Corte Madera Chronicles: The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter
The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter for May 17, 2019

Mill Valley Refuse Service - Dual Stream Recycling 

Were you aware that Mill Valley Refuse Service (MVRS) previously implemented a dual stream pilot project for recycling? If you weren't, and even if you were, we highly recommend you read their MVRS Dual Stream Pilot Report so that you can get all of the details on how the program began, what was learned and what the next steps are. Please note that MVRS will be giving a presentation on this pilot program to the Town Council this Tuesday, May 21st at 6:30pm in the Corte Madera Town Hall Council Chambers, 300 Tamalpais Drive. It is very important that the community also come and hear about it. MVRS will also be bringing in recycling bin examples of those used in the pilot program and those MVRS is proposing to use if all jurisdictions that have a franchise agreement with MVRS decide to switch from single stream to dual stream recycling service.

What's Happening in Town
Are You Recycling Right?

ARE YOU RECYCLING RIGHT? Free Seminar on Recycling and Home Composting

The Corte Madera Community Center, in partnership with Zero Waste Marin, is hosting a free advanced recycling and home composting workshop.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, May 18th from 10:00am to 12:00pm in the Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive.

Proper recycling and keeping organic materials onsite, as mulch and homemade compost, are some of the most important practices you can do for our environment. Wonder why some items are not wanted in the recycling bin? Confused about plastic recycling? Are you curious about worm composting? Come learn how proper recycling and composting are related. Come discover how this knowledge makes you an informed and empowered citizen in your community.

Good Reason to Attend
Preventing unnecessary waste is an important goal for all of us. Did you know that the number one single item in our garbage is food scraps? And a lot of the food is even edible when is it thrown away. Did you know that over 20% of what is in the average Marin County garbage can are recyclable bottles, cans, and paper? Combined yard trimmings, along with food scraps, and basic recyclable equal more than 79% of the total waste from Marin County homes. Knowing this means there is a great opportunity to divert this material away from landfills, into a recycling and composting programs, or back into our landscape as homemade compost. Learning how to compost and properly recycle, are some of the most important endeavors one can do for our environment. The instructor, Todd Sutton, aka The Waste Sleuth, is a waste prevention expert with more than 27 years in the environmental field. He has appeared on national television, including Discovery and the History channels, and has educated thousands on sustainable materials management, zero waste concepts, waste prevention, reuse, recycling, and composting.

Be a Winner – Attend a Free Workshop
By attending this free workshop you will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for the chance to win a free composting bin with a retail value of more than $100. Everyone is a winner –by learning how to properly recycle at home and work, and by learning how to compost, we all win because we are part of the solution to help keep our environment healthy. Do Not Hesitate Register now to attend a free workshop and learn how to compost. The class is free and seats are limited. Registration is desired, but not necessary. Please RSVP via email or call or text 925-787-8913.

Register now. If you would like additional information on this topic please contact Casey Poldino, Zero Waste Specialist, Zero Waste Marin (415) 473-6170. To contact the workshop instructor – Todd Sutton, aka the Waste Sleuth, (925) 787-8913 or --

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Parks and Recreation Announcement


***** Please note change in location for tomorrow *****

We need your input!

The Corte Madera Parks and Recreation Department is planning to renovate Skunk Hollow Mini-Park.  Please join Town of Corte Madera Staff and The Corte Madera Parks and Recreation Commission to discuss ideas for
Skunk Hollow.

We will have 2 community meeting to gather input and share some design ideas.  We encourage families, neighbors, and park supporters to attend.  Refreshments and snacks will be provided at the park meeting.

We are considering a project that will replace play equipment, provide safer and better park access and add a picnic and sitting area.

The meetings will be held on:

  • SATURDAY, MAY 18th, 9:30am - 11am at the Cove School - 330 Golden Hind Passage
  • MONDAY MAY 20th, 6:30pm at the Town Council Chambers—300 Tamalpais Dr.

For Questions about the project please contact Mario Fiorentini at or 415-927-5072 or visit

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The Town's Climate Resilience Survey: Provide your input!

The Town's Climate Resilience Survey: Provide your input!

Provide your input! The Town's Climate Resilience Survey is now Available. After a series of successful public meetings on May 8th and 9th, the Town's resilience project is really underway. Please help us guide the community's climate resilience efforts by filling out this short survey: (click here to go to survey) – it should take less than 10 minutes to complete.

You can also find out more about this effort on the project website

Senior Fair

Senior Fair

Come join us for our annual Senior Fair! A wide range of agencies, service groups, and vendors who work to meet the needs of seniors will be on hand to provide information.       
This event will be held on Thursday, May 23rd from 11am to 12:30pm at the Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. Click here to view and share the event flyer. 

