of the day I didn’t leave the country until I interviewed an eleven year old there first.

Can you tell me about one of the funniest ones? I went into a book store in Berlin, Germany and asked the lady “Do you have any kids?” She said, “Yes, I have a 10 and 12 year old, why?” and I said “I am looking for 11 year olds.” And she said that there was a book published last year called “10 in Berlin” and it was 10 photographs of 10, 10 year-olds in Berlin. She said “That book was published last year so they are all 11 now and my friend published it so just pick a kid.” I opened the book and I said “What about her?” and she said “She lives right across the street from the book store.” I thought what are the chances of that happening.

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Sharif, Gen, Grace and Billy

Did you have a favorite country you’d like to return to? A country you missed? Was there a child you had a special connection with?

Audiences always ask me ‘who was your favorite kid?’ When I was a kid I asked my mom who was her favorite out of all of her kids in the family. And her response was “Mothers don’t have favorites, we love all our kids equally.” And I feel like that in the film, all the kids inspired me and have provided insight into their life in different ways so I love them all for different reasons. But I would say that audience favorites are Billy from London and Remi from the South of France. For me, I enjoyed all of them and want to go back and see any of them when ever I can.

I particularly loved to photograph in India. I’ve been back to India every year since we shot there and the kids there are like nephews and nieces to us. We’ve been doing a lot to help raise support for them. We created a foundation to help the kids in India and disadvantaged children around the world called ♥ The Darlingheart Foundation ♥.

Sharif in I AM ELEVEN

Sharif in I AM ELEVEN

My 11 year old daughter just signed up in the filmmaking club at her middle school. What advice would you give to a kid who aspires to be a filmmaker? Any advice for parents, like myself, to help encourage these future filmmakers/storytellers?

I always say to people, of any age, you should never let lack of fancy equipment or access to money stop you from telling your story. I made a lot of short films before “I AM ELEVEN” and the one that traveled the most around the world and won the most in prizes was made for about $100 with an old camera. When you get access to fancy equipment that is a great opportunity but if you don’t have access to all the bells and whistles; you can still tell stories and for me the story is the most important thing in the filmmaking process.

Reaching audiences is another important part and sharing your work even if it is rough. Showing it to people is the most exciting part of the process because you can gauge their reaction and see how the film is being received. I encourage people of any age to share their work and see how people respond to what they are making.

To parents, I would say it’s very easy, whether we are conscious of it or not, to tell kids how to do things or not do things or suggest what they should make a film about or how they should do it. What I would recommend to a parent is to provide an opportunity to let their kids experiment and explore on their own without them. There is not a right or wrong way to do anything and don’t pressure them into telling certain kinds of stories. It’s important for kids to experiment and play. What I do for myself as a filmmaker is to give myself that space to really explore and I think children are naturally curious that they make really great storytellers because of that.

Grace in I AM ELEVEN

Grace in I AM ELEVEN

What were your dreams as a child? Did your parents support your dreams as you were growing up? 

When I was 11, I was really into maths and science. I was interested in a career in forensic sciences and then I found out what that meant and realized I didn’t want to do that. I was very curious about the world, really interested in people, and was very social. My parents supported me in decisions I made regardless of what vocation it was.

Actually, while making film, and especially since distributing it, I realize (although in my heart I knew this) how influential my parents have been in not telling me what to do and encouraging me to do what ever it is that makes me happy. I realize that not everyone is raised in an environment where they are encouraged to follow their dreams. I am so very grateful to my parents. They were happy whether I wanted to become a scientist or engineer or filmmaker or teacher that they encouraged me to pursue what makes my heart sing. I am very grateful for that and I wish every child could have that.

This film was shot over a 6 year period. Was the final film what you envisioned when you started thinking about the concept when you were 23?

I look back now wishing someone interviewed me before I started because my memory before I AM ELEVEN feels so long ago. It has been such a big part of my life. I was 24 when I got onto that first flight to Tokyo and within an hour of being in Japan, I loved it so much I contacted my travel agent saying I want to stay longer. I enjoy being out of my comfort zone, the challenges of arriving in a new place, and having to start from scratch.

I reached a point early on realizing I can just keep this a small film or I can put all my energy, money and time I have into it and make it as big as possible. That was the point when I really decided that I wanted I AM ELEVEN to reach millions of people around the world and not for this to be just for family and friends. I wanted it to be as big as possible. Once I was committed to that there was no going back.

Was there anything that ended up on the cutting room floor that you wished you could have kept in the movie?

There was but the reality is shooting over 100 hours of footage, I had to cut a lot out to keep it to an hour and a half. That’s editing for you. On the DVD we can have the extra footage, outtakes, and behind the scenes. A lot of people are curious of the kids now. We can include updates of what the kids are doing now, how they are growing up and we definitely want to make a sequel as well.

Billy in I AM ELEVEN

Billy in I AM ELEVEN

You said earlier that you were directing, producing, shooting, editing and distributing your first film. Each of these tasks are extraordinarily time consuming and require a lot of focus. If you could go back in time, what advice would you give the 23 year-old Genevieve Bailey now that you have been through this process, that you didn’t know then? How about 11 year old Gen?

While there were a number of key decisions that I had to make along the way that were difficult decisions, I do not have any regrets. Even though challenges financially can be quite stressful while trying to achieve it with our small budget, I am glad we maintained all creative, financial and technical control. There was an option to hand the film over to another company. But we didn’t feel comfortable just handing over a work that was so precious to us and hope that another company would do a good job with it. So we did maintain control of the project and I’m so glad.

We had the premier of the film in Melbourne, Australia and I went to the restroom after the screening. My teacher from when I was 11 was there washing her hands. She said to me, “Oh Genevieve, that whole film is you when you were 11.” It was really interesting to hear that. At first it sounded weird but there are similarities between all of us and so many differences. I wanted I AM ELEVEN to highlight that. Show what makes us similar but also to celebrate what makes us different. I think back to my childhood and I had friends from the Philippines, Greece, Ireland, Argentina and I loved that cultural diversity. But I am conscious that not all children grow up with cultural diversity and learning about different peoples experiences and about privileged, opportunity and human rights. When I think back to when I was 11, I was interested in our differences. I was celebrating that then and I still do now.

I think I would tell myself just to enjoy every minute which I have been doing and to always remember when there are hurdles or barriers in front of you to jump a little higher and get over them.

You asked the question at the beginning of the movie, “Are they still having as much fun as I did when I was 11?” Some of the subjects the kids spoke about in the movie (love, war, the environment, happiness, and the future) and a variety of life circumstance (orphan, divorce, extreme poverty, bodies changing, racism, and bullying.) Did you feel that they were still having as much fun as you did at 11?

