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Out of sight, out of mind Ritter wants to move clients inside; neighbor wants them moved as well... by D on Sp e ic h


ugo Landecker is a soft-spoken, articulate fellow on a mission. The San Rafael retiree and neighborhood activist has mounted a campaign to stop the expansion of the venerable and well-regarded Ritter Center at 16 Ritter Street in San Rafael, which provides a variety of services for lowincome and homeless people. Landecker, who lives in Gerstle Park, believes a new, 900square-foot medical module that would nestle up to busy Third Street would be an eyesore. But perhaps more important to him, Landecker believes it would attract an increasing number of the homeless seeking medical attention and other Ritter services and thereby add to what he sees as the homeless threat to downtown businesses. Like Landecker, Diane Linn, Ritter Center’s executive director, is articulate, softspoken and determined. Not surprisingly, she disagrees with Landecker—and there is an air of frustration in her voice when she states what she no doubt has said repeatedly: The new addition is needed to allow those seeking medical help—who now frequently line up outside the center—a place indoors to wait to be seen by the medical staff. In Linn’s words the passion to help those in need is palpable. She is not naive about others—those in liberal Marin who believe

in helping people in need but who in an acronym of contemporary culture are called NIMBYs (not in my back yard). She did not mention this when we spoke with her (in fact, she painstakingly avoided any criticism of those who oppose the proposed expansion), but it certainly appears that this is what she is up against with her pleas to understand the plight and indignity of being homeless. Said Landecker: “If you took the Ritter Center and moved it to another part of town, the bad behavior would shift to the other place,” he said. Currently, Linn says, there are three or four chairs in the waiting room and these are shared with the center’s daycare center. “It is substandard,” Linn said. The expanded facility will have 18 chairs. “It is,” she said, “more dignified and respectful.” As to the eyesore contention, Linn says the module will be painted the same powder blue as the main facility and, therefore, will blend in and hardly be noticeable. But, says Landecker, the architectural plans call for two Dumpsters to be placed in front of the module next to Third Street, creating a displeasing, conspicuous distraction to the Mission-style architecture of the city beyond. Linn says there will be no Dumpsters. The proposed expansion is scheduled to come before the San Rafael City Council

›› NEWSGRAMS Health lab not dead yet A proposal to close Marin’s public health lab will have to sit in the waiting room a bit longer—as Marin County supervisors this week decided to examine the matter further before calling for a vote. Their decision to delay a vote on whether to close the health facility and contract with Sonoma County came after opponents of the proposal showed up by the dozens to voice their criticisms at the March 28 supervisors’ meeting. Marin health officials insist the decline in federal and state funding is necessitating the move—consolidating with Sonoma would save about $300,000 per year, according to County Health and Human Services Director Larry Meredith. Public health labs perform tests that diagnose and track communicable diseases such as flu, mumps and measles during outbreaks. They also test for such things as hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis, tick-related illnesses, food- and water-related illnesses, as well as environmental conditions such as chemical and biological contamination. According to a county health and human services information sheet,“The three-year average of operating net loss to the laboratory is approximately $750,000 each year”— losses largely due to a decreased number of tests performed by the lab after 2010 when OB/GYN services were shifted to community clinics, which can receive federal funding for such services.—Jason Walsh Exhibit space dedicated to McGlashan The memory of late Supervisor Charles McGlashan was celebrated this week when county officials dedicated the newly created exhibit space at the Marin County Civic Center in his honor. A dedication ceremony took place March 27, and was attended by his wife, Carol Misseldine, and other members of his family, as well as county staff. The date coincided with the one-year anniversary of the 48-year-old supervisor’s fatal heart attack. The opening exhibit in the new space reflects McGlashan’s admiration for the works of the renowned architect who a half-century ago designed the Civic Center—”Marin & the Realm of Frank Lloyd Wright” was curated by County Librarian Laurie Thompson and tells the story of the design and construction of the Civic Center Administration and Hall of Justice buildings. It features historical photographs, documents and other artifacts from the Marin County Library’s Anne T. Kent California Room. The main exhibit is complemented by two smaller ones:“Frank Lloyd Wright: In the Realm of Ideas” and “Homes & Buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in California & Beyond.” The new exhibit space had previously been the gift shop adjacent to the cafeteria, which closed in 2010 due to budget cutbacks. A plaque at the exhibit space reads, in part,“this space is dedicated in honor of [McGlashan’s] commitment to preserving Frank Lloyd Wright’s legacy and a shared vision of open government.” The exhibit will be open to the public as a self-guided tour during cafeteria hours, Monday through Friday, 7am to 3pm.—JW San Pablo Bay gets a toxic report card Is it safe to go back in water? Yes, but you might want to think twice about it along the shores of Novato and San Rafael—as the San Pablo Bay was named among the most toxic waterways in California. According to envi-



A typically unchaotic March 28 afternoon outside Ritter Center; Damian—blue shirt at center—is the nonprofit’s new community outreach coordinator.

at its April 2 meeting. The city’s Planning Commission earlier, in a 3-2 vote, approved the expansion. Landecker appealed the decision, which put the expansion proposal in the hands of the City Council. Landecker says he has no plans to legally challenge the council’s decision if it approves the expansion. But he says he is mustering the forces— businesses that he says are neighbors of the Ritter Center—to persuade the council that the Ritter expansion would be yet another step in the denigration of downtown San Rafael. He declined to name the businesses, saying they were “scared to death” of repercussions if they said anything publicly. “They are being held hostage to the situation,” he said. Jonathan Frieman is a member of the Ritter Center board of directors and says he has known Landecker for several years. In an interview he said Landecker has a “blind spot,” which is an “extensive prejudice against the homeless.” Frieman added that he had been with Landecker in downtown San Rafael when they had spotted some of the homeless. “A few times he has said to me, ‘Just watch the chaos.’” Landecker fears that sooner rather than later businesses will be irrevocably crippled because of vanishing diners and shoppers put off by the potential of unpleasant—or worse—encounters with the homeless who typically gather up and down Fourth Street. “Business owners are at wits’ end,” he said in a recent interview. “They have been putting up with it for years.” Frieman disagrees. “I am not worried about the homeless folks. They don’t paralyze commerce down there [downtown],” he said. “Too many places are doing well. It’s just not true.” Landecker, who is active in the Gerstle Park neighborhood association that recently opposed minor league baseball being played at Albert Park, sees the expansion of Ritter as the tip of the iceberg, as he called it, of an exponentially growing malaise in downtown San Rafael brought in on the heels of the homeless. His opposition to the proposed

expansion is his line in the sand; it is here where the battle begins. Landecker insists that he is not at war with the homeless or Ritter Center. He underscored this by saying, “Do I believe the homeless need medical care? Yes I do.” He mentioned other facilities in San Rafael that provide for the medical needs of the homeless. He added that he thinks “the Ritter Center has a lot of good things that they do.” However, during the interview Landecker repeatedly talked about how the homeless defecate and urinate in parking lots of the businesses near the Ritter Center. He also talked about verbal and physical assaults that have increased over the years. He said both he and his wife have been subjected to verbal harassment from homeless individuals near the Ritter Center. He said, though, he had not reported these incidents to the police. But he was confident that these confrontations probably would not have occurred if the Ritter Center was not where it is. Linn noted that the terrible economy has resulted in a noticeable increase in the number of persons who need help with such things as food and housing and clothing. She said that the center serves many who have suffered major financial setbacks since the beginning of the recession. And this, she said, has resulted in an “uptick in the number who need medical services.” The number of homeless also has increased, she said. The center now has 400 homeless clients and over the course of the last year has had 3,000 visits to the medical clinic. In response to Landecker’s charge that Ritter Center’s location has resulted in assaults, defecation in parking lots and general unpleasantness, Linn said that Ritter Center has employees who clean up the area and respond to complaints from its neighbors; they’ve recently hired a staff member whose primary duty is community outreach and neighborhood cleanup. And that brings up the question: Have there been more incidents involving the police that occurred between 2010 and 2011 in the Ritter Center neighborhood,

ronmental watchdog group Environment California, the stretch of bay along the east side of north Marin contains the highest amount of “toxic discharge” in the state. The report,“Wasting Our Waterways: Industrial Toxic Pollution and the Unfulfilled Promise of the Clean Water Act,” said that 1 million pounds of such toxins as mercury, benzene and arsenic entered the bay in 2010, according to Environmental Protection Agency numbers. These toxins have been linked to such health problems as developmental disorders, reproductive disorders and cancers, continues the report. “Wasting Our Waterways” concludes by recommending that the Clean Water Act be better policed. Suggestions include that the Obama administration should emphasize that the Clean Water Act applies to headwater streams and wetlands, and the EPA should strengthen enforcement of the act and eliminate polluter loopholes that allow discharge of toxic chemicals. Safer alternatives to chemicals are encouraged by the group—the report recommends requiring chemical manufacturers to test all chemicals for safety and submit the results to the government and public, regulate chemicals based on their “intrinsic capacity” to cause harm to the environment or health, require industries to disclose the amount of toxic chemicals they us in their facilities and phase out the worst toxic chemicals.—JW

Hal Brown remembered Marinites paid tribute to longtime county Supervisor Hal Brown on March 24—at a Marin Center memorial honoring the life and achievements of the Sleepy Hollow resident who died earlier this month at age 66, following a year-long battle with cancer. Brown announced he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December of 2010; after undergoing months of treatment, he retired from his seventh term in office last October. At the time he was the longest-tenured supervisor in Marin history, having first been appointed to the seat representing Ross Valley in 1983 by his cousin, then first-time Gov. Jerry Brown.—JW Social de-networking “Project Restore,” a program to decommission unofficial trails in the Marin Municipal Water District’s watershed area, has started its fourth year of work, the utility reports. The goal of this spring’s work is to take out about 3 miles of “social” trails near the top of Lagunitas-Rock Spring Road and on the west peak of Mt. Tamalpais and to better define legal trails. The district reports that “unofficial trails in this area have been proliferating over the years and some pass through sensitive habitats. Of particular concern are areas with serpentine soils, where many special-status plants grow. These plants can be easily damaged by people traveling off-trail.” The current project was launched in 2009 and in past years “trails have been removed, habitat has been restored and trail signage and connectivity have been improved in the Bon Tempe Lake area, the Temelpa Trail area on the East Peak of Mt. Tamalpais and in the Kent Trail/High Marsh area on the north side of Mt. Tamalpais,” according to MMWD. The district states that visitors “may also help the district by refraining from creating new trails and by reporting evidence of unauthorized trail building,” or by volunteering for trail crews, which work on the first Saturday of each month. For more information, see—Julie Vader

as Landecker contends? Statistics provided by the San Rafael Police Department show that there has been an increase in a variety of different kinds of calls made to the police from the neighborhood. Police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher said it is not known how many of the reported calls involved homeless individuals. The statistics show that the number of reports to the police about a variety of instances was 116 in 2010 and 211 in 2011. The largest increase was in the number of people checked to determine whether they were on probation, rising from 10 in 2010 to 40 in 2011. Another category, called “Unwanted Subject,” increased from eight in 2010 to 10 in 2012. “Physical Fight” increased from three to four. “Suspicious Person/Circumstance” increased from four to 10; “Trespass” rose from zero to one. Other categories decreased in the period— “Vandalism” from two to zero; “Threats” from five to three.

In terms of arrests made, the statistics show that there were 15 in 2010 on charges of drunkenness, assault, outstanding warrants and probation/parole violations. In 2011, 46 arrests were made on a variety of charges including drunkenness, drugs, burglary, outstanding warrants and probation violation. It is fair to assume that Landecker and others who oppose the expansion of Ritter Center believe these numbers would increase because the number of homeless needing Ritter’s services would increase. But again, there is no way to determine whether these police reports involved homeless individuals, according to police spokeswoman Rohrbacher. There is also no way to determine just how many homeless and low-income individuals will avail themselves of the medical aid provided in the new facility—a facility designed, as Linn says, to provide a dignified and respectful setting for those in need. < Email Don at MARCH 30 - APRIL 5, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 9


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get by with a little help from my friends,” the Beatles famously sang in 1967. But if the Liverpool foursome had come from around here, they’d have probably echoed a different chorus: “I get by with a little help from Best of Marin.” Love may be all you need — but knowing the county’s finest in entertainment, dining and beautification doesn’t hurt either. For our 2012 Best of Marin readers poll, the Pacific Sun is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the formation

of the classic Beatles lineup and the release of their first single! It was in 1962 that John, Paul and George added Ringo to the band, completing the lineup that would be forever known as the Fab Four — and before the year was out “Love Me Do” would hit the charts and the rest, as they say, is history. So never mind the Walrus, put a hold on the revolution and don’t pine too much for yesterday. Just let it be...the Best of Marin.

Were the Fab Four really the greatest rock ’n’roll band of all time?


ock intelligentsia tell us time and again—the Beatles were the greatest rock band of all time. End of discussion. Let’s move on. The concept has become so ingrained in popular music’s collective consciousness that it nears heresy to suggest otherwise. When Rolling Stone magazine publishes one of its now-quite-frequent lists of the greatest albums of all time, it goes without saying that Sgt. Pepper’s is going to top the list. When that magazine issued its 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list, the question wasn’t “who will be at number one?” it was “what order will everyone else be following the Beatles?” But could it be that the Beatles rise to the top of these lists not because they’re the best band—but because they’re the most well known and least offensive? A lot of British Invasion obsessives would rank such ’60s contemporaries as the Rolling Stones, the Who or the Kinks as high, or higher. Consider the cult of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band—the so-called greatest album of all time. The record was groundbreaking in a lot of ways: its use of multi-tracking, sound collages, printed lyrics, song segues, a loose “concept” to the album featuring char-


acter Billy Shears, etc. (It also broke new ground in pretentiousness.) Everything about it is quite provocative—if this were 1967; and none of this makes anyone want to listen to “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite”more BY JA SO than once. There are plenty more wellproduced duds to be found on that album—you can’t blame John and Paul for questioning George’s songwriter abilities after hearing “Within You Without You”; “She’s Leaving Home” is a dreary example of the maudlin “ditties” McCartney would plague fans with throughout his solo career. “Fixing a Hole,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “Getting Better” and “Good Morning, Good Morning” are OK, but would’ve been filler on any Dylan or Stones album of the same period. In fact, it seems that the legend of Sgt. Pepper’s is based largely on Ringo’s charming offkey vocals on “A Little Help from My Friends,” the effectively dramatic “A Day in the Life” and an admittedly cool album cover. Worse than the overrated status of Sgt. Pepper’s itself, could be its influence on other bands far less talented than the Beatles. After the Beatles gave pop music prestige and artistic

credibility, a slew of terrible “concept” albums were set forth upon the rock landscape—Tales from Topographic Oceans by Yes, Days of Future Passed by the Moody Blues, Tarkus by Emerson, Lake and N WAL SH Palmer, everything ever released by Styx. The punk and new wave bands that dominated the late ’70s and ’80s (and their descendants today) were a direct backlash to such “art rock” meanderings—creating tight, catchy, lyrically direct songs based on ’50s rock ’n’ rollers and the edgier ’60s work of the Kinks, Stones, Who—and pre-Sgt. Pepper’s Beatles. It’s an anti-Beatles reaction that defined the ’80s and ’90s. The Clash growled “No more Elvis, Beatles and the Rolling Stones”; R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe referred to the Beatles as “elevator music”; and the Replacements named an album Let It Be simply to emphasize that the Beatles were “just another band”— there’s a reason these major bands weren’t picking on Herman’s Hermits or the Dave Clark Five. One can’t argue that the Beatles wrote and recorded some of the greatest songs of their era—I could name at least two songs per Beatles

album that are beyond reproach. I could also name at least two songs per album that no band in contention for the title of greatest band of all time should have to its credit (the White Album is especially bloated with filler; if it had been kept to a single album, it’d have a strong argument for best album of all time). So after bashing the Beatles for 600 words, it may come as a surprise to reveal I was one of the aforementioned British Invasion obsessives during high school in the late ’80s— had all the Beatles albums (U.K. and U.S. versions) and even bought several of the Fab Four solo works (a fool on the hill and his money soon parted, gotta say). Name a Beatles song and I could name the album, year and lead vocalist for it. But after all these years and several other great bands later, there’s a lot more to discuss about which band is the greatest. As Paul McCartney sang in 1968, “Ob-la-di, ob-la-da life goes on, brah! La la, how life goes on.” Man, that’s an annoying song. < Stones or Beatles? Weigh in with Jason at

I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAM B16 Bakery Rustic Bakery Breakfast Half Day Cafe Brew Pub/Sports Bar Marin Brewing Company Burger Joint Phyllis’ Giant Burgers Burrito High Tech Burrito Caterer Forks & Fingers Chinese Restaurant Yet Wah Deli Comforts French Restaurant Left Bank Frozen Yogurt Shop Swirl Independent Coffee House Dr. Insomnia’s Coffee & Tea Indian Restaurant Lotus Cuisine of India Italian Restaurant Il Davide Japanese Restaurant Sushi Ran Local Winery Point Reyes Vineyard Inn & Winery Meal Under $20 Joe’s Taco Lounge and Salsaria Mediterranean Restaurant Insalata’s Mexican Restaurant Celia’s Mexican Restaurant Mill Valley Restaurant Buckeye Roadhouse New Restaurant 2011 El Paseo House of Chops Novato Restaurant Boca Steak and Seafood Organic/Sustainable Restaurant Insalata’s Pizzeria Pizzeria Picco Ross Valley Restaurant Insalata’s San Rafael Restaurant Sol Food Sausalito/Tiburon Restaurant Poggio Seafood Restaurant Fish Thai Restaurant My Thai Twin Cities Restaurant Picco West Marin Restaurant Parkside Cafe Wine Bar Rick’s Wine Cellar

CARRY THAT WEIGHT B31 Health Club Marin YMCA Martial Arts Studio Practical Martial Arts Pilates Body Kinetics Health Club & Spa Tennis Club Mt. Tam Racquet Club Yoga Studio Red Dragon Yoga

LOVE ME HAIRDO B 37 Beauty Supply Company Marin Beauty Company Day Spa Evo Spa Facial Jessa Skin Florist Natalie & Daria’s Flowers & Gifts Glasses and Eyewear Rims & Goggles Hair Salon Brewer Phillips Jeweler Johann Paul Lingerie Pleasures of the Heart Massage Evo Spa Men’s Clothier Patrick James Nail Salon Three Sisters Nails Shoes Lark Shoes Women’s Boutique Viva Diva

FIXING A HOLE B46 Appliance Repair Mike’s Appliance Repair Beds and Bedding Duxiana Carpeting Rafael Floors Cleaning Service Marin Cleaning Services Computer Repair Service Computer Connection Deck and Fencing Contractor Clough Construction Electrical Contractor Integrity Electric, Inc. Hardwood Flooring Rafael Floors Hauling 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Home Furnishings Harvest Home Home Organizer Changing-Places, Inc. Kitchen/Bath Remodeler Lamperti Landscape Designer Cynthia Egger Landscape Design Local Financial Institution Bank of Marin Locksmith Transbay Security Service Moving and Storage Earl Farnsworth Express Paint Store Marin Color Service Painting Contractor McCarthy Painting Plumber Ongaro & Sons Real Estate Brokerage Bradley Real Estate Roofer McLaren Roofing Self-Storage Bellam Self Storage

When the Beatles need a rest during their long hikes through Tam Valley, they remain eco-friendly minimalists by sharing a single chair. Tile and Stone Store Ceramic Tile Design Window and Door Showroom Charles Window and Door Window Cleaners Atlas Window & Carpet Cleaning

MOTHER NATURE’S SON B 60 Bike Shop Mike’s Bikes Business That Promotes Going Green Good Earth Natural Foods Nursery/Garden Center West End Nursery Organic Produce Marin Agricultural Institute (Marin County Farmers Market) Personnel Agency Nelson Staffing Resale/Consignment Clothing Shop Stella’s Fine Consignments Solar Supplier SolarCraft

YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW B 66 Pet Store Woodland Pets Art Supplies Rileystreet Art Supply Children’s Clothing Kidiniki Hobby Shop Dollhouses, Trains & More Kid-Friendly, Non-Chain Restaurant Toast Overnight Summer Camp Camp Soulajoule at Walker Creek Ranch Pet Groomer Doggie Styles Place for a Kid’s Party Bay Area Discovery Museum Summer Day Camp Steve & Kate’s Camp Toy Store Five Little Monkeys

CAN’T BUY ME LOVE B 74 Antique Store Laurel House Antiques Frame Shop Cheap Pete’s Frame Factory Outlet Gift Shop Meadowlark Lighting Shop Lights of Rafael Local Bookstore Book Passage New Retail Business Opened in 2011 Sans Gluten-Free Grocery Town Other Than Your Own Fairfax Biggest Local News Story San Rafael Approves Construction of Target

BABY YOU CAN DRIVE MY CAR B 81 Auto Dealer Toyota Marin Auto Body Repair/Design Blake’s Auto Body Domestic Car Repair D & K Auto Services Foreign Car Repair Easy Automotive Tire Shop Cain’s Used Cars California Motors

MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR B 86 Art Gallery Art Works Downtown Gallery Live Music Venue George’s Nightclub Movie Theater Fairfax 6 Theatres MusicStore Mill Valley Music Place for a Wedding Marin Art and Garden Center Place for Dancing Rancho Nicasio Place to Buy Musical Instruments Magic Flute Theater Company Marin Theatre Company


thing For Everyone. Whether they’re looking for underwear for hands (that’s right) or a one-of-a-kind jewelry piece, Great Acorn is the place to find it. And they’ll wrap it up for free. It all makes for a very happy place. -----------------------------------------Great Acorn Co.

