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WE START OFF features this month with the third in an occasional series about historic Marin architecture. After giving us the backstory on the Marin Civic Center and Julia Morgan’s Marin contributions, architectural writer Mark Anthony Wilson dives into the fascinating history and current struggles in Marin City.

Next up, writer and photographer Victor Volta takes readers on a beautiful photographic journey through the twists and turns of the 211-mile John Muir Trail. He also offers tips on everything from food to the necessary gear and permits.

Finally, our own Kasia Pawlowska discovers the true spirit of the season and takes a look at 31 organizations in Marin that are finding ways to help residents who are less fortunate. Any one of these organizations could benefit from your gift of time or resources as the year comes to an end.

Up front we’ve got stories on resources for sustainable holiday trees, the return of the honeybee and trailblazing Marin schools. We also introduce you to a holiday baker, a local gluten-free maker and the man behind the Marin Community Foundation — an organization that distributes more than $65 million annually to worthy causes in Marin and the world.

In Destinations we introduce you to the wonders of the skiing mega pass and invite you to experience music, food and shopping in London.

It’s a big issue full of holiday cheer and inspiring stories to close out the year. We hope you enjoy it and we look forward to providing you more of the same in 2016.


We’ve had a great year producing stories and features about all things Marin. It is our hope you’ve enjoyed the local coverage and also appreciated our special summer and Mill Valley Film Festival guides. Marin is truly a special place to work and live in and we are grateful to call it home. Happy holidays from the entire Marin Magazine staff.