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Kiosk Fri. April 27

Arbor Day Celebrations 4 PM Pacific Grove City Hall Plaza •

Sat. April 28

St. Mary’s Annual BOOK SALE 9AM - 2PM at St. Mary’s By the Sea 12th & Central •

Sat., April 28

PG Museum Community Day Talk with the board, learn about plans Free at the Museum •

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Sat., April 28

“Uncle Ambrose & The Lingo Kid” Original poetry by Taelen Thomas Delta blues guitar by Ambrose Pollock 7:30 - 9:30 PM ~ $10.00 cover The Works 667 Lighthouse Ave 831-372-2242 www.theworkspg.com •

Thurs., May 3

Fat Lady Flying Retrospective with PG’s Poet-in-Residence PG Library 7:30 PM Free admission •

Fri., May 4

First Friday Community Lecture CCAs with Don Prescott City Council Chambers Free 6 PM

• Fri. May 4

Battle of the Bands PG Performing Arts Center 7:00 PM Call 655-5432 •

Sat., May 5

14th Annual May Faire Bring the Family to Celebrate the Coming of Spring! 10am - 4pm May Pole Dancing, Puppet Shows, Live Music, Spring Crafts,and more Monterey Bay Charter School, 1004 David Ave., Pacific Grove mbayschool.org 831-655-4638 •

April 27-May 3, 2012

Mobilized - 16

More than athletes - 12

New face - 10

Your Community NEWSpaper

Vol. IV, Issue 32

No surprises as Cal-Am files three-legged approach with CPUC By Marge Ann Jameson Following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Monterey Peninsula Water Management District and the Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency last Friday, April 20, the water purveyor for the Peninsula filed a project overview with the California Public Utilities Commission on April 23 to build a small seawater desalination facility in North Marina and to purchase Groundwater Replenishment water from public agencies. That, along with aquifer storage of any ex-

Requesting a ramp-up of rates

The project is not going to be cheap, but it was never going to be inexpensive. “We will be proposing a rate base offset of $100 million through a surcharge on customers’ bills,” Cal-Am’s Rob MacLean said in his presentation before the Mayors’ Joint Powers Authority meeting; sort

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cess water, will replace water currently being pumped in excess of state restrictions from the Carmel River. Thus begins a process which is expected to take some 12 months of approval study and public hearings. Construction for the desalination and groundwater replenishment facilities would need to begin by the first quarter of 2015 to meet state deadlines. Cost: $320 to $370 million, depending on the size of the desalination plant, and Cal-Am seeks approval for a smaller one and a larger one as well. The smaller proposed desalination plant

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Sat., May 5

Mike Beck solo show by local legend! 7:30 - 9:30 PM ~ $12.00 cover The Works, 667 Lighthouse Ave 831-372-2242 www.theworkspg.com

Inside Cop Log.................................3 Food ...............................(dark) Green Page ..........................16 Health & Well-Being ...........15 High Hats & Parasols .............4 The Homeless Stories.............7 Legal Notices.........................8 Opinion.................................8 Peeps ...................................10 Rain Gauge ...........................3 Sports ............................ 11-12 Up & Coming Events ...6, 9, 14 Young Writers’ Corner .........16

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Maybe it happens every year, but it’s nonetheless amazing. Pacific Grove’s ‘Magic Carpet’ is blooming. Photo by Marc Paulus

Helium-filled balloons now banned at school

Kelly Terry’s Ocean Guardians at Pacific Grove Middle School have just cause to be proud. Not only are they currently starring in a movie with NOAA, but they have been able to effectively lobby two legislative bodies to pass pro-environment laws. After learning about the detrimental effects that escaped helium balloons can have on wild life, such as leatherback turtles in the Mon-

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Ft. Ord Soldiers Nat’l Monument has now become a reality

Designation of a large part of the former Ft. Ord military base as a national monument has been a goal of many. On Fri., April 20, it became reality as President Obama swept through the Monterey Peninsula and designated 14,650 of Ft. Ord’s 28,000 acres as Fort Ord Soldiers National Monument. President Obama utilized the powers available to him under Antiquities Act of 1906 to bestow the National Monument status to the former Fort Ord land.

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Moving to 306 Grand Ave. delayed a few days

Broken water pipe. Was it something we said? - Cedar Street Times


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would have a capacity of about 5,500 acre-feet per year, while 3,500 acre feet per year is expected from the recycling facility. The proposed site is slightly north of the earlier approved site, plans for which have fallen through, and near the MRWPCA facility, which will make powering the desal plant easier. Slant wells are their preferred intake method, and Cal Am seeks to drill a test well soon. Slant wells draw water from under the sea floor past the average high tide line, avoiding impacts to marine life posed by open ocean intakes, according to the water company. In the event that ground water replenishment is found to be either not timely or cost-effective, Cal Am seeks approval to build a 9,000 acre-feet per year desalination facility. That decision, said California American Water president Rob MacLean in a presentation to Monterey Peninsula mayors Mon., April 23, will be made in early 2015. Cal-Am is planning to make revisions to an existing Environmental Impact Report, trusting that a new “ground-up” report will not be necessary. A new EIR would seriously delay the project, and delay of any sort could result in rationing and skyrocketing bills to force cutbacks in usage.

What about Pacific Grove’s agreement with Desal America? The agreement planned last week between the City of Pacific Grove and Nader Agha’s Desal America to operate a desalination plant in Moss Landing is very much alive, despite the application by Cal-Am to take a different route. Pacific Grove City Manager Tom Frutchey advises that the City of Pacific Grove is working on Intervenor status with the state as having an affected interest in the outcome of the PUC’s ruling on Cal-Am’s plans. Intervenors can present testimony on their concerns and participate in settlement negotiations as well as present plans to the PUC. While six of the seven city councilmembers voted for the agreement, some more reluctantly than others, Robert Huitt did not vote for the measure. “We have more than enough on our plate without pursuing new adventures, especially risky ones like this, and. . . it just doesn’t make sense for any single city to be lead agency for a regional water project,” he said.

AT&T , schools ink new lease

Following some confusion about the length of the present lease and the original intent of the school board, the Pacific Grove Unified school District has signed a revised site license with New Cingular Wireless, representative of AT&T, allowing for the temporary cell tower in the parking lot on the Adult Education campus at 1025 Lighthouse Avenue in Pacific Grove. The original license was scheduled to

end in February, 2014, though the district had apparently intended for it to end earlier. It called for a license fee of $1000 per month and automatic renewals. The new Site License expires December 31, 2012 and provides an increased Site License Fee of $2000 per month. The additional $1000 per month will go toward the Scholarship Fund at the Adult School. Two members of the public cited health reasons in objecting to the cell tower.

terey Bay Sanctuary, the students approached the City of Pacific Grove and convinced the city council to prohibit the use of helium-filled balloons on city property where a permit for use is required. The use application now contains specific language stating ”the use of helium balloons or other event decorations that may result in illicit waste or discharges are prohibited,” and goes on to cite portions of Ord. 07-002 § 2, 2007 concerning stormwater in the Sanctuary. Now the students have convinced the Pacific Grove Unified School District Board of Trustees to enact a similar ban. It states, “Helium-filled balloons are not permitted for any purpose within Pacific Grove Unified School District, including all school and nonschool related events.” Prior to the trustee board meeting, site administrators were polled, and while the idea of a ban was not seen as favorable in all cases, the majority did favor a ban. Some people who spoke at the board meeting were not convinced, and believe the balloons to be harmless while under control, but proponents pointed out that it is the balloons that escape that are life-threatening when they deflate and are swallowed by wildlife. “It should be easy to replace the balloons” with some other symbol of celebration, said Ms. Terry. She said that the Pacific Grove Library, for example, has replaced balloons with flags on their signage. She suggested flags or paper flowers as substitutes, and said that some Middle School students have told her they even see the current trend to use balloons as symbols of popularity for events such as birthdays as a form of bullying. “I think it was bold of the kids to bring it forward,” said Board president John Thibeau. “We should honor that.”

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Pacific Grove’s Fort Ord Reuse Authority representative Bill Kampe was pleased with the move. “It is already federally owned, so there was no takeover of private property,” he pointed out. “It provides a higher level of protection and recognition for the environment, and is an appropriate use of the land.” The move, he said, increases the visibility and stature of the property as a recreation spot as well. There are plans for a visitors’ center and, potentially, a museum. While much of the property awaits thorough analysis for unexploded ordnance and other hazards, great tracts are currently open to the public for hiking, bicycling and trail riding. About 1.7 million soldiers trained at the former U.S. Army post from World War I through the time when it, along with many other bases, was decommissioned. There are now efforts to see a National Cemetery for veterans established on a portion of the property. “I can think of no better complement to the Ft. Ord National Monument than by . . . continuing our advocacy efforts towards establishing the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery at the former Fort Ord,” said County Supervisor Dave Potter. Congressman Sam Farr, who was with the President on Obama’s recent trip to Columbia, said that he lobbied hard for the designation during the trip, pointing out to the President that this designation would mean jobs for the Central Coast. “Mission accomplished!,” said Congressman Farr. “It was a tough task that required relentless pushing from Washington and the Central Coast.”

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of a pay-as-you-go during construction, intended to avoid sticker shock when the project is completed. If the PUC approves, customers will begin seeing the ramp-up beginning in the second half of the year 2013 when rates will rise, for the average bill, about 30 percent. Six months later, another 15 percent will be tacked on, and another 15 percent will show up on bills by the second half of 2014, after which rates should stabilize through 2016. Some 8800 low water usage customers who currently pay about $21.12 per month will eventually see their bills go to a range of $40 to $56 by year 2017. $17

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to $24 of that is related to the water supply project. People in the 50th percentile, the median, currently pay about $28.90 and will see their bills go to $54 to $79 per month of which $22 to $33 is related to the water project. The average bill of $34 will go to $64 to $93 per month. There are also about 1300 customers who currently use 16 cubic feet of water per month and will see their bills go from $146.58 to as much as $198 or more. There are other capital costs which Cal-Am is passing on to ratepayers, such as the San Clement Dam project and the Sand City Desal plant, which is already online.

