Mill Valley

Win Free Tickets to the March 6 Speak to Me Event in Mill Valley

February 15, 2012

Deanna ZandtSpeak to Me, Marin's premiere series of intelligent, inspiring speaking events for women, presents "How New Media Will Transform Society, Politics and our Future," a discussion with provocative social media and technology maven Deanna Zandt on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, from 6:30–9:30 pm. Zandt is a media technologist and author of Share This!: How You Will Change the World with Social Networking.

As social media becomes increasingly present in our lives, a major cultural shift is underway. Through the power of relationships, sharing experiences, and organizing online, previously marginalized voices are pouring into and shaping public conversations like never before. With the explosion of social media, women's voices are now being heard, and the next generation is growing up in a world where social media brings unexpected freedom and opportunity, as well as potential peril. Deanna Zandt will discuss the power and challenges that this technological revolution brings to our lives, and will explore how the web is changing the course of society, business and politics, and will suggest ways you can best leverage its power for yourself, your family and your community.

Win Free Tickets to January's Speak to Me Event in Mill Valley

January 10, 2012

Speak to me panelistsSpeak to Me, Marin's premiere series of intelligent, inspiring speaking events for women, presents "Passion and Impact: Inspiring Women Changing Our World," a panel discussion with four extraordinary women on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, from 6:30–9:30 pm. Speakers for this event will be Christine Bronstein, founder of A Band of Wives; Deborah Santana, author, philanthropist, activist for peace and social justice, and founder of Do A Little Foundation; Jennifer Pahlka, founder and executive director of Code for America; and Sheryl O'Loughlin, executive director of the Stanford Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.

There are so many wonderful ways to have a positive influence on the world—the real art is figuring out how to maximize your talents and focus on what you care about most. These four amazing women have each discovered their own unique approaches to changing the world in big and little ways. In this panel discussion, they will share their stories and inspiration, and will discuss ways we can each make our own impactful choices.

Family Dining in Marin: India Palace

January 4, 2012

Food at India Palace in Mill ValleyBoth my husband and I love Indian food, and we're slowly trying to steer our kids in that direction, too. With its spices and heat, Indian food can be a hard sell with kids, but we take them along anyhow with the hope that they'll grow to appreciate it.

India Palace is located in, of all places, the Travelodge on the Redwood Highway frontage road in Mill Valley. It's been a Marin County Indian cuisine mainstay for as long as I can remember, so they must be doing something right. We've been going here for years, both with kids and without. The interior is nicely decorated and comfortable, and it really doesn't feel like you're dining in a motel.

While it seems that a lot of Indian restaurants have opened up in Marin in the past five years or so, we still love India Palace. Service is warm and attentive, and the staff seem to really like kids. There's a large window between the dining room and the kitchen, and the kids love to watch the chefs put skewers of chicken and lamb into the blazing hot charcoal-fueled tandoor ovens.

Win Free Tickets to the Next Speak to Me Event with Stephanie Coontz

November 2, 2011

Stephanie CoontzSpeak to Me, Marin's premiere series of intelligent, inspiring speaking events for women, presents "For Better and For Worse: The Ongoing Revolution in Love, Marriage and Family Life," a discussion with Stephanie Coontz on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, from 6:30–9:30 pm.

Stephanie Coontz is a nationally recognized historian and expert in love, intimacy and parenting; a professor at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington; and Director of Research and Public Education for the Council on Contemporary Families.

Women's roles, male-female relationships, and family dynamics have changed more in the past 50 years than the previous 5,000, but often in ways that run completely counter to conventional wisdom. After a provocative gallop through the history of love, sex, marriage and parenting, Stephanie Coontz will discuss the sometimes surprising trade-offs resulting from the contemporary revolution in intimate relations. She warns against romanticizing the stability of marriages in the past and suggests that many of the rules we have been taught about how to organize our family lives and interpersonal relationships are out of touch with new realities.

Win Free Tickets to the Next Speak to Me Event with the Authors of "This Is Not the Life I Ordered"

October 12, 2011

Speak to MeSpeak to Me, Marin's premiere series of intelligent, inspiring speaking events for women, presents "Girlfriends' Guide to Learning from Life's Little Surprises," a discussion with the co-authors of This Is Not the Life I Ordered, on Tuesday, October 18 from 6:30–9:30 pm.

