Corte Madera Chronicles: The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter
The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter for January 25, 2019

HAPPENING ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 29th: Private Sewer Lateral Ordinance Workshop

Did you know that Sanitary District No. 2 recently passed a Private Sewer Lateral Ordinance?  
The intent behind the Private Sewer Lateral (PSL) ordinance is to provide for the operation and maintenance of Sanitary District No. 2’s (SD2) wastewater conveyance and treatment facilities in a more safe, reliable and serviceable manner. 

In 2017, the California Regional Water Quality Control Board ordered SD2 to fix damaged and deficient sanitary sewer pipes. Many pipes are in need of repair to prevent the infiltration of rainwater and groundwater, which can overwhelm the wastewater collection system and treatment plant, leading to sanitary sewer overflows in the community or discharges of partially treated wastewater into the San Francisco Bay. Improperly maintained private sewer laterals also lead to raw sewage spilling into residential areas.   

Do you want to know how this ordinance affects you?
Join us for a workshop we have scheduled to discuss details from the PSL ordinance, sewer lateral exemptions from the ordinance triggers including information on shared sewer laterals including laterals managed by HOA’s and much more. We will also seek your feedback regarding PSL funding options on Town initiated projects. 

WHEN: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Town Hall Council Chambers: 300 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. 

We hope you can join us for this very important workshop. If you have any questions, please call SD2 at 415-927-5057 or email Associate Civil Engineer, Fernanda Stefanick at To view and share the event flyer, please click here

What's Happening in Town
CCFA Classes

ARE YOU SIGNED UP for one of the upcoming Certified Comprehensive First Aid Trainings (CCFA)

In our continuing commitment to emergency preparedness the Town of Corte Madera is sponsoring training classes for community members. This is one of the many ongoing efforts town-wide to build community awareness, preparation and resilience.

  • The 5-hour class is certified (2 years) by the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI)
  • The course material covers child & adult CPR, appropriate use of Automated External Defribillators (AEDs), how to manage blood borne pathogens, appropriate skilled first-aid training, and coordination and interaction with badged first-responders
  • The course is hands-on, interactive and focused 
  • The course will give special attention to our local vulnerabilities of fire and earthquake response
  • Beverages and snacks will be provided
  • Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing and be prepared to be engaged!
  • Participants completing the course will receive a home first-aid kit 
  • You may sign-up by sending your full name and home address via email to Lorena Barrera at or by calling 415-927-5086. Early enrollment is highly encouraged. You will not be able to participate if you are not enrolled
  • Classes are offered on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Questions regarding the course curriculum may be directed to Marla Orth (
  • Questions regarding enrollment may be directed to Lorena Barrera at
  • All classes will be held at the Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, and begin promptly at the specified time.  
  • Class Dates for the Corte Madera community are:
    • Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 9:00 AM 
    • Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Your skilled efforts can potentially save a life or prevent a disability. Giving you the skill set will remove the fear and hesitation to act quickly and appropriately. 

Thank you for your commitment to our Town’s safety. T
o download and share the class flyer, please click here

Giant Indoor Yard Sale

Corte Madera Women’s Improvement Club

The yard sale will be held on Saturday, March 2nd, from 9AM to 3PM at the Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive.

Mark your calendar, and rummage through your cupboards, cabinets, and closets for items to donate. 

Deliver donations to the Community Center on Friday, March 1st, 11:30AM to 7PM.
Proceeds benefit scholarships for local high school girls active in community service.
For questions of more information email
To download and share the flyer, please click here

Crab Fest 2019

Crab Fest 2019

The Corte Madera Lions Club invites you to their Crab Fest 2019. 
This will be a traditional crab feed and they expect to have fresh crab for everyone again this year. 
This is one of their two major fundraisers. All net proceeds go to support local programs, which are mostly youth-oriented, or regional and national Lions-approved charities. 

The crab fest will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive. The no-host bar begins at 6PM and dinner will begin at 7PM.

Tickets are $45. You can buy them at the Community Center front desk, email, call John Howard at 415-891-8406 or with PayPal


Travelog: Women in Iran & Central Asia

Bring a brown bag lunch and take an armchair trip to Iran and Central Asia with Becky Reed. She will share observations from her 26 day trip through Iran, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan with a focus on women's roles. 

