San Geronimo Valley Community Center

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Since the late 1960’s, the Center has reflected the multiple needs and priorities of San Geronimo Valley and Nicasio residents. Our outstanding programs and services have a major impact on the quality of life for Valley residents from infants to seniors, families and singles, working people and retirees. We serve people from Woodacre, San Geronimo, Forest Knolls, Lagunitas, Point Reyes, Nicasio, Fairfax and other communities in Marin County. Thousands of people visit the Center each year to enjoy our arts, cultural, recreational and human services programs. Our youth programming serves dozens of families each year. We are proud to be the Heart of the Valley, playing a unique and vital role that enhances the lives and well-being of the people we serve.

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San Geronimo Valley Community Center Presents:

Kids (and adults) for Cheetahs

A Fundraiser for the Cheetah Conservation Fund

Sunday, October 16, 2016, Noon to 3pm

Nine-year-old Paloma Russ is a 4th grader at San Geronimo Elementary School in West Marin. She has been passionate and concerned about cheetahs since age 3. Paloma states, “Cheetahs are an endangered species. There are less than 10,000 cheetahs left in the world and if we don’t do something to help save them NOW, they will be extinct in 20 years. This makes me very sad, especially since they are my favorite animal.”

Paloma has been very active in cheetah conservation efforts and raising public awareness even in her young lifetime. She has participated in Earth Day events: she has done presentations at her school and has proudly earned a gold star for her “Help Save Cheetahs” presentation in her 4-H program. She was even awarded a blue ribbon for her “Cheetah Conservation Scrapbook” in the Marin County Fair. Since one of Paloma’s favorite pastimes is drawing cheetahs, she also came up with her own line of greeting cards and sells them at various events and fairs. All the proceeds from her cards go to the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), headquartered in Namibia, the world’s largest international non-profit organization dedicated to saving cheetahs.

On October 16th, 2016, Paloma will hold a fundraiser called “Kids (and adults) for Cheetahs”. It will be at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center from 12-3 pm. There will be kids activities and crafts, bake sale, silent auction, raffle, and an educational presentation. As if this is not already plenty of excitement, Paloma has amazingly arranged for the very special guest appearance of a real live cheetah named “Themba”, an ambassador cat from Wild Cat Education and Conservation Fund. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity not to be missed!

Come see, learn and support Paloma’s dedicated conservation effort!

In the Maurice del Mue Galleries

San Geronimo Valley Community Center

Gifting My Legacy Art Show-A retrospective art exhibit of the works of Fred L. Berensmeier

in support of the Deepening Roots Campaign

September 6-29, 2016

Reception: Sunday, September 11, noon-6 pm

(in conjunction with SGVCC’s 2nd annual International Day of Peace Festival)

The San Geronimo Valley Community Center is honored to present a very special exhibit: Gifting My Legacy -A retrospective exhibit of the works of Fred L. Berensmeier.

Fred L. Berensmeier, a master printmaker, studied at the School of Arts and Crafts in Oakland and received his Masters of Fine Arts from San Francisco State. He was the head of the fine arts printmaking department of City College of San Francisco from 1968 until 1993.

Although his earlier work was influenced by Edvard Munch and later abstract expressionism his more recent works have focused on images from personal connection with the environment and his years of work with Native Americans and study of petroglyphs and pictographs.

His work has been exhibited in the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brants Klaedefabrik Museum, Denmark, Yerba Buena Center, the Audubon Artists 53rd Annual exhibition, National Arts Club of New York and Pacific Grove Art Center. Fred’s work is in the collections of the Legion of Honor -Achenbach Collection and the Library of Congress.

The show will feature 40 prints and drawings by Berensmeier reflecting the wildlife and experiences of living 55 years in Lagunitas in his families beloved San Geronimo Valley.

Berensmeier’s prints— linocuts, collagraphs, serigraphs, etchings and other forms of fine art printmaking -- both framed and unframed, will be available to purchase during the exhibit.

Berensmeier is donating all the proceeds of sales to the Deepening Roots Campaign – a fundraiser for the San Geronimo Valley Community Center founded by his wife Jean in 1969.

The reception is open for general public during the festival on September 11 from noon-6 pm. During that time, Fred Berensmeier will conduct a demonstration of printmaking techniques.


Saturday, October 29, 8:00 pm

A unique acoustic jazz experience. Performing a suite in four parts: Love’s Sacred Body by Schawkie Roth (set I) plus: A Love Supreme by John Coltrane (set II)

Schawkie Roth, tenor saxophone and musical director, Max Perkoff, piano, Spike Klein, drums, Jack Sayers, bass.

Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Send checks to Schawkie Roth, P.O. Box 58, Woodacre, CA 94973

Days of the Dead Book Launch

Sunday, October 30, 4:00 pm

San Rafael novelist James A. Jacobs will discuss and read from his historical thriller, Days of the Dead, Sunday, October 30, at 4 p.m. In Mexico, 1968, the year of the Olympics, activist students launch a summer-long protest aimed at reforming a ruthless, authoritarian government. Ten days before the games begin, army troops surround and ambush protesters and their supporters. Known as the Tlatelolco Massacre, hundreds are murdered and disappeared. Daniel Mendoza, a 28-year-old American journalist, violates his professional code by inserting himself into the conflict to avoid a “final solution.” Instead, the crisis deepens, which threatens his life and the lives of those dearest to him.

