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changin’, re-arrangin’, grinnin’ and a spinnin’ But wait, wait in the first debate I reversed every one of my stands, I talked long and free about the economy but never really showed a pla-a-n, We’ll, I’m just a millionaire white corporate guy, workers should support me but I can’t say why-y, And a flip-flop I just let the shoe drop, but I was wearin’ flip-flops anyway...!



Free Vivaldi Concert at San Domenico - Oct 21, 2012 “Vivaldi at San Domenico” Celebrates 35 Years of Virtuoso Program Education San Domenico School’s three-time National Grand Champion Orchestra da Camera presents a complime... White House Finally Comes Clean: No Protest Outside Libya Consulate Tomorrow a Congressional inquiry will begin about the assasination of our ambassador to Libya and three other brave, unprotected Americans. Everything we were told by our gov.... The ‘uh oh’ in GMOs... Will we modify our habits if modified foods are labeled?

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Finally, someone brings the proper poignancy that a song like ‘Splish Splash’ truly deserves.

Just when we thought this song couldn’t get any worse... Here is a comment on the Romney team, to be sung to the tune of “Splish Spash” by Bobbie Darin: Flip-flop, I’m a corporate fop—dancing any steps they say. I’ll make a speech at night in the election fight, contradicting what I said that da-a-a-y, I put down working people—the 47 percent—then try to say, “That’s not what I meant, And a flip-flop what I say is cow flop but I say it smells like perf-u-u-me (Bridge) He-e-e-y I’m a flippin’ and a floppin’, washin’ speeches and a dryin’

(P.S. I could use some help getting this on YouTube and anywhere else—please encourage musicians and bands to play it and get it on YouTube and to the Democratic Party. I’m copyrighting the lyrics and want credit for them—I want to do my own version but I want to get this out there; as far as laws requiring the use of the original tune, I’m not sure, but just matching the lyrics to the original tune will help)

Girl can’t Yelp it Thank you, Julie Vader, for your wellresearched and humorous slap-in-the-face article [“It’s So Hard to Find Good Yelp These Days,” Sept. 14] to all those that clearly have nothing better to do than add to the deafening din of white noise negativity in the world. At this point, there is so much of it one eventually tunes it out, an unexpected side effect, to be sure. I think people are feeling more trivialized and unimportant in their lives these days that they are reduced to shrieking into a void. But, because it can also harm those who they’re aiming at, it’s pathetic. Glad someone finally addressed the online “critique” hyperbole. Your! article! gets! FIVE STARS!!!!! ;D Tara Reale, Sausalito

We believe it’s referred to as the ‘anyway you want it’ clause Neal Schon had an “express oral nonmarital relationship agreement” with his ex, Ava Fabian. Oral in, ahem, what sense? Jonathan Frieman, San Rafael

Our blowup doll prefers flatbeds My heart goes out to Kira, the Bolinas resident who was hassled (terrorized, really) by an impatient driver in a Trader Joe’s parking lot [“Heroes&Zeros,” Sept. 28]. I don’t like to generalize, but it seems to me that Road Yahoos (male and female) seem to abound hereabouts. My friend Wendy, who is also a single woman of a certain age, devised a really clever ploy after one too many impatient drivers leaned on their horns, yelled, and/or flipped her the bird in traffic. She purchased a blow-up guy (she found it him on Sky Mall), named him Amos. Amos sits next to her in the front seat of her Honda. It seems to work: she hasn’t been harassed for quite some while. Maggie Morley, Marin

‘Hasn’t been harassed for quite some time.’

The only sure way to protect open space is to develop it... The very same people who are complaining about the proposed soccer/sports complex to be built near the airport and open space wetlands are the very same people who let their dogs and cats out there to decimate the wildlife population of baby ducks, nesting birds and whatever else their pets can destroy. These are the same people who dump their

dirty car oil into the drains, which flows out to the open space wetlands...polluting everything. I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen a frog or tadpole in the creek, or an egret looking for a fish to eat. These are the very same people who let their dogs take dumps all over the open space, looking the other way and never picking it up. They spit out the words “private revenue” and “alcohol sales” like it’s poison in their mouths. Maybe they’d all like to chip in and pay the developers not to develop the land, and kick in a few million more to the county for the lost taxes. Or maybe they’d like to shut their mouths and find something REAL to complain about. I live near the open space and welcome something that will enhance the lives of all who will enjoy the sports complex. Marcia Blackman, San Rafael

Clarification In last week’s endorsements issue [“Election Daze,” Oct. 5], within our section on the state Assembly race, we mentioned that “at least two of [San Rafael City Councilman] Marc Levine’s City Council colleagues have either publicly or privately endorsed [Michael] Allen.” We feel we should note that one of those council colleagues of candidate Levine is no longer on the council—a nuance Mayor Gary Phillips and Councilman Andrew McCullough would like us to make clear, as both city officials have been steadfast in their fence-sitting in this heated race. Says the mayor: “As I have conveyed to both Assembly candidates Allen and Levine, I am not endorsing either of them, publicly or privately, because I believe it is my obligation to members of the community, as the mayor of San Rafael, to work closely with the eventual elected member of the Assembly representing our area, and I feel an endorsement could possibly impair that relationship.”

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Punching ABAG Mill Valley, Corte Madera deal with housing numbers differently by Pe te r Se i d m an


t’s a tale of two cities, and their divergent paths to meet the needs for jobs and housing. One city is working within the system. One city is bucking it. Last month, the city of Mill Valley sent a letter to the Association of Bay Area Governments that pushed back against the number of new homes ABAG said the city needs to create between 2014 and 2022 as its share of the Regional Housing Needs Allocation. Earlier in the year, ABAG said Mill Valley would need an additional 292 households, but the agency reduced that number to 129. That might seem like a fairly insignificant number, but it’s not to residents who hold the protection of their city’s small-town character as a high priority. Because Mill Valley essentially is built out, new homes tend to mean increased density. And the regional housing numbers are just part of the picture. In the longer run, the state’s new Sustainable Communities Strategy is poised to trigger substantive changes in the way Mill Valley looks and feels. And that goes for the rest of Marin. The Sustainable Communities Strategy stems from AB 32, the state mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A follow-up bill, AB 375, which took effect in 2009, is intended to persuade communities to consider climate change and

the impacts of regional planning, with particular emphasis on reducing automobile travel. The strategy also seeks to promote smart growth, a paradigm that calls for encouraging transit-oriented development and nonmotorized transportation. That could have a substantive impact on communities strung along the Highway 101 corridor, which the county for decades has viewed as an “an urban corridor,” the logical place to accommodate growth. The theory lay quiet for decades. With the creation of the SMART and commuter rail stations, transit-oriented development has become an increasingly real future for county residents. And not everyone likes the potential results. After ABAG handed down the most recent number of new homes Corte Madera should accommodate, the Town Council voted to withdraw from ABAG. The numbers were based on faulty assumptions, said ABAG opponents, and the council agreed. Technically, the town’s ABAG membership lasts until June 2013, when its intention to withdraw from ABAG will take effect. ABAG is Big Brother with a big stick, say opponents, forcing increased housing on communities that want to protect their identities. That argument has resonance in Marin, up and 10 >


by Jason Walsh

New authority at Marin Housing Authority Marin’s got a new head of housing— Lewis Jordan has been selected to front the Marin Housing Authority, the 50-person county agency that serves more than 12,000 residents. According to county officials, Jordan spent the last three years leading the Chicago Housing Authority; prior to that he served as the head of smaller organizations, including the Cook County Housing Authority and the Rockford Housing Authority in Illinois. Jordan had served almost two decades before that in diversity education. The Marin Housing Authority is responsible for various housing programs for low and moderate-income people, including the management of 2,100 vouchers, 500 housing units in Marin City and four other sites consisting of 80 units. Jordan’s official appointment will take place at the Oct. 16 meeting of the Marin County Board of Supervisors. His start date will be Oct. 29 at a salary of $169,456. Board president Steve Kinsey says Jordan was chosen for demonstrating “great leadership [and] innovative approaches to improve the lives of our residents.” And,“as a former public housing resident,” continued Kinsey,“Lewis has a unique understanding of both issues and opportunities that residents face.” The Housing Authority’s former executive director, Dan Nackerman, recently left the agency to become the head of the Housing Authority of the county of San Bernardino. In a press statement, Jordan said,“I look forward to strengthening relationships with MHA residents, board, staff and community partners. I am also ecstatic about the possibilities to partner with new stakeholders as we work together to provide affordable housing choices and positive resident opportunities throughout the county.” Kids’ well-being study varies along “racial/ethnic” lines Marin’s kids are healthy and happy compared to state averages, according to a new report that measures children’s well-being—at least the wealthier children are. The California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being, a new interactive online report by the children’s advocacy group Children Now, measures 28 “key indicators” of children’s well-being across the state and attempts to provide trend analyses and racial-ethnic breakdowns. According to Children Now spokespeople,“Strong disparities across racial/ethnic groups are shown” by the survey results. The scorecard’s aim is to frame a “current and comprehensive picture of children’s condition” throughout California’s 58 counties. The “key indicators” of well being included percentages of 3- and 4-year olds attending preschool, childhood obesity rates, third-graders who read at grade level, 12th graders who graduate on time and the number of kids who have health insurance. In Marin, for instance, 73 percent of tots are in preschool—23 percent higher than the state average. Eighty-one percent of county children are in a “healthy weight zone”; and 97 percent of Marin children have year-around health insurance. But Marin’s high numbers tell a broader story—for instance, while as a whole the county fared well in preschool attendance, the results were skewed along racial lines. Ninety percent of white children in the county attend preschool, for example, while only 32 percent of Latino children are enrolled—a number below even the state’s lowest ranked Kern County’s average of 34 percent. Children Now president Ted Lempert says taking a county-by-county comparison of kids’ well being is “unique and critical.” The report “highlights where California’s policymakers need to do a better job of crafting solutions that meet all kids’ needs, whether they live in a low-income rural county or urban center, are African American or Latino,” says Lempert.“Our public policies should work 10 > equally well for all children, but this report shows they’re not.”




The Understudy Frank Lloyd Wright didn’t build the Marin Civic Center—so who did? by Jacob Shafe r

‘Using the hills rather than fighting against them with a bulldozer.’

by Howard Rachelson

1. Built in the 1950s for less than $1 million, what school in Mill Valley, named for a 1920s teacher and principal, is undergoing a $34 million remodel? 2. People suffering from “hippophobia” are afraid of what animals? 3. What was the hometown of Romeo and Juliet? 4. The highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere is located in what country and mountain range? 5. What award-winning 2008 film, starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as hitmen in hiding, takes place in (and is titled for) a city in Belgium? 6. Pictured, below: Flags of Asian countries



Green, shown here at the Civic Center in 1987, worked on 40 of Wright’s projects.

BONUS QUESTION: Here’s how the story goes: In 1960, after being refused service at a whites-only restaurant and harassed by a white motorcycle gang, 18-year-old Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali), as a form of protest, claims to have thrown what object into the Ohio River? Howard Rachelson welcomes you to a Science Trivia contest on Thursday, Oct. 25, 7pm, at the Civic Center Library; plus general Team Trivia contests every Wednesday at 7:30pm at the Broken Drum in San Rafael. Send your best question to howard1@; if we use it in this column, we’ll give you credit!

 young man abducted a VA snake from her Mojave Desert home, held her hostage in a suitcase and drove her to Mill Valley. Thanks to hero Nat Smith, this reptilian caper has a happy ending. Nat, a vet technician at San Rafael’s WildCare, received the rosy boa after the Mill Valley police confiscated her. Once Nat determined she was healthy, his next step was to return her to her warm desert home. However, the rosy boa is philopatric, meaning she remains in a particular area. If not returned to the right place, she could endanger herself trying to get home. Nat enlisted the aid of other experts and after a long, strange trip for the rosy boa, she’s finally back home. Nice job, Nat.

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icture the Marin County Civic Center. Probably you’re imagining the retro-futuristic design, the Jetsons-esque motif, that incongruous gold spire twisting toward the sky. Almost certainly you’re conjuring iconic architect Frank Lloyd Wright. One guy you likely aren’t thinking about? Aaron Green. And that’s a shame. A little history: On April 9, 1959, Frank Lloyd Wright passed away at age 91. At the time, the Civic Center, Wright’s final public structure, was little more than a blueprint—and a controversial one at that. Not all county officials were thrilled with either the proposed site or the choice of Wright to design the building; when he died it was anyone’s guess whether the project would be completed. Into this contentious environment stepped Green, a Wright protege from Florence, Alabama. Though an accomplished architect, Green didn’t have Wright’s fame or cultural cachet. But he was, as Inverness architect Daniel Liebermann, who also worked on the project, recently told the Sun, “Very political [and] very smart.” Green managed to navigate the minefield, using input from his colleagues and Wright’s widow, and in 1962 the Civic Center opened its doors. Exactly 50 years later it’s a National Historic Landmark and a local touchstone, thanks in no small part to a man most Marinites have never even heard of. Green himself always gave the credit to Wright. “Frank Lloyd Wright came out here and in about 20 minutes decided his idea—that was his genius,” Green told a group of Civic Center enthusiasts shortly before his own death in 2001. “We came out on a Jeep and

rode up on this hill, which was simply a grassy knoll with a few oak trees. He looked around and said, ‘I know what I’m going to do. I’m going to bridge these hills with graceful arches.’ I didn’t know what he meant until the first time I saw his very rough sketch, and there were these arches, the big ones and small ones, relating to the hills, using the hills rather than fighting against them with a bulldozer. “This project became to him, as he said, a true civic center,” Green continued, “a real center for people—to come to, to enjoy, to improve government.” Green never earned the acclaim of his mentor—few architects in the 20th century did. Clearly, though, he understood Wright’s fundamental aesthetic, the quality that set him apart in a field often dominated by utilitarian blandness. As Green put it, “Architecture was more than just building a building. Architecture to Frank Lloyd Wright was everything in life.” < Reconstruct Jacob at


a. This country emphasizes the yin and yang principles, symbolizing perfect balance (but politically the nation is not fully balanced) b. The world’s only non-quadrilateral national flag, from the home of the Buddha c. Small country at the eastern end of the Himalayas, bordered on its south, east and west by India 7. The New Jersey Nets will be moving to New York’s most populous borough this upcoming basketball season. Where’s the new home—and what popular rapper is a supporter and investor in the team? 8. Words with EE: 8a. This stuff really wakes you up 8b. Second out of three 8c. The British call him a publican (who runs the pub) 9. This former Yugoslavian city hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics, but less than ten years later was involved in war. What city in what country? 10. What number lies one-third of the way from 1/3 toward 2/3?


“Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master...” —Dante Alighieri


W KM was traveling on Sir Francis Drake when she observed a young man texting while attempting to drive. When traffic stopped, she was beside the texter. Giving a quick honk, she wagged her finger at him and mouthed, “Don’t do that.” Once traffic was moving again, KM glanced over at the foolish guy. The texter was just looking up from his phone, but it was too late. He plowed into the car in front of him. With his car hood crumpled, he moved his vehicle to the side of the road, as did his victim. This reckless jerk was fortunate it wasn’t worse. “Texting and driving,” says KM, “now, that’s Zero behavior!” We’re with you on that, KM. Folks, put the phones down before someone gets hurt.—Nikki Silverstein

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< 8 Punching ABAG down the Highway 101 urban corridor. But the real-world consequences of severing ties with ABAG carry more import than a philosophical stand for local control would suggest. In Mill Valley, councilmembers and city officials are taking a different approach to what they say are housing needs numbers that don’t jibe with their community’s goals. Rather than withdraw from ABAG, Mill Valley wants to work within the system to convince the agency—and the state—to compile the future housing needs more creatively. “We looked at what’s going on in town,” says Mayor Gary Lion. “We observed that during the last 22 years, we have grown at a rate that will give us 12.1 percent growth in a 30-year time span. What [ABAG and the state] have projected for us is only a 7.4 percent growth in that 30-year time frame. Actually they are projecting less than we are already growing.” In addition, says Lion, the demographic projections ABAG and the state use are based on an assumption that, if it were corrected, could reduce the number of new homes the city should build. “Their methodology makes the assumption that there will be a constant number of people per household,” says Lion. “In fact, we have grown during the last 22 years but have not added” new housing to the city’s real estate stock. “What’s happened is that much of our [single-family] housing is owned by longterm residents starting to go to retirement homes or move, and we have young families coming in and buying up the homes. Instead of having just two people in a home, we now have more.” Mill Valley told ABAG it is “happy to accommodate the growth” ABAG anticipates—and more. But the city doesn’t need to add more houses because, as Lion says, “That would really give us a lot more growth than we can handle. We can already see it in the schools,” says Lion. “We are busting at the seams.” In 1960 there were 3.5 people per household in Mill Valley, according to Lion. That number dropped to 2.2 per household in 1990. The number stands at 2.3 people per household today. “We have a long way to go before the housing we have now is populated,” says Lion. City officials are under no misapprehension that ABAG would simply let Mill Valley off of the housing-needs hook. But, says Lion, city officials think the state Department of Housing and Community Development could be reasonable and agree with the city’s housing assumptions. The department is the state agency that certifies housing elements submitted by communities. The housing elements in turn are part of a community’s general plan. “We have appealed to ABAG at this point,” says Lion. “It’s all part of leading 10 PACIFIC SUN 0CT0BER 12 - OCTOBER 18, 2012

up to the state to negotiate a housing element for Mill Valley.” Lion says Mill Valley sees “no advantage” to leaving ABAG in search of reducing the number of homes it should build to accommodate (modest) growth. “We are trying to work within the process, to be vigilant as much as possible and negotiate the best deal we can.” Severing ties with ABAG, as Corte Madera has done, and working outside the scope of the regional agency might yield no better results—or possibly worse results. But Corte Madera thinks it’s worth a shot to withdraw from ABAG. The town has no current plan to rescind its intention to split, says Mayor Bob Ravasio. But he adds that he “would be surprised if we did not reevaluate” the decision before the July deadline. “We are examining all options at this point.” Ravasio and Councilwoman Carla Condon have been researching those options. Based on their analysis, says Ravasio, Marin could wield more clout as a county association of governments working directly with the state than sticking with ABAG. But even if Marin forms its own association of governments to deal directly with the state, the county and its cities still would have to meet state-mandated housing needs numbers. The state would tell a Marin association of governments to assign the numbers among its members. Although ABAG is the target for opponents wanting to shoot down housing numbers, the agency is just the state’s messenger. The California Department of Housing and Community Development mandates the housing numbers and that regional councils of governments (like ABAG) assign the regional housing numbers to cities and counties within a region. Of course, plenty of dissension erupts over exactly how those regional numbers get assigned. “ABAG, we believe, is dominated by the interests of the heavy population counties [in the Bay Area],” says Ravasio. Forming a Marin association of governments would allow Marin to escape the tilted power of counties like San Francisco and Alameda. In a bit of irony, the concept of forming a Marin association of governments was previously suggested, but the idea met the same kind of concern over undue influence, but with the county as the heavy. Marin Supervisor Susan Adams represents Marin on ABAG. She and the late Supervisor Charles McGlashan “sat down with city and town policy makers” to form a local association of governments, says Adams. “There was not a lot of support for that idea. This was before the most recent allocating of housing numbers. They said they didn’t want the

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The Mill Valley Film Festival roars to a close Oct. 14 with ‘Life of Pi.’

Mill Valley Film Fest rolls out red carpet for 35th year Marin was all aglow last Thursday, as the Mill Valley Film Festival cast its strobes upon the film-loving county at its 35th opening ceremony. The Hangover leading man Bradley Cooper was on hand with eclectic director David O. Russell (The Fighter, I Heart Huckabees) for the Sequoia Theater premiere of their new film, Silver Linings Playbook, about a man institutionalized for assault who moves back with his parents. Casual, laid-back and all sparkly smiles, Cooper spoke fondly of his Silver Linings role—which he agreed differs greatly from previous films like The Hangover. He attributed his ability to pull off a more serious role to director Russell. “He brings nothing but love to the set,” said Cooper, who noted that it’s not an easy task to stay upbeat working all day, every day for 33 days straight. “He’s one of the best American filmmakers and raised me to a level, to a degree I might have never been at.” In Silver Linings, Cooper plays Pat, a teacher with bipolar disorder who has been recently discharged from a four-year stay in a mental hospital. The film follows him through his struggles with the illness and his attempts to reintegrate back into the world. Both Cooper and Russell—who appeared at the festival previously to screen his films I Heart Huckabees and The Fighter—shared their love for Mill Valley Film Festival and all that the California Film Institute brings to Marin each year. “The Mill Valley Film Festival is a very special place,” said Russell. “It is a secret weapon!” Across the county, the opening at the Rafael Film Center featured On the Road, a film based on Jack Kerouac’s classic Beat-era novel directed by Brazilian director Walter Salles (Motorcycle Diaries). The film fun continues through Oct. 14. For tickets and info visit, Gardeners can’t sow support for Town Park site The Corte Madera community garden has lost its digs—as the Town Council voted 3-1 last week to disallow the use of the Town Park as its site. Town Park had been the proposed location of the community garden since 2010 when a group of Corte Madera gardeners requested use of about 2 acres of the 22-acre park for the garden—the exact location was originally to be next to the pond behind the playground. Another area of Town Park, near the Park Madera Center shopping center, was also turned down by the council. The Parks and Recreation Commission last year also voted against the use of the site for the garden. While the council and most residents are open to the idea of a community garden, some had issues with the use of a portion of Town Park solely for a single group.

county being a 600-pound gorilla dictating what they would do.” Ravasio and Condon think it’s time to revisit the idea. The county and all its towns and cities would come on board the association in Ravasio’s vision. In response to a concern that withdrawing from ABAG would reduce regional planning participation for Marin, Ravasio says Marin and its cities already have a

small voice in ABAG. “What would we lose?” Ravasio and his colleagues who favor leaving ABAG are researching the details to determine the requirements of forming a local association of governments and figuring out exactly how it would work. The next stage would be to take the idea to councils across the county and to the county to seek approval. Already some councilmembers have said they’re interested; others have said no way.

Forming a county association of governments is not unheard of in California. Several such organizations exist. San Mateo County has 21 cities and towns, notes Adams. They formed a council of governments. But the deal they negotiated with the state “was not too different than what they would have had with ABAG,” according to Adams. And, as Lion notes, breaking from ABAG and forming a local alliance could find cities and towns in worse circumstances than if they had stuck with a regional planning agency. “ABAG distributes the housing mandate from the state within a rather large geographic area, which has a mix of needs. Some communities want to grow, and some of us don’t.” Marin, a county dedicated to slow/no growth and keeping about 80 percent of its land in open space and agriculture, can get by with housing numbers much lower than the rest of the Bay Area because other counties and their towns take up the slack. Marin has less than 1 percent of the housing needs in the ABAG Bay Area numbers. “Marin cities and towns and the unincorporated county shouldn’t expect a reduction of our numbers any lower,” says Adams. “There’s already grumbling around the rest of the Bay Area that Marin is as low as it is and has not met its fair share of very lowand low-income housing.” ABAG is a false target, says Adams. The real strings get pulled in Sacramento. The problem is the “state’s one-size-fits-all approach to the demand for the creation

of housing.” Echoing the approach in Mill Valley, Adams suggests ways that the state could rejigger the way it looks at housing needs “to help facilitate an improved planning process for what make sense in our own communities.” Recognizing, for instance, the importance and contribution of assisted-living facilities for seniors is a start. As seniors move from single-family homes to facilities, the county and its cities should be able to count the single-family homes as available for new families. That’s part of what Lion talks about in Mill Valley. A bill introduced by Assemblyman Jared Huffman allows Habitat for Humanities homes to be counted in the housing needs numbers. But it’s really a pilot program, with a sunset. Though Corte Madera and Mill Valley are taking divergent paths, both are trying to negotiate the Byzantine terrain of state housing mandates and the ABAG process. As Corte Madera investigates the effectiveness of a clean break, Mill Valley, as Lion says, “thinks it can participate without growing into something we don’t want to be—as long as we stand up and make our case and desires known. The system seems to be fairly responsive. Why abandon it now?” But plenty of ABAG opponents in Marin want other cities and towns to join Corte Madera. <

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hen Mother Mary Goemaere left her home in France and set sail for California in the middle of the 19th century, she had no idea that her efforts to found a Catholic school would produce a highly esteemed institution that would last for more than a century and counting. Originally founded as an all-girls school, the birthplace of San Domenico School was Monterey County, 1851. A few short years later, the school was moved to the then-state capital, Benicia. After an outbreak of illness wreaked havoc in Benicia, the school relocated yet again to Sacramento before permanently settling right here in Marin in 1889. First set up at the location where Dominican University is today, San Domenico School remained for nearly 70 years until a fire forced the school to move one last time. Now comfortably rooted within 515 acres of former dairy ranch land in the Sleepy Hollow area of San Anselmo, the school welcomes 600 students to the semi-remote and nature-filled campus each year, where the staff focuses heavily on academics as well as public service and sustainability. “Part of the mission of [the Domenico Sisters of San Rafael] is to connect with nature,” says Amy Wilson, San Domenico’s marketing and communications manager. And connect with nature the students do, through such programs as the hands-on sustainability project—which includes an acre-sized organic garden complete with outdoor kitchen, chickens and a brick oven—and through the classroom structures designed by the late architect Hank Schubart (who was a student of sustainable architecture genius Frank Lloyd Wright). “The buildings were designed with large, open windows with the idea that students should not be separated from nature,” says the school’s director of advancement, Stacie Grant. The school became one of the first all-solar


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campuses in the state and the first of its kind in Marin. The campus, which houses the county’s only all-girl boarding school for high school students, includes non-resident students from San Francisco and beyond. Its international student body boards young women from Mexico and parts of Asia. San Domenico isn’t exactly what one would expect from a 150-year-old Catholic school. First, the campus is set among lovely rolling hillsides with horse stables, a state-ofthe art gym, a performing arts auditorium and more than 2,000 solar panels powering buildings and the year-round heated swimming pool. Also, the school is independently funded, meaning that San Domenico receives no money from the Catholic Church. This frees the staff to be flexible with courses of study, which include an extensive music and performing arts program. Far from its humble beginnings in Monterey, the school has been quick to adapt to technology while remaining true to a mission of connecting to nature. Mother Mary Goemaere would be proud. —Dani Burlison San Domenico School, 1500 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo. 415/258-1900,

mong the leafy, suburban streets of San Rafael lies the campus of Dominican University of California. Historic estates and summer homes of San Francisco’s rich and famous dotted the neighborhood in 1890, when the school was chartered. The Dominican nuns who started it purchased 20 acres of land from local William T. Coleman. Within a year a four-story Victorian-style building was completed to serve as the nuns’ residence and a boarding school. In the early years the school functioned as an elementary and secondary school and then a junior college until 1917 when it became a four-year college. One of the mansions adjacent to the campus, the Meadowlands, was purchased in 1918 and became one of the first dorms on campus. It was built in 1888 and served as the summer home for Michael de Young, the founder of the San Francisco Chronicle and de Young Museum, and his family. It remains a dorm for 85 undergrads today as well as housing the Occupational Therapy Department. The building features fine leaded-glass windows; the Hunt Room, which contains original murals; the Meadowlands Assembly Hall; and a wraparound front porch. It is the only original estate residence remaining on the campus. To accommodate the growing student body, more land and buildings were needed. Starting in the 1930s, Angelico Hall was erected to serve as a music conservatory and a large wing was added to Meadowlands. Forest Meadows, a grassy expanse of playing fields, was acquired for athletics, then Fanjeaux and Guzman halls were built for classrooms, dorms and a dining facility. This rapid growth took place during World War I and the Great Depression, uncertain times at best, but the college continued to grow.

