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seem reasonable to you, but somehow the folks who run the operation where I buy my own oil in Fresno sell it for $25 a gallon—“extra virgin,” unrefined, unfiltered—and very good. The alternative is to do what we do for so many other of our products—buy imports. As for the report that 69 percent of extra virgin oils failed to meet the sensory standards of the International Olive Council, one only wonders how those poor Europeans manage to eat it. Robert Miltner, Larkspur

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Put the kibosh on the caboose! Regarding Peter Seidman’s recent story on the SMART train [“SMART Shouts ‘All Aboard!’ Nov. 19], could someone please explain to me why we have been asked to spend more than $1 billion to build the SMART train? It won’t take commuters to San Francisco, it won’t go to the Larkspur Ferry and now we are told it won’t even go to downtown San Rafael. Before the train was approved by voters, EIR studies showed it would have no measurable impact on freeway traffic. So why are we spending all this money for a train that seems to go nowhere and will likely have no impact on traffic? I’m beginning to smell a rat here. Is the train really about feeding the egos of some of our local politicos? Is it about all the new development that is being planned along the right-of-way with developers salivating at the big bucks to be made? Is it about enabling freight to use the refurbished tracks paid for by taxpayer dollars? Is it about having yet another government agency to manage SMART with the attendant large salaries and pensions?

And we the taxpayers get to pay for all this. Maybe it’s time someone blew the whistle on this operation before they spend hundreds of millions more of our money. SMART needs to be halted in its tracks. Art Faibisch, San Rafael

PalmPilot reader I’m writing regarding Ronnie Cohen’s story on the dangers of electromagnetic fields from cell phones and other devices [EMF Phone Home,” Nov. 26]. As a clairvoyant healthcare provider who can see the electromagnetic states of people’s bodies (the physical basis of how our bodies and minds operate), I know these radiations are far more deleterious than most anyone wants to admit. In addition to stressing and harming our physical bodies, it also creates disharmony and jangled impulsing in our emotional bodies. I continue to be amazed by the cavalier and childish attitude perpetuated by a delight in or addiction to having the new electronic toys for their pleasure or convenience, without regard for their harmful effects. First- and secondhand electromagnetic pollution will be widely proven to be disabling, even deadly. It is just a matter of time. The current so-called safety standards of EMFs do not include accumulative effects of the electromagnetic smog that is rampant and growing horrifically. There are alternatives: ethernet computer hookup; using a corded land line; not using a cell phone for anything other than emergencies; and at least turning off all your devices when you sleep or are not using them. Read truly independent research—you will be amazed. Please consider halting your harm of yourself and others.

lem. Harte, face it, “chiropractic subluxation” was a revelatory concept completely devoid of reality. This fundamental precept of chiropractic cannot be demonstrated by X-ray or autopsy—a fact admitted by chiropractic schools. Now Harte wants us to believe that these practitioners have the knowledge to deal with depression? By the way, Harte, you maligned my credentials the last time you raised your hackles about my letters to the editor. I have a Ph.D. in neurophysiology from UC Davis and I teach human physiology at both the College of Marin and Dominican University. Your pseudo “doctor” title does not give you carte blanche to talk about every aspect of the nervous system. Chiropractic is a neuromuscular scam that has no ability to diagnose and relies on the patient telling the practitioner where the pain lies. Here’s a challenge for you, Harte. I’ll send you patients. You will know they are from me. Some will have pathology, some won’t. All you need to do is diagnose their pathology. The Pacific Sun can monitor the experiment. Up for the challenge, chiropractor? I doubt it. LR Waldman, San Rafael

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Are you subluxed to the challenge? Once again, Don Harte pushes his aggressive chiropractic attitude; this time about depression [“Suicide Solution: Chiropractic,” Nov. 19]. Once again, another foolish practitioner believing in magic. While I actually agree with Harte about some of the issues surrounding teen depression, he states that he has “100 percent authority.” Chiropractors trained in neurochemistry? Now that’s funny. This is just another of Harte’s fictitious beliefs that chiropractic can solve any prob-

›› OOPS! In Ronnie Cohen’s recent story on the health effects of overexposure to electromagnetic fields [“EMF Phone Home,” Nov. 26] we accidentally misspelled the name of the director of the Center for Family and Community Health at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Sorry about that Joel Moskowitz!

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t’s a scenario played out many times: A pact on local businesses and the community big-box interloper strides into town, pro- climate. voking riled residents who want to keep Target put its planning application on the outsider from wrecking their community. hold in 2009, ostensibly because of the sour People take sides. The showdown comes not economy. The company re-activated it last in the middle of a dusty street but in a packed spring, and a plan with minor modifications meeting at City Hall. made its way through the planning process to This time, the meeting is scheduled for Dec. the San Rafael Planning Commission in early 6 in San Rafael, when the proposal for a new November, when commissioners split on their Target will go before assessment of the the City Council. The application. debate already has On a 5-2 vote, played out in chamcommissioners apbers of commerce, letproved the applicaters to the editor, comtion and sent it to ments about news the City Council. stories, on blogs and Commissioners Facebook. Daniel Sonnet and In a report to the The Novato Target has been in operation since the early Jeff Kirchmann said San Rafael Planning ‘90s; the city recently passed a half-cent sales tax hike to they voted against Commission, city supplement its dwindling tax revenue. the project because, staff recited the hisamong other reasons, tory of the project, starting in 2007, when Tar- it would create traffic congestion. A city staff get, based in Minneapolis, filed its planning report states one example: The intersection application for a “general merchandise” store of Bellam and Kerner boulevards would at 125 Shoreline Highway, near Home Depot. degrade to below acceptable levels. “To mitiThe site is part of the old San Quentin land- gate the project impacts at this intersection fill, which was closed in 1987. The application to less-than-significant levels would require calls for a 137,511-square-foot retail store. It’s an additional northbound left-turn lane and the “general merchandise” nature of the store an additional southbound right-turn lane. that has many merchants in San Rafael, San But insufficient public right-of-way exists to Anselmo and Fairfax concerned about the im- build those additional lanes and also ac- 10 >

›› NEWSGRAMS Good Earth rotating across town When folks from Fairfax tell you they felt the earth move this week, they won’t be referring to a wild weekend or the San Andreas fault—they’ll be talking about Good Earth’s new location at 720 Center Blvd. Good Earth Organic & Natural Foods signed a lease Tuesday with Larkspur investment firm LRG Capital, which owns the site that formerly housed Fairfax’s Albertsons market. Good Earth, currently located at 1966 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., has been looking to expand its popular health-food operations, and the 23,000-square-foot location across town could be a natural fit.The site has sat empty since 2006, when Albertsons vacated the property. The new Good Earth is looking at a grand opening in October of 2011. Co-owner Al Baylacq hints that big changes are on the way. “The renovation of the building will be very thorough,” says Baylacq,“a complete, remarkable overhaul.” Not only will the relocation allow Good Earth more space, says Mark Squire, one of four partners in the company, but it will also help the environmentally conscious company keep its ecological footprint small. “The complete remodel of our new building will allow us to build in many green solutions to keep our energy needs at a minimum and therefore doing what we can to avoid global warming,”says Squire. Stafford Lake bike-park plan pedals ahead Stand aside, Canada geese—bikes are coming to Stafford Lake! A 14-acre cycling parkapalooza is shifting into high gear this week, as the Marin board of supes gave five thumbs up to a proposed bike park at the popular picnic area just west of Novato. An analysis of the plan, conducted by Hilride Progression Development Group, called the idea “highly feasible”and a “tremendous resource”to the county. Ideas floated for the park include paths for advanced and beginner cyclists, a kids’ learning area, jumps for older kids and more. Park officials estimate that design of the project could cost up to $100,000 and construction another $300,000.The next step is for the county’s parks staff to come up with a design for the project, seek funding and recruit volunteers. For information, visit www.co.marin.ca.us. DeLano’s gets bagged If it weren’t for the Woodlands Market team stepping in to keep the Boardwalk Market running,Tiburon and Belvedere residents would have to swim (sail their yachts?) across the bay for groceries. This week, DeLano Retail Partners announced the closure of its five remaining DeLano’s markets—including its stores in Tiburon and Tamalpais Valley—citing the lousy economy and increased competition from the influx of chain stores into Marin. Ralph’s Grocery Co. subleases the stores to DeLano Retail and filed to evict DeLano’s after DRP fell behind by more than $1 million in rent. DeLano’s closed its Novato location earlier this year; the site remains vacant—a sign of troubled times for community grocery stores. The Tiburon DeLano’s, located in the Cove Shopping Center, and the Tam Valley outlet will close in mid-December.—Jason Walsh EXTRA! EXTRA! Post your Marin news at ›› pacificsun.com

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xpect more, pay less. That’s the saying at the end of the Target superstore commercials. It’s trite. It’s banal. But it’s also incredibly honest, as corporate slogans go. “Pay less,” of course, is Target’s allure. But “expect more” is the intriguing part. It’s also the key question surrounding the county-wide debate over whether the city of San Rafael should approve the building of a Target superstore on the east side of the tracks—exactly more of what should we expect? More soulless big box stores and more local businesses closing is a clear possibility. Whenever a corporate retail behemoth proposes a location in Marin, controversy ensues. Home Depot in San Rafael, Barnes & Noble in Corte Madera Town Center, the Target and Costco of the Vintage Oaks Shopping Center in Novato. Sometimes they get built, sometimes they don’t. So far the sky hasn’t fallen, crushing beneath it that certain je ne sais quoi of a county unlike any other. But this proposal for a new Target is different. It comes in the midst of a 2-yearold-and-counting recession, and it comes with a new business model for the Minnesota retail giant. Target positions itself on the national corporation scene as a high-end Wal-Mart. For years Wal-Mart had cornered the market on “supercenter” shopping; it was first in retail goods, food sales and the ire of progressives—who have long viewed it as an unfair player in local competition and beyond stingy with worker compensation. So Target targeted more affluent communities and emphasized clothes, toys and housewares. But in a rough economy, folks can do without the unnecessary extras in Target’s aisles; what they can’t do without is food. Enter P-Fresh, the company’s new strategy to get food shoppers in the door—and keep them there. Target got a late jump on what Wal-Mart discovered 15 years ago—consumables are the key to customer frequency. According to Refrigerated and Frozen Foods Retailer magazine, an industry trade publication, “Target has acknowledged that it sped the development of its food business in response to the recession and changing consumer shopping patterns.” What is meant by “shopping patterns” is the concept that food shoppers shop by “force of habit”—which helps food retailers hold on to customers. “But it makes winning new customers,” continues the article, “a tough proposition.” Yet the dire economy has thrown this theory out of whack, as customer loyalty has recently been trumped by lower

Novato Target’s new produce aisle—will it produce regular grocery shoppers?

prices—meaning it’s a window of opportunity for discount mega-stores to lure the previously hard-to-find “new” customer away from her old “habit” (i.e., local market). “But inertia kicks in again,” explains a retail analyst in the story. “The reverse hold is going to continue to take place.” And Target will keep those customers even if the economy starts galloping along again. And since food shoppers tend to visit their grocery stores multiple times a week, and Target’s proposed location is miles from downtown San Rafael, the chain hopes to become Marin’s one-stop place to shop for everything—milk, T-shirts, cell phones, bananas, Legos, diapers, wheat bread, socks. It’s no wonder chambers of commerce in neighboring communities like San Anselmo and Fairfax are taking public stands against the San Rafael Target— they’ll get none of the estimated $675,000 in annual tax revenue and, like Novato to the north, will certainly see tax revenue and local businesses decline. In the corporate daily’s tacit endorsement of the retail giant (“the Target proposal looks like a slam dunk”), the Marin IJ hemmed and hawed over the effect on local businesses before suggesting the city “study” the proposal a bit longer and approve it a few months down the line. (Target, of course, is a major advertiser with the IJ.) But here’s a case study they can review right now: Novato. My hometown has had a Target for more than 15 years; I even shop there occasionally. Like the San Rafael proposal, our Target is situated on the east side of town—miles away from the Grant Avenue small-business district. A decade ago, the city of Novato invested millions in an effort to revitalize the downtown, in the hopes of creating a charming destination for locals and out-of-town visitors on the

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1. Nov. 27, the Cal Bears played their final football game in Memorial Stadium before a major remodel; the stadium, completed in 1923, was named in “memory” of what? 2. The new film, The King’s Speech, tells the story of a speech impediment that affected what British monarch? 3a. Shoppers recognize the day after Thanksgiving as “_____ Friday.” 3b. Due to Internet shopping, the Monday after Thanksgiving is called “_____ Monday.” 4. NATO forces in Afghanistan are fighting a challenging war against the Taliban, fundamentalists of what branch of Islam? 5. The decathlon consists of 10 events, six of which involve running and jumping; the other four events make use of what physical objects? 6. Pictured at right: Identify these capital cities with four-letter names. 6a. Located in Europe 6b. It’s in South America 6c. Also in Europe 7. It was probably college basketball’s greatest dynasty: teams from what university won the NCAA men’s championship 10 times between 1964-1975? 8. Can you identify four fruits that are thought of and eaten as vegetables? 9. Wiccaphobia is the fear of what? 10. What award-winning whistle-blowing website recently released sensitive documents embarrassing to the United States, and who is the director and editor-in-chief?

