Marin Community Events

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Community events

Here are some of the latest events showcasing our community:

The Mill Valley Film Festival

The 45th Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF45) was an amazing 11 days of films, panels, parties, and musical performances at the annual autumn showcase. During this year’s festival, audiences flocked to Marin theaters and enjoyed live music shows at Sweetwater Music Hall.

Festival goers discovered awe-inspiring films from around the globe and celebrated many talented Bay Area filmmakers and acclaimed filmmakers from countries worldwide. And received an early look at upcoming Oscar® contenders, including Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale with Brendan Fraser, Till with Chinonye Chukwu, White Noise with Noah Baumbach, and Women Talking with Academy Award®-winning actress Frances McDormand.

MVFF’s popular Education program reached over 10,000 students across the US with virtual programming, in-person screenings followed by live Q&As, and school visits throughout Marin, San Francisco, and the East Bay with local and visiting filmmakers.

270 Media Celebration at Casa Madrona

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Friends, colleagues and advertisers turned out to celebrate Marin Magazine joining Local Getaways and becoming a part of 270 Media on November 3 at Casa Madrona in Sausalito. Guests were served food from Poggio, Salt Point cocktails and Anaba Wines. One lucky attendee won an airplane ride from Sausalito’s Seaplane Adventures.

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Marin City Celebrates 80-Year History   

Marin City residents and supporters wrapped up a yearlong celebration of its 80th anniversary with a stalwart Blues ‘N’ Soul Party in The Park on Labor Day. Nearly 3,000 people came together to enjoy arts and crafts, a car exhibit and local food purveyors, plus free performances by Bay Area artists including The Spiritual Keys and Grammy nominee Andre Thierry. It was the culmination of a year of activities, exhibitions and the official launch of the Marin City Historical and Preservation Society.

Best of the County Party 

On August 18, Marin Magazine staff, along with hundreds of winners from its annual Best of the County issue, gathered to celebrate being the best at Perry’s on Magnolia (winner of the Best Bar category). They were entertained by Best Music Venue winner Sweetwater’s consistently sold-out headliner, Dan Durkin (of Petty Theft and the Illegals), and savored fabulous wines from Anaba and Domaine Carneros.

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The Presidio Tunnel Tops Opening: Celebrating a World-Class Park With Stunning Views in San Francisco 

On July 17, thousands of visitors from all over the Bay Area trekked out to the Presidio to be the first to see the highly anticipated, years-in-the-making Tunnel Tops — a new, 14-acre stretch of public parkland built atop the two tunnels leading to and from the Golden Gate Bridge.

Opening day at the Presidio Tunnel Tops was a plethora of cultural performances, food trucks with a diversity of cuisines and many areas to explore, including a sweet new children’s playground.

The day’s events were co-curated by the Presidio Activator Council, consisting of  local leaders, activists, and artists who represent communities historically underrepresented in national parks, with the intention of making the Tunnel Tops distinctly feel like a welcome space for all.

“There was a lot of intentionality in having the Activators at Presidio Tunnel Tops,” said Kaushik Roy, Presidio Activator. “There’s a difference between saying everyone is welcome and making those people feel welcome. What we can do is create programming that keeps those communities in mind and makes people feel like they’re truly wanted and they’re not an after-thought.”

Along with a free, expansive, view-laden space to enjoy at the Tunnel Tops, the Presidio is hosting a First Sunday Afternoons series, ranger talks in the campfire area, and will be adding other programs on an ongoing basis.

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Marin City Historian’s Tribute Cookbook ‘Grandmothers Feed Us Love’ Sausalito Book Signing

Historian and matriarch Felecia Gaston’s new cookbook, Grandmothers Feed Us Love, is a Southern-style recipe collection and laudation of the grandmotherly love and soulful cooking of the many Black women she’s met in Marin City since the 1980s. 

Cheryl Popp of Sausalito Books by the Bay hosted a signing party for the book on August 8, bringing in a standing-room-only crowd. At the center was Gaston, along with five of the grandmothers featured in the book, autographing copies and chatting with well-wishers, while Sausalito Woman’s Club members passed around desserts made from the book’s recipes, including pound cake and chocolate pudding cookies. Supporters snatched up all the available books that evening, with sales benefitting the Marin City Historical and Preservation Society. 

Grandmothers Feed Us Love is a reminder of the power of the human spirit to bring people together over a good meal,” Gaston says. “It also gives us a chance, as we do in various African traditions, to lift up our elders.” 

Coming up at the bookstore in October: signing for The Midnight Library by Matt Haig on October 11; and a third anniversary party with live music, bites, libations and local authors at the Sausalito Yacht Harbor Marina Dock on October 16.

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