5 Best Things to do This Week: April 1–7


1. Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change – Art Exhibit

The Marin Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (Marin CNPS) is presenting a special exhibition of photographs entitled Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change, featuring over 70 wildflower portraits and native landscapes by Marin City photographers Nita Winter and Rob Badger. The photographs address climate change and its effect on a universal symbol of beauty: the wildflower. The photo exhibition and additional planned events and activities throughout April and May aim to help Bay Area residents understand what may happen to our local biodiversity with the increasing effects of changing climate conditions. The opening reception for the exhibition is Saturday, April 6, from 1–3 p.m. at the Bay Model Visitor Center. Here, guests can meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments.



2. Dave Eggers at Book Passage

Dave Eggers is a literary force of nature. His memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius endeared him to readers everywhere. Since then, he has founded a publishing company, created the Literary Journal McSweeney’s, and organized the amazing 826 Valencia Project that works with young people nationwide. And he’s still writing award-winning books. He will be talking about his latest novel The Parade.



3. Taste of Tomales

The region of Tomales Bay is one of the best agricultural areas in California. The hills are abundant with livestock and the waters have a bounty of fish, oysters and crabs. The Taste of Tomales event highlight the restaurants that celebrate the farmers, ranchers and fisherman that make this region special. The weekend of April 5–7 will be filled with delicious food, beverage and one of the most beautiful drives on the California coast. Your ticket will act as passport as you travel to each of the restaurants along the trail and enjoy small plates (3-4 bites) from each chef along with a sample beverage. All of the restaurants have also agreed to donate 25% of each ticket to the Golden Gate Salmon Association. The participating restaurants are Nick’s Cove, The Marshall Store, Tony’s Seafood, Dillon Beach Coastal Kitchen, The William Tell House and K&A Take Away.



4. Free Museum Weekend

Do you have a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit card or debit card? If so, get ready to flash your plastic for a taste of culture this upcoming weekend — at no cost. Cardholders get free admission to six Bay Area museums the first weekend of every month including the Contemporary Jewish Museum, de Young, and Legion of Honor in San Francisco as well as the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland. Current exhibitions at the de Young include Monet: The Late Years and Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey, while the Legion of Honor offers The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine among others. So start your month off on a refined note, hope to see you there!



5. Sunrise Tour of Muir Woods

While the early hour may seem uncivilized, if not down-right obscene, sunrise is a particularly beautiful time to visit an old-growth redwood forest. Participants will be introduced to the local plant and animal residents (more likely seen in early morning), all of whom have been invited to stop by and meet you. Note that many of the animal residents are distracted by family or personal concerns and the event often slips their mind. Not to mention that some are not very social, others are rather afraid of visitors, and still others are too caught up in the rat race of making a living to stop by and greet you. The resident plants, on the other hand, are more staid. They are quite happy to stand around while visitors admire their majesty and beauty. During the tour, we will explore the ways in which the residents make a living, how they form a unique community, and the similarities and differences with the ways residents in your own community make a living. Participants will also be invited to explore the evolutionary history of Muir Woods and how the community managed to survive the threats posed by an invasive species, namely us. This three-mile stroll through Muir Woods (mostly flat, with a relatively steep section) is designed to engage adults and may be over the head of younger teens. Dress warmly, ideally in layers. Wear sturdy shoes. Shivering in the early morning cold is not the way to enjoy the tour. Bring a water bottle and optionally a thermos of your favorite hot drink and pastry to enjoy at Camp Eastwood. Heavy rain cancels. Note that the tour begins at sunrise but does not include viewing a sunrise. Reservations required: call 415.388.2596.


All listings are correct at the time of posting. Please be aware that events may occasionally be canceled or postponed. We always suggest contacting the promoter or venue to confirm details haven’t changed since the of publishing.