Dirty Cello

Saturday, November 12, 8:00 pm

Doors open at 7:30, $15

From China to Italy, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you’ve never heard before. From down home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin’ bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping!

“Dirty Cello’s music is all over the map: funky, carnival, romantic, sexy, tangled, electric, fiercely rhythmic, and textured, and only occasionally classical.” Lou Fancher, Oakland Magazine.

“The band plays every style imaginable, and does some fantastic covers. (Their rendition of “Purple Haze” is incredible.) But what is most spectacular about them is hearing the depth of soul in Roudman’s playing—it goes beyond what most people would expect from the instrument. She plays it with so much heart, you’ll wonder why more bands don’t have a cellist.” Good Times Santa Cruz

Alive with the Dead/A Fly On the Wall with a Camera

Sunday, December 11th, 4:00 pm

Susana Millman was a West Marin resident in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, and many of you may recall her clothing emporium (with partner Zuni Picarelli), What’s In Store. In the middle 1980s she switched careers to photography, which coincidentally was about the time that she a) became a serious Dead Head and b) was marched down the aisle by Jerry Garcia at her marriage to the Dead’s publicist . . . .

The end result of all this is a wonderful book called Alive with the Dead/A Fly On the Wall with a Camera, which she is publishing in October. It’s a deluxe coffee table book, 9” by 12,”, with 256 mostly color pages in a slip cover with very fancy foil stamping. It’s unique among G.D. books in that most of the pictures are not of the band on stage but offstage and backstage, doing special projects and such.

After a slideshow/talk presentation on the book, Susana will sign copies while everyone enjoys the music of Dead Again, Petaluma’s finest Dead cover band. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

Michael McQuilkin Family Music Hour XII

Saturday, December 17th, 7 pm and Sunday, December 18th, 3 pm

Lagunitas School Multipurpose Room, 1 Lagunitas Road, San Geronimo (around the corner from SGVCC)

$10 suggested donation

Join us for a special evening and afternoon of music featuring some of the Valley’s greatest musical talent! Hear the Chavez family singers, James Tolbert, Tealy Gapinski, Kira Thelin, Andrew Giacomini, the Purkeys, Josh Witt, Alexa Davidson, Alexander McQuilkin,and other featured performers with the Valley All-Star band, Tim Cain and the Lagunitas Horns.

Come find out why this event has been packed every time – it’s so much fun! Bring the whole family – it’s a great reunion for the returning college students and everyone else.

KIDS WELCOME! “Music brings families together!”

New Documentary on Hunger in Marin Available Online

Spotlights ExtraFood and the SGV Community Center

Hungry in Paradise, a new 18-minute documentary on hunger in Marin by Emmy award-winning filmmaker Paul Colardo, is available to view here.

Here's a shot from the fabulous night with Barry "The Fish" Melton Band at the Community Center

melton band

Welcome back! - San Geronimo Valley Community Center after-school childcare and internship options

Dear Families,

Welcome back from all of us here at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center! As we dive in for a whole new school year, we wanted to be sure that all of our children and families know about our after school childcare and internship options which includes a few new things.

Kids in kindergarten through 3rd Grade Zoila’s – Zoila’s is now in Room 2 on the upper campus. Zoila’s serves children in kindergarten through 3rd grade and as always, our staff will escort all kindergarteners from both Montessori and Open Classroom to Zoila’s each day at noon. Children in 1st through 3rd grade will either walk to Zoila’s in room 2 if they are arriving from Open Classroom, or by bus from the lower campus. Zoila’s is open Monday through Friday from noon until 6pm. For Zoila's registration packet, click here.

For more information, please contact Julie Young at or Nicole Ramirez at

Kids in 4th grade and up The Loft – The Loft afterschool program is for all kids in 4th grade and up and is held in the Loft which is above the gym. The Loft is open Monday through Thursday, after school until 5:30pm and Fridays until 5. Loft membership is $300 for the year. For the Loft registration packet, click here.

For more information, please contact Heather Richardson or Howie Cort at or call 415-488-4118 x 218

Kids in 7th grade and up Internship Program - The San Geronimo Valley Community Center’s Youth Job Training and Internship Program, is a well-rounded program that gives participants hands-on experience working in a community setting. Monthly meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month of the school year. For the Internship application packet, please click here.

For more information, please contact Heather Richardson at

For more information, please contact the Center at 415-488-8888

Here’s to an amazing year ahead! We can’t wait to see you!


The Loft Teen Center (school year)- click here for sign up form. For 4th Grade & Up.

Senior Programs are hopping - click for details. Coming for lunch? Check out the menu.

Read highlights of our accomplishments in our most recent annual report - for example:
• 50 local Seniors, 60 years and over, were served healthy organic lunches each week – more than 4,000 meals annually.
• Our Food Bank provided 5,000 boxes of groceries and fresh produce to local residents.