Corte Madera Chronicles: The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter
The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter for November 23, 2018

ATTENTION!!! Emergency Alert Testing

We would like to inform you that the Kentfield Fire Protection District and Central Marin Fire Authority will be conducting a test of an emergency alert system using a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD). The dates, times and locations for the test are as follows:
1. Wednesday, December 5th starting at approximately 1:00PM and being conducted from Kentfield Station 17, 1004 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
2. Thursday, December 6th starting at approximately 10:00AM and being conducted from Larkspur Station 15, 420 Magnolia Avenue (downtown).
3. Thursday, December 6th starting at approximately 1:00PM and being conducted from Corte Madera Station 14, 342 Tamalpais Drive.
During the test, individuals will hear a loud alert tone followed by a voice message.
If you hear the emergency alert during either of these times, please remember this is only a test and not a real emergency. There will be no requirement for citizens to take action or shelter in place.
For questions and additional information, please contact the Kentfield Fire Protection District at (415) 453-7464 or Central Marin Fire at 415-927-5077. 

Click here to download the informational flyer

What's Happening in Town
California Pioneer Women

Her Side of the Story: California Pioneer Women

The Corte Madera Library invites you to join librarian Patricia Keats for a presentation on rare, first-person historical reminiscences of California pioneer women.

These documents currently on display at the Society of California Pioneers museum highlight the role women played in the formation of the state.

This presentation will be held on Tuesday, November 27th from 7PM to 8PM at the Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Drive. 

One Warm Coat and Toasty Toes

10th Annual One Warm Coat and Toasty Toes Drive

The Town of Corte Madera Parks and Recreation Department is having its 10th Annual “One Warm Coat and Toasty Toes Drive” happening now through Thursday, December 20th.
Donate new or gently used coats and/or new, warm socks at the Corte Madera Community Center located at 498 Tamalpais Drive.

The drop-off hours are from 7:30AM to 4:00PM from Monday to Thursday
Give the gift of warmth to those living out in the cold.

For more information, call 415-927-5072 or click here to view the flyer for the One Warm Coat or the flyer for the Toasty Toes Drive

Town Center Food Drive


Coyote Awareness

Concerns about the presence of coyotes have been brought up within the community. For this reason, we believe it is very important to remind everyone that our website contains very important information that well help you become aware of coyotes.
Click here to visit our Coyote Awareness webpage.
Additional links also available on our webpage and are also hyperlinked below. Please remember that state law limits the options of local government.  For this reason, it is very important for residents to educate themselves on this subject matter.  For questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Coyote Awareness Facts and Safety Tips

Project Coyote 
Coyote Coexistence Information 
WildCare Wildlife Resources - Living With Coyotes
Marin County Livestock and Wildlife Protection Program

Marin County Animal Services Website   
Urban Coyote Ecology and Management (The Cook County, Illinois, Coyote Project)                                                                        
California Department of Fish and Wildlife Coyote information: Coyotes in California
Click here to submit a wildlife incident report to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife        
Coyote Hazing Techniques
Please click here to view video demonstration of effective coyote hazing techniques. 
***If you are interested in acquiring an informational door hanger for yourself and/or your neighbors, feel free to contact Project Coyote by calling 415-945-3232  

What's Happening in Marin
I Am Maris

Teen Wellness Film Series

Join the California Film Institute (CFI) Education and Tamalpais Union High School District (TUHSD) Wellness for the second film in the Teen Wellness Film Series, I AM MARIS. Named a “hidden gem” by the SF Chronicle, the film tells a story of mental health, self-love, and the power of one young person’s voice.

I AM MARIS - Tormented by anxiety, depression, and a life-threatening eating disorder, a teenage girl confronts her buried emotions through artwork and yoga. With infectious authenticity, I AM MARIS paints an unguarded portrait of mental illness and recovery, using Maris’ own words and vivid artwork to illustrate her inspiring journey.

The screening will take place on Tuesday, November 27th at 6:30PM at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael. It will be followed by an in-depth panel discussion with the filmmaker, Laura VanZee Taylor; Maris’ mother, Sharon Degener; BACR Therapist, Caitlin Severin; Body Positive Founder, Elizabeth Scott; and Maris’ yoga mentor, Jenni Wendell.

For more information, please click here

Tennessee Hollow Watershed

Ecology of Tennessee Hollow Watershed 

Led by park experts, these walks offer immersive experiences in the Presidio’s extraordinary natural areas.

Join them to meander along the course of the Tennessee Hollow Watershed’s main creek from the bay to the headwaters with the Presidio Trust’s Wildlife Ecologist Jonathan Young. Learn about the different habitats this creek runs through and hear interesting stories of the diverse types of plants and animals that depend on this flowing stream. This one-mile walk is moderate with a few uphill stretches, stairs and unpaved trails.

