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Rhapsodies Save Our Roads Rural county roads deserve better BY CRAIG S. HARRISON

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etween 1988 and 2007, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors regularly allocated $7.3 million each year from the general fund for road maintenance. During the last four years, that allocation has been cut every year and now rests at $4.7 million. After adjusting for inflation during this period, county funding for road maintenance has been cut by nearly 70 percent.

Many of Sonoma County’s 1,382 miles of county roads are crumbling. Under current county policies, more than 1,000 miles of county roads are destined to become dirt or gravel. To return to the levels of 1988 road maintenance, county funding would have to be increased to about $15 million from the $4.7 million currently allocated. Instead, the supervisors have made even deeper cuts in general fund contributions. This approach to funding one of the county’s most important assets is unsustainable. Our organization Save Our Sonoma Roads asked the supervisors to increase funding for road maintenance at their board meeting on Feb. 7, and they approved an increase of $2.2 million for the fiscal year beginning in July. This will add 42 miles to the county’s high-priority system, which now totals 198 miles. The supervisors also discussed how to maintain the remaining 1,184 miles of orphan roads that now receive only emergency pothole repairs and will ultimately fail and become dirt roads. Two supervisors were appointed to an ad hoc committee that seems to be considering a property tax increase, possibly in the form of road-maintenance districts, which would require two-thirds approval by voters. Save Our Sonoma Roads believes that before asking for new taxes, the supervisors should return to the 1988 level adjusted for inflation of $15 million per year from the general fund to preserve the county’s basic infrastructure. It is easy to claim that roads are a priority, as the supervisors have often stated in recent years, while simultaneously slashing road-maintenance budgets. JFK once observed that “to govern is to choose.” It’s high time for the supervisors to choose to improve the funding of our county road system. Craig S. Harrison is the president and cofounder of Save Our Sonoma Roads. He practices environmental law in Santa Rosa. Open Mic is a weekly feature in the Bohemian. We welcome your contribution. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered, send it to openmic@bohemian.com.

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Thank you so much for the wonderful article on contra dancing and contrastyle community building (“Dancing in Unity,” March 14). Juliane Poirier has captured the welcoming energy of the North Bay Contra dance community perfectly. We are fortunate in the North Bay to be able to enjoy a high-spirited contra dance with live music almost every weekend. Contra dances are held not only in Petaluma, but also in Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, San Rafael, Ukiah and now in Sonoma, too. Dates and times are listed at www.nbcds.org. Juliane is a terrific writer and I will now look for her name in future Bohemian articles, and I also hope to meet her on the dance floor.

ELAINE WALTER

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Gluten-Free for Profit In spite of the advice of the medical community years ago, Whole Foods Markets promoted products in its advertising materials reported to combat a candida craze. As the medical community kept stating, candida was not the cause of nearly every disease known to man. Eventually, the anticandida market crashed. Once again, Whole Foods is misleading the public with false information. This time in its latest weekly advertising pamphlet, Whole Foods states that 30 percent of the population is glutenintolerant. I am curious as to where they got their numbers. According to medical sources, celiac disease affects no more than 1 percent of the population. Medical sources also state that non-celiac gluten sensitivity affects between 5 to 7 percent of the population.

With a wide spectrum of general conditions, too many symptoms are ascribed to the popular “gluten intolerance” when they are in fact, symptomatic of something else (just as with the candida craze). Thanks, Whole Foods. At least your marketing is consistent.

L. R. WALDMAN San Rafael

A Common Enemy Interesting that learned citizen M.Z. Swartz does not seem to mind if insurance pays for Viagra much less the overblown “war on religious freedom” that Republicans fabricated around the contraception “controversy.” We’re in agreement that it is a crock—and so it goes—endless bickering over mindless issues like contraception, gay marriage, and war on fill-in-the-blank! In this, we behave exactly according to plan while Big Money laughs all the way to the bank. To wit: “Capital must protect itself in every possible way, both by combination and legislation. Debts must be collected, mortgages foreclosed as rapidly as possible. When, through the process of law, the common people lose their homes, they will become more docile and more easily governed through the strong arm of government applied by a central power of wealth under leading financiers. These truths are well known among our principal men who are now engaged in forming an imperialism to govern the world. By dividing the voter through the political party system, we can get them to expend their energies in fighting for questions of no importance. It is thus by discreet action we can secure for ourselves that which has been so well planned and so successfully accomplished.” —American Bankers Association, 1924 Those who occupy are on to this— globally—and Big Money knows it, responding with ever more restrictions in efforts to thwart their inevitable fall. Best to put our petty differences aside


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Last year’s Arab Spring uprising marked the beginning of tumult, transformation— and hope. On March 22, Sonoma State University’s Model United Nations Delegation welcomes Egyptian activist Ahmed Salah, a key planner in the 2011 protests at Tahrir Square. On a United States speaking tour, Salah will be joined by fiancée Mahitab Elgilani, who was also active in the protests that shook the Middle East and the world. The two organizers discuss evolving strategies in the struggle for a democratic society in Egypt, as well as Salah’s assertion that another crackdown and round of arrests by the Egyptian military looms in the near future. They appear together on Thursday, March 22, in the Commons at SSU. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 7pm. Free. 707.774.2589.

Healthy Hope UNDER OATH Footage of Judi Bari’s court deposition before her death features prominently in ‘Who Bombed Judi Bari?’

A Tangled Web New Judi Bari documentary reignites raging controversy BY LEILANI CLARK

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new documentary posing the question “Who bombed Judi Bari?” has stirred up a veritable hornets’ nest of decades-old grudges and accusations among an aging Northern California activist community.

The film is produced by Darryl Cherney, Bari’s Earth First! comrade and ex-lover who was in

the passenger seat of her white Subaru on May 24, 1990, when a pipe bomb exploded beneath the driver’s seat. It premieres in Santa Rosa on March 25 at the Glaser Center. The impetus for Who Bombed Judi Bari? came about after two attempts to write a dramatic screenplay fell short. “When 2009 rolled around, [director] Mary Liz Thompson and I threw up our hands and said, ‘Let’s just make a documentary,’” Cherney says on the

phone from his home in Garberville. Cherney’s goals in making the film are threefold, he says: to inspire future generations; to place Judi Bari in the annals of history as a labor and environmental leader; and to finally trigger a DNA investigation of the evidence. After the bombing, Bari and Cherney were painted as “ecoterrorists” who’d accidentally bombed themselves with their own bomb. The two were arrested, but ultimately ) 15

Although health centers serve society’s neediest—the uninsured, the homeless, young children whose parents cannot afford insurance—they’re quite often one of the first items on the chopping block of government budget cuts. Thankfully, residents have the chance to honor the services of a local community health clinic when the Russian River Health Center hosts an open house this week. Part of the West County Health Centers consortium, in 2010 the clinic handled 10,034 patient visits for conditions including asthma, diabetes, HIV/ AIDS, heart disease, substance abuse and depression. The event includes speakers from West County Health Centers administrative staff and a tour of the dental building. Celebrate community health options on Friday, March 23, at the Russian River Health Center. 16319 Third St., Guerneville. 5–7pm. Free. 707.869.5977. —Leilani Clark

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the charges turned out to be false. In 2002, a civil case against the Oakland Police Department and the FBI for violation of constitutional rights netted $4.4 million for Cherney and Bari’s estate. Bari died of breast cancer in 1997. No conclusive answer has been found to the question of who tried to kill Bari and Cherney in 1990, though the FBI itself has been a popular suspect among theorists. While the film presents a compelling portrait of Bari’s activist work and her charismatic eco-feminist-warrior persona, a certain faction of the North Coast community is asking why Who Bombed Judi Bari? doesn’t address a theory that’s been chattered about for years—namely, that Bari’s ex-husband, Mike Sweeney, and not the FBI, might have been Bari’s would-be assassin. In 1990, journalist and Frontline documentary producer Stephen Talbot began researching the case for an investigative piece in Mother Jones magazine. Talbot went on to produce a 1991 documentary for KQED, also titled Who Bombed Judi Bari? After much painstaking investigation, Talbot concluded that Judi Bari could not have bombed herself and that the FBI had mishandled the case from the start. But during a visit to Bari’s cabin in Willits, Talbot says, she made a surprising confession. “Bari told me that she suspected and feared that her ex-husband, Michael Sweeney, might have been the perpetrator,” writes Talbot in an email to the Bohemian. “I later found out that she had shared the same fear with other close friends of hers.” Further research uncovered strong connections between Sweeney and the unsolved 1980 firebombing of the Santa Rosa Air Center, says Talbot. “When I looked into that and found evidence of his involvement in a previous arson, I too became suspicious of him,” writes Talbot. “But I was never able to prove anything. He has always refused to talk to me and threatened to sue, but never followed through.” Sweeney, the current head manager for Mendocino County’s

trash and recycling services, has historically let his extensive 2005 website, LiarUnlimited.com, speak for his response. When contacted by the Bohemian for this article, Sweeney referenced the website and declined further comment. Cherney says that he didn’t include the Sweeney theory because it’s “kind of a big pile of turds.” “Saying Mike Sweeney is the bomber is like saying that Barack Obama was not born in the United States,” he says, explaining that Bari’s ex-husband couldn’t have been in the right geographic location to have planted the bomb. “It’s the same mentality. And no matter how much you prove it, the contrarians are never going to believe it.” He says the accusations about Sweeney all stem from personal grudges against Judi, part of an attempt to discredit her legacy and disrupt 20 years of work. “What you find out throughout the years,” Cherney says, “is that Judi Bari made a lot of enemies.” Tanya Brannan, executive director of the Redwood Justice Fund and a close friend of Bari’s, speaks reluctantly about the case, her voice dripping with palpable frustration. “It’s insane,” she says. “There’s no evidence that Mike Sweeney was the bomber and all kinds of evidence that he wasn’t. This is all being created out of whole cloth by people whose motives are questionable.” Bruce Anderson, editor of the defiantly muckraking Anderson Valley Advertiser, has yet to see the documentary, but nevertheless compares it to North Korean Kim Il-sung propaganda movies. Anderson has made a no-holdsbarred written assault on Sweeneyas-bomber for the past 10 years. He’s also accused Brannan and Cherney (he calls them “Bari cultists”) of profiting from the JudiBari-as-martyr-for-the-redwoodtrees narrative. “I think Sweeney was an FBI informant,” says Anderson. Anderson himself has a history of making what his targets have called “wild” accusations. On the Liar Unlimited site, Sweeney lays out what he says is Anderson’s history of hoaxes, lies and violence, including ) 17


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The Hub bicycle shop in Napa is a locally owned and operated business that for over four decades has changed hands, morphed and moved until settling into its present incarnation across from Napa High School on Jefferson Street. Co-owner Keith Kimbrough says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s keeping it a community resource, friendly to families and to the environment. The Hub was certiďŹ ed through the Bay Area Green Business Program in 2009. The greening of a bike shop includes the exclusive use of biodegradable cleaners and lubricants, along with reduction of business wastes in general. But for Kimbrough, the ultimate commitment to sustainability means encouraging people to get on bikes for their own good.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been fun watching the changes in the way people think about bikes,â&#x20AC;? said Kimbrough, whose family took over the bike shop from another Napa family four years ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People now see bikes more as a way to get places, something they can incorporate into their lives as a means of transportation and staying active. We encourage people to stay active.â&#x20AC;? To live up to their business slogan, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We live and ride here,â&#x20AC;? it was only ďŹ tting that Kimbrough offer employees incentives to ride their bikes to work. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being a bike shop, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s counterintuitive to have a bunch of cars out front,â&#x20AC;? Kimbrough explains, with a small laugh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We always preach to people that they should ride their bikes to work.â&#x20AC;? During National Bike to Work Month each year, the Hub has sponsored an energizer station for riders, and Kimbrough has seen increasing participation over the years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In 2009, we had only ďŹ ve riders stop by,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But there were 15 the next year, and then 35 riders last year.â&#x20AC;? Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also been an increase in those who attend the Hubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free bike-maintenance clinics on the second Friday of each month. Another way Kimbrough encourages riding in the community is by working with Napa Bike, the local county cycling coalition. Members of Napa Bike are given a 10 percent discount on cycling clothes and bicycles, as are those who pull into the parking lot on bicycles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a slow and steady increase in people wanting to get active and get on bikes,â&#x20AC;? says Kimbrough, â&#x20AC;&#x153;even through the winter. Whole families are riding together, and a lot more people are signing up for BMX riding. The BMX sign-ups are through the roof.â&#x20AC;? May the humble Hub see another 40 years. For more, see www.thehubnapa.com.

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very week, we here at the Bohemian take delight in letting readers know about everything that’s brand-new. The restaurant that’s just opened; the pioneering green company; the justformed band; the fresh event on the horizon; the forward-thinking ideas being put into action. As the North Bay’s weekly, this is our specialty in the community. But a community is not built primarily upon the young. Many came before us, doing things smartly and correctly. Some have been so smart and correct that they’ve lasted 40, 50, 60 years. Some have lasted a hundred years, or even more.

To these landmarks of the community, these legends, we dedicate this issue. The legends you’ll read about in these pages, apart from the readers poll results, are all local businesses that have survived for 40 years or more. In the past few years, we’ve been heartbroken when some of our favorites have closed down—Sawyer’s News, Heller’s for Children and Traverso’s come to mind, or, going further back, Yardbirds, Village Music, the Old Adobe. But why wait for a funeral to sing the praises of these types of businesses, when there are so many still open, providing local character and deserving of support?

Those singing praises in this issue, identified by their initials, are Leilani Clark, Suzanne Daly, Rachel Dovey, Nick Grizzle, Stett Holbrook, Christina Julian, James Knight, Gabe Meline, Jacquelynne Ocaña, Bruce Robinson, David Sason and Michael Shufro. Of course, there are too many noteworthy places that have been around for 40 years or more to fit into these pages, places like G&G Supermarket, Marin Joe’s, Stanroy Music Center, Hawley’s Paints . . . The list goes on and on. You know these places when you see them. They have a vibe. They’re rooted in the community. To us, they are legends. —Gabe Meline, Editor


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otoring down Highway 29 just north of Larkmead Lane in Calistoga, it’s hard to miss the woodshingled Tucker Farm Center. Depending on the time of day, or night, it can morph from haunting and decrepit to majestic in an instant. Still, the Farm Center wears its wounds well. When erected in 1921, it stood as one of the largest farm centers in the state. The original aim of the place was to build a hall for the community to meet and hold events. Nearly 90 years later, that mission has barely changed. The building still stands as a local meeting spot for just about any cause, from farm bureau meetings and dance classes (most recently, burlesque) to weddings and theater productions.

In the ’70s and ’80s, the center became a go-to spot for music gigs and “keggers,” hosting such bands as Mitch Woods, Norton Buffalo and the Sorentinos. While the locals loved the scene, the legendary building paid the price of the partying. “It was running the building into the ground,” says Ron Vuylsteke, president of the Tucker Farm Center board of directors. Coincidentally, Napa County started cracking down on amplified noise permits, and the brewski-induced rollicking ground to a halt. Unwilling to let the center die, the local community banded together in the early ’90s to form a nonprofit that became the lifeline for the storied hall. Over the next several years, the building received a facelift, which included the installation of a water and septic system, bathroom, new

roofing and refurbished floors. The late Barbara Wider, a legend in the valley, worked tirelessly to help restore and manage the hall during the last decade of her life, and graced the Tucker stage herself on many occasions. Currently, the center remains a for-rent gathering place while serving as home to the Theater Arts Revival troupe, whose aim is to bring theater back upvalley. “It is a challenge to keep the place going,” says board member Glenn Pope, pictured above. But as long as there’s a willing community in Napa County that needs a solid, rustic event hall, the Tucker Farm Center should hopefully stand tall for another 89 years. Tucker Farm Center, 1201 Tucker Road, Calistoga. 707.942.0977.—C.J.

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Vallerga’s Market

Golden Carrot Natural Foods

3385 Solono Ave., Napa. 707.253.2621.

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1621 W. Imola Ave., Napa. 707.224.3117.

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Oliver’s Market

Community Market

546 E. Cotati Ave., Cotati. 707.795.9501.

1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.546.1806.

560 Montecito Center, Santa Rosa. 707.537.7123.

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461 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa. 707.284.3530.

1691 N. Gravenstein Hwy., Sebastopol. 707.823.8661.

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Pacific Market 1465 Town & Country Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3663. 550 Gravenstein Hwy. N. Sebastopol. 707.823.9735.

Andy’s Produce

Best Culinary Store MARIN

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707-575-4-TCM (4826)

Best Ethnic Market

Shackford’s Kitchen Store

633 4th St, Ste. H, Santa Rosa

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Asian Market

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5 Mary St., San Rafael. 415.459.7133.

120-B Kentucky St., Petaluma. 707.762.9611.

NAPA

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Azteca Market

Cultivate

789 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.4963.

186 N. Main St. #120, Sebastopol. 707.824.1400.

SONOMA

Best Cigar Shop

Asia Mart 2481 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa. 707.542.3513. HONORABLE MENTION

MARIN

Telford’s Pipe & Cigar Store

Lola’s Market

664 Redwood Hwy., Mill Valley. 415.388.0440.

1680 Petaluma Hill Road, Santa Rosa. 707.571.7579.

NAPA

440 Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.577.8846.

Baker Street Downtown

102 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.433.1978.

www.thesaxenaclinic.com

1350 Main St., Napa. 707.226.2132.

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707.542.3599

1617 Terrance Way, Santa Rosa

1018 First St., Napa. 707.255.4434.

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SONOMA

Squire Cigar

Best Natural Foods Store

1305 Cleveland Ave. #G, Santa Rosa. 707.573.8544.

MARIN

Mighty Quinn

Good Earth Natural & Organic Foods

3372 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.545.5081.

