Attorney named a 'Super Lawyer' by peers

STEPHEN WALTERS

“After more than 30 years of trying all types of cases, it’s rewarding to be recognized as a skilled lawyer by those whom i've worked with and against in the courtroom.”

Occupation: Lawyer

Home: San Francisco

Achievement: The San Francisco-based partner at Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP, a California-based business and real estate law firm, was named a Super Lawyer for Northern California by his peers and researches at Law & Politics magazine.

SUMMER POWELL

“I've had so much fun designing the Bodega Party in a Box. The kit is full of graphic detail, and is a lot of fun to look at and use.”

Occupation: Graphic designer

Home: San Francisco

Achievement: The volunteer designed the Bodega Party in a Box, a party kit that uses only ingredients from the local corner store. The kit helps fund the Food & Liquor project, which gets more fresh produce into local corner and liquor stores.

MIGUEL SOLARI NOVEY

“I was very glad to see that it grabbed the interest of some kids at an Oakland high school who went down there to investigate the issue further.”

Occupation: Creative director

Home: San Francisco

Achievement: The project manager and creative wiz filmed a short documentary about raids against illegal immigrants hired to rebuild the post-Katrina New Orleans. His film inspired a journalism program at Unity High School in Oakland.

Vets organize music festival to help VA Hospital

A local family is organizing a music and arts festival that benefits veterans in need of proper medical treatment.

The Red Marines Music & Art Festival, which will take place in La Honda Sept. 26-28, was started five years ago by Pacifica resident Eugene Tarasov who wanted to celebrate the safe return of his two younger brothers from Iraq.

After their return, brothers Valentin and Mark Tarasov visited the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center and realized that other veterans could not receive proper care because the hospital was underfunded. This year’s festival will benefit the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

Red Marines features three days and two nights of live and electronic music with Eric McFadden Trio, Penta, Mobius, Parus, Fractal Cowboys, and other DJ’s and bands from as far away as Russia. The guests can also enjoy a photo exhibit, fire dancers, flamenco workshops, arts and crafts installations, food, and a swimming pool.

The festival is held on the grounds of OVY Camp near La Honda, located in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Silicon Valley and the Pacific coast. Tickets are $60.

For information, tickets, and a map to the “leave no trace” festival, visit www.redmarines.com.

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