Yes, I did and I am glad because I wondered how much technology, advancement with the internet and access to news would hinder their experiences in their childhood. As you saw in the film, the children I found were not glued to computer screens and seeing the horrible images around the world. Even though some of them have grown up in face of adversity they all had this sense of hope, optimism, curiosity and a real sense of clarity. I think when you are 11, the world doesn’t feel as crowded, there is a real sense of ambition and respect. For instance, in the movie, Remi, the boy from the South of France, talked about the 3 different types of love he believed in and mentioned the love you have for people you’ve never met before. I think that is quite special.

Do you have any other projects in the future to watch for?

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This is me at 11!

Yes I do. I am really happy that I AM ELEVEN is playing in the US and in addition to the screening, something else is happening called “GATHR” which is when they have a direct and easy way people can demand the film screens in their city. The company I work with said in the last few weeks since the opening they received 73 requests across the US so I am going to be touring around with the film which is exciting. For more information check out www.iameleven.com/gathr

But my next project is about mental health which is something I feel very passionate to shine a light on.

Now I have a request for you and your readers. Do you remember when you were eleven? I have a sister website www.wheniwaseleven.com. I would love for you to take a photo of yourself and share a memory from when you were 11.

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Win 2 tickets to see 3 Blonde Moms

Throckposter2014 We all need to get out and laugh more. Please share this Facebook Offer and on September 16th I will announce the winner of the 2 tickets to see 3 Blonde Moms on September 18 at the Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley. Winner will be randomly chosen from Marinhood followers.

Read my interview with Joanie Fagan, the Bossy Mom, creator and producer of the hit comedy show 3 Blonde Moms….See How They Run!, playing at the Throckmorton Theatre on September 18th, 8pm, Mill Valley…..read more.

Kids are in school and there are still some fabulous things to do. Be sure to check out Ronnie’s Awesome List for September 2014.

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3 Blonde Moms – A Girls Night Out/Date Night Hit!

Throckposter2014Tickets on sale NOW: 3 Blonde Moms….See How They Run!
September 18th, 8pm
Throckmorton Theatre
142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley

Want to hear something funny? Go find a comedian. How about 3! 3 Blonde Moms are rolling into Marin with their hilarious hit comedy show called “3 Blonde Moms….See How They Run!” I sat down with Joanie Fagan, the Bossy Mom, creator and producer of the show to see how these 3 friends with their own successful comedy careers came together.

Q. Hit me (but not too hard please) with a pitch on your upcoming show? Give me a brief me on each of the 3 Blonde Moms?
We are 3 unlikely friends that live in The Valley but this last month both Beaumont Bacon and Donna Cherry hubbies are now employed on the east coast but we are still a trio. The 3 of us are so distinctly different that none of our material overlaps.

  • I am perky mom. That Martha Stewart wannabe but I fall short of being perfect or being Martha Stewart. I’m always one craft away from snapping. I think I’m perfect but I’ll walk out of the house with a velcro roller on the back of my head.
  • Beaumont is the feisty mom. She tells it like it is. Beaumont is a 5ft. whipper snapper from Texas and it doesn’t get any feistier then that. She is in a different phase of her life. Her children are older and she’s re-learning how to date her husband again. Reentering that phase of her life she is so use to bossing people around she says to her husband at the movies “Get me some popcorn! Oh, I mean, I love you!”
  • Donna is the hot momma. Always perfect with her make-up and heals. Donna actually is a former Ms. California, a Juliard trained singer, use to open for Barry Manalow and does these amazing singing impressions of famous moms. She is very girlie, loves pink and has 2 boys 7 & 17 so she has great boy jokes.

So, if you are not one of us, you know one us.

bumpitpicdonnajoaniebeau10[1]Q. How is juggling motherhood and a career working out for you?
All things go back to being a good mom. I am lucky because I get to work in spurts. 3 Blonde Moms performs 1-2 times a month and then I am a stay-at-home mom 90% of the time. The kids get to travel with us to really cool places like Washington DC and San Francisco. Half of the time we perform, we donate the show for charity. One year I donated the show to Save the Tata’s which was on the Royal Caribbean in the Bahamas. It a great balance. I am home most of the time, I make an income for the family, I get to make other families happy and my 13 year old daughter will not let me leave the house in sweats. I love what I do. I meet women who haven’t been out in so long and it’s so therapeutic. They laugh so hard they cry, it’s like a release. Laugher heals. Laughter is jogging on the inside. At the end of a 90 minute show people say “I feel better, lighter, refreshed, I can start the new day.” We forget how important laughing is.

Q. My 10 year old daughter says she wants to be a paleontologist and a comedian. Were you a funny kid? What advice would you give to a kid who wants to be a comedian?
Yes, I was funny kid. I took a lot of acting, drama and improv classes. I was at Harvey Lembecks Comedy Workshop for six years and then I joined The Groundlings. I suggest as soon as your daughter can, join an improv class. You learn timing and find out what you are funny at. Some people are funny writers, some are funny characters, some are physically funny, some people just stand there and have such a dry wit. Get her into acting or improv classes as soon as she can so she can start exercising that muscle. And also she should still focus on paleontology and keep going in that direction. I have a journalism degree from USC and it was something I could always fall back on and I use it now when I write press releases. You can’t be diverse enough. The more you have in life, the more you can talk about it and reflect it on stage. Her interest is so fascinating and specific that her talking about that or relating it to life and tying it all together is very unique.

Q. Who did you admire or influenced you to become a stand up?
Sadly we lost Joan Rivers and Robin Williams so recently. Both of those people have had a thread through my life as either motivators or people I looked up to. And then I met Robin twice at the Throckmorton Theatre which was amazing to me because I’m also an actor and he’s been able to successfully live in both worlds. He was just so nice. Joan Rivers always said “Stand up comedy is a calling” because it’s so odd that we would want to go on stage and tell jokes to people and make them laugh. It’s so hard at the beginning when you don’t have enough material but it is a calling.

Q. How do you envision 3 Blonde Moms in the future?
3 Blonde Moms has been a live stage show for 12 years. And I do other things, I have a vod-cast (video podcast) called The Joanie Show. I did 10 episodes for the Jon Lovitz Podcast Theatre – I LOVED IT. I finally got to use my journalism degree and interview great people. It was a lot of fun. The thing I want to do next is go into movies. “The Adventures of the 3 Blonde Moms” because we are so different from each other – we can take adventures to Vegas or go camping. Like the Vacation movies but more PG and showcase the things we naturally go through. I envision one of the moms would only communicate with her kids through texting back and forth – we never see the kids just their hands. Moms are just amazing!

vanityfairshotdonnaQ. What do your spouses and kids think of your act? What compromises have you had to make? Is there territory that they ask you not to talk about?
The spouses are cool with it. Actually, we don’t talk about them much. I know a lot of comics are more “male bashing.” We talk about ourselves and how we fit into the world. The in-laws, you have to explain, I might say a thing or 2 but it’s done in the best of ways. For instance, my husbands 4 sister all came to my wedding pregnant and they were all bridesmaids. We had to keep adding panels to their dresses. So I just line them up in order of trimester. They got progressively larger as they walked down the aisle. It was ok, I came down feeling “Oh, look how fit I am.” Its all in fun – they’re ok about it.
The kids we talk about them sometimes. For instance, with my 13 year old, I can only shop at certain stores like Brandy Melville. On the door it says one size fits all. So, I
walked up to the counter and said to the clerk, “One size fits all?” And he looked at me up and down and he says “Well, not all.” I thought, Hmph! I think I’ll go try on all your stretchy clothes NOW. Things happen – we’re kind of talking about the kids but in the friendliest of ways and experiences we go through. They love that we make people laugh.

