<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Local Events, Community Events, and Volunteer Opportunities ]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/on-air/community http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:49:12 -0700 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:49:12 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[The 38th Annual Nikkei Matsuri Festival]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 01:03:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/288*120/nikkei1.jpg

Similar to cherry blossom festivals across the nation, the San Jose Japantown Nikkei Matsuri is the San Jose Japanese American community's celebration of Japanese heritage and culture. The festival is enjoyed by people of all ages and is located in the heart of San Jose Japantown, one of the last three remaining Japantowns in the United States.

This year is the 38th year of the festival and the festival continues to be vibrant and dynamic. Taiko drummers from San Jose Taiko begin the festival at 9:15 am, with the pulsing heartbeat of the taiko, with a morning stroll through Japantown while the festival prepares for an all day celebration filled with food, entertainment, cultural displays and arts and crafts. The Opening ceremony will commence on the Outdoor stage at 9:30am in front of the San Jose Buddhist Betsuin on 5th Street between Jackson and Taylor Streets.Nikkei means 'Japanese American'. 'Matsuri' means festival. Over 38 years ago, "Nikkei Matsuri" was one of several ethnic community events in San Jose held for the United State's Bicentennial celebration.

The Nikkei Matsuri was the expression of the Japanese American community to share the Japanese culture on a City-wide scale. This celebration was so successful, that the festival has continued and made it's home in the heart of San Jose Japantown.Live entertainment on two stages will be featured throughout the day.

The Indoor stage is located in the San Jose Betsuin gymnasium and will feature cultural demonstrations such as: Koto music by Marimo-Kai, Judo demonstration by San Jose Buddhist Judo Club, Tsugaru Shamisen by Kyle Abbott of Bachido, Kyudo demonstration by the Northern California Kyudo Federation and a Shakuhachi performance by the Japanese Music Institute.  

The Outdoor Stage will feature many local and community groups including: the students of Ukulele Jams, the CYS (Community Youth Services) Dance group, the Chidori Band (traditional Japanese music) the Wesley Jazz Ensemble, and the San Jose Taiko. Popular NBC traffic anchor,  Mike Inouye will be the announcer for this stage.

Cultural displays will showcase the community's engagement in maintaining traditional arts from Japan. Two styles of Japanese flower arranging:  Ikebana Sogetsu (Kika Shibata) and Ikebana Ikenobo (students of Joyce Kobata and Julie Nakatani) will be displayed in the San Jose Buddhist Church gymnasium. In addition, there will be displays by the San Jose Bonsai Club (Ken Azuma), Kashu Suiseki (Ted Kameda), and handcrafted kimekomi dolls by the Mataro Miyabi Kai Northern California Shibu (Isako Masanori Wasano). 

Other demonstrations throughout the festival site will include a sword exhibit (San Francisco Nipponto Society) and Daiku Dojo (traditional Japanese wood jointery). Nikkei Matsuri also welcomes a new sponsor, NHK World which will host their mascot, Domo for photo opportunities.

A highlight of Nikkei Matsuri is the unique and one of a kind arts and crafts by vendors from throughout the Western United States and Hawaii. Over sixty vendors will line Jackson Street. All items are handcrafted and feature the use of Japanese traditional designs, materials and form in a contemporary art or craft. One might find handcrafted soap in the shape of sushi, or contemporary clothing featuring shibori or kimono fabrics.

In addition to the Nikkei Matsuri events, local community organizations will host activities that day. The very popular Yu Ai Kai Nihonmachi Run will begin at 9am and will give runners and walkers the opportunity to get an early start at the festival. Other events that day in Japantown include: Yu Ai Kai's Health Fair, Japantown Business Association's weekly Farmer's Market on Jackson Street between Sixth and Seventh Street, and Suzume No Gakko (children's cultural program at the Wesley Methodist Church). The Japanese America Museum of San Jose will host a 'Kodomo No Hi' -'Children's Day' (formerly known as Boy's Day in Japan) celebration with activities for children, and an antique fair.  

Since 2011, the Nikkei Matsuri has encouraged activities that support the people of Japan displaced by the Northern Japan earthquake and tsunami. The Madei Project represents crafters from the village of Iitate who were forced to evacuate their homes and farms due to their proximity to the nuclear reactors in Fukushima. The Madei Project will be selling crafts from repurposed kimono fabric made by the Iitate crafters. They will be located in the Nikkei Matsuri Information booth.     

All are welcome to enjoy this event of food, culture and fun for all ages. Organizers encourage festival goers to plan to spend the entire day in order to fully enjoy the festival.


San Jose Japantown (on Jackson Street between Fourth and Sixth Streets)


Sunday, April 26 9:30 am - 4 pm

Admission is Free

For more information, click here.

Photo Credit: San Jose Taiko]]>
<![CDATA[Paws on the Avenue Dog Walk]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:51:17 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/192*120/11102026_869041526472828_2499784396555017754_n.jpg

Take your pooch out for a stroll this Sunday at the first-ever Paws on the Avenue dog walk event. Walk down Lincoln Avenue and enjoy the beautiful Downtown Willow Glen neighborhood in San Jose. There will be a Paws Photo Booth provided by La Luce Photo where you and your canine can take adorable pictures that will last a lifetime. 

Paws on the Avenue is presented by Councilmember Pierluigi Olivero, Silicon Valley Pet Project, and the Willow Glen Business Association. 

For more information, click here

When: April 26, 2015

Where: Downtown Willow Glen

Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

<![CDATA[Easter Seals Bay Area 17th Annual Spring Gala Fundraiser]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:36:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/240*120/1422301949.jpg

Easter Seals Bay Area, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals and families with disabilities and special needs live better lives, presents their 17th Annual Spring Gala. The Spring Gala is a signature black-tie fundraiser to help raise awareness and support for the life-changing work that Easter Seals Bay Area does to help children and adults with disabilities and special needs.

Easter Seals Bay Area brings you Keynote Speaker Myrtle Porter, best-selling author and a parent of a son with Asperger’s syndrome. Following the dinner program, see a sensational musical performance by Grammy award-winning singer songwriter, Brandy.

For more information, click here

When: April 25, 2015

Where: San Francisco Hilton

Time: 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM

<![CDATA[The Junior League of San Jose's Volunteer Recognition Luncheon]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:00:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/170*120/size_550x415_jlsj_logo.png

The Junior League of San Jose is honoring those who strive for greatness and work to implement positive change in their community at the 46th Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon. NBC Bay Area’s Today in the Bay anchors Laura Garcia-Cannon and Sam Brock will be emceeing this heartwarming event.

The Volunteer Recognition Luncheon is a time-honored and cherished event within the Junior League of San Jose. The luncheon promotes voluntarism and recognizes a select group of individuals who have generously given their time, energy and skills to improve the lives of others.

