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›› LETTERS Novato endorsement gets an F So incredibly disappointment with the Sun’s decision to endorse Novato’s Measure F [which gives the district the OK to contract out the management of its new wastewater treatment facility]. I can’t remember a time that I have disagreed so vigorously (perhaps I’ve never disagreed) with your paper’s recommendations. In fact, I agree passionately with all your other recommendations this year...but as a Novato resident who has watched and been disgusted by our Sanitary District and their push to privatize the operations of our plant—I find your endorsement and rationale for it to be so so so so misguided (to be kind). Lynne Wasley, Novato

High scores in wealthy county proves money not issue in schools...?

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Well “blow me down”! The students in our “under-funded, falling apart, miserable schools” seemed to be doing excellent on testing in California. Proves that money isn’t everything...good teachers, hard work, involved parents and moti-

vated-to-succeed kids will always learn. Just give them a chair and a desk...the rest will follow. Marcia Blackman, San Rafael

Oil addiction intervention If you’ve been watching the events unfold around the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, you can easily feel a sense of despair about our future on this planet. Our anxiety and grief is not only for the damage to the environment, the sea life, the people of the Gulf Coast, but also for our whole way of life. Can we expect to sustain a standard of living we have come to depend on in cozy Mill Valley as the age of cheap oil comes to an end? Events in the Gulf suggest that we cannot expect we will continue to have safe, environmentally sound, and cheap ways to extract oil despite the industry and government assurances to the contrary. Transition Mill Valley is leading an effort to engage our community in questions around the end of cheap fossil fuel and the potential environmental, social and financial degradation that comes from our energy-dependent lifestyle. As a community we can make changes that may allow us to weather the change. It is not easy for any addict to admit they have an addiction. Our addiction to oil is no different. Denial is a much easier attitude to take than to actually deal with the approaching crisis of peak oil and climate change. If we admit that our comfortable life is a result of an addiction to an unsustainable resource, then what will satisfy this addiction when the resource runs out? If you want to explore these ideas, come to Transition Mill Valley’s event on Wednes-

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Your soapbox is waiting at ›› pacificsun.com day May 26 at 6:30pm, Resilience from The Ground Up! A Community’s Positive Response to Peak Oil at 142 Throckmorton Theatre. The Transition Movement is a vibrant, grassroots movement that represents one of the most promising ways of engaging people in strengthening their communities against the effects of the current challenges related to peak oil and climate change. We know that we can make the transition to a more sustainable world. Mary Cosgrove,Transition Mill Valley

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depot, all benefiting the SMART-riding public exactly how? The pathetic irony is SMART got the whole concept wrong. A light-rail system wouldn’t need stations. Check out the Yolanda stop in San Anselmo, at Saunders: it’s a raised curb, and at 7am in the 1920s you could board a streetcar to the ferry at Sausalito, and be walking across the Embarcadero in San Francisco by 8am. Look at Sacramento, as the LRV runs through the city, and San Jose, and Phoenix now, too. SMART was blackmailed into heavy rail (diesel-electric engines) ’cause of dual freight operations north of Novato when an LRV would have better served the Sonoma-Marin public. Yet still, every sales tax transaction you make, they get a quarter cent. We deserve better. Hobart Bartshire,Fairfax

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At the SMART meeting April 29 they discussed plans for the Civic Center and the downtown San Rafael stations. The presentation emphasized how SMART wanted all its stations to reflect the history and traditions of the neighborhood they serve. In San Rafael, they are planning to build a covered platform with tracks on either side exactly adjacent to the Whistlestop Wheels building. Which is the former NWPRR train station, from which Whistlestop derives its name. What! With all the emphasis on tradition and local history, how come SMART hasn’t made a deal to make the former train station its new train station—the Central Terminal, SMART headquarters. Because that would accentuate the boondoggledness of this whole project. Whistlestop Wheels holds the title to that building and—sure!—they could come up with a price for a SMART deal, and that price would assure them a tidy down payment on an alternative site with more space for their operations and staff. But the Measure Q supporters might be leery of all that sales tax money going to buy the San Rafael train

Given the Pacific Sun’s recent coverage of PG&E-related topics—including Proposition 16 in our upcoming election—readers may want to know the following: This coming Monday, May 24, there will be two anti-profiteering rallies, followed by two public participation hearings at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) headquarters in San Francisco. Issues focused on will include PG&E’s forthcoming recordbreaking rate-hike requests, Proposition 16 and other PG&E monopoly-protecting tactics (all ultimately paid for by their customers), and PG&E’s forthcoming customer-financed smart meter installation and operation at every home, school and business in our communities. The first protest rally will begin at noon on the steps of CPUC headquarters, 505 Van Ness (at McAllister), followed by the first CPUC hearing at 2pm. A second, larger rally will begin at 5pm in San Francisco Civic Center, followed by a 7pm second hearing at the CPUC. Marin residents are particularly invited to come and participate in one of the rallies, and then tell the CPUC how they feel about PG&E’s recent actions and latest proposals. Alexander Binik, Fairfax

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hile neighborhood issues always play a big role in any race for a seat on the board of supervisors, this year’s contest in the 1st Supervisorial District will to a large extent be a referendum on the strength of political support for bold sustainability programs such as Marin Clean Energy (MCE) and the move to ban plastic bags and charge a fee for paper sacks. Kerry Mazzoni, former Democratic Assemblywoman and state secretary of education, entered the race to challenge two-term incumbent Supervisor Susan Adams and the sustainability programs that Adams has supported. Mazzoni came out swinging and has kept up the attack, saying the county is facing a crisis of leadership. One of her campaign brochures says on its cover: “Marin County Government is Falling Apart.” And on the back: “Crisis Demands Leadership.” Another Mazzoni brochure gets to the heart of the wedge issue du jour: Its cover touts the slogan “Go Green—Go Sensible.” And on the inside, a summation of the Mazzoni attack on Marin Clean Energy: “In the toughest economic times since the Great Depression, Kerry will focus on restoring sanity to Marin County’s budget. She’ll put her experience to work battling boondoggle expenditures like the $2 million spent so far on the risky Marin Energy Authority under false pretenses of going green when there are better options.” Mazzoni claims she has the know-how to guide the county into “Going

Green and Protecting Our Wallets.” It is reminiscent of the campaign orchestrated by PG&E to defeat the creation of MCE. That’s exaggerated spin, says Adams. “We did not spend $2 million. We spent $300,000. We loaned $500,000, and we cosigned to provide a transition. As the revenues come in, that money comes back. We have had seven years of analysis and peer review reports that say this is not a fiscally risky business if people don’t get scared by the PG&E rhetoric. The stuff that’s coming out on this is right out of the PG&E playbook.” Mazzoni stresses that she has taken no funding from PG&E—and she opposes the utility’s Proposition 16, which would require a two-thirds vote for public-power agencies such as MCE to start service. She says she has some supporters who favor MCE and some who oppose it. But a list of endorsements shows some major players who tried to scuttle the MCE initiative. Among those is former county Supervisor Gary Giacomini, who has worked in Marin on behalf of PG&E. Also on the list is Michael Smith, county treasurer. Smith followed up a highly critical and some say ill-conceived grand jury report slamming MCE with a letter to county supervisors calling for them to withdraw support from the fledgling power agency. Mazzoni’s list of endorsements also includes former Mill Valley Mayor Ann Solem. (Eleven former mayors wrote a letter to the Mill Valley City Council urging councilmembers to back away 10 >

›› NEWSGRAMS COM selects interim head After six challenging years at College of Marin, Francis White will retire from her post as president June 30. Al Harrison, vice president of operations for the college, was appointed interim head in a meeting of the trustees held Tuesday, May 18. The task at hand for Harrison is no easy job—the college’s estimated budget shortfall for the coming academic year is $1.2 million, a sizable increase from this year’s shortfall of $800,000. The school has recently faced issues regarding enrollment and accreditation, and many give White credit for helping COM navigate those troubled waters. The search for a permanent head will continue, and the applicant pool will be whittled down on June 23 when interview candidates are chosen.—Sarah Strand Vigil honored popular Drake student The unexpected death of Sir Francis Drake High School senior Jeremy Collins has left the Ross Valley community grieving and coping with the loss of a well-loved friend, peer and son. Collins’ family could not resuscitate the 17-year-old when they found him collapsed in the shower on the morning of May 13; as of presstime the cause of death was still unknown. By the evening on May 13, hundreds of students took part in a candlelight vigil to honor the budding artist who was involved in studio arts, poetry and filmmaking at Drake. The high school has implemented grief counseling to help its community come to terms with the death, and a formal memorial service will be held at a future date.—SS Singer/songwriter found dead The body of Mary Elizabeth Beckman, a Fairfax woman who had been missing since last week, was found the morning of May 17 in the mud flats behind the Clipper Yacht Harbor houseboats in Sausalito. Sausalito police officers found Beckman’s cell phone at the Clipper Yacht Harbor on Saturday, and discovered her car at a nearby Bank of Marin on Sunday. Authorities were looking for information regarding her disappearance when they discovered the body. Foul play is not suspected, but the investigation is ongoing. Beckman, 41, has been described as a kindhearted singer/songwriter who enjoyed sailing and visiting friends in Sausalito.—SS Dude, where’s my car? Beach goers better bring better parallel parking skills with them to West Marin this summer, as county officials are cracking down on drivers who curb their cars illegally. County supervisors last week took steps to raise fines from $63 to $99 for folks who park in No Parking zones in Stinson, Muir Beach and Bolinas. Adding insult to injury—or irony to illegality, rather—for parking violators, the increased funds from the fines will be used to pay sheriff’s deputies to keep writing tickets. Bummer, dude.—Jason Walsh

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Check your head In bitter twist of irony, psychic no longer has ‘energy’ to convert skeptics by Jason Walsh

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or, as Schelkun explained, the transfer of negative energy from the body to a crystal ball to “one of the plants in his office.” Schelkun’s road from psychic denier to psychic supplier came during a trip to the Philippines in the early ’70s, when a spiritual healer cured him of the migraines and “mind traveling” he’d suffered from since childhood. After, literally, a bit of handson training from a local shaman, Schelkun was himself healing “some, not all” of the patients in the village. Still, despite his many psychic-healing successes stories, Schelkun stressed that “this is not a cure-all.” Doctors and hospitals, for example, “are great for trauma care.” These days Schelkun is still psychically healing Marin residents out of his San Rafael office—and still putting up with closed-minded skeptics. “I don’t defend anymore, I’m past that,” he laughs. “If you don’t want to try [psychic healing], don’t. If you want to, fine.” But, Schelkun says, the medical community is continuing to broaden its acceptance of mind over matter. In fact, just last year he was joined as a panelist at the San Rafael shaman’s conference by six medical doctors from various fields, and says that in 2001 he was honored with a best-alternative-practitioner award from Marin Breast Cancer Watch. He has said the term “quack” derives from a Depression-era doctor named Quackenbush who set out to discredit renowned psychic Edgar Cayce—but was won over and became a follower of the metaphysician. “I know what it feels like to be a skeptic,” says Schelkun. “So call me quack. It’s like water off a duck’s back.” ✹ Psychically heal Jason at jwalsh@pacificsun.com.

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1. Pictured, at right: A major boulevard that runs from Santa Monica to downtown Los #1 Angeles is named for the last Mexican governor of California (who served until 1848). His initials were PP. Who was he? 2. What percentage of U.S. Congress and Senate members do not have a college degree? 3. Six-year old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart first played for the royalty at Schoenbrunn Palace in 1762, in what European city? 4. Can you identify two teams in the National Basketball Association named for weather or climatic conditions? 5a. Don’t peek: Which former president’s #5b portrait is on the front of a $2 bill? 5b. Pictured, at right: What scene, based on a 1795 painting by John Trumbull, is shown on the reverse? 6. With a wingspan of about 3 meters (10 feet), what is the largest bird in the Western Hemisphere? 7. It doesn’t happen often that the AcademyAward winning Best Actor and Best Actress are co-stars in the same film, but it happened at the 1998 Oscars, when Jack Nicholson and what actress in what movie won these major awards? 8. Identify the most populous country in each of these #9 continents: 8a. Europe 8b. South America 8c. Africa 9. Pictured, left: Since the 15th century, the soldiers who guard foreign European courts, as well as serve to protect the pope in the Vatican, have traditionally been from what country? 10. Can you find three 3-letter words whose spelling changes one letter at a time, described by the following: flying mammal, wager, sleeper? BONUS QUESTION: Major League Baseball’s first AllStar Game was played as part of the 1933 World’s Fair in what city? Howard Rachelson, Marin’s Master of Trivia, invites you to a live Team Trivia Contest every Wednesday at 7:30pm at the Broken Drum in San Rafael. Send your best trivia question (with your name and hometown) to howard1@triviacafe.com; if your question is used in the ‘Pacific Sun,’ we’ll give you credit!

± Susan and her significant other took the Sausalito Ferry into San Francisco last weekend to celebrate their anniversary. It sounds like they were busy having a great time—hopping a cable car and riding in several taxis to visit fine establishments across the city. The fun stopped when Susan realized her diamond bracelet had slipped off her wrist. Not only was it an expensive bracelet, the sentimental value was priceless. Without much hope, she called everywhere they had been. The manager of the Paradise Lounge on Folsom called back to say that Scott, the nightclub’s security guard, had found her bracelet. Susan’s very happy with Hero Scott right now, and we’re pretty impressed too.

