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›› LETTERS Calling us on the carpetbagger It would be nice if you did a little research on the Assembly race, and not just take the chiropractor [H. Christian Gunderson] and the unemployed councilman [Marc Levine] at their word. Michael Allen did not just move here to be the incumbent. It’s true redistricting put his home and Wes Chesbros’ in the same district, but 20 percent of his current district is in our new one. So he is an actual incumbent, not a carpetbagger. By contrast, Levine represents San Rafael (with four others) as a councilperson. The number of registered voters in the district from San Rafael is 18 percent. So Allen currently represents more members of the district than Levine and the others represent no one but themselves. It’s good you point out the district is not just Marin but also a Sonoma district, but Allen did not land here as an “alien from outer space” as he puts it, he truly represents a signiﬁcant segment of the district already. Greg Knell, San Rafael
Editor’s note: Thanks for writing, Greg! We’ll make you a deal: We’ll start doing a “little” research on the Assembly race, if you promise to read our endorsements a “little” more carefully. We never said Mr. Allen moved to Marin to be the incumbent (his incumbency was granted by the state elections overlords months after he set up shop in the 415 area code). Yet, he did not move here because suddenly at age 64 he decided to fulﬁll his lifelong dream of living in downtown San Rafael. He did, however, move to Marin because he sees it as an easier district to win re-election to the state Assembly. You’re right; he has represented a portion of Sonoma County that was formerly in his Assembly district—he could have moved
there and avoided his opponents’ accusations of “carpetbagging” (a term we’ve never used, by the way). But he moved to Marin, presumably, because he thinks the Marin vote is key to winning the seat. We’d also like to point out that, though Allen’s newness to the county should be something Marinites consider, our endorsements coverage hardly made big a deal of it.
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The Paciﬁc Sun receives a ringing endorsement from the candidate from Garberville.
Even though you guys weren’t wise enough to endorse me [“For Those About to Vote, We Salute You!” May 11], I still like your journalism. Here’s a photo I pass out at campaign events. Andy Caffrey, candidate for Congress, Garberville
We’re more interested in the ones from lunatics you DO agree with... I read the Sun today [May 11]. No letters section. This really annoys me. As with all newspapers I read, the Paciﬁc Sun letters section is my favorite. At least there I feel like I am getting an honest expression from another person, not watered down with editorial bias. I always enjoy all the letters, especially the ones from lunatics (you know who they are) I disagree with. Joe Tate, Novato
How can I write letters to editor without a case of Stolichnaya?! Supervisor Judy Arnold doesn’t have George Lucas to “toy” with anymore; so she’s
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Marin ofﬁcials ‘elated’ by Obama gay-marriage support State senator calls president’s announcement a ‘historic moment for our country’ Read the full story here posted Wednesd... Paciﬁc Sun Endorsements: Supervisor, Districts 2 and 4 The toughest call on the ballot for a board in transition... Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, May 14, 2012,
Your soapbox is waiting at ›› paciﬁcsun.com changed her focus to intimidating liquor store owners into removing alcopops from their shelves. It seems a few teens like drinking it; so Judy thinks she’ll be a hero by removing the temptation. Never mind that she’s trampling on MY RIGHTS to buy the drinks; and everyone else who is of drinking age; and never mind that there’s already laws on the books prohibiting the sale of alcohol to minors. Judy is full steam ahead...which means she doesn’t have enough “real work” to do to earn her keep. I’d suggest she come over to my house and help me do some spring cleaning...it will be appreciated and her bloated paycheck might actually be earned. Marcia Blackman, San Rafael
In my day, we rode our velocipedes safely to the side of the Chisholm Trail! I cop to being an old fogy but, as I recall, bicycles are meant to ride in the street, near the curb, and with the ﬂow of trafﬁc. As a kid down in Pasadena, we had to pass a test to get a license on our bikes—I haven’t ridden one for years, but I am constantly assaulted by them on the sidewalks of San Rafael...zooming down Fourth Street, buds in their ears...I’d be interested in how many collisions oc-
cur. I used a cane for six years; during that time I felt terrorized by the riders because I couldn’t get out of their way. Now that I can walk freely again, I want to smack them in the chops! What’s the legal status? Burt Lampert, San Rafael
Editor’s note: Last we checked, Burt, it is still illegal to “smack [kids] in the chops” with your cane. As for cycling on sidewalks, we asked the “spokes” people from the Marin County Bicycle Coalition about it. First and foremost, they suggested county residents call their town’s police and public works departments to get area-speciﬁc information. MCBC director Kim Baenisch says, “Per the law, if there is an ordinance, it must be clearly signed for users to read and understand. I don’t recall seeing such signs in San Rafael, so they might have no legal way to prohibit it right now. But busy Fourth Street is a typical location for just this kind of prohibition to keep all sidewalk users safe.” And MCBC advocacy coordinator Andy Peri adds: “Laws are speciﬁc to each town...there is no overriding state law...For me, depending on circumstances (speed of cars, space on road, perceived safety, etc.), I will jump onto a sidewalk at times or if I’m in town and going from one business to another on the same block, I’ll stay on the sidewalk (at low speed and cautious, but of course).”
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Congress, 2nd District: Norman Solomon State Assembly, 10th District: Alex Easton-Brown SUN ENDORSEMENTS ++++++++++ County Supervisor, District 2: David Weinsoff County Supervisor, District 4: Steve Kinsey Belvedere City Council: Sandra Donnell, Bob McCaskill and Claire McAuliffe Ross Town Council: Write-in candidates only Marin Superior Court: James Chou Ross Valley Sanitary District: Frank Egger and Mary Sylla Proposition 28: YES Proposition 29: YES Measure A (Renewal of Ross Valley School District parcel tax): YES Measure B (Belvedere continue adjusting appropriation for emergency services) YES Measure C (Ross’s four-year tax for public safety services) YES Measure D (Sausalito annexed to Southern Marin Fire Protection District) YES Measure E (Muir Beach emergency services tax be increased by $200) YES MAY 18 - MAY 24, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 7
Bike support careens ahead Yet Congress still spinning wheels over nonmotorized transport by Pe te r Se i d m an
s Congress began conference work last week in an attempt to reach a consensus transportation bill, a new nationwide survey revealed overwhelming bipartisan support for maintaining or increasing federal funding for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. That show of support comes as Republicans have repeatedly threatened to reduce or eliminate federal funding of bicycle and pedestrian projects as frivolous and an unwise use of taxpayer dollars. But the survey shows that taxpayers across the country want their tax dollars to support these projects. Princeton Survey Research Associates International, commissioned by America Bikes—a coalition of bicycle and walking advocacy organizations—surveyed 1,003 adults across the country. Respondents were asked to answer questions to determine whether they support federal spending for bike lanes, bike paths and sidewalks. The questions were included in a larger demographic survey conducted by the company. Nonmotorized transportation advocates know most people look kindly on these projects, but the survey results surprised them. “We were hoping to ﬁnd data that we could use in support of biking and walking,” says Mary Lauran Hall, communications coordinator for America Bikes. “We
didn’t think the numbers would be this strong.” A Republican strategy to hold nonmotorized transportation funding hostage to other issues, such as the gutting of environmental regulations and support for the Keystone Pipeline, have little resonance beyond Washington, she says. “The biggest message the survey results are sending is that Americans [strongly] support the federal funding that goes toward sidewalks and bike lanes, and the controversy about this issue is really an inside the Beltway ﬁght. Americans want this type of infrastructure built.” The survey shows that most Americans are unaware of the small amount of federal transportation money that actually goes to bicycle and pedestrian projects, a level so small it makes little sense to reduce it substantively—or eliminate it, as some Republicans have proposed. Less than 2 percent of federal transportation spending goes toward sidewalks and bikeways. Bicycling and walking currently account for about 12 percent of all trips and represent 14 percent of all trafﬁc fatalities, according to the survey. “Eliminating the tiny percentage of funding...may worsen the existing discrepancy between funding, safety and the number of trips made by foot and bike,” states the survey report. 10 > After learning that 17 percent of