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prowl for delectable cafes and enchanting shops—think of San Anselmo Avenue or Throckmorton in Mill Valley. Better yet, think Fourth Street, San Rafael. In many ways, Novato achieved its goals. Newer restaurants like Grazie Cafe, Chianti Cucina and Anokha Cuisine of India have made downtown Novato handsdown the most underrated dining destination in the county; trendy boutiques mix with old-timey candy stores, which mix with a family-friendly Irish pub. Yet Novato never became that destination town. It became Destination: Target. Southern Marinites turn off at the Rowland exit and head for Vintage Oaks, where they purchase things in big boxes, eat at the IHOP or the Taco Bell, grab a latte from Starbucks and head back home. Meanwhile, businesses in the downtown struggle to survive. My family and I walked along Grant last Sunday afternoon and it was pretty quiet—definitely quiet for the weekend after Thanksgiving. Picked up a couple of items at Whole Foods, browsed for toys in 5 Little Monkeys and

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stopped for coffee at FlourChylde Bakery. We waited in no lines, and there was plenty of parking. Later that day, I drove down the highway to Target in order to snap the above photo of their new P-Fresh section. The place was packed—parking was nonexistent, the lines were long. After sneaking a few shots under the watchful eye of Target security, I browsed. Then I bought a pack of batteries for my camera, so I wouldn’t have to make another stop downtown on the drive home—it’s exactly what Target wants its customers to do. Three, four times a week even. The city of Novato, meanwhile, is so deeply in the red that it just passed a halfcent sales tax-hike in order to maintain its depleted staff and fund basic senior and youth services. Perhaps that’s the price of “paying less.” Be careful what you wish for, San Rafael. You may not get what you expect. ✹ Jason can be reached at jwalsh@pacificsun.com.

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commodate planned bicycle lanes on Kerner. Therefore, this mitigation measure is not feasible, and the impact would be signiďŹ cant and unavoidable.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just one of the trafďŹ c issues in the area, which motorists know can be a congested nightmare to navigate. The Target proposal presents the city with an essentially nonconforming use for the property, which originally was zoned for light industrial and ofďŹ ce use. That puts the project in conďŹ&#x201A;ict with the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s General Plan 2020. However the staff report suggests the city could amend the plan to accommodate Target. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still the trafďŹ c issue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will be so much worse. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a factor that would kill the whole project,â&#x20AC;? says Connie Rodgers, president/CEO of the San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce. Critics note that the additional trafďŹ c would increase pollution and run counter to the current push for a sustainable county. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is just blatantly the opposite,â&#x20AC;? says Rodgers, who lives in San Rafael. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What is the reason for just [ignoring] the trafďŹ c impacts in the EIR? Why is that good for this county?â&#x20AC;? The San Anselmo Chamber voted to oppose the Target application. The Fairfax Chamber joined the opposition. Other chambers have stood back, taking no position. That includes Novato, where Target opened a store in 1992, currently the only one in Marin. Some local business owners are concerned a San Rafael Target will send shivers throughout Marin south of Novato. It will undoubtedly siphon some business from the Novato store, along with revenue from Costco. But the biggest impact, say critics, will be in the shops in downtown San Rafael and San Anselmoâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even Fairfax, Corte Madera, Larkspur and farther south. According to the environmental impact report Target submitted to the city, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Approximately 162,000 residents live within the proposed Target Store retail trade area.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a hefty chunk of eastern Marin south of Novato. The enticement for San Rafael is obvious. Target says it will generate $675,000 in annual tax revenue for the city and add 250 or more jobsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the company says it will recruit the majority of those employees locally. Critics are suspicious about the quality of those jobs. But theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still jobs, and in a struggling economy thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an attractive proposition for the city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes, but there could be job losses from other businesses,â&#x20AC;? says Jonathan Frieman, a San Rafael resident and part of Keep it Local San Rafael, a group ďŹ ghting the proposal. The group has created a web presence, where it is disseminating information and spreading a call to action prior to the City Council meeting. The group is collecting signatures on a petition for presentation to the city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a consortium of business, environmental people and chambers of commerce. It really crosses the aisle to make sure that Target does not come in to San Rafael,â&#x20AC;? says Frieman. After Bill Daniels, owner of United Markets, wrote a piece critical of the Target proposal that ran on www.paciďŹ csun.com and in the

Independent Journal, Frieman called him at about the time city planning commissioners approved Targetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s environmental report. In addition to Frieman, Daniels and others, key participants in the group include Rodgers from the San Anselmo Chamber and Brigitte Moran, a former board member of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce who left after the board voted to support the Target proposal. Keep it Local San Rafael wants the city to slow its deliberations and is calling for a community impact report on the effects Target would have on the area, and they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean just San Rafael. Considering that Target views its prospective retail area to include southern and central Marin, the city should accept responsibility for impacts Target may bring to the region. Rodgers in San Anselmo and Morgan Hall, president of the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, say the effects of a Target would ripple up the Miracle Mile to their communities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We feel a little protected in San Anselmo because we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have land to accommodate a big box,â&#x20AC;? says Rodgers, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in our front yard, and we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get [any portion] of that $675,000 in tax revenue. There is no revenue sharing. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no upside for San Anselmo.â&#x20AC;? While the communities surrounding a big box get no portion of the tax revenue, they can feel a pinch of lost tax revenue if the big box draws customers from their retail base. Even in Fairfax, says Hall, Target could affect sales because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the commute route from San Francisco. A key element that sets Target and other big-box superstores apart from specialty retailers, like Best Buy, is the inclusion of in-house grocery markets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The strategy is to attract people with low food costs,â&#x20AC;? Hall says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then while people are there, they will shop for other things.â&#x20AC;? (The food, notes Hall, isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a sales-tax generator.) The strategy, he adds, â&#x20AC;&#x153;will raise sales-tax revenue, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably at the expense of sales-tax revenue from other stores [in the city and in the region]. The closer to the Target, the more damage will be caused.â&#x20AC;? But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the assumption contained in the Target environmental impact report, which states â&#x20AC;&#x153;net new retail demand [will] greatly exceed supply by 2019 in all categories.â&#x20AC;? The report acknowledges that â&#x20AC;&#x153;marginal retailers in competing retail categories may close as a result of the Target Store. However, new tenants would be able to compete effectively against the Target Store given that they cater to retail categories...with unmet demand.â&#x20AC;? But retailers like Herbert Heller, who owns Hellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for Children, a baby products store, say Target could snuff their businesses. The general-merchandise offerings in a big box present particularly strong challenges to stores that sell a variety of brands. Retail experts say a recognized way to compete against a big box focuses on creating brand recognition, especially when a store specializes in brands a big box doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t offer. That strategy usually means moving upscale, leaving the lower end to the big box. But, say critics, that also creates a kind

Targetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new marketing slogan, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;fresh food for less greenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is perhaps a poorly worded motto in green-conscious Marin.

of upscale ghetto-retail scenario in which a communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s retail outlets start offering only high-priced goods. And that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t serve the wider community. Rodgers, Hall and others question the amount of sales-tax revenue Target actually will generate. But even if the number meets expectations, the city might do better to promote local retailers, according to a study compiled by the Urban Conservancy in partnership with Civic Economics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prior studies have conďŹ rmed that, to varying degrees, locally owned businesses generate as much as two- to three-times the local economic activity as do chains,â&#x20AC;? states the report. An average supercenter Target occupies about 179,000 square feet and generates sales of $282.51 per square foot, yielding a total store revenue of about $50 million. (The San Rafael Targetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s numbers are smaller than that average but still in the ballpark.) In a sample of businesses the report examined, retailers reported total sales of $587 per square foot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Therefore, 179,000 square feet would generate an estimated $105 million in annual sales revenue across as many as 100 stores.â&#x20AC;? Promoting smaller and locally owned businesses can generate greater long-range social beneďŹ ts for a community, the report concludes. Hall, at the Fairfax Chamber, puts it this way: â&#x20AC;&#x153;In terms of community involvement, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never see a Little League baseball team sponsored by Target or Home Depot or any

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of these people. Beyond that, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s [another] intrusion of corporate America into the quality of life of people in Marin County.â&#x20AC;? Critics remain skeptical of a Target pitch that it will become a strong participant in the San Rafael community. They point to skimpy participation in Novato as an example. Before the San Rafael Chamber voted to support Target, says Rick Wells, the chamberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s president and CEO, â&#x20AC;&#x153;we asked about the jobs and the tax revenue, and they replied in a way that we felt comfortable with. Some of the information is proprietary, and they are kind of reluctant to release some of that information. But they have clearly shown a commitment that they are going to make signiďŹ cant contributions to not just the economy but to local organizations, education and nonproďŹ ts.â&#x20AC;? Wells says the chamber understands â&#x20AC;&#x153;the concerns in the communityâ&#x20AC;? regarding the effect on local businesses, but from an overall perspective, considering the economic vitality of this community, â&#x20AC;&#x153;we believe [Target] will make signiďŹ cant contributions.â&#x20AC;? Wells notes that businessesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and communitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;need to adapt and change with market forces. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those market forces are going to continue to change, and the businesses that succeed and stay around make those adjustments.â&#x20AC;? Supporters of the Target proposal say the beneďŹ ts, especially in a slumped economy, resulting from a big box outlet that sells food at low prices outweigh the inconvenience of trafďŹ c congestion and what Target supporters say is a temporary disruption in the surrounding retail community. But in contrast to the suggestion that the overriding beneďŹ ts outweigh the negative impacts mentioned in the environmental report, Frieman and others say overriding negative impacts outweigh the beneďŹ ts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Target is not a good ďŹ t in San Rafael,â&#x20AC;? says Frieman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no need for another big box. It would be a big monstrosity sucking dollars out of the community.â&#x20AC;? â&#x153;š

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The kooks vs. the peepers Can small-town Fairfax beat back utility Goliath PG&E? by Ronnie Co he n

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airfax residents and Town Council members made it clear Tuesday night they will do whatever it takesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;including acts of civil disobedienceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to enforce the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s moratorium on PaciďŹ c Gas and Electric Co.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wireless gas and electric meters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the end of the day, you shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the right to put something on someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property that they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want,â&#x20AC;? Mayor Lew Tremaine told about a dozen PG&E employees attending a Fairfax public hearing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nobody came and put DDT on your lawn if you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want it there. You shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be putting these things on somebodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house if they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want it there.â&#x20AC;? After a heated public hearing in which Fairfax residents repeatedly accused PG&E of caring about nothing but proďŹ ts and its regulatory agency of being in bed with the utility, each of the ďŹ ve councilmembers insisted PG&E ďŹ nd a way other than so-called SmartMeters to measure gas and electric usage in the town of 7,500. For the ďŹ rst time in the SmartMeter ďŹ ghtâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which began last summer after Central Valley residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; utility bills spiked following installation of the electronic metersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;PG&E ofďŹ cials said publicly they are considering alternatives to mandatory installation of the devices. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obviously some concerns about the potential health effects related to radio frequency,â&#x20AC;? Greg Kiraly, vice president of PG&Eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SmartMeter program, said at the beginning of the meeting. He said PG&E was in the early stages of reviewing options it might offer customers who do not want the wireless meters. Customers have complained that the meters make them sick. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At this point, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a lot of details to share on those options.â&#x20AC;? Kiraly supervised William Devereaux, PG&Eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SmartMeter front man who resigned last month following media reports that he snooped on an anti-SmartMeter group by pretending to be a guy named Ralph and joining a private online conversation. Kiraly came to Fairfax in Devereauxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s place for what was billed as the third and ďŹ nal meeting to discuss the utilityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans to install SmartMeters in homes and businesses. PG&E has installed 7.5 million of the digital devices throughout California, and its regulatory agency, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), has ordered the installation of another 2.5 million by the end of 2012. Accuracy, privacy and health concerns prompted the Fairfax Town Council to impose a moratorium on the installations. The CPUC has stripped local municipalities of control over SmartMeters. The regulatory agency says the meters are necessary to develop a â&#x20AC;&#x153;smart grid,â&#x20AC;? which can relay information to customers regarding their energy use and can guide development of

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No Waiting at The Redwoods!

Fairfax resident Alexander Binik voices his opposition to the Smart Meters.

new technologies, including electric cars. But PG&E has agreed to temporarily halt putting in the devices in Fairfax while the utility conducts a series of meetings with Fairfax ofďŹ cials and residents. At the end of what was supposed to be the last meeting on the subject, Fairfax Councilman Larry Bragman called for a fourth meeting following the expected January completion of an independent report examining health concerns related to SmartMeters. Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, requested the report from the California Council on Science and Technology. A nonproďŹ t organization established by the state Legislature, the council assembles corporate executives, scientists and academicians who will review conďŹ&#x201A;icting evidence on the health effects of wireless technology and weigh in on whether the Federal Communications Commission has developed sufďŹ cient standards to protect the public from a thickening blanket of electro-smog. Critics, including a growing chorus of scientists, say FCC guidelines regulating wireless technologies are obsolete and outdated. Bragman said he sees PG&Eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mass installation of SmartMeters as premature given that the council has not yet issued its report. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think all the questions are answered,â&#x20AC;? Bragman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the questions lead to more questions.â&#x20AC;? An attorney, Bragman voiced concern over not just potential health problems from SmartMeters but billing problems and privacy breaches. PG&E ofďŹ cialsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; attempts to assuage his worries appeared fruitless. All the councilmembers and the vast majority of the 50 or so people who showed up for the hearing appeared unwilling to accept PG&Eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assurances about the safety, accuracy

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beneďŹ t just as much from a postcard detailing her energy use as she would from a SmartMeterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more immediate feedback. Councilwoman Pam Hartwell-Herrero, executive director of Sustainable Fairfax, said she sees no beneďŹ t to SmartMeters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Show us the beneďŹ ts,â&#x20AC;? she told PG&E representatives. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are a very conservation-minded community. I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen the beneďŹ ts of the program.â&#x20AC;? Councilman David Weinsoff recommended PG&E cut what he called his â&#x20AC;&#x153;kooky townâ&#x20AC;? a break by allowing all Fairfax residents and businesses to opt out of the SmartMeter program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the end of the day, whatever heartburn and aggravation, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to wind up with good PR,â&#x20AC;? he said. The $2.2 billion ratepayer-ďŹ nanced SmartMeter program has become a public relations ďŹ asco for PG&E. And it comes at the same time the utility is suffering from a couple of other painful black eyes. PG&E has been blamed for a September San Bruno gas explosion that killed eight people. In June, PG&E lost a ballot initiative that would have allowed it to continue to monopolize energy sales throughout the state. Sierra Salin of Fairfax criticized the utility for spending $46 million of ratepayer money on Proposition 16. Jess Brown, PG&Eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director of energy solutions and service, corrected Salin, saying the money came from shareholder earnings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where did the shareholders get the proďŹ ts?â&#x20AC;? Salin shot back.