This event is sponsored by the Corte Madera Women's Club and will be held on Tuesday, February 5th from 12PM to 1PM at the Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive. 

What's Happening in Marin
Marin County Parks

Senior Stroll at Corte Madera Creek

Marin County Parks invites you to a walk at Corte Madera Creek. This walk is for ages 18 and up.The pathway that runs along the lower reaches of Corte Madera Creek can be a fabulous place to get close looks at a variety of shorebirds and waterfowl, plus there are usually land birds to be found in the bushes and trees. You'll go for a slow walk along this paved, level path, taking advantage of the benches along the way as you discuss the Corte Madera Creek watershed and its ecological importance.

Remember to bring binoculars, if you have them. They request that no pets (except service animals) attend. Rain may cancel. If questionable weather, call (415) 893-9527 after 8AM on the morning of the event to hear a recorded message if cancelled.
No registration is required.

Questions: Contact Shannon Burke at or (415) 893-9520.
The hike will take place on Sunday, January 27th from 10AM to 11:30AM. Participants should meet at Niven Park on Drakes Landing Road in Greenbrae.
For more information on this event, please click here

42nd Street, Young Performer's Edition

42nd Street, Young Performer's Edition

Join 23 Elephants for 42ND STREET, Young Performer's Edition! The ultimate show-biz musical, 42ND STREET is a celebration of Broadway, Times Square, and the people who make the magic of musical theatre. Aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer comes to the big city from Allentown PA, and soon lands her first big job in the ensemble of a glitzy new Broadway show. But just before opening night, the leading lady breaks her ankle. Will Peggy be able to step in and become a star?

Find out at the performance. It will be held on Saturday, January 26 at the Playhouse in San Anselmo, 27 Kensington Court. There is a performance at 2PM and another at 7PM. 

For ticket information, please click here

Infant and Child CPR

Infant and Child CPR 

Learn to recognize an infant or child in distress, rescue measures for choking, CPR techniques, and infant sleep safety. Includes hands-on practice with mannequins. Oneyear certification provided. Pre-crawling babies welcome. With Kimble Torres, CPR instructor certified by the American Heart Association in basic life support.

The class will be held on Sunday, January 27th from 12PM to 2:30PM at Parents Place Marin, Dr. George Sugarman Swift Building, 600 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael.

For more information about this event and to register for the class, please click here

Parenting Young Children Through Separation or Divorce

Parenting Young Children Through Separation or Divorce

Acquire information and effective skills on how to manage the challenging process of separation/divorce while keeping your child's best interest in mind. You'll cover important topics such as post-separation parental adjustment, the major factors that affect children's adjustment, how to identify "red flags" for children, when/how to get professional support, parent-child communication, and the co-parenting relationship. With Susan Byrd, LCSW. 

The class will be held on Tuesday, January 29th from 7PM to 9PM at Parents Place Marin, Dr. George Sugarman Swift Building, 600 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael. 

For more information about this event and to register for the class, please click here



(JADU = “Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit”, pronounced “Jay-Doo”)

The State of California has recently streamlined requirements for conversion of a bedroom/bathroom to a legal rental, called a JADU (Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit).

  • No additional parking spaces required. No utility hookup fees.
  • Meet with architects, builders and planners on how you convert your bedroom to JADU.
  • Get help in screening renters and writing rental contract.
  • Get Extra Income each month because it is a legal unit.

To reserve your spot, go to: The expo will be held on Thursday, February 7th from 9AM to 11AM at the Whistlestop, 930 Tamalpais Ave, San Rafael. 

And mark your calendars for another JADU Expo on Saturday, March 30th, 9AM to 12PM at the Novato City Hall, 901 Sherman Avenue. 

For more information, go to:
Click here to download and share the event flyer

Age-Friendly Intergenerational Center
AGIC January 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 January 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

Upcoming Town Council, Board and Commission Meetings
Upcoming Town Meetings

Work Week of Monday, January 28th to Friday, February 1st

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