Living With Fire Seminar

SAVE THE DATE for... Living With Fire Seminar

Join us for a FREE 2-hour seminar on wildfire preparedness for Marin residents. The "Living with Fire" presentation will be taking place on Tuesday June 4 from 7:00-9:00pm at the Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Dr, Corte Madera.

As Marin residents, we all share responsibility to be prepared for wildfires. Wildfires are a natural part of our environment, and it’s imperative that we build our homes, maintain our landscapes, and prepare our families for the next major fire. Learn about your community’s hazard and what you can do about it from the wildfire experts at Central Marin Fire Department and FIRESafe MARIN.

  • Are you and your family prepared to safely evacuate when a wildfire strikes?
  • Is your home vulnerable to igniting from wildfire embers?
  • Does your home have adequate Defensible Space?
  • Are you interested in working with neighbors and land managers to reduce fire risk in your community?
This workshop is intended primarily for residents, homeowners, and regular visitors to Corte Madera, Larkspur, Greenbrae, and Marin County, CA. Registration online at is encouraged, but not required. Click the link to get the details from the Central Marin Fire Website: 

Mindful Eating

Mindful Eating: A Three Part Series with Claire R. Cohn, M.A.

The Corte Madera Library invites you to a three part series of free, drop-in workshops.

Claire Cohn will help you understand your relationship to food, respond to cravings and make better food choices. Each workshop will be interactive and provide practical tips to prevent weight gain. 

The workshops will be held on Thursday, May 9th,16th & 23rd from 7PM to 8:15PM. Below are the workshops left from this series. 

Workshop 3: What do I need to eat to feel satisfied? 
Assess your personal eating style and distinguish between “gut or head hunger”.
Learn to make better food and meal choices.

All workshops will be held at the Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Drive. 
Call 415-924-6382 for more information. 

Fire Extinguisher Training Day

Fire Extinguisher Training Day

Central Marin Fire Department presents:

Saturday, June 1st, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Fire Station 14, 342 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera

The fire department recommends that you have at least one fire extinguisher in your home, and that you know how to use it!

We will provide the fire extinguisher and the fire! This training will also include a short presentation and video. This is an invaluable practice session for those who have never used a fire extinguisher and are hesitant to do so.
Fire Master will be offering to refill your extinguisher for $15. They will also be selling 5lb fire extinguishers at discounted price of $55. Please bring cash for purchase or refilling.

Call 415-927-5077 to sign up for one of the 1 hour training time slot.
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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. You will also learn how to protect yourself from online hackers and create safer passwords. 

Join “chic geek” Beryn Hammil to help you figure it out. Her classes are the perfect solution to give you the start you need and eventually take you beyond the basics.

Classes will be held Tuesdays from 1-3 pm, beginning May 7th through August 27th, 2019.
No classes will be held on June 25th or July 2nd.

For a complete list of classes visit
For more information, contact the Corte Madera Library at 415-924-4844.
What's Happening in Marin
Just Cause for Eviction: Registry Drive

Just Cause for Eviction: Registry Drive

Since January, landlords with properties in unincorporated Marin that contain three or more dwellings cannot evict a tenant without providing a reason-- a "just cause." Starting June 1, landlords must have registered rental properties in order to evict a tenant.

Requirements to register properties:

  • copies of rental leases for the past two years
  • business license number
  • housing inspection program license or permit number. 

Community Development Agency staff will assist with license registration; regular fees will apply. The event will be held at the Fairfax Library, 2097 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Fairfax. For more information, click here

Marin County Parks Event

Restoring a Wetland

This walk is for ages 18 and up. Located on the edge of San Pablo Bay, McInnis Park is bordered by some of the county's most productive marshland. Marin County Parks is looking at solutions to restore tidal wetlands to this area, which will benefit several protected animal species as well as help mitigate some effects of sea level rise. Join us for a bird’s eye view of the restoration opportunities along the lower sections of Las Gallinas and Miller Creeks and then a walk along the levees where we’ll get a closer look at the project area and discuss the life histories of the animals who will benefit the most. We’ll be joined by Marin County Parks staff, James Raives and Sarah Richards, who are heading up this effort and will discuss the vision for the McInnis Marsh Restoration Project.

Remember to bring binoculars, if you have them. We 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. In the event of cancellation, program will be rescheduled for May.
No registration is required. If you have questions, please contact Shannon Burke at or (415) 893-9520.

The event will be held on Tuesday, May 21st from 10am to 1pm at McInnis Park. For directions, and more, please click here

Age-Friendly Intergenerational Center
AFIC May 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 May program schedule, please visit the Intergenerational Center website: or call

Intergenerational Center programs are FREE for members. Membership cost for Corte Madera residents is $25 and for non-residents it is $40 for all of 2019. 
The cost is a tax-deductible donation to Age-Friendly Solutions, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Please contact Pam at The Center at 415-991-4040 or via email at for more information.

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 Council, Board and Commission Meetings

Work Week of Monday, May 20th to Friday, May 24th

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