Thursday, December 8

Dr. Wayne Jones and host Michael Lerner discuss “Catching Up to the Science of Cancer Cure” from 10 to 11 a.m. online. Co-presented by the New School at Commonweal. Sliding-scale donations welcome. Register at www.tns.commonweal.org.

Baby Gym, a free playgroup for children under 3 and their caregivers, takes place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays at the Dance Palace Community Center. Register with Perla de los Santos at (510) 672.1071 or [email protected]

Legal Aid of Marin hosts a monthly outreach table from 1 to 3 p.m. every second Thursday out-side West Marin Community Services, in Point Reyes Station. Offering assistance in English and Spanish on employment and unemployment problems, wage theft, housing and senior citizen problems and concerns. No appointment needed. 

The Learning Bus visits the Point Reyes Station Library from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. with bilingual storytime, songs, games, art projects and more for children 5 and under. Free. 

A family art and pozole night takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. at West Marin School with arts and crafts projects for kids and delicious homemade pozole to eat onsite or take home. 

Pianist Aaron Durr plays at 6 p.m. at the Due West Tavern, in Olema. No cover.

Zumba with Gina Tanner and Chrissy Costello takes place from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays at the Dance Palace Community Center. $12 drop-in fee; full vaccination required.

Drop-in tech support is available from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays at the Point Reyes Library. Bring your laptop, tablet or smartphone. 

The Point Reyes Station Village Association meets on Zoom at 6:30 p.m. Information at www.pointreyesstation.org.

The Lagunitas School board meets at 6:30 p.m. on the Lagunitas School campus, in Room 14. 

The Tomales Town Hall hosts an open mic at 7 p.m. every second Thursday of the month. Mu-sicians, storytellers, poets and audience are welcome; sign up at 6:30 p.m.

OMEN plays instrumental jazz at 8 p.m. at the Papermill Creek Saloon, in Forest Knolls. 

 

Friday, December 9 

Baby Gym, a free playgroup for children under 3 and their caregivers, takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:30 to noon at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center. Register with Perla de los Santos at (510) 672.1071 or [email protected]

A volunteer day with SPAWN’s native plant nursery team takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays and Tuesdays at Turtle Island Restoration Network headquarters (9255 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.), in Olema. Bring a water bottle and lunch; tools and gloves provided. RSVP re-quested to Audrey at [email protected]

Drop-in tech support is available from 11 a.m. to noon on Fridays at the Point Reyes Library. Bring your laptop, tablet or smartphone. 

A Little Ones music class for kids ages 3 to 6 meets from 11 a.m. to noon at the Dance Palace Church Space or outdoors. $10 suggested drop-in donation. For information, contact Rebecca at [email protected] or (510) 253.5637.

The new and improved R. Moon E. Band plays at 5 p.m. outdoors at Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, in Bolinas. $10 tickets at www.smileyssaloon.com.

Danny Montana plays a happy hour set at 5 p.m. at the Papermill Creek Saloon, in Forest Knolls. Then, Chris Peck’s Sparkling Water plays at 9 p.m., with Starchild opening.

A winter sing-along takes place from 5 to 6 p.m. outdoors at Bolinas School. Soup will be pro-vided before singing, and hot chocolate and cookies will be for sale afterwards. 

A reception for an exhibit of Sarah Killingsworth’s wildlife photography takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Dance Palace lobby. Her work will be up through December. 

The Bolinas Winter Faire starts today from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Bolinas Community Center with arts, crafts and refreshments. Continues through the weekend.

The Gan HaLev Jewish Congregation presents a virtual Shabbat service at 7 p.m. Email [email protected] for information. 

A family theater workshop takes place from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Dance Palace Community Center, with children sharing activities and acting games they have practiced this fall in Maica Folch’s “Take the Stage” class. 

Freestone Peaches plays an Allman Brothers tribute at 7:30 p.m. at Rancho Nicasio. $20. Res-ervations required at www.ranchonicasio.com

 

Saturday, December 10 

“Oh No, Not Gulls!” a birding field seminar, takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., meeting at the Red Barn classroom in Bear Valley. Presented by the Point Reyes National Seashore Associa-tion. $70 for members, or $80 for others. Register at https://ptreyes.org/programs-events/.