For more information, click here

When: April 24, 2015

Where: Villa Ragusa


Time: 10:45 AM to 1:30 PM

<![CDATA[The 34th Annual Butter and Egg Days Parade and Festival]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:18:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/206*120/29823_1424906250_35_29823.jpg

Honor and enjoy all things Petaluma at this year’s 34th annual Butter and Egg Days Parade and Festival  in historic downtown Petaluma. This year’s parade theme, PETALUMA: FERTILE GROUND, celebrates Petaluma’s remarkable fertile ground and will share the success stories of Petaluma’s culture, businesses, schools, legends, and non-profits, past and present.

Look for NBC Bay Area's very own Janelle Wang, joined by Giants alumni Jeffrey Pacman Leonard in the parade on NBC Bay Area's float. The festival begins at 10:00 AM, kicking off fun and family-friendly activities and bringing local food, arts and crafts vendors, local businesses, non-profit booths, and more together for this grand event. The main parade begins at 12:00 PM. Petaluma Transit will also be hosting a free ride day during Butter and Egg Days.

For more information and for a schedule of events, click here

When: April 25, 2015

Where: Downtown Petaluma

Time: 10:00 AM

<![CDATA[The Tech Challenge]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:56:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/195*120/the-tech-challenge-2014-flickr-techmuseum.jpg

The Tech Museum of Innovation invites you to their signature program, The Tech Challenge. As one of the most anticipated and inspirational events of the year, The Tech Challenge is an engineering design competition for students in grades 4 through 12. What is unique to the Tech Challenge is the high participation of girls and students from low-income schools, a rarity among other science competitions.

Students are inspired when they see their community appreciating their work. There will be two Tech Challenge Event Days open to the public to view the amazing engineering designs. Designs by students in grades 4-6 and 9-12 will be displayed on April 25, 2015. Designs by students in grades 7-8 will be displayed on April 26, 2015.

For more information, click here

When: April 25, 2015 and April 26, 2015

Where: The Tech Museum of Innovation

Time: April 25 – 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM; April 26 – 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Photo Credit: Don Feria]]>
<![CDATA[Akbayan SJSU Holds its 27th Pilipino Cultural Night, LABAN]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 13:23:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/IMG_4331.jpg

Pilipino Cultural Night (PCN) 2015 celebrates 27 years of Akbayan SJSU's never-ending effort to enrich the campus and surrounding communities with the melting pot that is the Philippines culture. The student-run production blends a theatrical play with Philippine folk arts and music, as well as other student performances.

To give further meaning to this year's PCN title, LABAN, PCN Coordinator Mia Guevarra explains."I chose Laban because it means fight in Tagalog, said Guevarra. "It was also the slogan for Cory Aquino's campaign. But I feel like it means so much to this story and is partly the ultimate message. Not every fight has to be violent which I think is what really made me want to name it Laban. The word fight doesn't have to be negative because sometimes we fight for things we need, like love."

"In addition to the theatrical presentation, Laban will feature a wide variety of performing arts with emphasis on displaying the Philippine culture. There will be a choir singing songs in English and Tagalog, contemporary and hip-hop dance pieces, and a live rondalla and student music ensemble to play the background music throughout the progress of the show.


Elizabeth A. Hangs Theater

5001 Great America PKWY, Santa Clara, California 95054


April 24 - 25 at 5:30 p.m.


Tickets are available at the door, $25 General Admission. For group rates of 10+ attendees, contact treasurer@akbayansjsu.org.

For more information, click here.

NBC Bay Area's Asian Pacific America had the pleasure of welcoming Akbayan on the show. To view their segment and to learn more, watch here.

<![CDATA[Find Your Edge hosted by San Jose Sylvan Learning Centers]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:18:17 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/240*120/findyouredge_optout.jpg

Celebrating the launch of their newest educational program, Sylvan EDGE, San Jose Sylvan Learning Centers invite you to join them for “Find Your Edge” on April 25, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. “Find Your Edge” is a free community event for local families, scout leaders, coaches and educators to help children find their edge and gain interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education by experiencing Sylvan’s new hands-on robotics, coding and math activities in a fun and creative atmosphere.

This event is geared towards families with children in grades one through six. Children will have the opportunity to build and animate LEGO robots, design video games, solve fun math brain boosters, and so much more. “Find Your Edge” hopes to provide parents with the opportunity to start STEM education at an early age in order to better prepare their children for the future job market.

For more information, click here

When: April 25, 2015

Where: Westgate/Camden Sylvan Learning Centers

Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

<![CDATA[Bay Area Dance Week 2015]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:44:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/185*120/Bay-Area-National-Dance-Week.png

Dance lovers, casual dancers, and those curious to learn – Bay Area Dance Week is for all. Returning to the Bay Area for the 17th year, BADW runs throughout San Francisco, East Bay, North Bay and South Bay with more than 400 free events for all who want to dive into dance. From dance studio to proscenium stage, city park to street corner, dance is everywhere during this fun-filled 10-day festival.

BADW begins on April 24th and kicks off with Rhythm & Motion Dance Workout Program’s One Dance in San Francisco’s Union Square at 12noon. Anyone can participate in One Dance where they will learn a short dance sequence featuring iconic dances to pop songs from the 1970s to today. Throughout the rest of the festival, the public can attend free events all over the Bay Area that teach love and appreciation for dance and bring all kinds of dancers together as one.

For more information and to find a schedule of events, click here

When: April 24-May 3, 2015

Where: Check schedule of events for specific locations

Time: Check schedule of events for specific times

<![CDATA[The Fur Ball Gala 2015]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:22:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/HSSV_fur_ball_2014_photos_3.jpg

Calling all the cool cats and dapper dogs of the Silicon Valley! Humane Society Silicon Valley hosts The Fur Ball Gala, a transformational development that has generated nearly five million dollars for Silicon Valley animals since the first Fur Ball Gala 12 years ago. This year’s Fur Ball Gala theme is “Ain’t Misbehavin’ – A Jazz Age Affair for Cool Cats and Dapper Dogs,” following the belief that all animals under the care of Humane Society Silicon Valley, regardless or circumstance, deserve a shot at a loving home. The Fur Ball Gala’s main event features a live and silent auction with over 30 prizes, from dream vacations and trips around the world to local and fun-filled activities for you and your family.

For more information, click here

When: April 18, 2015

Where: Menlo Circus Club


Time: 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM

<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area's Ian Cull to Attend SJSU Communications Event]]> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 14:41:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/216*120/turn-up-image1.jpg

NBC Bay Area's Ian Cull will speak on a content creation panel at San Jose State University's Turn Up Your Communications Spuler Integrated Communications Summit on Wednesday, April 22nd.