720 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 415.454.0123.

16 Western Ave., Petaluma. 707.762.9420.

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Peacepipe 622 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.541.7016. 8492 Gravenstein Hwy., Cotati. 707.795.3420.

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Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary 209 Bohemian Hwy., Freestone. 707.823.8231. HONORABLE MENTION

Kokeshi-A Zen Facial Spa 1311 W. Steele Lane, Ste. B, Santa Rosa. 707.591.6732.

Best Body-Art Place MARIN

Spider Murphyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tattoo Shoppe 1006 Lincoln Ave., San Rafael. 415.460.6979.

Best Hair Salon

NAPA

MARIN

1525 Lincoln Ave., Napa. 707.254.7125.

Sproos Hair Salon 552 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.457.4900. NAPA

Bloom Creative Hair Design & Art Gallery 1146 Main St., Napa. 707.251.0468. SONOMA

Daredevils & Queens Salon 122 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.575.5123.

Best Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Clothing Store

NAPA

Greenhaus European Day Spa

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Elle Lui

Garage Ink SONOMA

Monkey Wrench Tattoo 1066 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.575.0610. HONORABLE MENTION

Buddhaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Palm Tattoo 313 Main St., Sebastopol. 707.829.7256.

Best Day Spa MARIN

EVO Spa 216 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley. 415.383.3223.

205 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.575.1474.

NAPA

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Best Skin Care Services

1015 Foothill Blvd., Calistoga. 707.942.4495.

MARIN

Dr. Kimberly Henry

Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary

350 Bon Air Road, Ste. 1, Greenbrae. 415.924.1313.

209 Bohemian Hwy., Freestone. 707.823.8231.

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Mermaids Spa

Dhyana Center

115 S. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.823.3535.

186 N. Main St., Ste. 250, Sebastopol. 1.800.796.6863.

Dr. Jake Quihuis, the Chiropractic Center

Queen of the Valley Medical Center 1000 Trancas St., Napa. 707.252.4411.

Best Resort & Spa MARIN

Best Medical Dispensary

1819 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.523.9850.

Sutter Medical Center

Cavallo Point

Best Orthodontist

MARIN

MARIN

601 Murray Circle, Sausalito. 415.339.4700.

Marin Wellness Center

NAPA

1100 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Kentfield. 415.259.0112.

Dr. Don L. Wilson, Orthodontics for Children & Adults

Solage

SONOMA 3325 Chanate Road, Santa Rosa. 707.576.4000. HONORABLE MENTION

Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital

755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga. 707.226.0800.

SONOMA

7250 Redwood Blvd., Novato. 415.878.0240.

Peace in Medicine

SONOMA

NAPA

Kenwood Inn & Spa

6771 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. 707.843.3277.

Cooke Orthodontics

10400 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. 707.833.1293.

1061 N. Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.568.0420.

HONORABLE MENTION

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Hotel Healdsburg

Organicann

25 Matheson St., Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.

301 E. Todd Road, Santa Rosa. 707.588.8811.

Best Acupuncturist

Best Holistic Practitioner

8741 Brooks Road S., Windsor. 707.836.8360.

MARIN

MARIN

Ronit Gesundheit

Dr. Frank Cercone

SONOMA

Community Acupuncture of Marin

1880 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.542.1644.

Sonoma Eyeworks

7075 Redwood Blvd., Ste. H, Novato. 415.250.4009.

7075 Redwood Blvd., Ste. H, Novato. 415.250.4009. NAPA

NAPA

Dr. Doug Wilson

Irit D. Weir, L.Ac., M.S., Acupuncture Center of Napa

1141 Pear Tree Land #100, Napa. 707.254.1770.

1011 Professional Drive, Ste. A, Napa. 707.226.8724.

Sunjya K. Schweig

SONOMA

1165 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3210.

3220 Beard Road #A, Napa. 707.255.4400.

Best Optical Store

SONOMA

MARIN

Bernstein Orthodontics 2245 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.575.0600.

HONORABLE MENTION

Best Esthetic Dentist MARIN

Dr. David Pelfini 912 Grand Ave., Ste. 102, San Rafael. 415.453.9135.

Eye Wish Optometry 7075 Redwood Blvd., Ste. F, Novato. 415.897.2997. NAPA

Eyeworks 1006 First St., Napa. 707.254.2020.

534 Larkfield Shopping Center, Santa Rosa. 707.578.2020. HONORABLE MENTION

Dr. Les Shipley 1430 Guerneville Road, Ste. 3, Santa Rosa. 707.525.9920.

NAPA

Best Laser Surgery Center

Saxena Clinic

HONORABLE MENTION

Dr. Steven Van Denburgh

MARIN

633 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.575.4826.

Linda Partida www.lindaliving.com

3036 Beard Road, Napa. 707.226.8800.

Mt. Tam Laser & Skin Care Center

SONOMA

1030 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Kentfield. 415.482.3888.

SONOMA

HONORABLE MENTION

Bill Prange, OMD, L.A.c, Doctor of Oriental Medicine 1020 Gravenstein Hwy. S., Sebastopol. 707.829.1991.

Best Herbal Clinic

616 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.778.3171.

Best Chiropractor MARIN

Dr. Paul Podwojski

Dr. Sean Wilson 98 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1555.

1223 Grant Ave., Ste. C, Novato. 415.897.8022.

HONORABLE MENTION

NAPA

2448 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa. 707.573.0600.

MARIN

Dr. Bruce Heckard

Community Acupuncture of Marin

1427 Jefferson St., Napa. 707.226.8683.

7075 Redwood Blvd., Ste. H, Novato. 415.250.4009.

SONOMA

Dr. John W. Buzza

Best Hospital / Health Care Clinic

NAPA

Dr. Walter Tom, Aesthetic Laser & Vein Centers 1635 First St., Napa. 707.224.5347. SONOMA

Dr. Walter Tom, Aesthetic Laser & Vein Centers 70 Stony Point Road, Ste. G, Santa Rosa. 707.542.8346.

Marin General Hospital

HONORABLE MENTION

Farmacopia

Dr. Majid Zeinal, Vibrant Life Chiropractic & Family Wellness Center

MARIN

95 Montgomery Drive, Ste. 90, Santa Rosa. 707.528.4372.

632 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.9009.

250 Bon Air Road, Greenbrae. 415.925.7000.

208 E St., Santa Rosa. 707.933.7199.

SONOMA

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SONOMA

MARIN

1057 College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.303.3467.

Dr. Kimberly Henry 350 Bon Air Road, Ste. 1, Greenbrae. 415.924.1313. NAPA

Napa Valley Plastic Surgery

Debbie Hegardt, Century 21 Alliance HONORABLE MENTION

Jeffrey Seligson, Wine Country Group by Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate

1175 Trancas St., Napa. 707.258.6053.

7300 Healdsburg Ave., Ste. B, Sebastopol. 707.829.2011.

SONOMA

Best Attorney

Dr. David E. Marcus 1128 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.575.1626. HONORABLE MENTION

Dr. Heather Furnas, Plastic Surgery Associates 4625 Quigg Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.537.2111.

Best Bank MARIN

MARIN

Charlotte H. Huggins 950 Northgate Drive, San Rafael. 415.457.4497. NAPA

Lloyd Llewelyn, Coombs & Dunlap 1211 Division St., Napa. 707.252.9100. SONOMA

Marie Maiolo Muchow

Bank of Marin

348 College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.566.9767.

www.bankofmarin.com

HONORABLE MENTION

NAPA

Jeremy Olsan

Redwood Credit Union

438 First St., Fourth Floor, Santa Rosa. 707.525.8800.

1705 First St., Napa. 707.545.4000.

Best Nonprofit

SONOMA

Exchange Bank 545 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.524.3000.

MARIN

Novato Community Garden PO Box 1647, Novato. 415.897.2302.

HONORABLE MENTION

NAPA

Redwood Credit Union

Arts Council Napa Valley

3033 Cleveland Ave. Ste. 100, Santa Rosa. 707.545.4000.

1041 Jefferson St., Ste. 4, Napa. 707.257.2117. SONOMA

Best Real Estate Agent / Company

Ceres Community Project

MARIN

HONORABLE MENTION

Jeannie Rorvik, First Marin Real Estate

Redwood Empire Food Bank

145 Lomita Drive, Mill Valley. 415.828.4766.

3320 Industrial Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.523.7900.

7351 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.5833.


FAMILY STYLE Branford Marsalis stretches jazz tradition on March 29 at the Napa Valley Opera House.

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HIDDEN SECRETS Yvan Attal plays a secret adulterer and gambler.

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Main character Stanislas Graff (Yvan Attal) is presented as a rich, powerful corporate president. Stanislasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; average day seems to consist of board meetings, fooling around with a mistress in the afternoon, gambling unlimited amounts of money at night and still ďŹ nding time for dinner with the wife and kids. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s routine, and neither he nor anyone else appears to be bothered by it. From the amount of money heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s able to blow, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s understandable why his kidnappers target him for 50 million euros. The kidnapping itself is ďŹ&#x201A;awlessly schemed. Throughout the hostage situation, the audience begins to learn more about his business partner, Peyrac (AndrĂŠ Marcon), his lawyer, Walser (Alex Descas), but mostly about his wife, Françoise (Anne Consigny). Being as supportive as possible, she discovers in the least sentimental way about her husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other secret worlds, full of adultery, gambling and money squandering over the past 15 years. What was initially supposed to be a quick kidnapping and ransom standoff becomes a long, drawn-out situation that lasts two months. Although Stanislasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lifestyle of debauchery and corruption is exposed by the media, his disappearance becomes last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s news. This ďŹ lm is a well-executed performance evoking enough room for philosophical thought on justice, and further questioning of justice. The one ďŹ&#x201A;aw is that this French thriller is not very thrilling. The crime itself and the ideas presented show a clear message that even the victim is at fault in some degree, and overall, the kidnapping is not a simple good-guy, bad-guy case. Once the main action is over with, watching Stanislas sit in a dirty tent eating baguettes for two months simply isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that exciting. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Raptâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; screens Friday, March 23 at 7pm and Sunday, March 25 at 4pm at SSUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sonoma Film Institute. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. $4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$6. 707.664.2606.


Film capsules by Gary Brandt and Richard von Busack.

NEW MOVIES Boy (NR; 87 min.) A Maori boy who idolizes his father discovers pop’s not all that when the old man returns after a long absence. At the Smith Rafael Center. (GB) Casa de Mi Padre (R; 84 min.) Will Ferrell

about a Confederate Civil War captain transported to Mars. Live-action directorial debut of Pixar’s Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL-E). (GB)

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (PG-13; 111 min.) Ewan McGregor plays a fisheries expert who helps realize a sheik’s dream of creating a river for fly-fishing in the desert. With Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott-Thomas. (GB)

Safe House (R; 117 min.) When a CIA safe house is attacked by Cape Town rebels, the paper-pushing agent must step up to transport the secured criminal to an even safer house. With Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. (GB)

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The Artist (PG-13; 100 min.) French romance and homage to silent film, The Artist stars Jean Dujardin (OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies) as a silent-film star in love with an aspiring actress during the rise of the talkies. In black-andwhite with French subtitles. (GB)

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (PG; 94 min.) Universal Pictures takes quite a few liberties in this 3-D animated version of the classic Seuss story. With the voices of Danny DeVito, Taylor Swift and Ed Helms. (GB) Friends with Kids (R; 107 min.) The last pair in a circle of thirty-something friends, all having children, adopt a plan to remain platonic while having a child after witnessing how offspring have affected their friends’ relationships. With Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph. (GB) Gone (PG-13; 94 min.) Amanda Seyfried searches for her missing sister, suspecting her own abductor, a serial killer who kidnapped her in the past. (GB) The Iron Lady (PG-13; 115 min.) Meryl Streep plays Margaret Thatcher in biopic co-starring Jim Broadbent, Nick Dunning and Richard Grant. From the director of Mamma Mia! (GB)

Jeff Who Lives at Home (R; 82 in.) Zeroambition 30-year-old steps out from mom’s basement to stalk his brother’s adulterous wife in indie comedy starring Jason Segel. (GB)

John Carter (PG-13; 132 min.) Bigscreen adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ series

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about a trio of teens whose ultimate house party gets crazily out of bounds. (GB)

Rapt (NR; 125 min.) Sonoma Film Institute

a hostaged CIA agent and blow away some terrorists on the way. (GB)

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Project X (R; 88 min.) Comedy in cinéma vérité style from the producers of The Hangover

and Adam McKay team again for comedy (in Spanish!) about two brothers who must save padre’s ranch from a powerful drug lord. With Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna. (GB)

Act of Valor (R; 101 min.) Navy Seals rescue

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screens 2009 French import about the kidnapping of millionaire Édouard-Jean Empain. See review, previous page.

Asghar Farhadi’s astonishing drama shows the problems of legislated morality in this excellent import from Iran. (RvB)

The Secret World of Arrietty

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This Means War (PG-13; 98 min.) CIA buddies Tuck and Foster discover they’re dating the same woman (Reese Witherspoon) in this action-romcom from McG (Charlie’s Angels). With Chris Pine and Tom Hardy. (GB)

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(G; 94 min.) The new film from Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli features the voices of Bridgit Mendler, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler and Carol Burnett. (GB)

Thin Ice (PG-13; 94 min.) Greg Kinnear plays a hapless crook trying to con an elderly man out of a valuable violin in crime-comedy co-starring Alan Arkin, Billy Crudup and Lea Thompson. At Summerfield Cinemas. (GB)

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Concerts SONOMA COUNTY Cheryl Wheeler & Kenny White Singer and songwriter/pianist (often described as one of the most famous people nobody knows) make first appearance together at Studio E. Mar 21-22, 7:30pm. $35. Studio E. Address provided with tickets. Sebastopol.

Cinnabar Chamber Singers Mixed male and female voices explore a variety of musical styles. Tuesdays, 7:15pm. through May 22. Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.8920.

Cinnabar Womens’ Chorus All-women chorus harmonizes to a variety of tunes. Wednesdays, 7:15pm. through May 23. Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.8920.

Lyrics Born Conscious rapper returns to Sebastopol for mix tape release party. Mar 23. $20-$25. Hopmonk

Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

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open mic night. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Jasper O’Farrell’s Wed, Brainstorm. Sun, open mic. 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2062.

Todd Snider

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Songwriting great and author of the album “Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables” performs with David Jacobs-Strain opening. Mar 25, 8pm. $26. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Last Day Saloon

Mar 23, Brittany Haas and Lauren Rioux. Mar 24, Jill Cohn CD release. Mar 24, Timothy O’Neil Band. Mar 25, Miano Jazz Ensemble. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

Mar 23, Zodiac Death Valley. Mar 24, Daniel Castro Band and Soulshine Blues Band. Mar 28, Baby Loves Disco. Mon, karaoke. Wed, 7pm, North Bay Hootenanny’s Pick-Me-Up Revue. 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.

MARIN COUNTY Eroica Trio Mill Valley Chamber Music Society presents trio of Grammy-nominated pianist Erika Nickrenz, violinist Susie Parker and cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio. Mar 25, 5pm. $15-$30. Mt Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave, Mill Valley.

NAPA COUNTY Chris Botti Spend an evening admiring the syrupy tone and well-coiffed hair of the largest-selling American jazz instrumentalist. Mar 22-23, 8pm. $75-$85. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Aubergine Mar 22, String Rays. Mar 23, Jesse Brewster Band and Katie Knipp. Last Sunday of every month, Irish Seisun with Riggy Rackin. 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.

Barley & Hops Tavern Fri, Jen Tucker. 3688 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental. 707.874.9037.

Centre du Vin Mar 24, 6:30pm, Sheila Whitney. 480 First St East, Sonoma.

Doc Holliday’s Saloon Mar 22, Sweet Sixteen. Mar 23, Restless Sons, Business End and Triple Header. Mar 24, Elite Eight. Wed, Sonoma County Blues Society live music. 138 Calistoga Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.623.5453.

First Edition Mar 25, Carl and Paul Green. 1420 E Washington Ave, Petaluma. 707.775.3200.

Flamingo Lounge Mar 23, Electric Avenue. Mar 24, Opening Night Band. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

French Garden Mar 23, Un Deux Trois. Mar 24, Solid Air. 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

Gaia’s Garden Tues, Jim Adams. 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

Glaser Center Mar 23-24, 7:30pm, GuruGaanesha Band. 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.568.5381.

Hopmonk Sonoma Mar 24, Javier Dunn. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

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SONGS OF LIFE Joanne Rand brings her

psychedelic folk back to Sonoma County on March 24 at the Occidental Center for the Arts. See Clubs, right.

Mar 22, Juke Joint with Fort Knox 5, All Good Funk Alliance and Thunderball. Mar 23, Lyrics Born. Mar 24, Emancipator. Mon, Monday Night Edutainment. Tues, 7:30pm,

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Main Street Station Mar 22, Susan Sutton. Mar 23, Jess Petty. Mar 27, Maple Profant. Sun, Kit Mariah’s open mic. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

Monroe Dance Hall Thurs, Sun, Circles ‘n Squares Dance Club. 1400 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.529.5450.

Murphy’s Irish Pub Mar 22, Savannah Blu. Mar 24, Larry Carlin. Mar 25, Amy Wigton. Wed, 7:30pm, trivia night. 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Mystic Theatre Mar 23, Antsy McClain & the Trailer Park Troubadours with Refugees. Mar 24, House of Floyd: An Evening of Pink Floyd. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Nonni’s Ristorante Italiano Mon, 6pm, Steve Swan’s Sinatra croonings. Wed, 6:30pm, Don Giovannis. 420 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.0222.