Beleaguered PG&E representatives Jess Brown, Jana Corey and Marzia Zafar.

and privacy of the wireless meter readers. Mayor Tremaine summed up the skepticism when he described the agencies that regulate PG&E and wireless technology as â&#x20AC;&#x153;corporate-bought regulatory agencies.â&#x20AC;? Mark Bell of Fairfax compared the dangers of asbestos in the last century to radiation emissions from wireless technology today. Clutching a copy of Outrageous Misconduct: The Asbestos Industry on Trial, he urged PG&E representatives to read the book detailing how the industry hid evidence about what asbestos could do to employees working with it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They knew it was killing their own employees,â&#x20AC;? he

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Regardless, It is also the best place to talk with others ception of what services Hospice By I knew I could not handle another night about the fears and apprehensions and to The Bay offers. Yes, the programs are there struggling to breathe on my lint-covered get ideas about how to honor the memory to assist in end-of-life care; in a single laundry room ďŹ&#x201A;oor and I made a call that of a loved one and to enjoy the holiday year, Hospice By The Bay works with up changed our lives. We were nudged into the season without feeling guilty about carryto 3,000 families. The programs also help forward motion that we continue to move ing on and living a meaningful life. walk families and loved ones through the with today. Along with the more than 500 volunteers often overwhelming and taxing process of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re here to serve the community,â&#x20AC;? said who help with a myriad of behind-thecare-taking. Hospice By The Bayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bereavement director scenes support such as making phone calls, But a less visible, yet no less vital, side Lauren Kenney when I spoke to her recentsharing information of hospice programsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;including those at ly at her Larkspur ofand even constructing Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospice By The Bay in Larkspurâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; ďŹ ce. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That means our There was nothing I could do teddy bears out of a is the extensive grief support that is so programs are open to deceased loved oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to reason myself out of the very necessary after the loss of a loved one. both hospice families clothing, Hospice By In 2008, I became a self-proclaimed expert as well as members of pain I was in or to escape the The Bayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bereaveon grief support after stumbling upon hosthe community.â&#x20AC;? heavy burden of raising my kids ment programs rely pice bereavement programs. My childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s In addition to the heavily on donaafter such a confusing and father died suddenly from an unexpected thousands of families tions and are run by and violent suicide and my world shifted that seek out Hospice horrible loss. licensed counselors with such force that I became convinced I By The Bay for endwho have seen it allâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; would never breathe again. I was sure that of-life care, another and have the expertise the damage had transcended the emotion700 or more receive crucial emotional supalâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;leaving me to suffer irreversible physical port after the death of a loved one through and compassion to accept and help address a injuries. I had never experienced such desindividual counseling, bereavement groups, full range of emotional responses with grace peration to toss myself into the mechanisms Camp Erinâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the annual grief camp for and sincerity. Hospice is also about hope. To celebrate of the universe, hoping the gears would be kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or all three, regardless of whether thrown off, switching into reverse, shuttling the person who passed was a hospice cli- the memory of loved ones, Hospice By The me back to a place where I could undo the ent or not. Others simply make a phone call Bay holds an annual Service of Rememevents that shoved my daughters and me to hospice seeking consultations on how to brance, bringing together community meminto that place of gut-wrenching pain. The discuss with kids the death of a grandpar- bers who are coping with loss. Participants need to stabilize and separate my work self ent. For children, the groups and camps are invited to share photos on the commufrom my mom self and from my grieving offer a safe healing environmentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even if nity altar and light candles in the spirit of the self was overwhelmingly difďŹ cult and I regu- by simply showing children that they are sometimes bittersweet holiday season. For me, hospice continues to serve as larly found respite by sobbing in a heap on not isolated in their experiences, no matmy laundry room ďŹ&#x201A;oor, while my children ter how the death occurred. In fact, Kenney a reminder of the strength and resiliency slept down the hall. It sucked. Bad. says that at least two-thirds of the Marin of the human spirit and has helped my

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County children who attend Camp Erin have experienced a traumatic deathâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;such as a murder, suicide or tragic accidentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in their lives. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It happens here, too,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to remember that Marin has children that have experienced trauma and need support.â&#x20AC;? In addition to the various Hospice By The Bay groups for spouse/partner loss, parental loss, loss in later life and the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program Grieving and Growing are yearly events and groups to offer support

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daughters and me tap into a place of acceptance and empathy for ourselves and for others. They reminded us that falling apart is OK. That weeping and feeling hopeless is OK, too. Just over two years laterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and with immense support from hospiceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;I am breathing again and no longer struggling and driving myself mad with attempts to reassemble the past. My kids, so far, are relatively well adjusted, thriving in school, able to laugh and cry and learn and grow and feel good about being in the world. They also remember their father fondly, despite the hole his absence has left in our lives. We honor his gifts to our family by lighting a candle on his December birthday and feel blessed for the ability to move forward. â&#x153;š Contact Dani at dburlison@paciďŹ csun.com.

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Just when you thought it was safe to emerge from beneath the post-Thanksgiving cover of freshly discovered gravy stains, cabernet-dotted carpets and Turkey Day bonding with creepy cousin Brad, the next holiday get-together rears its cold, encroaching head. But that’s the 21st-century holidays—if you’re not hosting a big meal for the in-laws one week, you’re the main course on the neighborhood “progressive dinner” the next. In anticipation of yet another three weeks of dinner guests, house visitors and surprise weekend stays from out-of-towners, here’s a glimpse at some of the more notable moments in holiday-hosting history.

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alty drink or a punch as a festive censpecialty ce: eggnog, hot buttered rum, a bottle terpiece: uavit frozen in a block of ice, a punch of aquavit bowl of mai tais brimming with gardenias. n’t make drinks with bottled lime or Don’t n juice, and don’t serve them in plastic lemon cups. Do reinvent your setting with bloomliage, new pictures, rearranged ing foliage, ure. Cover tables with shiny furniture. num foil, add mounds of aluminum like rock salt and nestle snow-like votive candles on top. n’tt forget the mistletoe. Don’t Do serve a nice array of able hors d’oeuvres: delectable nd cool, crisp and hot and my, lush and spicy. creamy, Space them out over the coursee of the evening so there’ss an ongoing selection off flavors as well as grub for the latecomers. A few favorites: warm otatoes stuffed new potatoes with chives, sour m and caviar; a cream platterr of lox garnished with pumpernickel ds, lemon wedges and rounds, per mill; seared rare beef a pepper fillets on crostini with creme fraichee and thyme; broiled If you want to bring ns marinated in green prawns food, ask first.

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holiday party is like a performance: All you can do is cast it, cater it, build the sets, stand back and hope for the best. But there are a few things you can do, both beforehand and on the fly, to steer the evening in a positive direction. And there are also several landNo matter what the invitation says, DON’T arrive right on time. mines you should avoid if you want to produce a wingding worthy of the season. Here are a few do’s and don’ts for the prospective party-thrower. Do have the following ready before the guests arrive: candles lit, music on the turntable (or iPod), at least one hors d’oeuvre on the coffee table, a bottle of champagne chilling in the bucket with half-a-dozen glasses alongside. Don’t invite a bunch of people who already know each other. A holiday party is an opportunity to expand horizons and spark possibilities. The last thing you want is a bunch of drones talking about what happened at the office the other day. Steer joined-at-the-hip couples as far apart as possible. It’s also OK to invite people who despise each other—there’s nothing like a little misplaced passion to energize a party. Do greet every guest at the door, then introduce her to one or two fellow guests with an icebreaker like “Susan speaks fluent Serbo-Croat.” Don’t run out of ice, beer, food or patience. Do provide a well-stocked bar—basics like rum, tequila, scotch, gin, bourbon and vodka as well as a few liqueurs and cordials (brandy, creme de cacao, an orange-flavored liqueur like Cointreau or Triple Sec). Don’t forget the vermouth (sweet and dry), a nice bottle of sherry, a few token bottles of wine (half your guests will bring a bottle or two as it is) and several six-packs of beer (a selection of seasonal brews is a nice touch). Also make sure to have sodas and fruit juices on hand for both mixers and teetotalers—seltzer, tonic, ginger ale, orange, grapefruit and cranberry juices—plus a dozen lemons and limes for twists, wedges and juice. And ice. LOTS of ice. Set up the bar with a selection of bar guides and gadgets off in a corner or out in the kitchen and invite your guests to mix their own—interactivity is the key to a convivial gettogether—but don’t be remiss in freshening the errant empty glass. It’s also nice to have a

What makes Hanukkah such a great holiday is that it’s not based on somber religious doctrine—like virgin births or Egyptian plagues—but rather on the extreme par-tay prowess of the Maccabees—who not only whipped the mighty armies of the Seleucid Empire, but threw a bash that lasted eight days! What started as a celebration of the rededication of the Second Temple of Jerusalem turned into a shindig for the ages when the temple lamp oil, of which there was only enough to last a single day, kept burning through eight full nights. We’ve had LED lights that didn’t last through the second round of hors d’oeuvres at our holiday parties, so we know just how incredible a miracle this was.

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t takes two to make a party, the host and that manyheaded entity known as the guests. And although most of the responsibility for a successful gathering lies on the host’s shoulders, a really good party is only as good as its invitees. Whether they like it or not, guests are the engine that makes a successful party thrum. When you accept an invitation to any get-together, big, small, casual or elegant, you agree (in a socially binding albeit nonactionable way) to adhere to a certain set of niceties without which the evening would devolve into rancor and chaos: to show up, to leave and in between times to not physically assault anyone. But there are other, more courteous of conduct every guest should follow if she wants to enhance, rather than diminish, any soiree a host has been gracious enough to invite her to. Viz: ● Call a few hours before the party starts and offer to pick up something the host has overlooked: extra ice, toilet paper, a missing ingredient. (Don’t call to tell the host that you won’t be coming after all: He has more important things to do than to listen to your excuses.) ● Contribute to the bar if you can manage it: wine is always nice, but bringing nging something you love—a holiday ale, a nice tequila, Champagne mpagne from a favorite vineyard—adds dds a personal touch to the festivities. If you want to bring food, ask first: t: Your artichoke dip might clash sh with the raw-food, lactose-free, tose-free, allblack menu du jour. ● Get into the spirit of the occasion, whatever the occasion happens pens to be. Break out the gray flannel and black silk for a cocktail party, bring shades hades and bongos to a poetry reading, ading, sing along at a hootenanny, otenanny, dance when someone omeone asks you. Participate, icipate, even if it involves lves passing an orange ange from your neck ck to someone else’s. s. ● Go easy on the cologne. A holiday party should smell like pine needles, hot brandy, cinnamon sticks and expensivee perfume. ● We’re partial to guests sts JAMES HALL

chilis, cilantro, garlic and pine nuts. Prepare them ahead of time if at all possible. Don’t serve crudites. Do choose music that isn’t necessarily about the holidays. Your guests have been bombarded with every conceivable variation on the reindeer-and-snowfall There’s nothing songbook since mid-October, and like a little misthey’ll be delighted placed passion to to come upon an energize a party. oasis of secular sounds. Pick stuff that goes with clinking glassware, flirtatious laughter, crackling Yule logs and proactive cocktail shakers: Sarah Vaughn’s Swingin’ Easy, Sinatra’s A Swingin’ Affair, Miles Davis’s Round About Midnight, Vince Guaraldi, Bola Sete and Friends. Don’t play the music too loud, though— respect your neighbors and guests in the midst of intimate conversation. Do ask the meek, the ill at ease or the otherwise dispossessed to pass around a tray of canapes—they’ll welcome the opportunity to mingle on an official basis. Don’t drink more than your guests. Do something unexpected: recite a poem, cook up a holiday quiz with awesome prizes, teach everybody how to Don’t make mambo. Your job drinks with is to jolt everyone out of his seasonal bottled lime or torpor. lemon juice, and Don’t force your don’t serve them guests to play party games, have anin plastic cups. other drink or get up and dance. Do have several bowls of Hershey’s Kisses placed around the room. Don’t let ladies walk to their cars alone. Either recruit someone or do it yourself. Do brew up a pot of coffee as the party’s winding down. It’s a nice sendoff on a cold, dark night. But don’t make the slightest suggestion that your guests should leave your party no matter how late it is or how tired you are. If it’s the right kind of party, you’ll be stuck with them till dawn breaks over the eastern horizon and it’s time for the Bloody Marys. ❉

who arrive by cab or public transit, especially when parking’s at a premium and the ozone layer is decomposing. And nothing spoils that holiday joie de vivre like a drunken driver. ● Don’t bring along a bunch of hungry pals no matter how delightful you think they are. ● Don’t bring a musical instrument unless prompted. ● If the party begins at 8, do not show up at 8. Give the host at least 15 or 20 minutes to finish tidying up, tucking in his shirt, combing his hair and putting out the hors d’oeuvres. ● Get out of your comfort zone. A party is an opportunity to escape your day-to-day life and reinvent yourself, and when you do, you and the party will flourish. Mingle with people you don’t know, especially the poor nebbish in the corner. Everyone has secrets worth unearthing. ● Offer your assistance: chopping dill, doing dishes, passing around canapes, stirring up a batch of martinis, whatever’s called for. ● If you knock over a glass, clean it up yourself. ● Don’t sneer at the food, drink, music, decor, level of discourse, general couture or the other guests. ● No matter how cool you think your new electronic device is, playing with it while you sit alone on the sofa makes you look like the nerd you are. ● Don’t whine, sulk, burden the other guests with your problems or refuse to have a good time. This is a party, f’Chrissake. ● Don’t ask the host to make you a Ramos fizz. ● By all means, drag a friend or stranger under the mistletoe and kiss him on the lips. It’s also OK to throw a drink in someone’s fac face if provoked, but never ever storm out of a party, and especially Be the life of the don’t invite others to storm out party... but don’t with you. overdo it. ● Be the life of the party, the sparkplug. But don’t overdo it. ❉ Send your party animal advice to Matthew aat matthewstafford@yahoo.com.