Public relations and communications students at San Jose State University are holding this event to educate students and local professionals about engaging in the current market through various forms of evolving communication platforms. Attendees will be learning from experts within the journalism, public relations, marketing, communications and advertising industries and will be speaking on topics including:

  • How to find a job

  • Analytics

  • Content creation


Keynote Speaker:

  • Bryan Kramer - CEO of Pure Matter

Panel 1 - Analytics:

  • Adobe Corporation

Panel 2 - How to Find a Job:

  • Kristina Gehret - Senior Account Executive at Glassdoor

  • Rene Siegel - President of High Tech Connect

  • Lorien Briggs - Account Manager at Crawford Group

Panel 3 - Creating Content:

  • Bridget Coates - Founder of EXP BBC

  • Marta Weissenborn - Senior Account Executive at McGrath Power

  • Ian Cull - Reporter at NBC Bay Area

  • David Ocampo - Owner of Milagro Marketing

A "South of the Border" lunch buffet will be provided, followed by a keynote speaker, three panel sessions and a "Meet Us After School" job/internship fair. Each panel session will host speakers to share their experience and expertise on a range of topics surrounding integrated communications. Each of the three panels will be offering two sessions, giving attendees the chance to attend two of the three panels.

"Meet Us After School" is a job and internship fair presented by SJSU's Public Relations Student Society of America which will allow attendees to seek career advice, internships and/or employment opportunities. Organizations at the fair include:

  • City of San Jose Environmental Services

  • Voice of Communications

  • Inner Circle Labs

  • Silicon Valley Foundation Group

  • Hoffman Agency

  • McGrath Power

  • WCG, W2O Group


San Jose State University Student Union Ballroom

211 South 9th Street, Second Floor

San Jose, CA 95192


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Integrated Communications Summit - 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Job Fair - 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.




Purchase tickets by Thursday, April 16 here. Tickets WILL NOT be sold at the door.


Joseph Garcia, Event Co-Chair


Audrey Diaz, Event Co-Chair


Stephanie Bautista, Job/Internship Fair Chair


About the School of Journalism and Mass Communications:

Founded more than 70 years ago, the SJSU School of Journalism and Mass Communications is the largest of its kind in Northern California. We offer undergraduate degrees in advertising, journalism and public relations, as well as specialized education in reporting/editing (newspaper), photo, magazine and electronic (broadcast) journalism. Our graduate program also offers a Master's in Mass Communications.

The key element connecting these disciplines: They all require development of individual and group critical thinking skills and current events knowledge, plus the ability to communicate clearly through words, images, audio, video and other means. These skills are the single most valuable commodity a job applicant can have in today's world. There’s no better place to learn and polish these skills than the SJSU School of Journalism & Mass Communications.

<![CDATA[Win a Trip to Kaanapali, Maui]]> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 21:36:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/203*120/home-hero-chef2.jpg

Join NBC Bay Area at the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco’s Japantown April 11-12, 2015 for a chance to win a trip to Kaanapali, Maui, home of the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival Kaanapali! Entry is free!


Grand prize includes:

Round-trip airfare for two (2) from SJC/OAK to Kahului, Maui courtesy of Alaska Airlines, three (3) nights accommodations provided by Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, and rental car provided by Kaanapali Beach Resort Association:


Terms & Conditions:

  • One entry per household

  • Must be 21 years of age or older to enter

  • Drawing of winner name is scheduled for Sunday, April 12, 2015, at 3:30pm

  • Travel valid for up to one year from date of issue

  • Alaska Airlines: Travel accommodations are based on availability. Blackout dates and baggage fees may apply.

  • Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa: Accommodations are subject to availability and subject to blackout dates. Must be used for consecutive nights. Not transferable to another person or hotel. Not redeemable for cash. Advance reservations are required.

  • Rental car driver must be 25 years of age or older.

Photo Credit: Sheraton, Maui]]>
<![CDATA[Sonoma State Presents the Japanese American Internment and Community Archaeology Panel Discussion]]> Tue, 07 Apr 2015 14:19:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/168*120/Sonoma+State+Event.jpg

Sonoma State University invites you to their historical event, Japanese American Internment and Community Archeology Panel Discussion. This free presentation highlights the results of four field seasons of landscape archaeology at Amache, a World War II Japanese internment camp in Colorado.

The panel will feature former internees, students, volunteers, and faculty from multiple research years. Discussions will focus on the impact of collaborative research and the individual experiences of the panelists.

For more information, click here

When: April 15, 2015

Where: The Cooperage, Room 3, at Sonoma State University

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

<![CDATA[DiNO Light ]]> Thu, 02 Apr 2015 15:06:05 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/dino+light+4.jpg

Immerse yourself in the fantastical and imaginative performance event, DiNO Light. DiNO Light incorporates astounding visual effects, glow-in-the-dark puppets and athletic, energetic dancers to create a heartwarming story that combines ancient wordless storytelling with modern technology.

DiNO Light is performed by CORBiAN Visual Arts and Dance in collaboration with Lightwire Theater. The show was featured on America’s Got Talent and showcases a world of eye-popping characters created out of neon light. DiNO Light tells the story of a lonely scientist that creates a friendly dinosaur named Darwin and sends him out into the world to discover the “evolution of love.”

For more information, click here

When: April 14, 2015

Where: Wells Fargo Center for the Arts

Time: 6:30 PM

<![CDATA[Cochon 555 Culinary Competition]]> Thu, 02 Apr 2015 14:11:02 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/244*120/Pig-7573a654.jpeg

Calling all food lovers! Cochon 555, the country’s most talked about culinary competition is returning to San Francisco on April 12, 2015. This culinary competition celebrates family farms, heritage breed pigs and today’s emerging chef community by bringing you five top chefs who will prepare up to 6 dishes each using locally-raised whole heritage breed pigs with endless wine, brews, and spirits.  The five chefs are champions of whole hog utilization and are hoping to win votes from the hungry crowd and celebrated judges. The winner of the competition will be crowned Prince or Princess of Porc.

The Cochon 555 will be held at the Fairmont San Francisco. There are two ticket options: VIP admission or general admission. Both ticket levels include endless food and drink options. VIP grants one hour early access to food, drink, and an opportunity to mingle with notable chefs, judges and media. All are invited to the Cochon 55 After Party.

For more information, click here

When: April 12, 2015

Where: Fairmont San Francisco

Time: 4:00 PM for VIP Admission, 5:00 PM for General Admission

<![CDATA[AACI's Moorpark Health Center and East San Jose Office Open House Celebration]]> Thu, 02 Apr 2015 13:10:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/AACI+Health+Center.jpg

AACI, Asian Americans for Community Involvement, is proud to announce the expansion of their Moorpark Health Center and new east San Jose office. To celebrate the momentous occasion, they will be hosting two special opening celebrations.

