Corte Madera Chronicles: The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter
The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter for May 31, 2019
Climate Adaptation

Have you heard about the Town's Climate Adaptation Plan???

The global climate is changing and nowhere are the impacts of this change felt more acutely than at the local level. Sea level rise, king tides and coastal flooding, along with other climate impacts - such as drought, the enhanced risk of wildfire, or landslides - have already and will continue to affect our community, our multi-modal transportation network and infrastructure, and our way of life.

The Town of Corte Madera has embarked on an 18-month planning process to develop a Climate Adaptation Plan (CAP) focused on enhancing the resilience of the Town. All of the information regarding this dynamic plan can be found at Through this effort, the Town of Corte Madera CAP will provide the necessary foundation and framework for us to make critical decisions that address the Town’s extensive range of climate change-related risks. By identifying key assets and resources that are being affected by climate change, we can develop solutions to make those resources and the people that depend on them more resilient. This plan will guide the future of the Town for the next 5, 10, and 20 years and beyond. The project is funded in part by a CalTrans Adaptation Grant and is expected to be completed in January of 2021.

If you missed the community workshops held in the beginning of the month, you can watch them by clicking on the following links: 

Have questions or comments? Visit the Corte Madera Adapts website or email Public Works Director Peter Brown. Click here to submit your questions or comments. 
What's Happening in Town
Customer Satisfaction Survey

Customer Satisfaction Survey

Dear Valued Customer,
Providing excellent customer service is a top priority for the Town of Corte Madera. We value your input and would like to invite you to tell us how we are doing by taking a short Customer Satisfaction Survey. Your feedback will help us to evaluate our current performance and identify areas for future improvement.
Access the survey now through June 30 on our homepage, or at  
The survey will take 2 minutes to complete, and all responses will remain confidential. If you have any questions, please contact us at 415-927-5064.

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 4th 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: 

Food for thought

Food for Thought!
Nutrition for a Healthy Mind

The Corte Madera Library invites you to a free event on nutrition and wellness. 

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and  nearly one in three seniors die with this disease or some type of dementia. This talk will focus on foods that support healthy brain function and will highlight key findings from the MIND diet study which helped slow cognitive decline and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 53%!

Join Pamela Riggs, Outpatient Nutrition Coordinator & Dietitian at Marin General  Hospital’s Center for Integrative Health & Wellness, at this free event sponsored by Corte Madera Library, Corte Madera Parks & Recreation Department, and Marin General Hospital’s Center for Integrative Health.

This event will be held at the Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Drive on Monday, June 3rd from 10:30 to 11:30am. Call 415-924-4844 for more information. 

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

Father's Day BBQ

Father's Day BBQ

Come celebrate Father's Day and enjoy some good old fashioned fun. 
Play capture the flag and enjoy an assortment of sports-themed attractions. After you work up an appetite on the field, feast on burgers, hot dogs and refreshments. 

Grab your tickets today, as you don't want to miss this big event! The BBQ will be held on Saturday, June 8th from 2-4:30pm at the Corte Madera Community Center. 

To purchase tickets, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 415-927-5072 or click here

FREE Chipper Day


Help provide a more "fire-safe" community. Dispose of your brush, branches, and dead vegetation. This is also an opportunity to clear primary and secondary evacuations routes and roadways. Vegetation encroaching into the roadway or limiting visibility from driveways is more than a nuisance, it's a hazard.

For the safety of our workers, some regulations:

  • Collection is for “vegetation” waste only.  No lumber, appliances, trash, metal objects, batteries, hazardous waste, etc. will be accepted.
  • Stumps and poison oak will not be accepted.
  • Any small plant material that has been pulled out by the roots must be free of rocks and dirt or it will not be accepted. 
  • No wire or metal of any kind may be mixed with the yard waste.
  • Proof of Corte Madera residency is required.
This FREE Chipper Weekend is scheduled for Saturday, June 8th and Sunday, June 9th from 8am to 3pm at The Cove School, 330 Golden Hind Passage. To view and share the event flyer, click here

Public Parking Workshop

Public Parking Workshop

The Town of Corte Madera and the City of Larkspur have been receiving comments and concerns from many residents regarding parking accessibility in their neighborhood and parking issues at the Redwood High School campus. 

The school year is ending but addressing the matter is still very important. 
We want you to know we are working on a solution to the parking issues in your neighborhood. We will be scheduling a public workshop to: 
  •  explain the issues
  •  provide you with updates
  •  discuss recommendations for a residential parking permit program as we head into the coming school year
More information is coming your way in June. 
In the meantime, please share this flyer with your neighbors. Once we have scheduled the workshop, we will inform the community by publishing the notice of the workshop on our websites and spreading the word through social media.  

If you have any questions, please call us at: 
  •  415-927-5050 (Corte Madera) 
  •  415-927-5110 (Larkspur)
To view and share this flyer with your neighbors, please click here
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.

