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Thank you for printing the three letters from Heather Crawford, Beverly Healey and A. Ferris who all protested the image of the pinup girl on the front cover of Pacific Sun on Dec. 27 [“Take a Cup o’ Kindness, Marin”]. Essentially, I agree with their criticisms, although I would call the image a racy pinup girl, but not quite pornographic. I think there is such a thing as borderline pornography. I would certainly say that I was disappointed with that cover photo and see it as inappropriate. More importantly, such a cover reinforces the prevalent attitude of treating women as sex objects. For decades women have been complaining that many men treat them as sex objects, a criticism that is obviously valid. What is a bit politically incorrect, however, is to confront how many women see themselves as sex objects, and present themselves to the public in that fashion. I say it is time for both genders to wake up and confront this issue. A case in point, the Sun regularly runs a color ad ... that promotes a technology to remove hair from women’s bodies, and features a slim, trim, young woman stretched out in a skimpy bikini. In my opinion this is a prime example of women presenting themselves to the public as sex objects. How much skin does an ad like this really need to show to put across a message regarding this professional service? On a happier note, thank you for running the letters from the three women last week and for soliciting further public comment. Such open-mindedness helps qualify the Sun to be a “community” newspaper.

everywhere, but it doesn’t make it all right. Pinups were made for a specific purpose: to show scantily clad woman to men, so men could get sexually aroused. To portray women as objects for sex. It is dehumanizing. The same goes for any scantily clad man you would put on the cover. Bottom line, your cover offended a lot of people, not just women. I do applaud you for printing these disgruntled emails, but please go one step further and consider the larger impact and message these types of pictures are sending to everyone. Astrid Y, Corte Madera

‘When old age shall this generation waste, thou shalt remain’ —John Keats Always a fan of the Pacific Sun for giving the news of Marin goings on, the stories of Nikki Silverstein, and the ever-surprising “Advice Goddess” Amy Alkon. I look forward to creative journalism without the heavy handed editing for general consumption. Who couldn’t love this beautiful light reading so well-suited for Peet’s Coffee at the Cove? I was surprised to see letters to the editor attacking the cover photos recently. I wondered at what point we have to forget about our own precious youth, decide to be politically correct, and be actually offended by a photo suitable for a pinup calendar or a youngster swimming on the cover of a Nirvana album. Somehow I hope I’ll always remember to enjoy the Supremes’ “Where Did Our Love Go?” as I imagine being 17 and full of life. When you start throwing out labels like “politically incorrect” and editing out all but the vanilla version, all is lost, especially context. Many of your readers may not be in the bloom of youth, but hopefully remember that we saw life differently then and, yet, decided it was beautiful indeed.

Mary Azerbegi, Tiburon

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n my 25 years in architecture I have never seen it so intellectually bankrupt. The whole architectural profession seems to have given up its moral and its visionary role in society.”—Sim Van der Ryn in Culture, Architecture and Nature—An Ecological Design Retrospective (Routledge Press, 2014) Sim Van der Ryn roams the moral imperative of architecture the way some of us congratulate ourselves for watering our plants while we shower or drive eco-cars. Van der Ryn wrote the words quoted above in 1988. He is still on the cutting edge of integral design, now as self-described “chief wizard” of Eco Design Collaborators in Inverness, 12 professionals who see buildings as “living organisms” that need to do more than provide simple shelter. Van der Ryn’s family fled the Netherlands in 1940, just escaping the Nazi invasion. They settled in New York and he subsequently received his architecture degree from the University of Michigan. He’s received a Rockefeller Grant and a Guggenheim award, and one from the National Institute for Mental Health. He has trained Peace Corps volunteers in appropriate technology. His ideas on the merits of composting toilets were described in “The Toilet Papers: Recycling Waste and Conserving Water”(1978). (Still exotic, the idea bears another look as California faces another dry year of “showering with a friend,” again, as we did in the last severe drought.) A slender man of average height, with

longish-gray hair that suits the artist image he exhibits in his evocative watercolors, Van der Ryn at 79 is as original a thinker as he was in 1979, when he served as state architect during Jerry Brown’s first Sim Van der Ryn, nature’s architect. administration in Sacramento. His latest book is Culture, Architecture and Nature—An Ecological Design Retrospective. When we caught up with him, he was wearing a geometric-pattern shirt, a fisherman’s white wool sweater and carried glasses with black frames with little colored polka dots. What is the role of architect today? Architects need to design for life; we should be eco-tects, not ego-tects. Nature is the heart of ecological design. We should take our inspiration from nature. Do you mean sustainability? I don’t like the word “sustainability”instead I prefer “resiliency,” an environment that responds to human needs as the world around us changes. Climate chaos—rising seas, severe temperature changes, droughts,

Do you think we are coming to the end of the Western era? Cultures like the Mayans, like the Romans, collapsed because they could not make the changes that would sustain them. We don’t have a democracy anymore because corporations control politics. The suburbanization of America, with its vast highway system, spread the country out, leading to one car, one driver. A waste of resources. I truly believe large continental empires like China, the U.S. and [the former] USSR can’t work. They are too large. We need to govern smaller units.

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What do you think is the biggest threat to our Western civilization? The greatest threats to our civilization are the triple whammy of the ideology of the Enlightenment and religious belief that hold humans to be separate and above nature, the Industrial Revolution that in 200 years disassembled the organic world to assemble a short-lived mechanical world, and lastly a global capitalist system that steals nature’s wealth, funneling it to riches for the few while destroying a global commons that belongs to everyone. Eighty-five individuals now hold as much wealth as 3.5 billion humans—half the planet’s population. I still have hope that 7 > by Jason Wals h

San Rafael Police test new ‘cop cameras’ Hey, is that Alan Funt—or is it San Rafael’s finest?! The line between “Smile, you’re on candid camera” and “You have the right to remain silent” became even more blurred this week when the SRPD launched its body-worn-camera pilot project, in which the Fifth Avenue boys /girls in blue this winter will don mobile audio and video capture devices that allow them to record what they see and hear. San Rafael Police Chief Diana Bishop says the body-worn cameras will help officers to better serve the public. “The comprehensive use of the cameras has been shown to reduce the incidents in which force is used because people are less likely to resist officers when they know they are being recorded,” Bishop says. “It is also an important tool to protect officers from baseless accusations. The cameras are invaluable when it comes to documenting criminal incidents, including field sobriety tests, spontaneous statements, and violent encounters.” According to SRPD officials, the International Association of Chiefs of Police reports that 94 percent of Americans are in favor of “cop cameras.” Four officers are participating in the pilot project—one from the day shift, the night shift, the downtown beat patrol and a motorcycle officer. Each will have a manually activated camera, about the size of a pager, clipped to the center of their shirt. A bright green circle on the front indicates to those facing the camera that the device is recording. The project is expected to run for 90 days and be reviewed in April. For info, call 415/485-3000. No consensus for state Dems in Assembly race The state Democratic Party preendorsements caucus for the June primary took place this week—with Dem insiders braying loudly for some, if not all, of their incumbent officeholders. Marin Congressman Jared Huffman received an overwhelming 97 percent support from the group; Sonoma County Supervisor Mike McGuire also left smiling—with 93 percent of the votes for a party endorsement in his bid for state Senate. Tenth District Assembly incumbent Marc Levine, meanwhile, failed to muster enough support for an endorsement—the first termer from San Rafael received 47 percent, while challenger Diana Conti, a longtime College of Marin trustee, followed with nearly 30 percent. The top two vote-getters in each race in the June primary, regardless of party, will face off in the fall election in November. California shark law still has teeth Dorsal fins are riding high this week—as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has backed off its proposal to allow federal law to override California’s state ban on “shark finning.” Shark finning—the controversial practice of lopping off a live shark’s fins and dumping the bleeding fish back into the ocean toward a watery grave—had a bite taken out of it in 2011, thanks to the passage of AB 376, co-authored by Marin’s then-Assemblyman Jared Huffman, which banned the possession, sale and distribution of shark fins in California. The fins can draw a high price in some Asian cultures, where they’re processed to make shark-fin soup, a delicacy and sign of social standing. Congress enacted a federal ban on shark finning in 2000, known as the Magnuson-Stevens Act, which outlaws shark finning at sea and in federal waters, but doesn’t address possession and trade of the fins on land. The NOAA had proposed an amendment to MSA, which would include a provision that the federal shark-finning law would preempt any state shark-finning laws. But in a letter to the NOAA, Congressman Huffman, and 60 of his congressional colleagues, pointed out that most state bans address the “market for sale of products made from shark fins,” not the fishing practices. “This is not a conflict of interest and is well within the jurisdiction and authority of the States to regulate,” the letter stated. On Feb. 4, the NOAA announced it would revise its amendment to reflect that the state finning laws in California, Washington and Maryland were consistent with federal law and, therefore, not subject to preemption. Huffman says he’s pleased the NOAA has “decided not to interfere with the progress California and other states have made in ending the cruel practice of shark finning.” “Federal preemption of state law should be extremely rare,” said Huffman. “The federal government should not stop states from raising the bar on environmental protection.” Prior to AB376, an estimated seven tons of shark fins were imported into California annually. february 14 - february 20, 2014 Pacific Sun 5


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taken to a small WyoFRiday, Feb, 14 Winter Olympics at ming town by federal this point, we begin to wonder how many agents. this couple’s different kinds of figure skating they could come up with if they really tried. Skate break counseling option may not be available dancing? Mixed martial arts skating? Skate limbo? Lambada, the forbidden skate? NBC. in your area. (2009) Lifetime. 6pm. 8pm. be My valentine, Charlie Star-Crossed ten years after brown the round-headed their space ship crashes on kid finally gets a date with earth, seven alien children the cute little red-headed are integrated into a suburgirl. We imagine this is ban high school where they going to turn out like Lucy become the first teenagers and the football and Charlie ever to feel isolated and difwill end up going home to ferent. CW. 8pm. Internet porn. ABC. 8pm. the iron Lady Meryl Streep June in January When stars as Margaret thatcher, her fiancè gets a job offer, the United Kingdom’s prime a woman has just three minister beloved by British weeks to plan her wedding. conservatives as “Ronald ReaOn ESPN2, they’re airing gan in drag.”(2011) The Movie this as It Takes Three Weeks Channel. 9:40pm. to Plan a Wedding? (2014) Good grief! Friday, 8pm. Hallmark Channel. 10pm. tueSday, Feb. 18 Frontline In “Generation Like,” we learn how teenagers SatuRday, Feb, 15 Mythbusters We’re guessing, catching a greased pig is about as are targeted and courted by social marketing companies. this is really nothing new. hard as it sounds. the “myth” is whether the Who can forget James Dean’s tortured pig secretly wants to be caught. Discovery “You’re tearing me apart!” Channel. 8pm. tweet in Rebel Without a Data Stake Land a hardened Plan? KQED. 9pm. vampire hunter and a 28 days Later a man awakyoung man cross an amerens from a coma to find that ica overcome by a vampire a virus has turned most of plague that has turned evethe population into ravenrybody into soulless bloodous zombies. We’ve been sucking leaches, who drain wondering if they could just the life from the world combine this with Sandra and give nothing back. If Bullock’s 28 Days. then the you listen to Glenn Beck, zombies could just go into you may believe this has rehab and confront their already happened. (2010) human brains addiction. The Movie Channel. 9pm. Inspiring dieters since 1983... Tuesday at 10. (2002) Sundance Channel. 9pm. Sunday, Feb. 16 Winter 900 Pound Man: Race Olympics they keep addagainst time Physicians refer to people ing snowboarding events too. this year it 900 pounds and up as “Jabba class.” The was “slope style,” building on the success of Learning Channel. 10pm. such youth-trending events as “half pipe,” “cutting lift lines” and “waiting in the parking WedneSday, Feb. 19 nature In “honey lot for your parents to pick you up.” Badgers: Masters of Mayhem,” we learn that NBC. 7pm. the breakfast Club Which character you they can actually be quite gentle creatures most identify with says a lot about your and the viral video just caught him on a bad day. KQED. 8pm. worldview. Yeah, we know, bravo’s top 10 vacations you were totally Judd Nelthese are way better than son in school. But we’ve “the Learning Channel’s top seen your yearbook pic10 Vacations.”those all end at ture. You were anthony a Wal-Mart with a shopping Michael hall. Sorry. (1985) cart full of midgets and child ABC Family. 9pm. beauty contestants battling R ambo this was the coming-out-of-retirement If, like us, you found ‘The Breakfast lapsed amish teens and notso-real botox’d housewives Rambo. he still fights the Club’ highly annoying, you were of Orange County. Bravo. bad guys but he has handi- Principal Vernon... Sunday, 9pm. 9pm. cap plates on his hummer. Sex Sent me to the eR a graphic reminder (2008) Spike TV 10:30pm. why you should only buy sex toys from a trusted manufacturer. The Learning Channel. MOnday, Feb, 17 did you Hear about 10pm. Y the Morgans? after witnessing a murder, a married couple on the brink of divorce is Critique That TV Guy at letters@pacificsun.com. 6 Pacific Sun February 14 -February 20, 2014

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love working for the Pacific Sun. This is a great community filled with people who care. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing ideas on how we can work together. The first idea is to shop local. Marin is a great place to live. To maintain a healthy economy, readers of the Pacific Sun should reach out and support our local businesses. Our communities are unlike anywhere else in the world. By choosing to support locally owned businesses, you help maintain our towns’ diversity and distinctive flavors. Locally owned businesses build strong neighborhoods by linking neighbors and by contributing to local causes, including nonprofits. Do you know that the Pacific Sun is the only locally owned independent media company whose sole mission is serving Marin County? I live in Tiburon, I work in San Rafael. Most of my staff live and shop in Marin. When you read a story or see an advertisement in the Pacific Sun, you should know and care that it was produced locally. Readers of the Pacific Sun should especially support our advertisers. Tell them that you saw their advertisement in the Pacific Sun. If your favorite store is not in the Sun, tell them you want to see them in the Sun. Your dollars spent in locally owned businesses have three times the impact on our community as dollars spent at national chains. Shop local and shop with advertisers who support the Pacific Sun. Y Email Bob at bheinen@pacificsun.com.

