Corte Madera Chronicles: The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter
The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter for February 8, 2019
A Message from the Director of Public Works

Message from the Director of Public Works

In an effort to improve public safety for all road users, the Public Works Department is considering reconfiguring the intersections of Meadowsweet Drive, Sanford Street, and Casa Buena Drive where they intersect with Tamalpais Drive near the Bank of America and Peet’s Coffee. The 5-year collision record at this location is the highest of any Corte Madera intersection and seems to confuse drivers on a daily basis. In an effort to observe how the intersection improvements will function, a temporary, 2-day closure is planned for next week.
Northbound Sanford Street at Meadowsweet Drive will be closed to through traffic beginning 7am on Monday, February 11th until 6pm on Tuesday, February 12th. During this closure, detour signs will route vehicles over to Conow Street in order to turn onto Casa Buena Drive and access Tamalpais and US 101. Vehicles traveling southbound onto Sanford Street will still be able to access Meadowsweet Drive from Tamalpais Drive and Madera Boulevard.

This temporary closure will enable staff to finalize preparations for the upcoming Sanford/Casa Buena/Meadowsweet Intersection Improvement Project. The project and the temporary road closure were discussed at the February 5, 2019 Town Council meeting. The video recording to this meeting can be viewed here: Please contact the Public Works Department at 415-927-5057 for more information.
Peter Brown

What's Happening in Town
PSL Ordinance Workshop

Did you miss the PSL Ordinance Workshop? 

Did you miss the Private Sewer Lateral Ordinance Workshop that Sanitary District No. 2 held on January 29th? If so, do not worry, we had the workshop video recorded. You can watch the video of the workshop directly from our video archives page (YouTube). Simply click on the following link to learn everything you need to know regarding the PSL ordinance, sewer lateral exemptions from the ordinance triggers including information on shared sewer laterals and much more.

If you have any follow up questions regarding this workshop, please contact Fernanda Stefanick in the Public Works Department by calling 415-927-5050

Hearts on the Hill Fundraiser

Hearts on the Hill Fundraiser

Kids on the Hill invites you to their 22nd annual Hearts on the Hill Fundraiser benefiting Kids on the Hill Preschool in Corte Madera! 

There will be activities for the whole family including carnival-style games, face painting, arts and crafts, food and drinks (cupcakes!), a live DJ, dancing, and a silent auction. All activities will be held indoors at the Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive. It will be held this Saturday, February 9th from 3:30PM to 6:30PM. 

Admission is $5 and children 2 and under are free! 

For more information call 415-924-3033.

Origami Valentines with Tas Bringas

Origami Valentines with Tas Bringas

The Corte Madera Library invites you to attend a workshop where you will be able to make a special Origami Valentine for that special someone. This workshop is for individuals ages 8 & up.

The workshop will be conducted on Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 11AM to 12PM at the Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Drive. 

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

All Things Apple

All Things Apple Classes for Beginner and Intermediate Apple Users

The Corte Madera Library invites you to participate in All Things Apple, a series of free, drop-in classes for both beginner and intermediate Apple users. Discover how to get the most out of your Apple computer, iPad or iPhone in these interactive classes. 

Classes will be held Tuesdays from 1-3 pm, beginning February 12th through April 2nd, 2019. For a complete list of classes visit

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

Big Band Dance

Big Band Dance

Come join us 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 13th 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!
If you have any questions please call 415-927-5072. To view the event flyer, please click here.

Mindful Eating

Mindful Eating

The Corte Madera Library invites you to a workshop that will help you discover how to change poor eating habits. Stop feeling guilty and dieting and achieve a healthy weight for life. Learn mindful practices to change poor eating habits and love healthy food.

Registration is not required, however seating is limited.

The event will be held on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 7PM to 8:30PM. 

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

Third Wednesday Speaker Series

The Third Wednesday Speaker Series: Staying Alive!

Age-Friendly Corte Madera, Twin Cities Village, Corte Madera Parks and Recreation and Age-Friendly Solutions, Sponsors of The Third Wednesday Speakers Series present... 
Staying Alive

Marin's first responders emphasize that all residents must be prepared to survive for 5-7 days in their homes following a disaster. Now that firestorms are also a reality in our area, we need to understand about emergency alerts and how to escape. This custom Get Ready class for Older Adults will help you create an emergency plan, evacuation checklist, and strategies to keep you safe.

Presenter: Maggie Lang
                  RN, Marin County CERT and GetReady Coordinator. 
Location: Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925

Driver Safety Education

Start Smart - A FREE Teen Driver Safety Class

Do you have a teen driver in your family? Help them to “start smart.”  Central Marin Police Authority (CMPA) is pleased to partner with the California Highway Patrol’s Marin Office and offer the Start Smart class to our communities. Start Smart is a FREE two-hour traffic safety class designed specifically for teen drivers or soon-to-be drivers (15 to 19 years of age) and their parents. The class will teach teens about some of the most common mistakes that new drivers make, and the most common reasons that law enforcement officers will contact them while driving.  The class also serves to educate parents and clarify some of the confusion about the laws regarding provisional drivers licensing.  

At least one parent or guardian must attend with their teen. (exception for Court referrals over 18 years old)

You must register for the class in advance. The Eventbrite links are listed below.  Each person attending will need their own ticket, including parents.  Please select “2” when registering for tickets.

