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 feeling the Halloween spirit.

PAAM is hosting a free event to welcome children and families with live music, games, food, trick-or-treating and much more.

“It’s time for the spookiest event of the year!” organizers said. “Pumpkin Bash is this Weekend! Watch the PAAM Squad Perform, Play Games, Decorate Pumpkins & More!”

The Halloween event provides another great opportunity to shine a light on one of the many incredible, kid-centric activities in town.

The event marks the latest chapter in the nearly 14 years since Annie Thistle launched her Performing Arts Academy of Marin (PAAM) in her living room, a journey that took her from the Community Church of Mill Valley in 2009, then in the Alto Plaza shopping center in early 2010, and then to the 2,800-square-foot storefront space above Balboa Cafe at Mill Creek Plaza.

In late 2015, as they juggled multiple venues to accommodate their growth, they moved PAAM to a 6,000-square-foot space at 60 Belvedere Drive in Strawberry, just behind the Strawberry Village shopping center.

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