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Grand jury tickled pink over red light cameras It’s a red-letter day for red-light cameras, according to a Marin grand jury. In the wake of ongoing controversy surrounding the costs-benefits of San Rafael’s redlight cameras, a Marin County Civil Grand Jury has issued a report which says that the cameras “constitute a viable safety option for the reduction of red-light intersection accidents.” The debate over red-light cameras has been clicking since San Rafael first installed several in 2009, inspiring the grand jury to examine some “urban myths” about the cameras. “The introduction of a red-light camera in San Rafael has generated volumes of heated discourse but little in the way of clarification,” the report says.“Opponents question whether red-light cameras actually reduce intersection accidents. Even more fundamental is the prevailing doubt that intersection accident rates are serious enough to warrant this high-tech solution. The answer to both issues is ‘yes.’” The report cites San Rafael Police Department statistics that accident rates at red-light cameras went down by 12 percent in the first year of operation. Other advantages of the cameras are that they are “vigilant” 24 hours a day, every day; they “are totally impartial and color blind”; and they’ve shown to “modify driver behavior even at non-monitored intersections.” The grand jury also reports that “a national economic analysis showed that red-light cameras saved society $39,000 to $50,000 annually at each intersection where they were installed.” As to complaints that the cameras are an intrusion by Big Brother, the grand jury noted that “the Supreme Court has consistently upheld the principle that driving in open view on a public highway negates Fourth Amendment protection of an individual’s right to privacy.” Added the jury:“From the investigation, it was apparent that the two most vocal groups opposing red-light cameras are offenders themselves or lawyers who specialize in fighting red-light camera citations.” 680 Trail gets its number called Cyclists and hikers will have their heads in the clouds—or 680 feet above sea level, anyway—when the 680 Trail officially opens to the public this Saturday. The 2.9-mile trail lies within an easement deeded to the county from the San Domenico School in 2004. Once open, the trail will be a shared-use trail for hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use; it will also serve as a link between the Terra Linda/Sleepy Hollow Divide Open Space preserve and the Loma Alta Open Space Preserve. “Marin County Parks is thrilled to re-establish a public link between these preserves that has been lost for years,” says Parks Director Linda Dahl. According to the Marin County Bicycle Coalition, the trail area is home to Western bluebirds (who winter in the area), red-tailed hawks, bobcats, coyotes and badgers. Hikers and bikers will also be treated to sweeping views of Mt. Tam, San Francisco, Mt. Diablo, San Pablo Bay and Big Rock Ridge. Parks officials and volunteers will celebrate the official trail opening Saturday, May 19, at 9:30am. The MCBC, Access4Bikes and the Bicycle Works will lead a ride to the event starting from the Java Hut parking lot in Fairfax at 8:30am. MCBC’s Off-Road Director Erik Schmidt will lead the ride. A mountain bike is recommended, and be prepared to climb. Access4Bikes will be installing free engraved bike bells at the grand opening. For details, check out www. marinbike.org. Gray whale rescued off Dillon Beach Call it “Free Dilly.” It has a whale of a happy ending, but it’s not a movie—it’s the story of a gray whale youth that got
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›› TRiViA CAFÉ
by Howard Rachelson
1. California’s 6th Congressional District stretches from the San Francisco Bay, up the Pacific coast through Marin and most of Sonoma County. Who is the current U.S. representative for this district? 2. The black squares make up about 15 percent of what intellectual pursuit? 3. New York City is divided into what five boroughs? 4. In the 1993 film Groundhog Day, Bill Murray’s character awakens every morning to his clock radio playing what song, recorded by what duo? 8a 5. What character, created by what French writer in 1831, was known as the hunchback of Notre Dame? 6. What player was voted NBA MVP this year for the third time in his career? 7. A new Disney nature documentary film, which took four years to film, captures the life of what African wild animal? 8. Pictured, right: Identify these 8b famous museums: 8a. Most visited art museum in the world 8b. $1.3 billion art center, established by an oil magnate in western Los Angeles 8c. One of the most intriguing structures in the world is this museum in Bilbao, Spain 8c 9. To regulate blood sugar, what organ in the human body produces insulin? 10. In the 1999 film Girl, Interrupted, Angelina Jolie plays a character with what personality disorder? BONUS QUESTION: What is the only U.S. state that has three cities with a population of at least 1 million? (within city limits) Howard Rachelson invites you to an exciting Team Trivia Contest on Saturday, May 19, from 2-4pm in the Marin County Civic Center library. FREE, with prizes and refreshments.
WJD of Novato wrote to us, ironically nominating another as a Zero. Here’s the gist of her story: On southbound 101, four cars were on the side of the freeway and it looked as if an accident had occurred. A lady walked along the shoulder, waving her arms. JD, a nurse, rolled down her window and asked what was happening. “There are ducks on the freeway and I have to save them!” declared the woman. Claiming trafﬁc was tied-up for 30 minutes, JD wants the duck saver charged with obstructing trafﬁc. “I ask you, where are the police when you need them?” JD wrote. Please see the above Hero for the answer to your question. And, JD, we like ducks, so you are our Zero this week.—Nikki Silverstein
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VKendall Schwartz lost her purse, which contained her money and the key to get into her workplace. Fortunately, she had her car key and her boyfriend had her spare set of keys. Waiting for her boyfriend to meet her at the Taste of Rome Cafe in Sausalito, Kendall chatted with two female police ofﬁcers, explaining her predicament. The two women immediately offered to buy her breakfast. Though Kendall appreciated their generosity, she graciously declined. The ofﬁcers soon got up to leave, and unexpectedly, one of them slipped Kendall 10 bucks. “Go buy yourself something to eat. Pay it forward.” Kendall says the ofﬁcer furthers her belief in the kindness of strangers. We say Kendall is lucky that there was a cop around when she needed one.
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If this laptop’s rockin’... How my porn odyssey became a gateway to something truly deviant—‘Storage Wars’ by N ik k i Silve r ste in
just overcame my porn obsession. A short-lived addiction to be sure, and likely a different sort than suffered by men, but still, I was drawn to looking at naked people having sex. I was a voyeur, watching folks I’ve never met perform intimate acts that were often ordinary, and every so often, bizarre. My sexual odyssey begins when I catch the ﬂu. I spend a week in bed, quickly learning that daytime television is terrible. What happened to the fun game shows at which I excelled? Where is Erica? I have no recourse but to turn to the Internet for entertainment. My usual route on the World Wide Web consists of cruising home-design sites, with a stopover to play a few games of Scrabble with strangers and bots. You can look at other people’s riches and lose at Scrabble for only so long before getting bored. (FYI, I usually kick butt at Scrabble, but my head was fuzzy from cold medicine.) That’s when I hit on the pornography idea. Porn is huge. People talk about it at the dog park. A colleague complains about her boyfriend’s habit of looking at it online. My girlfriend is thrilled with her husband’s porn proclivity, because she doesn’t have to have sex with him anymore. A neighbor who’s too cheap to pay for cable wants to hang out at my place on the weekends to watch it on Showtime. It even turned up on the front page of Apartment Therapy, one of my staple style websites. My mission is to take it all in. See if it feels good or if it’s too much for me. Just a few rules. I’m not paying for it; I’m not looking at anything illegal; and it absolutely can’t involve four-legged creatures. With these boundaries, is there something left to see? Oh, indeed. A Google search for the word pornography turns up more than 60 million results. Add free to the search and you still get almost 39 million. I’d better get busy. First, I ﬁnd photos of sex so explicit that I blush. I guess it could be my fever, but I don’t think so. And, contrary to what my ex-boyfriends might say, I’m not a prude. By middle school, my best friend and I regularly perused the centerfold of her brother’s stash of Penthouse. A group of high school girls gave me my ﬁrst glimpse of a penis in a copy of Playgirl magazine. (In those days, the gal mag showed only ﬂaccid penises, which accounts for my shock and horror when I later saw the real
deal in person.) Up until college, I’d only seen photos of naked bodies. My freshman year, some of my sorority sisters came across a pornographic videotape, which I believe they stole from a frat house. We studied the ﬂick behind a locked door, intrigued by the man demonstrating his trajectory. Discovering we could watch it in the rewind mode, we howled with laughter as his emission returned from whence it came. Anyway, back in the sick bed, I’m scrolling through free photos. Soon, the still shots start feeling more routine than outrageous, so I graduate to sites that tease and then require a fee. Finally, I ﬁnd the most incredible site where no money changes hands. Amateurs, exhibitionists and just plain odd folks perform in front of their webcams, uploading live feeds to the Internet site. Visitors move from room to room, watching strangers, communicating with them through the computer keyboard. Couples in every gender combination, men alone, women alone, even groups. I’m hooked by the ingenuity of the site and impressed by the novelty acts. Who thought this up? For three days, I click around with extreme interest, though often wincing at what I’m witnessing. The more I see the more deviant it becomes. Unlike my friend’s husband, I never feel titillated. Actually, quite the opposite. Many of the participants look seedy and unattractive. The ones alone in the room are sad and lonely. I begin worrying about them. What is this compulsion to beam their most private moments into homes all over the world? Why do people want to watch it? By day four, I grow weary of the lewdness. Most of what I see objectiﬁes women and demeans both sexes. I am cured, of my porn addiction at least. I turn off the computer and spend my last few sick days watching reality TV reruns. Now I’m addicted to Storage Wars and its star, Barry Weiss. How have I become obsessed with a man I’ve never met, who my gay friends think is on their team and who is certainly old enough to be my father? This is more disturbing than porn any day of the week. Oh, God. Someone please call A&E and schedule me on Intervention. < Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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< 8 Newsgrams caught up in crab-trap lines last weekend off Dillon Beach. The whale was first spotted in a buoyed area on Friday, May 11—when it was still there on Sunday, whale watchers guessed correctly that the 20-foot-long Eschrichtius robustus was in distress. Officials from the Marine Mammal Center, the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Coast Guard were called to the rescue, and on Monday managed to get a boat close enough to cut away a crab-pot line that caught the whale by the mouth. Gray whales are most common in the North American Pacific Ocean waters; they’d been virtually whaled out of the Atlantic by 500 AD and are endangered in the Pacific waters near Asia.
