Announcements – Week of 06/05/14

Ana Maria Ramirez retirement potluck

Ana Maria Ramirez is retiring from Inverness School at the end of this school year and we invite you to celebrate with us! On June 3rd from 1-3pm at Inverness School we will host a community potluck to thank Ana Maria for her many years of loving service to our students and their families.
Please join us!
Melissa Riley, Dee Lynn Armstrong and Chris Greene
¡Ana María Ramírez se retirará de la Escuela de Inverness al final de este año escolar y les invitamos a celebrar con nosotros! El 3 de junio, 1-3pm, en la Escuela de Inverness habrá una comida de “potluck” para agradecerle a Ana María por sus años de servicio a los estudiantes y sus familias.
¡Por favor vengan a celebrar con nosotros!
Melissa Riley, Dee Lynn Armstrong y Chris Greene

Book release celebration for West Marin Review

A literary and musical wingding (readings, nibbles, sips, music, schmoozing) to celebrate the publication of West Marin Review, Volume 5 will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 1, at Toby’s Feed Barn in Point Reyes Station. The free event will presentations of prose, poetry, and art from the latest, hot-off-the-press volume of the award-winning journal. Refreshments will be served. West Marin Review features Marin artists and writers alongside the work of accomplished
authors and artists from near and far. The popular collection is published by Point Reyes Books with friends and neighbors and created through the volunteer efforts of professional editors and designers. West Marin Review, Volume 5 and previous volumes of the journal will be available for purchase at the event. For more information, contact Suzanne d’Coney, About West Marin Review: The nonprofit West Marin Review is an award-winning literary and art journal published by Point Reyes Books with friends and neighbors. It features art and poetry by local writers alongside the work of accomplished authors and artists from near and far. In 2010 West Marin Review was the only literary and arts journal to merit recognition at the prestigious New York Book Show. Submissions are being accepted for Volume 6 until September 1. Guidelines are available at

Keep Maddy Jammin

Maddy Sobel needs help. If you have any old canning jars in your cupboard or garage, why not drop them off at her house? She lives in the blue house, just two doors down from the West Marin School. Canning jars, lids, pectin, organic fruit – all things she needs to keep her livelihood going. “Maddy’s Jammin'” is her business; She makes jam and sells it to local stores. Maddy suffers from a chronic illness that prohibits her from driving. Her husband is in a nursing home in San Rafael and she hasn’t been able to visit him for several weeks. She could use a ride over the hill. Maddy has artwork to sell as well as lovely potted succulents. Her situation is painfully dire. If you can offer any help, please phone her at 663- 1293 or stop by her house and knock on the door. Please help.

Art by Joe & Maureen Blumenthal to benefit KWMR

By Ellen Shehadeh

Etchings by Joe Blumenthal and photographs by Maureen (Mo) Blumenthal will be on sale at Toby’s June 6, 7, and 8, from 11:00 am- 5:00 pm. All proceeds will benefit KWMR, Community Radio Joe Blumenthal, sometimes known as Dr. Joe, has been making art since 1982, after studying with Elaine Badgeley-Arnoux. Although his main interest is printmaking he also works in watercolor, and does graphite and ink drawings. He has had several solo shows and has also been part of many group shows. His work is inspired by nature, especially the beauty of West Marin. One of Joe’s other gigs is bicycle riding. He has ridden to raise money for charities, sometimes accompanied by his wife, affectionately referred to as “sag wagon Mo.” A few years ago it was a journey from Vancouver to Point Reyes. His KWMR show, Cuppa Jo with Dr. Joe, features good news (hard to find these days), great music and “no politics.” Recently he has begun demonstrating his vast knowledge of very cool jazz, and is morphing into a stellar KWMR deejay. Mo Blumenthal also studied art with Elaine Badgeley-Arnoux in San Francisco. Her special interest is photography and she beautifully captures the light and essence of the Point Reyes area. In addition to photography, Mo does plant prints and has collaborated with Janet Robbins to produce a series of pencil portraits of women composers.

Oysterpalooza coming to Valley Ford, May 25

The eighth annual “Oysterpalooza!” festival will be held once again at Rocker Oysterfeller’s Kitchen + Saloon and the Valley Ford Hotel in Valley Ford, California on Sunday, May 25th. This is a celebration of food, music and community. Doors will open to the public at 12:00 pm with the first musical act beginning at 1:00 pm. There will be five bands between two alternating outdoor stages.

The lineup:
1:00 pm – 2:15pm Church Marching Band
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm Mr. December
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm Lucky Drive Bluegrass Band
5:15 pm – 5:45 pm A Second Line with Church Marching Band
5:45 pm – 7:00 pm Frankie Boots and the County Line
7:15 pm – 8:30 pm Arann Harris and the Farm Band

Outdoor food court. Local microbrews on draught will be served alongside locally produced wines. Proceeds of Oysterpalooza 2014 to CropMobster and Valley Ford Volunteer Fire Department. Pre-purchase tickets are available online at for $15 per person or will be offered at the door for $20. Children 10 and under are free.

Mad Marmalade Duo

By Adrienne Pfeiffer & Sharron Drake

This dynamic and irreverent pair met back in the aughts while traversing the boards of professional thea-tuh. A short time later, realizing their geographical closeness, fondness for a good Becherovka and penchant for performance in song, they started a duo that eventually became the aggressive folk quartet Pink Sabbath. The two have now reunited to conceptualize and torpedo the most beautiful ballads and pop standards that bring tears to the most seasoned concert goer and shut in alike. Their borne-from-the-heavens harmonies along with their trusty guitar and violin waiver and whine with spicy hints of country, Celtic and good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll; saucy tunes evoking a homemade and organically sweet jam in a Mason jar sitting on a country kitchen’s shelf – right next a welcoming bowl of coconut ambrosia and the Lysol®. They also make themselves available for hire as an unlikely and unconventional customized sing-o-gram act – eagerly available to batter through any dead-bolted vestibule to crash weddings, birthdays, brisses, motivational speaking engagements and…bachelor parties! With their brazen warbling of their specially composed three sheets-to-the-wind ditties it is no wonder they are referred to as the Sweet Assailants of Song™.