Q. You each had successful careers in show business. What made you realize you wanted to collaborate together and create a stand up routine? When did you get that ah ha moment?
I birthed my child and a couple of years later I birthed the show. When I did stand up while I was pregnant and talking about my experiences about anticipating being a mom, people listened. I realized it’s so interesting and no one is talking about that. Then when I had my daughter I was talking about being a mom. People were leaning in, nodding their head and relating to what I was talking about. Before that, my material might have been funny but it wasn’t relatable or real until I became a mom. I thought, I’m perky and blonde so wouldn’t would be really funny to have 3 totally different moms on stage? The title came from the nursery rhyme “3 Blind Mice” but said “3 Blonde Moms…See How They Run” and the title clicked. Diversity on the stage just took off. We were selling out shows in advance. My favorite part is meeting other moms with the same experiences. I found a niche that’s underrepresent.

Q. How old are your kids? Who has the funniest kid and why?
We all have funny kids in their own way. Beaumont has 2 girls 10 & 15 and the whole family is funny. Donna’s 7 year old wants to be Indiana Jones and runs around with a hat and whip and her 17 year old is funny. My 13 year old daughter is funny. She makes me laugh all the time. Years ago, I walked into a room and turned on the light and my daughter said, “No, no mommy. You look so much better in the dark.” And I looked at her and said “Aw, thank you honey.” It was so adorable.

Q. So, do you write your own routines or do your kids?
Ha, we all write our own material. From the beginning, I talk about how different we are, how different our husbands, kids, background, etc. By the time we go one stage together it’s like you already know us.

Q. Did your parents support your dreams? Is “funny” in your genetic make up?
When I was growing I took acting classes. My dad is a lawyer and he thought I’d grow out of it. I never did. So he said, well, just go to college and get a degree and then you can do that as your minor. So I did. I went to college in journalism but minored in theater and went to improv classes. It was my path all along. When I was little, I was always performing so my parents eventually thought she is actually good and motivated and they did get behind me. I have a head for business and I’m creative. Just the fact that I was creating this whole act on my own my parents always said they are so proud of me. They have come to every show that is close by in LA. Sadly, my mom passed away last year. My dad is 86, still practices law, still comes to shows, and still couldn’t be more proud.

Q. They say “if you don’t ask you don’t get.” Of course, you need talent too. What lengths have you gone through to go after what you want and standing up for yourself?
You can listen to “no” all day long but I carved my own path, and we fill these rooms and get repeat audiences who want to hear from us. As Joan Rivers said, that is where “the calling comes” in. It’s almost an undeniable course that we are set on because it can be challenging and difficult and there is sexism and ageism. It’s better now but luckily I created 3 Blonde Moms out of thin air and we are all out there and the audience proves we, and all other moms, have something important to talk about, that’s relatable and significant. The proof is in the actual results so I don’t have to pay attention to all that stuff luckily.

Q. Funniest person ever – past and present?
I was immersed in comedy since I was a baby. Growing up, Carol Burnett and her whole cast, Tim Conway and Harvey Corman, made me laugh so hard. When I started doing stand-up, one night at the Improv, Tim and Harvey were hosting and they brought me on stage. I was speechless. Beaumont is one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. Robin Williams was one of my most favorite as both an actor and comic. Joan Rivers, I saw her as a teenager in the Catskills and fell out of my chair laughing so hard. Watching her on E as the fashion police was so funny. She forged the path for women. There weren’t many women doing stand up when I started. I was just behind Kathy Griffin, Rosie, and Ellen who are all great. People on Saturday Night Live – off and on, Gilda Radner when I was in college. I always loved Peter Sellers. Current comedians, so many – Kathy Griffin still makes me laugh, she is unique with her own way, Zach Galifianakis, Steve Martin, Jamie Fox, just so many.

Q. Parenthood is already a stand up act on a good day. What recommendations do you have to other moms and dads out there who want to consider stand up or writing humor especially about parenthood?
Just write, especially in the beginning. I wrote down everything. I always had a pad of paper and pen ready to write. If it is funny to you, it’s probably funny to other people. The next step is get on stage and start doing it. There are open mic nights where you can try it out for 5 minutes and even if they don’t laugh eventually you’ll find your rhythm where you’ll fine-tune your punchlines and figure out new material, get rid of what doesn’t work and keep what does. It’s a whole process. I teach at the San Francisco Comedy College a couple times a year. It’s a great place. I love teaching comedy because l love what I do so much and I can share it with other people. Almost anyone can be funny, and if you have a passion for it, you just need a little guidance.

Q. Stand-up comics write “savers,” funny comebacks for the things that can go wrong. Envision yourself on stage and various scenarios are bound to happen. What is the first thing that comes to your head when I say:

  • Hecklers? Drunk – usually in theaters they don’t heckle although you’ll occasionally hear a mom say “Right On!” In comedy clubs they serve alcohol and shows are later, so heckling happens all the time. Sometimes it’s funny or can be a minefield. Your instinct has to say to I want to participate or is this a sinking ship. Sometimes it can be funny banter and I learn from it. I have a bit about being past puma and past cougar and I thought, what would be funny past cougar and I thought badger. But someone yelled out saber tooth – that was funny.
  • Bombing a joke? (i.e. they don’t laugh) Awkward
  • Offending an audience member? More awkward

Q. What do you tell yourself on days when you really don’t want to get out there? How do you stay motivated, focused, fresh and original?
The show must go on. At the end of the day and we’re professionals. Like yesterday, we found out about Joan Rivers passing but there were comedians booked and they were so sad about her passing but Joan Rivers, above of, would want us to go on stage and be funny. The last thing Joan and Robin would want is for anyone to be sad.

Q. Where else will you all be performing while you are here?
Beside our performance on September 18th, 8pm, I will also be at The Mark Pitta Show at the Throckmorton Theatre on Tuesday September 16th.

Beaumont Bacon does the spicier version of her act Friday and Saturday at The Legendary Purple Onion in San Francisco (where Joan Rivers spent a year perfecting her act.) Use code word “blonde” and get $2 off.

Q. Finish this sentence – The best thing about being a comedian is…..?
Free therapy, I get to go on stage and talk about what ever I want and I have a captive audience.

Q. What does being a comedian mean to you?
Aw, sweet question because of losing 2 of my comic heroes so recently. I feel like I have the ability and gift to bring laughter and joy and we need that so much that I am grateful I can do that.

