PEACEBUILDING ON THE FRONTLINES – SEARCH FOR COMMON GROUND
THURSDAY, MAY 5TH, 2022 – 1 PM
We are honored and excited to host speakers from the World’s Largest Peace Building Organization, Search for Common Ground (Search). VP of Human Resources, Jacqueline Oburu, interviews Judy Kimamo, Country Director, Search for Common Ground, Kenya
Creativity and ingenuity have always been hallmarks of the Search for Common Ground approach. In just one of many innovative initiatives, Judy Kimamo helped to restore Kenya’s economy when she led her team in a breakthrough project to stop extremists from sneaking into Kenya. (Responding to the extremist threat, the government had banned nighttime fishing, thus tanking the coastal economy.) Posing as fishermen, Kimamo’s team successfully arranged digital identity cards for fellow fishermen, convincing the government to lift the nighttime fishing ban and restore economic balance! Join us to learn how Search’s five values: Collaboration, Audacity,Tenacity, Empathy and Results are keys to their amazing mission and work. We guarantee you’ll be inspired.
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Carol Banquer, Cultural Arts Event Chair
DEMENTIA OR ALZHEIMERS? ADVICE/SUPPORT FOR CAREGIVERS
THURSDAY, APRIL 7TH, 2022 – 1 PM
Gene Girimonte and Shelley Dombroski from The Alzheimer’s Association will give an overview of the distinction between Alzheimer’s and Dementia. They will present the latest treatments and medical facts. Along with this presentation, Gene and Shelley will discuss effective communication strategies and will address hands-on care, best practices and resources for CareGivers. Their talk will conclude with a Q&A session.
Program Chair: Joanne Zavlaris
108 BELOVED OBJECTS
A Special Solo Performance by Jeff Greenwald, Author/Journalist/Ethical Traveler
THURSDAY, MARCH 31ST, 2022 – 1 PM
“What do a pink elephant, a Cuban beer bottle, and a Krishna statue have in common? All are among the 108 Beloved Objects featured in author/journalist Jeff Greenwald’s new one-man show. With COVID-19 squashing his travel assignments, Jeff decided to take an inward journey – around his Oakland flat. He picked out 108 objects, all of which evoked personal passages, and made a decision: He would part with the items but hold onto their stories …” https://themarsh.org/.
Jeff is the author of eight books, including Shopping for Buddhas and The Size of the World. He co-authored The Nine Gifts with Christine Marie Mason, and Out of Nothing with Burning Man co-founder Larry Harvey. He is the executive director of the non-profit Ethical Traveler, a global alliance dedicated to creating positive global change through travel. Jeff is a Member Emeritus of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, a faculty member of the Book Passage Travel Writers’ Conference, and a sworn enemy of fascism in all its forms, foreign or domestic.
Lynn Fabian Lasner, Cultural Arts Event Chair
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“COOL” IN POSTWAR AMERICA
Speaker: Mick Chantler, MA
Thursday, March 10th, 2022
The word “cool” once held a powerful emotional charge. Unlike its current use, a synonym for “nice,” cool once had radical political and social implications. The concept arose after WWII in Europe and America when many people were groping for a new vision for the future, protesting racism, sexual repression, and social conformity. “Cool” people in the ’40s and ’50s were fed up with bourgeois mediocrity and searched for new ways to express their rebellious independence. Cool came to permeate music, film, literature, and philosophy. Mick Chantler, MA will take us on a deep dive into the concept’s development and show how it has impacted the “post-cool” world.
