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›› LETTERS A not-so-ringing endorsement Did anyone else catch this? The Santa Rosa Press Democrat is being told by their owners that they are not permitted to make politicalcandidate endorsements anymore. All the other “news” papers owned by this corporate conglomerate, Halifax Media Group, are muzzled as well. Their recent acquisition of Freedom Media, whose CEO has Fox “news” CEO credits, makes a curious connection. Regardless of the very real merits for either the PD endorsing or not endorsing candidates, the bottom line was buried in the iron fist clothed in their velvet glove editorial: “The company (owners of PD), has decided to adopt a no endorsement policy for all its member newspapers.” That is the story and should be the editorial as well: that there is no choice in this decision, no matter how one sugarcoats it. The PD should have resisted and made endorsements because they have been ordered not to. They still have between now and November to make endorsements, but my money is on where the gold is. In this time of homogenized, conservative and corporate “news,” Watergate would not have been exposed today. The lies that the NY Times published and accepted for the basis of the non-funded Iraq War has in part led to the economic disaster we are in, with many maimed and dead. No one told the truth. Now this “media group” is telling the editorial board what they can and cannot endorse, prohibiting them and the stable of other papers from making editorial decisions? Tell them to shove it. Nah, can’t do it, our hands are tied, the PD whimpers... Have some guts, folks. Make the endorsements, I may not agree with them but at

least you have the freedom to present your thoughts. Now you don’t, and you don’t even resist it! Make the PD newsworthy. Let the national press write about this censorship. If they are permitted to. I am canceling my subscription to the PD. Do the same and tell them why. Stuart Kiehl, Santa Rosa

Editor’s note: Pssst! Stuart... don’t miss the Pacific Sun’s always-provocative endorsements, for the Nov. 6 election, in our Oct. 5 issue. We’re there for you, buddy...

Atlas fudged As a rich person myself (my husband is a CEO and I am a stay-at-home mom and an heiress to a shaving cream Here’s one Randian ‘superman’ fortune) I was who’s creating hundreds of jobs in the beleaguered ‘fact-checking’ heartened by industry. Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate. Congressman Ryan vows to rid us of Medicare and replace it with a voucher program. Also he plans to “reform” our nation’s vast entitlement programs. I, too, am annoyed by the way the poor are drinking up, shooting up, and snorting up taxpayer money. A Romney administration would bring us back to a refreshing social Darwinism; the cream of the crop (e.g. myself) would rise to the top, and poverty would, at the same time, become extinct. Recently, however, I was dismayed to learn that Paul Ryan lied about running in a 26.2



Mitt Romney: ‘I Say That Jokingly, But It Would Be Helpful To Be Latino’ ahhh no... I don’t think so pendejo. In one of a series of clips from a secretly recorded campaign fundraiser, Mitt Romney makes a joking reference… ‘Pacific Sun’ to welcome new owner-publisher Bob Heinen was one of the initial employees and an early shareholder in Embarcadero Media, the Palo Alto-based company … Sunbathing naked. Is there a problem? I’m having a hell of a time with my neighbor. I sunbathe and swim in MY pool in the nude. My neighbor trimmed huge trees from her property line and can see…

Your soapbox is waiting at ›› mile marathon. He said that he ran it in “two hours and 50 something minutes”—but in reality it took him four hours and one minute! This is minor, but is it part of a pattern of mistruth? In his Republican convention address, Ryan proclaimed that he would preserve Medicare for everyone in the future. This is a somewhat contradictory statement. Does Congressman Ryan have the honesty and integrity to boldly implement policies favorable to himself and the one percent? Is he an uncompromising hero out of an Ayn Rand novel? I am not so sure anymore. Natalie B., San Rafael

She’s just part of the 47 percent of ‘victims’ that make up America... I was surprised to see Marcia Blackman, our house conservative, dumping on Staples [which recently settled a suit filed by the Marin DA] for its underhanded pricing policies [“Suing Staples: That Was Easy!” Sept. 14]. I thought Ms. Blackman would appreciate another example of good ol’ American Free Enterprise at work. Alfred Auger, Fairfax

Yelp hath no fury, like a Marinite scorned Applause to Julie Vader’s “Princess Diaries” article about the Marin “Yelpers” [Sept. 14]. If it appears to these entitled Yelpers that they keep getting bad service, maybe the chickens are coming home to roost, or maybe what’s coming through their multiple mobile devices is just chicken s--t. There are men and women putting their lives on the line, and on hold, every day in this country and around the world for the dreams our country holds close. Those dreams include owning a small business or working a low-wage job toward a better goal. Yet the “princesses” and like-minded Yelpers seek to destroy people’s livelihoods through personal attacks as part of their daily “workload.” At least they think that’s their job. The rest of us see them as the cowards they are, hiding behind their iPhones, laptops, etc., or giving their lifted noses face-to-face as a royal salute. They want and need to appear to be elite, classy or superior and powerful. Yet what it seems they never achieved was a passing grade in Psych 101. People who are

honest with themselves and learned the realities of life understand that these sad human beings have no concept of the people’s lives or companies they try to harm because they’ve stopped seeing human beings. Maybe because most bullies/cowards have shut down parts of their feelings long ago and need to see themselves as the figments of superiority that they have to continually feed and keep alive—in their heads. If they were actually important people (whatever that is), they wouldn’t be Yelping, they’d be helping. Most adults eventually learn that your bank account, or wardrobe or car, doesn’t make you anything. It’s what you DO with what you have that makes you feel something that even a princess could be proud of. P.C. Luke, San Anselmo

Wow, soccer moms lead wilder lives than we’d ever imagined! What’s wrong with this picture? The Town of Ross has no money for its yearly Town Picnic and needs to raise $5,000; yet they’re going to pay overtime to the Ross Police Dept. to provide “security.” Will the soccer moms go crazy and attack each other? Will the doctors and stockbrokers get drunk and molest a soccer mom? The simple solution is to ask the attendees to bring their own loaded “designer” firearms to protect themselves; thus saving the cost of having a police presence at the picnic. Marcia Blackman, San Rafael

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ollowing the final rollout of Marin Clean Energy, another crack in the Pacific Gas and Electric Company monopoly wall opened in San Francisco this week. A big one. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted 8-3 to approve a five-year contract with Shell Energy North America to provide 30 megawatts of 100 percent renewable power to San Francisco residents who stick with the city’s public-power entity, CleanPowerSF. The same majority of supervisors rejected a move to continue discussion of the contract, saying the issue had been on the table long enough and no new information would be forthcoming. The push to throw the switch on the public power paradigm in San Francisco encountered virtually the same pushback as Marin Clean Energy has experienced—and withstood. Critics, including Mayor Ed Lee, said they wanted to postpone a decision while they pondered, among other items, the procedure that calls for automatic enrollment in the new public-power program. Echoing critics of the procedure in Marin, San Francisco skeptics said requiring customers to opt out rather than opt in is an inherently unfair tactic. Critics in both Marin and San Francisco failed to understand that the procedure is written into the state law that allows cities and counties to create community choice aggregation


public-power agencies. Proponents of the public-power plan in San Francisco also had to meet challenges based on a general distaste for Shell Energy, which hasn’t won many hearts in the environmental community. But kicking off a public-power agency and corralling as many clean electrons as possible is a tough job in the current economic climate. And above all, backers of the public-power plans in Marin and San Francisco said they needed to find an economically stable company able to supply power for the run of their contracts. Marin Clean Energy also signed a fiveyear deal with Shell Energy. Marin and San Francisco both see their Shell contracts as a starting gun that gets them out of the public-power gate, giving them time to grow their respective plans. It’s a practical option, although purveyors of more progressive alternatives favor shying away from companies like Shell in favor of more adventurous options that also can create clean public power—and give customers an equity stake in their public-power agencies. Marin Clean Energy went to the county and the cities in the county to seek approval from supervisors and town councils to join the Marin Energy Authority, the joint-powers agency that oversees Marin Clean Energy. That process played a role in the Marin Clean Energy two10 >


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Sun’ welcomes new owner-publisher The Pacific Sun, Marin’s most-read newspaper, which has chronicled the life and politics of the region for almost 50 years, has been acquired by one of the shareholders of the current owner. The new owner is Bob Heinen, one of the initial employees and an early shareholder in Embarcadero Media, the Palo Alto-based company that has owned the Sun since 2004. Heinen, who will relocate to Marin from Menlo Park and become publisher of the Sun, served as a senior financial and operations manager in Embarcadero Media until 2005, when he left to pursue other media-related projects. The sale marks just the third change in ownership in the history of the Pacific Sun. Mill Valley resident Steve McNamara purchased the young paper in 1966 from its founders, Merrill and Joann Grohman, and grew it into an award-winning newsweekly known for its quality writing, environmental advocacy and commitment to journalistic independence and building a strong relationship with the community. Embarcadero’s president and CEO, Bill Johnson, predicts the transition would be seamless. Except for current publisher Gina Allen, who will return to overseeing Embarcadero’s Pleasanton office, the current Sun staff will remain and the paper will continue operating out of its offices in downtown San Rafael. Editor Jason Walsh, Advertising Director Linda Black and Art Director Missy Reynolds will all continue in their roles. “We are proud of our stewardship of the Sun over the past eight years, and of successfully navigating through the challenging business environment brought on by the Great Recession,” Johnson said. “Bob and I have worked together for over 30 years and he has always yearned for the opportunity to build his own enterprise,” Johnson said. “When he approached me with his desire to buy the Sun, it made perfect sense. He will be a steady leader for the Sun, and be able to devote all his time and energy to building on its substantial past successes.” Heinen said he intends to be a hands-on publisher and become fully engaged in the Marin community. “The Sun is fortunate to have an outstanding staff that cares deeply about its community and connecting with its readers, whether 24/7 via or in creating a high-quality paper each week,” Heinen said. “My job will be to make sure they have the resources they need and to get out and represent the Sun in the community.” Since leaving Embarcadero, Heinen served as a consultant to as well as other digital media start ups, and as CFO to Metro Newspapers in San Jose. He said he is committed to expanding the Sun’s popular website and will be introducing a new online community resource website in early 2013. Local McDonald’s owners ordered ‘to go’... The owners of a trio of local McDonald’s restaurants weren’t “lovin’ it” this week when Marin County Superior Court Judge Roy Chernus ordered the husband-and-wife entrepreneurs to surrender their franchises in Novato and San Rafael. Syed Ali and Khursheed Husain became franchisees of seven of the fast food joints in 2005, but ran into financial difficulties and fell behind in their payments to the McDonald’s Corp. The burger giant in 2009 refused to renew the Husains’ lease at three locations—Redwood Boulevard in Novato, Merrydale Road in Terra Linda and Fourth Street in San Rafael. The Husains sued, claiming McDonald’s had already promised them the renewed leases, leading to Chernus’s ruling this week, which stipulates the couple must turn over the reins of the three restaurants by Sept. 25. It was unclear whether they have to hand over the keys to Mayor McCheese or Officer Big Mac. College foundation board members resign en masse After months of turmoil, the College of Marin Foundation board has finally agreed on one thing: to all resign. 10 >


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1. What Marin city’s downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places? 2. The Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all wore what on their feet? 3.The U.S. one-cent coin is 2 percent copper and 98 percent what metal? 4. Butterhead, looseleaf and romaine are all varieties of what edible items?


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T 5. Identify these people named Alex: 5a. Host of Jeopardy 5b. Quarterback of the 49er’s 5c. Discovered penicillin in 1928 5d. Third-baseman for the New York Yankees 5e. America’s first secretary of the treasury 6. Adapted to life in the high altitudes, what animals with a short name provide milk, meat, wool and leather to herders in Mongolia and Tibet? 7. What major league baseball teams are named for the each of the following: 7a. A bunch of stones 7b. A bunch of religious leaders 7c. A bunch of plunderers 8. In alphabetical order, what are the first three departments in the president’s cabinet? 9. Most of the top-producing coal mines in the USA are located in what state which begins with W? 10. Can you name three poker hands which begin with the same letter?



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WLast Thursday, after hearing a loud crash, Justin Wong ran out of his home on E. Blithedale in Mill Valley to investigate. His neighbor was reaching inside his parked vehicle when a white Volvo hit him and his car. Fortunately, the neighbor escaped with minor injury. His car did not. The door bent backward and shattered glass flew everywhere. The Volvo driver stopped down the road to inspect his own car and then drove away. A red Mini Cooper slowed to gawk and continued on. “What will it take for humans to take three minutes out of their lives and help another person?” asks Justin. We’re not sure about that, but we’re positive the Mini driver and the alleged culprit in the white Volvo are Zeros. —Nikki Silverstein

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 VThe Marin Humane Society (MHS) was selected as one of 50 shelters nationwide to compete in the ASCPA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. The competition’s mission is to inspire animal shelters and their communities to find more homes for animals than ever before. The shelter with the biggest increase over 2011 will be top dog, winning a $100,000 grand prize. MHS has until Oct. 31 to meet its goal of finding homes for 1,200 animals. While it’s a ruff command, MHS and Marinites have the tenacity of a terrier when it comes to catapulting to success. To encourage community support, MHS is letting us name our own adoption fee for a feline or canine companion. MHS, thanks for your heroic efforts caring for our county’s critters.

