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›› LETTERS Raging bullies I’m writing in regards to the Massachusetts teen who committed suicide after suffering intense bullying from nine of her classmates. What is it about grinding a fellow human being’s spirit into the gravel that is so satisfying? How can a bully, for no apparent reasons but the perception of vulnerability and opportunity, inflict such suffering and humiliation that the victim might rather be dead than continue to endure it? There are two types of bullies: The Wounding-Wounded (common bully), and the anti-social. The first can come to recognize the damage they perpetrate, learn to empathize and feel remorse, and change. The anti-social is incorrigible: their pathology is that they feel no remorse...and can have no empathy. They can’t be changed or rehabilitated. The common bully is found everywhere in American society, but true pathological bullies are rare. Bullies are opportunistic predators who use the illusion of power: posturing, cruelty and violence to control and degrade others, thus “proving” to themselves their own superiority. This behavior gives a clue to understanding the sickness. The bully is on a mission: Aggrandize the self. The “self” in question is spelled with a “little s,” for the bully is possessed of an especially little self. It has long been known that “hurt people hurt people.” Knowing the common bully is a weakling trying to prove his strength will not get us back our stolen lunch money; it will not heal the emotional wounds a victim can carry through life; it will not bring back a child

bullied to, or beyond, the brink of suicide. The bully’s power lies in her ability to ignore or rejoice in others’ suffering and to justify her behavior. A bully might make a “Darwinian” argument for their behavior and existence: To target, pursue and destroy weaker individuals in the herd, culling from the gene pool the weaker specimens, making the species stronger. This argument only works if aggression is more valuable, in the evolutionary sense, than sensitivity, kindness, loving, caring, and cooperation. Remember that a bully acts from weakness and insecurity, exercising no compassionate controls. Understand this and you can at least forgive yourself for feeling weaker. Learn what behavior is sending the cue to the bully to prey on you. Remember that a bully must see results—your suffering, or he will move on. Can you show a different face to the bully? Is there something you can do to increase your “personal power” without compromising who you are? Finally, and most importantly, forgive yourself for having been victimized. This will help you heal, while you begin to make the changes necessary to disempower the bullies. Robert Drake, conflict-resolution specialist, San Rafael

‘Bad’ as we wanna be I enjoy reading Hero & Zero, but was dismayed to see one of the most common grammatical errors made by young people appearing in the column from April 9. I cringe when I hear children say, “Oh, I want that so bad,” when the correct word is “badly.” I cringed when I read what Samantha wrote about this week’s Hero—that reader D.C. had “cut his toe really bad.” Ouch!



Transportation tax supported According to a recent poll conducted by the Transportation Authority of Marin, 65 percent of voters said they would support a $10 tax on every registered vehicle in the county... What did newspapers get from the Civil War? Have you ever read anything about Andersonville Prison in Georgia? Well, there was an imaginary line running around the interior edge of the camp and if a prisoner passed o.. Marin moms are insane In Starbucks last night, a woman, about 30, with two little kids kept about a dozen people waiting in line behind her as she let her 5 year old Madison choose what kind of cak...

Your soapbox is waiting at ›› Please be a hero by using correct grammar in print. Thanks for letting me vent! Debby Gilden,San Rafael

Editor’s note: Thanks for writing, Debby— and thanks for being such a careful reader. While we fully ’fess up to misplacing the odd semicolon now and then, this time we’re standing by Samantha’s “bad” usage. If she were to have used “badly,” an adverb, the word would have been modifying the verb “cut”—and thereby commenting on whether something was having trouble cutting the toe. By sticking with “bad,” an adjective, the word is modifying the noun “toe”—and thereby referring to the condition of the toe. Not everyone agrees with us on this, we admit. Some grammarians would be with you and “badly,” some with our “bad,” others says both usages are common enough to get a pass, while still others say “bad” can only be used following a verb that relates to the senses (feel, hurt, smell...).

If everyone can’t ride everywhere all the time—why fund bikes at all? Benefactors of the $6 million in bike-path funds mock the county’s four-wheeled unfortunates.

To me, $6 million seems like an awful lot of money to put into bike paths [Newsgrams, April 9], especially since most people only ride their bikes for recreational purposes, and there are many of us who physically can’t ride a bike (e.g., senior citizens and those with medical conditions or disabilities). And not to mention those for whom getting to work, to doctor’s appointments, to do grocery shopping, etc., by bike is simply not an option. How about using that money for projects that would benefit all of us? How about funding public transportation so that buses run more frequently and later hours? Or, widening and repairing sidewalks so people can actually walk (or use wheelchairs, or mobility scooters) on

them safely? What about putting in more crosswalks, so people can get across the street to get to the store or the bank? Have any of the Fairfax officials tried getting from downtown Fairfax to First Federal Bank, or to cross Sir Francis Drake Boulevard by foot? Without risking being run over? How about more traffic and warning lights at intersections and crosswalks, as well as more (yes more!) parking spaces, so more people who drive into town can patronize our pubs, restaurants, clubs, shops and stores? Also, why not put some money toward better enforcement of traffic-safety laws, including for cyclists? I, for one, am tired of cyclists who speed, don’t stop at stop signs and those who ride two, three or four across the road. (Don’t even get me started about the time I got yelled at and “flipped the bird” by a cyclist who hit my dog as I was walking him on the sidewalk. Or, the time my son was knocked off his own bike and nearly run over by a bicycle safety instructor.) Cindy Ross, Fairfax

Chosen again... Haven’t we suffered enough already?!

I have been trying to figure out what being Jewish has to do with people with lousy hairdye jobs [The Advice Goddess, April 9]. First the Black Plague, then the communist labor unions and now cheap hair-dye jobs. Is there anything not the fault of the Jews? Dave W., Fairfax

You’ve obviously never been to our house on Christmas morning... I’m beginning to think that young children have a better idea of what’s right or wrong than adults do. You know what my definition of an “adult” is? A child that’s been corrupted. Craig Whatley, San Rafael

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Death and taxes Revenue woes leave coroner position DOA... by Pe t e r S e i d m a n


hen the fat in county budgets gets trimmed to the bone, only muscle and vital tissue remain. That’s the situation in which many, if not most, counties in California find themselves, and Marin is no different. A financially diet-conscious electorate in the state has chosen to restrict tax revenue, a move that essentially started in 1978, when Proposition 13 put the screws to property taxes. The call then was for government to cut the fat. Anyone following national, state and local politics knows there’s a new anti-tax fever sweeping across the public consciousness. Now the current economic downturn and a state government that seems terminally dysfunctional when it comes to facing fiscal reality have magnified the financial predicament in California counties. At the start of the year, Marin supervisors were looking at a $20 million deficit. Faced with that sea of red ink, the county administrator and department heads brought a package of budget cuts to the supervisors that totaled $12 million. The county still has $8 million to trim. And those cuts won’t be easy to find or make without pain. But in the absence of mounting a drastic attack on the deficits, the county would face a deficit of $52 million in five years. Two of the cuts contemplated by the

county embody the debate over how much citizens reasonably should pay for government services and whether the current anti-tax sentiment endangers a social contract for services. Of the two cuts, one already is a done deal while the other is still up for discussion. Last year, county supervisors proposed an ordinance that would consolidate the job of the county coroner and the county sheriff. The move, according to proponents, would save the county a considerable amount of money. (The exact figure was a cause for debate.) It was not the first time a suggestion surfaced that cutting the position of a dedicated county corner could trim the county budget, but this time a tidal shift in the county’s finances was receding into deficit. “When the board first came to me in April or May of ’09,” says Ken Holmes, county corner, “they said they were going to [consolidate the coroner’s job with the sheriff ’s department]. They didn’t ask me if I thought it was a good idea. Off and on these conversations had been going on since the late ’70s. All the way along, my predecessor and I have said we have no problem with being the sheriff. “The whole focus, every ounce of training” in the sheriff ’s department “is to develop suspicion or relieve some10 >

›› NEWSGRAMS Grand jury leak still a mystery Marin District Attorney Edward Berberian says his office has been unable to determine how PG&E and others got hold of a Marin civil grand jury report criticizing the Marin Clean Energy initiative before the report’s intended public release last December. Berberian made his announcement this week, validating the assertion that the report was illegally distributed to people unauthorized to read the report in advance. But the investigation failed to yield the source of the leaks. Fairfax cartoonist wins Pulitzer Mark Fiore, 40, a self-syndicated political cartoonist/ animator who lives in Fairfax, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning this week. The Pulitzer jury praised Fiore, whose animated videos appear on, for his “biting wit, extensive research and ability to distill complex issues.”The jury also said Fiore’s works “set a high standard for an emerging form of commentary.” Since his short stint as staff cartoonist at San Jose Mercury News in the late ‘90s, Fiore’s political cartoons and animation have appeared on,,, NPR, CNN, Frontline and others. To see his prize-winning animated cartoons, visit Transportation tax supported According to a recent poll conducted by the Transportation Authority of Marin, 65 percent of voters said they would support a $10 tax on every registered vehicle in the county. The proposed transportation tax, likely to be included on the November ballot, is expected to yield $2 million annually, which would be used for street repair, public transit funding and the creation of bike paths. State PUC challenges power of PG&E The California Public Utilities Commission adopted a resolution April 8 that prevents PG&E and other utilities in the state from refusing to supply electricity to community choice aggregators like Marin Energy Authority. The bill also bans the utilities from offering incentives to not form or join a CCA, and introduces stricter guidelines for the utilities when asking customers to “opt out” of the new public power agency. Larkspur adopts ‘No on 16’ resolution At their April 7 meeting, Larkspur City Council members unanimously adopted a resolution opposing Proposition 16 on the June ballot. Prop. 16 is the PG&E-funded bill asking for a two-thirds vote to approve any Community Choice Aggregation. Shorts... Over 50 tires were slashed in Fairfax and San Anselmo on the night of April 9, following similar vandalizing of more than 70 vehicles in February. Although no arrests have yet been made, police are currently investigating a possible suspect...The town of Fairfax has been awarded $38,178 by the California Energy Commission to replace its downtown street lamps with more energy-efficient lighting...Dr. Stephen Hauser, 60, a neuroimmunologist and chairman of UCSF’s Department of Neurology who lives in Ross, has been appointed by President Obama to join the national Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.— Samantha Campos EXTRA! EXTRA! Post your Marin news at ››


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Doctor Do-libra Animal doc trains Sparky to sit, rollover, and interpret major configuration of inner planets... by Jason Walsh


Princess’s cheerful, attention-seeking nature indicated a definite Aries.

practice. And after spending two years studying the data, he composed his terrier tome to the Table of Dignities—a book called What Sign Is Your Pet? Among the earth-triplicity-shaking discoveries Wolf was panting over is “the fact that Taurus animals lie down while eating and Capricorns only bark or meow when there’s good reason.” The vet said his desire to unleash this type of theosophy wagged from wanting to write a book about how pets with different personalities require different methods of training and handling. Aside from describing personality, celestial movements can also explain health problems and critter compatibility, said Wolf, a Sagittarius. And if, like a lot of pet owners, you have no idea when Patches was born—don’t have a hissy fit. Wolf ’s zodiac “pet personality sketches” and three-part character quiz were guaranteed to key you in on which glyph to emblazon upon Max’s collar quicker than it takes a Neptunian to quincunx into a yod. Like any seasoned pet journalist worth the kibble her boss called a salary, Carroll smelled a rat. “C’mon! [My cat] Walter isn’t mellow because he’s a Virgo—it’s because he came from Bolinas,” barked the writer. “I don’t say astrology is the only, or the main, influence on pet personality or behavior,” growled Wolf. “But it’s one.” ✹ Descend into retrograde with Jason at

Rusty’s stubborn demeanor was indicative of a Libra.

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1. VISUAL: California’s largest county (by area) is the largest in the continental United States, borders two other states and is larger than nine U.S. states. Named for a Catholic saint, what is it? 2. Complete this Woody Allen quip with two words:“I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through ...“ what? 3. What are Europe’s three most populous countries? 4. What percentage of the members of the U.S. House of Representatives will face re-election in 2010? 5. VISUAL: Identify the stars of this #5 popular new film. 6. Can you name three sports whose names begin with “B” but do not end with “ball”? 7. What witty person called the Beatles the “Toppermost of the Poppermost”? 8. The state animal of Connecticut is which of the following: white-tailed deer, sperm whale or monarch butterfly? 9. VISUAL: The San Francisco Giants’ home stadium celebrates its 10th anniversary this week. 9a. What’s the (current) name of this stadium? 9b. Give two former names for this park. 10. What is the scientific name for the phenomenon that causes #9 a sound, such as a car horn, to change its pitch as it travels past you?


BONUS: Today you don’t think twice seeing these objects (mostly in the summertime), but Marco Polo must have been amazed when he first saw people wearing them in China, as early as 1275. What are they? Howard Rachelson, Marin’s Master of Trivia, invites you to live team trivia contests Wednesdays at 7:30pm at the Broken Drum in San Rafael, as well as a Trivia Fundraiser to benefit Haiti on Saturday, May 1, 7:30pm, at Congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael. Contact for more information.