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THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DANCE AND MENTAL WELL-BEING
THURSDAY, March 3rd, 2022 – 1 PM
Speaker: Ben Needham-Wood, former Smuin Ballet Dancer, educator, choreographer
Ben Needham-Wood’s website: http://www.bneedhamwood.com
Sherri Yoshizu and Pamela Cooper, Cultural Arts Event Chairs
CLICK TO VIEW RECORDING ON YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/hEyrgjtEt6M
THE WORK OF THE CANAL ALLIANCE
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2022 – 1 PM
Speaker: Sara Matson, Development Director, San Rafael’s Canal Alliance
Canal Alliance website: https://canalalliance.org/
Program Chair: Dinna Eisenhart
CLICK TO VIEW RECORDING ON YOUTUBE: The Work of Canal Alliance – YouTube
WILDLIFE IN MARIN: FRIEND AND FOE
THURSDAY, JANUARY 27TH, 2022 – 1 PM
The Bay Area is teeming with wildlife – playful squirrels, lovely birds, and those not so welcome – rats, skunks, raccoons and coyotes. How do we deal with the “problems” these animals may present when them we meet on the trail or in our backyards? That’s where Alison Hermance, Director of Communications at WildCare comes in. With her 18 years of experience at WildCare in San Rafael, Alison will share facts and anecdotes to teach us how to make peace with our wild neighbors. She’ll help us learn how to keep some animals at bay and how to accept others into our space. We’ll also learn how animals are cared for at WildCare and what to do if we find an ill or injured animal.
Program Chair: Mary Herr
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FINDING ART IN THE OCEAN
THURSDAY, JANUARY 2OTH, 2022 – 1 PM
Josie Iselin is a fine art photographer and book author passionate about the natural world around her. Josie is intent on looking closely at the objects of our world and asking how we can learn both about and from them. Her newest book, The Curious World of Seaweed, takes a deep dive into the ocean universe of marine algae, creating a nexus where art and science converge. She holds a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard and an MFA from San Francisco State University. Her writing and art focused on seaweed, kelp and sea otter, put her on the forefront of ocean activism, collaborating with scientists and groups working to preserve the kelp forests of our Pacific Coast. Through art, design and research, Iselin will delight you with her gorgeous seaweed imagery.
Kathy King, Cultural Arts Event Chair
CLICK TO VIEW WEBINAR RECORDING: Finding Art in the Ocean – YouTube
Wednesday, December 15th – 1pm
Across the United States, South America and in Paris, Greta McLain’s murals/mosaics use the power of visual language to activate and bond the voices of diverse communities. (President Obama has even Tweeted and posted McLain’s powerful murals on Instagram!) By designing public spaces to enrich positive energy and celebrate the people, histories, challenges and richness that exist in surrounding communities, McLain’s murals strive to express the narrative of the neighborhood from the point of view of the people who live there.
McLain Bennett, Cultural Arts Event Chair
DROUGHT/FIRE: PARCHED BUT PREPARED
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH – 1 PM
Fred Hilliard is the first Division Chief/Fire Marshal in the District to oversee all areas related to fire prevention and community risk reduction. He will speak about critical alerts and warnings, what we can do at home and in our neighborhoods, communication and refuge areas. Carrie Pollard, Water Efficiency Manager at Marin Water, will then provide an update on the drought situation. 2020 was the second-driest year in 90 years. In response to our low water supply, Marin Water District’s Board of Directors adopted a resolution declaring initial water conservation actions. Hear about what happens going forward and what you can do to help.
Program Chair: Jill Sampson
STATE OF THE CITY
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7TH – 1 PM
We hope to see you next Thursday, October 7, at 1 PM for the Club’s annual “State of the City” presentation with Mayor John McCauley and City Manager Alan Piombo. As we work to put the COViD-19 pandemic in our rear view mirror, how is the City getting back to “normal” and making progress on other critically important issues? Mayor McCauley and Mr. Piombo will discuss affordable housing, traffic congestion, wildfire preparedness and emergency evacuations, facility and roadway upgrades, and ongoing initiatives related to diversity, equity and inclusion in Mill Valley.
They will also discuss how the past year impacted the City’s financial health, the challenges on the horizon, and how the City plans to address them. A Q&A session will follow
Program Chair: Suzan Sweet
THE LATEST AND GREATEST NEWS FROM THE DISTANT UNIVERSE
MAY 13, 2021 @ 1PM
Dr. J. Xavier Prochaska, professor of Galactic and Stellar Studies at UC Santa Cruz, studies galaxies and fleeting phenomena known as transient sources using the light from stars and quasars to examine matter that reveals itself in silhouette. He will talk about this powerful approach to astronomical observation and the latest exciting discoveries in astrophysics. Be ready for some surprises.