LOCAL BUSINESSES that have won their categories five times consecutively are elevated to the vaunted Best of Marin Hall of Fame. They remain in the hall for two years. This year, several new members join the esteemed group. Congratulations to all these winners who have been consistently voted tops for their terrific service.

B 1st YEAR B BEST ANTIQUE STORE A Dove Place owners Robin and Wayne Wechsler invite everyone to come to their store to sell or buy beautiful objects; Robin specializes in evaluating estate jewelry, and both Wechslers urge anyone who is thinking about maybe, perhaps, I don’t know, exploring the chance of doing something about some old Chinese porcelain or silver shoved back in the cupboard to talk to them—the market has been very good for those objects in recent years. ------------------------------------------A Dove Place

160 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo 453.1490

BEST BAKERY Dear unfortunate gluten-free souls, please don’t torture yourselves with a visit to Emporio Rulli. The heaps of freshly prepared desserts, loaves of tenderly kneaded and baked sweet breads and magically decorated specialty cakes will make you cry. The authentically Italian emporium of delicious wonder continues to bring a sample of sinful Italian delight to Marin pasticceria connoisseurs, with a wide selection of soul-quenching wines to wash it all down, for over 20 years. Yum! ----------------------------------------------Emporio Rulli

464 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur 924.7478 14 PACIFIC SUN MARCH 30 – APRIL 5, 2012

BEST CARPET CLEANING After winning the award for carpet cleaning five times in a row, it’s obvious that clients of Atlas Window and Carpet Cleaning are satisfied. All the carpet cleaning is done using unique tools that remove more soil than the competition. They are experts at stain elimination, going over, above and beyond. --------------------------------------Atlas Window and Carpet Cleaning

118 Auburn St., San Rafael 256.8321

BEST CLEANING SERVICE Anyone who has ever—even just once—had to remove obnoxious dust bunnies, relocate the spider colonies in the laundry room and wipe crumbs and coffee stains from kitchen counters, knows the joy of stepping into a clean house at the end of a long day. Molly Maid of Marin continues to offer this reliable and timesaving service with stellar reviews and loyal, long-term customers. Molly Maid is available for one-time cleanings, regularly scheduled cleanings and gift certificates for new moms and anyone else who would rather come home to a clean home. ----------------------------------------------Molly Maid of Marin

424 Irwin St., San Rafael 454.3600

BEST GIFT SHOP In a place filled with an eclectic mix of wind-up toys, novelty items, fine art and fine jewelry—Great Acorn really, truly has Some-

wonder customers have been voting them Best of Marin every year since they opened. With two locations in Marin, MVM continues to bring affordable luxury to Marinites. ---------------------------------------------Mill Valley Massage

800 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo 454.2990

61 Camino Alto Ste. 102, Mill Valley 381.1855; 1007 C St., San Rafael 460.1855



For over 30 years, 20/20 Optical has provided Marinites with the clear vision to view the county in all of its glory. With a second location in Novato, the San Rafael business is on a winning streak with Pacific Sun readers, who have voted 20/20 Best from 2006 to this year’s entry into the Hall. Without them, many of you would not be reading this right now. Thank you, 20/20 Optical! ---------------------------------------------20/20 Optical

Clear glass bottles of annatto oil arranged among jars of silverware line the counters of the festively crowded and lively colored Sol Food takeout restaurant on San Rafael’s Fourth Street, while lines form at the restaurant location just a block away on Third and Lincoln. It isn’t a special occasion that has brought the masses downtown for lunch, just a typical day of the scrumptious eats and gracious atmosphere at Marin’s best-loved Puerto Rican restaurant. ----------------------------------------------Sol Food

1127 4th St., San Rafael 453.2020, 5800 Nave Dr., Novato 892.2020

BEST HEALTH CLUB Osher Marin JCC’s health facilities have been offering Marinites several terrific reasons to get fit since 1991, and the options have expanded exponentially since the place was renovated five years ago—new cardio equipment, three fitness studios, one of them dedicated to group cycle, a full-court gymnasium, an indoor pool, an outdoor pool and on-site childcare, plus massage, Pilates and personal training. It’s a workout just considering the options! -----------------------------------------------Osher Marin JCC

200 N. San Pedro Rd., San Rafael 444.8000

BEST ICE CREAM/YOGURT Coming up on a decade in business, Fairfax Scoop shows no signs of becoming a truculent tween. Using local, organic ingredients (70 percent from Marin, according to owner Ray Martin) and concentrating on doing one thing and one thing only: making delicious ice cream and sorbet in small batches on-site (cones are made in-house, too). The storefront is tiny, but the staff is always patient and pleasant, no matter how long the line. And it’s definitely worth waiting in line for. ----------------------------------------------Fairfax Scoop

901 Lincoln Ave., San Rafael. 451.4765

BEST MOVIE THEATER From foreign films to educational programs to star-studded festival soirees, the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center offers much more than just the stale popcorn and mainstream rom coms of most cineplexes. The Rafael holds movies up to the standard of other art forms—and film buffs across the Bay Area couldn’t be happier. ------------------------------------------------Rafael Film Center

1118 4th St., San Rafael 454.1222

BEST MOVING AND STORAGE The family-owned firm of Johnson & Daly (est. 1979) has a fleet of two dozen trucks, 40-plus employees and a 150,000-square-foot warehouse, the biggest in the North Bay. Their state-of-the-art moving technology includes piano and stair-climbing dollies and trucks specially built to tackle steep driveways. Their “soup to nuts” service ranges from packing, moving and storing your stuff as long as necessary to unpacking it and taking the boxes away. And thanks to its global team of destination agents, Johnson & Daly can handle moves across town or around the world. ----------------------------------------------Johnson & Daly Moving Storage

63 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax 453.3130

110 Belvedere St., San Rafael 491.4444



Getting massage on a regular basis can greatly reduce stress, giving an overall sense of wellbeing. At Mill Valley Massage, they provide professional massage in a comfortable setting at a reasonable price. While soothing hands melt away the stress, circulation is improved and the immune system is given a boost. No

When asked why readers consider Sloat Garden Centers Best of Marin, operations manager Dave Stoner’s first response when winning for the fifth time last year was, “it’s the people who work here.” But he has many more reasons, including Sloat’s signature item, pottery. He also says that “sustainability, growing your own groceries” has become

important to many Marinites. Whatever the reason—Sloat leaves other green-thumb centers green with envy. ----------------------------------------------Sloat Garden Centers

700 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Kentfield 454.0262; additional locations in Mill Valley, Novato and San Rafael

BEST PAINTING CONTRACTOR Kunst Bros. Painting Contractors have painted everything from the San Francisco Theological Seminary to Industrial Light and Magic to the ICB Building to the gold leaf on the stage of Veterans’ Auditorium, but “our bread and butter is people’s homes,” says owner Nick Kunst. The business began in 1871 and has been in the same San Rafael location since 1959, and that 141 years of experience has translated into plenty of customer satisfaction and repeat business—and repeat Best of Marin wins. -----------------------------------------------Kunst Bros. Painting Contractors

76 Belvedere St., San Rafael 456.4044

BEST PIZZERIA Ted Rowe, owner—with his wife, Barbara— of Mulberry Street Pizzeria, refers to himself as “a dinosaur about pizza” because he continues to serve, as he has since 1986, mealsize pizzas with “big, bold flavors that stand out,” using toppings that are generous in both size and amount. He and his staff make each pizza as if it were being presented to their own family—cutting corners is not an option. The Rowes work hard to maintain a clean, casual, fun restaurant with great food—which clearly appeals to Pacific Sun readers who time and time again have voted for Mulberry Street as the Best of Marin. ----------------------------------------------Mulberry Street Pizzeria

101 Smith Ranch Rd., San Rafael 472.7272

BEST PLACE TO BUY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS For over three decades, Marin County musicians and music lovers alike insist that Bananas at Large is the epicenter of all things musical in Marin County. Established in San Rafael way back in 1972, the music store has expanded from simply selling guitars and band wind instruments to encompassing all aspects of sharing the undeniable joy that music brings. -------------------------------------------------Bananas at Large

1504 4th St., San Rafael 457.7600




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What object could be more quintessentially Marin than a hot tub? The epitome of luxury and health, the home spas and hot tubs of Creative Energy have soothed the aching bodies and psyches of Marin’s high-powered and perpetually stressed for over 35 years. In fact, it was Creative Energy that spawned the original redwood hot tubs of the groovy, swinging ’70s, for which Marin earned something of a reputation. Family-owned and operated, San Rafael based Creative Energy teamed up with Hot Spring—the largest portable spa manufacturer in the world—in the early ’80s, and now boasts four locations throughout the greater Bay Area. ----------------------------------------------Creative Energy

1295 2nd St., San Rafael 453.9642

In this age of nasty leaks—at the government level and at home—it’s never been a better time to have Martin & Harris around. When your Whirlpool stops whirling and your Kenmore ken-do-no-more, M&H will bring its more than 50 years of experience to the job for either repairs or purchases. With this Hall of Fame appliance business, you won’t be throwing your money down the drain. -----------------------------------------------Martin & Harris

3815 Redwood Hwy., San Rafael 471.7727

BEST SPORTS SHOES AND APPAREL Loyal customers know Arch Rival has the best service and their salespeople are the most knowledgeable about foot Problems. Keeping up with all the latest technologies in footwear has kept Arch Rival at the head of the class. The experienced staff at Arch Rival is now waiting on the grandchildren of their original customers, which is a clue that they are doing something right. ---------------------------------------------Arch Rival

150 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae 461.6588; 206 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley 383.0275

BEST THAI RESTAURANT Natalie and Sak Kamloom, owners of Thep Lela Thai Restaurant, aren’t resting on their laurels (repeat Best of Marin winners)— they’re always striving to make their delicious dishes even healthier. They serve certified organic chicken, mostly the white meat, and use canola oil and fresh, seasonal ingredients. The Kamlooms estimate their clientele is 80 to 90 percent repeat customers, who enjoy the best in food, service and setting, all at a more-than reasonable price. No wonder they’ve been in business for more than 20 years. ---------------------------------------------Thep Lela Thai Restaurant

615 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley 383.3444

BEST YOGA STUDIO When Bikram Yoga opened in 1994, it was only the eighth Bikram studio in the United States. Now 2,000 studios worldwide offer the unique Bikram method of high-temperature yoga practice. Following the Bikram credo of “Never too old, never too late, never too sick and never too bad to start from scratch again,” a typical class might include professional dancers and racecar drivers to injured athletes on the mend and everyday enthusiasts 14 to 90 years old.

B 2nd YEAR B BEST CHINESE CUISINE In the deepest recesses of Marin County Chinese food lovers’ dreams, their fortune cookies will forever read: “You will soon dine again at Jennie Low’s.” But after 25 years in Marin, her regular customers don’t need any ethereal prognostications to get them queuing up for Jennie’s signature mango chicken, pot stickers and Cantonese noodles (her honeyglazed walnut chicken is a particular pleasure for many of us at the Pac Sun). In this Chinese year of the dragon, county residents need no further encouragement to hop on over to Jennie’s for a hall-of-fame-worthy fine meal. -----------------------------------------------Jennie Low’s Chinese Cuisine

120 Vintage Way, Novato 892.8838

BEST HEALTH FOOD STORE Good Earth has been a Best of Marin force to be reckoned with for years—and that was before it moved to its bigger and better digs across town in Fairfax. Now health conscious shoppers in Marin will have even more ginseng, granola, yogurt, bean curd and wheat germ to choose from—and just as organic, GMO-free, local and delicious as the folks at Good Earth can find. ----------------------------------------------Good Earth Natural Foods

2158 4th St., San Rafael 454.2021

BEST SWIMMING POOL Make that swimming pools. When you can’t decide if you want to dog paddle alfresco or pull a Louganis in more sheltered surroundings, head to Osher Marin JCC, where there’s a pool for each impulse. The outdoor option is a gorgeous 50-meter eight-laner with nowave technology; the indoor natatorium is lane-free and 25 yards in length. The outdoor pool (which is open year-round, 100 hours per week) also features an adjacent pint-size swimmin’ hole (open seasonally) for kids up to 4 years old, while the indoor pool offers courses in swim instruction, aquatic exercise and hydrotherapy. (Swimming classes are offered outdoors during the summer.) You can also take a dip with the whole family on weekends in both summer (outdoor) and winter (indoor). It’s never been easier to perfect your turtle stroke. -----------------------------------------------Osher Marin JCC

720 Center Blvd. Fairfax 454.0123

200 N. San Pedro Rd., San Rafael 444.8000



We can’t think of a better place for families to go for a relaxing meal. Aside from tasty food at reasonable prices, Easy Street Cafe’s true inspiration is its “kids’ section”—a giant dollhouse at the center of the restaurant—where the young ones stay entertained while Mom and Dad watch quietly from their tables a few blessed feet away. Quality time, indeed. We’ll see you on Easy Street! -----------------------------------------------Easy Street Cafe

From all-time classics like blocks and dolls to the latest and greatest name-brand toys, the folks at A Child’s Delight understand that a favorite toy is something a kid will remember the rest of his or her life. Which is why choosing the right gifts for your little ones is sometimes the hardest purchase a parent has to make. Have no fear moms and dads— the experts at A Child’s Delight have the toy know-how and the game gumption to steer you and your family in an educational and fun direction. -----------------------------------------------A Child’s Delight

882 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo 453.1984

BEST HOME FURNISHINGS Thirty-three years on the home-furnishing scene hasn’t relegated Sunrise Home to the ol’ rockin’ chair—in fact this frequent Best of Marin winner has designs on the future by trending toward new green and eco-friendly designs. From contemporary to classic, Sunrise can make any home look like it’s just entered a brand new day. -----------------------------------------------Sunrise Home

105 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera; 945.9221; Northgate One shopping center, San Rafael 499.0739

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When the Beatles find themselves ‘biding [their] time, drinking her wine’ as they did in ‘Norwegian Wood,’ the lads invariably seek out a locally produced California sparkling wine from Rick’s Wine Cellar.

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From “Strawberry Fields,” “Savoy Truffle” and “Mean Mr. Mustard” to “Wild Honey Pie,” “Glass Onion” and “Cayenne,” the Beatles reliance on food-based themes demonstrated a clear affinity for the culinary pleasures. With England’s cuisine reputation what it is, they’d have been wise to stop in at some of Marin’s fab foodie hot spots and groovy pubs where the menu options move far beyond the Fab Four’s self-imposed diet of tangerine trees, marmalade skies and marshmallow pies.

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BEST BAKERY Baking is about precision, technique and quality ingredients. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about staying true to traditional methods and measurements. Baking can be restrictive and challenging, and it takes time. But for the owners of Rustic Bakery, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a â&#x20AC;&#x153;labor of love.â&#x20AC;? While theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had requests to branch outside of Marin, Carol LeValley and her husband, Josh Harris, are committed to staying handson and connected to the county. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that self-control that allows Rustic Bakery to maintain its superior quality, freshbaked goods and cafe menu itemsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that, and they refuse to take shortcuts. Everything is made by hand, from scratch, utilizing as many locally grown, organic and whole-grain ingredients as possible. All dairy comes from Straus Creamery; flour from Central Milling in Petaluma. You already rave about their croissants, cinnamon puffs, wheat breads and gluten-free scones. And LeValley keeps the cafe menu â&#x20AC;&#x153;easy, simple and fresh,â&#x20AC;? featuring soups, salads and sandwiches. But with their newest location at Marin Country Mart, fans will soon also be treated to a Rustic-style enoteca with beer, 18 PACIFIC SUN MARCH 30 - APRIL 5, 2012

wine and small bites in the evening, along with complimentary views of the Bay and Mt. Tam. -----------------------------------------------Rustic Bakery

1139 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur 925.1556; 1407 Grant Ave., Novato 878.4952; Marin Country Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing Cir. Ste. 20, Larkspur 461.9900 2ND Sweet Things, Tiburon 3RD Arizmendi, San Rafael

BEST BREAKFAST Fresh-from-the-oven scones, biscuits and mufďŹ ns; blueberry pancakes with whipped cream and honest-to-God maple syrup; housemade sausages and omelets brimming with avocado, queso fresco and chorizo; fragrant lattes served in big bowls: what more could the mid-morning gourmet ask for? Half Day Cafe has been serving fabulous breakfasts to ravenous Marinites since 1986, and their whole-wheat sunďŹ&#x201A;ower-seed wafďŹ&#x201A;es, spinach-and-tomato California benedicts, ďŹ ve-grain organic hot cereal with dried fruits and cinnamon and freshly squeezed juices and lemonade (among other toothsome house specialties) are the stuff of local legend. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our staff is the most friendly and welcoming anywhere,â&#x20AC;? says owner Tory Monahan, whose 20 >


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< 18 I want to hold your ham father opened the place in 1986. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of us have been working here a long time, and we have an amazing group of regular customers.â&#x20AC;? The setting is high-ceilinged and sunny, with a lovely brick patio in the middle of a garden. -----------------------------------------------Half Day Cafe

848 College Ave., KentďŹ eld 459.0291 2ND Dipsea Cafe, Mill Valley and San Rafael 3RD Marvinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant, Novato


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Marin Country Mart, 1809 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur 461.4677 2ND Moylanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brewery and Restaurant, Novato 3RD Iron Springs Pub and Brewery, Fairfax

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Marin Brewing Company knows beerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ďŹ lled Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mugs for more than 20 years and have brewed their way to multiple Best of Marin victories thanks to the many thirst-quenched PaciďŹ c Sun readers who frequent the Larkspur alehouse. Whether your drinks of choice are such mainstays as the Mt. Tam Pale Ale and the Albion Amber Ale or the more adventurous White Knuckle Ale and the San Quentin Breakout Stout, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only one thing to sayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x153;same again, barkeep!â&#x20AC;? -----------------------------------------------Marin Brewing Company

The signature dish at Phyllisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Giant Burgers and the Beatles got their start the same place: Hamburg. And while bands may come and go, great sandwiches just keep getting better. James Cho, owner of

Phyllisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, says the secret to success is basic: really good food. Their burgers are made with Niman Ranch beef, trucked in fresh every day, as well as fresh produce and buns. During the past few tough economic years Cho says his costs have gone up but he hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t raised his prices. And if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been to the San Rafael store you know they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pouring money into the decor, a large part of which consists of many framed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best of Marinâ&#x20AC;? certiďŹ cates, some of which are older than the customers who have driven up and are waiting for a burger. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re happy that Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best burger joint has just earned yet another fresh new certiďŹ cate for the wall. -----------------------------------------------Phyllisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Giant Burgers

924 Diablo Ave., Novato 898.8294; 2202 4th St., San Rafael 456.0866 2ND M&G Burgers and Beverages, Fairfax and Larkspur 3RD Pearlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Phatburger, Mill Valley

BEST BURRITO â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was in the mood for Thai food one night, so I made a Thai burrito,â&#x20AC;? says Greg Maples, founder and CEO of High Tech Burrito, explaining how his mini-chainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s multi-ethnic approach to the Mexican foodstuff was born. In addition to the Thai varietal (chicken, purple cabbage, carrots, peanut sauce), the menu offers Cajun, teriyaki, surf â&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; turf and shrimp curry burritos as well as the classic beans/rice/salsa, steak/chicken/cheese version. So what makes High Tech different from the standard taqueria? â&#x20AC;&#x153;All of our food is cooked to order from scratch,â&#x20AC;? says Maples. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our meats are hormone free, the beef is crueltyfree Angus, and the guacamole is made fresh

the Bay Area to offer Peking Duck—”Our signature dish,” Young says—which takes more than eight hours to prepare. Young also says customers are devoted to Yet Wah’s homemade ginger ale and swear the won ton soup cures colds. Yet Wah opened a branch restaurant in the Canal area not long ago, and continues its emphasis on good food prepared right. Like those delectable potstickers. “The secret is garlic and ginger,” Young says, which means it really isn’t all that secret anymore. -----------------------------------------------Yet Wah

Erin Miwa, Comforts Patti Pattiman, Comforts

1238 4th St., San Rafael 460.9883 2ND Ping’s Mandarin Restaurant, San Rafael 3RD Tommy’s Wok Cuisine, Sausalito


335 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo, 454.9840 2ND Michael’s Sourdough, Novato and San Rafael 3RD Perry’s, various locations

BEST FRENCH RESTAURANT Happy customers have been flocking to Left Bank to satisfy their Francophile cravings for years. Now, well-traveled chef Fabrice Marcon has taken over behind the stoves and put an exciting modern twist on the traditional brasserie menu. Think

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three times a day from one hundred percent Haas avocados.” Aside from the 25- oz. Godzilla, the burritos aren’t overwhelmingly huge, but “they’re proportionally correct: not too much beans-and-rice filler.” There are lots of vegan and vegetarian options as well as “bowls” (“burritos without the starch”) and eight kinds of salsa to choose from. -----------------------------------------------High Tech Burrito

118 Stawberry Village, Mill Valley 388.7002; 942 Diablo Ave., Novato 897.8083; 484 Las Gallinas Ave., Terra Linda 526.2188; 2042 4th St., San Rafael 485-0214 2ND Grilly’s Restaurant, Fairfax and Mill Valley 3RD Lucinda’s Mexican Food To Go, Mill Valley

BEST CATERER According to our readers, Forks & Fingers provides the best catering in Marin County. Whether it’s fabulous food for a wedding with a bursting guest list, a corporate luncheon or a private residential party, Forks & Fingers delivers the best quality service.

