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efore we stick a fork in 2009, The Beat would like to take a look back at the highlights and lowlights within the North Bay’s music scene during the past year. The year began with a fire at Fairfax’s 19 Broadway nightclub on Feb. 7, which damaged the upstairs units and part of the Tiki Bar. Thankfully, no one was injured and the club was able to reopen within a week. Owners Garry Graham and Jon Dunsing have credited the courageous efforts of their staff and local firefighters for saving the club. After several months of construction, the lounge area reopened as the club celebrated 25 years of nightly live entertainment. Meanwhile in Mill Valley, a celebration of the life of toilet-seat guitar maker and local legend Charlie Deal was finally held at the 2am Club. Although it occurred almost two years after his death, the raucous jam featured many of his bandmates from Charlie’s Gang, the Rowan Brothers, Lisa Kindred and Austin deLone. A documentary about him was shown this past year to sold out crowds at the Mill Valley Film Fest and there is a

movement afoot to have a statue built in his likeness. Guitarist Jimmy Dillon’s production of “Ascension of the Blues” had a great run at 142 Throckmorton last spring. The starstudded play took a musical look at how the blues evolved and became the basis for all contemporary music. Let’s hope it comes back in 2010. Peri’s Bar put on one of the best shows of the year last April when it hosted a special benefit for the La- Music lovers bid adieu this year to local legends Ali Akbar Khan and Norton Buffalo. gunitas School District titled “Night at the into “Battle for the Stage” as young local Opry” featuring Danny Montana and the Monroe Grisman as his bands Petty Theft and the 85’s were all over the place. Another bands competed for a headlining slot at Bar Association, Rancho Deluxe and Rusty of his bands, American Drag, released their Rock’n’Blues by the Lake festival featuring the Evans and Ring of sophomore album B-52s. Austin and Leslie deLone held another Fire. The bar was utDave and Shelley Champine’s titled “Out of the unbelievable benefit for their Richard deLone terly transformed by Sky” and he even Special Housing Project foundation at San Rudy Contratti, Adam Web site, www.marinlocalmusic. found time for Francisco’s Great American Music Hall this Jepson and many oth- com, became a unifying force a Pump Mother past year featuring Boz Scaggs, James Cotton, ers into a mini Grand reunion with World Jimmie Vaughan, Nick Lowe and Buddy behind the music scene this Ol’ Opry. Speaking of Entertainment War. Miller with a surprise appearance from Led transformations, Hon- past year. Dave and Shelley Zeppelin’s Robert Plant. eydust’s sci-fi themed Champine’s Web West Marin radio station KWMR put on Halloween bash takes site,, became a another stellar Far West Fest (third annual) the award for best set design and spirited unifying force behind the music scene this featuring Lyrics Born, Sean Hayes and Aldecoration of the year. past year. They also pumped massive energy bino! and received 2 grants from the CorpoIt was a busy year for local guitarist ration for Public Broadcasting last year. Bob Brown and Angela Strehli celebrated 11 years at the helm of Rancho Nicasio this year. The Christmas Jug Band marked its 30th year in action by releasing a new live CD titled “On the Holiday Highway.” Local groovers Vinyl played their 1,600th show together, travelled to New Orleans for their 11th consecutive year playing the world famous Mapleleaf Bar during Jazz Fest and celebrated the release of their sixth album “Fogshack Music Vol II” with a sold out show at SF’s Independent, with Monophonics, the Rondo Bros., vocalist Marcus Scott and special guest Les Claypool. It’s been over two years without a Sweetwater Saloon in Mill Valley but thanks to Daniel and Erma at Murphy Productions there is still some live music in Southern Marin. Visit their Web site to see what great shows are coming up. Sadly, we lost two legends in 2009. The great Maestro Ali Akbar Khan passed away in June at his San Anselmo home. We also lost the one and only Norton Buffalo in November. May their music and legacies live on. Thanks to everyone who participated in or supported the North Bay Music scene last year. Also thanks for all the e-mails and input from local musicians, music fans and readers. Rawk on in 2010!< Got a hot tip for The Beat? E-mail me at

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sounds and style of the swing era with a huge dose of macabre, Addams Family-style mischief. The band dissolved several years ago when Presson moved to Los Angeles, but resurrected last year, and has been gradually reclaiming its name as the Bay Area’s premier performers of jump-swing dance-music from think I can say, without fear of con- Hell. Even during his recent hiatus, Presson’s tradiction,” says the whimsical online ramblings legendary Goth-swing ( have bandleader Lee Presson, maintained his reputation “that Sherlock Holmes as one of the Goth world’s is director Guy Ritchie’s most articulate authors of most coherent film to arbitrary intellectual asserdate.” Laughing, he adds tions. Less well-known, is that that isn’t necessarily that Presson, for the last 21 saying much, since Ritchie years, has annually embodied (Snatch, Revolver, RockNthe person of Edgar Allan Rolla) is widely known as Poe at San Francisco’s Dickone of the least coherent diens Christmas Fair. A recent rectors in the business. “So YouTube video of zombito have him latch onto a real fied Victorians dancing to narrative that has an actual Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” beginning, middle and end,” opens with Presson’s Poe Presson suggests, “Wow! politely raising the dead. I didn’t know he had it in Arthur Conan Doyle wrote four novels The dead also rise—or and 56 stories about Holmes from him. Much to my surprise, I 1888 to 1914. do they?—in Sherlock Holliked Sherlock Holmes a lot.” mes, a spirited reboot of the Presson is the playfully puckish masterbeloved franchise, with Robert Downey mind of, and front-person for, the notoriJr. as Holmes, Jude Law as Watson, Rachel ously off-the-wall swing-revival band Lee McAdams as the poison-packing femme faPresson and the Nails, combining the great tale, and Mark Strong as Lord Blackwood,