Salmon Protection and Watershed Network naturalists lead a Creekwalk Tour to observe coho salmon at the peak of their spawning season on Saturdays at 10 a.m. and again at noon in Samuel P. Taylor State Park. $15 suggested donation, or free for children 5 and under. Register in advance at www.seaturtles.org/creekwalk

Staff and volunteers with SPAWN plant shrubs, perennials, sedges, rushes and grasses, and remove invasive plants, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Roy’s Riffles restoration site along San Geronimo Creek. For details and registration, go to www.seaturtles.org/events.

Woodacre artist Justine Tot Tatarsky holds a holiday open studio and art sale featuring original paintings on ceramic tile from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 272 Redwood Drive, in Woodacre. More in-formation at www.artontile.com.

The Bolinas Winter Faire continues from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bolinas Community Center with arts, crafts and refreshments.

A park ranger speaks about Point Reyes National Seashore’s natural and cultural history every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to noon at the Bear Valley Visitor Center. 

A reception for a new exhibit of photography, “50 Years of Portraits by Dewey Living-ston,” takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Stinson Beach Library. Shows through Decem-ber. 

The Fibershed Winter Market takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dance Palace Community Center featuring regional yarns, roving, cloths, rugs and clothing, plus classical music and refreshments from the El Sur Empanadas food truck. 

Explore Drakes Beach with a ranger every Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m., meeting in front of the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center. Be prepared for up to a mile of walking on sand and uneven terrain; bring layers for changing weather and binoculars if you have them.

Photographer Sam Contis speaks with Chris Jennings about her new book, “Overpass,” at 4 p.m. at the Point Reyes Community Presbyterian Church. Presented by Point Reyes Books. Donations welcome.

Michael McQuilkin’s Family Music Hour’s 10-Year Anniversary Show starts at 7 p.m. at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center. $10 for adults, and free for kids.

The Traveling Wilburys Review plays at 8 p.m. at Rancho Nicasio. $20. Reservations required at www.ranchonicasio.com

The West Marin Grateful Dead Appreciation Society plays at 8 p.m. at the Old Western Saloon, in Point Reyes Station. Street Fruits plays an opening set. $10 cover. 

Alex Siegel and Go by Ocean plays indoors at 8:30 p.m. at Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, in Bolinas. $10 tickets at www.smileyssaloon.com.

Beso Negro plays at 9 p.m. at the Papermill Creek Saloon, in Forest Knolls. 

 

Sunday, December 11 

Woodacre artist Justine Tot Tatarsky’s holiday open studio and art sale continues from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 272 Redwood Drive, in Woodacre. More information at www.artontile.com.

The Bolinas Winter Faire concludes today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bolinas Community Center with arts, crafts and refreshments. Santa will be on hand from noon to 4 p.m.

Storyteller and musician Willy Clafin and Maynard Moose perform a free family concert at noon at the Dance Palace Community Center. Bring a blanket to sit on; popcorn provided. 

Klezmer trio Veretski Pass performs old-country music with roots in the Ottoman Empire at 4 p.m. at the Dance Palace Community Center, with a streaming option. $25, or $10 for stream-ing. Tickets at www.dancepalace.org

Johnny Allair plays a vinyl record release party at 4 p.m. at Rancho Nicasio. $15. Reservations required at www.ranchonicasio.com

Matt Jaffe plays at 6 p.m. at the Papermill Creek Saloon, in Forest Knolls.

Jimbo Trout and Steve Bass play swamp blues at 9 p.m. inside at Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, in Bolinas. $10 tickets at www.smileyssaloon.com.

 

Monday, December 12 

The Floating Island Sangha led by Stuart and Carrie Kutchins meets on Zoom at 8:30 a.m. on Mondays for silent meditation followed by discussion. Email Carrie at [email protected] for information. 

