Corte Madera Chronicles: The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter
The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter for October 5, 2018

Do You Know About our Local Neighborhood Response Groups?

A Message from the Central Marin Neighborhood Response Groups

Did you know:
“In major disasters, between 70% to 95% of victims are rescued by neighbors, not professional responders. Some of your neighbors will need assistance that can be easily provided by you and others that live in your community.” - Los Angeles Emergency Services
Are you ready for a wildfire or an earthquake? Is your community?
The goal of the NRG's is to help neighborhoods in Corte Madera, Larkspur and Greenbrae prepare to take care of their families and neighbors for a period of time after a major disaster and prepare to evacuate in the face of a wildfire without significant help from first responders and safety officials.
30 NRGs have been formed with 4500 residences covered.  Many NRG volunteers are Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and First Aid for Disaster Response (FADR) trained.
Contact them today to learn more about how they can assist you and your community prepare: Visit or email Laurie Rice at  
“Preparedness is everyone's job. Not just government agencies but all sectors of society -- service providers, businesses, civic and volunteer groups, industry associations and neighborhood associations, as well as every individual citizen -- should plan ahead for disaster. During the first few hours or days following a disaster, essential services may not be available. People must be ready to act on their own.” - California Office of Emergency Services

To stay up-to-date on the latest news from our local NRGs, check out their monthly newsletters by clicking here.  

What's Happening in Town
Big Band Dance

Big Band Dance

Come join the Corte Madera Recreation Center for a fun night of music. The Ray Simpson Band plays the music of the 30's, 40's, and 50's-from swing to jazz.

The event takes place on Wednesday, October 10th from 8PM to 10PM at the Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive. 
Admission is FREE and the music begins at 8pm. Hope to see you all there!        
To view the event flyer, please click here. If you have any questions, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at (415)927-5072. 

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.

Ross Stein

EARTHQUAKES... with Ross Stein

USGS Scientist Emeritus and Stanford Adjunct Professor of Geophysics Ross Stein is known worldwide for his research, teaching, lectures and writings on earthquakes and how they interact. His Corte Madera presentation will include three demos, several stories, and the reading of an evocative excerpt by Oakland's Jack London on the great 1906 earthquake.

Stein has appeared in many documentary films, including the award-winning IMAX film, 'Forces of Nature.' Ross is a frequent presenter, including a TEDx talk, 'Defeating Earthquakes,' and the MPSF Speaker Series. He is the 2018 Thompson International Distinguished Lecturer of the Geological Society of America, speaking in eight countries.

Stein received a Sc.B. from Brown University magna cum laude with honors and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. He was a visiting professor at Institut de Physique du Globe and Ecole Normale Superieure. A Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the Geological Society of America, Stein has been editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research and is President of the Tectonophysics section of AGU. He has received multiple awards for his work.

Stein is CEO and co-founder of, a blog and mobile and web app that enables everyone to learn their seismic risk and to inspire them to reduce it. Temblor is free to everyone. Stein also co-founded the Global Earthquake Model Foundation, a public-private partnership building a seismic risk model for the world, and chaired its Science Board.

The hosts of this event, Mariner Cove NRG, CM Lions Club, and Corte Madera Community Foundation are are honored that Stein accepted their invitation to speak; he is engaging and fun to listen to. Arrive early for this enlightening and very special event which is being presented FREE of charge.

This event will be held on Wednesday, October 17th from 7-8:30 PM at the Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive. For more information, please contact Suzi Beatie, MCNA NRG at or 415-924-1699

To view and share the event flyer, please click here

Spooky Spaghetti BINGO

Spooky Spaghetti BINGO

Join us on Friday, October 26th for a night of food and fun!
Enjoy a buffet-style spaghetti dinner from 6PM to 7PM and then BINGO for prizes until 9PM.

This is fun the whole family can enjoy! The cost will be $15 per person. This includes 3 BINGO cards.

