Community Circle Time in the Garden

Join us for our new family program on Tuesdays this summer!

Songs, stories, and music from around the world presented in an engaging and family friendly way. Children will love our session themes and engaging experience. Parents will love the community setting, the opportunity for their children to interact with other children and culturally diverse focus!

We will all start together in the Garden School courtyard, then separate into groups for crafts and other enrichment activities.

Session one: OCEAN theme, July 20–August 3
Session two: EARTH theme, August 17–August 31

Children age 18 months to 5 years are welcome!
One child: $50 per class or $135 per 3-week session.
Families with more than one child: $75 per class or $200 per session.
Enrollment limited to 30 families per session; advance registration required at this time.

Covid precautions: Masks are required for adults and children 2 and older, regardless of vaccination status. Families are expected to respect social distancing and are encouraged to bring their own blankets to sit on.




Aug 31 2021


10:00 am - 11:30 am

Questions? email or call 415-455-5260


Garden School


  • Justine Lucas
    Justine Lucas

    Justine Lucas studied World Music and Dance at SFSU and was a part of the university’s Gospel choir and University choir, where she performed a repertoire ranging from the energetic projection of choir songs to intricate harmonies in Russian classical pieces. She is constantly expanding her vocal language and pronunciation skills and currently sings in English, French, Scottish, Welsh, Manx, Cornish, Gaelic, Spanish, and Sou Sou (West African/ Guinean dialect). She has been composing, performing, and touring for the last 11 years and has worked on over 15 albums in recording studios with local band projects and solo. She has performed at many great SF bay venues including The Great American Music Hall, Slims, Yoshi’s, The Haight-Ashbury Street Fair, Herbst Theatre and more.

  • Emma Norris
    Emma Norris

    Emma is the Director of the Garden School, reopening in fall 2021. Emma has a strong background in early childhood education and a passion for her work and she is looking forward to using the beautiful gardens here as an integral part of the preschool experience.

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IRS Guidelines for Gifts from Donor Advised Funds to Support MAGC Events

Thank you for your interest in giving to the Marin Art & Garden Center events from your Donor Advised Fund (DAF) or Family Foundation.

We sincerely appreciate your generosity and support!

To ensure your gift follows the current IRS guidelines for DAF/Family Foundation support of an event, we would like to share the below guidelines with you.

  • Raffle tickets, tickets to galas and other special events, auction items, and benefits conferred in connection with a DAF/foundation grant are not permitted.
    • IRS has specifically ruled that fair market value associated with fundraising events cannot be separated, a practice known as “bifurcation.”
      • For example, with Edible Garden, if the price of the ticket is $200 and the FMV fair market value (non-tax-deductible amount) is designated to be $50, the donor must pay from sources other than her DAF/foundation for the full value of the ticket ($200) and not just for the non-tax-deductible amount ($50).
    • We recommend you confer with your financial advisor to confirm if any of these examples of how donors may still use their DAF to support an event would work for you:
      • A donor could sponsor the event, and not attend, and pay fully out of the DAF/foundation.
      • A donor could sponsor the event using DAF/foundation funds and attend by purchasing an individual ticket through non-DAF/foundation funds.
      • A donor could sponsor the event, join the event as a guest of another donor/table guest, and pay fully out of the DAF/foundation.
      • A donor could sponsor the event and host the afforded number of people at their chosen level as long as they pay for the seats at the lowest ticket price ($200 for Edible Garden) outside of their DAF.
        • As an example, a $1,500 sponsor that covers 2 guests, could pay for their sponsorship with $400 from a different source of funds, and then give an additional gift of $1,100 out of their DAF.


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