Corte Madera Chronicles: The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter
The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter for June 28, 2019
What's Happening in Town
Town Hall Closure

Town Hall Closure

In honor of Independence Day, all departments will be closed on Thursday, July 4th, 2019. 

All departments will also be closed on Friday, July 5th, 2019. 

Town Hall will be open on Monday, July 8th at 8am. 

New Hours for Parks and Recreation

New Hours for Parks and Recreation

As many of you know, our Parks and Recreation Department recently conducted a community survey. We thank you for participating. 

One of the suggestions made from the community was to extend the office hours. You have spoken and we have heard. Please check out the new office hours for Parks and Recreation below. For questions for the department, please call 415-927-5072 and select option 1.

  • Monday - 7:30am to 6:30pm
  • Tuesday - 7:30am to 6:30pm
  • Wednesday - 7:30am to 4:30pm
  • Thursday - 7:30am to 4:30pm
  • Closed to the public on Friday
  • Closed Saturday & Sunday

Customer Satisfaction Survey

Customer Satisfaction Survey - Ends June 30

Dear Valued Customer,
Providing excellent customer service is a top priority for the Town of Corte Madera. We value your input and would like to invite you to tell us how we are doing by taking a short Customer Satisfaction Survey. Your feedback will help us to evaluate our current performance and identify areas for future improvement.
Access the survey now through June 30 on our homepage, or at  
The survey will take 2 minutes to complete, and all responses will remain confidential. If you have any questions, please contact us at 415-927-5064.



Join Five Little Monkeys  as they celebrate their 1 year Anniversary in Corte Madera with a MONKEYPALOOZA!

Featuring Live Music by Children's Reggae Singer Asheba, Tim Cain’s Sing and Dance-Along Show, Live Animal Show by the East Bay Vivarium, Magic by Mr. SHAP, Crafts, Activities, Hands-On Toy Testing and More!

There will be Free Goodie Bags for first 250 children! 
Also, a raffle to benefit SPARK (Larkspur Corte Madera Schools Foundation) and several performers. 

Monkeypalooza will be held on Saturday, June 29th from 11am to 3pm at 131 Corte Madera Town Center. To get more information and view the schedule of performers, please click here

4th of July Parade

Fourth of July Parade and Festival 2019

Are you ready for the Corte Madera-Larkspur 4th of July Parade and Festival? This is one of the biggest 4th of July events in Marin. The parade boasts the incredible floats,  and the Corte Madera Town Band. There will be arts and crafts , food and drink, carnival games, children's activities, bounce houses, and stage shows. 

Street closure will begin at 10am.
The parade starts at 10:30am. It will begin at Redwood High School wind through downtown Larkspur from Magnolia Street and into Corte Madera by way of Tamalpais Drive until it reaches Corte Madera Town Center. 
Festivities will be held from 9am to 5pm.
Entertainment on Main Stage will be from 12:30pm to 5pm and will include the Capital City Band and Senor Bangkok. 

If you are interested in participating as a vendor or in a float, please contact the Corte Madera Chamber of Commerce at 415-924-0441.
To view their parade announcement, click here

FREE Chipper Weekend

Free Chipper Weekend

The Town of Corte Madera is offering a FREE Chipper Weekend for Corte Madera residents. 

This is an opportunity dispose of your brush, branches, and dead vegetation to create Defensible Space around your home and neighborhoods and overall, make our community safer. We want to be able to provide a "Fire-Safe" Community. 

Chipper Weekend will be held at the Neil Cummins School Parking lot on the following days and times: 

  • Saturday, July 20th from 8am to 3pm 
  • Sunday, July 21st from 12pm to 3pm

For the safety of our workers, here are some regulations: 

  • Collection is for “GREEN” waste only.  No lumber, appliances, trash, metal objects, batteries, hazardous waste, etc. will be accepted.
  • Waste must be segregated by chippable versus non-chippable materials (French and Scotch broom, bamboo, vines and grasses are not chippable material). 
  • NO GARBAGE is allowed.
  • Proof of Corte Madera residency is required. Anyone without an ID will be turned away. NO EXCEPTIONS. 
Questions? Call the Town’s Resilience Coordinator at 415-924-6362

Please make sure to share the event flyer with your friends and neighbors. 

All Things Apple

All Things Apple Classes for Beginner and Intermediate Apple Users

The Corte Madera Library invites you to participate in All Things Apple, a series of free, drop-in classes for both beginner and intermediate Apple users. Discover how to get the most out of your Apple computer, iPad or iPhone in these interactive classes. You will also learn how to protect yourself from online hackers and create safer passwords. 

Join “chic geek” Beryn Hammil to help you figure it out. Her classes are the perfect solution to give you the start you need and eventually take you beyond the basics.

Classes will be held Tuesdays from 1-3 pm, beginning May 7th through August 27th, 2019.
No classes will be held on June 25th or July 2nd.

For a complete list of classes visit
For more information, contact the Corte Madera Library at 415-924-4844.
Summer Concert/Music Series in Town
Summer Concert Series

Corte Madera Community Foundation's Summer Concert Series

The Foundation’s free Summer Sunday Concerts at Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square began on June 9, 2019, and will continue on Sundays through August 25, from 5:00pm to 6:30pm.  Here’s the current lineup of fine bands that are scheduled to perform during the 2019 season:
To visit the Corte Madera Community Foundation's website, please click here
Summer Music Series

Town Center's Summer Music Series

Looking for something to do on Sundays? Town Center has entertainment for the entire family. Visit Town Center every Sunday from 12pm to 2pm for live music and family fun. Below is the current line up for the entire summer. 

