Mill Valley

Math Tips and More from Mathnasium of Mill Valley

January 27, 2013

mathnasiumMarin Mommies presents a guest post by Scott Rubin of Mill Valley Mathnasium, featuring a great math tip for parents, a math joke, and a math question.

Math Tip

Why do parents read to their children, but not do "math" with their children?  Many parents feel uncomfortable with speaking "math" and lack confidence in their own math aptitude. Simple number counting goes a long way, especially at a very impressionable young age. You can start at any age, even as early as one year old.  Count from 1 to 10 by ones and twos. Also, count up to 20, 30, etc. and count by threes, fours, etc.

Count by ones while handing a ball to your child then subtract one while taking a ball back. Be creative, because you can make a difference in your child's "math" life with these simple techniques.

Math Question

Today, Jenny picked 8 flowers. Yesterday, she picked 3 more flowers than she picked today. How many total flowers did Jenny pick yesterday and today combined?

Speak to Me Film Screenings to Benefit Marin Schools

January 9, 2013

Jennifer Seibel NewsomSpeak to Me, producer of Marin's intelligent and inspiring series of events for women, has partnered with the YES! Foundation, Ross Valley School District Parent Education, and KIDDO! to do two benefit screenings (100% of proceeds go to YES! and KIDDO!) of the film Miss Representation. If you aren't familiar with the film, it has won all sorts of awards and has received accolades and praise from everyone from Oprah to Common Sense Media.

The film was written, produced, and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, and exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.

Common Sense Media says "It's informative and enlightening and will be a total eye-opener for girls and their mothers. Show it to your girls AND your boys".

You deserve a night out at the movies right? And you can help raise a little much-needed money for our schools while you're at it.

The film screenings will take place on:

  • Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at Drake High School Little Theatre, 1327 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo. 100% of net proceeds go to the YES! Foundation
  • Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at Mill Valley Middle School, 425 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley. 100% of net proceeds go to the KIDDO! Foundation

New Children's Art Program in Mill Valley: The Little Art Studio

January 7, 2013

The Little Art Studio in Mill ValleyIf you're a southern Marin parent looking for art classes for your children, then check out the new Little Art Studio in Mill Valley. Owned and operated by Mill Valley based fine artist and art educator, Jhaya Warmington, the Little Art Studio offers a variety of fun and unique art classes and art themed birthday parties for children aged of 1 ½  to 12.

Each class is focused around a specific art medium or technique, and the children are encouraged to explore art materials in an open, safe, and supportive environment. The emphasis is on the creative process rather than the product, but the children always come away with incredible works of art. Small classes offer children a comfortable, creative, age-appropriate atmosphere, while promoting cooperation and connections. The students constantly watch each other, learn from each other, and learn how to work together.

It's a Wonderful Life at Marin Theatre Company - Win Tickets!

November 27, 2012

Marin Theatre Company It's a Wonderful LifeTonight is opening night for Marin Theatre Company's family friendly production of It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Running through December 16, Joe Landry's adaptation of Frank Capra's beloved film stages the story of everyman George Bailey as if it was a live radio play, with the audience playing the part of the live studio audience.

Five talented actors perform the voices of dozens of characters, as well as create foley sound effects to accompany the action. Directed by Jon Tracy, this unique version of the classic heartwarming holiday movie is perfect family fare for the holiday season.

Evening performances take place Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 pm, and Wednesdays and Sundays at 7:30 pm; matinees take place every Sunday and Saturday December 1 and 15 at 2 pm and Thursday December 6 at 1 pm. Tickets cost $36–$57, with discounts available for seniors and those under 30. Children under age 5 are not admitted. Bring your family or some friends and save up to 45% off regular price tickets to It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Show with a Family Four Pack! Good for tickets to any performance. Use the code MMWONDER when you order by phone (415) 388-5208 or online. Must purchase 4 general price tickets to activate coupon, only one coupon per order, subject to availability, not applicable to previously purchased tickets.

Win Tickets to the November 27 Speak to Me Event with Marybeth Bond

November 5, 2012

Marybeth BondSpeak to Me, Marin's premiere series of intelligent, inspiring speaking events for women, presents "Passport to Discovery: Adventure, Creativity and Change Through Travel" a discussion with global travel expert, cross-country cyclist, founder of, and National Geographic award-winning author of 11 travel books Marybeth Bond on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at 6:30 pm.

Travel offers us an opportunity to discover new worlds, cultures and ways of thinking. It can be our ticket to adventure, a psychological breakthrough or a vehicle for changing the world. As a global traveler and National Geographic author of 11 travel books including Gutsy Women, Gutsy Mamas, the Girlfriend Getaways series, Intelligent Travel, and the award-winning A Woman's World, Marybeth has done it all. She has hiked, biked, dived, danced, snow-shoed, skied, climbed, coptered, trekked, and traipsed her way through seven continents, and 90+ countries, from the depth of the Flores Sea to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. She will speak—with passion and from experience—about how travel experiences with family and girlfriends can stimulate growth and self-discovery, boost our spirits and enrich our lives.

