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Kiosk Beginning March 7 Sundays at 2 p.m. Cable Channel 25 Broadcasts of PG City Council •

Friday March 12 7:00 p.m.

Lecture The Ghost in the Flames Chinese in Pacific Grove

Performing Arts Center 835 Forest Avenue Doors open at 6pm. Free for members $10 non-members $15 for couples $5 Students and active military •

Employee of the Year - Page 5

Friday March 12 7:00 p.m.

Lecture The Ghost in the Flames Chinese in Pacific Grove

Performing Arts Center 835 Forest Avenue Doors open at 6pm. Free for members $10 non-members $15 for couples $5 Students and active military •

March 12-18, 2010

Alpha Omega • Pages 8-9

Career Day - Page 7

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Pacific Grove Community News

Vol. II, Issue 25

Girl Scouts work to support library & troops abroad

Saturday March 13 7:30 p.m. Concert The Black Brothers

The Works Coffee House 667 Lighthouse Ave., PG $20 •

Wednesday, March 24 VIP Reception 5:00 Concert 7:00 p.m. The Celtic Tenors

Performing Arts Center 835 Forest Avenue Doors open at 6pm. $20 Adults $10 Students $50 VIP Reception Tickets at The Works, Wine Market, Pacific Grove Inn infor 831-601-1260 •

Sunday March 28 1:00 p.m.

Dedication Nadine Annand Gallery Pacific Grove Art Center 568 Lighthouse Ave, PG Free •

Sunday March 28 2:00 p.m.

Bocce Ball Tourney Pacific Grove Art Center 568 Lighthouse Ave, PG Free to watch •

Friday, April 2 First Friday PG “Shop Walk” All over PG! • 5-8 PM • Free •

Saturday, April 3

Synergy Brass Quintet Performing Arts Center 2:00 p.m. $20 adults/$10 Students •

Sunday, April 11 7:00 p.m.

Kevin Burke’s Open House Celtic/World Music Concert Chautauqua Hall $20 adv./$22 door •

Ongoing Mondays

Certified Farmers Market

4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove Free, For Info: 831-384-6961 •

Girl Scout Troop 2033 of Pacific Grove can be seen selling cookies in PG and Monterey, with a portion of their receipts going to their beloved PG Public Library. Give them your support! If cookies are off your diet, you can still make a purchase that becomes a donation to American troops overseas. You buy the cookies and Troop 2033 will do the shipping. With four cookie sales done, five more are scheduled:

Fri., Mar. 12, 4-6 p.m. at Grove Market, 242 Forest Ave. Sat., Mar. 13, 12 noon-2 p.m. at the PG Post Office. Sun., Mar. 14, 10 a.m.-12 noon at First Awakenings, 125 Ocean View Blvd. in the American Tin Cannery. Sun., Mar. 14, 3-5 p.m. Del Monte Center in front of Macy’s. Sat., Mar. 20, 2-4 p.m. Del Monte Center in front of Macy’s. Photos courtesy Wei Chang.

Case against teen intensifies Monterey police have filed a felony drunk driving complaint with the District Attorney’s office against Aaron Corn, 18, the driver of a 1996 Toyota 4-Runner that ran into a tree on Skyline Forest in the early morning hours of Feb. 21. He i Corn and four other Pacific Grove High School students suffered injuries in the crash, which happened within Monterey city limits. One student remains in the hospital. Meanwhile, Pacific Grove police submitted their report to the DA in regards to lawful use of the vehicle. Corn, an unlicensed driver, allegedly took the SUV from a friend’s house in PG. It is likely the courts will have to decide whether Corn had permission from the Toyota’s owner, Chris Veloz, 19, to be in possession of the vehicle at the time of the accident. Pacific Grove Police have recommended that charges of auto theft be added. Veloz is being investigated as a “person of interest” as police try to determine where the underage driver involved in the solo crash got the alcohol. Monterey Police advise that toxicology tests were not performed on the passengers. They also state that there no illicit drugs found in Corn’s system.

Library summit examined funding options, suggestions

A foundation, along the lines of the one established for the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, was only one of many answers to the question of the day, “ How can we make the Pacific Grove Public Library the ideal library to serve the citizens of Pacific Grove, and how can we obtain sustainable funding for the future?” at the Library Summit held last month. Grants are being sought to explore the possiblity of a foundation, but it is only one of the many and feasible ideas brought forth. Other options include presentation of another ballot measure to voters. Supporters point out that the vote was so close that there is a possiblity that, with more communication, voters would pass the measure next time. There were also suggestions of obtaining assistance from nearby colleges and universities in identifying funding sources, and another look at merger with the Monterey County library system. Tax support via the potential medical marijuana dispensary was also suggested along with a number of “grassroots” fund-raising ideas from bake sales at the Farmers Market to auctions and Read-A-thons.

2010 Royal Court announced

Feast of Lanterns will look different this year The Board of directors of the Feast of Lanterns has announced the The 2010 Feast of Lanterns Royal Court. The court was selected by a panel of judges which included board members and community leaders on March 6. Jenna Hively, daughter of Jean and James Hively, has been chosen to be the 2010 Queen Topaz. Eight other Pacific Grove school students have been selected as the Royal Court: Celeste Torres and Lindsay Morgan, returning from last year, are the daughters, respectively, of Jose and Ana Torres; Barney and Casey Morgan. Selected as Princesses were Allison Naylor, daughter of Norm and Lisa Naylor; Courtney Lyon, daughter of Bob and Linda Lyon; Jennifer Winter, daughter of Jennifer Winter; Katy Ohsiek, daughter of Bob and Becky Ohsiek; Lauren Thuesen, daughter of Jeff and Becky and Sarah Gordon, daughter of Michael and Karinne Gordon. The young women were interviewed on a number

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of different topics, including community involvement, scholarship and comportment. They will be awarded scholarships for college based on their commitment during their high school years. The Royal Court participates in city events and makes visits to schools, childcare centers, hospitals and senior citizens centers as well as presiding over the Feast of Lanterns itself. They will represent Pacific Grove at many events for other cities as well, such as Fourth of July in Monterey. The Feast of Lanterns this year will be structured differently and held in new locations. The Presentation Ceremony will take place at Canterbury Woods along with a Tea and Fashion Show on May 8, 2010. The street dance will be presented this year in the form of a “Sock Hop” to take place on Friday evening, July 30 at Chautauqua Hall. The Pageant will be not be held at Lovers Point this year, due to costs and the potential of rehabilitation work being done at Lovers Point both in the park and at the Old Bath House building. The Pageant, with the familiar play based on the story of Queen Topaz, will be presented on July 31 at the Performing Arts Center. Tickets will be required to attend the Opening Ceremony with the Tea and Fashion Show, the Sock Hop and the Pageant. Other events, such as the Pet Parade, sponsored by the SPCA and the City of Pacific Grove and the Chalk Fest, to be held in conjunction with Family Day at the Museum, will also take place. “The Board is excited about the prospects for the 2010 Court of the Feast of Lanterns,” said Sue Renz, Board president. “We look forward to a full calendar and to the support of the community as we work to refill our coffers.”

By Cameron Douglas At their first meeting as the Pacific Grove Public Safety Commission, Winston Elstob, Stephen Wagner, Jan Roehl, David Terry, George Shayne, Henry Leinen, Tony Prock, Traffic Engineer Malcolm Knisely and Police Chief Darius Engles met with City Manager Tom Frutchey to discuss the coming changes for what used to be the Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Commission. During a special session one hour before the commission’s regular meeting, Frutchey confirmed the commission’s new status and title and said their new charter has been approved by city council. He praised the panel’s track record. “You’ve created a tremendous amount of public credibility,” he said, adding that he hopes the PSC will “assist city council as we move forward.” Chief Engles echoed that praise: “This commission has been very good at focusing on specific issues and attacking them.” He outlined five areas that he thinks the new commission can address: Police and fire programs

Black Brothers return to PG

Infrastructure safety Traffic and pedestrian safety

Shay and Michael Black usually try to make it to Pacific Grove around St. Patrick’s Day, and this year they will be at The Works on Saturday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. Shay and Michael will be joined by Bryan on piano, Bobbi on fiddle, and dancers with Myra Joy on cello and US National dance champion, Aislin Roche. The Works Coffee House is located at 667 Lighthouse Avenue. Tickets are $20. for more information call 831-372-2242 or visit http://www.theworkspg.com.