With a highly attentive staff and a menu that includes an abundance of fresh salads, vegetables and hearty bites like meats and pastas, the fine folks at Forks get the job done, leaving everyone sated and satisfied. -----------------------------------------------Forks & Fingers

372 Bel Marin Keys Blvd. #M, Novato 883.1900 2ND Delicious Catering, San Rafael 3RD An Affair to Remember, San Rafael

What started as a small San Anselmo restaurant 25 years ago, Comforts has expanded into a full-service cafe and Marin’s favorite deli, offering a wide range of fresh lunch favorites. In addition to picking up popular specialties like Chinese Chicken Salad and Chicken Okasan, customers can stay in Comforts large dining area, enjoy breakfast, brunch or lunch or even have Comforts cater a speacial event. “People come in and grab salads to go, but they can also stay and enjoy their lunch in our dining area,” says Erin Miwa. Comforts also provides holiday meals and in-demand selections such as vegan, vegetarian and even gluten or soy-free eats. “We love it when our customers ask for specialties,” says Miwa. “We are happy to accommodate dietary needs.” And if all of the great food and friendly customer service isn’t enough, Comforts also has select, local items like oils, jams and other retail items for purchase adding to the popularity that recognizes them as Best Deli.

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salmon with vadovan curry or Vietnamese ceviche with lime and lemongrass, recent dishes that highlight the flavors of the world. Marcon and manager Jennifer Courtney maintain the farm to table commitment by procuring most vegetables from the local farmers market. In addition, Left Bank is a “water to table” restaurant, with seafood plucked from Marin waters by a local fisherman. The bar scene is hopping with happy hour from 4-6:30 and 9p.m.close, Monday through Friday. -----------------------------------------------Left Bank Brasserie

507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur 927.3331

Will Shine, Mill Valley Swirl

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BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT Simon Young, a partner at Yet Wah, knows that his restaurant in downtown San Rafael is no stranger to winning “Best of ” awards. He notes that Yet Wah won “Best Potsticker” accolades in 1987, and that, after 36 years in Marin, his experienced, longtime staff has learned more than a little about what diners want. If you’re having a hard day’s night it’s good to know they’re open until midnight, with a full bar, and have delivery service—and they are one of very few restaurants in

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< 21 I want to hold your ham 2ND Le Garage, Sausalito 3RD Le Chalet Basque, San Rafael

BEST FROZEN YOGURT The fro-yo served at Swirl Frozen Yogurt can be as simple as good old vanilla or as extravagant as dulce de leche and red velvet cake with mochi, sea salt and Skittles on top: It’s entirely up to you. The shops’ 10 daily flavors always include chocolate, vanilla, an organic option and a couple of nondairy sorbets; beyond that you might come across yellow cake batter, Mounds, peanut butter or some other tasty temptation. Available separately or swirled together, they’re even better with a few of the 40-plus toppings on hand: frozen cookie dough, homemade brownies, Hot Tamales, you name it. “We make our own waffle bowls, too,” says co-owner Jeff Shine. “You pay by the weight, so fill it up however you want.” (For a set $3.25 you can get a house-made waffle cone plus “whatever you can cram into it.”) The high-end yogurt comes from Straus and from Visalia’s Potter Family Farms, and the atmosphere is “fun, upbeat, colorful and clean,” says co-owner Paul Peluchette. (Swirl TV, a continuous slide show of past and present customers, is another popular innovation.) -----------------------------------------------Swirl Frozen Yogurt

417 Miller Ave., Mill Valley 388.2636; 916 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo 451.0190 2ND Woody’s Yogurt Place, Mill Valley 3RD Double Rainbow, San Rafael

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BEST INDEPENDENT COFFEE HOUSE Although insomnia is a less-than-pleasant affliction in the the late dark hours of night, a jolt of caffeine to peel groggy eyes open first thing in the morning is a much welcomed experience for thousands of coffee consumers every day. And for many, sipping java isn’t just about kicking neurons into high gear and zooming through the day— it’s about the morning ritual, the warmth of fluid heating us up from the insides and of course, morning visits to a favorite cafe. And as Marin County caffeine aficionados have pointed out—again—Novato’s Dr. Insomnia’s Coffee and Tea has all of the above to offer and more. Located in downtown, the cafe’s loyal customers return daily for the friendly staff, fresh-baked pastries (the scuffins are a huge hit). -----------------------------------------------Dr. Insomnia’s Coffee and Tea

800 Grant Ave., Novato 897.9500 2ND Emporio Rulli, Larkspur 3RD Aroma Cafe, San Rafael

BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT Repeat Best of Marin winner Lotus Cuisine of India knows how to keep customers satisfied. The commitment to quality ingredients and respect for dietary restrictions exceeds all the competition. Everything is made in-house, including the gluten-free flour mix used to make the delicious naan bread. The menu is packed with many items that are vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free, such as the terrific Bengan Bartha. Sourcing the finest local and organic ingredients is a priority to keep the health-conscious eatery top-notch. The family-operated restaurant is one of five run by owner Paul Sroa that are sprinkled throughout Marin County. Check out the website for

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upcoming cooking classes taught by his skilled chefs so you can try some of the dishes at home. -----------------------------------------------Lotus Cuisine of India

704 4th St., San Rafael 456.5808 2ND Avatar, Sausalito 3RD India Palace Restaurant, Mill Valley

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT There’s no shortage of good eats in Marin but you consistently return to Il Davide for service, ambience and scrumptious Italian fare. After 16 years in the Il Davide kitchen, chef/owner David Haydon wants to keep the menu fresh and creatively satisfying. Refined classics combined with a rotation of progressive new items results in an ambitious menu of traditional Italian plates with a modern twist, and an eye on local, organic ingredients. But he admits the winning formula also includes consistent service—professionalism with a personal touch. Along those lines, Haydon has recently employed the wine guidance of sommelier-to-be Mandy Trilck, whose interest in small boutique producers perfectly complements Il Davide’s menu and modus operandi. It’s this passion for food and wine, along with an ambience that lies somewhere between business-casual urban trattoria and special-occasion neighborhood bistro that makes post-work, happy hour

lounging and romantic dinner-dating at Il Davide so seductive and carefree. -----------------------------------------------Il Davide

901 A St., San Rafael 454.8080 2ND Il Fornaio, Corte Madera 3RD Poggio, Sausalito

BEST JAPANESE RESTAURANT Sushi Ran has consistently served up innovative victuals from its stylish Sausalito location for 25 years. The food is a lively blend of traditional Japanese and Pacific cuisine using only the freshest, top-quality ingredients. The chefs are always pushing the envelope to develop new combinations such as the kimchee brussels sprouts and live New England lobster nigiri on a recent menu. In addition, a groundbreaking drinks program creates soju cocktails, along with one of the most extensive selections of sake in Northern California and a sophisticated wine list that pairs perfectly with all the items on the menu. The folks at Sushi Ran would like to thank their customers for 25 years of support; they are proud to be a part of such a wonderful community. ---------------------------------------------Sushi Ran

107 Caledonia St., Sausalito 332.3620 2ND Sushi to Dai For, San Rafael 3RD Robata Grill and Sushi, Mill Valley 24 >




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ENTRĂ&#x2030;E Roast Brisket Dinner Served with Matzah Kugel and Roasted Root Vegetables D E S S E RT Flourless Chocolate Torte Rich, dense and fudgy


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BEST LOCAL WINERY Point Reyes Vineyard Inn & Winery is a quaint bed and breakfast overlooking 800 acres of seaside ranch and vineyard in West Marin. While the dairy has been operating since 1973, Steve and Sharon Doughty planted the ďŹ rst grapes for the 15-acre vineyard in 1990. They opened the three-bedroom inn six years later and the tasting room three years after that. Point Reyes Vineyard Winery is known for its award-winning sparkling wine and excellent Terra Linda cabernet. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also housed merlot, zinfandel,

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chardonnay, syrah, late-harvest viognier and a commemorative line of Grateful Dead wines. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t grow, we buy grapes from Napa and Sonoma and make at home,â&#x20AC;? says Steve, who started winemaking 22 years ago, and believes that good wine is made from â&#x20AC;&#x153;good grapes from good regions, clean facilities and not rushing the process.â&#x20AC;? He is now assisted by winemaker Will Clark. The scenic property is also a coveted venue for small weddings and parties, picnics are encouraged, and Sharon is a veritable historian of West Marin culture. ---------------------------------------------Point Reyes Vineyard Inn & Winery

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12700 Highway One, Point Reyes Station 663.1011 2ND Pey-Marin Vineyard, San Anselmo 3RD Starry Night Winery, San Rafael

BEST MEAL UNDER $20 This year, Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Taco Lounge & Salsaria will celebrate its 20-year anniversary of serving up tasty Mexican specialties in the comfortable, friendly restaurant. Patrons come far and wide for the famous ďŹ sh tacos served up with vats of homemade salsa. Under the festive Christmas lights that decorate the ceiling, families celebrate no-cook nights and friends clink glasses of aqua fresco. Everything on the menu is home-

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made and fresh, even the croutons for the salad. According to Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son Gabe, some regular customers eat at Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Taco Lounge three to ďŹ ve times per week. Gabe says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We love all our custom-

ers. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been serving ďŹ ne food at fair prices for nearly two decades thanks in no small part to the support of our local community and for that we extend our gratitude.â&#x20AC;?

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382 Miller Ave, Mill Valley 383.8164 2ND Crepevine, San Rafael 3RD Dipsea Cafe, Mill Valley

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BEST ROSS VALLEY RESTAURANT, BEST MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT, BEST ORGANIC AND SUSTAINABLE RESTAURANT With wins in three different categories this year, Insalataâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is a Marin favorite. The restaurant just celebrated its 15th anniversary and is as busy now as its ďŹ rst year. In addition to seated dining service, Insalataâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s does a brisk takeout business at the counter in back and offers a full range of catering options for that special party or wedding. The menu is brimming with the Mediterranean specialties that Insalataâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is known for, from their signature Fattoush Salad to Lamb Tagine and homemade pastas with seasonal vegetables. Ingredients are sourced from local, organic purveyors whenever possible. One thing that sets Insalataâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apart from many other establishments is owner/ chef Heidi Krahlingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment to the community and extensive charity work. Whether it is a fundraiser for the St. Vincent de Paul free dining room or donating part of a nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proceeds to WildCare, Insalataâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is

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always giving back, which has helped create a loyal customer base. They appreciate all the support for the triple win. -----------------------------------------------Insalataâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant

120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo 457.7700

Best Ross Valley Restaurant 2ND Marche Aux Fleurs, Ross 3RD Marinitas, San Anselmo

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There’s just something about Buckeye Roadhouse. It’s got swagger. Of course, it’s been around for a long time—since 1937, just like the Golden Gate Bridge!—and it continually wins your vote for the hottest spot in Mill Valley. It could be its stellar reputation for service or its elegantly rustic, upscale lodge-style ambience and cozy lounge. Or it could be menu mainstays like Oysters Bingo, beef brisket, pulled pork sandwich, braised lamb shank and petit filet mignon with gruyere-potato cake. Even celeb-chef Tyler Florence can’t resist Buckeye’s signature S’more Pie (featured on the Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate). Buckeye executive chef/partner Robert Price (who also heads the kitchens at Bar Bocce and Bungalow 44, along with managing partner Peter Schumacher) acknowledges that consistency is key, but manages to keep things interesting by locally sourcing the latest and most delicious culinary trends and small farms run by people as passionate as he is about farm-totable cuisine. He also has fun utilizing the brick smoker on the patio, resulting in tasty barbecued baby-backs and smoked chicken wings. Oh, had us at Bingo. -----------------------------------------------Buckeye Roadhouse

When you’re in the mood for big delectable platters of enchiladas, tamales, chiles rellenos and huevos rancheros, head to Celia’s, a fun and festive place to enjoy the satisfying flavors of Mexican cuisine. For 35 years this family-owned and -operated mini-chain has served up the salsa to a devoted clientele who adore the kitchen’s fresh and natural take on homestyle Latin cooking. Tortillas are crafted without lard, the guacamole, salsa and tamales are prepared fresh daily, and the margaritas (in mango, guava, peach and trad) are perfectly balanced between tart and sweet. (There are also eight varieties of Mexican beer.) If you want to venture beyond the tostada-burrito-fajitas hit parade, there are classic dishes like chile verde, arroz con pollo, steak picado, carnitas adobadas and cheese-stuffed bacon-wrapped prawns, and the restaurant’s take on enchiladas mole is memorable indeed. The service is friendly and welcoming and the funky Southwestern decor is ideal for a party or a family gathering. -----------------------------------------------Celia’s Mexican Restaurant

1 Vivian St., San Rafael 456.8190 2ND Las Camelias, San Rafael 3RD Joe’s Taco Lounge and Salsaria, Mill Valley

15 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley 331.2600

2ND Bungalow 44 3RD Piazza D’Angelo

BEST NEW RESTAURANT 2011 Though not exactly new, El Paseo House of Chops has relatively new owners and a newly renovated structure and menu. First acquired in 1936, the building that now houses El Paseo has been home to a landscape business, artists, writers and musicians. After establishing the structure’s first restaurant in 1948, the business has changed hands just a few times, most recently purchased by musician Sammy Hagar and business partner Tyler Florence in 2010. The pair have renovated the restaurant from top to bottom and are now open for business. With hearty bites like filet mignon or bacon-wrapped pork sirloin, El Paseo also offers up scrumptious starters like pumpkin bruschetta, oysters, marrow and a wide selection of salads, which can all be washed down with their their local and imported wines. A new interior, new owners and a new menu make El Paseo Marin’s new favorite. -----------------------------------------------El Paseo House of Chops

17 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley 388.0741 2ND Bar Bocce, Sausalito 3RD Pizza Orgasmica, San Rafael

the Bay Area’s best Neapolitan-style thincrust pizza. The hand-stretched dough is topped with high-quality, mostly local and organic ingredients—from arugula, roasted onions and hen-of-the-woods mushrooms to hand-pulled mozzarella and Hog Island clams—and served blistering hot from the wood-burning oven. Salumi and organic salads, along with reasonably priced wines and a nice selection of cold beers round out the menu. There’s not much room inside—but the umbrella-shaded tables out front offer a relaxed dining experience and some pretty

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BEST NOVATO RESTAURANT Smack dab in the middle of the North Bay, Novato isn’t exactly the first place people think of heading for an enchanted dining experience. But for Marin residents, particularly in the northern wedge of the county, Novato’s Boca Steak and Seafood is a sought after destination. With a full bar (and a well-loved happy hour), Boca provides a variety of favorite eats not limited to what is ordinarily found in typical steak houses. Duck fat fries, crab cakes, oysters, butternut squash and turnip bisque—just a few of the starters to accompany a meal. A variety of seafood, pastas (the open face ravioli is a favorite) are also available along with Boca’s famous rib-eye, lamb and baby back ribs. And let’s not forget the wine! Boca features an extensive wine list, featuring a hefty portion of Northern California wines. With a welcoming atmosphere, friendly, attentive staff and a menu to satisfy any hungry belly, Boca is Novato’s pick for best restaurant. -----------------------------------------------Boca Steak and Seafood

340 Ignacio Blvd. 883.0901 2ND Hilltop 1892 3RD Finnegan’s Marin

BEST PIZZERIA The “sidekick” to Restaurant Picco, Bruce Hill’s Pizzeria Picco dishes up some of

good people-watching opportunities, too. And don’t skip the Straus Creamery softserve vanilla ice cream with extra virgin olive oil and sea salt—a perfect ending. And you might want to pick up some flash-frozen, vacuum-packed pies to bake at home. -----------------------------------------------Pizzeria Picco

316 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur 945.8900 2ND Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria, San Rafael 3RD LoCoco’s Pizzeria, Terra Linda

BEST SAN RAFAEL RESTAURANT Oh man. We at the Pacific Sun are so lucky to be a hop, skip and a jump out the door from Sol Food’s three downtown San Rafael locations! With mouth-watering fresh ingredients and the quickest, friendliest staff around, Sol Food is not just our office favorite for Best San Rafael Restaurant, but is yet again Marin County’s favorite, too. Opening its doors just seven years ago with a staff of four people, the Puerto Rican deliciousness of Sol Food has been in such high demand, that they now have three locations more than 150 employees. And one of the best things about this local favorite is that they are open late—until 28> MARCH 30 - APRIL 5, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 27

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903 Lincoln Ave., San Rafael 451.4765 2ND Il Davide 3RD Panama Hotel

BEST SAUSALITO/TIBURON RESTAURANT The best place to enjoy northern Italyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ nest cuisine without suffering a bit of jet lag is to head on down to Sausalitoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite restaurant, Poggio. Specializing in homemade pasta with a farm-to-table approach, Poggio has delivered plates of goodness to Marin diners for nearly a decade. Utilizing produce from the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own organic garden and local meats, chef Peter McNeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s menu changes daily, providing patrons with fresh and exciting dishes like Bistecca and Polpettone plus seasonal specials. Along with the local or Italian imported beers and wines, the full bar features the infamous Tony Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Orrio serving up cocktails with a smile. And a bonus for pet-lovers: Poggio is dog friendly and provides outdoor seating

for those dreamy Marin evenings. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get better than this, people. -----------------------------------------------Poggio

777 Bridgeway, Sausalito 332.7771 2ND Le Garage, Sausalito 3RD Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Anchor Cafe, Tiburon

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BEST THAI RESTAURANT Step into My Thai—a San Rafael staple for more than 20 years—and expect to be greeted with a warm smile. Of course the authentic Thai food is extremely important and the restaurant’s signature dish, Pad Thai, keeps customers coming back, but owners Dolaya and Jack Chaisirikun also work to make “every dining experience unique and memorable for their guests, from the moment customers walk in.” Dolaya says that includes taking “the extra time and care in selecting the freshest organic produce to make sure our food is both healthy and satisfying,” as well as maintaining the clean, modern decor imported from

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can’t afford to enroll in programs. It’s a family-oriented facility with activities for all ages, including Zumba water class, tons of youth sports, after-school programs, childcare, award-winning teen civic programs, specialty camps, senior programs, cardiac therapy, hikes and other group classes, and even tax assistance and mind exercises—which really, if you think about it, could be the same thing. With 37,000 square feet, the Y features basketball, handball and racquetball courts, a 25-yard heated swimming pool, dry sauna, whirlpool, as well as a fully equipped gym with all the requisite, body-working equipment and free weights. -------------------------------------------Marin YMCA

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BEST MARTIAL ARTS STUDIO For husband-and-wife team Karen and Mike Valentine, practicing martial arts is an all-encompassing lifestyle. Founded in 1993, Practical Martial Arts has helped spread their core values about responsibility in the community to countless

students throughout Marin. The first local school to teach a mixed style of martial arts, the business draws students ranging in age from 3-years-old to mid-60s. Practical Martial Arts also teaches in a traditional context, emphasizing structure and safety. With five instructors and eight to ten classes per day, Practical Martial Arts encourages students to take their practice into everyday life. “We want our students to take what they learn out of the dojo and into the world,” says Mike. “We want them to be authentic and responsible.” They have even adopted a beach and participate in regular beach cleanup days. “We like to call it environmental self-defense,” says Karen. “It is important to have a personal connection with our students and the place we all live.” -------------------------------------------Practical Martial Arts

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BEST PILATES Body Kinetics Health Club and Spa, known as Mill Valley Health Club before expanding to Novato early in 2011, offers a variety of Pilates classes at both locations. The Mill Valley club offers an 35 > extensive selection of Pilates op-

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Recently celebrating his 34th year with Mt. Tam Racquet Club, Rod Heckleman tells us that the success of the club lies in its commitment to the community they’ve been a part of since 1974. The largest independent, non-chain club in Northern California, Mt. Tam Racquet Club has the freedom to make decisions that benefit members and act on them quickly. “We’re always looking ahead at what’s next and where the 36 >

Discover Marin’s Expanding Bicycle Network on a Free Bike! The Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC) is giving away bicycles to six lucky novice cyclists and one cargo bike to a family or business in exchange for their pledge to convert from fossil-fuel-burning to calorie-burning commuters.

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industry is going,” says Heckleman. “We like to be innovative and follow what our members want.” In addition to 13 tennis courts, 600 tennis members and five pro teachers, the club has an incredible swimming pool and several fitness classes. Mt. Tam Racquet Club also promotes and supports local school events—particularly sober graduation events. “It’s also a great place to work,” he says. “We have the best teachers and most of us have been there forever.” --------------------------------------------Mt. Tam Racquet Club

“We take yoga seriously, but with a light spirit,” says Craig Fruchter, Red Dragon Yoga’s head dragon. “We believe in creating a welcoming, nurturing environment.” The studio was the first to offer both 105-degree Bikram traditional hot yoga and 90-degree Power Baptiste hot yoga. “Our heating and humidifying system is state-of-the-art,” says director of yoga Stephanie Schreiber. “When the system senses high levels of CO2, fresh air is pumped in automatically.” The high-ceilinged, light-filled setting is especially conducive to rejuvenation, and “we have amazing teachers,” says Fruchter. “They’re constantly reeducating themselves and practicing in the

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studio when they’re not teaching.” Both facilities have showers, “rockin’ retail stores” and on-site managers, and the new San Rafael location features a spa massage room as well. “This is a place for people to come and reset themselves, to reenergize, to go out into the world calmer and with less stress than before,” says Scheiber. “Some people have said it’s their home away from home.” -------------------------------------------Red Dragon Yoga

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BEST GLASSES AND EYEWEAR Seven on-site opticians and an amazing selection of vintage, custom, oneof-a-kind eyewear help make Rims & Goggles Marin’s favorite place to style up the spectacles. “I go to Milan and Paris twice a year and bring back the latest styles before anyone else has them,” says owner Penna Omega, whose parents started the business in 1976. The large space features “thousands and thousands” of frames, most of them high-end European, including the shop’s own line of Italian-made eyewear. (You’ll find all-American Ray-Bans on the premises too.) Opticians employ the latest technology and their combined 75 years of experience to craft custom frames or to tint lenses to match your jewelry, clothing and eye color. Handmade cases, chains and accessories and stylish yet durable children’s eyewear are available as well, and one-hour service is provided in emergency situations. 43 >

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606 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley 383.9480 2ND Marin Eyes, San Rafael 3RD Marin Optometry, Mill Valley

BEST HAIR SALON Music, schmusic—from the first, the Beatles were all about the haircut. And the perennial Best of Marin winners at Brewer Phillips Hair Design know better than anyone what a great hairdo can do. “We offer state-of-the-art product without pretense and intimidation,” says owner Ann Brewer, repeating her salon’s mantra. “We do classic precision cutting,” adds her niece and director of continuing education, Monica Brewer. “We’re up-to-date and inspired by new looks and trends.” Some of the current styles and techniques include blocks of color, bold color, more texture, more asymmetrical cuts. The Bieber Bob is still going strong, and longer, shaggier hair is making a comeback, they say—“More Magical Mystery Tour Beatles.” But, of course, “we do normal-looking hair” too, and although the salon does not have photographs of every head they’ve had the pleasure to know, it’s clear their customers adore them.

