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Kiosk Fri., Feb 18 8-10 p.m. 2nd Annual Mardi-Gras Carnival Fundraiser for Haiti Partners in Health Sambahemians Chautauqua Hall 16th and Central, PG Tickets $10-20 / Youth $5

Fri., Feb. 18 - 22 “Prince and the Pauper” MPC Story Book Theater 980 Fremont St., Monterey Tickets $9-15 For Further Information: www. • Fri., Feb. 18 &19 “Once Upon a Mattress” Stevenson School Performing Arts Tickets $6-12 For Further Information: www.stevensonschool. org/boxoffice • Fri., Feb. 25 6-9 p.m. Art, Wine & Music Walk Selected Downtown Studios 7-9 p.m. PG Art Center Opening Live Music 586 Lighthouse Ave. • Sat., Feb. 26 4:00 p.m Opening / Reception Living with Mountain Lions Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History 165 Forest Ave., PG

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Pacific Grove Community News

Break in the clouds

Saturday, February 26 *Richard March & Tyler Ragle* “Kings & Thieves” Singer/songwriters 7:30 - 9:30 PM ~ $10.00 cover The Works 667 Lighthouse Ave 831-372-2242 • Sun., Feb. 27 Drawing and Reception Art for Sean MBEC Gallery 153 Fountain Ave. •

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A life of dance - Page 12-13

A break in the clouds above the Coast Guard pier, caught by Cameron Douglas’s camera. Just when we thought we were in the middle of spring, a series of storms caught the Monterey Peninsula offguard.

CNA charged with elder theft

A Certified Nursing Assistant is being held at Monterey County Jail on charges of burglary and theft from a dependent adult. The thefts involved jewelry, cash and credit information from an elderly woman who resides at the Canterbury Woods retirement community. Pacific Grove officers took Jonalyn Doniego, 26, of Seaside into custody at her Sonoma Street residence near midnight on Feb. 12. With assistance from a private investigator, PGPD launched a thorough investigation late last year. Commander John Nyunt praised the private investigator as being “at the forefront” of the case. Nyunt, Detective Meghan Bliss and Sergeant Jose Figueroa made the arrest. sThe case came to the attention of law enforcement when the Canterbury resident came forward with her suspicions. “We need to listen to our elderly folks,” Nyunt remarked. The investigation continues pending additional charges.

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Council rejects proposed sex offender ordinance The Pacific Grove City Council turned down a proposed new sex offender ordinance at the regular meeting on Feb. 16. Amid concern by council members about the effectiveness of the ordinance and how such a law might impact local businesses, a motion to take no further action carried 5-2. There were also questions raised about how such a law might be enforced. City Attorney David Laredo said he researched the types of restrictions in other California localities at the behest of Mayor Garcia and Council Member Dan Miller. Laredo drafted an ordinance that blended those practices. Sex offender registration laws are commonplace in California. The Wetterling Act of 1994 requires each state to adopt minimum standards for sex offender registration and community notification. In 1996, Megan’s Law went into effect allowing public access to sex offender information. In the enactment of Megan’s Law, the California Legislature stated that: (1) Sex offenders pose a potentially high risk of committing further sex offenses after release from incarceration or commitment, and the protection of the public from this danger is a paramount public interest; (2) A primary government interest is to protect vulnerable populations from potential harm, and; (3) To protect the safety and general welfare of the people it is necessary to limit activities of sex offenders which may enable their access and use of private information. Similar laws have been enacted in all 50 states. California voters passed Prop 83 in 2007. Known as Jessica’s Law, it prohibits sex offenders released from prison from living within 2,000 feet of parks and schools, and mandates Global Positioning System supervision for life. The addition of Chapter 11.110 to the Municipal Code to Limit Activities of Persons Convicted as Sex Offenders would have involved four core restrictions: 11.110.030: Limitation on employment (and volunteers) working with minors. 11.110.040: Limitation on employment on motor vehicles engaged in retail sales of frozen desserts. 11.110.050: Limitation on employment enabling inspection of personal identification.

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11.110.060: Limitation on employers of sex offenders. Under the proposed ordinance, no convicted sex offender would be employed within the city in any position, paid or volunteer, if that offender would be working directly and in an unaccompanied setting with minor children “on more than an incidental or occasional basis,” or have supervision or disciplinary power over minors. This would have included home service workers. Convicted sex offenders also would not, within the city, be allowed to perform duties as an employee or volunteer where they are allowed or required to ask another person to show, provide, copy or scan proof of personal identification, home address or other physical contact information. The proposed Pacific Grove ordinance also stated that no employer within the city could allow any sex offender employee or volunteers to engage in any activity prohibited by the new ordinance. “This [ordinance] is more comprehensive than most,” Laredo said. Many places have similar laws, he said, but he has not found any that include all four proposals. Laredo emphasized the new ordinance was not aimed at preventing sex offenders from working. “This is not intended as punitive. It’s for public safety.”


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Legal Notices ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: Petition of DRENNON RAY PRUETT Case No. M110583 Filed February 8, 2011. To all interested persons: Petitioner Drennon Ray Pruett filed a petition with this court for a decree changing name as follows: present name DRENNON RAY PRUETT to proposed name DRENNON RAY KIMPTON. 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: April 08, 2011 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept. 15. 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: March 11, 2011 Judge of the Superior Court: Kay Kingsley. Publication dates: 2/18/11, 2/25/11, 3/4/11, 3/11/2011. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: Petition of REBECCA GAMECHO & BUNRIM PIN Case No. M103221 Filed January 25, 2011. To all interested persons: Petitioner Rebecca Gamecho & Bunrim Pin filed a petition with this court for a decree changing name as follows: present name REBECCA JEAN GAMECHO to proposed name REBECCA ELIZABETH PIN and COLTON LUKE GAMECHO to proposed name COLTON LUKE PIN. 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: March 18, 2011 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: January 25, 2011 Judge of the Superior Court: Kay Kingsley. Publication dates: 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18/11. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 201101164 The following person is doing business as Victorian House Cleaning and Maintenance, 547 Evergreen Road, Monterey County, CA 93950; Carmelita Garcia, 547 Evergreen Road, Pacific Grove, CA. 93950. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on January 24, 2011. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signed: Carmelita Garcia. This business is conducted by an individual. Publication dates: 01/28/11, 02/04/11, 02/11/11, 02/18/11.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 20110113 The following persons are doing business as Well Scents, 1243 Shell Avenue, Monterey County, CA 93950; Cheryl Diane Beller, 1243 Shell Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA. 93950. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on January 14, 2011. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 01/01/2011. Signed: Cheryl Beller. This business is conducted by an individual. Publication dates: 01/28/11, 02/04/11, 02/11/11, 02/18/11.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 20110235 The following person is doing business as Zoom Room Monterey Bay, 120 Central Ave, Pacific Grove, Monterey County, CA 93950; Anagol Singh Inc., 1122 Piedmont Ave, Pacific Grove, CA. 93950. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on January 31, 2011. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signed: Ratna Anagol, CEO & President. This business is conducted by a corporation. Publication dates: 02/04, 02/11, 02/18, 02/25/11.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 20110345 The following person is doing business as Compassionate Care Monterey Bay, 2160 California Ave., #214, Sand City Monterey County, CA 93955; Carmela Surbeck, 2160 California Ave., #214 Sand City, CA. 93955. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on February 14, 2011. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signed: Carmela Surbeck. This business is conducted by an individual. Publication dates: 02/18, 02/25. 3/4, 3/11/11.

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February 18, 2011 • CEDAR STREET

PGHS Young Writers’ Club

Marge Ann Jameson

Young Writers’ Corner

Cop log

To Me, To You

by Lindsey Morin To the infected girl pulling up her skirt, To the children with old, sunken eyes, To the parted lips waiting for something that will never come, To the umbrella craving the rain, To the empty picture frame, To the boy that jumped, To the eyes shut to reality, To the unwanted hugs, To the blank walls, To the illegible graffiti, To the broken guitar strings, To the girl skinny dipping alone, To the hand with nothing to hold, To the shoulders with nothing to hold up, To the lost mermaids, To the inevitable end, To you, To me, Welcome to the machine.* *italicized words from the song “Welcome to the Machine” by Pink Floyd

Times • Page 3

Separation Anxiety X1

A welfare check on an elderly female friend of the reporting party revealed no problems. Someone was taking care of her pet and the house appeared to be in order.