a murderous make-believe Satanist who sive device—a series of gears and levers, is captured by Holmes, arrested, hung the a smoked glass canister wreathed in neck until dead—and then bursts from the unnecessarily ornamental metal, lookgrave with a plan to take over the world. A ing like something Willy Wonka would bit flashier and more produce candy from, action-adventurous if Willy Wonka had than a lot of the old lived in the age of Sherlock Holmes horse-drawn steam stories, and certainly machines. much wilder and “Oh, the steamwoollier than the old punk kids are going Basil Rathbone movto love this movie,” ies, Sherlock Holmes predicts Presson. actually benefits from “Steam punk is all Ritchie’s signature the rage right now, of restlessness and cafcourse, and in many feinated camera work. ways, I think this film “I’ve never been a taps directly into what big follower of Sherthey find appealing lock Holmes, not about the steamthat I have anything engine era. It blends against him,” menscience fiction with tions Presson. “My Victorian fashion, favorite Sherlock which is what steam Holmes movie of all punk is all about. And time is The Adventure for the aficionados of of Sherlock Holmes’ the original Sherlock Smarter Brother with stories, I think the Gene Wilder. That’s movie honors the my pick for the best Conan Doyle source Holmes movie ever material while avoidmade. It came out in ing spitting in the face 1975, marking Gene The macabre bandleader’s comprehension of the plot of the many various Wilder’s directorial de- even surprised himself. Sherlocks that have but, and it just came come before.” out on DVD for the first time a couple of Indeed. As long as the aficionados don’t years ago. It’s a great what-if movie, posing mind the assertion that Holmes’ genius the question, ‘What if Sherlock Holmes had is directly connected some unspecified another brother, a younger brother, who was mental illness. jealous of Sherlock’s fame and success?’ It’s “Well,” Presson muses, “at least that’s pretty hilarious!” better than all those movies and stories from But probably not as hilarious as Rachel the ’70s that turned Sherlock Holmes into McAdams’ attempt to look like a Victori- a cocaine addict. In the ’70s, everyone was an temptress, instead of some thoroughly turning into a coke fiend. In fact, when Mimodern Millie who drops in like something chael Palin of Monty Python was a guest on from The Time Traveler’s Wife. “Saturday Night Live,” he did a very famous “She was a little out of place,” admits sketch, playing Holmes as completely neuPresson. “But she was pretty, so I didn’t rotic, scatterbrained coke-fiend. There was a mind too much.” joke in that sketch I’ve always been tempted Asked if he was jealous of Lord Blackto use at the Dickens Fair. Palin had a five wood gorgeously ornate coffin, which we pound note, rolled up into a tube, sticking see being exhumed from his crypt, Presson out of one nostril. He walked around with allows that, as the kind of guy who has that until someone noticed. actually owned coffins—and has employed “I’d really like to do the same thing,” he them as coffee tables—he was reasonably continues. “I’d put on my Edgar Allan Poe jealous of Lord B’s big black box. garb, stick a five-pound note up my nose, “When they brought that coffin up, then walk around until someone said, ‘Mr. that’s exactly what I was thinking,” he Poe! There’s a five-pound note sticking says. “Wow. That is one ornate coffin—for out of your nose!’ at which point I’ll pull it a criminal. I suppose he was royalty or out, unroll it and say, ‘Ah. I’ve been wonsomething, but still, most criminals of the dering where I left that!’”< day, especially those hanged for capital ofLee Presson and the Nails perform live on fenses, were just dumped in great big holes New Year’s Eve at Bimbo’s 365 Club, 1025 with a lot of other criminals and covered Columbus Ave. in San Francisco. The show over in lime. But, yes, that was a fantastic also includes Big Sandy and the Fly-Rite coffin. I wouldn’t mind having one of Boys, and all the usual New Year’s mayhem. those myself.” Visit for tickets. Another aspect of the film that Presson Send clues to David at found impressive was the period detail, especially in regards to the industrial era It’s your movie, speak up at machines, steam-powered boats, and ›› one very cool Jules Verne-esque exploJANUARY 1 - JANUARY 7, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 25

< 17 Class of the 00’s it will prevent further casino development in Sonoma and Marin counties. July 25 Marin poet Kay Ryan is named the 16th poet laureate of the United States. Sept. 19 The Golden Gate Bridge District Board approves a $25 million bridge median barrier project designed to prevent head-on collisions. Oct. 17 Fire erupts at Angel Island campground, engulfs 400 acres. Nov. 7 Proposition 8, a measure to ban same-sex marriage in California, passes 52 to 48 percent; SMART, the controversial Sonoma-to-Marin train commute plan, passes in its second go ‘round with voters. Nov. 14 The towns of Mill Valley, San Anselmo and Belvedere unanimously approve joining the Marin Energy Authority, giving them an option to buy an alternative “green” electricity plan from a supplier other than PG&E. They join Tiburon, Fairfax and the county in the joint powers authority. Dec. 5 San Rafael and Sausalito join Marin Energy Authority. Dec. 12 County supervisors give thumbs-up to the tourism bureau’s latest pro-

motional tagline for Marin: “Marin, just a little out there.”


Jan. 9 The conviction of Crossan Hoover is upheld by a federal court for his part in a 1982 plot to take over Marin County. Hoover was sentenced to 26 years to life in prison for killing a man in a scheme to blow up the Golden Gate and RichmondSan Rafael bridges and install laser guns on Angel Island and Mount Tamalpais. Jan. 16 County coroner says at least 34 people committed suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in 2008. Jan. 23 Thanks to one of the final moves of the Bush administration toward the end of 2008, a rule allowing concealed weapons in national parks such as the Point Reyes National Seashore and Muir Woods takes effect. Jan. 30 The recession hits home big time: Funding for more than 75 public works projects in Marin are halted by the state; Yardbirds of San Rafael announces plans to close; and San Rafael

Chevrolet closes up shop. Feb. 20 Footloose references abound as Drake High School bans schoolsponsored dances after complaints of provocative dress, dance-styles and behavior at its winter formal. March 13 The “Well Being Index” nationwide health survey ranks Marin 6 out of 435 congressional districts for overall “healthy behavior.” March 20 An appellate court unanimously rules that the contested Ross Valley flood-control fee mail-in election was unconstitutional, thereby negating the county-approved fee. May 1 Marin Health and Human Services confirm that two San Rafael residents—a 60-year-old woman and her 1-year-old granddaughter—are suffering from swine flu after returning from a trip to Mexico. May 8 Disagreeing with findings by the National Park Service, the National Academy of Sciences finds that the Drakes Bay Oyster Company is not harming the estuary ecosystem of Point Reyes National Seashore. May 15 Zany right-wing shock jock Michael “Savage” Weiner, a Tiburon resident, is barred from entering the

