Archive for August, 2008

Nonprofit Green Event

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

Green Note Fest to celebrate largest solar installation in West Marin, raise funds to green the San Geronimo Valley Community Center Arts & environment showcase highlights “eco-music” & “recycled art” San Geronimo – The community will gather at the Green Note Festival on Saturday, August 23rd from 2-8pm to raise funds to green the operations of the San Geronimo Valley Community Center and in celebration of the historic new solar installation on the Lagunitas School campus where the Community Center is located. “We’re so excited about the impact the new panels will make and our initiative to further green the Community Center,” says Event Programmer Hannah Doress, who is also an Environmental Leadership Program Senior Fellow, “We’ve tried to add a new dimension with this event – to highlight how performing and visual artists are responding positively to the environmental challenges we face as a community.” The event will focus on the arts through “eco-music”, “recycled art” and interactive arts activities, as well as providing a variety of activities of wide interest such as workshops, tours, organic food and a green marketplace.
The festival, which is the brainchild of Doress and West Marin renewable energy expert and rock musician Peter Asmus (Space Debris), will be held at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd in San Geronimo. The public may go to and click on arts & events for tickets and further information.
The solar system that is being celebrated, the largest that West Marin has ever seen, was made possible by a collaboration between Solar Power Partners, which owns and manages the system, Borrego Solar which designed and installed it, and the Lagunitas School District which will receive the resulting electricity at reduced rates and share these savings with its tenant, The Community Center. The panels are currently in operation and will provide approximately 65% of the power for both school and Community Center. Community members can learn more about Solar Power Partners, Borrego Solar and the new solar installation by visiting their tables in the green marketplace and by attending the panel discussion on new models of solar development. Seven musical acts who have been inspired by the environment, from rock to folk to children’s music will take the stage (listed in reverse order):
· Headlining the Eco-music showcase is the Tom Finch Group (TFG) whose leader is known as a Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame guitar virtuoso who also plays with Big Brother and the Holding Company. TFG plays original
music blending reggae, latin, world, jazz, rock, country & hip-hop.
· The Rebecca Riots, a top national folk act called “Best band with a conscience” (Bay Guardian), will also be part of the crescendo of the day bringing their environmental and social messages out with three-part harmonies, guitar, mandolin and harmonica.
· Retro psychedelic rock ‘n roll outfit Space Debris will riff on the need for cleaner power, among other issues, messages powered by player Peter Asmus, an influential local expert on solar power. With national airplay on David Gans’ show, they were a hit at The Whole Earth Festival.
· Singing Bear has been called “about as funky as you can get with
an acoustic guitar” by the Athens News, and has been a favorite at the Harmony, Raw Spirit and Dreamtime Festivals. His message of sustainability,
co-existence & love is paired with “world tribal folk jazz fusion”.
· Paul Berensmeier, co-founder of environmental nonprofit Wilderness Way will perform Native American Flute inspired by the Valley environment. He is the first person to pass the world renowned R. Carlos Nakai’s flute test in 16 years and has played a large concert with him.
· High school band Animal Instincts has played the Fairfax Festival and San Rafael Farmers’ Market. They play “hard acoustic funk rock” that brings divergent acts like Bela Fleck & Primus to mind. The band includes Cullen Gray (who has opened for Youtube star Trace Bundy) , Emiliano Flowerman and Riley Stockton. Gray will play his composition “Wilderness Way”.
· Leading off the show is exciting new children’s music and puppetry act Let’s Go Green supporting their eponymous CD. Featuring a Grammy-nominated songwriter, a member of award-winning a cappella group About Face, and the founders of Catsville Recordings & Jazzbeaux Studio, they “inspire young minds to go green through music, fun and laughter”.
In the Community Center’s West Room, “Talkin’ Trash: recreating art” will be an exhibit and sale of art made entirely from materials that would
otherwise be discarded, It features notable local artists such as Karyn Klinger (collection of Bonnie Raitt, etc.), cutting-edge recycling artist Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang (Electric Works Gallery), Victoria Saxe, Frank Gonzales, Sean Sullivan, Molly Rea, Danielle Fogel, Al Ardelle, Philip Wadsworth, Janet Hughes, Jenny Hunter Groat, Susan LaCroix, Debra Amerson and others. Sales of the art will benefit the greening of the Community Center. Workshops will take place on topics such as new models in solar development, the proposed Marin Clean Energy plan, plastics, reducing your footprint, as well as others TBA. SPAWN will lead two tours of the rainwater harvesting project at the school garden next door to the Community Center. Interactive activities geared towards young children led by the Community Center School Readiness Program and for tweens and teens led by the Community Center Youth Center as well as those geared towards adults will take place at various times throughout the day. In addition toys for young children to play with will also be available onsite and the venue is adjacent to two playgrounds.
A green marketplace will highlight the work of environmental organizations and businesses and will include affordably priced local, organic meals
and snacks from Catherine Broomhead and West Marin Green Cuisine, sponsored by Marin Sun Farms. Free valet bicycle parking will be provided by the Marin County Bicycle Coalition. Solar Power Partners, Borrego Solar and Marin Municipal Water District have sponsored the Community Center’s Green Note Festival, generouslysupporting this benefit for the San Geronimo Valley Community Center’s initiative to green its operations. Because of the sponsorships, the event will offer free admission for children 12 and under. Tickets for youth 13-21 will be $5 (in advance and at the door). Advance tickets for adults are significantly discounted at $12 versus $15-25 sliding scale at the door. Tickets may be purchased at

