Mill Valley

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.

Win Free Tickets to the Next Speak to Me Event with Sarah Brokaw

February 28, 2011

Sarah BrokawThe tickets have been claimed. Congratulations to Jenny of Marin.

Speak to Me, Marin's premiere series of intelligent, inspiring speaking events for women, presents "Fortytude: Five Defining Values For Your Next Decades", a discussion with Sarah Brokaw on March 8, 2011, from 6:30–9:30 pm.

Daughter of legendary news anchor Tom Brokaw, Sarah has been busy making her own lasting impact on the world through her work as a psychotherapist, professional coach and philanthropist. Through discussion groups all across the country with women from all walks of life, she has discovered that the women who navigate their 40's and beyond most smoothly—who go on to prosper and to enjoy the best years of their lives – are those who foster five core values in themselves. Her new book Fortytude will be released at the beginning of March. To learn more about Sarah’s work and get a preview of the book visit

Win Free Tickets to the Next Speak to Me Event!

January 5, 2011

Annie LeonardFree tickets have been taken.

Speak to Me, Marin's premiere series of intelligent, inspiring speaking events for women, presents "The Story of Stuff: Creating a Sustainable Future" with Annie Leonard, author and creator of the video The Story of Stuff on January 11, 2011, from 6:30–9:30 pm.

Annie Leonard has brilliantly combined analysis of the economy, culture, and the environment to transform the way we think about our lives and our relationship to the planet, while offering hope that change is within reach. In 2007 her remarkably simple, yet powerful and engaging 20-minute web video, The Story of Stuff, quickly went viral and became one of the most successful environmental-themed videos of all time, with over 20 million viewers in more than 200 countries. She has been named one of the “Five Most Important Environmental Movement Leaders” by the Washington Examiner, an “Environmental Hero” by TIME Magazine, and has appeared on The Colbert Report among other talk shows.

Family Dining in Marin: The Cantina in Mill Valley

December 13, 2010

The Cantina in Mill ValleyThe 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.

Ring Mountain Day School Open House on Sunday

November 13, 2010

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

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