Bolinas celebrates May Day

RITUALS: May Day observers gathered at Mesa Park in Bolinas on Sunday to give thanks to local flora and fauna—and other local treasures, such as dirt roads and potholes. Some dressed as "beyond humans," and the group went on parade down Wharf Road and sang songs about habitat.

Tomales Town Hall hosts music for restoration funds

RESTORATION: The nearly 150-year-old Tomales Town Hall is due for structural improvements, so money must be raised. Country western band Attila Viola and the Bakersfield Boys played on Saturday night, the first in a series of concerts that will direct proceeds to a restoration fund. The Bootleg Honeys play on...

Students donate time and plants for quadriplegics

FUNDRAISER: Lagunitas Open Classroom students David Hernandez and Pahache Sharp helped volunteer Amy Valens prepare plants on Tuesday for the annual In Spirit plant sale this weekend in Woodacre. The benefit raises funds for quadriplegics.

Shepherdess holds benefit

LAND STEWARDS: Bolinas shepherdess and entrepreneur Brittany Cole Bush spoke about her efforts to create work that is environmentally friendly, satisfying to the soul and profitable at a benefit and "walking buffet" at the Peace Barn on Sunday. Proceeds from the event will help her establish a herd that she...

No camping sign posted in wetlands

OPEN SPACE: A newly erected sign in the Giacomini Wetlands will discourage both homeless people and visitors from sleeping in the creekside willows bordering Point Reyes Station. At least, that is what the sign's proponents hope.

West Marin School student awarded for bilingual skills

EDUCATION: West Marin School seventh grader Emily Cardwell was honored by the California Association for Bilingual Education for her essay about why being bilingual and biliterate are important. Ms. Cardwell won the essay contest for sixth through eighth grades in California.

Spring winds begin

RECREATION: A windsurfer enjoyed the beginning of spring and its accompanying high winds on Tomales Bay on Monday. Seashore spokesman John Dell'Osso estimated wind speeds were about 30 m.p.h.; the park service reported 63 m.p.h. gusts at the lighthouse that day.

Ping Pong continues at the Dance Palace

SPORT: Ping pong players gathered at the Dance Palace Monday night, as they do every week. These days, the game is slightly different: everyone plays with their strong hand. The group's founder, Sandy Jacobs, who died last fall, promoted left-handed playing to encourage brain agility.

Nicasio ball field gets upgrades

LITTLE LEAGUE: Kent Grady, head coach of the AAA Minors Rangers, oversaw a delivery of 48 yards of 60/40 infield mix to the Nicasio baseball diamond on Tuesday. The field, which vandals tore up one night last year, is recieving $20,000 worth of upgrades, including fresh sod for the outfield...

West Marin's CHP officer to retire

THE LAW: California Highway Patrol officer Will Thompson will retire in May after working the West Marin beat on and off for 20 years. As the second-most senior officer in the county, he has seen his share of speeders and accidents; he said he once watched a driver crash on...