North Light Books & Cafe Mar 22, Circus Moon. Thurs, 5:30pm, open mic. 550 E Cotati Ave, Cotati. 707.792.4300.

Northwood Restaurant Thurs, 7pm,Thugz. 19400 Hwy 116, Monte Rio. 707.865.2454.

Occidental Center for the Arts Mar 24, Celebration of Women in the Arts with Joanne Rand. Graton Road and Bohemian Highway, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

Phoenix Theater Mar 23, Civilian Assault, Frenzied, Joker and GFL. Mar 24, Thought Vomit, Sticky Eyelids, Blown Load, Publiquors, Youths and Paperchain. Mon, 7pm, young people’s AA. Tues, ) 7pm, Acoustic

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No Stage Fright How to see Lang Lang at SSU The Green Music Center has announced its 2012–2013 season, and the lineup is impressive—YoYo Ma, Lang Lang, Alison Krauss, Wynton Marsalis, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Barbara Cook, Michael Tilson Thomas and many others. Individual tickets go on sale in July, but on March 25, series and subscription tickets are offered. There are a lot of options, and Lang Lang and Yo-Yo Ma are “Special Events” that are available only with a series purchase and require an extra ticket. That sounds expensive on the surface, but there are ways to do it that make sense. Let’s say you only want to see Lang Lang—and don’t want to sit out on the lawn— and you want to do it as cheaply as possible. On March 25, you’d buy “Choral Circle” stage seating for the minimum four “Price Level B” shows from the Choose-Your-Own-Series at $18 each, totaling $72. Then you’d add an extra ticket to Lang Lang, starting at $55 for either side balcony or stage seating. That’s a $127 total to see Lang Lang, but it also means you get stage seating for—and these would be my picks—John Adams, Chucho Valdés, Wynton Marsalis and Lila Downs. Divided by five, that’s about $25 per show. (Also, students get a 50 percent discount on tickets.) Stage seating is great— it’s close to the performer, it provides a view of the audience, and, with the acoustics in the Green Music Center being what they are, it still sounds great. See www.gmc.sonoma.edu for more.—Gabe Meline

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Music ( 89 Americana jam. Wed, 6pm, Jazz jam. Fourth Thursday of every month, writers workshops. Sun, 5pm, Rock and blues jam. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Redwood Cafe ar 23, Redwood Combo. Mar 24, Foxes in the Henhouse. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

The Rocks Bar & Lounge Fri and Sat, Top 40 DJs hosted by DJ Stevie B. 146 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.782.0592.

Society: Culture House Wed, Gallery Wednesday. DJs and art curated by Jared Powell. Thurs, Casa Rasta. Fourth Friday of every month, Kaleidoscope. Live art and DJs. Sun, Rock ‘n’ Roll Sunday School. 528 Seventh St, Santa Rosa, No phone.

Spancky’s Thurs, 9pm, DJ Dray Lopez. Mar 23, Detroit Disciples. Mar 24, Metal Shop. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.664.0169.

Tradewinds Mar 21, Frankie and Friends. Mar 23, Reed Fromer Band. Mar 24, Undercover Band. Mar 25, Frankie Boots and friends. Mar 28, Timothy O’Neil Band. Mon, Donny Maderos’ Pro Jam. Thurs, DJ Dave. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7878.

MARIN COUNTY 142 Throckmorton Theatre Mar 22, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. Mar 24, A Grand and Fine Celebration. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

George’s Nightclub Mar 23, Foreverland. Mar 24, Wild Child. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

Nickel Rose Mon, Wed-Sun, DJ dance. 848 B St, San Rafael. 415.454.5551.

19 Broadway Club Mar 21, Rayner Brock. Mar 22, Diamond Jazz. Mar 23, Mykal Rose. Mar 24, Jose Neto Band. Mar 25, Erika Alstrom with Dale Alstrom’s Jazz Society. Mar 25, Matty and the Arkites. Mar 28, Eddie Neon and Blue Roux. Mar 28, Gail “Mojo” Muldrow Blues Wednesdays. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

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Tues, 8:30pm, open mic with Damir. Fri, 9pm, Michael Aragon Quartet. Sun, 3pm, Mal Sharpe’s Dixieland. 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.1392.

Mar 21, Biaumbu’s Groove Room. Mar 22, Danny Click’s Texas Blues Nights. Mar 23, Djiin. Mar 24, Makuru. Mar 27, San Domenico Virtuoso Program. Mar 28, Jack Irving and friends. Sat, 2pm, juke jam. Sun, 2pm, Irish music. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.

Old Western Saloon Mar 23, Paladino. Main Street, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1661.

Osteria Divino Mar 21, Sarah Cabral, Carlos Oliveira and Ricardo Peixoto. Mar 22, James Moseley R&B Quintet. Mar 23, Passion Habanera. Mar 24, Ken Cook Trio. Mar 25, Citizen’s Jazz. Mar 27, Tom Duarte. Mar 28, Oak Street Trio. 27 Caledonia St, Sausalito.

Panama Hotel Restaurant Mar 21, Kim Rea Dreamdog Trio. Mar 22, Ann Brewer. Mar 27, Marianna August with Ron Borelli Sorrento. Mar 28, Lorin Rowan. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993.

Peri’s Silver Dollar Mar 21, The Super Unknown. Mar 22, Mark’s Jam Sammich. Mar 23, Vinyl. Mar 25, Slowpoke. Mar 27, Shameless Axe. Mar 28, Continentals. Mon, acoustic open mic. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

Smiley’s Mar 23, Eldon Brown Band. Mar 24, Oakland Afro Blues Project. Mon, reggae. Wed, Larry’s karaoke. Sun, open mic. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

NAPA COUNTY Napa Valley Opera House Mar 22-23, Chris Botti. Mar 24, Diablo Ballet: Dancing Miles. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Rainbow Room Fri, Sat, 10pm, DJ dancing. Sun, salsa Sundays. 806 Fourth St, Napa. 707.252.4471.

Silo’s Mar 21, Jef Madnik and friends. Mar 23, Sing a Song. Mar 24, Caroompas Room. Mar 28, Giants of Jazz. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

San Francisco’s City Guide

Sharon von Etten Indie-crooning “It Girl” from Brooklyn drives a tumbling emotional thread on latest, “Tramp.” Mar 21 at the Independent.

Of Montreal Kevin Barnes’ ongoing glam-disco-goth experiment involves unpredictable theatrics. Mar 22 at the Fillmore.

Casual Heiroglyphics rapper and Bay Area rep behind “Fear Itself” plays the jazz club. Mar 22 at Yoshi’s SF.

Classics of Love In the wake of thier strongest album yet, featuring Jesse Michaels from Operation Ivy. Mar 24 at Bottom of the Hill.

Quantic with Alice Russell Genre-trotting producer is at his funkiest and most soulful with powerhouse female vocalist. Mar 24 at Mezzanine.

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His latest release, Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables, has more songs full of pointed social commentary than ever—although he says he didn’t plan it that way. “I don’t even know what my intention was,” he claims in a phone interview. “I didn’t do anything on purpose. It was happenstance.” Trying to get linear answers out of the guy who’s perfected streamof-consciousness lyric writing can be tricky. When asked whom he’s referencing in “The Very Last Time,” a song clearly conveying

the hurt of a busted relationship, he hems and haws. “Oh, man, I don’t know if I could tell you that,” he stammers. “It’s about more than one person, it’s about a specific group of people, but it’s embarrassing. I didn’t think anyone was gonna ask me that. It’s funny, I’ve never had a question I didn’t want to answer. It’s the first time I’ve ever said, ‘I kinda don’t know if I wanna answer that.’” With his typical stoner demeanor very much in evidence, Snider adds, “It’s so funny. I’m just listening to the record now, too. I might have said too much.” On Agnostic Hymns, Snider doesn’t couch his criticisms in quite as much humor as his previous output. Instead, he lets his irritation with the state of our nation’s affairs—mainly the economy and the increasing divide between the haves and have-nots—permeate his lyrics. Songs such as “New York Banker,” “In the Beginning,” “In Between Jobs” and “Precious Little Moments” deal directly with the hardships induced by economic disparity. And yet, refreshingly, the East Nashville resident doesn’t preach or pontificate; he doesn’t even throw in the word “occupy,” much less write about the movement. “I didn’t deliberately leave them out or anything like that, but I don’t feel a part of anything,” he said. “I don’t want to be part of nothin’.” Snider’s next project is an album of Jerry Jeff Walker songs he’s releasing in April, just in time for Walker’s 75th birthday. Maybe after that he’ll do an album dedicated to two more of his heroes, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. Their relationship—and Richards’ recently published memoir—inspired the new album’s “Brenda.” Snider says he even still has his “Keith Richards for President” T-shirt. Maybe someone will ask to borrow it for a Todd Snider birthday tribute one of these days. There’s no question he deserves one. Todd Snider plays Sunday, March 25, at the Mystic Theatre. 21 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 8pm. $26. 707.765.2121.


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Galleries OPENINGS Mar 22 At 6pm. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, “The Art of Light,” juried exhibition of work in a variety of media that uses, applies, handles and utilizes light as a primary attribute. Also, “Still Scratching,” scratchboard still lifes, by Diana Lee. 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.

Mar 23 at 5:30pm. Falkirk Cultural Center, Annual juried exhibit features variety of artwork in all media. 1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael. 415.485.3438.

Mar 24 At 5pm. Gallery of Sea & Heaven, “Birds of a Feather,” featuring Becoming Independent artists alongside artists from Studios on A. 312 South A St, Santa Rosa. 707.578.9123. From 5-7pm. Gordon Huether Gallery, “ASG @ GHG,” show curated by Andrea Schwartz Gallery featuring Cara Barer, John Bonick, Seamus Conley, Alex Couwenberg, Catherine Dudley, Gordon Huether, Mitch Jones and others. 1465 First St, Napa. 707.255.5954.

SONOMA COUNTY Arts Guild of Sonoma Through Mar 24, “Repo Show,” featuring various artists. 140 E Napa St, Sonoma. WedThurs and Sun-Mon, 11 to 5; Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 707.996.3115.

Aubergine

Road, Snoopy!” featuring the beagle’s most famous road trips. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, noon to 5; SatSun, 10 to 5. 707.579.4452.

Reservations,” featuring work by Ethan Castro. 7345 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol. No phone.

Gallery of Sea & Heaven

Through May 5, “Showin’ on the River,” juried photography exhibit. 132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. Wed, Thurs and Sun, 11 to 6. Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 707.775.4ART.

Mar 24-May 26, “Birds of a Feather,” featuring Becoming Independent artists alongside artists from Studios on A. Reception, Mar 24 at 5pm. 312 South A St, Santa Rosa. Thurs-Sat, noon to 5 and by appointment. 707.578.9123.

Gallery One Through Apr 22, “Two Points of View,” featuring works of Jennifer Jaeger and Michele Rosett. 209 Western Ave, Petaluma. 707.778.8277.

Graton Gallery Through Apr 15, “Textures,” featuring paintings, prints and drawings by Susan R Ball and Rik Olson. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton. Tues-Sun, 10:30 to 6. 707.829.8912.

Hammerfriar Gallery Through Apr 7, “Seventh Anniversary Exhibit,” with work by Hamlet Mateo, Mary Jarvis and Luke Damiani. 132 Mill St, Ste 101, Healdsburg. Tues-Fri, 10 to 6. Sat, 10 to 5. 707.473.9600.

Healdsburg Center for the Arts Through Apr 2, “Feathers and Fur,” featuring animal artworks. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. Daily, 11 to 6. 707.431.1970.

Pelican Art Through May 9, retrospective of the works of painter Susan Adams. 143 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. Open Tues-Thurs and Sat, 11 to 6; Fri, 11 to 8; Sun-Mon by appointment only. 707.773.3393.

Quercia Gallery Through Dec 31, “1+1=2,” featuring 16 artists exhibiting two framed images. 25193 Hwy 116, Duncans Mills. 707.865.0243.

Quicksilver Mine Company

Mar 26, 3pm, live painting by Richard Wizardsky, live models and live music. Free. 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.

Through Apr 8, “One Another One,” featuring the work of Chris Beards. 6671 Front St, Forestville. Thurs-Mon, 11 to 6. 707.887.0799.

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Rohnert Park Community Center Through Mar 28, featuring oil paintings by Dee Fay and pastel landscapes by Tim Brody. Free. 5401 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. Mon-Thurs, 8 to 9; Fri, 8 to 5. 707.584.7357.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts Mar 22-Apr 28, “The Art of Light,” a juried exhibition of work in a variety of media that uses, applies, handles and utilizes light as a primary attribute. Opening reception, Mar 22 at 6. Mar 22-Apr 28, “Still Scratching,” scratchboard still lifes, by Diana Lee. Reception, Mar 22 at 6pm. 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol. Tues-Fri, 10 to 4; Sat, 1 to 4. 707.829.4797.

Sonoma Academy Through May 18, “Art by BLT,” an ongoing collaborative painting project of Bob Stang, Lisa Beerntsen and Tony Speirs. 2500 Farmers Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.545.1770.

Towers Gallery Through Apr 1, “Seasons,” including works by Nancy Burres, Jim Van Deren and many others. 240 N Cloverdale Blvd, Ste 2, Cloverdale. 707.894.4331.

University Art Gallery Through Apr 8, Student work on exhibit chosen by Rob Ceballos and Chandra Cerrito. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. Tues-Fri, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, noon to 4. 707.664.2295.

MARIN COUNTY 142 Throckmorton Theatre Through Mar 31, Drawings, paintings, photos and ceramics by Tamalpais High School Students. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

‘BRIXT’ Work by Alex Couwenberg (above) joins others at ‘ASG @ GHG,’ curated by Andrea Schwartz Gallery at Gordon Huether Gallery. See Openings, adjacent.

Falkirk Cultural Center Mar 23-May 26, Annual juried exhibit features variety of artwork in all media. Reception, Mar 23 at 5:30pm. 1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael. 415.485.3438.

three Bay Area artists, Modesto Covarrubias, Ali NaschkeMessing and Angie Wilson. Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. Wed-Sun, 11 to 4. 415.506.0137.

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Through Apr 25, “Group Show,” featuring new works by gallery artists. Through Apr 25, “Simple Pleasures,” featuring the work of Allen Wynn. 483 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.945.9454.

Through Mar 30, Exhibit showcases talents of Marin’s many high-schoolers. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. Mon-Thurs, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, 1 2 to 4. 415.454.9561.

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Through Apr 1, “Retrospective, Evolution,” featuring the work of Eric Engstrom and “The Book of Remembrance,” featuring the work of MyongAh Rawitscher. Closing Party, Apr 1 at 3pm. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. Wed-Mon, 11 to 5. 415.663.1347.

Marin Community Foundation Through May 31, “Muslim Eyes,” featuring religions and secular art by 35 Muslim artists. 5 Hamilton Landing, Ste 200, Novato. Open Mon-Fri, 9 to 5.

Marin MOCA Through Apr 15, “Indexical Makers,” presents work by

Through Mar 29, “Fleurs,” juried show with floral theme. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 415.388.4331.

Red Barn Gallery Through Apr 4, the California Art Club celebrates 50 years of the Pt Reyes National Seashore. 1 Bear Valley Rd, Pt Reyes Station. 415.464.5125.

San Geronimo Valley Community Center Through Mar 29, “Crossing Lines,” featuring 40 ink drawings by Louis Nuyens. Through Mar 29, “Old World, New View,” featuring the photography of Norm Catalano.

6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo. 415.488.8888.

Seager Gray Gallery Through Apr 15, “Figures in Abstract,” featuring the work of six California artists. 23 Sunnyside Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat; 11 to 6. Fri-Sat, 11 to 7; Sun, 12 to 5. 415.384.8288.

NAPA COUNTY Downtown Napa Oct 19-April 2013, “Momentum: Art that Moves (Us),” second annual interactive public art exhibition ARTwalk. Free. 707.257.2117. First Street and Town Center, Napa.

di Rosa Through Jun 10, new work by Hung Liu. 5200 Carneros Hwy 121, Napa. Wed-Fri, 9:30am to 3; Sat, appointment only. 707.226.5991.

Gordon Huether Opening Mar 24, “ASG @ GHG,” show curated by Andrea Schwartz Gallery featuring Cara Barer, John Bonick, Seamus Conley, Alex Couwenberg, Catherine Dudley, Gordon Huether, Mitch Jones and others. ) Reception, Mar 24,

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Silverado Vineyards Mar 21, 6pm, Enjoy an evening of art hosted by Silverado Vineyards and support local art magnet at Salvador Elementary School. $40. 6121 Silverado Trail, Napa.

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Through Mar 31, nature-inspired exhibit by Jocelyn Audette. 1314 McKinstry St, Napa.

The Artist Talks: March 28, 6:30pm

Comedy Lily Tomlin “And that’s the truth” comedienne, winner of Emmys, Tonys and Grammys, yuks it up. Mar 24, 8pm. $45-$85. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Pastel Paintings by Bert Kaplan SEBASTOPOL GALLERY 150 N. Main St. Sebastopol

Tuesday Evening Comedy Mark Pitta hosts ongoing evenings with established comics and up-andcomers Tues at 8. $15-$20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

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Nebulae, Clusters: The Summer Sky Planetarium takes you on discovery tour of traditional summer sky. Mar 23, 7pm. SRJC Planetarium, Lark Hall 2001, 1502 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4465.