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Mary Sullivan was walking Debbie C.—along with many out of a local Whole Foods a few of her neighbors—has had it with Wednesday evenings ago and had the town of Fairfax, which she says a terrible fall on the sidewalk. “[I “has a cool rep but is a terrible area was] actually tumbling into the to live.” Over the past few years, street (no more clogs for me),” she’s had her car totaled (a hitwrote an embarrassed Mary. Hav- and-run by a drunk, unlicensed ing scraped both her hands and driver), her new car keyed, side knees that fateful night, as well as mirrors smashed by a baseball bat, breaking her left humerus, Mary and then—this past Saturday—two tires was in shock and couldn’t move. “So many slashed (along with about 50 others, see people stopped and helped me that I could this week’s “Newsgrams” short). Recently, not believe it!” said Mary, giving thanks to Whole Foods manager “Gerri” and the she noticed some kids shooting guns on man collecting for the homeless. “[They the hill, and then was asked by police if were] so helpful—calling my husband, she’d seen anyone putting M-80s in neargiving me water, calling the ambulance.” by mailboxes. “I’m so stressed out by this. Due to those “good Samaritans,” Mary was Not even Oakland has it to this degree,” taken via ambulance to Kaiser and is now she said. “It’s like living in Armageddon.” —Samantha Campos slowly on the mend. Got a Hero or a Zero? Please send submissions to Toss roses, hurl stones with more Heroes and Zeros at ››


Marin’s obsession with pets and astrology took its predestined next step 20 years ago this week. While a pair of slobberyears ago ing hounds were sharing marquees with Tom Hanks and Jim Belushi, and White House spaniel Millie had signed a book contract with William Morrow and Co., county animals lovers were drooling over how their own Mr. Whiskers could paw his way into the pantheon of perfect pets. As with much of what goes on in Marin, the answers to our domesticate dilemmas were written in the stars. “Pets have personalities and go through emotional ups and downs just like humans,” Dr. Donald Wolf explained to the Pacific Sun in April of 1990. “Astrology seems a good means to present the information.” In other words, Fluffy’s urinary tract infection isn’t due to common dehydration—but to the sun being ruled by Mercury in Taurus. And all this time you thought Tucker was eating grass out of an instinctual craving for fiber, the truth was his significator planet was in retrograde. “At certain times of the year my staff would comment that the puppies and kittens were mellow and easy to handle, and at other times they were hyperactive,” stated the veterinarian in writer Judy Carroll’s story “Animal Astrologer Consults the Stars.” But instead of chalking it up to evolutionary biological sequences that had developed since mammals first emerged in the late Triassic, the doctor was instead “noticing how pet behavior seemed to fit an astrological pattern.” Wolf, a 36-year-old vet and the head of a project to save the Wyoming blackfooted ferret, had collected data from thousands of pet patients in his private





â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş UPFRONT < 8 Death and taxes one of suspicion,â&#x20AC;? says Holmes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In death investigations, there are a lot of things that go on that have nothing to do with suspicion, and people in law enforcement typically have little medical background or exposure to all things medical, which we deal with on a daily basis.â&#x20AC;? That was Holmesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; argument prior to the board of supervisorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; decision to consolidate the two positions. The counterargument from county administration rested in part on the fact that 47 of the 58 counties in the state have consolidated coroner and sheriff departments. The consolidation could trim the budget by essentially eliminating the coronerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position and some of the coronerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staff, and folding the coronerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s duties into the responsibilities of the sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s department. According to an estimate in a 2009 grand jury report, the move would save the county â&#x20AC;&#x153;$400,000 or more...â&#x20AC;? Holmes disputes that amount. He says the new alignment would basically save the cost of his salary by eliminating the coronerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position, but that personnel costs would erase that savings, including hiring â&#x20AC;&#x153;a sergeant to take my place and having the exact same number of people.â&#x20AC;? (Proponents say the savings in personnel cost would be much larger than Holmes estimates.) Holmes, who makes â&#x20AC;&#x153;$132,000 and change,â&#x20AC;? objected to the consolidation

on more than ďŹ nancial concerns. He says that keeping an autonomous coroner is essential for transparency, especially when investigating cases that involve deaths of prisoners in custody. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unreasonable to require a sheriff â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s department to investigate itself, he says. The sheriff â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s department already calls in outside investigators when probing deaths of people in custody, say consolidation proponents. They also point to all those other counties in the state that already have consolidated the positions. Maybe so, counters Holmes, but California is the only state in the country that allows a consolidated coroner and sheriff. The 2009 grand jury report supports the position that Holmes took in the leadup to the board of supervisorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; decision: An autonomous coroner ensures a better quality of service to the county because personnel in the coronerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ofďŹ ce have speciďŹ c medical training as well as other skills, such as dealing with grief counseling. After the supervisors approved consolidating the two positions, Holmes accepted the decision and proceeded to propose his view of the restructuring. He also announced that he would run for the sheriff/ coroner position against incumbent Sheriff Robert Doyle. With Holmes in the race, voters will have a chance to vote for one of two models for a consolidated coroner and sheriff position. Doyle represents the lawenforcement model.

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Holmes thinks the sheriff/coroner in a consolidated department should create a separate coronerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s division within the sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ofďŹ ce. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the structure in big departments such as San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco, he notes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If there has to beâ&#x20AC;? this consolidation, Holmes says he told his staff, â&#x20AC;&#x153;letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s make this as smooth a transition as possible and set this up as basically a medical examiner division with either a physician at the top of the staff or one of the current investigators who are very well trained.â&#x20AC;? The decision to consolidate the positions followed the supervisorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; approval in 2008 to eliminate an elected auditor-controller and treasurer-tax collector and create an appointed position. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the new normal. And it extends to a recent proposal to close the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gynecological clinic and discontinue some case management services. Those cuts would eliminate 15 positions and save about $1 million. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Decades ago, when there wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t anybody providing [womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health services and maternity services] for low-income people, the county stepped in,â&#x20AC;? says Supervisor Susan Adams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now there are providers, and those providers are getting four times the reimbursement rate that the county gets because of how they are able to bill.â&#x20AC;? Adams notes that Marin is in a relatively strong ďŹ nancial position compared to many other counties in the state. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a triple-A bond rating, very healthy

reserves, low debt service. That kind of ďŹ nancial strength gives us the opportunity to really take our time and be deliberative in how we restructure and do business in a smarter way, a more efďŹ cient way.â&#x20AC;? One of those ways has the county investigating whether to ax a public program in existence for 31 years. Linda Davis is a volunteer mediator at Marin Mediation Services. She was a part-time paid staff member until her position was eliminated last year in a round of budget cuts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have continued to work unpaid because they need me, I believe in it and I love the work.â&#x20AC;? Davis works two days a week doing telephone duty, supervising volunteers and mediating â&#x20AC;&#x153;everything from landlord-tenant disputes to the property side of divorce to barking dogs and tree disputes, neighbor disputes and all the rest.â&#x20AC;? The county is proposing to eliminate the mediation services program, which would cut the equivalent of 3.4 full-time positions for a savings of $180,000, according to a county estimate. The proposal to cut this non-mandated program assumes that the district attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ofďŹ ce can absorb the duties of mediation services. But Barbara Kob says that arrangement is â&#x20AC;&#x153;problematic.â&#x20AC;? Kob is chief of mediation services. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The type of mediation we do here is conďŹ dential and neutral. That is not what the DA does. The DA has a small consumer protection program with an eye on prevention and prosecution.â&#x20AC;? Kob also says the district attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s



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the budget goal without completely killing mediation services. Kob brought to the supervisors a plan to trim costs and restructure services that would save â&#x20AC;&#x153;all but $80,000,â&#x20AC;? says McGlashan. Mediation services in most counties are autonomous programs and not part of a county budget. An idea surfaced after the last county budget meeting that calls for giving mediation services time to look for grant programs and other funding, which could lead to a new and autonomous life. The challenge will be to ďŹ nd a smooth â&#x20AC;&#x153;glide pathâ&#x20AC;? that can take mediation services out from under the county budget and not jeopardize the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s delivery of support to clients while undergoing the transformation. Supervisors asked the county administrator and mediation services to look at options and return to the board in May. The broad problem, says McGlashan, is that â&#x20AC;&#x153;citizens arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t willing to pay any more and they already are taxed pretty hard, and the state is a mess.â&#x20AC;? Even in cases such as mediation services, where programs have value in keeping cases out of the court system, the state has no funds to support the programs and neither does the county. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to ďŹ gure out a clever way to restructure it without losing the beneďŹ t it gives to the police departments, the courts, the attorneys.â&#x20AC;? And to the clients at mediation services, the majority of whom, Kob notes, â&#x20AC;&#x153;are already economically disadvantaged.â&#x20AC;? â&#x153;š

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o you think it is really possible that the fathers of pollution can be the fathers of the cure?” queried College of Marin sociologist Charles Sizemore at the county’s first-ever Earth Day gathering in 1970. Here we are 40 years later, on the cusp of another big Earth Day celebration at the College of Marin, and the answer remains as dubious today as it did in 1970—eight years after Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring launched the modern-day environmental movement. In fact, if the answer to Sizemore’s question back then was “not so sure,” the response today might be more like “seriously doubt it.” In the last decade, green has gone viral. It’s hip, it’s fashionable, it’s mainstream. Climate change, carbon footprint, “think global, act local” have become common parlance. And yet glaciers continue to melt, islands of plastic continue to grow and carbon footprints carve larger and larger paths to calamity. Earth Day’s message has never been more important—but after 40 of them, are we still listening? Like a lot of folks who reach the Big Four-Uh-Oh, this celebration could be asking itself the usual questions: What have I achieved? Are my best years behind me? Can I still make a difference? What we at the Pacific Sun want to know on this benchmark day: Is Earth Day having a midlife crisis? We raised that very Earth Day question, as well as a few others, to a trio of leading environmentalists: Phyllis Faber has been active on the Marin County environmental scene since the early 1970s. Her work in wetlands restoration and natural history studies stands alongside what is arguably her crowning achievement—co-founding the Marin Agricultural Land Trust with Ellen Straus, in the late 1970s. Jared Huffman is Marin’s state assemblyman, chairing both the Water, Parks & Wildlife Committee and the Environmental Caucus. As a legislator, Huffman received a 100 percent rating from the California League of Conservation Voters in 2009 and an 87 percent from the Sierra Club. He’ll be the keynote speaker April 29 at the fourth annual Marin Green Business Forum in Mill Valley. Bill McKibben is one of the world’s loudest voices in the

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call to slow climate change. His—named for scientist James Hansen’s theory that an atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide above 350 parts per million was unsafe— is one of the fastest-growing global-warming-awareness campaigns in the world. McKibben’s byline has appeared in dozens of major publications throughout the U.S., including the Pacific Sun. McKibben will present his latest book, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, at Dominican’s Angelico Hall on April 22.—Jason Walsh ●

What were you doing on the first Earth Day? Huffman: The first one was in 1970, wasn’t it? I was only 6 years old. And while I don’t remember the first Earth Day, I do have early childhood memories of the whole movement around it. What I remember is suddenly there was this huge awareness on water pollution and on endangered species like the osprey and the bald eagle [that] because of DDT were on the verge of blinking out—their eggshells were so thin that they couldn’t reproduce. I remember a huge campaign against litter, as part of all that. McKibben: I was 9 and living in Canada on the first one in 1970, so it didn’t make much of an impression—it was really the 20th anniversary in 1990, I think, that really got me interested . Faber: That first Earth Day was something else. I was teaching in a school in Rowayton, Connecticut. And I organized this great big event: I rented a huge tent and the whole school was organized. We had speakers from all over and it was really a community event. People still talk about it. We were connected to the group in Washington that was starting it, so there were constant phone calls back and forth. Gaylord Nelson [Democratic senator from Wisconsin and founder of Earth Day] had come out in support of environmental events and so this was a real national effort. We had speakers...about population and population issues...people who were grinding up bottles to make drive-

way material. We had speakers on wetlands and preserving wetlands, which was brand new in those days...previously wetlands had been thought of as waste lands. So 1970 was really a momentous era. How seriously do people take Earth Day? Is it a day of contemplation about the environment? Or is it like President’s Day—we know about it, but it’s not really making us think more deeply about Washington and Lincoln. Faber: Well, that’s very true. I just heard this morning a little thing on the radio about how people really weren’t motivated to change their own lifestyle until gasoline became so expensive, and then they began to think of doing the right thing, not because it was the right thing but because of their pocketbook. Huffman: I think for a lot of people it’s sort of a consciousness event: Can I do something or can I reflect on this day to reconnect myself to environmental principles? It also should be a reminder that no matter how daunting the environmental challenge, we can rise to the occasion. And it’s easy to lose hope today when you think about big issues, like global warming. But we’ve been there before, and we’ve made changes that really did respond to those challenges and we can do it again. That to me is the message of Earth Day. McKibben: I think there’s still a good spark of the original activist sentiment—but too often it’s diverted into purely local, small-scale things. What’s something meaningful that Marinites can do the other 364 days of the year? Huffman: I hope that what people in Marin would focus on is, that notwithstanding the environmental beauty that is all around us, there are some serious environmental impacts from our lifestyle and from the choices that we make—even in Marin County. Faber: I think we really have to get in and support things