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² We think father knows best, however the jury is out in instances like this: A little boy, about 4 years old, rode his bike on Seminary Drive last Saturday while Dad followed in a minivan with the hazard lights flashing. Alert driver Lois was behind the van, going so slowly that her speedometer stayed on zero. Unbelievably, the child turned onto Redwood Highway with the minivan and a trail of cars in tow. Lois called 911 as she watched the little tyke swerving around cars that pulled out onto the busy road. The ride from hell ended in the Strawberry Village parking lot where the man mounted the bike on the roof of the minivan. Fortunately, no one was hurt. When the police car pulled up, Lois drove away, shaking her head.—Nikki Silverstein

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‘Lay your hands on me—I’ll never be the same’—Thompson Twins, ‘Doctor Doctor,’ 1985 Marin was putting years ago its life in the hands of a quack doctor 25 years ago this week. And while that may be true, the doctor admitted to the Pacific Sun in May of 1985, he’s certainly no “charlatan.” “Call me a quack,” psychic healer Greg Schelkun taunted county skeptics. “That’s how I started, that’s how Saul became Paul in the Bible.” The San Rafael resident wasn’t implying that the apostle who helped establish the Christian church could cure women of ovarian cysts with the touch of a hand, as Schelkun was known to do. Rather, he was like the apostle in that he too had journeyed down the road from avowed skeptic to true believer. Believer in the healing power of psychics, that is. “I see the body as an energetic self, not a mass of molecules,” the Dartmouth graduate told Sun reporter Joy Zimmerman in her story “An Ivy League Psychic Healer.” “But the energy that binds them together makes them move and change.” Illness, he said, is the “blockage of energy movement.” While the 36-year-old admitted that psychic healing wasn’t easily explained, there was no disputing his “laying on of hands” upon diseased patients foreheads could often put the spring back into their step like nobody’s business. Take “Mary,” for instance, a 60-year-old woman suffering from seizures, confusion, headaches and vomiting. After a CAT scan found a benign tumor on her brain, Mary was all set to put her head on the operating table and hope her surgeon was a steady hand with a knife. But, at the urging of a friend, Mary dubiously paid the psychic healer a visit. Schelkun put his hands on her head and immediately sketched out an outline of her tumor. “After the third [treatment session],” Mary told the Sun, “[Schelkun] told me the tumor was down to half an inch, that it would heal on its own and that I didn’t have to come back.” A second CAT scan a week later confirmed that the tumor had shrunk in size and Mary skipped the biopsy. Even Mary’s GP Ray Seet was amazed, telling the Sun cryptically that “there are external forces beyond us that we can’t explain.” In fact, the Sun found few medical sources at the time willing to fully discredit the theory of laying-on-hands healing. Psychic results were results—whether they were due to the placebo effect, the power of psychic energy

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< 8 The other â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;community choiceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; from MCE.) Solem is a consultant who crafted a plan for PG&E to use in San Francisco to combat that cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attempt to proceed with a public-power agency like Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Adams has received endorsements from Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, the Sierra Club and state Sen. Mark Leno, who also contributed to her campaign fund. Also on the Adams list are Marin Supervisors Hal Brown and Charles McGlashan. Along with Adams, Brown and McGlashan have been the strongest MCE supporters on the board and represent an informal voting bloc that Mazzoni could crack. While McGlashan may have spearheaded the effort to bring MCE to reality, Adams has been a strong ally. Adams is the ďŹ rst supervisor to face reelection with MCE on the table as a campaign issue. A cursory read of various Internet musings, letters to the editor and comments about news stories reveals that a Tea Party contagion has spread to Marin. At its worst, members of the Tea Party movement are easy targets for political operatives who aim their hyperbole at low-information voters. A reading of the response to stories about the Mazzoni-Adams race uncovers gems that target Adams and McGlashan: calling Adams a socialist because of her support for MCE and attacking support for affordable housing and healthcare delivery for the poor as an attempt to somehow attract and aid undocu-

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transcended a time when “if you were an environmentalist, you were anti-business.” The new paradigm, she adds, calls for true sustainability, including a sustainable business community that provides jobs and revenue for county government. But Adams says that despite Mazzoni’s rhetoric, her challenger is a clear candidate for pro-development interests. Included on her list of major campaign contributors are Ghilotti Construction Company, McNear Brick & Block and The Ad Men. The Marin Builders Exchange endorses Mazzoni. Adams also says her stand to restrain the San Rafael Rock Quarry has earned her some battle scars dealt by the business community. She’s proud of her accomplishments aimed at environmental protection and preventing overdevelopment. “We’re in tough economic times. But we’re going to come out of this, and when we do, will we have disassembled all of the really wonderful programs and the vision that have brought us to this place? Or do we want to weather this storm and then come out of this even better than when we when into it?” Mazzoni says she thinks the choice between her and Adams is a “healthy one.” This time, voters can’t say there were no differences between the candidates. ✹ Contact the writer at peter@pseidman.com.

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● San Rafael Farmers Market Thursday evenings through Sept. on Fourth Street. Info: 415/492-8007 or sanrafaelmarket.org. ● Marin Home Show Saturday, May 22, from 10am-7pm and Sunday, May 23, from 10am-6pm. Marin County Fairgrounds, 10 Ave. of the Flags. $8 general admission, $7 seniors, children 14 and under free. Info: marinhomeshow.com. ● Memorial Day Monday, May 31, at 9am. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Ave. of the Flags. Free. Info: co.marin.ca.us/ depts/cu/main/mc/mc_calendar.cfm. ● International Festival Saturday, June 5, 11am-4pm. Coleman Elementary School, 800 Belle Ave. Free. Info: 415/485-2420 or co.srcs. ca.schoolloop.com. ● Italian Street Painting Saturday, June 12, and Sunday, June 13, 9am-7pm. Fifth Ave. and A St. Free. Info: 415/457-4878 or youthinarts.org/StreetPainting2010. ● Marin Art Festival Saturday, June 19, and Sunday, June 20, 10am-6pm. Marin County Fairgrounds, 10 Ave. of the Flags. $10 general admission, children 14 and under are free. Info: marinartfestival.com. ● Summer Nights Festival Saturdays, June 19-Aug. 14, except July 3. Doors open at 6pm for concerts and 7pm for movies. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Rd. Concerts: $25 general admission, $5 children ages 6-17, children 6 and under are free. Movies: $5 general admission, children 6 and under are free. Info: 415/444-8000 or marinjcc.org. ● Music in the Park Alternate Fridays, June 25-Aug. 20, 6-8pm. Marinwood Park, 775 Miller Creek Rd. Free. Info: marinwood.org. ● Marin County Fair Thursday, July 1-Monday, July 5, 11am-11pm. Marin County Fairgrounds, 10 Ave. of the Flags. $15 adults, $13 seniors and children ages 4-12, children 3 and under are free. Info: 415/499-6400 or marinfair.org. ● Marin Shakespeare Company Friday, July 2-Sunday, Sept. 26. Afternoon and evening performances. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 50 Acacia Ave. $35 general admission, $30 seniors, $20 youth 18 and under, $5 discount for adults and seniors when purchased in advance. Info: 415/499-4488 or marinshakespeare.org. ● San Rafael Twilight Criterium Sunday, July 10, races 2:30pm-9:15pm. Races run clockwise on Fourth St., D St., Fifth Ave. and A St. Expo and Pro Athlete Village on Fourth St between A and Cijos streets. Free. Info: clickenergi.com/carrera.

● Family Fun Run & Walk Saturday, Aug. 7, check-in 8:30am. Marinwood Community Center, 775 Miller Creek Rd. $15 individual, $40 family of four, discount when registering in advance. Info: 415/4790775 or marinwood.org. ● China Camp Heritage Festival In August, exact day depends on current tides. China Camp State Park, 101 Peacock Gap Trail. Free. Info available late June: 415/456-0766. ● San Rafael Food & Wine Festival Sunday, Aug. 14, noon-6pm. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave. Free admission, tasting tickets $15 and $25. Info: sresproductions.com/san_rafael_food_ and_wine_festival.html. ● Great American Blues & Barbeque Festival Saturday, Sept. 11. Fourth St. Free. Info: 415/383-3470 or teamproevent.com/ events/Blues-BBQ.html.

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ovato, Marin’s northernmost city, is certainly worth a quick trip up 101—where the historic downtown and green parks serve as backdrops for some of the most popular events of the season. Like many Bay Area hot-spots, Novato has gone green with its own downtown Novato Farmers Market. Every Tuesday, shoppers can stock their kitchens with a myriad of local ingredients, or forgo cooking altogether and munch on tasty treats from nearby businesses. For those who didn’t get their fill of delicious fresh eats, the Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church sponsors the annual Marin Greek Festival, May 28-30, complete with a never-ending supply of spanakopita, baklava and all the Greek salad you could ever want. The event is rounded out with Greek music, cooking demonstrations, Minoan dancers and a marketplace. The food and drink keeps flowing at the Novato Festival of Art, Wine, & Music in early June. The sizzling bash packs seven blocks of Grant Avenue with arts and crafts, food booths, microbrews, performances by Ronnie Montrose and the Robben Ford Band, pony and train rides, a premium wine area and a dunk tank. Grant Avenue is also home to the legendary Fourth of July Parade, which will be celebrating “Novato, 50 Years Young.” The classic cars, prancing horses and vintage military vehicles give the event a retro vibe with hometown flare. The parade route gets crowded quickly, so anyone looking

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to catch a glimpse of Novato’s promenade should plan on arriving early. Parades and fireworks are undoubtedly a key component of July festivities, but film and theater are the crux of year-long entertainment. Marin Summer Theater will put on three diverse shows—Chicago, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead and Some Enchanted Evening—with talented young adult casts drawn from high schools and colleges throughout the Bay Area. While Chicago and Some Enchanted Evening offer musical interludes, Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead gives a fresh perspective on an old favorite: Shakespeare. Novato has also planned for Movies in the Park again this year, though the movie selections have not been announced yet. However, mark your calendars because the dates are set for three Saturdays—July 10, July 31 and Aug. 21. Though Novato’s

annual Fourth of July Parade is honoring the city’s semicentennial, the celebration continues with a ceremony dedicated solely to Novato’s 50th birthday. Novato Horsemens’ Western Day will celebrate aging in style with a parade of horses, wagons, coaches and cattle down Grant Avenue. Cowboy competitions, a chuck-wagon dinner and Western entertainment will also help transport Novato back to its rustic agricultural roots. And no other Marin location has time travel on its bill of summer events. ✹ ● Novato Farmers Market Tuesdays, 4-8pm, through Sept. 28. Grant Ave. between Reichert Ave. and Machin Ave. Free. Info: agriculturalinstitute.org. ● Marin Greek Festival Friday, May 28, 11am-3pm lunch, 5-10pm dinner; Saturday, May 29, and Sunday, May 30, 11am-10-

pm. Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church, 1111 Highland Dr., Ignacio. $5 adults, $4 seniors, children 12 and under are free. Info: nativityofchrist.org. ● Novato Festival of Art, Wine, & Music Saturday, June 7, 10am-7pm, and Sunday, June 8, 10am-6pm. Grant Ave., between Redwood Blvd. and 7th St. Free. Info: www.novatochamber.com. ● Fourth of July Parade Sunday, July 4, 11am. Grant Ave. Free. Info: 415/8998900 or novatoparade.com. ● Marin Summer Theater ThursdaySunday, July 8-11, July 22-25 and July 29Aug. 1. San Marin High, 15 San Marin Dr. Ticketing information available late May/ June. Info: marinsummertheater.org. ● Movies in the Park Saturdays July 10, 31 and Aug. 21. Movies and showtimes to be announced. Pioneer Park, Novato. Info: 415/899-8200. ● Novato Horsemens’ Western Day Saturday, July 24 along Grant Ave. Free. Info: dnba.net.

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n many ways the Dipsea Race, the second-oldest footrace in the U.S., is the quintessential Mill Valley get-together. It begins right next to the old depot that has served generations of weekend hikers and for three decades disgorged the crookedest railroad in the world. The race’s first and greatest hurdle is the Dipsea Steps, one of the town’s unique and rustic staircases and a utilitarian link between its canyon folk and its cliff dwellers. The race crosses both Muir Woods National Monument and Mt. Tamalpais State Park, two encompassing natural resources that inspire and inform the town and its inhabitants. And year after year it brings together the cheering hordes of Mill Valley at the town’s traditional crossroads: the confluence of its two canyons at the base of Mt. Tamalpais. The hundredth Dipsea is being run this summer, a landmark more than worthy of frolic and festivity, but the Mountain Play is a tradition nearly as venerable. For 97 years, theater has been produced at a positively Athenian natural amphitheater atop Mt. Tamalpais not far from Rock Springs, commencing in 1913 with the biblical epic Abraham and Isaac. (The legend of the mountain’s sleeping maiden, an invention of playwright Dan Totheroh, premiered here in the form of his Tamalpa, a Mountain Play staple for several decades.) During the Depression the Civilian Conservation Corps installed arcs of massive stone seats to increase the audience’s comfort level, and over the years the local theatrical season was supplemented with concerts and other popular events. (Both Pete Seeger and Duke Ellington played the venue in June of 1966.) Today the 4,000-seat Sydney B. Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre is more popular than ever with its annual performances of tried-and-true Broadway musicals; this year’s production, Guys and Dolls, runs through June 20. There’s more to the mountain than pinstriped crapshooters, of course. The theater also hosts free Star Programs throughout the summer where you can gaze at heavenly bodies of an astronomical sort high above the light pollution of our more urbanized locales. Distinguished thinkers from NASA and other venues chat for 45 minutes or so on various topics, then the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers set up their gear at Rock Springs and offer glimpses of the great Out There for an hour or two. This year’s topics include “Galileo” (May 22), “Why We Need to Colonize Space” (June 19) and “The Many Mysteries of Antimatter” (Aug. 14). Not far from the Mountain Theater is the West Point Inn, a rustic 106-year-old survivor 20 PACIFIC SUN MAY 21 - MAY 27, 2010