Star Party Observatory’s three main telescopes plus additionals open for viewing. Mar 24, 9pm. $3. Robert Ferguson Observatory, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood. 707.833.6979.

Low-Cost Health Exams Family nurse practitioner students provide physical exams, screening and vision tests and more. Wed-Fri through May 4. $25-$60. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2880.

Mar 22 at 12:30pm, Romeo and Juliet from the Royal Ballet in London with encore showings. Apr 1 at 1pm and Apr 10 at 6:30pm. Ongoing. Summerfield Cinemas, 551 Summerfield Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.528.4222.

Miss Representation Film examines how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. Mar 21, 7pm. Free. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2880.

Mozart’s Sister A re-imagined account of the early life of the talented Marie Anna “Nannerl” Mozart. Mar 22, 7pm. $10. Napa Valley Museum, 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. 707.944.0500.

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Field Trips Spring Workshop Series Two-hour interactive workshops on the importance of native plants to California ecosystem and how to design, care for and maintain your own native backyard. Fri, Mar 23. $40. Richardson Bay Audubon Center, 376 Greenwood Beach Rd, Tiburon. 415.388.2524.

Windrush Farm Tour Feed barn animals, hold a chicken, pet a newborn spring lamb, and experience transforming wool “from sheep to shawl.” Mar 24, 10:30am. $5-$25. 2263 Chileno Valley Rd, Petaluma. Register at www.marinorganic.com.

Louis Belvaux’s French thriller inspired by 1978 kidnapping of industrialist Edouard-Jean Empain. Fri, Mar 23, 7pm and Sun, Mar 25, 4pm. $4-$6. Sonoma Film Institute, Warren Auditorium, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2606.

Seldom Seen Flicks Classic, rarely seen films and documentaries. Tues, 7pm. Mar 27, “Key Largo.” Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Who Bombed Judi Bari? New documentary by Darryl Cherney explores 1990 bombing of environmentalists. Mar 25, 2:30pm. $10-$15. Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.935.3456.

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A mix of the urbane sad-sack’s best, through Mar 29. Mar 22, “Annie Hall.” $10. Summerfield Cinemas, 551 Summerfield Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.528.4222.

In Search of Haydn Award-winning filmmaker Phil Grabsky offers eagerly awaited final part of his trilogy of films about great composers. Mar 21, 7pm. $15. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.924.5111.

Tastings, author appearances, workshops, tours and cheese, cheese, cheese. Mar 23-25. Petaluma Sheraton, 745 Baywood Dr, Petaluma. Full schedule at www. artisancheesefestival.com.

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grown foods. Thurs, 8am-1pm and Sun, 8am-1pm. Marin Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Dr, San Rafael. 800.897.3276.

Harvest Market Selling local and seasonal fruit, flowers, vegetables and eggs. Sat, 9am-1pm. Harvest Market, 19996 Seventh St E, Sonoma. 707.996.0712.

Marketplace March Sample food made by students at an Open House and Marketplace. Mar 22, 5pm. Free. Napa Valley Cooking School, 1088 College Ave, St Helena. 707.967.2901.

Santa Rosa Farmers Markets Oakmont Drive and White Oak, Santa Rosa. 707.538.7023. Sat, 9am-noon. Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.522.8629.

Six local Sonoma authors dine with the public and present their works. Mar 27, 6pm. Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

Lectures Arab Spring: Evolving Strategies Two organizers of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Egyptian uprising speak. Mar 22, 7pm. Free. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2880.

Heifer International Slide show, talk and light refreshments on Heiferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s local and global actions. Mar 24, 10am. Cornerstone Sonoma, 23570 Arnold Dr, Sonoma. 707.933.3010.

Home Energy Workshop Learn about utility improvements that can save thousands of dollars. Fourth Wed of every month, 6pm. Free. Sonoma Mountain Village Event Center, 1100 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park.

Suicide Prevention Kevin Hines talks about his experiences with bipolar disorder and surviving a suicide attempt at age 17, jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. Mar 28, 5:30pm. SRJC Newman Auditorium, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4011.

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Dr Paul R Fleischman, author and psychiatrist, discusses meditation in practice and application. Mar 24, 7pm. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

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Don Giovanni The young and handsome nobleman Don Giovanni is an arrogant, womanizing cad. Various dates and times. Mar 23-Apr 15. $25-$35. Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.8920.

Marriage Is Murder Comedy by Nick Hall about estranged couple who get together to write a murder mystery screenplay. Various dates and times. Mar 23Apr 7. $15-$20. Pegasus Theater Company, Rio Nido Lodge, Canyon Two Rd, Rio Nido. 707.522.9043.

Pinky The Bohemian’s David Templeton premiers a play about young nerdlings in love. Through Mar 24. $15-$20. Main Stage West, 104 N Main St, Sebastopol.

Real Life Stories Bay Area Playback Theatre presents improv based on audience members’ life stories. Sat, Mar 24, 7:30pm. $10-$12.

Open Secret, 923 C St, San Rafael. 415.457.4191.

The Tennessee Menagerie Peek into the real life of Tennessee Williams and remeet his most memorable females characters. Various dates and times. Mar 23Apr 7. $10-$25. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

Twentieth Century Ross Valley Players present adaptation of 1934 film starring John Barrymore and Carole Lombard. Mar 22Apr 15, various dates and times. $17-$25. Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.456.9555.

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Mar 22, 6:30pm, Food for Thought Author Series. Ken Cook and Dan Imhoff present revealing picture of how the 2012 Farm Bill will impact food security, public health, and the ecological and economic sustainability of regional food system. $15. 50. Dominican College, Acacia Ave, San Rafael. 415.927.0960.

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Astrology

FREE WILL BY ROB BREZSNY

For the week of March 21

ARIES (March 21–April 19) Not bad for a few weeks’ work or play or whatever it is you want to call this tormented, inspired outburst. Would it be too forward of me to suggest that you’ve gone a long way toward outgrowing the dark fairy tale that had been haunting your dreams for so long? And yet all this may just be a warmup for your next metamorphosis, in which you make an audacious new commitment to becoming what you really want to be when you grow up. TAURUS (April 20–May 20) This week, I’m taking a break from my usual pep talks. I think it’s for the best. If I deliver a kind-hearted kick in the butt, maybe it will encourage you to make a few course corrections, thereby making it unnecessary for fate to get all tricky and funky on you. So here you go, Taurus: 1. The last thing you need is someone to support your flaws and encourage you in your delusions. True friends will offer snappy critiques and crisp advice. 2. Figure out once and for all why you keep doing a certain deed that’s beneath you, then gather the strength and get the help you need to quit it. 3. It’s your duty to stop doing your duty with such a somber demeanor and heavy tread. To keep from sabotaging the good it can accomplish, you’ve got to put more pleasure into it.

GEMINI (May 21–June 20) The German word Welträtsel can be translated as “world riddle.” Coined by the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, it refers to questions like “What is the meaning of existence?” and “What is the nature of reality?” According to my reading of the astrological omens, Gemini, you’re now primed to deepen your understanding of the world riddle. For the next few weeks, you will have an enhanced ability to pry loose useful secrets about some big mysteries. Certain passages in the Book of Life that have always seemed like gobbledygook to you will suddenly make sense. Here’s a bonus: every time you decipher more of the world riddle, you will solve another small piece of your personal riddle. CANCER (June 21–July 22)

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” So wrote George Bernard Shaw in his book Man and Superman. From the hints I have gleaned, Cancerian, you are now in an ideal phase to be the sort of unreasonable man or woman who gets life to adapt so as to better serve you and your dreams. Even if it’s true that the emphasis in the past has often been on you bending and shaping yourself to adjust to the circumstances others have wrought, the coming weeks could be different.

LEO (July 23–August 22) In his book Word Hero, Jay Heinrichs offers us advice about how to deliver pithy messages that really make an impact. Here’s one tip that would be especially useful for you in the coming days: exaggerate precisely. Heinrichs gives an example from the work of the illustrious American author Mark Twain. Twain did not write, “In a single day, New England’s weather changes a billion times.” Rather, he said, “In the spring I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of four-and twenty hours.” Be inspired by Twain’s approach in every way you can imagine, Leo. Make things bigger and wilder and more expansive everywhere you go, but do it with exactitude and rigor. VIRGO (August 23–September 22)

“Liminality” is a term that refers to the betwixt and between state. It’s dawn or dusk, when neither night nor day fully rules. It’s the mood that prevails when a transition is imminent or a threshold beckons. During a rite of passage, liminality is the phase when the initiate has left his or her old way of doing things but has not yet been fully accepted or integrated into the new way. Mystical traditions from all over the world recognize this as a shaky but potent situation, a time and place when uncertainty and ambiguity reign even as exciting possibilities loom. In my estimate, Virgo, you’re now ensconced in liminality.

LIBRA (September 23–October 22) The Argentinean writer Antonio Porchia said there were two kinds of shadows: “some hide, others reveal.” In recent weeks, you’ve been in constant contact with the shadows that hide. But beginning any moment now, you’ll be wandering away from those rather frustrating

enigmas and entering into a dynamic relationship with more evocative mysteries: the shadows that reveal. Be alert for the shift so you won’t get caught assuming that the new shadows are just like the old ones.

SCORPIO (October 23–November 21)

Every winter, hordes of ants have overrun my house. At least that was true up until recently. This winter, the pests stayed away, and that has been very good news. I didn’t have to fight them off with poison and hand-tohand combat. The bad news? The reason they didn’t invade was because very little rain fell, as it’s supposed to during Northern California winters. The ants weren’t driven above ground by the torrents that usually soak the soil. And so now drought threatens our part of the world. Water shortages may loom. I propose that this scenario is a metaphor for a dilemma you may soon face, Scorpio—except that you will have a choice in the matter: would you rather deal with a lack of a fundamental resource or else an influence that’s bothersome but ultimately pretty harmless?

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21) You’re entering one of the most buoyant phases of your astrological cycle. Your mandate is to be brash and bouncy, frothy and irrepressible. To prepare you, I’ve rounded up some exclamatory declarations by poet Michael McClure. Take them with you as you embark on your catalytic adventures. They’ll help you cultivate the right mood. McClure: “Everything is natural. The light on your fingertips is starlight. Life begins with coiling—molecules and nebulae. Cruelty, selfishness and vanity are boring. Each self is many selves. Reason is beauty. Light and darkness are arbitrary divisions. Cleanliness is as undefinable and as natural as filth. The physiological body is pure spirit. Monotony is madness. The frontier is both outside and inside. The universe is the messiah. The senses are gods and goddesses. Where the body is—there are all things.” CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19) You know those tall, starched white hats that many chefs wear? Traditionally they had 100 pleats, which denoted the number of ways a real professional could cook an egg. I urge you to wear one of those hats in the coming weeks, Capricorn—or whatever the equivalent symbol might be for your specialty. It’s high time for you to express your ingenuity in dealing with what’s simple and familiar . . . to be inventive and versatile as you show how much you can accomplish using just the basics. AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18) As I was driving my car in San Francisco late one night, I arrived at a traffic signal that confused me. The green light was radiant and steady, but then so was the red light. I came to a complete stop and waited until finally, after about two minutes, the red faded. I suspect you may soon be facing a similar jumble of mixed signals, Aquarius. If that happens, I suggest you do what I did. Don’t keep moving forward; pause and sit still until the message gets crisp and clear. PISCES (February 19–March 20)

A woman named Joan Ginther has won the Texas lottery four times, collecting over $20 million. Is she freakishly lucky? Maybe not, according to Nathaniel Rich’s article in the August 2011 issue of Harper’s. He notes that Ginther has a Ph.D. in math from Stanford, and wonders if she has used her substantial understanding of statistics to game the system. (More here: tinyurl. com/LuckAmuck.) Be inspired by her example, Pisces. You now have exceptional power to increase your good fortune through hard work and practical ingenuity.

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PRAYERS FOR WORLD PEACE Sundays, 10:30-11:45a.m., Please join us in creating a peaceful world. Led by meditation teacher Minnie Marroquin. FREE. Compassion KBC, 436 Larkfield Center, Santa Rosa. 707.477.2264. www.meditateinsantarosa.org. Everyone is welcome!

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Orientation and Training for Volunteer Service with Our Most Vulnerable Neighbors Learn the challenges and joys of service and the healthiest orientation to community work. Sat, Mar 31, 9am–3pm. Journey Center, 707.578.2121, www.journeycenter.org.

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Best Loveseats in the Back Row I once sat next to a man inside St. Helena’s Cameo Cinema who said it was the first time he’d been back to the theater since he worked there— which was in 1940. He was delighted the sound system was upgraded and that the stage remained pretty much the same. The chairs were certainly upgraded, too, he noted, and there were these weird glasses that make some parts of certain movies jump out as if one could just touch them. Crazy! Built in 1915 as the Golden Gate Theatre, the one-screen movie house on Main Street has seen its share of changes, and every few years there’s a scare it might close down for good. But locals, including filmmaker and longtime supporter Francis Ford Coppola, are grateful it’s still there. 1340 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.9779.—N.G.

Best Place to Find the Spirit of Pithecanthropus Erectus A laid-back, West Coast brew of drunken nostalgia, the No Name Bar in Sausalito is just a few miles north of the Golden Gate and has been home to many a thirsty bohemian for more than 50 years. Opened in 1959, the saloon is scattered with time-worn furniture and old pictures, looking on as regulars who’ve made the place a prized neighborhood hangout swap bar stories over dry scotches and late-night rounds of chess. Along with the Marin locals who frequent the pub, the bar has gained renown for its cast of iconic appearances over the years—Bob Dylan, Charles Mingus, Clint Eastwood, Alan Watts, Lenny Bruce and Jack Kerouac, to name just a few. But while the big names have brought the nameless haunt a celebrity of its own, the soul of the place remains grounded in the musicians who serve patrons allnight sets of cool jazz, original blues and old-time rock ’n’ roll. 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.1392.—M.S.

Best Dot-Dot-DashDot-Dash-Dash-Dot A relic from the days when radio waves buzzing with Morse code began to shrink the world, the Marconi Conference Center, a historic listening outpost overlooking Tomales Bay, still houses some antique audio gear that gets fired up on special occasions. Built in 1913, the 62-acre property was an active receiving site during both world wars. Later, in the late 1960s, it became home to Synanon, a drug rehab center that devolved into a semi-notorious cult. Acquired by the state in 1990, it’s now a state historic park, which offers quiet, modern accommodations for up to 102 visitors, spread around a spacious dining hall with several wellequipped meeting rooms. Outside, bucolic vistas of the bay and extensive trails curling along the hillside transcend time, with a lingering sense that there could be more than the soft sounds of native fauna whispering in the onshore breezes. 18500 Hwy. 1, Marshall. 415.663.9020.—B.R. ) 27

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Best Place to Lasso a Hot Steer In the years since Hans Grauman started the Rainbow Cattle Company in 1979, its redwood facade has become a staple of the downtown Guerneville skyline. Its URL, QueerSteer.com, is relatively new. But according to manager and part owner Bob Frederick, who started tending bar in 1984, the place itself, which he likens to the Cheers bar, hasn’t changed much. “That’s why we’re still open and why we’re still the Rainbow,” he says. “Wine country cuisine” would hardly describe the river’s famous LGBT watering hole, which regularly hosts potluck food contests called “Hump Nites,” with themes like “Chicken and Chocolate” and “White Trash Fare.”

With longstanding links to Guerneville gay culture—Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Lazy Bear Weekend—the bar has been fusing ties with smalltown community groups as well, according to Frederick. “Give Back Tuesdays” invites leaders from nonprofits, libraries and even the parents of local cheerleading teams to have a drink under the neon rainbow and receive a portion of the funds. “Becoming more a part of the community is my whole goal, and bridging the two communities, gay and straight,” says Frederick. The longtime bartender left San Francisco for Guerneville 30 years ago, partly because, as he puts it, he didn’t like the strange segregation that often develops between gay men and lesbian women. Though the rustic bar was once mostly a man’s bar, he says, it’s changed to reflect the river community, with more women and families. “It’s become everybody’s bar,” he says. 16220 Main St., Guerneville. 707.869.0206.—R.D.

Best Place to Kick Up the Boot Heels Secluded in the boondocks of West Marin, a short way from George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch, rests the sleepy village of Nicasio. Established just two years after the Civil War ended, Nicasio—the name means “the hidden one”—boasts locals who still mosey through the rustic, western outfit today with a slow-paced, 19th-century sensibility. Save for the parked cars and two-hour-limit signs, visitors sauntering down the area’s old, dusty roads will be hard-pressed to find the slightest streak of modernity. While the night sky alone, swirled in the Milky Way’s glow away from city lights, is reason

enough to make a trip, what lures Marin County crowds most to this remote site is Rancho Nicasio, the town’s sole restaurant, tavern and community hub. Opened in 1941 after the Nicasio Hotel crumbled in a fire, the Rancho is dotted with paintings of old saloon scenes, hunting trophies, a snarling bear and a petrified-looking jackalope. Behind the barroom, tables fill the Rancho Room, where for decades every Friday through Sunday bluegrass, country and rock groups have serenaded guests dining on lamb medallions or dancing under the lamplight of a rusted wagon-wheel-turned-candelabrum. Along with its weekend jam bands, the Rancho throws together big barbecues and events every

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Your pick for Best Music Venue in Sonoma County, the Mystic Theatre in downtown Petaluma has been in operation since 1911. Originally built with funds provided by John McNear, the Mystic began as a vaudeville theater. It played a supporting role in American Graffiti—then called the State Theatre—and for a brief time, it even served as a porn house. Now maintained and booked by the McDonnell family, the Mystic is the spot to see great nationally touring acts like Mazzy Star, Yo La Tengo and Henry Rollins—all upcoming—and local favorites like Petty Theft. 21 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma. 707.765.2121.—L.C.

