Cowgirl cheese monger competes in contest

CHEESE: Christy Caye, a manager at Cowgirl Creamery, competed on Sunday in the 2016 Cheese Monger Invitational in San Francisco, where the cheese industry’s best meet each year in a test of knowledge, pairing ingenuity and wrapping skills. Above, Ms. Caye “speed wraps.”

Wet Marin School student, Ruby Clarke, wins Heart of Marin

PEOPLE: West Marin School eighth grader Ruby Clarke took home the Heart of Marin Youth Volunteer Award last Friday. Her nominator called her “one of the most dedicated, responsible, organized, determined, and passionate youth volunteers I’ve ever worked with...”

Costume class starts in Bolinas

COSTUMES: Fashion designer Ashley Eva Brock taught participants in her new costume design workshop how to sew a French seam last Thursday at the Bolinas Community Center. The workshop, which encourages the use of finds from the Bolinas Freebox, continues on Thursday afternoons.

Candlelight winter solstice poetry reading

SOLSTICE: Karen West read “Night,” a poem by Frederico Garcia Lorca, at the annual Point Reyes Books candlelight winter solstice poetry reading on Monday night. The solstice marks the darkest night of the year, and the days will now slowly get longer.

Giant mushroom found in Bolinas

SHROOM: Solomon Ojalvo, son of the winemaker Brian Ojalvo, found this hulking King Bolete (Boletus edulis) in Bolinas on Sunday. While it wasn’t officially weighed or measured, Brian pegged it at least 6.5 pounds (compared to 5 pounds of beef he bought that morning), 22 inches tall, and 12 inches...

SPAWN aims to plant 10,000 redwoods

RESTORATION: Volunteers for the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network spread duff under freshly planted redwood saplings on Monday at their headquarters near Samuel P. Taylor State Park. The organization says it will plant 10,000 of the trees in Marin over the next three years. SPAWN has immediate plans to plant...

Coho arrive in Lagunitas Creek

FISH: Two male coho salmon vie for position with a female in Lagunitas Creek on Tuesday. Marin Municipal Water District has counted approximately 30 pairs this winter so far, a small number for the time of year, which may be due to lack of rainfall.

CLAM gingerbread house contest

SWEET HOMES: Elizabeth Hill’s baked creation took first place in the adult category of a gingerbread house contest that was on display last weekend at the Yellow House in Point Reyes Station. Tomales Bay Youth Center won first in the youth category for a replication of their meeting place, The...

Santa arrives at Nick's Cove by boat

SAINT NICK: Santa Claus arrived by motor boat, as he does every year, at the Boat Shack at Nick’s Cove last Sunday, to thrilled children and cocktail-sipping parents.