In the ’50s and ’60s, expanded curriculum and an increase in the student population required more campus growth. A library, more dormitories and a separate dining facility with a kitchen were added to the now sprawling college grounds. Initially the university was an all women’s college. It was the first Catholic college in California to grant the Bachelor of Arts degree to women. It became a co-ed school in 1971. It wasn’t until the turn of this century that the school officially became Dominican University. The university has many traditions that are treasured by faculty and students alike. One of these is Shield Day, where the seniors design and make a shield with a motto that they present to the incoming freshman class. The design and motto are meant to be a guiding light and source of inspiration for the freshman students throughout their time at Dominican. The original shields are painted on wood; until 1961 these designs were then created in stained glass. Now they are turned into intricate woodcarvings that can be found throughout the campus buildings. Dominican University of California continues to grow and change, reflecting the globalization of the world, the increased diversity of the state and the focus on environmental concerns. The school offers 50 programs of study including the Green MBA and Green Business Certificate programs, which were among its first such offerings in the U.S. From its humble beginnings, Dominican now ranks among the nation’s top universities. —Brooke Jackson Dominican University, 50 Acacia Avenue, San Rafael. 415/457-4440,

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n 1929, Larkspur was enjoying a building boom. Downtown, the Blue Rock Hotel anchored one corner, while further along Magnolia commerce bustled. The influx of newcomers after the 1906 earthquake had evened out somewhat but there was still plenty of need for tradespeople. Enter McLeran Roofing. Started by Charles McLeran and his three brothers, the company gained customers as new residents moved from San Francisco after the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge. There were four roofing companies in Marin at that time but plenty of business to go around. The other roofers were also family companies and the guys were all friends who respected each other, which remains the case today. During the Great Depression, business was slow so the McLeran siblings went to the foothills of the Sierra to mine for gold. They struck enough of a mother lode so that, upon their return to Larkspur, they were able to invest in real estate. Back on the roofs of Marin, the guys continued their good work as the decades whizzed by. Roofs came and went but one of the trickiest they worked on was the steeple of Saint Anselm’s Church in Ross. The three- to four-story structure was tackled with the use of a “bosun’s chair”—a kind of rudimentary harness made out of rope and strong knots. The roofer who drew the short straw that day would get to the top with a ladder and tie a safety knot on the peak of the tower, then, once seated in “the chair,” would be able to walk around the entire surface of the roof.

Court; and Duffy gaining notoriety as a crack trial lawyer. Many firm alumni have gone on to be judges, county supervisors and politicians. Over the decades, the firm, now called Freitas, McCarthy, MacMahon & Keating, LLP, handled major cases and had a hand in the businesses and real estate that helped shape Marin. Senior partner Brian McCarthy formed the old Bank of Marin, now West America Bank, and Carlos Freitas was part of First National Bank of San Rafael and its savings arm, Bank of San Rafael. Senior partner Jay MacMahon was (and still is) an expert in estate planning, trust and tax law and helped to write a manual for the county on probate practice. During the The ladies who kept the wheels going for the ‘mad men’ of Freitas, McCarthy, formation of the Point MacMahon and Keating. Reyes National Seashore, ack in 1925, Marin was in its infancy. the firm was instrumental in negotiatRolling ranchlands dominated the ing the lease-back agreement for farms landscape, trains were a primary within the PRNS border. More recently, the mode of transportation and the Golden Gate partners successfully concluded a contract Bridge was merely a dream. The booming for a local company to be in a reality series “metropolis” of San Rafael, the county seat, on A&E. They also completed the multiwas anchored by the columned, two-story million dollar sale of the Sam’s Restaurant courthouse, an imposing structure on building in Tiburon by its longtime Marin Fourth Street. Young lawyer Carlos Freitas, family owners to the restaurant’s current along with Jerry Duffy and Tom Keating, proprietors. Their client list is a who’s who formed one of the first law firms in the of Marin, including several municipalities, county in a building just down Fourth at the ranchers and farmers and big corporations corner of B Street. like Allstate and Cigna. Carlos was the oldest son of Manuel FreiDespite its long history and storied legal tas, an early settler of the county who owned successes, the Freitas firm remains an unone of the original Mexican land grants. The usual group among its competitors. All the vast acreage encompassed present-day Terra partners in the firm have practiced their area Linda and San Marin and was primarily used of expertise for over 30 years. Moreover, a for dairy farming. Carlos and his partners culture of camaraderie and integrity among initially formed the firm to handle the develthe lawyers fosters a collaborative and colopment of this land as well as the approprialegial atmosphere. All these years, there have tion of the property along the Highway 101 never been written partnership agreements; corridor. everything is done on a handshake, with trust They started the firm in the Freitas and confidence. At 87 years and counting, Building, located on the corner, which now Freitas, McCarthy, MacMahon & Keating, houses Wells Fargo Bank. The partners were LLP continues to be part of the foundation of influential movers and shakers in the county, Marin County.—Brooke Jackson with Keating dabbling in local politics and Freitas, McCarthy, MacMahon & Keating, LLP, 1108 Fifth Avenue, eventually getting elected to the state Senate; San Rafael, 415/456-7500; 11150 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Freitas helping to form the California State Point Reyes Station, 415/663-1333; Bar and being appointed to the Superior


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Thankfully, hydraulic lifts were invented years later, when the McLerans were once again called to roof the steeple. Charles’ son Brian joined the company in the ’70s. His original ambition was to become an architect but he hated being indoors, so he signed on with his dad and took over all the sidewall work. Putting on siding is a classic part of the roofing business that requires technical skill and lots of time. Soon enough, Brian’s dad taught him the ins and outs of estimating, which remains a crucial part of the business. Over time, the main things that have changed in the roofing industry are better materials and safer equipment. Title 24 introduced coatings that reflect heat and bring the overall temperature of a building down. Asbestos used to be a prime ingredient in roof tiles, until it was discovered to be a carcinogen. Now coatings, tiles and felts are made more efficiently with safer materials that won’t hurt the environment or the health of workers. One of the most unusual roofs that McLeran has worked on in recent years is one using antique slate tiles recovered from a barn in Vermont. The barn was 100 years old so the patina of the slate had character, which added extraordinary beauty to the appearance of the house. It was put on to last 100 years, using strong vapor barriers and copper nails. The company’s motto is “Dependable Roofing Service,” which was coined by Charles at the company’s inception—and continues to be its the guiding principle. —Brooke Jackson McLeran Roofing, 415/456-7663.

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Cains Tire and Malugani Tire Center Two family businesses with plenty of tread left...


n the middle of the last century, Marin was growing by leaps and bounds. World War II had ended and more folks were planting roots in the area. It was a good time to start a family business. And two local families with similar ideas—the Maluganis and the McAlonans—were putting the “wheels in motion” for lasting success. Stella and Dan Malugani started their eponymously named tire center in what is now the warehouse for the 2AM Club on Montford Avenue in Mill Valley. The year was 1948 and DeSotos, Ramblers and Hudsons shared the road with Pontiac woodies and Plymouth wagons. Dan loved to work on cars and knew that would be his future. During the war, when tires were rationed, he ran an inspection center. Stella had a mind for business and attended Sweets Business College in Santa Rosa, laying the groundwork for their partnership. After the war, they launched Malugani Tire Center, handling tire repair and replacement as well as all types of undercar work. Dan and Stella’s shop gained a strong following because of good, old-fashioned

customer service and integrity. They raised their family in Mill Valley; the kids attended Old Mill School and played on local sports teams. They supported the community and the community supported them. Their son, Dan Jr., joined the business in 1954, a few years after graduating from Marin Catholic, and the business continued to grow. In 1968, with an expansion in mind, the Maluganis moved their tire center to its current location on Miller Avenue. By now, grandkids were in the picture. They came to the shop and helped out, sweeping the office floor, stamping envelopes and running errands for 25 cents an hour (or a pack of gum). Meanwhile in the tire center, new inventions on the technology side were changing how maintenance was performed. Malugani’s mechanics stayed abreast of the latest trends, further enhancing their reputation. In the 1980s, Dan and Stella’s granddaughter Kendal joined the business, followed by her husband, John Savelli, a few years later. In the ’90s grandsons Ken and Michael Monge came onboard, making the business a true family affair. In 2008, Malu-

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Pat McAlonan put the wheels in motion for Cains Tire in 1957.

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gani Tire Center celebrated its 60th anniversary. A proud Dan Sr. surrounded by his family is immortalized in a photo taken that day and posted on the shop’s website. Nowadays the office is even more customer friendly than ever with free Wi-Fi, gourmet coffee and tea and a toy corner for youngsters. A blooming art collection brightens the walls and doughnuts and dog biscuits provide snacks for everyone. Customer service and community support remain foundations for the business. Meanwhile, in the burg of San Rafael just up the highway from Mill Valley, Pat McAlonan was also thinking about tires. In the 1950s, Fourth Street was known as Auto Row, with dealers for Chrysler, Cadillac, Pontiac, Dodge, Plymouth and DeSoto lining both sides of the road. Cains Tire had opened in the 1920s and was originally inside a Nash and Rambler dealer. Pat purchased the business and took over the building in 1957. Since he was a teenager, Pat had worked on tires. There was a retread shop a half-mile from his house and he walked down one day and asked for a job when he was 16. From there he moved to Goodyear and worked as the outside truck man, handling the tires for fleets of trucks. He took time out from tires when he went in the military and to college; once graduated, he intended to go to law school but Goodyear offered him a job and he

decided to take it. When Cains became available, it seemed like a natural fit to Pat. He bought it, hired some mechanics and the business thrived. The first person he ever hired stayed with the company for more than 47 years; the rest of the mechanics have been there for more than 20 years. That type of work environment makes for consistency and contributes to a good business foundation. As Pat’s kids grew up, they joined him at the shop. Currently his son, two daughters and daughter-in-law all work with him, contributing to the success of his company. The shop sells and installs 48,000 tires per year and services 90-110 cars per day. Over the years the business has changed drastically. Mostly, the cost of everything has gone way up. It is a big investment to buy tires now; customers can pay upward of $200 per tire. It’s not a casual purchase the way it used to be when you could pay just a little more than that for a whole set. Besides the cost of tires, the equipment to put them on has also gone sky-high. A tire-changer machine is about $20,000 and an alignment rack can cost up to $50,000. In the old days, these machines were a fraction of that cost. Pat says that the prices have risen to accommodate the vast improvements new technologies have added to the equipment, improving the industry overall. He attributes the shop’s longevity to his sales style. He always gives a full fair price out the door for a tire package, which he says differs from his competitors. Many places have hidden charges that aren’t revealed until it’s time to sign the bill. Cains gives customer what they want, do the job efficiently and get them on their way safely with money still left in their pocket. In these days of bankruptcies and layoffs, it’s reassuring that the Maluganis and the McAlonans continue to keep their successful family businesses—and Marin’s tires—rolling along for so many years. —Brooke Jackson Malugani’s Tire Center, 493 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. 415/388-1800. Cains Tire, 1531 Fourth Street, San Rafael. 415/453-2942.

