Weekend Planner: Swinging Sounds And The Great American Backyard Campout

Around Town June 22-24: Corte Madera is hosting Sunday concerts at the Town Center and Piccolo Pavilion; Camp out in the Marin Headlands this weekend and have it catered.

The Corte Madera Town Band, founded in 1996 by Corte Madera resident and Band member Gwyn Lister, will be performing a free Summer Concert sponsored by the Corte Madera Community Foundation on Sunday, from 5 to 6 p.m.

The concerts are held at Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square, the little park at the bottom of the hill where Tamalpais Drive meets Corte Madera Avenue.

Bring the family, a blanket or camp chairs for sitting on the grass, and maybe a picnic dinner.  Relax and enjoy live music with friends and neighbors.

The Summer Concert Series continues through August 26. For information about the other bands performing this season, go to www.CorteMaderaCommunityFoundation.org.

Also, the Dave Rocha Jazz Trio will be swinging at the Town Center on Sunday, from 2 to 4 p.m., for the Summer Music Series.

And here are a few other reasons to get outside this weekend:

• Join YMCA Point Bonita and REI in Golden Gate National Recreation Area's magnificent Marin Headlands for the Great American Backyard Campout from 3 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday. Registration is required.

On Saturday, there will be arts and crafts for kids, nature/history hikes, and a special YMCA naturalist-led sunset hike. REI Corte Madera will provide free rental gear (tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads) on a first-reserve, first-served basis; you'll need to visit the store for rental gear pickup and return. Dinner on Saturday night will be barbecue (courtesy of Whole Foods Market) and potluck; Sunday breakfast will be provided, as well.

The cost is $25 per person. Chldren ages four and under, are free. To register and sign-up for the potluck dinner, visit http://www.ymcasf.org/ptbonita or call (415) 331-9622. When you register, you will receive information about reserving your free rental gear from REI Corte Madera.

Lululemon in The Village is hosting a Kids Yoga Class to benefit YROBA on Saturday, from noon to 2 p.m. YROBA's mission is to bring communities together to create seva (selfless service). Through the gift of yoga, YROBA focuses on raising funds for organizations that impact the health, education, and well-being of children. Donations go to Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and the Africa Yoga Project.

• Drop by Marin Country Mart on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., to see what the buzz is at the farmers market. Add artisan cheese, locally-produced meats and organic fruits and vegetables to your grocery list, then enjoy some snacks and live music.

• If you happen to have fish on the dinner menu, you might want to stop by Williams-Sonoma in The Village on Sunday at 10 a.m. for a class on how to perfectly grill seafood. Of course, you can also pick up some useful items at the store after you've unlocked the grilling secrets.


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