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PAINT THE TOWN RED, NOVATO’S BIRTHDAY BASH

Saturday, January 24

One of the most anticipated events on the social calendar, the Paint the Town Red gala celebrates Novato’s official birthday. While the color red is optional, it’s safe to say that most attendees will be sporting cocktail attire with red accents, while enjoying appetizers from some of Novato’s most notable eateries, dinner and live entertainment courtesy of jazz standards combo Swing Set. This annual event features the announcement of the Novato Citizen of the Year award, and is sure to be a hotbed of civic pride and celebration.  Tickets are $60 per person, if purchased before January first, and $75 per person starting New Year’s Day.

For more information visit the Paint the Town Red website.

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Bring in the New Year | New Years Eve Party | Visit Novato

NEW YEAR’S EVE EVENTS AROUND NOVATO

Wednesday, December 31

From black-tie affair to bar-band music, there are plenty of ways to bring in the New Year in Novato this year. Check out some of these celebratory events and decide whether it’s time to dust off your tuxedo or dig out that old Def Leppard t-shirt.

New Year’s Eve Dinner & Dance Party at Hilltop 1892

Dine, dance and enjoy stunning views at the historic Marin estate that was a 2014 Open Table Diner’s Choice award and one of the North Bay Bohemian’s picks for Best Cocktails in Marin. For more information visit the Hilltop 1892 website.

Hilltop 1892
850 Lamont Ave.,
Novato CA 94945
Tel: (415) 893 1892

Live Jazz at Rickey’s Restaurant & Bar

Jazz lovers can bring in the New Year with Brad Dann, at Rickey’s Restaurant & Bar, another 2014 Open Table Diner’s Choice award winner, and Novato’s home for regular live jazz events. For more information visit Rickey’s website.

Rickey’s Restaurant & Bar
250 Entrada Drive,
Novato CA
Tel: (415) 883 9477

Black Tie Party & Concert at the Bay Club StoneTree

Throw on your black-tie best and ring in 2015 with a cocktail reception, five-course dinner, dancing to the Pop Rock band, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Parents may be interested to know that Bay Club Marin is hosting a kids’ sleepover that night. For more information visit the Bay Club StoneTree website.

Bay Club StoneTree
9 StoneTree Land
Novato, CA 94945
Tel: (415) 209 6090

Restless Natives at Finnegan’s Marin

For a casual approach to New Year celebrations, catch the vibe at Finnegan’s Marin, which is somewhere between Irish bar and American bar and grill. Dinner is served at 5pm, and the Restless Natives play the back room at 10pm. Theres a champagne toast at midnight and they’re serving food late. For more information visit the Finnegan’s Marin website.

Finnegan’s Marin
877 Grant Ave.,
Novato, CA 94945
Tel: (415) 899 1516

Hard Rock Covers at the HopMonk Tavern

Fans of hair metal and classic rock can bring in the New Year with an IPA toast and their favorite hard rock hits from the 80’s, courtesy of Rock Candy, a North Bay covers band who promise a rockin’ good time for all. For more information visit the HopMonk website.

HopMonk Tavern
224 Vintage Way
Novato, CA 94945
Tel: (415) 892 6200

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NEW YEAR’S EVE EVENTS AROUND NOVATO

Wednesday, December 31

From black-tie affair to bar-band music, there are plenty of ways to bring in the New Year in Novato this year. Check out some of these celebratory events and decide whether it’s time to dust off your tuxedo or dig out that old Def Leppard t-shirt.

 

New Year’s Eve Dinner & Dance Party at Hilltop 1892

Dine, dance and enjoy stunning views at the historic Marin estate that was a 2014 Open Table Diner’s Choice award and one of the North Bay Bohemian’s picks for Best Cocktails in Marin. For more information visit the Hilltop 1892 website.

Hilltop 1892

850 Lamont Ave.,

Novato CA 94945

Tel: (415) 893 1892

 

Live Jazz at Rickey’s Restaurant & Bar

Jazz lovers can bring in the New Year with Brad Dann, at Rickey’s Restaurant & Bar, another 2014 Open Table Diner’s Choice award winner, and Novato’s home for regular live jazz events. For more information visit Rickey’s website.

Rickey’s Restaurant & Bar

250 Entrada Drive,

Novato CA

Tel: (415) 883 9477

 

Black Tie Party & Concert at the Bay Club StoneTree

Throw on your black-tie best and ring in 2015 with a cocktail reception, five-course dinner, dancing to the Pop Rock band, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Parents may be interested to know that Bay Club Marin is hosting a kids’ sleepover that night. For more information visit the Bay Club StoneTree website.