Q. Are you going to write a joke about this conversation?
I don’t have any jokes but I did have a lot of laughter in the conversation.

Aw, thank you Joanie!

 

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High Line Festival of Surfing – Sept 4-6

hlfsMeet some of surfings greatest contemporary film makers, musician and artist at the High Line Festival of Surfing. Opening night is tonight at Equator Coffee and Proof Lab with a film screening, photography display and festivities. What a great opportunity for little surfers to meet and celebrate with their heroes.

High Line Festival of Surfing runs until September 6th. Friday and Saturday festivities will take place at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley. Kids will especially love the films (Catch itJune Gloom and What the Sea Gives Me) at Sweetwater this Saturday, September 6th starting at 3pm.

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Ronnie’s Awesome List – September 2014


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Penguins + Pajamas at the California Academy of Science

Sleepovers at a favorite spot are a wildly popular experience and is as exciting as ever for families. Each one offers a unique and special way to enjoy a beloved place and they sell out fast. Bring your pj’s and sleeping bag and sleep next to your favorite exhibit, under the stars or on an historic ship and let your imagination run wild.

Animals:

Historic Ships:

Museums:

Do you know any other fun overnights at a museum or any other place in the Bay Area? Please let us know.

Special Note:

  • Bay Area Discovery Museum is closed September 8–22.
  • The Children’s Creativity Museum is closed September 1-12.

Monday, September 1, Labor Day

SoccerFest LogoSausalito Art Festival, Bay Model Visitors Center, 2100 Bridgeway, and Marinship Park.

Ghostbusters, 11am, 1:40pm, 4:20pm, 7pm, 9:40pm, Corte Madera Theatre.

Soccerfest, 12-6pm, free, food and fun, drinks, music and mahem, and some fancy footwork for all ages, Mill Valley Community Center.

The Tempest, 2pm, set on a lonely island that is home to the exiled duke Prospero, his daughter Miranda, the savage Caliban, and elemental spirit Ariel who fills the air with eerie sounds and delightful music, Free and family friendly, Old Mill Park Amphitheater, Mill Valley.

Free Shakespeare in the Park, 2pm, Taming of the Shrew, Green Show, a half hour before showtime – a great introduction to the play for all ages! Presidio’s Main Post, San Francisco.

Film of the Month, 101 Dalmatians, The Disney Museum, San Francisco.

Gold Rush Days,  turn back the clock to Sacramento’s historic district to 1850s. Costumed performers portray historical figures, personalities and just plain folks, bringing history to life while old-timey musicians perform on multiple stages, evoking the vivid tunes and sounds of the times, Sacramento.

Tuesday, September 2

First 5’s “Hands-On Health Express” van will be visiting the San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 10am-2pm, lots of activities for young children to learn about fitness and nutrition. Bring the kids for hula hoop fun, a little farmers market, coloring, stories and more!

Ghostbusters, 11am, 1:40pm, 4:20pm, 7pm, 9:40pm, Corte Madera Theatre.

Wednesday, September 3

e62b1178fa2111e283ae0018515993c9Family Fun Day 2014- Grand Opening Stroller Strides San Anselmo, 8:45am, free, join us for children’s activities, music class, local vendors and FANTASTIC giveaways, San Anselmo Memorial Park, San Anselmo.

Ghostbusters, 11am, 1:40pm, 4:20pm, 7pm, 9:40pm, Corte Madera Theatre.

Free Bike Repair Day for kids and families, 1-4pm, Bay Area Bike Mobile presents a free day of bike repair for kids and families. Bring your bike to the San Anselmo Library lawn. We can fix most everything! Arrive Early. Space is Limited!

Tote-Decorating Event, snacks and refreshments, The Poppy Store, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Legends and Myths of the Prairie Wolf, 10am-12pm, learn why the coyote is such a successful survivor and the topic of so many stories on this family-friendly, two-mile walk is easy to moderate with some steep hills, Muir Woods.

Thursday, September 4

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Ghostbusters, 11am, 1:40pm, 4:20pm, 7pm, 9:40pm, Corte Madera Theatre.

An Overture to the 2014-15 Opera Season, 8pm, conducted by our own fabulous Dawn Harms and feature Operatic Favorites such as music from Tosca, La Forza Del Destino, Manon Lescaut as well as some special surprises! San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak Street, San Francisco.free,

Friday, September 5

Whole-New-Mommy_FBWhole New Mommy, infant CPR class (sign up here, $45 for the price of the certificate ONLY), infant emergency preparedness, free samples, free raffle, nutritional tips and recipes and healthy eating demo tips for families, Whole Foods on Miller, Mill Valley.

Ghostbusters, 11am, 1:40pm, 4:20pm, 7pm, 9:40pm, Corte Madera Theatre.

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

High Line Festival of Surfing, Mill Valley

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Erik Jekabson Trio, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Film Night in the Park, Fifth Element, San Anselmo.

Owl Extraordinare! 7-9pm, there will be a variety of fun, educational, and hands-on activities including  search for owls, create your own owl puppet, owl anatomy and dissect a real owl pellet, RVSP to 561-2730 or email nature@presidiotrust.gov, 1216 Ralston Avenue in Natural Resources Building.

Saturday, September 6

Fall Fishing Derby, 9am-12pm, fall fishing contest, a limited number of fishing poles and bait will be provided first-come, first-served to beginners, Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon.

Build a Wizard of Oz Birdhouse, 9am-12pm, ages 5-12, Home Depot.

Whole-New-Mommy_FBWhole New Mommy, infant CPR class (sign up here, $45 for the price of the certificate ONLY), infant emergency preparedness, free samples, free raffle, nutritional tips and recipes and healthy eating demo tips for families, Whole Foods, San Rafael.

Junior Ranger: Wildland Fire, 10am-12pm, ages 7-12, learn about outdoor skills, natural history, and environmental stewardship, Mount Burdell, Novato.

Yoga in the Park, 10am-2pm, a great way to get active while giving to a wonderful park! We will begin with service projects that will focus on beach clean-up, landscape maintenance, and habitat restoration. At noon we will switch gears and enjoy a 45 minute yoga class on a flat grassy area beside the bay, McNears Beach Park, San Rafael.

Junior Chef Class, check store for time, ages 9-13, free, learn the tips, techniques and tools you need to make fresh pasta, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Five Little Monkeys, 10:30am, 12:30pm & 3pm, all ages, Those five little monkeys will get into as much mischief on stage as they do in their namesake picture books. Take cover when they make that birthday cake for Mama, meet up with a crocodile and disappear in the store! Not to mention all that jumping! Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley.

Concert for Kids, 10:30am, Tim Cain, Robin Sweeny Park. Bring your family, a blanket and enjoy FREE concerts.

Ghostbusters, 11am, 1:40pm, 4:20pm, 7pm, 9:40pm, Corte Madera Theatre.

Hawk Talk & Banding Demo, 12-2pm, about hawk migration and identification, Marin Headlands.

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

The Tempest, 2pm, set on a lonely island that is home to the exiled duke Prospero, his daughter Miranda, the savage Caliban, and elemental spirit Ariel who fills the air with eerie sounds and delightful music, Free and family friendly, Old Mill Park Amphitheater, Mill Valley.

600_401646322North Bay Mobile Drive-In, Labyrinth, 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.

High Line Festival of Surfing, Mill Valley

Film Night in the Park, Iron Giant, San Anselmo.

Healthy Parks, Healthy People, 2-4pm, hiking, beginner exercises and family games, you’ll get to know your various National Park sites while getting those hearts and waistlines happy, Presidio, San Francisco.

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.

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.

Free Shakespeare in the Park, 2pm, Taming of the Shrew, Green Show, a half hour before showtime – a great introduction to the play for all ages! Presidio’s Main Post, San Francisco.

Festa Coloniale Italiana, North Beach, San Francisco.

Autumn Moon Festival, Chinatown, San Francisco.

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

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

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Captain Underpants is Coming! 10am, Author and cartoonist Dav Pilkey, creator of the Captain Underpants series, will talk about his work, give drawing demonstrations, and sign his newest book, Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa.

Sunday, September 7

Grandparents Day, 9am-5pm, free admission for one grandparent and one grandchild! Bay Area Discovery Museum.

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

Marine Science Sunday, 10am-5pm, takes a look at Top Predators: Sharks and Orcas. Join us for classroom presentations, Docent-led tours, and more! Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

monkeys_publicityFive Little Monkeys, 10:30am, 12:30pm & 3pm, all ages, Those five little monkeys will get into as much mischief on stage as they do in their namesake picture books. Take cover when they make that birthday cake for Mama, meet up with a crocodile and disappear in the store! Not to mention all that jumping! Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley.

Kids Fair, 11am-2pm, free jumpies, petting zoo and more, Peace Lutheran Church, Mill Valley.

Ghostbusters, 11am, 1:40pm, 4:20pm, 7pm, 9:40pm, Corte Madera Theatre.

Battery Townsley Underground Tours, 12-4pm, Battery Townsley, at Fort Cronkhite, was San Francisco’s most extensive—and most secret—World War II military fortification, Marin Headlands.

Hawk Talk & Banding Demo, 12-2pm, about hawk migration and identification, Marin Headlands.

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

shipweb337182516_std.141143228_stdThe Tempest, 2pm, set on a lonely island that is home to the exiled duke Prospero, his daughter Miranda, the savage Caliban, and elemental spirit Ariel who fills the air with eerie sounds and delightful music, Free and family friendly, Old Mill Park Amphitheater, Mill Valley.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, David Correa and Cascada, Town Center, Corte Madera.

Folkish Festival, 12:30-2:30pm, The Old Way, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Free Shakespeare in the Park, 2pm, Taming of the Shrew, Green Show, a half hour before showtime – a great introduction to the play for all ages! Presidio’s Main Post, San Francisco.

San Francisco Opera at Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, FREE and open to the public.

Autumn Moon Festival, San Francisco’s Chinatown.

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

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, September 8

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

Ghostbusters, 1:40pm, 4:20pm, 7pm, 9:40pm, Corte Madera Theatre.

 

Tuesday, September 9, Full Moon

Logo round bongos orange higher resDemonstration Class with Music Together, 9:30am, FREE, Temple Kol Shofar, Tiburon.

Demonstration Class with Music Together, 10am, FREE, Dance with Sherry Studio, San Rafael.

Nature for Kids: Spiders at Lake Lagunitas, 10am-1pm, Spiders are everywhere, and this is the perfect time of year to see spiders of every shape, size, and color. We’ll learn how they hunt, how they make their webs, and how to identify many common species. Don’t forget to bring your lunch!

The fundamentals:essential drawing techniques, 10-11:30am, with John Muir Laws, a free hour and a half workshop, this workshop will break down the essential drawing techniques that everyone should know, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.

Demonstration Class with Music Together, 10am, FREE, Church of the Redeemer, San Rafael.

Ghostbusters, 1:40pm, 4:20pm, 7pm, 9:40pm, Corte Madera Theatre.

Wednesday, September 10

Demonstration Class with Music Together, 9:30am, FREE, Dance with Sherry Studio, San Rafael.

Ghostbusters, 1:40pm, 4:20pm, 7pm, 9:40pm, Corte Madera Theatre.

Demonstration Class with Music Together, 4pm, FREE, Dance with Sherry Studio, San Rafael.

Demonstration Class with Music Together, 4:30pm, FREE, Temple Kol Shofar, Tiburon.

LEGO Club, 3-4:30pm, we have a huge LEGO collection, come build with us! Ages 4+. We’ll have Duplos in the Children’s Room for kids under 4, Sausalito Library.

Thursday, September 11

Emergency Preparedness Course, 10am-8pm, Microsoft is partnering with American Red Cross to host a free Emergency Preparedness course geared towards families, RSVP to Vetra Davis at vetdavis@microsoft.com or call 415-413-9970, Village at Corte Madera.

Demonstration Class with Music Together, 10:30am, FREE, Homestead Valley Community Center, Mill Valley.

Demonstration Class with Music Together, 10:30am, FREE, Dance with Sherry Studio, San Rafael.

Bird Walk, 10:15am, Birders or aspiring birders of all levels are welcome. No worries if you don’t have your own binoculars, we can loan you a pair during our walk, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.

Friday, September 12

Kids’ Pajama Party with Aaron Becker, 6pm, Author and illustrator Aaron Becker will be here to read you a bedtime story. Get cozy in front of the fireplace, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies and get your books signed before heading home for bed, diesel, a Bookstore, Larkspur.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Lee Waterman & Jazz Caliente, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Film Night in the Park, 8:15pm, Flubber, preceded by an on-screen tribute to Robin Williams, a long-time resident of the Bay area and College of Marin and Redwood High graduate, Creek Park, San Anselmo.

Film Night, 7:30pm, Ghostbusters, Strawberry Rec Center, Mill Valley.

Movies in the Park, 8pm, The LEGO Movie, Old Mill Park, Mill Valley.

Saturday, September 13

Demonstration Class with Music Together, 10am, FREE, Dance with Sherry Studio, San Rafael.

GMMF_Poster_2014_8.5x11Greenbrae Mini Maker Faire, 10am-4pm, Marin’s largest ‘Do-It-Yourself’ festival, showcasing local makers with activities, show-and-tell, and exhibits on arts, crafts, science, robotics, music, technology, sustainability, education, food, and creativity, Bon Air Center.