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Sustainable PG Presents: Our Water. Are solutions out there?

What is the Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency (MRWPCA)? What is the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD)? What is their role in finding solutions? What is our role? For information: denyse@sustainablepg.org or call 643.0707

Wednesday, May 9 @ 7 pm P.G. Museum of Natural History Forest and Central Avenues Sustainable Pacific Grove presents Karen Harris, MRWPCA Rachel Martinez, MPWMD

Chamber heads fund-raising drive for patriotic downtown banners Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce is raising funds to purchase 44 American flag banners that will be displayed on downtown light poles during patriotic holidays such as Memorial Day, July 4th Celebration, Veterans Day and Flag Day. The cost of each banner is $100. Besides seeing Pacific Grove light poles festooned, all contributors will enjoy the following: • Thank you mention in the Monterey Herald, Pacific Grove Hometown Bulletin and Cedar Street Times. • Thank you posters at the Tourist Information Centers on Central Avenue. • Thank you recognition at the Pacific Grove City Council meeting. For more information, please contact Moe Ammar at 831-373-3304 or email at moeammar@pacificgrove.org.

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Marge Ann Jameson

Cop log Lost cell phone, but there’s hope

A person reported losing her cell phone. With the serial number it may be able to be found through CLETS, and also AT&T may be able to track it with GPS.

Lost and really sorry about it

A woman called the station to report having lost a ring with a fat band and we small diamonds set into the band . . . and a two-carat single diamond in the center.

Finder, Claimer

A young man found a ring and turned it in, and said he’s interested in claiming it if the owner doesn’t. Another person found some money and turned it in, saying they wished to claim it if no one else did.

Somebody might be really sorry if they stole this

A woman said she left her diaper bag in the stroller and that it was gone when she got done with dinner. Surprise, surprise!

Baby Cinderella?

A pair of XXS baby shoes were turned in. Jibbitz by Crocs, pink in color.

Found baby bottle, no baby

A baby bottle was found and turned in at Good Old Days.

Honest finders

A person found a turned in a dollar bill. A wallet was reported lost at Good Old Days, and ta da! It was found in all the stuff turned in when the event was over. A debit card was found and turned in, but the owner’s mother said to destroy it when she was contacted. A wallet was found in the middle of Ocean View Blvd. It had credit cards and a driver’s license but no cash. Returned to owner. A wallet was left at a local business and turned in.

Bad neighbors

A person on Forest issued a citizen’s citation for disturbing the peace. The neighbor was accused of playing loud music and using profanities at the reporting party. Concept

Pacific Grove’s Rain Gauge Data reported by Guy Chaney

Week ending 04/11/12................................... .35 Total for the season.................................. 10.86 To date last year (2010) ............................ 19.47

Wettest year ........................................................... 47.15 during rain year 7/1/97-6/30/98* Driest year ................................................................ 9.87 during rain year 7/1/75-6/30/76* High this past week ................................................... 73° Low this past week .................................................... 54°

*Data from http://www.weather.nps.navy.mil/renard.wx/ Photo by Cameron Douglas

New neighbors?

A person went to the station to report that a vehicle with three subjects in it pulled up to the apartment complex across the street on Lobos. One guy got out and carried two hard case – and very heavy – suitcases up to an apartment. Then they all drove away.

New neighbors bark, bark, bark: Take them a cake?

A person on 10th St. reported new neighbors moved in this week and their dogs have been bark, bark, barking. The reporting party was concerned the dogs were in distress, but when the AOC checked the three boxers in the back yard seemed to be doing just fine, with water, food and shelter. Not only that, they appeared to be very nice doggies and the AOC thought they might just be upset about the move. It was suggested the reporting party make friends with them.

Bark, bark, bark

A dog on Crocker Ave. was barking continuously from midnight to 3:00 a.m. The owner was warned, but when it happened again, the owner was cited.

Disturbing the peace with a generator

A neighbor complained that a generator run by a produce store was running all night and keeping the neighbor’s child awake. She said the generator has been running more and more, and now is almost constant with only 30-second intervals.

PG&E’s fault?

An alarm at Country Club Gate was sounding. It was registered. There was a power outage in the area, confirmed by PG&E. Cedar Street Times was established September 1, 2008 and was adjudicated a legal newspaper for Pacific Grove, Monterey County, California on July 16, 2010. It is published weekly at 311A Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, CA 93950. Press deadline is Wednesday, noon. The paper is distributed on Fri. and is available at various locations throughout the county as well as by e-mail subscription. Editor/Publisher: Marge Ann Jameson News: Marge Ann Jameson, Peter Mounteer Contributors: Ben Alexander • Betsy Slinkard Alexander • Mary Arnold • Guy Chaney • Rabia Erduman • Jon Guthrie • Amy Coale Solis • Rhonda Farrah • Neil Jameson • Taylor Jones • Richard Oh • Katie Shain • Michael Sizemore • Dirrick Williams Advertising: Michael Sizemore Photography: Peter Mounteer Distribution: Kellen Gibbs and Peter Mounteer Website: Harrison Okins

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Unpermitted alarm

Sounding on Ocean view.

Just take the test . . . and your lumps

One Aaron David Hoskinson was arrested for a DUI with priors after refusing to take a test.

Bicycles in the news All clear, but just wait

Four bicycles were found on a property on Park Place. They all came back clear, but eventually were reported stolen. Bicycles and helmets returned to the owner.

Found

A bicycle was found on Short St. and turned in.

Texting X 2

PGPD intercepted text messages about a planned drug transaction. The student attempting to make the purchase was spoken to with parents present. Proposed seller could not be contacted. Another person reported receiving a suspicious text message on his cell phone. The person associated with the sender said he is getting messages from a group he doesn’t know, and though he tried to get removed from the list, he still gets the messages. He sending a responding text message intending to be funny, but apparently it was taken as ominous. He apologized. No indication as to whether he got blocked from the group or not.


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Jon Guthrie

High Hats & Parasols Dear Readers: Please bear in mind that historical articles such as “High Hats & Parasols” present our history — good and bad — in the language and terminology used at the time. The writings contained in are quoted from Pacific Grove/Monterey publications from 100 years in the past. Please also note that any items listed for sale in “High Hats” are “done deals,” and while we would all love to see those prices again, people also worked for a dollar a day back then. Thanks for your understanding.

Launa “Oil and Buttermilk” complexion soap. Excellent for preserving the skin and leaving it soft and pliable. Packaged three cakes to a box. Each box, 27¢. Check our front window to view a display of other quality toilet soaps.

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Today, the potentially beneficial (or otherwise) biological roles of aluminium compounds are of compelling interest. A former newspaperman, Friend Richard would be elected governor of California in 1923.

Author’s Notes

The News … from 1912.

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Mr. A. E. Bunker, J. K. Paul, and W. J. Gould were selected for the Pacific Grove Board of Trustees over Edward Berwick, E. C. Smith, and Wm. Oyer. Mrs. Anderson was chosen city treasurer by a margin of 35 votes over R. M. Fitzsimmons, the incumbent. City Clerk E. S. Johnston was re-elected by a hefty vote, there being no opposing candidate. The people selected are all representative citizens who have the welfare of the city at heart, and they are also good business men and men of integrity who will look carefully after the interests of our municipality. The new board will have the appointing of a city marshal and tax collector, a city recorder, street superintendent, city attorney, animal pound master, and night watchmen as its first order of business. C. E. Tuck, E. B. Rich, and Robert Stockird are all aspirants for the office of city marshal.

References: Pacific Grove Review, Monterey Daily Cypress, Del Monte Weekly, Salinas Index, Monterey County Post, Bullions’ Grammar (1890).

Special election over, new trustees seated

Seton speech set on new date

The Reviewnewspaper published incorrect information in advising that Mr. E. D. Seton was planning to speak Tuesday evening, next. In fact, Mr. Seton will tread the boards Wednesday evening, next. Seton’s topic is to be the adventures of a traveling man, accompanied by photographic slides with background music performed by Miss Margaret Varien. The event takes place in the Work company center beginning at 7:30. All seats, 10¢. Children in laps, free.

Notice to printers and publishers

The new Board of Trustees of Pacific Grove hereby invite sealed proposals (bids) from all qualified printers or publishers for the printing and advertising of all notices, ordinances, resolution, statements, and reports of this city or its officers. The contract will be let only to the lowest bidder publishing a newspaper of general circulation which has been in business at least one year at the time of the awarding of the contract. All applicants must bid at the rate of X amount per standard square of advertising (6 point) type without spacing between the lines. Headings are to be set in 24 point type, and sub-heading in Brevier (8 point). The winner of this bid is to be considered Pacific Grove’s newspaper of record.

Aluminum ware the best

The are several tidbits of interest to learn about aluminum. For instance, is a silvery member of the boron grouping of chemical elements. It has the symbol , and does not dissolve in water. Aluminum is the third most abundant element (after oxygen and silicon), and the most abundant metal in the Earth's crust. Aluminum makes up about 8% of the weight of the Earth's non-liquid surface. The chief ore of aluminum is bauxite. Aluminum is remarkable for its ability to resist corrosion and is well tolerated by plants and animals. All of this makes aluminum remarkable for use as kitchenware. It is light to lift and conducts heat with ease. And, most importantly, the finest in aluminum kitchen wares is Alumaware. Thomas Cope serves as your Grove representative. 1

State printer grabs Smith

State Printer Friend W. Richardson announced today that he has appointed Frank J. Smith to the position of general foreman of the state printing office. Smith is recognized as one of the best systematizing print executives in the business. Smith has no political pull whatsoever and received his appointment solely as a matter of merit. Smith was born in Ohio in 1874, and his first printing experience was in a smalltown newspaper office. Later, Smith finished learning his trade in the great Werner book factory at Akron, one of the largest printing establishments in the nation. There he eventually supervised the running of 100 cylinder presses. Smith came to California after being recruited by job printers of Los Angeles, Kingsley, Moles, and Collins. Even while operating the state printing office with a reduced force, Richardson, a tyrant of tight budgets, has been able to reduce the cost of manufacturing California’s school books more than 30%. 2 • • ª ª

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Snippets from around the area…

Grove girl seeking position doing housework. Not very experienced, but eager to learn and will work cheaper than most. Contact Miss Rosie Maynard by dropping a note at the Reviewoffice. Feeling poorly? Devine healing can be yours Wednesday next, beginning at 7:30. The Devine Healing gathering takes place at the Bethel Mission. The hanging of the 450th bell along the El Camino Real was celebrated this week. The bells, a project initiated in 1906, are intended to denote historical sites and points of interest. Secret society meets. Lodge Number 9014 of the Ancient Order of Foresters meets in Scobie Hall every Thursday evening at 8. Sojourning brethren are cordially invited to attend. Posted by J. M. Wright, ruler, and Glenn Ryan, secretary.