Bay Club StoneTree

9 StoneTree Land

Novato, CA 94945

Tel: (415) 209 6090

 

Restless Natives at Finnegan’s Marin

For a casual approach to New Year celebrations, catch the vibe at Finnegan’s Marin, which is somewhere between Irish bar and American bar and grill. Dinner is served at 5pm, and the Restless Natives play the back room at 10pm. Theres a champagne toast at midnight and they’re serving food late. For more information visit the Finnegan’s Marin website.

Finnegan’s Marin

877 Grant Ave.,

Novato, CA 94945

Tel: (415) 899 1516

 

Hard Rock Covers at the HopMonk Tavern

Fans of hair metal and classic rock can bring in the New Year with an IPA toast and their favorite hard rock hits from the 80’s, courtesy of Rock Candy, a North Bay covers band who promise a rockin’ good time for all. For more information visit the HopMonk website.

HopMonk Tavern

224 Vintage Way

Novato, CA 94945

Tel: (415) 892 6200

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Do’s and Dont’s of Washing Your Car | Car Wash – Consumer Reports

Do’s and don’ts of washing your car

For many vehicle owners, the weekend act of washing a car by hand is a therapeutic act as beneficial for the person’s state of mind as to the vehicle’s appearance. That’s good, because frequent washing is also the best way to maintain a new-car finish. But as simple as washing your car may seem, there are some things to watch for so that you don’t accidentally scratch or degrade the finish. Here are some basic car-washing tips.

When should I wash the car?

Don’t… wait for a layer of crud to accumulate before washing. Dead bugs, bird droppings, and chemicals from the atmosphere all leach acids that can strip away wax and eventually eat into your car’s paint. If left too long, they can cause damage that requires sanding and repainting the area to correct.

Do… wash off dead bugs, bird droppings, and tree-sap mist as soon as possible. Other than this, a weekly car wash will keep the finish in its best shape. In addition, if you live in an area that suffers from acid rain, rinse your vehicle off after a period of rainy weather. Otherwise, acidic chemicals in the rainwater will be left on the surface after the droplets have evaporated, leaving a mark that can permanently mar the paint.

What kind of products should I use?

Don’t… use household cleaning agents like hand soap, dishwashing detergent, or glass cleaner on the paint. These aren’t formulated for use on a car’s paint and may strip off the protective wax.

Do… use a dedicated car-wash product, which is milder and specifically designed for use on automotive paint. Apply the suds with a large, soft natural sponge or a lamb’s-wool mitt. See our car wax report for tips and advice on all types of waxes.

Grease, rubber, and road-tar deposits picked up from the road often accumulate around the wheel wells and along the lower edge of the body. These can be stubborn to remove and may require a stronger product, such as a bug-and-tar remover. Use a soft, nonabrasive cloth to remove these deposits, as they can quickly blacken your sponge.

Use a separate sponge to clean the wheels and tires, which may be coated with sand, brake dust, and other debris that could mar the car’s finish. Mild soap and water may work here; if not, a dedicated wheel cleaner may be required. Be sure the cleaner is compatible with the type of finish (paint, clear-coat, chrome, etc.) used on the wheels. A strong formula intended for mag wheels, for instance, can damage the clear coat that’s used on the wheels that come on today’s cars. To be on the safe side, choose a cleaner that’s labeled as safe for use on all wheels.

Are there any general guidelines I should follow when washing a car?

 

Don’t… wash your car when the body is hot, such as immediately after driving it or after it has been parked in direct sunlight for awhile. Heat speeds the drying of soap and water, making washing more difficult and increasing the chances that spots or deposits will form.

Don’t move the sponge in circles. This can create light, but noticeable scratches called swirl marks. Instead, move the sponge lengthwise across the hood and other body panels. And don’t continue using a sponge that’s dropped on the ground without thoroughly rinsing it out. The sponge can pick up dirt particles that can scratch the paint.

Do… rinse all surfaces thoroughly with water before you begin washing to remove loose dirt and debris that could cause scratching. Once you begin, concentrate on one section at a time, washing and rinsing each area completely before moving on to the next one. This ensures that you have plenty of time to rinse before the soap dries. Start at the top, and then work your way around the car.

Work the car-wash solution into a lather with plenty of suds that provide lots of lubrication on the paint surface. And rinse the sponge often. Using a separate bucket to rinse the sponge keeps dirt from getting mixed into the sudsy wash water.

When rinsing, use a hose without a nozzle and let the water flow over the car from top to bottom. This creates a sheeting action that helps minimize pooling of water.

How should I dry the car when I’m done?

 

Don’t… let the car air dry, and don’t expect a drive around the block to do an effective job. Either will leave watermarks, which in areas with hard water are the minerals left after evaporation. In addition, don’t use an abrasive towel or other material that can leave hairline scratches in the paint.

