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›› LETTERS De-signing women I am selling the family summer home in Forest Knolls, as it’s just me and my sister now. She is mentally challenged from birth and in her 70s. And I look after all her needs, as both parents are deceased. I want to thank the “snoop sisters” who complained about the two For Sale signs and called the real estate agency about it. One sign is at the bottom of Barranca, at the property line. The other sign is at the intersection of Sir Francis Drake and Arroya Road. They removed the pole, even though other real estate agencies do post and have been all along. Then they complained about the grass not being cut, of course they mixed up our property with someone else’s—our is done yearly at Easter time for years. So how can I advertise the property for sale on the main road? Perhaps these are the same individuals who in past months stole the brass dinner bell my parents had there for years? SHAME ON THEM ALL. Walter Schivo, Novato

Together, till the last roundup Thank your for printing my letter to the editor [“It’s Like They Say... 4 Billion’s Company, 7 Billion’s a Crowd,” May 6]. I understand the Editor’s Note regarding what writer Dani Burlison was trying to point out in her story on GMOs [“Dinner Straights,” April 29]. I can see that what I said could be interpreted to mean that Burlison was suggesting that what corporations do so well is provide “... an abundant supply of food and eradicating hunger across the globe,” etc. What I was trying to point out, given the urgency of the need

to feed millions of people (and many more millions to come), is the lack of economically effective alternatives, and the enormous opportunity for financial gain, Monsanto is “...just doing what agribusiness corporations do.” Of course, as you wrote, “no one is against those theoretical and utopian outcomes championed by the GMO proponents.” That’s another reason why Monsanto is in business to, quoting Ruth Stafford Peale, the wife of Norman Vincent Peale, “Find a need and fill it.” And this, no matter the long-term cost to us (which includes them). We’re all in this together.


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MSS: The smartest guys in the recyclery Marin Sanitary Service’s rate increase of the last two years of nearly 14 percent—when the economy is barely growing—is outrageous. Indeed, following in the steps of Enron’s debacle, the doubling and quadrupling living costs is why I’m moving from Marin. No one needs to pay over $100 a year to put decaying food in a stinking garbage can, instead of composting their own. Paying for the large, heavy, plastic garbage cans is unecological. Julia Bearden, Marin (but not for long)

Housing... on the Orient Express? While county officials are split on political boundaries with neighboring counties—San Francisco, East Bay or Sonoma—ABAG professionals came to Marin Embassy Suites on May 11 to conduct the process of regional visioning, “to get from here to there.” The public mood of the some 100 attendees was one of fear of manipulation. Electronic gadgetry

was used to garner conclusions about SMART train for Novato and San Rafael, along with high-density, walk-to-work multifamily housing. Large homes with spacious gardens were given a low priority. Twentieth-century accomplishment and quality of life was ignored in favor of pockets of heavy urban concentrations. Wow! What a drop in quality of life and decline in “standard of living.” No mention was made of working-class creativity or small business or the lack of a Marin County economy to pay for high-density development and mass transportation from outside the county. Who pays and who benefits was not part of the discussion. Walk to work, work off stress on bicycles, shop at Big Box stores, and sit in small, look-alike apartments is the ABAG future for coming generations of new Marinites? What a regional solution for creating an Oriental formula for national diminished capacity! Are we doomed to copy the big cities of Japan, China and others to generate foreign investment? ABAG should stay away from Marin and follow its own advice: “Meeting the needs of current generations without harming the ability of future generations to meet their needs too.” This need can be met by allowing local honest brokers to estimate housing types and targets, and develop transportation types and carriers appropriate geographically. ABAG should stick to accurately reporting for the region what accomplishments are achieved on creative progress and organic development of service area populations of the Bay Area. Old prescriptive planning technology of the 20th century is not in keeping with bright, young capable workforces coming together to design economies of scale to support their own housing and transportation needs. That is where sustainable development will come from. Basia Crane, Kentfield

‘Poop’ dispute sullies repute Allow me to reassure all parents dealing with potty training that Taro Gomi’s classic book, Everyone Poops, is alive and well in the Marin County Free Library. Marcia Blackman’s letter to the editor [“But Do They Still Carry ‘Wee Willie Winky’?” April 29] came as quite a surprise to me as I have never removed this popular and heavily used title from our library system. I’m guessing Marcia 4 PACIFIC SUN MAY 27 - JUNE 2, 2011

Blackman misunderstood a conversation and most likely I was offering to place a hold on this title for her as our Civic Center Branch copies are checked out. I’m delighted to say we do indeed have Often referred to as the Wee Willie Winky, Ev‘Gone With the Wind’ of preschool books. eryone Poops and lots of fantastic books for dealing with potty training and raising a reader. I hope new families will check out our brandnew Mother Goose on the Loose storytimes for babies and toddlers. As a regular Civic Center Library patron, I know Ms. Blackman herself is very supportive of children’s services. I do appreciate the Pacific Sun printing this correction. Many of our wonderful library patrons read your publication and I wouldn’t want information misunderstood by Ms. Blackman taken as fact or my professionalism as a Children’s Librarian tarnished. Miss Kitty, Children’s Librarian Civic Center branch, Marin County Free Library

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f you own a home in Marin, you’re probably not moving anytime soon. Not with a shaky housing market and a struggling economy that would mean selling the house you purchased six years ago at a loss in the tens of thousands—if not more. And thanks to skyrocketing gasoline prices, our ostensibly idyllic drive-everywhere lifestyle is threatened too. But don’t despair, says author/blogger Wendy Brown, who maintains that we can continue to live in our isolated, cookiecutter two-car garage houses. It’s just that we need to transition from “dependent, consumerist lifestyles” to lifestyles that embrace energy efficiency and selfsufficiency. “Don’t focus on limitations. Imagine possibilities,” she says, putting a positive spin on the challenges ahead. In her recently released book, Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs: The Thrivalist’s Guide to Life Without Oil (New Society Publishers), Brown lays out a comprehensive plan for developing a suburban homestead, including tips on everything from cooking and heating to sanitation and small-space gardening. To find out more about Brown’s vision, I called her at home in suburban York County, Maine. ●

What prompted you to write the book?

A big part of it was that my husband and I have always wanted to be self-sufficient. When we bought our home in 1997 we envisioned it as a temporary situation. Ten years later we were still in the house and housing prices went through the roof and we realized there was no way we were moving. Then two years before the economy buckled we had some income fluctuation, and I started researching what we could do on the quarter-acre where we live. The conventional wisdom at that time was you can’t grow food on a quarter-acre. Now we have eight chickens in our backyard, and we get more eggs than we can possibly eat. We also have a garden, which produced 180 pounds of Hubbard squash last year. So instead of fleeing the suburbs, you’re advocating staying put? The first chapter in the book talks about shelter and the whole idea is to change people’s mind-set from one of “I have to move” to “It’s too late!” You need to stay where you are, and create what you need. You need to mold your suburban home into a self-sufficient homestead. What would be the most difficult need for suburbanites to meet if the economy tanked further and 8 >

›› NEWSGRAMS Huffman to take bite out of shark fin sales Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water—you may actually be right, only this time the safety is for sharks.That is, if 6th District Assemblyman Jared Huffman’s “Shark Protection Act” sinks its teeth into the kind of support in the state Senate it did May 24 in the Assembly. AB 376 would ban the possession, sale and distribution of shark fins in California.The value of shark fins is a great-white problem for the ocean’s food chain; fins can go for as much as $600 a pound. According to Huffman’s office, the sale of shark fins creates a ripple effect across the seas.With the insatiable predator at the top of the food chain, any drastic decrease in shark population would cause other species to “fall like a house of cards,”according to a statement from Huffman. A similar shark-finsale ban was enacted recently in Washington state; Oregon is also considering one. Huffman says humans have a role to play “in helping our seas recover their balance.”“Sharks belong at the top of the marine food web, and we can help restore them by passing AB 376,” says Huffman, who co-authored the bill with Assemblyman Paul Fong, D-Cupertino. Sharks caught for fins often then meet a cruel and grisly fate, according to Huffman—as once the fins are removed, the shark’s body is typically tossed overboard,“often still alive where it sinks to the bottom, to slowly bleed out, and then die.”The fins are dried, processed and then shipped as food. Shark fin soup is in high demand in some Asian cultures, as it is seen as a sign of prestige and affluence. It is estimated that over seven tons were imported last year.“Just as we banned the cultural tradition of foot binding, the tradition of eating shark fin soup served to show one’s affluence needs to end as well,” says Fong. —Jason Walsh Grand Jury stumped by supposed gang problem Is Marin developing a gang problem? Not from what the Marin County Civil Grand Jury can tell. In a report released May 25 titled “Gangs of Marin: A Tale of Two Counties,” the grand jury summarized that, while there has been an “increasing regularity” of local media reports about gang criminality,“the best interpretation we could make by analyzing the nominal data available was that the increase in crime is ‘probably’ not significant.” While evidence suggests that small pockets of such gangs as the Nortenos and the Surenos are active to some degree in the county—and on an even smaller level the Young Hawgz, KUMI-415, Aryan Brotherhood, Crips, Bloods, Mexican Mafia, Mara Salvatrucha-13 and the Zetas—the grand jury investigation into increasing gang activity found such little evidence of this that the probe eventually morphed into a study asking “why Marin gang crime was perceptively lower than that experienced by our neighboring counties.” To that end, the grand jury found that, in the words of one local police chief,“Marin citizens just refuse to tolerate gang crime.” According to the grand jury report:“Refusal to tolerate gang crime manifests itself in Marin through the creative, proactive, and collaborative efforts of the courts, Marin law enforcement, Probation, involved citizens, educators and County and City governments.”The report credits those groups with recognizing the havoc gangs can potentially wreak and “are working diligently to keep Marin’s proverbial ‘finger in the dike’ to keep local gang activity at a trickle in Marin rather than a torrent.” A previous grand jury gang investigation from 2008 had similar findings, reporting that “Marin has criminal street gangs, but they are small relative to the size of our population... [and that] Marin’s gangs are less violent and their numbers are growing more slowly than in other Bay Area communities.” —J W 8 >

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by Howard Rachelson

1. In the 2008 presidential election, what percent of Marin County voters voted Republican and what percent voted Democrat? 2. What is the fifth largest planet in our solar system? 3. The share price of what social network for professionals more than doubled in value the first day it was listed on the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, May 19, 2011? 4. Galileo used the phrase “light held together by water” to describe what consumable liquid? 5. Pictured below: Sounds like a planet to me... Identify each of these images with a planet-like name.




6. Paula Abdul will be a 5d judge on what upcoming music talent TV competition produced by Simon Cowell? 7. On May 20, 1506, Christopher Columbus died in what country? 8. Fifty years ago (in 1961), what 11-year old boy signed a recording contract with Motown Records (and has been a superstar ever since)? 9. One of the top universities in England and one of the finest in the USA are located in cities with the same name. Identify the city and the two schools. 10a. How many million dollars make a billion dollars? 10b. How many millions make a trillion? BONUS QUESTION: Which three letters appear with most frequency in the game of Scrabble (English edition)? 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!


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▼ (plus a Hero): Rik Liddell of Novato was driving on Highway 101 last week when he saw a speeding Volkswagen rear-end a Mazda. The woman driving the VW left the scene, while the Mazda spun out of control, eventually stopping in the middle of 101. Rik pulled over, ran onto the freeway, ushered the Mazda driver to safety and called 911. Once the victim was with a paramedic, police asked Rik to look at an abandoned, wrecked VW a short distance up 101. It was indeed the car involved in the hit-and-run and the driver had run again, this time on foot. “What a disrespectful thing to do to someone,” said Rik. We agree the unidentified woman is a disrespectful scofflaw Zero, but we can’t ignore that Rik Liddell is a Hero.—Nikki Silverstein


▲ Driven to distraction a few days after her Toyota 4Runner was stolen from Waldo Point Harbor in Sausalito, houseboat resident Lovise Mills decided she could wait no longer for the California Highway Patrol to find her SUV. Lovise first called FasTrak, discovering her Toyota traveled over the Golden Gate Bridge after the theft. Thinking the scoundrels may have taken a joyride and ditched her car somewhere in San Francisco, her next call was to City Tow. The vehicle wasn’t towed, but City Tow confirmed it received a parking ticket in a SOMA alley. A quick trip to the alley reunited Lovise with her stolen 4Runner. We know about California’s budget cuts; however, we think CHP should consider putting our Hero Lovise Mills on the payroll. Good job, Detective Mills.

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tion On the home edition, the people getting their houses remodeled are typically recovering from some horrible trauma. On this show, the horrible trauma is seeing their rear in a mirror. ABC. 10pm.

TUESDAY, MAY 31 Glee The group tries to recruit new members. We’re not sure how a SATURDAY, MAY 28 glee club does that. Do Hotel for Dogs Kids they look for the kids run an underground who have no friends and dog rescue shelter in an sit alone in the cafeteria? abandoned hotel. If you Fox. 8pm. tip the bellhop, he’ll let Lost Treasure of the you smell his butt. (2009) Ancient World The Great ABC Family. 7pm. Wall of China is a “lost American Masters treasure”? Did somebody Examining the legacy of forget where they put Peanuts creator Charles it? You can see it from Schulz and a previspace! KQED. 8pm. ously unreleased strip Deception with Keith in which Charlie Brown Barry The magician not only kicks the footexplores the concept ball Lucy is holding, he of mass hypnosis. If we also tests positive for A turning point in the film takes place when wanted to see large steroids. KQED. 9pm. Patton slaps the campy construction worker, numbers of people Rambo This is the most Friday at 8. being tricked into believrecent version. Rambo ing something that wasn’t true, we’d watch is over 60. He still fights the bad guys. He just the “Glenn Beck Show.” Discovery Channel. takes more breaks. (2008) Spike TV. 9pm. 10pm. SUNDAY, MAY 29 Star Trek Movie MaraWEDNESDAY, JUNE 1 Love in the Wild It’s thon It’s a whole 15 hours of Star Trek.Watch a dating show that puts 20 single men and all 15 hours and you’ll be awakened in your women in the Costa Rican jungle for a series parents’ basement by your Tricorder alarm of extreme adventures, none of which are as clock, ready for another day working the scary as NBC. 10 pm. drive-through window. SyFy. 11am. Madagascar 2 In the sequel, the Central Sand Masters This is a reality show about Park Zoo lion discovers he was born in Africa. professional sand castle builders creating elaborate sculptures. And Donald Trump Travel Channel. 10pm. doesn’t even seem to The Electric Barcare. (2008) FX. 6pm. barellas This is a Because I Said So A reality show about a woman creates a proSouthern California file for her daughter girl band where the on an online dating elaborate sculptures site. That’s why we were all made by never respond to plastic surgeons. MTV. anybody whose user 11:10pm. name is “You’re Not Good Enough For Gonadal grief, Charlie Brown! Saturday, 9pm. Her.”(2007) E! 6pm. THURSDAY, JUNE 2 Modern Marvels Exploring the distilling process of makMONDAY, MAY 30 Star Wars Marathon ing fine whiskey.We’ve always been more But if you watch all six of these movies in a interested in the decanting process. History row, they’ll let you work the deep fryer. Spike Channel. 7pm. TV. 9am. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation A serial House This week’s patient crucifies himself in the belief that it will convince God to keep killer in Las Vegas is going to have to work extra hard to get noticed. CBS. 9pm. his daughter cancer-free.That’s actually part NY Ink It’s just like LA Ink and Miami Ink, but of the GOP’s healthcare proposal. Fox. 8pm. WWE Tough Enough This reality show feathe tattoos are wordier. TLC. 10pm. ✹ tures fans learning what it takes to be a proCritique That TV Guy at fessional wrestler. Lifting weights is the easy part.There are also bad haircuts and acting Turn on more TV Guy at lessons. USA Network. 8pm. ›› Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss EdiMAY 27 - JUNE 2, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 7

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school sense [but teachers of tasks that could help us become self-sufficient]. Do you know how to split wood? Can you put food in a jar and make it safe to eat? Do you know how to sew clothes? Can you butcher an animal? We need to make sure we have that kind of information somewhere. If the country were to experience a depression, how do you think suburbia would fare? We may lose money perhaps, but life doesn’t have to be all about money. It can be about all of the other wonderful things that we have. I’m not suggesting that we need to revert back to the Dark Ages. We can still have abundance without having money. But we’ll have to be willing to do a little bit more work. ✹ It’s your county, speak up at ››

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Sausalito resident to fill McGlashan supe seat Kathrin Sears was appointed by Gov. Brown last weekend to the seat on the Marin County Board of Supervisors left vacant following the March 27 death of Charles McGlashan. The 58-year-old Sausalito resident had been serving in the state Department of Justice as a supervising deputy attorney general in the consumer law department, where she fronted the public rights division. The Tam High grad—and Harvard Law grad—has been active in the Sausalito community for years, having served on the planning commission from 1993 to 1997, as well as chairing the Sausalito Public Safety Facilities Steering in 2002 and the Sausalito Parking Policy Task Force in 1999. Sears, a registered Democrat, also served on the board of directors of the Marin Conservation Corps (now known as the Conservation Corps of the North Bay) from 2003 to 2007. The new 3rd District supe will receive $97,739 a year for her troubles. —J W Water district splinters over rate increase Water at the Marin tap just got a bit pricier—4 percent in fact, as the Marin Municipal Water District on May 23 approved its fifth rate hike in as many years. This increase would average out to about $4 every two months for Marin water users south of Novato. Lower usage rates, plus a fee hike from the Sonoma County Water Agency, which pipes through about a quarter of MMWD’s water, are among the primary reasons for the increase, say district officials. The district also cites the costs of the purchase of water, electricity and treatment chemicals, as well as employee costs such as retirement and health insurance. In an effort to keep “expenses below revenue,” the district has cut $18 million from its fiscal budget in 2011, according to district officials. The fact that the district raised rates—as was expected—was far less surprising than the vote from the often-unified board.While board members Armando Quintero, Cynthia Koehler, Jack Gibson and David Behar voted for the increase, Larry Russell flabbergasted his colleagues with a nay—suggesting that another rate increase sends a message to its nearly 200,000 customers that the district is saddling them with the fiscal pains of the recession. A dismayed Behar questioned why Russell hadn’t brought up his qualms about the rate increase prior to the vote. The rate increase takes effect June 1. —J W Nine housing sites targeted by Novato group A Novato affordable-housing working group has identified what it believes are nine suitable sites to fulfill state-mandated lowincome housing requirements in the town of nearly 51,000. According to the group, the favored sites met such self-imposed criteria of spreading the housing throughout city neighborhoods, are accessible to amenities by foot or public transit, can support a mix of socioeconomic levels and family sizes, and are currently properties that are vacant or underutilized. The selected sites are at 1901 Novato Boulevard (at McClay); 1787 Grant Avenue; 495 San Marin Drive (at Simmons); 102 Hill Road (behind the Ford dealership on Redwood); 7506 and 7530 Redwood (to the northeast of Trader Joe’s); 7533 and 7537 Redwood Boulevard (near

Ranch Drive); Landing Court at Redwood Boulevard (currently RV storage); and Wood Hollow at Redwood Boulevard. The sites were partly chosen because they are compact enough to accommodate only about 20 housing units per acre—soothing fears from some residents that larger sites with higher densities of low-income residents could increase crime rates and affect already dormant housing prices. Still, some affordable housing advocates have said that a density number as low as 20 to 25 units per acre—even at nine locations—wouldn’t bring enough housing in to meet the state requirements, which are calling for an increase of 1,241 units in Novato, about half of which the city has already approved and moved forward on.The Novato City Managers’ Housing Working Group will hold a public discussion of the list of sites on Wednesday. —J W

Weapons unleashed in San Quentin ‘riot’ Reports out of San Quentin State Prison indicate at least four men were hospitalized May 22 after a riot in the prison dining hall. About 200 inmates were involved in the riot—the Associated Press has the number at 184—which broke out about 7pm when fighting involving several inmate-made weapons resulted in stab wounds and other cuts to multiple prisoners; no guards were reported hurt in the melee. The reasons for the riot are still under investigation; guards clamped down on the brawling using rubber bullets and pepper spray. —J W Godspeed ‘God, Seed’ Few things are more poetic than god and nature and that point was driven home last week when a pair of first place Indie Excellence awards went to the local authors of God, Seed: Poetry & Art About the Natural World. Poet Rebecca Faust and artist Lorna Stevens were honored with awards in the poetry and art categories of the nationwide independent-book contest. According to its authors, the book “combines environmental poetry with art that follows the natural seasonal cycles, beginning in metaphorical spring, moving through a winter and blight to bear witness to the environmental desecrations of the last century, then return to spring, with a renewed sense of stewardship.” God, Seed is available at Book Passage. —J W Assembly a picnic for Huffman parks bill Don’t pack away the hot dogs and marshmallows just yet, state-parks fans—a new Assembly bill may just save next year’s picnics and

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San Rafael P&R says ‘play ball!’ Plans to bring minor league baseball to San Rafael’s Albert Park are “rounding the bases” after the city’s Park and Recreation Commission on May 19 unanimously approved a proposal by a group called Centerfield Partnership.The only question left is whether the City Council will now “wave them home.”Residents of the Gerstle Park neighborhood have raised questions about parking, noise and fan rowdiness. But P&R commissioners weren’t swayed, noting that the proposal didn’t violate any city rules and could bring much-needed revenue to the cash-strapped town. If the City Council says “play ball” to bringing a team in the North American League to the park on B Street, Centerfield Partnership says it would modernize the 60-year-old field, spruce up the bathrooms and add seating for about 800 fans. The team would play about 45 games in San Rafael from May through September, ostensibly beginning in 2012. Major and minor league rules allow for the sale of alcohol, though not after the seventh inning. Commissioners said they would revisit the proposal next month. The most recent example of a minor league team in the North Bay was the Sonoma County Crushers, which played in the independent Western Baseball League at a field in Rohnert Park from 1995 to 2002 when the league folded. —J W

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THE THIN REDISTRICTING REDI LINE Marin electorate’s identity now in the hands of 14 strangers!


