Mill Valley is the place to be in Marin County this Memorial Day Weekend! From an old-fashioned parade and a pancake breakfast to a fun family carnival and a blockbuster celebration at the Community Center, there's something for everyone in the family. For more info on all these events, visit the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce website.
Kiddo! Family Carnival
The long weekend started off with the annual Kiddo! Family Carnival, which takes place today and tomorrow, May 28 and 29, from noon to 10 pm, and on Memorial Day, Monday May 30, from noon to 5 pm. This old-fashioned carnival features fun for all ages, including rides like the Tune Train, Zipper, Sizzler, and the Typhoon, and games. Delicious food and drink will be available for purchase, too.
This week, Throckmorton Theatre and a cast of some of the Bay Area's most talented youth performers premiere their production of the Broadway classic musical Sweet Charity. Featuring memorable musical numbers like "If My Friends Could See Me Now," "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This," and "Big Spender," Sweet Charity is a bright and sophisticed show that tells the story of the eponymous heroine who wants to be loved so much she has lost sight of who she is.
Mill Valley resident Cate Hayman stars in the title role. She's a 2016 YoungArts winner for theater and has been accepted into prestigious threater programs at University of Michigan, Penn State, and Carnegie Mellon. Sweet Charity is directed and choreographed by Donna Cerio, with musical direction by Daniel Savio.
Performances of Sweet Charitytake place on Friday, May 20 and 27 at 7:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22 at 1 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29 at 2 pm. General admission tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for students; reserved seating tickets are $35. Order tickets online at tickets.throckmortontheatre.org or by calling (415) 383-9600. The box office is also open Tuesday through Sunday, from 2 to 6 pm for in-person sales. Sweet Charity does include some mature themes, so parental guidance is suggested.
Speak to Me, Marin's premiere series of intelligent, inspiring speaking events for women, presents the fourth and final event in its 2015/2016 evening series, "Empowering Change: Using Your Talents for Good" with Jennifer Dulsky, president and COO of Change.org, on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 6:30 pm at the Mill Valley Community Center. She'll discuss the importance of pursuing work aligned with your natural talents, and why doing so will give everyone, everywhere the power and opportunity to change the world around them.
Change.org is the world’s largest social change platform with more than 100 million users in 196 countries. Dulski, hailed as an "instigator of change" by Forbes, is a successful entrepreneur and businesswoman who was integral to the growth of both Yahoo! and Google, and was the first female entrepreneur to sell a company to Google.
Aspartame? Vanillin? Ammonium chloride? Shopping for groceries shouldn’t feel like reading a chemistry textbook. And once children enter the picture, the stakes are even higher.
At Whole Foods Market, we stock our shelves with products we buy for our own kids. We carry the widest selection of organic foods of any retailer, but it doesn’t stop there. What goes on your little one’s body is just as important as what goes in it. Looking for diapers? Ours don’t contain synthetic fragrances, inks, or chlorine. We offer lotions, soaps, sunscreen, and baby powder that don’t contain irritating preservatives, artificial colors, or scents.
Some of the Bay Area's most talented youth performers come together in Mill Valley to present the Throckmorton Theatre's family-friendly production of the Broadway classic musical The King and I. The winner of four Tony awards and five Oscars, The King and I tells the story of Anna, a British schoolteacher hired by the King of Siam as part of his drive to modernize his country, and features a dazzling score and incomparable Jerome Robbins ballet, "The Small House of Uncle Thomas."
The King and I is directed by Throckmorton Youth Performers Director Steven Hess, with choreography by Bidalia E. Albanese and Maria Elena Cacciatore, and musical direction by Desirée Goyette Bogas.
The remaining performances of The King and I take place on Friday, March 11 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, March 12 at 2 pm, and Sunday, March 13 at 2 pm. General admission tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for students; reserved seating tickets are $35. Order tickets online at tickets.throckmortontheatre.org or by calling (415) 383-9600. The box office is also open Tuesday through Sunday, from 2 to 6 pm for in-person sales.
Marin Theatre Company's Family Series continues this month with The Little Mermaid,an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fable. When a sea witch offers a beautiful mermaid princess the chance to make her dreams come true, it comes at a heavy price. The Little Mermaid sacrifices the best parts of herself—her tail and her voice—for legs, in the hope of winning the heart of the prince she adores. But the sea witch isn’t finished with her yet. Will love conquer all? A cast of two storytellers, Flotsam and Jetsam, bring fresh energy to this timeless fairy tale.
Performances of The Little Mermaid take place on Saturday, February 27 and March 5 at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm and Sunday, February 28 and March 5 at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm. Run time is 35 minutes, and the show is recommended for children ages 5 to 8.
Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Avid4 Adventure which offers summer camps for kids K-12th grades in Mill Valley, Oakland, Palo Alto and Saratoga. Learn more at avid4.com.
At Avid4 Adventure, we think it's never too early to introduce kids to the joys of being active outdoors. That's why our Learn to Bike! day camp helps kids age 3.5 and up embrace the fun of self-sufficient cycling.
Designed for first-time riders (or kids using training wheels or balance bikes), our half-day camp groups kids by ability and leads them through a progression of skills—walking their bikes, scooting downhill, coasting with their feet up, touching the pedals and finally pedaling—giving them the skills they need to get comfortable on two wheels. We also make time for games, art and yoga, offering campers opportunities for fun and confidence building both off and on their bikes.
Speak to Me, Marin's premiere series of intelligent, inspiring speaking events for women, presents the third event in its 2015/2016 evening series, "21st Century Education: Cultivating Creative & Entrepreneurial Talents" with Yong Zhao, Ph.D.—thought leader and scholar, educational expert, and award-winning author of 20 books—on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 6:30 pm at the Mill Valley Community Center. Named one of the 10 most influential people in educational technology, Dr. Zhao will share his fascinating research and insight on how the world has fundamentally changed, how the American education system stacks up, and what talents are required to succeed in the future.
We're giving away one set of two tickets to this event to a lucky Marin Mommies reader! The first reader to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Speak to Me February" in the subject line will receive the two tickets. Many thanks to Speak to Me for sponsoring this giveaway. Read our complete giveaway rules here.
Did you know you can now take Little Bears music classes in Mill Valley? Starting March 3, Blue Bear School of Music is offering two Little Bears classes at Sweetwater Music Hall every Thursday for six weeks: Bouncy Bears for tots ages 1 to 3 years old and Mixed Bears, a class designed for families with kids of mixed ages (6 months to 5 years).
Help us kick off these new classes with a free Mixed Bear class on Blue Bear SchoolFebruary 18 from 11 am to noon!!!
Enjoy coffee, tea, and tasty treats on us from the Sweetwater Café, plus some kid-friendly treats for the kiddos from Flourish Foods!