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liter of fresh-pressed olive oil. We took our filled buckets to a truck that had a couple of large orchard boxes in its bed. Each box held one ton of olives. My hostess told me that a single ton of ol v could produce anywhere olives from 20 to 40 gallons. Wow—what Wow a range. How do commercial grow growers count on an income with that much va variation in yield? It turns o out that the type of olive aand its ripeness affec fects the amount of oil p produced. Each tree has b both ripe and green o olives on it because the fruit do doesn’t ripen at the same time. Trees are deemed d “pickable” when tthere th ere is an even mix of green and ripe fruit. The riper the olive the higher the yield. Most commercial com ventures separate the type of olive or carefully blend the different varie varieties for maximum flavor. h st in California from OcOlives are harvested tober to February. Once picked, they need to get to the mill for pressing pronto—one day or less is the recommended waiting time. Much longer and the fruit starts to break down, imparting an unpleasant bitterness to the oil. Two weeks later I’m bumping along the dirt road into McEvoy Ranch. It’s the annual open house and I’m interested in seeing the frantoio (Italian for olive mill) in action. Located on the very edge of the Marin County line, the ranch is the largest producer of organic estategrown olive oil in the U.S. I glimpse views of hills carpeted with perfectly rounded and spaced clumps of olive trees. The expansive property houses a pressing area with both stone and disc mills, and about 18,000 olive BROOKE JACKSON

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he olives popped off the branch easily, reminding me of shucking peas from ocusing on not getting the pod. Focusing any stems or leaves es in the bucket, I carefully cleaned each branch nch of olives. Moving onto the next heavily laden bough I had the feelingg that I might spend alll day picking olives from this one tree in this vast Carneros Valley olive grove. The ellow had seemdiminutive fellow nds of branches and each ingly thousands nt with the weight of lots and one was bent s. lots of olives. In fact, ass far as the eye could see there rees absolutely abrim with were olive trees ible that we would fruit. It seemed impossible get the picking done in one day, but that was the task at hand. Nearby, mechanical rakes pulled olives, stems and leaves off groups of branches, making quick work of de-fruiting each tree. A team of people then had to go through these boxes of olives and pull out all the stems and leaves—a monotonous, time-consuming job. The grove is located on a ridgetop with spectacular views in all directions. Rolling hills of vineyards run perpendicular to the rows of olive trees creating an agricultural patchwork quilt. Dirt roads meander through the curves of the landscape before disappearing into the distance. Dogs lolled about or purposefully chased a scent, noses to the ground. I came as a friend of a friend of the owners. Each year a group of 40 volunteers picks the olives in one day; in return, each one gets a

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Ten years after Our picks for the landmark albums of the decade by G r e g Cahill


he 2001 terrorist attacks, and those artists who tried to make sense of it all or chose to remain silent, helped shape the music of the first half of the decade. Tack on two unpopular wars, the economic collapse and global warming and there’s no shortage of topical material. These aren’t the CDs I most enjoyed, but these recordings laid down significant cultural markers. 1. The Rising, Bruce Springsteen The Boss’s first album in 18 years with the full E Street Band is filled with 9/11 anthems that range from a sensitive portrait of a suicide bomber (“Worlds Apart”) to a joyous eulogy (“Waiting on a Sunny Day”). Epic in scope, this 2002 CD also blends 50 years of rock and pop styles. 2. The Evening of My Best Day, Rickie Lee Jones No pop artist captured the emotional, social and political fallout of the 9/11 attacks as well. This 2003 disc includes the Bushbashing “Ugly Man,” the funky “Tell Somebody (Repeal the Patriot Act Now)” and the haunting “Sailor Song.” 3. Hail to the Thief, Radiohead The title is a sharp poke in the eye that al-

ludes to President Bush’s stolen 2000 election. This classic 2003 CD delivers two chilling 9/11 elegies—“The Gloaming” and “Backdrifts”—and the eerily poignant “Sail to the Moon (Brush the Cobwebs Out of the Sky).” 4. Elephant, White Stripes Brother and sister act Jack (guitar) and Meg White (drums) roared onto the music scene in 1999 with raw, blues-based rock built on a bass-less band. 2003’s stomping Elephant is a red-hot blast that signals it’s time to party. 5. Cripple Crow, Devendra Banhart The King of Freak Folk issued this lo-fi 2005 set of antiwar campfire anthems and neo-hippie meditations and found a ready audience in both bobos and disaffected emo kids. 6. Juno, Various Artists The wry, socially relevant 2008 film Juno— Gen Y’s equivalent to The Graduate—gave birth to this playful, and influential, soundtrack laden with emo, freak folk, sunshine pop, ’60s power pop and ’70s glam rock. Hey, the kids are alright!

7. The New Danger, Mos Def Critics didn’t warm up to the 2004 rock/ soul/blues/hip-hop hybrid that united rapper Mos Def and a lineup of all-black rockers that included guitarist Shuggie Otis. It’s strident and rough-hewn, but if you can’t take the heat, stay away from the play button. 8. O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Various Artists The soundtrack to the 2000 Coen brothers’ hillbilly Homeric odyssey presaged the return to folk and other roots forms that