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1. Identify the highest and lowest temperatures ever recorded in San Rafael (both end with zero, in Fahrenheit). 2. Virtually every plant, but no animal, contains what essential bio-molecule? 3. Which actors played father and daughter in the 1950 comedy Father of the Bride, and what comedic actors played nervous parents in the 1991 remake?

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5. The quotation: “A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read” can be attributed to what witty American writer, who died in 1910? 6. How do roulette wheels in American casinos differ from those in European casinos? 7. A group of geese on the ground is known by a six-letter word and a group of geese in the air is known by a five-letter word. What are they? 8. What large country in 1920 was the world’s first to legalize abortion? 9. Pulitzer Prizes are given out each year in journalism, literature, music and art. The main office of the Pulitzer Prize is located on the campus of what university? 10. American football has unusual position names, like quarterback and tight end. Can you identify two positions with 10-letter (single word) names? BONUS QUeStiON: What is the smallest whole number whose name contains the letter “A”? Howard Rachelson invites you to a free Team Trivia Contest on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Sweetwater in Mill Valley, starting at 6:30pm. Have a great question? Send it in to howard1@triviacafe.com and if we use it, we’ll give you credit!

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Do you see any way forward? With a gridlocked federal government, and similar problems in many states, cities and towns are becoming the agents for meeting the challenges of creating more resilient communities to meet the threats of climate chaos and global warming. The progress is slow, but there are many projects around this country aimed at truly greening our cities through local food production in old buildings and rooftops—green roofs to mitigate carbon pollution. Are there examples? Progressive cities such as Portland and Seattle are creating eco-districts to localize the production, conservation and distribution of water, renewable energy, local food, and minimize waste. In Seattle, there is a five-story building—the Bullit Building- that is not connected to the electric grid, water system or sewer. It produces its energy from the sun, all rainwater is harvested and recycled, and toilets are all waterless composting toilets. The composted material is trucked off site as fertilizer for local farms. Do you have a final thought? The central paradox of the machines that have made our lives so much brighter, quicker, longer and healthier is that they cannot teach us how to make the best use of them. A series of tests in recent years has shown that when spending time in quiet, rural settings, [people] “exhibit greater attentiveness, stronger memory and generally improved cognition. Their brains become calmer and sharper.” We were designed to thrive in a natural world. Y

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he dogs have no idea. While they scamper after a ball skimming Muir Beach’s tideline, or lounge on the couch at home in Mill Valley, their people companions are in a tizzy— wrestling yet again over the Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s (GGNRA) dog management plan. This latest, 1,500ish-page draft plan lists six alternatives for dealing with dogs among the park’s roughly 18,000 terrestrial acres peppered throughout Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties. It’s a park-led effort to further protect habitat and regulate recreational uses in a non-contiguous urban park with about 16 million human visitors a year. The GGNRA doesn’t count how many dogs pass through annually. People have until Tuesday, Feb. 18, to send comments to the GGNRA about the plan, which was released in September. This is the second draft of the plan—the latest revisions address the 4,713 comments received during the original plan’s comment period from January to May 2011 (as well as the December 2011 addition of the site Rancho Corral de Tierra to GGNRA lands in San Mateo County). In a nutshell, or dog bowl as it were, GGNRA breaks the plan down into six alternatives it refers to alphabetically, A through F. Club. The groups met 16 times and failed to The 2013 plan’s first alternative, A, keeps reach a peace. the current pet policy from 1979 in place, And so it has remained, with this comment which lets dogs on- and off-leash in select period coming to a close on Tuesday at 11pm areas throughout the GGNRA. Park manfor online feedback, and a postage date of that agement’s preferred alternative, F, generally day for hard copies. reduces dog access, both on- and off-leash. Opened on Sept. 6, the original 90-day The other four options, B through E, cater to such interests as meeting the National Park comment period for the current dog plan has Service’s requirement that dogs be on-leash at been extended twice, due to the 16-day govall of its 401 sites (B), which the GGNRA now ernment shutdown in October, followed by an extension request from Congresswoman doesn’t wholly adhere to, or having the least Nancy Pelosi, who represents San Francisco. dog access to protect more park habitat (D). So far, some have supported the park’s Most of the debate, though, has been over A preferred alternative, F, calling it good for vs. F. birds and other, wilder animals. Whatever alternative the park picks Others have decried the park’s will affect all three counties, includby planning efforts as a mission to ing eight areas in Marin: Stinson M a c k e n z i e change an up-until-now urban Beach; Homestead Valley; Alta park to a “wilderness destination.” Trail, Orchard Fire Road and PaMount They’ve been handing out anticheco Fire Road; Oakwood Valley; plan flyers and calling for Marinites Muir Beach; Rodeo Beach/South to submit comments to the National Rodeo Beach; Marin Headlands Trails; Park Service. and Fort Baker. For them, for the dogs, the park must stick Tussling over where dogs are allowed with plan A. goes back to the late ’90s, when the GGNRA tried to fence off part of Fort Funston in San Laura Lovitt Pandapas is one of the Francisco to protect bank swallows. When flyers people. She co-founded the dog-owner the GGNRA was subsequently sued by dog group Marin County Dog to formally protest advocates, it backtracked to the earlier (and the dog management plan and get the more generous) dog access of the park’s 1979 word out. The group has about 500 likes on pet policy. The policy was created for the Facebook and has raised $1,725 through the 7-year-old GGNRA when it had about 7 milcrowd-funding site Indiegogo to pay for flyers lion humans visiting a year. From 2006 to 2007, the park tried to revisit and online ads. “Last time, we were just down here telling where and how dogs are permitted by using people, ‘Write your letter. Write your letter,’” a negotiated rulemaking process between she says. “Now we realize it’s gonna take talknearly two dozen interests, ranging from the ing to reporters and getting the information San Francisco Dog Owners Group to the more completely presented, because little California Native Plant Society, from equesthings get misrepresented, and people just go, trians to the Golden Gate Audubon Society, ‘Oh, it’s no big deal.’” from the Senior Action Network to the Sierra

Where have all the bow-wowers gone? Marin dog lovers are fighting to keep the pooch party going at Muir Beach new general management plan, Pandapas After talking and walking along the access suspects the GGNRA is shifting its emphasis trail to Muir Beach, where Pandapas lives, for away from recreation and toward conservaabout 30 minutes on a Friday in late Janution—and doing so on the quiet. ary, she readies for an interview with a radio “Almost 90 percent of Marin is going to reporter, mic’d up and waiting in the beach’s be called a natural zone, and that means that newly refurbished parking lot. they want to have it be like a backcountry Pandapas’s standard poodle, Shugie, did experience,” she says. “They don’t want us usnot join this meeting. Shugie—“good looking our open space, and this is why it was set ing” and “sweet,” but perhaps not so bright— aside. So this tinkering with the mission of the might have been a distraction, and Pandapas GGNRA—I don’t think people even realize was determined to get this second round of [it] has happened.” outreach just right. Pandapas lives at Muir Beach and takes “What we are pressing for is no action, because the 1979 pet policy made parameters, Shugie out every day. She says she’s never had and it set up places where you could go with a a problem (except for one time when Shugie humped andog and places where you Pandapas lives at Muir Beach and takes Shugie out other dog and its owner got could go with- every day. She says she’s never had a problem (exmad). out encoun“I don’t tering dogs,” cept for one time when Shugie humped another know when in Pandapas says. dog and its owner got mad). our history or “It set aside certain trails and beaches for people to recreate when in our cultural revolution that we just with their animals, because that was deemed a decided to, like, ban everything we don’t like. very spelled-out, legitimate form of recreation. And if people don’t like dogs, there are a lot of wonderful places in the GGNRA to go and “Now, here we are, and they’re trying to not be around ’em. But we don’t have options, de-legitimize walking a dog,” she says. “They and we live here. There are more dogs in Muir want to get rid of all the access to the Marin Beach than children.” Headlands, and we’ll be trapped here. People And probably more dogs than children in in Muir Beach won’t be able to even get out of the whole county. Marin has an estimated here on foot with a dog.” Pandapas says residents like her would have 55,000 to 60,000 dogs, according to the Marin Humane Society, which does not support the to get in the car and drive 25 minutes to get GGNRA’s proposed changes. The county has to one of the county’s 18 parks or facilities roughly 256,000 humans, according to the US that permit dogs and, even then, the county’s Census Bureau’s 2012 estimate. About 51,000 on-leash requirements mean a six-foot range of those humans are under age 18. for Shugie. People are the real danger to the habitat the Because the GGNRA’s five-month-long comment period on the dog plan in 2011 was GGNRA is striving to protect, Pandapas says. followed four months later by a three-month- “I live here. I work here. I look right over the beach. I watch it every day. I see what goes 10> long comment period for the whole park’s february 14 - february 20, 2014 Pacific Sun 9


< 9 Where have all the bow-wowers gone?

