Archive for the ‘Marin’ Category

Marin could really use some more good listings

July 12th, 2011 By George Crowe

An interesting year continues, with things still a little wacky in the Marin housing market. We’re still seeing multiple offers on some homes, and then there are some listings that are sitting for months. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, one thing that’s pretty glaring is the continued lack of inventory, especially really desirable houses. Looking at the stats for June, the number of residential properties in Marin is the lowest it’s been in any June in at least the last five years. And the months supply of homes based on pending sales is the lowest it’s been in any month since 2007. It’s 45% lower than this time last year, and 17% lower than June 06!

The conventional wisdom says that July and August aren’t the best time to list a home since people are on vacation, but this could be a good time for sellers to throw that thinking out the window and take advantage of the lack of competition.

Marin Views: Crown Road & Mt. Tam

January 12th, 2011 By Ginger Wilcox


I snapped this photo on a hike this morning of Mt. Tam from Crown Road in Baltimore Canyon. The colors were amazing after the evening rains. This hike is one of my favorites. You can take Crown Road to the left and down to Dawn Falls. We choose the trail head to the right, which leads you up on the ridge to view all of Marin’s gorgeous hills.

The Crown Road trail is accessible via Kentfield.

Driving directions:
From Sir Francis Drake, take College Avenue into Kentfield. Turn right on Woodland, left on Evergreen. Follow Evergreen up the mountain. Turn left Crown Road and continue to the end of the road. Parking can be difficult on weekends.

Holiday Weekend in Marin- from Tiburon to Novato

December 3rd, 2010 By Ginger Wilcox

I am a sucker for the holiday season.  I really get into the spirit of it and there are no shortage of holiday events in Marin.

TIBURON: The Tiburon Holiday Festival takes place tonight and will feature an ice rink.  Ice skate by the Bay?  How cool is that?! There will also be a tree lighting ceremony, Christmas carolers, and lots of activities for kids including the holiday standard- gingerbread decorating.  The Tiburon festival takes place on Main Street in downtown Tiburon starting at 5:30 pm. More information at  shoptiburon.info.

SAN ANSELMO: The Town of San Anselmo will light up on Saturday night, December 4th with the annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony.  The event takes place on San Anselmo Avenue at 525 San Anselmo.  Santa will arrive in a firetruck! There will be free photos with Santa, music and more.

The event sponsored by the San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce takes place from 5:00-6:30 pm on Saturday.  Parking is available in the Creek, Magnolia Street, and Pine Street parking lots. More information:  415-454-2510

SAN RAFAEL: The Marin Symphony will be hosting Holiday Concert by Candlelight with the chamber choir, soloists and instruments (including my favorite- handbells!) on Saturday Sunday.  Tickets range from $25-30.  More information at www.marinsymphony.org

The seasons classic- The Nutcracker will be performed this weekend by the Stapleton Ballet for the 22nrd year.  The performances take place on Saturday and Sunday at 1pm and 5pm at the Marin Veteran’s Auditorium in San Rafael.  Tickets are $18-30.  More information:   www.stapletonschool.org.

NOVATO: Novato will also be lit up like a Christmas tree (so to speak!) on Saturday with the tree lighting ceremony in downtown Novato on Sherman Avenue.  The event starts at 4:30 and features special guests of honor- Santa and Mrs. Claus along with a variety of other activities.  More information:   www.downtownnovato.com.

Hope to see you out and about this holiday weekend.

Mill Valley Film Festival Opens Tonight

October 7th, 2010 By Ginger Wilcox

The Mill Valley Film Festival returns for it’s 33 year tonight. The highly acclaimed film festival is recognized as one of the top ten film festivals in the country and is considered to be a launching pad for upcoming Academy Awards campaigns.

The festival features 143 fiction and non-fiction films — 82 features and 61 shorts representing 46 countries.  32 of the films are premieres.  21 Bay Area artists are featured.  Mill Valley is always bustling for this great event.  It’s a great way to capture the best of film and support our local community.

Films opening tonight include Conviction starring Sam Rockwell (expected to be in attendance), Hilary Swank, Minner Driver, and Juliette Lewis among others and The King’s Speech with Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush.

The Opening Night Gala takes place tonight after the screenings at the Mill Valley Community Center.

See you at the movies!

Recycling your Christmas Tree in Marin

December 26th, 2009 By Ginger Wilcox

The stockings are no longer hung by the chimney with care and you may be thinking of disposing that Christmas Tree.  There are lots of options to recycle your tree in Marin, from curbside pickup to drop-off locations. The Marin Hazardous and Solid Waste JPA provides this information about Marin Christmas Tree recycling.

Marin County Curbside Christmas Tree Collection

Marin Sanitary Service

For Larkspur, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Las Gallinas Valley,  Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Fairfax and Ross Valley (Sleepy Hollow and Oak Manor) trees will be collected at the curb on your regular yard waste pickup day during the month of January.  If trees are greater than 6 feet in length, please cut them in half.  Remove all metal stands, plastic tree bags,and ornaments.  Flocked trees will not be accepted.