Recreation area (rec trail) safety Emergency preparedness To date, the commission has served as an advisory panel for city council and staff on traffic and pedestrian issues. When asked what might be the first thing brought to the new commission, Frutchey suggested the Joint Powers Authority fire services agreement, which he hopes to have in place by July 1. He said “another set of eyes” can help discern possible impact on the town, adding that input from the commission may result in better agreements. “There are unique issues in Pacific Grove that we can’t afford to miss,” Frutchey said. Mayor Garcia said would like the commission to review “anything people feel is a hazard to their safety.” She hopes to shift more items to the commission and away from oral communications at council meetings. Another goal is to streamline the number of PG boards and commissions. Council member Ken Cuneo, the council’s liaison to the commission, stated that Pacific Grove currently has more boards and commissions than any of the surrounding Peninsula towns. Board and commission consolidations and changes are part of Frutchey’s ongoing efforts to streamline every aspect of city operations. In the long view, the idea seems to be a more efficient process overall, where the citizenry has a speedier way for their concerns to be addressed. It is hoped that through “a broader scope,” the PSC will be able to receive more safety complaints, study them and make recommendations for action to the council. In other business, Commissioner Terry praised the city’s emergency telephone alert system, stating he had received phone calls on Feb. 27 warning him to stay off the beaches during the tsunami event, which originated off the coast of Chile following a massive earthquake. Terry said he received the calls in two languages. Chief Engles added that his department’s efforts to close off the local beaches went very well. Because NOAA had sent an tsunami advisory and not an actual warning, the Emergency Operations Center was not activated, Engles said. The commission also reviewed a request for a one-way street sign on Sloat Avenue between First and Dewey. Sloat is already one-way eastbound on that block, but cars frequently turn around and go back the wrong way. Knisely said he had visited the site and determined that signage would not be visible enough to cars turning onto the street. Instead, he advised painting arrows onto the pavement to indicate the legal direction of traffic. A request for a stop sign on Central Avenue at Grand is still under consideration.

More Music, Monterey Bay Celtic Society in concert with the Cultural Arts Commission of the City of Pacific Grove present

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leven years after their final concert, one of the most thrilling and popular acoustic folk ensembles of the 1990’s, Kevin Burke’s Open House returns for a special reunion concert. Combining the diverse talents of legendary Irish fiddler Kevin Burke, singer, songwriter, clarinetist & harmonica player Mark Graham, Paul Kotapish on guitar, cittern & mandolin and the dazzling dancer & foot percussionist Sandy Silva, Kevin Burke’s Open House performs Celtic, American and other world music traditions, along with Graham’s original daffy ditties.

Sunday, April 11 7:00 pm Chautauqua Hall, 162 16th St., PG $20 adv./$22 door

KEVIN BURKE’S OPEN HOUSE

"Lyric, fluid and precisely as tricky as he needs to be…probably the greatest Irish fiddler living."

- The Village Voice

Advance tickets at The Works 667 Lighthouse Ave. Pacific Grove 372-2242

For out of town reservations & info, celtsoc@aol.com or (408) 847-6982

Tickets available online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/100327

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PGHS Young Writers’ Club

Young Writers’ Corner

FAIR HOUSING POSTER, ESSAY AND POETRY CONTEST!

Success

President Lyndon Johnson urged congressional approval of the Fair Housing Act just one week after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He felt it an appropriate tribute to Dr. King’s legacy, and the Fair Housing Act was signed on April 11, 1968.

by Erika McLitus

The Fair Housing Act declares a national policy of fair housing throughout the United States. The law makes illegal any discrimination in the sale, lease or rental of housing, or making housing otherwise unavailable, because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.

When you’re young they tell you to reach for the stars. They make it sound like if you stand on your tiptoes you can brush the fabric of night with your fingertips, as if those cruel points of light were no more elusive than the box of sweets on the highest shelf. They scream at you, “Reach!” while smirking from the sidelines with dead eyes. Even as those around you turn to ash…still reaching…still reaching…even as others grasp their stars and ignite, still they push you higher…higher. I touched a star once, for a moment. They screamed in exultation below, but the light blinded me; the heat scorched my skin. So I let it slip through my fingers, and the crowd let me fall. They turned their backs and cursed my name. Now I wish that I had never reached at all.

The sale and purchase of a home is one of the most significant events that any person will experience in his or her lifetime. It is more than the simple purchase of a house, for it includes the hopes, dreams, aspirations, and economic destiny of those involved. Fair housing continues to be one of the most challenging problems facing the nation and it cannot be separated from the larger issues of justice and opportunity.

President Clinton called for “One America” where people are able to live and work together. The late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall said “that while laws can remove barriers they cannot change people’s hearts; only building bridges of understanding and tolerance can do that”.

The reason we are holding this contest: •

To make children and teens aware of the importance of fair housing and of equal opportunities for all people regardless of their race, color, religion, or other things that make people different from one another.

To help young people become aware of problems related to housing discrimination.

To elicit entrants’ thoughts, comments, and ideas about how to solve these problems.

Education has been the key to advancing fair housing laws General Information 1. The contest is open to all public school students within the City of Pacific Grove grades 4 through 12. Entries will be judged in the following groups: Group 1: Grades 4-6 Group 2: Grades 7-9 Group 3: Grades 10-12

Fund Our Library Campaign

The Pacific Grove Public Library has launched the Fund Our Library campaign to help cover costs for fiscal year 2010-2011. The campaign was launched December 16, 2009 and has already received one major donation of $10,000, and several smaller donations. As of December 28, more than $13,000 has been raised. The Library’s goal is to raise $250,000 to increase hours and services in 2010. Organizers of The Fund Our Library campaign are not just targeting residents of Pacific Grove. “Anyone and everyone can make a contribution of any amount. Every penny contributed to the campaign will be used solely for the Library. Donors have the option of specifying if they would like their contribution used for operating expenses, books, CDs and DVDs, or ‘greatest need,’” said Lisa Maddalena, Senior Librarian. Donation cards are available at the Library and on the Library’s website at http://www.pacificgrove.lib.ca.us/support_the_library.html.

2. Students may participate by submitting a poster, a poem or an essay on this year’s

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FIRST FRIDAY PG Who’s on board so far

Artisana Gallery Cedar Street Times Bijouterie Bob Pacelli Vince Tuminello Don and Donna Wobber Pacific Grove Police Dept. The Bookmark Trotter Galleries I’m Puzzled! Capelli Salon Murphy Robins/Crack Pot Gallery Strouse & Strouse Peter Silzer gallery on Grand Winning Wheels Dress For Change LAM Designs Sprout Boutique Thomas Brand Consulting Caherine Al-Meten Sahin Gunzel, Union Bank Central Coast Silkscreen Strouse & Strouse Gallery Miss Trawick’s Pacific Hot Glass Marita’s Boutique and Marita’s Shoes Rhonda Farrah, The Wellness Institute Tessuti Zoo Tri California Events Save Mart The Discovery Shop Smokin’ Subway Chip Lockwood, Ph.D. Rite Aid Bernard Trainor & Assoc. BestPet Care & Supplies Chase Bank, Country Club Gate The Wine Market Hot Yoga Ron Rice Salinger Properties Great Clips The Mindshop (beginning April) Peninsula Potters Guild PG Liquors Mauricio’s Niche in Tyme PG Chamber Chocolate Dreams Pacific Thai Nancy’s Attic Discover PG PG Travel Patrick’s Consignment Chocolate Dreams

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On the First Friday of each month beginning March 5 businesses, services, artists, organizations and volunteers in the city of Pacific Grove will stay open until at least 8 p.m. We invite you to visit and find out what’s happening. Might be music, might be snacks, might be something you need.

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All you’ve got to do is get out there. Businesses, services and organizations: No affiliations, no dues, no clubs, no secret handshakes. Just stay open till 8 p.m. on April 2 and every First Friday of the month. Email or fax and let us know you’re participating, and help us get the word out to your customers and neighbors.

Look for the Green Flag (that’s green for GO!) Spearheaded by: Artisana Gallery, Cedar Street Times, I’m Puzzled!, Donna Wobber


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Your achievements

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Pacific Grove Library’s Senior Librarian chosen Chamber of Commerce City Employee of the Year

Three for Haiti relief

Lisa Maddalena

There’s nothing like an old-fashioned lemonade stand on a sunny afternoon. Last Thursday in front of Dress for Change in downtown P.G., three enterprising young ladies (Sophia, Gabrielle and Jenny) offered the classic beverage along with muffins, tasty bread and cookies to raise money for earthquake victims in Haiti and Chile. The money raised will go to the Red Cross, or to Doctors Without Borders.

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Brag a little! Send your achievements, be they awards, engagements, weddings, births, graduations, to Cedar Street Times. If it’s about Pacific Grove, we want to hear it -- and so does everyone else! Email: editor@cedarstreettimes. com. Color pictures at 200 dpi preferred but we’ll work with what you’ve got. Or send us a letter to 311a Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, 93950. Our fax number is 831-324-4745 or call us at 831-324-4742.

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Her cheerful smile goes all the way to her eyes, and her sunny disposition makes her the perfect children’s librarian, a role she filled for 24 years in Pacific Grove before becoming Senior Librarian about two years ago. Now she has one more reason to smile, as Lisa Maddalena was chosen the City Employee of the Year by the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce. She was feted March 4 at PassionFish by friends and co-workers. Maddalena obtained her library degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and then became a librarian for 3 years in Houston. She then lived in England for a year and a half and worked as a docent at Coventry Cathedral, giving a three-week program in the history of the cathedral, bombed in world War II, for 5th graders. The experience with children gave her background so that when the job at the Pacific Grove Library came up, she applied and won the position. “It has been wonderful,” said Maddalena, who met husband the first day on the job at PG Library. “I’m very lucky. I’m very fortunate,” she said. “but I certainly wouldn’t have been chosen if it hadn’t been for the wonderful staff. No way we could keep the library going without them. They are totally dedicated and work way above what is expected of them.”