And your bill amounts to …

“ For Sale” signs and signs of every description are available at the Reviewoffice. Price is 55¢ per sign. Ranch for trade. 96 acres in Lake county with house, barn, year-round creek. Spring water piped into house and barn. Includes farm implements and animals. Will trade for property in Pacific Grove. Spacious bungalow for sale. Living room, dining room, two bedrooms, bath room with hot and cold running water, and large store room. Two porches, both electric lighted. Woodshed and chicken house outside. Set on two lots. This property is offered by S. L. Fritz at a bargain. $1,700 takes it all. Clearance sale. Wall paper offered at 1/3 off. Your choice of design starting at 50¢ per roll.

Forest Hill United Methodist Church 551 Gibson Ave., Services 9 AM Sundays Rev. Richard Bowman, 831-372-7956 Pacific Coast Church 522 Central Avenue, 831-372-1942 Peninsula Christian Center 520 Pine Avenue, 831-373-0431 First Baptist Church of Pacific Grove 246 Laurel Avenue, 831-373-0741 St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church Central Avenue & 12th Street, 831-373-4441 Community Baptist Church Monterey & Pine Avenues, 831-375-4311 Peninsula Baptist Church 1116 Funston Avenue, 831-394-5712 St. Angela Merici Catholic Church 146 8th Street, 831-655-4160 Christian Church Disciples of Christ of Pacific Grove 442 Central Avenue, 831-372-0363 First Church of God 1023 David Avenue, 831-372-5005 Jehovah’s Witnesses of Pacific Grove 1100 Sunset Drive, 831-375-2138 Church of Christ 176 Central Avenue, 831-375-3741 Lighthouse Fellowship of Pacific Grove PG Community Center, 515 Junipero Ave., 831-333-0636 Mayflower Presbyterian Church 141 14th Street, 831-373-4705 Central Presbyterian Church of Pacific Grove 325 Central Avenue, 831-375-7207 Seventh-Day Adventist Church of the Monterey Peninsula 375 Lighthouse Avenue, 831-372-7818 First United Methodist Church of Pacific Grove

915 Sunset @ 17-Mile Dr., Pacific Grove - (831) 372-5875 Worship: Sundays @ 10:00 a.m. Congregation Beth Israel 5716 Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel (831) 624-2015 Chabad of Monterey 2707 David Avenue, Pacific Grove (831) 643-2770


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ARIEL Theatrical presents

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Fat Lady Flying

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

A retrospective of the work of

Dr. Barbara Mossberg Pacific Grove’s Poet-In-Residence

With book, music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, this humorous presentation follows one day in the life of Charlie Brown. From Valentine wishes to baseball games - wild optimism to utter despair; scenes mixed with the lives of his friends are pulled together on the string of a single day. Charlie Brown can’t seem to win the heart of the Little RedHaired Girl, nor can Lucy get the attention of her crush, the piano-playing Schroeder. As Snoopy and Linus daydream, the rest of the friends battle with kites, school, lunch and misunderstandings, before finally coming to realize what makes them truly happy. Join the Peanuts gang from bright uncertain morning to hopeful starlit evening in this fast paced, light hearted musical, guaranteed to please audiences of all ages. Come to the Karen Wilson Children’s Theatre, 320 Main Street in Oldtown Salinas for performances May 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 - Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for military, students and seniors and $6 for children 3 through 12, free for children under 3 years of age. Tickets may be purchased by calling 775-0976. For more information visit us on the web at www.arieltheatrical.org. ARIEL Theatrical is a Salinas-based nonprofit organization offering year-round programs in theatre arts for children and adolescents. Ariel seeks to use the art and discipline of theatre to help young people develop the skills and confidence they need to positively direct their own lives. Our mission is to inspire young people to understand that personal integrity, respect for others and an acceptance of responsibility for choices made are the keys to building a productive and principled life. Ariel’s finest productions are not its plays, but the development of responsible young people who come together in a positive, collaborative spirit to learn, perform and share experiences that they will carry with them for a lifetime.

PacRep’s SoDA program presents

Words on Stage: Voices from Great Literature Motherlode - A Patchwork Quilt of Women’s Songs and Tales

Stories and poems that honor America’s foremothers will be the theme of this month’s free offering from PacRep Theatre’s School of Dramatic Arts’ Words on Stage series. Motherlode: A Patchwork Quilt of Women’s Songs and Tales, will be performed on Sun., May 6 at 2:00 p.m. and Mon., May 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Indoor Forest Theatre in Carmel. Donations are welcome and support the School of Dramatic Arts (SoDA). Stories and poems that honor the strength and resourcefulness of our American foremothers will include works by Bret Harte, Dorothy Canfield, Sherwood Anderson, Julia Ward Howe, and Sojourner Truth, accompanied by traditional American song and music performed by Mary Lee Sunseri. Women and girls living on America’s frontiers faced challenges and rewards with courage, humor and bravery that can certainly inspire audiences today. Bret Harte’s short story Mother of Five explores the life of a young girl living in the Gold Rush country of California with an unusual relationship with the miners who surround her and lend a hand to the care of her family. Dorothy Canfield’s The Bedquilt cel-

ebrates the emerging artistic expression of an impoverished spinster and maiden aunt. Sherwood Anderson’s prose poem Motherhood is in homage to the beginning of life. Julia Ward Howe’s The Mother’s Day Proclamation expresses a deep yet often unheard wish of women and mothers everywhere. MaryLee Sunseri will perform and direct the presentation featuring Brittney Buffo, Jenna Gavin, Anne Mitchell and Elayne Azevedo. Words on Stage is a regular series presented by Pacific Repertory’s School of Dramatic Arts that presents readings of great literature, poetry and prose, to local and visiting audiences. Admission is free. Donations are welcome and support the scholarship fund for Pacific Repertory Theatre’s School of Dramatic Arts (SoDA). Two performances only: Sun., May 6 at 2:00 p.m. and Mon., May 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Indoor Forest Theatre (underneath the stage of Carmel’s historic, outdoor Forest Theatre), corner of Santa Rita and Mountain View, Carmelby-the-Sea. For more information visit: www. schoolof dramaticarts.org.

THURS. MAY 3 • 7:30 PM AT THE LIBRARY in PG Donations gratefully accepted for the Poet-In-Residence program

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Arts and Events

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PG POET will teach how to write Haiku poetry

Our PG POET (Well, that’s his auto license plate!) Neal Whitman won two honorable mentions in the World Haiku Club competiton. One haiku was inspired by one unusual Canada goose that frequents the 16th fairway at the Pacific Grove Public Golf Links. an albino goose shunned by the flock frost delay His other awarded haiku came to him as he and his wife, Elaine, prepared for an out-of-town guest. fresh linen on the guest bed spring arrives If you would like to learn how to write haiku, Neal will be teaching a workshop at the Robinson Jeffers Tor House in Carmel where he is a tour docent and Elaine is an archives docent. The title of this workshop is HAIKU FOR EVERYONE, FOR ANYONE. It will be held on Saturday, May 19, from 10:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. The cost is $30.00 ($25.00 for members). This is a fund-raiser for the Tor House Foundation, so all fees go to support Tor House. To register, contact Elliot Ruchowitz Roberts at 6245725 or leave a message with Carol Dixon at the Tor House Foundation, 624-1813. This will be a hands-on workshop with an overview of what haiku poetry is and is not. Participants will be given time to walk the Tor House gardens and the Carmel Bay shoreline. Like bringing back stones from the beach, participants will bring back the ideas they find there and write haiku. Then they will read & discuss their haiku and leave with resources to help then continue to write these incredible poems of concision. Neal has conducted this workshop for several groups, so he is pleased to be able to offer it at Tor House. Since 2008, over 300 of his haiku have been published in journals and anthologies. In 2009 and 2011, haiku masters in Japan awarded Neal honorable mention in the annual Yuki Teikei Haiku Society contests. In 2010 and 2011, his haiku were selected for honorable mention in the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival haiku contest, and garnered an honorable mention from the 2010 Haiku Society of America annual contest. His chapbook, Blyth’s Spirit, won first place in the Haiku Pix Review contest, and Neal was a semi-finalist in the 2011 Haiku Grand Prix contest sponored by the Japanese newspaper, Shukan Seikatsu. Last month, the Japanese newspaper Mainichi Daily News published Neal’s haiku, bringing people far away to what Cedar Street Times readers experience in their backyard. in Garland Park leaking whey-colored shadow my winter walk

‘Fiesta Del Perro set for Cinco de Mayo in PG

The Rotary Club of Pacific Grove, in collaboration with Animal Friends Rescue Project, will throw a Cinco de Mayo party to honor our best friends. The first-ever event is called “Fiesta Del Perro. “Come celebrate in pet-friendly Pacific Grove and enjoy an entire day of fun that’s all about dogs,” said an organizer. The event will be held on Sat., May 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Pacific Grove Middle School Athletic Field. There will be a parade, competitions, demonstrations, live music, an art show and food. The public is invited to bring a canine companion to compete in one or more of the contests such as: Most Creative Costume, Owner look-alike, Best Pet Trick and Cutest Puppy In addition, there will be a prize drawing for an original dog-themed work of art by renowned artist, Will Bullas, a $3,500 value.Tickets are $25.00 each and only 200 will be printed. Purchases of tickets are tax deductible The original painting and tickets are at The AFRP Treasure Shop 160 Fountain Avenue, Pacific Grove. There is a registration fee of $5.00 per dog required. Registration opens at 9:00 am. All dogs must be on leash at all times unless participating in a programmed demonstration. All proceeds benefit local projects of the Rotary Club of Pacific Grove and Animal Friends Rescue Project. If you are interested being a sponsor for the event, please go to PGRotary.org and click on the Fiesta link.

