Calendar

Thursday, April 23

Sing the music of Hildegard von Bingen with Devi Mathieu from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Dance Palace Church Space. $20, but no one turned away for lack of funds. For information contact dmathieu@sonic.net or (707) 829.0815.

Bolinas author Ananda Brady reads from and discusses his book, “Odyssey: Ten Years on the Hippie Trail,” from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fairfax Library. Free.

The Charlie Docherty Trio plays at 9 p.m. at Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, in Bolinas. No cover.

Jordan Bowen and Miguel Kuntz discuss existential crises, sobbing, Gore Vidal, the drought and Jewishness at 10 p.m. on KWMR’s “Sit Down!” Tune in to 90.5 FM in Point Reyes Station, 89.9 FM in Bolinas or 92.3 FM in the Valley, or stream it at kwmr.org.

 

Friday, April 24

The Environmental Action Committee of West Marin’s 2015 Point Reyes Birding & Nature Festival, featuring international birder and author Steve Howell, starts today and concludes Sunday with over 50 field trips and workshops. For information and registration, call (415) 663.9312 or email events@eacmarin.org.

A hands-on cooking class with Brian Streeter, the executive chef at Cakebread Cellars, takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Fork at Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company. $125 includes instruction in a five-course menu, a sit-down lunch paired with Cakebread wines, a walking farm tour and retail sales. For information and registration call (800) 591.6878 or visit pointreyescheese.com.

Sculptors Guiseppe Palumbo and Phillip and Chad Glashoff host an International Sculpture Day celebration from noon to 2 p.m. at the Claudia Chapline Sculpture Garden (3445 Shoreline Highway), in Stinson Beach. Tea and cookies served.   

The Tim Weed Quartet plays from 6 to 8 p.m. at Tony’s Restaurant, in Marshall. Locals’ night specials include $3 drafts and $1 oysters.

A gala opening for Art in the Garden, the Bolinas Community Center’s annual spring fair, takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. with live jazz, refreshments, art, plants and a preview of auction items. $10 admission. Proceeds from the event benefit the community center. 

Jeremy D’Antonio and Darren Nelson play at 8 p.m. at Rancho Nicasio. No cover.

One Grass Two Grass plays bluegrass at 9 p.m. at Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, in Bolinas. $5.

 

Saturday, April 25

A pancake breakfast at San Geronimo Preschool takes place from 8 to 11 a.m., with an open house and Read-a-Thon celebration from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 6001 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. To sponsor a reader, call (415) 488.4655.

“Petroglyphs of West Marin,” a field trip with anthropologist Betty Goerke, takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting at the Museum of the American Indian in Novato and continuing to Burdell Mountain and locations in Nicasio and Olema. $75. Presented by the Miwok Archeological Preserve of Marin. For information and registration, call (415) 485.9305 or visit marincommunityed.com.

Slide Ranch’s annual Spring Fling takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Muir Beach, with live music, organic cuisine and hands-on farm and craft activities. $30; free for ages 2 and under. For tickets and information visit slideranch.org.

“Trashzilla,” the award-winning short film created by West Marin School eighth-graders, makes a West Marin debut at 10:30 a.m. at the Bear Valley Visitor Center, followed by a discussion with the student filmmakers. 

Art in the Garden, the Bolinas Community Center’s annual spring fair, takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with live music, art, oysters, salad and quiche, libations, speakers, a silent auction, a fairy garden workshop ($10) from 2 to 5 p.m. Continues tomorrow. Proceeds from the event benefit the community center. 

The second-to-last ranger program of the season on the gray whale migration past Point Reyes National Seashore takes place at 1:30 p.m. at the Lighthouse Visitor Center’s observation deck. 

A closing reception for “Lost and Found,” an exhibit of paintings by Alexander Carl Bratenahl takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. at Toby’s Gallery, in Point Reyes Station.

A first-ever Instagram event at the Point Reyes Lighthouse, with stairs open for photographers to descend to take pictures of the illuminated Fresnel lens, takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the seashore. Bring a flashlight and dress in layers. Part of the National Parks Week “Instameet.”

Spring Feast, an evening of words, music and food including a keynote talk by Dr. Daphne Miller, a musical performance by Emily Ritz and a family-style dinner prepared by chef Tina Dang, takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Stinson Beach Community Center. Part of Edition Local’s Field to Body Community Gathering. $85 includes a gift bag of goodies; $175 includes Sustainer Level membership to Edition Local and two raffle tickets. For tickets, visit editionlocal.com/fieldtobody.

The Haggards play from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Mann Family Farm, on Horseshoe Hill Road in Bolinas. $15; bring your own beer; grub for purchase by Oakland Dust. Please park at St. Mary Magdalene Church. Adults only.

