Kudos: Slow food, presidential politics and hula-hoop madness

GEOFF ANDREWS

“ ‘The Slow Food Story’ is the first study of Slow Food's distinctive politics which offers a critique not only of the food system, but of a way of living.”

Occupation: Writer

Home: England, Italy

Achievement: The academic, commentator and author of “The Slow Food Story” will sign copies of his book at 5 p.m. Saturday at at the bookstore at Fort Mason at San Francisco’s Slow Food Nation ‘08.   

CHRIS SOLLARS

“If I can't fix the division in my own family, I do not know how you go about fixing the country.”

Occupation: Artist, director of “C Red Blue J”

Home: San Francisco

Achievement: The creator of a documentary about the complications of the 2004 presidential election is organizing 50 “C Red Blue J” screenings in 50 states coinciding with this year’s national conventions. For details, e-mail credbluej@667shotwell.com.
 
ADRIAN HOFFMAN

“We continue to serve our guests the best seafood available and through the partnership we're also able to educate them about conscientious food choices. It’s a win-win situation.” 

Occupation: Culinary director, Lark Creek Restaurant Group

Home: San Francisco

Achievement: The chef’s group has adopted Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch guidelines, which means all 10 restaurants in the organization are serving seafood strictly approved by the guidelines.

GREG STANGE

“I have been continuously successful helping people achieve their personal and professional goals, so I wanted to help make the dream of homeownership a reality for many other worthy families.”

Occupation: Realtor

Home: Redwood City

Achievement:  The top real estate agent at Coldwell Banker spent his personal money and time building houses for low-income families in the Bay Area through partnering with the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
 

PAUL BLAIR

“A big part of what I do is performance and playshops at school assemblies, fairs and family events — so I get to play with kids who are at the age of curiosity and wonder and with adults who are re-living that age.”

Occupation: Hula hoop guru

Home: San Francisco

Achievement: The hula hoop stuntman, sometimes called Dizzy Hips, is featured in the new edition of the Ripley’s Believe it or Not book “Prepare to be Shocked!” a multi-million selling series featuring bizarre and amazing facts and pictures.

Kids learn how literacy can keep them safe on the street 

San Francisco public safety officials are lending their hand to help children learn about the importance of reading.

On Aug. 15, San Francisco police officers and firefighters visited children at the Glide Foundation after-school program for a Hoopoe Books Share Literacy Program read-along.

Alice de Moraes, administrator of the program, said, “The visit by the police officers and firefighters at the Hoopoe Books Share Literacy Program read-along event was a wonderful opportunity for the kids to learn that good reading and thinking skills help keep them street-safe.”

Officers in attendance included Lt. Mike Charlton and firefighter Ted Creighton from the fire department, and San Francisco police Capt. Gary Jimenez and Sgt. Gaetano Caltagirone.

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