FREE Certified Comprehensive First Aid Training

FREE Certified Comprehensive First Aid Training 

ARE YOU SIGNED UP for the upcoming, Certified Comprehensive First Aid Trainings (CCFA)???
The training is FREE to Corte Madera residents.

This 5-hour class will certify you for
a period of 2 years

  • It is certified 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 firstresponders
  • 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 FREE home first-aid kit
  • Must be age 18 or older to sign up (we will not be able to accept anyone under the age of 18). Sign-up by sending your full name and home address 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 the Town's Resilience Coordinator at 
  • Questions regarding enrollment may be directed to Lorena Barrera at
  • The class will be held at the Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, and begin promptly at the specified time. The upcoming class date is:
    • Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Your skilled efforts can potentially save a life or prevent a disability. Giving you the skill sets will remove the fear and hesitation to act quickly and appropriately. Thank you for your commitment to our Town’s safety. Click here to view the flyer on this class. Make sure to share the flyer with everyone you know. 
What's Happening in Marin
SMART Road Closures

Advisory: Upcoming Road Closures in San Rafael

Second Street (5/31-6/3) 
Friday, May 31 at 8:00 p.m. to Monday, June 3 at 4:00 a.m
Beginning on Friday, May 31 at 8 p.m. and ending on Monday, June 3 at 4 a.m., 2nd Street will be closed between Tamalpais Avenue to Hetherton Street. To travel eastbound, access A Street from Second Street as follows:
  • To access the U.S. 101 South or I-580 East, turn right on A Street. Continue east on Anderson Drive. Follow road signs to access freeway on-ramps.
  • U.S. 101 South is also accessible via Francisco Blvd West.
  • To continue east or to access U.S. 101 North, turn left on A Street. Turn right on Fourth Street. Continue eastbound.
3rd Street Closure
Friday, June 7 at 8:00 p.m. to Monday, June 10 at 4:00 a.m
Beginning on Friday, June 7 at 8 p.m. and ending on Monday, June 10 at 4 a.m., Third Street will be closed between Tamalpais Avenue to Hetherton Street. To travel westbound, use the following alternate routes:
  • To travel westbound from U.S. 101 North, continue north on Irwin Street. Turn left on Fourth Street. Turn left on Lincoln Avenue. Turn right to continue on Third Street.
  • To travel westbound from U.S. 101 South, continue south on Hetherton Street. Turn right on Fourth Street. Turn left on Lincoln Avenue. Turn right to continue on Third Street.
If you plan to travel through this area during the road closure periods, please give yourself some extra time and familiarize yourself with the alternate routes shown in this detour map. If you have any questions, contact SMART directly at (707) 794-3077 or visit their website.
2nd Street Closure Detour Map:
3rd Street Closure Detour MapQuestions or comments?  
Community Outreach Hotline: 707-794-3077
SMART Construction Updates:
SMART website: 

Books and BBQ 2019

Books & BBQ 2019

Join Marin City Community Partners for an afternoon of food, fun, free kids' books (toddler to teen), and community!

They will have free books, food, games, raffle prizes, a deejay, and more! For more information, please call the Marin City Library at (415) 332-6158 or click here

Marin County Parks Event

Lake Fishing for Kids

Join Marin County Parks where Rangers will cast out with the kids at Stafford Lake Park to try to reel in the biggest fish in the lake. Rangers will supply a limited amount of fishing poles and bait for participants.

All skill levels are welcome, and no experience is necessary. Wear comfortable athletic clothing and sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring a fishing pole. A fishing license is required for participants 16 and over. No pets (except service animals) are allowed at this park.

No need to RSVP, just show up. Contact Ranger Jim Slack at

The event will be held on Saturday, June 8th from 9am to 11am at Stafford Lake Park, 3549 Novato Blvd. For directions, and more, please click here

Age-Friendly Intergenerational Center
AFIC June 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 June 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

Paint and Sip

Paint and Sip 

Looking for a fun, social,, painting experience? Discover your inner artist and learn the secrets of creating your own fabulous painting of "Jimson Weed" in the style of Georgia O'Keeffe. Award-winning artist and educator, Debra Maddox will guide you in an informal, encouraging atmosphere to create your own Georgia O'Keeffe masterpiece. No experience is necessary - this is for everyone, from artistic newcomers to master painters! All art supplies will be provided. Just bring a thirst for creativity and passion for a good time. 

Bring your favorite beverage and we will provide the snacks! 

The $45 registration fee, payable to the Age-Friendly Solutions for this event, includes the painting class, all materials and your own beautiful painting on a canvas ready to hang on the wall. 

Call AFIC to make your reservations. ou may drop off the registration fee at AFIC by Monday, June 3rd, anytime between 10:30am to 4:30pm. Register soon as space is limited. 

Upcoming Town Council, Board and Commission Meetings
Upcoming Town Council, Board and Commission Meetings

Work Week of Monday, June 3rd to Friday, June 7th

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