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unnyside Nursery in San Anselmo debuted in November 1940, but the site’s history predates the retail venue. Ross Valley resident Donald Perry opened the area icon on part of the Rancho Punta de Quintin tract bought by his greatgrandfather James Ross—yes, that Ross— in 1857, a portion of land the family called Sunnyside. The years since have brought many changes to the area, but the nursery remains in its original location and is still owned and run by the same family— with the same dedication to customers. Though trained as a petroleum geologist, Donald Perry found his professional ambitions thwarted by the Great Depression; aware that the area was growing, he chose to go into the retail nursery business— bringing along others with horticultural knowledge and expertise. Donald Perry’s grandsons, brothers Tom and Ross Perry—known to many as the Perry Boys—continue the Sunnyside tradition. (Their brother Jim, an established artist, paints landscapes instead of creating them. Donald’s son, Warren, a former San Anselmo mayor—and father of the Perry Boys—opted out of the nursery business, too, though he does provide legal counsel for Sunnyside.) According to Tom, in addition to providing plenty of California native plants and an array of hardy drought- and deer-resistant plants suited to Marin’s clime—along with an amazing selection of rhododendrons—the nursery offers service, including advice on choosing the best plants for a customer’s needs or wants, how to plant, where to plant and just about any other plant-related question that comes

up. While we spoke to Tom about his business, a customer asked him about the difference between the elfin thyme she was holding and another thyme. Off the top of his head, Tom described the differences, the soil and sun requirements of each, and advised her on what would work best for her. Then he turned back to finish his thought. But the expertise isn’t limited to the owners: The experienced staff—10 have been there for more than 25 years—are local and also know the climate and landscape well. Sunnyside’s growing grounds in Fairfax (land bought by Donald Perry back in 1948) is the sole facility of its kind in the county. Trees, including ornamentals and fruit varieties, shrubs, ferns, roses and perennials are grown here. Twice a year the growing grounds open to the public for the much anticipated growing grounds sale—now in its 55th year, and considered a community event. As the grandson of the founder, Tom says he sees generations of customers at Sunnyside, including the grandchildren of customers from his earliest days at the nursery. But it’s not all about the nursery: The Perry family has been involved in service to the Ross Valley community in a variety of ways over many years—too numerous to list here. And Sunnyside Nursery has been recognized with a number of honors, including the annual Spirit of Marin award. Along with some sage advice, customers also appreciate Ross and Tom’s sly sense of humor... —Carol Inkellis Sunnyside Nursery, 130 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo. 415/453-2701,

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Goodman and Harris, a partnership built for the long haul.


he 1950s found Marin growing and expanding from the small-town cattle ranching community it had been for many decades. A thriving economy meant new real estate development and, for many, home ownership. Along with homes came the need for hardware stores to provide tools and supplies for painting kitchens, fixing those leaky toilets, sealing drafty windows and installing new doors. In 1955, many locals found themselves visiting the new hardware store just off Highway 101 in Mill Valley. And today, many of those same loyal patrons return to Goodman Building Supply again and again for their home-improvement needs. The sister store to San Francisco’s original Goodman’s location, which closed its doors in 2000, the Mill Valley store was at first a partnership between the late Ed Goodman and current owner, Richard Harris, who bought out Goodman’s share in 1998 before retiring a year later. “Harris has put all of his life into this store,” says his son-in-law and current general manager Zviki Govrin at the Redwood Highway location. Today, it seems that Govrin—who returned to the U.S. from Israel to manage the family business—is putting a fair share of his life into the store as well. “This is a very typical family-owned store. We have people working here from about 12 different countries, with all different backgrounds,” says Govrin. “And we’ve had some of our staff here for 20 or 30 years.” Even though the Ace-affiliated store has its own lumber yard and an extensive product list, Govrin is careful to point out that Goodman Building Supply is not a traditional contractor’s store, per se, but instead is a homeimprovement center, supplying customers with over 25 services to assist in making home repairs that much easier. The store has remained in its original

4-acre Marin location, expanding in 1962 into the adjacent former pizza parlor’s space. And aside from a few interesting flood situations that kept the doors closed to customers for only a few short hours on a handful of occasions (just long enough to pump away rising flood waters), Goodman remains accessible and true to its loyal customers. The store has evolved with the times to include more than 3,000 green building products; in 2008, Goodman became Marin’s first certified green hardware store. In today’s world of easy-to-get-lost-in big-box warehouses that seem to offer everything under the sun, Goodman Building Supply stays true to its commitment of the hard-working and service-oriented values of the ’50s while keeping up with the changing times. Patrons can find anything they need with the help of Govrin’s upbeat and helpful staff. “We want to be convenient for people and provide good service,” says Govrin. “We stay here to serve our community.” —Dani Burlison Goodman Building Supply, 775 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley. 415/388-6233,

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The Belrose Theatre May the curtains never close on Marin’s landmark stage and costume shop


uly 4th, 1962. It was a Sunday,” says Margie Belrose one recent afternoon in San Rafael’s Belrose Theatre. “We moved in that day at 10am.” The Belrose family worked together as a team from the start. Margie’s late husband, David—who passed away in 1971—wrote most of the plays. Margie titled the plays—the likes of Country Dumplin’s and Ragtags and Bobcats—and also taught dance and ran the performing arts school. Today, alongside her daughter, Margie continues to teach, while her son runs the theater’s costume shop. Though the nearly hundred-year-old building hasn’t changed much since those early days, Margie has been determined to evolve with the times. “I’m always asking, ‘What can I do better?’” she says. That type of perseverance has paid off. For half a century, loyal Marin crowds have been drawn to the Belrose. The pink Victorian that houses the theater was built in 1913 as a home for San Rafael’s St. Matthew’s Church and sits down at the west end of San Rafael’s Fifth Street, just on the outskirts of downtown. The Belroses had been offering performing arts education since

1954 in other locations in the vicinity—until the church became a permanent home for the family’s show biz. Today, instead of pews and sermons, guests are greeted with a tall stage (originally built as a dance stage with an eye-level view of the performers’ feet) and lush, burgundy velvet drapes that open to live performances of plays, open-mic nights, vaudeville shows and even a variety of acting, dancing and vocal classes. The theater also established its own costume shop in 1977 and continues to supply ideal getups for individual rentals as well as to seven different Renaissance fairs around the country. According to Belrose, the shop— which specializes in vintage and antique costumes—has been increasingly successful and busy over the past three years. The biggest attraction, however, is the Belrose dinner theater, which first greeted audiences over three decades ago. “Its really a collaborative thing,” says Belrose of the dinner theater productions. “Our actors even help serve the food and bus the tables.” The theater seats 66 guests and has also hosted an open-mic night every Thursday for 16 years. Legend has it that even Robin

The 99-year-old Victorian has housed some towering productions.

Williams has hopped up onstage for a bit of stand-up. Many of the original audience members still frequent open-mic night and watch as comedians, singers, dancers and other performers—even ventriloquists—take their places in the Belrose history books. Today, with Margie Belrose as the sole staff member responsible for scheduling auditions, rehearsals and performances, it is apparent that the theater continues to run not simply from the hard work of volunteers

and community involvement, but from the Belrose family’s commitment and love of what they bring to Marin. “I wouldn’t do this if I didn’t love it,” says Margie. “And I love it because I love to see what I can do.” Marin’s loved seeing what she can do as well. —Dani Burlison The Belrose Theatre, 1415 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael. 415/454-6422,


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s Marin grew in the early 20th century, the ďŹ rst businesses to launch were among the most vital to its residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;building companies, hotels, restaurants, doctors ofďŹ ces and, yes, mortuaries. And until science develops new mechanisms or miracle potions to keep us all alive forever, mortuaries will continue to be much-needed institutions in communities across the nation. One such long-standing and necessary business in this community is Keatonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mortuary in San Rafael. Though mortuaries have a long history in the U.S.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;the ďŹ rst having opened in Philadelphia in 1777 as a necessity after the Battle of Germantown, which killed hundreds of soldiersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;modern-day mortuaries didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make their permanent and more mainstream marks until the turn of the 20th century. Over 700 mortuaries or funeral homes popped up across the country over the course of a few decades. Originally founded to build caskets for the deceased, the mortuary business has obviously evolved with an ever-changing world.

During this initial period of mortuary services around the country, one of the ďŹ rst of its kind opened its doors right here in Marin. Keatonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s began serving the loved ones of the deceased nearly a century ago. Founded by partners J. Ray Keaton and Fred A. Dusel in 1920, the mortuary moved into its current location at Fifth and E streets just four years after opening its doors down the street on Fourth. J. Ray Keaton bought out Duselâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s share of the business in 1933, changing the mortuaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name from Keaton and Dusel to simply Keatonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mortuary (while Keaton also served as the Marin County coroner). Keatonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operated as a family affair with J. Rayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son, Frank, taking over as county coroner for 16 years starting in 1950. The family also operated a mortuary in Sausalito for a short time and purchased the Redwood Chapel of Marin in neighboring Novato nearly 50 years ago. Today, Keatonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is run by owner Luke Boncare and is a member of a national funeral network known as Dignity Memorial. And though Boncare and his staff re-

This rendering is of the original Keatonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s building on Fourth and E streets.

main true to the commitment of service to families during the most challenging part of their lives, Keatonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mortuary continues to keep up-to-date with services and family needs. With prearranged services, a variety of service options, a 24-hour help line, a grief management library and special attention paid to veterans, Keatonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s provides options without overwhelming families and loved ones. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve even stayed in tune with

the changing times by offering memorial videos, books and other more modern funerary necessities. Though losing a loved one can be the most difďŹ cult time any of us could face, the tradition of support and seamless planning at places like Keatonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mortuary have helped Marin residents through many a sad day.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Dani Burlison Keatonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mortuary, 1022 E Street, San Rafael. 415/453-0571

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ne of the Bay Areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great contributions to the culinary arts is the Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s-style restaurant, classy yet casual old-school hangouts offering ItalianAmerican specialties, classic cocktails, a friendly family ambience and counter

seating where you can watch accomplished grill masters ďŹ ring up the steaks, chops and seafood. The original was New Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in North Beach, home of San Franciscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst open kitchen and the birthplace of the Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Special, a hamburger-spinach

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omelet thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s featured on every Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s menu. Since then the name and the concept have spread across the city and the region to the Tenderloin and the Peninsula to the South Bay and even Vacaville...and to Marin, which has hosted two cool examples of the genre for the past six decades. In 1947 Guido and Theresa Farina and Hector and Nancy Rubini opened San Rafael Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Fourth Street. Guido, an immigrant from Genoa, had been learning his craft in San Franciscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurants and liked the Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s open-kitchen familyfriendly vibe enough to bring the idea northward. Two years later they moved up the street to the former Tognoliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar at 931 Fourth and have been there ever since. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Originally it was just one dining room plus the bar and the kitchen counter,â&#x20AC;? says Cynthia Farina, Guido and Theresaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter. The place has expanded over the decades (it now hosts three dining rooms) and underwent an extensive renovation in 2000-2001, with skylights and big front windows letting lots of sunshine into the previously dusky space. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We retained all of the original brickwork, though,â&#x20AC;? says Cynthia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These walls have a lot of history.â&#x20AC;?

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Guido and Theresa still preside over their Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s along with Cynthia, son Carlo and nephew Chez, plus a third generation of Farinas: Lisa, Stefanie, Eric and Diane. (The Rubinis retired in 1981.) Classic dishes like linguine with clams, prime rib, veal scallopini, calvesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; liver and bacon and zabaglione still star on the menu along with bruschetta, gnocchi, albacore tuna and spinach salad, and live music is served up ďŹ ve nights per week in the lounge by the front entrance. Why has the formula worked for 65 years? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We listen to our customers,â&#x20AC;? says Cynthia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a strong regular clientele. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re like our family. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re invited to their weddings and christenings, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re into a third generation of people whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been dropping in for years.â&#x20AC;? Seven years after San Rafael Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opened its doors, Adolph Della Santina, one of the original owners of Original Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s #2 (aka Marina Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Chestnut Street), brought the Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pizzazz and panache to a classy, low-slung Mario Gaidano red-plush roadhouse along Highway 101. The comfy booths, ďŹ&#x201A;ame-lit open kitchen and cozy lounge with its burnished woodwork, slate-

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ronmental education center, is perched on the edge of Marin with a spectacular view of the ocean. On Oct. 13 (10am-4pm), its Harvest Festival will take place with lots of local organic food, guided hikes and farm activities ranging from making bread to milking goats, or just relaxing in the garden. Cost is $25 in advance, $30 on Saturday. 415/381-6155, a more urban but equally hands-on event Oct. 13 (10am-6pm), Autumnfest comes to Larkspur’s Marin Country Mart. Activities include learning about pickling, making jam, curing meat, growing foods (with fruit and veggie tastings), a kids’ cook-off and a corn shucking contest. Fall foods from Eat Real Fest of the Bay Area will be available for sale, goodies like caramel apples, sausages and beer, tamales, barbecued corn and pie. Speaking of pie, the second annual Pie Baking Competition (with a prize of $200) at the weekly Farmers Market that takes place at the same time might tempt you to enter your own best effort. (See details at DINING AROUND THE COUNTY Restaurant bulletins this week include deli news from Novato. Mangia e Beve, which opened in the Tresch Triangle in 2010, has closed. On the other hand, Tagliaferri’s Delicatessen will be moving downtown, taking over the space occupied by Peet’s Coffee & Tea—when Peet’s moves to new digs on Redwood. The popular familyowned business should fit in well, leaving the now half-empty Square shopping center...A native of Veneto, Andrea Giuliani is the new executive chef at Piazza D’Angelo in Mill Valley. He’s revamping the menu, using grains like farro and fregola in entrees with pistachio-crusted halibut and sauteed sockeye salmon with mussels and fresh herbs. In the works: a crudo bar and charcuterie-cheese station. 415/388-2000... San Anselmo’s recent newcomer La Loggia Vinoteca and Cafe has regular hours now: 7:30am-noon daily; 5-10pm Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 5pm-midnight Thursday-Saturday. Stop by for morning caffe or light meals (chilled roasted Gulf shrimp, smoked wild salmon tartlet, tomato crostada with Bellwether sheep’s milk ricotta), or sample and buy wines. 500 San Anselmo Avenue, 415/234-8698, Everett’s four-course $38 market menu (Monday-Thursday) at Murray Circle, Cavallo Point is a sweet dinner deal. Check his choices at Reservations: 415/339-4750. < Contact Pat at


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123 Bolinas 123 Bolinas Road, Fairfax 415/488-5123 My first visit to 123 Bolinas was with a posse of girlfriends. We were seven altogether, and as we sat perched on reclaimed wood benches, amid white fabric-covered walls and pendant lighting with dangling black cords we couldn’t quite reconcile this shabby chic wine bar with funky Fairfax. One of the three owners’ husband, an architect, had transformed the small space (that was most recently a gallery—and the original home of Good Earth Natural Foods) into a sleek, inviting room with an oak-topped bar lining one wall and seating for up to 40 (nine at the bar). Tip—seating at the bar is the most comfortable option here. Though food offerings here are consistently stellar, the wine is really front and center. One—if not the most—appealing thing about this place is the way it pours wine. Four options are available—by the smidge, glass, carafe or bottle. I love the “smidge.” A small taste of about 3-4 ounces is offered in small tumblers. Flights can also be ordered this way or by the glass, which allows for plenty of tasting opportunities. Almost every wine is from California and the list of more than 30 selections is broken out into fun categories including “Rich and Brooding Reds.” Since it opened two years ago, the wine list has improved quite a bit and continues to focus on local offerings including a couple of Marin producers. The menu, too, has expanded and improved over time. A couple of large and small plates are offered along with pizzas, seasonal salads, cheese and charcuterie plates. Dishes are prepared with ingredients that often come from the seasonal farmers market across the street. To say 123 Bolinas has created a buzz in Fairfax is an understatement. Allgray-clad servers who take orders with iPad software only add to the cool factor here. There is no doubt that 123 Bolinas has brought some badly needed style and verve to this crunchy enclave.—Tanya Henry

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TUESDAY, OCT. 16 Presidential Debates This is the town hall version in which the candidates get to show off all their warmhearted charm and relaxed personal manner. The Romney campaign will be sending a cardboard cutout, just to play it safe. All the Channels that Matter. 6pm. The Social Network This story of the early years of Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg was a hit at the box office. Look forward to “FourSquare: the Movie”and “Google Plus: the Animated Series.”(2010) FX. 7:30pm. The Men Who Built America A look back at titans of industry like Andrew Carnegie, Nelson Rockefeller, Henry Ford and other “job creators”who actually created jobs. History Channel. 9pm.