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Roco Dance & Fitness

Marin Ballet 100 Elm St., San Rafael. 415.453.6705. NAPA

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Sebastopol Ballet 390 Morris St., Sebastopol. 707.824.8006. HONORABLE MENTION

Petaluma City Ballet 110 Howard St., Petaluma. 707.765.2660.

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Roco Dance & Fitness

237 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley. 415.388.6786. NAPA

Academy of Danse 1123 Jordan Lane, Napa. 707.226.6170. SONOMA

The Dance Center 56 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 707.575.8277. HONORABLE MENTION

Ellington Hall 3535 Industrial Lane, Ste. B4, Santa Rosa. 707.545.6150.

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George’s Nightclub 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

237 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley. 415.388.6786.

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120 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.

WildCard Belly Dance www.wildcardbellydance.com HONORABLE MENTION

2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa 707.579.4452 | www.SchulzMuseum.org Facebook.com/schulzmuseum

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Joweh! www.terrianneandjoweh.com

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Christy’s on the Square 96 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa. 707.528.8565.

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In a story as dramatic as Casablanca, Ben Hur or any other film thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s graced its single screen over the last 80 years, the Lark Theater, once teetering on extinction, was saved from disrepair and demolition by a cadre of dedicated Marin citizens. In 2004, the group mounted a campaign called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Save the Larkâ&#x20AC;?; within a year, the theater was restored to its 1936 art deco splendor. Headed by executive director Bernice Baeza (and assisted by Zuleyka Mora, pictured), the cinema has played host to the annual Youth Film Festival, the Family Film Series, Live at the Met performances and live music, in addition to showing first-run films. With a state-of-the art sound and visual system, the theater is thoroughly modern in a retro way. Dig into a bag of popcorn and wash it down with wine while sinking into plush, red velvet seats for a supreme movie experience that could never be replicated at home. 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 415.924.5111.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;L.C.

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Best Place to See Familiar People You Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Actually Know Amid the celebrated recent opening of the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to not overlook the adjacent little theater with a long, rich history. The 142 Throckmorton Theatre opened all the way back in 1915 as the Hub, hosting silent films with live piano accompaniment. In 2003, Lucy Mercer bought and

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In 1969, a new generation discovered LSD, tripping to bands like the Chocolate Watchband, the Tangerine Zoo and the Strawberry Alarm Clock. In Napa, Margrit Mondavi rather preferred more nuanced tones, and thus founded the Mondavi Jazz Festival. Known over the years as the Mondavi Summer Music Series or the Summer Jazz Series, the fest has seen the likes of Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett and Harry Belafonte; this year, the vision expands to include O.A.R., Five for Fighting and Plain White T’s. Along with her contributions to the restoration of the Napa Valley Opera House (see adjacent), Mondavi and her summer series have more than earned your vote as Best Music Festival in Napa County. 7801 St. Helena Hwy., Oakville. 888.766.6328.—G.M.

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Jerry Lunsford, KWMR 90.5-FM & 89.9-FM 1431 State Route 1, Ste. 8, Pt. Reyes. 415.663.8068. NAPA

Kellie Fuller, KVYN 99.3-FM

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Fairfax Festival 142 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 415.453.1584.

1124 Foster Road, Napa. 707.257.8463.

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7801 St. Helena Hwy., Oakville. 1.888.766.6328.

Brent Farris, KZST 100.1-FM 3392 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.4434. HONORABLE MENTION

Bill Bowker, KRSH 95.9-FM 3565 Standish Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.588.0707.

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College of Marin Fine Arts Theatre Sir Francis Drake Boulevard & Laurel Avenue, Kentfield. 415.485.9385.

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The Imaginists Theatre Collective 461 Sebastopol Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.7554.

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Petty Theft

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1030 Main St., Napa. 707.226.7372.

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The Pat Jordan Band

Wells Fargo Center for the Arts 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 707.527.7006.

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It all began with a performance of Gilbert & Sullivanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s H.M.S. Pinafore back in 1880. 130 years later, the Napa Valley Opera House continues to host stars of the entertainment world, including Elvis Costello, Pink Martini and, this weekend, Branford Marsalis. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why you voted this downtown historic landmark and vibrant, intimate theater as Best Performing Arts Center in Napa County. After enduring an 89-year-long hiatus, a newly renovated and retrofitted building debuted to grand applause in 2002. In 2012, the opera house continues on as a beloved space for local and national displays of imagination and artistic excellence. 1030 Main St., Napa. 707.226.7372.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;L.C.

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Marin Theatre Company 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 415.388.5200. NAPA

Napa Valley Players 1637 Imola Ave., Napa. 707.255.5483. SONOMA

Sixth Street Playhouse 52 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

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Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

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Uptown Theatre 1350 Third St., Napa. 707.259.0123. SONOMA

Mystic Theatre 23 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma. 707.765.9211.

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ramed by the historic Guerneville Bridge at the heart of the Russian River resort area, Johnson’s Beach and campground have been on oldfashioned family tradition under the redwoods since the early 1920s. Gertrude “Gertie” Johnson and her husband, Ernie, opened the long stretch of beach as a public swimming spot in the middle of town circa 1921. At one time owned by the Rounds family, brothers Clare and Herb Harris bought the property in 1967. Guerneville natives since 1918, the Harris family also owned the famous Rio Nido Dancehall and Resort. “In those days, you didn’t go in the river before Memorial Day, because nobody had a chance to find out what the floods had done,” says Marion Ridenhour, a fifth-generation resident who spent summers during WWII as the Johnson’s Beach lifeguard.

It was an era when it cost a dime to jump on Captain “Biddy” Green’s water boat as it taxied between Monte Rio and Guerneville. “We had canvas canoes. The first thing we did when we opened in the summer was spend a week patching and mending them,” Ridenhour says, recalling how the U.S. Army’s 17th Infantry men would haul cases of Acme beer down to the beach, letting them cool in the river. Today, Johnson’s Beach is open mid-May through September, weather permitting, and, fortunately, the canoes are now aluminum. As for beer, big cups of Red Hook are available for just three bucks at the snack bar, where prices have hovered refreshingly low across the menu. The legacy of summer concerts at Johnson’s Beach has kept thousands of patrons coming every year since the 1940s. This year’s 36th annual Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival returns

in September, and the 23rd annual Vineman Triathlon is in July. The Harrises hope to run Johnson’s Beach for generations to come. “I am only the manager,” says Laura Harris-Wilson, who co-manages the beach with her husband, Willy. “Johnson’s Beach keeps going with the hard work of the entire family—my Uncle Clare and his wife, Carla, my five sisters, our children, my three cousins and their children. We are proud to be an old fashioned, family-owned and -operated business.” Under the shade of a vintage beach umbrella, you can still hear Clare Harris hollering from the snack bar as “outta towners” fumble with bulky canoe paddles, struggling to make headway as one person paddles forward and the other paddles back. Johnson’s Beach, Guerneville. 707.869.2022.—J.O.


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Best Hipstamatic Photo in Real Life There may be a world-class museum now across the street, and the Warm Puppy Cafe may have gotten a facelift over the years, but walking into the Redwood Empire Ice Arena, aka Snoopyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home Ice, is like walking into the styles and colors of 1969. Virtually nothing has changed around the ice rink: the faux-Swiss chalet building facades wrapping the walls; the

giant brown cuckoo-style clock; the flags of many nations; the wood panels everywhere; the red light-up Coca-Cola sign marking â&#x20AC;&#x153;Couples Only,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ladies Only,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reverseâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clear Ice.â&#x20AC;? Resplendent with the washed-out colors so coveted in â&#x20AC;&#x153;retroâ&#x20AC;? photography, the arena is one of the few places where, other than teenage fashion on the rink and Adele on the PA, time has truly stood still. 1667 W. Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.546.4147.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;G.M. ) 35

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836 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.454.3747.

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Mikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bikes 264 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.776.0606. HONORABLE MENTION

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Howarth Park Voted Sonoma Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

605 College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.571.2428.

Ride the train, carousel & ponies at Big K-land.

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Rent paddleboats, canoes, kayaks & sailboats at Lake Ralphine.

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Best Summer Day Camp! Register early for summer camp at www.santarosarec.com Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks has lots of summer day camps at a variety of locations. Check our website for pony camps, art camp, painball camp, sports camps and more! For more information, call 707.543.3737 or visit our website at www.santarosarec.com.

Mike Varley, Black Mountain Cycles 11101 State Route 1 #B, Pt. Reyes Station. 415.663.8125.

200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 415.444.8000. NAPA

Synergy Medical Fitness Center 3421 Villa Lane, Napa. 707.251.1395. SONOMA

Coaches Corner 420 Morris St., Sebastopol. 707.829.5180. HONORABLE MENTION

Powerhouse Gym 515 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.284.4664.

Best Health Club NAPA

Synergy Medical Fitness Center 3421 Villa Lane, Napa. 707.251.1395. SONOMA

Airport Club 432 Aviation Blvd., Santa Rosa. 707.5281.2582. HONORABLE MENTION

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Parkpoint Health Club

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Novato Pilates 1769 Grant Ave., Novato. 415.898.3499.


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1338 Pearl St., Napa. 707.257.7382.

1415 Fulton Road, Ste. 221, Santa Rosa. 707.523.1144.

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Tone 850 Fourth St. #A, Santa Rosa. 707.526.3100. HONORABLE MENTION

Pilates Collective 132 Weeks Way, Sebastopol. 707.829.8746.

Best Yoga Studio MARIN

Bikram Yoga San Rafael 1295 Second St. #200, San Rafael. 415.453.9642. NAPA

Ubuntu Yoga Studio 1140 Main St., Napa. 707.251.5656. SONOMA

Bikram Yoga of Santa Rosa 522 Wilson St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.9642.

Hauth’s Taekwondo 8465 Old Redwood Hwy. #230, Windsor. 707.838.3644.

Best Outdoor Gear Shop MARIN

Mike’s Bikes 836 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.454.3747. #1 Gate 6 Road, Sausalito. 415.332.3200. NAPA

Sweeney’s 1537 W. Imola Ave., Napa. 707.255.5544. SONOMA

Sonoma Outfitters 145 Third St., Santa Rosa. 707.528.1920. HONORABLE MENTION

Santa Rosa Ski & Sports 1125 W. Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.578.4754.

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Three Dog Yoga 2097 Stagecoach Road, Santa Rosa. 707.528.1071.

Best Park MARIN

Gerstle Park www.cityofsanrafael.org

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MarinMMA 222 Greenfield Ave., San Anselmo. 415.456.1557.

NAPA

Fuller Park www.cityofnapa.org SONOMA

Howarth Park

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630 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3425.

NAPA

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Annadel State Park

497 Walnut St. #C, Napa. 707.226.5869.

6201 Channel Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.539.3911.

What do golf, Ronald Reagan, the Moonies and the golden age of Hollywood have in common? If you answered Pope Valley’s Aetna Springs Resort, which opened in 1873, you obviously know your Napa history. Following the Civil War, a Pope Valley quicksilver mine dug itself into disaster when miners hit a hot-water spring that halted the operation—and just like that, Aetna Springs was born. A golf course soon followed in 1893; today, it’s dubbed one of the oldest west of the Mississippi. Aetna Springs eventually became the go-to spot for Bay Area socialites and Hollywood celebrities. Ronald Reagan was so taken with the resort that he announced his candidacy for governor there. Aetna Springs has morphed many times since—some would say to its detriment in the ’70s, when the religious movement nicknamed the Moonies took ownership. But those memories are often dwarfed by the resort’s glory days of the 1920s, when famed filmmaker Frances Marion made it her respite. (Marion’s father, Len D. Owens, was the original owner.) Today, Aetna Springs embarks upon another awakening. Ownerdevelopers Robert Radovan and Bill Criswell purchased the resort in 2006 and are on track for restoring the property. Completion is slated for 2015. Here’s hoping this rebirth sends the Aetna Springs image back to the glory days of its youth. Aetna Springs Road, Pope Valley.—C.J.

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family-oriented (and -operated) campground and RV park, has offered this accessible outdoor experience since 1965. Tucked into a bend of the lower Russian River just north of Duncans Mills, the ranch offers a mix of individual and group campsites, platform tents, and even a few cabins, spread over 110 acres bounded by a mile of riverfront. Timeless activities, such as hayrides and bonfires, are offered regularly during the summer months, along with more modern diversions like an arcade room, cable television connections and Wi-Fi. In short, it’s a place where human recreation coexists comfortably with native wildlife—if you don’t count the river otters’ occasional unwelcome raids on the Casini trout pond. 22855 Moscow Road, Duncans Mills. 707.865.2255.—B.R.

Best Opening Day on the Bay It’s hard to believe that posh Tiburon was ever known as a Navy fueling station frequented by hard-working and hard-drinking sailors and railroad workers. At 92 years and counting, Sam’s Anchor Cafe remains the best reminder of the days before real estate values skyrocketed and local demographics followed suit. During Prohibition in the 1920s, the seaside port aided namesake Sam Vella, who was reportedly running moonshine to San Francisco through a secret trapdoor inside the restaurant. These days, Sam’s is known as a stellar seafood restaurant. But it’s also party central for Opening Day on the Bay, marking the beginning of yachting and boating season, in which hundreds of young locals gather at Sam’s for a sun-drenched celebration. On the big day, of course, the most desired spot is actually on one of the boats, provided you can get on one of them. Hey bro, didn’t you say your sister knows a guy who knows a guy? 27 Main St., Tiburon. 415.435.4527.—D.S.

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Best Old Guy Who Knows Everything “Where’s the old guy who knows everything?” The request is not uncommon at shops that have been around for a long time, and especially so at the Bike Peddler, where serviceman Abe Driedger has been adjusting cables, fitting freewheels, assembling forks and replacing brake pads behind the counter since 1976. Numerous times I’ve come to Driedger with some impossible request—say, a replacement part on a derailer from a late-’60s Motobecane—and he’ll scour his boxes to come up with the right thing. With decades of knowledge and a collection of just as many weird, proprietary tools, he’s something of a 10-speed guru, helping the Bike Peddler win your Honorable Mention vote for Best Bike Shop in Sonoma County. Just don’t be too quick to call him “the old guy” until you’ve seen him whizzing around on blades of steel with his second love, ice hockey. 353 College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.573.0112.—G.M.

Best Public Golf Course

111 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.7424.

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Brotherhood

McInnis Park Golf Center

1240 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.546.0660.

350 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 415.492.1800.

Board Garden

Santa Rosa Ski & Sports

Kennedy Golf Course

1125 W. Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.578.4754.

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Bennett Valley Golf Course 3330 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.3673.

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Rooster Run Golf Course 2301 E. Washington St., Petaluma. 707.778.1211.

Best Snow / Skate / Board Shop MARIN

Triumph 4th Street 907 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.457.1625. NAPA

Boardgarden

707.253.7949 2740 Jefferson St. Napa

HONORABLE MENTION

NAPA 2295 Streblow Drive, Napa. 707.255.4333.

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2740 Jefferson St., Napa. 707.253.7949.

Best Surf Shop MARIN

Proof Lab 254 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley. 415.380.8900. NAPA

Snowdrift 3090 Jefferson St., Napa. 707.255.3509. SONOMA

Northern Light Surf Shop 17191 Bodega Hwy., Bodega. 707.876.3032. HONORABLE MENTION

Brotherhood 1240 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.546.0660.


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Best Hideout Saloon in a Hideout Town uring Prohibition, Smiley’s Schooner Saloon in Bolinas painted all of its windows black, except for one. Through the lone clear pane, townsfolk going about their daily, 1920s-era business saw all the set dressings of a barber shop.

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What they didn’t know—or likely did— was that the other windows concealed a back door out of the law-abiding tonsorial parlor and into a free-flowing Elysium of gin. So goes one of the many tales about the white, Victorian-style coastal saloon, reportedly founded in 1851. According to local lore and carved into website legend, the one-time speakeasy has also been a hangout of Al Capone, a pizza parlor, post office and bait shop (at different times); a pooch-friendly establishment and the oldest continuously operating bar in California.

The notorious saloon was founded by Isaac Morgan, a captain who arrived in the town that came to be known as Bolinas (but was then Jugville) in 1849. The Gold Rush–era entrepreneur also purchased the property that would come to be known as Stinson Beach in 1852, where he harvested timber, built boats, raised livestock and grew apples. Smiley’s current owner, Don Deane, purchased the bar and hotel in 1990. In a town that was mostly a hippie enclave through the ’60s and ’70s, Deane describes his entrée into the community as a “little bit of an exception.” At the time, he was a supervising probation officer and says he was initially greeted with suspicion and mistrust. Yet through his posts in local organizations, his publishing of a local newspaper, the Coastal Post, his position as a foster parent and his

eventual acquiring of the landmark watering hole, he’s certainly found his place in the community. Deane describes the bar as a “continuous thread in Bolinas’ history.” When asked for legends, Deane affirms Al Capone’s visit to the town, saying he stayed in a house on the corner of Brighton and Altura streets. He doesn’t know why the nefarious gangster showed up for a slice of village life, but speculates he may have been laying low. Smiley’s offers live music every week in its tiny space. Musician Henry Nagle, no stranger to Smiley’s worn-wood room, describes it as a “post-apocalyptic, Old West movie set. If the Eagles weren’t so materialistic and vain, ‘Hotel California’ might well have been written about this diamond in the rough.” Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 707.868.1311.—R.D.

