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Ronnie’s Awesome List – August 2012

Marinhood, The Ultimate Kids Events Round-Up In Marin And Beyond.

Marinhood, The Ultimate Kids Events Round-Up In Marin And Beyond.

Wednesday 8/1

Brian Scott Magic, 1pm, Brian Scott will entertain you with surprising illusions, comic interludes, and magical, mystical fun! San Anselmo Library.

Brian Scott, Magician, all ages, 3:30PM – 4:30PM, Mill Valley Library.

Express Yourself! Origami, 3pm Learn the Japanese art of folding paper known as Origami. We will also make bookmark monsters! Don’t forget to register! San Rafael Library.

Michael Katz – Storyteller, 2 – 3pm, Bring the kids to see and hear this marvelous storyteller as he brings tales to glorious life. Inverness Library.

Michael Katz – Storyteller, 4:30-5:30pm, Bolinas Library.

* TEEN Jewelry Workshop with Chelsee Robinson, 3:30pm, In this fun, free, hands-on workshop, local designer & entrepreneur Chelsee Robinson will guide you in creating your very own jewelry! There will be an assortment of materials and styles to choose from. Work with chain, charms, beads and more to learn the newest techniques and leave with a lifelong skill. All materials included. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. Corte Madera Library.

* TEEN Creative Writing Workshops, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, These sessions offer high school students the opportunity to workshop any creative writing projects they are working on or just relax and freewrite. There is no need to sign up in advance, just drop in. These workshops are for high school students only. Mill Valley Library.

Summer Movie Series, The Incredibles, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Join us at for Movies on the Green, Marin County Mart.

Thursday 8/2

Fly Me to the Moon at Rush Creek, 6 – 8:30pm, Rangers will lead this easy, summer evening walk. First we will stroll along looking for wildlife and discussing the preserve’s history. We will end our hike just in time to witness the full moon rise and its reflections in the water. Be sure to bring some sort of camera to record this wonderful sight. Hikers should bring warm clothes, flashlights, and binoculars.

Winnie the Pooh, Century Rowland Theatre, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

Puppet Art Theater “Jack and the Beanstalk”, 11am, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Miss Kitty Concert Series, 10:30am, for children aged birth to 8 years old, San Rafael Library.

Ugly Sculpture Contest, all ages, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, Try your hand at making the ugliest sculpture in the world! Drop in and put together some truly hideous recycled parts to create the homeliest art object imaginable. Library patrons will vote on their favorites. Mill Valley Library.

Classical Mystery Tour: Music of the Beatles, 7:30pm, Recapture the spell the Beatles cast over us with the Classical Mystery Tour, featuring four musicians who look – and sound – just like the original Fab Four, performing over two dozen classic Beatles tunes with the San Francisco Symphony.

Bang Data, 12:30pm, mix of slick and melodic guitar, gritty synth & bass, over banging electro-acoustic rhythms; making this the perfect canvas for Deuce Eclipse’s bilingual rhymes and melodies. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Friday 8/3

Marine Mammal Center at Paradise Park, 10am – 12pm, The Marine Mammal Center rescues and rehabilitates thousands of sick and injured marine mammals yearly. What we learn from their patients helps us inspire others to take action to protect the oceans. The Whale Bus will visit Paradise Beach for hands-on experience with pelts and skulls and examples of marine debris to help people learn how they can help. For more information contact Chief Ranger Rob Ruiz at (415) 473-4045 or rruiz@marinparks.org. Parking is free for this event. Paradise Park, Tiburon.

Concert Under the Oak, 6-8pm, Contino – Cajun, Zydeco and Blues music guaranteed to get you up on your feet! Northgate, San Rafael.

It’s Knot Just String, Grades 3+, Advance registration required, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, Learn to make friendship bracelets out of lanyard, hemp, or embroidery floss. Mill Valley Library.

Grand Finale! The Amazing Library CIRCUS Finale!, 3:30pm, Rollicking music, free-flowing popcorn, circus games, face painting and delightfully drippy ice cream! Sausalito Library.

* TEEN Library Lock-In for Teens, 7pm – Saturday, August 4, 2012, 9am, Party at the library after hours! Come to the library when we are closed for games, food, prizes and if you want…sleep over! Open to 6th – 12th graders. If you choose not to sleep over, event ends at 11:00 p.m. Signup and permission slip required, important specifics will be included on your permission slip. Novato Library.