'/).''2%%. that are realistic. For example, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m horriďŹ ed that there was not more support for the SMART train. It made sense for Marin County to really get behind having a train [so there wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t] be so many cars on the road. I think we really have to be serious about public transportation. McKibben: Organizing politically. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not enough to perfect Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to deal with climate change we need a real global movement of the type weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve built at Name a major environmental success thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been achieved since the ďŹ rst Earth Day? McKibben: Cleaner air and water in this country. Huffman: I think Earth Day itself was a huge success. We have to go back to its origins and remember that, before that ďŹ rst Earth Day, [things were] really bad. We had a river in Cleveland, Ohio, that caught on ďŹ re and

Planet Rock Here are a few local ways to toast the third stone from the sun... Earth Day Marin An all-day, free event celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, featuring live music from BCH & the Jaw Droppers (members of Hot Buttered Rum, New Monsoon, Zero), Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue, Terry Garthwaite and Oona Garthwaite, Three At Last, Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Go Green and the Donna Eagle Band; local chefs, tastings and delicious food by Good Earth and Lydiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lovinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Foods; environmental speakers, such as Sen. Mark Leno, Supervisor Charles McGlashan, Carrie Bachelder (The Away Station), Bill Petrocelli (Book Passage, HufďŹ ngton Post) and Annie Spiegelman (the Dirt Diva); and activities for kids and adults, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;bike your own smoothie,â&#x20AC;? recycled art, free rafďŹ&#x201A;e and more. 11am-6pm April 24 at College of Marin, KentďŹ eld. Marin Green Business Forum Presented by the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce and MarinLink. Keynote speaker Jared Huffman, 6th District assemblyman, will address â&#x20AC;&#x153;How State Legislative Policies Can Create Green Jobs,â&#x20AC;? along with a panel of Marin green business entrepreneurs moderated by county Supervisor Charles McGlashan. 5:30-8:30pm April 29 at Mill Valley Community Center. Earth Day Park Cleanup Help clean up the Tam Valley parks. Trash bags and gloves provided. 9am-2pm April 17 at Eastwood Park, Kay Park and The Cabin. Info: 388-6393 or

they couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put it out. We had the Great Lakes that were so polluted people literally considered them dead to aquatic life. We had our national symbol, the bald eagle, on the verge of extinction because of pesticides. Air quality in our major cities was terrible. At that point in time, it was a pretty dark hour for the environment. But Earth Day really did turn it around and very quickly thereafter we saw the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, we saw the passage of these landmark federal billsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the National Environmental Policy Act [NEPA], we saw the ESA, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act. And you know what? The bald eagle is no longer an endangered species. In Marin County we have something like 40 nested pair of osprey in Kent Lake alone. You look around and see the huge improvementsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the Great Lakes again have a ďŹ shery that could be better but the Great Lakes are a live ecosystem again. 14 >

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Earth Day Celebration/Restoration Work Day Sponsored by Tiburonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary. Celebrate the Earth by working on restoration projects, removing trash, invasive plants and cleaning up the bay, as well as exploring mudďŹ&#x201A;ats, identifying wildflowers and viewing birds. 9am-2pm April 17. Info: 388-2524. Earth Day Cleanup Hosted by Friends of Corte Madera Creek, this is the annual clean14 > up at the Kentfield restoration project at the College of Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ecology Study Area, between McAllister Avenue and the multiuse path. Participants are being asked to wear boots and gloves to weed and harvest plants. 9:30am April 17. Info: 457-1147. Earth Day Create with Nature Professional artists and community members join together for this free event. Bring a picnic. 11am-3pm April 17 at Stinson Beach, South End. Info: 510/708-5528 or Conversations with Eco-Innovators â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why Care About the Sixth Extinction?â&#x20AC;? with Dr. Thomas Brooks, Conservation Priorities and Outreach, Center for Applied Biodiversity Science and Conservation International. 6:30-7:30pm April 20 at Cavallo Point, 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito. Info: 5613560 or lectures. Bill McKibben Environmental journalist/ activist McKibben presents his latest book, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. Part of the Voices of Dominican Choices: Spring 2010 Leadership Lecture Series. 7pm April 22 at Angelico Hall, Dominican Campus, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. Info: or call 485-3202. â&#x153;š


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pay people. I’m horrified by the fundamental environmentalists wanting to put the oyster grower out of business who grows over 40 percent of the state’s oysters...people want to put him out of business because they want wilderness. What is wilderness in an area that has fences...[it] is a romantic, nonsensical concept... Huffman: I think our carbon footprint is probably the largest issue. There are not a lot of transportation alternatives other than driving a fossil-fuel-burning vehicle to get around Marin County. We hope to improve on that in the years ahead with SMART. But right now, people drive a lot more than they should. That’s one thing that we should all be mindful of. What will we be talking about 40 years from now—at Earth Day 2050? Is there an environmental issue not on a bumper sticker today—but will be in the decades to come? McKibben: We’ll be talking about whether or not we managed to deal with the great transition away from fossil fuel to what comes next—and whether we did it in time. Huffman: I hope 40 years from now we’ll talk about how we turned it around and saved

California salmon. I hope we’ll talk about how, even though we’re beginning to see the effects of climate change and sea level rise and other changes, that we bent the curve, that we stopped the worst of the impacts. I hope we’ll be able to say that we’re beginning to stabilize the loss of biodiversity, that we are making society and our economy better in the way we respond to our environmental challenges— by promoting local food, by reducing our reliance on imported water supplies and becoming much, much more efficient in both our water and our energy use. And that we are beginning to plan communities and to move people through transportation strategies that are dramatically better for the environment. Faber: Well [laughs], do you want my optimistic or my pessimistic view? Give it us straight, Phyllis! Faber: I think there has to be a very serious reawakening of the American public. And I think the American public is now kind of turned off; they’re angry at Congress...That they even listen to Fox News tells me that they aren’t really thinking in a very constructive way; it’s a very negative way. Fox just brings out the negativity in people, and so I think the public really 18 >





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GOING GREEN Earth Day One, Marin style The first-ever Earth Day took place in 1970 and—not surprising— Marin threw a party for the Big Blue Marble. County luminaries, from George Leonard and Peter Behr to Philo Farnsworth and Dr. Hip, made the scene. Environmentalists, politicians and county educators heralded a call-to-arms in the fight to reverse the course toward ecological disaster. And then some kids smashed up a car. Pacific Sun managing editor Don Stanley had the story:

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editor of Look magazine, one of the leaders of Esalen Institute and the author of the last decade’s most exciting book on schools, Education and Ecstasy. “We simply cannot afford the John Wayne mentality anymore,” he said, “because we cannot afford any more Lake Eries, any more Vietnams.” But to become aware of this we must grow a new consciousness of ourselves as an interlocking part of the world we perceive, said Leonard, not set apart from it as observers, stars, shoppers. Behaviorist would disagree with Leonard’s priorities. They would say, as Martin Luther King said, that while laws might not change the human heart, behaving differently—even under duress—can eventually make you think differently. Earth Day, all over the county, was a behaviorist’s dream. Tam High closed its parking lot to autos and Peter Behr spoke there to remind the kids that more than half the 450,000 signatures on the Point Reyes Seashore petitions to the president were of people under 21. The older classes at Marin Country Day School rode bikes to school, a lot of them using the new Golden Gate bikeway from the city. At College of Marin they planted trees in the new Oxbow ecological area, listened to Philo Farnsworth expound with sober eloquence on his revolutionary Yantra House, to Tom Knight of Planned Parenthood terrify them with population figures, and to Dr. Eugene Schoenfeld—Dr. Hip Pocrates—speak of the crisis in public health. 20 > And they watched the Buzzards, a APRIL 16 - APRIL 22, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 19

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or those who call me a man hater particularly care for Muffy, a self-pro(which, by the way, is not true), I claimed marketing â&#x20AC;&#x153;expert.â&#x20AC;? For Marcusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bring you this story of a woman who sake, they always rolled with her punches. needs a swift kick in the tush. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll call her The two couples met for dinner at Maria Muffy to protect her identity and enable her Maria in Mill Valley (before it shut its doors to continue to live quietly in Marin among last week). Joanne and Jonas discussed their friends, neighbors and Episcopalians. Marin church search. They tried a different Until recently, Muffy dated my friend one each Sunday, looking for a congregaMarcus. I met her once at a dinner party. tion that felt comfortable. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty and outgoing, though I rememâ&#x20AC;&#x153;You should try Muffyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s church,â&#x20AC;? 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Now it was everyone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was bad enough when she possible, yet turn to feel uncomfortable. insulted me, but when she of- even my typically â&#x20AC;&#x153;Muffy acted like my sister was fended my family, I had to end twisted logic canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an idiot for thinking a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;construcit,â&#x20AC;? Marcus said. tion workerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; could go to her I prodded Marcus to give us ďŹ nd a defense for church,â&#x20AC;? Marcus said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The funMuffyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top two transgressions. Muffyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behavior. niest part is that she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t grow He had some trouble narrowing She was bad. up with money, but she acts like them down. sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s related to British nobility.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Her birthday party and then Really bad. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m horriďŹ ed, absolutely the blue-blood incident,â&#x20AC;? he ďŹ horriďŹ ed. What did your sister nally answered. do?â&#x20AC;? I asked. Muffy threw herself a swanky â&#x20AC;&#x153;Joanne was nice about it,â&#x20AC;? party for her 40th birthday. Printed invitations, Marcus said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She asked if that meant it was catered, the works. She considered it a consola- a traditional church and Muffy said â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;kind tion for never having had a wedding and set up of.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? gift registries at several upscale stores. I love this next part. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tell me every word Marcus thought the registry was imyou said to Muffy,â&#x20AC;? I demanded. personal (not to mention way over the â&#x20AC;&#x153;OK, but make sure you write that I was top), opting instead to give her a silver cuff really upset because she insulted my sister bracelet that wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t on her wish list. The and brother-in-law,â&#x20AC;? Marcus said. day following the party, Muffy called him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Done. Just say it,â&#x20AC;? 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hen Suzi Jestadt started volunteer- a benefit concert and silent auction featuring with a men’s support group at ing works by some of the inmates and othSan Quentin State Prison several ers to be held this weekend in San Rafael. years ago, she expected to teach the inmates a “This is the first time there has been an outthing or two. Instead, side event involving the Marin activist the men from San came away with an Quentin,” Jestadt invaluable lesson: “I says. “It means the learned a great deal world to them to do about the resilience it and I am grateful I of the human spirit,” can help.” she says. The QUAKE The depth of that event will feature spirit, even among a performance by convicted felons, Brazilian guitarist was underscored Jose Neto, a memrecently when Troy ber of British pop Williams, a con- Jai Uttal headlines a Haitian relief fundraiser April 25 at star Stevie Winvicted felon who Marin Center. wood’s band. is active in the “Jose has been a prison’s innovative Media Project and also close personal friend for years and was glad performs Shakespeare behind bars, ap- to be part of this project,” Jestadt says. “Those proached Jestadt about hosting a benefit lucky enough to know him know of his genon the outside for the victims of the Haiti erosity and kindness.” earthquake. In addition to the inmates’ artwork, hipThe result is Quentin United for Aid, hop artist and political activist Michael Kindness and Empathy for Haiti (QUAKE), Franti, of Spearhead, and the rock-poster



artist Zoltron (who has created artwork for Primus, the White Stripes and others) are among those who have donated items for the silent auction. Proceeds will be split among three relief charities working in Haiti: Partners in Health, Clean Water and Doctors Without Borders. The Jan. 12 earthquake killed an estimated 250,000 people, injured 300,000 and has left an estimated one million homeless. Random Notes Fairfax is going to pot: Jamband guitarist Steve Kimock and bassist Bobby Vega celebrate the evil weed when they perform at an April 20 show at 19 Broadway nightclub in Fairfax...The English Beat, with frontman and British 2 Tone ska legend Dave Wakeling (also of General Public) returns April 23 to 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley. $25, $28...At another fundraiser for Haiti earthquake victims, world-fusion COMING SOON music pioneer The QUAKE Benefit for HaiJai Uttal, a New ti will be held Saturday, April York-born R&B 17, at 6pm, at the First United artist who studMethodist Church of San Raied Indian music fael, 9 Ross Valley Drive, San at the Ali Akbar Rafael. $10. 415/485-0676 or College of Music 415/409-7229. in San Rafael, will headline an April 25 benefit concert at the Showcase Theater at the Marin Center. Joining Uttal are Bay Area vocalist and pianist Tina Malia and multi-instrumentalist Stephen Kent, a didgeridoo master. $30, $50. Whistle a tune to Greg at