Book sale at Monterey Library May 12 The Friends of the Monterey Public Library will hold their Giant Mid-Year Book Sale on Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m - 5 p.m., in the Library Community Room. Hundreds of gently used books will be available at bargain prices. There will be a Friends Only Preview Sale on Friday, May 11, 3-5 p.m. Non-members can join at the door. The Friends now accept credit cards. The Monterey Public Library is located at 625 Pacific Street, Monterey. For more information call 831.646.5602 or visit www.monterey.org/library.

Book signing May 12 with Warren Chang

The public is invited to a book signing on May 12 from 12:30-3:00 p.m. Artist Warren Chang will be signing his new book in the gallery of the Pacific Grove Art Center where he is currently showing his retrospective. The artist will be available to sign copies of his beautiful, full color coffee table book which shares insights into his process and influences. The event is free, as is entrance to the gallery. The book will cost $45 plus tax. The book benefits ALBA farmworkers association and Pacific Grove Art Center. The Art Center is located at 568 Lighthouse Ave. in Pacific Grove.

About Warren Chang: Narrative Paintings

Chang portrays the human condition in his paintings, often depicting the downtrodden and disenfranchised while at the same time celebrating the human spirit. He is perhaps best known for interiors and genre scenes depicting the fieldworkers of Monterey County in California, where he grew up. Additional paintings in this collection offer scenes from life, landscapes, interiors and an engaging series of self-portraits. Chang’s written commentary accompanies many pieces, providing a personal approach that complements his skill at painting and utilizes the techniques he developed during fourteen years of teaching drawing and painting. His talent as a teacher is further demonstrated through sketches and step-by-step procedures. “The accompanying text is simply there to help shed more light on the thinking and process of each painting,” shares Chang. “If we look back historically, we can only wish we knew what motivated the great artists’ of our past. So with a contemporary painter, like me, it’s nice to have the opportunity to convey these thoughts in a book. The one word I can think of for the goal of this book is to ‘inspire.’ I hope this is not asking too much but I hope this book will inspire artists and would-be-artists around the world.” Warren Chang: Narrative Paintings is a 112 page hardbound book with jacket. This 8.5 x 11 inch volume features over 100 works of art. The introduction is by Thomas Valenti, with an appreciation by Max Ginsburg and an essay by Steve Hauk. Visit the Flesk website for further details or the Flesk store to purchase. ($45.00, ISBN: 978-1-933865-43-0) Come and meet Warren Chang at his book signing and exhibition celebrating the release of Warren Chang: Narrative Paintings.

Celebrate Chihuahuas with AFRP

Celebrate the diversity of Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes at Chihuahua Pride Day on April 28 from 1-4 at the Pacific Grove Community Center at 515 Junipero Ave. The day will include trainer Barbara De Groodt with From the Heart Dog Training sharing tips for training small dogs and a small dog agility course, pet photographer Diana Ralph will be taking pet portraits, Barbara Henley will be providing pedicures and veterinarian Dr. Darren Hawks will field your questions about your pet’ s health. A costume contest will be held at 3pm with categories for Best in Show, Best Duo, and Funniest Dog. There will be a raffle with lots of great prizes and a silent auction with wonderful items to tempt you. Visit with loads of Chihuahuas looking for homes from Animal Friends Rescue Project, Peace of Mind Dog Rescue, Salinas Animal Services, Monterey County Animal Services and the SPCA for Monterey County. Friendly dogs under 25 pounds are welcome at the event and must be on a leash. Proceeds from the event will benefit “The Lucky Fund” administered by AFRP to combat the local Chihuahua overpopulation problem through innovative spay/neuter programs and education in our community. For more information about the event visit www.animalfriendsrescue.org or email chiprideday@yahoo.com.

Improvisation comedy on tap at Pacific Grove Art Center The public is invited to join in the fun at Pacific Grove Art Center as “heavy improv hitters” join local comedians for one night only on Sat., May 12. The Mirth’O’Matics improv troupe will be joined by Laura Hall, musical director of ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ and Rick Hall, of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’, ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘The Factory’ for a one night performance following a weekend workshop together. Laura and Rick began their careers touring with The Second City, Chicago’s famous school of improvisation and sketch comedy theater company. Turning audience suggestions into hilarious improv games and scenes, The Mirth’O’Matics take pride in putting on

an upbeat, fun, funny and family friendly show. In addition to lots of audience interaction with suggestion giving, audience members are given a chance to perform in some of the games. With the musical improvisation and acting talent of Laura and Rick Hall, it’s certain to be a unique evening of improv theater and song. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. There will be a brief intermission during the show in which beverages including wine and beer will be available for purchase. General Admission is $20 for an adult and $15 for students. Tickets available at the door on the evening of the performance. Doors open at 7pm. For more information call 831-375-2208.


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Walk of Remembrance: The Pacific Grove Chinese Fishing Village Saturday, May 19, 2012 11:00 am - 4:00pm Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History 165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, Ca. 93950 The Pacific Grove Chinese Fishing Village burned to the ground on May 16, 1906. Join Gerry Low-Sabado, a direct descendant of this fishing village, and Pacific Grove Mayor Carmelita Garcia to honor and pay respects 106 years later. Meet at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History on Saturday, May 19th. • • • • • •

11:00 a.m. Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Executive Director Lori Mannel – Welcome Mayor Carmelita Garcia - Welcome and Presentation of Annual Proclamation Gerry Low-Sabado - Screening of Cal State University at Monterey Bay’s Teledramatic Arts and Technology Department produced documentary “By Light of Lanterns: An Untold History of Monterey’s Chinese Fishermen.” Riley Gaucher & Chloe Estes - 2006 International School of Monterey 3rd grade co-authors will speak about their research and fictional story “Chinatown” on display in the museum. Marisa Mercado to speak about her research and the making of the “Chinese Fishing Village” interpretive panels on display in the museum. Michael Croft will speak about his research and building of “The Pacific Grove Chinese Fishing Village” model also on display in the museum.

12:30 p.m Lunch Break

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Visit one of Pacific Grove’s fine restaurants or bring your own lunch. You can also visit with friends and descendants and tour the museum.

Meet back at the PGMNH. Leonard Han and the Monterey Bay Lion Dance Team will perform and then lead the 1 mile walk to Lovers Point and along the recreation trail to the site where the Chinese Fishing Village once stood. Wear comfortable walking shoes. View recent historic word change to the Chinese panel on the mural wall along the trail. Joe Asling will video and document this event. Guests are welcome to make comments and relate why this Walk of Remembrance is significant to you.

2:00 p.m. Walk of Remembrance of Pacific Grove’s Chinese Fishing Village

This event is created as a cooperative project of the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, the City of Pacific Grove, the Heritage Society of Pacific Grove, the Monterey Bay Lion Dance Team, the National Coalition Building Institute, and the American Civil Liberties Union. It is the community’s shared goal to honor these early Chinese American settlers of Pacific Grove. For more information call (831) 277-1091 or (510) 378-0999

MST service changes go into effect Saturday April 28

Service changes for local bus transportation provided by Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) will go into effect Saturday, April 28, 2012. The following service will be changed or modified: Line 1: Major schedule adjustments including added late night service operating on Wave St. Line 2: Major schedule adjustments on weekends. Line 4: Now serves CHOMP. Routing adjustments in downtown Carmel. For service on San Carlos use Line 24. One trip now serves The Carmel Foundation. Line 5: Schedule adjustments to evening service. Line 7: Route eliminated. For access to CHOMP from Monterey use Line 3. Line 8: Elimination of weekend service and midday trips on weekdays. For service on weekends use Line 13. Lines 9 & 10: Schedule adjustments to late night service. Line 13: Now serves Del Rey Oaks on weekends. Minor schedule adjustments. Line 14: Minor schedule adjustments. Line 16: Schedule adjustments. Now serves Wal-Mart after 10 AM on weekdays. Line 19: Elimination of select trips. Line 20: Major schedule adjustments on weekends. Line 22: Elimination of service between Labor Day and Memorial Day weekend. Line 23: Routing and schedule adjustments for weekend service. Line 24: Major routing and schedule adjustments including new service to downtown Carmel and elimination of service to Pilot & Del Fino. Line 27: Major schedule adjustments. Line 28: Major schedule adjustments. Line 29: Major schedule adjustments. Line 41: Elimination of last trip on weekdays and weekends. Line 43: Routing and schedule adjustments including elimination of weekend service. Use Line 23 on weekends for service to S. Main and SVMH. Select trips serve SVMH. Line 46: Elimination of weekend service. Use Lines 41 or 42 to Natividad on weekends. Line 49: Major schedule adjustments. Line 75: Major routing and schedule adjustments now serving Sand City Station. Line 76: Major routing and schedule adjustments now serving Sand City Station. Line 78: Route eliminated. Line 82: Minor schedule adjustments. Line 91: Major routing and schedule adjustments. Line 92: Major routing and schedule adjustments. MST On Call Marina: Beach and DeForest now added to On Call zone. Carmel Trolley: Route eliminated. Salinas Trolley: Route eliminated. Rider’s Guides are available onboard MST buses free of charge through Monday, May 28, 2012. For more information, please visit www.mst.org or call MontereySalinas Transit toll free at 1-888-MST-BUS1. Follow MST on Twitter at www.twitter. com/mst_bus for the latest service alerts.