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of the crooked-railroad days. The inn’s regular pancake breakfasts are a treasured local tradition: the tasty, rib-sticking finale to a Sunday morning hike up the mountain. How Mill Valley can you get? For a mere 10 bucks you can feast on flapjacks, sausage, melon, orange juice and coffee in a truly magnificent and oxygen-rich setting. (The inn’s also a pleasant place for an overnight adventure, with cabins and rooms going for $35-$50 per night; call 415/646-0702 for reservations.) Heading down the mountain into Mill Valley itself, we come upon several summertime festivals with real community flavor. For the past 31 years the town’s introduction to the lazy, hazy months has been the Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade. Floats, antique cars, the Tam High Jazz Band and a platoon of golden retrievers are among the revelers making their merry way from Old Mill School down Throckmorton Avenue and up Miller to the high school. A delicious pancake breakfast at Masonic Lodge precedes the parade; the celebration continues post-processional at the Mill Valley Community Center with crafts, games, food booths and live music by local talent. On June 6 the Tamalpais Community Services District hosts an Ice Cream Social with

the Mill Valley Philharmonic performing the world premiere of the Celebration Symphony by local composers Katrina Wreede, Moses Sedler and Alexis Alrich. Tennessee Valley is also the setting for Creekside Fridays, an ongoing program of evening frolic with hot barbecue and hotter dance music served alfresco along the shores of Coyote Creek. Cheap Therapy, Michael Aragon, Juke Joint and Orquesta Salsa Dura are among this year’s melody-makers. And every Tuesday afternoon the Tam Valley Farmers Market offers food-lovers a lip-smacking bounty of seasonal and organic fruits, nuts, vegetables, artisan delicacies and freshly baked breads and pastries perfect for a summertime feast. (The Mill Valley Farmers Market features an equally amazing array of local produce Friday mornings at the Alto Shopping Center.) From June 10 to 13, the Gypsy-jazz legacy of guitarist Django Reinhardt will get its annual treatment with DjangoFest, taking place at 142 Throckmorton, and featuring the talents of the Marc Atkinson Trio, the Gonzalo Bergara Quartet, the Doug Martin Avatar Ensemble and more. On June 27 the 29th annual Wine and Gourmet Food Tasting brings a bit of viticultural revelry to Mill Valley’s downtown plaza. The festival’s focus is a wide array of small, limited-distribution wineries with estimable reputations. The 70 varietals include delights from Napa, Sonoma, the Alexander Valley and Mendocino as well as the odd French, Spanish and Oregon vintage, all accompanied by nifty nibbles from 30 gourmet food producers and restaurants. The event is co-produced by the town’s chamber of commerce and the Mill Valley Market, a locally legendary source for wine and gourmet food dating back to 1929. Also on June 27 is the Buddhist Temple of Marin’s Obon Festival and Bazaar. Like the wine festival, the Obon Fest is known for its fabulous food—especially the full teriyaki lunches and dinners, served up for a most reasonable stipend—but there are other attractions as well: games; taiko drummers; live theater; aikido demonstra-

tions; and glorious displays of ikebana, the Japanese art of floral arrangement. Mill Valley is blessed with several city parks—sylvan Stolte Grove, glade-like Sycamore, pocket-sized Kathleen Norris, all-American Boyle—but only Old Mill Park has the structure that gave the town its name. In addition to the handsome mill (actually a reasonable facsimile), the park offers picnic tables and barbecue pits, a fine swing set and several acres of redwoods that have grown up since miller John Reed was at work supplying the Presidio with our local lumber. A splendid way to enjoy the park is to join the crowd at two alfresco Film Nights held there this summer: Star Trek on June 18 and Alice in Wonderland on Sept. 10. Music and a raffle precede the movies at 8pm; bring blankets, pillows, backrests and most especially a picnic supper. Old Mill Park is also the setting for the 54th annual Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, Sept. 25 and 26, a widely acclaimed weekend-long event that for generations has served as the town’s farewell to summer. It began in 1956 with local artists exhibiting their works in downtown shop windows. The concept moved to Old Mill Park in 1962 and nowadays attracts some 7,000 art lovers. The juried works include a wide array of prints, paintings, woodwork, photography and sculpture, and the quality is lofty enough to have gotten the festival rated one of the top 10 fine arts and crafts shows in the Northwest. One corner of the park is set aside for children’s entertainment and interactive activities; top local talent provides entertainment on the main stage; and when you get hungry there are grilled burgers, killer chow mein, piping-hot kielbasa and freshly baked delights for purchase and devourment. Best of all is the setting itself: a fragrant redwood forest at the close of summer, shaded by its mountain. ✹ ● Mill Valley Farmers Market Fridays year-round. 9am-2pm at the Alto Shopping Center, Lomita and East Blithedale. Info: 415/382-7846 or cafarmersmarkets.com.

â&#x2014;? Tam Valley Farmers Market Tuesdays through Sept. 28. 3-7pm at the Tam Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave. Info: 415/382-7846 orcafarmersmarkets.com. â&#x2014;? Star Programs Saturdays, May 22 (8:30pm), June 19 (8:30pm), July 17 (8:30pm), Aug. 14 (8:30pm), Sept. 11 (8:30pm) and Oct. 9 (8pm). Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre, Mt. Tamalpais. Free. Info: 415/455-5370 or www.mttam.net. â&#x2014;? Guys and Dolls May 23 and 30 and June 6, 12, 13 and 20. 1pm at Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre, Mt. Tamalpais. $21-$36 (children under 4 free). Info: 415/383-1100 or www.mountainplay.org. â&#x2014;? Memorial Day Parade May 31. Leaves Old Mill School at 10:30am, proceeds down Throckmorton Ave. to Miller Ave. and ďŹ nishes at Tamalpais High School. Pancake breakfast at Masonic Lodge from 7-11am; post-parade celebration at the Mill Valley Community Center. Info: www.mviloveaparade.com. â&#x2014;? Ice Cream Social June 6. 1-4pm at the Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave. Free. Info: 415/383-0930 or www. millvalleyphilharmonic.org. â&#x2014;? DjangoFest June 10 to 13 at 142 Throckmorton Theatre, downtown Mill Valley. $45 general; $60 reserved. 415/383-9600 or www.142throckmortontheatre.com. â&#x2014;? 100th Dipsea Race, Sunday, June 13. 8:30am at Lytton Square. Free. Info: 415/3313550 or www.dipsea.org. â&#x2014;? Film Night in the Park Fridays, June 18 and Sept. 10. 8pm in Old Mill Park. Donations appreciated. Info: 415/272-2756 or www.ďŹ lmnight.org. â&#x2014;? Creekside Fridays Fridays from June 18-Aug. 13. 6:30-8pm at the Tam Valley Log Cabin, 60 Tennessee Valley Rd. Free. Info: 415/388-6393 or tcsd.us. â&#x2014;? Pancake Breakfasts Sundays, June 20, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12 and Oct. 10. 9am-1pm at the West Point Inn, Mt. Tamalpais. $10

adults, $5 children. Info: 415/388-9955 or www.westpointinn.com. â&#x2014;? Wine and Gourmet Food Tasting Sunday, June 27, in the town plaza. Time, admission and info: 415/388-9700 or www. millvalley.org. â&#x2014;? Obon Festival and Bazaar Sunday, June 27. Buddhist Temple of Marin, 390 Miller Ave. Free. Time and info: 415/388-1173. â&#x2014;? Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, Saturday, Sept. 25 (10am-6pm), and Sunday, Sept. 26 (10am-5pm). Old Mill Park. $8 adults, $5 students and seniors, children under 12 free. Info: 415/381-8090 or www.mvfaf.org.

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Far West Fest, top left, and the Fairfax Festival celebrate Marin’s way-out westerly winds.

collaborative art piece made of recycled and natural materials. Once again, Fourth of July festivities can be found in numerous places including Woodacre, Inverness, Stinson Beach and Bolinas. The most heated event is undoubtedly the annual tug-of-war match between Bolinas and Stinson residents. Though the towns are only separated by a shallow channel, the differences—and loyalties—between the towns run deep. If celebrating our nation’s Independence Day doesn’t quench your thirst for yesteryear, all history junkies are welcome to Night of Nights, Monday, July 12, an evening honoring the last commercial use of Morse code in the U.S. The KPH receiving station en route to the Pt. Reyes Lighthouse will open its doors to anyone looking to celebrate the occasion. A completely different kind of history is showcased later in the week, Saturday, July 17, at the 30th Big Time Festival at Kule Loklo, the re-created Coastal Miwok village adjacent to the Bear Valley Visitor’s Center in Pt. Reyes. Presenters will honor the traditions of the Coastal Miwok with basketry, flint knapping, clamshell bead making and dancing. The same day, KWMR will host the Far

West Fest, a more contemporary celebration of music and food at Love Field in Pt. Reyes Station. Reggae, funk and folk bands including Pimps of Joytime hailing from Brooklyn and legend Sister Carol will take to the stage and drop some serious beats. More music can be found throughout the season at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center. Events lined up for the summer include a day with the S.F. Mime Troupe, a performance by Walter Strauss & Mamadou Sidibe, a comedic show titled Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad, and an outdoor, end-ofsummer concert with the Mystic Roots. The summer season in West Marin cannot come to a close without an appreciation for sun, surf and sand. Held at Drake’s Beach Sept. 5, the Sand Sculpture Contest has been a community favorite for 28 years. Groups or individuals can channel their inner Picasso by producing a sand-sculpted creation eligible for a host of prizes. Parking is limited, so beach-goers are advised to lather on the sunscreen and head out for the day early. ✹ ● Western Weekend Saturday, June 5, 9am-10pm and Sunday, June 6, 10am-3pm. Highway 1, Pt. Reyes Station. Free and ticketed events. Info: pointreyesweekend.com. ● History Walk Saturday, June 5, 4:30am9pm. Group departs and arrives at Northwest/ Coddingtown Library, 150 Coddingtown Center, Santa Rosa. $50 adults, $20 youth 18 and under. Info: sonomacountyhistory.org. ● Film Night in the Park Friday, June 4, and Friday, Sept. 24, at the San Geronimo

Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Friday, June 11, at Central Field, off Bank St., Fairfax. All movies at 8pm. Donations suggested. Info: filmnight.org. ● Fairfax Festival Saturday, June 12, 10am-5pm, and Sunday, June 13, 11am-6pm. Bolinas and Peri parks, Fairfax. Free. Info: fairfaxfestival.com. ● Kidzstock Saturday, June 19, 11am-7pm. Cascade Canyon School, 2626 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. $25 adults, $10 youth 17 and under, children 5 and under are free. Info: 415/847-7546 or ccskidzstock.org. ● Community Center performances June-August Info: sgvcc.org. ● Fourth of July Sunday, July 4. Events in Woodacre, Inverness, Stinson Beach and Bolinas. Info:pointreyesweekend.com. ● Night of Nights Monday, July 12, 3pmmidnight. KPH receiving station, 17400 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Pt. Reyes National Seashore. Free. Info: nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/ events_nightofnights.htm. ● Big Time Festival Saturday, July 17, 10am-4pm. Kule Loklo at the Bear Valley Visitors Center, Pt. Reyes. Free. Info: 415/4645140 or nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/events_ bigtime.htm. ● Far West Fest Saturday, July 17, 10:30am-7:30pm. Love Field, Pt. Reyes Station. Ticket prices not yet available. Info: kwmr.org. ● Sand Sculpture Contest Sunday, Sept. 5, 9am-3:30pm. Drake’s Beach, Pt. Reyes. Free. Info: 415/464-5140 or nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/events_sandsculpturecontest.htm.

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production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses by the Porchlight Theatre Company. The story surrounds a pair of seductive French aristocrats in a plot filled with corruption and intrigue. The RVP summer theater scene closes with a production of The Middle Ages, July 16-Aug. 15. More casual fun can be found at Ross’s Fourth of July Celebration, complete with a parade and community picnic in the Ross Common. San Anselmo hosts the following Sunday, putting on the annual favorite San Anselmo Salutes the Beatles. The event provides a laid-back atmosphere to enjoy some of the most influential music of our time. Corks fly at the finale of Ross Valley summer events, the San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival. The Beatles-love continues with this year’s theme, “Tribute to the Sound of the 70s.” Besides enjoying Beatles, the Who and bluegrass tunes, festivalgoers can relish the creations of over 200 artists, indulge in the food of numerous great chefs and marvel at the tricks renowned magician Benny Bendini has up his sleeve. The live music and crowds prove that San Anselmo and Ross are far from the quaint enclaves they are cracked up to be. ✹ ● Film Night in the Park May 21-22, 28-29, July 9, 23-24, 30-31, Aug. 13-14, 2021, and Sept. 3-5, 18 at 8pm. Creek Park, the 400 block of Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Donations suggested. Info: filmnight.org. ● Ross Valley Players Thursday-Sun-

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day, May 21-June 20 and July 16-Aug. 15. Evening performances at 7:30pm or 8pm and matinees at 2pm. Barn Theatre at the Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. $25 general admission, $20 seniors and youth 18 and under, all Thursday performance tickets $15. Info: 415/456-9555 or rossvalleyplayers.com. ● Porchlight Theatre Company Thursday-Sunday, June 17-July 10 at 7:30pm. Redwood Ampitheatre at the Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Tickets $10-$30. Info: 415/251-1027 or porchlight.net. ● Fourth of July Celebration Sunday, July 4, at the Ross Common. Info: townofross.org. San Anselmo Salutes the Beatles Saturday, July 10, 7pm-10pm. Creek Park, the 400 block of Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Info: sananselmochamber.org. ● San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18 from 10am-6pm. San Anselmo Ave. between Bolinas Ave. and Tamalpais Ave. Free. Info: 415/454-2510 or sananselmochamber.org.