Marin officials point out county’s link to bridge As the Golden Gate Bridge celebrates 75 years as one of the most famous manmade landmarks in the world, the county Board of Supervisors is officially saying, “Hey—one end of that expanse touches down in Marin, ya know!” On May 15, the Supes adopted a resolution recognizing Marin’s conThere it is folks, certiﬁable proof that the Golden Gate Bridge connects to Marin. tribution to the overly ‘Frisco-associated International Orange icon. As part of the resolution,“Commending the Golden Gate Bridge on the Occasion of its 75th Anniversary,” the Board would like to point out a few Marin fun facts about the bridge. “The first Bridge tower built was on the Marin County side and Marin is proud that Nancy and Martye Kent of Kentfield represented Marin County at the ceremony marking the driving of the last rivet into the Bridge on April 27, 1937,” reads a portion of the resolution.“And that Robert Miller, a runner from Tamalpais High School, was the first to cross the Bridge from Marin County on May 27, 1937 when it first opened to pedestrians.” The commendation also applauds contemporary paeans to the bridge, including the Marin Symphony-commissioned Rob Kapilow composition,“Chrysopylae,” a sweeping orchestral work celebrating the bridge’s 75th anniversary, and the Marin County Free Library’s Anne T. Kent California Room current display of historic photographs and ephemera about the bridge in the library. And not to be further outdone by our bridge partners to the south, the Supes would like to point out that lyrics to San Francisco’s “official” Golden Gate Bridge ballad—”The Bridge: Golden Gate”—were written by Tiburon resident Noah Griffin. Griffin will be on hand at the Supes’ meeting to sing the song, which features a chorus that goes: “It’s a bridge to our tomorrows, our happiness and sorrows, it’s a bridge of fate, the Golden Gate.”
More fun in the Marin world Marin may be known for its hippie roots and great acid rock jam bands, but on May 9 it was a bastion of punk rock royalty, as X took the stage at the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley. According to Pacific Sun punk-goth reporter Black Luscious, the show was attended by none other than Jello Biafra, of Dead Kennedys fame, and Jerry Harrison, of the Talking Heads and the Modern Lovers. X—playing under the name X-35, in commemoration of 35 years since the critically acclaimed band burst upon the L.A. scene—is made up of Fairfax resident John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom, along with singer Exene Cervenka and drummer DJ Bonebrake. The Mill Valley mosh pit was mostly courteous, reported Luscious, and the band ripped through its set in 90 minutes, finishing with a searing “Devil Doll.” 11
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< 8 Bike support careens ahead federal transportation funding goes toward public transportation and 80 percent funds road and highway projects, respondents were asked if the percentage that goes toward bicycling and walking should increase, decrease or stay about the same. The increase in nonmotorized transportation that has occurred across the country is reﬂected in the survey results, and in trip-generation statistics included in the survey report. According to a Federal Highway Administration report, Americans took 4 billion bicycle trips in 2009, and according to a U.S. Census Bureau 2010 American Communities survey, the number of bicycle commuters increased by 43 percent since 2000. Marin has seen its own increase in bicycling and walking, according to statistics included in the ﬁnal report to Congress for the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Project, which received federal funding from the last transportation bill. Marin was one of four communities to receive funding, along with Minneapolis-Saint Paul; Columbus, Missouri; and Sheboygan County, Wisconsin. The pilot project was designed to determine whether investment in infrastructure would spur bicycling and walking. It did. Since 2007, bicycling trips increased 64.4 percent in Marin, walking trips 21 percent. During the same period, driving trips decreased 4.7 percent. The growing embrace of bicycling and walking as utilitarian methods of transport, as well as recreational activities, is reﬂected in the support for federal funding revealed in the survey. An overview of the results shows that 83 percent of all respondents supported maintaining or increasing federal funding that pays for sidewalks, bikeways and bike paths. Only 13 percent said funding should decrease. Bicycle and pedestrian advocates hope those results will help persuade Republican legislators to drop their attacks on nonmotorized transportation. When looking at the survey numbers based on party afﬁliation, the suggestion that Republicans should drop their nonmotorized transportation attacks gets some political teeth. According to the survey, 88 percent of Democratic respondents said Congress should maintain or increase federal funds. Although that percentage may not be surprising, the results from Republican respondents are opening some eyes: 80 percent of Republican respondents said Congress should maintain or increase bicycle and pedestrian funding. “Support for maintaining or increasing funding for sidewalks and bikeways was consistently high among all survey demographics,” according to the survey report. “Respondents reported support for biking and walking funding in all gender, age, income and racial groups. Support also was high regardless of political identiﬁcation, educational background, region and community type.” The level of support for maintaining or
increasing funding was greatest among the youngest demographic group. Ninety-one percent of 18- to 29-year-olds said funding should either stay the same or increase. The lowest level of support came from the oldest demographic, respondents over 65; 79 percent supported maintaining or increasing funding. The strongest results among the youngest respondents echoes the ﬁndings in another report, “Transportation and the New Generation,” in which the Frontier Group and the U.S. PIRG Education Fund reported a marked reduction in the number of miles driven across the country. “The trend away from driving has been led by young people. From 2001 to 2009, the average annual number of vehicle miles traveled by young people (16- to 34-yearolds) decreased from 10,300 miles to 7,900 miles per capita—a drop of 23 percent.” Alternative transportation advocates want Congress to get the message: Bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure should be an intrinsic and inseparable part of the country’s transportation infrastructure and should be treated as such during debates about federal transportation funding. The New Generation report and the Princeton survey results show that demographics are on the side of the nonmotorized transportation advocates. The challenge is imparting the meaning of the data to elected representatives. Although tough opposition continues among conservative Republicans, some more moderate lawmakers are, indeed, getting the political message. Last week, America Bikes held a press conference with the Capitol building as a backdrop. Senators Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Ben Cardin, D-Md., were present as were Congressmen Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Tom Petri, R-Wis. A representative of Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, also attended. All spoke of their support for funding bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure The survey results have a 3.6 margin of error and “a 95 percent level of conﬁdence,” according to Princeton Survey Research Associates. The results give ample political cover for politicians who want to support nonmotorized transportation. “The survey is important and can help us ﬁght to maintain” the provisions in the Senate version of the transportation bill, known as MAP-21,” says Caron Whitaker, campaign director at America Bikes. The Senate passed MAP-21 in March. Under MAP-21 in California, Caltrans would decide how half of federal transportation funds are spent. Regional entities, like the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), would choose how the other half is spent. Among other mandates, MAP-21 would set standards to ensure that all stakeholders, including bicyclists and pedestrians, receive consideration during the design and operation of federally funded transportation projects. It also requires states to spend at least what they received in 2009 for the Recreational Trails program.