Monica Brewer, Brewer Phillips Hair Design

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‘Doesn’t have a point of view, knows not where he’s going to—isn’t he a bit like you and me?’—Nowhere Man

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BEST JEWELER When it’s as important as betrothing your beloved, you will visit Johann Paul Jewelers for the very best in Hearts on Fire diamond rings and hand-engraved Kiwi Gold wedding bands. Although they specialize in bridal jewelry and custom work, Johann Paul is a full-

service jewelry store with extensive knowledge of all gemstones, as well as repair, appraisal, piercings, beadwork and watch stringing. Longtime New Zealand friends and owners Johann de Blaauw and Paul Comerford, along with their wives, Robyn and Sarah, have been supplying Marin with classic bling 44 >

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Where we shop, eat and have fun helps ensure that our one-of-a-kind Marin community businesses will continue to be integral to the character that is our home. Thank you for shopping and dining locally. Your patronage makes a major difference to our fine area retailers.

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“Something” is the greatest love song of the past fifty years. – Frank Sinatra

From bridal season to playfully naughtier reasons, you’ll find selection and service at Pleasures of the Heart. “We try to have a little bit of everything for every body,” says manager Erika Gutierrez. Pleasures of the Heart caters to sensualists and ascetics and everyone in between with a range of styles, sizes and prices in lingerie as well as erotic books, adult toys and sexy costumes—a diversity that extends to discussion groups and classes in the summer. Pleasures is owned and run by women, and the in-store environment is decidedly open and bright, welcoming and very nonjudgmental. Gutierrez and her crew are adept in the sensitivity 44 PACIFIC SUN MARCH 30 - APRIL 5, 2012

and communication aspects of retail service. So really, there’s no need to get embarrassed or refrain from compulsively buying those phallic cookie cutters and boob pasta with your exquisitely lovely new Mary Green satin chemise. New website coming soon. --------------------------------------------Pleasures of the Heart

1310 4th St., San Rafael 482.9899 2ND Chadwicks of London, Mill Valley and San Anselmo 3RD The Lingerie Shoppe, Larkspur

BEST MEN’S CLOTHIER From custom-tailored clothing to a favorite polo, Patrick James, has everything to suit a styling man. Casual sportswear, shoes, ties, belts, sport coats, you name it, they have it in name brands as well as private label apparel, with styles to suit every age group and budget. Customers love the personalized service and comfortable shopping environment provided by this family-run business, celebrating its 50th birthday this year. The custom-tailored clothing is a unique feature offered by Patrick James. Clients can choose fabric and patterns for sport coats, top coats, shirts, slacks and suits, which will come with personalized name labels and are all U.S. made. They’d like to thank Marin for voting Patrick James the Best of Marin. --------------------------------------------Patrick James

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Three Sisters Nails is run by, yes, three sisters: Angie, Lily and Lori Nguyen. In addition to offering quality nail and waxing services, the dedicated and friendly three sisters truly care about their clients, treating them like extended family so that they’re relaxed and wanting to come back. “People come to the shop to feel better after their stressful day,” says Lily. And when their clients leave happy, the sisters are happy. With more than 21 years as a family-operated business built to please, Three Sisters has developed a loyal following. The sisters keep their shop super clean, with sterilized equipment, and good ol’ homespun teamwork. “We each put in so much effort and work,” says Lori. “We really listen to each other.” Three Sisters also offers outside services, doing house calls for special events and private parties, hospitals and senior homes throughout Marin. “We’re glad to do something for the community,” says Lily. “We thank our clients for their support and votes. Without them, we wouldn’t have a good business.” --------------------------------------------Three Sisters Nails

963 Grand Ave., San Rafael 454.9662 2ND Polish Nail Spa, San Rafael 3RD Nails by Kim, San Rafael

BEST SHOE STORE Head to the two locations of Lark Shoes for comfy styles that are cute. Ecco, Mephisto, Clarks and Dansko are just a few of the

At the end of the Beatles, I really was done in for the first time in my life. Until then, I really was a kind of cocky sod. – Paul

brands carried in this family-run operation that has been serving the footwear needs of Marin since 1978. Widely believed to carry the best selection of UGG boots, Lark Shoes prides itself on personalized service. Both stores carry shoes and boots for men and women; in addition, the San Anselmo store has all types of footwear for kids. The original shop in Larkspur Landing provides full repair services including resoling, polishing and mending of handbags and other items. Check out the big selection of insoles and inserts. Lark Shoes would like to thank all their loyal customers for voting them No. 1. --------------------------------------------Lark Shoes

890 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo 258.9954; 2239 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur 461.6226 2ND Sole Desire, San Rafael 3RD Shoes at Bon Air, Greenbrae

BEST WOMEN’S BOUTIQUE “Fashion is meant to be fun, and we have a lot of fun,” says Amy Anderson, owner of Viva Diva Boutique. “We’ve got a great girl-friendly vibe. This is the place to come for a good dose of retail therapy.” Between the intimate setting, the crystal chandeliers, the metallic-paisley wallpaper and the amazing selection of hand-picked young-contemporary clothing, “it’s like walking into every girl’s fantasy closet.” The boutique focuses on “slightly edgy L.A.-bohemian wearable fashion: denim, jewelry, accessories, bikinis, dresses, blouses, shoes,” says manager Bri Lindemulder. “There aren’t many places in Marin that offer young contemporary.” The shop is also highly interactive. “We are social networking fools,” says Anderson. “We Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr a couple times a day, every day, responding to queries and keeping in touch with customers all across the country.” Affordable prices, too. --------------------------------------------Viva Diva Boutique

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After such songs as “Norwegian Wood,” “When I’m Sixty-Four” and “I’m Only Sleeping” it’s pretty clear the Beatles were homebodies to the core (especially George). So it’s no question they would have understood the importance of living near quality building-suppliers, furniture retailers and home maintenance experts. We recommend the band peruse our list of this year’s Best of Marin winners for their home-and-garden needs— especially after a certain ill-advised encounter with the unlicensed contractor in “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.” 48 >


HALL OF FAME 2012! BEST CARPET CLEANERS FIVE TIME WINNER! ATLAS WINDOW & CARPET CLEANING “YOU GUYS ROCK! I am a fan for life. The red wine stain is gone!” Pat Salber, Larkspur

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Imagine falling asleep each night on a luxury bed, ensconced in beautifully designed fine European linens and high-loft down—even the coveted eider down— and waking rested and rejuvenated. Plenty of Marinites experience just that regularly. How? They’ve been to Duxiana, whose beds, says the San Rafael store’s owner Sharyn Johnson, have received “worldwide recognition for their dynamic design, superior construction and incredible durability.” Not only will you sleep well—on a high performance bed that can be customized—but you also won’t be shopping for another bed—maybe ever. The base and spring system don’t need to be replaced, just the mattress topper. The luxurious linens have a high thread count and are long-lasting. Turn your bedroom into a sanctuary for soothing sleep. Call soon for information on April’s special promotion. ---------------------------------------------Duxiana

Mike Yanecko, owner of Mike’s Appliance Service, has been making washers, dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, stoves, ranges and trash compactors do what they’re supposed to do for 34 years. “There’s no substitute for experience,” he says. Yanecko, who worked for Frigidaire for 15 years before starting up his own business, provides in-home service of all major domestic appliances, making house calls in his well-equipped truck. Best of all, if you’re having trouble with that recalcitrant GE Monogram he can get to you within a day or two. “My motto is prompt, professional, personalized service.” His wife, Janet, and their 14-month-old son, Nicholas, are an integral part of the operation as well: “He’s going to be taking over for me before we know it.” ---------------------------------------------Mike’s Appliance Service

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< 49 Fixing a hole beyond—appreciate that owner Norma Aguirre and her crew are punctual and trustworthy, in addition to their attention to detail—so much so, that they get in to all those hard-to-clean spots. The company also offers move-in or move-out cleaning

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“Tremendous volume means tremendous experience,” according to owner Mike Eagan of Computer Connection, located in the Bon Air Shopping Center. Eagan and staff keep up with the ever-changing technological world, enabling them to fix about 200 computers a month. What sets Computer Connection apart from competitors is its high quality of service and consistency; many techs have been with CC for over 10 years and in the industry for 20. Their expertise allows for quick turnaround on repair and upgrade projects without breaking the bank. With over 30,000 clients, it’s obvious that Computer Connection is doing something right— giving personalized competent service in a field that is no longer recognized as service-oriented. In addition, CC sells new computers and builds high-quality, speedy computer systems. ---------------------------------------------Computer Connection

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I declare that the Beatles are mutants. Prototypes of evolutionary agents sent by God, endowed with a mysterious power to create a new human species, a young race of laughing freemen. – Timothy Leary

BEST DECKS AND FENCING Deanne and Scott Clough are serious about sustainability. Founded in 1987, Clough Construction is a member of the Marin Builders Association Green Committee and is a certified green business. About seven years ago the Cloughs opened a showroom on Redwood Highway that focuses solely on sustainability. Whenever possible, they install fencing materials

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and bathroom remodels. The technicians are top-notch, master journeymen led by Jerry Thomas, who spent more than a decade on high-rise jobs and landmarks such as the Palace of Fine Arts, Moscone Center and Coit Tower. The Thomases recognize the importance of having someone always answer the phone, delivering prompt, courteous and reliable service, offering cost-saving alterna-

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BEST HOME FURNISHINGS With a unique mix of urban and wine country home furnishings, Corte Maderaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Harvest Home takes the gold this year for Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite furniture store. What makes the store a favorite is not just the style, but the thought that goes into selecting inventory for the Corte Madera and Sonoma retail locations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We carry reclaimed wood furniture, antiques and reproductions of older styles,â&#x20AC;? says store manager, Susie Wudtke. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And we always introduce new

lines, though weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve carried some since the store opened 20 years ago.â&#x20AC;? The store puts an emphasis on locally produced products as well. The owner makes many of the light ďŹ xtures carried by Harvest Home, while other products are made by North Bay artists. ---------------------------------------------Harvest Home

419 Corte Madera Town Ctr., Corte Madera 945.9288 2ND Wooden Duck, San Rafael 3RD Cabana Home, Mill Valley

BEST HOME ORGANIZER Moving can be extraordinarily stressful, and nobody knows that better than Margaret Walsh, whose ChangingPlaces helps diminish that stress, whether someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s moving to another continent or down the street. Her team of experts organizes, coordinates, implements and empathizes to make everything go as smoothly as possible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also discreet,â&#x20AC;? Walsh says. Her company recently arranged a multi-million-dollar-house swap between two very high-end, well-known Marinites (she wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say whoâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the discreet part), but of course they also handle small dwellings and downsizing for seniors moving into smaller, more efďŹ cient homes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every day, every client is different,â&#x20AC;? Walsh says. Just a preliminary sitdown with Changing-Places can save time, money and aggravation. And even if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not moving, just a look at the excellent website, with checklists, advice and to-diefor before-and-after photos of organized spaces, will prompt you look at your space and make you want to call them and say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Please, please me...â&#x20AC;? ---------------------------------------------Changing-Places

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BEST KITCHEN AND BATH REMODELER Lamperti Contracting and Design has been named Best of Marin three times in a row, which is really no surprise to co-owners Greg Nelson and Sean Kelly. “We do what we say we’re going to do,” Nelson says—such a simple and elegant approach, but one that clearly leads to customer devotion. Kelly notes that they can design and produce a dream kitchen but will design a job to a budget—“value engineer.” They are Marin’s one-stop shop—a customer can talk to them with vague or very specific ideas, a plan can come together and Lamperti can provide in-house contracting. Nelson said he heard a customer say something recently that really caught his ear: “Now that the economy has turned around...” using the past tense. And Lamperti’s business has reflected that,

he says. So when ready to make over the most important rooms in a house, this is the place to visit. ---------------------------------------------Lamperti Contracting and Design

1241 Andersen Dr., San Rafael 454.1623 2ND Novato Kitchens & Bath 3RD Marin Kitchen Works, Novato

BEST LANDSCAPE DESIGN No job is too small—or large—for Cynthia Egger Landscape Design. A licensed landscape contractor and third-generation horticulturalist, Egger has been designing landscapes—in Marin and nationally—for more than 25 years. Among her skills is the ability to visualize a design that not only utilizes the space to its best advantage, but also takes into account her clients’ wants or needs, style and taste. Whether it’s simply plantings and irrigation (which, for most of us isn’t that simple) or includes a patio, pool, outdoor kitchen, lighting, fences, decks or ponds, Egger’s got it covered. She creates an outdoor setting that is an extension of her clients’ home, resulting in many happy homeowners. ---------------------------------------------Cynthia Egger Landscape Design

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accounts, Bank of Marin will help make the realigning of all those automatic withdrawals painless. Rheiner says, “We’ll hold your hand through it.” On second thought: “We want to hold your hand,” he says, and laughs. ---------------------------------------------Bank of Marin

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BEST LOCAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTION “We’re a community bank—we’re driven in different ways,” says Dan Rheiner, senior vice president of Bank of Marin, explaining what separates them from the megabanks (which, frankly, have not inspired a lot of warm, fuzzy feelings the past few years). Bank of Marin wasn’t involved in

the sub-prime debacle; they stuck to basic It’s a Wonderful Life-type principles— they hand out really good candy and dog biscuits, too. With 10 branches in Marin (and seven more in the Bay Area), it is the No. 1 community bank in the county with $1.4 billion in assets. That’s dough from the community going back to the community—the circle of monetary life. And, if you’re thinking about moving your

“Would you lock the door?” Tony Mannella, owner of Transbay Locksmith Service, is matter-of-fact when asked to explain the high esteem his company generates. “We’ve been doing it for so long and we’re really honest.” He says, “I just told a guy yesterday how he could do something himself and he just loved that.” The payoff for Transbay comes down the road: in repeat business and word of mouth. Mannella, born and raised in San Rafael, knows how Marinites want to be treated; the business has been around since 1964 and he bought it 13 years ago. It’s important to have the guy with access to all your locks and keys be a real place with a real address, and they don’t get more real than this place. Mannella is eager to give

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credit to his staff: Greg Farley, manager; David Barnes, service man; and Paul Winckler, inside locksmith/service man. He would say they’re the “key” to Transbay’s success. ---------------------------------------------Transbay Locksmith Service

Moving to and fro and everywhere in between, Earl Farnsworth Express is Marin’s top pick for best moving and storage company. Founded in Marin 40 years ago, the company has assisted countless local and international migrations. Providing both residential and commercial moving services, Earl Farnsworth Express has more recently experienced an increase in employee relocation services when businesses pack up and set up shop in other areas. “People come to us because we’re honest,” says Ken Robertson, vice president of the operation. The Farnsworth name has been present in Marin for generations, and early on, the business gained a reputation as the most reliable movers around. In fact, they’ve been expanding and bringing on new staff

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Aside from its noteworthy inventory and service to fulfill all of your home painting needs, Marin Color Service also carries the largest selection of quality eco-friendly paint products in the county. A family-owned business for 64 years, Marin Color is run by down-to-earth people who care about what they do. From a small-home owner to a big-scale contractor, specialists are on hand to help you decide on the right color, finish and technique. They can advise you on peeling problems or color matching, make recommendations for art projects or do in-house color consultations. As a longtime member of the community, Marin Color Service also contributes to schools and nonprofit organizations like Habitat for Humanity. They’ve supplied Marin General and Kaiser with paint, and they can certainly assist you in finding the perfect, affordable paint, stain or

If you have a flagpole in need of paint, call McCarthy Painting, one of the only companies in the Bay Area to have steeplejack capabilities, which enables them to access high hillside homes, the top of 20-story buildings and other hard-to-reach places. According to owner Greg Owen, “We climb anything using harnesses, ropes and creativity to safely paint tricky areas.” McCarthy Painting also handles all residential and commercial painting jobs as well as restoring decks. Greg has a general contractor’s license so is able to repair dry rot and any other problems encountered while preparing the job for painting. All this is delivered with the company’s renowned quality and old-fashioned service. “We couldn’t have done it without you, thank you, Marin.”

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longevity to the Depression-era work ethic instilled in them by their forefathers. As they put it: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Each owner has been in the trenches of plumbingâ&#x20AC;? by apprenticing in the trade to work their way up to management. Paul, described by cousin Ernie as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the plumbing guru,â&#x20AC;? has extensive knowledge of the constantly changing codes and regulations in the county. All the staff are extensively trained and committed to providing the highest level of service and value in Marin. The locally owned and operated business wishes to thank all its customers for their support. ---------------------------------------------Ongaro & Sons

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BEST ROOFER Owners Brian McLeran and Tarry Winfey realize they’re in a highly competitive business, but they also know what makes McLeran Roofing the best in Marin—”Personal service on every job,” says McLeran. “It’s all based on customer service.” It’s also the reason the company’s been around for more than 80 years, making sure Marinites are

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warm and dry and well protected. And McLeran’s crews get special safety equipment and training to make sure nobody gets hurt. Another “gimmick” McLeran employs is honesty. If, while giving you a free inspection, they discover you don’t need a new roof, they’ll actually tell you

that. Although they say they’re Beatles fans, they admit that no one listens to them on the job: No music at all is allowed. It’s that safety thing again—they just don’t want anyone from McLeran falling for you. As the song goes: “I’m fixing a hole where the rain gets in, and

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BEST SELF-STORAGE Since 2006, Bellam Self Storage is the only certified green self-storage business in California. The folks at Bellam are as passionate about the services they provide as they are about the environment. They can give advice about how much space is needed, coordinate a move and convey guidance about labeling, packing and organizing your storage space. Co-owner Andree even wrote a book that is full of useful information on the subject, Don’t Pack Me — How to Pack Everything Else. In keeping with the Beatles theme, here’s a jingle to the tune of “From Me to You,” from Bellam to their customers: “If there’s anything that you want, if there’s anything Bellam can do Just call on us and we’ll help you along with THANKS from BELLAM to you.” ---------------------------------------------Bellam Self Storage

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BEST TILE AND STONE STORE Ceramic Tile Design owner Steve Cerami (the name’s “just a coincidence”) is justifiably proud of his showroom, as well as the selection of tiles his company offers, including a vast collection of Italian tiles. “We import our own tile and work directly with factories,” he says. Marinites are always renovating and upgrading their homes, and a trip to Ceramic Tile Design can get them started on what’s available and what’s new, including, Cerami says, tile with “wood looks” (any named “Norwegian Wood”?) and four kinds of “green” countertops, including PaperStone, made in Washington state entirely from recycled paper. Store manager Alecia Healy points out that CTD offers a diversity of lines from the easy and quick to the high-end. “We can help everyone,” she emphasizes. The website offers a video with a 360degree shot of that beautiful showroom, as well as spectacular tiled baths and kitchens to get you dreaming. (That sparkly blue glass tile? One could design a whole house around that...)

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846 W. Francisco Blvd., San Rafael 485.5180 2ND CTW Designs, Novato 3RD Italics, San Rafael

BEST WINDOW AND DOOR SHOWROOM Nothing changes the appearance and energy-efficiency of a building more than updated windows and doors, and for anyone thinking about making a change, a visit to the Charles Window & Door showroom in San Rafael is an excellent first step. “We’re spacious and have lots of different products you can get a feel for,” says owner Niko Frithiof. The samples are out there—not all stacked against a wall—and Charles will not only install, they also offer a lifetime warranty and are experts at evaluating energy efficiency. They’re happy to provide a free evalua-

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tion and can even bring the showroom to you, so to speak, with samples, advice and pictures. A look at their website can get you started. And is it really true that if a door closes a window opens? “No,” Frithiof says, and laughs, “not if we installed it. We install things properly.” ---------------------------------------------Charles Window & Door Company

1505 E. Francisco Blvd., San Rafael 888.219.4159 2ND Novato Glass, Novato 3RD Glass & Sash, San Rafael

BEST WINDOW CLEANERS Someone once said that the key to a positive outlook on life is having clean windows to view it through. Thank heavens for Atlas Window and Carpet Cleaning! Now in their 23rd year of keeping Marin County’s windows clear of obstructions, they still have it. “We’re not slowpoke window cleaners,” says Elliott

Atlas. “And we’re competitively priced.” Offering services such as window cleaning, rain gutter cleaning, carpet and upholstery cleaning, Atlas’s 33 years of experience ensures quality results for both residential and commercial properties. Extension pole work is a specialty for Atlas—making the job quicker, and decreasing the chances of an accident. With the company’s maintenance program, a regular cleaning about every four months, many customers have the benefit of clean windows yearround. Keep those windows clean with Atlas, folks. There is so much to see! ---------------------------------------------Atlas Window and Carpet Cleaning

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Aug. 16, 1960 Drummer Pete Best joins the band. They travel to Hamburg, grow out their hair and change their name to the Beatles. Nov. 9, 1961 Record store entrepreneur Brian Epstein catches the group at Liverpool’s Cavern Club and becomes their manager June 4, 1962-The Beatles sign with Parlophone/E.M.I. and audition for record producer George Martin in London’s Abbey Road Studios.


