The Cantina, a blast from Marin's recent past, has re-opened in Mill Valley's Blithedale Plaza. If you grew up in Marin you probably spent some time at this Mexican restaurant, renowned for its margaritas and family friendly setting. I loved coming to this restauant in my younger years. The Cantina closed in 2007, and was turned into a branch of musician Carlos Santana's fancier, pricier Maria Maria. Well, Mill Valley's Maria Maria is history, and the Cantina is once more open for business. We visited a short time ago with our own kids, and are happy to say that it hasn't changed much, despite the restaurant's three-year hiatus. The Cantina's current chef was even with the restaurant way back in 1983.
Come and meet the Ring Mountain Day School elementary and middle school faculty for an extended conversation about their kindergarten-through-8th-grade program, Sunday, November 14, 2010, from 1 to 3 pm. Ring Mountain Day School's elementary and middle school campus is located at 70 Lomita Drive in Mill Valley. For more information, and to learn more about Ring Mountain Day School, call (415) 381-8183 or www.ringmountain.org.
Want to learn more about the Waldorf Education? Greenwood School in Mill Valley presents a talk by Eugene Schwartz on Tuesday, November 9 from 7–9 pm at Mill Valley's Masonic Hall. Schwartz, a graduate of Columbia University, has thirty years of teaching experience as both a class teacher and an educator of Waldorf teachers. His talk, “The Heart of Education,” shows how the cultivation of “emotional intelligence” through stories and games, art and science, social interactions and academic rigor, gives the Waldorf student the gift of a lifelong love of learning.
Schwartz will focus on some important turning points in children’s lives—particularly at ages 7, 9, and 12—so that we may experience for ourselves how Waldorf education speaks to the heart of the child. RSVP requested—(415) 388-0495 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Greenwood School is an independent preschool and K–8 school located in the heart of Mill Valley. The Masonic Hall is located at 19 Corte Madera Avenue in Mill Valley.
The Mill Valley Children's Garden Haunted Harvest Festival is happening this Sunday, November 7 (rain or shine), from noon to 4 pm. Entry is free. Come celebrate the 20th anniversary of the garden and enjoy food, music, prizes, and surprises for the whole family. Activities include pie eating and recycled sculpture contests, apple bobbing, potion making, a fishing game, and more! Look for the Pocket Wizard, a mysterious guest who will pass out crystals, candy, and surprises.
The festival takes place at the campus of Edna Maguire Elementary School, 80 Lomita Drive, in Mill Valley.
Come join the theater! Take part in the production of Beauty and the Beast presented by Pied Piper Productions and Mill Valley Parks and Recreation. Kids ages 3 years and up can be part of one of Disney’s favorite movies for this spring performance. No audition is required, and rehearsals begin on Monday, October 18 from 3:30–4:15 pm at the Mill Valley Golf Course Clubhouse. Rehearsals will run through December 13 and will then resure on Monday, January 24 through March 7 at the San Rafael Community Center.
Performances will be at the San Rafael Community Center on the weekends of March 4, 11, and 18. You can sign up on at the Mill Valley Parks and Recreation website under course #20566; the fee is $229. For more info, go to their website. Don’t miss out on being part of this fun and exciting production.
Where can you go to hear inspiring talks by fabulous Bay Area women, taste delicious food and wine, and connect with other women like you? The 2010–2011 Speak to Me Series offers all this over five evenings from October 12, 2010 through May 10, 2011 at the Mill Valley Community Center, located at 180 Camino Alto.
Come listen to influential speakers like Jessica Herrin, founder of Stella & Dot; Emmy award-winning TV host Lisa Quinn; and UC Berkeley sociologist Christine Carter, Ph.D. Each evening begins when the doors open at 6:30 pm. Presentations, followed by a question-and-answer session, start at 7 pm, with a food and wine tasting and book signing following at 8 pm.
Single tickets are $75 each, and you can buy a series ticket of three of the five events for $195, or a season ticket for all five evenings for $300. Learn more about the Speak to Me Series and order tickets online, visit www.speaktomeevents.com. You can also call (415) 888-2329 for more information.
Want to learn the top 5 actions you can take now to improve your family's financial future? Want to learn about family finances and have some fun, too? Come down to the free Family Finances Date Night hosted by financial expert and Marin Mommies contributor Katy Song and estate planning attorney Nadine Aarsheim. This wine-and-cheese event takes place Thursday, July 29, from 6:30–7:30 pm at the Integrated Design Studio at 219 Shoreline Highway in Mill Valley.
Afterward, make it a date night—everyone who attends will receive 10% off their meal at Frantoio restaurant for dinner following the discussion, so make your reservation and mention you're attenting Family Finances Date Night.
Mill Valley's Greenwood School has announced the opening of its new preschool for fall 2010. Greenwood School will offer a Waldorf-inspired preschool program for children ages 3–5 where students are provided with a secure, caring, and structured home-like environment to begin their school years. This newly established preschool program will offer an early childhood experience where teachers create a safe and meaningful classroom community in which children hear stories, see puppet shows, sing, bake bread, make soup, learn to make beautiful and useful things, explore nature, build houses and structures out of natural materials, and celebrate seasonal festivals.
Two-, three-, and five-day programs are available as well as afternoon care from 12:30 to 5:30 pm. Applications are now being accepted for September 2010, and children may enroll at any time during the year if space is available. Enrollment is open to all children who are 2 years 9 months to 4 years 6 months by June 1 prior to desired entry.
Looking for a unique custom cake for your next birthday party (or any other festive occasion)? Check out Cakeaholics, a Marin business run by three passionate young bakers. Safia, Khadija, and Asma create custom-made cakes, each one specially designed to the ideas and requests of the customer. They strive to make cakes that rise above your standard bakery and supermarket cakes in both taste and design.
Examples of their colorful and fun designs include a hamburger, a gumball machine, the Cat in the Hat, Thomas the Tank Engine, Barbie, and more. Birthday cakes are a specialty, as well as custom cakes for baby showers, weddings, and any other special occasion. Their prices are surprisingly inexpensive, too.