Kudos: Hybrid repair shops and races at the Polo Fields

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.

CAROLYN COQUILLETTE

“Honest environmental stewardship isn’t ‘green’ but, rather, ‘less brown.’  We must consider our impact in every decision we make.”

Occupation Owner, Luscious Garage

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Achievement The owner of the world’s first woman-operated auto repair shop dedicated solely to hybrids celebrates the award-winning business’s one-year anniversary in September.

MELISSA PERELLO

“Zuni … has this roasted chicken salad. It’s so simple, but it’s so freakin’ good. That’s my favorite thing. I’ve ripped that off a couple of times.”

Occupation Chef

Home San Francisco

Accomplishment The restaurateur, former chef at Fifth Floor and opening Frances in The City next year, is included in Bon Appetit Magazine’s current special restaurant issue among six pioneering female chefs.

ALICIA DATTNER

“I hope that my show inspires people to step back, laugh at their foibles, feel a bit more human and fall in love with their dreams again.”

Occupation Comedian

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Achievement The performer, a stand-up comic for 10 years, presents “The Punchline,” a solo show about what stops people from pursuing their dreams; it’s part of the San Francisco Fringe Festival, which begins Sept. 6.

VICTOR NOLASCO

“The goal of Safari is to bring back the energy of the Bay Area bands from the ’70s and combine it with the feel of the Latin music of today.”

Occupation Master timbalero

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Achievement The founder and leader of the band Safari is a self-taught musician who began playing timbales as a young boy. Today he combines his unique style of percussion with innovative, high-energy performances; he appears today with Safari at the Little Fox in Redwood City.

Polo in the Park will benefit therapy for autistic children

They’re called the Golden Gate Park Polo Fields for a good reason, and on Sept. 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., they’ll host what they promise, when nonprofit Horses in California presents its annual Polo in the Park to benefit equine therapy for autistic children.

The daylong festival will feature Bay Area and international polo players vying for trophies. Other events include a lawn luncheon, an exhibition match, a live auction, live music, wine tasting, a classic British car show, a Segway polo tournament and Jack Russell terrier races.

Proceeds benefit the James S. Brady Therapeutic Riding Program for children with autism, cerebral palsy or other special needs. Tickets range from $50 to $100 and $700 for a table of eight.

The polo weekend also features an opening party at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Horses in California Inc. headquarters in S.F. For more information, visit www.sfpolointhepark.com.

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