would span the th decade. d d It also l introduced i t d d mainstream audiences to bluegrass pioneer Ralph Stanley. His gripping a cappella rendition of “O Death” at the 2001 Grammys stands as one of the music-awards show’s most memorable performances. 9. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Flaming Lips Everyone’s favorite acid-bubblegum band put the goofy fun back into neo-psych with this lush, epic sci-fi parody. “If Radiohead are halfway to becoming U2,” Ian Christe opined on, “the Flaming Lips are ninetenths of the way to pop nirvana.” 10. American Idiot, Green Day Hipsters snubbed this ambitious punkrock opera, but it’s the reclamation of Whoera power pop, circa “Substitute.” Such tracks as the “Jesus of Suburbia” suite and “Give Me Novacaine” personify suburban teen angst in a crumbling empire. Along with Nirvana’s Nevermind, American Idiot bookends two decades of post-punk in the mainstream. 11. Freak In, Dave Douglas Amid cries that jazz is dead, a new generation of musicians is working to revitalize the genre as it limps commercially into the 21st century. Joined in 2003 by guitarist and fellow explorer Marc Ribot, and the loopist and electronic programmer Jamie Saft, trumpeter Dave Douglas blazed a trail for them all. 12. Come Away with Me, Norah Jones A 2002 pop-jazz album so wildly successful, and so influential in its empowerment of female singer/songwriters, that Jones has spent nearly a decade trying to escape its shadow. She almost succeeds with her new album, The Fall—almost. < Mention your musical milestones of the decade to Greg at

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arin theaters have gone ne dark for the holidays, gearing up no doubt for a ng audiences fantastic spring, leaving seeking bright lights to cross at least one bridge for seasonal fun into the new year. Young and old will be enchanted with Cirque du Soleilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ovo, a buggy extravaganza under a big tent in San Francisco where colorfully costumed insects and clowns take the stage and the air above ce as well for sleekly choreographed dance erring-do as breathtaking feats of aerial derring-do. Contortionists, trapeze artists and wirewalkers perform amazing feats while eye-pleasing dancers and singers, accompanied by an onstage band, keep the action going. This is more than a three-ring circus: It dazzles on multi-levels. In a smaller arena, Aurelia Thierree, who grew up in a European circus family, shows off her skills in a production directed by her mother, Victoria Thierree Chaplin. In Aureliaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oratorio, she and dancer Jaime Martinez make magic happen with minimal props and no words at all. Body parts separate and move up and down the velvet curtains on Berkeley Repâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stage, while an endless red sash transports the delightful Aurelia and her awed

HOLIDAY PERFORMANCES Ovo runs through Jan. 24 (then moves to San Jose) at the Grand Chapiteau tent at the corner of Third St. and Terry A. Francois Blvd., S.F. Aureliaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oratorio runs through Jan. 24 at Berkeley Repâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St., Berkeley. 510/647-2949, Teatro ZinZanni has an open-ended run at Pier 29, S.F. Black Nativity runs through Dec. 27 at Marines Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F. 415/771-6900, Cotton Patch Gospel runs through Dec. 27 at Next Stage Theater, 1620 Gough St., S.F. The Coverlettes Cover Christmas runs through Dec. 27 at Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley. 510/843-4822, www. Cinderella runs through Dec. 27 at the Buriel Clay Memorial Theater, 762 Fulton St., S.F. 415/762-2071, A Christmas Carol through Dec. 27 at American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary, S.F. 415/749-2228, <

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audience to new heights of performance art. Teatro ZinZanni feeds the crowds who ďŹ&#x201A;ock to its permanent tent on the S.F. Bay. Price of admission includes a ďŹ ve-course dinner served by performers who juggle plates expertly even as they execute physical feats and pull audiences into their acts. Rousing gospel singing is featured in two musicals this year. Langston Hughesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; beloved Black Nativity is an annual treat, and in Cotton Patch Gospel, Harry Chapinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s songs glow as storyteller Edward Hightower relates a modern version of the birth of Christ set in Georgia. This year we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the annual sendup, Karen Carpenterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas, but in the same spirit of fun, the Aurora Theatre is presenting The Coverlettes Cover Christmas, a doo-woppy songfest featuring three melodious women who evoke the girl groups of the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;60s. The show has no political intentions; the Coverlettes just have fun with the oldies and Christmas favorites. The African-American Shakespeare Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s multi-generational and mixed-gender version of Cinderella is a treat. Its comedy and romance are liberally laced with a few moral lessons (â&#x20AC;&#x2122;tis the season). And there is always A Christmas Carol. This annual event just gets better each year as James Carpenter goes deeper into his character and rings emotional changes on his Scrooge. The large and colorful cast on ACTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stageâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;who swing on as Christmas ghostsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the huge and frightening shadow puppet of Christmas Future make Dickensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sentimental tale into a circus itself. Carpenterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Scrooge makes it poignant theater, and Sharon Lockwood as his harried housekeeper makes it comedy. Some of these are closing shortly but many will return next holiday season, which, as we know, will be upon us before a gnat can blink his eye. < Give Lee a standing ovation at

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ne of the appealing things about Nancy Meyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new romantic comedy, Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Complicated, is that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s... complicated. The ďŹ lmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three main characters, played by Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just names with occupations attached, as in another forthcoming romantic comedy, Leap Year, in which we learn the names and occupations (stager, cardiologist) of the main characters but never see them at work or get any back story. If itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more complicated than a double Windsor, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Jane (Streep), a restaurateur; Jake want to knowâ&#x20AC;Ś (Baldwin), her ex, a lawyer; and Adam Despite the ďŹ lmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s glossy, money-is-no-ob(Martin), an architect, all have historiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; ject veneer, its characters have the feel of real families, relationships. Jane and Jake are people. This shows particularly in Jane and divorced after a 19-year marriage and Jakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three children, who have genuine family three grown kids. Jake is now married to Agness (Lake Bellâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;seriously), a ferocious- feeling, despite the fact that the actors (Caitlin Fitzgerald, Zoe Kazan and Hunter Parrish) ly beautiful, much younger woman with a donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look at all alike. bratty 5-year-old. Agnessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attempts to get Meryl Streepâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jane is bubblyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a bit like her pregnant again lead to some funny scenes Julia Child, complete with about fertility treatments. residence in Paris and career The main action has to do as a chef (chef is the new with Jakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attempt to win OPENING SOON rock star)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;but also anxious Jane backâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or not. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s com- Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Complicated opens Friabout her age and her status day at the Larkspur Landing, plicated. Meanwhile, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as a single woman. Alec BaldMarin, Playhouse, Regency beginning to have feelings for and Rowland. win is all energy and bluster, Adam, who is designing an while Steve Martin surprisaddition to her house. (And ingly plays the self-effacing will someone explain to me straight man. why this gazillion-dollar Santa Barbara adobe In a way, Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Complicated, like Nancy Meywith a perfect kitchen needs a two-story addition with a new kitchen?) Jake and Jane have ersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2003 Somethingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gotta Give, is a chick both changed: Could they make it work this ďŹ&#x201A;ick for the post-menopausal set. And whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time when it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t before? And would Jane so wrong with that? < Name your favorite chick ďŹ&#x201A;icks at letters@paciďŹ want it to? And what about Agness?