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must be missing something. I forwarded the e-mail to Kate, Abby and Louise for their input. According to them, for the first time in his life, he’s not being vague. Rick’s actually requesting that I put his belongings on the exterior of my home, allowing him to retrieve said belongings without seeing me. With the precision of a Jew with OCD, I folded his clothes and placed them neatly in a large Nordstrom bag with handles, ensuring that he could easily carry it to his car. Unfortunately, I couldn’t place his 30 pounds of free weights in the paper bag. I packed those substantial silver discs in the smallest cardboard box that would contain them, covering them with a few of his paperback books. Not that I want to be compared to Alanis Morissette or Adele or anything, but I really don’t think it would be my fault if he mistook it for a lightweight box and got a hernia picking it up. Because I definitely didn’t want to be home when he arrived, Louise and I took our dogs on a long hike. By the end of our walk, I was weighted down by my guilt over the heavy box. I hurried home to see if he was writhing in pain on my doorstep. He wasn’t. It was worse. He left me a gift. I opened the bag and found a pound of Kona coffee, my favorite. There were also dozens of plastic bags, which he had lovingly folded origami style, making each one small enough to fit in my pocket without making me look bulky. Sweet Rick. He’d been saving and folding poop bags for Bruno the last three months. I knew he still cared. The following morning, I awoke craving Kona coffee. Grabbing my Brita pitcher and the bag of coffee, I began preparing my brew. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a small yellow square of paper flutter to the floor. I picked it up, focusing on the gracefully penned letters. Definitely Rick’s architect handwriting. A love note. I told you he still wants me. Putting on my glasses, I read and reread the sentence on the Post-it: You might want to do a test batch to check for freshness. This is what my life has become. Stale coffee, dog s--t bags in cute shapes, last minute invitations to concerts with aging rock stars, graying hair, expensive creams to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and hormone replacement therapy. I’m beginning to think Rick’s note wasn’t meant to describe that coffee after all. < e-mail:

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< 8 Newsgrams The nine remaining board members Monday emailed a letter of resignation to College of Marin president David Wain Coon, following a rough summer when an “internal investigation” was launched by the community college district board in the light of accusations of misuse of scholarship funds by foundation members. Questions arose regarding $500,000 that had been “borrowed” from the trust to pay for what foundation officials called “administrative expenses.” “The resignation of the Foundation directors before the conclusion of the external audit was unexpected,” COM officials said in a press statement. In the letter, board members called it “futile” to continue using foundation funds meant for the college and its students on the matter without the “potential of a good faith partner,” apparently in reference to the district board. The foundation was launched in 1964 as an independent nonprofit with a mission of raising money for student scholarships College officials say that, despite the resignations, the audit of the foundation’s assets will continue. “College of Marin’s primary objective at this point is to ensure that the integrity and assets of the college are protected while the external audit continues,” officials said. “College of Marin wants to assure donors and students that continuing good stewardship is its utmost priority.”

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way,” this is more a case of Kentucky getaway for drummer Mickey Hart—as the former Grateful Dead member has an arrest warrant out on him stemming from an incident that occurred at a concert in Harrodsburg earlier this month. Following a set by the Mickey Hart Band at the Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival on Sept. 8, a concertgoer filed an assault charge against the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer; specific details of what happened have not been released by the Harrodsburg Police Department, the Associated Press reports. Celebrity gossip website TMZ first broke the news Thursday; Hart soon released a press statement saying he’s

flabbergasted by the charge. “I am totally baffled by a bizarre claim of assault by me coming out of Kentucky—the home of bluegrass and a state I love dearly,” wrote the longtime stickman for the Dead, whose members headquartered and resided in Marin throughout much of the band’s heyday.“Any accusation or claim of assault against me is completely false and without any basis whatsoever. I played drums on ‘Shakedown Street,’ but I never expected to be ‘The Victim or the Crime.’” The Harrodsburg police say the case is under investigation; more details to come.

Judge halts San Geronimo creekside development It’s time to get the waters moving on stream conservation in the San Geronimo Valley, a Marin Superior Court judge told county officials this week—and then went on to embargo all new creekside building applications until that happens. Judge Lynn Duryee’s order came as part of her ruling in a lawsuit filed by the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, the Forest Knolls group which charged that the county was breaking environmental law by failing to adopt stricter creekside regulations in San Geronimo as promised in the 2007 county plan. Duryee denied SPAWN’s claim that the county was in violation of the California Environmental Quality Act, but supported their call to halt to any development near creeks until the county comes into compliance with state law Studies show that native plant life in creek areas is vital to salmon health—it shields sunlight and regulates temperatures in the streams. According to some estimates, the state Coho population has plummeted by nearly 99 percent over the past 50 years—largely due to development. Marin already bans building within 100 feet of creek sides. A property owners group called the San Geronimo Valley Stewards has argued that current regulations are strict enough-and tighter building restrictions would place an unfair burden on residents. The ruling covers the stream conservation area in the San Geronimo Valley watershed, as defined by the 2007 county plan, and the development ban will stay in effect, Duryee said, “until such time as the streamside conservation area ordinance required by the 2007 countywide plan update is adopted by the Marin County Board of Supervisors.” Existing permits are not affected by the ruling and, county officials point out, only five building permits within the affected conservation area have been issued so far this year.


< 8 Anchors away! option plan. Customers automatically are enrolled in a 50 percent renewable option. They can choose to opt in to a 100 percent renewable plan. San Francisco has chosen to start with just a 100-percent renewable plan. It will raise rates, an economic byproduct that backers in Marin worked to ameliorate. San Francisco has its own Public Utilities Commission, which has estimated that bills for customers who stay with the new public-power program will increase $9.55 to $77.86 a month, depending on their level of power consumption. But those figures include residential and commercial customers. The city’s PUC also estimates that about 43 percent of the city’s residential customers are in the lowest-price tier. They will see an estimated increase of $10 a month. Those are estimates. Opponents wanted to see hard numbers. But city numbercrunchers say the plan is viable with the current estimates. The same economic argument echoed throughout Marin in the lead up to votes on town councils. The San Francisco plan projects success with a minimum of 90,000 customers. On Tuesday, supervisors approved a deal that will allocate $19.5 million to the publicpower program. Of that total, $6 million will go to study options for producing solar power, generating local power and paying for energy efficiency strategies. The plan, which still requires a second vote, calls for enrolling about half of the 375,000 residential customers in the city, PG&E’s home base. If opt-out rates in San Francisco match those in Marin, a sizeable number of San Francisco residents will leave PG&E. The Marin Clean Energy opt-out rate from the start was about 20 percent, according to Dawn Weisz, Marin Clean Energy executive officer. That percentage held through the last enrollment period, despite an aggressive campaign from opponents via negative letters to the editor and online comments. At the end of the last enrollment period, Marin Clean Energy had about 95,000 customers. That number tallies residential and commercial accounts, not the number of people the power agency serves. (To put that number in perspective: According to the 2010 census, Marin has 103,210 households.) When Richmond customers join the Marin Clean Energy program next year, that city could add as many as 30,000 customers. The numbers make it easy to understand why PG&E ran an aggressive campaign in Marin to head off Marin Clean Energy. The company ran the same type of operation in San Francisco. It proposed its own cleanenergy program in lieu of the CleanPowerSF proposal. That effort mirrored one the company tried unsuccessfully in Marin. PG&E also spent about $46 million pushing the statewide Proposition 16, an unsuccessful attempt that would have curtailed formation and expansion of public-power agencies like Marin Clean Energy, which was the first community choice aggregator

in the state to deliver an energy product to customers. Community choice aggregation legislation made it possible for cities and counties to choose their own energy providers rather than be tied to investor-owned utilities like PG&E. The legislation arose from the chaos of deregulation that resulted in rolling blackouts in 2001. A Marin resident, Paul Fenn, wrote AB 117, the law that created the road to community choice. Former Marin state Senator Carole Migden sponsored the bill, which became law in 2002. “There are lots of [community choice agencies] now all over the state,” says Fenn, who lives in Marshall. Only Marin is up and running, although San Francisco is on the cusp, and Sonoma County has started its process. That county has made a commitment to pushing for local generation, a goal Fenn holds in high regard. “I think Prop. 16 ironically helped cause that [proliferation]. The best way to get somebody to want to do something is to try to make it illegal.” The aggressive approach PG&E took to stave off community choice, in other words, may have helped spawn new community-choice efforts. Community choice also is proliferating in other areas of the country. The success of Marin Clean Energy has helped towns and counties across the country see a successful model. About 600 cities across the country are involved in community choice efforts, says Fenn, who adds that Chicago is on the verge of a vote, and over a million people in the Chicago suburbs receive power through community choice. “It’s wild,” says Fenn. “The city of Cleveland has 100 percent renewable.” Granted, some of that is supplied through buying renewable energy credits, a favorite target of renewable-energy naysayers. Renewable energy credits were developed to promote clean energy by allowing energy customers to clean-energy generation even though the generation may be on the other side of the country. In the case of a wind farm, money from credits helps that wind farm compete in the energy marketplace. According to the EPA, RECs have been instrumental in increasing the country’s renewable energy supply. (Marin Clean Energy uses RECs to help meet its 50 percent and 100 percent targets.) RECs can be a temporary bridge to full renewable generation. In the continuum of renewable energy generation, RECs are the least desirable for progressive cleanenergy advocates, who say it’s a timid model. They prefer pushing for actual generation as close to the customer as possible. It’s not so easy to create local generation in some places, especially from a political standpoint, especially in Marin. Going before a city council or the board of supervisors in Marin with a plan for a wind farm or a solar array is a tough row to hoe. But Marin Clean Energy has ticked off a major success with its project to install about

petitive rates. Fenn says the goal in many communities is on jobs (along with green power). That means setting local generation as a top priority. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The goal of the city,â&#x20AC;? he says,â&#x20AC;? is to get generation nearest the load.â&#x20AC;? As an example, he notes that more than 100 megawatts â&#x20AC;&#x153;of boiler-heat waste in downtown San Francisco comes from 50 boilers. You can retroďŹ t those boilers and get really high quality power.â&#x20AC;? Windmills in San Francisco. It makes sense, as do wave and tide energy generators. And installing an array of solar panels on rooftops throughout the city could create a community-solar system available to customers even though they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a solar panel on their own roofs. The Shell contract is just the start, Fenn reiterates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our job is to show that we can have a price-competitive product that achieves a high renewable energy level.â&#x20AC;? Fennâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paradigm also hinges on making community choice an equity-producing entity. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talking about true publicly owned power in which customers can buy and sell equity participation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything that gets built is intended for customer ownership. Whatever is not customer owned will be owned by the city.â&#x20AC;? The idea would take the community-solar idea and extend it â&#x20AC;&#x153;to other distributed resourcesâ&#x20AC;? in a community-owned renewable share approach. Focusing on job creation should be a top goal of community choice in many urban and economically compromised

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hen hundreds line up this Saturday A small pilot study published last month for the 10th annual Dipsea Hike analyzed DNA collected from Marin women for Zero Breast Cancer, they’ll be using an algorithm for various risk factors. doing more than just participating in another After studying a panel of 19 genes, they found charity walk. They’re hoping to help answer a women at risk for breast cancer were nearly question that continues to plague researchers: twice as likely to have a specific variant of a Why are Marin’s breast cancer rates so high? Vitamin D receptor. However, that correlation And, importantly, says Zero Breast Cancer was found among women who merely had Executive Director Janice Barlow, they’ll also the risk factors, not necessarily breast cancer. be actively addressing a known breast cancer Only a portion of the women who had higher risk factor—lack of exercise. risk in the algorithm actually have cancer. “It’s a little different than other breast can“There are still a lot of questions to be cer walks,” says Barlow. answered,” said Dr. Kathie Dalessandri, a surZero Breast Cancer, formerly Marin Breast geon in Pt. Reyes Station and the lead author Cancer Watch, was formed in 1995 after of the study. “We don’t know exactly how this alarming studies showed a significantly higher variant works.” rate of breast cancer in Marin than in the rest Dr. Leah Kelley, the medical director of the of the state or country. Since then, the orgabreast cancer program at Marin General, says nization has spearheaded research that has while the study isn’t “directly clinically applianswered most of that question, but not all. cable,” it could help answer questions about While the rates of breast cancer in Marin how Vitamin D is connected to cancer. Some have gone down since the mid-1990s – prob- studies have found an association between ably in response to findings from Zero Breast low levels of Vitamin D and breast cancer, Cancer and the Marin Women’s Study—inci- but other studies have found no association. dence remains about 15 percent higher than Looking at how DNA is connected to cancer the state average. is a relatively new field of research that may be “The answer is more like the next step in Marin. puzzle pieces,” said Rochelle “No one really looked at HIKE FOR A CURE! Ereman, the epidemiology genetics in Marin before,” said The Dipsea Hike for director for the Marin WomDalessandri. Zero Cancer takes en’s Study, which has taken Much of the Marin Women’s place Saturday, Sept. surveys from 14,000 Marin Study was focused on collect22, starting in Old women and has 8,500 saliva ing 16-page surveys about Mill Park, Mill Valley. samples to study. everything from a woman’s For information on The newest puzzle piece first period to how much she hiking or joining an suggests that there may be a drinks, but the other imporexisting hiking team, genetic link between a spetant part of the study collected visit www.dipsea. cific Vitamin D receptor and saliva DNA samples and stored the risk of breast cancer. them in a bio-bank at the Buck


Institute. As DNA research evolves, those will be studied for genetic factors connected to breast cancer. There is a great deal, though, that has already been answered in Marin—thanks to all the women who participated in the studies. “It’s really starting to pay off,” says Kelley. “It’s a treasure trove of data.” After a 2002 study indicated that hormone replacement therapy was connected to breast cancer risk, nearly 50 percent of women in Marin getting hormone therapy stopped. An early analysis of the Marin Women’s Study in 2010 found a 22 percent decline in breast cancer rates connected to those decreases in hormone therapy. “It validated the value of the study,” said Ereman. A number of other known risk factors have also been confirmed as accounting for much of Marin’s increased rates. Women who have their first child after the age of 31 or who don’t breast feed—both factors are common in Marin—are more likely to be at risk for breast cancer. Women who never have children are also at higher risk. In fact, breast cancer used to be known as “the nuns’ disease,” said Barlow. Higher rates of alcohol consumption (common in Marin) and smoking have also been linked to breast cancer, as have certain ethnic groups. And, in Marin, the demographics lend themselves to higher rates of breast cancer with a large number of older women living in the county. All of this starts to add up, said Kelley, and “you kind of account for most of the increased risk that we’re seeing”— most, but not all. “Some of it can be explained, but not all

of it,” said Barlow. What both the Marin Women’s Study and Zero Breast Cancer are looking at next is how those risk factors play out earlier in life. What a person is doing or where they’re living when they receive the diagnosis may not be as important as what happened during development. To that end, the Marin Women’s Study’s next analysis—being completed right now— looks retroactively at women’s alcohol use and smoking during their adolescence. Zero Breast Cancer is also collaborating on a comprehensive study of 1,200 girls going through puberty. The study, which will be complete in 2015, follows 400 girls in the Bay Area, 400 in New York and 400 in Cincinnati through childhood and puberty to answer question about how those periods of intense hormonal changes affect them. Early puberty in girls, a known risk factor for breast cancer, has become a worldwide concern for doctors, with some girls getting their first periods as young as 6 or 7. One thing researchers think they have more or less ruled out is anything inherently wrong with Marin. Studies have shown no link to higher rates for those women born here or who lived here longer. “Everything we’ve looked at so far does not point to something in Marin,” said Ereman. Not that they’re not continuing to study that question too. A grant will fund research with Dominican University on the effects of two known carcinogens. Ereman said,”We’re still looking under every rock.”< Contact Kelly at

