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›› LETTERS Has taqueria had its chips? Don’t let our desire for quality tutelage overshadow our desire for quality tortas.

The College of Marin proposal to build a large new “gateway” building at the corner of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and College Avenue has generated a fair amount of controversy. One aspect of the plans that I have not seen mentioned in any of the articles is the fate of the Taqueria Mexican Grill now on that corner. In these hard times, it is important to sustain the small businesses in our communities. The Taqueria has been there for years, run by good people providing tasty, affordable, convenient food. The restaurant serves both the COM students and the residents of Kentfield and other nearby towns; just the kind of “town and gown” interface that community colleges should want. I hope the college administrators are planning to provide space in one of their new buildings for this local business, and perhaps a temporary spot while construction is under way. It would be a shame to lose it. Jeff Lapic,Kentfield

Vote for me for state Assembly I would like to first thank Ms. Gina Channell-Allen, the Pacific Sun publisher, for the opportunity to answer questions brought up

by the Pacific Sun in their endorsement of my opponent, incumbent Jared Huffman, in the Democratic primary race for state Assembly. Mr. Huffman justifies his mediocre record by excuses about the situation in Sacramento. For many Democrats, Mr. Huffman is the problem. His voting with Republicans on the budget means the Democrats, the majority party in the legislature, do not have the votes to do the serious work that needs to be done. Mr. Huffman’s lack of courage to stand up to the governor seems to mark his political career. While political parties may not be popular, legislators do get elected to represent a party and its position or the “party platform.” Where is Mr. Huffman on the platform and issues outside his expertise in environmentalism? We don’t know and have no way of knowing where he will end up, regarding his positions. The impact of his budget vote is like a football team when in the middle of the game, key players switch sides. His vote in 2009 on Republican budget trailer bills weakens the majority party and the Democratic legislators’ ability to effectively use their votes. The result of his vote caused a loss of over $1.7 million just in Social Security Income payments to people in the 6th District—these are people who are elders and people with significant disabilities who receive $200 to $300 per month. The cuts in In Home Supportive Services mean that many 90-year-old independent folks now have no shopping assistance or housecleaning. This will condemn many to facilities at incredible taxpayer cost, as both the legislative-analyst and UCLA reports lay out. To save a few bucks for political expediency, we all will be paying with our tax dollars years after he has left office and most of us

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California To Observe First Harvey Milk Day Presidential Medal of Freedom? Got that. A place in the California Hall of Fame and Sean Penn playing you on-screen? Those, too. Now, Harvey Milk has... Upfront: The other ‘community choice’ In response to the Mazzoni position that the county should have waited to proceed with a clean energy plan and should slow efforts on bag bans, sustainability proponents argue... Endorsements: Measures A, B and C This trio of library funding measures for the county libraries, as well as San Anselmo and San Rafael libraries, is asking for a $49 per year parcel taxcompany’s...

Your soapbox is waiting at ›› pacificsun.com will end our lives in facilities at incredible costs instead of living our lives in our homes. Mr. Huffman’s vote has been to embrace classic “Reaganomics.” His ban on metal baseball bats in school sports is a prime example of poor legislation used for public relations purposes. If the young man who was hit this year had permanent injuries, the cuts Mr. Huffman voted for would mean his family would have no long-term care support. Instead of legislation to solve real problems, Mr. Huffman took the opportunity to grandstand, making sure to ignore school officials who, once they knew of the problem, had already banned the bats. I am not a one-issue candidate. I do have expertise in independent living and social services. I have a track record of community organizing, mobilizing volunteers and activism. I also have experience in media both in producing a weekly radio show plus receiving a great education in media as chair of KQED’s Community Advisory Panel. In addition, as an artist and as a policy consultant I have small business experience. Visit www.connally4assembly.net. Patrick Connally, San Rafael

Valley to take on San Rafael’s sewer liabilities. Ross Valley voters need to be concerned about our pipes and assets and should not trust San Rafael with them. Most importantly, RVSD has a fully funded 10-year $63 million plan for upgrades. Contrast this with San Rafael’s $10 million upgrade plan that expires in 2014. Ross Valley Sanitary is financially sound, pensions are fully funded, and has approximately $63 million in assets. Compared to San Rafael’s $37 million assets, 145 miles of pipes and pumps that are aging, and the city’s $140 million pension shortfall. With a little fact-checking the Sun would have also found that the sewer rates are in line with all the sewer agencies in Marin. Increases are due to the need to upgrade the aging infrastructure or suffer severe fines. Legal fees are primarily around a 1999 sale of RVSD’s surplus property that was consummated by prior boards. The developer owed RVSD $12 million, they have demonstrated that they cannot come up with our $12 million. This is the majority of the legal fees. The property worth about $25 million is now ours again. There are three seats up—please vote for Peter Sullivan, Pat Guasco and Pam Meigs. Bruce Baum, San Anselmo

RVSD’s fact-checkered past... It’s unfortunate the Pacific Sun did no fact checking when it made its Ross Valley Sanitary District endorsements. Incumbent board members Peter Sullivan and Pat Guasco have focused on pipes, pumps and sewage and keeping it out of our yards and creeks. They have implemented a successful sewer lateral grant program for homeowners while expertly implementing other leading-edge programs and managing our finances. Rick Holland, a perpetual candidate for many offices, fails to substantiate his assertions and misleads in order to sensationalize. Holland’s campaign charges are refuted by information easily obtained in the public record. The fact is there is no proposal to consolidate sewer districts between Corte Madera, San Rafael and RVSD. Corte Madera dropped out in May 2007. This is a merger with San Rafael. Studies have found there are no benefits to the residents of the Ross

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hen Marin Clean energy flipped the switch May 7 to send electricity flowing to the first community choice aggregation customers in the state, PG&E was ratcheting up its attack on local-power initiatives with a June 8 ballot measure that’s a cynical dagger aimed at the heart of community choice. PG&E is running wall-to-wall television ads in which an attractive, mild-looking woman looks earnestly into the camera and says The Taxpayers Right to Vote Act will protect California residents from dangerous politicians eager to usurp their democratic rights. A full-page newspaper advertisement touts “Protect Your Right to Vote! It’s Your Money.” The thrust is that Proposition 16 will keep avaricious politicians from sneaking taxpayer money into public-power coffers. But the money behind public-power startups comes ratepayers, not taxpayers, say opponents. That’s the same money ratepayers now shovel into PG&E coffers. The opponents favor a public-power paradigm in which agencies such as Marin Clean Energy (MCE) can keep ratepayer dollars local, where ratepayers and residents have much more control over their energy future than if they hitched their electricity wagon to the PG&E star. A short history of Proposition 16 illustrates the reality behind PG&E’s conten-

tion that the company has placed it on the ballot to protect taxpayers in the name of democracy and the “right to vote.” When PG&E first introduced the proposition, its title was “The Taxpayers Right to Vote Act.” The title infuriated proponents of public-power plans. County Supervisor Charles McGlashan is chair of the Marin Energy Authority, the joint powers agency that gave birth to MCE. McGlashan and MCE filed a complaint with the state attorney general charging that PG&E was using deceptive practices in naming the proposition. The attorney general agreed and forced the utility to change the name to the “New Two-Thirds Vote Requirement for Local Public Electricity Providers; Initiative Constitutional Amendment.” The name change accurately reflected the intentions at the highest level of the PG&E administration. “The word ‘Orwell’ keeps on coming up,” says Paul Fenn. “This is a corporation playing an old approach to trick voters into seeing the government as an opponent and playing the game using freedom of speech as a tactic.” Fenn is the founder and president of Local Power. The Marin resident wrote AB 117, the state legislation that allows municipalities to choose energy providers for their communities. The 2002 law paved the way for MCE, the first public-power plan to actually 10 >

›› NEWSGRAMS Nonprofit buys‘Point Reyes Light’ A new finger is at the switch of the Point Reyes Light, as a deal was sealed last Friday to put the pages of the West Marin newspaper in the hands of fledgling nonprofit group Marin Media Institute. Robert Plotkin, who’d purchased the Light from longtime publisher David Mitchell in 2005, sold the paper to the newly created Point Reyes Light Publishing Company, a“low profit, limited liability company”owned by Marin Media. Marin Media spokesman Mark Dowie declined to state how much it paid for the Light, but did say the nonprofit had raised more than $325,000 in anticipation of the venture and that the purchase price was below that.The Point Reyes Light made national headlines in 1979 when it earned a Pulitzer Prize for“public service”for its reporting on the Synanon cult.The Light’s current circulation is around 3,000, according to Dowie. In a press release sent out Wednesday, Marin Media describes itself as a collective of“journalists, writers, educators and philanthropists”hoping to“forge a new path forward”for the struggling weekly, which has not been profitable in years. Marin Media’s nine-member board of directors includes such locals as MALT co-founder Phyllis Faber and West Marin journalist Norman Solomon. In a statement to the press, Marin Media says its goal with the Light is to create a hybrid of a “traditional newspaper”and a nonprofit that will foster“community education and communication in a variety of media and formats.”Dowie says talks are in the works for the paper to partner in various ways with Point Reyes Station-based radio KWMR.The paper’s focus, says Dowie, will remain on the immediate community. But, he adds, an effort will be made to“bring more national and international stories into the Light, but only stories that are of complete and total relevance to [West Marin].” The Light currently has a staff of six—editor Tess Elliot, plus a business manager, office manager, a reporter and two interns. Marin Media had also tried to work out a deal with the Light’s competing newspaper, the West Marin Citizen.“We made the Citizen an offer, they declined,”says Dowie.“I’m not sure the West Marin media market can support two publications, but we’ll see.” As for Plotkin, the Bolinas resident told the Sun he wasn’t yet sure about his immediate plans, but he’d like his post-Light career to include the launch of an anti-genocidal nonprofit. Plotkin came to the Light with the idea of melding community journalism with a New Yorker sophistication—a brassy style that often put him at odds with readers who enjoyed the paper’s folksy ways. His half-decade tenure as publisher of the Light made local headlines in itself—from restraining orders between Plotkin and Mitchell to feuds between Plotkin and the community to competition from rival publications bent on siphoning advertisers and readers from the Light. Plotkin has issued a written statement to the press in which he wishes the paper’s new owners well and acknowledges the“discord”that grew between himself and the West Marin community. In typical self-assured style, he writes about how his plans to turn the Light into a beacon of journalistic distinction turned awry: “Sadly,West Marin did not want editorial excellence.They did not want to see behind the curtain, they did not want to meet the sweaty, profane man inside the Mickey Mouse costume. They wanted a newspaper that would record their births, celebrate their accomplishments and habitually congratulate them on living here. But most of all, the neo-romantics of West Marin took themselves way too seriously.They wanted reverence where I provided irreverence. And irreverence in West Marin turned out to be a mortal and expensive sin.”—Jason Walsh EXTRA! EXTRA! Post your Marin news at ›› pacificsun.com

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The Pacific Sun brought chewing gum for the whole class 35 years ago this week. Despite the possibilyears ago ity of having its knuckles rapped by the business end of a splintery wooden hand ruler, the Marin newsweekly cornered tough-as-nails school teacher Valerie Ansel for an interview in May of 1975. The 83-year-old Ansel—make that Miss Ansel—began teaching in San Anselmo in 1914 for $75 a month and led elementary classes at the Main School—now Wade Thomas—for 45 years. She favored clear penmanship and sturdy posture—and took no lip. “Because of her strictness in the classroom,” wrote Sun reporter Lorna Cunkle, the students dubbed her “Little Napoleon.” And, aside from a few impish spitball hurlers, she was beloved by all. Well, some, anyway. (Despite her advanced years at the time of the Sun’s interview, Ansel’s Pledge of Allegiance days were far from over—she lived to the ripe old age of 96.) Trading in its dunce cap for a reporter’s hat, the Pacific Sun was once again under the stern glare of a thorny Marin schoolmarm. But this time the Pacific Sun was asking the questions. What was teaching like in 1914? The classes were very large in those days, you never had fewer than 36 in a class. There was no kindergarten then. The mothers got together later and petitioned for that. Mr. Wade Thomas was the superintendent. He was a good educator and he had wonderful schools. He was never in the red; he was very conservative. The kids used to have to line up outside, girls in one line and boys in another and Charlie Saunders would play the drums while they all marched in. How were the 1914 kids different from the kids you had later? Fortunately, in my day, parents thought that teachers were pretty fine people. We had excellent cooperation from our parents. But since I’ve been out [of teaching] permissiveness has set into the schools. Teachers today tell me they’ll say something like, “Johnny, get your math paper, I want to correct it,” and he’ll say, “I don’t want it corrected now—and go to hell.” That’s common talk. My God, I’d a had him outta that room so fast—into the kitchen and soap his mouth!