PG Doggone Dog Report Separation Anxiety X3

Officer was dispatched to a report of dogs barking non-stop. There were priors on the address on Pine Garden Lane. The owner was contacted by cell phone and agreed to come home and secure the animals. The next day officers were dispatched to the same address for the same complaint about the same dogs doing the same thing and a citation was issued.

Separation Anxiety X2

A dog was reported to be barking nonstop on 2nd Avenue. When the officer arrived, it was still barking. There were two names on the mailbox, but officer was unable to contact either person. Photos were taken of the barking dog but it apparently kept on barking. Maybe it didn’t like the mug shot.

Here’s when a chain makes sense

A red pit bull chewed through its cloth leash and lunged at a dog walker and her dog. The dog walker was tripped; she fell and was cut, though she says the pit bull did not bite her. The pit bull’s owner was cited for “dog at large.” The dog walker went to the doctor.

Lost and Found Lost purse: Actually, a left purse

Subject reported leaving her purse behind and being unable to retrieve it as the shop was closed when she returned. She’ll check again in the morning.


A bicycle was found on Asilomar and turned in.

Digital Camcorder

A digital camcorder was found on Sunset Drive. It is unknown if there was anything fun on it or not. A wallet was reported lost at the Safeway store some 3-5 weeks ago. The log did not indicate why the reporting party waited so long to report it.

We feel that way, too

Drive-through insurance

A wallet was lost in front of the post office, and the reporting party said it has sentimental value. A brown wallet was lost on Lighthouse Ave.

Abandoned vehicles towed

Evans Ave., Jewell Ave., Eardley Ave.

Where there’s smoke there’s not always a flame

On Lighthouse Ave., a vehicle was reported to be on fire. There was smoke coming out from under the hood but no flames. The fire department opened the hood and disconnected the battery, the smoke cleared, they left a note for the owner and everybody went home.

Hard to make a fast getaway

A man tried to steal a case of whiskey from Trader Joe’s. The whiskey was recovered, the bad guy was not.

Attempts and successes

A home on Pine Ave. was burglarized but it is not known when. Someone tried to burglarize a home on Junipero but was unsuccessful. A person on Arkwright Ct. said her meds were missing but officers said her place was a mess and they wonder if she had the meds at all. A non-opped motocycle was stolen on Lighthouse Ave., not sure when.


PGHS Class of 1974 Thomas Mark Tolen 1956-2011

Stopping in the office At approximately 4 pm on Feb. 16, a Subaru Forester driven by Galina Griffiths jumped the sidewalk on the 700 block of Lighthouse, coming to rest inside the front office of Tom McKinney Insurance. No one was hurt, and police listed the incident as an accident. Sources at the office said contractors must assess the damage before a claim can be sent in. Photo by Dan Cort.

Tom Tolen died suddenly and unexpectedly in his Antioch, California home on February 11, 2011. He was born in Ray, Colorado on April 4, 1956, and spent his childhood years in Nebraska, and in Huntington Beach, California. He moved to Pacific Grove in the summer of 1970 and started at PGHS as a freshman in the Fall of 1970. Tom was on the PG High basketball team all four years, and on the football team his sophomore and junior years. After graduation in 1974, he attended MPC, and then Orange Coast College, and completed his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at UC Irvine in 1979. He spent two years in the Peace Corps in Morocco from 1980-82. He returned to do graduate studies in International Policy at the Monterey Institute of International Studies from 1984-86. Tom worked in the lighting business at The Home Lighter in Pacific Grove from 1984 to 1990, and had his own business, Illuminating Concepts, in Pacific Grove from 1990-92. He moved to the Bay Area in 1992, and worked in the lighting business at Ely Associates in San Francisco, from 1992-96, and at AfterImage/Design+ in Berkeley, from 1996-99. He had his own lighting design business, TMT Associates, from 1999, until his death. He was very active in professional lighting and engineering associations. Tom was predeceased by his father, Richard, in October of last year. Tom is survived by his loving wife, Donna Wheeler Tolen, his mother, Donna Tolen, sister, Anne Tolen Furlong, brothers, David, Christopher, and Patrick, and 13 nieces and nephews. He will always be remembered by PGHS alumni as a great friend who was nice to all, really loved a good laugh, and was an ardent fan and student of rock music. He will be missed by all who knew him. A memorial ceremony will be held by his friends in Pacific Grove on March 12, 2011. For information regarding this ceremony, send an email to:


Times • February 18, 2011

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 “High Hats” are not our words. They are quoted from Pacific Grove/Monterey publications from 100 years in the past. Our journalistic predecessors held to the highest possible standards for their day, as do we at Cedar Street Times. 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. The News … from 1911. Claim your mail, please Postmaster James Harper has advised the editor of this newspaper that he is holding quite a number of unclaimed letters. Among the oldest are letters addressed to Mrs. McPinoll, Mrs. W. E. Parrish, and Miss Myrtle Parrish. I Bogus bills flood area The constables of several communities have issued a warning to all shopkeepers and hotel men to scrutinize closely all bank notes of the denomination of $10 before accepting them. Harry Moffitt, operator in charge of the San Francisco branch of the United States Secret Service, is keeping a lookout for the gang of men who are passing spurious money. These brigands have moved northward from California’s southern climes, through Los Angeles, and are now beginning to work the peninsula. It is thought that probably San Francisco and adjacent cities will be next on the list for the distribution of this phony money. The bills are faded in color, their backs being a lighter shade of green than those of the genuine items. The lathe work is described as poor. Instead of being engraved on both sides of one piece of paper, the bills are composed of two pieces stuck back to back. The silk fiber in the genuine bills is imitated by inserting shreds of silk between the two halves of the bogus notes. The paper is not of excellent quality. Moffitt suggests that refusals to accept $10 notes might be the best course for the duration. II

Borunda art on display

Calling himself a plein air painter, Lester Borunda, who began settling in the Grove more than a year ago, has now said that he is ready with his first exhibition. Some of his pieces hang in the lobby of the Del Monte Hotel, Paul Elder’s Art Gallery, and Rabjohn and Morcom’s gallery, and more can be viewed at the Borunda studio located at 214 Chestnut street. Borunda specializes in scenes from the Grove as well as from Monterey and Carmel. Among the most interesting of his pieces are those of old adobes painted in gray and silver. His miniatures also attract much attention. Plan Saturday to attend the artist’s reception anytime between 2 and 6.

Facts about your Sunday school

The largest organization on earth is the Sunday school. Sunday school can brag of more than twenty-six million members to be found in every nation. As a matter of fact, every state in the United States and every province in Canada is elaborately organized for Sunday school work so that the most remote cross-roads school is brought into touch with the large organizations. Every one of the 206 Protestant denominations, as well as some of Roman Catholic parishes, contain

Sunday schools with participants ranging from infants to the elderly: all study weekly. Their lessons are prepared by committees of eminent scholars. The members of the Sunday school provide ideas and assistance. For all who presently attend Sunday school, this newspaper extends its congratulations. For those who do not, why not select a Sunday school to try this weekend. You might find that you like it. III Miss Cornelia Perry entertains children Last Friday, children from the Grove gathered in the afternoon from 3 until 5 in the home of Mrs. Ernestine Davis. They proved to be a jolly band as they were entertained by the antics of Miss Cornelia Perry. Visiting children were also delighted with ice cream, cookies, fruit, and pink lemonade. Part of the afternoon’s entertainment consisted of story-telling by Miss Perry who was once Mrs. Davis’ teacher. Music and games added to the fun. Those participating were Irene Grant, Leola White, Hazel White, George Culp, Helen Barbour, Leroy Todd, Leslie Todd, Ruth Gibson, Jessie Leslie, Lettie Kidd, Jessie Harper, George Davis, Jim Davis, and Billie Jones.

Notes from around the area… •

Guests coming this spring or summer? Pacific Grove Hotel offers the very best lodging that you can provide.

