Thursday, September 28 

A knitting group meets from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the Point Reyes Library. 

A full moon fire circle takes place from 6:45 to 9 p.m. in the Natura Institute for Ecology and Medicine garden, in Bolinas. RSVP to [email protected] 

An open mic hosted by So-Sé starts at 7 p.m. at Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, in Bolinas.

The ECP Duo with Eli-Carlton-Pearson and Tommy O’Mahony plays at 8:30 p.m. at the Papermill Creek Saloon, in Forest Knolls.

Friday, September 29 

A drop-off chipper day starts at 8 a.m. at the Inverness Fire Department. Dropoff between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. only; no appointment necessary. For questions about acceptable vegetation, email [email protected]

The State of Tomales Bay Conference takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Inverness Yacht Club. $30, or $15 for students. Register at tomalesbayfoundation.org.

The Environmental Action Committee of West Marin’s annual Piper on the Ridge takes place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on the Inverness Ridge. $10 suggested donation. Register www.eacmarin.org/piper-on-the-ridge.

A closing reception for “Apple Shaped Earth/Xerox Queen” takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gospel Flat Farmstand Art Space, in Bolinas. 

Kate’s Café, an open mic sponsored by the San Geronimo Valley Community Center, starts at 7 p.m. in person and on Zoom. Details at sgvcc.org/events

Nina Gerber and Chris Webster play at 7 p.m. at Rancho Nicasio, part of an outdoor sunset music series. $20. Reservations at www.ranchonicasio.com.  

Epicenter Sound with DJ Zelus and DJ Omatic plays at 8:30 p.m. at the Papermill Creek Saloon, in Forest Knolls.

40 Pickled Peppers plays at 5 p.m. at Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, in Bolinas. $10 tickets at www.smileyssaloon.com.

Band of Coyotes and Will Sprott & Desiree Cannon play at 8 p.m. at the Old Western, in Point Reyes Station. $10. 

Saturday, September 30 

Join Marin County Park rangers for stand-up paddling from 8:30 to 11 a.m., starting at Chicken Ranch Beach in Inverness and paddling toward Heart’s Desire Beach. Good for beginner to intermediate paddlers. Register at www.parks.marincounty.org.

The Point Reyes Farmers Market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Toby’s Feed Barn, in Point Reyes Station. 

The State of Tomales Bay Conference conducts a tour of Millerton Creek Ranch from 9:30 a.m. to 1 pm. $25. Register at tomalesbayfoundation.org.

An introduction to natural dyes and ecoprinting takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., taught by Katy Goss in the Red Barn Classroom t Point Reyes National Seashore headquarters. Presented by the Point Reyes National Seashore Association. $50 for members, or $60 for others. Register at www.ptreyes.org/programs-events/.

A reception for “Waz Thomas: Making the Cut” takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Commonweal gallery in Bolinas. The exhibit shows through Oct. 20. 

Michael Von der Porten of the Drake Navigator Guild presents a short history talk followed by a three-mile roundtrip hike from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., meeting at the Kenneth T. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach. Come learn the latest research and see the site where Sir Francis Drake is believed to have landed. Wear layers, bring a chair and snack, and leave dogs at home. Free. Part of the Tomales Regional History Center’s lecture series.

An online workshop, “Writing into the Unknown,” takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., taught by Marilyn McEntyre as a part of St. Columba’s Poetry and Spirituality series. $50. Register at www.stcolumbasinverness.org/writing-into-the-unknown.

A closing reception for Michael O’Shea’s exhibit “Slipstream” takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. at Artiquity Gallery, in Inverness. 

An opening reception for “Commune Shows: Steven Johanknecht and Niles Wertz” takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Blunk Space (11101 Highway 1, Suite 105), in Point Reyes Station. The exhibit shows through Oct. 15. 

The Pitchforks play at 5 p.m. at the Papermill Creek Saloon, in Forest Knolls. Then, Casual Country plays at 8:30 p.m. 

40 Pickled Peppers plays at 5:30 p.m. at Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, in Bolinas. $10 tickets at www.smileyssaloon.com.

The Illeagles Acoustic Trio plays an outdoor dance and dinner show at 7 p.m. at Rancho Nicasio. $15. Reservations at www.ranchonicasio.com

Aaron Hammerman plays honky-tonk at 8 p.m. at the Western Saloon, in Point Reyes Station. $5. 