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United Kingdom due to his alleged “hate mongering.” May 22 In a new report, the county civil grand jury expresses doubt over the Healthcare District’s ability to manage Marin General after it resumed control from Sutter Health in 2010; grand jury suggests that the hospital instead be “transferred to a financially strong nonprofit health system such as Sutter Health.” May 29 The Environmental Protection Agency rescinds its approval of the two Checkmate pesticides previously used in California’s apple moth spray program. The Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage is upheld by the California Supreme Court in a 6-1 decision. July 3 Due to budget woes, Gov. Schwarzenegger announces plans to close 220 state parks; National Park Service threatens to seize control of Angel Island and Mt. Tam. July 17 Town of Tiburon announces plans to install surveillance cameras on the roads leading in and out of town. July 31 Novato Sanitary District board moves ahead with plans to privatize the operations of its $90 million wastewater treatment plant—drawing large crowds to its usually sedate public

hearings and, according to some reports, veiled death threats.

2010. The first Habitat for Humanity project breaks ground in Novato.

Aug. 7 Report reveals that Sutter Health has transferred nearly $90 million from Marin General since the decision to part ways with Marin Healthcare District two years earlier; legislators demand an investigation.

Nov. 13 Longtime Novato couple Sam Mejia and Elida Perez, along with 4-yearold daughter Dulce, are deported to Guatemala following a two-year legal battle that ensued with the ICE raids of 2007. The couple, who arrived in Marin illegally in the early ’90s after fleeing their war-torn native country, leave behind their 18-year-old son and 14-yearold daughter.

Aug. 28 Ross School, located in one of the wealthiest towns on the planet, lucks out in a state-run lottery for a $2.85 million school construction bond tax credit. Sept. 4 Marin health care advocates can’t get a word in edgewise, as a town hall meeting with Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey turns circuslike when anti-healthcare conservatives storm the Petaluma Veterans Memorial Hall. Oct. 2 San Rafael bookkeeper Kristy Watts, 47, pleads guilty to wire fraud and tax evasion after embezzling at least $400,000 from best-selling romance novelist Danielle Steel. Oct. 9 Singer Sammy Hagar and chef Tyler Florence announce plans to take over the 61-year-old Mill Valley French eatery El Paseo. Oct. 30 Legendary archin, tect Lawrence Halprin, of Kentfield, dies at thee age of 93. ld Nov. 6 Century-old ue 142 entertainment venue heatre Throckmorton Theatre announces funding needs Mark Pitta of $500,000 in order to remain open in

Nov. 20 Mark C. Anderson, the 61-year-old Sausalito man accused of setting fire to over $200 million worth of fine wines in 2005, reverses his not-guilty plea, avoiding a possible sentence of life in prison on 19 criminal counts, including arson, mail fraud and tax evasion. Nov. 27 A countywide plan to rotate temporary emergency homeless shelters at churches through winter is set to begin Dec. 1 and run through March. Dec. 11 County civil grand jury urges Marin Energy Authority to abandon plans for community choice aggregation of clean energy; critics of the report suggest the jury has been misled by PG&E propaganda. D Dec. 25 Supposedly airqu quality-conscious Mar Marinites get red ho hot when Dec. 25 “sp “spare the air” ale alerts—bannin ning fireplace acti y activity���leave ccounty Yule logs cold; Christmas ruined. ruined e .<

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Queen Victoria would like to wish you and yours a very happy New Year. O 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 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 An Education (1:40) Conundrum: should pre-Swinging London schoolgirl Carey Mulligan head off to Oxford or pursue the naughty life with a sexy older man? 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 Free 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 a role in Orson Welles’ landmark 1937 Broadway production of “Julius Caesar” and falls under the wunderkind’s larger-than-life spell.

O The Metropolitan Opera: Les Contes d’Hoffman (4:10) Catch Offenbach’s majestically musical bio of the amorous German scribe, live from New York in all its high-def big-screen glory. O Nine (1:50) Rob Marshall brings the Broadway musical version of Fellini’s “81/2” 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 Sherlock Holmes (2:14) The super-sleuth is back in the form of a karate-chopping, lascivious Robert Downey, Jr.; Jude Law is Dr. Watson. O Short Films from the 2009 Sundance Film Festival (1:55) Ten short subjects from last year’s fest make up a cinematic smorgasbord of cartoons, comedies, documentaries and dramas from around the globe. 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 uber-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. <

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›› MOViE TiMES (Untitled) (R) Rafael Film Center: 6:45 Sat-Sun 2:15, 6:45 A Single Man (R) ++++ Century Regency 6: Fri-Tue, Thu 11:10, 1:45, 4:20, 7:10, 9:55 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (G) Century Northgate 15: 10:50, 11:35, 12:15, 1:05, 1:45, 2:35, 3:35, 4:20, 5:05, 5:55, 6:40, 7:20, 8:15, 9, 9:40, 10:35 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:20, 2:30, 5, 7:10, 9:20 An Education (PG-13) +++ Rafael Film Center: 4:30, 9 Avatar (PG-13) +++Century Cinema: Fri-Wed 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 at 11:50, 3:20, 7, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:50, 3:20, 6:50, 10:15 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12, 3:15, 6:30, 9:40 Sun 12, 3:15, 6:30 Mon-Thu 3:15, 6:30 The Blind Side (PG-13) ++ Century Northgate 15: 11:05, 1:55, 4:45, 7:35, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 4:10, 7 Broken Embraces (R) +++ Rafael Film Center: Fri 3:45, 6:30, 9:15 Sat-Sun 1, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:15 Did You Hear About the Morgans? (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:15, 1:40, 9:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:10, 1:45, 9:50 Disney’s A Christmas Carol (PG) +++ Century Northgate 15: 4:25, 6:45 Invictus (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri-Sun 1, 4:10, 7:15, 10:25 Mon-Thu 630, 9:30 Century Regency 6: Fri-Tue, Thu 12:25, 3:35, 7, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza:


