Celebrate Kwanzaa with Free Admission at the Bay Area Discovery Museum Today!

December 26, 2011

Come mark the beginning of Kwanzaa, the African-American celebration of family and community, at Sausalito's Bay Area Discovery Museum on Monday, December 26 from 10 am–4 pm, with art projects inspired by the African continent, live performances, and a Kwanzaa altar in the museum’s Entry Pavilion.

Also, enjoy a performance by renowned jazz drummer E. W. Wainwright and his ensemble: The African Roots of Jazz, takes you on a musical journey that traces African-American musical forms, such as jazz, gospel, and spirituals, from their earliest beginnings in African cultures to today at 11 am and 1 pm in the Discovery Theatre. The program features instrumental music, songs, theater, and audience participation. Seating for The African Roots of Jazz is limited; pick up free tickets at the front desk when you arrive at the museum.

Farmer's Markets Open Christmas Eve

December 24, 2011

Farmers MarketIf you still need to shop for those Christmas dinner groceries, you can pay a visit to two Marin County farmer's markets today. The Marinwood Community Farmers Market and the Marin Country Mart Farmers Market are both open on Christmas Eve from 9 am to 2 pm.

Find fresh produce, bread, meats, eggs, seafood, flowers, and more. While you're there, pick up a cup of freshly brewed coffee or even lunch. The Marin Country Mart Farmers Market has kids' entertainment from musician Christopher Smith and Scott the Storyteller, and if you shop at the Marinwood Community Farmers Market today you'll get a free gift (supplies limited).

The Marinwood Community Farmers Market takes place in Marinwood, located between San Rafael and Novato, at Marinwood Avenue and Miller Creek Road. You'll find the Marin Country Mart Farmers Market at the Marin Country Mart (formerly Larkspur Landing), at 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle in Larkspur.

A Family that Eats Together: Moroccan Meatballs with Couscous

December 20, 2011

Moroccan meatballs with couscousMarin Mommies presents this week's guest recipe from Nicole Cibellis, Marin mom and author of the blog A Family that Eats Together, where she shares meal plans and recipes that will please foodies and children alike. Nicole is also the creator of the new Little Froglet line of children's activewear.

Nicole's meal plan for this week includes this tasty Moroccan inspired meatball stew with couscous.

Servings: 4
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 55 minutes

Ingredients

Meatballs:

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef (ground chicken or turkey would also be fine substitutes)
  • 1/3 cup coarsely grated onion

Top Ten Winter Break Activities for Marin Families

December 19, 2011

Windmills at Cornerstone Place in SonomaPresenting our opinionated top ten list of fun things to do with the family during Winter Break (in no particular order):

Got your own top ten list, or additions to ours (who says it has to be only ten)? Let us know by posting a comment! Don't forget to check out our event calendar for other great ideas for Winter Break fun.

December Family Happenings at Novato's Rolling Hills Club

December 14, 2011

If you haven't had a chance to visit Novato's Rolling Hills Club lately, you might want to this holiday season. This month, this family-oriented fitness club in Novato's San Marin neighborhood offers fun events and programs for the entire family.

This Saturday from 11 am to 12:30 pm, Santa Claus arrives at the club by sleigh, and little ones can climb aboard and tell him their Christmas wishes. Cookies and hot cocoa will be provided and the San Marin High School Choir will entertain with Christmas carols. This festive community event is free to everyone, and all ages are welcome.

Rolling Hills is also offering a holiday Polar Bear Camp for children ages 5–10 during the weeks of December 19–22 (Monday–Thursday) and 27–30 (Tuesday–Friday). Kids can spend their winter break with fun, active, and exciting activities, including tennis, racquetball, swimming, basketball, and arts and crafts. Make some new friends and have a great time before heading back to school.

The New Marinwood Market Now Open

December 14, 2011

Have you visited the new Marinwood Market yet? We had a chance to go there recently and it's really a great addition to the neighborhood. We used to live in the area and shopped at the previous grocery store on the site, Ralph's, quite frequently. Ralph's closed a few years ago, and the space has been a vacant eyesore for quite some time. It's great to see a grocery store back to anchor the shopping center.

Aside from being clean, well designed, and new, Marinwood Market has a small, neighborhood market feel. With a nice selection of foods, including many locally produced items, full service meat and seafood counters, and a deli, it makes us a little sad that we don't live around the corner anymore. Marinwood Market is run by the same people who operated Boardwalk Market in Tiburon for decades.

Marinwood Market is located just off Highway 101 near the Marinwood/St. Vincents exit, at 155 Marinwood Drive. The market is open daily from 7 am to 8 pm. For information, call them at (415) 491-1965 or visit their Facebook page.

Photo: Marinwood Market

A Family that Eats Together: Baked Ginger Chicken

December 12, 2011

Baked ginger chickenMarin Mommies presents this week's guest recipe from Nicole Cibellis, Marin mom and author of the blog A Family that Eats Together, where she shares meal plans and recipes that will please foodies and children alike. Nicole is also the creator of the new Little Froglet line of children's activewear.

Nicole's meal plan for this week features Guiness and onion soup with Irish cheddar crouton, spaghetti con pomodorini e pecorino, Thai beef with noodles, spiced ground turkey in lettuce cups, and this easy and tasty baked ginger chicken.

Win Tickets to the December 13 San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker Family Performance!

December 10, 2011

NutcrackerCongratulations to Colleen P. for winning the Nutcracker tickets for Tuesday's performance.

How would you like to go see the San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker this Tuesday night? We're excited to give away two (2) tickets for this special family performance, which begins at 7 pm (but you'll want to get there early to meet some costumed Nutcracker characters and get a free child's gift).

To enter to win, send an email to contests@marinmommies.com with "Nutcracker" in the subject line by noon (Pacific time) on Sunday, December 11. We'll select a random winner that afternoon. Our thanks go out to San Francisco Ballet for generously sponsoring this exciting giveaway. Read our giveaway rules and terms here.

Please note that this giveway is for the December 13, 7 pm performance only. The winner's tickets will be held at the War Memorial Opera House will call for pickup the evening of the performance.

Congratulations to Our Holiday Teddy Bear/Magic Toy Box Tea at Falkirk Winner!

December 8, 2011

Congratulations to Michelle B., winner of the 2 tickets to this weekend's Teddy Bear/Magic Toy Box Tea at San Rafael's Falkirk Cultural Center. The Teddy Bear/Magic Toy Box Tea is an old-fashioned teddy bear tour de force in the elegant Queen Anne Victorian Falkirk Mansion. Homemade tea sandwiches and sweets are served, along with tea, hot chocolate, and other beverages. Kids ages 3 and up, their favorite teddy bears or other life-like toys, and even a parent or grandparent will experience a holiday treat to remember

Many thanks to the Falkirk Cultural Center for their generous sponsorship of this giveaway. To find out more about this event and to order tickets, visit www.falkirkculturalcenter.org or by calling 1(800) 838-3006.

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