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his is a leap of faith. My windows are open to warm air carrying the scent of pink jasmine; orange poppies and yellow oxalis are wildly glorious in my backyard where I had to step over a little lizard basking in the sun. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m thinking that I just might get away with writing about spring food now. After the cold, very wet winter and an Easter with weather that felt more like Christmas, I was beginning to wonder whether this reprieve would ever arrive. Usually by mid-April weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had many chances to take to the outdoors for picnics and lazing at sidewalk tables, grateful for the change. The fact that weekend after weekend brought gray skies and downpours was dispiriting. Like the Hammerstein song says about longing for spring, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m as restless as a willow in a windstorm...â&#x20AC;? My suggestion is that we make up for all this now by planning as much alfresco dining as possible, with foods that remind us of the new season. Whether we hike for miles or simply wander out into our own gardens, eat at restaurants that lure us with patio service or on our decks, purchase takeout from favorite sources or light up our grills at homeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time! Best to keep things simple, allowing for more leisure, with menus that show off the ingredients just arriving in the markets. Sometimes it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessary to have a recipe, especially when it comes to starters, foods to enjoy with a glass of cold rosĂŠ or a cool brew. I like to ďŹ ll a big pottery bowl with peas in their pods and edge the bowl with tiny multi-colored carrots; people always have fun shelling the peas as they relax with drinks. Cheeses and sliced bread served alongside make it an easy course. (I recently used Cowgirl Creameryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s St. Pat that makes its annual debut in March, Humboldt Fog goat cheese with its distinctive line of ash, and a chunk of imported Gorgonzola.) Another appetizer suggestion is a French favorite: bright radishes with sweet butter to be eaten as is or on bread. When small varieties are available, a quick scrub and trim is all the prep the radishes need to be dabbed with butter and nibbled; when they are largerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;like the greenish watermelon radish with its beautiful pinky insideâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;they can be sliced and arranged on buttered bread. The Italians have perfected this sort of eating, with small treats consumed from early morning through the last glass of wine at night. Nowhere is it more pleasurable to pick up a restorative bite: crostini

(squares or rounds of bread spread with olive oil or butter, then toasted before adding a topping), bruschetti (grilled coarse bread rubbed with garlic, drizzled with oil), panini (ďŹ lled bread rolls that pre-date the Earl of Sandwich). At this time of year itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traditional to eat greens and herbs with soft cheeses, like a salad of young arugula tossed with olive oil and lemon juice on a bruschetta or a panino with a ďŹ lling of herb frittata sprinkled with grated Parmesan. Triangular crostini might be smeared with fresh ricotta, topped with basil, parsley, snipped chives and shredded sweet carrot. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all a matter of ďŹ nding whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most appealing at the time. For those moved to stir up some springtime dishes at home, the recipes that follow are uncomplicated and appealing. ------------------------Asparagus, spinach, leeks and the ďŹ rst baby zucchini meet in a clean-tasting soup with herbs and lemon. Anna Thomas, whose recipe is adapted here, says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the soup is blended, it becomes mysterious. No one can identify everything in it, but it perfectly captures spring.â&#x20AC;?

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Wash the leeks thoroughly, drain well, and chop or slice them; you should have about 2-1/2 cups. In a large nonstick skillet, cook the leeks in the olive oil with a sprinkle of salt, over medium heat, until they are soft and tender, 8-10 minutes. Meanwhile, scrub and dice potatoes and put them in a large soup pot with 6 cups water and a teaspoon of sea salt. Simmer them, covered, for about 10 minutes as you slice the asparagus and zucchini and wash the spinach leaves. Add the green vegetables to the pot, along with the cooked leeks. Simmer the soup about 15 more minutes. Add the mint during the last few minutes. Remove the soup from the heat, add the broth and allow the soup to cool slightly. Puree it until it is smooth, either in a blender in batches, or with an immer-

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sion blender. Return the soup to a clean pot, stir in a little lemon juice and a pinch of cayenne, and taste. Correct the seasoning if needed. If the soup seems too thick, add a little more water or broth. Swirl a thread of fruity olive oil over the top of each serving, then garnish as you please.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;adapted from Love Soup (Norton, 2009) by Anna Thomas ------------------------Here is a refreshing salad dressed with ingredients that glorify early greens. The vinaigrette may be made one day ahead and chilled. (Bring to room temperature before adding greens; whisk well.) For a simple lunch, serve plates of salad with slices of Brie or another mild cheese to go with baguettes.

Spring Lettuces with Citrus Dressing Serves 6 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1-1/2 tablespoons fresh orange juice 1/2 cup olive oil 1/8 teaspoon Tabasco, or to taste 12 cups mixed lettuces (mache, Bibb, oak leaf, et al.) torn into pieces 1/2 cup thinly sliced radicchio

In a large bowl whisk together juices with salt and pepper to taste. Add oil in a stream, whisking; continue whisking until emulsiďŹ ed. Whisk in Tabasco. Add lettuces and radicchio and toss well, coating all the leaves. ------------------------Rhubarb and strawberries are a classic combination in desserts. This recipe is a way to use them to great advantage without making the usual pie. It is a compote that can be served with cream, spooned

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Wash the rhubarb, trim off the ends of the stalks, then slice them crosswise into 1/2inch chunks. If the stalks are very thick, halve them lengthwise ďŹ rst. Toss with the sugar, tapioca, juice, zest and cloves. Arrange in an 8-by-10-inch gratin dish and let stand while you preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cover with foil and bake until the fruit is tender when pierced with a knife, 35-45 minutes. Meanwhile, rinse strawberries quickly, then slice thickly. When the rhubarb is done, remove it from the oven, scatter the berries over the top and let stand with a piece of foil placed loosely over the top. The heat of the rhubarb will open the ďŹ&#x201A;avor of the berries, cooking them slightly. Serve chilled or at room temperature, garnished with cream and creme fraiche whipped together until billowy, and the candied ginger.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;adapted from Local Flavors (Broadway Books, 2002) by Deborah Madison Contact Pat at

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CELEB CHEFS DISH Big time chefs are coming to the county for a big night of talking and cooking—with tastes for the audience—on April 22 (7pm), when Osher Marin Jewish Community Center presents Joey Altman & Friends. Altman, familiar to viewers of KRON’s Bay Chef and the Food Network, will host an evening of discussion on balancing authenticity and creativity when cooking ethnic foods. Participants include Mourad Lahlou (Aziza, San Francisco), Gordon Drysdale (Pizza Antica), Scott Warner (Napa’s Bistro Don Giovanni), Peter Levitt (Saul’s Restaurant and Deli in Berkeley) and Arnold Wong (EOS Restaurant and Wine Bar, San Francisco). Cost is $20 ($18 for members), $10 for students. Reserve at; look for Performing Arts.

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IT’S NOT NICE TO FOOL MOTHER NATURE Two April 24 events guaranteed to inspire everyone (kids included) to pay more attention to our food supply will include a whole lot of fun. Earth Day Marin at College of Marin (11am to 6pm, rain or shine, no admission fee) will show how to use pedal power in Bike Your Own Smoothie attempts; and tastes of organic foods from all over the county will be there for sampling. An Iron Chef-style competition among Whole Foods chefs and tasting of organic appetizers from Piatti chef Todd Shoberg will be part of the entertainment. Details: Ranch, the 40-year-old environmental education center in one of Marin’s most scenic locations, is staging Spring Fling (10am4pm) for people of all ages. There will be live music, local organic foods, crafts and

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TUESDAY, APRIL 20 The Biggest Loser The contestants are presented with a buffet of high calorie and low calorie options. This is a real test, especially the part where they

SATURDAY, APRIL 17 Shark Tale A lowly bottom feeder convinces his fish friends that he killed a shark.That’s a tough rep to live up to. And this is a tough film for Will Smith to live down. (2004) ABC. 8pm. 3:10 to Yuma A rancher risks everything to get a prisoner to the train on time. If you’ve ever been to Yuma you will understand that the prisoner must have done something really bad. (2007) USA Network. 8:30pm.

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MONDAY, APRIL 19 How I Met Your Mother Ted attends his mother’s wedding. Children of split parents know how awkward that can be.The good news is that by the third or fourth time, it starts to feel pretty natural. CBS. 8pm. Antiques Roadshow This week’s show was filmed in Phoenix where a middle-aged sunbather is accidentally appraised as leather furniture. KQED. 8pm.

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try to balance a plate on each arm while using the pudding ladle. NBC. 8pm. Glee This week the club works with music from Madonna, because parents always want to see their daughter on stage singing “Like a Virgin.” Fox. 9pm.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21 40 Most Shocking Celebrity Divorces Is anybody ever really shocked by a celebrity divorce? Most celebrity divorces don’t even make it to “surprising.” VH1. 8pm. Strange Sex We’ve found that strange sex is usually defined by the person who’s not having it. TLC. 8pm. Food, Inc. We didn’t realize our chicken had such an extensive resume. (2008) KQED. 9pm. Pitch Black A spaceship is marooned on a darkened planet infested by menacing aliens with sharp teeth, savage claws and highlighted copies of the first two Alien scripts. (2000) AMC. 10pm. THURSDAY, APRIL 22 Disaster Date These are prank dates in which unsuspecting young people are set up on romantic evenings with actors. If this sounds like a viable option for meeting people, you really need to get out more. MTV. 6pm. The Marriage Ref Somebody wants marital advice from Donald Trump, really? Is he going to be a judge on the Shear Genius hair styling show next? NBC. 10pm. ✹ Critique That TV Guy at

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Marin Theatre Company doesn’t beat around the bush in ‘Equivocation’ by Le e Brady

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ven if the title doesn’t give it away, it is clear that Equivocation was written by a Jesuit. The arguments are persuasive, sophisticated and ambiguous. Turns out, Bill Cain is a Jesuit priest and teacher—and a brilliant playwright. The premiere of Equivocation at Oregon Shakespeare Festival last season was a runaway hit, and promises to be just as popular with Marin Theatre Company audiences. The setting is the Globe Theatre, the hero is clearly Shakespeare and the villain is Lord Cecil—who wants William Shagspeare to write a play about the ‘Oh, that I were a glove upon that hand, that I might touch that cheek!’ famous “Gunpowder Plot.” (In 1605, Catholic zealot Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the English parlia- pulls heartstrings as the conspirator Tom and is ment with the king and all lords inside). Cecil wants a sometimes lover for the panting Judith. Director Jasson Minadakis makes it to divide the country even more, all clear on J.B. Wilson’s scaffold blaming the Catholics for the plot set as the multi-character story that would have killed the king NOW PLAYING of royal, political and theatrical and his family. Equivocation runs through intrigue is, as Shakespeare might Shag refuses, saying he’d be May 2 at the Marin Theatre say, exposed most entertainingly. hanged if he wrote such propaCompany, 397 Miller Ave., Mill ganda; Cecil assures him he’ll be Valley; 415/388-5208 www. hanged if he doesn’t. The actors ● ● ● ● at the Globe Theatre want him to Vigil runs through April 18 at o one who loves Britwrite it because it means new roles American Conservatory Theaish humor at its most tre, 415 Geary St., S.F.; 415/749to play, while actor/manager Richridiculous should miss 2228 ard Burbage just wants to keep the Lady Be Good runs ACT’s Vigil. Marco Barricelli and theater open. Between a rock and through April 18 at the Olympia Dukakis are hysterically no place, Shag agrees, but when he Eureka Theater, 215 Jackson funny as a couple thrown togethstarts asking hard questions of CeSt., S.F.; 415/255-8207 er by imminent death (hers) and cil and an assortment of doomed come to terms with a reduced life Catholics, the plot thickens and (his). But it is the sensibility of the political stakes rise. Canadian writer/director Morris Hard to follow? No more than most Shakespeare plays, and Cain makes it a fun Panych and his designing partner Ken McDonald ride. Six first-rate actors take on various roles as who set the tone. McDonald’s loft is a world askew, blackouts they work on Shag’s play-in-progress. Theatrical in-jokes abound: When Shag says, “I’m trying are abundant (there are 90 scenes, some without to write a play that isn’t about revenge,” Richard words, but all are filled with significant actions); comes back with, “Writing a play is revenge—plac- Panych’s dialogue loops around to a shaggy dog ing the blame—that’s the point of writing in the story ending, and is primarily a monologue by first place!” Or, when young Sharpe asks if he can Barricelli. While Dukakis has only five lines, her be a great actor, Shag tells him, “Anyone who has silent responses are clear and affecting. It is all the looks, energy, needs approval as much as you great fun for the audience and surely a great actdo and doesn’t care about anyone but himself— ing challenge for Barricelli and Dukakis. can be a great actor.” As it happens, the six actors ● ● ● ● in this production are all great: Charles Shaw Robshow you don’t want to miss closes this inson moves up and down the emotional scale weekend. Director Chris Smith turns up as his Shag learns about politics, and even more the heat on 42nd Street Moon’s Lady Be about himself; Anna Bullard, as the playwright’s Good. With Rudy Guerro’s smart choreography, emotionally abandoned daughter, is sympathetic, despite her character’s sharp tongue. Andrew Hur- and sweet singing of Gershwin songs by the leads teau shines as the devious Lord Cecil, and doubles (Ian Simpson and Rena Wilson), the rather silly as Nate, one of the actors; Andy Murray’s Richard story of charming young siblings involved in Burbage shows muscle as the embattled manager shady situations as they pursue love and money and is forceful as the lead in scenes from Macbeth; (not in that order) bubbles like the Champagne Lance Gardner, as the priest Garnet, is the moral that flows freely and makes the evening bubble heart of the play. Garnet answers the question, along nicely. ✹ Equivocate with Lee at “What is equivocation?” in true Jesuit fashion. But if there is a standout in this outstanding Break a leg with more theater reviews at ensemble, it is Craig Marker, who entertains as ›› the vain actor, delights as the foolish King James,