Mill Valley Refuse

For Almonte, Alto, Belvedere, Corte Madera, Mill Valley, Homestead, Strawberry, & Tiburon put trees out on the curb
on any regular greenwaste collection day, starting the week after New Year’s.  Trees taller than 5 feet in length must be cut in half.  Flocked trees are OK.  All apartment building tenants should contact their manager. They will set up one day for all Christmas tree collection.

Novato Disposal

During the week of January 11th customers may place whole trees at the curb the night before their regular collection day. Additionally, trees may be cut to fit inside your yard waste container for collection on your regular service day.  Remove all lights, tinsel ornaments and stands. Flocked trees will not be collected.

Sausalito/Marin City

Bay Cities Refuse customers in Sausalito can put trees at the curb on your regular greenwaste pickup day January 4th through 8th or January 18th through 22rd.  Customers in Marin City can put trees at the curb on your regular green waste pickup day January 8th and January 22nd. No metal stands or flocked trees and remove all ornaments.

Redwood Empire Disposal

For Bolinas, Forrest Knolls, Inverness, Marshall, Muir Beach, Nicasio, Olema, Point Reyes Station, San Geronimo, Stinson Beach, West Marin and Woodacre cut trees to fit inside your yard waste container. Remove all lights, tinsel ornaments and stands. Flocked trees will not be collected.

Tamalpais CSD

Cut trees into pieces no longer than 2 feet in length and 2 feet wide and place trees in your green waste cart on regular green waste collection day for free pick up.  You may also place your tree curbside the week of January 4th – 8th.  After January 8th, there will be a $15.00 fee for tree pickup.

Marin County Christmas Tree Drop-Off Locations

Kentfield: January 2nd through 14th, Parking Lot #12 (south of gym), College of Marin

Larkspur: January 2nd through 14th, Piper Park, 250 Doherty Drive
January 2nd through 14th, Fire Station, 15 Barry Rd. Niven Park, Drakes Landing Road

Marinwood: January 2nd through 14th, Marinwood Fire Station, 777 Miller Creek Road.-Fire House. Flocked Trees and trees with wooden stands in place will not be accepted.

Novato: Take your whole tree to the San Marin High School parking lot December 26-27, January 2-3 and 9-10 from 9 am – 5 pm only. The High School asks for a $5 donation ($10 for flocked trees) which helps fund Safe Grad Night, San Marin’s Safe & Sober Party for graduating seniors. You may schedule a pick-up at your door for a $10 fee ($20 for flocked). Call 899-9223 to schedule an appointment.

Point Reyes: December 26th-January 12th, 8:00 am-5:00 pm.  4th & B Streets.-Fire House. Flocked Trees and trees with wooden stands in place will not be accepted.

Ross: January 2nd through 14th, Marin Art & Garden Center (across from fire station).

San Rafael: Fire Stations January 2nd through 14th:

• 210 3rd St. (3rd & Union)
•  Pickleweed Community Center (Canal Area)
• 3530 Civic Center Dr. (Civic Center)
• 955 Point San Pedro Road (Glenwood Area)
• Manuel T. Freitas Parkway & Del Ganado (Scotty’s Market Parking Lot)
•  Marin Resource Recovery Center During the month of January, 2 trees per customer accepted free of charge.
(There will be a charge for flocked trees.)

Sausalito: Trees can be dropped off at the recycling area behind the old
bus barn on Coloma Street (Old Martin Luther King School
property) until January 15th.

Stinson/Bolinas: Trees can be dropped off at Bolinas-Stinson Recovery Park, 25 Olema Bolinas Rd. Monday-Saturday 11am-5pm. No flocked trees, tinsel, ornaments or stands will be accepted.

Tam CSD: Bring your tree to the Tamalpais Valley Community Center parking lot and leave it next to the mulch piles no later than January 30th.

Tomales: December 26h-January 12th, 8:00am-5:00pm. 599 Dillon Beach Rd.-Fire House.  Flocked Trees and trees with wooden stands in place will not be accepted.

Woodacre: December 26th-January 12th, 8:00 am-5:00 pm. 33 Castle Rock Road.-Fire House.  Flocked Trees and trees with wooden stands in place will not be accepted.

Spare the Air- Don’t light those fireplaces in Marin!

December 9th, 2009 By Ginger Wilcox

spare-the-airIt is unusually cold in the San Francisco.  I was excited about cuddling up next to the fire with a blanket but poor air quality has triggered an alert to Spare the Air in Marin.   News reports indicate the alert is on until noon Thursday.  What this means?  No fires (not even a Duraflame) in those bay area fireplaces.  The daily burn status can be found at www.sparetheair.org or by signing up for phone alerts at 1-800-430-1515.  Penalties for spare the air violations can be stiff – heed the alert.


