<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Local Events, Community Events, and Volunteer Opportunities ]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcbayarea.com/on-air/community http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usSat, 30 Apr 2016 23:18:51 -0700Sat, 30 Apr 2016 23:18:51 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Oakland Boys & Girls Club Benefit Gala ]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:57:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/206*120/learn-play-event_760.png

Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland presents Salute to Youth on May 5th, a benefit gala that provides guests with the opportunity to network with local businesses and civic leaders. With your help, the silent live auction will help raise necessary funds to sustain the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland throughout 2016. The benefit gala will be at the Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland from 6:00pm-9:30pm. This event will honor the 2016 Youth of the Year Jaelyn A. Murry! 

The purpose of Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland is to develop our community’s youth into the positive contributors to society. To accomplish the purpose, programs and services are tailored to the needs of today’s youth. 

To attend or contribute please RSVP:
Contact Federico Pacheco 1510-444-8211 x 12
FPacheco@bgcoakland.org

To learn, click here

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<![CDATA[ACCI Asian Pacific Heritage Month Honorees : Nicole Castro, Johnllen Crisostomo & Kevin Torion]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:27:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/3434343423dfcsdf.jpg

Asian Americans for Community Involvement (ACCI) is proud to honor Nicole Castro, Johnllen Crisostomo & Kevin Torion!

College students Nicole Castro, Kevin Torion, and Johnllen Crisostomo were recognized as leaders of a movement to name their school after Filipino-Americans—a first for any school in the United States. The former “Alvarado Middle School” in Union City was renamed “Itliong- Vera Cruz Middle School” on December 18, 2015, to honor Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz, two Filipino-American leaders who organized for farmworkers rights in California.

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<![CDATA[ACCI Asian Pacific Heritage Month Honoree: Rich Saito]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:04:09 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/11.3.15+Whaley1.JPG

Asian Americans for Community Involvement (ACCI) is proud to honor Rich Saito!

Rich is a former San Jose Police officer who tries to live up to the Japanese value “kyoko” or “public service”. Since Rich retired in 2006, he went back to being a Reserve Officer and continues to serve the City of San Jose as a volunteer Peace Officer. As a peace officer, he is a contact person for any public safety questions or concerns. He is constantly serving San Jose’s Japantown through community and cultural work. He is a docent at the Japanese American Museum of San Joseand also donates his time for the City of San Jose’s Office of Emergency Services providing communication services and disaster preparedness education to the local community.

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<![CDATA[ACCI Asian Pacific Heritage Month Honorees : Van-Anh Vanessa Vo]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:45:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/whlny-413_25108221975_o.jpg

Asian Americans for Community Involvement (ACCI) is proud to honor Van-Anh Vanessa Vo!

Van-Anh Vanessa Vo is a performer and composer of Vietnamese traditional music. She has dedicated her life to creating music by blending the wonderfully unique sounds of Vietnamese instruments and bringing Vietnamese traditional music to a wider audience, allowing her to preserve her cultural legacy through teaching. Every year, Van-Anh conducts workshops at a national leadership conference for emerging young leaders in the Vietnamese American community. She partners with many local nonprofits and educational institutions to bring concerts to underserved communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has also lent her talents to documentaries that highlight communities’ issues.

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<![CDATA[ACCI Asian Pacific Heritage Month Honoree: Dr. Helen Lei, Ph.D]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:35:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/IMG122112_0001.jpeg

Asian Americans for Community Involvement (ACCI) is proud to honor Dr. Helen Lei, Ph.D!

Dr. Helen Lei is a Clinical Psychologist at Asian Americans for Community Involvement, where she has  more than 25 years of clinical experience. Dr. Lei provides services in English and Chinese, including diagnostic assessment, treatment planning, ongoing therapy, short-term counseling for individuals, children and adults, couples and families in the community. Dr. Lei has strong collaboration skills in working with school and community mental health agenciesto set up parenting education and workshops for local school districts.

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<![CDATA[ACCI Asian Pacific Heritage Month Honorees]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:42:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/292*120/1361-10-1600x657-Asian-Pacific-CSIL-website-hero-graphic.jpg

As May approaches, each day will recognize, honor, and celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage.  To celebrate generations of history and tradition, the Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) will be highlighting special individuals who have made a significant contribution in their community. 

It’s not uncommon for Asians and other minorities to feel uncomfortable seeking and receiving services due to language and cultural barriers. The team of multicultural and multilingual professionals at AACI works to bridge these gaps through an array of services and programs in health, recovery, advocacy, shelter and community. AACI is Santa Clara County’s largest community-based organization focused on Asian Americans in the community. For 40 years, our services have provided critical support and we continue to grow to provide culturally accessible services, not only for Asian Americans but for all. 

During Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, ACCI is proud to honor the following: Dr. Helen Lei, Ph.D a Clinical Psychologist at ACCI, Vietnamese music performer Van-Anh Vanessa Vo, local San Jose Police officer Rich Saito, and a team of college students named Nicole Castro, Johnllen Crisostomo & Kevin Torion.

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<![CDATA[The 8th Annual Vision of Hope Races]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:45:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/297*120/fdgfdfgdfgdfgdf45656.jpg

Dominican Sisters Vision of Hope invites you to our 8th Annual Day at the Races at Golden Gate Fields on May 16, 2015! This year’s event will include the exciting Silent Auction with specialty baskets for sports fans and gourmet dinners, fine wines and some interesting and unique trips --the Main Giants Raffle (need not be present to win) with Giants owner’s tickets, a $200 restaurant package and a $100 Nordstrom’s Shopping Spree!

