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Eel Friends a slippery bunch I am a big fan of Peter Seidman’s feature articles. Unfortunately, I believe he missed the story in his Nov. 2 piece [“Freight to the Finish”] on the lawsuits against the North Coast Railroad Authority. (Disclosure: I am both a former member of Friends of the Eel River and a past candidate for appointment by the Marin County Supervisors to the NCRA board of directors.) Peter failed to catch the obviously untrue assertion by the Friends of the Eel River executive director that his organization had “no problem with trains on the southern end of the line.” If that had honestly been their position, there would have been no point in suing to block service on the south end. Environmental law would certainly require a thorough analysis if there ever were a proposal to extend service into the Eel River Canyon. The issue posed by their suit is when that extremely expensive analysis needs to be done. In my opinion, there’s no need for that analysis now, as it is impossible to know if NCRA will ever be able to go there. It is clear to me that the lawsuits against

the North Coast Railroad Authority, including the one filed by the city of Novato, were intended to kill NCRA before it had the economic strength to defend itself. (It has been penniless and weak since its inception.) As one who litigates to protect the environment, I am deeply troubled by this misuse of the law. David Schonbrunn, president Transportation Solutions Defense and Education Fund

We call rights to ‘My Other Car is R2D2’ bumper sticker! Regarding Peter Seidman’s article on the push in Marin for commuter trolleys [“Streetcars-desired?” Nov. 23]. By the time such a system was ready for riders, it could already be obsolete. Self-driving cars, should they become accepted, would have a huge impact on public transportation and taxicabs. Some company will launch a fleet of self-driving cars or vans, programmed from a central location, traveling around Marin like jitneys. Door-to-door, summoned via your mobile device. My guess is that people will vastly prefer riding in eight-passenger vans that go anywhere, not buses or trolleys on fixed routes. This system would revolutionize urban transportation the way the automobile did a century ago. Mike Van Horn, San Rafael

We hide our hollow-point bullets in the grand foyer... The attorney who took the case to represent Samuel Cutrufelli, who shot 90year-old Jay Leone in the face while robbing Mr. Leone’s home, should be hung by his b---s. This is a new low in the world of scumbag attorneys. ...It is a civil case, thus forcing Mr. Leone to hire his own attorney to defend himself, at his own expense. The only mistake Mr. Leone made in shooting Cutrufelli [after Cutrufelli allegedly allowed Leone to use the bathroom, where the homeowner had hidden a gun] was not using hollow-point bullets to make sure he died on the spot. Otherwise he did everything right. Marcia Blackman, San Rafael

Wheels on the bus don’t go ‘round and ‘round by themselves, folks! Dear Golden Gate Transit and Marin County bus drivers: Thank you for putting up with most, if not all, of everyone’s crap—especially during this holiday season. Thank you for listening to me whine when it is cold and raining and for putting up with my obviously high stress levels when I think I may miss the connecting bus. I understand that you do not control the traffic on the 101. Every time you remember my face or when you just smile and wave it makes my day exponentially better. I would just like you to know that you are greatly appreciated!

Sweetwater to have a drink and check in. I really wanted to see the Hi Dee Ho film about Village Music. is great and the sound guy was giving a live narrative about all the great music. They have the best sound system to see and hear a great movie by Gillian Grisman and Monroe Grisman producer. It was a golden moment. Fun. Sunday I went to hear Moonalice free and got to see Dylan Sears (Pete’s son) and his new baby Ophelia. I always see friends, and I like that the Sweetwater is a hop, skip and a jump from Stinson and Bolinas. I just want to say thanks and share how lucky we are. My only worry is that I am sure I missed a lot of awesome music there. Vickisa, Bolinas

Don’t mess with a missionary man Dani Burlison’s article on Chief Marin is fascinating [“Who Was Chief Marin?” Nov. 23]! Thank you, [Chief Marin biographer] Betty Goerke, for not only dispelling myths but also for informing your fellow Marinites of this important history. Are there places in Marin where we can interact with Miwok culture today? Carol, Marin

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It wasn’t just a fluke. The first time I went to the new Sweetwater it was to set up a memorial service for a good friend, Jon McIntire, and the space really worked. But more importantly, the people working there were so helpful and kind and they let us have at it and were very generous. In fact, one of the sound guys took the words I put on the wall to his sound closet for posterity. It was a perfect, comfortable place to do something very important. I admit I do not get out much, contrary to what people think, so when I do I want it to be GOOD! I celebrated an acoustician friend’s birthday with a delicious brunch and free good music. When we asked them to turn the music down a tad they did (amazing). The staff is warm, accomplished, accommodating (making a place for an injured music lover to sit and hear the music), and making me and others feel something rare, genuinely welcome. I especially feel cared for by Jonathan Korty, a great musician in his own right and also a together manager who I am always happy to see there. Since Jon’s memorial I have had a soft spot for the Sweetwater and have been there several times. I enjoyed El Radio Fantastique’s CD release party and after a long over-the-hill day I love to go to

Kule Loklo was created in the 1970s by folks from the Miwok Archeological Preserve of Marin.

Editor’s note: Yes, Carol. We recommend checking out the re-created Miwok village of Kule Loklo out near the Bear Valley Visitors Center south of Point Reyes Station (Kule Loklo is Miwok for “bear valley,” according to the National Park Service, which operates the center.) Kule Loklo has dwellings and sweatlodges similar to the ones that the Miwok people would’ve resided in for hundreds of years. There’s a ranger-guided walk every Sunday at 10:30am; Indian “skills” classes offered throughout the year; and a Big Time Festival held annually in July. Visit www. for more info.

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The hunger games Marin strategizes on how to satiate rising ‘food insecurity’ by Pe te r Se i d m an


hanksgiving is over. Maybe there’s some turkey left for soup. Maybe there’s enough in the refrigerator to prepare a mini-Thanksgiving redux. But for a disturbingly large percentage of Marin families, there’s not enough to eat. According to a U.S. Census Bureau report issued in September, the number of low-income residents in Marin has increased dramatically. And those residents are having a hard time—continually— putting food on their tables. The census report looked county by county at the number of people at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level. The number of Marin residents at that income level in 2010 was 43,397, or about 17 percent of the county’s total population. In 2011, the number had increased to 51,247, or 21 percent of the population, an increase of 18 percent in just one year. The numbers show a clear indication that the Great Recession has hit those on the lower rungs of the economic ladder hard. Since 2008, the number of people at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level has increased by 54 percent. (In 2010, a family of four earning $41,000 a year was at 185 percent of the poverty level.) The 185 percent is an important benchmark. The San Francisco Food Bank, which merged with the Marin Food Bank

in January, sponsored a 2010 study with the Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality. Updated in July 2012, the study, “Coping with Accelerating Food Needs in San Francisco and Marin,” notes that when people are at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level, they are at risk of hunger; people at that economic level, especially in affluent counties like Marin, routinely miss meals, according to the study. Even with supplemental food programs from a variety of sources, Marin residents at or below the 185 percent income mark miss seven meals a week. Despite benefits from CalFresh (formerly known as food stamps), free school lunch programs and other government assistance, including food from the Food Bank and other nonprofits, low-income and very-low income Marin residents find their food budget just doesn’t stretch all the way through the week. Food insecurity among low-income populations extends across California and the country. According to a UCLA Health Policy Research study released in June, “Data from the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) suggest that the number of low-income adults in California who could not afford enough food increased from 2.5 million in 2001 to 3.8 million in 2009.” (The survey 10 >


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City of Novato settles suit with Osheroffs The city of Novato this week settled a lawsuit filed by the Osheroff family—whose 9-year-old daughter Melody was killed in 2009 when she was hit crossing San Marin Drive by drunken motorcyclist Edward Schaefer. The $675,000 settlement concluded with no admission of negligence from the city; the Osheroffs’ suit alleged the pedestrian line of sight was obscured in the crosswalk Melody and her father Aaron were using when Schaefer hit them. Aaron Osheroff lost a leg in the collision. In addition to the settlement, the city will also build a memorial to Melody, at a site to be determined. The Osheroffs had previously been awarded $1.4 million in restitution from Schaefer, but a state appeals panel struck down the order after Schaefer was killed by a fellow San Quentin inmate shortly after beginning a 24-years-to-life sentence for his crime. Chartered and chuffed—Novato debates North Bay Academy A national debate over the effect charter schools may have on student diversity has hit home in Marin, as a pair of Bay Area civil rights watchdogs have entered the fray over the proposed North Bay Academy in Novato. An application for the Academy’s charter was submitted last month by a local group called the North Bay Educational Foundation, which formed following district-driven changes to Rancho Elementary School, a longtime magnet school that became a 10 > 8 PACIFIC SUN NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 6, 2012



Bowling—it’s all fun and games until someone breaks her humerus... by N ik k i Silve r ste in


Jane picked up her ball and ran to the foul line. I’d seen her show off like this before. Something akin to the pro bowlers on TV who throw the ball while still in midstride. Only Aunt Jane cheated and her foot went over the foul line onto the waxed alley. Her front legs flew forward as her body fell backward. Jane threw back her arm to soften her fall and landed on her side. Thud. Writhing in pain on the wood floor, my aunt whispered that she was hurt. I yelled for my uncle. We determined that Jane couldn’t make it to the car, so we called my favorite people, the paramedics. The 10 little party guests assembled to watch the uniformed firemen and paramedics tend to Jane. “Don’t cross this imaginary line,” Brandon said, keeping the boys 5 feet away. “Did she break her leg?” a blonde boy asked. “We don’t think so.” “Did she break her arm?” another boy asked. “We think so.” “How old is she?” asked a third little guy. While the interrogation continued, I persuaded my 8-year-old cousin to get the home phone number of each paramedic without a wedding band. Unfortunately, her father, my grown-up cousin, put a stop to that pretty quickly. Finally, my aunt was loaded into the ambulance. I followed her to the hospital, leaving my cousin and his wife to deal with little boys and their big questions. Miraculously, there was no wait at Marin General and my aunt received immediate care. A shot of morphine, a few X-rays and a visit by the handsome ER doctor. Aunt Jane had broken her humerus and wrist. There would be a long, but complete recovery ahead. If one were to measure the success of a birthday party based on the excitement of little boys, this one was a winner. Heck, I was pretty excited. Firemen don’t just rank high on the kids’ list, I adore them too. By the way, I’m excellent in emergency situations, as evidenced by my assistance a few months ago to the cyclist at Blackie’s Pasture and my quick reaction to my aunt’s fall. If you ever need someone to call 911 for you and stand by your side until paramedics arrive, I’m your girl. Bonus points if you let me go to the ER with you and we get that charming doctor. After all, this single gal is always up for a good time on the weekend. < Email:

BONUS QUESTION: In 2010, Englishman Vin Cox set a new Guinness world record after traveling 18,000 miles around the world in five-and-a-half months by what grueling method of transportation? Howard Rachelson welcomes you to live team trivia contests on Wednesdays at 7:30pm at the Broken Drum in San Rafael. If you have an intriguing question, send it along (including the answer, and your name and hometown) to

VCongratulations, Talya Klinger from Novato. Talya, a 13-year-old student, was invited to Johns Hopkins University last month for a special recognition ceremony where she received a medal honoring her outstanding academic achievements. We are duly impressed. Students compete for this national award by entering an academic talent search held by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. Talya’s medal represents her place among America’s top performing seventh- and eighth-graders. And she is certainly in excellent company. A former Center for Talented Youth student started Facebook and another was a Google co-founder. Go, Talya, go! You have made Marin proud. We wish you the best with your academics and look forward to hearing about your next success.

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WTo the woman driving the dark-colored Audi on Montford Avenue in Mill Valley: “At least you were honest about tailgating me,” says Julie. Montford, a curvy road with hairpin turns, has a speed limit of 25 mph. Julie stayed at the limit, slowing when navigating tight turns. Ms. Audi was on Julie’s bumper until she was able to pull into a turnout to let the tailgater pass. Instead, the Audi pulled up beside her and the driver proceeded to yell that she wouldn’t tailgate if Julie would learn how to drive. Sadly, this scene unfolded in front of Ms. Audi’s young daughter, who was sitting quietly in her booster seat in the back seat. Zero Mommy, aggressive driving is dangerous. Put on the brakes. —Nikki Silverstein


s a self-proclaimed expert on the behavior of single women, I’d like to educate the happily married public on what unattached, childless 40ish gals do for fun on the weekends. In the morning, Pilates class, where we gently lengthen our muscles in hopes of adding height to our shrinking frames. Next, we stop by Peet’s for a cup of strong coffee and a warmed chocolate croissant. This provides the essential empty calories to satisfy our perimenopause-induced sugar addiction. Later, we get pedicures, shop for new shoes we probably don’t need, eat sushi dinner and catch a movie. On Sunday, we rest. Invite us to an event that might jolt us out of our ruts and we’re there. My cousin Brandon, his wife and their two extraordinary children live in Marin, offering me short respites from the doldrums of singledom. Recently, we celebrated my youngest cousin Jake’s sixth birthday at Country Club Bowl in San Rafael. Until you’ve experienced ten 6-year-old boys racing around a bowling alley and an arcade, you haven’t lived. Little boys enjoy putting their fingers in front of the return chute as it spits out bowling balls. Testing gravity by dropping 6-pound balls on the floor is also great fun, even if tiny toes get in the way. Thank goodness, a bruised digit or two doesn’t impede pummeling video games and pinball machines. With all of this activity going on, you may wonder if any of the children sustained a more serious injury. Not at all. Ambulance rides to the hospital were strictly reserved for the party’s adult chaperones, namely my Aunt Jane. While the kids played in the arcade, Jane and I took advantage of our group’s empty bowling lane. I’m a darn good bowler, especially with a kid-sized ball and the side bumpers up to prevent the gutter from stealing my strikes and spares. I mocked my aunt when she claimed she would achieve a perfect 300 score. Even with her league experience and the gutter guards, the woman has 25 years on me and simply wasn’t blessed with my grace and coordination. “Beauty before age,” I said, picking up my carefully selected ball. I walked to the foul line and stopped. Eyeballing the target arrows and the head pin, I swung my right arm back, brought it forward and released the ball. Exactly as I planned, it banked off the rubber guards at the precise points necessary to knock down all 10 pins. “Beat that,” I said. “I will, baby. Just you watch.”

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< 8 The hunger games used 200 percent of the federal poverty level as a benchmark.) “These individuals experienced periods during the year when they could not afford to put food on the table or had to forgo other basic needs to do so. During this period, the number of food-insecure adults in California grew by half (49 percent), five times the increase in California’s total population (10 percent).” The study notes that a similar pattern exists across the country. “The [California] data confirms what we’ve been hearing from participants coming to our pantries,” says Paul Ash, Food Bank executive director. “Low-income people are among the last to see any benefit from the economic recovery. Everybody focuses on the recession and coming out of the recession, but the increase in income inequality has continued.” The Marin Food Bank distributed meals in the county to 14,000 people last year. “It’s hard for many people to grasp the need,” says Ash. “You don’t know that the person mowing your lawn or working in the hotel is just getting by and is missing meals.” The term “food insecurity” comes from USDA nomenclature designed to measure hunger in the country. When people exhibit low food-security, they are consuming lower-quality food that has less variety in addition to “disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake.” The Food Bank offers fresh fruits and produce to bolster a food-insecure diet. According to the UCLA study, in 2009, there were 13,000 food-insecure residents in Marin. In that same year, there were 4,000 very low foodsecurity residents. The problems associated with very low food-security—not enough to eat—seem obvious. But the implications on emotional as well as physical health can cascade into serious conditions. And those conditions ultimately affect a wider community when people suffer the consequences of trying to decide whether to pay the rent, pay for heat, pay for child health-care or buy food for tomorrow’s dinner. Even with a bump in government assistance and nongovernmental programs offered by nonprofit organizations, the Food Bank report notes that “the number of missing meals rose by over 13 million meals between 2009 and 2010, and by over 17 million meals since 2007: This increase in need is due to the fact that the increases in underlying economic need substantially outpaced the growth in food assistance in both counties, a trend that was particularly pronounced in 2010.” To put a Marin focus on the picture, the Food Bank report notes that in 2010, county residents who fell at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty guideline purchased just 37 percent of their food with their own financial resources; another 17 percent came from government supplement programs. Nonprofits, such as the Food Bank, contributed 9 percent. That leaves 36 percent missing from a 10 PACIFIC SUN NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 6, 2012

food budget for residents at or below the poverty guideline. Getting supplemental food to residents who need it has been a challenge in Marin and across the state. “California has a bad success rate at getting eligible people into programs,” says Ash. State bureaucracy is part of the problem. Unlike other states that have unified supplemental food programs in which each county has the same procedures to sign up for assistance, California has left the details up to each county. That means people in different counties seeking supplemental food assistance must follow different procedures in what can be a complicated process. Ash says California manages to sign up less than 50 percent of eligible people for supplemental food programs; states that have unified eligibility systems can reach an 80 percent or a 90 percent success rate. According to the Food Bank report, only 30 percent of Marin residents eligible for CalFresh are enrolled. (CalFresh eligibility guidelines are set at 130 percent of the federal poverty level.) But that’s not from lack of trying, says Heather Ravani, social services director for the county. “Statewide in California, the penetration rate for CalFresh is definitely low. But it has increased.” Ravani says that according to a letter from the California Department of Social Services, “the statewide caseload increased 40 percent from 2009 to 2011. There’s definitely been a concerted effort on the part of welfare directors across the state to work on this county by county.” Marin is following a “no wrong door” strategy, says Ravani. When, for instance, seniors go to sites for social interaction and meals, the county assesses their situation “and lets them know that based on their financial situation, they could be eligible for CalFresh.” County representatives also extend their hands to help residents with the eligibility application process. “We’re trying to reach targeted populations,” says Ravani. That outreach includes having a staff person work on eligibility issues through the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, which is just one of many programs aimed at providing food assistance in Marin. Rather than simply offer single-target services at a site of county social service programs, the county is using a sort of triage strategy to identify residents who may be eligible for ongoing food assistance. “On the statewide level, I think the outreach will broaden even more as we start to look at health-care reform,” says Ravani. “When people will be calling in to a health exchange to see what kind of health insurance they might be able to get, they may be asked some questions to determine if they are eligible for food assistance.” During outreach to residents who may be unaware they are eligible for programs like CalFresh, county social service representatives often come across people who are reluctant to apply for assistance, a factor that most likely plays a role in the low

enrollment numbers in Marin. Despite the pervasive need for food assistance, a social stigma still exists in some quarters. And the disdain conservative politicians hold for food programs was evident when Republicans called for drastically cutting the food stamp program. “A lot of times, people don’t want to apply for benefits because they don’t want to share all their personal information,” says Ravani. That’s particularly true among senior citizens. And some think enrolling isn’t worth the invasive trouble. The CalFresh benefit isn’t huge for many seniors because the benefit depends on family size. “If you’re a single person living alone, you’re not looking at a huge financial gain.” And as with virtually all government programs, “there’s a protocol that needs to be followed,” says Larry Meredith, director of Marin County Health and Human Services. California is considering revisions in the protocol as the state tackles health-care reform, adds Meredith. That could mean a flood of people lining up to apply for benefits, “and at the same time, we’re not getting any more eligibility workers, so we’re going to have to simplify the process.” The goal will be to make it easier for people to sign up for health-care and food programs and make it “easier and less traumatic.” The merger of the San Francisco and Marin food banks has resulted in a welcome expansion of food access points, says Meredith. The county has been working with the Food Bank for a few years, he adds. The success of the pantries may be depressing the number of CalFresh enrollees. “You don’t need to disclose any per-

sonal information at the Food Bank. And you can have choice of food right there. I think that is acting as a bit of a disincentive” to enroll in the CalFresh program. In addition to working with the Food Bank, the county provides other food assistance programs, such as Meals on Wheels and “congregant meal programs.” Both of those programs avoid the kind of invasive eligibility requirements of CalFresh. Ana Bagtas, program manager at the Marin County Division of Aging and Adult Services, says the congregant program provides food at eight sites in the county, including locations in West Marin, Marin City, Mill Valley, Novato and the Canal in San Rafael. “We’re really targeting communities where these meals can really benefit people.” In addition to providing a hot lunch, the congregant program offers social interaction. The county has been working to coordinate the timing of the congregant lunches with Food Bank pantry days, so people who come for the lunch can pick up Food Bank fare. Despite all the effort extended to help the food insecure, the stark fact included in the San Francisco and Marin food-need report is that a remarkably uncomfortable number of Marin residents still are food insecure. “We’re working on a kind of food coalition project,” says Ravani. “We’re bringing in all of our partners from the community as well as [county health and human services] to really look at the big picture and find ways we can work on curbing food insecurity and couple that with healthy eating and active living.” It’s what Meredith calls “a full-court press.” < Contact the writer at

< 8 Newsgrams neighborhood school at the end of the last school year. The proposed North Bay Academy would open next school year with about 550 students and feature a “core knowledge” curriculum. Founded in 1986 by E.D. Hirsch Jr., Core Knowledge emphasizes “solid, specific core curriculum” for each elementary school grade level, according to www. E.D. Hirsch Jr.; parent resource books include titles such as What Your Preschooler Needs to Know and What Your First Grader Needs to Know, etc. The campus of the former Hill Middle School has been suggested as a possible site. But this week the American Civil Liberties Union and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area sent a letter to the Novato School Board outlining concerns that such schools that require an application and/or lottery for enrollment, ultimately draw a whiter and more affluent student body away from neighborhood schools, leaving immigrant and low-income populations, according to the letter, “more racially and socioeconomically isolated.” According to a report in the Marin IJ, the two civil rights groups were sought out for input by the group Save Our Novato Schools, which opposes the proposal for the Academy. The growing charter school movement has faced criticism across the country. While individual charter schools themselves have achieved varying degrees of success, critics say some family applicants are not attracted by a diversity of curriculum, but to avoid economically disadvantaged schools that may be within their neighborhood boundaries. The Novato Unified School District board will consider the proposal for the North Bay Academy at its Dec. 18 meeting.

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f anyone could convince Marin’s die-hard atheists that God does exist, it would be Anne Lamott. The Fairfax-based writer, now 58 years old and with two new books published this year, is as grounded in and honest about her faith as ever. Lamott makes religion look fun, fulfilling—the very opposite picture painted by some of the more conservative fundamentalists in mainstream media outlets. Most of all, her unwavering faith breaks down the walls of otherness for non-Christian readers. Whether one “believes” or not, Lamott helps us to all believe in one thing: that everything will be OK. But her faith doesn’t end at God. Her adoration for her family and life in Marin is almost holy, something even obstinate doubters can get behind. This awe and appreciation is the thread woven through her latest book, Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers. “I was born and raised here so it’s really, really home. It’s the safest place on Earth,” says the Bolinas-raised Lamott on a recent morning in her cozy Fairfax home. “I’m constantly inspired by beauty and I am constantly inspired by what do-gooders we are in this community.” It is within this community—her church, family, friends and the beauty of Marin’s natural environment—that Lamott found her faith, which she shares in many of her 15 books and countless essays. In particular, Help, Thanks, Wow offers insights that readers can find respite in; even in the darkest of times she smooths out the rough edges for us and reminds us to integrate a few moments of pause into our days. Lamott’s words are good medicine for the heart. Things haven’t always been sunshine and gratitude for Lamott. There was a time when she found herself summoning assistance through her first “essential prayer,”—the “help” portion of her book—to lead her out of some difficult circumstances. In 1980, Lamott published her debut book, Hard Laughter (Viking Press), a novel she wrote for her father while he battled brain cancer. Though the book wasn’t met with instantaneous best-seller success, she credits Elaine Petrocelli of Book Passage for giving her a break. “I think she really made my career because she bought, famously, 3,000 copies of Hard Laughter. She loved the book so much and it hadn’t sold particularly well. You know, [it was] a first book by a 26-year-old and she was sort of the go-to source for Hard Laughter,” says Lamott. “And she gave me a job when I was dirt poor and had a little baby and she really paid the rent for years—by employing me—until Operating Instructions came out. She’s a guardian angel.” Despite the success of her sophomore novel, Rosie, Lamott continued to struggle with alcoholism and anxiety until sobering up in 1986. Shortly after, in 1989, she became a full-time single mother to her son, Sam. It was Lamott’s new-found sobriety and 12 PACIFIC SUN NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 6, 2012

One of the author’s closest advisors suggested titling the book, ‘Help Thanks Meow!’


Anxiety by Dani Burlison

Anne A nne Lamott’ Lamott ’s ‘essential’ ssential’ guide guide to to fording fording life’ life’s troubled troubled w waters aters new life as a single mother to Sam that ushered her closer to the spotlight. Her first book-length piece of autobiographical work, Operating Instructions (Pantheon, 1993)—the journal of her first year with Sam—won her a much-deserved spot on the New York Times best-seller list, and soon Lamott was off and running, publishing nearly a dozen books in the following two decades.   


FOR A WOMAN who writes so candidly about her struggles with anxiety, Lamott has an air of confidence, of being so grounded that the playful self-deprecation she has become known for seems almost ironic as she sits casually in jeans and sage-green sweatshirt—her short dreadlocks springing out in a frame around her face—in her home office. Though she insists that social anxiety still plagues her, it does so at a much lower level then it once did. A deep love and bond with her church, more than two decades of sobriety and, of course, the wisdom of time have all helped. “So much of our persona is stuff that we agreed to as very small children. We agreed to be perfect, we agreed to be such good, good girls—we were like little flight attendants for the world—vaguely sedated,” she says. “It just gets knocked off in the crucible of raising kids, of being exhausted a lot of the time until your kids are really on their own.”

And though Sam, the co-author of her last book, Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son (Riverhead, 2012), is now in his early 20s, Lamott’s home is not free of children and the responsibilities that come with them. Sam and his 3-year-old son, Jax, often spend several days each week at Lamott’s home. And, though Sam’s presence ensures that Lamott is not reliving the early days of juggling the chaotic mix of writing and single parenting, many of her days are just as full. “It’s impossible to write when a 35-pound person is hitting you on the head with a balloon,” laughs Lamott. “And my son is 23 now and he’s fabulous, but he’s still my son so that means he thinks I am still his mom and that I might do ‘mom-ly’ things for him. If I’m on deadline and I have Jax and Sam here, I am up very early and I don’t pretend to have any leeway. You know, because I don’t. Its just real life.” Lamott’s face lights up when she speaks about the time she spends with her son and grandson, though she admits that despite her best efforts, she does get less writing done when they are with her. So these days, she is as diligent as ever about scheduling time to write and get down to business before the boys and her two dogs, Lily and Bodie, are up and gazing up at the skylights that fill her home. “I always knew my creative freedom was going to be about discipline, that I wasn’t

going to be someone who could decide what time would be a good time to get started on the writing. Ever,” she says. “I have never once had that delusion. So I am—everybody, I think—is so much smarter before the world gets its mitts on you.” She’s been careful, also, to master a fine balance without crossing lines in her memoir writing—despite how intimately personal her stories may appear from the outside. Her trick? “I don’t air my family laundry,” she says. “I’m very, very private for such a confessional writer. Because I don’t write about it until I know it’s universal.”   


AND DISCUSSING UNIVERSAL truths is what keeps an enormous and growing fan base flocking to her shelf in bookstores across the nation. Lamott has a gift for bringing delicate and human issues like loss and parenting and everyday struggles to the light in her writing. Although she remains humorous and candid in her tendency toward self-deprecation, a piece of her seems to continue growing into a type of loving self-acceptance and an ever expanding aura of gratitude for every single gift that has entered her life. “You lose a couple of people young and you go ‘wow,’ because in your 20s and early 30s you just feel like you’re invincible—

though not quite so much after you have kids—but you sort of get the wisdom that it is gone very quickly. Kids’ childhoods pass in a dream, in a flash,” she says. “And by 50, enough people have died that [the] extreme shortness and preciousness of life is just sitting in the room with you when you wake up.” It is this loss that Lamott focuses on in her forthcoming book, a collection of previously published and new essays with the working title As In Life. Though she admits that focusing on such topics as grief may give her the label of being what she calls a “buzzkill” or “downer,” Lamott will surely bring her own unique wit and beauty to this work as she has done so many times before. But Anne Lamott is certainly neither a buzzkill nor a downer. She only transfers her own truths to the page and offers ways for readers to address life’s various

complexities with simplicity and grace. She reminds us that getting in touch with a higher power or engaging in spirituality need not be an extravagant ordeal. A simple word—help, thanks or wow—can get each of us in touch with something bigger than ourselves, which in turn, helps us to understand the most inner mechanisms of the human condition and gives us permission to live happier, richer lives. And what could possibly be so bad about that? “I am loved out of all sense of proportion and I have a very easy life now. I mean, I fought tooth and nail for this. I got one of those five golden tickets to be a career writer and I honor that and I am constantly in gratitude, Thank you, thank you, thank you. You know, the second great prayer; thank you, thank you,” she says. “I get to spend my life finding out about life!” <

sense of just how much wisdom Hass has to share. There are many favorites in this collection: His essay on Maxine Hong Kingston discusses the effects The Woman Warrior has had on feminism in America. “Notes on Poetry and Spirituality” dives into the diverse and ultimately indefinable connections to religion and spirituality. “Families and Prisons” takes a compassionate look at the world’s imprisoned poets. What Light Can Do shows us that there is poetry in everything. But most of all this collection offers a glimpse into the mind and passions of one of America’s—and Marin’s—most beloved poets and is a collection I will refer to again and again. —Dani Burlison

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Local-Lit Roundup Boy meets world Beamish Boy by Albert Flynn DeSilver. The Owl Press, 2012. 261 pages. $20 Beamish Boy follows a young Albert Flynn DeSilver from early and chaotic beginnings in the bat-filled “Clock Tower” he called home in Connecticut to his current peaceful life in West Marin. But it is not a typical, happy-go-lucky coming-of-age tale that DeSilver shares with his readers. Instead, it is one of the dangerous lengths we sometimes go to in order to simply find a place in the world. Through his early relationships with an abusive and strict “nanny” and an emotionally absent alcoholic mother, young Albert’s ideas about relationships with women— and himself—are painfully skewed. He soon finds alcohol a temporary fix for his social awkwardness and insecurities about his place in the social groups he navigates through. From his East Coast high school, onto colleges in Ohio and Colorado, DeSilver displays frequent unpredictable and violent behavior—physical abuse of a girlfriend, emotional abuse of at least two others—and several self-induced blackouts from booze and fistfuls of drugs lead him to life-threatening situations that he is quite frankly lucky to have survived. Fortunately, his rock bottom comes while still at a young age and his sobriety—and remaining unhealthy obsession with women and the constant search for community— replaces his fits of drunken rage. He seeks

understanding in the most California Dreamin’ kind of ways: through a cult, through refuge in the wilds of Humboldt County, through the humorous and glorious Bay Area open mic scene and, finally, here at Woodacre’s Spirit Rock Meditation Center. None of it is perfect and DeSilver’s honesty and humorous insights about his own shortcomings, projections and high expectations about the world create a very human and sincere read. Beamish Boy is a beautiful and honest tale of the often gritty search for the light we all have inside. —Dani Burlison

The bard of the ‘Light’ brigade What Light Can Do: Essays on Art, Imagination and the Natural World by Robert Hass. ECCO/Harper Collins, 2012. 479 pages. $29.99 What other than magical prose could former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass deliver to his readers? His second book of essays, What Light Can Do, is a hearty collection of reflections, observations and wisdom for the soul. Hass writes on those subjects that should be brought to light, and he delivers insights into a vast array of topics from violence in literature to California writers like Jack London to the poetry of photography and onto the lightness and depths found in nature. His stories encourage critical thinking and invite pause for reflection and fill the reader with a deep

The Capitalism Papers: Fatal flaws of an obsolete system by Jerry Mander. Counterpoint, 2012. 257 pages. $26 You don’t have to look much further than the Big Events of recent weeks to see real-world illustrations of Jerry Mander’s arguments in his new book, The Capitalism Papers. Billions spent on election advertising chockablock with pants-on-fire claims; a super storm on the East Coast that may be associated with manmade climate change—although global warming or the Earth and nature in general went virtually unmentioned in the campaign; yet more agitation for yet more wars in the Middle East; hordes of often obese Americans thronging to stores owned by mega-corporations to buy cheap foreign-made goods on Black Friday (and on Thanksgiving—soon to be re-named Black Friday Eve) while exhausted, minimum-wage clerks forgo their holiday and labor all night ringing up and re-stocking the soon-to-be-obsolete junk; and more than a hundred workers perishing in a fire in a Bangladesh textile factory, shades of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. Capitalism itself is to be blamed for massive environmental and social problems, Bolinas author Mander argues. Best known for his book Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, Mander is a former advertising man who does his research and concentrates on the big picture to write serious but accessible books, and he makes a persuasive case for the unsustainability of a system that demands constant consumption and growth, growth and more growth in a finite world. Little tweaks won’t fix it, he says, and he’s not talking about smallscale, local mom-and-pop kind of capitalism. “I am not a communist, or Marxist or

socialist, and never have been,” he writes. “You really don’t have to be any of those things to find major flaws in capitalism’s inherent design and begin to be alarmed about its downside performance. You just have to be awake.” —Julie Vader

Bringing it all back home Bringing Home the Dharma: Awakening Right Where You Are by Jack Kornfield. Boston: Shambhala Publications, Inc., 2011. 279 pages. $16.95 Not a book to be approached lightly, Bringing Home the Dharma is a terrific resource for anyone looking to become more mindful or present in his or her life. Jack Kornfield, the renowned and highly respected Buddhist teacher based at Spirit Rock in Woodacre (and author of numerous books on incorporating Buddhist teachings into our everyday lives), presents the principles of “how to awaken” and “the art of awakening” in a straightforward and clear manner. His approach is not simplistic and he is in no way condescending toward those of us who haven’t dedicated ourselves to Buddhist practice. Kornfield knows it isn’t easy to calm the mind, but he says no matter where we are in our lives, it is possible to do so. And he emphasizes, especially through anecdotes about a number of his students, the importance of acceptance and starting right where you are. Moving to a monastery or forsaking all worldly goods isn’t necessary to attain wisdom and a sense of serenity. There’s far more to his teaching than lessons on meditation—it’s about “intention,” and living life in a mindful manner. No magic bullets, secret words, cults to join—just sage advice on becoming more conscious in everything we do. What a gift—especially at this hectic time of year. —Carol Inkellis

‘Holo,’ I must be going... A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers. McSweeney’s Books, 2012. 312 pages. $25 Alan Clay is lost in a sea of vast emptiness. In A Hologram for the King, he has prepared a high-tech holographic presentation of an IT project for Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah. He is counting on landing this deal in the hopes that it will help him 14> NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 6, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 13

Disorder in the Court Journalist Jill Kramer turns Marin Family Court drama into debut novel by Car o l I nke llis


ongtime readers of the Pacific Sun know Jill Kramer, author of the recently published novel Criminal Decision, as an intrepid reporter who has covered a number of controversial local issues—in addition to interviewing a who’s who of famous and infamous Marinites. Over the years Kramer wrote a number of stories involving domestic violence, child abuse and child-custody issues. The ideas for this book percolated while she worked out how best to present this information without being dry—or sensationalistic. We recently spoke with Kramer about the book and how she came to write it.   


You’ve been writing for the Sun for a long time I was on staff for 14 years.

mer managing editor] assigned me that story [“Conflicting Stories,” April 18, 1994]. That was [my] first taste of the tragedies that have occurred in Marin Family Court over the years. I mean, during all the years that I was on staff...there was one episode after another. There were three separate cases of women who took off with their kids, believing they had been molested. What made you decide to write a fictional account? Well, at first I thought I was going to do nonfiction because that’s what I had always done. I’d never written any fiction in my life. ...That was a huge step for me. But once I started doing it I really liked it. I mean, it was really liberating, I suddenly was able to make stuff up, which was wonderful [laughing].

Are the characters based on people inAnd is Criminal Decisions based on any volved in the court cases you covered? stories you’d covered? Jack Stride [the love interest] was actuYeah, the interesting thing is that one of the ally the character that most closely resemvery first stories I did...there was a case of a bled a real-life person and that was kind of woman who had taken off with her kid on the like a little gift to myself: I was writing this belief that the kid was being really grim story, a heartmolested—and she was on wrenching story, and I just CRIMINAL DECISION the run in Europe for years wanted to give myself a little by Jill Kramer before her husband was able relief from that. ...Everybody Available from Amazon for to track her down with the else is completely made up. Kindle; paperback coming aid of a private detective. soon, visit www.jillkramer. And they brought her back And the story is based on net for updates. to Marin and she was on trithe three cases? al. And Linda [Xiques, forIt’s actually more than the

< 13 Local-lit roundup change the circumstances of his life. Having left his home in suburban Boston, Alan arrives in Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Economic City (or KAEC as it is often referred to in the book), and is met with an unexpected amount of time on his hands as the king repeatedly blows off their meetings. It is during his time in the stretch of remote desert that he reflects often on the various conflicts he left back home: the never-ending tension between his beloved college-age daughter and his antagonistic, alcoholic ex-wife; the frustration and anger from his father for his role in outsourcing American jobs overseas; the memory of his neighbor, Charlie, walking to his death in a nearby lake. At 54 years old, he is plagued with these thoughts, yet meets each memory with an increasing sense of defeat and avoidance—until he gets his hands on some bootlegged moonshine 14 PACIFIC SUN NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 6, 2012

and begins spending his evenings alone in his hotel, giddy with ideas and curious about the strange growth on his neck. The only hint of confidence or content is found during the times Alan spends with his driver, Yousef, and through email exchanges with the attractive local doctor who examines his enlarging neck protrusion. Eggers, a resident of the Ross Valley lauded for his previous books, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Zeiton and What is the What, among others, masters the sense of being lost, of the utter lack of fulfillment caused when we arrive at an empty destination with nothing much to return home to. He also paints a bleak picture of the rapidly changing times and the ills of the global economy, in which the American Dream can easily dissolve in a matter of moments. A captivating, yet lonely read, A Hologram for the King is a story of

three cases where the women ran away with their kids. There were all these other stories on missteps and tragedies in Family Court and they all kind of went into the mix. Over the years I just learned a lot about what can go wrong in Family Court, what are the problems, and so all of that went into the book. How long did it take to write? It took basically three years to write...two years for the initial draft and then I spent another year going over and making revisions. And then, there were another two years that passed while I was trying to get it published... and during that time I would periodically look back, and every time I looked at it I would something else I wanted to tweak, so...I was fiddling with it for almost five years. A huge commitment. So, do you have another book in you? I hope so [laughing]. I haven’t started one yet, but I hope so. Will the next book—if there is a next book—be fiction? Yes, I would like to do another fiction [book]. But a nonfiction book is certainly a possibility too. That’s what most of my background is. So, I don’t know, we’ll see. ...Until I get this book off my plate I won’t be starting another one. ... I still haven’t published the paperback version. That’s coming soon. Tell me about the experience of writing this book... Well...when I was doing all those stories for the Sun about what was wrong with Family Court, I would get a barrage of phone calls

searching for one’s place in a rapidly spinning world. —Dani Burlison

Lo, and behold... Adaptation by Malinda Lo. Little, Brown, 2012. 400 pages. $17.99 Malinda Lo’s Adaptation is a teen sci-fi masterpiece about a teenage girl named Reese Holloway. The story begins in an airport in Phoenix, where Reese and her debate partner David Li are waiting to fly home to San Francisco. But when a pair of planes on the other side of the country crash after being hit by birds, all flights across North America are canceled. Reese and David wait

from women all over the Bay Area who had had nightmare experiences in Family Court and they were just so grateful to see something in print that validated their experience because they all thought they were the only ones that this ever happened to. You know, people have a hard time believing that a court can make a mistake. We have so much faith in our judicial system, and we want to believe that our judicial system... always makes the right decisions. And when it doesn’t, we just kind of want to deny it. ... So when a parent believes their kid is being hurt and the court isn’t helping them and the parent loses custody when they’re trying to protect their kid, it makes them think that they’re crazy. You know—how can this be happening to me? And the worst thing about it is they start to feel like Job, because even their friends look at them and say, “Well, if you lost custody, you must have done something terrible, it had to be your fault.” It’s just a terrible experience. The reason I wanted to write the book is because I want people to know how this can happen, how things can go so terribly wrong. And that includes a lot of us—which could mean there’s a big audience for it. I think so. I think there are a lot of people out there who will feel very validated when they read this. But my real purpose is that I want this to reach people who this hasn’t happened to, the people who are reluctant to believe that anything can possibly go wrong. I want them to read the book and find out how these things can happen. <

for hours before deciding to leave and drive home. While driving through the dark on the Extraterrestrial Highway, a bird flies into their headlights, causing a terrible accident. Twenty-one days after the crash, they wake up on a military base and no one will explain to them how badly they had been injured and they are not granted permission to leave until they sign confidentiality agreements. Once they finally arrive home, things really get strange, as they attempt to figure out what happened without breaking the agreement made at the base. Fairfax resident Lo’s story is filled with shocking surprises, astounding, unexpected twists and well-rounded, dynamic characters. Adaptation explores sexual orientation, conspiracies and one last thing that I can’t share without revealing a key plot point. I could not (would not) put it down the first time I read it—and promptly went back for a second read. —Xenia Burlison-Craft, age 16

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Reading My Mind: A collection of essays by Roberta Cole. iUniverse, 2012. 131 pages. $14.95 Sausalitoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roberta Coleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection of 31essays, Reading My Mind, was published earlier this year. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a slim book and a quick read and many of the pieces are about the contrasts between New York and Sausalito. Cole grew up in Manhattan and Queens and worked as a radio program host and producer as well as an adjunct professor at New York University. These essays donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t touch much on her work though, but more on the ordinary moments of everyday lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; dealing with death, with aging parents, raising a child, retirement. She describes a stay at the Tassajara Mountain Zen Center, visits to Paris and Italy, as well as memories of her childhood. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear that one of the great loves of her life is Sausalito. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Easterners tend to have a love/hate re-

lationship with the West Coast, particularly New Yorkers,â&#x20AC;? she writes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is the thinking that all this good cannot be good for you; that soul building lies in suffering and in knowing that darkness cannot predictably be relieved by light. But let me tell you, it can. And too much of a good thing can be very good! That is the dirty little secret.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Julie Vader

Time after Time An Island in Time: 50 Years of Point Reyes National Seashore by John Hart. Mill Valley: Lighthouse Press, 2012. 151 pages. $29.95 With the state parks earning all sorts of press this year, for better or worse, and Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s county and city parks getting a big thumbs-up last month from voters for Measure A, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably no better time to salute the granddaddy of all Marin parklandsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the Point Reyes National Seashore. In a new book released this month, An Island In Time: 50 Years of the Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin writer John Hart presents his â&#x20AC;&#x153;celebrationâ&#x20AC;? of the ďŹ rst half century of what he calls an â&#x20AC;&#x153;incessantly controversialâ&#x20AC;? park. From the Miwoks and Sir

Francis Drake to Congressman Clem Miller (the force behind National Park legislation) and the land-use battles waged by â&#x20AC;&#x153;a lively and fractious local community,â&#x20AC;? the book is a much-needed update to An Island in Time, Harold Gilliamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1962 ode to Point Reyes, published when its future as a federally protected land was still in doubt. As Gilliam writes in the foreword, â&#x20AC;&#x153;John Hartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book you now hold in your hands tells the rest of the improbable story.â&#x20AC;? Hart, though, would be the ďŹ rst to acknowledge that it really doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. As the book went to press this month,

the fate of the Drakes Bay Oyster Farm had yet to be decidedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the controversy these past few years over whether an independently owned mariculture operation should be allowed on National Park land has, in Hartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own words, â&#x20AC;&#x153;proved radioactive.â&#x20AC;? (In his authorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s note, Hart says he considered omitting the oyster dispute from the book entirelyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and his various versions of the text led to original publisher University of California Press withdrawing from the project. But omitting the oysters, he says with far less hyperbole than youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d think, â&#x20AC;&#x153;would be a bit like writing about recent U.S. history with no mention of Afghanistan.â&#x20AC;?) Hart made the right decisionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;he even acknowledges that his own â&#x20AC;&#x153;judgmentsâ&#x20AC;? will be evident. But, as photographer Richard Blairâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;whose stunning photography, as well as that of Mary Knapp, is featured throughout the bookâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; says in a credit-page statement, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of my opinions are different from those expressed in this book. However, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a ďŹ rm believer in free speech and public discourse.â&#x20AC;? And so should we all be. Hartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book may be coming out at a politically incendiary moment in West Marin butâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;like its â&#x20AC;&#x153;islandâ&#x20AC;? subjectâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; the real story is timeless. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Jason Walsh

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“As you get older it is harder to have heroes—but because of that it is all the more necessary” —Ernest Hemingway







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ew have understood the need for heroes more than Hemingway, author of For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea. Though our Pacific Sun readership certainly comes close. When we put out the call for nominations for our second annual Heroes of Marin awards—our salute, in partnership with Circle Bank, to the community members dedicated to bettering the county and its residents—we were flooded with submissions championing the good works and worthy causes of an incredible spectrum of our friends, neighbors and community leaders. Marin is truly fortunate to have such a rich and varied field of heroes from which to choose. Our panel of “hero” judges bestowed awards in eight separate categories. Recipients will be honored in the Pacific Sun through Dec. 14, with feature stories highlighting their dedication and value to Marin. This week’s honorees include Marin-Sonoma Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, who received our Courage award for her journey from struggling single mom all the way to Capital Hill; while Andrée Jansheski is this year’s Environmental Steward for cleaning up the streets of San Rafael—literally. —Jason Walsh, editor







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t is an honor to sponsor the 2012 Heroes of Marin awards. In a county this rich in talent and tenacity, the selection of this year’s eight community “heroes” is a testament to their dedication to the county and its residents. This week’s issue salutes our Courage award recipient Lynn Woosley and our Environmental Stewardship recipient Andrée Jansheski. Here are a few reasons each was nominated, and deemed “heroes” by our panel of judges: Lynn Woolsey: Courage Lynn Woolsey, who represented Marin and Sonoma counties in Congress beginning in 1993, all but defines what the term “courage” represents. Some would say her courage was defined by her early vote in 2002 against authorizing the invasion of Iraq, a position that many of her congressional colleagues would now wish they had also adopted. But others would point to her journey to Congress as an early indicator of courage and as the essence of her ethos. Lynn’s path to elected office was not a simple one. Self-described as the “the first former welfare mother to serve in Congress,” she was re-elected eight times, before retiring this year. While raising her three children, she became active in Sonoma County politics, serving on the Petaluma City Council before running for and winning the congres-


sional seat (Sixth District) held by Barbara Boxer, who successfully had run for the U.S. Senate. Since taking her seat in Congress in 1993, Lynn has been recognized for her work within the congressional progressive caucus. She has been active on congressional committees on education, workforce protections and energy and the environment. Andrée Jansheski: Environmental Stewardship For Andree Jansheski, who with her husband, John, operates Bellam Self Storage and Boxes in San Rafael, commitment to the environment is an essential element of the business. Six years ago, Bellam became both a Certified Green business and one that was entirely solar-powered. But that is only part of the story. Andree started her mission against litter by convincing the other organizations in her neighborhood to join her efforts. She then convinced the City of San Rafael to put more trash cans in strategic locations throughout the community, which has helped reduce the litter significantly. A leader by example, she is known to put on her gloves and walk her neighborhood picking up trash. Recently she has taken it another step—with a campaign to clean up cigarette butts, both because they’re unsightly and because of their toxic impact on wildlife. The campaign, which has collected more than 100,000 cigarette butts, was recognized this year by the city for its effectiveness and innovative approach to solving an environmental issue.

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s Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey approaches the finish line following 20 years as our local representative, her regrets are few and the achievements she’s attained are many. Since entering Congress in 1993 as representative for California’s 6th District (covering Marin and much of Sonoma County), Woolsey has become as known for her progressive politics as Marin is for hot tubs and peacock feathers. Currently serving her seventh year as co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Woolsey, 75, has been as outspoken about her opposition to both the war in Iraq and the current war in Afghanistan as anyone in the House of Representatives. So how did this one-time struggling single mom work her way up from that low rung on the ladder of the American Dream to become what she describes as the “first self-proclaimed former welfare mother to serve in the U.S. Congress”? “I think I have more energy than most people,” laughs Woolsey by telephone from her 6th District office. And boundless energy she has indeed. Woolsey came to the Bay Area from her native Seattle in 1960 and, prior to being elected Congress, served on the Petaluma City Council, in addition to teaching at the College of Marin and Dominican University. But success didn’t come easily. Woolsey was, at one point, a single mother of three small children turning to government assistance to get back on her feet. “This is home,” she says of her decision to remain in the North Bay following the breakdown of her marriage. “I had a choice. After my divorce, I could have moved back [to Seattle] with my children, but it never even crossed my mind.” After several years of single parenting, Woolsey remarried and her new blended family consisted of four children, very close in age. After balancing parenting with her career in education and a stint on the city council in the early ’90s, Woolsey ran for the congressio-

nal seat of Senatorelect Barbara Boxer. The former welfare mother won—she elected to Congress on her 55th birthday. It was the beginning of a long stay in the House—she earned eight subsequent re-elections. Woolsey’s courage, of course, didn’t end with her rise from austerity. Throughout her career she faced uphill battles. She was the first member of Congress to propose a troop withdrawal from Iraq, and has been vociferously outspoken against the war from the beginning—while offering support to our local veterans and their families. She has also been an advocate for education, protecting the environment and serving as an ally to local Native American groups. ‘I’ve been a pretty lucky woman,’ says Woolsey. Many of the issues she feels passionate about she continues to fight for today. “Well, we’re still in Afghanistan,” she names that among the loose ends still dangling as she leaves her post. “And I’d + Congresswoman Woolsey was like to see the No Child Left Behind Act first elected to the House of Rep14 > fixed.” resentatives on her 55th birthday: Despite not winning every Nov. 3, 1992 battle on Capitol Hill, Woolsey is grate+ Woolsey was ranked the most ful for the successes she has had—both liberal member of Congress in 2012 professional and personal. “I’ve been a pretty lucky woman,” she + Woolsey was arrested in 2009 for says. “I can trust my own protesting genocide in Darfur good senses and can + She is a senior member of the follow my gut when it Committee on Education and the comes to making deciWorkforce sions. And life itself is pretty great.” <

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Andrée Jansheski Environmental Steward by Dani Bu rlison


ometimes an individual comes along creating a huge impact for an entire community through selfless and often less-than-glamorous work. One such selfless hero is San Rafael’s Andrée Jansheski. It didn’t take Jansheski long to feel at home in Marin after relocating from Southern California in 1989. Working alongside her husband at their Bellam Self Storage and Boxes business in San Rafael, the couple made their first notable impact on the Marin environment by becoming a certified Green Business in 2006. Soon, Jansheski’s green-business sense was becoming a lifestyle choice—and she began picking up litter in the streets. “One day I just said to myself, ‘This is it, I’m just gonna go out.’ So I got myself some trash bags—some big ones—and headed out, says Jansheski, from her offices at Bellam. “That day I filled up 11 bags of trash. Eleven big bags! And that was just down one short street.” And she didn’t stop there. Soon she had the post office convinced that it should clean up, too, and even funded part of the clean-up efforts. She had her husband follow her in his car while she walked through a small neighborhood, filling up bags of litter and piling them onto the car. Before long, she became a member of the San Rafael Clean Campaign, a community effort determined to tidy up the town, often funding outreach projects and printing costs to help raise awareness about their immaculate conception for the city—including brochures to inform business owners of their responsibilities and to encourage them to take part in cleaning up San Rafael’s streets. “When you get a business license in San Rafael, believe it or not, you are committing to take care of your trash. It is part of getting the license,” she says. “There are rules about how to dispose of trash and keep property clean, so we asked businesses to not only keep their


property clean but add 6 feet to that. If everyone kept their property clean, and added 6 feet to the process, there wouldn’t be any litter.” Jansheski even included small bottles of hand sanitizer in her outreach materials with this clever label: Reverse Litter, It’s in Your Hands. “We got to the point when we were picking up all of the trash and one of the major things were cigarette butts and they’re not biodegradable. It’s a poison. There are thousands of chemicals in that one butt,” she says. “Little birds and so forth swallow them and can’t poop and they die.” So Jansheski came up with a plan and contacted St. Vincent de Paul, offering dining room patrons a penny per cigarette Andree, and her friend, at left, are enlisting the community in the war against litter. butt they retrieved from streets, parks and anywhere else. The program, Bounty for Butts, brought in around 238,000 cigarette butts in less than three months in San Rafael alone. The butts were then shipped + Bellam Self Storage and Boxes won to TerraCycle, a New Jersey-based Marin’s 2012 Green Business of the company whose goal is to eliminate Year Award and is completely solar waste. TerraCycle transformed the powered cigarette butts into ashtrays. + Downtown San Rafael is littered And aside from her work on the with more than 10,000 cigarette Clean Campaign and maintaining the butts every four days green certification at her business, Jansheski continues to walk through + Jansheski is the author of Don’t Pack neighborhoods, picking up what Me!, a guide to organizing while others throw out. packing and moving “You can do +7 Shades of Green, another of Janbusiness and not harm sheski’s Clean Campaign projects to the environment,” she encourage businesses to ‘”Go Green,” says. “So daily, we just includes seven steps to take in order think green.” <

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Bowed but not broken Violinist finds performances in ‘Late Quartet’ a tad off-key by Davi d Te mp l e ton

Writer David Templeton takes interesting people to interesting movies in his ongoing quest for the ultimate post-film conversation. This is not a movie review; rather, it’s a freewheeling, tangential discussion of life, alternative ideas and popular culture. ometimes, arranging to talk to a busy person about a movie is far more difficult than one would expect. Someone like violinist Deborah Tien Price, of Marin’s acclaimed New Century Chamber Orchestra, has so little free time to begin with, that setting a window for her to get to a movie theater on a weeknight can be a labyrinthine exercise. After several days of back-and-forth negotiations, it became clear that the only possibility was for us to watch the new movie A Late Quartet separately, and then talk about it on the phone. Even that plan turned out to have pitfalls. “Thursday night, just before midnight, I went online,” says Price. “I was in the city, so I thought, ‘Maybe there’s a showing of the movie I can see on Friday!’ And the website said there was a show at 5pm at the Embarcadero. My show ends at 4:40, so I thought, ‘Great! I’ll have just enough time.’ So I took BART from the Civic Center down to the Embarcadero, and I was so pleased because I got there just in time for the movie. But when I went to buy my ticket, they said, ‘Oh! That movie isn’t here anymore. It’s at the Opera Plaza. We turn over movies on Friday, and you were reading the movie times for Thursday!’ “So, I took a taxi over to the Opera Plaza!” she continues. “I missed the first five minutes of the movie—but I made it! I sort of swore a little, when I found it wasn’t playing at the Embarcadero. But I made it. I was determined. There was no way I was not going to see this movie!” Price has been an active member of the Bay Area classical music community since 1997. She’s performed with the Santa Rosa Symphony, S.F. Chamber Orchestra, S.F.


When members of New Century come to blows, says Price, they’re far more careful about their instruments than the characters in ‘Late Quartet.’

Lyric Opera, Alexander String Quartet, California Symphony and several others. She’s played for many years with the New Century Chamber Orchestra (www.ncco. org), which this December performs Vivaldi’s beloved The Four Seasons, part of a program showcasing the ensemble’s many musicians as soloists. A Late Quartet features Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener and Mark Ivanir as members of a storied Big Apple string quartet facing immense changes when their cellist, played by Walken, is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Asked how convincing the actors were at playing professional musicians, Price says she saw pros and cons. “Um, I thought they were cast really well, as far as matching their personalities to their instruments,” Price says. “I did not find their technique to be very convincing.” She laughs. “To varying degrees, their technique was more-or-less believable, but you know, musicians are hard to please with this kind of thing. I was talking with some colleagues, and we were trying to come up with movies about music in which we really believed the actors were playing their instruments. And we really couldn’t come up with any. Except for one.” The 1992 French movie Un Coeur en Hiver (A Heart in Winter), featuring the beautiful Emmanuel Beart as an unhappily married violin virtuoso in love with an icy violin maker. “She was pretty darn convincing at faking that she could play,” laughs Price. “Of the four in this movie, I thought Chrisopher Walken did quite a good job faking the cello, and I think Philip Seymour Hoffman’s vibrato looked pretty good. But...who was the actor who played the first violinist?” “Mark Ivanir. He was in Schindler’s List,” then he’s done mostly TV stuff.” “Yeah. Mark Ivanir,” Price says. “There were times when I could hear him playing vibrations, but he wasn’t vibrating his left hand at all. Both hands are extremely complex. It’s really difficult to learn how to play. So there are so many things that could show that you are faking. But I guess you have to be a musician to catch a lot of them. “Personality-wise,” she goes on, “I thought the melodrama in the quartet was sort of believable.” “There’s melodrama in classical music?” I joke.

Price thought Christopher Walken’s personality was a good match with other cellists she’s known. Her cellist friends may note that Walken is known for playing mentally unhinged egomaniacs.

“Absolutely!” she laughs. “There are plenty of quartets like this one! So that was believable. Though, I have to say, I did not believe how much free time they all had. That didn’t seem feasible, for a professional string quartet.” Price stops herself before offering any more criticisms of the film. “The bottom line,” she says, “is that I really appreciate the effort everyone put into this. I appreciate the effort to put classical music out there into the mainstream. I like that, and I don’t want filmmakers to stop trying to make these kinds of movies.” Price encounters people frequently who have no idea the amount of practice and training that goes into a high-level classical ensemble like the one in the movie. “People don’t know what the life of a professional classical musician is really

accepting that, accepting that she wouldn’t be performing anymore. “It’s not something we musicians like to think about a lot,” she admits. “But it’s a possibility that exists for all of us. It all does come to an end. Maybe not this dramatically, but eventually all careers end. It’s very sobering, but also inspiring. How do we make the most of what we have, while we still have it? “Remember when Philip Seymour Hoffman punches the first violinist, and the violin and the bow are knocked off the chair? Well, the fact that they ignored the instrument altogether would never have happened in a group of professional musicians. If a rare violin had fallen to the floor, everything would have stopped, no matter who had just hit who. Everyone would have been focused on figuring out

If Marinites want to see a decent fake movie violinist, they’ll have to track down 1992’s ‘Un Coeur en Hiver.’

like,” she says. “So I was just happy to have some of that touched on in the film. And I was touched by the ending, when Christopher Walken gives his speech, and he’s given a standing ovation. It made me think about what my own teacher went through, at the end of her career. She damaged her rotator cuff, and had two surgeries, neither of which took. So she couldn’t play for more than a few minutes without being in a lot of pain. I watched her struggle with

whether the violin had been hurt or not.” “Did that upset you, seeing a multimillion-dollar instrument flung to the ground?” “Oh yeah!” she laughs again. “I was like, ‘Oh no!’ And I expected the drama to shift to the instrument. That’s just what I expected to happen, because...because that’s what would have happened!” < Play David like a violin at


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Always love Whitney Marin record producer Walden keeps late singer’s legacy alive... by G r e g Cahill


estiny always rings twice. When Arista Records chief Clive Davis’s office phoned Narada Michael Walden about producing the debut album for a promising young singer named Whitney Houston, he passed. After all, Walden was recording the comeback album for the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. “I said I don’t have time. I’m working on Aretha’s album,” says the fast-talking Marinite, speaking from his Tarpan Studios in San Rafael. “They called back and said, ‘No, no, no. You don’t understand. You’ve got to make time for this. She’s gonna be huge.’” “So I changed gears—I made time.” Smart move. The singer’s Grammy-winning 1985 eponymous debut climbed to No. 1 on the Billboard charts, not once, but twice— having sold 25 million copies after its initial release, the album topped the charts again this year after Houston’s accidental drowning in a Beverly Hills Hotel bathtub. Last week, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences—which produces the Grammy Awards—announced that Houston and her debut album will be in-

ducted into the 2013 Grammy Hall of Fame. Houston, sang background on Walden’s first solo album, Garden of Love Light. For Walden—who shared production Whitney—the cousin of pop singers credits on the album with Jermaine JackDionne and Dee Dee Warwick and godson, Kashif and Michael Masser, and ultidaughter of ’60s soul great Darlene Love— mately recorded 18 tracks with the singer throughout her career—the timing couldn’t would become a superstar. “She was a hybrid singer,” Walden says. be better: this week, he released his book Whitney Houston: The Voice, the Music, the “She had the power of her mom, the Inspiration (Insight Editions). He’ll hold a sensitivity of Dionne and the phrasing of Dec. 5 book signing at the Grammy MuDarlene Love.” seum’s Clive Davis Theater in Los Angeles, At just 105 pounds, Houston had a set site of a popular Houston exhibit. of pipes that turned pop music on its col“I want to keep alive her great legacy lective ear. and how much love, energy and inspira“The first time I really heard her blow tion went into the music,” Walden says of was when I went into the studio to record the book. “It’s my way of keeping in the ‘How Will I Know’ for her solo debut,” forefront the genius of her music. It’s so Walden says of the hit single written by easy to discredit people because of their George Merrill, of Petaluma. “She just addictions—you blew me away. It was almost know, the darker side a one-take session. Her mom COMING SOON of things. But what I had come into the studio Narada Michael Walden will know about her is the and I put her, along with hold a book signing Dec. 17at genius of her music.” Whitney, into the backhis 16th annual Holiday Jam He first met the then ground vocals section. When 2012—Beach Party Freak 13-year-old Houston Whitney decided to do her Out benefit concert at 142 in 1976, when WhitThrockmorton in Mill Valley. lead, I knew she was ready, ney’s mother, the R&B $75, $175; 415/383-9600. so we made sure it would be and gospel singer Cissy

Walden’s production on ‘How Will I Know’ helped turn the single into Houston’s second chart topper.

a really pure take. She just blew it down! “She had the wisdom of an elder and was just 19 or 20 years old.” And what did Walden contribute to the track? “She needed a lot of love around her so she could open up that gift she had,” he says. “That was my thing as a coach, as a producer. I was there to make her feel safe. You know, the recording studio can be very daunting. You want the artist to blast out a performance that’s going to last a hundred years. You want to make something that’s eternal. So there’s big pressure to be a genius. “The only way you can unlock that window is by offering protection and making the artist feel safe. You have to encourage the artist to let their hair down and to know that there’s no judgment here. And then, when the spirit takes over, you’re

And the hits just kept on comin’: Walden has also worked with Jeff Beck, Ray Charles, Mariah Carey, George Michael, Stevie Wonder and Wynonna Judd.

burning. Then it’s all good. And you want to get as much as can in that half-hour or hour or hour-and-a-half. “Because when the spirit calms down, it’s over.” < Encourage Greg at 24 PACIFIC SUN NOVEMBER 30 – DECEMBER 6, 2012


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Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford Anna Karenina (2:10) Tom Stoppard’s film version of Tolstoy’s novel of love and loss in Imperial Russia stars Jude Law, Olivia Williams, Emily Watson and Keira Knightley in the title role; Joe Wright directs. O 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 Barrymore (1:23) Christopher Plummer in the title role about the legendary silentscreen actor’s last comeback attempt in ‘Richard III.’ O The Big Picture (1:50) A Parisian corporate lawyer goes for the ultimate fresh start in this Eric Lartigau-directed French thriller starring Romain Duris, Marina Fois, Niels Arestrup and, inevitably, Catherine Deneuve. O


Bolshoi Ballet: The Pharaoh’s Daughter

(2:55) The Russians dance like Egyptians in this fantasy of pyramids and dreams; part of the World Ballet on the Big Screen series. O Chasing Ice (1:15) Eye-opening documentary follows National Geographic photographer James Balog as he captures the reality of climate change with stopmotion photography of melting glaciers. O Chasing Mavericks (1:57) Half Moon Bay’s gnarly waves provide the backdrop for Curtis Hanson’s biopic of legendary surfer dude Jay Moriarity. O A Christmas Story (1:34) An Indiana family’s 1930s Christmas and the greatest gift ever: a Red Ryder BB gun. O Cloud Atlas (2:44) David Mitchell’s fabulist novel becomes a Tom TwykerLana and Andy Wachowski extravaganza with Susan Sarandon, Halle Berry and Tom Hanks influencing and inspiring one another across continents and centuries. O Connected (1:22) Documentary explores modern life in the constantly connected world; discussion with filmmaker Tiffany Shlain follows. O Flight (2:19) Airline pilot Denzel Washington’s heroic safe landing after a midair collision falls under scrutiny when questions arise about what really happened before and during the crash. O Hitchcock (1:38) Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and Scarlett Johansson re-enact the making of ‘Psycho’ by the renowned director. 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 Killing Them Softly (1:37) Hired gun Brad Pitt steps up to restore order when a New Orleans mob card game is robbed; you can’t have a mafia movie without Ray Liotta and James Gandolfini too. O A Late Quartet (1:45) Drama about clashes and egos among the members of

an acclaimed string quartet stars Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Mark Ivanir; Beethoven provides the music. O Life of Pi (2:05) Ang Lee’s adaptation of the Yann Martel novel about an Indian teenager’s challenging odyssey: navigating across the Pacific in a life raft with a hyena, an orangutan and a Bengal tiger. O Lincoln (2:29) High-pedigree look at the 16th president’s four tumultuous years in office features a screenplay by Tony Kushner and stars Daniel Day-Lewis under the direction of Steven Spielberg. The Metropolitan Opera: La Clemenza di Tito (3:15) Harry Bicket conducts MoO

zart’s tale set in ancient Rome. 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 Red Dawn (1:33) The residents of a Pacific Northwest village turn themselves into skilled and fearsome guerrilla fighters when their town is invaded by paratroopers from a foreign land. O Rise of the Guardians (1:37) Fantastical family-friendly fare about a group of ultra-powerful good guys who team up to protect the planet’s children from a marauding evil spirit. O A Royal Affair (2:17) Sumptuous historical romance about the passionate, forbidden love affair between Denmark’s Queen Caroline and her husband’s personal physician. O The Sessions (1:38) True story of poet Mark O’Brien, who was determined to lose his virginity despite his confinement to an iron lung; John Hawkes and Helen Hunt star. O Silver Linings Playbook (2:02) David O. Russell comedy about a down-and-outer’s attempts to rebuild his life after losing his wife and his job and moving in with his parents; Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Jennifer Lawrence star. O Skyfall (2:22) 007 is back and on the hunt for a supervillain out to destroy M and the entire British Secret Service; Sam Mendes directs Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes and Daniel Craig, natch. O Tarantino XX Nationwide showings of ‘Reservoir Dogs’ (Dec.4) and ‘Pulp Fiction’ (Dec. 6) celebrate the brash filmmaker’s 20 years of cinema magic. O

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn– Part 2 (1:56) The whole bloody BellaO

and-Edward romance saga reaches its epic conclusion; Bill Condon directs Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. O Wreck-It Ralph (1:38) Disney flick about a disgruntled video-game villain who wants to be the good guy for a change and hops from arcade game to arcade game to establish his heroic cred.

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It wouldn’t be the holiday season without seeing Ralphie’s family in ‘A Christmas Story’ (if you haven’t shot your eye out); playing Wednesday at the Sequoia and Regency.

Showtimes can change after we go to press. Please call theater to confirm schedules. CinéArts at Marin 101 Caledonia St., Sausalito • 331-0255 CinéArts at Sequoia 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley • 388-4862 Cinema 41 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera • 924-6505 Fairfax 9 Broadway, Fairfax • 453-5444 Lark 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur • 924-5111 Larkspur Landing 500 Larkspur Landing Cir., Larkspur • 461-4849 Northgate 7000 Northgate Dr., San Rafael • 800-326-3264 Playhouse 40 Main St., Tiburon • 435-1234 Rafael Film Center 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael • 454-1222 Regency 80 Smith Ranch Rd., Terra Linda • 479-5050 Anthony Hopkins in title role of ‘Hitchcock’, a biopic Rowland 44 Rowland Way, Novato • 800-326-3264 that portrays a marriage full of Psycho-drama. NOVEMBER 30 – DECEMBER 6, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 25


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Live music

12/02: Erika Alstrom with Dale Alstrom’s Jazz Society Jazz. 2-5pm. No cover. 19

11/30: Donna Spitzer Full Tilt Band Jazz,

Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091.

pop, blues. 8pm. Max’s, 60 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera. 924-6297. 11/30: The Incubators Groove-based roots rock. With Katie Freeman, vocals, Chris Chappell, vocals, guitar; Max Ramey, bass. Special guest; Madrone Brothers. Hopmonk Tavern, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 829-6200. 11/30: Marshall Payne Band Rap. CD release party. 10pm. $10-15. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 11/30: The Muddy Roses Rock, country, blues. 8:30pm $10. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 11/30: Peppino D’Agostino With Jeff Campitelli (Joe Satriani Band). 9pm. $22-27. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 388-1100.

11/30-12/02: Phil Lesh and Friends withJackie Greene , Warren Haynes, John Scofield, John Medeski and Joe Russo 7pm. $30. Reservations needed. Terrapin Crossroads Grate Room, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773. 11/30: Sam Rogers Eclectic rock. With Matthew Schoening , electric cello. 9:30pm-midnight. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 11/30: The Stages of Sleep 9:30pm. Peri’s, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-9910. 11/30: Sweet Moments of Confusion Original instrumental compositions inspired by folk traditions from North and Eastern Europe. With Myra Joy, cello; Diana Strong, accordion. 8pm. $10. Magic Flute, 182 Northgate One, San Rafael. 378-9064 12/01: Blame Sally Eclectic folk pop. 8pm.$30-35. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road , San Rafael. 444-8000. 12/01: Damir Stosic 6:30-9:30pm. The Trident, 558 Bridgeway , Sausalito. 331-3232. 12/01: Katie Leaver & Go! Kat! Go! Rock classics. 8pm Free. Max’s, 60 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera. 924-6297. 12/01: Pete Stringfellow Country, pop, rock. Also: the Pat Jordan Band. 7:30pm. $15. Hopmonk Tavern, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 829-6200. 12/01: Rudy Colombini Motown, originals and Rolling Stones covers. 9pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 12/01: Shana Morrison Blues, rock. 8:30pm. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219.

12/02: Bob Gordon & the Ohana Ukelele Band Hawaiian, country and rock. 6pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 26 PACIFIC SUN NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 6, 2012

12/02: Huckle, Grant Farm and David Jacobs-Strain Original roots rock, Americana. 7pm. $10. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 388-1100.

12/02: Sunday Salsa with Orquesta La Moderna Tradicion Charanga orchestra which features violins and woodwinds and Afro-Cuban rhythms. 9pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 12/04: Noel Jewkes and Friends Jazz. 8pm. No Cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 12/04: Swing Fever Jazz. 7pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 12/05: Gonzalo Bergara Quartet Argentinian jazz. 8pm. $18-21. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 12/05: Jill Sobule Singer-songwriter. 8pm. $15. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 12/05: Passion Habenero Trio Traditional Cuban music. 7pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael.

12/06-08: Phil and Friends: The Quintet With Phil Lesh, Warren Haynes, John Molo, Rob Baracco and Jimmy Herring. 7pm. $30. Reservations recommended. Terrapin Crossroads Grate Room, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773.

12/06: Bob Weir, Jackie Green Plus All Star Band Featuring Lebo and Steve Adams (ALO), Jay Lane (Primus, Further) and James Nash (The Waybacks). Proceeds benefit J/P HRO and The Children of Casa de Milagros, Peru. $125-175. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 12/06: Dynamo Jones Band Rock. 9pm. No cover. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 12/06: Geoff Muldaur Fingerstyle guitar. 8pm. Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon. 789-0846. 12/06: Justin Townes Earle Americana. 10pm. $24-30. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 388-1100.

12/06: Machiavelvets with Craig Herzog Jazz. 7pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993.

12/06: Terry Moore and the Encore Jazz Quartet Jazz. With Doug Arrington, vocalist. 7:30pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899.

Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar

12/06: Tom Rhodes 6pm. No cover. The Trident, 558 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 331-3232.

5pm. Dec. 1-2. $20-32. Marin Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael.



12/06:‘A Childs Christmas in Wales’ The

11/30-01/17: Art on the Farm Exhibit & Fundraiser Holiday fundraising exhibition for

Marin Poetry Center will present a performance by the Rebound Players of “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” by Dylan Thomas. Refreshments will be served. 7:30pm. $3-5. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission and E Streets, San Rafael.

Through 12/16:‘It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play’ Time travel to the 1940s and become the live studio audience for a radio broadcast of this American holiday favorite. Perfect for the whole family. See website for details. $36-57; $20 under 30; $15 rush Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208.

Through 12/15:‘Everything Old is New Again’ The Belrose presents fun filled variety show. Fri.-Sat. Dinner and show $28; show only $18. 6:309:30pm. $28-18. The Belrose Theatre, 1415 5th Ave., San Rafael. 454-6422.

Through 12/16: The Mouse That Roared Presented by the College of Marin Drama Department. By Christopher Sergel. Directed by Lisa Morse. 8pm on Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7-8, 14-15; 2pm on Dec. 9 and 16. $10-20. Studio Theatre, corner of Sir Francis Drake Blvd. & Laurel Ave., Kentfield. 485-9385. arts

Through 12/16: ‘You Can’t Take it With You’ The Ross Valley Players present the clas-

Marin Organic’s Farm Field Studies Program. Celebrate art and local farms in a fun and educational manner. 65+ artists displayed through out the art center. Opening reception 5-8pm Dec. 14. Second reception 5-8pm Jan. 11. 10am-4pm. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 205-3490.

11/30-12/01: Fifth Annual Art by the Inch Purchase sections of a 100ft mural at $1/sq. inch. Raffle prizes and art activity for the kids. Preview the art on Nov. 30 from 11am-4pm. The main event takes place 5-8pm Dec. 1. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137.

12/01-02: 44th Annual ICB Winter Open Studios Explore the creative process and discover works of art in more than 80 artists’ studios. 11am-6pm. ICB, 480 Gate Five Road, Sausalito. 331-2222. 12/01: Holiday Art Studio Original oil and acrylic paintings. 11am-4pm. Free, abundant parking available. Hom Art Studio, 75 Pleasant Lane, San Rafael.

12/01-02: Mount Tamalpais Artists Holiday Faire Artists of Mount Tamalpais, a collective of

sic Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman musical comedy. Showtimes 7:30pm Thurs.; 8pm Fri.Sat.; 2pm Sun. $20-26. Barn Theatre, Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555.

painters, photographers, sculptors, woodworkers, jewelry makers and furniture artisans who all live on Marin’s fabled mountain, will hold a Holiday Faire. Opening reception 6-8pm Dec. 1; 10am-5pm Dec. 2. MWPCA Clubhouse, 40 Ridge Ave., Mill Valley.


12/01-21: ‘In Our Family’ photography exhibit A photographic collection of family por-

11/30: Laura Jacyna and Amy Chiu Cello; piano. San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concerts in Marin present in a duo concert featuring music of Scandinavia, Latvia and works by Khachaturian. 8pm. Free. Novato United Methodist Church, 1473 South Novato Blvd., Novato. 12/01-02: Marin Symphony “Holiday Concerts by Candlelight.” With the Marin Symphony Chamber Chorus. 7:30pm Dec. 1; 4pm Dec. 2. $25-30. Church of Saint Raphael, 1104 5th Ave., San Rafael. 479-8100. 12/02: Mill Valley Philharmonic “Songs of the Season” Christmas concert. 3pm. Free. Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, 201 Seminary Dr., Mill Valley. 380-1496. 12/07-08: Mayflower Chorus “Winter Tales.” Daniel Canosa, conductor. David Manley, piano. 8pm. $5-20. Showcase Theatre, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 473-6800.

traits representing the breadth of diversity and family configurations. Photography by Gigi Kaeser with text written by Peggy Gillespie and Rebekah Boyd of the Family Diversity Projects. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888. 12/04-27:‘Art of the Spirit’ Opening reception 6-8pm Dec. 4. December group exhibition juried by Sharon Christovich, mixed-media artist and owner of the Folk Art Gallery in downtown San Rafael. O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 388-4331.

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.

Through 12/16: ‘Where the Light Gets In’ Marty Knapp, b&w photography. 11am-5pm. Free. Marty Knapp Photo Gallery, 11245 State Route One, Point Reyes Station. 663-8670.


Through 12/16: Marin Society of Artists ‘Winter Holidays and Gifts’ Art bargains for

12/01: Just Dance Academy Annual winter dance performance. Noon, 2, 5 and 6:30 p.m. $10-12. 473-6800. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 12/01-02: Stapleton Ballet Nutcracker Join Clara on her wondrous adventure. Young imaginations will soar as Clara and the Prince journey to the Land of the Sugar Plum. Shows at 1 and

the holiday season. 11am-4pm. No admission charge. Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-9561. Through 12/19: Dragon Art Show N. Marin Emeritus Center, Student Services Building Room 146 San Rafael. 484-5344.


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11/30: Tiburon Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting A magical evening of events for the

12/01-02: Terra Linda Rec. Center’s Holiday Arts and Crafts Sale Come and

Burgstahler Stone, sculpture. The Wild Book Show proceeds benefit GRO’s Artists in the Schools program. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Tuesdays. Free. Gallery Route One , 11101 Highway One , Point Reyes Station. 663-1347.

entire family. With ice skating, gingerbread house decorating at Sam’s Anchor Cafe, tree lighting ceremony held at 6 pm at the fountain plaza. There will also be holiday carolers, costumed characters. For skating and gingerbread house reservations call 435-5633.

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11/30-12/02: 41st Annual Dance Palace Holiday Crafts Fair “Made in West Marin.”

choose from a variety of arts and crafts made by local artists. 10am-4pm Dec.1; noon-4pm Dec.2. Terra Linda Recreaction Center, 670 Del Ganado Road, San Rafael. 12/02: Highlands Holiday Tea Ladies of Elks Lodge #1108 third annual holiday tea. Food, seasonal decorations, kids activities, boutique and a visit from Santa. 2-5pm. $10-20. San Rafael Elks Lodge, 1312 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 472-1852.

Through 12/02: Mountainfilm on Tour Event will feature over 30 documentary films on topics ranging from extreme adventure sports to environmental activism and awareness. Most film screenings are followed by a Q & A session with guest speakers or filmmakers. $28-$95. See website for schedule. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

Kid Stuff 12/01: Greenwood School Winter Faire Winter wonderland for the whole family. Old fashioned games, crafts, holiday shopping featuring local artisan trade booths, amazing food and live music. 10am. Free admission. Greenwood School, 17 Buena Vista Ave., Mill Valley. 309-4757. 12/01: Holiday Crafts Family Farm Day In addition to milking goats, exploring the garden, and visiting chickens, you’ll also get to handmake some farm crafts that would make nice presents. 10am. $30 person; $95 families of 4 or more; age 2 and under free. Slide Ranch, 2025 Shoreline Hwy, Muir Beach. 381-6155

12/01: A Kindie Christmas with the Hipwaders Kid rock. 11am. $5-14. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road., Sausalito. 339-3900. 12/01: Tim Cain Holiday Concert 4-5pm. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 12/02: The Bubble Lady At1pm. $8, under 2 free. Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. (510) 236-7469.

Through 12/24: Free Photo with Santa A festive occasion for the entire family with a chance to have a free photo for the kids with Santa Claus at the holiday gift wrap center. 11am-4pm. Through Dec. 24. 770 Office Blg. lobby, Town Center, Corte Madera. 924-2961. Thursdays: Preschool Storytime Children ages 30 months through 5 years old and their caregivers are invited to join an interactive storytime. 9:30am. Free. Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 927-5005.

Community Events (Misc.) 11/30-12/01: 2012 Holiday Crafts Faire Vendor booths will include jewelry, ceramics, wreaths, ornaments, fresh greens, live entertainment and food. 6-9pm. Free admission. Margaret Todd Senior Center, 1560 Hill Road, Novato. 899-8290.

11/30: Paul Revere and the Raiders Holiday Party and Tree Lighting Ceremony Santa lights the tree followed by live music. 6:308pm. Free. Center Court, Village at Corte Madera 1618 Redwood Hwy., Corte Madera. 28 PACIFIC SUN NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 6, 2012

4-9pm Nov. 30; 10am-6pm Dec. and 10am-5pm on Dec. 2. Dance Palace , Fifth and B St., Pt. Reyes Station. Free admission. 663-1075.

11/30-12/02: West California Pottery Annual Holiday Sale Annual studio sale of functional and decorative ceramics. Longtime local cooperative studio, 11 local artists in a variety of styles. 10am-4pm. Free. West California Pottery, 1115 W. California Ave., Mill Valley. 381-2695

12/01: 43rd Annual SGVCC Holiday Arts Faire “Traditions & Innovations.” With Santa visits, dreidel games and menorah lighting, a wreath making workshop, live music with Tim Cain and the Lagunitas School Band, Mexican dance by Revivir la Cultura Dancers, the classic Christmas reminiscences story, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” by Dylan Thomas and, from West Marin Senior Services, a candle–lit sing-along and tree lighting ceremony with Harmony Grisman. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888. 12/01: California is a Thirsty State Our state population continues to grow thus creating an ever increasing demand for more fresh drinking water. 1:30pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871.

12/01: Marin Arts and Music Dance Jam No alcohol, healthy dance event. Special guests DJs Dragonfly, Sol Rising and Heartbeat, organic snacks by Lydia’s Organics, massage, chill space by Altar Your Reality. 8pm. $15. Yoga Tree, 71 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 259-4035.

12/01: Marin Bee Co. and Whole Foods Free Beekeeping Series “The Basics of Backyard Beekeeping.” All ages welcome. 11am. Free. Through Aug. 3. Whole Foods Market, 790 De Long Ave., Novato. 12/01: Mill Valley Holiday Craft Fair With more than 55 artists selling handmade arts and crafts. The day also features strolling vocals by “Girls Night Out,” baked goodies and food. 10am-5pm. Free. Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto in Mill Valley. 383-1370.

12/01: Mt. Tamalpais Racquet Club Holiday Shopping Fair Vendors, wine and holiday treats. 5-9pm. Mt. Tam Racquet Club, 1 Larkspur Plaza Dr., Larkspur. 924-6226.

12/01-02: Muir Beach Quilters Holiday Arts Fair 10am-5pm Dec. 1; 10am-4pm Dec. 2. Shuttle service will be provided from the Muir Beach parking lot. Muir Beach Community Center, 19 Seascape, Muir Beach. 383-6762.

12/01: San Anselmo Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony Sponsored by the San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce and Recreation Department. See Santa arrive in a fire truck to light the tree and have your picture taken. Kids’ activities and refreshments donated by local businesses. 5-6pm. Free. San Anselmo Town Hall, 525 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo.

12/03: AARP Experience Corps Marin Open House With just a few hours a week, you can guide the next generation of readers. If you are 50+, you can mentor students in grades K-3 as they learn to read and write. 1-2pm. Free. California State Automobile Association, 2nd Floor Community Room, 99 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 464-1767 or visit www.experiencecorps. org. 12/04: Immortalize Your Life Story With Joan Lisetor and Al Ardelle. There will be short clips featuring local history in Marin and San Francisco, followed by a question and answer session. 7pm. Free. Sausalito City Hall, Council Chambers, 420 Litho St., Sausalito. 289-4121. 12/05: Marin Coalition Luncheon “Identity Theft: Are you ready if it happens? What To Do?” Marin Coalition will host a luncheon presentation by Jason Swift, a Marin County deputy sheriff and identity theft expert, Frank Socarro, from Union Bank in Kentfield and Dr. Eva Long, a Marin County resident with an acquired expertise in identity theft. 11am. $15-20. Jackson Cafe/Whistlestop, 930 Tamalpais, San Rafael. 492-0983.

12/06: Point Reyes National Seashore at 50 John Hart, environmental author of numerous books and articles, will be at the Civic Center Library to discuss his new book “Island in Time: Half a Century of Point Reyes.” Doug Ferguson, will lead the question and answer discussion about the history and challenges the park faces now and in the future. Noon. Free. Civic Center Library, Room 427, 3501 Civic Center Dr., San Rafael. 473-6058.

12/07: Dickens Family Victorian Holiday Join Charles Dickens for a Victorian Holiday! Enter the world of Victorian England for fabulous treats, dancing in the parlor, Victorian crafts, readings from Mr. Dickens and Father Christmas. 6:30pm. $7. Falkirk Mansion, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael.

12/07: First Friday: Zen Mind Meets Wildfire Colleen Morton Busch, author of “Fire Monks,” will address how we can meet a crisis with true presence of mind. Mill Valley Fire Chief Jeff Davidson and Ron Vidal, Chair of the Emergency Preparedness Commission, will join Busch for a Q&A following the author’s talk. David Zimmerman, one of the monk’s featured in Fire Monks, will also be available. Registration is recommended. 7pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292. 12/07: MALT Holiday Open House Join MALT and Marin Organic for seasonal appetizers by Pamela Ferrari Catering, hot drinks, baked treats and good cheer. Local wine and Lagunitas Brewing Company beer will be available at a no-host bar. 5-7pm. Dance Palace, 503 B St., Pt. Reyes Station.

12/07: Raise the Youth Holiday Celebration Evening of family entertainment, holiday treats, wine bar, auction items and a youth per-

formance showcase with highlights from this year’s productions. Celebrate with performances from “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Curtains,” “Bat Boy” and “Legally Blonde.” 7pm. $15-60. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

Through 12-24: 23rd Annual Hospice By The Bay Gift Wrapping at Town Center 11am-4pm daily. Free, donations benefit Hopsice by the Bay. 100 Corte Madera Town Center. 526-5500.

Through 01/13: Marin on Ice Skating Rink Open daily for outdoor skating. “Skate Buddies” available to assist beginners. Skating hours are noon-10pm on weekends and holidays and 2-10pm on weekdays. $15 includes skate rental. Northgate Mall, Northgate Dr. and Las Gallinas Ave., San Rafael. (707) 738-8496.

Outdoors 12/01: Bouverie Preserve Fall Guided Nature Walks Half-day fall guided nature walk. Explore the 535 acre, private, nonprofit nature preserve. 9:30am. Free. Bouverie Preserve, 13935 Hwy 12, Glen Ellen. 868-9244.

12/01: Jingle Jog Fun Run Benefitting Strawberry Point School Runs start and end in the Piazza at Strawberry Village and take runners along the shore of Strawberry Peninsula. Race starts at 9am and will culminate with food, family fun and entertainment at the finish, continuing until 11:30am. $15 for kids, $35 for adults or $80 for the whole family. Proceeds will benefit the Strawberry Point School. Strawberry Village , Mill Valley. 12/01: Old St. Hilary’s Broom Buster Help to restore the creek and rare serpentine grasslands on the preserve. Pulling broom requires strength and stamina but with teamwork it is possible for volunteers as young as 5 years old to join. After working we will treat you to lunch. Naturalist David Herlocker will talk about the plants and animals that benefit from our habitat restoration work. Meet at the Tiburon Peninsula Club parking lot in Tiburon at 1600 Mar West St., Tiburon. 473-3778. 12/04: Birds at Rush Creek Tidal wetlands at the edge of San Pablo Bay are a fantastic place to appreciate our winter birds. Ducks, shorebirds, raptors and many types of land birds should be abundant. The road sometimes gets muddy, so bring appropriate footwear. This walk is for adults. No animals (except service animals) please. Heavy rain may cancel. Meet at the Pinheiro Fire Road gate, Binford Road, Novato. 893-9527.

Readings 11/30: Pulitzer Prize-Winning author Jon Meacham Part of Dominican’s Institute for Leadership Studies’ 2012 fall lecture series. The author will discuss his new book “Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power” Free parking available at Conlan Center parking lot off Grand Ave. 7pm. Free. Angelico Concert Hall, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 927-0960.

11/30: Why the World Doesn’t End with author, mythologist and storyteller Michael Meade Evening of poetry, stories, and discussion celebrating Meade’s new book. 7pm. $15. Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley.



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ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Your ruler, energetic Mars, comes into contact with a variety of celestial influences this weekend. On Thursday and Friday, the message is love and lust as Mars and Venus do a romantic slow dance together. Go solo Saturday and Sunday when conflicting advice from the sensitive moon and tactless Jupiter make it a risky time for togetherness. After the weekend, your generous spirit is tempted to go wild with your credit cards. Go wild with your sweetie instead... TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) You know just what to say and how to say it this weekend. Feel free to start up a conversation with almost anyone, except possibly the jealous co-worker who ratted you out for getting chocolate on your computer keyboard. Meanwhile, harmonious Venus is in your house of one-on-one relationships, teaching you how to be agreeable instead of stubbornly obstinate. It is amazing what a pleasant attitude can do for your love life, isn’t it? GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Creativity, cleverness and ambition get you far while in your work environment. In your professional life, things are on track. But, there is your personal life to consider. The demanding sun is insisting that you pay attention to your relationship, while wandering Jupiter is suggesting that you enjoy your freedom. Whichever side of the fence you choose, the other side will look greener. Flip a coin. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) The moon in your sensitive sign for most of the weekend turns your empathy meter to high. This is wonderful if you are around people you love and much more difficult if you are out in holiday crowds attempting to shop. Meantime you are dealing with opposition from the powerful duo of argumentative Mars and domineering Pluto. If possible, avoid control freaks and really aggressive shoppers who are willing to fight for their place in line. Evidently, some of them could be armed... LEO (July 22 - Aug. 22) Your ruler (the playful sun) is frolicking through your house of romance, creativity and entertainment, which is right up your alley. However, there is also a planetary powwow taking place in the sector of your chart concerned with home, family and domesticity. Should you spend every night at a different holiday event or should you stay home and make cozy dinners for your loved ones? Perhaps a compromise is the answer. Make dinner BEFORE going out to party... VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 21) A talent for manipulation comes along with this week’s planetary placements. Just because you CAN control a situation from behind the scenes doesn’t mean you SHOULD. Meanwhile, you may also be asked to make a choice between moving forward on a career opportunity and creating a more fulfilling personal life. As this megawatt professional experience only happens every 12 years, choose the former... LIBRA (Sept. 22 - Oct. 22) While you appreciate certain admirable qualities bestowed when your ruler (Venus) occupies the passionate sign of Scorpio, you are not so fond of the other attributes. You are, for instance, quite happy with additional charisma and magnetism, but less comfortable with extra jealousy and secretiveness. What a shame. All that Libra rationality goes out the window when you’re searching through your sweetie’s glove box for hotel receipts, doesn’t it? SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) Three different planets are influencing your personality house this week. Although the messages are different, the result is definitely worth the confusion. You manage to come across as smart, ambitious, funny, romantic and friendly. If your life were a movie, either Sandra Bullock or Matthew McConaughey would be good for the lead. Not, of course, as perfect for the lead as YOU are... SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 20) Your birthday continues with an interesting twist this week as lucky Jupiter tunes into your relationship skills. In spite of being a freedom-junkie, you can be a fascinating mate when you put your mind to it. And, right now, you are having a good time being generous, jovial and enthusiastic when part of a pair. As your zodiac celebration benefits from togetherness for the next six months, be sure to book any upcoming trips for two... CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 - Jan. 18) One minute you’re filled with energy and the next minute you want to curl up on the couch for a nap. That is the dilemma this weekend when a lunar low cycle tries to cancel out the feisty quality of having Mars in your sign. Fortunately, your pals are ready and willing to help—so give them your shopping list and whichever Visa gives you the most reward points. On Wednesday, you crave a learning opportunity. If you can’t find a class you like, spend the evening at a good bookstore. Bonus: You can pick up some holiday gifts while you’re there... AQUARIUS (Jan. 19 - Feb. 17) Choosing between friends and lover(s) can be challenging this weekend, but on Sunday evening, your sweetie should definitely win the coin toss. Meantime, as one who typically resents the commercialization of the holidays, you resist gift shopping for as long as possible. This is good, since your career is getting a boost right now and your time is better spent working. More work, more money, better presents. It’s a win-win situation. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) Your ruler (imaginative Neptune) suggests all sorts of ways of making this a very satisfying holiday season. Why go shopping when you can create something unique? OK. You may need to pick up supplies for whatever you are crafting, but after that you’re prepared for fun and fantasy. Really. 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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130719 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SPECIALTY TRAVEL INDEX, 24 WOLFE CANYON ROAD, KENTFIELD, CA 94904: CHRISTIAN STEEN HANSEN, 24 WOLFE CANYON ROAD, KENTFIELD, CA 94904; ANDREW ELLIOTT ALPINE, 404 OAK CREST ROAD, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by 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 NOVEMBER 2, 2012. (Publication Dates: November 9, 16, 23, 30, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130701 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WRIGHT TRAVEL; BEST DESTINATION WEDDING, 98 DURAN DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: WRIGHT TRAVEL AGENCY LLC, 98 DURAN DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on OCTOBER 30, 2012. (Publication Dates: November 9, 16, 23, 30, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130722 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GOLDEN GATE BARBEQUE, 46 YOSEMITE DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: DAVID G GRANT, 46 YOSEMITE DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; JEREMY RUYS, 46 YOSEMITE DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by GENERAL PARTNERSHIP. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious name on November 2, 2012. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on NOVEMBER 2, 2012. (Publication Dates: November 9, 16, 23, 30, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130705 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TOFFEEOLOGY, 36 MAGNOLIA AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: TARAH FLEMING, 126 PROSPECT DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; ERIN FLEMING, 126 PROSPECT DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by CO-PARTNERS. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on FEBRUARY 14, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on OCTOBER 31, 2012. (Publication Dates: NOVEMBER 16, 23, 30; DECEMBER 7, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130604 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as STOPPELLO & ASSOCIATES, 66 LOWER CRESCENT DR., SAUSALITO CA 94965: PATRICIA STOPPELLO, 66 LOWER CRESCENT DR., SAUSALITO CA 94965. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on N/A. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on OCTOBER 17, 2012. (Publication Dates: NOVEMBER 16, 23, 30; DECEMBER 7, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130687 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ORIGINAL BUFFALO WINGS, 1119 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SAVON CHUON, 56 GLADSTONE ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112. 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 29, 2012. (Publication Dates: NOVEMBER 16, 23, 30; DECEMBER 7, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130713 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GS PROPERTIES, 1181 BEL MARIN KEYS, NOVATO, CA 94949: GERALD W SUYDERHOUD, 1181 BEL MARIN KEYS, NOVATO, CA 94949; ANN M SUYDERHOUD,

1181 BEL MARIN KEYS, NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by A HUSBAND & WIFE. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on AUGUST 29, 2001. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on NOVEMBER 2, 2012. (Publication Dates: NOVEMBER 16, 23, 30; DECEMBER 7, 2012)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130692 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as AESTHESIS OF LIVING; CAROLIN’S CRAFT, 48 ELM AVE., WOODACRE, CA 94973: CAROLIN GABRIELE STEFANIE RECHBERG, 48 ELM AVE., WOODACRE, CA 94973. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on OCTOBER 29, 2012. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on OCTOBER 29, 2012. (Publication Dates: NOVEMBER 16, 23, 30; DECEMBER 7, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130757 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RAINBOW INTERNATIONAL OF THE BAY AREA NORTH, 431 COLOMA ST., SAUSALITO, CA 94965: WATER MOLD FIRE RESTORATION INC., 431 COLOMA ST., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by CORPORATION. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on AUGUST 29, 2012. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on NOVEMBER 8, 2012. (Publication Dates: NOVEMBER 16, 23, 30; DECEMBER 7, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130752 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FENIX GROWTH, 1100 LINCOLN VILLAGE CIRCLE #248, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: OLE RAENGE, 1100 LINCOLN VILLAGE CIRCLE #248, LARKSPUR, CA 94939; EVA BROWN, 1100 LINCOLN VILLAGE CIRCLE #248, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by A HUSBAND & WIFE. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on NOVEMBER 7, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on NOVEMBER 7, 2012. (Publication Dates: NOVEMBER 16, 23, 30; DECEMBER 7, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130751 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN HORTICULTURAL ACADEMY, 21 ROSS AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: JANET P GROSS, 21 ROSS 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 NOVEMBER 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on NOVEMBER 7, 2012. (Publication Dates: NOVEMBER 16, 23, 30; DECEMBER 7, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130780 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as JENSEN RESEARCH, 1777 INDIAN VALLEY RD., NOVATO, CA 94947: HARBO P JENSEN, 1777 INDIAN VALLEY RD., NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on NOVEMBER 13, 2012. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on NOVEMBER 13, 2012. (Publication Dates: NOVEMBER 23, 30; DECEMBER 7, 14, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130628 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as INTEGRITY CARE MANAGEMENT, 4040 CIVIC CENTER DR. #200, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: KIARA LEE, 875 FLAXBERRY LANE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on OCTOBER 22, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on OCTOBER 19, 2012. (Publication Dates: NOVEMBER 23, 30; DECEMBER 7, 14, 2012)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130813 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as AVALON NAILS, 530 THIRD ST. #D, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: HUY CAN M NGUYEN, 1446 SEMINARY AVE., OAKLAND, CA 94621. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on NOVEMBER 20, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on NOVEMBER 19, 2012. (Publication Dates: NOVEMBER 23, 30; DECEMBER 7, 14, 2012) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304415 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): AVALON NAILS, 530 THIRD ST. SUITE D, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: SEPTEMBER 12, 2011. Under File No: 2011127740. Registrant’s Name(s): THAO T NGUYEN, 2109 FAIRFAX PL., SANTA ROSA, CA 95404. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on NOVEMBER 19, 2012. (Publication Dates: NOVEMBER 23, 30; DECEMBER 7, 14, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130825 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DRIVE EVENT MANAGEMENT, 24 BUENA VISTA AVE., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: LUMINA OPTOMETRY INC., 35 SAN ANSELMO AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by A CORPORATION. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on NOVEMBER 20, 2012. (Publication Dates: NOVEMBER 30; DECEMBER 7, 14, 21, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130735 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TURTLE ROAD MEDIA, 44A CROOKED AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: WENDY J MENARA, 44A CROOKED 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 JANUARY 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on NOVEMBER 5, 2012. (Publication Dates: NOVEMBER 30; DECEMBER 7, 14, 21, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130820 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as A CONSORTIUM FOR HEALTH; BACK IN ACTION, 1615 HILL RD SUITE G, NOVATO, CA 94947: HEIDI R LAW, 28 SAND PIPER, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on NOVEMBER 20, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on NOVEMBER 20, 2012. (Publication Dates: NOVEMBER 30; DECEMBER 7, 14, 21, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130818 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BACK IN ACTION; A CONSORTIUM FOR HEALTH, 711 D ST. SUITE 115, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: HEIDI R LAW, 28 SAND PIPER, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on NOVEMBER 20, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on NOVEMBER 20, 2012. (Publication Dates: NOVEMBER 30; DECEMBER 7, 14, 21, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130700 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as POWERHOUSE SECURITY; GO DOG FOOD, 408 RICHARDSON ST., SAUSALITO, CA 94965: ALFORD ENDEAVORS LLC., 408 RICHARDSON ST., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by LIMITED LIABILITY

COMPANY. 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 30, 2012. (Publication Dates: NOVEMBER 30; DECEMBER 7, 14, 21, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130856 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FIVE POINTS CROSSFIT, 5651 PARADISE DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: TERRA LINDA STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING LLC., 55 DEL ORO LAGOON, NOVATO, CA 94949.This business is being conducted by 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on NOVEMBER 27, 2012. (Publication Dates: NOVEMBER 30; DECEMBER 7, 14, 21, 2012)

ALL OTHER LEGALS ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1204918. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner CARLOS ALBERTO ZAYAS BELLO filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: CARLOS ALBERTO ZAYAS BELLO to KADDRO ANDROSS DIAVENNCCII. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: DECEMBER 31, 2012, 9:00 AM, Dept. E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913-4988. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall

be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: NOVEMBER 1, 2012 /s/ FAYE D'OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Publication Dates: November 9, 16, 23, 30, 2012) PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. SAUSALITO MINI STORAGE according to the provisions of Division 8 of the California Business and Professional Code, Chapter 10, Section 21707(a) hereby gives NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. SAUSALITO MINI STORAGE will conduct a public sale of the contents of the storage units named below, with the contents being sold for lawful money of the United States of America. The Sale is being held to satisfy an OWNERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S LIEN and will be held at: SAUSALITO MINI STORAGE, 415 COLOMA STREET, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. The property will be sold to the highest bidder on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2012 at 11:00AM. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415) 332-6520, Monday â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number: KRIS WAINSCOTT: UNIT #516; GAIL/ STEPHAN GOLDBERG: UNIT #D-88; ROBERT CHRISTMAN: UNIT #D-10; JOHN SAUL: UNIT #222; SANDRA SMITH: UNIT #D-49; BRYAN STEWART: UNIT #251-A; WING LIAN: UNIT #110; TRUC HOANG: UNIT #D-13. PACIFIC SUN: (NOVEMBER 23, 30, 2012) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: DARYL GROSSMAN. Case No. PR-1205064. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of DARYL GROSSMAN AKA DARYL KENT GROSSMAN. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: DOLORES CORDELL in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that DOLORES CORDELL be appointed as personal rep-

resentative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent's will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: DECEMBER 17, 2012 at 8:30AM. in Dept: H, Room: H, of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive Room 113, San Rafael, CA 94903. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Petitioner: DOLORES CORDELL, 15 SCENIC ROAD, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. (415) 454-5106. (Publication Dates: NOVEMBER



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