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women are diagnosed with a possible false positive. And the American Cancer Society says mammograms are not perfect at finding breast cancer and don’t work as well in younger women. What’s your advice on when to have a mammogram? OK, this is a huge issue! I think that it is very unfortunate that overall the medical community has not been completely honest with women. Honesty has been lacking when the cumulative effects of using ionizing radiation are not discussed. Honesty is also lacking when we declare the promise of early detection using mammogram alone as the gold standard in testing for breast cancer. With the advent of digital mammogram we’ve also seen an incr ease in unnecessary repeat mammograms and in unnecessary biopsies. Interestingly, a study published in the American Journal of Radiology in January 2003 states: “Infrared imaging [thermography] offers a safe noninvasive procedure that would be valuable as an adjunct to mammography in determining whether a lesion is benign or malignant”— concluding that thermography could help prevent unnecessary biopsies.

ultrasounds and MRIs? Ultrasound is a structural test, as is mammogram, using high frequency sound waves, and is useful if there is a mass present. When coupled with Doppler technique it can pick up blood flow to and from a mass. In this way, ultrasound has the ability to pick up some cancers missed by mammogram. MRI is also useful for women with dense breasts, but tends to be extremely expensive making it impractical as a primary screening tool. MRI uses a powerful magnetic field and radio frequency pulses to get more detail of an area under question, however, it too has its limitations. It is important to look at ALL the testing that is available and decisions should be made based on what testing is appropriate for the individual. None of these tests are stand-alone tests. Certainly all of these tests have validity and must be taken in context with the needs of the woman. The only test that is an absolute diagnosis of cancer is a biopsy and we want to do those only when absolutely necessary!

Women harbor the misconception How about the 49 percent that mammography can prevent of women with dense breasts? breast cancer from occurring. But In women with dense breast tissue, the mammography simply reduces the decrease in sensitivity of a mammogram risk of death only by finding breast screening is significant and it’s imperative for cancer early. Prevention is key. Here’s each woman to know exactly how sensitive what you can do: and specific mammogram is for her person1. Eat organically grown food as much as ally. This is where thermography can, and possible. should, step in. Thermography boasts a 90 2. Have as alkaline a diet as possible (i.e. percent sensitivity rating, regardless of the limit your intake of acidic foods, like meat type of breast tissue the woman has. It would and dairy). be incredibly helpful, and potentially lifesav3. Take supplements that are antiing, for women to start the breast cancer inflammatory and anti-cancer. (Examples screening process at a young age, around are calcium d-glucorate, DIM (the active 20, to aid in the identification of high-risk ingredient in cruciferous veggies), vitamin D, women. And the amazing thing is, there are turmeric (curcumin) and green tea to name a absolutely no detrimental side effects of a few. A good formula that I recommend is Dr. thermography screening! Thermography Horner’s Protective Breast Formula. would truly enable us to use mammogram 4. Drink at least half your body weight in more judiciously. fluid ounces of pure, filtered water everyday. The American Cancer Society has guide- I highly recommend in-home purification lines for having mammograms. However, systems. My favorite is the Seagull IV. given all the controversy, I think it’s im5. Avoid charred meats and fish, and portant to work collaboratively with each limit sugar and alcohol consumption. woman and her primary health care pro6. Have regular lymphatic massage vider to ensure individuand learn to perform it on alized care based on a payourself. BREAST tient’s specific history. It’s 7. Avoid underwire bras. HEALTH TALK imperative to use ALL the 8. Perform regular selftools we have at our disDonna Marie Scippa breast exams and have yearly posal for us to realize our and Stacy Bischoff checkups and screenings. Call goal of prevention, rather will host a talk on your health care provider than simply counting on “Thermography and immediately if you notice any mammogram to inform your Breast Health” changes. women when they already on Thursday, Oct. 11, 9. Find enjoyable ways evhave breast cancer. at 7pm Whole Health eryday to alleviate stress (exerAssociates, 880 Las cise, dancing, yoga, meditaNew York and Virginia reGallinas Ave., #1, San tion) and get enough sleep. cently passed laws requirRafael. The talk is free 10. Find a way to deep ing women with dense and free breast exams breathe and laugh every day. breasts to be informed will also be available. It is one of the best mind/ they may need to seek Call 415/492-9355 to body therapies and is always alternative screening confirm a space. available < methods. What about

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finished chemo today. Now it’s just radiation and waiting for my hair to grow. It’s funny how fast your life can change. For me it was breast cancer, discovered during a routine mammogram. Once the diagnosis came in I was on a path that countless women have been on before me. Meet the surgeon, explore treatments and deal with family and business concerns. My daughter, Jessica, became my closest confidant. My son, Colin, put his college plans on hold to be here for me. My husband, Don, set his diabetes and heart ailments aside and listened to what was happening to me—the healthy one. The timing couldn’t have been worse for my struggling restaurant and catering business. I had always lived my life around my job. I was married on a weekday when the business was closed. I planned the birth of my children around the holiday rush. I hadn’t taken a vacation in years. Somehow I had to fit cancer into my hectic schedule. There was an order to everything. One medical step would lead to another. The biopsy confirmed I was “triple negative,” which meant I would not be a candidate for hormone therapy and my breast cancer could be more aggressive with a higher risk of recurrence.

• • • • • WHEN I MET the surgeon we discussed whether I should have a lumpectomy or a mastectomy. As I sat in her office, listening to her explain my options, I realized my future was in her hands. She seemed young to me but, at 57, more and more people I meet seem young. Thin-rimmed glasses, blond hair pulled back, serious, yet compassionate. From that first consultation I trusted her to do what was best for me. Since the tumor appeared to be small we agreed on a lumpectomy. During surgery it became clear the problem was worse than expected but she

stayed the course. When you are in for a lumpectomy that’s what you get—no surprises when you wake up. Five lymph nodes from under my left arm were removed for immediate testing. One of the lymph nodes contained cancer cells so they removed the rest for testing later. When it was over I went home with a drain attached to my side and waited for the next step. I met with my surgeon the following week. More cancer and tissue removed in the lumpectomy showed signs of vascular invasion. Out of the 20 lymph nodes removed, two contained cancer cells. I worried that if this was happening in one breast it might be in the other. She said it’s rare to have cancer in both breasts but she would order tests following the surgery to check out that possibility. My family sat beside me in her office as she calmly described what was happening. She had the heavy task of explaining that this was serious and needed immediate action. She had apprised them of the situation in the waiting room following the lumpectomy. I glanced at them and saw tears in their eyes. To help us through the process we were introduced to the breast-care coordinator in the next office who offered advice about post-mastectomy clothing and cancer support groups. Breast cancer is a scary illness that no one should face alone. I explained that my red-eyed, sniffling family would be my support group. No time was wasted as I was scheduled for the mastectomy. I was confidant about what was being done. I just wanted to get it over with. I remember every detail of pre-op and being wheeled into the operating room. I said hello to everyone as the anesthetic was administered and I opened my eyes a moment later in the recovery room. I went home the same day and fell

to sleep with my gangly grey cat, Charlie, snuggled beside me. Two days later I ventured in to work to see what was happening.

• • • • • THE BUSINESS WAS the continuation of my Italian grandparent’s restaurant, Deer Park Villa. I grew up around it and worked with the family until the second generation retired and passed the restaurant and catering business to me. I thought I could handle the business but I couldn’t outsmart the recession. A month before my first mammogram I asked for another year to try to fix things. The family was skeptical, but I felt I could do it if I just had more time. On the morning of my second mammogram they called me into a meeting and said my brother Mike was taking over. I read his

proposal and could only respond “I don’t see how you can turn this down.” During weeks of waiting to find out if I had cancer the transition of the business began. I kept the medical worries private—only my immediate family and a few friends knew about it. There was a lot going through my head as I realized cancer could become part of my life. My friends were optimists. They had either experienced biopsies which turned out to be negative or knew someone who had. Even if it turned out to be breast cancer they emphasized how treatable it is. As my friend Gail put it: “It’s not a death sentence.” When the biopsy report came back positive for cancer I told my husband and children first. When my friend and co-worker Wendy popped into my office I just blurted the news out. She became upset and I found myself quoting 18> SEPTEMBER 21 - SEPTEMBER 27, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 15

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< 15 Finding chemo Gail, telling her not to worry because “it’s so treatable now.” I realized I needed to be careful of who I told and consider how it might affect each person. I have a large extended family—three sisters and two brothers, cousins, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews. There was an order in which this news should be told and it started with my father. I reached out to my lifelong friends and they were there for me. My friend Gail and I first met at College of Marin where she was the school newspaper editor. The city editor was Jayne and I was a cub reporter. Gail and Jayne took it upon themselves to assign me stories that were outside my comfort zone to “break me out of my shell.” By the end of the semester we became good friends. We continued on to San Francisco State to finish our degrees and shared a flat in the city together. Living away from home opened my eyes to the fact everyone wasn’t Catholic or from a gigantic family. Some people cared more about fun than the American work ethic and their minds were open to every possibility. Throughout my tests, diagnosis and surgeries I emailed Jayne and Gail and they helped me. Jayne was my researcher. Some emails were quick—I’d say what was happening and she’d respond “Let me check.” Then an answer would fly back with a link to the information I needed. She called to see how I was after milestone medical events and we met for dinner from time to time. Gail wrote encouraging emails. I told her I needed to get my mind off cancer so she shared stories about her family and life in Maine. It was disconcerting that my friends and family were being more attentive to me than I had been to them recently. I had been consumed by my job. When I came home from the lumpectomy there was chicken soup and crackers on my doorstep from Wendy. The night after my mastectomy my friend Mary delivered dinner, hot and ready to eat. Surprisingly, there had been little discomfort from the surgeries. I wasn’t even upset about losing a breast. I was more concerned with losing my hair during chemotherapy. Jayne told me to just buy a wig. A friend of hers had recently gone through chemo and did fine—continuing to work through months of treatment. In the weeks following the mastectomy I underwent a CT scan and MRI as they searched for more cancer. Luckily, nothing was found. I was classified as having stage 3-A breast cancer.

• • • • • WITH SURGERY BEHIND me it was time for another step. The “changing of the guard” was an emotional day as I had back-to-back appointments for the last checkup with my surgeon and the first

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and they knew nothing about me. I was the lady in the office. Workmen came in from all sides and started renovations for what would soon become the Steakhouse Grill and Bar at Deer Park Villa. Mike had ideas that differed from mine and he was quick to remind me that what I had been doing did not work. He had the resources to take risks, to reinvent the business through remodeling, re-staffing and advertising. We needed to grow. He had a vision that required positive energy, not resistance to change. Everyone was replaceable, even himself. He used lots of sports analogies—I needed to be part of “the team.”

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meeting with my oncologist. I couldn’t have asked for a more caring and skilled surgeon and I struggled to find the words to thank her. As I ventured to the fifth floor to meet my oncologist I felt anxious. Young, mop of dark brown hair, glasses. He pulled up a chair and immediately put me at ease with his kind and down-to-earth manner. He engaged me in a discussion of what “we” should do next. Although the tumor had been removed in surgery, cancer cells were still floating around and could settle anywhere and start growing. To reduce the risk of recurrence the adjuvant therapy would be four treatments each of AC and Taxol chemotherapy administered bi-weekly over the course of 16 weeks. During chemotherapy people continued to ask how I was and offered help. But I felt pretty good. Yes, my hair fell out. Yes, I lost weight. When I got home at night I was tired. If I was irritable my husband blamed the steroids. I didn’t think I was being unusually aggressive but, then again, I was on steroids. I expected to suffer the stereotypical symptoms of chemotherapy, but I was lucky. There is an improved process of administering chemo for my type of breast cancer and controlling the effects. It just worked for me. My sisters, Mary Jean, Patty and Annie, my brother Rob and my brother Mike were supportive in different ways. Mike told me to take things easy at work and perhaps be careful about letting customers know about the cancer. He likened it to seeing “a busboy on crutches.” He also kept my health insurance plan intact. Who could afford the procedures I needed without it? My brother Rob would stop by work to see how I was doing. Rob is “Switzerland” in our family—he avoids taking sides and getting involved in family controversy but he actually let me vent a few frustrations