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â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş SUMMER FESTiVALS < 29 Summer Festivals More musicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s afoot in Robin Sweeny Park, where the monthly Concerts for Kids series delights youngsters with Saturday morning merriment from the ever-entertaining Kenny Blacklock, Tim Cain, James K and Miss Kitty. Live and lively music is all well and good, but what would summertime be without juicy peaches, corn on the cob and bramblefresh blackberries? All the makings for a marvelous midsummer meal are available for purchase and consumption at the Sausalito Farmers Market, open every Friday through October. Farm-fresh organic produce, artisan noshes and baked goods are offered up in a tasty example of community spirit every week. And if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re too overcome with solstice languor to ďŹ re up the Weber, just mosey on over to Smittyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for their 28th annual lip-smacking Pig Feed on June 12: excellent barbecue with a full bar to boot. Another summertime staple, chili, is the raison dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;etre of the Sausalito Chili CookOff, taking place Sept. 26. Dunphy Park is turned into a fragrant bastion of Southwestern succulence as teams of skilled kettlemeisters compete for prizes and boasting rights. Previous concoctions have encompassed everything from turkey and cilantro to (gasp) beef and pinto beans, so prepare your taste buds for an invigorating experience. Chiliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best buddy, beer, is available as well in several microbrewed varieties. This year Caledonia Street, Sausalitoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s swinginâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;-est seven-block thoroughfare, hosts the ďŹ rst Caledonia Street Spring Faire, a fun and festive mashup of the old Caledonia Street Fair and the Sausalito Nursery School Spring Faire. Check out the arts and crafts, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities, frabjous food and three stages of multicultural music ideal for dancing. In addition, Caledonia presents a monthly Art Walk throughout the summer showcasing the galleries, shops and cafes that make this street such a cultural magnet. North of downtown is Marinship, where 15 Liberty ships, 16 ďŹ&#x201A;eet oilers and 62 tankers were constructed during World War II. Now artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; studios and ofďŹ ce space share the old shipyards with the Bay Model, a 2-acre hydraulic model of San Francisco Bay and the delta operated by the Army Corps of Engineers. The Bay Model is also the local HQ for Coastal Cleanup Day, which is celebrating its 26th birthday this year. Spend the morning of Sept. 25 removing trash and debris from the coastline or inland waterway of your choice and help save the planet, a little bit at a time. An excellent conďŹ&#x201A;uence of food, music and ďŹ ne art is the Sausalito Art Festival, the West Coastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s No. 1 art extravaganza as well as a durable reminder of the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bohemian past. Sixty thousand connoisseurs from all over converge at the old shipyards north of downtown over Labor Day weekend to enjoy the top-drawer live music, gourmet grub, ďŹ ne wines and over 20,000 original paintings, sculptures, photographs and textiles by 270-plus artists. Gorgeous bay

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vistas are an equally aesthetic aspect of this popular event, now in its 58th year. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a ďŹ ne excuse to eat, drink and make merry in the grand old Sausalito tradition. â&#x153;š â&#x2014;? Caledonia Street Art Walk every second Wednesday from 5:30-8pm through October between Pine and Johnson streets. Free. Info: 415/289-4152. â&#x2014;? Sausalito Farmers Market Fridays from 4-8pm through October in the Bank of America parking lot at 750 Bridgeway. Free. Info: 415/382-7846 or cafarmersmarkets.com. â&#x2014;? Caledonia Street Spring Faire Sunday, May 30 from 11am-6pm between Napa St. and San Carlos Ave. Free. Info: 415/289-4152 or ci.sausalito.ca.us. â&#x2014;? Jazz & Blues by the Bay every Friday from June 4-Aug. 27 from 6:30-8:30pm in Gabrielson Park. Free (reserved tables available at $55/night). Info: 415/289-4152 or ci.sausalito.ca.us. â&#x2014;? Concerts for Kids Saturdays June 5, July 10, Aug. 7 and Sept. 11 at 10:30am in Robin Sweeny Park. Free. Info: 415/289-4152 or ci.sausalito.ca.us. â&#x2014;? Pig Feed Saturday, June 12 from 1-4pm. Smittyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar & Grill, 214 Caledonia St. Info: 415/332-2637 or smittysbar.com. â&#x2014;? Independence Day festivities, Sunday, July 4. Parade through town begins at 10am. Picnic, prizes, games and live music begin at noon in Dunphy Park. Food, ďŹ reworks and music in Gabrielson Park from 8-9:30pm. Free; donations accepted. Info: 415/289-4152 or ci.sausalito.ca.us. â&#x2014;? Sausalito Art Festival Saturday, Sept. 4 and Sunday, Sept. 5 from 10am-6pm and Monday, Sept. 6 from 10am-5pm in Marinship Park. Info: 415/331-3757 or sausalitoartfestival.org. â&#x2014;? Sausalito Chili Cook-Off Sunday, Sept. 26. 11am-5pm in Dunphy Park. Info: 415/289-4152 or ci.sausalito.ca.us. â&#x2014;? Coastal Cleanup Day Saturday, Sept. 25 from 9am-noon along local coastlines and inland waterways. Celebration follows at the Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway. Free. Volunteer registration: 289-3019 or www.spn.usace.army.mil/ bmvc/ccd/ccd.html.

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ore than any other Marin community east of Stinson Beach, Tiburon is defined by its proximity to water. The town sprang to life in 1884 when a branch of the North Pacific Railroad made its way to Punta de Tiburon (Shark Point) to connect with the San Francisco-bound ferryboats. Rail and boat yards appeared in the vicinity, and out of them grew Main Street, a handy locale for the new town’s post office, general store, hotels and saloons. The L&M Codfishery, one of the largest on the Pacific Coast, added to the town’s maritime ambience, and the peninsula’s eastern shoreline was both deep enough to port the Great White Fleet and variegated enough to host San Francisco State’s marine research center. Today the San Francisco and Corinthian yacht clubs and the ever-present ferryboats maintain the peninsula’s salt-sprayed character, as do the matchless bayside vistas from Sam’s, Guaymas and the Caprice. A good introduction to Tiburon’s aquatic ambience is the fifth annual Salmon Kiss and Release on May 29. Three thousand chinook will be tossed into the wild by the good folks at the Tiburon Salmon Institute, with live music, kids’ activities and hot barbecue adding to the whole emancipatory atmo. Another seaworthy event is the Master Mariners Benevolent Association’s Wooden Boat Show fundraiser. Association members show off their lovingly restored sailboats at the lovely Corinthian Yacht Club, and there’s sailboat making for pint-size yachtspersons as well. Some of the area’s most inviting summer festivals take place on Angel Island, less than a mile off the Tiburon coast. The island’s rich history comes alive when Civil War Days take place June 12 and 13. At old

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Tiburon Triathlon participants—or, as we refer to them, ‘dozens of people in better shape than we are.’

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Camp Reynolds (an active U.S. Army post from 1864-1945), civilians get the chance to drill on the parade grounds and learn flag-signaling, rope-making, bread-baking in a brick oven and other period skills. Live music and cannon and musket fire, too! On Aug. 14 and 15, Victorian Days offer further glimpses into the soldier’s life as costumed docents lead tours of the barracks and officers’ quarters, one of them fully restored and furnished with 1880s artifacts.

Meanwhile, back on dry land (sort of), the 20th annual Tiburon Triathlon offers a handy if grueling overview of the whole vista-rich peninsula. The July 25 event kicks off at 7:30am with entrants swimming half a mile through bracing Belvedere Cove, then biking nine miles in a loop around the peninsula, then running two miles around Belvedere Lagoon. If you’re into less active forms of transport, drop by June 19th’s Tiburon Classic Car Show, where dozens of gorgeous pre-1971 Jaguars, Bentleys, Alfas and Mustangs are displayed with the high reverence they deserve. Afterward Main Street will be closed to (non-classic) traffic, the food and drink will flow and speakers will recall the chrome-finned days of yesteryear. Other dazzling works are on exhibit at the Tiburon Art Festival, now in its fourth year. The weekend-long event (Aug. 28-29) features creations by 64 artists displayed along the bohemian recesses of Ark Row; food, drink, live music and familyfriendly activities like tattooing and face painting add to the fun. More culture’s in store at Concerts in the Park, a series of monthly musical entertainments held in Belvedere’s bucolic Community Park. On June 20 it’s show tunes with Dennis McNeil and Terri Bibb; July 18, Marley’s Ghost (bluegrass); Aug. 15, Flambeau (Cajun); Sept. 5, Dick Bright (rock ‘n’ roll). Bring a picnic! Two more events bring the summer season to a fun-filled climax. The BelvedereTiburon Labor Day Parade heads down Main Street and along the seawall to Belvedere Community Park, its floats, marching bands and mounted steeds paying tribute to the peninsula’s laboring proletariat. And on Sept. 25, Blackie’s Hay Day honors Tiburon’s beloved sway-backed mascot with an old-time county fair-like extravaganza of pony rides, steer roping, mechanical bull-riding, potato sack races, live music, food and drink and more. The heart of the peninsula’s summer season, though, is Friday Nights on Main, an old-fashioned street party that takes over

Tiburon’s historic downtown each week. Food and drink, works of art, throngs of revelers and live jazz, rock, reggae and world music help turn this picturesque community into the fun-loving waterfront town it’s always been, especially when the air is warm, the mood is saucy and the bay makes an especially picturesque backdrop. ✹ ● Salmon Kiss and Release Saturday, May 29. Noon-4pm at Blackie’s Pasture. Free. Info: tiburonsalmoninstitute.com. ● Friday Nights on Main Fridays from June 11-Aug. 20. 6-9pm. Free. Info: 415/4355633 or tiburonchamber.org. ● Civil War Days Saturday-Sunday, June 12-13. 11am-3:30pm at Camp Reynolds, Angel Island. Free. Info: 415/435-3522 or angelisland.org. ● Tiburon Classic Car Show Saturday, June 19. 11am-4pm at Shoreline Park and 5:30-8:30pm along Main Street. Free. Info: 415/297-2615 or tiburonclassiccarshow.org. ● Concerts in the Park Sundays, June 20, July 18, Aug. 15 and Sept. 5. 4-6pm at the Belvedere Community Park. Free. Info: 415/4356540 or belvedereconcerts.org. ● Wooden Boat Show Sunday, June 27. 10am-4pm at the Corinthian Yacht Club, 43 Main St. $10 (kids under 12 free). Info: 415/364-1656 or mastermariners.org. ● Tiburon Triathlon Sunday, July 25. 7:30am at Belvedere Community Park. Info: 415/435-7200 or tiburonfire.org. ● Victorian Days Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 14 and 15. 11am-3:30pm at Camp Reynolds, Angel Island. Free. Info: 415/435-3522 or angelisland.org. ● Tiburon Art Festival Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 28-29. 11am-6pm along Ark Row. $5 (kids 12 and under free). Info: 415/435-4355 or tiburonartfestival.homestead.com. ● Belvedere-Tiburon Labor Day Parade Sunday, Sept. 5. 2:30-3:30pm from Main Street to Belvedere Community Park. Free. Info: 415/435-4355 or btrecreation.com. ● Blackie’s Hay Day Saturday, Sept. 25. 10am-3pm in Blackie’s Pasture. Free. Info: 415/789-2662 or belvederecommunityfoundation.com.

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was told how my great-grandmother Dora Denard Sayer loved strawberries so much she paid her maid’s children a nickel a bucket to pick them in woods where wild ones grew, ripening about this time of year. When they brought them to her porch she lifted herself out of her rocking chair and went straight to the kitchen to turn out sweet shortcakes covered in berries with hills of whipped cream. This was my father’s favorite dessert at her house in a little town on the Broad River, which was submerged by water when a large dam was built downstream. As a child, I used to imagine the story as observed from a glass-bottomed boat: children among the trees, tiny red berries, my dumpling-shaped great-grandmamma—all of them swirling slowly under the water. Perhaps my love of strawberries is honestly genetic. But I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love them—even finicky eaters seem unable to resist. They are literally a national treasure, native to this country where they grew so prolifically in the wild people didn’t begin planting them until settlements impacted those vast natural patches. The fresh strawberries we can now buy year-round cannot possibly match the pleasure of the spring harvest when flavor is sweetest of all. This year’s crop is especially fine; berries are large, bright and healthy. It’s easy to find baskets at bargain prices and it’s worth the effort to seek out local beauties like the organic ones grown by Russell Sartori and his family along Tomales Bay. The variety he favors is, appropriately, Seascape (fans refer to his high-quality offerings as Russellberries). They are available at farmers markets in Pt. Reyes, Fairfax, Novato and the Civic Center as well as Mill Valley Market, Toby’s Feed Barn and United Markets. Another source for local organic berries is the Lafranchi family’s Nicasio Valley Farm Stand, and Marin Organic’s seasonal farm stands in San Anselmo, Ross Valley (Marin Art & Garden Center), San Geronimo and Woodacre. On June 26 it will be possible to celebrate A Very Strawberry Family Day when Marin Agricultural Land Trust sponsors a visit to Dolcini’s Red Hill Ranch in Point Reyes. (Information and reservations: www.malt.org) No matter where you shop, look for fully reddened berries; they do not ripen after picking. The green hull should be quite green and fully attached. Store them loosely in a colander in the refrigerator; remove them an hour before use. Do not wash them until just before serving. With their seductive scent and heart

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shape, it’s easy to understand how strawberries became a symbol of Venus, the goddess of love, and why they were considered to have aphrodisiac qualities long ago in provincial France. (One scarletstained kiss should convince anyone.) There used to be a popular quiz question: “What three foods would you take with you to a desert island?” My response was always, “Champagne, eggs and strawberries.” I haven’t changed my mind. ------------------------Even though my father’s favorite was shortcake, there will be no recipe for it here. Instead, here are many other uses for berries—cold, warm, sweet, savory. Quick and easy ways to enjoy them in unexpected ways include appetizers like crostini covered with ricotta and sliced berries dusted with coarse black pepper that both accents the sweetness and keeps it from seeming too much like a dessert; whole berries marinated in dark balsamic vinegar as a garnish for an entree of grilled chicken or pork; strawberry and cream cheese sandwiches on slices of toasted bread (preferably challah or brioche) for breakfast; whole berries frozen in ice cubes to glorify iced tea or cooling lemonade. Last spring I fell in love at first bite with a salad created by chef Peter McNee at Poggio Trattoria in Sausalito. It was the perfect seasonal jolt for my winter-jaded palate. Back on the menu again, it can also be on home tables thanks to McNee’s generosity. This is written informally (except for the vinaigrette); it’s easy to put together.