Hearts for Haiti

An Evening of Music & Entertainment to Benefit Survivors of the Haiti Earthquake 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm, Saturday, March 13 Laguna Grande Ballroom, Embassy Suites 1441 Canyon Del Rey, Seaside, CA.  Carla Blackwell  Jonah and the Whalewatchers  Red Beans & Rice  Bob Phillips  Hart Smith  Stu Hayden  Nick Williams Trio  Jazz Festival Alumni  Spector Dance  Marie O'Donnell  CeCe Mor  Marc Patrick & much, much more. $20 in advance and $25 at the door, $15 for under 12, military and seniors. For tickets, call Nick Williams at 831 626-9151 or the Red Cross at 831 624-6921, x17. All proceeds will go to the Haiti Relief and Development Fund of the American Red Cross. For more information about the American Red Cross, please call 1-800 Help Now or email info@usa.redcross.org.

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Jon Guthrie

High Hats & Parasols

Another one bites the dust

The News … from 1910.

Scammers worked Del Mar Hotel

Kenneth Willis, a traveling salesman from Oakland, informed Pacific Grove law enforcement that scammers victimized him at the Del Mar Hotel where he is staying. Willis was reading a newspaper in the lobby when he was approached by a man who appeared to be an affable gentleman. The man identified himself as George Hall and the two struck up a conversation. They were talking when a third man approached. Hall told Willis that the man was a wealthy high-liver who carried a flask to drink from, was mostly inebriated, and enjoyed gambling recklessly by flipping coins on ridiculous bets. Thereupon the high-liver joined them, and Hall promptly won innumerable coinflip bets. Hall then asked Willis if he wouldn’t like to flip for a sizeable sum of money, say one thousand dollars. Willis agreed, but said that he only had $250. The high-liver agreed, but said that he would have to go to his room to retrieve some cash as he only had $100 with him. A man passed by who was introduced by Willis as the hotel manager. The alleged manager agreed to hold the wager in his office until the high-liver returned. He walked toward the back, carrying the $350 cash. A woman then called to Hall from near the dining room. Hall said the woman was an old friend and he excused himself to go speak with her. Willis became suspicions after an interval during which none of the men returned. He then walked to the manager’s office and found it occupied by a gentleman he did not recognize. The genuine manager had no knowledge of the goings-on.1

Rain and wind may have contributed to the downfall of this tree off Forest Grove Boulevard on March 10. The tree took a serious bite out of a neighUnknown suspects had a fine time last night after stealing a hack2 and team of horses boring garage, but no one was injured. Sources claim that the property ownwhile Manual Perry, the hack driver, took a few minutes off for a bite to eat. The hack ers had asked for permission to remove the tree over a year ago. The city was subsequently reported as having been seen at various locations around Monterey. arborist could not be reached for comment at press time. Photo by Ken Morley In the end, however, the hack thieves decided on a venture to Pacific Grove. There, following their gambols, they tied the horses to a post on Pine Avenue and abandoned the hack and team. The constable noted, in the thieves’ behalf, that the team first had “Coins – An Expression of Their Society: A Personal and Irreverent Look at been comfortably blanketed. Interesting Ancient and U.S. Coins” is the title of the Gentrain lecture set for March How the thieves made the get away from Pine is not known. There has been some 17 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.Tom Logan, Gentrain and MPC History Instructor, speculation as to how the thieves may be residents of the Grove who simply walked will talk about what coins mean ad how they are used as propaganda. This talk will be home. While there is as yet no direct evidence such as to verify the guilty parties, based on Tom’s personal coin collection and will focus on the birth of coins in ancient suspicion points strongly in certain directions. Arrests may follow. Lydia, their development by the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and on U. S. Coins. The stealing of a hack and team of horses is a penitentiary offense and if the Some of the questions we will try to answer are: What was Washington ’s reaction suspected parties escape punishment this time, they should doubtless be more careful to having his portrait put on a coin? Why is FDR on the dime? Why is a non-president in the future. on the $10 bill? What U.S. coin had to be changed because Miss Liberty looked like Museum closes book, opens new one she had a bad hair day? The Grove’s Museum of Natural History has closed its registration book for one The lecture will be held at Monterey Peninsula College Lecture Form 103 and year, and opened a new registration book for the next. During the first three days of lectures are free. availability, twenty-four individuals signed in as visitors. It is interesting to note from how many parts of the world our visitors come. During the past year nearly every country in Europe, every state and principal city of our nation, and every section and city of California have been represented upon our register. Among these visitors were many people of science from universities of the world. This shows that Pacific Grove and its Museum are quite widely known.3

Monterey taxi stolen, recovered in the Grove

Gentrain lecture on coins next week

Andrew Carnegie visits Grove

Perhaps you noticed the flag at the Carnegie Library flying early in the breeze. That was in honor of Mr. Andrew Carnegie, a surprise visitor to Pacific Grove. After arriving by train, Mr. Carnegie and family checked in at the Del Mar Hotel. Carnegie says that a trip around 17 Mile Drive is planned before he tends to his Pacific Grove Agenda.4

Adult education is a gift that keeps on giving An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin By Bonnie Bragg

Around town… •

The El Bethel Mission has announced a Divine Healing meeting for Wednesday at 7 pm.

George Shelton has opened a shoe-polishing parlor at his book shop where he will give equal attention to either lady’s or man’s shoes. Mr. Shelton also offers more than 3,000 books for sale or exchange. Forest Avenue near Lighthouse.

The Ladies Aid of the Christian Church will do sewing to raise money for their projects. Phone your order to Red 395.

The Bashan Musical Club will gather Saturday at the residence of the President, Mr. J. A. Pell, 311 Forest Avenue. All members are encouraged to attend.

For sale or rent… Leather go-carts are being featured at J. K. Paul’s Furniture Store. They are very fine and are sold at a bargain.5 Embroideries are being sold at the right prices at the Golden Rule Bazaar.6 Wish you could speak French? Lessons offered in that language by Miss Anita Murray. 149 Eighth Street. The ladies of the Christian Church are to hold a cooked food sale on Saturday, March 12, at the store of F. J. Wyeth. The sale will commence at 10 am. Pasture your horses where there is a lot of graze. Good tight fences. W. T. Mitchell, Sur.

(Endnotes) 1

Well-organized scams of the era spurred several, later movies such as The Sting.

2

A hack referred to a horse-drawn carriage available for hire. After 1914, however, guards at California prisons became known as hacks.

3

Numbers of visitors were not offered in this report. Perhaps these will be discovered in a later newspaper.

4

A visit to the Carnegie Library topped his agenda. More on this visit in next week’s column.

5

Go-carts of the era were light, open carriages.

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Embroideries refers to a design or decoration formed by or on an object as if by embroidery.

Give the gift of education to those you love by purchasing a coupon for classes at The Pacific Grove Adult School. Consider all the things this coupon can deliver to a friend or relative: companionship, physical and mental stimulation and more. Choose from a wide array of classes. Consider a course in art, physical movement, foreign language or journaling, just to name a few. Stimulate your brain, enhance your life skills and learn something new. The latest news on brain fitness from the medical community is to keep the mind active. Television shows feature this news as well as articles you read daily. The brain is not unlike a muscle that needs constant strengthening and exercise. The research abounds: stay mentally active with word games, crossword puzzles, challenging reading and stay away from a steady diet of passive activities that require no input from your brain. Learn something new and grow new brain synaptic patterns. I learned to crochet last year at 61 and I could feel my mind struggle to coordinate my hands into a new, unfamiliar movement needed to manipulate a crochet hook through yarn. It was a challenge but now I can crochet. This prodded me to learn to knit and then to experiment with a crazy quilt scarf for my daughter. Deep within I know my brain received immense growth with this new craft and now whenever I watch T.V. I knit, crochet, embroider or sew. Pick up a new skill or revisit an old one and take a class from the Pacific Grove Adult School. The Adult School is a caring, supportive environment in which to enliven your mental life. A glorious facet of adult recreational learning is that it is geared to your individual pace. There are no tests, no detentions, no one to compete with, just the pleasure of being with supportive students all learning for their own personal growth. Imagine rekindling your knowledge of a foreign language learned long ago. Stimulate your body/mind connection with a gentle stretch class or stress release yoga. Challenge yourself with new computer skills such as email or emailing digital photos. Imagine being knowledgeable and appreciative of the birds in the Monterey Bay. Explore your hidden artistic talent in a class where one project is to make a paining of an animal from a photograph you bring in. Improve your overall muscle tone and strength with weight training. All those classes and so many more await you at the Pacific Grove Adult Educational Center. Come by pick up a brochure of classes and be ready for new learning adventure in the New Year. Also you can look at a brochure of classes and register for classes online at www.pgusd.org. Once again invest in the gift of education and buy a coupon for a friend or relative and they can reap all the benefits of personal growth and brain stimulation.


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Annual Career Day brings students and professionals together

Thirty-two area professionals participated in the Pacific Grove Middle School’s annual Career Day on March 5. They came from a wide variety of vocations, from acupuncture to engineering to sales. Students had the opportunity to learn the details of these and other professions first-hand from people who have worked in them for many years. School counselor Beth Rutledge coordinated the event, which was hosted by the PTA and the Chamber of Commerce. Representatives from the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Sea Otter research and Conservation spoke to the students: Maurice Madueno, Eric Lenihan, Diane Glim and Gerick Bergsma; along with Ralph Borrego and Ray Dolor, representatives from Cal-Am Water; Robin Stedler, a sales respresentative from Granite Rock; Joella Taboada from Wells Fargo Bank; Eugene Loh from Sun Microsystems; Sabrina Atwater of the Monterey Institute of International Studies; Mike Niccum of the Pebble Beach Community Services district (a civil engineer) and California State University-Monterey Bay athletics director Vince Otoupal. NOAA pilot Jason Mansour, dressed in his bright blue flight suit, engaged students about his career as a flier and answered many questions about the equipment he uses in the course of his work. Emil Kissel, a former aviator, shared his wealth of experience as an airline flight engineer, and his vision of where that industry is headed. Marcia Connelly, an acupuncturist; Instructors from Shall We Dance gave a spirited demonstration following a talk by SWD manager Pat Eodice, outlining the rewards of a career in dance. Optometrist Telma Barseghian of Hattori Vision Center surprised her groups with stories of her patients’ optical emergencies that she has dealt with. Dr. Ralph Porras, PGUSD Superintendent, was also on hand, as well as Onnette McIlroy, a nurse. Other presenters included Jiri, a local fisherman; immigration lawyer Joanne Haag; David Brown, fire marshall from Monterey fire Department; James Newman from the Naval Postgraduate School; Karoline Grasmuck from MPC Dental Program; Marge Ann Jameson, publisher of Cedar Street Times and Cameron Douglas, photojournalist; Nancy CarnathanCribbs and Heather Crimson, Marriage and Family Therapists; Kim Jones, a pharmacist;Michael Spataro from Rabobank and Steve Thomas of thomas Brand Consulting.

Above: Students s questions of a presenter. Below, left: most of the students paid attention while (right) Robin Steudler from Granite Rock gave her presentation. Bottom, eft: Students were engaged by presenters like NOAA pilot Jason Mansour, bottom right, in his flight suit. Photos by Cameron Douglas


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This page: fifth graders at the beginning of their musical studies in Pacific Grove schools -- the Alpha -- got the chance to perform with PG High school students (right page) and see where they are headed on their musical journey. “It is great fun to see the fifth graders in their first ever concert...they are SO excited!” said David Hoffman, music director for both ends of the spectrum.

Photos by Nate Philips


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This concert has been going for seven years and was the brainchild of Hoffman. “It gives the high school students a chance to reflect back on their accomplishments,” said Hoffman

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The Arts

Gallery will honor Nadine Annand

The Nadine Annand Gallery will be dedicated in a formal ceremony at the Pacific Grove Art Center at 1 pm on Sunday, March 28, 2010. Formerly known as the Photo Gallery, the space has been the home of all types of art exhibits over the years. Friends and family are invited to the ceremony. Nadine Annand was a charter member of the Art Center, along with Diane Bower, Beth Gill Brown, and Diane Gonzales. She has been an active member of the board of directors for over three decades. She also helped to create the original auxiliary group at the Art Center. At age 97, Nadine is currently active in six organizations, including Altrusa, Adobe Questors, and the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce. Her fondest memory is the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Art Center in 2009. “Nadine’s many years of volunteerism and financial support of the Art Center are unmatched, and she is a role model for all of us,” said Joan McCleary, director of the Pacific Grove Art Center.

Now Showing Ongoing

Pacific Grove Art center 568 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove Art Center Open Wednesday-Saturday 12-5 p.m

At Artisana Gallery 309 Forest Avenue

Architectural Explorations A Community Mapping: From Fragmentation to Wholeness Artist: Tracy Parker

Peninsula Christian Center 520 Pine Avenue, 831-373-0431 First Baptist Church of Pacific Grove 246 Laurel Avenue, 831-373-0741 St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church Central Avenue & 12th Street, 831-373-4441 Community Baptist Church Monterey & Pine Avenues, 831-375-4311

Bocce for art’s sake: team roster is full

Mark your calendars for the first ever Pacific Grove Art Center Bocce Ball Tournament at the Art Center, 568 Lighthouse Ave. in Pacific Grove, Sunday, March 28, 2 pm. All team spaces have been filled. The event will be held indoors at the Art Center on Sunday, March 28 at 2:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend and cheer on their favorite bocce ball team. Entertainment will be provided by Sam Skemp on vocals and Michael Martinez on piano. For info, see www.pgartcenter.org or contact: Johnny Aliotti (831-521-7476) or John McCleary (831-277-6807).

Outdoor painting classes offered

Outdoor painting with Jane Flury ongoing, Saturdays 10a.m.-1p.m. meets at various locations around the Monterey Peninsula. $100.00 for 6 week session or $20 drop-in fee. Lots of instruction given. All media and skill levels welcome. For more information and location schedule call 402-5367 or e-mail: artnants@aol.com.

Peninsula Baptist Church 1116 Funston Avenue, 831-647-1610 St. Angela Merici Catholic Church 146 8th Street, 831-655-4160 Christian Church Disciples of Christ of Pacific Grove 442 Central Avenue, 831-372-0363 First Church of God 1023 David Avenue, 831-372-5005 Jehovah’s Witnesses of Pacific Grove 1100 Sunset Drive, 831-375-2138 Church of Christ 176 Central Avenue, 831-375-3741 Lighthouse Fellowship of Pacific Grove 804 Redwood Lane, 831-333-0636 Mayflower Presbyterian Church 141 14th Street, 831-373-4705 Central Presbyterian Church of Pacific Grove 325 Central Avenue, 831-375-7207 Seventh-Day Adventist Church of the Monterey Peninsula 375 Lighthouse Avenue, 831-372-7818 First United Methodist Church of Pacific Grove 915 Sunset @ 17-Mile Dr., Pacific Grove - (831) 372-5875 Worship: Sundays @ 10:30 a.m.

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Your Letters

Opinion Happy to see trolley returning but she wants PG to get it right this time

Editor: I saw recently in Cedar Street Times that PG is once again considering using the Visitors Trolley during the summer months. This is a great idea, and I would like to contribute to that conversation and decision. When the trolley was working several summers ago, I pretended I was a tourist for several days, to learn what the tourist experience was like in our area. I was shocked to learn how the PG Trolley was working in actuality. What I relate below happened every single time initially no matter who the driver was. The first time when I got on at Cannery Row, the bus driver informed me that I was on the wrong trolley without even asking me where I wanted to go. I asked what he meant, and he said the trolley did not go to Monterey. I said I didn’t want to go to Monterey, that I wanted to go to PG, and he replied that there wasn’t anything there to see. I was shocked. Every time people got on, he said the same thing, so people then got off. I then rode around PG on an empty trolley back to the Cannery Row. About the third time that this happened, a large East Indian family got on and the bus driver again discouraged them and said they needed to get off, as it was the wrong trolley. However, this time I intervened. I said I would be happy to show them around PG from the trolley, and that there was indeed a lot to see. I then gave them a tourist-like account as we rode around — of our downtown, historic buildings, eating places, and special shops. I also stressed how it was all free parking and 100 percent safe, even in the evenings. They were very surprised all this was available so close to the Cannery, and that they could have parked in PG and gotten a free ride to the Aquarium. I then began riding the trolley doing more of the above, and I began giving out a self-made flyer and map of downtown PG to give to the riders as they got on. Part of my motivation was my determination to help keep PG’s downtown district alive. I also tried to contact the Downtown Business Improvement District, but they don’t seem to have an email address or a way to contact them. I went initially to the Chamber of Commerce, and was told they were not interested in what I was doing because what I was doing was not improving hotel occupancy which is their focus – my idea was only helping downtown PG and PG shops. Of course, I came to the defense of downtown PG, but still the Chamber was not interested and instead referred me to the Downtown Business Improvement District which as I said above, I could not locate. I was also told not to bother with the Economic Development Committee of City Hall, as they were busy with larger projects (and the Trolley wasn’t a large project I guess). The whole feeling I got was no one was interested in downtown PG and yet someone was sponsoring the Downtown Trolley. I never could find out who. And sadly, the following summer the Trolley to PG was discontinued. Then, surprise, I read in the paper that it is being reconsidered again for this summer, Great! However, there needs to be some improvements to the service: Drivers either need to be educated about PG or at least the drivers need to have a script of some sort plus a handout to give to passengers. The ideal would be high school volunteers riding the Trolleys as guides, students who know and love PG and can make the ride come alive for visitors. I would be happy to train the volunteers if you like. I would be happy to talk about this more with whoever would be the proper contacts. I am hoping that you can connect me with whoever those people might be. I would also like to talk about the commercial opportunities I learned while talking to tourists riding the PG Trolley. And you could include Pebble Beach, as this is another large group of visitors not being invited appropriately to PG either (I work on-call there as a driver). Altogether, my experience from living in PG for 10 years, and having worked in the hospitality and market research fields for quite a few years, is that PG is missing out on some fabulous opportunities. The problem isn’t the lack of day visitors to PG – we need to look beyond hotel occupancy – as there are thousands of day visitors going through PG streets to Pebble Beach, Asilomar, and the Aquarium every day all year, all eager to walk, shop, and eat, and yet there is not a single appropriate, targeted, enterprising outreach by PG that I know of to these guests. How can I help in this regard? Diane Cheney Pacific Grove Ms. Cheney: Thank you for your input, your concern, and your kind offer. All we can tell you at this point is “we’re working on it.” The trolley will return to Pacific Grove soon. Not only will it transport visitors and local riders to and from the Aquarium area, but Aquarium staff is currently working on a taped message to be broadcast on the trolley. The message will be keyed electronically and will offer information, as the trolley moves through town, on points of interest and attractions. The route is still under consideration, but will include Ocean View Blvd., the Pt. Pinos Lighthouse and Asilomar State Beach plus a tour through downtown. Riders will be able to get on and off the trolley at various convenient points along the route, from what we understand. Naturally, everyone wants it to stop at their location or at least drive in front of it so we’re working hard at an equitable solution. The taped message, we trust, will negate the need for the drivers to be versed on Pacific Grove’s attractions though we believe some knowledge of the area is needed. There will be a small brochure rack on the trolley and we hope that the brochure will be a comprehensive one, listing not only hospitalities and restaurants but the various shopping districts, the lighthouse, museum, library and more. There are many entities in town which touch on the subject -- The Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Business Improvement District, the Hospitality Improvement District, the Economic Development Commission, Recreation Department, Special Events Committee, the Cultural Arts Commission, not to mention the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau . . . but no one committee or city department has complete oversight. Again, “we’re working on it.” Contact information and meeting times for most of these various entities may be found on the City website, and we encourage interested citizens such as you are to continue to address your council members and city staff on these matters. There is always an opportunity for community input. In the meantime, we hope you will consider participating in the First Friday events that are planned for each first Friday. - Marge Ann Jameson