CHANGE CAN BE hard. I was left out of the hiring interviews. As dozens of Craigslist job seekers filed through to the interview room I stayed in the office. My father peeked in and said, “Joe Montana’s in the locker room and the rookies are on the field.” Being in sudden need of help and getting about the business transition. it from so many people is a humbling experiWhen chemo approached, my sisters ence. The chemotherapy department is a chipped in and bought me that wig Jayne world unto itself. From the jovial front desk prescribed. Our mother passed away eight man in the Superman shirt, to the nurses years ago. She had been very fashionable who administer treatments, to the ever-onand I was the thorn in her side when it the-go head nurse who runs the place, to the came to hair, makeup and wardrobe. The coordinator who stops by with encouragewig was the hair she would have dreamed ment—everyone is kind. The nurses seem for me—chestnut brown, not a strand out willing to be part caretakers and part flight of place. attendants. “Would you like a warm blanket?” Annie is a hairstylist. She selected the “Would you like to put your chair back?” wig for me and cut my hair short before “Would you like a snack or something to it started to fall out. As soon as I put that drink?’ “Would you like to watch a movie?” thing on the compliments started: “What While having my last chemo treatment did you do to your hair? It looks great!” I realized I was almost going to miss it. Of course, people who really knew me just Talking to the other patients, comparing looked confused. notes, realizing I wasn’t the only person Weight loss is peppered with backin this condition—it all helped. I never handed compliments. One acquaintance had the feeling of being “replaceable.” told me “You look good, you were chunky When the IV was removed and I rose the last time I saw you.” to leave my nurse said to wait. MoWhen people figured out the hair ments later a group of nurses came in to wasn’t mine and the weight loss was from congratulate me, handing me my chemo cancer they became embarrassed. The graduation diploma signed by everyone blogs recommend humor. If I gestured in the department. I thanked them but it to my right side and said “This is real” seemed inadequate. and then to my left side and said “This is I thought of a time when my son ran Memorex” it helped. Once they realized track at Drake High. Colin and the team they had not upset me they would share cheered on a red-faced girl who was coming a cancer story of in last. Soon everyone their own. I’ve been in the bleachers joined SUPPORT BREAST-CANCER assured by many that in. She crossed the AWARENESS! my hair will grow finish line, well behind back “soft and curly.” Stepping Out to Celebrate Life once the rest of the runners, During chemotheragain shoots for the stars with this exhausted. Gasping for apy I maintained a benefit for the To Celebrate Life Breast breath, she raised her daily regimen—up by Cancer Foundation.The annual event head and laughed.< 7am and out the door features not only sweet threads, but Many thanks to my family by 8. Work was someincludes cocktails, dinner, dancing and and friends, surgeon Dr. Marla times difficult. Two a wildly popular silent auction at Marin Anderson, oncologist Dr. Daniel longtime staffers lost Maloney, Breast Care Coordinator Center.This year’s theme—the fashion their jobs. I felt the Vicki Landes, the Infusion of the 1930s—is sure to step up the eleneed to advocate for Center nurses and staff and the ment of fun. Saturday, Sept. 29, 5:30pm my staff and explain volunteers of the San Rafael for cocktails, 7pm for dinner and fashion Kaiser Permanente Hospital. And their skills and value show. Marin Center Exhibit Hall, Avenue let’s not forget the radiologist, to the business. New of the Flags, San Rafael. $225. For inforwho detected the cancer during a people were hired who mation, visit: routine mammogram. I knew nothing about

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he Tiburon Tavern has to work harder than a lot of other restaurants on the east end of the peninsulaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but that fact may pay off in the long run. The Tavern is the restaurant situated within the Tiburon Lodge on Tiburon Boulevardâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a stoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s throw from the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Main Street waterfront, but still far enough to miss out on the advantage of splendid bay views other eateries depend upon to make it in a tough restaurant economy. The restaurant within the lodge has struggled through various incarnations over the yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a place called Three Degrees met with lukewarm response and, more recently, it was mundanely known as the Tiburon Grill. The PaciďŹ c Sunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s previJust for the halibut. ous experiences with the Grill had been, er, a mixed grill, so to speakâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;ďŹ ne food, but which features a wood heavy, leather upholoddball menu choices; the service was hit stered schemeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a little rustic, but not too or miss(ing). rustic, sort of like a Tahoe ski lodge. The inLast year chef Jamie Prouten came tent is probably toward homey and casual, aboard after the Lodge changed ownerbut the overall result feels a tad corporate; ship, tightened up the dining options and coincidentally, the lodge was recently emphasized local food sourcesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;places like acquired from Larkspur Hotels by high-end Marin Sun Farms, Stewart Ranch, Little Farm and Brentwood are all over the menu. hotel chain MetWest Terra Hospitality. Just as we returned to our table the The Six2Six menu features deals on choice entrees arrivedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the halibut in lemon butof six small plates up until 6pm and, as ter ($17) and the skirt steak ($17). The ďŹ sh always at the Lodge bar, happy hour is a was grilled to ďŹ&#x201A;aky perfectionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;golden and major attraction. We arrived for an early Friday evening seasoned with tarragon. It was served atop a dinner on a hot day in Augustâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the outside mix of corn, asparagus and toybox tomadining area was bustling, the inside quiet as toes, which went well beneath the buttery a lamb shank. There appeared to be only a dripping from the halibut. Tasty, but the pair of servers working the room, they were plate as a whole needed more than just ďŹ sh quick and efďŹ cient, but probably could have and veggiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a side of carbs perhaps. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d used some help. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t 6pm yet, so we luckily ordered a plate of â&#x20AC;&#x153;ďŹ ngerlingsâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D; took advantage of the Six2Six menu with shoe string fries ($6)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the Tavern shared dishes of bibb lettuce and the cur- delivered a generous portion with a delirently ultra-trendy small plate, sliders. The cious savory aioli dip. The skirt steak was cooked to a juicy medium ground lamb sliders, or minirare and served in a red wine burgers, feature cheddar and a TIBURON TAVERN â&#x20AC;&#x153;jus.â&#x20AC;? The standout of the yogurt spread and were served Open daily 7am-10pm plate was the roasted pureed on gougere bunsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the tender, 1651 Tiburon Boulevard mushroomâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as rich as it medium-cooked Pozi Farms (415) 435-5996 was ďŹ&#x201A;avorful. For dessert, we meat was delicious, a nice start to recommend the chocolate the meal. The relative heaviness mousseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;rich, dark and eating hamburgers as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;starterâ&#x20AC;? enough for two. (even small ones) rendered our The Tiburon Tavern is the best of the lettuce plate a bit of a reliefâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;at tasty one at that. The bibb was garnished with peaches, Lodgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent restaurant incarnationsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; candied walnuts, blue cheese and a honey though the revamped interior still feels vinaigretteâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a good mix of sweet, savory calculated and generic. But Proutenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got and fruity. Beer ($6 to $10 a pint) and wine it going in the right directionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;good food ($9 to $13 a glass) are Nor-Cal based and with a local bent. The Tavern doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pour-your-own wine machine for the bay vistas of touristy Main Street, but if you sit outside youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a great Tiburon those who just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait. Boulevard view of the passing uber-Marin A stroll to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;facilitiesâ&#x20AC;? while awaiting entreesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;like we mentioned, it was hot and locals. They may not be sailboats, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a lot of wind nonetheless...< we were drinking a lot of waterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;brought Email Jason at jwalsh@paciďŹ us through the recently renovated interior,

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for many years. He was a conscientious objector during WWII, and she spent three weeks in the Alameda County jail for protesting the Vietnam War. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was like a third-rate girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; camp,â&#x20AC;? she recalls. Two years ago they moved to The Redwoods. She rides, he gardens. They both still protest. og sweeps and swirls into the vortex Her tricycle sign bears a clear message: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I banded by Tam High, Safeway and am already against the next war.â&#x20AC;? The Redwoods retirement comMarshall is the inspiration for a surge in munity in Mill Valley. On Camino Alto tricycle riding at The Redwoods retirement Avenue a small, determined ďŹ gure cruises community, a 40-year institution that by, bent over a big red tricycle. Joseph has a certain cache in the senior set and a Gordon-Levitt in Premium Rush? reputation partly formed by the Seniors Not exactly. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rachelle Marshall. She for Peace who, like Marshall, gather every rides for pleasure, not for proďŹ t. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Friday on Miller Avenue at the corner of not windy I ride every morning at 10:15. Camino Alto. I prefer not to drive A bike rider all her anymore and this is life, Marshall found her liberating,â&#x20AC;? she said. balance precarious after Taking it to the Streets â&#x20AC;&#x153;I meet people on the a broken sacrum. She Adult tricycles arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t your kiddie bike path, I like being took to the tricycle four three-wheelers. They are large, outdoors, answering years ago. Her longest special-order wheels and range in price from $350 to $1,000, accordquestions from bikeride has been to go to ing to a local bike store. A test ride riding tourists, watchthe movies in downtown is important because one size does ing the birds,â&#x20AC;? said the Mill Valley, a couple of not ďŹ t all. The weight is mostly on 86-year old peace acmiles away. the seat, not the handlebars and is tivist and writer, who Life for most seniors especially beneďŹ cial to those who contributes a column at The Redwoods is have balance issues. on Israeli-Palestinian about staying ďŹ t and, issues to the monthly one by one, three others Washington Report. joined the brigade. Outspoken for liberal causes, especially Joan Emerson, 77, a retired sociologist, Seniors for Peace, a lifetime of journalism wanted a trike, but at $500 it seemed out is in Marshallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s background. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reported of reach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My partner, Jan, wanted me to for papers in Durham, N. C., Gainesville, have it though,â&#x20AC;? and soon the maroon Fla., and Palo Alto, where she and her trike was hers along with a commitment to Stanford-professor husband, Hugh, lived three hours a week on the bike path.


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Born in Washington, D.C., Emerson moved to The Redwoods eight years ago. She is the volunteer coordinator of the Bay Area chapter of OLOC, Old Lesbians Organizing for Change, ďŹ ghting against age discrimination and building community among senior lesbians. Founded in 1989, OLOC publishes a quarterly newsletter and sponsors four major events a year, two weekend retreats and two all-day meetings, as well as support groups for its some 300 members. (Two retreats in 2014 will be at Mill Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ralston White Retreat.) Like other same-sex couples at The Redwoods, she appreciates the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s openmindedness and tolerance. Egrets, herons, geese, the occasional pelican and other shorebirds are partners in this restorative excursion, along with the occasional lunchtime detour. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I stopped by Mikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bikes in Sausalito last week and then had lunch at Feng Nian,â&#x20AC;? said Hector Richards, longtime bachelor and at 76 a recent â&#x20AC;&#x153;trikerâ&#x20AC;? whose bright red â&#x20AC;&#x2122;cycle is named Rosebud. A retired Navy vet and customer service rep, Richards waited 15 years for an independent living apartment. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take long


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All that jazz... ... and all the time, as the SFJazz Center readies to jam by G r e g Cahill


’ve been listening to jazz for a very long time—in my meager work, I can say that I have been inspired by jazz,” says SFJazz trustee and novelist Robert Mailer Anderson, the author of the sardonic 2003 novel Boonville and a fifth-generation Marin native who has spearheaded the fundraising campaign to build a $63 million music hall devoted solely to jazz in the heart of San Francisco’s culture gulch. “There have been nights when I grabbed everything from John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, for comfort and inspiration, to Fats Waller’s ‘I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter,’ hoping the next sentence would come, let alone a letter. “So part of the excitement for me is not just building a center for jazz, but jazz being at the center—at the SFJazz Center, jazz is at the center of this discussion.” Anderson, speaking last week at a press conference at the Hayes Street Grill in San Francisco’s hipster Hayes Valley neighborhood, one block from the construction site where the 35,000-square-foot SFJazz Center is taking shape, is well on his way to meet

ing the organization’s fundraising goals: he’s raised more than $50 million, including a large sum from the estate of his late father-in-law, Oracle Chick Corea, Zakir Hussain and Esperanza Spalding are only the beginning for the SFJazz Center... Corp. software firm co-foundBrad Mehldau and Mill Valley singer, er Robert M. Miner, whose name will grace Kevin Eubanks. Other season highlights include foursongwriter and bandleader Dan Hicks, to the center’s 700-seat theater. night engagements with former Marin name a few. That achievement, said Randall Kline, percussionist Zakir Hussain (March 7-10) “This new center is going to give us founder and executive artistic director of and four nights with guitarist Bill Frisell the ability to really dig into our programSFJazz, means the organization puts the (April 18-21) leading, what Kline calls ming,” Kline told a gathering that included project on track for a Jan. 21 ribbon-cut“an intersection of music, visual arts and SFJazz poet laureate Ishmael Reed, saxoting ceremony. Two nights later, comedian literature.” The Frisell programs are a phonist John Handy, pianist Mary Stalland jazz buff Bill Cosby will emcee the presentation of beat poet Allen Ginsberg’s ings, soul-jazz organist Will Blades and debut concert with Esperanza Spalding, “Howl,” with music by Frisell, narration by other notable Bay Area jazz musicians. Joshua Redman, Joe Lovano, Chick Corea, producer Hal Willner and projections of To assist with that ambitious programMcCoy Tyner, Bobby Hutcherson and a Ralph Steadman’s edgy illustrations; and ming, SFJazz has appointed five resident host of other jazz luminaries. Hunter S. Thompson’s new-journalism co-artistic directors: Frisell, violinist The debut concert will be followed by masterwork “The Kentucky Derby is DecaRegina Carter, pianist Jason Moran, perseveral nights of free concerts. dent and Depraved” (a 1970 magazine cussionist John Santos, and saxophonist The first regular-season programs article for then-San Francisco-based RollMiguel Zenon, all of whom will perform kick off Feb. 7 with a four-night stand by ing Stone magazine) with music by Frisell, at the Jan. 23 opening concert. bassist, composer and bandleader Dave narration (tentatively) by actor Tim Rob“There are three MacArthur ‘genius’ Holland, consecutively performing solo, bins, and projected art by Steadman. award-winners in that group,” Kline noted. duo (with guitarist Kenny Barron), with Other scheduled performers include “They weren’t selected for their brains, but his acoustic quintet, and finally with a Tony Bennett, Bela Fleck, Dianne Reeves, they are smart.” new electric quintet that features guitarist Three other key players in the project are architect Mark Cavagnero (who designed the Rafael Film Center and the College of Marin’s New Academic Center), theater consultant Len Auerbach (who also worked on the new Green Music Center at Sonoma State University), and acoustician Sam Berkow (the acoustical designer of the concert venues for Jazz at Lincoln Center, as well as the Hollywood Bowl and the Grand Ole Opry). “We wanted to manifest something that represents what we do here,” Kline said. “These three people worked with us to come up with something that we think is a little special, and perhaps a lot special.” The center also will provide a home for the resident SFJazz Ensemble, education outreach programs (including the SFJazz High School All Stars, which currently boasts four Marin students), and a community big band for adult enthusiasts. “People always ask me, so what’s the best thing that’s going to be happening? Is it Sonny Rollins? Or a dance concert with Lavay Smith and Her Red-Hot Skillet Lickers? Or is it a homespun voice like Mary Stallings?” recounted SFJazz trustee Anderson, who now lives in Pacific Heights. “I always tell people that it’s the stuff that we do not know about yet. The world of exceptional people? That is definitely going to happen. But we are all here to do something greater than the sum of ourselves.”< Email Greg at SEPTEMBER 21 – SEPTEMBER 27, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 21


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Even in zombie movies, Michelle Rodriguez doesn’t ‘walk’ through a role...

