San Rafael is known for great weather, famous musician residents and now celebriducks—a line of celebrity rubber ducks bearing the likeness of Elvis, Bill Clinton, James Dean and over 200 more options. Look out for the company’s line of Barack Obama ducks, which just hit stores.

It's Beautifull
Delicious, nutritious, ready-made meals like no other. Influenced by chefs with backgrounds from Chez Panisse, Hawthorne Lane, and Charlie Trotters. Delivered to your Marin home and now at Woodlands Market in Kentfield or Paradise Foods in Corte Madera. 866.624.0225 or

Flip the Switch
The future looks bright at San Domenico School, which has just unveiled its 412-kilowatt solar energy system. The solar project is expected to reduce carbon emissions by 860,000 pounds annually— equivalent to removing 70 vehicles from the road or preserving three acres of forest from deforestation. The 2,300 panels will offset nearly 85 percent of the school’s expected annual electricity costs.

Adventure Author
Tiburon resident Jennifer Woodlief’s second book, A Wall of White, has just hit the shelves. The true-story account of the ’82 avalanche at Alpine Meadows, considered one of the worst ski resort avalanches in North American history, in which seven people were killed and a woman was found alive under the snow after five days, is currently being shopped around to movie studios, so read the book before the story hits the big screen.

Start Spring Off Right
Get your toes ready for spring with Kayse Gehret’s Sausalito-based Soulstice line of 100 percent vegan and DBP-, toluene- and formaldehyde-free nail colors including the new Ibiza pink shine, Nairobi metallic and Lisbon navy. Available at Biondina (Mill Valley). 415.388.0772,


Green Dining Comes to Greenbrae  Wipeout Bar & Grill in Greenbrae’s Bon Air Center has recently obtained its certification status as a Bay Area Green Business. The restaurant’s eco-friendly practices include collecting all food scraps for Marin’s composting program, using energy efficient lighting, recycling all bottles, cans, cardboard and paper and collecting its used cooking oil for Bio-Diesel conversion.  The restaurant staff is also on board, donating time to participate in local beach clean-ups throughout the year. Wipeout Bar & Grill, 302 Bon Air Center (Greenbrae). 415.461.7400,

Toast Novato!  Smoked salmon and sweet corn griddle cakes and wood-fired pizza’s served up in a spacious contemporary space designed by renown architect Stanley Saitowitz. No, not a dream, all this and more can be found at Toast Novato, which just opened at 5800 Nave Drive at Hamilton Marketplace. “We are very excited about this space,” confirms, owner Shahram Bijan (First Crush in San Francisco and Toast Mill Valley), “Hamilton is a great area.” Like the popular Mill Valley eatery of the same name, Toast Novato will offer delectable and homey dishes at affordable prices, Unlike its Mill Valley sister, Toast Novato will offer outdoor seating as well as a wood burning pizza oven. 415.382.1144

Marin in SF?  Leading Bay Area chefs including Bruce Hill and Chris Whaley both from Picco along with Erica Holland-Toll from The Lark Creek Inn and Marinite and Aziza chef Mourad Lahlou are participating with Marin farmers in the first annual, A Moveable Feast, to benefit CUESA, the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture. The event starts March 3 at Luce restaurant in San Francisco. Tickets available online at

Good Morning  Nick’s Cove NOW open for breakfast, 415.663.1033,