Poggio Strawberry Salad Arugula (use small sprigs, avoid tougher large leaves) Fresh strawberries, washed and sliced Soft chevre style goat cheese Thinly sliced red onion* Salt and pepper to taste *Slice onions and soak in very cold water for half an hour, changing the water once. Drain well before using.This mellows the “bite” of raw onion. Hazelnut Vinaigrette: 1/4 cup honey 1 cup white balsamic vinegar 2-1/2 cups extra virgin olive oil 3/4 cup roughly chopped toasted hazelnuts Salt and pepper to taste

Stir honey into the vinegar to mix. Add olive oil slowly, stirring to mix well. Add nuts. Season to taste. NOTE: This makes a large amount; it keeps well and the recipe may be halved.

Strawberries are one of the only fruits that carry its seeds on the outside. To serve: 1. Toss arugula with vinaigrette to coat the leaves. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 2. Place a handful of arugula on each plate and arrange strawberries on top (15-20 slices per serving). 3. Add cheese (in teaspoon amounts) among the berries, then arrange 3 rings of onion on each serving.—adapted from Peter McNee’s recipe

------------------------Here are two simple, warm sauces. The first is more adult and can be used over desserts (ice cream, fresh fruits) or for breakfast—think cheese blintzes, crepes. The second makes a topping for waffles, French toast or hot cereals to start the day. (It can be used for desserts, as well.)

Warm Strawberry Sauce for Grownups 4 cups fresh strawberries, diced 1 tablespoon grated orange zest 1/2 cup rum 3/4 to 1 cup water

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring frequently, until berries break down and the sauce thickens (8-10 minutes). Remove from heat and keep warm until use. -------------------------

Ellie Krieger’s Warm Strawberry Sauce Makes 1-1/3 cups 2 pints hulled berries 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

Place berries in food processor and process them to chunky puree. Transfer puree to small saucepan over a low flame and heat just until they are warm. Stir in lemon juice and syrup. ------------------------This dessert recipe is a refreshingly different “pie,” a light meringue shell filled with custard and cream, topped with berries. It’s a favorite at Emandal — A Farm on the River, a family camp in Willits.

Strawberry Meringue Pie Meringue Shell: 2 egg whites 1 teaspoon cream of tartar 1/2 cup sugar Custard: 4 egg yolks 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice 1/2 cup butter, cut into small pieces Topping: 1 cup whipping cream Whole strawberries

Preheat over to 300 degrees. Lightly butter a 9-inch pie plate. Whip egg whites in a deep bowl until frothy. Add cream of tartar and continue to beat until soft peaks form. Beat in the sugar, a little at a time, until whites are stiff and glossy. Using a spatula, spread the meringue over the bottom and sides of the prepared pie plate. Bake one hour, checking at 30 minutes to make sure the meringue is cooking evenly. The baked shell should be dry, firm and lightly colored. Remove from the oven and cool completely in a draft-free area. Combine yolks, sugar and juice in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over low heat. Stir constantly with a whisk until mixture is frothy. Beat in the butter, a little at a time, and continue stirring until mixture is thickened and smooth. Remove from heat and immediately pour into a bowl to cool. Chill. Whip cream until stiff. Spoon into the meringue shell to a depth of 1/4-inch along the bottom and sides of the meringue. Stir the chilled custard and spoon it over the whipped cream. Cover the entire surface of the pie with large, hulled, whole strawberries, points up. ✹ Share strawberry stories with Pat at patfusco@sonic.net.

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LET THE WILD RUMPUS START! This is the beginning of the season for outdoor events; many people want to know schedules and locations and food lovers want to know what’s to eat. Here are some upcoming traditional, ethnic and/or cultural occasions where good chow is celebrated as well. Sonoma Jazz Plus (May 22-23) is a draw with its Field of Dreams where musicians of international status perform day and night. While this is going on, Wine & Song Around the Plaza takes place May 22-23 (1:30 to 5pm) with nine venues around the historic square serving up food with wine/beer/tequila tasting and oh, yes—more live music. A separate ticket for the walkabout is $60 per person; this includes souvenir glasses and totes, 12 drink tickets and four food tickets. Information on both festivals and ticket purchase: www.sonomajazz.org...Food of the Gods — Fruit of the Vines is the theme for the annual gathering outside the stark-white Greek style buildings at Nativity of Christ Orthodox church in Ignacio, May 28-30. This is one of the county’s most elaborate showcases of authentic ethnic food, music, dance and culture. Home-cooked foods play a huge role in the festival and this year there will be more ways to enjoy moussaka, tiropetes, gyros and kourabiedes, along with many other dishes. On Friday, lunches (takeout or eat-in) will be available for purchase, 11am3pm; menus and order forms are online, or call 415/883-1998. Dinner will be served Friday night (5-10pm) with a wine tasting at 5:30. Saturday and Sunday, 11am-10pm, are the days for Greek dancing, wine tasting and more feasting. There is no admission to the event but wine tasting tickets are $20 per person. This year 5 percent of all net profits will go to Marin Advocates for Children. Details: www.nativityofchrist.org...May 30 will find Magnolia Avenue packed with visitors to the Larkspur Flower & Food Festival (11am-6pm). Gourmet and specialty foods vendors will offer tastes of their newest and most popular products along a street decorated with spring blossoms, and food from local chefs will include favorites from Ward Street Cafe and Back Yard BBQ. Live music, children’s activities and food-related arts and crafts add to the appeal of this annual hometown event...Speaking of hometown, there’s hardly anything more down-home than the Memorial Day celebration in Mill Valley. Its colorful (sometimes controversial) parade begins at 10:30am May 31. Before that, however, those in the know will head to the hearty Pancake Breakfast cooked up by the town’s firefighters: flapjacks, eggs, bacon, juice and coffee, served in Masonic Lodge

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across the street from City Hall. Proceeds go to local charities. After the parade a town party takes place at the Mill Valley Community Center (12-5pm) with food stalls, games and music. More info: www.millvalley.org. DYNAMIC DUO WILL PUMP YOU UP Twins Mary Corpening Barber and Sara Corpening Whiteford will visit the Tyler Florence Shop in Mill Valley May 20 (6-8pm) to discuss their latest book, Super-Charged Smoothies, a collection of 60 recipes for healthful “high octane” meals-in-a-glass. (This might be a perfect gift for college-bound students who often cut corners, nutritionally speaking, when it comes to eating away from home.) RSVP for the event by calling 415/380-9200 or at www.tylerflorence.com. TASTE OF TOWN CENTER Everyone seems to have a favorite dining spot at Town Center Corte Madera, whether it’s dinner at Il Fornaio or a lunch from Baja Fresh Mexican Grill at a table in the sun. All the restaurants and food vendors will be serving samples of their specialties in the courtyard on May 22 (11am-2pm) at the center’s first event of this kind. There will be surprises for children, as well. (www.shoptowncenter.com). IT’S BEEN GOOD TO KNOW YA Tiburon-Belvedere residents are bidding farewell to Rooney’s Cafe and Grill, an inviting spot on Main Street with well turned-out fresh foods. The challenge of a seismic retrofit of the shingled cottage (which means a year’s closure) was too much for the owners. ✹ Contact Pat at patfusco@sonic.net.

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than 5,000 iPhone apps. Still, truth be told, I don’t dig zombies. Oh, I appreciate all those campy 1940s horror flicks—what’s not to love about Jacques Tourneur’s silly 1943 classic I Walked with a Zombie? And Romero’s 1968 gore-fest Night of the Living Dead, with its post-Apocalyptic spin and racial undertones, is a bona fide classic. I even read S.G. Browne’s satirical Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament, about members of a support group for zombies who start fighting for civil rights. Ex-stripper-turned-awardwinning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno, United States of Tara) has optioned the film rights. Hopefully, she’ll tap the fun-loving side of the undead and spin a suitable soundtrack. Musically, the past five decades have been a mixed bag for zombies. Remember 1968’s chart-topping hit “Fire,” from the bombastic Brit singer Arthur Brown? Yeesh. On the other hand, Dr. John’s night-trippin’ New Orleans classic “I Walk on Gilded Splinters,” with its evocation of voodoo priestesses, was the real deal. Since then, everyone from the Cranber-

‘I Walked With a Zombie,’ from 1943, is one of cinema’s creepiest forays into the slow-walking world of the a-cursed undead. Jay Hawkins, one of the original shock rockers, is known for the seminal classic ‘I Put a Spell On You’; less so for his other fan-favorite ‘Constipation Blues.’

ries and the Hooters to Michael Jackson and My Chemical Romance has paid homage to the undead. Zombies can even be found on Seth Green’s animated TV series Robot Chicken—the chicken-clucking tune heard over the end credits is a version of “The Gonk” from Romero’s 1978 zombie paean Dawn of the Dead. But most zombie flicks are larded with metal (though Woody Harrelson’s 2009 film spoof Zombieland did cagily incorporate lots of country music). It’s time for filmmakers to embrace the gloom-and-groove of psychobilly, with its dark brew of punk, surf and rockabilly fused with themes from cheap sci-fi and horror flicks.

The Cramps reveled in all things undead from 1976 until the death of lead singer Lux Interior, second from left, in 2009.

Such psychobilly acts as the HorrorPops, the Rev. Horton Heat, the Creepshow, the Meteors, Coffin Nails and the Nekromantix (whose frontman plays a coffin-shaped upright bass), the Hellbillys and the Bay Area’s own Phenomenauts all fit the bill. But the night belongs to the seminal L.A. psychobilly band the Cramps. Their campy catalog includes “Zombie Dance,” “Rockin’ Bones” and “Creature from the Black Leather Lagoon,” as well as the sardonic 1986 album Date with Elvis, all rife with the tongue-in-tattered-cheek humor and menace of the undead. You can just hear them rattling on the opening credits now. Hey, Diablo Cody, are you listenin’? ✹ Go psychobilly on Greg at gcahill51@gmail.com.

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Friday May 21 -Thursday May 27

Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall and Kristin Davis cut loose in ‘Sex and the City 2.’

● Babies (1:20) Thomas Balmes’s documentary follows four babies (a Namibian, a Mongolian, a Japanese and a San Franciscan) from birth to their first tentative steps into toddlerhood. ● The Back-up Plan (1:38) Artificially inseminated single gal Jennifer Lopez drags her new dreamboat of a boyfriend down the tangled path to childbirth. ● City Island (1:43) Hilarious havoc ensues when a middle-aged wannabe actor introduces his family to his long-lost ex-con son. ● Date Night (1:28) A married couple’s night on the town goes kerblooey when they’re mistaken for a pair of desperados on the run from the Mob; Tina Fey and Steve Carell star. ● Exit Through the Gift Shop (1:27) Challenging prize-winning documentary about English graffiti artiste Banksy and his friends and fans. ● Furry Vengeance (1:32) Real estate developer Brendan Fraser has a battle on his hands when a brigade of forest folk wage war against an eco-unfriendly cul-de-sac. ● 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. ● 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. ● Harry Brown (1:43) Michael Caine as a law-abiding bloke who goes all vigilante when his best friend is murdered. ● 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. ● Iron Man 2 (2:05) Robert Downey Jr. is back as the now-famous superhero inventor, trying to keep his crime-fighting secrets out of the wrong hands; Don Cheadle and Mickey Rourke costar. ● Just Wright (1:51) Physical therapist Queen Latifah falls for her latest client, an oblivious NBA all star. ● Letters to Juliet Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero, together again in the story of a woman who returns to Shakespeare’s Verona in search of a long-lost love. 40 PACIFIC SUN MAY 21 - MAY 27 , 2010

● Lost Series Finale (4:00) Catch the groundbreaking TV series’ two-part three-hour grand finale in glorious big-screen high definition; tropical slushies and Polynesian pupus included! ● MacGruber An unorthodox all-American Green Beret/Navy SEAL/Army Ranger is called out of retirement to track down a rogue nuclear warhead. ● Moonlight Sonata (1:42) A well-to-do San Francisco clan is forced to confront its family skeletons in this twisty psychological thriller. ● Mother and Child (2:05) Annette Bening, Kerry Washington and Naomi Watts as three women experiencing child adoption in different ways. ● Oceans (1:40) The latest underwater cameras capture dazzling glimpses of life beneath the seas; Pierce Brosnan narrates. ● Please Give (1:30) Catherine Keener is steeped in bittercomic ennui as a Manhattan success story confounded by the ethics of her marriage, family and livelihood. ● Princess Kaiulani (1:40) Q’Orianka Kilcher as an exiled Hawaiian princess coming into her own in Victorian England. ● Robin Hood (2:20) The greatest guerrilla insurrectionist in history is back (in the person of Russell Crowe), robbing from the rich, giving to the poor and wooing the spirited Maid Marian (Cate Blanchett). ● The Secret in Their Eyes (2:07) A retired Argentine criminal investigator confronts his inner demons as he writes a novel based on a rape and murder that took place 30 years earlier. ● Sex and the City 2 (2:00) Manhattan’s female fab four escape the bonds of marriage and motherhood with a great escape to alluring Morocco. ● Shrek Forever After 3D (1:34) The nowdomesticated ogre, yearning for the hair-raising days of yesteryear, gets mixed up with con man Rumpelstiltskin; Mike Myers, Jon Hamm and Antonio Banderas provide the voices. ● Touching Home (1:57) Local filmmakers Logan and Noah Miller write, direct and act in this memoir of their homeless father and their dreams of baseball stardom; Ed Harris stars. ✹