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Writer David Templeton takes interesting people to interesting movies in his ongoing quest for the ultimate post-film conversation. This is not a movie review; rather, it’s a freewheeling, tangential discussion of life, alternative ideas and popular culture.


he thing about eating popcorn during zombie movies is this: the more intense the mayhem, the faster one tends to eat. It’s a nervous reaction thing. On screen, as the infected dead burst through the walls of a suburban house, devouring the dad and giving chase to the terrified mom and her deaf, cereal-eating daughter, the increased adrenaline of the audience— in this case, me, watching Resident Evil: Retribution alone in a movie theater with less than a dozen other popcorn people—the energy of the experience is transferred into the repetitive action of grabbing popcorn for the bag, transferring it to my mouth, grabbing more popcorn, and so on. The bloodier the big screen carnage, the more outrageous the violence (“Dude! Did she really cut that

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zombie in two? With a bicycle chain?”), the more popcorn I consume. By the time our amnesiac super-woman Alice (once again played by Mila Jovovich) is reintroduced to the supremely badass security officer Rain (Michelle Rodriguez), whom she watched become a zombie and eventually die in the very first Resident Evil movie, I am all out of popcorn. The movie, unfortunately, is crap. Though I enjoyed the first three films in the franchise, this one, Resident Evil: Retribution (the fifth in what is planned as a six-part series), does not function as a movie so much as it functions as bait. The human chemistry and sly humor that made the original films so entertaining has been reduced to nothing but a series of fast-paced shots of interesting things all strung together with as little connective tissue—read: story—as possible. It’s all drive and no car. But that’s OK. I’ve got my popcorn. And the movie has Michelle Rodriguez. She’s the reason I’m here. Allow me to explain. First of all, having built a journalistic reputation based on going to the movies with other people, I must confess that I do, on a fairly regular basis, go to the movies alone. The reason for this should be obvious: I enjoy really crappy movies. I like art films, sure. I love serious dramas, documentaries and historical epics. When the Oscars roll around, I usually root for the films that are the bravest, boldest and most psychologically perceptive. But sometimes, I just like to watch badass people take on armies of dead people. And over the years, I’ve come to depend on Michelle Rodriguez to deliver the badass better than anyone else. Unlike her co-star Jovovich—who is beautiful and knows how to move with a bicycle chain or a knife in her hand—Rodriguez can actually display more than one emotion at a time. In other words, she can act. Rodriguez came out of nowhere in 2000, beating out 350 other young women for the lead in Karyn Kusama’s independent drama Girlfight, in which she played Diana Guzman, a deeply troubled inner-city teenager who learns to channel her anger through the sport of boxing. The performance was a heartbreaking blend of fierceness and frailty; Rodriguez proving she could show the aching heart of her character while also kicking the bejeezus out of bigger, brawnier boxers. I’ve been a fan ever since. She followed Girlfight with a series of tough-lady roles. In The Fast and the Furious” she played a fearless car thief, followed by her turn as the unstoppable Rain in

Resident Evil. In Blue Crush, a film about did something similar in the Kill Bill movies, competitive female surfers, she took a break taking on the role of a betrayed assassin, from killing people and stealing property, balancing breathtakingly bloody fight scenes and even donned a bathing suit, but still with moments of sheer, stunning cut-to-thedelivered the goods with an athletic perbone grief and honesty. formance that also allowed her a few softer Though she has not had a starring role moments, moments that ring with emotion since Girlfight, I believe that Michelle and truth. Since then, Rodriguez has become Rodriguez deserves to be thought of in the same way as Weaver and Thurman. She is the go-to actress for tough-and-tender, and an actress first, a physically believable action yet she’s avoided becoming a cliche. Sure, she could probably deliver as a soft- star second—and yes, she’s also pretty sexy. Hey, I’m not blind. spoken wallflower, a goofy romantic interest, But if you try and tell me that her poweror the breathless girlfriend of the hero. But who would ever want her to? What Rodriguez ful performance in Avatar, playing a soliderbrings to the screen is rare and remarkable. of-fortune who develops a conscience in the In recent years, when women step into ac- middle of a galactic war, had anything to do tion roles—and there have been more female with how she looked in her uniform, and I’ll action heroes in the last 10 years than the previous 100 years put together—people often talk about the actress in terms of her femaleness. Actresses like Jovovich, Kate Beckinsale (Underworld), Lucy Liu (Charlie’s Angels) and Angelina Jolie (Tomb Raider), are often praised for their ability to remain sexy while still competing in the type of films once dominated by men. In such discussions, it is clear that a woman’s job, in these kinds of movies, is first and foremost to remain sexy. Otherwise, why not just cast another action guy? I consider it a sign that we are evolving as a species that hacked her way to two Golden Globe nominations as Black Mamba in an actress no longer has to Thurman the ‘Kill Bill’ movies. play a prostitute to get Oscar consideration. have to stop talking to you. Because in the Yes, there are actresses who’ve proven a woman can be tough on screen in a way that Oscar-winning Avatar, just as in the crappy Resident Evil: Redemption, Michelle Rodrimakes their sexiness a secondary matter. guez kicks ass as an actress even better than Sigourney Weaver was mainly a survivor in she kicks ass . . . as an ass-kicker. the original Alien film, and yes, she stripped And I’ve got the empty popcorn bag to to her skivvies for no reason. But in the prove it.< sequel, she not only didn’t get naked, she delivered a performance so ferocious, so Go medieval on David at real, so thrillingly crammed with emotional It’s your movie, speak up at complexity, she ended up getting an Oscar ›› nomination for it. Years later, Uma Thurman

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O Moonrise Kingdom (1:33) An island comerous voyage down an African river in John Huston’s indelible comedy adventure romance. munity is turned upside down when two 12O Arbitrage (1:40) Hedge-fund financial year-olds run off into the wilderness to make a baron Richard Gere races to unload his diminlife of their own; Bruce Willis, Bill Murray and ishing bubble of a trading firm before detective Frances McDormand are among the clueless Tim Roth takes him down; Susan Sarandon grownups. O Move to Move (2:48) The globally acand Laetitia Casta costar as wife and mistress. O Beasts of the Southern Wild (1:33) Highly claimed Netherlands Dance Theater performs acclaimed film fest fave about life in a Louisiana four contemporary works with dazzle and bayou as seen through the passion aplenty. O National Theatre eyes of a six-year-old girl. O The Bourne Legacy (2:05) London: The Curious Incident of the Dog in A novice secret agent with the Night-Time (2:40) Didreams of being the next Jarect from South Bank, it’s son Bourne is forced to go Simon Stephens’ gripping on the run, spooks on his drama about an autistic tail; Rachel Weisz and Albert teenager’s methodical Finney star. O Celeste and Jesse Forquest for a mysterious dog-slayer. ever (1:31) A thirty-someO The Odd Life of thing entrepreneur decides Timothy Green (1:44) A to dump her sweet slacker Paula Patton and Tom Cruise in ‘Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol,’ playing Friday mysterious young boy aphusband to save the relation- at dusk in San Anselmo’s Creek Park. Donapears on a childless couple’s ship…but will it? tions appreciated; candy, popcorn and soda O Chicken with Plums doorstep and changes their pop available for purchase. Info: 272-2756 lives forever. (1:31) When his treasured or O ParaNorman (1:33) A violin is broken, a renowned Iranian musician takes to his bed to await death weird little kid on speaking terms with the dearly departed is the only guy in town who and revisits his remarkable life. O The Dark Knight Rises (2:45) Bruce (Batcan vanquish a battalion of ghosts, witches and zombies bent on destruction. man) Wayne emerges from self-imposed exile O The Possession (1:35) One of those random to take on a ruthless terrorist as well as the malevolent spirits makes mischief for yet anfabulously feline Catwoman; Christopher Noother heretofore carefree all-American couple. lan directs Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway. O Premium Rush (1:31) A New York bike mesO Dredd (1:36) An über-cop patrolling the senger delivering a high-priority somethingcrime-ridden, irradiated megalopolis of the or-other finds himself pedal-pushing through future takes on a ruthless madam/drug lord the mean streets with killers on his tail. (lady?)/master criminal with delusions of O Resident Evil: Retribution (1:35) Milla empire. O End of Watch (1:49) A day in the life of two Jovovich and her form-fitting catsuit are back, taking on that pesky planet-ravaging T-virus beat cops in South Central LA as seen through and lots and lots of flesh-eating zombies. the eyes of locals, gang members and the cops O Robot & Frank (1:30) Retired cat burglar themselves. O The Expendables 2 (1:42) Sly Stallone, Frank Langella faces his golden years with lots of help from a robotic personal trainer. Bruce Willis, Jean-Claude van Damme, Chuck O Samsara (1:42) Lyrical, wordless documenNorris, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li and the Artary explores landscapes and cityscapes in 25 nold…any questions? O Finding Nemo 3D (1:40) The 2003 Disney countries and their connection to the human experience. cartoon about a clown fish’s search for his son returns in three absolutely aquatic dimensions. 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›› MOViE TiMES 2016: Obama’s America (PG) Century Northgate 15: 10:45, 4:30, 10:30 NThe African Queen (1951) (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Thu 2, 7 CinéArts at Sequoia: Thu 2, 7 Arbitrage (R) +++ Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:15 SatSun 2:15, 4:30, 7, 9:15 MonThu 7, 9:15 Beasts of the Southern Wild (PG-13) ++++ Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 6:30, 8:30 Sat-Sun 2, 4:15, 6:30, 8:30 Mon, Wed 6:30, 8:30 Tue, Thu 8:45 The Bourne Legacy (PG-13) ++ Century Northgate 15: 1:20, 7:05 Celeste and Jesse Forever (R) ++1/2 Century Northgate 15: 12:30, 2:55, 5:15, 7:35, 9:55 NChicken with Plums (PG-13) CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:50, 7:30, 10 Sat 2:15, 4:50, 7:30, 10 Sun 2:15, 4:50, 7:30 Mon-Thu 5, 7:30 The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) ++++ Century Northgate 15: 1, 6:55 NDredd (R) Century Northgate 15: 11:25; 3D showtimes at 2, 4:35, 7:15, 9:50 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:35; 3D showtimes at 2, 4:35, 7, 9:40 NEnd of Watch (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:20, 10 SatSun 11:25, 2, 4:40, 7:20, 10 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:25 Century Northgate 15: 11:10, 1:55, 4:40, 7:30, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 2:25, 5:05, 7:45, 10:25 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:10, 6:55, 9:40 Sun-Thu 1:30, 4:10, 6:55 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:35 Sat 1:30, 4:30, 7, 9:35 Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7 The Expendables 2 (R) Century Northgate 15: 2:20, 7:25 Finding Nemo 3D (G) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5; 3D showtimes at 7:30, 10:10 SatSun 11:35; 3D showtimes at 2:15, 5, 7:30, 10:10 Mon-Thu 9:40; 3D showtime at 7:10 Century Northgate 15: 10:45; 3D showtimes at 12:05, 1:30, 2:50, 4:15, 5:35, 7, 8:20, 9:45 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:25;


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3D showtimes 2:15, 4:55, 7:35, 10:15 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:35, 7:15, 9:50 Sat 2; 3D showtimes at 4:35, 7:15, 9:50 Sun 2; 3D showtimes at 4:35, 7:15 Mon-Thu 4:40; 3D showtime at 7:20 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20 Sun-Thu 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7 Hope Springs (PG-13) +++ Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 2:35, 5:05, 7:50, 10:15 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:05, 4:45, 9:25 Sun-Thu 12:05, 4:45 NHouse at the End of the Street (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:25, 8, 10:30 Sat-Sun 12, 2:35, 5:25, 8, 10:30 Mon-Thu 7, 9:35 Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 2:45, 5:20, 7:55, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:10, 2:45, 5:20, 7:55, 10:30 The Intouchables (R) ++ Century Regency 6: Fri-Wed 11:35, 2:30, 5:05, 7:50 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:40, 9:20 Sat 1:15, 4, 6:40, 9:20 Sun 1:15, 4, 6:40 Mon-Thu 4, 6:40 Lawless (R) +++ Century Northgate 15: 11, 1:50, 4:45, 7:40, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 2:20, 5, 7:40, 10:20 NThe Master (R) Century Cinema: 12:40, 3:50, 7, 10:10 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:05, 12:40, 2:15, 3:50, 5:25, 7, 8:35, 10:10 Sun-Wed 11:05, 12:40, 2:15, 3:50, 5:25, 7 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4, 7:05, 10:10 Sat 12:55, 4, 7:05, 10:10 Sun 12:55, 4, 7:05 Mon-Wed 4, 7:05 Thu 2 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:30, 1:20, 3:30, 4:30, 6:30, 7:30, 9:30 Sun-Thu 12:30, 1:20, 3:30, 4:30, 6:30, 7:30 Moonrise Kingdom (PG-13) +++1/2 Fairfax 6 Theatres: 2:25, 7:15 NNational Theatre London: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Sat 1 NNederlands Dans Theatre Move To Move (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 10am Tue 6:30 The Odd Life of Timothy Green (PG) Century Northgate 15: 10:55, 1:35, 4:10, 6:50, 9:30

ParaNorman (PG) ++1/2 Century Northgate 15: 12:10, 4:50, 9:35; 3D showtimes at 2:30, 7:10 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 5:45 SunThu 4:45 The Possession (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 5, 10 Premium Rush (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 2:25, 4:55, 7:20, 9:40 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 8 Sun-Thu 7 Resident Evil: Retribution (R) Century Northgate 15: noon; 3D showtimes at 2:40, 5:10, 7:45, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:50; 3D showtimes at 2:30, 5:10, 7:50, 10:20 Robot & Frank (PG-13) +++ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:25, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40, 10:05 SunWed 12:25, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5:40, 7:55, 10:15 Sat 1:10, 3:25, 5:40, 7:55, 10:15 Sun 1:10, 3:25, 5:40, 7:55 Mon-Wed 5:40, 7:55 Thu 5 Samsara (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:45, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 9:55 Sun-Wed 11:45, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30 Sleepwalk with Me (Not Rated) ++1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:45, 6:45, 8:45 Sat-Sun 2:30, 4:45, 6:45, 8:45 Mon, Wed 6:45, 8:45 Tue, Thu 6:45 NTrouble with the Curve (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:05, 7:45, 10:25 Sat-Sun 11:45, 2:25, 5:05, 7:45, 10:25 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:15 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:10, 1:50, 4:35, 7:20, 10 Sun-Wed 11:10, 1:50, 4:35, 7:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:20, 7, 9:40 Sat 1:45, 4:20, 7, 9:40 Sun 1:45, 4:20, 7 Mon-Thu 4:50, 7:40 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:15, 4, 6:45, 9:15 Sun-Thu 1:15, 4, 6:45 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:15, 6:50, 9:30 Sat 1, 4:15, 6:50, 9:30 Sun 1, 4:15, 6:50 Mon-Thu 4:15, 6:50 The Words (PG-13) ++ Century Northgate 15: 10:50, 4:25, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:55, 2:20, 4:45, 7:15, 9:50

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

Luke Treadaway bloodhounds in ‘National Theatre London: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,’ playing at the Lark Saturday.