Sunday, October 1 

The State of Tomales Bay Conference and Blue Waters Kayaking host a kayak tour circumnavigating Hog Island from 9:30 a.m. to 1 pm. $115. Register at tomalesbayfoundation.org.

A workshop in botanical printing with Mayumi Fujio takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fibershed Learning Center, outside Point Reyes Station. $150. Register at www.fibershed.org.

A West Marin contact improvisation jam takes place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every first Sunday of the month at the Dance Palace Community Center. $15 to $20 sliding-scale donations. For information, email Maica at [email protected].

A park ranger leads a guided hike at Drakes Beach from 2 to 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through the summer. Meet at the Kenneth T. Patrick Visitor Center. 

The Migrant Pickers play roots at 3 p.m. outside at Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, in Bolinas. No cover.  

The Gan HaLev Jewish Congregation presents a Sukkot service at 3:30 p.m. in San Geronimo. Email [email protected] for information. 

The Blues Broads with special guest Maria Muldaur play for a Barbecue on the Lawn at 4 p.m. at Rancho Nicasio. $40. Reservations at www.ranchonicasio.com

Simon Linsteadt accompanies his songs on solo acoustic guitar from 5 to 8 p.m.at the Station House Café. No cover.

Harold Imperiled plays at 6:30 p.m. at the Papermill Creek Saloon.

Monday, October 2 

The Point Reyes Library hosts a song and storytime for young children from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. in Point Reyes Station. 

A free lifesaving skills training presented by the Marin Medical Reserve Corps takes place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Bolinas Community Center. Covering hands-only CPR, using an automatic external defibrillator, stopping a bleed and Narcan training. Pre-registration required at www.eventbrite.com

West Marin Senior Services hosts an afternoon for seniors at Heart’s Desire Beach from 1 to 3 p.m. every Monday through Nov. 13. Come for swimming or just visiting; coffee and tea provided. $8 parking fee; carpooling encouraged. For information, call Bonika at (415) 663.8148 ext. 107 or email [email protected].

Climate Café, a compassionate sharing circle focused on the climate crisis, meets from 6 to 8 p.m. every first Monday at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center. 

Lady Jane hosts an open mic at 7 p.m. at the Old Western, in Point Reyes Station. No cover. 

Tuesday, October 3 

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.

The Rainbow Playgroup meets from 9:30 to noon on Tuesdays and Fridays at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center. Register by calling (510) 672.1071 or emailing [email protected].

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

The North Marin Water District board meets at 4 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the district offices, in Novato. 

Indivisible West Marin meets from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month online. Come learn about the current political landscape and what you can do. RSVP by emailing [email protected].

The Marin Municipal Water District board meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the district offices, in Corte Madera. 

The West Marin Lions Club meets virtually from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month. Email [email protected] for the Zoom link

The San Geronimo Valley Open Gym is open for pickleball from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays. $5 to $10 requested donation.

Wednesday, October 4 

The Learning Bus visits Toby’s Playground in Point Reyes Station on Wednesdays from 10 to 11:15 a.m. and Mesa Park in Bolinas from 2 to 3:15 p.m. with bilingual storytime, songs, games, art projects and more for children 5 and under. Free. 

A coffee klatch starts at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Inverness Library. 

A Lamas Qi Gong class meets from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays in October at the Inverness Library, taught by Debra Zibitt. 

Family Wednesdays take place from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Bolinas Library. September is Mouse House month. Come build a tiny house together. 

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

The Tomales Town Hall board meets upstairs in the hall at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month. 

Thursday, October 5 

Baby Gym, a playgroup for children under 3 and their caregivers, takes place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays at the Dance Palace Community Center. Register by emailing Kerry at [email protected].

Indivisible West Marin writes postcards to get out the vote every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Bear Valley Visitor Center picnic area, in the Point Reyes National Seashore. Bring a cushion to sit on and postcard stamps. For information, email [email protected].

A food bank opens at 11 a.m. for elders and disabled people and at 11:45 a.m. for all others at the Bolinas Community 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.  

An Octoberfest takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. at Olema House with beer, brats and music. Come enjoy the grounds and gardens. 

The Nicasio School board meets at 5 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month in the school library. 