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The Beatles were among the earliest rock ’n’ rollers to reflect the emerging environmental movement in their music. From the outdoorsman ethos of “Mother Nature’s Son” to the trophy hunting send-up in “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill” to the utopian landscapes of “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” John’s White Album suggestion that “we do it in the road” was as much bawdy as it was back-to-the-land. The boys would’ve fit right in with today’s green Marin—from our organic markets and native-plant garden centers to our solar suppliers and cycling scene—where the Fab Four could “drift past the flowers, that grow so incredibly high.”

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the indoor course that runs the perimeter of the San Rafael store. Mike’s staff members are especially proud of their philanthropy work in Africa where they’ve distributed 6,000 bikes and will open a fourth store in Lesotho. Closer to home, they are also very proud of their Category 1 & 2 road racing team, the coolest brand ambassadors around. --------------------------------------------Mike’s Bikes

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BEST BIKE STORE Mike’s Bikes continues to be a dominant force in cycling-related products and service in Marin. Bikes are popular for transportation as well as pleasure and Mike’s offers a vast selection of all the

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Good Earth is high on the new store and they are striving to make it as green as possible. From hiring local teens to using Fairfax Coffee Roastery beans, the principles that have sustained this business since its inception continue to bloom. As a leader in the promotion of green business practices, the new facility is moving toward zero waste. All food scraps are sent to a local biodynamic farm while everything else is composted or recycled. Organic, no GMO, local and sustainable are all standards that the Good

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talk to the people who raised the food and find out how it was grown.” The 30-year-old Sunday Civic Center market, the third largest in the state, features 150 to 200 vendors each week, offering not only a splendid diversity of produce (from conventional as well as certified organic growers) but also baked goods, artisan cheeses, grass-fed meats, pastured eggs and hot snacks like Belgian

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waffles, Aidell’s sausages and Donna’s tamales. It’s a great way, says DarceyMartin, “to get to know your farmer, to get to know your food.” --------------------------------------------Marin Agricultural Institute

Marin Civic Center Farmers Market (Thursdays and Sundays year-round), Novato Farmers Market (Tuesdays May-September), Fairfax (Wednesdays May-September) 472.6100 2ND Good Earth Natural Foods, Fairfax 3RD United Markets, San Rafael and San Anselmo

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BEST NURSERY/GARDEN CENTER West End Nursery has been serving the horticultural needs of Marinites since 1909, when “our first delivery car was a horse and buggy,” says fourth-generation

owner Chris Untermann. This familyrun operation has everything you need for the garden, from a fantastic selection of plants to pottery, fountains, statuary, barbecues and lots more. Not to mention a century’s worth of experience. “We know our microclimates,” says Untermann. “We can tell you which plants will do well in your backyard.” (Most of them are sourced from California and Oregon.) West End is also famous for its awe-inspiring Christmas display in an adjacent 1890 Victorian that’s only open during the holidays. ---------------------------------------------

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BEST ORGANIC PRODUCE If you’re looking for naturally raised, locally grown, absolutely yummy fruits and vegetables, the Marin Agricultural Institute’s three farmers markets are splendid foraging options. “Most of our produce comes from within 200 miles of here: the Bay Area, the Central Valley, Yolo County, a real nice mix,” says the institute’s Sarah Darcey-Martin. “You can

Kelley Hartman, regional vice president for Nelson Staffing, sees all those reports about the job market in real life in real time every day. And, mirroring national trends, things are improving for North Bay job seekers. “Things are definitely picking up,” she says. “There are more jobs and fewer candidates.” People who are in good jobs are getting restless, too, and looking for other opportunities. All of which means Nelson Staffing, with its personalized service—“We take time with each applicant who walks in the door,” Hartman says—is the place for job seekers—and employers who need to fill a job—to start. Marin, Hartman says, is “a little bit unique in that there is a lower unemployment rate, and definitely a shortage of warehouse and technical workers. There are smaller 65 >

Aug. 18, 1962 The band replaces Pete Best with Ringo Starr. The Beatles make their TV debut four days later. Oct. 5, 1962 The band’s first single, “Love Me Do”/”P.S. I Love You,” is released. Mar. 22, 1963 The band’s first album, Please Please Me, is released. Nov. 1963 Beatlemania snowballs as the group releases its second album and they perform for the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret.

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My five favorite lesser-known Beatles tunes Originally I was going to call this piece My Five Favorite Little-Known Beatles Tunes, but can any Beatles recording (outside of some recently declassified bootleg or other) be classified as “little-known”? At any given moment fans around the globe are luxuriating in the awesomeness of “Blue Jay Way” and “I Me Mine,” and I’m not about to get in their way. Let’s just say that the five songs listed below fall somewhere below the stratospheric radar of “Hey Jude” and “ I Want to Hold Your Hand,” and that they’ve given me a great deal of pleasure over the years.

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the Beatles, 1963) The Fab Four cover a Broadway show tune, with marvelous results. Meredith Willson’s Music Man standard is given a light, swinging Latin beat courtesy of George’s Segovia-esque fretwork and Ringo’s bongo-playing expertise, and Paul’s yearning vocal, complete with Liverpudlian “but I never sawrrr them winging...” is quite endearing. (Trivia: The arrangement was inspired by Peggy Lee’s recording of the same tune on her totally tropical Latin ala Lee! LP.)


Hey Bulldog (from Yellow Submarine, 1968) Opening with a totally Bondian piano-guitar riff as propulsive as the opening chords of the Stones’“Satisfaction,”“Hey Bulldog” is, as its composer John Lennon described it,“a good-sounding record that means nothing.”The lyrics are indeed nonsensical, but the mood of the recording is much more than good: It’s freewheeling, exuberant, crazed, hilarious—the very definition of rock ‘n’ roll. Terrific barking and howling from Paul, too.


Tomorrow Never Knows (from Revolver, 1966) Inspired by the writings of Timothy Leary and a

lick or two from The Tibetan Book of the Dead, John wrote this paean to transcendentalism (“Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream...”) entirely in the chord of C, giving it a droning yet compelling East Indian quality. Each Beatle contributed handmade loop tapes that were then mixed and faded backward and forward and at different speeds. The result was, as Beatles biographer Peter Brown put it, the band’s “first bona fide, all-out acid trip,” a hypnotic aural experience that, thanks to Ringo’s inspired drumming, is also irresistibly danceable.


You Can’t Do That (from A Hard Day’s Night, 1964) One of John’s more pissed-off lyrics (“I’ve got somethin’ to say that might cause you pain/ If I catch you talkin’ to that boy again”) is tucked into a raucous Wilson Pickett-inspired 12bar blues that practically levitates you onto the dance floor. Although John also plays lead guitar here, George’s rhythm work on his brandnew 12-string Rickenbacker 360 is wonderfully percussive, aided and abetted by Ringo on congas and Paul on cowbell (you heard me).


I Will (from The Beatles, 1968) Paul’s loveliest melody was as effortless as it sounds (it sprang forth during the group’s famous pilgrimage to India), but it took him several months to attain the perfect simplicity of the lyric, and the recording itself was an all-night collaborative effort among Paul, John and Ringo involving 67 takes. You’d never know it: The sweet, simple love song that resulted remains a delicate and inspiring work. Ringo and John handle the percussion (cymbals, bongos and maracas, plus improvised bits of wood and metal); Paul did the rest, including the cool vocal bass oomphs. —Matthew Stafford


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BEST RESALE/CONSIGNMENT CLOTHING SHOP Sisters Laura Walker and Anna Psaila say the raison d’etre for opening Stella’s Fine Consignments was to be environmentally conscious and run a business while raising kids. “Plus, we thought we were French,” says Laura, laughing. The two sisters wanted to create “a really fun place, where moms and ladies can get out of the grind for the day, change their perspective and get a little escape,” says Anna. “We want them to leave happy and feeling good about themselves.” An upscale consignment shop, Stella’s buys and sells an array of affordable fashion

“treasures” based on the sisters’ refined fashion sensibility and resourcefulness, and community rapport. Consignment shopping is in itself an ecological concept, but Stella’s is also a certified green business. Named after their grandmother, Stella’s donates unsold clothing to various schools, charities and women’s causes, like Image for Success. Visit their Facebook page for the latest updates or better yet, rendezvous your soon-to-be chic self to their shop for the creme de la creme of consignment shopping. --------------------------------------------Stella’s Fine Consignments

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BEST SOLAR SUPPLIER Bill Stewart’s extensive experience with and knowledge of solar power and sustainable energy—he’s worked in the field since 1978—account for SolarCraft’s “Best of ” win again this year. The Novato-based business is still thriving, despite local and national economic challenges and it makes sense: The long-term financial and environmental benefits of solar power are many. Among the residential and commercial solar power projects SolarCraft has designed, installed and serviced are the Ross School and the city of Santa Rosa. “Using solar on a home or business has the same environmental benefits of planting 20 acres of trees,” says Stewart. “We know the benefits and we’re willing to work with people on financing and leasing options, as well.” We hope SolarCraft can continue to better the environment in Marin and beyond. --------------------------------------------SolarCraft

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Paul, John, Ringo and George grew up in the age of retro swimwear—but when the occasion calls for something more modern for their kids, they turn to Kidniki children’s clothes in Strawberry.

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One could make the argument that the Beatles were really a children’s pop band—and with songs about raccoons, yellow submarines, octopuses, ponies, walruses, bulldogs and monkeys (and several about birds), we’d be hard-pressed to argue. That’s why if any groundbreaking music group would know about the best place in Marin to find children’s clothes, pet supplies or to stage a kid’s birthday party—it’d be the Fab Four… and Pacific 68 > Sun readers, of course.




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Whether you work in clay, charcoal, paint, pastels, printmaking, silkscreens or mixed media, Rileystreet Art Supply has everything you need to express yourself. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have the best prices and selection, a very knowledgeable staff and free classes, artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; talks and demonstrations,â&#x20AC;? says store manager Bente Mirow. Class topics include ďŹ gure drawing, acrylics, oils and watercolors, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;the teachers are really fantastic.â&#x20AC;? In addition to easels, portfolios, drafting tables, craft items, books, magazines, specialty papers and every variety of ink, crayon and pencil, the shop sells spray paint, paint markers and other materials for urban artists, â&#x20AC;&#x153;a huge up-and-coming art movement.â&#x20AC;? Rileystreet also offers special rates to art schools and teachers, and live music and dancing make it a popular stopover during San Rafaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monthly Art Walk. The setting itself is all â&#x20AC;&#x153;skylights, high ceilings, wooden ďŹ&#x201A;oors,â&#x20AC;? says Mirow. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very inviting place.â&#x20AC;? ---------------------------------------------Rileystreet Art Supply

â&#x20AC;&#x153;At Woodlands Pet Food & Treats we encourage healthy eating and playing,â&#x20AC;? says owner Rob Hansen. The storesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; selection of refrigerated as well as air-dried and dehydrated raw food from Australia â&#x20AC;&#x153;is equivalent to home cooking for dogs,â&#x20AC;? and the Lotus oven-baked dry food is, by all accounts, mighty tasty too. In addition to traditional and artisan munchies for every critter in the family youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ďŹ nd accessories, high-end beds, jewel-encrusted collars and leashes and â&#x20AC;&#x153;toys you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ďŹ nd anywhere elseâ&#x20AC;? for your favorite bird, rabbit, ďŹ sh, guinea pig, dog and cat. (The Mill Valley store features the biggest pussycat section in Marin.) Especially popular is the selfservice pet-washing facility complete with aprons, soapy water and a ďŹ ne selection of shampoos. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We love meeting your animals,â&#x20AC;? says Mill Valley store manager Alex Spoerry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re passionate pet people.â&#x20AC;? ---------------------------------------------Woodlands Pet Food & Treats

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< 69 Your mother should know Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a full-line, all-scale train department with repair service; remotecontrolled cars, planes and boats; a yearround Christmas village and Halloween room; separate little girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and little boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; areas; dioramas, Build-A-Bear and toys from Germany; play sets, school project ideas and countless other art supplies and playful oddities. Due to an unfortunate rash of shoplifting and credit card fraud, Dollhouses, Trains & More has recently adopted a members-only entry. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no charge for membership and customers are merely asked for a valid ID to start. Since the program initiated, theft has stopped, which has thankfully allowed Becker to remain independent and keep prices as low as possible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just a store, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s someplace to come and have fun,â&#x20AC;? says Becker. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hope people of any age leave feeling like a kid in a candy store.â&#x20AC;? ---------------------------------------------Dollhouses, Trains & More

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The Beatles are not merely awful...They are so unbelievably horrible, so appallingly unmusical, so dogmatically insensitive to the magic of the art, that they qualify as crowned heads of antimusic. -William F. Buckley Jr.

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the fare is a far cry from the stuff so many of us were served at camp decades ago. Campers participate in a number of activitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;canoeing, swimming, music, community gatherings, etc., all under the direction of the professional naturalist staffâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that are so enjoyable, they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize how much theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re learning. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a unique experience, in our own â&#x20AC;&#x153;backyard.â&#x20AC;? As camp director Claudia Lyons says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hiking to the top of Walker Peak, with views of Tomales Bay and the PaciďŹ c Ocean, is life-changingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;for all ages.â&#x20AC;? ---------------------------------------------Camp Soulajoule

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Take a sad song and make it better? Forget that. How do you take a great kid and make him (or her) better? Steve and Kateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Camp knows how: Let the kid decide what to do. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What really makes Steve and Kateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s different is that we replicate what summers were like when we were kids,â&#x20AC;? says Steve (the other Steve) DiNardo, director of marketing. Campers can choose among a wide variety of activities: dancing, sports, chess, painting, cooking and spend as much time as they like where they like with gentle guidance from adults. New this summer, says Mike Saperstein, director of business development, is ďŹ lm studio animation with green screen, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just enlisted chef Gordon Drysdale as part of the organization. Tasty, healthy, organic lunches are included in the fee with seven daily choices (that word again) and parents can always choose which location and when to take their daytrippers to Steve and Kateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;no muss or fuss. Camps are available for kindergarden through 7th

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When you want to show the little ones a good time, schlep them to the Bay Area Discovery Museum for a wing-ding they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget. Every weekend this fun-ďŹ lled childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s museum throws a dozen parties for kids 0 to 8 years old in two unique play spaces. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can rent one of our Fun Rooms and do your own thing,â&#x20AC;? says birthday party coordinator Elizabeth Friedrich, â&#x20AC;&#x153;or you can have a Blast party thrown by one of our experienced party facilitators, or one of our themed Bonanza parties.â&#x20AC;? (Themes include Princess, Jungle, Construction, Under the Sea and Rock â&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC; Roll). Each party can accommodate up to 30 children and offers music, face painting, crafts and activities plus goodie bags from the museum store. And â&#x20AC;&#x153;you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to clean up afterwards!â&#x20AC;? says Friedrich. Guests also get an all-day pass to the museum proper, and the setting beneath the Golden Gate Bridge is breathtaking. ---------------------------------------------Bay Area Discovery Museum





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ďŹ&#x201A;uffy and soft. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And rescues!â&#x20AC;? Bowser says when her sister mentions a recent upsurge in Marin â&#x20AC;&#x153;doodleâ&#x20AC;? customers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget rescues! We love a good rescue!â&#x20AC;? Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we all? ---------------------------------------------Doggie Styles

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BEST ANTIQUE STORE With humble beginnings in post-World War II Marin, Laurel House Antiques began as a fundraising endeavor to support the Marin Art and Garden Center where the store has been located since the 1940s. Having expanded since the early days of selling silver and linens only during special events, Laurel House now carries a variety of antiques from different eras and different parts of the world. With a collection of Americana, Victorian-era and Asian items, Laurel House offers a glimpse into the past through much sought after art and collectibles. Laurel House also offers a consignment program, keeping customers and shoppers happy with fresh new inventory and great prices. ---------------------------------------------Laurel House Antiques

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The shops on the high streets of swingin’ London were nothing compared to this year’s winners in our casual shopping category—which the Beatles are no doubt aware. With such consumer-culture songs as “Baby, You’re a Rich Man,” “Money (That’s What I Want)” and the precious-gem-enthusiastic “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” the Fab fellas are sure to be frequenting Marin’s gift shops and gallerias— where’d you have to be a fool on the hill not to take advantage of some of these bargains!

“This is often a very sophisticated art market,” notes Elena Angeli, merchandise manager for Cheap Pete’s. Which means that Marinites travel the world and come home with unusual, one-ofa-kind and often odd-size works they want to display properly. That’s where the perennial best framer in Marin comes in. If they don’t have a ready-made frame (they also have a large selection of precut mats) that suits the work then their custom-frame department can step up and do the job. Close to four decades of experience is a big advantage. “We really enjoy serving the people of Marin and seeing the treasures they bring to us,” Angeli says. “Every day is different and you never know what’s going to walk in the door.” Angeli says “Blackbird” is her favorite Beatles song and notes that she has actually been to Liverpool. It’s said that Lennon and McCartney could paint a picture with words, and if that weren’t simply a common metaphor, Cheap Pete’s would know just how to frame it. ---------------------------------------------Cheap Pete’s Picture Frame Factory Outlet

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< 74 Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t buy me love services this side of the North Pole. While Meadowlark continues providing shoppers with an expanding ďŹ ne jewelry selection, owner Sue Abrams continues to serve her long line of loyal, multigenerational customers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Often, we hear, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;my mom told me that I should buy my girlfriend something from this storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my momâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birthday and I know she loves this place... help!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? says Abrams. So now, in addition to ďŹ nding long-standing gift lines, customers can select designer jewelry or have a piece custom-made by Meadowlarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in-house jewelry designer, Jeff Cohn. Regardless of what patrons seek, they are sure to ďŹ nd the perfect item for that special someone on their list. ---------------------------------------------Meadowlark Gallery

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BEST LOCAL BOOKSTORE Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to convey just how vital a place Book Passage is to the literary scene in Marin and beyond. Book Passage does so much more than sell books. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a hub of intellectually creative activity in 78 >

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< 77 Can’t buy me love the community. In 35 years, it’s become a place to meet, exchange ideas and pursue ambitions. In partnership with Dominican University, Book Passage hosts extraordinary talks and book readings from acclaimed writers both near and far. It’s a nurturing mother ship of writing classes and nationally renowned conferences that draw superstar authors, agents and publishers, and the people who aspire to be them. In that vein, it’s also a springboard for people’s careers. Oh, and they also sell a ton of books. A wide variety is offered (and can be ordered), ranging from children’s literature to travel guides, from top-selling fiction to mystery novels. And in over three decades, Elaine Petrocelli says her initial goal hasn’t changed: “To put a book in someone’s hand and see their face light up,” she says. It might just change your life. ---------------------------------------------Book Passage

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service cafe to add to their special “Fresh Fridays,” when local organic farmers and gluten-free bakeries set up shop for the day at their downtown San Rafael location. ---------------------------------------------Sans Gluten-Free Grocery

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‘When I hold you in my arms, and I feel my finger on your trigger’—Happiness Is a Warm Gun

rises above. “We have the best weather in Marin,” Baker says. “Well, we might share it with San Anselmo. A little.” ---------------------------------------------Fairfax

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Baby You Can Drive My Car BEST CAR DEALER They are deeply committed to the community and are actively involved in local schools, charities and nonprofits. They maintain integrity and transparency in daily transactions. They offer a 10-point value guarantee and pre-discount value pricing—no negotiation or “connections” are necessary to get a great deal. It’s all part of a winning philosophy that’s re-

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The Beatles were advocates for all sorts of transportation issues—from early PSAs about designated drivers (“Drive My Car”) and support for public transit (“Ticket to Ride”) to the societal benefits of the life aquatic (“Yellow Submarine”) and proper motorway maintenance (“The Long and Winding Road”), this band had its finger on the pulse of day trippers everywhere.

