Mill Valley

Enter Your Dog in the Woodlands Annual Halloween Pet Parade and Costume Contest

October 22, 2013

Woodlands Pet Food & Treats pet parade and costume contestHalloween is a fun time for families, so why not get everyone involved, including your dog? If your dog has a Halloween costume, then stop by Woodlands Pet Food & Treats at any of their Marin locations this October for their 2013 pet parade and costume contest.

Prizes that your costumed canine can win include best in show, scariest, coolest, cutest couple, and many more. All proceeds benefit local rescue shelters, including the Milo Foundation, Marin Friends of Ferals, and North Star Animal Rescue.

Of course human kids are welcome to attend as well—there will be a free trick-or-treating event at each Woodlands Pet Food & Treats and other shops near their location.

The pet parade and costume contest takes place at the following days and times:

  • Mill Valley, 701 Strawberry Village: Saturday, October 26, 4–6 pm
  • Greenbrae, 296 Bon Air Center: Saturday, October 26, 3–5 pm

Rapunzel Comes to Marin Theatre Company This Fall

October 19, 2013

Rapunzel at Marin Theatre CompanyThis November, Marin Theatre Company will delight families with its original production of Rapunzel. Performaces take place on November 2, 3, 9, and 10 at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm. Tickets to many of the performances have been selling out, so MTC has added seats to each showing as well as an additional show on Sunday, November 10 at 2:30 pm.

Adapted by Mike Kenny from the classic fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm and directed by Daunielle Rasmussen, Rapunzel tells the story of the title character, a young girl sheltered away by her overprotective grandmother in a lonely tower. This production updates the traditional tale and focuses on Rapunzel taking risks, overcoming fear, and facing the challenges of growing up instead of being victimized by an evil witch and rescued by a daring prince.

Recommended for ages 3 and up, the show lasts for 45 minutes, with no intermission. Tickets are $15 for children under 14, $20 for adults, and $17 for seniors 64+. Tickets are available online at tickets.marintheatre.org, by phone at (415) 388-5208, or in person at the MTC box office at 397 Miller Avenue in Mill Valley (Tuesday–Saturday, noon–5 pm). Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more.

Win Tickets to the October 15 Speak to Me Event, Featuring Bay Area Entrepreneurs

October 8, 2013

Speak to MeSpeak to Me, Marin's premiere series of intelligent, inspiring speaking events for women, kicks off its 2013–2014 season with "Innovation & Passion: Inspiring Tales From Bay Area Entrepreneurs" on Tuesday, October 15, at 6:30 pm.

Moderated by Kate Shaw, director of talent management for Apple and founder of the Lucasfilm Speaker Series, this panel discussion features Alison Pincus, co-founder and chief strategy officer of One Kings Lane; Danae Ringelman, co-founder and chief customer officer, Indiegogo; and Jori Des Jardins; co-founder and president of strategic alliances, BlogHer. These three remarkable entrepreneurs will share inspiring stories, lessons, and advice on blazing new trails while balancing career and personal life along the way.

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 October" in the subject line by 11:59 pm PST on Thursday, October 10, 2013. We'll choose a random winner on Friday. Many thanks to Speak to Me for sponsoring this giveaway. Read our giveaway rules and conditions here.

Hot Diggity! Marin's Healthy Mom-Run Dog Cart

September 21, 2013

Hot Diggity at Mill Valley Middle SchoolIf you've been around southern Marin during soccer season, there's a good chance you've seen the Hot Diggity hot dog cart. If not, you should seek it out and give it a try!

Hot Diggity was created by Mill Valley mom Joan Miller in 2010 as an alternative to not-so-healthy fast food dining options, and sells nitrate-free sausages from Niman Ranch and Aidells with a variety of condiments, most of them organic. Hot Diggety also offers healthy drinks like organic juices, teas, and sodas.

The menu includes an uncured Niman Ranch Kids' Dog ($4), chicken and apple sausage ($5), and the signature Dig It Dog ($6), a nitrate-free pork sausage on a sesame seed roll with sauerkraut and dill pickle spears. The Kids' Dog is available as part of a daily special Kids' Meal ($5.50), which also includes organic carrots and an Honest Kids organic juice pouch.

The Cat in the Hat Opens This Weekend at Marin Theatre Company

August 10, 2013

The Cat in the HatThe Bay Area Children's Theater production of Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat opens this weekend at Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley! This marks both the second collaboration between BATC and MTC and the start of a whole season of fantastic live children's theater in Marin.

Directed by Erin Merritt and starring Doyle Ott as the Cat, this production runs 45 minutes with no intermission. Shows take place on Saturdays and Sundays, August 10, 11, 17, and 18 at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm.

Tickets are $15 for children under 14, $20 for adults, and $17 for seniors 64+. Individual tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 2. Order online at tickets.marintheatre.org, by phone at  (415) 388-5208, or in person at the MTC box office, 397 Miller Avenue in Mill Valley (Tuesday–Saturday, noon–5 pm). Discounted group tickets for groups of 15 or more can be reserved at the box office.

Tips on Preparing for the SAT

July 24, 2013

mathnasiumMarin Mommies presents a guest post by Scott Rubin of Mill Valley Mathnasium, who offers some tips on prepping your child for the SAT.

When should my child start preparing for the SAT?  How often should they study?  What topics should be reviewed? Should more time be spent on geometry or algebra?  Should I invest money into a crash course offered by a company or get a private tutor? These are valid questions students and parents ask themselves.

Analogies I like to refer to for examples are: When should a baseball player start preparing for his major league debut? When should a musician start preparing for his first concert at Carnegie Hall?  SAT preparation should start in elementary school.  The SAT is an accumulation of math knowledge of your entire school life up to that point.  Sure, some people are naturally good at math and most topics come easy to them but for the vast majority of us, it is a lot of work to master SAT type questions.

Marin Theatre Company Kicks Off Its New Children's Series with The Cat in the Hat

July 1, 2013

Doyle Ott as the Cat in the HatWhen Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley presented Bay Area Children's Theatre's production of Ivy + Bean, the response was overwhelming and tickets quickly sold out. This summer MTC and BATC team up again to begin a new theater series for young audiences, starting with The Cat in the Hat from August 10–18.

On a cold, cold day too wet to play, Sally and her brother had nothing to do, but sit sit sit. And they did not like it, not one bit. But then with a BUMP, that made them both jump, appeared the Cat in a Hat! And just like that, Sally and her brother had games to play and a lot of good tricks to pass the day. Their mother won't mind at all, and the mess will be small... Or should they listen to the wish of their responsible pet fish and send this mischievous cat away?

Experience this beloved Dr. Seuss classic live on stage! This production, directed by Erin Merritt and starring Doyle Ott as the Cat, runs 45 minutes with no intermission. Shows take place on Saturday, August 10 and 17, and Sunday, August 11 and 18 at 10:30 am and 12: 30 pm.

Tickets are $15 for children under 14, $20 for adults, and $17 for seniors 64+. Individual tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 2. Order online at tickets.marintheatre.org, by phone at  (415) 388-5208, or in person at the MTC box office, 397 Miller Avenue in Mill Valley (Tuesday–Saturday, noon–5 pm). Discounted group tickets for groups of 15 or more can be reserved at the box office.

Win Tickets to the April 30 Speak to Me Event with Rebecca Costa

April 16, 2013

Rebecca CostaSpeak to Me, Marin's premiere series of intelligent, inspiring speaking events for women, presents "Adapting to An Increasingly Complex World" a discussion with Rebecca Costa, sociobiologist, futurist, nationally syndicated radio host, and author of The Watchman’s Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction,  on Tuesday, April 30 at 6:30 pm.

We are painfully aware of the increased level of complexity we face in today’s world. There seem to be no easy answers anymore—from which sunscreen or tomato to buy, to how to constrain exploding healthcare costs or fix the debt crises. In her book, The Watchman’s Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction, Costa explains how the principles governing evolution both cause and provide a solution for global gridlock. When asked why this has special significance today, Costa claims, “Every person I know, rich or poor, educated or not, wants to know why our government gets more in debt, our air and water more polluted, our jails more crowded, our security more tenuous and our children more violent. We seem to have lost our ability to solve our problems. The Watchman’s Rattle offers a genetic explanation for our paralysis, and prescribes a way out.”

We're giving away two free tickets to this event to a lucky Marin Mommies reader! Simply send an email to contests@marinmommies.com with "Speak to Me April" in the subject line by 11:59 pm PST on Monday, April 22, 2013. We'll choose a random winner on Tuesday. Many thanks to Speak to Me for sponsoring this giveaway. Read our giveaway rules and conditions here.

Win a Family Four-Pack of Tickets to "Ivy + Bean: The Musical" at Marin Theatre Company

March 16, 2013

Ivy and BeanThe fun and fantastic Ivy + Bean: The Musical is coming to Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley! Produced by Bay Area Children's Theater, Ivy + Bean: The Musical is a fun and faithful adaptation of the first book in the New York Times-best-selling series about two second graders, outgoing Bean and quiet but imaginitive Ivy, who were sure they wouldn't like each other but end up best friends.

You can read our review of Ivy + Bean: The Musical here. It was one of our favorite productions from Bay Area Children's Theater!

While the tickets for the Marin Theatre Company production are already sold out, we're happy to announce that we're giving away a family four-pack of tickets to the opening-day performance to one lucky Marin Mommies reader! Tickets are good for the Saturday, March 23, 10:30 am show only.

To enter the giveaway, send an email with "Ivy + Bean" in the subject line to contests@marinmommies.com by 11:59 pm on Sunday, March 17, 2013. We'll choose a winner at random on Monday, March 18. Good luck!

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