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cross beneďŹ ts from bicycling and walking. According to the report, titled â€œActive Transportation for America,â€? â€œInvestment now in a more diverse transportation systemâ€”one that provides viable choices to walk, bike and use public transportation in addition to drivingâ€”will lead to a far more efďŹ cient use of transportation resources.â€? The report quantiďŹ es the beneďŹ ts of nonmotorized transportation in several areas. In 2008 (9.6 percent), 23 billion miles of annual driving were avoided. That saved 1.4 billion gallons of gasoline a year and reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 12 billion tons The amount of physical activity from bicycling and walking averaged just 3 minutes. The report posits that the beneďŹ ts resulted in a monetary value of $4.1 billion a year. And the report concluded that increasing the percentage of alternative transportation use to just 13 percent would bring big changes in the numbers: 69 billion miles of driving a year would be avoided, saving 3.8 billion gallons of gasoline a year and 33 billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions; and an increase in physical activity to 5 minutes a day per person. The monetary value of the beneďŹ ts would increase to $10.4 billion a year. Increasing bicycle and pedestrian modes to 25 percent would bring a $65.9 billion a year beneďŹ t. The premise of the report was straightforward: Relatively small increases in bicycling and walking can yield huge monetary beneďŹ ts for the country (as well as reducing congestion and improving health). According to the report, â€œThe enormous beneďŹ ts from bicycling and walking justify federal expenditures at least several times greater than the status quo. Investing in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure is a highly cost-effective means for meeting a sizeable portion of our transportation needs....â€? And the beneďŹ ts can come from easily doable short trips, just more of them. The results of the Princeton survey show the American public is on board. (Forty-seven percent of respondents said the country actually should increase federal funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects.) Now the question is: Where are the legislators? <
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Revisions to the ďŹ nal bill would allow local governments, school systems and metropolitan planning organizations to access funding for local distribution of what is called Additional Activities money through a competitive process, moving decision-making down to the local level, where cities and schools can present projects to the MTC for approval. House leadership pushed HR7, a version of the bill that would have attacked alternative transportationâ€”with a vengeance. The Senate version and the latest House proposal are now the subject of the conference process. Deb Hubsmith, director of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, attended the America Bikes press conference. The congressional representatives who attended talked about the importance of funding the bicycling and walking infrastructure as well as the importance of bicycling for utilitarian uses: to shop and get to school. That strikes a note with Hubsmith, who founded Safe Routes to School National Partnership. The Centers for Disease Control recently honored the program with a Game Changer Award. Safe Routes, born in Marin, is now a national program. â€œMore than 5 million children and 12,000 schools are beneďŹ ting from more pedestrian and bicycle pathways as well as education programs,â€? the CDC said in a tribute to the program, â€œSafe Routes to School National Partnership is now a powerful network of more than 500 organizations and has sparked a national movement to make streets safer for kids to walk and bicycle to school and in daily life. Safe Routes to School continues to be a catalyst for bringing about changes in the built environment that increase physical activity and safety, creating a healthier future for children and everyone.â€? The acknowledgement by the CDC that nonmotorized transportation is a health issue shines a light on the numerous and sometimes overlooked advantages of supporting bicycling and walking infrastructure with federal dollars. In 2008, two advocacy groups, Bikes Belong and Rails to Trails Conservancy, sponsored a study that revealed startling
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If you build it... The Golden Gate Bridge and the birth of modern-day Marin by M at t hew St af for d
“One of the sensations of which I never tire is the four-wheeled plunge into a fog-shrouded Golden Gate Bridge, all windshield-wipered wetness, and the sudden emergence into a sunswept Marin, with its delicious summer smells and promise of secret groves. Nowhere else in the world can the transition from concrete jungle to pastoral retreat be made so swiftly and dramatically.”—Herb Caen
“The coast mountains present an apparently continuous line, with only a single gap...this is the entrance to the great bay...to this gate I gave the name of Chrysopylae, or Golden Gate.” Nineteenth century wayfarer John C. Fremont, beholding the spectacular entrance to one of the world’s greatest natural harbors for the ﬁrst time, named it wisely—not only was the setting gorgeous, it would become the primary portal for Argonauts from around he Golden Gate Bridge is the most the world in search of California gold—but beautiful bridge on earth because of its it wasn’t long before there was talk of gilding long, graceful span, its harp string-like the lily with some kind of bridge. Legendcables, the fog that drapes it or cushions it ary crackpot Emperor Norton was the ﬁrst or cloaks it, its matchless setting in which booster (his plan called for a bridge from the ocean meets bay and sky meets bluff, and city “to the mountain range of Sausalito, and that unique blood-orange color, the perfect from thence to the Farallones”), but bridgecomplement to the surrounding seafoam, building technology up to the challenge of the azure and teal. Timelessly simple and delicate Golden Gate’s ﬁerce tides didn’t exist until the in appearance, by day its vertical ﬂuting 20th century. reﬂects the rising and setting sun, making The invention and popularity of the autothose slender soaring Deco lines gleam; by mobile was another incentive to bridge the night it stands silent and solitary, aglow by arc bay. By the late 1920s, with the Dumbarton, light, a seafarer’s beacon for the edge of the San Mateo and Carquinez Straits spans alcontinent. While its (slightly) older sibling the ready completed, 6 million cars and 50 milBay Bridge is as unapologetically urban as its lion humans were riding the bay’s ferryboats skyscraper-gray towers and its Oaktown-toevery year, and the Ferry Building was the SoMa expressway, the Golden Gate Bridge sets busiest transit station in the country. In 1928 off palisade, ocean and the lush national parks the coastal counties of San Francisco, Marin, that encompass it with grace and delicacy, Sonoma, Mendocino and Del Norte formed stretching from the forests of the Presidio to the Golden Gate Bridge and Highway the primal headlands of Marin. District to ensure that under-construction Highway 101 wouldn’t have an embarrassing two-mile gap at the entrance to the bay, and despite opposition from environmentalists, earthquakefearers, the War Department (which owned the land at either side of the Golden Gate), Southern Paciﬁc and the ferryboat magnates, bridgebuilding bonds were approved by the voters in 1930 (and backed by Bank of America’s A.P. Giannini as After breaking ground in 1933, it would be four-and-a-half years before Joseph the Depression
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F E S T I VA L E X P R E S S ! “Bridges are perhaps the most invisible form of public architecture,” artist Bruce Jackson once said. He’d apparently never been to Marin. If it weren’t for the unprecedented visibility of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin wouldn’t be the county it is.The bridge has drawn home seekers, entrepreneurs and world travelers to Marin virtually from the moment it opened on May 27, 1937, to the last time we were stuck in William T. Bagley freeway “approach to the bridge” backup, which, as of press time, was worsened). Joseph Strauss, a seasoned engineer and erstwhile poet with more than 400 bridges to his credit (including the Lefty O’Doul drawbridge at China Basin), had been itching to span the Gate since 1917, and his zeal and fortitude were the driving forces behind its construction. But his initial plan, involving two cantilever spans and an ornate southern portico a la the Arc d’ Triomphe, was clumsy-looking and far too metropolitan for the natural surroundings, so he brought in Chicago assistant Clifford E. Paine and a prickly, cutting-edge local architect named Irving F. Morrow to conceive and execute an overall look for what would have to be, given its setting, nothing less than a work of art. They came up with a very long, simple span that wouldn’t be a hazard to ship trafﬁc, portal (rather than the traditional X) bracing for an open, airy look, and faceted steel tower panels embellished with Deco streamline spandrels as well as open railings and those gracefully arching roadway lamps that stretch from Doyle Drive to the bridge’s roadway and up the Waldo Grade. Construction began in January 1933 with Marin’s North Tower anchorage. Construction was completed just four-and-a-half years later at a cost of $35 million ($700 million in today’s money—still a bargain). In between there was the fantastically difﬁcult underwater construction of the southern anchorage, where the Golden Gate expels seven times as much water as the Mississippi does at its mouth; the building of two 746foot towers, neither equipped with the glass elevators and observation decks promised in the March 1931 issue of Popular Science; the suspension of a 1.2-mile roadway 260 feet above high tide to allow battleships easy access to the harbor and built to swing 27 feet at mid-span in case of gale; and that sweeping, graceful 4,200-foot span, the longest in
4:45pm yesterday.Yet without the bridge and the imprint it’s made from the Marin Headlands to the Novato Narrows, we wouldn’t have so many wonderful celebrations of the summer solstice—what other 828-square-mile area dedicates parties to famous horses, eating swine and picking up beach trash? So here’s our 2012 guide to summer in Marin—grab your calendar and start making plans. It may not get red-hot in these parts, but this summer’s guaranteed to be a sweltering International Orange. —Jason Walsh the world for over two decades. On May 27, 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt pressed a telegraph key in the White House, setting off a gleeful cacophony of bells, whistles and foghorns as the Golden Gate Bridge opened to the public. Two hundred thousand pedestrians strolled, skipped, danced and galloped across the span, while beneath paraded the biggest peacetime display of naval power in a single location there ever was (or ever will be, thanks to the attack on Pearl Harbor four years hence). The opening of the bridge brought many changes to Marin. The old county of dairy farms, tucked-away villages, pristine wetlands and matchless rail service was supplemented, gradually but inevitably, with strip malls, housing tracts and bay ﬁll. The county freeway, which began at the Sausalito ferry terminal and hugged the shores of Richardson Bay on its meandering way north, was replaced with thundering eight-lane Highway 101 and its 40 million-per-annum cars (up from 1936’s 1.5 million). The population doubled almost immediately, from 42,000 in 1930 to 86,000 in 1950. (It’s well over 200,000 now.) The passenger trains went out of business within a few years, and today’s ferry service is a shadow of its former self. But 75 years later, the bridge is as gorgeous as ever. Every vista and angle offers new and different eye candy. Its interaction with wisps, tendrils and banks of fog is by itself an everchanging spectacle. Look at it from Conzelman Road at dusk with the pastel city skyline behind it, or beneath from a tour boat in the bay where you can best appreciate Langston Hughes’ “cobwebs in the sky,” or from a Russian Hill rooftop linking the Marina’s Mediterranean confetti with headlands, hills and sleeping maiden beyond. How many places in the world offer such a transitory, meditative, graceful, utilitarian, absolutely accessible work of art?
