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›› LETTERS Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the loveliest one of all? Thanks for the interesting cover stories on relationships, the PAX programs [“Stop Making Sense,” Sept. 10] and the interview with John Gray [“Gray Under Fire,” Sept. 3] on Mars/Venus philosophy. I consider myself an open-minded feminist whose world work is to help men and women return to their innate wisdom and truth. There is quite a bit of evidence of distinct scientifically based differences in men and women, including recent brain research from local physician and author Dr. Louann Brizendine. I applaud both John Gray and PAX’s Alison Armstrong for sharing their opinions and starting the conversation to learn more about ourselves. How could it change our relationships if we understood more deeply how the opposite sex operates? Think it might have an impact on the 67 percent divorce rate? Our marriages need some help because in addition to the divorce rate, it is reported that 33 percent of men going to Internet dating sites are married. That doesn’t speak well for how we are defining marriage. I interviewed John Gray last year, and he passionately wanted women to take responsibility for their own happiness. Women are so powerful to the planet when the focus is inward instead of “making their man happy.” We know we can’t change another human being until he or she is ready ... why do we persist in thinking we can make another person happy? I learned a valuable insight in my leadership training that I have shared with many of my coaching clients, “Ask for what you want and need 10

percent of the time, and then stick around and negotiate.” Let the blame game go, and learn to love the person you see in the mirror every day ... you. Once we develop our own inner maturity and love, then healing our relationships and our planet will happen with ease. Betty Louise, Novato, founder www.coachbetty.com

The old Gray malarkey Are John Gray’s motives ‘pure,’ as one letter writer suggests—or, in the words of another, is he ‘peddling his garbled melange’?

John Gray has gotten quite wealthy peddling his garbled melange of recycled conservative cliches about men and women. As “Dr.” Laura, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh have learned, considerable fame and fortune awaits those who can effectively shore up people’s prejudices. As a clinical psychologist who works with many couples, I have heard more than a few husbands of the Cro-Magnon variety justify their aversion to gender equality and emotional honesty by citing Gray’s writings. Fortunately for these men, their “Martian” rationalizations were not sustainable once they began to shed their hypermasculine straitjackets and enjoy a wider range of individual and relational possibilities. Sadly, many among Gray’s male fan base do not have the benefit of such challenges to their limiting gender catechism.

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Your soapbox is waiting at ›› pacificsun.com To confuse matters further, Gray adorns his bumper-sticker bigotry with highly selective and decontextualized bits of pop-endocrinology. But more often than not, like his aforementioned antifeminist soul mates, he just makes up stuff. Even his most credulous disciples must wince at hearing that romance lowers testosterone in men, that women are built for uninterrupted domestic labor, or that male brains show no cortical activity when not mobilized by emergencies. Such assertions are transparently false, require no refutation and are even beyond parody. Gray’s lazy citation of the scientific literature (e.g., ignoring studies that fathers of infants have oxytocin levels equal to that of new mothers), his willful ignorance of ethnological diversity, and persistent fabrications suggest to me a desperate need to affirm his gender fundamentalism. I suspect that, like so many male apologists for patriarchy, a deeper anxiety lies behind this desperation. His frequently voiced worry about the peril of men’s “feminization” is a classic example of femiphobia (the fear of being feminine), a phenomena I explore in depth in my 2005 book, The Wimp Factor: Gender Gaps, Holy Wars, and the Politics of Anxious Masculinity. For men like Gray, their masculinity is such a brittle and evanescent achievement that they see threats to it everywhere. Especially dangerous are intimate relationships with women, where romance is imagined as a kind of castration. It is no wonder they need to retreat to their caves. Stephen J. Ducat, Fairfax

is that blacks and whites are different (or that gays are “perverts,” or any among many other hateful “truths” that lived for centuries unexamined and unchallenged). I fear for this person’s patients; if the quality of the advice they receive is similar to that of these noxious “truth-based” beliefs, I certainly hope that neither I nor those I love will ever have to rely on the advice or “care” of like-minded professionals. One irony in all this is that I, an adult male, have to point this out. Must be because I’m so thoroughly “feminized.” Marco Ugolini, Mill Valley

He was born to peddle self-help books and dietary supplements? Nikki Silverstein’s defamatory article on John Gray [“Single Girl Conquers the Martian,” Sept. 3] was, in my opinion, mean-spirited and offensive. Unfortunately, the “famously successful” are always prime targets for (undeserved) criticism. In years past I’ve gone to John Gray for personal counseling, and I’ve also taken several relationship seminars. It is clear to me that John’s motives are pure and that his integrity is totally intact. Success (including financial gain) has inevitably resulted from doing the work he was born to do—and doing it brilliantly! Gailya Morrison, Mill Valley

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Viva la difference! I’m writing regarding psychotherapist Stacy Taylor’s letter from last week [“Truth Sets You Free—to Finish All the Housework, Toots,” Sept. 17] defending what John Gray had to say in the Pacific Sun’s recent interview. With “feminist” psychotherapists like this one, who needs male chauvinists? To quote Taylor: “The truth is that men and women are different... And, yes, women walk into the house and scan the room for tasks that need to be done immediately. Men take off their shoes and get on the computer.” Yes, some “truth” that is. Not at all culturally determined nor stereotypical, is it? There was a time when pillars of the community, “respectable” and well-educated professionals, would publicly say without fear nor hindrance that the “truth”

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The pit and the pendulum Clock is ticking on fate of San Rafael Rock Quarry by Pe t e r S e i d m a n

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he inevitable clash of a rural past and modern development is nowhere more evident in Marin than in the debate over the future of the San Rafael Rock Quarry. In what could be the ultimate meeting to decide the future of operating conditions at the quarry, about 300 people packed a special session of the Board of Supervisors last week. The number of people attending the meeting was unsurprising, considering that past meetings concerning the rock quarry have attracted equal or almost equal numbers of concerned residents. The meeting last week was designed to put forward 173 recommendations from county staff that seek to chart middle ground between quarry opponents, who say the quarry has long been a bad, noisy, dusty neighbor, and those who say the quarry is a crucial asset for the North Bay. Proponents point to quarry jobs and the production of locally available construction material. Proponents also point to the quarry as a supply source in the event of emergency. The San Rafael Rock Quarry is the only facility in the Bay Area that has direct access to the bay, which allows material to be transported by barge to various locations. That’s a key element in the debate put forward by quarry proponents who say the facility should remain open as long as possible. The quarry and related business activities

have taken place at its Point San Pedro site since the 1870s, when the McNear family operated a brickyard. The Basalt Rock Company began hard-rock mining for material at the quarry in 1939. The property, sandwiched between Point San Pedro Road and San Pablo Bay, was zoned for heavy industry and agriculture. It would be a long time before Marin began growing its residential element, but the clash was certain to come. The modern history of the quarry, the history that has led to meetings packed with hundreds of people, began in 1971, when the county adopted a surface mining ordinance. In 1972, the county followed that move by issuing a quarry permit. Then, in 1976, the state enacted legislation requiring mining operators to develop reclamation plans for their sites. The Basalt Rock Company submitted its reclamation plan in 1976, but the county never approved it. That plan called for breaking open a quarry wall to allow water access to the bay. The scheme envisioned creating a 600-slip marina and a new residential development with a few hundred homes, in addition to a significant commercial component. By the 1980s, the Dillingham Corporation owned and operated the quarry under the same permit and reclamation plan the Basalt Rock Company had submitted. Then, in 1986, the Dutra Group 10 >

›› NEWSGRAMS Grand Avenue to close on debate night? The Jerry Brown-Meg Whitman debate at Dominican University is still three weeks away, but the disagreements are already flying between Dominican University and the City of San Rafael over the city’s plan to close off nearly a mile of Grand Avenue on the day of the Oct. 12 debate. Citing safety concerns, the city wants to grant access to Grand within several blocks of the school only to drivers with tickets to the debate or proof of neighborhood residence. The high-profile nature of the debate over governance of the state—NBC is broadcasting the event with Tom Brokaw as moderator—is almost certain to lure demonstrators and groups such as the Green and Tea parties seeking exposure and to have their voice heard. Officials from Dominican say the move would stifle free speech on a campus meant to promote free speech. Sources at Dominican have also expressed concerns that diverting traffic from Grand would merely divert the protesters out into the neighborhoods. Officials from Dominican and a handful of neighbors pleaded their case at the San Rafael City Council meeting Monday night, but the city does not appear to be shifting gears. —Jason Walsh More layoffs at Marin IJ The Marin Independent Journal this week announced the layoff of 30 employees due to the decision to end printing operations at the paper’s Novato press. The press has been operating since 1981 and, along with the IJ itself, currently prints the Bay Area editions of USA Today, as well as MarinScope newspapers and the Sonoma Valley Sun. The closing of the press was spurred by USA Today’s plans to end its relationship with the IJ this October. The IJ will now be printed at a Concord press owned by the Denver-based MediaNews Group, which owns the Independent Journal. The closing of the Novato press will likely result in a substantial savings for the struggling daily. —J.W. COM names new Supe College of Marin has announced the new school superintendent to replace the retired Frances L. White. David Wain Coon leaves Evergreen Valley College in San Jose after a five-year presidency and says he is excited and honored to become a part of the College of Marin community. —Dani Burlison SPAWN takes county to court Endangered coho salmon are getting a lift from a different school of fish—lawyers. In the fight to protect the rapidly declining coho population in San Geronimo Valley streams, the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network has filed suit against the County of Marin, charging the county with not adhering to the California Environmental Quality Act. SPAWN’s dive into litigation is the latest move in a saga that came to a head earlier this summer when county supervisors rejected a proposed set of salmon-protection guidelines —specifying development and vegetation-clearing restrictions near creekbeds—as being too strict on property owners. Last week a group of 100 scientists signed on to a marine-life manifesto on behalf of SPAWN calling for the Marin County Board of Supervisors to step up action on salmon protection. According to some estimates, the state coho population has plummeted by nearly 99 percent over the past 50 years. —J.W. EXTRA! EXTRA! Post your Marin news at ›› pacificsun.com

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1. Agriculture is California’s number-one industry; what is California’s best-selling (legal) agricultural product? 2. What human body function comprises almost 90 percent of all our sensory perception? 3. The area of what amusement region in Florida is larger than that of Manhattan and Washington, D.C., combined? 4. Can you identify four countries of Asia whose names start with S? 5. VISUAL: Name these popular (?) hairstyles. 6. What is meant by the perigee of the moon? 7. The best-selling music soundtrack of all time, which has sold over 44 million copies, comes from a 1992 film that starred a popular female singer. What is the movie title and who were the two main stars? 8. He was a successful general for the American colonies during the Revolutionary War before switching sides and fighting for the British. His name lives on today, as a turncoat. Who is he? 9. Name three recently popular 5a 5b TV series with the word “Guy” or “Girl” in the title. 10. Female bats normally produce about how many babies per year: one, six or 12? BONUS: What is the most populous U.S. state that does not have a team in any major professional sport: Major League Baseball, NFL football, NBA basketball? (Hint: it’s located on the eastern side of the country).

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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!

▲ How many people does it take to rescue one scaredy-cat from the chimney? Ten, according to Mill Valley resident Sharon Salisbury—two Marin Humane Society officers, a couple of firemen and one police officer, plus five concerned citizens to cheer them on. Buck, a neighbor’s kitty, fell down an unused chimney at Sharon’s house and ended up trapped inside a kitchen wall, crying for help. By midnight, all 10 folks gathered in the kitchen to implement the rescue plan. First, the firemen removed some kitchen cabinets, revealing a hole in the wall. Next, one of them bravely reached through the hole and plucked out a wideeyed and filthy, though unharmed, Buck. Doggone it, that team of Heroes is certainly the cat’s meow.

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ratcheted up mining operations beyond the bounds of its operating permit. That was the charge contained in a lawsuit that the North San Pedro Road Coalition spearheaded in 2002, which the county and the state joined. The suit charged the quarry with operating a nuisance and violating county zoning and building regulations. In a report titled “Who’s Minding the San Rafael Quarry?â€? the Marin grand jury noted the county’s history of lax oversight that led up to the controversy over the level of activity at the quarry. The whole issue ended up in front of Marin Superior Court Judge John Sutro in 2004. He ordered the quarry to reduce truck trips and set parameters on the quarry’s operating hours at its 276-acre property. Judge Sutro also, with the quarry’s acquiescence, initiated a legal administrative process designed to resolve neighbors’ complaints and conicts with the county regarding the quarry’s operations, its reclamation plan, its permit and the possible environmental and health impacts of continuing to mine the rock pit. All that led up to an environmental impact report and the next step: approving operating conditions for the quarry to continue work at the site. That’s the current focus of the debate and the 173 conditions county staff recommends. After holding the meeting last week to allow public input regarding the operating conditions, supervisors scheduled another meeting for Sept. 28, when the board could approve the conditions and clear the way for

< 8 The pit and the pendulum bought the quarry from Dillingham. The current debate over operating conditions at the quarry stems in large part from that original Basalt Rock Company mining and reclamation plan, which called for closing the quarry in 1993. Many people who had bought homes in nearby residential neighborhoods thought that the 1993 date was certain, and they thought they could live with it. But that 1993 date was just an estimate required by the state reclamation law, notes Ami Dutra, director of community relations for the quarry. She says she has sympathy for residents who heard real estate agents quote 1993 as an end date set in stone when they were considering home purchases. In 1981, the county amended its Countywide Plan, which set out the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision of the area, and the quarry became a legal nonconforming use. The quarry submitted and the county approved an amended reclamation plan in 1982. The plan called for the start of the reclamation plan in 1998. Then the Dutra Group discovered substantially more mining material was available on the site than was originally estimated. Dutra now wants to dig a mining pit about twice as deep as the current pit, which is 200 feet below sea level. The additional material would take about 15 years to extract. That prospect disturbs some neighbors, to say the least. The quarry didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help its case when it

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Adams thinks there might me some room to â&#x20AC;&#x153;tweak the staff recommendationsâ&#x20AC;? to the beneďŹ t of neighbors. She says sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been working to determine the possibility to â&#x20AC;&#x153;minimize those hours of operation.â&#x20AC;? Other mining operations similar to the one in San Rafael, she says, operate from 7am to 4:30pm on weekdays, and they â&#x20AC;&#x153;are not losing money or going bankrupt.â&#x20AC;? Adams adds that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role â&#x20AC;&#x153;to ensure proďŹ tability for a business. Our responsibility is to create a permit thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reasonable for a business to operate as well as for the community.â&#x20AC;? Adams may not get support from her fellow supervisors to further restrict operating hours. Even if thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the case, she says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot in this permit for the community to like.â&#x20AC;? Under the conditions, for example, the quarry will â&#x20AC;&#x153;enclose all their moveable parts operation and have sound bafďŹ&#x201A;ing.â&#x20AC;? If the quarry can â&#x20AC;&#x153;get rid of the noise,â&#x20AC;? operating later in the day may not be â&#x20AC;&#x153;an issue because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re protecting the community from the noise.â&#x20AC;? Metcalf, who lives in Marin Bay Park, and the more militant residents in the area say theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready to continue their ďŹ ght to further corral the quarry, extending to a legal challenge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to lay down. After the county didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t protect us for two decades, now theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sitting there and telling us that to keep the quarry in business, we have to suffer. We are a couple of feet away from an open-pit mine. How could that have happened? What kind of planning went on that allowed that?â&#x20AC;? â&#x153;š

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industry and cigarettes. “It’s amazing how uninformed industry is about the health effects,” said Mary Beth Brangan, of Bolinas. “They are emitting constantly these bursts of radiation. The numbers of people who are electro-sensitive are growing. Everyone has their limit. Nobody is impervious.” In 1998—before cell phones and wireless networks became ubiquitous—a California Department of Health Services survey found 120,000 Californians could not work because of electromagnetic pollution. Many of the 18 people who spoke last week against the automatic meter-reading devices

Sarah Reilly, left, moved to Fairfax partly because it was a cell-phone-tower-free zone; Councilwoman Pam HarwellHerrero wants to see evidence that SmartMeters reduce power use.