The Moorpark Health Center Expansion Opening will be on Friday, April 10, 2015. Doors open at 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM, with a special program beginning at 4:00 PM. The East San Jose Office Opening will be on April 24, 2015. Doors open at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM as well. If you would like to attend these celebrations, you must RSVP.

For more information about the AACI health centers, please click here

When: Moorpark Health Center Opening - April 10, 2015, East San Jose Office Opening - April 24, 2015

Where: San Jose

Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

<![CDATA[The 48th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival ]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:19:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/tumblr_mlf7kzHWe41qe959eo1_1280.jpg

San Francisco’s 48th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival returns this year on April 11-12 and April 18-19, 2015. This two-weekend event has become one of California’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions. As the second largest festival outside of Washington D.C. to celebrate the blooming of cherry blossoms, the festival brings over 200,000 people each year who marvel at this dazzling display, showcasing the color and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American Community.

The festival spans from Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Streets. Attractions include food booths, cultural performances, martial arts, live bands, the annual Queen program, and much more. Leashed dogs are welcome to the festival as well. The annual grand parade which begins at City Hall and ends in Japantown will be on the last day of the festival, April 19.

For more information, please click here

When: April 11-12 and April 18-19, 2015

Where: Japatown

                San Francisco

Time: Please check schedule of events here

<![CDATA[National Asian Pacific Islander Prosecutors Association's 2nd Annual Scholarship Banquet]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:24:28 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/171*120/liu_MGL0972_-_crop%281%29.jpg

The National Asian Pacific Islander Prosecutors Association, or NAPIPA, is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Scholarship Banquet on April 11, 2015. NAPIPA is a professional organization dedicated to promoting justice and to advancing the interests of prosecutors of Asian and Pacific-Islander heritage. They advocate for fairness, equality and justice for victims of crime, for the criminally accused, for those working within the criminal justice system, and for the community at large.

This year, NAPIPA will award scholarships of $1,000 each to two deserving law students. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara will be in attendance at the Scholarship Banquet as the ceremony’s keynote speaker. Goodwin Liu, California Supreme Court Justice, is also being honored at the banquet, receiving honorary membership to NAPIPA.

For more information or to find out how you can support NAPIPA’s 2nd Annual Scholarship Banquet, click here

When: April 11, 2015

Where: Westin San Francisco Airport


Time: 6:00 PM

<![CDATA[The Fairmont San Jose Easter Brunch and Spring Lunch Buffet]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:25:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/256*120/64dfe505-d41e-4f72-bd4b-9b2bae3bc8c9.jpg

Spring is upon us and what better way to welcome in the beautiful season than enjoying a delicious springtime meal at the Fairmont Easter Brunch and Spring Lunch Buffet at the Fairmont San Jose on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015. Executive Chef Anthony Hsia and his culinary team have blended together region’s freshest produce to create two grand menus showcasing locally sourced, seasonal items.

At the Easter Brunch, enjoy live piano music while children participate in spring-themed fun. The buffet will feature a carving station with the finest meats from New York strip steak to rum-glazed ham, an omelet and farm fresh eggs station, a “Little Chef’s” station with special dishes designed for children, and a decadent croissant French toast with Nutella drizzle to satisfy your sweet tooth for dessert. The Spring Lunch Buffet will be at the Fountain Restaurant and will include carving and omelet stations, almond crusted Corvina with caper-picatta sauce, baked gnocchi Bolognese and signature smoked salmon benedict. 

For more information, click here

When: April 5, 2015

Where: Fairmont San Jose

Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

<![CDATA[Hungry Ghosts Art Exhibition for the 18th Annual United States of Asian American Festival]]> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:53:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/166*120/Hungry+Ghosts.jpg

The Asian American Women Artist Association, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, and Manilatown Heritage Foundation are joining forces to present Hungry Ghosts, a multidisciplinary art exhibition featuring the work of emerging and established Asian American and Pacific Islander artists from around the country.

Located at the historic I-Hotel Manilatown Center Gallery in San Francisco, Hungry Ghosts explores the way unresolved personal and collective struggles, often reemerging into public consciousness in overtly violent or subtle ways, continue to haunt us today. In addition to the art, film, performances and literary works, Hungry Ghosts will feature a pop-up shop featuring affordable artwork by the exhibition’s artists and a wishing wall public art installation.

For more information, click here

When: April 2-April 29, 2015

Where: I-Hotel Manilatown Center Gallery

                San Francisco

Time: Wednesdays – Sundays, 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

<![CDATA[The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lirbary's Used Book Sale]]> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 11:58:19 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/college-photo_19352..jpg

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library would like to invite you to their monthly used book sale on March 28 and 29, 2015. Located outside of the Friends Bookstore on the patio at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, you can find a unique and wide variety of books and media available at great prices. All revenue from the sales are donated to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library for a variety of different programs that benefit the community.

The sale will be from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday, March 28 and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sunday. Friends Bookstore will provide bags which you can fill with as many books as you can for just $5.00. For more information, contact the Friends Bookstore at (408) 808-2681 or click here.

When: March 28-29, 2015

Where: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

                San Jose

Time: March 28 – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM; March 29 – 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

<![CDATA[A Golden Legacy Fashion Show and Luncheon Presented by Chi Am]]> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 11:30:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/208*120/2015FSlogoFull.jpg

Congratulations to Chi Am for celebrating 50 years of serving the community! To mark this momentous occasion, Chi Am presents A Golden Legacy Fashion Show Luncheon with celebrity emcees Thuy Vu and NBC Bay Area’s very own Mike Inouye and Robert Handa. The fashion show will feature celebrity guest models, Chi Am Circle members, and will include fashion from Bloomingdale’s Stanford, Dottie Doolittle, Stuart’s Apparel by Nellie K. and Tsu.ya by Kristi Yamaguchi.

A Golden Legacy Fashion Show Luncheon is at the Fairmont San Jose and is a benefit for survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence and scholarship grants to deserving high school graduates. Proceeds directly benefit the Chi Am Circle Scholarship Award Program, Freedom House The Nest and Asian Women’s Home.

For more information, click here

When: March 21, 2015

Where: Fairmont San Jose

Time: TBA

<![CDATA[Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa]]> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:11:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/APA20227.jpg

Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa is a weekly half hour show covering Asian newsmakers, events, community accolades and youth perspectives. Join us every Sunday on NBC Bay Area channel 11, cable 3 & 703 at 5:30AM and on COZI TV channel 186 at 6PM.