The event will be held at the Community Center on 498 Tamalpais Drive.
For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 415-927-5072. To view the event and share the event flyer, please click here

Evacuation Warning Drill flyer

Notice for CHRISTMAS TREE HILL residents

ATTENTION Christmas Tree Hill residents:

On Sunday, November 4th at 10AM, the Christmas Tree Hill Neighborhood Response Group (CTHNRG) will be conducting an evacuation warning drill. 

CTHNRG asks that you please participate by using your closest evacuation route to walk or drive to Menke Park. (Please note that uphill traffic delays may occur)

Upon arrival, check in at the white gazebo where you will receive important disaster preparedness evacuation information. After that, you can stay for refreshments or head home. For any questions on this evacuation plan, please send an email to: or visit

For plans, checklists and instructions, please visit

Please view and share the flyer for the evacuation warning drill which can be found by clicking here.

TCCP 2018 Harvest Festival

Twin Cities Community Preschool 2018 HARVEST FESTIVAL

Twin Cities Community Preschool ("TCCP") in Corte Madera is hosting it's 2018 Harvest Fest this year on Saturday, October 13th from 10 AM - 2 PM.

There will be tons of entertainment (including James K and Scott the Storyteller!), family photos, face painting, a bouncy castle, amazing food, and much more.
Each child will get to decorate and bring home a pumpkin too at this fantastic Fall family event.

TCCP is located at 56 Mohawk Drive, Corte Madera, CA 964925

October Speaker Series

The Third Wednesday Speaker Series: STAYING SOCIAL - It's More Than Just Fun

Many of us lose contact with friends and family as we age. Life changes can make it hard to stay in touch. Furthermore, health challenges often prevent us from getting out and remaining active. But staying social is vital to our well-being. Research now shows that isolation is a major cause of decline and depression in older adults. Dr. Nelson will present some of the latest findings on this topic as well as provide practical tips for keeping our social life, body and mind healthy. 

The presenter will be Deb Nelson, Psy.D., San Rafael Clinical Psychologist specializing in working with older adults, chronic pain and chronic illness.

The presentation will be held on Wednesday, October 17th from 1PM to 2:30PM at the Central Marin Police Authority Community Room, 250 Doherty Drive in Larkspur. To view the event flyer, please click here


What's Happening in Marin
County of Marin

A Message from the Marin County Elections Department

Election Observer Information
Anyone may observe all aspects of the election process so long as they do not interfere.
Preparing vote-by-mail ballots for counting will start on October 23 in the Elections Department office during regular business hours, weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Work will continue through mid-November until all ballots are processed.
Counting vote-by-mail ballots will start on October 25 in the Elections Department office secure room during regular business hours, weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Counting will continue through November until all ballots are counted.
Election Day polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on November 6.  A list of polling places and the Election Observer Guidelines are available at

Precinct ballots will be returned to the Civic Center at the middle arch on Election Day, November 6, after the polls close at 8 p.m.
The manual tally of ballots is conducted at the end of the canvass period in the Elections Department office during regular business hours, weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Work will continue until the manual tally is finished. Notice of the specific date will be posted online five days in advance.
Elections Department location: Suite 121 of the Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael.
Call 415-473-6456 for more information.
Lynda Roberts, Registrar of Voters
Marin County Elections Department

To view a PDF of this announcement, please click here. 

Marin Volunteer Fair

Marin Volunteer Fair 2018

The Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) will present the Marin Volunteer Fair 2018 on Saturday, October 6th from 10:30AM to 2:30PM at the Children's Island at Lagoon Park at the Marin Civic Center at 10 Avenue of the Flags in San Rafael. 

This event will provide an opportunity for local nonprofit organizations and individuals looking for opportunities to connect one-on-one with each other. Visit the Marin Volunteer Fair to connect with organizations that need your help. Find one-time volunteer opportunities, internships, board opportunities, or a position tailored just for you! It's all free!

