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‘Quiet beauty’ So fun to see this article [‘Heroes of Marin: Matt Tasley, Courage,’ November, 2014]. I was researching some of the artists I have collected over the years and found out about Matt through this article. I bought two paintings in the ’90s from the Allport Associates Gallery. I love both, but one I look at every day and still am moved by its quiet beauty … ‘Skowhegan, 1982,’ oil on masonite. —Martie Carleotn, via pacificsun.com

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In regards to Prop 64 for marijuana legalization [‘Ballot box,’ Nov. 2]: With all due respect, this is an extremely subjective and irresponsible take on an issue that affects millions of people’s lives. A large part of the argument against [it] has to do with how it would affect the growers’ economy of Northern California. I agree. They might really lose their take in the pot business to a large [degree], but that doesn’t mean you keep it illegal! I’m sure people had great financial success during the alcohol prohibition, but that doesn’t mean we keep it illegal so they can continue their wealth. Or for fear of poverty. No. We legalize it because: A. It’s our right to drink if we want; B. IT CAN BE TAXED WHEN LEGALIZED; and C. PEOPLE SHOULDN’T BE PUNISHED FOR IT. I’m sorry that the growers might be affected negatively by legalization, but guess what? While it’s illegal, thousands of people will continuously get fined and go to jail for marijuana use. That is so wrong, and we all know it. If I have to choose between it being decriminalized and innocent people no longer being unjustly punished, or growers losing their business (which is an extreme statement), I’m sorry, I’m going for legalization. It’s just the right thing to do. They will need to figure out how to make a living. That’s not my responsibility, nor all the people being unjustly

punished for pot. Yes, corporations are going to get their greedy hands in the pie and try to monopolize, but that just comes with the territory of legalizing something that is profitable. And by the way, once it’s legal, entrepreneurs of all kinds will be able to have great success through all kinds [of outlets]—bars, clubs, etc. When legalized, it will be a total success for economies because it will finally be taxed! This means the money from pot can actually go back into the state. This is huge. Although not perfect, legalizing is a damn good start. It might be a negotiation on many levels, but it’s the right thing to do. —Michael Pickard, via pacificsun.com

Similarities Dear Editor, Erin Schrode ran for the 2nd Congressional District in our last primary. If she had won, she would have been the first millennial to be seated in the U.S. Congress. Instead, she is now at Standing Rock. Thank you, Erin! I would SO LOVE to be there with you right now. I can’t help but notice the similarities between what is happening at Standing Rock and what happened at the Dharasana Salt Works during Gandhi’s quest for independence. Several hundred British-led Indian policemen viciously beat the peaceful demonstrators and the event was recorded by American journalist Webb Miller: “They walked, both Hindu and Muslim alike, with heads held high, without any hope of escape from injuries or death. It went on and on into the night … Women carried the wounded and broken bodies from the road until they dropped from exhaustion … But still, it went on and on … Whatever moral ascendancy the West held was lost here today … India is free, for she has taken all that steel and cruelty can give and she has neither cringed or retreated.” —Jes Richardson


1 Known as the Big Four, these influential 1860s businessmen and philanthropists constructed the Central Pacific Railroad, and founded schools, galleries, banks and social institutions throughout San Francisco and the Bay Area.

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2 In 1995, the Mars candy company asked their fans to vote on blue, pink or purple as the newest color of M&M’s. Which was the winner?

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1942 Christmas recording by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single of all time? b. What Jewish composer wrote it?

5 Possibly the oldest known map is a Babylonian clay tablet dating from 3800 B.C., depicting what river?

6 Every NFL football player’s team number is displayed how many times on his uniform?

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9 In alphabetical order, name all of the states in the U.S. that comprise New England.

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▲ While many of us prepared turkey and fixings for friends and family on Thanksgiving eve, Pal Sroa hosted the 12th annual free dinner for his neighbors. For four hours, Lotus Cuisine of India in San Rafael and Café Lotus in Fairfax opened their doors and served a buffet of traditional Indian cuisine. Both restaurants were committed to feeding all who wanted a meal, so Sroa and his staff kept the food coming and never ran out. Meg Tierney, who attended the Fairfax feast, was delighted with the wonderful food and Sroa’s generosity, which brought out the best in everyone. “This is our way of saying thank you to our community,” Sroa said. Well, Mr. Sroa, this is the community’s way of thanking you.

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▼ Linda Garb, of San Rafael, watched a young woman place her medium-sized dog inside a grocery cart and proceed to shop at the Safeway on B Street in San Rafael last Friday. Though not required by law, there was no indication that the pooch was a service animal, but Garb points out that she’s never seen one riding in a shopping cart. Neither have we. For the record, a service animal must be trained to perform a specific task for their person. While it’s not Safeway’s fault that it’s easy to buy a service dog designation online and abled people are abusing the right, Garb wants the grocer to clean the cart after the animal is pushed around the store in it. They didn’t. Yuck.—Nikki Silverstein

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Pipeline backers Bay Area investment fuels America’s fracking boom By Will Parrish

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ill Valley’s Shelterpoint Business Center occupies a narrow strip of asphalt between Richardson Bay and Highway 101, roughly five miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. In the back of the office complex stands a tan building with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer sweeping views of Mt. Tamalpais’ grassy southeastern slopes. This is the headquarters of SPO Partners, the North Bay’s largest hedge fund. The serene sophistication of this setting belies the nature of SPO Partners’ business. The $5.2 billion investment firm is among the country’s leading financial backers of oil and natural gas fracking. Its web of financial connections tie it directly to the country’s most controversial infrastructure project—the $3.7 billion, 1,134-mile Dakota Access Pipeline—and even President-elect Donald Trump’s economic policy team.

SPO Partners is the largest investor in Oasis Petroleum of Houston, Texas, which controls more than 400,000 acres within the Bakken and Three Forks oil basins of North Dakota and Montana. Oasis is working to complete a 19-mile oil transmission system from its North Dakota petroleum handling facility to the Dakota Access Pipeline, thus positioning it to supply roughly one-ninth of the pipeline’s

estimated 470,000 barrels of daily crude oil deliveries, records with the North Dakota Public Service Commission show. The Dakota Access Pipeline originates in the Bakken oil patch and traverses North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa, and ends in Illinois, linking to transmission routes to the East Coast and Gulf Coast. For more than six months, indigenous people, environmentalists and Great Plains residents have protested the project because it threatens water quality and myriad sacred sites of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. It will also contribute to the global climate crisis. “Certainly Oasis Petroleum’s hedge fund investors will make a lot more money if the company can supply the Dakota Access Pipeline,” says Antonia Juhasz, a

San Francisco–based oil and energy analyst and author who has studied hedge funds and the North Dakota oil boom. Wall Street tycoon John Paulson, a key member of Donald Trump’s economic policy council, is also a major investor in Oasis Petroleum. According to Oasis Petroleum’s most recent financial filings, SPO Partners owns the largest share of the company, while Paulson’s hedge fund owns the fourth largest. Trump himself has invested between $3 million and $15 million in Paulson’s hedge funds, a 2015 federal campaign disclosure form reveals, raising the possibility that the president-elect is also an investor in Oasis Petroleum.


The Money Pipeline

Fracking Boom During the last decade, oil companies developed the ability to drill to depths of 5,000 to 10,000 feet before turning their bits sideways, cutting horizontal lines into previously inaccessible rock formations. By fracturing, or “fracking,” deeply buried layers of hydrocarbon-rich shale formations, they force natural gas and oil to the surface. These techniques have revolutionized oil and gas production, yielding hundreds of billions of dollars in profits to investors. In 2014, the U.S. passed Saudi Arabia as the planet's biggest oil producer. It has surpassed Russia as the world’s biggest producer of oil and gas combined. Two shale oil basins in particular have helped spur the production surge: The Eagle Ford in south Texas and the Bakken. Large financial institutions

SPO Partners, tucked away in a tree-lined Mill Valley business center, is financially tied to the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

have actively cultivated the North American oil boom. A 2012 Citibank report called “Energy 2020: North America, the New Middle East” notes that “the economic consequences” of the oil and gas industry’s “supply and demand revolution are potentially extraordinary,” and touts that “infrastructure investments ease the transport bottlenecks in bringing supply to demand centers.” It also sounds a cautionary note: “The only thing that can stop this is politics—environmentalists getting the upper hand over supply in the U.S., for instance; or First Nations impeding pipeline expansion in Canada.” As with Canadian tar sands oil (see ‘Crude Awakening,’ June 8), the Bakken shale’s Achilles heel is that it is located in the middle of the continent, far away from shipping terminals and most oil refineries. That has led many North Dakota producers to transport crude oil by train, including to California refineries, a highly dangerous method given that Bakken oil is especially prone to lethal explosions. The Dakota Access Pipeline would improve North Dakota

oil producers’ ability to compete economically, notes North Dakota Petroleum Council Communications Director Tessa Sandstrom. It would also reduce deliveries by train, she says, making them safer and freeing up rail lines for farmers to bring their commodities to market. “This pipeline resolves issues that are big concerns among North Dakotans,” Sandstrom says. “It’s also a legal pipeline at this point, and we think it should go forward.” But the extraction of oil, natural gas and coal has driven the planet to the precipice of climate catastrophe. In recent years, the earth has burned through existing temperature records, causing Arctic permafrost to disappear at alarming rates, a process that releases much more carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere, thus fueling a dire feedback loop of potentially ever-greater planetary warming. Vulnerable human populations are already being displaced as the ecological fabric that has sustained them unravels. National and global efforts to cap and reduce greenhouse gas emissions include treaties, taxes

and investments in alternativeenergy sources and non-automobile transportation. But infrastructure investments that require large, longterm commitments of capital are also crucial indicators of national intent, which is why President Barack Obama chose to reject the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline on the eve of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference involving 191 of the world’s nations. By completing the Dakota Access Pipeline, one of the longest oil pipelines in North America, the U.S. would signal to investors its intention to maintain high oil production—and, by extension, high greenhouse gas emission levels. Construction of the pipeline would lead to corresponding increases in fracking, which tend to produce greater emissions than conventional oil. “The banks are sold on the idea that the U.S. should and will maximize its production of oil and gas,” says Food & Water Watch’s MacMillan. “In doing that, they are banking against any real political effort to keep these fossil fuels in the ground.”

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But the Mill Valley hedge fund’s North Dakota oil investment is only one tributary to a river of investment capital flowing from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Dakota Access Pipeline and the associated fracking boom. These investors include other hedge and pension funds, as well as San Francisco–based Wells Fargo. The bank was the largest U.S.-based financier of oil and gas production and infrastructure as of 2014, according to a presentation given by Wells Fargo Executive Vice President Mike Johnson. A recent report from the nonprofit Food & Water Watch notes that 38 banks, Wells Fargo among them, have directly financed the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. The financial sector’s stake in the project helps reveal “the tangle of interests” fueling the United States’ ongoing dependence on fossil fuels, said Food & Water Watch senior researcher Hugh MacMillan, chief author of the report. “When you see the kinds of financial institutions backing the pipeline, it shows the power of the forces the tribes in North Dakota are going up against,” he says.

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oil and the Dakota Access Pipeline. The California Public Employees’ Retirement System, CalPERS, the nation’s largest state-run pension fund, owns a stake in ETP worth $41.4 million, making it the pipeline construction company’s 36th largest institutional investor. Jane Vosburg of the groups 350 Sonoma and Fossil Free California has attempted to convince CalPERS and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System to divest from fossil fuels. “So far, they have not acknowledged the urgency of the climate situation in our meetings with them,” she says. Last year, the California Legislature did pass a bill divesting state public pensions from investments in coal.