Picnics of the Plaza, 5-8pm, Community event on Friday evening featuring music and fun for the kids. Bring you picnic dinner and join the fun. San Anselmo Town Hall Plaza.

RATATOUILLE (Marin County Parks Anniversary), Hal Brown at Creekside Park, Greenbrae.

Classical Mystery Tour: Music of the Beatles, 7:30pm, Recapture the spell the Beatles cast over us with the Classical Mystery Tour, featuring four musicians who look – and sound – just like the original Fab Four, performing over two dozen classic Beatles tunes with the San Francisco Symphony.

Unique Derique, 11am & 12:15pm, The Unique Derique delights all ages by clowning, dancing, and turning his agile limbs into a drum set or a harpsichord keyboard. His interactive performance is percussive, syncopated and dynamic. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Saturday 8/4

Quijeremá, 11 a.m., Drawing from the musical heritage of the Caribbean, Central and South America, Quijeremá performs songs in Spanish and English, while sharing the music’s cultural and historical background through call and response songs, stories and movement. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Concert for Kids, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM, James K, Robin Sweeny Park, 420 Litho Street, Sausalito.

Orquesta La Moderna Tradicion, 7pm, Marin JCC.

AfroSolo’s Jazz in the Gardens, 1pm, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Saturday & Sunday 8/4 – 5

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

San Jose Renaissance Faire, 10am-6pm, Guadalupe River Park.

Sunday 8/5

Sunday Special: Orange Sherbet, all ages, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, This tasty musical trio serves up sweet music for families that will have you tapping your toes and clapping your hands to delicious songs about waffles, pasta, and rutabagas. Mill Valley Library.

R.E.A.D. With Bumps! 2pm, Participants need to register for a fifteen minute appointment with Bumps in order to participate! San Rafael Library.

Mind, Body and Art Series, 12:00 noon–3:00 pm, Yoga for Kids, How do we use works of art to connect with ourselves and others? Explore this idea through movement, meditation, stories and, of course, art. Each session offers an opportunity to delve deeper into practices that balance energy, align your body, and go inward to just chill. Asian Art.

Sunday Streets, 11a.m. to 4p.m., Mission, Valencia Street from 14th to 24th and 24th Street from Valencia to Hampshire.

Drop-in Art Making, 1-3 pm, Summer Nature Scupltures, nspired by the many sculptures included in the Museum’s exhibition Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought, use recycled and upcycled materials to create your own 3-dimensional work of art. And while you’re here, contribute to a community tree sculpture designed by Museum educators. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Green Gulch Farm Sunday Children’s Program 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. Green Gulch, Muir Beach.

Marin Shakespeare Company, King John, 4pm, Family Day Matinee, 18 and under free.

KID STAGE, oZoKidZ, 12:00 until 1:00 p.m. before every concert, kids of all ages are invited to participate in hands-on arts projects and programs at KidStage in the West Meadow. Kids can enjoy craft-making, singing and dance lessons, games, and more! A different activity will be featured at each concert. Join in the fun! Stern Grove.

Ozomatli return to Stern Grove Festival with their genre-spanning, high-energy sound. Opening the afternoon is Malian hip-hop trio SMOD.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30 AM, San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park. Join a docent-led Family Walk following Children’s Storytime in the Library, featured book “Oliver’s Vegetables” by Vivian French. Kids and their families can dig into great garden stories, then venture out on a special tour of the Botanical Garden. Storytime begins at 10:30am and the Family Walk follows at 11am.

Monday 8/6

Shirley Castro, Pelican Counting, No sign-up required – all ages, 2:30PM – 3:15PM, Mill Valley Library.

* TEEN Jewelry Workshop with Chelsee Robinson, 2-3:30pm, In this fun, free, hands-on workshop, local designer & entrepreneur Chelsee Robinson will guide you in creating your very own jewelry! There will be an assortment of materials and styles to choose from. Work with chain, charms, beads and more to learn the newest techniques and leave with a lifelong skill. All materials included. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. Civic Center Library.

African Music Night – Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited, 7pm, Marin JCC.

Tuesday 8/7

Yogi Bear, CineArts Marin, Sausalito, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

Yogi Bear, Century Rowland Theatre, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

Little Sprouts – Mad Hatter Tea Party, Age 5 and under, advance sign-up required, 11:00AM – 11:45AM, Bring your best stuffed friend or doll to tea and make a crazy hat or crown. Advance sign-up required. Mill Valley Library.

