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They were true pioneers in the 1850’s.  They traveled to California during the Gold Rush era in a covered wagon.  This is the background that Alice Merrill is from.  Her great grandmother’s sister, Susan Sroufe Loosley, would become the first president of the Sausalito Woman’s Club in 1913. …

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The Lark Theater in Larkspur will hold the first “Cinema Santa Fe” on Saturday, July 14. The event is a one-day film festival celebrating Southwest films, art and culture.

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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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Last month a homebrew club in Marin was at Benoit-Casper Brewing in Richmond to brew a beer they’ll use in an upcoming competition.

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“The Tin Woman,” which pinpoints the mental and physical anguish of a heart transplant recipient, initially made me squirmingly uncomfortable.

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It’s the premier open studio event in Marin County. Marin Open Studios offers professional artists the chance to show their work. Each year thousands of art collectors visit Marin Open Studios to meet the artists, see their work, and to buy art.

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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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Adolescent girls, a one-act play at the Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley, suggests girls cling to each other in packs like unruly but maturing animals. For community. For learning. For support.

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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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“Larkspur: Past and Present” describes the history of the city, but also captures the passion one of its leading citizens felt in preserving Larkspur’s heritage for all, while at the same time inspiring political and social change. 

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So have Nick and Nigel Bottom, two Renaissance brothers, who write and perform plays in competition with the great Bard. They haven’t yet had a hit, just rotten tomatoes.

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The popular musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” reflects childhood’s innocent challenges. It’s based on the comic strips written by Sonoma’s own Charles M. Schulz and brought to the stage by Clark Gesner and Andrew Lippa.

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The bounty of Marin County includes this narrow shaded trail which winds through nearly 100 acres of Novato’s O’Hair Park. It’s a favorite of hikers, dog walkers, bikers, and equestrians on a hot summer day. The trail is roofed with bays and coast live oak, with lovely ferns and pervasive poison oak also making their appearance below.

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Marin Shakespeare Company delivers yet another high-energy summer show in the outdoor Forest Meadows Amphitheatre on the Dominican Campus in San Rafael.

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In 1875 Paris was the enviable fashion capital of the world. Privileged ladies attired themselves in dresses of organza, silk and other lush fabrics, many set off with an amusing bustle. One wonders how on earth a woman sat down with one of those awkward dress structures. Practicality was no…

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The band begins the overture, and bulbs shine brightly over the red curtain. You know you’re in for an exciting and highly entertaining show. 

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There was plenty of beer last month when The BreastFest had 40 breweries pouring their beers in San Rafael for almost 1,500 people all in the name of charity.

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One of the joys of living in Marin is access to superbly beautiful hiking areas, many with spectacular views. This walk to Kirby Cove Beach is less than a mile downhill (and of course a walk back up) on a fire road from Battery Spencer at the southern tip of Marin.

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Under a hot sun about 1,500 people gathered at Fairground Island in San Rafael on Saturday for an afternoon of sampling craft beers while raising money for a good cause. 

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The colorful, psychedelic Sixties were back in full swing over the weekend during the annual Italian Street Painting Festival in downtown San Rafael.

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Jim Baldocchi likes reminiscing about the Sixties and the Summer of Love. They remind him of being up to his liquid psychedelic eyeballs in what those times symbolized: Sex. Drugs. And, of course, rock ’n’ roll.

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The craft beer world in Marin has some well-known brewers but there are also small ones that are carving out a name for themselves. 

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June, as the Rodgers and Hammerstein song from “Carousel” informs us, is busting out all over — with tons of Marin area entertainment being playbilled. Much of it looks good.

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