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ho says fire and rain don’t mix? Recent Marin transplant John Doe, a fiery singer and songwriter who, as a founding member of the seminal West Coast punk band X, led one of the more incendiary acts on the ’70s L.A. punk scene, teamed up with laid-back New York City folk revival legend Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, a longtime West Marin resident, on Sept. 29 at the Bolinas Community Center at a benefit for KWMR-FM that was heavy on talent and charm. Their styles couldn’t be more different: Ramblin’ Jack, 81, spun rustic rural folk yarns and offered up wry non sequiturs between songs (“This story doesn’t have an end,” he told the audience after one hilarious 10-minute ramble, “just a beginning and a middle...that was the beginning.” Singer, songwriter, guitarist and bassist John Doe, 58, played solo acoustic and electric guitar on his own songs as well as those by X, the Knitters, the Sadies and others before delivering a biting rendition of the title song to X’s classic 1983 album More Fun in the New World, a timeless, Reagan-

era, urban-folk tale offering a homeless person’s street-level view of America (“Honest to goodness, the bars weren’t open this morning/ they musta been votin’ for the president or something...”). The moving show served as yet another reminder not only of the enduring spirit of folk music, but of just how rich the Marin music scene is—it harbors the likes of Ramblin’ Jack and continues to draw such original artists as Doe. Meanwhile, Doe headlines the ASCAP Music Cafe on Thursday, Oct. 11, held in conjunction with the Mill Valley Film Festival, at the Sweetwater Music Hall. Also on the bill are Pomplamoose (aka the California indie-duo Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn), the faerie-pop band Hundred Waters and Bay Area troubadour Forest Sun. The show is free to holders of an MVFF Pulse Pass Badge. Showtime is 1-5pm. The ASCAP showcase continues Friday afternoon with actor and musician Robert Coppola Schwartzman (nephew of Francis Ford Coppola, son of Talia Shire and cousin of Nicolas Cage and Sofia Cop-

pola), Swedish pop-rock band Immanu El, the San Francisco dance band Nova Albion and L.A. indie rockers Broken Anchor. On Saturday, an as-yet-unannounced headliner will be joined by local favorites the 2AM Club, the art-rock band the Moth & the Flame and the kitschy West Hollywood, vintage-soul-meets-the Andrews Sisters singing group the Goods. Elsewhere in Marin, on Friday, Oct. 12, the acoustic duo Impossible Bird—with guitarist and vocalist Nick Drummond, the former frontman and songwriter for the hit Seattle band the Senate, and fiddler extraordinaire Tyler Carson—crank up their big sound at the Point Reyes Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station. At Peri’s Silver Dollar Saloon on Oct. 13, insurgent country is on the menu at the fourth annual Night at the Opry, featuring a veritable Telecaster shootout with rockabilly hall of famer Rusty Evans and his Johnny Cash tribute band Ring of Fire, Danny Montana & the Bar Association, the honky-tonk band Red Meat and the alt-country/hillbilly-noir of 77 El Deora.

Latin-jazz fans might want to swing by George’s Nightclub in San Rafael on Saturday, Oct. 13, when keyboardist Salvador Santana (son of Marin rocker Carlos Santana) teams up with singer and songwriter Blanca Sandoval for a night of hip-hop, funk, jazz and Latin rhythms. Hip-hop artist Roach Gigz will bring his Bugged Out Tour to the Phoenix Theatre in Petaluma Saturday, Oct. 13, followed by an after-party party at 19 Broadway in Fairfax. Back in Mill Valley, the Sweetwater will mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first gig with an Oct. 17 performance by the Fab Four tribute band Abbey Road (whose members sport some scary wigs in their promo photos). And the San Rafael Canal-front Terrapin Crossroads, Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh’s new restaurant and nightclub, is going green when it hosts a Harvest Hoedown Oct. 18-21, featuring music by Phil Lesh, sons Grahame and Brian Lesh, Ross James, Jon Graboff, Tony Leone and Boo Reiners. < Spotlight Greg at

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Crooner extraordinaire Tony Bennett in ‘The Zen of Bennett,’ playing at the Rafael Sunday as part of the 35th annual Mill Valley Film Festival.

Argo (2:00) Ben Affleck directs and stars in the true-life story of the Iran hostage crisis and an unbelievable covert operation to rescue six American prisoners. O Atlas Shrugged: Part 2 (1:52) Ayn Rand libertarian epic about a society gone mad, a powerful motor that could save the globe and a mysterious fella named John Galt. O Butter (1:31) The churned cream flies when a vengeful wife takes on a 12-year-old prodigy for top honors at the Iowa State Fair butter-carving contest. O Decoding Deepak (1:23) Documentarian Gotham Chopra follows father/spiritual icon Deepak on a year-long world tour, gleaning wisdom en route; Oprah Winfrey and Lady Gaga offer insights. O End of Watch (1:49) A day in the life of two beat cops in South Central LA as seen through the eyes of locals, gang members and the cops themselves. O Frankenweenie (1:27) Animated Tim Burton horror comedy about a young genius who brings his beloved pooch back to life; SCTV’s Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara provide the voices. O Here Comes the Boom (1:45) Wrestlerturned-middle-aged biology teacher Kevin James returns to the ring as a mixed martial arts fighter to raise money for his high school music program, much to the astonishment of school nurse Salma Hayek. O Hotel Transylvania (1:31) Brouhaha results when an ordinary guy crashes a party attended by Frankenstein, the Wolfman and other spooky types at a monsters-only resort run by Dracula himself. O House at the End of the Street (1:41) Wouldn’t you know it, Elizabeth Shue’s suburban dream house is right next door to a creepy old joint crawling with evil spirits! O Looper (1:58) Convoluted sci-fi thriller about a time-traveling Mob hit man named Joe who’s ordered to off his former self; Bruce Willis and Joseph-Gordon Levitt costar as Joe. O Mary Poppins (2:20) A mysterious nanny with magical powers drops in on a staid English family and shows them a colorful world they never imagined; Julie Andrews stars. O The Master (2:17) Much-anticipated Paul Thomas Anderson drama about the Kanelike founder of a Scientology-ish religious sect; Philip Seymour Hoffman stars. O The Metropolitan Opera: L’Elisir d’Amore (3:05) Live from New York it’s O


Donizetti’s comic opera of love, desire and mysterious elixirs, presented in glorious bigscreen high definition. O Mill Valley Film Festival The 35th annual cinematic soiree features seminars, workshops, galas, in-person tributes and hundreds of movies from around the world. O The Oranges (1:32) Sex-in-the-suburbs farce about the problematic relationship between a happily married man and the daughter of his next-door neighbors. O The Paperboy (1:17) Journalist Matthew McConaughey investigates the conviction of a Death Row inmate and falls for the con’s pen-pal sweetheart (Nicole Kidman). O Paranormal Activity 4 (1:24) The suburbs get even spookier when one of those single moms moves into the neighborhood. O The Perks of Being a Wallflower (1:43) Stephen Chbosky’s novel about a clueless introverted freshman and his two seniorclass mentors hits the big screen with Emma Watson and Logan Lerman and Chbosky himself directing. O Pitch Perfect (1:52) A motley group of college coeds attain perfect harmony when they enter the dog-eat-dog world of a cappella championship singing. O Searching for Sugar Man (1:26) Acclaimed documentary chronicles the life and times of Rodriguez, a phenomenally talented, virtually unknown Detroit soul singer who became an underground icon in apartheid South Africa. O Seven Psychopaths (1:49) Screenwriter Sam Rockwell’s life is turned upside down when his prankster buddies kidnap a shih tzu that happens to belong to a top LA mobster; Christopher Walken, Tom Waits and Woody Harrelson costar. O Sinister (1:50) A carton of really disturbing home movies wreaks supernatural havoc on a writer and his hapless family. O Stars in Shorts Anthology of seven short films in several genres starring the likes of Keira Knightley, Lily Tomlin, Judi Dench and Colin Firth. O Taken 2 (1:33) Ex-CIA spook Liam Neeson is back and more badass than ever as he takes on a gang of kidnappers with considerable help from Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace. O Trouble with the Curve (1:51) Grizzled baseball scout Clint Eastwood, his eyesight failing, brings daughter Amy Adams along on one last scouting expedition to check out a prospect. <

NArgo (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:45, 10:30 Sat-Sun 11:30, 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:30 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:20 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:40, 12:55, 2:35, 4, 5:30, 7, 8:30, 10 Sun-Tue, Thu 11:40, 12:55, 2:35, 4, 5:30, 7 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:30 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:30, 7:20, 10:05 Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7:20 Mon-Thu 5, 7:40 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:15, 4, 7, 9:40 Sun-Thu 1:15, 4, 7 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:50, 9:40 Sat 1:15, 4, 6:50, 9:40 Sun 1:15, 4, 6:50 MonThu 4, 6:50 NAtlas Shrugged: Part II (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:05, 1:45, 4:25, 7:10, 9:55 NButter (R) Rafael Film Center: Mon-Thu 7, 9:15 NDecoding Deepak (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Tue-Thu 6:45, 8:45 End of Watch (R) ++1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:35, 2:20, 5:05, 7:45, 10:20 Frankenweenie (PG) +++ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:10, 10:10; 3D showtime at 7:35 Sat-Sun 12, 5:10, 10:10; 3D showtimes at 2:25, 7:35 Mon-Thu 9:45; 3D showtime at 7:15 Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20; 3D showtimes at 10:50, 1:10, 3:30, 5:50, 8:10, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45; 3D showtimes at 2, 4:30, 7:10, 9:40 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:45, 3, 5:10, 7:20, 9:30 Sun-Thu 12:45, 3, 5:10, 7:20 NHere Comes the Boom (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11, 12:20, 1:40, 3, 4:20, 5:40, 7:05, 8:20, 9:45 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 2:10, 4:45, 7:20, 9:50 Hotel Transylvania (PG) Century Northgate 15: 10:45, 1:15, 3:45, 6:15, 8:45; 3D show-


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times at 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:10; 3D showtimes at 2:30, 4:55, 7:15, 9:35 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:10, 2:25, 4:40, 6:50, 9 Sun-Thu 12:10, 2:25, 4:40, 6:50 House at the End of the Street (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 9:35 Looper (R) +++1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:20, 10:20 Sat-Sun 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:40 Century Northgate 15: 10:45, 1:35, 4:30, 7:35, 10:15 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1, 3:50, 6:40, 9:35 Sun-Thu 1, 3:50, 6:40 NMary Poppins (G) Century Regency 6: Wed 2, 7 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 2, 7 The Master (R) +++1/2 Century Northgate 15: 12:50, 4:05, 7:25, 10:30 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 1, 4, 7, 10 Sat 4, 7, 10 Sun 1, 4, 7 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:20 CinéArts at Sequoia: Mon, Tue, Thu 4, 7:05 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30 Sun-Thu 12:30, 3:30, 6:30 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 3:50, 6:40, 9:30 Sat 1, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30 Sun 1, 3:50, 6:40 Mon-Thu 3:50, 6:40 NThe Metropolitan Opera: L’Elisir d’Amore (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Sat 9:55am CinéArts at Marin: Sat 9:55am Lark Theater: Sat 9:55am Mill Valley Film Festival CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sun Visit for schedule Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sun Visit for schedule The Oranges (R) Century Northgate 15: 12:05, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15, 9:40 NThe Paperboy (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:25, 2:10, 4:55, 7:40, 10:20 Sun-Tue, Thu 11:25, 2:10, 4:55, 7:40

NParanormal Activity 4 (R) Century Rowland Plaza: Thu 11:59pm The Perks of Being a Wallflower (PG-13) +++ Century Regency 6: Fri 11:30, 2:15, 4:50, 7:30, 10:05 Sat 2:15, 4:50, 7:30, 10:05 Sun-Tue, Thu 11:30, 2:15, 4:50, 7:30 Pitch Perfect (PG-13) +++ Century Northgate 15: 11:05, 1:50, 4:35, 7:20, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:35, 2:25, 5:05, 7:45, 10:25 NSearching for Sugar Man (PG13) CinéArts at Sequoia: Mon, Tue, Thu 4:45, 7:15 NSeven Psychopaths (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 8, 10:35 Sat-Sun 11:45, 2:35, 5:15, 8, 10:35 Mon-Thu 7, 9:35 Century Northgate 15: 11:15, 2, 4:45, 7:45, 10:25 NSinister (R) Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 2:15, 4:55, 7:50, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:55, 2:35, 5:15, 7:55, 10:35 NStars in Shorts (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Mon-Thu 6:30, 9 Taken 2 (PG-13) +1/2 Century Cinema: 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:35 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:45, 1, 2:20, 3:25, 4:45, 5:55, 7:15, 8:25, 9:45 Sun-Tue, Thu 11:45, 1, 2:20, 3:25, 4:45, 5:55, 7:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 1:10, 2:20, 3:30, 4:40, 5:50, 7, 8:10, 9:20, 10:30 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10, 9:40 Sun-Thu 12, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:15, 7, 9:20 Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:20 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7 Mon-Thu 4:15, 7 Trouble with the Curve (PG-13) ++ Century Northgate 15: 10:50, 1:30, 4:15, 6:55 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 6, 8:30 Sun, Thu 5, 7:30 Mon-Wed 7:30

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Children’s Halloween Fun: Bay Area Discovery Museum Goblin Jamboree

Volunteers are needed for the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s Annual Goblin Jamboree, October 13 and 14, 9am–4pm. This much-anticipated Halloween festival, now a Bay Area tradition, welcomes close to 5,000 people each year to the museum’s 7.5 acre campus, which we transform into a Spooktacular and Faboolous Halloween carnival. Clad in costumes, children enjoy train rides, live performers, games, activities, a haunted house, pumpkin patch, petting zoo and more. Volunteers are needed to: run games and activities, assist with rides and events, and work concessions.

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10/12: Marin Dance Party with The Tickets Band and James Moseley Band Rock,

10/12: Danny Click Texas blues night. 9pm

blues, funk. 8-11:30pm $15 advance/$20 at the door George’s Nightclub, 842 4th St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 10/12: The Gravel Spreaders Gritty Americana, rock. 9:30pm Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. 10/13: Beautiful Losers Electro-acoustic rock. 9pm-midnight. $10. Seahorse Supper Club, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 10/13: Gini Wilson Jazz piano. 5-8pm. No charge. Seahorse Supper Club, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 10/13: Jeff Miller and the Wisemen Original acoustic. 9:30pm The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 10/13: Joan Getz Trio Jazz. 8-11pm. No cover. Osteria Divino, 37 Caledonia, Sausalito. 10/13: Lone Start Retrobates Roadhouse/ western swing. 8pm $12. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219.

The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 10/12: Emma Lee Project Original acoustic music with Dylan Squires, Rich Spindell and Micheal Pinkham. 9pm-1am. $10. Smiley’s Saloon, 41 Wharf Road , Bolinas.

10/12: Heather Dale and Sharon Knight Celtic-inspired songs based in myth and legend by two internationally touring musicians. 7:30-10:30pm. $15 adv, $20 door. Open Secret, 923 C St., San Rafael. 457-4191. 10/12: Jamie Clark Americana, country pop. 8-10pm. $10. Seahorse Supper Club, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 10/12: Kyle Alden and Friends Rockin’ Irish inspired originals. 8pm No cover. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 6622219.

ViDEO ‘Prometheus’ catches fire! Ridley Scott is science fiction royalty, and probably no director since Kubrick has used his power and status to stretch himself in so many ways. Billed as a loose prequel to his 1979 smash Alien, PROMETHEUS is actually new and groundbreaking sci-fi, made by an artist three decades the wiser, and from its opening frames Scott shows the icy authority he reserves for his best work. Noomi Rapace (Lisbeth Salander forever!) plays Elizabeth Shaw, an archaeologist recruited to a secretive space mission that now finds itself in orbit over distant moon LV-223. A long-ago celestial sighting preserved on Prometheus’ also kick started last spring’s adultcave paintings has led the crew here to cloth-diaper fashion trend for guys. investigate, bankrolled by a corporation intent on unlocking the DNA origins of life on Earth. That life in all its variety can of course terrorize, from a vast honeycombed landscape to a germ-sized critter, from Skull and Space Jockey to the eerie ship’s android David (Michael Fassbender); but here they’re all prelude to a much worse existential horror. Prometheus looks way past the Alien series to the bleak, rust-red pessimism of ‘40s sci-fi pulps, with a look and scale to match those glorious magazine covers. (Seeing the film in theatrical 3-D last June didn’t have nearly the impact that a home re-viewing did. Some movies are just like that.)—Richard Gould 40 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 12 - OCTOBER 18, 2012

Point taken Can you believe it? The Point Reyes National Seashore is 50 years old! Not only did Bay Nature dedicate a recent issue, CROWNING GLORIES, to this glorious stretch of coastline, but to celebrate, Point Reyes Books hosts an anniversary party-slash-reading of the Crowning Glories issue in honor of the National Seashore’s half-century. Join Greg Sarris, Jules Mother Nature’s crowning glory. Evens, Claire Peaslee, David Rains Wallace and Judith Lowry at a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception and program on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 5pm. The Red Barn, 1 Bear Valley Rd., Point Reyes Station. $25-$30.—Dani Burlison

10/13: Night at the Opry Featuring a decked-out room with rockabilly hall of famer Rusty Evans. Ring of Fire; Danny Montana and the Bar Association, Red Meat and hillbilly-noir with 77 El Deora. 8pm-2am $20, proceeds benefit the Uzilevsky/Smyth recovery fund. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597.

Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 786-6894. 10/16: Swing Fever Jazz. Featuring Bob Schulz. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 4573993.

10/13: Phillip Percy WIlliams, Judy Hall and Marc Smith Jazz trio. Vocals, piano, drums.

Vintage instruments and costume changes add panache. 8pm $17. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850.

7-10pm. No cover. Rickey’s Reataurant, 250 Entrada Dr., Novato. 244-2665. 10/13: Roach Gigz Official after-party/performance. 10pm $15-18. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 10/13: Stu Allen and Mars Hotel Led by Stu Allen (JGB, Front Street, Workingman’s Ed, Ghosts of Electricity) on guitar, an ever revolving cast of talented musicians draw from the Grateful Dead’s vast catalog to delight Deadheads of all generations. 9pm $7. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850. 10/13: WeGo Local Terra Linda musicians John Melendez and David Claiborne acoustic duo. 1-2:30pm. Free. Civic Center Library, 3501 Civic Center Dr., Room 427, San Rafael. 473-6058. 10/14: Joan Getz Quartet Jazz. Vocalist Joan Getz with drummer Dave Getz, Chris Huson’s fine piano styling and Gary Lillard, bass. 6:30-10pm. No cover. Sleeping Lady Cafe, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 10/14: Tiny Television Americana. 5pm No cover. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 10/14: White Water Ramble High-octane Rocky Mountain roots Americana, bluegrass. 8pm $12. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850. 10/14:Sunday Salsa With La Fuerza Gigante. 4pm salsa class. 5pm live music 5-10pm. $10. Seahorse Supper Club, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 3312899. 10/16: Noel Jewkes and Friends With special surprise guest singers. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito

10/17: Abbey Road: Tribute to the Beatles

10/17: D’Lilah Monroe and the Tom Cats Jump jazz and roadhouse swing. Chazz Cats fans alert. 8pm Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 485-1005.

10/17: Dale Polissar Trio with Si Perkoff Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 4573993.

10/17: Phil Hardgrave and the Continentals, Buddy Owen Blues rock. 8pm 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091.

10/17: Phillip Percy Williams and Judy Hall Jazz duo. Vocalist, piano. 6-9pm. No cover. IL Davide, 901 A St., San Rafael. 244-2665. 10/18-21: Harvest Hoe Down With Phil Lesh, Grahame Lesh, Brian Lesh, Ross James, Jon Graboff, Tony Leone, Boo Reiners. Dinner at 6pm. Show at 8pm. $25, show only. $50 includes dinner. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773. 10/18: Dave Getz Trio Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993.

10/19-21: Second Annual Fairfax Feis : Festival of Irish Music and Dance See website for performance details. 7-6pm. $15-45. Venues on Broadway and Bolinas Road, Broadway and Bolinas Road in Fairfax, California Marin County, Fairfax. 637-5079. 10/19: Acacia Collective Cali rock. 9:30pm Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597.

10/19: Jamie Clark Band Country/pop vocalist. 8 pm No cover. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 10/19: Los Pinguos Latin, world. 8pm. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600. 10/19: Michael Landau, Soul Pie Shredding guitar and edgy funk. 8pm 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 10/19: The Mooncussers: A Benefit for Wounded Veterans Project of CNBC Senior Economics Reporter Steve Liesman and some of his talented friends. The band plays a mix of classic rock covers as well as original tunes. 9pm $75-200. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850.

Concerts 10/13: Chamber Music Concert Romantic Era septets of Ludwig van Beethoven and Swedish composer Franz Berwald, performed by Milton Wong, Frank Lahorgue and their ensemble. 7:30pm. $5-15. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael. 479-4131.

10/13: Golden Harp Sound Healing Concert With Joel Andrews. 8-9:15pm. $30 per person / $20 for Seniors & Students (Cash or Check Payable at the Door.) The Spiritual Healing Center, 260 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 381-4465. 10/14: Trio Solisti Mill Valley Chamber Music Society launches its 34th season with the renowned Trio Solisti, known for soulful and passionate performances, virtuosity and electric energy. 5-7pm. $15-30. Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley . 381-4453. 10/19: Bach Orchestra and Choir “Song of Destiny and Concerti: Bach, Brahms, and Schumann.” John Boyajy and Boaz Simovoci, piano. Andrew J. Chung, conductor. Celebrate Fall with three German masters. 8-10:30pm. $28 in advance/$35 at the door/$18 student. Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. (510) 868-0695. 10/19: Clerestory: SeaSongs Inspired by the Bay Area’s maritime traditions, Clerestory presents ‘SeaSongs,’ featuring the world premiere of ‘These Oceans Vast’ by Eric Banks. 7-9pm. $15. Community Congregational Church, 145 Rock Hill Dr., Tiburon.

10/19: Sound Temple: Music for an Inner Journey With award-winning harpist/singer Christine Tulis and percussionist Kem Stone. Lyrics by Rumi and other mystics. 8-10pm. $20 adv. $25 door. Reserve on calendar page of www. Sausalito Healing Arts, 85 Liberty Ship Way, Suite 103, Sausalito .

Dance Through 10/14: Smuin Ballet “Fall Program.” With “Oh, Inverted World” Trey McIntyre, choreography. Shows 8pm Oct. 12-13. 2pm on Oct. 13-14.

$25-65. Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.. 912-1899.

Theater/Auditions 10/11-11/11:‘Nunsense The Musical’ Shows 8pm Thurs.-Sat ; 3pm Sun.; 8-10pm. $25 General; $22 Seniors and Students; First Thursday Preview $15. 32Ten Studios, 3210 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael. 883-4498. 10/13: Shaolin Warriors A spectacle of artistry and grace with an astonishing precision that delights all ages. 8pm. $20-50. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 4736800 . 10/16: Audition for ‘The Mouse That Roared’ 7-10pm Oct. 16 by apoointment. Prepare one-minute comic monologue not from “Mouse.” Free. College of Marin Studio Theatre, corner of Sir Francis Drake & Laurel, Kentfield. 485-9555. 10/17:‘Ghosts of War’ Staged reading. 7:30pm. $15 Suggested donation. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. Through 10/14:‘Lend Me a Tenor’ Comedic musical theater. By Ken Ludwig.Kris Neely, director. See website for performance details. $20-26. Ross Valley Players, Barn Theatre, Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross. 456-9555.

Through 10/14:‘The Vagina Monologues’ By Eve Ensler. Directed by Hector Correa. 7:30pm shows Oct. 6,-7, 13-14. 7:30-9:30pm. $16-25. Stage Dor Dance Studio, 10 Liberty Ship Way, Sausalito. 272-7992. Through 10/21:‘Macbeth’ Shakespeare presented by the College of Marin Drama Department. W. Allen Taylor, director. Showtimes at 8pm Oct. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20; 2pm Oct. 14 and 21. In the Studio Theatre. $20 general;$15 senior; $10 student College of marin Studio Theatre, corner of Sir Francis Drake & Laurel Ave, Kentfield. 485-9385. Through 10/21:‘Topdog/Underdog’ SuzanLori 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.

Art 10/12-14:‘Art From the Heart’ Show Exhibition benefiting the Fairfax Community Church, with seven local artists, including Marcus Uzilevsky. 4-8pm Oct. 12; 11am-7pm. Oct. 13; Noon-5pm Oct. 14. Closing reception and artwork raffle 4-5pm Oct. 14. Free. Fairfax Community Church, 2398 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 755-3775.

10/13-11/11: Marin Society of Artists 85th Annual Member Show Special juried exhibit celebrating MSA’s 85th anniversaryReception 6-9pm Oct 12. 11am-4pm. No charge. Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 4549561. 10/13: Gallery Inaugural Reception Art by the Bay Weekend Gallery. All the works are by West Marin artists from the collection of Lorraine Almeida. 3-5pm. Free. Art by the Bay Weekend Galleery, 18856 Highway One, Marshall. 663-1006. 10/13: Wine Country Lifestyles An evening of art and wine unveiling the latest exhibition by Jerry Venditti. Award-winning wines provided by Sunce winery and vineyards. 5-9pm. Free. Jerry Venditti, Fine Art Etc., Gallery, Sausalito. 332-1107.

You’ll be able to cut the estrogen with a knife this weekend with the ‘Vagina Monologues’ in Sausalito.

Through 01/10:“Phases of the Moon’ “Quilted” images made of found materials and abstract works by Marin county Poet Laureate CB Follett. Reception 5-8pm Oct. 20. 5-8pm. Free event. Rebound Bookstore, 1611 Fourth St., San Rafael. 482-0550. Through 02/05:‘Works on Water’ Group exhibition. Reception 4:30-6:30pm Nov. 15. Free. Marin Community Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing, Suite 200, Novato.

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:‘Alive 1965’ 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: BayWood Artists Celebrate Point Reyes “50 Years of Beauty.” Exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the national park, with proceeds to benefit the Point Reyes National Seashore Association. Free. Bay Wood Gallery, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 457-5292.

Through 10/27: Falkirk Bi-Annual Art Exhibition Falkirk presents an exhibition of mixed media works by Marin and Bay Area artists. 5:30-7:30pm. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328.

Through 10/29:‘Pressing Matters III: Printmakers Group Show’ The third annual show highlights fifteen local print artist’s etching, woodcuts, linocuts, collogrpahs, serigraphs and monotypes. Also featuring work by the San Quentin Blockprinters. Reception 4-7pm Oct. 7. 10am-5pm. Free. Sa ngeronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888 ext. 252.

Through 10/30: First Fridays at Frame Crafters Gallery Robert Frank, oil paintings of the lush landscapes around Marin and Sonoma. Opening reception 6-8pm on Oct. 5. Frame Crafters Gallery, 320 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae. 461-7688.

Through 11/11: Zea Morvitz and Tim Graveson “Duality.” Also artists of The West Marin Review and Will Thoms in the Annex. 11am-

5pm. Free. Gallery Route One , 11101 Highway One, Pt. Reyes Station. 663-1347. Through 11/18: David Maxim 2012 “Legends of the Bay Area” exhibition honors San Francisco artist David Maxim. The exhibition focuses on Maxim’s metaphorical use of the human figure to represent common struggles. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137.

Through 11/30:‘You Did What to my Comics!?’ 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.

Through 12/10: Marin Society of Artists: 85 years Non-juried member group exhibition. First and Third floors. 9am-5pm. no charge Marin Civic Center Building Galleries, 3501 Civic Center Dr., San Rafael.

Talks/Lectures 10/13: What Can A Literary Agent Do for You? BAIPA meeting. 9am-12:30pm. Free for members, $10 for guests. San Rafael Corporate Center, 750 Lindaro St., San Rafael.

10/14: Forum on the Affordable Care Act Learn more about this new federal law from four health-care experts. 7-9pm. Free. The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 388-5540.

10/15: S.F. Marin Opera Guild previews Lohengrin Wagner’s Lohengrin is previewed with musical excerpts in 90 minute lecture by UCSB faculty member Simon Williams on Oct. 15. Complimentary refreshments precede event. Tickets at the door. 8-9:30pm $12. Villa Marin, 100 Thorndale Dr., San Rafael. 457-1118. 10/17: Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance Prepare for a visit to the special exhibit at the de Young Museum featuring the dancer’s costumes and photographs at an illustrated lecture. 7:30-8:45pm. Free. Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Dr., Corte Madera. 924-6444.

10/19-21: Bioneers 23rd Annual Conference Now in its 23rd year, the Bioneers ConferenceOCTOBER 12 - OCTOBER 18, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 41

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Thursdays: Toastmasters Talk of the Town 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.

Readings 10/12: Marin School of the Arts Join talented young students from around Marin County as part of the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the award winning Marin School of the Arts. 6pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 9270960. 10/13: Albert Flynn DeSilver Left Coast Writers Launch. DeSilver discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beamish Boy.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/13: Joanne Harris Harris reads from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peaches for Father Francis.â&#x20AC;? The bestselling author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chocolatâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Girl with No Shadowâ&#x20AC;? returns with a new novel. 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/14: Mani Feniger The author presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Woman in the Photograph.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/15: Carlos Andres Gomez The author discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Man Up: Cracking the Code of Modern Manhood.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

ema, MVFF brings together a community of filmmakers and film lovers in Mill Valley, San Rafael and beyond to experience amazing new films $1113.50 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. (877) 874-6833. 10/12: Hi De Ho Show Veejaying clips from his personal archives, local legend John Goddard spins an uncut outtake fiesta of fabulous faves from his legendary Village Music shows at the original Sweetwater plus some of those extraordinary in-store appearances. 8pm Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850.

10/13: 2012 Marin Italian Film Festival Six new, award-winning Italian feature films. 5:309:15pm. $14 single film, $78 all six Showcase Theatre, Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 473-6800.

10/13: Lark Theater presents â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Live at the Metâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Donizettiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Elisir dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Amore.â&#x20AC;? Anna Netrebko and Matthew Polenzani star in Bartlett Sherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new production of one of the greatest comic gems in opera. 10am-1pm. $30. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia , Larkspur. 924-5111. 10/15:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Purple Rose of Cairoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Presented by the Friends of the Mill Valley Library. This film, written and directed by Woody Allen, is a tale of a film character who leaves a fictional film and enters the real world. 7:30-9:30pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 10/19: Film Night:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Gooniesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Join Strawberry Recreation District for a fun night. Bring blankets, family and friends. 7:30pm. $3 per person/$10 per family Strawberry Recreation District, 118 E. Strawberry Dr., Mill Valley. 383-6494.

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10/16: Webcast Screening: J. K. Rowling in Conversation with Ann Patchett J.K. Rowling

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10/12-13: San Rafael Public Library Book Sale Get a jump on your shopping at the library book sale, which will include holiday books and gift books. Saturday, Oct. 13, in the downstairs meeting room. Preview sale for members, 3pm Oct. 12. 10am-3:30pm. Free. San Rafael Public Library, Corner of 5th Ave. and E St., San Rafael. 453-1443 or 485-3104. 10/12: Naked Truth: Breaking the Rules The Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popular true storytelling series is back. Each special guests will recount a rebellious tale based on the eveningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme: breaking the rules. 7-9pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292, ext. 4740.

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10/13: Disaster Preparedness Awareness Day Learn about the importance of and methods for preparing themselves, their families and communities to best handle disasters and emergencies that they may encounter. 11am-2pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 289-4171 .

10/13: Earthquakes,Tsunamis and Other Scary Events In commemoration of Disaster Day, Ranger Linda will conduct a walking tour of the Bay Model & bring to your attention how restless Mother Nature can be in CA & what you can do to keep yourself safe. 1:30-2:30pm Free Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871. 10/13: FUNdraiser Red Boy Pizza sponsored fundraiser supporting two local non-profits: College Dream Team and Novato Chess Club. With good eats, live jazz. 2-6pm. Portion of sale of proceeds goes to non-profits Red Boy Pizza, 459 Entrada Dr., Ignacio Center, Novato. 382-7711.

10/13: Haunted History: A Paranormal Investigation of the Historic Boyd Gate House The American Paranormal Research Association and the Marin History Museum present an intimate behind-the-scenes investigation of the Boyd Gate House. 9pm. Pre-sale: $25 G.A., $20 MHM members. Door: $35 G.A., $30 MHM members Marin History Museum, 1125 B St., San Rafael. 4548538. 10/13: Native Plant Fall Sale All-day Saturday native plant fall sale by Marin Chapter, California Native Plant Society. Wide selection of California perennials, vines, shrubs and seeds. Co-sponsor: Sustainable Novato. 10am-4pm. Free. Green Point Nursery, 275 Olive Avenue, Novato. 902-6365. 10/13: Octoberfest Hidden Valley and Brookside school’s big, fun fall fundraiser. Includes games, bounce houses, raffle, silent auction, events, tons of live music, a haunted house, book fair, food trucks. 9am-5pm Free admission. Brookside Elementary, 116 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo. 453-2948.

10/13: Open Space Patrol Volunteer Orientation Patrol Volunteers act much like a neighborhood watch program on open space preserves. 9am-4pm. Free, must be over 18. Lucas Valley Open Space Field Office, 18 Jeannette Prandi Way, San Rafael. 473-3778 . 10/13: Paradise Fishing Derby Join rangers for the 40th Anniversary fishing contest. 9am-noon. $10 parking fee. Paradise Beach Park, 3450 Paradise Dr., Tiburon. 446-4424. 10/14: China Camp Celebration Join Friends of China Camp for a celebration of the park being saved. Bike rides, tours, three bands, and a great barbecue. Admission is free. Food and drink for purchase. Noon-5pm. Free admission. China Camp State Park, 100 China Camp Village, San Rafael. 488-5161. 10/14: Sunday Morning Qi Gong Obtain powerful tools for self healing. You are also invited to stay afterwards for a positive, life-affirming service at 10am. 11:30am-12:30pm. Suggested $10 donation. Corte Madera Rec Center Patio, 498 Tamalpais Dr., Corte Madera,. 389-8707. 10/16: Brainstormers Pub Trivia Join quizmaster Rick Tosh for a fun and friendly team trivia competition. 8-10:30pm. Free. Finnegan’s Marin, 877 Grant Ave., Novato. 899-1516.

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10/16: Second Presidential Debate Watching Party Book a front row seat to watch the upcoming second presidential debate with friends, neighbors and fellow democrats at the Marin Democratic Party headquarters. Light refreshments will be served. 5:30-8pm. Free with RSVP. Marin County Democratic Party Headquarters, 1654 Second St., San Rafael. 488-6501.

10/17: 90 Year Anniversary Celebration Complimentary wine tasting and appetizers, with live music in the grove. Reservations encouraged. 6pm Deer Park Villa Steakhouse, 367 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 456-8084. 10/17: 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.

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.

Kid Stuff 10/12: Afternoon Storytime Children ages four 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. 10/13: L.B. Schulman Special for teens. Schulman reads from “League of Strays.” 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/13: Live Puppet Show Rebecah Freeling presents “Mashenka and the Bear,” a puppet show for preschoolers (ages 2 to 6) based on a Russian folk tale in which Mashenka outwits the bear to make it safely home. 11am. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/13: Maggie Stiefvater For teens. Stiefvater reads from “The Raven Boys.” 6pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/13: Nature for Kids: Terra Linda/Sleepy Hollow Divide Walk along a ridge road, look for and talk about the changes that take place between the hot, dry and cold, wet seasons. 10am-1pm. Free. Terra Linda/Sleepy Hollow Open Space, Lucas Valley Road, San Rafael. 893-9508. 10/14: Bob Shea The author referees “Dinosaur vs Santa.” 11am. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

10/18: Scary Stories with Storyteller Michael Katz Larkspur Library hosts an evening stortyime for families at Storyteller Michael Katz will tell scary stories from cultures around the world. Please rsvp. 6:30-7:15pm. Free. Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 927-5005.

Outdoors (Hikes & Bikes) 10/12: Blithedale Summit This road allows us to climb to the long ridge that extends from the east flank of Mount Tamalpais and runs between Mill Valley and the Corte Madera area. Meet at trailhead near the end of Glen Drive. 10am-2pm. Free - Adults

Take flight with the Shaolin Warriors this Saturday at Marin Center. only, no animals, please. Blithedale Summit Open Space, Buena Vista/Glen Drive, Mill Valley. 893-9508. 10/13: Star Hike at Mount Burdell Rangers will lead a short hike up Mount Burdell Open Space Preserve where we will settle in to watch the autumn evening sky emerge into a stargazing adventure. 7-9pm. Free. Mount Burdell Open Space, Meet at San Andreas Trailhead, Novato. 473-2816.

10/14: West Point Inn Pancake Breakfast Enjoy a pancake breakfast and spectacular views. Guests must hike or bike in. Park at Bootjack, Pan Toll, Rock Springs, East Peak, or near the Mtn Home Inn 9am-1pm. $10 for adults/$5 for children (12 and under) West Point inn, Mt Tamalpais, Mill Valley. 388-9955.

10/18: Celebrating Raptors with the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory Start the day with a walk in Rodeo Valley learning to identify these birds and discussing their life histories. Free. Rodeo Lagoon - east end. 893-9520.

Benefits/Gala Events 10/13: Second Annual Poker Ride and Chili Cook-Off for Halleck Creek Ranch Enter chili, cornbread, pie for prizes or come to dine and dance to Buck Nickels and Loose Change. Costume contest and wagon rides. 2-6pm. $25. Novato Horsemen’s Clubhouse, 600 Bugeia Lane, Novato. 662-2488.

10/18: Celebrate 30 Years of Fair Housing in Marin Dinner, screening of “The Barber of Birmingham” and restaurant raffle. 6-10pm. $100 per person. Unity in Marin Center , 600 Palm Dr., Novato. 457-5025.

Home and Garden Saturdays Through 10/27: Marin Open Garden Project Community Veggie Exchange Bring the excess from your garden to exchange with other gardeners. 9:30-10:30am 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. 4194941.

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.

Nonprofits/Volunteers 10/14: Stafford Lake Habitat Restoration Join park rangers to help control the spread of invasive weeds at Stafford Lake Park. Meet at Gate House. 10am-2pm. Entrance fee waived for participants. Stafford Lake Park, 3549 Novato Blvd., Novato. 897-0618.

Food and Drink 10/13: First Annual Bolinas Food Festival Featuring West Marin chefs, farms and music; Benefiting the Community Kitchen Project! A celebration of our food culture including chef demos, produce, food crafts & more! Free shuttle from Mesa Park. 10am-5pm. Free. Downtown Bolinas, Bolinas. 299-0293. 10/13: Oktoberfest Corte Madera Enjoy wine and beer, live bands, kids’ activities, silent auction, local food and more. Noon-5pm. $20 adults/ $5 children Menke Park, Old Corte Madera Square, Corte Madera. 10/13: Wild Fermentation Class Turn local, organic fruits and vegetables into fermented foods packed with probiotics. Learn to make dishes such as kimchi, sauerkraut, and brined vegetables as well as fermented drinks such as kefir 5-7:30pm. $65. Living Medicines Healing Clinic, 85 Bolinas Road, Suite #7, Fairfax. 3781666. 10/16: Debra Dean Luncheon Debra Dean talks about “The Mirrored World,” a novel of love and madness set in 18th century Russia. Dean will be introduced by Isabel Allende. The price includes lunch and an autographed book. Noon. $55. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Thursdays: Ross Valley Farmers Market Every Thurs. at the post office parking lot in the town of Ross. Features local farmers with organic fruits and veggies, cheeses, and bakery goods. 3-7pm. Free. Ross Farmers Market, Ross Common, Ross. 382-7846.

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ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Your ruler, Mars, has entered the freedomloving, know-it-all sign of Sagittarius. While this certainly can send you on a journey for knowledge, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re always right. Yes, put some energy into expanding your mind. But, rather than spending time defending your philosophical (or political) viewpoints, strive for genuine conversation. The world could use a bit of civilized discourse, don’t you think? TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) You find creative ways of getting things done over the weekend. Hence the pumpkins carved like the faces of the presidential candidates on your porch. Sunday night’s new moon is a great time to figure out your fitness plans for the upcoming shorter days and longer nights. Evening walks, for instance, may require a flashlight if you don’t get an earlier start. On Tuesday you feel like everyone is ganging up on you. You may be right... GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Some weekends are simply meant to be romantically active. This is one of them. You’ll have plenty of time after Sunday to pay attention to stern Saturn’s admonishment to get back to work. Meantime, argumentative Mars is now opposing your sign. Obviously, this can have a detrimental effect on your one-to-one relationships. On the other hand, it can lead to spicy making-up sessions between you and your sweetie. Every cloud has a silver lining... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Friday’s productive Virgo moon helps you get tons of stuff done. The happy result of all this efficiency opens up the rest of the weekend to enjoy the sociable Libra moon. After the weekend, there’s some danger in your ego getting in the way of being cooperative with co-workers and employers. If tempted to be overly bossy, stop and let your innate sensitivity step in to save the day—and possibly your job... LEO (July 22 - Aug. 22) Your Leo-ness has just become very pronounced. You are creatively inspired, passionately romantic and dramatically expressive. You only want to do what you feel like doing, which could temporarily postpone getting chores completed and/or uninteresting work projects off the ground. Meantime, Tuesday is the day you can’t be trusted with a credit card. Unless you’re in the top 1 percent, avoid all your favorite shops, Rolls Royce dealerships, and travel agencies specializing in five-star vacations. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 21) Friday is your day to show how charming you can be. You are persuasive and charismatic enough to get attention simply by walking into the room. If you need any favors, ask now. While you certainly remain popular after the weekend, you are more interested in figuring out hidden meanings behind what others say. If you do it subtly enough, you come across as flatteringly interested. Otherwise, you just seem nosy. LIBRA (Sept. 22 - Oct. 22) This particular birthday week includes the emotive moon in your sign on Saturday and Sunday. This is your chance to really go for the heartfelt declarations. So, if you’ve been harboring a secret crush, now is the time to express your feelings. If happily committed, this is an opportunity to make your union stronger. On Tuesday, jovial Jupiter encourages you to be extravagant about everything, including love and money. Otherwise known as fun, with a hint of danger. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) Reality-based Saturn in your sign is being shown the benefits of indulging in a bit of imaginative fantasy. This is an excellent week for succeeding at a practical goal by using your visionary powers. It is also a very good time to be more focused and disciplined in your meditative and spiritual endeavors. Meantime, Tuesday’s moon in your perceptive sign enhances your intuitive powers. Need an answer from the universe? Just ask. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Wild Mars has finally broken out of your subconscious mind and is fully engaged in bringing you to a state of fiery energy. Fortunately, you find this exciting rather than intimidating and you are ready for whatever adventure Mars dares you to try. Given that reckless Mars is in cahoots with outrageous Uranus all week, wearing a helmet is advised... CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 - Jan. 18) Your ruler (responsible Saturn) gets a lesson in relaxation this week. You are meant to stroll through autumn leaves without worrying about raking them. Go to a real movie theater instead of being thrifty and watching television. This is also your chance to have a gentler outlook on the practice of yoga and meditation. Think of these as ways to release your tensions rather than techniques you must perfect. In other words, the pressure is off. AQUARIUS (Jan. 19 - Feb. 17) On some level, you’re always looking for a cause to champion. Now, however, you are seriously motivated to do something that can help heal the world—or at least improve its chances of survival. The new moon on Sunday night can inspire you to share your ideals with others. Some may listen, some may disagree, but everyone will believe you are sincere. Sincerity—now, there is something in short supply. PISCES (Feb. 18 - March 19) Messages are mixed this week as aggressive Mars makes you extra bossy, while stable Saturn attempts to lower your blood pressure. If Mars wins, you may overplay your hand and come across as a bully. If Saturn wins, you may not get everything accomplished as quickly, but what you do finish will be done correctly. Meantime, your ruler (foggy Neptune) is causing a bit of confusion over how to proceed. Life as a Pisces. There’s rarely a completely clear view of anything... < Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 46 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 12 - OCTOBER 18, 2012

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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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 ClerkRecorder 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) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130419 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as VENUS & VIRGO, 7 MARIPOSA

AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: VENUS & VIRGO LLC., 535 MESA ROAD, POINT REYES STATION, CA 94956. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 20, 2012. (Publication Dates: October 12, 19, 26; November 2, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130314 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EDIT ORGANIZING, 16 LOCKSLY LANE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SARAH ROSS GANT, 16 LOCKSLY LANE, 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 5, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 28; October 5, 12, 19, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130427 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TAQUERIA MI FAMILIA, 580 REDHILL AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: JUAN MANUEL ROCHA, 10 CARMEL CT., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 20, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 28; October 5, 12, 19, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130432 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BUNKER & COMPANY, 4340 REDWOOD HWY #117, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: JOSEPH C. BUNKER, 75 FERNWOOD DR., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 1, 2007. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 21, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 28; October 5, 12, 19, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129954 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ONICA NAILS, 707 B ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: HANH MY THILE, 4808 E 15TH ST., OAKLAND, CA 94606. 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 July 18, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 28; October 5, 12, 19, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130446 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN PEST SOLUTION(S), 1525 E. FRANCISCO BLVD. SUITE 11, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: PHILIPPE H. BEAUBOIS, 1525 E. FRANCISCO BLVD. #11, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; KATHERYNE L. BEAUBOIS, 1525 E. FRANCISCO BLVD. #11, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 25, 2012. (Publication Dates: October 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130468 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as N.I.C.A, 417 JOHNSON ST., SAUSALITO, CA 94965: KYMAN HARRIS, 417 JOHNSON ST., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 26, 2012. (Publication Dates: October 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130502 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BRIX & MORTAR; B&M CELLARS; BRIX & MORTAR CELLARS; ARTWORK WINE CELLARS, 1682 NOVATO BLVD. SUITE 151, NOVATO, CA 94947: AWDIRECT INC., 1682 NOVATO BLVD. SUITE 151, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 1, 2012. (Publication Dates: October 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130465 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CHPC WORLD, 25 HAWTHORNE AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: CHRISTOPHER H. PERRY, 25 HAWTHORNE AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 26, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 26, 2012. (Publication Dates: October 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130498 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PACIFIC SUN; MARIN VOICES, 835 4TH ST. SUITE D, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: LUXEMBOURG WEST INC., 835 4TH ST. SUITE D, 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 October 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 1, 2012. (Publication Dates: October 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130505 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PARK BENCH DESIGNS; PARK BENCH TEAK AND GARDEN; PARK BENCH, 3815 REDWOOD HWY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: IDEAL RESOURCE SOLUTIONS LLC, 6 TERRY CIRCLE, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 1, 2012. (Publication Dates: October 12, 19, 26; November 2, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130493 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MCDONALD’S #11597, 190 MERRYDALE RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94913: MCDONALD’S RESTAURANTS OF CALIFORNIA INC., 1 MCDONALDS PLAZA, OAK BROOK, IL 60523. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 25, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 28, 2012. (Publication Dates: October 12, 19, 26; November 2, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130492 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MCDONALD’S #1462, 2111 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MCDONALD’S RESTAURANTS OF CALIFORNIA INC., 1 MCDONALD PLAZA, OAK BROOK, IL 60523. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 25, 2012. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on September 28, 2012. (Publication Dates: October 12, 19, 26; November 2, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130494 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MCDONALD’S #1361, 7340 REDWOOD HIGHWAY, NOVATO, CA 94947: MCDONALD’S RESTAURANTS OF

CALIFORNIA INC., 1 MCDONALD PLAZA, OAK BROOK, IL 60523. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 25, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 28, 2012. (Publication Dates: October 12, 19, 26; November 2, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130509 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CTG CONSULTING SERVICES, 23 BAYVIEW DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 949012555: CHARLES T. GILL, 23 BAYVIEW DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901-2555. 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 October 2, 2012. (Publication Dates: October 12, 19, 26; November 2, 2012)

997 All Other Legals 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) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304404 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): PACIFIC SUN, 835 4TH ST. SUITE C, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: November 5, 2010. Under File No: 2010125373. Registrant’s Name(s): EMBARCADERO MEDIA, 450 CAMBRIDGE AVE., PALO ALTO, CA 94306. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on October 1, 2012. (Pacific Sun: October 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304407 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): ALL ABOUT AUTOS, 1105 E. FRANCISCO BLVD. #6, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: October 21, 2011. Under File No: 2011128030. Registrant’s Name(s): OJ NESTA VELAZQUEZ, 291 PLAYA DEL REY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on October 3, 2012. (Pacific Sun: October 12, 19, 26; November 2, 2012)

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Seven months ago, when I met my boyfriend, I had no idea he had so many female friends. I’m 26; he’s 30. I understand having opposite-sex friends to get perspective on dating, but he’s like one of their girlfriends. He gabs on the phone with them constantly, and they treat him like their little teddy bear, inviting him to baby showers, bringing him leftovers and baking him cookies. He only understands my jealousy as fear that he will cheat. But, these are married girls he’s known for years, and he’s not a sleazeball. I’m not scared of catching him in bed with another woman; I’m terrified I’ll overhear him discussing what color she should paint the baby’s room. I know he won’t be comfortable telling his girlfriends that he picks out nail polish with only one woman from now on—me! I don’t feel he needs these relationships when he’s in a serious relationship, and it isn’t their job to take care of him.—Feeling Inadequate


He isn’t just your man; he’s the married hens’ pet mandroid. Kind of like their own super-adorable version of The Terminator: “I’ll be help you pick out panty liners!” From the way you describe the guy, it sounds like his testosterone level is somewhere between zero and “crying softly while hiding under the bed.” But you apparently didn’t find him under-manly when you started dating him and apparently don’t now; you’re just upset to learn that he’s been moonlighting as a gay decorator. Odd as it is to have a boyfriend whose homies are a bunch of suburban homemakers, outside friendships can help keep a relationship alive. (No one person shares their partner’s every interest or meets their every need.) Outside friendships can also go too far—like if your boyfriend’s confiding things he’d otherwise confide in you, ditching you to hang with them, or answering the phone during sex as their first responder for nail polish emergencies: “Definitely ‘Baby’s Breath’ over that trampy ‘Seashell Pink’!” If you aren’t icked out because he likes scrapbooking and sipping chard with the ladies, and you don’t feel shortchanged in time, energy and attention, maybe the real problem is insecurity on your part. It is understandable that you feel a little jealous. When you get into a relationship with a guy, you expect to be his one-andonly, and not feel like you need to get in line behind the housewife harem bringing him plates of homemade brownies. Stamping your foot and ordering him to ditch the biddies is a bad idea. Even if you got him to cave, resentment would surely rise up in him to fill the void. What you can do is tell him what you need. Explain that you aren’t worried he’ll cheat, just anxious that he’s got a bunch of women in his life who mean a lot to him, who do kinda girlfriendy things for him, who have a history with him that you don’t. Get him to tell you what he sees in you and why he’s with you. This should help you recognize that these women are special to him, but not special-special, like you, which should help you rest easier when he comes home smelling like he spent the night singing into hairbrushes with the girls.


Men apparently see the organic grocery’s salad bar as the new singles bar. Sorry, but after a long day, I want to load up my container in peace, not get hit on with “So, what’s on the menu tonight?” or “You know, I make a mean kale salad.” (Didn’t know, don’t care.) I’m getting so annoyed at this always happening that I’m tempted to say to the next guy, “What makes you think I want to have a conversation with you?”—Girl, Interrupted


Sadly, shopping local often involves ducking the locals. (If only the salad bar came with a sleaze guard.) Though you could pelt these guys with croutons or cutting remarks, venting anger actually makes it worse—biochemically and psychologically. Wearing a big rock on your finger should stop some men from approaching, and mentioning “my husband” should chase away any who already have. You’ll ultimately feel better if you make the tiny effort to ditch them with dignity; treat them like they have value as human beings (if annoying ones) and like their feelings matter. You might also consider yourself lucky. The day may come when men look at you with all the longing they have for a bench. At that point, you’ll still be complaining: “What’s the world come to when a little old lady spends six hours getting a box of sprouts without attracting a single guy wanting to do wheatgrass shots off her abs?” © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? Email or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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Section 1 of the October 12, 2012 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly

Pacific Sun 10.12.2012 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the October 12, 2012 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly