Thursday, December 2 

Learn about the Western monarch butterfly and how to support its continued survival from noon to 4 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays at the offices of the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin (65 Third Street, Suite 12), in Point Reyes Station. 

The Learning Bus visits Tomales Community Park from 1 to 2:15 p.m. with bilingual story time, songs, games, art projects and more for children age 5 and under. 

The Tomales Town Hall distributes food on Thursdays between 2 and 2:45 p.m. 

A queer teen support group for youth ages 12 to 18 meets from 6 to 7 p.m. online. Sponsored by the Marin County Free Library. Register at marinlibrary.org/events.

Omen plays explosive instrumental jazz at 8 p.m. at the Papermill Creek Saloon, in Forest Knolls. No cover charge.   

Friday, December 3 

Morgan Curtis and Niria Alicia Garcia, residents of Canticle Farm, join host Victoria Santos to discuss “Transforming Ancestral Legacies toward a More Just World,” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. online. Sliding-scale donations benefit The New School at Commonweal. Register at www.tns.commonweal.org.

Amber Hines serves up some “Soul Soup”—family music for children under 3—from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. outdoors at the Bolinas Community Center. Bring a mat to sit on. Donations welcome. 

The Bolinas Museum shows three new exhibitions—“Hardly Strictly Mini: A Biennial Benefit Exhibition and Sale,” “Carolyn Means: Timeless Ceramics,” and “Harlem of the West: The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era”—from 1 to 5 p.m. on Fridays, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. More information at www.bolinasmuseum.org. 

The Bloomfield Bluegrass Band plays traditional bluegrass dance music from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on the patio of the William Tell House, in Tomales. No cover.

Tomales Cheer, a community potluck celebrating all holiday traditions, takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Tomales Town Hall. Bring a dish to share and enjoy live music and an open bar. Unvaccinated attendees must wear masks. 

Gan HaLev Jewish Congregation presents a virtual Shabbat service at 7 p.m. every Friday. Email suzanne@ganhalev.org for information.

The Treble Makers plays at 7 p.m. in the bar at Rancho Nicasio. Call (415) 662.2219 for reservations. 

Blues harpist Mark Hummel and guitarist Rusty Zinn play at 5 p.m. outdoors at Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, in Bolinas. $15 tickets available at www.smileyssaloon.com. 

Mike Weiss and the Shambollicks play rock, country and Americana at 9 p.m. at the Papermill Creek Saloon, in Forest Knolls. Cover charge.   

Saturday, December 4 

The Stinson Beach Village Association meets virtually at 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month. Email Peter at peter.h.asmus@gmail.com for a Zoom invitation.

A writing retreat led by Allie Rigby takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Red Barn classroom at Point Reyes National Seashore headquarters. Presented by the Point Reyes National Seashore Association. $70 for members, or $80 for others. Register at www.ptreyes.org/programs-events/.

An open-air holiday fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Toby’s Feed Barn, in Point Reyes Station. Featuring locally made arts and crafts, ceramics, cards and coloring books, jewelry, chocolate, skin care and more. 

Emerald Heart Forest School holds an open house from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Inverness Park. Visit www.emeraldheartkids.com for the location and more information.

A holiday pop-up features wooden bowls and gifts by Nicasio Woodworks, luxury lingerie by Evgenia, small-batch artisan chocolates by the Confectionist and historically inspired jewelry by Compass Rose Design from 11a.m. to 5 p.m. at 4503 Nicasio Valley Road.

The San Geronimo Valley Community Center’s Holiday Arts Faire takes place outdoors from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring crafts, food, activities and music for kids and families. Rain will be reschedule the fair to Sunday, Dec. 12.

A debut party for “Nicasio’s Old-timers, Newcomers and Remarkable Guests,” a new book edited by Elaine Doss, starts at 3 p.m. at the Nicasio Druids Hall.

A reception for “This Is to Remind You,” a new exhibit of still-life paintings by Janis Yerington, takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Bolinas Gallery (52 Wharf Road). For details, visit www.janisyerington.com. 

“A Recipe for Success: Behind the Scenes of Senior Services,” an online variety show of music, entertainment and stories, starts at 5 p.m. Presented by West Marin Senior Services and featuring singer and co-master of ceremonies ChrisTINA Carella Waldeck, John Hoy, Lowell “Banana” Levinger and Sterling “Bubblesmith” Johnson. Donations appreciated. Email Amena at amena@wmss.org for an invitation.

Kevin Meade and Highway One plays country, blues, Americana and bluegrass at 9 p.m. at the Papermill Creek Saloon, in Forest Knolls. Cover charge.   

The Haggards play redneck ‘n roll at 9 p.m. indoors at Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, in Bolinas. $15 tickets available at www.smileyssaloon.com. 

Sunday, December 5 

A free senior stroll at Five Brooks in Olema takes place from 10 to 11:30 a.m., led by Marin County Parks naturalist Shannon Burke. Meet at the Five Brooks parking lot. No registration required.

