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For 78 years, the League of Women Voters of Marin has “encouraged the informed and active participation of citizens in government,” which “requires that governmental bodies protect the citizens’ right to know by giving adequate notice of proposed actions and holding open meetings ...” In a recent op-ed, former Sausalito Mayors Annette Rose and Ron Albert stated that the Sausalito City Council failed its citizenry by voting to donate the city’s half interest in the Butte Street property to a land trust for open space if funding is found to buy the remaining private half interest. This property is one the previous council included on its housingelement list of potential affordable housing sites, adopted Oct. 9, 2012, after much public discussion. The council quietly formed a task force of only the property’s neighbors who publicly opposed housing on the site. The only public notice about the deal was a posting of the council’s agenda outside city hall 72 hours before the hearing to approve the task force’s recommendations on Oct. 22. While this fulfilled any minimum requirement of “public notice,” it was clearly an inadequate public outreach attempt. There were none of the usual notices on the city’s website, in its weekly newsletter or mailed to its citizens. Why weren’t citizens informed and public meetings held on the issues of the city (1) giving away its half of the property interest, money that could have been spent on city

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needs, and (2) nullifying a housing site in its state-certified housing element? Since Alberts’ Oct. 26 letter and the Nov. 26 joint letter, there has only been silence from the Sausalito council. Ann Batman, first vice president, League of Women Voters

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I’ve been reading about Corte Madera’s new restaurant Best Lil’ Porkhouse, and all of the wonderful pork dishes. I would be curious to know, before I dine there, where do all of these animals come from? Are they horrendously raised in a filthy abusive stressful factory farm where they live in such unbearable misery that no one wants to think about it while they dine out? Or are they purchased from a humane farm which grass feeds its animals in a natural clean environment, which is a much healthier choice for we diners? I am not just picking on Lil’ Porkhouse, but wonder this of all our local restaurants. I personally would like to know what the conditions were of the animal while it was alive that is now being consumed by me. Lynne Morin, Corte Madera

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I was pleased to see the self-titled first record by the L.A. band Love as an album that changed the life of Louise Wright, of Stinson Beach. I too, was greatly affected by that group. In 1966, I was living in Orange County, and surfing a lot along the Southern California coast. My girlfriend at the time begged me to buy tickets to this band called Love, whose song, “7&7 Is” I’d heard playing

frequently on the radio. The show was at the Huntington Beach Pavilion, and I remember standing in a long line of gum-chewing surfer girls and guys to get in. The performance was incredible, with each of the musicians playing masterfully, with great feeling. The memory that sticks in my mind is of Bryan MacLean’s hair, a sprayed blonde coif, in contrast to those two jazzy black guys with so much rock soul. It was a great evening, and made me a lifelong fan of the band. Too bad that they really never made the “big splash,� that the Doors and other excellent groups did during that time.

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I felt totally disgusted by the letter from Wyn H [“It’s Like He Never Left,� Dec. 6] who crudely and viciously attacked Peter Anderson for his previous letter [“And We Thought Lincoln-Douglas Was Intense,� Nov. 15] containing Anderson’s critique of Bill Graham. With Mr. H’s use of the F bomb seven times in a row, we should give him first prize for generic mindlessness and hostile vulgarity. Peter Anderson’s letter was an excellent piece of journalism, both in its clarity and its charity, in describing his telephone encounter with Bill Graham, in which Graham was blatantly verbally abusive to Anderson. Peter’s story demonstrated how strength of character and acting like a gentleman can prevail in the end, even when some “big shot� thinks he can get away with verbal abuse. Just because somebody like Graham has made many wonderful contributions to the community does not give him the right to be abusive to anyone. That was the main point of Anderson’s story. Wyn H’s dropping his own string of F bombs, to imitate Graham’s abuse of Anderson, was not funny or clever and certainly not intelligent.

One of the first racially diverse rock groups, Love’s classic lineup lasted from 1966 to 1968.

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Gimme shelter! MOC heralds the call for a permanent homeless shelter by Pe te r S e id m an


hen the Marin Organizing Committee held a press conference last week it signaled that the organization isn’t about to lessen its efforts to see the creation of a permanent emergency shelter for the homeless in Marin. The press conference came just before nighttime temperatures plummeted to deadly lows in the first cold snap of the season. The cruel reality is that the term “season” refers to more than winter. Six years ago, after another deadly cold snap, the Organizing Committee and the county established a temporary rotating shelter. The program, run by the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin, lasts from Nov. 15 to April 15. It provides temporary emergency shelter for up to 40 men and 20 women each night. Clients gather at the St. Vincent dining hall in downtown San Rafael and ride shuttles to churches and synagogues that offer a night’s respite, maybe a hot meal. A vital part of the program involves interaction between homeless clients and members of the congregations. Forty-two congregations in Marin have participated. Last year, more than 2,000 Marin residents provided volunteer services in the program, which sheltered 325 people. A woman in a congregation in San Anselmo met a man who had come for the night who had attended the same school she had attended,” says Meredith Parnell, an Organizing Committee spokeswoman as well as a spokeswoman for Congregation Rodef Shalom in San Rafael. “It never occurred to her that there might be people [among the homeless] that she really had something in common with, and that interaction is an important part of the program.” The Organizing Committee believes that the county needs a permanent emergency shelter to add to the existing shelters and housing programs in the county. The organization wants to see a permanent emergency shelter that, like the rotating shelter, rests on connections between the homeless clients and members of the housed community. The press conference last week was a statement, a call, to the county that Marin residents as well as political leaders and nongovernment agencies all need to recognize the deleterious effects of homelessness and the lack of affordable housing, which is a significant contributing factor in homelessness. Since its formation in 2008, the Marin Organizing Committee has sounded a call for participatory change from the county’s residents and leaders. It’s a foundational tactic of community organizing, a tactic that

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seeks to engage people through learning about the stories of various members of a community in an attempt to find common ground. The story Parnell tells about the woman in San Anselmo, who was surprised she knew a homeless man, is a perfect example. The Organizing Committee in Marin has its roots in the Industrial Areas Foundation. Saul Alinsky, who started organizing in Chicago in the 1930s, founded the Industrial Areas Foundation with a goal of teaching people who felt marginalized that they could tap self-interest among disparate groups to create a political force and move toward a mutual goal. When the Marin Organizing Committee formed, the issue of homelessness was one of the first issues it started to tackle. Setting up a temporary emergency shelter was a priority. And prodding the county into action was a tactic the organization used to start a partnership that eventually led to a cooperative effort among the county, the Marin faith-based community, the Marin Community Foundation and St. Vincent, which is responsible for transportation duties to and from the congregations. It’s also the lead agency when it comes to using $250,000 the Marin Community Foundation donates for the rotating shelter program. Virtually everyone agrees that a temporary shelter that closes in April is insufficient. “The tremendous support from the congregations has made this a program that doesn’t just put a roof over a person’s head,” says Christine Paquette, director of development at St. Vincent. Last year, the program helped 17 chronically homeless people obtain housing. Providing a continuum of care that starts with an emergency shelter and moves to short-term shelter and on to program services for health issues and work retraining that lead to permanent housing is the goal in the new world of social services for the homeless. The concept of warehousing people who find themselves on the street has proved an antiquated model. Even with a host of social services in the county and shelters such as Mill Street—the shelter for families that Homeward Bound operates—the need outstrips availability. And the lack of affordable housing awaits clients who make it through the system and then find no room at the inn when they re-enter the wider community. Affordable housing, adequate healthcare and jobs that pay a living wage are inextricably tied to the issues facing the homeless and the precariously housed.

››newsgrams Deputy cleared in Marin City shooting Deputy Sheriff Evan Kubota “did not commit a criminal violation of law in discharging his firearm,” according to the Marin County District Attorney’s office, when, on July 7, he shot Chaka Grayson, 44, multiple times in a bizarre Marin City melee that riled the troubled southern Marin community and spurred a controversial investigation into the deputy’s actions. Grayson, meanwhile, has been charged with a four-count misdemeanor complaint for refusing to comply with a lawful order of a peace officer, resisting a peace officer and two counts of driving with a suspended license. Grayson was not charged with assault with a deadly weapon, due to insufficient evidence, says the DA. The incident took place around 6pm on July 7, according to the sheriff’s report, when Kubota was patrolling the Terners Drive area and spotted a vehicle approach from the other direction and pull suspiciously to the side of the road. As the deputy cruised by, he recognized the driver as Grayson, known to local law enforcement and currently the proud owner of a suspended driver’s license. The deputy made a quick U-turn and positioned his car behind Grayson’s vehicle. What happened next is murky. Kubota says he saw Grayson duck down in his seat and drive the car at him; witnesses say the officer was never in danger from the car. Nevertheless, Kubota fired nine times at Grayson, who fled on foot with three bullet wounds in his arm, while passersby pelted the deputy with rocks. Following a headline-making manhunt, Grayson was persuaded by community members to turn himself in. The incident put further stress on an already testy relationship between the sheriff’s office and the Marin City community, where some feel the sheriff’s office unfairly targets the lower-income neighborhood. The launch of an investigation into Kubota’s actions did little to qualm community leaders’ concerns of fairness from the law, when the sheriff’s office’s choice for an investigating agency turned out to be the Novato Police Department—where Kubota’s wife works as a dispatcher. Grayson, who will be represented by the Marin County Public Defender’s Office, is scheduled for arraignment Jan. 6. —Jason Walsh CAM boat parade lights up Canal Thousands of spectators watched nearly 60 boats adorned with holiday lights and decorations cruise the Canal Dec. 8, during the annual San Rafael Lighted Boat Parade. The parade is a fundraiser for one of Marin’s oldest family services agencies, Community Action Marin. CAM Director of Development Russ Hamel is the organizer of the parade that sees the San Rafael Yacht Club, Loch Lomond Yacht Club, Marin Yacht Club and the Classic Yacht Association’s members taking part each year. “It’s CAM’s way of saying thank you for supporting us every year, all these years, so we work with the yacht clubs to give this great parade to the community and it brings a lot of joy,” Hamel said. Mark Hadeen is the captain of the San Rafael Police boat “Mission City.” He has been at the helm of a police boat for every parade. He described the atmosphere on parade night: “The sun goes down and the canal just erupts with the people on the balconies and the music and it is really fun to see that,” he said. 9>

Rock and a hard place Defining Marin’s music legacy is difficult—especially if it doesn’t have one by Jason Wals h


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1. In the late 1920s, six-foot-two -inch Julia McWilliams, student at the Katharine Branson School for girls, in Ross, was a three-sport athlete and captain of the school’s basketball team. After graduation her fame grew around the world (but not in sports); she was even the subject of a 2009 movie. Who was she and what was the movie title? 2. What place named in Nevada translates to “The Meadows” in Spanish? 3. A cat primarily uses its whiskers for what purpose? 4. During the 1700s, what Caribbean island, whose major crop was sugar, was the largest slave market in the Western Hemisphere? 5. Tom Cruise played the role of a young attorney in what 1993 film based on a John Grisham novel? 6. How high off the ground is the tennis net at the center of the court? 7. Mohammad is mentioned four times in the Qur’an. What person is mentioned 136 times? 8. Identify two artists, whose work is shown here, most closely associated with the 20th century avant-garde movement known as cubism.