Vision of Hope is looking forward to setting new records for both attendance and benefits for the children in our eight inner-city Vision of Hope schools. Students from our local schools (St. Elizabeth, St. James, and St. Anthony-Immaculate Conception) will welcome you. Enjoy the Breakfast and Lunch Buffet and get comfortable before the first race around 11:00am.The Sisters hope to see you there!

For information or tickets:
call 510-533- 5768 or visit www.visionofhope.org

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<![CDATA[Downtown Farmers' Market Season Begins]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:19:57 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/FMKTbyDanielGarcia.jpg

The Downtown San Jose Farmers' Market, presented by Kaiser Permanente, opens for its 24th season along San Pedro Street between Santa Clara and St. John streets. The market offers more than fresh-picked fruits and vegetables direct from California growers. Opening day, for example, features live music and Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association (PCFMA) chef demonstrations and recipe tastes.

Besides fresh fruit and veggies, the Downtown Farmers' Market offers artisan booths for unique gifts, cut flowers and gourmet foods, such as smoked fish, olives, breads and Kettle Korn. Bring your family and friends and enjoy a nice Friday for lunch, activities, people-watching and shopping. 

When: Every Friday from 10 am- 2pm

Where: Located in San Jose between St. John and Santa Clara streets

Admission: Free and open to public

For more information, please click here

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<![CDATA[Silicon Valley Gives You 24 Hours to Donate]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:10:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/240*120/Webcvfvfvsite-Banner.png

On May 3, 2016, Silicon Valley Gives hosts a 24 hour online event to help raise money for local nonprofits in the Bay Area. Improve your local community by simply donating to make a difference. Every donation will connect donors to charitable causes they care about most and encourage them to get involved. Your support helps Silicon Valley Gives to impact the Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, and San Benito communities for the better. One of the pillars of SVCF’s mission is to strengthen the common good locally. This 24-hour online fundraising effort, hosted by SVCF with the help of sponsors, will offer thousands of nonprofits the chance to raise millions of dollars.

Click here to learn more

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<![CDATA[Ao Dai Festival]]> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 16:11:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/421AoDai.jpg

The Ao Dai Festival, a multi-dimensional experience celebrating Vietnamese art and culture returns to downtown San Jose. Dancers and stilt walkers dressed in the traditional Ao Dai and scores of musicians and drummers ignite the festivities in a spectacular pre-show outdoor ceremony against a tapestry of colored flags and red silk banners.

When: Sunday, May 15

Time: 4:30- 8:30pm

Where: Fairmont San Jose 

For more information, please click here. 

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<![CDATA[Kimochi 45th Anniversary and Spirit Awards]]> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 16:10:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/Kimochi+Odori+Class.JPG

The 45th Anniversary along with the Kimochi Spirit Awards will be on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco. Join Robert Handa and the Master Storyteller duo Brenda Wong Aoki and Winning Composer Mark Izu as they present the true tale of an interracial marriage with the white daughter of an archdeacon of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. The duo performed an excerpt of their story on NBC’s Asian Pacific America segment that can be viewed here.

Since 1971, Kimochi has provided culturally sensitive, Japanese language-based programs and services to 3,000 Bay Area seniors and their families each year. Services include transportation; referral and outreach services; health and consumer education seminars; healthy aging and senior center activities; social services; congregate and home delivered meals; in-home support services; adult social day care; 24-hour residential and respite care. Kimochi continues the Japanese tradition of care and support for seniors.

Click here to learn more

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<![CDATA[The 39th Annual Nikkei Matsuri in San Jose Japantown]]> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 15:36:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/Nikkei+Matsu45344ri+%282%29.jpg

The 39th Annual San Jose Japanese American Cultural Festival Nikkei Matsuri is on Sunday, May 1, 2016. Join them as the Japanese American community comes together to celebrate Japanese heritage and culture. The festival promises to be vibrant, dynamic, and full of fun! The ever popular Yu Ai Kai Nihonmachi Run will begin at 9am. Taiko drummers from San Jose Taiko will bring the beat at 9:15 am where the Opening ceremony will commence on the outdoor stage in front of the San Jose Buddhist Betsuin on 5th Street. Live entertainment is to be expected on two stages all throughout the day. Check out the traditional art exhibits and demonstrations such as Koto music by Marimo-Kai, Judo demonstraton by San Jose Buddhist Judo Club, Tsugaru Shamisen by Kyle Abbott of Bachido, and more! 

All are welcome to this event to enjoy the food, culture, and fun for all ages. All festivities will take place on Jackson Street between Fourth and Sixth Street.  This event is open and free for all. Nikkei Matsuri is made possible with the support of the City of San Jose Cultural Affairs, Union Bank, Bright Green San Jose, NHK World and Nikkei West newspaper.

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<![CDATA[Del Mar High School Presents: A Taste of International Baccalaureate World School]]> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:13:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Taste+of+IB_Horizontal+Photo_1200x675.jpg

The International Baccalaureate is a worldwide, comprehensive college preparatory program known for high quality curriculum and rigorous assessment that gives IB diploma holders access to the world's leading universities. 

Please join the students and educators of Del Mar International Baccalaureate World School as they perform an enriching experience in IB World. Enjoy culture, sweet & savory delights, crafts and artistic demonstrations from around the globe.

When: Sunday April 24

Time: 1:00-5:00pm

Where: 1224 Del Mar Avenue, San Jose (Del Mar High School)

For more information, please contact (408) 626-3403 or email jolamit@cuhsd.org 

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<![CDATA[Color Me Boldly: The Promise Event]]> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 16:16:28 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/237*120/boldyme.JPG

Boldly Me is a Fremont-based nonprofit that is working to help elementary, middle and high school students transition through adolescence and avoid many of the pitfalls teenagers face from peer pressure to aggressive behavior, bullying and self-victimization. 

Boldly Me's 4th Anniversary Promise Event will help people build their self esteem through classes, counseling programs and one-on-one training that help individuals love themselves, their friends and their families. 

When: Friday, April 29

Where: Massimo's (5200 Mowry Avenue, Fremont)

Time: 6:30pm- 8:30pm

For more information, please click here

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<![CDATA[Tri City Volunteer Food Bank- Appetite for Change ]]> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 15:51:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*240/smallfamily2_poster.jpg

The Class of 2016 is partnering with TCV Food Bank & Thrift Store (Tri-City Volunteers) a non-profit organization providing Alameda County residents with food assistance, low-costing clothes and household items. As the area's largest client-direct food bank, they serve up to 16,000 individuals monthly through food cart and bag lunch programs.

It's both an opportunity to hear about new programs to help end hunger in the Tri- Cities and to get actively involved in fundraising for the purchase of their Mobile Pantry. 

When: April 28

Where: Fremont Senior Center (40086 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont)

Time: 5:30pm- 7:30pm

For more information, please click here

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<![CDATA[Bringing Care to the Community: Comcast Cares Day 2016]]> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 16:15:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/highlandsccd.jpg

On April 30, 2016, a few short weeks away from rolling up our sleeves to volunteer on Comcast Cares Day. More than 90,000 Comcast NBCUniversal employees come together to give back to communities that we call home. On the 14th annual Comcast Cares Day, employees, friends, families, and nonprofit partners help make a change in hundreds of local communities from coast to coast.  From building playgrounds to picnic tables, refurbishing school bleachers, or even bike racks, on Comcast Cares Day getting dirty has never looked more beautiful. 

Comcast Cares Day began in 2001, and has since become one of our company’s best traditions. Fueled by our employees’ passion for giving back, Comcast Cares Day is now the largest single-day corporate volunteer effort in the nation. Comcast Cares Day has also gone global, with our NBCUniversal colleagues hosting projects in more than a dozen countries overseas.

Click here to learn more

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<![CDATA[Cameron Carnival 2016]]> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 15:41:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Dunk+tank.jpg

Cameron House started in the 1950s as a way to help youth and young adults to develop a sense of service to the community. The Cameron Carnival is truly a special family festival that happens each year on the first of May. All proceeds from the event benefit Cameron House’s continued success in providing quality youth programs in our community. Free admission to Cameron Carnival allows you to enjoy live performances, festival foods, and so many featured activities like inflatable jump house, goldfish concession, even a therapeutic massage, there’s so much to do!

When: May 1, 2016

Location:
Cameron House
920 Sacramento St.
San Francisco, CA 94108

Parking:
$3 All Day Validated Parking located at Golden Gateway Garage, 250 Clay St. at Battery St.

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<![CDATA[Celebrate 40 Years as Performing Duo: Uncle Gunjiro's Girlfriend]]> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 15:01:57 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/fsdfsdfsdfsdfsdfs.jpg

The 2016 San Francisco International Arts Festival starting May 19-22 at the South Side Theater in Fort Mason marks the 40 years of being performance partners. Let’s welcome the duo, a pair consisting of the master storyteller Brenda Wong Aoki and Emmy Award Winning Composter Mark Izu. The two present Uncle Gunjiro’s Girlfriend, a true tale of Aoki’s great grand uncle’s interracial marriage with the white daughter of an archdeacon of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. In a dramatic retelling of the uncle’s story in original play with traditional music. 

The idea of an interracial marriage between the two made such scandalous news that it drew national attention. After their engagement Aoki and Emery were forced to flee to Seattle where they were later married. Centuries later, Aoki is the first nationally recognized Asian Storyteller bringing his family story to life to celebrate 110th Anniversary of San Francisco’s Japantown. 

Uncle Gunjiro’s Girlfriend premiered at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco in 1998. It toured to Los Angeles, New Orleans, Tokyo and represented the U.S. in the Adelaide International Arts Festival in Australia. Each time it is performed, long lost relatives emerge and supply new pieces to the family genealogy. Says Aoki, “following Uncle Gunjiro’s story has taught me that everything you do matters -- it continues to impact people a hundred years later.”

Location: South Side Theater, Fort Mason
(2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123)

Dates: May 19-22, 2016

Times: Thursday, May 19 at 8:30pm
Saturday, May 21 at 9:00pm
Sunday, May 22 at 3:30pm

To purchase tickets, click here.

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<![CDATA[On Lok's 45th Anniversary Gala]]> Tue, 12 Apr 2016 16:02:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/_H1A8745.jpg

 

On Lok 45th Anniversary Gala will be on Friday, May 20, 2016 honoring special guests, actress and writer Amy hill will be the emcee for the evening. Please join the celebration at the InterContinental San Francisco Hotel. The cocktail hour started at 6pm and dinner will begin at 7pm. Please rsvp by Monday, May 9th.
It was founded by the early 1970s by a group of citizens concerned about the plight of elders and the lack of long term options in the community. Decades later, On Lok is still serving seniors but have now expanded to research and development, human resources, fundraising and management systems to better provide for elders. This is a special event honoring On Lok for 45 wonderful years of serving the community’s seniors and develop health care models for the well-being of the elderly and chronically ill.