The Volker Strifler Band plays blues at 8:30 p.m. at Rancho Nicasio. $12.

The Cocktails play power pop at 9 p.m. at Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, in Bolinas. $10.

 

Sunday, April 26

Tai Chi Ch’uan with Ellen Serber takes place from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center. All levels. $40 a month. RSVP before first class to (415) 663.1662.

A basketball pickup game takes place from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Sundays at West Marin School’s Patterson Gym, in Point Reyes Station.

A West Marin Contact Improvisation Jam takes place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center. Hosted by Maica Felch and Cory vanGelder. Some experience recommended. $8 to $20 sliding scale.

Art in the Garden, the Bolinas Community Center’s annual spring fair, concludes today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with live music, art, oysters, salad and quiche, libations, speakers, a silent auction and a fairy garden workshop ($10) from 2 to 5 p.m. Proceeds from the event benefit the community center. 

“Luther Burbank: A gardener touched with genius,” an illustrated talk, starts at 2 p.m. at the Tomales Regional History Center, with refreshments and a social hour starting at 1 p.m. Donations appreciated.

The last ranger program of the season on the gray whale migration past Point Reyes National Seashore takes place at 1:30 p.m. at the Lighthouse Visitor Center’s observation deck. 

An afternoon tea and workshop with the owners of Berkeley’s Leaves and Flowers tea company takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. at Saltwater’s Depot, in Inverness. $50 includes tastings and light fare. Part of Edition Local’s Field to Body Community Gathering. For information and registration, visit editionlocal.com/fieldtobody.

A screening of “Maestra,” a documentary about Cuba’s successful literacy campaign, introduced by Teri Mattson and followed by a discussion with director Catherine Murphy, takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Dance Palace Church Space. Co-sponsored by KWMR and The Task Force on the Americas; donations will benefit the task force.

Blithedale Canyon plays harmonious country at 5 p.m. at Rancho Nicasio. No cover.

Squares of the Hypotenuse, featuring Charlie Hickox and Snakebite, plays from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Station House Café,.

A film screening of “Pelican Dreams” (2014), an intimate portrait of the seabird by filmmaker Judy Irving, the director of “The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill,” starts at 7 p.m. at the Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center, followed by a discussion with Ms. Irving. $10; proceeds will benefit the Dance Palace. 

 

Monday, April 27

Food for Families meets from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays at the Coast Café, in Bolinas. All are welcome to join in the preparation of food for distribution to local families in need.

Storytime with Judy Buchanan starts at 11 a.m. at the Stinson Beach Library. Free.

Senior Lunch (today, turkey meatloaf) starts at noon on Mondays at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center. Reservations required; call Suzanne at (415) 488.8888 ext. 251. $3 suggested donation for seniors age 60 and over, $6 for guests. Food provided by Good Earth.  

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, the author of “An Indigenous People’s History of the United States,” speaks at 1 p.m. on KWMR’s Post Carbon Radio. Tune in to 90.5 FM in Point Reyes Station, 89.9 FM in Bolinas or 92.3 FM in the Valley, or stream it at kwmr.org.

10X10 Performance Lab—10 acts, 10 minutes each, for $10—starts at 7 p.m. in the Dance Palace Church Space, in Point Reyes Station. For information and to sign-up, visit 10x10performancelab.com.

Ping Pong and Right Brain Exploration with Sandy Jacobs takes place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Mondays at the Dance Palace Community Center. For information call (415) 663.1418.

 

Tuesday, April 28

A four-mile birdsong hike with naturalist David Whimpfheimer takes place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Point Reyes National Seashore. $40 for members of the Point Reyes National Seashore Association, or $50 for others. For information and registration, call (415) 663.1200 or visit ptreyes.org.

Baby Gym takes place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center. Free.

Valley Rainbow Playgroup meets from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Room 1 at San Geronimo School. Free.

West Marin Senior Services’ shuttle bus leaves from Toby’s Feed Barn at 10:15 a.m. and from Walnut Place at 10:30 a.m. for Novato, with stops at Trader Joe’s, Safeway, Whole Foods and a dollar store. Free; all ages welcome.

Storytime with Judy Buchanan starts at 11 a.m. at the Inverness Library. Free.

A North Bay Songwriter Showcase, with proceeds benefitting KWMR and featuring Alison Harris, Rachel Garlin, Kelly McFarling and Kristin Pearce, takes place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lagunitas Brew Sanctuary, in Petaluma. $10; advance tickets available at northbaysongwriters@brownpapertickets.com. $25 includes a round-trip shuttle bus from Point Reyes Station. 

