Kudos to a choreographer, a congresswoman and a cooking class

Joanna Haigood

“Change is inevitable. It is a shift in context, a shift in how we perceive the very foundation of place.”

Occupation: Choreographer

Home: Bolinas

Achievement: The dance maker’s new work “The Shifting Cornerstone” is the highlight of 17th WestWave Dance Festival. It’s presented in free continuous performances between noon and 5 p.m. today through Sunday at Mission and Third streets in San Francisco.

K.C. Price

“Based on audience size, Frameline produces the largest LGBT film festival in the world, and it is known locally for being one of the most celebrated community events in the Bay Area.”

Occupation: Executive director, Frameline

Home: San Francisco

Achievement: The media arts professional was named the new executive director of San Francisco-based Frameline, known as the largest and longest-running lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film exhibition in the world.

Joti Levy

“Students selling produce at the local farmers market are learning the value of eating locally grown organic produce while enjoying getting their hands dirty.”

Occupation: Garden program director

Home: San Francisco

Achievement: The educator is leading school students enrolled in a garden-education program at Willie Brown Jr. College Preparatory Academy this summer. Each Wednesday, she and four students are selling freshly-grown fruits and vegetables at Third and Oakdale streets.

Anna Eshoo

“Innovation is the hallmark of my congressional district and the biotechnology industry here leads our country and the world. How honored I am to have my work recognized by them.”

Occupation: Congresswoman

Home: Menlo Park

Achievement: A South San Francisco-based biology industry group named the congresswoman legislator of the year for a bill she introduced that would lead to swifter FDA approval of medicines manufactured using living organisms.

Dewey Crumpler

“I'm happy to be able to teach at the school that gave me so much. And I've felt good that the community found the mural to be useful to them.”

Occupation: Muralist, associate professor

Home: Oakland

Achievement: The San Francisco Art Institute teacher’s 5,500-square-foot mural “The Fire Next Time II,” which illustrates the relationship between African and African American cultures, has been refurbished and rededicated. It’s installed outside at the Joseph P. Lee Recreation Center in San Francisco’s Bayview district.

Cooking class shows how to prevent cancer by eating right

The Cancer Project, a national nonprofit dedicated to advancing cancer prevention, is offering a free, four-session cooking course in September that is designed to help San Francisco residents prevent and survive cancer through proper diet and nutrition.

“The single easiest and best thing most of us can do to prevent cancer or its recurrence is to eat right,” says Jennifer Reilly, a senior nutritionist for The Cancer Project. “More than a third of all cancer deaths in this country are due to poor diet.”

The prescription for better health is a low-fat vegetarian diet with fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Relly also recommends cutting down on fatty foods and added fats and oils, particularly saturated fats, which have been linked to an increased risk of breast, colon, and prostate cancer. Look for healthy substitutes for dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt, which have been implicated in the occurrence of breast and colorectal cancers.

The cancer prevention diet challenge is not only to teach people which foods are good for them, but also to show them how to make the food taste good. Each class centers on important cancer-nutrition topics. Local cooking instructor Kristin Doyle will guide students through the preparation of tasty and easy-to-prepare recipes.

Classes run from 6 to 8 p.m. The class lineup is: Sept. 8, “Favoring Fiber”; Sept. 15, “Discovering Dairy Alternatives”; Sept. 22, “Replacing Meat”; Sept. 29, “Antioxidants and Phytochemicals.”

The course will be in Ida's Café at UCSF Medical Center, 2356 Sutter St., San Francisco. While the cost is free, there is a suggested $10 to $20 donation per class. To register, contact the Cancer Resource Center at (415) 885-3693.

‘Pathways’ to benefit S.F. anti-domestic violence agency

Actress Rebecca Handler will be just one of many folks donating their time to the “Pathways To Discovery: Transforming Women's Lives” benefit taking place on Oct. 2. The second annual event will also include a live DJ, food catered by Paula LeDuc and Handler-hosted live and silent auctions.

All proceeds will go to La Casa de las Madres, San Francisco’s 32-year-old anti-domestic violence organization that creates life-changing options for deserving women, teens and children. </p>

The event runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Allsteel, 4 Maritime Plaza, San Francisco. Tickets range from $35 to $100, and can be purchased at www.acteva.com, www.theAlist.org, or by calling (415) 513-1099.

For more information, visit http://www.lacasadelasmadres.org.

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