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Best Farmers Market

Buster’s BBQ

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Marin Civic Center

BBQ Smokehouse Restaurant

10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.421.8497.

6811 Laguna Park Way, Sebastopol. 707.575.3277.

NAPA

HONORABLE MENTION

St. Helena Farmers Market

BBQ Spot

Crane Park, St. Helena. 707.486.2662. SONOMA

Santa Rosa Farmers Market Veterans Building, 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.522.8629. HONORABLE MENTION

Sebastopol Farmers Market Downtown Plaza, Sebastopol. 707.522.9305.

1207 Foothill Blvd., Calistoga. 707.942.5605.

3448 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.585.2616.

Best Burger MARIN

Phyllis’ Giant Burgers 2202 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.456.0866. 924 Diablo Ave., Novato. 415.898.8294. NAPA

Best Organic Farm MARIN

Marin Roots Farm

644 First St., Napa. 707.224.6900. SONOMA

NAPA

Mike’s at the Crossroads

900 Foothill Blvd., Calistoga. 707.942.6123. SONOMA

Laguna Farm 1764 Cooper Road, Sebastopol. 707.823.0823. HONORABLE MENTION

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3571 Old Adobe Road, Petaluma. 707.778.7500.

7665 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati. 707.665.9999. HONORABLE MENTION

Superburger 1501 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.546.4016. 10070 Main St., Penngrove. 707.665.9790.

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Boca Pizzeria

Best Bakery

1544 Redwood Hwy., Corte Madera. 415.924.3023.

MARIN

454 Ignacio Blvd., Novato. 415.883.2302.

Ponsford’s Place

NAPA

117 Shaver St., San Rafael. NAPA

Model Bakery 1357 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.8192. SONOMA

Ca’ Momi Enoteca 610 First St., Napa. 707.257.4992. SONOMA

Mombo’s Pizza

Village Bakery

1880 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.3278.

7225 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.8101.

560 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol. 707.823.7492.

1445 Town & Country Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.527.7654.

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53 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.544.3221.

Wild Flour Bread 140 Bohemian Hwy., Freestone. 707.874.2938.

Rosso Pizzeria & Wine Bar

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Roadside BBQ

Three Twins Ice Cream

5000 Northgate Mall #135, San Rafael. 415.479.7200.

641 Del Ganado Road, San Rafael. 415.492.8946.

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Yo’Belle

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3900 Bel Aire Plaza #E, Napa. 707.226.1899.

Emporio Rulli

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Screamin’ Mimi’s

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6902 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. 707.823.5902.

Anette’s Chocolate Factory 1321 First St., Napa. 707.252.4228.

HONORABLE MENTION

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Cold Stone Creamery

Sonoma Chocolatiers

2324 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.578.1811.

6988 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 707.829.1181.

2280 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.571.1888.

HONORABLE MENTION

301 S. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. 707.762.1824.

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Gandolf’s Fine Chocolate

Best Cupcakes

Best Cafe / Coffeehouse

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Susie Cakes

Aroma Cafe

310 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae. 415.461.2253.

1122 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.459.4340.

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Napa Valley Roasting Company

Sift Cupcake & Dessert Bar Napa

NAPA

948 Main St., Napa. 707.224.2233.

3816 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa. 707.240.4004.

1400 Oak Ave., St. Helena. 707.963.4491.

SONOMA

Flying Goat Coffee

Sift Cupcake & Dessert Bar 404 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.703.4228. HONORABLE MENTION

Moustache Baked Goods

SONOMA 324 Center St., Healdsburg. 707.433.8003. 10 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.575.1202. HONORABLE MENTION

A’Roma Roasters 95 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.576.7765.

381 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.395.4111.

Best Breakfast

Best Candy / Chocolate Shop

Theresa & Johnny’s

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Gillwoods

Powell’s Sweet Shoppe 879 Grant Ave., Novato. 415.898.6160.

MARIN 817 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.259.0182. NAPA 1320 Napa Town Center, Napa. 707.253.0409. SONOMA

NAPA

Howard’s Station Cafe

Anette’s Chocolate Factory

3811 Bohemian Hwy., Occidental. 707.874.2838.

1321 First St., Napa. 707.252.4228.

HONORABLE MENTION

SONOMA

9020 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.0233.

Viva Cocolat

Best Brunch

110 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma. 707.778.9888. HONORABLE MENTION

Willow Wood Market Cafe

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Crepevine

Sonoma Chocolatiers

908 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.257.8822.

6988 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 707.829.1181.

940 Farmers Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.577.8822.

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Since 1952, Macâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Delicatessen has been a mainstay for the downtown Santa Rosa business-lunch crowd. For years, Rosenbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s department store owner Fred Rosenberg could be seen entering the place every day, a fresh rose in his lapel, ready to sit in his always-reserved booth. When Bill McNeany took over the iconic downtown department store? He, too, ate at Macâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Other businessmen followed. Benny Friedman, of Friedman Bros., came in so often with his wife Rosemary that they named a salad after her. Mac himself left the downtown spot after just two years, and while no one can remember his last name, his first name has stayed on the awning. Operated by Iraj Soltani since 1970, and now with son Toraj, the venerable lunch counter boasts over 45 sandwiches, an excellent waitstaff and, helping you choose it as your pick for Best Deli in Sonoma County, the appropriately named â&#x20AC;&#x153;Merchantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Special.â&#x20AC;? May it live to see a thousand more fresh lapel roses. 630 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.3785.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;G.M.

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Brix Restaurant

Macâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Delicatessen

7377 St. Helena Hwy., Napa. 707.944.2749.

640 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.3785.

SONOMA

HONORABLE MENTION

Willow Wood Market Cafe

Arrigoniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Deli & Cafe

9020 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.0233.

701 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.1297.

HONORABLE MENTION

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Flamingo Resort Hotel 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

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2297 Jefferson St., Napa. 707.255.6700.

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Giovanniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italian Deli

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173 Pleasant Hill Ave. N., Sebastopol. 707.823.1331.

404 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.573.5955.

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Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sourdough 42 Digital Drive #8, Novato. 415.883.5110.

HONORABLE MENTION

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566 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.459.6862.

7260 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.8080.

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Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sourdough 3095 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael. 415.485.0964.

1227 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.3421.

HONORABLE MENTION

Macâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Delicatessen 630 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.3785.

Best Outdoor Dining MARIN

The Garden Restaurant 333 Enfrente Road, Novato. 415.883.9277.

42 Digital Drive #8, Novato. 415.883.5110.

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Angele

Genova Delicatessen

540 Main St., Napa. 707.252.8115.

1550 Trancas St., Napa. 707.253.8686.

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114 Petaluma Blvd. North Petaluma, CA 94952 (707) 782-1130 www.cucinaparadisopetaluma.com

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Best Server MARIN

707-829-8889 In Downtown Sebastopol

1001 Second St., Napa. 707.224.0800. SONOMA

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Stephanie Monteleone at La Rosa Tequileria & Grille

610 Main St., Napa. 707.252.1600.

500 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.523.3663.

SONOMA

HONORABLE MENTION

9113 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.7023. HONORABLE MENTION

Russian River Brewing Co. 725 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.2337.

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Heidi Krahling, Insalata’s 120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. San Anselmo. 415.457.7700. NAPA

Ken Frank, La Toque Restaurant 1314 McKinstry St., Napa. 707.257.5151. SONOMA

Duskie Estes, Zazu Restaurant

9020 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.0233.

HONORABLE MENTION

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Peter Lowell’s 7385 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.1077.

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3535 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4814.

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842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

Allison at Carpe Diem Wine Bar

Underwood Bar & Bistro 707-575-9296 2478 W. Third St Santa Rosa

Ziggy at George’s Nightclub

Sol Food

Morimoto Napa

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600 Wilson St., Santa Rosa. 707.527.7555.

9113 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.7023.

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Best Dining After 10pm

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8050 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

HONORABLE MENTION

Mark Malicki, Casino Bar & Grill 17000 Bodega Hwy., Bodega. 707.876.3185.

Best Restaurant MARIN

Buckeye Roadhouse 15 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley. 415.331.2600. NAPA

Carpe Diem Wine Bar 1001 Second St., Napa. 707.224.0800.

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2450 Foothills Blvd., Calistoga. 707.942.5432.

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Underwood Bar & Bistro

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9113 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.7023.

Park Avenue Catering

Zazu

591 Mercantile Drive, Cotati. 70.793.9645.

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A step inside Butter Cream Bakery & Diner is a step back in time, to the 1950s, when soda fountains and lunch counters reigned. But there’s no need to conjure images of yesteryear, because the real deal lives on at Butter Cream, founded in 1948. The pink-and-white striped exterior is smack-in-the-face retro, with an interior that keeps the old-time feel rolling right along with the dough. Ingredients are fresh, many grown and sourced locally, and the stats are staggering. On an average day, Butter Cream serves 300 eggs, produces 230 doughnuts, uses 150 pounds of sugar and on weekends serves as many as 480 people. No wonder baking starts at 11:30pm the night before.

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Best Dish of Sugar Pie Honey Bunch Love

The shop’s tagline, “Being sweet to you is our business,” is fitting. Whether it’s doughnuts and pies or crullers and cupcakes, nothing disappoints. But it’s the birthday cakes that have been silencing screaming children and satiating adults for decades. The liberal doses of butter-cream frosting do the joint’s namesake right—heady yet light, down to the very last bite. In 2001, original owners David and Bobbi Closs, along with son Gerry, gave the shop a complete restoration, keeping the signature pink-and-white stripes intact. What’s the icing on top of this very succulent cake? Pricing is a sweet deal if ever there was one. More noteworthy is the bakery’s donations of food and funds to organizations like the Napa Food Bank, Hospice of Napa Valley and the homeless shelter. Giving back never tasted so sweet. 2297 Jefferson St., Napa. 707.255.6700.—C.J.

Best Provincial Pound of Prime Rib

well-stuffed. 6650 Bloomfield Road, Bloomfield. 707.795.0127.—B.R.

Call it “the Menu That Time Forgot.” Stormy’s, the venerable roadhouse established in 1854 in the tiny west Sonoma County outpost of Bloomfield, is a proud throwback to the time when red meat, baked potatoes and a full bar (not necessarily in that order) defined a quality night out. A family-run steakhouse since the early 1970s, Stormy’s remains renowned for its platter-sized prime rib, a carnivoredelighting 16- to 18-ounce slab of beef proudly out of step with contemporary culinary trends. But come early for that entrée; it regularly sells out, which leaves a choice of steaks and other basics (chicken, seafood, mostly fried). “Nothing here is portion-controlled,” a hostess advises cheerily. Not a destination for the faint of heart (or appetite), this is a place to settle in, chow down, and stagger out

Best Civil War Reenactment at a Place That’s Been Around Since the Civil War If I were ever to dabble in Civil War reenactments, I’d definitely recreate the great 1865 Sonoma County Battle-That-Never-Was. In those days, Petaluma was a Union town, while Santa Rosa was (gulp!) rife with Confederacy lovers. After the Petaluma Volunteer Firemen’s Brigade got all riled up to fight those rascally Southern sympathizers, they piled on their horses, making it only as far as the Washoe House, where they stopped to do some frontloading. By sunrise, still drinking hard, the battle had been lost to a haze of stiff whiskey draughts. ) 49

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El Coqui

Bistro 29

400 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.542.8868.

620 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.546.2929.

Best New Restaurant

Best Indian

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Savory Orient 1025 C St., San Rafael. 415.459.4593. NAPA

La Condesa 1320 Main St., St. Helena. 707.967.8111. SONOMA

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Sizzling Tandoor 1280 Healdsburg Ave. #101, Healdsburg. 707.433.2954.

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972 Gravenstein Hwy. S., Ste. 100, Sebastopol. 707.861.3777.

Himalayan Tandoori & Curry House 969 Gravenstein Hwy., Sebastopol. 707.824.1800.

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Ping’s Mandarin Restaurant

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817 Francisco Blvd. W., San Rafael. 415.492.1638.

901 A St., San Rafael. 415.454.8080.

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Golden Harvest

1425 First St., Napa. 707.252.1022.

61 Main St., St. Helena. 707.967.9888.

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114 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.782.1130.

Gary Chu’s Gourmet Chinese Cuisine

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Cucina Paradiso HONORABLE MENTION

611 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.526.5840.

LoCoco’s Cucina Rustica

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China Room 500 Mission Blvd. #E, Santa Rosa. 707.539.5570.

117 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.523.2227.

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Sushi to Dai For 816 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.721.0392.

MARIN

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Morimoto Napa

507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 415.927.3331.

610 Main St., Napa. 707.252.1600.

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Hana Japanese Restaurant

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6948 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.9500.

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704 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.456.5808.

409 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.579.5999.

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Hole in the Wall

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6510 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.0103.

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101 Golf Course Drive, Rohnert Park. 707.586.0270.

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208 Wilson St., Santa Rosa. 707.528.4355.

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Hannaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italian Mediterranean Restaurant

Thep Lela Mill Valley

1700 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.457.6252.

615 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley. 415.383.3444.

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Chocolates & Dessert Cafe 110 Petaluma Blvd North Downtown Petaluma

1408 West Clay St., Napa. 707.226.8884.

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128 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.829.2822. HONORABLE MENTION

East West Restaurant 557 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. 707.546.6142.

Woodenhead Award Winning Hand-Crafted Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Syrah too!

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Taqueria San Jose 615 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.455.0999.

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Best Syrah Best Winetasting Room

3614 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa. 707.257.8685.

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Mi Pueblo Taqueria 5700 River Road Santa Rosa

800 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.762.8192.

Open Thurs thru Mon 10:30 to 4:30 www.woodenheadwine.com 707-887-2703

108 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 707.769.9066. 7600 Commerce Blvd., Cotati. 707.795.7600. HONORABLE MENTION

Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Old Mexico 305 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.823.4458.

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Fish 350 Harbor Drive, Sausalito. 415.331.3474. Honorable

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707-823-4458 Hours: 11:30-3:00 & 5:00-9:00 Closed Tuesdays

Mini Mango

641 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.0700.

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Morimoto Napa 610 Main St., Napa. 707.252.1600. SONOMA

Williâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Seafood & Raw Bar 403 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.433.9191.

Sea Thai Bistro 2323 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.8333. 500 Petaluma Blvd. S., Petaluma. 707.766.6633. HONORABLE MENTION

Jhanthong Banbua 2400 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.8048.

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Saigon Village 720 B St., San Rafael. 415.453.3505. NAPA

Bui Bistro 976 Pearl St., Napa. 707.255.5417. SONOMA

Simply Vietnam 966 N. Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.566.8910. HONORABLE MENTION

Pho Vietnam 711 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa. 707.571.7687.

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Cafe Gratitude 2200 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.824.4652. NAPA

Ubuntu Restaurant 1140 Main St., Napa. 707.251.5656. SONOMA

Gaiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491. HONORABLE MENTION

Slice of Life 6970 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 707.829.6627.

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Steven Schaefer, Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub

800 Hwy. 1, Bodega Bay. 707.875.3652.

842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

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My reenactment would be called â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Posseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at Washoe,â&#x20AC;? and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d feast on hamburgers and canned green beans, and pin dollar bills to a ceiling already rich with dusty money. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d marvel at the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest roadhouse, and how itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been there since 1859. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d talk about how the place had once been a brothel and a stagecoach stop, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d drunkenly debate whether Ulysses S. Grant had actually made a speech from the balcony. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d toast Edith and Bill Drew for reviving the place from restaurant death in 1974. And weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d drink until the roosters crowed us into dawn, just like legions of posses before us. 2840 Stony Point Road, Petaluma. 707.795.4544.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;L.C.

Best Map of Fishing Holes Above the Pie Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a classic hideaway on Guernevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main drag that has kept its dimly lit doorway glowing for 72 years straight. Patâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Bar is one of the oldest eateries in town and a staple of the Russian River community. Pat Folkins opened the place in the spring of 1940, but the building was promptly flooded the following winter and then practically destroyed by fire shortly after. In 1943, Harry Hines bought the remaining facade only to find out he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t replace the neon sign with his own name because materials were rationed during the war. So the name stuck, and the place has been serving up early-morning breakfasts to fisherman and late-night cocktails to locals ever since. Above the pie safe in the diner hangs a giant map of the Russian River showing fishing holes and secret ripples. Rich Hines still runs his grandfatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen and makes the only garlic breakfast salsa this side of Kings Ridge. And in first-rate-dive fashion, the bar next door has one of the best jukeboxes on the river, where Jo the barmaid has been keeping locals like the E Clampus Vitus happy for decades. 16236 Main St., Guerneville. 707.869.9904.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;J.O.

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Best Stumble Out to Your Whereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s-MyCar with Old Friends Historically renowned for getting folks sloshed, Mill Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2am Club has captured the hearts and livers of local barflies and ramblinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; boozehounds since cracking open its first liquor bottles in 1906. Originally known as the Brown Jug, the tavern operated on the outskirts of Mill Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;then a dry town with a midnight curfewâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;where locals unrestricted by civic policy could inebriate themselves after hours. In 1920, the Jug, lambasted in the drought of Prohibition, converted its barroom to a feed shop, but by the 1930s returned. To assure patrons of its late-night hours, it was rechristened the 2am Club, a Marin sibling of Santa Rosaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s downtown â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Til Two bar. A half century later, the Club, locally nicknamed â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Deuce,â&#x20AC;? landed on the cover of Huey Lewis and the Newsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; smash album Sports. In the photo, behind a tuft of Lewisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hair, Charlie Dealâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;toilet seatâ&#x20AC;? guitar hangs above the bar, where it remains as a landmark today. 380 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 415.388.6036.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;M.S.