Kids Camp with Chelle and Friends, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., a new three-day arts education workshop series for kids ages 7 – 13. Kids Campers will learn about New Orleans folk music, movement, and story-telling to create original performances at the end of the third day. Campers have the opportunity to learn directly from local teaching artists. Youth will attend all three days. Registration is required. Only families and groups of less than ten kids will be able to register for Kids Camps. Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Wednesday 8/8

Art in the Park, 11am – 1pm, Bring the kids out to Paradise Beach Park to paint the beautiful scenery and wildlife that surrounds us. Art supplies, smocks, and snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Ranger Christin Lopez at clopez@marincounty.org. Park admission is free for this event. Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon.

Andy Strain the Trombonist, 1pm, With a little help from the audience, trombonist Andy will perform improvised musical stories using the rich and playful sounds of the trombone. San Anselmo Library.

Andy Strain, The Trombonist, 3:30PM – 4:30PM, Mill Valley Library.

Inspired Silliness with Magician and Juggler, Owen Baker-Flynn, 3:30pm, Join us for a show that features juggling, magic and other goofy stuff! Civic Center Library.

Share A Book- Read to a Therapy Dog for Readers, 3pm, allows children to read to dogs as a way to improve their literacy skills. Belvedere Tiburon Library.

* TEEN Creative Writing Workshops, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, These sessions offer high school students the opportunity to workshop any creative writing projects they are working on or just relax and freewrite. There is no need to sign up in advance, just drop in. These workshops are for high school students only. Mill Valley Library.

Summer Movie Series, Fantastic Mr. Fox, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Join us at for Movies on the Green, Marin County Mart.

Concerts on the Plaza, Tom Rigney & Flambeau, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Cajun Music, Mill Valley Plaza.

Kids Camp with Chelle and Friends, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., a new three-day arts education workshop series for kids ages 7 – 13. Kids Campers will learn about New Orleans folk music, movement, and story-telling to create original performances at the end of the third day. Campers have the opportunity to learn directly from local teaching artists. Youth will attend all three days. Registration is required. Only families and groups of less than ten kids will be able to register for Kids Camps. Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Thursday 8/9

Nature for Kids: Bahia (Rush Creek Open Space), 10am – 1pm, We will follow a trail that winds along a slope above the edge of a marsh. There will surely be insects in the air and lots of newborn fence lizards along the trailside. We will find a place where we can rest in the shade and look out over the water to watch dragonflies, ducks and other animals that the water attracts.

Yogi Bear, Century Rowland Theatre, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

Dream Big Summer Reading Party Featuring Crosspulse Duo, 11am, Step Dancing traditions, & Found Sound all presented with delightful humor and skill. Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Miss Kitty Concert Series, 10:30am, for children aged birth to 8 years old, San Rafael Library.

Read to a Dog, 1:00-2:00pm pm, Grades Kindergarten and up, Advanced sign-ups required. Want to have a “paws-itive” reading experience? Come share a book with the popular Marin Humane Society SHARE (Special Human Animal Relationships) A Book dogs. San Anselmo Library.

Kids Camp with Chelle and Friends, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., a new three-day arts education workshop series for kids ages 7 – 13. Kids Campers will learn about New Orleans folk music, movement, and story-telling to create original performances at the end of the third day. Campers have the opportunity to learn directly from local teaching artists. Youth will attend all three days. Registration is required. Only families and groups of less than ten kids will be able to register for Kids Camps. Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Akira Tana and The Secret Agent Men, 12:30pm, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Cumbia Tokeson, 6pm, fuses chicha (Amazonian psychedelic guitar cumbia popular in the ‘60s and ’70s) with accordion-driven melodies and hard grooves of Colombian cumbia, adding in reggae, funk, and punk. Definitely sweat-inducing dance music!, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Friday 8/10

Origami Fishing Game, Grade K+ – advance sign-up required, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, First you fold some fishes. Then you fold a fish pond to keep them in and a bowl to catch them in. When you’re done folding, add a fishing pole and play a few rounds of your very own hand-made fishing game. Mill Valley Library.

Crosspulse Music and Percussion, 1:30 – 2:30pm, Bring the whole family to enjoy the energy and excitement of this music, dance and percussion group as we wrap up our wonderful summer events. Point Reyes Library.