Do… use a chamois (natural or synthetic) or soft terry towels. If you choose towels, you may need several. It’s best to blot the water up instead of dragging the towel or chamois over the paint. The drying process can be speeded up by using a soft squeegee to remove most of the water on the body, but be sure the rubber is pliable and that it doesn’t pick up bits of dirt that can cause scratches.

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Flooding on Rohnert Park Expressway in Rohnert Park | abc7news.com

ROHNERT PARK, Calif. (KGO) — The Rohnert Park Expressway in Rohnert Park is experiencing flooding. Motorists are being advised to not drive through high water or they could become stuck and their car could stall, but many people are not taking that advice.

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New Year’s Eve at the HopMonk Tavern – Visit Novato

Wednesday, December 31, 8:00pm-Crank up the air guitar and rock in the New Year with live music from Rock Candy. This big-haired Bay Area band covers everyone’s favorite hard rock hits, from bands like Van Halen, AC/DC, Aerosmith and more. Rock Candy promises to rock the party with polished 80’s rock style, hitting every high note, and keeping the classics rolling. This is sure to be a high energy event, and party-goers get to bring in the New Year HopMonk style, with a midnight IPA toast.

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Rain-X Complete Surface Protectant – YouTube

See the difference! Not only will water will bead and streak from your windshield for added safety, this state-of-the art treatment provides a protective barrier to all painted surfaces! Youll receive the added comfort of knowing that your painted surfaces are protected from the destructive effects of the sun and other pollutants and windshield visibility is improved until your next wash!

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Snow in Novato?! Yep! – Visit Novato

On December 13th, 2014, the Downtown Novato Business Association is throwing a winter holiday extravaganza. The event, called Let it Snow, Novato, will turn our downtown into a snowy, winter wonderland!

Children galore will play some for the first time ever in snow which is being shipped and delivered to Novato’s City Hall. Sleds and all other festivities will be provided free of charge. Mr. and Mrs. Clause will arrive by fire truck at 11:30 a.m. and kids will be able to get their pictures taken with the jolly pair. There will be free candy canes and balloons. Children will also be able to enter a coloring contest and get their faces painted. Scout Troop 42 will be selling luminarias and hot chocolate will be served to warm cold hands after ample snowballs have been thrown.Music will fill the streets with the San Marin Jazz Choir performing at 11:30 a.m. and the Chime Travelers singing holiday songs, as well as other favorite tunes. Luv 2 Dance will perform to Let it Snow. And a special treat, Reckless in Vegas will perform for the first time in Novato from 2:30 to 5 p.m. The band has a star-filled line up including: Novatan Mario Cipollina on bass well known former member of Huey Lewis and the News; lead singer Michael Shapiro on guitar; and Dr. Fu on drums. Reckless in Vegas, who are best described as the Rat Pack meets Green Day, will feature songs from the ‘60s with tunes from Sonny & Cher, Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley and more. They will sing a Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin version of Let it Snow.Once the festivities have come to an end, horse drawn carriage rides, with Curly the Belgian draft horse in the lead, will be offered free of charge from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. As riders stroll down Grant Avenue they can view and pick their favorite holiday window display. Local downtown merchants will be decorating their windows with a snowy theme this year.

LOCATION: Downtown Novato on the Civic Green on Sherman Ave. City HallTIME: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Carriage rides from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

COST: FREESPONSORS: City of Novato, Old Town Sports, Snipz, UrbanSitter, Blake’s Auto Body, Novato Chamber of Commerce, Marin Independent Journal, Rock for Good, Pacific Sun, and the Downtown Novato Business Association.

WEBSITE: http://downtownnovato.com/events/let-it-snow-2014/

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Hot Holiday Happenings in Downtown Novato – Visit Novato

Friday, November 28 through Saturday, December 20

Novato’s popular downtown shopping district gets into the holiday spirit, with carriage rides on Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30pm till 8:30pm, November 28th through December 20th.  Other fun events to mark on your calendar include the annual tree lighting on December 6th, 4:30pm at City Hall, and photos with Santa every Friday from 5pm till 8pm, December 5th through the 19th.On Saturday December the 13th, Let it Snow takes over the Civic Green on Sherman Avenue, with Mr. and Mrs. Claus arriving by fire truck at 11:30am, and a full day of musical entertainment, from 10:30 am through 5pm, including the Chime Travelers, the San Marin Jazz Choir, Luv 2 Dance and Reckless in Vegas.For more information, visit the Downtown Novato website.

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Bay Area Car Scene: Moscone Center Auto Show 2014

Thanksgiving Season!!!

Also Moscone Auto Center Car Show time!!!!

This year the 2014 Moscone Center Car Show is currently being held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

It is a show I have loved attending for the past 4 years, I definitely recommend checking it out if you want to see the latest cars for the new year!

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