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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2:32) Stieg Larsson’s bestseller hits the big screen with Michael Nykvist as a down-and-out newspaperman out to crack a long-forgotten unsolved murder. ● The Greatest (1:38) A family grieving over the death of their teenaged son faces a new challenge with the arrival of the boy’s pregnant girlfriend. ● Greenberg (1:47) Lost soul Ben Stiller searches for meaning in his life as he takes on one midlife crisis after another. ● Green Zone (1:55) Paul Greengrass thriller stars Matt Damon as an Army spook trying to prevent a military flareup in an unstable region. ● Hot Tub Time Machine (1:40) Four lovelorn dudes travel back to 1986 in a magical hot tub and get a second chance at creating their own lives. ● How to Train Your Dragon (1:38) Cartoon about a Viking dragonslayer-in-training who outrages his tribe by befriending one of his fire-breathing foes. ● The Joneses A Madison Avenue-concocted perfect family is placed in an all-American suburb to shill for their masters. ● Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D Catch the country troubadour in all his threedimensional glory as he tours the country, git-box in hand. ● Kick-Ass (1:57) A comic book-loving nerd takes his obsession to a dangerous new level when he assumes his own superhero persona (sans superpowers) and encounters the violent real world for the first time in his life. ● The Last Song (1:47) Miley Cyrus as a disaffected teen who reconnects with her estranged father through music. ● The Last Station (1:52) Christopher Plummer stars as a dying Leo Tolstoy beset by journalists, disciples and his own conflicted legacy. ● May I Be Frank (1:30) The staff of San Francisco’s Cafe Gratitude employ the holistic lifestyle to transform a middle-aged homeless man into a fit, clear-thinking mensch. ● National Theatre: The Habit of Art Alan Bennett’s acclaimed drama about the troubled friendship between W.H. Auden and Benjamin Britten is transmitted via live satellite feed from London’s West End. ● Oceans (1:40) The latest underwater cameras capture dazzling glimpses of life beneath the seas; Pierce Brosnan narrates. ● The Perfect Game (1:53) True tale of a group of impoverished Mexican boys who overcome discrimination to win the 1957 Little League World Series; Cheech Marin IS Padre Esteban. ● The Secret of Kells (1:15) Beautifully rendered animated fantasy about a young artist’s adventures in an enchanted medieval forest. ● Vincere (2:02) True tale of Benito Mussolini’s discarded mistress and illegitimate son is brought to vivid, operatic life. ✹ ●

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Alice in Wonderland (1:49) Tim Burton directs Christopher Lee, Anne Hathaway, Johnny Depp and a host of others in the latest screen adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s socio-surreal Victorian fable. ● Benjamin Britten: A Time There Was... Biodoc examines the life and work of the acclaimed British composer. ● The Bounty Hunter (1:46) Unlucky bounty hunter Gerard Butler can’t say no when he’s hired to track down bail-jumping ex-wife Jennifer Aniston. ● Cheech & Chong’s Hey Watch This! Documentary follows the doobie-lovin’ duo on their successful reunion tour across the nation. ● Chloe (1:36) Atom Egoyan sex thriller about a suspicious wife who hires a sultry nymphet to seduce her husband and then tell her all about it. ● City Island (1:43) Hilarious havoc ensues when a middle-aged schlub/wannabe actor introduces his family to his long-lost ex-con son. ● Clash of the Titans (1:58) Liam Neeson IS Zeus in this thunderbolt-limned retelling of the Perseus legend; Ralph Fiennes costars as Hades. ● Date Night (1:28) A married couple’s night on the town goes kerblooey when they’re mistaken for a pair of desperadoes on the run from the Mob; Tina Fey and Steve Carell star. ● Death at a Funeral (1:30) Resentments and recriminations are on the menu at a funfilled family funeral; Neil LaBute directs Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan and Danny Glover. ● Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2:00) Familyfriendly comedy looks at a year in the life of a wiseacre 12-year-old. ● Exit Through the Gift Shop (1:27) Challenging prize-winning documentary by and about English graffiti artiste Banksy and his friends and fans. ● The Ghost Writer (2:08) Polanski political thriller about a Tony Blair-like former PM and the biographer who learns more about his subject’s ties to the CIA than he ought to; Pierce Brosnan stars. ●

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›› MOViE TiMES Alice in Wonderland (PG) ★★ Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 11:25, 1:55, 4:25, 7:05, 9:40 ❋ Benjamin Britten: A Time There Was (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Mon 5:30 (includes high tea and a live concert of two Britten compositions) The Bounty Hunter (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 11:30, 2:20, 5:05, 7:40, 10:20 ❋ Cheech & Chong’s Hey Watch This! (R) Fairfax 5 Theatres: Sat 10 Tue 8 Lark Theater: Sat 9:30 Tue 8 Chloe (R) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 12:25, 2:45, 5:15, 7:50, 10:10 City Island (PG-13) CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 4:50, 7:10, 9:45 Sun 2:15, 4:50, 7:10 Mon-Thu 5, 7:20 Clash of the Titans (PG-13) ★★ Century Larkspur Landing: FriSat 7:35, 10:10 Sun 11:40, 2:15, 4:50, 7:35, 10:10 MonThu 6:45, 9:25 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 11:10, 12, 12:45, 1:40, 2:40, 3:40, 4:30, 5:20, 6:25, 7:30, 8:15, 9:10, 10; 3D showtimes at 7, 9:45 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:50 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2:15, 4:45, 7:20, 10 Sat 11:40, 2:15, 4:45, 7:20, 10 Sun 11:40, 2:15, 4:45, 7:20 Mon-Thu 2:15, 4:45, 7:20 Date Night (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri-Sat 5:30, 8, 10:25 Sun 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:25 Mon-Thu 7, 9:20 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 10:45, 12, 1:20, 2:30, 3:45, 5, 6:15, 7:30, 8:40, 10 Sun-Thu 10:45, 12, 1:20, 2:30, 3:45, 5, 6:15, 7:30, 8:40 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:20, 1:30, 3:40, 5:50, 8, 10:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2, 4:40, 7, 9:30 Sat 11:30, 2, 4:40, 7, 9:30 Sun 11:30, 2, 4:40, 7 Mon-Thu 2, 4:40, 7 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:15, 6:30, 9 Sat 1:45, 4:15, 6:30, 9 Sun 1:45, 4:15, 6:30 Mon-Thu 4:15, 6:30 ❋ Death At a Funeral (2010) (R) Century Larkspur Landing: FriSat 5, 7:20, 9:50 Sun 12, 2:30, 5, 7:20, 9:50 Mon-Thu 6:50, 9:10 Century Northgate 15: Fri-

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Tue 12:20, 2:50, 5:30, 8, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:20, 9:40 Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG) ★★ Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:15, 9:35 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:15, 4:30, 7, 9:20 ❋ Exit Through the Gift Shop (R) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 6:45, 8:50 Sat-Sun 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 8:50 Mon-Thu 6:45, 8:50 The Ghost Writer (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Regency 6: 10:50, 1:50, 4:50, 7:50 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:15, 7, 9:45 Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:45 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7 MonThu 4:15, 7 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:45, 9:30 Sat 1:15, 4, 6:45, 9:30 Sun 1:15, 4, 6:45 Mon-Thu 4, 6:45 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Not Rated) ★★★★ Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 7:30 Sat-Sun 1, 4:15, 7:30 Mon-Thu 7:30 The Greatest (R) ★ Rafael Film Center: 9:05 Sat-Sun 1:30, 9:05 Green Zone (R) ★★ Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 11:40, 5, 10:25 Greenberg (R) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 2:15, 7:45 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 4:30, 7:30, 10 Sun 1:55, 4:30, 7:30 Mon-Thu 5:10, 7:40 Hot Tub Time Machine (R) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 12:05, 2:35, 4:55, 7:35, 9:55 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:40, 3, 5:20, 7:50, 10:15 How to Train Your Dragon (PG) ★★1/2 Century Cinema: 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 11:50, 12:50, 2:25, 3:30, 4:50, 6:15, 7:20, 8:45, 9:50; 3D showtimes at 11:15, 1:45, 4:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:20, 2:40, 5:10, 7:30, 10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2:10, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15 Sat 11:20, 2:10, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15 Sun 11:20, 2:10, 4:30, 6:50 Mon-Tue 2:10, 4:30, 6:50 Wed-Thu 2:10, 4:30 ❋ The Joneses (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:30, 2:55, 5:20, 7:45, 10:10 Sun-Thu 12:30, 2:55, 5:20, 7:45 CinéArts at

Sequoia: Fri 4:30, 7:15, 9:35 Sat 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 9:35 Sun 1:45, 4:30, 7:15 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:15 ❋ Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D (Not Rated) Fairfax 5 Theatres: Wed-Thu 7:30 Kick-Ass (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri-Sat 7, 10 Sun 1, 4, 7, 10 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:15 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:45, 1:10, 2:45, 4:15, 5:45, 7:15, 8:50, 10:15 Sun-Thu 11:45, 1:10, 2:45, 4:15, 5:45, 7:15, 8:50 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 2:20, 5, 7:40, 10:20 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 4:40, 7:20, 9:55 Sun 2:05, 4:40, 7:20 Mon-Thu 4:50, 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 1:50, 4:25, 7:05, 9:45 Sat 11:10, 1:50, 4:25, 7:05, 9:45 Sun 11:10, 1:50, 4:25, 7:05 MonThu 1:50, 4:25, 7:05 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:30, 7:05, 9:40 Sat 1:30, 4:30, 7:05, 9:40 Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7:05 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:05 The Last Song (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 11:05, 1:50, 4:20, 6:55, 9:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:30, 3:05, 5:35, 8:05, 10:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2:25, 4:55, 7:10, 9:40 Sat 11:50, 2:25, 4:55, 7:10 Sun 11:50, 2:25, 4:55, 7:10 Mon, Wed 2:25, 4:55, 7:10 Tue 2:25, 4:55 The Last Station (R) ★★1/2 Lark Theater: Fri 7, 9:20 Sat, Wed 7 Sun 4:30, 7 Tue 5:30 Thu 3:30 ❋ May I Be Frank (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Thu 6:30 (filmmakers in person; a benefit for Beyond Hunger) ❋ National Theatre: The Habit of Art (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Thu 6:30 Oceans (G) Fairfax 5 Theatres: Thu 2:20, 4:35, 6:40 ❋ The Perfect Game (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 11, 2, 4:40, 7:25, 10:05 The Secret of Kells (Not Rated) ★★★1/2 Lark Theater: Fri 5:15 Sat 3, 5 Sun 2:40 Tue 3:45 Wed 5 Thu 1:45 Vincere (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sun 3:50, 6:30

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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Live music 04/16-17: Melvin Seals and Cast of Clowns With Jeff Pevar (guitarist for Crosby Stills and Nash, Phil and Friends, Jazz is Dead and Ray Charles), Melvin Seals, (organist for the Jerry Garcia Band), Greg Anton, Craig Wright and Damian Erskine (with Les McCann, Peter Erskine, Kai Eckhardt). 8 pm. $14-17. HopMonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. (707) 829-7300. 04/16: Jose Neto Brazilian guitarist. 8-10:30pm. No cover. Whipper Snapper Restaurant, 1613 Fourth St., San Rafael. 256-1818. 04/16: Lauralee Brown & Company Jazz. 7:30pm. Free. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512.

04/16: Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88s Rock. 8:30pm. $12-15. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 04/16: Peppino D’Agostino The percussive finger-style guitarist was voted Guitar Player Magazine readers’“Best Acoustic Guitarist” in 2007. 8pm. $15-20. Eric Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon. 789-0846.

04/16: Prezident Brown and the Wailing Souls Reggae live from Jamaica, mon. 9pm. $20-25. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 04/16: The 85s Monroe Grisman’s band will help to celebrate some special birthdays at this gig. 9pm.

$10. The Vibe at Club 101, 815 W. Francisco, San Rafael. 606-7435. 04/17: Lady D Vocalist. With special guest harmonica player Steve Malerbi. Celebrate band leader Alex Markels birthday at this show. 7-10pm. No cover. Rickey’s Restaurant & Bar, 250 Entrada, Novato. 497-2462.

04/17: Mark Karan and Jemimah Puddleduck Known for performing with the extended Grateful Dead scene, for the last 12 years, Mark Karan has played lead guitar with Bob Weir and RatDog. This special show will mark the end of an era at the Mill Valley Masonic Center. 8:30pm. $20-25. Mill Valey Masonic, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 389-5072. 04/17: Matthew Larkin Cassell Local songwriter/crooner performs at the cozy No Name. 9pm. No cover. No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 04/17: Mike Angel and Friends Pop classics. 7-10pm. No cover. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 04/17: Sun Kings Salute to the Beatles. 8:30pm. $18-20. Rancho Nicasio. 662-2219. 04/17: The Tickets Rock, blues, country, AfroCaribbean dance band. $8. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 332-2319.

04/17:‘Nottebohm‘ Music, dance and interac-

04/23: The English Beat Hard-driving

tive arts event with dj and live music with Moana Diamond and others, dance performance and video art. 7pm. $15. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 420-6334. 04/18: Jerry Hannan Original Americana. In the Bar 5pm. Rancho Nicasio. 662-2219. www.

SKA legends return to the intimate Throckmorton stage. 8pm. $25. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. Mondays: Kimrea and Friends Jazz. 9-11pm. No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito.

04/18: Lonestar Retrobates (Western Swing/Cow Jazz) Western swing band. It’ll be four bows and the truth this Sunday with the Cypress String Quartet in Mill Valley.

3-6pm. Free. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 516-1028. 04/20: Jill King Nashville songstress. 9:30pm. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. www. 04/20: Swing Fever With Bryan Gould will perform hits of the Swing Era. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 04/21: Harley White Sr. With Randy Vincent. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 04/22: Grandpa Banana Quartet Bluegrass. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 04/22: Lauralee Brown and Company Jazz. 6:30-9:30pm. No cover. The Pleasure Is Mine, 475 East Strawberry Dr., Mill Valley. 04/23: Eugene Huggins Rock and blues. 7:30pm. No cover. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 04/23: Honeydust CD Release Party “California Sunshine.” The Stone Foxes open. 9pm. $10. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 464-7735. 04/23: Jeb Brady Band R&B and blues in the bar. 8pm. Rancho Nicasio. 662-2219.

Concerts 04/16: American Bach Soloists Jeffrey Thomas directs works by Bach, Handel and Vivaldi. With soloists Johanna Novom, violin; Corey Jamason, harpsichord and soprano Mary Wilson. 8pm. $18-45. St. Stephens Church, 3 Bayview Ave., Belvedere. 621-7900. 04/17: Karen Drucker “Songs and Stories.” Focused around themes of gratitude, surrender and celebrating yourself. 7:30-9:30pm. $25. Unity In Marin, 600 Palm Dr., Novato. www.unityinmarin. org/drucker.htm 04/18 and 25: Tanya Tomkins 1798 Baroque cello. Bach’s Six Suites for Solo Cello. 4pm. $20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 04/18: Cypress String Quartet The Mill Valley Chamber Music Society presents a performance with Cecily Ward, violin; Tom Stone, violin; Ethan Filner, viola; and Jennifer Kloetzel, cello. 5pm. $10-25. Mount Tam United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. 381-4453. www. 04/18: The Golden Harp of Joel Andrews “Journey through the Heart.” With celestial realms harp music. 6-7:30pm. $22. Spiritual Healing Center, 260 East Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 381-4465. www. 04/19: AVE Choral Ensemble Jonathan Dimmock conducts a performance of Benjamin Britten’s a cappella work, “Hymn to St. Cecilia.” Soprano Karen Thomson Hall will perform Britten “Cabaret APRIL 16 – APRIL 22, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 35

Songs” 7:30pm. $25. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 924-5111. 04/22: Corte Madera Town Band 7pm. Free. Corte Madera Recreation Center, 498 Tamalpais Ave., Corte Madera.

04/24: Schumann and Mendelssohn 200th Birthday Concert Bay Area soprano Christa Pfeiffer performs rarely heard masterpieces by Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn. With Marin County musicians Boyd Jarrell, baritone; Paul Smith, piano and George Thomson, violin performing works by Chopin and Schumann. 7:30pm. $10. St Hilary Church, 761 Hilary Dr., Tiburon. 435-1122.

Theater/Auditions 04/16-05/21: The Big Knife By Clifford Odets. 7:30pm Fridays; 6:30pm Saturdays. $15-25. Belrose Theater.

04/21: Playwrights’ Lab presents ‘Skin in the Game’ First public staged reading of a new play about global capitalism by Charles Brousse. 7:30pm. $15. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. ‘The Music Man‘ Marilyn Izdebski presents youth musical theater production. See website for schedule. San Anselmo Playhouse, 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. 453-0199. Through 04/18:‘The Boys Next Door‘ Comedy about four mentally handicapped men living in one apartment, trying to make their way in a complicated and humorous world. Check website for performance info. 8pm. $15-25. Ross Valley Players’ Barn Theatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555. Through 05/02:‘Equivocation‘ Goes behind the scenes at the legendary Globe Theatre as King James commissions William Shakespeare to write a play about a thwarted attempt on his life - the infamous Gunpowder Plot. Written by Bill Cain. directed by Jasson Minadakis. See website for schedule. $15-54. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208.

Comedy 04/17: An Evening with Groucho Awardwinning actor/director/ playwright Frank Ferrante recreates his portrayal of comedian Groucho Marx in a fast-paced performance. 8-10pm. $20-30. Osher

Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael.

Art Through 04/18:‘Cream—From the Top’ Exhibition featuring new talent from the 2009 graduate art programs around the Bay Area. 5-7pm. Free. MarinMOCA, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137.

Through 04/19: Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival Call for Artists Extended The MVFAF extends the deadline for artist entries. Apply online at Old Mill Park, Mill Valley. 381-8090 . Through 04/23:‘Mosaics’ Innovative, cuttingedge array of mosaics. Juried by Ted Cohen, featuring works from 40 artists. 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. Through 04/25:‘Broad Brush’ Works by Nancy Chichetti and Helen Steele. Artist talk/reception on April 7. Noon-4pm. Free. Mona Lease Gallery, 39 Greenbrae Boardwalk, Greenbrae. 461-3718. www.

Through 04/25: 19th Annual Marin County High School Art Show Marin County student art exhibition. 11am-4pm. Free. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-9561.

Through 04/25: Gordon Cook, Luis Delgado and Steve Lewis “A Retrospective of Real Magic,” “The Organic Manifesto” and “Stone Carvings.” Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. www.

Through 04/29: Chameleon: Brandon Munley New multimedia creations and illustration. 8:30am-5:30pm. Free. Tiburon Town Hall, 1505 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon. 299-0667.

Through 04/30:‘The Altered Book Show’ Call for Entries Fundraiser for MarinMOCA. Show dates: July 24-Aug. 28. Go to www.marinmoca. org for details. MarinMOCA, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137. Through 04/30: Groucho-Fest Exhibit of Groucho memorabilia from the collection of Frank Ferrante. Free. Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000.

Through 05/01: Art Houses of Marin Twenty-five art houses on display throughout Marin communities for two months leading up to a gala

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A c c o r d i n g t o i t s o r g a n i z e r s, NOTTEBOHM is “art salon meets Burning the intersection of art, dance and music for one night of wild magic.” And, yes, of course it’s in Fairfax—where else? It’s an unusual and exciting evening combining cutting-edge contemporary art, interactive multimedia, high-energy dance music and hardcore funk with a lively showcase cabaret. Performers include DJ Kashia (of Anon Salon), HeadBand Headband comes dressed appropriately to Fairfax (funk) with Gail Muldrow, Jolie, Moana this weekend. Diamond (French cabaret), Andreas and Tess Nottebohm, Michael Angelo, Marco Bernardini, Sara Price and more. 7pm-2am April 17 at 19 Broadway Niteclub, 17 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. Tickets and info: Call 420-6334 or visit—Samantha Campos 36 PACIFIC SUN APRIL 16 – APRIL 22, 2010

and auction benefitting homeless people in Marin County and Ritter Center. Free. San Rafael City Hall, San Rafael. 892-5252.

Talks/Lectures 04/17: San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Local Historian Richard Torney will give a lecture on the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire. Torney’s grandfather, Ned, photographed the devastation following the 1906 earthquake and fire. Richard will share these photos, 100 years later. Torney’s greatgrandfather, U.S. Army Surgeon Lt. Col. George Henry Torney, was ordered to become the Chief Sanitary Officer after the earthquake. His successful efforts to prevent any serious outbreak of contagious disease and his creation and enforcement of regulations to establish safe and sanitary conditions for the city’s population are illustrated in this presentation. 3-5pm. Free. Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 927-5005. 04/18: California Writers Club “Adapting Sideways: The Not-So-Straight-Forward Transition from Screenwriter to Novelist.” With authors Charlotte Cook and Jon James Miller. 2-4pm. $5. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 04/19: Armchair Travel “River Cruising: What Itinerary & Which Boat Is Right for You?” With travel experts Winnie Coleman and Jill Romano. Images from Winnie’s Rhine river cruise and Jill’s recent Danube journey will be featured. 7-8pm. Free. Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 927-5005.

04/20: Conversations with Eco-Innovators “Why Care About the Sixth Extinction?” With Dr. Thomas Brooks, Conservation Priorities and Outreach, Center for Applied Biodiversity Science and Conservation International. 6:30-7:30pm. $15. Cavallo Point, 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 561-3560. 4/20: Truth Talk: Marin Clean Energy Find out about the pressing issues between PG&E and MCE. 7:30-10pm. No charge, donations appreciated. Sunrise Center, 645 Tamalpais Dr. Suite A, Tiburon. 924-7824. 04/21: Brown Bag Lunch: Mai Billaud Meet curator, consultant and former manager of Vorpal Gallery in SF in a talk geared for artists and collectors interested in a personal perspective of the business side of the visual arts. 11:30am-1:30pm. Free. Mona Lease Gallery, 39 Greenbrae Boardwalk, Greenbrae. 461-3718. 04/21: World Affairs Council UC Berkeley Prof. Ron Hassner talks on “Hindu-Muslim Violence at Ayhodya: War on Sacred Grounds.” Coffee and cookies served. Reservations required. 7:30-9pm. $6-9, students free. Creekside Room, Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 293-4600.

Readings 04/16: Kathy Kinney and Cindy Ratzlaff Kinney (Mimi Bobeck on “The Drew Carey Show”) and Ratzlaff talk about “Queen of Your Own Life.” 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 04/16: Poetry and Music With Sonoma County poet Raphael Block and musicians Moon Mata, dulcimer, harmonium, keyboard; Diana Badger, percussion. Celebrating his newest collection, “Songs from a Small Universe.” 7pm. $10-15. Ceres Community Project, 1623 Fifth Ave., Bldg D, San Rafael. (707) 824-5875. 04/16: Weird Word Whereabouts Phil Cousineau talks about “Wordcatcher: An Odyssey Into the World of Weird and Wonderful Words.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 04/17: Group Poetry Reading With Raphael

Block, Richard O. Moore, Fred Ostrander and Barbara Ras. 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 04/17: Margaret Kaufman Kaufman discusses her collection of poems “Inheritance and The Place that Inhabits Us,” a poetry anthology that explores life in the San Francisco Bay Area. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 04/17: Sixteen Rivers Press Event Poetry reading with Margaret Kaufman, Ellery Akers, Catharine Clark-Sayles, Molly Fisk, Robin Jacobson and Bill Keener. 7-9pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 332-4179. 04/18: Anne Lamott Ms. Lamott presents her novel “Imperfect Birds.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. 04/18: Marin Poetry Festival With S.F. Poet Laureate Diane Di Prima, award-winning poet Brenda Hillman, and National Book Award winner Nathaniel Mackey. There will be earlier readings at the Dominican Amphitheater starting at 3pm. 7pm. $10-20. Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 927-0960, ext 1 to reserve. 04/19: Half Insane Moms Kristin van Ogtrap reads from “Just Let Me Lie Down: Necessary Terms for the Half-Insane Working Mom.” Co-sponsored by the Southern Marin Mothers Club. 6:30pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 04/19: Tom Soloway Pinkson The author/psychologist/storyteller talks about “The Shamanic Wisdom of the Huichol: Medicine Teachings for Modern Times.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 04/20: Nancy Anderson The author talks about “Work with Passion in Midlife and Beyond: Reach Your Full Potential and Make the Money You Need.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 04/21: Giants History Dan Fost talks about “Giants Past and Present.” Fost celebrates the legends of San Francisco Giants history. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 04/22: A New Earth Bill McKibben discusses “Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet.” McKibben insists we need to acknowledge that a massive change is already underway on a planet that we might as well re-name Eaarth. 7pm. Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 04/22: Daniele Mastrogiacomo Mastrogiacomo presents his memoir “Days of Fear: A Firsthand Account of Captivity Under the New Taliban.” In 2007, Mastrogiacomo, his driver and his interpreter were captured by the Taliban. 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 04/22: Pi Life Yann Martel, author of “Life of Pi,” talks about his new novel “Beatrice & Virgil” about a famous author who receives a mysterious letter from a struggling writer. 7pm. Preferred seating available with book purchase. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. 04/23:Katie Crouch The author talks about her novel “Men and Dogs.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.