A live reading of “The Importance of Being Earnest” takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the Dance Palace Church Space. $25, with proceeds benefitting the community center. Tea and sandwiches served; bring your own teacup. Limited seating. Tickets at www.dancepalace.org

Richard Turgeon & The Afterglow plays at 8 p.m. at the Papermill Creek Saloon, in Forest Knolls.                

Friday, October 6 

The Heart of Compassion Sangha meets from 8 to 10 a.m. for a half-hour meditation followed by a dharma talk and conversation at the Point Reyes Community Presbyterian Church and online. For a Zoom link, go to www.heartofcompassionzen.org.

Drop-in tech support is available from 10 a.m. to noon on Fridays at the Point Reyes Library. Bring your laptop, tablet or smartphone. 

Spike Sikes and His Awesome Hotcakes play at 7:30 p.m. at Rancho Nicasio. Reservations at www.ranchonicasio.com.  

Sticky’s Backyard plays at 8:30 p.m. at the Papermill Creek Saloon, in Forest Knolls.                

Fog Holler plays old and new bluegrass at 8:30 p.m. indoors at Smiley’s in Bolinas. $10 tickets at www.smileyssaloon.com.

Saturday, October 7 

The Point Reyes Farmers Market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Toby’s Feed Barn, in Point Reyes Station. 

The Stinson Beach Village Association meets at 10 a.m. in the chapel and virtually by Zoom on the first Saturday of the month. Email Leslie at [email protected] for information. 

A shoreline cleanup volunteer workday takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at North Beach, in the Point Reyes National Seashore. Families welcome. To register, email Kody at [email protected]

“Spinning Like a Pro,” a workshop with Marlie de Swart and Mimi Luebbermann, takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. at Windrush Farm, in Chileno Valley. $172. Register at www.eventbrite.com

Leah Rothstein, co-author of “Just Action: How to Challenge Segregation Enacted Under the Color of Law,” speaks from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Dance Palace Community Center. Sponsored by Point Reyes Books, KWMR and Mainstreet Moms. Register at www.eventbrite.com

Back pOrchEstra plays soulful American roots and indie rock from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Station House Café. No cover.

The 2023 Heart of the Valley Gala takes place from 5 to 10 p.m. at the San Geronimo Valley Cultural Center. The event honors Dave Cort and benefits the center. $175 tickets include oysters and appetizers, wine tasting and a catered dinner. Visit www.eventbrite.com

The Levitator Jazz Quartet plays from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Old Western Saloon, in Point Reyes Station. 

Lydia Pense & Cold Blood plays rhythm and blues for a dinner show at 8 p.m. at Rancho Nicasio. Reservations at www.ranchonicasio.com

Roadside Honey plays at 8:30 p.m. at the Papermill Creek Saloon, in Forest Knolls. 

Aki Kumar plays blues harmonica blended with Indian music at 9 p.m. inside at Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, in Bolinas. $20 tickets at www.smileyssaloon.com

Sunday, October 8 

A ceramic tile painting workshop in the Maiolica style with Laurie Curtis takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Point Reyes Station. $120. Register at [email protected].

Crying Time plays honky-tonk, country crossovers and originals at 3 p.m. outdoors at Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, in Bolinas. $10 tickets at www.smileyssaloon.com

Pianist Bill Quist plays Mozart at 1 p.m. at Bolinas Calvary Church. By donation. 

A benefit event for Noe Rodriguez takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. at Toby’s Feed Barn, hosted by the West Marin Lions Club. Delicious Mexican food and live music, plus a silent auction. 

The Fabulous Thunderbirds play for a Barbecue on the Lawn at 4 p.m. at Rancho Nicasio. Reservations at www.ranchonicasio.com

“The Bolinas Community Coloring Book in COLOR,” a festive art sale with snacks and a video screening, takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Bolinas Community Center. Donations benefit the center. 

The Papermill All-Stars play Americana at 6 p.m. at the Papermill Creek Saloon, in Forest Knolls.

A bioluminescence kayaking tour takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. meeting at the Miller Boat Launch in Marshall. Presented by the Point Reyes National Seashore Association and Blue Waters Kayaking. $420 for two PRNSA members paddling together, or $440 for others. Register at www.ptreyes.org/programs-events/.