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Volunteers Needed For Mt. Tam Restoration

National Public Lands Day is Saturday, so go out and take care of Mother Earth.

Here are some of the highlights happening around the Larkspur and Corte Madera Twin Cities area Sept. 27-28:

Celebrate the incredible natural beauty of Marin County on Saturday during National Public Lands Day. The Marin Municipal Water District and REI Corte Madera are teaming up with volunteers to restore meadowlands on Mt. Tam by removing Douglas fir saplings and trees. The meadowlands are a natural habitat for sun-loving plants and animals, as well as birds of prey.

No prior experience is necessary. MMWD will provide all tools and project supervision. Ages eight and older are welcome to participate, but anyone under age 16 must be accompanied by a supervising adult; ages 16 and 17 must bring a permission form (provided by MMWD), signed by his/her parent/legal guardian. Each participant will be required to sign a liability release form for MMWD before commencing any project activities.

Dress in layers for changeable weather and wear clothes you can get dirty — long pants, long-sleeved shirt, sturdy closed-toe shoes such as hiking boots, as well as a hat/visor for sun protection. Bring a day/fanny pack, sunscreen and a water bottle (with water). REI will provide breakfast snacks.

The maximum number of volunteers needed is 40. To register (required), contact MMWD at volunteerprogram@marinwater.org or (415) 945-1128. Meet at 9 a.m. at Mt. Tam's Rock Springs Parking Area (intersection of Ridgecrest Boulevard and Pantoll Road).

Here are a few of the events around our neighborhoods today and tomorrow. If you have an event or announcement coming up you'd like to share, please post it on Patch. It's free!

Are You Happy Now?: Dr. Neil Kobrin will visit Barnes & Noble in the Town Center Corte Madera to present his new book Emotional Well-Being: Embracing the Gift of Life on Friday at 6 :30 p.m.

• Let The Halloween Party Start: If you like The Twilight Saga, Mary Shelley, or Jane Eyre you'll enjoy Marta Acosta's Dark Companion. Acosta will visit Book Passage in Corte Madera on Friday at 7 p.m. to introduce her new supernatural goth drama ... just in time for Halloween. Acosta is the author of the Casa Dracula series.

• And The Band Played On: The Town Center's Summer Concert Series is coming to a close Sunday with the full Corte Madera Town Band. The band will play from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

• Let's Roll Bocce: The first annual College of Marin Bocce Tournament is a fundraiser for the Mariner men’s basketball and women’s volleyball teams. The tournament is Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Marin Bocce Federation Courts at 550 B Street in San Rafael. The fee is $45 per player or $225 per team. Join us for a day of fun competition and delicious food. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.

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Haggis September 29, 2012 at 01:31 AM
The meadow restoration on Mt. Tam is a good thing. As a long time Tam hiker I applaud MMWD and REI efforts.
Rocky September 29, 2012 at 06:09 AM
The Mt. Tam restoration sounds like a great way to give back to the community.

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