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The Marin Conservation League’s Water for Willows event at Chileno Valley Ranch on May 27th brought out volunteers  who worked to help establish 250 willow sprigs by clearing weeds around each plant, watering each willow, incorporating Dri-Water into the soil around each willow, placing cardboard around the willows to suppress weeds and retain moisture, mulching to help retain moisture, and installing deer fencing to protect young trees. Pictured are volunteers in action.  -Photo by  Sally Gale

On April 26th, the Lark Theater held a party to celebrate their newly purchased Mason and Hamlin Grand Piano for the theater’s recently constructed orchestra pit. The purchase of the piano was made possible by an endowment by two of their patrons, Marian and Bill Howard of Larkspur. The evening also featured Buster Keaton’s famous silent movie, The General, with a live piano accompaniment by concert pianist Frederick Hodges. Pictured (from left) are Frederick Hodges, Lark Theater Executive Director  Ellie Mednick, Marian Howard, Bill Howard and Glenn Woodruff.  -Photo courtesy of the Lark Theater

On May 30, Giving Marin hosted its Founders Dinner II for the initiative partners at Homeward Bound of Marin’s Key Room in Novato. Fresh Starts Culinary Academy cooks and students prepared and served the meal.  This job-training program serves low-income students from the community as well as Homeward Bound residents, preparing them for jobs in the culinary industry. Benji Wu, a sophomore at the Branson School, performed for the guests. He’s played in the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra for three years and this year he was a winner of the 2018 MSYO Concerto Competition, as well as a recipient of the Marin Music Chest scholarship. He teaches and mentors young cellists in the Enriching Lives Through Music program in San Rafael.  -Photo courtesy of Giving Marin

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