An open-air holiday fair continues today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Toby’s Feed Barn, in Point Reyes Station. Featuring locally made arts and crafts, ceramics, cards and coloring books, jewelry, chocolate, skin care and more.

A holiday wreath workshop with Mandalion Designs starts at 1 p.m. outdoors at Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, in Bolinas. $125 tickets, which include beverages, are available at www.smileyssaloon.com. 

Santa makes his annual visit to the Nick’s Cove boat shack from 3 to 5 p.m., arriving on his water sleigh. Live music, hot chocolate and cookies, and free photographs provided. 

Todos Santos plays at 4 p.m. at Rancho Nicasio. Call (415) 662.2219 for reservations. 

The Coastal Scrubbers and Jeff Manson play at 5 p.m. outdoors at Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, in Bolinas. $10 tickets available at www.smileyssaloon.com.

Danny Montana and the Bar Association plays country, folk and blues at 5 p.m. at the Papermill Creek Saloon, in Forest Knolls. No cover charge.   

Ping pong for all ages and skill levels takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sundays in the San Geronimo Valley community gym. Proof of vaccination required. To join, email Jack at jjsayers@gmail.com. 

Monday, December 6 

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 carrieninen@att.net for information. 

The Rollin’ Root produce truck sells farmers’ market produce on Mondays at the following locations in West Marin: at Main Street and Dillon Beach Road in Tomales from 9 to 10 a.m.; at Walnut Place in Point Reyes Station from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.; and at the Pump Espresso Bar in Forest Knolls from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

West Marin Community Services distributes pre-bagged food on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Story time for children through age 5 takes place from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. outside the Point Reyes Library. 

Free Covid-19 rapid testing is available on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. at West Marin Community Services, in Point Reyes Station. Call (415) 663.8361 ext. 302 for an appointment. 

Open mic Mondays start at 7 p.m. at the Old Western Saloon, in Point Reyes Station.

Tuesday, December 7 

The Learning Bus visits the San Geronimo Community Center from 10 to 11:15 a.m. with bilingual story time, songs, games, art projects and more for children age 5 and under. 

Baby Gym, a free playgroup for children up to three years old and their caregivers, takes place in person from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Dance Palace Community Center. Sponsored by Parent Services Project and the Dance Palace. Register with Kerry at (415) 246.4048 or kbacho@parentservices.org.

SPAWN’s native plant nursery team meets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays at Turtle Island Restoration Network headquarters (9255 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.), in Olema. Bring a water bottle and lunch; tools and gloves provided. RSVP requested to Audrey at audrey@seaturtles.org. 

West Marin Community Services distributes pre-bagged food on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m.

The North Marin Water District board meets virtually at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Visit www.nmwd.com/meetings for the agenda and link.

The Marin Municipal Water District board meets virtually at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Login details at www.marinwater.org.

Wednesday, December 8 

Mike Clancy of Citizens’ Climate Lobby discusses understanding and mitigating climate change at 8:30 a.m. online during a regular meeting of the West Marin Rotary Club. For a Zoom invitation, email info@rotaryclubwestmarin.com.

The Learning Bus visits Mesa Park in Bolinas from 10 to 11:15 a.m. with bilingual story time, songs, games, art projects and more for children age 5 and under. The bus visits the Point Reyes Library from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.

Reading Buddies, a tutoring program for children in kindergarten through third grade, takes place from 3 to 4 p.m. online each Wednesday through December. Sponsored by Marin County Free Library. To register, email Annemarie at arusso@marincounty.org.

Free Covid-19 rapid testing is available on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. at West Marin Community Services, in Point Reyes Station. Call (415) 663.8361 ext. 302 for an appointment. 

Grateful Wednesdays features Grateful Dead covers performed by a variety of artists at 6 p.m. at the Papermill Creek Saloon, in Forest Knolls. Hosted by Danny Luehring. Cover. 

Thursday, December 9 

A free private tour of the Bolinas Museum’s current exhibits takes place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. led by coastal Marin art and history curator Elia Haworth. Free shuttle service is available from Point Reyes Station. Reservations required by Dec. 6, and space is limited. RSVP to annabelle@bolinasmuseum.org or (415) 868.0330.

The Learning Bus visits Tomales Community Park from 1 to 2:15 p.m. with bilingual story time, songs, games, art projects and more for children age 5 and under. 

Legal Aid of Marin hosts a monthly outreach table from 1 to 3 p.m. every second Thursday outside 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 Point Reyes Station Village Association meets on Zoom at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month. Topics include bicycle safety, North Marin Water District’s Gallagher well permit, the dark sky initiative and a lighting ordinance proposal. Visit pointreyesstation.org for more information. 

The Local Food Resilience Action Group, a project of West Marin Climate Action, meets from 6:30 to 7:30 pm on Zoom. To participate, visit www.westmarinclimateaction.org, click on “contact us” and indicate “local food” as your top interest. 