he current redistricting narrative has a mind-bending similarity to the “Who’s on First?” Abbott and Costello baseball routine. But there’s more to redistricting than which politician will end up in what district where. California voters started an experiment in state politics in 2008 when they approved Proposition 11. Voters said they were tired of politically based redistricting. Prop. 11 designated the state auditor to start an application process that would result in selecting 14 members to a redistricting commission. According to information distributed by, the redistricting commission, and the process the commissioners are using to redraw political boundaries, “will be an exciting new experiment in direct democracy that encourages participation by all registered voters in California.” Prop. 11 gave the commission the responsibility to redraw the boundaries for state Senate, Assembly and state ualization districts. In 2010, Board of Equalization nded their foray into the voters expanded tical experimentation land of political sition 20, which with Proposition handed the commission the ty—and the responsibility—and power—to redraw congrescts. California sional districts. joins about a dozen other ave embraced states that have sionthe commissionrictbased redistricting strategy. In California, iff the commission failss to agree on nddistrict boundgument can land aries, the argument

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in the state Superior Court. Yanking the power to redraw district boundaries deprives the Legislature of the ability to create and maintain districts that favor inby Pe te r cumbents and whichever political party is in the ascendency. Although voters were clear about their distaste for the political machinations that created a heavily weighted pro-incumbent political map—which can sometimes look like a jigsaw puzzle—they were less clear about the consequences of a commission-based redistricting model. Not everyone is completely comfortable with the appointed commissioners of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission deciding district boundaries. “The jury’s still out,” says Richard Rubin, a Marin political activist and president of a public affairs consulting firm. “We’re doing this for the first time. We really don’t know what is going to transpire. Fourteen people [whom] most of us in California have never heard of will make the decisions.” Is tha that more or les less of a direct democracy than the po politically based base redistricting

model, even with its obvious flaws? The North Bay has no representation among the 14 commissioners. Two are from San Francisco, one from Oakland. They, along Se i d m an with a commissioner from Yolo County, northwest of Sacramento, are representatives with the nearest geographical ties to the North Bay. The commission makeup is slanted toward Southern California, with eight members hailing from that region. “Maybe we should have had two commissions that would have got together when the process was partially completed,” Rubin says. “Then they would have sat down and worked out the details of any disagreements, like they do in Congress. They didn’t do that. They tried to create a one-suit-fits-all solution. One suit does not fit all.” Some of the chinks in the redistricting process now under way come from the best and worst examples of California democracy. While the state proposition process allows residents to qualify measures for the ballot, not all residents are qualified to write propositions, which often contain unintended consequences. “OK, we wanted to create a more competitive atmosphere,” says Rubin. “Fine. That will get done, but by the same token it can eliminate some of the openness of a process that existed previously.” That’s a consequence of an appointed commission versus elected politicians (as venal as some are) drawing political boundaries. At least voters, even in a gerrymandered district, can throw politicians out of office in the next election. That’s not possible with an appointed agency. ● ● ● ●

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foster as much openness as possible by traveling the state and holding public meetings to collect input from residents about district boundaries. One of those meetings was held May 20 in Santa Rosa. Among the biggest issues raised for the commissioners’ listening pleasure at that meeting was “where to break Sonoma County, if at all,” says Dotty LeMieux. Her GreenDogCampaigns, a political consulting firm that has worked to elect, among others, county Supervisor Susan Adams, started a mobilization strategy called Uniquely North Bay—Save the Sixth. That’s a reference to the 6th Congressional District, which includes all of Marin and most of Sonoma County. Democrat Lynn Woolsey, the current representative, has said she may announce her retirement, opening the possibility for a contested election. Even Nancy Pelosi’s 8th District south of the Golden Gate Bridge might get rejiggered. Everything’s on the table. LeMieux and a contingent of Marin residents went up to Santa Rosa to voice their main concern: that any redistricting plan keep Marin and Sonoma counties tied together as much as possible. That might not be such a hard job for the North Bay congressional district. It’s a numbers game. In drawing new boundaries, the commission must meet population targets. The population in each of the 53 congressional districts in the state must be 702,905 and cannot vary by more than a restrictive single person in each district. The 40 state Senate districts have a target population of 931,349; the 80 Assembly districts have a target population of 465,674; and the four state Board of Equalization districts have a target population of 9,313,489. The state legislative districts can have a population variance of plus or minus 5 percent.

According to 2010 census figures, which will form the basis for redistricting, Marin’s population is 252,409; the population in Sonoma County is 483,878. That combined population of 736,287 is more than enough to qualify for a congressional district. Actually, the redistricting commission would have to shave 33,382, people, plus or minus one person, from that population and put them into another district because the congressional districts cannot vary by more than one person. That’s why LeMieux says the big question is where the commission would break Sonoma County, “if at all.” Virtually no support exists among Marinites for shaving off a slice of Marin. The state Senate district presents another challenge: Marin and Sonoma counties have an insufficient population for the target. If the commission follows the goal of keeping Marin and Sonoma counties together in one district, commissioners must look to surrounding areas to add to the population of the state Senate’s 3rd District, the seat Mark Leno now holds. That currently extends into a portion of San Francisco. But the commission could slice away San Francisco and extend the district northward, possibly eastward to Solano County. But

whether Solano residents want to align themselves with Sonoma and Marin, especially Marin, is an open question. Even the boundaries of the Assembly districts in the North Bay, including the 6th District Assembly seat held by Jared Huffman, who will be termed out, are on the table because of the population targets. “One of the commissioners said it’s clear the most difficult part of this is going to be [drawing boundaries for] the Assembly district,” says LeMieux. Santa Rosa may be the issue because “it’s now carved up by districts, and the question is whether to keep [the city and its environs] in one district.” Because the population targets restrict the commissioners, every time they adjust one boundary, it creates issues in others. And that’s the case across the state. The population in Marin and Sonoma counties has remained relatively static. But the population in other parts of the state, especially the Inland Empire, has increased, and most of the increase has come from residents of the Republican persuasion. That’s a major reason political prognosticators see a benefit for Republicans in the redistricting musical-chairs exercise, at least to the extent that Republicans can gain an advantage in a state still overweighted to Democrats. “You’re asking a bunch of alchemists to go to a table in a laboratory, giving them a number of ingredients to play with, and you’re telling them to put [the variables] in a petri dish and see how it comes out, and you’re hoping that it works and they don’t blow themselves up in the process.” The concern that Rubin and even strong supporters of the commission model express is that the state may end up with something not much better than what it had before Proposition 11. In trying to ensure that the result of the commission-based exercise creates a more equitable and competitive political playing field, commissioners must follow guidelines when they draw boundaries. In addition to the population targets that will create districts with equal numbers of residents,

the commission must maintain standards stemming from the Voting Rights Act. Those standards ensure that minority voters have an equal opportunity to elect representatives of their communities. Commissioners can consider race and ethnicity as a factor in drawing boundaries, but race and ethnicity cannot be a deciding factor Commissioners also must adhere to a general principle of “contiguity.” That principle is mentioned often by those who want to keep Marin and Sonoma counties together as much as possible. Many will accept including part of San Francisco to get to the required numbers in order to keep Marin and Sonoma together. But commissioners must also follow a guideline to keep districts compact. And in a more esoteric guideline, the commission should try to “nest” Assembly districts within a state Senate district. ● ● ● ●

ABOVE ALL, THOUGH, is an effort to create new political districts that encompass a similar political landscape containing local “communities of interest.” Splitting a population with similar values and views is discouraged. “You have to move people around, kind of like pawns on a chessboard,” says Rubin. “That’s how I see this: as a giant chess game.” Rubin notes that San Francisco has an insufficient population for two state Senate seats. That means Leno or state Sen. Leland Yee, who represents the 8th District, “could be perishable.” As Rubin says: “It’s a numbers game.” In a decidedly different permutation of the numbers game, representatives from the wine industry suggested at the May 20 meeting that they would like to see Napa and Lake counties joined with part of Sonoma County to create a state Senate wine district. “They would be happy to kick out Marin entirely,” says LeMieux. The predominant view in Marin may be that the county should remain whole and joined to Sonoma County; however, most Marinites think if anything needs to be sliced, it should be Sonoma. Divergent views surfaced among county supervisors who could not agree at a meeting earlier in May on whether the board should express that preference in an official position. Supervisor Susan Adams says voters supported Prop. 11 and Prop. 20 to keep politicians at arm’s length during redistricting. “My comment was let’s trust the process, which is a very good process to pick the independent commissioners who have a good set of criteria. I believe that if they abide by those, they will align Marin and Sonoma, and quite frankly, I do think

we have more in common with Sonoma County than we do with San Francisco. But that is my personal belief.” Adams says she has heard from southern Marin residents who feel more closely aligned with San Francisco than Sonoma County, and a good amount of federal money comes to Marin through its connection with the city. But she rejected comments that she took the position that the board should withhold an official recommendation because she might run if Woolsey retires. She hasn’t decided whether to run, and the current chaotic redistricting situation isn’t speeding the decision. Supervisor Steve Kinsey wants the board to take that official Marin-Sonoma position. Kinsey also says he would support creating a western district that would run along the coast of Marin, Sonoma, Mendocino and Humboldt counties if it could include enough people. That may be a long shot, but it could happen.

Anything could happen. “If there is a way for the math to work out to have the rural portions of several coastal counties combined to have a voice, it would be very powerful and important. We work together around fishery issues. We are connected by agriculture and coastal access and coastal visitor business-service issues.” The commission expects to release the first draft of a redistricting map, which will be available for public view, by June 10. Then the commission will conduct more outreach, aiming to create a final map by September. The big question is whether, as Kinsey says, “In classic California fashion, we may be careening from one extreme to the next.” Rubin says: “It’s a crapshoot.” Voters will know the outcome of that first roll in the second week of June. ✹ Contact the writer at

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ookbook author Marie Simmons tells a story about what inspired her to seek a career in cooking. When she was a little girl, she would spend each weekend at her grandmotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house. Her nana was of Italian heritage and had a gift for cooking and baking scrumptious food. She had the most amazing hands, which she used to crush tomatoes, roll pasta using a dowel and generally make food taste better. Young Marie loved to make pillow-like ravioli and study the ďŹ ner points of tomato sauce alongside Nana. She learned that touching food makes an enormous difference in how it tastes. When her mom came to pick her up one time, Nana whispered in Italian in her motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ear. Out in the car, Marie asked, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What did she say?â&#x20AC;? and her mom told her, â&#x20AC;&#x153;She said you have hands of gold.â&#x20AC;? Those golden hands have penned upwards of 15 cookbooks, written hundreds of articles for periodicals such as Bon Appetit and Eating Well and taught classes all over the U.S. and in Mexico. Her latest book, Fresh & Fast Vegetarian: Recipes That Make a Meal, is timely as more of us consider going meatless for our health and the environment. As the title states, most of the recipes are fast, meaning they can be prepared in 30 to 45 minutes tops. In fact, quick, ďŹ&#x201A;avorful recipes are one of Simmonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; strong suits. She uses lots of fresh herbs, interesting techniques like pan-searing vegetables and small amounts of super-ďŹ&#x201A;avorful ingredients such as sun-dried tomatoes, to make the ďŹ&#x201A;avors burst in your mouth. An added bonus throughout the book are the menu suggestions to help readers cook a well-rounded and tasty meal. With two beautiful bunches of fresh asparagus in the larder, I decided to make Roasted Asparagus with Warm Cherry Tomatoes and Black Olives. This recipe is very quick and delish with punches of ďŹ&#x201A;avor from the tomatoes, which are pan-seared, kalamata olives and some minced red onion. The next night I made Garlicky Toasted Buckwheat with Green Beans, Dill and Walnuts because it has the unusual ingredient â&#x20AC;&#x153;kashaâ&#x20AC;? as the star. As luck would have it, there was an enormous bag of kasha in my cabinet begging for a purpose. This recipe was a snap and had lovely textures from crunchy walnuts and zesty ďŹ&#x201A;avors from fresh dill, garlic and sundried tomatoes. Both recipes cooked up in less than 30 minutes. It looks as if Marie Simmons has another winning cookbook on her golden hands with Fresh & Fast Vegetarian: Recipes That Make a Meal (Houghton MifďŹ&#x201A;in Harcourt, April 2011; $17.95, available at Book Passage). The following recipes are adapted from the book.


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Asparagus gained wide popularity in 17th century Europe thanks to French King Louis XIV, who derived much-needed energy from the vegetable for his daily persecuting of Protestants.

Garlicky Toasted Buckwheat with Green Beans, Dill and Walnuts Serves 4 to 6 Cooking time: 20 minutes 6 ounces green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 teaspoon coarse salt 1 tablespoon plus 1/4 cup olive oil 1 cup kasha (toasted buckwheat) or untoasted buckwheat 2 garlic cloves, grated or minced Pinch of crushed red pepper 1/2 cup walnut pieces 1/4 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained, blotted dry and slivered 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill

1. Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a large skillet. Add the green beans and salt and cook, uncovered, over medium heat until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. 2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a small skillet. Add the buckwheat and cook, stirring, over medium-low heat until coated with oil and warmed, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the sauteed buckwheat to the pan with the beans and stir once. (Over-stirring will turn the buckwheat mushy.) Cover and cook over low heat until the water is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Do not stir. 3. Meanwhile, combine the remaining 1/4 cup oil, the garlic and crushed red pepper in a small skillet and cook, stirring over low heat until the garlic begins to sizzle, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the walnuts and sun-dried tomatoes and cook until the walnuts are lightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat. 4. Drizzle the walnut mixture over the cooked buckwheat. Sprinkle with the dill and ďŹ&#x201A;uff gently with a fork; do not stir. Serve.

Roasted Asparagus with Warm Cherry Tomatoes and Black Olives Serves 4 Cooking time: 15 minutes 1-1/2 pounds asparagus, peeled if large 4 tablespoons olive oil Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper 1-1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, stems removed 2 tablespoons minced red onion 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped, pitted kalamata olives 1 teaspoon ďŹ nely chopped fresh rosemary, plus 1 teaspoon whole leaves for garnish

1. Preheat oven to 450F. Spread asparagus on a large baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the oil and sprinkle lightly with salt and a grinding of black pepper. Roast until crisp-tender, stirring once, 10 or 12 minutes. Remove the asparagus from the oven and transfer to a serving platter. 2. Meanwhile, heat a medium, heavy skillet (I used cast iron) until it is hot enough to sizzle and evaporate a drop of water. Add 1 tablespoon of the oil and the tomatoes and cook over medium-high heat, shaking the pan, until the tomato skins have blistered and begun to crack, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, the red onion, olives and chopped rosemary and stir to combine. 3. Spoon the tomato dressing over the asparagus. Garnish with the rosemary leaves and serve. Get fresh with Brooke at

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Playing the ‘Victim’ Tracy Nelson bests blues, housefire with incendiary new album by G r e g Cahill


alk about a prescient album title. “You’ll see that the firefighters get the Blues singer and Grammy-nomifirst thank-you in the liner notes.” nated songwriter Tracy Nelson had For Nelson, a gutsy blues singer who selected the title track to her new album, began her career at age 18 as a member Victim of the Blues (Delta Groove), just of the San Francisco- and later Nashvilledays before a house fire nearly consumed based band Mother Earth, Victim of the digital files that held the recording. the Blues is a return to the genre that’s “Well, sh-t happens,” she says dryly dur- informed her work since the mid-’60s. ing a phone interview from Washington, It’s the follow-up to 2007’s straight-ahead D.C., where she had been guest-hosting country recording You’ll Never Be a Bill Wax’s popular XM Radio blues show. Stranger at My Door. “It was a 100-year-old house and some of The new album is composed mostly of the wiring wasn’t what Chicago blues stanit should have been. We dards by Muddy Waters, had the finished prodHowlin’ Wolf and others, COMING SOON uct in a computer in our though it includes a renThe Blues Broads, with home studio. The firemen dition of former North saxophonist Deanna Bogart, gave us the choice of what Bay bluesman Earl perform Sunday, May 29, at room we wanted them Thomas’ “Lead a Horse 4pm at Rancho Nicasio. $20 and $25. 415/662-2219; and to concentrate on while to Water.” Tuesday, May 31, at 8pm at fighting the fire. We chose The old-timey-style Yoshi’s San Francisco. $25. the studio. title track is a Ma Rainey “They broke out the tune that showcases Nelwindow, grabbed the comson’s own husky vocals. puter and handed it out of the burning “I wasn’t hearing the kind of blues I building. Otherwise, we would have lost was hearing when I was growing up in the record. Wisconsin, and later when I was spending

Broads, kinda blue: Annie Sampson, Tracy Nelson, Dorothy Morrison and Angela Strehli.

time in Chicago [as a teen], so I decided to get a little more authentic and to get back to that kind of music,” she says. “And I had collected a bag of tunes, most notably ‘One More Mile,’ and they all fell into that category.” Of course, Nelson has never strayed far from the blues. For the past few years, as a side project, she’s been performing as a member of the Marin-based Blues Broads

along with Texas blues great Angela Strehli (co-owner of Rancho Nicasio), Louisiana blues singer Annie Sampson (who fronted the popular East Bay band Stoneground) and gospel and pop great Dorothy Morrison (who rose to fame in the ’70s with the Edwin Hawkins Singers crossover gospel hit “Oh Happy Day”). “Originally, it was a revue, with each of us doing her own thing,” Nelson explains. “After we performed that way a time or two we started doing stuff together. It’s just evolved from there. “It’s the most fun thing that I do—in this business, you takes your fun where you can get it.” ✹ Go with Greg at

›› SPiN OF THE WEEK Go With Me (Hardly Art/Sub Pop) Seapony Seapony—Jen Weidl, Ian Brewer and Danny Rowland—is a Seattlebased indie-pop trio that harkens back to the sound of such British twee acts as Talulah Gosh.You might know Rowland and vocalist Weidl as the Kansas-based duo Transmittens. Seapony’s breakthrough jangle-pop song “Dreaming” has popped up on college-radio charts. It encapsulates the band’s always artful, but rockin’ sound and their dreamy take on young love. Catch Seapony live Sunday, May 29, at 7pm, at the San Francisco Popfest at the Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St., San Francisco. $12. Tune up to the Marin music scene at

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Captains courageous Even dopey pirate movie has poignancy to family fighting cancer by Davi d Te mp l e ton

Writer David Templeton takes interesting people to interesting movies in his ongoing quest for the ultimate post-film conversation. This is not a movie review; rather, it’s a freewheeling, tangential discussion of life, alternative ideas and popular culture., which sails in for its fifth assault on the Bay Area June 18 and 19. In recent months, though, Weissman has been focusing on various fundraising activities. Specifically, he’s working to raise money for the health fund created was a little confused,” says actor to help his wife, Kimbell Jackson, who’s Jeffrey Weissman, referring to the been fighting brain cancer since she was appearance of Geoffrey Rush in diagnosed with central nervous system the new film Pirates of the Caribbean: On lymphoma—detected when an MRI Stranger Tides, in which Rush plays Caprevealed tumors in her brain, causing tain Barbossa, the anti-hero foil of Johnny severe migraines, dizzy spells and partial Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow. “Wasn’t Bar- paralysis. bossa killed at the end of the first Pirates of Last week, a major fundraising event the Caribbean movie?” Weissman asks. took place in Sonoma County, where the “He was,” I affirm. “But then he was res- couple lives, and just yesterday, Jackson enurrected at the end of the second movie.” tered the hospital for a new round of treat“Lucky guy!” ment. It was partly Weissman says. to have something “I’d totally forgotto do after dropten that, but then ping his wife off at there’s very little the hospital that of the second and Weissman consentthird movies that ed to see Pirates. I actually remem“It was certainly ber. They had less distracting,” he substance than laughs. “And that the original, and I can be a good think that’s true of thing. The film had this fourth movie plenty of spectacle, as well. It was enthat’s for sure. I tertaining. It was loved it when the a big fluffy romp. mermaids took But these films are down the small looking more and boat with all the more like what pirates on it! they are—movies “I loved the inspired by a theme way they were so park ride.” beautiful when Weissman they pop up from It takes a lot of guts to deride a dubious movie sequel while (www.jeffreythe water,” he dressed as a giant lobster. continues, “and has contributed to his share of theme park then underwater they become these evil, ride experiences—and also knows his way vampiristic piranha-women. In spite of around sequels. He appeared in the second everything, those mermaids really know and third Back to the Future films, playing how to do their makeup and hair, don’t an uncanny copy of the character origithey?” nated by Crispin Glover in the various “They must have discovered some inalternative flashbacks visited by the timecredible makeup line,” I observe. “Makeup traveling Michael J. Fox. For the last three that never melts off in the water.” years, he’s also appeared as the ghostly “Maybelline has been trying to get their Hobo in the annual live theatrical re-crehands on it for years, I’m sure,” Weissman ation of The Polar Express at the California laughs. “Esther Williams probably had a State Railroad Museum in Sacramento, whole slew of underwater bathing beauties a popular experience that’s a bit like a searching for the mermaids’ secret makeup theme ride sprung to life. Weissman—also formula.” a much-in-demand Stan Laurel imper“To be fair, though,” I point out, “the sonator—has played his share of pirates, use of makeup in this movie extends way too, appearing regularly at the Northern beyond the mermaids. Most of the pirates California Pirate Festival in Vallejo (www. wore heavy eyeliner, too, from Captain


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Jack to the new guy, Blackbeard, a pirate so evil he makes mascara look mildly Satanic. Though I suppose Alice Cooper has already done that.” “Pirates, you know, actually saw makeup as an extension of tattooing,” Weissman says so seriously I’m not sure whether he’s joking or not. “It’s a tribal thing. Pirates were like rock stars, and we know how much they like to wear heavy makeup. Keith Richards [who plays Captain Jack’s dad in the film] even shows up to demonstrate this.” As someone who’s dressed up in the hat, boots and jacket of a pirate many times, Weissman has experienced firsthand the odd swaggering glee that comes with transforming oneself into a pirate, walking that walk and talking that talk. “Most people are good people,” he explains, “but we wonder what it would be like to be bad. Playing a scallywag allows your soul to expand out in new directions, giving your soul the freedom to find new parts of itself and express them. That’s what acting does, of course, but with some types of characters, it’s even more fun, and more freeing, than with others. Pirates are like that. Of course, for me, dressing up as Lobster Man has the same effect.” Lobster Man is a character Weissman has played at the Pirate Festival as well as numerous Renaissance Faires and the Dickens Christmas Fair. In Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, a major part of the plot involves a search for the Fountain of Youth, which has the power to take the remaining years from one person and add them to the life-span of another. It’s a strangely potent theme for Weissman, given the life-anddeath struggles he’s been sharing with his wife over the last several months. “It’s funny, sometimes,” he says, “and I mean that literally, because you have to keep a sense of humor, no matter how

bad things get. Even Kimbell, when the treatments have gotten so bad she can’t stand it, is occasionally able to laugh at the things she does. “So the Fountain of Youth theme, yes, it did hit me a bit,” he goes on. “Life is such a wonderful thing, and sometimes it takes the threat of losing life, or losing those you love, to really appreciate all the dumb little things that make life worth living. Silly movies, funny voices, stupid jokes, music on the radio, the voice of a friend on the phone. “Life is definitely precious,” Weissman says, “even when it gets a little ridiculous.” ✹ Donations to the Kimbell Jackson Health Fund can be made through Jeffrey Weissman’s website:

Weissman, demonstrating the ‘odd swaggering glee’ that comes with dressing as a pirate, at the annual festival in Vallejo.

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ummertime on the mountain, what a perfect setting for Hairspray, a sunny urban fairy tale. Designer Ken Rowland creates a vision of Baltimore with his string of bright, bold storefronts that revolve to tell the story. Whether red, purple, pink or yellow, each sets the scene as plump and sweet Tracy Turnblad (Kimmie Swanson) competes with thin and nasty Amber Von Tussle (Lori Dorfman) to become â&#x20AC;&#x153;Miss Hairspray of 1962.â&#x20AC;? Audiences, remembering a raunchier film by John Waters, will be surprised to find this musical a pleasant, family entertainment. The show is practically Disneyesque in its attention to young love, although it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t falter as it tackles issues of prejudice. On the Corny Collins (Erik Batz) dance â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A prince is a pauper, babeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;without a chick to call his party show (think Dick Clark and Ameri- ownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Link lays down the law in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;It Takes Twoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; number. can Bandstand), dancers have to be thin and white. One day a month is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Negro Motormouth Maybelle strikes a somber Day.â&#x20AC;? Tracy and Seaweed (Brenon Adams) note as she sings a show-stopping black meet in detention and join feet to integrate spiritual, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Know Where Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve Been.â&#x20AC;? Actually, musical director Debra the show. Both end up in jail, where they Chambliss and choreogare joined by record-shop rapher Rick Wallace, both owner Motormouth Maylongtime Mountain Play belle (Carol Thomas) and NOW PLAYING talents, make almost every Tracyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best friend, Penny Hairspray runs through June number a showstopper. (Amelia Hart), who has 19 at the Cushing MemoThe ďŹ nal number, as rial Amphitheatre on Mount fallen for Seaweed. the full company goes Tamalpais; 415/383-1100 or Tracyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parents are an into a spirited â&#x20AC;&#x153;You Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t odd couple, another exStop the Beat,â&#x20AC;? had audiample of love that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ence members on their discriminate. Lovers in feet as well. Hairspray are fat and thin, black and white Director Dunn and his supportive crew (and, with Tracyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mom Edna being played can chalk up another popular production. by Joshua Castro, cross-dressing, too). Next year, West Side Story will again join James Dunn directs a rainbow cast of the long and successful list of Broadway talented and mostly young actors who go musicals productions on the mountain. â&#x153;š from Tracyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s joyous â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good Morning BalKeep the beat going for Lee at timore,â&#x20AC;? to the spirited â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mama, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a Big Girl Now,â&#x20AC;? and on to a love ballad as Tracy and Link Larkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (Tyler Costin) fallingCritique this review in TownSquare, at in-love duet, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Can Hear the Bells.â&#x20AC;? Later, â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş paciďŹ




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● African Cats (1:29) Anthropomorphic Disney documentary looks at the lives and loves of some cuddly savanna-bred lions and cheetahs. ● As You Like It (2:28) Direct from London’s historic Globe Theatre it’s Thea Sharrock’s acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s rollicking comedy about a cross-dressing maiden’s amorous adventures in the Forest of Arden. ● The Beaver (1:31) Jodie Foster directs and costars in this edgy look at a depressive family man (Mel Gibson) who can only communicate through a hand puppet. ● Bill Cunningham New York (1:26) Loving portrait of the New York Times’ octogenarian fashion photographer, pop anthropologist and all-around man about town. ● Bridesmaids (1:29) Lovelorn Kristen Wiig endures the barbaric rituals of modern matrimony when her BFF Maya Rudolph gets hitched. ● Cave of Forgotten Dreams (1:29) Filmmaker extraordinaire Werner Herzog explores the nearly inaccessible reaches of Cave Chauvet in France, home to the oldest (30,000-yearold) visual artwork in human history. ● The Conspirator (2:03) Robert Redford directs the true story of Mary Surratt, the lone woman accused of conspiring to assassinate Abraham Lincoln; Robin Wright stars. ● The Double Hour (1:36) Acclaimed Italian thriller about the seemingly idyllic romance between a chambermaid and a former cop. ● Everything Must Go (1:36) Dramedy stars Will Ferrell as an alcoholic at the end of his rope who hopes to start anew with a lifecleansing yard sale. ● Fast Five (2:10) The fossil fuel-burnin’ desperadoes are back and facing certain death in sexy Rio de Janeiro; Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson costar, of course. ● First Grader (2:00) True tale of an elderly 20 PACIFIC SUN MAY 27 – JUNE 2, 2011

Mau Mau veteran who wants to learn to read and write alongside the students at a new elementary school. ● Forks Over Knives (1:36) Eye-opening documentary looks at the link between the consumption of animal-based foodstuffs and many if not most degenerative diseases. ● The Hangover Part II (1:50) Several AlkaSeltzers later, the bachelor-party boys head to Bangkok for a tasteful, romantic wedding ceremony and end up with pervasive language, strong sexual content, graphic nudity and drug use. ● Hoodwinked Too! (1:31) Sequel to the 2006 fairy tale reboot finds Red Riding Hood teaming up with her former nemesis The Wolf to track down Hansel and Gretel. ● Incendies (2:10) French twins head to their late mother’s Middle Eastern homeland to try to unlock the secrets of her mysterious life. ● Jane Eyre Adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s novel about a young woman’s infatuation with a brooding squire stars Mia Wasikowska as Jane. ● Kung Fu Panda 2 (1:35) Sequel finds Po living la vida panda in an idyllic valley kingdom until marauding villains force him into action; Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Dustin Hoffman supply the voices. ● Meek’s Cutoff (1:44) Epic Western about a wagon train of immigrants crossing the Cascades and their struggles with heat, hunger, a boastful mountain man and a wandering Native American. ● The Metropolitan Opera: Die Walküre (5:30) The second installment in Wagner’s Ring cycle is beamed live from New York complete with Wotan, Brunhilde and the kids. ● Midnight in Paris (1:34) Woody Allen’s latest expatriate romance stars Owen Wilson as a dissatisfied modern-day Yank who discovers that he can travel at will to the Paris of Scott, Zelda and Gertrude Stein. ● Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2:17) Johnny Depp is back as Cap’n Jack Sparrow, grappling with a fearsome Penelope Cruz and searching for the Fountain of Youth; Rob Marshall directs. ● Priest (1:27) Postapocalyptic horror flick about a warrior priest on the trail of the bloodthirsty vampires who’ve kidnapped his niece. ● Queen to Play (1:36) Lyrical French film about a Corsican chambermaid (Sandrine Bonnaire) and her obsession with the coldly beautiful sport of chess. ● Rio the Movie (1:36) A Minnesota macaw flies down to Rio to hook up with a comely Carioca and gets mixed up with kidnappers instead. ● Something Borrowed (1:43) Romantic comedy about a New York singleton’s love affair with her best friend’s fiancé; Kate Hudson stars. ● Source Code (1:33) Government agent Jake Gyllenhaal takes over the body of a man on a bomb-rigged commuter train in the hopes of preventing the deaths of thousands. ● 13 Assassins (2:06) Action-packed

Japanese epic about 13 freelance samurai who methodically dispatch an evil warlord’s army of 200 soldiers. ● Thor (2:10) The Marvel Comics Nordic god/superhero finds himself in a 3D movie with Natalie Portman! ● La Traviata (2:16) Direct from London’s Royal Opera House it’s diva extraordinaire Renee Fleming in Verdi’s timeless tale of lust, love and loss. ● Water for Elephants (2:00) Sara Gruen’s

novel about a Depression-strapped veterinarian who runs off and joins the circus becomes a romantic tete-a-tete for Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon. ● Win Win (1:46) A down-on-his-luck high school wrestling coach hopes to strike it rich at the betting window when he recruits a talented ringer; Paul Giamatti stars. ● X-Men: First Class (2:20) Prequel reveals exactly what went down to turn Professor X and Magneto from BFFs to sworn enemies. ✹

›› MOViE TiMES 13 Assassins (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri, Tue, Wed 6:30, 9 Sat-Mon 1:45, 6:30, 9 Thu 9 As You Like It (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 1 Bill Cunningham New York (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Fri-Wed 6:30 Thu 4:30 Bridesmaids (R) ★★★1/2 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sun 1, 3:45, 6:50, 9:35 Mon-Thu 1, 3:45, 6:50 The Double Hour (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri, Sun 4:30, 6:45, 8:50 Sat, Mon 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 8:50 Tue 6:45, 8:50 Wed 6:45, 8:50 Thu 6:45 ❋ First Grader (PG-13) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:45, 7, 9:15 Sat-Mon 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15 Tue-Thu 7, 9:15 The Hangover Part II (R) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 11:50, 2:25, 4:55, 7:30, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:25 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sun 1:15, 4:30, 7:15, 9:55 Mon, Tue, Thu 4:45, 7:40 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sun 1:10, 4:05, 7, 9:45 Mon-Thu 1:10, 4:05,

= New Movies This Week

7 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:40, 9:20 Sat-Sun 1:15, 4, 6:40, 9:20 Mon 1:15, 4, 6:40 Tue-Thu 4, 6:40 Jane Eyre (2011) (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Lark Theater: Sun 4 Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG) Century Cinema: 11:30, 1:50, 4:15, 7, 9:20 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 11:45, 2:15, 4:40, 7, 9:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 2, 4:20, 6:40, 9 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sun 12:45, 3, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 Mon, Tue, Thu 4:30, 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sun 12:40, 2:50, 5, 7:10, 9:20 Mon-Thu 12:40, 2:50, 5, 7:10 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:50, 7, 9:10 Sat-Sun 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7, 9:10 Mon 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7 Tue-Thu 4:50, 7 ❋ La Traviata (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Thu 7 The Metropolitan Opera: Die Walküre (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Marin: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 6:30 ❋ Midnight in Paris (PG-13) CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 2:30, 3:15, 4:45, 5:30, 7, 7:45, 9:15, 10

Sat-Sun 12:15, 1, 2:30, 3:15, 4:45, 5:30, 7, 7:45, 9:15, 10 Mon 12:15, 1, 2:30, 3:15, 4:45, 5:30, 7, 7:45 Tue, Thu 4:45, 5:30, 7, 7:45 Wed 4:45, 7, 9:15 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (PG-13) ★★1/2 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sun 1, 4, 7, 10 Mon, Tue, Thu 4:20, 7:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sun 1:20, 4:25, 7:20; 3D showtimes at 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30 Mon-Thu 1:20, 4:25, 7:20; 3D showtimes at 12:30, 3:30, 6:30 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 3:40, 6:30, 9:30 Sat-Sun 12:45, 3:40, 6:30, 9:30 Mon 12:45, 3:40, 6:30 Tue-Thu 3:40, 6:30 Queen to Play (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri-Mon 4:15 Rio (PG) ★★ Lark Theater: Sat 4 Win Win (R) ★★★ Lark Theater: Fri-Sun 8:30 Mon, Wed 4:15 Thu 6:30 ❋ X-Men: First Class (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Thu 11:59pm Century Rowland Plaza: Thu 11:59pm

Showtimes for the Larkspur Landing, Northgate, Regency and Rowland cinemas were unavailable as we went to press. Please visit for schedule updates. We regret the inconvenience. 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 • 461-4849 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

Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz get swampy in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.’

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

F R I D AY M AY 2 7 — F R I D AY J U N E 3 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar An otherwise fun-loving ‘Hairspray’ takes on issues of race in ‘50s-era Baltimore in this year’s Mountain Play.

Check out our Online Community Calendar for more listings, spanning more weeks, with more event information.

Live music 04/10: Chris Hanlin Original acoustic. 3-6pm. Free. Hopmonk Tavern Sonoma, 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 05/27: AZ/DZ, Hot For Teacher AC/DC and Van Halen tribute bands. 9pm. $12-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 05/27: Butch Hancock Acoustic. 8:30-11pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 05/27: Butch Hancock Rancho Debut. From the Flatlanders. 8:30-11:15pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 05/27: Lady D Jazz, soul. With Alex Markels, guitar; Jack Prendergast, bass. 8-10:30pm. No cover. Max’s Cafe, 60 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera. 924-6297. php?Id=10 05/28: Chris Hanlin Solo acoustic singer song-

writer. 5-7pm. Free. Hopmonk Tavern Sonoma, 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 05/28: Dan Littlefield With Kristen Lee. Roots rock/folk. 9pm-midnight. Free. Hopmonk Tavern- Sonoma, 321 El Granada Blvd., Sonoma. 05/28: Deanna Bogart and Friends Singer/ songwriter. 8:30-11:15pm. $12. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 05/28: Elliot Randall,Vintage City Americana, rock. 9pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

05/28: Mwanza Furaha and the Band of Professionals With Jef Labes, Si Perkoff, piano; Wayne Colyer, sax; Michael J. Ilnicki, drums; Julie Egger, violin and Kurt Huget, 7-10pm. $5. Two Bird Cafe at The Valley Inn, 625 San Geronimo Valley Dr., San Geronimo . 419-5739.

05/28: Ned Endless and the Allnighters Rock. 9pm-1am. No cover. Fourth St.Tavern, 711 Fourth St., San Rafael. 261-3786.

05/28: New Rising Sons with Boudeeka


The Serengeti of Santa Rosa Less than eight miles from 101 North in Santa Rosa, SAFARI WEST is hardly off the beaten track, yet it feels like it —it’s a breathtaking 400 acres of the exotic. The back yard of owners Nancy and Peter Lang, wildlife preservation enthusiasts whose home is on the property, it’s the stomping grounds for giraffe, zebra, lemurs, cheetahs, wildebeests, Cape buffalo, ostrich, many breeds of antelope and other animals Safari West—head and shoulders above the rest. that live on the preserve. A safari tour begins with a guided walk through an aviary where you meet duikers (tiny Chihuahua-size African antelopes) and an amazing array of birds, as well as visits to a few outdoor pens that hold pacing cheetahs, a few different breeds of monkeys and a huge porcupine, among others. After that it’s all aboard an open-air safari vehicle that takes you on a bumpy two-and-a-half-hour ride through the reserve where a knowledgeable guide gives a thorough, interesting lesson on the animals that roam the grounds and call Safari West home (sit up on the top early in the trip to get face-to-face with curious giraffes). A huge outdoor fire pit surrounded by picnic tables is the setting for scrumptious (extremely tasty and fresh) dinners nightly that wrap up with s’more sessions (great for kids)—reservations required. If you are so inclined you can spend the night in one of a handful of comfy safari tents (essentially a tent-covered cabin frame) and get lulled to sleep (or awakened in the night!) by the sounds of the outside wildlife. Needless to say, there are no TVs here—just a comfy bed and room heater. So when you want to “get away from it all,” take a drive about an hour north—to the Serengeti. Info:—Beth Allen

Rock. 7-10pm. Taste of Rome, 1001 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-7660. 05/28: Society’s Child Rock. 10pm-1am. Free. Finnegan’s, 877 Grant Ave., Novato. 05/29: Doc Kraft At the 22nd Larkspur Flower and Food Festival. 12:30-2pm. Free. Larkspur Community Association , Magnolia between Ward and King St., Larkspur . 924-3803. 05/29: Jazz Nite 2011 With Ann Brewer and Jorge Castellanos with Larry Dunlap, keyboards; John Hoy, bass. 5:30-10pm. $24-29, includes threecourse meal. Savory Orient, 1025 C Street, San Rafael. 459-4593.

05/29: Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers At the 22nd Larkspur Flower and Food Festival. 4:30-6pm. Free. Downtown, Magnolia between Ward and King St., Larkspur. 05/29: The Blues Broads The first of this year’s barbecue concerts on the lawn. With Tracy Nelson, Dorothy Morrison, Annie Sampson, Deanna Bogart & Angela Strehli. 4-7pm. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 05/30: Lisa Haley and The Zydekats Grammy nominated Cajun/Zydeco. 4-7pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 05/31: James Moseley Trio ... 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993.

06/01: Audrey Moira Shimkas Trio with Michael Klein Jazz, pop, rock. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 847-8331. 06/02: The Lonestar Retrobates Western swing dance. 8pm No cover. Presidio Yacht Club, Sausalito. 601-3333 . 06/03: Amanda Holmes, Martin Purtil Los Angeles based singer/songwriter and Sacramento native Martin Purtill. 6-8pm. No cover. Hopmonk Tavern, 691 Broadway, Sonoma.

06/03: Luvplanet,The Jesse Brewster Band Original rock, jam 9pm-midnight $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 06/03: Tam Jam-An American Jam Features local student bands. Family friendly. 6pm. $3, $7 includes lasagna dinner. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393. Doc Kraft Dance Band Swing, Latin, country, Jazz. 8:30pm-12:30am. $8. The Seahorse Restaurant & Nightclub, 305 Harbor Dr. Gate 5, Sausalito. 601-7858. Fridays: DJ Jason Mitchell Late night DJ music and dancing. 10pm-1am. Free. Ghiringhelli’s Novato, 1535 S. Novato Blvd., Novato. 713-6346.

Concerts 05/27: Dephi Trio From the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Jeffrey LaDeur, piano; Linda Berube, violin and Michelle Kwon, cello. Works by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms. 8-9:15pm. Free, please bring canned or packaged food for the Marin Food Bank. Novato United Methodist Church, 1473 S. Novato Blvd. , Novato. 668-8733. 06/02: Left Coast Chamber “Viaggio Italiano.” Works by Luciano Chessa, Harold Meltzer and Boccherini. 8 p.m. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 06/03-04: Mill Valley Philharmonic “Poetry/ Music.” Orchestral music inspired by poetry with works by Grieg (Ibsen), Berlioz (Lord Bryon), Mendelssohn (Goethe), Ravel (fairy tales) and a world premiere by composer Clark Suprinowicz and poet Jane Hirshfield. 8 pm June 3. 4pm June 4. Free. Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. 383-0930.

06/03: Floating Records “A Home In Haiti” Benefit Concert With Acacia, Calafia, Fiver Brown


& The Good Sinners. 8pm. $20, includes cd. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito.

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countryside. Live music, experienced callers, refreshments. No partner needed. Third Wednesdays; 05/18, 6/15. 7-9:30pm. $10. San Rafael Community Center, 618 B St., San Rafael. 485-3333. 05/31: World Dance Class Join Monica Caldwell St-John for a high energy cardio blast featuring cool moves and hot grooves from around the globe. All ages and levels empowered. 9-10am. $15, drop in. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fitness Center & Spa, 2088 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 457-1693.

Theater/Auditions 05/26-06/19:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Picasso at the Lapin Agileâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; A fun romp written by comedian Steve Martin. Sunday matinees at 3pm. 8pm. $12-22. Novato Theater Company Playhouse, 484 Ignacio Blvd., Novato . 05/27-06/05:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Singinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in the Rainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 142 Throckmorton Theatre youth programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production. Shows at 7:30pm May 27 and June 3. 2pm May 28-29 and June 4-5. $14 -30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre , Mill Valley. 383-9600.

05/27-29: Shakespeare at Stinson â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unmasked.â&#x20AC;? Written and performed by Sophia Marzocchi. Modern and gripping personal journey combining dance, mask work and improvisation. Showtimes are 8pm May 27-28 and 7pm on May 29. $13-17. Bolinas Community Center, Wharf Road, Bolinas. 272-7992. 06/02-26:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Tiny Aliceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Marin Theatre Company presents Edward Albeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s controversial, rarely performed play that is both erotic thriller and darkly comic allegory. 8-11pm. $20-53. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208. Through 06/12:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Rabbit Holeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Pulitzer Prize winning drama by by David Lindsay-Abaire. Directed by Mary Ann Rodgers. Showtimes at 7:30pm Thurs.; 8pm Fri.-Sat.; 2pm Sun. $15-25. Ross Valley Players, Barn Theatre, Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross. 456-9555.

Through 06/19: Mountain Play Association Presents â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hairsprayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Mountain Play presents the Tony Award-winning musical. 2pm Sundays, May 29, June 5, 12 and 19, also 2pm Saturday June 11. 2-4pm. $30-40. Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre on Mt. Tamalpais, 801 Panoramic Hwy., Mill Valley. 383-1100.


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06/01: Comedy Wednesday with Will Durst and Friends Wry political humor. 8-11pm. $10-15.


