Corte Madera Chronicles: The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter
The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter for October 4, 2019
What's Happening in Town
Supervisor Dennis Rodoni Office Hours

Supervisor Rodoni Fall Office Hours:Today!

4th District Supervisor Dennis Rodoni invites you to attend his 2019 Fall Office Hours on Friday, October 4th, 2019 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the Corte Madera Community Center, located at 498 Tamalpais Drive. 

Please join Supervisor Rodoni, along with Corte Madera Town Councilmembers and Senior Staff, for a causal one-on-one conversation about issues important to you. For more information, please contact Rhonda Kutter via email, or 415-473-3246.

Click here to view and share the event flyer.

Oktoberfest Corte Madera 2019

Oktoberfest Corte Madera 2019

The 26th annual celebration of OktoberFest is here. 
There will be Domestic Microbrews, Home Brews, and Local Wines. 

Tasters will receive a free commemorative mug. Entertainment includes live music. Local food vendors will have festival foods and kids activities will be available for children. 

Admission details: 
  • Tasting admission is $30, which includes a commemorative glass mug
  • General admission without tasting is $10
  • Children under 12 years old, accompanied by an adult, receive free admission

Oktoberfest will be held on Saturday, October 12th from 12 to 5pm at Menke Park, Tamalpais Avenue and Redwood Avenue. For more information, please call
(415)235-9162 or click here.

Central Marin Fire Department Open House

Central Marin Fire Department Open House

The Central Marin Fire Department will hold its annual open house on Saturday, October 12, 2019, from 10am-2pm at Fire Station 14 located at 342 Tamalpais Drive.

Come meet the firefighters and tour the station and the fire apparatus. Other activities include: a jumpy house, an opportunity to squirt the fire hose, and appearances by Sparky the Fire Dog and Freddie the Robot.

Please contact the Fire Department at 415-927-5077 with any questions.

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 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 Cove School, 330 Golden Hind Passage, on the following days and times: 
  • Saturday, October 19th from 9am to 4pm 
  • Sunday, October 20th from 12pm to 4pm
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. 
Please note that if rain is predicted for this weekend, the event will be cancelled. Questions? Call the Town’s Resilience Coordinator at 415-924-6362

Third Wednesday Speaker Series

The Third Wednesday Speaker Series:
New Ideas For Those Aching Joints

Age-Friendly Corte Madera, Twin Cities Village, Corte Madera Parks and Recreation and Age-Friendly Solutions, Sponsors of The Third Wednesday Speakers Series present... 
New Ideas For Those Aching Joints

Are hip or knee problems holding you back? Come and find out how to reclaim your quality of life, and learn the secrets to unlocking your full potential. Corte Madera Physical Therapist, Danielle Sartori, will give you tips on how to reduce pain and improve mobility with exercises that can be done in the comfort of your home. 

The presenter for this event is Danielle Sartori, PT, DPT, and CSCS. This event will be held on Wednesday, October 16th from 11am to 12:30pm at the Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive. To view and share the event flyer, please click here

Do You Know Neighborhood Outreach Flyer

DO YOU KNOW that your home is one of 2000 homes in the Town of Corte Madera located in the Wildland Interface (WUI)?
DO YOU KNOW that this means your home is in a neighborhood that is designated as a High or Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone? This is due to pervasive unmitigated fuel loads, inadequate ingress and egress, steep terrain, strong prevailing wind patterns, and wood construction.
DO YOU KNOW that a recent study listed Corte Madera among the Bay Area’s most problematic areas when it comes to safely evacuating its residents from the WUI?
DO YOU KNOW that many of your neighbors have lost their home insurance, had their deductibles tripled, and had insurance premiums spike to some of the highest levels in the State of California?
DO YOU KNOW that the State mandates you to maintain 100 feet of defensible space or to the property line, whichever is greater, around your home? Failure to comply with abatement requirements can results in a special assessment or lien against your property.
DO YOU KNOW that the Town of Corte Madera offers programs designed to build community disaster preparedness and resilience by increasing fire danger awareness, by reducing vegetation and designating feasible evacuation routes thereby making our community safer? Visit to learn more.
DO YOU KNOW that the Town of Corte Madera sponsors green waste chipper days to as few as 20 households in particularly high-risk fire areas? This service is provided at no cost to you and your neighbors. We can also help you get organized!
For more information on how you can take action to protect your family, your home and your community, please call Marla Orth, Town Resilience Coordinator at 415-924-6362.