THE STATE OF THE COUNTY
MAY 6, 2021 @ 1PM
Supervisor Stephanie Moulton-Peters will give an update on Marin County news and issues and talk about her agenda as a supervisor, which includes safety, evacuation planning, improving communications at the city, county, and state level, and addressing the recurrent flooding of surface streets in Southern Marin.
LOCAL BUSINESS HEROES
APRIL 22, 2021 @ 1PM
When the state ordered all businesses to close their doors in March, these pragmatic and visionary Mill Valley business owners pivoted quickly to serve their customers and support their neighbors in a time of crisis. Join Susan Griffin Black from EO Products, Ryan Canepa from Mill Valley Market, and Peter Schumacher of Bungalow 44, Buckeye Roadhouse, and Playa as they recall their innovative responses to this once-in-a-lifetime emergency.
FIGHTING FOR HOUSING IN AMERICA
APRIL 15, 2021 @ 1PM
Is it possible to balance availability, affordability, and return on real estate investment? Conor Dougherty, New York Times reporter and author of Golden Gates, will share real-life stories about people struggling to find affordable housing in San Francisco’s sky-high rental market and offer innovative solutions to the economic and political problems that have caused our housing crisis.
PRISON TO EMPLOYMENT CONNECTIONAPRIL 1, 2021 @ 1PM In 2014, Diana Williams founded Prison to Employment Connection, a non-profit that helps incarcerated men at San Quentin transition to employment upon release. The program boasts a recidivism rate of 1% compared to a disturbing rate of 60% in the state of California. Diana and three formerly incarcerated men who graduated from the program will discuss the the impact this groundbreaking program has made on the lives of men re-entering society.
CARING FOR OUR OCEANS
MARCH 25, 2021 @ 1PM
The Marine Mammal Center is a world leader in ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue, veterinary science, and education. Adam Ratner, Associate Director of Conservation Education at the Center, will describe how the Center rescues, treats, and rehabilitates sick and injured animals in its state-of-the-art veterinary facility, then returns them to their natural habitat.
THE LIVING WALLS
MARCH 18, 2021 @ 1PM
David Brenner of Habitat Horticulture has designed stunning living garden walls for MOMA, Salesforce, and other San Francisco businesses and organizations. Learn how you can make this unique, vertical planting option work in your own home or garden.
YOU CAN GARDEN FOR LIFE!MARCH 4, 2021 @ 1PM When a back injury prevented Toni Gattone from enjoying her favorite hobby, she taught herself to garden smarter, not harder. Now the author and motivational speaker teaches others a gardening practice that allows them to work in and enjoy their gardens well into their old age. Learn how to create your own gardening sustainability plan that will keep you in your garden for years to come.
WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA? A LOOK AT UNDERSTANDING AND APPRECIATING ART
FEBRUARY 25, 2021 @ 1PM
Julie Charles of SF MOMA will join us for a fun and interactive look at different ways of seeing the art of our time, and address the genesis of conceptual art in an easy-to-understand way.
CREATING THE RELATIONSHIPS YOU WANT WITH THE PEOPLE WHO MATTER
FEBRUARY 18, 2021 @ 1PM
Licensed marriage and family therapist Gail Weiner has helped individuals, couples, and families improve their relationship skills for over three decades, with particular expertise in guiding mid-life women to successful dating and helping couples connect more deeply. She will share clinical research, inspirational stories, and practical steps for living your most authentic, connected life with the people you care about most.
ONE OF THE “BIG GUNS” FIGHTING CORONAVIRUS
FEBRUARY 11, 2021 @ 1PM
Mill Valley resident Dr. Melanie Ott, M.D., Ph.D., is the Director of the Gladstone Institute of Virology and a professor of medicine at UC San Francisco. She was recently recognized by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of ten top Bay Area scientists collaborating in the race to stop the novel coronavirus. Dr. Ott will discuss the work she and her colleagues are doing to develop one drug to treat multiple viruses, including new and emerging viruses.