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Oil Wells According to a 2015 estimate by the Wall Street Journal, banks made about $1 trillion in investments in the energy industry worldwide between 2005 and 2014. In that time, Wells Fargo had seized its position as the top U.S.-based oil and gas banker, with more than $40 billion in investments, according to information published by the data firm Thomson Reuters. Wells Fargo’s leadership role within the oil and gas industry also includes the annual Wells Fargo West Coast Energy Conference in San Francisco, which brings together leading investors and professionals from across the oil, gas and coal sectors, as well as some who are involved in renewables. This year, the conference took place at San Francisco’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Among the 38 banks that have made loans to companies involved in the Dakota Access Pipeline, Wells Fargo has the second largest investment stake, the Food & Water Watch study shows. The San Francisco–based banking giant has loaned roughly $467 million to the pipeline’s builder, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), and its family of companies; ETP is among the county’s largest pipeline operators, with a spider-web-like network of other pipelines throughout the Gulf Coast and Southwest. Wells Fargo Corporate Communications Director Jessica

Ong says the bank invested in the pipeline only after a review of its potential for social and environmental harm. “The Dakota Access Pipeline project was evaluated by an independent engineer to be compliant with the 'equator principles,’ a framework adopted by Wells Fargo in 2005 that is designed to determine, assess and manage social and environmental risks and impacts of projects,” Ong says, adding, “While we respect the differing opinions involved in this dispute, Wells Fargo does not take positions on public policy issues that do not directly affect our ability to serve our customers or support our team members.” Wells Fargo is more than just a financier of the project. It also acts as ETP’s administrative loan agent, meaning it performs the recordkeeping associated with all the company’s loans, handles the interest and principal payments made in connection with those loans and monitors their ongoing administration. In other words, all bank financing ETP receives passes through Wells Fargo.

Fracking Funders Dozens of comparatively small companies, many of them from the Bay Area—such as Farallon Capital Management, Warburg Pincus, Hellman & Friedman, and Hall Capital Partners (the managers of which are developing a controversial

Napa County vineyard)—have been major fracking investors, competing to profit on the Bakken and other oil basins’ hydrocarbon resources. San Francisco–based hedge fund BlackRock Fund Advisors is Oasis Petroleum’s sixth largest investor. Think Investments, which is also based in San Francisco, checks in as the eighth largest. The Wild West character of the Bakken region’s oil industry has also left many companies prone to takeovers by private equity companies and hedge funds that invest in a variety of assets, largely avoiding direct regulatory oversight due to federal laws that exempt companies with relatively small numbers of investors from U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reporting requirements. “You have lots of smaller companies coming and going, which are very easily bought by wealthy asset managers like hedge funds,” Juhasz says. In a September Rolling Stone article, she criticized these investment partnerships’ “exclusive focus on the bottom line and profits, to the detriment of safety and lives, forcing companies to cut corners and do more with less (including tens of thousands of fewer workers), and contributing to a worker death rate in North Dakota that is seven times the national average.” California-based pension funds are also major investors in shale

Made In Marin Marin County’s SPO Partners was founded in 1991 by a group of investors including William Oberndorf and John Scully, a pair of Stanford business graduates. For several years, SPO was also the lead investor in the Houston-based utility corporation Calpine, among the country’s largest producers of gas-fired electricity. In the North Bay, Calpine is best known as the owner of The Geysers, the famed geothermal power station near Calistoga. Oberndorf and Scully are also among the biggest investors in a California political action committee that funds business-friendly Democrats and Republicans alike, with an agenda centered on pension reform and public investments in charter schools. In 2014, SPO Partners began scooping up significantly greater shares of oil and gas drilling companies after global oil prices plunged and numerous producers entered bankruptcy. The firm has more than $1 billion staked in Pioneer Natural Resources, one of the main producers of oil in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford shale basins of Texas, considered to have more recoverable oil deposits than any other oil basin in the world outside of Saudi Arabia. Another SPO Partners-invested company, Resolute Energy, has its corporate office in Larkspur, on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, and is the main oil and gas drilling partner of the Navajo Nation, an American Indian nation that has sought to develop oil and gas resources. Oasis Petroleum is SPO Partners’


The Opposition When construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline began earlier this year, the companies involved regarded the project as a sure thing. In a conference call with investors, ETP CEO Kelcy Warren said he “fully expects” the pipeline to be completed and in operation this year. But because the pipeline runs along the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation, a community of 8,500 along the Missouri River in North and South Dakota, tribal members and supporters have camped out in the path of the pipeline route. The blockade and related encampments have galvanized international attention and opened up the possibility that the pipeline may yet be canceled or its route changed. In September, the Obama administration bowed to public pressure by denying ETP an easement to drill beneath Lake

Oahe, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation’s water supply, even as construction proceeds across the remainder of the route. The rest of the pipeline is nearly complete, despite civil disobedience actions that have resulted in more than 500 arrests and widespread denunciation of the police’s brutal tactics. While California investment capital has flowed to the pipeline, the state has also been a wellspring of resistance to it. “There have been more people from California out at Standing Rock than from almost anywhere else,” says Sierra Alexander, a Northern Cheyenne tribal member who lives in Willits. Many California indigenous people who are supporting the Standing Rock struggle have experience battling financial institutions. Billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s investment firm, Berkshire Hathaway, owns four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River. The region’s indigenous people have called for the dams’ removal to protect some of California’s last remaining salmon populations. They have disrupted Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meetings in an attempt to pressure Buffett’s firm. One of the organizers of those actions, Hoopa Valley tribal member Dania Colegrove, is among dozens of indigenous people from the Klamath River Basin who have traveled to Standing Rock. “We’re out here talking about our struggles in the Klamath, and about how nonviolent direct action has changed our world,” Colegrove told a group of dam removal supporters last month in a call from Standing Rock. “We’re helping give the people here the courage to keep going.” Construction of that final stretch beneath Lake Oahe hinges on decisions by public regulatory agency representatives and policymakers, such as President Obama, who could use his authority to revoke the project’s federal permits. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the lead permitting agency for the project. Food & Water Watch’s MacMillan says the importance of exposing banks’ financing of the oil industry—including the pipeline— is that “it lets people know what’s happening behind the scenes. “The banks are providing the money to make it all happen.”Y

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third largest oil and gas investment. Records from the North Dakota Public Service Commission show that Oasis’ transmission line is one of six “gathering lines” from different companies that will feed the pipeline. Scully is also the largest career contributor to Assemblymember Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, having donated $122,500 to Levine’s Assembly campaigns and to a Levine-affiliated political action committee called Elevate California, which ironically sponsored a 2014 campaign mailer advocating for a California fracking moratorium. Levine sees no conflict in taking Scully’s money. “I’m grateful that [he] agreed with my position that we should have a moratorium on fracking in California,” Levine said. He said “a number of different donors supported” the Elevate California campaign, although filings with the California Secretary of State’s office show that Scully and his wife gave $102,000 out of the $105,500 in outside donations the group received in 2013–14. Representatives of SPO Partners did not return multiple requests for comment. In 2014, Scully told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat that he doesn’t “disagree with regulating and probably banning fracking in Northern California.” However, Scully said he’s “absolutely for” fracking elsewhere, saying that “it is working, and it is a significantly good thing for the United States.”

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arden as though you will live forever.’—William Kent Thinking about how you should have lounged around more in your yard last summer instead of trying so hard to keep your wilting plants alive? If you want more chill time in your garden next year, it’s time you learn to love native plants. Many natives are drought-tolerant and most have minimal needs.They are not divas. No whining and no attention-seeking from them. A silent thumbs-up when you pass by is all they ask. They are far more selfsufficient than other plants in your

yard. Best of all, native plants do not require loads of fertilizer or pesticides, so you’re not leaching more chemicals into our local waterways. And, of course native plants are home to birds, butterflies, other pollinators and many beneficial insects. What’s not to love? A great place to become acquainted with native plants is CNL Native Plant Nursery in Mill Valley. Owner Dan Dufficy was designing landscapes for many years before opening up this native nursery in 2012. When visiting, I recommend a stop into neighboring Proof Lab even if you don’t surf or

of growth, following a sort of summer hibernation if growing under our natural summer-dry conditions,” Jakob says. “Let the winter rains and shorter, cooler days help get the plants established, but don’t become complacent—extra water will be needed during winter dry spells and through at least the first dry season after planting.” When planning natives, some soil amendment can help ease the transition from potting soil to native soil, and plants needing good drainage might benefit from the addition of pumice or lava rock for permanent aeration. Pumice is lighter-weight than lava rock and releases valuable trace minerals. Dufficy credits his upbringing with his love of plants. The house where he grew up was near Elliot Nature Preserve in Fairfax. “The sweet smells and the sounds of birds, insects and animals had me falling deep and passionately in love with the outdoors,” he says. “When I got older, I worked and trained with the original pioneer of the sport, Paul O’Donnell, owner of O’Donnell’s Nursery in Fairfax. I started with him 23 years to this day.” In between meetings, deliveries and managing native landscape projects, you’ll find this vibrant landscape designer/ecologist/surfer hitting the waves nearby. “I feel lucky to have found a passion that keeps me tapped into the special things Marin has to offer,” Dufficy says. “The ocean’s natural rhythms help energize my creativity in landscaping with natives. I’m constantly pumped to go to work. It really is a fun balance to my day, start to finish.”Y CNL Native Plant Nursery, 254 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley; 415/888-8471; cnlnativeplantnursery.com.

Extra credit for you bookworms California Native Plants for the Garden by Carol Bornstein, David Fross and Bart O’Brien; The California Native Landscape by Greg Rubin and Lucy Warren and Designing California Native Gardens by Glenn Keator and Alrie Middlebrook. For more tips on planting California natives, visit California Native Plant Society: Marin County Chapter; cnpsmarin.org.

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Landscape designer Dan Dufficy owns Mill Valley’s CNL Native Plant Nursery, where fans of gardening can find plants—and advice.

skate. You can purchase a cool trucker hat or beanie and at least look the part. (Not that I did that. That is so LAME. OK, I did.) Then, as you check out the California native flora—all landscaped by Dufficy and his team—growing around the buildings, mosey over to Equator Coffees & Teas, one of the first coffee roasters to support sustainable coffee farming communities in Guatemala. “CNL Native Plant Nursery is an outlet for people to source organic amendments, native plants and most importantly, good advice,” Dufficy says. “I’m committed to nourishing our rich California habitat. These are plants that want to be here. They like our soil, they like our micro-habits. Our insects need them, our birds need them. It’s a critical element for Marin County.” Some of his suggestions for what to plant now include native shrubs such as Rhamnus californica (coffeeberry) and toyon, which set up roots through the winter so they can be ready to boost flowers and fresh leaves in the early spring. “It’s really a way of letting plants acclimate naturally to the wet season without supplemental watering,” Dufficy says. For perennials with lots of color and texture, he likes Monardella (coyote mint), Mimulus aurantiacus, (monkey flower), Foothill Penstemon and gum plant. Kristin Jakob, co-vice president of the Marin County Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, also suggests some native plants that can be planted now: Manzanitas (Arctostaphylos species) and Ceanothus (California Lilac), coast silk tassel (Garrya elliptica), Mountain Mahogany (Cercocarpus betuloides) and Douglas iris (Iris douglasiana). “Late fall through midwinter is the optimal time to plant drought-tolerant California natives—this is their season


Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Marin Theatre Company) Runs through December 18; Marin Theatre Company; 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley; $10-55; 415/388-5208; marintheatre.org. A Christmas Carol (6th Street Playhouse) Runs through December 23; 52 W. 6th Street, Santa Rosa; $15-33; 707/523-4185; 6thstreetplayhouse.com.

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‘Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley,’ on stage at Marin Theatre Company through December 18, is one of many holiday productions being offered in the Bay Area.

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’Tis the season A guide to the Bay Area’s holiday theater productions By Charles Brousse

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ack in the dimming days when I was a kid on the block, as soon as the holiday season rolled around I overheard the grownups grumble about “the commercialization of Christmas.” Store sales started on Black Friday after the Thanksgiving repast and extended into December, when there was a pause around Christmas Day before one last burst of New Year’s shopping. My family wasn’t particularly religious—in fact, they gladly welcomed the reduced prices—but there was still a kind of rueful feeling that something was being lost. Theater, along with the other performing arts (music, dance, TV and film), tried to fill in the gap with program content that celebrated the spiritual and ethical heritage of this annual event. I remember noting how many adaptations of Dickens’

A Christmas Carol there were: They seemed to pop up everywhere, like mushrooms after a heavy rain. A few years later in this chronology, the movies gave us Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life, Gian Carlo Menotti’s sweet Amahl and the Night Visitors had regular performances and TV offered the special annual Andy Williams Christmas Show, which wasn’t overtly religious or morally preachy, but whose genuine humanistic spirit carried a powerful message of good will toward all. Leaving aside the many other examples I could cite, fast forward to 2016. The shopping season in stores and online is now year-round and only becomes slightly more intense in November and December. As society has become increasingly secular and materialistic, practically nobody complains about the

946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips (Berkeley Repertory Theatre, in association with Kneehigh and Birmingham Rep) Runs through January 15, 2017 in BRT’s Roda Theatre; 2025 Addison Street, Berkeley; $17.50-97; 510/6472949; berkeleyrep.org. A Christmas Carol (Center REPertory Company) Runs through December 18 at the Hofmann Theatre; 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek; $27-49; 925/943-1469; centerrep.org. It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play Runs through December 11 at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre; 22311 N. Third Street, Hayward; $1529; 510/881-6777; dmtonline.org.

