Kudos: Opera, finance, and finding art in waste

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.

GREGOR WATSON

“This organization gives back to the community in so many ways and it is an honor to be helping a neighborhood that is the heart of San Francisco.”

Occupation  Managing partner, McKinley Partners

Home  San Francisco

Achievement  The investment firm manager is the newest board member of the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Center, which provides affordable housing and other services to residents in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district.

LORNA MEYER

“As one of the first females in the financial services field, this award and ranking is particularly special to me.”

Occupation  Financial adviser

Home  San Francisco

Achievement  The Merrill Lynch financial adviser has been recognized in Barron’s magazine recent report on the “Top 100 Women Financial Advisers.” She serves on the board of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the California College of the Arts and the Zen Hospice Project of San Francisco.

LOTFI MANSOURI

“All I wanted to do was share my love for the greatest art form created by the human mind, and I think, to some small degree, I have succeeded.”

Occupation  Opera director

Home  San Francisco

Achievement  The former general director of the S.F. Opera is responsible for the introduction of English translation projected above the stage during a performance. It was 25 years ago that he first employed the device, which has made opera more accessible to audiences around the world.

BARBARA HOLMES

“My work generally questions common notions of utility and blurs the distinctions between art and design with the intent of creating a more open, broad reading.”

Occupation  Artist

Home  Oakland

Achievement  The artist-in-residence at the San Francisco dump has created works for the Museum of Craft and Folk Art’s Wood Wares Show, a trunk show that opens with a reception at 5 p.m. today in San Francisco.

A rare look at Carolands gardens

This year’s 33rd annual tour hosted by the San Mateo Arboretum Society on Saturday is a big one, presenting four gardens in the Hillsborough-San Mateo area, including the estate gardens of the Carolands.

Rarely open to the public, the spectacular gardens of the Chateau Carolands were refurbished by British landscape architect Martin Lane Fox when the current owners purchased the property in 1998. Fox started with the architecture of the house and worked outwards to create vistas from windows and entrances to distinct, multilevel areas of the grand garden.

Three other gardens are featured on the self-guided tour, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Visitors may begin at any of the featured gardens, and should plan to start promptly at 10 a.m.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at various Peninsula locations for $35, or on the day of the tour for $40 at Kohl Pumphouse in San Mateo’s Central Park. For more information, visit www.sanmateoarboretum.org.

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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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