Miss Ansel, 1975.

What should we be teaching kids— besides the 3 Rs? I think you want to teach them the value of living, and the value of citizenship. When I was growing up we had one subject that was called history and another subject that was called geography. Each was its own little area. Nowadays, this business of “social studies,” what a mish-mash that is. I do think we ought to have good old American history and no one knows geography any more. These kids don’t know the presidents. They don’t know anything about George Washington. A lot of students come from other countries. I think this Vietnamese thing is a great thing, trying to help these orphans. What a wonderful welding of people; it was to do good. I’m a Pollyanna over things like that. How at 83 do you live such an active life? Well, I’ve been darn lucky. I’ve had good health. I play bridge, I belong to two foursomes. And I’m interested in my church. Then my family is so good to me. I have great-greats [nieces and nephews], not only greats. What do you think about the women’s movement? I believe that women should be compensated for doing work that a man is doing in the same area. But this business of all these queer things like [prefacing a single woman’s name with] “Ms.” Oohh, whenever I get a letter with that on it, I just put a big M-I-double S [over it]. And I’ve written to some of them, “If you’re going to address me that way, don’t expect any donations.” If you had gotten married, would they have expected you to quit teaching?

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1. What three colors make up the s-shaped logo on Golden Gate Transit buses and boats? 2. How many teeth do these animals have? 2a. Humans #2a 2b. Dogs 2c. Cats 3. Pictured below: Give the title of this 1998 film comedy and name the movie’s three main stars. 4. What food item (still popular today) did the Grey Poupon company begin producing in 1777? 5. Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida are located, coincidentally, in counties with #2b the same name. #3 What is it? 6. Albert Einstein was working in a European capital city when he developed his Theory of Rela#2c tivity. What city was it? 7. If all the Ivy League colleges were listed in alphabetical order, what would be the first four on the list? 8. Which two chemical elements are most commonly used as a disinfectant or antiseptic? 9. During the Vietnam War, North Vietnamese forces were able to move soldiers and supplies along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, which passed along the border of Vietnam and what two countries? 10. If you roll a pair of dice one time, what is the probability that the sum of the dice will be an even number greater than 5? BONUS QUESTION: What well-known London landmark is named after Sir Benjamin Hall, British commissioner of works in the 1850s? Howard Rachelson, Marin’s Master of Trivia, invites you to a live Team Trivia Contest every Wednesday at 7:30pm at the Broken Drum in San Rafael. Send your best trivia question (with your name and hometown) to howard1@triviacafe.com; if your question is used in the ‘Pacific Sun,’ we’ll give you credit!

Some districts in California had trustees who would say, “Married Women Need Not Apply” on the application. San Anselmo’s didn’t say that; however, Mr. Thomas preferred the unmarried teachers. Of course, all the teachers were women. What do you think of male teachers? I think since the men have come into the elementary schools, they’ve helped to wreck the schools. Why do you feel women are better teachers? The children then were more or less tied to the apron strings. But possibly in the seventh or eighth grade I could accept a man teacher. One that could discipline the kids, and one they could look up to.

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Would you like to see more women in government? Now there’s a spot. I’d like to see the women run this government for a while, because the men have made a helluva mess of it and I vote for women every chance I get. And if you ask me why I’d tell you. I feel that basically women are more honest. When it comes to this bribery stuff, and taking money to raise the price of milk and all that stuff, I think a woman would think twice about that. If a woman had anything to do with it in any country, there’d be no war. It’s the men that want to go around killing each other. ✹ Share your good ol’ Golden Rule Days memories with Jason at jwalsh@pacificsun.com.

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›› UPFRONT < 8 Behind PG&E’s plans to unplug community choice start supplying electricity to customers; other jurisdictions across the state are now looking to Marin as they contemplate their own energy future. That interest elicited a response from PG&E—Proposition 16. The story line that PG&E is using in its advertising rests on the corporation’s undying interest in protecting California voters and their right to stop government intrusion into their power stream. But no less a personage than Peter Darbee, PG&E’s CEO, drove a wedge into his own company’s thematic pursuit of Prop 16 when he addressed an investor conference March 1 in New York. This was about a month after the company announced it was amassing a $35 million war chest to push Prop. 16. It wasn’t out of bounds for investors to wonder what they would be getting for their money. Audio of the conference went up on the company’s website for all to hear. Darbee said Prop. 16 came about when, a few years ago, elected officials in Woodland, Davis and West Sacramento supported a proposal from the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District to supply electricity at rates below PG&E’s. Darbee told investors in March it cost his company between $10 million and $16 million to block ballot measures in Sacramento and Yolo counties that would have cleared the way for

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the SMUD expansion. The money worked. A measure that called for breaking away from PG&E failed by a substantial margin in Sacramento. In Yolo County, however, the proposal to join SMUD lost by less than 1 percent. PG&E also spent millions blocking a public-power plan in San Francisco, and more money opposing a plan in the Central Valley. Darbee conferred with PG&E Vice President Nancy McFadden and Prop. 16 was born. The June election “seemed more favorable” than a November ballot, Darbee told investors. “As the time approached, it also occurred to us that people aren’t very pleased with the job that government is doing these days in general, you know, across the board,” an outlook PG&E capitalizes on repeatedly in television and print ads. Darbee made some remarkable statements at the investors’ conference: “And the idea was to diminish [individual public-power efforts], you know, rather than year after year different communities coming in as this or that and putting this up for vote and us having to spend millions and millions of shareholder dollars to defend it repeatedly, we thought that this was a way that we could sort of diminish that level unless there was a very strong, you know, mandate from voters that this was what they wanted to do.” Prop. 16, in other words, is a good investment for shareholders. “So this was re-

ally a decision about [whether we could] greatly diminish this kind of activity for all going forward rather than spending $10 million to $15 million a year of your money to invest in this.” Darbee told investors Prop. 16 would create “some flap,” but after the election, the company would “mend any broken fences.” Prop. 16 mandates a two-thirds vote of residents before a municipality can form a community choice aggregation energy agency such as MCE. It also makes it even harder for public-power agencies to grow and compete against utilities, including PG&E. If a publicpower agency wants to expand its customer base, it first must receive approval from two-thirds of its current customers and also from two-thirds of residents in the proposed expansion area. Some Marin cities chose not to join MCE. City councilmembers said perhaps their cities would consider joining in the future. But if Novato, for example, wanted to join after Prop. 16 passed, MCE would have to garner that supermajority vote of current customers and of future customers in Novato. (Even Novato and other cities currently hesitant to joining public-power systems are opposing Prop. 16.) PG&E representatives say the company only wants to ensure that residents can tap into the democratic process before their communities join a pub-

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lic-power system. But critics say the super-majority requirement belies that sentiment. Almost all political experts in California agree a two-thirds vote ensures that nothing ever happens, no matter what the issue. And when dealing with the details of power generation and transmission, that two-thirds requirement skews the democratic process to the side that can throw the most money at dumbed-down TV ads. Fenn is blunt when he puts the PG&E push for Prop. 16 into a wide-frame context: “We just went through this huge crash in the legitimacy of corporatism in the United States on Wall Street [and in the oil market and the banking industry]. This is an event on that radarscope for the nation. This is an attack on government. It’s disaster capitalism. It’s shock doctrine. They are f--king with us. The action is monopolization. The historical context is deregulation.” Mindy Spatt, communications director at TURN, The Utility Reform Network, echoes Fenn’s outrage. Her language is less salty but just as charged. She says it’s absurd for PG&E to talk about protecting the democratic process for ratepayers and residents. “I am a PG&E customer. I got no chance to vote on Darbee’s $10 million pay package. I didn’t vote on their $9 billion bailout, and I don’t vote on rate hikes. For PG&E to present itself as somehow being a bas-

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arin County could be on the brink of losing its grave distinction as the world’s breast cancer capital, thanks to droves of women abandoning a drug that pharmaceutical manufacturers and doctors once marketed as a miracle way to combat menopausal symptoms and postpone aging. In 2002, heeding public-health warnings that hormone therapy could give them breast cancer, more than 57 percent of Marin women quit taking the prescription medication. At about the same time, a study released last week shows breast cancer rates for non-Hispanic white Marin women ages 50 and older slid a whopping 33 percent—dipping below the state’s average for the first time in a decade. The initial results from the Marin Women’s Study add weight to other statewide and national investigations showing that when women stopped taking estrogen and progestin therapy, striking reductions in breast cancer incidence followed. “This is compelling evidence,” says Rochelle Ereman, a Marin County epidemiologist and principal investigator for the study published this month in BMC Public Health, a peer-reviewed online journal. “This shows that the drop in estrogen and progestin led to a dramatic drop in the breast cancer rates.” Launched in 2006 in hopes of solv-

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ing the mystery of why Marin women were at one point 38 percent more likely than other urban California women to be diagnosed with breast cancer, the Marin Women’s Study has enrolled more than 14,000 women volunteers at mammography centers. The BMC Public Health report examines survey results from 1,083 participants. It is the first in a series of reports researchers expect to write analyzing respondents’ answers to 87 wide-ranging questions—from when the women began to menstruate, when and if they bore children and breastfed, how much they drink alcohol, if they used lawn-care services, birth-control pills, fertility drugs or hormone-replacement therapy. Ereman was filing early completed questionnaires when she noticed a recurrent theme. Many of the women said they had stopped taking combination hormone therapy. An analysis of the data shows that between 2001 and 2004, half of nonHispanic white Marin women 50 years and older who had been taking so-called combination hormone therapy stopped. During the same period, breast cancer rates for the group fell 33.4 percent. The report says the drop spared some 50 Marin women a year from the disabling, disfiguring and emotionally wrenching diagnosis of breast cancer. “This type of change in a risk factor is almost unheard of,” Ereman says. “We’re not going to see dramatic changes in other breast

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cancer risk factors—alcohol use, menarche or child-bearing. This answers a piece of the puzzle of why Marin’s rates are high.” Marin’s breast cancer rates for white women ages 50 and above dropped so significantly in 2003 and 2004 that they were lower than the state’s average. The rates climbed back up from 2005 until 2007, the most recent years available, but remained lower than they had been through much of the 1990s. Investigators are anxiously awaiting new data to see if the trend holds. For reasons it took researchers years to tease out, Marin served as a so-called canary in a coal mine for combination hormone therapy and breast cancer. Women in this mostly white, affluent county of 250,000 were more likely to take combination hormone therapy, and they were quick to abandon it in 2002, after a large national study called the Women’s Health Initiative exposed myriad health risks from the treatment. ●

COMING ON THE heels of other studies that reported similar though less dramatic findings, the precipitous drop in Marin women’s hormone therapy use followed by the stunning drop in breast cancer rates did not shock Janice Barlow, executive director of San Rafael-based Zero Breast Cancer. What does surprise her, she says, is that more has not been done to stop pharmaceutical companies from market-

While estrogen replacement has revealed its own ill-health effects, it was the progestin-estrogen therapy that contributed to Marin’s alarming breast cancer rates.

ing combination hormone therapy eight years after the Women’s Health Initiative concluded it harms significantly more women than it helps. “There just wasn’t enough outrage over hormone-replacement therapy when the Women’s Health Initiative came out,” Barlow says. “Neither the American Cancer Society nor the American Association for Cancer Research has taken a position. They’re avoiding it because it’s political. Nobody’s coming out strongly against taking hormone-replacement therapy. “To me, the message from a public health perspective is to get women and physicians to stop taking and prescribing hormone-replacement therapy.” Where doctors once prescribed the therapy routinely to middle-age women whether they complained of menopausal symptoms or not, most doctors now recommend the therapy only to relieve hot flashes and other problems associated with a drop in estrogen levels as a result of menopause. Furthermore, physicians nowadays are more likely to prescribe the treatment for a limited time—rather than from middle age until death, as doctors did before. In 1998, more than 21 percent of white Marin women ages 50 and above took combined hormone therapy. By the years 2006 and 2007, the number shrank to 6.7 percent. A San Anselmo woman says her doctor reassured her two years ago that she could safely take combination hormone therapy.

