Corte Madera Chronicles: The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter
The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter for September 28, 2018

Do You Have A Plan To Stay Safe During Power Outages? 

A Message from PG&E

PG&E has a plan to deal with the growing threat of extreme weather and wildfires and they want their customers to have a plan too. PG&E has been reaching out to customers who live in or near high fire-threat areas and letting them know that if extreme fire danger conditions occur, it may be necessary for them to temporarily turn off electricity, however, this would only be done as a last resort.

If the power is to be turned off at any point, PG&E will provide advance notice and will also provide updates on when the power will be restored. After the extreme weather has passed, PG&E crews will inspect the power lines prior to restoring power. PG&E does suggest that customers prepare for outages lasting between two to five days. 

If you want to find out if your home or business is served by an electric line that may be turned off for safety during high wildfire threats, or if you want to learn more about PG&E's Community Wildfire Safety Program and also acquire more tips to help you prepare, please click here. You can also contact PG&E by emailing them at

What's Happening in Town
Office Closure

Notice of Town Hall Closures

We would like to inform you that all departments at Town Hall will be closed for a mandatory employee training the following date:
- Wednesday, October 3rd, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Administration Department at (415)927-5050. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Origins of American Tattoo

Origins of American Tattoo: "Lew the Jew" and His Circle

The Corte Madera Library invites you to a presentation on the Origins of American Tattoo: "Lew the Jew" and His Circle. This presentation by docent Lisa Rosenberg will explore the work of Albert “Lew the Jew” Morton Kurtzman, one of the most influential artists of early American tattoo.

The Contemporary Jewish museum exhibit includes rare and original tattoo artwork, photos, and correspondence with California tattoo artists. 

This event will be held on Tuesday, October 2nd from 7PM to 8PM at the Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Drive. For more information, please contact the Corte Madera Library at 415-924-4844

Central Marin Open House

Central Marin Fire Department Open House

The Central Marin Fire Department will hold its annual open house on Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 10am-2pm at Fire Station 14 located at 342 Tamalpais Drive in Corte Madera.

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
  • appearances by Sparky the Fire Dog and Freddie the Robot.
Please contact the Fire Department at 415-927-5077 with any questions.       

Oktoberfest Corte Madera

The 25th annual celebration of OktoberFest is here. This event will be held on Saturday, October 13th from noon to 5PM at the Old Corte Madera Square. 

There will be Domestic Microbrews, Craft Brews, and Local Wines. 
Tasters will receive a free commemorative mug. Entertainment includes live music from three bands. Local 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

To view the event flyer, please click here. For more information, please call the Beautification Committee at (415)235-9162 or click here.

What's Happening in Marin
Zero Waste Marin

Go Green this Halloween! 

A message from zero Waste Marin

Before getting dressed up to go trick-or-treating, Zero Waste Marin would like to encourage residents to be mindful of the environment during this year’s Halloween festivities. Follow these simple tips to prevent candy wrappers, leftover decorations and old costumes from ending up in our landfills.

  • Give your children reusable buckets, canvas bags, or even pillowcases to carry while trick-or-treating.
  • Purchase candy with minimal packaging, or treats packaged in recyclable paper, such as Dots, Nerds, or Milk Duds. These can go in your recycling cart after you’re done enjoying them.
  • Reuse or reinvent costumes from previous years or create a new costume from things you already own. Transform an old bed sheet into a ghost costume or a toga!
  • Browse thrift stores, such as Goodwill, for unique pieces and fresh costume ideas.
  • Old costumes in good condition can be donated to Goodwill — or to your friends or neighbors!
  • Businesses such as The North Face and H&M accept torn or stained textiles. Please visit our Textiles page for more details and resources on how to discard unwanted clothes and old costumes (be sure they are free of glue and paint).
Pumpkin Repurpose
  • If your jack-o-lantern hasn’t been out on the porch too long, cook your pumpkin into a tasty post-Halloween soup or pie!
  • Toast pumpkin seeds using this simple recipe for a healthy and delicious snack.
  • And remember, inedible pumpkin parts can be added to your home compost pile or green compost cart. Visit our Composting in Marin page for more information about the items that belong in your green cart.
Zero Waste Marin works with cities and towns throughout Marin County to educate residents about waste prevention, reuse, and repair. Click HERE to download a copy of their newsletter.