What's Happening in Marin
Rep. Huffman's Community Town Hall

Congressman Jared Huffman's
Community Town Hall

Congressman Jared Huffman invites you to join him for a town hall where he will be providing an update from Washington, D.C. on the talk regarding the current impeachment process and he will also be responding yo your questions.

The town hall will be held on Friday, October 11th from 4 to 5:30pm at the San Rafael Community Center, 618B Street in San Rafael. For a map, please click here. This event is free and open to the public, however, seating is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis up to capacity. To RSVP, please click here

Taking the Stress Out of Taking Tests with Bara Sapir

Taking the Stress Out of Taking Tests With Bara Sapir 

Clutch. Choke. Brain-freeze. It’s a sad fact that performance anxiety seriously lowers test outcomes for so many students. Bara Sapir, Founder and CEO of City Test Prep, combines mindful and holistic human potential techniques with content mastery, test-taking strategy, and time management tools for fully comprehensive, integrated test preparation. Her help eliminates test anxiety, enhances retention, boosts recall, and strengthens concentration and confidence when it counts the most: on tests like the SAT and ACT (as well as SSAT, GMAT, GRE, USMLE, LSAT and more).

Join the Civic Center Library to maximize your score and minimize your stress. Great for students, parents, teachers, college advisors, and mental health workers.
For more information, go to

This event will be held from Saturday, October 5th to Sunday, October 6th, at 2pm at 3501 Civic Center Drive, #427, San Rafael, CA 94903. 

Creekside Restoration

Learn to Skimboard

Head out to beautiful Upton Beach and learn how to skimboard with ranger staff. We’ll learn the basics of skimboarding through demonstration and practice. A limited number of skimboards will be provided, but if you already have a board, please bring it. Skim’s up!

This event is ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome, and no experience is necessary. Don’t forget to bring a swimsuit OR wet suit, towel, and sunscreen. Friendly dogs are welcome but must be leashed.
Rain will cancel.
No need to RSVP, just show up. Questions: Contact Ranger Scott Moller at

This event will be held on Saturday, October 5th from 10am to 12pm at the beach near the north parking lot at Stinson Beach. For directions, and more, please click here

Age-Friendly Intergenerational Center
AFIC October 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 October program schedule, please visit the Intergenerational Center website: or call 415-991-4040. 

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

Intergenerational Indoor Pickleball

Intergenerational Indoor Pickleball

Pickleball is for everyone – ALL AGES! This is a class for kids and adults new to the sport. Learn to play Pickleball and join in on one of the fastest growing sports today. All ages and athletic abilities have a great time playing Pickleball.  This is a game that transcends age, gender and boundaries. It’s about having fun and making connections.  All equipment is provided.  No experience necessary.  All ages welcome. 

Free to members and children of members; $10 drop-in fee for non-members. Membership is a $25 tax-deductible donation to Age-Friendly Solutions for Corte Madera residents and $40 for those outside of Corte Madera. Members are entitled to attend all programs at the Intergenerational Center for the entire year at NO CHARGE. Call Pam at 991-4040 or come into the Intergenerational Center to sign up.  Pickleball is held at the Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Dr, Corte Madera.

Learn to Play MahJong

Learn to Play MahJong

There’s a new class at the Age-Friendly Intergenerational Center (AFIC) – “American style” MAHJONG! Starting Tuesday, October 1st and through October 22nd. This 4-week course will be taught by expert instructor Leslie Friedman from 2:30PM to 4:00PM. (Please don’t miss the first class!)  This is also a good refresher for those not yet proficient. Leslie loves teaching and sharing her passion for the game which consists of 152 tiles. She will impart to you the game that is fun, stimulating and addictive!

Free to AFIC members. Memberships are available for a $25 tax deductible donation from Corte Madera residents and a $40 donation from non-residents payable to Age-Friendly Solutions. The donation entitles you to participate in any and all of the AFIC programs for the entire year at NO CHARGE. Call 991-4040 to sign up for the class or email, or just stop by the Center at the side of the Community Center by the iconic pencil bench, 498 Tamalpais Dr., opposite Cafe Verde. Sign up before the class fills up.

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

Work Week of Monday, October 7th to Friday, October 11th

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