“We have more rare, threatened and on down here. I also see the human problems. endangered species in this park than any I see the real offenders. I see people without other park in the lower 48,” Levitt says. “And dogs traipsing across the wetlands. I see that’s very surprising to people. Just the people jumping this fence and going into the extraordinary diversity of natural and cultural bushes without dogs.” resources of this park, that was not really Homestead Valley resident Noah Evans known at all when the park was established, comes to Muir Beach with his dogs Honey, but it’s well-known now.” Fluff and Ruby every weekday before going The Bay Area is an ecological hotspot, to work at Whole Foods. He found out about Levitt says, due to the unusual convergence of this second dog management plan when Pandapas handed him a flyer. He says that the different ecological zones in one place. The decade-plus of dog planning has GGNRA would need to ban people and dogs cost about $2 million so far. If changes are if they want to make the beach hospitable for implemented—and Levitt says one of the five wildlife. He’s not quite clear on what the dog action alternatives is more likely than no acmanagement plan is for. “I still don’t understand if they are trying tion, or alternative A—the cost of implemento limit or ban the dogs because of things like tation will run about $2.5 million. The cost dog owners not picking up their poo, or let- would include educating the public about the ting their dogs off-leash and pee on picnics, or changes, adding signs throughout the park if it’s [that] they think it’s bad for the environ- and paying people to enforce the new rules. ment and bad for wildlife,” Evans says. “That’s Levitt did not know how much a citation for really what my question is. I never seemed to violating the potential new rules would cost. In 2011, Levitt says probably more than get a straight answer out of anybody last time half of the comments around.” wanted fewer restricPandapas says, “They tions on dog access, but a give you so many options The entire Dog Management Plan can be viewed at http:// substantial number wanted to go over. It’s confusing, I parkplanning.nps.gov/ more restrictions or were think, for a reason.” dogplan, where online comhappy with the GGNRA’s ments can also be submitted. preferred alternative. The dog management Printed versions of the plan “We looked at every plan is like 22 little plans, can be found at Marin County single comment, evaluGGNRA Communications Free Library, the Civic Center ated every comment. We Director Howard Levitt Branch, the Corte Madera looked at it against our said in a recent phone inBranch, the Fairfax Branch, the recommendation and terview. Marin City Branch and the Sausaid, ‘Where can we make “We’ve looked at 22 salito Public Library. changes that are still condifferent areas of the park, Written comments can be sistent with the goals of the and in each of those areas mailed or hand-delivered to: Superintendent, Golden Gate plan?’” we’ve looked at six alternaNational Recreation Area, Fort Some comments are tive approaches, and we’ve Mason, Building 201, San Franbetter than others. evaluated the environcisco, CA 94123, Attn: SEIS. “A substantive commental impact of each of ment is, ‘Here’s an area that those six approaches,” he I think you should look says. “And so 22 areas times at for adding more off-leash dog walking,’” six alternatives times full evaluation of all of Levitt says. “Or, ‘Here’s an area where I know those—that’s why the plan is as extensive as this is where children are and you should keep it is.” dogs out of this area, which in your current Levitt says the parks’ goals are “to provide plan you’re suggesting dogs can be.’ for a variety of visitor experiences, create a “Those are substantive comments, you plan that’s understandable and, hopefully, know, very specific. A comment that is not enforceable—as well as one that protects as useful to us is “I hate your plan” or “I love resources for the future. Those are the broad your plan.” That’s not particularly useful to criteria we’re trying to reach or to achieve.” us.” The GGNRA began developing new dog rules in 2002 because, Levitt says, “Visitation On Feb. 11, the Marin County Board of has increased, number of users increased, conflicts increased, and so we needed a tool to Supervisors unanimously issued its own comment via a resolution proposed by Supervisor manage all that.” Kate Sears, whose District 3 contains parts “When the park was established in 1972, it of the GGNRA. The resolution opposes the was plainly evident that the open space and GGNRA’s preferred dog plan alternative, F, scenic values of this park were magnificent and of national stature,” Levitt says. “But what and urges the NPS to consider the impact on park users whose front and backyards border was not understood was the number and vathe park, like at Muir Beach. riety of natural resources in the park—plants San Francisco and San Mateo counties and animals, as well as the sheer number of have produced similar resolutions, and Sears historic resources in the park, various strucsaid during Tuesday’s board meeting that she tures that exist in the park.” followed along with the more formal resoluThe park has an obligation to the endantion format, vs. just simply writing a letter, gered San Francisco garter snake and Califorso that Marin’s comments would have as nia red-legged frog and the Presidio-exclusive much weight. plant Raven’s manzanita, too. 10 Pacific Sun february 14 - february 20, 2014

The 13 citizens who spoke at the meeting included representatives of the Marin Audubon Society and the National Parks Conservation Association, who advocated for protecting habitat and wildlife over fighting to keep the dog status quo. San Francisco resident Amy Meyer, sometimes referred to as the “mother of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area,” spoke, too, emphasizing that “dog owners are only one group of the many users of the GGNRA lands ... The freedom to walk dogs off-leash ... is not an entitlement, but a privilege.” Still, most people favored the resolution. One of Sears’ aides, Leslie Alden, said in an email that their office has “been blitzed with requests from constituents regarding action to maintain dogs on- and-off leash in Marin’s portion of GGNRA.”

The GGRNA has received around 2,000 comments on this 2013 plan, as of press time, and the process still has a couple of years to go. “Our professional team in the park as well as our professional advisers from our Denver office will review each and every comment, categorize those comments and, again, take a look at the plan and see where adjustments could be made and still fulfill the criteria of the plan,” Levitt says. Next comes a draft rule that will be the GGNRA’s final recommendation, followed by another comment period likely late this year. After that comment period closes, the park will issue a final plan and final environmental impact statement in late 2015. Y Whine to Mackenzie at mmount@pacificsun.com.

Two choices

The GGNRA 2013 Draft Dog Management Plan posits several alternatives; here are details of two of the most debated— and most likely to be adopted. Alternative A, no changes to current dog access n Stinson Beach: On-leash n Homestead Valley: Entire site on-leash or under voice control n Altra Trail, Orchard Fire Road and Pacheco Fire Road: On-leash or under voice control from Marin City to Oakwood Valley n Oakwood Valley: Oakwood Valley Fire Road and Oakwood Valley Trail from junction with the Fire Road to junction with Alta Trail: On-leash or under voice control—Oakwood Valley Trail from trailhead to junction with Oakwood Valley Fire Road: On-leash n Muir Beach: Beach only: On-leash or under voice control—Bridge and path to beach: On-leash n Rodeo Beach/South Rodeo Beach: Both beaches: On-leash or under voice control— Footbridge and access trail to beach: On-leash n Marin Headlands Trails: On-leash or voice control: Coastal Trail: Golden Gate Bridge to Hill 88 (includes Lagoon Loop Trail); Coastal Trail, Wolf Ridge, Miwok Trail Loop; Old Bunker Fire Road Loop (includes section of Coastal Trail) On-leash only: Coastal Trail: Hill 88 to Muir Beach; Batteries Loop Trail; North Miwok Trail: from Tennessee Valley to Highway One; County View Trail; Marin Drive n Fort Baker: On-leash in areas where dogs allowed Alternative F, the NPS preferred changes to dog access n Stinson Beach: On-leash, with on-leash path to Upton Beach added from north parking lot n Homestead Valley: Homestead Fire Road and neighborhood connector trails (Homestead Trail and Homestead Summit Trail) to be designated in the future: on-leash n Altra Trail, Orchard Fire Road and Pacheco Fire Road: Alta Trail: On-leash to junction with Morning Sun Trail; Orchard and Pacheco fire roads: On-leash n Oakwood Valley:Oakwood Valley Fire Road: On-leash; Oakwood Valley Trail: Onleash from junction with Fire Road to junction with Alta Trail n Muir Beach: Beach, bridge and path to beach, and Muir Beach Trail (trail to be built as part of Muir Beach Wetland and Creek Restoration Project): On-leash with fencing along the dunes and lagoon n Rodeo Beach/South Rodeo Beach: Rodeo Beach: Regulated off-leash area extending full length of beach; Footbridge to beach: On-leash nMarin Headlands Trails: On-leash: Lower Rodeo Valley Trail Corridor: Rodeo Beach parking lot to the intersection of Bunker and McCullough Roads via North Lagoon Loop Trail, Miwok Trail and Rodeo Valley Trail (includes connector from Rodeo Valley Trail to Smith Road Trailhead); Old Bunker Fire Road Loop (includes section of Coastal Trail); Batteries Loop Trail; Rodeo Avenue Trail; Morning Sun Trail n Fort Baker: On-leash: Drown Fire Road, Bay Trail including Battery Yates Loop Road, Vista Point Trail (to be built), Lodge/Conference Center grounds and parade ground


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eggs; return to saucepan along with marinade. Bring to a boil and let cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add 2 cups ice. Let cool in marinade. Adapted from a recipe in Saveur Magazine (October, 2013)

and bakes well in a decorative bundt pan. (A 10-inch angel food cake pan might be used instead.) Some cooks like to frost this, though it’s fine with just a topping of powdered sugar.

* * * * * During Mardi Gras it’s imperative to have lots of food ready to serve to parade watchers, family visitors, or at formal dinners. Cold boiled shrimp is a classic appetizer and this recipe for a go-with sauce from New Orleans chef John Besh is a great one.

6 egg whites 3 cups flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature 2 cups sugar 1 cup milk 1 cup blanched almonds chopped in food processor to resemble coarse flour 1 teaspoon vanilla Powdered sugar for dusting

Mary Todd Lincoln’s White Cake

Remoulade

Preheat oven to 350. Beat egg whites with mixer on mediumhigh speed in a medium bowl until stiff (about 4 minutes); set aside. Sift flour and baking powder together 3 times into a medium bowl; set aside. Beat butter and sugar together with mixer on medium speed in a large bowl until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the flour mixture, alternating with milk, beating after each addition. Stir in the almonds. Fold egg whites into the batter; stir in vanilla. Pour batter into greased and floured 10-12-cup bundt pan. Bake until an inserted toothpick comes out clean, about 1 hour. Let cool 15 minutes. Remove from pan to a wire rack and let cool for 1 hour before dusting with powdered sugar. Y

Enough for 24 jumbo shrimp, cooked and peeled

Tea eggs are appropriate at New Year’s—or Halloween.

for a dessert from Lincoln’s days. Mary Todd Lincoln’s life ended tragically, but it’s said that before her “troubles” (ah, euphemisms) she was considered a skilled cook and hostess. A cake she favored in the White House has also become a favorite with the Obama family since it was first served during the 2008 inauguration festivities. * * * * * Chinese tea eggs are eaten throughout the year but they’re especially popular around the Lunar New Year since they symbolize prosperity and new life. Boiled and cracked and boiled again in a dark tea marinade, they have a marbled appearance when peeled. This recipe guarantees a haunting flavor. These are served—halved or quartered—as snacks or as part of cold appetizer platters at holiday meals. They can be refrigerated in a covered container for up to 4 days.

Chinese Tea Eggs Makes 8

1/2-cup soy sauce 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds 8 whole cloves 2 whole star anise 2 sticks cinnamon 1 tablespoon loose-leaf black Chinese tea, preferably lapsang souchong 8 eggs

Bring soy sauce, sugar, peppercorns, fennel, cloves, star anise, cinnamon and 2 cups water to a boil in a 2-quart saucepan; remove from heat and add tea. Let steep for 10 minutes. Pour marinade through a fine strainer into a bowl and keep warm. Place eggs in a 4-quart saucepan; cover by 1/2-inch with cold water. Place saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil; cover pan, remove from heat and let sit until eggs are soft-boiled, about 5 minutes. Drain eggs and crack shells all over but do not peel

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hanks to the very active Marin Chinese Cultural Association, we can get into the spirit of celebrating the Lunar New Year without crossing a bridge. Its talented Dragon and Lion Dance Team will bring boisterous, dramatic performances to Yet Wah in San Rafael this month on three evenings. This is a fun way to introduce kids to the dramatic custom while enjoying special holiday menu items—and it’s even more fun to bring a large group to dine together. Here is the schedule: Feb. 15, 6pm; Feb. 16 and 25, 6:30pm. Reservations are essential. 1238 Fourth Street, 415/460-9883 ... On Saturday, Feb. 22, (5-9pm) MCCA will host its annual New Year Celebration Banquet at the San Rafael Community Center, with entertainment ranging from beauty queens to magicians. It will feature appearances by Miss California, Crystal Lee, and Miss Asian San Francisco, Jasmine Lee. A magic show and the Dragon and Lion Dance Team will add traditional touches to the evening. The buffet spread will be catered by Yet Wah. Tickets are $40 ($20 for members) and $20 for children ($10 for members). Call 415/892-5761. WINE ABOUT IT Restaurant news is all good, this week. Sausalito’s F3 (Fast Food Francais) celebrates its first anniversary with panache, through Friday, Feb. 21. Chef de cuisine Ryan Kacenjar is bringing back favorite dishes from the opening menu, goodies like cornmeal-battered fried oysters served with Bloody Mary aioli and pickled okra and the popular “lobstah roll” that includes green apple with tarragon aioli on brioche. An all-out special occasion splurge for the birthday is a $50 truffle burger, made of Wagyu beef with seven grams of truffle— served with “gilded fries.” 39 Caledonia; 415/887-9047 or www.eatF3.com ... Lincoln Park Wine Bar in San Anselmo landed a chef de cuisine with an impressive resume.

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Luke Mason’s history includes working with famed Portland chef Cory Schrieber at Wildwood Cafè and serving as sous chef at Michelin-starred Aziza in San Francisco. Mason is committed to seasonal cooking with some ingredients from sources as close by as the town’s backyard gardens (neighbors trade organics for dining credit). Right now he’s making winter foods like fried sunchokes with sherry gastrique and braised pork belly and butterbeans with feta and parsley gremolata. 198 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, 415-453-9898 ... Speaking of wine, fans are enthusiastic about selections available by the glass at Kentfield’s Ambrosia. Owner Mark Leslie’s carefully orchestrated wine list is impressive and he makes it easy to discover new labels. 800 College Avenue, 415/454-9292 ... Closed down by a fire in November, Casa Manana is once again open for business. Hidden away inside the courtyard of a medical building in San Rafael, the small restaurant is popular for its dishes from El Salvador as well as familiar Mexican foods. Take a look at the menu: www.micasamanana.com. 711 D Street, 415/456-7345. Y Dine with Pat at patfusco@sonic.net.