“I was burning like someone put me in a 500-degree oven. So my gynecologist gave me this medicine,” she says. “Doctors didn’t know either. They thought it was good for you. “I wasn’t blindly taking these medicines. My doctor said: ‘Don’t worry about it. These are the new medicines. If you take estrogen with progestin, it protects you from cancer.’” Ironically, researchers believe it is the progestin—added to the estrogen therapy in the 1980s, when Getchell began taking the drug, to protect women against uterine cancer—that leads to breast cancer. ●

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IN A CRUEL twist, in the 1970s, endometrial cancer rates began spiking among Bay Area women. Turns out women here had been taking more estrogen than women elsewhere. After researchers connected endometrial cancer with the estrogen, Bay Area women largely abandoned the hormone therapy. Then the uterine cancer rates —particularly elevated in Marin—dove. In response, the pharmaceutical industry repackaged hormone therapy to give women a second hormone, progestin, along with estrogen. Progestin protects women with intact wombs against endometrial cancer. What physicians did not initially realize was that progestin exposes women to increased risk of heart disease, stroke and breast cancer. Researchers continuing to follow the Women’s Health Initiative participants also have reported an increased risk of lung cancer, particularly in smokers, among women who took the combination therapy. “Breast cancer may be only the tip of the iceberg in terms of hormonereplacement therapy,” Barlow says. In the 1990s, Marin breast cancer survivors, some of whom subsequently died from the disease, formed the nonprofit Marin Breast Cancer Watch, now called Zero Breast Cancer, to examine why Marin women were so much more likely 14 >

(Partial list) ORGANIZATIONS The Pacific Sun Sierra Club California Nurses’ Association (CNA) American Nurses Association - California Marin County Deputy Sheriff’s Association Marin Professional Firefighters’ Association Marin County Fire Department Firefighters Assn. Marinwood Professional Firefighters Assn. National Women’s Political Caucus Marin Democratic Party Democracy for America Marin Peace and Justice Coalition SEIU Local 1021 SEIU/United Health Care Workers West ELECTED OFFICIALS Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey State Senator Mark Leno Supervisor Harold C. Brown, Jr Supervisor Charles McGlashan San Rafael Vice Mayor Damon Connolly San Rafael Councilman Greg Brockbank Dixie District Trustee Andrew Hyman Marinwood CSD Director Bruce Anderson Sanitary District Director Megan Clark Healthcare District Trustee, Jennifer Rienks College District Trustee Diana Conti COMMUNITY LEADERS (Organizations listed for purposes of identification only) Julie Allecta, Wildcare Karen Crockett, former Dixie trustee Don Dickenson, County Planning Commissioner Gary Ford, Civic Leader Helge Hellberg, Marin Organic Tamara Hull, Gallinas Watershed Heidi Kuhn, Roots of Peace Patty Garbarino, Marin Sanitary Service, CEO Dr. Marty and Joyce Griffin, Environmental Leaders Kel Harris, Safe Routes to School Patrick J. Murphy & Nina Lilienthal-Murphy, Lincoln-SR Hill Neighborhood Assn. Steve Patterson, Federation of San Rafael Neighborhoods Michael Pritchard, Comedian Barbara Salzman, Wetlands Advocate Dan Sonnet, SR Planning Commission Jean Starkweather, Conservationist DISTRICT 1 SUPPORTERS Louise Aldrich Trip Allen Connie Barker Marjorie Barter Jerry Belletto Robin Joy Berenson Rocky Birdsey Marion Blanton Dr. Ed Boyce & Nancy Boyce

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The 52-year-old San Anselmo mother who spoke on the condition of anonymity says she was not tuned into news reports about menopausal treatments in 2002, years before she began to experience symptoms, when researchers halted the combined hormone therapy arm of the Women’s Health Initiative because women taking the drugs were getting sick. The San Anselmo mother says her physician put her on hormone therapy after she complained of hot flashes and difficulties controlling her emotions. She said the physician told her hormone therapy would be good for her heart, her bones and might protect her against Alzheimer’s. There is evidence that combined hormone therapy protects against broken bones, but there is no evidence that it wards off Alzheimer’s. Furthermore, the Women’s Health Initiative, in comparing women taking combination hormone therapy to those taking placebos, found those on combination therapy were 26 percent more likely to develop breast cancer, 29 percent more likely to have a heart attack and 41 percent more likely to have a stroke. “I took it because I had a change in personality,” the San Anselmo mother says. “I basically had no patience with anyone, and I was snapping and yelling at my children and alienating my daughter. I guess I made the decision that I would rather risk breast cancer than to drive my daughter away.” Keriman Getchell, 70, of Tiburon, wishes she had the wisdom of the Women’s Health Initiative and the Marin Women’s Study before she began taking estrogen and progestin. When she complained about hot flashes, her doctor put her on hormone therapy. Getchell took the pills for 17 years, until 2002, right about the time the results of the Women’s Health Initiative were released, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. While her husband was bedridden with Parkinson’s disease, Getchell underwent a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation.

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< 13 Their breast guess to develop breast cancer than women elsewhere. They looked for the cause in the air, the ocean, on Mount Tamalpais, in the oil reďŹ nery across the bay, in pesticides, fertilizer, on their clothes, their lawns, their pets. They looked for a smoking gun but found none. They did look inside their medicine cabinets at birth-control pills and hormone-replacement therapy. But researchers assured them that these pharmaceuticals were not the culprit. What those researchers failed to realize and epidemiologist Ereman caught is that women in Marin were less than half as likely as their counterparts in other parts of the state to have had a hysterectomy. Women with hysterectomies who take menopausal therapy take estrogen alone. Consequently, although Marin women were no more likely than other California women to be on hormone therapy, they were more likely to be taking estrogen plus progestin, leading to more breast cancer cases. Researchers say it is too early to tell if removing so many doses of combination hormone therapy from Marin will

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permanently remove the excess cases of breast cancer in Marin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it tells us an important piece of the puzzle,â&#x20AC;? says Fern Orenstein, a breast cancer survivor, founding member of Marin Breast Cancer Watch and one of the studyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s authors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But the puzzle is bigger.â&#x20AC;? In addition to having mammography patients ďŹ ll out questionnaires, the Marin Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Study, funded by the federal Centers for Disease Control, has been collecting saliva samples and plans to analyze the bio-specimens to learn more about the causes of breast cancer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to put these pieces of the puzzle together in the next few years,â&#x20AC;? Ereman says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Marin Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Study will continue to try to come up with additional leads to help drive the rates even lower,â&#x20AC;? says Dr. Christopher Benz, an oncologist and one of the study authors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is just a ďŹ rst report, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot more thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to come out.â&#x20AC;? As far as whether hormone therapy rules out an environmental smoking gun causing breast cancer, Barlow says no one has yet begun a serious hunt for environmental causes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really studied the environment,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had the tools. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want people to go away like this is the answer.â&#x20AC;? Everyone involved in the research agrees that hormone therapy was one part of the reason for Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elevated rates. They all also agree that breast cancer is a complicated disease stemming from an interaction of environmental, genetic and lifestyle risk factors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was so much easier when people could go around and sayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the environment,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Barlow says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think you can do that anymore.â&#x20AC;? â&#x153;š Contact Ronnie Cohen at ronniecohen@comcast.net.

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lettuce leaf and continue with the rest of the rolls. You can cut these in half if they are appetizers or even assemble everything and allow guests to make their own combinations and do their own rolling. Combination suggestions: 1. Butter lettuce leaves, thin papaya slices, julienned cucumber and carrot, leaves of mint, basil and cilantro, bean sprouts, vermicelli and large shrimp halved lengthwise. 2. Baby spinach, steamed asparagus spear, rare teriyaki steak, julienned cucumber and carrot, vermicelli, basil and cilantro leaves. 3. Butter lettuce leaves, avocado slices, julienned cucumber and carrot, vermicelli, seared ahi, mint and basil leaves. 4. Red leaf lettuce, firm tofu marinated in lemongrass, garlic, tamari sauce, sugar and lime juice then sauteed, julienned red bell pepper, cucumber and carrot, vermicelli, mint and cilantro leaves. -------------------------

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Spicy Peanut Sauce: It is believed spring rolls first appeared in Asia during China’s Jin dynasty—around the year 300.

time though, rolling them tight enough was quite tricky. The crew never really got the hang of it; we turned out some very loosely rolled packages that evening, most of which slopped down the front of the guests once they took their first bite. With some clear instructions, though, you’ll be rolling like a pro in no time. As soon as you have all the ingredients together and are ready to roll, it’s easy and oh so satisfying. When that first bite hits your taste buds, they will be singing about the flavors of summer, imparted from a little package of flavor perfection. Follow these steps for perfect rolls: 1. Assemble all your ingredients beforehand. 2. Fill a pie plate with 1 inch of warm water. Dip a rice paper in the water to cover for about 2 seconds. You want it to soften slightly but still be somewhat stiff. It’s a common mistake to soak the paper too long so that it’s soggy or floppy. Be aware that the paper will continue to absorb moisture and get more pliable as you pile on your ingredients, so just dip it in and out of the water. 3. Lay on a clean dry surface—a dinner plate works well. Use a small amount of each ingredient, putting any of the sharper things in the middle of the pile—like the bean sprouts—so they won’t poke through and make a hole in the paper. I layer a small lettuce leaf, cukes, carrots, bean sprouts, vermicelli then a shrimp, pressing down to compact the parts into a neat pile. Position the pile near the lower third of the rice paper. 4. Fold the bottom of the paper over the filling then fold in both sides. Start to roll the pile up toward the top of the plate, tucking the filling in on the first turn to get a tighter roll. 5. Continue rolling until all the rice paper is used up, then roll back and forth once just to compress and tighten the roll. 6. Cover with a damp paper towel or

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Django all the way Gypsy jazz has settled permanently ently with guitarist John Jorgenson by G r e g Cahill

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sk guitar master John Jorgenson whyy he has devoted much of his professional career er to the music of Django Reinhardt, the legendary 1930s and ’40s Gypsy swing-jazz guitarist, and the popular country and jazz picker is quick to reply. “He was the first,” Jorgenson says in a soft, ft, but matter-offact manner. “He was the first guitarist to be the frontman of his own band. I mean, there were otherr guitarists, like Eddie Lang before him and Charlie Christian stian later on, who were featured in various bands, but they weren’t up front like Django. “Django was the first guitar hero.” Jorgenson is something of a guitar hero in his own right. In the 1980s, as a member of the Desert Rose Band, along with ex-Byrd Chris Hillman, an, Jorgenson racked up three Country Music Awards as Guitarist of the Year. After leaving the band nd in 1990, Jorgenson co-founded (with Will Rayy and Jerry reat rootsDonahue) the critically acclaimed triple-threat rock guitar band the Hellecasters. he Desert Two years ago, Jorgenson reunited with the n a second Rose Band for five shows and is currently on reunion tour that will bring the band to the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma on Saturday, May 29. But it his longstanding connection to the Hot Club