Green Note Festival Energy Panel Schedule 2:30 – 3:20 New Models of Solar Energy Development
1) Jerry Lunsford (2:30) – “Solar Safety Net” at Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station Jerry installed the nation’s first “Solar Safety Net” at the Dance Palace Community Center this past May-June 2008. The hybrid AC/DC solar PV array will allow this disaster relief site to provide basic services for the surrounding community during times of extended power outages
2) Kevin Gage – (2:40) Borrego Solar: Community Centers in San Geronimo & Stinson Beach Kevin will describe the installation challenges with the 58 kW ground-mounted solar PV array for the Lagunitas School District/San Geronimo Valley Community Center. He will also describe his company’s community-based solar incentive program for West Marin to help fund a solar PV array at the Stinson Beach Community Center.
3) Todd Michaels – (2:50) Solar Power Partners: The Power Purchase Agreement Model Todd will describe the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) approach to financing of large solar PV arrays, such as the 58 kW system installed for the Lagunitas School District/San Geronimo Valley Community Center. The PPA model allows those without sufficient capital to enjoy benefits of solar energy and was employed in 60 percent of all non-residential installations of solar PV systems in 2007. 3:30- 4:20: Greening Local Power with Marin Clean Energy
1) Dawn Weisz (3:30) — Marin County: Marin Clean Energy Overview/Status
Report Dawn will provide an overview of “Marin Clean Energy,” a program that would allow Marin County to eventually obtain 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources, including providers located within the county’s borders
2) Jim McCray: — (3:40) Infotility: Solar PV, Demand Response and a Smart Grid Jim will describe a federally funded pilot program in Marin County testing how a smarter grid can employ solar power and “demand response” technologies to react to changing grid conditions without centralized control and dispatch.
3) Mark Pasternak – (3:50) Devil’s Gulch Ranch: Role of wind power in West Marin Mark will talk about his experience with small wind turbines at his Nicasio ranch and farm, and provide his views on the role wind power could play in the Nicasio region, perhaps Marin County’s most practical near-term wind power region.

The Links at Bodega Harbour

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Have you been out to play the NEW Bentgrass Greens? Why wait? Our course is in the best shape it’s ever been and with such amazing weather, now is the time to take that short drive to Bodega Bay. We’ve got a new lunch and dinner menu also, so come celebrate Summer at The Links at Bodega Harbour and the Bluewater Bistro.
Patriot Golf Days,
August 29 – September 1, 2008
Beginning Friday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 1, golfers nationwide will be asked to come out and play in support of our troops and their families.

Play The Links at Bodega Harbour for $90 and we will donate $5 per round. Wear Red, White or Blue and receive 20% off Golf Merchandise in our Pro Shop.

All funds raised will benefit the
Folds of Honor Foundation
to provide educational
scholarships to families
of those who have become disabled or lost their lives in the line of duty.

Book your tee time Now

July Drawing Contest Winner
Thanks for signing our online guestbook .

Each month, we draw a winner from our online registrations and the winner for July is…Catrina Otto of Castro Valley, CA.
Catrina wins a twosome of golf at The NEW Links at Bodega Harbour.

Tell your friends to register too
and maybe they’ll bring YOU when they win.

NEW BentGrass Greens
Course update

After what seems like an eternity, The NEW Links at Bodega Harbour is open and in full force. With all 18 holes of NEW Bentgrass Greens, enhanced service, NEW Bluewater Bistro menus and the same unmistakable beauty of Bodega Harbour, it’s time you came to visit.
Book your tee time now

Weekdays, $60
Fridays, $70
Weekends and Holidays, $90
Includes Green Fee and Golf Car

Do you LOVE The Links at Bodega Harbour? is performing their annual America’s Top Golf Course Reviews and we would love to hear your thoughts about us and put us at the top.

Martini Music Thursdays
Every Thursday night brings the Bluewater Bistro great live music and we want to share it with you and your friends.

Take the short trip to Bodega Bay this Thursday for a new Martini Special, great bar food and the best sunset views you can imagine.
All ages are welcome and NEVER a cover charge.

Martini Music Thursays
Click here to see our music line-up

Opera’s Greatest Hits in Sausalito

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Dear Media Professional,

Golden Gate Opera will be performing “Opera’s Greatest Hits” at the Sausalito Art Festival on the Artist’s Stage August 31st from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

The Golden Gate Opera is producing CAV & PAG, a double header of love, lust and revenge at the Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium Oct 30th at 7:30 p.m.

