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Marina Middle School hosted a bike fair in late April (Photo: Marina Bike Safety Fair)

Just a few days before you celebrate Mother’s Day by letting your mother know how lucky you are to have her, you can help some of the city’s most vulnerable women, children and families at the sixth annual Epiphany Center’s Celebrating Mothers Luncheon. Held Wednesday, May 7, at the St. Francis Yacht Club (700 Marina Blvd.), the event begins at 11:30 a.m. and will include an orchid sale, silent auction, and good food.

Details are available at or call 415-351-4055.

7×7 magazine recently touted Union Street’s own Kim Peirano for her work in “acupuncture facelift,” a safer and less expensive alternative to surgery for people looking to deal with baggy eyes and other facial rejuvenation matters. Peirano, who has run her practice at 1863 Union Street ( for three years, is a licensed acupuncturist specializing in women’s health and fertility, facial rejuvenation, neurological health and stroke rehabilitation, among others. She tells the Marina Times that facial acupuncture “has gained some popularity in the news [and in] magazines and even on Oprah, as it’s one of the few safe alternatives to botox, fillers, and surgery which actually work.”

Union Street resident Curtis Tongue is on a mission to help people reduce their energy usage. Teaming up with CEO Matt Duesterberg in 2013, Tongue co-founded Ohmconnect, where he serves as CMO. The company automates electricity usage and savings for its customers, paying them for the reductions (up to $130 per year, according to the company). If you want to find out how to turn your home into a “virtual power plant,” visit

Remember when your parents had to walk to school in three feet of snow, uphill both ways? San Francisco school kids get to skip the snow, but the hills remain. To encourage them to bike, the city held its annual Bike and Roll to School Week, which kicked off with a bike fair at Marina Middle School April 19, featuring free, basic tune-ups for people who brought their bikes, as well as a bike obstacle course, and free bike safety equipment for the first 300 families to show up. Also present were representatives from the Presidio YMCA’s YBIKE Program, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, and Assemblymember Phil Ting, who discussed his legislation to help upgrade road designs for urban biking.

Bike and Roll to School Week is organized by the San Francisco Safe Routes to School Program and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.

If you’re out enjoying the Marina some sunny weekend, you might run into former Pixar employee Zander Adell. But while you’re out enjoying yourself, you might be missing the delivery of your Amazon package or that eBay purchase you fought a big bidding war to win.

Funny coincidence, then. Adell’s the co-founder with ex-IBMer Kapil Israni of San Francisco-based company doorman ( The new company does what your doorman would do if you had a doorman — it makes sure you don’t miss a delivery just because you weren’t home when the shipment came. Doorman — the company — delivers your package to you when you’re home from work, in the evening. So you can spend more time on your weekends chatting up Adell on Chestnut Street and less time waiting in line at the UPS facility.

If you’ve been going hog-wild ordering stuff on eBay, you might find you’ve got too much stuff to fit into your home. CityStash (with a business office at 1220 N. Fillmore and a storage facility at 524 Union St.) contacted us to offer their services for everyone doing spring cleaning. They’ll drop off boxes at your home, pick them up, and deliver them to their “secure, climate-controlled storage facilities,” and you only pay for the space you use, not for an entire half-filled storage locker (

Fort Mason Center’s The Mexican Museum is hosting an exhibit of photographs and kitchen objects from the collection of Rosa Covarrubias. La Cocina: The Culinary Treasures of Rosa Covarrubias, runs from May 16 through Jan. 18, 2015, but museum members get a special preview reception May 15 from 6–8 p.m. Everyone else will be able to see it Wednesday through Sunday, noon–4 p.m. Admission is free.

But there’s more to whet your appetite. In conjunction with the exhibit, the museum is holding culinary-related programs, including cooking demonstrations and guest speakers discussing everything from the rich history of chocolate to tortilla making to mezcal production. For program dates, visit

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