The Rollin’ Root produce truck sells farmers’ market produce on Mondays at the following loca-tions in West Marin: Main Street and Dillon Beach Road in Tomales from 9 to 10 a.m., the Marshall Store from 11 a.m. to noon and Walnut Place in Point Reyes Station from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Pfizer Covid-19 boosters are available on a walk-in basis from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Mon-days at the West Marin Medical Center, in Point Reyes Station. For information, call (415) 663.1082.

A morning storytime with songs and games for young children and their caregivers takes place from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. on Mondays at the Point Reyes Library. 

Free Covid-19 rapid take-home tests are available for pickup for people who live or work in West Marin from 11 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Fridays at West Marin Community Services.

Mainstreet Moms citizen action group meets from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Point Reyes Communi-ty Presbyterian Church and online. Masks required. For a link, email [email protected].

A mending circle meets from 5 to 7 p.m. every Monday in the Jack Mason Museum room of the Inverness Library. Bring your project and any bobbles and notions to share. Basic sewing tools and alteration advice from Sherry Baty will be available.

Nightly open gyms from 6 to 8 p.m. at West Marin School feature basketball on Mondays, in-door soccer on Tuesdays and Thursdays, volleyball on Wednesdays and soccer coaching on Fri-days. All ages welcome. Sponsored by West Marin Community Services.

 

Tuesday, December 13 

A virtual Pilates class with Lorraine Fisher-Smith starts at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays on Zoom. $16 drop-in fee; first class is free. Email [email protected] to sign up.

The Inverness Irregulars meet for a hike at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at the White House Pool parking lot. The trail will be decided on the spot. Email [email protected] for details.

Baby Gym, a free playgroup for children under 3 and their caregivers, takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:30 to noon at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center. Register with Perla de los Santos at (510) 672.1071 or [email protected]

The Learning Bus visits the San Geronimo Valley Community Center from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. with bilingual storytime, songs, games, art projects and more for children 5 and under. Free.

Reading Buddies, a tutoring program for children in kindergarten through third grade, takes place from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Point Reyes Station Library and online. Sponsored by the Marin County Free Library. To register, email Annemarie at [email protected].

A bath bomb workshop for all ages takes place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Point Reyes Library. For information, email Annemarie at [email protected] or call (415) 663.8375.

A cozy winter story time for kids age 5 through 9 takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Stinson Beach Library. Cookies, cocoa and crafts provided.

The Bolinas-Stinson Union School District board meets at 5 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the Bolinas School. 

The Shoreline Unified School District board meets at 5 p.m., this month at Tomales High School and online. Information at www.shorelineunified.org

The San Geronimo Valley Community Center board meets at the community center at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month. 

The Lagunitas Open Gym is open for pickleball from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays. $5 to $10 re-quested donation. 

 

Wednesday, December 14

Scott Atthowe discusses major art installations during the regular meeting of the West Marin Rotary Club at 8:30 a.m. online. For an invitation, email [email protected]

The Inverness Public Utility District board meets at 9 a.m. at the Inverness Fire Station. 

CoreContact, a Pilates-based mat class with Lisa Townsend, takes place from 9 to 10:15 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays at the Bolinas Community Center, with a Zoom option. $20 in per-son, or $15 online. Email [email protected] for the link. 

Spanish story time with music and movement for children 5 and under and their families takes place from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at the Family Center at West Marin School. Sponsored by the West Marin Fund. 

A Covid-19 and flu vaccination pop-up takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dance Palace Community Center. Walk-ups welcome, and appointments available at MyTurn.CA.gov or by calling (833) 422.4255.

Baby Gym, a free playgroup for children under 3 and their caregivers, takes place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Bolinas Community Center. Register with Perla de los Santos at (510) 672.1071 or [email protected]

“Bolinas Library Outdoors: Family Wednesdays in the Plaza” features craft-making and the Learning Bus from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in downtown Bolinas.

The Nicasio School board meets at 5 p.m. in the library.

California State Parks holds a virtual community meeting on the Tomales Bay State Park Forest Health and Wildfire Resilience Project from 5 to 6:30 p.m. with details on the planning process and time for community feedback. To register, visit https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Mk2jnf1eS8Kl_boPqITPyQ .

