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With softball and baseball season right around the corner, it’s a good time to find places that can help your kids get in practice shape for their teams. I’ve been taking mine to Line Drive Baseball, which opened recently in a really convenient location in San Rafael, and it’s great!
Reasons I suggest going here:
- It’s an indoor facility. I know we’ve had beautiful weather but we might get some rain someday.
- Hours of operation are extensive.
- The softball pitching machines are not loopy like some other places, they are fast pitch.
- The management and staff are friendly and experienced.
- Group or private lessons are available.
They have an indoor field for rent, four batting cages, and eight hitting tunnel cages. They also have rooms for party rentals and have a variety of camps available. Check out their website for more information and prices.
3160 Kerner Blvd, San Rafael 415.233.8862
Okay, this is one of the coolest homes I’ve seen in a while, and I’ve been meaning to get a post up about it. Kim Morgan at Frank Howard Allen brought on this amazing one-level house in Loch Lomond last week, and it’s the sort of unique place we just don’t see come on the market very often. It’s huge at 3807 square feet (per the tax records), has 4 bedrooms, and 8 bathrooms, counting the two in the pool house. When a lot of people think ofÂ Mid-Century Modern in Marin they think of all the tracts of Eichlers in Terra Linda and Lucas Valley, but this is custom Mid-Century of another level, in a great neighborhood of upscale homes.
Much of it is original, but seems to be in very good shape, and it’s on a big, flat lot with a pool. With the proper updating touches this home will be a Modern showcase. Think martinis, Mad Men, and pool parties. I believe they said they’ll be looking at offers on Wednesday, so as of this posting there may still be time to check it out.
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I stopped by former Grateful Dead member Phil Lesh’s new Terrapin Crossroads restaurant and music venue with the family recently, and what a great place. We sat outside and had dinner on the water with the kids, sipping beer and margaritas while they played bocce. Locals pulled up in their boats while we ate, and after dinner we headed into the bar for some live music. Â The food was tasty, with a nice selection of small plates and entrees to choose from. Looks like they have private lounge rooms to rent as well. The ambiance is super cool and this is one of our new favorite spots! We’re looking forward to checking out a good bluegrass show coming up on August 3rd and 4th.
100 Yacht Club Dr.
San Rafael, CA 94901
Whether you’re an experienced performer, a household ham, or just want to break out of your routine and try something new for the new year, Bay Area Theatersports will be offering their foundation level improv class in Marin starting January 11th. Sounds like a fun thing to do and they say it can help build confidence that’ll apply in your everyday life, even for those with no experience or interest in performing on stage. It’s happening Wednesday evenings at the San Rafael Community Center. More class info and signup here.
A nonprofit based at Fort Mason in San Francisco, BATS is the largest and longest-running improv theatre and school in Northern California. The organization supports the community by giving free performances and workshops to Bay Area high school students and free workshops for people with life-threatening illnesses.
Yes! We just brought on a 2 bedroom house in Santa Venetia, with charm, a nice yard, and a 2-car garage, with an asking price of $279K.Â It’s a smaller house–950 square feet by the tax records–and it’s a short sale so the lender will have to approve any offer, but a nice opportunity for someone who wants to buy in Marin at a price point that’s rare for a nice house in the area. More info here.
It’s been a great year for neighborhood markets in Marin. We stopped in the new Marinwood Market this week and were impressed to find a stylish grocery store with a nice deli, produce section, and meat department in the old Bell Market space…a much needed service for the neighborhood. They’re having their grand opening this weekend, complete with a bounce house for the kids, so we were told. Stop by if you’re in the area!
Interesting item in SFGate. Sounds like a great way to control rat problems. Do they sell these boxes at Home Depot?
Stopped by Ponsford’s Place on Shaver Street in San Rafael for their Wednesday pizza night this week, where they had live music and super tasty and healthy pizza. They also make yummy breads and treats. The menu changes daily and they have cooking classes as well. More info at www.ponsfordsplace.com.
Trying to find the perfect place for a kid’s birthday party can be a challenge if you want to avoid the crowds or the cost of an indoor space. Our favorite outdoor spot is at Marinwood Park in San Rafael. It has a large open lawn area to throw a football or frisbee around and there’s a small grassy hill that the kids love to roll down. Talk about instant entertainment! The play structure area is nice and has a separate section for smaller kids, and there’s a concrete path that surrounds the park which makes a perfect loop for little ones to ride their bikes around.
You can reserve a spot near the play structure area for a private party, but we like to be out in the grassy area, which has picnic tables and BBQs. Bring your hot dogs and burgers (or tofu dogs), start up the grill and make it an adult party too. In the summer they have a great community pool which you can also make part of the party for a fee. The best part is the secret path along the side of the play structure area that leads to a year round creek. Kids love playing in it, especially when the weather’s hot. One important tip: get there around 9:00 am to claim your table with a cooler and table cloth so when the party starts later in the day you will have a primo spot.
It took a while but it was worth the wait. We stopped by the new Andy’s Sun Valley Market the other day to check it out and it’s a really nice addition to the neighborhood. It’s been given a complete makeover, with a great looking deli and a nice wine selection, and tables outside.Â They’re having a grand opening block party BBQ on Labor Day.Â It’s at 2202 5th Ave at California in San Rafael.