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Your membership dues and contributions help make possible all the programs we provide.


Dance Palace Partners are people dedicated to the West Marin community and to the future of the Dance Palace. These generous souls have made a commitment of 3-year funding in support of the our many programs and services for all ages.



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We're in need of the following items:

  • A Mac laptop
  • Kids' bathing suits and white t-shirts for Dance Palace Camp
  • Digital cameras (perhaps you've upgraded?)
  • Card Tables
  • Ipod
  • Matching comfortable chairs for our lobby
  • Keyboard
  • Laminator 


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Minnesota native Danny Vitali has become a fixture in the West Marin music scene since he arrived in 2011. He spearheads three local bands and plays with seven others, and his point of view is that the more he mixes up both genres and band members, the more attractive the music will be for the staple multi-generational audience he draws.


Sarah Cahill—recently called “fiercely gifted” by the New York Times and “as tenacious and committed an advocate as any composer could dream of” by the San Francisco Chronicle—has performed recently at Merkin Hall in New York and at Cal Performances in Berkeley. Composers who have dedicated works to her include John Adams, Terry Riley, Frederic Rzewski, and Pauline Oliveros. The trio will perform Schubert's B-flat major Trio. Mr. Canin and Ms. Cahill will perform Beethoven's "Spring" Sonata in F major, op. 24 and Mozart's Sonata in E minor, K. 304 and Ms. Cahill will also play some solo pieces by Francois Couperin and Thomas Ades.

Stuart Canin has served as the concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Opera, and major Hollywood studios. A graduate of Juilliard, he won the Paganini International Violin Competition, taught at Oberlin, the University of Iowa, the San Francisco Conservatory, and was a founding member of the New Century Chamber Orchestra.


This course surveys the history of Nationalist China (1927-1949), as a means of helping students understand the complex interplay between human will and the forces of historical change. Attention focuses on key historical personalities such as Chiang Kai-Shek, (his wife) Soong Mei-ling, (his sister-in-law) Soong Ching-ling, Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai, as each tried to navigate perilous times—when the great dream of national reconstruction became a horrific nightmare for Chinese society. Instructor: Douglas Lee, PhD. For more information and registration call 415-458-3763 or go to
$120 for 6 classes, plus $25 basic membership


Familiar faces will get together and play some of your favorite tunes, some original work and then jam the night away.  Many surprise guests!


Get ready for future droughts, lower your water bill, and reduce strain on septic systems. Gray water and rainwater harvesting expert Patrick Picard will teach us how to make the most of our precious water resources through ‘laundry to landscape’ gray water systems and rainwater harvesting systems. Workshop will include a demonstration set up of a simple rainwater harvesting system.

Register at Rebates for rainwater systems installed before January 2015 are available from North Marin Water District, so now is the best time to plan your rainwater system. Call 663-1005 for more information.


The kings of 100% acoustic folk-skiffle-swing holiday highjinks, the Christmas Jug Band are “Stalwart purveyors of the jugabilly mystique! A tongue-in-cheek seasonal convergence of San Francisco Bay Area luminaries.” The band has sold over 25,000 albums to date, mostly all over the west coast, with international distribution for all five releases and has had tracks appear on several compilation albums by Rhino, Sony, Trikont (Germany), Philter (Japan) and had a track on the NBC prime-time TV show, “My Name Is Earl.” These players have great credits, some having worked with the likes of Elvis Costello, Etta James, Jesse Colin Young, Commander Cody, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Winifred Tarpey, also known as Tween or Win, was born Sept. 16, 1924, and passed away peacefully at her Inverness home on Aug. 13, 2014.

Win was a lifelong Californian. She grew up in Oakland and graduated from Oakland Technical High School in 1942. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1948 and later attended graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She studied chemistry in an era when few women were in the sciences.

Tween married Ray Frazer in 1950 and moved to Claremont in 1952. She and Ray had five children and divorced in 1973. Win worked for many years as a chemistry teacher at the Joint Sciences Department of the Claremont Colleges, retiring in 1986. She was very proud that two of her granddaughters later attended Scripps College in Claremont.


From the Point Reyes Light, by Samantha Kimmey

Eugenia Loyster, a 23-year resident of Point Reyes Station, a longtime member of the Mainstreet Moms and a voracious reader who wrote sparse but striking poetry, died this month at 96 years old.

Eugenia spent most of her life in Wisconsin but began a new chapter when she moved to West Marin as a septuagenarian. In California, she found a new source of joy. “She already had a love of nature,” said her daughter Sara, “but there was something very freeing about that move… About a year after my dad died, she said to me, ‘When I think about staying here [in Madison], I think about death. When I think about coming to California, I think about life.’”

Eugenia was born in White Bear Lake, Minn., in 1917. She had a tough childhood, Sara said; her father died when she was a young girl, so her mother, a schoolteacher, raised her and her younger brother. 


Private Party


Jeremy Morgan, MFA has been facilitating artists’ seminars for the Lucid Art Foundation for over five years. He is a professor of painting at the San Francisco Art Institute and has taught at the Arts and Consciousness Department at the John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley. Jeremy is a painter and has exhibited his work internationally.

Seminar Description: This seminar is for professional painters or painters who are ready to show their work to the public. The aim is to expand artists’ understanding and relationship to their artwork by exploring the non-representational aspects of the inner worlds as well as encouraging dialogue about arts and consciousness.