Keep the Market where it is, when it is

Editor: Open letter: Hello Mayor Garcia, City Council Members, City Mgr., and all others: From all the meetings I have attended, for months: I am looking at you giving less transparency, and more "smoke-and-mirrors" with our "ad-hoc"committees, and closed-door decisions. OK, yes, let's do "Ballot Measures" that will further deplete our city coffers, and further divide the people that have already voted on these measures. What more do the "newcomers" on our staff and City Council need? Just because some pro-farmers market speakers were a disruptive force at the last City Council meeting does not mean they didn't have a valid message. My grandparents are surely turning over in their graves at El Carmelo Cemetery. I am not a happy PG resident, and I will not give it up. I love my city, have known it for 60 years, and it is time more citizens decide to get off their "retired" behinds, and step up to the plate...in many more ways than only one. We want our Farmer's Market in the same place, at the same time. Give it up. What works, works. Inge Lorentzen Daumer Pacific Grove

Leave our Farmers Market alone Dear Madam Mayor and City Council Members, I am a Pacific Grove resident and regular patron of the Monday evening farmers' market. I was disheartened and perplexed by last night's vote to allocate staff time to the reassessment of the Farmers' Market location and time, especially with the absence of compelling data to do so. Before considering changes to the successful farmers market, let the businesses who claim to be losing revenue due to the market build a compelling case backed by hard data. Let them present their sales registers before and after the existence of farmers' market. Did sales suddenly drop off after 4:00 on Mondays with the onset of the market? If so, is the amount more significant to the city than the revenue that the farmers' market brings it? Sadly, many businesses are floundering in the current recession, which makes it even more important not to disrupt the businesses that are succeeding, such as our farmer's market. Saturday morning should be considered only if it will result in a better selection of vendors than is available to us on Monday evening. Vendor availability was assessed in the last round of farmers' market discussions, and it was determined that Saturday was not a good day for attracting vendors. I doubt this has changed, and it seems to be a waste of staff time to repeat the assessment. We currently have a fine selection of vendors. These vendors took a risk in joining a new market, and built it into a success. Many vendors have commitments to other larger markets, and will not be able to participate on Saturday in P.G. Let's reward the success of the market vendors by supporting them in the Monday market that they built. Where we place the market in our town is a display of our values and commitment to local sustainable agriculture. The prominent and beautiful Lighthouse location communicates that farmers' market is an important institution in our community. Relegating it to an out-of-sight ugly parking lot would be demeaning. Our market deserves better. These additional items worthy of your consideration were mentioned at the City Council meeting: Slope — Gravity will create quite a mess and many hazards as round produce will inevitably roll down hill. Please consider clean up, potential injuries, and related liabilities. The slope adds an additional challenge for elderly and disabled patrons. Parking & Traffic — There is ample parking for the market and other downtown businesses. I have never once had trouble finding convenient parking. The market makes driving downtown easier. It is a treat to easily cross Lighthouse at Forest, which otherwise is often a tricky endeavor. Downtown Businesses — The market brings people with cash in their pockets to within a few feet of the Lighthouse Avenue retail store entrances. Retail businesses should find ways to market to the increased walk-by traffic, rather than attempt to eliminate it. If these are viable businesses, they should be able to pull in many new customers from the increased foot traffic. If the downtown merchants have been so hurt by the farmers' market, where were they during the City Council meeting? Shouldn't they have been the loudest voices in the crowd, if the market threatens their survival? I hope that one day we will have a vibrant downtown. For now, we get a little taste of what could be every Monday evening. Please allow the farmers' market to continue to thrive, and move on to the things that need fixing in our city. Thank you for your devotion and service to Pacific Grove. Kristin Zoller Pacific Grove Ed. note: We’re very concerned that this issue reflects badly on downtown business owners and operators, not all of whom dislike the Farmers Market. There is no other event which brings 800 to 1000 visitors to the downtown area on a weekly basis, and we find it difficult to understand why a business would not take advantage of the situation. Yes, it does make deliveries and pick-ups difficult but it’s only three hours each week of actual “open business” time. We are aware that many businesses “write off” the weekend of Good Old Days or even close their doors entirely. We encourage them to look for a way to participate in that event as well as the Farmers Market. We have talked with many business owners who have experienced an increase in the business because of the Farmers Market and would love to have it in front of their store. We will continue to canvas businesses in the downtown core area to learn what their true feelings are. - Marge Ann Jameson


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Here’s looking at Casablanca on the big screen Casablanca, this week’s classic film at the Lighthouse Cinema, is a wartime film. It is a romantic drama about sacrifice, struggle and displacement, about choices and consequences, set – and made – in an unsettled time, 1942. Rick’s Café is a kind of no-man’s land, a liminal zone of refugees, criminals and opportunists where everyone’s past is shady, and no one’s future is certain. This anxious state is transposed onto Rick and Ilsa’s romance and its own painful past, which is always present in the beautiful, lingering close-ups of Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart, and in “As Time Goes By”, the song so full of memories that Rick has banned it from being played in his bar. Casablanca has been called the greatest movie of all time, and it won the Oscar for 1942, though the filmmakers have contended that as they were making it, they never thought of it as any special achievement, and were themselves shocked to be singled out by the Academy. So which is it, the best movie of all time, or just another studio product? I think it’s both. How is a movie made? These days, there are as many ways to answer that as there are movies. The way the industry mostly works now, artists, craftsmen and technicians are freelance lone operators, disparate elements who come together for a single project at a time. Successful producers, big stars and some directors have production companies that exist to make their own and perhaps others’ work, and sometimes a new company is formed which exists just for the life of one film. The elements include the director, the actors and writers, the composers and musicians, the sound technicians and editors, and also the accountants and managers, the drivers and computer technicians, all the hundreds of names listed at the end of a movie. Each person has a one-time contract with the production company, which always stipulates the wording and placement of the contributor’s credit on the film. I always like watching the end credits of a movie. Not so much for the names, but to see all those different jobs, all the pieces of the puzzle that worked together make the film: credits are important as résumés for artists, technicians and managers moving on to the next job. In the days of the studio system, there were no free lancers, and no contractual obligation to give each and every person involved a credit at the end. The studio employed all those artists and technicians, and movies were made by a system, traveling from department to department like a car on an assembly line, until it reached a theatre near you. As unstable as the world was in 1942, in Hollywood the studio system was as predictable and prolific as ever. Casablanca was one of 70 films made in 1942 by Warner Brothers,

Mary Albert

made three films, one made five films and the most prolific made six. They literally do not make them like they used to.

