5 Things You Can Do Now

Go: Marin County Fair: Drive-Thru Fair Food

To provide a summertime smile during the public health emergency, Marin County Fair officials plan to offer drive-thru fair food for the weekend of July 17-19 in the parking lot of the Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium in San Rafael. Fair food favorites will be available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. those days, including giant corn dogs, three flavors of funnel cake, cotton candy, candy apples, caramel apples, churros, kettle corn, caramel corn, lemonade, strawberry lemonade, and more. The menu will be made available on the fair’s Instagram and Facebook pages.

Make: Linguine with Cherry Tomatoes

August is right around the corner which means one thing: tomatoes — lots and lots of tomatoes. Sun-kissed, ripe and abundant, our garden bushes weigh heavily and the farmers market tables are laden with heirlooms, cherries, plums and early girls. Naturally, we oblige and pick, buy, eat, then repeat. So in this season of plenty, it helps to get creative with our juicy bounty. Here is a light and simple dinner that gobbles up its fair share of sweet cherry tomatoes, easily prepared in less than 30 minutes.

Watch: Don’t Stop Believin’

Come along on an epic musical journey that will empower you to believe in yourself and others. You’ll be blown away by Broadway artists performing songs from musicals including Hamilton, Les Miserables, Carousel, Chicago, Wicked, Rock Of Ages, and many more. Dozens of Transcendence Artists will raise their voices and share their souls during a voyage through life’s struggles and successes. “Don’t Stop Believin’” reminds us that by truly believing in our dreams, our loved ones, and each other, we can change the world.

Do: Get Out on the Water 

Surrounded as we are by the ocean and bay here in Marin, it’s no wonder sailing, kayaking and now stand-up paddle boarding are so popular. For those who don’t have their own equipment (or a place to store it), we have plenty of businesses ready to cater to your needs –– in fact, many allow you to just show up and get on the water.

Support: Trips for Kids Marin

Trips for Kids provides transformative cycling experiences for underserved youth, so all children can reach their highest potential. The organization helps kids understand their positive value in the world and their ability to make a difference. ​Through cycling, kids learn about the benefits of exercise and the role of a healthy diet, and just being outdoors exposes them to the wonders of nature and their connections to our planet.

Your support will help Trips for Kids Marin get #morekidsonbikes! Check out their website on how to donate goods (give your old bike a new home) or financially here, or support Trips for Kids Marin by shopping at their bicycle thrift shop — the Re-Cyclery — at 610 4th St, San Rafael. Their inventory moves quickly, so if you are curious what is available call the Re-Cyclery at (415) 458-2986 ext. 1.

How to Help

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Kasia PawlowskaKasia Pawlowska loves words. A native of Poland, Kasia moved to the States when she was seven. The San Francisco State University creative writing graduate went on to write for publications like the San Francisco Bay Guardian and KQED Arts among others prior to joining the Marin Magazine staff. Topics Kasia has covered include travel, trends, mushroom hunting, an award-winning series on social media addiction, and loads of other random things. When she’s not busy blogging or researching and writing articles, she’s either at home writing postcards and reading or going to shows. Recently, Kasia has been trying to branch out and diversify, ie: use different emojis. Her quest for the perfect chip is a never-ending endeavor.