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TUESDAY, DEC. 7 A Charlie Brown Christmas The round-headed kid picks out a lame tree and then everybody pretends it’s OK. Soon to be re-released as “Charlie Brown’s Co-Dependent Kwanzaa.” ABC. 8pm. The Biggest Loser The remaining contestants run a marathon. This is the first time most of them have raced anything longer than the buffet bar at Sizzler. NBC. 9pm.

SATURDAY, DEC. 4 Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights The comedian celebrates Hanukkah in probably the only animated WEDNESDAY, DEC. 8 special you’ll see this year Paula’s Cookie Swap If about“the Canada of this sounds dirty to you, holidays.”(2002) MTV.8pm. it might be a good idea Law & Order: Los Angeto empty your cache. les When a golfer is murThey’re only encouraging him. Tuesday, 8pm. Food Network.8pm. dered, does that affect his Eraserhead The hearthandicap? NBC.9pm. warming Christmas classic! (1976) Sundance I (Almost) Got Away With It This is a new series about fugitives on the run from the law. Channel.8:15pm. Mythbusters President Obama has a request It has nothing to do with Tom DeLay. Discovfor Jamie and Adam. It turns out he wasn’t ery Channel.9pm. born in Kenya. He’s not a Muslim. And he’s Invasion of the Christmas Lights 2 And this not preparing mankind for enslavement time it’s personal. HGTV.10pm. at the hands of alien robot overlords. DisSUNDAY, DEC. 5 The Walking Dead Mara- covery Channel. 9pm. thon They are screening the entire six-show season tonight, concluding with the finale in THURSDAY, DEC. 9 Indiana Jones and the which the survivors reach the Centers for Dis- Kingdom of the Crystal Skull The ill-advised sequel, also known as ease Control headquarters and “Indiana Jones and the find out that their insurance Senior Discount.”(2008) doesn’t cover “pre-existing USA Network.7:30pm. conditions related to zombie Scrooged A broadcast apocalypse.” AMC. 4:30pm. executive reexamines his Elf A human raised by elves at life after being visited by the North Pole decides to live the ghost of Christmas among his own kind and wanspecials past, the ghost of ders into New York where he bad sitcoms present and discovers that when somethe ghost of exploitive body says “Ho Ho Ho,” it means reality shows yet to be. they’re counting. (2003) USA (1998) AMC.8pm. Network. 6pm. A Barbara Walters SpeExtreme Makeover: Home cial: Oprah, the Next Edition This week, the crew is Chapter The talk show rebuilding a house for a blind Now he can fight Nazis AND eat free queen discusses her couple, which takes some of the Wednesdays at Denny’s! Thursday decision to step away pressure off. ABC.8pm. at 7:30. from her hit show. Some have speculated she might go into politics, MONDAY, DEC. 6 American Country perhaps as the ruler of her own island nation. Awards The public votes for the winners on ABC. 9pm. this show. It’s similar to People’s Choice Awards except voters are disqualified if they can spell. The Apprentice The winner is chosen tonight.The winner gets a job in the Trump Fox.7pm. empire, a new wardrobe and a defense Kate & Leopold A time-traveling 19thcentury duke romances a New York executive. attorney to be named later. NBC.10pm. ✹ At first she falls for his Old-World charm and Critique That TV Guy at letters@pacificsun.com. gracious manners.Then she realizes he only bathes once a week and has never heard of Turn on more TV Guy at dental floss. (2001) Lifetime.7pm. ›› pacificsun.com

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n Jimmy McDonough’s insightful 2002 and money but, most important, he has helped Neil Young biography, Shakey, the iconic create conduits for others to do good. singer/songwriter didn’t mince words On Dec. 8, Young will perform a benefit when it came to those who write about him. concert to help build a new home for the “My biggest enemy is my own history,” UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital at MisYoung told McDonough sion Bay (south of AT&T in one colorful interview. Park), an organization “People compare me to recognized as one of the COMING SOON what I’ve done. Whenever leading children’s hospiNeil Young performs they start writing about tals in the world. Wednesday, Dec. 8, at the Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium, me, half of the f--kin’ reThe new facility will be 111 California St., S.F., with a view is about my life. Who part of a 289-bed intecocktail reception at 6:30pm gives a sh-t—if you’re grated hospital complex and the concert at 8:15pm. gonna read a Neil Young for children, women and Joanna Newsom will open review, you don’t need to cancer patients. Upon the show. Tickets are $250 know all the f--kin’ hiscompletion in 2014, it is (for ADA seating), $500, tory. What the hell’s the hoped that the 183-bed $1,000 and $2,500 and are f--kin’ deal...?” children’s hospital will available at www.theconThe deal, Neil, is that set a new world-class certforucsfbch.com. that is what we get paid standard for patient- and for. family-centered healthcare. But let’s talk about the The hospital already has P-word. programs designed specifically for young No, not potty mouth—philanthropy. patients, such as a 50-bed neonatal intensive Neil Young is one of rock ’n’ roll’s most giv- care nursery, recreational therapy for recovering souls. He has given generously of his time ing kids and 60 outreach clinics throughout

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Northern California, including Greenbrae. Of course, this type of charity is nothing new for the two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Over the years, he’s accumulated enough good karma to fill the trunk of a 1959 Lincoln Continental, just like the hybridized model that started the Nov. 9 fire at the San Carlos warehouse, which stored much of Young’s vintage cars, old guitars and assorted memorabilia.

The celebrated musician, McDonough pointed out, also is “a model-train mogul, actor, rancher and, although he’d probably be loath to admit it, a humanitarian.” In 1985, Young—an unapologetic supporter of Ronald Reagan—along with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp, co-founded Farm Aid, the nonprofit organization that assists family farmers and small-farm advocacy groups. The following year, Young and his wife, Pegi, founded the Bridge School Benefit Concerts series. The events, held at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, raise money for the South Bay namesake that assists children with severe physical impairments and complex communication problems. He has helped raise funds and awareness for environmental causes and inner-city music programs as well as the need to increase access to low-cost AIDS drugs and support for AIDS orphans. His single “Let’s Roll” was a tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attacks. More recently, he convinced Tyson Foods to donate 50 tons of chicken to Gulf region food banks assisting families impacted by the BP oil spill. Earlier this year, Young was honored as Person of the Year by MusiCares, a nonprofit that helps provide medical and emergency financial assistance to musicians and others in the music industry. In Shakey, the late Texas singer/songwriter Townes Van Zandt summed up Young’s charitable spirit this way: “I can read auras— pale green is trouble, boy. I know a lotta cats with green ones—most of them are dead. And there’s one that’s more golden, glowing, approaching fulfilled—that has fulfilled other people. Neil has that. Neil’s is gold. Gold.” ✹ Journey through the past with Greg at gcahill51@gmail.com. Tune up to the Marin music scene at

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o,â&#x20AC;? I ask, â&#x20AC;&#x153;have you been thinking about it. about Harry Potter?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been thinking about it as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dad, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m always thinking much since I got back to Oregonâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;beabout Harry Potter.â&#x20AC;? cause, you know, schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s started againâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s midnight, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve called my daughter but yeah, the Harry Potter movies always Amber, reaching her at her Southern Oregon get my mind going, especially the dark University dorm room, where sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studying ones. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know. I think dark movies tonight. A theater major at SOU (with a mi- and dark plays just give me more to think nor in Shakespeare studies), Amber, 23, has about than the happy, ďŹ&#x201A;uffy stuff.â&#x20AC;? been a Harry Potter fan since she read the ďŹ rst In the ďŹ lm, Harry Potter (Daniel Radof J.K. Rowlingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fantasy books at the age of cliffe), the now 18-year-old wizard, goes 11. It is safe to say that, Shakespeare aside, J.K. into hiding with his friends Ron (Rupert Rowling is Amberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite writer, and the Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson), Harry Potter stories searching for clues her favorite books. that will help them When she was 14, she People have complained in the stop the evil wizard came in fourth place past that she seems too nerdy, too Lord Voldemort (out of 400 partici(Ralph Fiennes). annoying. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just a nerd. pants), in the SonoThe Dark Lord, ma County Fairâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a freaking badass. as Voldemort is Harry Potter Trivia called, has taken Contest. These days, power and with his between her studies and occasional roles on followers, including the demented Belstage, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been putting details in place to latrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter), start an on-campus Quidditch team (Quid- is readying an army to rid the world of ditch being the high-ďŹ&#x201A;ying sport that wizards Muggles (non-magical folk), and the play in the Potter stories). There is, I have offspring of any witch or wizard who had learned, a collegiate Quidditch league, and children with a non-magical person. As is after this spring, if Amber has her way, SOUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ tting in a story about the rise of fascism, new Quidditch team will be a part of it. Deathly Hallows is a very dark ďŹ lm. The latest of the Harry Potter ďŹ lms, Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also pretty terriďŹ c. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one part of the movie that I just Oneâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the second-to-last installment in the canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t shake,â&#x20AC;? says Amber. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a petty visual seriesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;was released two weeks ago. We person, right? When I remember something saw it together last week when Amber was I actually see it in my mind. When I think home for the Thanksgiving holidays, but of the movie, I just keep seeing the images we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had much of a chance to talk of Hermione being tortured by Bellatrix. It

was so disturbing. I’ve had a lot of conversa- the war, and she’s prepared for things to tions with friends, and a lot of other people get ugly. So when they do, she’s mentally are thinking about that scene, too. Everyone prepared to survive it. I’ve talked to has about the same opinion— “Anyway,” she adds, with a laugh, “this that that scene was really hard to watch, but is the stuff I think about when I think of it was good that they put it in. It really shows Harry Potter. Nice, huh?” the growth of these movies over the years.” “Did you have those kinds of reactions “By growth,” I ask, when you read the “do you mean the books?” I wonder. series’ gradual com“Yeah, but not mitment to deeper as much,” she and darker themes?” replies. “You have “Yes! Exactly!” she to remember that says. “With the first when these books movie, it was pretty came out, we’d all clear that the filmget the new book at makers were afraid midnight, when the to put in anything stores would stay too edgy, because open to sell them— they saw it as a kids’ and then we’d all movie. But David ‘Dad, I’m always thinking about Harry Potter’ isn’t exactly go home and try Yates [the director what the guy blowing his retirement money on tuition to read it all in one of Deathly Hallows” wants to hear... night. There’s not a and the previous two lot of time to imagHP films] is not afraid to say, ‘This is a movie ine every detail. With the movies, it’s all so about war. It’s a movie about kids who find visual, it just clarifies everything.” themselves in the middle of a war. These stoAmber points out that when she began ries are about surviving abuse, and they are reading the books, which she thinks of as about racism and prejudice.’ These are tough “fantasy philosophy novels,” “I was the issues, and Yates isn’t afraid to show that.’” same age Harry was in that first book. “So, do you think that the scene,” I sugAnd a year later, when I was 12, the second gest, “where we hear Hermione screaming book came out. So, give or take a year, the and later see that Bellatrix has carved a books have been coming out when I’m the slur on her arm, do you think that makes same age as Harry. As the characters got Hermione a stronger character?” older, they were going through the same “As a character, it makes her a stronger things I was going through at that same person,” Amber says. “She doesn’t comage. That’s what captured my generation. plain a bit afterwards, but it’s clear she’s We’ve literally grown up with Harry Potjust been through something terrible. It ter. It’s been awesome.” just makes her seem like such an incredible Every generation seems to have a fantaperson. It makes me respect her more, this sy story that defines it, giving readers and/ Hermione that David Yates has created. or moviegoers a world to escape to—The People have complained in the past that Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings, she seems too nerdy, too annoying. She’s the Star Wars movies. Amber believes that not just a nerd. She’s a freaking badass. I for her generation, it was clearly the Harry think she knows this is war, and that she’s Potter novels. in the middle of it. She’s one-third of the “As a kid, I wanted it to be real,” she only three people who know how to stop laughs. “I know so many kids who were heartbroken when they turned 11 and an owl didn’t come from Hogwarts telling them they were a wizard and they were about to start school at Hogwarts. We so wanted that to be real. I would spend hours lying on the floor listening to the movie soundtracks, wishing I could be at Hogwarts, imagining what it would be like.” “And now the movies are ending,” I mention. “Just one more after this one.” “It’s kind of sad,” Amber admits. “Since I was 11, there hasn’t been a moment when I wasn’t waiting for the next Harry Potter book, or the next Harry Potter movie, and now, after the final movie comes out in July, it will all be over. It’s sad, but it’s also so cool. It’s been very, very special. “For me, Harry Potter has always been there.” ✹ Send your Hogwarts owl to David at talkpix@earthlink.net.

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ViDEO ... but the adults are all screwed up THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT comes to video with enough critical mojo to help it sail past its limited theatrical run, and well it should; seldom has a recent release staked its leads’ charms on such edgy comedy. Mark Ruffalo is Paul, the scruffy restaurateur at the other end when 18-year-old Joni telephones, wanting to learn more And let the chips fall where they may. about her sperm-donor father. A brittle meet-up that follows gets mixed reviews—Joni’s crazy about the motorcycle, the whole-food lifestyle and his super-cool DNA, but younger brother Laser thinks he’s a poser. It’s not long before Paul gets invited for lunch with moms Nic and Jules, the lesbian couple who each gave birth to one of Paul’s children. Doctor mom Nic (Annette Bening) is greatly rattled by this virtual stranger who exerts such a hold on the family, but her faultfinding is ill-timed: Just when wife Jules (Julianne Moore) and her son are feeling Nic’s disdain for being silly and unserious about life, along comes dad, who wears his liking for people as they are like a favorite sweater. It’s no wonder he’s attractive to Jules, maybe more. PC chasms yawn left and right, and Kids has the good sense to steer into all of them. I loved it.—Richard Gould

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›› MOViES

Friday December 3 -Thursday December 9

Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

If you didn’t get enough gravy for Thanksgiving, a biopic of do-gooder clown Wavy Gravy is showing as part of the International Buddhist Film Festival on Sunday.

Burlesque (1:59) Christina Aguilera as a small-town girl whose dreams of success are realized on the stage of a seedy yet majestic old burlesque house; mistress of ceremonies Cher offers plenty of jaded wisdom and over-the-top glam. ● Due Date (1:40) Todd Philips road-trip comedy about a businessman who has to hitch a ride cross-country with an unstable wannabe actor to get home in time for the birth of his first child; Robert Downey Jr. stars. ● The Elixir of Love (2:45) Donizetti’s comic opera updated to 1915 Napa Valley, sung in Italian with English subtitles. ● Fair Game (1:48) Naomi Watts as Valerie Plame, the targeted CIA agent whose husband’s investigations into Iraq’s nuclear capabilities didn’t jibe with the Bush administration’s PR plans; Sean Penn costars as hubby-whistleblower Joe Wilson. ● Faster (1:35) Dwayne Johnson emerges from a decade behind bars with an Uzi-sized chip on his shoulder and a long list of excolleagues deserving of retribution; Billy Bob Thornton is the cop on his trail. ● The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (2:28) Sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire finds the edgy Lisbeth Salander in hot water again, this time for the murder of her father. ● Glenn Beck Live: Broke (2:00) The weepy Fox News commentator proposes ways and means of fixing the U.S. economy (not, presumably, by bringing back the New Deal). ● Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One The young wizard embarks on a do-or-die mission that will decide his own (predestined?) fate and ease him onto the wobbly shores of manhood to boot. ● Inside Job (1:48) Gripping documentary about the unbridled capitalism and political hanky panky that led to the worst economic crisis since the 1930s. ● International Buddhist Film Festival Films highlighting “the global diversity of ●

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Buddhist culture and experience.” Some premieres and “rare gems” of filmmaking. ● Love and Other Drugs (1:53) Snarky look at the pharmaceutical industry stars Hank Azaria and Jake Gyllenhaal as competing erection-drug salesmen. ● Lucia de Lammermoor (3:15) SFO presents Donizetti’s lilting tale of a woman’s descent into madness. ● Megamind Cartoon comedy about a genius supervillain whose plans for world domination go awry through boredom and self-interest; Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Brad Pitt and Ben Stiller supply the voices. ● Morning Glory (1:35) Crusty TV news veteran Harrison Ford and former beauty queen Diane Keaton clash as cohosts of a dilapidated national morning news show; Rachel McAdams costars as their long-suffering producer. ● The Next Three Days (2:02) A family man at the end of his rope plans and executes his wife’s daring prison escape; Paul Haggis directs Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks. ● The Nutcracker in 3D (1:50) A Viennese liebkin is rescued from another dullsville Christmas by a magical nutcracker and his leaping, pirouette-ing pals. ● 127 Hours (1:33) James Franco stars in the true story of a trapped rock climber whose only escape is to amputate his own arm; Danny Boyle directs. ● Red (1:51) Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich as four badass ex-CIA agents on the short list for assassination by their former spooks; happily, they still know how to use brains, teamwork and the occasional rocket launcher to stay alive. ● Secretariat (1:56) Disney biopic of the legendary racehorse and the suburban housewife who nurtured him to greatness; Diane Lane stars (as the housewife). ● The Social Network (2:00) Caustic Aaron Sorkin-David Fincher biopic of computer nerd Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, history’s youngest billionaire and “friend” to many (500 million at last count). ● Tangled (1:32) Disney musical version of the Rapunzel story in which the extensively tressed princess breaks out of her castle with a little help from a wanted bandit, a gang of thugs and an extremely dependable steed. ● Today’s Special (1:39) A superstar Manhattan chef gets in over his head when he’s forced to help out at his parent’s low-rent, Michelin-free Indian restaurant. ● Unstoppable (1:38) Tony Scott megaadventure about a runaway freight train, its cargo of combustible liquids and the engineer and conductor who try to stop it from destroying the next city on the timetable; Denzel Washington and Chris Pine star. ● The Warrior’s Way (1:40) Ninjas in the Old West— lots of guns and swords and special effects. Dong-gun Jang and Geoffrey Rush star. ✹

›› MOViE TiMES 127 Hours (R) ★★★ Century Regency 6: 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 9:55 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:40, 7, 9:30 Sat 2:15, 4:40, 7, 9:30 Sun 2:15, 4:40, 7 Mon-Thu 4:40, 7 Burlesque (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15, 10:10 Sat-Sun 1:35, 4:25, 7:15, 10:10 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:15 Century Northgate 15: 11:35, 12:40, 2:15, 3:30, 5:10, 6:30, 7:50, 9:15, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:25, 2:10, 5, 7:45, 10:30 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:50, 9:25 Sat 1:15, 4, 6:50, 9:25 Sun 1:15, 4, 6:50 Mon-Thu 4, 6:50 Due Date (R) Century Northgate 15: 2:25, 7:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:35, 4:35, 9:50 ❋ The Elixir of Love (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Thu 7 Fair Game (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Regency 6: 11:10, 1:55, 4:45, 7:35, 10:15 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5:05, 7:35, 10:05 Sat 2:30, 5:05, 7:35, 10:05 Sun 2:30, 5:05, 7:35 Mon-Thu 5:05, 7:35 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:30, 7:10, 9:40 Sat 1:45, 4:30, 7:10, 9:40 Sun 1:45, 4:30, 7:10 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:10 Faster (R) Century Northgate 15: 12, 2:35, 5, 7:20, 10:05 The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (R) ★★★★ Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 7:30 SatSun 1, 4:15, 7:30 Mon-Thu 7:30 Glenn Beck Encore: Broke (PG-13) CinéArts at Marin: Wed 7:30 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1 (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Cinema: Fri-Wed 12:15, 3:35, 7, 10:15 Thu 12:15,3:35,7 Century Northgate 15: 12:20, 1:30, 2:45, 3:45, 5:05, 7, 8:15, 9, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:30, 3:45, 7, 10:15 CinéArts

= New Movies This Week

at Marin: Fri-Sat 12:30, 3:45, 7, 10:10 Sun 12:30, 3:45, 7 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:35 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:15, 1:30, 3:15, 4:45, 6:15, 8, 9:15 Sun-Thu 12:15, 1:30, 3:15, 4:45, 6:15 Inside Job (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri 4, 6:30, 8:45 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4, 6:30, 8:45 Mon 8:45 Tue 6:30, 8:45 Wed 8:45 ❋ International Buddhist Film Fesitval (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 6:30, 8:15 Sat 2, 4:45, 7:30 Sun 2, 4:30, 7 Mon-Thu 7 Love & Other Drugs (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 9:45 Sat-Sun 1:25, 4:15, 7, 9:45 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:25 Century Regency 6: 10:45, 12:10, 1:35, 3, 4:25, 5:50, 7:15, 8:40, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:30, 1:15, 4:15, 7:20, 10:15 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 12:45, 4:10, 7:10, 10 Sun 12:45, 4:10, 7:20 Mon-Thu 5, 7:45 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:30, 4, 7, 9:40 Sun-Thu 12:30, 4, 7 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:15, 7, 9:30 Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:30 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7 Mon-Thu 4:15, 7 Lucia de Lammermoor (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sat 10am Megamind (PG) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:40, 10:05 Sat-Sun 12:20, 2:45, 5:15, 7:40, 10:05 Mon-Thu 6:50, 9:20 Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 2, 4:20; 3D showtimes at 12:25, 2:50, 5:15, 7:35, 9:55 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7:05, 9:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10, 9:30 Sun-Thu 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10 Morning Glory (PG-13) Century

Northgate 15: 11:45, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 1:55, 7:10 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 4:25, 10:05 Sun-Thu 4:45 The Next Three Days (PG-13) ★★★ Century Regency 6: 12:40, 3:50, 7, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:20, 4:20, 10:10 CinéArts at Marin: FriSun 1, 7:10 Mon,Tue,Thu 7:25 Red (PG-13) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 4:40, 9:40 Secretariat (PG) ★★1/2 Century Regency 6: 10:30, 1:25, 4:15, 7:10, 10 The Social Network (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 6:55, 9:45 Tangled (PG) ★★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:30, 9:55 Sat-Sun 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 9:55 Mon-Thu 7, 9:35 Century Northgate 15: 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:25; 3D showtimes at 11:30, 1:55, 4:25, 7:05, 9:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Fairfax 5 Theatres: FriSat 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7:05, 9:25 Sun-Thu 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7:05 Today’s Special (Not Rated) Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 2:30, 4:50, 7:15, 9:35 Unstoppable (PG-13) ★★ Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 2:40, 5:25, 7:45, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:05, 2:35, 5:10, 7:35, 10:05 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 5, 7:10, 9:20 Sun 3:10, 5:20 Mon-Thu 3:10, 5:20 Waiting for Superman (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:05, 6:15 ❋ The Warrior’s Way (R) Century Northgate 15: 12:35, 2:55, 5:20, 7:40, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:30, 4:55, 7:30, 10

Showtimes can change after we go to press. Please call theater to confirm schedules.

›› 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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SUNDiAL ] [ Highlights from our online community calendar— great things to do this week in Marin Check out our Online Community Calendar for more listings, spanning more weeks, with more event information. www.pacificsun.com/sundial

Live music 12/03: Doc Kraft Dance music. 8:30pm. $5. Seahorse Restaurant & Bar, 305 Harbor, gate 5, Sausalito. 601-7858. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 12/03: Macy Blackman Rockin’ boogie and blues. 7pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. www.saylorsrestaurantandbar.com 12/03: Mark Karan and Jemimah Puddleduck (Jam) Karan is best known for performing with the extended Grateful Dead family as the lead guitarist with Bob Weir and RatDog. 7:3011pm. $20-30. Palm Ballroom - Seafood Peddler, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 389-5072. www. murphyproductions.com 12/03: Rubber Souldiers Featuring David Gans, the Rowan Brothers and Joshua Zucker. 8:30pm. $10-12. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 12/03: Tina Marzell Jazz vocalist. With Alex Markels, guitar; Jack Prendergast, bass, 8-10:30pm. No cover. Max’s, 60 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera. 497-2462. www.maxsworld.com 12/04: Bobo Tempo Eclectic folk. 9pm Smiley’s Schooner Saloon and Hotel, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. www.myspace/smileysschoonersaloon 12/04: Bobo Tempo Eclectic folk. 9pm Smiley’s Schooner Saloon and Hotel, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. www.smileyssaloon.com

12/04: Johnny Vegas and his HIgh Rollers Holiday rock and soul review. 8:30pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 12/04: JoJo Diamond Rock. 9:30pm The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com

12/04: Kathy and Carol Traditional folk tunes, originals and Carter family songs. 8-10:15pm. $15-20. Eric Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon. 789-0846. www.om28.com 12/04: Mike Angel Group Jazz, pop. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. www.saylorsrestaurantandbar.com

12/04: Mitch Wood’s Boogie Woogie Holiday Extravaganza Boogie woogie favorites. 8pm. $21-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600 . www.142throckmortontheatre.org

12/05: Belle Monroe and her Brewglass Boys Rancho Debut. In the bar 4pm. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com

12/05: Dale Alstrom’s Jazz Society with Erika Alstrom Swing and jazz standards. 1-4pm. Free. 19 Broadway Niteclub, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. www.19broadway.com 12/05: James Barbour Holiday Concert An evening of song and laughter with classic holiday songs. sung by Broadway veteran James Barbour with Scott DeTurk and Kimberly Jensen. 7pm. $30-40. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org

12/07: Mari Mack and Livin’ Like Kings “Some Kinda Blues.” Bluerose Roadhouse every Tuesday night at the Belrose. 8-10pm. Belrose Theatre, 1415 5th Ave, San Rafael. 332-2755. www.marimackmusic.com 12/07: Noel Jewkes Quartet Jazz. 8-11pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., gate 5, Sausalito. 945-9016. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 12/07: Swing Fever Featuring Bryan Gould performing music of Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www. panamahotel.com 12/08: Gold Diggers Trio Americana. 8pm No cover. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax.

Join the ‘Conversation’ with the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Dec. 9 in Mill Valley.

F R I D AY D E C E M B E R 3 — F R I D AY D E C E M B E R 1 0 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar 485-1005. www.ironspringspub.com 12/08: Mwanza Furaha Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com

harp, oboe, lutes, classical guitars and handbells. 7:30-9pm. $25-30. Church of Saint Raphael, 1104 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 479-8100. www.marinsymphony.org

12/08: Teja Gerken, Jeff Titus, CR Saikley

12/04: Triskela Trio Holiday Harp Concert

Fingerstyle guitar showcase. 9pm The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com 12/09: Moomaw Country rock. 8pm Smiley’s Schooner Saloon and Hotel, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. www.smileyssaloon.com 12/09: Pamela Joy Trio Jazz standards. With John Herbst, keyboard; Jon Hoy, bass and guitar. 6-9pm. No cover. Jason’s Restaurant, 300 Drakes Landing Road, Greenbrae. 922-2427. www.jasonsrestaurant.com 12/09: Pop Fiction 8-piece party band. 8:30pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 12/09: Wanda Stafford Jazz. With Si Perkoff and Hal Solin. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www. panamahotel.com 12/10: High Beams With Eric Levy of Garag Mahal. 9pm $10. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. http://www.19broadway.com 12/10: Mad Maggies Celtic, Americana. 9pm Smiley’s Schooner Saloon and Hotel, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. www.smileyssaloon.com 12/10: Metal Shop plus The Butlers 80s rock. 9pm. $10-13. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com

With Diana Stork, Shawna Spiteri and Portia Diwa. 7:30-9:30pm. $20. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 3 Bayview Ave., Belvedere. 650-346-7979. www.triskelaharptrio.com

Concerts 12/03-11: Novato Music Association Chorus “Celebrate the Season.” Annual concert series with holiday sing-a-longs and traditional carols. 8pm Dec. 3; 2pm Dec. 4 and 11. $5-18. St. Vincent’s Chapel, 1 St. Vincent’s Dr., San Rafael. 892-6553. www.nmachorus.com

12/03: S.F. Conservatory Marin Chamber Music Bring food donation for the Marin Food Bank. 8pm. Free. Novato United Methodist Church, 1473 South Novato Blvd., Novato. 892-9896. 12/04: Holiday Concert by Candlelight Holiday music featuring the chamber chorus and vocal soloists of the Marin Symphony accompanied by

12/05: Holiday Concert by Candlelight Holiday music featuring the chamber chorus and vocal soloists of the Marin Symphony accompanied by harp, oboe, lutes, classical guitars and handbells. 4-5:30pm. $25-30. Church of Saint Raphael, 1104 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 479-8100. www.marinsymphony.org

12/09: Left Coast Chamber Ensemble “Conversation Pieces.” Works by Schumann, Steven Snowden, Tom Johnson. 8pm $15-20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com

12/09: MUSAE: Women’s Vocal Ensemble Women’s choral repertoire and new explorations of the Middle Ages and Renaissance music. 8pm. $15-20. Old St. Hilary’s Landmark, 201 Esperanza, Tiburon. 435-1853. www.landmarks-society.org

12/10-11: Mayflower Community Chorus “Holiday Magic.” 8pm $5-$17. Showcase Theater, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. www.marincenter.org

Dance 12/04-05: Stapleton Ballet’s Nutcracker The timeless tale of Clara and her adventures with the Nutcracker are brought to life by a cast of more than 200 dancers of all ages. Meet characters after matinee. 1 and 5pm. $18-30. Marin Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 454-5759. www.stapletonschool.org

Theater/Auditions 12/04: Bay Area Playback’s ‘Holy Daze’ Come share your holiday stories, past and present, and see them performed via improv. 3-4:30pm. $5-10, kids free San Rafael First United Methodist Church, 9 Ross Valley Dr., San Rafael. 453-8716. www,bayareaplayback.com 12/08:‘Acid Test’ Staged reading from Playwright’s Lab. Written by Lynne Kaufman. David Ford, director. 7:30pm $10-20 donation 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com 12/10:‘A Christmas Memory’ Candlelight Performance of Truman Capote’s classic Christmas story. Coffee and dessert reception follow. 7-9pm. $25. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 14 Lagunitas Ave., Ross. 456-1102. www.stjohnsross.org/tour Through 12/05:‘Happy Now?’ West Coast premiere directed by Jasson Minadakis. See website for showtimes. $20-53. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208. www.marintheatre.org Through 12/05: Fringe of Marin “26th Fall Season.” Two programs of 13 new Bay Area one-act plays and solos. See website for names of plays and performance details. 7:30pm Fri.-Sat.; 2pm Sun. 7:30-9:30pm. $10-18. Dominican College, Meadowlands Hall, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 673-3131. www.fringeofmarin.com

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Valley Players. Directed by Phoebe Moyer. 8pm Fri.-Sat; 7:30pm Thurs; 2pm Sun. $15-25. Ross Valley Players Barn Theatre, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555. www.rossvalleyplayers.com

Studio Annual Holiday event features paintings, jewelry, leather goods and more. Fri, 6-9pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm. Free. The Salami Factory Artist Studios, 1599 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 457-5150.

Through 12/17:‘A Christmas Carol: The Musical’ The Novato Theater Company presents its

12/04-01/31: Photography Exhibition and Image Flow Anniversary Party Images from 12

own family friendly musical adaptation of a holiday classic. 8pm. $10-18. Novato Theater Company Playhouse, 484 Ignacio Blvd., Novato. 883-4498. www. novatotheatercompany.org

local photographers. 6:30pm. Free. The Image Flow, 401 Miller Ave., Suite F, Mill Valley. 388-3569. www. theimageflow.com

Comedy 12/05: Will Durst Plus Deb & Mike. 7pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com

12/08: Katsy Chappell plus Wiley Roberts Comedienne Katsy Chappell has starred in film and commercials including “True Lies”, “Inspector Gadget” and “Yes Man.” 8pm. $10. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com

Art 12/03-05: West California Pottery Holiday Sale 30th annual show and sale with functional and primitive pit-fired work by local ceramic artists. Refreshments served. 10am-4pm. Free. West California Pottery, 1115 West California Ave., Mill Valley. 510-848-5687. 12/03:‘Artful Food Fundraising Event’ MarinMOCA’s annual fundraiser offers the community the opportunity to taste Elizabethan-inspired foods and enjoy live performances of Shakespearean poetry and music. 5-8pm. $50. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137 . www.marinmoca.org

12/03: Path of Lights Benefit and Flip iT Art Auction Art Auction, bad Santa, toys, food and fun. 7-10pm. $75. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes. 663-1347. www.galleryrouteone.org

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12/04-05: 42nd Annual ICB Winter Open Studios See more than 80 artists in their studios

Through 01/07: Contemporary Tapestry Exhibition Alex Friedman, contemporary hand-

working in a variety of media. Explore the process and see the products of their works, many of which are for sale. 11am-6pm. Free. ICB, 480 Gate 5 Road, Sausalito. 331-2222. www.icbartists.com

woven tapestries. 8am-7pm. Free. Van Dyke Atium, Marin Cancer Center, 1350 S Eliseo Dr., Greenbrae. 310-2460. www.alexfriedmantapestry.com

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Through 01/08: Small Wonders Holiday Bazaar Shop locally and support local artists at the

Opening reception 6-8pm Dec. 9. Free. Molinar Gallery, 34 Main St., Tiburon. 261-7888. www.molinarigallery.com 12/04: Holiday Open Studios Mark Drive Studios is having an open studios weekend with 14 artists at work. 11am-5pm. Free. Mark Drive Studios, 11 Mark Dr., San Rafael. 272-0229. www.markdrivestudios.com 12/06-12/29:‘Steps, Lanes and Paths’ Skip Sandberg presents photographs celebrating Mill Valley’s efforts to reclaim its pedestrian heritage. Reception 5-8pm Dec. 7. Free. Mill Valley City Hall, 26 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 383-5236. www.robertsandbergphoto.com 12/10:“Falkirk 100” Silent Art Auction 100 pieces of art by 100 artists. Artworks are small and affordable with starting bids of $50. Proceeds benefit Falkirk’s galleries and programs. 5-8pm. $10-20 donation Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328. 12/10: Lorna Stephens and Becky Foust Part of the Art Walk Friday. Book reception with refreshments and art works for sale. 5-8pm. Free. Rebound Bookstore, 1611 4th St., San Rafael,. 482-0550. www.reboundbookstore.com

Through 01/06:‘Drawing from Line to Shadow’ The Marin Arts Council presents this exhibition of art works displaying the expressive nature, importance and impact of drawing. 9am-5pm. Free. Marin County Civic Center, 1st and 3rd Floor Galleries, 3501 Civic Center Dr., San Rafael. 666-2442. www.marinarts.org Through 01/07:‘A Show of Hands’ Hand

You’re my man, Leonard? I’m your stalker... The longest functioning relationship I’ve ever had with a man is the one that I’ve had in my mind with LEONARD COHEN. He’s amazing. He’s perfect. I love him. A longtime favorite of Marinites and fans around the globe, this snazzy-dressed Canadian always knows just what to say—from his books of poetry to his 1960s folk sound through his early 1990s dark, cult-loving tunes. Sweet Leonard manages to weave his words together into a cozy warm blanket that I can always count on wrapping up in when the mood strikes me. And his live performances are simply flawless. When he drops to his If it takes Photoshop for me to be with knees to sing “Dance Me to the End of Love, Chel- Lenny, then so be it. sea Hotel #2” or “Gypsy’s Wife,” I just know that he is singing for me. In a perfect world, Leonard would have spent that time in Greece with me. He would have left the comfort of Roshi’s teachings at the Mt. Baldy Buddhist monastery for me. He would kneel down and propose with a deeply melodic rendition of “I’m Your Man” before bowing—fedora in hand—and offering his humble and knowing smile to me and only me. Alas, the world isn’t perfect and I must sit patiently and soak up his songs from balcony seats at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland. Sigh. Hop, skip and jump across the Richmond Bridge and on over to Oakland for two spectacular nights with this legendary man. Sunday, Dec 5, and Monday, Dec. 6, at 8pm. 2025 Broadway, Oakland. $45-$250. 510/465-6400—Sincerely, Dani Burlison 32 PACIFIC SUN DECEMBER 3 - DECEMBER 9, 2010

woven tapestries by Baulines craft guild master member Alex Friedman. 8am-7pm. Free. Marin Cancer Institute, 1350 South Eliseo Dr., Greenbrae. 461-9000 . Through 01/07: AWD Small Works Show Art Works Downtown presents its annual show which features more than 85 affordable pieces. Reception 5-8pm Dec. 10. 10am-5pm. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www.artworksdowntown.org

Marin Arts Council’s art exhibit/sale featuring tiny treasures and large luxuries by Marin Artists. 11 am to 6 pm Tues to Sat. Free. Marin Arts Council Gallery, 906 4th St., San Rafael. 666-2442. www.marinarts.org Through 01/18:‘Rock Of Our Ages’ Work of three Jewish rock photographers, co-sponsored by Marin Rocks of the Marin History Museum Center. Free. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000. www.marinjcc.org Through 01/20: Fall 2010 Exhibit Exhibition features Judith Klausenstock, Melissa Adkison, Donna Solin, and Bob Justice. Watercolors and pastels are showcased. 11am-4pm. Free. TCSD Gallery, 305 Bell Lane, Mill Valley. 388-6393. www.tcsd.us

Through 01/23:‘Nurturing the Creative Spark’ Exhibition of art works by members of the Marin/Golden Gate Chapter of the National League of American Pen Women. Exhibit accessible only during venue events. 7-11pm. Free. Redwood Foyer, Marin Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 666-2442. www.marinarts.org

Through 03/17: Baulines Craft Guild Master Show “Paths in Studio Craft.” The celebrated guild, renowned for its apprentice program presents a group show. Reception 4:30pm. Jan. 13. 9am-5pm. Free. Marin Community Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing # 200, Novato. 666-2442 . www.marinarts.org

Through 04/30: ‘Treasures from the Vault’ Exhibition celebrating the museum’s 75 years of collecting and caring for artifacts from the local community. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin History Museum, 1125 B St., San Rafael. 454-8538. www.marinhistory.org Through 12/07:‘Somewhat Damaged’ Kevin Soriano, new works. 10am-5pm. Free. Underground Gallery at Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www.artworksdowntown.org Through 12/10:‘Small Treasures’ Member small works show with works priced under $200. 11am-4pm. Free. MSA Gallery, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454 -9561. www.marinsocietyofartists.org Through 12/23:‘Fall Fashionings’ Group show featuring Marin County painters depicting large works influenced by the fall season. Noon-4pm. Free. Mona Lease Gallery, 39 Greenbrae Boardwalk, Greenbrae. 461-3718. www.monaleasegallery.com

Talks/Lectures 12/07: Exploring Opera at the Lark James Sokol promises a fun musical and educational workshop focused on Verdi’s “Don Carlo.” 1-4pm. $27. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 924-5111. www.larktheater.net

12/07: Lorna Stevens and Rebecca Foust Bay Area artist Stevens and poet Foust will present a reading and images from their recently released book, “God, Seed: Poetry & Art About the Natural World.” 7:30pm. Free. Belvedere-Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon. 789-2665 . www.bel-tib-lib.org

Marin is finally the center of the earth, at least while the Marin History Museum presents its ‘Treasures from the Vault’ exhibit.

12/08: Integrative Oncology Speaker Series “The Power of the Imagination.” Learn how to access the active imagination as a powerful inner resource for health and well being. 5:30-7pm. Free. Marin General Cancer Center, 1350 South Eliseo, Greenbrae. 925-7864.

12/09: Whooping Cough (Pertussis): A Concern for Parents Presentation by pediatrician Michael Yamaguchi, MD. Learn about CDC Guidelines, disease, transmission, prevention and treatment options. 7-9pm. Free. Marin General Hospital, 250 Bon Air Road, Greenbrae. 888-996-9644. www.maringeneral.org 12/10: Is There Life After Death? Hear firsthand stories of near death experiences and the life transformations that these individuals have gone through as a result. 7:30-10pm. $20 suggested donation. Sunrise Center, 645 Tamalpais Dr., Suite A, Corte Madera. 924-7824. www.sunrise-center.org

Readings 12/03: Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio “What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets,” which explores the complex relationships among individuals, culture and food. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. bookpassage.com 12/04: John Addiego “The Tears of the Mountain.” 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 12/05: Kate Morton Morton discusses her novel “The Distant Hours.” 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. bookpassage.com

12/05: Radioactive WIne and Poison Organics? Richard A. Muller talks about “The Instant Physicist: An Illustrated Guide.” 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

12/06: Holiday Gift Books Review with Elaine Petrocelli Elaine Petrocelli and a team of booksellers will lead a discussion of books for the holidays. 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 12/07: Edmund Morris Morris discusses his biography, “Colonel Roosevelt.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 9270960. www.bookpassage.com 12/08: Thomas Larson Larson talks about “The Saddest Music Ever Written: The Story of Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.

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12/09: Lin Arison and Michael Tilson Thomas The co-founders of the New World Sym-

12/10-16: The Legend of Pale Male Documentary. Filmmaker Frederic Lilien followed Pale Maleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story for 16 years. (US 2010) 85 min. 6:15pm. $5.50-10.25. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222. www.cafilm.org

phony present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Feast for the Senses: A Musical Odyssey in Umbria.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 12/10: Apprehension into Action Nina Lesowitz discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Courage Companion: How to Live Life with True Power.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

12/10: Hiking and Riding the Pt.Reyes Trails Dennis Portnoy will read from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Riding the Pt. Reyes Equestrian Trailsâ&#x20AC;? and giving a slide show presentation. 7-9pm. Free. San Geromino Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 922-3567. www.sgvcc.org 12/10: Wendell Potter Potter presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

1209: Why There Are Words Literary Reading â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anything Goes.â&#x20AC;? With authors Andrew Sean Greer, Daphne Kalotay, Cailin Myer, Erich Origen, Peter Orner and Robert Thomas. 7-9pm. Studio 333, 333 Caledonia St., Sausalito. www.whytherearewords.wordpress.com

Film Events 12/03:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dancing With Gaiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Screening Connect to earth energies, sacred sexuality and earth as the goddess Gaia. Experience your body as part of Gaia, and explore the mystery and magic of ancient sacred sites. Filmmaker will talk after show. 7:309:30pm. $10. Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C St., San Rafael. 457-4191. www.gaiadancing.com 12/08:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Every War Has Two Losersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Audience is encouraged to bring food or donation for the Marin Food Bank. 7-9pm. Free. The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 488-9037. www.dfa-marin.com 12/09: NT Live:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hamletâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; See the National Theater of London transmitted live in HD to the big screen. Directed by Nicholas Hytner, starring Rory Kinnear, David Calder, Clare Higgins, Patrick Malahide and Ruth Negga. 7:30-11pm. $30. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 924-5111.

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Community Events (Misc.) 12/03: San Anselmo Ave. Merchants Holiday Open House Businesses will be open late and serving Holiday treats. Come with friends and family, stroll the Avenue and side streets. 5-8pm. Free. San Anselmo Ave. Merchantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Holiday Open House, San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 419-5118. www.townofsananselmo.org

12/03: Tiburon Storybook Holiday Festival 2010 Tree lighting, outdoor ice skating, holiday carolers, costumed characters strolling along Main Street, holiday treats and discounts from the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eclectic shops and restaurants. 5:30pm. Free, additional fees for ice skating and gingerbread house making Downtown, Main St. to end of Historical Upper Ark Row, Tiburon. 435-5633. www.shoptiburon.info/events/tiburon-holiday-festival-2010featuring-outdoor-ice-skating/

12/04-05: Muir Beach Quilters Holiday Arts Fair works from award-winning quilters and over 30 artists presenting their best textiles, ceramics, fine art, holiday ornaments, jewelry, and more! Includes food and drink as well as activities for kids. 11am-5pm. Free. Muir Beach Community Center, 19 Seacape, Muir Beach. 383-6762. www.muirbeach.com/ QuiltersFair

12/04: Downtown Novato Tree Lighting Festival Vendors, live entertainment, visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, face painting and kids activities and, of course, the tree lighting ceremony. 4:30pm Free. Sherman Ave., Downtoen Novato. www.downtownnovato.com 12/04: Holiday Arts and Craft Sale The Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society sponsored event will be features fine art, jewelry, knit animals, sweaters, glass ornaments, baked goods and more holiday goodies. 10am-4pm. Free admission. Landmarks Art and Garden Center, 841 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon. 435-1853. www.landmarks-society.org 12/04: Holiday Bazaar Shop locally! Gifts, decorations, baked goods, candy and crafts. 10am-3pm. Free admission. First Congregational Church, 8 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 479-2747. www.fccsanrafael.org

Wavy Gravy in a groovy movie Some may view him as an eccentric trapped in the 1960s psychedelic past, yet many choose to see Wavy Gravy as a success of the hippie movementâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attempt to resist conformity. Having stayed true to his original messages of peace and compassion, Wavy is known as a comedic clown, a tie-dye-clad Woodstock spokesman and even a Ben & Jerryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ice cream flavor. Now he is the subject of a new documentary, SAINT MISBEHAVINâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;: THE WAVY GRAVY MOVIE. For decades he has brought smiles and comfort to children and adults alike. Among his many charitable contributions, most notable are his involvement with the SEVA Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;co-founded with Larry Brilliant and Ram Dassâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and his circus camp, Camp Win- The esteemed Mr. Gravy. narainbow, which is held every summer in Laytonville for kids as well as adults wanting to explore their restless inner kids. Clown nose or not, Wavy Gravy embodies the essence of what it means to stay true to yourself. Join Wavy along with filmmaker Michelle Esrick at the premiere this Sunday, Dec. 5 at 7pm. The Rafael, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. $8-$12. 415/454-1222.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Dani Burlison

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evening for Marin Youth Performers features silent auction, performance highlights from last season, wine bar, treats. 7-10pm $30-$60 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com Through 12/31: Big Turkey Help fill up the giant turkey by donating canned food, non perishable items and toiletries to be distributed by the Marin Food Bank. 9am-9pm. Free. Town Center Corte Madera, Corte Madera. 924-2961. www.shoptowncenter.com Through 12/31: Holiday Gifts of Love Celebrate your spirit of giving by volunteering time to a local Marin nonprofit. Each year more than 250 individuals and groups volunteer to participate and make a difference in the lives of others. Free. Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership, 555 Northgate Dr., San Rafael. 479-5710. www.volunteermarin.org

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FYI: ICB Missing late summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sausalito Art Festival and too chilly to fathom getting close to the brisk bay air? Well, Sausalitoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ICB Artists Association has a cozy and artist-rich escapeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and they guarantee it will make you fall in love with art again! This weekend, more than 80 of ICBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brilliant creators open up their studios, offering warmth and good cheer along with a variety of lovely items to feast your eyes upon at the ICB WINTER OPEN STUDIOS. Fiber arts, photography, sculpture, paintings and jewelry are just some of the mediums up for grabs at this 42nd annual gathering. Cozy up and get inspired in one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most delightful artist communities. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4 and 5, 11am-6pm. 480 Gate 5 Road, Sausalito. Free. 415/331-2222.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Dani Burlison

8:30-11am $5-10, under 2 free. Sausalito Yacht Club, Foot of El Portal, next to ferry landing, Sausalito. 289-4152. www.ci.sausalito.ca.us

12/04: Caroling Kids and Breakfast with Santa Up-close moment with Santa includes a short caroling set by SingersMarin Caroling Kids ensemble. All proceeds donated to Marin Community Food Bank. 9-10am. $3-5. Applebees at Northgate Mall, 5800 Northgate Dr., San Rafael. www.shopatnorthgate.com 12/04: Quacking Up for the Holidays Party will be held next door to the Boardwalk Market (in the former Custom House). Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will be arriving at about 11:10am Gifts for all the children, music, a giant duck, balloon twisting elf, kandy kane king and fun for the whole family. Bring your cameras. 11am-1pm Downtown, Tiburon. www.tiburonchamber. wildapricot.org 12/09: Fratello Marionettes â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;The North Pole Reviewâ&#x20AC;? featuring a juggling penguin and an ice skating snowman. 4pm. Free Sausalito Public Library, 420 Litho St., Sausalito. www.fratellom. com

Through 12/13: Vocal Workshops for Teen girls Mondays, 4-6pm, For girls in grades 9-12 who love to sing in 3-4 part harmonies in a fun and inspiring environment! 4-6pm. $10/session. Aldersgate Methodist Church, 1 Wellbrock Heights, San Rafael. 827-7335. www.marinchorus.org Tues.-Wed: Little Music Circle Kids Live music, bubbles, small instruments and fun. Little ones learn rhythm and movement, cause and effect and patterning, helping brain development. For new walkers up to 3 1/2 years old. 10:15-11am. $10, drop in. Hellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 514 Fourth St., San Rafael. 233-7456. www.theparentscenter.com

Outdoors (Hikes & Bikes) 12/04: Matt Davis Trail Maintenance Help with important trail maintenance. Work day will involve a 5-mile hike. Meeting location is the Gravity Car parking off Panoramic Highway below Throckmorton Fire Station. 9am-2pm. Free. Marin Municipal Water District, Leo T. Cronin Fish Viewing parking lot at Shafter Bridge on Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. 2505656. www.marinwater.org/controller?action=m enuclick&id=253

12/05: Marin Audubon Society Birding Walk Join Lowell Sykes to learn about the birds in newly restored lagoons, marshes and uplands of Marin Audubonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 60 acre Bahia property in Novato. See website for directions. 9:30-11:30am. Free. Bahia Marsh, Bahia Dr., Novato. 388-2821. www.marinaudubon.org

Classes/Workshops 12/04: Gluten-Free Holiday Baking Lab Learn to make crackers, pie and more. Expand your gluten free repertoire with kid friendly treats. Get to know the physics of coconut sugar and other ingredients. 1-4pm. $45. Pomegranate Community Marketplace, 11 Belle Ave., San Anselmo. 378-9758. www.glutenfreehome.org

12/10: Floral Design Holiday Centerpiece Workshop Learn how to create a beautiful table

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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125390 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RUSTIK CHEF, 1053 CRESTA WAY APT. #7, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: RUSTIK ELEMENTS LLC., 1053 CRESTA WAY APT. #7, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a 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 November 8, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 12, 19, 26; December 3, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125395 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SWAN DIVE, 1 FIRST STREET, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: JEANNIE LARKINS PERRY, 38 CORNELL AVE., LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 8, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 12, 19, 26; December 3, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125245 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GOLDEN CAR RESTORATION & SALES CO., 300 DEER ISLAND LANE, NOVATO, CA 94945: WILLIAM DUVALL, 535 WOODLAND RD., KENTFIELD, CA 94904; GARY COHEN, 400 BISCAYNE DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a general 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 October 21, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 12, 19, 26; December 3, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125354 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DEEPER INTO LIFE; DEEPLY ORGANIZED, 181 FLORIBEL AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: DEEP LIFE DESIGNS INC., 181 FLORIBEL AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. 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 November 3, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 12, 19, 26; December 3, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125355 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as JADE SPA, 803 D ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: GUIDI WU, 673 MOSCOW ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 3, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 3, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 12, 19, 26; December 3, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125373 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PACIFIC SUN, 835 4TH ST. SUITE B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: EMBARCADRO MEDIA, 450 CAMBRIDGE AVE., PALO ALTO, CA 94306. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on February 15, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 5, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 12, 19, 26; December 3, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 201025387 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SKIP CORSINI ASSOCIATES, 215 BAYVIEW ST. APT. #327, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CRAIG J CORSINI, 215 BAYVIEW ST. APT. #327, 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 November 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 8, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 12, 19, 26; December 3, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 201025320 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EODSOFT, 143 GARDEN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: ELEMENTS OF DESIGN LLC., 143 GARDEN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by

a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 21, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 12, 19, 26; December 3, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 201025294 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RB-ASSOCIATES, 40 REED RANCH ROAD, TIBURON, CA 94920: RONALD D BROWN, 40 REED RANCH ROAD, TIBURON, CA 94920. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 26, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 12, 19, 26; December 3, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125438 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DESIGNS BY RITA, 1052 D LOS GAMOS RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: MARGARET ERTMAN, 1052 D LOS GAMOS 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 November 15, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 19, 26; December 3, 10, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125184 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PFA MFG., 818 BAYSIDE CT., NOVATO, CA 94947: PAUL B FRANK, 744 SO. 13TH ST., RICHMOND, CA 94804; GEOFF FRANK, 818 BAYSIDE CT., NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. 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 October 13, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 19, 26; December 3, 10, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125398 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SAGE REALTY ASSOCIATES, 523 FOURTH ST. #200, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: REALTY BROKERAGE SOLUTIONS, 523 FOURTH ST. #200, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 9, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 19, 26; December 3, 10, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125338 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HIMALAYAN WINDOW CLEANING AND HANDY SERVICES, 270 MESA VERDE WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: CHIMI GOMBO, 270 MESA VERDE WAY, 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 October 29, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 19, 26; December 3, 10, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125443 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as I CAR SEARCH, 1163 FRANCISCO BLVD. EAST, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: PREDRAG D KRPAN, 22 SKYLARK DR. #319, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. 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 November 16, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 19, 26; December 3, 10, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125255 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BAY ST. EUROPEAN, 11 BAY ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: NATHAN C WALTON, 5 FLINT CT., NOVATO, CA 94949. 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 October 21, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 19, 26; December 3, 10, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125362 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE SHOP AT BAY CLUB MARIN, 220 CORTE MADERA TOWN CENTER, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: WAC RETAIL, LLC., 1 LOMBARD STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, CA