COMING SOON The John Jorgenson Quintet performs June 11-12, 8pm, at Djangofest, four days of concerts and workshops, at 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley. $45-$60. 415/383-9600.

music and Gypsy-jazz style shaped by the late, l great French/Belgian guitar master that occupies most of his professional pursuits these days days. Jorgenson—a classically trained Souther Southern California native whose father served as music director for jazz great Benny Goodm Goodman’s band—was first bit by the Django bug in 1979. “I had just gotten a job at Dis Disneyland—it was supposed to be a three-month job playing bluegrass and Di Dixieland music,” recalls Jorgenson during a phone call from his vacation on the th Florida Gulf Coast. “I didn’t know how to play either of those styles of mu music, but I bought a mandolin and started learning. A couple of guys I knew w who were really into 1920s and ’30s-style swing jazz told me I should check o out Django. So I bought an album. “As soon as I heard it, I freaked out! No one else I’d heard played with the wildness and intensity inten of Django—he reminded me of Jeff Beck or Just call him Gypsy Jimi Hen Hendrix.” Rose Jorgenson. Sin Since 1988, Jorgenson has gone on to release eight Gy Gypsy swing-jazz recordings and toured extensively wi with his talented quintet. His enthusiasm for Django hasn’t waned. “The vitality and the excitement of his recordings have never lost their appeal,” he says, “much in the sam same way that early Beatles recordings or early Elvis records—the music is of a certain period, yet there is a timelessness that appeals to people peo throughout the years. “You don’t need to be a jazz fan or a guitar aficionado to be reached by that music. mu It has an exotic side—that Gypsy element is in the music and adds a to the mystique and the mythology. Django’s music is romantic, romantic accessible, joyful and melancholy—all at the same time. “There’s also an athletic element—I know that I certainly enjoy watching Biréli Lagrène and other adherents of Django’s music vaulting all over the fingerboard.” ✹ Whistle a tune with Greg at gcahill51@gmail.com.

›› SPiN OF THE WEEK Clovis People, Vol. 3 (Telarc) Otis Taylor Singer, songwriter and guitarist Otis Taylor continues to reinvent the blues with songs that blend wistful moods, serious narratives (including several about race and society) and the jazz trumpet of Ron Miles and electric guitar of Gary Moore. No first or second volumes precedes this nugget, which derives its odd title from the little-understood Paleo-Indians, but a deep and abiding wisdom pervades this powerful set of songs. Once again, Taylor has set a new standard in contemporary blues.—GC

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Luck be a Sleeping Lady! Mountain Play rolls dice, wins big with ‘Guys and Dolls’ by Le e Brady

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ames Dunn, longtime Mountain Play di- fore.” Everything brings on a song: Nathan rector, pulls off another theatrical miracle and his crew sing “The Oldest Established on Mt. Tam as dames and dolls, macho Permanent Floating Crap Game in New men and missionary posturing fill the stage in York,” while Adelaide and Sarah join forces Guys and Dolls. A big hit in the ’50s, this rous- on “Marry the Man Today, and Change ing look at love as a gamble still works. Rick His Ways Tomorrow.” Dunn keeps the acWallace’s choreography is contagiously ener- tion fast and engaging as the four leads sing getic; Patricia Polen’s costumes are eclectically their way to a happy ending that had an colorful; Ken Rowland’s bold sets effectively enthusiastic opening-weekend audience on revolve; and a delightful and its feet. talented cast of singing and The sum is more than dancing actors does the rest. the parts, however, and NOW PLAYING They deliver Frank Loesser’s the aptly named chorus Guys and Dolls runs through appealing songs and bring to of gamblers shares June 20 at the Cushing joyful life Damon Runyon’s credit: Joshua Castro Memorial Amphitheatre, New Yawk low-lifes. as Nicely-Nicely, Benny 801 Panoramic Highway, Mill The plot, already thick Southstreet (Michael Valley; 415/383-1100, www. with love complaints from Cassidy), Rusty Charlie mountainplay.org. Nathan Detroit’s (Randy (Tim Ryan) and their Top Girl runs through June Nazarian) longtime girlrival from Chicago, Big 20 at the Barn Theatre, Marin friend Adelaide (Kimberly Jule (Chad Williams). Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Jensen), takes off when Debra Chambliss and Francis Drake Blvd., Ross; Nathan, who is seeking a her tuneful backstage 415/456-9555, www.rossvalleyplayers.com. venue for a game, bets Sky orchestra, the Men’s Masterson (Tyler McKenna) Chorus, The Hot Box that he can’t take missionGirls and several small ary Sarah Brown (Susan but important roles Zelinsky) on a date to Cuba. Of course, the make the production feel like Broadway dangerously handsome Sky and the virtuously on the mountain. All contribute to making pure Sarah fall in love, which brings on the Guys and Dolls a fun afternoon that sends haunting duet, “I’ve Never Been in Love Be- audiences home smiling—and singing.

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udiences are warned that Top Girls is a challenging play that opens with five women telling their stories—at the same time. It’s a bold move that sets both style and theme in playwright Caryl Churchill’s 1982 look at the price women pay for success in the world. Marlene (Loring Williams), just promoted (over a man) to the top job at Top Girls employment agency, invites five historical women to share her success: Pope Joan (Carolyn Power), Isabella Bird (Michelle Darby), Lady Nijo (Lina Makdisi), Patient Griselda (Theresa Miller) and Dull Gret (Susan Donnelly). Wine flows as freely as the talk of sacrifices these women have made, mostly to do with lost children, makes it clear to Marlene that success in a patriarchal world has its costs. When this invigorating first scene ends and we move to the sleek, modern offices of Top Girls, we see that things haven’t improved much, as several women talk about their employment history. Louise (Power) has given her life to a company only to hit a glass ceiling; Jeanine (Melissa Claire) doesn’t want to be just a housewife, but has no idea where to go from there. Mrs. Kidd (Donnelly) is

there to protect her husband’s job. Employment counselors Nell (Melissa Claire) and Win (Makdisi) have their own workplace issues and clearly see Marlene as a Margaret Thatcher wannabe who has all the faults of a male boss with none of the attributes. When the action moves to a small town in England, we get the backstory on Marlene, one that doesn’t make her any more sympathetic. And when her niece (possibly her daughter) Angie (Miller) shows up at the office, Marlene’s two lives intersect. Cris Cassell directs the eight excellent women in this complex, multi-character play like a sensitive traffic officer. She nimbly keeps time and place clear on David Apple’s workable set (transparent, movable flats), and she uses Les Lizama’s distinctive light design (screens take on various emotive colors) to keep audiences in the here-and-now or the back-then. This is the second Caryl Churchill play to hit Marin this month (Owners is running at AlterTheater in San Rafael), and hit is a good word to describe the dramatic intensity of both. ✹ Tell Lee to break a leg at freshleebrady@gmail.com.

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Friday May 28 -Thursday June 3

Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

Samuel L. Jackson and Naomi Watts bond in ‘Mother and Child.’

Babies (1:20) Thomas Balmes’s documentary follows four babies (a Namibian, a Mongolian, a Japanese and a San Franciscan) from birth to their first tentative steps into toddlerhood. ● City Island (1:43) Hilarious havoc ensues when a middle-aged wannabe actor introduces his family to his long-lost ex-con son. ● Date Night (1:28) A married couple’s night on the town goes kerblooey when they’re mistaken for a pair of desperados on the run from the Mob; Tina Fey and Steve Carell star. ● Exit Through the Gift Shop (1:27) Challenging prize-winning documentary about English graffiti artiste Banksy and his friends and fans. ● The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2:32) Stieg Larsson’s bestseller hits the big screen with Michael Nykvist as a down-and-out newspaperman out to crack a long-forgotten unsolved murder. ● Harry Brown (1:43) Michael Caine as a law-abiding bloke who goes all vigilante when his best friend is murdered. ● How to Train Your Dragon (1:38) Cartoon about a Viking dragonslayer-intraining who outrages his tribe by befriending one of his fire-breathing foes. ● Iron Man 2 (2:05) Robert Downey, Jr. is back as the now-famous superhero inventor, trying to keep his crime-fighting secrets out of the wrong hands; Don Cheadle and Mickey Rourke costar. ● Just Wright (1:51) Physical therapist Queen Latifah falls for her latest client, an oblivious NBA all star. ● Letters to Juliet Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero, together again in the story of a woman who returns to Shakespeare’s Verona in search of a long-lost love. ● Looking for Eric (1:56) A dorky British soccer fanatic gets advice, insights and dollops of wisdom from the realized spirit of Manchester United football star Eric Cantona. ● MacGruber An unorthodox all-American Green Beret/Navy SEAL/Army Ranger is ●

called out of retirement to track down a rogue nuclear warhead. ● Mother and Child (2:05) Annette Bening, Kerry Washington and Naomi Watts as three women experiencing child adoption in different ways. ● Please Give (1:30) Catherine Keener is steeped in bittercomic ennui as a Manhattan success story confounded by the ethics of her marriage, family and livelihood. ● Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (1:56) Iraqi princeling Jake Gyllenhaal takes on the Forces of Evil with plenty of help from a comely sorceress. ● Robin Hood (2:20) The greatest guerrilla insurrectionist in history is back (in the person of Russell Crowe), robbing from the rich, giving to the poor and wooing the spirited Maid Marian (Cate Blanchett). ● The Secret in Their Eyes (2:07) A retired Argentine criminal investigator confronts his inner demons as he writes a novel based on a rape and murder that took place 30 years earlier. ● Sex and the City 2 (2:00) Manhattan’s female fab four escape the bonds of marriage and motherhood with a great escape to alluring Morocco. ● Shrek Forever After 3D (1:34) The now-domesticated ogre, yearning for the hair-raising days of yesteryear, gets mixed up with con man Rumpelstiltskin; Mike Myers, Jon Hamm and Antonio Banderas provide the voices. ● Some Like It Hot (1:59) Jazz Age musicians Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon escape the Mob by posing as members of an all-girl band, but ukulele player Marilyn Monroe makes the gender confusion even more confusing; Billy Wilder directs. ● Touching Home (1:57) Local filmmakers Logan and Noah Miller write, direct and act in this memoir of their homeless father and their dreams of baseball stardom; Ed Harris stars.