Meet the Author, Two by Kathryn Otoshi, 10am, Two is best friends with One. Whenever they’d get the chance, they’d dance! But then Three jumps in between them, and suddenly One only wants to play with Three. Two feels left out, but what can she do? This character-building counting book by award-winning author Otoshi tells a powerful story of friendship, loss, letting go, and self-discovery, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Pie ContestPie Baking Contest, 10am, Farmers’ Market, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Junior Chef Class, check store for time, $5 donation for Share Our Strength, Cookie Decorating, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Mini Golf, 11am-1pm, ages 12 and under, Rangers will host a fun afternoon of miniature golf at the McInnis Park Golf Center. Prizes will be given for anyone who gets a hole-in-one! Healthy snacks will be provided, McInnis Park, San Rafael.

Where the Wild Things Are, 11am, story time, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Kea The Reading Dog, 12pm, meet author Jane Feldman-Nieves for a book signing of a true story written by a local teacher about how her dog inspired students to read! The Depot Bookstore, Mill Valley.

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

shipweb337182516_std.141143228_stdThe Tempest, 2pm, set on a lonely island that is home to the exiled duke Prospero, his daughter Miranda, the savage Caliban, and elemental spirit Ariel who fills the air with eerie sounds and delightful music, Free and family friendly, Old Mill Park Amphitheater, Mill Valley.

Fort Baker Waterfront and Battery Cavallo Walk, 2-4pm, we’ll walk past the renovated barracks and officers’ quarters of Cavallo Point Lodge, then proceed along the waterfront where the “army’s navy” was moored during World War II.

Hooray for Hollywood, 4-6:30pm, kids under 12 are free, enjoy a picnic while listening to live music from Frozen, Apollo13, How to Train Your Dragon and more, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael.

Film Night in the Park, Wreak It Ralph, San Anselmo.

Free Shakespeare in the Park, 2pm, Taming of the Shrew, Green Show, a half hour before showtime – a great introduction to the play for all ages! Presidio’s Main Post, San Francisco.

Fort Baker Revealed, 10am-12pm, Learn about nature and history at Fort Baker on a moderate 2-mile walk around the beautiful historic location.

Chocolate Festival, Ghiradelli Square, San Francisco.

Family Matinees, ages 5-12, provide a window into the exciting world of live jazz and feature amazing artists from around the globe! This month is Claudia Villela & Friends, SF Jazz Center, Miner Auditorium, San Francisco.

National Play Dough Day, 10am-4pm, ages 6+, create and play with easy- and affordable-to-make play dough, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

DIY Boat Making, 10:30am-12:30pm, construct simple sponge boats that they can play with outside in our water table, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Creature Design, 11am-1pm, make your own original creatures to visit the Creature Zoo, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Family Friendly Restoration, 9-10:30am, 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.

Mountain Lake Science Saturdays,  2-3pm, learn about the fascinating properties of wetland soils, a lively new series of talks by scientists studying topics relating to Mountain Lake and its ecological restoration, Presidio, San Francisco.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Much Ado About Sebastopol, 10am-5pm, interact with a myriad of “villagers” from 1578, make herbal soap or try your hand at weaving, listen to a wandering minstrel…enjoy some ice cold lemonade while watching the falcons and learning about their role in Renaissance farming, sit back and take in a short Shakespeare performance while feasting on a hearty, rustic lunch, fundraiser for local public schools and programs, Ives Park.

Sunday, September 14

Asheba1Fairfax Car Show, 10am-4pm, Broadway will be closed from Pacheco to Bolinas Road.

Sunday Special: Asheba, 11am, Dance, sing or just mellow out to the cool vibes and rhythmic sounds of this Bay Area treasure. Asheba specializes in vibrant songs from the musical and storytelling traditions of Trinidad, Mill Valley Library.

Meet the Author, Telephone by Mac Barnett, 12pm, Tt’s time to fly home for dinner! In this witty picture book from award-winning and bestselling author Mac Barnett, a mother bird gives the bird next to her a message for little Peter. But passing messages on a telephone line isn’t as simple as it sounds. Each subsequent bird understands Mama’s message according to its own very particular hobbies. Will Peter ever get home for dinner? This uproarious interpretation of a favorite children’s game will get everyone giggling and is sure to lead to countless rereads, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Town Wide Picnic, 12-5pm, Music from Revolver, a Beatles tribute band, jumpee houses, games such as sack races, three legged race, egg race, suitcase race, watermelon eating contest, and tug-of-war, face painting and more, Contratti Field, near Bank Street & Broadway BL, Fairfax

Hawk Talk & Banding Demo, 12-2pm, about hawk migration and identification, Marin Headlands.

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

The Tempest, 2pm, set on a lonely island that is home to the exiled duke Prospero, his daughter Miranda, the savage Caliban, and elemental spirit Ariel who fills the air with eerie sounds and delightful music, Free and family friendly, Old Mill Park Amphitheater, Mill Valley.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, Harmonics Steel Band, Town Center, Corte Madera.

Harvest Feast, 3-6pm, Come celebrate fall, the bounty of the harvest and this golden time of year with music, activities for everyone, a blessing for the harvest, and a delicious vegetarian family-style feast, Spirit Rock, Woodacre.

Folkish Festival, 12:30-2:30pm, The Old Way, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

National Acrobats of The People’s Republic of China, 3pm, Marin Veterans’ Memorial, San Rafael.

091414_WesternAdditionSunday Streets, Western Addition, San Francisco.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, New Year Wish Magnets, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Chocolate Festival, Ghiradelli Square, San Francisco.

Free Shakespeare in the Park, 2pm, Taming of the Shrew, Green Show, a half hour before showtime – a great introduction to the play for all ages! Presidio’s Main Post, San Francisco.

Preschool Super Fun Sundays: A Sweet Start to the New Year with Octopretzel, 10-11:30am, Celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year with music, art, and stories, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Comedy Day 1 Stage, 5 Hours, 30+ Comedians, A Million Laughs! Organizers say “…it’d be rated PG-13. We ask our performers to “keep it clean,” but occasionally an “off-color” word or topic will pop up. So, please use discretion.” Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

Box Car Workshop, 11am-2pm, ages 3+, Build and test box cars made with up-cycled materials. Kids will learn about gravity, wheels and axels, force and inertia by exploring how their car is able to roll with different forces, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Much Ado About Sebastopol, 10am-5pm, fundraiser for local public schools and programs, Ives Park.

Monday, September 15

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

Tuesday, September 16

coverSpecial Blackie Storytime with Illustrator Paige Peterson, 4 pm, We are celebrating the new edition of Blackie, the Horse Who Stood Still with a reading by Illustrator Paige Peterson. Come hear the story, and feast on Blackie cookies and refreshments. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase, Belvedere Tiburon Library.

Is School Enough? 7-9pm, documents vivid examples of where new modes of learning and engagement are taking hold and flourishing, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

The Berkeley Old Time Music Festival

Wednesday, September 17

Becoming a Wildlife Detective, 10am-12pm, Explore our local wildlife and how they have adapted to their environment by examining various animal pelts and skulls, Muir Woods.