“commercialization of Christmas” anymore. Theater reflects this shift. A Google search reveals that there are only three productions of A Christmas Carol around the Bay Area this season—in Santa Rosa, Walnut Creek and San Francisco. You have to trek over to Hayward if you want to see It’s a Wonderful Life. Amahl is not being done anywhere. With those limitations in mind, the following is a list of holiday shows that I think will help to raise your spirits after an unusually dreary year.

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H.M.S. Pinafore (Ross Valley Players) Runs through December 18 at the Barn Theatre, Marin Art & Garden Center; 30 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Ross; $12-27; 415/4569555; rossvalleyplayers.com.

The Velveteen Rabbit Runs through December 11 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; 700 Howard Street, San Francisco; $15-75; 415/978-2787; odcdance.org. A Christmas Carol (American Conservatory Theater) Runs through December 24; Geary Theater, 415 Geary Street, San Francisco; $25-130; 415/749-2228; act-sf.org. She Loves Me (San Francisco Playhouse) Runs through January 14, 2017; 458 Post Street, San Francisco; 415/677-9596; sfplayhouse.org. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (SHN) Runs through December 24 at the Golden Gate Theatre; 1 Taylor Street, San Francisco; $45-214; 888/746-7799; shnsfcom. If I had to choose among the three competing Christmas Carols, it would be Center REP’s. It’s closer to Dickens’ original, captures the old London flavor better and it’s easier to find parking. One final note: While Christmasthemed theater productions have diminished in number, music and dance offerings have proliferated. Maybe the shift to a nonverbal format is a natural progression for a thoroughly secularized culture that prefers leaving spirituality (if any) to individual choice.Y


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•New Movies This Week Allied (R) Arrival (PG-13)

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Friday, December 2– Thursday, December 8 Allied (2:01) Robert Zemeckis romantic thriller about the fraught love affair between two spies in WWII-era North Africa; Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt star. Arrival (1:56) Sci-fi for grownups as Amy Adams grapples with humanity, existence and other cosmic issues after mysterious spacecraft pay Earth a visit. Bad Santa 2 (1:32) Billy Bob Thornton is back as the ultimate anti-Claus, this time leading a scam on a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve; Christina Hendricks co-stars. The Beatles: Eight Days a Week— The Touring Years (1:46) Ron Howard’s authorized documentary focuses on the band’s early years through rare footage and interviews with Paul, Ringo and other luminaries. Burn Country (1:42) A war correspondentturned-small town beat reporter uncovers a hotbed of violence, corruption and easy sex. Circle of Poison (1:11) Hair-raising documentary about the untold harm pesticides are wreaking around the world. Cock of the Air (1:20) Restored and unexpurgated pre-Code sex comedy stars Billie Dove as a saucy actress and Chester Morris as the flyboy of the title. Denial (1:50) David Hare drama stars Rachel Weisz as an American lawyer who has to prove the historical reality of the Holocaust in a British court of law. Doctor Strange (2:07) Yet another Marvel superhero hits the multiplexes, this one a down-and-out surgeon-turned-sorcerer played by Benedict Cumberbatch; the great Mads Mikkelsen co-stars. The Eagle Huntress (1:27) Eye-filling documentary about a 13-year-old Mongolian girl and her quest to become her family’s first female eagle hunter in 12 generations. Elle (2:11) Isabelle Huppert plays a dangerous game of cat and mouse with the man who attacked her; Paul Verhoeven directs. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2:12) J.K. Rowling’s new cinematic franchise takes place among New York’s secret coven of witches and wizards circa WWII. The Front Page (1:38) Rollicking, sardonic pre-Code version of the Hecht-MacArthur newsroom classic, beautifully preserved and restored; Adolphe Menjou and Pat O’Brien star. The Handmaiden (2:25) Sensual crime thriller set in 1930s Korea about a maid’s scheme to con her mistress out of her inheritance; Park Chan-wook directs. Harry & Snowman (1:24) Documentary tracks the loving friendship between Dutch immigrant Harry deLeyer and the Amish plowhorse he rescued from the glue factory and transformed into a Triple Crown show jumper. Loving (2:03) True story of Mildred and Richard Loving, the courageous interracial couple who faced harassment and worse in the American South of the 1950s. A Man Called Ove (1:56) Acclaimed Swedish dramedy about a middle-aged curmudgeon’s hapless life as the ousted chairman of his condo association. Manchester by the Sea (2:15) Poignant, bittersweet tale of a Boston janitor who returns to his seaside hometown to raise his newly orphaned nephew; Casey Affleck stars. Meet the Patels (1:28) Reality rom-com

about 30-year-old Ravi Patel, the apex of a triangle between himself, his parents and the woman of his dreams. The Metropolitan Opera: The Magic Flute (1:55) Phantasmagorical Julie Taymor production of Mozart’s whimsical familyfriendly classic. Moana (1:43) Disney musical about a Polynesian girl’s epic ocean voyage across the wide Pacific; songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Moonlight (1:50) Tender, bittersweet drama about a young gay black man’s struggle to define himself and embrace his sexuality. Mumford & Sons Live from South Africa (1:33) Documentary joins the British rock band on a zeitgeist-busting concert tour through dazzling South Africa. National Theatre London: The Deep Blue Sea (2:30) Terence Rattigan’s modern masterpiece of repressed passion in postwar England, presented direct from the banks of the Thames. National Theatre London: Hamlet (4:00) Catch Benedict Cumberbatch as the Bard’s conflicted, vengeful prince of Denmark, live (-ish) from London in big-screen high definition. Nerdland: The Special Event (1:20) Get a sneak peek at the new Paul Rudd-Patton Oswalt cartoon about two buddies who attain fame the new-fashioned way: By being obnoxious as publicly as possible. Nocturnal Animals (21:57) Film fest fave stars Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal as a divorced couple dabbling in love, cruelty, revenge and redemption; Tom Ford directs. Scrooged (1:40) Updated Christmas Carol stars Bill Murray as a greedy TV exec in need of redemption; Carol Kane, Robert Mitchum and Miles Davis co-star! Seasons (1:37) Dazzling cinematic essay focuses on our planet’s wildlife and how it’s evolved from the ice age to today; Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud (Winged Migration) direct. Seed: The Untold Story (1:34) Eye-opening documentary concerns our planet’s dwindling seed supply and the handful of activists fighting to defend the future of food. Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (1:50) Feature-length Holmes flick based on the BBC TV series stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the wizard of Baker Street and Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson. Sully (1:36) Tom Hanks stars as Chesley Sullenberger, the airline pilot who managed 2009’s heroic emergency landing on the Hudson River; Clint Eastwood directs. A Tale of Love and Darkness (1:35) Amos Oz’s memoir of growing up in pre-Israel Palestine stars Natalie Portman as his dreamy muse of a mother; Portman writes and directs, too. Trolls (1:32) Psychedelic cartoon about two disparate day-glo trolls who embark on an adventure into the unknown; Jeffrey Tambor and John Cleese vocalize. USS Indianapolis: The Legacy (1:38) Gripping documentary about the crew of the WWII cruiser and the ordeal they endured after their ship sank in shark-infested waters. Which Way Home (1:22) Award-winning documentary looks at the immigration situation through the eyes of Mexican children who risk everything on their journey to the U.S.

Bad Santa 2 (R) The Beatles: Eight Days a Week— The Touring Years (Not Rated) • Burn Country (Not Rated) • Circle of Poison (Not Rated) • Cock of the Air (Not Rated) Denial (PG-13) Doctor Strange (PG-13) The Eagle Huntress (Not Rated) Elle (R) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (PG-13)

• The Front Page (Not Rated) The Handmaiden (Not Rated) Harry & Snowman (Not Rated) Loving (PG-13) A Man Called Ove (PG-13) • Manchester by the Sea (R)

• Meet the Patels (PG) • The Metropolitan Opera:

The Magic Flute (Not Rated) Moana (PG)

Moonlight (R) Mumford & Sons Live from South Africa (Not Rated) National Theatre London: The Deep Blue Sea (Not Rated) National Theatre London: Hamlet (Not Rated) • Nerdland: The Special Event (R) Nocturnal Animals (R)

• Scrooged (PG-13) • Seasons (PG) • Seed:

Rowland: Fri-Wed 10:40, 1:35, 4:30, 7:40, 10:30 Larkspur Landing: Fri, Mon-Wed 6:45, 9:40; Sat-Sun 1, 4, 6:45, 9:40 Playhouse: Fri 4, 7, 9:50; Sat 1, 4, 7, 9:50; Sun 1, 4, 7; Mon-Thu 4, 7 Regency: Fri-Sat 10:45, 1:50, 4:45, 7:40, 10:35; Sun-Wed 10:45, 1:50, 4:45, 7:40; Thu 10:45, 1:50, 4:45 Rowland: Fri-Wed 10:50, 1:50, 4:35, 7:20, 10:05 Rowland: Fri-Wed 12, 2:35, 5:15, 7:50, 10:15 Lark: Fri 9:10; Sun 8:30; Mon 2:20; Tue 4; Thu noon Lark: Mon 7:30 Lark: Sat 9:15; Wed 4:30 Rafael: Sat 2 Lark: Fri 4:30; Sat 4:40; Mon noon; Tue 1:40, 6:50 Larkspur Landing: Fri, Mon-Wed 9:30, 3D showtime at 6:30; Sat-Sun 3:30, 9:30, 3D showtimes at 12:30, 6:30 Rowland: Fri-Wed 10:20, 1:20, 7; 3D showtimes at 4:05, 10 Rafael: Fri 4:30, 6:30, 8:30; Sat 12, 4:30, 6:30, 8:30; Sun 12, 2, 4:30, 6:30, 8:30; Mon-Thu 6:30, 8:30 Regency: Fri 12:45, 4:05, 7:15, 10:25; Sat 7:15, 10:25; Sun 11, 7:15; Mon 12:45, 4:05, 7:15; Tue, Thu 12:45, 4:05; Wed 11, 4:25, 7:25 Playhouse: Fri 3:45, 6:45, 9:45; Sat 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:45; Sun 12:45, 3:45, 6:45; Mon-Thu 3:45, 6:45 Rowland: Fri-Wed 10:10, 1:10, 2:45, 4:10, 5:45, 7:10, 10:10; 3D showtimes at 11:45, 8:45 Sequoia: Fri 6:45, 3D showtimes at 3:45, 9:40; Sat 12:50, 6:45, 3D showtimes at 3:45, 9:40; Sun 12:50, 6:45, 3D showtime at 3:45; Mon-Wed 6:45, 3D showtime at 3:45 Rafael: Fri 7:15 Lark: Tue 9:10, Wed 9; Thu 9:10 Lark: Sun 11, 6:30; Thu 2:50 Rafael: Fri 3:15, 6, 8:45; Sat-Sun 12:30, 3:15, 6, 8:45; Mon-Wed 6, 8:45; Thu 8:45 Rafael: Sat-Sun 1, 8; Mon-Wed 8 Regency: Fri-Sat 11:05, 12:30, 2:15, 3:45, 5:25, 7, 8:30, 10:15; Sun-Wed 11:05, 12:30, 2:15, 3:45, 5:25, 7; Thu 11:05, 12:30, 2:15, 3:45, 5:25 Rafael: Mon noon (free screening; tickets available at eventbrite.com) Lark: Sun 1; Wed 6:30 Regency: Sat 12:55 Larkspur Landing: Fri, Mon-Wed 7, 3D showtime at 9:50; Sat-Sun 11, 1:45, 7:15, 3D showtimes at 4:30, 10 Playhouse: Fri 4:50, 7:15, 9:40; Sat 12, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15, 9:40; Sun 12, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15; Mon-Thu 4:50, 7:15 Rowland: Fri-Wed 10:30, 1:30, 7:30, 10:20; 3D showtime at 4:20 Regency: Fri-Sat 11, 2, 5, 7:50, 10:30; Sun-Tue 11, 2, 5, 7:50; Wed 1:25, 4:15; Thu 11, 2, 5 Lark: Fri 7 Lark: Sun 3:30 Lark: Sat 1 Regency: Tue 8 Regency: Fri-Sat 10:30, 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30; Sun-Wed 10:30, 1:30, 4:30, 7:30; Thu 10:30, 1:30, 4:30 Sequoia: Fri 4:05, 7:10, 9:50; Sat 1:20, 4:05, 7:10, 9:50; Sun 1:20, 4:05, 7:10; Mon-Wed 4:05, 7:10 Regency: Sun, Wed 2 Rafael: Fri 3:45; Sat-Sun 3:45, 5:45; Mon-Thu 5:45