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Live music 09/21: Black Water Gold Vintage world funk. 9 p.m. $15. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850. 09/21: Dgiin French, folk, funk fusion. 9pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182.

09/21: Glass Brick Boulevard Resurfaced Contemporary jazz. Composer Greg Johnson, piano; Rob Fordyce, bass and Jimmy Sage, drums. 8pm. Suggested donation $10 students $5 JB Piano Company, 540 Irwin St., San Rafael. 385-0400.

09/21: Marin School of the Arts Student Showcase Live music, dance and mixed media art works. Part of the Pacheco Plaza Summer Music series. 6-9pm. Free. Pacheco Plaza, Ignacio Blvd., Novato. 09/21: Sage Rock. 9:30pm. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. 09/21: Talib Kweli (DJ set) With Broken Silence Sound and DJ Dans-One. 9pm. $15-20. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091.

09/21: The String Rays Original Americana, soul. 8pm No cover. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219.

09/22-23: Live Local Music on Angel Island Saturdays and Sundays, 2-4:30pm. Ferries available from Tiburon and S.F. Rain will cancel. 2-4:30pm. Free. Cove Cantina & Oyster Bar, Angel Island.

09/22: Cyrille Aimee and Diego Figueiredo and Hot Club of Detroit modern spin on the Gypsy-jazz tradition 8pm. $25-35. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 09/22: Honeydust, Cruella Ross Pelton Art Exhibition/Benefit show. 9pm. $20. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 09/22: Swoop Unit Instrumental groove, jazz, funk. 9:30pm. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. 09/22: Wahine Moe Moe Kanikapila Ukulele kanikapila. 2-4pm. Free. Sleeping Lady Cafe, 23 Broadway, Fairfax.

09/23: Jesse Kincaid and the New Rising Sons Sixties rock and roll 2-4pm. Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera.

BEST BET ‘Memoirs’ of a previously invisible man Twenty-three years after SALMAN RUSHDIE’s The Satanic Verses led Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini’s to issue a fatwa—along with a $2.8 million reward— for his death, Rushdie has opened up about the harrowing experience. In his new memoir, Joseph Anton: A Memoir, Rushdie’s making a lot of public appearances for Rushdie relays his experience of going someone who’s got a fatwa out on him. into hiding for a decade and the major impact it had on his life as a writer, father and husband.The book, which was released by Random House on Sept. 18, reveals the name Rushdie created for himself in order to create anonymity; derivatives of authors he admires, Joseph Conrad and Anton Chekhov.The Indian-born, Cambridge-educated author says he relied on a variety of security officials and the solidarity and support of independent bookstores to get through what he has called the darkest period of his life. And though the worst appears to be over, the current head of Iran, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has renewed the fatwa and is now offering $3.3 million for the death of Rushdie. Meanwhile, last week’s news of the low-budget, poorly produced anti-Islam film which sparked outrage across the Middle East—particularly in Libya and Egypt—makes Rushdie’s appearance all the more timely and provocative. Book Passage and Dominican University offer a rare opportunity to see Rushdie at a reading and discussion on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 7pm. Dominican University of California, Angelico Hall, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael.Tickets are $35 and include a signed copy of Joseph Anton: A Memoir. For information see: —Dani Burlison

09/23: Crosby, Stills and Nash Rock royalty. Sold out show. 8pm $79-129. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. 09/23: Jam Pact Soft rock, country. Part of the Outdoor Summer Music Series. 2-4pm. Free. Town Center, Tamalpais Dr. exit off Hwy. 101, Corte Madera. 924-2961. 09/23: Paul Knight & Friends Acoustic, rock, Americana. 5pm No cover. Station House Cafe, 11180 Hwy. 1, Pt. Reyes Station. 663-1515. www. 09/23: Zulu Spear and Beso Negro Zulu Spear bring South African pop and roots music to Rancho Nicasio BBQ series plus Beso Negro’s gypsy swing. Bring out the whole family. 3-7pm. $17-20. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio Village Square, Nicasio. 662-2219. 09/24: Open Mic with Austin DeLone Local folks of all ages step up on stage. 8pm No cover. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 388-3850. 09/25: Kurt Huget and Friends Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 09/26: Mark Abdilla Flamenco/Brazilian solo acoustic guitar. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 09/26: Mike’s Birthday Show Featuring Jon Korty (Vinyl), Inkx Herman (Mickey Hart Band), Barry Sless (Moonalice, DNB), Pete Sears (Moonalice, DNB, Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna). 8pm Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 485-1005. 09/26: Pure Cane Funk rock. 9:30 p.m. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. 09/26: Ray Brock Experience, Sonny Walker’s Tao of Rock Rock. 8 p.m. No cover. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091.

09/28: Swamp Thang Jam rock, vintage eclectic. 9:30 p.m. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. 09/28: Tommy Igoe Big Band Musicians from Santana, The Doobie Brothers, Boz Scaggs and BayArea legends, Tower of Power are all featured as well as music from Brazil, Cuba, Argentina, Spain and more. 8pm. $28-38. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600. 09/28: Trainwreck Rock. With special guests. 9:30pm. $8. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 09/28: Zigaboo Modeliste New Orleans drumming legend. 9pm. $16. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 388-3850.

Concerts 09/22: Sacred Sounds in Sacred Spaces Concert with Todd Boston & Heather Houston Atmospheric Acoustics presents an intimate Fall Equinox concert. Sacred Sounds in Sacred Spaces featuring Todd Boston with special guest Heather Houston in Montgomery Chapal, San Anselmo. 7:30pm. In advance $25. At the door $30. Preferred seating $35 (limited to 30 seats). Montgomery Chapel, Bolinas Ave. & Richmond, San Anselmo. 09/23: Randy Mead Benefit Concert A memorial concert to benefit the family of Randy Mead. Featuring Matthew Montfort: guitar, Pranesh Khan: tabla, Yehudit: violin and Rick Henderson, sarode. 100% of proceeds will go to the Mead family. 2-4pm. $5-10 suggested donation. Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C St., San Rafael.


09/26: Wednesday Night Live with Mark Karan and Special Guests Rock. 8 p.m. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850. 09/27: Finch and Friends Acoustic rock, world. 9 pm-12am The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 09/27: Hot Rod Jukebox 1950s oldies dance band playing rock ’n’ roll, rockabilly, R&B. 7-10pm. $5. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina at Fort Baker, Sausalito. 601-3333. 09/27: MAGC Summer Concert Series The Marin Art & Garden Center summer concert series. Every Thursday. 5:30-7:30pm. $10, kids free. Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 455-5260. 09/27: Mustache Harbor Vintage soft rock and sweet ‘staches. 9 p.m. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 388-3850. 09/27: Nicholas Glover and Wray Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993.

09/23: English Country Dance Dance spirited, graceful folk dances of England and America. Live music, experienced callers, instruction, refreshments. No partner needed. 2nd & 4th Sundays of every month. 2-4:30pm. $10-12. Pickleweed Community Center, 50 Canal St., San Rafael. 485-3077. 09/27: 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.

Theater/Auditions 09/21-23: ‘The Vagina Monologues’ By Eve Ensler. Directed by Hector Correa. 7:30pm Sept. 21 at Toby’s Feed Barn, 11250 California Hwy. 1, Point Reyes Station. 7:30pm Sept. 22 at the Bolinas Community Center, 14 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 7:30pm


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Through 09/23:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Last of the Red Hot Loversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Neil Simon play. 8-10pm. $22 GM/$20 Seniors and students 32 Ten Studios, 3210 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael. 883-4498. Through 09/23:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Liarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Marin Shakespeare Company presents the West Coast premiere of a new comedy set in the flamboyant cavalier period about a charming man whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pathological liar. Picnics welcome. 8pm. $20-35. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 890 Belle Ave., Dominican University of California, San Rafael. 499-4488. production of this dream like tale in Hawaii. Picnics welcome. Visit the website for specific performance dates, days and times and info on special ticket options. $20-35. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 890 Belle Ave., Dominican University of California, San Rafael. 499-4488 . Through 10/14:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Lend Me a Tenorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Comedia musical theater. See website for performance details. $20-26. Ross Valley Players, Barn Theatre, Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross. 456-9555.

Through 10/14:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Vagina Monologuesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; By Eve Ensler. Directed by Hector Correa. 7:30pm shows Sept. 29, 30, Oct. 6, 7, 13 and 14. 7:30-9:30pm. $16-25. Stage Dor Dance Studio, 10 Liberty Ship Way, Sausalito. 272-7992.

Art 09/09-11/30:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;You Did What to my Comics!?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik takes cut-up pieces of comics and biblical text to visually retell familiar stories in his papercuts. Opening reception 4-7pm Sept 9. 4-7pm. Free. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000.

09/21: Connie Smith Siegel Art Reception The featured Marin/Scapes artist, will exhibit her pastel landscape paintings in Fairfax. Public reception begins at 5pm on Sept. 21 with Artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talk at 6:30pm. Wine and cheese will be served. 5-8pm. Free. Bradley Real Estate, 55 Broadway, Fairfax. 302-2605. bition to mark the 50th anniversary of the national park with proceeds to benefit the Point Reyes National Seashore Association. Call or check web for hours. Free. The Red Barn, 1 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station. 663-1200 x303. Through 09/27:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Presence in the Wildâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Wild Carrots group show by artists from a workshop founded by Toni Littlejohn. Reception 3-5pm Sept. 15. 10am-5pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888 (#)252.

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lecture/demonstration. Internet security demystified. For average computer users, not experts. 7:15-9pm. Free. Sheraton Four Points Hotel, 1010 Northdate Dr., San Rafael. 454-5556. 09/27-10/21:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Topdog/Underdogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Suzan-Lori Parks Pulitzer Prize winner about Lincoln and Booth, two black brothers who are locked in a mesmerizing and dangerous game of deception $36-57; $20 under 30; $15 rush Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208.

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09/24: Protecting Yourself, Your Computer and Your Identity Golden Gate Computer Society

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Seven Northern California artists join forces with the S.F. chapter of the Surfrider Foundation in support of our oceans by creating large scale waterscapes. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871.

Through 09/30:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;2 Here: Gardner + Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Banionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Special collaborative space in the book

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Liarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; will only be prevaricating for one more weekend at Forest Meadows Amphitheater. room, centered around an artist book project with Nance Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Banion and Casey Gardner. Free. Seager Gray Gallery, 23 Sunnyside Ave., Mill Valley. 384-8288.

Through 09/30: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fall National Juried Exhibitionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Fall National features work from across the U.S. selected by Juror Renny Pritikin, Director of the UC Davis Nelson Gallery. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137.

Through 09/30: 14th Annual Box Show Closing party/live auction 3-6pm Sept. 30. 11am5pm. Free. Gallery Route One , 11101 Hwy. 1, Point Reyes Station. 663-1347. Through 09/30: Barbara Crow Street parking only. (Church open to public Sundays 10-noon) Sausalito Presbyterian Church, 112 Bulkley Ave., Sausalito. 308-6204.

Through 09/30: First Fridays at Frame Crafters Gallery S.F. based artist Mark Ulriksen is best known for his work in The New Yorker. This exhibition focuses on his love for baseball and jazz. Frame Crafters Gallery, 320 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae. 461-7688. Through 09/30: Marseille Exhibition Features multi-layered works in encaustic inspired by the Bay Area and recent travels in Scandinavia and Argentina. Catalog available. 11-6pm. Free. Seager Gray Gallery, 23 Sunnyside Ave., Mill Valley. 384-8288.

Through 10/05: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Puzzled:Image, Art, & Metaphor by Brain Injury Survivorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Presented by the Brain Injury Network. Gallery is open weekdays. Closed weekends and holidays. The Gail Van Dyke Atrium Gallery 8am-7pm. Free. Marin Cancer Institute, 1350 South Eliseo Dr. at Bon Air, Greenbrae. 461-9000.

Through 10/06: Marin Society of Artists â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fall Rental Showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Exhibition of original artworks by MSA members which are available for rent. 11am4pm. Free. MSA Fall Rental Show, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 454-9561 .

Through 10/17: Gallery Bergelli Fall Group Show New works by gallery artists Alexandra Eldridge, Allen Wynn, Daniel Tousignant, Deva Graf, Dona Blakely, James Leonard, Jane Smaldone, Jose Basso, Lorenzo Moya. 11am-4pm. Free. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 945-9454. Through 10/27: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Alive 1965â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Solo exhibition of new paintings by Bay Area artist Laura Lengyel. Hours: 11am-5pm Wed., Thurs., Fri; 11am-4pm. Sat. Free. Linda Penzur Gallery, 71 Redhill Ave., San Anselmo. 457-4097.

Through 10/27: Falkirk Bi-Annual Art Exhibition Falkirk presents an exhibition of mixed media works by Marin and Bay Area artists. 5:307:30pm. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328.

Through 12/10: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Marin Society of Artists: 85 yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Non-juried member group exhibition. First


and Third floors. 9am-5pm. no charge Marin Civic Center Building Galleries, 3501 Civic Center Dr., San Rafael.