Do not forget the organ recital to be performed Saturday evening by Prof. Louis King of King’s Conservatory of Music, San Jose. This will be a rare musical treat that you cannot afford to miss. Prof King is registered at the Del Mar, where he will welcome those who wish to call.

The Pacific Grove bath house will be open every day following the first of the month.

The El Bethel Mission will host preaching and praise services on Sunday afternoon beginning at 3 o’clock.

Johnston Bros & Campbell Store promises good goods, not to mention full weight.

Monterey Real Estate has a number of Grove lots for sale at less than ½ the true value. We promise it will pay you to investigate.

The cost of living… •

Need financial help? Have a job? Loans available from C. R. Harris at a mere 4.5%.

J. A. Pell offers complete funerary services from body pick-up to burial. Embalming and funeral included. Complimentary use of parlor for viewing, or view in the home of the deceased. $13.50.

Is your cooking stove cold for lack of wood? Tim McCullough will deliver a cord of pine for $2.50. Dry oak runs $6.50 a cord.

Beardsley Groceries has purchased a quantity of fresh-canned fruits from Mexican markets. 15¢.

Author’s Notes I The practice of the post office holding mail addressed only to someone in a particular community proved to be the forerunner of “General Delivery”. II With more than 1/3 of the nation’s currency being counterfeit, a worried President Abraham Lincoln asked Congress to form an agency to deal with the trend. Later called the United States Secret Service, this agency was also asked to guard Presidents after the assassination of William McKinley. During the late 1800s and early 1900s the nation was still awash in counterfeit money, often clumsily forged. In 1920, the Secret Service began organizing to take better and more aggressive steps in sidetracking counterfeiters.

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III The journalistic emphasis on Sunday schools was prompted by an attempt to organize schools of every denomination into a worldwide union. Several national meetings were held, one in San Francisco, but inter-denominational squabbling about what would and would-not be taught squashed the effort. Please note! Readers are advised that the 1911 prices quoted herein are no longer valid, nor are these items / properties available from the mentioned seller. The Cedar Street Times appreciates the callers who have attempted to advantage themselves of these 1911 values, but we can be of no help. Know some news or trivia from 1911? Contact the author Jon Guthrie:

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A Snowy Squeak Christelle Harris

Squeak up! Central Presbyterian Church of Pacific Grove 325 Central Avenue, 831-375-7207 Chabad of Monterey 2707 David Avenue, Pacific Grove, 831-643-2770 Christian Church Disciples of Christ of Pacific Grove 442 Central Avenue, 831-372-0363 Church of Christ 176 Central Avenue, 831-375-3741 Community Baptist Church Monterey & Pine Avenues, 831-375-4311 First Baptist Church of Pacific Grove 246 Laurel Avenue, 831-373-0741 First Church of God 1023 David Avenue, 831-372-5005 First United Methodist Church of Pacific Grove 915 Sunset @ 17-Mile Dr., Pacific Grove - (831) 372-5875 Worship: Sundays @ 10:00 a.m. Jehovah’s Witnesses of Pacific Grove 1100 Sunset Drive, 831-375-2138 Lighthouse Fellowship of Pacific Grove 804 Redwood Lane, 831-333-0636 Mayflower Presbyterian Church 141 14th Street, 831-373-4705 Pacific Coast Church 522 Central Avenue, 831-372-1942 Peninsula Christian Center 520 Pine Avenue, 831-373-0431 Peninsula Baptist Church 1116 Funston Avenue, 831-647-1610 St. Angela Merici Catholic Church 146 8th Street, 831-655-4160 St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church Central Avenue & 12th Street, 831-373-4441 Seventh-Day Adventist Church of the Monterey Peninsula 375 Lighthouse Avenue, 831-372-7818

Awith“Meet the Author” Event Joe Livernois, Executive Editor of the Monterey

County Herald and Author of “The Road to Guanajuato”.

7 p.m. Thursday Feb. 24

It’s been raining lately, and Squeak hates it! She spreads herself out in front of the door so she can’t be moved, much like a cat being forced into a bathtub. She doesn’t understand nor want to seek to understand the ground being wet. Squeak sees the wet as a fair excuse to totally ignore having to go potty, and stay in all day. Of course she HAS to go out eventually and relieve herself, and inevitably when she gets back in, she smells like a tuna cannery. Wet dog smell ranks up there with spoiled milk and dead skunk in my book, so how can it be made tolerable? First off, bathing your dog regularly can help. If you sleep with your dog, allow them on the furniture and things of this nature, you might consider bathing them once a week to once a month. The trade-off is that bathing a dog too often can strip their hair of natural oils that keep their skin less itchy and their coat shinier. Thank goodness there are some top of the line doggie shampoos out there with soothing ingredients like oatmeal that can help your bathing beauty stay less itchy. Be careful not to use people shampoo on your furry friend since doggie shampoo is specifically designed for a dog’s PH level. Human shampoo has a PH that is too high for lower PH canine skin. Also, you can purchase doggie conditioners that add essential oil back into their coat after washing. Squeak has sensitive skin, and we like to use a shampoo designed specifically to soothe, and then condition to satisfy her princess like vanity. Breed matters when it comes to bathing your dog as well. Squeak has about as much hair as a balding middle aged man, but her friend the Australian Shepherd has super model curls. Obviously, the more hair a dog has, the more frequently they need grooming. Interestingly, coarse haired dogs seem to repel dirt a bit better than their silky counterparts, which is something to keep in mind. Once your friend is nice and clean, make sure and get them as dry as possible. Towel dry well, and if you can, get them under a hairdryer or heater. Some dogs can’t stand the noise however, and they may need to just be kept warm while they are drying. If your dog has long hair, brush it while they are drying. It will surprise you how much excess hair you will get! Stinky dogs are no joke, and they should be dealt with post haste. Your crusty critter conundrums can be solved with just a few easily purchased items, and some free time. Of course, the most important thing to remember is to make bath time positive for your best friend. Always remember to reward them for being so good when bath time comes, and you will make bath time a good time for you and your dog. Squeak up! Send your questions or comments to We hope to hear from you soon!

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Sponsored by the Friends of the Pacific Grove Library, 550 Central Avenue Mr. Livernois will talk about his 27 years’ experience on the Herald, and discuss his memoir, The Road to Guanajuato, which describes a trip he took into the heart of Mexico in hopes of restoring relations with his long-estranged father. An entertaining speaker, he’ll be happy to answer questions, and to sign copies of his book which will be for sale.

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Times • February 18, 2011

Crockpot Thai Chicken: Just the thing for post-op Neil Jameson

The Retired Firehouse Cook The operation is over and she’s fine. If you’re not on Cedar Street’s Facebook, you may not know that Her Editorness left her appendix at CHOMP on Monday, Valentine’s Day -- and was back in the office on Wednesday. These days, laproscopic procedures make downtime minimal, which can be a good thing and it can be a bad thing. Good in that she’s getting back to normal. Bad in that she didn’t get the luxury of taking time off. She’s still lolling around the house a bit, feeling punk.One solution I thought of (in place of my waiting on her hand and foot) was to set up some crockpot meals so she could turn them on in the morning and look forward to their being ready when she got home. Remember the Crock Pot (or maybe you got two or three) as a wedding present? You dutifully wrote a thank-you note and stuck it in the back of the cabinet, to be replaced by a machine that makes yogurt or some other silliness they come out with at Christmas time. Well, get the crock pot back out again. Or maybe you gave it to a charity shop. No matter, you can slow-cook on the stovetop or even in the oven, using a casserole dish or oven-proof baking dish with a tight-fitting lid. The tight lid retains the moisture. Don’t even think about not putting a lid on your dish. Best, too, to check it during the process and add more moisture if you need to. Most slow cookers cook on one of two speeds: Low, which is 200 degrees F, and high, which is 300 degrees F. Easy to do in the oven. And the lowest setting on your stovetop will work just as well.

This recipe is a great main dish. When you get home, put some rice on the stove and 20 minutes later, dinner is ready. I don’t know if you could use Macadamia butter instead of peanut butter if you have allergies, but maybe someone will try it and let me know. Thai Chicken Thighs (American Chicken Thighs will work just as well!) 2 lbs. skinless chicken thighs 3.4 c. hot salsa (like Pace Picante -the hotter the better) 1/4 c. peanut butter 2 Tbsp. lime juice 2 Tbsp. soy sauce 1 tsp. freshly grated ginger 1/4 c. chopped peanuts for garnish chopped fresh cilantro for garnish Wash the chicken thighs and put them in the slow cooker. Mix everything else except the garnish and pour over the chicken. Cook covered on low seven to nine hours and garnish before serving. How easy is that?