The Untold Story (Not Rated)

Lark: Sat 7; Wed 2:30

The Abominable Bride (PG-13) Sully (PG-13) • A Tale of Love and Darkness (PG-13) Trolls (PG)

Regency: Wed 7 Lark: Fri 2:15; Mon 5:15; Tue 11:30

• Sherlock:

• USS Indianapolis:

The Legacy (Not Rated)

• Which Way Home (Not Rated)

Lark: Fri noon; Thu 4:50 Larkspur Landing: Fri, Mon-Wed 9:55, 3D showtime at 7:30; Sat-Sun 11:30, 5, 9:55, 3D showtimes at 2:15, 7:30 Rowland: Fri-Wed 11, 1:40, 4, 6:50, 9:15 Lark: Thu 7 Lark: Wed noon (includes lunch and discussion)

Showtimes can change after we go to press. Please call theater to confirm. CinéArts at Sequoia 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley, 415-388-1190 Cinema 41 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 415-924-6506 Fairfax 9 Broadway, Fairfax, 415-453-5444 Lark 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur, 415-924-5111 Larkspur Landing 500 Larkspur Landing Cir., Larkspur, 415461-4849 Northgate 7000 Northgate Dr., San Rafael, 415-491-1314 Playhouse 40 Main St., Tiburon, 415-435-1234 Rafael Film Center 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael, 415-454-1222 Regency 280 Smith Ranch Rd., Terra Linda, 415-479-6496 Rowland 44 Rowland Way, Novato, 415-898-3385


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Donna De Lory One of the reigning queens of world devotional music, De Lory presents the seventh annual "Donna ExtravaDanza." Dec 2, 8pm. $25-$30. TMS Performing Arts Center, 150 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael, 415.924.4848. Peter Murphy Former lead singer of Bauhaus performs a solo stripped down concert. Dec 3, 9pm. $48$53. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley, 415.388.3850. Roots of Peace Holiday Benefit Award-winning Nashville singer-songwriter Jaime Kyle co-headlines with Pablo Cruise’s lead guitarist, Dave Jenkins, for one night only. Dec 4, 6pm. $150. Fenix, 919 Fourth St, San Rafael, 415.813.5600.

SONOMA Joe Craven & the Sometimers Craven’s new roots rock band features Bruce MacMillan and Jonathan Stoyanoff, and plays an eclectic mix of danceable Americana. Dec 2, 8pm. $20-$23. Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St, Sebastopol, 707.823.1511.

Pink Martini’s Holiday Spectacular The massively fun jazz-pop ensemble performs a night of festive music from around the globe. Dec 6, 8pm. $45-$69. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa, 707.546.3600.

Center at Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr, Yountville, 707.944.9900.

Will Magid Eclectic trumpet player and producer headlines the “Refuge” benefit concert for refugees everywhere. San Francisco surf band Killer Whale and Oakland post-rock outfit Meernaa also perform. Dec 2, 8pm. $10. Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St, Petaluma, 707.762.3565.

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Church of Saint Raphael Dec 3, 7:30pm and , Dec 4, 4pm, concert by candlelight with the Marin Symphony Chamber Chorus. 1104 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, 415.479.8100.

Clubs&Venues Belrose Theater Thurs, open mic night. 1415 Fifth Ave, San Rafael, 415.454.6422. Benissimo Ristorante & Bar Thurs, Fri, live music. 18 Tamalpais Dr, Corte Madera, 415.927.2316.

A Christmas Carol Sing Napa Valley premieres a new musical adaptation of the classic Dickens story, with featured soloists and and Napa Valley Children’s Chorus. Dec 2, 7pm and Dec 4, 3pm. $25/ children free. First United Methodist Church, 625 Randolph St, Napa, singnapavalley.org.

Fenix Nov 30, Roharpo the Bluesman. Dec 1, Bridget Marie. Dec 2, Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Ensemble. Dec 3, intimate dinner series with Alexander O’Neal. Dec 6, West Coast Songwriters Competition. Dec 7, pro blues jam. 919 Fourth St, San Rafael, 415.813.5600.

Freddie Cole Quartet Cole and his all-star band perform a special Christmas tribute to his older brother Nat King Cole. Dec 1-4, 6:30 and 9pm. Blue Note Napa, 1030 Main St, Napa, 707.603.1258.

First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael Dec 4, 7pm, Gospel Christmas concert with the Lighthouse Singers Gospel Choir of Marin. 1510 Fifth St, San Rafael, 415.456.1356.

Mariachi Los Camperos The Grammy-winning mariachi band plays a special program of Christmas delights. Dec 3, 7pm. $25-$85. Napa Valley Performing Arts

George’s Nightclub Dec 2, Cozmo album release party. Dec 6, hip-hop open mic. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael, 415.226.0262. Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill & Bar First Sunday of every month, 5pm, Erika Alstrom with Dale Alstrom’s Jazz Society. 1535 South Novato Blvd, Novato, 415.878.4977. Grazie Restaurant Dec 3, Twin Soles. 823 Grant Ave, Novato, 415.897.5181. HopMonk Novato Nov 30, open mic with Mark Nichol. Dec 2, the Renovators. Dec 3, Linda Imperial Band. 224 Vintage Way, Novato, 415.892.6200. INCAVO Wine Tasting & Collective Tues, 7pm, Open Mic Night with Simon Costa. 1099 Fourth St, Suite F, San Rafael, 415.259.4939. Courtesy of Roots of Peace

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Marin Country Mart Dec 2, 5:30pm, Friday Night Jazz with Charged Particles. 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 19 Broadway Club Mon, open mic. Nov 30, Stefanie Keys Band. Dec 1, Book of Birds and North Shore Railroad. Dec 2, First Fridays Reggae Night with Broken Silence Sound System. Dec 3, Koolerator with David Whitney. Dec 4, 6pm, 19 Broadway Good Time Band. Dec 4, 9pm,

CALENDAR Elvis Johnson’s blues jam. Dec 7, the Damon LeGall Band. 17 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax, 415.459.1091. No Name Bar Nov 30, Robert Elmond Stone and friends. Dec 2, Michael Aragon Quartet. Dec 5, Kimrea & the Dreamdogs. 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito, 415.332.1392. Osteria Divino Nov 30, Jay Sanders Trio. 37 Caledonia St, Sausalito, 415.331.9355. Panama Hotel Restaurant Nov 30, C-JAM with Connie Ducey. Dec 1, Donna D’Acuti. Dec 6, Swing Fever. Dec 7, DownLow Duo. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael, 415.457.3993. Peri’s Silver Dollar Mon, Billy D’s open mic. Nov 30, Fitz & Pieces. Dec 1, House of Mary. Dec 2, Swoop Unit. Dec 3, the Shams. Dec 4, Mendonesia. Dec 6, the Good Guys. Dec 7, the Weissmen. 29 Broadway, Fairfax, 415.459.9910. Rancho Nicasio Dec 2, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys. Dec 3, Danny Click & the Hell Yeahs. Dec 4, 4pm, HowellDevine. 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio, 415.662.2219. Sausalito Seahorse Wed, Milonga with Marcelo Puig and Seth Asarnow. Dec 1, Marin Jazz Trio. Dec 2, salsa with DJ Jimmy Arhon and DJ Griego. Dec 3, Bait n Switch Blues Band. Dec 4, 5pm, Julio Bravo & Salsabor. Dec 6, Noel Jewkes and friends. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito, 415.331.2899. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon Dec 2, Stymie & the Pimp Jones Luv Orchestra. Dec 3, San Geronimo. Mon, Epicenter Soundsystem reggaae. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas, 415.868.1311. Spitfire Lounge First Thursday of every month, the North Bass DJ night. First Friday of every month, Truthlive. 848 B St, San Rafael, 415.454.5551. Sweetwater Music Hall Nov 30, Bobby Vega’s 60th Birthday Bash. Dec 2, Justin Townes Earle with Victoria George. Dec 3, 10:30am, Little Folkies Family Band holiday concert. Dec 4, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams. Dec 5, open mic night with Austin DeLone. Dec 6, Afrolicious. Dec 7, the Steel Wheels. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley, 415.388.3850. Terrapin Crossroads Nov 30, the Terrapin Family Band with Phil Lesh. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael, 415.524.2773. Throckmorton Theatre Nov 30, 12pm, GGR Trio. Dec 2, Deborah Winter’s “Jazzin’ Up Joys of the Season” concert. Dec 4, 5:30pm, the Nathan Bickart

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Glaser Center Dec 4, 4pm, “Carols, Canticles and Christmas Classics” with Healdsburg Chorus. 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.568.5381. Green Music Center Dec 3-5, “Poetic Bells” with Santa Rosa Symphony. Dec 7, Sonoma State University Jazz Orchestra. 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 866.955.6040.

Lagunitas Tap Room Nov 30, Nate Lopez. Dec 1, Brothers Gadjo. Dec 2, the Soulshine Band. Dec 3, the RevTones. Dec 4, Jimbo Scott. Dec 7, Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88s. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, 707.778.8776. Lavish Hi-Fi First Thursday of every month, 5:30pm, Music for Enjoyment and Pleasure. 402 Moore Ln, Healdsburg, 707.433.9199. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts Nov 30, Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas. 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa, 707.546.3600. Main Street Bistro Dec 1, Susan Sutton jazz piano. Dec 2, Janie Roberts and John Simon. Dec 3, Yancie Taylor. Dec 4, Vernelle Anders. Dec 6, Mac & Potter. 16280 Main St, Guerneville, 707.869.0501. Mc T’s Bullpen Dec 2, DJ MGB. Dec 3, Levi Lloyd. Dec 4-5, DJ MGB. 16246 First St, Guerneville, 707.869.3377. Medlock Ames Dec 2, the Beautiful Questions. 6487 Hwy 128, Healdsburg, 707.431.8845. Murphy’s Irish Pub Dec 2, Sean Carscadden Trio. 464 First St E, Sonoma, 707.935.0660. Mystic Theatre Dec 2, Desert Dwellers and DJ Dragonfly. Dec 3, the Grouch & Eligh with Living Legends Crew and Evidence. Dec 4, Nahko & Medicine for the People with Flobots. Dec 5, the Steel Wheels with David JacobsStrain. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, 707.765.2121. Occidental Center for the Arts Dec 3-4, Occidental Community Choir presents “Sing the Long Nights” winter concert. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental, 707.874.9392. Petaluma Arts Center Dec 4, 5:30pm, the Scattered Winds. 230 Lakeville St, Petaluma, 707.762.5600. Phoenix Theater Dec 1, Too Short and Mistah Fab. Dec 3, Brotha Lynch with Kung Fu Vampire. 201 Washington St, Petaluma, 707.762.3565.

Green Music Center Schroeder Hall Nov 30, Marcin Dylla. Dec 1, 6:30pm, Jewish music series with Anthony Russell and Veretski Pass. Free. 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 866.955.6040.

Presbyterian Church of the Roses Dec 4, 4pm, “Yule Love This Concert” with Sonoma County Chamber Singers. 2500 Patio Ct, Santa Rosa, sonomacountychambersingers.org.