An acupuncturist who lives in Fairfax and works in San Anselmo, where the Town Council also plans to try to stop PG&E from installing the wireless meters, raised questions about how the utility would treat families whose children have leukemia—a cancer some believe is linked to electromagnetic radiation. “Numerous studies have linked RF [radio frequency] exposure to childhood leukemia,” said Joseph Odom, his gray hair braided down his back. “Every year, California has about 1,100 new cases of childhood leukemia. When this event occurs in a home equipped with a SmartMeter, and the parents or hematologist requests, because of prudent avoidance, removal of the meter, would PG&E remove a SmartMeter?” Lynn Corwin said 90 percent of the nation’s wild bees have died and noted that some blame electromagnetic radiation for colony-collapse disorder. “Wouldn’t it be smart to know what is causing the bee collapse before we put more EMFs into the MEETING atmosphere?” she asked. The Fairfax Town The Town Council Council will hear PG&E’s reserved last week’s answers to questions meeting for the public about SmartMeters on to ask questions while Sept. 29 from 7pm until PG&E listened. Repre9pm in the Women’s Club, sentatives of the utility 46 Park Road, Fairfax. are scheduled to return A CPUC-commissioned study has given to Fairfax with written the thumbs up to SmartMeter accuracy; answers on Sept. 29. but it is the health and privacy concerns that rankle Fairfax residents. Unlike other communities where concerns focused on the accuracy of the devices, Fairfax residents and officials focused on privacy and asked PG&E to clarify inconsistent reports health issues. At the beginning of the meetabout how often SmartMeters transmit data from the homes and businesses they monitor. ing, James Morante, a PG&E public affairs manager, said a recent independent report PG&E claims the digital meters check energy commissioned by the California Public Utiliusage every four hours, and they emit weaker ties Commission found the wireless meters radio frequencies than everyday devices such met acceptable standards of accuracy. He did as wireless networks and cell phones. But independent consultants report that the devices admit that the report blamed the utility for failing to foresee the anxiety and outrage the pulse more frequently and more intensely. SmartMeter rollout would provoke. “Frankly And several of the Fairfax residents speaking, the company saw it as another lines who spoke last week said that because of and wires project,” he said. health concerns they choose not to own Smiling, Morante said he did not know cell phones or to have wireless networks in what to make of the black cat that greeted their homes. “I don’t have a cell phone; I him at the door of the Women’s Club, where don’t use any wireless,” said Tony Yudice, a the council meets. The friendly cat stationed Fairfax man wearing his hair in a ponytail. in the club’s entryway the other night looked With regard to SmartMeters, he added: “I less like a bad omen and more like a symbol don’t have any choice here.” of the hippie outpost that prides itself on

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being the most laid back and progressive of Marin’s cities. Council members stressed that concerns about the wireless meters cut across political lines. Hannah Doress of Fairfax sees the SmartMeter battle as a property-rights issue. “It’s painful to me that other people want to come into my home and do things close to my child’s bedroom,” she said. “Now that PG&E is a profit-making entity, it’s really hard for me to accept its right to be on my property. “This is a community that really does not want this to happen. I think we’re going to be a huge pain for you guys, and I’d like to save you the trouble.” Mary Beth Brangan called the installation of SmartMeters a “toxic trespass,” predicted PG&E would sell the information it gathers from the devices to third parties and government agencies and wondered if residents could opt out of allowing their personal information to be sold. Councilmember Larry Bragman, a lawyer, said PG&E would have “unprecedented” access to mine data it gleaned from SmartMeters. “What about our rights to privacy?” he asked. “What’s going to happen with all the data that’s collected? Every time it’s been collected, it’s been abused,” Bragman said, and the audience applauded. The Public Utilities Commission has given PG&E permission to install SmartMeters throughout the state. The utility touts the wireless meters—which eliminate the need for human meter readers—as the first step in creating a smart and energy-efficient grid. The new meters allow individuals and businesses to measure their own energy consumption in real time, potentially leading to reduced usage during peak hours. But Fairfax residents and officials questioned whether installing the wireless devices at a ratepayer-funded cost of $2.2 billion would prove economical from an energy or financial perspective. “I haven’t seen any evidence of reduced electric use,” Councilmember Pam HartwellHerrero said. “Let’s look at how much bang for your buck you’re getting. My understanding is you get a heck of a lot more bang for your buck with insulation.” ✹ Contact Ronnie Cohen at ronniecohen@comcast.net


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▲ Early Marin residents M. Cosgrave, Una Boyle and Agnes Walker shift into high gear on Lagunitas Road in 1914.

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or millennia Marin County has been home to sweeping vistas, towering mountains, and majestic plants, animals and people. From Marin’s earliest inhabitants, the Coast Miwok, to today’s soiree of sun-worshipers, gogetters and open-space trail blazers—the seeds of 21st century Marin were planted by the intrepid pioneers and adventurous entrepreneurs of ye olden days and have grown to become the roots of our community. From the arrival of railroad in the 1870s through the 1906 earthquake to the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge, the blossoming of Marin was made possible by the tradesmen, merchants and service providers who threw open their shop doors to a community looking for beds, board and brews—not always in that order. In this issue, the Pacific Sun salutes a few of these “cornerstone” entrepreneurs of Marin—and we’re featuring the stories behind 20 of some of the longest-standing businesses in the county. We narrowed our focus to “storefront” businesses that offer a product or provide a service. (The very oldest businesses in these parts may well be family farms—we’ll save them for if we ever do a “cornerstone cultivators” issue.) And we tried to cover a variety of industries—from saloons and hotels that cropped up around the train depots to the markets and builders that fed and housed the townships. We couldn’t include every time-honored business this time out—so let us know about all the other enduring Marin businesses with great stories to tell. We may get to them in the next “Cornerstones of Marin.” —Jason Walsh

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CORNERSTONES of Novato, since 1865 (the Cheese Factory’s won awards for its Marin Chevre Blue and Petaluma address is a holdover from before Yellow Buck Chevre. Hicks Valley was annexed into Marin). Marin French Cheese Company maintains Routing its cheese up through Petaluma by its consistency, in part, due to employee horse-drawn wagon then shipped via the longevity and satisfaction. Many folks have steamer “Gold” to San Francisco, the popu- worked for the company for 30 years, and larity of the cheese led Thompson to create one loyal staffer has been more creamy varieties. there for 60! MFCC uses By the early 1900s, Thompson and his the apprentice system family had added aged cheese to their rep- in which experienced ertoire of breakfast cheese, cream cheese and workers train apprenticother fresh varieties. They produced a creamy es, which aids in producing an exceptional Camembert and a product. pungent Austrian vaThe Cheese Facriety called Schloss— tory’s standards of exand were the first to cellence in producing create European-style handmade artisanal soft-ripened cheese cheese gain recogniin California. Aged in tion both within the the same hand-dug industry and from the cellar still used tolegions of fans who day, the washed rind enjoy the 40-plus varicheeses were so tasty eties produced at their that they started getscenic, historic facility. ting national recogThe cheeses are still nition. Marin French When the Cheese Factory first opened in 1865 the land made by hand from was part of Petaluma. Cheese Company first locally sourced milk— won awards in the late 1980s in the American creating their own flavor profile, integrity and Cheese Society’s competitions, then Rouge terroir. Considering their start as a saloon et Noir garnered major awards in 1996 and snack, Marin French cheeses have certainly by 2005 had attained international success come a long way. —Brooke Jackson by beating the French at the World Cheese Marin French Cheese Company, 7500 Red Hill Road, Petaluma, Awards. That same year, Marin French Cheese 707/762-6001, www.marinfrenchcheese.com

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early 150 years ago, Jefferson A. Thompson started making fresh cheese for a burgeoning San Francisco economy. After the gold rush had panned itself dry, many miners found their way to the city by the bay, which caused a shortage of eggs. To supplant the lack of pickled eggs—the saloon favorite for local

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he Olema Hotel opened for business on the American centennial— July 4, 1876—and the business has been through more than a few fireworks in the 134 years since. The first big change happened just after opening, when Felix Garcia lost the place in a gambling debt to John Nelson, who ran the stagecoach line to Olema from San Rafael. Nelson wasn’t about

to let the place slip away—three generations of Nelsons ran the popular gathering spot for loggers, farmers and ranchers. Locals even called the hotel “Nelson’s” for awhile. The next big upheaval was literal—the 1906 earthquake. Even though the town was close to the epicenter, the Olema Hotel was one of the few buildings in the area left standing. Refugees from San Francisco

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poured into Marin and some found a temkitchen—and then brought in James Wong porary home at the hotel. as their chef. The restaurant’s bright, beautiWorld War II changed everything when ful dining space and the sophisticated cuithe hotel was taken over for use by the U.S. sine, which emphasizes fresh, local ingrediArmy. Legend has it that when the governents (especially oysters from nearby waters) ment no longer needed it and Edgar Nelson has earned rave reviews and drawn the attook his inn back he was in such despair over tention of Bay Area gourmets as well as Euthe sorry state of the property—both physiropean visitors. Most of cally and fiscally—that he went to the back the reviews mention how yard and shot himself. romantic the setting is; Fires and neglect took their toll on the old many weddings are held place. The raggedy building was scheduled at the Olema Inn. for demolition in the early 1980s, current The Inn may have also attracted the attenowner John Wiltshire tion of the supernatusays, when a group of ral world; supposedly investors stepped up the inn is haunted by to save it. An experithe ghost of Edgar Nelenced restaurant famson. He is said to be a ily from San Francisco benevolent ghost, and turned it into a family Wiltshire says he can dining establishment understand how such and had some sucstories have emerged; cess, and the business an old wooden buildreally blossomed uning like the Olema Inn der the stewardship emits a lot of creaks of Dana and Jen- The inn has made quite a comeback since being on the and moans as it exnifer Sulprizio, who brink of demolition in the early ‘80s. pands and contracts bought it in 1999. and settles. “It’s a funky The Sulprizios did extensive renovation, place late at night,” he says. Wiltshire has work that Wiltshire calls “a phenomenal never encountered the ghost himself and is job.” Nine guest rooms were updated and cheerfully skeptical. He says, “I think the stoelegantly appointed. The Sulprizios sold the ries relate more to wine tasting than anything inn in 2007 to Wiltshire and his wife, Car- else.” —Julie Vader ole. The new owners proceeded to renovate Olema Inn, 10,000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Olema, the building’s last out-of-date section—the 415/663-9559, www.theolemainn.com

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CORNERSTONES home of Dr. and Mrs. Henry Dubois. At the hill sit two separate Jewish burial grounds (the time, Dr. Dubois was a scientific researcher final resting place of several Holocaust survicommitted to creating a serum to combat, it vors). Down the backside of the hill through is believed, the deadly influenza epidemic that a thin grove of eucalyptus is what Thornton spread rapidly around the world in the 1850s. refers to as “Babyland,” the burial grounds for As Dr. Dubois’s cures failed repeatedly, another several infants who died in the 1906 earthlocal doctor, Dr. Alfred W. Taliaferro, suggest- quake. Regardless of the ed—presumably with a hint of sarcasm—that solemn topic, the cemeat the rate Dr. Dubois was going, he would have tery is beautiful, quiet and better luck running a cemetery. Dr. Dubois welcoming and Thorntook the comment to heart and began bury- ton speaks of the historic ing victims of the epidemic in 1860. By 1879, landscape with a sense of pride. The cemetery Mrs. Dubois had conhas a lighter side, as tracted Chinese imwell, and offers an anmigrant laborers to nual Halloween party, build roads onto the complete with tours in property and the famthe vintage hearses. The ily had a full-fledged event, sponsored by the cemetery. San Rafael Rotary Club, Since those fateful is a fundraiser for local first days, the cemcharities and is meant etery has expanded its to celebrate the lives services while protectof the deceased while ing many historical educating attendees on graves of San Rafael’s the rich history of the past. Now the site of Don’t miss touring the grounds in a vintage hearse at cemetery. The Mount the Marin County this year’s Rotary Halloween party. Tamalpais Cemetery Coroner’s Office and a full mortuary and a offers a lovely, peaceful landscape and comcrematorium, the rolling hills of the Mt. Tam passionate and an accommodating staff which Cemetery is divided into lots with stunning continues to meet the needs of the growing Bay Area views. To the left of the main en- Marin community. —Dani Burlison trance lies a mini-cemetery of primarily Dan- Mount Tamalpais Cemetery and Mortuary, 2500 Fifth Ave., ish, Swedish and Norwegian families. Atop the San Rafael 415/459-2500, http://mt-tam.com JULIE VADER

