SkinSpirit Skincare Clinic & Spa is making Marin its newest medical spa destination. The Mill Valley spa offers nonsurgical cosmetic skin care treatments for the face and body, including massage therapy, laser hair removal, chemical peels, acupuncture and physician-designed facials. The Palo Alto location has already received “Best Of” awards from local media, and this month, the Marin site is opening with complimentary skin care consultations. 800 Redwood Hwy., Mill Valley. 866.323.0039,

Shop Till You Drop
Carolina Loiacono has transformed the women’s boutique Allie G into her new signature shopping destination, Carolina. Visit to find more great dresses like the one featured in our fall fashion shoot. 76 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley, 415.381.2554,

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
With National Breast Cancer Month upon us, locals are taking big steps to combat the disease. At the University of California, San Francisco, breast cancer surgeon scientist Laura Esserman, M.D., M.B.A. is leading the charge in the development of new studies and treatment options. Dr. Esserman is one of the forces behind, which was founded by two of her breast cancer patients. The nonprofit website matches individuals with NCI-approved breast cancer clinical trials. Her latest effort is the Athena Network, a project that enrolls 150,000 California patients, care providers and scientists who will work together as a network to provide new information pertaining to breast cancer risk, prevention and treatment. The goal is to find more effective ways to screen and fight breast cancer, identify who is most at risk for specific types of breast cancer and discover what treatments work best for certain genetic and medical profiles.

Locals Show at MVFF
This year’s Mill Valley Film Festival, October 7–17, includes shorts, mid-lengths and feature films in a variety of categories. Don’t miss Greenbrae residents Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto, who screened their first film 25 years ago at the festival and are back with a new full-length documentary, Trust. Kelly wrote, directed and produced the new film; Yamamoto produced and edited it. The documentary is about 18-year-old Marlin, a survivor of rape, who by participating in a neighborhood teen theater company is transformed through the power of art. This year’s film festival also marks the couple’s 25-year wedding anniversary.

Jump In
This year’s RCP Tiburon Mile Open Water Swim is October 17. Jump in the chilly waters or keep a watch from shore as 600 participants, from Olympic-caliber athletes to local recreational swimmers, compete for a $10,000 first prize. The race begins at Angel Island and ends in Tiburon.