This event will be held on Saturday, November 24th from 10:30AM to 12PM at the Tennessee Hollow Watershed. To get here, go to the Presidio Transit Center, 215 Lincoln Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94129. Registered guests will be sent a follow-up email closer to the time of the event with details on where to meet.

To register, please click here

CPUC Workshop

Public Safety Power Shutoffs Workshop

*** NOTE: This event will be held in Santa Rosa, CA.

The California Public Utilities Commission invites you to attend a workshop that will address concerns of vulnerable populations. Utility companies have authority to shut off power in order to protect public safety under high fire risk conditions. Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) can save lives and property and prevent wildfires.

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has developed rules regarding the reasonableness, notification, mitigation, and reporting of PSPS, also known as de-energization. The CPUC is continuing to improve these rules with an emphasis on protecting vulnerable populations.

Please join them at this PSPS workshop to learn more and provide your input!
At the PSPS workshop they will address:

• CPUC requirements for PSPS
• Utility practices and how they have been working to address concerns of vulnerable populations
• Current challenges with PSPS and impacts on vulnerable populations

This event will be held on Friday, December 14th from 9AM to 12:30PM at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building located at 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95404.

To download the event flyer, please click here

County of Marin


A Message from the Elections Department of Marin County 

Voters that did not sign their vote-by-mail envelope received a letter from the Elections Department giving them the opportunity to fix the problem.
The deadline to fix this problem has been extended to 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 28.
Voters may check the status of their ballot by using the Voter Information Portal at

Marin LAFCo

Applications Now Being Accepted for LAFCo Public Seat Member

The Marin Local Agency Formation Commission is accepting applications for service as the Public Member through Friday, January 4, 2019. Interviews of the applicants will be conducted at the Regular Commission meeting on Thursday, February 14, 2019. If the Commission decides to appoint for the short-term seat at this meeting, then the person selected will be sworn in and able to serve at the next meeting of the Commission, scheduled for April 11, 2019. For the regular, four-year term seat, should the Commission make a selection, the member selected would be seated for the full four-year term beginning June 1, 2019 through May 2023.

Applications are now being accepted for the appointment of the Public Member to the Commission. Any person wishing to apply for the position may get an application by going to, calling 415.448.5877, or sending an email to

To view the qualifications, application and other LAFCo information, please click here. To download the press release with complete details, please click here

Age-Friendly Intergenerational Center
IGC November 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 November program schedule, please visit the Intergenerational Center website: or call 415-991-4040

Intergenerational Center Members are FREE. Membership cost for Corte Madera residents is $15; for those outside of Corte Madera, $25. 
This is a tax-deductible donation to Age-Friendly Solutions, a 501(c))(3) tax-deductible organization. Membership entitles you to ALL Intergenerational Center activities at NO CHARGE for the rest of 2018. 
Please contact Pam at The Center at 415.991.4040 to reserve space for your child or email

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

MakerSpace - Build a 30 Inch Model of a Robotic Giraffe

MakerSpace - Build a 30 Inch Tall Model of a Robotic Giraffe

Thursdays in November (8th, 15th and 29th) we will be exploring paper modeling. We will look at how to get started in this hobby and will work together to hopefully build a 30 inch tall model of a robotic giraffe. 

Paper models, also called card models or paper craft, are models constructed mainly from sheets of heavy paper, paperboard, card stock, or foam. Simple to incredibly intricate models can be made with nothing other than paper card stock and glue and a few simple and common tools like scissors, ruler and knife. With the advent of the unfolding software, practitioners of this hobby freely share models online that can simply be downloaded, printed onto card stock, cut and assembled. 

Please call in advance to reserve a spot as space is limited (415-991-4040).  

Poker and Makerspace

Every Tuesday, 2:30-4:30PM  


Enjoy an afternoon of cards and camaraderie. The Intergenerational Center will provide the poker chips, cards and snacks. We invite YOU!

To view the description flyer, please click here.
Please call Pam (415-991-4040) at the Intergenerational Center or email to save yourself a place at the table. We want to make sure there are enough sign-ups for a good game.


MakerSpace - Everyone's a Maker!

Every Thursday, 3:30-5:30PM  

Students from 4th grade to 12th grade and adults up to 110 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 you how to use a 3D printer, Carvey, X-Carve, AxiDraw and laser cutter/engraver, in addition to other tools. 

To view the description flyer, please click herePlease call Pam (415-991-4040) at the Intergenerational Center or email  with any questions or get more details about MakerSpace. 

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, 2nd to 12th grades, 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 age-appropriate projects for every grade level.

To learn about Debra and get all of the details on Art for Kids, please click herePlease 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, November 26th to Friday, November 30th

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