Last night my family and I had a chance to experience wonderful production of Shrek the Musical at Mill Valley's beautiful Throckmorton Theatre. There are two more performances left this weekend of this fantastic family-friendly musical and tickets are still available, so don't miss out!
Shrek the Musical features an amazingly talented cast of both children and adults, and brings to life the familiar story of Shrek the ogre, Princess Fiona, Donkey, the villanous Lord Farquaad, and almost every fairy tale creature and character you can imagine. The singing, dancing, and acting were all first rate, and the production was enlivened with puppetry (including an impressive giant dragon puppet), creative sets and props, and of course hilarious songs and dialogue.
Throckmorton Youth Programs director Steven Hess and Lauren Brody-Clarke were outstanding in the roles of Shrek and Fiona, and father and daughter Marty and Meghan Dunn were delightful as an energetic Donkey and a scheming Farquaad. Honestly there were so many outstanding actors, both kids and adults, in the cast that it's impossible to call out every amazing performance!
Where can you go to hear inspiring talks by fabulous speakers from around the Bay Area and beyond, taste delicious food and wine, and connect with other women like you? The 2015–2016 Speak to Me Series offers all this over four evenings from October 27, 2015 through May 3, 2016.
Designed for women by women, this inspiring and fun series takes place at the Mill Valley Community Center and draws women from all over the Bay Area. Come listen to dynamic and influential speakers like Christin Powell, chief product innovator at EVER Skincare and co-founder of Juice Beauty; world renowned thought leader and educational expert Yong Zhao, Ph.D; and Jennifer Dulski, president and COO of Change.org.
This August, Marin Theatre Company (MTC) kicks off its 2015–2016 Family Series with a production of Charlotte's Web, based on the classic children's book by E.B. White. Running from August 8 through 16, MTC's Charlotte's Web is the heartwarming tale of friendship between the adorable piglet Wilbur and his wise friend Charlotte the spider. Charlotte's Web runs for 95 minutes and is recommended for kids from kindergarten through 8th grade.
Charlotte's Web is of course only the first play in MTC's fantastic 2015–2016 Family Series. In October, the Great Arizona Puppet Theater brings us Cinderella as you've never seen it before. In December, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's beloved The Little Prince comes to the MTC stage for a holiday treat. And in February and March, The Little Mermaid, dive into MTC's adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid.
My family has been getting creative at Novato's Studio 4 Art since it opened downtown back in 2008. Now, Studio 4 Art brings its fantastic art classes, camps, drop-in sessions, and more to southern Marin with the opening of a new location in Mill Valley!
Parents may recognize the new location as the former site of the Little Art Studio. It's located at 254 Shoreline Highway, near Almonte Boulevard, in Mill Valley's Tam Valley neighborhood. Studio 4 Art offers a wide range of hands-on art classes and camps for toddlers and elementary school kids at both locations. Classes offered in Mill Valley include toddler and preschool art exploration, Spanish immersion + art, clay play, after-school sessions, and hand sewing.
This Saturday, May 30, from 11 am to noon, Dream Circle presents Jammie Jam, a free benefit concert with favorite local children’s musicians Miss Kitty, Tim Cain, Cindy Cohen, and Christopher Smith as well as a special guest performance by Performing Arts Academy of Marin dancer and middle school student Clara Spitz, who also organized the event. Families with children of all ages are welcome to attend, and admission is free!
Jammie Jam, a morning of singing and dancing in our PJ’s, is a benefit for Project Night Night, a San Francisco-based charity that helps volunteers assemble and distribute comforting Night Night Packages for homeless children. This event is organized by Clara Spitz, a seventh grade student at Marin Montessori School, who hopes to make a difference right here in Marin by putting together 60 bags to give to homeless children in our community.
If you ever thought about joining the Southern Marin Mothers' Club, now is the time! The Southern Marin Mothers' Club (SMMC) is a non-profit organization with over 1,500 members from all over Marin. It's a great way to connect with other parents, learn through educational events, and find playgroups for your kids.
Join SMMC for an exciting parents' night out at their second annual Community Counts Partner Party on Tuesday March 24, from 6–8:30 pm at the Mill Valley Community Center. Mingle with friends and enjoy wine from wineries including Artesa and Bix; appetizers and refreshments from Grilly's Tiburon Grill, Pasta Pomodoro, and others; dessert from Nothing Bundt Cakes; prizes; and tons of freebies from over 40 SMMC Community Counts Partners. Complimentary on-site babysitting will even be provided by UrbanSitter!
The event is free and exclusive to SMMC members and their partners, but if you'd like to attend, you can sign up to become a member at the door. You can also join SMMC online at www.southernmarinmoms.com. This event is a great introduction to all SMMC has to offer, so if you were thinking of becoming a member, now is a great time. Come to this event, meet some new friends, and see how much fun membership with SMMC is!
This weekend, Mill Valley Middle School presents its musical production of Roald Dahl's beloved story, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This year's production involves the efforts of a couple hundred adults and kids, who have spent countless hours building sets, sewing costumes, and developing scenes, songs, and dances to create an imaginative retelling of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Young Charlie Bucket's greatest dream is to be a finders of one of Willy Wonka's golden tickets. But since he can afford only a few Wonka bars, his dream seems like only "pure imagination" until luck smiles on Charlie and he finds the last golden ticket.
Follow Charlie and Grandpa Joe, as well as Veruca salt, Violet Beauregard, Mike Teevee, and Augustus Gloop, as they meet the eccentric Willy Wonka and are led on a tour of his amazing chocolate factory. On the tour they meet a wild cast of characters—street-smart Oompa Loompas, dancing hungry squirrels, breakdancing lollipops, and whipped-cream crowned gymnasts.
By popular demand, the country’s most popular child-development soccer program is coming to the Bay Area!
Try a free class at Demo Day:
Saturday, January 17
Mill Valley Community Center
9:30–10:10 am: 2–3 year olds
10:15–11 am: 3–young 4 year olds
11:05–11:45 am: 12–24 month olds (parent participation)
11:50 am–12:45 pm: Older 4–5 year olds
Warm up your winter with Super Soccer Stars classes for ages 12 months and up! With the lowest child-to-coach ratios in California, Super Soccer Stars teaches soccer skills in a fun, non-competitive and educational environment. Through an age-specific curriculum, soccer is used to nurture, build self-confidence and develop teamwork. Low child-to-coach ratios and positive reinforcement ensure that each child improves at his or her own pace while having a blast!
Fancy a little pesticide with you broccoli, some antibiotic with your steak, or a pinch of arsenic with your rice? Is your beloved face cream divine enough to risk cancer or the yummy smell of your child's shampoo worth early puberty? Toxins! They are everywhere… so what's the government doing to protect us? More importantly what are you doing to protect yourself?
Join Speak To Me on January 27 for Ken Cook, co-founder of the Environmental Working Group—a public interest research and advocacy organization focused on protecting human health and the environment—for a revealing discussion on the growing toxicity of our world.
Get the inside scoop on the toxins we unknowingly ingest every day, what the government is (or is not) doing to protect us and what we can do to create a safer environment for ourselves and our for future generations. Get inspired and informed to affect change while connecting with other women in a meaningful way.