Life coach organizes peace march

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.

JOE WESTON

“I believe our hope for the future lies in our willingness to connect in the streets with those we don’t know.”

Occupation  Workshop facilitator, life coach

Home  Emeryville

Achievement  The activist is the chief organizer of the Heartwalker Peace Project, a 3.5-mile march through San Francisco on a route shaped like a heart.  The walk, which begins 11 a.m. Sunday at Justin
Herman Plaza, advocates for world peace.

BETTY T. YEE

“During these economic times, I believe it’s important for women to make their money work for them.”

Occupation  Vice chairwoman, Board of Equalization

Home  San Francisco

Achievement  The board member is sponsoring the free women’s financial conference, “Small Business and Personal Financial Planning,” in San Francisco on Sept. 25, which will teach small business development, personal financial budgeting, homeownership and more.

MANOEL FELCIANO

“I’ve always wanted to work in my hometown, I’ve always wanted to do Stoppard and I’ve always wanted to work at A.C.T. I couldn’t ask for a better opportunity.”

Occupation  Actor, musician

Home  New York City

Achievement  The Tony Award-nominated actor returns home to make his Bay Area debut as Jan, the male lead in American Conservatory Theater’s West Coast premiere of Tom Stoppard’s “Rock ’n’ Roll,” directed by A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff and opening today.

Lunafest promotes women, fights cancer

The eighth annual Lunafest Film Festival, featuring movies by, for and about women, comes to San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts on Thursday.

Among the films represented are “Kaden” by Harriet Storm of Berkeley and “My Mother Said” by Jessica Sison of San Francisco. The event was established by Luna, makers of nutrition bars for women, to promote women filmmakers, raise awareness for women’s issues and support women’sorganizations.

Profits from the screening go to the San Francisco-based Breast Cancer Fund, a nonprofit organization with a mission to identify and eliminate environmental causes of breast cancer.

This year’s Lunafest also includes, for the first time, a celebrity auction featuring items from notables such as America Ferrara and Christy Turlington.

VIP activities start at 6 p.m.; the screening begins at 7:30 p.m. The Palace of Fine Arts is located at 3301 Lyon St. Tickets are $10 to $50. For details, call (866) 760-8223 or visit www.breastcancerfund.org/lunafest8.

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