Past Events

Speaker Series: Mandated Housing in Mill Valley

Speaker Series: Mandated Housing in Mill Valley

THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2024

1:00 PM

CIVICS & CONSERVATION PUBLIC PROGRAM

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Urban Carmel, a City Council member for Mill Valley, and Bruce Dorfman, a long-time resident and developer, will engage in a discussion on how to successfully address the knowns and unknowns of mandated housing in Mill Valley. Danielle Staude will add her expertise as Senior Manager for the City of Mill Valley as the 3 speakers explore crucial topics such as the State housing mandates for the city, the required percentage of low-income housing units, potential requirements for mid-range housing, existing projects, and strategies for the City of Mill Valley to collaborate with developers in creating win-win projects. Please join us to learn more about the issues and details of how we as a community can work together to reach these goals.

Program Chair…..Suzan Sweet

Speaker Series: Flood Control: An Ongoing Concern for Southern Marin

Speaker Series: Flood Control: An Ongoing Concern for Southern Marin

THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2024

1:00 PM

CIVICS & CONSERVATION PUBLIC PROGRAM

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Hear from Marin County Supervisor Stephanie Moulton-Peters and staff
members from the Department of Public Works and the Flood Control
District as they discuss the flood control concerns for Marin County,
specifically Mill Valley and Southern Marin. The effects of climate change,
including more frequent and intense storms, sea-level rise, and changing
precipitation patterns, pose additional challenges for managing flood risks.
The county continues to adapt its strategies, working towards sustainable
solutions and collaborating with regional and state agencies to mitigate
the impact of flooding on the community. Flooding at Manzanita, the
Highway 1 exit and Marin City as well as other relevant issues will be
discussed.

Program Chair…..Karen Jernstedt

Speaker Series: The Wolfpack

Speaker Series: The Wolfpack

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2024

CULTURAL ARTS PUBLIC PROGRAM

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Crystal Moselle is an internationally acclaimed, female Director who considers herself as a hybrid filmmaker. Her work, The Wolfpack film, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where it won the Documentary Grand Jury Prize. Moselle served as writer, director, and executive producer of Betty, an HBO series based upon the film Skate Kitchen. She will share her experiences and her unique process of directing, writing and finding her inspiration, as well as her current projects.

Program Chair …..McLain Bennett

Speaker Series: American Masterpieces: Artistic Legacy of California Indian Basketry

Speaker Series: American Masterpieces: Artistic Legacy of California Indian Basketry

THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 2024

1:00 PM

CULTURAL ARTS PUBLIC PROGRAM

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Sherrie Smith-Ferri will survey the textile treasures woven by Pomo Indian basketmakers from the early 1800s until today. Her presentation will examine the extensive botanical knowledge and the sophisticated environmental skills that underlie the creation of these beautiful artworks.

Sherrie was Executive Director of the Grace Hudson Museum and Sun House in Ukiah, CA and has been the consultant for California Indian-related exhibitions at the National Museum of the American Indian and the de Young Museum, among others. Growing up, she was inspired by her grandmother, weaver Lucy Lozinto Smith, who told her, “The basket is in the roots – that is where it all begins.”

Program Chairs…..Dinna Eisenhart & Peller Marion

 

Speaker Series: The Biology of Belonging

Speaker Series: The Biology of Belonging

THURSDAY, JANUARY 18, 2024

1:00 PM

CIVICS & CONSERVATION PUBLIC PROGRAM

 At the OAC Clubhouse

Free of Charge – no registration necessary

Join Janet Crawford, CEO of Cascadance, Inc., as she explores the social design of the human brain. The universal human yearning to belong is deeper than mere psychology. Organizations and individuals unintentionally signal who belongs and who is on the periphery in a variety of ways. Processed by the brain at an unconscious level, signals of outsider status negatively influence focus, productivity, creativity and ambition. The impact on women and members of other underrepresented groups can be profound. By making these invisible forces visible, we are able to design conscious strategies to transcend and leverage them.