›› MOViE TiMES Babies (PG) ★★★★ Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 6:30, 8:30 Sat 12:30 (Baby Hattie in person), 2:30, 4:30, 6:30, 8:30 Sun-Mon 12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30, 8:30 TueThu 6:30, 8:30 City Island (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 2:50, 7:50 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Mon 3, 7:30 Tue-Thu 7:20 Date Night (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 12:25, 2:45, 5:05, 7:25, 9:40 Exit Through the Gift Shop (R) CinéArts at Marin: Fri 5:20, 9:50 Sat 12:50, 5:20, 9:50 Sun-Mon 12:50, 5:20 TueThu 4:45 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Not Rated) ★★★★ Rafael Film Center: Fri, Sun 4:15, 7:30 Sat, Mon 1, 4:15, 7:30 Tue-Thu 7:30 Harry Brown (R) Century Northgate 15: 7:15, 9:50 How to Train Your Dragon (PG) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 2:25, 4:50 Iron Man 2 (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:30, 10:25 Sat-Mon 1:15, 4:15, 7:30, 10:25 Tue-Thu 6:50, 9:40 Century Northgate 15: 11:20, 12:50, 2:20, 3:55, 5:20, 7:10, 8:20, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:15, 2, 4:45, 7:30, 10:25 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 4:15, 7:15, 10 Sat-Sun 1, 4:15, 7:15, 10 Mon 1, 4:15, 7:15 Tue-Thu 4:15, 7:15 Just Wright (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 5:10, 10:15 Letters to Juliet (PG) ★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sun 11:40, 2:15, 4:50, 7:30, 10:05 Mon-Thu 11:40, 2:15, 4:50, 7:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5, 7:45, 10:15 Sat 2:30, 5, 7:45, 10:15 Sun 2:30, 5, 7:45 Mon-Thu 5, 7:45 Lark Theater: Fri-Sun,

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Wed-Thu 4:20, 6:45, 9 Mon 2, 4:20, 6:45 Tue 4:20, 6:45 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 7, 9:25 Sat-Sun 1:20, 4, 7, 9:25 Mon 1:20, 4, 7 TueThu 4, 7 ❋ Looking for Eric (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: 9:15 SatMon 1:30, 9:15 MacGruber (R) Century Northgate 15: 12:55, 3:10, 5:25, 7:45, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:50, 3, 5:10, 7:50, 10 Mother and Child (R) ★★ CinéArts at Marin: Fri 3:30, 7:15, 10 Sat 12:40, 3:30, 7:15, 10 Sun-Mon 12:40, 3:30, 7:15 Tue-Thu 4:30, 7:40 Please Give (R) ★★★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sun 12:45, 3:05, 5:25, 7:45, 10 Mon-Thu 12:45, 3:05, 5:25, 7:45 ❋ Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:45, 10:30 Sat-Mon 1:45, 4:45, 7:45, 10:30 Tue-Thu 7, 9:45 Century Northgate 15: 11:15, 12, 12:45, 1:30, 2:15, 3, 3:45, 4:30, 5:15, 6, 6:45, 7:30, 8:15, 9, 9:45, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 2:20, 5, 7:40, 10:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 3:40, 6:40, 9:30 Sat-Sun 12:45, 3:40, 6:40, 9:30 Mon 12:45, 3:40, 6:40 Tue-Thu 3:40, 6:40 Robin Hood (PG-13) ★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15, 10:20 Sat-Mon 12:45, 4, 7:15, 10:20 Tue-Thu 6:45, 9:50 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sun 1, 4:05, 7:10, 10:10 Mon-Thu 1, 4:05, 7:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 4, 7:10, 10:05 Sat-Sun 12, 4, 7:10, 10:05 Mon 12, 4, 7:10 Tue-Thu 4, 7:10 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 3:40, 6:40, 9:45 Sat-Sun 12:45, 3:40, 6:40, 9:45 Mon 12:45, 3:40, 6:40 Tue-Thu

3:40, 6:40 The Secret In Their Eyes (R) ★★★ CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:30, 7:20, 10:05 Sat 1:40, 4:30, 7:20, 10:05 Sun 1:40, 4:30, 7:20 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:20 Sex and the City 2 (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:05, 10:20 Sat-Mon 12:10, 3:35, 7:05, 10:20 Tue-Thu 6:30, 9:45 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sun 10:40, 11:30, 12:30, 1:55, 2:50, 3:45, 5:15, 6:10, 7, 8:40, 9:30, 10:15 MonThu 10:40, 11:30, 12:30, 1:55, 2:50, 3:45, 5:15, 6:10, 7, 8:40 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 12:40, 2:50, 4, 6:10, 7:20, 9:30, 10:30 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 3:45, 7, 10:15 Sat 12:30, 3:45, 7, 10:15 Sun-Mon-Thu 4:15, 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 3:50, 6:50, 9:50 Sat-Sun 12:15, 3:50, 6:50, 9:50 Mon 12:15, 3:50, 6:50 Tue-Thu 3:50, 6:50 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 3:30, 6:30, 9:30 Sat-Sun 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30 Mon 12:30, 3:30, 6:30 Tue-Thu 3:30, 6:30 Shrek Forever After (PG) ★★1/2 Century Cinema: Fri-Mon 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7, 9:20 Century Northgate 15: 12:05, 12:30, 1, 1:35, 2:30, 3:05, 3:30, 4, 5, 5:30, 5:55, 6:30, 7:35, 8, 8:30, 8:55, 10, 10:25; 3D showtimes at 11:30, 2, 4:25, 7, 9:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:50, 1, 2:10, 3:20, 4:30, 5:40, 7, 8, 9:20, 10:15 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2:40, 4:50, 7, 9:20 Sat-Sun 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7, 9:20 Mon 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7 Tue-Thu 2:40, 4:50, 7 ❋ Some Like It Hot (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun noon (free screening) Touching Home (PG-13) ★★1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri-Mon 4, 6:45 Tue-Thu 6:45

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›› THEATERS CinéArts at Marin 101 Caledonia St., Sausalito • 331-0255 CinéArts at Sequoia 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley • 388-4862 Cinema 41 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera • 924-6505 Fairfax 9 Broadway, Fairfax • 453-5444 Lark 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur • 924-5111 Larkspur Landing 500 Larkspur Landing Cir., Larkspur • 800-326-3264 Northgate 7000 Northgate Dr., San Rafael • 800-326-3264 Playhouse 40 Main St., Tiburon • 435-1234 Rafael Film Center 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael • 454-1222 Regency 80 Smith Ranch Rd., Terra Linda • 479-5050 Rowland 44 Rowland Way, Novato • 800-326-3264

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Live music 05/28: Damir Stosic Easy listening rock covers. 8-10:30pm. No cover. Max’s of Corte Madera, 60 Madera Blvd, Corte Madera. 924-6297. www,maxsworld.com 05/28: DickyGee and Jan Guitar and mandolin duo. 5:15pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 05/28: Jazz Philosophy Modern jazz. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. www.saylorsrestaurantandbar.com 05/28: Nigel Healy Solo guitar. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. www.saylorsrestaurantandbar.com 05/28: Sofi Rox, The Pine Needles Live Music every Friday at Marin Country Mart at Larkspur Landing 5:30-8:30pm. Free. Marn Country Mart at Larkspur Landing, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 606-7435. 05/28: Super Diamond Neil Diamond covers. Doors open at 8pm. 9:30-11:45pm. $30. Mill Valley Masonic Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 389-6637. www.woodsmv.com 05/28: The Rancho Allstars With Mike Duke. In the Bar 8pm. Rancho Nicasio. 662-2219. www. ranchonicasio.com 05/28: The Shuffle Kings Rock. 6:30pm. Free. Oak Plaza, Northgate Mall, San Rafael. 472-3212. www.shopatnorthgate.com 05/29: Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys Rockabilly/ traditional country. 8:30pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 05/29: Eugene Huggins Blues and rock. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. www.saylorsrestaurantandbar.com

05/29: Jesse Kincaid and New Rising Sons

with Boudeeka 60’s Dance Party 8:30pm. $7. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina/Fort Baker, Sausalito. www.presidioyachtclub.org

05/30: Ann Brewer, Jorge Castellanos and Larry Dunlap Jazz. 6pm. No cover. Savory Orient, 1025 C St., San Rafael. 459-4593. www.savoryorient. com 05/30: Joan Getz Jazz Quartet Jazz standards, brazilian gems and blues. 6:30-10pm. No cover. The Sleeping Lady, 32 Broadway, Fairfax. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com 05/30: The Blues Broads Barbecue on the lawn. Tracy Nelson, Annie Sampson, Dorothy Morrison, Angela Strehli. 3pm. $20. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 05/30: The Detroit Disciples Rock. 7-10pm. No cover. Wild Fox, 225 Alameda Del Prado, Novato. 883-9125. www.wildfoxrestaurant.com

05/30: Sun Kings at the Larkspur Flower and Food Festival Beatles band. 4pm. Free Magnolia Ave., Downtown Larkspur. 924-3803. 05/31: Pablo Cruise Memorial day barbecue. Celebration of Bud Cockrell’s life. 3pm. $32-35. Rancho Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 06/01: Swing Fever With Bryan Gould. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 06/02: Ducey, Huget, Klein & Dudnick Originals, jazz and blues standards. 7-10pm. Panama Hotel Restaurant and Inn, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. www.panamahotel.com

06/02: Jesse Kincaid and New Rising Sons with Boudeeka Classic rock. 8pm. 19 Broadway, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. www.19broadway.com

06/02: Rowan Brothers 8pm. Free. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 485-1005. www.ironspringspub.com 06/03: Prima Vera Latin jazz. 7-10pm. No cover.

Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com

06/04: Dennis Haneda of The Courtney Janes Electro-acoustic folk. 8pm. No cover. Max’s Cafe, 60 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera. 924-6297. www.maxsworld.com 06/04: Kevin Russell Contemporary blues. 8:30pm. $10-12. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 06/04: Swamp Thang Jam band. 9pm. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon and Hotel, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. www.myspace/smileysschoonersaloon 06/05: Rowan Cunningham Band Wonderful fiddle player Sue Cunningham joins forces with the mighty Rowan brothers and bassist Joshua Zucker. 8pm. $20. Mill Valley Masonic Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 389-6637. www.woodsmv.com Fridays: Jose Neto Brazilian guitarist. 8-10:30pm. No cover. Whipper Snapper Restaurant, 1613 Fourth St., San Rafael. 256-1818. www.whipsnap.biz Masala Music Mondays Live Indian Classical Music presented by Kukoo G. Singh and Ben Kunin. 7-9pm. Free, with dinner. India Palace Restaurant, 707 Redwood Hwy., Mill Valley. 819-8730. www. kukoogsingh.com

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Concerts

Musical pioneers

06/03: Left Coast Chamber Ensemble A

Tickets are now available for the third annual TIBURON MUSIC FESTIVAL. The musical series will highlight the works of two of the most acclaimed Romantic-era composers—Frederic Chopin and Robert Schumann—in honor of their 200th birthdays (guys, you don’t look a day over 170). The weeklong auditory celebration will include intimate chamber concerts and contempoThis year’s fest sings the praises of Chopin rary opera in English, just in case your Ital- and Schumann. ian isn‘t up to snuff. In addition to featuring the two men of the hour, performances will range from Bach to cabaret-inspired pieces to please the European in all of us. June 19-26 at St. Hilary Church, 761 Hilary Dr., Tiburon. All tickets $10. Info: Dearg1@cs.com.—Sarah Strand 28 PACIFIC SUN MAY 28 – JUNE 3, 2010

program of works by Martin Bresnick, Brahms, Jacob ter Veldhuis, Lou Harrison, and a premiere of Kurt Rohde’s Concertino for Violin and Chamber Ensemble featuring the composer. 8pm. $15-20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com

06/04-05: Mayflower Community Chorus Celebrate the 30th year of the Mayflower Community Chorus as it performs traditional American, world and classical music. Directed by Daniel Canosa and accompanied by David Manley, the chorus features voices of more than 45 Marin residents. 8pm. $5-17. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. www.mayflowerchorus.org 06/04: Mill Valley Philharmonic “All Things 10.” 10th season finale. Works by Schumann, Glazunov and Wreede, Sedler & Alrich. 8-10pm. Free.

