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PostHeaderIcon Hollywood Comes to Rakestraw

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You might remember actress Alicia Silverstone from her roles in “Clueless” and “Batman & Robin,” but Silverstone is best known these days as a representative for the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). In fact, Silverstone, can be seen partially nude in a public service announcement on the animal rights’ organization’s Web site. Silverstone never did nude scenes in her movies, but she does bare her tan, slender behind in this short video directed by Dave Meyers, whose credits include videos for Britney Spears and the Dave Matthews Band. Hey, anything to save the chickens.

Silverstone is so passionate about her cause that she has written “The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Losing Weight, Looking Great, Saving Yourself, the Animals and the Planet.”

Silverstone, who went to San Mateo High School and was raised in the Bay Area, will be in Danville at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 to promote her new book. The event is free but space is limited and you must make a reservation by calling Rakestraw Books at (925) 837-7337.

According to background information on Silverstone, her book “introduces irresistibly delicious food that satisfies on every level — it even includes amazing desserts to keep the most stubborn sweet tooth happy.” 
On the PETA Web site Silverstone discusses her reasons for giving up meat. 

“Like most people, I wasn’t always a vegetarian, but I’ve always loved animals. If you ever have a chance to meet a cow, pig, turkey, or goat, you will see that they are just as cute and funny as your dogs and cats and that they, too, want to live and feel love. They don’t like pain. Now when I see a steak, it makes me feel sad and sick because right away, I see my dog or the amazing cows I met at a sanctuary. I’ve been vegan for 10 years, and it’s the single-most important and helpful decision I have ever made. Physically, the effect has been amazing. Once I went vegan, I lost the weight I wanted to lose, my nails were stronger, and my skin was glowing. I feel great, and I look better now than I did 11 years ago.”

Bacon? Who needs it? Silverstone is sure to bring a crowd to the popular downtown bookstore on Sunday. –KB

Rakestraw Books is located at 522 Hartz Avenue in Danville. For more information on upcoming book events at Rakestraw, visit www.rakestrawbooks.com.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 14 October 2009 19:07)


PostHeaderIcon Dogs, cats, chickens, horses blessed Sunday

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Animals around the Bay Area were honored Sunday at annual blessing of the animlas ceremonies. It is customary for churches to honor animals on or around Oct. 4, the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

Peace Lutheran Church on Camino Tassajara in Danville had their own blessing of the animals, complete with horses, cats, dogs or all sizes, shapes and ages, and even a couple of chickens that were blessed by two church pastors.

Pastor Steve Harms, who has been with Peace Lutheran for two decades, and Margareta Dahlin Johansson, gave the blessings while several rescue organizations, including the Golden Gate Basset Rescue (www.ggbassetrescue.org) distributed literature and showed off animals for adoption. 

There was also pet experts, a silent auction featuring pet items and pet portrait companies, including You'll Look Marvelous Portaits (www.kerstimalvre.com and www.kenskanines.com). 

Although there's no proof that having your animal "blessed," will stop him or her from chewing up the furniture or barking relentlessly at other pooches on walks, Peace Lutheran put on a fun festival that would have made Saint Francis proud.

Last Updated (Friday, 09 October 2009 15:26)

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