Local poets Eleanor Channell, Claudia Chapline, Sandra Cross, Lois Lancaster and Barbara Martin, along with special guest Prartho Sereno, the Marin County Poet Laureate, read from their work in celebration of National Poetry Month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Stinson Beach Library. Free; refreshments served. 

A Grand Pool Tourney starts at 7 p.m. at Smiley’s Saloon, in Bolinas. $5 buy-in; cash prizes. 

 

Wednesday, April 29

Dr. Mike Witte, the medical director of the Coastal Health Alliance, speaks during the regular meeting of the West Marin Rotary Club, starting at 8 a.m. at Toby’s Gallery, in Point Reyes Station. RSVP requested to Michelle at (415) 482.3121.

A pilates mat class with Lisa Townsend starts at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Bolinas Community Center. $15 drop-in fee.

Poet Joanne Kyger reads from and speaks about her new book, “On Time,” in a conversation with host Steve Heilig from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Commonweal, in Bolinas. Free, but registration encouraged by calling (415) 868.0970 and donations appreciated. Co-sponsored by the New School and Point Reyes Books.

Local’s Night at Osteria Stellina features live music and a $25 special, including an entrée, a salad and a glass of wine, from 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays in Point Reyes Station.  

Midnight on the Water plays traditional tunes in celebration of April birthdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Smiley’s Saloon, in Bolinas. 

 

Thursday, April 30

A beginning English class led by Brian Kirven takes place from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays at the Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center. Free textbooks, educational materials and childcare are provided. 

A Community Lunch sponsored by West Marin Senior Services takes place every Thursday at noon, with food served at 12:15 p.m., at the Dance Palace Community Center. Please reserve a seat by calling (415) 663.8148 before 2 p.m. on Tuesday. $2 for seniors, $6 for guests.

Senior Lunch starts at noon on Thursdays at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center, followed by ping pong in the community gym at 1 p.m. and music by a jazz sextet in the Valley Room at 1:30 p.m. Reservations required; call Suzanne at (415) 488.8888 ext. 251. $3 suggested donation for seniors age 60 and over, $6 for guests. Food provided by Good Earth. 

Congolese Dance with Sandor takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the Bolinas Community Center.

Celebrate National Poetry Month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bolinas Library. Bring a poem to share; light refreshments served.

Friday, May 1

Help restore Kent Island in the Bolinas Lagoon with county park rangers in a community workday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Bolinas. Snacks and extra water provided, but bring your own lunch; wear layers and sturdy shoes or rubber boots. Meet at the dock at the end of Wharf Road. For more information and to RSVP, call Greg Reza at (415) 473.3778.

Three new exhibits open today at Gallery Route One in Point Reyes Station—Jessica Eastburn’s “Channel Surfing,” paintings about media saturation in the digital age; Jon Kerpel’s “Majestic Nature,” an environmental installation focusing on the earth’s creatures; and “Memories,” photographs by Geraldine Lia Braaten. The exhibits show through June 7, and a reception will be held this Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday but Tuesday.

A farm tour and casual cheese tasting takes place at 1 p.m. on Fridays at Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company, north of Point Reyes Station. Learn about the farm’s history, diversification and award-winning conservation practices, including its methane digester and composting program. $20. Limited space and reservations required by visiting pointreyescheese.com or calling (800) 591.6878.

Uno de Mayo, featuring Victor Reyes, Ingrid Noyes, Morgan Cochneuer and Tawnya Kovach, plays from 6 to 8 p.m. at Tony’s Seafood Restaurant, in Marshall. Locals’ night specials include $3 drafts and $1 oysters.

The first annual Latino Heritage Night, celebrating heritage, culture and community and featuring traditional Mexican food for purchase and informational booths from local agencies and student groups, takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at Tomales High School. Proceeds will benefit Shoreline Unified School District schools.

“The Heiress,” a heartbreaking psychological drama based on Henry James’s novel “Washington Square” and starring Sharron Drake and other local talent, shows at 7 p.m. in the Dance Palace Church Space. $20 tickets available at pointreyestheater.brownpapertickets.com. Seating is limited.

Stompy Jones plays swing, with dance lessons provided, at 8 p.m. at Rancho Nicasio. $12 in advance, or $15 at the door. For tickets call (415) 662.2219.

Pacific High plays roots reggae at 9 p.m. at Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, in Bolinas. $5.

 

Saturday, May 2

“Animal Tracking and Nature Awareness,” a workshop with Richard Vacha ranging from the study of scat and feeding signs to the practice of slowing down and reading weather patterns, takes place from 8 a.m. to noon at Abbotts Lagoon, in the Point Reyes National Seashore. $75. Presented by the Miwok Archeological Preserve of Marin. For information and registration, visit marincommunityed.com or call (415) 485.9305. 

