Calendar

Thursday, December 18

The DropStitch Club meets from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays at Ink Paper Plate, in Point Reyes Station. Bring your knitting, bookbinding and needlepoint projects. For information, call (415) 873.6008 or email info@inkpaperplate.com.

Planning Commissioner Wade Holland speaks with host Herb Kutchins at 5 p.m. on KWMR’s Politics 101. 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.

The Shoreline Unified School District Board of Trustees meets in open session at 6 p.m. at Tomales Elementary School.

The Low Watters play acoustic funk and bluegrass at 9 p.m. at Smiley’s Saloon, in Bolinas.

 

Friday, December 19

A pilates mat class with Lisa Townsend takes place from 9 to 10 a.m. on Fridays at the Bolinas Community Center. 

Christopher Anderl teaches Tai Chi and Chi Gong for Natural Health from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Fridays at the Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center. To sign up, call Chris at (415) 669.9720.

The Takeaway Show, featuring small and affordable art, opens today at Gallery Route One in Point Reyes Station. A reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, and the exhibit shows through Jan. 4 (with a closing party that afternoon).

Ink + Drink, a printmaker’s social, takes place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Ink Paper Plate in Point Reyes Station, with beverages and an open print session. Ink and monotype plates provided; bring your own paper.

Papermill Creek Children’s Corner’s annual holiday concert and potluck, including a performance of The Little Christmas Tree, starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Dance Palace Community Center.

Doug Adamz plays guitar and harmonica with special guest Danny Vitali at 7 p.m. in the Dance Palace Church Space. $10 suggested donation at the door; beer and wine available for purchase. Part of an ongoing Local Music Restoration Project, with proceeds tonight benefitting the community center and KWMR.

A Christmas sing-along starts at 7 p.m. at Calvary Presbyterian Church, in Bolinas. Donations will help fund a new foundation for the church. 

A festive evening of caroling with Tim Weed and Common Voice Choir starts at 7 p.m. at Toby’s Gallery, in Point Reyes Station. Free; refreshments served.

A house party at Rancho Nicasio starts at 8 p.m., in Nicasio. No cover.

This Old Earthquake plays sweet rock at 9 p.m. at Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, in Bolinas.

Matt Porter plays at 9 p.m. at the Old Western Saloon, in Point Reyes Station.

 

Saturday, December 20

Diaspora Dance, an ongoing class with Amber Hines, takes place from 9 to 10:15 a.m. on Saturdays at the Bolinas Community Center. Adults only; by donation.

The annual Point Reyes Christmas Bird Count, sponsored by Marin Audubon Society, starts as early as 4 a.m. with birders assigned to 29 area groups. A compilation dinner will be held at the end of the day at the Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center. For information or to register as a volunteer, visit forestdata.com/cbc.

A day-long immersion workshop in feminine arts, including rose geranium distillation, doll-making, writing, grounding, stillness, tea-drinking and a sacred circle, takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Garden of Eden Apothecary, in Point Reyes Station. For information and registration, call Eden at (415) 663.1747.

A field training for Marin MPA Watch, a citizen science collaborative program that monitors human uses of the county’s marine protected areas, takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Limantour Beach, in the Point Reyes National Seashore. (Trainings will also take place on Jan. 3 and 17 and on Feb. 1 at other local beaches). For information and registration, call Amy Trainer of the Environmental Action Committee at (415) 663.9312 or email admin@eac.org.

Bolinas & Beyond: A Global Arts, Crafts and Food Fair, takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and tomorrow at the Bolinas Community Center with local and international handmade crafts. Free admission; Thai food by Claire Hart available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the community center.

Recent paintings by Thomas Wood show from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Thomas Wood Fine Art Gallery, on the Nicasio Square.

A weekend ranger program featuring a one-hour nature walk starts at 1:30 p.m. at the Bear Valley Visitor Center, in the Point Reyes National Seashore. Meet at the head of the Earthquake Trail.

Michael McQuilkin’s Family Music Hour VII, featuring some of the Valley’s greatest musical families and a Valley all-star band, starts at 7 p.m. in the Lagunitas School Multipurpose Room. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation.

Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers play classic 40s and 50s jazz and blues at 8:30 p.m. at Rancho Nicasio. $15 in advance, or $18 at the door.

Just Friends plays Irish sweet rock at 9 p.m. at Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, in Bolinas.

 

Sunday, December 21, Winter Solstice.

A winter solstice sunrise ceremony inspired by the Hopi tradition starts at 6:55 a.m. with a walk to the top of Olema Hill for a short meditation and prayers for peace. Arrive by 6:45 a.m. and park on the south side of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, by the gate. Bring warm beverages and a bite to share. For information, call Eden at (415) 663.8350. 

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. RSVP 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.

Bolinas & Beyond: A Global Arts, Crafts and Food Fair, takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bolinas Community Center with local and international handmade crafts. Free admission; Mexican food by Mirta Guzman available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the community center.

A Science on a Sphere ranger presentation starts at 1:30 p.m. at the Bear Valley Visitor Center, in the Point Reyes National Seashore. 

Santa and Mrs. Claus welcome visitors from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Rancho Nicasio, followed by Tim Cain’s Family Christmas Sing-Along from 4 to 5 p.m. Cookies and hot chocolate served.

A sing-along Messiah program, featuring conductor Magen Solomon, pianist Susan Soehner and professional soloists leading each section of Handel’s masterpiece, starts at 3 p.m. at the Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center. No experience necessary, and all ages are welcome. $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for youth.

An opening reception for the Takeaway Show, featuring small and affordable art, takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. at Gallery Route One in Point Reyes Station. The exhibit shows through Jan. 4 (with a closing party that afternoon).

Enjoy live music from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Station House Café, in Point Reyes Station.

To Know The Dark, Point Reyes Books’ annual candlelight winter solstice poetry reading, starts at 7 p.m. at the bookstore, in Point Reyes Station. To sign up to read your or another’s poem, call (415) 663.1542 or email books@ptreyesbooks.com.

A book release party and rock concert celebrating Greg Anton’s new novel, “Face the Music,” starts at 7 p.m. at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center. Featuring a reading by the author and music by I Know Your Writer—Melvin Seals, Mark Karan, Greg Anton, Robin Sylvester and Banana. $10. For information visit gregantonmusic.com and sgvcc.org.

Open mic with Charlie starts at 8:30 p.m. at Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, in Bolinas.

 

Monday, December 22

A free English as a Second Language class is held from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays in the conference room at Shoreline Unified School District’s offices in Tomales. For information call (415) 663.8626. Presented by Marin Literacy Program. 

Senior Lunch—today featuring stuffed bell peppers and green salad—starts at noon on Thursdays 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 Natural Foods. A computer lab for seniors with Heather Richardson follows at 1 p.m.

A two-hour special of Post Carbon Radio, featuring a report from the United Nations climate negotiations in Peru and an interview with Jeff Conant, starts at noon on KWMR. 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.

A workshop in holiday music and crafts with Amber Hines takes place from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Bolinas Library. Free; refreshments served.

A chiropractic clinic with Colleen Lindstrom, who specializes in pregnancy, pediatric and family chiropractic care, takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Mondays at the Bolinas Community Center. $35 for adult exam and adjustments, and $15 for children. No appointment necessary.

Mainstreet Moms meet from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Point Reyes Firehouse.

Learn Passage Meditation with the Point Reyes satsang of Blue Mountain Meditation Center at 4 p.m. at 11557 Highway One, in Point Reyes Station.

Joseph Bacon presents an evening of classical guitar music from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Inverness Library. Free.

Monday Night Live starts at 8:30 p.m. at Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, in Bolinas.

 

Tuesday, December 23

Valley Rainbow Playgroup takes place from 10 a.m. to noon in Room 1 at the San Geronimo School’s Upper Campus. Free.

Beso Negro Duo plays from 6 to 9 p.m. at Nick’s Cove, in Marshall. A $25 prix-fixe locals’ menu includes an entrée, salad and wine.  

Molly Maguire and Bill Quist’s 6th annual Sing-In of George Friedrich Handel’s Messiah starts at 7 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalene Church, in Bolinas.

Jesse’s Grand Pool Tourney starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, in Bolinas. $5 buy-in, cash prizes.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 24

Floating Island Sangha meets for 40 minutes of meditation and a Dharma talk led by Zen priests Carrie and Stuart Kutchins from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center.

A Christmas Eve Candlelight and Carols Service starts at 5 p.m. at the San Geronimo Community Presbyterian Church.

A Community Christmas Eve Candle Lighting and Carols Service starts with prelude music at 5:15 p.m. and the service at 5:30 p.m. at the Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center, led by Rachel Rivers, other community members and the Tomales Bay String Band. 

A Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols, with Nancy Bennett on organ and piano and Christi Edwards on flute, starts at 7 p.m. at the Point Reyes Community Presbyterian Church, in Point Reyes Station.

Midnight on the Water celebrates December birthdays with Irish and Appalachian music and free cake from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, in Bolinas. Larry’s Karaoke follows until 12:30 a.m.

A traditional candlelight Christmas eucharist starts at 7 p.m. at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, in Inverness. 

A Candlelight Service of carols, readings and a brief meditation starts at 7 p.m. at the Stinson Beach Community Center. Another service with Pastor Bob Grove starts at 9 p.m. at Calvary Presbyterian Church, in Bolinas.

Larry’s Karaoke starts at 8:30 p.m. at Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, in Bolinas.  

 

Thursday, December 25, Christmas.

A Christmas Day service starts at 10 a.m. at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, in Inverness. 

A Winter Celebration Potluck starts at 1 p.m. at the Bolinas Community Center. Bring a dish to share; doors open at noon. For information and to volunteer, call Jodi Angel at (415) 264.5541.

 

Friday, December 26

Elizabeth Barnet teaches yoga from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Fridays at the Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center. $15 drop-in fee, or $65 for five classes. A gentle yoga class follows from 10:45 a.m. to noon.

The Point Reyes National Seashore’s winter shuttle service starts today, with ticket sales from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ken Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach. Shuttles to view the Pacific gray whale migration and northern elephant seal colonies (with docents and spotting scopes present) run on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and federal Monday holidays, in good weather, through late March. $7 for adults, or free for youth ages 16 and under; federal Senior and Access pass discounts apply. (During bus days, Sir Francis Drake Highway is closed to through traffic at South Beach from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.)

No Place Like Home, a free brunch hosted by Bob Grove, takes place from 11 a.m. to noon every fourth Friday of the month at the Bolinas Community Center. 

A Science on a Sphere ranger presentation starts at 1:30 p.m. at the Bear Valley Visitor Center, in the Point Reyes National Seashore. 

The Hot Frittatas duo plays European and international café music from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Tony’s Seafood Restaurant, in Marshall. 

 

Saturday, December 27

Ticket sales for the Point Reyes National Seashore’s winter shuttle service open at 9:30 p.m. at the Ken Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach and end at 3 p.m. Shuttles to view the Pacific gray whale migration and northern elephant seal colonies run on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and federal Monday holidays, in good weather, through late March. $7 for adults, or free for youth ages 16 and under; federal Senior and Access pass discounts apply. (During bus days, Sir Francis Drake Highway is closed to through traffic at South Beach from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.)

A ranger program, featuring an easy nature walk about the San Andreas fault, starts at 1:30 p.m. at the Bear Valley Visitor Center, in the Point Reyes National Seashore. Meet at the head of the Earthquake Trail.

Learn about migrating gray whales in a half-hour outdoor ranger program starting today at 1:30 p.m. and continuing on weekends and federal holidays through April, at the Point Reyes Lighthouse Visitor Center. (Participants must shuttle to the lighthouse from Drakes Beach; the shuttle is $7 for adults and free for youth age 16 and under.)

Smiley’s Schooner Saloon celebrates longtime owner Don Deane at 9 p.m., in Bolinas.

 

Sunday, December 28

A 6.5-mile walk on White Hill (with an elevation gain of 1,000 feet) led by Marin County Parks naturalist David Herlocker starts at 9 a.m., meeting at the gravel pullout near the top of White Hill Grade, west of Fairfax on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Bring water, lunch and snacks; back by 2 p.m. For ages 15 and up; no pets, please. If weather is questionable call (415) 893.9527 after 8 a.m. to hear information about cancellations. Free.

Ticket sales for the Point Reyes National Seashore’s winter shuttle service open at 9:30 p.m. at the Ken Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach and end at 3 p.m. Shuttles to view the Pacific gray whale migration and northern elephant seal colonies run on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and federal Monday holidays, in good weather, through late March. $7 for adults, or free for youth ages 16 and under; federal Senior and Access pass discounts apply. (During bus days, Sir Francis Drake Highway is closed to through traffic at South Beach from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.)

Ecstatic Dance, a freestyle dance facilitated by Taira Restar, takes place from 10 a.m. to noon on Sundays at the Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center. $15.

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 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. $7 to $20 sliding scale.

Paul Knight and Friends play live music from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Station House Café, in Point Reyes Station.

Open mic with Eli starts at 8 p.m. at Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, in Bolinas.