HopMonk Sebastopol Tues, open mic night. Dec 1, Dragon Smoke. Dec 2, “Winter Masquerade” with Cabaret de Caliente. Dec 3, Grateful Bluegrass Boys and Kate Gaffney Band. Dec 4, Charlie Hunter Quartet. Dec 5, Monday Night Edutainment with DJ Jacques and DJ Guacamole. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol, 707.829.7300.

Redwood Cafe Dec 1, Odell. Dec 2, Jen Tucker Band. Dec 3, Zulu Spear. Dec 4, 5pm, Gypsy Kisses. Dec 6, Rock Overtime student performance. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati, 707.795.7868.

HopMonk Sonoma Dec 2, Timothy O’Neil. Dec 3, Quiles & Cloud. 691 Broadway, Sonoma, 707.935.9100. Hotel Healdsburg Dec 3, 6:30pm, Berkeley Choro Ensemble. 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg, 707.431.2800. Jamison’s Roaring Donkey Wed, open mic night. Dec 3, the Sxunx and the Happys. 146 Kentucky St, Petaluma, 707.772.5478.

Twin Oaks Roadhouse Dec 1, Levi’s Workshop with Levi Lloyd. Dec 2, Court ‘n’ Disaster. Dec 3, Buck Nickels & Loose Change. Dec 4, 5pm, David Thom Invitational Bluegrass Jam. Dec 5, the Blues Defenders pro jam. Dec 6, open mic night with RoJo. 5745 Old Redwood Hwy, Penngrove, 707.795.5118.


Throckmorton Theatre Dec 6-31, “Throckmorton’s December Art Show,” featuring works by Stanley Goldstein and Liana Steinmetz. Reception, Dec 6 at 5pm. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Fulton Crossing Dec 1-31, “December Art Show,” featuring several artists opening their working studios to the public. Reception, Dec 16 at 5pm. 1200 River Rd, Fulton. Sat-Sun, noon to 5pm 707.536.3305. SoCo Coffee Dec 1-31, “Paintings by Kenneth Pelletier,” featuring stilllife works from the local artist. 1015 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.433.1660.

CONTINUING THIS WEEK MARIN Art Works Downtown Through Dec 3, “Cynthia Pepper Solo Exhibit,” showing encaustics (beeswax paintings), monoprints, monotypes and all sizes of cards. Through Dec 31, “Small Works Exhibition,” a wonderful opportunity to find affordable, quality artwork for the holiday gift-giving season. Reception, Dec 9 at 5pm. 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. Tues-Sat, 10 to 5. 415.451.8119. Gallery Route One Through Dec 11, “An Inner Cosmos,” artist Johanna Baruch paints works inspired by Hubble telescope photos, showing alongside works by Will Thoms, Joanne Easton and Lorna Stevens. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. Wed-Mon, 11 to 5. 415.663.1347. Marin Society of Artists Through Dec 1, “89th Annual Members’ Show,” featuring a diverse selection of works. 1515 Third St, San Rafael. Wed-Sun, noon to 4pm 415.464.9561.

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Dance Alma del Tango Studio Ongoing, Swing Dance Classes, learn East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop with instructor Jasmine Worrell. Four-week sessions begin the first of every month. First Wednesday of every month, 7pm, Introduction to Argentine Tango, learn to dance like they do in Buenos Aires, no experience necessary. $18. 167 Tunstead Ave, San Anselmo, 415.459.8966. Belrose Theater Sundays, 4pm, Argentine Dance. 1415 Fifth Ave, San Rafael 415.454.6422. Club 101 Wednesdays, 8:20pm, salsa dancing with lessons. 815 W Francisco Blvd, San Rafael, 415.460.0101. Dance Palace Sundays, 10am, Ecstatic Dance Point Reyes, explore different rhythms with no experience necessary. Wednesdays, 6pm, Women’s Collaborative Dance. $5-$15 per month. 503 B St, Pt Reyes Station, 415.663.1075. Fairfax Pavilion Wednesdays through Nov 30, Dance a la Moxie, fun total body workout for ages 55 and over covers international dance steps throughout time. Free, 415.302.0659. 142 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax. Knights of Columbus Hall Mondays, 6pm. through Dec 12, Flamenco Dance Class. Learn with veteran teacher Andrea La Canela. 167 Tunstead Ave, San Anselmo. Marin Center Showcase Theatre Dec 3, 7pm and Dec 4, 2pm, PAAM Holiday Spectacular, Performing Arts Academy of Marin reimagines its original production, “A Scarf in Union Square,” with choreographed wonder. $20. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, 415.499.6800.

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Marin Center’s Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium Dec 3-4, 1 and 5pm, Stapleton Ballet’s Nutcracker, in its 28th year, this production features inspired dancing, beautifully crafted sets and exquisite costumes. $24$36. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, 415.473.6800. Mill Valley Community Center Mondays, 6pm, Swing Dance Lessons. 925.267.2200. 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. Sausalito Seahorse Sundays, 4pm, Salsa class. Free. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito, 415.331.2899. Sol Studios Fairfax Thursdays, 10:45am, Flamenco Dance Class, bring a shawl and join in the barefoot class. $9. 12 School St #12e, Fairfax, 415.785.4861. Suzie’s Studio Through Dec 15, 7:30pm, Flamenco Dance Class, practice your footwork and posture. $15. 425 Irwin St, San Rafael, 415-342-3425.

Events Bay Model Volunteer Orientation Be a part of the center with several volunteer positions available. Get info at this orientation. Dec 3, 10am. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, 415.332.3871. Calistoga Art Walk Follow the signs and view art with strolling tour of shops and galleries. First Wed-Thurs of every month, 5pm. Free. Downtown Calistoga, Lincoln Ave, Calistoga, 707.225.1003.

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Cloverdale Winter Festival Spend the afternoon with Santa Claus, kids’ activities, crafts, beer and wine, food and music by the Beautiful Questions. Dec 3, 2pm. Cloverdale Farmers’ Market Lot, Cloverdale Blvd and First St, Cloverdale, 707.266.8277.

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Community Media Center of Marin Orientation Get answers to your media questions and learn how to produce digital media at the center. Dec 6, 7pm. Free. Community Media Center of Marin, 819 A St, San Rafael, 415.721.0636. Dance Palace Holiday Crafts Fair Annual fair is filled with the sights, sounds and scents of the winter holidays, with a special focus on “Made in West Marin” handcrafted items and gifts. Dec 2-4. Free admission. Dance Palace, 503 B St, Pt Reyes Station, 415.663.1075. A Dark Chocolate Tasting Odyssey Learn the science behind taste and smell while sampling ten different, disguised dark chocolate combinations that may trick your palate. No fee. Tue, Dec 6, 10:30-11:30. Whistlestop, 930 Tamalpais Avenue, San Rafael, 415-456-9062. The Draped Figure Draw or paint from live models in a variety of costumes and settings. Tues, 10am. $15. MarinMOCA, 500 Palm Dr, Novato, 415.506.0137.

Fashion Your Holiday with ORT Marin Chapter of ORT America, the nonprofit Jewish organization, hosts a holiday party with delicious 3-course lunch, boutique shopping and silent auction. Dec 2, 10:30am. $48. Marin Country Club, 500 Country Club Drive, Novato, 415.794.7339. The GrandSlam Storytelling championship features 13 people sharing real life tales, hosted by Petaluma’s West Side Stories group. Dec 7, 7:30pm. $18. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, 707.765.2121. Guerneville Holiday Parade of Lights Old-fashioned parade fun for all features floats, horses, marching bands, antique cars, trucks and more all decorated with Christmas lights. Dec 3, 5:30pm. Free. Downtown Guerneville, Main St, Guerneville. Handmade Holiday Crafts Fair Over 80 local artists sell their gift-ready wares, with live entertainment and holiday goodies. Dec 3-4. $2. Finley Community Center, 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.543.3737. Holiday Arts Faire Join the community in celebration of the coming holiday season with music, homemade treats and Santa Claus. Dec 3, 11am. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo, 415.488.8888. The Holiday Boutique Browse a delectable assortment of wonderful homemade jams, baked goods and unique holiday items including wrapping paper, handmade holiday cards, wreaths and more. Dec 2-3. Free admission. St John’s Episcopal Church, 14 Lagunitas Rd, Ross.

and spiced tea. Dec 3-4. $3. Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, Santa Rosa Avenue at Sonoma Avenue, Santa Rosa, 707.524.5445. Media Mixer The public is invited to a mixer. RSVP requested. Dec 7, 7pm. Free. Community Media Center of Marin, 819 A St, San Rafael, 415.721.0636. Mercatino di Natale Christmas Festival Celebrate the holidays Italian-style with live entertainment, holiday lights, Christmas trees, silent auction, Italian food, wine, beer and artisan food and crafts. Dec 3, 11am. $5$10. St Rose Hall, 320 Tenth St, Santa Rosa, 707.591.9696. Metta Gathering Monthly session features a dharma talk and meditation. Dec 6, 7:30pm. Buddhist Temple of Marin, 390 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. Mill Valley First Tuesday Art Walk Stroll among the amazing art exhibits at various Mill Valley galleries and stores, as well as city hall and the community center. Tues, Dec 6, 6pm. Mill Valley Depot Plaza, 87 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. Mill Valley Winterfest The plaza comes alive with an eclectic mix of live music, activities, food and more. Dec 4, 11am. Free. Mill Valley Depot Plaza, 87 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 415.388.9700. Monday Painting Group An open space to paint with fellow artists. Space is limited. Mon-noon. $10. MarinMOCA, 500 Palm Dr, Novato, 415.506.0137. Muir Beach Holiday Arts Fair Enjoy the scenery while browsing through amazing artwork and colorful crafts from over 40 local artists with crafts for kids and a holiday ornament extravaganza. Dec 3-4. By Howard Rachelson Free. Muir Beach Community Center, 19 Seascape Dr, Muir Beach, 415.388.8319.

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Time Traveler Masquerade Don your favorite expressive attire and meet artist Daniel Merriam as he unveils his latest works. Dec 4, 3pm. Bubble Street Gallery, 565 Bridgeway, Sausalito, 415.339.0506.

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Toastmaster’s Open House Group invites the public to join them in unlocking communication skills. Express yourself, find your voice and shape your words. Thurs-noon. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael, 415.485.3438. West California Pottery Annual Sale A studio sale of beautiful, functional and decorative ceramics from the 12 members of the longtime Mill Valley cooperative. Dec 2-4. West California Pottery, 1115 W California Ave, Mill Valley, 415.381.2695. Windsor Holiday Celebration The town becomes aglow with holiday lights and spirit in this annual tradition featuring family activities and a tree lighting ceremony. Dec 1, 5pm. Windsor Town Green, Market Street and McClelland Drive, Windsor. Wine Country Winter Festival Inaugural celebration of art, food and seasonal fun features three stages of entertainment, wine and beer tasting, kids’ activities and vendors ready to help you complete your holiday shopping. Dec 3-4. $8$15/ kids under 12 are free. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, 707.824.8717. Woodblock Print Holiday Cards Learn the art of designing, carving and printing a simple woodblock to create your own personalized holiday cards. Tools are included and no experience is necessary. Dec 3, 9am. $70-$90. Point Reyes National Seashore, 1 Bear Valley Rd, Pt Reyes Station, ptreyes.org.

Field Trips Afternoon Community Service Participate in center restoration projects. First Wed of every month. Richardson Bay Audubon Center, 376 Greenwood Beach Rd, Tiburon, 415.388.2524. Birds at Rush Creek Walk for ages 15 and up is a fantastic way to enjoy the winter birds. Dec 4, 10am. Rush Creek Preserve, Binford Rd, Novato, marincounty.org. Native Garden Work Days Help improve our native habitats and create gardens. First Thurs of every month, 10am. Richardson Bay Audubon Center, 376 Greenwood Beach Rd, Tiburon, 415.388.2524. Trail Crew at Cataract Help Cataract Trail back on track with a day of maintaining and beautifying the area. Dec 3, 9am. Cataract Trailhead, Bolinas-Fairfax Rd, Bolinas, marinwater.org. Trekking the Model Join a ranger-guided tour of the Bay Model, a 1.5-acre hydraulic model of the San Francisco Bay and Delta. Sat, Dec 3, 1:30pm. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, 415.332.3871. Where the Wild Things Are Family Hike Walk while you learn about the park’s various animal inhabitants and how to

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Burn Country Sonoma County premiere of the new drama filmed in Guerneville, Monte Rio and around the Russian River features the director and cast in attendance. Dec 3, 6pm. $10. Rio Theater, 20396 Bohemian Hwy, Monte Rio, 707.865.0913. Cinema & Psyche Study, watch, and discuss five pre-Code treasures from 1933 with a focus on cultural dissolution, moral revolution and film innovation of the era. Mon, 2pm through Dec 12. $126. Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael, 510.496.6060. CULT Film Series Christmas explodes onscreen as the actionpacked “Die Hard” and “Die Hard 2: Die Harder” play back-to-back. Dec 1, 7pm. $10. Roxy Stadium 14 Cinemas, 85 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.525.8909. Mind Reels Weekly series presents notable documentary films as well as guest speakers and performers bringing the film’s ideas to life. Tues-noon. $25-$30. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, 415.924.5111. The Space Between Us Advanced screening of the anticipated scifi romantic drama features a wine reception and is followed by a Q&A session with cowriter and producer Richard B Lewis. Dec 1, 7pm. Free. Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr, Yountville, 707.944.9900.

