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Weekend Planner: Have A Gas With A Hot Rod Band and Bikes

Around Town July 6-8: The Summer Concert Series continues at Piccolo Pavilion; children read to dogs at the Corte Madera Library; learn valuable bike skills.

Christine Marie was at home performing in opera halls, adding her voice to the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and the University Chorus of UC Berkeley. Then she met Joe Aguilar, who led her down a different path.

Christine and Joe now drive home the R&B sounds of the 50s and 60s with the six-person Hot Rod Jukebox Band. It's not exactly classical music, but it is a "classical gas."

Hot Rod Jukebox Band rolls into Corte Madera for Sunday's free Summer Concert at the Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square.

Come to hear hits of the 1950s through the early '60s — old-school rock 'n roll, rockabilly, R&B, Latin, jazz, and early surf sounds. The playlist includes lots of Elvis Presley hits, some Johnny Cash, Coasters and more.

Bring some snacks, a blanket or chair, and get ready to rock, starting at 5 p.m.

The Summer Concert Series goes from June 17-August 26. For information about the other bands performing this season, go to www.CorteMaderaCommunityFoundation.org.

Check out our events directory for more adventures. If you go to any of these events, let us know how it went:

• SHARE a good read with a four-legged friend at the Corte Madera Library on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Marin Humane Society's Special Human-Animal Relationships Program encourages children to read to dogs to develop confidence in themselves. The hope is to prevent the development of aliteracy, in which despite acquiring basic reading skills, children might dislike, or even refuse, to read. Call the library at (415) 924-6382 to schedule a time. The dogs will be return to the library for more story times July 14, August 4 and August 11.

• There's a lot more to riding a bike than just peddling. You and the family can learn how to stay safe during a ride, proper etiquette and more valuable skills during Sunday's bike class with REI. The classes start at 9 a.m. in the DMV parking lot in Corte Madera. The cost is $65 for REI members, or $85 for non-members. Call to reserve a spot.

• Get everything you need to make a fresh apple pie, or a delicious summer salad at the Larkspur farmers market at Marin Country Mart this and every Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The kids will enjoy the music and entertainment and the farm animals. Look for the Recipe of the Week on Larkspur-Corte Madera Patch every Saturday morning for inspiration.

• Everyone has a tale and you can help tell the important stories that we might not hear otherwise. Learn how to really listen to the people you're talking with — the key to a good interview. You might be surprised how a chance meeting or a simple question can lead to the adventure of a lifetime. Tressa Berman will share her tips on the "Art of the Interview" at Book Passage in Corte Madera on Saturday at 10 a.m.

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