Scheduled to appear are Deborah Collins Stephens, best selling author and co-founder of the Center for Innovative Leadership; Congresswoman Jackie Speier; award-winning broadcast journalist Jan Yanehiro; and Michaelene Cristini Risley, an award-winning writer, director, and human rights activist. These Bay Area women, co-authors of This Is Not the Life I Ordered: 50 Ways to Keep Your Head Above Water When Life Keeps Dragging You Down, have experienced extraordinary life challenges over many years of friendship.

Half-Day Ballet and Arts Immersion Program at Joy of Dance

August 31, 2011

Ballet Immersion program at Joy of DanceIf your pre-k or kindergarten-age child is obsessed with all things ballet, then you might want to check out Mill Valley's Joy of Dance Ballet School and their popular Ballet and Arts Half-Day Immersion Program. This program offers a fun-filled half-day for little ones centered around the "ballet du jour" drawn from popular ballets such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and The Firebird. Ballets are explored though expressive arts, story books, segments from videos of the ballet and, of course, a magical ballet class.

Joy of Dance directress and teacher Jacqueline Low is well known throughout Marin for her imagination, boundless creativity, and exuberant energy. This program was so popular during last spring that Joy of Dance Ballet School is now offering it twice a week—on Mondays and Thursday from 1–4:45 pm, providing nearly four hours of fun for little dancers (and giving moms and dads a well-deserved respite).

Puff the Magic Dragon at Mill Valley's 142 Throckmorton Theatre

July 5, 2011

Puff the Magic Dragon from the Puppets & Players Little Theatre at 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill ValleyBeloved characters Puff the Magic Dragon and Little Jackie Paper return to the magical land of Honalee in a performance by the Puppets & Players Little Theatre at downtown Mill Valley's 142 Throckmorton Theater, on Tuesday, July 5 at 6 pm. Join Puff and Jackie on their quest to recover the Magic Box of King Cobwebs. During their journey, the heroes fight a duel onboard a pirate ship with Captain Bilgewater and his sidekick Grog, face a fearful storm at sea, and travel to the bottom of the ocean, where they meet a friendly octopus named Rastapus, who helps Jackie discover that the Magic Box contains "the most powerful magic of all"—the magic of his own imagination.

This delightful 30-minute show features marionettes and hand puppets, delightful songs, and an energetic live performance by Gil Olin, who doubles as a storyteller and a pirate. Tickets for Puff the Magic Dragon can be purchased for a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $8 for children; order them by phone at (415) 383-9600 or online.

Marin Youth Performers Presents Singin' in the Rain

May 25, 2011

Singin' in the RainJoin 142 Throckmorton Theatre for a production of the classic musical Singin' in the Rain by their youth program, Marin Youth Performers. 1920s Hollywood is the setting for this stage adaptation of one of the most beloved movie musicals of all-time, a zany, light-hearted, romantic comedy about the early days of sound film, when many a movie studio found itself scrambling to salvage the career of its chipmunk-voiced silent movie star.

Singin’ in the Rain brings to life a memorable score that includes Make ‘Em Laugh, Good Morning, Broadway Ballet (Gotta Dance) and of course the signature title song.

This production of Singin’ in the Rain is performed by an all-youth cast, in 4th through 12th grade, from 20 different schools in Marin County and San Francisco, accompanied by an orchestra of young musicians, all aged 14 to 20 years old, from all over Southern Marin and San Francisco. Marin Youth Performers, 142 Throckmorton Theatre's youth division, provides affordable, engaging, and educational theatrical experiences for young people of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities and produces high quality theatrical productions with performers of exceptional potential and talent.

Win Free Tickets to the Next Speak to Me Event with Laurie Green, MD

May 4, 2011

Laurie Green, MDSpeak to Me, Marin's premiere series of intelligent, inspiring speaking events for women, presents "Who's Looking After Your Body? The Facts, the Fictions and the Tools to Tell the Difference," a discussion with Laurie Green, MD, on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, from 6:30–9:30 pm.

A native of Los Angeles, Dr. Green graduated from Harvard College and Medical School, and completed a medical internship at Stanford and an Ob/Gyn residency at the University of California, San Francisco. She's been a practicing ob/gyn in San Francisco for nearly 30 years, and was the medical reporter for KTVU TV's Mornings on 2 for many years. This widely respected Bay Area medical expert will discuss how to separate medical fact from fiction in this age of unprecedented access to information, and how you can tell if you and your family are receiving thoughtful, comprehensive medical care.

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