“Marine Plastic Pollution: Research, Recovery and Solutions,” a workshop with Chris Pincetich, takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Point Reyes National Seashore. $10 for members of the Point Reyes National Seashore Association, or $15 for others. Also open to youth ages 12 and up with parental attendance. For information and registration, call (415) 663.1200 or visit ptreyes.org.

A hike through the Tule Elk Preserve in the Point Reyes National Seashore, looking for baby elk and spring wildflowers, takes place from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., led by Frank Binney. $40 for members of the Point Reyes National Seashore Association, or $50 for others. For information and registration, call (415) 663.1200 or visit ptreyes.org.

The Bolinas Children’s Center’s fourth annual Walk-a-Thon takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mesa Park in Bolinas, with a gourmet taco bar, a bounce house, games and prizes, a cake walk, ice cream and treats and a raffle. Proceeds benefit the preschool. 

Ballet for teens and adults with Erika Townsend takes place from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at the Bolinas Community Center. $60 for five classes, or $15 to drop in. Adults and teens welcome; ballet shoes or soft shoes required. To register,
call Erika at (209) 523.4305.

A natural dye-printing workshop with Kenya Miles of Traveling Miles Studio, with hands-on practice in stamping, hand painting and vat dying, takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Bolinas. $100 includes a delicious vegetarian lunch; bring your own yarn, or purchase some at the workshop. Part of Edition Local’s Field to Body Community Gathering. For information and registration, visit editionlocal.com/fieldtobody.

Huckleberry Garden Preschool’s annual May Faire takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Livery Stable Lawn behind the Cowgirl Creamery in Point Reyes Station, with flower wreath making, a Maypole, music, food, lemonade and a raffle of hand-crafted toys. All proceeds benefit the preschool. 

A Science on a Sphere ranger presentation, using a room-sized global display system developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, starts at 1:30 p.m. in the Bear Valley Visitor Center, at Point Reyes National Seashore headquarters. Free.

Learn to set up a small back-strap loom and weave a piece of cloth with “action weaver” Travis Meinolf from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at a private residence in Bolinas. $60 includes a delicious vegetarian lunch; bring your own yarn, or purchase some at the workshop. Part of Edition Local’s Field to Body Community Gathering. For information and registration, visit editionlocal.com/fieldtobody.

An opening reception for “Of Wood: 5 Perspectives on Trees,” an exhibit featuring the work of local artists Stephen Horvat, Ben Martell, Heather Peters, Sirima Sataman and Ido Yoshimoto, takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. at Toby’s Gallery, in Point Reyes Station. Exhibit shows through May 26.

Diana Beresford-Kroeger, the author of “The Sweetness of a Simple Life” and “The Global Forest,” speaks and signs books at 7 p.m. at the Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center. Co-presented by Point Reyes Books, Black Mountain Circle and the New School at Commonweal. $10. 

“The Heiress,” a heartbreaking psychological drama based on Henry James’s novel “Washington Square” and starring Sharron Drake and other local talent, shows at 7 p.m. in the Dance Palace Church Space. $20 tickets available at pointreyestheater.brownpapertickets.com. Seating is limited.

Tom Rigney and Flambeau play at 8:30 p.m. at Rancho Nicasio. $12 in advance, or $15 at the door. For tickets call (415) 662.2219.

Daughters Rea perform at 9 p.m. at Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, in Bolinas. $5.

 

Sunday, May 3

A daylong retreat exploring the sacred in nature through readings, writing exercises and excursions on the land with botanist, medical biochemist and self-described “renegade scientist” Diana Beresford-Kroeger takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Commonweal, in Bolinas. $40 includes her book-signing and reading on Saturday evening in Point Reyes Station. Co-presented by Point Reyes Books, Black Mountain Circle and the New School at Commonweal.

An opening reception for three new exhibits at Gallery Route One—Jessica Eastburn’s “Channel Surfing,” paintings about media saturation in the digital age; Jon Kerpel’s “Majestic Nature,” an environmental installation focusing on the earth’s creatures; and “Memories,” photographs by Geraldine Lia Braaten—takes place from 3 to 5 p.m., in Point Reyes Station. The exhibits show through June 7, with a closing salon that afternoon.

“The Heiress,” a heartbreaking psychological drama based on Henry James’s novel “Washington Square” and starring Sharron Drake and other local talent, shows at 4 p.m. in the Dance Palace Church Space. $20 tickets available at pointreyestheater.brownpapertickets.com. Seating is limited.

Howelldevine plays country blues at 5 p.m. at Rancho Nicasio. No cover.