Marin Magazine - May 2008

Belle of the Ball

Katie Crouch is really happy to be home. She can’t remember how many cities — it was either nine or 11 — she visited on her prepublication book tour to meet booksellers and press, but it wore her out. “My only job for 14…

Miles of Isles

Sultry island wonders await the off-season traveler in Indonesia


>> West Marin fan My husband and I just returned from spending two nights at Dancing Coyote Beach in Inverness. What a delight to then read Marin Magazine’s POV (April issue) about taking a vacation in West Marin. If you…

Attitude Adjustment

Even if you haven’t met Holly Seeler or her young children Jack and Tess, you might have heard them. They’re the ones running up to shoppers reaching for a head of lettuce in a grocery store and bursting out, “I…

Cynthia Batt

Talking with Cynthia Batt, Owner of Spargo, A Place for Men.

Keeping Time

Ladies Keep the Time and Timely Trends in Men's Watches

The Hands of My Mother

My mother, Eleanor, is 81 and sometimes in the early evening she sits at the dining room table, a cup of tea steeping nearby, and pauses in the middle of a conversation to look at her hands. “These are the…

Marin Symphony

Marin Symphony welcomed guests including the Consul General of Japan in San Francisco, Mr. Yasumasa Nagamine, to the concert parties held in conjunction with the Screen Gems event. Pre-concert, there was a gourmet chocolate tasting with Leslie Harlib and sponsored by Valrhona chocolate, Prager Port and Wells Fargo.


Also recently, Kristen Harper and Marin native Danielle Bourhis, founder of Brown Eyed Girl, closed down Saks Fifth Avenue to celebrate the launch of their new lifestyle coaching firm WingWoman. With backgrounds in psychology and retail, the duo aims to mold and nurture their clients' personal style in all aspects of their life-not just their wardrobes.

Oscar Night America

At the Smith Rafael Film Center the red carpet was rolled out for California Film Institute's Oscar Night America. Attendees enjoyed dinner, a Hollywood-style cocktail lounge and wine bar, silent auction, raffle and more. Local comedian Geoff Bolt served as emcee and provided several laughs during the commercial breaks. Proceeds for this event benefited California Film Institute Outreach, a complimentary program that brings films and filmmakers to Bay Area students.

Camp Okizu

At Fort Mason Center, Camp Okizu's "Fire and Ice: Art Inspiring Hope" fundraiser enjoyed a record turnout. The friendly bidding wars started early in the silent auction, where artwork included a 1912 Muir Woods photograph that went for $650. By the end of the night over $780,000 was raised, which means many children and family members affected by childhood cancer will be able to enjoy the camp in the Sierras this summer.

Institute for Health and Healing

Also enjoying a record crowd was the "Celebrating Science and Soul" fundraiser held by the Institute for Health and Healing. The honorees included Dr. Deepak Chopra as a Pioneer in Integrative Medicine and Robert Tomasello, who received the Compassionate Caring Award. The fundraiser garnered $390,500 that will go toward establishing Institutes for Health and Healing in hospital and community programs.

Discovery Forum

At the Ritz-Carlton hotel, supporters of Sausalito's Bay Area Discovery Museum came out to support the museum's educational programs and exhibitions in the annual Discovery Forum, which raised almost $150,000.

Strawberry Point School Fundraiser

In Strawberry, parents, alumni and teachers gathered for the seventh annual PTA auction night, where $100,000 was raised for Strawberry Point School's environmental education programs.