Mill Valley

Is Eating Gluten Worth the Risk? Gluten Expert Dr. Rodney Ford to Speak in Mill Valley September 30

September 14, 2014

Dr. Rodney FordCan gluten be the source of many common children's ailments? Marin Mommies presents a guest article from the Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin (GIG) about the reseach done by world-renowned pediatric gastroenterologist and allergist Dr. Rodney Ford. GIG will present an evening with Dr. Ford at the Mill Valley Community Center on Tuesday, September 30 at 6 pm.

Many children cope with persistent medical and behavioral problems that confound both parents and doctors, including headaches, stomach aches, eczema, acne, ADHD, agitation, weight gain, weight loss, sleep issues, vitamin deficiencies, and more.

Increasingly, parents are discovering that gluten is the trigger for their child’s chronic health problems. There are more than 250 documented symptoms of gluten-related disorders, and the symptoms can vary between children and adults and even between infants and adolescents. And yet, more than 90% of Americans who have gluten-related disorders are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions and six to ten years is the average time a person waits to be correctly diagnosed.

Infant CPR Class Events at Whole Foods San Rafael and Mill Valley

September 1, 2014

Mill Valley Whole Foods EventAttention new parents! This week, Whole Foods Markets in San Rafael and Mill Valley will offer events for new moms and dads with an infant and child CPR class followed by a vendor fair featuring community partners including SoulCycle, fitmob, Stroller Strides, Urban Sitter, and Mill Valley Recreation, among others. There will also be free samples and a raffle for gift baskets and other prizes.

One-year CPR certification is included with the course. For both classes, the fee for the certificate has been reduced to $30 (regularly $45) for this special community event. Space for both events is limited, so register to reserve your spot now (reservation links below).

The Mill Valley event takes place at the original Whole Foods Market at 414 Miller Avenue on Friday, September 5, with the class from 9:30–11 am and the vendor fair from 11 am–1 pm. Register for the Mill Valley event here.

Uncle Gerry Performs Two Family Concerts in Marin This Weekend

August 12, 2014

Uncle Gerry DignanOn Friday, August 15 and Sunday, August 17, Sing-Dance-Play and Music Together of Marin will host concerts for young children and their families featuring recording artist "Uncle" Gerry Dignan, whose music is featured on the CDs given to children who take Music Together classes. Friday's show takes place at 4 pm at San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, and Sunday's performance takes place at 4 pm at the Homestead Valley Community Center, 315 Montford Avenue in Mill Valley.

Admission is on a sliding scale of $5–$10 per person or $20 per family. The concert is suitable for families with children from birth to 8 years old.

The concerts will also feature Music Together of Marin and Sing-Dance-Play staff and teachers singing favorite Music Together songs. Both concerts benefit Bread & Roses, the Marin nonprofit organization dedicated to uplifting the human spirit by providing free, live, quality entertainment to people who live in institutions or are otherwise isolated from society. Bread & Roses produces almost 600 shows a year for children, adults, and elders in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Theater for Young Audiences Returns to Marin Theatre Company for 2014-2015

August 9, 2014

Children's theater at Marin Theatre CompanyThis year, Marin Theatre Company (MTC) and Bay Area Children's Theater (BACT) team up again to present another season of fantastic live theater for young audiences. The 2014–2015 series features four exciting BACT productions: Five Little Monkeys, James and the Giant Peach, Three Little Birds, and Fancy Nancy, the Musical!, as well as an original MTC production of Around the World in 80 Days.

This season kicks off with Five Little Monkeys, which runs from August 30 through September 7. Based on the picture book series by Eileen Christelow, Five Little Monkeys follows the adventures of the titular simian siblings as they make a birthday cake for mama, meet up with a crocodile, and disappear in the store. Of course there's plenty of jumping, too. The play (all in rhyme, by the way) is recommended for ages 2 to 7 and runs 45 minutes.

Explore the Mill Valley-Sausalito Bike Path

July 13, 2014

Mill Valley–Sausalito Multi-use PathMarin strives to be a bicycle-friendly place to live, so it's never to early to get your kids up on two wheels, even if it's with training wheels (which would actually make it four wheels). One of our go-to places to ride is the Mill Valley–Sausalito Multi-use Path, a 3.5-mile trail that's popular with cyclists and walkers in southern Marin.

The trail starts at Vasco Court near Edna McGuire Elementary School and travels through Mill Valley south past Camino Alto and Tamalpais High School, through Bothin Marsh Open Space Preserve, over bridges that cross creeks and sloughs, along Richardson Bay, and eventually to Gate 5 Road on the Sausalito waterfront. The trail is wide and flat and suitable for cyclists of all ages and abilities.

Along the way, you can look for birds and other wildlife in the marsh and in Richardson Bay, and take in amazing views of Mt. Tamalpais.

Little Folkies Offers Unique Music Classes for Kids

April 26, 2014

Little FolkiesParents in Marin and the Bay Area looking for a music class for their kids have many options to choose from. One of the more unique resources for musical education for little ones is Little Folkies. Run by Marin parents Irena and Joshua Smith, Little Folkies keeps kids engaged and entertained with classic music in the spirit of folk legends like Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie. Little Folkies' main studio is in San Francisco's Noe Valley, and they offer regular classes at locations in Marin, including San Anselmo and Mill Valley.

We asked Irena to tell us about how Little Folkies came about, and what makes it a unique music experience for children.

What makes Little Folkies different from other music classes?

There are a lot of aspects of Little Folkies which make it distinctly unique. But to what really sets Little Folkies apart from other music classes of its kind are three things… Songs, aesthetic, and the fact that the business is truly independent and locally born and bred right in San Francisco.

Win Tickets to the April 29 Speak to Me Event: The How of Happiness

April 10, 2014

Sonja LyubomirskySpeak to Me, Marin's premiere series of intelligent, inspiring speaking events for women, presents the final event in its 2013/2014 evening series, "The How of Happiness" with Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., on Tuesday, April 29 at 6:30 pm at the Mill Valley Community Center.

Sonja Lyubomirsky is professor of psychology at UC Riverside and leading expert in the science of happiness, as well as the author of two books: The Myths of Happiness and The How of Happiness. She will present the latest science and share results of her extensive research on how we can create happier and more fulfilling lives for ourselves, our families and our communities.

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 contests@marinmommies.com with "Speak to Me April" 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.

Win Tickets to the March 11 Speak to Me Event: The Power of She

March 6, 2014

Speak to Me, Marin's premiere series of intelligent, inspiring speaking events for women, presents the next event in its 2013/2014 season, "The Power of She: Courageous Women Changing the World" with Muadi Mukenge, Pamela Hawley, and Paola Gianturco, and on Tuesday, March 11 at 6:30 pm at the Mill Valley Community Center.

When women support women something magical happens…we get things done, we move things forward and sometimes we even save lives. Join Speak To Me on March 11 for the “Power of She”, a heartfelt and educational evening with three women who bring passion, courage and determination to the table in their efforts everyday to help women in struggle throughout the globe. Pamela Hawley, Paola Gianturco, and Muadi Mukenge have dedicated their lives to helping build self-sustaining communities worldwide stepping in bravely to document and serve those in need. Hear their stories, learn from their wisdom and find out how you too can get involved.

Win Tickets to the February 25 Speak to Me Event, Featuring Debora Spar

February 13, 2014

Debora SparSpeak to Me, Marin's premiere series of intelligent, inspiring speaking events for women, presents the next event in its 2013/2014 season, "Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection" with Barnard College president Debora Spar on Tuesday, February 25 at 6:30 pm at the Mill Valley Community Center.

As the president of arguably the most important all-women school in the country, Debora Spar brings research, wisdom, humor and insight to the heated debate about how women’s lives have and have not changed over the past forty years. How far have women really come? And what will it take to get true equality for good? Can women really have it all?

We're giving away one set of two tickets to this event to a lucky Marin Mommies reader! Simply send an email to contests@marinmommies.com with "Speak to Me February" in the subject line by 11:59 pm PST on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. We'll choose a random winner on Thursday. Many thanks to Speak to Me for sponsoring this giveaway. Read our giveaway rules and conditions here.

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