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Friday December 25—Thursday December 31

Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

George Clooney and Vera Farmiga find love in an airport lounge in ‘Up in the Air.’

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (1:28) Alvin, Simon and Theodore are back, competing with an all-girl chipmunk band and living la vida rodent in general. O Avatar James Cameron’s first movie since Titanic employs cutting-edge special effects to tell the story of a disabled vet reborn on a distant planet as an aboriginal warrior. O The Blind Side (2:06) Heartwarming story about an African-American boy from the wrong side of the tracks who becomes an All American offensive tackle. Sandra Bullock stars. O Broken Embraces (2:08) Pedro Almodovar character study of a man who loses his sight and the love of his life in the same accident and creates a sardonic new identity for himself; Penselope Cruz is around, of course. O A Christmas Carol (1:36) Dickens’ beloved slab of figgy pudding gets the 3D Disney treatment as Jim Carrey gives voice to half a dozen different characters (including Ebenezer himself). O La Danse (2:38) Documentarian Frederick Wiseman takes a long and loving look at the Paris Opera Ballet and its troupe of extraordinary dancers. O Did You Hear About the Morgans? (1:43) A smug Manhattan couple on the brink of divorce rediscover their love when they’re thrown into a witness protection program and shipped to darkest Wyoming. O In Search of Beethoven (2:18) Documentary examines the life and art of the 18th-century composer through interviews, insights and performances by some of the world’s outstanding musicians. O Invictus (2:12) True tale of Nelson Mandela’s attempts to bring his country out of the shadow of apartheid with a helping hand from South Africa’s rugby team; Clint Eastwood directs Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. O It’s Complicated (1:54) Meryl Streep as a happily divorced mother of three who enters into an affair with ex-hubby Alec Baldwin; dashing Steve Martin complicates matters. O Me and Orson Welles (1:54) A wannabe actor grows up fast when he lands O


a role in Orson Welles’ landmark 1937 Broadway production of Julius Caesar and falls under the wunderkind’s largerthan-life spell. O Nine (1:50) Rob Marshall brings the Broadway musical version of Fellini’s 8 1/2 to the screen with Daniel Day-Lewis as a filmmaker overwhelmed by the women in his life (Penelope Cruz, Marion Cottilard, Sophia Loren, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Kate Hudson and Fergie). O The Princess and the Frog (1:35) Disney’s first hand-drawn cartoon in half a decade transports the Grimm fairy tale to New Orleans’ rollicking French Quarter of the 1920s. O The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (1:33) Robin Wright Penn as an unflappable 40something housewife who reexamines her life when her elderly husband moves the two of them into a retirement home; Alan Arkin, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder and Monica Bellucci co-star. O Sherlock Holmes (2:14) The supersleuth is back in the form of a karate-chopping, lascivious Robert Downey Jr.; Jude Law is Dr. Watson. O A Single Man (1:39) A day in the life of a gay man dealing with the death of his partner and, oh yeah, the Cuban Missile Crisis. O The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2:10) The next installment of Stephenie Meyer’s blood-suckin’ roman-fleuve finds Bella Swan enjoying post-vampire succor in the arms of an incipient werewolf. O (Untitled) A surly avant-garde Manhattan composer finds himself in the über-cool world of elite, eccentric and otherwise pretentious New York artists. O Up in the Air (1:49) Jason Reitman’s quirky comedy stars George Clooney as a corporate hatchet man who finds true love with a fellow frequent flyer. O The Young Victoria (1:44) Emily Blunt as the 19th-century monarch in the early years of her reign. Win free tickets to the Rafael Film Center and check out our searchable movie database at ››

›› MOViE TiMES (Untitled) (R) Rafael Film Center: Fri 6:45 SatWed 2:15, 6:45 Thu 2:15, 6:45 NA Single Man (R) ++++1/2 Century Regency 6: 11:10, 1:45, 4:20, 7:10, 9:55 NAlvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (G) Century Northgate 15: 10:50, 12, 1:05, 2:20, 3:25, 4:30, 5:35, 6:50, 7:50, 9, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7, 9:10 Avatar (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Cinema: 11:30, 3:10, 7, 10:35 Century Northgate 15: 10:45, 1, 2:15, 4:35, 5:50, 8:10, 9:20; 3D showtimes 11:50, 3:20, 7, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:50, 3:20, 6:50, 10:15 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 12, 3:15, 6:30, 9:40 The Blind Side (PG-13) ++Century Northgate 15: 11:05, 1:55, 4:45, 7:35, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:55, 4:45, 10:30 NBroken Embraces (R) Rafael Film Center: Fri 6:30, 9:15 Sat-Wed 1, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15 Thu 1, 3:45, 6:30 Did You Hear About the Morgans? (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 12:55, 2:30, 5:05, 6:45, 7:40, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:25 Disney’s A Christmas Carol (PG) +++Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 2:10, 4:50