A CoreContact movement class series with Lisa Townsend takes place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Bolinas Community Center. $5 to $10 sliding-scale fee. For information, email [email protected].

A United States citizenship course takes place online from 6 to 8 p.m. Sponsored by the Point Reyes Library. To register, email Annemarie at [email protected].

Dr. Anna O’Malley presents a community medicine Zoom call on personal health and resilience, this month focusing on achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Part of the Community Medicine Circles that are a collaboration between the Coastal Health Alli-ance and Natura Institute for Ecology and Medicine in the Commonweal Garden. Register at www.naturainstitute.org/community-medicine-circles-2022-2023.

Grateful Wednesdays start at 7 p.m. with host Danny Luehring at the Papermill Creek Saloon, in Forest Knolls. 

A men’s basketball open gym takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Lagunitas Open Gym. $5 to $10 sliding-scale donations. 

 

Thursday, December 15 

Baby Gym, a free playgroup for children under 3 and their caregivers, takes place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays at the Dance Palace Community Center. Register with Perla de los Santos at (510) 672.1071 or [email protected]

A food bank opens at 11 a.m. for elders and at 11:45 a.m. for all others at the Bolinas Commu-nity Center. A drive-through food pantry is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays at the San Geronimo Commons, and the Tomales food pantry is open from 2 to 2:45 p.m. at the town hall. 

The Side Street Kitchen hosts a holiday fundraiser for West Marin Community Services today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with 20 percent of all food and beverage sales benefiting the nonprofit. 

The Learning Bus visits the Point Reyes Station Library from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. with bilingual storytime, songs, games, art projects and more for children 5 and under. Free. 

Archer Monk plays from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Due West Tavern, in Olema. No cover.

Rainy Eyes plays swampy folk Americana at 8 p.m. at the Papermill Creek Saloon, in Forest Knolls.

 

Friday, December 16

The Point Reyes Tracking School presents a core class with Richard Vacha from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., meeting at Toby’s Feed Barn. $75. Register by emailing [email protected].

A senior stroll around the San Geronimo Commons takes place from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Fri-days. Bring your water bottle and meet in front of the gym. A tea and cookies get-together for seniors follows from 11 a.m. to noon in the San Geronimo Valley Community Center’s Valley Room. 

A volunteer day with SPAWN’s native plant nursery team takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays and Tuesdays at Turtle Island Restoration Network headquarters (9255 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.), in Olema. Bring a water bottle and lunch; tools and gloves provided. RSVP re-quested to Audrey at [email protected]

Drop-in tech support is available from 11 a.m. to noon on Fridays at the Point Reyes Library. Bring your laptop, tablet or smartphone. 

A new educational exhibit, “Advocate: Protect the places you love, bringing people, policy and science together for change,” opens today from noon to 4 p.m. at the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin (65 Third St., Suite 12) in Point Reyes Station. On view Fridays and Saturdays.  

“A Look into the Lens” invites you into the Point Reyes Lighthouse to discover its history and function with a park ranger from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Fridays through Sundays.

Groove Eternal plays jazzy dance music with a Latin twist outside at 2 p.m. at Smiley’s Schoon-er Saloon, in Bolinas. $10 tickets at www.smileyssaloon.com.

Taxidermy Birds plays at 5 p.m. at the Papermill Creek Saloon, in Forest Knolls. Then, the Gild-ed Age plays folk, Americana and cosmic California county at 8:30 p.m.

The Blues Broads, featuring Dorothy Morrison, Tracy Nelson, Annie Sampson and Angela Strehli, play at 8 p.m. at Rancho Nicasio. $35. Reservations required at www.ranchonicasio.com

Doggone Ornery and the Outlaw Woman Band play at 9 p.m. at the Old Western Saloon, in Point Reyes Station. $5.  

 

Saturday, December 17 

The Point Reyes Tracking School presents a core class with Richard Vacha from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., meeting at Toby’s Feed Barn. $75. Register by emailing [email protected].