10:55, 1:50, 4:45, 7:40, 10:30 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1, 4, 7:10, 10:05 Sun 1, 4, 7:10 Mon-Thu 1:40, 4:35, 7:30 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri-Sat 1, 3:50, 6:45, 9:30 Sun 1, 3:50, 6:45 Mon-Thu 3:50, 6:45 It’s Complicated (R) +++ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri-Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 Mon-Thu 6:50, 9:35 Century Regency 6: Fri-Tue, Thu 10:45, 12:10, 1:35, 3, 4:30, 5:55, 7:25, 8:50, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:20, 2:10, 4:55, 7:45, 10:25 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:35, 4:30, 7:20, 10 Sun 1:35, 4:30, 7:20 Mon-Thu 1:50, 5, 7:40 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri-Sat 1:15, 4, 7, 9:40 Sun 1:15, 4, 7 Mon-Thu 4, 7 Me and Orson Welles (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Northgate 15: 12:45, 9:45 The Metropolitan Opera: Les Contes d’Hoffman (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 6:30 Lark Theater: Wed 6:30 Nine (PG-13) +1/2 Century Northgate 15: 10:55, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:10 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:20, 7, 9:35 Sat 1:45, 4:20, 7, 9:35 Sun 1:45, 4:20, 7 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:15 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 11:55, 2:20, 4:50, 7:25, 9:45 Sun 11:55, 2:20, 4:50, 7:25 Mon-Thu 2:20, 4:50, 7:25 The Princess and the Frog (G) +++ Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 2:25, 4:55, 7:25, 9:50 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:10, 2:40, 5:05, 7:25, 9:45 Fairfax 5 Theatres: FriSat 12:10, 2:25, 4:45, 7:05, 9:30 Sun 12:10, 2:25, 4:45, 7:05 Mon-Thu 2:25, 4:45, 7:05 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 1:20, 3:30, 5:40, 7:45 Sun 11:10, 1:20, 3:30, 5:40

New Movies This Week Mon-Tue 3:40, 6 Wed 1:30, 3:40 Thu 1:30, 3:40, 6 Sherlock Holmes (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri-Sun 12:45, 3:50, 7, 10:15 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:40 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 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:15, 4:10, 7, 9:50 Sun 1:15, 4:10, 7 Mon-Thu 1:30, 4:25, 7:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:20, 4:15, 7:05, 9:55 Sun 1:20, 4:15, 7:05 Mon-Thu 1:50, 4:40, 7:30 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri-Sat 12:45, 3:30, 6:30, 9:20 Sun 12:45, 3:30, 6:30 Mon-Thu 3:30, 6:30 Short Films from the 2009 Sundance Film Festival (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 7, 9:30 Sat-Sun 1:45, 4:15, 7, 9:30 MonThu 7, 9:30 The Twilight Saga: New Moon (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 3:40, 6:50 Up in the Air (R) +++1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 11:30, 2:20, 5, 7:45, 10:30-Sun 11:30, 2:20, 5, 7:45, 10:30 Mon-Thu 7, 9:35 Century Regency 6: Fri-Tue, Thu 11, 12:35, 1:55, 3:20, 4:40, 6:05, 7:35, 9:05, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 2:15, 4:50, 7:20, 10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:05, 2:30, 5:10, 7:35, 10 Sun 12:05, 2:30, 5:10, 7:35 Mon-Thu 2:30, 5:10, 7:35 The Young Victoria (PG) +++1/2 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 3:45, 6:15, 8:40 Sat-Sun 1:15, 3:45, 6:15, 8:40 Mon, Tue, Thu 5:35, 8 Wed 3:45

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

‘Love You More’ is just one of the marvelous mini-movies showing this week as part of the Rafael’s program of short subjects from the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.



F R I D AY J A N UA R Y 1 — F R I D AY J A N UA R Y 8 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar

Highlights from our online community calendar— great things to do this week in Marin..

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Live music 12/31: New Year’s Eve: A Night to Remember

Unlimited Orchestra Folk diva. 9pm. Sleeping

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 .

01/07: Steve Seskin, Craig Carothers and Don Henry Folk singer/songwriters. 8pm. $20. 142

01/01: Jesse Kincaid and the New Rising Sons With Kurt Huget. 8:30pm. $7. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina, Sausalito.

01/01: Mike Angel Group Jazz vocalist. 7:30pm. Saylor’s, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 01/02: Jocelyn Steele Jazz standards. 7pm. Saylor’s, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 01/02: Michael Schenker Group 9:30pm. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax.

01/02: Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings Slide guitar. 8:30pm. $15-18. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 01/03: Lauralee Brown and Company Jazz. In the bar. 4pm Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 01/05: Swing Fever Music of Duke Ellington and Hoagy Carmichael. 7-10pm. Free. Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www. 01/06: Al Kooper Rare solo performance. 8pm. $25. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 01/06: James Moseley Trio Jazz, blues. 7pm. Free. Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 01/07: Ann Brewer with Jorge Castellanos and Larry Dunlap. 6:30-9:30pm. Free. Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993.

01/07: Claudia Russell and the Folk

Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 3839600. 01/08: Cryptical Grateful Dead covers. 9:30pm. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 01/08: Jazz Philosophy Modern jazz. 7:30pm. Saylor’s, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 01/08:The Rancho Allstars With special guest Bobby Murray. In the bar 8pm. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 01/08:Treble at BASS With Stone Cold Culture, the Blenders, Cypher Syndicate, Rule 5. 8pm. $5-10. BASS, 85 Mitchell Blvd., San Rafael. Fridays: Brian Wallace English Pub music in front of the hearth. 6pm. Pelican Inn, Muir Beach. Mondays: Open Mic w/ KC Turner 8-10pm. Free. Finnegan’s Marin, 877 Grant Ave., Novato. 899-1516.

Theater/Auditions 01/07-08: Marin Youth Performers Audition For the upcoming production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Performers ages 8-18. 3:30-6pm. Free. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 383-9613.

Blood, Sweat & Tears founder Al Kooper will host a super session Jan. 6 at 19 Broadway. 28 PACIFIC SUN JANUARY 1 – JANUARY 7, 2010

Hawaiian musician Cyril Pahinui crosses the Atlantic to the Sleeping Lady Cafe for a Jan. 2 show.

