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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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!

Attention West Marin Arts Community

Artist Film Series Andy Goldsworthy: Rivers and Tides

A documentary directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer

Monday, August 22, 2016 6pm FREE

Rivers and Tides is a 2001 documentary directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer about the British artist Andy Goldsworthy, who creates intricate and ephemeral sculptures from natural materials such as rocks, leaves, flowers, and icicles.

Riedelsheimer shows us Andy Goldsworthy as he creates art in natural settings using natural materials such as driftwood, ice, mud, leaves, and stones. We see how several of them fall apart, melt, or drift away due to exposure to the elements; we also see, for example, a complex structure of interconnected sticks collapse while Goldsworthy is still working on it. Riedelsheimer takes us to Goldsworthy's home in Penport, Scotland, and to a French museum, but the emphasis of the film is on observing Goldsworthy at work.

The film received a number of awards, including the ‘Best Documentary’ awards of the San Diego Film Critics Society and the San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

Documentary followed by a group dialogue. Host: Debra Amerson & Larry Rippee

In the Maurice del Mue Galleries

San Geronimo Valley Community Center

August 2- 29, 2016 Reception, Sunday August 14, 4-7pm

The San Geronimo Valley Community Center is very honored to present a retrospective sampling of the work of Brian McLachlan (1944-2015).

Born in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, in 1944, and raised in Visalia, California, he studied painting at Otis Art College and the Chouinard Art Institute, and enjoyed early success as a painter. He lived in many places, including Central Texas, before settling in Marin County’s San Geronimo Valley, which he considered his soul’s true home, and where he lived until he passed away in 2015.

Brian exhibited with the Baulines Craft Guild, the annual Spring Art Show and participated in Marin Open Studios. He was included in Lark Craft’s’s 500 Boxes and was one of the original founders of the Bay Area Woodworkers Association.

San Geronimo Valley Community Center Celebrates:

The 2nd Annual International Day of Peace Festival

Sunday, September 11, 2016, Noon to 6pm

Free Admission!!

On Sunday, September 11, 2016, the San Geronimo Valley Community Center will take part in The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Peace to recognize the efforts of those who have worked hard to end conflict and promote peace. The UN has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The theme of this year’s commemoration is “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.” It aims to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. The Sustainable Development Goals are integral to achieving peace in our time, as development and peace are interdependent and mutually reinforcing.

The San Geronimo Valley Community Center will host a free International Day of Peace Festival as “partners for peace.” It will feature live music, food, art show and speakers promoting understanding and respect for diversity and raising awareness to ensure a culture of peace.The Main Stage will feature the San Francisco jamrock band, The Rock Collection, the Barry “The Fish” Melton Band and the Alexa Davidson Band; the Kate Wolf Cafe will showcase local musicians, and speakers and educators will enlighten on issues related to peace. An art show and reception will be held in the Valley and West rooms featuring Fred “Lee” Berensmeier Gifting My Legacy Art Show: in support of the Deepening Roots Campaign. Art Show will feature 40 prints and drawings by Fred L Berensmeier of Lagunitas reflecting the wildlife and experiences of living 55 years in Lagunitas in his families beloved San Geronimo Valley. Fred 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.

Come commemorate and celebrate the International Day of Peace along with millions of people around the world.

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


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.