Audubon Canyon Ranch returns Inverness property to the birds

TOMALES BAY: Helen McLaren’s wish that her property return “to the birds” came one step closer to reality on Tuesday when crews began demolishing a home and small shed on land she bequeathed to Audubon Canyon Ranch when she died in 2012. The two-acre parcel abuts Shields Marsh in Inverness,...

Equine therapy

Women living in high-stress environments, caring for disabled family members or simply needing to let off steam joined Halleck Creek Ranch’s newest program, Flying Changes, on Monday for one of six sessions they will attend over as many weeks. Two of the participants have children in programs at the ranch;...

Goats brought in to clear out non-natives

SEASHORE: On Tuesday, goats from Tracy, Calif. began grazing on 12 overgrown acres at D Ranch, where invasives that cows willl not eat—radish, poison hemlock, thistle—are choking defunct ranch lands. The goats will graze for about two weeks; then the Point Reyes National Seashore, which brought in the animals, will...

Citizen scientists monitor marine protected areas

OCEANS: Volunteers armed with pens and clipboards learned how to tally beach and offshore activities in a state-designated marine protection area at Drakes Beach on Saturday. The session was part of a citizen science program, organized by the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin and aimed at collecting data that...

Music show set for Black History Month

SAN GERONIMO VALLEY: Music duo Mwanza Furaha and Gail Muldrow will collaborate for a variety show to kick off Black History Month. The show, called Cabaret Underground, will feature performances of Maya Angelou’s poetry set before a background of live John Coltrane tunes. The show is scheduled for Feb. 7...

Winter shuttle service starts in seashore

SEASHORE: This weekend marks the start of winter shuttle service in the Point Reyes National Seashore, with buses leaving from Drakes Beach (above) to the Chimney Rock Overlook, where elephant seal docents will be present, and to the lighthouse for those hoping to glimpse the migration of gray whales. Docents...

Dance Palace Crafts Fair

DANCE PALACE: The 44th annual Dance Palace Community Center holiday crafts fair featured half a dozen new vendors. The fair is one of two of the community center’s biggest events of the year. Daniel Oliver, above, a five-year veteran of the fair, sold hand-built ceramics.

Little Store gets new owner

FOREST KNOLLS: The Little Store, which closed its doors about a month ago after the owner sold the building to Hector Bezanis (right), could be reborn as a woodshop. Mr. Bezanis, a fine furniture parts maker, spoke to the San Geronimo Valley Planning Group on Monday about his plans to...

iPhone video guru hosts movie making class

Allen Bronstein, a self-described iPhone video guru and the author of the forthcoming “Mobile Movie Making 123,” will hold a workshop in iPhone movie making at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11 at the Dance Palace. The cost is $100, with a discount if you bring a friend.