Art 01/01-02/02: ‘Intimate Spaces Third Movement’ Works by “Small Works” juried exhibit winners Gerald Kotler, Katherine Lewis and Brenda Cariati. Opening Reception Jan 1, 6pm. Live music with Em K. 11am-6pm. Free. elsewhere gallery, 1828 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 747-8696. 01/03: First Sunday Open Studios Over 40 working artists, in 3 buildings, will open their

doors to public. 11am-4pm. Free. 501 Palm Drive and 781 Hamilton Parkway, Novato. 883-1066.

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

BEST BET Five minutes to fame

A couple weeks ago, a Uruguayan man’s five-minute sci-fi short film Panic Attack went viral on YouTube and landed him an alleged $30 million feature-length movie deal with Sam Raimi. Thankfully, the programmers at Sundance this year sifted through some of the world’s best shorts made by real filmmakers, showcasing more than 90 at the illustrious Park City, Utah, festival. And now the good folks at Smith Rafael Film Center will highlight 10 of those for one week at the ‘Short Term 12’ gives film goers a look at life inside a SHORT FILMS FROM THE 2009 residential facility for at-risk teens SUNDANCE FILM FEST. The 10 shorts the Rafael selected include John and Karen (U.K), an animated love story reconciling the romance between a polar bear and a penguin; a young tries to warn his community of an impending alien invasion in Attack of the Robots from Nebula-5 (Spain); a woman shows how hard it is to make ends meet in Omelette (Bulgaria); Steel Homes (U.K.) explores self-storage units as portraits of human life; and the supervisor of a teen halfway house begins to realize that he may be no better off than the troubled kids he’s trying to help in Short Term 12—winner of Sundance’s 2009 Jury Prize in U.S. Short Filmmaking. Jan. 1-7 at the Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. Tickets and info: call 415/454-1222 or visit —Samantha Campos

Point Reyes. 663-1347.

Through 01/13: Jane Calender Art Exhibit Oil paintings of Marin County & California Coastline. 1-7pm. Free. Ross Valley Winery, 343 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 457-5157. www. Through 01/16: Fay Wyles Paintings. Free. Studio Green, 232 Sir Frances Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 721-0905.

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 Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings slide into Rancho Nicasio on Jan. 2. 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.

Through 01/03: ‘Picks: New Weaving and Textile Art’ Tamalpais Weavers Guild members showcase varieties of textile manipulation. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.usace.

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. www. Through 01/08: Charles Fox “Movement.” Large scale black and white photographs. 3-5pm. Commonweal, 451 Mesa Road, Bolinas. 8680970.

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, Evvy Eisen, Kathleen Goodwin, Margarito Loza, Kurt Lai, Alejandra Macias, Imelda Macias, Raoul Macias, Gale McKee, Maricela Mora, H.D. Mott, Juanita Romo, Igor Sazevich, C.R. Snyder, Nancy Stein and Anne Vitale. In collaboration with Pt Reyes Books. And works by Mary Mountcastle Eubank. Wed.-Mon. 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One,

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.

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.

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. 9am-5pm. Free. Marin County Civic Center, 1st and 3rd Floor Galleries, 3501 Civic Center Dr., Room 329, San Rafael. 499-8350, Ext. 362.

Talks/Lectures 01/04 and 01/07: Condoleeza Rice Former U.S. Secretary of State speaks. 8pm. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. 01/06: Amish Quilts as Abstract Art Martha Walker gives an illustrated talk on “Amish Quilts: Geometry and Simplicity, Community and Belief,” providing background on a current exhibition at the de Young Museum. 1-2pm. Free. San Rafael City Council Chambers, 1400 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 485-3321. 01/07-08: Condoleeza Rice Former U.S. Secretary of State speaks. 7pm. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800.

Readings 01/05: Adriana Trigiani The author talks about “Very Valentine.” 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/05: Raj Patel Author discusses “The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/06: Bill Bagley Former California Assemblyman Bill Bagley talks about “California’s Golden Years: When Government Worked and Why.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

BEST BET The world is but a canvas.. It has all the makings of a cult classic: a Dali-esque morality tale involving a deal with the devil and featuring a hot, young Hollywood actor (Heath Ledger) who died tragically before filming ended. Written by Monty Python alumni Terry Gilliam (who also directed the film) and Charles McKeown— the same team who created Brazil (1985) and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)—THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS Lily Cole sparks the imagination—and a deal with the devil— tells the story of 1,000-year- in ’The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.’ old Dr. Parnassus (Christopher Plummer), who has the ability to guide the imaginations of others, utilizing his interactive traveling sideshow. Along the way, Dr. Parnassus makes many bets with the devil (Tom Waits)—one of which involves his daughter Valentina (Lily Cole), who has fallen for outsider Tony (Heath Ledger in a patchwork role resumed by Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell), but may be sacrificed if the troupe cannot fulfill its end of the bargain with Beelzebub. Opens Jan. 8 at the Century Regency 6, 280 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. —SC

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01/01-07: Short Films from the 2009 Sundance Film Fest Ten films selected from the 91 short films screened at the 2009 Festival. $5.5010. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222.

01/04: 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. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 388-4331. www.

NonproďŹ ts/Volunteers 01/02-03: 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.

Support Groups

01/05: Helping The Homeless In Marin

01/05: Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Support Group Wives

Homeward Bound and St. Vincent de Paul will present videos and speakers regarding services for the homeless and how you can help. 7-9pm. Free. Community Room, Town Center, Corte Madera. 488-4673. 01/06: Marin Coalition Luncheon Jonathan Frieman, a lawyer and non-profit consultant, will speak on the 2010 ballot initiative The California Fair Elections Act. Please rsvp. 11:30am-1:30pm. $18. Chalet Basque, 405 N. San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 454-8877. 01/07: Living Within Our Watershed Dis-

of husbands with Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Disease can share their feelings at this monthly support group. Free. Every first Tuesday of the month from 10-11:30am at 4340 Redwood Hwy. #D-314 in San Rafael. 472-4340.