Homelessness on the Peninsula By Erika Fiske SEASIDE---I was in a hurry, driving down Del Monte Avenue toward Monterey, when I saw it coming toward me. It looked like a grounded hot air balloon, or maybe a UFO. And it was moving fast, but not nearly as fast as traffic. I had to find out what “It” was. As I passed, I finally saw him, walking quickly, leaning into the huge mass, pushing a shopping cart covered with large plastic garbage bags attached to the sides, front and top---16 bags in all. It was almost a comical sight. Once I turned around, I sped back to where he was, pulled ahead and stood by my car, awaiting his arrival. “Excuse me, could I talk with you a moment?” I asked, as the mass of bags approached. “Sure,” he responded, looking around his load. After moving my car to a side road, I asked him, “What is this?” This, he said, was many, many cans and plastic containers. David was on his way to the recycling center near Costco, where he expected to get about $40--money for his kids and their mother (his partner). “I takes me 2 1/2 to 3 days to collect these,” he said. “I cover 3 to 3 1/2 miles a day.” David doesn’t have to worry about diet or exercise programs, since going homeless nine months ago. He’s thin and more than six feet tall. Over the months, he’s lost 25 pounds traveling by foot the streets of Seaside, Monterey and Pacific Grove in search of his recycling treasures. “I get up at about five in the morning,” he said, noting that he lives in a tent somewhere around here. Many people have come to know him, as he searches through dumpsters and trash cans, and now stop to give him bags of cans or plastic bottles. Despite all his problems, David is cheerful. “I’ve got a lot of faith,” he said. “I can’t let things bring me down, especially with a family to care for. I have faith that things will work out for us.” David’s troubles began nine months ago when he lost his job, and then his home. “I worked for Sheldon Construction in construction clean up,” he said. While David now lives in a tent, his family stays with his partner’s mother. Born in New York, David moved to California 25 years ago to get away from the bad crowd he used to hang out with--young men who were always in trouble. He lived in Castroville, Marina and then Seaside. Besides his work with construction, David has done some painting and carpentry. He believes something will come along soon. “The kind of work doesn’t matter, as long as the pay is decent,” he said. You won’t hear David complaining about what’s happened to America, as the wealth has transferred to the top fraction of a percent, while the masses lose jobs and homes. “The Bible said money is the root of all evil,” he said. “I can’t judge the rich. I’ll let the Lord judge them.” Besides, David’s too busy to worry about them. Living in a tent isn’t easy. “It’s hard to get up in the morning and brush your teeth and shower,” he admitted. The shower is at the Salvation Army. David also has a bicycle he bought for $20, but the bike won’t hold enough bags when he’s collecting cans--thus the shopping cart. So why doesn’t he stay with the rest of the family? David is a proud man. “It’s too embarrassing,” he said. “She (his partner) doesn’t even know I’m doing this, collecting cans.” And there’s little chance the family will spot him at this work, since he’s almost swallowed up by the mass of bags. David and his collection don’t even fit on the sidewalk, which is why he travels down the street, pushing as fast as he can. “Do people get angry with you?” I asked, thinking of those drivers who can never get anywhere fast enough. David smiled and shook his head. “They’ll blow their horns and yell at me,” he said. But David pushes on, keeping his eyes on his ultimate goal---a good job and a home for him and his family. “I better go before the line gets long at the recycle center,” he said, turning his bulging mass toward the road, leaning into it and picking up speed as a passing motorist looks on in disbelief.

Cabinet of Curiosities workshop Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History will present a workshop on “building your own cabinet of curiosities from 1:00-5:00 pm, Sunday, May 6 at Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, 165 Forest Ave. Explore the intersections of art and science as you create your own cabinet of curiosities. For adults and children, facilitated by poet and artist Patrice Vecchione. $50; pre-registration required. 648-5716, ext. 17. www.pgmuseum.org


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Marge Ann Jameson

Cedar Street Times: A Note Not an opinion, but an update We were all set to move around the corner this weekend, but a water pipe broke next door, up the hill, and as it will, water came down the hill and filled up our new office. Of course, we didn’t discover it for a few days but once we had it became apparent that the walls would need to be dried out and perhaps replaced and the flooring pulled up, the under-flooring dried, and new covering put down. We haven’t figured out yet what that’s going to be, carpet or tile or laminate, but the upshot is that we will be moving into the “mezzanine” above our chosen space instead and limping along for as much as a week, maybe more until it’s all done. If you want to come and see us, it won’t be impossible, though the 306 Grand Avenue entrance won’t be usable for that time. Call first and we’ll meet you at the “back door,” 305 Forest Avenue, and walk you through the new motorcycle museum to our camping spot. Motorcycle museum? Oh yes, we forgot to tell you. Neil Jameson, who occasionally writes a cooking column for us, will open a classic motorcycle museum at 305 Forest Ave., hopefully some time in July, to coincide with Moto GP. In it he will display his private collection of nearly 30 motorcycles of many vintages, as well as machines owned by others which have an inherent value as classics. There will be a number of sidecar rigs, something not seen every day on Monterey Peninsula streets, as well as some motorcycles from the racing world. The museum will not be open every day, but will likely be open on weekends only. At present there will be no cost to see the display. Neil’s hope is that motorcycle afficionados will come visit and enjoy the bikes on display and that the motorcycle museum will be a good addition to Pacific Grove and a draw for visitors. Please watch our progress and wish us well.

“Illustrating Nature” exhibition opening Join the Museum in celebrating the new Illustrating Nature Exhibition featuring student works from the Science Illustration Program at California State University of Monterey Bay. Friday, April 27, 2012 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Exhibition runs through June 18 Light refreshments served

Letters to the Editor

Cedar Street Times welcomes your letters on subjects of interest to the citizens of Pacific Grove as well as our readers elsewhere. We prefer that letters be on local topics. At present we have not set limits on length though we do reserve the right to edit letters for space constraints, so please be concise. We will contact you to verify authenticity so your email address and/or telephone number must be included as well as your name and city of residence. We will not publish unsigned letters or letters which defame or slander or libel. Cedar Street Times is an adjudicated newspaper published weekly at 311A Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, CA 93950. Press deadline is Wednesday, noon. The paper is printed on Fri. and is available at various locations throughout the city as well as by email subscription. Marge Ann Jameson, Editor/Publisher Phone 831-324-4742 • Fax 831-324-4745 Email: editor@cedarstreettimes.com

Scholarship opportunity for military dependents, NPS alumni dependents Monterey Bay Officer’s Spouse Club offers merit-based scholarships to dependents of active duty, retired or deceased military members living in Monterey County or alumni of Navl Postgraduate School living anywhere. Scholarships range from $500 up. Scholarship selection is based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities, community involvement, experience, and volunteerism, achievements and recognitions, plus an essay. The scholarship application period is open now and expires April 30, 2012. Completed applications must be postmarked no later than April 30, 2012. For more information and to download an application, visit the MBOSC Scholarship 2012 website at www.montereybayosc.com/scholarship..htm. Monterey Bay Officer’s Spouse Club is a social and service organization promoting friendships and communities. The MBOSC sponsors social events for military families as well as fund-raising events. Officer spouses from the Naval Postgraduate School, Defense Language Institute and all officer spouses of the Monterey County area are welcomed members.

Pacific Grove Library’s 104th birthday party See the birthday wish list

The public is invited to a celebration at the Library on Sat., May 19 with music beginning at 2:30 p.m. and birthday cake at 3:30 p.m. Gifts will be opened at 3:45 p.m. If you would like to buy the Library a birthday present, you can drop by the Library to choose a book or DVD from the “Birthday Wish Table” which will be on display throughout the month of May. Many of the items on the “Wish Table” are “on spec” from Book Buyers on Lighthouse, including PBS DVDs and many new travel books that would help update our travel collection. You can also go to the Works Bookstore at 667 Lighthouse Ave. in Pacific Grove to pick from the pre-selected books for the Library or visit the Library’s ongoing Amazon wish list at Amazon.com. For further information, visit the Library’s blog at pglibrary.wordpress.com or call the Library at 831-648-5762.

Battle of the Bands and Soloists/Duets competition is set for May 4 The second annual Battle of the Bands and Soloists/Duets Competition, hosted by the Foundation for Performing Arts Center – Pacific Grove, will be held on Friday, May 4, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at 835 Forest Avenue in Pacific Grove. Performers representing high schools from throughout the Monterey Peninsula will play in a variety of genres, competing for cash prizes and recording studio time. Tickets for the event will be $5 for students and $10 for adults. For more information, visit www.performingartscenter.org or call 831-655-5432. The Foundation for Performing Arts Center – Pacific Grove is a nonprofit organization with a volunteer board of directors. Our mission is to make the performing arts available to the community. Event proceeds are used to maintain the Performing Arts Center and to benefit performing arts programs in local schools.

Legal Notices ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: Petition of SUBODNI LAL Case No. M117130 Filed April 11, 2012. To all interested persons: Petitioner SUBODNI LAL filed a petition with this court for a decree changing name as follows: present name SUBODNI LAL to proposed name SHOBBY LAL. 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 date: May 25, 2012 Time: 9:00 a.m., Dept. 15. The address of the court is: Superior Court of California, County of Monterey, 1200 Aguajito Road, Monterey, CA 93940. A copy of this Order To Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four consecutive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: CEDAR STREET TIMES. DATE: May 11, 2012 Judge of the Superior Court: Thomas W. Wills. Publication dates: 04/20, 04/27, 05/04/, 5/11/2012. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: Petition of MELVIN BURCH Case No. m117003 Filed April 06, 2012. To all interested persons: Petitioner MELVIN DOUGLAS BURCH filed a petition with this court for a decree changing name as follows: present name MELVIN DOUGLAS BURCH to proposed name MELVIN DOUGLAS BURCH-BYNUM. 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 date: May 18, 2012 Time: 9:00 a.m., Dept. 14. The address of the court is: Superior Court of California, County of Monterey, 1200 Aguajito Rd., Monterey, CA 93940. A copy of this Order To Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four consecutive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: CEDAR STREET TIMES. DATE: April 13, 2012 Judge of the Superior Court: Thomas W. Wills. Publication dates: 04/13, 04/20, 04/27, 05/04/12. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 20120646 The following person is doing business as Gram Logic, 1051 7th St. Apt. C, Monterey, Monterey County, CA 93940; Michael Ross McCarrin, 1051 7th St., Apt. C, Monterey, CA 93940. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on March 29, 2012. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or name(s) listed above on NA. Signed: Michael R. McCarrin. This business is conducted by an individual. Publication dates: 04/20/12, 04/27/12, 05/4/12, 05/11/2012.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 20120726 The following person is doing business as La Crème Monterey, Casa de La Crème, 481 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, Monterey County, CA 93950; Tamie’s Weddings and Events, Inc., 363 Pine Ave., Pacific Grove, CA 93950. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on April 9, 2012. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or name(s) listed above on NA. Signed: Tamie M. Aceves, President. This business is conducted by a corporation. Publication dates: 04/27/12, 05/04/12, 05/11/12, 5/18/12.