San Rafael, positively Fourth Street! This season, the county seat is right atop the Ferris wheel... by Dani Bu rlison
hough the rains came late this year, summer is ﬁnally under way for residents who are already enjoying longer, sunnier days outdoors. And for those watching the clock until school doors close and the days grow longer, don’t fret. San Rafael has plenty of opportunities for you to slip into summer with ease. From late spring through the ﬁrst days of autumn, the San Rafael Farmers Market provides the senses with an abundance of summer-awakening stimuli. Fresh edibles from local farmers, vendors with scrumptious locally prepared eats and live music guide ﬂip-ﬂop clad Marinites through the streets of downtown San Rafael each and every Thursday from 6pm until temperatures cool at 9pm. Another great way to see downtown San Rafael is the Second Friday Art Walk. Spon-
festival raises money for and awareness of Huntington’s disease and is a free show starting at noon featuring high-energy reggaerockers Lumanation, Liquid Sun Day, Thieves of Reason, Ik Nak Fu, Jim Talley & his Jammin’ Buds and Walt the Dog. Carpooling is encouraged, as the park charges a $10 fee per car. Food and beverages will be for sale, with all proceeds donated to the foundation. No summer is complete without a trip to the county fair. And as usual, the Marin County Fair takes the cake with its spectacular performance lineup, exhibits and diverse batch of vendors. This year’s exhibition features the photography of M.B. Boissevain, who documented Marin’s agriculture industry during the ﬁrst half of the 20th century. Music performers include Los Lobos, Joan Jett, Steel Pulse and Portland’s March Fourth Marching Band. This year’s festivities are set
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sored by Art Works Downtown, the monthly event features gallery openings, open studios and many local, Bay Area visual gems. For many, Memorial Day is not just a ticket to a three-day weekend, but a day to reﬂect and honor those from our communities who lost their lives serving in the armed forces. The Marin County United Veterans Council once again hosts its annual Memorial Day Event at the Marin Civic Center. Complete with music, ﬂag ceremony and a wreath-laying remembrance ceremony, this event is one small way to show respect to our servicemen and women. The ﬁrst weekend in June always provides Marin with a treat for home-improvement endeavors at the Marin Home and Garden Expo. And this year is a special treat: Daniel Liebermann—an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright—will be on hand to discuss the building of the Marin Civic Center, which was completed 50 years ago. On Sunday, June 3, the seventh annual Furb on the Green takes place at McNears Beach Park in San Rafael. This yearly outdoor
for June 30 through July 4. The Marin Art Festival is at it again this summer with a wildly eclectic lineup of art, music and performances. Along with all the handmade art to ogle (and purchase), taiko drummers, hula-hoopers, belly dancers, ﬂamenco dancers and an array of local blues and jazz musicians will be on hand for hours of entertainment. And let us not forget the key to every summer festival’s lure: the food! Along with the usual tasty array of BBQ, salads, sandwiches, gumbo and other treats, Drakes Bay Oysters will be shucking shells of delicious local oysters for you and yours. June 16 and 17, 10am-6pm. Marinwood’s Music in the Park offers another excuse for relaxing outside for a couple of hours every Friday evening—and leaving the food prep to someone else, if desired. This popular series is a great way to transition from the workweek to the weekend. For 30 years, Canal Alliance has brought services to countless families—from economic development to immigration services, this agency does it all. To celebrate three decades
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of success, the group is throwing a party! Live music, food, vendors and information on how to give back to the community will all be a part of the festivities Sunday, June 24, 2-7pm at Alto and Belvedere streets. Heading out of town for Fourth of July and afraid you’ll miss the fun? Never fear, Marin/ Scapes is here! An annual art show and gala event that beneﬁts Buckelew Programs, Family Service Agency and the Helen Vine Recovery Center, Marin/Scapes features Marin-themed local art all weekend. Meet the artists, bid on your favorite piece and support these local programs all in one fell swoop. The gala takes place Friday, June 29; the art exhibit, Saturday and Sunday, June 30 and July 1, noon to 6pm Love outdoor concerts but have a hard time ﬁnding a sitter for three kids under 10? The JCC’s Summer Nights Festival is for you! Saturday evenings throughout July and into early August offer a spectacular lineup of fun, gifted performers (and delicious food) to enjoy under Marin’s sweet summer skies. Hot Buttered Rum, July 7; Rupa and the April Fishes, July 14; Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits, July 21; Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, July 28; and Orquesta La Moderna Tradicion, Aug. 4. Once again, downtown San Rafael’s streets
convert into a cycling event extraordinaire with the San Rafael Twilight Criterium on July 7. The county’s most highly attended cycling event, the Twilight Criterium ushers bike lovers from hot afternoon into the cool breezy summer evening with this nationally recognized staged bicycle race. As the sun begins to set on summer, a leisurely way to spend a sweet mid-August Saturday afternoon is by attending the San Rafael Food and Wine Festival. With live jazz, appetizers and vino from favorite local wineries, the festival offers a daytime getaway sans the long drive to Napa. Sober drivers pay $15 to nosh on edibles and wine tasters pay $25 for both food and wine. Join local leaders in sustainability, environmental education and general earth lovin’ at this year’s Eco Fair Marin. With plenty of hands-on opportunities for kiddos to create artful masterpieces out of recyclables and even more opportunities for adults to learn about keeping the Marin County ecosystem clean and protected, Eco Fair Marin rounds out San Rafael’s summer festivals Sept. 9. < • San Rafael Farmers Market Thursdays 6-9pm through Sept. 27 in downtown San Rafael, Fourth St. Info: 415/492-8007 or sanrafaelmarket.org. 14>
Marin Shakespeare Company For over two decades the Marin Shakespeare Company has brought performances, instruction, camps and educational programs to youth around Marin. And every summer, the troupe brings a delightful experience to local audiences. There are few things as magical as the Marin Shakespeare Company’s summer performances. Set outdoors at Dominican University’s Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, Shakespeare under the stars is a must for the whole family. This year, the company’s lineup includes King John, A Midsummer’s Night Dream and The Liar. Previews begin July 6 and the closing night—under a full moon—is Sept. 30. Bring a picnic, enjoy a glass of wine from the West End Cafe and pack a blanket for cool nights for this truly fantastic experience.