09/22: BrenĂŠ Brown at Book Passage, Corte Madera Brown talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Daring Greatly: How


the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

09/24: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Beyond His Control: Memories of a Disobedient Daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Author Linda Bucklin

09/22: Hand to Mouth/Words Spoken Out #52 Jay Leeming and Margaret Stawowy read. Open

discusses her memoir of growing up in S.F. as part of a wealthy, well-known family and the journey of self-discovery following a series of life-altering events. 7-8:30pm. Free. Sausalito City Hall-Council Chambers, 420 Litho St., Sausalito. 289-4121.

mic to follow. Call or email to sign up. Refreshments available. 4-6pm. Free event. Rebound Bookstore, 1611 4th St., San Rafael. 482-0550. 09/22: Marie Tillman Tillman presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Letter: My Journey Through Love, Loss, and Life.â&#x20AC;? 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/23: Jerry Mander Mander discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Capitalism Papers: Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System.â&#x20AC;? The acclaimed social critic looks into the momentous and unsolvable environmental and social problem of capitalism. 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

09/24: SF Marin Opera Guild Previews â&#x20AC;&#x153;Capulets and Montaguesâ&#x20AC;? Lecture by Mary Ann Smart, UC Berkeley musicologist, previews SF Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upcoming â&#x20AC;&#x153;Capulets and Montaguesâ&#x20AC;?, Belliniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interpretation of the Romeo and Juliet story. Complimentary refreshments at 7:30. 8-9:30pm. $12. Villa Marin, 100 Thorndale Dr., San Rafael. 457-1118.

09/24: Stigma, Mental Illness, Resilience & Families Dr. Stephen Hinshaw, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Psychology, UC Berkeley will link the science underlying stigma and mental illness with a personal account of his familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s struggles and resilience. 7-8:30pm. Free. Marin County Wellness Campus, 3240 Kerner Blvd., Connection Center, San Rafael. 444-0480.

09/26: William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism Prepare yourself for the de Youngâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new exhibit of Paleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection on loan from the MOMA of New York at an illustrated lecture by a museum docent. 7:15-8:45pm. Free. Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Dr., Corte Madera. 924-6444.

09/27: Free Workshop on Gastrointestinal and Digestive Health With preventive medical center experts. 5:30-7:30pm. Free, but please register. Preventive Medical Center of Marin PMCM, 25 Mitchell Blvd., Ste. 8, San Rafael. 472-2343.

09/27: Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Back: Harbor Porpoises of San Francisco Bay This is a good news story about our local cetaceans, and you will hear from members of the research team about harbor porpoises (Phocoena phocoena), which have returned to SF Bay after 65 years. 7-9pm. $5 suggested donation . Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871.

09/28: Marin Conservation Leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Business-Environment Breakfast Dr. Whendee Silver discusses The Marin Carbon Project Carbon sequestration in annual grasslands: climate change mitigation potential for Marin County and beyond. 7:30-9am. $25 for MCL members and $30 for nonmembers. Students should contact MCL for reduced rates. Embassy Suites, 101 McInnis Parkway, San Rafael. 485-6257. www.marinconservationleague. org/events/bb12c.html

Thursdays: Toastmasters Talk of the Town Guests invited free of charge. Members speak and evaluate the goal of improving lecture and presentation skills in a fun and informative setting. Free of charge for guests. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission St. , San Rafael. 377-1224.

09/23: Murder in the Valley: An Evening with Four Local Mystery Writers A night of local mysteries and thrills as Penny Warner Ann Parker, Staci McLaughlin and Carole Price read and present a variety of mystery books. 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 9270960. 09/24: Michael Chabon Priority seating with purchase of the book. Michael Chabon discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Telegraph Avenue.â&#x20AC;? An exhilarating, big-hearted novel that explores the intertwined lives of two Oakland families in the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;70s, one black and one white. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage. com 09/26: Naomi Duguid Duguid presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Burma: Rivers of Flavor.â&#x20AC;? A great way to learn about an unfamiliar culture is through its food. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/27: Andrew McCarthy In conversation with Don George. Acclaimed actor and award-winning author Andrew McCarthy talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Longest Way Home: One Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Quest for the Courage to Settle Downâ&#x20AC;? an insightful memoir about how travel helped him become the man he wanted to be. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/27: Nancy Singleton Hachisu Hachisu presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Japanese Farm Food.â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our life centers on the farm and the field. We eat what we grow,â&#x20AC;? says the author, whose new book offers a unique window into life on a Japanese farm through simple, clearflavored recipes cooked from family crops and other local, organic products. 5:30pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/28: Marta Acosta Acosta reads from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dark Companion.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

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Film Events 09/21: Film Night in the Park: ‘Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol’ Gritty action adventure demonstrating Tom Cruise still has what it takes. 8pm. Free. Donations appreciated. Creek Park, 451 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 272-2756. 09/22: Film Night in the Park: ‘Hugo’ An orphaned boy discovers secrets of his past that intertwine with a ground-breaking silent filmmaker. 8pm. Free. Donations Appreciated Creek Park, 451 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 272-2756.

09/22: NT Live ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’ Live simulcast on the big screen. 1pm. $24. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 924-5111.

09/28: Film Night in the Park: ‘Spellbound’ Alfred Hitchcock enlisted Salvador Dali to design the dream sequences in this Academy Award-winning suspense classic starring Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck. 8pm. Free. Donations appreciated. Creek Park, 451 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 272-2756.

Community Events (Misc.) 09/21-23: Sixth Annual Pacific Pinball Exhibition 10am-midnight Sept. 21-22. 10am6pm Sept. 23. $15-60. Marin Veterans Exhibit Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 472-4190. 09/22: Community Wellness Play Day YogaWorks FUNdraiser for non-profit LIFT-Levántate Zumba and yoga classes, nutritional puppet show, Shane Valentine “The State of Food” and family cooking demo, healthy raffle and more. 11am-3pm. Free. YogaWorks Larkspur Studio in the Marin Country Mart, 2207 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur.

09/22: Dipsea Hike for Zero Breast Cancer Saturday, Sept. 22, 8am Old Mill Park, Mill Valley Get out and get physical for a great cause! A six mile all-ages trail loop hike and run event raising funds for Marin’s own Zero Breast Cancer. $35 adults; $20 students; Teams register free. Old Mill Park, 64 Cascade Drive, Mill Valley. 507-1949.

09/22: History of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Join Ranger Bill to learn about the “When/Where/Why/What/How,” the diverse, complex, many faceted missions, goals and objectives of the USACE’s “Birth” in 1775 under General George Washington. 2-3pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871.

09/22: Marin Master Gardeners: Herbs For All Seasons Speaker Merry Kindred, MMG, will discuss how to season meals and spice up your cooking with fresh herbs, how to develop an herb garden and to avoid common errors made in growing herbs. 10-11am. $5 per person. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393.

09/22: Much Ado About Sebastopol Renaissance Faire A family friendly fundraiser for Sebastopol public schools. Includes musical and theatrical performances, parades, wandering musicians, jugglers & fortune tellers, food and drink, merchants and much more. 10am-6pm. $5-12. Ives Park, 7400 Willow St., Sebastopol. 09/22: Sausalito Floating Homes Tour 16 colorful, unique and fun floating homes open their doors to visitors. Many on tour for first time. Music and an Art Show presented by talented residents. Great food & beverages for sale. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $35 in advance online, $40 at the gate 27th Annual Sausalito Floating Homes Tour, Brigeway & Gate 6 Road, Sausalito. 332-1916.

09/23: Family Kirtan and Yoga Family event aimed to raise spirits and create connection through movement, play and music. All ages, levels, and abilities are welcome. 1-4pm. $20-Adults, $10-Kids, or $40 per Family Yoga Mountain Studio, 85 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 459-9642.

09/23: Fourth Annual Sausalito SailFest Festival will feature live music, free sailboat rides, a boat show, kids zone, barbecue oysters, ice cream and more. Other participants include SF Bay Adventures, Latitude 38, West Marine. 11am-7pm. Free. Modern Sailing School and Club, 2310 Marinship Way, Sausalito. 331-8250. 09/23: Hog Island Huff Marin County Parks, Demo Sport and Nick’s Cove are teaming-up once again to host the second annual Hog Island Huff. A challenging 3.5-mile course starts from Miller Park Boat Launch. 8-11am. $20 registration fee for racers Miller Boat Launch, Hwy. 1, Marshall. 446-4423. 09/26: Having Fun in the Delta Have you ever thought about all the things there are to do in the Delta? Find out some fun and interesting adventures you and your family can have by exploring this hidden gem with Ranger Bill. 2-3pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871.

09/26: Hospice By The Bay Grief Group Helps Adults Who Have Lost a Parent Hospice By The Bay’s eight-week Parental Loss Support Group helps adults cope with feelings of grief after the loss of a parent. Reservations are required. 6:30-8pm. $175 and sliding-fee scale Hospice by The Bay, 17 E. Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Larkspur. 526-5699. 09/26: 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. 09/27: Boatrides and Barbecue A Fundraiser for Cass Gidley Marina. Free 10 minute boat rides, look at different hand made traditional wooden boats, meet the community, live music by The Waterfront Pickers. 4:30-6:30pm. Free. Dunphy Park, Bridgeway Blvd., Sausalito.

09/28-30: 13th Annual Oktoberfest by The Bay German cuisine, beer and authentic German music. 5pm -midnight Sept. 28. 11am-5pm and 6pm-midnight Sept. 29. 11am-6pm Sept. 30. $5-75. Pier 48 , San Francisco Waterfront , San Francisco.

Through 10/13: Civic Center Library 50th Anniversary The Civic Center Library will be 50 on Oct 13 and they would like to make a display of photos of the Library through the years. If you have photos you’d like to share please contact the Library at 473-6058. Free. Civic Center Library, 3501 Civic center Dr., Room 427, San Rafael. 473-6058. news/27932

Through 10/14: Marin Humane Society Dog Training Class Small Dog 1: Sundays 9/23, 10/7 and 10/14. For small dogs 35lb. or less and at least 4 months of age. Beginning class. Contact The Marin Humane Society for more information. 9:3010:30 a.m. $135 for 5 classes Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203, Mill Valley. 506-6280.

Kid Stuff 09/21: Afternoon Storytime Children ages 4 years old and up are invited to join a 45-minute story time featuring engaging picture books for the older child. 3:30-4:15pm. Free. Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 927-5005.


09/21: Margaret Petersen Haddix The author reads from “Caught,” the fifth book in the bestselling series, “The Missing.” 10am. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/21: National Circus of the People’s Republic of China “Cirque Chinois.” Direct from Beijing and founded in 1953, this is one of the longest running and most distinguished circus troupes from China. 7 p.m. $20-35. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. (707)226-7372. www. 09/21: Nature for Kids: Indian Tree Head up the hill and visit several different forest habitats. 10am-1pm. Free. Indian Tree Preserve, Vineyard Road, Novato. 893-9508. Through 09/23: ‘Grease’ A nostalgic musical look back at the ’50s. Directed by Paulino Duran. 7:30pm Sept. 20-22. 2pm Sept. 22. 1 and 5pm Sept. 23. $14-16. Marin Showcase Theatre, 19 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800.

Outdoors (Hikes & Bikes) 09/21: Sanctuary Naturalist Starlight Bay Paddle Join a naturalist-led paddle in Richardson Bay, past harbor seals, sea birds and shore birds. A Farallones naturalist and kayak guide talk about natural and human history of the Sausalito waterfront. 6:30-9:30pm. $65 person. Sea Trek Kayaks, Schoonmaker Point Marina, 85 Libertyship Way, Sausalito. 561-6622 ext. 232.

09/22: Marin Conservation League’s Walk Into History Join MCL in collaboration with Mt. Tam Interpretative Association, MMWD and others to hear the story of how Mt. Tam was gradually transformed from private to public land. 9:30am-1:30pm. Free. Mt. Tamalpais, Rock Springs Parking Area, Mill Valley. 485-6257. www.marinconservationleague. org/events/wh12c.html

09/22: Photographing Landscapes at Loma Alta Join ranger and photographer Craig Solin on this early morning hike to the top of Loma Alta. We will take advantage of the soft morning light and talk photography. Visit for details 7am-noon. Free. Loma Alta Preserve, Lucas Valley Road, San Rafael. 473-2816. 09/23: White Hill to Gary Giacomini We’ll employ a car shuttle to allow us to walk one way between White Hill and the Gary Giacomini preserves along San Geronimo Ridge. Visit and click Events Calendar for details 9am-2pm. Free. This walk is for adults. White Hill Preserve, meet at White Hill Trail. 893-9508. 09/27: Birds of Rush Creek The wetlands adjacent to this preserve are a great place to see shorebirds, waterfowl, and a good variety of raptors at this time of year. Visit for details on this event. 9am-noon. Free. This walk is for adults Rush Creek Preserve, Binford Road, Novato. 893-9508.

Benefits/Gala Events 09/21: Harbor Point Charitable Foundation Fundraising Concert with Pride & Joy With world’s top doubles tennis team and more music with The Bryan Bros. Band, Susan Z. Proceeds benefit Meals of Marin; Marin Food Bank; Whistlestop and St. Vincent De Paul Dining Hall of San Rafael. 7:30 p.m. $25-75. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. www.

09/23: Fundraising Event for Documentary “In the Cobbler’s Shoes.” A film about Mill Valley’s unique cobbler, Misak Pirinjian, is currently in production. Proceeds from this dinner and screenings event will give financial support to this non-profit project of the S.F. Film Society, produced and directed by David Marks. 7p.m. $25-40. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 388-3850.

09/23: Sip For Sjogrens – Fine Water Tasting Raise funds and awareness for Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease affecting 4 million people. Auction, wine and refreshments. 2-5pm. $30 per person. The Spinnaker Restaurant, 100 Spinnaker Dr., Sausalito.

Home and Garden 09/22: Marin Bee Co. and Whole Foods present Free Year-Long Beekeeping Series The Basics of Backyard Beekeepin series beginning Sept. 22 and reoccurring on the first Sat. of the month at 11am. 10-11am. Free. Whole Foods Market, 790 De Long Ave., Novato. 235-8959.

Saturdays through 10/27: Marin Open Garden Project Community Veggie Exchange Bring the excess from your garden to exchange with other gardeners every Saturday in San Rafael! 9:3010:30 a.m. Free. Sun Valley Park, K & Solano St., San Rafael. 419-4941.