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Some Like It Hot Casablanca To Catch A Thief The Wizard of Oz Citizen Kane Pillow Talk The Birds

and in many ways it is a case study for the structure and style of the studio era. The original play “Everybody Comes to Rick’s” was read by story analysts, the play was bought, various writers’ teams worked on the screenplay, even throughout and up to the end of the filming, and producers and censors had a big influence on the content and specifics of dialogue. All the actors were on contract, or loaned out from other studios, and did as they were told by studio heads. Director Michael Curtiz was also under contract to Warner Brothers. (Howard Hawks has said that he was originally slated to direct Casablanca, but over lunch at the studio canteen, made a trade with Curtiz for Sergeant York.) The film was shot on the Warner Brothers lot, with some stock footage of Paris thrown in, and even the sets were recycled from previous films. The censor and the studio heads made major decisions as to characters, storyline, and specific lines of dialogue. In these conditions, films naturally had a cookie cutter quality to them when seen en mass. The output was huge and non-stop, the films and film types fell into genre-based

categories with the same stars appearing in similar roles again and again. The methods, practices, economics and technology shaped the storytelling and the aesthetics. And yet… and yet when looked at closely, any individual film still has its own particular and complex ingredients. There is no single “studio” identity any more than there is a single “independent” identity; this notion of a single Hollywood product turns out to be illusive, unfixed and changing. And, even though the studio era embodied everything the young filmmakers of the 60s and 70s were to rebel against, let’s not forget that the current, 21st century methods, practices, economics and technology are surely shaping the storytelling and aesthetics of our current cinematic products. Not surprisingly, those involved in the making of Casablanca didn’t see it as anything unusual – they were too busy getting on with their next job. In the three-year period from 1941-1943, with the making of Casablanca in the middle, Humphrey Bogart made nine movies, and Ingrid Bergman made five. The writers Julius and Philip Epstein each made 12, another writer Howard Koch made five, the director Michael Curtiz made seven, the cinematographer Arthur Edeson seven, the editor Owen Marks six, the producer Hal Wallis made 10, and was executive producer on many more, and the composer Max Steiner wrote the music for a whopping 20. In 1942 alone, Warner Brothers released 70 feature films. That’s an average of one every five days. To put that in perspective, we can look at the production companies of the ten films nominated for Oscars for 2009. Of the 10 production companies, six made only the one film in 2009, one made two films, one

The very fact of the vast experience being poured into the film might account for its success and its endurance: Casablanca was made by a group of immensely talented and experienced people. Because I would like to encourage you to go out and see this on the big screen, I will highlight one here whose work must be appreciated as it was intended to be: the cinematographer. Arthur Edeson had been working as a cinematographer in Hollywood for 28 years when he shot Casablanca, his 121st film. He shot silent films like Douglas Fairbanks’ The Thief of Baghdad and Robin Hood. His first Oscar nomination came for the first sound film to be shot entirely outdoors, In old Arizona, and he pioneered wide screen 70mm cinematography filming The Big Trail, on location across the American West with John Wayne in his first starring role. He filmed Frankenstein and All Quiet on the Western Front, The Maltese Falcon and Sergeant York. He was one of 15 cameramen who founded the American Cinematographers Society in 1919. He was at the forefront of the art as it became an art, and helped to develop the very techniques -- the visual language -- that now stand for Hollywood style. No wonder Casablanca looks as rich and beautiful as it does. In interviews, film historian Martin Scorsese has reminded us that the very constraints placed on filmmakers during the studio era pushed them to come up with new and unusual solutions, resulting in much better, more interesting films. This was the case with the characters of Rick and Ilsa, their relationship, and the ending of Casablanca, which has become one of the great endings in movies. The original, and easy solution was unavailable because of censorship. As a result, the ending was unknown to anybody well into the filming. The lack of an ending was especially disconcerting to Ingrid Bergman, who naturally had trouble knowing how to play some of the earlier scenes, and some say that her discomfort fueled her performance as Ilsa, who was equally uncertain and anxious. Time went on; still no ending. One of the writers, Julius Epstein, has said that “Warner had 75 writers under contract and 75 of them tried to figure out an ending!” Without giving it away to the (perhaps) one or two people who haven’t seen the film, I will say only that the solution to the “problems of three little people” is what ultimately gives the movie its timelessness. See you there, Thursday night and Friday afternoon.

“That Evening Sun” to have premiere at Osio Cinemas

Monterey County audiences get a chance to go to the local premiere screening of “That Evening Sun,” the critically-acclaimed and award-winning classic drama starring legendary actor Hal Holbrook, at Monterey’s Osio Cinemas on Friday, March 12, starting at 7:15 p.m. The audience also will get a chance to meet the movie-makers, director Scott Teems and cinematographer Rodney Taylor, following the screening, at a “Focus on Film” question-and-answer session. Tickets for full-time students will be half-price, and current members of Reel Friends of the Film Commission will receive complimentary tickets for the 7:15 p.m. premiere screening, courtesy of the Monterey County Film Commission and support from a grant from the Arts Council for Monterey County. “That Evening Sun” is based on the short story, “I Hate to See that Evening Sun Go Down,” by acclaimed Tennessee author William Gay. Holbrook plays Abner Meecham, an aging Tennessee farmer who returns to his farm to reclaim what is rightfully his.

A ruthless grudge match begins when the tenants in possession of the lease and farm refuse to give up the land. “That Evening Sun” has had successful runs in New York City, Los Angeles and other cities. The film has won top prizes at 11 film festivals including Austin’s South by Southwest, Nashville, Atlanta, Sarasota, Little Rock, Newport, Indie Memphis, Sidewalk, Secret City, New Hampshire and Naples International Film Festival. The film also received the Wyatt Award from the Southeastern Film Critics, presented for the film that best represents the South. “That Evening Sun” stars Hal Holbrook. Other actors include Ray McKinnon, Walton Goggins, Mia Wasikowska, Carrie Preston, Dixie Carter and Barry Corbin. The Monterey County Film Commission is a nonprofit organization, working to increase economic development through on-location filming in Monterey County. It also presents film industry educational programs, and sponsors a film student scholarship and awards program.


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PGHS Honor Roll told

Congratulations go to the following students who attained Honor Roll status at Pacific Grove High School. Keep up the good work!

Highest honors (4.0 and above)

Maria Aiello, Chiaki Asahara, Mitchell Ballin, Derly Barajas, Ray Barakat, Landen Barr, Danielle Baudoux, Brian Bekker, Carina Bernier, Isaiah Bindel, McKenzi Blanton, Daniel Boatman, Dean Boerner, Paige Book, Alicia Brady, Yann Brown, Morgan Brown, Alana Buller, Jessica Bullington, Ross Bullington, Robyn Bursch, Daniel Burschinger, Felipe Capistrano, Francis Carmody, Nicole Chang, Gabriela Chavez, Michael Cho, Sung Han Chung, Michael Consiglio, Kaitlin Cuskey, Megan Donaghy, Taylor Dong, Andrew Eckles, Isabella Fenstermaker, Richard Foreman, Michelle Franco, Beau Frank, Talin Ghazarian, Callum Gilchrist, Simone Gingras, Jonathan Gordon, Kristian Grobecker, Alec Guertin, Jade Hage, Molly Hanmer, Robert Harper, Rena Haussermann, Maeve Healy, Joseph Hedlind, Kaitlynn Helms, Katherine Hudson, Natalie Hulet-Sandblom, Olivia Jake, Alexandra Jampolsky, Hye Jeon, Matthew Johnson, Seo Kang, Magy Kelada, Hana Kim, Sun Joo Kim, Shihwa Kim, Jamin KimSanders, Rachel Krasner, Roxy Kushner, Jeannie Kwon, George Laiolo, Cody Lee, Savannah Lee, Hahnbin Lee, Grace Lee, William Lewis, Amanda Liu, Emily Long, Rachel Long, Hayden Lord, Emily Marien, Robert Massey, Enoch Matsumura, Paige McMahon, Sean Merchak, Kory Milar, Hannah Miller, Eli Miller, Gregory Mohl, Carlyle Mounteer, Seoyeon Nam, Audrey Norris, Kathryn Nuss, Christopher Odell, Taylor Odell, Chang Yoon Oh, Iyla Ollinger, Austin Park, Chloe Peterson, Emily Phillips, Nathan Phillips, Diana Rabbani, Kevin Reyes, Kristen Ridout, Sarah Russo, Ciara Salmon, Elmer Santos, Carly Schaeffer, Alexander Schramm, Farris Serio, Hsinyi Shen, Matthew Shonman, Peter Sujan, Julia Sweigert, Leif Swenson, Tyler Tech, Marie Vastola, Cyrus Vastola, Ryan Walker, Eugenia Wang, Jonathan Wright and Hayoung Youn.

High honors (3.5-3.99)

Whitney Ahart, Haley Andreas, Marianne Ascanio, Lily Barakat, Timothy Bell, Michelle Bernier, Niccolo Bongioanni, Lauren Callahan, Wesley Carswell, Tessa Castillo, Eric Cepress, Savannah Chioino, Tyler Chisman, WonJoon Choi, Hye Rhyn Chung, Kenneth Chung, Bryan Clark, Nicole Clemetson, Amy Coba, Lillian Consiglio, Stefano Cueto, Karina Cuskey, Miles Cutchin, Kyle Czaplak, Claire D’Angelo, Jordan Dewitt, Lauren Dykman, Jacob Ellzey, Sophia Favazza, Jade Flint, Katelyn Gaines, Paul Gannon, Madina Gazieva, Andrew Gilchrist, Chalalin Giron, Alexander Gonzalez, Maggie Grindstaff Snyder, Pierce Guderski, Raquel Guerra, Emily Harr, Mele Hautau, Holly Heebink, Jack Heebink, Matthew Helms, Julia Hibbs, Tuesday Hilton, Peter Hirst, Jenna Hively, Cyril Maei Ilagan, Malcolm Jamison, Evan Jaques, Gerardo Jeronimo, Elisa

