Take a walk in the beautiful Ignacio Valley to view a waterfall nestled among the trees. A discussion on creek ecology, watersheds, and water conservation will be included on the way. It will be an easy walk with one steep section, approximately 1 mile round-trip. Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes (it could be muddy or slippery), and bring water and snacks. Friendly dogs are welcome, but must be leashed. Meet at the end of Fairway Dr in Novato. Saturday, 2/8, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Questions? Contact Ranger Craig Solin at (415) 473-2816.
A colorful fusion of martial arts, Japanese music, dance and Taiko drumming, the world famous TAO: Phoenix Rising will be in Marin this weekend. The virtuosic troupe has performed at hundreds of sold-out shows to more than 5 million spectors. The stars of TAO live and train in the mountains of Japan, reaching the highest level of virtuosity after years of study. Offering a young and vibrantly modern take on a traditional art form, TAO combines Japanese drumming with spectacular modern effects that will leave you in awe. Sunday, 2/9, 7:30 p.m. $20 - $45, Get tickets here. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flag, San Rafael.
Share an elegant evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, fine dining, and auctions, followed by dancing to the live music of Wonderbread 5 at the 18th Annual Marin Valentine’s Ball, “Romance Under the Serengeti Stars.” roceeds from the gala event benefit organizations that provide a safety net of services for our Marin community’s youth, families, older adults, and disabled citizens: Whistlestop, Sunny Hills Services, North Bay Children’s Center, and Godmothers of Timothy Murphy School. Saturday, 2/8, 5:30 - 11:00 p.m. $225/ each, $400/ per couple. Marin County Civic Center Exhibition Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael.