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›› LETTERS Arms against a sea of Torkers Thanks to Sabrina for her letter [“Lake Schwinnbegon,” May 20] regarding the hike she and her husband took on May The Drake Mountain Bike Team 12 around Lake took top honors May 15 at the Lagunitas [a hike State Championship in Los Olivos. which she felt was ruined by “50 to 70” Drake High students biking laps around the lake]. As director of the mountain bike program at Drake High School, it is my explicit aim to teach our riders to ride properly, with safety and respect at all times. That said, allow me to provide more information so that readers might have a deeper understanding of the events of that day. ● Riding on the road around Lake Lagunitas is permitted under MMWD regulations. ● The number of Drake riders on that day was 20, according to Drake Head Coach Paul Chourre. ● In light of regulations regarding group size, the team divided into more than two groups and traveled separately so that they would remain under the 19-rider limit. ● All Drake riders did circumnavigate Lake Lagunitas. ● There were other riders from other schools that were either with their respective teams or riding unassociated with any team. Those riders did ride in the vicinity of our groups, though they were not under our jurisdiction, and not welcomed into our groups. ● According to Head Coach Chourre, he

understands how someone could perceive that there was one unified group riding around the lake, despite our efforts to mitigate that effect. ● It is possible that some Drake riders rode beyond the speed limit. I can neither confirm nor deny this. However, since our riders were under adult supervision, it is more likely that any riders going too fast were from outside our program. ● One of our parent riders reported that a woman, hiking with a male companion, accosted his son while he rode around the lake at what the parent regarded as “safe speed” and “within the limits.” According to the parent, she bodily blocked the road with arms outstretched with the intent of stopping the rider through physical intimidation. At Drake, we pride ourselves on the fact that we are training a generation of young people on how to use trails responsibly. The very notion that kids are choosing to spend many hours each year in the company of guiding adults speaks to the power of high school mountain biking. I do not believe that there is any other group, anywhere, that can claim to connect as many young people to nature as frequently and as fundamentally as the high school mountain bike programs in Marin do. We are nothing if not attentive to the rules, and swift in correcting the kids when they slip beyond them. Finally, over the years I have noticed that there are a significant number of adult trail users who choose to share their scorn for bikers by verbally harassing or physically intimidating (see #7) the children who ride with my team. I am at times afraid for the safety of our kids. Dan Freeman, social studies teacher/Mt. Bike director, Sir Francis Drake High School

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TOP POSTINGS THIS WEEK TJ Maxx to take over old Borders location The recently abandoned Borders building in San Rafael will be switching from text to textiles soon, as TJ Maxx clothiers has signed a decade-long lease to take over the 32,000.... RVSD: Protest-Only Ballot is BEWARE DemocracyIs election fraud in your mailbox? Thousands of Ross Valley Sanitary District customers are now signing and mailing “I Oppose the Rate Increase” letters. Every property owne... Solomon responds to Huffman’s redistricting comment Norman Solomon--Inverness resident and 6th District Congressional candidate--issued this comment Saturday, in response to a quote in the Marin IJ by

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Only thing shared with S.F. is our disdain for bordering counties to north... As one of the citizen speakers at the May 20 redistricting commission meeting, I was struck by the concern that Marin and Sonoma would be divided [“All Over the Map,” May 27]. I firmly believe Marin should share a congressional district with Sonoma, not San Francisco, because Marin and Sonoma are “communities of interest.” San Francisco is an urban area with approximately 15,000 people per square mile while Marin County is around 80 percent rural with approximately 450 people per square mile. Marin and Sonoma have many similarities. We have the same problem with traffic on Highway 101, we are concerned about our shared water supply from the Russian River, we are concerned about the funding of the SMART train and we want to protect our extensive parkland. We do not share these issues with San Francisco. If we are united with a county with similar concerns, we can work together to combat and solve these issues. A speaker at the commission meeting said, “Marin and San Francisco are separate communities. How many redwoods are in San Francisco?” Alec White, Marin Academy student, San Anselmo

With that guest list, we wouldn’t get a final-word in edgewise... Thanks in advance Jason for the above mildly amusing zap. I kid, but let’s throw a soiree honoring the Sun’s long-term, regular letter-to-the-editor writers: Craig Whatley, Kimberly Clark, Marcia Blackman, Rick Huber—and whatever happened to Fielding Greaves? Self-described “singles” columnist Nikki Silverstein and “Advice Goddess” Amy Alkon should also be there so they can pick up guys. As always, Jase, you’re the final word.

ing those who died in our country’s military service [“Peace Group Wins Parade War,” May 20]. Then with added gall, claiming it’s a political event when only they are politicizing it—topped by their spurious claim that it’s for everybody’s free speech rights when they seek to cram their unwanted political speech down everybody else’s throats. Don’t mistake my tone for anger. It’s pity for misguided wretches who find nothing more useful to do than rain on other people’s parades for free publicity for irrational, left-wing, Middle East causes that ill serve our nation in time of war. Fielding Greaves, San Rafael

We hope Yvette is coming to the letters-page get-together! I wish your newspaper would report that the gray overcast is purposely put out with chemicals by the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) to cut off sunlight. Why? I don’t know, but it has caused an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency and that in turn has caused an epidemic of rickets among children in our country. This is documented. We need answers and I wish you would do a special report about this matter. Yvette Wakefield, Fairfax

No, but we noticed Conan’s sidekick looks like a poor-man’s Jack Paar...

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And now, by special request from ‘Moon Atlantic’... Even Lance Armstrong’s years-long cheating binge denial couldn’t surpass the chutzpah of Marin Peace and Justice Coalition’s presumptuous demand to party-crash somebody else’s Memorial Day parade, on somebody else’s dime, solely to contribute deliberate dissension in a ceremony honor-

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Have you noticed that Jimmy Fallon’s sidekick looks like a poor-man’s Steve Allen? Oh, no, Jimerino! Craig Whatley, San Rafael

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War to end no wars All MoveOn Marin is saying, is give peace a chance... by Pe t e r S e i d m a n

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ow many people who attend a MoveOn anti-war rally June 18 will realize they’re gathering under a banner that was designed as a symbol for unilateral nuclear disarmament? In the 1950s and early 1960s, anti-war activists were focusing on the proliferation of nuclear weapons as the most pressing danger in the world. In 1958, Gerald Holtom designed what now is known as the ubiquitous “peace symbol” for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, an organization dedicated to reducing nuclear, biological and conventional armaments around the world. The pacifist philosopher Bertrand Russell was a signature spokesman for the anti-war effort then. One of his famous quotes encapsulates the ethos of the movement: “War does not determine who is right—only who is left.” That provocative statement and the principles behind it are just as controversial now as they were then, and they still can trigger intense debate. MoveOn’s flier for its rally features the peace symbol superimposed on a map of Marin and Sonoma counties and brings the anti-war movement forward 50 years from the era of Russell and the nascent call to “ban the bomb.” The bomb these days is the perpetual state of war the country has fallen into. In bold letters the flier reads: “It’s Time for Peace!”

The anti-war effort is aimed at stopping a “war on terror” from continuing to siphon resources, blood—and the country’s psychological health—to spill on the sands in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. The rally is just one in a long line of actions from Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, a leading anti-war activist in Congress. Below the flier’s bold type read the lines “Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey invites the North Bay to a forum on ending permanent U.S. warfare.” The forum will take place Saturday, June 18, from 1 to 2:30pm in the San Rafael City Plaza at Fourth and Court streets in downtown San Rafael. The rally comes just a few weeks before the Obama administration will report in July the number of troops it intends to withdraw from Afghanistan. “This rally can be part of the message to the White House that we want real drawdown,” says Woolsey. “We don’t want a measly 5,000 troops. We want this over with.” A preliminary list of speakers includes representatives from Veterans for Peace, Code Pink and Iraq Veterans Against the War. State and local officials also are expected to attend. Among the highlighted guest speakers are David Harris and Norman Solomon, who has announced his intention to run for Woolsey’s 6th District seat if she decides to retire. (Exactly where the boundaries of the district will be, whether 10 >

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Bike advocate changing lanes The Marin County Bicycle Coalition’s Deb Hubsmith will be pedaling off into the sunset after 13 years at the bike agency she co-founded. Hubsmith says she is leaving to focus more energy on the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, which she directs and founded in 2005.The Fairfax resident had served as executive director of MCBC from 1998 to 2005, and since then as its part-time advocacy director. Hubsmith says that with the MCBC“doing well,”it was a good time to shift gears. “At the national level, however, we’re struggling with a new Congress, many of whom are trying to eliminate bicycle and pedestrian funding,”says Hubsmith.“It’s time for me to have an increased focus on national level policies.”She says she’ll continue to attend“key public meetings”locally in order to advocate for such projects as the SMART train and pathway, the Alto Tunnel and the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program. Hubsmith developed the Safe Routes to Schools program in 2000 and, with the support of Minnesota Congressman James Oberstar, created a national-model program for getting kids to and from schools by walking and biking as a way to combat childhood obesity. According to the MCBC, during Hubsmith’s time with the coalition, bicycling in Marin has increased 135 percent on weekdays and 159 percent on weekends. Bike Coalition veteran Andy Peri will assume the duties of advocacy director beginning in July. ‘Marin IJ’ heading south Stuck in a building too large to house its depleted workforce, the Marin Independent Journal has announced plans to move its headquarters down Highway 101 to 4000 Civic Center Drive, the daily paper’s publisher, David Rounds, announced this week. The IJ’s been in its three-story 60,000-square-foot building on Alameda del Prado in Novato since 1981. But after six years of staff attrition and layoffs—eliminating its print workers, outsourcing most of its production and offering buyouts to newsroom reporters and editors—the paper and its remaining employees will take to more appropriately sized digs in Terra Linda. “This is an exciting move for us,”Rounds said in a statement about the relocation. The Alameda del Prado building is expected to be put up for sale. In its heyday the IJ supported hundreds of employees and upwards of 50 reporters, editors and photographers in its newsroom alone. But the dour economy combined with a thrifty MediaNews ownership has resulted in a hiring freeze since the mid-2000s, and multiple rounds of layoffs. Rounds implied the current staff is about 20 to 25 percent of what it was when the paper moved to Novato. Anonymous sources in the IJ’s newsroom have told the Sun that working in the current building is like being in“a morgue,”“a graveyard”and simply“depressing.” The IJ’s relocation is expected to take place later this summer. Critics trying to clog RVSD rate hike A Larkspur man appears to be trying to tank a steep rate hike currently on the table for the Ross Valley Sanitary District. Inspired by Proposition 218, which allows that if more than half of a district’s property owners sign on to protest a rate increase the increase is voided, a postcard on behalf of“concerned Ross Valley property owners” was sent to 18,000 district members this week seeking their support in opposing the hike. Though his name does not appear on the postcard, Larkspur financial consultant Dennis Gilardi reportedly voiced his intentions to galvanize opposition to the fee increase at the recent Larkspur City Council meeting. Earlier in the spring, the Ross Valley Sanitary District had discussed implementing an 80 percent—on average—annual rate increase for its Ross Valley and Larkspur customers. But outcry from residents and town councilmembers from Larkspur, Fairfax and San Anselmo persuad- 10 >

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1. Where in San Francisco would you find the world’s fifth largest dome? 2. What is the most powerful hand in poker? 3. Scientists estimate that about two-thirds of the world’s 1.5 million different kinds of animals are what? 4. What 25 million-year-old Russian lake, the world’s oldest and deepest, is more than one mile in depth? 5. Pictured, right: Name the TV game show 6. Which 14th-century English poet and author of The Canterbury Tales is known as the father of English poetry? 7. Pictured, below: Motor Trend magazine’s 2011 Car of the Year was what American-made “Car of the Future”?

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▼Pacific Sun staffer Carol recently rode the ferry to the Giants game, just as she has many times. With a boatload of excited fans, she expects a high-energy experience; however, she wasn’t game for out-of-control adolescents. Groups of teens (and possibly 20somethings) shoved, shouted and swore like sailors. Security intervened at least once, yet the obnoxious youngsters weren’t deterred. Passengers, including families with little ones, were forced to listen to drunken musings about who was going to f*** whom. When an inebriated teen kept bumping into Carol and a bystander politely asked the kid to be careful, it looked like a fight might break out. Hey Sloshed Zeros, you’re not on your way to a Raiders game, so next time, lay off the bottle and behave.—Nikki Silverstein

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▲It’s nice when a hometown baseball team wins a championship, but we think the victory is sweeter when the team agrees to share the title with its opponent. San Marin High battled Acalanes High for the Division III championship of the North Coast Section last Tuesday. The exciting game was tied 4-4 after 10 hardfought innings, but it was dusk and soon the young players wouldn’t be able to see the ball. Umpires stopped the game. After the coaches and principals discussed the situation, they decided not to reschedule, resulting in a co-championship title for both teams. The San Marin High baseball players are our Heroes this week, not only for their winning season, but because their spirit of compromise and sharing makes them true winners.

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The Glee Project It’s another talent competition show but the winner will get a guest spot on the real Glee.This lucky person could end up with less than a minute of screen time and his or her show business career would still outlast the average American Idol winner. Oxygen. 9pm. Gene Simmons Family Jewels In the season premiere, Shannon decides she needs space to reexamine their relationship.Typically when a rock star’s wife says she needs“space,” some of that space is in Vegas. A&E. 10pm.

SATURDAY, JUNE 11 Next Stop Murder This sounds a lot like Strangers on a Train but it happens on a bus. So there is still a murder plot, but they get there too late to actually kill anybody. (2010) Lifetime. 7pm. Finding Nemo Mostly it’s “Looking for Nemo.” They don’t find him till the end. (2003) Public transit has been murder since 1951. ABC Family. 8pm. Saturday, 7pm.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15 Haunted Collector A new paranormal investigation show focuses on objects that are said to be haunted. If your coffeemaker is giving you the creeps, these are the people to call. SyFy. 6pm. The Middle Axl is SUNDAY, JUNE 12 Tony Awards People you’ve never heard of assigned to care for a robot infant. High accepting awards for shows you’ll never see. schools sometimes do this to teach teens the overwhelming responsibility of parenthood. CBS. 8pm. A Bug’s Life An ant colony endures the dom- It’s basically the“Scared Limp”version of Scared Straight. ABC. 8pm. ination of a ruthless band of killer grasshop101 Gadgets That Changed the World pers until a lone ant devises a plan to recruit other insects to defeat the marauding horde. We’re guessing it will include the cell phone, TiVo and the iPod.They were going to Glenn Beck diagrams something like this include the remote control but they lost it on his chalkboard in just about every show. between the couch (1998) ABC Family. 8pm. cushions. History A Crush on You A man Channel. 9pm. finds himself in an awkSuperman Returns ward romantic situaThis is the one where tion when he accidenSuperman returns from tally emails the wrong an extended sabbatical woman. Fortunately, and finds out Lois Lane he’s not a congressis married to another man. (2011) Hallmark man and has a kid who Channel. 9pm. might be Superman’s son.To make it even MONDAY, JUNE 13 harder, the red cape Switched at Bir th went out of style while In this new dramatic Congressman from New York presents ‘A Crush he was gone. (2006) series, a pair of teenage The on You,’ Sunday at 9. FX. 11pm. girls learn they were switched at birth. It’s a common plot device, except one of the girls THURSDAY, JUNE 16 Wipeout This week is deaf. The working title: “You Can Keep the couples compete on a“romantic obstacle course.”We don’t know how you fit kids and Deaf One.”ABC Family. 9pm. a job into a game show. ABC. 9pm. Platinum Hit It’s a reality show like The Voice The Truth Below Four teens returning from and American Idol, except these are singer/ a ski trip are trapped in their car by an avasongwriters so they write their own music, lanche. It’s a lot like Sartre’s No Exit, but with allowing them to suck in a whole new way. more interesting haircuts. (2011) Bravo. 10pm. MTV. 10pm. ✹ TUESDAY, JUNE 14 Memphis Beat A Critique That TV Guy at letters@pacificsun.com. detective solves crimes in the city where Turn on more TV Guy at “innocent by reason of humidity”is an estab›› pacificsun.com lished legal defense. TNT. 9pm. JUNE 10 - JUNE 16, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 9

< 8 Newsgrams ed the RVSD board to reconsider the plan.The seemingly draconian size of the rate increase— about $400 a year for Ross Valley residents, and about $600 a year for Larkspur customers—was met with gaping jaws from residents when it was first proposed by district General Manager Brett Richards earlier in April. Richards suggested hiring 11 new permanent employees for the district. Richards said the district’s need to double the rate of much-needed pipe replacement to the aged system warranted the hirings and rate hikes. Critics pointed to the district’s string of recent legal fees—nearly $5 million alone for a settled suit with a South Bay construction firm—and its unwillingness to consolidate its resources with other central Marin sanitary districts as the real reason for the fee increases. After the public outcry, the district pared the proposed increase down to about a $170-a-year increase for Ross Valley residents and a $300 increase for Larkspur residents. Even the reasons for the rate hike are being revised:The IJ this week reported that district board member Peter Sullivan suggested the increase was necessary due to loss of revenue from San Quentin State Prison, which isn’t being charged as much since it’s cleaned up much of its wastewater. Still, the Fairfax and Larkspur town councils have both officially opposed the hikes, and the San Anselmo Town Council may join them after it meets next week. Signatories opposing the rate hike can mail their postcards to the address on the cards, which will be collected and presented at the district’s next public meeting on June 28 at 6pm at Kent Middle School in Kentfield.

Redistricting first draft raises eyebrows in Marin How much do Sausalito and Crescent City have in common? Not enough to include them in the same congressional district, some Marinites are saying after the 14-member California Citizens Redistricting Commission released preliminary drawings of plans for new 6th District boundaries. But an initial take by the redistricting commission found differently, extending the district from Marin in its entirety, east to Suisun City and all the way up to California’s most northwestern county, Del Norte. Members of the Citizens Redistricting Commission have said creating a single district that represents the entire California north coast is one of several possible approaches to drawing boundaries for the 6th District.The current boundary is Marin and most of Sonoma County. But in the new plan, portions of inland Sonoma could be sacrificed in favor of Trinity, Humboldt, Del Norte and most of Mendocino counties. Current 6th District Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey has already declared that such a plan makes no sense. Marin Assemblyman Jared Huffman, who has said he’d run for Lynn Woolsey’s seat in 2012 if she decides to retire, told the Marin IJ that such a map would make sense—if the intent is to create a“coastal”district. Inverness resident, author and political activist Norman Solomon wasn’t as optimistic over Marin exchanging its congressional-district partnership with Sonoma County to one with such far-afield neighbors along the coast. “The integrity of the North Bay should be preserved in the new congressional district,”said Solomon, who has also declared his candidacy for the 6th District seat if Woolsey does not run. “This is a region with common interests and shared terrain. For a long time our communities and concerns have flowed together.The new district should allow for full representation of those communities and concerns.” The preliminary map won’t be officially released until June 10 and it will be available at www. wedrawthelines.ca.gov. Another draft is expected and public comment will be heard prior to any final decisions about mapping the districts. Grand Jury blasts Corte Madera finances Corte Madera town managers could use one heckuva a piggy bank, according to a grand jury report released last week—which castigates the town for its failure to save money for a rainy day. The Marin County Civil Grand Jury report, titled“Corte Madera:Weathering the Economic Storm?,”offers a bleak assessment of Corte Madera’s long-term fiscal management, notably its reluctance to fill its“reserve fund”coffers during smoother economic times—an oversight that, according to the grand jury, has left the town“in a weakened financial position”since the economy hit the skids in 2008. The report says,“The genesis of Corte Madera’s fiscal problems is rooted in practices that span several decades, and a management approach that appears ad hoc instead of long-range; reactive instead of proactive; and hopeful instead of strategic.” With such high-profile shopping centers as the Village and the Corte Madera Town Center, the town depends on sales tax revenue as a major source of its funding. But a structure such as that makes Corte Madera particularly vulnerable to downturns in the economy and, according to the grand jury, the town has suffered a 23 percent decline in sales tax since 2006. The grand jury is particularly critical of the town’s lack of“reserve funds,”saying its“unrestricted” reserve fund—savings that can be used for any purpose—is about $1 million short of where it should be. “For example,”continues the report,“over the 20 year period from 1983 to 2002, the town realized an average of nearly $1 million in surplus funds every year for $19.6 million total.The town spent $15.4 million of the surplus revenues on one-time projects, but did not set aside prudent reserves.The balance of $4.2 million went toward the equipment-replacement fund, which has since been exhausted.” Also exacerbating the town’s fiscal situation, says the grand jury, is the $10.6 million debt it took on when acquiring the Park Madera shopping center five years ago—a deal that’s resulted in a loss of about $1.7 million out of town coffers since 2006.Town officials expect to continue subsi10 PACIFIC SUN JUNE 10 - JUNE 16, 2011

< 8 War to end no wars Woolsey retires or not, remains an open question as a redistricting panel works to re-draw political boundaries.) The June 18 event is reminiscent of the anti-war rallies during the Vietnam War— with one striking difference. During the Vietnam War, protesters turned out in the tens of thousands. Backers of the San Rafael rally San Rafael hope to attract 1,000 people, a big anti-war crowd these days. “A perpetual state of war has enveloped this country in the last 10 years,” says Solomon. “I want to talk at the rally about the impacts on Marin County and the country, and the world for that matter, to normalize war.” Solomon was in high school during what was euphemistically called the “Vietnam Conflict.” He remembers that “people would talk about, sometimes wistfully, when the war would be over. I think there’s been a corrosion of hope [now] because war has been so normalized. It’s become the wallpaper in the media echo chamber.” That zeitgeist of psychological malaise is far from unintentional. Throwing a net of perpetual war over a populace is an age-old control tactic. When the term “war on terror” entered the national lexicon, so did the idea that war will never end. It’s good for defense contractors but bad for military personnel, civilians, national budgets and the country’s psyche. Keeping people eternally afraid might pay short-term dividends, but

it also brings long-term discomfort. “The perpetual state of war is bankrupting us morally and fiscally,” says Woolsey. “Afghanistan alone is costing us $10 billion a month while we’re sitting around and fighting over what domestic programs will be cut. But we keep [wars going] with countries that aren’t threatening us. But it’s not just about the money. It’s just bad policy, and we want it changed.” Woolsey met with the relatively new organization to plan the rally—the Marin MoveOn Council formed last year. Creating local councils is a new tactic for MoveOn, which made its name as an Internet-based network for progressives. The national organization recognized the benefits that local councils could bring to members by promoting interpersonal interaction, face-to-face communication rather than keyboard-tokeyboard interaction. Creating the councils enabled the national organization to reach into local communities in a way impossible for a monolithic Internet presence. Richard Gray, who had worked on local political issues in Marin, attended what he describes as a “pop-up” meeting, an event where MoveOn asks people in communities to host gatherings. “It just didn’t make any sense to me that there was no MoveOn Council in Marin County, which is a very progressive county. I decided that I could act as an interim council coordinator to see if I could start one.” Gray recruited others who

dizing the struggling shopping center for the next 15 years or more. The grand jury report describes the details surrounding the purchase of the Park Madera Center as a“costly error in judgment.”According to the report: “Corte Madera did not appraise the property before making an offer.Town officials told the grand jury that their broker had advised them that the property was worth about $8 million.Town officials also told us that there were no competing offers to purchase the property. Nonetheless, in its zeal to acquire the property, the Town Council agreed to entice the owner to sell by‘sweetening’the offer to $10 million. An appraisal performed after the purchase valued the property at only $5.9 million. Even when the Town Council learned that the appraised value was well below its contingent offer, it moved ahead with the transaction, pledging Corte Madera’s town hall, two fire stations and the Park Madera Property as additional security for the debt financing.” A recent appraisal of the shopping center placed its value at $8.2 million—if it were fully leased, which it is not. “For the time being,”continues the report,“town officials have told the grand jury that their primary goal is to lease the remaining vacant space in the building and put as little money into the property as possible.” The report adds that some town officials think they’ll have to place a special tax measure of about $30 million on the ballot to refinance the shopping center purchase and fund upgrades to the center. To firm up its finances going forward, the grand jury is recommending that the town of Corte Madera adopt specific financial policies that establish reserve levels, debt management, financial forecasting, budgeting practices and public participation in financial decisions. If Corte Madera can commit to a fiscal-recovery plan, the report concludes, it may“over time, establish financial resiliency for the community.”

Boro to hand over mayoral keys Longtime San Rafael Mayor Al Boro announced this week that he does not plan to seek re-election to the post he’s held since 1991. Boro, 75, made his decision public after a busy year helping the city usher in a new city manager, Nancy Mackle, and joining a majority of councilmembers in voting to approve a controversial new Target store in East San Rafael. Possible candidates to run for the mayor’s seat include San Rafael City Councilman Greg Brockbank, who officially threw his hat in the ring June 8, and former councilman Gary Phillips, who has not filed to run, but reportedly would have Boro’s support if he does. Prior to being mayor of San Rafael, Boro had a career as an executive with Pacific Telephone and Telegraph, and had served on the San Rafael Planning Commission from 1971 to 1987.

had attended gatherings to form the core of the council. The group held a demonstration in the Bon Air center to protest the continuation of the Bush tax cuts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were 25 of us there.â&#x20AC;? The local council also came out in opposition to the new Target store in San Rafael. Gray moved to Clallam County in Washington, and, though he spends some time in Marin, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dedicated now to MoveOn councils in that state. When Gray left, Bernie Stephan says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was willing to take on the council leadership.â&#x20AC;? Stephan says the local MoveOn people met with Woolsey and talked about what they could do to help her â&#x20AC;&#x153;advance her progressive agenda.â&#x20AC;? Woolsey said she remained dedicated to ending perpetual warfare. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We fully agreed,â&#x20AC;? says Stephan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We said we will do what we can to help make this a big, big rally.â&#x20AC;? The local chapter is helping to spread the word by tapping into its database of core supporters and others who have participated in one way or another since the council formed last year. That database, says Stephan, numbers about 1,500 names. Woolseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s district includes Marin and Sonoma counties, and the MoveOn Council in Sonoma also is tapping its resources to spread the word about the rally. A host of other organizations has pledged support as well, including Progressive Democrats of Marin and Sonoma, Democracy for America, Marin Seniors for Peace, Next Generation, Peace Alliance/Department of Peace Campaign, Social Justice Center of Marin and Marin Peace and Justice Coalition. The strategy of using local councils and other organizations to reach into their membership to spread the word about the rally is a classic community organizing technique that plumbs the most local levels of interest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When MoveOn started, it was pretty much an Internet-based national effort to solicit support and lobby Congress and the administration nationally,â&#x20AC;? says Stephan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then they realized that we really didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a local face, and the councils are a way to interact directly with our representatives.â&#x20AC;? Solomon, who has a national reputation as an outspoken critic of the perpetual warfare state and the mediaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s culpability in perpetuating it by omission, says few politicians these days are willing to criticize the concept of perpetual war. Many anti-war activists are disappointed the Obama administration has failed to reject the perpetual war gestalt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those people who may have said they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like the war policy during the Bush years just clammed up, unfortunately.â&#x20AC;? Woolsey is a notable exception, Solomon notes. Part of the clamming up comes from Democrats refusing to criticize a Democratic presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; party politics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I fundamentally object to that,â&#x20AC;? says Solomon, who remembers when he heard Wayne Morse, the prominent Democrat, speak out against the war policies of the Johnson administration. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He did not hold back one whit.â&#x20AC;? Solomon includes this reminiscence in his book War Made Easy, which was made into a documentary narrated by Sean Penn. In 2008, before the presidential election, ScientiďŹ c American ran a story about how

words affect actions and psychology. The metaphor embedded in â&#x20AC;&#x153;the war on terrorâ&#x20AC;? was a central issue in the article, written by Arie W. Kruglanski, psychology professor at the University of Maryland; Martha Crenshaw, professor of political science at Stanford University; Jerrold M. Post, psychiatry and political psychology professor at George Washington University; and Jeff Victoroff, clinical neurology and psychiatry associate professor at the University of Southern California. The authors note the differences in the way presidential administrations forged language to transmit a psychological message about warfare. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bush administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s framing of terrorism as an act of war is a departure from past administrationsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; way of thinking....â&#x20AC;? President Reagan, they write, preferred a disease metaphor to describe his Cold War views and actions. President Clinton focused on â&#x20AC;&#x153;the pursuit of justice, law enforcement and international cooperation.â&#x20AC;? (The killing of Osama bin Laden resulted from a policetype action rather than a military invasion and occupation.) But Bush chose to push the war metaphor following the September 11 attacks. That state of perpetual war â&#x20AC;&#x153;requires national unity, and dissent is easily interpreted as unpatriotic. The solution has to be military.â&#x20AC;? That military solution also keeps â&#x20AC;&#x153;the public from realizing that what is going on is uncalled for,â&#x20AC;? says Solomon, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have become numb to the ideaâ&#x20AC;? that perpetual war is immoral and wasteful. It also is by deďŹ nition unsuccessful. The National Priorities Project has an Internet site that looks like the tote board at a telethon. It tallies the cost of war since 2001. It constantly increases. The total earlier this week was $1,203,502,025,500. It increases faster than a human can type. The cost of the war in Iraq was over $782 billion, in Afghanistan more than $421 billion. The astronomical and ever-increasing ďŹ gures seem abstract. To put them in perspective, the Priorities Project has broken down just what they mean on a countywide basis. Marin taxpayers have paid $1.8 billion for war spending in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, according to the Priorities Project. That amount would pay for, among other points of reference, 603,913 low-income people receiving healthcare for one year or 22,732 elementary school teachers for one year. That money also could have covered the cost of 22,982 ďŹ reďŹ ghters for one year or 18,753 police ofďŹ cers for one year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because Lynn Woolsey is nearing the end of her term, and this is important to her, we want to make it a success,â&#x20AC;? says Stephan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost a tribute to her work.â&#x20AC;? Woolsey says she will announce â&#x20AC;&#x153;by the end of Juneâ&#x20AC;? whether she will retire from Congress. â&#x153;š

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Cappadocian (modern-day Turkey) rulers guarantee quality of silver ingots— state-approved currency is born

640 B.C.

First true“coins,”made of gold and silver, are invented in Lydia (western Turkey)

600 B.C.

Round,metal coins invented in China

595 B.C.

Use of coins spreads to Greece

546 B.C.

Athenian Owl coin first to feature head and tail sides

336 B.C.

Alexander the Great simplifies exchange rate between Greek and Persian currencies

700

Penny released in England

806

Copper shortage in China initiates first use of paper money

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STOPS HERE... Fairfax tries to keep it in the family with new local currency by Dani Burlison

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Two brothers borrow 115 Genoese pounds and agree to repay 460 bezants to the bank’s agents in Constantinople—foreign exchange rates are born

1275

Marco Polo brings paper money back from Orient

1526

Copernicus argues that it is the total number of coins in circulation— not the weight of the metal— that determines value of currency

1537

Shilling is introduced

1619

Tobacco used as currency in Virginia

1659

London goldsmiths write an order for a bank to pay a supplier 400 pounds —the birth of checks

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ll currency is neurotic currency,” Norman O. Brown once said. And the esteemed philosopher hadn’t ever even been to Marin. But currency is currency, and launching this weekend at the Fairfax Festival, the FairBuck is arguably Marin’s most serious effort to date to employ the concept of strictly local currency to stimulate local-sales revenue. But getting Marinites to shop isn’t the hard part—it’s getting them to put down their plastic in favor of a $3 token headed and tailed by a deer and a snail, respectively. For years Marin has talked a big game about shopping locally. The FairBuck, in essence, is asking the community to put its money where its mouth is. So what’s the big deal about shopping local? Well, for example, when Fairfaxians spend $100 at a chain store—such as the now-closed Albertsons on Center Boulevard—very little of that $100 is supporting the local economy. In fact, only about $15 will remain town. The rest will maneuver its way into the paychecks of employees and managers—who may live and spend their money out of town—and much of the rest will journey back to the chain’s corporate headquarters in Boise, while a bit more will trickle out to farms in the San Fernando Valley. On the other hand, spending that $100 on groceries at a locally owned market will make a far greater contribution to the community: $45 stays locally, as small-business owners and their often-local staff purchase

goods, shop for leisure and pay sales and property taxes within the community. Comparatively, it’s a huge slice of the financial pie. Imagine the impact on a community if 100 percent of a dollar stayed local. And imagine a form of currency that is created specifically to do just that, regardless of what is being purchased. For Fairfax, that idea is about to become a reality. Marin, meet the Fairfax-only currency— the FairBuck. The brainchild of Sustainable Fairfax director Pam Hartwell-Herrero, the new trade token promises to continue promoting local spending and improving the economy of Fairfax. Beaming with the conviction of a presidential candidate, Hartwell-Herrero certainly has the optimism and dedication to make the FairBuck a local success. She’s also in the right town. Set at the footstep of Mt. Tamalpais and bursting with green ideas and endeavors, this town of about 7,500 people has cultivated a reputation for fusing smalltown quirky charm with an innovative and forward-thinking commitment to creating a sustainable world at a hyper-local level. With a limited number of non-local business and strong ties among residents, sustainability programs, organic farmers, public schools and the town government, it is no wonder that Fairfax was voted “Best Town (other than your own) in Marin” in the Pacific Sun’s 2011 readers’ poll. “We’re small enough for everyone to know each other,” says a bright-eyed and

enthusiastic Hartwell-Herrero at her modest Sustainable Fairfax office. “But we’re large enough to have an impact and to be a model.” Incorporated in 1931, the town has become well established as a mecca for left-leaning movers, shakers and thinkers alike. Since fostering its bohemian reputation in the 1960s, Fairfax has moved forward with banning such things as big-box chain stores, Styrofoam containers and plastic bags while promoting the health of the community and its residents. The town was certified as a Cittaslow community in 2010, an internationally renowned certification celebrating communities that hold a solid commitment to the slow food movement and sustainable practices. ● ● ● ●

WEARING MORE THAN one leadership hat in the community, Hartwell-Herrero not only heads Sustainable Fairfax but serves on the Town Council. But the impetus for her first large-scale economic endeavor grew from a classroom. The FairBuck light bulb switched on for her last year when she attended an 18-week Master Class at the Environmental Forum of Marin. “We had to choose a final project in class,” says Hartwell-Herrero. “I was inspired by the Coastal Marin token and pitched a similar project.” Hartwell-Herrero approached classmates and community members David Bernard, Karin Conn and Polla Pratt last fall with her

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BUT WHAT EXACTLY is the deal with this new token? First, like any form of local-only currency, it is to be used in exchange for goods or services in lieu of federal government notes—in other words the tokens are as good as regular old money. Each brass coin has a $3 value and is redeemable at more than 20 participating Fairfax businesses. Simply walk into a business with the FairBuck logo in the window and hand over tokens for your purchase and receive either “regular” money or FairBucks as change. It is that simple. Fairfax business owners are not obligated to accept the tokens. “Everything about this program is voluntary,” says HartwellHerrero. (So, look for the FairBuck logo at a shop before opening up your FairBuckstuffed wallet.) Signing up for participation in FairBuck isn’t a big risk, as local businesses have protection for at least the first year. Under the fiscal umbrella of the Chamber of Commerce, the FairBuck advisory and steering committees have decided to keep a 100 percent reserve of the 5,000 tokens recently minted. First Federal Bank will hold the cash in a tidy safe deposit box if retailers wish to turn in the coins at the end of the first year. But what good will the FairBuck do? “When working on environmental issues like climate change, water and food security, the biggest solution is localization,” says Hartwell-Herrero. These days everyone hears that local is always better, but not everyone understands why. Some statistics show that much of our food has to travel an average of 1,000 miles from farm to table, increasing our carbon footprint while at the same time removing funds from one’s own community and sending them off where a little of it winds up in the pockets of laborers in distant counties, states and countries—and most of it lands in the bank accounts of ag-industry corporate shareholders. Another issue around localization is the impact on the community’s needs. The estimated breakdown is that for every dollar spent at a local

Fund launched a Coastal Marin trade token business, the community retains 45 cents. to promote local spending in the 10 comWhen shopping at non-local businesses, an munities of West Marin. average of 15 cents of every dollar spent is Though focusing on the local kept in that community. economy, the Coastal Marin “Most of the busiFund has a slightly different nesses in Fairfax are agenda from the FairBuck. locally owned, which For founder Kirschman, the gives local stores the token is meant to act as a tool opportunity to be to raise funds for West Marin responsive to the comnonprofit organizations. With munity,” says Hartwellapproximately 60 participatHerrero. ing merchants accepting the For example, if there 10,000 tokens from Stinson is a high demand for a to Tomales, spending tokens particular item in one along with “real” money is a community and the local simple approach to supportbox store doesn’t carry it, ing the many nonprofits the non-local owners have in the area. According to less flexibility to change den nickels: oo Kirschman, emptied coin the merchandise selection w y an r ke te ta t quar Don’ ro is offering no boxes—$75 value—can be than a local store. Hartwell-Herre tablish the FairBuck. turned in to the nonprofit So what does this have in her quest to es of choice and then traded to do with the FairBuck? in for $40 each. With $15,000 worth Kirschman’s hope is that rather than of FairBucks flowing into the Fairfax keeping the tokens in circulation, tourists economy—which can only be used in Fairfax—it’s an advantage for local business will purchase the coins as collectors’ items, owners to know those dollars—which need thereby contributing to the local nonprofit community. spending—won’t be leaving town. “There are 2,600 households in West “Shopping locally is a real investment Marin,” says Kirschman. “Nonprofits in the community,” says Hartwell-Herrero. look to these for support and they are all “Individuals get to contribute to stirring fishing in the same pond at the same time. the local economic pot.” And despite the dour economy, for a town of its size, Fairfax Two million tourists pass through each year and this is a good way to get them likes to shop. According to the State Board contributing, too.” of Equalization, Fairfax experienced only a 3 percent decline in local sales and use Kirschman put forward the $10,000 for taxes from 2004 to 2009—by comparison, minting costs last year. most Marin towns’ local sales tax revenues “Some guys go buy a boat,” he laughs. dropped between 20 and 40 percent in that “This was my passion. It needed my donatime period. tion to get it started.” Still, there are hurdles for the FairBuck. Like the FairBuck, the Coastal Marin One reality that the FairBuck must face is Fund has window decals for the public to that cash isn’t the top currency of choice identify participating merchants. Supporters can either purchase tokens directly these days. It is such a convenience for through the community-building program shoppers to pull a card from a wallet and or simply walk into a participating business swipe it at the register. Another concern and ask for tokens as change. is that it is quite unlikely that anyone in “My hope,” says Kirschman, “is that one Fairfax will be bellying up to a register with day we will use them as un-self-consciously a bag of coins to make large purchases for as we use a $5 bill.” things like furniture, building supplies or Back in Fairfax, Hartwell-Herrero hopes farm equipment. to see the FairBuck stick around. “I want ●●●● it to last, to sustain,” she says. “I want it to THOUGH THE FAIRBUCK is brand new provide the ability to trade more, exchange to Fairfax, local currencies and barter more and support the local businesses in systems have been around since the onset this economy.” Next year, the committee of civilization. Around the world, shells, hopes to sponsor a design competition for seeds, strings of beads and even swatches the 2012 coin, of which they again hope to of deerskin were used as currency—and mint 5,000. dances, animals, food and building supAnd minting the FairBuck is only Phase plies were employed as barter items. Many One of Hartwell-Herrero’s master plan. small communities around the country “Who knows?” she says with a smile. “Phase have employed local trade tokens, as Two could be a Ross Valley token or even an well—some even in Marin. electronic payment method.” Ten years ago, Fairfax resident AngeSo perhaps it’s true that all currencies are lina Frost, now a member of the FairBuck neurotic. But this Fairfax neuroses might advisory board, introduced the idea of just have its act together.✹ using a similar exchange program with the Contact Dani at dburlison@pacificsun.com. proposal of a paper-based Fairfax currency. And just last year, in May, Dogtown resident A penny for your thoughts at Richard Kirschman and his Coastal Marin ›› pacificsun.com

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idea for developing a trade token that could promote local spending, bring awareness about local environmental and economic issues, and encourage more collaborative efforts within the community of Fairfax. The group met weekly to brainstorm, strategize and bring the FairBuck to fruition. But it wasn’t merely Hartwell-Herrero and her classmates who transformed the utopian dream into material reality. “I knew that Sustainable Fairfax couldn’t launch this alone,” says Hartwell-Herrero, who—in just the last six months—has enlisted support from the Town Council and the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce. With the three groups’ collaborative efforts—plus a private donation to cover most of the cost of minting the brass tokens—the project, so far, spells success.

1776

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1785

The dollar becomes U.S.currency

1787

One-cent coin debuts in U.S.

1792

Law passes stating that coin defacement,counterfeiting and embezzlement by U.S.Mint employees punishable by death

1794

Silver dollar debuts in U.S.

1859

“Indian Head Cent”minted in U.S.

1862

Paper money debuts in U.S.— 1 cent,5 cent,25 cent and 50 cent notes

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At end of U.S.Civil War,one-third of all paper currency is counterfeit

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Secret Service created with mission of fighting counterfeiting

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U.S.mints begin printing foreign currencies

1892

First U.S.commemorative coin produced—featuring Christopher Columbus

1899

Coin-operated pay phones debut. Five cents for local call

1950

Diners Club offers payment card usable at multiple establishments— the credit card is born

1966

MasterCard debuts

1967

First electronic ATM

1999

Euro is adopted by 11 members of the European Union

May 2010

Coastal Marin tokens offered in West Marin

June 11, 2011

FairBuck launches in Fairfax

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sages are house-made; all meats are carefully prepared. Today there is a concentration on natural meats. O’Neal sees to it that locally produced gourmet goods are highlighted throughout the store. Harvest is one of the few places where home cooks can buy organic Marin Sun meats and specialties like Clover’s farmstead butter. (415/898-1925)

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As Good as it gets Hardly any business has done so much to answer the needs of a growing movement than Good Earth Natural Foods of Fairfax. Beginning in 1969 in a tiny shop crammed from floor to ceiling with merchandise for vegetarians and the health conscious, the company has grown and grown. In its present location at 1966 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, it’s a dedicated source of organics—from foods grown nearby to natural medicines, products for the home to sophisticated wines. Its popular prepared foods and a shaded outdoor dining spot make it a gathering place for the fans who shop there. Good Earth is the survivor of the early days of organics marketing in Marin and it has flourished: This year it leased the site of Fairfax’s deserted Albertsons Supermarket, around 23,000 square feet of space where construction is under way with an in-house bakery and a large kitchen for expanded production of takeout food. With the move to the new store—opening slated for autumn—customers can expect a larger selection of meats, fish and poultry in addition to more products from local purveyors. It’s a long way from the rabbit warren of a shop on Bolinas Road! The present store will become headquarters and kitchen for Good Earth’s school lunch program, which provides healthful organic meals to 4,000 students a day (delivered in biodiesel vans), a pioneer project that has become famous in its field. (415/454-0123)

Behnaz from heaven A reason to cheer is that two new ethnic food stores, both with Middle Eastern ties, have arrived in the county. In January Behnaz Market opened in the shopping center on Entrada Drive in Novato. It takes its name from Behnaz Moradi who, with her husband Mahmoud Iravani, runs the place with a warm feeling of hospitality. An urn of tea provides samples for shoppers; just outside the front door are two small tables for warm weather lunches or snacking. Shelves and bins and freezers are filled with prepared foods, with Persian items predominating. The smell of the place is enticing, especially in the back of the shop where there are hot homemade foods for sale—two dinner entrees, sometimes kebabs and often stews, fragrant with spices, served with Persian rice. Sandwiches and soups and sweets are available as well. Here you’ll find dried foods, big sacks of rice, canned goods and jars and bottles of sauces and condiments. In the freezer are ready-to-eat dishes and frozen treats like date ice cream. Fresh cheeses—so important in Persian cuisine—are displayed along with yogurts and dips and spreads made from vegetables. And the breads! I could not resist a soft Afghani flatbread sprinkled with black sesame seeds, almost big enough to cover the single bed in my guest room. I also could not resist spring’s fresh green almonds, the first I’ve ever purchased, displayed in the small vegetable/fruit section. (415/506-4277) An Olive branch Olive Market is in its own stand-alone building at 1904 Fourth Street, San Rafael, right where the main thoroughfare becomes Miracle Mile. The feeling of the Mediterranean is immediate in its golden-walled interior. Its immaculate shelves are stacked with many of the same products carried by Behnaz Market, though there is a more diverse selection, like lamb sausages and European-made condiments from Middle Eastern ingredients (date molasses, tamarind paste). A line of “herbed waters” reveals the owner’s attention to healthful aspects of foods. Baskets on a table hold cherries, apricots, citrus fruits. (On the other hand, I was happy to see some exotic ice creams from Hollywood’s famous Mashti Malone!) Manager Masoud Alavi is a gentlemanly guide to what is sold in the shop, happy to discuss the uses for products unfamiliar to most of the cooks I know—like fresh little green plums that are, I learned, cooked with stews or eaten out of hand, in season for the next several weeks. Admitting that he is a vegetarian, he was nonetheless eager to talk about the cooking of all sorts of dishes in great detail. He has printed a number of well-written handouts with recipes and information. Several prepared items to go include huge olives, halvah, baklava. This is a treasure trove of aromatic, mysterious ingredients. (415/460-6200)

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How the West was yum! What are the rewards of shopping in West Marin? I’ve always supported the Bolinas Super Market (415/868-1441). I know that if there is a good catch I will find fish right off a local boat, and that the female butcher is patient and talented. I also know how supportive owner John Nasra is in the small town (setting up charge accounts for homebound customers, for instance). The same sort of feeling of loyalty holds true for Palace Market in Point Reyes Station (415/6631016), one of the county’s oldest businesses with a slight remnant of its Wild West past. Another Point Reyes Station spot that is hard for me to resist, Tomales Bay Foods is unique in its setting and its atmosphere. During a visit you may watch white-clad cheesemakers at work behind huge windows, stirring or handling the beginnings of some of our cherished signature varieties. On the other side of the modern barn-like interior, separated sections are lined up like so many market stalls: just-picked produce, a cheese shop with a selection, domestic and imported, that would be enviable in any metropolitan setting, and a pristine counter selling takeout foods. At Tomales it’s possible to pick up a few things to make an impromptu picnic, to buy fresh breads and fine cheese to take back home or to order lunch where everything is picture perfect and guaranteed local. This is not your typical deli counter. There are only three or four choices among the sandwiches, some complementary salads, pastries made from just-picked fruits or other interesting desserts (Earl Grey panna cotta, say). Carefully chosen wines and beer are for sale by the bottle. There is hardly anything more pleasant than taking the meal right outside and making it last as long as possible while you sit under a young olive tree. Sue Conley and Peggy Smith, the founding mothers of Cowgirl Creamery, are the women who made this Marin food-buying experience possible. (415/663-9335) ✹ Contact Pat at patfusco@sonic.net.

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evening with double bassist Charlie Haden, a night that starts with the screening of Reto Caduff’s new Haden documentary Rambling Boy, and ends with a conversation with the artist and duets with pianist Alan Broadbent. The 34th annual Fairfax Festival, running June 11 and 12, is the county’s best showcase for local roots-rock, bluegrass and folk acts. Performers this year include Chrome Johnson, the Monophonics, singer/ songwriter Chloe Roth, fingerstyle guitarist Teja Gerken and folk-blues guitarist Adam Traum, among others. The Novato Festival of Art, Wine and Music also runs this weekend with a music lineup that features country star Carlene Carter (the daughter of June Carter Cash and her first husband), singer/songwriter Noelle Hampton and longtime North Bay rockers the Sorentinos (June 11); and the Santana tribute band Zebop!, the Wonderbread 5, North Bay blues artists Volker Strifler and singer/songwriter Amy Wigton, to name a few. In addition to the fabled Ugliest Dog Contest, the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma will present East Bay soul-and-funk

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and religion. A highly energetic reader of new short story, Gertrude Stein was this tough, butch character—which I suppose, in part, and old literary works, Krasny may be one of she was. But she was also very gentle and the few people to have picked up on all of the maternal.” film’s scholarly references. In Midnight in Paris, Stein is the den moth“We do tend to take our own times for er of the Lost Generation, far less caustic and granted,” Krasny allows, in response to my critical than one imagines her to have been. suggestion that Midnight in Paris, profound “She was very benevolent, wasn’t she?” or not, does make the case that our own times Krasny asks. “I wonder if Gil could really write may one day be looked back on as its own the kind of novel that would get her imprikind of Golden Age, remembered by folks matur, or win her approval. He didn’t seem in the future who wish their world were as interesting as the world of 2011. “If the movie that deep to me. I think Woody Allen decided to be generous toward Gertrude Stein—but makes people think along those lines,” he generosity is not really one of his strong suits.” says, “celebrating our own times, celebrating As to the appeal of all the cultural and artistic those historical characfigures of our time, then ters crammed into one so much the better. time-tripping romantic “But I also thought,” comedy, Krasny can see Krasny continues, “and I why audiences have been don’t think Woody was so affectionate about Althat subtle about this— len’s new film. that he really can’t avoid “Something happens,” caricature and cartoonhe says, “with American ing. It’s in his DNA. audiences especially—and Adrien Brody was great I’m not even sure I unas Dali, but he was such derstand it entirely—but a joke: The surrealists I’ve seen it over and over immediately accepting it again. It’s a phenomenon. when Gil tells them he’s ‘We do tend to take our own times for It happens when Gil talks from the future. And pargranted,’ says Krasny. to Bunuel, and gives him ticularly the Hemingway the idea for Un Chien figure, talking in that ridicuAndalou, the Andalusian lous, caricature way that you would never think Hemingway actually spoke. dog film. People who remember that film, That part was kind of brilliant, in its way, but who know that Dali and Bunuel collaborated cartoon-like. It was Woody Allen, who almost on that, they can sit there and think, ‘Oh, hey! instinctively loves to ridicule and make fun of I got that!’” This, more than anything, may sum up certain types.” JAMES HALL

›› TALKiNG PiCTURES

Allen and Wilson huddle about how to ridicule the greatest American writers of the 20th century in the next scene.

Deconstructing Woody Talk radio luminary probes the Lost tango in ‘Paris’ by D av i d Te m p l e t o n

Writer David Templeton takes interesting people to interesting movie 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.

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ccording to KQED radio host and author Michael Krasny, the new film Midnight in Paris could be thought of as the Nashville of Woody Allen movies. Or perhaps it’s the Gosford Park of Woody Allen movies, or M*A*S*H or Pret-a-Porter or even The Player. The point is, Midnight in Paris, Allen’s biggest U.S. box office hit in years, does remind Krasny of Robert Altman’s numerous star-studded films. “This movie,” says Krasny, seated at a table inside the Book Passage cafe in Corte Madera, “it was like a historical version of a Robert Altman movie, but instead of just a bunch of celebrities, it’s a bunch of historical figures, and literary giants, appearing every few minutes—Picasso and Hemingway and Man Ray and Gertrude Stein. It served to take you into that whole magical realm— the magical mystery tour.” Make that the magical history tour. In the film, which has garnered glowing reviews from critics, a discontented screenwriter (Owen Wilson) visits his favorite city in the world—Paris, France. A sentimentalist with a huge affection for the so-called “Lost Generation” of American expatriate artists who lived, loved, wrote and painted in Paris in the 1920s, the writer finds himself magically transported each night, right at midnight, to a Twilight Zone Paris populated with his liter-

ary and artistic heroes: Ernest Hemingway (Corey Stoll), F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tom Hiddleston), Salvador Dali (Adrian Brody), Pablo Picasso (Marcial Di Fonzo Bo) and Gertrude Stein (Kathy Bates). Along the way, he falls in love with a beautiful Jazz Age French woman (Marion Cotillard), who longs to have lived in Paris of the 1880s, bumping shoulders with the likes of Toulouse Lautrec and Edgar Degas. “I think Woody Allen was trying to say something important about nostalgia,” Krasny remarks, raising his famous voice a notch to be heard above the clanking of dishes at the coffeehouse counter. “He’s making a point about the past and how it works on our imaginations. You have Owen Wilson playing a hack writer who wants to be a novelist. He’d love to have lived in that era, with all its excitement and all its literary greats and extraordinariness. It’s a bit of a hackneyed premise, actually, but it was fun. It is fun to think about—do we really long for other eras? Are we deceiving ourselves into thinking we’d be happier in halcyon times, previous times when there was a lot more to be thrilled with, like maybe Paris in the 1920s? “But in the end,” he adds, “I didn’t think it was that profound.” Krasny, a professor of English and literature at San Francisco State University, is perhaps best known as the host of Forum, the daily public-radio talk show on KQED in which he frequently discusses books and art with some of the leading authors and artists in the world. He is also the author of the recent book, Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic’s Quest, a boldly personal examination of his own spiritual evolution from childhood believer to confirmed agnostic, with insightful exploratory forays into the benefits and dangers of faith

The Lost Generation comprised expatriate American writers who, in the words of F. Scott Fitzgerald, found ‘all gods dead, all wars fought and all faiths in man shaken.’ From left are John Dos Passos, Joris Ivens, Sidney Franklin and Ernest Hemingway in Madrid during the Spanish Civil War

Krasny recalls an earlier piece of comic writing by Allen, “The Lost Generation,” a short story in which Allen describes his own fictionalized days hanging out with Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Picasso and others. In the piece, Hemingway keeps punching him in the mouth, while Stein regards everything she sees as being “Good, but not great.” “He’s very immersed in that time period, Woody Allen is,” Krasny points out. “In that

what is most entertaining about Midnight in Paris—the opportunity to prove how much arcane information we still hold in our heads. Says Krasny, “It’s like getting a question right on Jeopardy. There’s a bit of a thrill that goes with that.” ✹ Talk more flicks with David at talkpix@earthlink.net.

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Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

Patti LuPone eviscerates ‘The Ladies Who Lunch’ in ‘Stephen Sondheim’s Company,’ showing at the Marin, Regency and Sequoia Thursday night.

Bill Cunningham New York (1:26) Loving portrait of the New York Times’ octogenarian fashion photographer, pop anthropologist and all-around man about town. ● Bride Flight (2:10) Dutch drama follows three women over the course of half a century as they head to New Zealand and create very different lives for themselves. ● 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-year-old) visual artwork in human history. ● The Double Hour (1:36) Acclaimed Italian thriller about the seemingly idyllic romance between a chambermaid and a former cop. ● Green Lantern (1:45) Move over, Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent; it’s Hal Jordan’s turn at the DC Comics summer blockbuster superhero sweepstakes. ● 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. ● Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (1:31) A self-pitying third grader faces a totally bogus summer vacation, not knowing that goofy auntie Heather Graham is coming for a visit. ● 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. ● Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings Extended Edition (3:50) If you still haven’t had enough hobbits, elves and wizards to last you your lifetime, here’s some deleted footage from the platinum-plated vaults of Peter Jackson. ● The Metropolitan Opera: Madama Butterfly (2:45) Puccini’s tragedy of the doomed romance between an American ●

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sailor and a Japanese maiden is dazzlingly interpreted by director Anthony Minghella. ● 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. ● 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. ● Stephen Sondheim’s Company (2:30) An eclectic all-star cast (including Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Colbert and Christina Hendricks) performs Sondheim’s groundbreaking musical about love and commitment; the New York Philharmonic provides accompaniment. ● Super 8 (1:52) J.J. Abrams’ Zapruderesque thriller about a group of kids who inadvertently film an ultra-spooky conspiracy-laden catastrophe. ● Thor (2:10) The Marvel Comics Nordic god/superhero finds himself in a 3D movie with Natalie Portman! ● Tony Awards Al Pacino, Vanessa Redgrave, Ellen Barkin and Edie Falco are among the thespians vying for the Great White Way’s highest honor; the ceremony’s presented in glorious big-screen high definition. ● The Tree of Life (2:18) Terrence Malick’s lyrical, meditative family portrait (winner of Cannes’ Palme d’Or) stars Sean Penn, Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain. ● 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 Bill Cunningham New York (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 6:30 Sun-Thu 6 ❋ Bride Flight (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 6:45, 9:30 SatSun 1, 4, 6:45, 9:30 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:30 Bridesmaids (R) ★★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:45, 10:30 Sat-Sun 11, 1:50, 4:45, 7:45, 10:30 Mon-Thu 7, 10 Century Northgate 15: FriWed 11:25, 12:40, 2:10, 3:45, 4:55, 6:30, 7:40, 9:15, 10:25 Thu 11:25, 12:40, 2:10, 3:45, 4:55, 6:30, 7:40, 9:15, 10:25, 11:55 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:55, 1:45, 4:35, 7:25, 10:20 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Tue 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 1, 3:45, 6:40, 9:35 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:15, 6:50, 9:30 Sat 1, 4:15, 6:50, 9:30 Sun 1, 4:15, 6:50 MonThu 4:15, 6:50 Cave of Forgotten Dreams (G) Century Regency 6: Fri-Mon, Wed-Thu 12:30, 2:55, 5:20, 7:45, 10:10 Tue 12:30, 2:55 The Double Hour (Not Rated) ★★1/2 Rafael Film Center: SatSun 12:45, 3 ❋ Green Lantern (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Thu 11:59pm Century Rowland Plaza: Thu 11:59 The Hangover Part II (R) ★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 8, 10:25 Sat-Sun 11:45, 2:30, 5:15, 8, 10:25 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:15 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:50, 1:05, 2:20, 3:35, 4:50, 6:15, 7:30, 8:40, 10:10 Thu 11:50, 1:05, 2:20, 3:35, 4:50, 6:15, 7:30, 8:40, 10:10, 11 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:05, 2:35, 5:05, 7:45, 10:25 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 1:10, 4:05, 7, 9:45 ❋ Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:05, 2:25, 4:40, 7:10, 9:25 Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:30, 9:50 Sat-Sun 11:20,

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2:15, 5, 7:30, 9:50 Mon-Thu 7:15, 9:30 Century Northgate 15: 12:45, 3:15, 5:40, 7:55, 10:05; 3D showtimes at 11:45, 2:15, 4:35, 7:05, 9:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:50, 3:30, 8:10; 3D showtimes at 1:05, 5:50, 10:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 Sat 12:45, 3, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 Sun 12:45, 3, 5:15, 7:30 Mon-Tue 5:15, 7:30 Thu 5:15 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 12:40, 2:50, 5, 7:10, 9:20 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:50, 7, 9:10 Sat 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7, 9:10 Sun 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7 Mon-Thu 4:50, 7 ❋ Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Tue 7 ❋ The Metropolitan Opera: Madama Butterfly (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) ★★★1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Wed 12:25, 1:40, 2:50, 4:05, 5:10, 6:20, 7:30, 8:40, 9:50 Thu 12:25, 1:40, 2:50, 4:05, 5:10, 6:20, 9:50 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:45, 7, 9:15 Sat 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15 Sun 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7 Mon-Thu 4:45, 7 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:30, 2:30, 5:30, 8:30; 3D showtimes at 12:50, 3:50, 7:15, 10:15 Thu 11:30, 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30; 3D showtimes at 12:50, 3:50, 7:15, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 12:45, 4, 7:05, 10:10 Thu 12:45, 4, 7:05 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Tue 1, 4, 7, 10:05 Rio (PG) ★★ Century Northgate 15: 11:35, 4:25, 9:10; 3D showtime at 1:55, 6:50 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 4 Sun 1:40 ❋ Stephen Sondheim’s Company (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Thu 7:30 CinéArts at Marin: Thu

7:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Thu 7:30 Super 8 (Not Rated) Century Cinema: Fri-Wed 11, 1:45, 4:25, 7:10, 9:50 Thu 11, 1:45, 4:25, 7:10 Century Regency 6: Fri-Tue, Thu 11, 12, 1, 1:55, 3, 4, 5, 5:55, 7, 8, 9, 10 Wed 11, 12, 1, 1:55, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 10:30, 11:50, 1:10, 2:30, 3:50, 5:10, 6:30, 7:50, 9:10, 10:35 Thu 10:30, 11:50, 1:10, 2:30, 3:50, 5:10, 6:30, 7:50, 9:10, 10:35, 11:50 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 1:20, 4:15, 7:15, 9:50 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 7:10, 9:45 Sat 1:15, 4, 7:10, 9:45 Sun 1:15, 4, 7:10 Mon-Thu 4, 7:10 Thor (PG-13) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 11:20, 4:45, 10:20; 3D showtimes at 1:50, 7:35 ❋ Tony Awards (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Sun 8 ❋ The Tree of Life (PG-13) Rafael Film Center: Fri 6:30, 8, 9:15 Sat-Sun 12:30, 3:30, 5:15, 6:30, 8, 9:15 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:15 Water for Elephants (PG-13) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 1:15, 4:20, 7:25, 10:15 Win Win (R) ★★★ Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 8:30 Sun 3:45 MonThu 8 X-Men: First Class (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15, 10:15 SatSun 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:45 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 12, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Thu 12, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11:45 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 10:35, 12, 1:30, 3, 4:30, 6:15, 7:30, 9:15, 10:30 Thu 10:35, 12, 1:30, 3, 4:30, 6:15, 7:30, 9:15, 10:30, 11:45 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Tue 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:40

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

›› THEATERS

‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ kicks off another summer season of Film Night in the Park, Friday at 8pm in Fairfax’s Central Field; info, 272-2756 or filmnight.org

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

Brad Pitt and Hunter McCracken in Terrence Malick’s much-anticipated ‘The Tree of Life,’ opening Friday at the Rafael.

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F R I D AY J U N E 1 0 — F R I D AY J U N E 1 7 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar

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

Check out our Online Community Calendar for more listings, spanning more weeks, with more event information. www.pacificsun.com/sundial

Live music 06/10: 13 strings James Moseley and Alex Markels, jazz guitar duets. 8-10:30pm. No cover. Max’s Cafe , 60 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera. 924-6297. www.maxsworld.com 06/10: Bob Schulz Frisco Jazz Band Part of the2011 Jazz & Blues by the Bay music series. 6:30-8 p.m. Gabrielson Park , Anchor and Bridgeway, Sausalito. 289-4100. www.ci.sausalito.ca.us 06/10: Freddie McGregor Reggae, roots. 9 p.m. $20-25. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. http://www.19broadway.com 06/10: Jazz Roots Kick off the Novato 28th annual Festival of Art. 8-11pm. $5-10. Ghiringhelli’s Novato, 1535 South Novato Blvd., Novato. 878-4977. www.ghiringhellisnovato.com 06/10: Petty Theft Tom Petty tribute band. 9pmmidnight $15-20. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 06/10: Rick Ruskin Fast, flashy, inventive solo guitar/songwriting. 8 p.m. $15-20. Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon. 789-0846. www.om28.com 06/10: The Bell Brothers Country. 9-11:30pm. $20. The Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 847-2899. www.thesouthernpacific.com 06/10: The Incubators Rock. 8 p.m. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 06/10: The Machiavelvets Psychedelic Jazz/ funk. 10pm. No cover. Finnegan’s Marin, 877 Grant Ave., Novato. www.finnegansmarin.com 06/11: Alvon Johnson Blues. Former vocalist

with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group “The Coasters.” 9-11:30pm. $20. The Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 847-2899. www.thesouthernpacific.com 06/11: Lady D Jazz and soul standards vocalist. With Alex Markels, guitar; Jack Prendergast, bass and Jimmy Hobson, drums. 8-11pm. No cover. Servino’s Ristorante, 9 Main St., Tiburon. 497-2462. www. servino.com/ 06/11: The Edge Original rock and reggae. 9pmmidnight $15-20. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 06/11: Vinyl, Monophonics Funk/rock. 9pm. $12-15. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. www.19broadway.com 06/12: Paula Held Austin-based songwriter. No cover. Hopmonk Tavern, 691 Broadway, Sonoma. www.hopmonk.com 06/12: Riders In The Sky Barbecue on the Lawn. Country. 4pm. $25. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road , Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 06/12: Steve Malerbi’s Harmonica Jazz With Alex Markels, guitar and Jack Prendergast, bass. 5:30-8:30pm. No cover. Rickey’s Restaurant & Bar, 250 Entrada, Novato. 497-2462. www.rickeysrestaurant.com 06/14: Anna Estrada jazz, bossa nova and salsa. 7-10pm. no cover; dinner encouraged Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 06/15: Bob Gordon and Sandy Bailey Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover; dinner encouraged Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com

BEST BET ‘Djam’-boree

The weather may finally be luring us outdoors, but a whole lotta people will be sitting inside the intimate 142 Throckmorton Theatre June 9-12 to take in DJANGOFEST, a four-day celebration of the music and spirit of Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. Notable local Gypsy jazz musicians team up with internationally renowned stars for a series of performances, workshops and “djam��� sessions—keeping the tradition alive, while adding their own mark. Each of The Motor City meets Mill Valley when the Hot Club of the five shows—which include perform- Detroit takes the stage this weekend at Djangofest. ances by at least two groups and some “cross-pollination” of musicians—is an astonishing display of musical virtuosity. The high-energy, multi-national Fishtank Ensemble returns, as does the incomparable multi-instrumentalist John Jorgenson, among many others. Thursday, June 9, through Sunday, June 12, at 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. $25-$130. Check out the schedule and order tickets at 142throckmortontheatre.org, or call 415/3839600. —Carol Inkellis

There’s nothing canned about the Blackwood Quartet’s Grammy-winning gospel—but do bring canned food for the hungry to their show June 17 in Tennessee Valley.

06/15: Smooth Jazz Happy Hour With Kevin Frazier Saxophone. Every Wed. throughout the month of Jun.e 5:30-7:30pm. Il Davide, 901 A St., San Rafael. 454-8080. www.IlDavide.net 06/16: Audrey Moira Shimkas Quartet Jazz/ rock. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 847-8331. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 06/16: Deborah Winters Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 06/17: Blackwood Quartet Grammy-winning group is gospel at its very best. Please bring canned food to help feed the hungry. 7pm. Free. Peace Lutheran Church, 205 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley. 388-2065. www.peacelutheranchurch.net

06/17: Blind Side Blues Band, flanelhed Blues rock. 9pm-midnight $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 06/17: KRS One Hip-hop legend. 10 p.m. $22. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. www.19broadway.com Through 06/12: DjangoFest Annual festival celebrating the music and spirit of the great French/ Belgian Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. See website for performance details. Performers include Fishtank Ensemble, Jazz Gitan, Lollo Meier, Hot Club of Detroit, others. $20-130. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com

Dance 06/14: 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. Women’s Fitness Center & Spa, 2088 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 457-1693. 06/15: English Country Dance in Marin Dance spirited,graceful folk dances of the English countryside. Live music, experienced callers, refreshments. No partner needed. 7-9:30pm. $10. San Rafael Community Center, 618 B St., San Rafael. 485-3333. www.cityofsanrafael.org

Theater/Auditions Through 06/12:‘Rabbit Hole’ 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. www.rossvalleyplayers.com

Through 06/19:‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’ A fun romp written by comedian Steve Martin. Sunday matinees at 3pm. 8pm. $12-22. Novato Theater Company Playhouse, 484 Ignacio Blvd., Novato, . www.novatotheatercompany.org

Through 06/19: Mountain Play Association Presents ‘Hairspray’ Mountain Play presents the Tony Award-winning musical. 2pm Sundays, June 12 and 19, also 2pm Saturday June 11. $30-40. Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre on Mt. Tamalpais, 801 Panoramic Hwy., Mill Valley. 383-1100. www.mountainplay.org Through 06/26:‘Tiny Alice’ Marin Theatre Company presents Edward Albee’s controversial, rarely performed play that is both erotic thriller and darkly comic allegory. 7:30pm Sun. and Wed.; 2pm Sun.; 8pm Tues. and Thurs.-Sat. $20-53. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208. www.marintheatre.org

Art 06/10-07/15: Marin Arts Exhibition “Pop Art.” Exhibition featuring a variety of pop art in various mediums inspired by pop culture and popular music. Opening reception 6-8pm June 10. 11-6pm. Free . Marin Arts Gallery, 906 Fourth St., San Rafael . 666-2442. www.marinarts.org 06/10: 2nd Fridays Art Walk | San Rafael Join merchants up and down Fourth St. Discover art, refreshments and entertainment options every 2nd Friday of the month. See website for new listings and event map. 5-8pm. Free. Downtown , Fourth St. area , San Rafael. 451-8119. www.artworksdowntown.org/2ndfridays 06/11-07/31: June/July Exhibitions Wolfgang Bloch & Lawrence La Bianca, Stephen Galloway Michael Porter, new works. 1-5pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330. www.bolinasmuseum.org JUNE 10 - JUNE 16, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 25

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06/14: Tom Wootton on Bipolar Disorder and Depression Bipolar Advantage is sponsoring this talk about living, training and adaptations for thriving with bipolar issues or depression. 7-8:30pm. Free. Town Center, 770 Tamalpais Dr., Suite 201, Corte Madera. 992-5315. www.bipolaradvantage.com

06/15: Armchair Adventure to Machu Picchu With Marin Independent Journal hiking columnist and author Tacy Dunham. Tacy will present slides and discuss her travels in Machu Picchu. 7-8pm. Free. Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Dr., Corte Madera. 26 PACIFIC SUN JUNE 10 - JUNE 16, 2011

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06/15: Marin Scuba Club Monthly Meeting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Australia and Tasmaniaâ&#x20AC;? discussion with Nathan Cobert with heckling by Arlene Rudy. 7:30-9:30pm. $3-5. Flatiron Saloon, 724 B St. (at 3rd), San Rafael. www.marinscuba.org 06/16: World Affairs Council Dr. Margaret Wheeler, UCSF, talks on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Haitian Earthquake: Providing Health Care in a State of Chaos.â&#x20AC;? Dr. Wheeler led a team of 50 medical volunteers to Haiti. Reservations required. 7:30-9pm. $6-9, students free. Creekside Room, Dominican University, San Rafael. 293-4600. www.dominican.edu

Readings 06/10: David Thomson â&#x20AC;&#x153;The New Biographical Dictionary of Film: Fifth Edition.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 06/10: Erica Bauermeister Bauermeister presents her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Joy for Beginners.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 06/11: Colette Obrien Left Coast Writers Launch. Obrien discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nobility of the Robe: Book One of The Mirari Chronicles.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

06/11: Davis Phinney and Austin Murphy Phinney (with co-author Murphy) discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Happiness of Pursuit: A Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Courage, A Sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Love & Lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steepest Climb,â&#x20AC;? the story of how the cyclist overcame Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 06/11: Group Poetry Reading With Sara Berkeley-Tolchin (The View from Here, Strawberry Thief, Facts About Water); Bill Noble & Bill Keener (Three Crows Yelling). 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 06/11: Thor Hanson The author talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle.â&#x20AC;? Biologist Hanson details a sweeping natural history, as feathers have been used to fly, protect, attract and adorn through time. 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 06/12: Carolyn Cooke O. Henry award winning author talks about her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Daughters of the Revolution.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 06/12: Harold Lustig Lustig presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Naked in the Nursing Home: The Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guide to Paying for Long-Term Care Without Going Broke.â&#x20AC;? Lustig helps equip you and your elderly parents for the future. 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 06/13: Ken Mercer Mercer talks about his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;East on Sunset.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 06/14: Group Flash Fiction Reading With authors Molly Giles (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Creek Walk & Other Stories,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iron Shoes & Rough Translationsâ&#x20AC;?), Peg Alford Pursell (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fragmentation & Other Storiesâ&#x20AC;?) and Meg Pokrass (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Damn Sure Rightâ&#x20AC;?). 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 06/14: Oscar Hijuelos The author talks about his memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thoughts Without Cigarettes.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 06/14: Traveling Poetry Show Marin Poetry Center presents C.B. Follett, Susan Terris, Patricia Garfield, Yvonne Postelle, Oswald Klausenstock and Phyllis Teplitz with host Barbara Brooks. 7-9pm. Free. Belvedere-Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon. 788-7649. www.marinpoetrycenter.org

06/15: Ann Patchett Literary Luncheon â&#x20AC;&#x153;The State of Wonder.â&#x20AC;? Catered lunch. Noon. $55, includes lunch & an autographed copy of the book. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 06/15: Eleanor Henderson Henderson discusses her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ten Thousand Saints.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 06/16: Traveling Poetry Show Marin Poetry Center presents a reading hosted by Lauren Feigenbaum featuring Joan Gelfend, Alan Cohen, James Phoenix, Meryl Natchez and Andrea Freeman. 7-9pm. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission St., San Rafael. 485-3326. www.marinpoetrycenter.org 06/17: Mac Barnett The author presents his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Billy Twitters & His Blue Whale Problem.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.usace.army.mil/ bmvc/index.html 06/17: Film Night in the Park A young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons ends up befriending a young mythical beast in â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Train Your Dragon.â&#x20AC;? 8pm. Free. Old Mill Park, 300 block of Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 272-2756. www.filmnight.org

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06/10:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iron Jawed Angelsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; MWPACâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Movie Night. Film about the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s movement to win the right to vote starring Hilary Swank. Snacks available. 6-9pm. Free. Community Media Center of Marin, 819 A St., San Rafael. 897-1224. www.mwpac.org 06/10: Film Night in the Park Wes Andersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fantastic Mr. Foxâ&#x20AC;? is an edgy, star studded, stopmotion animated fable based on the Roald Dahl childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s novel. 8pm. Free. Central Field, Broadway & Bank, Fairfax. 272-2756. www.filmnight.org

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bread 5 and Volker Strifler. Features wine and beer tasting, kids area, art and festival vendors. 10am-7pm June 11; 10am-6pm June 12. Free admission. Downtown, Novato. 897-1164. www.novatochamber.com 06/11-12: Sufi Symposium Talks on spiritual psychology and mind and heart connections with Sufi and other religious leaders from around the world. music by Taneen, Sufi Musical Ensemble and Riffat Sultana on Saturday at 5pm. 9am-6pm. $75 for symposium, concert $15 Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave,, San Rafael, . 382-7834. www.sufisymposium.org

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06/11: ITP and the Evolution of the Soul Join ITP International for a day of practice and community featuring Esalen and ITP co-founder Michael Murphy and special guests. Reception to follow. 9am-7pm. $75, $10 lunch available. St. Stephen’s Church, 3 Bayview Ave., BelvedereTiburon. 888-366-9213. www.itp-international. org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=320

06/11: Marin Parents of Multiples Garage Sale Do you need three of those? No problem here. Over 100 consignors offer high quality baby and children’s clothes up to age six, maternity clothes, toys and baby equipment. 8am-2pm. $1. Marin Catholic High School, 675 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Kentfield. www.mpomc. org/garage_sale

06/11: Novato Community Band Rummage Sale Novato’s Milestones Wind Ensemble presents its Spring Rummage Sale with a great variety of useful items offered at bargain prices. 8am-2pm. Free. 1425 Dawes St., Novato. (707) 774-1433. 06/11: Trekking the Model Ranger guided tour of the Bay Model, a 1.5 acre hydraulic model of San Francisco Bay and Delta. Discover the stories of the two major operations that took place at this location between 1942 - 2000. 1:30-3pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.usace. army.mil/bmvc/index.html 06/11: Walk to End Eating Disorders Andrea’s Voice hosts the first National Eating Disorders Assoc. walk. With hoop dancing, speakers, live music. 10am-1pm. $20 . Napa Veteran’s Memorial Park, 900 Main St., Napa. (707) 2248032. www.neda.nationaleatingdisorders.org

06/13: Organizing Your Job Search with Google Docs Become adept at organizing your job hunt by learning to use Google Docs. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Participants must create a Google account prior to class. 7:15-8:30pm. Free. Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Dr., Corte Madera. 924-6444. www.marinlibrary.org 06/14: Brainstormers Pub Trivia Join quizmaster Rick Tosh for a fun and friendly team trivia competition. 8-10pm. Free. Finnegan’s Marin, 877 Grant Ave., Novato. 899-1516. www.finnegansmarin.com

06/14: History of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Join Ranger Bill to learn about the “When/Where/Why/What/How,” the diverse, complex, many faceted missions, goals and objectives of the USACE’s “Birth” in 1775 under President George Washington. 2-3pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.usace. army.mil/bmvc/index.html 06/14: Marin Green Drinks Fun and casual place to meet your green community. 5:308pm. No cover. Jason’s Restaurant, 300 Drakes Landing, Greenbrae. www.greendrinks.org 06/15: Stop the War on Unions Learn about the war on public and private sector unions and its impact on working people. Panelists include Michael Lighty, Ed Hassan and Lisa Maldonado. With moderator Carol Simon Mills. 7-9pm. Free. The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 488-9037. www.dfa-marin.com Fridays: Food Truck Crush Gourmet mobile food trucks and live music. Through Sept 30. 4-8pm. Larkspur Ferry Terminal, 101 East Sir Francis Drake Blvd. , Larkspur. 259-7263. www.foodtruckcrush.com

Tuesdays: Tamalpais Valley Farmers Market Local and regional farmers, bakers and food purveyors showcase their seasonal bounty. 3-7pm. Free. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393. www.tcsd.us 28 PACIFIC SUN JUNE 10 - JUNE 16, 2011

Kid Stuff 06/05: Mill Valley Philharmonic Family Concert and Ice Cream Social “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. Ice cream reception follows. 1-3 pm. Free. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 3830930. www.millvalleyphiharmonic.org

06/11: Lights On! Children’s Street Painting Bring the kids to “Children’s Avenue” street painting during their “Lights On!” exhibition and opening of the new Youth in Arts office in downtown San Rafael. Til Dawn performance and hands-on arts for all. 9am-3pm. Free. Downtown , 917 C St., San Rafael. 457-4878. www.youthinarts.org 06/12: Strawberry Festival 2011 Enjoy local musicians and food vendors, free carnival games, family races, coloring and cooking/baking contests. Enjoy the petting zoo, jump house, rock wall, free pool party and more. 11:30am-4pm. Free. Strawberry Recreation District, 118 East Strawberry Dr., Mill Valley. 383-6494. www.strawberry.marin.org/ events.html 06/12:Todd Davis Davis discusses “Handy Dad.” The extreme sports athlete and host of HGTV’s “Over Your Head” presents 25 awesome projects for dads to build with their kids. 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

06/15: Mother Goose on the Loose Storytime For children ages 0-3 and their parent or caregiver. 9:30-10am. Free. Marin City Library, 164 Donahue St. , Marin City. 332-6157. www.marinlibrary.org 06/16: Kathryn Otoshi The author discusses “Zero.” As budding young readers learn about numbers and counting, they are also introduced to accepting different body types. 7:30pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 9270960. www.bookpassage.com

Through 06/30: Gallery Route One’s Artists in the Schools Program Annual installation “Water, Water Everywhere - Creeks, Bogs, Bays and Beaches of our Tomales Bay Watershed.” Toby’s Art Gallery in Point Reyes Station. 3-5pm. Free. Toby’s Feed Barn Gallery, Point Reyes Station. 663-1347. www.galleryrouteone.org

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Week of June 9-June 15, 2011

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) In order to appreciate your little piece of the planet, you need to stop and look around. The flowers are out. The trees are green. The sky is (hopefully) blue. Lovable Venus has just moved into the sector of your chart ruling your immediate environment. For the next few weeks, be grateful for the positive and dismiss the negative. Attitude is everything and yours is (cue the Beatles) “getting better all the time...” TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) The movement of your ruler (Venus) from your own downto-earth sign to the frivolous sign of Gemini is meant to show you how to lighten up. Your conversations turn from practical to flirtatious. Your interests change quickly from making money to making clever puns. Your ability to sit still for long periods of time disappears and you may have a sudden desire to travel by bicycle. It may not officially be summertime, but it certainly feels like it. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) The loony Moon in your house of romance and entertainment ensures that Friday is filled with fascinating experiences. Of course, since it is your birthday cycle, the entire week has potential for excitement—just in case you miss Friday’s offerings. As for your upcoming year, you are pulled back and forth between the three strongly dynamic energies activating your creativity house, your relationship house and your friendship house. Somewhere, sometime, something’s gotta give... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) The weekend emphasizes your longing for romantic adventure— even if you refuse to admit to having this desire. Meanwhile, your unconscious mind is calling the shots, which means drifting into dreamland when you meant to be focusing on reality. Wednesday’s lunar eclipse may cause an incident between you and a co-worker. Since your ruler (the Moon) is temporarily in the dark of a lunar eclipse, retreat is probably better than attack. LEO (July 22 - August 22) This is the week to mix it all together. Invite your pals from different circles to the same get-together. Right now you are capable of throwing together people with a variety of interests to create one pleasurable group activity. (Within reason: If your friends span the far right and far left of controversial social issues, all bets are off.) Tuesday is the best day for indulging in romance. For this, limit your “group” to two. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Jupiter, the planet of exploration, wants you to do whatever you can to broaden your horizons for the next year. This could mean doing more traveling, developing a taste for ethnic foods, learning a foreign language or volunteering for a Peace Corps assignment in Central America. As long as you expand your viewpoints, Jupiter is happy. Meanwhile, Wednesday’s lunar eclipse reminds you that it’s time to end an old bad habit. Please don’t replace it with a new one... LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Life always gets a bit more interesting when your ruler (charming Venus) enters the lively sign of Gemini. A variety of activities appeals to you— including, but not limited to, engaging in witty conversations with total strangers at the coffee shop. One slight problem is that your innate difficulty regarding making decisions is likely to become more pronounced. So many coffee shop encounters, so little time to figure out which one to pursue. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Although your subconscious mind can make you suspicious of anything that seems too good to be true, in actuality you really are having better luck in the love department right now. Those of you who have trouble letting go should find it easier to do in the next year with expansive Jupiter teaching you that staying together is supposed to be a joy, not a habit. So, whatever your situation, the outlook is happier. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Nothing like lovable Venus moving into your relationship house to bring the promise of romantic pleasure your way. Just because your ruler (Jupiter) is in your work house doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun with your sweetie after hours. Wednesday’s lunar eclipse is in your sign. If you feel your emotions running rampant, now you know why. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Ambitious Saturn (your ruler) comes to a standstill in your career house this week. This concentrated energy helps you figure out which of your goals are worth keeping, which new goals should be added to your list and which goals should be thrown into the discard pile. In other news, pay attention on Wednesday when you are prone to being absentminded while on the job. In fact, those of you who handle heavy machinery are urged to take the day off. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) Evidently the planets have decided to provide you with pleasure and entertainment, in the hopes that you will forget about whatever chores are on the schedule. You’re meant to be having a good time doing the things that give the month of June a reputation for fun. There are music festivals, art fairs and parties in the park—and, as mentioned last week, the chance to fall madly in lust. Now all you need is world peace, right? PISCES (February 18 - March 19) The weekend begins with an emphasis on the rational air signs, which does not sync with your intuition-based reasoning. Fortunately, by Saturday evening a perceptive Scorpio Moon aligns with your sign to help counteract the voices of “logic.” This lasts through most of Monday, so use it to your advantage. As for Wednesday’s lunar eclipse, it can be used to break away from a career decision that you now regret. Alas, the circus will not be the same without you... ✹ Email Lynda Ray at cosmicclues@gmail.com or check out her website at www.lyndarayastrology.com 30 PACIFIC SUN JUNE 10 – JUNE 16, 2011

PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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. 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) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126908 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FALAFEL HUT, 1115 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MOHAMED SHAWA, 2500 DEER VALLEY RD. APT 217, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on May 20, 2011. (Publication Dates: June 3, 10, 17, 24, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126926 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GEOCHEK.COM, 153 JORDAN AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: MELODY HOROWITZ, 153 JORDAN AVE., 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 N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 25, 2011. (Publication Dates: June 3, 10, 17, 24, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126912 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CASA MANANA, 711 D ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARGARITA ALMENDARES, 269 CURRY ST., RICHMOND, CA 94801. 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 23, 2011. (Publication Dates: June 3, 10, 17, 24, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126874 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ATSC APPLIANCES, 64 DURAN DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903 : CARLO PALOMBI, 64 DURAN DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 17, 2011. (Publication Dates: June 3, 10, 17, 24, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126936 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BAYWOOD ARTISTS, 5800 NORTHGATE MALL, SUITE 250, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: LISSA NICOLAUS, 69 SHADY LANE, ROSS, CA 94957; ZENAIDA MOTT, 55 BAYWOOD AVE., ROSS, CA 94957; SHERRILL MILLER, 3 WHITE PLANS COURT, SAN ANSELMO, 94960. This business is being conducted by an unincorporated association other than a partnership. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 25, 2011. (Publication Dates: June 3, 10, 17, 24, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126919 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as POOL HOUSE, 104 CLARK ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SCOTT MULLINS, 104 CLARK ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 24, 2011. (Publication Dates: June 3, 10, 17, 24, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126877 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as AGUILA CONSULTORES, 135 ROSS ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARTIN LOZANO, 135 ROSS ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; BETH RADER, 135 ROSS ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on May 18, 2011. (Publication Dates: June 3, 10, 17, 24, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126984 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GRAND SPA, 777 GRAND AVE. SUITE 203, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SHEUNG LIN CHOW, 2598 SIMAS AVE., PINOLE, CA 94564. 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 May 27, 2011. (Publication Dates: June 3, 10, 17, 24, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126981

The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ELDORADO FOREST SPRING WATER COMPANY, 1010 B ST. SUITE 215, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: DENISE ZOYA MARIE JILBERE, 854 HACIENDA WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 24, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 27, 2011. (Publication Dates: June 10, 17, 24; July 3, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126861 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NOR-CAL AIR DUCT SERVICES, 25 LAKEVEIW CT., NOVATO, CA 94947: RANDY VOLKMAN, 25 LAKEVEIW CT., NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 18, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: June 10, 17, 24; July 3, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127028 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MOVING ART, 4305 OVEREND, RICHMOND, CA 94804: LUIS MANUELA, 1045 DAVIS AVE., GLENDALE, CA 91201. 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 June 6, 2011. (Publication Dates: June 10, 17, 24; July 3, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127038 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MUGSHOT PHOTOGRAPHY; MUGSYCLICKS, 210 JEWELL ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MUGSYCLICKS LLC., 210 JEWELL ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 7, 2011. (Publication Dates: June 10, 17, 24; July 3, 2011)

997 All Other Legals AMENDED ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. 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 D’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

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Public Notices Continued from Page 30 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) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304281 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-Recorderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office. Fictitious Business name(s): GRAND SPA, 777 GRAND AVE. SUITE #203, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: March 2, 2010. Under File No: 123394 Registrantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Name(s): ANDREW CHENG, 3222 PROMONTORY CIRCLE, SAN RAMON, CA 94583. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on May 27, 2011. (Pacific Sun: June 3, 10, 17, 24, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1102809. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MOMY HIMY filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: MOMY HIMY to MAURICE MOMY HIMY. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: July 25, 2011, 8:30AM, Dept. E, Room 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: June 6, 2011 /s/ FAYE Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: June 10, 17, 24; July 3, 2011)

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I think you need to follow the Internet trafďŹ c. A substantial portion seems to be those forwarded listsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;from both men and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;explaining why whichever sex theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dating compares unfavorably to dogs. Clearly, we should ditch these complicated human relationships for a simpler kind of loveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the one weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d share with a partner whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beyond happy as long as we keep throwing it a dirty tennis ball and dropping pieces of food on the ďŹ&#x201A;oor. The sad fact is, anyone who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t describe him- or herself as â&#x20AC;&#x153;cocker spaniel-curiousâ&#x20AC;? has a problem. According to women, menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s emotions run the gamut from H to H (Hungry to Horny), they think the correct place for a wet towel is â&#x20AC;&#x153;wherever it happens to fall when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re done drying off,â&#x20AC;? and they leave the toilet seat up and still manage to miss the bowl. (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why, why, why, when you have a pee device shaped like a pointer?â&#x20AC;?) Men ďŹ nd women naggy, controlling and prone to verbal excessâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that is, when they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expressing themselves with pouting and drawer-slamming. The manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s left to parse whether the acting out is just a fun feature of her monthly Mr. Toadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wild Hormone Rideâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or indicative of some crime on his part, like the failure to celebrate their second weekiversary (that all-important two-week anniversary of their second date). Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been dating women for what, 22 minutes, and a handful of emo chicks later, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready to pack it in for emotionally dead relationships with men? Women tend to be more emotionally demandingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;probably because they evolved to look for displays of commitment from a partner. But, women arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t your problem and men arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the solution. Like a lot of people in their 20s, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re probably a crappy gatekeeperâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;prone to rushing into a relationship because a womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hot and fun. Before getting serious, you need to do the rationality and groundedness entrance exam: â&#x20AC;&#x153;What kind of circus are we entering into here? Will somebody be swinging from the chandelier because we got her the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;wrongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; birthday card?â&#x20AC;? That said, a healthy relationship involves taking pleasure in doing the little things that please your partnerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even if you ďŹ nd them somewhat silly. If you get tired from all the rubbing and complimenting or whatever, go to lunch with a bunch of straight women and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be reminded that anybody who dates anybody has it rough. Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t live with â&#x20AC;&#x2122;em, canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t kill â&#x20AC;&#x2122;em and be absolutely sure youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get off on a technicality.

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