About the Golden Gate Opera

Golden Gate Opera believes that Opera is for Everyone!

Golden Gate Opera produces professional, international opera to enlighten, enrich and inspire our community to a better life, through the myriad of fine arts found in opera. GGO has brought the return of professional opera to Marin Center’s stage since 2005 after a 20 year absence of that art form in Marin. GGO brings opera up-close and personal with exclusive “Aria Parties” in supporter’s homes. The company provides live opera as special event presents for mother or father birthdays, or other special occasions; Free Outdoor performances for the public; Opera in the Schools for K-12 children (2008-9 school year shows include Carmen, Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel); and Fully Staged, professional international level opera at Marin Center!

Golden Gate Opera is a 501 © (3) Not for profit company with Federal Tax ID 94-3221096. Community support makes it all happen, from tax-deductible donations from companies, foundations and individuals, to contributions of expertise by our volunteers and by attending the opera in the audience. Donate, Volunteer, Attend are central to the ongoing year-round work maintaining the opera company in Marin. To learn how to participate in special events, to help plan a party, or for more information please contact Golden Gate Opera at 415-339-9546, e-mail or visit the website ( ).

Please contact me for additional information or if you would like to attend either of the performances 415-887-9230 or


Dear Media Professional,

Golden Gate Opera ( ) is hosting an Aria Party this August 23rd 6:30-9:30 in San Rafael.

Why an Aria Party?

Golden Gate Opera’s extraordinary Aria Parties are a special way to share the beauty and joy of opera with friends and family.

These intimate parties have become a unique gift to our opera-loving friends, allowing our party hosts to celebrate a good time and raise funds for a good cause.

You are cordially invited to attend Valerie Castelana & Bow Pfeifer’s ‘Summer Twilight’ Aria Party. Saturday Evening, August 23rd from 6:30PM – 9:30PM. The address is: 150 Mt. Whitney Court, San Rafael, CA 94903

Prizes include: tickets for two to the Conductor’s Box at a San Francisco Symphony Performance gifted to GGO by Michael Tilsson Thomas conductor of San Francisco Symphony, original works by sculptress Claudia Cohen, preferred seating tickets to GGO’s Pagliacci and more. For reservations and directions or to inquire about having an Aria Party at your home, please call 415-339-9546.

Please see the attached press release and a photo of Benjamin Bonger, one of the opera singers who will be performing at the event.

Marin Convention & Visitors Bureau Events

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Marin Convention & Visitors Bureau
invites you to
“Come Out and See the all New Marin Suites”
on Wednesday, September 3rd
5:00pm – 7:30pm
Drinks, Music, Appetizers and Prizes
Food purveyors for the evening are Izzy’s Bar and Grill, Il Fornaio, California Pizza Kitchen, PF Chang and Max’s
Grand prize is a 5 night stay at the Best Western Plantation Hale Suites in Kauai, Hawaii
RSVP by Friday, 22nd via email to Bob West – Director of Sales
***Hotel accommodations do not include airfare, transportation and based upon availability*** 
Please be our guest at the Marin Suites Hotel~

Located in the picturesque city of Corte   Madera just across the Golden Gate Bridge,Marin Suites Hotel is the premiere lodging choice for weekend getaways, extended stays and corporate housing needs in the North Bay.
? Deluxe complimentary continental breakfast & weekday newspaper
? New outdoor saltwater pool & whirlpool spa
? Free parking
? Garden courtyard with gas barbecue grills
? Guest laundry facility
? Fax and copy service
? 24-hour guest service
? Adjacent to abundant dining, shopping, cinema & entertainment

? 100 unique, spacious accommodations
? One & Two Bedroom Suites with full kitchens, living rooms & private bedrooms
? Studio Suites with king or queen beds, refrigerators & microwaves
? Full kitchens include cookware, plates, glasses & utensils
? 42″ flat screen LCD TVs, satellite TV with HBO, pay-per-view movies & Nintendo
? Complimentary high-speed Internet access
? Coffee makers, hairdryers, irons & boards
? Free local calls Professionally managed by Outrigger Lodging Services Event Info
45 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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Marin Convention & Visitors Bureau | One Mitchell Boulevard | Suite B | San Rafael | CA | 94903

Friendly Reminder to RSVP

Marin Community Forum You’re Invited!

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Helping you’re Nonprofit Grow and Thrive
* Learn about various services offered to the Center for Volunteer and Non-Profit Leadership
* Network with other non-profits in Marin
* Find out how to apply for a Wells Fargo grant
* Develop a plan for your organization to buy a place of its own
* Access free financial literacy for your clients …and much more !!!

Wednesday, July 30th, 8am-10:30am
Peacock Gap
333 Biscayne Road – San Rafael
RSVP: Nancy Lowrey
Phone: (415) 721-3117 or
Continental breakfast will be provided