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Chocolate and Wine Tasting Benefit set for Feb. 18

The Friends of the Monterey Public Library presents the 6th Annual Chocolate & Wine Tasting Benefit, on Fri., Feb. 18, 7 - 9 p.m., at the Library, 625 Pacific Street, Monterey. Sample a wide variety of local wines and a dazzling array of chocolate goodies ranging from cakes, brownies, candies, petit fours, fondue, cookies, ice cream, chicken and vegetarian molés, chocolate beer and more. The event will feature a silent auction, live music and door prizes. All proceeds go to the purchase of books and other library resources. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Attendees must be 21 years of age and older to attend. For more information call 831.646.3949.

Champagne and caviar event set for Pebble Beach

The Monterey Bay Chapter of the American Institute of Wine & Food (A.I.W.F.) announces its Seventh Annual “Champagne & Caviar Tasting “ at The Library Room, The Lodge at Pebble Beach, 1576 Cypress Drive, Pebble Beach, CA, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sun., Feb. 27. Caviars, pâtés, savory treats and sweet surprises will accompany six different Grower and Estate Champagnes, Premier Cru and Grande Cru, imported directly from France by Michael Skurnik Wines. Attendees will learn about terroir and enjoy comparing and sampling various caviars with the Champagnes. Featured speakers will be Peter Struffenegger, General Manager, Sterling Caviar and Jim Rollston, Representative, Terry Theise Estate Selections/WineWise/The Vienna Wine Company. Per person cost is $85.00 for A.I.W.F. members; $160.00 for non-members (includes new 1-year A.I.W.F. membership). Reservations are a must as space is limited to the first 60 current members with paid reservations. A credit card confirms your reservation. Please contact Kimberly Briggs: (831) 626-1826. The A.I.W.F. Monterey Bay Chapter creates a unique program of events year ‘round. These include exclusive wine tastings, artisan food tastings, picnics, cookbook signings, ethnic market tours, barbeques, a free members’ night and much more. The events also have an educational component so that members can taste, learn and socialize all at the same time. See for more information.

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Baking for Books

Volunteer Kelly Hartwell and school principal Mariphil Romanow-Cole (tall people standing left and center respectively) assist students with the library-funding bake sale.

Construction of the new Visitor’s Center progresses, while signage remains for China Garden. The building is at the corner of Eardley and Central. Photo by Skyler Lewis.

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Forest Grove School bake sale for the PG Library Forest Grove students held a bake sale during their lunch hour on Feb. 11. Officers of the school’s new student council decided something must be done to support the Pacific Grove Public Library. As a result, the school proclaimed February as “I Love the Library” month; and organized the bake sale, where students of all grades were asked to bring money to buy treats after lunch. Approximately 30 contributors sent in goodies ranging from apricots to brownies to Rice Krispie treats. The event raised $141, all from items sold for 25 to 50 cents. A penny drive is ongoing for the month of February. Between that and the bake sale, the council expects to reach its goal of $500. All proceeds will benefit the PG Library.


Times • February 18, 2011

Events and more

Up and Coming Bocce teams forming for April tourney

The Pacific Grove Art Center will have its 2nd Annual Bocce Tournament on March 27th, 2001 at 2pm. This Tournament is a fundraiser for the Art Center which encourages art appreciation in the community through exhibits, classes and events. Enjoy a little friendly competition while supporting this worthwhile organization. Form a four person team to play on our indoor courts. Reserve a spot for your team by sending a check or money order for $65 with your team name and contact info to; PGAC, P.O. Box 633, Pacific Grove, CA 93950. The fee will increase to $75 after March 15th. For more information please contact board member Johnny Aliotti at 831-5217476.

Wine, Art & Music Walk Feb. 25

Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce will host the season premier of the 2011 Wine, Art & Music Walk on Friday, February 25, from 6:00-9:00 pm. In downtown Pacific Grove. Participating venues include Strouse and Strouse Studio Gallery – 178 Grand Avenue, Sprout Boutique – 210 ½ Forest Avenue, Sun Studios - 208 Forest Avenue, Tessuti Zoo - 171 Forest Avenue, Artisana Gallery – 309-A Forest Avenue, and Michelle Pisciotta Visionary Artist – 156 Forest Avenue. The Pacific Grove Art Center- 568 Lighthouse Avenue will open from 7:00-9:00 pm as well. The event is complimentary and open to the public.  Art Walk maps are available at any of the above locations or the Chamber.  For more information, contact the Chamber at (831) 373-3304.

Cuban-themed event will raise funds for CASA

CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Monterey County, will hold its annual fundraiser Lighting the Way “A Celebration of Child Advocacy”. The Copacabana Cuban-inspired themed event will take place at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa at 1 Old Golf Course Road in Monterey on Sat., April 2, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. The event will feature a four-course Cuban-inspired dinner prepared by Chef Russell Young of the Hyatt and wine by Scheid Vineyards and Chateau Julien Wine Estate. There will be dancing throughout the evening to the dynamic sounds of the Cool Jerks. The Copacabana will also feature a silent and live auction; a special Tiffany Co. jewelry raffle; the 'Great Wine Heist' raffle featuring over 100 bottles of wine as well as several specialty raffle items. Tickets cost $225 per person and reservations are required. For reservations please call CASA at (831) 455-6800. CASA’s mission is to ensure that abused and neglected children are provided with every available opportunity to begin a journey into healthy, productive lives. In addition to CASA’s services to abused, neglected and abandoned children, CASA Monterey provides community education and awareness concerning issues of child abuse, neglect and child welfare policy. CASA is also committed and strives for public policies that promote child abuse prevention and reforms in the Juvenile Foster Care and social welfare system. For additional information about CASA of Monterey County visit their website at or call (831) 455-6800.

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Blogging workshop

Central Coast Writers presents two blogging workshops - “Personalizing Your Blog” and “Publicizing Your Blog Site” on February 26, morning and afternoon at Sunset Center, Carmel (Mission St. and 8th Ave.). Fee is  $30 for one workshop and $55 for both workshops. There is an advance registration discount. More information: is available at If you have questions about these events, please call 656-1220.  

Why do immigrants risk everything to get to the United States?

The Peace Resource Center, located at 1364 Fremont Blvd. in Seaside, will present Wetback: The Undocumented Documentary (Bi-lingual series) on March 4 at 6:00 p.m. at the Peace Resource Center. Cost is free. for more information call 831-899-7322. Why: Learn about what drives immigrants to risk everything. Director Arturo Torres follows the footsteps of immigrants traveling from Nicaragua to the United States. On their journey, they encounter gangs and vigilantes as well as border patrol.

Become a Lighthouse Volunteer

1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, at State Parks Headquarters, 211 Garden Rd., Monterey.  Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers invite you to an introductory meeting for potential volunteers at Pt. Sur Lightstation and Pt. Pinos Lighthouse. Training classes begin Feb. 28, 7p.m., at the same location. Volunteers greet visitors, lead tours, interpret exhibits, handle gift shop sales and help preserve and maintain these historic Central Coast treasures. CCLK is the non profit that partners with State Parks to make the Pt. Sur State Historic Park available to the public. Information: 624-7570 or  


Marine Pollution: Issues and Solutions

Please come and learn more about marine debris and how it affects our town, the environment, wildlife and you. ALL WELCOME! Presented through the City of Pacific Grove Monthly Brown Bag Series February 25th, noon to 1pm City Hall Council Chambers, 300 Forest Ave.

Sustainable PG presents talk on desalination effects

Wednesday, March 2 from 7 - 8:30 p.m., Sustainable Pacific Grove will present a talk by Dr. Carol Reeb, Hopkins Marine station, biologist and researcher entitled: Desalination of the Sea Around Us. The talk is free and will be presented at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History After a 3-year drought and a State order to stop over-pumping the Carmel River, the Monterey Peninsula is facing a severe water shortage.    One solution is to build a string of desalination plants along our shores.    What do we know about desalination’s impact on the marine environment?   Are there cheaper, safer alternatives that use less energy?    What new technologies await the future?   To learn more, the public is invited to come hear Carol’s talk and join in the discussion.