Saturdays through 10/27: Marin Open Garden Project Community Veggie Exchange 9-10am. Free. San Anselmo Town Hall Lawn, 525 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 419-4941.

Saturdays through 10/27: Marin Open Garden Project Community Veggie Exchange 10-11am. Free. Volunteer Park, Evergreen & Melrose, Mill Valley. 419-4941.

Saturdays through 10/27: Marin Open Garden Project Community Veggie Exchange 9:30-10:30am. Free. Boyle Park, 11 East Drive, Mill Valley. 419-4941.

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Week of September 20 – 26, 2012

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Although you are certainly good at being independent, on Friday you’d rather explore the pleasure of someone’s company. Lucky for you, the mushy moon and romantic Venus are happy to help. On Saturday, your ability to handle committed relationships comes into focus. For the next month you seek a better understanding between you and your significant other. Unfortunately, aloof Uranus in your sign opposes this plan. The Stones were right. “You can’t always get what you want.” TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) The challenges presented by argumentative Mars can be daunting. A good mood can be ruined by a perceived slight. Jealousy can cause trouble between you and your sweetie. Anger can erupt over minor issues—like using up the last of the cereal or leaving the gas tank nearly empty. Accusations of supporting the wrong sports team stir up feelings of resentment. The solution is primarily physical. Run, hike, dance or climb a mountain. Better yet: Walk to the store and buy more cereal... GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Your artistic talents increase on Saturday when the expressive sun joins your ruler (clever Mercury) in the creative sector of your chart. Like network television, you are entering your own personal prime-time season. Meanwhile, you cannot settle on one ideal vision as your plans for the future continue to change. So, when tempted to sell everything in order to buy a piece of beach property in Costa Rico, remember that next month you might be craving a ranch in Montana... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) While you do love being at home, you are encouraged to go out on Friday. If you’ve been turning down your coworker’s invitation to happy hour, please accept. Saturday and Sunday are the bottom of your lunar cycle. Your energy level is a bit lower, but your passion is enhanced due to the merging of the moon and Pluto in your relationship house. If you want to stay home for the remainder of the week, no one would blame you. Except possibly your boss... LEO (July 22 - August 22) Your ruler (the sun) is finishing up his stay in the organized sign of Virgo, meaning you have through Friday to clear out the clutter and get ready for company. Beginning on Saturday, the emphasis moves to sociability (for the next four weeks). Invite your neighbors over. Go to parties with your sweetie. Gather your friends together and discuss the latest news on your favorite sport or entertainment figures. Yes, certain political figures qualify as entertainment, but why risk your popularity? VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Don’t take off your party hat yet. Your birthday cycle winds up this weekend, but Friday is an enjoyable tail end to the festivities. The moon and Venus cooperate in bringing peace and understanding to your emotional life along with enhanced intuition. Although the zodiac spotlight moves on, Saturday and Sunday offer the promise of creative and romantic pleasures. All you have to do is turn off your self-criticism button. Where’s the remote? LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Saturday proudly introduces you as the new zodiac star when the brilliant sun illuminates your sign. Meanwhile, the sentimental moon makes sure that you hear from old friends over the weekend, via phone, mail or knock on your front door. Monday and Tuesday bring hints of what the future holds. Call your local psychic for details. Wednesday is the day for making a realistic attempt at expressing your inner artist. Use your birthday funds at the art supply store. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) There’s not much point in trying to write a lighthearted forecast for Scorpio. You already perceive that life has been very serious and that it is only going to get more so. While you are right regarding the mountain peak ahead, you are wrong to believe you will have a problem climbing it. In fact, you are entering a long period of competence in turning creative imagery into reality. It may not be lighthearted, but it should be satisfying. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) If planning a getaway with your sweetie, Thursday and Friday are your best times for agreeing on where and when to go. On Saturday, your pals begin to demand more of your attention. If your sweetie likes having your pals around, this is great. If not, then you’ve got some complicated scheduling ahead. Wednesday is good for visualizing your dream life and making a list of what needs to be done to accomplish it. Besides winning the lottery... CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Integrity is a big deal for Capricorn. Once you’ve committed to a project or a favor, you rarely back down. However, finding a way to balance your professional ambitions with your personal desires is quite difficult this week. Sadly, cloning yourself is still not a possibility, so you are stuck with figuring out how to either do it all or disappoint whoever expects your full attention. Well, if you wanted life to be simple, you should have chosen a different birth date. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) Your ruler (unconventional Uranus) moves retrograde in your house of thoughts and ideas. This is certainly good for innovative thinking, but tends to stir up rebellion against traditional concepts. Hence your refusal to park in your assigned space, obey “no trespassing” signs, or trust the government when they tell you that UFO sighting was just a weather balloon. The truth IS out there. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) The sensitive moon influences your career on Thursday and Friday. If dealing with authority figures, pretend you are optimistic about the future even if you have doubts. From Saturday, the extravagant sun suggests spending money that you don’t have. With credit cards, this is easy to do. But, because of changeable Uranus in your money house, you never know. One day you’re rolling in dough. The next day you’re searching for coins underneath the sofa cushions. Shuffle and repeat—for the next 5 years...< Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 30 PACIFIC SUN SEPTEMBER 21 - SEPTEMBER 27, 2012

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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130177 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BELLA CASA, 9 MONTEGO KEY, NOVATO, CA 94949: STACEY AYRES TEMPLETON, 9 MONTEGO KEY, NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on August 16, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 31; September 7, 14, 21, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130242 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PICTUREYOURPURPOSE.COM, 105 BAYPOINT DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: LINDA MARIE, 105 BAYPOINT DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is

being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 24, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 24, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 31; September 7, 14, 21, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130053 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SUGAR PIE BAKING COMPANY, 1545 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JENNIFER HIRT, 342 4TH AVE., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 1, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130250 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CONICHO’S FOOD, 17 SKYLARK DR. #17, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: HECTOR C. TORRES, 17 SKYLARK DR. #17, LARKSPUR, CA 94939; MERCEDES A SAZO TORRES, 17 SKYLARK DR. #17, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. 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 August 27, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 31; September 7, 14, 21, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130253 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LONDON SALON, 170 E. BLITHEDALE AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: KIM NGUYEN NGO, 1 VIA SAN FERNANDO, TIBURON, CA 94920; DAVID D. NGO, 1 VIA SAN FERNANDO, TIBURON, CA 94920. 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 August 27, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 31; September 7, 14, 21, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130155 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BURNS & KAPLAN FLOWERS, 1414 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KRISTA LINKOGLE-KAPLAN, 119 MARINER GREEN CT., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 15, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 13, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 31; September 7, 14, 21, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130188 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FITUWEAR, 338 PALOMA AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SUSANNE D. BROWN, 338 PALOMA 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 June 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 17, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130263 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DIGITALCIGGZ.COM, 1560 FOURTH ST. SUITE C, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: DIGITAL M.W.M LLC., 1017 WATERBROOK CT., SANTA ROSA, CA 95401. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 28, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 28, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130274 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DINNA DAVIS SEARCH & ASSOCIATES, 1525 CASA BUENA DR. SUITE A, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: DINNA DAVIS, 1525 CASA BUENA DR. SUITE A, 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 August 30, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130163 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TAM REALTY; MT TAM REALTY; MOUNT TAM REALTY; 609 SAN ANSELMO AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: DAVID SWAIM, 54 EL CERRITO AVE., 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on August 14, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 14, 21, 28; October 5, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130289 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as KING JAMES CONSULTANTS, 21 MARIAN CT. #2, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JAMES DOMINIKO, 21 MARIAN CT. #2, 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 August 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 31, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 14, 21, 28; October 5, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130295 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE UPCYCLE FACTORY, C/O VENTURE GREENHOUSE 30 CASTRO AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: EMILY WONG, C/O VENTURE GREENHOUSE 30 CASTRO 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 September 4, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 4, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 14, 21, 28; October 5, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130344 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RUBY’S DAY SPA, 1102 SECOND ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JIALI LUO, 1713 6TH ST., RICHMOND, CA 94801. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 11, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 21, 28; October 5, 12, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130299 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WINE COUNTRY MODERN REAL ESTATE; SAN FRANCISCO MODERN REAL ESTATE, 2144 FOURTH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARIN MODERN REAL ESTATE INC., 2144 FOURTH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 5, 2012. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on September 4, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 21, 28; October 5, 12, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130275 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FARMERS FUTURE, 122 RED HILL CIRCLE, TIBURON, CA 94920: ELKE FORNACIARI, 122 RED HILL CIRCLE, TIBURON, CA 94920; RANDY FORNACIARI, 122 RED HILL CIRCLE, TIBURON, CA 94920. 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 August 30, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 21, 28; October 5, 12, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130384 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ALTERACIONES Y MANUALIDADES ANGELICA, 88 BELVEDERE ST OF “211”, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARIA GUADALUPE MORALES TENORIO, 60 FAIRFAX ST. APT 11, 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 September 17, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 21, 28; October 5, 12, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130377 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN BAIL BONDS, 81 PASEO WAY, GREENBRAE, CA 94904: HEATHER C. WELLS, 81 PASEO WAY, 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 September 14, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 21, 28; October 5, 12, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130370 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DOLCE VIOLINS, 1567 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MOSES SEDLER,

14 BRYN MAWR DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on September 13, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 21, 28; October 5, 12, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130358 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PHASES HEALING PRACTICE, 1010 LOOTENS PLACE #18, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: DAWN ANGEL AVERITT, 1342 RUSSELL ST., BERKELEY, CA 94702. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 12, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 21, 28; October 5, 12, 2012)

997 All Other Legals STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304395 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): FOUNTAIN SPA, 817 B 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: August 15, 2012. Under File No: 130168. Registrant’s Name(s): DANNY NGUYEN, 600 ELLIS ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on August 31, 2012.(Publication Dates: September 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1204083. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner ELYSSA ASHLEY filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: ELYSSA ASHLEY to ELYSSA ASHLEY MOSES. 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: November 5, 2012, 9:00AM, Dept. L, Room L, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913. 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: September 7, 2012 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: September 14, 21, 28; October 5, 2012) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304398 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): LONDON, 170 E BLITHEDALE AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. Filed in Marin County on: June 11, 2009. Under File No: 121050. Registrant’s Name(s): CAROLINE CLARK, 170 E BLITHEDALE AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on September 10, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 21, 28; October 5, 12, 2012) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304399 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): RUBY’S DAY SPA, 1102 2ND ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: April 10, 2012. Under File No: 129216. Registrant’s Name(s): PING GUAN, 30 PONCETTA DR. APT 212, DALY CITY, CA 94015. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on September 11, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 21, 28; October 5, 12, 2012)

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I met this man, and it was instant attraction. I’m a 40year-old woman with my own place, a car and a good job, and he’s an ex-convict who served four years in prison for selling meth. He’s very loving, but he has no car or driver’s license (it expired during prison), has a minimum-wage job, and is too needy–always checking up on me and doubting where I am. I pay for our meals, etc., and drive him everywhere. It’s like I’m taking care of a child. I’m trying my best to forget about the material things and just base this on love. —Weary


It’s a good thing you think the guy’s hot, or you might try to trade up to a serial murderer with a driver’s license. It must’ve been a kick to get it on with a real bad boy instead of the kind who pulls up on a Harley wearing a leather jacket he bought at the mall. But, assuming you don’t have all the conscience of a dirt clod, how could you make this more than a one-nighter? Sure, officially, he’s “paid his debt to society,” but he wasn’t in prison for growing pot, the gateway drug to lying in a beanbag chair and reinventing the wheel. He was selling snortable slow suicide, complete with rotting teeth and a “meth mite” bonus—nonexistent but seemingly real crawly bugs that users try to dig out from under their skin with their fingernails or sharp objects, leaving some really sexy open sores. Beyond what he’s done to make a buck, he’s now about as independent as one of Paris Hilton’s purse dogs (although he probably asks his “mommy” to buy him a cheaper class of sweater). You can’t possibly respect him, and if you can’t respect him, you can’t love him. You’ve just been calling this “love” to cover for a bad decision that you let give birth to a whole litter of bad decisions. You did have help— the flawed machine known as the human brain. When we do something dumb, our brain encourages us to ignore evidence we’ve made a mistake so we can hang on to our shiny image of ourselves as smart people making wise choices. This feels good in the moment but can, say, leave a person working hard to convince herself that she’s shallow and materialistic to want her equal. If you can accept making mistakes as a normal, expected part of being human, you can put your braying ego on mute, critically assess all your decisions, and admit your mistakes instead of getting into a committed relationship with them. (There’s no time like the present to start.) As wonderful as it is to feel needed by a man, it’s best if it’s simply because he loves being around you, not because without you he’d have to eat raw hotdogs out of the package and take two buses to make the meeting with his parole officer.


I persuaded my friend and his ex-girlfriend to get back together, as I’d never seen a more loving couple. The problem is, I started finding her sexy. She and my friend are now inseparable whenever they’re not at work, and I’m racked with guilt for looking at her like a sexual object. (I’m not in love with her; I just want to sleep with her.) Hanging out with them has become awkward, to say the least. —The Creep You aren’t attracted to her because you’re a horrible person but because you’re a man, not in a coma, and you probably find it dangerous and inconvenient to go around blindfolded. Like breathing or digesting a burrito, attraction is involuntary. (Whether you drool on her shoe or refer to her as “Hey, sex puppet!” is up to you.) As for why you feel so guilty, men are told it’s a thought crime to ever view women as sex objects. Of course, that’s exactly how women think of themselves when they’re dressing to attract a man. Oh, did you think women wear plunging necklines and a little gold charm dangling in their cleavage to frighten away mosquitoes? As annoying as it is to want what you can’t have, assuming you have no plans to leave your friend pinned under a tree in bear country, what’s the problem? Keep reminding yourself that his girlfriend’s a no-go, and seek a woman you can have. If you can’t be around these two without your eyeballs crawling all over her, you might pare back your time with them. Otherwise, consider their utter inseparability your best defense against bad acts. It’s not like your friend’s going to turn to you and say, “Hey, man, I’m right in the middle of something. Mind toweling off my girlfriend?”<


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