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Sausalito Currents - November 30, 2012
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Posted Date: 11/30/2012 2:30 PM

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Sausalito Library Speaker Series
Immortalize Your Life Story

Date: 12/4/2012 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM *TUESDAY*
Cost: free
Location: Sausalito City Hall-Council Chambers

Joan Lisetor and Al Ardelle have been chronicling people's life stories in print and video during long careers in journalism and advertising. In this presentation, they will be sharing ideas with participants about recording a life story ranging from do-it-yourself to using professionals. There will be short clips featuring local history in Marin and San Francisco, followed by a question and answer session.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Sausalito Library

Met Opera Discussion Group
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - Un Ballo in Maschera by Verdi
7:00 pm – Edgewater Room

At each meeting, host Tom Wilhite offers his preview of an upcoming opera from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Tom presents background on the composer and opera and gives commentary on audio and video selections from past performances. Meetings coincide with HD simulcasts screened at Sausalito’s CineArts theater. No advance registration required!

‘Aladdin' by the Fratello Marionettes and Our Annual Tree Trimming
Tuesday December 18, 2012 - 3:30pm - FREE! (but space is limited)

The Fratello Marionettes are back with a brand new show! Watch as Aladdin thwards the evil sorcerer, discovers a magic lamp, befriends a powerful genie and saves the princess. Come enjoy the gorgeous puppets, traditional music and intricate costumes.

And then join us in the library for our annual tree trimming. We’ve got hundres of ornaments and a big tree – we need your help!


Breakfast with Santa!
Saturday, December 1 - 8:30am-11:00am - SAUSALITO YACHT CLUB

Santa’s coming! He’s making a special trip to the Yacht Club in Sausalito to eat breakfast with you and your family! He will sail up and join the breakfast at 9:00 am. It will be a magical morning where the kids will make holiday crafts and visit with Santa while the elves prepare a delicious breakfast of pancakes, sausage, milk and juice. There will be photos with Mr. Claus himself and special memories will be made. Don’t forget your wish list and camera!

Bring a toy to donate to the Southern Marin toy drive and receive $1 off admission.
Call Sausalito Parks and Recreation at 289-4152 or register online
$8 Resident $10 Non-Resident

Winterfest in Sausalito
Friday, December 7th and Saturday, December 8th  -  in the Big Tent by the Spinnaker

On Friday at 6:30 pm, come and experience the 1st Annual Naughty or Nice Ball.

On Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Kids’ Holiday Activities will take place in the tent. And then beginning at 6:00 pm, come and watch the 25th Annual Lighted Boat Parade. Stick around, because beginning at 8:00 pm you can join in on the Dance Party with TV20 Jim Gabbert.

For more information on this fun filled weekend (or to purchase tickets) go to:

Bicycle Educations Class Free to Sausalito Residents
co-sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department and the Police Department

The Basic Street Skills class is a PowerPoint presentation that teaches participants to safely and confidently use a bicycle for transportation. Topics covered include how to avoid collisions and citations, improve visibility, ride through intersections, the legal rights and obligations of cyclists, and more. Drivers benefit from the class as well, by learning how and why bicycles maneuver on the roads. Cyclists aged 16 and up are invited to attend.

Thursday, January 10, 6:30 – 8:30 PM Sausalito Recreation Department/City Hall, at 420 Litho Street, Edgewater Room, Sausalito

Advance registration requested: Free to Sausalito residents with proof of residence.  Email or call 456-3469, 8#.   The class is implemented by the Marin County Bicycle Coalition in their ongoing effort to improve bicycle safety in Marin County.


Caledonia Street Lights
A number of the decorative Marbelite streetlights on Caledonia Street are burned out and cannot be repaired because bulbs are no longer available. There are 21 lights on the 5,000 volt series circuit (originally installed in the 1940’s) and at the present time, eight of those lights are out. On an urgent basis, the City has retained Siemens ITS (formerly Republic ITS) the maintenance contractor for the streetlights to design a replacement circuit (a “rewiring” project) to restore service as soon as possible. This project will ultimately aid in the rehabilitation and retrofitting of all of the City’s decorative fixtures with energy efficient bulbs or emitters. Recognizing that it is winter, and dark many hours of the day, the City and Siemens are also evaluating temporary measures while the rewiring project is designed and before it can be constructed. Until either temporary measures can be put in place, or a permanent repair completed, we are encouraging residents and affected businesses to be cautious and advise guests to do the same. Project contact: Jonathon Goldman, Director of Public Works and ADA Coordinator, Direct: 415-289-4176,

Sand and Sandbags
As the weather shifts to winter and storms approach, our Public Works Department wishes to remind residents and business owners that the City’s supplies of sand and sandbags are stocked and available at:

City Corporation Yard 530 Nevada Street – Mon-Fri from 7AM – 3PM
MLK Park Parking lot behind gym – available anytime

In an emergency dial 9*1*1 (415-472-0911 from a cellular phone). If the Corporation Yard is closed, contact the Police Department at 289-4170 and they will help you gain access to the yard. For assistance due to disability or injury, call the Corporation Yard during business hours at 289-4113.

POLICE DEPARTMENT – Parking Division

Holiday Free Parking Meter Program
Once again, the City Council has approved the Holiday Free Parking Program. Beginning December 1, you will be allowed to park for three hours at any street parking meter for free. Remember this is ONLY for street parking meters and ONLY three hours. The Holiday parking runs through January 1.

During this holiday season, come and enjoy our downtown shops ---- you’ll have three hours to peruse through the downtown area and find that unique gift you’ve been looking for.



Community Meeting on the Draft Traffic Study at the MLK Properties – Lycee Francais School
As part of the process of planning for the initiation of Lycée Français La Pérouse operations at MLK next year, the City retained Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. to prepare a Traffic, Parking and Circulation Plan. Kimley-Horn’s work includes a study of the existing operations at the site and an analysis of changes expected as a result of the departure of The Marin School and the beginning of Lycée Français La Pérouse occupancy. The City expects to share the draft of Kimley-Horn’s report in the next few days, and plans to hold a community meeting on Thursday, December 13, 2012 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall to allow residents and tenants at MLK an opportunity to offer their comments on the draft. Project contact: Jonathon Goldman, Director of Public Works and ADA Coordinator, Direct: 415-289-4176,


(subject to cancellation)

Dec 1    8:30 am    Breakfast with Santa    (see above)
Dec 1-2    11:00 am    ICB Artists' Winter Open Studios (see below)
Dec 2 10:00 am Farmers Market Dunphy Park
Dec 2    3:00 pm    Holiday Open House at the Woman's Club (see below)
Dec 4    7:00 pm             Library Speaker Series    (see above)
Dec 4    7:00 pm            Met Opera Discussion Group (see above)
Dec 5 9:40 am Toddler Story Time (kids 3 yrs & younger)Council Chambers
Dec 6 3:30 pm StoryTime with Phil Council Chambers
Dec 7    6:30 pm    Naughty or Nice Ball (see above)
Dec 8     10:00 am    Kids Holiday Activities (see above)
Dec 8    6:00 pm    25th Annual Lighted Yacht Parade (see above)
Dec 8    8:00 pm    Winterfest concludes with Dance Party (see above)


ICB Artists' Winter Open Studios - 44th annual
When: December 1 and 2, 11am to 6pm
Where: Industrial Center Building (ICB) 480 Gate 5 Rd. Sausalito, CA
Info: 415.331-2222 or

The ICB Artists Association is a large, vibrant and diverse community of talented artists in Sausalito, California. Located in a historic WWII-era industrial building (ICB), the lofts are home to artists working in all media, including painting, sculpture, photography, digital media, jewelry, printmaking, fiber arts and much more.

Winter open studios falls on the first weekend of December each year. This year is the 44th Winter Open Studios and eighty plus artists are riffing on the musical theme of 4/4 time. A group show in Gallery 111 "Rhythm and Hues" will highlight the influence of music on art and incorporate materials from the world of music. Live acoustic youth musical groups will fill the halls with art for the ears.

Each month the ICBAA offers a variety of art events, from lectures by prominent artists, to film nights and informational workshops. The building is open to the public during business hours and artists are available by appointment.

Sausalito Woman’s Club – Holiday Open House
Holiday Lights of Joy
Sunday, December 2, 2012
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

On this 57th Holiday Open House of the Sausalito Woman’s Club, you are invited to join in the spirit of joy, blessings and thanksgiving. You and your family, friends and neighbors, are invited to enjoy hospitality and good cheer, gourmet treats and libations, caroling and Santa.

Come one, come all!

Come and experience a celebration of inspired carols, chants and choruses wrapped in exquisite Christmas poetry. Join the Sausalito Presbyterian Church Choir, under the direction of Music Director Ralph Hooper, on Sunday December 9, 2012, 5:00 pm.

Traditional and contemporary carols, chants and choruses by Franz Biebl, Alfred Burt, William Byrd, Bob Chilcott, John Rutter, Alan Smith, Gordon Thornett, Mack Wilberg and distinguished Bay Area composers David Conte and Roger Nixon, enriched by the inspired Christmas poetry of traditional and contemporary voices.

Sausalito Presbyterian Church, 112 Bulkley Avenue.

Sausalito Village to feature a talk with member Gene Poole
Sausalito Village will host a featured conversation with Gene Poole at its monthly meeting, on Wednesday, December 12, at 12 noon in the Edgewater Room at Sausalito City Hall. In conversation with Bill Dewey and John Kouns, Gene (who has lived in Sausalito since 1920) will give us a colorful first-hand account of the local scene during the 20s, 30s, 40s and on up to the present day.

Participants are advised to bring a brown bag lunch. This program is open to the community and free of charge.

Sausalito Historical Society offers a special drawing workshop for 8-9 year olds
In conjunction with “Fritz (the comic wit of Phil Frank) Crackers” exhibit, the Sausalito Historical Society presents a special drawing workshop with special effects wizard and nationally syndicated cartoonist, Cris Hammond. This is a 3-part workshop open to third grade kids, ages 8-9 years, to learn the basics of drawing and developing cartoon characters. Saturdays 2:00-3:15pm with optional homework assignments.

Week 1: How to use basic shapes to create characters
Week 2: How expressions tell stories and how to develop a story
Week 3: Perfecting expressions and finalizing a character

Saturdays: 1/19/, 1/26, 2/2
$30 Members/$35 Nonmembers
Includes sketch pad and all materials
Space is limited so please book ahead. Visit to register.

Explore Sausalito’s Paths and Walkways
Dorothy Gibson will once again begin her famous walks throughout Sausalito’s Paths and Walkways. Meet at the Historical Society’s Visitor Center (the Ice House at Bridgeway and Bay) at 10:00 am. The walks are held every Saturday beginning November 3 and ending December 15. It is the 10th year that she will be doing this – RAIN OR SHINE. Allow three hours. Call 415.332.1935 if you have any questions.