Jessen, Taylor Jones, Cory Jones, Nicolas Jorgensen, Olivia Juarez, James Karasek, Olivia Keilman, Adam Kershner, Joshua Kim, Wonkyeong Kim, Keaton Klockow, Juliana Layne, Jennifer Leach, Robert Lehman, James Liu, Rebecca Long, Cesar Lopez, Rachel Lowery, Lyla Mahmoud, Samantha Maksoud, Robert Marchand, Romulus Marquez, Julia Marsh, Joshua Massey, Timothy Matthews, Elizabeth McCann, Erika McLitus, Addison Miller, Lindsey Morin, Kristina Morris, Drishti Nand, Angelia Northam, Aubrie Odell, Dongyoon Oh, Kate O’Neill, Jennifer Orozco, Tyler Owens, Nicholas Pfeiffer, Morganne Pieroni, Sydney Reckas, Casey Reeves, Taylor Rhyne, Elliot Riedl, Stephanie Riffle, Jessica Riphenburg, Giulianna Riso, Rachel Rivera, Alicia Roberts, Krista Ross, Amira Sani, Dane Schrader, Bumsoo Seok, Nicholas Smiley, Ellis Smith, Valerie Smith, Jiyeon Song, Evan Thibeau, Jonathan Tse, Carie Unger, Alyssa Van De Vort, Jonathon Villarreal, Jin-Young Yoon, Anasimoun Yousif and Kevin Zischke

Honors (3.0Ð3.49)

Kenza Adassen, Thomas Anderson, Lucas Biggio, Gabriel Bileci, William Bowers, Devin Brown, Oliver Bunten, Emmily Butz, Ashley Cameron, Victoria Chartier, Fredrick Chung, Michelle Collins, Morgan Compton, Raymond DeVost, Rosa Garcia, Daniel Giovinazzo, Samuel Goldman, Brandon Hughes, Stephen Katz, David Kellogg, Jacqueline Kerrigan-Prew, Kelsey Klockow, Joshua Kurtz, Ziliang Li, Jaclyn Light, Danielle Little, Victoria Lucido, Kyle Lundquist, Lilia Lutz, Alyssa Mah, Collin Mahan, Taylor Manuian, Seth Martinez, Cassie McClenaghan, Emily McDowell, Kyler Mello, Mary Modisette, Austin Mohl, Nicholas Moran, Lindsey Morgan, Brittany Moses, Ricardo Munoz Zarate, Austin Myers, Nikhil Naiker, Allison Niccum, Esme Nickerson, Rebecca Norris, Jordan O’Donnell, Cameron O’Hagan, Robin Olson, Cybill Pace, Emily Paim, Maxwell Paris, Sean Paulhus, Dakota Penniman, Elaina Pennisi, Alexander Pflug, Katherine Phillips, Dean Randall, Kyle Reeves, Kyle Reyes, Sara Richardson, Sabrina Riffle, Stefan Rock, Kellyn Rodewald, Shawn Rolph, Kailee Romberg, Bianca Rosa, Kevin Russo, Justin Russo, Brianna Sanders, Victor Saucedo, Jesse Shatto, Sage Shrader, Sonja Silkey, Disha Singh, Brent Smith, Emily Stewart, Katrine Stokkebye, Kianna Stokkebye, Crystal Surh, Wesley Tagg, Cambria Tech, Tijmen Teering, James Thomas, Sydney Thompson, Celeste Torres, Lindsay Townsend, Luis Trejo Pina, Mauro Valdivia, Jonathon Vanderhorst, Sequoia Wade-Dunleavy, Eric Walmsley, Logan Weber, Honor Weber, Dayan Weller, Riley White, Malisha Wijesinghe, Hailey Williams, Jennifer Winter, Joseph Yant, Tristan Ybarra Greenberg, Jae Wan Yun and Aris Zavitsanos.

Garden show coming soon Last year the Carmel Orchid Society partnered with the Carmel Valley Garden

Association Flower and Art Show and the Hidden Valley Music Seminars for our annual MayFaire. This year the partnership continues under the combined title of the Carmel Valley Garden Show. The show will be held at the Hidden Valley Music Seminars at 88 W.Carmel Valley Road and Ford Road in Carmel Valley Village on May 1 and 2 from 9”00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission to the show is free and there is free parking. The show will have many wonderful highlights including plant & floral displays with judging, a lecture series, potting demonstrations, a silent auction and raffle, a children’s garden; pottery, plant and orchid sales as well as a tri-tip BBQ by the Carmel Valley and Cachagua Volunteer Fire Departments. Saturday evening from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. there will be a “Summer When it Sizzles” Gala including hors d’oeuvres and fine wines. Tickets may be obtained by calling 6593115. For more information contact CVGC chairperson Gordon Dill at gdill93287@ hotmail.com.

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Last chance to see PG artist’s ground-breaking Mission exhibition

For all those who missed viewing Pacific Grove artist Jeffrey Becom’s exhibition over the past seven months and for those who would like to see the exhibition once more before it leaves the Carmel Mission to begin its touring schedule, there will be a final gallery walk-through with Exhibition Photographer Jeffrey Becom and Curator Julianne Burton-Carvajal This seven-month-long exhibition featuring 40 photographs by Jeffrey Becom and 10 pen-&-ink drawings by Richard Perry is coming to a close on Sunday, March 21. Becom and Perry are both internationally recognized artists and authors who turned their attention to depicting the exuberantly decorated mission churches founded in Central Mexico’s Querétaro state by Father Junípero Serra. Still relatively unknown in California and elsewhere, this unique collection of five folkbaroque churches won designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. “In the Footsteps of Father Junípero Serra, 1750-1758: The Five Folk-Baroque Mission Churches of Mexico’s Sierra Gorda” is leaving the Mora Chapel Gallery, Carmel Mission, 3080 Rio Road, one mile west of Highway 1. The final walkthrough will be held on Sunday, March 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Admission to the Mission grounds and all its museums is free for all on Sundays. For general Carmel Mission Information call 831-624-1271, Extension “4” or go to www.carmelmission.org


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New You in 2010

Martin Maxey connects with his clients Martin Maxey will celebrate one year at The Healing Collaborative in Pacific Grove.

By Catherine Badin Martin Maxey is a healer from way back, no pun intended. Most massage therapists aren’t trained in focusing on all the muscle groups and how they interact with each other, but his focus incorporates the entire body in helping his clients achieve better movement and mobility. “Holding patterns in the muscles create trigger points in the body,” Maxey explains. “I’m prone to find out what’s the most pressing issue with somebody’s muscular system and connective tissues. I think that’s more important than just a simple massage so I’ll ask my clients, okay, what mobility don’t you have?” Training first in martial arts when he was just 15, Maxey specifically studied JuJitsu, which was required learning for further advancement in Japanese healing massage techniques, including Shiatsu massage. After 12 years of studying martial arts and massage, Martin traveled and worked as a “roadie ”for different rock bands in the 70s, most notably for Elton John’s band and Jefferson Airplane. Upon returning, Maxey would help out his friends who got injured while doing sports by incorporating Shiatsu and stretching/relaxing techniques. At the same time he and friends would visit Esalen Institute regularly. This was in the 70s when massage and hot springs were becoming uber-popular. Martin started meeting all the massage people there and noticed they each had very different styles. He met Trager practitioners (which incorporates a gentle, rocking motion), as well as Ida Rolf, founder of Rolfing (an aggressive deep tissue/structural integration technique). Maxey recalls the experience it gave him: “It was interesting to have them work on me as their guinea pig because I was introduced to new thinking and new methods of healing which I then incorporated in my own approach to bodywork on my friends. “The practitioners I met at Esalen taught me that the connection with the entire body is what heals the body. The main thing I was introduced to at Esalen was not just being aggressive, but starting off a lot slower with soft tissue work, and proceeding more gently before going deeper. My personal style consists of making a connection with the client’s entire body before working on isolated areas,” he said. “I’ll always go back to reconnecting because I like the person to feel they are one whole being connected from head to toe.” After his training at Esalen, Maxey attended Monterey Institute of Touch graduating with a 500hour CMT Certificate (Certified Massage Therapist). In addition to the regular curriculum offered, he specialized in sports massage therapies, and orthopedic modalities.

At the same time, he became interested in learning Thai massage and trained by observing Thai practitioners work, as well as having Thai massage done on himself. “Thai massage is a technique of stretching the body and opening the joints at the same time,” states Maxey. “so this way one gets a full lengthening and stretching of the muscles from the origin of the muscle to where it connects. When I saw people stretching and making contact with their entire bodies, versus working on smaller areas, I noticed they felt much more connected.” For the newcomer, most clients come in requesting the more traditional “Esalen type” experience. They want to totally relax and enjoy a nice slow session with light to moderate pressure which will leave them feeling relaxed. Clients are draped nude under a sheet; and creams are used. For those wishing to try something a little different, Thai massage is more aggressive, and is done fully clothed. And what about Martin’s reputation? Two years ago Martin’s two nephews, in a band known as Street Drum Core, went on tour opening for well-known rock-rap band, Linkin Park. Maxey was contracted to go on the

