Corte Madera Chronicles: The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter
The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter for December 7, 2018
Pavilion at Menke Park

Happy Holidays!!!

Our  Beautification Committee and a few individuals from our Fire Department spent some time decorating the Piccolo Pavilion at Menke Park. We think it looks fantastic!
We suggest you see it for yourself. 
Take a stroll through Menke Park and get yourself and your family into the holiday spirit. 

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, December 12th from 8PM - 10PM at the Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive. Admission is FREE.

Hope to see you all there! For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 415-927-5072.

Myths and Facts about Hospice Care

Myths and Facts about Hospice Care

Click The Corte Madera Library invites you to an informative discussion on hospice care where you can find out what hospice care really is and how it works. Get all your questions answered. Who pays for hospice care? Is there a hospice facility? When is it time for hospice?

This free event is cosponsored by the Corte Madera Library and Corte Madera Parks & Recreation Department. It will be held on Monday, December 10th, from 10:30AM to 11:30AM at the Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Drive.  

Registration is not required, however seating is limited. For more information, please call 415-924-4844.

Singers Marin

Singers Marin at the Corte Madera Library

The Corte Madera Library invites you to celebrate the holidays with a wonderful performance.

Celebrate the season with the Singers Marin Youth Chorus directed by Jan Pedersen Schiff. The singers will perform Christmas carols, Hanukah songs and songs of peace in this joy-filled family program.

This special Library event will preview the Singers Marin annual Holiday Concert with both Youth and Adult Choruses, December 16th at Marin Center. It will be held on Saturday, December 8th, 2018 from 4PM to 5PM at the Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Drive, Corte Madera. 

For more information, please visit the library or call 415-924-3515.

Holiday Concert Party with the Corte Madera Town Band

Mark your calendars for the Holiday Concert Party with the Corte Madera Town Band

You are invited to the Corte Madera Town Band's Annual Holiday Concert at the Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive, on Friday, December 14th at 7:30PM.

Featuring the Corte Madera Town Band and some additional surprise entertainment and music. They will include your favorite Holiday tunes! The entertainment will be around one hour, then they will provide some great food. All free as to say thank you to their friends, family, and community for your support year round.

To view the event flyer, please click here.
We hope to see you there!

Celebrate Computer Science Week

Celebrate Computer Science Week

Join the Microsoft Store to celebrate Computer Science Week and the holiday season!

They have three new workshops focused on creativity and coding through the month of December:

Minecraft Hour of Code 2018
Using the power of code, students aged 8 and up will explore aquatic worlds and uncover hidden treasure with the new Minecraft Voyage Aquatic tutorial.

Harry Potter Kano Kit
Participants will follow simple steps with drag-and-drop code blocks and create Harry Potter spell motions, magical creatures, and artefacts, all with the coding wand and a Surface device.

Create Cool 3D Holiday Art
Students ages 8+ will bring their imagination to life by creating cool holiday art with 3D in Windows 10.

Workshops are held at the Microsoft Store located at The Village, 1640 Redwood Highway, Space D001 (across from Williams-Sonoma and Gap). Contact Alyssa at if you have questions or concerns. 
To register for one of the upcoming workshops, please click here

Toy Drive

"Things for Teens,Toys for Kids" Gift Drive

Celebrate the 17th year of "Things for Teens, Toys for Kids".

Bring an unwrapped toy or gift cards to the Village's annual Holiday gift collection event. Stop by anytime between 12PM and 5PM between Saturday, 
December 8th to Sunday, December 9th and Saturday, December 15th to Sunday, December 16th at the Center Court of the Village, 1618 Redwood Highway, Corte Madera. 

Help make a difference in kids' lives this holiday season.

This event is sponsored by the Central Marin Police Authority and the Corte Madera and Larkspur Fire Departments.

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.

Free Gift Wrapping
Free Santa Photos

Town Hall Holiday Office Closure 12/24/18-1/02/19

Town Hall Holiday Office Closure 12/24/18-1/02/19

Town Hall offices will be closed for the holidays from Monday, December 24, 2018 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019. 

Offices will reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.  All emergency services will remain available during this time. 

What's Happening in Marin
Zero Waste Marin

Reduce Waste During the Holiday Season

A message from Zero Waste Marin

Reducing waste this holiday season begins with thoughtful shopping and gift giving. Please remember to shop smart and waste less this holiday season.

Give an Experience
Give friends and family members a memorable and personalized gift that requires little or no packaging.

  • Tickets to the theater, ballet or symphony
  • Concert or movie passes
  • Membership to a museum
  • A gourmet meal cooked at home
  • A certificate for babysitting, gardening, or cleaning the house or car.