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BONUS QUESTION: In July 2009, during the depths of the great recession, the federal government launched the $3 billion ‘Car Allowance Rebate System,’ where people could trade in their old cars and upgrade; this program was commonly known as what? Want more trivia? Howard invites you to an upcoming free team trivia contest, at the Sweetwater in Mill Valley, on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 6:30pm. Have a great question? Send it in and if we use it, weíll give you credit! ▲ A Christmas tree planted in an unusual site, brings smiles to all who see its twinkling lights. It floats in the Bay off San Rafael’s coast, reminding us of the season and the things we love most. Come visit the tree we behold, best viewed near the Glenwood neighborhood, along San Pedro Road. Who gave Marin this gift and set it adrift? Could he be an elf or Santa himself? We admit we’re not sure, but this gesture is pure. The giver’s not seeking money or fame, and we finally cajoled a red-nosed reindeer into sharing his name. The tree planter is Hil Hawken, among the finest of men. He hails from San Anselmo, nowhere near the North Pole snow, but still Hil’s been overheard chortling a merry ho ho ho ho.

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▼ Poor Jerome Bernstein doesn’t have reliable Internet service. His home is in Mill Valley (no longer considered a Third World country), right where AT&T said its DSL line ends and the signal is weak. (Zero = public utility company blaming its equipment and refusing to repair it.) Jerome decided to switch to Comcast. The technician arrived two hours late, went to get a drill from his truck and never came back. (Gee, hope he’s OK.) A call to Comcast yielded no explanation, and a new appointment was scheduled. Tech Two was 90 minutes late, checked the outside cable and said he couldn’t fix it. Another call, another appointment and a no-show by Tech Three. Comcast’s Triple Play turned out to be a triple zero.— Nikki Silverstein


hen musicologists think of Nashville, they think country. When they think of Chicago, they think blues. Kings Road? London punk. And when they think Marin ... er ... Wait, do they think Marin? This is essentially the question I posed last week in a side note to our feature on the rise and fall (and possibly rise again) of the Marin Rocks project, the Marin History MuMarin resident James Hetfield—soccer dad, Walgreens patron... seum’s failed $2.5 million attempt to establish an opportunity to get out from under the exhibit/museum/entertainment-center watchful eye of “the man.” It’s a diaspora dedicated to the county’s music legacy. with similar origins to the growth of the (Others are trying to revive the project, Marin music community—made up of though the history museum is ransompeople who want to do their thing, and ing the naming rights for, oh yes, $2.5 be left alone to do it. million.) In an interview with Metallica lead Yet no one, as far as we’ve heard, has singer James Hetfield a couple years back, established what exactly Marin’s music I asked him why, of all the places he could legacy is. choose, does he live in Marin? His reply So far, the legacy seems to be more of was, essentially, that he can live a normal a compilation—a rock and roll laundry life with his family—he can drop off and list, if you will—of all the big-to-moderpick up his kids at school like any other ately-big names who have lived in Marin, soccer dad—and still carry on his music played in Marin or recorded in Marin. career with some semblance of privacy. And there’re a lot of names. Carlos (Being near an international airport was Santana, the Grateful Dead, Bill Graham, one of his other qualifiers.) And this is Metallica, Huey Lewis and the News, the county’s draw for a lot of other musiJourney, Big Brother and the Holding cians—if they pop around the corner for Company, the Sons of Champlin—and an ice cream, it’s not suddenly a “celebrity those are just the more obvious. Famous sighting,” it’s a middle-aged dude with jazz musicians, record producers, blue mocha-almond fudge on a sugar cone. grass virtuosos and poster artists have John Doe, Jerry Harrison, Maria Muldbeen abundant; chart-topping albums aur—you see these folks around. (They’re (Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours) were recordapparently drawn to our Pac Sun offices ed at the Plant in Sausalito; and other Rock and Roll Hall of Famers (the Doors, on Fourth Street in San Rafael. Carlos Santana parked a convertible out in front Pink Floyd, Neil Young) have played one day last summer; Sammy Hagar memorable shows within the county came in to help a friend file a “fictitious confines. But is this somewhat random business name,” Hetfield has stood in line assortment of talents and styles a legacy? behind me at the Walgreens across the Does it warrant a cultural exhibit? It just might. Just not from the same street, and I’d seen Bob Weir lunching— perspective a lot of other music destinatwice!—around the corner at the nowtions claim their fame (and share of the defunct Bombay Garden.) tourism dollars). So if there’s ever going to be a Marin There were many economic and socioRocks-type paean to the county’s music cultural developments that led to the legacy, those who want to see it happost-war population boom in Marin, pen need to understand that legacy, and and among them was the counterculture define it for what it is—Marin: A Rock ’n’ escape—the back-to-the-land ethos that Roll Hideaway. (Psst! That name’s on sale was partly a rejection of the downwardfor a cool $2.5 million....) Y spiraling SF hipster scene, and partly an Negotiate naming rights with Jason at

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“The role of the Organizing Committee is to light the fire,” says Parnell. Now that it’s lit with a successful temporary rotating shelter program, Marin residents need to better understand that homelessness is a countywide issue about which everyone needs to provide input and take action, says Parnell. “We all have a responsibility.” And that means not just government officials and social service workers, she adds. It’s a community organizing strategy that calls for perseverance and personal responsibility. If the Organizing Committee “shuts up and stops talking about it, we would slip back into the darker ages” before the county had the issue of homelessness on its agenda, says Parnell. The press conference was a bugle horn sounding a continued call for action. Every two years counties take a one-day count of their homeless populations. The last one was in January of this year. During the survey conducted at various sites across the county, survey takers found 933 homeless people, the majority of whom come from Marin, not outside the county. That was a decline from the previous homeless count, which found 1,220 people homeless in 2011 and the 1,770 people found in 2009. Those numbers seemingly reflect a reduction in the problems associated with homelessness in Marin. But the figures are elusive in describing the true problem. In addition to the actual homeless, the number of precariously housed people, those who live a whisker away from landing on the street, has increased. In 2009, the county found 3,028 precariously housed people. In 2011, the number of precariously housed increased to 4,179. And this year, the precariously housed totaled 4,388. That increase, as opposed to the decrease in numbers of currently homeless, in part reflects the success of government housing programs that seek to provide services and find long-term housing for the homeless rather than space in shelters. Numbers that show a decline in the homeless population are too generalized to be much comfort to Larry Meredith, director of health and human services in Marin. “The programs clearly are helping to house people.” But the reality is less than totally optimistic. “It appears to not be getting worse,” adds Meredith. “The count is a fragile one-day effort to include everyone. It’s as good as you can do, but the margin of error is substantial.” In other words there could be—and probably are (because of the methodology of the count)—considerably more homeless than those tallied in the count. “What is most concerning following the Great Recession,” says Meredith, “is that there are an increasing number of precariously housed. We are seeing indicators that the impact of four or five years of the economic downturn has yet to be fully felt.” The caseloads for service agencies in the

county “are through the roof,” according to Meredith. The situation is complicated by an aging population that requires more support services related to declines in physical health and cognition and an increasing inability to live independently. But caseloads for families with children also “are through the roof,” says Meredith. “We are seeing families struggle, and often that struggle takes on abuse or neglect patterns.” A lack of affordable housing, enough to meet the demand, makes it tougher for those families and individuals trying to survive in a county with high-priced rental housing (when it’s available). “There’s not a lot of new housing being built,” says Meredith. That’s sure to rile anti-development forces who want a stop to increased housing density along Highway 101. But it’s true, considering the number of affordable homes the county needs to match relatively low-paying jobs of service workers, including teachers, police personnel and emergency workers. “The jobs that are part of the recovery are not providing people with living wages,” says Meredith. “The Affordable Care Act has yet to be implemented to bring a lot of people who have, for a variety of reasons, not had health insurance to bring them in for preventive care and early intervention they desperately need, including mental health and substance abuse services.” The connection between the high cost of rental housing, wages that have not kept pace, especially in Marin, and health insurance and health delivery still waiting for an overhaul all contribute to creating a precariously housed population. And the issues surrounding mental health and substance abuse are inextricable tied to a lack of affordable housing. Treating substance abuse and mental health issues becomes more effective when clients have someplace to live long-term. There needs to be an exit path off of the social-service escalator to health rather than the prospect of people getting dumped back on the street after treatment. That takes affordable rental housing. The county has taken action to help the homeless, as have the two cities that, because of their locations, bear the biggest responsibilities for the homeless—San Rafael and Novato. San Rafael Mayor Gary Phillips says his city will be a willing partner in the plan to create a permanent emergency shelter, but it needs to be located outside of his city, which has done more than its share to provide services to the homeless. (Most services for the homeless in eastern Marin are located in San Rafael.) About six years ago, the county developed a 10-year plan to tackle the issues of homelessness. The county has accomplished about 80 percent of the goals in the plan, according to Supervisor Susan Adams, who was one of the guiding forces behind setting up the first temporary emergency warming winter shelter at the Civic Center

Armory. That was before the rotating shelter program started. Adams echoes the sentiment Meredith expresses about the need for a continuum of care that includes affordable housing. “Temporary housing should be temporary.” The county needs options “for more permanent housing and associated services for workforce retraining, substance abuse and recovery programs and mental health services.” The press conference last week served as a reminder that the Organizing Committee, in partnership with the county and San Rafael, is looking at ways to create a permanent emergency shelter. It’s the second phase of the Organizing Committee’s push

to help the homeless, says Parnell. She says the Organizing Committee, through community outreach, can help Marin residents better understand the connections between affordable housing and health, mental and physical. “It’s important for a healthy community to have a cross section of people with different ethnic, racial and socioeconomic backgrounds.” But declaring an intention to create a permanent shelter is one thing. When the generalized intention gets focused on a specific proposal and a specific location, the real struggle—and opposition—will begin. Y Contact the writer at

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ot every voter in Marin was pleased with the passage of Measure F on Nov. 5, a vote which approved $394 million in bonds for Marin General Hospital to embark on a major overhaul of the facility. Especially disappointed were members of NAMI/Marin, the local branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. “We have pleaded with MGH and the county to provide at least the average number of psych beds recommended for mental health patients,” said spokesman Rick Roose, the father of a 24-year old bipolar/schizophrenic son. “Even with the passage of the bond issue there was no promise of increased services for psychiatric bed needs in the county.” Roose, a compact man with troubled eyes, has a disturbing story to tell. The San Anselmo police arrested his son in August 2012 “in a psychotic state,” Roose recounted, “and brought him to psychiatric emergency services (PES) at MGH. I was called about six hours later and notified he was there. Before I could even drive to the hospital I was called again and told that he was being transferred to California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco because there were no beds available in behavior health (called Unit A) at MGH. “He was again brought to PES in Novem-

ber 2012 and sent to St. Francis in San Franspells of intense anger, only to be followed by cisco because, again, there were no beds. Each a descent into madness. “When hopes for a time this happened different psychiatrists fulfilling and productive life are dashed for attempted to treat an unfamiliar patient with good,” he said, “when acceptance finally ocdifferent psychotic meds, resulting in some curs, there is an intense grief. The only thing very difficult-to-ascertain reactions.” that helps is the knowing support of those Roose’s son’s illness started when he was in similar circumstances, which is why the 13 years old, with severe obsessive compulNational Alliance on Mental Illness in Marin sive disorder (ODC), and by the time he was (NAMI/Marin) is so important.” 18 various diagnoses had turned to descripHospitals across the state have been closing tions of severe bipolar and schizophrenia, psychiatric units—as well as shuttering entire Roose said. “These illnesses often sent him acute psychiatric hospitals—and decreasfrom board-and-care school facilities to ing bed counts for patients needing acute locked psychiatric facilities to hospitals and inpatient psychiatric care, according to a 2011 back again,” he said. report by the California Hospital Association Roose, a single parent, left a high-paying in Sacramento. “California’s bed rate is an apjob as the head of a communications departpalling one bed for every 5,975 people, as of ment to focus on consulting work so 2011, worse than the rest of the nation’s that he would have more time to average of one bed for every 4,758 care for his son. “I’m sure they people,” the report stated. by were relieved that I quit because Roose has a scalding opinion caring for my son was becoming of the accommodations for jo anne a full-time job and was cutting mental illness patients in the WiLLiAMS county. into my responsibilities at work.” Marin County has only Roose recalls labyrinthine 17 psych beds for a population paperwork with insurers, Social of more than 256,000, he said. “We Security disability applications and were advocating for Marin General, hearings, Medicare, Medicare Part D, Kaiser and the county to work together to Medicaid, psychiatrists, case managers, social increase the beds by at least 37 for a total workers, etc. “I would see prescription bills of 50 beds,” Roose said. “Worst of all,” he for $7,000 to $8,000 a month. Three-week added, “Marin’s psych beds are usually full, so bills for locked facilities at $60,000. Endless patients are sent to San Francisco, Oakland, subsidiary bills from God-knows-what conVallejo or as far away as Woodland, making it sulting doctor, radiologist, nurse practitioner, very hard for families to visit or oversee their consulting case worker and others,” he said. relative’s care.” It’s not just the darkening days of winter Unfortunately it’s not a simple solution, around the holidays that produce severe according to Jon Friedenberg, spokesman mental illness. Hardest of all, Roose said, for Marin General. “It’s true 17 beds are not would be to see his son get better for a while, enough,” he said, “but what is not understood mostly free of auditory hallucinations and is that Marin General Hospital must accept