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Arts and Events

Up and Coming When: Saturday April 28, 9:00-2:00 Where: St. Mary’s-12th and Central Ave. PG. Hundreds of Great Books: histories, mysteries, art, finance, spiritual, political, medical; books for cooks and gardeners; Lots of new books for kids; science, nature and more… hardcovers, paperbacks, some brand new… plus DVD’s, Videos, CD’s, records and cassettes and miscellaneous oddities Fill a grocery bag after 1:00 pm for $5.00

Youth Music Monterey County honors retiring Maestro with concert May 6

For 20 years, YMMC student musicians, under the musical guidance of Maestro John Larry Granger have developed into the fine, young musicians you hear at concert events today. Maestro Granger has steadily held high artistic standards over the years that have nurtured local students into outstanding orchestra musicians, confident soloists, and leaders in their school music programs. He has prepared them to accomplish musical masterpieces such as Mozart’s Symphony 39, and annual performances sideby-side the Monterey Symphony. This leadership has also inspired musicians to give back through a new Chamber Players program, and perform live for new audiences throughout Monterey County. Maestro John Larry Granger is retiring after 20 years of service with the orchestras Youth Music Monterey County. Come celebrate with us great music led by a great conductor and teacher of classical music. The YMMC Junior Youth and Honors Orchestras will perform great classical works by Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Strauss and Mozart for a grand season finale concert. Please join us on Sunday, May 6 as we honor Maestro Granger for 20 years of musical service with the Junior Youth and Honors Orchestras and bid him best wishes into his retirement. Tickets on sale at www.youthmusicmonterey.org or by calling 831.375.1992. All music students get in free. Youth Music Monterey County and Conductor John Larry Granger present: “Grand Season Finale: Celebrating the Greats!” Junior Youth & Honors Orchestras with special guests Orchestra in the Schools Sunday, May 6 at 2:00pm Steinbeck Institute of Art & Culture (Sherwood Hall) 940 North Main Street, Salinas Ticket information: $5 Students and children, $10 Senior, $15 Adult (General Admission), and $30 Reserved (Dress Circle) . Free to music students Tickets are available at the door, at Bookmark Music in Pacific Grove, online at www.youthmusicmonterey.org or by contacting Youth Music Monterey County at (831) 375-1992 or email office@youthmusicmonterey.org

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Community Day Saturday April 28, 1-3pm

Why was the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History created in 1881? How is the Museum’s past influencing its future direction allowing this cultural institution to thrive and find relevance with this and future generations? Join the Museum’s Executive Director, Museum staff and members of the Museum Board of Directors for this informative community event with topics ranging from Cabinets of Curiosities to the Anthropocene to Sandy the Whale. Also learn about how the Museum is currently doing, what to expect in the coming year and the latest results from community surveys. Free.

Tickets at the door $7 Pacific Grove Performing Arts Center (Pacific Grove Middle School)

PGmuseum.org 165 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove


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Your achievements

Peeps Monterey announces new assistant city manager

Monterey City Manager Fred Meurer announced the appointment of Mike McCarthy as Assistant City Manager, effective July 6. McCarthy succeeds Fred Cohn, who will be leaving the City after nearly 28 years of service. McCarthy has served with the City for more than 10 years and has been Human Resources Director since 2009. Prior to coming to Monterey, he worked for the City of San Jose and NASA’s Office of the Inspector General. He was also a police officer for the City of Lake Forest Park, WA. He holds a BA degree from San Jose State University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington. Upon making the announcement, City Manager Meurer commented, “Mike will do a great job as Assistant City Manager. He is an excellent leader and is an experienced Department Head respected by all levels of the organization. He has also never forgotten what it is like to be in the trenches; experiences he gained as a police officer.”

New at the Visitors’ Center

Jonathan Ericksen joined the Pacific Grove Tourist Information Center as Assistant Manager last April. His hospitality experience includes the Navy Lodge at Port Hueneme in Ventura County, Olympia Lodge in Pacific Grove, and Wayfarer Inn in Carmel. Prior to that, Ericksen was Assistant General Manager for Papa Johns for six years and attended the Monterey Peninsula College hospitality program.

Jonathan Ericksen

Saturday May 5th, 2012

CHOMP honors volunteers during Volunteer Week

Volunteers who provided nearly 26,000 hours of service for Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in 2011 are being honored at a luncheon on Saturday, the final day of National Volunteer Week. Two volunteers, Roy Lorenz and Brian Kelly, are receiving special recognition for their many years of service. Lorenz joined the Auxiliary in 1993 and has logged 20,000 hours of service ― one of only eight people to do so in the organization’s 57-year history. Lorenz retired after a 41-year career in human resources, primarily at McCormick, the spice company. He has filled a range of roles with the Auxiliary, as an officer and in various areas of service. He currently volunteers in surgery services. Lorenz is also a founding member of the choral group I Cantori and has been in every one of its concerts in its 30-year history. Kelly is marking his 30th anniversary as a volunteer with Hospice of the Central Coast. He went through hospice volunteer training in 1982 and has served in patient care, bereavement, and Community Hospital’s chaplaincy program. He served on the board of directors of Hospice of the Central Coast and was a founding member of the board of Hospice Foundation. Since his retirement in 1983 as an operating manager for Granite Construction, he has been a full-time community volunteer, working not only with hospice but also assisting in the preservation projects of the Carmel, San Juan Bautista, and San Antonio missions. Lorenz and Kelly are among more than 1,000 area residents who volunteer each year with Community Hospital through the Auxiliary, Hospice of the Central Coast, the Comprehensive Cancer Center, Chaplain Services, and the Therapy Dog Program. They provide a broad range of services to patients and their families and friends, and to hospital staff. Their roles include greeting visitors at the main entrance, working in the Comforts gift shop and Fountain Court Café, escorting patients at the Outpatient Surgery Center and Carol Hatton Breast Care Center, providing respite to caregivers, visiting patients at the hospital or at Westland House with specially trained dogs, staffing the hospital lecture series, and providing grief counseling to those who have lost loved ones. “Our volunteers provide vital services to our patients, their families, and our staff every day,” says Dr. Steven Packer, president/CEO. “We are grateful for all they do. Their work is meaningful to those they serve and we believe it is meaningful to the volunteers themselves.” The volunteers are being honored Saturday at Community Hospital’s annual Spring Volunteer Luncheon at the Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach. To learn about volunteer opportunities with Community Hospital, please go online to www.chompvolunteer.org

J.D.Power and Assoc. ranks Rabobank

WHERE: PACIFIC GROVE MIDDLE SCHOOL ATHLETIC FIELD WHAT: PARADE, COMPETITIONS, DEMONSTRATIONS LIVE MUSIC, ART SHOWS, FOOD AND FUN! TO BENEFIT PACIFIC GROVE ROTARY COMMUNITY PROJECTS AND ANIMAL FRIENDS RESCUE PROJECT

California community bank Rabobank, N.A. ranked highest in customer satisfaction among retail banks in California for the second consecutive year, according to a study by J.D. Power and Associates. Rabobank, N.A. received the highest ranking customer satisfaction score of 803, which was 64 points above the industry average of 739 in California. “We’re on a lifelong journey with our customers and earning the top spot in California for the second straight year shows us that we’re on the right path,” said Harry Wardwell, Rabobank regional president. “When you receive an award like this, you can either rest on your laurels or work hard to receive it again. We’ve worked hard and our customers appreciate our effort.” The annual study explores retail banking customers’ satisfaction with their primary financial institution based on six factors: account activities, account information, facility, fees, problem resolution and product offerings. “Our focus for the past year has been refining our customer experience and making banking easier and more accessible,” said Wardwell. “For example, Rabobank customers now have free access to ATMs at more than 500 Walgreens stores throughout California. So no matter where our customers travel, there’s likely to be an ATM nearby they can use free of charge.” Rabobank is in the midst of upgrading the ATMs at all of its 119 branches statewide. The new ATMs have larger, easy-to-read screens and simple touch-screen navigation. Many of the new machines will offer an enhanced deposit feature, allowing customers to deposit cash and checks without using an envelope. In addition, Rabobank has continued to expand its branch network with the recent opening of a branch and agribusiness center in Santa Rosa. The bank also recently relocated one of its Ventura branches to a site with better parking, easier access and a community room that local non-profits can use free of charge. Even with the new branches and ATMs, the bank continues to focus on its personal relationships with customers and the community. “We hear from our customers all the time that they like being greeted by name, that they like a friendly smile, that they like a firm handshake,” said Wardwell. “Our employees here in Pacific Grove truly care about their customers and their community and it shows.” The J.D. Power and Associates 2012 U.S. Retail Banking Satisfaction StudySM is based on responses from nearly 52,000 retail banking customers nationally regarding their experiences with their banking provider. The study, now in its seventh year, was fielded in January and February 2012.