Sustainable Gift Wrap
When wrapping your holiday gifts, instead of purchasing a new roll of wrapping paper and ribbon, consider these alternatives:

  • Gift bags or reusable shopping bags
  • Tins or baskets
  • Old maps, newspaper or magazine pages
  • Holiday fabrics
  • Bows and paper from previous holidays

Never Burn Wrapping Paper!
It is illegal to burn trash and wrapping paper. If you must use wrapping paper, always purchase non-foil-based paper and remember to toss it in your recycling bin, or save and reuse it next holiday season. Remember that bows, ribbons and wrapping papers that contain glitter or velvet surface treatments are not recyclable. These items go directly to the landfill, so avoid purchasing them if you can.

Don’t Trash your Tree
At the end of the holiday season, make sure your tree ends up in the compost pile, not the landfill. Click here for details on what to do.

Zero Waste Marin works with cities and towns throughout Marin County to educate residents about reducing the amount of waste that goes into our local landfills. Click HERE to download a copy of their newsletter.

Sausalito Lighted Boat Parade

Sausalito Lighted Boat Parade 

Watch dozens of brightly lit and beautifully decorated boats parade along the shoreline by the Spinnaker, Sausalito Yacht Club & Ferry Landing.

This is a free Event along the Sausalito Waterfront. Reserved Waterfront Seating & After Party tickets are available. The event will be held on Saturday, December 8th from 6PM to 9PM at 50 Humboldt Avenue, Sausalito. 

To enter the parade contact Lisa Scopazzi: or call: or call 415-332-3150
Donations for fireworks are being accepted:

Note: The boat parade is a public event and does not require a ticket. They recommend purchasing a reserved seat to ensure the best experience and view of the parade, but standing room is available throughout the Gabrielson Park area.
For details and tips, please click here.

Marin County Parks

Wreath Making Workshop

Marin County Parks invites you to bring the beauty of nature to your front door with a festive, homemade wreath! Join rangers at McNears Beach for a morning of sipping hot chocolate, listening to holiday tunes, and creating your own natural wreath to take home. Fresh greenery, pine cones, and other natural materials will be provided. You may bring your own decorations to use.

This event is ideal for all ages. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. No pets (except service animals) are allowed at this park. Heavy rain will cancel the event. For questions, contact Ranger Sarah Burkhart at

The event will be held on Saturday, December 15th from 9AM to 11AM at McNears Beach Park, 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael, CA. Please meet at the snack bar. For more information on this event, 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

Age-Friendly Intergenerational Center
IGC December 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 December 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

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 and KidsArt

KidsArt and MakerSpace 

KidsArt with Debra
Classes are scheduled every Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 PM
For students, 2nd to 8th grade. 

MakerSpace with Charles

Every Thursday, 3:30-5:30PM

For ages 10 to 110. 
December activity: Make your own light show. Space is limited. Call in advance to reserve a spot.  

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.

Town Manager and Council Reports

Town Manager Todd Cusimano: He deferred his comments to Public Works Director Peter Brown. Mr. Brown reported that a Flood Board meeting will be taking place next week. He commended the maintenance team in the Public Works Department for all of the work that was done to prepare for the winter season. He also reported that the Climate Adaptation Plan is continuing to move forward.
Councilmember David Kunhardt: He reported that on November 14th he attended the Power Association lunch in San Francisco where he heard from PG&E and Marin Clean Energy (MCE). He also attended the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) meeting where he learned that the North South Greenway construction will begin in early 2019. He reported that members of the County’s Drawdown Marin Program have asked him to participate in the Renewable Energy Stakeholders Group. The Group’s first meeting was to discuss an implementation strategy for the Drawdown Marin Campaign. He also completed the training for Leadership and Equity.
Councilmember Eli Beckman: He attended the Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors meeting and the Central Marin Sanitation Agency’s (CMSA) board meeting last month.
Vice Mayor James Andrews: He reported attending the Veterans Day ceremony held at Aegis where eight veterans were honored.

Upcoming Town Council, Board and Commission Meetings
Upcoming Town Meetings

Work Week of Monday, December 10th to Friday, December 14th

***Please make a note of the following***
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Parks and Recreation Meeting scheduled for Monday, December 24, 2018 has been cancelled. A special meeting will be scheduled for December 17, 2018.

Stay Informed

Stay Informed

Remember that you can subscribe to receive notifications on everything happening in Town. Whether it's meeting agendas or community events, we want you to stay informed. Please visit the Notify Me page and select the topics that interest you!

Powered by CivicSend - A product of CivicPlus