To learn more about this event, please click here

Bon Air Invitational Car Show

10th Annual Bon Air Invitational Car Show 

The Bon Air Invitational Car Show celebrates its 10th
anniversary with this free, daylong festival showcasing
more than 100 vintage American vehicles - classic coupes, roadsters, trucks, family and muscle cars from Chevy, Ford, Cadillac, Pontiac, LaSalle, Mercury and more. Each car, some decked out with historic trinkets and gadgets, is in pristine condition thanks to decades of
meticulous care and maintenance. Meet vehicle owners and swap car stories; go back in time with these amazing autos and trucks from the past 100 years! There will be music and face painting for the little ones, food and sidewalk specials provide fun for the whole family.

The Featured vehicles are the 1922 Stutz Fire Engine, 1929 Sterns Knight seven passenger sedan and 1953 Chrysler Newport shown by its original owner; 1922 Model T Ford Taxi, 1937 La Salle Convertible and more. 

The car show will be held on Saturday, October 13th from 10am to 4pm in the west Bon Air expansive parking lot under the amazing tree. 

For more information please contact Judy Rowcliffe or Caroline Craig

Age-Friendly Intergenerational Center
IGC 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

Please note that Dr. Jody Timms will NOT be available on Tuesday, October 9th at the Age-Friendly Intergenerational Center. She WILL be returning on Tuesday, October 23rd. Please call 415-991-4040 to sign up or with any questions.

Poker and Makerspace


Every Tuesday, 2:30-4:30         

Enjoy an afternoon of cards 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 membership: a $15 donation to Age-Friendly Solutions from Corte Madera residents; $25 for those residing outside Corte Madera.

Every Thursday, 3:30 to 5:30

4th graders to those 90 or better are welcome to come and create, learn, develop ideas or select the project of the day to make. Charles Sowers, designer and builder of displays at the Exploratorium, will teach how to use a 3D printer, Carvey and laser cutter/engraver, in addition to other tools. Everyone’s a Maker!

To view the description flyer, please click here. Please call the Intergenerational Center at (415)991-4040 to sign up.

Art for Kids

ART FOR KIDS with Debra Maddox

Classes are scheduled every Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 PM        
Now kids will have a fun activity to look forward to on those minimum days!

Students (school aged) will have a super time exploring the principles of drawing, watercolors, collages and crafts. They will come away with a new appreciation of art and newly acquired skills and artistic enrichment. Debra will provide projects for every grade level.

To learn about Debra and get all of the details on Art fir Kids, please click here
Please call the Intergenerational Center at (415)991-4040 to sign up.

Town Manager and Council Reports

Town Manager Todd Cusimano: Mentioned that staff is working on formalizing at least one workshop, possibly two, on a sewer lateral policy probably within the next thirty days.
Councilmember Beckman: Stated that both the California League of Cities and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) are opposed to Proposition 6. He reported on having attended the Chamber of Commerce monthly board meeting and mentioned two of the Chamber’s upcoming events: Oktoberfest at Menke Park on October 13th and a joint mixer at 21 Tamal Vista on October 17th.
Councilmember Kunhardt: He attended the Safe Routes to School meeting and mentioned that there are now 39 schools participating in the program within the county. He also mentioned Redwood High School is changing the parking rules due to their growth additionally, Marin Transit buses delivering students are at full capacity and are in the process of acquiring two new buses. From attending the TAM meeting, he learned that MTC is advancing with a new clipper card service which will cover all types of transit services within the region. The Transportation Authority of Marin has submitted a formal application for $15 million from the regional transportation commission for funding an analysis on raising a portion of Route 37 by installing new levees to prevent. Lastly, he briefly shared his thoughts on the “Diesel free by 33” Campaign.
Councilmember Bailey: He attended a day-long retreat with Councilmember Kunhardt for Marin Clean Energy which he described as very informative and fascinating. He is willing to share additional information on the retreat if anyone would like to know more. 

Upcoming Town Council, Board and Commission Meetings
Upcoming Town Meetings

Work Week of Monday, October 8th to Friday, October 12th

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