RITUAL AND RESILIENCE DURING COVID-19
JANUARY 28, 2021 @ 1PM
Death is closer than ever, while the pandemic limits traditional expressions of community and ceremony. Katy Butler will share how homegrown rituals, including virtual ones, can help us honor our losses and build resilience in this time of separation. Using examples from her book, The Art of Dying Well, and her recent essay in the Wall Street Journal, she will help us rediscover meaning and strengthen confidence. She will also facilitate a sample candle lighting ceremony to enhance our sense of community and sacred connection. Please bring a candle to light during the webinar.
GROW WHAT YOU LOVE
JANUARY 21, 2021 @ 1PM
Emily Murphy, an organic gardener, author, and blogger who has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, is an expert in garden-to-table gardening. Using her easy-to-follow tips, both novices and experienced gardeners can grow organic vegetables and herbs in a way that seamlessly integrates into modern lifestyles, and serve homegrown produce at their tables all year round.
THE MANY FACES OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN
JANUARY 14, 2021 @ 1PM
While most Americans consider Abraham Lincoln one of our nation’s greatest heroes, some ridicule him as a country bumpkin or decry him as a dictator. And while most historians see the “Great Emancipator” as a champion of freedom for African Americans, some view him as a racist and hypocrite. Mick Chantler (M.A. History), an instructor of early American studies for over forty years, will explain how these kaleidoscopic images of Lincoln evolved and discuss which are valid.
BOOK PASSAGE HOLIDAY BOOK FAIR
DECEMBER 3, 2020 @ 1PM
Elaine Petrocelli, co-founder of Book Passage, will highlight new literature and suggest books for holiday gift-giving at this popular annual event.
COVID-19 IN MARIN
NOVEMBER 19, 2020 @ 1PM
Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County’s Public Health Officer, has been on the front lines throughout the COVID-19 crisis. He will talk about what Marin is doing to mitigate the virus’s impact, the status of antibody testing, and progress in vaccine development. A victim of COVID himself, he will also focus on the lessons we can learn from the pandemic and how we can prepare for future outbreaks.
100 YEARS STRONG
NOVEMBER 12, 2020 @ 1PM
League of Women Voters Board member Nancy Bell will give a presentation on the women’s suffrage movement, focusing on the women who dedicated their lives to the long and often dangerous struggle that began in Seneca Falls in 1848 and culminated in the final vote in the Tennessee legislature that ratified the Nineteenth Amendment one hundred years ago this year.
MAKING MAGIC FROM BROADWAY TO BERKELEY
NOVEMBER 5, 2020 @ 1PM
Johanna Pfaelzer, former Artistic Director of New York Stage and Film and current Artistic Director of Berkeley Repertory Theater, will talk about her life and work in American musical theater, and how one woman’s creative vision helped shape some of America’s best loved shows, including Hadestown, Hamilton, The Humans, and Green Day’s American Idiot.
NICOTEEN: CURBING THE YOUTH NICOTINE VAPING EPIDEMIC
OCTOBER 1, 2020 @ 1PM
The use of e-cigarettes has increased a staggering 900% in recent years, and many of these new users are teens. Dr. Jodi Prochaska, a Stanford University professor of medicine who directs Stanford’s masters’ program in Community Health and Prevention Research and is an expert on nicotine addiction, will talk about the harms of nicotine vaping to young people, local measures being taken to address the teen vaping epidemic, and treatment options.
A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN UNPREDICTABLE TIMES
SEPTEMBER 24, 2020 @ 1PM
John Rothmann, host of the nightly John Rothmann Show on KGO 810AM and a frequent lecturer on U.S. politics and the presidency, will speak about the upcoming presidential election. Mr. Rothmann is a veteran of numerous political campaigns on the national, state, and local level, including Richard Nixon’s in 1968, and owns one of the finest private collections of American political history texts and biographies in the world.
EVOLUTION OF A ZEN MASTER
SEPTEMBER 17, 2020 @ 1PM
Sensei/Buddhist priest Kathie Fischer will speak about what her decades in residency at Green Gulch and Tassajara taught her about leadership, group dynamics, self-awareness, and the power of meditation, lessons that give her a unique perspective on our challenging times.