Program Chair…..Lori Howard

Speaker Series: Green Change: Our Community’s Transition to Sustainable Living

Speaker Series: Green Change: Our Community’s Transition to Sustainable Living

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2023

1:00 PM

CIVICS & CONSERVATION PUBLIC PROGRAM
At the OAC Clubhouse

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Fabrice Florin is director and founder of Green Change (https://greenchange.net/), a nonprofit climate action network that helps people go green. They develop events and content to support a growing community of engaged citizens. As a multimedia innovator, Fabrice has pioneered a wide range of art, education, news and entertainment projects at Apple, Wikipedia and other digital media ventures. Fabrice now lends his creative expertise to raise awareness about the climate crisis and to inspire people to live sustainably. He will share his own family’s journey to a carbon neutral lifestyle, and offer practical tips for taking action in our daily lives to help create a more just and sustainable world.

Program Chair…..Bridget Mazzini

Speaker Series: Book Passage’s Annual Holiday Book Fair

Speaker Series: Book Passage’s Annual Holiday Book Fair

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2023 1:00 PM CULTURAL ARTS PUBLIC PROGRAM At the OAC Clubhouse Book Passage’s Annual Holiday Book Fair Back in our Clubhouse again this year, Elaine Petrocelli, founder and President of Book Passage (www.bookpassage.com), will reveal her list of recommended books in 2023/2024. Join this beloved annual event and leave with the perfect gift order for everyone on your holiday list. A percentage of the book sales will be donated to The Outdoor Art Club.
Program Chair….Cultural Arts Committee
 

Art, Architecture and Community

Art, Architecture and Community

Thursday, November 9, 2023

1:00 PM

Daniel Castor is both a skilled architect and talented artist. He recently embarked on a series of constructions that are artistic and also educational. These include a large camera obscura on wheels, anamorphic projections, complex polyhedra, solar mapping studies plus the grandmother of all disco balls. Last summer he installed a 30 ft. “Sunflower for Ukraine” at the Marin County Fair. In his talk, Daniel will explain how his complex visual work explores the relationships between art, architecture and community.

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Program Chair…..Lynda Chittenden

Speaker Series: 26.2 to Life

Speaker Series: 26.2 to Life

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2023

1:00 PM

CULTURAL ARTS PUBLIC PROGRAM

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Christine Yoo is a filmmaker who has produced and directed a new award-winning, independent documentary, 26.2 TO LIFE, that explores
the transformative power of San Quentin’s 1000 Mile Club in which incarcerated runners are coached by volunteer elite marathon runners for
an annual marathon that takes place entirely within the prison. With the 0% recidivism rate among the released members of the club, the story of the 1000 Mile Club shows how powerful community engagement can be, not just for the incarcerated runners, but also for the volunteers who gain a complex understanding of who ends up in prison and why and what true rehabilitation looks like. We encourage members to see the film prior to the webinar. The film will open on Sept 22 in theaters in Marin County and will have a nationwide virtual premiere the week of Sept 25 (exact date is TBD). In 2024 the film will be broadcast on PBS. For more information about the film, visit: www.sanquentinmarathon.com.

Program Chair…..Dinna Eisenhart

 

Speaker Series: Conscious Inclusion

Speaker Series: Conscious Inclusion

Thursday, September 21st

1:00 pm

CIVICS & CONSERVATION PUBLIC PROGRAM

Join Lisa Lord, a nationally known speaker and executive coach, as she explores the reasons behind our unconscious bias and how it can get in the way of building genuine human connections. Unconscious bias is not always apparent and addressing it has more to do with self-discovery

and personal growth than with political correctness or polite behavior. By joining this webinar, you will discover strategies to increase your awareness and recognize how unconscious bias can hinder the formation of meaningful and long-lasting connections. With a little bit of knowledge and a genuine desire to foster human connection, we can all improve our ability to consciously include others.

Program Chair: Lori Howard

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California Wildflowers and Climate Change

California Wildflowers and Climate Change

THURSDAY, April 20, 2023  1:00 pm  Webinar
Cultural Arts Literary & Garden Public Program

Nita Winter and Rob Badger, internationally acclaimed conservation photographers, take you behind the scenes of their 27-year journey photographing wildflowers and superblooms throughout California and the West. In their new 12-time award winning coffee table book, Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change, art and science are seamlessly woven into a beautiful work that celebrates California’s amazing plant diversity and inspires hope and action. Wildflowers are especially vulnerable to climate change and habitat loss, and the photographers and the book’s 16 diverse authors have dedicated their life’s work to protecting these flowers and addressing climate change. With this project they hope to inspire others to do the same.  The book is available at local bookstores and through www.wildflowerbooks.com.