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road once more, this time as Street Drum Core’s on tour masseuse. But once Linkin Park noticed how relaxed and limber SDC looked, they immediately commandeered Maxey’s services, and with great results. “They were extremely energetic and athletic,” said Maxey. “There was a high potential for injuries due to Linkin Park’s stage antics.” Needless to say, Martin’s healing expertise came in quite handy. On the other end of the age spectrum, one particular 77 year-old client swears by Martin’s work. Prior to seeing Maxey, he was hunched over with shortened muscles and severe back problems; but he is now able to sleep for the first time in months. He claims Martin is the best massage therapist he’s had in more than 35 years, and has also brought in his wife for treatment. She suffered from a frozen shoulder with very limited mobility, and after only two sessions has now regained almost complete mobility on her left side. Sessions cost $85 and last for one hour and 15 minutes. If more than one family member, or the same person, books two or more sessions in the same month there’s a package rate of $60/session. And there’s more good news. April 1 marks the first year anniversary of his practice opening at The Healing Collaborate in PG, so Maxey is offering a $40 introductory rate for first-time clients so people in the community unfamiliar with his work can experience what he does firsthand. And even though Martin is certified, he is always continuing his education, either at MIT or at Esalen, to further enhance his massage techniques as well as to add to his medical knowledge. Claims Maxey, “I often mix in several techniques, depending on what I intuitively sense a client’s body needs.” Plus, Martin stays extra busy, as in addition to his regulars he happens to be one of the massage therapists for the Big Sur Marathon. Martin Maxey is available by appointment. His hours are: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 4pm-10pm; Occasional Fridays, 4pm-5:30pm; and some Sundays, 3pm-10pm. Weekends get very busy, so be sure to book ahead. Martin Maxey’s massage practice is located at: THE HEALING COLLABORATIVE 222 Forest Avenue (next to The Grove Market) To schedule an appointment, call: 831.402.4903 story/photos © 2010 by Catherine Badin


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How to Lose a Customer for Life 101 The Details of Dining Out Matter When you live in a house for a long time a very strange thing happens. You slowly lose your sight and your sense of smell and you can actually tolerate that squeaky door hinge that you’ve been meaning to fix that used to just grate on your nerves to no end. That spot on the carpet that’s been bothering you for years no longer is ‘that apparent’ and those cobwebs in the light fixture that you used to regularly chase down with a broom have now become gossamer fairy wings that you find fascinating. My point here? The very same phenomenon takes place in restaurants everywhere. Dusty windowsills abound. Dead flowers languish in fingerprint laden chipped vases and the restroom doors could seriously use a good cleaning and a coat of paint, but for some reason unbeknownst to anyone, the restaurant owner/manager just can’t see these things. But…believe me all of you owner/managers; your dining guests DO. When I am out and about dining, for some reason the very same 5 senses that are completely dulled in my own home become hyper-sensitive. I can see a dead fly on a window sill from about 500 yards away. Those tell-tale fingerprints of a toddler on the window were in the very same place last month when I had dinner in your place of business. And why, oh why doesn’t somebody fix this damned wobbly table? Oh wait, someone DID try to fix it with a folded up paper napkin! Wait, that’s MY napkin left over from last month’s visit. I stuck it there right after I picked up that dead fly and tried to wipe the fingerprints of the window with it. Sound familiar? Restaurateurs: Pay heed to what I am saying to you. It’s high time that each and every one of you does a walk-through of your business and pretends that today is the very first day you will be open for business. Do you remember that day? You were nervously rushing about making sure that everything was sparkling clean and as perfect as you could make it. Nary would a breadcrumb dare to hide in the seams of the upholstery of your chairs and the menu covers and their contents were pristine. What is the condition of these same details

five or 10 years later? What follows is my ‘short list’ of things that will make me cringe in ‘your house’ and if you make me ‘cringe’ too much I will take my money elsewhere.

1. Fingerprints. On doors, windows, menus, glassware, plates or mirrors, doesn’t matter. They need to be gone. 2. Dead and/or dusty plants inside or outside. I don’t want to stare at your rotting fichus tree for an hour and a half, ok? 3. Murky or smelly water in flower vases. Can’t you SMELL that? 4. Pictures on walls not leveled or with dusty picture frames. They make you feel tipsy before you’ve had your first drink. 5. Burned out light bulbs shout to me “they don’t even care enough to change a light bulb!” 6. Salt or sugar crusted inside the shakers until they become fossilized. 7. Bus tubs full of dirty dishes within eyesight of the dining room. Staring at the remains of a burger that some kid just mutilated is not appetizing.

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Eating Out in PG at least clean it, ok? 12. Coving that is cracked, dirty and/ or food encrusted. Again, you need to SIT DOWN in your dining room and see what I see from that chair. When you’re standing up rushing through the dining room you just don’t see these things, but I do. 13. Menu covers and menus that are stained, torn, worn or otherwise past their expiration date. Toss ‘em out. They make a very poor first impression. 14. Check presenters: (refer to #13). Makes a very bad last impression. 15. Stained coffee cups. One word…. bleach. 16. Table linens with are threadbare, have stains or holes or long dangling threads hanging off of them.

17. Butcher paper on table tops over the aforementioned linens that have water rings from your predecessors on them. 18. Smells. Strong cleaners, dirty floor mats and that sickeningly sweet smell of the fruit garnishes at the bar that have oxidized and begun to degenerate set off my yuck-ometer. And don’t get me started on Eau de Grease Trap. OK, I’m done for now. Restaurateurs take this list in your hands and check your place out today. I’ve got to go change some light bulbs and knock down some cobwebs here at home. As I always say, “Follow your nose and your gut and decide for yourself. Eat often, eat well and support our local restaurants.”

8. Dirty or spotted flatware and forks with bent tines. And you want me to use that to eat with? Seriously? 9. Clutter and handwritten signage. Sit down and take a look at your back bar, your service stations and your service tables. If they look cluttered or unkempt get busy and toss stuff out. 10. Broken or wobbly tables and chairs can make me seasick. 11. Dirty or worn out carpet. If you can’t afford to replace it right now, Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur, and Spiritual Teacher, Rhonda is dedicated to the practice of Wellness Empowerment, assisting individuals in developing life strategies to help them help themselves. Her creative endeavors are dedicated to individual empowerment and the conscious evolution of humankind, that we may align perfectly with our Creator, fulfilling our Purpose while enjoying its Process.

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The Green Page Countdown to Earth Hour 2010 On Earth Hour hundreds of millions of people, organizations, corporations and governments around the world will come together to make a bold statement about their concern for climate change by doing something quite simple—turning off their lights for one hour. Last year, many Pacific Grove residents signed on to the movement, and turned off their lights enjoying quiet time with their families or walking on the beach during the dark hour. Information from the Earth Hour website: In the U.S. where we are already feeling the impacts of climate change, Earth Hour sends a clear message that Americans care about this issue and want to turn the lights out on dirty air, dangerous dependency on foreign oil and costly climate change impacts, and make the switch to cleaner air, a strong economic

future and a more secure nation. Participation is easy. By flipping off your lights during Earth Hour you will be making the switch to a cleaner, more secure nation and prosperous America. View the toolkits to find out what else you can do to get involved including leading the Earth Hour movement in your community.

Set your clock

On Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 8:30 p.m. local time, Earth Hour will once again cascade around the globe, from New Zealand to Hawaii Since its inception three years ago, Earth Hour’s non-partisan approach has captured the world’s imagination and became a global phenomenon. Nearly one billion people turned out for Earth Hour 2009 – involving 4,100 cities in 87 countries on seven continents.

Last year, 80 million Americans and 318 U.S. cities officially voted for action with their light switch, joining iconic landmarks from around the world that went dark for Earth Hour, including: Empire State Building Brooklyn Bridge Broadway Theater Marquees Las Vegas Strip United Nations Headquarters Golden Gate Bridge Seattle’s Space Needle Church of Latter-Day Saints Temple Gateway Arch in St. Louis Great Pyramids of Giza Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City Big Ben and Houses of Parliament in London

Elysee Palace and Eiffel Tower in Paris Beijing’s Birds Nest and Water Cube Symphony of Lights in Hong Kong Sydney’s Opera House There is a video on the Earth Hour website at http://myearthhour.org/earthhour-video. You can also sign up to join the movement at www.earthhour.org.

Why it matters •

Because of climate change, the loss of Arctic sea ice is destroying the habitats of polar bears and walruses, threatening their survival.

Because of climate change, In the Caribbean, warmer temperatures are skewing gender ratios of sea turtles, undermining the stability of the species.

Because of climate change winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing could become a thing of the past in many areas of the US.

From trout fishing in Montana to waterfowl hunting in Arkansas, many recreational activities enjoyed by Americans are at risk from climate change.

Most of us will experience climate change in the form of extreme weather: floods, droughts, heat waves and stronger storms and hurricanes.

Globally, climate change is causing glacial melt, sea level rise, loss of Arctic sea ice, increased insect infestation, wider spread of diseases and extreme weather events.

Understanding your carbon footprint

Most greenhouse gases are caused by the burning of fossil fuels for electricity generation and transportation. Deforestation is another major driver of climate change, responsible for more carbon pollution than the entire global transportation sector. A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of carbon pollution produced. Simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint include walking more and only buying what you need . . . and recycling.

Tips to living green from Earth Hour.org •

P u r c h a s e e n e rg y e ff i c i e n t appliances.

Make sure your dishwasher and washing machine are full before you run them.

Weather-proof your home. Caulk your doors and windows, add insulation or add shades to use in the summer.

Put your computer on stand-by when you leave it. It will take less energy than shutting down and restarting.

Fix leaking faucets.

Unplug appliances and phone chargers when they aren’t in use.


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