5 Best Things to Do This Week: October 21 – 27
Hand-picked events and happenings you won't want to miss.
Halloween arrives early to Town Center in Corte Madera. Free to attend, shopping center merchants will hand out candy to kids, who can also enjoy free balloons and a unicycle juggler comedian show (shows at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.) this Sunday. Four-legged family members are also invited to join in on the fun. Dress up your pets in costume and visit JustFoodForDogs, fresh food for dog’s kitchen and pantry. JustFoodForDogs will host a costume contest for the best dressed pooch — the top three best costumes will receive prizes. Snacks for pups and food and drink for pet parents will be served.
Join acclaimed architect Takashi Yanai, a principal at the firm EYRC, and Zahid Sardar, a leading Bay Area design author, editor, and curator in a lively conversation about Japan’s lasting influence on Modernism. In EYRC’s award-winning residential work in particular, it has evolved into a design language that reflects the Japanese respect for nature and an inspired use of materials and light. Cocktails and bites! Copies of Ehrlich and Yanai’s recently released book Ehrlich Yanai Outside-In: New California Modernism, foreword by Zahid Sardar, will be available for sale (and signing).
Watch acclaimed author, stress expert, biologist and neuroscientist Dr. Sapolsky address topics as diverse as stress and its related diseases, what’s behind individuality, religious belief, and memory, and diseases like schizophrenia, depression, aggression, and Alzheimer’s with humor and humanity this Thursday at the Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium in San Rafael.
Join rangers for a fun and spooky evening at the Lucas Valley Field Office. There will be a viewing of A Silent Legacy, a documentary on the history of the Lucas Valley Graveyard and old County Farm and Hospital Site and a self-guided graveyard stroll which will include both scary and less scary routes — along the way you’ll find informational signs. After your tour collect a bag of candy or hang out at the s’more making station. This is ideal for all ages. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight and treat bag. Hot chocolate and s’more fixings will be provided.
Paddle to find a cure for blood cancers this Saturday along the shores of Marin. Hosted by San Rafael’s 101 Surf Sports, on the water activities include stand up paddle boarding and kayaking plus a hosted BBQ that will all make this day unforgettable. Sign up today to register and start fundraising. You can register solo, as a couple, as a team of three, or up to four people maximum. The $75 entry fee includes a t-shirt, the BBQ and online fundraising page. Two courses are offered — a two-mile fun race course for new paddlers and a 6-mile course for advanced racers. Stand up paddle (SUP) boarding beginners are welcome, and access to training is provided as part of your fundraising and registration. Already a pro? There’s a course that will top your list of the most beautiful courses in the world. And don’t forget to dress up!
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Kasia 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.