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American Indian holds its annual Heritage Dinner. Details were not available as of press time. The current exhibit, “Precious Cargo,” an interesting look at cradle baskets in California Indian culture, runs through August. The city of Novato has several summer offerings as well. An Evening of Live Big Band Music is performed at the Margaret Todd Senior Center May 22, June 26 and Sept. 25. The senior center also hosts Jazz in July Night, date yet to be determined. Check the city’s website for more information on upcoming events. <
Novato, where festivals and families converge Summer in North Marin—a bouncy house ’round every corner... by Car o l I n ke l l i s
t may be the second largest city in the county, but Novato sure has the feel and charm of the quintessential small town. And nowhere is that more apparent than downtown Tuesday afternoons (4-8pm) at the seasonal Novato Farmers Market. Here locals gather to shop for farm-fresh produce and goods, dine on a variety of prepared dishes and gather to listen to music—enjoying the pleasant weather and camaraderie. Come Sept. 25, the market packs up, leaving residents with something to look forward to next spring. Ushering in summer over Memorial Day weekend every year, the Marin Greek Festival, offers a cultural immersion— including authentic foods, cooking demos, traditional music and dance, clothing and crafts. Friday evening features “Food of the Gods — Fruit of the Vine,” a unique Greek dining and California wine-tasting experience. And as is the custom each year, 5 percent of the proceeds are donated to
a local nonproﬁt. This year’s beneﬁciary is Senior Access, “Marin’s favorite club for folks with memory loss.” Plenty of folks from all over the county—and Bay Area—look forward to the annual Novato Festival of Art, Wine and Music, June 9-10. Peruse several blocks of artist booths—with an array of handmade items for sale to display or wear—while sipping wine or handcrafted beer and savoring food from the gourmet to the basic corn dog. This year’s celebration boasts an impressive musical lineup, including the Novato Songbirds, the Novato Milestones Wind Ensemble, Chrome Johnson, Danny Click, Victoria George and Lydia Pense & Cold Blood—comfortable dancing shoes recommended. The young’uns will enjoy an area just for them, with guided art projects, train rides, bounce houses, a petting zoo and more. Another summer favorite is the city’s Fourth of July Parade, this year’s theme honors the core of the community: “Cel-
The Novato Farmers Market—cornucopias, canopies.
ebrating Novato’s Families.” Crowds line up early for this festive pageant—among the largest in the Bay Area—which begins in Old Town at 10am. And it wouldn’t be summer celebrating families without spending time at the local swimming hole, which in this case is actually the renovated Hamilton Community Pool, run by the city of San Rafael. Swim lessons, open swim, lap swimming and a water play structure just right for the youngest family members keep everyone cool during the heat of summer. Novato is the perfect place for Nostalgia Days Rod and Kustom Car Show, a labor of love for the organizers—who hope to have 300 hundred cars on display! The Cruise, Friday night, Aug. 17, begins at the Days Inn on Redwood Blvd., and continues throughout the city. Dinner ($6, what a deal!) precedes the Cruise. The Show, Saturday, Aug. 18, features vintage autos along with music, food booths, vendors and rafﬂe prizes. Show chairman Marv Giambastiani promises a “fun time for all.” Also in August, the Museum of the
s Novato Farmers Market Tuesdays, 4-8pm, through Sept. 25. Grant Ave. between Reichert and Machin avenues. Free. Info: agriculturalinstitute.org. s -ARIN 'REEK &ESTIVAL Friday, May 25, 11:30am-2:30pm lunch, 5-10pm dinner, entertainment, wine tasting; full festival Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 29, 11am-10pm. Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church, 1110 Highland Dr., Novato. Saturday and Sunday, park at Indian Valley College and take the free shuttle. Info: nativityofchrist.org. s .OVATO &ESTIVAL OF !RT 7INE -USIC Saturday, June 9, 10-am-7pm and Sunday, June 10, 10am-6pm. Grant Ave., between Redwood Blvd. and Seventh St. Free. Info: novatochamber.com. s &OURTH OF *ULY 0ARADE Wednesday, July 4, 10am, along Grant Ave. Free. Info: novatoparade.com. s (AMILTON #OMMUNITY 0OOL Open through 203 El Bonito Ave. Info: 415/8837126. s .OSTALGIA $AYS 2OD AND +USTOM #AR Show Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17-18. Free. Info: nostalgiadaysonline.com. s -USEUM OF THE !MERICAN )NDIAN 2200 Novato Blvd. 415/897-4064. s #ITY OF .OVATO 0ARKS 2ECREATION AND Community Services ci.novato.ca.us.
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Though it’s been around only a few years, s Marin Summer Theater has become a hit with aspiring young actors and audiences alike. Funded by the San Marin High Music Boosters for the last three years, the program is now an independent nonproﬁt organization— though it still receives some support from the school. Generous theatergoers have enabled MST to offer 10 scholarships this season.The performing arts program for students ages 13 to 23—which includes singers, dancers, musicians directors, designers and crew as well as actors—presents three fully staged productions each July.This summer MST will stage the Tony Award-winning Spring Awakening, the farcical and oh-so-witty The Importance of Being Earnest and the lighthearted musical, Legally Blonde,. Forget the notion of songs sung off-key and props falling from the stage—these kids are know how to put on a show. s Marin Summer Theater Thursday-
The students put a little ‘razzle dazzle’ into their production of ‘Chicago.’ Sunday,July 5-8,at the Novato Theater Company Playhouse,484 Ignacio Blvd.; July 12-15 and 26-29 at San Marin High,15 San Marin Dr.July 12-15 and July 26-29.Info: marinsummertheater.org.
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Mill Valley, a parade waiting to happen Seventy-six trombones lead the way to an unforgettable summer by Dani Bu rlison
The long shadow of Django Reinhardt will loom upon Mill Valley this June.
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children, schools and the arts. The parade begins at 10:30am at Old Mill School and wends its way from Throckmorton up Miller, ending at Tam High. Following the parade are the annual festivities, an abundance of kid-centered activities and fun for the whole community. This summer marks The Mountain Play’s 99th season—and director James Dunn’s 30th and last working with this Marin—and Bay Area—favorite. This time around, the Mountain Play brings to the 4,000-seat Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre The Music Man, May 20 through June 17. The Mill Valley Community Center is the place to be over Memorial Day weekend for the Kiddo! Family Carnival, with four days of old-fashioned fun for all—music, food, games and rides for all (even the tiny tots), including a Ferris wheel! The Mill Valley Philharmonic spices things up this year at its annual free concert series. The orchestral music of Mexico, Brazil, Cuba and Argentina will be shared with audiences for the “Music of the Americas” program. Composer Gabriel Bolanos and soloist Jack Sanders bring their talents to Mill Valley June 1 through 3. Gypsy jazz fans and enthusiasts from around the world convene for DjangoFest, a four-day festival celebrating the music of French/Belgian Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. A series of concerts, workshops and impromptu “djam” sessions over the course of four days in June—all conveniently located at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre downtown. Ready to get some miles in on those new runners, folks? The Dipsea Race is calling your names. For over 100 years, the 7.4-mile trail from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach has welcomed the soles of 1,500 annual racers for this most beautiful event. If running over mountains isn’t your idea of summer fun, head on over to watch on Sunday, June 10. Over in Tam Valley, Creekside Fridays offer a pleasurable way for the whole family—including the dogs—to start the weekend. Bring a chair and/or blanket and settle in to enjoy good music and food—plus face painting, a jumpee, cotton candy and more for the kids. Enchanted and Mamma Mia! will screen at Old Mill Park as part of the annual Film Night in the Park series. Grab a blanket and snacks and head on over to Old Mill Park on Friday, June 15, and Saturday, Sept. 7.
Enjoy the ‘Music of the Americas’ on a staycation this summer with the Mill Valley Philharmonic.