Best Martini & Chicken Cacciatore Above the City In the 1960s, the restaurant on the hill above Montgomery Drive was known, appropriately, as the Hilltopper. The Hilltopper was a popular, family-friendly joint, but by 1976, when Southern Italian transplant Gaspare Bernardo signed a new lease with the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owner, it had fallen into disrepair. Bernardo opened up the Villa in its place, and it was here that the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s movers and shakers converged for boozy, hours-long business luncheons, and where evenings brought live bands and disco dancing in the bar, relays family friend Christina Palenchar. The restaurant today has the yesteryear feel of a prom queen all grown up (â&#x20AC;&#x153;People just ) 51

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Steve Distler, Carpe Diem Wine Bar

Marin Brewing Company

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1809 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.461.4677. NAPA

Frank Dice, Underwood Bar & Bistro HONORABLE MENTION

Ryan Walker, Stout Brothers 527 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.636.0240.

Best Bar MARIN

George’s Nightclub sustainably created, brewed, brewed d, fermented and bottled in Sonoma So onoma County

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691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

Best Dive Bar MARIN

Silver Peso 450 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 415.924.3448. NAPA

Henry’s Cocktail Lounge 823 Main St., Napa. 707.257.3008. SONOMA

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Round Robin 616 Mendocino Ave,, Santa Rosa. 707.575.1354.

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George’s Nightclub 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.226.0262. NAPA

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230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.7308. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

15 Rowland Way, Novato. 415.898.4677. NAPA

Downtown Joe’s Brewery & Restaurant 902 Main St., Napa. 707.258.2337. SONOMA

Pliny the Elder, Russian River Brewing Co. 725 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.2337. HONORABLE MENTION

Lagunitas IPA 1280 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. 707.769.4495.

Best Microdistillery NAPA

Charbay Winery & Distillery 4001 Spring Mountain Road, St. Helena. 707.963.9327.

Best Wine List MARIN

123 Bolinas 123 Bolinas St., Fairfax. 415.488.5123. NAPA FIRST PLACE TIE

Morimoto Napa

La Toque

610 Main St., Napa. 707.252.1600.

1314 McKinstry St., Napa. 707.257.5157.

SONOMA

Bounty Hunter

Underwood Bar & Bistro

975 First St., Napa. 707.255.0622.

9113 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.7023.

SONOMA

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Willi’s Wine Bar

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Moylan’s Brewery & Restaurant

3320 Mendocino Ave,, Santa Rosa. 707.546.1958.

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230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.7308.

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725 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.2337.

Underwood Bar & Bistro Hopmonk Tavern

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Russian River Brewing Co.

Best Microbrew

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Silverado Brewing Co.

1001 Second St., Napa. 707.224.0800.

9113 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.7023.

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1001 Second St., Napa. 707.224.0800.

9113 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.7023.

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521 Adams St., Santa Rosa. 707.546.5100.

4404 Old Redwood Hwy., Santa Rosa. 707.526.3096.

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Michael Amsler

Best Italian Royalty Bequeathing Basil & Garlic for Decades It might be poetic to write that the Pasta King is Art Ibleto’s alter ego, but it wouldn’t necessarily be accurate—Art Ibleto is the Pasta King, inside and out.

Sonoma County The Bay View Restaurant at The Inn at the Tides

The 85-year-old sovereign of spaghetti is best known for his thriving catering business, his plates of penne at community events and a now-iconic pasta stand at the fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. He’s also beloved for donating his services to local charities and fundraisers. A generous heart and a wide smile accompany a hearty handshake upon greeting the King, who trades a scepter for a wooden spoon and the requisite royal cape for a blue apron.

Winner Best Sparkling Wine Honorable Mention

He came to Sonoma County from Italy in 1949, and picked zucchini on Pepper Road. He bought 10 acres in Cotati in 1961, and through the years has owned a Christmas tree farm, butcher shop, hog farm and a car dealership. He’s also dabbled in the wine industry of late, garnering several awards for Pinot Noir grown just outside of Cotati. But above all, Ibleto and his pasta are linked forever. That smiling face on pesto containers in the grocery freezer? It’s more than just a logo—it’s a Sonoma County legend. 1492 Lowell Ave., Cotati. 707.792.2712.—N.G.

Sonoma County

Winner Best Pinot Noir

Best Green Splotch on Google Maps There it is, less than a mile from downtown and as noticeable as the Great Wall of China: Imwalle Gardens. Looking at it from a satellite map, it’s a big green area surrounded by development. Looking at it up close and in person, as locals have done since 1886, it’s an island of farmland that’s survived the changing times as a beloved produce stand, nursery and farm. Here you’ll find greenhouses, raised beds, seeds, homemade jams, bulk nuts, potting soil, tomato starts, flowers, lemon trees—you name it—from a family crew rooted in four generations of knowledge. I’ve been coming to Imwalle for 20 years, and I almost always leave wondering how my big bags of produce can cost so little. I also leave

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Ibleto’s story is worthy of a king. In World War II, he was drafted into Mussolini’s army, escaped and joined the resistance against the regime. He avoided detection in the hills above his hometown, Sesta Godano, by hunkering down in a hole for a week with no food.

don’t drink the way they used to,” says Palenchar, almost mournfully), and with its attendant service, expansive menu and tradition of two-for-one deals, it’s still wildly popular. On a Monday afternoon, two young women sit drinking wine on the revamped outside patio, enjoying the views of Sonoma Valley and Annadel’s green hilltops. Inside, families and elderly couples sit among the faded posters of Italian tourist destinations, tucking into garlic bread and spaghetti. You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone under 55 among the Happy Hour crowd in the bar, aside from the waiters and the bartender. A gruff-voiced man asks the bartender for a vodka and cranberry to go. “Tom,” says the bartender with a laugh, “that joke’s getting old.” 3901 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.528.7755.—L.C.

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MAIN COURSES ( *served until 3pm) Eggs Benedict…$16* Crab Cake Benedict…$18* Steak & Eggs…$22* Frittata…$14* Seafood Fettuccine…$20 Chicken Parmigiana…$18 Herb-Crusted Salmon…$20 Lamb Chops Scottadito…$36

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Amaretti & Grand Marnier Cheesecake Chocolate Mousse Strawberries Romanoff reservations: 707.875.2751 or email: reservations@innatthetides.com

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John Ash & Co. 4330 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa. 707.527.7687.

Best Winetasting Room MARIN

Rickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wine Cellar 207 Corte Madera Ave., Corte Madera. 415.927.9466. NAPA

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Claypool Cellars 6761 Sebastopol Ave. #111, Sebastopol. 707.861.9358. HONORABLE MENTION

Woodenhead Winery 5700 River Road, Santa Rosa. 707.887.2703.

SONOMA

J Vineyards & Winery 11447 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg. 707.431.4500. HONORABLE MENTION

Korbel Champagne Cellars 13250 River Road, Guerneville. 707.824.7000.

Best Cabernet SONOMA

Silver Oak 24625 Chianti Road, Geyserville. 707.944.8808. HONORABLE MENTION

Martin Ray Winery 2191 Laguna Road, Santa Rosa. 707.823.2404.

Best Syrah NAPA

Best Sauvignon Blanc

Failla Wines

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Woodenhead Winery

850 Rutherford Road, Rutherford. 707.963.5618.

5700 River Road, Santa Rosa. 707.887.2703.

SONOMA

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Merry Edwards Wines

Unti Vineyards

2959 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol. 707.823.7466.

4202 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. 707.433.5590.

HONORABLE MENTION

Ferrari-Carano

Best Pinot Noir

8761 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. 707.735.2200.

Etude Wines

3528 Silverado Trail N., St. Helena. 707.963.0530.

NAPA

Best Chardonnay

1250 Cuttings Wharf Road, Napa. 707.257.5300.

NAPA

SONOMA

Rombauer Vineyards

Kosta Browne Winery

3522 Silverado Trail, St. Helena. 707.963.5170.

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La Crema Winery

3690 Laughlin Road, Windsor. 707.528.6278.

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Kendall-Jackson Winery 5007 Fulton Road, Fulton. 707.571.8100.

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Seghesio Family Vineyards

12700 Hwy. 1, Pt. Reyes Station. 415.663.1552.

700 Grove St., Healdsburg. 707.433.3579.

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Wilson Family Winery

1400 Schramsberg Road, Calistoga. 707.942.4558.

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Best Suspicious BoozeFueled Hallucination Turned Freaky Reality Inverneste was a man who liked to drink, and his bar of choice was the William Tell House in Tomales, founded in 1877. When he stopped in for a drink on Saturday nights, “the usual” was a quart of Old Crow and a pint of brandy.

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In the 1930s, Inverneste was a ranch hand on nearby Whittaker Ridge, just up the hill from the 135-year-old bar and restaurant. He’s long since dead, but his memory lives on in his favorite watering hole—and so does his ghost. Local legend says if his photograph is moved from its spot of honor, above the fireplace, Inverneste gets angry and breaks things. Like bottles.

The original William Tell House burned to the ground in a 1920 fire and was rebuilt shortly thereafter. “We’re trying to put it back as close as it was to the original,” says Marcos. But he’s learned to be careful about it.

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Marcos and Doris Pareas of Dillon Beach bought the business nine months ago, and are giving the place a thorough overhaul—new windows and carpet in the dining room, new kitchen equipment, a new coat of paint outside and a remodel of what used to be a brothel upstairs, which will now be used for storage and the occasional guest.

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Marcos had heard of Inverneste’s ghost story but didn’t believe it, so he moved the aging photograph. He was alone, and the place was locked, but somehow two bottles were broken behind the bar. He’s also heard a story from two long-time patrons who said they once saw the photo fly out from the wall, shattering the glass over Inverneste’s sober face.

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In spite of all the change at the William Tell House, Pareas is trying to keep things close to the way they were. And Inverneste is staying right where he is. “He’s happy here,” he says. 26955 Hwy. 1, Tomales. 707.878.2403.—S.H.

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wishing that someday, I’ll drive the teal blue 1952 Plymouth Cranbrook Coupe that’s parked out back. Someday. 685 W. Third St., Santa Rosa. 707.546.0279.—G.M.

Best Example of Internet Rage Transforming ‘Charming’ into ‘Godawful’ There once was a man from Moravia, who, in 1960, opened a restaurant called Vladimir’s Czech Restaurant in a quiet little town on Tomales Bay. For more than 40 years, Vladimir Nevl dished out dumplings, rabbit stew

and his own brand of local color in relative obscurity. Until social media came along. “Horrible establishment!” said one food blog commenter. “One of the true gems,” countered another. “What a strange man, and what a bad restaurant!” “Such a great restaurant! And the owner is simply amazing and very very nice.” “Avoid this restaurant at all costs.” Who, among these bloggers, Yelpers, locals and tourists to believe? The point is moot: Nevl passed away in 2008. Now the restaurant is under management by his daughter, who carries on the family tradition, for better or for worse, depending on whom you ask. “WARNING,” begins the most recent review . . . 12785 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Inverness. 415.669.1021.—J.K.

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Best All-Night, Get-Down Wedding ccording to Barbara Gonnella, the Union Hotel in Occidental should have a “romance wall.” Since 1925, when her husband’s family bought the restaurant and saloon, couples have been journeying there to tie the knot—or at least ready the rope. “People come in and say, ‘We had our first date here 30 years ago,’” she says. “It happens all the time.”

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The hotel is still a popular marriage spot, especially for destination weddings. With lodging, a pizzeria, ballroom, dining room, bakery and saloon, there’s something for everyone, Barbara says. Plus, the bakery opens before 7am and the saloon doesn’t close until 2am, so the notion of partying from dusk ’til dawn isn’t too far out of reach.

The Union Hotel has a backstory steeped in small-town love. The first of the Gonnella line in Occidental, Carlo Panizzera, was a former cowboy who fell for one of his waitresses. On a 1920s morning, Mary Alberigi was carrying laundry when she tripped and fell down the hotel’s narrow stairwell. Panizzera came to her aid and carried her to the local doctor, and instead of filing for workman’s comp, she married him.

original chef, her great-grandmother Mary, had an unusual but highly effective marketing strategy. “[E]very time she drove to San Francisco (in her big Cadillac!), she would stop at saloons along the way and buy ‘the house’ a drink. She would invite everyone to Occidental to visit the Union Hotel, and most of them came.”

The two had one daughter, Lucille, who married Dan, the first Gonnella. In an old black-and-white photo on the restaurant’s site, a teenage Lucille leans against a kitchen table in a checkered apron.

With Negri’s, another multigenerational, family-owned Italian restaurant right across the street, Occidental remains a place steeped in the oral histories of weddings, births and deaths—a place where one romance wall probably isn’t enough.

According to an article by Barbara’s daughter Gienna, the restaurant’s

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Best Oldest Retail in the County â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eighteen seventy-nine, I remember it well,â&#x20AC;? jokes Doug Van Dyke, owner of E.R. Sawyer Jewelers. And though he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t alive in Elbert Ransom Sawyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day, Van Dyke knows what the former Nebraska native sold in those early days: watches and wedding rings, mostly. Nothing much fancier. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking about this being very much a farm town,â&#x20AC;? Van Dyke explains. As far as records show, E.R. Sawyer is not only the oldest retail establishment in Sonoma County, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also been open every single scheduled work day, save for one, on April 18, 1906. The day after the great quake, Sawyer was open again, selling out of his house. Sawyer also helped found the first Chamber of Commerce, the first bicycle club and was invested in the community, a tradition Van Dyke and his wife, Ame, carry on today. The shop itself now sells and repairs luxury jewelry for both local residents and â&#x20AC;&#x153;famous dignitary customersâ&#x20AC;? whose privacy Van Dyke is inclined to respect. But if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for a watch or a good old-fashioned wedding ring? Never fearâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;E.R. Sawyer still carries them, 133 years later. 638 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.546.0372.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;G.M.

Best Proposal in the Cellars Founded by the Davies Family in 1965, Schramsberg Vineyards gained fame when its sparkling was served during Nixonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trip to China. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nixonâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;romanticâ&#x20AC;? rarely coexist in the same paragraph, but Schramsbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hand-hewn historic cellars, draped with diaphanous black lichen, make for an irresistibly romantic setting. The winery tour ends in a candlelit antechamber, where the guide demonstrates how to cradle a bottle in oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arms, cushioned with a towel, and, instead of rushing to pop the cork, â&#x20AC;&#x153;make it sigh.â&#x20AC;? Over the years, some dozen would-be grooms have popped the question in the caves. One had â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cheryl, will you marry me?â&#x20AC;? etched onto a bottle; another arranged for a private moment after the tour, but there was a problem from the very beginning: the poor fellow was sweating like Nixon under klieg lights. He only made it as far as the riddling room, where he broke down, dropped on his knee and proposed in front of the whole group. Thus far, only â&#x20AC;&#x153;yesâ&#x20AC;? has echoed in these caves. 1400 Schramsberg Road, Calistoga. 707.942.4558.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;J.K.

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Kenwood Inn & Spa 10400 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. 707.833.1293.

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Bounty Hunter

Panama Hotel

975 First St., Napa. 707.226.3976.

4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 415.457.3993.

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Hopmonk Tavern

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230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.7308.

1450 First St., Napa. 707.224.3900.

691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

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308 Wilson St., Santa Rosa. 707.579.3200.

Russian River Brewing Co. 725 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.2337.

Hotel La Rose HONORABLE MENTION

Hotel Healdsburg 25 Matheson St., Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.

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El Paseo 17 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 415.388.0741. NAPA

La Toque 1314 McKinstry St., Napa. 707.257.5151. SONOMA

John Ash & Co. 4330 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa. 707.527.7687. HONORABLE MENTION

Ca’ Bianca 835 Second St., Santa Rosa. 707.542.5800.

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MARIN 10 School St. Plaza, Fairfax. 415.453.7647. NAPA

Solage 755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga. 707.226.0800. SONOMA

Ma Cherie Et Moi 2332 Magowan Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.573.1103.

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Pleasures of the Heart 1310 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.482.9899.

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Wine Country Bride 3201 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.544.3695. HONORABLE MENTION

Brides ’n Maids 621 College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.545.2772.

Pleasures Unlimited

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1424 Second St., Napa. 707.226.2666.

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Bilancio Salon

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1011 A St., San Rafael. 415.460.6300.

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Spice 6597 Commerce Blvd., Rohnert Park. 707.588.0525.

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Adrienne Pfeiffer www.farwestfest.com NAPA

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Clementine Eco-Events 101 Margo Lane, Petaluma. 707.290.6723. HONORABLE MENTION

So Eventful 107 North St., Ste. E, Healdsburg. 707.385.9632.

Best Bridal Shop

Flaunt Makeup Artistry SONOMA

The Powder Room 2560 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.537.7968. HONORABLE MENTION

La De Da Salon 606 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.523.3523.

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Marin Art & Garden Center 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 415.455.5260. NAPA

Auberge du Soleil 180 Rutherford Hill Road, Rutherford. 707.963.1211.

Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary

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Shadows

209 Bohemian Hwy., Freestone. 707.823.8231.

Vintners Inn

429 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.459.0574.

4350 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa. 707.575.7350.

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Paradise Ridge Winery

6525 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.1505.

4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.528.9463.

Mermaids Spa 115 S. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.823.3535.

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Olema Inn & Restaurant

Chadwick’s of London

10000 Sir Frances Drake Blvd., Olema. 415.663.9559.

526 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.721.7119.

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9 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 415.388.7704.

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755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga. 707.226.0800.