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t's the time of the season for loving. But Marin music lovers in search of Valentine's Day romance will have to wait until later this month to enjoy the sultry sound of the red-hot jazz vocal and guitar duo of Cyrille Aimée and Diego Figueiredo. The pair will perform on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley. The drop-dead gorgeous Aimée, a 26-yearold French-Dominican, is blessed with a scintillating sound. “A voice like fine whiskey,” the Washington Post enthused, “oaky and smooth with a hint of smokiness.” She is a winner of the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival's International Vocal Competition, the Sarah Vaughn International Jazz Competition and a finalist at the Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition. Her gift for song has won the admiration of jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater and composer and producer Stephen Sondheim, who cast her this past November in an Encores! special event in New York. Aimée (pronounced A-M) has jazz in her blood.

She was born and raised in the Samois-surSeine, the same small village where Gypsyjazz guitar great Django Reinhardt once lived and a current mecca for jazz guitarists. Her bio couldn't be more colorful. Aimée writes that, unbeknownst to her parents, she would climb out her bedroom window at night and visit local Gypsy encampments, where she “learned their language and sang by the fire of Django's descendents.” She later performed in Parisian cafes and nightclubs, and was a semi-finalist on Star Academy, the French version of American Idol. As a result of TV appearances, an agent offered her a lucrative contract, but the notion of being tied down evidently didn't sit well with this free spirit. So she quit the biz and fled to her mother's homeland of the Dominican Republic. Eventually, Aimée moved to New York City to study at SUNY, start the Surreal Band, and release a series of self-produced CDs. Her 2011 album of vocal scatting and straight-ahead jazz, Cyrille Aimée & Friends, Live at Smalls, features an ace combo led by trumpeter Roy Hargrove.

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It's a Good Day, her first major label release, is due this spring. During the past few years, she has been performing with the equally gifted Brazilian guitarist Figueiredo. The duo released a critically acclaimed 2010 album, Smile, with a title track that is a cover of the bittersweet Charlie Chaplin song. They followed that up in 2011 with Just the Two of Us, released, appropriately enough, in Japan on the Venus label. Figuereido is an extraordinarily sensitive player who has twice won awards at the Montreux Jazz Festival competitions—his

music is a unique fusion of jazz, boss-nova and classical guitar styles. And his work has not gone unnoticed. His playing has drawn the admiration of Pat Metheny, John Scofield (with whom he has shared the stage) and Al Di Meola, among other musicians. “One of the greatest guitarists I've seen in my whole life,” is how jazz-guitar great George Benson describes Figuereido. Cyrille Aimée and Diego Figuereido will perform Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 8pm, at 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley. Tickets are $18, $23 and $30. 383-9600. Y

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F R I D AY febr u ar y 1 4 — T H U R S D AY febr u ar y 2 0 M ovie summaries by M at t hew St af fo r d About Last Night (1:40) Remake of the David Mamet sex farce about two strangers who keep hooking up despite their better judgment; Regina Hall and Kevin Hart star. l American Hustle (2:18) Docudramatic look at the Abscam scandal of the seventies stars Amy Adams and Christian Bale as grifters blackmailed by the FBI into taking down a New Jersey politico. l August: Osage County (1:59) Dysfunctional family shenanigans as acid-tongued, newly widowed cancer patient Meryl Streep takes on daughter Julia Roberts and sundry other wellmeaning types. l Dallas Buyers Club (1:57) Biopic of Ron Woodroof, the HIV-positive Texas cowboy who established a clearinghouse for legal and illegal alternative AIDS treatments from around the world. l Endless Love (1:45) Remake of the 1981 teen swoonfest about the forbidden love affair between a sheltered nice girl and a sexy bad boy. 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 from her frosty powers. l Frozen Sing-Along (1:50) Make beautiful music with Kristen Bell, Santino Fontana and the rest of the gang to Kristen and Robert Lopez’s Oscar-nominated score. l Gloria (1:50) Acclaimed Chilean drama about a lonely woman’s dangerously intimate affair with a fellow singleton; Paulina Garcia stars. l Gravity (1:31) Two astronauts struggle to survive after they’re cast adrift in outer space; George Clooney and Sandra Bullock star. l The Great Beauty (2:22) Felliniesque satirical dramedy about an aging writer’s bittersweet adventures in beautiful, bizarre Rome. l Her (1:59) Lonesome social-network nerd Joaquin Phoenix falls truly, madly, deeply for his new computer operating system. l Inside Llewyn Davis (1:44) Joel and Ethan Coen’s dark dramedy about a Dylan-era Greenwich Village folksinger hustling his way up the show biz ladder; Carey Mulligan, John Goodman and Oscar Isaac star. l The Invisible Woman (1:51) Ralph Fiennes directs and stars in the story of Charles Dickens’ lifelong muse and mistress, Nelly Wharton Robinson (Felicity Jones). l Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (1:47) Prequel to Tom Clancy’s CIA thrillers stars Chris Pine as Ryan in his pre-spook days. l Labor Day (1:51) Joyce Maynard’s bestseller hits the big screen with Kate Winslet as a reclusive single mother who shelters escaped con Josh Brolin in her home. l The Lego Movie (1:34) A Lego figurine and his peg-block posse take on an evil power-mad tyrant; Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Alison Brie and Liam freakin’ Neeson supply the vocals. l Life’s a Breeze (1:23) Grandma Fionnula Flanagan leads a mad search through Dublin’s dumping grounds after her hapless children toss an old mattress stuffed with her secret stash of squirreled cash. l Love Me Till Monday (1:29) A wistful twentysomething Londoner endures a dead-end l

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postgrad job while desperately searching for the love of her life. l Merrily We Roll Along (2:40) Direct from London’s West End it’s Stephen Sondheim’s sweeping, poignant tribute to life in show business. l The Monuments Men (1:58) Real-life WWII thriller about a band of art scholars on a mission to rescue stolen masterpieces from the Nazis. George Clooney stars and directs. l National Theatre London: Coriolanus (3:00) Direct from the Olivier Theatre it’s the Bard’s timeless tale of battlefield politics, foreign and domestic. l Nebraska (1:54) Alexander Payne dramedy follows a cantankerous old coot and his estranged son on a Midwestern road trip to claim a milliondollar grand prize. l The Nut Job (1:26) Cartoon caper comedy about two rascally rodents and their plan to heist a nut store; Liam Neeson and Brendan Fraser vocalize. l Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts Catch five cartoons from around the world up for this year’s Academy Awards. l Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts Program of five minimalist documentaries on a wide range of subjects with one thing in common: a shot at Academy bling. l Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Shorts The Academy’s picks for the year’s top five live-action short subjects screen at the Rafael this week. l Philomena (1:37) Stephen Frears docudrama about an unwed mother’s attempts to track down her long-lost son; Judi Dench stars. l Ride Along Action comedy follows two cops on an unexpectedly wild night cruising the mean streets of Atlanta; Ice Cube stars. l RoboCop (1:57) A disabled Detroit cop returns to the line as the half-man, half-robot concoction of unscrupulous arms dealers…which half will triumph? l Summer in February (1:40) An Edwardian love triangle simmers and sizzles at a seaside Cornish artists’ colony; Emily Browning, Dan Stevens and Dominic Cooper star. l Swan Lake (3:00) The Royal Ballet presents Anthony Dowell’s Fabergé-inspired production of Tchaikovsky’s classic work; Marianela Nuñez is totally prima. l That Awkward Moment (1:34) Three swingin’ bachelor buddies harbor a horrible secret: They’re each in a happy committed relationship. l Vampire Academy (1:44) Two teenage quasivampires (one mortal, one half-human) deal with cute boys, high school and a gang of scary bloodsuckers. l Walking the Camino (1:24) Follows six pilgrims as they trek Spain’s ancient 500-mile Camino de Santago Trail in search of spiritual awakening. l Winter’s Tale (2:09) Epic fantasy romance abut a burglar and an heiress with a gift for reincarnation; Colin Farrell, Jenifer Connelly, William Hurt and Eva Marie Saint star. l The Wolf of Wall Street (2:45) Leo DiCaprio stars as Jordan Belfort, the securities-fraud king of the 1990s.

k New Movies This Week kAbout Last Night (R)

Marin: Fri-Sat 1:15, 4:30, 7:30, 9:55 Sun-Mon 1:15, 4:30, 7:30 Tue-Thu 4:30, 7:30 Northgate: 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:30 Rowland: Fri-Wed 12:25, 2:55, 5:25, 7:55, 10:25 American Hustle (R) Fairfax: Fri-Sat 12:20, 3:25, 6:40, 9:55 Sun-Thu 12:20, 3:25, 6:40 Larkspur Landing: Fri 6:45, 10 Sat-Mon 12:30, 3:35, 6:45, 10 Tue-Thu 6:30, 9:45 Northgate: 12:45, 3:55, 7, 10:10 August: Osage County (R) Regency: Fri-Sat 1:35, 4:35, 7:35, 10:25 Sun-Thu 1:35, 4:35, 7:35 The Dallas Buyer’s Club (R) Fairfax: Fri-Sat 12:30, 3:40, 6:45, 9:35 Sun-Thu 12:30, 3:40, 6:45 kEndless Love (PG-13) Northgate: 11:40, 2:20, 5, 7:35, 10:15 Rowland: Fri-Wed 11:15, 1:50, 4:25, 7, 9:35 Frozen (PG) Northgate: 2:10, 7:25; 3D showtimes at 4:50, 10 Rowland: Fri-Wed 11:10, 1:40, 4:20 Frozen Sing-Along (PG) Northgate: 11:25 Gloria (R) Rafael: Fri 4, 6:45, 9:05 Sat-Mon 1:30, 4, 6:45, 9:05 Tue-Thu 6:45, 9:05 Gravity (PG-13) Northgate: 11:45, 2:25, 4:45, 7:10 The Great Beauty (Not Rated) Rafael: Fri-Mon 4:30, 7:30 Tue-Thu 7:30 Her (R) Regency: Fri-Wed 1:20, 7:10 Thu 1:20 Inside Llewyn Davis (R) Regency: Fri-Sat 4:20, 10:05 Sun-Thu 4:20 The Invisible Woman (R) Marin: Fri-Sat 4:15, 9:45 Sun-Thu 4:15 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (PG-13) Northgate: 11:20, 1:55, 4:55, 7:40, 10:20 Labor Day (PG-13) Northgate: 9:45 The LEGO Movie (PG) Fairfax: Fri-Sat 12:10, 3:15, 6:05, 8:45 Sun-Thu 12:10, 3:15, 6:05 Larkspur Landing: Fri 9:45; 3D showtime at 7:15 Sat-Mon 11, 4:30, 9:45; 3D showtimes at 1:45, 7:15 Tue-Thu 9:15; 3D showtime at 6:45 Northgate: 11:30, 1:10, 2, 3:40, 4:30, 6:10, 7:05, 9:35; 3D showtimes at 10:40, 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 8:40, 10:25 Playhouse: Fri 3:50, 6:10, 8:30 Sat 1:10, 3:50, 6:10, 8:30 Sun-Mon 1:10, 3:50, 6:10 Tue-Thu 3:50, 6:10 Rowland: Fri-Wed 11:20, 12:40, 3:20, 6, 8:40; 3D showtimes at 2, 4:40, 7:20, 10 kLife’s a Breeze (Not Rated) Rafael: Thu 7 kLove Me Till Monday (Not Rated) Rafael: Wed 7 kMerrily We Roll Along (Not Rated) Rafael: Mon 7 The Monuments Men (PG-13) Cinema: Fri-Wed 1, 4, 7, 9:50 Fairfax: Fri-Sat 12:45, 3:55, 6:50, 9:40 Sun-Thu 12:45, 3:55, 6:50 Playhouse: Fri 3:40, 6:25, 9:10 Sat 1, 3:40, 6:25, 9:10 SunMon 1, 3:40, 6:25 Tue-Thu 3:40, 6:25 Regency: Fri-Sat 12, 1:30, 3, 4:30, 6:05, 7:30, 9, 10:20 Sun-Thu 12, 1:30, 3, 4:30, 6:05, 7:30 Rowland: Fri-Wed 11:05, 1:55, 4:50, 7:40, 10:30 Sequoia: Fri 4:15, 7:15, 10:15 Sat 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15 Sun-Mon 1:15, 4:15, 7:15 Tue-Thu 4:15, 7:15 National Theatre London: Coriolanus (NR) Lark: Sat 11 Nebraska (R) Northgate: 1:40, 6:55 The Nut Job (PG) Fairfax Fri-Tue 12, 2:15 Northgate: 12:15, 2:35, 5:05, 7:15, 9:30 Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts (NR) Rafael: Fri-Sat, Mon 4:15, 6:30 Sun 4:15 Wed 8:45 Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts (NR) Rafael: Sat-Mon 12:15 Oscar-Nominated Live Action Shorts (NR) Rafael: Fri-Sat, Mon, Thu 8:45 Tue 9:15 Philomena (PG-13) Marin: Fri-Mon 1, 7:15 Tue-Thu 7:15 Northgate: 11:10, 4:20, 9:40 Ride Along (PG-13) Northgate: 11:50, 2:30, 5:10, 7:45, 10:30 kRoboCop (PG-13) Fairfax: Fri-Sat 1, 4:10, 7, 9:45 Sun-Thu 1, 4:10, 7 Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:45, 10:30 Sat-Mon 11:30, 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:30 Tue-Thu 7, 9:45 Northgate: 11, 12:25, 1:45, 3:10, 4:35, 5:55, 7:20, 8:45, 10:05 Rowland: Fri-Wed 11, 1:45, 4:35, 7:30, 10:20 kSummer in February (Not Rated) Rafael: Tue 7 kSwan Lake (PG) Regency: Thu 7 That Awkward Moment (R) Northgate: 2:55, 7:55 Vampire Academy (PG-13) Northgate: 12:10, 5:25, 10:25 Rowland: Fri-Wed 7:10, 9:45 Walking the Camino (Not Rated) Rafael: Sat-Mon 2:15 Winter’s Tale (PG-13) Fairfax: Fri-Sat 1:15, 4:25, 7:10, 9:30 Sun-Thu 1:15, 4:25, 7:10 Larkspur Landing: Fri 6:30, 9:15 Sat-Mon 1, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15 Tue-Thu 7:15, 10 Playhouse: Fri 4:10, 6:45, 9:20 Sat 1:30, 4:10, 6:45, 9:20 Sun-Mon 1:30, 4:10, 6:45 Tue-Thu 4:10, 6:45 Regency: Fri-Sat 12:50, 3:50, 7, 9:55 Sun-Thu 12:50, 3:50, 7 Rowland: FriWed 11:25, 2:10, 5, 7:50, 10:35 Sequoia: Fri 4:40, 7:40, 10:25 Sat 1:45, 4:40, 7:40, 10:25 Sun-Mon 1:45, 4:40, 7:40 Tue-Thu 4:40, 7:40 The Wolf of Wall Street (R) Marin: Fri-Mon 12:15, 4, 7:45 Tue-Thu 4, 7:45 Regency: 11:30, 3:20, 7:20 daily

