Oral History Workshop
An oral history workshop funded by the Marin Community Foundation, entitled "A Stampede of Memories," is coming to Bolinas. It will be conducted by Herman Berlandt, publisher of Mother Earth Journal and a Bolinasian since 1971. He will conduct an eight-week memory session covering 12 stages from childhood to the present. There will be no charge for participants. Call 868-9224 and leave phone and box numbers and preferred hours, or write H.B., BOX 886, Bolinas 94924. Presently the workshop is taking place at the Friendship House in San Rafael.
Tribute To Jerry Garcia
The Webs will host a free concert in Golden Gate Park from noon to 5 p.m. at the bandshell between Steinhart Aquarium and the Japanese Tea Garden on Labor Day, September 7, to celebrate the life and music of Jerry Garcia. Call 472-6963 for more information.
Challenging Child Workshop
A five-session program titled "The Challenges of Parenting Your Spirited Child" will be offered by Kaiser on Monday evenings from 7-9 p.m., September 28-October 26 at the medical center, 99 Monticello Rd. Participants will learn how children's temperaments effect their behavior, new strategies to deal with difficult behavior, how to set limits, how to handle difficult daily situations and how to promote your child's self-esteem.
Space is limited. Call 444-2173 for a registration form. The fee is $50 for Kaiser members, $70 for non-members.
Bluegrass/Western Swing Festival
Great music, food and dance will be found at the Pt. Reyes Bluegrass Festival September 12 at the old Red Barn. The outdoor, daytime show features San Francisco bluegrass mainstays The Crooked Jades, plus The Bark Hollow Band, Joe New and the Walking Wonders, and Mike Stadler and Jim Minton. Closing out the show will be the David Tom Band. David Grisman commented, "The David Tom Band plays bluegrass with the right attitude... I heartily recommend you check them out." The day show is hosted by KPFA's Mary Tilson from 1-6 p.m.
The evening show from 4-8 p.m. heats up with a Western Swing Dance played by Billy Jack Wilson and his six-piece swing band. Bill Jack (so named in tribute to Bob Wills' brother) and his hand have played throughout the state and are winners of the Western Swing and Honky Tonk Shootout at Demarco's 23 Club. Barbeque will be served by Ferrari and Lebao. This event is a benefit for West Marin Coastal Radio co-sponsored by the West Marin Lion's Club. For more information, call 663-9153.
Coastal Cleanup Day
Come lend a hand on Saturday, September 19 from 9 a.m. to noon when participants will clear debris from beaches, bays, rivers and creeks. Brita will offer each volunteer a coupon for a free Brita Water Filtration Pitcher as a gift for helping out. Call 332-3871 to volunteer.
A "Whale Tail" license plate is being offered to help fund Coastal Cleanup Day and other Adopt-A-Beach public outreach and education programs. Call 800-COAST4U for an application.
Founders' Day In Tomales
Tomales will welcome visitors to a day of old-fashioned family fun as it observes its fifth annual Founders' Day Celebration Sunday, September 6. The dedication of a plaque commemorating the township's unique history and the first public viewing of the new Tomales Regional History Center will highlight this year's festivities.
The day begins with a pancake breakfast served from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the Presbyterian Fellowship Hall and the opening of an all-day flea market at the adjacent parking lot. The town's two historic churches, Assumption of Mary Catholic Church and Tomales Presbyterian Church, will welcome guests for special worship services beginning at 10:15 a.m.
The work of local artists and crafters will be showcased at the Town Hall throughout the morning and afternoon, and a book sale with be held through early afternoon.
At noon a parade featuring antique autos, floats, mounted and marching units, a mule train and all sorts of wheeled vehicles will move down Main Street.
A chicken barbecue will get underway at 1 p.m. and continue until dusk at the park, where there will be music, children's games and a variety of concessions.
An antique car show and old gas engine display will line the main street and visitors will be encouraged to explore the rest of the town with self-guided history walks or horse and wagon hay rides.
Call 878-2677 for more information.
Alzheimer's Memory Walk
The North Bay chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is preparing for its third annual Memory Walk to be held on Saturday, October 3 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at The Village in Corte Madera.
Funds raised will be used to support the programs and services of the chapter. Last year 450 walkers raised more than $61,000 to help provide support groups, referral and educational services in Marin, Napa and Sonoma counties.
Walkers and teams of walkers sign up sponsors for their three-mile jaunt. The event includes refreshments, musical entertainment and a warm-up led by instructors from Elan Fitness Center. All participants who raise or pay $25 will earn a t-shirt.
Volunteers are needed to assist with set-up, registration, check points, water stations, and clean up. Call 472-4340.
Woolsey's Coast Miwok Bill
Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Petaluma) introduced legislation to restore federal recognition for the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, which is primarily composed of the Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo groups.
The bill, the Graton Rancheria Restoration Act, restores all federal rights and privileges to the tribe and its members, reinstates their political status and makes them eligible for benefits now available to other federally recognized tribes, such as health, education and housing services. Gambling will not be allowed on tribal lands affected by the bill.
The earliest historical account of the Coast Miwok peoples, whose traditional homelands include Bodega, Tomales, Marshall in Marin County and Sebastopol in Sonoma County, dates back to 1579. Today there are 301 members of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria.
Valley Music Festival
The third annual San Geronimo Valley Music Festival will take place on Saturday, September 12 from 5-11 p.m. at the Cultural Center.
The band Zero will headline the festival, playing rock music with jazz and blues overtones. This show is a homecoming for Zero. It celebrates the 14th anniversary of the band's first gig in Fairfax at the Sleeping Lady Cafe.
Opening acts are the Anny Owen Band (funky folk) and By All Means (Valley teens).
Tickets are $20 ($10 for kids 6-12). Doors open at 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Center's arts and human services programs. Call 488-9385. Check out Zero's website: www.rockweb.com/bands/zero.
Hospice of Marin is offering free drop-in support groups that don't require reservations for the fall season. They will be held on Mondays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on September 14, October 19, November 16 and December 7 at 150 Nellen Avenue in Corte Madera.
Drug/Alcohol Board Volunteers Needed
The Marin County Board of Supervisors is looking for people who have a professional interest in, or personal commitment to, alleviating problems related to alcohol and drug use in the community for a position on the Alcohol and Other Drug Problems Board. Membership will include representatives from various economic, social and occupational groups and must be broadly representative of the demographic characteristics of the county.
Members of the public are encouraged to apply by contacting the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors at 499-7331. Applications must be received in the clerk's office no later than September 2; appointments will be scheduled for September 14th.