Spare the Air in Marin

November 20th, 2009 By Ginger Wilcox

Leaves falling and the crisp evening air makes me want to light a fire in my fireplace.  There is nothing better than cuddling up next to a crackling fire, but unfortunately,  it is not always great for our air quality.

Courtesy of Steve Paluch

Courtesy of Steve Paluch

The Winter Spare the Air season runs through February 28, 2010. During this period, it is illegal to burn wood, pellets, or manufactured fire logs when a Winter Spare the Air Alert is issued.

How do you know?   You can get Winter Spare the Air Alerts at 1-877-4NO-BURN (1-877-466-2876).  Residents and businesses can also call this phone number to report wood smoke concerns in their area.

Sign up for automatic alerts via e-mail AirAlerts and automatic Phone Alerts.

Check before you burn.  The first violation you will receive a warning letter.  The second time around you could get fined $400.   Marin County tied Contra Costa County with the highest number of warning letters last year, don’t be one of them!

Marin Eichler Home Tour -Open Hearts, Open Homes 2009

September 5th, 2009 By Ginger Wilcox

The 2009 Eichler Home Tour, Open Hearts, Open Homes is almost here!  Take a self-guided tour of approximately 10 Eichler homes in the Lucas Valley area of San Rafael in Marin County, California on Saturday, September 19th.  The Home Tour benefits Hospice by the Bay.  Reservation deadline for tickets is September 10.  Remaining tickets will be available at the door.

Eichler homes were designed in California Modern style by Joseph Eichler, famous for his modern architecture and open floorplans.

According to Wikipedia,

One of Eichler’s signature concepts was to “Bring the Outside In,” achieved via skylights and floor-to-ceiling glass windows looking out on protected gardens, patios, and pools. The homes had numerous unorthodox features, including post-and-beam construction, concrete slab floors with integral radiant heating, sliding doors and cabinets, and a standard second bathroom. Later models introduced the famous Eichler atriums, an entrance foyer designed to further advance the Eichler concept of integrating outdoor and indoor spaces.

Open Hearts, Open Home Marin Eicheler Home Tour Details:

  • When: Saturday, September 19th, 11-4pm
  • Where: Lucas Valley, San Rafael, CA.  Registration at 1201 Idylberry Road, San Rafael
  • Tickets: $50 each, includes tour, book signing and entertainment.  Luncheon Buffet $25
  • Benefits: Hospice by the Bay.  Hospice By The Bay provides hospice and palliative care services for patients and their caregivers needing care and support during the final stages of life. Our team of compassionate and expertly trained professionals is dedicated to promoting wellness at the end of life, as well as preventing and treating distressing symptoms or conditions that might otherwise threaten the quality of life for patients and families
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Warm Wishes Bocce Ball Invitational

September 4th, 2009 By Ginger Wilcox

Image courtesy of TracyShaun on Flickr

Image courtesy of TracyShaun on Flickr

The Warm Wishes Bocce Ball Invitational is coming up on September 19th in Marin County.  The event benefits Warm Wishes, a San Rafael non-profit organization which creates street packs to keep bay area homeless keep warm during winter.  Warm Wishes volunteers distribute 5,000 “StreetPacks” or backpacks stuffed with new, warm gloves, scarves, hats, wool socks and rain ponchos to homeless men and women and children, living on the streets of the Bay Area.

Never played Bocce Ball? That is ok!  It is fun and it is easy.  Wikipedia has a definition that makes it all sound very complicated, it is not!  You pick your team of four, and you throw these fun round little balls down a lane.   There is even a practice session for those who want to get their game on!  Every time I play, I think I should play more.  Teams for the event must be picked by September 11th, so go ahead and register!

Warm Wishes Bocce Ball Invitational Details

Warm Wishes Bocce Ball Practice Date is Sunday, September 13, 12:00-2:00, refreshments will be served, Albert park, 5 – “B” Street, San Rafael.

Sausalito Art Festival Labor Day Weekend

September 3rd, 2009 By Ginger Wilcox

Sausalito's harbor sidewalk
Image via Wikipedia

Did you know over a million visitors have experienced the Sausalito Art Festival, which has been taking place in gorgeous Sausalito since 1952.

The contemporary art festival features more than 20,000 works of art including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, fine glass, woodwork, mixed media, and photography.

Sausalito Art Festival Schedule- Labor Day Weekend 2009

  • Friday September 4th · 6:00pm · Preview Party
  • Saturday September 5th · 9:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sunday September 6th · 9:00am – 6:00pm
  • Monday September 7th · 9:00am – 5:00pm

More Information:

  • Website
  • Preview Party Tickets: 415.331.1142
  • Information: 415.331.3757

P.S. Take the ferry if you are coming from San Francisco- Marin traffic is expected to be a mess with the Bay Bridge closure

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