Program Chair…..Barbara Robertson

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CPR Instruction: Fire Safety Reminder

Thursday, April 6th

1:00 PM – Open to the Public

Do you know how to do the new CPR? Updated life-saving techniques have made saving a life more manageable. The process uses compressions only. The Southern Marin Fire Department will teach how to call 911, how to use the AED (Automatic External Defibrillator), and how to do CPR compressions. CPR practice mannequins will be available.

Additionally, the SMFD will define what makes a Defensible Space.

The Insect Crisis: Why It Matters and What You Can Do About It

The Insect Crisis:

Why It Matters and What You Can Do About It

THURSDAY, March 23, 2023  1:00 pm
Civics & Conservation Public Program

Dr. Paul da Silva, entomologist, education advocate, and Marin environmental education leader, explains the global insect crisis. A rapid decline in insect numbers and diversity over the last 30 years presents a serious ecological crisis worldwide. Scientists estimate that 40% of insect species are at risk for extinction over the next few decades threatening a crucial foundation of our global food web.  Learn to make friends with insects and take simple but meaningful actions to support biodiversity and protect these crucial critters.

“If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed 10,000 years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.” E.O Wilson

Program Chair – Bridget Mazzini

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The Commonweal Garden – Nature & Healing

The Commonweal Garden – Nature & Healing

THURSDAY, January 26, 2023  1:00 pm  Webinar
Cultural Arts Garden Public Program

Program Chair…..Carol Banquer

Anna O’Malley, an Integrative Family and Community Medicine physician, is the founder and director of Natura Institute. She stewards Commonweal Garden, a magical valley on the mesa in Bolinas, where she has developed a healing center. There, individuals come together in community to focus on nourishing body, mind and spirit. She teaches us that ecological awareness, profound respect for life, and connection to the source of well-being guide us toward healing and wholeness. She will speak about how deep appreciation of the wisdom of Nature underlies optimal nutrition, health, and well-being.

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Book Passage’s Annual Holiday Book Fair

Book Passage’s Annual Holiday Book Fair

Cultural Arts Literary Public Program

Program Chair…..Dinna Eisenhart

Book Passage will offer a donation to the Outdoor Art Club for purchases made on December 1st or 2nd in the San Francisco or Corte Madera stores and online. Purchasers should say they are from the Outdoor Art Club (OAC) and should write OAC in the comments field for online purchases.

When Elaine Petrocelli opened a tiny bookstore 40 years ago, she envisioned a place that would bring the world of books to customers of all ages. Today there are Book Passage stores in Corte Madera and the San Francisco Ferry Building.  Elaine will highlight new literature and suggest books for holiday gift-giving at this popular annual event.

Click here for a list of the books Elaine will be discussing.

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The November 8th Ballot Propositions

The November 8th Ballot Propositions

THURSDAY, October 6, 2022  1:00 PM  Webinar
Civics & Conservation Public Program

Program Chair…..Suzan Sweet

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As a non-partisan organization, The League of Women Voters, will be presenting with Lynn Dooley moderating, an unbiased look at the propositions on the November ballot.  You will hear each Proposition’s Title, Question, Current Situation, Proposal, Fiscal Effect, What Supporters Say/List of Supporters, What Opponents Say/List of Opponents, and what a “Yes” vote means and what a “No” vote means.

Link to a list of the propositions covered

Click here for a listing of Non-partisan Websites

Hidden Consequences: The Broader Impacts of Incarceration for Families

Hidden Consequences:

The Broader Impacts of Incarceration for Families

THURSDAY, September 15, 2022  1:00 PM  Webinar
Civics & Conservation Public Program

Erin McCauley, Ph.D. M. Ed., Assistant Professor of Sociology, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of California, San Francisco, will share her work on the consequences of incarceration on families. She focuses on the intergenerational implications of having an incarcerated parent for children and young adults. A Q&A session will follow.