N= New Movies This Week In Search of Beethoven (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: 4:45

Invictus (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri-Sun 1, 4:10, 7:15, 10:25 Mon-Thu 4:10, 7:15, 10:25 Century Regency 6: 12:25, 3:35, 7, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 1:45, 7:35 CineArts at Marin: 1:10, 4:05, 7, 9:55 Thu 1:10, 4:05, 7 Tiburon Playhouse 3: 1, 3:50, 6:45, 9:30 NIt’s Complicated (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri-Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 Century Regency 6: 10:45, 12:10, 1:35, 3, 4:30, 5:55, 7:25, 8:50, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:10, 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 9:50 CineArts at Marin: 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 10 Thu 1:30, 4:20, 7:10 Tiburon Playhouse 3: 1:15, 4, 7, 9:40 La Danse (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 7:30 SatWed 1:30, 7:30 Thu 1:30

Me and Orson Welles (PG13) +++1/2 Century Northgate 15: 7:20, 10 NNine (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 10:55, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:20 CineArts at Sequoia: FriSat 2:25, 5, 7:35, 10:10 Sun 2:25, 5, 7:35 MonThu 4:45, 7:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 11:55, 2:20, 4:50, 7:25, 9:45 The Princess and the Frog (G) +++Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 2:25, 4:55, 7:25, 9:50 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:20, 2:40, 5, 7:20, 9:40 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 12:10,

2:15, 4:45, 7:05, 9:30 Lark Theater: Fri 3:30, 5:40, 7:45 Sat, Thu 11:10, 1:20, 3:30, 5:40, 7:45 Sun 11:10, 1:20, 3:30, 5:40 Mon 1:20, 3:30, 5:40 Tue-Wed 1:20, 3:30, 5:40, 7:45 The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (R) ++Rafael Film Center: 4:30, 9 Thu 4:30 NSherlock Holmes (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri-Sun 12:45, 3:50, 7, 10:15 Mon-Thu 3:50, 7, 10:15 Century Northgate 15: 11, 11:45, 12:30, 1:15, 2, 2:45, 3:30, 4:15, 5, 5:45, 6:30, 7:15, 8, 8:45, 9:30, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:50, 1:40, 4:40, 7:30, 10:20 CineArts at Marin: 1, 3:55, 6:50, 9:45 Thu 1, 3:55, 6:50 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 1:20, 4:10, 7:05, 9:55 Tiburon Playhouse 3: 12:45, 3:30, 6:30, 9:20 The Twilight Saga: New Moon (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 3:45, 9:15 Up in the Air (R) +++1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri-Sun 11:30, 2:20, 5, 7:45, 10:30 Mon-Thu 2:20, 5, 7:45, 10:30 Century Regency 6: 11, 12:35, 1:55, 3:20, 4:40, 6:05, 7:35, 9:05, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 12:05, 2:30, 5:10, 7:35, 10 NThe Young Victoria (PG) CineArts at Sequoia: FriSun 2:10, 4:30, 7, 9:25 Mon-Thu 4, 6:30, 8:50

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

›› THEATERS CinéArts at Marin 101 Caledonia St., Sausalito • 331-0255 CinéArts at Sequoia 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley • 388-4862 Cinema 41 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera • 924-6505 Fairfax 9 Broadway, Fairfax • 453-5444 Lark 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur • 924-5111 Larkspur Landing 500 Larkspur Landing Cir., Larkspur • 800-326-3264 Northgate 7000 Northgate Dr., San Rafael • 800-326-3264 Playhouse 40 Main St., Tiburon • 435-1234 Rafael Film Center 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael • 454-1222 Regency 80 Smith Ranch Rd., Terra Linda • 479-5050 Rowland 44 Rowland Way, Novato • 800-326-3264

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Have a monster of a new year with the Eclectic Beast Band at the Mill Valley Masonic.

Live music 12/25: All Ways Elvis Elvis style rock. 9:30pm. $5. Peri’s, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-9910. www. 12/26: Brad Bann Rickey’s Fireside Jazz. 7-10pm. Rickey’s, 250 Entrada, Novato. 883-5952. 12/26: Doc Kraft Band Dance music. 8:30pm. $5. Presidio Yacht Club, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 601-7858 . 12/26: The 85’s 4th Annual Holiday Bash. 8:30pm. $12. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 12/26: Vinyl Funk rock. 9:30pm. $10. Peri’s, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-9910. 12/27: Firewheel Roots rock. Rancho Debut. 4pm. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 12/27: Peri’s Songwriters’ Night Local music. 9:30pm. Free. Peri’s, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-9910. 12/29: Dynamo Jones Groovy funk. 9:30pm. Free. Peri’s, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-9910. 12/30: (W+T)J2 “Unconscious Collection of Songs.” 9:30pm. Free. Peri’s, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-9910. 12/30: Buddy Owen Guitar and vocals; Ernest “Boom” Carter, drums and vocals; Phil Marshall, Bass; Ian Lamson, Guitar; Richie Smith, Keyboards. 6pm 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 12/31: Curt Campbell and the Eclectic Beast Band New Year’s Eve R & B dance party with chocolate treats, party favors and champagne. 9pm-12:30am. $35-$100. Mill Valley

Masonic, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 389-5072.

12/31: Jesse Kincaid and the New Rising Sons With Kurt Huget. 8pm. Taste of Rome, 1001 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-7660. www. 12/31: New Year’s Bash With Diamond Ortiz, Lansdale Station and the Holdouts. 8pm $20-25. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091.