  • June 30th: Joel Rydman
  • July 7th: Shana Dinha
  • July 14th: The Autonomous Region
  • July 21st: Brica Uz
  • July 28th: Xochitl
  • August 4th: Andy Lentz
  • August 11th: The Nomad Band
  • August 18th: Ken Husbands
  • August 26th: Jessica Schaeffer
What's Happening in Marin
Marin County Fair

2019 Marin County Fair

The Marin County Fair is back in town. Held July 3-7, 2019 at the Marin County Fairgrounds in San Rafael, the 2019 Marin County Fair, Over the Moon! will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing as well as some of the things we value most in our community: family, art, agriculture, and the environment.

Themed exhibit categories will include decorated moons and paper moons; exciting photography categories including moonscapes, barnyard buddies, and trees; new and innovative makers projects; baked goods, lively culinary contests, fine art, and much more.

For information on concerts, competitions, entertainment and ticket pricing, please click here

Alert Marin

Alert Marin Emergency Notification

Ensure you're informed during an emergency. Sign up for Alert Marin, Marin County's emergency alert system.

Please visit to sign up.  

PG&E Power Outages

PG&E Power Outages

Wildfire season is here and Marin County residents need to be prepared for prolonged power outages related to PG&E’s efforts to reduce wildfire risks.  

What is a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS)?
Most Marin County residents live in elevated (Tier 2) or extreme (Tier 3) fire threat areas. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is expanding its Community Wildfire Safety Program. This includes turning off electric power for safety (Public Safety Power Shutoff) when extreme fire danger conditions are forecasted.  Learn more about Public Safety Power Shutoffs at  

When will PG&E activate the PSPS? For how long?

PG&E may activate a Public Safety Power Shutoff if extreme fire danger conditions are forecasted to help reduce the likelihood of an ignition. These include, but are not limited to:
  • A Red Flag Warning declared by the National Weather Service
  • Low humidity levels, generally below 20 percent 
  • Forecasted sustained winds generally above 25 mph
Marin County residents need to prepare for at least 5 days without electricity.

Power Lines

Removing Vegetation from PG&E Service Drops to Homes and Businesses

A message from Pacific Gas and Electric Company

PG&E has been actively removing vegetation from electric lines for safety. It is the responsibility of property owners to safely clear vegetation from service drops. Following are weblinks and phone numbers to communicate and coordinate safe vegetation removal from service drops.

Stay Clear of Power Lines
Whether you are pruning trees or cleaning gutters, it’s vital to stay away from all power lines, including the service wire from the pole to your home. 

Performing any work near power lines can be dangerous. Qualified contractors have special training and use insulated tools to avoid harm when pruning. Without the proper training and tools, a person can be injured or even killed. 

The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) requires training and qualification of persons working within specific distances of overhead power lines. For details, see Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations, Articles 37 and 38, Electrical Safety Orders. Only PG&E’s line clearance qualified contractors can work near power lines. Hiring an unqualified tree contractor can also put you at legal risk.

PG&E can help you prune your trees near power lines safely. We can create a safe distance between your trees and power lines. You can then hire a contractor for any additional work. You can call 1-800-743-5000 to request this ‘make safe’ service or a temporary service shutoff so you can prune near your service drop safely.

PG&E does not prune trees along service drops. These wires are low voltage and insulated. They connect from the pole to your home. They do not have the same distance rules as high voltage power lines.

For more power line safety information, please visit

If you plan to dig, please call 811 at least two business days ahead of planned digging. This free service marks where underground utility lines are on your property. 

Marin County Parks Event

Fair Fireworks and S'more Feast 

In celebration of our nation’s birthday, come see the Marin County Fair fireworks from the top of the Nike Site at McInnis Park. It is an easy uphill stroll from the skatepark parking lot to sweeping views of the bay and surrounding hills, including China Camp State Park and iconic Mount Tamalpais. Rangers will prepare s’mores just in time for the firework show that begins promptly at 9:30pm.

This event is ideal for all ages. Don’t forget to bring low back chairs or a blanket. They’ll provide hot chocolate and s'more fixings. Friendly dogs are welcome but must be leashed.

No need to RSVP, just show up. Questions: Contact Supervising Ranger Audrea Bocchi at

The event will be held on Wednesday, July 3rd from 8pm to 10pm at McInnis Park in San Rafael. Meet at the Hillside picnic area.For directions, and more, please click here

Age-Friendly Intergenerational Center
AFIC July Schedule

Intergenerational Center

The Intergenerational Center is a gathering place for seniors, children and young adults, featuring programs in art, games, yoga, literature, technology and more. AFIC offers events and activities for all ages -- preschool to 100+. 

For information or to view the July program schedule, please visit the Intergenerational Center website: or call

Intergenerational Center programs are FREE for members. Membership cost for Corte Madera residents is $25 and for non-residents it is $40 for all of 2019. 
The cost is a tax-deductible donation to Age-Friendly Solutions, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Please contact Pam at The Center at 415-991-4040 or via email at for more information.

The Intergenerational Center is located by the "pencil bench" at 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera CA 94925

Upcoming Town Council, Board and Commission Meetings
Upcoming Town Council, Board and Commission Meetings

Work Week of Monday, July 1st to Friday, July 5th

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