(Pictured Above: The Far East Dragon Lion Dance Association)

Contact Us:

Did you know one in four residents in the Bay Area are Asian? Asian Pacific America serves as a platform for people to spread the word about the great things going on in Asian communities around us.

We're always looking for new topics, interesting guests that explores our diverse pan-Asian communities that make-up what we call home in the Bay Area. 


Are you interested in promoting your event or cause? Share information about a significant award presented to a Bay Area Asian? We’d love to hear from you! Email us at lance.lew@nbcuni.com with some background information e.g. press release, flyer, photo and we'll contact you immediately if we can schedule you into an upcoming show.  Please note guests are generally scheduled at least 6 weeks prior to their event date. Check us out on social media to find out what's going on in the Bay Area:

About the Host:  

A South Bay native, Robert Handa attended DeAnza College and won a journalism contest for an internship at KNTV Channel 11 – a moment that he describes as the first real step to a broadcast journalism career. That internship eventually turned into a part-time job while he attended San Jose State University. Later, he became the station’s first Asian-American reporter– joining a small group of other Bay Area television reporters who had earned the same distinction.

At just 22, Handa videotaped, produced, and edited a five-part documentary series on gangs that won a Peninsula Press Club award for Best Documentary News Series. He also helped launch KNTV’s very first weekend newscast.

Some of his most memorable assignments have been flying with the Blue Angels, the 49ers' Super Bowl victory, being an in-court reporter for the Scott Peterson trial, reporting on the Maverick’s surf competitions from a boat, and the Queen of England and Prince Philip’s visit to Hewlett Packard. He’s also interviewed some notable newsmakers throughout the years; President Jimmy Carter, the Dalai Lama, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez, Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, 49ers quarterback Joe Montana, Giants baseball great Willie Mays and former 49ers head coach Bill Walsh.

Handa has won several national journalism awards, including two top awards from the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) as well as a first place award from the National Association of Black Journalists. He’s also received several Emmys including the award for outstanding achievement in investigative reporting, and an Associated Press Award for best documentary. In 2010 he was named to the AAJA’s Honor Roll of Pioneers in Journalism.

He has also been honored with distinguished alumnus awards from Sunnyvale High School, De Anza College and SJSU.

Handa is an active member of many Bay Area organizations, including AAJA, KIMOCHI, Self-help for the elderly, Yu Ai Kai Japanese American Community Senior Service and Asian American’s for Community involvement (AACI).

Most recently, Robert was KTVU’s South Bay reporter for the last 16 years. He’s also worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor at KPIX in San Francisco and reporter/documentary producer for KQED-TV.

He currently lives in Morgan Hill with his wife and two children.

You can reach out to our host at Robert.Handa@nbcuni.com

<![CDATA[The San Jose Craft Cocktail Challenge ]]> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 12:55:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/IMG_8712031115.jpg

The Fairmont Hotel in San Jose will hold its inaugural San Jose Craft Cocktail Challenge benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Million Dollar Mission on Friday, March 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Club Regent inside the Fairmont. Enjoy masterful cocktails and cast your vote while supporting the Million Dollar Mission.

San Jose bartenders and mixologists will compete in a battle of muddlers and shakers for a chance to win the top honor “Best Overall – Judge’s Choice” selected by a panel of local judges. The winner will receive a luxury two-night stay at the Fairmont San Jose and the prized Craft Cocktail trophy. The winning cocktail will be featured on the hotel’s Lobby Lounge cocktail menu during the month of April. A “People’s Choice” award and accompanying trophy will also be granted to the events most popular libation selected by event attendees. Tickets are $20.

Participating Venues Include:

  • McCormick & Schmick's

  • Farenheit Restaurant & Lounge

  • The Continental

  • Lobby Lounge at The Fairmont San Jose

  • The Grill on the Alley

  • Scott's Seafood

  • San Pedro Square Market Bar

  • San Jose Marriot

One hundred percent of all event proceeds will benefit the Million Dollar Mission, a partnership between The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to raise $1,000,000 in an unprecedented fundraising campaign supporting vital research for a cure. The Fairmont San Jose is proud to announce its partnership with LLS and has pledged to raise $10,000.

About the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society:

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

Where: Club Regent, Fairmont San Jose, 170 S. Market Street, San Jose

When: March 13, 2015 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Cost: $20 at the door

For online ticket purchases or for more information, click here.

Photo Credit: Provided by The Fairmont San Jose]]>
<![CDATA[Dogs on the Catwalk]]> Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:44:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/poster+%283%29.jpg

Oakland Animal Services and PALS East Bay invite you to Dogs on the Catwalk, the most fun and cutest fashion show you’ll get to watch this year. Starring the adorable adoptable dogs from the Oakland Animal Services shelter, watch as they debut the latest trends in canine fashion.

Dogs on the Catwalk is free and open to the public. Enjoy food, music and family-fun while showing these dogs in need some love and affection. NBC Bay Area's special projects reporter Diane Dwyer will be emceeing this event. 

For more information, click here

When: March 29, 2015

Where: Oakland Animal Services

Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

<![CDATA[Villa Montalvo's First Annual Mad Hatter's Tea]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:34:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/237*120/rachel-and-tommy-VILLA-MONTALVO.014.jpg

Join Villa Montalvo for their first ever Mad Hatter’s Tea, a new non-profit event sponsored by the Montalvo Service Group. The Montalvo Service Group supports the Montalvo Arts Center by holding several fundraising events during the year. Funds are used for the restoration and preservation of the historic villa and the center’s arts education programs.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea will be at the Villa Montalvo. Enjoy a delicious menu including savories, sweets, and mimosas and wear your favorite tea-time hat. Sargon Isaac, singer and guitarist, will be the entertainment for the event. Reservations for the Mad Hatter’s Tea are $45.

For more information, click here

When: March 14, 2015

Where: Villa Montalvo


Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

<![CDATA[The 10th Annual VinOlivo Weekend]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:42:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/269*120/VinOlivo2015.jpg

The Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance, or SVVGA, invite you to join them for the 10th annual VinOlivo Weekend. The VinOlivo Weekend will be showcasing more than 60 wineries and 25 top restaurants from throughout the Valley on Friday, March 13th through March 15th. On Saturday, March 14th, be a part of the valley’s largest annual winetasting event that celebrates Sonoma Valley’s unique heritage as the birthplace of California’s world-class wines.

On Friday, March 13th, Williams-Sonoma and AUTEUR Wines presents the Winemaker Dinner. Indulge yourself in a delicious dinner featuring exquisite dishes created by Williams-Sonoma’s Culinary Experience lead, Elizabeth Payne, paired perfectly together with highly-regarded Chardonnay and Pinot Noir offerings from Kenneth Juhasz, winemaker of AUTEUR Wines.