Crosspulse Music and Percussion, 4:30pm, Stinson Beach Library.

Picnics of the Plaza, 5-8pm, Community event on Friday evening featuring music and fun for the kids. Bring you picnic dinner and join the fun. San Anselmo Town Hall Plaza.

Red Panda Acrobats, 11am & 12:15pm, Chinese acrobatics has a history of over 2,500 years. Characterized by amazing skills of strength and extraordinary balance, Chinese Acrobatics features stretching, handstands, tumbling, dance and use of everyday household items such as plates, bowls, glass cups, and rugs. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Friday-Sunday 8/10-12

Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, Golden Gate Park.

Saturday 8/11

Family Fun Night, Water Wizard Wonderland, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Join the Wizards and other mystical characters. Watch them transform into princes and princesses throughout the evening. Dress up as your favorite Wizard fairytale character. Mill Valley Community Center.

THE MUPPETS MOVIE (1979) , San Anselmo.

Northgate Kids’ Sing ‘n Play! Kids of all ages are invtied to come play, sing and dance in an interactive musical playgroup that will be led by talented local Marin music teachers.

Family Night Hike & Campfire: S’mores Cook-Off & Sing-Along, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Calling all parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and siblings! Enjoy the great outdoors after the sun sets with a fun-filled, family-friendly night hike and campfire. Themes vary and s’mores will be provided. Sausalito.

Elizabeth Singer Hunt Author Visit, Ages 7 and up, 10:30-11:30am, Nine-year-old Secret Agent Jack Stalwart fights villains around the globe in this popular chapter book series. Find out how the author invented the character and learn how to write a spy novel of your own. San Anselmo Library.

SHARE-a-Book Dogs, Kindergarten and older – advance sign-up required, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Mill Valley Public Library.

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

Saturday & Sunday 8/11-12

Gravenstein Apple Fair, 10am-6pm, Ragle Ranch Park, Sebastopol.

Sunday 8/12

Concerts-in-the-Park, Tennessee River, Combining the essence of Alabama with their own unique sound, 4pm, Belvedere Park.

Wind Fair, 1am-4pm, a breezy open-air market featuring wind-themed arts and crafts, demonstrations and the science of wind, Exploratorium.

KID STAGE, CHELLE! And Friends, 12:00 until 1:00 p.m. before every concert, kids of all ages are invited to participate in hands-on arts projects and programs at KidStage in the West Meadow. Kids can enjoy craft-making, singing and dance lessons, games, and more! A different activity will be featured at each concert. Join in the fun! Stern Grove.

Al Jarreau and The George Duke Trio reunite for an afternoon of jazz classics and Oakland’s neo-soul songstress Mara Hruby opens the day with her mesmerizing, smooth vocals, 2pm, Stern Grove.

Drop-in Art Making, 1-3 pm, Summer Nature Scupltures, nspired by the many sculptures included in the Museum’s exhibition Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought, use recycled and upcycled materials to create your own 3-dimensional work of art. And while you’re here, contribute to a community tree sculpture designed by Museum educators. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Pistahan, 11am-5pm, family-friendly with an inimitable Filipino-American flair – features art pavilions and several stages highlighting music, dance, art, crafts, cuisine, artifacts, plus a special trade expo featuring products unique to the Philippines: mother of pearl, bamboo, coconut, mahogany, marble, pineapple fiber and more. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Monday 8/13

Stuffed Animal Sleepover, No sign-up required – all ages, 2:30PM – 3:15PM, Bring your favorite stuffed animal for an evening story time and bedtime snack; then your stuffie gets to spend the night! Pick up your stuffed friend the next day, along with a souvenir of its late-night library adventure. Mill Valley Library.

Tuesday 8/14

Charlotte’s Web, CineArts Marin, Sausalito, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

Charlotte’s Web, Century Rowland Theatre, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

Little Sprouts – Yoga Sprouts, Age 5 and under, advance sign-up required, 11:00AM – 11:45AM, Practice yoga with your preschooler. Play, dance, sing and breathe in a creative environment incorporating props, stories, and movement. Advance sign-up required. Mill Valley Library.

