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Plenty of barbecue and live music from André’s Allstars set the scene at last year’s volunteer firemen’s barbecue.
to Take the Town
by Gavin Newsom,
Penquin Press, $25.95.
California’s lieutenant governor and
marin’s favorite son introduces city
councils and parks and recreation
departments to You Tube and Twitter. It’s
an introduction, he claims, that’s long
overdue. a great read.
May is a month of celebrations and beautiful weather. Take advantage of both and
attend one of these local, family-friendly barbecues that, in addition to fundraising,
offer beautiful natural surroundings and plenty of delicious food. CALIN VAN PARIS
So Far From
in Early California
by Glenn Farris, Heyday
Press, $21.95. more
than 200 years ago,
r ussians — lured by the
furs of plentiful sea otters — established
an outpost on the Sonoma coastline
named Fort r oss. Then, 25 years later,
for numerous reasons, they left. Here’s
the intriguing story.
141st Annual Muir Beach Volunteer Firemen’s
Barbecue Get the family
together and enjoy live music,
dancing and, of course, some
freshly grilled food, all while raising money for the Muir Beach
Volunteer Firemen’s Department.
enter a raffle while the kids enjoy
a children’s play area that boasts
climbing walls and bounce houses.
$20 park fee per car includes $10
in coupons for food and drinks.
Muir Beach Picnic Grounds, Muir
Beach. May 26, noon to 5 p.m.,
$40. “The gardens of blasen Landscape
a rchitecture operate like poems, not calling attention to themselves,” states the
foreword to this book, which is filled with
photos of subtly enchanting landscapes by
this widely acclaimed San a nselmo design
firm. Cutting-edge, yet timeless. JIM WOOD
2Annual Mother’s Day Barbecue Join Audubon
canyon ranch and the Marin
Audubon society for a Mother’s
Day barbecue celebration. eat
some delicious food and explore
the natural surroundings — the
event takes place during egret
nesting season — or hang out with
your kids while they participate in
craft activities. tickets are $25 for
adults and $12 for children, with
proceeds benefiting the habitat
protection and nature education
programs of the organizations.
Martin Griffin Preserve, 4900
Shoreline Highway, Stinson Beach.
May 12, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., RSVP by
May 5, marinaudubon.com.
3EarthSave Marin’s Vegan Barbecue
Cook-off earthsave Marin will
be hosting its sixth annual spring
celebration and vegan barbecue
cook-off competition this month.
ring in the season with live music,
views of Mount tamalpais and
beverages. Bring your best vegan
barbecue dish or dessert and
your appetite. tickets are $8 for
members, $10 for nonmembers or
bring three guests and get in free.
Unitarian Church, 240 Channing
Way, San Rafael. May 19, 3 to 7 p.m.,
HISTORY IN MOTION Take a walk
into history with the Mill Valley Historical Society Memorial Day weekend.
This year’s walk, which takes place
on May 26, is a two-mile loop around
Throckmorton and Cascade. Participants will be treated to a peek inside
Burlwood, the 1893 estate of Joseph
Eastland, former president of the North
Pacific Coast Railroad and head of the
Tamalpais Land and Water Company.
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