12/31: New Year’s Eve: A Night to Remember Includes accommodations, two tickets to Doc Kraft Band dance party and breakfast for two. 9:30pm. $159 for two people. Inn Marin/ Rickey’s, 250 Entrada Dr., Novato. 883-5952.

12/31: New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball with Honeydust. 9:30pm. $15. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 12/31: New Year’s Eve party. 9pm. $35-45. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 12/31: Tom Finch Group New Year’s Eve party. 9pm. Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. Mondays: Billy D’s Open Mic 9:30pm. Free. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-9910. www. Mondays: Open Mic w/ KC Turner 8-10pm. Free. Finnegan’s Marin, 877 Grant Ave., Novato. 899-1516. Tuesdays: Laucia Paiva Quartet Marin Local Music presents Brazilian music night. 6:30-9:30pm. Free. Cucina Restaurant & Bar, 510

San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 606-7435. Tuesdays: Swing Fever Jazz. 7pm. Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. Wednesdays: Dave Burns Trio with Sanford Barnett and Naim Satya. Jazz. 6:30pm. Free. Cucina, 510 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 606-7435.

Concerts 12/27: ‘All That Jazz!’ Holiday Aria Party Fundraiser to benefit Golden Gate Opera featuring performances by Olga Chernisheva, Vladimir Zagatsky and Leslie Harlib. 3pm. $40, tax deductible donation. Private residence, call for address and directions, Tiburon. 339-9546.

Theater/Auditions 12/31: ‘New Wrinkles’: a middle-age musical dinner show Musical comedy revue about the woes and wonders of aging. 5:30 and 9:45pm $95. Seafood Peddler, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 460-6669 .

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Art Through 01/02: Clay and Glass Art Exhibition “Out of the Fire: Clay and Glass from the Association of Clay and Glass Artists” presents clay and glass sculpture, as well as functional objects using highly innovative themes and techniques. 5:30-7:30pm. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328. Through 01/03: ‘New Exhibitions’ “21st Annual Invitational Mini Show.” Works of more than 85 Bay Area artists no larger than 6x6x6. Sales benefit the museum. Also, “Michael Garlington,” photographs. “Chris Hellman,” watercolors. Noon-5pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330.

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Through 01/03: Nina Leva Photography Exhibit “Face of a Child:” Black and white images of surprising moments from children’s calm reflection, exploration and peacefulness. Free. Rustic Bakery, 1139 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 302-1017.

Through 01/04: Maeve Croghan Exhibit Expressionist Paintings. Mon.-Sat. 10am-6pm. Free. Marin Jewelers Guild, 1331 4th St., San Rafael. 868-1425.

Through 01/06: Fine Art Photography Marin Photography Club Exhibit. 2-5pm. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael. 382-0245. Through 01/08: Charles Fox “Movement.” Large scale black and white photographs. 3-5pm. Commonweal, 451 Mesa Road, Bolinas. 868-0970.

Through 01/10: Marj Burgstahler Stone “Present Work/Past Boxes” “West Marin Review 2: The Artists,” with works by John Anderson, Fariba Bogzaran, Angelica Casey, Claudia Chapline, Rich Clarke, Carola De Rooy,

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Through 01/17: Marin Art School presents 2009 Student Show Art of adult students of the Marin Art School in Novato showcased in this exhibit which can be seen by those attending events at the Marin Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium. Not an exhibit open daily. 8-10pm. Free. Redwood Foyer - Marin Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6014.

Through 01/30: ‘Devil Digit Finishing School’ Exhibition of contemporary embroidery by Caroline Marcum Dahl. Free. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley.

Through 01/31: Marin Art Festival Call for Artists Now accepting applications for their 14th annual event. Applications can be downloaded from or by calling 388-0151.Submission deadline Jan. 31. Lagoon Park, Armory Dr., San Rafael. 388-0151.

Through 02/28: “A Thousand Years of Southwestern Pottery” Pottery exhibit. Traditions born centuries ago still live in this vital art form. Tue.-Sat. Noon-4pm. $5 Marin Museum of the American Indian, 2200 Novato Blvd., Novato. 897-4064.

BEST BET New Year, ‘New Wrinkles’ This Christmas marks the 40th anniversary of the day Rita Abrams wrote the hit song “Mill Valley” on the bench beside the then bus depot. For years she didn’t think about it, until fans started finding the YouTube video (directed by a young Francis Ford Coppola) of her and the kids singing the song. The volume and sentiments of the fan letters since sparked the idea for a book about it, which Abrams has completed and is circulating for publication, telling the The cast of ‘New Wrinkles’—definitely improving with age. story of how it all happened, including current pictures and descriptions of the lives of the former Strawberry Point School third-grade singers—now 48-year-olds. And this New Year’s Eve, her award-winning musical NEW WRINKLES—co-created with Morris Bobrow and Gerald Nachman—about “the woes and wonders” of middle-age is back, hilariously (and heartbreakingly) heralding high school reunions, finances, plastic surgery, aches and pains and lost loves. 7:30pm and 10:30pm Dec. 31 at Seafood Peddler, 100 Yacht Dr., San Rafael. Info and tickets: Call 415/460-6669 or visit online at—Samantha Campos 30 PACIFIC SUN DECEMBER 25 – DECEMBER 31, 2009

Through 03/04: ImageMovers Digital Employee Art Show “Counterpoint.” Exhibit featuring paintings, drawings, collage and photography. 9am-5pm. Free. Marin Community Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing # 200, Novato. 448-0362. www.