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


January 31, 2014 was an historic day for MCF. We’d like you to know why. Opening the doors. The Marin Community Foundation (MCF) was formed in 1987 with the assets of one donor fund, the Buck Trust. At that time, the California Superior Court established judicial oversight of the Trust, and appointed a Special Master. Why? Because the previous fiduciary of the Buck Trust had sought to alter one of its basic tenets, namely Dr. and Mrs. Buck’s stipulation that all grants from the Trust be made in and for Marin. For more than 25 years MCF has honored that intent. Throughout Marin, we’ve made grants from the Buck Trust of more than $750 million. These grants have gone for early education and college scholarships, for medical clinics and affordable homes, for protecting ranches and teaching art, for extending legal access and convening discussions, for welcoming newcomers and caring for elders, for the researchers and the innovators, for services to those who are struggling, and support to those who are dreaming. Concluding Court oversight. So it’s a great pleasure to report that on January 31, 2014, with the strong recommendation of the Special Master, the Court

terminated its jurisdiction of the Buck Trust. The Court’s reasoning: MCF had an unblemished record of care for the Trust and an unwavering commitment to donor intent. Unwavering commitment to donor intent. That statement makes me proudest of this moment. The recognition that we have honored a donor’s specific wishes for over two decades. And the trust that we will always continue to do so. Fashioning the future. A Foundation that started with the philanthropic wishes of one family now is home to more than 400 families, each with an individually-named fund at MCF. Grants from these funds are supporting charitable causes locally, nationally and globally. It’s my hope that 400 is just the beginning. Our doors are always open to welcome new donors who want to make a difference in the world. So if you want to develop a rewarding, meaningful giving strategy, enjoy the guidance of a personal philanthropic advisor, and network with your community, please give us a call. You can be assured your intentions will be honored, and your trust will be earned.

Dr. Tom Peters, President & CEO tpeters@marincf.org 415.464.2508

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Live music

02/15: Chrome Johnson Rockabilly. 9:30pm.

02/14: Cabaret D’Amour with Moana Diamond 8pm. $20-30. HopMonk Novato, 224 Vin-

02/15: Elvin Bishop and Howell Devine

tage Way, Novato. 892-6200. hopmonk.com/novato. 02/14-16: David Nelson Band 8pm Feb. 15-14; 6pm Feb. 16. $35. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773. terrapincrossroads.net.

02/14: Dee Bell and Marcos Silva CD Release Show 8:30pm. $20-30. The Music Box,

American Legion Post 313, 500 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 250-9755. murphyproductions.com.

02/14: Fenton Coolfoot and the Right Time Hiphop/reggae. 9:30pm. $10. The Sleep-

ing Lady, 23 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 485-1182. sleepingladyfairfax.com. 02/14: Kelly Peterson Band Folk rock. 5pm. Free. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 459-9910. perisbar.com.

02/14: Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real with Buck Nickels and Loose Change 9pm. $22-25. Sweetwater, 19 Corte Madera, Mill Valley. 388-3850. swmh.com.

02/14: New Love Soul Review Soul and motown. 9pm. Free. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 459-9910. perisbar.com. 02/14: The 7th Sons Valentine’s Dance Elks Club Valentine’s day party. $10. Magnolia Terrace, Boyd Mansion, 1312 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 847-2670. the7thsons.com.

02/14: The Heart of Love: Music and Mystical Poetry With Jen Jarvie, guitar and

vocals; Schawkie Roth, sax; Christine Tulis, harp and vocals; Sahar Pinkham, tabla; Neal Grace, poetry. Tickets include a signed copy of “Sacred Life” poetry book. 8pm. $15-25. Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C St., San Rafael. 457-4191. opensecretbookstore.com/events. 02/14: Motoshi Kosako Quartet Jazz harp. With Bill Douglass, Mike McMullen and Barry Eldridge. 8pm. $17-20. Studio 55 Marin, 1455A E. Francisco Blvd., San Rafael. 453-3161. studio55marin.com.

02/14: Tony Saunders and Romancing the Brass Band 9pm. $16. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 578-2707. georgesnightclub.com

02/14: Valentine’s Day Dinner Show: Romancing with Will Russ, Jr. Two seating options: early bird dinner with drink flight menu and a dinner and show prix fixe with special drinks flight. 8pm. $55-85. Fenix Supper Club, 919 Fourth Street, San Rafael. 813-5600. fenixlive.com. 02/14: Valentine Celebration Attendees receive book “Sacred Life” 8pm. $15-25. Open Secret Book Store, 903 C St., San Rafael. 485-6700. 02/14: Valentines Bash with the 85s 9:30pm. $10. 19 Broadway Night Club, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 19broadway.com. 02/15: Breakin Bread Members of Monophonics and Vinyl. Funk. 9:30pm. $10. 19 Broadway Night Club, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 19broadway.com. 18 Pacific Sun February 14 - february 20. 2014

$12. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 459-9910. perisbar.com.

8pm. $27-32. Sweetwater, 19 Corte Madera, Mill Valley. 388-3850. swmh.com. 02/15: Helm Middle eastern/gypsy. 9pm. $10. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. sleepingladyfairfax.com.

02/15: Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits Zimbabwe pop. 8pm. $22 -35. Hoytt Theater,

Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. marinjcc.org. 02/15: Radiance Kirtan Band Play, sing, dance and nourish your soul to the sounds of Sri Krsna Kirtan with Radhanath and Kilimba. Organic, vegan and gluten free dinner available. 5-7pm. 7:30pm. $10-20. Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C Street, San Rafael. 457-4191. opensecretbookstore.com/events.

02/15: The 7th Sons Rock Taste of Rome Sausalito Classic rock and blues songs of the

60s- 70s. 7pm. Free. Taste of Rome, 1000 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 847-2670. the7thsons.com. 02/15: Sol Horizon Roots rock, reggae. 9pm. $10. HopMonk Novato, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 892-6200. hopmonk.com/novato. 02/16: Joe Baer Magnant Group Jazz/ folk/funk quartet. 6pm. No cover. Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. panamahotel.com. 02/16: Namely Us Jazz. 7:30pm. No cover. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 485-1182. sleepingladyfairfax.com.

02/16: Texas Chainsaw Band, Todas Santos

So Tony Soprano and Elaine Benes walk into a bar ... Nicole Holofcener’s knowing little comedy ENOUGH SAID pairs James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus as lovers trying to get it right the second time around, and it’s a credit to their amazing chemistry here that you quickly forget Tony and Elaine (but mourn the loss of Gandolfini anew). Eva is a divorced Los Angeles masseuse who lucks into a new romantic interest (Gandolfini) and new best friend (Catherine The dating game can be awkward—even for Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Keener) at the same Westside party. But middle age is nothing if not clear-eyed, and any hope of romance with the paunched and self-deprecating Albert will be tempered with horror stories from Eva’s poet friend Marianne, who just cut loose a boorish and insensitive guy of her own. Eva finds it hard to keep Marianne’s well-turned skepticism from creeping into her lunch dates and bedroom. Writer-director Holofcener has a gift for finding the vulnerabilities in Eva and Albert that give them their nervous charm: Plateaued in their jobs, shaky authority figures over their college-bound daughters and sardonic with each other to a fault, these two have a terror of falling into caricature that’s not too different from adolescent fear and awkwardness—and that’s incredibly romantic.—Richard Gould 02/19: Open Mic with Dennis Haneda 7pm.

02/20: The Mighty Groove , Intersection

No cover. HopMonk Novato, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 892-6200. hopmonk.com/novato.

Blues, rock. 7:30pm. $5. HopMonk Novato, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 892-6200. hopmonk.com/novato. 02/20: Miles Ahead Jazz. 9pm. $8. 19 Broadway Night Club, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 19broadway.com. 02/20-23: Phil Lesh and Friends Currently sold out shows. 7:30pm. $79. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773. terrapincrossroads.net. 02/20: Samurai Wolf Acoustic songwriter. 9pm. Free. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. sleepingladyfairfax.com. 02/20: Vista Point Quintet Jazz. 6:30pm. No cover. True North Pizza and Beer, 638 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 419-5781.

02/19: Romain Virgo, Protoje, Ikronik and Indiggnation with Fenton Coolfoot and 02/17: Open Mic Night with Austin DeLone the Right Time 8pm. $22-25. Sweetwater, 19 Country. 5pm. No cover. 19 Broadway Night Club, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 19broadway.com.

7:30pm. No cover. Sweetwater, 19 Corte Madera, Mill Valley. 388-3850. swmh.com. 02/17: Peri’s Open Mic with Billy D Electric open mic. 9pm. No cover. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 459-9910. perisbar.com.

02/18: Piano Bluesday w/Mitch Woods

8pm. No cover. 19 Broadway Night Club, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 19broadway.com. 02/18: Swing Fever “Songs for Lovers: Music of Frank Sinatra.” 7pm. No cover. Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. panamahotel.com. 02/19: Elvis Johnson Soul Revue 9pm. No cover. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 459-9910. perisbar.com. 02/19: Kortdogs Humpjam Jam blues, funk. 10pm. No cover. 19 Broadway Night Club, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 19broadway.com. 02/19: Marianna August Jazz. 7pm. No cover. Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. panamahotel.com. 02/19: Michael LaMacchia 8pm. No cover. Iron Springs Pub and Brewery, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 485-1005. ironspringspub.com. 02/19: Migrant Pickers and Friends Folk rock. 9pm. No cover. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. sleepingladyfairfax.com.

Corte Madera, Mill Valley. 388-3850. swmh.com. 02/19: Sam Russell Delta blues originals 6:30pm. True North Pizza and Beer, 638 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 419-5781. 02/20: The Chieftains 8pm. $20 - 50. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 473-6800. marincenter.org. 02/20: Deborah Winters Contemporary jazz. 7pm. No cover. Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. panamahotel.com.

02/20: Dr. Tequila, Richie Barron and Da Mob Funk rock with a horn section and tight

vocals. 8pm. $10. Fenix Supper Club, 919 Fourth St., San Rafael. 813-5600. fenixlive.com.

02/20: George Kuo, Martin Pahinui and Aaron Mahi Slack key guitar and vocals.

8pm. $26-40. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 142throckmortontheatre.org. 02/20: Kirtan with Mirabei Monthly evening of call and response singing and meditation with live instrumentation including harmonium, guitar, digeridoo, dulcimer, flute, tamboura, percussion and more. No music experience necessary. Children welcome. 7:30pm. $10. Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C St., San Rafael. 457-4191. opensecretbookstore.com.