On Lok's 45th Anniversary Gala will be on Friday, May 20, 2016 honoring special guests for their outstanding contributions in serving seniors across the Bay Area. Actress and writer Amy Hill will be the emcee for the evening. Please join the celebration at the InterContinental San Francisco Hotel. The cocktail hour starts at 6pm and dinner will begin at 7pm. Please RSVP by Monday, May 9th.

On Lok was founded in the early 1970s by a group of citizens concerned about the plight of elders and the lack of long term options in the community. On Lok has now continued serving seniors but have now expanded to research and development, human resources, fundraising and management systems to better provide for elders. The organization has expanded to provide long-term care options in the community including transporation services, in-home care, social activities, and wellness promotion programs. This is a special milestone event honoring the ongoing mission On Lok has dedicated for 45 wonderful years, a leader in senior care and innovating new ways to care for elderly in a community they love.  

Click here for more info 
Date: May 20, 2016
Ticket Price $250
Where: InterContinental San Francisco Hotel
Time: 6-9pm

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<![CDATA[SF LGBT Soiree Gala The Imaginarium]]> Thu, 07 Apr 2016 16:56:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/318*120/Booger.png

The SF LGBT Center’s Soiree Gala supports life-changing community programs. On Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 8:30pm attend to support SF LGBT Center’s The Imaginarium on their mission to provide vital services to tens of thousands of Bay Area residents.The Imaginarium Soiree is a salute to the unbridled creativity of the LGBT community and promotes further development of its imaginative mind. Come drink, dance, and celebrate on behalf of a vital community cause. It’s a huge year for the LGBT Center as it embarks on a major building renovation to provide new community meeting spaces and open up room availability to nonprofits. Enjoy live entertainment curated by Juanita MORE!, the Grand Marshal of the SF Pride Parade  while sipping from the open bar served by some of Castro’s best bartenders. Food will be served from local restaurants. The event is held at Terra Gallery and is a 21 and up event. 

To purchase tickets, click here

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<![CDATA[Discover Children of the Dragon]]> Thu, 07 Apr 2016 16:36:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/CHildren+of+the+Dragon+2011+%2814%29.JPG

Children’s Discovery Museum presents Children of the Dragon: A Vietnamese Cultural Heritage Celebration. Bring the whole family to uncover the exciting and exhilarating two-day event that highlights rich traditions and features members of the Vietnamese community. The event takes place Saturday, April 16 to Sunday, April 17 from 10am to 5pm. Enjoy traditional music and dance, even participate in creating beautiful lanterns or other arts projects. This celebration is created in partnership with Museum’s Vietnamese Culture.

Click here for more info

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<![CDATA[Senior Smiles & Wellness Health Fair]]> Thu, 07 Apr 2016 15:49:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Seniors111.jpg

Adults age 55 and older are invited to receive free health and wellness services at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco. Senior Smiles is hosted by friendly student and faculty dentists. This year's health fair will feature the following services:

  • Hearing screenings
  • Dental health screenings
  • Blood glucose/ blood pressure testing
  • Cholesterol screening
  • Bone density screening
  • Complimentary refreshments and more

Screenings are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

When: April 23 from 9am-12pm

Where: 155 Fifth Street, San Francisco

For more information, please click here

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<![CDATA[Pittsburg Unified School District Job Fair ]]> Thu, 07 Apr 2016 15:14:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*139/Unti545454212tled.png

Pittsburg Unified School District is holding a career fair on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 9am to 11:30am. PUSD is seeking qualified job candidates for a variety of industry specialists in fields like special education, speech pathologists, math, science, child nutrition services, custodian, and more! Find the right opportunity and don’t forget to bring your resume. The job fair will be located in the Pittsburg High School Gym at 1750 Harbor Street, Pittsburg, CA. Get connected by dressing your best and to meet with  professionals who could potentially hire you. 

Click here to learn more.

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<![CDATA[The 35th Annual Butter & Egg Days Parade]]> Thu, 07 Apr 2016 17:06:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/IMG_2532.JPG

Petaluma's Butter & Egg Days Parade celebrates all things Petaluma, the history and the stories we love to tell. This year the Parade will celebrate the arrival of the SMART TRAIN IN 2016, sharing stories of the impact railway had in shaping the hometown's historic past and making it the place it is today. And looking toward the future, what the revival of a passenger train will mean to our hometown's businesses, residents, school and nonprofits. 

When: Saturday, April 23 from 10am to 4pm 

Where: The parade will start at Walnut Park (4th & D Sts.) 

For more information, please clcik here.

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<![CDATA[The Tech Challenge 2016]]> Tue, 05 Apr 2016 14:57:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/170*120/1-n-jhjjghgP08D4K5BRnZ6ZCg17cCA.jpeg

The Tech Museum of Innovation is back on April 23, 2016 with a signature program that allows a team of students to interact with a hands-on projected geared to solving a real world problem. This year’s challenge? Build a glider to deliver supplies to a remote location. While teams are building and reinforcing design challenges that can be applied to real world scenarios, The Tech Challenge hopes to build an unbreakable excitement and encourages all teams to enter!  In the heart of Silicon Valley, The Tech Challenge provides months of team learning in subjects like science, math, and engineering. The Tech Challenge takes classroom skills, to the next level by reinforcing creativity, risk taking, leadership, teamwork, presentation, perseverance, and learning from failure. This program makes a great experience for classrooms, home schools, after-school programs, extra-credit projects, clubs or friends!