Talk-Like-A-Pirate-Day, 3:30pm, Come aboard Dread Ship Library if you dare. We’ll set sail in search of doubloons (treasure) with our hardtack (snack) and tattoos (temporary). Dress like a pirate for extra adventure. Perfect for ages 4-8, but everyone is welcome, Sausalito Library.

Novato Library Lecture: Trail Terrors, 5:30-7pm, This is a bilingual event, many people are concerned about the dangers they might encounter in the wild. This family oriented talk about many of the animals in our area, and you might be surprised to learn just how little we have to worry about when we are out on the trail, Novato Library.

The Berkeley Old Time Music Festival

Thursday, September 18

daffydaveDaffy Dave, 4pm, ages 5+, Laugh till it aches with Daffy Dave and his comedy magic, Belvedere Tiburon Library.

Meet the Author, The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey, 6:30pm, ages 12+, How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity. Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

The Berkeley Old Time Music Festival

Friday, September 19, Talk-Like-A-Pirate-Day

Park School’s Gently Used Adult & Children’s Book Sale, 3-5pm, Park School Auditorium, 411 Elm Street, Mill Valley.

Friday Nights on Main, 6-9pm, Annual Fireman’s Ball, Main Street, Tiburon.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Smith Dobson Quartet, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Pacheco Plaza Summer Music Series, 6-9pm, Pachamama Band, Novato.

The Berkeley Old Time Music Festival

Saturday, September 20, California Coastal Cleanup Day

California Coastal Cleanup Day, 9am-12pm, various locations.

California Coastal Cleanup Day, 9am-12pm, Marin County Parks will be cleaning litter and recyclables on the Mill Valley/Sausalito Multiuse Path and Bothin Marsh.

Coastal Clean Up, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary.

Park School’s Gently Used Adult & Children’s Book Sale, 9am-1pm, Park School Auditorium, 411 Elm Street, Mill Valley.”

Join the Coast Cleanup at Muir Beach, 10am-12:30pm, WildCare Family Adventures will participate in the statewide coastal cleanup. Vast amounts of plastic debris litter the world’s oceans causing harm to to wildlife. Most of this debris comes from land If not removed, it will end up in the ocean. We will have a little hike on the beach, and take part in this very important cleanup effort. Bring lunch!

Cool, Clear Waters, 9:30am-12pm, easy two-mile walk with Ranger Lou around an ecological restoration site to learn how the needs of salmon and frogs can inspire people to create habitat for endangered and threatened species during a time of climate change, and still meet the recreational needs of visitors at this popular national park site, Muir Woods.

2014 MVFA TestMill Valley Fall Arts Festival, 10am-5pm, Old Mill Park, Mill Valley.

Children’s Toy & Clothing Sale, 10am-4pm, Marinwood Community Center.

Junior Chef Class, check store for time, ages 9-13, free, learn how to make some great breakfasts, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Story Time with a Ranger, 10:30am-12pm, ages 4-6, explore the adventures and lives of salt marsh creatures through stories and activities, Santa Margarita Island, San Rafael.

Meet the Author, Alice Waters and the Trip to Delicious by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, 11am, ages 6+, The search for good food led Alice Waters to France, back to her home in Berkeley, California, to starting the famed restaurant Chez Panisse, and to the founding of the Edible Schoolyard. To her a delicious meal does not start in the kitchen, but in the field with good soil and caring farmers, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Curious George’s Curiosity Day, 11am, stories, activities and giveaways, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Oktoberfest, Tam Valley Community Center, Mill Valley.

Gateway to the Pacific, 11am-3pm, historic reinactment depicting Angel Island and its role in the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars of 1899-1902, Angel Island.

Family-Bike-Ride- Web versionFamily Bike Ride, 12-2pm, it is a fun way to learn to navigate the streets together and rules of the road, learn to balance, break, steer and stop, contact peggy@marinbike.org, 456-3469 ext. 8, Marin General Hospital, Greenbrae.

Hawk Talk & Banding Demo, 12-2pm, about hawk migration and identification, Marin Headlands.

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

Oktoberfest, 6-9pm, Prost! Come join the German crew dressed in Dirndl’s and Lederhosen and if you have your own attire or accordion, feel free to wear or bring it! We’ll have authentic Oktoberfest food and beverages, Peace Lutheran Church, Mill Valley.

Film Night in the Park, Despicable Me 2, Creek Park, San Anselmo.

Movie Series, 7:30-9:30pm, Frozen, Before the movie: Meet and mingle with Frozen’s Princess Anna! Village at Corte Madera.

North Bay Mobile Drive-In, Moonrise Kingdom, 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.

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.

Market Days, 11am-3pm, free, open-air mini-festivals that bring together museum and community scientists, artists, and educators, art and science demos, hands-on activities, exhibits, and craft displays, Exploratorium.

prk_img_shrew_indexFree Shakespeare in the Park, 2pm, Taming of the Shrew, Green Show, a half hour before showtime – a great introduction to the play for all ages! Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, McLaren Park, San Francisco.

Chibitronics, 11am-3pm, a hands-on Circuit Sticker workshop and learn how to create light-up LED cards, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

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

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

San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival, 10am-5pm, free, lots of activities for the kiddos, including Dragon Land — a 3,500 square foot children’s activity pavilion filled with arts and crafts, games, animal balloons, face painting, temporary tattoos, yo yo lessons, the Flax Creative Arts Activity Area and more, Treasure Island, San Francisco. Free.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

The Berkeley Old Time Music Festival

Sunday, September 21

Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, 10am-5pm, Old Mill Park, Mill Valley.

Sea Otter Spectacular, 10am-5pm, the smallest marine mammal is also one of the most special with adaptations to stay warm, find food, and even use tools!  This month we celebrate the threatened species with our Sea Otter Spectacular in a fun, educational way for both kids and adults, Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

Shofar Factory, 10am, free, $15 to make your own Shofar (optional), a hands on workshop about the Shofar, RSVP to Rabbi@JewishNovato.com by September 15 , Chabad Jewish Center, Novato.

Story Time with a Ranger, 10:30am-12pm, explore the adventures and lives of salt marsh creatures through stories and activities, Meadow Dr in San Rafael.

kinderfest_eventspot_reg_headerKinderfest, 12-6pm, a fun event for the entire family. In addition to our usual festival program of food, drink, music, and dancing, there are special games, dances, and other activities designed for our younger members and guests, Nature Friends Tourist Club, Mill Valley.

Hawk Talk & Banding Demo, 12-2pm, about hawk migration and identification, Marin Headlands.

PrintWoofstock, 12-5pm, Marin Humane Society, 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato

Folkish Festival, 12:30-2:30pm, The Old Way, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, Setchko & Meese, Town Center, Corte Madera.