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rounding area, the market began to carry as well as cases of home-cooked-to-go food. more locally produced foods. The team of In the future, the Palace Market is upgradcashiers, cooks, stock people and adminising its wine shop, bringing in more local, small trators that work at the Palace know their wineries from Marin as well as Sonoma and customers personally. They take pride in Napa. They also intend to carry more natural responding to feedback and providing great and organic products as the demand from service that keeps the clientele coming back. customers continues to This service-oriented approach cannot be rise for these goods. matched by chain or big-box stores. Two years ago there Since they are aware that they have to com- was a change in managepete with the big-box stores in neighboring ment. Dennis Langer, an communities, the Palace Market works hard executive from Safeway, was brought in to to carry locally grown and handcrafted items. introduce some corporate concepts to the Cheese from the area easy-going store. The is always featured, as transformation has well as dairy products been positive, with from homegrown some practical as creameries Clover well as long-term alStornetta and Strauss. terations put in place. Petaluma Poultry and Now the Palace carMarin Sun Farms ries products from supply chicken and the Western Family beef, and the seafood label to provide cuscounter is stocked tomers with a thriftby The Tides in Boier version of certain dega Bay. The Palace higher-end products, also has relationships Palace Market still clings to its rural roots. and they are gearing with local fishermen up to carry a full line who sell their catch at the market. of locally grown, garden-fresh produce. One area that continues to grow in the The changes have benefited the store and store is food cooked in-house. Tacos and its customers. More than ever, the Palace burritos are homemade every day at lunch Market is part of the foundation of Point and there is a variety of salsas, salads and Reyes Station. —Brooke Jackson take-out dinners available. Management is The Palace Market, 11300 Highway One, Point Reyes Station, 415/663-1016, www.palacemarket.com looking to add more ready-to-eat hot items YELP

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CORNERSTONES Allen: it made the family’s lumber business company over to Jeffory Morshead, who sold even more lucrative, and it prompted many the company to his cousin and current commore people to move to Marin County. For a pany head, Larry Brackett. Such durability is time Allen worked as a lumber salesman, but rare in a business such as real estate, where by 1910, in Fairfax, he got into the Marin real volatility and constant change is the rule. estate business as a designer, builder, developer (Exhibit A: the past five and agent. The county was booming and for years.) But in a place an ambitious young man there were opportu- like Marin, where there nities to be seized. are few large tracts and This year, to celebrate the centennial of their the range and variety of company, Frank Howard Allen produced a homes is extreme, experience really matbeautiful book, written by Barry Spitz, detail- ters. When every home is unique, knowing the history of the ing the background company’s building and history is a big projects in the North advantage for both Bay. The book is full sellers and buyers. of reproductions of “The culture of the newspaper ads, such company and the foas one from 1952 cus on giving back to pitching a threethe community comes bedroom “Ross hidefrom the top down,” away” for $14,750. An says Frank Howard advertisement from Allen Director of Mar1970, commemoratketing Claudia Coury. ing the 50th year of Everyone in Marin knows the yellow-and-blue Frank “And our agents have the Marin Board of Howard Allen signs. deep roots and a feelRealtors and listing ing of pride in being more than 100 members, is especially telling. part of a company with such longevity.” Frank Howard Allen is one of fewer than five It’s no accident that the title of the comoperations still in business today. pany’s centennial book is “The First Hundred And it is still family-owned, if by a different Years.” —Julie Vader family. Allen’s son “Howdy” ran the company Frank Howard Allen, multiple offices in the North Bay—see www.fhallen.com to find one near you from 1949 until 1966, when he turned the

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his issue is full of stories about the companies and people who built Marin County and made it what it is today. But Frank Howard Allen (the man and the company) literally laid cornerstones all over Marin. And then sold and re-sold them. Everyone in the North Bay knows the name Frank Howard Allen—the yellow and blue

signs are ubiquitous in front of homes for sale. But yes, Marin, there really was a Frank Howard Allen. He was born to a prosperous San Francisco family in 1888, and summered as a child in pastoral and sleepy Marin. Like virtually all San Franciscans, his life changed dramatically on April 18, 1906. The great earthquake and fire had a twofold impact on young

foot of the hill, a business which opened in Hardware has been 100 percent employee1912, is still chugging along today. The key owned since the mid-1980s. was to, naturally, take the long view. Several years ago the employee-owners There were a few name changes along the tried to figure out a niche market for their way for the little company that could. Today’s business, and decided to aggressively pursue Fairfax Lumber and Hardware started out environmentally friendly building materias Hanson and Gordon and soon became als and techniques. They Fairfax Lumber & Millwork; in the 1970s became experts in the that was shorted to just Fairfax Lumber. source and destination The business has had to change along with of construction materiMarin County—as houses and commercial als, energy efficiency and buildings were built, the demand for lum- in indoor air quality issues and developed the ber grew faster than redwoods and Douglas “Fairfax Green” program. When new Califir could be chopped fornia laws promoting down. But when green building minithe building boom mum standards were waned, those same passed, “Wow—we structures needed realized we could be support and repair. in the right place at Today the busithe right time,” Veneness runs about 60 zia says. Fairfax Lumpercent hardware ber recently opened and 40 percent luman “Away Station” for ber, says Augie Venerecycled building mazia, president of the terials, and when the company. “We’re economy picks up and solutions-based and Today’s owners are carving out a green niche with building resumes in environmentally friendly building materials. not lifestyle-based,” earnest he believes it Venezia says, explaining that customers will draw even more interest. usually come in looking to solve a probVenezia says, “When you can build lem, not just shop “for something nice.” a structure with fewer toxins in the air, That’s where the store’s longtime, experi- that’s easier to heat and cool, you’re miles enced staff comes in—and as they like to ahead.” —Julie Vader say, “When you deal with us you are deal- Fairfax Lumber and Hardware, 109 Broadway, Fairfax, ing with the owner.” Fairfax Lumber and 415/453-4410, www.fairfaxlumber.com

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n 1913, a popular incline railway started operation on Broadway in Fairfax—for a nickel, sightseers were hauled up a steep hill to enjoy breathtaking views of Marin County. And, while they were looking, they were encouraged to consider the lovely hillside lots on Manor Hill—one of Marin’s first subdivisions-to-be. There was plenty to see on the ride. Fairfax was booming and the hayfields, dairy opera-

tions and vineyards were giving way to houses and buildings. Cowboy movies starring Broncho Billy were filmed in Fairfax and a movie studio opened the same year as the funicular. Eventually, of course, everything changed. The movie industry centralized elsewhere. The building lots were bought and developed. The incline railway was declared unsafe and closed in 1929. Businesses came and went. But an operation at the

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ack in the days and was the subject when San Franof two Werner Hercisco day-tripzog films. pers and goggle-eyed In 1982 Ed and tourists headed for the Susan Cunningpeaks of Mt. Tamalpais ham purchased the by ferry and steam train, restaurant from a homesick Swiss imDengler and began a migrant named Claude three-year, multimilMeyer looked around lion-dollar renovaat the alpine scenery, tion in which the old staked a claim at one cafe was connected prisoner-of-war escapee Dieter Dengler of its choicest spots (a Legendary to a home down the owned the inn up until 1982. 1,000-foot ridgeline slope, providing the with San Francisco Bay on one side and the clientele with overnight accommodations Pacific Ocean on the other), and built a mod- as well as food and drink. Architect John est cuckoo clock of a hangout where all those Deamer (one of the planners behind Sea footsore weekenders could stop for a sandwich Ranch) employed redwood pillars at the enand a place to relax. That was in 1912, and for trance, steeply angled ceilings and skylights nearly a century the Mountain Home Inn has and three levels of balconies and light-filled been the place where Marin’s hikers could es- rooms to create an airy, rustic ambience. cape the clamor of modern life and enjoy the Today the Mountain Home Inn (Marin’s mountain’s quiet, bucolic splendor. oldest restaurant and the only commercial The inn was an immediate success (espeestablishment on Mt. Tam) maintains a cially when the Mt. Tamalpais & Muir Woods century-old tradition of providing hikers Scenic Railway, the county’s outstanding (and less strenuous types) a relaxing place tourist attraction, established a stop outside to take in the mountain’s beauty over a its doors), with luminarglass of wine or a stein of beer. Trails up the ies like Jack London and peaks and down into Muir Woods pass by extolling its rustic, panthe front door. The kitchen serves up burgoramic charms. Like the ers, barbecue and huevos rancheros by day, Tavern of Tamalpais and the West Point Inn, an elegant candlelit three-course prix fixe the Mountain Home offered a getaway to the at night. The ingredients are local, organic Bay Area’s loveliest alp—flora, fauna, pilsner and sustainable, the terraced gardens are and all. It was an unbeatable combination, pesticide-free, and the toiletries are ecoand through decades of depression, recession, friendly (the inn was the first Marin hotel war and wildfires, the inn endured, morphing to earn a Bay Area Green Business designafrom snack bar to beer garden complete with tion). All in all this is an idyllic place for a lederhosen-clad waiters to upscale restaurant wedding, a get-together, a romantic weekwith evening-gowned hostess. At one point end...or a place to rest your feet after a hard it was even owned by Dieter Dengler, the Ger- day’s mountaineering. —Matthew Stafford man-born U.S. Navy pilot who escaped Mountain Home Inn, 810 Panoramic Highway, Mill Valley, 415/381-9000, www.mthomeinn.com. from a North Vietnamese prison camp

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CORNERSTONES In 1950, James sold the business to his sons, who renamed it Ghilotti Brothers, Incorporated. The following decades brought unimpeded growth with gross sales increasing from $20 million to $80 million by the 1980s. With offices and equipment in several locations around San Rafael, Ghilotti Brothers continues to grow and contribute fine concrete and paving work around Marin. In 2000 the company passed into the hands of third-generation brothers Michael and Dante. James Ghilotti once said, “Earn respect by doing a job well, treat employees with courtesy and respect, and do good work for the community,” and this remains the mission of Ghilotti Brothers. ● ● ● ●

James Ghilotti and his crew, 1936.

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ince the opening various construction of a construcprojects, doing his tion company mason work by hand. in 1914 by enterprisHe is believed to be ing immigrant James one of the first people Ghilotti, the Ghilotti in the county to build name has exemplified concrete retaining cornerstone businesses walls and patios and of Marin: those with you can still see some strong foundations of of his original work prosperity and integon the exterior stone rity, those that have of the old Blue Rock been passed down and This vintage roller helped pave the way to success. Inn in Larkspur, now nurtured from generation to generation. the Left Bank Brasserie. James Ghilotti was raised in northern Italy As the Ghilotti boys grew up, they worked near Lake Como in the in their father’s business. Four of the sons late 1800s. He came from became active participants, learning ada family of stonemasons ditional trades and construction techniques and fostered his craft in that helped the company expand. In 1939, the diamond mines of South Africa. Eventual- James changed the name of the firm to James ly he found his way to San Rafael with his wife, Ghilotti and Sons. Being able to provide Amalia, and raised six children—five sons and demolition work, grading, paving, concrete one daughter. James formed James Ghilotti tilt-ups and earthwork greatly increased the Contractor in 1914, using a horse-drawn sled scope of the business, giving birth to a phase to move rocks from the hills of Marin for of extraordinary expansion.

In 1992, James’s grandson Richard Ghilotti branched off to form the Ghilotti Construction Company which, in the last decade, has grown business from $12.5 million to $110 million. GCC attributes its success to a commitment to excellence as well as being on top of technological advances in both equipment and individual training. As the scope of Ghilotti Construction’s work grew, they split their operations—one group handling heavy construction and public works projects, the other specializing in private and commercial construction. Both operating departments are guided by

the leadership of the senior management team, including Richard Ghilotti. GCC’s main office is in Santa Rosa but they have opened offices around the bay to support and expand work projects. The Marin office is located in San Rafael; in the East Bay they have an office in Livermore and for work in Napa and Sonoma GCC works from American Canyon. No job is too big or too small for GCC and they have the qualified personnel and equipment to back it up. As part of James’ philosophy, Ghilotti Construction believes in giving back to the community. Many charities in and around Northern California have benefited from the generous support of GCC. Promoting education, health and the welfare of the community around them, GCC is proud to be able to share their success with local nonprofits. ● ● ● ●

Since 1914, the Ghilotti family has worked together to provide a standard of excellence in the construction industry. As the Ghilotti businesses have grown, so has their commitment to their customers, employees and the community. Family pride and values are evident throughout. —Brooke Jackson Ghilotti Brothers Inc., 525 Jacoby St., San Rafael, 415/454-7011, www.ghilottibros.com and Ghilotti Construction Co., 2301 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael, 415/256-1525, www.ghilotti.com

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iburon has changed quite a bit since Sam Vella opened his eponymous waterfront restaurant 90 years ago this summer. Between the neighboring canneries, railyards, brick kilns and Navy fueling station and all the thirsty canners, sailors, dairymen and railroaders who worked them, “it was a rough and tumble town,” says current Sam’s

co-owner Brian Wilson. Vella, a Maltese immigrant, contributed to the civic joie de vivre in his own way. “It was during Prohibition, and Sam ran moonshine to the city through a trapdoor in the restaurant.” Sam’s still was on Corinthian Island, but his joint—first a tent, then a shack, now a few thousand square feet of prime waterfront real estate—was right on

he would again cross paths with the Paganis’ Italian sauces, washing dishes after school, daughter, Antoinette, in a San Francisco resand waiting tables on the weekends through taurant called The Flytrap, where she worked high school. Today, third-generation Debbie as a cashier and he as a waiter. Ghiringhelli lives on the property with her After a courtship, the couple married in family; Deer Park Villa’s event coordinator, Marin. During their wedding dinner, at a re- Mary Chapman, lives mote restaurant in the summer community just five minutes away to of Deer Park, Joseph declared to Antoinette ensure consistent availthat he would some day purchase the restau- ability to clients. rant for her. After a few years in partnership at The restaurant, which another a local restaurant, the lovely location has had additions built over the years to acof his wedding dance with Antoinette was on commodate a growing community, is open the market. Mr. Ghiringhelli purchased it for for dinner every Friday, Saturday and Sunhis wife, and began day evening and is his long-standing available for private family business in the events such as wedwinter of 1937. dings, birthdays and “I remember celebrations of life any grandpa in the kitchen day of the week. Deer when I was between Park Villa also serves 10 and 13 years old,” traditional Thankssays Debbie. “I was so giving dinner, Easter proud of him for all of brunch on the outside his hard work.”Joseph, deck and Mother’s she says, was a snappy Day brunch and hopes dresser who remained The restaurant is named for the nearby Deer Park open to continue the tradiin the kitchen prepar- space in Fairfax, resting just at the foot of Mt. Tam. tion of great food and ing salads until he regreat times. tired, and Debbie’s father picked up where he “We are all here to take care of each left off. Antoinette is remembered for her feisty other,” says Debbie, “and we hope to extend humor and strong presence behind the bar. that sense of family to our customers as The business has always been a fam- well.” —Dani Burlison ily affair, with children, grandchildren and Deer Park Villa, 367 Bolinas Road, Fairfax, 415/456-8084, cousins preparing tomatoes for authentic www.deerparkvilla.com

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Joseph Ghiringhelli purchased Deer Park Villa for his wife Antoinette in 1937.

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ith a story as charming and lovely as the location itself, Deer Park Villa is steeped in history and a serious dedication to carrying on family traditions. According to owner Debbie Ghiringhelli, the family business is not just about focusing on the needs of the immediate family, but on ensuring that the entire community is happy, healthy and, of course, well fed.

When Debbie Ghiringhelli’s grandfather Joseph left Italy for America at age 16, he found himself knocking on the door of an Italian family who had also recently arrived in California. Friends of his parents back in Capronno, the Pagani family invited him into their small home in the Sonoma town of Kenwood and welcomed him to California. Little did Joseph Ghiringhelli know that, years later,

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ack L. Hunt Automotive has been holding down the west end of Fourth Street in San Rafael since 1927. Originally housed in the building that is now Dharma Trading Company, Hunt Automotive began as a Plymouth and Chrysler dealership, with Jack Sr. at the helm. Since that time the business has evolved from upscale used cars to a classic

and collectible dealership. The key is that the company has remained in the Hunt family, firmly reinforcing the foundation started in the Roaring ’20s. Jack Jr. joined his dad in the business after finishing college, and sold new cars to returning vets and settlers in Marin’s post-World War II society. In the mid-1960s, the pair

changed Jack L. Hunt Automotive to a higherend used car operation and repair shop. With the changing times, the Hunts saw a need for gently worn secondhand vehicles and, with the repair shop, were able to offer their customers automobiles that were tuned and fit. In 1987, Jack Hunt the 3rd and his brother Brad took over the business from their father, Jack Jr. They saw a need for a classic and collectible car dealership; as Jack III puts it, “Everybody wants a California car.” With bodies in excellent condition and the repair shop able to keep the engines humming, models from the ’20s onward were found homes by the Hunt brothers. These aging beauties were sent to Japan, the Middle East, Europe and Canada. Their business gained strength and reputation so that people with prized car collections look- Still wheelin’ and dealin’... ing to offload some of their bounty would call the Hunts. Jack and Brad have a great fondness for these cars and say they consider them almost like family. They would advertise each auto through a network of dealers around the world to find just the right fit. “It’s like finding homes for lovely pets or or-

phans,” Jack Hunt III said. The repair shop has become the crux of the business. The mechanics and body shop give extra special attention to detail and provide a wide range of services. Although not usually thought of as the place to get your car fixed, Jack Hunt Automotive will handle any job, and are one of the only auto shops with a downtown San Rafael location. With the dawn of the Internet, the collectible car business has gone global. Sending a ’35 Packard to Kuwait or a vintage Merc to Poland is all in a day’s work for the Hunt brothers. From the opulence of the annual Concourse d’Elegance in Pebble Beach to the May Madness classic car parade down San Rafael’s Fourth Street, it’s clear that the market for collectible cars is humming along like a well-oiled engine. And filling the niche to provide high quality vehicle sales and service, as they have for the last eight decades, is Jack L. Hunt Automotive. —Brooke Jackson

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Jack L. Hunt Automotive, 1714 Fourth St., San Rafael, 415/453-1611, www.jackhuntauto.com

grocery at 118 Throckmorton (the current duce, an impressive selection of wine, beer location of the Hatbox) shortly after the ’29 and liquor, that friendly small-town atmofire. Another disaster, the stock market crash, sphere and an outstanding array of specialty occurred soon after, and throughout the foodstuffs. “If you’re looking for a particuensuing depression the Mill Valley Market lar product, start at the Mill Valley Market,” aided its hard-hit customers with extended says Doug. (The selection of mustards, credit and good old-fashioned bartering. olive oils, cheeses and In 1955 Frank’s son Jim and family friend preserves is especially Joe Morello purchased the store and moved dazzling.) Most of the it to its present location. “My dad was ahead meat and poultry, like of his time,” says Doug. “As early as the ’60s the produce and dairy he sought out artisan farmers, beekeepers, products, come from small local farms and wineries. Customers ranches; baked goods would tell him about and seafood arrive some special product, fresh daily. There’s a and he’d get it for the well-stocked deli, too, store.” Morello hanwhere you can asdled the produce, and semble a fine picnic the market’s fruits before your hike up and vegetables bethe mountain. came famous for their “Small indepenquality and freshness. dent businesses In 1975 Jim’s younger provide texture brother Bob joined to a community,” the team as partner, The market moved to its present location on says Doug. “With a bringing an analyti- Corte Madera Avenue in 1955. small business you cal, business-savvy can actually talk mind to the mix that resulted in Kiddo!, Shop to the proprietor.” A fourth generation & Give and other Mill Valley Market-spon- of Canepas, Ryan and Wesley, are being sored community projects. groomed to head up the family business. Doug and his brother Dave bought out As for Frank Canepa’s grandsons Doug Jim and Joe in 1990 and ran the business and Dave, “We’re just taking care of a Mill with Bob until he retired in 2006. Today the Valley landmark.” —Matthew Stafford brothers are the market’s sole owners, main- Mill Valley Market, 12 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley, taining its reputation for exceptional pro- 415/388-3222, millvalleymarket.com

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The market reverted to a bartering system to help cash-strapped locals during the Great Depression.

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n July 14, 1929, Frank Canepa arrived in Mill Valley to open his brand-new grocery store and was pressed into service as a volunteer fireman instead. The Great Fire of ’29 was roaring down Blithedale Canyon from the Ralston White estate, and every able-bodied citizen was put to work defending downtown from the approaching blaze. Frank’s three days of firefighting was the Canepa family’s first of many forays into Mill

Valley community service. Frank had arrived in San Francisco from Genoa in 1913 and found work as a grocer. One day, en route to the Russian River mud baths, he took a wrong turn, found himself in Marin’s quaintest tree-shaded village “and fell in love,” says Doug Canepa, Frank’s grandson. “It reminded him of home.” Frank sold fruits and vegetables at a local butcher shop for awhile, then opened his own

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CORNERSTONES year as the great quake, grew up learning bilities of energy savings and green technolothe construction trades and, in 1932, in gies. New things happen in this field every the teeth of the Great Depression, started day—as a result, the Ongaros are always his own plumbing business. Through ups learning and re-learning their trades. and downs the company and the Ongaros Even though Ernest Ongaro (“It takes have been going strong ever since. six of you to do what I Today two sets of Ongaro brothers— used to do alone!”) died Ernie, Paul, Mitch and Dean—run the San in 1999 at age 94, when Anselmo-based business (they also have his grandsons talk about an office in Sonoma), which specializes in their company he is still plumbing and heating and cooling systems. very much on their minds. Their grandfaA company can’t last ther always carried a as long as they have notebook—a pracwithout staying flextice they try to follow, ible, and the Ongaand they all admired ros stress that conhis work ethic. They tinuing education also learned from and keeping up with their grandfather to the latest developcultivate long-term ments in their field staff (Jim, “the new give them a decided guy,” has been there edge. And they alfive years) and the ways keep their Ongaros themselves grandfather’s rule get along together in mind: “You don’t The six men who now do the work that Ernest Ongaro remarkably well. “We want to put anything ‘used to do alone.’ actually go on trips in that you can’t fix.” together,” Mitch says, Maintaining and replacing the working and laughs. “That’s how sick we are.” “Our systems of homes and buildings in a place only rule is two brothers can’t be in the same like Marin can be especially challenging. office,” and this brings another laugh. Virtually every house is unique, and with the “Nobody argues,” they all agree. disparities of microclimates and construc“Well, nobody argued with grandfather,” tion techniques, every Marin building can they agree again. —Julie Vader pose a challenge. Additionally, Marinites are Ongaro & Sons, 243 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo, 415/454-7400, www.ongaroandsons.com finely tuned to the advantages and responsi-

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Ernest Ongaro left a lasting imprint—literally—on the heating and water conduits of Marin.

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pens all the time to the Ongaros. (And the customers all seem to come up with the same joke: “Is it still under warranty?”) Their great-grandfather Giuseppe Giovanni Ongaro emigrated from Italy in 1904, settled in San Francisco and eventually bought land in Fairfax (aka “Little Italy”) because the hills reminded him of his homeland. His son Ernest, born the same

from a barn in downtown Pt. Reyes StaIt’s not unusual to be meditating in the tion. Gradually his three sons came into yoga studio while the forklift on the oththe business with him and in 1976 they er side of the wall is beeping and banging turned the operation into a general store. away. But that is one of the wonders of But it was more than just a store—it was a Toby’s Feed Barn. Disparate elements all community gathering space. co-exist harmoniously. There aren’t many Ideas have hatched here just like the baby places where you can chicks that emerge from eggs in the barn’s hear a famous author incubators each spring. Toby’s hosts literary speak, get enriched by salons in partnership with Pt. Reyes Books, viewing a marvelous concerts of all kinds from Kirtan music to painting, pick up some Country and Western, fundraisers, holiday dog food for Sparky back home and get pageants and wedyour chi back in a dings. Artists exhibit fabulous yoga class. their work in a galToby’s Feed Barn is lery adjoining the the yarn and needles store and every week knitting the comfrom spring to fall munity around Point a much celebrated Reyes together. From farmers market social events to fresh (made famous a few produce to fun gifts years ago by a visit to learning opporfrom Prince Charles tunities, Toby’s has and the Duchess of carved an innovative Cornwall) is held. A place for themselves. vibrant community Feeding West Marin since World War II. If Toby Giacomini garden thrives in were alive today, he part of the parking lot and an espresso bar would marvel at the place created by his reels in patrons with enticing coffee aro- entrepreneurial spirit all those decades mas. Tucked in the back by the hay bales is ago. —Brooke Jackson Yoga Toes, the popular studio run by Toby’s Toby’s Feed Barn, 11250 Highway One, Point Reyes Station, 415/663-1223, www.tobysfeedbarn.com grandson Nick and his wife, Amanda.

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few weeks ago Dean Ongaro was called to replace an old gravity furnace. When he got there, sure enough, there was label on it from when the ancient workhorse was installed—a label with the name Ernest Ongaro, the founder and patriarch of Ongaro & Sons. Of course, seeing their grandfather’s work in homes and business across Marin hap-

Toby Giacomini, right with son Chris, lived to see his business grow from a feed-and-grain barn into the hub of West Marin.

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f you’ve spent any time in Point Reyes Station, then you’ve probably been to Toby’s Feed Barn. Considered one of the social hubs of this small, West Marin town, Toby’s fills the needs of locals and visitors alike, making it a vital part of the community fabric.

Toby Giacomini started a trucking business in 1942, hauling milk and cream from West Marin to the East Bay. By 1970, one truck had flourished into a fleet and more than 50 dairies counted on the Giacominis to haul their milk to market. In addition, Toby supplied feed and grain to farmers

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ith humble thing or two about beginnings customer service. that susThat many of tained through the ecoUnited Marketsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; nomic collapse of the 150-200 member 1930s, a small chain of crew are long-term grocery markets by the employees is inname of Great Westdicative of a happy ern-Wissman stores in staff which, in turn, San Francisco manproduces great cusaged to stand on mostly tomer service. Time solid ground. As larger and time again, cusstaff members have worked at United Markets for chains like Safeway and Some tomers cite Unitedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more than three decades. Piggly Wiggly moved in friendly and helpful on the scene, many of the small independent staff as one of the many reasons they ďŹ nd markets dropped off the map or were eventu- themselves returning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had some of ally gobbled up by the larger companies. But our staff members here for 30 to 40 years,â&#x20AC;? Great Western-Wissman stores, after a name says a proud Daniels from his San Rafael change to United and other reshufďŹ&#x201A;ing, kept ofďŹ ce. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That should say something!â&#x20AC;? goingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; a fate that beneďŹ ts Marin shoppers But United Markets doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just excel at to this day. offering low prices, quality foods and a great United Markets continues to thrive staffâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Daniels ensures that his company in the Marin County community. The policies beneďŹ t the Marin County environďŹ rst store opened its doors in San Rafael ment, as well. After discontinuing the sales of in 1955 and the second in San Anselmo cigarettes at both stores in 2002, Daniels also soon followed in 1959. The markets have recently decided to jump-start the proposed become favorites for three generations of statewide plastic bag ban. Now offering cushappy shoppers, making tomers the option to reuse their own bags or visits to United a bit of a to take edibles home in paper, Daniels prefers family tradition. to look at the bigger picture, regardless of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is great to know impact on his wallet. that the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and now the grandUnited Markets continues to ďŹ&#x201A;ourish childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;of our ďŹ rst shoppers continue in a challenging economic climate and to choose us,â&#x20AC;? says United Markets owner though longtime shoppers would love to Bill Daniels, who purchased the stores in see another United Market or two, Daniels the early 1980s. Customers continue to is dedicated to keeping it local. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have support United over the larger chain mar- to have the right location,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are kets in the area because Daniels insists committed to keeping United in Marin.â&#x20AC;? on providing quality gourmet foods, or- â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Dani Burlison ganic produce and fresh breads at the low- United Markets, 515 Third St., San Rafael 415/454-8912 est prices in the county. He also knows a and 100 Red Hill Ave., San Anselmo 415/456-1271,

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5. If you get excited about details, hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an irresistible one. I was with a client recently and showed her a caramel-brown colored boot. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a color that she had bought before but when I showed her how that color looked so great with the contrast stitching on her jeans, she saw the connection. Sometimes people get stuck on what kind of shoes to wear with jeans. If you get a color boot that looks like that stitching, you never have to think about it again. It just has a nice ďŹ nished look and whatever you wear on top will be ďŹ ne. I know it seems like a small detail, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of those things that makes it super easy to get dressed without having to think hard. OK, so we have your feet covered in boots, now letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talk about your waist. Remember way back in the old days when people had to get dressed for work in basically three pieces? You had a pant, a blouse and a jacket. Or a skirt, a sweater shell and a jacket. Those three pieces were symbols of a pulled together look. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something about the number three that does great things. So time goes by and casual attire comes into the workplace (although I hear more and more that things are going to changeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; stay tuned) and it is suddenly difďŹ cult to look like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the important person in the room because everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in two piecesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a sweater and a pant, a T-shirt and khakis, a loose dress and a cardigan. Still with me? Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the thing, you may still be hooked on wearing two pieces but there is a magic elixir out there that is going to give you what three-piece dressing gave you beforeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;credibility and a polished lookâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; and that comes in the form of a belt. Not just any belt, an important belt. I bring this up because with the new silhouette of the narrow bottom and the fuller top, you may really


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want to use a belt to give your midsection more deďŹ nition, follow your natural shape if you have a more pronounced waist contour, or just control the volume of fabric in some of these oversized tops. I want to plant this idea in your head: spend money on a belt that has interest, detail or texture and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never look back. Think of it as the third piece you used to wearâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that jacket that was styled well and read â&#x20AC;&#x153;qualityâ&#x20AC;? when you looked at it. Let

this belt read â&#x20AC;&#x153;quality.â&#x20AC;? In order to do that, you may have to spend more money on it. The great thing is that this belt can be worn over and over and over again. It can be a signature piece. It can be the constant while you change the pants to a skirt or a dress but wear that belt with different sweaters, blouses or tunics on top. Smaller boutiques have some great choices, like Lindisima in the Bon Aire Shopping Center (415/461-9100). We started at the bottom with the boots, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve traveled to your waist, now letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s be sure those ear lobes are dressed. This is where you want to bring some sparkle and light. The work of Nathalie Rachel Sherman is showcased at Lindisima and has exactly that magic to ďŹ nish off your outďŹ t. The line is called Sophia and Chloe, named for the designerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughters. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s edgy and chic, yet some pieces are elegant and could be part of a timeless collection. Incorporating semi-precious stones and crystals, these earrings add a touch of luxury. The bigger the earring, the more it makes a statement and is the focus of an outďŹ t. When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re wearing a jean, boots and easy tops, the earring really should stand out. Why not? They make it all the easier to see your lovely face. Now youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dressed and ready for all those fun fall activities. Enjoy! â&#x153;š Brenda Kinsel is a fashion and image consultant based in Marin. Check out her website at www.brendakinsel.com.