Three grade levels: elementary, 4-6; middle school, 7-8; high school, 9-12.

Participants collaborate in teams of two to six people.

Registration fees are $50 for the entire team.

Fees waived for Title I schools and after-school programs.

Solutions can be created with common, low-cost materials.

There are no prequalifying conditions to enter.

•       Special-needs students are encouraged to enter.


For more info, click here

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<![CDATA[Get Your Much Needed Spiritual Healing at Ratna Ling]]> Tue, 05 Apr 2016 14:10:59 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/296*120/homepagesliderfdfdgfatnaling.jpg

Stay balanced as the seasons change. Join the Healing, Mindful, & Compassion Retreat going on April 15-17th held at the beautiful, luxurious yet tranquil Ratna Ling Conference Center in Redwoods of Sonoma County, California. A weekend of healing combines both Eastern and Western approaches to Tibetan Yoga and Meditation as well as Balint group sessions. Along with wonderful group sessions, healing professionals can come for a weekend full of education, spiritual healing, and rejuvenation. Try out different approaches to stay grounded and balancing elements to promote health and equanimity. 

For more info or to register, click here

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<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area's Stephen Stock to moderate "From the Promised Land to the Golden State: Shifting the Water Paradigm” ]]> Thu, 31 Mar 2016 21:29:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SStock033116.jpg

Israel, dominated by desert, now has so much affordable water that it exports it to neighboring countries. With California facing chronic drought, no time is better than now to hear from one of Israel's leading water authorities. Join a dynamic panel of Israeli and Californian water experts as they probe how we can rethink our approach to this critical resource. 

Stephen Stock, Senior Investigative Reporter from the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit

Stephen Stock led the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit halfway around the world to investigate solutions to California's water crisis. Stock's groundbreaking three-part investigative series "Surviving the Drought' featured presenter Abraham Tenne. 

When: Tuesday, April 12 from 6:30-9:30 pm
Where: Levy Family Campus, Los Gatos

For more information about event and tickets, please click here.

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<![CDATA[7th Annual Asian Pacific American Film Festival]]> Sat, 26 Mar 2016 22:21:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BeRobin032616.jpg

The College of San Mateo Ethnic Studies Department presents the 7th Annual Asian Pacific American Film Festival!

Friday, April 29th:

6:30 pm

  • #BeRobin The Movie by Kurt Weitzmann. After the death of her friend Robin Williams, comedian Margaret Cho took to the streets with the mantra "Don't grieve Robin, Be Robin." She started on a corner with a bag of socks and a guitar case which turned into an amazing humanitarian street theater experience.
  • Q&A with filmmaker Kurt Weitzmann and panel.
  • Live performance by Ukulenny (aka Lendl San Jose)

The Friday Evening program is a partnership with the Psychology/Philosophy Film Night.


Saturday, April 30th:

1 pm

  • South American Cho-Low by Phuong-Cac Nguyen. This short documentary is about East Los Angeles lowriders culture and how cholo style finds its way to Brazil.
  • Korla by John Turner and Eric Christensen. Korla is a documentary about a TV pioneer, a spiritual seeker, and the godfather of exotica music, organist Korla Pandit. Korla Pandit, successfully passed as an Indian from New Delhi, when in fact he was the son of an African American minister from Columbia, Missouri.
  • Q&A with filmmakers John Turner and Eric Christensen.
  • Live performance by The Autonomous Region.

7 pm

  • Chinatown Two-Step by Eddie Wong. An Asian American film classic which looks at a Chinese American marching band from LA's Chinatown.
  • Right of Passage by Janice D. Tanaka. Right of Passage tells the history of the Japanese American Redress and Reparations movement.
  • Q&A with filmmakers Eddie Wong and Janice D. Tanaka.
  • Live performance by Charlie Chin.

Admission for Friday's program is free.

Saturday's programs are a $10 donation. Admission for students with ID and SMCCCD employees are free. Tickets are only available at the door.

Parking is free in Beethoven Lot 3.

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<![CDATA[Girls Impact the World Film Festival]]> Sat, 26 Mar 2016 22:06:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*123/GirlsImpact03262016.jpg

Girls Impact the World Film Festival is now accepting submissions for its 2017 event! High school and undergraduate students, submit your 3-6 minute short films that address global women's issues such as: education for girls, maternal health, violence against women and girls and a variety of other issues. Winners will be awarded over $20,000 in prizes.

Girls Impact the World Film Festival began as a way to provide young filmmakers a channel to share their stories about women. The Festival has grown to become an online platform for catalyzing social change by showcasing and sharing its filmmakers' narratives.

To register, click here. Deadline: January 20, 2017

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<![CDATA[San Jose Taiko Brings the Rhythm and Spirit]]> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 16:30:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/179*120/0_dsc_1taiko898.jpg

San Jose Taiko (SJT) presents Rhythm Spirit 2016 Concert on April 16, 2016 at the School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza. SJT creates a contemporary music style like no other taiko group. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness this exciting production surrounded by joyous energy and sound. SJT inspires new taiko ideas exploring new places to perform and taking their talents to another level. The company uses experimental sites pushing their compositional and performance skills to create exciting intensity. 

Ticket Info:
Tickets for the evening concert program are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors if purchased in advance ($25/$20 at the door).  All seats are reserved, and group rates are available. Ticket information is also available by calling 408-293-9344.