The Stinson Beach County Water District meets virtually at 9:30 a.m. on the third Saturday of the month. Information at www.stinson-beach-cwd.dst.ca.us.

Salmon Protection and Watershed Network naturalists lead a Creekwalk Tour to observe coho salmon at the peak of their spawning season on Saturdays at 10 a.m. and at noon in Samuel P. Taylor State Park. $15 suggested donation, or free for children 5 and under. Register in advance at www.seaturtles.org/creekwalk.

Staff and volunteers with SPAWN plant shrubs, perennials, sedges, rushes and grasses, and remove invasive plants, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Roy’s Riffles restoration site along San Geronimo Creek. For details and registration, go to www.seaturtles.org/events

An Advent Day of Reflection with Father Vincent takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Co-lumba’s Episcopal Church, in Inverness. $50 includes a vegetarian lunch. Information and regis-tration at www.stcolumbasinverness.org

The Bolinas World Craft Faire opens today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bolinas Community Center, featuring local and international art and crafts and a world café. The fair continues to-morrow. 

A forest bathing walk with Joey Heusler takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., meeting at the Bear Valley Visitor Center. Presented by the Point Reyes National Seashore Association. $50 for members, or $60 for others. Register at ptreyes.org/field-institute/classes-date.

The Morgan Horse Ranch holds an open house from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. behind the Bear Valley Visitor Center. Learn how to make leather-stamped key chains and watch lassoing, horse grooming, riding and training demonstrations. Park at the visitor center lot and walk up the paved driveway close to the Bear Valley Trailhead; accessible parking is available at the ranch.

A free collage workshop with Lisa Doron takes place from noon to 4 p.m. at the Stinson Beach Library. Drop in at any time, but RSVP by calling (415) 868.0252. 

Explore Drakes Beach with a ranger every Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m., meeting in front of the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center. Be prepared for up to a mile of walking on sand and uneven terrain; bring layers for changing weather and binoculars if you have them.

Bill Quist performs “A Renaissance Christmas,” with music of the 1500s, at 5 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalene Church, in Bolinas. 

Agents of Change plays hard folk at 5 p.m. at the Papermill Creek Saloon, in Forest Knolls. Then, Swamp Thang plays at 9 p.m.

A screening of “Island Time,” a 1969 documentary film  about the surrealist artist Gordon Onslow Ford, takes place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Blunk Space (11101 Highway 1, Suite 105), in Point Reyes Station. Free, but reservations are required at Eventbrite.com.

Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio plays at 8 p.m. at Rancho Nicasio. $40. Reservations at www.ranchonicasio.com

Maya Elise and The Good Dream, plus the Kalinders, play inside at 8:30 p.m. at Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, in Bolinas. $10 tickets at www.smileyssaloon.com.

 

Sunday, December 18 

A men’s basketball open gym takes place from 8 to 10 a.m. on Sundays at the Lagunitas Open Gym. $5 to $10 sliding-scale donations. 

The Marin Tracking Club meets at 8:30 a.m. on the front porch of Toby’s Feed Barn, in Point Reyes Station. Come prepared to explore sites in the Point Reyes National Seashore or other nearby locations. Free.

Naturalist and biologist David Wimpfheimer leads “Down for the Count: Exploring Bird Diversity at Point Reyes” from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., meeting at the Bear Valley picnic area. Presented by the Point Reyes National Seashore Association. $50 for members, or $60 for others. Register at ptreyes.org/field-institute/classes-date.

The Bolinas World Craft Faire takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bolinas Community Center, featuring both local and international art and crafts and a world café.

Aki Kumar plays the blues at 6 p.m. at Rancho Nicasio. $15 suggested donation. Reservations at www.ranchonicasio.com

Pinkham’s MaxPower Jazzers play inside at 6 p.m. at Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, in Bolinas. $10 tickets at www.smileyssaloon.com.

Cheyenne Young and David Outlaw play at 6 p.m. at the Papermill Creek Saloon, in Forest Knolls.

The Lagunitas Open Gym features ping-pong from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sundays. $5 to $10 sliding-scale donation.