Through 03/25: Annual Marin Arts Council Members’ Exhibit Annual art exhibit featuring a variety of works by member artists including mixed media, paintings, sculpture and photography. 9am5pm. Free. Marin County Civic Center, 1st and 3rd Floor Galleries, 3501 Civic Center Dr., Room 329, San Rafael. 499-8350, Ext. 362. Through 12/27: Abstract Art Show Jarl Forsman and Steve Sekhon, paintings Sat.-Sun. 11am-5pm. Free. Bolinas Gallery, 52 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 480-4562. www.highvibrationart. com/Bolinas_Gallery_Show.html Through 12/28:‘Intimate Spaces’ First annual juried exhibit of small works. Also, works by Bill Dempster, Laura Saunders,others. 11am-6pm. elsewhere gallery, 1828 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 747-8696. Through 12/29: ‘Paws for Thought’ Allison Levenson, photography. 9:30am. Free. Thomson Hall Gallery, 112 Bulkley Ave., Sausalito. 384-0908. Through 12/31: AWD Small Works Annual Small Works exhibit, featuring works of art under 18 inches. 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. Through 12/31: Jocelyn Knight “Almost abstract” color photography by Jocelyn Knight. 2-5pm. Free. Linda Penzur Gallery, 71 Redhill Ave., San Anselmo. 457-4079.


morton, Creekside Rm., Mill Valley. 389-4292. 12/29:Vimala Sangha Zen Meditation Join Buddhist teachers Lew Richmond, Ed Sattizahn, or Gib Robinson for silent meditation, followed by a discussion on spiritual practices. 9pm. $10. O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 388-4331.

Kid Stuff 12/26: African Roots of Jazz Kwanzaa Celebration Celebrate Kwanzaa throughout the Museum with art projects inspired by the African continent and a Kwanzaa altar in the Museum’s Entry Pavilion, live music with jazz drummer E. W. Wainwright and his ensemble and The African Roots of Jazz program with instrumental music, songs, theater, and audience participation. 11am-noon. Free. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito.

12/28-30: WildCare Winter Camp, Session II “The Big Chill!” Find out what wild animals do in winter. Get close to animal friends in this indoor nature camp for 1st-2nd graders. 9am-3pm. $150, scholarships available. WildCare, 76 Albert Park Lane, San Rafael. 453-1000, ext. 12. 12/30: Bangin’, Twangin’ & Shakin’ Clap, jump, wiggle and sing to the delightful music of Miss Kitty! Program lasts 30 minutes. 10-11am. $5-6. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito.

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01/01: New Year’s Day Party An easy Sierra Club sponsored hike from Rock Springs to the top of Mt. Tam with great views. Bring a potluck dish for six to share. Back mid-afternoon. Carpool from Miller and Locust in Mill Valley at 9:30am. Rain cancels. 461-9255. 12/27: Estero Trail Moderately paced Sierra Cub sponsored hike to the ocean along beautiful Drake’s Estero on Pt Reyes. Meet to carpool at 9:30am at the Fairfax Parkade. Back by 5pm. Rain cancels. 461 9255.

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12/27: Grace Schireson “Zen Women: Beyond Tea–Ladies, Iron Maidens and Macho Masters.” 10am Green Gulch Farm, 1601 Shoreline Hwy., Sausalito. 383-3134.


Film Events 01/01-07: Short Films from the 2009 Sundance Film Fest Ten films selected from the 91 short films screened at the 2009 Festival. $5.50-10. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222.

Community Events (Misc.) 12/28: Monday Night at the Movies “The Unsuspected” (1947). Starring Claude Rains. 7:30pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throck-

12/26-27: See Salmon in West Marin Share discussions on the ecology of the coho salmon, local streams, and what you can do to help restore and protect them. Reservation required Sat. and Sun. 10am and 1pm, through January. $6-10. Lagunitas Creek Watershed, Lagunitas. 663-8590 ext. 111. Through 01/03: Great Turkey at Corte Madera Town Center Support the Marin Community Food Bank by feeding the Great Turkey with your non-perishable food donations as you shop at the Corte Madera Town Center. Donations support all Marin residents in need. Free. Town Center, Corte Madera. 883-1302. <

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CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 1, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 4, 2009. (Publication Dates: December 18, 25, 2009; January 1, 8, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122640 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ALLIES FOR CHANGE, 1343 GRAND AVENUE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: TERRIE CARPENTER & ASSOC. ING., 1343 GRAND AVENUE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 8, 2009. (Publication Dates: December 18, 25, 2009; January 1, 8, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2009122534 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE ORGANIC HOMESTEAD STORE, 28 HARDING DRIVE, NOVATO, CA 94947: ROB KATZ, 28 HARDING DRIVE, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 25, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 20, 2009. (Publication Dates: December 18, 25, 2009; January 1, 8, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122607 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN SQUARE CLEANERS, 55-C BELLAM BOULEVARD, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KHAMIS ANTAR, 109 BIRCH WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; MADLEIN ANTAR, 109 BIRCH WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein in 1993. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 3, 2009. (Publication Dates: December 18, 25, 2009; January 1, 8, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2009122696 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SALON B, 877 FOURTH STREET, SUITE B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BULLOCK, BISHLAM A., 1851 SECOND STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on December 15, 2009. (Publication Dates: December 18, 25, 2009; January 1, 8, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122418 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CAFE ON THE COMMON, 22 ROSS COMMON, ROSS, CA 94957: RANA MADANAT, 965 MAGNOLIA AVENUE, #29, LARKSPUR, CA, 94939. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 4, 2009. (Publication Dates: December 4, 11, 18, 25, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122703 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as S. B. ELECTRICAL & LIGHTING CONSULTANTS, 177 D STREET, #9, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MICHELLE LYNN ANTOINE, 177 D STREET, #9, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 16, 2009. (Publication Dates: December 25, 2009; January 1, 8, 15, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122638 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DEVON DOWD DESIGNS, 550 MAGNOLIA AVENUE, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: DEVON RUTHERFORD, 550 MAGNOLIA AVENUE, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 8, 2009. (Publication Dates: December 25, 2009; January 1, 8, 15, 2010)) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122709 The following individual(s) is (are) doing