Two concerts:
Saturday, April 16 3:00PM
Saturday, April 16 8:00PM


Click here to learn more

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<![CDATA[Norcal's 49th Cherry Blossom Festival]]> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 16:32:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/10257126_10152376798844836_1636645644248042426Cherry_o.jpg

Are you excited for the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival? This year marks the 49th year of the Cherry Blossom Festival which will be celebrated on two weekends April 9 - 10, 2016 and April 16 - 17, 2016. All are welcome to join the festivities as we embrace Japanese culture in San Francisco’s beautiful Japantown. Each year over 200,000 attendees come to watch the dazzling displays and  celebrate the diversity of the Japanese American Community. The event is open to the public with many food and retail vendors.  On April 17, 2016 the Grand Parade will start at City Hall and end in Japantown

Learn more, click here

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<![CDATA[Filoli Garden's Exquisite Flower Show]]> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 14:10:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/2015-03-25-14.59.5fioli3.jpg

Celebrate this Mother’s Day at the Filoli’s Centennial Flower Show. The Filoli Flower show starts Thursday, May 5 – Sunday, May 8, 2016. Dozens of professional and amateur designs will be displayed.  Expect to see fairy gardens, hanging gardens, wreaths, baskets located by the Tennis court where visitors may dine and enjoy music.  The gorgeous garden is the perfect place to take a stroll, visit the vintage greenhouse, sign up for a flower tour. Filoli Garden Information Docents are available 12:00pm-3:00pm to answer any of your questions. Live daily musical entertainment along with educational exhibits, garden art, and horticultural collections. This event is expected to sell out so get your tickets Monday, March 28, 2016 at 9:00am. 

Purchase Tickets: Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.
Phone: 1(650) 364-8300, extension 508
Monday - Friday: 9:00 am–4:00 pm

Click here for more info

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<![CDATA[TADAIMA "I'm Home" at San Jose State University]]> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 13:13:28 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/400*120/Logo1_Japanese.jpg

Be part of the movement, join TADAIMA: A Japanese American Gathering of LGBTQQ and Allies group of millennials in the Bay Area. TADAIMA offers a series of events sharing their diverse stories and experiences. Come discover how the LGBTQQ process impacts their daily lives, cultural identity, family relationships, and influence faith. The local Nikkei community created this for LBTQQ members to celebrate, learn, and bring awareness to the public. This full day event on April 2, 2016 at San Jose State University is packed with entertainment, networking opportunities, and breakout sessions to gain better understanding of the TADAIMA community.  

For more info, visit here

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<![CDATA[Festival of Colors- HOLI]]> Tue, 22 Mar 2016 18:08:59 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/321*120/32216.png

In India, Holi means the arrival of spring and the passing of the winter. Festival of Colors-HOLI is a fun event with live bands, DJ's, interactive dance, color throws, yoga, food and much more. A multicultural event which brings the community together. Part of the proceeds will go to SkoolCare, a non-profit that provides free dental to low income students. 

Cost: $8 Early bird tickets include 1 free color packet 

When: Saturday, April 2 from 11AM-4PM

Where: Rainbow Park in San Jose

For more information, please click here.

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<![CDATA[53rd Annual Law Enforcement Luncheon]]> Tue, 22 Mar 2016 15:46:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/dsc_0179.jpasisg.jpg

The 53rd annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Luncheon is here. You are invited to attend on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at the Santa Clara Marriott located at 2700 Mission College Blvd. Emceeing this year’s event will be NBC News Anchor Sam Brock. SF Bay Area American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) will honor law enforcement professionals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to protect and serve their communities. Among the 18 honorees, an Oakland PD officer who survived a serious head trauma will be honored. By recognizing and rewarding our everyday heroes in law enforcement, this event will create public support for the profession by commemorating the service and sacrifice that officers take.  

Date of Event:
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Time: Registration: 10am-11:55am
Presentation and Luncheon: 12:00-2:00pm

Location:
Santa Clara Marriott Hotel
2700 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95054

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<![CDATA[Join the Walk Against Autism 2016]]> Tue, 22 Mar 2016 15:49:26 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/IMAutismG_2469.jpg

The Bay Area’s Autism Speaks Walk takes place at History Park right here in San Jose on Saturday, April 23, 2016. Grab a friend or family member and join participants in the walk to raise funds to support vital research and quality programs that help shape the future for those struggling with autism. NBC’s meteorologist Kari Hall will be in attendance for this event, along with the Dream Achiever’s Band, and a group of talented performers with autism. The Autism Speaks walk is a impactful opportunity for community members to raise money and awareness to change the future while empowering individuals with autism. Funds will be used to do biomedical research for treatment, cures, and prevention methods. 

To join the walk against autism, click here
Date: Saturday, April 23, 2016
Location: History Park, San Jose
 

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<![CDATA[Autism Speaks and Calls for Action to Light It Up Blue ]]> Fri, 18 Mar 2016 17:15:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/12493609_101539654645654633e00660672497_6867056433783896228_o.png

Every April 2, Autism Speaks celebrates Light It Up Blue campaign to bring awareness about autism awareness. Last year over 18,600 iconic structures, buildings, landmarks in over 142 countries around the world light up blue showing support for this growing public health issue. This year, Autism Speaks has partnered up with the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat to make this campaign bigger and better. The tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and the Patronas Twin Towers in Malaysia will light it up blue for the very first time. Thousands of buildings and landmarks have gone “blue” year after year, including the Empire State building in New York, Sydney Opera House in Australia, Niagara Falls in Canada, The Great Pyramids of Giza, The Freedom Tower in New York, John Hancock Center in Chicago, and the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. 