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Pacific Grove

Sports and Leisure Golf Tips

Ben Alexander PGA PGA Teaching Professional, Pacific Grove Golf Links, Poppy Hills Golf Course PGA Teacher Of The Year, No Cal PGA 831-277-9001 www.benalexandergolf.com

Museum Summer Camp Registration Now Open

Catalyst Soccer Little Skillsbuilders Camp

Ben Alexander

Date: July 2nd-July 6th ( Mon-Fri.) Time: 9:30am to 11 am Location: Pacific Grove (Pacific Grove Middle) Who: Boys and Girls ( Ages 4-6) Cost: $75 Little Skillsbuilders (Boys + Girls ages 4-6) 9:30am-11am

The Catalyst Soccer Club's highly popular Little SkillBuilder Program is an excellent course on becoming a fundamentally sound, young soccer player–regardless of beginning skill or experience level. All boys and girls (ages 4-6) who have the desire to become better players are welcome. Taught by a staff of top local youth coaches and collegiate players who show "by example" how to become a more skillful player. Topics covered include simple moves, turns, fakes, many ball-control techniques and fun soccer-related games for your new soccer player This summer, Catalyst Soccer is celebrating a WORLD CUP Summer! The World Cup is the largest and most watching sporting event on the planet, and like the Olympics takes place only once every four years. Thirty two of the top national teams will be play a month-long tournament to see who will be crowned soccer champions of the world. We hope to inspire all those new and young soccer players out there this summer!

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History announces that they are now taking registration for three age-specific sections of Summer Day Camps. The camps being offered this year are as follows:

Pre-School Camp, July 9-13, 9am-1pm daily

This camp will have your little ones exploring their natural world. Campers will learn about local plants and animals through stories, crafts, and hands-on explorations. $200 for the 5-day session. Ages 4-6.

Art & Nature Camp, July 16-20, 9am-3pm daily

This camp will explore the art in nature. Campers will explore ways they can utilize nature to make art in natural dying, drawing with squid ink, and finding Fibonacci number sequence in the oddest of places. $200 for the 5-day session. Ages 7-10.

Food Frenzy Camp, July 23-27, 9am-3pm daily

This camp is just what it sounds like. Campers will dive into the science and culture of food. We will look at the chemistry of baking, play with molecular gastronomy and get down and dirty with the science and culture surrounding local fisheries. $200 for the 5-day session. Ages 11-13. For more information on summer camps, please contact Annie Holdren at holdren@pgmuseum.org, phone: 831-648-5716, ext. 17 or Ann Wasser at limpets@pgmuseum.org, phone 831-648-5716, ext. 14

Monterey Regional Parks classes this week Portraits in the Park

Every one asks me where I play my ball position with my woods. Driver, three wood and five wood.. All of the woods need to be played forward off the inside of the LEFT heel. The reason is the shafts of the woods are long -- the longest club in the bag -- so it takes longer for the club face to get around the body and square up to the ball. The mistake many players make is to play the ball too far back in their stance and this is a big reason so many people slice. Play the ball forward with all of the woods to hit it straighter.

Capture the perfect group photo! Strengthen portraits during family gatherings and picnics or on hikes. This basic class provides an introduction on camera functions and lighting. Simple techniques bolster your ability to direct subjects and eliminate distractions that affect your portrait. Tips work in all weather conditions, with one person or many people. SLR and point-and-shoot cameras acceptable. Instructor: Fred Chamberlain. Ages 15-adult, Saturday, April 28, 10 AM-2 PM, Garland Park Visitor Center, 700 W. Carmel Valley Road, $50 (district resident), $55 (non-district resident).

By the Light of the Silvery Moon

Nighttime photography opens a whole new world of photographic possibilities that are both compelling and challenging. Using the moon as your only light source, learn to properly expose your digital images. Utilizing long exposures creates images with mystery and mood that are quite different from daytime photography. Instructor: David J. Gubernick. Ages 18 and up, Tuesday, May 1, 6 PM-11 PM, Big Sur (see mprpd.orgfor details), $89 (district resident), $98 (nondistrict resident). To register online, go to mprpd.org and register with Visa, MasterCard or Discover. Walk-in registrations are accepted Tuesday-Friday from 11 AM to 1 PM at the MPRPD office, 60 Garden Court, Suite 325, Monterey (checks, money orders and credit cards accepted). Pre-registration is strongly recommended. There will be an additional charge of $5 to register on the day of class (space permitting). On-site registration will begin 20 minutes prior to the start of class. All check-in and registration closes 5 minutes before the class begins. For more information, please call Joseph at 372-3196, ext. 102, or send an e-mail to narvaez@mprpd.org.

Deadline for publication of Legal Notices is noon Wednesday before publication. We accept all credit cards. Call 831-324-4742 for details.

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Times • April 27, 2012

Pacific Grove

Sports and Leisure It takes more than athletes to make a track meet Annual Rotary Track and Field Meet last weekend at Pacific Grove High School

Photos by Peter Mounteer


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Monterey High “Gypsy”

Full of Million Dollar Moments

Debut director Anthony Tringali brings it, while The Monterey High Players execute it, to create unforgettable limelights, making this surprise review well worth writing. Sofie Sarlat maintained a constant command of the stage and aced her character, “Rose.” Mama Rose Hovic was completely complimented by her charming co-star ‘Herbie,’ played by Harrison von Saltza. The entire show was enhanced by the impressive performance, simplistically and masterfully executed with wide variety by Clara Navaille as ‘Louise’ (Gypsy Rose Lee). There are lots of surprises in this show and they are all attributes of extraordinary effectiveness due to choreography, crewman ship, attention to details and the willing spirits of the exuberant cast. Aside from my good fortune to have been invited by the real-life nephew of the real-life Gypsy Rose Lee, Nick Hovic (beloved son of the late local theatrical icon, Marsha Hovic), this production leaves nothing un-fulfilled. From wonderful casting to detailed cos-

Play Review

Katie Shain tume delights, every thought-filled nuance enlivened this first class experience. Tringali will be graduating from Monterey High on the eighth of June 2012, and his plans for Los Angeles have already been made. Just as Tringali impressively did his research on the score of Gypsy, Tringali has done his research for establishing his career and himself in Hollywood. Consideration of a position as a tour guide for Warner Brothers was stated in his initial venture options listed among his personal connections. Hovic affectionately and unexaggeratedly referred to Tringali as “Anthony-Seinfeld.” I would concur. Larry Welch is the present iconic acting coach for

The Monterey High School Theatre, at 101 Hermann Dr. in Monterey/ The MHS Theatre itself is a mini replication of the renowned 1,441 seat professional and educational Guthrie Theatre, constructed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1963. The divine challenge, if one can get a seat for this final weekend run, is to retain the realization that this is a high-school production, directed by a soon to be graduating high school senior.

Final shows: April 27, 28*, 29* at 7:30 p.m. *special matinee at 2:00pm. Information: montereyhighdrama.com Tickets at the door: Students, $5 Senior citizens $10 • Adults $15

Camerata Singers Spring Gala Fri., May 11 and Sun., May 13 Clara Navaille (‘Louise’)

Camerata Singers’ annual Spring Gala will be in a new location this year, at Hidden Valley Music Seminars, 88 Carmel Valley Road in Carmel Valley. The Sunday performance is from 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. There will be a full concert performance and live and silent auctions, delicious food and fine wine. The proceeds benefit the Camerata Futures youth program, which brings in auditioned students from area high schools to sing with the group in their spring concerts.“This year’s auctions items are better than ever!” said a spokesperson. If you are unable to attend Arts in Harmony on Sunday, we will also be presenting our concert program on Friday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Salinas. Tickets are available at the Bookmark, 307 Forest Ave. in Pacific Grove, at Pilgrim’s Way in Carmel, Wild Bird Haven in Monterey and Zeph’s 1-Stop in Salinas. Cost is $45 per person. For more information on the Spring Gala, call 831642-2701.

“Music for the Soul, Food for the Bowl”

Camerata Singers has partnered with Food Bank for Monterey County. At each of our concert venues we will have a donation box to collect food for distribution to needy Monterey County families. Help us help others by bringing a small donation of non-perishable food (please no glass containers).

Anthony Tringali (director)

Sofie Sarlat (‘Rose’)

Pacific Grove Rotary Members provide

Volunteer Assistance

to Seniors in the Pacific Grove area.

We are happy to offer a helping hand to Pacific Grove neighbors who have a difficult time with common household repairs due to a physical condition or safety issues. For more information, please contact

831-424-0911

or hometeam@pgrotary.org Proud Partners:


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Times • April 27, 2012

Arts and Events

Up and Coming Heritage House Awards set for May 11

Pacific Grove High School

Young Writer’s Corner Our Life on Earth by Lauren Dykman

Above: The Gordon home at 142 19th Avenue in Pacific Grove, an example of historic restoration. At right is a “before” picture of the same property.

On Fri., May11, the Heritage Society of Pacific Grove will present its 34th Annual Heritage House Awards. The event is free to the public and will be held at the Natural History Museum in Pacific Grove, located at 165 Forest Avenue. The awards ceremony and lecture will start at 7:00 p.m. Call 831-372-2898 for more information. The evening will feature Home Awards in four categories, Preservation, Rehabilitation, Commercial, and New Construction. Criteria involved in choosing the winners include quality of work, scope and difficulty of the project, innovation and problem solving, standard the project sets for the community, and positive impact on the community. Local Architect James McCord will be this year’s special guest speaker. The evening promises to be fun and informative for long-time residents and first-time visitors alike. The Heritage Society of Pacific Grove was founded in 1975 and encourages the restoration and preservation of Pacific Grove’s historic buildings. They strive to educate present-day residents about local history and historic preservation and hope to instill pride in the community and its architectural resources.