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hen the organizers of the GraThe talent-laden Mystery Dance features venstein Apple Fair asked Tim Hayes, Eschliman, guitarist Sean Allen and Eschliman last year to pull together drummer Kevin Hayes. a band that would pay tribute to women Bonnie Hayes, a San Anselmo resident, musicians in the North Bay, the bassist and and her brother, Kevin, started playing bandleader knew just who to call: singer and together in high school. In the ’80s, she songwriter Bonnie Hayes. went on to lead the New Wave band BonThe result was Mystery Dance, a rollick- nie Hayes and the Wild Combo, which ing dance band feacontributed the sleeper turing Eschliman and hit “Girls Like Me” to COMING SOON Hayes performing a sethe 1983 Valley Girl ries of spirited rock ’n’ soundtrack. In the ’90s, Mystery Dance performs Saturday, Sept. 25, at 9pm, at the Presidio roll duets. she became a successYacht Club, Travis Marina, Fort Baker, “We had such a blast ful songwriter, penning Sausalito. $10. doing it,” says Eschlisuch pop hits as “Have man, who revived the a Heart,” “Love Letter,” band a few weeks later and “Slow Ride” for to play at a benefit for Bonnie Raitt. an ailing local musician. “The idea is to perCurrently, she’s working in her San Rafael form either originals or songs that we wish studio with producer Val Garay, who had a we’d written, including songs by pub-rock string of hits for Linda Ronstadt, Kim Carnes legend Dave Edmunds’ band Rockpile and and the Motels. the eclectic NRBQ. These are exciting songs Until recently, Kevin had played drums for that aren’t that well known. the Robert Cray Band for nearly 20 years. “So it’s a lot of fun.” Eschliman, a longtime fixture on the

Mystery Dance will reveal their secret moves Saturday at Fort Baker.

Marin music scene, is an original member of Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, the Moonlighters, the New Copasetics and several other popular Bay Area R&B acts. He’s also an elf in good standing in the Christmas Jug Band, the seasonal spoof that features Dan Hicks. But, for these seasoned musicians, Mystery Dance is special. “It’s a gas for me,” Eschliman says. “For years, I’ve been doing all this R&B and blues and New Orleans stuff, but in the back of my mind I’d think of all these songs that were in a more cathartic, fun, rock ’n’ roll vein.

“This finishes the picture of what I’ve always wanted to do in music.” For Hayes, a longtime keyboardist who only recently started playing and composing on electric guitar, it’s a chance to stretch out musically. “I have a band that I’m super loyal to, but I really wanted to play with Tim and Sean, who’ve got this great Tele twang thing that I don’t have enough of in my music. “You know, Mystery Dance started out as a lark, and now it’s feeling more serious to me,” she adds. “I mean, I’ve never really been in a group with equal partners before—it’s always been me, me, me, me, me. I think we’re going to throw ourselves into it—it’s fun to be with people who are having fun and who feel equally invested. “And it’s a blast to be playing with my brother. He’s been on the road a lot during the past 20 years. But we share a musical background, and we feel this music the same way—it’s like another language.” ✹ Dance with Greg at gcahill51@gmail.com.

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1. Generously sprinkle chicken with salt and grind on some pepper. Place the chicken in a re-sealable plastic bag. Add the shrimp, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, the bruised garlic, and the chopped rosemary. Seal the bag and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight. 2. In a 3-quart saucepan, bring the chicken broth to a boil. Decrease the heat to low and cover to keep hot. 3. In a 10-inch skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the shrimp shells and cook, stirring for 3 minutes until they turn dark red. Add 1 teaspoon of the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the wine, bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute. Add the shrimp mixture to the chicken broth, bring to a simmer, re-cover and cook for 15 minutes. Set a strainer over a clean saucepan and strain the broth. Discard the shells. Keep the broth warm over low heat. 4. Crush the saffron in a small cup with the back of a spoon. Transfer to a small bowl and

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â&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in my kitchen with Marie Simmons getting a lesson in paella making. Simmons is a national icon in the food world, having published upwards of 18 cookbooks, written syndicated columns, won James Beard Awards and been in the media spotlight on TV and radio, including NPRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fresh Air with Terry Gross. The spunky, self-deprecating Simmons is sharing her considerable skills to help me create a chicken and shrimp paella, the national dish of Spain. And she knows this recipe like the back of her hand, having made it a dozen times while crisscrossing the country to promote the book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Things Cooks Love.â&#x20AC;? Nothing says â&#x20AC;&#x153;partyâ&#x20AC;? like a big pan of steaming paella and so we delve in, chopping, stirring, ladling and stirring some more. She is a master at developing ďŹ&#x201A;avors, which is what elevates this paella from good to splendido. According to Simmons, there are several key elements to paella. First, having Spanish paprika, Bomba rice and good saffron contribute to an authentic dish. Second, cooking the sofrito low and slow to lightly carmelize the aromatics provides a vital foundation. In this recipe, the sofrito ingredients are bell pepper, onion, chorizo and garlic. A couple of marinating tricks contribute to layers of ď��&#x201A;avor: the chicken and shrimp are combined with rosemary, garlic and olive oil for several hours before cooking and the shrimp shells are sauteed with garlic and white wine, then this mixture is strained into the simmering stock. Finally, cooking the paella in a broad, shallow pan allows the rice to cook quickly while imbuing it with the deeply ďŹ&#x201A;avored stock. Taking the time to follow these steps

add a ladleful of the simmering broth. Cover and let stand until ready to use. 5. When ready to cook the paella, remove the chicken pieces from the marinade and place them on a plate. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a 12- to 14-inch paella pan (or 12-inch skillet) until hot enough to sizzle the chicken. Add the chicken, skin side down, and cook for 10 minutes or until golden. Use tongs to turn the chicken and cook the other side for 5-8 minutes or until browned. Return the chicken to the plate. 6. Add the bell pepper, onion, chorizos and the remaining 1 teaspoon garlic to the pan and cook over medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are browned. Add the paprika and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring for 3 minutes or until the juices boils off and the tomato is dry. Add the rice and cook, stirring for 2 minutes. Sprinke with 1 teaspoon salt. Bring the chicken broth to a boil and pour 4 cups of it over the rice. Add the reserved broth and stir into the other ingredients. Arrange the chicken around the outer edges of the pan. 7. Cook uncovered over medium heat, without stirring, for 15 minutes, or until most of the broth has been absorbed by the rice. Taste the rice and add more salt if needed. 8. Tuck the shrimp down into the partially cooked rice, concentrating them in the center area of the pan. Ladle 1 cup of the simmering broth over the rice and cook for 5 minutes more. As the rice cooks, it will continue to absorb the broth. Add more broth as needed, tasting the rice each time. It should be tender but ďŹ rm. If you run out of broth before the rice is ready, use boiling water. 9. Sprinkle the peas on top and lay a piece of extra-wide aluminum foil over the paella for the last 5 minutes of cooking. Remove from the heat and let the paella stand covered for 5-10 minutes before serving. 10. Garnish with the lemon wedges and some rosemary sprigs. â&#x153;š

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Heeeeere’s... Artemis! Fantasy author Eoin Colfer brings talk-show-style book tour to the JCC by Dav i d Te mpleton

than the usual book tour, I can tell you, because in the past I always talk and tell stories for 90 minutes, and this way I get to share the work with the rest ARTEMIS FOWL ROCKS of the team.” One time only, Sunday, Sept. With Disney as pub- 26, at noon, at the Osher Marin lisher, it’s no surprise JCC’s Kanbar Center, 200 N. San that the Artemis Fowl Pedro Road, San Rafael.Tickets books (long rumored $7 - $27, with family packages to be in development available, including purchase for a big-screen movie) of a book. 415/444-8000, www.marinjcc.org. would eventually be promoted in ways that push the entertainment envelope. It makes sense, given that the series Colfer likes to think of his books as ‘Die Hard with fairies.’ has always had a strong action-movie vibe. Colfer often describes the books as “‘Die Colfer is often surprised to learn that kids think his time-traveling child-prodigy anti-hero is real. “I don’t think about it much anymore,” m, Yes. I’m in St. Louis, I think, Hard’ with fairies.” In this case the fairies of the show, especially when Artemis takes Colfer laughs. “Some day there will be a and hopefully some kids will are actual fairies, the kind with wings. Colf- the stage. I was afraid they’d be really skeptimovie, but it doesn’t do me any good to be show up,” says author Eoin er has a reputation for being a remarkably cal, but they’re totally going for it. When the Colfer, his identifiable Irish-accented voice gregarious presence at his book-signing question-and-answer part comes, they stand worked up about it. “I love movies,” he continues. “I love floating in over the phone from where the events, but even so he was looking forward up and say, ‘I have a question for Artemis. to taking them in a Why did you decide you wanted to kidnap theater in general. My mother was an amateur best-selling author new direction. a leprechaun?’ They’re totally buying into actress, and I grew up practicing her lines has been preparing “We wanted to do it, as if it were a theatrical experience, or a with her and going to rehearsals and plays. for this evening’s something different cinematic experience. The first time we did And I grew up watching movies on TV. I still Artemis Fowl Rocks this time,” Colfer the show, we came off stage and all said, ‘I love movies, I really do. I remember really traveling stage admits. “A few years can’t believe that worked!’ They never once loving Shakespeare in Love, because it was so show. That’s right, ago we promoted one asked the actor who plays Artemis how he clever, but I especially love the really ridicuthe author of the of my books with a got the job, or what the audition was like. It lous action movies, like Highlander. I love hugely popular Arbus tour, and my pre- was all questions to Artemis about his life Highlander. Sean Connery plays an Egyptian. temis Fowl fantasy sentation included a and adventures. It’s amazing how kids can Christopher Lambert plays a Scotsman. I like series (published slideshow and a lot of lose themselves in their own imaginations.” that kind of thing—corny, but kind of great.” by Disney Hypestorytelling, with a lot Colfer, though best known for his young Asked what the last movie he saw was, rion), is eschew- It was quite a day when Colfer took his 13-year-old son to of comedy bits. That adult fiction, is a surprisingly agile writer. Colfer laughs. ing the traditional his first PG-13 movie, ‘The Other Guys.’ The Colfer men’s was very successful, Over the last few years, he’s penned a satisfy“Well, this was a big thing for me,” he says. book-signing tour next big movie milestone will be in 2014 when they sit and we realized doing ing sequel to the late Douglas Adams’ Hitch“The movie was The Other Guys, with Mark this year, instead down for the NC-17 ‘Lust, Caution.’ hiker’s Guide books (this one titled, “And Wahlberg and Will Farrell. I brought my 13promoting his new book, “Artemis Fowl: this book-tour thing as more of a show forAnother Thing”), and written a stage musical year-old son to see it, and it’s a PG-13 movie. The Atlantis Complex,” with a talk-show- mat was just a really intriguing idea. So this (The Lords of Love), in addition to his various It was his first PG-13 film, and of course themed stage production that includes a live time out, we decided to do the tour as if it side-novels and historical fiction. there are a few risque moments in the movie. rock band, celebrity appearances, impro- were a late-night talk show. The response on “The success of the Artemis Fowl books I think he was embarrassed for me, and I vised interviews and a Johnny Carson-style Facebook and Twitter has been really great.” This particular tour comes to an end this allows me to be able to do a lot of other was embarrassed for myself. It was a big deal monologue delivered by Colfer himself. The things,” Colfer says. “But now, I’m actually for us. An important evolutionary ritual—a big moment of the show, though, is nightly weekend, with a Sunday high noon show at looking forward to getting back and starting parent-and-child’s first PG-13 movie together. arrival of none other than Artemis Fowl, the Kanbar Center in the Osher Marin JCC I think it went pretty well. We may actually do the infamously amoral teen super-criminal in San Rafael. Colfer’s books have always had work on another one.” Eventually, he’d love to see Artemis on that again.” ✹ around whom the book series is told. “It’s a strong fan-base in the North Bay, mostly the big screen, and though he has seen a Push the envelope with David at talkpix@earthlink.net. been lots of fun,” says Colfer, “and though pre-teens and young adults, so Colfer is draft of a script that looks like a keeper, he’s the first one or two felt a little awkward— anticipating a strong turnout for the show. “What worried me at first,” he says, “was keenly aware that it’s been 10 years since the I’ve never done a talk show before—now It’s your movie, speak up at I’m really enjoying myself. It’s a lot easier that kids wouldn’t buy into the make-believe movie first went into development. ›› pacificsun.com

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›› MOViES

Friday September 24 -Thursday September 30

Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

‘WALL-E’ concludes Movies in the Park’s summer season with an alfresco screening Saturday night at the San Geronimo Valley Cultural Center. Info: 272-2756.

● Alpha and Omega (1:28) Two wolves (one a bossy she-wolf, the other a fun-lovin’ guy-wolf) trek home over a thousand miles of American wilderness, sniping and flirting all the way. ● The American (1:43) Professional assassin George Clooney endangers his carefully nurtured anonymity when he stops and smells the roses at an idyllic Italian village. ● Cairo Time (1:29) Canadian journalist Patricia Clarkson makes an unexpected love connection on a sojourn to the Egyptian metropolis. ● Capturing Reality; The Art of Documentary (1:36) Albert Maysles, Errol Morris, Werner Herzog and other top documentarians discuss their craft; clips from a hundred seminal docs illustrate their insights. ● Catfish (1:34) A New Yorker’s cyber-romance with a rural Midwesterner edges (some might say inevitably) into the desperate-scary-spooky realm. ● The Concert (1:59) The long-retired conductor of the Bolshoi Orchestra gathers his former musicians together to perform in Paris with a young violin virtuoso. ● Despicable Me A wicked suburban supervillain is waylaid in his plans to steal the moon by three little girls in search of a papa. ● Devil (1:20) It’s bad enough getting stuck in an elevator with four strangers, but what if one of them turns out to be the Prince of Darkness? ● Easy A (1:33) Sweet high schooler Emma Stone figures that her personal social register will improve exponentially if she takes a page from The Scarlet Letter and spreads the rumor that she’s not as virginal as she appears. ● Eat Pray Love (2:13) Julia Roberts as a woman on the brink who circles the globe in search of meaning, romance and good gelato. ● Flipped (1:30) Kid-sized Rob Reiner romantic comedy about the push me-pull you relationship between two very different second graders. ● Get Low (1:42) Spooky backwoods recluse Robert Duvall invites the local townsfolk (Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray among them) to find out exactly what he’s been hiding from for lo these many years.

● Howl (1:24) Robert Epstein/Jeffrey Friedman biopic about the young Allen Ginsberg and the epic poem (and resulting obscenity trial) that made him one of the Beat Era’s icons; James Franco stars. ● Jack Goes Boating (1:29) Philip Seymour Hoffman directs and stars in the story of two couples, one at the start of a blissful romance, the other concluding an unsatisfying marriage. ● The Kids Are All Right (1:44) The happy household of gay couple Julianne Moore and Annette Bening is upended when the sperm-donor daddy of their two kids drops by for a visit. ● Last Train from Home (1:27) Acclaimed documentary follows two Chinese migrant workers as they make their way to their rural village in time for New Year’s. ● Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (1:30) An itchy young owlet gets his shot at glory when he takes on a band of totally evil avians. ● Machete (1:45) Robert Rodriguez actioner about a rogue Mexican cop on the run from feds and assassins in the scorching American Southwest. ● Mademoiselle Chambon (1:41) French romantic dramedy about the budding attraction between a provincial schoolteacher and a happily married carpenter. ● Mao’s Last Dancer (1:57) Bruce Beresford biopic of ballerina extraordinaire Li Cunxin, who began her career at age 11 in Madame Mao’s Beijing Dance Academy. ● Nanny McPhee Returns The awesome au pair is back and better than ever, enlisting an animatronic statue and an agile piglet to inflict a series of life lessons on her unwary charges. ● Phèdre (2:30) Helen Mirren stars in Jean Racine’s tragedy of dark desire and forbidden longing, beamed live from London’s National Theatre. ● Race to Nowhere Achievement-obsessed parents and their (often tragically) beleaguered children are the subjects of this powerful documentary. ● Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D (1:36) Alice the Zombie-Slayer is back, leading her virus-free followers to the safe haven of...Los Angeles?!? ● The Sicilian Girl (1:50) True story of a mobster’s daughter who broke the Mafia’s code of silence to testify against her father’s killers. ● The Tillman Story (1:34) Tough documentary look at the football star-turned-soldier whose death by friendly fire was manipulated into a propaganda free-for-all. ● The Town (2:05) Ben Affleck directs and stars in the story of a ruthless bank robber who unwittingly falls in love with a former hostage; Rebecca Hall and Jon Hamm costar. ● The Virginity Hit (1:26) Four buddies employ the Internet, porn stars and one another in a desperate attempt to (finally) get laid. ● Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2:07) Gordon Gecko is back and fresh out of the slammer, taking his future son-in-law under his wing and seeking redemption...or is he?; Oliver Stone directs Michael Douglas, natch. ● You Again (1:45) Sigourney Weaver, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kristin Chenoweth and Betty White lead the ensemble in a comedy about high school rivalries that never, ever go away. ✹

›› MOViE TiMES Alpha and Omega (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:35, 1:45, 4:20; 3D showtimes at 12:30, 2:45, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:15, 4:30, 7:10, 9:30 Sun 4:30, 7:10, 9:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:50, 4:25, 6:40, 9 Sun-Thu 1:50, 4:25, 6:40 The American (R) ★★ Century Northgate 15: 7:10, 9:40 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:25, 4:30, 7:30, 10 Sun 1:25, 4:30, 7:30 Mon-Thu 4:45, 7:20 Cairo Time (PG) ★★★ Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sun 4:30, 6:30 Mon-Thu 6:30 ❋ Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Thu 7 (filmmaker Pepita Ferrari in person) ❋ Catfish (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:30, 2:55, 5:20, 7:45, 10:15 Sun-Thu 12:30, 2:55, 5:20, 7:45 The Concert (PG-13) Lark Theater: Fri, Sat, Mon, Tue 8 Sun 1:40 Wed 1:40 Thu 3:15 Despicable Me (PG) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 12:40, 3:05, 5:30 Devil (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 12:45, 1:50, 2:55, 4:15, 5:05, 6:20, 7:25, 8:20, 9:25, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:50, 3, 5:20, 8, 10:20 Easy A (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 1, 3:25, 5:50, 6:55, 8:10, 9:15, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:50, 10:10 Eat Pray Love (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 1:05, 6:50 Flipped (PG) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 4:35, 9:55 Get Low (PG-13) ★★★ Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 7, 9:15 Sat

= New Movies This Week

1:30, 4, 7, 9:15 Sun 1:30, 4, 7 Mon-Thu 4, 7 ❋ Howl (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:45, 7, 9:15 Sat 2:15, 4:45, 7, 9:15 Sun 2:15, 4:45 (filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman in person), 7, 9:15 Mon-Thu 7, 9:15 ❋ Jack Goes Boating (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:20, 9:50 SunThu 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:20 The Kids Are All Right (R) ★★★★ CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sat 2:45, 5:10, 7:35, 10 Sun 2:45, 5:10, 7:35 MonThu 5:10, 7:35 ❋ Last Train Home (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Fri-Tue 4, 6 Wed 4 Thu 5:30 ❋ Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (PG) Century Cinema: 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Century Northgate 15: 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:15; 3D showtimes at 11:30, 1:10, 2, 3:40, 4:30, 6:10, 7, 8:40, 9:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:10, 2:35, 5, 7:30, 9:55 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:40, 4:30, 7, 9:20 Sun-Thu 1:40, 4:30, 7 Machete (R) Century Northgate 15: 7:55, 10:20 ❋ Mademoiselle Chambon (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 6:45, 9 Sat-Sun 2, 4:15, 6:45, 9 Mon-Wed 6:45, 9 Thu 9 Mao’s Last Dancer (PG) ★★ CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:45 Sun 1:40, 4:20, 7 Mon-Thu 5, 7:40 Nanny McPhee Returns (PG) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:25, 1:55, 4:25 Phèdre (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Sat 1 ❋ Race to Nowhere (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Thu 7:30 Resident Evil: Afterlife (R)

Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 2:40, 5:15, 7:45, 10:05 The Sicilian Girl (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri, MonWed 8:30 Sat-Sun 1:45, 8:30 The Tillman Story (R) ★★★★ CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sat 2:35, 4:50, 7:05, 9:20 Sun 2:35, 4:50, 7:05 Mon-Thu 4:50, 7:05 The Town (R) ★★★1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:40, 2:40, 5:40, 8:50; digital projection showtimes at 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:05 Sun-Thu 11:40, 2:40, 5:40; digital projection showtimes at 1:10, 4:10, 7:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:25, 2:10, 4:55, 7:40, 10:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:10, 4:10, 7:05, 9:45 Sun-Thu 1:10, 4:10, 7:05 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:10, 6:50, 9:35 Sat 1:15, 4:10, 6:50, 9:35 Sun 1:15, 4:10, 6:50 Mon-Thu 4:10, 6:50 ❋ The Virginity Hit (R) Century Northgate 15: 12, 2:30, 5, 7:35, 10 ❋ Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:05, 12:40, 2:25, 3:50, 5:30, 7, 8:40, 10:10 Sun-Thu 11:05, 12:40, 2:25, 3:50, 5:30, 7 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 1, 2:30, 4, 5:30, 7, 8:30, 10 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:10, 4:10, 7:15, 10:15 Sun 1:10, 4:10, 7:15 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 1:20, 4:15, 7:20 Tiburon Playhouse 3: 4:15, 7:15 Sat-Sun 1, 4:15, 7:15 ❋ You Again (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 12:55, 2:15, 3:30, 4:40, 6, 7:05, 8:30, 9:45 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4, 6:50, 9:30 Sun-Thu 1:30, 4, 6:50

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

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

Legendary San Francisco lawyer Jake Ehrlich (Jon Hamm) defends free speech and Allen Ginsberg in ‘Howl,’ opening Friday at the Rafael.

SEPTEMBER 24 – SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 35


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

F R I D AY S E P T E M B E R 2 4 — F R I D AY O C T O B E R 1 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar Mari Mack, and a few merry ol’ souls, will rock the Throck this Saturday in Mill Valley.

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Live music 09/24: Bill Mize Guitar fingerpicker and composer who did the music for Ken Burns’ documentary on the national parks. With Beth Bramhall, accordion. 8-10:30pm. $15-20. Eric Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon. 789-0846. www.om28.com 09/24: Joshua Smith Trio Jazz. 6:30-9:30pm. No cover. Station House Cafe, 11189 Hwy. 1, Point Reyes Station. 663-1515. www.stationhousecafe.com

09/24: Kathi McDonald and the Coast to Coast Blues Band CD release and birthday party. 8-11:30pm. $15-20. Larkspur Blues and Rock at the American Legion Hall, 500 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 924-1133. www.marinrecords.com. 09/24: Lyn Asher and Cole Tate Blues, rock. 7-10pm. No cover. The Pleasure is Mine, 475 E. Strawberry Dr., Mill Valley. 381-6400. www. thepleasureismine.com 09/24: Miles Schon Band Rock. 8pm. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. www.19broadway.com. 09/24: Petty Theft Tom Petty tribute band. Part of the Concerts Under the Oak series. Oak Plaza, 5800 Northate Mall, San Rafael. 479-5955. www. shopatnorthgate.com. 09/25: Jerry Hannan A favorite local singer/ songwriter performs at the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival. 1:30pm Festival times : 10am-6pm on Sept.

25 and 10am-5pm on Sept. 26. . $5-8, under 12 free. Old Mill Park, Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. www.mvfaf.org.

09/25: Mari Mack and Livin’ Like Kings Local music lovers check out this seven-piece gem performing original songs and blues/soul covers from “kings” of the genre. 8-10:30pm. $20-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org 09/25: Melvin Seals and JGB Jam rock. 9:30pm $20-22. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. www.19broadway.com.

09/25: Mystery Dance With Bonnie and Kevin Hayes,Tim Eschliman, Sean Allen A mysteriously good new quartet performs originals and some they wish they had written. 9pm. $10. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 332-2319. www.presidioyachtclub.org 09/25: New Rising Sons with Boudeeka ’60s dance music. 7-10pm. Taste of Rome, 1001 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-7660. www.taste-of-rome.com 09/25: Sun Kings Beatles tribute band. 8:30pm. $18-20.Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com.

09/26: Butch Whacks and the Glass Packs Last barbecue lawn show of the season. 3pm doors, 4pm music. $25. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 09/26: Danilo y su Orquesta Universal Salsa Sundays. Dance lesson at 3:30pm. 3:30-7pm.

BEST BET Single payer—double the laughs Gandhi once said that a nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members. So as the richest country in the world, it can be utterly baffling that so many in the United States remain with so little— especially when it comes to healthcare. Some go without, while others go with rising co-payments. Others, still, demand the universal healthcare that countries like Canada, Australia and even Taiwan currently have in place. ...and they’re not going to take it anymore! Among the single-payer advocates are the uninsured, numerous human-rights proponents and physician performers—the MAD AS HELL DOCTORS! Last year, the Mad As Hell Doctors, a humorous and informative troupe of healthcare providers, took their show on the road to inform the greater public of healthcare issues in a less-than-conventional way. The Mad As Hell Doctors, it seems, have a lot to be mad as hell about and share their thoughts with satirical songs, skits, video clips and a question-and-answer with audience members. Join the Mad As Hell Doctors, along with state Sen. Mark Leno and political satirist Will Durst, for a pre-show reception and an evening of information, laughs and healthcare advocacy. Saturday, Sept. 25, 3:45pm, Guzman Hall, Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 415/257-0191. Free. —Dani Burlison 36 PACIFIC SUN SEPTEMBER 24 - SEPTEMBER 30, 2010

Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 09/26: Dr. Elmo and Wild Blue Bluegrass. At the Mill Valley Fall Arts Fest. 2-3pm. $5-8., under 12 free. Old Mill Park, 320 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 381-8090. www.mvfaf.org 09/26: Music for Martin 7pm. $20-25. American Association for Cancer Research benefit performance. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org

09/26: Samuka and the Wild Tribe Band Brazilian/samba. 9pm. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. www.19broadway.com. 09/26: Tim Weed & Friends Banjo master Tim Weed’s trio of multi-instrumentalists plays Americana, world music and jazz. 5-8pm. No cover. Station House Cafe, 11180 State Route 1, Point Reyes Station. 663-1515. www.stationhousecafe.com

09/28: Terrence Brewer with Max Perkoff Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www. panamahotel.com 09/29: Liz Stires and Kettle of Fish Acoustic folk. 9pm. Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com. 09/29: Lori Carsillo Trio Jazz standards and originals. With Sam Bevan, bass; Jay Stapleton, guitar. 7:30-10:30pm. Free. Caffe DiVino, 37 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 331-9355. www.caffedivinosausalito.com 09/29: Paulus Schafer Gypsy/jazz guitar. The adorable Zazi Trio opens. 8pm.$20-23. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org 09/30: Grandpa Banana Band Americana. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 09/30: Jazz Philosophy Trio With Naim Satya. 7-10pm. No cover. Servino’s, 9 Main St., Tiburon. 435-2676. www.servino.com 09/30: Manring, Kassin, Darter Jazz/ world/fusion power trio. 8pm $12-21. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org 09/30: Rubber Souldiers Beatles tribute. Featuring Lorin Rowan and David Gans. 8pm. George's, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 09/30: Setchko and Meese Acoustic duo. 9pm. Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com. 09/30: Wanda Stafford Trio Jazz. 6-9pm. No cover. Jasons Restaurant, 300 Drakes Landing Road,

Greenbrae,. 925-0808. www.jasonsrestaurant.com 10/01: Jose Neto Acoustic guitar. 8-10:30pm. No cover. Whipper Snapper Restaurant, 1613 Fourth St., San Rafael. 256-1818. www.whipsnap.biz 10/01: Lonesome Roses Folk-pop duo. Liz Ryder opens. 8-10:30pm. Free. Max’s Cafe, 60 Corte Madera Blvd, Corte Madera. www.maxsworld.com 10/01: The Mighty Kevin Russell Solo acoustic guitar. In the bar. 8pm. $12. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com

Concerts 09/24: Vox Populi Rock choir performs the entire “Abbey Road” Beatles album live. 8pm. $18-25. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com 09/26: Corte Madera Town Band Part of the Town Center Summer Music Series, 2-4pm. Free. Town Center, West side of Highway 101 at the Tamalpais Drive exit, Corte Madera. www.shoptowncenter.com 09/26: New Century Chamber Orchestra Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg conducts a program of works by Shostakovich, Mahler, Rossini, Bottesini. With Edgar Meyer, bass. 5pm. $29-49. Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 357-1111. www.ncco.org

Theater/Auditions 09/25:‘Celebration of Creativity’ Write On! writers will share words, music and a puppet show. 7-10pm. Free. Enterprise Center, 3270 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael. 460-1912. www.writeonworkshops.org 09/26:‘Yes Sweet Can’ Sweet Can Productions presents its latest theatrical circus which will feature live music and innovative acrobatics. 4pm. $15-25. Bolinas Community Center, 14 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 273-4633. www.sweetcanproductions.com 09/30-10/24:‘Intimate Apparel’ AlterTheater Ensemble presents Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s play about an African-American seamstress in 1905 who creates lingerie for prostitutes and society women. 8pm Thurs.-Sun. 8-10:15pm. $25. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-2787. www.altertheater.org Extended through 10/10:‘In the Red and Brown Water’ Part one of “The Brother/Sister Plays Trilogy.” West Coast Premiere by Tarell Alvin


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Through 10/07: Catherine Moreno Retrospective Landscape works from the late 1990s to the present. 10am-6pm. Free. Catherine Moreno, 487 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. www.cathmoreno.com

Through 10/18:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Flotsam and Jetsamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Art Exhibit An astonishing assortment of found objects from the shorelines of S.F. Bay have been recreated into art by artists Peter Tonningsen and Mark Olivier. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.usace. army.mil/bmvc/index.html

Through 10/24: Zea Morvitz, Madeline Nieto Hope, Anne-Katrin Spiess, and Vickisa â&#x20AC;&#x153;12 Views from the Countryside.â&#x20AC;? Morvitz, Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fest packed in plenty of bodies, souls...

Fall is here! Along with the changing colors of the beautiful Marin landscape come shorter days, cooler weather and cozy sweaters. And germs. And colds. And late nights with sniffling, sneezing kids. Luckily, the FAIRFAX BODY AND SOUL FESTIVAL provides a head start on the cold season by sharing the abundance of health-oriented products, practitioners and activities that Marin County has to offer. Whether its yoga, karate, Tai Chi or soul-centered music that balances your chakras and keeps you healthy and strong, or you just simply need to stock up on the latest nutritional supplements or find a new chiropractor, Fairfax Body and Soul is sure to be the best one-stop center for a healthy start to the autumn season. The festival also includes workshops, raffle prizes, food demos and fun activities for the kids. Saturday, Sept. 25, 11-6pm, Peri Park, 46 Park St., Fairfax. $5. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Dani Burlison

Through 09/25:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Antony and Cleopatraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Love story about a powerful man derailed by the enchantment of a powerful woman. See website for showtimes. $20-35. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 1475 Grand Ave., San Rafael. 459-4488. www.marinshakespeare.org

Through 09/26:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Taming of the Shrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Cast off with Marin Shakespeare for a swashbuckling romp for all ages with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pirates of the Caribbeanâ&#x20AC;? setting. See website for show times. $20-35. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 1475 Grand Ave., San Rafael. 499-4488 . www.marinshakespeare.org

Through 10/03:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Philadelphia Storyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Novato Theater Company presents the classic 1939 comic play that made Katherin Hepburn a star. 8pm Thurs.-Sat. 3pm matinee on Sun. $12-22. Novato Theater Company Playhouse, 484 Ignacio Blvd., Novato. 883-4498. www.novatotheatercompany.org Through 10/17:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;November â&#x20AC;&#x2DC; Ross Valley Players presents David Mametâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s political comedy about bad behavior in high places. James Dunn directs. Visit website for performance dates and special events. 8pm. $15-25. Ross Valley Playersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Barn Theatre, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555. www.rossvalleyplayers.com

Comedy 09/24: Marinprov This Marin homegrown improv troupe will creates comedic theater from scratch with help from the audience. 8-10pm. $10. Studio 333, 333 Caledonia, Sausalito. 488-6820 www.marinprov.com 09/25 and 10/02: Fall In to Comedy Improv Play creative games, create scenes, songs, poems and dances spontaneously. Learn how improvisation can positively influence your life. Noon-2pm. $17. Elan Fitness Center, 230 Greenfield Ave., San Anselmo. 256-2470. www.elanfitness.com 09/25: Mark Pitta Live entertainment at the Fall Arts Festival will include a set with Mill Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite funny man. 2:30-3:15pm. $5-8, under 12 free. Old Mill Park, 320 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 381-8090. www.mvfaf.org

Art 09/25-12/31:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;All Over The Place(s)â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Dana Kelly, travel and landscape photography. Reception 5:30-7pm Sept. 25 in the Gallery. 5:30-7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 09/25-26: Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival Long running and highly competitive juried art festival with fine art, live music and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entertainment set in a lovely redwood grove. 10am-5pm. $5-8, under 12 free. Old Mill Park, 320 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 381-8090. www.mvfaf.org

10/01-27:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Colorful Women and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Scapesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Group exhibition. Opening reception 6-8pm Oct. 1. Free. Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 459-2981. www.cityofmillvalley.org Through 09/25: TeamWorks Art Exhibit Collection of collaborative works by students under the direction of teachers from Marin Arts TeamWorks. 11am-6pm Wed.-Sun. Free. Marin Arts Council Gallery, 906 4th St., San Rafael. 666-2442. www.marinarts.org Through 09/26:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Present and Pastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Marj Burgstahler Stone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Work, Wood and Clay.â&#x20AC;? Rick Yoshimoto. Free. Bolinas Gallery, 52 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 669-1418. www.bolinasmuseum.org Through 09/30:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Artistic Sausalitoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Free exhibit featuring original works by artists from the 1940s and â&#x20AC;&#x2122;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

Through 09/30: Northern CA Landscape Exhibition Painting, drawing and photography group show. 10am-5pm. Free. Robert Allen Fine Art, 301 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 331-2800. www.robertallenfineart.com

Through 10/02: Marin Society of Artists Fall Rental Show Artworks to rent from the MSA Gallery. 11-4pm. Free. Fall Rental Show, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 454 -9561. www.marinsocietyofartists.org

Through 10/03: 6th Annual Fall National Juried Exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Speaking of Solitude,â&#x20AC;? Juried by SFMOMA artists gallery director Maria Medua. Free. MarinMOCA, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137. www.marinmoca.org

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Talks/Lectures 09/26: Climate Change Update Al Gore trained presenters will share information they received at the national update on Climate Change. Learn how you can be part of the solution, personally and politically 7:30-10pm. Donation. Sunrise Center, 645 Tamalpais Dr., Suite A, Corte Madera. 924-7824. www.sunrise-center.org With speaker James Swan of Snow Goose Productions. Screening of a documentary film created while traveling with game wardens. 7-8:30pm. Free. Tamalpis Valley Community Center, 23 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393. www.tcs.us 09/29: World Affairs Council Meeting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is Russia Becoming a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Normalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Country?â&#x20AC;? With UCBerkeley Eurasia/East Europe Program Director Prof. Edward W Walker. Coffee and cookies served. Reservations required. 7:30-9pm. $6-9, students free. Dominican University, Creekside Room, Caleruega Dining Hall, San Rafael. 293-4600. www.dominican.edu

09/24: Daniel Kehlmann Kehlmann discusses his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fame: A Novel in Nine Episodes.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 09/25: Dam Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Big Pulitzer-winning author Michael Hiltzik presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Colossus: Hoover Dam and the Making of the American Century.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 09/25: Hand To Mouth "Words Spoken Out: Series #33" readings from Marin poet laureate CB

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09/30: Monkey Mystery Author Sara Gruen presents her mystery novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ape House.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/01: Brain Challenge Gary Gruber discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 200 Hardest Brain Teasers: MindBoggling Puzzles, Problems, and Curious Questions to Sharpen Your Brain.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/01: Emma Donoghue The author presents her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Room.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. bookpassage.com 10/01: Off the Reich-ter Scale Robert Reich discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aftershock: The Next Economy and Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Future.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free, preferred seating with book purchase. Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. www.dominican.edu

Film Events 09/25: NT Live: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Phedreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Helen Mirren takes the title role in this National Theatre production of a play by Jean Racine. 1-4pm. $30. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 924-5111. www.larktheater.net 09/30: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Race to Nowhereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Close-up documentary look at the pressures on todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s students, offering an intimate view of lives packed with activities, leaving little room for down-time or family time. Q&A panel 7:30pm. $10. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 924-5111. www.larktheater.net

Community Events (Misc.) Through 09/26: International Aiki Peace Week Classes in peace building. Sponsored by Aikido of Marin. All classes are free to public and emphasize aikidoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s peace building potential. Free. Aikido of Marin, 765-C Center Blvd., Fairfax. 457-9248. www. aikidoofmarin.com

09/23-26: 11th Annual Oktoberfest by the Bay Bust out the lederhosen for some German cuisine, beer authentic live German music and social dancing. Fun for the whole dirndl family. 11am-

BEST BET It took a village Long before Marin City became the proud and enigmatic community it is today, the land was home to a quiet dairy farm. In the 1940s, however, Marin Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population exploded. With Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1941 entrance into World War II came an industry that would forever change the landscape and demographic of southern Marin. With its ideal location along the shores of the San Francisco Bay, Marin City was born and became the leading ship-building community of the decade. By 1942, housing construction expanded in order to accommodate the estimated 10,000 people who flocked to the Bay Area to work for Marinship, building ships for the new war. Former and cur- Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a riveting Marinship and Marin City reunion at the Embassy Suites in rent residents of Marin City will be honored at the San Rafael this weekend. event, OUR VILLAGE, which includes dinner, film, music and an oral history of a forgotten time in Marin history when people of all ages and races worked together for the common good of the country. Saturday, Sept. 25, 5pm, Embassy Suites Hotel, 101 McInnis Parkway, San Rafael. $35- $75 and free for any current or past residents who lived in Marin City before 1950. 213/683-5333. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Dani Burlison


OPENING NIGHT Thursday, October 7 Conviction with Sam Rockwell In Person The King’s Speech with Director Tom Hooper In Person Opening Night Gala Follows at Mill Valley Community Center SPOTLIGHT EVENTS Friday, October 8 Biutiful with Director Alejandro González Iñárritu In Person Reception follows at Sabor of Spain Sunday, October 17 127 Hours with James Franco In Person Pre-reception at 1:30 at Frantoio Ristorante & Olive Oil Co.

TRIBUTES Saturday, October 9 Stone with Edward Norton In Person Reception at Piatti Ristorante & Bar Thursday, October 14 Annette Bening In Person Reception Follows at Frantoio Ristorante & Olive Oil Co. CENTERPIECE Sunday, October 10 Miral with Director Julian Schnabel In Person Reception Follows at San Rafael Joe’s CLOSING NIGHT Sunday, October 17 The Debt with Jessica Chastain and Director John Madden In Person Closing Night Gala Follows at Kerner Studios Pacific Sun

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cer foundation benefit will honor and celebrate the lives of women and men diagnosed with breast cancer at their annual gala and fashion show. 5:30pm-midnight. $210. Marin Center Exhibit Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 455-5882. www.tocelebratelife.org. 09/25: Fairfax Body and Soul Festival Health and wellness themed event will include live music, speakers, free classes, organic food, kids activities and fun, health & wellness marketplace. 11am-6pm. $5, under 12 free. Peri Park, 46 Park Road, Fairfax. 450-0110. www.fairfaxbodyandsoul.com 09/25: Stretch for the Cure All level yoga class, beginners welcome. All donations go to cancer research. 10am-11:15am. $5-10 suggested donation Email Stacie at info@sunlightyoga.com for directions. In Larkspur. 939-9642. www.sunlightyoga.com 09/25: Qi Gong Sound Healing Learn meditation, movement, and sound healing for emotional transformation and pain management. 10am-5pm. $30-$50. Marin Veteran's Memorial Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. (707) 347-6489. www.chicenter.com. 09/25: Sausalito Floating Homes Tour 11am4pm. Self-guided tours of 19 floating homes. $35-40. Meet at Gateway Shopping Center in Marin City to pick up a shuttle to the waterfront. 332-1916. www.floatinghomes.org

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09/26: Annual San Anselmo Country Fair Day & Parade Fire House Pancake Breakfast: 7am.

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Country Fair: 10am-3pm. Parade: 11am. 7am-3pm. Free. 525 San Anselmo Ave, Downtown, San Anselmo. 258-4661. www.townofsananselmo.org

Through 12/31: Louise A. Boyd Exhibition Learn the history of a local historical gold heiress/ arctic adventurer who was described by press as “The Girl Who Tamed The Arctic.” 11am-4pm. Free. Marin History Museum’s Boyd Gate House, 1125 B St., San Rafael. 454-8538. www.marinhistory.org

Kid Stuff 09/24: Film Night in the Park Presents “Wall-E.” (2009). Popcorn, candy and sodas will be sold. Bring blankets, pillows, backrest and low chairs. Film Night suggests leaving pets at home. 8-10:30pm. Donations appreciated. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 272-2756. www.filmnight.org

09/25-26: Puppets, Magic, Music and More Featuring the Fratello Marionettes, stories with Georgia Churchill, magic with Benny Bendini and music with Dave Fromer. 10:30am-5pm. $5-8, under 12 free. Old Mill Park, 320 Throckmorton Ave.. 381-8090. www.mvfaf.org 09/25: A.R. Silverberry The award-winning author will read from “Wyndano’s Cloak,” his fantasy novel for ages 9 and older. 2-4pm. Free. Borders Books, 588 Francisco Blvd West, San Rafael. www. borders.com

09/25: International Au Pair and Family Day Families and au pairs from 15 different countries will gather for a picnic. Event features interactive activities and games, food and socializing to promote international childcare and the benefits of this cultural exchange 11am-2pm. Free. Corte Madera Town Park, 498 Tamalpais Dr., Corte Madera. 888-3281. 09/26:‘Artemis Rocks Show!’ With Artemis Fowl in person, live music, video, interview with Colfer, booksigning. Eoin Colfer delivers a fastpaced and hilarious adventure in “Atlantis Com40 PACIFIC SUN SEPTEMBER 24 - SEPTEMBER 30, 2010

09/25: Autumn on the Rift Trail Celebrate the start of fall with a 5 mile walk through an earthquake rift valley. Hike is especially suited for beginning plant enthusiasts. Meet at the Bear Valley/Rift Trail trailhead near visitors center parking lot. 10am2pm. Free. California Native Plant Society, Pt. Reyes. 320-9229. www.mari.edu/cnps

09/25: Knowing Nature for Fall Equinox Honor the earth elements and equinox with a group practice of Desikchar style yoga integrating body, breath, voice, and mind. 2-4pm. $25. Green Gulch, 1601 Shoreline Hwy., Muir Beach. 389-8165. www. knowingnature.blogspot.com Tuesdays: Outdoor Fitness, 50+ Enjoy the outdoors with an energizing workout, hike and meditation. Meet at Fairfax Parkade to carpool to Lake Lagunitas, Tuesdays, 5-7pm. Lead by yoga teacher Libby Darda-Sherwood. 5-7pm. $7. Fairfax Parkade, Downtown, Fairfax. 456-3341.