Food&Drink Calistoga’s Winter in the Wineries Purchase a passport to tour, taste wine and meet winemakers at several heralded wineries, both large and small, in and around the town at the top of Napa Valley. Dec 3-Feb 5. $50. Calistoga wineries, various locations, Calistoga, visitcalistoga.com. Dining Out for Life Dine out at one of many participating restaurants and proceeds go to Food for Thought. For complete list of restaurants, see diningoutforlife.com/sonomacounty. Dec 1. Food for Thought, 6550 Railroad Ave, Forestville, 707.887.1647. Friday Night Live Enjoy delicious themed buffet dinners with live music on hand. Fri. $7-$14. San Geronimo Golf Course, 5800 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo, 415.488.4030. Holiday Tea Service A relaxing atmosphere for friends and family to enjoy festive bites and beverages. Sat-Sun, 2pm through Dec 18. Hotel Healdsburg, 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg, 707.431.2800. Korbel Holiday Shopping Spree Weekend Stock up on champagne all weekend. Dec 2-4. Korbel Champagne Cellars, 13250 River Rd, Guerneville, 707.824.7000. Oyster Night First Fri of every month, 4pm. Gourmet au Bay, 913 Hwy 1, Bodega Bay, 707.875.9875.

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Sunday Supper New weekly dinner series and etiquette class celebrates classic French cuisine that reflects the season. Sun, 4pm. $30-$45. Left Bank Brasserie, 507 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, 415.927.3331.

For Kids Bay Area Discovery Museum Ongoing, “Animal Secrets.” Hands-on art, science and theater camps, art studio, tot spot and lookout cove adventure area. Wed-Thurs at 10am and 11am, music with Miss Kitty. $5-$6. Fri at 11am, aquarium feeding. Ongoing. Admission, $8-$10. Bay Area Discovery Museum, Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Rd., Sausalito., 415.339.3900. Breakfast with Enzo Bring clapping hands, singing voices, dancing feet and breakfast for weekly family music show. Sun at 10am and 11am. Mill Valley Golf Clubhouse, 267 Buena Vista, Mill Valley, 415.652.2474. Magician Timothy James Tricks includes sleight-of-hand, ventriloquism and comedy. Dec 4, 11am. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 415.389.4292.

Lectures Adult Coloring Group Get an antidote to the stress of the holiday season with quiet coloring activities. Thurs, Dec 1, 10am. Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Dr, Corte Madera, 707.924.6444. Burning Vision Weekend retreat and writing workshop focuses on writing about catastrophe and renewal. Dec 2-4. $220. Point Reyes National Seashore, 1 Bear Valley Rd, Pt Reyes Station, ptreyes.org. Citizenship Class Class provides English language skills and history, politics and civics knowledge needed to pass the US Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization interview. Wed, 3:30pm. through Dec 7. $35. Whistlestop, 930 Tamalpais Ave, San Rafael, 415.454.0998. E-Book Help Get one-on-one help in downloading library e-books to the Kindle, iPad and other devices. Call ahead to reserve a session. Thurs, 10am. Civic Center Library, 3501 Civic Center Dr, San Rafael, 415.473.6058. The Marin Referral Network Join other professionals and entrepreneurs to share success stories and challenges, and brainstorm how to grow our businesses through referrals and leads. Thurs, 8am. Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael, 949.680.6153. Marin’s Salmon; Past, Present & Future Talk focuses on the ecology of salmon and how habitat preservation and restoration efforts help maintain coho, chinook, and steelhead throughout the county. Dec 7, 7pm. Marin Humane Society, 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd, Novato, 415.883.4621. Money Matters Marin Interactive workshop for people over 50 helps you secure just the right job, including part-time, full-time and project work. Dec

3, 9am. Free. Guzman Hall, Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael, moneymatters.org/events. O’Hanlon Roundtable Continuing parade of experienced artists share thoughts on creative process. All artists welcome. First Tues of each month, 4 to 6. O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 415.388.4331. Photo Essentials Harness your passion for photography and take control of your camera. Tues, 11am through Dec 6. The Image Flow, 401 Miller Ave, Ste A, Mill Valley, 415.388.3569. Pilgrimage to Camino de Santiago Joe and Marisa Jennings discuss how best to prepare for, experience and return from a secular or spiritual pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Dec 1, 7pm. Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Dr, Corte Madera, 707.924.6444. Read My Pins Clara Morrissey discusses the pins from “The Madeleine Albright Collection,” currently exhibiting at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, and tells the stories behind them. Dec 7, 1pm. San Rafael Library, 1100 E St, San Rafael, 415.485.3323. Spanish Conversation Club Spanish language facilitators Carol Costa and Joe Cillo host a mix of beginning and intermediate conversational Spanish. Mon, 1pm. San Rafael Library, 1100 E St, San Rafael, 415.485.3323. Wildlife Picture Index Project Come to this training and learn how to contribute to the volunteer project by helping maintain wildlife cameras and processing photos. Thurs, Dec 1, 1pm. Marin Water District Office, 220 Nellen Ave, Corte Madera, parksconservancy.org.

Readings Angelico Hall Nov 30, 7pm, “Testimony” with Robbie Robertson, musician shares his memoir in conversation with “Radio Silence” founder Dan Stone. $38. Dec 2, 7pm, “Our Revolution” with Bernie Sanders. Sold-out. Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael 415.457.4440. Aqus Cafe Dec 5, 6:15pm, Rivertown Poets, with distinguished poets Lee Rossi and Linda Noel, followed by poetry open mic. 189 H St, Petaluma 707.778.6060. Book Passage Dec 1, 7pm, “Am I Alone Here?” with Peter Orner, in conversation with author Christine Sneed. Dec 3, Book Passage’s 40th Anniversary, with events all day. Dec 4, 1pm, “Clean Soups” with Rebecca Katz. Dec 4, 4pm, “The Boundary Stone” with Gail Halverson. Dec 5, 7pm, “Cuba Libre” with Dick Jordan. Dec 6, 1:30pm, Holiday Gift Books Review with Elaine Petrocelli. Dec 6, 7pm, “I’m Right and You’re an Idiot” with James Hoggan. Dec 7, 7pm, “Boy” with Hathaway Barry. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera 415.927.0960. College of Marin Kentfield Campus Dec 1, 7:30pm, “Scrappy Little Nobody” with Anna Kendrick. To inquire about waitlist availability, call 415.927.0960 ex 1. Sold-out. 835 College Ave, Kentfield.

Diesel Bookstore Dec 1, 7pm, “Wonderland” with Steven Johnson. Dec 3, 1pm, Winter Cookbook Extravaganza, with authors Heidi Gibson, Nate Pollak and Irvin Lin. 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur 415.785.8177.

Hope World premiere of a new musical by Si Kahn tells the story of a Jewish immigrant family’s passage from Europe to America. Dec 1-18. Main Stage West, 104 N Main St, Sebastopol, 707.823.0177.

Left Bank Brasserie Dec 4, 11:30am, “One to Five” with Ryan Scott, a Cooks with Books event, co-hosted by Book Passage. $115-$175. 507 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur 415.927.3331.

It’s A Wonderful Life: Live Radio Show Get into the holiday spirit with the return of last year’s hit, based on the classic Christmas film and presented by Sonoma Arts Live. Through Nov 30. $25 and up. Sonoma Community Center, 276 E Napa St, Sonoma, sonomaartslive.org.

Marin Art & Garden Center Nov 30, 6pm, “The Bold Dry Garden : Lessons from The Ruth Bancroft Garden” with Johanna Silver. $25. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross 415.455.5260. Marin Center Showcase Theatre Nov 30, 7pm, “Frank Lloyd Wright & San Francisco” with Paul V Turner. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael 415.499.6800.

Joy to the World Join Transcendence Theater for a dazzling musical celebration filled with holiday favorites and modern twists on the world’s most cherished songs, featuring Broadway performers. Dec 2-4. $35-$65 and up. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa, 707.546.3600.

Osher Marin JCC Dec 1, 7:30pm, “Let There Be Laughter” with Michael Krasny, in conversation with comedy writer Marc Hershon. $15-$25. 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael 415.444.8000.

The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe College of Marin drama department presents a stage version of C.S. Lewis’ classic story. Through Dec 11. Studio Theatre, College of Marin, 835 College Ave, Kentfield.

Rebound Bookstore Nov 30, 7pm, Hand to Mouth/ WORDS SPOKEN OUT, with Angelika Quirk and Melanie Maier. 1611 Fourth St, San Rafael 415.482.0550.

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley This light-hearted continuance of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” focuses this time on middle sister Mary Bennet visiting the Darcy household at Pemberley for the winter holiday. Through Dec 18. $22-$60. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, 415.388.5208.

St John’s Episcopal Church Dec 2, 7pm and Dec 3, 2pm, A Christmas Memory, candlelit reading of Truman Capote’s short story. 415.456.1102. 14 Lagunitas Rd, Ross.

Theater The Adventures of Mr. Toad Musical for the whole family is based on the beloved book “The Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Graham. Dec 2-18. $12-$22. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale, 707.829.2214. Bad Jews Left Edge Theatre presents the vicious comedy by Joshua Harmon. Through Dec 4. $25-$40. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa, 707.546.3600. The Bluebird Sonoma State University Dept of Theatre presents the enchanting holiday fairytale for all ages. Dec 1-10. $5-$17. Evert B. Person Theater, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 707.664.4246. Christmas Carol Veteran actor Charlie Siebert once again brings the famous tale of Ebenezer Scrooge to life on the stage for the whole family. Through Dec 23. 6th Street Playhouse, 52 West Sixth St, Santa Rosa, 707.523.4185. The Great American Trailer Park Xmas Musical The funny Xmas sendup returns to Lucky Penny for another run packed with trailer park tinsel. Dec 2-17. $27-$38. Lucky Penny Community Arts Center, 1758 Industrial Way, Napa, 707-266-6305. H.M.S. Pinafore The Ross Valley Players delight with a production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s romantic romp set aboard a British Navy ship. Through Dec 18. $15-$27. Barn Theatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross, rossvalleyplayers.com.

