Friday, March 8, 2013

What's Up in West Marin


Saturday, March 9

At the Point Reyes National Seashore Headquarters, it's the second Saturday Kule Loklo work day 10 a.m. - 5 p. m. To volunteer, contact ranger Loretta Farley at 464-5140. 

West Marin Little League game - 11:30 at the West Marin School field on Rte. One just north of town. Snack shack offerings include hamburgers and hot dogs.

Bolinas Museum opening reception 3:00-5:00 for three artists and a collector.  Details on the web site.

At Vladimir's in Inverness, there's a Celtic music jam every Saturday afternoon, starting about 3:00.

Starting at 7 p.m., the 18th Annual Dance Palace Trivia Bee. Pit your wits against contesting costumed teams. Hilarity and delicious refreshments. Tickets are $15 general, $13 seniors, and $5 kids.

At the Western in Point Reyes Station, the D J Dance Party starts at 9.

Sunday, March 10

The Inverness Garden Club's 2013 Primrose Tea, a benefit for their venerable scholarship fund will be at the Dance Palace 3:00 - 5:00. Enjoy a traditional Scottish tea, and plants and ephemera available for purchase. Flowered hats and/or Scottish garb encouraged. $20.

Open basketball game ("Dads' game") 10-12 a.m. at the West Marin School.

John Allair's group plays at the Station House Cafe 5-8 p.m. No cover; donations welcome.

Monday, March 11

Aldo Leopold's Sand County Almanac book discussion 7-8 .pm. at the Point Reyes Station library. Refreshments. Information at 663-8375.

Tuesday, March 12

Locals' night  starts at 6 p.m. at Nick's Cove in Marshall with music by Prisma Trova.

Friday, March 15

The Geography of Hope weekend conference starts at the Dance Palace, centering on Aldo Leopold's Land Ethic. Tickets and information at or 663-1542.

Saturday, March 16 

Two West Marin Little League games - 11:30 and 2:30 at the West Marin School field. Snack shack offerings include hamburgers and hot dogs.

Pan-Celtic St. Patrick's Day musical celebration at the Dance Palace 8 p. m. Tickets are $24 general $22 senior, and $12 kids - available at the door or

Sunday, March 17

Open basketball game ("Dads' game") 10-12 a.m. at the West Marin School.

The 57th St. Patrick's Day BBQ starts at noon at the Dance Palace. Tickets and raffle tickets at the door.

The Haggards plays at the Western at 9 - $5.


In Point Reyes Station, Gallery Route One is open every day 11-5. See Now featured: Igor Sazevich: A Glance Back to the Seventies, and 
An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street - Artist Books and Broadsides

Toby's Gallery is open every day 9:00-5:00, except Sunday 10-5.


After the recent welcome rains, hills are changing from dull to bright green, and the frog chorus can again be heard at night. Early wildflowers are appearing, with Chimney Rock being the premier viewing area. At Pierce Point, aka Tomales Point, one can see both elk and early wildflowers.

At Chimney Rock and the Lighthouse, elephant seal young can be seen playing and learning to swim, then leaving for summer feeding grounds. Harbor seals haul  out there too. Gray whales are heading north. Docents will be at the lighthouse on weekends 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. to answer your questions and give information. 

For tidepoolers, shell collectors, or those who enjoy an expansive beach, the lowest daylight tides will be march 8th through 11th. At Inverness there will be a -.5 tide Friday, March 8, at 4:11 and Saturday at 4:57. At the lighthouse, -.3 tide the same days is at 2:21 and 3:07. Daylight Savings time arrives Sunday. Low tide at the lighthouse (and within a few minutes at all the peninsula's ocean beaches)on Sunday is at 4:47, and Monday the 11th at 5:27 p.m.  

The restored marsh at the head of Tomales Bay has proved to be quite a draw for waterfowl; there are good birding opportunities at all times of day, as one can observe from either side, keeping the sun on (not behind) the birds.
Some birds that winter here are changing to breeding plumage before they leave for their summer territories. Early March offers chances to see golden crowned sparrows, avocets, and others in their more colorful breeding plumage. Early migrants - Pacific slope flycatchers, cliff and barn swallows, and Wilson's warblers - should be arriving now. 

The Northern California Birdbox, (415) 681-7422 x3 gives latest bay area sightings, and you can post there.

To check the weather at Chimney Rock and the lighthouse, see the Lighthouse Webcam: or Point Reyes NS Web Camera.

Every weekend and many weekdays, Point Reyes Field Institute offers fun and learning, with hikes, art, photography, and family programs. Contact or (415) 663-1200 x373. 

Point Reyes National Seashore - 
Tomales Bay State Park -

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