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

Free Shakespeare in the Park, 2pm, Taming of the Shrew, Green Show, a half hour before showtime – a great introduction to the play for all ages! Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, McLaren Park, San Francisco.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, New Year Wish Magnets, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

AXIS Dance Workshop for Kids, Hop, dance, wiggle, and move to the beat in this series of drop-in creative dance workshops for children of all abilities, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival, 10am-5pm, free, lots of activities for the kiddos, including Dragon Land — a 3,500 square foot children’s activity pavilion filled with arts and crafts, games, animal balloons, face painting, temporary tattoos, yo yo lessons, the Flax Creative Arts Activity Area and more, Treasure Island, San Francisco. Free.

Sunday Sampler, 1pm, sampling the wide variety of programming offered at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, Berkeley.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

The Berkeley Old Time Music Festival

Monday, September 22

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

Tuesday, September 23, Autumnal Equinox

Wednesday, September 24, Rosh Hashanah Begins, New Moon

Fairies at the Library, 3-4:30pm, Do you believe in fairies? We do! Join us in the Library’s Fairy Land (the Edgewater Room) for enchanting activities and fanciful fairy snacks. Wear your best fairy clothes! Perfect for ages 4-8, but everyone is welcome, Sausalito Library.

Thursday, September 25

Special Education in Marin and Educational Options/Resources for Children with Special Needs, 6:30-9pm, Town Center at Corte Madera, Community Room.

Friday, September 26, Rosh Hashanah Ends

 

Friday Nights on Main, 6-9pm, Oktoberfest, Main Street, Tiburon.

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

Film Night in the Park, The LEGO Movie, San Anselmo.

Sunset Hike, 5:15-7pm, enjoy an evening stroll to Marshall’s Beach under the setting sun Batteries to Bluffs at the Golden Gate Overlook, Langdon Ct. Please RVSP to 561-2730 or email nature@presidiotrust.gov.

Drawn Together: A Fairyland Celebration of Bay Area Artists, 6-9pm, adult evening out fundraiser full of live art-making, music, food, and fun at America’s first storybook theme park, Children’s Fairyland.

Saturday, September 27, National Public Lands Day

Trail Less Traveled, 9:30am-1pm, a family-friendly, three-mile walk. Must be able to hike moderate slopes and be able to stand for extended periods of time, Muir Woods.

blackie.scarfBlackie’s Hay Day, 10am-4pm, reminiscent of an old fashioned country fair with pony rides, relay races, toy tractors, jumpies, a climbing wall, live entertainment and more and it is a benefit for the Children’s Room at the Tiburon-Belvedere Library, Tiburon.

Junior Chef Class, check store for time, ages 9-13, free, learn how to make delicious noodle dishes, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Kids Who Love to Cook, 10:30-11:30am, hands on cooking demo for kids, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

2013-Carnival-Logo-SQUARE2-300x300Summerfest Carnival, 11-4pm, Admission is FREE! Game booths, GIANT slide, jumpy jumps, petting zoo, face painting, henna, Wheel of Fortune, kiss a pig, dunk tank, high school art display, kid’s stage with school music groups, Davidson’s marching band, yummy BBQ and delicious Pupusas. San Rafael High School.

Hawk Talk & Banding Demo, 12-2pm, about hawk migration and identification, Marin Headlands.

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

I_Am_Eleven_San_Francisco_FLYERI Am Eleven, 4:30pm, Meet the director *AND* I will be hosting the screening and Q&A, Do you remember when you were 11? Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey traveled the world for six years talking with 11-year-olds to compose this insightful, funny and moving portrait of childhood, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.

Movie Series, 7:30-9:30pm, Despicable Me 2, Before the movie: Come and be mesmerized by the magic of local Bay Area magician Timothy James! Village at Corte Madera.

Mount Tamalpias Astronomy Programs, 7:30pm, bring a chair and picnic, stargaze and learn about “NuSTAR’s Sharper View of the Universe” at the Mountain Theatre.

Film Night in the Park, Frozen, San Anselmo.

The Wizard of Oz with the San Francisco Symphony, 8pm, Davies Symphony Hall.

Imagination Playground, 2-4pm, learn & play date, RSVP required, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Mission: Presidio, 11am-6:30pm, Beginning in the Mission District, join us for a family hike “back in time” along the old mission road. We will learn a little history as we follow the path from Mission Dolores to the Spanish Presidio of 1776, with lots of fun along the way.

2014_posterBay Area Blues Festival

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.

DIY Boat Making, 10:30am-12:30pm, construct simple sponge boats that they can play with outside in our water table, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Imagination Playground, 10am-12pm, learn & play date, RSVP required, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

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

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

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, September 28

Beginning Birding, 9:30-11:30am, Fall and winter are a great time to bird watch in the Marin Headlands, Rodeo Lagoon.

Marine Science Sunday, 10am-5pm, takes a look at Top Predators: Sharks and Orcas. Join us for classroom presentations, Docent-led tours, and more! Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

Country Fair Day, 10am-3pm, enjoy parade, children’s activities and street booths and more, San Anselmo.

Hike the Headlands, 10am-2pm, NatureBridge, Sausalito.

Make Your Own Moss Garden, 11:30am-1:30pm, ages 5+, decorate your very own moss garden. Learn about the roles mosses and lichens play in our environment, while we enjoy a fun family project, Stafford Lake Park, Novato.

Hawk Talk & Banding Demo, 12-2pm, about hawk migration and identification, Marin Headlands.

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

Mill Valley Block Party, 1-5:30pm, food, music, kids activities, all funds raised go to Kiddo! Downtown Mill Valley.

9c9c4a48-4810-4d01-9884-e398bba4d678I Am Eleven, 4:30pm, Meet the director, Do you remember when you were 11? Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey traveled the world for six years talking with 11-year-olds to compose this insightful, funny and moving portrait of childhood, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.

The Reading Together Book Groups , 2pm for “Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy”, ages 8-10 & 4pm for “The Meaning of Maggie”ages 10-12, reading together is a special kind of book group designed to bring together kids and parents through, you guessed it, books! Once a month, we’ll get together and discuss a book that you have each read, diesel, a Bookstore, Larkspur.

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

ExcelsiorSunday Streets, Excelsior, San Francisco.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, New Year Wish Magnets, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Box Car Workshop, 11am-2pm, ages 3+, Build and test box cars made with up-cycled materials. Kids will learn about gravity, wheels and axels, force and inertia by exploring how their car is able to roll with different forces, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Imagination Playground, 10am-12pm, learn & play date, RSVP required, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Polk Street Blues Festival

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, September 29

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour, 12:30-3:30pm, historic setting offers breathtaking views and many stories of what life was like living at the head of such perilous waters.

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

Tuesday, September 30

The Day the Crayons Quit! 11am, story time, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

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August Events 2014

As the kids all start heading back to school there are still some fabulous events you will not want to miss. Be sure to check out Ronnie’s Awesome List for August 2014.

Writer Eileen Christelow has created a delightful and amazing book series of 5 silly siblings who like to do things their way and get into mischief in the process. Now they will be plotting their exploits onstage in Five Little Monkeys, playing at the Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley, August 30-September 7…..read more.

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