St. Columba’s, again a mission, opens arms to community

09/22/2016
A fresh panel graces the bottom section of the welcome sign leading into St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, replacing information detailing the now-defunct Wednesday congregation with the words “retreat and lodging.” Though the retreat house has been available to the public for decades, its services are being reiterated to boost awareness...

Grossi seeks public opinion in local engagement nights

09/22/2016
With the race for the District 4 supervisor entering its final 50-day push, both candidates–Dennis Rodoni and Dominic Grossi–are actively engaging with voters looking to secure their support at the polls. Various candidate forums are scheduled from now until Nov. 8, but Mr. Grossi has organized a number of independent...

Mainstreet Moms partner with restaurants for preschool scholarships

09/22/2016
A new program to raise scholarship funds for West Marin preschoolers is kicking off next month, through a partnership between the Mainstreet Moms and local restaurants. The project, called Dining for Kids, part of the Moms’ new Penny Fund, is enlisting one eatery a month to contribute 10 percent of...

New restaurant to open at Tomales Bay Resort

09/22/2016
A new restaurant that will serve up a mix of playful fusion and well-prepared standards is opening at the Tomales Bay Resort on Saturday, Sept. 24, said the restaurant’s owners, Amber Driscoll and Roger Tschann. Fog’s Kitchen—named after the couple’s cat, Fog—is owned by the two Petaluma residents, who opened their first restaurant, The Speakeasy, in Petaluma in 2012 and The Big Easy, a music club, in 2014. The new restaurant will feature small plates, tacos, sandwiches, entrées, desserts—and even caviar...

Marlie de Swart: off the axis and on the page

09/22/2016
Marlie de Swart never relies on patterns when she knits a new sweater, vest or bonnet. Instead, she sketches a rough plan and makes decisions about textures and construction as she goes, letting the piece grow and morph organically, stitch by stitch. It was a bit of a challenge, then,...

Sea forager brings facts, stories and recipes to West Marin

09/22/2016
Kirk Lombard started fishing when he was a young boy—for eels in Manhattan’s polluted Hudson River. But his grandfather regaled him with tales of fishing for salmon one could actually eat in Monterey Bay, luring him deeper into fishing. “I’ve had many different careers, but through all of it I’ve...

Vandalism spree hits over a dozen signs in downtown Bolinas

09/22/2016
Eighteen street signs were vandalized with spray paint in Bolinas last week. The affected signs included a stop sign, several no-parking signs, several park-parallel signs and signs prohibiting fires and camping on the beach; they were all located on Wharf Road and Brighton Avenue. Marin County road crews are in...

Bounty: Celebrating Coastal Marin’s rich agricultural history

09/22/2016
Bolinas Museum’s celebratory reception this Saturday marks the opening of “Bounty,” an inspiring program of exhibitions, tours, talks and educational events celebrating agriculture in coastal Marin. The Bay Area is renowned for its fine food, creative chefs and great markets emphasizing locally grown products, many of which are produced here...

Protecting coastal village character

09/22/2016
Recently I read “Down a Narrow Road” by anthropologist Jay Dautcher. In the book, Dautcher talks about how governments gain influence over communities in order to serve their own interests, especially in communities where there are strong personal and community identities and where residents are connected to the land. He...