Bay Area residents can get involved with the Light It Up Blue Campaign in four key ways: 

Illuminate: Change your white bulbs to blue. Light up your home, business, school, place of worship or even your website blue to show your support. Wear blue clothing. 

Donate: Text to 25383 donate $10 to Autism Speaks* or make a donation on www.autismspeaks.org/liub. 

*Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. Must be authorized by account owner. Must be 18 years or older to participate. 

Advocate: Take action as we call on President Obama and Congress to develop and implement a comprehensive national plan to address autism. 

Social Media: Tweet, blog, Instagram, Facebook: Capture your favorite “Light it Up Blue” pictures and post them on social media networks.

 

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<![CDATA[Watermark Women's Conference is Here in San Jose]]> Fri, 18 Mar 2016 16:16:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/240*120/waterLong.jpg

Watermark Conference for Women Silicon Valley is empowering individuals from all over to go out and discover what it is that you want. On April 21, 2016 at the San Jose Convention Center you will have the chance to network with women who have made a significant impact within their industries and community organizations. Nationally recognized speakers share their personal and professional experience to help you clarify your goals and find realistic ways to approach them.  Get here and get inspired by successful women in a wide range of fields that will be unveiling their valuable insight. This event is your chance to meet leading professionals like Mindy Kaling, Cindi Leive, Jessica Aguirre and more!  

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<![CDATA[Oakland Museum of California's First Ever Marijuana Exhibit]]> Fri, 18 Mar 2016 15:37:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/199*120/1024x1024.jpg

They say there’s a first time for everything, well the groundbreaking exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) will push boundaries with the new Altered State: Marijuana in California showcase. On April 16, 2016, the exhibit will present multiple perspectives on the growing issue of marijuana in California. This first ever museum exhibit hopes to focus on the cannabis in California to provide opportunities for the public to gain insight and see different perspectives, it will feature artwork, political documents, posters, scientific displays, and interactive multimedia. OMCA creates this exhibit to explore the many ways that people view marijuana whether it be social, political, or even a historical perspective the Altered State is meant for visitors to add their voice to this evolving conversation. Altered State is an open and participatory experience to engage guests to form their own opinion and learn more about this complex issue. 

Museum Admission $4.20 on 4/20

On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, OMCA admission will be reduced to $4.20 in recognition of the "counterculture holiday" observance of 4/20. While there are many opportunities outside of the Museum to celebrate on April 20, OMCA invites the public on this day and throughout the exhibition to engage in the discussion around marijuana that Altered State presents.

The exhibition will be on view in the Oakland Museum of California's Great Hall April 16 through September 25, 2016.

Altered State: Marijuana in California is made possible in part by generous support from the Oakland Museum Women's Board
For more info, click here
 

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<![CDATA[PG&E Crews Go Door to Door to Restore Gas After Sinkhole Ruptures Line]]> Mon, 14 Mar 2016 11:20:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000016143410_1200x675_644176963523.jpg After a sinkhole ruptured a gas line on Sunday, PG&E crews went door to door to restore power to 2,500 customers. Damian Trujillo reports.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford Professor Recounts Surviving Fukushima Quake]]> Fri, 11 Mar 2016 20:11:02 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0311-2016-YoshioNishi.jpg A Stanford professor who was near the epicenter of the Fukushima earthquake in 2011 talks about the moments he believed would be his last. Raj Mathai reports.

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<![CDATA[Celebrate Easter Sunday at Fairmont San Jose]]> Thu, 10 Mar 2016 17:18:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/310foodie.jpg

On Sunday, March 27, Fairmont San Jose is having an Easter Brunch followed by a Spring Lunch Buffet. The Easter Brunch will satisfy the entire family, a wide array of exciting dishes, including several live action stations featuring logically sources, seasonal items.

Fairmont Easter Brunch- Imperial Ballroom

Reservations available 11:00am - 3:00pm 

$84  per person includes wine services ($74 without wine)

$37 for children under 12; complimentary for children 5 and under

Executive Chef Anthony Hsia and his team have created a delicious Easter brunch buffet. The menu will feature favorites like roasted leg of lamb with a pistachio mint pesto, grilled petit filet mignon with white cheddar grits and thyme jus, seared Arctic char with butternut squash and much more. Brunch will be accompanied by live piano music, a petting zoo, games for children and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. 

Spring Lunch Buffet- Fountain Restaurant

Reservation available 11:00am - 2:00pm

$64 per person; $32 for children under 12; complimentary for children 5 and under

Enjoy a lunch buffet fit for the Easter Bunny at Foundation Restaurant. Easter fare including a carved honey backed ham with country mustards, gourmet omelets, grilled Pacific salmon with olive tapenade, string beans with smoked almonds and plenty of delicious meals. A colorful Easter dessert buffet will be featured as well as an appearance by the Easter Bunny. 

For more information about this event, please click here.  

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<![CDATA[Junior League San Jose Fashion Show 2016]]> Tue, 08 Mar 2016 15:05:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/FS_phdfdssfoto_5.jpg

Junior League of San Jose (JLSJ) invites you to save the date for the highly anticipated masquerade Fashion Show at the Fairmont San Jose this March 12, 2016. Join NBC’s Sam Brock and Telemundo’s Gabriela Dellan at the luncheon and fashion show that will start at 11:00 am. If you can’t make it during the day, attend the masquerade ball dinner and fashion show at 6:00pm. Table sponsorships are available. Some premier fashion show partners are Bella Rosa Boutique, Black Cat Hats, Bloom Spa and Salon, Donald J Pliner, Vince Camuto,  and more! 

