San Rafael

New Parent-Child Program at Marin Waldorf School

December 2, 2009

Marin Waldorf School in San Rafael is offering a new Parent-Child program starting December 3. If you want to learn more about the Waldorf approach to parenting principles, this is a good way to try it out and get acquainted. These are warm and inviting gatherings, filled with a spirit of play, community, and love for the parenting journey.

Each meeting also includes open discussion about parenting and how Waldorf ideas can support parents and provide skills to nurture their relationship with their child.

  • Special Season Session for Young Toddlers
    December 3, 10 and 17
    Thursdays 9 to 10:30 am
    Session fees: $75
  • Pre-crawlers to Crawlers
    Thursdays, January 7–April 1 and April 22–June 10, 11:30 am to 1 pm
  • Babies and Pregnancy, for Pregnancy and Infants
    Fridays, January 8–April 2 and April 23–June 11
    11 am to 12:30 pm
    Session fees: winter $275, spring $185
  • Young Toddlers, walking up to 2 years of age.
    Fridays, January 8–April 2 and April 23–June 11, 9 am–10:30 am
    Session fees: winter $275 • spring $185
  • Older Toddlers, 20 months to 3 ½ years.
    Thursdays, January 7–April 1 and April 22–June 10
    9 to 11 am or Saturdays, 9:30 to 11:30 am
    Session fees: winter $300, spring $200

For more info, call Barbra Rosen (415) 479.8190 ext. 147 or go to

Free Sophie and the Enchanted Toy Shop Preview in Marinwood

November 25, 2009

Sophie and the Enchanted Toyshop posterOn Wednesday, December 9, Marin Dance Theatre and Marinwood Recreation Department present a sneak preview of the popular holiday ballet Sophie and the Enchanted Toyshop. From 1:15 to 2:15 pm, meet some of the characters from this beautiful ballet and watch them perform their dances. This event takes place at the Marinwood Community Center at 775 Miller Creek Road in San Rafael. The performance is free, but reservations are required. RSVP to

If you want to see the full-length version of Marin Dance Theatre's Sophie and the Enchanted Toyshop, it will play at the Marin Civic Center on December 19 at 1 and 5 pm. It's a two-act children's ballet that features over 120 dancers plus professional guest artists. Adults $33, students and seniors $23. For more information, go to or the Marin Center Box Office to purchase tickets.

Free Baby Sleep/Breastfeeding Event at the Parent's Center

October 28, 2009

sleeping babyJoin The Parents Center, Heller's for Children, and the Novato Mother's Club for a free infant/toddler sleep and breastfeeding panel on Wednesday, October 28 from 7–9 pm and features a panel discussion with infant/child sleep consultant (and frequent Marin Mommies contributor) Angelique Millette and lactation consultant Margie King. A brief lecture will be followed by question and answer session. Best of all, this event is free to the public. RSVP to

The Parents Center is located inside the Heller's store at 514 Fourth Street (on the east side of 101) in San Rafael. Located in Heller's loft area (in space donated by Heller's), the Parents Center is a comfortable, welcoming place that offers support and education for new and expectant parents. Moms are invited to come in, feed and weigh baby, have a cup of tea and relax. There's even a special rocker for breastfeeding moms with an optional privacy screen. There is a library of books and dvds for loan, and classes, workshops, and programs are also offered. For more information, visit

Learn the Techniques of Eric Carle at Art for ME

July 19, 2009

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric CarleEvery child loves books by children's author and illustrator Eric Carle. Carle classics include The Grouchy Ladybug, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and The Tiny Seed. Learn about how to make your own art using Carle's techniques at Art for ME's workshop tomorrow, July 20, from 4 to 5 pm at Riley Street art supplies on 4th Street in downtown San Rafael.

Kids ages 4 to 6 will explore Eric Carle's collage techniques and make their own illustrations in his style. To create his unique and distinctive illustrations, Carle paints interesting, colorful patterns, then cuts them out and layers them.

Marin County Fair 2009: Cool Green Fun

June 30, 2009

Marin County FairIt’s time again for the Marin County Fair at the Marin County Fairgrounds in San Rafael. This theme for this 64th fair is "Cool Green Fun." Highlights include a solar powered carousel and stage, the Big Green Magic Show by Steve Trash, science fun and education with Wizard's Challenge, recycled arts and crafts, an electric car display, and more!

Of course there are also the more traditional fair offerings like farm animals and Hambone Express pig racing in the barnyard, 28 free (with fair admission) carnival rides, the 20th annual Creatures and Models exhibit, concerts, fine arts, and of course the nightly fireworks display.

This year's Marin County Fair runs from Wednesday, July 1 through Sunday, July 5, 11 am to 11 pm daily.

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