We're giving away two free tickets to this event to a lucky Marin Mommies reader! Simply send an email to with "Speak to Me November" in the subject line by 11:59 pm PST on Friday, November 9, 2012. We'll choose a random winner on Saturday. Many thanks to Speak to Me for sponsoring this giveaway. Read our giveaway rules and conditions here.

Win Free Tickets to the October 23 Speak to Me Event in Mill Valley

October 9, 2012

John GraySpeak to Me, Marin's premiere series of intelligent, inspiring speaking events for women, presents "Mars and Venus Together Forever" a discussion with best-selling relationship author John Gray, Ph.D. on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at 6:30 pm. One of the most trusted voices in relationships today, Gray is the author of 17 books, including Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, which was named one of the 10 most influential books of the last 25 years.

Fortunately we live in a time when men and women expect more from their lives than ever before. As a result, we demand more from our relationships, too. Dr. Gray famously opened our eyes and helped us understand the innate differences between the communication patterns of men and women in Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus. Now that many of us have moved into a new stage in our romantic relationships, often with the added stresses of dual careers and parenting, Dr. Gray will share his unique insights on how we can better communicate with each other to foster long, healthy, and fulfilling relationships that will continue to flourish far into the future.

We're giving away two free tickets to this event to a lucky Marin Mommies reader! Simply send an email to with "Speak to Me" in the subject line by 11:59 pm PST on Friday, October 12, 2012. We'll choose a random winner on Saturday. Many thanks to Speak to Me for sponsoring this giveaway. Read our giveaway rules and conditions here.

Rolling Out the Red Carpet for the Children's FilmFest at the Mill Valley Film Festival

October 2, 2012

Mill Valley Film FestivalMarin Mommies presents another guest article by Marin Mom and writer Gabrielle Cullen.

Marin County will roll out the red carpet for the 35th Mill Valley Film Festival from October 4–14, 2012, and what better way to get a little glamour than to enjoy the fest as a fam? Introduce the little ones to films they’ll never normally see on the big screen, have a rocking good time at a Bollywood party and watch your budding Pixar illustrator work magic at an animation workshop. Here’s an inside guide to what may be one of the most unique kids events all year.

Don’t be Late: The Children’s FilmFest runs the length of the entire festival, from October 4–14 in and around Marin County. Locations for the kids film festival include the Christopher B. Smith Film Center, 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Intel Computer Clubhouse and others. Check out the website for more info.

Family Dining in Marin (with a View): The Mountain Home Inn

September 12, 2012

Mountain Home Inn on Mt. Tamalpais near Mill ValleyOur family loves to explore Mt. Tamalpais. Usually, we pack a picnic for lunch during our hikes, but on our last visit we decided to take the kids to the Mountain Home Inn, one of the few restaurants up on the mountain. It was a gorgeous, clear day, and we knew the views from the restaurant's deck would be amazing.

The Mountain Home Inn has been a fixture on Mt. Tam for a century, and it's a great place to stop for breakfast, lunch, or dinner before or after your Mt. Tam adventure. Of course we opted to sit outside on the deck, taking in the spectacular views of Marin County and relaxing in the shade of the patio umbrellas. Our friendly and attentive server brought us a bottle of water infused with mint as we perused the menu.

The Mountain home inn offers a variety of dishes, from bratwurst on a bun with house-made potato chips (a nod to the inn's beginnings as a Swiss/German roadhouse) and burgers to fresh pastas and a vegetable frittata. There's also a children's menu, which is offered up with crayons for coloring, that includes favorites like chicken fingers and fries, kids' pasta with butter and parmesan, french toast, and more.

Parents Come Together to Save Ring Mountain Day School

August 8, 2012

Marin Mommies presents a guest article by Karen LeFurgy, Ring Mountain Day School parent and Vice Chair of the school's Board of Trustees.

As a mother who enjoys reading Marin Mommies on a regular basis, I wanted to share with other local moms a positive story about a group of engaged and active parents at Ring Mountain Day School. I’m very proud of our story and particularly eager to share it with other parents who may be searching for a top quality school that embodies what a true school community is all about.

All three of my children are attending or have attended Ring Mountain and I serve as Vice Chair on the Board of Trustees. For those who are unfamiliar with us, we are an independent K–8 school in Mill Valley with an enrollment of just under 100 students. At Ring Mountain, we try to be a little different than other schools by offering small class sizes of 8–15 students so that our faculty can apply an individualized, integrated approach and teach a core curriculum that emphasizes problem solving in real-life situations, promoting comprehensive

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