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Mill Valley Week Ahead: Junior High Communication, Books, American Jews and More

Art Exposed, Storyball Kickoff, Best Books of the Season and More this week in and around Mill Valley. Here are the Patch Top 5 picks.

Get a visual of the artists by visiting Gallery 111 on the ground level where the screen tests will be projected during the IBC Winter Open House.
Get a visual of the artists by visiting Gallery 111 on the ground level where the screen tests will be projected during the IBC Winter Open House.

1. 6th/7th/8th Grade Effective Communication Series

Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 3:00 PM

Del Mar School

Get Your Communication On! Tweens and Teens, please join The Protocol Academy's ten-week Effective Communication series. It’s a low-stress, supportive and interactive setting among peers. Valuable life skills in organization and comfort when speaking in front of a crowd will be attained.   

Topics include: The Art of Small Talk; Verbal & Non-Verbal Communication & Cues; Speaking, Listening & Thinking Critically; and Negotiation Skills. Throughout the program, the important nuances of written, verbal and digital communication are emphasized. In addition, the program concentrates on how to properly construct and present various speech formats. Skills will be learned and practiced via games, role-play, small groups, team building, improvisation, self-observation and solo speaking. Presented by Daily Protocol.   

Tuesdays, Dec. 3, 2013-Feb. 25, 2014; 3:00-4:30pm   

Del Mar School, Tiburon, CA. Register online: www.btrecreation.com, course #  2505.201  

For more info: info@dailyprotocol.com or www.facebook.com/TheProtocolAcademy, 415.234.6616

2. Kickoff info meeting to support the 2014 Storybook Ball!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 7:30 PM

The Cantina Restaurant, 651 E. Blithedale Ave, Mill Valley

Bring a Children's Book to Life and Have a Ball Doing It!

Travel to Neverland with Peter Pan as your guide, learn how to walk like Mowgli in Jungle Book, or take a mystical journey with Jack and Annie in their Magic Treehouse. 

We need you to help us decide which book to bring to life at the next Storybook Ball and go cast your ballot at the library today.


We're now seeking volunteers for the 2014 Storybook Ball Executive Board and Committees. Join us for an info "party"  to learn more about the planning of the Ball. 

Tuesday, December 3
"Mama-rita" Party 7:30-9 pm
The Cantina, Mill Valley
Winning theme announced tonight!

For more information or if you can't make a meeting, contact Storybook Co-chairs Laurel Hilton or Robin Smiley at mvstorybooks@gmail.com

3. AMERICAN JERUSALEM

Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 7:30 PM

142 Throckmorton Theatre - 142 Throckmorton Avenue

American Jerusalem tells the remarkable story of the pioneer Jews of San Francisco, who came to California from central Europe during the Gold Rush and were instrumental in building the city. The roles they were relegated to in Europe peddler and petty merchant were highly valued in the Gold Rush. Therefore, because of the openness of Gold Rush California, these Jews were arguably far more assimilated into and had a greater impact on the creation and defining of a major city than any other Jewish community in America. But this acceptance came as a price, as assimilation put this community in danger of losing its Jewish identity.

Q & A with Producer Jackie Krentzman will follow the film.

$12 General Admission - $17 General Admission Day of Show

4. Elaine Petrocelli: Best Books of the Season

Thursday, December 5, 2013, 1:00 PM

The Outdoor Art Club, One West Blithedale, Mill Valley

Elaine Petrocelli, owner of Book Passage in Corte Madera, will return again this year to the Outdoor Art Club to share her personal list of best books of the season, with engaging summaries and entertaining commentaries.  Books will be for sale at the Clubhouse the day of the program, so bring your list and your shopping bag.

This is a popular holiday event no book lover will want to miss.

5. ICB Winter Open Studios "Factory 45" prevew party

Friday, December 6, 2013, 6:00 PM

ICB 480 Gate 5 Road, Sausalito

Everyone loves a great party and the Friday preview for the ICB Winter Open Studios is just that.  Artists Exposed! The ICB Winter Open Studios celebrates its 45th year this December with over 80 visual artists opening their studios to the public.  For the 45th anniversary the collective of artists is inspired by Warhol's screen tests.  All of the artists have been exposed on video.  Get a visual of the artists by visiting Gallery 111 on the ground level where the screen tests will projected on the walls and looped creating a stunning art installation.  

Nothing catch you eye? Make sure to check out all of the local happenings on the Mill Valley Events Calendar, and list your events as well. Sign up for daily Mill Valley newsletters to stay up on what's current.

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