Unmask your hidden potential to improve the community by supporting JLSJ in commitment to voluntarism. JLSJ is an organization where women build better communities through effective leadership and with the help of trained volunteers. 

Learn more, click here.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Taiko: Rhythm Spirit Concert]]> Sun, 06 Mar 2016 01:19:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Taiko030516.jpg

San Jose Taiko presents its biennial in-theatre home concert, "Rhythm Spirit Concert" at the School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza, San Jose.

The San Jose Taiko's mission is humanity connected through cultural understanding, artistic expression, and rhythmic heartbeat. Advancing the taiko art form by evolving and raising the visibility of San Jose Taiko's unique style and philosophy around the world.

When: April 16, 2016 3pm & 8pm

Where: Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose

For more information, click here.

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<![CDATA[Scarlet Night: An Affair of the Heart]]> Sun, 06 Mar 2016 01:20:09 -0700

Join the South Asian Heart Center at its 10th Anniversary Gala, "Scarlet Night, an affair of the heart."

The South Asian Heart Center at El Camino Hospital was created in response to the urgent need for comprehensive preventive screening, lifestyle counseling and education, and ongoing follow-up for a population at much greater risk of heart disease and diabetes.

The gala is dedicated to saving lives through the prevention of heart attacks and diabetes.

Gala chairs Sujatha Suresh and Sharvari Dixit, PhD, promise an extra special occasion as the South Asian Heart Center celebrates its 10th anniversary milestone. Proceeds will benefit the Center's expansion to additional locations in the Bay Area in order to make its services more accessible to those who may not be aware of their potential risk.

When: March 19, 6-11pm

Where: Santa Clara Convention Center - Mission City Ballroom

To register and for more info, click here.

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<![CDATA[Operation Babylift: Perspectives and Legacies]]> Sun, 06 Mar 2016 00:39:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*164/babylift0305.jpg

Come see the Operation Babylift exhibit at the Presidio Officers' Club in San Francisco.

Immerse yourself in the diverse experiences and lasting impacts of a dramatic event that removed more than 2,000 Vietnamese children from their war-torn country to be adopted by American families as Saigon fell in 1975.

1,500 of these children were cared for by more than 5,400 volunteers at the Presidio while Operation Babylift itself was being debated across the country.

This exhibition and program series is co-curated by the Presidio Trust and the Adoption Museum Project.

When: Now through April 3, 2016

Where: The Presideo Officers' Club, San Francisco

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<![CDATA[Nihonmachi: The Place to Be]]> Sun, 06 Mar 2016 00:21:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/256*120/Nihonmachi0305.jpg

Celebrate San Francisco Japantown's 110th anniversary by watching 'Nihonmachi: The Place to Be.'

This special play is a musical journey about California's Japantowns featuring nostalgic Japanese and American songs.

Presented by the Japanese Culturan and Community Center of Northern California, this production is about family, history and finding one's roots. This is a musical play that will take you back through time to the special place where it all began: Nihonmachi.

When: March 6, 2 p.m.

Where: 1840 Sutter St., San Francisco

For more information, click here.

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<![CDATA[33rd Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration ]]> Tue, 08 Mar 2016 15:30:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Happy+Mixed+Ethnicity+Family+at+Carnival.jpg

Bring your families and friends to the City of Dublin's 33rd Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration.The event includes a two-day festival, a 5k Shamrock Fun Run, parade, pancake breakfast  and gala dinner dance.

 Friday, March 11 is Opening Night: Dine & Dance  Dance to live music at the Dublin Sister City Association's Green and White Gala at the Dublin Senior Center. "Irish Happy Hour" open at 6:00 PM, followed by dinner at 7:00 PM.  

Saturday, March 12: "Firefighters Pancake Breakfast  "Green" hot pancakes includes eggs, sausages, juice and coffee. All process will benefit the Alameda County Firefighters Association and other non-profit organizations.  

Sunday, March 13:  The 18th Annual Shamrock 5K Fun Run/ Walk The race begins at 8:30 AM along Dublin Boulevard, finishing at the festival with live music, awards and giveaways to participants.  Festival admission is free along with free parking neraby.

For more information about the event, please click here.  

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<![CDATA[Red, White & Blue Ball]]> Tue, 29 Mar 2016 15:09:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*221/30216.JPG

The Always Dream Foundation creates a new literacy program called Always Reading that focuses on the development of early childhood literacy skills for grades Kindergarten through 1st grade. Proceeds will support the Always Reading literacy program providing classrooms with 21st century technology, including e-tablets, digital books and Raising a Reader's award-winning parent engagement program. 

Get into the Olympic spirit with Kristi Yamaguchi, Bonnie Blair, Brandi Chastain and Johnny Mosley. This is a family friendly gala for the entire family to celebrate a good cause and the Olympic spirit.

When: April 30 from 7 pm- 10:30 pm

Where: California Academy of Sciences in SF

Fore more information, please click here.

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<![CDATA[Fog Advisory Issued For Bay Area Bridges: CHP]]> Mon, 29 Feb 2016 07:59:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000015936952_1200x675_633376323879.jpg The California Highway Patrol has issued fog advisories Monday morning for numerous highways and bridges around the Bay Area. Bob Redell reports.]]>