›› ADViCE GODDESS® by Amy Alkon


My girlfriend of a year is 21, and I’m 22. I fell in love with her the moment I saw her, but there are issues. She has $14,000 in credit card debt. She demanded I get a credit card, and when I refused, kicked me out and said we couldn’t live together until I got one. But I’m most disturbed about our night at a concert. She got really drunk, started arguing with some hippie girls, and ran off. I tried to follow, but she’d disappeared, and doesn’t have a cell. I was really worried, looked all over town and finally went to bed at 3am, feeling helpless. The next day, as I was leaving to look again, the hospital called. Some Mormons brought her in after finding her passed out in the bushes. She accused me of not caring, saying she would’ve stayed up looking for me. Her parents blame me for her drinking, and said I’m a bad boyfriend because I wasn’t there when she needed me. Meanwhile, the last time she got drunk and disappeared, she was making out with a guy I used to work with. This is my first long-term relationship, and I need to know, who’s the whack one in the concert situation: me or her?—Blamed


As looking for love in all the wrong places goes, looking till you find it passed out in the highway underbrush, drooling on a squashed Pringles can and missing a shoe, pretty much tops the list. This girl doesn’t need a boyfriend; she needs a search party with tracking dogs. Unless you’ve left out some bit about tying your girlfriend up and forcing Jack and Cokes down her throat, the one to blame here would be the party who’s doing all the partying. Next in line is the party that failed to teach their little partier any sense of personal responsibility, then failed to pick her up by the scruff of the neck and drop her in rehab. Instead, they tell you it’s all your fault. Right. Are you in a relationship or a scavenger hunt? You’re apparently expected to go door-to-door at 3am: “Sorry for waking you, ma’am, but I need a cup of colored sprinkles, three mothballs, one tanked, belligerent girlfriend and $14,000 to pay off her credit card debt.” What’s missing from this picture? That would be any sense of remorse on her part for the worry, lost sleep and parental berating she put you through. Of course, you don’t seem to require that—or any sign she has even a passing interest in your welfare or happiness. And you really have to ask who’s the whack one? Um, that would be you. And not because you went to bed at 3am the night she set out on her wobbly 10K, but because you’ve been sleeping through this entire relationship. Wake up, something’s burning! (That’s because you’re in HELL.) You need to do two things: Get out, and don’t repeat this behavior. Well, actually, do look all over town for a woman—one who shares your values and interests and makes your life better because you’re with her. In other words, no, you don’t just say “Wow, she’s pretty!” and call it a day, or you’re liable to end up with just another pretty face—face down in the bushes.


I don’t think I’ll ever truly tolerate “the guy should always make the first move” deal you advocate, Amy. I know it works in many, if not most, cases, but I’m so bloody tired of this expectation that men take all the risks in dating.—A Guy


You don’t have to tolerate this, same as you don’t have to tolerate paying your rent—providing you’re willing to tolerate living under a bridge. But, if you’d like a girlfriend while you still have teeth, you should stop whining about asking women out and just do it. This doesn’t necessarily mean making the first move, but maybe the first overt move. Women often make the first move by flirting, signaling their interest in being asked out. It’s a dance. It isn’t fair or unfair; it’s simply what works—how we’re hard-wired to behave after a million-plus years of evolution. Still, if this really doesn’t work for you, there is another option: Drive through the seedy side of town and roll down your window, and you’re sure to get offers. Of course, bringing one of these honeys home to mom and getting her back to the corner before she charges you time-and-a-half may be a challenge. < (c), Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? E-mail or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 33 business as OPTIONS FOR SUCCESS, 97 JOSEPH COURT, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: DAVID E. OSTERLOH, 97 JOSEPH COURT, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on December 17, 2009. (Publication Dates: December 25, 2009; January 1, 8, 15, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122710 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as KING FOR AN HOUR MASSAGE, 1514 FIFTH AVENUE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SHAO FU LI, 330 SHIPWATCH LANE, HERCULES, CA 94547. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on December 17, 2009. (Publication Dates: December 25, 2009; January 1, 8, 15, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2009122705 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as A HIGHER POSSIBILITY, 16 NEAME AVENUE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MALI A. APPLE, 16 NEAME AVENUE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; JOE S. DUNN, 16 NEAME AVENUE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by co-partners. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 16, 2009. (Publication Dates: December 25, 2009; January 1, 8, 15, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2009122614 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MCATEER CONSULTING, 100 SOUTH STREET, #102, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: DAVID E. MCATEER, 100 SOUTH STREET, #102, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 1, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 4, 2009. (Publication Dates: December 25, 2009; January 1, 8, 15, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122730 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RPE MANUFACTURING, 21481 EIGHTH STREET EAST, UNIT 6-A, SONOMA, CA 95476: SYNTHETIC TUBULAR SOCKS, INC., 655 REDWOOD HIGHWAY, SUITE 310, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 21, 2009. (Publication Dates:

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122720 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GUNNING’S HOBBYS, 224 GREENFIELD AVENUE, SUITE 2, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: BRASS & SCALE, INC., 224 GREENFIELD AVENUE, SUITE 2, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on December 18, 2009. (Publication Dates: December 25, 2009; January 1, 8, 15, 2010)