02/21: Acharya Mangalananda and Friends in Concert Kirtan interactive

musical presentation. 8pm. $15. Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C Street, San Rafael. 457-4191. opensecretbookstore.com/events. 02/21: Danny Click Rock, blues and Americana. 9:30pm. $10. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 485-1182. sleepingladyfairfax.com. 02/21: La Mandanga Flameco/gypsy rock. 9:30pm. $8. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 459-9910. perisbar.com. 02/21: Rick Estrin and the Nightcats Swing, rock. 9pm. $15. HopMonk Novato, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 892-6200. hopmonk.com/novato. 02/21: Stephanie Teel Band Coastal rock. 8:30pm. $15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 578-2707. georgesnightclub.com


Comedy 02/14: Heartthrobs of Comedy With Sammy

Obeid, Drennon Davis, Kellen Erskine and Rodger Lizaola. 8pm. $25. Showcase Theater,10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 473-6800. marincenter.org. 02/15: Bill Crosby 8pm. $39.50-75. Marin Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium,10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 473-6800. marincenter.org. 02/16: Bill Maher 8pm. $49.50-89.50. Marin Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium,10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 473-6800. marincenter.org.

02/18: Tuesday Night Comedy with Mark Pitta and Friends Established headliners and

up and coming comics drop by and work on new material. $16-26. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600. throckmortontheatre.org.

02/21: Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood Two Man Group Live and Dangerous Comedy 8pm. $29.50-59.50. Marin Veteran’s

Memorial Auditorium,10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 473-6800. marincenter.org.

Theater 02/14-15: ‘Turmoil in Tam Valley’ Annual

murder mystery dinner theater. German feast with bratwurst, mashed potatoes, salad, dessert, coffee and tea. Encounter heroes, henchmen, heartthrobs, saboteurs and sauerkrauts. You guess “who dunnit.” Prizes awarded. Doors at 6:30pm; 7:30pm showtime. $30. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393. tcsd.us. 02/20-03/16: ‘Lasso of Truth’ By Carson Kreitzer. Directed by Jasson Minadakis. 8pm Thurs.Sat.; 7:30pm Wed.; 7pm Sun. $37-58. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208. marintheatre.org. Through 02/16: ‘Journey’s End’ 7:30pm Thurs.; 8pm Fri.-Sat.; 2pm Sun. The Barn Theatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555. rossvalleyplayers.com.

02/21: Modern Mandolin Quartet Chamber music/Americana. 8pm. $25-30. Fenix Supper Club, 919 Fourth St., San Rafael. 813-5600.

Dance 02/14: One Billion Rising: Women’s Movement Ritual “Rise, Release and Dance!” Cosponsored by the Fairfax Community Church and Rev. Katharine Harts. Incorporates 5Rhythms Dance, live music, and inspirational words.With 5Rhythms Dance by Stacey Butcher; readings by Julie Daley; live music by Lakshmi Devi. The event is free and is for women 16 years and older. Donations gratefully accepted. Donations that exceed costs will go to local organizations that help women in need. 7pm. Fairfax Community Church, 2398 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 454-6085. fairfaxcommunitychurch.net 02/14: Tango Magic Conceived and directed by Debbie Goodwin, artistic director of Alma del Tango. Script by Lanny Udell and Jonathan Cutler. Ms. Goodwin and Rose Vierling, choreography. Performances: 7:30 and 9pm Feb. 14-15; 2 and 3:30pm Feb. 16. $20-25. Alma del Tango, 167 Tunstead Ave., San Anselmo. 459-8966. almadeltango.org.

02/17: Chinese Performing Arts of America Youth Group 11am and 1pm. $7. Bay Area Discovery Museum 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 339-3900. badm.org

Art 02/21-23: Marin Show: Art of the Americas Opening Night gala reception 6:30 -9pm Feb. 21; 10am -6pm. Feb. 22; 11am-5pm Feb. 23. $15-35. Marin Center Exhibit Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 473-6800. marinshow.com. Through 03/02: Volumes An exhibition of sculpture by Andrew Hayes. Reception 6-8pm Feb. 7. Free. Seager Gray Gallery, 23 Sunnyside Ave., Mill Valley. 384-8288. seagergray.com.

Concerts

Kids Events

02/14: Marin Baroque: The Subtle Art, Love Songs of 14th and 15th Century France Shira Kammen directs the Calextone

02/15: Saint Valentine’s Festival Celebrate

ensemble in a performance including works by Machaut, Solage, Binchois and Busnois. 8pm. $5-20. First Presbyterian Church San Anselmo, 72 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. 497-6634. marinbaroque.org.

02/14-15: American Music for Two Pianos Benefit Concert Paul Smith and Ronald Cavaye, piano; Eileen Morris, soprano. Love songs of Virgil Thomson and Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Gershwin, Percy Grainger. Donations support Contemporary Opera Marin. 7:30pm. Feb. 14 at the Dance Palace, 503 B St., Pt. Reyes Station. 7:30pm Feb.15 at Lefort Recital Hall, PA72, College of Marin Kentfield Campus 827-5226. marin.edu/performingarts/music/index.html.

02/16: New Century Chamber Orchestra

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg directs a program of works by Clarice Assad, Strauss, Massenet,Verdi followed by a collaborative program with S.F. Opera’s Adler Fellows in a performance of Donizetti’s one act comic opera “Rita.” With Maria Valdes, soprano; Efrain Solis, baritone; Thomas Glenn, tenor. 5pm. $29-59. Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro Road., San Rafael. ncco.org. 02/19: Noontime Concert Series Noon. Free. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600. 142throckmortontheatre.org.

Saint Valentine’s with the whole family at the market. Festivities include sugar cookie decorating, creative reuse heart art project, personalized poetry by The Valentine Poet, old-fashioned photo stand, face painting, pony rides and French music alongside the farmer’s market. 9am. Free. Marin Country Mart Farmers’ Market, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. marincountrymart.com/farmers-market.

02/21: History of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Join Ranger Bill to learn about the the

diverse missions and objectives of the bay model. 2pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. spn.usace.army.mil/ Missions/Recreation/BayModelVisitorCenter.aspx.

Film 02/16: ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ Captured live during this now legendary production’s final performances at West End London’s Harold Pinter Theatre, Stephen Sondheim’s musical (with book by George Furth) is set over three decades in the entertainment business and charts the relationship between close friends Franklin, Mary and Charley. (UK 2013) 160 min. 7pm. Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222. cafilm.org.

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02/18: ‘Summer In February’ Screening

Dominic Cooper, Emily Browning and Dan Stevens(Downton Abbey) star in this Edwardian era love triangle set in the artists’ colony at Cornwall in 1911 and based on the diary of painter Sir Alfred Munnings. (UK 2013) 100 min. 7pm. $10.75. Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St. San Rafael. 526-5818. cafilm.org.

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Brunch, Lunch, dinner with • BBQ,Lichen Pasta, steak, desserts 02/15: Fall in Love Join Califor-

“Only 10 miles north Marin” nia Lichen Society president and of lichenologist Shelly Benson for an easy walking tour of Olomfri 2/14 • 7:30pm doorsLearn • 21+ •about ska/reggae/new wave pali’s amazing lichen. the natural history of the fungal algal relationship and why lichen are important indicators of air quality and fri 2/21 • 7:30pm doorsFree. • 21+Olompali • singer/songwriter climate change. 10am. State Historic Park, 8901 Hwy, Novato. 898-4362 AnRedwood EvEning with ext. 204. parks.ca.gov/olompali.

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02/15: Habitat Restoration: Bald Hill And trAilEr PArk Broom BustthE Remove invasive broom to help

native plants and trees to thrive. Suitable for ages troubAdours 8 and older. Ranger chili lunch at noon. There are sat 2/22 • 7:30 pm doors • 21+ • rockabilly/surf rock several moderately strenuous hikes or rides one could take to get to the work site. A bike group typically meets at San Anselmo Coffee Roasters in the morning to ride to the site (call for details). sat 3/1 •hiking 7:30 pmgroup doors • will 21+ •leave new orleans/Blues/rock A guided Deer Park at 8:30am. Meet at 9am at the intersection of Yolanda Trail and Worn Springs Fire Road, Fairfax. Under 3/4 must • 6:15pm doors • 21+ • fat form tuesdaysigned the agetues of 18 have a permission AnnuAL MArdi grAs MAMBofest by a23rd parent or guardian. Volunteers under the witH age of 16 must haverHytHMtown-Jive a parent present at the event. tHierry Zydeco PleaseAnd wearAndre close-toed shoes& and long MAgic pants, dress for variable weather and bring a reusable water 23Breakfast Petaluma Blvd. Petaluma bottle. snacks, water,N., tools and inspira(707) 765-2121 tion provided. 9am. Free. Sky Oaks Watershed purchase tixMarin online now! mystictheatre.com Headquarters Municipal Water District, Fairfax. 945-1128. marinwater.org

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02/16: Century/Endurance Cycle Training for Women Bicycle clinics for women taught by women. Part of the MCBC Women on Wheels series. Gain confidence and skills. 10am-noon. $40-45. DMV, 75 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera. 456-3469 ext 8#. marinbike.org 224 vintage way novato

Readings

EvERy wEdnESday Open mic night with dEnniS hanEda 02/15: Adair$20/$25/$30 Lara: How to Write FRi 2/14 7pm dooRSMemoir 21+

Participants may receive credit at Dominican cabaret de elements amour University. Adair illuminates of the MOana diaMOnd memoir.Withfeaturing in-class exercises. A former San Francisco columnist, Lara is the SatChronicle 2/15 $10 8pm dooRS 21+author of twelve books. 10am-4pm. $105. Book Passage, SoL 51 Tamal Vista Blvd.,horiZoN Corte Madera. 927-0960. BOB MarLey BirtHday CeLeLBratiOn bookpassage.com. 02/15:thURS Christina Kline “Orphan 2/20 Baker $5 7pm dooRS 21+Train.” 1pm. Free. Book33Passage, Tamal Vista Blvd., 1/3 MiLe 51 SHOwCaSe Corte Madera. 927-0960. groove the mighty

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02/16: w/ Author MeetBand, andand Greet at CopCraig CaffaLL interSeCtiOn perfield’s: Yvette Araujo “Origin.” 1pm. Free.

FRi 2/21Book$15 21+ Copperfield’s Store,8pm 850dooRS Fourth St., San ricK eStriN aNd the Rafael. 524-2800. copperfieldsbooks.com. 02/17: AnnieNightcatS Jacobsen “Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Swing |Program r & B | rOCkthat Brought Nazi Scientists to America.” 7pm. Book 21+ Passage, Sat 2/22 $10 8pmFree. dooRS 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. PoiNtS North + bookpassage.com. 02/18: DavidFLaNeLhed Kertzer National Book Award aLt | indie | rOCk finalist author presents “The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret PiusdooRS XI and the thURS 2/27History $10 of 7pm 21+Rise of Fascism in Europe.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, WiLLie WaLdmaN ProJect 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. aLt | indie | rOCk bookpassage.com. 02/19: Anita Diamant Conversation with Book your next event with us. Up to 150ppl. internationalEmail bestselling author of “The Red kim@hopmonk.com Tent.” Diamant will discuss marriage, parenthood, | 415life hopmonk.com 892 6200 friendship, resilience and living fully after loss.

Presented by Osher Marin JCC, Congregations z Kol Shofar and Rodef Sholom. 7:30pm. $12-15. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000. marinjcc.org.

02/20: Don George and Diana St. James

Don and Diana will provide information on their Tuesday NighT comedy every upcoming conference at sea. “Cruise Like a Travel tues mark piTTa & frieNds Writer: A Mediterranean 8pm The Best in Stand Up Workshop.” Comedy 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. every 927-0960. bookpassage.com. wedNesday NooN WeD classical series by A12pm 02/21: KarencoNcerT Lynch Co-Sponsored Band Every Wednesday, FREE TO ALL, a different of Women. “Good Cop, Bad Daughter: Memoirs classical/chamber concert. Check online ofcalendar an Unlikely Police Officer.” for specifics each week! 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. tHurs hawaiiaN slack key guiTar 927-0960. bookpassage.com. masTers: george kuo, marTiN FeB 20 8pm pahiNui aNd aaroN mahi Traditional Hawaiian folk music.

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FeB 22 Founder and lead vocalist of JEFFERSON 9pm AIRPLANE, hit songmaker of JEFFERSON 02/14: Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Jazz STARSHIP, Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee!