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

Tommy O’Mahony and John Varn play at 8 p.m. at the Papermill Creek Saloon, in Forest Knolls. No cover charge.   

Friday, December 10 

The Heart of Compassion Sangha meets on Zoom from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Fridays for a half-hour meditation followed by a dharma talk and conversation. Log in at https://zoom.us/j/475697150.  

A senior stroll around the former golf course takes place from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Fridays. Bring your water bottle and meet in front of the gym. For information, email Poko at pgiacomini@sgvcc.org.

Learn about the Western monarch butterfly and how to support their continued survival from noon to 4 p.m. every Thursday and Friday at the offices of the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin (65 Third Street, Suite 12), in Point Reyes Station. 

“Drumming Along with Motown,” an online stick drumming class with Joyce Kouffman, starts at 5 p.m. on Fridays, with an alternative on Sundays. Class membership includes a weekly private session! $120 to $300 sliding-scale fee for six classes; no one turned away for lack of funds. For information, go to www.JoyceJazz.com or call (415) 663.9176.

Danny Montana plays country, folk and blues at 5 p.m. at the Papermill Creek Saloon, in Forest Knolls. No cover. 

Reed Turchi plays kudzu desert blues at 5 p.m. outdoors at Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, in Bolinas. $10 tickets available at www.smileyssaloon.com. 

Cathie Poncia and Friends play stylings from the 1940s through the 1990s from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on the patio of the William Tell House, in Tomales. No cover.

The Familiar Strangers Band plays an Americana grab bag of genres at 7 p.m. in the bar at Rancho Nicasio. Call (415) 662.2219 for reservations. 

Saturday, December 11 

A webinar in drawing autumn colors led by Nina Antze takes place from 10 a.m. to noon. Presented by the Point Reyes National Seashore Association. $40 for members, or $50 for others. Register at www.ptreyes.org/programs-events/.

St. Columba’s contemplative community celebrates the anniversary of Thomas Merton’s death with a webinar, “Love Winter When the Plant Says Nothing: Praying When Our Hearts Are on Ice,” featuring editor and writer Jonathan Montaldo and Rev. Vincent Pizzuto, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $30. Register at www.stcolumbasinverness.org. 

Staff and volunteers with the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network plant native trees 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. 

Gallery Route One celebrates three new exhibitions—”Mimi Abers: There is Danger Everywhere: In the Time of the Pandemic,” “Bruce Mitchell: Mixing it Up,” and “Ashley Garr: Vitality,” with artist talks and a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. The shows run through Jan. 16. More information at www.galleryrouteone.org.  

A reception for an exhibition of work by Solange Roberdeau and Jochen Holz takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Blunk Space (11101 Highway 1, Suite 105), in Point Reyes Station. The show runs through Feb. 6. More information at www.jbblunk.com. 

Todos Santos plays harmony-driven roots at 5 p.m. at the Papermill Creek Saloon, in Forest Knolls. No cover. Then, Kevin Meade and Highway One plays country, blues, Americana and bluegrass at 9 p.m. Cover charge. 

Dante Marino plays psychedelic rock and reggae at 5 p.m. outdoors at Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, in Bolinas. $10 tickets available at www.smileyssaloon.com. 

A free screening of the 1980s documentary about the Lagunitas School’s Open Classroom, “To Make a Difference,” starts at 6 p.m. at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center as part of the program’s 50th anniversary celebration. The filmmakers and Open Classroom alumni will answer questions after the screening.

“What Will I Be When You Grow Up?,” a filmed solo performance by Geoff Hoyle performing 29 characters, starts at 7 p.m. at the Dance Palace Community Center to a limited live audience and by livestream. Followed by an in-person conversation with Hoyle and director David Ford, moderated by Carlos Porrata. $20 in person, or $15 to livestream, with proceeds benefitting the community center. Tickets available at www.dancepalace.org. Proof of vaccination and masks required.  

A dinner show with the Mighty Mike Shermer Band featuring special guests Angela Strehli and Elvin Bishop starts at 8 p.m. at Rancho Nicasio. $25 tickets and dinner reservations available at www.ranchonicasio.com. 

Sunday, December 12 

The Point Reyes Tracking School offers a workshop on feathers and bones from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. outdoors at 80 Overlook Way, in Point Reyes Station. A wide array of bird and mammal skeletal components, feathers, wings, skulls, track casts and bird feet will be on hand to work with and compare. $75. Register by mailing a check by Wednesday, Dec. 8 to P.O. Box 875, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956.

Red Meat plays a Christmas dance party at 4 p.m. at Rancho Nicasio. $15. Proof of vaccination required. For tickets, visit www.ranchonicasio.com. 

“Hot Rods and Honkey Tonk” with Jeremy D’Antonio starts at 5 p.m. at the Papermill Creek Saloon, in Forest Knolls. Cover charge.