05/20-06/26: Gallery Route One May/June Exhibitions Will Thoms â&#x20AC;&#x153;Finding My Way: Maps, Grids, Signs.â&#x20AC;? Alex Fradkin â&#x20AC;&#x153; The Left Coast: California on the Edgeâ&#x20AC;? and Tim Graveson, new works. Reception 3-5pm May 22. 11am-5pm Wed.-Mon. Free. Gallery Route One , 11101 Highway One , Point Reyes. 663-1347. 05/28-30: Point Reyes Open Studios Visit studios of nineteen West Marin artists. 11am-5pm. Free. Point Reyes Open Studios, Point Reyes/Inverness. (707) 548-6231. 06/01-08/31: Art in the Gallery George Draper, photographs. Noon. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Through 05/28:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;20th Annual Marin County High School Art Showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC; Juried exhibition of painting, sculpture, photography and drawing/ print processes from Marin High School student artists. Gallery hours are Mon-Thurs. 11am-4pm; Sat.-Sun. Noon-4pm. Free. Marin Society of Artists, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-9561.

Through 05/28: Falkirkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 Annual Juried Exhibition Marin and Bay Area artists in all media. Juried by Virginia Breier. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328.

Through 05/30:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;California Landscapesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Robbie Collins, paintings. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. Through 06/05:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;His Bolinas Lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Arthur Okamura, paintings. Troy Paiva, photographs. Barbara Ravizza, painted collages and prints. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330. Through 06/07:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Agglomorationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Jenny Hynes; watercolor, acrylic, ink, and stitched painting. 10am5pm. Underground Gallery at Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. 451-8119.

Through 06/15: Daniel Tousignant Exhibition Paintings. Free. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 945-9454. Through 06/17:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Love and Pleasureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Susan Danis, assemblage art. Livia Stein, paintings. Reception 5-8pm June 10. 10am-5pm. Free Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. Through 06/23: Michael Moyer Watercolors. Free. Rock Hill Gallery, 145 Rock Hill Dr., Tiburon. 457-0551. Through 06/30:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Celebrating Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Paola Gianturco, photography. Free. Alemany Library, Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 482-2453.

Through 07/04:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Beyond,Visions of Planetary Landscapesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Tour the universe this summer with the unique Smithsonian traveling exhibition in historic downtown Petaluma. 10am-4pm. Petaluma Museum, 20 4th St., Petaluma. (707) 778-4398. Through 07/04:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mosaic Magicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Solo exhibition by Jane Kelly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mosaic Magicâ&#x20AC;? showcases whimsical, colorful, three dimensional mosaic pieces. 7am-3pm Mon.-Fri.; 8am-3pm Sat.-Sun.; 5pm-9:30pm Wed.Sun. Free. Anthony Miceli Gallery at Two Bird Cafe, 625 San Geronimo Valley Dr., San Geronimo. Through 07/08:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Beautiful Botanicalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Paintings by Master Artists of the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society. 8am-7pm. Free. Marin Cancer Institute, 1350 So. Eliseo Dr., Greenbrae. 461-9000. Through 07/21: 2011 Spring Exhibit Features quilts by Gail Retka Angiulo and a Group Show by Marin MOCA members Bernard Healey, Janet Bogardus,and Terri Vereb. 11am-4pm. Free. Gallery 305, in office of Tamalpais Community Services District, 305 Bell Lane, Mill Valley. 388-6393.

Through 07/30:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Black Power-Flower Powerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Rare and historically significant exhibition of photographs by Ruth-Marion Baruch and Pirkle Jones documenting the Black Power and Flower Power movements of the late 1960s. 9-5pm. Free. Marin Community Foundation , 5 Hamilton Landing, Suite 200, Novato. 666-2442.

Talks/Lectures 05/21: Marin History Museum Walking Tours Join the Marin History Museum as they kick off their Summer Walking Tour Program in historic Downtown San Rafael. Learn about the significant


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06/01: SFMOMA Steins Exhibition Talk Joan Kaplan discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Gardeâ&#x20AC;? exhibition at the SFMOMA. 1-2pm. Free. San Rafael City Council Chambers, 1400 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 485-3321.

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Join Emma Donoghue for lunch as she discusses her novel “Room.” Lunch from Insalata’s restaurant. Noon. $55, includes lunch and an autographed copy of the book. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960, ext 1. 06/03:‘Real-Lifetales of First Love’ Editor Andrea Richesin and contributors talk about “Crush: 26 Real-Lifetales of First Love.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 06/03: Anne Zimmerman “An Extravagant Hunger: The Passionate Years of M.F.K. Fisher.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

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Kid Stuff 05/28: Book Signing and Spring Planting Celebrate the release of local artist and author Rebecca Burgess’s new book, “Harvesting Color.” Free with Museum Admission Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 05/28: Gustafer Yellowgold With musician/artist Morgan Taylor. 11am. $5-12. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito.

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Kay Ryan, the Library of Congress 16th poet laureate, talks about “The Best of It: New and Selected Poems.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 05/31: Traveling Show Reading With poets Barbara Swift Brauer, Kate Peper, Ann Robinson, Gini Savage, Michael Beebe and Prartho Sereno hosted by Angelika Quirk 7-9pm. Free. Room Art Gallery, 1320 Fourth St., San Rafael. 328-3954. 06/01: Melissa Fay Greene “No Biking in the House Without A Helmet.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 06/02: Dean Karnazes “Run! 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

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05/29: 22nd Annual Larkspur Flower and Food Festival Live music, art, flowers and food.

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ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Your ruler (active Mars) continues to slog through the procrastinating sign of Taurus. One minute you are raring to go and the next, thinking how nice it would be to take a nap. It’s kind of like jumping into a sports car and discovering the engine is missing. On the other hand, this is a positive transit for making money or increasing your net worth in some way—after you awaken from your nap, of course. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) It’s another social week as the planets enhance your personal style and friendliness. You’re feeling kind of sexy as well, so allot some time for your sweetie. The hospitable Moon in your comfort-loving sign makes the Memorial Day weekend perfect for having a potluck picnic in your backyard. You provide the venue; let everyone else put together the food and drinks. Less work for you, more time for your sweetie. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) It is your birthday month, which means the dramatic Sun wants you to flamboyantly express your personality. Gemini traits are varied (being the sign ruling versatility, of course); however, the most entertaining are your wit, your ability to do three things simultaneously and your talent for turning the most mundane experience into a fascinating tale of adventure. Which is why we all count on your attendance at a particularly memorable Memorial Day party. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Holiday weekends are either fun or stressful, depending on what is expected of you. If asked to bring a dish, you’re happy to oblige. If asked to host a party that includes people you don’t know, you lose your sense of calm. The idea of opening the door to near-strangers makes your crab antennae shudder. Fortunately, your ruler (the Moon) occupies the tranquil and capable sign of Taurus on Sunday and Monday. No matter the circumstance, you can handle it. LEO (July 22 - August 22) Leos are happiest when feeling proud. This zodiac cycle brings an opportunity to shine intellectually. Focused Saturn in your house of learning provides brainy ideas for your solar ruler in the clever sign of Gemini, while futuristic Uranus (in your point-of-view house) has you embracing new and exciting philosophies. You may soon encounter a casually dressed stranger who can help you get ahead. You know what they say about not judging a book by its cover? Believe it. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Although the planets continue to urge travel, this is not an option for every Virgo. An alternate emphasis in your chart has to do with selfexpression. Set up a party with red, white and blue decorations or make a particularly creative dish for a Memorial Day picnic. Meanwhile, Wednesday’s solar eclipse provides a new perspective on career options. If you aren’t enjoying your job, make a change. Virgo and work should almost NEVER be at odds with each other. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) The Moon in your opposite sign of Aries on Friday and Saturday could make you question whether you really want to get together with a large group on Memorial Day. It’s OK. You can go ahead and make plans. By Monday, your ruler (sociable Venus) is feeling both sentimental and friendly. Not only will you be able to handle a gathering of friends and family, you will actually crave it. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) This week the planets spread themselves out to cover a variety of activities. Your mind, body and spirit are being pulled in different directions, challenging you to take control and figure out which one should be in charge. Meanwhile, you experience your lunar low over the holiday weekend, meaning you have to deal with high emotions and low energy. If you’re planning to go to a picnic, either arrive late or leave early. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) You’ve reached the halfway point in your solar cycle. It’s time to reflect on what you’ve done since your last birthday and what you need to complete before the next. Since down-to-earth Saturn is influencing your hopes and dreams, your goals are likely to be more realistic than usual. As for the holiday weekend, it begins with wild abandon, which slows down to a “pass the BBQ chicken” by Monday. Put dibs on the hammock. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) It’s certainly easier to enjoy a holiday weekend when there are three lively planets in your house of play. You rarely think of yourself as the life of the party, but you might qualify for that role, especially on Sunday and Monday. After the weekend, Wednesday’s solar eclipse triggers a need to focus on your health and fitness. Nix that second helping of leftover cherry pie. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) Your ruler, quirky Uranus, continues his journey through the daring sign of Aries. If you aren’t in the midst of a grand adventure, you should plan one. Granted, when restrictive Saturn occupies your travel house, the concept of vacation is limited unless your trip has a purpose other than pleasure. But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t add a little fun to the mix, right? PISCES (February 18 - March 19) This is your last full week of having generous Jupiter in your money house. So, did you make a lot of money during the last year and then have a good time spending it on other people? There is more where that came from. That’s the thing about being a Pisces; the universe rewards your unselfish acts by providing you with even more shirts to give off your back. Ready to part with that vintage Blondie T-shirt yet? ✹ Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 26 PACIFIC SUN MAY 27 – JUNE 2, 2011

PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126719 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MT. TAM TECHNOLOGIES, 331 MADRONE AVE., LARKSPUR, CA 94939: DOUGLAS J. CANFIELD, 331 MADRONE 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 April 28, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 28, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 6, 13, 20, 27, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126581 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RACHELLE & NAPOLEON FAVORITE SNACKS, 30 KLAMATH WAY, NOVATO, CA 94947: THALASSA NEWTON, 30 KLAMATH WAY, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 10, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 11, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 6, 13, 20, 27, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126706 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GOLDEN IVY HEALTH CENTER, 712 D ST. SUITE A, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: WENDY YE, 4888 PORTSALON WAY, ANTIOCH, CA 94531. 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 April 27, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 6, 13, 20, 27, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126700 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DYNAMIC SURVIVAL SYSTEMS, 23 CIRCLE DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MATTHEW H. CAPPOLA, 23 CIRCLE DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 26, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 26, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 6, 13, 20, 27, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126653 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE BUILDER, 90 SEA WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: RAYMOND SOMBERG, 90 SEA WAY, 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 April 19, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 6, 13, 20, 27, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126714 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RUBY’S DAY SPA, 1102 SECOND ST. STE 11, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: LOURDES AN, 981 HACIENDA CR., ROHNERT PARK, CA 94928. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 28, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 6, 13, 20, 27, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126571 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE MARIN LISTENING AND LEARNING CENTER, 611 DRAKE AVE., SAUSALITO, CA 94965: LAURA D. GODWIN, 611 DRAKE AVE., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 8, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 6, 13, 20, 27, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126703 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MORTGAGE SERVICES, 4304 REDWOOD HWY. SUITE 100, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94960: ANDREW NATHAN, 69 RAVEN RD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960; NATHAN COLLEEN, 69 RAVEN RD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant has not yet

begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 27, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 6, 13, 20, 27, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126749 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ROADSIDE BBQ, 5000 NORTHGATE MALL #135, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: CAL SOL CONCEPTS LLC., 5000 NORTHGATE MALL #135, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 3, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 6, 13, 20, 27, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126729 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DOUBLE RAINBOW CAFE, 860 FOURTH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: DALAI OTIS ENTERPRISES, INC., 860 FOURTH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 29, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 29, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 6, 13, 20, 27, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126788 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SWEETWATER MUSIC HALL, 19 CORTE MADERA AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: THE WOODS MUSIC HALL, LLC., 19 CORTE MADERA AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 11, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 6, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 13, 20, 27; June 3, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126766 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GADGET PRO; CELLPHONE REPAIR & ACCESSORIES, 777 GRAND AVE. #KIOSK, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JOE NGUYEN, 3934 SELMI GROVE, RICHMOND, CA 94806. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 20, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 4, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 13, 20, 27; June 3, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126784 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CORE AWAKENING JOURNEY; GLOBAL HEART INITIATIVE, 936-B 7TH ST. #316, NOVATO, CA 94945: JITENDRA DARLING, 936-B 7TH ST. #316, NOVATO, CA 94945. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 1, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 6, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 13, 20, 27; June 3, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126819 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PAVCO PRESSURE WASHING, 56 SHADY LANE, ROSS, CA 94957: PERRY PAVLINA, 56 SHADY LANE, ROSS, CA 94957. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 10, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 10, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 13, 20, 27; June 3, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126840 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SYNTO SYSTEMS, 150 CABRO COURT, NOVATO, CA 94947: BCH TECHNICAL SERVICES, LLC., 150 CABRO COURT, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 12, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 20, 27; June 3, 10, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126858 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE VELVET ICE COLLECTION, 1328 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: LISA LEE, 8004 MITCHELL DRIVE, ROHNERT PARK, CA 94928. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of

Marin County on May 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 20, 27; June 3, 10, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126849 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ST. CLAIRE PARTNERS, 100 DRAKES LANDING RD. SUITE 207, GREENBRAE, CA 94904: DANIEL A. DAVIDSON, 100 DRAKES LANDING RD. SUITE 207, GREENBRAE, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 13, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 20, 27; June 3, 10, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126863 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NEXT STEP AHEAD DAYCARE, 124 MERRYDALE RD. APT. 44, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: ELIZABETH DASILVA ALVAREZ, 124 MERRYDALE RD. APT. 44, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 20, 27; June 3, 10, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 1216869 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BEGINNING SAINT PRESS, 21 ENCINA PL., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: CAROL FABRIC, 21 ENCINA PL., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 17, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 17, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 20, 27; June 3, 10, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126732 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ECO FRIENDLY CLEANING SERVICES, 338 VIA HIDALGO, GREENBRAE, CA 94904: ZOLTAN KAKUCS, 338 VIA HIDALGO, GREENBRAE, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 28, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 29, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 27; June 3, 10, 17, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126851 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as 1-800-GOT-JUNK?; 3060 KERNER BLVD. STE F, SAN RAFAEL, CA, 94901: RG ENVIRONMENTAL HOLDINGS, INC., 3060 KERNER BLVD. STE F, SAN RAFAEL, CA, 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 6, 2000. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 13, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 27; June 3, 10, 17, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126876 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RECOVERY IN DEPTH, 550-B MILLER AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: MICHAEL AANAVI, 125A DEL CASA DR., 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 May 11, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 18, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 27; June 3, 10, 17, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126870 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DF DESIGN, 103 BUCKELEW ST., SAUSALITO, CA 94965: DAVID FEINSTEIN, 103 BUCKELEW ST., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 17, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 17, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 27; June 3, 10, 17, 2011)

997 All Other Legals STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304273 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): GOLDEN IVY HEALTH CENTER, 712 D ST. SUITE A, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County

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Public Notices Continued from Page 26 on: June 27, 2008. Under File No: 117743. Registrantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Name(s): WEI YANG, 4983 FILAMENT CT., ROHNERT PARK, CA 94928. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on April 27, 2011. (Pacific Sun: May 6, 13, 20, 27, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1102193. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner DUK IM LEE filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: DUK IM LEE to HANNAH LEE; SEUNG JIN LEE TO VICTORIA SEUNG LEE; BYUNG HUN LEE TO DANIEL LEE. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: June 6, 2011, 9:00AM, Dept. L, Room L, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: April 29, 2011 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: May 6, 13, 20, 27, 2011) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: GEOFFREY ROBERT FRANK. Case No. PR-1102221. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of GEOFFREY ROBERT FRANK. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: ROBERT CARL FRANK in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that ROBERT CARL FRANK be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be

required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: May 31, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. in Dept: H, Room: H, of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: ROBERT CARL FRANK, 7200 JACINTO AVE. UNIT 18103, SACRAMENTO, CA 95823; (415) 235-7685. (Publication Dates: May 6, 13, 20, 2011) NOTICE TO CREDITORS: No. PR 1101539 In the Matter of: The Fuchs Family Revocable Trust, dated October 19, 1999, by Frederick A. Fuchs, Decedent. Notice is hereby given to the creditors and contingent creditors of the above-named decedent, who died on December 27, 2010, that all persons having claims against the decedent are required to file them with the Superior Court, at P.O. Box 4988, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 113, San Rafael, California 94903, and mail a copy to BARBARA M. FUCHS as Successor Trustee of the Trust dated October 19, 1999, wherein the decedent was the settler, c/o Zuckerman & McQuiller, One Embarcadero Center, Suite 2480, San Francisco, California 94111, within the later of four (4) months after the date of the first publication of notice to creditors or, if notice is mailed or personally delivered to you, sixty (60) days after the date this notice is mailed or personally delivered to you. A claim form may be obtained from the court clerk. For your protection, you are encouraged to file your claim by certified mail, with return receipt request. Barbara M. Fuchs, Trustee c/o Zuckerman & McQuiller, One Embarcadero Center, Suite 2480, San Francisco, California 94111. Tel (415) 392-1980, Fax (415) 392-4016. (Pacific Sun/ Publication Dates: May 13, 20, 27; June

3, 2011) AMENDED ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1101912. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner KATHERINE CHILDS (WAHL) filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: ABIGAIL IRIS WAHL to ABIGAIL IRIS CHILDS; JACK ALLEN WAHL TO JACK ALLEN CHILDS. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: June 8, 2011, 8:30 AM, Dept. E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. 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: May 5, 2011 /s/ FAYE Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: May 20, 27; June 3, 10, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1102467. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner AMBER TERRIBILINI filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: KANE JAMES PRUITT to KANE JAMES TERRIBILINI. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: June 27, 2011, 9:00AM, Dept. L, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. 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: May 16, 2011 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: May 27; June 3, 10, 17, 2011)


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Sometimes, treating a woman like crap comes with a substantial grace period. Sure, breakups happen, but a truly â&#x20AC;&#x153;thoughtful, caringâ&#x20AC;? guy prepares you for whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to come with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gotta talkâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;not â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey, Babe, put on your strappiest dress and meet me under the disco balls.â&#x20AC;? (Considerate guy that he is, surely he told you how beautiful you looked when the colored lights reďŹ&#x201A;ected off the mascara streaking down your cheeks.) What changed for him? Without drilling a hole into his brain and watching all the worker ants running around the factory, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to say. Maybe his feelings just ďŹ zzled, or maybe he was only up for romancing you into a relationship and not the relationship itself. Whatever his reason for leaving, he sure didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to pop up again to reiterate that he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want youâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;just in case you missed that when he was teaching you his cool new dance move: twirl the girlfriend around and kick her to the curb. Ask yourself whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually out of character for Mr. Wonderful to rather cruelly and abruptly transform into Mr. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll Be Wandering Off Now. Getting impatient in your search for a great guy can lead you to stick a bag over the head of a sorta-great guy or even a not-so-great guy and insist youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got your man. Your therapeutic professional would call this â&#x20AC;&#x153;conďŹ rmation biasâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;favoring information that conďŹ rms some belief you hold and shoving away any information that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. So, maybe you tell yourself that a manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s treated you really well when he just treated you to some romantic dinners and did some of those nice boyfriend things like bringing you ďŹ&#x201A;owers and repairing your garden hose. Any guy can learn to do that sort of stuff by reading â&#x20AC;&#x153;10 Ways to Make a Woman Cross-Eyed With Lust for Youâ&#x20AC;? in any number of menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s magazines. To ďŹ gure out whether a man is more than the sum of his smooth moves, look at whether heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s compassionate, whether he shows empathyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;for you and othersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and especially when he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think anybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s looking. Of course, getting to the truth takes being OK with the truthâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even if it ends up setting you a lot freer than you wanted to be. Since itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always possible the candles and moonlight are a prelude to the track shoes, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best to live with the hope that love will last but without the expectation that it will. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably the single best way to avoid becoming that â&#x20AC;&#x153;bitter, jaded old woman.â&#x20AC;? Then again, somebodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got to take care of all the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stray cats.


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;IF his ex werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t in the picture...!â&#x20AC;? You can always ďŹ nd your way to an â&#x20AC;&#x153;if.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun to vacation in if-land for a moment or twoâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;like, if I had a TV show, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have a cook and a driver and a monkey to massage my feet under my desk. But, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a TV show, and monkeys throw feces. And this guy doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to explore a relationship with you or heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be doing it instead of driving eight hours in hopes of servicing his ex back into a relationship with him. You can either live your life or sit around if-ing about what could be...his truck gets repossessed, and no bus lines go to ex-girlfriendville, so he looks deep into your general direction and says the words youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been waiting so long to hear: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Can I borrow your car for a coupla days?â&#x20AC;? â&#x153;š Š Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? Email or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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Tasty and Local Beer IRON SPRINGS KENT LAKE KOLSCH or SLESS' OATMEAL STOUT A Local Company â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Fairfax, CA Hand crafted on location in 10-barrel batches. We start with the freshest water from the seven Marin reservoirs, as well as the Russian River, and add the ďŹ nest ingredients available on the global market.

22 oz. bottles






Crisp, Tangy, and Sweet. Slice and Dip in Cinnamon Sugar for a Delicious Afternoon Snack.

A Family Owned Bakery Making Handmade Artisan Breads. Baked Daily in Penngrove. Also Featured on Our Deli Sandwiches.

98 ¢lb


$ 48 each

COHO SALMON FILLETS Wild Caught- Previously Frozen. Broil for 10 minutes. Baste with Herb Butter and Serve with Wild Rice and Grilled Asparagus.

$ oďŹ&#x20AC; all








Delicately Sweet â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mix with Blueberries and Serve Over Vanilla Ice Cream for an Easy Holiday Dessert. 6oz. pkg.

Made Fresh in Our Kitchen with a Blend of Fresh, Crunchy Vegetables and Feta Cheese in a Light Vinaigrette.

All Natural and Free Range. Lean and Healthy Hot Dogs Kids Love! 12 oz. pkg.


$ 88 ea

JOEL GOTT Sauvignon Blanc Regularly $ 1298 $ 98 S ave $ On Sale









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