February Sustainable Monterey program

Salinas Action Group for the Environment, in conjunction with its parent group, Citizens for a Sustainable Monterey County announces their February program: Your Water, Their Water: Our Water, presented Wednesday, February 23 from 6- 9 p.m. at the Community Room of Sherwood Community Village Apartments, 808 N. Main St., Salinas (Located at the corner of North Main and East Bernal. Parking entry off North Main St.)

Gentrain lecture at MPC March 2, 2011, at 1:30 pm Ancient Egyptian Astronomy Gentrain and MPC History Instructor Tom Logan will give an illustrated lecture focusing on what the Egyptians knew about the night sky, the constellations, and how astronomy influenced the construction of Egyptian temples and pyramids. Because they were without street lighting or the incandescent bulb, the ancients were well aware of the night sky. The Milky Way is actually "milky" in Egypt. Early on they realized that there was a yearly cycle of stars and constellations that coincided with the flooding of the Nile and the agricultural seasons. So a 365 day calendar was created. Now by chance, the Nile flood began just as one could again see the very brightest star in the night sky: Sirius (the heliacal rising). That had to be divine as Egypt was totally dependent on the Nile for its agriculture. Sirius rises just after Orion does, and so our Orion was equated with their god of the dead: Osiris. And some constellations never set: the circumpolar stars like the Big Dipper. They became the "never dying" stars and the realm of the Hereafter. Monterey Peninsula College Lecture Form 103 980 Fremont St. , Monterey, CA 939404799 Lectures are free. Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 831-646-4224

February 18, 2011 • CEDAR STREET

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You want fries with that? The fundraiser held at McDonalds in Pacific Grove on Feb. 16th was organized to help support the Natural High Club of Pacific Grove High School. Students and teachers worked together to raise money for Club activities. The Natural High Club was created by teacher and advisor Sean Keller with support of the Sundt Memorial Foundation's education coordinator, Marcia Waitt. The Natural High Club of Pacific Grove currently has 30 student members who attend meetings and plan events and field trips with the club. The Club in Pacific Grove is a model club for the National Natural High organization, based out of La Jolla, California. Students are currently planning a bonfire, a kayaking trip, a ski trip, and a zip-lining experience. The Natural High organization offers students positive options to drugs and alcohol by encouraging them to develop their own identities and find a natural high. For more information on how you can help support the Natural High Club at Pacific Grove High School, please contact Barbara Martinez or Sean Keller. For the history and the message of the national organization, check out the website:


Times • February 18, 2011 Wilson’s Plumbing and Heating:

70 years and still serving the Peninsula By Cameron Douglas For any business to stay in business for 70 years, they have to know what they’re doing. Especially in the plumbing and heating business. Knowledge is the key: knowledge of methods, systems and equipment; knowledge of permits and fees; knowledge of customer service. For seven decades, Wilson’s Plumbing and Heating in Pacific Grove has refined and mastered these elements, all in the same spot and in the same family. Owners Gary and George Wilson both live in PG. Gary talked with Cedar Street Times about the nature of the business today. While Wilson’s territory is not as large as before (though it still ranges from Aromas and Prunedale out to Salinas and down to King City), their services and systems have grown. “New construction is slow,” says Wilson, adding that his business is currently more focused on service. “We still do jobs from the ground up, with some remodels and contractor work.” Keeping up with cutting-edge technology is vital to compete in this industry. Since founder Al Wilson started the business in 1941, heating systems have advanced from steam boilers — which Wilson’s still services — to advanced forced air, and radiant heat. Plumbing has

also moved forward with things like hot water recirculation systems, tankless water heating and whole-house water filtration. One of Wilson’s specialties is “trenchless” sewer pipe replacement. In this process, also known as “pipe bursting,” a round, tapered head is pulled through the existing property sewer line. The pipebursting head splits the old pipe apart so that better, high-density, seamless plastic replacement pipe can be pulled through behind it. This process saves the homeowner the time, expense and inconvenience of having yards, front walks and driveways dug up. It’s significant in a town like Pacific Grove, where many dwellings were originally fitted with clay — or even tarpaper — sewer lines. With roots growing all the time, more of those pipes are failing. To show their customers what work is needed, Wilson’s has special cameras that show the inside of the old pipe. Wilson’s focus on service starts with a presentation called the “Red Carpet Treatment.” At a service call, the technician literally rolls a red carpet out to the customer’s front door. He arrives in a clean white shirt and puts property protectors over his footwear before going inside. The team of 20 employees currently employed at Wilson’s has a combined total of more than 250 years experience. Over the years, Wilson’s has developed a menu pricing system. This is a great aid in giving estimates. The customer

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knows what the job will cost from the start. When asked about the future, Wilson talked about efficiency. “The new heating systems we put in have a 95 percent efficiency rating. That means out of every dollar the customer pays in heating bills, 95 cents goes to heating the house. It used to be about 50 cents.” He expressed an interest in “going green” by installing more domestic hot water and swimming pool solar systems. “We want customers for life,” says

Wilson. “We want the customer to have a feeling of value for the money spent.” Wilson’s Plumbing & Heating is located at 307 Grand Avenue. Business hours are Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays 8–4. Same day emergency service 24/7. From the peninsula, phone (831) 375-4591. Salinas residents can call (831) 757-4591.

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Living with Mountain Lions opening reception

Date: Saturday, February 26 Time: 4:00p.m. Where: Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History Description: Join the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History in celebrating the new special exhibition Living with Mountain Lions. It will be a festive evening filled with bluegrass music by the Microtonic Harmonic, wine, light refreshments and more! Living with Mountain Lions is a special exhibition developed by the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. This exhibition uses cougar life-mounts, artifacts, research tools, and Ivan Eberle’s wildlife photography to capture how mountain lions and people share their habitat. Collaborators on this exhibition and programming include Ivan Eberle, the Felidae Conservation Foundation, the Bay Area Puma Project, the Mountain Lion Foundation, U.S. Fish and Game, UC Hastings Natural Reserve, and Big Creek Reserve. This opening reception is free to Museum members. General Public $5.

Science Saturday: Living with Mountain Lions

Date: Saturday, February 26 Time: 11a.m.-3:00p.m. Where: Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, 165 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove Description: Enjoy hands-on science activities at any time during this drop-in event. Learn how to track a radio-collared mountain lion, feel the teeth and claws of a cougar, make rubbings of lion paw prints and challenge yourself to leap as far or drag as much weight as a mountain lion can. This event is free.

February 18, 2011 • CEDAR STREET

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New You

Health & Well-Being

Have you ever heard the saying, just have faith?

When we speak of faith, we tend to speak of it as an absolute. Often faith we refer to as a religious identifier. We ask; what is your faith? Are you Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, or perhaps not religious, but spiritual. As a Christian, is “my faith” in God any different from my others whose “faith” may be in Allah, Buddha, crystals, or the universe? Is there religious propaganda surrounding the principle of faith? Is faith “only” a religious concept? How do you use it, abuse it, explain it, teach it, and share it? How is faith measured, how do you (and I) faith better, and how exactly does faith work? I have heard many people say they have to build their faith, and I have heard people

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Thank you for your past support. After writing “Principle Living,” and with such strong response and acceptance, at the behest of many readers I have decided to go one step further. After much prayer, meditation, observation, and planning Principle Living is moving ahead. The next step Principle Living is “The Living Room.” “The Living Room” is a lighthearted non-denominational gathering where everyone is welcomed. A weekly meeting of like-minded people seeking relevant teaching and spiritual advancement. “The Living Room” is. A place of prayer, praise, and meditation A place of dialogue and education A place of peace and challenge A place of empowerment A place where... The full presence of God is recognized and celebrated We celebrate the presence of God in all persons We learn, grow, and live practical application of spiritual principles The Living Room 950 Cass Street, Suite “A” Monterey, California 93940 In the offices of “The Wellness Institute of the Monterey Peninsula” Each Sunday - 10:00am to 12:00noon For more information, “The Wellness Planning Institute,” (831) 531-4553 or call me direct at 831-3832205 or email

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I understand what they say, somehow the premise of faith remains loosely defined. Faith is an amazing thing, sometimes it is more flexible than water, at other times stronger than steel and faster than a speeding bullet -- but what is it? There is a scripture in the bible that reads; “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, evidence of things not yet seen,” Heb. 11:1. By definition, whether you are black, white, short, tall, fat, thin, married or divorced, gay or straight, rich or poor, religious or spiritual, faith is no different. It is a condition of life used by all people everywhere, always. It is simply “... the substance of things hoped for, evidence of things not yet seen.” However, using this definition we can say faith is the exercise of self towards an un-manifested reality, the detectable energy signifying desire. If this is so, if faith is evidence of hope, then faith is the matter used to approach and sit in a chair. Faith is the substance used to cross a street. Faith is what we use to fly from New York to Paris, and when we turn on our gas stoves faith is the thing we do to make it happen. My good friend Pastor Bajri says; “Faith is a gift that empowers you to become the deepest self you are called to be.” While I agree (after all us Pastors must stick together), I am left with asking the question, what is faith? Does the biblical definition of [Hebrews 11:1] imply that faith is solely a Christian privilege because it is biblical? What are its components, and since

we have no choice whether we use it or not, how do we faith better? When you think about it, faith involves imagination, understanding, knowledge, obedience, and trust, to name a few. If we have not explored the idea of faith, its components, and its application from a practical perspective, how can we expect faith better? Once we take “faith” out of the clouds of religious mystery and place it in the hands of practical application it becomes something worthy of serious exploration. There is faith in God (spiritual faith), faith in self (personal faith), and faith in other people and things (public faith). Which faith do we use, and when? The way to stronger and more complete faith is a road easily talked about, but perhaps not easily traveled. Have you ever heard the saying, just have faith? How about you haven’t enough faith, or how about “faith the size of a mustard seed….” Faith is not only a lofty concept; it is also the very practical application and expression of self. From this thought, faith requires not only the exploration of paradigm, but prudent self-examination. For the next few weeks, each Sunday at 10:00 a.m., faith will be the topic of discussion at “The Living Room,” 950 Cass Street, Monterey. “The Living Room” is a non-denominational, multi-religious gathering, which utilizes responsible sources in promotion and pursuit of wellbeing for all persons. For more information email, visit, sign up for the weekly newsletter or join the “Principle Living” blog/pod cast at http:// Pray and meditate makes a difference. Dirrick Williams, is a licensed and ordained minister, founder of “The Living Room,” and author of the book “Principle Living” (Xulon Press).


Times • February 18, 2011

Centennial tribute to Character Dance By Katie Shain

“Those who educate children well are more to be honored than even their parents, for these only give them life, those the art of living well.” ARISTOTLE February, being the month hallmarked for hearts, singing, dancing and loving exchanges, is perfect a time to reflect on Madame Ivanovsky’s lifelong love of teaching and its far-reaching effects. One of the more magnificent souls living in Pacific Grove, now approaching the age of 100, her tireless contributions continue to grow. Madame Ivanovsky can claim Russian origins. She was born in 1911 to a Royal Navy commander and his wife Above and right, top: Madame Kira under the rule of Czar Ivanovsky as a young dancer with Nicholas, II, the family the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo. was forced to flee when At right, in Paris as a student of the Madame was aged five dance. to live with a Georgian countess grandmother Below, Kira and her daughter, Milou. spawned family separaBottom photos are Milou dancing. tion, relocation and the need to embark on an Archival photos courtesy of the Ivaexodus toward a new novsky family. Photo of Milou and Kira life. With her father at by Katie Shain. the helm, she and her family eventually found refuge in the country of France in the eclectic city of Paris. Learning and acquiring new coping skills in language, family, friendships and customs were challenges that young Kira met and conquered. Luck always plays its part in destiny, and for Kira Ivanosky it took shape in the form of “The Ballet.” Her early influence and formal ballet training with former Bolshoi Theatre and Marynski Ballet dancers prepared her with bold interests. After a brief and “boring” excursion into acting and film she “resolved to put her focus fully on her dance career.” Col. Basil’s world-renowned “Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo” accepted Invanovsky at age seventeen. With The Ballet Russes she was provided opportunities to tour and perform before audiences of great privilege throughout Europe and England. At age 20 she married Diaghelev dancer Boris Lisanevich. They began their career as a pair with the Paramount Cinema in Paris, and danced another year together in Max Reinhardt’s “The Miracle.” They toured throughout Asia, China, Indonesia, Bombay, India and other exotic lands. In India Boris decided to give up dance and opened the “300 Club,” the first of its kind. It was there that Kira’s first daughter, Xenia, was born to them. Madame Ivanonvsky’s drive to dance did not stop there. She partnered with Zachary Solov who eventually became the principle dancer and choreographer for the NY Metropolitan Opera Ballet. After World War II the Lisanevich family left India and traveled together to New York. Before long Boris was compelled to return to India. They parted amiably and Kira found her way to New London, Connecticut where she opened a school of dance, fell in love, married Donat Ivanovsky, bore her second daughter, Milou, and as a family they moved to California. Mr. Ivanovsky taught at the Defense Language Institute and in 1960 Kira opened the “Ivanovsky School of Dance” in Pacific Grove. It is here, ever since, that she has been blending the arts of her accumulated travels and studies from all the various ethnicities, integrating human development with self-esteem, personal expression and the love to dance for countless hundreds of children and adults. It is not alone that she has made such a mark in her community. The Pacific Grove Art Gallery has respectfully housed her growing craft through the years. The devotion of her daughters is also an integral contributing factor to her success. Both of Madame Ivanovsky’s daughters developed a personal love of the dance under her expert guidance.

Xenia studied locally at Monterey Peninsula College and has performed on all of the local theater stages form Forest Theatre to Pac Rep before working in film, production, and publication. Milou’s studies took her to San Francisco to master her craft. Returning to share her expertise in tandem with her mother throughout all of the classes, productions and daily routines as teacher, interrupter, and, as one student sweetly put it, “muse” of Madame Ivanosky. Milou also holds the position of Co-Director for The Ballet Fantasque, their 501(c)3 non-profit organization under which staged productions like “The Nutcracker” and others are sponsored. Her daughters have remained at her side in support and devotion throughout both of their lives. Together each of their unique efforts have held this community’s iconic entity in place and allowed it to grow into a mainstay of the Performing Arts world today.


“Character Dance is very important, it’s very rich,” Madame Ivanosky explained. “It’s what sets it apart from only teaching ballet. Because each dancer must discover it for themselves, their unique form for their expression. This you do not teach.” Kira was the first teacher to bring this beautiful dance style to the Peninsula. Back in the late 50’s, no one had heard of or studied this refined style of folk dance. It is highly diverse, and includes dance steps from Poland, Hungary, Spain, Russia, Italy, Ukraine, Georgia, Gypsy, East India and many others. Character dance has always been incorporated into the Classic repertoire of such great ballets as ‘Swan Lake’, ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ ‘Petrouchka,’ ‘Le Corsaire,’ and ‘Don Quixote,’ to name a few. This exciting dance style often captures the imagination of young boys and men, through its high energy, leaps, athleticism, and often foot stomping abandon. “We like to teach multi-cultural programs. One of the things we teach is a Spanish style of ballet. There is an amazing interaction that takes place with the audience when we perform, especially in the smaller venues. When, particularly, children learn to stamp their feet and clap their hands. it teaches them rhythm in a way that ballet doesn’t, and it adds to their ballet training, which is great,” said Milou. “There are many styles of ballet,” she says. “You can stylize ballet and mix it with jazz and contemporary or modern or folk.” “It’s a solid foundation. It’s wonderful for ice skating conditioning, gymnastics and sports.” She adds, “We’ve received quite a bit of feedback from the parents of our children on how they have benefited from the program, whether they became dancers or not. Many said they felt that they had benefited from the discipline of ballet.” “And it’s not just the dance appreciation and the recreational part, but how it actually helped in their other interests and in their schoolwork. “It gave them confidence to pursue other kinds of activities.” Madame interjects, “Another thing it helps, unquestionably, which is very important to mention is ‘attention’ and ‘love’ absolutely.” “People need to be educated about how physically and athletically challenging dance is,” says Milou. “I think that there is a stigmatism attached to dance in smaller communities, not so much in metropolitan areas. If you go to places like San Francisco or New York, there are many, many boys who are in dance classes. “Of course there are those that have all the natural attributes for dance, everything is there, and there are those that don’t and they have to work much harder, but that should not stop them from their dream. :One of the things we tell our dancers is, ‘It’s better to dance because you love it than do it as a job which you are not happy doing.’ You have to try it, you have to get on the dance floor.” said Milou. “It’s very different the way men and women approach dance,” said Madame. “It’s very technical.” Milou added,” people don’t see the subtleties of how men and women hold their bodies. It’s really very different. “Unless they go and see American Ballet Theater or the fabulous dancers from Cuba or International Stars they cannot understand. Even if they could see them on a DVD they would have a better understanding of what ballet is about. Of course, not to mention, they come from all these different countries, not just western European, but Asians and people of all countries and nationalities. “Some long lost relatives that have recently contacted us sent these photographs and a wonderful DVD, called ‘Georgian Legend.’ It is the most gorgeous production of Georgian Folk Dance that you could ever see,” says Milou. Boys would love it, she believes. It has lots of fast footwork and martial arts, and some fabulous costumes.

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Madame Ivanovsky: Lifetime of devotion The men are dancing on point without point shoes. “I can’t stress enough, how when students start early, and they get into this craft, they learn early about working hard. They learn that working can be fun, working hard should not be a drudge. “We don’t allow the children to just be running around in class, they don’t learn that way, we like them to come away with something.

“They may not be dancers forever, they may go into gymnastics or pick up the violin or whatever, but we hope they will learn to know how to have purpose. “We try to impart the basic muscle control, movement, technique, focus and musical rhythm, but expression of the art form must come from the dancer.” Milou says, “I am personally grateful I am to my mother Kira for being such a great teacher, friend, partner

in business, mentor, and spiritual guide. Her extensive knowledge, background, passion and encouragement provided me the tools to develop as a dancer, creative artist and teacher. The love of dance was nurtured, first and foremost. “I have over the years, watched my mother impart this same love, knowledge and encouragement to hundreds and hundreds of students who have come through the school. She has been a true mentor and guide for so many, and helped quite a few, whom either did not believe in themselves or who’d lost their way in life.”   As a tough, no-nonsense teacher, under Kira’s watchful eye many have progressed to unimagined levels of accomplishment, and others have gone on to pursue their dreams of dancing regionally or professionally. What Madame Ivanosky has brought and given to her family and this community is a rare treasure. In her humble, dedicated, compassionate focused way she has laid the foundation for generations to come. This artful craft provides more than honing, sculpting and developing students’ bodies. It seems that the fulfillment of their art is in finding ever-new ways to impart inspiration to their students for becoming more than just dancers, but whole integrated beings, and contributors with purpose on and off the stages of this world. “I believe that dance and the discipline of its study puts one in touch with something higher than oneself. It is a place, too where one can temporarily close the doors behind the worries and stresses of the day through focusing on the great physical benefits and the beauty of movement.” Milou Ivanovsky

Madame Kira Ivanovsky teaching at Pacific Grove Art Center on Saturday morning. Photos by Katie Shain.


Times • February 18, 2011

Elvis Presley and Ann-Margaret sizzle in Viva Las Vegas at the Lighthouse Cinema How many girls born in Valsjobyn, Sweden, population 150, ever danced with Elvis Presley? How many boys from Tupelo, Mississippi, ever kissed AnnMargret? I’ll bet just one of each, and it happened in Las Vegas in 1964, when the world’s biggest star and the world’s newest sex symbol got together to make Viva Las Vegas, showing this week at the Lighthouse cinema. Ann-Margret had starred in Bye Bye Birdie the year before; now fans were clamoring for her to co-star with Elvis, and Hollywood heard the cries. The first starlet to be called a sex kitten (her next film was Kitten With a Whip), she and Elvis were born (5482 miles and six years apart) to co-star in Viva Las Vegas. Ann-Margret matches all of Elvis’s moves, thrust for thrust and grind for grind. She can’t stop jiggling. The chemistry is flagrant, and, as Margret describes in her autobiography, was obvious off screen as well. “Music

Mary Albert

Going to the Movies ignited a fiery pent-up passion inside Elvis and inside me. … We looked at each other move and saw virtual mirror images. When Elvis thrust his pelvis, mine slammed forward too. When his shoulder dropped, I was down there with him. When he whirled, I was already on my heel.” The plot is a fluffy excuse for stringing together the song and dance numbers. He’s Lucky, a singing waiter who wants to be a racecar driver; she’s Rusty, a swimming instructor who can sing. Lucky hopes to enter and win the Las Vegas Grand Prix, but needs a new engine for

his car. Unfortunately, he is relieved of his cash by his Italian rival, Mancini, who also has eyes for Rusty. He stands to lose the race and the girl, but the hits keep coming, including “The Lady Loves Me”, Ray Charles’s “What’d I Say”, and “Come On, Everybody”. This movie has a dance number staged on a giant roulette wheel, the Hoover

Dam, Elvis falling off a diving board, and Ann-Margret shaking everything she’s got. Presley made over thirty feature films, all huge, hot hits, and this one sizzles more than most. Ann-Margret is still one of the world’s great sex symbols and she’s still working – she won an Emmy last year for a guest role on Law and Order. Most of us are making an effort this week to see all the worthy films that are nominated for Oscars, since there’s only a couple of weeks left before the awards. Alas, Viva Las Vegas is not an Oscar nominated film. But if you find you’ve had it with important, courageous, groundbreaking movies, come along to the Lighthouse for a rockin’ good time. See you there, Thursday or Friday, noon and 7:30.

Local theater news By Carol Marquart Some exciting opportunities for Peninsula theatre-goers: theatre arts on the local level is going grass roots! Have you taken a look lately? It’s not just the same old rehash. Here are two productions that are noteworthy. IN FLUX, a collectiion of short original (and adapted) plays, directed by Nina Capriola, was presented by the Actor’s Collective on February 11 and 12 at the Carl Cherry Theatre in Carmel. This is the first of a four part series that will be continuing this spring. The house was packed. The Actors Collective began as a group of seasoned local actors who didn’t just want to perform plays dictated by box office success. They wanted to be actors performing in their own works. In the words of Ninia Capriola, “Everybody acts, everybody writes.” The result was a delivery that was fresh and dynamic with especially powerful performances by actor, Jill Jackson and actor/playwright Chris Graham. Centered around the theme of bittersweet family dynamics, the program also included engaging pieces by Thomas Burks, Michael Lojkovic and Patrice Parks. • Also going on the same weekend was Fearless Minds Theatrical production of 5 original plays (all by Peninsula playwrights) at the Hidden Valley Theatre in Carmel Valley. The artistic director for this enterprise is a young student at MPC named Tonya Sedgwick, who made this project a personal mission. The audience voted on the best play of the evening with all admission donations benefiting the Monterey Theatre Alliance Scholarship Fund. What is the Monterey Theatre Alliance? A terrific little newsletter full of news about local upcoming productions, poetry readings, classes, film events and auditions. It’s also an excellent source of two-for-one tickets to local plays. To view on-line, go to There are some interesting and innovative things going on in the theater scene today.

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The Classic Film Series at the Lighthouse Cinema

Winter 2011

February 17-18 February 24-25 March 3-4 March 10-11 March 17-18 March 24-25 March 31- April 1 April 7-8 April 14-15 April 21-22 April 28-29

To Kill a Mockingbird 1963 directed by Robert Mulligan, with Gregory Peck Viva Las Vegas 1964 directed by George Sidney, with Elvis Presley Strangers on a Train 1951 directed by Alfred Hitchcock, with Farley Granger Shane 1953 directed by George Stevens, with Alan Ladd The Quiet Man 1952 directed by John Ford, with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara (St. Patrick’s Day Special) The Philadelphia Story 1940 directed by George Cukor, with Cary Grant, James Stewart and Katherine Hepburn East of Eden 1955 directed by Elia Kazan. With James Dean An American in Paris 1951 directed by Vincente Minelli, with Gene Kelly Father of the Bride 1950 directed by Vincente Minelli, with Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor The African Queen 1951 directed by John Huston. With Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn The Thin Man 1934 directed by WS Van Dyke, with William Powell and Myrna Loy

Films are currently scheduled to show Thursdays and Fridays, at noon and 7:30. Check with the theater at 643-1333 or to confirm show times.

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The Arts

Now Showing Pacific Grove Art Center 568 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Monterey Peninsula College Theater Calendar

MPC Theatre Company presents Funny Girl, The Concert directed by Walt deFaria 7:00PM Thu, 8:00 PM Fri-Sat, 2:00PM Sunday, March 3 through 13 on the Morgan Stock Stage at Monterey Peninsula College, 980 Fremont Street, Monterey, CA 93940. Tickets $10-$25 831-646-4213 or MPC Theatre Company presents Grease directed by Gary Bolen and Michael Jacobs, April 7 - 17 at the New Carmel High School Performing Arts Center, 3600 Ocean Avenue, Carmel, CA 93921. Tickets $10-$25 831-646-4213 or MPC Storybook Theatre presents Pixies, Kings and Magical Things, featuring The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Ugly Duckling, directed by Carey Crockett, 7:00PM Fri, 3:00PM & 7:00PM Sat, and 3:00PM Sunday, May 5- 22, 2011 in the Studio Theatre at Monterey Peninsula College, 980 Fremont Street, Monterey, CA 93940. Tickets $9-$15 831-646-4213 or MPC Theatre Company in association with The Forest Theatre Guild presents Once Upon a Mattress directed by Gary Bolen, June 30 - July 23 at the Outdoor Forest Theatre, Santa Rita and Mountain View, Carmel CA. Tickets $10-$25 831-646-4213 or

Hours: Wed - Sat 12-5pm, Sun 1-4pm

Upcoming Exhibits

February 25 - April 7, 2011

Opening Reception

Friday, February 25, 2011, 7-9 pm Live music by Andrea’s Fault and very special guests

A Tribute to the Monterey Bay Fishermen

featuring Paintings by Mark Farina and Terrence Zito Historical Photos from the Pat Hathaway collection and Model Fishing Boats by Mark DeMaria A book signing of From Fisherman’s Wharf to Steinbeck’s Cannery Row, by Randall Reinstedt “Transcendence,” Encaustic Painting by Rumiko Okkerse “The Moon and the Tree,” Surrealism using textured oils, pen and ink, and watercolor by NJ Taylor Photography work of the Pacific Grove High School Art Program

Stevenson School livens up Once Upon a Mattress If you thought you knew the story of “The Princess and The Pea,” you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken’s love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it wasn’t the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you’ll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again. Friday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: General Admission: $12 Students, Seniors, and Military: $6 Purchase tickets online at: stevensonschool Box Office and Information Line 831-625-8389 Location: Keck Auditorium Stevenson School - Pebble Beach Campus 3152 Forest Lake Road Pebble Beach

Calling all Monterey Bay High School Bands & Soloists

Battle of the Bands and Soloists Competition

The Foundation for the Performing Arts – Pacific Grove is sponsoring its first Battle of the Bands and Soloist Competition open to all Monterey Bay area high school students playing in any genre who submit their application and are selected as an event finalists. An application, performance video, photo, and fee are required to enter. There is a $25 entry fee for bands and $10 entry fee for soloists. Bands and soloists submissions will be juried by a panel of music aficionados and community members. Finalists will be notified by April 8, 2011. The Battle of the Bands and Soloists will be at the Performing Arts Center – Pacific Grove on Saturday, May 7 at 6:00 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three bands and soloists, including a $500 first prize in the band competition and $150 for the first place soloist. For a complete list of prizes, go to the Foundation’s website. Entry deadline is March 25, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. Submit application to Foundation via PG Hometown Bulletin at 620 Lighthouse Ave., PG. Complete entry info and application is available at For all other questions, call the Foundation at 831-655-8814. The Foundation for the Performing Arts Center – Pacific Grove will host the Battle of the Bands & Soloists Competition on May 7 in the Performing Arts Center – PG. The Competition is open to all Monterey Bay high school students Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places in addition to other prizes. Complete details are available at For more information on the event, call Lindsay Munoz at 831-647-1641.

About the Foundation for the Performing Arts – Pacific Grove:

The Foundation for the Performing Arts Center – Pacific Grove (Foundation) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, with an all volunteer Board of Directors, and whose mission is to make the performing arts available to its community. Proceeds of the any event, minus operating expenses, are used to maintain and enhance the Performing Arts Center and benefit the performing arts for students.

Art classes at the Art Center

Watercolor Class with Jane Flury 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays at the Pacific Grove Art Center, 568 Lighthouse Ave.,Pacific Grove. This is an overview class using the limited palette method and includes the basics to experimental. Class works from still life on towards a model. Beginners welcome. Six week session $90. Next session starts March 1. For more information call 402-5367 or Drawing Class with Jane Flury 6-8 p.m. Thursdays at the Pacific Grove Art Center, 568 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. Class will learn the basics of perspective, shadow and line. Beginners welcome. Four week session $75. Next session starts March 3. Information call 402-5367 or


Times • February 18, 2011

The Green Page Our special forest: Kelp

By Cameron Douglas When people think of our National Marine Sanctuary, their minds generally go to cuddly sea otters, boisterous harbor seals and fish. But there’s something else out there. Plants. Big ones. Established in 1992 for the purpose of resource protection, research, education and public use, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary actually stretches from just north of the Golden Gate Bridge down to Cambria, encompassing 4,024 nautical miles. It is federally protected. The MBNMS is home to numerous mammals, seabirds, fishes, invertebrates and plants. It is part of 13 National Marine Sanctuaries and one marine national monument, administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. There are two main species of kelp growing in the MBNMS: Macrocystis pyrifera (Giant Kelp) and Nereocystis luetkeana (Bull Kelp). Bull kelp only lives one year, while Giant Kelp can last for several. Bull Kelp adapts well to rough waters while the Giant Kelp grows more where the water is calm. It is estimated that 500,000 sea creatures, many of them microscopic, can live on just one Giant Kelp plant. Giant Kelp is the largest of the brown algae, and the largest of all algae. It thrives in cooler waters that remain below 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Named for its size, individual plants may grow to 160 feet in length. Like the Bull Kelp, it has a holdfast and a stipe with blades. Each blade has its own gas bladder. Giant Kelp has long been utilized as a food source. It also contains many compounds such as iodine, potassium, vitamins and carbohydrates. New uses include fertilizer, cultivation for bioremediation (removal of pollutants) abalone and sea urchin feed. Each year, more than 140,000 tons of Giant Kelp is harvested in California for extraction of alginates, which are used in textile, food and medical industries. A similar species Macrosystis integrifolia grows in the shallows up to 20 feet. Bull Kelp can grow as much as 10 inches in a day. It stands in rough waters by a root like holdfast that has many finger-like projections to fasten the plant to rocks on the sea floor. A flexible stipe extends 30 to 60 feet, gradually enlarging to single, round float. Dozens of narrow blades grow from the float to form a golden canopy on the surface. Sea otters anchor themselves to these plants for a post-feeding nap. The plant gets its common name by its appearance when it washes up and dries on the shore. In this condition it resembles a bullwhip. Nereosystis, the genus of Bull Kelp, is the Greek word for “mermaid’s bladder.” The Monterey Bay Aquarium has an underwater kelp forest exhibit. This kelp grows about four inches a day. At 28 feet tall, it is one of the tallest aquarium exhibits in the world. Sardines, leopard sharks, wolf eels and other fish can be seen swimming through the kelp fronds the same as in the wild. A specially designed surge machine creates the constant water movement that kelp needs. Sources: Oceana, NOAA, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Wikipedia.

Above: Kelp Forest: Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Left: Holdfast: View of a Giant Kelp holdfast. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Bull Kelp is aided by a root like holdfast. Photo ©Richard Herrmann. Used with permission.

February 18th Issue  

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