The Outdoor Art Club, one of Mill Valley’s oldest and historically important organizations and still vital well into its 12th decade, celebrates its 115th anniversary this year with a celebration on Wednesday, May 17 (6-8pm). Festive attire is encouraged, and wine, beer and appetizers will be served.

New historic photos and stories of the civic exploits of the women of Mill Valley 1902 to the present will be on display. The organization, founded in 1902 by 35 women, many of whom were members of the families that built the foundation of Mill Valley, took itself seriously from the get-go, establishing a mission to “preserve the natural scenery of Mill Valley and the surrounding country, to beautify the grounds around the public buildings, to work against wanton destruction of birds and game, to encourage the development of outdoor art and to engage in other civic, literary, and charitable work.”

The 400-member group regularly boasts an event calendar that is chock full of lectures, outings and community service projects, and 2017 has been no different. The OAC recently wrapped up its biennial Garden Tour, which drew hundreds of garden lovers to six gardens.

The event serves as the OAC’s major fundraiser, with proceeds going to both preserve the clubhouse and pay for grants to an array of Marin County nonprofits, with nearly $400,000 going to Marin organizations over the past 20 years. That includes the OAC’s issuance in 2016 of an $11,000 grant to the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center‘s Enjoy Mill Valley Fund to renovate the downtown clock tower at the northwest corner of Throckmorton and Miller avenues. The clock has since been restored.

The 411: The Outdoor Art Club’s 115th Anniversary Celebration is set for Wednesday, May 17, 6-8 pm at The Outdoor Art Club, One West Blithedale. Wine, beer and appetizers will be served. Festive attire is encouraged! The event is open to the public and is co-sponsored with the Mill Valley Historical Society.

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