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Some kids are a little too young for a part-time summer job bagging groceries, scooping ice cream or lifeguarding, but they can still earn Book Bucks from the Marin County Free Library (MCFL).

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There are some people with scars or ailments that might make them feel different from others, who wish to hide from the public. It is understandable.

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Bicyclists riding in downtown San Rafael Thursday morning stopped at the SMART train station and met volunteers offering fruit and bagels plus chatted with other bicycle commuters on Bike To Work Day.

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(l-r) Supervisor Katie Rice, Supervisor Damon Connolly and aides Lorenzo Cordova and Mary Sackett, and Bjorn Griepenburg with the MCBC are all smiles at the downtown San Rafael Energizer Station on Bike to Work Day.

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Marin County on Thursday will celebrate the Bay Area’s 24th annual Bike to Work Day by trying to make it easier and more rewarding for people to leave their cars behind and get their bikes out of the garage. There will be nearly 20 energizer stations to tune up riders and their bikes at key …

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Intriguing that the word “family” comes from the Latin word familia referring to “a household of slaves or servants.” It is a decidedly NOT sentimental way to think of your relatives. But, oddly enough, it’s the perfect metaphor.

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Editor’s Note: Anthology is our weekly compilation of news stories important to life in Marin, from Novato to Sausalito and West Marin to San Rafael. Enjoy.

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Earth Day is going to be a public education bonanza out at Stinson Beach this year as environmentally conscious nonprofits and government agencies get together Sunday, April 22, to share earth-friendly information with beachgoers. It’s the 14th annual Earth Day Stinson Beach.

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Is your child a budding sports star? Find out what the future generation of athletes is up to in the youth sports reports from around Marin County

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Sawyer the Labrador does his ambassador thing by checking out an adult beverage held by Steve Rikli from Kentfield. All of the ambassador dogs like Sawyer are used for therapy, hospice and shut-ins, etc. 

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In the picture at left, Mary Nicollini, a volunteer, and Lisa Bloch, Director of Marketing for Marin Humane, take a moment with Sawyer, a white Labrador owned by Nicollini, who serves as an “ambassador” — a therapy dog at the annual Marin Humane Gala. 

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We compile, keep track and generally fret over community events in and around Marin so you don’t have to. It’s an eclectic list reflective of the Marin spirit. To get your item listed, email Marinscope’s “Calendar Queen” Karen Carlson at KCarlson@marinscope.com by 5 p.m. Wednesday.

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Over the course of a year, teen suicides in Marin County doubled. Yet, during the same time, overall suicides were on a decline. What’s behind the rise in teen self-fatalities? More urgent, what can be done to address it?

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Homelessness in any form is a scourge on society. But there’s a distinct difference between folks forced to live in their cars for a while due to a one-time setback and those who routinely wind up living on the streets — the chronically homeless — typically associated with mental illnesses l…

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Flu season has come earlier than usual this year, with 176 positive influenza tests in Marin County hospitals from October through December 2017 compared with 128 during the same period last year, according to the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services.

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With the possible exception of gun-related violence, perhaps the most embarrassing issue for a country as wealthy as the U.S. is homelessness — and how they make ends meet.

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Canal Alliance, a San Rafael-based agency providing legal assistance and educational programs to immigrants, last week dispatched a press alert that read like a war bulletin.

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Citizens and dignitaries from Marin and Sonoma counties celebrated the grand opening of the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District’s full passenger train service with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Railroad Square in Santa Rosa Friday morning.

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Do you check the expiration date on milk before pouring it in your coffee? Did you toss that fruit when it got too soft on your counter? Is the sourdough loaf a bit too hard to make sandwiches for your kids? Do you hate wasting food?

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“I realize that it’s counterintuitive, but it creates more flexibility,” said Assemblyman Marc Levine of Senate Bill (SB) 106 — which has generated national attention.

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Last week during a Novato Zoning Administrator hearing, Planning Manager Steve Marshall gave the OK for beer and wine to be sold at the movie theater, located at 44 Rowland Way. The city had to approve a use permit for alcohol sales before Alcoholic Beverage Control makes a final determination on the proposal. The state agency is expected to allow beer and wine to be sold, but the approval process could take another four to six months.

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Wendy Donner treasures the times she spent with her father, even a simple afternoon of just riding bikes and laughing at bad jokes.

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Anyone on a budget or trying to keep those bills from getting out of hand faces the same question when the temperatures soar — switch on the air conditioning and expect to pay extra or hope that a desk fan can dry off the perspiration well enough to get by.

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Suburban residents might enjoy some of the sights and sounds of nature around the community: the birds in the park, the deer in the field, and the fish in the creek.

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In an extreme case of asking voters to put their money where their complaining mouths are, a proposed ballot measure will increase bridge tolls by about three dollars to help pay for $4 billion in regional transportation projects — about $580 million in Marin County and the North Bay.

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