The Music Man The award-winning musical for all ages is presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International. Through Dec 11. Burbank Auditorium, SRJC, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.527.4307. Peter & the Starcatcher Spreckels Theater Company presents the story of how Peter Pan becomes the magical, eternal boy of legend. Through Dec 18. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, 707.588.3400. Santaland Diaries David Yen delights audiences with David Sedaris’ one-man tale of an out-of-work, anti-hero who decides to become a Macy’s elf during the holidays. Dec 2-18. Studio Theatre, 6th Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa, 707.523.4185. Somewhere An old style circus based on the French tradition of the 1920s, Le Cirque de Bohème presents a magical world filled with enchantment, adventure and wonder. Through Dec 18. $22-$30. Cornerstone Sonoma, 23570 Arnold Dr, Sonoma, 707.933.3010. ✹

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SINGLES WANTED! Single & Dissatisfied? Tired of spending holidays and weekends alone? Join with other singles to explore what’s blocking you from fulfillment in your relationships. Stimulating, growthful & fun. Nine-week coed Single’s Group starts week of Dec 5th (advance sign-up required). Space limited. Also, starting week of 12/05: ongoing, coed (emotional) INTIMACY GROUPS (partnered or single), WOMEN’S GROUP and INDIVIDUAL, FAMILY & COUPLES THERAPY. Central San Rafael. Possible financial assistance (health/flex savings accounts or insurance). Call (415) 453-8117 for more information. Renée Owen, LMFT#35255. https://therapists.psychologytoday.com/183422

With the holidays upon us and uncertainties ahead, you may be seeking additional support. With 25 years of experience facilitating groups, I am offering the following safe, successful groups: LOSS & GRIEF GROUP for the death of a loved one or significant loss (breakup with partner, estrangement from family, loss of community, etc.) Survivors have a safe place to grieve and talk, learn how others have navigated through painful times, and support one another at one’s own pace. Every other Wednesday, 6:00 – 7:30 PM. GENERAL PSYCHOTHERAPY GROUP FOR WOMEN AND MEN every other Tuesday evening, 6:30 – 8:00 PM. Discuss relevant issues, current and past, work on individual goals. FORMER MEMBERS OF HIGH DEMAND GROUPS, “spiritual,” “political,” “philosophical”, etc.” for men and women to address recruitment, indoctrination, leaving, connecting to mainstream society. Every other Saturday, 3:00 – 5:00 PM. MOTHERLESS DAUGHTERS GROUP for women who have lost their mothers in childhood, adolescence, or adulthood through death, illness, separation, narcissism, estrangement. Every other Tuesday, 6:30 – 8:00 PM. Experienced Group Facilitator: Colleen Russell, LMFT, Certified Group Psychotherapist, Certified Grief Counselor: 415-785-3513; crussellmft@earthlink.net; www. colleenrussellmft.com. Individual, couple, family therapy also available. Kentfield Office.

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Mind&Body HYPNOTHERAPY Thea Donnelly, M.A. Hypnosis, Counseling, All Issues. 25 yrs. experience. 415-459-0449. Gina Vance, CCHT Move Forward Quickly Overcome & Resolve MindBodyJourneys.com 415-275-4221

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2016-140962 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: KATE AND JUBILEE, 20 TWIN OAKS AVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KATE BOWMAN, 20

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2016-140919 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: BLU HEELER DOG WALKING SERVICE, 2051 ELDORADO CT, NOVATO, CA 94947: NANCY ABBALLO, 2051 ELDORADO CT, NOVATO, CA 94947. The business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed

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PublicNotices will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on Nov 17, 2016 (Publication Dates: Nov 23, 30, Dec 7, 14 of 2016)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2016-141043 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: JOE MILLER MUSIC, 240 TIBURON BLVD, TIBURON, CA 94920: JOSEPH C MILLER, 4623 CANYON ROAD, EL SOBRANTE, CA 94803.The business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on Nov 17, 2016 (Publication Dates: Nov 23, 30, Dec 7, 14 of 2016)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2016-141045 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: HI-TECH TREE SERVICE, 1 ST.VINCENTS DR, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: JONATHAN NIESS, 1821 FIELDSTONE LN, PETALUMA, CA 94954. The business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registration expired more than 40 days ago and is renewing under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on Nov 18, 2016 (Publication Dates: Nov 23, 30, Dec 7, 14 of 2016)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2016-141042 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: 4SITE, 2 MADERA AVE, ROSS, CA 94957: PETER T ALLEN, 2 MADERA AVE, ROSS, CA 94957. The business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on Nov 17, 2016 (Publication Dates: Nov 23, 30, Dec 7, 14 of 2016)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2016-141024 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: BSN PROSPERITY, 2633 BRIDGEWAY, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: BSN PROSPERITY LLC, 2633 BRIDGEWAY, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. The business is being conducted by A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on Nov 15, 2016 (Publication Dates: Nov 23, 30, Dec 7, 14 of 2016)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2016-141028 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: NICK’S COVE, 23240 HIGHWAY 1, MARSHALL, CA 94940: 23240 HIGHWAY 1, LLC; 23240 HIGHWAY 1 , MARSHALL, CA 94940. The business is being conducted by A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. Registration expired more than 40 days ago and is renewing under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on Nov 16, 2016 (Publication Dates: Nov 30, Dec 7, 14, 21 of 2016)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2016-141094 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: DELLFER, 71 OAK GROVE DR, NOVATO, CA 94949: DELLFER INC; 71 OAK GROVE DR, NOVATO, CA 94949. The business is being conducted by A CORPORATION. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on Nov 28, 2016 (Publication Dates: Nov 30, Dec 7, 14, 21 of 2016)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2016-141100 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: NEW CURRENT COACHING, 124 GLORIA DR, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: REBECCA NYSTROM DC, 124 GLORIA DR, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. The business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on Nov 28, 2016 (Publication Dates: Nov 30, Dec 7, 14, 21 of 2016)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2016-141104 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: 1) MARIN EVENT LIGHTING 2) MARIN EVENT SERVICES, 190 ELDRIDGE AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: RODNEY E. DAVIS, 190 ELDRDGE AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. The business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on Nov 29, 2016 (Publication Dates: Nov 30, Dec 7, 14, 21 of 2016)

OTHER NOTICES SUMMONS (CITACION JUDICIAL) Case Number (Número del Caso): CIV 1602743 NOTICE TO DEFENDENTS (AVISO AL DEMANDADO): CAL WEST GROUP, a trust, and CARLOS VELASQUEZ and RENJI Z. GEORGE, Co-Trustees; NOVA GROUP, a trust, and CARLOS VELASQUEZ and RENJI Z.GEORGE; and DOES 1 through 10, INCLUSIVE YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFFS: (LO ESTÁ DEMANDANDO EL DEMANDANTE): GEORGE ZACHARIAH and VALSA GEORGE, his wife, and RENJI GEORGE, an unmarried man NOTICE! You haven been sued. The court may decide against you without you being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this Summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you; your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal

requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org) the California Courts Online Self-help Center (www.courinfo.ca.gov/ selfhelp) or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. ¡AVISO! Lo han demandado. Si no responde dentro de 30 dias, la corte puede decidir en su contra sin escuchar su versión. Lea la información a continuación. Tienne 30 DÍAS DE CALENDARIO después de que le entreguen esta citación y papeles legales para presentar una respuesta por escrito en esta corte y hacer que se entregue una copia al demandante. Una carta o una llamada telefónica no lo protegen; su respuesta por escrito tiene que estar en formato legal correcto si desea que procesen su caso en la corte. Es posible que haya un formularios que usted pueda usar para su respuesta. Puede encontrar estos formularies de la corte y más informatión en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California (www.sucorte.ca.gov) en la biblioteca de leyes de su condado o en la corte que le quede más cerca. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentación, pida al secretario de la corte que le dé un formulario de exención de pago de cuotas. Si no presenta su respuesta a tiempo, puede perder el caso por incumplimiento, y la corte le podrá quitar su sueldo, dinero y bienes sin más advertencia. Hay otros requisitos legales. Es recomendable que llame a un abogado immediatamente. Si no conoce a un abogado, puede llamar a un servicio de remisión a abogados. Si no puede pagar a un abogado, es posible que cumpla con los requisitos para obtener servicios legales gratuitos de un programa de servicios legales sin fines de lucro. Puede encontrar estos grupos sin fines de lucro en el sitio web de California Legal Services, (www.lawhelpcalifornia. org) en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California. (www.sucorte.ca.gov) o poniéndose en contacto con la corte o el colegio de abogados locales. AVISO: Por ley, la corte tiene derecho a reclamar las cuotas y los costos exentos por imponer un gravamen sobre cualquier recuperacion de $10,000 ó más de valor recibida mediante un acuerdo o una concesión de arbitraje-en un caso de derecho civil. Tiene que pagar el gravamen de la corte antes de que la corte pueda desechar el caso. The name and address of the court is: (El nombre y dirección de las corte es): MARIN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT, 3501 CIVIC CENTER DRIVE, ROOM 113, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94913-4988 The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiffs’ attorney, or plaintiff without an attorney, is: (El nombre, la dirección y el número de teléfono del abogado del demandante, o del demandonte que no tiene abogado, es): LEONARD A. RIFKIND CSB # 133971, RIFKIND LAW GROUP, 100 DRAKE’S LANDING ROAD, SUITE 260, GREENBRAE, CA 94904; (415) 785-7988 ;Fax:415-785-7976.DATE (Fecha): JUNE 29, 2016; Clerk {Secretorio}, by, JAMES M.KIM. Deputy (Adjunto): F. CHAIS (Publication Dates: Nov 9, 16, 23, 30 of 2016) This is an order authorizing service of summons in action to cancel two sham deeds of trust as clouds on title (code of Civ. Proc. 415.50) (Publication Dates: Nov 9, 16, 23, 30 of 2016)

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: LEWIS BALTZ AKA CHARLES LEWIS BALTZ,

111 Case No. PR-1603808 filed on OCT 20, 2016. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of LEWIS BALTZ AKA CHARLES LEWIS, 111 A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by SLAVICA PERKOVIC, in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. A PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that JOSEPH ANTHONY be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action). The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: DEC 9, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in Dept. M, ROOM: PLEASE REPORT TO COURTROOM A of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA, 94903. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or A CONTINGENT CREDITOR OF THE DECEDENT, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative , as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under Section 9052 of the California Probate Code. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. ATTORNEY OR PARTY WITHOUT ATTORNEY: MICHAEL R.WHALEN, ESQ., SBN 89816,DAVIS & WHALEN OC, 531 SOUTH MARENGO AVENUE, PASADENA, CA 91101-3114 Telephone: 626-765-9343 (Publication Dates: Nov 9, 16, 23 of 2016)

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No: CIV 1604127. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner ARMANDO ROMERO GOMEZ AND CELINA GARCIA LEMUS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: JULISSA ROMERO GARCIA to JULISSA ROMEROGARCIA. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be grant-

ed. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: 01/09/2017 AT 09:00 AM, DEPT E, ROOM E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date of filing: NOV 15, 2016 (Publication Dates: Nov 16, 23, 30, Dec 7 of 2016)

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: JANET FAYE ISAAC, Case No. PR-1604150 filed on NOV 16, 2016. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of JANET FAYE YORK, JANET FAYE ISAAC A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by NANCY SIMMONS, in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. A PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that NANCY ERIN SIMMONS be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action). The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: DEC 30, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in Dept. M, ROOM: PLEASE REPORT TO COURTROOM A of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA, 94903. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or A CONTINGENT CREDITOR OF THE DECEDENT, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative , as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under Section 9052 of the California

Probate Code. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. PETITIONER: NANCY ERIN SIMMONS, 3437 LOS SICOMOROS LANE, FALLBROOK, CA 92028. Telephone: 760-508-8621 (Publication Dates: Nov 30, Dec 7, 14 of 2016)

Notice Content NOTICE OF TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER AND HEARING ON REQUEST FOR RESTAINING ORDER CASE NUMBER: D15-05875 Superior Court of California, County of Contra Costa, 751 Pine Street, PO Box 911, Martinez, CA 94553. Notice of Hearing to Renew Restraining Order Case Number: D15-05875 1. Name of Protected Party: Anna Guerriero. Your lawyer in this case: Ariel B. Lee, State Bar No.: 287791, Law offices of Ariel Brownell, 961 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 Telephone: (925) 421-1529 Fax: (925) 293-0531 ariel@brownelllegal.com 2. Name of Restrained Person: Jason Andrew Griffin, Description of restrained person: Sex: M; Height: 5’11; Weight: 190 lbs. Hair Color: Blonde; Eye Color: Green; Race: Caucasian; Age: 39 Date of Birth: 03/04/1977 Mailing Address: 38 South Knoll Road, Mill Valley, CA 94941. Relationship to protected person: Father of child 3. Additional Protected Person named in (1), the following persons are protected by temporary orders as indicated in items (6) and (7) (family or household members): a) Gabriella Fay Griffin, Relationship to person in (1) & (2): Daughter, Sex: F, Age: 5 b) Corey D. Seevers, Relationship to person in (1): Fiancé, Sex: M, Age: 32; Court Hearing The judge has set a court hearing date. The Restraining Order after Hearing (Order of Protection) stays in effect until the end of the hearing below. Hearing Date & Time: Feb.1, 2017, 8:30 a.m. Dept. 27. At the street address of the court shown above This is a Court Order. Dated: September 14, 2016. HON. TERRI MOCKLER JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT. Respondent’s attendance at the Feb 1, 2017 hearing will allow Respondent to present evidence and dispute the claims brought against Respondent. If Respondent’s location is ascertained prior to Feb 1, 2017. Petitioner will mail a copy of the TRO, and all of the related court filings to Respondent. Before Feb 1, 2017, Respondent may file a written response at this court and have a copy served on Petitioner. Respondent can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp).If Respondent does not file his response on time, Respondent may lose the opportunity to present evidence to the court prior to the hearing. There are other legal requirements. Respondent may want to call an attorney promptly to discuss options and seek representation. (Publication date: Nov 30, Dec 7, Dec 14, Dec 21, 2016)