Thursdays: Mindfulness in Healing Wellbeing Support Group Sharing experiences of well being inspire us to take charge of our own healing. Be well! Every Thursday. 7-8:30pm. Free - donations accepted Pine Street Clinic, 124 Pine St., San Anselmo. 461-6476. <

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01/07: Don Lattin The author discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Harvard Psychedelic Club.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/08: Janice Y.H. Lee The author talks about her debut novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Piano Teacher.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

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. 01/01: Singles New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s Day Hike Join other singles (mostly age 40+) for a New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day hike out Tennessee Valley Trail. Bring a picnic lunch! Noon-3pm. Tennessee Valley Trailhead, Mill Valley. 510-233-9700. www.


Go to www.paciďŹ and click on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Submit a Listing.â&#x20AC;? Listings are eligible for the print Sundial and our PaciďŹ c Sun Online Community Calendar. Deadline for print is Thursday one week prior to our Friday publication. E-mail high-res jpgs to calendar@paciďŹ

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459-0449 440 Massage Therapy ATTENTION PACIFIC SUN READERS The Pacific Sun makes every effort to ensure that our Massage & Healing Section contains only legitimate advertisors who strictly adhere to professional standards of conduct. This section is for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork or Healing ONLY. Readers are encouraged to contact the Pacific Sun if they find that any of these practitioners are falsely advertising in this section.


450 Personal Growth Get Out of Survival Mode Irritable? Tired? Hopeless? Depth psychotherapy can make a difference. Exp. therapist has 2 low fee spots & sliding scale. Insurance billed. Claudia Miles, MFT, MFC #38418, San Rafael, www., 415-460-9737.

TEACH ENGLISH ABROAD! Become TEFL certified. 4-week course offered monthly in Prague. Jobs available worldwide. Lifetime job assistance. Tuition: 1300 Euros. (AAN CAN) Part Time Job Offer As part of our expansion program,NorthWest Resources LLC is in need of people to work as part time account managers,payment and sales representatives,it pays a minimum of $3000 a month plus benefits and takes only little of your time.Please contact us for more details...Requirements -Should be a computer Literate.2-3 hours access to the internet weekly.Must be Honest and Loyal.Must be Efficient and Dedicated.If you are interested and need more information,Contact John H Churchill,Email : nwestresourcesllc@

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seminars AND workshops WOMEN’S GROUP Become part of a circle of women who come together

weekly to support each other with life issues, to grow spiritually & psychologically, and deepen their capacity to create emotionally satisfying relationships. Also coed groups, for both singles and partnered/married, as well as individual and/or couples sessions. San Rafael. For more information, call Renee Owen, LMFT#35255 at 415/453-8117.

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645 Office/Home Business Services Marketing Services Health & Wellness Products Opportunity. Need help?$$s Do you have the Desire? Will you do what it takes? Call for an Interview. Mon-Fri, 10AM - 2PM. Call Mr. Galvin @ 415-246-0928

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877-415-9887 HOME SERVICES 715 Cleaning Services ADVANCED HOUSE CLEANING Licensed. Bonded. Insured. Will do windows. Call Pat 415.310.8784 All Marin Housecleaning Licensed, Bonded, Insured. Will do Windows. Ophelia 415-717-7157 415892-2303 Housecleaning Plus Complete Housecleaning Services + patios/decks. 22 yrs Marin experience. Excel. Refs. Very affordable. Also laundry/ironing. Call Nora @ 883-1370



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Gardening, Hauling, Fire Break, etc. Tree Service Call Patrick

757 Handyman/ Repairs

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759 Hauling Specializing in Garage Clutter Clean-out Fun, Fast & Reliable

Commercial/Residential • Color Specialists Container Gardens • Rose Care

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779 Organizing Services ORGANIZE – DON’T AGONIZE! • Professional Organizer • Personal Assistant • Pre-Tax Organization • Professional Shopper • Publicity

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REAL ESTATE 801 Apartments/ Condos/Studios San Rafael, 1 BR/1 BA - $1200 San Rafael, 1 BR/1 BA - $1200

815 Rentals Wanted Living Situation or Roommate

Townhouse to Share Huge sunny unfurnished private room with adjoining deck & views in 2 bedroom, 1 & 1/2 bath Townhouse in lovely apartment complex near downtown Tiburon. Heated pool, laundry on premises. Move in January 1st. Utilities included. $900/mo. References please. Call 415-722-7147.

825 Homes/Condos for Sale AFFORDABLE MARIN? I can show you 50 homes under $300,000. Call Cindy@ 415-902-2729 Christine Champion, Broker Fairfax, 1 BR/1 BA - $679,000

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415.446.0133 32 PACIFIC SUN JANUARY 1 - JANUARY 7, 2010

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860 Housesitting ENGLISH HOUSESITTER Will love your pets, pamper your plants, ease your mind, while you’re out of town. Rates negotiable. References available upon request. Long term/short term. Leave message for Jill 415-927-1454

840 Vacation Rentals/Time Shares

GET INVOLVED An Orientation to Service and Volunteerism Thursday, January 7, 6:30-7:30pm The session will include a guide on how to use our free, personalized matching services. Volunteer opportunities include flexible one day, remote, ongoing, skill-based, and nonprofit board service. Join us, learn, share your experiences and meet your community! Register now on or call 415/479-5710.

Long Term Care Ombudsman, Aging and Adult Services Civic Center Volunteers Interested in assuring the safety and proper treatment of the elderly in long-term care facilities? This position requires 36 hours of training for certification, bi-monthly in-service training sessions, fingerprinting and background clearance. The Ombudsman will regularly visit skilled nursing facilities and/or residential care homes to establish a presence and develop rapport with both staff and residents; receive, investigate, and resolve complaints and problems of residents of long-term care facilities; investigate complaints of elder/dependent abuse; submit timely and accurate documentation of complaints and activities, and submit written reports on a monthly basis; refer cases to the Ombudsman coordinator when necessary. Good judgment and ability to abide by confidentiality regulations are a must. Medical or social work background helpful. Must possess a current driver’s license and insurance (mileage paid by program).

Contact Diana Kelly: 415/499-7407 or

Help Marin County Families Get the Tax Refund They Deserve Earn It! Keep It! Save It! Marin The Earn It! Keep It! Save It! Marin Coalition provides free tax preparation to low- to moderate-income individuals, families, and seniors. Tax returns are prepared by trained volunteers through a partnership with AARP Tax-Aide, United Way of the Bay Area, IRS, Prosperity Partners, and other local community organizations. Please join our exciting coalition of volunteers. We provide training and link you to a local site to assist low-income families and seniors in your community. We have sites throughout Marin. This is a great way to learn new skills and be involved in making a difference in your community.

Contact Reed Mayfield: 415/526-7533 or The Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership 555 Northgate Drive San Rafael, CA 94903 415/479-5710 FAX 415/479-9722

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771 Painting/ Wallpaper

Marin Hardscape Construction Inc.


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KIRK’S CARRY ALL MOVERS Moving Marin 1 box at a time since 1989! Lic. & insured (CalT181943). Tel.415-927-3648

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NOTICE TO READERS It is illegal for an unlicensed person to perform contracting work on any project valued at $500.00 or more in labor and materials. State law also requires that contractors include their license numbers on all advertising . Check your contractor’s status at or 800-321-CSLB (2752). Unlicensed persons taking jobs that total less than $500.00 must state in their advertisements that they are not licensed by the Contractors State License Board

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719 Remodeling/ Additions Additions & Remodeling Foundation Retrofit

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Connect to more volunteer opportunities by visiting Hundreds of nonprofit organizations work hard to make our community a healthier, happier place. But they can’t do it without you. They need willing volunteers and donations of money or usable goods to fuel their efforts. The Pacific Sun publicizes volunteer opportunities and the “wish lists” of worthy North Bay organizations on an ongoing basis, working with the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin. We hope our readers will scan the list regularly and find a match between their personal interests and the very real need that’s out there.

PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2009122602 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as VERSATILE CONSULTING PARTNERS, LLP, 700 LARKSPUR LANDING CIRCLE, SUITE 199, LARKSPUR, CA 94939; VERSAPAR, LLP, 700 LARKSPUR LANDING CIRCLE, SUITE 199, LARKSPUR, CA 94939; VERSAPAR, 700 LARKSPUR LANDING CIRCLE, SUITE 199, LARKSPUR, CA 94939.: MICHAEL MOJABI, 700 LARKSPUR LANDING CIRCLE, SUITE 199, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by a limited partnership. 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 3, 2009. (Publication Dates: December 11, 18, 25, 2009; January 1, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122645 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ACCOUNTABLE COMPUTER SERVICES, 1608-B SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BOULEVARD, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: REGINALD L. JOHNSON, 668 BAMBOO TERRACE, 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 Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 9, 2009. (Publication Dates: December 18, 25, 2009; January 1, 8, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2009122615 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as JS CAPITAL, 9 SALEM COVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARY SUE C. JACKINSKY, 9 SALEM COVE, SAN RAFAEL, 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 Clerk-

Recorder of Marin County on December 15, 2009. (Publication Dates: December 18, 25, 2009; January 1, 8, 2010) 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 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: December 25, 2009; January 1, 8, 15, 2010) 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) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2009122612 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NORTH BAY SPORTS AND SOCIAL CLUB, 301 NORTH AVENUE, #302, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: CRAZY DOG, LLC, 301 NORTH AVENUE, #302, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. 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 4, 2009. (Publication Dates: January 1, 8, 15, 22, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122711 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MONTECITO TRAVEL CENTER, 1304 LAS RAPOSAS ROAD, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: HOOSHANG MOSTOUFI, 1304 LAS RAPOSAS ROAD, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 30, 2009. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on December 17, 2009. (Publication Dates: January 1, 8, 15, 22, 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 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,


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ARIES (March 20 - April 19) The New Year’s Eve lunar eclipse brings you an opportunity to break free from a family member who constantly requires rescuing. Although not a very party-like activity, taking some time to gently release this bond will help both of you in the long run. Meanwhile, finding a career or purpose that awakens your passion will be your focus in 2010. This won’t be easy, which is not a problem since you love a challenge. But, it also won’t be fast, which is a problem since you have no patience. Perhaps a meditation course will help. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Are you being strong and silent, or are you just refusing to communicate? The lunar eclipse on New Year’s Eve helps you understand the difference. Use this information to strengthen your weakest communication lines. As for 2010, a strong desire to learn will dictate your reading habits and your television viewing. Nonfiction books will replace novels. History, science, and paranormal programs will replace comedies and dramas. Truth, the final frontier. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Have you considered finances a boring subject and not worthy of your brainpower? In this economy, that is not exactly smart. The New Year’s Eve lunar eclipse exposes the danger in avoiding this topic. Remember: Knowledge is power—no matter what the subject. In 2010, you must confront an ending in some part of your life. This will help you develop a deeper understanding of the mysteries of life. Some years are more intense than others and this is one of them. Happy New Year, Gemini. You’ve just moved out of the lightweight category. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) The lunar eclipse in your sign on New Year’s Eve provides extra ammunition for getting rid of those hard-to-break personal habits. Whether you need to give up smoking, eating donuts, or watching daytime TV, you can now take the first step in moving on. Meanwhile, partnerships are a major focus in 2010. If you start a new romantic relationship, it is likely to be profound and fateful. Or, a business partner could make a significant difference in your life by helping you find your purpose. Change is in the stars. Security? Not so much. LEO (July 22 - August 22) It’s time to let go of any paranoid imaginings that keep you from sleeping peacefully. And, this is exactly what the New Year’s Eve eclipse can do for you. Free your unconscious mind from implausible concerns. As for 2010, your work life cannot remain the same. Something has got to give, whether it is a change in company policies, the number of employees, or your own desire to do something that makes a difference. It’s a jungle out there. Good thing you’re in charge of it. VIRGO (August 23 - Sept. 21) There are friends who are definitely keepers. Then there are “friends” who don’t deserve the title. This New Year’s Eve you are encouraged to leave behind an unworthy pal that you keep around for old time’s sake. As for 2010, it is time to let yourself truly enjoy who you are without worrying about what others think. You are heading into a long phase of creative development. So, whatever you do, don’t let any self-criticism get in your way. LIBRA (Sept.22 - Oct. 22) When a lunar eclipse occurs at the top of your chart, you need to pay attention. This New Year’s Eve you will understand that a certain authority figure in your life is not, in fact, the boss of you. In the upcoming year, you must begin to release familiar patterns that no longer have a purposeful function in your life. Doing something simply because that’s what you’ve always done is no longer valid. The bottom line? It’s time to stop trying to understand everyone else and start trying to understand you. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) If you go to the same vacation spot every year or you rarely travel at all, you need to make a New Year’s resolution to do something different. The lunar eclipse in your exploration house can help, so please renew your passport. As for 2010, you have an intense desire to learn and communicate. This requires that you share your thoughts and ideas rather than keeping them private. You may decide to write a book—one that is under your real name instead of a pseudonym. Wow. This is progress. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 20) 2009 ends with a psychically cleansing full moon lunar eclipse. This gives you the impetus to let go of the past and head into 2010 ready for a fresh start. In spite of being a mutable sign, you can be quite opinionated. Certain of your dogmatic views are worn, dated and in need of being replaced. Consider this the beginning point of recognizing the shortcomings of old stubborn values. Hey. You have to start somewhere, right? CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 - Jan. 18) Is there a relationship in your life that is comforting but going nowhere? This New Year’s Eve provides an opportunity to reflect on this union and determine whether to move on or revive it. Meanwhile, you are in full transformational mode for the next 10 years. 2010 is only the beginning, but it is an important era that cannot be taken lightly. You must be brutally honest with yourself about where you need to change on the most fundamental level. Will it be a bit painful? Probably. But, like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, the end result will be dazzling. AQUARIUS (Jan. 19 - Feb. 17) If you’ve been starting and stopping with your fitness regime, you have an opportunity to make a commitment and stick to it on New Year’s Eve when the lunar eclipse helps you rid yourself of unhealthy habits. As for 2010, you may feel