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< 81 Baby you can drive my car estimates online, or they can come out and with a laptop printer hand the customer a preliminary estimate quickly. This 32year-old business, with its long-term and experienced staff can treat all those Marin Priuses, Mini Coopers, Maseratis and Mercedes with the tender loving care they deserve. ----------------------------------------------Blakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Auto Body

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BEST DOMESTIC CAR REPAIR Your ďŹ rst clue that D & K Auto Services is customer-service-oriented comes when Tricia McKay, daughter of owner Dave Painterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;?the eyes and earsâ&#x20AC;? of the businessâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;answers the phone. Her warmth, friendliness and upbeat manner put you at ease right from the start. Tricia not only answers the phone, she manages the ofďŹ ce as well. And her mom, Kate, is behind the scenes taking care of the bookkeeping. This family-owned operation is small (three mechanics, plus Dave), but efďŹ cient, according to Tricia. From the creaky clunker to the latest model luxury car, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll do whatever it takes to keep that auto humming down the highwayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;from basic maintenance to major repairs. They know all their customers by ďŹ rst nameâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; but more important than that, they know their customersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; vehicles inside and out. D & K is so much a part of the community, various local government vehicles

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BEST FOREIGN AUTO REPAIR At Easy Automotive the customer comes ďŹ rst, which is why Easy has won Best of Marin 10 out of the last 12 years. From the tidy waiting room to the courtesy shuttle, making car repair as accessible as possible is their mission. All the techs have been with the company for at least 10 years, many for more than 15, which makes for consistent, knowledgeable service. As owners Mark and Debbie Linder like to say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Easy Automotive makes it easy on the customer,â&#x20AC;? so no matter what repair your vehicle needs, they can handle it. From tires to windshields to estimates on bodywork, clients can drop off their car and get every detail attended to in one visit. Easy Automotive is grateful to their terriďŹ c customers. ---------------------------------------------Easy Automotive

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able service and reasonable prices so many times they’re the only tire dealer to enter the Pacific Sun Hall of Fame. Still a multigenerational family affair led by charismatic grandpapa Pat McAlonan, Cain’s Tire employs ASE-certified technicians who perform services like computerized alignment, wheel balancing, suspension system and brake inspection and replacement, as well as the installation of tires from their extensive inventory. Visit McAlonan’s renowned family in the comfort of their monolithic tire shop or brake annex, or check out their snazzy website for helpful info on tire sizes, factory promotions, a detailed rundown on services and parts, or to get a price quote. ---------------------------------------------Cain’s Tire

Forget trying to buy your neighbor’s old car (it only leads to trouble) or scouring Craigslist for a decent ride. Instead, head over to California Motors, premier purveyor of fine used cars and trucks. No decrepit vehicles to be found here, but plenty of luxury cars, along with a number of more practical vehicles, at reasonable prices. Not only that, the folks here will buy your car, sell it on consignment, offer other words, they’ll do what they can to get you behind the wheel. Even if you’re not in the market, check out some of the sweet rides here; it’s likely one that has your name on it. ---------------------------------------------California Motors

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Seven years after closing its doors, the fabled George’s Nightclub is back in all its vintage-nightspot glory. “I wanted that classic 1940s look,” says owner Todd Ghanizadeh, a former dancer with Mikhail Baryshnikov’s American Ballet Theater. “San Rafael has plenty of dives and sports bars. We hope to deliver that ah-ha moment, when you’re overcome with beauty and art and how it makes life better.” Designer Gael Keating Clay has employed sumptuous booths, exposed brick and subtle lighting to create a space conducive to sipping, dancing and the sound of music. The Tubes, Pete Escovedo, Carlos Santana and Petty Theft are just a few of the acts that have graced George’s stage. “They’ve all raved about our sound system,” says restaurateur (and former Iranian boxing champ) Teon Ghanizadeh, general manager and Todd’s father. “The musicians like the intimacy of the space, too.” (George’s capacity is 300, 150 on the dance floor.) Admission is reasonable, and “we have really great food: Persian kebabs, chicken sate salad, the best burger in Marin,” says Todd. ---------------------------------------------George’s Nightclub

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Chances are, if you’ve attended any great art events in San Rafael, Art Works Downtown was instrumental in their creation. Organizing Second Fridays Art Walks, hosting lectures and managing public art in downtown San Rafael are just a few highlights of what this nonprofit organization brings to the community. Art Works Downtown also provides affordable studio space and housing for local artists and features work and juried shows from artists living in the greater Bay Area at the gallery. “Since we are not a commercial gallery, we’re not just about selling art,” says managing director Petrina Wielgos. “Our goal is to engage the community with art while supporting the artists.” Collaboration is also key. Wielgos and program manager Stan Gibbs, along with Carol Durham—a key member of Art Works Downtown’s show committee—are preparing for a show along with San Francisco’s Virginia Breier. Art lovers should keep eyes and ears open for show dates this May. ---------------------------------------------Art Works Downtown

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The Fairfax 6 Theatres have come a long way, baby.... What started out as a single-screen theater long, long ago has evolved over the years until it now comprises six screens, each with state-of-theart digital projection. Moviegoers young and old enjoy a range of the latest releases, at prices lower than most other theaters in the area. Stadium-style seating (with rocker loveseats) ensures that just about everybody has a clear view of the whole screen. And, since 2008, Fairfax 6 Theatres has been powered by solar-generated electricity—the first modern multiplex theater in the country to do so. ---------------------------------------------Fairfax 6 Theatres

said record store’s frequenters. Fact 2: Mill Valley Music is the winner for this year’s Best Music Store. What do these two things have in common? Both the fictional owner of Championship Vinyl in High Fidelity and the real-life owner of Mill Valley Music are dedicated to preventing the extinction of vinyl. For the last five years, since the closing of Village Music, Gary Scheuenstuhl has provided a hub for vinyl, CD, cassette and even 8-track lovers alike. Set just off the busy downtown core of Mill Valley, his store is the place to go for vinyl, CDs, cassettes and yes, even 8 tracks. “We specialize in obsolete technology,” he laughs. Vinyl sounds better. It even feels better. “Look at all of the newer turntables with USBs,” he says. “More people are recording vinyl onto CDs because of the sound” He loves what he does. And so do Marin music lovers. ---------------------------------------------Mill Valley Music

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Fairfax took our readers’ poll prize for Best Town for the second year in a row—runners up were San Anselmo, followed by Mill Valley.


Beatles would whole-heartedly approve of Pacific Sun readers’ choice of “Best Town Other Than Your Own” going to Fairfax—from “Nowhere Man,” “Day Tripper,” and “Tomorrow Never Knows” to “The Fool on the Hill,” “Revolution” and “Across the Universe,” it often seems like the Fab Four spent their whole career writing songs about Fairfax. And as far as our readers’ pick for Biggest Local News Story of last year, “San Rafael approves construction of a Target” is another one the Beatles would’ve been keeping their eyes on—no doubt further cementing the Target-free Fairfax as the band’s Marin “home from home” (as Liverpudlians would say).

Jan. 1964-The single “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and the album Meet the Beatles hit #1 on the U.S. charts. Feb. 9, 1964-The Beatles kick off the British Invasion when they arrive in the U.S. to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show. March 31, 1964-The Fab Four hold the top five spots on the U.S. charts:“Can’t Buy Me Love,”“Twist and Shout,”“She Loves You,”“I Want to Hold Your Hand,”“Please Please Me.” July 1964-Richard Lester’s rambunctious musical comedy A Hard Day’s Night premieres in London; the movie, song and album are #1 hits in both the U.S. and the U.K.


Aug. 27, 1965-The Beatles meet Elvis. Says the King: “If you guys don’t stop staring at me, I’m goin’ to bed.” Sept. 25, 1965-A Saturday morning Beatles cartoon series premieres on ABC. Oct. 26, 1965-Queen Elizabeth II bestows MBEs upon the lads from Liverpool in thanks for hyper-bolstering the British economy. John returns his medal four years later in protest of British support for American involvement in Vietnam. Dec. 3, 1965-Rubber Soul, arguably the group’s finest LP, is released and reaches #1 in the U.K. and the U.S.

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ere are a few Beatlemania readers’ poll results, with comments by officials from the Pacific Sun Registrar of Voters... Best Beatles Album 1. Abbey Road 2. The Beatles (the White Album) 3. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Rubber Soul and Revolver finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Finishing last was Beatles for Sale, which mustered only 10 votes out of about 3,785 people who voted in this category. Best Beatles Song 1. “Hey Jude” 2. “All You Need Is Love” 3. “Here Comes the Sun” Surprises in the Best Song category (at least to us) were “Blackbird” coming in fourth and “Something” checking in at 15 (we thought it’d be higher). There were three write-in votes for “Imagine,” which was a Lennon solo song from 1971.

Worst Beatles song 1. “Yellow Submarine” 2. “Why Don’t We Do it in the Road?” 3. “Piggies” We only nominated what we felt are the 20 most annoying Beatles songs, so this category may have turned out differently if the band’s entire catalog were listed—but does anyone really think “Hey Jude” and “Here Comes the Sun” are going to get a lot of votes as their “worst” song? Anyway, “Revolution 9,” “Ob-La-Di, ObLa-Da” and “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” were fourth through sixth. Only a handful of voters said “Yesterday,” “Here, There and Everywhere” and “Magical Mystery Tour” were the worst song, so maybe those shouldn’t have been nominees for “worst song.” Still, we can’t stand them... Favorite Beatle 1. John Lennon 2. Paul McCartney 3. George Harrison

A little help from our friends... This issue wouldn’t have been possible without a little help from our friends— writers Carol Inkellis, Julie Vader, Matthew Stafford, Dani Burlison, Brooke Jackson and Samantha Campos; and photographers James Hall and Lisa Smith.

All you need is love? That and the valuable assistance of George’s Nightclub (our “Cavern Club” of the interior shots), the Belrose Theater Costume Shop, D’Lynne’s Dancewear, Extreme Pizza, Max’s Deli, Lotus Cuisine of India, United Markets and Pawn Advantage Store (instruments).

Mar. 4, 1966-John tells a London Evening Standard writer that “The Beatles are probably bigger than Jesus.” Several outraged American Christians burn Beatles records, posters and collectibles in response. Aug. 29, 1966-The band performs its last paying concert at Candlestick Park.


The Fifth Beatle was...? 1. Brian Epstein 2. George Martin 3. Billy Preston The Beatles’ manager beat out their acclaimed producer by a wide margin. Write-in votes included nods to “Trent Reznor,” “Apu from The Simpsons” and “Your mom.” <

Best of Marin wrecking crew, clockwise from top left: Linda Curry (marimbas), Helen Hammond (Moog synthesizer), Carol Inkellis (electro-theremin, backing vocals), Matthew Stafford (upright bass), Jason Walsh (human beatbox), Julie Vader (lead guitar, trombone), Brooke Jackson (Hammond B-3), Thomas Morton (sitar, tamborine), James Hall (official band videographer), Linda Black (vocals, recorder), Missy Reynolds (rhythm guitar, vocals, bagpipes), Stephenny Godfrey (accordion), Gina Channell-Allen (dijiridoo, vocals), Dani Burlison (cowbell), Samantha Campos (electric bass, washboard).

Feb. 13, 1967-The surreal “Strawberry Fields Forever”/”Penny Lane” single, a weird and wonderful taste of things to come, is released. Apr. 7, 1967-Paul comes up with the “Magical Mystery Tour” concept while riding from Denver to LA on Frank Sinatra’s jet. June 1967-The hugely anticipated Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band LP is released. June 25, 1967-The band records “All You Need Is Love” on Our World, the first live global television link. Backup musicians include Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Keith Moon and Marianne Faithfull. The program is watched by 400 million people. Aug. 7, 1967-George visits the Haight during the Summer of Love, an experience he later called “terrifying.” Aug. 27, 1967-Brian Epstein dies of a (possibly accidental) overdose of sleeping pills. Dec. 26, 1967-The widely derided film fantasy Magical Mystery Tour is broadcast in the U.K. on Boxing Day.


July 17, 1968-The full-length cartoon Yellow Submarine premieres in London. July 31, 1968-”Hey Jude,” the boys’ best-selling single, is Apple Corps’ first release. Aug. 22, 1968-Paul plays drums at the “Back in the USSR” session after Ringo walks out of the studio in a huff. Nov. 1968-The Beatles (aka the White Album) is released.

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John and Paul were first and second by a large margin; Ringo a distant fourth. Out of 3,833 fans who voted in this category, 29 of them chose doomed bassist Stuart Sutcliffe (died of a brain tumor in 1961, before the band scored a record deal) and 21 liked Pete Best best, perhaps in a sympathy vote for the original drummer who was replaced by Ringo in 1962.

Jan. 30, 1969-The Beatles perform four songs on the roof of Apple’s London headquarters: the group’s last live concert. June 1969-John and Yoko record “Give Peace a Chance” during a bed-in at a Montreal hotel; Tommy Smothers, Petula Clark and Timothy Leary are among the backup hand-clappers. Sept. 1969-Release of the band’s best-selling LP, Abbey Road.


May 8, 1970-The group’s last LP, Let It Be, reaches #1 on the U.S. and U.K. charts. Dec. 31, 1970-The Beatles officially break up when Paul files suit against Beatles & Co to dissolve the partnership.


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My fiancee insists on having our wedding at “THE most magical place to get married,” this beautiful lake resort. Her family’s well off, but having it there creates a financial hardship for my relatives and our friends, who are working crappy jobs in a terrible economy. Our guests mostly live in our hometown, and the lake is a four-hour drive each way, and there are no affordable places to stay. I’ve suggested that we have the wedding in this beautiful space on my uncle’s farm, just outside of town, but my fiancee, who’s typically unselfish, remains inflexible. She wants it to be “truly special” and says people who care about us will find a way to come.—Concerned She’s So Unyielding

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) What an altruistic birthday you’re having. As empathetic Neptune begins to influence your ruler (feisty Mars), your energy takes a different direction. Rather than craving the type of adventure that shows off your physical prowess, you prefer to help those in need. Which may explain your sudden desire to join up with Bono to volunteer in a global crisis or two. Or perhaps you’re simply a big U2 fan...


GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Yes, your ruler (clever Mercury) is moving backwards. This does make it difficult to attain progress, especially on projects that require good communication and well-functioning technical tools. On the other hand, your imagination is quite active at the moment. What you lack in organizational skills, you make up for in visionary talents. How this affects the IRS acceptance of your tax return is still to be determined.


Brides-to-be can easily lose touch with reality. They start by pricing the VFW hall, and before long it’s “Oh, is the International Space Station booked? OK then, we’ll rent the Grand Canyon for a white-water rafting wedding. Not to worry, Grandma—you can use your oxygen tank as a flotation device!” Destination weddings are great if you can send the private jet to pick up Grandpa Lou, Great-Auntie Myrtle and all your Ph.D.-equipped barista friends and then put them up in a vast estate you rented for the wedding-ganza weekend. But, in a tough economy, maybe your special day doesn’t have to be other people’s special day to go bankrupt: “Please join us after the ceremony for dinner and dancing, followed by credit counseling.” Because boys don’t grow up having misty daydreams about someday being a groom, it can be hard for a man to understand how an otherwise sweet and reasonable woman can go all weddingzilla: “My dress must have a 50-foot train, trimmed with the skins of puppies!” The question is, is this just a case of bride fever—temporary blindness to all forms of sense and reason related to wedding planning—or is it that her true colors are graduating shades of bossy selfishness (one part Kim Kardashian and two parts Kim Jong Il)? When two “become as one,” decisions need to be a product of “we” and not “she” (as in, she decides and then tugs the leash for you to come along). A stumbling block to compromise is self-justification—the ego-protecting tendency to stubbornly defend ourselves, insisting we’re right and shoving away any information that suggests otherwise. (To err is human—as is doing everything in our power to avoid admitting we’ve erred.) Preventing this takes putting marriage before ego—and making a pact to resolve conflicts by really listening to each other, putting yourselves in each other’s shoes, and working out solutions that work for you as a couple. Ask her to explain why this location is so special to her. Let her know that you truly appreciate her efforts, but that what’s special for you is having everybody there (and without feeling guilty about what it cost them to come). Offer to help her find someplace closer; maybe suggest having a pre-wedding photo shoot at Lake Perfectweddingspot. Since there’s no wiggle room for friends and relatives who are broke, let’s hope she’ll come to understand that your guests won’t cry fewer tears of joy if you’re saying your vows in your uncle’s pasture. As for what’s “truly special,” anybody can have a fancy hotel wedding; how many women get the opportunity to have bridesgoats?


My normally very sweet boyfriend told me that the doctor who gave him his physical was hot and flirted like she was into him. I told him he could’ve kept all that to himself. He said that she just is hot and that if she were ugly, he would’ve told me that instead. Clearly, he was checking her out, and I think it’s disrespectful to tell me about it.—Dismayed


A person might “get points for honesty,” but if he’s somebody’s boyfriend, he’ll get lots more points if his honesty involves statements like “The lady doctor who just palpated my groin was a ringer for Lou Ferrigno.” Most people get that merely having a thought isn’t reason to release it and let it bound around like a puppy. That’s a good thing, because contrary to what women want to believe, pretty much all men are checking out all women at all times. That said, if your boyfriend is a sweet guy, chances are his message wasn’t so much “She’s hot” as it was “I’m hot. Hot women want me.” The implication being “Better hang on to me!” Let him know that hanging on to you takes respecting what you don’t want to hear. As for the doctor’s intentions, considering the prospect of license revocation and men’s tendency to mistake friendliness for interest, it’s possible she saw something in him—and probable it was something like two benign polyps. < © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? Email or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) The weekend emphasizes your love of comfort and your appreciation for nurturing foods. (Lucky for you, now red wine AND chocolate are considered nutritionally beneficial.) The remainder of the week, however, is livelier. Whether your form of exercise is walking, biking or running around Costco pushing a 100-pound cart filled with gardening supplies, it’s time to start spring training. New footwear is probably a wise idea...

CANCER (June 21 - July 21) The Sun in the gung-ho sign of Aries can make you nervous at times. Fortunately, it can also motivate you, especially when your ruler (the Moon) occupies a supporting fire sign. You may not be ready for action on Friday and Saturday; but on Sunday and Monday you are confidently moving forward with your goals. One small catch: Mercury is moving retrograde in your travel house. If your primary goal includes a long distance journey, expect delays... LEO (July 22 - August 22) As the weekend begins, you’re more interested in sleeping in than going out. Although you may not actually want to slumber as much as you simply want to be in bed (getting more “spiritually” attuned to your sweetie). From Tuesday, you enjoy engaging in any sort of group activity. You are willing to come down off your throne and mingle with the commoners. Yes, even a Leo may abandon his or her royal standing in order to have fun with the masses. Here’s your opportunity. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Your ruler (mischievous Mercury) moves retrograde in the magical sign of Pisces. This explains all the vivid fantasies about life and love that are likely to be occupying your thoughts when you should be working on your taxes. Speaking of working, your networking skills are enhanced beginning Tuesday. Wherever you go, whomever you meet, consider the benefits of promoting your business. The time is right to make connections. Just hold off on signing any contracts... LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) If you need help whittling down the amount of your tax bill, go ahead and ask for advice. The planets are being quite accommodating about making sure you get all the breaks (and deductions) you deserve. You won’t get off tax-free, like big corporations, but justice is on your side at least through Monday. On Tuesday, your ruler (hedonistic Venus) enters your travel house, where she’ll stay for two months. If going on a trip, use your tax refund to book a luxury hotel. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Mercury the prankster is encouraging you to play jokes on people. Because Mercury is moving in reverse, your pranks could backfire and you could be the one left with egg on your face. Meanwhile, you might want to consider a new job offer that provides more opportunities to be innovative. As a fixed sign, you sometimes need a push before making a change. Consider this a gentle shove... SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Being ruled by optimistic Jupiter, you count on a certain amount of luck to fall into your lap. This confidence is particularly strong when the Sun (in the fearless sign of Aries) lights up your house of self-expression. However, your chart is not free from struggle. Your career is going through a rough patch and your friends are not quite as helpful as expected. Your cloud may have a silver lining, but it is still capable of raining on your parade... CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Whether you think the glass is half empty or half full, the bottom line is that you can’t really complain and can’t really jump for joy. Your chart continues to experience both planetary support and celestial crises. If you give in to self-pity one minute, the next minute you discover how well off you actually are. No matter your age, you are learning that life can be simultaneously sad and funny. Hence phrases like “honest debate” and “bureaucratic efficiency”... AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) Getting together with family or your favorite neighbors can be an interesting pastime this week. For a change, it will be someone else who shocks the others with a wildly rebellious idea. Once again, you are advised not to be careless with your finances. So, if your sister wants you to back her plan to enter the 2012 presidential race as a candidate for the newly formed Venusian Party, find a nice way to say “not now...” PISCES (February 18 - March 19) Although not an innately materialistic sign, you are aware that money can be quite useful for buying whatever materials are needed to create [choose one or more] art, music, movies, photography and those lovely cocktails with vodka and cranberry juice. Fortunately, you are now quite inventive in figuring new ways of increasing your financial worth. Or, at least for getting a really healthy tax return check. < Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at


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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (1:34) Dwayne Johnson and his two kids head to a volcano-rocked, creatureinfested isle to rescue resident codger Michael Caine. O The Kid With a Bike (1:27) French drama about an abandoned child’s complex relationship with a kindly hairdresser. O Mirror Mirror (1:46) Exiled princess Snow White joins forces with seven rebel dwarves to overthrow an evil queen, reclaim the throne and snag a princely bf for good measure. O National Theatre London: She Stoops to Conquer Direct from London’s Olivier Theatre it’s Oliver Goldsmith’s classic comedy about an aristocrat posing as Tom Hiddleston and Rachel Weisz rock the boat in ‘The Deep Blue Sea,’ opening a barmaid and the playboy Friday at the Rafael. who happily seduces her. O The Raid: Redemption O The Artist (1:40) Dazzling Oscar-winning (1:41) Indonesian action flick about a team of Michel Hazanavicius silent about a Holundercover cops who have to fight their way lywood superstar, a hopeful extra and the out of a criminals’ skyscraper hideout when life-changing effect the talkie revolution will their cover’s blown. have on their careers. O Rascal Flatts: Changed (1:55) Catch counO Casa de Mi Padre (1:24) A down-ontry crooners Jay, Joe and Gary in the studio, its-luck Mexican dynasty overloaded with in concert and behind the scenes. family dynamics finds itself in the middle of O Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (1:52) Brita drug war; Will Ferrell stars. ish fishery expert Ewan McGregor is ordered O The Deep Blue Sea (1:38) Terence Ratby the PM to bring angling to the desert at tigan’s classic drama hits the big screen with the whim of a Mideast sheik; Lasse HallRachel Weisz as a pampered barrister’s wife ström directs. who gives it all up for the love of a young O The Salt of Life (1:30) A dissatisfied midRAF pilot. dle-aged Italian gentleman looks for a little O Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (1:26) Dr. Seuss’s extramarital ring-a-ding-ding in the caffes timeless tale of a likable old grump and and trattorias of Roma; the Eternal City has his endangered ecosystem comes to the big never looked sexier. screen with the voices of Danny DeVito, O The Secret World of Arrietty (1:35) AcBetty White and Taylor Swift. claimed Japanese animated version of Mary O Fairfax Documentary Film Festival The Norton’s “The Borrowers” about a family of 13th annual fest features three days of envery tiny people who live beneath the floorgrossing nonfiction fare. boards of a suburban home. O Friends With Kids (1:47) The last two surO A Separation (2:03) Oscar’s Best Foreign viving singles in a circle of breeders decide Film examines an Iranian family’s slow, to have their cake and eat it too by raising a steady descent into anger and hopelessness. child AND dating other people; Jon Hamm O Titanic 3D (3:14) James Cameron’s disaster and Megan Fox star. flick is back in three presumably lucrative O The Hunger Games (2:22) In post-apocadimensions; Kate and Leo star, of course. lyptic North America a teenage girl fights for O 21 Jump Street (1:49) Ever-youthful LA her life against a squad of trained assassins on a cops Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum go popular government-sponsored reality show! undercover at a local high school and find O In Search of Haydn (1:42) Documenthose old adolescent anxieties as difficult to tary delves into the composer’s life and art deal with as the drug ring they’re supposed through personal letters, interviews and to be investigating. performances by acclaimed musicians. O Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory O Jeff, Who Lives at Home (1:23) Listless (1:40) Gene Wilder stars in a musical version slacker Jason Segel’s search for an ordained of Roald Dahl’s delectable novel about an life path leads to strangeness, confusion and eccentric chocolatier and his mysterious, high comedy; Susan Sarandon costars. fantastical candy kingdom. O Jiro Dreams of Sushi (1:21) Toothsome O Wrath of the Titans (1:39) All hell breaks documentary portrait of Jiro Ono, whose loose when Zeus is imprisoned by Hades and 10-seat subway-stop Tokyo eatery is univerit’s up to Perseus and Andromeda to save sally regarded as the finest sushi restaurant mankind…AGAIN. < on the planet. O

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›› MOViE TiMES 21 Jump Street (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:20, 8, 10:35 Sat-Sun 11:45, 2:40, 5:20, 8, 10:35 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:25 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 10:55, 1:30, 4:05, 5:15, 6:55, 7:55, 9:35, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 11:05, 1:40, 4:25, 7:10, 9:50 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 7, 9:35 Sat 12:45, 4, 7, 9:35 Sun 12:45, 4, 7 Mon-Thu 4, 7 A Separation (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 1:25, 4:20, 7:10, 10:10 SunThu 1:25, 4:20, 7:10 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:10, 7, 9:50 Sat 1:20, 4:10, 7, 9:50 Sun 1:20, 4:10, 7 Mon-Wed 4:10, 7 Thu 4:10 The Artist (PG-13) +++1/2 Lark Theater: Fri 8 Sat 4:30 SunThu 7:30 Casa de Mi Padre (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:45, 3:15, 5:35, 7:50, 10:15 Sun-Wed 12:45, 3:15, 5:35, 7:50 Thu 12:45, 3:15 NThe Deep Blue Sea (R) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:15 Sat-Sun 2, 4:30, 7, 9:15 Mon-Thu 7, 9:15 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (PG) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 9:40; 3D showtime at 7:15 Sat-Sun 12:15, 4:45, 9:40; 3D showtimes at 2:30, 7:15 MonThu 9:15; 3D showtime at 7 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 12:45, 3; 3D showtimes at 11:40, 2:05, 4:25, 7:05, 9:25 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 11:55, 4:40, 9:20; 3D showtimes at 2:25, 7:05 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:40, 3:50 Sun 1:40 Mon-Tue 1:40, 3:50, 6:10 NFairfax Documentary Film Festival (Not Rated) Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 7-midnight Sun 4-9 Friends With Kids (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:10, 1:50, 4:25, 7, 9:45 Sun-Mon, WedThu 11:10, 1:50, 4:25, 7 Tue 11:10, 1:50


New Movies This Week

The Hunger Games (PG-13) +++ Century Cinema: FriTue 12:15, 3:40, 7, 10:15 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 10:50, 11:35, 12:15, 12:55, 1:35, 2:10, 2:50, 3:30, 4:10, 4:50, 5:30, 6:05, 6:45, 7:25, 8:05, 8:50, 9:20, 9:55, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 11:45, 12:45, 1:45, 3, 3:55, 4:55, 6:15, 7:15, 8:15, 9:30, 10:30 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12, 2:45, 3:15, 4, 6:30, 7:15, 9:45 Sun 12, 2:45, 3:15, 4, 6:30, 7:15 Mon-Tue 12, 2:45, 3:15, 4, 6:30, 7:15, 8:15 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 3:30, 6:40, 9:45 Sat 12:30, 3:30, 6:40, 9:45 Sun 12:30, 3:30, 6:40 Mon-Thu 3:30, 6:40 NIn Search of Haydn (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Fri 5:45 Sun, Thu 5:15 Jeff, Who Lives at Home (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:55, 3:10, 5:25, 7:40, 10:05 SunThu 12:55, 3:10, 5:25, 7:40 Jiro Dreams of Sushi (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 6:30, 8:30 Sat-Sun 2:15, 4:15, 6:30, 8:30 Mon-Thu 6:30, 8:30 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 2:15; 3D showtime at 7:10 The Kid With a Bike (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:15, 2:40, 5:15, 7:30, 9:55 Sun-Thu 12:15, 2:40, 5:15, 7:30 Mirror Mirror (PG) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:30, 10:20 Sat-Sun 11:30, 2:20, 5, 7:30, 10:20 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:05 Century Northgate 15: FriTue 11:15, 12:35, 1:55, 3:15, 4:35, 5:55, 7:15, 8:35, 9:50 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 11:40, 2:15, 4:50, 7:25, 10:10 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:05, 9:30 Sun 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:05 Mon-Tue 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:05 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:40, 7:15, 9:30 Sat 12:10, 2:25, 4:40, 7:15, 9:30 Sun

12:10, 2:25, 4:40, 7:15 MonThu 4:40, 7:15 National Theatre Live: She Stoops to Conquer (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Sat 1 NThe Raid: Redemption (R) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 11:45, 2:20, 5, 7:35, 10:05 NRascal Flatts: Changed (PG) Century Regency 6: Thu 8 CinéArts at Marin: Thu 8 CinéArts at Sequoia: Thu 8 Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (PG13) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:20, 1:55, 4:40, 7:20, 10 Sun-Thu 11:20, 1:55, 4:40, 7:20 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5, 7:30, 10 Sat 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10 Sun 2:30, 5, 7:30 Mon-Thu 5, 7:30 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:15, 4:10, 6:40, 9:10 Sun-Tue 1:15, 4:10, 6:40 NThe Salt of Life (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:45, 6:45, 8:45 Sat-Sun 2:45, 4:45, 6:45, 8:45 Mon-Thu 6:45, 8:45 The Secret World of Arrietty (G) +++1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 11:50, 4:45, 9:45 NTitanic 3D (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Wed-Thu 11, 3:10, 7:20 Century Regency 6: Tue 6:30 Century Rowland Plaza: Tue 11:59pm WedThu 11:15, 3:30, 7:45 NWilly Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (G) Lark Theater: Sun 3 Wrath of the Titans (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 10:15; 3D showtime at 7:45 Sat-Sun 12, 5:15, 10:15; 3D showtimes at 2:50, 7:45 Mon-Thu 9:40; 3D showtime at 7:15 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 12:20, 2:55, 5:25, 8, 10:25; 3D showtimes at 10:45, 11:30, 1:15, 2, 3:45, 4:30, 6:15, 7, 8:45, 9:30 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 11, 4, 9; 3D showtimes at 12, 1:30 2:30, 5, 6:30, 7:30, 10 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:10, 6:50, 9:20 Sun-Tue 1:30, 4:10, 6:50

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

›› THEATERS CinéArts at Marin 101 Caledonia St., Sausalito • 331-0255 CinéArts at Sequoia 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley • 388-4862 Cinema 41 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera • 924-6505 Fairfax 9 Broadway, Fairfax • 453-5444 Lark 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur • 924-5111 Larkspur Landing 500 Larkspur Landing Cir., Larkspur • 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

Gene Wilder and Oompah-Loompahs in ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,’ playing Sunday afternoon at the Lark

SUNDiAL 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.

Live music 03/30: King City Gypsy jazz rock. 9:30pm. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. 03/30: Kingston Trio Folk legends. 8pm. $49-68. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 03/30: Luvplanet, Frobeck Original alt-rock/ pop/jam band with lush harmony vocals, shredding guitars and head bopping grooves. 8:30pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 03/30: MSM Benefit with Cole Tate Band Blues, rock. 9:30pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182.

03/30: Stymie and the Pimp Jones Luv Orchestra Funk. 10pm. $10. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 03/30: The 7th Son Dance rock songs of the ’60s-’80s. 8:15pm. $8. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 03/30: The Linda Imperial Band CD release show. With special guest David Freiberg. Call for reservations. 8:30-11pm. $12. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 03/30: The Mighty Groove San Rafael-based funk/dance band. The Mighty Groove returns to the beautiful Presidio Yacht Club - at the foot of the

Golden Gate Bridge. Opening this family friendly show will be the jazz youth band The JB Jazz Ensemble. 7:30-11:30pm. $5. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina - Ft. Baker, Sausalito. 707-338-0815. 03/31: Maria Mulduar “Blues and All That Jazz.” Performance will highlight selections from two of Maria’s favorite musical idioms/genres. 8pm. $25-30. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 924-5111. 03/31: Olive and The Dirty Martinis From Aretha to Zeppelin, they cross genres with equal passion. 8:30pm. $12. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 03/31: Randy Couvillon Rock Fest Benefit concert for Marin county resident “Barebecue Frank” Mead. More than 10 bands will perform. 8:30pm. $15-20. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 03/31: Raul Midón New York-based vocalist, guitarist and songwriter with a syncopated, flamenco and jazz infused approach. 8pm. $12-24. Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. 663-1075.

03/31: Tom Rigney and Flambeau Cajun, blues, funky New Orleans grooves and boogie boogie piano. 8pm. $20-35. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 03/31: Wahine Moe Moe Kanikapila Wahine Moe Moe (Sleeping Lady) Kanikapila (music

ViDEO Vicious Circus TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY is a highly audacious bit of filmmaking, as radical a break from the worlds of Bond and Bourne as John le Carre’s novels first seemed from the beats and bangs of a typical spy thriller. And it’s a reminder that the 1970s were the full flowering of Iron Curtain paranoia in Britain, when many Russkies were still quite sinister and quick with a service pistol, but reduced in relative stature by huge missile Oldman, as the anti-Bond—George Smiley. arsenals and a leviathan bureaucracy in place on both sides. In director Tomas Alfredson’s adaptation paranoia is omnipresent: The sack and career death await anyone who fails a mission. Gary Oldman’s George Smiley is one such casualty, forced into retirement for his boss’s disastrous handling of a Hungarian job—till he’s secretly drafted back to investigate rumors of a mole in London’s Circus, leaking intel to the Soviets. Four well-placed bureaucrats are suspect—five, including Smiley. Oldman, always a chameleon, is simply unrecognizable here as a truth-sniffing hombre invisible, working his old connections to the Circus while guarding his own scary hinterlands. Return to the thrilling days of yesteryear, when the fate of the earth hung on a roomful of drab men in suits a decade out of fashion.—Richard Gould

F R I D AY M A R C H 3 0 — F R I D AY A P R I L 6 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar jam). Ukulele enthusiasts. Saturdays. 2-4pm. None. Sleeping Lady Cafe, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 04/01: Lonestar Retrobates Swing dance the afternoon away under the Golden Gate Bridge. All ages welcome. 3-6pm. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina by the Discovery Museum & Cavallo Point, Sausalito. 332-2319. 04/01: Moonlight Rodeo Roots rock/Americana. 5-7pm. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. www. 04/01: Open Mic with Diana Lerwick First Sunday night monthly. Accompaniment provided upon request. Great space; lovely beach. 8pm-midnight. Free. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon and Hotel, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. 04/02: Bluegrass Open Mic/Jam Advanced and intermediate players are invited to participate. 7:30-10pm. Free. Seahorse Restaurant, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 04/03: KortUzi Danny Uzilevsky & Jonathan Korty host Bay area artists. 9:30pm.-1:30am. Free. 19 Broadway, 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 04/03: Noel Jewkes and Guests With special surprise guest singers. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 786-6894. 04/03: Swing Fever Jazz standards. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 04/04: Machiavelvets Reckless futurism, jazz. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 4573993. 04/04: Matt Eakle Band Flute. With Joey Edelman, piano; Alex Baum, bass; Jack Dorsey, drums. 8pm. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 485-1005. 04/05: Connie Ducey’s C-Jam Jazz, blues. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993.

04/05: Jazz at George’s Presents Brian Andres and the Afro Cuban Jazz Cartel Quintet Afro-Cuban/Caribbean rhythms mesh with artistic freedom and improvisation 9pm. $12-15 George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

04/06: Honey Ear Trio and Todd Sickafooses’s Tiny Resistors New music/jazz. The double bill featuring current east coast jazz titans will be one of those don’t miss events. With Erik Lawrence, saxophones, flute; Rene Hart, bass, electronics; Allison Miller, drums, percussion and Todd Sickafoose, bass, piano; Zeena Parkins, harp; Rob Reich, accordion, piano; John Gove, trombone; Ara Anderson, trumpet. 8pm. $18-28. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 04/06: The Monophonics Psychedelic Soul and Funk band The Monophonics celebrate the recent release of their latest CD, “In Your Brain,”! 9pm. $12-15 George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

Concerts 04/01: Eos Ensemble “April Fools.” Works by Haydn, Mozart, P.D.Q Bach. 7pm. $15-20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

Dance 03/30-04/01: Marin Ballet Spring Concert annual year end series of performances with Intermediate and Advanced Ballet Division students showcasing faculty and visiting artist choreography, as well as classical repertoire. It is also the final Marin Ballet performance by our graduating students. 7pm March 30-31; 1 and 4pm March 31-April 1. $20. Phyllis Phelan Theater, 100 Elm St., San Rafael. 453-6705. 03/30: Kopachka Folk Dancers Ethnic dances from the Balkans and beyond. Beginning teaching 7:30-8:00, intermediate teaching 8:00-8:30, dance program 8:30-10:30 then light refreshments. Newcomers always welcome. 7:30-11pm. $7. Scout Hall, 177 E. Blithedale, Mill Valley.

03/31-04/01: Stapleton Ballet Youth Company “Repertory Works & Coppelia” at The Playhouse in San Anselmo. Performance times are 1 and 5pm each day. $14-20. Playhouse, San Anselmo. 454-5759. 03/31: Mt Tam Swing Dance Learn to partner dance. West Coast Swing is slinky fun set to contemporary music. Come by yourself or with a partner. Beginner lesson at 7:30pm. Dance starts 8:45pm. 7:30-11:45pm. $15, includes lesson. Mt Tam Racquet Club, 1 Larkspur Plaza Dr., Larkspur. 924-6226. 04/04: International Folk Dance Dances from Serbia, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Rumania, Israel & more taught by Carol Friedman. Great fun, great music, great company! Beginners, newcomers, drop-ins always welcome. 7-8:15pm. Dance Palace, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. 663-9512. 04/05: Dance at Sweat Your Prayers Dance to Ecstatic World Music on beautiful sprung wood dance floor. Join the tribe and let go of stress, worry and tension as you express your most creative self. Beginners welcome. 7-9pm. $15. San Geronimo Community Gym, 1 Lagunitas School Road, , San Geronimo.

04/08: English Country Dance San Rafael Think Jane Austen. Live music, refreshments. All dances taught. No partner or experience needed. Wear comfy shoes. Second and Fourth Sundays, 2-4:30pm. Beginners welcome. 2-4:30pm. $9-12. Pickleweed Community Center, 50 Canal St., San Rafael. 485-3077.

Theater/Auditions 04/06-22: ‘Joy with Wings: A Daughter’s Tale’ A daughter and her mother journey through a turbulent family landscape in search of renewed hope. 8pm Fri.-Sat.; 2pm Sun. $25 gen; $20 senior/stdnt Trevor’s, 4208 Redwood Hwy., San Rafael. 491-0818. Through 04/01:‘A Chorus Line’ With new choreography by Shannon Ainsworth and Corrin Dove. 8pm March 30-31; 2pm April 1. $7-15. San Marin High School, 15 San Marin Dr., Novato. 898-2121. event/217632 Through 04/15: ‘Cabaret’ This lively Kander and Ebb musical, directed by Hector Correa, uses an intimate space where the audience will experience the dark, decadent world of Weimar Berlin. Refreshments available. 8-10:30pm. $25-45. Larkspur Cafe Theatre (American Legion Hall Post 313), 500 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 3811638 . MARCH 30 - APRIL 5, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 101

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Through 04/22: Othello,The Moor of Venice Passed over for promotion, Iago seeks to ruin his, Othello in this timeless, tragic tale of love, deceit, jealousy and murder. Presented by the Marin Theatre Company. See website for showtimes. $34-55; $20 under 30; $15 rush Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208.

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8am-7 pm. Free. Marin Cancer Institute, 1350 So. Eliseo Dr., Greenbrae. 461-9000.

Through 04/15:‘Indexical Makers: Three Bay Area Contemporary Craft Artists’ Features the work of emerging artists Modesto Covarrubias, Ali Naschke-Messing and Angie Wilson. Free. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137. Through 04/17: Gallery 305 With fine art photography by Jean Schurtz and a Marin MOCA group show with artists Donna Solin and Colleen Johnson. Gallery is open Mon-Fri. 11am-4pm. Closed holidays. 11am-4pm. Free. TCSD Office , 305 Bell Lane, Mill Valley. 388-6393.

Through 04/20:‘Spring and Summer Solistice’ Allegra Printz, new paintings. Also on view;


William Leidenthal’s “Natural Phenomena” series. Free. Cassandra Kersting gallery, 1201-C Bridgeway, Sausalito . 332-0200.

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Through 04/22:‘Twentieth Century’ Screwball comedy set in art deco glory aboard the historic train the 20th Century Limited-Ken Ludwig’s contemporary version. Talk Back with Director Billie Cox, 2pm April 1 and 15; Showtimes: 7:30pm. Thurs.; 8pm Fri.-Sat.; 2pm Sun. $25 adults; $20 seniors, children: $17, Thursdays The Barn Theater, Marin Art & Garden, Sir Francis Drake Blvd. at Lagunitas, Ross. 456-9555.

Murder Mysteries continues its dinner theater series at San Rafael Joe’s with another murder mystery installment. This fun, interactive, who-done-it event features a five-course dinner served up with a comical case of murder and mayhem that includes the audience as key criminal investigators. 6:30pm. $44-$68 San Rafael Joes, 931 Fourth St., San Rafael. 306-1202. 04/06-27: Theatresports Madness BATS Signature Improv Comedy Competition. An entertaining and engaging night of theater presented as a competition. Two teams compete in a mix of improvised scenes, songs and games. 8pm Fridays. $17-20. Bayfront Theater, B350 Fort Mason Center, S.F.. 474-6776.

Art 04/01: Monoprinting with Cayen Robertson Classes are held the first Sunday of each month

new works by Gallery Artists. 11am-4pm. Free. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur. 945-9454. Through 04/26: Sylvia Gonzalez Pastel on mono print. No charge. Rock Hill Gallery , 145 Rock Hill Drive, Tiburon. 435-9108. Through 04/27:‘The Elements’ Juried by SFMOMA Artists Gallery director Maria Medua. Featuring a variety of mediums, art inspired by four elements: fire, water, wind, water. 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. Through 04/28:‘Optical Delusions’ Crome Architecture is proud to present the work of Bay Area painter Georgette Osserman who creates vibrant paintings that explore elements of visual movement, color and psychological relationships. Free. Crome Architecture, 905 Fourth St., San Rafael. 453-0700.

Through 05/01: Artists Invited to Apply to Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival Applications for the

and feature instruction in techniques as well as the opportunity to explore monoprinting on your own. 10am-2pm. $32-40, plus $5 materials fee. O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 388-4331.

56th annual Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival held Sept. 15 and 16, available through May 1 on Show your work under the redwoods. $35. 381-8090.

04/03: Mill Valley First Tuesday Art Walk

Falkirk presents its popular annual exhibition of works by Marin and Bay Area artists. Juried by Richard Elliott, California College of Arts. Mixed themes and diverse media styles represented. 5:30-7:30pm. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328. Through 05/31:‘Muslim Eyes’ Exhibit of secular and religious art by Muslim artists from the Bay Area and beyond. Includes photos, paintings and sculpture. 9am-5pm. Free. Marin Community Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing, Suite 200, Novato. 464-2500.

Downtown galleries, stores, City Hall and community centers will have art on display. Artists will be present to discuss their works. Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres while perusing their works. 6-8pm. Free. Downtown and beyond, Mill Valley.

04/06-05/13: Mimi Abers,The Latino Photography Project and Geraldine LiaBraaten “Emergences,”“A Través de Nuestros Ojos (Through Our Eyes).” Reception 3-5pm April 15. 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One , 11101 Highway One , Point Reyes Station. 663-1347.

Through 03/30: 21st Annual Marin County High School Art show Under the supervision of each high school art teacher 12 entries from each school will be chosen. 11am-4pm. No charge. Marin Society of Artists Gallery, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. Through 03/31: ‘Art in the Gallery’ Marin native Kirk McCabe focuses on the biological diversity in the hills, forests and waters of Marin county. The images in this exhibition are a glimpse into some of these habitats. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Through 04/01: Eric Engstrom Retrospective, Myong-Ah Rawitscher: Far From Home, The Book of Remembrance and Vickisa Gallery open daily, 11am-5pm. Closed Tues. 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One , 11101 Highway One , Point Reyes Station. 6631347. Through 04/06: Kathleen Lack Paintings. Oils and pastels, specializing in the portrait and the figure.

Through 05/26: Annual Juried Exhibition

Talks/Lectures 03/30: Marin Master Gardeners: Growing Great Tomatoes Do you have trouble growing great tomatoes? Marin Master Gardener and tomato expert Jean Sugiyama will discuss how to select and cultivate tomatoes successfully in Marin’s microclimates. Noon-1pm. Free. Civic Center Library, 3501 Civic Center Dr., Room 427, San Rafael. 473-6058.

03/31: Top 10 Ways To Make College Affordable Learn practical college funding strategies that can help families make college, even a private college, an affordable reality. 10am-noon. $29. Redwood High School - Room 303, 395 Doherty Dr., Larkspur. 382-8200.

04/01: Models for a New Economy: Worker Ownership and Entrepreneurship Explore an alternative economic future with faculty from Mondragon University (Spain), Bay Area CEOs from cooperatives, and local elected officials.

7-9pm. $15-20. Guzman Hall, Dominican University of California, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael.

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04/05: Steps, Lanes and Paths in Mill Valley Reading by Robert Skip Sandburg from a pictorial book interlaced with history. Tea and refreshments will be served. 1-2:30pm. Free. Outdoor Art Club, 1 W. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 388-9886.

04/11: Anne Lamott in conversation with Sam Lamott The delightful and local best selling author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s First Son,â&#x20AC;? will speak at Dominicanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Institute for Leadership Studiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2012 Spring Lecture Series. Preferred seating available with advance purchase of her book from Book Passage. 7pm. Free Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 927-0960.

Film Events 03/30:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Happyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Documentary Film and discussion with adult focus. Childcare $7. Refreshments available. Proceeds benefit The New Village School and the Happy Movie. 7-9:30pm. $15. The New Village School, 100 Ebbtide, Sausalito. 289-0889. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Power of Forgiveness.â&#x20AC;? Winner of Sun Valley Spiritual Best Documentary. 7-9pm. $10. Unity In Marin, 600 Palm Dr., Novato.

Through 04/21: Building the Bridge: Tales from the Original Golden Gate Bridge Workers Eight minute short film was inspired by

ered in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, luring people by the thousands to California. Join Ranger Tammi to find out more. 11am-noon. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871.

04/03: Diane Ackerman Literary Luncheon Catered by Insalataâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant of San Anselmo. Join Ackerman for lunch as she presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Hundred Names for Love.â&#x20AC;? Noon. $55, includes lunch and autographed book. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 04/04: Joanna Macy Macy talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Active Hope: How to Face the Mess Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in Without Going Crazy.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 04/04: Michael Tucker The â&#x20AC;&#x153;L.A. Lawâ&#x20AC;? actor discusses his first novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;After Annie.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 04/05: Tom Epperson Epperson discusses his suspense novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sailor.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.

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original Golden Gate Bridge workers Charlie Heinbockel & Rolf Jensen. Pride in their work is expressed through mesmerizing tales of construction on the bridge. 1-1:30pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 415-332-3871. /

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Readings from their works. 4-6pm. Free. Rebound Bookstore, 1611 4th St., San Rafael. 482-0550. 03/31: Owen Laukkanen Laukkanen presents his crime novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Professionals.â&#x20AC;? 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 9270960. 03/31: Tim Mantoani The author presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Behind Photographs.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 03/31: William J. Broad â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Science of Yoga: The Risks and Rewards.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 04/01: Helayne Waldman Waldman talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Whole-Food Guide for Breast Cancer Survivors.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 04/02: Hogan Gorman The author discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hot Cripple: An Incurable Smart-Ass Takes on the Health Care System and Lives to Tell the Tale.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

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on participation Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 383-1370. 04/01: Amy Novesky The author talks about her young adult novel “Georgia in Hawaii.” Georgia O’Keeffe painted what she wanted. Who would dare tell her what to paint? The Hawaiian Pineapple Company tried 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

04/04: A List Series:‘Love, Inshallah The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women’ Authors Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi

creatively teach kids about local plants and trees. Discuss and use various plant samples found in the area to create a plant identification book. Rain may cancel 10am-noon. Free. 305 Deer Island Lane, Novato. 4732816.

and contributor Zahra Noorbakhsh in conversation with Jane Ganahl. 7:30pm. $12-15. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 04/04: Team Trivia Cafe Team trivia contest, hosted by Howard Rachelson, Marin’s Master of Trivia, featuring great questions, music and visuals, and cash prizes. 7:30-9:30pm. $4 entry/player (goes to prizes for winners) Broken Drum, 1132 Fourth St., San Rafael.

04/04: Writing Your College Application Essay Mr. Robert-Harry Rovin , President and CEO of Write-On, will give a series of weekly workshops aimed at helping you discover what you feel passionate about and writing it down. 3:30-5:30pm. Free. San Rafael Public Library, 1100 E St., San Rafael. 485-3321. Fridays: Senior Yoga with Kelly Enjoy an hour of yoga.Gain and maintain balance, strength and flexibility of both body and mind. Previous experience not necessary. Modification poses available. Bring water and a mat if you have. 3-4pm. $3 per class. Whistlestop Active Aging Center, 930 Tamalpais Ave., San Rafael. 456-9062.

Through 04/28:‘Celebrating the Golden Gate Bridge’ On May 27, the Golden Gate Bridge turns 75 years old. To celebrate this remarkable milestone, the Bay Model will host this educational and informative exhibition. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871.

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04/03: Baby Time! Mother Goose on the Loose Fun filled 30 minute interactive session tha uses rhymes, songs, puppets, musical instruments, and more to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers. 10:30-11am. Free. San Rafael Public Library, 1100 E St., San Rafael. 485-3322. 04/03: Jessica Maria Tuccelli The author presents her young adult novel “Glow.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

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Through 03/31: Marin Theatre Company presents ‘Anansi the Spider’ The African folktale of Anansi comes alive on stage in a hip hop musical perfect for ages 5-11. Ana learns an important lesson when she must complete 3 seemingly impossible tasks. 11am matinee on March 31. 2:30pm. $10 kids, $15 adults Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208.

Through 04/07: Easter Bunny at Northgate Pictures available with that Dapper bunny. 11am-7pm. Macy’s Wing, Northgate, 5800 Northgate Dr., San Rafael.

Benefits/Gala Events 03/31: Sausalito Historical Society Exhibit Opening In conjunction with Phil Frank Day in Sausalito, the Sausalito Historical Society presents a new exhibition: Fritz (The Comic Wit Of Phil Frank) Crackers. Phil Frank’s comic strip Fritz Crackers was published weekly in the MarinScope newspaper from 1977-1984 where it gently lampooned the local scene. This exhibition encourages visitors to explore the hilarious strip, and to discover the man behind the humor. Exhibition sponsors include the Sausalito Art Festival Foundation, the Sausalito Lions Club, and Historical Society members. The exhi bition will be open to the public through Labor Day. 6-8pm. Free. Sausalito Historical Society, 410 Litho St. (top floor), Sausalito. 289-4117.


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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128949 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SCHIRMER PSYCHOLOGY GROUP, 80 BUENA VISTA AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: TODD SCHIRMER, 80 BUENA VISTA AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 2, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 9, 16, 23, 30, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128925 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LAM’S KITCHEN CHINESE REST., 89 E BLITHEDALE AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: WOON CHUNG LAM, 219 WHEELER AVE., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94134; JING MUI LAM, 438 PRINCETON ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94134. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 28, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 9, 16, 23, 30, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128934 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as STOUT HOLDINGS INTERNATIONAL, 72 LAS CASAS DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ERIC STOUT, 72 LAS CASAS DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; LAWRENCE STOUT, 72 LAS CASAS DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on February 2, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 29, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 9, 16, 23, 30, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128944 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as STELLA COMPANY; DEMOSTELLAS, 121B OLIVA COURT, NOVATO, CA 94947: JANICE NORDIN, 121B OLIVA COURT, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on February 25, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 1, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 16, 23, 30; April 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128928 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as JELD-WEN-THE PERFECT FIT, 111 SHORELINE PARKWAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JELD-WEN DOOR REPLACEMENT SYSTEMS INC., 3737 LAKEPORT BLVD., KLAMATH FALLS, OR 97601. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on N/A. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on February 29, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 16, 23, 30; April 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128991 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as COMMSKILLS GROUP, 24 HOOPER LANE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: TERRY WARD, 24 HOOPER LANE, 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 November 1, 2006. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 8, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 16, 23, 30; April 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129003 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BAY AREA JUNK CAR REMOVAL, 391 MILLER AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: OSCAR T. VELAZQUEZ, 291 PLAYA DEL REY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 9, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 16, 23, 30; April 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128998 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as COOK CONSULTING; COOK ENTERPRISES; COOK COUNSELING, 380 OAK CREST ROAD, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: ROBERT L. COOK, 380 OAK CREST ROAD, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960; MARY ANNE COOK, 380 OAK CREST ROAD, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 1998. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 8, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 16, 23, 30; April 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129010 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LUCID DRUM, 527A MISSION AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JASON K. NORRIS, 527A MISSION AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 9, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 16, 23, 30; April 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129012 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as D3 DESIGN CONCEPTS, 58 CARMELITA AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: DANA DWORIN, 58 CARMELITA AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on N/A. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on March 12, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 16, 23, 30; April 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128811 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as POPLAR STREET STUDIO; BODIES MIND PROGRAM OF STUDY, 301 POPLAR ST. SUITE 8, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: CAROLE AMEND, 100 B MEADOW VALLEY RD., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. 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 February 13, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 16, 23, 30; April 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129007 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SIP BY SIPWARE, 5 HAMILTON LANDING SUITE 100, NOVATO, CA 94949: THE REPUBLIC OF TEA INC., 5 HAMILTON LANDING SUITE 100, NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 9, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 16, 23, 30; April 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129054 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FOOD SAFETY EDUCATION SERVICES, 1299 FOURTH ST. SUITE 206, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JEFF FELDMAN, 1299 FOURTH ST. SUITE 206, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 15, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 16, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 23, 30; April 6, 13, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129057 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as C N D CONSTRUCTION CO., 156 OAK KNOLL AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: KYONG H. CHO., 156 OAK KNOLL

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 March 16, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 16, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 23, 30; April 6, 13, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129034 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TORTAS ANACELI’S, 136 BELLAM BLVD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ABEL V. ONTIVEROS, 133 LAURELWOOD DR., NOVATO, CA 94949; MARIA VICTORIA ONTIVEROS, 133 LAURELWOOD DR., NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 13, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 23, 30; April 6, 13, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129047 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MONARCH STONE NORTH, 265 GATE 5 ROAD, SAUSALITO, CA 94956: DAVID ZINCHINI, 265 GATE 5 ROAD, SAUSALITO, CA 94956. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 15, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 23, 30; April 6, 13, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128915 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as AMERICAN FUNDRAISING ACADEMY, 101 BOXWOOD DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: STACIA L CULP, 101 BOXWOOD DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; LAUREN HULL, 332 WASHINGTON AVE., RICHMOND, CA 94801. This business is being conducted by a genernal partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 27, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 23, 30; April 6, 13, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129051 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SALDO CELL, 175 BELVEDERE ST. #3, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ALONSO MORALES, 175 BELVEDERE ST. #3, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; CONCEPCION SOLORZANO, 175 BELVEDERE ST. #3, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. 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 March 15, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 23, 30; April 6, 13, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129065 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BONOCORE TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS LLC., 29 MEADOW RIDGE DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: BONOCORE TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS LLC., 29 MEADOW RIDGE DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. 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 March 19, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 30; April 6, 13, 20, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129067 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SAGE COAST CONSULTING, 520 ELDRIDGE AVE., NOVATO, CA 94947: LAUREN PURCELL, 520 ELDRIDGE AVE., NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 20, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 30; April 6, 13, 20, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129082 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as 5TH AVENUE MASSAGE, 1514 5TH AVENUE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: LYDIE HLI, 260 S CALIFORNIA ST., SAN GABRIEL, CA 91776. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 22, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 30; April 6, 13, 20, 2012)


FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129073 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as KNIMBLE, 851 FOURTH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KEITH ZAR, 235 SEQUOIA DR., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 20, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 30; April 6, 13, 20, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129069 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as OUTDOOR TEAK RESTORATION, 4 CANADA COURT, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: RICARDO B. GUEDES, 4 CANADA COURT, 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 March 20, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 30; April 6, 13, 20, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128980 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as S K G, 2002 FIFTH AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SUSAN G KLAUSNER, 2002 FIFTH AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 6, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 30; April 6, 13, 20, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129046 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MOLIVER LANDSCAPE, 82 SIDNEY CT., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: BARUCH COHEN, 82 SIDNEY CT., 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 March 14, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 30; April 6, 13, 20, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129085 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WINE ROOTS; EPICUREAN WINES; OMNI WINE; PRECISION CELLARS; SLIPSTREAM CELLARS; BERTON WINES, 1682 NOVATO BLVD. SUITE 151, NOVATO, CA 94947: AWDIRECT INC., 1682 NOVATO BLVD. SUITE 151, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 9, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 22, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 30; April 6, 13, 20, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129059 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN RUNNING COMPANY, 722 SAN ANSELMO AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: CHARLES YOAKUM, 722 SAN ANSELMO 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 March 19, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 30; April 6, 13, 20, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129083 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SAFANDA CONSULTING, 5 SPRING GROVE AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: DAVID SAFANDA DESIGN SOLUTIONS INC., 5 SPRING GROVE AVE., 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 March 19, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 22, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 30; April 6, 13, 20, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128955 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MADE BY THE BAY, 470 HILLSIDE AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: RACHEL ANNE MCFARLAND, 470 HILLSIDE AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 16, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 5, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 30; April 6, 13, 20, 2012)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129102 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RATTLESTICK PUBLISHING, 396 GREENWOOD BEACH RD., TIBURON, CA 94920: BRENDA ROSE FOSTER, 396 GREENWOOD BEACH RD., TIBURON, CA 94920. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 26, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 30; April 6, 13, 20, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129107 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BV AUTOMOTIVE, 700 TAMALPAIS DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: BV PETROLEUM INC., 33261 FALCON DR., FREMONT, CA 94555. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 26, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 30; April 6, 13, 20, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129104 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MULTI SERVICIOS, 126 ALTO ST. SUITE D, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ROSARIO LOPEZ, 35 CORTE LENOSA, GREENBRAE, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 26, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 30; April 6, 13, 20, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129080 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GREENSTEP EDUCATION, 47 WILLOW AVE., FAIRFAX, CA 94930: ALEXANDER THOMPSON SPILGER, 47 WILLOW AVE., FAIRFAX, CA 94930; AMELIA SPILGER, 47 WILLOW AVE., FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by a co-partners. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 22, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 30; April 6, 13, 20, 2012)

997 All Other Legals SUMMONS Family Law (CITACION Derecho Familiar): Case Number (Numero De Caso): FL 1200540. NOTICE TO RESPONDENT (Aviso Al Demandado): GESNER FRANCOIS: YOU ARE BEING SUED (LO ESTAN DEMANDANDO). PETITIONERâ ™S NAME IS (Nombre Del Demandante): FLORISE SAINT-VAL. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this SUMMONS and PETITION are served on you to file a RESPONSE at the court and have a copy served on the petitioner. A letter or phone call will not protect you. If you do not file your RESPONSE on time, the court may make orders affecting your marriage or domestic partnership, your property, and custody of your children. You may be ordered to pay support and attorney fees and costs. If you can not pay the filing fee, ask the clerk for a fee waiver form. If you want legal advice, contact a lawyer immediately. You can get information about finding lawyers at the California Courts Online SelfHelp Center (, at the California Legal Services web site (www., or by contacting your local county bar association. Tiene 30 dð©as corridos después de haber recibido la entrega legal de esta Citacié n y Peticié n para presentar una Respuesta (formulario FL-120 é FL-123) ante la corte y efectuar la entrega legal de una copia al demandante. Una carta o llamada telefé nica no basta para protegerlo. Si no presenta su Respuesta a tiempo, la corte puede dar é rdenes que afecten su matrimonio o pareja de hecho, sus bienes y la custodia de sus hijos. La corte también le puede ordenar que pague manutencié n, y honorarios y costos legales. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentacié n, pida al secretario un formulario de exencié n de cuotas. Si desea obtener asesoramiento legal, pé ngase en contacto de inmediato con un abogado. Puede obtener informacié n para encontrar a un abogado en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California (www.sucorte., en el sitio web de los Servicios Legales de California (www.lawhelpcalifornia. org) o poniéndose en contacto con el colegio de abogados de su condado. NOTICE: The restraining orders on page 2 are effective against both spouses or domestic partners until the petition is dismissed, a judgment is entered, or the court makes further orders. These orders are enforceable anywhere in California by any law enforcement officer who has received or seen a copy of them. (AVISO: Las é rdenes de restriccié n que figuran en la página 2 valen para ambos cé nyuges

o pareja de hecho hasta que se despida la peticié n, se emita un fallo o la corte dé otras é rdenes. Cualquier autoridad de la ley que haya recibido o visto una copia de estas é rdenes puede hacerlas acatar en cualquier lugar de California.) NOTE: If a judgment or support order is entered, the court may order you to pay all or part of the fees and costs that the court waived for yourself or for the other party. If this happens, the party ordered to pay fees shall be given notice and an opportunity to request a hearing to set aside the order to pay waived court fees. AVISO: Si se emite un fallo u orden de manutencié n, la corte puede ordenar que usted pague parte de, o todas las cuotas y costos de la corte previamente exentas a peticié n de usted o de la otra parte. Si esto ocurre, la parte ordenada a pagar estas cuotas debe recibir aviso y la oportunidad de solicitar una audiencia para anular la orden de pagar las cuotas exentas. 1. The name and address of the court are (El nombre y direccié n de la corte son): SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF MARIN, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Post Office Box 4988, San Rafael, CA 94903. 2. The name, address, and telephone number of the petitionerâ ™s attorney, or the petitioner without an attorney, are: (El nombre, direccié n y número de teléfono del abogado del demandante, o del demandante si no tiene abogado, son): FLORISE SAINTVAL, PO BOX 493, NOVATO, CA 94948, (415) 240-5838. Date (Fecha): February 3, 2012. Clerk, by (Secretario, por) Kim Turner, D. Taylor, Deputy (Asistente). NOTICE TO THE PERSON SERVED: You are served (AVISO A LA PERSONA QUE RECIBIÓ LA ENTREGA: Esta entrega se realiza)as an individual (a usted como individuo). (Pacific Sun: March 23, 30; April 6, 13, 2012) STATE OF CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board SPECIAL NOTICE OF LAWSUIT (Pursuant to Labor Code 3716 and Code of Civil Procedure Sections 412.20 and 412.30 WCAB NO. ADJ6432834 TO: DEFENDANT, ILLEGALLY UNINSURED EMPLOYER AVISO: Usted esta siendo demandado. La corte puede expedir una decision en contra suya sin darle la oportunidad de defenderse a menos que usted actue pronto. Lea la siguiente informacion, ALEXANDER PORTER, Applicant STEPHEN SERA STUDIO, Defendant (s) NOTICES 1. A lawsuit, the Application for Adjudication of Claim, has been filed with the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board against you as the named defendant by the above-named applicant (s). You may seek the advice of an attorney in any matter connected with this lawsuit and such attorney should be consulted promptly so that your response may be filed and entered in a timely fashion. lf you do not know an attorney, you may call an attorney reference service or a legal aid office. You may also request assistance/information from an lnformation and Assistance officer of the Division of Workers’ Compensation. (See telephone directory). 2. An Answer to the Application must be filed and served within six days of the service of the Application pursuant to Appeals Board rules; therefore, your written response must be filed with the Appeals Board promptly; a letter or phone call will not protect your interests. 3. You will be served with a Notice(s) of Hearing and must appear at all hearings or conferences. After such hearing, even absent your appearance, a decision may be made and an award of compensation benefits may issue against you. The award could result in the garnishment of your wages, taking of your money or property, or other relief. lf the Appeals Board makes an award against you, your house or other dwelling or other property may be taken to satisfy that award in a non-judicial sale, with no exemptions from execution. A lien may also be imposed upon your property without further hearing and before the issuance of an award, 4. You must notify the Appeals Board of the proper address for the service of official notices and papers and notify the Appeals Board of any changes in that address. TAKE ACTION NOW TO PROTECT YOUR INTERESTS! lssued by: WORKERS’ COMPENSATION APPEALS BOARD . Name and Address of Appeals Board: WORKERS’ C O M P E N S AT I O N APPEALS BOARD Name and Address of Applicant’s Attorney: Jeffrey M. Greenberg, 825 Van Ness Ave., #601, San Francisco, Ca. 94109. Form Completed By: Jeffrey Greenberg Telephone No. 415-409-9900 NOTICE TO THE PERSON SERVED! You are served: Pacific Sun: March 23, 30; April 6, 13, 2012) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304343 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was

filed at the Marin County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Fictitious Business name(s): PREMIE WATER AND BEVERAGE COMPANY, 1010 B ST. STE 215, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: December 15, 2011. Under File No: 128381. Registrant’s Name(s): IGINO PELLIZZARI, 854 HACIENDA WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on January 26, 2012. (Pacific Sun: March 30; April 6, 13, 20, 2012) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1201396. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner ELYSSA MOSES filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: ELYSSA ASHLEY MOSES to ELYSSA ASHLEY. 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: May 3, 2012, 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: March 22, 2012 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: March 30; April 6, 13, 20, 2012) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1200428. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner ELIZABETH PEREZ OXLAJ & JOVANI DE LEON filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: ADER GEOVANI DELEON to ADER GEOVANI DE LEON PEREZ. 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: May 15, 2012, 8:30 AM, 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: March 20, 2012 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: March 30; April 6, 13, 20, 2012)


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