If ever we’ve earned a summer, 2023 is it! After our adventurous atmospheric-river-wet-and-wild-winter, the sun is out, and so are we! We’re hiking and biking, pickleball courts are-a-buzzing and multi-colored boats, boards and sails dot the bay — it’s an embarrassment of riches here in Marin County.
Just in case you are still hiding under your blanket, we’ve created a Summer Guide this month to remind you and motivate you to visit our beautiful beaches, and make sure you don’t miss the fully-back-in-full Marin County Fair. We also celebrate the very first Sausalito Pride month, kicking off with an LGBTQ+ art exhibit at Sausalito’s Center for the Arts on June 8th. This will be followed by a month of events including one at Sausalito Books by the Bay on June 21, where one of the most interesting humans in the county, Bill W. Jones, will be reading from his book Bachelor Father. For a sneak peek, read Bill’s inspiring story about being the first single man to legally adopt a child in the country in 1969. Fun fact fans: for rock ’n’ roll history, mark your calendar on June 25 and plan to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Rolling Stone’s introduction to the Tequila Sunrise at the Trident on Sausalito’s waterfront.
If one of your summer bucket list items is to help make our community even better, we invite you to join in on the Play Marin “Home Team” Summer Campaign. Back in 2012, Paul Austin started Play Marin with one basketball team — today, the organization helps over 300 kids annually through summer camps, team sports and other enriching activities. Play Marin’s work addresses two challenges Marin youth face: adequate access to extracurricular and athletic opportunities in Marin City, and lack of racial, ethnic and socioeconomic diversity in the broader Marin community. While Marin Magazine has done a small awareness campaign in the past, this year we wanted to help them reach their goal of $400,000 by July 15th to meet their current and planned program budget — all your donations go to programs. The kick off event, Players Night, will now be an annual FUNdraiser! There will be plenty of upcoming events connected to the campaign. Play Marin will have a showing at Evexia’s first year anniversary party on June 3rd in Mill Valley, a day-long event with workshops and classes featuring DJ West Coast Good Times. You can also just check out their website and be a hero, like when Tiburon resident Klay Thomspon sank a record-breaking 14 three pointers in one game for the win. Or better yet, just like when Marin City’s Darrion Trammel (a Play Marin graduate) brought his SDSU Aztecs to their first ever March Madness Finals!