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Catching local sports in action

There is nothing but a heartbeat. And swaying. The fluid movement of the ocean. My body licked by sunlight and caressed by kelp. I lie quiescent, face-down, arms outstretched, watching dancing fish cast shadows on sturdy rocks. A leopard shark, like a patch of sun, rock, plant, and shadow, glides beneath me. Such encounters with nature give me my most cherished gift: the ability to view the world through the eyes of a scientist. Now, when I snorkel above a leopard shark, I see everything connected to everything else, a flow of energy, a link between humanity and the global ecology. I see the history of life flash before my eyes... In the beginning, there was light. Sunlight poured upon the steaming sea. Frothy waves met the groaning volcanoes of the continent, and in turmoil elements linked, grew, and stacked energy upon energy. Molecules joined, cells split, tiny feelers bumped and nudged their tactile world, mindless and blind yet driven by deeply ingrained purpose. The elements of the earth rose, joined onto organisms that grew outward, channeled the sun’s energy into consciousness. And the day dawned when eyes opened and beheld their new world. Never did the elements question why they rose from ashes and came to life. Life is the way it is. The shark beneath me never questions why it snaps at darting fish, lusting to feed on flesh. Creatures live and die by legions for biological progression, fighting tooth and claw, blood for blood, always to the death. Corpses pile atop corpses creating the womb in which the living set their roots. The ceaseless battle endures on Earth for billions of years, proving that life always has been and always will be worth fighting for. By dying, the fish nourishes the shark and locks energy in the system. The shark advances life by growing strong to reproduce. Without thinking, without questioning, they battle to sustain their organic system. Life is a cycle dependent on elegant balance. Once in the ecosystem, substances remain. The water in which I float cycled through the sky, the soil, the veins of dinosaurs. The earth makes bodies, and bodies make the earth. For me, realizing mankind’s equality with all creatures was not a shattering, but an awakening into an interconnected web of shared energy. Now, as I watch the leopard shark bask, I recognize my responsibility to the planet. My experiences with nature changed my life because they allowed me to view mankind in the context of natural history. Humanity does not exist outside the ecosystem; it is part of it. Therefore, I hope every person will inherit his or her time on Earth with integrity and participate responsibly in Earth’s global ecology. For although individuals are but tiny travelers, isolated to their time and place, they are nevertheless connected to everything else in the web of life. Just as we are composed of pieces of all who came before, our actions will affect all who come after.


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New You

Health and Well-Being

Sprouting seeds: It’s all about the compost!

I thought this would be a great time to share my system for planting seeds, along with how and why I successfully start our seedlings for the garden… Because I hear a lot of people this time of year trying to decide if they should sprout seeds or purchase seedlings for their Spring garden. Naturally, certain seeds do best planted right into the soil, lettuces, mesclun greens, radishes and roots to mention a few. What about the others that prefer a more pampered upbringing? What I have come to, as my system for successfully starting seeds, is a seed planting/sprouting table. Upon an old planting table I have about five 6 inch x 36 inch and 6 inches deep rectangle planters. In the bottom they are filled with rock to provide the proper drainage needed to prevent mold and rot. I don’t buy much soil anymore with the compost up and going, but I do keep one bag of a nice organic potting soil. (Foxfarm, frog, or something organic with humic acid and earthworm castings is best.) I keep my planting table protected from full sun, hard rain and frost under-

Amy Coale Solis MH

Amy Herbalist neath a large tree. Once you have filled the rest of the planter with the potting soil you can use a small block to pat the soil down lightly and use the edge to make two long mini trenches to place the seeds in. Give each seed an inch or two between for space and pat flat with the block before watering lightly, then keeping the soil forgivingly damp. Once the plants get up to size you can transplant them into the garden, top off the planter with fresh organic potting soil and sprout something new all year round. I have found that plants that are started from seed catch up fast, do very well and very often better than those that are bought in from out and about. The main reason I start my garden

Monterey County Sheriff’s Office will take back unwanted prescrption drugs

from seed is because the plants’ immunity is stronger, they’re more resistant and better producing. Bringing plants in from other places such as nurseries can result in an infestation of super-bugs or aphids in you home garden very quickly. Get your seeds from a local non-GMO source that has been tested and trialed for your area, it makes a big difference (I use Renee’s Seeds). Once you learn this… it’s all about the compost! Amy Solis lives a Natural-Holistic lifestyle. She is a local Master Herbalist, Certified Nutritional Consultant and Certified Health Specialist. Amy also bakes Sourdough Bread, makes raw artisan

Goats Cheese, is a Homesteader/Homemaker, and Organic Home Gardener. She writes for the Cedar Street Times as well as publishes her personal Amy Herbalist Newsletter. “My passions are gardening and growing my own food, learning about herbs and studying their healing properties, and sharing with others the wonderful benefits I have discovered, to help people reach optimum health through nutrition and to educate them about the healing properties of food and herbs. My goals are to continue studying, practicing and sharing the benefits of herbs, nutrition, and a sustainable lifestyle.” If you would like to speak with a Herb•Nutrition•Homesteading Specialist I will be happy to answer your questions, work with you, your family, your health, and your natural-holistic lifestyle. Have a question or would like to schedule a Free Replenishing2012 consultation contact: Herb•Nutrition•Homesteading Specialist Amy Solis (831) 262-6522 & Amyherbalist.com

Natural Health Holistice Lifestyle Consultant

Certified Health Specialist

On Saturday April 28th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to any of the three locations listed below;

Master Herbalist

Certified Nutritional Consultant

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Salinas and North Monterey County:

Starbucks Coffee Shop, Prunetree Shopping Center, 17543 Vierra Canyon Road, Salinas

Monterey Coastal Area:

Bank of America, Crossroads Shopping Center, Hwy 1 & Rio Road, Carmel

South Monterey County:

City

South Monterey County Fire Protection District, 51251 Pine Canyon Road, King

The service is free and anonymous, and no questions will be asked. A Sheriff’s Deputy will be present at the collection site to provide security for the disposed medications. Americans participating in the DEA’s three previous Take-Back Days turned in nearly a million pounds―almost 500 tons―of prescription drugs at over 5,300 sites operated by more than 4,000 of the DEA’s state and local law enforcement partners. Last fall’s event encouraged participation by long term care facilities and Indian nations as well as the general public. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines, flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Refer to the DEA website at www.dea.gov for additional details and information.

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The Green Page Seal pup count this week

How did you celebrate Earth Day?

Our Roving Reporter on the Seal Scene advises that the seal count may have peaked at 74 last Monday, April 23. As of press time, there were 69 pups at Hopkins and another 10 at 5th Street. The other pups may have already been weaned -- there has been enough time -- or they may have been lost to natural causes. Though there is little or no sand at 5th Street, there were 10 pups born there so far, and the seals are using rock. The temporary fence the City built have been extended and are the longest they’ve ever been. The entire harbor seal colony, which pups at both Hopkins in PG and Cypress Point in Pebble Beach, has probably 700 harbor seals in it these days. It started with 6 back in the mid-60s, something like 45 years ago.

Public Meeting on CCA  

Cedar Street Times invites you to a presentation on the concept of Community Choice Aggregation with Don Prescott on First Friday, May 4, 6:00 p.m., at City Council Chambers, 300 Forest Avenue in Pacific Grove. There will be a slide presentation and a question-and-answer period during which the public can learn about CCA and how to participate in this program.

come celebrate

ARBOR DAY 2012 friday, april 27 at 4:00 PM come plant a tree come grab a shovel

PACIFIC GROVE CITY HALL PLAZA 300 forest ave come come come come

rain or shine listen cheer eat ice cream

come just because . . . you like trees

Ophie (from Winning Wheels), Ashley and Margaret worked in Sustainable PG’s garden and celebrated the Kick Off Day on Earth Day. Sustainable PG has established a group of community gardeners in Pacific Grove and developed a garden. The group hasreceived donations of lumber and mulch, seeds, gloves, compost from community members and businesses. Neighboring is a bicycle shop and Sustainable PG will hold a garden-to-garden bicycle run to the sister garden in Monterey. “We are so proud of our beautiful natural resources and community,” said Karin Locke, the chairperson for the garden.

Earth Day marked a milestone for Monterey Bay volunteers

For the benefit of the marine environment, Save Our Shores (SOS) advises that 555 community volunteers banded together on Earth Day to prevent 853 pounds of pollution from entering the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. With at least 15 different school, civic, religious, and business groups participating, three Adopt-a-Levee groups on the San Lorenzo River, and hundreds of drop-in volunteers in both Santa Cruz and Monterey, it marked the single-largest Earth Day cleanup effort at Monterey Bay. Four public cleanups took place at the following locations: the San Lorenzo River at Water Street Bridge, at Cowell/Main Beach, at Manresa State Beach, and at Del Monte Beach at Wharf #2 in Monterey. In addition, three Adopt-a-Levee groups held cleanups on the San Lorenzo River at the following locations: the Sunrise Rotary Club cleaned between Felker St. and the Water St. Bridge, Albert’s Organics was at Laurel St. Bridge to Riverside Ave. Bridge, and the Rotary Club of Santa Cruz cleaned between the Riverside Ave. Bridge and the river-mouth. The four river cleanups along the San Lorenzo River in downtown Santa Cruz removed a total 315 pounds of pollution from our local watershed. Of that, 244 pounds were trash and 71 pounds were recyclables. At Cowell/Main Beach, Manresa State Beach, and Del Monte Beach in Monterey, more than 420 volunteers worked together to prevent 459 pounds of trash and 79 pounds of recycling, for a total 538 pounds of pollution removed from area beaches in under three hours. “With over 550 volunteers, this year was our biggest volunteer effort ever on Earth Day! It is so exciting to see volunteers from Santa Cruz to Aptos to Monterey all working hard to care for this amazing corner of the earth. And what a perfect weekend for people to get outdoors to volunteer for and celebrate the earth.” said Andrew Hoeksema, Coordinator of Volunteer Programs at Save Our Shores. “It’s incredible, really. Last year, over 2,400 pounds of pollution and debris were removed from just two cleanup sites. This year, we had seven cleanup sites, over 550 volunteers, and just over 850 pounds of pollution and debris were recovered. The Save Our Shores team considers this a great victory in the ongoing quest for healthy oceans. More people pitching in and less pollution found than in past years makes us very, very happy,” Says Colleen Bednarz, Communications Coordinator at Save Our Shores. About Save Our Shores: Save Our Shores is the Central Coast leader in caring for the marine environment through ocean awareness, advocacy and citizen action. Over the last 30 years, Save Our Shores helped to establish the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, prevent offshore oil drilling and cruise ship pollution, and today focuses on educating youth about our local watersheds, tackling pollution on our beaches and rivers, implementing our renowned DockWalker program, and providing our community with educated and inspired Sanctuary Stewards. For more information visit: www.saveourshores.org.


April 27th, 2012 Issue