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By Amy Alkon

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A female friend of mine wanted to get married, but her boyfriend was resistant. He’d been married before, with disastrous results. He eventually married her—not because he wanted to be married but because it meant so much to her. Initially, she felt bad about this. She had to give up her romantic dream of getting married because somebody would want to be tied to her forever. Do men just marry women to make us happy?—Wondering Woman

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Picture a zookeeper coming in in the morning and going, “Crap—we’ve got a new giraffe. How did he get in here?” On one level, a man pining for a life in sexual captivity makes about as much sense as a wild animal breaking into a zoo. Evolutionary psychologists David Buss and David Schmitt note that we humans evolved to choose between two different sexual strategies—short-term and long-term. Women typically benefit more from a “long-term sexual strategy”—a commitment model, i.e., getting men to stick around to invest in their children. Men often benefit more from a “short-term sexual strategy”—a lack-of-commitment model, i.e., sticking it into a long line of sexfriends. That’s because a man can have sex with thousands of women and never end up pregnant with something that needs to be fed, clothed and sent to hipster day care. Though a man gets more shots to pass on his genes with the short-term, “I love a parade!” approach, it’s sometimes more advantageous for him to opt for a longterm strategy. It’s a huge time-, energy- and resource-suck to perpetually be on the hunt. Also, Buss explains, because “highly desirable women” can hold out for commitment, men can get a much better woman if they’re willing to go for a longterm thing (buying the relationship stroganoff instead of living off the free samples in the supermarket). Whether to commit generally doesn’t play out in men’s heads in such clear cost-benefit terms—like calculations on whether to go all in on pork futures. It’s emotion that pushes them toward commitment—loving a woman who happens to insist on a commitment and wanting to make her happy. Economist Robert H. Frank calls love “a solution to the commitment problem.” Mushywushy feelings are what keep you with that special someone—instead of running off the moment somebody who’s objectively a better deal moves in next door or your beloved is tossing their cookies on the side of the road: “Bye, hon … hope somebody nice comes along to hold your hair back!” So a man’s being willing to officially take his penis off the market—even if he isn’t particularly hot on the idea of marriage—is a really big deal. There are two major reasons you spend the rest of your life with one person: Either you realize you love them more than you love your freedom or you’re serving a sentence for a string of really bad felonies.

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My wife isn’t smart. She also doesn’t read books or newspapers or know anything about current events or politics. I knew that when I married her, but we were both kids, and I thought it was kinda sweet and funny. Fifteen years later, it bothers and embarrasses me. I still love her, but I’m depressed by the idea of spending the rest of my life with someone who can’t share some of what I see as life’s basic pleasures.—Hating Myself For Sounding Snobby

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It’s something of an attraction killer when you look deep into a woman’s eyes—and feel pretty sure that you can see clear out the back of her head. Yes, 15 years ago, you pledged to spend forever with this woman—surely intending to follow through, despite how she probably makes major life decisions by consulting fortune cookies. The truth is, we can lack foresight when we’re younger. (As late as eighth grade, I announced to my parents with great gravitas, “Roller-skating is my life!”) Though you care about her, what you’re missing—being similar in essential areas—is called “assortative mating.” Psychologist Michelle Shiota notes that “studies have repeatedly found that similarity between romantic partners in domains such as socioeconomic status, educational background, age, ethnicity, religion, physical attractiveness, intelligence, attitudes and values predicts higher levels of marital satisfaction and lower likelihood of separation and divorce.” Sure, you could focus on what you love about her and try to get your intellectual needs met elsewhere. However, if what makes you feel alive and connected to somebody is engaging intellectually, this might just be a bridge too far—being with someone who believes the Electoral College is where your 18-year-old niece is going next fall to study bioengineering.Y Worship the goddess—or sacrifice her at the altar at adviceamy@aol.com.

For the week of November 30

ARIES (March 21-April 19): “I frequently

tramped eight or 10 miles through the deepest snow,” wrote naturalist Henry David Thoreau in Walden, “to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.” I’d love to see you summon that level of commitment to your important rendezvous in the coming weeks, Aries. Please keep in mind, though, that your “most important rendezvous” are more likely to be with wild things, unruly wisdom or primal breakthroughs than with pillars of stability, committee meetings and business-as-usual.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): For you Tauruses,

December is “I Accept and Love and Celebrate Myself Exactly How I Am Right Now” Month. To galvanize yourself, play around with this declaration by Oscarwinning Taurus actress Audrey Hepburn: “I’m a long way from the human being I’d like to be, but I’ve decided I’m not so bad after all.” Here are other thoughts to draw on during the festivities: 1. “If you aren’t good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone.” —Barbara De Angelis. 2. “The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else.” —E. E. Cummings. 3. “To accept ourselves as we are means to value our imperfections as much as our perfections.” —Sandra Bierig. 4. “We cannot change anything until we accept it.” —Carl Jung.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Are your collaborative projects (including the romantic kind) evolving at a slower pace than you expected? Have they not grown as deep and strong as you’ve wished they would? If so, I hope you’re perturbed about it. Maybe that will motivate you to stop tolerating the stagnation. Here’s my recommendation: Don’t adopt a more serious and intense attitude. Instead, get loose and frisky. Inject a dose of blithe spirits into your togetherness—maybe even some high jinks and rowdy experimentation. The cosmos has authorized you to initiate ingenious surprises. CANCER (June 21-July 22): I don’t recommend that you buy a cat-o’-nine-tails and whip yourself in a misguided effort to exorcise your demons. The truth is, those insidious troublemakers exult when you abuse yourself. They draw perverse sustenance from it. In fact, their strategy is to fool you into treating yourself badly. So, no. If you hope to drive away the saboteurs huddled in the sacred temple of your psyche, your best bet is to shower yourself with tender care, even luxurious blessings. The pests won’t like that, and, if you commit to this crusade for an extended time, they will eventually flee. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Nobel Prize-winning

novelist Gabriel García Márquez loved yellow roses. He often had a fresh bloom on his writing desk as he worked, placed there every morning by his wife Mercedes Barcha. In accordance with the astrological omens, I invite you to consider initiating a comparable ritual. Is there a touch of beauty that you would like to inspire you on a regular basis? It there a poetic gesture that you could faithfully perform for a person you love?

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “For a year I watched as something entered … and then left my body,” testified Jane Hirshfield in her poem “The Envoy.” What was that mysterious something? Terror or happiness? She didn’t know. Nor could she decipher “how it came in” or “how it went out.” It hovered “where words could not reach it. It slept where light could not go.” Her experience led her to conclude that: “There are openings in our lives of which we know nothing.” I bring this meditation to your attention, Virgo, because I suspect that you are about to tune in to a mysterious opening. But unlike Hirshfield, I think you’ll figure out what it is. And then you will respond to it with verve and intelligence. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): A reporter at the magazine Vanity Fair asked David Bowie, “What do you consider your greatest achievement?” Bowie didn’t name any of his albums, videos or performances. Rather, he answered, “Discovering morning.” I suspect

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that you Libras will attract and generate marvels if you experiment with accomplishments like that in the coming weeks. So yes, try to discover or rediscover morning. Delve into the thrills of beginnings. Magnify your appreciation for natural wonders that you usually take for granted. Be seduced by sources that emanate light and heat. Gravitate toward what’s fresh, blossoming, just in its early stages.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): According to

traditional astrology, you Scorpios are not prone to optimism. You’re more often portrayed as connoisseurs of smoldering enigmas and shadowy intrigue and deep questions. But one of the most creative and successful Scorpios of the 20th century did not completely fit this description. French artist Claude Monet was renowned for his delightful paintings of sensuous outdoor landscapes. “Every day I discover even more beautiful things,” he testified. “It is intoxicating me, and I want to paint it all—my head is bursting.” Monet is your patron saint in the coming weeks. You will have more potential to see as he did than you’ve had in a long time.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): A journalist dared composer John Cage to “summarize himself in a nutshell.” Cage said, “Get yourself out of whatever cage you find yourself in.” He might have added, “Avoid the nutshells that anyone tries to put you in.” This is always fun work to attend to, of course, but I especially recommend it to you Sagittarians right now. You’re in the time of year that’s close to the moment when you first barged out of your mom’s womb, where you had been housed for months. The coming weeks will be an excellent phase to attempt a similar, if somewhat less extravagant, trick. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Hundreds of years ago, the Catholic Church’s observance of Lent imposed a heavy burden. During this six-week period, extending from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, believers were expected to cleanse their sins through acts of self-denial. For example, they weren’t supposed to eat meat on Fridays. Their menus could include fish, however. And this loophole was expanded even further in the 17th century when the Church redefined beavers as being fish. (They swim well, after all.) I’m in favor of you contemplating a new loophole in regard to your own self-limiting behaviors, Capricorn. Is there a taboo you observe that no longer makes perfect sense? Out of habit, do you deny yourself a pleasure or indulgence that might actually be good for you? Wriggle free of the constraints. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “The Pacific Ocean was overflowing the borders of the map,” wrote Pablo Neruda in his poem “The Sea.” “There was no place to put it,” he continued. “It was so large, wild and blue that it didn’t fit anywhere. That’s why it was left in front of my window.” This passage is a lyrical approximation of what your life could be like in 2017. In other words, lavish, elemental, expansive experiences will be steadily available to you. Adventures that may have seemed impossibly big and unwieldy in the past will be just the right size. And it all begins soon. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “I have a deep fear

of being too much,” writes poet Michelle K. “That one day I will find my someone, and they will realize that I am a hurricane. That they will step back and be intimidated by my muchness.” Given the recent astrological omens, Pisces, I wouldn’t be shocked if you’ve been having similar feelings. But now here’s the good news: Given the astrological omens of the next nine months, I suspect the odds will be higher than usual that you’ll encounter brave souls who’ll be able to handle your muchness. They may or may not be soulmates or your one-and-only. I suggest that you welcome them as they are, with all of their muchness.Y

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UNBEATABLE SPECIALS! WE ARE NOW OPEN LATE ON TUESDAY, THURSDAY AND FRIDAY UNTIL 8PM DENTAL CLEANING 50% OFF!

Specially tailored to your pet’s needs—call now!

FREE EXAM WITH BOARDING! ($49 value) • Cat Boarding $20/day • Small Dog Boarding $25/day • Medium Dogs $30/day • Large Dogs $35/day

50% OFF COMPLETE HEALTH PACKAGES

With full set of Core Vaccines

Kittens, puppies, and adults—call for details!

AFFORDABLE SPAY/NEUTER • Cat Neuter - $75 • Cat Spay - $99 • Dog Neuter - $100 (0-30lbs) • Dog Spay - $149 (0-30lbs)

DISCOUNTED VACCINATIONS less than VIP Valid only during vaccination clinic, call for hours. • DHPP - $15 • Bordetella - $15 • Rabies - $12 • FVRCP- $15 • Felv - $15

MEET & GREET: FIRST EXAM FREE! Voted by Bay Woof magazine readers as one of the Best Veterinary Clinic - North Bay (2016)

Recommended by Consumer Business Review as Veterinary Clinic of the Year 2016

High quality pet care at affordable prices!

OPEN UNTIL 8PM ON TUESDAY, THURDAY AND FRIDAY! Hours: Mon, Wed, Sat 9am-6pm Tues, Thur, Fri 9am-8pm

*Offers cannot be combined with any other offer. *Valid until 12/31/16. *Multiple Pet Offer: Call for details!

4140 REDWOOD HWY, SAN RAFAEL CA 94903

415-499-8387 • www.sanrafaelvet.com

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November 30-December 6, 2016