Home and Garden Through 10/31: Marin Open Garden Project Veggie Exchange Wow, you grew that? Amaz-

Food and Drink Tuesdays: Tamalpais Valley Farmers Market Local and regional farmers and food purveyors will showcase their high quality, seasonal bounty of organic and specialty foods. 3-7pm. Free. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393. www.tcsd.us

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›› STARSTREAM by Lynda Ray

Week of September 23-September 29, 2010

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) A Harvest Moon in your sign helps you reflect on the plans you set for yourself 6 months ago. Have you accomplished any of your birthday goals? If not, focus on the ones that are worthy of being completed and let the other ones go. Meanwhile, your sense of independence is admirable, but sometimes unrealistic. The emphasis on relationships for the next two years keeps you involved no matter how strong your desire to break free. Necessary lessons can be learned through love. Like it or not. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) The moon in your comfort-loving sign makes it a weekend for relaxation. You may not be inspired to start that new online home business for extra cash, nor will you be gung ho about hitting the gym for an hour or two of weight training. Cooking, however, should be an appealing project—assuming you have someone to clean up after you. Tuesday is the day to get real about how much stuff you have and how much you actually need. Pack the unused stuff up and call a charity—now, before you get attached to it again. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Your ruler (clever Mercury) has been traveling through the picky sign of Virgo for an extended period of time. Because of this, you are a little more critical than usual. You over-analyze your projects at work. You give too much advice to your sweetie about everything from haircuts to driving habits. Try to chill. Meantime, the playful sun has joined serious Saturn in your house of self-expression. As many people already think you have a split personality, this may not make a notable difference... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Thursday’s Harvest Moon lights up your career house, giving you extra insight into how to balance a happy home life with a successful professional one. You continue to play seesaw over the weekend when a good friend requests your presence at the same time that your lover is beckoning. Logic overcomes emotions on Tuesday, which makes this a great day to discuss touchy subjects with family members. And, who knows? Maybe your older sister will finally admit that she backed over your bicycle when she was learning to drive. LEO (July 22 - Aug. 22) Now that your ruler (the bold sun) is occupying the relationship-oriented sign of Libra, there is no reason to feel shy. If you’re dating, but would like to commit to more, you are now brave enough to say so. If you’re single, but have your eye on someone, you are able to make an overture. If you’re attached, but really want to move on, you are capable of making a break. As for your job, you’re likely to get into a power struggle with a coworker this week. OK. Sometimes saying what is on your mind is NOT such a great idea. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept.r 21) You are torn between wanting to spend money on things that entertain you and being responsible about saving your hard earned dollars. On one hand, you look at the current uncertainty in the economy. On the other hand, you know that ignoring the sunny days while saving for a rainy one is not always the best idea. You do not want to regret missed opportunities for enjoyment, but you also don’t want to leave yourself vulnerable to a financial collapse. Life in the 21st century, where security is even more fleeting than fame. LIBRA (Sept. 22 - Oct. 22) The full moon in your relationship house offers romantic possibilities through Friday. As you are in the birthday spotlight, you are understandably happy to experience an enhanced love life. Be aware, however, that you may attract someone who finds it difficult to share you with anyone else—even your most platonic pals. If a new amour suggests abandoning your crowded birthday party in order to have your undivided attention, bells should start to ring. And I definitely don’t mean wedding bells. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) Your popularity continues to soar as charming Venus and daring Mars remain in your personality house. You are persuasive and skilled—a combination that puts you ahead of the competition. This is relevant whether you are applying for a job or attempting to convince a potential new love that you are the partner of their dreams. Speaking of dreams, the creative sun has entered your imagination house. How perfect. You have a month to come up with a dramatic Halloween costume AND a list of birthday wishes. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 20) When the sun lights up the sector of your chart ruling plans for the future, it is time to formulate a concept for your ideal life. Go beyond career success and include everything—where you want to live, with whom you want to spend your time, and what you need to guarantee happiness. It wouldn’t hurt to add a list of countries you want to visit or schools you’d like to attend. For Sagittarius, broadening your horizons should always be on the agenda. CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 - Jan. 18) Sometimes you need to be reminded that all work and no play makes Capricorn a dull goat. Fortunately, for the next few weeks your friends are happy to distract you from an overabundance of ambition. Don’t worry that you will lose ground if you take time to frolic in the fall. You have a couple of planetary powerhouses operating in the background keeping your place on the ladder to success. As for your professional goals, follow up on a clever idea for promoting your agenda on Tuesday. Once that’s done, it’s playtime again... AQUARIUS (Jan. 19 - Feb. 17) Your ruler (unruly Uranus) continues to travel in the company of free-spirited Jupiter. The chance of having a placid or stable life right now is slim to none. The key to getting the full benefit of this lucky combination is simply staying open to serendipity experiences. Sticking to the status quo is not only boring, it is also denying yourself the potential for an unexpected windfall or a sudden infatuation. My advice? Keep a backpack by the door and be ready for anything. PISCES (Feb. 18 - March 19) Sometimes falling in lust with someone who is just-a-friend works out splendidly. Of course, this usually happens in a Hollywood movie and not in real life. You often have trouble telling the two apart. In any case, when this pal is in fact already attached to another pal, trouble ensues. So, if you are “tempted by the fruit of another,” please back off. You have entered a long phase of karmic payments in regards to friendship. Let’s try to keep yours in the positive column. ✹ Email Lynda Ray at cosmicclues@gmail.com or check out her website at www.lyndarayastrology.com 42 PACIFIC SUN SEPTEMBER 24 – SEPTEMBER 30, 2010

PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010124776 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PRIOLO & CO., 80 THROCKMORTON AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: SUSAN PRIOLO, 11 CRESCENT LANE, FAIRFAX, CA 94930; CARL PRIOLO, 11 CRESCENT LANE, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 19, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 19, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124792 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LITTLE MOVEMENTS DAY CARE, 424 WILLIAM AVE., LARKSPUR, CA 94939: ANN LASHELLE-SALVETTI, 424 WILLIAM AVE., LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 20, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124790;1-4 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SEQUOIA FILMS;MADRONE POST; PLUTO ENTERTAINMENT; SUNRISE RENTALS, 155 N. REDWOOD DR. #250, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: INDIGO FILMS ENTERTAINMENT GROUP INC., 155 N. REDWOOD DR. #250, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. 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 August 20, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124705; 1-2 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as KEY PROPERTY; KEY BAY PROPERTY, 700 LARKSPUR LANDING CIRCLE #199, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: BONNIE R. LEVINE, 16 CASTLEWOOD DR., 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 August 10, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124820 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NOBLE BUILDERS, 233 PRINCE ROYAL DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: NOBLE QUAIL CORP., 233 PRINCE ROYAL DR., 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 August 25, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124819 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ROSS PLUMBING, 233 PRINCE ROYAL DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: NOBLE QUAIL CORP., 233 PRINCE ROYAL DR., 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 August 25, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124837 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CHEZ SUZANNE, 268 PRINCETON AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: SUSAN PRIDMORE, 268 PRINCETON AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 27, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124855 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MICRO-MED SERVICES, 2400 LAS GALLINAS AVE. SUITE 165, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: THOMAS ATTARDI, 2400 LAS GALLINAS AVE. SUITE 165, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 31, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 31, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124870 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as APPETIZER MEDIA, 1 BLACKFIELD DR. #402, TIBURON, CA 94920: SHIFFCO, INC., 1 BLACKFIELD DR. #402, TIBURON, CA 94920. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 1, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 10, 17, 24; October 1, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124875 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as A FORCE OF NATURE, 111-C STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MYRA JEAN PANALIGAN, 111-C STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 12, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 1, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 10, 17, 24; October 1, 2010) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304221 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the Marin County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Fictitious Business name(s): PINK LILY, 111-C STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: January 12, 2009. Under File No: 119589. Registrant’s Name(s): MYRA J. PANALIGAN, 111-C STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on September 1, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 10, 17, 24; October 1, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124737 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PAGE LARKIN EVENTS, #1 WEATHERLY DR. #204, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: KERRY DALY, #1 WEATHERLY DR. #204, 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 August 13, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 10, 17, 24; October 1, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124857 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DOVETAIL COLLABORATION, 15 SAUSALITO BLVD., SAUSALITO, CA 94965: KARE ANDERSON, 15 SAUSALITO BLVD., SAUSALITO, CA 94965; KRIS SCHAEFFER, 200 VAN NESS AVE. #162, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. This business is being conducted by a 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 August 31, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 10, 17, 24; October 1, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124859 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SAX, 629 SAN ANSELMO AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: JENNIFER D. HANSEN, 205 G STREET, PETALUMA, CA 94952. 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 August 31, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 17, 24; October 1, 8, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010124944 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CL GODDARD FINANCIAL SERVICES, 101 LOMITA DR., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: CYNTHIA GODDARD, 101 LOMITA DR., 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on September 13, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 17, 24; October 1, 8, 2010)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124873 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as JAHAIRA’S BOUTIQUE, 50 A BELVEDERE ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JUANA I. CANO, 9 COLEEN CT., SAN PABLO, CA 94806. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on September 1, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 17, 24; October 1, 8, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125001 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FLAGSHIP MOVERS, 2A BRIDGE STREET, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: GREGORY ALEXANDER KURTZ, 540 DONALD STREET, SONOMA, CA 95476. 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 September 20, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 24; October 1, 8, 15, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124963 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MIA’S BOUTIQUE, 608 3RD STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: GABRIELA CANUS, 15 LA BREA WAY #15, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 16, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 24; October 1, 8, 15, 2010)

997 All Other Legals AMENDED ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. JV 24869A. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MICHAEL DEHNERT filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: OLIVIA DAWN GARDNER to LEILANI LABOURDETTE. 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: October 19, 2010, 1:30PM, Dept. A, Room A, 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: August 24, 2010 /s/ Hal E. Goldfine, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: September 10, 17, 24; October 1, 2010) PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. MINI STORAGE SAN ANSELMO according to the provisions of Division 8 of the California Business and Professional Code, Chapter 10, Section 21707(a) hereby gives NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. MINI STORAGE SAN ANSELMO will conduct a public sale of the contents of the storage units named below, with the contents being sold for lawful money of the United States of America. The Sale is being held to satisfy an OWNER’S LIEN and will be held at: MINI STORAGE IN SAN ANSELMO, 208 GREENFIELD AVENUE. The property will be sold to the highest bidder on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010 at 2:00PM. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415) 332-6520, Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number: STEPHEN MARTINEZ: UNIT #358; BENTLEY NELSON: UNIT #075; BENTLEY NELSON: UNIT #054; TAMERA FREEMAN: UNIT #331. Pacific Sun: (September 24; October 1, 2010) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304223 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on

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Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m 23, and my girlfriend of a couple months is 20. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m taller than her, although Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m only 5-foot-7, and very thin (I weigh less than she does). Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mentioned several times that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never been with somebody so thin, making me think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a problem for her. I just have the feeling that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that turned on by me. I know Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not as big as my guy friends, and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to be as big to get their respect. Could this be a childish hangup sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll outgrow? While Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never threaten to break up if sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s simply not in the mood (which she seems to not be a lot), I need the physical to go with the emotional. There must be something I can do to spice up our love life. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Slim Jim

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From the way your girlfriendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been talking, your best bet for spicing up your love life is trying new things in bed, like the Double Down. Unfortunately, that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t some tantric maneuver, but the new KFC sandwich with bacon and melted cheese between two fried chicken patties. Dating a really skinny guy can make even thin women feel huge (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do I look fat in this relationship?â&#x20AC;?). Women seem to have an evolved preference for men with characteristics that suggest physical dominance. Numerous studies show that almost all women prefer men who are taller than they are. And even though the only bear youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re likely to encounter these days is the little plastic one your honey comes in, many women want men who are built like theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have some chance of slaying a real oneâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as opposed to taking one look, scaling the woman like a tree, and whimpering, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donnnnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hurrrrt meeee!â&#x20AC;? Sure, your guy friends are ďŹ ne with your body sizeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;because when they hang out with you, they might wake up hung over, not naked and spooning you with their face pressed into your back hair. Skinny guys can make up for a lack of beeďŹ ness by trying to date even skinnier women, or by muscling upâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not to cartoon proportions; just so theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re more cruel Adonis than human breadstick. As for your recent sexual dry spell, there does come a time in a relationship when the old sex life cools down, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not supposed to happen anywhere near the three-week mark. Maybe your girlfriendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that into sex, maybe sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that into sex with a guy built like you. She may like you, respect you and want to want you, but lust doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work that way. You just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t train yourself to be attracted to a person like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d train yourself to rollerblade or master the subjunctive. There are women out there whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be really attracted to you and wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to keep their hands off youâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;at the very least, for the ďŹ rst few months. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll probably drop little suggestions about stuff that bugs them, too, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be stuff like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t snap your gumâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave the toilet seat up,â&#x20AC;? not â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be 5-foot-7.â&#x20AC;?

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Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a successful, attractive 40-year-old man with a great job that often has me attending social functions where I meet great women who hit on me and hint at going on a date. The thing is, I have no interest in a long-term relationship, but it seems jerky and presumptuous to say upon meeting, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really cool, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not looking for anything serious.â&#x20AC;? But, what if a date leads to crunch time on a womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sofa? Do I pause the action early on and make a public service announcement? Waiting till afterward seems unfair. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Good-Time Charlie

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