Beer Garden & Fashion Show New to This Year's Community Block Party

Enjoy live music from the likes of Tim Hockenberry of 'America's Got Talent' fame, along with food, games and more on Sunday from 1-5 p.m. on Throckmorton Ave. for the 14th annual Community Block Party.

A beer garden and a fashion show are the latest additions to this year’s 14th annual Community Block Party in downtown Mill Valley on Sunday.

Throckmorton Ave. will be blocked off between Bernard Street and Corte Madera Ave, and families can enjoy live music, kids games, great food and more from 1 – 5 p.m. The event is free, and donations and proceeds will benefit Kiddo!, which provides music, art, physical education and other support services to Mill Valley schools.

New this year is a beer garden sponsored by Lagunitas Brewing and Mill Valley Beerworks. Brews will be on sale for People $5 in a fenced off area.

There will also be a fashion show at 3 p.m. featuring “models, moms, dads and dogs,” said organizer Larry “the Hat” Lautzker.

“Some of the models are bringing their dogs, and Alpha Dog is dressing them up in seasonal attire,” he said. (Hopefully that means there’ll be at least one puppy dressed as a pumpkin.) The models will be wearing clothing from Carolina Boutique, Famous4, Margaret O’Leary, Showroom and The Store. 

“I wanted to make it more fun, and also support the local stores,” Lautzker said.

Food will not be hard to come by, with Tamalpie Pizza and Sweetwater Cafe on hand, and you can feast your ears on Bonnie Hayes, Lloyd Meadows (Zydeco Flames) The Treble Makers, Besa Negro, and Tim Hockenberry of America's Got Talent fame - along with “some very, very special guests.” EO Products, set to open soon, will also be handing out free gifts.

The Community Block Party started in 1998 as a grand opening party for Lautzker’s Famous 4 Men and Women’s Clothing store, and has turned into a landmark event. It usually draws between 300 to 400 people.

“But I think there could be twice that,” Lautzker said. “I have a feeling.”

THE 411

  • What: The Original Mill Valley Community Block Party
  • When: Sunday, September 30, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Where: Throckmorton Ave. between Bernard St and Corte Madera Ave.
  • Cost: Free to the public. Proceeds and donations benefit KIDDO!

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