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.

Lego club at the Point Reyes Library

PLAY: A newly formed Lego club, open to kindergarteners through eighth graders, now meets every other Thursday at the Point Reyes Library from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Creations from the club are put on display in the library. See the calendar for details.

Barley truck overturns

SPILLED SEED: A truck towing two trailers filled with 24 tons of organic barley for the Petaluma company Hunt and Behrens toppled over and spilled its load as it rounded a curve on Highway 1 north of Nick’s Cove in Marshall. Caltrans vacuumed the barley from the ditch and left...

Turkey trot 2015

RACES: Students raced in the annual West Marin School TurkeyTrot at the Bear Valley trail on Monday. Winners in the boys division were Marcos De la Cruz (1st place), Joshua Espulgar Rowe (2nd place) and Matteo Nagle (3rd place). In the girls division, winners were Emily Cardwell (1st place), Isabella...