Circus of Smiles at the Dance Palace

FUN: A two-man vaudeville performance by Circus of Smiles, an Oakland troupe, on Monday featured juggling and tricks of the eye. A Bolinas show drew mostly the very young, performer Tyler Parks said; an appearance at the Dance Palace (above) was greeted by a hearty group from the community center’s...

Homes cleared at Drakes Bay Oyster Company

DRAKES ESTERO: A crane took apart vacant worker housing at the site of the former Drakes Bay Oyster Farm on Thursday. According to West Marin Community Services, some former employees of the farm have stayed local; others have moved places like to southern California and Mexico.

Bolinas Sun Festival and Baby Blessing 2015

BOLINAS: One-year-old Otis Manson was one of 24 new babies, small children and one young man who were paraded around and serenaded at the annual Sun Festival and Baby Blessing on Bolinas Beach last Sunday. Mark Butler (center) stepped in as the blessing’s leader this year; longtime leader Tom D’Onofrio...

Pitch Canker poses fire danger

FIRE HAZARD: Vast swathes of young bishop pines that were seeded on the Inverness Ridge by the Mount Vision Fire of 1995 are being attacked by pitch canker disease, turning the landscape into a virtual tinder box. The airborne pathogen causes the ends of branches to die off; in some...

Bruce Fox's steel whale

ART: After purchasing a crane truck to use as a ladder, laboring nine months and welding 500 pounds of metal, Bruce Fox completed his “Knølhval” (Norwegian for humpback) in March on the Point Reyes Station mesa. The 13.5-foot steel sculpture, which spins in the wind, was Mr. Fox’s answer to...

Western Weekend Queen 2015

WESTERN WEEKEND 2015: Graciela Avalos, this year’s lone Western Weekend queen candidate, will ride Cajun—the paint horse she works with at Five Brooks—in Sunday’s parade down Main Street. Graciela is a sophmore at Tomales High, a third-generation West Marin resident and a second-generation Western Weekend queen, after her mother, Alicia,...

Eucalyptus trees come down in Nicasio

NICASIO: The county is cutting down 11 large eucalyptus trees on Nicasio Valley Road near Lucas Valley Road, at a cost of about $130,000. After concerns were raised by residents, an arborist inspected the trees at the county’s request and deemed many in the stand a public health hazard. Taking...

Whale docent publishes children's book

BOOKS: Winter wildlife docent Marta Lindsey shared her new children’s book last Saturday at Point Reyes National Seashore headquarters, flipping through reproductions of the illustrations as she told the story to a small crowd of youngsters. “Little Gray’s Great Migration” follows a baby whale and his mother on their journey...

Kids Musical Theater at the Dance Palace

THEATER: Director Melissa Claire’s multi-tasking during a Tuesday set rehearsal of Alice in Wonderland, this year’s Dance Palace Kids Musical Theater production, was a performance unto itself. The play, with an original music score, shows this weekend.

Perry's Deli expands to include dinner service

DINNER OUT: Chef Ed Vigil passed bread through a new window connecting Perry’s Deli and its new space, Gather at Perry’s, last Thursday during a preview for their new dinner service. A changing bistro menu, along with wine, beer, sours and cider, will be available Thursdays through Sundays. The space...