997 All Other Legals ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 096038. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner LARRY MARK YOCKEL filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: LARRY MARK YOCKEL to LARS YOCKEL . THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: January 13, 2010, 8:30 a.m., Dept. H, Room H, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 113, San Rafael, CA, 94913-4988. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: December 1, 2009 /s/ JOHN A. SUTRO, JR., JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: December 4, 11, 18, 25, 2009) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 096250. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner LAWRENCE EDWARD ERSLAND filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: LAWRENCE EDWARD ERSLAND to LORENZO ERSLAND. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant

the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: January 25, 2010, 8:30 a.m., Dept. J, Room J, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 113, San Rafael, CA, 94913-4988. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: December 14, 2009 /s/ VERNA A. ADAMS, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: December 18, 25, 2009; January 1, 8, 2010) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: RICHARD ELVERN MARSH aka SKY SUNLIGHT SAXON. Case No. PR-096180. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of RICHARD ELVERN MARSH aka SKY SUNLIGHT SAXON. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: SABRINA SAXON in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that SABRINA SAXON be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. 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: January 19, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. in Dept.: L, Room: L, of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: S. MARTIN KELETI (Bar#: 144208), 8340 Melrose Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90069-5420, (323) 655-4444. (Publication Dates: December 18, 25, 2009; January 1, 8, 2010)

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Week of December 24-30, 2009

by Ly nd a R ay

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) You can’t help but feel a bit sentimental about everything as the emotional Moon is in your sign on Thursday and Friday. The key is trying to grin and bear all the traditional things you’re expected to do. Hey—if you don’t leave cookies out for Santa, he could be skinny next year and all the Christmas song lyrics would have to be rewritten. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Your ruler (hedonistic Venus) moves into your travel house on Christmas morning. If you don’t have a ticket to the Caribbean in your stocking, you’re going to be disappointed. But, in this economy, a tropical beach 2010 calendar is probably more realistic. Speaking of realism, you get a big dose of it on Monday. Perhaps your Visa bill arrives? Well, so much for buying your own ticket to Martinique.

GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) If you have kids, don’t expect them to be angels on Christmas Day. Once they have their gifts, they are no longer interested in staying on Santa’s good side. Meanwhile, your ruler, Mercury, starts moving retrograde in the businesslike sign of Capricorn. If tempted to start working on your finances or taxes, nix that idea. Investments should also be avoided this week, in case you were looking for another way to play with money. Playing Monopoly, however, is permitted.

CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Even a houseful of planets in your opposite sign of stern Capricorn and your ruler (the Moon) in the argumentative sign of Aries can’t bring you down. It’s the holidays and sentiment rules. You can light the candles, serve your guests eggnog and nurture to your heart’s content throughout the weekend. Monday, well, that is another story. You might need extra rum in your eggnog... LEO (July 22 - August 22) Santa just loves coming down your chimney. Instead of cookies with milk, he finds imported chocolates and Grand Marnier. After sending off a 20-page wish list, it’s the least you could do. Meanwhile, the idealistic duo of Jupiter and Neptune in your relationship house could make you particularly misty-eyed over love. If your significant other really deserves to be way up on that pedestal, great. Otherwise, prepare a soft landing for Monday. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) The playful Sun, witty Mercury and sociable Venus are in your entertainment house for Christmas. Now if only restrictive Saturn weren’t trying to keep everyone in line, a merry time could be had by all. On Saturday, your ruler (clever Mercury) starts moving retrograde. You continue to have fun—as long as you don’t have to keep to a schedule. Don’t fret—I can write an excuse for your boss.

LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Even though serious Saturn is trying to put a kink in your fun, you’re still up for a special holiday. A planetary party in your house of memories helps you reestablish a connection with someone from Christmas past. This could lead to an encounter with an old friend, a rendezvous with an ex or another rooftop visit from that red-nosed reindeer. As for Christmas future, we’ll talk next year.

SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Forget your old Bing Crosby Christmas CDs and put on something funky. Outrageous Uranus in your entertainment house is bound to have you rockin’ around the Christmas tree. You want this holiday to be different—be it eclectic, mystical or whimsical. The stars support you in your desire to shake up the status quo. Hence the fireworks in your Christmas stocking... SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) The Moon is in Aries and Mars is in Leo. This is so good for your sign that usually it would ensure a Christmas where everything on your list (and then some) is waiting under the tree. However, fateful Pluto in your house of possessions wants you to transform your value system. Figure out what is truly important and once you’ve done won’t be expecting your gifts to come wrapped in paper. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Try to put aside your ambitions and focus on the holiday. Yes, it is your solar return and a time for goals, but spending time with friends and family is not being lazy. Besides, if you ignore your loved ones now, they could conveniently “forget” your birthday. Your upcoming year is definitely an intense one and you may have your share of obstacles. Fortunately, there is no mountain too high to keep YOU from getting to the top. Merry Birthday.

AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) Open the chimney flue, leave a carrot for Rudolph and put water in the tree holder. It will ensure that Santa can get in, Rudolph will improve his eyesight and your tree won’t die of thirst. You are an absent-minded dreamer this week due in part to having four planets in your imagination house. To make it even more interesting, Mercury starts moving backwards on Saturday. Visions of sugarplums? More like visions of aliens from another galaxy. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) Nobody does “naughty and nice” as brilliantly as you. As such, your stocking is undoubtedly a bizarre mix of coal and iTunes gift cards. And it is yet another holiday with unconventional Uranus in your sign. You are prone to impulsive decisions. But your friends are looking out for you. No, really. So when they tell you your new love-at-first-sight is a loser, they might be right. < Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at DECEMBER 25 – DECEMBER 31, 2009 PACIFIC SUN 35

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