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1424 Second St., Napa. 707.226.2666.

Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant

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7871 River Road, Forestville. 707.887.3300.

6597 Commerce Blvd., Rohnert Park. 707.588.0525.

Pleasures Unlimited Spice

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The Olema Inn wasn’t always a cushy bed-and-breakfast with fresh croissants and Ralph Lauren linens. Founded in 1876, it was once a saloon where loggers, ranchers and farmers gathered in a town rowdy with taverns, brothels and gambling. The property where the inn sits today was acquired by the Garcia family through a Mexican land grant, until they sold it to stagecoach owner John Nelson, whose family ran it for three generations. In 1998, Dana and Jennifer Sulprizio bought and restored the inn and installed a 100-year-old pine floor imported from a 19th-century tobacco warehouse in Virginia. With the former saloon’s rich history and current luxury, its no wonder you picked the Olema Inn as Best Staycation in Marin. 10000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Olema. 415.663.9559.—R.D.


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t was a slow day at Train Town when my sister and I, the only passengers, reached the halfway point in the ride. The teens operating the train stopped and said, “Let’s go and feed the geese!” Just a young nipper at the time, I didn’t trust the train to not leave without us. I refused to budge from my seat. Later, I felt foolish. The small moment grew larger in my mind, symbolizing a fear of jumping out and participating in life. As for Train Town itself, it’s still there, marked by a bright yellow tower a mile south of Sonoma. And children are still cheerfully climbing all aboard. Since the 1970s, Train Town has grown up a bit, too. They’ve added a merry-go-round, a Ferris wheel and other rides. The geese have been joined by hungry goats. Ambitious

model railroader Stanley Frank began work here in 1958, opening the gates 10 years later. It’s still owned by Frank’s children and grandchildren. His son, Robert Frank, speaks fondly of the Lilliputian town that visitors and families (like Alissa, Rowan and Geoffrey Smalling, above) tour in the middle of each 20-minute ride. “Lakeview is a very quiet little town,” he says, listing off the town’s miniaturized amenities, which include a school, firehouse, livery stable, jail and public outhouse— “a twin-holer.” Seven of the engines are fully licensed and inspected steam locomotives; two are diesels. The craftsmanship of the quarter-scale reproductions is of interest to grownup enthusiasts, while engineer caps are a souvenir-stand favorite for the kids.

Train Town also works with Make-aWish Foundation to bring a day of brightness to children living under the shadow of terminal diagnoses. On one occasion, a boy got to take the controls in the engineer’s seat. Afterward, he said that driving the locomotive was the first time he felt he had a genuine feeling of strength and power. When children’s wishes have been carried out, Frank says, with a catch in his otherwise matter-of-fact voice, “I never get quite used to it.” Could there be a more genuine testimonial for what adults see as a simple amusement park? From the wideeyed perspective of generations of young nippers, it’s much more than that. Sonoma Train Town Railroad, 20264 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.938.3912.—J.K.

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Goodnite Moon 111 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera. 415.945.0677.

Best Kids Consignment Store MARIN

Marin Kids Consignment

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814 W. Francisco Blvd., San Rafael. 415.456.4943.

Freckles Children’s Boutique

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1309 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.1201. SONOMA

My Baby News 3011-A Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.546.2229. 921 Lakeville St., Petaluma. 707.773.2229. HONORABLE MENTION

Cupcake 641 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.579.2165. 107 Plaza St., Healdsburg. 707.433.3800.

Best Toy Store MARIN

Five Little Monkeys 852 Grant Ave., Novato. 415.898.4411.

4 Kids Sake 1757 Tanen St., Napa. 707.257.3657 SONOMA

Sweet Pea Children’s Boutique 15 Charles St., Cotati. 707.794.1215. HONORABLE MENTION

Sprout 177 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.433.7355.

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Cal-Star Gymnastics

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70 Digital Drive, Ste. E, Novato. 415.382.7827.

Napa Valley Toy Company

NAPA

115 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.3238.

Scientopia Discovery Center

Napa Town Center, 1398 First St., Napa. 707.259.1189. SONOMA

1785 Tanen St., Ste. B, Napa. 707.259.1559.

The Toyworks

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531 College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.526.2099.

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6940 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.2003.

3360 Coffey Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.545.3140.

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Snoopy’s Home Ice

200 S. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.824.0940.

1667 W. Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.546.7147.

Best Kids Clothing Store MARIN

Play It Again 508 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.485.0304. NAPA

Freckles Children’s Boutique 1309 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.1201. SONOMA

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Toby’s Feed Barn was built in 1976, but its roots run further back than that. In 1942, Toby Giacomini started trucking milk and cream from the dairies of West Marin through San Rafael and over the San Francisco Bay; eventually, he began supplying farmers with feed and grain as well. By the time the barn opened on Main Street in Pt. Reyes, his family was well established in the agricultural community, and selling produce, kitchen wares, plants and pet food was a natural next step. Now a community hub with author readings, a coffee bar, farmers markets, an art gallery and a yoga center, Toby’s Feed Barn has earned and transcended its title as Best Feed Store. 11250 Main St., Pt. Reyes Station. 415.663.1223.—R.D.

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Bay Area Discovery Museum 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 415.339.3900.

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Environmental Discovery Center

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Spring Lake Park, Santa Rosa. 707.539.2865.

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Camp K-9 5810 Paradise Drive, Corte Madera. 415.924.2267. NAPA

Ruff Dog Daycare + Hotel

Marinwood Camps

49 Enterprise Court, Napa. 707.258.2020.

775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. 415.479.0775.

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Paradise Pet Resort

Connolly Ranch

2120 Bluebell Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.595.3834.

3141 Browns Valley Road, Napa. 707.224.1894.

5800 Commerce Blvd., Rohnert Park. 707.206.9000.

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Camp Wa-Tam at Howarth Park 630 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3292. HONORABLE MENTION

Four Paws Pet Ranch 3410 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa. 707.542.3766.

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1725 Cooper Road, Sebastopol. 707.634.4847.

1435 Fourth St., Ste. C, San Rafael. 415.456.4112.

Best Dog Obedience School MARIN

Marin Humane Society 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato. 415.883.4621. NAPA

Napa Valley Dog Training Club

Canine Design NAPA

Scoobi-Doo’s Pet Wash 2742 Jefferson St., Napa. 707.226.2727. SONOMA

Healdsburg Dog House 212 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.431.1044. HONORABLE MENTION

Soggy Doggy 452 10th St., Santa Rosa. 707.542.0244.

68 Coombs St., Napa. 707.253.8666.

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Scientopia Discovery Center

Olivet Kennel & Dog Training Resort

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2404 Olivet Road, Santa Rosa. 707.542.2066.

554 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.454.2090.

Dogville

641 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.579.2165.

1785 Tanen St., Ste. B, Napa. 707.259.1559.

107 Plaza St., Healdsburg. 707.433.3800.

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Sonoma Humane Society

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Children’s Museum of Sonoma County

1007 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.525.9333.

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5345 Hwy. 12, Santa Rosa. 707.542.0882.

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Best Place to Find the Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar Crunching down the gravel path, the gaggle of first-graders eagerly search the rambling, overgrown garden for cocoons, or better yet, a colorful butterfly. At Hallberg Butterfly Gardens in Graton, suspected to be the oldest butterfly garden in the county, visitors might spy monarchs, painted ladies and pipevine swallowtail butterflies by the dozens. Reigning butterfly monarch Louise Hallberg gives tours in the nine-acre patch that has been part of the family farm since 1906. Hallberg has lived here all her life and, now in her 90s, continues to track the flora and fauna in her sprawling garden. A great place to get outside and buzz around, the garden also provides a picnic area for hungry, hungry youngsters. 8687 Oak Grove Ave., Graton. 707.823.3420.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;S.D.

Best Architecture on Main Street While some could argue that Leviâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jeans arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as hip as they once were, the iconic denim duds have roots that stretch back to St. Helena, circa 1879. Hungarian immigrant Abraham Goodman is said to have sold the first pair of Leviâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jeans in Napa County out of his pioneer dry-goods and readyto-wear shop Goodmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, on the St. Helena strip. The store eventually moved to the architecturalwonderland-of-a-building on the Richie block, and with its domed clock tower, the building facade alone is worth the trip. Step inside and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s everything from caps and tees to souvenirs and gift items, but the real draw will always be the mystical and stony nature of the building with its high-inthe-sky steeple, forever reminding us that newer isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always better. 1331 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.1750.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;C.J.

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“My grandfather was really oldschool,” says Randy Destruel of Eli today, sitting in Mead Clark’s new location on Dowd Drive. Indeed, Eli had such trust in humanity that all the way through the 1970s, the lumberyard, right downtown, had no fence at all around it. “We tried to tell him, ‘We’re losing a lot of material here,’” Randy says. “But he couldn’t conceive of anybody stealing from him.” Randy started at Mead Clark in 1972, and can rattle off the names of old lumberyards in town with ease: Diamond National, Don’s, Sterling, Yeager & Kirk, all of them gone. What’s Mead Clark’s secret? “The construction business is a tough, upand-down business,” he says. “You’ve got to work with contractors and help

get them through some tough times.” In Mead Clark’s 100th year, as area contractors weather a tough building slump, remodeling projects and energy-efficient rebate programs have been a blessing—windows and doors, especially. And though the family business is his top priority, Randy clearly has a freewheeling side, recalling with a chuckle the time he and a high school friend constructed a gazebo at the lumberyard, and then, with no other option available, delivered it across town on a forklift going about 15 miles an hour. “That’s probably the dumbest delivery we ever made,” he laughs. “The town was a lot smaller then. We could do that.” 2667 Dowd Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.576.3333.—G.M.


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Best Overalls on Regular Olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Folk John Henry Steves, who founded Steves Hardware in 1878, was famous for perching on the bench in front of his St. Helena store. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would hear stories about him sitting out front, talking to people and waving. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d walk to the bar, play pinochle, and then back to the hardware store to work,â&#x20AC;? says Gary Menegon, co-owner with brother Ron, whose family bought the store from Steves in the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;50s. Housewares were added in 1966, and in 1992, after more than a century of paying rent to reside in the bottom floor of the Odd Fellows building, the Menegons bought the neighboring space and moved the business one door down to 1370 Main St. Today, the store remains a go-to shop for everything from hardware and chicken feed to shotguns and art supplies. Though times have changed, the memories live on. Menegon shares a story from his dadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s era: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Six old-timersâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;who included a Mondavi, a Martini and a Carpyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x153;came into the shop to buy shovels, wearing Leviâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and bib overalls. Each a millionaire by then, but still just average Joes. Just like us. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still here, regular bluejeans kind of people. Smiling and saying hello.â&#x20AC;? 1370 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.3423.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;C.J.

Best FourthGeneration Tombstones Massimo Galeazzi isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a household name, but together with fellow Italian stonemason immigrants Peter Maroni, Natale Forni and Angelo Sodini, he helped build early-century landmarks Santa Rosans know by heart: Hotel La Rose, Aroma Roasters, the Western Hotel, the Railroad Depot and the St. Rose Catholic Church. Galeazzi also constructed the Stonehouse on Highway 12 as a family home and boardinghouse for other immigrants. While the Stonehouse

6:30 to 8:00 p.m. has gone on to house strip joints, savings-and-loan scandals, bedand-breakfasts and rehabilitation centers, Galeazziâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tombstone business, North Bay Monument, has stayed almost exactly the same. Long a mainstay at Third and Davis streets in Santa Rosa, the business is now in Rohnert Park, operated by the fourth-generation family. Kitchen counters and other natural stone surfaces are part of the inventory, and naturally, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still a reliable business in tombstones. Massimo would be proud. 159-A Cascade Court, Rohnert Park. 707.586.0480.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;G.M.

Best Place to Pick Up That Oyster Shucker & Those Eggs You Forgot Founded in 1847 as a stop along the North Coast Pacific Railroad, Diekmannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s General Store in Tomales has deviated from â&#x20AC;&#x153;general storeâ&#x20AC;? status, though it still carries an assortment of upscale, smallgrocer items like organic vegetables, deli meats and fine beers. Its light-green, false-front exterior is emblematic of the surrounding communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rural, quiet way of life, with a bench out front for visiting neighbors and a post office next door. The quaint market is one of only several enterprise hubs in a disconnected corner of Marin, where residents have 707 area codes and often have to travel windy roads to Sonoma County for other needs, and as such is a valuable part of this extremely rural community. 27005 Maine St., Tomales. 707.878.2384.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;R.D.

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Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got good company, too, as other employees have stayed over the decades. Julie, 42 years. Rick, 35 years. Marsha, 25 years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what turnover is,â&#x20AC;? says Brown. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the sign of a good business when people stick around this long, and sure enough, the old-time values and face-to-face service at the store have brought people coming back for stationery, books, silver, leather goods, mailing supplies and much more since its founding in 1915. Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife, Jeri, might seem the newcomer, only working in the store for, oh, 17 years now. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s someone even newer now. Mikayla, their 11-year-old daughter, has recently been working the counter, ringing up customers, getting to know the inventory and slowly working on the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rubber-band ball (itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now up to a circumference of six-and-a-half inches). Will she, too, work at Corrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forever? Probably, Jeri laughs: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a natural born seller.â&#x20AC;? 637 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.546.2423.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;G.M.

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Located on a picturesque peninsula between San Francisco Bay and San Pablo Bay, McNear Brick and Block is one of the oldest family-owned businesses in the North Bay. In 1868, when San Francisco was still a rough-and-tumble port town, a recent settler in Petaluma named John A. McNear bought 2,500 acres of Point Pedro east of San Rafael. In 1897, he took over operations of an existing brickworks company there, the same year that William McKinley was elected the 25th president of the United States. The bay-adjacent location was perfect for schooners and barges, and in a foreshadowing of the current dependence of vineyards on immigrant labor, some of the workers were Chinese immigrants, many of whom moved on to become shrimp fisherman at neighboring China Camp.

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Best Place to Find Anything An incomplete list of things I have bought at Friedman’s Home Improvement over the years, in no particular order: A mailbox. A stump removal kit. A water heater. A rug. A foot warmer. A stovepipe. A shelf bracket. A roll of 220 volt wire. A bathroom lighting fixture. A bag of potting soil. A door hinge. A copper pipe. A gallon of paint. A bathroom faucet. A medicine cabinet. A roll of tarpaper. A wall heater. A light switch plate. A shelf. A door. A curtain rod. A copy of a key. A drill bit. A screwdriver. A sheet of plywood. A speed nut. A dryer vent. A PVC pipe. A towel bar. A can of plumber’s putty. A caulking gun. A hot dog. A bungee cord. A fuse. A spring. A Snickers bar. A grooved trowel. A bottle of wood glue. A rubber hose. Am I a contractor? Not hardly. But, yes, I can completely understand why you voted Friedman’s the Best Home Improvement Store for Sonoma County. 4055 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa, 707.584.7811; also, 1360 Broadway Ave., Sonoma, 707.939.8811.—G.M.

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Best Instant Space-Age Air Kontrol When the Bohemian moved into its current office, we found a small, brown, empty one-ounce bottle on a bathroom shelf that instantly captured our imagination. “INSTANT SPACE-AGE AIR KONTROL,” it read, with a rocketship and stars. What could it be? On the back, in a space-age font, was our clue: “Distributed by TeeVax.”

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For years, we let the mystery be. But finally, last week, we walked into TeeVax, placed the strange bottle on the counter and asked if anyone could tell us what in the world it was. It wasn’t long before Ruth Montague herself came out of the back room. Ruth and Richard Montague started TeeVax in 1938 out of their house on Santa Rosa Avenue, and over the years the store has sold appliances, electronics, kitchen equipment, televisions—and starting in the early ’70s, Instant Space-Age Air Kontrol. “Oh, we know all about that,” said Ruth, picking up the bottle with a knowing smile.

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And so the story finally came out. In the early 1970s, Richard Montague knew a friend who worked for the space program. He shared with the TeeVax owners a secret NASA formula for air freshener, an oil-liquid mixture zapped with an electric charge. “They used it in the space shuttle,” Ruth says. “One drop would eliminate 37 square feet of odor.” Since there was no official patent stopping them, the Montagues began manufacturing and bottling the deodorizer at TeeVax, selling it for $2 a bottle or, in most cases, giving it away. It wasn’t a big money maker, though, and after a few years TeeVax ceased production of Instant Space-Age Air Kontrol. But Ruth still swears by the stuff, and her son Pat has fond memories of the way it made the family store smell. “In fact, I still have a bottle of it somewhere around here,” he says. “You want one?” 422 Wilson St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.1195.—G.M.

store nonetheless walked away from the big money in coffins and swung full-time into selling home furnishings. Amazingly, Pedersen’s is still run by the family, Ken and Paul Pedersen, in the location they’ve been at since 1952—a nearly 50,000-square-foot warehouse and showroom that’s seen decades of blonde wood, dark oak, cherry and pine. And though the extensive selection is up-to-the-day, there’s one aspect of Pedersen’s that’s stayed old-school: they don’t accept credit cards. Take that, Wall Street! 707 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.542.1855.—G.M.

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2001. Last year, they hopped across the parking lot, into the former Hollywood Video spot. Here, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find the same indispensable homewares and gourmet gadgets, the bulk coffee and tea counter, and a small-appliance repair desk for those contrarians who yet dare to defy the throwaway culture. Is there any concession to the computer age? Why, yes. On the sales counter, a display plays a slideshow of black-and-white photos of Hardistyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s locations in the good old days. You wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find these on Google. 1513 Farmers Lane Plaza, Santa Rosa. 707.545.0534.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;J.K.

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