Often compared to the Central American festivals of Dia de Los Muertos, the traditional Japanese Obon Festival is a celebration to honor the ancestors with dance, music and a ﬂoating lantern ceremony. But no need to head overseas this summer, the Buddhist Temple of Marin hosts a celebration in Mill Valley. Complete with food, music, demonstrations and activities for children, the Obon Festival takes place this July, with the date
and time to be announced. As summer begins to wane, Mill Valley’s Summer Concerts on the Plaza liven up August evenings with music. Sponsored by the Mill Valley Art Commission, this music series hosts the best the local music scene has to offer. < • Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 28. Leaves Old Mill School at 10:30am, proceeds down Throckmorton GARY FERBER
till a favorite destination for city dwellers needing a quick escape from clogged streets and chilly Paciﬁc fog, Mill Valley offers a whole host of events to partake in this season. And for the fortunate residents of Marin’s nook of charm, most events are a hop, skip and jump away from home. The athletically inclined, food and wine connoisseurs, music festival die-hards and parents alike will ﬁnd a diverse mix of activities to enjoy under the summer sun. Summer kicks off in Mill Valley with the annual Memorial Day Parade, which this year focuses on (and beneﬁts)
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Mill Valley Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting Great food is worth braving crowds, as the 1,000 attendees at the annual Mill
Valley Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting event can attest. Sponsored by the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce and Mill Valley Market, this event has offered the ﬁnest in nibbles to connoisseurs for over three decades. Bay Area wines are among the international collection of world-class vinos—wines from France, Spain, Australia, Greece and Argentina will also be avail-
able for tasting—and local craft beers will be on hand as well. Gourmet chefs will also dish up culinary delights for the crowds of hungry, thirsty foodies Sunday, June 24. And all for a good cause: Proceeds beneﬁt local economic development and green business programs.
• Mill Valley Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting Sunday,June 24,1-4pm.Depot Plaza.$35.Info: 415/388-9700 or millvalley.org.
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Ave. to Miller Ave. and ďŹ nishes at Tamalpais High School. Post-parade celebration at the Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto. 12-4pm. Free. Info:mviloveaparade.com. s -OUNTAIN 0LAY The Music Man is performed May 20, 27 and June 3, 10,16 and 17 at 2pm at the Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre, Mt. Tamalpais. $15$40; children 3 and under are free. Info: 415/383-110 or mountainplay.org. s +IDDO &AMILY #ARNIVAL Friday through Monday, May 25-28. Mill Valley Community Center. Info: http://kiddo.
org/proďŹ le/memorial-day-weekendcelebrations. s -ILL 6ALLEY 0HILHARMONIC Friday, June 1, 8pm at Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave.; Saturday, June 2 at 1pm, Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Rd., Fort Baker, Sausalito; Sunday, June 3, 1pm, family concert and ice cream social at Tam Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave. Free. Info: millvalleyphilharmonic.org. s $JANGO&EST Thursday-Sunday, June 7-10, 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave. $25-$130. Info: 415/3839600 or 142throckmortontheatre.org. s $IPSEA 2ACE Sunday, June 10, 8:30am at Lytton Square. Free. Info: 415/331-3550 ordipsea.org. s #REEKSIDE &RIDAYS Fridays, June 15 through Aug. 10, 6:30-8pm at the Log Cabin, 60 Tennessee Valley Rd. Free. Info: 415/388-6393 or tcsd.us. s &ILM .IGHT IN THE 0ARK Friday, June 15 and Saturday, Sept. 7, 8pm in Old Mill Park, Throckmorton Ave. and Old Mill St. Donations appreciated. Info: 415/272-2756 or ďŹ lmnight.org. s /BON &ESTIVAL AND "AZAAR Date and time to be determined; Buddhist Temple of Marin, 390 Miller Ave. Free. Info: 415/3881173 or buddhisttempleofmarin.org. s 3UMMER #ONCERTS ON THE 0LAZA Wednesday, Aug. 8, 15, 18 and 25. Free. Check cityofmillvalley.org for information on performers.
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ART REACTOR 209 Las Galinas Ave., San Rafael, CA 94903 tUIFBSUSFBDUPSDPN Ages 11-18. Art Reactor offers after-school and summer Digital Art classes. We teach students how to be Digital Artists â€“ not just computer users. By learning the basic principles of art and how to create pieces with digital tools, students can produce amazing, original work! Visit our website for more information.
CONSERVATION CORPS NORTH BAY: PROJECT REGENERATION 27 Larkspur St., San Rafael, CA 94901 tDPOTFSWBUJPODPSQTOPSUICBZPSH The programâ€™s unique combination of environmental service, education, and outdoor recreation makes it one of the North Bayâ€™s most sought-after summer youth experiences. With mentoring from CCNB staff and resource management professionals, youth work in teams to each complete approximately 65+ service hours on habitat restoration, recycling, trail maintenance and other environmental projects. For youth entering grades 6-12. Choose from two four-week sessions: June 18-July 13 and July 17-August 10, Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4pm. Free.
KATIA & COMPANY: PERFORMING ARTS & DANCE CAMPS 185 Mission Ave., San Rafael, CA 94901 tLBUJBBOEDPNQBOZDPN Performing arts, drama and dance camps for kids and teens facilitated by director Katia McHaney. Participants explore their creativity through improvisation games, build their skills in professional workshops, and get to participate in a performance at the end of the week. A great way to build confidence while having fun and making friends!
MARILYN IZDEBSKI THEATRE CAMPS 15 Cottage Ave., San Anselmo, CA 94960 tNBSJMZOJ[EFCTLJQSPEVDUJPOTDPN Marily Izdebski Productions in association with the Redwood High School Community Education Program will produce THE WIZARD OF OZ and WEST SIDE STORY as their 2012 Summer Musical-Theatre Camp Productions for young people ages 8-18 years. All rehearsals and performances will be held a the Redwood High School Little Theatre. The Camp includes rehearsal hours, production work and two dance classes each week for all participants. The workshop fee is $585. This is the twenty-eighth year Marilyn Izdebski has directed and produced this successful program. Judy Wiesen will be the Musical Director for both shows.
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ROSS ACADEMY MONTESSORI SCHOOL MINI CAMP 2012 7 Thomas Dr., Mill Valley, CA 94941 (415) 383-5777 SPTTBDBEFNZNPOUFTTPSJTDIPPMDPN The Ross Academy Montessori School Summer Mini Camp is a continuing Montessori Environment with regular staff the entire summer and lots of outdoor fun, â€œguest appearancesâ€? and â€œspecial events.â€? Ages: Toddler Program 2-3 years. Primary Program 3-6 years. June 18-August 10. Full Day 9am-2:30pm, Half Day 9am-noon, extended day care available 7am-6:15pm. Four-, six- and eight-week programs available. Three-day programs (toddlers only), individual weeks OK.
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or those who need open air, miles of lush beachside trails, fresh oysters and sand-ﬁlled shoes to make summer ofﬁcial, West Marin has no shortage of destinations and events to fulﬁll those seasonal requirements. Point Reyes Station, Olema, Bolinas, Stinson Beach, Nicasio, Inverness and West Marin’s favorite gateway town, Fairfax, have plenty to keep folks happily entertained under the summer sun. Weekends in Nicasio offer BBQ and tunes at Rancho Nicasio’s ""1S ON THE ,AWN concert series. Featuring blues, zydeco, bluegrass, Americana and good ole honky-tonk performances from folks like Zydeco Flames, Elvin Bishop, Annie Sampson, Charlie Musselwhite and many more, these Sunday afternoons are a great way to end the weekend. And sometimes, as a special treat, performers will play a Saturday night set in addition to the Sunday BBQ. Get in touch with your inner yee-haw, horse-loving, cowboy or cowgirl self by celebrating West Marin’s deep roots in ranching
and agriculture at 7ESTERN 7EEKEND AND Parade in Point Reyes Station. Theevent brings together a parade, 4-H exhibit, a livestock show, music, BBQ, a silent auction and more. After the daytime festivities, be sure to head over to the Dance Palace for the Lone Star Retrobates’ honky-tonk tunes. The town may be on the edge of central Marin, but the &AIRFAX &ESTIVAL deﬁnitely has the ﬂavor of West Marin. The festival kicks off with a parade that leads the crowd to Bolinas and Peri parks for the popular and well attended festivities. Local arts, crafts, food vendors, kids’ activities and entertainment— along with the EcoFest—greet festivalgoers on the second weekend of June. &ILM .IGHT IN THE 0ARK jump-starts the festival Friday night with a showing of Rio at Rudy Contratti Field. With events in Bolinas, Inverness, Stinson and Woodacre, West Marin is a hot spot for &OURTH OF *ULY happenings. Show your Bolinas pride...or your loyalty to Stinson as the two battle it out in the two town’s annual tug-of-war contest across the narrow straits of
Far West Fest—instilling West Marin values upon the populace, July 21.