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patients from outside the county—and more than half of MGH patients in Unit A are from other counties in Northern California. Under federal law, we must accept patients from other counties. If our behavioral health unit is full, new patients must be sent to other facilities.” Linda Blum of Marinwood had a similar experience in the county. A special-education teacher who was widowed at 33 when her husband died of cancer, Blum has had to face her son’s mental health crisis alone. Sixteen now, his ADHD symptoms started at 13; an anxiety disorder followed, and “it’s been a roller coaster to find services ever since,” Blum said. Seeking an available bed for her son in a psychiatric facility when he was in crisis became impossible, Blum said. “You end up in the emergency room where the child is safe, but there’s no permanent treatment, there’s not a bed free in a psychiatric unit,” she said. “It could take 24 hours or more and I have to wait until he is settled. Often it’s ‘I’m sorry,’ and he has to go home with me. If he’s in an agitated state we are both at risk. One time there was an opening in San Leandro, a nearly impossible commute for a working single mother.” There is also the financial burden. “I was in the Kaiser low-income program, and for a while I had Medi-Cal,” Blum said. “The paperwork to fill these applications is unbelievably time-consuming, on top of all the other demands on parents of these children.” Adding to Blum’s dilemma is that Kaiser has no psych beds for patients of any age. “We have no psychiatric beds at our San Rafael Medical Center,” said Joe Fragola of Kaiser Permanente. “We contract with Marin

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ell, if Will Rogers, the famed early 20th century wit, was still with us today, he’d see a lot of clapping hands this season in Marin. When we put out the call for nominations for our third annual Heroes of Marin awards—our salute, in partnership with Redwood Credit Union, to the community members dedicated to bettering the county and its residents—we were flooded with more submissions than ever before. Marinites are never too quick to champion the good works and worthy causes of an incredible spectrum of our friends, neighbors and community leaders. We’re truly fortunate to have such a rich and varied field of heroes from which to choose. Earlier this autumn our panel of “hero” judges bestowed awards in eight separate categories. Recipients will be honored in the Pacific Sun through Dec. 20, with features highlighting their dedication and value to Marin. This week’s honorees include Ian Sethre and Jill Hoefgen, whose From the Bay to the Balkans program helps kids better understand diverse cultures, and Don Carney, the man behind the groundbreaking Marin Youth Court. — Jason Walsh, editor

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It is an honor to sponsor the 2013 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 Rising Stars Ian Sethre and his wife, Jill Hoefgen, and the teens in their From the Bay to the Balkans program; and our Innovation honoree Don Carney. Here are a few reasons each was nominated and deemed “heroes” by our panel of judges:

From the Bay to the Balkans: Rising Stars

The Bosnian War of the mid 1990s beheld a brutality like none seen in Europe since the end of World War II. And, while the guns have ceased firing, bitterness between disparate communities of the region remains—old wounds heal slowly. And yet, since 2000 San Domenico teachers Ian Sethre and his wife, Jill Hoefgen, have led From the Bay to the Balkans—a program that brings Marin students and teachers to Bosnia-Herzegovina for two weeks of cultural understanding and awareness. The kids’ goal is simple: to engage the local community and contribute to

the process of postwar reconciliation. Along the way, they work with local youth, teach basic English, engage in art and dance and coordinate sports with kids from differing ethnicities. When the violent heat of the Bosnian ethnic conflict finally cooled, the world community said, “Never again.” From the Bay to the Balkans is working to make that promise a reality.

Don Carney: Innovation

Don Carney is the Director of Marin Youth Court, the YMCA’s peer-to-peer restorative justice program in which kids age 12 to 17 take an active role in helping each other address juvenile delinquency and curb drug and alcohol use. Ninety-five percent of the offenders who participate in Youth Court successfully complete the program and a whopping 92 percent of those do not re-offend. As Marin Superior Court Justice Roy Chernus says, “These are outstanding results!” “As a frequent volunteer who presides over the Youth Court proceedings,” Chernus wrote in nominating Don Carney as a Hero of Marin, “I have seen what a tremendous asset Don and this program is to our community ... I can assure you that Youth Court is a huge step in the right direction in addressing the widespread problem of drug and alcohol use by our high school and middle school students.”

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Jill Hoefgen and Ian Sethre, From the Bay to the Balkans Rising Stars

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he annual Heroes of Marin Rising Star award usually goes to a young adult who’s going to set the world on fire. This year, it’s going to the leaders of a San Domenico program for young adults—those kids who will set the world on fire in the years to come. Jill Hoefgen and Ian Sethre—respective heads of the art and history departments at San Domenico School in San Anselmo (and married to each other, to boot)—have received the honor on behalf of their work with From the Bay to the Balkans, a program they co-founded that brings several 17-year-old American kids to Bosnia-Herzegovina to host a summer camp for more than 60 Bosnian kids ranging from ages 4 to 16. The day camp takes place in Vareö, a small, mountain town where the primary school is segregated per “two schools under one roof,” a program in select schools throughout Bosnia that splits education Jill and Ian are bringing Marin youth From the Bay to the Balkans ... by ethnic group within the same building. Children of all ethnicities can attend the third of the population, you could have your cause he’s not like me’—whether that’s race From the Bay to the Balkans summer camp. own school within the school,” Sethre says. or religion or sexuality, whatever it is, it’s Hoefgen and Sethre demur at being “This ‘two schools under one roof’ program part of that issue that is very real everycalled “heroes.” Perched on kid-sized chairs was implemented in 54 school districts. It where.” in Hoefgen’s art classroom, the two explain was intended to make minorities feel comNext summer, the students traveling to that the accolade belongs to the dozens of fortable to come home. Typically, what hap- Bosnia will be the first group of students students they’ve accompanied to Bosnia pens is the Muslim kids go to schools, say, who were all born after the Bosnian War, since the 2004 start of From the Bay to the downstairs, and the Croat kids go upstairs. which officially started the same week as Balkans—though the pair had led simiIn other cases, they split the day ... What has Sethre’s high school prom. Soon after the lar trips with college students during the happened is it has become entrenched.” war ended, he and Hoefgen had moved three years prior. Program grads have met Often, Hoefgen says, each group of kids from the Twin Cities to Chicago, where Hoefgen and Sethre in Bosnia again to help, gets a separate curriculum. Sethre says the Bosnian refugees had poured into the city. or have returned on their own. Even as we split can devolve into ethnic groups teaching The two were recent college graduates, speak, hunched against a damp autumn “their version about the people upstairs.” childfree and looking to help, to plug into chill that gives San Domenico’s 515-acre “In the most egregious case,” he adds, something meaningful. Temping wasn’t campus an eerie serenity, an alum of the “The Catholic Church paid for half of [a cutting it. 2008 Balkans trip is working as a Fulbright school] to be totally upgraded, painted Hoefgen and Sethre worked with a Bosfellow in Bosnia. and everything. One side is completely run nian refugee center in Chicago—Hoefgen Nowadays, American media doesn’t cover down and the other is sparkling, with new started a summer camp for Bosnian refuBosnia much. The Southeastern European computers and everything.” gee kids, and Sethre documented human country’s brutal civil war, also contested as During camp, Hoefgen, Sethre and the a regional conflict, started about 20 years San Domenico students teach English, play ago and ended three years later. Its ensuing basketball, paint faces, dance—the activinumbers are staggering—approximately ties align with the strong suits of each batch 200,000 killed, including 8,000 in the single of San Domenico students. Playing Uno is H The trip from Marin to Sarajevo, largest massacre since the Second World consistently popular. Bosnia’s capital, often takes more War, and about 2.5 million of 4 million “It’s not saving the world. It’s not saving than 30 hours. people displaced. the country. It’s not saving that town,” Sethre H A Bosnian comedian once asked “Because there were three different ethnic says. “But it is making some people’s lives From the Bay to the Balkans stugroups, one of the a little bit better, and it’s dents, “You come from a country previsions of the affecting them for good with only one president. We have settlement [post-war] in that it chips away at three. What makes you think you was that if your ethnic that notion of the other. have better ideas?” group constituted a ‘I don’t play with that kid

rights abuses—and they visited the country soon afterward. “We saw that place and those people in that community as an opportunity to do something,” Sethre says. “I think since it happened right after college, we both kind of needed that.” At San Domenico, they’re passing the baton—early. “What I really like about working with high school students,” Hoefgen says of those selected to go on the From the Bay to the Balkans trip, “is it’s not just a one-time experience. It’s something that they take with them, and they go somewhere with it. That’s so important, because it would be easy enough to forget about it or not go at all, but they don’t. “That’s why we keep going.” Y

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Don Carney Innovation

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n the roughly eight years Don Carney worked at the County Community School— the “school of last resort in each county” in California, where kids who are expelled or on active probation are sent—Don Carney felt there had to be a better way. About 100 middle and high school students a year were sent to the County Community School, Carney says from his Marin County Youth Court office at the YMCA in downtown San Rafael. He wanted to empower kids with youth development programs, but the school was “a place to learn to be obedient.” Carney just found that “if you aggregate dysfunction, you get increased dysfunction.” There were too many kids like the middle-school boy who brought a knife to school. “This was a middle-class, African-American kid from Mill Valley, not a kid from Marin City, who brought a Swiss Army knife to school because his grandfather gave it to him and he was proud of it and wanted to show it to his friends,” Verdict? “Zero tolerance. County Community.” “This is what sort of pushed me over the edge,” Carney says. “So this little middleschooler comes there, middle-class kid, and within two weeks he’s involved in all kinds of nefarious activities because of the environment he’s in, because he was suspended on a zero-tolerance issue. So it really became clear to me that I needed to shrink that pipeline, and youth courts could do that.” Carney worked with the then-district attorney and local youth-serving organizations for several years to bring a youth court to Marin, an organization where kids interact with a jury of peers to determine a sentence for their infraction. Kids who go through youth court get assigned community service and must serve on future juries. Instead of a student getting expelled, Carney says, kids like the Mill Valley boy with the knife could stay in their own school and address their mistake, “and not learn how to buy and sell drugs.” The Marin Youth Court was established in 2004; it tried four cases. The next year, there were eight. “It was happening in fits and starts and growing slowly, but geometrically,” 19 Pacific Sun DecEMBER13 - december 19 , 2013

Carney says. “Each year we doubled.” The youth court gets referrals from county police and probation departments, and starting this year, schools. Kids have the option of choosing youth court, rather than being suspended or prosecuted or put on probation, which would leave them with a record. Carney says “99.99 percent” of kids choose the court. “By and large, other youth courts are run pretty much as you see regular courts run,” Carney says. “We changed that about three years ago, pro- Don Carney and company, bringing justice to Marin. foundly. Right now, we never do anything without the agreement and participation of ... to cover all your typical juvenile misdethe kid who’s in trouble. So our program meanors.” doesn’t determine innocence or guilt. Just Carney’s most excited about developing sentencing.” peer courts at county schools. As of mid-November, the court has seen “The youth court’s been up and running 870 kids come through its system since it now for almost 10 years,” he says. “It worked began. The County Community School, really well, so I thought, ‘Hmm, this would Carney says, is now down to a population be really good to get into schools and divert of about 30. suspensions.” Carney says the court adheres to restorEleven Marin schools now have the peer ative practices, which focus “not on what court programs, which operate like the law was broken and what punishment goes formal youth court—a teen bailiff, teen with that law, but what harm was done and advocates (like lawyers), a teen jury—but how to repair the harm.” are available for schools to address lesser Every kid who goes through youth court infractions in-house. An assistant principal goes through 12 hours of Decisions Under might send a kid to peer court for a engagthe Influence training, six of which include ing in a fight that didn’t end physically or their parents, even if the kids were caught for non-drug related offenses like shoplifting or vandalism. “It’s all about sensitizing the families about the alcohol and drug epidemic in Marin County,” Carney says. “Just because H The Marin Youth Court aims to you didn’t get busted, doesn’t mean you’re avoid what Carney deems the not in that culture. All the kids are in this adversarial setup in the judicial 14> culture.” system. Instead of calling them Kids who do come through with “defendants,” kids going through a drug- or alcohol-related charge have to the youth court are called “responmeet with a drug and alcohol expert who dents.” Kids who act as lawyers are used “motivational interviewing” to see called “advocates.” how kids feel their lives are working with the substances. H Kids in youth court can be as“I was not aware that it was going to be signed between 15 and 80 hours that profoundly drug and of community service, although alcohol oriented until I Carney says most kids end up with started doing it,” Carney 15 to 20 hours. says of the entire youth court. “It was [established]

repeatedly defying a teacher’s instruction to put their phone away. Peer courts’ formats range from a class in students’ curriculum, or as a once-a-week lunch meeting. Just like youth court, kids brought to peer court decide along with the jury what their sentences should be. “What makes us distinctive from other restorative justice practitioners is it’s youth development driven,” Carney says. “We teach kids to [work] with each other, and that builds resilience.” Carney hopes to bring “community building circles” to grade schools, which he says would teach social and emotional education. Y

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About Time (R) All Is Lost (PG-13) * Bettie Page Reveals All (R) Blue Jasmine (PG-13) The Book Thief (PG-13)

Captain Phillips (PG-13) Dallas Buyers Club (R)

Delivery Man (PG-13) Ender’s Game (PG-13) Frozen (PG)

The Sugarplum Fairies terpsichore in the Royal Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker,’ at the Regency Tuesday night. About Time (2:04) A time-traveling doofus Londoner tries to use his unique gift to plan, program and preordain his love life. l All Is Lost (1:45) Robert Redford in a oneman tour de force about a mariner guiding his damaged yacht though the stormy, sharkinfested Indian Ocean with only a map and a sextant. l Bettie Page Reveals All (1:41) Kaleidoscopic documentary about the legendary sex symbol features no-holds-barred narration by the whip-wielding icon herself. l Blue Jasmine (1:38) Woody Allen dramedy considers the case of a tightly strung New York socialite restructuring her life in the wilds of Marin and S.F.; Cate Blanchett stars. l The Book Thief (2:11) A German girl endures the horrors of WWII by losing herself in books she steals and shares with others, including a Jewish refugee hiding under her parents’ staircase. l Captain Phillips (2:13) Paul Greengrass docudrama about the 2009 hijacking of a U.S. cargo ship and the relationship between its captain (Tom Hanks) and the leader of the Somali pirates (Barkhad Abdi). l Dallas Buyers Club (1:57) Biopic of Ron Woodroof, the HIV-positive Texas cowboy who established a clearing house for legal and illegal alternative AIDS treatments from around the world. l Delivery Man (1:43) Vince Vaughn stars as a consistent underachiever whose greatest life achievement is fathering over 500 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic. l Ender’s Game (1:54) A geeky Earthling takes on an invading force of aliens with a little help from mentor Ben Kingsley; Harrison Ford costars. l Frozen (1:42) The kingdom of Arendelle is trapped in an eternal winter, so Anna sets off to find her sister Elsa, who has isolated herself to protect her family and kingdom from her frosty powers; Kristen Bell and Josh Gad vocalize. l The Great Beauty (2:22) Felliniesque satirical dramedy about an aging writer’s bittersweet adventures in beautiful, bizarre Rome. l The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2:41) Bilbo Baggins is back, joining 13 dwarves and a wizard in their quest to reclaim a lost kingdom; Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee and Orlando Bloom star. l Homefront (1:40) Suspense thriller finds ex-DEA agent Jason Statham taking on the not-so-neighborly inhabitants of a seemingly bucolic little town. l

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l The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2:26) Jennifer Lawrence is back as Games top dawg Katniss Everdeen, whose victory lap is met with angry, violent rebellion; Lenny Kravitz costars. l It’s a Wonderful Life (2:11) Frank Capra’s much-loved “Christmas Carol” update stars James Stewart as an average man who discovers his own greatness. l Last Vegas (1:45) When dedicated bachelor Michael Douglas finally gets hitched, pals Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline whisk him to Vegas for one last wingding…but whither the Rat Pack days of yore? l

Marlinsky Theatre’s The Nutcracker in 3D

(1:45) Direct from St. Petersburg it’s the classic fairies-and-sugarplums holiday ballet served up in three dazzling dimensions. l The Metropolitan Opera: Falstaff (3:20) Live from New York it’s Verdi’s tuneful look at the fallen yet unbowed Shakespearean knight, rediscovered here in the mid 20th century. l Nebraska (1:54) Alexander Payne dramedy follows a cantankerous old coot and his estranged son on a Midwestern road trip to claim a million-dollar grand prize; Bruce Dern and Will Forte star. l Out of the Furnace (1:56) Steelworker Christian Bale takes on crime boss Woody Harrelson after brother Casey Affleck goes missing; Sam Shepard costars. l Philomena (1:37) Stephen Frears docudrama about an unwed mother’s attempts to track down her long-lost son; Judi Dench stars. l Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker (2:10) Peter Wright’s celebrated Covent Garden production of the Tchaikovsky classic about Clara, the Mouse King and the magic of Christmas. l Sweet Dreams (1:24) Inspiring documentary follows Ingoma Nshya, Rwanda’s first all-female drumming troupe, as they open the country’s first ice cream parlor. l Thor: The Dark World (1:51) When Natalie Portman discovers an ancient Norse god weapon, it’s up to Chris Hemsworth to prevent an evil elf from using it to destroy Earth, or something. l 12 Years a Slave (2:14) Steve McQueen directs the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black New Yorker who was abducted and sold into slavery in the pre-Civil War South; Chiwetel Ejiofor stars. l Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas (1:45) The rambunctious grandma is back and riding herd on her ungrateful kinfolk, Yuletide style. l Walking the Camino (1:24) Award-winning documentary follows six pilgrims as they trek Spain’s ancient 500-mile Camino de Santago Trail in search of spiritual awakening.

The Great Beauty (NR) The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (PG-13)

Homefront (R) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (PG-13)

Lark: Fri 8 Sat 2:15, 8 Sun 1:45, 7:30 Mon-Thu 7:30 Rafael: Fri 4:15, 6:45, 9 Sat 2, 4:15, 6:45, 9 Sun 4:15 Mon-Wed 6:45, 9 Thu 9:15 Rafael: Fri-Sun 4, 8:45 Mon-Thu 8:45 Regency: Fri-Sat 11:50, 2:30, 5, 7:50, 10:25 Sun 5, 7:50 Mon-Tue 11:50, 2:30, 5, 7:50 Fairfax: Fri-Sat 1:10, 4, 6:45, 9:30 Sun-Tue 1:10, 4, 6:45 Marin: Fri 1, 4:15, 7:30, 10:25 Sat 10, 1, 4:15, 7:30, 10:25 Sun 1, 4:15, 7:30 Mon-Tue, Thu 4:15, 7:30 Regency: Fri-Sat 12:50, 4, 7:10, 10:15 Sun, Mon, Wed 12:50, 4, 7:10 Tue 12:50 Marin: Fri 12:30, 4, 7:15, 10:10 Sat 4, 7:15, 10:10 Sun 12:30, 4, 7:15 Mon-Tue, Thu 4, 7:15 Fairfax: Fri-Sat 12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:40 Sun-Tue 12:50, 3:50, 6:50 Regency: Fri 1:15, 4:15, 7:20, 10:10 Sat 4:15, 7:20, 10:10 Sun-Wed 1:15, 4:15, 7:20 Sequoia: Fri 4:15, 7, 9:55 Sat 10:45, 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:55 Sun 4:50, 7:30 Mon, Tue, Thu 4:15, 7 Northgate: Fri-Tue 11:45, 2:30, 5, 7:35, 10:10 Rowland: Fri-Tue 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:50, 10:25 Northgate: Fri-Tue 1:55, 7:10 Fairfax: Fri-Tue 12:10, 2:45, 5:20, 8 Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 10:20; 3D showtime at 7:40 Sat-Sun 11:45, 5, 10:20; 3D showtimes at 2:20, 7:40 Mon-Thu 9:30; 3D showtime at 6:45 Northgate: Fri-Tue 11, 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:35; 3D showtimes at 12:50, 3, 5:40, 8:15 Playhouse: Fri, Mon-Thu 5, 7:30 Sat-Sun 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30 Rowland: Fri-Tue 11:15, 4:30, 7:10; 3D showtimes at 1:50, 9:50 Rafael: Fri 4:30, 7:30 Sat-Sun 1:15, 4:30, 7:30 Mon-Thu 7:30 Cinema: 3:20, 10:30; 3D showtimes at 11:40, 7 Fairfax: Fri-Tue 12, 3:30, 7; 3D showtimes at 1, 4:30, 8 Marin: Fri-Sat 3:30, 10:25; 3D showtimes at 12, 7 Sun 3:30; 3D showtimes at 12, 7 Mon-Thu 3:30; 3D showtime at 7 Northgate: Fri-Tue 11:50, 1:20, 4:50, 6:50, 8:20; 3D showtimes at 10:30, 11:10, 12:30, 2, 2:40, 3:20, 4, 5:30, 6:10, 7:30, 9, 9:40, 10:20 Playhouse: Fri, Mon-Thu 3:30, 4:30, 7, 8 Sat-Sun 12, 1, 3:30, 4:30, 7, 8 Rowland: Fri-Tue 1:10, 3:30, 5:50, 8:10; 3D showtimes at 10:50, 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20, 10:30 Northgate: Fri-Tue 11:20, 4:40, 9:55 Fairfax: Fri-Sat 12, 3:15, 6:30, 9:45 Sun-Tue 12, 3:15, 6:30 Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 10:15 Sat-Sun 12:30, 3:45, 7, 10:15 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:45 Northgate: Fri-Tue 10:55, 12:35, 2:15, 3:55, 5:35, 7:15, 8:55, 10:30 Rowland: Fri-Tue 12:50, 4:05, 7:20, 10:35 Regency: Sun 2 Wed 2, 7 Sequoia: Sun 2 Wed 2, 7 Northgate: Fri-Tue 12:10, 2:45, 5:20, 7:50, 10:25

* It’s a Wonderful Life (PG) Last Vegas (PG-13) * Marlinsky Theatre’s The Nutcracker in 3D (NR) Rafael: Sun 1:30 Thu 7 * The Metropolitan Opera: Falstaff (NR) Lark: Sat 9:55am Marin: Sat 9:55am, Wed 6:30 Regency: Sat 9:55am, Wed 6:30 Sequoia: Sat 9:55am, Wed 6:30 Nebraska (R) Regency: Fri-Sat 1:10, 4:10, 7, 9:50 Sun-Tue 1:10, 4:10, 7 Wed 1:10 Sequoia: Fri 4:35, 7:20, 10:05 Sat 1:55, 4:35, 7:20, 10:05 Sun 1:55, 4:35, 7:20 Mon-Tue, Thu 4:35, 7:20 Wed 3 Out of the Furnace (R) Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15, 10 Sat-Sun 11, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10 Mon-Thu 6:50, 9:40 Regency: Fri-Sat 1:40, 4:35, 7:30, 10:20 Sun-Wed 1:40, 4:35, 7:30 Rowland: Fri-Tue 11:20, 2, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15 Philomena (PG-13) Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:45, 10:05 Sat-Sun 12, 2:30, 5:15, 7:45, 10:05 Mon-Thu 7:15, 9:35 Regency: Fri-Sat 12, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:05 Sun-Wed 12, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40 * Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker (PG) Regency: Tue 7 Sweet Dreams (NR) Rafael: Sun 7 (filmmaker Lisa Fruchtman in person) Thor: The Dark World (PG-13) Northgate: Fri-Tue 11:05, 4:35, 10; 3D showtimes at 1:50, 7:20 12 Years a Slave (R) Lark: Fri-Sat 5 Sun-Thu 4:30 Northgate: Fri-Tue 12:45, 3:50, 7:05, 10:05 * Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas (PG-13) Northgate: Fri-Tue 12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:15 Rowland: Fri-Tue 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10 Walking the Camino (NR) Rafael: Fri, Mon-Thu 6:30 Sat-Sun 1:45, 6:30

James Stewart awakes and sings in Frank Capra’s ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ at the Regency and Sequoia Sunday and Wednesday.

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 Rowland 44 Rowland Way, Novato • 800-326-3264

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Live music 12/13: Ann Halen, Bryan Kehoe and Black Cat Grave 9pm. $10. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091.

12/13: Beso Negro and This Old Earthquake Rock. 8pm.$12-15. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219.

12/13: Cathey Cotton and the Atomic Beat Society The Hoovers open. 9pm. $10-15. George’s Night Club, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 578-2707. 12/13: Eugene Huggins Blues. 9pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse Supper Club, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 12/13: Friday Night Jazz Redwood Tango Ensemble. 5:30-8:30pm. No cover. Marin Country Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 346-7300. 12/13: Michael Aragon Quartet Jazz. 9pm. No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1392. 12/13: The Phillip Percy Pack Jazz. 7pm. No cover. Rickey’s Restaurant, 250 Entrada drive, Novato. 244-2665. 12/13: Rhythm Addicts African inspired rock. 9:30pm. $8. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 12/13: Sabbath Lives Rock. 9:30pm. $8. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 464-7420.

12/13-15: Steve Kimmock and Friends

With Bobby Vega, Bill Vitt, Jeff Chimenti and Dan Lebowitz. 8pm. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera, Mill Valley. 388-3850.

12/14: Narada Michael Walden Foundation Annual Holiday Party Benefit performance and dessert reception. 8pm. $100-175. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600.

12/14: Philippines Benefit with the Beautiful Losers and Friends With Danny Uzi, April Grisman, Michael LaMacchia, Barbara Borden, others. Proceeds benefit Doctors Without Borders’ relief effort in the Philippines. 9pm. $10-15. Sausalito Seahorse Supper Club, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899.

12/14: Rahman D’Amato and Friends

Local songwriter. 9:30pm. No cover. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 485-1182. 12/14: Ron Kat and Katdelic Stymie and the Pimp Jones Love Orchestra open. 9pm. $10-12. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 12/14: Tea Leaf Trio 8pm. Free bar show. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773. 12/15: La Mandanga Flamenco jam. 9:30pm. No cover. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 464-7420. 12/15: Sunday Salsa with Mazacote 4pm salsa class; 5pm live music. $10. Sausalito Seahorse Supper Club, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899.

12/16: Open Mic with Austin DeLone

7:30pm. All ages. No cover. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera, Mill Valley. 388-3850. 12/16: Open Mic with Billy D 9:30pm. No cover. Peri’s, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 12/16: Open Mic with Derek Smith 9pm. No cover. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 12/16: Opens Mic with Simon Costa 9:30pm, sign up begins at 8pm. All ages. No cover. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182.

12/16: Philippine Fundraiser with Members of ALO, Mother Hips, Tea Leaf Green

Proceeds will go towards helping rebuild the lives of Philippines residents. Evening will also feature a raffle and silent auction to raise additional funds. 8pm. $30. Sweetwater, 19 Corte Madera , Mill Valley. 388-3850.

12/17: Boogie Woogie Tuesday with Fredrick Nighthawk Boogie woogie piano. 8-11pm. No cover. 19 Broadway Night Club, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091.

12/17: College of Marin Chorus: Classical Masters With works by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms. 7:30pm. Free. College of Marin James Dunn Theatre, 835 College Ave., Kentfield. 485-9460. music/music-calendar.html.

12/17: Happy Hour Jazz at George’s with The Phillip Percy Pack 6pm. No cover. George’s

Nightclub , 842 4th St., San Rafael. 244-2665. 12/18: Elvis Johnson’s Soul Review Soul, blues, Motown. 9:30pm. No cover. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 464-7420. 12/18: King & Ace Acoustic duo. 9pm. No cover. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 485-1182. 12/18: Kortuzi Reunion Jam Jonathan Korty and Danny Uzi return to the stage with many special guests. 10pm. No cover. 19 Broadway Night Club, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091.

12/18: Rowan Brothers with Barry Sless and Special Guest Rumour has it that Rowan

family fans won’t want to miss this one. 8pm. No cover. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 485-1005.

12/19: 33 1/3 Mile Showcase with the Lady Crooners Homebrew Easy Heros

The sound and the ‘Furious’ News of Paul Walker’s death came as a special shock to the kind of fan The Fast and the Furious franchise helped create, and they’re legion. It was the series’ special genius to give performance racing and gearheading a new relevance for the gamer generation, who, until June 2001, were Paul Walker finished his last race as Brian O’Connor in ‘Fast & Furious 6. ‘ couch-bound and uninterested in their parents’ muscle cars. For delivery of trademark thrills FAST & FURIOUS 6 is among of the best of the bunch. It finds DSS agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) chasing down the outlaw crew, now in retirement across the globe, to help him thwart a string of crimes involving the building of a mysterious Nightshade device, which can wipe out a city’s electrical grid. As a deal-sweetener Hobbs has a recent photo of someone from Dominic’s past, long thought dead but now part of a rogue Special Forces officer’s criminal crew. The plot is preposterous as always—one cargo plane takes 13 minutes to clear the runway in a climactic scene—but who cares? Cars and drivers deliver. Diesel and Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Luke Evans costar. With production on 7 now halted in Atlanta we have the end of an era in Fast 6, a film that’s a fitting tribute to the series’ charm and Walker’s perfection for the part.—Richard Gould necessary. Children welcome. 7:30pm. $10. Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C St., San Rafael. 457-4191. 12/19: Larry Vuckovich Jazz piano. 6-9pm. The Trident Restaurant, 558 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 3313232. 12/19: Samurai Wolf Acoustic singer/songwriter. 9pm. No cover. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 464-7420. 12/20-21: Christmas Jug Band Bring your family and friends for the show. 7pm. Dec. 20; 8pm Dec. 21. $15-27. Sweetwater, 19 Corte Madera, Mill Valley. 388-3850.

12/20: Chrome Johnson, Jenny Kerr Duo

With Ryan Scott(monophonics), trumpet. 9pm. $10. 19 Broadway Night Club, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 12/20: Lex Razon’s Christmas Bash Rock 9:30pm. $8. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 464-7420. 12/20: The Yates Brothers and Sisters 9pm. $20. George’s Night Club, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 578-2707.

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Original funk, soul. 9pm. No cover. 19 Broadway Night Club, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 12/19: Kirtan with Mirabei Evening of call and response singing, chant and meditation with live music(harmonium, guitar, digeridoo, dulcimer, flute, tamboura, percussion). No experience is

12/17: Mark Pitta and Friends Standup. 8pm. $16-26. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600. 12/21: Mort Sahl Standup. 8pm. $35-50. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600.

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Theater 12/13-15: ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ Family friendly holiday comedy. 8pm Fri.-

Sat.; 2pm Sun. $10-20. NTC Playhouse, 5420 Nave Dr., Novato. 299-1273.

12/13-15: ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ College of Marin Drama Department

presents this this well mannered 19th century farce by Oscar Wilde. 8pm Fri.-Sat.; 2pm Sat.Sun. $10-20. College of Marin , James Dunn Theatre, 835 College Ave., Kentfield. 485-9687. 12/13-15: ‘Harvey’ Pulitzer Prize winning play by American Playwright Mary Chase. 8pm Fri.-Sat.; 2pm Sun. $13-26. The Barn Theatre, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555, ext. 1. 12/20: Dan Hoyle “Each and Every Thing.” Solo show from award winning actor/playwright. 8pm. $20-35. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600.

Through12/22: ‘Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol’ By Tom Mula. Jon Tracy directs. 8pm Tues., Thurs.-Sat.; 7pm Sun. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5200.

Concerts 12/14: The Holidays in Harmony Novato Music Association Chorus presents their annual holiday concert. Cary Cedarblade, director. 2pm. December 13- december 19, 2013 Pacific Sun 29

$5-18, under 12 free. St. Vincent’s Chapel, 1 St. Vincent Dr., San Rafael. 516-7373. 12/13: Musae “Comfort and Joy.” The women of Musae present a program of holiday favorites ranging from medieval times to today. 8pm. $15-20. Old St. Hilary’s Landmark, 201 Esperanza, Tiburon. 435-1853. 12/13-15: Mayflower Chorus “Jazz Hot and Cool.” $5-18. 8pm. Dec. 13-14 at Marin Center Showcase Theatre, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 3:30pm. Dec. 15 at First Presbyterian Church, 72 Kensington Ave., San Anselmo. 491-9110.

12/14: Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble: Wintersongs “Wintersongs”showcases mate-

rial ranging from rousing Slavic folk carols to lush, meditative Eastern Orthodox sacred choral works. From mesmerizing pre-Christian incantations for the longest nights of the year to Hebrew chants for Chanukah to original new pieces inspired by the beauty and mystery of wintertime. 8pm. $15-31. Dance Palace, 503 B Street, Pt. Reyes Station. 510-444-0323. 12/14: Marin Girls Chorus “Deck the Halls Annual Holiday Concert.” 5pm. $8-18. Angelico Hall, Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 827-7335.

12/14-15: Marin Oratorio: Mass in B minor College of Marin’s Music Department

presents Bach’s last major composition. Boyd Jarrell directs the chorus and orchestra. 8pm Dec. 14; 3pm Dec. 15. $15-20. College of Marin, James Dunn Theatre, 835 College Ave., Kentfield. 485-9385. 12/15: Marin Men’s Chorus “Sing We Now.” 3pm. $10, under 12 free. Showcase Theater, Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 473-6800. 12/15: The Warmth of Christmas John Steiner performs original and Christmas music. Refreshments will be served. 6pm. Free admission. First Presbyterian Church, 1510 Fifth Ave., San Rafael.

12/16: Isn’t it Romantic: The Songs of Richard Rodgers College of Marin’s Advanced

Voice Class presents the songs of Richard Rodgers. Best known for songwriting partnerships with the lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II, Rodgers compositions have had a significant impact on popular music to the present day and an enduring broad appeal. 11:10am. Free. College of Marin Lefort Recital Hall, 831 College Ave., Kentfield. 485-9460. music-calendar.html.

12/16: Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District Non-Marching Band Holiday Concert. 7pm. Free. Showcase Theater, Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 473-6800.

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been working all semester to perform. Performance features a mix of folk songs, art songs and arias. 2:10pm. Free. College of Marin, Lefort Recital Hall, 835 College Ave., Kentfield. 485-9460. performingarts/music/music-calendar.html. 12/17: Marin Symphony “Holiday Pops Concert.” Alasdair Neale conducts holiday classics with the Marin Symphony Chorus, Marin Symphony Children’s Choir, soloists. Including works by Tchaikovsky, Irving Berlin, others. 7:30pm. $10-70. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800.

12/18: Wednesday Noon Concert Series Noon. Free. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600.

Dance 12/14-15: Marin Ballet “The Nutcracker.” 1 and

5pm on both dates. $25-40. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. 12/14: Caroling and Contra Dancing Caroling with the Unitarian Universalists of Marin and contra dancing to live music with the North Bay Country Dance Society. Caroling at 6:30pm; contra dance lesson 7:30pm; dance 8-11pm. $2-12. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael. 479-4131 ext.104.

12/17: Starduster Orchestra Tuesday Dance Mill Valley Recreation invites you to slip into your dancing shoes and dance the evening away. 7-9pm. $5. Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto Mill Valley. 383-1370.

Art 12/13-03/08: Artisans: Group Exhibition

Artisans is a collective group founded in Mill Valley in 1977. Hosted by Falkirk Cultural Center, this exhibition showcases works in oil, gouache, pastel, ink, charcoal, watercolor, photography, mixed media, sculpture and textiles. Reception 5:30-7:30pm Dec. 13. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 847-8272.

Through Dec. 2014: Tom Killion: In the Gallery Year long exhibition of original prints and hand crafted books. 4:30pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

12/13-20: Art Works Downtown Open Studios Holiday Event Over 35 artists welcome

you into their studios for your gift shopping. With an art auction. Dec. 13-14, 20-21. Fridays 5-8pm; Saturdays Noon-6pm. Free admission. Art Works Downtown, 1325 - 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119 .

Kids Events 12/14: Dream Circle Holiday Concert With Tim Cain, Miss Kitty, Cindy Cohen and Christopher Smith. 11am and 1pm. $7-18. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 339-3900. 12/14: Holiday Celebration at the Marin Country Mart With family friendly activities

including writing and sending a letter to Santa, complimentary photos with Santa, children’s entertainment, holiday cookie decorating, pony rides and face painting. Snack on festive holiday treats and beverages. Holiday Toy Drive, presented by EcoMom Alliance of Marin. Donations benefit Marin City Community Services District and Homeward Bound of Marin. 9am-2pm. Free admission. Marin Country Mart Farmers’ Market, Opposite from the Larkspur Ferry Terminal, Larkspur. 461-5715. 12/14-15: Magic Toy Box Tea Noon and 3pm. $22-45. Make reservations at 800-838-3006. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328. 12/14: Trekking the Model Help Ranger Bill feed the hungry inhabitants of our fresh and saltwater tanks. 2pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. mil/Missions/Recreation/BayModelVisitorCenter. aspx. 12/14: Wild California Watersheds Northern California is made up of whole areas that resemble large funnels. The rainy season can turn a babbling brook into a river and a river into a natural force that is both exciting and dangerous. Join Ranger

Linda and learn more about the geologic formations, climate change, and the ever changing river conditions that make up our watershed. 1:30pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871.

12/16: Preview of Upcoming Community Classes Sneak peek at the programs offered through Sausalito Parks and Recreation starting in January. Highlights include the Latirmerlo Studio that offers private singing lessons and choral groups for kids and adults, author and master hypnotist A.T. Lynne to amaze you with simple and easy ways to retrain your brain and physical therapist and yoga instructor Lisa Bollheimer Minn with practical advice on physical activity and conditioning as you age. 7pm. Free. Sausalito City Hall Council Chambers, 420 Litho St., Sausalito. 289-4121. 12/17: How to Have Fun in the Delta Come find out some fun and interesting adventures you and your family can have by exploring this hidden gem with Ranger Bill. 2pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871.

12/18-19: Terrapin Crossroads Second Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party 4pm in the Grate room. $25. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773.

Film 12/14: Met: Live in HD presents ‘Verdi’s Falstaff’ Directed by Robert Carsen 10am. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave. Larkspur. 924-5111. 12/15 and 19: ‘The Nutcracker in 3D’ Filmed at the historic Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg,

Russia, where the original Nutcracker was first performed over 120 years ago. Under the leadership of Artistic Director and renowned conductor Valery Gergiev. 105 min. 1:30pm. Dec. 15; 7pm Dec. 19. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 4th St, San Rafael. 454-1222.


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12/14: Deer Island Rising above the surrounding marshland and pastures, the mix of forest and grassland here are a great place to see raptors and other birds that spend the winter here. Discuss the changes that take place in the plant and animal communities as the wet season begins. Bring lunch. Walk for ages 15 and up. No pets (except service animals) please. Heavy rain may cancel. 10am. Free. Deer Island Preserve, Deer Island Lane, Novato. 893-9520. 12/15: King Tide Creek Cleanup Experience a 6.3 foot high tide at around 11am on Gallinas Creek. Come with canoe or kayak or on foot. Please take photos and submit to GWC. 9:30am. Free. Gallinas Watershed Council, 68 Mitchell Blvd. Ste 240, San Rafael. 472-5814.

12/19: Salmon of San Geronimo Valley

Each year, several species of Pacific salmon migrate up certain creeks to breed. Look for evidence of fish and discuss the biology of these remarkable animals. The timing of these activities is subject to numerous environmental variables, but if we’re lucky we might have a chance to observe spawning activity. Bring polarized glasses if you have them to reduce glare on the water. Walk is for ages 15 and up. No pets (except service animals) please. Heavy rain may cancel. 10am. Free. Leo T. Cronin Fish Viewing Area west of Lagunitas, Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Lagunitas. 893-9520. Fireside Dining 7 Days a Week

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Readings 12/13: Books and Tea at Book Passage A holiday gift books review. Elaine Petrocelli and a team of Book Passage booksellers lead a discussion of books for the holidays. Learn about new books for all the readers on your holiday list this season. 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 12/13: Josh Ruxin “A Thousand Hills to Heaven: Love, Hope, and a Restaurant in Rwanda.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 12/14: Lynne Ashdown Left Coast Writers event. “One American Woman Fifty Italian Men.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 12/14: Molly Fisk “Blow-Drying a Chicken.” 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

12/14: Sixteen Rivers Press Poetry Reading

One of only two American appearances by French astro-physicist Ito Naga and poet-translator Lynne Knight reading from Naga’s collection, “I Know (Je Sais).” 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera. 332-4179. 12/15: Buddy Biancalana “The 7 Secrets of World Class Athletes.” 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 12/15: Katrina Fried “American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom.” 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 12/15: Tim Flinders “John Muir: Spiritual Writings.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 12/17: Michael Goldstein “Return of the Light: A Political Fable in Which the American People Retake Their Country.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 12/18: Phil Cousineau “Burning the Midnight Oil.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Community Events (Misc.) 12/13: 6th Annual Raise the Youth Benefit Performance Proceeds benefit the Throckmorton Youth Performers program. 7pm. $15-60. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600.

12/14: 14th Annual Hawaiian Holiday Craft & Bake Sale Delicious goodies and unique crafts made

by lovely hula hands. Fundraiser for Hula On Productions, a nonprofit organization whose dance entity is Halau Hula Na Pua O Ka La’akea, Marin’s resident hula school. Enjoy a day of music, mini-plate lunches and hula dancing throughout the day. 10am. Free admission. St. Patrick’s Parish Center, 409 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 891-7887. 12/14: Fairfax Craft Faire A wide variety of local vendors will be selling sustainably derived crafts and products. With live music, tasty treats. Organized by Sustainable Fairfax and Fairfax Open Circle Arts and Sports (F.O.C.A.S.) 11am-5pm. Free admission. Fairfax Pavilion, 142 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 12/14: Free Flu Clinic Free flu shot from Marin Public Health. Vaccines available while supplies last to anyone age 6 months and up. 10am-2pm. Free. Marin Health and Wellness Campus, 3240 Kerner Blvd, San Rafael. 473-3078.

12/14: Habitat Restoration: Phoenix Lake Planting Help restore the lakeshore in front of the

Log Cabin by removing invasive periwinkle and French broom and then planting native bunch grasses. Meet at on the Phoenix Lake dam. Arrive before 9am and the gate at Natalie Coffin Greene Park will be open to allow volunteers to drive up and park next to the dam. Suitable for ages 13 and older. Please wear closed toe shoes and long pants, dress for variable weather and bring a reusable water bottle. Breakfast snacks, water, tools 32 Pacific Sun December 13 - december 19, 2013

and inspiration provided. 9am-noon. Free. Volunteer Program Sky Oaks Watershed Headquarters, Marin Municipal Water District. 945-1128.

12/14: Harmonia Presents a Seasonal Series: Fall=Nourish Join Harmonia for a day of rejuve-

nating, enlightening, playful and joyous practice. From 11:00am to 6:00pm, four hour and a half long workshops will be offered, showcasing Harmonia’s four core principles: Love, Laugh, Lift and Lounge. After the series will be a musical evening with dancing, drinks, and tasty food, featuring DJs, Urple Eeple, Seapora, Papa Tones and Bryan Scott. Tickets for the series are $100 for the entire day and include access to the after-party. Solo workshops $30 each and entrance to the after party $20. Space limited. 11am-6pm. Harmonia, 2200 Bridgeway Avenue, Sausalito. 12/14: Holiday Marketplace Bring your friends and family to celebrate the spirit of local small business. This event is brought to you by Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center and Working Solutions. Noon-4pm. Free admission. Renaissance Marin, 1115 Third St., San Rafael. 755-1115.

12/15: Meditation, Chanting and Winter Solstice Ritual The great Love and sacred light that this

season celebrates are found within our own hearts. Use the powerful and sublime blend of chanting and meditation to carry us from the frenzy of holiday mind to the ocean of the awakened heart. With Jai Uttal and Debra Chamberlin-Taylor. Please register in advance at 6:30pm. $25-30. Spirit Rock Meditation Center, 5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Woodacre. 488-0164. 12/14: Tour de Noel Holiday House Tour Traditional Marin County holiday event features a shuttle van tour of fabulous homes decorated for the holidays. This years tour includes two beautifully restored homes from 1906; one designed by renown Bay Area Architect Bernard Maybeck, a beautiful hillside home with gardens and a pool, and a French style chateau with lovely grounds and antiques. All the homes on the tour this year have beautiful outdoor living spaces. A delicious luncheon will be available from 11:00am to 2:30pm. The Holiday Boutique offers an assortment of homemade jams and baked goods. Net proceeds benefit various charities in the community including Gilead House, the Canal Alliance and several homeless shelter programs. $30-45. Lunch $15 including beverage. 9am4pm. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 14 Lagunitas Road, Ross. 456-1102. 12/15: San Rafael Camera Show Buy, sell and trade new and used digital and film cameras, lenses and accessories. 9:30am. $3. Carpenters Local 35, 647 Lindaro St., San Rafael. 460-6466. 12/16: Caroline Casey: Freeing our Weird 7pm. $20-25. Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C St., San Rafael. 457-4191.

12/17: Explore The Yoga of Radiant Presence with Peter Brown Your experience, your reality, is

not what you may think it is. Using straightforward language, Peter invites you to deepen your exploration and discovery of this actuality. 7:30pm. $10. Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C St., San Rafael. 457-4191.

12/17: Trivia Cafe hosted by Howard Rachelson Hosted by legendary trivia master, Howard

Rachelson. There will be food, drink and trivia specials all night long. 6pm. Free. Sweetwater, 19 Corte Madera , Mill Valley. 388.3850. 12/19: Dharma Study Class Monthly sessions are free and open to the public. 7:30pm. Free. Buddhist Temple of Marin, 390 Miller Ave., Mill Valley.

12/19: eBook Help at the Civic Center Library The Civic Center Library is offering free

one-on-one help in downloading library eBooks to the Kindle, iPad, and other devices. Call 473-6058 to make an appointment. 10am. Free. Civic Center Library, 3501 Civic Center Dr., #427, San Rafael. 473-6102. ✹



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Join the Pacific Sun–Marin’s Best newsweekly and website–and assist our multi-media offerings Pacific Sun,, and PS TODaY shine! Part-time and/or full-time positions are available serving the Production and Sales Departments. The traffic coordinator position provides administrative support to the retail sales department. Our office is faced-paced, which requires a person to gracefully handle multiple deadlines and tasks. Duties include but are not limited to: • Handling the mechanics of getting the publication, website & any special sections together for the week. • Creating Excel spreadsheet to track the ads that will appear in the publication each week • Handling special issue listings (i.e. dining guide data) • Checks size and posts digital ads to our daily email product and website • Manages inventory of email product and website • Proofing pages on deadline days and enforcing deadlines • Trafficking ads between production, proofing and the sales reps each week • Dummying the publication weekly (and special features as they arise) • Keeping lines of communication open between production staff, editorial and sales • Coordinating with Ad Director & production on special flyers, ordering media kit info and keeping it stocked. • Liaison between printer & production on weekly inserts; orders print jobs • Handles phone and e-mail requests from advertisers • Assists reps when they call from the field necessary attributes: Pro-active, self-starter, positive outlook, detail-oriented, organized, time-management skills, and ability to get along with wide range of personalities, ability to handle weekly deadlines, helpful and diplomatic but firm in enforcing deadlines. Skills: Proficient in or willing to learn Excel, Microsoft Word, account databases. Hours are flexible. Part-time could range from 10 to 20 hours. Please send resume or links to Bob Heinen, Or call 415-485-6700 x315

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ARIES (March 21 - April 19) With months of Uranus in retrograde behind you, you’re ready for some forward motion! Dec. 17 brings two celestial milestones: the full moon in playful Gemini and the mark of Uranus going direct. This pairing sets you up for creative success—your third house of communication is begging for an audience to entertain. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) You have a professional admirer! As we inch towards the holidays you find yourself working harder with less time off, but with your tenth house of achievement highlighted on Dec. 18 you’re about to find out why. The full moon brings a culmination of financial matters. It’s time to commit to that last chunk of payment left on your credit card. And do so with little fear—a VIP of a company is hoping to get in touch. GEMINI (May 21 - June 20) This moon is your moon, Gemini! Unavoidable matters culminate and allow for a huge burden to be lifted off your shoulders. On Dec. 17 the full moon is in tune with your deepest needs and desires. It’s a day for truth: big or small. Don’t cancel a date with your significant other to binge watch Sons of Anarchy. Open communication is your focus, a moment of truth is knocking at your door. CANCER (June 21 - July 22) Yes Cancer, this is the week to gorge at In-NOut Burger. You’ve been wearing yourself down with work and you need to refuel! Rock a personal day on Dec. 13 if you can. Professional success surrounds the full moon on Dec. 17, with the help of your house of secrets, prepare to discover which CEO admires your work. LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22) Sure, your social calendar is always full, but this week there’s an event to remember! Dry clean your slacks, iron your evening dress and rely on your charm on Dec. 15. A beam from Neptune allows for a romantic evening in a beautiful place, if you don’t already have your lion or lioness—join on Dec. 16. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) Slam-dunk! A recent interview or presentation left executives with all eyes on you. If you’re starting a new position or accepting an award in the press—Neptune grants you a large amount of creative persuasion. Expect the icing on the cake on Dec. 18 arriving in the form of a check addressed to Y-O-U. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) Pat yourself on the back, dear Libra. Final results to a meaningful project transpire with the full moon in Gemini on Dec. 17. Uranus steps forward, your ruler of true love, children and creativity. Celebrate with loved ones on Dec. 19; be prepared for the focus to be on you—Uranus might bring you a surprise proposal. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) You certainly don’t fear change this week, Scorpio, this is the week to dye your hair pink or sign up for that anthropology class. You are confident and calculated in each step you take. Strong emotions follow the days after the full moon. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind, your significant other deserves to know what makes you tick. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) If you’re single, it’s time to get attached; if you’re attached, it’s time to make a baby. It’s no secret that love is on your mind—and no it’s not just because of the holidays. Engagement is a focus as the full moon nears, but don’t you dare get engaged after Dec. 17—Venus, the planet of love remains on your side before it orbits off into retrograde next week. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) Looking good Capricorn, did you order a Bowflex? Whatever is responsible for your sudden burst in fitness—no one is complaining. The full moon shines on your sixth house of wellness so no wonder this week you are racking up compliments. Channel your cautious nature and watch what you say on Dec. 18—a female relative is bound to push your buttons. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) Yes, there is a reason your third cousin has been texting you nonstop! Your family has big news—return their calls, oh flighty one. Meanwhile you’ve been waiting all year for your fifth house of true love to get a little recognition—and the full moon in Gemini is the only one to do so in 2013, so enjoy it! The weekend of Dec. 14 is guaranteed to whisk you away with a romantic retreat. Kudos to your partner. PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20) Party at your house, Pisces! You’ve got a full house with guests and attention in your domestic fourth house—so you better get geared up to entertain. Spend time playing Scrabble with the family on Dec. 15, if you’re not much of a board-game fan, surely you’ll be pleased to know Neptune is on your side for the win. Y December 13 - december 19, 2013 Pacific Sun 33




RELATIONSHIP CHALLENGES? Tired of endless relationship or marital challenges? Or single and sick of spending weekends and holidays alone? Join coed Intimacy Group, Single's Group or Women's Group to explore what’s blocking you from fulfillment in your relationships and life. Weekly, ongoing groups or 9-week groups starting the week of December 24, 2013. Mon, Tues, or Thurs evening. Space limited. Also, Individual and Couples sessions. Central San Rafael. For more information, call Renee Owen, LMFT#35255 at 415/453-8117.

Safe, successful MOTHERLESS DAUGHTERS SUPPORT GROUPS meet every other week for women who have lost their mothers in childhood, adolescence or adulthood through death, separation, illness, or estrangement. In a supportive environment, women address and explore relevant issues in their lives, current and past, including the many consequences of mother loss with opportunities for healing and integrating the loss, self-empowerment, and successful coping strategies. Facilitated for 14 years by Colleen Russell, LMFT (MFC29249), CGP (41715), whose mother’s death in adolescence was a pivotal event in her life. Individual, Couple, and Family Sessions also available. Contact Colleen at or 415/785-3513.

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Fictitious Name Statement

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-133482 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business NGUYEN’S HAULING, 9 CHARLOTTE DRIVE #1, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: HAI THANH NGUYEN, 9 CHARLOTTE DRIVE #1, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 12, 2013. (Publication Dates: NOVEMBER 22, 29; December 6, 13, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133466 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business WASABIANCA WEB DEVELOPMENT AND DESIGN, 302 STARLING ROAD, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: JANIS A. OBERMAN, 302 STARLING ROAD, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 7, 2013. (Publication Dates: NOVEMBER 22, 29; December 6, 13, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013133510 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business BEAUPRE COACHING, 800 VIA ESCONDIDA, NOVATO, CA 94949: PAT BEAUPRE BECKER, 800 VIA ESCONDIDA, NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on November 14, 2013. (Publication Dates: NOVEMBER 22, 29; December 6, 13, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013133380 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business COURSE PUBLISHING, 1220 SIR

FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: NICHOLAS R KANE, 1220 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 28, 2013. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on October 28, 2013. (Publication Dates: November 29; December 6, 13, 20, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133480 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business ERROR! NOT FOUND, 605 SUNSET PARKWAY, NOVATO, CA 94949: EVAN TOGNOTTI, 605 SUNSET PARKWAY, NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on November 8, 2013 (Publication Dates: November 29; December 6, 13, 20, 2013)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133553 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business STILLWATER CONSTRUCTION, 1314 YUKON WAY, NOVATO, CA 94947: LUKE CHAMBERS1314 YUKON WAY, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein and is filing a renewal with changes. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on November 21, 2013 (Publication Dates: November 29; December 6, 13, 20, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133386 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business MAXILLO FACIAL IMAGING ASSOC, 666 THIRD STREET #222, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: LOUIS T. KIRKOS DDS., PHD., D.I.P.O.M.F.E.R., 824 PT SAN PEDRO RD, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901 and SIMBARASHE JGRAVAYA, 6101 SILVER OAK CIRCLE, STOCKTON, CA 95219. This business is being conducted by

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A GENERAL PARTNERSHIP. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein and is filing a renewal with changes. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 28, 2013 (Publication Dates: November 29; December 6, 13, 20, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133517 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business 330 CANAL STREET APARTMENTS, 330 CANAL STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: GOLDEN GATE EQUIPMENT CORPORATION GP OF 330 CANAL STREET LP, 51 FEDERAL STREET #202, SAN FRANCISCO CA, 94407. This business is being conducted by A LIMITED PARTNERSHIP. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 1, 1974 and is filing a renewal with changes. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 15, 2013 (Publication Dates: November 29; December 6, 13, 20, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133554 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business ROSS VALLEY COMPOUNDING PHARMACY, 1525 EAST FRANCISCO BLVD #1, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARIN APOTHECARIES INC, 1525 EAST FRANCISCO BLVD #1, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by A CORPORATION. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein and is filing a renewal with changes. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 21, 2013 (Publication Dates: November 29; December 6, 13, 20, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013133548 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business SCUDO, 804 SPRING STREET, UNIT A, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: PATRICIA A HUEBNER, 804 SPRING STREET, UNIT A, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL.

Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on November 20, 2013 (Publication Dates: November 29; December 6, 13, 20, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013133543 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business IMPERIAL DESIGN WORKS, 100 SYCAMORE AVE, APT. 21, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: STEFAN S. MEHOLICK, 100 SYCAMORE AVE, APT. 21, 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, 2013. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on November 19, 2013 (Publication Dates: November 29; December 6, 13, 20, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133575 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business AVALON NAILS, 530 THIRD STREET, SUITE D, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: HOAI NHI THI LE, 1028 MINERVA STREET, SAN LEANDRO, CA 94577. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on November 26, 2013. (Publication Dates: December 6, 13, 20, 27, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133568 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business THE BEST BIRTH, 87 ETHEL AVE #5, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: SARAH MCMOYLER, 87 ETHEL AVE #5, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 25, 2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 25, 2013. (Publication Dates: December 6, 13, 20, 27, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133558 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business EMBODIED TOUCH MASSAGE AND BODYWORK, 260 CASCADE DRIVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: MACKENZIE WILMOTT MURPHY, 260 CASCADE DRIVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 21, 2013. (Publication Dates: December 6, 13, 20, 27, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133551 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business THE TAVERN ON FOURTH, 711 FOURTH STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BARCORP, ONE SIMMS STREET, SUITE 100, SAN RAFAEL, CA, 94901. This business is being conducted by A CORPORATION. Registrant not open for business but business start date 7/1/2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 20, 2013. (Publication Dates: December 6, 13, 20, 27, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133550 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business BARTENDERS UNLIMITED, MARIN TRUCK RENTAL, ONE SIMMS STREET, SUITE 100, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BARCORP, ONE SIMMS STREET, SUITE 100, SAN RAFAEL, CA, 94901. This business is being conducted by A CORPORATION. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 20, 2013. (Publication Dates: December 6, 13, 20, 27, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133586 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business NEIGHBORHOOD SPA AND

NAILS, 46 RAQUET CLUB DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: HAROLD DANG, 46 RAQUET CLUB DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by A MARRIED COUPLE. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein and is filing a renewal with changes. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 26, 2013. (Publication Dates: December 6, 13, 20, 27, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013133633 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER, GIFT OF MY HEART, and LOVE COACH KAT. 6 PLAYA VERDE, TIBURON, CA 94920: WAAITT, LLC, 6 PLAYA VERDE, TIBURON,CA 94920. This business is being conducted by A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. Registrant has not yet begun transacting under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 10, 2013. (Publication Dates: December 13, 20, 27; January 3, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133529 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business A SULTAN PRODUCTIONS, 11 ESCALON DRIVE, MILL VALLEY, CA, 94941: FOOD GURU, 11 ESCALON DRIVE, MILL VALLEY, CA, 94941. This business is being conducted by A GENERAL PARTNERSHIP. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 18, 2013. (Publication Dates: December 13, 20, 27, January 3, 2013)

Other Notices STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304516 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): NGUYEN’S RECYCLING, 9 CHARLOTTE DRIVE #1, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: AUGUST 08, 2013. Under File No: 2013132806. Registrant’s Name(s): HAI THANH NGUYEN & PHA THI KIM NGUYEN, 9 CHARLOTTE DRIVE #1, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on November 12, 2013. (Publication Dates: NOVEMBER 22, 29; December 6, 13, 2013) SUMMONS Family Law (CITACION Derecho Familiar): Case Number (Numero De Caso): FL 1304230. NOTICE TO RESPONDENT (Aviso Al Demandado): PIERRETTE WELLS: YOU ARE BEING SUED (LO ESTAN DEMANDANDO). PETITIONER’S NAME IS (Nombre Del Demandante): VICTOR WELLS. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this SUMMONS and PETITION are served on you to file a RESPONSE (FL120 OR FL-123) at the court and have a copy served on the petitioner. A letter or phone call will not protect you. If you do not file your RESPONSE on time, the court may make orders affecting your marriage or domestic partnership, your property, and custody of your children. You may be ordered to pay support and attorney fees and costs. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the clerk for a fee waiver form. If you want legal advice, contact a lawyer immediately. You can get information about finding lawyers at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (, at the California Legal Services web site (, or by contacting your local county bar association. Tiene 30 días corridos después de haber recibido la entrega legal de esta Citación y Petición para presentar una Respuesta (formulario FL-120 ó FL-123) ante la corte y efectuar la entrega legal de una copia al demandante. Una carta o llamada telefónica no basta para pro-

tegerlo. Si no presenta su Respuesta a tiempo, la corte puede dar órdenes que afecten su matrimonio o pareja de hecho, sus bienes y la custodia de sus hijos. La corte también le puede ordenar que pague manutención, y honorarios y costos legales. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentación, pida al secretario un formulario de exención de cuotas. Si desea obtener asesoramiento legal, póngase en contacto de inmediato con un abogado. Puede obtener información para encontrar a un abogado en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California (www.sucorte., en el sitio web de los Servicios Legales de California ( o poniéndose en contacto con el colegio de abogados de su condado. NOTICE: The restraining orders on page 2 are effective against both spouses or domestic partners until the petition is dismissed, a judgment is entered, or the court makes further orders. These orders are enforceable anywhere in California by any law enforcement officer who has received or seen a copy of them. (AVISO: Las órdenes de restricción que figuran en la página 2 valen para ambos cónyuges o pareja de hecho hasta que se despida la petición, se emita un fallo o la corte dé otras órdenes. Cualquier autoridad de la ley que haya recibido o visto una copia de estas órdenes puede hacerlas acatar en cualquier lugar de California.) NOTE: If a judgment or support order is entered, the court may order you to pay all or part of the fees and costs that the court waived for yourself or for the other party. If this happens, the party ordered to pay fees shall be given notice and an opportunity to request a hearing to set aside the order to pay waived court fees. AVISO: Si se emite un fallo u orden de manutención, la corte puede ordenar que usted pague parte de, o todas las cuotas y costos de la corte previamente exentas a petición de usted o de la otra parte. Si esto ocurre, la parte ordenada a pagar estas cuotas debe recibir aviso y la oportunidad de solicitar una audiencia para anular la orden de pagar las cuotas exentas. 1. The name and address of the court are (El nombre y dirección de la corte son): SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF MARIN, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Post Office Box 4988, San Rafael, CA 94903. 2. The name, address, and telephone number of the petitioner’s attorney, or the petitioner without an attorney, are: (El nombre, dirección y número de teléfono del abogado del demandante, o del demandante si no tiene abogado, son): VICTOR WELLS, 55 MITCHELL BLVD, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903, (224) 628-3109. Date (Fecha): OCTOBER 15, 2013. Clerk, by (Secretario, por) Kim Turner, E. CHAIS Deputy (Asistente). NOTICE TO THE PERSON SERVED: You are served (AVISO A LA PERSONA QUE RECIBIÓ LA ENTREGA: Esta entrega se realiza) as an individual (a usted como individuo). (Pacific Sun: NOVEMBER 22, 29; DECEMBER 6, 13, 2013) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: ALBERT C. LOCATI. Case No. PR- 1304752. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of ALBERT C. LOCATI. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: MARILEE ROGERS in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that MARILEE ROGERS be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. 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: January 2, 2014 at 9:00 AM in Dept. C, Room C, of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, 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 the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of the notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. 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. Attorney for petitioner: JOHN L. BOUDETT, 368 SAN ANSELMO AVE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. (415) 454- 4020. (Publication Dates: November 29: December 6, 13, 20, 2013) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304519 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 STREET, SUITE D, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: November 26, 2013. Under File No: 130813. Registrant’s Name(s): HUY CAN M. NGUYEN, 1446 SEMINARY AVE, OAKLAND, CA 94621. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on November 26, 2013. (Publication Dates: December 6, 13, 20, 27, 2013) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1304998. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioners LEA ANDERSON filed a petition with this

court for a decree changing names as follows: KATHRYN LEE ANDERSON to LEA WILDFLOWER AND LEA ANDERSON to LEA WILDFLOWER. 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: JANUARY 27, 2014 9:00 AM, DEPT. E, ROOM E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: DECEMBER 9, 2013 /s/ PAUL M. HAAKENSON, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT. (Publication Dates: DECEMBER 13, 20, 27; JANUARY 3, 2013)

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My boyfriend of two years has always disparaged gentlemen’s clubs. I truly believed him until he visited his family and I searched Google Maps on his computer for something in his hometown. The text box predicted “strip clubs” there. I confronted him, and looking to prove me wrong, he showed me his “places” history. Various searches for strip clubs showed up. (I don’t think he understood that Google keeps track of that stuff.) He claimed he didn’t do these searches and suggested that his brother or someone who borrowed his computer did. We have sex regularly, and he is loving and treats me very well, so I put aside his lying and gave him another chance. I should say that I understand men’s interest in these clubs; I just don’t feel it’s right for guys in relationships to go because of the possibility of cheating happening. Disturbingly, I just found some Hooters coupons with his stuff. I think that the fact that he may go to these places doesn’t bother me as much as the fact that he’s lying about it.—Worried


A woman wants to believe a man when he claims he hates those nasty “gentlemen’s clubs.” Yeah, the last thing any man wants to see is a totally hot 21-year-old with enormous breasts doing upside-down splits on a pole. There’s that line from politics: “It isn’t the crime; it’s the cover-up.” Not only did your boyfriend pre-lie, laying out the above bed of lies like lettuce on a cottage cheese plate, but he followed up with the obvious honker that it had to be somebody else searching for nudie bars on his computer. Yes, it was probably Granny, who, like many women her age, loves to go to strip clubs and make it rain Social Security checks. As for why he lied, consider that there’s a notion that men are pigs—simply for being men. Men evolved to be highly visual and variety-driven in their sexual desire, while women evolved to be more emotion- and commitment-driven. Male sexuality isn’t wrong; it’s just different. But men are so used to being under attack for what turns them on that many default to denying it. They keep mum to avoid conflict in their relationships, in part because they think they could never explain male desire in a way that wouldn’t make a woman’s head fly off and chase them around the room. The truth is, we all lie, all day long, and often think nothing of it. If you cram your muffin-top into Spanx or put goop on your eyebags, you’re lying about what you really look like. And frankly, if people could read our thoughts, most of us wouldn’t make it to lunchtime without a co-worker’s bludgeoning us with a stapler. But because we alone know what we’re thinking, a person can say sweet, relationship-enhancing things to his partner—“You’re the only woman for me!”—while entertaining less palatable fantasies: “If only I could have you, your sister, the Swedish women’s bobsled team, and that girl from The Weather Channel in a swimming pool of butterscotch pudding!” Still, fantasizing and cheating are two different things. Sure, some guys who go to strip clubs are looking to get some on the side, but a guy can do that at the office or the corner bar without breaking out a wad of Benjamins. And Hooters? Naughty in concept, but in reality, a place to eat heavily battered chicken strips while having platonic conversations with a married waitress in gym clothes and 1980s pantyhose. As for those coupons your boyfriend had, nothing helps a guy seduce a waitress like whipping out a voucher for 10 percent off. (“Hey, big spender!”) Another woman may turn your man’s head (or make it swivel like a turbo lazy Susan), but that doesn’t mean she turns his ethics, too. If you have reason to believe your boyfriend is a good guy, driven by ethical standards instead of what he can get away with, chances are he’s just looking at strippers from time to time instead of looking to get some stranger. Relationships are built on trust, but they’re also built on white lies about who we really are and having the wisdom to look the other way at stuff that doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things. You and your boyfriend have heat in the bedroom, and he is loving and treats you well. Sounds like he’s happy. That’s probably the single best motivator for a guy to make visiting strip clubs nothing more than an occasional form of sightseeing—as much a threat to your relationship as a visit to the Grand Tetons (on one of those days they’re decked out in flaming nipple tassels and 5-inch Lucite heels). Y © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? Email or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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