Among the testimonials for and against was Andrew Reeder, a representative of the building’s owner, Spruce CRE, who said the company did not receive any other application to rent the building in the past two years. He said they will take on a “significant capital improvement” to the property. The Chamber’s case for vibrancy extended to a long-empty bank. “As Reynolds said, “Let’s breathe life into a dead bank building.”
In the interests of spreading more joy than ever – and with the grateful support of our partners at Mill Valley Recreations’ Mill Valley Community Center, we’re expanding Winterfest across two dates. On the Downtown Plaza on Sunday, Dec. 3, we’ll have yet another fantastic lineup of singers, dancers and musicians to perform from approximately 5-6pm. Two weeks later at the Community Center, we’ll have another lineup of great performances, great activities, food trucks, a beverage program for adults and kiddos alike, and much more.
The Mill Valley Lumber Yard Holiday Faire is back! Feel the winter spirit and join us December 7-10th for live music, unique holiday shopping, photos with Santa, a dog parade, crafts, delicious food, warm drinks and a seat by the fire pit to enjoy the festivities.
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Dragon Lady starts in the year of the Water Dragon on the eve of Grandma Maria’s 60th Birthday, “your most important birthday of your old people birthdays,” when Maria Porkalob Sr. must share the dark secrets of her fantastical life with her first-born grandbaby Sara “so they remember after you are dead.”
For broader context, while Marin’s unemployment rate is 3.6%, the numbers across California are 4.8% and 3.6% across the U.S. Mill Valley’s unemployment rate is 2.5%, while the rate in Tam Valley and Homestead Valley is 2.3%.
“Join us for this festive event and enjoy some unique holiday shopping,” organizers say. “The fair features many new and returning artists selling their fine handmade arts and crafts. There is a wide variety of items to choose from that may include: woodwork, jewelry, glass work, ceramics, decorations, knitwear, fiber arts, plants and much more.”
“The Windowscapes are each a single exposure,” Toranto says. “Window reflections merge with what is on the other side of the glass. These photographs are not created by layering. Looking through glass is always surprising. Changing the camera angle changes the reflection: shadows change the way the objects show or do not show. Inanimate objects in a window can seem to have personality, as photographs are inanimate and yet arouse feelings.”
Performing Arts Academy of Marin (PAAM), Mill Valley residents Annie and DJ Thistle’s multi-faceted artistic juggernaut that seeks to equip young artists with well-rounded, whole-person dance and theater arts training and the confidence to take on whatever path they choose, is getting ready for their annual Holiday Spectacular, this time at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco.
As we near the holiday season and continue to grapple with the complexities of the horrific Oct. 7th attack and the ensuing efforts to reduce the violence to civilians, Chabad is hosting a ‘Chanukah Celebration of Light & Unity’ on Sunday, Dec. 10th at 5:30pm on the Downtown Plaza, featuring a menorah lighting, latkes, Sufganyot, hot beverages, chocolate gelt, Israeli-style food, crafts, dreidels, prayer and light for Israel.
The Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center is located in the historic Depot building, right on the downtown Plaza. Painting courtesy of Linda Rosso Studio.
Nestled at the foot of Mount Tamalpais and extending to the marshland surrounding Richardson Bay, Mill Valley has the charm of a small European village that’s an equal draw for hikers and runners, musicians and artists, foodies and fashionistas, and moms and dads with strollers.
Mill Valley hosts a range of cultural activities such as the internationally recognized Mill Valley Film Festival, which brings in leading filmmakers and movie aficionados from across the country. Locals throughout the Bay Area come for the annual events, including Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting, the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival and Winterfest. They also enjoy Mill Valley’s nightlife, with live theatre, music and comic venues, where famous guest artists are known to “drop in” for an evening to entertain.
Mill Valley’s vibrant business districts offer a variety of shopping delights, from one-of-a-kind boutique clothing shops, salons and yoga studios to pet stores. Mill Valley has the best selection of restaurants per square mile in Marin — you can find everything from top-rated chops, to local craft beer, artisan coffee, handmade pizzas, freshly baked bread, gourmet burgers and more!
Whether you plan to enjoy Mill Valley for an afternoon, a weekend or a lifetime, its small-town ambiance, unique cultural activities and lush natural scenery are sure to delight your senses.