Wednesday 8/15

Nature for Kids: Evening at Mount Burdell, 6 – 8pm, Bring a picnic dinner and the family to learn about the animals that come out in the evening during the hot summer months. We’ll take a slow walk to a peaceful clearing where we can watch and listen as the bats begin to fly, and the owls come out to feed. Bring something to sit on – tablecloths and sheets work well, blankets usually pick up a lot of foxtails in the dry grass.

Concerts on the Plaza, Jimmy Dillon Band, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Rock and Soul, Mill Valley Plaza.

Megumi Japanese Storytelling, 1pm, Experience Japanese culture through stories of greedy and generous spirits, goblins, animals and human beings. San Anselmo Library.

Megumi, Storyteller, 3:30PM – 4:30PM, Mill Valley Library.

* TEEN Creative Writing Workshops, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, These sessions offer high school students the opportunity to workshop any creative writing projects they are working on or just relax and freewrite. There is no need to sign up in advance, just drop in. These workshops are for high school students only. Mill Valley Library.

Summer Movie Series, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Join us at for Movies on the Green, Marin County Mart.

Thursday 8/16

Walk into History/Campfire Tales: Marin’s First People, 6:30 – 8:30pm, look into our past with Marin’s premier anthropologist and archaeologist, Betty Goerke. She will describe the lives of the Coast Miwok, both before and after the first European explorers and settlers arrived. Her colorful and detailed stories will transport us through time as we gaze out over the bay and get a feeling for the vast and wildlife rich marshes that once surrounded this site. We will also have a chance to learn a bit about the more recent history of this area; Supervisor Susan Adams will be on hand to reflect on nearly a decade of experience representing this district. The evening will start with a free BBQ served by ranger staff. Parking is free to participants. Contact David Herlocker at 893-9508 or dherlocker@marincounty.org. McNears Beach Park, San Rafael.

Charlotte’s Web, Century Rowland Theatre, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

Paper Making Madness, Grade 2+, advance sign-up required, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, Make paper from junk mail, old letters, and colorful scraps. It’s fun, easy, and oh-so-messy! Add flower petals, bits of bark, and and dried leaves to make a one-of-a-kind recycled masterpiece. Wear old clothes. Mill Valley Library.

Blind Willies, 12:30pm, blend of folk, blues, Americana, and rock ‘n’ roll, plus sincere songwriting and vocals reminiscent of Mick Jagger. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Friday 8/17

Giants World Series Replay Day, all ages, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, Break out your orange and black and relive the Giants terrific win in the 2010 World Series. We’ll show highlights of that Game 5 win and serve popcorn and snacks for a real baseball treat. Go Giants! Mill Valley Library.

End-of-Summer Party, 2-4pm, Creek Park, Celebrate your reading achievements with our end-of-summer party at Creek Park. Buki the Clown will be on hand to entertain and paint faces! San Anselmo Library.

Concert Under the Oak, 6-8pm, The Rave-ups – Amazing Tribute to the 1960’s Yardbirds! Northgate.

Picnics of the Plaza, 5-8pm, Community event on Friday evening featuring music and fun for the kids. Bring you picnic dinner and join the fun. San Anselmo Town Hall Plaza.

Caterpillar Puppets, 11:00 am – 11:30 am and 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm, Children’s show of lively hand puppets. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Friday & Saturday 8/17-18

Nostalgia Days Rod and Kustom Car Show, Show located from 1st to 7th Street on Grant Avenue West in Downtown Novato.

Saturday 8/18

Mona Khan Company, 11 a.m., Combining classical Indian, folk and tribal dance with western theatrical traditions, Bollywood is filled with flash and energy set to modern beats and rhythms. This interactive workshop includes an introduction to Bollywood, followed by a dance demonstration. Then, join the dancers for a chance to learn and perform a catchy dance routine. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Concerts on the Plaza, Sofi Rox, Forest Sun, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM & 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Pop Original Folk, Mill Valley Plaza.

 

Photo by Russell Johnson

Much Ado About Nothing, Espionage, ambush, and conquest. 2pm, Old Mill Park, Behind Mill Valley Library. Free and family friendly.

KUNG FU PANDA II, San Anselmo.

Exploring the Redwoods, Come to Samuel P. Taylor State Park for a hike to an old-growth Redwood Tree called the Pioneer Tree. Samuel P. Taylor Park’s only old-growth trail is a short, easy walk (2.7 miles) that climbs a hillside, visits a lone old-growth redwood, then descends through a little canyon. Pack a lunch and after our walk, enjoy it in the picnic area along Papermill Creek under the Redwoods. We will meet in the group parking area beyond the picnic site and across the bridge on the left. Samuel P. Taylor Park is located in West Marin on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard approximately 14 miles west from San Rafael. Parking fee required.

