Denise Dirickson, the Pier 39 director of environmental services, will be hosting public tours during Tulipmania through Sunday at Pier 39.
What is Tulipmania? It’s an annual event at Pier 39 with free guided tours. We plant 39,000 bulbs from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Most of them are tulips but there are also others such as Narcissus. We plant early-, mid- and late-bloomers together so we’ll be guaranteed some will be in bloom for the event. Read More
Cathy Murphy, the owner of Home Instead Senior Care San Francisco, encourages caregivers to go to its interactive seminar, “Changing the World of Alzheimers,” conducted by nationally recognized expert in dementia care Teepa Snow. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Gough Street and Geary Boulevard.
What will the seminar address? It will focus on two main areas of dementia care. Firstly, it will promote wellness and well-being after diagnosis. Read More
San Francisco-based photographer Nicolò Sertorio was recently awarded the American Photographic Artists grand prize in the Fine Art Category for 2010.
Tell me about your winning photograph.
It’s a black-and-white portrait of a woman’s back. It’s a close-up and is abstract in nature, so it looks like more of a landscape. Read More
Jon Rubin directed and produced “The Last Train from Bay Meadows,” which portrays the history of the longest continually operated thoroughbred racetrack in California. The San Mateo facility closed in 2008. The San Mateo County Historical Association and KM2 Communications will present a premiere Thursday.
Why was the documentary made? The track was closing down after nearly 75 years of operation, and after many efforts to keep it open failed. With the help of the San Mateo County History Museum, we tried to get ... Read More
Michelle Sidney recently opened Kookle Toy Store runs the entire shop on an in-the-cloud point-of-sale system. The store is located at 6 Clement St. in the Richmond district.
What inspired you to open a toy store? I used to be in the industry as a corporate employee. I developed my own paint-your-own nesting dolls a few years ago and knew that I wanted to go back to entrepreneurism.
What type of products do you have in stock? I have lots of arts and crafts, and interactive games. There are also classics like the whoopee cushion. Read More
Bill Washburn, the executive director of the Berkeley Mobile International Collaborative, a nonprofit educational support for university students in entrepreneurship and technology, talks about the annual University Mobile Challenge that will be held at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday. Read More
Kieren McCarthy, the general manager of .nxt, speaks about the conference that will examine the new process ICANN is set to approve that will create an unlimited number of domain names. It will be held at the Hyatt Regency today and Thursday. What will the conference address? Firstly, it will make people aware that there’s a massive change coming to the Internet this year. Anyone will be able to apply for any dot-com [suffix], such as .gay, .music and .eco. Secondly, we’ll be advising people in the industry on the best approaches to be taking. Read More
Timothy Silard, president of the Rosenberg Foundation, helped celebrate the organization’s 75th anniversary Friday.
Tell me about the Rosenberg Foundation. Founded in 1935 at the bequest of Max Rosenberg, an innovative business major, it was the first staffed foundation west of the Mississippi. As a statewide grant maker, it deals with social justice issues in California. Since its establishment, it has awarded more than 2,800 grants grossing around $80 million. Read More
Alexis Bittar, the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Accessory Designer of the Year for 2010, recently celebrated the grand opening of his first San Francisco store, at 1942 Fillmore St.
What type of work do you do? I have three lines with separate personalities and am influenced by architecture and nature, and I look at the detail in the craftsmanship of antiques. All my pieces are hand-carved and hand-sculpted in Brooklyn. Read More
The chairman of the Pediatric Dentistry Department at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in The City talks about how its children’s clinic is offering kids free dental screenings in February.Why are you offering free dental screenings to children in February? It’s part of Children’s Dental Health Month. It’s our goal to reach children in the community that mightn’t have access to a dentist. We hope it might give parents a push to make an appointment and bring them in. Read More
Knapp is the regional vice president of Robert Half International, the world’s first and largest leader in professional staffing and consulting services. The firm recently conducted a survey about the types of perks companies will be offering their employees in 2011.How did you conduct the survey? We interviewed over 4,000 randomly selected executives with hiring responsibility across a variety of industries by telephone. They determined their organizations’ intentions for hiring in professional occupations in the upcoming quarter. Read More
Faves and raves by Síofra CahertyPERSONAL STATSAge: 24Years in The City: OneNeighborhood: Lower Pacific HeightsOccupation: DesignerSelf Description: Irish clothing and product designer with a passion for playing the banjo and riding her rusty red bike FAVORITE PLACE TO GO FOR A RUNOcean BeachWHERE: West coast of San Francisco, adjacent to Golden Gate ParkWHAT: Gorgeous trailsINFO: www.parksconservancy.org/visit/park-sites/ocean-beach.html Read More
Van Jepson is the CEO for Redwood City-based GroupPrice, which offers daily deals on local services, software and supplies that small businesses need to grow, while also cutting costs.
How does GroupPrice work? We provide a social commerce platform that enables businesses to buy together, much like how Groupon enables consumers to buy together. We do this efficiently by offering and enabling a quick and easy way to find and evaluate daily deals. Read More
Bobbi Silten, the Gap's chief foundation officer, was recently nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the newly created White House Council for Community Solutions.What is the council?
The council will provide advice to President Obama on the best ways to mobilize citizens, nonprofits, businesses and governments to work more effectively together to solve specific community needs.How did you get chosen for the position, and what does it mean to you? Read More