We were thrilled to hear about Branson High School senior Zachary Ostroff’s selection as the bassist for both the Grammy Foundation’s Grammy Jazz Combo and the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts 2011 YoungArts jazz program. Ostroff will perform during Grammy week in Los Angeles and record an album at Capitol Records. ■ Congrats to local Tiffany Shlain, whom we featured in November’s Marinterview section, on her two Sundance selections. Shlain’s documentary’s Connected and Yelp: With Apologies to Allen Ginsberg’s Howl were both chosen for the 2011 film festival. ■ Hats off to healthy lifestyle expert Kim Juarez, who owns Mill Valley’s Lola and has been chosen as a Lucy Activewear LucyPro. As a spokesmodel for the brand, Juarez will be featured in advertisements across the U.S., teamlola.com
Fun, Family and Free
There are only two more Saturdays left to take the kids on a gratis outdoor adventure with WildCare naturalists. Bilingual tours begin at 10 a.m. at selected trailheads on February 12 and March 26. The programs cover family life of the waterfowl in February and banana slugs, dragonflies and woodpeckers in March. Directions available on website. 415.453.1000, wildcarebayarea.org/familyadventures
Sealed with a Kiss
Can’t hand-deliver your valentine? Let Greenbrae’s SusieCakes do it for you. The all-American homestyle bakery is delivering Valentine-grams on February 14. Place an order before February 12 and complete your personalized love note. For something extra special, take on the perfect proposal. SusieCakes can custom-design a cupcake or cake and bake your engagement ring into it. Pricing begins at $18 for the Valentine-gram. susiecakesbakery.com
Get a jump on your New Year’s with Neka Pasquale’s Urban Remedy juice cleanses. The Evo Spa acupuncturist features a signature cleanse chock full of veggies, fruits and nuts, a detoxifying green juice cleanse and custom cleanses for cancer therapies and chronic illnesses. Order online and pick up at the spa or choose the local delivery option. 415.786.8011, urbanremedy.com
Consider yourself an oenophile? Back up your love of wine with a serious education. The International Sommelier Guild has classes beginning February 7 at City College of San Francisco. Classes range from basic fundamentals to a full sommelier six-month intensive diploma program. internationalsommelier.com
Local Heddie Chu was born in Korea and has lived everywhere from Kuala Lumpur to London. A founding member of well-known San Francisco architecture and interior design firm NC2 and a graduate of Parsons School of Design, Chu is combining her global background and style with her new online shopping site EmeraldFish.com. The portal sells home and table decor items, gift pieces and accessories from Europe, Asia and America.