Happy 100th, Frank! Celebrating Exploratorium founder Frank Oppenheimer, 10 am – 5 pm, 11 am to 2pm, you can make a spinning top, one of Frank’s favorite DIY projects, screenings of some of his favorite films from the museum’s Cinema Arts archives (including the Eames’ Power of Ten) ‘ and cake! Exploratorium.

Mads Tolling, one of the best violinists of his generation, pays tribute to his friend and mentor, jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, performing compositions by Ponty in new arrangements. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Sunday 8/19

Geology Rocks! Explore rocks! Play at the beach! Learn about the fascinating geological history of the Marin Headlands and the forces that shaped the California Coast with interactive games and activities. Meet at Point Bonita YMCA. Pre-registration required.

Much Ado About Nothing, Espionage, ambush, and conquest. 2pm, Old Mill Park, Behind Mill Valley Library. Free and family friendly.

KID STAGE, Presto! Interactive Opera for Kids, 12:00 until 1:00 p.m. before every concert, kids of all ages are invited to participate in hands-on arts projects and programs at KidStage in the West Meadow. Kids can enjoy craft-making, singing and dance lessons, games, and more! A different activity will be featured at each concert. Join in the fun! Stern Grove.

San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Opera Orchestra with conductor Giuseppe Finzi, 2pm, The afternoon’s program features soprano Leah Crocetto, tenor Michael Fabiano, and more soloists performing a selection of operatic favorites. There’s nothing quite like opera in the Grove! Stern Grove.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30 AM, San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park. Join a docent-led Family Walk following Children’s Storytime in the Library, featured book “Oliver’s Vegetables” by Vivian French. Kids and their families can dig into great garden stories, then venture out on a special tour of the Botanical Garden. Storytime begins at 10:30am and the Family Walk follows at 11am.

Drop-in Art Making, 1-3 pm, Summer Nature Scupltures, nspired by the many sculptures included in the Museum’s exhibition Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought, use recycled and upcycled materials to create your own 3-dimensional work of art. And while you’re here, contribute to a community tree sculpture designed by Museum educators. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

San Francisco Mime Troupe, 2pm, presents The Last Election, a tale that will warm the heart of every billionaire. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Monday 8/20

Noisy Nights, 6:30PM – 7:15PM, Shouldn’t bedtime be quiet and relaxing? Well, it isn’t in these raucous tales! Enjoy a noisy snack after the stories. Mill Valley Library.

Tuesday 8/21

Little Sprouts – Shake Your Sillies Out, Age 5 and under, advance sign-up required, 11:00AM – 11:45AM, Listen to a noisy book, make your own shaker instrument, and then jam out to some crazy tunes. Advance sign-up required. Mill Valley Library.

Clifford, Century Rowland Theatre, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

Straus Family Farm Tour, Tomales Bay Oyster Company, Highway One, Marshall.

Wednesday 8/22

Steve Chaney and Cornelius, No sign-up required – all ages, 3:30PM – 4:30PM, Mill Valley Library.

* TEEN Creative Writing Workshops, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, These sessions offer high school students the opportunity to workshop any creative writing projects they are working on or just relax and freewrite. There is no need to sign up in advance, just drop in. These workshops are for high school students only. Mill Valley Library.

Summer Movie Series, Tangled, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Join us at for Movies on the Green, Marin County Mart.

Thursday 8/23

Read to a Dog, 1:00-2:00pm pm, Grades Kindergarten and up, Advanced sign-ups required. Want to have a “paws-itive” reading experience? Come share a book with the popular Marin Humane Society SHARE (Special Human Animal Relationships) A Book dogs. San Anselmo Library.

Clifford, Century Rowland Theatre, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

Friday 8/24

Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is the first film in the Harry Potter series based on the novels by J.K. Rowling. Strawberry Recreation.

Picnics of the Plaza, 5-8pm, Community event on Friday evening featuring music and fun for the kids. Bring you picnic dinner and join the fun. San Anselmo Town Hall Plaza.

Chelle! & Friends, 11:00 am – 11:30 am & 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm Chelle! & Friends perform music from New Orleans, the land where Jazz was born. Join the party, move your feet, sing-along, and join a Mardi Gras parade. Laissez les bon temps rouler! Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Saturday 8/25

Murphy Irish Dancers, 11 a.m., Always a Museum favorite, this award-winning group of young dancers performs a variety of step dances including jigs and reels. The Murphy Irish Dancers, dressed in colorful costumes, share a connection to age-old Irish traditions as well as joyous celebrations that are very much alive today. Tap your feet to the live Irish music and then try out a few simple dance steps. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Concerts on the Plaza, Melody Walker & Tia Carroll, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM & 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, American Roots Rhythm & Blues, Mill Valley Plaza.

Northgate Kids’ Sing ‘n Play! Kids of all ages are invtied to come play, sing and dance in an interactive musical playgroup that will be led by talented local Marin music teachers.

Sunday 8/26

Nature for Kids: Spiders at Roy’s Redwoods, 10am – 1pm, Late summer is the best time to study spiders. Some species that have been hiding are building bigger webs out in the open, and lots of spiders that were very tiny when they were born in the spring have become adults which makes them easier to find. We will also search the cool forest for trapdoor spiders and others. We will learn how spiders make silk, and how different species catch their prey. Roy’s Redwoods Preserve, Nicasio Valley Rd, just north of Sir Francis Drake Blvd.

KID STAGE, Magik*Magik Orchestra, 12:00 until 1:00 p.m. before every concert, kids of all ages are invited to participate in hands-on arts projects and programs at KidStage in the West Meadow. Kids can enjoy craft-making, singing and dance lessons, games, and more! A different activity will be featured at each concert. Join in the fun! Stern Grove.

Drop-in Art Making, 1-3 pm, Summer Nature Scupltures, nspired by the many sculptures included in the Museum’s exhibition Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought, use recycled and upcycled materials to create your own 3-dimensional work of art. And while you’re here, contribute to a community tree sculpture designed by Museum educators. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

The Family Crest opens with an eclectic blend of indie rock and classical musicianship. Known for their viral videos and quirky sound, alternative rockers, 2pm, Stern Grove.

Sunday Streets, 11a.m. to 4p.m., Chinatown.

Monday 8/27

End-of-Summer Film Festival, all ages, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, Enjoy a family friendly movie on the big screen in the cool Creekside Room. Popcorn and pillows provided. Film titles TBA. Mill Valley Library.

Tuesday 8/28

End-of-Summer Film Festival, all ages, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, Enjoy a family friendly movie on the big screen in the cool Creekside Room. Popcorn and pillows provided. Film titles TBA. Mill Valley Library.

Wednesday 8/29

Game & Puzzle Day! all ages, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, Work puzzles and play games in the Creekside Room. Mill Valley Library.

* TEEN Creative Writing Workshops 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, These sessions offer high school students the opportunity to workshop any creative writing projects they are working on or just relax and freewrite. There is no need to sign up in advance, just drop in. These workshops are for high school students only. Mill Valley Library.

Thursday 8/30

End-of-Summer Film Festival, all ages, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, Enjoy a family friendly movie on the big screen in the cool Creekside Room. Popcorn and pillows provided. Film titles TBA. Mill Valley Library.

Friday 8/31

A Walk into History: Evening at Roy’s Redwoods, 6 – 8pm, Join Supervisor Steve Kinsey, Naturalist David Herlocker, local open space advocate Jean Berensmeier, former Open Space Planning and Acquisition Manager David Hansen, and others for an evening to celebrate four decades of open space protection in San Geronimo Valley. The night will begin in the meadow with a picnic dinner and a talk about the history of the land and open space in the San Geronimo Valley. We’ll take a short walk to a little hilltop with a beautiful view and hear about the animals of the night as the full moon rises. Then we’ll quietly head back through the big meadow, listening and watching for owls. Roy’s Redwoods Preserve.

End-of-Summer Film Festival, all ages, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, Enjoy a family friendly movie on the big screen in the cool Creekside Room. Popcorn and pillows provided. Film titles TBA. Mill Valley Library.

Gold Rush Days is a FREE, fun and exciting event for the whole family! Come on down and be transported back to the days of Gold and Glory alongside colorful characters from the 1850s. From musicians to melodramas, soldiers to saloons, you’ll experience it all at Gold Rush Days! 10am-5pm. (916) 808-7777.

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