Start Smart will be offered at two locations:

San Anselmo – Saturday, February 16, 2019   10 am to noon
San Anselmo Town Hall Council Chambers
525 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo

Larkspur – Saturday, March 9, 2019   10 am to noon
Central Marin Police Authority community room
250 Doherty Drive, Larkspur


The Town of Corte Madera, Department of Public Works is happy to announce that it will be holding its second public outreach event for the Central Marin Regional Pathways Gap Closure Project on Wednesday, February 27th. The public workshop is tentatively scheduled for 6:30pm at Corte Madera Town Hall, located at 300 Tamalpais Drive. We encourage all to attend and provide your ideas and feedback! 
The Central Marin Regional Pathways Gap Closure Project is an infrastructure project that has spanned more than 10 years of planning efforts involving a wide range of stakeholders, including: the Town of Corte Madera, City of Larkspur, Transportation Authority of Marin, Caltrans, Bay Trail, local citizens, advocacy groups, and school parents. These efforts resulted in the prioritization of the project as the top Active Transportation Program application for both the Town of Corte Madera and City of Larkspur. The Central Marin Regional Pathways Gap Closure Project sits at the nexus of five active transportation pathways and routes. Where, current conditions at the project site leave users with sub-standard and aging infrastructure, challenging intersections, no bike lanes or sidewalks, and congested streets with fast-moving traffic.
This project involves improving numerous pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular improvements on Wornum Drive, Nellen Avenue, Fifer Avenue and Lucky Drive in Corte Madera. 
If you are unable to attend in person and wish to provide your comments on the project by email you can address them to R.J. Suokko at

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. 

Items in good condition are welcome but the following CANNOT be accepted (Not an exclusive list)

  • Hazardous materials
    • paint/stain, herbicide, pesticide, construction material, household cleaners, glass, automotive parts, medications
  • Electronic/appliances
    • batteries, cell phones, computers/monitors, televisions, microwave ovens, large appliances
  • Furniture
    • large/heavy items (sofas, etc.), mattresses/box springs, blinds/drapes, ceiling fans
  • Books & Prints
    • encyclopedias, magazines and textbooks 
    • Most welcome book donations: cookbooks, children's books, hard cover or large format coffee table and best sellers, paperback novels
  • Perishables
    • Food, cosmetics
  • Children Items
    • Strollers, cribs, high chairs, car seats
  • Other
    • Exercise machines, skis, etc., weapons/ammunition, broken or strained items, home burnt CDs & videos (copyrighted material)

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

What's Happening in Marin
Giants FanFest 2019

Giants FanFest 2019

Attention all Giants Fans. The 2019 Giants FanFest is here. 

There will be live KNBR broadcasts on the field, player Q&As, free player autographs, places to take photos. If the weather permits, you will be able to walk or play catch on the field. There will also be self-guided tours of the Giants Clubhouse, a kids zone and much more. 

The FanFest will be held on Saturday, February 9th from 10AM to 3PM at AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza in San Francisco. To get the complete details, please click here. To download a printable map, please click here

Marin County Parks

Learn to Skimboard

Marin County Parks invites you to learn how to skimboard with ranger staff. You’ll learn the basics of skimboarding through demonstration and practice. A limited number of skimboards will be provided, but if you already have a board, please bring it with you. 

This event is ideal for all ages. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring wet suit, sunscreen, and a towel. Friendly dogs are welcome but must be leashed. Rain will cancel.

Questions: Contact Ranger Scott Moller at

This event will take place on Sunday, February 10th from 10AM to 12PM at Upton Beach. 
For more information on this event, please click here

Maker Educator Night

Maker Educator Night

"Are you an educator? Want to 'mak-ify' a lesson plan?" Marin Makerspace invites you to check out their open lab for educators where you can explore, experiment, learn, and test out your creative ideas for the classroom. Bring your ideas, lesson plans, and test materials to work with and they'll help support your experimentation and design process.

We are providing our experience as maker educators and are not providing materials or instruction.

This is an adult only program. RSVP is recommended, but not required. If you wish to RSVP, click here
This event will be held on Tuesday, February 12th from 5:30PM to 7:30PM at the Marinovation Learning Campus, Marin Makerspace, 931 C Street, Novato, CA 94949

For more information about this event, please click here

Town Manager and Council Reports

Town Manager Cusimano: Cusimano complimented staff for their work on the PSL Ordinance Workshop and mentioned that thanks to the feedback received from the community, staff would have some recommendations to provide the council for their consideration in the near future. He reported meeting with Marin Clean Energy (MCE) to learn about the programs they offer and how they could be useful to the Town. Regarding ordinances, Cusimano mentioned that the smoking ordinance and a draft of the noise ordinance will be brought back to council for consideration. Staff will also be bringing forward a draft ordinance for short-term rentals.
Councilmember Kunhardt: Kunhardt reported that the Marin Commutes website is now up and running ( He also mentioned meeting with four representatives from Smoke-Free Marin regarding their concerns with tobacco products.
Councilmember Bailey: He mentioned attending meetings with Marin Clean Energy (MCE) and reported on concerns MCE heard regarding the situation with PG&E and their bankruptcy filing. He added that there are regulatory changes that the Public Utilities Commission can consider that would force utility companies to make lots of changes that could be costly. Bailey also reported that utility rates are not going to be increased at this time. Lastly, he reported attending the Marin County Council of Mayors and Councilmembers (MCCMC) Legislative Committee meeting.

Age-Friendly Intergenerational Center
AGIC February 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 February 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, February 11th to Friday, February 15th

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