California Public Utilities Commission

A Message from the California Public Utilities Commission

Twice a year, millions of California residents receive a credit on their utility bill identified as the “California Climate Credit."  The California Climate Credit is part of California's efforts to fight climate change. This credit is from a state program that requires power plants, natural gas distributers and other large industries that emit greenhouse gases to buy carbon pollution permits. The credit represents residential utility ratepayers' share of the payments from the State's program. The credit program was created by the CPUC, which also oversees the program's implementation. 

Currently, all residential and eligible small business electricity customers of PG&E, SDG&E, SCE Pacific Power and Liberty Utilities receive the credit, as do all Community Choice Aggregator (CCA) customers.  In additional, natural gas residential customers of PG&E, SoCalGas, Southwest Gas, and SDG&E also receive the credit.  Customers don't need to do anything in order to receive the credit- it is automatically applied to their bills. The credit amounts vary among utilities, CCAs and from year to year.

If you're not sure whether you're receiving the Climate Credit, the first thing to do is contact your utility or CCA, the same as you would do with any billing questions.  That's because although the CPUC oversees the credit and can help with any remaining questions you have, your utility or CCA is best positioned to access your individual records and answer questions about individual accounts. 

To learn more, visit

Marin County Parks

Stafford Lake 5K Trail Run

Marin County Parks invites you to their inaugural trail running event. This event will feature 5K (3.1 miles) of beautiful trails at Stafford Lake Park! Whether you choose to hike the course, or race for a podium finish, you will enjoy lakeside views, a variety of trails of terrain, and a community that celebrates participation and a love for running in Marin County's spectacular parks and open space preserves. A $10 parking fee will apply to participants, but race registration is free. 

This event will be held on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at Stafford Lake Park, 3549 Novato Boulevard, Novato. Race-day registration begins at 8:30AM. Pre-race meeting at 9AM. The race begins at 9:15AM. 

Contact Marin County Parks' Volunteer Coordinator Kirk Schroeder at or 415-763-2977 if you have questions about this event or if you are interested in volunteering. Volunteers are needed to assist as Course Marshals. Please join them in supporting runners. The parking fee will be waived for volunteers. To view the details and register, please click here

Trips for Kids

Free Family Biking Event

Trips for Kids Marin invites you to join their free outdoor festival featuring youth mountain bike skills courses, bike-themed games, and beginner trail rides. They’ll have a gear raffle, snacks, refreshments, and fun for all ages. Bring your friends and family for a great time in one of their beloved local parks.

The event will take place on Saturday, October 6th from 10AM to 2PM at Miwok Meadows China Camp State Park, Santa Venetia, CA 94901

- One-hour beginner trail rides will leave at approximately 10:30 AM, 12:00 PM, and 1:00 PM.
- Skills course and bike games will be available all day long (10 AM – 2 PM).
- All experience levels and ages are welcome.
- You don’t even need your own bike – use theirs!
- Their skilled instructors and volunteers will provide bike and helmet fittings, skills instruction and lead the rides.
- Please R.S.V.P. so they can plan accordingly.

About Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (TKMBD) is an annual event that seeks to introduce the joy of mountain biking to the next generation. Created in 2004 in honor of Jack Doub, and recognized by the U.S. Congress, Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day is officially celebrated every year on the first Saturday in October. Learn more about the movement here.

Age-Friendly Intergenerational Center
IGC September 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. IGC offers events and activities for all ages -- preschool to 100+. 

For information or to view the September program schedule, please visit the Intergenerational Center website: or call 415-991-4040

October Activities Flyer


EVERY TUESDAY, 2:30-4:30
Enjoy an afternoon of fun and camaraderie. The Intergenerational Center will provide the poker chips, cards and snacks. Free for ALL activities at the Intergenerational Center for the rest of 2018 with a $15 donation to Age-Friendly Solutions from Corte Madera residents, $25 for those residing outside Corte Madera.

A super solution to Wednesday’s minimum school days. Debra Maddox, renowned artist and art instructor will provide every Wednesday an afternoon of fun art projects and enrichment for kids of all ages. Please call the Intergenerational Center at (415)991-4040 to enroll your student.


Beginning this Thursday, All ages are (4th graders to those 90 or better) are welcome to come and create, develop ideas or select the project of the day to make. The program is taught by Charles Sowers, the designer and builder of displays at the Exploratorium.

Please call the Intergenerational Center at (415)991-4040 to sign up.

Upcoming Town Council, Board and Commission Meetings
Upcoming Town Meetings

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

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