Program Chair…..Karen Jernstedt

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SEMI-ANNUAL BLOOD DRIVE

SEMI-ANNUAL BLOOD DRIVE

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19th

10:00am – 2:45pm

The Outdoor Art Club, in conjunction with Vitalant, will host a blood drive on Wednesday, April 19, 2022, 10:00am – 2:45pm at the OAC Clubhouse (One West Blithedale Avenue, Mill Valley). If you are in good health, over 17 and weigh over 110 pounds please consider donating blood to help members of our community in crisis.

Blood Drive Co-Chairs, Debbie Carmichael, Kathy Crosby Striker, and Cathy Blumber

PEACEBUILDING ON THE FRONTLINES – SEARCH FOR COMMON GROUND

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.

To view a YouTube video to understand the mission of SFCG: Click 

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Carol Banquer, Cultural Arts Event Chair

 

DEMENTIA OR ALZHEIMERS? ADVICE/SUPPORT FOR CAREGIVERS

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

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108 BELOVED OBJECTS: A SPECIAL SOLO PERFORMANCE BY JEFF GREENWALD

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

“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

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DANCE AND MENTAL WELL-BEING

THURSDAY, March 3rd, 2022 – 1 PM

Speaker: Ben Needham-Wood, former Smuin Ballet Dancer, educator, choreographer

Award-winning dancer Ben Needham-Wood studied ballet from an early age. After beginning his career as a Company Artist with the Louisville Ballet he found his true passion in contemporary ballet, and in 2013 he joined the Smuin Contemporary Ballet where he danced for 7 seasons. Ben continues to be very active in choreography, dance education, and arts leadership and administration.  Ben Needham-Wood will discuss his residency studying dance and mental health.

Ben Needham-Wood’s website: http://www.bneedhamwood.com

Sherri Yoshizu and Pamela Cooper, Cultural Arts Event Chairs

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THE WORK OF THE CANAL ALLIANCE

THE WORK OF THE CANAL ALLIANCE

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2022 – 1 PM

Speaker: Sara Matson, Development Director, San Rafael’s Canal Alliance

Development Director at San Rafael’s Canal Alliance, Sara Matson, oversees fundraising, grants management, marketing, communications and volunteer engagement. A recipient of an OAC Community Services grant, the Canal Alliance is the only provider of affordable and comprehensive immigration legal services in Marin County, and helps Latino immigrants overcome the generational cycle of poverty. Ms. Matson will share how the Alliance continues to address the most urgent financial and health needs that arose during the pandemic.

Canal Alliance website: https://canalalliance.org/

Program Chair: Dinna Eisenhart

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WILDLIFE IN MARIN: FRIEND AND FOE

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

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

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BRIDGING COMMUNITIES TOGETHER THROUGH ART

The Power of Murals and Mosaics in Public Places

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

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STATE OF THE CITY

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

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DROUGHT/FIRE: PARCHED BUT PREPARED

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

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THE LATEST AND GREATEST NEWS FROM THE DISTANT UNIVERSE

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.

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THE STATE OF THE COUNTY

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.

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LOCAL BUSINESS HEROES

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.

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FIGHTING FOR HOUSING IN AMERICA

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.

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PRISON TO EMPLOYMENT CONNECTION

PRISON TO EMPLOYMENT CONNECTION

APRIL 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.

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CARING FOR OUR OCEANS

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

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.

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YOU CAN GARDEN FOR LIFE!

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.

CREATING THE RELATIONSHIPS YOU WANT WITH THE PEOPLE WHO MATTER

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.

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ONE OF THE “BIG GUNS” FIGHTING CORONAVIRUS

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.

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RITUAL AND RESILIENCE DURING COVID-19

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.

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GROW WHAT YOU LOVE

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.

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THE MANY FACES OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN

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.

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BOOK PASSAGE HOLIDAY BOOK FAIR

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

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.

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100 YEARS STRONG

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.

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MAKING MAGIC FROM BROADWAY TO BERKELEY

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.

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NICOTEEN: CURBING THE YOUTH NICOTINE VAPING EPIDEMIC

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.

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A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN UNPREDICTABLE TIMES

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.

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EVOLUTION OF A ZEN MASTER

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.

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ELECTRIC BIKES ON TRAILS?

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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.