94111. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 31, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 4, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 26; December 3, 10, 17, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125440 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NEW DEAL LIQUOR LICENSE, 72 STANFORD WAY, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: NEW DEAL MOBILE, LLC., 72 STANFORD WAY, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by a 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 November 15, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 26; December 3, 10, 17, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125474 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FIBRENEW MARIN-SONOMA, 334 COLEMAN DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: WESTERN WYVERN INC., 334 COLEMAN DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 13, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 19, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 26; December 3, 10, 17, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125453 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SNOW WHITE CLEANERS, 915 LOOTENS PL., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ELISA WONG, 100 WATERSIDE CIR., 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 November 16, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 26; December 3, 10, 17, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125434 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TRICURRENTS INTERNATIONAL, 26 LADERMAN LANE, GREENBRAE, CA 94904: DAVID B SHENSON, 26 LADERMAN LANE, GREENBRAE, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 22, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 15, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 26; December 3, 10, 17, 2010) PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. TERRA LINDA MINI STORAGE according to the provisions of Division 8 of the California Business and Professional Code, Chapter 10, Section 21707(a), hereby gives NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. TERRA LINDA MINI STORAGE will conduct a public sales of the contents of the storage units named below, with the contents being sold for lawful money in the United States of America. The Sale is being held to satisfy an OWNERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S LIEN and will be held at: TERRA LINDA MINI STORAGE, 4290-B REDWOOD HIGHWAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. The property will be sold to the highest bidder on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2010 at 11:00AM. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415) 472-5204, Monday-Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number. JOHN EVAN JR.: UNIT #215; WAYNE LOWE: UNIT #227. Pacific Sun: (: November 26; December 3, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125290 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TRAVELLERS MAILBAG, 3020 BRIDGEWAY #101, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: MAURICE JACKSON UNDERWOOD, 13 TERNERS DRIVE #21, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 20, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 26, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125514 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as VILLA INN, 1600 LINCOLN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARCELLO FONIO, 1600 LINCOLN 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 November 30, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 3, 10, 17, 24, 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 1005844. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner HOWARD ROBERT KOPELMAN filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: HOWARD ROBERT KOPELMAN TO BOB KOPELMAN. 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: December 20, 2010, 8:30 AM, Dept. J, Room J, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913. 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: November 3, 2010 /s/ Verna A. Adams, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: November 12, 19, 26; December 3, 2010) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1005920. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner IVA TRINKA filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: IVA TRINKA TO SHAKTI PADMINI. 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: December 22, 2010, 8:30 AM, Dept. J, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, 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: November 9, 2010 /s/ Vera A. Adams, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: November 19, 26; December 3, 10, 2010) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1005949. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JENNIFER THUY NGA YORK CARR filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: JENNIFER THUY NGA YORK CARR to THUY NGA YORK CARR. 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: December 29, 2010, 8:30 AM, Dept. J, Room J, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, 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: November 10, 2010 /s/ Verna A. Adams, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: November 19, 26; December 3, 10, 2010) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: EDWARD JOHN SCHAEFER. Case No. PR-1006079. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of EDWARD JOHN SCHAEFER. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: CHERYL DUNNE in the

Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that CHERYL DUNNE be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. 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: December 20, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. in Dept: H, Room: H, of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 113, San Rafael, CA 94913-4988. 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. Petitioner: CHERYL DUNNE, 1 Sandy Creek Way, Novato, CA 94947; (415)892-8926. (Publication Dates: November 26; December 3, 10, 2010) PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. IGNACIO MINI STORAGE according to the provisions of Division 8 of the California Business and Professional Code, Chapter 10, Section 21707(a), hereby gives NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. IGNACIO MINI STORAGE will conduct a public sales of the contents of the storage units named below, with the contents being sold for lawful money in the United States of America. The Sale is being held to satisfy an OWNER’S LIEN and will be held at: IGNACIO MINI STORAGE, 394 BEL MARIN KEYS BOULEVARD, NOVATO, CA 94949. The property will be sold to the highest bidder on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2010 at 1:00PM. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415) 883-8459, Monday-Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number. LYNNE M. KIMBELL: UNIT #173; GILBERTO MENA/ KEITH NUTTERFIELD: UNIT #281; ADAN ROLDAN: UNIT #415. Pacific Sun: (November 26; December 3, 2010) PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. CORTE MADERA MINI STORAGE according to the provisions of Division B of the California Business and Professional Code, Chapter 10, Section 21707(a) hereby gives NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. CORTE MADERA MINI STORAGE will conduct a public sale of the contents of the storage units named below, with the contents being sold for lawful money of the United States of America. The Sale is being held to satisfy an OWNER’S LIEN and will be held at: CORTE MADERA MINI STORAGE, 5776-B PARADISE DRIVE, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. The property will be sold to the highest bidder on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2010 at 11:00AM. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415) 927-1774, Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number: DANIELLE JONES: UNIT #801; CRYSTAL ELROD: UNIT #721. Pacific Sun: (November 26; December 3, 2010) PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. ALL OVER MARIN MINI STORAGE according to the provisions of Division B of the California Business and Professional Code, Chapter 10, Section 21707(a) hereby gives NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. ALL OVER MARIN MINI STORAGE will conduct a public sale of the

contents of the storage units named below, with the contents being sold for lawful money of the United States of America. The Sale is being held to satisfy an OWNERâ ™S LIEN and will be held at: ALL OVER MARIN MINI STORAGE, 2145 REDWOOD HIGHWAY, LARKSPUR, CA 94904. The property will be sold to the highest bidder on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2010 at 11:30AM. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415) 927-1774, Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number: DANA BOCCOLI: UNIT #407. Pacific Sun: (November 26; December 3, 2010) NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: MINI STORAGE SAN ANSELMO. In accordance with the provisions of the California Business and Professional Code, there being due an unpaid storage charge for which the MINI STORAGE is entitled to a lien on the goods hereinafter described, and due notice in the time specified in such notice for payment having expired, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that these goods will be sold at public auction at MINI STORAGE IN SAN ANSELMO, 208 GREENFIELD AVENUE, SAN ANSELMO AT 2:00PM, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2010. The public is invited to attend. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The following items to be sold consist of household goods and personal effects, identified below. For additional information call: (415) 454-5710, Monday â “ Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number: JORMA JOHNSON: UNIT #078; JORMA JOHNSON: UNIT #287; VICTORIA KROPP: UNIT #103; STEPHEN MARTINEZ: UNIT #358; WARREN LORENTE: UNIT #120. Pacific Sun: (November 26; December 3, 2010) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1005971. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner KAROL RENEE JANSSEN GRINSELL filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: KAROL RENEE JANSSEN GRINSELL to KAROL RENEE JANSSEN. 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: December 27, 2010, 8:30 AM, Dept. J, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive #116, San Rafael, CA 94903. 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: February 10, 2010 /s/ VERNA A. ADAMS, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: November 26; December 3, 10, 17, 2010) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1006124. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner LESVIA MAZARIEGOS & JOEL MUNOZ filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: LESVIA ORTENCIA MUNOZ to LESVIA ORTENCIA MUNOZ MAZARIEGOS. 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: January 3, 2011, 9:00AM, Dept. L, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 113, San Rafael, CA 94903-4988. 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: November 19, 2010 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: December 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010)

›› STARSTREAM by Ly nd a R ay

Week of December 2 - 8, 2010

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) A volatile aspect to your ruler (impatient Mars) from abrupt Uranus on Friday could lead to reckless behavior. Avoid dangerous impulses like daring your boss to fire you or giving yourself a tattoo. On Tuesday, Mars leaves the idealistic sign of Sagittarius to enter the practical sign of Capricorn. There is no getting around the fact that in order to get ahead, you must face reality. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) As sensuous Venus (your ruler) glides through your relationship house, life with your significant other can be quite sublime. Add the New Moon in your intimacy house on Saturday and Sunday as icing on the cake. The action in your travel house after Tuesday could signify an opportunity to make plans for a trip. While you may prefer to spend the holidays at home, the desire to experience the tropics could easily strike by January. Plan ahead. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Chances are you’ll awake Friday morning ready to battle. This does not bode well for your bedmate. Your warlike mood wears off by evening, meaning you should probably avoid most authority figures until then. On Sunday you encounter people who are willing to share their secrets with you as long as you reciprocate by revealing your own. Think it over before agreeing. These days, you never know when you’re being videotaped. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) With both your emotional ruler (the Moon) and seductive Venus in your romance house, Friday evening is your chance to experience love at its finest. On Tuesday, argumentative Mars joins the Moon in opposing your sign. This could lead to disagreements with those who are usually your nearest and dearest. But, for you moodswingers of the zodiac, going from lover to fighter and back again is all in a day’s work. LEO (July 22 - August 22) A positive connection between goal-oriented Saturn and your ruler (the creative Sun) is good news if you have a creative project in the works. It also gives you ideas for holiday gifts that you can make. Wednesday enhances your social activities. Invite your co-workers over and you may discover you have more in common than being lucky enough to be employed. Meantime, kinky Uranus starts moving forward again in your intimacy house. Shopping for your sweetie takes on a whole new twist... VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) As your ruler (curious Mercury) joins passionate Pluto in the earthy sign of Capricorn, the time is right to develop your seduction skills. For the next two weeks, romance comes with an edgy sensuality. You’ll notice that you are attracting more attention than usual. By Monday, the activity in your relationship house becomes excitingly different. A fascinating way to ring in the holiday season, don’t you think? LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Your ruler (sociable Venus) in the potent sign of Scorpio significantly enhances your persuasive powers. This comes in handy for many things, including, but not limited to 1) convincing your sweetie to take you to Hawaii for New Year’s Eve; 2) talking your boss into closing early every Friday from now until next year; 3) influencing your bank to lower the interest rate on your credit card. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) As analytical Mercury closes in on your ruler, perceptive Pluto, you are capable of conducting in-depth interviews and interrogations. If they don’t have a job for you at 60 Minutes, perhaps the CIA is hiring. On Tuesday, impulsive Mars leaves your money house to enter your house of communication. While indicating a cut in spending, it brings on an increase in gossiping. Maybe the CIA isn’t such a good fit... SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Your birthday celebration can benefit from the endless festivities and holiday sales. Not only are there lights and decorations no matter where you go, but you may also get multiple gifts as pals go in for “buy one, get one free” offers. Meantime, you are encouraged to figure out what is truly valuable to you—it’s likely you would rather learn something new than acquire more possessions. If you’re asked what you want, have a list of college courses ready. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Irritation may strike on Friday morning, so start the day off with a few deep breaths to calm your spirit. Over the weekend, a New Moon brings dreams with a message. Keep a notepad by the bed and write down whatever you remember. Your mind is open to accepting new concepts as well as receiving premonitions. On Tuesday, energetic Mars enters your sign, encouraging you to start preparing for the holidays. Hence the sudden desire to cut down your own Christmas tree... AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) It is difficult not to overspend when expansive Jupiter is in your money house—so friends and family will likely be pleased with their holiday gifts from you. Speaking of friends, you might make a new one over the weekend, so get ready to add another name to your gift list. Meantime, on Sunday, your ruler (eclectic Uranus) starts moving forward again in the mystical sign of Pisces. While you’re out shopping, pick up a tarot deck for yourself. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) This weekend gives you a glimpse of your true calling. Depending on your situation, you may decide to change careers. This will be easier than usual at the moment with expansive Jupiter generously bestowing you with good luck and progressive Uranus giving you ideas for reinventing yourself. Envision your absolutely best future. With motivating Mars entering your house of hopes and dreams on Tuesday, anything is possible. ✹ Email Lynda Ray at cosmicclues@gmail.com or check out her website at www.lyndarayastrology.com DECEMBER 3 – DECEMBER 9, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 37

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In your response to the woman with the publicly gropey boyfriend, you deemed French kissing at a workplace event inappropriate PDA. How about French kissing one’s girlfriend during a performance of Stomp (musical theater)? The woman behind me that evening gave me negative feedback...which was of no interest to me. My take on people put off by PDA (isn’t it really only women?) is that their disgust is based more in envy than superior decorum. Someone reacting negatively to seeing my tongue go into my girlfriend’s mouth is suffering at their own doing—because of how they process their witnessing of my actions. (I’d love to hear their reaction to my having sex in a movie theater. Come on, we were in the back row, and the seven people there would’ve had to turn their heads 180 degrees to see anything.) Basically, I own my actions and I’m fine with them. Others need to start owning their reactions, and you need to stop promoting arbitrary standards of behavior.—My Two Cents

A:

There’s public display of affection and there’s public display of foreplay. If you’re incapable of understanding the difference, let’s hope your name is Koko or Bongo, and you aren’t allowed out unsupervised from your cage in the primate exhibit at the zoo. Social standards for behavior aren’t arbitrary. There are minor variations across cultures, but do you think there’s a person in Japan, Belgium or Saudi Arabia who thinks it’s OK to take off their shoe and bite their toenails at dinner? There’s private behavior and public behavior, and we’re all pretty clear on which is which. If ever you’re unsure about the polite thing to do, there’s a pretty simple guideline to go by. As I write in my book I See Rude People, at the root of manners is empathy (might your make-out session or your loud discussion of your loose stool make people around you seriously uncomfortable?). You have a very different standard: total disregard for anyone’s feelings but your feeling that you’d like to get your rocks off ASAP. And sure, maybe your cinema sex escaped notice by your fellow moviegoers, but if there’s a wet spot for the next audience to avoid, they’d like it to be a puddle of Pepsi One. Outrageous behavior is sometimes an exercise of free speech, like when a bunch of women go topless (typically, those most desperately in need of bras) to protest how women get arrested for toplessness when men don’t. But, let’s get real here. In nixing the public sexcapades, you won’t be setting back the course of democracy, just keeping from grossing a lot of people out. By the way, I’m not exactly the park ranger for prudishness. I love seeing couples being affectionate in public—in a way that says “I’ve got a thing for you,” not “I’ve got a thing for you in my pants.” People do need to take into consideration what they’re doing where and whether they have a captive audience. Nobody wants to see you sucking your girlfriend’s ear in the pharmacy line or hear you making sex noises at the coffee bar. If you’re making out in a corner at a nightclub, you still might yuck somebody out, but, well, it’s dark, people are drunk, and they also probably aren’t Grandma or age 4. You tell yourself that only women are bothered by PDA, and only out of envy. Right. If a woman does feel envy, it’s typically at the sight of a guy acting loving to his girlfriend, not feeling her up at the mall. The lady at Stomp got steamed because she paid roughly 80 bucks to see some pretty unique theater—not a closeup of some guy jamming his tongue in his girlfriend’s mouth. Had seeing a live sex show been her goal, she could’ve saved $79 by going to one of those places you put a dollar bill in a slot, the window opens and for the next three minutes, you get to watch the triplets with the chicken. Your final justification is the best: “I own my actions and I’m fine with them.” Oh, yay. Nothing like murky New-Age language used to take responsibility for taking no responsibility at all. (Follow that mantra far enough, and you can “own” a machine gun, and “own” using it to take out 14 people.) In privatizing public space as your own, what you’re actually “owning” is acting in a way that’s only appropriate if your ZIP code traces to a neighborhood on the moon (population: one narcissistic jerkwad). You are right about one thing: that those forced to watch you getting your freak on should “start owning their reactions”—especially those who grew up on farms and who react to two animals humping each other by running to get the hose. ✹

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