Corte Madera Chronicles: The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter
The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter for October 12, 2018

PG&E Community Wildfire Safety Informational Webinar

A Message from PG&E

PG&E wants you to know about an online informational workshop they are holding regarding their Community Wildfire Safety Program. This is part of the additional precautionary measures they are putting in place to further reduce wildfire threats and help keep their customers safe following the 2017 wildfires.
An important component of their wildfire safety efforts is potentially turning off power for safety, as a last resort, during extreme fire danger conditions. They’re calling these events Public Safety Power Shutoffs. They know how important electric service is to their customers and communities and they want to be sure they are sharing information that will help you prepare, and also gathering your feedback.
To date they have hosted 11 informational workshops across their service area. For those who have been unable to attend, they have organized an online workshop, which will have the same content that was shared during the in-person events. Meeting details and a link to join are below. 
PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff Informational Webinar
Date: Wednesday, October 17
Time: 10:30 a.m. to Noon
Click this link to access the webinar:
Please feel free to share this invitation with anyone who may want to participate in this event.

What's Happening in Town
Fire OPS 101

Councilmembers Attend Fire Ops 101

On the Saturday morning of October 6th, Councilmembers Eli Beckman and David Kunhardt attended the Fire Ops 101 event hosted in Novato.  

Fire Ops 101 is a bi-annual event held by the Marin Professional Firefighters Local 1775 to educate elected officials and local media about the job of being a firefighter. It gives the participants an experience of what it is like to be a firefighter. "Fire Ops 101 was an eye-opening experience that gave me new appreciation for just how difficult—and diverse—the job of a firefighter is. I'm so grateful to our outstanding professional firefighters for their service, and for this fantastic learning experience" says Councilmember Beckman. "Fire Ops 101 was a breath-taking glimpse into the threats that our first responders face.  The high level of training, professionalism, and camaraderie that defines the Marin Professional Firefighters was obvious. I am so proud of them and glad to have had this opportunity" says Councilmember Kunhardt.

At this event, the participants usually rotate between scenarios which may include structural fire fighting in a burn trailer where participants wear all of the gear and feel the heat, observe a medical incident with Q & A, perform a self extrication wearing full gear and breathing apparatus in a controlled maze, or other scenarios. Our councilmembers had a very meaningful experience and were appreciative of being able to experience the role of our firefighters. 

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.       

Central Marin Firefighters educated kids about fire safety during this year's Fire Prevention Week. 


This year’s FPW campaign, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” works to educate people about three basic but essential steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire––and how to escape safely in the event of one:

Look for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.

Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.

Learn two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.

To learn more about Fire Prevention Week, click here


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.

Home Match

Shared Senior Housing with Home Match Marin

The Corte Madera Library invites you to a presentation by Christine Ness, Director of Home Match Marin. 

Home Match Marin helps homeowners with extra rooms connect with those who need an affordable place to live. 
This program is free and offered by the non-profit organization Covia. Learn more about their services that include applicant interviews and background checks. 

The presentation will take place on Monday, October 15th from 10:30AM to 11:30AM at the Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Drive. 

For more information, please contact the Corte Madera Library at 415-924-4844

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


Basic Pruning with Marin Master Gardner 

The Corte Madera Library invites you to a workshop to learn about basic pruning. 

Are you intimidated at the thought of doing your own pruning? Learn the basic principles that will give you the confidence to prune anything in your garden - from roses to redwoods. 

This workshop will be conducted by Gary Bartl, a UC Marin Master Gardner since 2001, has over twenty-five years of gardening experience. It will be held on Wednesday, October 17th 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

Fall Book Swap

Fall Book Swap

- Do you have a book you no longer need?

- Are you looking for something new to read this fall?

Come to the Corte Madera Community Center (498 Tamalpais Drive) from 12 noon to 1:00PM on Thursday, October 18th and participate in our book swap. 

For more information, please call 415-927-5072 or click here to view the flyer.      

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.

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 Intergenerational Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera (Entrance is at the side of the Community Center by the Iconic Pencil Bench). To view the event flyer, please click here


CMPA Pink Patch

October Means Pink Patches for Breast Cancer Awareness

A message from Central Marin Police Authority

CMPA is proud to once again be part of the Pink Patch Project and join with our public safety partner agencies in the fight against breast cancer. Numerous police and fire departments across the country are participating in this annual fundraising effort to fight cancer and support breast cancer research to combat this devastating disease. For the month of October they’ll be wearing their special pink patches on their uniforms in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Their signature patch is available for purchase by the public and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the Marin General Breast Health Center. Patches are $10 each and are available at both their stations or by mail order:

CMPA Larkspur, 250 Doherty Drive
Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

CMPA San Anselmo, 525 San Anselmo Avenue
Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Mail Order – send a self-addressed, stamped envelope and $10 to :
CMPA Pink Patch Project
250 Doherty Drive
Larkspur, CA 94939
Cash or checks are accepted. Make check payable to Central Marin Police Officers’ Association.

You can learn more about the Pink Patch Project at

Thank you for joining the fight against Breast Cancer!


Planning Commission Public Meeting Regarding a Cannabis Ordinance for the Town of Corte Madera 

WHEN: Tuesday, October 23, 2018; 7:00PM 
WHERE: Council Chambers, 300 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, California

The Planning Commission is holding a public meeting to discuss the development of a cannabis ordinance for the Town of Corte Madera.  Staff will present background information regarding California cannabis regulations, the status of Corte Madera’s moratorium on cannabis related businesses and existing and developing cannabis ordinances within Marin County.  Staff will also provide a summary of the two public workshops that were held in September and responses to the Town’s public opinion survey.
Staff is seeking direction from the Planning Commission regarding topics to be addressed in the ordinance.  The intent of the ordinance is to establish the Town’s policies for cannabis related activities, including but not limited to policies related to cannabis businesses, which are currently prohibited, indoor and outdoor cultivation, medicinal and non-medicinal deliveries.
If you have any questions regarding this meeting, please call the Town of Corte Madera Planning Department at 415-927-5067 or email Senior Planner Phil Boyle at To download a copy of this notice, please click here
Additional information regarding the development of the Town’s cannabis ordinance and the Public Survey can be found at the cannabis ordinance page on the Town’s website and at the Town of Corte Madera Planning Department, located at 300 Tamalpais Drive, lower level, during public hours: 8:00am – 11:30am and 1:00pm – 3:00pm Monday through Thursday.
Planning Commission meetings are also streamed live and may be viewed at:
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact the Planning Division at 415-927-5064. Notification two business days (the Friday before the meeting) prior to the meeting will enable the Town to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to this meeting.

What's Happening in Marin


Savor delicious brews, see amazing bikes, hear incredible live music featuring The Pulsators, enjoy family activities and connect with over 60 bike exhibitors all while taking in the gorgeous Marin October weather. There is something for everyone at Biketoberfest Marin!

The event will be held on Saturday, October 13th, from 11AM 5PM at the FairAnselm Plaza, 765 Center Boulevard in Fairfax (next to Iron Springs Pub). 

There will be live music from The Pulsators, Alice Drinks the Kool Aid and Blushin’ Rushin’! There will also be a BrewFest sampling 35 beers from 20 California brewers in a souvenir glass!

Here are some of the Biketoberfest Highlights…..

- 60 bike exhibitors and a handmade bike show!
- 35 varieties of beer from 20 West Coast brewers!
- Live Music
- Group road ride and mountain bike rides!
- Delicious food from local vendors!

FREE Valet Bike Parking will be provided by MCBC – RIDE, DON’T DRIVE! Benefiting the Marin County Bicycle Coalition and Access4Bikes.

For more information, please click here


Marin Youth Symphony Orchestra 
In Beach Park

The Marin Youth Symphony Orchestra visits Terrapins’ Beach Park! There will be fun for the whole family as Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra musicians join super star cellist Zuill Bailey in a FREE Beach Park concert. Six talented teenagers will perform on cello, violin, flute, and harp.  After the concert, join everyone on stage to try an instrument yourself at the Instrument Petting Zoo!

For over 60 years, the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra has inspired and trained young, gifted musicians ages 12-19.  Grammy Award-winning cellist Zuill Bailey comes to Marin twice a year (in between concerts all over the world!) to teach and perform in our schools and community.

This event will be held on Sunday, October 14th from 1PM to 2PM at the Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael. Blankets & Chairs are welcome! For more information, please click here

Marin Arts Culture Action

Marin Arts Culture Action! Community Service

A Message from Marin Cultural Association

The Countywide Art and Culture Master Planning process has begun, and you’re invited to make your voice heard for a brighter future for the arts in Marin County! Please join the Marin Cultural Association to meet with your peers and weigh in on this crucial process.

- Did you know that Marin has the highest number of artists per capita in California?
- Did you know there are numerous public artworks on view throughout Marin, but no comprehensive inventory or record of them?
- Did you know that there is no art council for Marin County?
- What does this all mean?

In order to maximize the creative potential of Marin and secure its cultural richness for future generations, the Department of Cultural Services—in partnership with the Marin Cultural Association, the Marin Coalition for the Arts, and arts leaders from all over the county—is developing the first ever arts and culture master plan for Marin. This important new initiative, dubbed Arts, Culture, Action!, will document, capitalize, support, and enhance the county’s cultural resources to better serve all members of the community.

Their goal in creating this plan is to better understand and listen to our community, support our artists, arts organizations, and creative businesses; develop an arts education plan, and ultimately develop a long-term strategy to strengthen our cultural resources for all who live and work in Marin County.
They’ve got work to do, and want you to be a part of it.
If you are unable to join them for the multiple Community Arts Planning Forums, please help them by participating in the community survey:

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.

Upcoming Town Council, Board and Commission Meetings
Upcoming Town Meetings

Work Week of Monday, October 15th to Friday, October 19th

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