Duo With Michael LaMacchia, guitar; Amanda WeD cyrille aimee & diego Denny, vocals. Noon. $5-10. Whistlestop Active figueiredo: world class JaZZ FeB 26 Aging Center,renowned, 930 Tamalpais Ave., French/ San Rafael.8pm Internationally award-winning Dominican jazz vocalist and the top Brazilian guitarist 456-9062. whistlestop.org.

hits the Throck as part of Day their new world tour!! Moon 02/14: Valentine’s Labyrinth Walk Gazelegg: at the stars on S.F. Theological SemitHurs adriaN guiTarisT of The outdoor decadeterrace. Enjoy the beautifulFeB nary’s vista27of

8pm “Legg is a guitarist of great power. Through Mt. Tamalpais whilestyle, walking the like labyrinth under his fast, finger picking he sounds an the light of-St the full moon, an exercise that focuses orchestra.” Petersberg Times the mind and induces a peaceful, meditative state. mArCH fooTloose: The musical Throckmorton Performers presents the 7:30pm. Free.Youth S.F. Theological Seminary, 1057&14 Semexciting musical adaptation of the classic hit sfts.edu. film! 7:30pm inary Road, San Anselmo. 451-2805. Fun for the whole family! mArCH 02/15: Monthly Mill Valley Public8,9,15,16 Library Book Sale Features modern classics and books 2pm on parenting. 9am-4pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292. millvalleypubliclibrary.org.

02/16: Bay Area Cuba Community Alliance Fundraiser: in San Lunch & A Tropical Winter Night Fireside Rafael An evening of authentic Cuban music by Dinner Dining Tito and Su Son de Cuba and DJ Leydis; Cuban 7 Days Sat & Sun dinner. Proceeds raise funds for a potable water a Week Brunch

works project for rural communities in far southeastern Cuba.D5pm. Rafael & ASan SH I N N $50 E R -60. O W Community Center, 618 B St., San Rafael. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥454-8775. ♥♥♥♥ Bring your sweetheart for a romantic evening baccagroup.org. with live music &the fabulous and drinks! 02/18: Explore Yogafood of Radiant PresCelebrate Valentine’s Day with ence with Peter Brown Your experience, Fri QUARTETTE AGUETTE your notBwhat you may think it is. 14 TisHE Febreality, Romantic French Music 8:00 Using straightforward language, Peter invites ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ you to deepen your exploration and discovSat RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU 15 TOM divine ery of astounding actualities. 7:30pm. Feb WITH JENNIFER JOLLY $10. Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C Street, San Cajun Orkestra 8:30 Rafael. 457-4191. opensecretbookstore.com. Sun Twe ETE L INDAre RIO 02/19: ThePOpen Way really the idenFeb 16 Jazz in the Bar tity, image or story adopted 4:00 / No Cover and presented to usFrior are we beyond any conditioned notion of JENNY K ERR Febwe21 who think we are?Singer/Songwriter With a short meditation Powerful and dialogue on/the nature of who we are. 8:00 Notrue Cover Hosted by Cory Bright. 7pm. $10 donation. Open Sat R 22 EVOLVER Feb Bookstore, Secret 923plays C St., SanThe Rafael. 457-4191. Revolver Meet Beatles 50th Anniversary Celebration! 8:30 opensecretbookstore.com.

Sun Jewelry 02/20: Workshop: EMILY BONN &Basic THE Stringing VIVANTS Feb 23 Old-Time Dance to Honky Techniques Local bead artist MariaTonk Barsesat will

4:00to/ make No Cover show you how and finish basic stringing Fri D F ON ORBES RECKLESS AND in projects. Learn how to make knots between 28 Feb Red-DirtorRock 8:00Class limited to beads for necklaces bracelets. The Queen Rocks Out! 1:30pm. $8. 10Satpeople. Cost includes materials. Mar 1 LActive IMPERIAL INDA Whistlestop Aging Center, 930 Tamalpais SPECIAL GUEST D AVID FREIBERG Ave., San Rafael. 456-9062 . whistlestop.org. 8:30 02/21: MarinReservations Singles Convention Meet Advised new friends. Adults of all ages welcome. 7:30pm415.662.2219 midnightOn $15-20. Servino’s Ristorante, 9 Main St, the Town Square, Nicasio www.ranchonicasio.com Tiburon. 507-9962. thepartyhotline.com. ✹

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Dominic Cooper, Emily Browning and Dan Stevens(Downton Abbey) star in this Edwardian era love triangle set in the artists’ colony at Cornwall in 1911 and based on the diary of painter Sir Alfred Munnings. (UK 2013) 100 min. 7pm. $10.75. Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St. San Rafael. 526-5818. cafilm.org.

Outdoors 02/15: Fall in Love with Lichen Join California Lichen Society president and lichenologist Shelly Benson for an easy walking tour of Olompali’s amazing lichen. Learn about the natural history of the fungal algal relationship and why lichen are important indicators of air quality and climate change. 10am. Free. Olompali State Historic Park, 8901 Redwood Hwy, Novato. 898-4362 ext. 204. parks.ca.gov/olompali. 02/15: Habitat Restoration: Bald Hill Broom Bust Remove invasive broom to help

native plants and trees to thrive. Suitable for ages 8 and older. Ranger chili lunch at noon. There are several moderately strenuous hikes or rides one could take to get to the work site. A bike group typically meets at San Anselmo Coffee Roasters in the morning to ride to the site (call for details). A guided hiking group will leave Deer Park at 8:30am. Meet at 9am at the intersection of Yolanda Trail and Worn Springs Fire Road, Fairfax. Under the age of 18 must have a permission form signed by a parent or guardian. Volunteers under the age of 16 must have a parent present at the event. Please wear close-toed shoes and long pants, dress for variable weather and bring a reusable water bottle. Breakfast snacks, water, tools and inspiration provided. 9am. Free. Sky Oaks Watershed Headquarters Marin Municipal Water District, Fairfax. 945-1128. marinwater.org

02/16: Century/Endurance Cycle Training for Women Bicycle clinics for women taught by women. Part of the MCBC Women on Wheels series. Gain confidence and skills. 10am-noon. $40-45. DMV, 75 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera. 456-3469 ext 8#. marinbike.org

Readings 02/15: Adair Lara: How to Write Memoir

Participants may receive credit at Dominican University. Adair illuminates elements of the memoir.With in-class exercises. A former San Francisco Chronicle columnist, Lara is the author of twelve books. 10am-4pm. $105. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. bookpassage.com. 02/15: Christina Baker Kline “Orphan Train.” 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

02/16: Author Meet and Greet at Copperfield’s: Yvette Araujo “Origin.” 1pm. Free.

Copperfield’s Book Store, 850 Fourth St., San Rafael. 524-2800. copperfieldsbooks.com. 02/17: Annie Jacobsen “Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. bookpassage.com. 02/18: David Kertzer National Book Award finalist author presents “The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. bookpassage.com. 02/19: Anita Diamant Conversation with international bestselling author of “The Red Tent.” Diamant will discuss marriage, parenthood, friendship, resilience and living life fully after loss. 20 Pacific Sun February 14 -February 20, 2014

Presented by Osher Marin JCC, Congregations Kol Shofar and Rodef Sholom. 7:30pm. $12-15. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000. marinjcc.org.

02/20: Don George and Diana St. James

Don and Diana will provide information on their upcoming conference at sea. “Cruise Like a Travel Writer: A Mediterranean Workshop.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. bookpassage.com. 02/21: Karen Lynch Co-Sponsored by A Band of Women. “Good Cop, Bad Daughter: Memoirs of an Unlikely Police Officer.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. bookpassage.com.

Community Events (Misc.) 02/14: Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Jazz Duo With Michael LaMacchia, guitar; Amanda Denny, vocals. Noon. $5-10. Whistlestop Active Aging Center, 930 Tamalpais Ave., San Rafael. 456-9062. whistlestop.org.

02/14: Valentine’s Day Labyrinth Moon Walk Gaze at the stars on S.F. Theological Seminary’s outdoor terrace. Enjoy the beautiful vista of Mt. Tamalpais while walking the labyrinth under the light of the full moon, an exercise that focuses the mind and induces a peaceful, meditative state. 7:30pm. Free. S.F. Theological Seminary, 105 Seminary Road, San Anselmo. 451-2805. sfts.edu.

02/15: Monthly Mill Valley Public Library Book Sale Features modern classics and books on parenting. 9am-4pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292. millvalleypubliclibrary.org.

02/16: Bay Area Cuba Community Alliance Fundraiser: A Tropical Winter Night in San Rafael An evening of authentic Cuban music by Tito and Su Son de Cuba and DJ Leydis; Cuban dinner. Proceeds raise funds for a potable water works project for rural communities in far southeastern Cuba. 5pm. $50 -60. San Rafael Community Center, 618 B St., San Rafael. 454-8775. baccagroup.org.

02/18: 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 astounding divine actualities. 7:30pm. $10. Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C Street, San Rafael. 457-4191. opensecretbookstore.com. 02/19: The Open Way Are we really the identity, image or story adopted and presented to us or are we beyond any conditioned notion of who we think we are? With a short meditation and dialogue on the true nature of who we are. Hosted by Cory Bright. 7pm. $10 donation. Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C St., San Rafael. 457-4191. opensecretbookstore.com.

02/20: Jewelry Workshop: Basic Stringing Techniques Local bead artist Maria Barsesat will show you how to make and finish basic stringing projects. Learn how to make knots in between beads for necklaces or bracelets. Class limited to 10 people. Cost includes materials. 1:30pm. $8. Whistlestop Active Aging Center, 930 Tamalpais Ave., San Rafael. 456-9062 . whistlestop.org. 02/21: Marin Singles Convention Meet new friends. Adults of all ages welcome. 7:30pmmidnight $15-20. Servino’s Ristorante, 9 Main St, Tiburon. 507-9962. thepartyhotline.com. ✹

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ARIES (March 21 - April 19) I hope you’ve been saving up because your Valentine’s Day will be dripping in luxury this year. After a 24-hour binge for you and yours (it’s well-deserved, don’t worry), you’ll be packing your bags and getting ready to jet-set for the weekend. Enjoy the trip while it lasts, your bills will be anxiously waiting for your return on Feb. 17. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) You’ll be looking your best on Valentine’s Day, Taurus, but it won’t necessarily be for your significant other. A job interview shoves its way into your romantic plans, so you’ll be looking top notch. Don’t forget to mix a little work with pleasure and plan a romantic dinner for two at home. GEMINI (May 21 - June 20) Love is in the air and it’s time to commit! Don’t get cold feet, Gemini, commit to taking a trip! Pack an overnight bag and head out for the weekend on Feb. 15. With the full moon in compatible Leo, you’re sure to have a little extra romantic fun if you decide to bring a partner along. After all, road trips are the ultimate make-it or break-it moment. CANCER (June 21 - July 22) Home is where the heart is. No need to run around town on Valentine’s Day, just stockpile your fridge with only your favorite treats. Keep up the traditions of eating ice cream out of the container and whipped cream out of the can, even if you’re coupled up. Enjoy your stay at home while it lasts, on Feb. 20 it looks like you’ll be packing for another trip. LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22) Roll out the red carpet, the stars have aligned to make this Valentine’s Day possible just for you! With a full moon in Leo on Feb. 14, you’re sure to spend the day in luxury. Money is just a number, so spoil yourself and your partner. Feb. 17 after your whirlwind weekend of love, is the day to ask your significant other if you can get matching tattoos. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) Don’t be late for your date on Valentine’s Day! Yes, we all know your pride yourself on your work and you love to put the finishing touches on projects, but it’s time to go—literally ... you should probably be at the restaurant right now. It’s not like you to be late, so buckle up, it will be worth it. Trust me; your solar twelfth house is certain of it. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) You’ve got enough love to go around for everyone this Valentine’s Day, Libra—no one will go forgotten. With your house of platonic connections lit up thanks to the full moon, you’ll make sure every friend and family member you hold dear to your heart hears from you. Prep for a quick change of agenda on Feb. 18, you’ll be reorganizing your priorities. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) Take Feb. 14 with a grain of salt this year. If you happen to land front row tickets to your favorite band—go! But if your plans revolve around pajamas, Netflix and a bottle of wine—don’t worry. The stars delayed your day of love until Feb. 19. The sun will move into fellow water sign Pisces, washing all your worries away and showering you in love. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) Don’t hold back Sagittarius—speak your mind! If an uncomfortable conversation is getting in between your Valentine’s Day plans, it’s best to just address the awkwardness so you can move forward with your evening. Plan on staying home from work on Feb. 17, you have a lot to do around the house and your mom wants you to visit her. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) Stay home, Capricorn! It’s fair to say you’re in for a steamy ride this Valentine’s Day. You and your partner are going to be making out like two teenagers with magnetic lips wherever you are. It’s best for your reputation—and the sanity of others—if you keep your V-Day between the two of you. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) This is a “he loves me he loves me not” full moon for you, Aquarius. You’re either leaving the dinner table engaged or on your own. A manifestation in your house of committed partnerships is likely to take place on this beloved Hallmark holiday. On Feb. 18, carry a notebook. Write down any and all ideas—one of them is your Million Dollar Baby. PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20) Good for you Pisces, you’re going vegan for Valentine’s Day! With your house of health shoving its way to the forefront of your mind, it’s no wonder you’ve been a little extra health-conscious lately. Watch out who you confide in on Feb. 17, you may find out friend or foe the hard way. Y