Film Events 04/18: Sunday Salon at the Lark In association with the Emeritus Program at College of Marin, the Lark Theater presents it’s last Sunday Salon of


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Community Events (Misc.) Through 05/26: Learn Irish Music Fearlessly The Marin Irish Ceili group, started in 2002 by John Trimble, meets every Wednesday. Every week the group learns a new traditional Irish tune and plays others that have been learned in the past. You do not need to be able to read music or have experience playing Irish music to




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Outdoors (Hikes & Bikes) 04/17-18: Sailing Open to the Public Aboard the Schooner Seaward The spring public sail schedule has started. Reserve your spot on one of several, three-hour sails. Proceeds benefit non-profit sailing organization. $25-40. Schooner Seaward, Bay Model, Sausalito. 3313214.

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04/18: Sustainable Fairfax hosts: Wildflower Walk Walk and view native richly colored expanse of spring wildflowers in Fairfaxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wild trails. April is an excellent time for wildflower viewing in Marin. 10am-1:30pm. $5-10 donation. Deer Park-Yolanda Trail, Deer Park parking lot, Fairfax. 455-9114. Tuesdays: Outdoor Fitness 50+ Exercise outdoors with yoga teacher/fitness coach and walk around Lake Lagunitas. Picnic lunch time follows. 9:45am-1pm. $7. Lake Lagunitas, Fairfax. 456-3341. Tuesdays: Outdoor Fitness 50+ Exercise outdoors with yoga teacher/fitness coach and make new friends. Exercise and then walk around Lake Launitas followed by picnic lunch. 9:45am1pm. $7. Lake Lagunitas Picnic Area, Fairfax. 456-3341.

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STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304169 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the Marin County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Fictitious Business name(s): MK SALON, 6 CALIFORNIA AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: 7/17/2008; 8/21/2008; 9/22/2008. Under File Nos.: 117940; 118289; 118289. Registrantâ ™s Name(s): MAURO O. PEREGRINO, JR., 2437 21st AVE., OAKLAND, CA 94606. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on March 18, 2010. (Pacific Sun: March 26; April 2, 9, 16, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123551 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as JCB LEASING, 1946 CASTLE DRIVE, PETALUMA, CA 94954; JCB COMPANY, 1946 CASTLE DRIVE, PETALUMA, CA 94954: DAWN STANLEY, 1946 CASTLE DRIVE, PETALUMA, CA 94954. These businesses are 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 March 18, 2010. (Publication Dates: March 26; April 2,9, 16, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123440 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as YUM, 73 THROCKMORTON AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: DONALD EDWARD WEBB, 73 THROCKMORTON AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 5, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 5, 2010. (Publication Dates: March 26; April 2, 9, 16, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123498 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SWAGGER SOUND, 7 ASH AVE., KENTFIELD, CA 94904: SEAN THOMAS CARNEY, 7 ASH AVE., KENTFIELD, CA 94904. 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 March 12, 2010. (Publication Dates: March 26; April 2, 9, 16, 2010)

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PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 40 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123518 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as AAA CUSTOM UPHOLSTERY, 17.5 FRANCES STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ISMAIL ERDOGAN, 17.5 FRANCES 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 March 15, 2010. (Publication Dates: March 26; April 2, 9, 16, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123553 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MINDFUL HOME, 45 ALHAMBRA CIRCLE, FAIRFAX, CA 94930: PJS ADVENTURES, 45 ALHAMBRA CIRCLE, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 18, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123573 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as A-1 MOBILE NOTARY SERVICE, 32 ROWE RANCH DR., NOVATO, CA 94949: JULIE MILLER, 32 ROWE RANCH DR., NOVATO, CA 94949. 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 March 22, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123596 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as YARDPODS, 265 SUMMIT AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: 2XM, LLC, 265 SUMMIT AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 24, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123597 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as UNCLE WING RESTAURANT, 905-907 B STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: XIAO LING LI, 150 11TH ST., APT. 6, OAKLAND, CA 94607. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 25, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123618 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NOVATO YOUTH VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION, 105 MICHELE CIRCLE, NOVATO, CA 94947: KATHLEEN LUCEY, 105 MICHELE CIRCLE, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 29, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 26, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123580 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TURNSTILE ADVERTISING, 21 TAMAL VISTA BLVD., SUITE 135, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: THE LATINO GROUP, 21 TAMAL VISTA BLVD., SUITE 135, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. 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 March 23, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123581 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BUTTERFLY SPA, 1724 LINCOLN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: XUAN GOA, 11 MAJESTIC AVENUE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 23, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 2010)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123641 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SIMKINS CUSTOM BUILDING COMPANY, 27 CLAY COURT, NOVATO, CA 94949: CHRISTOPHER WILLIAM SIMKINS, 27 CLAY COURT, NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein in June 2004. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 29, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 2010) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304168 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the Marin County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Fictitious Business name(s): REDWOOD MEDICAL GROUP, 900 LARKSPUR LANDING CIRCLE, SUITE 200, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. Filed in Marin County on: January 29, 2010. Under File No.: 123093. Registrantâ ™s Name(s): ONE MEDICAL GROUP, INC., ONE EMBARCADERO CENTER, SUITE 2440, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94111. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on March 16, 2010. (Pacific Sun: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123622 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ANCESTRAL VOICE - CENTER FOR INDIGENOUS LIFEWAYS, 108D OLIVA COURT, NOVATO, CA 94947: PHILLIP SCOTT, 108D OLIVA COURT, NOVATO, CA 94947. 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 March 26, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 9, 16, 23, 30, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123677 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SCREENING PARTY, 1 BLACKFIELD DR., #402, TIBURON, CA 94920: SHIFFCO, INC., 1 BLACKFIELD DR., #402, TIBURON, CA 94920. 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 March 31, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 9, 16, 23, 30, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123487 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TEENY TINY TAILS, 15 WOODLAND AVE., SUITE B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; KEVIN MICHAEL PRICE PRODUCTIONS, 15 WOODLAND AVE., SUITE B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KEVIN MICHAEL PRICE, 15 WOODLAND AVE., SUITE B, 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 January 4, 2010. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on March 11, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 9, 16, 23, 30, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123629 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ONA GALLERY, 27 JORDAN ST., #B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BRANDON STIEG, 27 JORDAN, #B, 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 March 26, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 26, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 9, 16, 23, 30, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123730 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as VICTORY HOUSE PROPERTIES, 16 FLAMINGO LN., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JONATHAN LIN, 915 FREMONT ST., MENLO PARK, CA 94025. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 12, 2010. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on April 5, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 9, 16, 23, 30, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123555 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ABC CARPET CLEANING, 3 PARSONS ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118: FRANK JAHANI, 3 PARSONS ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118; HALEH SAMPRES, 3 PARSONS ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. 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 March 18, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 9, 16, 23, 30, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123742 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as VFL TRADING INTERNATIONAL, 301 LAUREL WAY, APT. 8, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: VINCENT F. KATICS, 301 LAUREL WAY, APT. 8, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name listed herein on May 5, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 7, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 16, 23, 30; May 7, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123720 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RPB PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, 207 SECOND ST., STE. B, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: RPB CONSTRUCTION, INC., 207 SECOND ST., STE. B, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. 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 April 5, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 16, 23, 30; May 7, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123698 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HOOK AUDIO, 11 HEARTWOOD COURT, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: HOOK AUDIO, LLC, 11 HEARTWOOD COURT, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 2, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 16, 23, 30; May 7, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123765 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as IN THE WOODS PRODUCTIONS, 19 CORTE MADERA AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: THE WOODS MUSIC HALL, LLC, 19 CORTE MADERA AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name listed herein on April 8, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 9, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 16, 23, 30; May 7, 2010) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304173 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the Marin County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Fictitious Business name(s): BODY THERAPHY STUDIO, 1724 LINCOLN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: December 15, 2006. Under File Nos.: 111805. Registrantâ ™s Name(s): STANLEY YOUNG, 1798 REX ST., SAN MATEO, CA 94403. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on March 23, 2010. (Pacific Sun: April 16, 23, 30, May 7, 2010)



by Ly n d a R ay

Week of April 15-April 21, 2010

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Kinky Uranus and free-spirited Jupiter have taken over your imagination house. Whatever you are doing to celebrate the last days of your zodiac celebration, it is bound to be quirky and lively. Venus in your money house makes it tempting to spend your hard-earned dough on stuff that makes you look and feel good. But, when Mercury starts moving backwards on Saturday evening, you could regret those extravagant purchases. Keep all tags and receipts together. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Many of you have recently started a household project that is yet to be completed. Prepare to live with this for the next three-and-a-half weeks since Mercury retrograde in your sign makes wielding a screwdriver a particularly challenging feat. In the immediate future, your astrologer advises you to postpone doing anything more complicated than figuring out whether you want a chocolate birthday cake or a pan of brownies with candles—your zodiac cycle officially begins on Monday evening. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Having your ruler (Mercury) in the poky sign of Taurus can be annoying for you change-on-a-dime types. You find yourself stuck on one idea when you usually prefer to work on several ideas simultaneously. That Mercury starts moving backwards on Saturday night is almost a relief since the accompanying chaos can provide an interesting array of miscommunication. And, as we all know, you’d rather be multiply misunderstood than singularly monotonous. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) No matter which sex you are, feminine power figures prominently in your week. Pay close attention to any goddess types that wander into your circle of friends. On Monday, after the Moon enters your sign, the Sun enters the comfortable sign of Taurus. Give yourself permission to spend Tuesday doing something you love. As for your career, changes are on the way in 2010 and 2011. Start practicing flexibility now. LEO (July 22 - August 22) Although your ruler (the noble Sun) leaves the impatient sign of Aries on Monday, chances are you will continue to want everything to happen immediately. Mars (the ruler of Aries) remains in your personality house, making you rather reckless and definitely daring. This could have a positive effect on your love life. Try to take it a bit slower in your professional life. There is a difference between charming your way to the top and seducing your way there. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Now that Saturn has returned to your sign, you may feel like doing a bit of restructuring. Don’t worry. There is something about looking at reality from a different perspective that makes this passage of Saturn easier. In the next three months, you put the final touches on the new, improved, authentic you. This is where your innate attention to detail will make it all worthwhile. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) The romantic Sun in your relationship house and the mushy Moon in your travel house usually means grab your sweetie and book a getaway. Not this time. Mercury starts moving retrograde on Saturday, which could cause you to miss a flight, show up at a hotel that gave away your room or lose your ID right before arriving at the airport. Instead, put 800-thread count sheets on your bed and stay home. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Get as much accomplished at work as you possibly can on Thursday and Friday. By Monday, your personal life takes on a new importance when the emotional Moon gets entangled in the passionate energies of your ruler, Pluto. Yet another reason to spend less time at work and more time getting intimate with your significant other. Like YOU ever need any extra convincing... SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) The bottom of your lunar cycle this weekend would normally put you out of sorts. But pleasurable Venus is influencing your ruler, upbeat Jupiter, and if you’re not dancing down the street, at least you’re humming as you stroll. Starting Monday your job requires attention. Skipping out early is not advised while Mercury is moving retrograde. Even you, the luckiest sign in the zodiac, might not get another job in this economy. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Although you are not a fan of the weekend Moon in Gemini (too jittery), you might find this retrograde Mercury a serendipitous experience. For the next three-and-a-half weeks your creative efforts stand out, as you are no longer locked into the “usual” way. A lack of technical and mechanical support does force one to be more imaginative. Face it and embrace it. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) Be as social as possible over the weekend when the Moon in Gemini lights up your house of entertainment, romance and gambling. (If you’re inclined to gamble, do it on Saturday late morning or early afternoon.) The predominance of planets in water and earth suggests taking a sensible approach to life on Monday and Tuesday. However, with Mercury moving backwards, there’s not much hope of that actually happening... PISCES (February 18 - March 19) The connection between your ruler (musical Neptune) and the creative Sun gives you an opportunity to write music this weekend. Pay no attention to Mercury moving backwards—it adds to your visionary talents, which continue into the week. The rare Pisces who is not a music fan can write something else—a screenplay, a poem or a letter to the IRS explaining how your dog ate your tax return. Good luck with that. ✹ Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at APRIL 16 – APRIL 22, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 41

by Amy Alkon


In the wake of revelations about Sandra Bullock’s cheating husband, I’m wondering about your take on why she’s with him. She doesn’t seem like the usual low self-esteem type who goes for bad boys.—In Bad Boy Recovery Myself


It seems women have a crafting gene. Martha Stewart taps into hers, and like a one-woman swarm of rickracking, sponge-painting locusts, transforms everything in her path. Other women start by perking up flowerpots and end tables and move on to unsuitable men. There’s no rush like walking into a room with a changed man on one’s arm (even better than the feeling of having much better shoes than all the other women at the party). There’s evidence this transformation is doable—at least in movies starring Jennifer Aniston. The ideal subject is the man no other woman has been able to domesticate. The woman tells herself he just hasn’t met the right woman (her, of course!). With her unique brand of beauty and heart, she will do the impossible: paper-train the wolf and get him to roll over on command. It’s love as brainwashing, Beauty and the Beast with a poledancing twist: “I’ll make you forget those strippers!” Unfortunately, like the leopard and his spots, the wolf and his big-boobed, tattedup she-wolves are not soon parted. There’s a reason Bullock’s husband previously married a porn star, and it probably isn’t because he thinks porn stars make the best mothers. Maybe he wanted to turn over a new leaf with Bullock, and maybe he did for a while, becoming the sort of guy who rides the lawn mower into the sunset instead of the chopper into the strip club parking lot. But, change is hard, maybe even impossible, save for the most determined and self-disciplined. Even they may have to hit bottom a few times (and, no, not the naked, tattooed kind). So, if you’d like to stay “in bad boy recovery,” the most you should ever expect is to influence a man— maybe to cut back on foods labeled “screamin’ hot nacho cheese-flavored” and to avoid dressing like he was naked and ran into a Salvation Army and put on whatever was closest to the door. Look for a guy who already seems together, and take a good look at his past because it’s a pretty good key to what (or who) he’ll do in the future. Should you find yourself jonesing for a project, see what you can do with a hot glue gun, a spray can of gold paint and 26 packages of macaroni. Whatever you come up with, it’ll at least be distracting, and definitely less misery-inducing than that fun game you project daters like to play, “Spot the tall, dark, handsome captain of industry in the chronically unemployed drug user with the personality disorder.”


I just started hanging out with a woman I was good friends with in high school. To my shock and dismay, she now has a mustache! She has dark hair but wears glasses—maybe she can’t see it herself. I don’t feel close enough to her to say something, but she’s recently divorced and about to start dating, so maybe I should anyway...but how?—Hair-ified


Maybe slip it into conversation. You know, “Why did the caterpillar cross your upper lip? Wait...he isn’t seems he’s injured or dead!” OK, that would be mean���but nowhere near as mean as all those friends of hers refusing to endure the few moments of conversational discomfort it would take to clue her in. Sorry, make that supposed friends, because if you’re actually this woman’s friend... HOW DO YOU LET HER GO AROUND WITH VISIBLE FACIAL HAIR?! We’ll assume she isn’t mustachioed because waxing would kill her chances with the circus. And unless she lifted her arm and you spotted cornrows, she’s probably one of those women with the unfortunate combination of fine, dark hairs and vision issues—causing her to be in the dark about her desperate need to mow. In addition to wrecking her chances with any guy whose feminine ideal isn’t Tom Selleck, every single person who ever talks to her is thinking only one thing: “She’s got a mustache, she’s got a mustache, omigod, she’s got a mustache.” It’s a mission of mercy, letting a fur-lipped woman know. You could take her for a girls-getting-their-nails-done session, then suggest she join you in the two-for-one lip wax. There’s also the gentle mention—“Did you know you have the faintest line of hair just above your lip?” If neither of those works, there’s always tricking her into it: “Let’s play a game—it’s called ‘let’s put adhesive tape on our upper lips and pull!’” ✹ © 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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Attn San Francisco & Surrounding Bay Area Severe & Chronic Disc & Back Pain Sufferersâ&#x20AC;Ś

â&#x20AC;&#x153;What If Almost Everything Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve Been Told About Your Severe Back & Disc Pain Isâ&#x20AC;ŚWrong?â&#x20AC;? San Francisco, California â&#x20AC;&#x201C;The battle lines in the San Francisco area have been drawn for many years for all too many Marin County, San Francisco and surrounding Bay area back and disc pain suďŹ&#x20AC;erers. Pain and suďŹ&#x20AC;ering that for all but a lucky few has become both a frustrating way of life and a seemingly permanent burden. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a perplexing and frustrating problem when you consider how much technology has advanced other treatments for other ailmentsâ&#x20AC;Ś new treatments have come to the forefront in cancer, diabetes and a whole host of other ailments and yet many severe disc and back pain suďŹ&#x20AC;erers continue to struggle with no relief in sight. However there appears to be a potential NEW answer as to WHY so many still suďŹ&#x20AC;er without hope for relief. After recently speaking with one of the Bay areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s busiest advocates for back and disc pain suďŹ&#x20AC;erersâ&#x20AC;ŚDr. Seth Labott, DC at the Marin Center for Spine Pain here in the Bay areaâ&#x20AC;Ś he revealed that what many think about back pain, disc pain, sciatica, scoliosis, unresolved back pain, leg and hip pain, bulging and slipped discs may in fact be completely WRONG! And while his opinions are not shared by everyone in the back and disc pain ďŹ eldâ&#x20AC;Ś the doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perspective is hard to ignore and he appears to have an army of smiling happy patients (FORMER back and disc pain suďŹ&#x20AC;erers) ready to vouch for him and his spinal center. If you really want to know if what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been told about back pain is â&#x20AC;&#x153;wrongâ&#x20AC;? all you need do is ask yourselfâ&#x20AC;Ś



If You Answered â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yesâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;Ś Then this one progressive doctor XPVMETVHHFTUUIBUUIFSF.645CF something â&#x20AC;&#x153;WRONGâ&#x20AC;? with what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been told about your severe back and disc pain. As a matter of fact Dr. Seth Labott, DC is in good position to comment considering how MANY Marin County, San Francisco and surrounding Bay area back and disc pain suďŹ&#x20AC;erers have turned the tables on their frustration and pain by utilizing his extremely unique & NON INVASIVE approach along with a collection of some of the most advanced back and disc pain relief technology available anywhere in the state of California. Not only that, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even devised a unique â&#x20AC;&#x153;screening toolâ&#x20AC;? that allows them to help determine who is a GOOD candidate (likely to respond well) and who is a not so good candidate (not likely to respond well) which in turn has allowed him to have success than you might not expect, especially, with patients whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve tried and failed to get relief with other more common treatments. If you are suďŹ&#x20AC;eringâ&#x20AC;Ś agonizing pain preventing you fromâ&#x20AC;Ś t8PSLJOHBTNVDIBTOFFEFEPSEFTJSFE t&OKPZJOHUJNFXJUIGBNJMZ t-JGUJOHIPMEJOHDIJMESFOBOE grandchildren t%PJOHZBSEXPSLPSIPNFNBJOUFnance t4UBOEJOHJOMJOFPSBUBDPVOUFSUP make a meal t&YFSDJTJOHGPSGVOPSIFBMUI t,FFQJOH8FJHIUPÄ&#x160; t4QFOEJOHUJNFXJUIGSJFOET And in spite of your best eďŹ&#x20AC;orts youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re frustrated and feeling â&#x20AC;Ś

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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s NOT Your Faultâ&#x20AC;Ś And his level of advanced technology and remarkable compassion is exactly why his exclusive and unique chronic / severe back pain system has DSFBUFEBnVSSZPGJOUFSFTUBOEFYDJUFment for local chronic / severe back pain suďŹ&#x20AC;erers.

Not All SuďŹ&#x20AC;erers Can Qualify

And while this may sound like â&#x20AC;&#x153;badâ&#x20AC;? news itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually â&#x20AC;&#x153;GOODâ&#x20AC;? NEWS. And the reason is thisâ&#x20AC;Ś One of the primary â&#x20AC;&#x153;secretsâ&#x20AC;? the doctor and staďŹ&#x20AC; at the Marin Center for Spine Pain admitâ&#x20AC;Ś is that one of the NBKPSLFZTUPUIFJSTVDDFTTJTFYUSFNFMZ CAREFUL candidate selection. After YEARS of serving severe and chronic back pain suďŹ&#x20AC;erers throughout Marin County, San Francisco and surrounding Bay area they realize the level of frustration, fear and worry that goes with trying treatment after treatment and yet still failing to ďŹ nd RELIEF. So their main focus in determinJOHXIPXJMMBOEXIP80/5CF admitted into their program is ONLY choosing those patients who have the highest likelihood of SUCCESS. Success meaning RELIEF! Their humility and â&#x20AC;&#x153;realisticâ&#x20AC;?, â&#x20AC;&#x153;give it to you straightâ&#x20AC;?, â&#x20AC;&#x153;no hypeâ&#x20AC;?, â&#x20AC;&#x153;no piein-the skyâ&#x20AC;? approach combined with some of the most advanced technology in the entire country also create a clinical experience that has seen even â&#x20AC;&#x153;the worst and most hopeless casesâ&#x20AC;? ďŹ nd relief in his approach. Surprisingly in a ďŹ eld where treatment often ends with what seems to be an unsaid â&#x20AC;&#x153;too bad so sadâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;Ś Dr. Labott at the Marin Center for Spine Pain is so committed to the success of those whose cases he does accept, he even oďŹ&#x20AC;ers his patients a â&#x20AC;&#x153;satisfaction guaranteeâ&#x20AC;? *.

If Your Severe/Chronic Pain Isâ&#x20AC;Ś 1. In Your Low Back (L3,4 or 5) 2. In Your Hip or Sacroiliac 3. In Your â&#x20AC;&#x153;Buttâ&#x20AC;? 4. Down Your Leg Into Your Calf 5. In Your Neck (C3,4,5,6, or 7) 6. Going Down Your Arm 7. Throbbing, Stabbing, Burning -JLF"5PPUIBDIF 9. From A Herniated Disc 10. From A Slipped Disc 11. From A Ruptured Disc 12. From Stenosis 13. From Arthritis 14. Still Undiagnosedâ&#x20AC;Ś yUIFOZPVKVTUNJHIUCFBDBOEJdate for this new exclusive and unique non-surgical & drug FREE severe / chronic back pain relief system. 5PEJTDPWFSJGZPVDBOJOGBDUmOBMMZ put an end to your severe back pain nightmare and ďŹ nally ďŹ nd the relief youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been seeking you can call (415) 877-4349. As a special favor for those reading this feature Dr. Seth Labott, DC, Clinic Director at the Marin Center for Spine Pain, is oďŹ&#x20AC;ering 11 FREE Personal QualiďŹ cation Examination / Consultations over the next 10 days to help readers determine if there IS in fact any hope of you resolving your severe / chronic back pain once and for all. The QualiďŹ cation examination /consultation is valued at $247 and is truly a generous gesture considering the fact that all too often back pain suďŹ&#x20AC;erers receive thousands of dollars in treatments only to ďŹ nish with minimal to no relief yet still having their walletâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s substantially lighter. In this case it appears youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get a

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Returning to a healthy, active lifestyle after several years of relentless low back pain and increasing immobility has been life-changing. Spinal decompression has allowed me to be pain free without medication throughout my dayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;sitting, standing, moving, and even playing with my grandchild. Non-invasive and incredibly comfortable from the ďŹ rst relief-giving pull, these treatments have not only changed the way I feel, they have changed the way I think about my future. Thank you, Dr. Seth! â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Anita F.

very straight forward recommendation based upon an advanced evaluation process whereby youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll know BEFORE you ever spend any time or money as UPXIFUIFSPSOPUZPVBSFB-&(*5*."5&DBOEJEBUFGPSUIJTFYDMVTJWF back pain solution system. So, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re out of options or afraid of becoming like so many others and running out of optionsâ&#x20AC;Ś If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re desperately trying to avoid surgery or want a more permanent ďŹ x than drugs PSJOKFDUJPOT EPOPUIFTJUBUFUPDBMM We are located at 465 Miller Ave. at the corner of Miller Ave. & Valley Circle, one block south of Whole Foods in Mill Valley.5PTDIFEVMF your no-cost consultation and evaluation call: (415) 877-4349 You will have the opportunity to talk with the doctor to help better conďŹ rm your condition causing your pain and if you are a good candidate to get relief. P.S. The ďŹ rst 11 callers will receive their appointment within 48 hours OR LESS. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also be happy to know that we have a nowait policy. You will be seen within minutes of your appointment. P.P.S. If you make your appointment by Monday, April 26th @ 6pm, you will get it at no cost or obligation ($247/value). * Our Satisfaction Guarantee ensures you will be provided with a clean, caring, pleasant and professional oďŹ&#x192;ce that is punctual and respon- sive to your needs. Not a guarantee of results.

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Fresh, Current and Trendy Our â&#x20AC;&#x153;specialtyâ&#x20AC;? items include everything from ďŹ&#x201A;ax and omega 3 organic cereals to Greek yogurts and gluten-free products which are really popular at the moment. We will always carry the standard items at United but the specialty items enhance our customersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; choices and, in many instances, provide a more gourmet ďŹ&#x201A;air. They keep our offerings fresh, current and trendy. We are always looking for new products to offer because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what our customers expect. Our specialty vendors like working with us as an independent grocer and this allows us to be competitive on our pricing. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked at United for 30 years, and handling the specialty category is exciting because I get to make sure weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re staying current and providing our customers with excellent choices. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Darren La Brucherie, Specialty Supervisor

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