the Bolinas Lagoon. If getting a little groovier is your thing, the Far West Fest offers a daytime music festival that beneﬁts West Marin programs at KWMR, Homebase and area youth programs. Instilling West Marin values of caring for the environment and supporting local businesses, Far West Fest is 100 percent eco-friendly and also hosts a local “oyster-off,” featuring local oyster farmers. With food, art and craft vendors and three stages of music to dance to, Far West Fest should be on everyone’s destination list this July. Yoga retreats, outdoor environmental education, wellness seminars, art workshops and even ancient living techniques taught by Paleotechnics can be found through Point Reyes Field Seminars. With one-day outings, weekend workshops and classes for
s ""1S ON THE ,AWN Sundays, May 27Sept.16. Gates open at 3pm, music at 4pm. $10-$40. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Rd., Nicasio. Info: ranchonicasio.com s 0OINT 2EYES &IELD 3EMINARS Various times, locations throughout summer. Info: 415/663-1200 ext. 373 or ptreyes.org. s 7ESTERN 7EEKEND AND 0ARADE Saturday and Sunday June 2-3. Barbecue, dance, music, exhibits and parade (Sunday at noon). Downtown Point Reyes Station. Info: 415/663-1075. s &AIRFAX &ESTIVAL AND 0ARADE Parade begins at 10am Saturday, June 9; festival 1-5pm Saturday and 11am-6pm Sunday, June 10. Bolinas Park, 78 Bolinas Rd. and Peri Park, 40 Park Dr. Info: fairfaxfestival.com. Rio screens at dusk Friday, June 8. Info: ﬁlmnight.org. s &OURTH OF *ULY events in Bolinas, Inverness,
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families or individuals, Point Reyes Field Seminars offer a close-up and personal peek at the greenest and most environmentally diverse slice of Marin. At the close of every summer, Marinites pack up and head out to Drakes Beach for the annual Sand Sculpture Contest, competing for prizes in several different categories of sand-sculpting. Bring sunblock and enjoy the day with a picnic. < "IG 4IME &ESTIVAL A wellspring of Native American history, cultural demonstrations, and music and dance performances await July 21 at the annual "IG 4IME &ESTIVAL at Kule Loklo, near the Bear Valley Visitor Center at the Point Reyes National Seashore. Before European settles barged in, the Coastal Miwok enjoyed the bounty and wild diversity of the Southern Sonoma and Northern Marin coast. Today, the Point Reyes seashore has more
Stinson Beach and Woodacre. Various times, visit pointreyesweekend.com for more information. s &AR 7EST &EST Saturday, July 21, at Love Field, 11191 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Point Reyes Station. Prices and times TBA. Check farwestfest.org for updates. s 3AND 3CULPTURE #ONTEST Sunday, Sept. 2, 9am-3pm. Drakes Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore. Free. Info: 415/464-5140. to offer than natural beauty—Kule Loklo is a fascinating rendering of an authentic Miwok village. The free event, which includes demonstrations of traditional basketry, ﬂint knapping and clamshell bead making, is sponsored by the National Park Service and the Miwok Archeological Preserve of Marin. s "IG 4IME &ESTIVAL Saturday, July 21, 10am-4pm at the Bear Valley Visitor Center, 1 Bear Valley Rd., Point Reyes. Free. Info: 415/464-5140.
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weet summer fun abounds in the charming cradle of the Ross Valley. Whether ﬁlm, music or theater outdoors is your idea of a splendid summer experience, Ross, San Anselmo and Kentﬁeld provide several events to please all. Anna Halprin, a leader in the dance world for more than 70 years, continues to educate, inform and share her love of dance—from right here in Marin. The performance event she created 32 years ago, Planetary Dance, continues to draw the masses each summer. Community members, performance artists and peace lovers around Marin and the world are invited for a weekend of celebratory ritual intended to bring peace and transformation to the global community. The early June weekend starts with a workshop with Halprin herself. Marin Art and Garden Center is a hub for summer arts (and organic food). The summer concert series, which features blues, jazz and rock music Thursdays from June through late September, dovetails perfectly with a visit to the weekly Ross Valley Farmers Market MAGC also hosts a music festival Aug. 4, with three outdoor stages of bluegrass, folk, Americana, world music, fun for kids, food and drinks. Check the website for more summer events—like the Marin Society of Artists auction June 2. This lovely location is a great spot to celebrate summer even without a speciﬁc event in mind. Kicking off a season of Music in the Park, the San Anselmo Arts Commission once again hosts the annual Beatles Tribute concert at Creek Park on Saturday, July 14. Following the evening of Beatlemania, Sunday afternoons provide free weekly concerts with jazz, jive and jubilance for the whole family. Downtown San Anselmo invites locals and visitors alike to attend the 29th annual Art and Wine Festival, which features more than 200 artists, food vendors and gallons upon gallons of wine (and beer). Film Night in the Park hosts free nights of cinematic wonder outdoors in the grassy knolls of parks throughout the Bay Area; speciﬁcally, Marin and San Francisco. This year’s lineup at San Anselmo’s Creek Park is nothing short of incredible: About a dozen ﬁlms, including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. II, Across the Universe, Hugo, The Muppet Movie (1979), The Help, The Hunger Games and The Artist (which ﬁrst screened in Marin last fall as the feature ﬁlm at the Mill Valley Film Festival with ﬁlmmaker Michel Hazanavicius on hand for an entertain-
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Women | Men | Children Dance legend Anna Halprin will be up bright and early Saturday, June 2.
Spend a day or two relaxing with vino and the best of what the local art scene has to offer June 23 and 24. For those seeking a unique theater experience, the Ross Valley Players delivers. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tennessee Williams, the players bring his short-story based play The Night of the Iguana to audiences through midJune. July 12-Aug. 12 brings Greater Tuna to the stage. < s 0LANETARY $ANCE Workshop with Anna Halprin, Saturday, June 2. Sunrise ceremony at 5:45am and community dance at 11am Sunday, June 3. Mt. Tamalpais. Suggested donation: $10-$20. Info: planetarydance.org. s -ARIN !RT AND 'ARDEN #ENTER 3UMMER #ONCERT 3ERIES—and more 22> Thursdays, June 14-Sept. 27, 5-7pm; ing and fun Q&A) and other wonderful ﬁlms, will screen for free (though donations are gratefully accepted) outdoors on Friday and Saturday evenings from July clear on through October. Pack up picnic blankets, lemonade (or hot cocoa), a handful of snacks and a few friends and head on out. Not to be missed! s &ILM .IGHT IN THE 0ARK Fridays and Saturdays, July 13-Oct. 8, 8pm. Creek Park, 400 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. Free; donations appreciated. Info: 415/272-2756 or ﬁlmnight.org.
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Thereâ€™s still room for your picnicâ€”see bottom leftâ€”at the Marin Art and Garden Center Summer Concert Series.
< 21 farmers market Thursdays through October. MAGC Music Festival, Saturday, Aug. 4, 11am-4pm. MAGC Gala â€œImagine,â€? Sunday, Sept. 23, 5-pm. Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. Free. Info: 415/455-5260 or magc.org. s -USIC IN THE 0ARK Beatles Night, July 14. 6-9pm; $12 adults/$5 kids 12 and under. Free concerts Sundays, July 22-Aug. 12, 1-4pm. Creek Park, 400 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo.
Info:sananselmoarts.com. s 2OSS 6ALLEY 0LAYERS Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays through Aug.12. Barn Theatre at Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. $15-$25. Info: rossvalleyplayers.com. s 3AN !NSELMO !RT AND 7INE &ESTIVAL Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24, 10am6pm. San Anselmo Ave. from Bolinas to Tamalpais avenues. Free. Info: 415/4542510 or sananselmochamber.org.
California Artists presents
29TH ANNUAL San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival
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