Kudos: Life-altering art, good food and walking tours

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.

MARGO RIVERA-WEISS

“I believe that art should be an important part of our daily life and that it can embody life-altering power.”

Occupation: Artist, community outreach manager

Home: Oakland

Achievement: The curator and founder of the JanRae Community Art Gallery at the Women’s Cancer Resource Center is celebrating the gallery’s 10th anniversary. The WCRC provides a place for women with cancer and their supporters.

CAROL PRELL

“The inspiration for my floral collage pictures is from observing the flowers and trees in all seasons during my daily walks through the Dogpatch neighborhood.”

Occupation: Painter

Home: San Francisco

Achievement: The San Francisco artist recently showed a number of her paintings in Glen Park during Bird and Beckett Books and Records, weekly jazz event. 

RODNEY A. FONG 

“My business and community contributions hopefully allow visitors and residents alike to share the same passion I have for this great city.”

Occupation: Owner, Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf

Home: San Francisco

Achievement: The operating owner of The Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf (and commissioner with the Port of San Francisco) places great importance on contributing back to the community.

KATHERINE McCARRON

“The Friends of the Poor Walk is a way for us to come together … and to raise the profile of our work across The City.”</em>

Occupation: Director, support services

Home: San Francisco

Achievement: The St. Vincent de Paul Society representative is organizing the annual fundraiser for the group, which helps the needy; the walk is at Lake Merced Sept. 27.

SAM MOGANNAM

“I’m proud of what we have achieved in the past 10 years in creating a community through food. I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish in the next 10.”

Occupation: Partner, Bi-Rite Market and Bi-Rite Creamery

Home: San Francisco

Achievement: The entreprenuer turned a neighborhood grocery store owned by his family since 1964 into a culinary destination for food lovers and has created a community united by local, sustainable and artisan-produced foods.

Presidio guided tours showcase cultural ideas for the future

Officials at San Francisco’s Presidio are inviting the public to take advantage of two final opportunities to get an up-close, guided tour describing plans to revitalize the heart of the Presidio, the historic Main Post.

The last of a series of free walking tours will start at 2 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday at the Presidio Officers’ Club. Originally scheduled to end in July, the tours were extended due to their popularity. More than 1,000 people have taken part in the walks since they began more than two months ago.

The Main Post is considered San Francisco’s birthplace, where the original garrison was established by Spain in 1776.

During the 90-minute walks, guides reveal the post’s history and discuss ideas for returning it to its former vitality. The tours leave from the Presidio Officers’ Club, at 50 Moraga Ave. There is no charge and no RSVP is required. Layered clothing and comfortable shoes are recommended. Group and special request tours are available on request.

Members of the public may share comments on proposals for the Main Post through Sept. 19 by e-mailing mainpost@presidiotrust.gov. The draft plans are available for review at www.presidio.gov.

Elks continue centennial celebration

On July 17, 1908, the San Mateo Elks Lodge was chartered as the 1,112th Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

This year, the group is in the midst of celebrating 100 years of service. On Saturday, the organization hosts a car show and pasta lunch. 

The automobile show runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The all-you-can-eat meal  — featuring pasta, salad, garlic bread and soft drinks — will be served at 1 p.m. A Dixieland band will began performing at 2 p.m.

The meal costs $10. Wine will be served for $1 per glass. The lodge is located at 229 W. 20th Ave. For more information, visit www.sanmateoelks.org.

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