ELECTRIC BIKES ON TRAILS?
MARCH 5, 2020 @ 1:00 PM
The Mount Tam watershed is one of Marin’s most valuable resources, and our uses of it are limited in order to protect it. Hiking, biking, and horseback riding are permitted with some constraints, but what about electric bikes? Crystal Yezman, Facilities and Watershed Manager for the Marin Municipal Water District, will discuss the district’s evaluation process regarding this additional recreational activity on the mountain.
THE HONEY BUS: A MEMOIR OF LIFE LESSONS LEARNED
FEBRUARY 20, 2020 @ 1:00 PM
Fifth generation beekeeper, Meredith May, will speak about her new book. Growing up in a turbulent household, when she was five years old, she was taken in by her grandfather, an eccentric beekeeper who made honey in an old military bus in Carmel Valley. She “found refuge in the magical world of these industriouspollinators” she calls “a benevolent society and a good role model for humans.” Honey tasting will be included.
MARIN AFFORDABLE HOUSING – THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM?
FEBRUARY 6, 2020 @ 1:00 PM
Panelists from the Marin Environmental Housing Collaborative, the Mill Valley Planning Department, and the Marin County Community Development Agency will discuss priorities and opportunities for affordable housing in Marin, and identify common values on this important subject.
TALKING ABOUT TRASH
JANUARY 30, 2020 @ 1:00 PM
Confused about what goes where in your four curbside trash cans? Jennifer Selvig of Marin Sanitary Service and Jim Iavarone of Mill Valley Refuse will present a program on the current state of trash in Marin County. Learn about dual recycling, what can and can no longer be recycled, the growing focus on composting, evolving state laws and regulations, and how you can adapt your product usage and recycling for maximum environmental impact. Small kitchen composting buckets will be available at the event.
THE BOLD DRY GARDEN: LESSONS FROM THE RUTH BANCROFT GARDEN
JANUARY 16, 2020 @ 1:00 PM
Award-winning writer Johanna Silver will talk about her book, The Bold Dry Garden: Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden. Ms. Silver had unparalleled access to the life and garden of Ruth Bancroft, the West’s dry gardening pioneer, who died in 2017 at the age of 109. Working with photographer Marion Brenner, Ruth’s horticulturalist, and Ruth’s family and friends, she weaves an intimate, compelling story of the life and work of this fearless plant collector.
BOOK PASSAGE HOLIDAY BOOK FAIR
DECEMBER 5, 2019 @ 1:00 PM
Elaine Petrocelli, co-founder of Book Passage, will highlight new literature and suggest books for holiday gift-giving. Books will be on sale at the event.
IRISES IN A NEW LIGHT
NOVEMBER 21, 2019 @ 1:00PM
British landscape architect Heidi Howcroft will give an illustrated talk about a flower she used to think of as an old fashioned diva, until she visited gardens in Switzerland and southern Germany. Working with photographer Christa Brand, she captured images of this delicate bloom in exquisite plant combinations that open up exciting new ways to use irises in the garden.
GET FIRED UP ABOUT FIRE PREVENTION IN MILL VALLEY!NOVEMBER 7, 2019 @ 1:00 PM
Fire is a four-letter word that strikes fear in our hearts, especially in these volatile times of climate change. Mill Valley Fire Chief Tom Welch, who lost his own home in the 2017 Santa Rosa fire, will talk about what Mill Valley is doing to prevent it from striking our town. Hear about access/evacuation routes, what property owners must do, how some residents are banding together to protect their neighborhoods, and more.
THE BIRTH OF MODERN MIDWIFERY AND OBSTETRICS
SEPTEMBER 19, 2019 @ 1:00 PM
Alison Klairmont Lingo, who recently edited and annotated the 1626 edition of Louise Bourgeois, Midwife to the Queen of France: Diverse Observations, will speak knowledgeably on this colorful subject. Alison is a research associate in the History Department at UC Berkeley.