Posts Tagged ‘Living in Marin’
The wait is over and Fairfax has its fancy new natural foods store, with the Good Earth location at 720 Center Blvd. having its grand opening yesterday. We stopped by this afternoon to take a look and it’s impressive. They did a really nice job and the place is huge, especially compared to the old spot, and it was packed– both with shoppers and those just curious to check it all out.
While it’s a great addition to Fairfax and it’s very cool to have such a nice, big market in town, it’ll be interesting to see how it affects the vibe of the area. With all the traffic and cars in the parking lot it sure looks like it’s not going to be the same for the many cyclists who’ve been accustomed to having a mellow and convenient place to meet up, with easy parking. We’re wondering what happens when people want to keep parking there while they go on rides. Will the market have to end up monitoring the lot, and citing those who aren’t shopping?
From the Style Swap press release:
Marin County women will be swapping their jewelry and scarves to raise money to help less fortunate women re-enter the workplace at the first annual Style Swap this Saturday, September 17, in the parking lot next to the The Great Acorn Company located at 800 San Anselmo Avenue in downtown San Anselmo from 10 AM to 4 PM.
Sales and donations of jewelry and scarves will go to benefit Image for Success, a not-for-profit organization that provides two-week wardrobes to disenfranchised people in Marin County who are transitioning toward self-reliance. Image for Success not only provides the suit for the interview, but also clothes for everyday use â€“ a critical need when someone is making the effort to change their life by re-entering the workplace.
How To Participate
There are three ways people can participate in this weekendâ€™s Style Swap:
1. Bring jewelry and scarves that â€˜just arenâ€™t youâ€™ anymore to The Great Acorn this week, or the day of the event on September 17, to redeem tickets that can be used to shop for other items at the event;
2.Â Donate jewelry and scarves to receive a tax deduction;
3.Â Just stop by and shop.
Additionally, Image for Success will accept other clothing donations during the Style Swap event.
â€œOne womanâ€™s fashion past can be anotherâ€™s fabulous future,â€ said event co-organizer Laura Adler of Women of Inventions.Â â€œWe all have things in our wardrobes that we just donâ€™t wear anymore.Â We loved them at the time we got them.Â Now, instead of collecting dust, why not pass on the love to others.â€
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.
Yes, there I said it. I really love living in Marin County. Anytime I leave the area and return home, as I cross back over the Golden Gate Bridge into Marin County, I find a smile lights up on my face. I could have been vacationing on the Mexican Riviera, and I still smile when I come home. I think that says a lot.
I love the view coming through the Waldo Tunnel- the lights twinkling in the Sausalito harbor at night, crystal blue water during the day, Mt. Tam majestic in the distance. Oh, sometimes we are socked in fog, but often, I leave a foggy San Francisco and can see the skies open up in to glorious sunshine. Marin County truly has some of the best weather in the country- never too hot or too cold. Despite living in such an affluent community, I find most Marin residents are very friendly. I love all of the quaint downtown areas in places like Larkspur and Mill Valley. Sometimes I feel like I have stepped back in time- “quaint” downtown areas are non-existent in the suburbs of Arizona where I grew up.
If you are lucky enough to live here, you probably know how special it is. Sure, Marin housing prices are ridiculous. Part of the reason they are is because we live in such a special place- close proximity to San Francisco, easy commute, tons of outdoor activities year around,
Marin, glorious Marin. I am happy to call you my home.
I work up to this gorgeous Marin sunrise this morning. Happy March and happy Sunday!