like you are in the dark about what to do with your life. In fact, you have an amazing ability to tap into your unconscious and find your path. But, first, you must turn off all electronic portable devices and relax. PISCES (Feb. 18 - March 19) Are you hoping for a party forecast? Sorry, but this week is more reflective than festive. Consider your creative talents and where they stand right now. Are they languishing while you struggle to make a living? In 2010 you must begin to look at the future as a genuine possibility instead of a dream. You create that future by believing in it. Jupiter will soon be in your sign, bringing luck, faith and fame if you keep your hopes high. “Oops there goes another rubber tree plant.”< Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at JANUARY 1 - JANUARY 7, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 33

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I left my husband for a co-worker I was having an affair with, and accidentally got pregnant. He wasn’t thrilled, but manned up and married me. Sex soon dried up. We haven’t had it for two years! I kissed him and he recoiled, saying I was “in his space.” I asked why he married me. He said, “I never wanted to or to be a father, but now I have to deal with both.” I know he isn’t cheating. I told him he was setting me up for an affair. He said, “Do what you need to do.” I started sleeping with my ex-husband—until his wife found out. My girlfriends say I should leave, that children are resilient, but I’m almost 40, and my 5-year-old son adores his father. We don’t fight, but we don’t talk either, and he won’t do anything with me unless our son’s involved. I’m trying not to get jealous over their relationship.—Not Miserable, Not Happy


This little boy isn’t in your lives because you walked out on the porch one day as a stork in a UPS outfit was dropping him off in a basket. Since you aren’t 11 and sneaking cigarettes behind the school Dumpster when you should be in sex ed, you know very well what happens when Mr. Sperm and Miss Egg have a meet ‘n’ greet. But, I’m guessing you gambled that having a kid would move your relationship to the next level. And lookie here, it did: into bitterness, envy and resentment. Your husband’s paying bigtime for his own cavalier approach to birth control: the unspoken understanding that he was up for a few hot minutes in the office supply closet, not 21 years in a suburban tract home in a pretty good school system. Terribly sorry you aren’t getting any, and that it’s awful chilly in there, but your right to be all about you ended the day another human being came out of your body. Those so-called “resilient” children of parents who’ve split up have the worst outcomes across the board—in everything from school performance to emotional stability to their own relationships as adults. Unless your home life is so ugly that your kid would be better off if you divorced, you and Frosty need to “do what you need to do” to make this work the best you can. Although he was as big a boob as you were about birth control, your best chance of thawing him a little is expressing remorse for sucking him into this situation. Give him props for what a great dad he’s been, and ask him to team up with you to do right by your kid. This isn’t about getting him from “you’re in my space” to “you’re the light of my life,” but getting him to a couples therapist so you can figure out how to be a couple of loving (or at least friendly) roommates raising a kid together. This kid, like all kids, deserves a fairytale childhood: parents who make him believe he was born because Mommy and Daddy loved each other sooo much!...not because they were all “Gee whiz, we had no idea that could happen from a toilet seat!”

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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) 6554444. (Publication Dates: December 18, 25, 2009; January 1, 8, 2010)

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ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 096461. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JO ANN JAGIELO filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: JO ANN JAGIELO to JOSEPHINE ANN JAGIELO. 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: April 12, 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 28, 2009 /s/ VERNA A. ADAMS, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: January 1, 8, 15, 22, 2010)


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I’ve been on and off all year with a guy who’d just ended a 10-year relationship. He always acted skittish about getting attached. After two months apart, we started seeing each other again last week. He’s suddenly saying stuff like “I just want to hold you.” Is this a sign he wants a serious relationship?—Hopeful


A Florida woman sold her grilled cheese sandwich on eBay for $28,000 after spotting the Virgin Mary on it—well, how the Virgin Mary might look as played by Charlize Theron in a trench coat and a finger wave. People manage to see whatever’s meaningful to them, whatever tells the story that makes them feel good. You, for example, have a week of “I just want to hold you,” and never mind that year of “I just want to hold you at arm’s length.” Yank off your hope-colored glasses, and let time tell you what’s what: whether he spent two months thinking about what you mean to him—or two seconds coming up with a cuddly spin on “With this much tequila in me, you’ll be lucky to get a firm hug.” <

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