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94901: FILIPE YOVANI MALDONADO, 65 CANAL STREET #24, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on January 14, 2014. (Publication Dates: January 24, 31; February 7, 14, 2014)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2014-133906 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. TECHEVATE LABS, 265 SUMMIT AVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: TECHEVATE LLC, 265 SUMMIT AVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. Registrant will begin transacting under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 21, 2014. (Publication Dates: January 24, 31; February 7, 14, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133827 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. INTEGRITY CARE MANAGEMENT, 1537 S. NOVATO BLVD #2741, NOVATO, CA 94948: KIARA LEE, 44 JADE COURT #17, NOVATO, CA 94945. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant is renewing the business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on January 9, 2014. (Publication Dates: January 31; February 7, 14, 21 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133960 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. TRUMPET WINE, 11 LOCUST AVE, ROSS, CA, 94957: TRUMPET WINE LLC, 11 LOCUST AVE, ROSS, CA 94957. 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on January 27, 2014. (Publication Dates: January 31; February 7, 14, 21, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133951 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. EUPORIA SPA, 1104 LINCOLN AVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JINYING LIANG, 1208 BUENA VISTA, ALAMEDA, CA 94501. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has been doing business transacting under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein since January 25, 2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 24, 2014. (Publication Dates: January 31; February 7, 14, 21, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.133954 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. OSAKA MASSAGE THERAPY, 805 D STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JERRY LE, 15812 LAS LUNAS STREET, WESTMINSTER, CA 92683. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. 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 January 24, 2014. (Publication Dates: January 31; February 7, 14, 21, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133928 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. JOYERIA GUADALUPANA, 175 BELVEREDE STREET #2, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94904: MARIA CORADO, 63 CORTE MESA, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901, YENI CRUZ MARTINEZ, 1323 LINCOLN AVENUE. APARTMENT 5, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by CO-PARTNERS. Registrant has not yet began transacting under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on January 22, 2014. (Publication Dates: January 31; February 7, 14, 21, 2014)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2014-133905 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business ACTIVE LIFE EXAMINER SERVICES, 14 TERNERS DR., SUITE 23, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: JANE JUDE M. DE LEM-TESS, 14 TERNERS DR., SUITE 23, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. RAYMOND CHA DE LEM, 14 TERNERS DR., SUITE 23, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. JOHN M. ANASTACIO, 1791 PINE HOLLOW CIRCLE, SAN JOSE, CA 95133. This business is being conducted by A GENERAL PARTNERSHIP. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on Febuary18, 2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 21, 2014. (Publication Dates: February 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133853 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. JASMINE COTTAGE, 11559 SHORELINE HWY 1, PT. REYES, CA 94956: KAREN LYNN GRAY, 11559 SHORELINE HWY 1, PT. REYES, CA 94956. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has been transacting under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein since September of 1932. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 13, 2014. (Publication Dates: February 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2014133833 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. REHABILITATION & RECOVERY INSURANCE AGENCY, ERNEST BLOOMFIELD INSURANCE, ERNEST BLOOMFIELD & ASSOCIATES, 141F SEMINARY DR., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: MARY FAHEY, 141F SEMINARY DR., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941 . This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 9, 2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 10, 2014. (Publication Dates: February 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2014133977 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. WOMEN2BOARDS, 89 VIA LA BRISA, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: NANCY E SHEPPARD, 89 VIA LA BRISA, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 6, 2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 28, 2014. (Publication Dates: February 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2014133948 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. WEIGL INSIGHTS, 17 REDWOOD DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KARL C WEIGL, 17 REDWOOD DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 21, 2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 24, 2014. (Publication Dates: February 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133805 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. HOME HELPERS, 21 GOLDEN GATE DRIVE, SUITE A, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BAY AREA IN-HOME CARE INC., 21 GOLDEN GATE DRIVE, SUITE A, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by A CORPORATION. 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 January 7, 2014. (Publication Dates: February 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2014133959 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. GENET WESTERN BROKERAGE COMPANY, INC., AND, DOMINICAN DISTRIBUTORS, 31 SIENNA WAY, SAN


RAFAEL, CA 94901: GENET WESTERN, INC., 31 SIENNA WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by A CORPORATION. Registrant has been transacting under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein since December 31, 2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 27, 2014. (Publication Dates: February 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 134073 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business CELTIC ENERGY HEALING, 295 BLACKSTONE DR, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: MONICA FEELY, 295 BLACKSTONE DR, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on February 10, 2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 10, 2014. (Publication Dates: February 14, 21, 28; March 7, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2014134037 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. THE BOSTON COLORED EASTER EGG, 260 SANTA MARGARITA DR, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: GARY H GUNSEL, 260 SANTA MARGARITA DR, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on February 5, 2014. (Publication Dates: February 14, 21, 28; March 7, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 134058 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. AVALON NAILS, 530 THIRD STREET #D, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: TONY ZHANG, 355 SERRANO DR. #6F, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94132 . This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. 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 February 7, 2014. (Publication Dates: February 14, 21, 28; March 7, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133971 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. O’REILLY AUTO PARTS #2641, 1400 SOUTH NOVATO BLVD, NOVATO, CA 94947: O’REILLY AUTO ENTERPRISES, LLC, 233 S. PATTERSON, SPRINGFIELD, MO 65801. This business is being conducted by A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. Registrant began transacting under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 28, 2014. (Publication Dates: February 14, 21, 28; March 7, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133969 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. O’REILLY AUTO PARTS #3556, 1323 2ND STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: O’REILLY AUTO ENTERPRISES, LLC, 233 S. PATTERSON, SPRINGFIELD, MO 65801. This business is being conducted by A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. Registrant began transacting under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 27, 2014. (Publication Dates: February 14, 21, 28; March 7, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133972 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. O’REILLY AUTO PARTS #3552, 75 NORTH BELLAM BLVD, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: O’REILLY AUTO ENTERPRISES, LLC, 233 S. PATTERSON, SPRINGFIELD, MO 65801. This business is being conducted by A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. Registrant began transacting under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 28, 2014. (Publication Dates: February 14, 21, 28; March 7, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2014134030 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. JOLLY GIRL’S KITCHEN, 28 PEACOCK CT, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ELIZABETH CAROL, 28 P4EACOCK CT, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being

conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on February 4, 2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 4, 2014. (Publication Dates: February 14, 21, 28; March 7, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 134075 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. HOAGIES, 1109 4TH STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: FOOD BIZ LLC, 1109 4TH STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by A LIMITED LIABLITY COMPANY. Registrant began transacting under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 30, 2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 10, 2014. (Publication Dates: February 14, 21, 28; March 7, 2014)

Other Notices ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1400222. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner BRADLEY NEIL KRIEGER filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: BRADLEY NEIL KRIEGER to AMANDA SIMONE KRIEGER. 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: MARCH 12, 2014 8:30 AM, Dept. B, Room B, 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: JANUARY 21, 2014 /s/ ROY O CHERNUS, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Publication Dates: January 24, 31; February 7, 14, 2014) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1400260. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MARIA CARRALERO filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: MARIA CARRALERO to MARIA URIZ. 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: MARCH 11, 2014, 9:00 AM, Dept. B, Room L, 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: JANUARY 22, 2014 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Publication Dates: January 31; February 7, 14, 21, 2014) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304530 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): OSAKA MASSAGE THERAPY, 805 D. STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: JANUARY 27, 2014. Under File No: 2009-121590. Registrant’s Name(s): UYEN AI NGUYEN LE, 3021 GLYNIS DR, RICHMOND, CA 94806. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on JANUARY 27, 2014. (Publication Dates: JANUARY 31; FEBUARY 7,14, 21 2013) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CV 1400359. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner COLLEEN MCGUINN ON BEHALF OF MINOR CHILDREN filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: ALAINA RYAN BLEDSOE to ALAINA RYAN MCGUINN, JACK MARTIN BLEDSOE to JACK MARTIN MCGUINN. 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: March 17, 2014, 9:00 AM, Room. L, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 949134988. 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: JANUARY 24, 2014 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT Publication Dates: February 14, 21, 28; March 7, 2014) CITATION TO APPEAR, SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. SMC 1310647. IN THE MATTER OF THE PETITION OF PLAINTIFF: ERIC SEDIE to DEFENDANT: JORDAN KRITCHEVER. By order of this court you are hereby cited to appear before the judge: SHELLEY KRAMER presiding at 10:30 AM in department P of this court (Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903) on March 11, 2014. This Notice was filed with the courts: November 22, 2013; Kim Turner Court Executive Office. Publication dates (Pacific Sun: February 14, 21, 28; March 7, 2014)

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I’m 22 and deeply in love with the wrong person—my uncle-in-law (my mom’s sister’s husband). We started confiding in each other, one thing led to another, and we’ve been sleeping together for over a year. I’m so drawn to him. He’s magnetic, charming, a great person and a devoted dad. I know I need to end this, and before my family discovers it, but my lust for him seems insatiable. —Drowning

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It’s sometimes good to confide things of a personal nature to one’s uncle—like that your mother always loved your brother more, not that you aren’t wearing any panties. Don’t kid yourself that you’re into the guy for all of his great qualities, like what a “devoted dad” he is—a term not typically used to describe a dad devoted to sneaking out to meet his niece for sex. Your “insatiability” is textbook behavioral conditioning. Lab rats that only sporadically get a pellet when they push the little bar become obsessed with pushing it. Rats that get a pellet every time will stop pushing when they’re no longer hungry and go about their ratty business. Likewise, if this guy were totally available—if you could get sex pellets on demand—you’d stop seeing him through a junkie’s glazed eyes and notice who he actually is: a guy who doesn’t care enough about devastating his wife and kids to keep his willy in its cage. You aren’t going to stop lusting after Uncle Romeo; what you can stop is the behavior that follows: running off to have a sex date with him. Tell him it’s over, and then come up with replacement behavior—maybe doing an hour of killer cardio—to plug in whenever the uncle lust bubbles up. To help maintain your resolve, especially at first, consider the kind of woman you want to be. Do the sorts of things this woman would do and avoid doing the sorts of things (and people) she wouldn’t. For example, it might be nice to find a guy who loves being around your family, but not because he’s already married to somebody in it. And finally, when you’re thinking of activities more in keeping with the new you, consider the obvious—that if you’re meeting your sex partners at family gatherings, you really need to get out more.

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After three years of dating, I’m ready to propose to my girlfriend. She’s in college across the country now, so I’m waiting until late February when she’ll be home to visit. My plan is to take her on our favorite hike and ask her there. The thing is, we’ve been arguing about when (and if) I’m going to propose. It’s starting to get awkward and maybe even hurting our relationship, but I’d hate to ruin the surprise by telling her I’ll be proposing in a few months and not to worry. Any ideas on how I can keep the peace while keeping my secret? —The Gloom

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At a certain point, a woman starts to believe the only way she’ll get rice thrown at her is to start a food fight at a Chinese restaurant. Of course you want to propose just right, out in nature, complete with small woodland animals holding the “Will you marry me?” sign and breaking out in song. The reality is, you’ll probably do OK with just about any proposal that includes a diamond ring and the words, “Will you marry me?” (Ever hear of a woman complaining, “Yeah, all he did is get down on one knee, pull out the little velvet box and tell me he wanted us to spend the rest of our lives together”?) So maybe what’s better than the perfect proposal is the perfect-enough proposal—the one that comes before your girlfriend builds up so much resentment that she changes her voicemail message to “Sorry, can’t come to the phone right now. I’m having revenge sex with the guy in the next dorm room.” You’re smart to want to take advantage of the romantic power of surprise, but you can do that on any old Wednesday. My suggestion is that you get on the phone with her one morning (extremely soon) and make like your boss has interrupted your call. Tell her you’ll talk to her later, and do that—at her door on one knee. The unexpectedness and the extravagance of your flying there will give her a romantic story to tell in class the next day, and doing it sooner rather than later will allow her to spend the next few months engaged instead of enraged. (Not to worry—you’ll have a lifetime of opportunities to make her so pissed off that she refuses to have sex with you ever again.) Y

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