›› MOViE TiMES Babies (PG) ★★★★ Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 6:30, 8:30 Sat-Sun 12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30, 8:30 Mon-Thu 6:30, 8:30 The Back-up Plan (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:45, 4:45, 9:40 City Island (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 7:40, 10:05 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4, 7:30, 9:50 Sat 1, 4, 7:30, 9:50 Sun 1, 4, 7:30 Mon-Thu 4:50, 7:20 Date Night (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:40, 9:55 Sat-Sun 12:30, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40, 9:55 Mon-Thu 6:55, 9:10 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 6:10, 8:20, 10:30 Exit Through the Gift Shop (R) CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5:45, 7:55, 10:05 Sat 1:30, 3:35, 5:45, 7:55, 10:05 Sun 1:30, 3:35, 5:45, 7:55 Mon-Thu 5:20, 7:30 Furry Vengeance (PG) 1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:05, 1:35, 3:55 The Ghost Writer (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 3:50, 6:50, 9:35 Sat 1, 3:50, 6:50, 9:35 Sun 1, 3:50, 6:50 MonWed 3:50, 6:50 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Not Rated) ★★★★ Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 7:30 Sat-Sun 1, 4:15, 7:30 Mon-Tue, Thu 7:30 Harry Brown (R) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 2:20, 7:10 How to Train Your Dragon (PG) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 12:05, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15, 9:35 Iron Man 2 (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15, 10:10 Sat-Sun 1, 4, 7:15, 10:10 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:35 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 10:35, 11:15, 11:55, 12:45, 1:25, 2:15, 2:55, 3:45, 4:25, 5:10, 5:55, 6:45, 7:25, 8:15, 8:55, 9:45, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 12:10, 1:20, 3:10, 4:20, 6:10, 7:20, 9:10, 10:20 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:10, 7:15, 10 Sat 1:15, 4:10, 7:15, 10 Sun 1:15, 4:10, 7:15 Mon-Thu 4:40, 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 1:45, 3,

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4:30, 6, 7:15, 8:45, 10 Sat 11, 12:15, 1:45, 3, 4:30, 6, 7:15, 8:45, 10 Sun 11, 12:15, 1:45, 3, 4:30, 6, 7:15 Mon-Wed 1:45, 3, 4:30, 6, 7:15 Just Wright (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 12:15, 2:50, 5:15, 7:50, 10:15 Letters to Juliet (PG) ★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:30, 10 Sat-Sun 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10 Mon-Thu 6:50, 9:20 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:30, 12:55, 2:10, 3:35, 4:50, 6:15, 7:30, 8:55, 10:05 Sun-Tue 11:30, 12:55, 2:10, 3:35, 4:50, 6:15, 7:30, 8:55 Wed 11:30, 12:55, 2:10, 3:35, 4:50, 6:15, 7:30, 8:55, 10:05, 11:30 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:45, 10:25 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2, 4:50, 7:25, 9:45 Sat 11:15, 2, 4:50, 7:25, 9:45 Sun 11:15, 2, 4:50, 7:25 Mon-Wed 2, 4:50, 7:25 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 7, 9:25 Sat 1:20, 4, 7, 9:25 Sun 1:20, 4, 7 Mon-Wed 4, 7 ❋ Lost Series Finale (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Sun 7 MacGruber (R) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 10:45, 12:55, 3:10, 5:25, 7:45, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 12:40, 3, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50 ❋ Moonlight Sonata (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Wed 7 (filmmaker Celik Kayalar in person) Mother and Child (R) ★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 10:30, 1:25, 4:20, 7:15, 10:10 Sun 10:30, 1:25, 4:20, 7:15 Mon-Tue 1:25, 4:20, 7:15 Wed 1:25, 4:20, 7:15, 10:10 Oceans (G) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 10:55, 1:05, 3:15, 5:20 Please Give (R) ★★★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:40, 3, 5:20, 7:40, 10 Sun-Tue 12:40, 3, 5:20, 7:40, Wed 12:40, 3, 5:20, 7:40, 10 Princess Kaiulani (PG) Lark Theater: Fri 6:45, 8:50 Sat 4:15, 6:45, 8:50 Sun 2, 4:15 Mon 6:45 Tue-Wed 4:30, 6:45 Thu 4:30,

6:45, 8:50 Robin Hood (PG-13) ★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15, 10:20 Sat-Sun 12:35, 3:45, 7:15, 10:20 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:35 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:10, 12:45, 2:20, 3:55, 5:30, 7:05, 8:40, 10:15 Sun-Tue 11:10, 12:45, 2:20, 3:55, 5:30, 7:05, 8:40 Wed 11:10, 12:45, 2:20, 3:55, 5:30, 7:05, 8:40, 11:45 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 11:45, 1:15, 2:45, 4:15, 5:45, 7:15, 9, 10:15 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 3:50, 7, 10:05 Sat 12:45, 3:50, 7, 10:05 Sun 12:45, 3:50, 7 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:40 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 4, 7:10, 10:05 Sat 12, 4, 7:10, 10:05 Sun 12, 4, 7:10 Mon-Wed 4, 7:10 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 3:40, 6:40, 9:45 Sat 12:45, 3:40, 6:40, 9:45 Sun 12:45, 3:40, 6:40 Mon-Wed 3:40, 6:40 The Secret In Their Eyes (R) ★★★ CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:10, 7, 9:50 Sat 1:20, 4:10, 7, 9:50 Sun 1:20, 4:10, 7 Mon-Thu 4:10, 7 ❋ Sex and the City 2 (R) Century Regency 6: Wed 11:59pm Century Rowland Plaza: Wed 11:59pm Shrek Forever After (PG) Century Cinema: 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7, 9:20 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 10:30, 11, 12, 12:30, 1, 1:30, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4, 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7:30, 8, 8:30, 9, 10, 10:30; 3D showtimes at 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Century Rowland Plaza: FriWed 12, 1:10, 2:20, 3:30, 4:40, 5:50, 7, 8:10, 9:20, 10:30 Sat 12, 1:10, 2:20, 3:30, 4:40, 5:50, 7, 8:10, 9:20, 10:30 Sun 12, 1:10, 2:20, 3:30, 4:40, 5:50, 7, 8:10, 9:20, 10:30 Mon 12, 1:10, 2:20, 3:30, 4:40, 5:50, 7, 8:10, 9:20, 10:30 Tue 12, 1:10, 2 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2:40, 4:50, 7, 9:20 Sat 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7, 9:20 Sun 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7 Mon-Wed 2:40, 4:50, 7 Touching Home (PG-13) ★★1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri 4, 6:45, 9:15 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4, 6:45, 9:15 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:15

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

‘The Princess and the Frog’ helps kick off Film Night in the Park’s summer season with an 8pm showing in San Anselmo’s Creek Park Saturday night.

SUNDiAL ] [ Highlights from our online community calendar— great things to do this week in Marin

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Live music 05/21: Garrin Benfield Moody, guitar driven rock singer/songwriter. With a benefit raffle for The Gilead House. 8pm. No cover. Max’s, 60 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera. 924-6297. www. maxsworld.com

05/21: Jack Van Paris and Company Rock,R&B and Originals. 8pm. $5. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina/Fort Baker, Sausalito. 383-5123. www.presidioyachtclub.org 05/21: James Moseley Band Soul music. 8:30pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com

05/21: Jesse Kincaid and New Rising Sons with Boudeeka ’60s dance music. 7pm. Taste of Rome, 1001 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-7660. www.taste-of-rome.com 05/21: Lauralee Brown & Company Jazz. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. www.saylorsrestaurantandbar.com

05/21: Rusty Evans and the Ring of Fire Rockabilly. 9:30pm. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. www.perisbar.com

05/21:Butch Whacks and the Glass Packs Thirteen piece band which combines vintage rock ‘n roll with comedy sketch work. 8-10pm. $20-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmorton.org 05/22: Dale Polissar and Bart Hopkin Jazz clarinet and guitar. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. www.saylorsrestaurantandbar.com 05/22: Soulive and Wil Blades O.G.D. Live hip-hop/soul/funk/jazz organ trios. 8pm. $25-45. Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, Bay and Lyon Streets, San Francisco. 788-7353. www.palaceoffinearts.org

05/22: Tom Finch Group 8:30pm. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd. Fairfax. 485-1005. www.ironspringspub.com 05/23: Namely Us Quintet With Connie Ducey, Kurt Huget, Mike Klein, Levi Hooks & Brian Jones. 6:30pm. No cover. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. www. sleepingladyfairfax.com 05/23: Sunday Open Mic With the New Moon Players. 8pm. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311.

05/25: Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussein and Edgar Meyer Best of luck getting tickets to this harmonic convergence of virtuosity. 7:30pm. Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, Bay and Lyon Streets, San Francisco. 866-920-5299. www.palaceoffinearts.org

05/25: Lorin Rowan-Jimmy Dillon Duo Originals and cover tunes. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com

05/27: Audrey Moira Shimkas & Company Jazz/Pop. 7:30pm. No cover. Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr, Sausalito. 847-8331. 05/27: Laualee Brown and Company Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 05/28: Damir Stosic Easy listening rock covers. 8-10:30pm. No cover. Max’s of Corte Madera, 60 Madera Blvd, Corte Madera. 924-6297. www,maxsworld.com 05/28: DickyGee and Jan Guitar and mandolin duo. 5:15pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

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Few things signal springtime in Marin better than opening day at the MOUNTAIN PLAY. Since 1913, appreciators of the arts have made the trek up Mt. Tamalpais by foot, car, bus and even by train to the Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre to see their favorite theatrical works. This year’s production, Guys and Dolls, takes place around the same time the Mountain Play established itself as an annual Marin event. A guy, a doll, another great Mountain Play. Suit-sporting gamblers, scantily clad showgirls and respectable working women will take to the hills and spread their song, transforming their humble outdoor venue into the hustle and bustle of New York City. Opening day, 1pm May 23 (plus May 30, June 6, 12, 13 and 20) at the Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre, Mt. Tamalpais, Mill Valley. Performances May 30, June 6, 12, 13 and 20. Info: Call 415/383-1100 or visit mountainplay.org. —Sarah Gould

05/28: Jazz Philosophy Modern jazz. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. www.saylorsrestaurantandbar.com 05/28: Nigel Healy Solo guitar. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. www.saylorsrestaurantandbar.com 05/28:The Rancho Allstars With Mike Duke. In the Bar 8pm. Rancho Nicasio. 662-2219. www. ranchonicasio.com 05/28: The Shuffle Kings Rock. 6:30pm. Free. Oak Plaza, Northgate Mall, San Rafael. 472-3212 www.shopatnorthgate.com Fridays: Jose Neto Brazilian guitarist. 8-10:30pm. No cover. Whipper Snapper Restaurant, 1613 Fourth St., San Rafael. 256-1818. www. whipsnap.biz Masala Music Mondays Live Indian Classical Music presented by Kukoo G. Singh and Ben Kunin. 7-9pm. Free, with dinner. India Palace Restaurant, 707 Redwood Hwy., Mill Valley. 819-8730. www. kukoogsingh.com Sundays: Caroline Dahl Boogie-woogie piano. 11am-1:30pm. Free. Mama’s Royal Cafe, 387 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-2361.

Concerts 05/22: Marin Girl’s Chorus “Fresh Aires and Melodies.” Martha Wall directs her final performance, after 22 years, with the Arioso and Bel Canto choirs. 4pm. $7-15. Lucas Valley Community Church, 2000 Las Gallinas Ave., San Rafael. 479-8987. www.marinchorus.org 05/22: SingersMarin “Weavers of Dreams.” Varied musical themes of hope and love, including Native American and Martin Luther King.

7pm. $10-20. Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. 383-3712. www.singersmarin.org

05/23: Schola Cantorum San Francisco Paul Flight conducts the vocal ensemble. Renaissance music of Poulenc and works by Lili Boulanger. Pre-concert talk at 4:20pm. 5pm. $5-15. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 14 Lagunitas, Ross. 456-1102. www.stjohnsross.org

Dance 05/22: Club Oasis Bellydance Extravaganza With 10 Bay Area belly dance troupes and live musical accompaniment. 7:30pm. $15. Open Secret, 923 C St., San Rafael. 388-6683. www.opensecretbookstore.com

Theater/Auditions 05/20-06/13: 'Cactus Flower' Novato Theater Company presents this musical which had a long Broadway run and was made into a 1969 film starring Goldie Hawn. 8pm. $15-25. Pacheco Playhouse, 484 Ignacio Blvd., Novato. 883-4498. www.pachecoplayhouse.com 05/21-06/20: ‘Top Girls’ Set in 1980s London, at the Top Girls Employment Agency, this play tells the story of an ambitious career woman who has just been appointed head of her firm. 8pm. $15-25. Ross Valley Players’ Barn Theatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555. www.rossvalleyplayers.com 05/22-23:‘Middle Ages’ Auditon Ross Valley Players will hold auditions for its upcoming MAY 21 – MAY 27, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 41

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Strong women take center stage in the Ross Valley Players’ production of TOP GIRLS, opening this weekend. Though theater may be for pleasure, this show revolves around the working world; the story follows Marlene, an overworked, high-power executive in 1980s London as she navigates the obstacles of the office and her home life. With cameos by historical figures Pope Joan, Lady Nijo, Isabella Bird, Patient Griselda and Dull Gret, the script offers all the wit and intrigue expected The cast of ‘Top Girls’ has been framed! from a British playwright. The production is a must-see for any woman, but even those with a Y-chromosome can enjoy this innovative and provocative play. Opens May 22 at 8pm and runs through June 20 at the Barn Theatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. Info: Call 415/456-9555 or visit rossvalleyplayers.com. —SG show, Roles for two men and two women. Prepare a one minute contemporary monologue. Call for appointment. 1-4pm. Free. Ross Valley Players Barn Theatre, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 235-4320. www.rossvalleyplayers.com 05/23-06/20:‘Guys and Dolls’ Luck be the theatergoers, today! The Mountain Home Play production will be performed on May 23 and 30, June 6, 12-13, and 20. All Shows begin at 1pm. Preshow activities and entertainment begin at 11am. 11am. $21-36, children 3 and under are free. Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre, 801 Panoramic Hwy., Mill Valley. 383-1100. www.mountainplay.org

05/27-06/20:‘Woody Guthrie’s American Song’ Songs and writings by Woody Guthrie. Conceived, adapted & directed by Peter Glazer. Musical follows Guthrie as he rambles coast to coast and features many of his most famous songs. 8pm. $20-540. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208. www.marintheatre.org Through 05/22:‘The Big Knife’ By Clifford Odets. 7:30pm Fridays; 6:30pm Saturdays. $15-25. Belrose Theater, 1415 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 454-6422. www.thebelrose.com Through 05/30:‘Owners’ Dark comedy by renowned British playwright Caryl Churchill. $25. AlterTheater Ensemble, 1701 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-2787. www.altertheater.org

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Through 05/28:‘Global Paw Prints’ Animals around the globe photographed by Allison Levenson. Free. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292. www.millvalleylibrary.org Through 05/29: Falkirk Juried Exhibition Annual Donna Seager gallery juried exhibition. Artworks in all media by forty Marin and Bay Area artists. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328. www.falkirkculturalcenter.org

Through 05/30: KWMR’s 8th Annual Art Exhibit and Auction “Homegrown Radio.” Silent fundraising art auction. Closing event 3-5pm May 30. See website for more details. Free. Toby’s Gallery, Main St., Point Reyes Station. 663-8068, ext. 3. www.kwmr.org

Through 06/01:‘Figuratively Speaking’ Figure Artists Glen Miller, Oola Mar, Ayris Hatton, Larry Bencich display their approaches to depictions of the human body. 11am-6pm. elsewhere gallery, 1828 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. 747 8696. www. elsewhere.com

Through 06/02:’Get Covered’ Exhibition Marin Magazine’s contest winner Edgar Soberon’s still life paintings. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 945-9454. www.bergelli.com

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Opening reception 6-9pm May 8 after the May Madness downtown parade. 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www.artworksdowntown.org/

05/21:‘Something Fishy’ Exhibition featuring

Through 06/13:‘H2O: The Watery Medium in Art’ Group exhibtion. Deborah O’Grady, large

artwork of third graders from Dixie Elementary. 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www.artworksdowntown.org/2ndFridays.html

format photographs John de Lormimier, paintings. ‘The Latin Photo Project.’ From Gallery Route One. 1-5pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330. www.bolinasmuseum.org

05/29: Marin Society of Artists 60th Annual Auction Member donated works at far below

Through 06/14: Tiburon Art Festival 2010 Call to Artists The Art Festival is now accept-

the usual prices. 7-10pm. Donations accepted. Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-9561. www.marinsocietyofartists.com Through 05/23:‘Make It Shine’ Artists of MarinMOCA Juried Spring Exhibition. Free. MarinMOCA, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137. www.marinmoca.org

ing applications for their juried art event by the Bay. Seeking painting, sculpture, glass, woodwork, jewelry, photography and mixed media works. $25 application fee Historic Ark Row, Tiburon. 435-5633. www.tiburonartfestival.homestead.com

Through 05/23: Marin Arts 2010 Open Studios Open studios event and celebration. 11am-6pm. Free Marin Arts Council, 906 4th St., San Rafael. 459-4440. www.marinarts.org

Through 05/23: Marin Society of Artists 2010 Spring Rental Show Exhibit of artworks for rent. 11am-4pm. Free. 2010 Spring Rental Show, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-9561. 42 PACIFIC SUN MAY 21 – MAY 27, 2010

Through 06/20: Mary Mountcastle Eubank, Linda MacDonald and Suzanne Parker “Flotation Devices/Letting Go” and “Stories from the North Woods.” 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes. 663-1347. Through 06/25: Marin/Scapes Preview An early opportunity to view and arrange to purchase selected pieces of the Marin/Scapes artwork by Buckelew artists. Proceeds from Marin/Scapes support Buckelew Employment Services. Noon-6pm. Free.

exploring indigenous dyeing techniques. 9am-5pm. Free. Bear Valley Visitor Center, 1 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station. 464-5100. www.nps.gov/pore/ index.htm

Through 07/04: Jan Gross and Gael Hunt Exhibition Pastels, monotypes and mixed media works. Opening Reception 3-5pm May 30. Landscapes, 625 San Geronimo Valley Dr., San Geronimo. 488-0105. Through 07/15:‘Where You Are’ Exhibition of mixed media artwork inspired by environmental issues. Open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday. Free. Marin Community Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing # 200, Novato. 459-4440. www.marinarts.org

Through 07/18:‘Sudden Intended Exhilaration: Art to Recall’ Exhibition featuring fifteen Bay Area artists. Noon-4:30pm. Free. Mona Lease Gallery, 39 Greenbrae Boardwalk, Greenbrae. 461-3781. www.monaleasegallery.com Through 09/30:‘Artistic Sausalito’ Free exhibit featuring original works by artists from the 1940s and ’50s who gave Sausalito its reputation as an art colony. Hours: Wednesdays and Saturdays 10am-2pm. Free. Sausalito Historical Society, 420 Litho St.,Sausalito. 289-4117. www. sausalitohistoricalsociety.com

Talks/Lectures 05/22:‘Finding Your Voice: An Introduction to the World of Voiceover’ Workshop led by Voicetrax owner and nationally recognized voice actor, Samantha Paris. 9:45am-1pm. $65. Voicetrax, 1207 D Bridgeway, Sausalito. 331-8800 . www.voiceover-training.com

05/22:‘Threads of Culture Weaving Through the Artist’ The Textile Arts Council presents performance artist Sha Sha Higby discussing the creation and inspiration for her transformative costumes. 10am-noon. $5-10. Gould Theater, Legion of Honor Museum, Lincoln Park, 100 34th Avenue, San Francisco. 750-3627. www. textileartscouncil.org 05/22: Sat Sanga with Narayana Baba An evening of meditation and spiritual teachings on Love, Light, Truth and the mystery of our life’s path. 7-10pm. Donations appreciated. Sunrise Center, 645 Tamalpias Dr., Corte Madera. (707) 824-0654. www. sunrise-center.org

05/22: The Inside Story: Personal Stories of Incarceration and Rehabilitation Ex-inmates and wives of men incarcerated at San Quentin will tell their personal stories. Refreshments and informal conversation will follow. 4-6pm. $5 sliding scale. First United Methodist Church San Rafael, 9 Ross Valley Dr., San Rafael. 453-8716.

rural West Marin. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. bookpassage.com 05/22: Barbara Quick The young adult author presents her novel “A Golden Web.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 05/22: Jennie Shortridge The author presents her new novel “When She Flew,” about a girl and her father wanted by the law and living off the radar in the Oregon woods. 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. bookpassage.com

05/23: California Writers Club Marin Branch This month author Jordan Rosenfeld discuses “The Wild and Wooly, Stumble and Bumble Your Way to Success Story.” 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 05/23: Dr. Grace Schireson The author talks about “Zen Women: Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens, & Macho Masters.” 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. bookpassage.com 05/23: Ian Graham Graham discusses his memoir “Unbillable Hours.” 6pm. Free. Book Passage, 1 Ferry Plaza, San Francisco. www.bookpassage.com 05/24: Lynn Freed The author discusses her novel “The Servants’ Quarters.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. bookpassage.com

05/25: Summer Traveling Show Poetry Reading The Marin Poetry Center presents readings by Brianna Rose, Rose Black, Donna Emerson, Janet Jennings, Dave Seter and William Keener. Hosted by Prartho Sereno. 7pm. Free. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 389-4292. www.marinpoetrycenter.org 05/25: The Euro Way Author Steven Hill talks about “Europe’s Promise: Why the European Way is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

05/26: Michael Chabon and Vendela Vida Read Julie Orringer Mom-to-be author Julie Orringer’s friends will read and discuss her novel “The Invisible Bridge.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. bookpassage.com 05/27: Deborah Lipstadt Historian Lipstadt discusses “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier.” She called WWII historian David Irving “one of the most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial.” 7pm. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000 . www. marinjcc.org 05/28: Paul Provenza and Dan Dion The authors discuss “Satiristas: Comedians, Contrarians, Raconteurs & Vulgarians.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. bookpassage.com

05/23: California Writers Club Marin Branch With author Jordan Rosenfeld discussing “The Wild and Wooly, Stumble and Bumble Your Way to Success Story. Or How Anyone Can Publish by Saying Yes.” 2-4pm. $5. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 328-4990. www.cwcmarinwriters.com 05/26: Tam Valley Speaker Series Award winning authors Richard Blair and Kathleen Goodwin present, discuss and sign copies of their book “Visions of Marin.” 7pm. Free. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393. www.tcsd.us

Readings 05/21: Doris Ober Ober talks about “The Dogtown Chronicles” about a middle-aged couple of escaped New Yorkers who become shepherds in

Film Events 05/21 “Flow” Documentary on Privatization of Water Irena Salina’s award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century: The World Water Crisis. Meet Irena, Q&A session 7-10pm. $5-15 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds) Sunrise Center, 645 Tamalpais Drive, Suite A, Corte Madera. 924-7824. www.sunrise-center.org 05/21: Film Night in the Park “Sherlock Holmes.” (with Robert Downey Jr.) 8-11pm. Donations appreciated. Creek Park, 400 block of Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 272-2756. www.filmnight.org 05/26: Moonlight Sonata Filmmaker Celik Kayalar will present & discuss his award-winning drama shot in San Francisco & wine country.

Character-driven, cliffhanger-psychological thriller.(US 2009) 102 min. 7pm. $5.50-10. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222. www.cafilm.org 05/28:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Twilightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Film Night in the park presents this â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;bitingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; teen vampire drama. Popcorn, candy and sodas available. Bring blankets, pillows, backrest and low chairs. 8pm. Donations appreciated. Creek Park, 400 block of Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 272-2756. www.filmnight.org

Community Events (Misc.) 05/21: Summer Kick-Off Party Mill Valley Parks and Recreation presents an evening with kids entertainment, swimming and summer camp information. 5:30-8pm. Free. Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 383-1370. www.millvalleycenter.org

05/22-23: 34th Annual Marin Home Show Home and garden showcase with a new â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Going Green Zoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; featuring green building and eco-living speakers and home energy experts. This is a family friendly event with a kids zone, live music, food, beer and wine. $7-8, kids under 14 free. Marin Civic Center and Fairgrounds, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 456-5209. www.marinhomeshow.com 05/22: Elan Health and Harmony Day Free classes, product samples, massage and activities. 7am2pm. 230 Greenfield Ave. San Anselmo. 485-1945. www.elanfitnesscenter.com.

05/22: Hospice by the Bay Used Book Sale All Hospice used books will be on sale at 50% off the already low prices. Hospice by the Bay provides palliative care in Marin, San Francisco & Sonoma counties 9am-5pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 05/22: Taste of Town Center The courtyard will be buzzing as more than a dozen of the centers food vendors and restaurants serve up complimentary samples. 11am.-2pm. Free. Town Center Corte Madera, 770 Tamalpais Dr., Corte Madera. 924-2961. www.shoptowncenter.com 05/22: Teen Beauty Clinic Hands-on workshop about teen skin care and make-up with skin care tips and professional make-up instruction. Free goody bags for participants. Noon-2pm. Free. Beauty 360, 330 Bon Air Shopping Center, Greenbrae. 461-1749. www.beauty360.com

05/22: The Dream BIG (and often) Auction Community-wide goods and services auction. Prebidding currently online, www.uumarin.org/ eventa/auction.html, followed by final live auction.

7-9:30pm. Free. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael. 479-4131. www.uumarin.org/events

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Farmers market, food, live music and bouncies. 6-9pm. Free. Downtown San Rafael, 4th St. between Lincoln and B St., San Rafael. 492-8007. www.sanrafaelmarket.org Fridays: Eckhart Tolle Techniques Group support in applying Eckhartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s techniques. RSVP to Libby Darda for address. $5 donation San Anselmo. 456-3341.

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2002 by John Trimble, meets every Wednesday. Traditional Irish acoustic instruments are welcomed along with their players. No experience required. 7-9pm. Free. St. Isabella’s School, 1 Trinity Way, San Rafael. 342-4052. www. marinirishmusic.com

Through 09/28: Tamalpais Valley Tuesday Farmers Market Local and regional farmers and food purveyors showcase the seasonal bounty. 3-7pm. Free. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393. www.tcsd.us

Kid Stuff 05/22: Ancient Future Trio A child’s musical journey, with stories in song from Arabic, Indian, and Latin music traditions. 11am $5-12. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 339-3900. www.badm.org

05/22: Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra George Thomson conducts a kid-friendly, hourlong concert where young audience members “sit-in” among the musicians and, post-concert, can try out instruments for themselves. Free ice cream follows. 3-4pm. Free. Pickleweed Community Center, 50 Canal St., San Rafael. 479-8100. www.marinsymphony.org 05/22: Peggy Rathmann Author of the beloved children’s classics “Good Night Gorilla” and “10 Minutes Till Bedtime,” will read from giant versions of her books and give away some prizes. 11-11:45am. Free. San Anselmo Library, 110 Tunstead Ave., San Anselmo. 258-4656. www.marinlibrary.org/ 05/22: The Princess and the Frog “Film Night in the Park.” Popcorn, candy and sodas will be available. Bring blankets, pillows, backrest and low chairs. 8pm. Donations appreciated. Creek Park, 400 block of Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 272-2756. www.filmnight.org

05/22: Volunteer for a day at Indian Valley Organic Farm Work side by side with students,

at the Mt. Home Inn. 5:30-8:30pm. $15. Sunset Hiking Club, Mt. Home Inn, Mill Valley. 331-0100. www. meetup.com/sunsethike

05/28: Marin Moonshiners Hike & Picnic Three mile hike with mid-hike picnic dinner at moon rise/sunset. Hike begins and ends at the Pelican Inn Pub. 8-11pm. $15. Marin Moonshiners Hike, Pelican Inn, Muir Beach, CA. 331-0100. www.meetup.com/moonshinershike Thursdays: Walk for Fun Put on your walking shoes and have a 2-3 mile walk around Tam Valley. Hang with old friends and make new some new ones. 5pm. $10 donation per month. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393. www.tcsd.us Tuesdays: Outdoor Fitness 50+ Exercise outdoors with yoga teacher/fitness coach and make new friends. Followed by picnic lunch. 9:45am-1pm. $7. Lake Lagunitas Picnic Area, Fairfax. 456-3341.

Home and Garden 05/22: Navigating the Remodeling Maze Seminar for homeowners thinking about a remodel project with design industry specialist Julie Williams. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP. 10am-noon. Free. Julie Williams Design, 372-A Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato. 884-4700. www.juliewilliamsdesign.com

05/23: Inverness Garden Club Spring Garden Tour The tour will feature six gardens in a hidden valley that rises up from Tomales Bay in rural Inverness. 11am-4pm. $40. See website for map., Inverness. 395-8371. www.invernessgardens.org 05/25: Marin Orchid Society Meeting Debra Atwood from Napa Valley Orchids will speak about the vital role of roots. 7-9:30pm. Free. Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 457-0836. www.marinorchidsociety.com

corpsmembers, expert botanists and community members like yourself on the farm. 9am-noon. Free. Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden, 1800 Ignacio Blvd., Novato. 454-4554. www.conservationcorpsnorthbay.org

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05/23: Family Fun Day and Pancake Breakfast Proceeds from this event will benefit the

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American Cancer Society. Hunk alert! Pancakes will be served by San Rafael Firefighters. Event includes a bounce house, games and family entertainment. 8-11am Free. Terra Linda Community Center, 670 Del Ganado Road, San Rafael. 485-3344. www.cityofsanrafael.org

05/23: Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra George Thomson conducts a kid-friendly, hour-long concert where young audience members “sit-in” among the musicians and, post-concert, can try out instruments for themselves. Free ice cream follows. 3-4pm. Free. Dixie Elementary School, 1175 Idylberry Road, San Rafael. 479-8100. www.marinsymphony.org

05/25: GreenPlay - Sustainable Outdoor Play Weekly nature education classes for 6-11 year old children in the Ross Valley (Tuesdays) and Mill Valley (Thursdays).. 3:30-5pm. $30 per class College of Marin Ecology Study Area, Stadium Way, Kentfield. 264-2828. www.maringreenplay.com 05/28-06/05:‘Guys and Dolls’ Move over big guys at Mountain Play! The Marin Youth Performers are putting their mark on this classic musical as well this season. 7:30pm. $14-18. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org

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Through 06/20: Birdwatchers Needed for Heron Research Project Birders to monitor an assigned heron and egret nesting site through June. Contact for detailed information. Free. Audubon Canyon Ranch’s Cypress Grove Research Center, Tomales Bay. 663-8203. www.egret.org

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BLITHEDALE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: JILL S. SIROIS, 1158 EASTMAN LANE, PETALUMA, CA 94952; HEATHER S. HILBERT, 195 HARVARD DRIVE, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by an unincorporated association other than a 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 April 30, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 7, 14, 21, 28, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123976 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE RICHMOND PATIENT’S GROUP, 733 BOLERO CT., NOVATO, CA 94945: DARRIN PARLE, 733 BOLERO CT., NOVATO, CA 94945. 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 May 7, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 14, 21, 28; June 4, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123971 The following individual(s) is (are) doing

business as BAYAREA QUICKBOOKS, 295 BLACKSTONE DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: MONICA FEELY, 295 BLACKSTONE DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 7, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 14, 21, 28; June 4, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123970 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as OLIVE MARKET, 1904 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SILK ROAD ODYSSEY INC., 1005 S. ELISEO DRIVE #16, GREENBRAE, CA 94904. 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 May 7, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 14, 21, 28; June 4, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123901 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EQUINOX PARTNERS, 50 HILLSIDE

AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CHRISTIAN DE RYSS, 50 HILLSIDE AVE., 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 April 28, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 30, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 14, 21, 28; June 4, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123864 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BECCACCIO AND ASSOCIATES, 27 VISTA WAY STE.B, FAIRFAX, CA 94930: TONY BECCACCIO, 27 VISTA WAY STE.B, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 22, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 22, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 14, 21, 28; June 4, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124003

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STARSTREAM Week of May 20-May 26, 2010 ›› by Ly nd a R ay ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Your imagination runs wild this weekend. Remember that appearances really can be deceiving. As unpredictable Uranus gets ever closer to your sign, you are bound to feel a sense of trepidation. So, fasten your seatbelt. It’s about to get bumpy. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) If you gamble over the weekend, keep in mind you’re not as lucky as you’d like to be. Your ruler (comfort-loving Venus) is in the stay-at-home sign of Cancer for the next few weeks. Looking for romance? You may well find it over your own back fence. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Your birthday month’s first trapeze act is an opposition between free-spirited Jupiter and ambitious Saturn requiring simultaneous focus on your professional and personal life. As your ruler (restless Mercury) remains in the tranquil sign of Taurus, the art of patience is your main lesson for the week. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Your ruler (the Moon) spends the weekend entangled in the dialogue among rebellious Uranus, restrictive Saturn and jaunty Jupiter. Don’t take sides. Meanwhile, Venus has arrived to encourage you to get out more and have more fun. On Tuesday and Wednesday the Moon in seductive Scorpio knows just how to make you come out of your shell. LEO (July 22 - August 22) Your ruler has moved into curious Gemini, leaving you no patience for anything you don’t find interesting. Your relationship with your sweetie may get wacky as jolly Jupiter joins shocking Uranus in attempting to gleefully reinvent your intimacy routines. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) No one’s really “out to get you.” It is danger-loving Mars insisting you may be the target of someone’s dastardly plans. Meanwhile, the dramatic Sun is spotlighting your professional life. You are beginning to appear a little paranoid. Have you been listening to Glenn Beck again? LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Your romantic life is about to take an unexpected twist. The luxury-loving Sun has moved into your travel house, which means booking just any old motel for your vacation will not satisfy you. Fortunately, in a bad economy deals can be found. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) The Sun in the chatty sign of Gemini can make you private types a bit wary. Don’t let gloomy Saturn put a damper on your streak of good fortune as lucky Jupiter and excitable Uranus have a planetary fling in your house of romance, speculation and entertainment. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) The demanding Sun has entered your relationship house so even you independent fire signs are aware of the need for a companion—but being the audience to your guru-like outlook is perhaps NOT your sweetie’s idea of being half of a couple. This week, with stern Saturn reeling in expansive Jupiter’s flights of fancy, realism rules. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) It’s getting to be that time of the year. You can no longer hide a winter of no exercise under a well-cut jacket. The vain Sun has entered the “get fit” sector of your chart. Just think of it as another goal to add to your long list. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) With lazy Venus in your house of daily routines, it’s tough to put your nose to the grindstone. Add to this the playful Sun in your house of romance and entertainment and you have even less motivation to work. Call it a case of spring fever. Relax and enjoy it.

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PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 46 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SPOTLESS CLEANERS, 732 B FOURTH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SEDIGHEH SAMI, 21 EDGE WATER CT., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; SHAYAN SAMI, 21 EDGE WATER CT., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903 . This business is being conducted by an co-partners. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 11, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 14, 21, 28; June 4, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124012 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARY’S JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES, 1099 4TH ST. B 1/2, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARIA SOLEDAD CORADO, 63 CORTE MESA AVE., 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 May 12, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123986 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as Q INDOOR AIR, 446 W. LIVE OAK DRIVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: MICHAEL A. QUIJAS, 446 W. LIVE OAK DRIVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. 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 May 10, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123963 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ALI AKBAR COLLEGE OF MUSIC, 215 WEST END AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ALI AKBAR COLLEGE OF MUSIC STORE, 215 WEST END AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 6, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124023 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CADTRAK ENGINEERING, LLC, 31 SANTA BARBARA AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: CADTRAK ENGINEERING, LLC, 31 SANTA BARBARA AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 13, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010124016 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN HORTICULTURE LLC, 1 QUINCE CT., NOVATO, CA 94947: BENJAMIN G. BERMAN-BRADY, 1 QUINCE CT., NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 12, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123960 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DIVINE DIVA/LITTLE BLESSINGS FAMILY HOME DAYCARE, 141 DRAKE AVE., MARIN CITY, CA 94965: KELLYE EBONI MCKINLEY, 141 DRAKE AVE., MARIN CITY, CA 94965 . 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 May 6, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010124006 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SOLE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, 420 FAWN DRIVE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: SOPHIE PAPPAS, 420 FAWN DRIVE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960; PETER PAPPAS, 420 FAWN DRIVE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960 . This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 11, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010124010 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MISSION BLUE CONSULTING, 27 AQUINAS DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KATHERINE D JOHNSON, 27 AQUINAS DRIVE, 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 May 12, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124052 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LIVINGSTON CARE, 270 BEL AIR DR. #31, VACAVILLE, CA 95687: RUDOLF LAURETA, 270 BEL AIR DR. #31, VACAVILLE, CA 95687. 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 May 17, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010124053 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RACHEL WEILL PHOTOGRAPHY, 31 SANTA BARBARA AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: RACHEL W LEVITT, 31 SANTA BARBARA AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. 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 May 17, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124061 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE GRACE INSTITUTE, 645 TAMALPAIS DRIVE STE A, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: SUNRISE CENTER INC, 645 TAMALPAIS DRIVE STE A, 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 Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 18, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124004 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GENJI SUSHI, 731 E. BLITHEDALE AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: GENJI RETAIL SUPPORT INC, 1500 JFK BLVD. SUITE 725, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19102. 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 May 11, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124005 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GENJI SUSHI, 340 THIRD ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: GENJI RETAIL SUPPORT INC, 1500 JFK BLVD. SUITE 725, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19102. 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 May 11, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124021 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as D&M ASTOBIZA DBA: SOLE DESIRE, 5800 NORTHGATE MALL STE 130, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: D&M ASTOBIZA INC, 1400 GUERNEVILLE RD STE 4, SANTA ROSA, CA 95403. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on 1990. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 13, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010)

997 All Other Legals ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1001654. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner WANDA MARIE COOK filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: WANDA MARIE COOK to ZWANDA MARIE BAMAY. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection

that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: June 3, 2010, 8:30 a.m., Dept. E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 113, San Rafael, CA, 94913-4988. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: April 26, 2010 /s/ JAMES R. RITCHIE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: April 30; May 7, 14, 21, 2010) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1002181. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MEGHAN MARIE GRUDZIEU filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: MEGHAN MARIE GRUDZIEU to MEGHAN MARIE MILIC. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: July 1, 2010, 8:30 a.m., Dept. E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room E, San Rafael, CA, 94913-4988. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: April 27, 2010 /s/ JAMES R. RITCHIE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: May 14, 21, 28; June 4, 2010) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: HAROLD R. MCCULLOUGH, aka HAROLD MCCULLOUGH. Case No. PR-1002453. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of HAROLD R. MCCULLOUGH, aka HAROLD MCCULLOUGH. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: RUTH A. DE MARTINI in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that RUTH A. DE MARTINI be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: June 14, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. in Dept.: K, Room: K, of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: /s/ DAVID S. THOMAS, POST OFFICE BOX 346, PINE GROVE, CA 95665, (209) 296-2220. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 2010)

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Q:

Ohh! I FINALLY get what you’re saying! For the longest time, I was resenting you for telling women they shouldn’t ask men out. I had this impression of you wanting ladies to just sit in a corner waiting for a strong, burly man to come to our rescue. I reread some of your columns, and it seems you’re saying it’s OK for us to APPROACH guys, strike up a conversation and show we’re interested, but not to do the actual asking out. Or, am I wrong, and are you saying we should literally wait around for them? If so, I’m just going to go buy 23 cats right now and get it over with. —Don’t Wanna Be The Crazy Cat Lady

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Too many women tell themselves they’re expressing their equality with men by taking a Raid on Entebbe approach to getting a date. Women who go all “Me Tarzan, you Tarzan” on men confuse “equal” with “the same” and what a woman can do with what actually works. (Pssst! Somebody has to be Jane.) You might be as “liberated” as all get-out, but your genes are ready to party like it’s 1.8 million years ago, when women evolved to be the harder-to-get sex and men co-evolved to expect to smooth-talk a woman into the bushes. Anthropologist Heather Trexler Remoff writes in Sexual Choice that an unambiguous advance on a man—asking him out—is fine if your goal is getting him to attend one specific function with you. If you’d like more than a single serving-size encounter, “you’d do well to take (your) time and not push against the built-in rhythms of human courtship.” Guys these days don’t make this easy. Masculinity, especially in young guys, appears to have gone the way of the rotary dial phone, the Betamax and the spotted owl. It’s gotten so bad that there are even Barbies for adult males—the action figures guys stay home moping to about how they can’t get dates. (Of course, the first step would be actually asking a girl out, not staying home praying to date her.) If the current downturn in manliness continues, fathers will soon start telling their sons, “Son, someday you’ll grow up and be a large boy who needs to shave.” The answer for you and the rest of the ladies isn’t taking over the man’s job— doing the asking—but signaling to him that it would go very, very well for him if he did it. You do that by flirting. You’ll have to experiment, but you can probably flirt far beyond what seems reasonable—especially when a guy seems to have all the sexual aggression of a lost baby duck. Ultimately, flirting is a form of information-gathering: Is there a man cowering in there somewhere? If so, is he man enough and interested enough to squeak out, “Doing anything Friday night?” If he can’t or won’t, he’s telling you something important: “Go flirt with the next guy.” You may do a whole lot of flirting with a whole lot of next guys, but it beats dating somebody who’s not that interested in you or sitting in a corner waiting for some burly man to come to your rescue. (And one may—an archaeologist in the year 2110, musing, “Hmm, looks like she died waiting for a guy to grow a pair.”)

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How come many women on online dating sites expressly state in their profile that they don’t want “winks” from men, only emails? Isn’t a wink just an invitation to look at a profile—which is what an introductory email is, right?—Online Daterguy

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You never get a second chance to make a really crappy first impression. Next time you’re in a bar and you spot a girl who strikes your fancy, don’t bother talking to her or buying her a drink. Just tap her on the shoulder and run. That’s basically what you’re doing by “winking” online. Never mind coming up with some clever little form email that you personalize for each girl you hit on. Just send that little winkieface symbol, telling a girl you’re too lazy, dull, wimpy or cheap to write her a message (cheap because you can “wink” on a lot of dating sites without paying to join). Sending a wink is also a really girly thing to do—the online version of wearing a really short skirt and crossing and recrossing your legs. That does send a provocative message—something along the lines of “Hey, ladies—guess whether I’m wearing any panties!” ✹ © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. www.advicegoddess.com. Got a problem? E-mail AdviceAmy@aol.com or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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