Kudos: Healthy babies, customer service and a very special farewell

The Examiner spotlights good people and good work on its daily Kudos page. Here’s a look at Bay Area residents who are serving their community, reaching milestones, making discoveries and celebrating accomplishments.

ALAN GREENE

“I’m excited about providing a high-quality way to help parents give their children the micronutrients they need, starting even before the baby is born.”

Occupation Pediatrician

Home Danville

Achievement The author of “Raising Baby Green” is launching a line of nutritional supplements for pre-expectant and pregnant women, nursing mothers, toddlers and growing children. He’ll be at the Vitamin Shoppe in Larkspur on Sept. 4 for the official launch. 

HEKLINA

“We’re bidding farewell to my weekly nightclub Trannyshack after over 12 brilliant years by staging the biggest drag show the West Coast has seen!”

Occupation Performer

Home San Francisco

Achievement The mistress of Trannyshack has presided over The City’s longest-running drag show at the Stud, which has provided a home for performers of all genders to hone their craft. The final “Kiss-Off Party” is Saturday at the Regency Center.

ALENA HOWARD

“I work in a variety of sculptural mediums. I draw on emotional interpretations to jazz, art for the inspiration for the sculpture I do.”

Occupation Sculptor

Home San Francisco

Achievement The artist, who specializes in working with wood, clay, wire and stone materials, recently displayed pieces from her collection at the Bird and Beckett Books and Records in Glen Park.

ALEX NGUYEN

“I love service. Working with our team to help our customers achieve their financial goals motivates me every day.”

Occupation Store manager, Wells Fargo 

Home San Francisco

Achievement The banker has been promoted by Wells Fargo to manage its branch at Market and Church streets, where he will lead around a dozen team members.

MARK GORDON

“Wines that go well with food are more important than those available in every grocery store. I enjoy sourcing out fine, small-production wines.”

Occupation Executive chef, wine director 

Home San Francisco

Achievement The restaurateur, who helms Terzo in San Francisco, is the 2008 recipient of Wine Spectator’s prestigious Award of Excellence. He is featured in the Aug. 31 issue of the magazine.

Dancers in Oakland to showcase Ethiopian educational opportunities   

In Ethiopian culture, Sept. 11 signifies the uplifting start of a brand-new year.

As part of a free Ethiopian New Year celebration being held in Oakland’s Lake Merritt Park on Sept. 7, festival guests will receive a special artistic treat — a midday performance from the Children of Ethiopia Educational Fund Mesgana Dancers, who will also showcase attire specific to each region of their homeland.

Seven girls, ranging in age from 7 to 12, compose the troupe, representing more than 1,000 students in the Children’s Fund program who are currently receiving a quality private education in Ethiopia, thanks to sponsors from the United States.

Without education, many young Ethiopian girls are forced into early marriage or other horizon-limiting choices, so the Mesgana troupe represents the freedom that learning provides. Sponsors generally pay $225 to $400 for a child to receive one year of schooling.

For more information about the nonprofit Children of Ethiopia Education Fund, visit www.coeef.org.

Learn how to shop for and  consume sustainable seafood

Terri Ahlmann is heading up a presentation in San Mateo for home cooks to learn how choose fish for the dinner table. The talk is called “Sustainable Seafood: Catch for Today, Live for Tomorrow.”

The presentation is 7 p.m. Monday in the Oak Meeting Room at the San Mateo Public Library, 55 West Third Ave. Call (650) 522-7800 or visit sanmateopublic library.org for more information.

Send us your good news: We want to hear from you about Bay Area residents’ accomplishments and achievements. Do you know someone who’s done something good? E-mail kudos@sfexaminer.com.

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