Kudos: Latin music, ethnomusicology and male modeling

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.

JAVIER B. PACHECO

“The world of Latin music offers a glimpse into the melodies, rhythms, harmonies and texts of the Americas.”

Occupation  Music, piano and Spanish teacher; arranger

Home  Menlo Park

Achievement  The pianist and scholar — he has a doctorate in ethnomusicology — peforms with several bands; Orquesa Pacheco, in the lineup of the Redwood City Salsa Festival on Saturday, is among them.

KEVIN WESTLYE

“Each year we evolve the Food Affaire with a new theme, format and location to keep the event fresh for the public and exciting for the chefs.”

Occupation  Executive director, Golden Gate Restaurant Association

Home  Lafayette

Achievement  The executive coordinates the Food Affaire, an annual scholarship fundraiser that has awarded $400,000 to culinary students. This year’s gala, which showcases Bay Area chefs, will be held Sept. 22 at Ruby Skye.

LYNDA TASCHEK

“I reached out to FAAN to understand more about my daughter Hannah’s life-threatening multiple food allergies.”

Occupation  Co-chair, FAAN Walk for Food Allergy in San Francisco

Home  San Francisco

Achievement  The volunteer is chairing the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network’s Walk for Food Allergy, a fundraiser to increase awareness about food allergies. The walk starts in Golden Gate Park on Saturday.

NIKHIL ARORA

“It’s exciting to work to solve a complex, deep-rooted problem with modern, simple solutions.”

Occupation  Student

Home  Irvine

Achievement  The UC Berkeley student’s project, “Solar Powered Africa — LED Lanterns Lighting the Way,” is a semifinalist in an American Express $2.5 million online initiative that invites members to vote for projects that have a positive impact on the world.

CARLOS FIGUEROA

“I didn’t really know what it was when I entered. My overall thoughts on winning are: I was overwhelmed, shocked and didn’t really expect anything like that to happen.”

Occupation  “Accidental model”

Home  San Francisco

Achievement  Undergear and Instinct magazine recently named the well-built resident the winner of the local round of its national male-model search. He will compete for an Undergear contract and Instinct cover shoot in New York City on Oct. 10.

Half century of Shawl-Anderson Dance Center

Dancers have career lifespans similar to butterflies — very, very short. Against that fact of life, consider the 50 years of Oakland’s nonprofit Shawl-Anderson Dance Center.

Frank Shawl and Victor Anderson came from dance careers in New York in 1958, and the local dance center they set up has served as home to thousands in the community, producing some big names in the Bay Area and on the national dance scene.

Dancers from around the country are expected at the 50th anniversary gala benefit on Saturday at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave., Berkeley, beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets are $75 to $125.

On Friday, there will be performances at the center, at 2704 Alcatraz Ave. at College Avenue, in Berkeley, at 7 and 9 p.m.  Tickets are $15.  For information and tickets, call (510) 654-5921 or visit www.shawl-anderson.org.

Sequoia Hospital joins recycling program to improve health care

Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City is participating in a recycling program sponsored by MedShare International, which is dedicated to bridging the gap between a local surplus of medical supplies and the need for improved health care around the world.

Opened but unused medical supplies are among the waste routinely discarded by hospitals; MedShare redistributes the material to developing countries that have little or no medical supplies.

Supplies including sutures, tapes, gloves and custom-pack items — no drugs — are being collected at Sequoia; MedShare picks them up weekly and brings them to a location in the East Bay staffed by some 500 volunteers for sorting and redistribution.

For more information about the program, visit www.medshare.org.

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