Mt. Tam United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. 383-8013. www.millvalleyphilharmonic.org

Dance 05/29: Fourth Annual Big Tea Dance With the Albany Big Band. Champagne, tea, and cakes available 2:30-5:30pm. $10-12, kids and teens free. Dance Palace, Pt Reyes Station. 459-5859. www.dancepalace.org 06/05: Rocco Dance Onstage An evening of progressive dance featuring over 400 RoCo dancers of all ages and the Body Language modern dance ensemble. 4:30 and 7:30pm shows. $18-27. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. www.marincenter.org

Theater/Auditions Through 05/30:‘Owners’ Dark comedy by renowned British playwright Caryl Churchill. $25. AlterTheater Ensemble, 1701 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-2787. www.altertheater.org Through 06/13:‘Cactus Flower’ Novato Theater Company presents this musical which had a long Broadway run and was made into a 1969 film starring Goldie Hawn. 8pm. $15-25. Pacheco Playhouse, 484 Ignacio Blvd., Novato. 883-4498. www. pachecoplayhouse.com Through 06/20:‘Guys and Dolls’ Luck be the theatergoers, today! The Mountain Home Play production will be performed on May 23 and 30, June 6, 12-13, and 20. All Shows begin at 1pm. Preshow activities and entertainment begin at 11am. 11am. $21-36, children 3 and under are free. Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre, 801 Panoramic Hwy., Mill Valley. 383-1100. www.mountainplay.org Through 06/20:‘Woody Guthrie’s American Song’ Songs and writings by Woody Guthrie. Conceived, adapted and directed by Peter Glazer. Musical follows Guthrie as he rambles coast to coast and features many of his most famous songs. 8pm. $20-540. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208. www.marintheatre.org

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Through 06/13:‘H2O: The Watery Medium in Art’ Group exhibtion. Deborah O’Grady, large format photographs John de Lormimier, paintings. ‘The Latin Photo Project.’ From Gallery Route One. 1-5pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330. www.bolinasmuseum.org

It’s all Greek to us Bay Area residents can celebrate their Greek heritage and Mediterranean love in style at the Memorial Day weekend MARIN GREEK FESTIVAL. Music, dance, cooking, children‘s activities and a marketplace provide plenty of action, but there is no shame in coming for the main act: authentic homemade Greek food. For a relatively small island nation, Greece— and now the Marin Greek Festival—is home to a colorful and delicious array of There’s never a dolma moment at the Marin Greek Fest. dishes. Fine wines and good company round out this ambrosial weekend celebration. Friday, May 28, 11am-3pm lunch, 5-10pm dinner; Saturday, May 29, and Sunday, May 30, 11am-10pm. Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church, 1111 Highland Dr., Ignacio. $5 adults, $4 seniors, children 12 and under free. Info: nativityofchrist.org.—Sarah Strand

Art 05/28-06/28: Evvy Eisen's "Oyster Farm." Black and White gelatin silver prints. Opening reception 6-8pm June 2. San Marcos Gallery, Alemany Library, San Anselmo. 485-3253. www. dominican.edu.

05/28-07/05: ‘Mysterious Vistas and Unexpected Terrain’ Marty Knapp, photography. Opening reception 3-6pm May 29. Free. Marty Knapp Photo Gallery, 11245 Highway One, Point Reyes Station. 663-8670. www.martyknapp.com

05/29-06/13:‘Picture Novato: Celebrating the City’s 50th Anniversary’ Opening reception 3-5pm May 29. Free. MarinMOCA, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137. www.marinmoca.org

05/29-31: Point Reyes Memorial Day Open Studios Map to the studios available online and at local merchants. 11am-5pm. Free. Various studios, Point Reyes Station. 663-9646. www.pointreyesart. com

05/29: Marin Society of Artists 60th Annual Auction Member donated works at far below the usual prices. 7-10pm. Donations accepted. Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-9561. www.marinsocietyofartists.com Through 05/28:‘Global Paw Prints’ Animals around the globe photographed by Allison Levenson.

Free. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292. www.millvalleylibrary.org

Through 05/29: Falkirk Juried Exhibition Annual Donna Seager gallery juried exhibition. Artworks in all media by forty Marin and Bay Area artists. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328. www.falkirkculturalcenter.org

Through 05/30: KWMR’s 8th Annual Art Exhibit and Auction “Homegrown Radio.” Silent fundraising art auction. Closing event 3-5pm May 30. See website for more details. Free. Toby’s Gallery, Main St., Point Reyes Station. 663-8068, ext. 3. www. kwmr.org

Through 06/01:‘Figuratively Speaking’ Figure Artists Glen Miller, Oola Mar, Ayris Hatton, Larry Bencich display their approaches to depictions of the human body. 11am-6pm. elsewhere gallery, 1828 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. 747 8696. www. elsewhere.com

Through 06/02:’Get Covered’ Exhibition Marin Magazine’s contest winner Edgar Soberon’s still life paintings. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 945-9454. www. bergelli.com

Through 06/04: Art of the Automobile’ Multimedia automotive fine art group show. “Three Degrees of Separation.” Mary Valente, Patricia Leeds, Patricia Oji, new works. 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www.artworksdowntown.org/

Through 06/14: Tiburon Art Festival 2010 Call to Artists The Art Festival is now accepting applications for their juried art event by the Bay. Seeking painting, sculpture, glass, woodwork, jewelry, photography and mixed media works. $25 application fee Historic Ark Row, Tiburon. 435-5633. www. tiburonartfestival.homestead.com

Through 06/20: Mary Mountcastle Eubank, Linda MacDonald and Suzanne Parker “Flotation Devices/Letting Go” and “Stories from the North Woods.” 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes. 663-1347. Through 06/25: Marin/Scapes Preview An early opportunity to view and arrange to purchase selected pieces of the Marin/Scapes artwork by Buckelew artists. Proceeds from Marin/Scapes support Buckelew Employment Services. Noon-6pm. Free. Bank of Marin, 50 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera. 457-6964 x386. www.buckelew.org/ marinscapes/

Through 06/30:‘Ancient Process: New Perspectives’ Elisabeth Setten, new works on paper exploring indigenous dyeing techniques. 9am-5pm. Free. Bear Valley Visitor Center, 1 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station. 464-5100. www.nps.gov/pore/ index.htm

Through 07/04: Jan Gross and Gael Hunt Exhibition Pastels, monotypes and mixed media works. Opening Reception 3-5pm May 30. Landscapes, 625 San Geronimo Valley Dr., San Geronimo. 488-0105. Through 07/15:‘Where You Are’ Exhibition of mixed media artwork inspired by environmental issues. Open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday. Free. Marin Community Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing # 200, Novato. 459-4440. www.marinarts.org

Through 07/18:‘Sudden Intended Exhilaration: Art to Recall’ Exhibition featuring fifteen Bay Area artists. Noon-4:30pm. Free. Mona Lease Gallery, 39 Greenbrae Boardwalk, Greenbrae. 461-3781. www.monaleasegallery.com Through 09/30:‘Artistic Sausalito’ Free exhibit featuring original works by artists from the 1940s and ‘50s who gave Sausalito its reputation as an art colony. Hours: Wednesdays and Saturdays 10am-2pm. Free. Sausalito Historical Society, 420 Litho St.,, Sausalito. 289-4117. www. sausalitohistoricalsociety.com

Talks/Lectures 05/29: Financial Planning for Teens Alex Reyes of Reyes Capital Management will present a workshop on financial literacy for teens. Learn the basics of budgeting and managing bank accounts and more. Handouts and discussion. 1-3pm. Free. San Rafael Public Library, 1100 E St., San Rafael. 458-2389. www.marinlibrary.org 06/01: Defending Wild and Sacred Australia An Australian Aboriginal activist and conservationist will share their struggles to protect whales, sea turtles and sacred land from oil and gas exploration in the Kimberley region. 6:309pm. $5-15, sliding scale Pt. Reyes Dance Palace, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. 663-8590, ext. 104. www.seaturtles.org

06/01: Real Dharma Buddhist Meditation and Inquiry Taught by Hal Blacker. 7:30-9pm.

You’ll be made in the shade May 30 at the Larkspur Flower and Food Fest.

No charge, donations accepted. The Common Well, 85 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 305-2101. www. realdharma.com 06/02: ‘Making Films That Matter’ “A List Series Conversation.” Jane Ganahl interviews local filmmakers Will Parrinello and John

Antonelli. 7:30pm. $12-15. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com 06/02: Birth of Impressionism Talk Marsha Holm will give an illustrated talk on the current exhibition at the de Young which features masterpieces from the Musee d’Orsay. 1 and 3pm. Free. San Rafael City Council Chambers, 1400 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 485-3321. 06/03: Dealing Kids Back In Beyond Differences nonprofit will assemble a panel of expert educators and school-based program representatives to address the problem of social isolation. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

06/04: Marin Audubon Society Speaker Series “Impressions of the Galapagos,” talk by wildlife biologist Jack Barclay, on the islands’ geology, weather and the extraordinary experience of observing wildlife there. 8pm. Free. Richardson Bay Audubon Center, 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon. 388-2821. www.marinaudubon.org

Readings 05/28: Paul Provenza and Dan Dion The authors discuss “Satiristas: Comedians, Contrarians, Raconteurs & Vulgarians.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. bookpassage.com 05/29: Martha Engber The author discusses her novel “The Wind Thief.” 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. bookpassage.com 05/29: Minrose Gwin Gwin talks about her new novel “The Queen of Palmyra.” 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 05/30: Ruth Daigon Memorial Group Poetry Reading with David Alpaugh, C.B. Follet, Jack Foley, Lynne Knight, Jacqueline Kudler, Susan Terris and others reading in honor of poet Ruth Daigon. 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 06/01: Kathy Griffin The comedienne introduces and signs copies of her new book “A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin.” 6pm. Free. Book Passage, 1 Ferry Plaza, San Francisco. 835-1020. www. bookpassage.com 06/01: Open Classroom Poetry Night Lagunitas School students from 1st through 6th grades will read their poetry. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 06/01:Traveling Show Poetry Marin Poetry Center’s Summer Traveling Show presents Alyse Rall, Budd Winston, Lynn Ireland, Carol Ingram, Louise Yahnian and Gloria North in a reading hosted by Angelika Quirk. 7-9pm. Free. Rebound Bookstore, 1611 Fourth St., San Rafael. 382-0550. www.marinpoetrycenter.org 06/02: David Helvarg Helvarg discusses his memoir “Saved by the Sea.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. bookpassage.com 06/03:Toxic on the Job Mitchell Kusy talks about “Toxic Workplace: Managing Toxic Personalities and Their Systems of Power.” 6pm. Free. Book Passage, 1 Ferry Plaza, San Francisco. 835-1020. 06/03:Wilbert Rideau Rideau talks about “In the Place of Justice: A Story of Punishment and Deliverance.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

Film Events 05/28:‘Twilight’ Film Night in the park presents this ‘biting’ teen vampire drama. Popcorn, candy and sodas available. Bring blankets, pillows, backrest and MAY 28 – JUNE 3, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 29

low chairs. 8pm. Donations appreciated. Creek Park, 400 block of Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 272-2756. www.filmnight.org 05/29: Dipsea Film Night In celebration of the Dipsea Centennial, the 1980s movie “On the Edge” will be screened. The movie, based on the Dipsea Race, was filmed in Marin. It stars Bruce Dern, plus hundreds of Marin runners. The evening opens at 8pm. with short talks by Dipsea legends, followed by a screening of “Survival Run." Bring a blanket. 8-10:30pm. $8. Creek Park, San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 454-2769. www.filmnight.org 05/30: Everybody’s Classics Series “Some Like it Hot.” Starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe. Noon. Free. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222. www. cafilm.org 06/04: Film Night in the Park “Napoleon Dynamite.” Popcorn, candy and sodas will be available. Bring blankets, pillows and low chairs. Film Night suggests leaving pets at home. 8-10pm. Donations appreciated. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 272-2756. www.filmnight.org

MAY & JUNE For tickets and more info:

www.woodsmv.com Doors open an hour before showtimes

FRIDAY, MAY 28

SUPER DIAMOND THE ALTERNATIVE NEIL DIAMOND EXPERIENCE

A glittering, smoke-filled show performing Neil Diamond’s power ballads and uptempo hits with unrestrained enthusiasm. Doors and DJ Matt Weeder at 8pm

THE WOODS HOUSE BAND WITH JIMMY DILLION AND RYTHMTOWN-JIVE

Git your mojo workin’ on Fat Wednesdays as The Big Easy comes to Downtown Mill Valley.

EVERY MON, 8PM FREE OPEN MIC With host Austin de Lone. Acoustic piano and P.A. provided.

Community Events (Misc.) 05/29: Free Song Workshop Play your favorite

Mon. and Wed.: Sliding Scale Community Acupuncture Affordable acupuncture. 11am-

SAT JUNE 5, 8PM

FRI JUNE 11, 9PM TUFF LION, ABJA & IBA LUMANATION, SOFI ROX – Roots and Dub Reggae

FRI JUNE 18, 9PM

7ELCOMETO-AX´S &RIDAY-USIC.IGHT Food & Drink Specials

including $3 Trumer Pils & Firestone Honey Blonde Ale appetizers from $3 – $6 (In bar during music)

THE EDGE - Rock FIVER BROWN BAND –

$AMIR3TOSIC Date: Friday May 28, 2010 Time: 8PM - 10:30PM

Soulful Americana

SAT JUNE 19, 9PM HONEY DUST – Hot Rod Rock & Roll

$ENNIS(ANEDAOF#OURTNEY*ANES Date: Friday June 4, 2010 Time: 8PM - 10:30PM

FRI JUNE 25, 9PM ARAM DANESH & THE SUPER HUMAN CREW –

4ERRY3AVASTANO

Date: Friday June 11, 2010 Time: 8PM - 10:30PM

Guitar Driven Hip Hop SAGE – Island Rock

SAT JUNE 26, 7PM MITCH WOODS – Blues, Jump ’n’ Boogie 415-38WOODS 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley 30 PACIFIC SUN MAY 28 - JUNE 3, 2010

05/30: 21st Annual Larkspur Flower and Food Festival A lovely day to hang out and enjoy

in San Rafael which will be decked out with design spaces put together by top Bay Area designers. Proceeds benefit the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership. Catch the shuttle at Montecito and Summit Ave. in San Rafael. See website for more details. 11am-4pm. $25-30. Rosegarden Estate, San Rafael. 479-5710. www.marindesignersshowcase.org

event and a fundraiser for the infamous volunteer Muir Beach firefighters with live music, barbecue, raffle, kids activities. Noon-5pm. $20 per car, includes $10 worth of tickets for food or activities. Muir Meadows, Franks Valley Road, Muir Beach. www. muirbeachfire.com

Dancin’ at the Woods!

Americana and Bluegrass

1pm. Sliding Scale $20-40. Healing Arts of Marin, 7075 Redwood Blvd. Suite L, Novato. 250-4009. www.healingartsofmarin.com/communityclinic.htm

05/30: 38th Annual Muir Beach Volunteer Fire Department Barbecue Oh my, this is a fun

AUSTIN DE LONE AND JIMMY DILLION

ROWAN CUNNINGHAM BAND with the Bueno Brothers –

tunes and learn some new ones. All ages and levels welcome. Bring whatever musical instrument you like and enjoy an hour of casual music making. 12:30-1:30pm. Free. String Letter Music School, 55 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 451-1708 ext.221. www.stringlettermusicschool.com yummy food, flowers, lots of live music, artisan vendors and a totally fun kids area. 11am-6pm. Free. Magnolia Ave., between Ward and King Streets, Downtown Larkspur. 924-3803. www.teamproevent. com

FRI JUNE 4, 9PM

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A transitional house for homeless single moms

60 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera 924-6297 www.maxsworld.com

Downtown San Rafael Thursday Evening Market Thursday nights through September. Farmers market, food, live music and bouncies. 6-9pm. Free. Downtown San Rafael, 4th St. between Lincoln and B St., San Rafael. 492-8007. www.sanrafaelmarket.org Fridays: Eckhart Tolle Techniques Group support in applying Eckhart’s techniques in balancing form and being well in our lives. RSVP to Libby Darda for address. $5 donation San Anselmo. 456-3341.

WEDNESDAYS IN JUNE

THE MUSIC OF NEW ORLEANS

Center This year the Marin United Veterans Council will dedicate a new monument to the Marin County soldiers who lost their lives in Iraq. US Coast Guard flyover at noon. 9:30am-12:15pm. Free. Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Avenue of he Flags, San Rafael. 897 5845. 06/04: Changing Lives Brick by Brick Nepal slide show by Jay Tamang, followed by ice cream and homemade Nepalese tea to benefit FREED, foundation for educational development in rural Tibet. 3-4:30pm. $20 suggested donation. Park School Auditorium, 360 East Blithedale, Mill Valley. 2445874. www.nepalfreed.org 06/05: Bike Swap Free. 8am-2pm. Mill Valley Middle School, 459 Sycamore, Mill Valley. www. mvbikeswap.com.

Through 06/05: 2010 Marin Designer Showcase Tour the historic Rosegarden Estate

Through 09/28: Tamalpais Valley Tuesday Farmers Market Local and regional farmers and food purveyors will showcase their high quality, seasonal bounty of organic and specialty foods. 3-7pm. Free. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393. www.tcsd.us

05/31: Memorial Day Ceremony at Civic

BEST BET Away from the hustle and bustle... There’s more to West Marin than lofty views, lovely wildlife and lovable eccentrics this holiday weekend as the POINT REYES OPEN STUDIOS sets up its canvases. The event brings art and nature lovers alike the incomparable opportunity to explore behind-the-scenes artisan locations throughout the county’s western reaches. Thirty-five creative individuals will open the doors to their workspaces to showcase Peter Sheremeta’s pottery will really bowl their artistic processes—and show off some you over. fantastic sculptures, photographs, pottery, paintings, prints, woodwork and other works. Maps outlining the free, self-guided tour can be found at Pelican Studio, the Station House Cafe, Toby‘s Feed Barn and other local business throughout Point Reyes Station and surrounding towns. The semiannual event invites visitors to get indoors and discover art in one of the most scenic areas on the West Coast. May 29-31, 11am to 5pm. Free. Artist information and tour maps available online at pointreyesart.com.—Sarah Strand

Composer Kurt Rohde will join the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble for the premiere of his â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Concertino for Violin and Chamber Ensembleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on June 3 in Mill Valley.

Kid Stuff 05/28-06/05:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Guys and Dollsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Move over big guys at Mountain Play! The Marin Youth Performers are putting their mark on this classic musical as well this season. 7:30pm. $14-18. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org

05/29-08/15: Living in Space Special Exhibit Take an out-of-this-world journey to the International Space Station in this brand-new, hands-on exhibit. Explore a â&#x20AC;&#x153;slice of lifeâ&#x20AC;? in outer space as you live, work and play â&#x20AC;&#x153;aboardâ&#x20AC;? the International Space Station. Free with museum admission. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 339-3900. www.badm.org 05/29: Asian Pacific Heritage Festival Learn about and experience the different traditions of Asian and Pacific Islander communities of the Bay Area through performances, food and the arts. Performers include the Dragon Horse Lion Dancers and other groups throughout the day. Sample foods from different regions of Asia. Free museum admission. 10am-5pm. Free. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 339-3900. www. baykidsmuseum.org 05/30: Caledonia Street Spring Faire Family friendly street faire sponsored by the City of Sausalito Recreation Dept and Sausalito Nursery School. Fun for all ages, includes artisan vendors, live music, kid zone and food. 11am-6pm. Free admission. Caledonia St., Sausalito. 289-4152. www.caledoniastreetspringfaire.com

06/04-06/30:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Where the Mountains Meet the Seaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; An interdisciplinary exhibit of art, photography and writing from students of Bolinas/Stinson School, Inverness School, Papermill Creek Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Corner- Supported by First Five of Marin, Tomales High School and West Marin School. Reception with the artists 1-3pm June 6 after the Western Parade. Free. Tobyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feed Barn, 11250 Hwy. One, Pt. Reyes Station. 663-1223. www.tobysfeedbar.com

Outdoors (Hikes & Bikes) 05/28: Marin Moonshiners Hike & Picnic Three mile hike with mid-hike picnic dinner at moon rise/sunset. Hike begins and ends at the Pelican Inn Pub. 8-11pm. $15. Marin Moonshiners Hike, Pelican Inn, Muir Beach, CA. 331-0100. www. meetup.com/moonshinershike

05/28: Marin Moonshiners Hike & Picnic Three mile hike plus mid hike picnic dinner with at sunset. Hike begins and ends at the Pelican Inn Pub. 8-11pm. $15. Marin Moonshiners Hike, Pelican Inn, Muir Beach. 331-0100. www.meetup.com/moonshinershike

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STARSTREAM Week of May 27-June 2, 2010 by Ly nd a R ay ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Off-the-wall Uranus officially enters your sign this week. Aries is an independent and rebellious sign and adding Uranus energy to the mix takes it up a notch. You’ve got a long holiday weekend to get accustomed to this electrifying element in your chart before exposing your boss and co-workers to it on Tuesday. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Fidgety Mercury in your sign makes you rather restless. Over the long weekend make plans to visit siblings or cousins who live in the vicinity. In fact, having your ruler (lovable Venus) in the sentimental sign of Cancer provides pleasant experiences with family members in general. The new location of Uranus has a wild influence on your dreams. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Your birthday celebration continues with outrageous Uranus taking over your friendship house. An influx of new pals can be expected. Also, as one who hates being bored, you can count on life having several new twists in the group activities department, such as organizing a protest or putting together a fundraiser for endangered species. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) The week begins with Thursday’s Full Moon in upbeat Sagittarius and Uranus’s entry into rambunctious Aries. If you aren’t feeling lively, you need to increase your caffeine intake. Meanwhile, serious Saturn comes to a standstill in the sector of your chart ruling your immediate environment on Sunday. Problems with the neighbors or detours on your local streets are possible results. Ah, summer. LEO (July 22 - August 22) As unpredictable Uranus heads into your house of exploration, taking a trip will require a certain level of flexibility. Travel can be exciting for the next few months. I’m not suggesting that a UFO will stop to pick you up, but I’m not ruling it out either. If you do accept that intergalactic ride, make sure they have first-class seating. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Saturn has been moving back through your sign, but puts the brakes on this week and starts moving forward again. You can make progress, assuming you have learned from Saturn’s lessons in reality in the last few years. In regard to your relationships, quirky Uranus is giving you a break between now and August. Enjoy it while it lasts. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) As mentioned last week, the friendly Sun in your house of travel and higher learning inspires you to take a trip or sign up for a class. The problem now is convincing your ruler (Venus) in the cautious sign of Cancer that it is all right to spend the money. Meanwhile, if you’re in a flawed relationship, you are likely to look for a way out soon. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) If you’ve been hyper-focused on your career for the last five months, this week you become aware of the accompanying sacrifices you’ve made in your personal life. Now is a chance to rebalance things. It’s a holiday weekend—a time for friends and family rather than work. Throw together a picnic and join in. Do NOT take your briefcase with you. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Anytime a major planetary player moves into your house of romance, creativity and entertainment, it is OK with you. This is the playful sector of your chart, and Uranus now intends to electrify this part of your life. Since Uranus is sticking around until August, your summer could be one for the books. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) There is something unsettling about Uranus moving into Aries for you. It affects your sense of stability. Uranus in Aries rushes into things, makes changes on the run and delivers unexpected surprises. The more you try to contain this excitable energy, the more likely it is to explode. So for the next few months, nothing is completely predictable. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) The big news this week is in regard to your ruler, eccentric Uranus. After years of swimming through the ethereal waters of Pisces, he enters the dynamic fire of Aries. The initial sensation is one of sizzling as your energy heats up. You want to go out and conquer something (or someone). Altruistic, meet egotistic. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) Unpredictable Uranus is out of your sign for the next few months. Feel free to make plans that will probably NOT be disrupted by unexpected circumstances at least through July. On Monday, your ruler (visionary Neptune) comes to a standstill in your imagination house. Please take this holiday weekend opportunity to create or use your artistic talent to its full capacity. ✹ Email Lynda Ray at cosmicclues@gmail.com or check out her website at www.lyndarayastrology.com 34 PACIFIC SUN MAY 28 – JUNE 3, 2010

PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123885 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as POCKET POOCHES GROOMING, 1135 MISSION AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ROBIN BOUCHARD, 1135 MISSION AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on April 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 7, 14, 21, 28, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123876 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as VANDER AUTOMOTIVE, WOODLAND AVE. 24-A, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: VLANDERLEY SOUSA DE PAIVA RESENDE, 244 N. SAN PEDRO RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on April 26, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 7, 14, 21, 28, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123922 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FRANCESCA GALLERY, 52 PRINCESS STREET, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: KATJA FRANCESCA TAPIA, 52 PRINCESS STREET, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 3, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 7, 14, 21, 28, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123899 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as XTREME GREEN CLEANING SERVICES, 44 MARINER GREEN DRIVE, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: LUCENITA COSTA GOODEN, 44 MARINER GREEN DRIVE, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 29, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 7, 14, 21, 28, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123788 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BAY AREA LEGAL DOCUMENT ASSISTANCE, 316 SANTA MARGARITA DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: DAVID LEE WEISSMAN, 316 SANTA MARGARITA DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901 . This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 12, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 7, 14, 21, 28, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123903 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SUGAR MAGNOLIA, 546 MAGNOLIA AVENUE, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: LESLIE LA RHETTE, 72 LOVELL AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious busniess name listed herin on May 10, 2010. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on April 30, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 7, 14, 21, 28, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123907 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as M.V. PROPERTIES, 158-164 EAST BLITHEDALE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: JILL S. SIROIS, 1158 EASTMAN LANE, PETALUMA, CA 94952; HEATHER S. HILBERT, 195 HARVARD DRIVE, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by an unincorporated association other than a partnership. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 30, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 7, 14, 21, 28, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123976 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE RICHMOND PATIENT’S GROUP, 733 BOLERO CT., NOVATO, CA

94945: DARRIN PARLE, 733 BOLERO CT., NOVATO, CA 94945. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 7, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 14, 21, 28; June 4, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123971 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BAYAREA QUICKBOOKS, 295 BLACKSTONE DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: MONICA FEELY, 295 BLACKSTONE DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 7, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 14, 21, 28; June 4, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123970 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as OLIVE MARKET, 1904 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SILK ROAD ODYSSEY INC., 1005 S. ELISEO DRIVE #16, GREENBRAE, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 7, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 14, 21, 28; June 4, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123901 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EQUINOX PARTNERS, 50 HILLSIDE AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CHRISTIAN DE RYSS, 50 HILLSIDE AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901 . This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 28, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 30, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 14, 21, 28; June 4, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123864 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BECCACCIO AND ASSOCIATES, 27 VISTA WAY STE.B, FAIRFAX, CA 94930: TONY BECCACCIO, 27 VISTA WAY STE.B, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 22, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 22, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 14, 21, 28; June 4, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124003 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SPOTLESS CLEANERS, 732 B FOURTH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SEDIGHEH SAMI, 21 EDGE WATER CT., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; SHAYAN SAMI, 21 EDGE WATER CT., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903 . This business is being conducted by an co-partners. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 11, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 14, 21, 28; June 4, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124012 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARY’S JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES, 1099 4TH ST. B 1/2, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARIA SOLEDAD CORADO, 63 CORTE MESA AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 12, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123986 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as Q INDOOR AIR, 446 W. LIVE OAK DRIVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: MICHAEL A. QUIJAS, 446 W. LIVE OAK DRIVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 10, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123963 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ALI AKBAR COLLEGE OF MUSIC STORE, 215 WEST END AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ALI AKBAR COLLEGE OF MUSIC, 215 WEST END AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA

94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 6, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124023 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CADTRAK ENGINEERING, LLC, 31 SANTA BARBARA AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: CADTRAK ENGINEERING, LLC, 31 SANTA BARBARA AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 13, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010124016 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN HORTICULTURE LLC, 1 QUINCE CT., NOVATO, CA 94947: BENJAMIN G. BERMAN-BRADY, 1 QUINCE CT., NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 12, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123960 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DIVINE DIVA/LITTLE BLESSINGS FAMILY HOME DAYCARE, 141 DRAKE AVE., MARIN CITY, CA 94965: KELLYE EBONI MCKINLEY, 141 DRAKE AVE., MARIN CITY, CA 94965 . This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 6, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010124006 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SOLE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, 420 FAWN DRIVE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: SOPHIE PAPPAS, 420 FAWN DRIVE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960; PETER PAPPAS, 420 FAWN DRIVE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960 . This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 11, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010124010 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MISSION BLUE CONSULTING, 27 AQUINAS DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KATHERINE D JOHNSON, 27 AQUINAS DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 12, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124052 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LIVINGSTON CARE, 270 BEL AIR DR. #31, VACAVILLE, CA 95687: RUDOLF LAURETA, 270 BEL AIR DR. #31, VACAVILLE, CA 95687. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 17, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010124053 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RACHEL WEILL PHOTOGRAPHY, 31 SANTA BARBARA AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: RACHEL W LEVITT, 31 SANTA BARBARA AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 17, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124061 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE GRACE INSTITUTE, 645 TAMALPAIS DRIVE STE A, CORTE MADERA,

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PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 34 CA 94925: SUNRISE CENTER INC, 645 TAMALPAIS DRIVE STE A, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925 . This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 18, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124004 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GENJI SUSHI, 731 E. BLITHEDALE AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: GENJI RETAIL SUPPORT INC, 1500 JFK BLVD. SUITE 725, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19102. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 11, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124005 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GENJI SUSHI, 340 THIRD ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: GENJI RETAIL SUPPORT INC, 1500 JFK BLVD. SUITE 725, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19102. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 11, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124021 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as D&M ASTOBIZA DBA: SOLE DESIRE, 5800 NORTHGATE MALL STE 130, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: D&M ASTOBIZA INC, 1400 GUERNEVILLE RD STE 4, SANTA ROSA, CA 95403. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on 1990. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 13, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124078 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EAST BAY MODERN REAL ESTATE, 1292 LINCOLN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARIN MODERN REAL ESTATE INC., 1292 LINCOLN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 19, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 28; June 4, 11, 18, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010124077 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BIG NOSE, LITTLE TOES PET SERVICE, 241 FAWN DRIVE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: LAUREN E MACKBIADA, 241 FAWN DRIVE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on June 15, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 19, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 28; June 4, 11, 18, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124070 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as KUMON MATH & READING, 818 FIFTH AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JOHN R HAEUSER, 128 LAUREL PL., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious busi-

ness name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 19, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 28; June 4, 11, 18, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124104 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ATTUNEABLE WOOD, 424 A IRWIN ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: NEWCOMB BARGER, 424 A IRWIN ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 21, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 28; June 4, 11, 18, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124121 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HORIZON GLASS TINTING, 39 DUTCH VALLEY LANE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: DAVID CLEVENGER, 39 DUTCH VALLEY LANE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 1977. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 24, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 28; June 4, 11, 18, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124111 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN DATA CONSULTANTS, 53 TAYLOR DR. #101, FAIRFAX, CA 94930: JOHN R DANATO, 53 TAYLOR DR. #101, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 22, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 24, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 28; June 4, 11, 18, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124108 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ROYALTY SPA, 314 MILLER AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: SOON AE SHIN, 1052 REDWOOD HWY #201, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 24, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 28; June 4, 11, 18, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124097 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ARCO, 789 REDWOOD HIGHWAY, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: MEHRZAD SHAMSIAN, 14 ACELA DR., TIBURON, CA 94920. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 21, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 28; June 4, 11, 18, 2010)

997 All Other Legals ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1002181. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MEGHAN MARIE GRUDZIEU filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: MEGHAN MARIE GRUDZIEU to MEGHAN MARIE MILIC. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition

should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: July 1, 2010, 8:30 a.m., Dept. E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room E, San Rafael, CA, 94913-4988. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: April 27, 2010 /s/ JAMES R. RITCHIE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: May 14, 21, 28; June 4, 2010) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: HAROLD R. MCCULLOUGH, aka HAROLD MCCULLOUGH. Case No. PR-1002453. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of HAROLD R. MCCULLOUGH, aka HAROLD MCCULLOUGH. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: RUTH A. DE MARTINI in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that RUTH A. DE MARTINI be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: June 14, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. in Dept.: K, Room: K, of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: /s/ DAVID S. THOMAS, POST OFFICE BOX 346, PINE GROVE, CA 95665, (209) 296-2220. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 2010)

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How do you know whether a guy is worth staying with, or if you’re on a slowly sinking ship? My boyfriend of three-and-a-half years treats me well, but he suffers bouts of depression and his divorce six years ago has hung a shadow over our relationship. He’s never told me he loves me, which I need at this point. His divorce also left him financially scarred, and he’s taken a roommate, who happens to be female, to stave off foreclosure. It turns out she was raped some time ago. Soon after moving in, she told my boyfriend she was uncomfortable with others in the house having sex. She doesn’t have a job now, so even afternoon trysts are out. I think it’s terrible what happened to her, but I also find it awfully presumptuous of her to dictate this aspect of our lives. We can’t have sex at my place, except when my kids can stay at my mom’s. I needed more from my boyfriend even before the roommate came, but too often now, there’s only that seven-minute exhausted call at 11:45 at night. I’m disturbed that he’d basically sell out our relationship for some rent money.—Sexless In The City

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Are you on a slowly sinking ship? Well, if this were the Titanic, DiCaprio and Winslet would’ve had time before the ship went down to have four kids, three affairs and a bitter divorce. It’s terrible what happened to his roommate, but moving into somebody’s place and then announcing, “Oh, by the way, I’m traumatized by people having sex...” is like saying, “Did I mention that I’m deathly allergic to cats? Not to worry, I hear they don’t feel a thing when they get put down.” Of course, a guy who wants to have sex with his girlfriend but takes in a roommate who’s “uncomfortable” with it passes on the bad news: that he’ll be giving said roommate time to pack, not that he’ll be sleeping with the girlfriend from 11:45 to 12:02, but only over the phone, and he really does mean “sleeping.” If you were boyfriend-shopping right now, imagine answering this ad: “Emotionally and financially devastated divorced man with deeply troubled roommate seeks girlfriend: no pets, no sex, no ‘I love you.’” Clearly, what you really need to hear isn’t “those three little words” but those eight: “I just can’t give you what you want.” Chances are, you succumbed to what economists call “the sunk cost fallacy”—investing more and more time in this relationship because you’ve already invested so much time. You should instead be looking at what the guy currently has to offer: basically, seven minutes a night for you to work on convincing him “If you really loved me, you’d be living out of your car.” Is it possible he’ll change? Sure it is—if he wins the lottery and meets a good witch who’ll wave her magic wand over him, instantly curing his depression, or if you can invent a time machine so he can go back and stay in bed with a hangover on the day he met his now ex-wife. On the bright side, you should find it easier to coax him into saying “I love you”...at gunpoint, or by attaching jumper cables to his nipples.

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My boyfriend of three years has always suspected that I had a sexual history with one of my male friends. I lied and said I didn’t. (The sex was a one-time mistake, three years before I met my boyfriend.) The problem is, I have lunch with this friend two or three times a year to catch up (always in public places). So far, I’ve refused to stop seeing my friend, which hurts my boyfriend. Should I cut him off to spare my boyfriend’s feelings?—Just Friendly

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Poor Booboo, does he have an ouchie day, two or three times a year, whenever you bring home mints from the Olive Garden? There’s a telltale sign—that you had lunch. Your boyfriend, like too many grown adults, is under the impression that life should always be one long Princess cruise. Sure, he feels jealous (and apparently, that you’re sleazy, trampy and not to be trusted). Being jealous is human nature, and reflects insecurity on his part, which you shouldn’t be catering to by cutting friends out of your life. Continue keeping mum about your sexual history, and help your boyfriend feel more secure by letting him know how hot and wonderful you find him and by being touchy-feely, like you can’t keep your hands off him. Of course, these tactics are most effective if you also avoid returning from lunches three days later, claiming to have escaped your kidnappers, the Mexican drug kingpins. ✹ © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. www.advicegoddess.com. Got a problem? E-mail AdviceAmy@aol.com or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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