You can choose from a variety of different ticket options for the VinOlivo Weekend. For more information on ticket packages and the VinOlivo Weekend, click here

When: March 13 through March15, 2015

Where: For a list of event locations, please click here

Time: For a list of event times, please click here

<![CDATA[CAAMFest 2015 Opening Night & Gala]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:04:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/240*120/caamfest.jpg

CAAMFest, formerly known as the SF International Asian American Film Festival, is returning to San Francisco with this year’s opening night on March 12, 2015. CAAMFest is committed to finding new talent, new voices, new stories and new visions to bring together for a special festival including films, music, food and more. This year’s festival will feature seven films that received CAAM Media Fund support.

Opening night of CAAMFest 2015 presents the Red Carpet Premier of SEOUL SEARCHING, a stunning new film chronicling the shenanigans and personal journeys of a group of Korean teens from around the globe who are enrolled in a government-sponsored summer program. Korean American Filmmaker and director of the film, Benson Lee, was inspired by his own experiences as a teenager to make SEOUL SEARCHING.

After the film’s premier, the CAAMFest 2015 Opening Night Gala will be at the Asian Are Museum of San Francisco. Indulge yourself in savories and sweets created by some of the Bay Area’s finest and most generous restaurants and food purveyors while grabbing a signature Remy Martin cocktail and getting down with local DJs.

For more information, click here

When: March 12, 2015

Where: Red Carpet Premier of SEOUL SEARCHING – Castro Theater of San Francisco; Opening Night Gala – Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Time: Red Carpet Premier of SEOUL SEARCHING – 7:00 PM; Opening Night Gala – 9:30 PM

<![CDATA[The CHSA Museum Celebrates Year of the Ram]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:56:59 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/211*120/CHSA-CNYParade2015-banner2a.jpg

Are you excited for the Southwest Chinese New Year Parade of San Francisco and don’t want to wait all day for the fun to begin? Get your Chinese New festivities started early with the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum as they host a special pre-parade, all-day event to welcome the Year of the Ram. Beginning at 12:00 PM with a special dragon dance performance, enjoy a day full of family activities including live music, gallery tours, new exhibits and much more.

The CHSA Museum also brings to you the talented artist Frank Wong to speak about his collection, “Living In Chinatown: Memories in Miniature,” that is on permanent display at the museum. Hear Frank Wong speak about his inspiration for his miniature creations and immerse yourself in the Chinatown culture through his memories depicted in his miniature scene’s from San Francisco’s bustling Chinatown.

For more information, click here

When: March 7, 2016

Where: CHSA Museum

                San Francisco

Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

<![CDATA[Sign Up for the AFP Mentorship Program]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:30:53 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/176*120/AFP+Color-022415jpg.jpg

The AFP Silicon Valley Chapter offers you an exciting opportunity to transform your fundraising career through its acclaimed Mentorship Program.

Apply to be a 2015 mentee or mentor to:

  • Take the next step in your career development.
  • Receive thoughtful individualized coaching from a seasoned AFP Member.
  • Expand your fundraising knowledge and expand your skill set to new areas of development.
  • Give back to our community by nurturing the talents of future fundraising leaders.
  • Network with other incredible and supportive fundraising professionals.

The Mentorship Program, which runs from April through October, formalizes a mentoring relationship in a structured program that offers four group workshops and one-on-one coaching sessions committed to meeting your personal and career goals. The AFP Silicon Valley Chapter’s program is known for its personalized approach and organized structure, resulting in a mutually beneficial relationship for both mentee and mentor.

“My mentor gave me invaluable feedback. This experience has been pivotal for my career.” – Mentee

“Thanks for inspiring my leadership and giving me the opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way.”  - Mentor

Where: The four workshops will be held at Second Harvest Food Bank’s North San Jose/Cypress Center

When: 11:30am-1pm on Thursdays, April 9, June 11, August 27 and October 29.

How: Mentors and mentees are requested to actively participate in the seven month program including all four workshops, and committing two hours per month as they work together on key issues that are important to the mentee's success and the success of the organization they serve. Both AFP members and Non-Members are invited to participate as a mentee. All mentors MUST be current AFP members.

Costs: Mentee: $100 (AFP Members), $150 (Non-Members) Mentor: No Fee

The application deadline is Friday, February 27, 2015. Click here to apply. For more information, please visit www.afpsv.org or contact Amy Peabody, AFP mentorship program chair, at info@afpsv.org.

<![CDATA[Kickin' It with LDI Foot Golf Tournament]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:22:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/pin_divfootgolf100213a_11618965_8col.jpg

Looking for something different and awesome to do? Livermore Downtown Inc. presents a new kind of fun, competitive tournament: Kickin’ It with LDI Foot Golf Tournament. You might be asking what is Foot Golf? It’s a rapidly growing new sport across the globe where you kick the ball instead of using a club and use a soccer ball instead of a golf ball.

Las Positas Golf Course has officially dedicated a nine hole course for the tournament. You can enter the tournament as a single player or on a team of four players. After the tournament, there will be an Awards Dinner at Beeb’s Sports Bar in their Banquet Room. Proceeds from this tournament are going towards the 2015 4th of July Fireworks event and the Downtown Restaurant Association Training and Marketing Fund.

For more information, click here

When: March 2, 2015

Where: Las Positas Golf Course


Time: 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM

<![CDATA[The San Jose 408K "Race to the Row"]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:35:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/197*120/Tutu-Finisher-Rotator.png

The 4th annual San Jose 408K “Race to the Row” returns this year on March 1st, 2015, with a special addition to the race, the Memorial Mile. Last year, World War II veteran Joe Bell donned his uniform and stood outside his home to cheer on runners as they passed through his Rose Garden neighborhood. Sadly, Mr. Bell has passed before this year’s “Race to the Row.” In his absence, race organizers have added the Memorial Mile, the 4th mile of the 8k course, near Joe Bell’s home where veterans and active military alike will encourage and cheer on the runners.

The San Jose 408K “Race to the Row” is an annual tradition that supports veterans and was established by a partnership with the Pat Tillman Foundation. The Pat Tillman Foundation, in honor of late NFL player and Army Ranger Pat Tillman, provides academic scholarships for military veterans and their spouses through the Tillman Scholars program. The San Jose 408 K “Race to the Row” has raised over $40,000 to support the Pat Tillman foundation and hopes to surpass $50,000 by race day. Register now to support your local veterans and active military.

For more information, click here

When: March 1, 2015

Where: SAP Center to Santana Row

Time: 8:00 AM

<![CDATA[Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:49:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/272*120/Voyage_to_Vietnam_Banner_680x300.gif

The Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose invites you to their new tribute to Vietnamese heritage, Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival, an exhibition to promote understanding of Vietnamese culture. The exhibition will showcase traditions, customs, and values exemplified by the annual celebration of Tet. Children and their families will immerse themselves in Vietnamese culture, gain appreciation for traditions, values, and daily experiences of people who live in Vietnam, and discover similarities and differences between their lives in the U.S. and the lives of children and families in Vietnam.

Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival is an interactive exhibit featuring different environments of the festival. You can travel through the Marketplace and select traditional flowers and faux food items to prepare for the celebration. Then return Home to pose for a family photo wearing a customary Ao Dai. Lastly, visit the Courtyard where the visitor-created fireworks burst in the night sky and signal the coming of the New Year. Experience the Tet Festival, beginning February 28th, 2015, before it travels to eight other children’s museums across the country.

For more information, click here

When: February 28, 2015

Where: Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose

Time: Tuesday through Saturday – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Sunday – 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

<![CDATA[415 Area Code Overlaid With 628 for Parts of Marin, San Mateo Counties]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:14:53 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/smart_phone.jpg Most people know you're a San Franciscan or a Marin County dweller if you give them your telephone prefix of 415. Well, not for everyone, not anymore. Beginning on Saturday, the 415 area code will be "overlaid" by the 628 in these cities: the county of San Francisco, most of Marin County and a small portion of San Mateo County, serving the communities of Belvedere, Brisbane, Corte Madera, Daly City, Fairfax, Ignacio, Inverness, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Nicasio, Novato, Point Reyes, Ross, San Anselmo, San Francisco, San Rafael, Sausalito, Stinson Beach and Tiburon. Stephanie Chuang reports.]]> <![CDATA[415 Area Code Overlaid With 628 for Parts of Marin, San Mateo Counties]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:55:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000010304908_1200x675_401943107937.jpg Most people know you're a San Franciscan or a Marin County dweller if you give them your telephone prefix of 415. Well, not for everyone, not anymore. Beginning on Saturday, the 415 area code will be "overlaid" by the 628 in these cities: the county of San Francisco, most of Marin County and a small portion of San Mateo County, serving the communities of Belvedere, Brisbane, Corte Madera, Daly City, Fairfax, Ignacio, Inverness, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Nicasio, Novato, Point Reyes, Ross, San Anselmo, San Francisco, San Rafael, Sausalito, Stinson Beach and Tiburon. Stephanie Chuang reports.]]> <![CDATA[The Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Festival and Parade of San Francisco]]> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:46:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Chiense-New-Year-Parade-2013.jpg

Gung Hay Fat Choy and Happy Lunar New Year! Celebrate Chinese New Year in San Francisco-style with the historically world-renowned Southwest Chinese New Year Festival and Parade. A city tradition that began in the 1860’s, the San Francisco Chinese New Year Festival and Parade has grown to become the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia and is one of the few remaining night illuminated parades in the country.

Over 100 units will be participating in this year’s parade with gorgeous floats, elaborate costumes, ferocious lions, and exploding firecrackers. As a tradition of the parade, the newly crowned Miss Chinatown U.S.A. and her court will be making a royal appearance down the streets of San Francisco. A crowd favorite, the 268 foot Golden Dragon also makes his return this year, with a team of over 100 men and women from the White Crane martial arts group to carry the majestic creature through the parade.

There are also many festival events you and your family can participate in. From a community fair, to the Chinatown YMCA Run, to a basketball jamboree, there is something for everyone to celebrate Chinese New Year in their own unique way.

The Chinese New Year Parade comes rain or shine and is free for all. You can purchase tickets for bleacher seating for $30.00. To learn more about the festival and parade or for more general information, click here

When: March 7, 2015

Where: San Francisco

Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

<![CDATA[Oakland Museum White Elephant Sale Accepting Donations for March 7 & 8 Sale]]> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:29:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/DSC_2823-2017.JPG

Northern California's biggest and best rummage sale, the 56th annual White Elephant Sale held on Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8, 2015, seeks donations. During February, donations of gently used, good quality items can be dropped off at the warehouse site at 333 Lancaster Street in Oakland.

Donations may be dropped off at the warehouse Tuesdays through Saturdays through February 25 (Closed Sundays and Mondays). Donation hours are 10 am to 1 pm. The last public donation drop off day is February 25. Visit WhiteElephantSale.org or call 510-536-6800 for additional information.

Organized and presented by the Oakland Museum Women's Board, the White Elephant Sale will take place on Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8. Hours are 10 am to 4 pm both days and admission is free. Shoppers are advised to arrive early, wear comfortable shoes, and use the free shuttle service from the Fruitvale BART to the Sale warehouse.

Held in a 96,000-square-foot warehouse at 333 Lancaster Street, near the Oakland Estuary, the legendary White Elephant Sale has something for everyone, featuring an extensive offering of quality used men's, women's, and children's clothing, jewelry, art works, books, tools, furniture, household goods, sporting equipment, and more. Made possible by donations from the public, Sale proceeds benefit the Oakland Museum of California.

WHAT: Shop till you drop at the 56th annual Oakland Museum White Elephant Sale

WHEN: Saturday, March 7 & Sunday, March 8, 2015, 10 am-4 pm

WHERE: 333 Lancaster St. (at Glascock), in Oakland, near the Fruitvale BART

COST: Free. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

CONTACT: WhiteElephantSale.org or 510-536-6800.


The Oakland Museum Women's Board, a dedicated group of more than 100 year-round volunteers, has contributed over $20 million to support the Oakland Museum of California acquisitions, exhibitions, educational programs, capital improvements, and more since 1959. The White Elephant Sale is the primary fundraising event of the Oakland Museum Women's Board. Held annually during the first weekend in March, with a Preview Sale held in late January, the White Elephant Sale attracts a corps of over 1,000 volunteers from around the Bay Area.

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. OMCA's groundbreaking exhibits tell the many stories that comprise California with many voices, often drawing on first-person accounts by people who have shaped California's cultural heritage. Visitors are invited to actively participate in the Museum as they learn about the natural, artistic and social forces that affect the state and investigate their own role in both its history and its future. With more than 1.9 million objects, OMCA is a leading cultural institution of the Bay Area and a resource for the research and understanding of California's dynamic cultural and environmental heritage.


The Oakland Museum of California is located at 1000 Oak Street in Oakland, California. Museum admission is $15 general; $10 seniors and students with valid ID, $6 youth ages 9 to 17, and free for Members and children 8 and under.

For more information, please visit museumca.org.

<![CDATA[Cinequest Film Festival 25]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:36:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/219*120/2015-02-24_17-40-05.jpg

The 25th anniversary Cinequest Film Festival – Silicon Valley, will present 91 World and U.S. film premieres, a stellar lineup of film artists and technology innovators, Maverick Spirit Award events with renowned actor Rosari- Dawson and directing legend John Boorman, plus a new Future of Film Showcase. Cinequest Film Festival 25 (CQFF25) occurs February 24 – March 8th, 2015. Highlights will include:

-- Opening Night Screening and Celebration: February 24, 7:15 p.m., California Theatre: Cinequest Film Festival begins its 25th anniversary celebration with an electric combination of standout cinema and first-rate guests. CQFF25 opens at the majestic California Theatre, with Batkid Begins, director Dana Nachman’s powerful documentary, chronicling the amazing response t- a young cancer patient’s desire t- be the super her- for just one day, wh- “saves” San Francisco. Nachman’s stirring film details the undaunted spirit of Batkid Miles Scott, as the City by the Bay rallies around his “quest,” and captures the astounding social media reaction t- Miles’s wish that exploded around the world. Post-screening festivities and fun will take place at the Farmers Union.

-- Closing Night Screening and Celebration: March 8, 6 p.m., California Theatre: Cinequest 25 concludes its anniversary celebration with a rousing evening of cinematic delight, followed by a typically CQFF blow-out bash. Join writer/director Victor Levin (Mad Men) and star Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) for a screening of the enchanting romantic comedy, 5 T- 7, a refreshingly daring and superbly crafted tale, featuring performances by Yelchin and ex-Bond girl Bérénice Marlohe (Skyfall). The brilliant supporting cast includes Olivia Thirlby (Juno), Eric Stoltz (Caprica), and screen legends Glenn Close (Damages) and Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon). Immediately following the screening, a rollicking farewell t- CQFF 25 and eager anticipation of next year’s fest will occur at the Glass House.

-- Maverick Spirit Award Events: Cinequest’s most prestigious accolade, the Maverick Spirit Award recognizes bold, visionary, and creative forces—the finest in the worlds of Silicon Valley innovation and the film arts. This year’s recipients are actor Rosari- Dawson and director John Boorman.

  • John Boorman Presents Queen and Country February 26, 7:30p.m., California Theatre: Legendary Director Boorman (Deliverance, Hope and Glory, Zardoz, Excalibur, Where the Heart Lies) showcases his latest masterpiece Queen and Country at CQFF25. '
  • An Evening With Rosari- Dawson February 28, 7:30p.m., California Theatre: Screen sensation (Top Five, Sin City, He Got Game, Kids), singer, comic book creator, philanthropist, social activist, the multi-talented Rosari- Dawson is a creative force as well as a dynamic advocate for social justice. A not-to-be-missed conversation with Ms. Dawson, moderated by Jennifer Siebel Newsom (MissRepresentation), will follow the Maverick Spirit Award presentation.
  • Past Maverick Spirit guest recipients include Harrison Ford, Neil Gaiman, J.J. Abrams, Kevin Spacey, William H. Macy, Gus Van Sant, Spike Lee, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sir Ian McKellen, Edward James Olmos, Alec Baldwin and Sir Ben Kingsley. For clips of previous Award winners’ comments, please visit Cinequest’s Maverick Voices video.

"I think the most important thing about Cinequest is it's definitely the first time I've ever come t- a festival where my immediate reaction is, 'What d- I have t- d- t- be invited back?' and that's not normally my reaction. It's a perfect film festival in a glorious place." - Neil Gaiman, Maverick Spirit Award Winner

-- Media Legacy Award Events: Spotlighting writers wh- discover and follow cinematic art and innovation, Cinequest’s Media Legacy Award recognizes the pivotal role journalists play in connecting audiences t- films and technologies, providing insight int- artists, technologists, and the collaborative nature of both disciplines. CQFF 25 recipients are Anne Thompson and Richard von Busack.

  • Wild Tales with Anne Thompson February 28, 7:30p.m., California Theatre: Join Anne Thompson for the award presentation and spirited conversation following a screening of the international sensation–and a Thompson favorite– Wild Tales. Six short narratives of wreaked vengeance, with both hilarious and catastrophic results, offer one of the most riotous cinematic rides you’ll ever encounter. A journalism trailblazer and global tastemaker for films and artists, Ms. Thompson’s sterling career includes highly regarded articles for leading publications such as The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post, Wired, Variety, LA Weekly, Premiere, Film Comment, and IndieWire.
  • L’Atalante with Richard von Busack. March 3, 7:30p.m., Camera 12 Cinemas: Revered by Bertolucci and Godard, Jean Vig- was a cinematic genius—L’Atalante his masterpiece. Join Media Legacy Award winner Richard von Busack for a post-screening conversation and award presentation. “The story is fairy-tale simple, yet told with implications that are absolutely modern...a romance set against the iron and smoke of an industrial corridor, on the banks of a canal.... Jean, the newly married barge captain, takes his bride Juliette aboard L’Atalante t- join the rest of the crew.... At first, the voyage is as happy as can be...[but] as the barge approaches Paris, Juliette begins t- be bored, and…” (Richard von Busack, Metr- Newspapers)
  • Previous Media Legacy Award recipients include: Eric Kohn of Indiewire, Harry Knowles, founder of Ain’t It Cool News, and Kenneth Turan of The Los Angeles Times. Please watch Cinequest’s Media Legacy video.

--Picture The Possibilities Summit February 28, 3:00p.m., California Theatre: Picture The Possibilities (PTP) by Cinequest empowers global youth with the inspiration, tools, and confidence t- form and realize personal dreams/visions—from art t- science—regardless of whatever difficult situations and challenges they may have in their lives. This year at PTP Summit Silicon Valley, youth from around the world connect with luminaries t- share their creations and empower each other and positively affect the future. The PTP Summit celebrates and fosters the creative force of science, technology, and art. PTP youth and industry notables picture possibilities then set about together t- create and bring them t- reality. Panelist/presenters include: Frederik G. Pferdt, Head of Innovation Programs at Google; Tania Anaissie of Stanford’s d.school; and Ellen McGirt, Senior Writer at Fast Company. Please enjoy Picture The Possibilities Summit video.

--Premieres, Countries, and Star Performances: Ninety-one (91) World, North American and U.S. Premieres from 50 countries include performances by

  • Chloë Grace Moretz (Kickass), Juliette Binoche (The English Patient), and Kristen Stewart (Twilight) in Clouds of Sils Maria by director Oliver Assayas (Irma Vep, Paris, je t'aime)
  • Simon Pegg (Star Trek, Shaun of the Dead), Alice Braga (Elysium), Luke Hemsworth (Neighbours) in Kill Me Three Times Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace) and Fabrice Luchini (Potiche) in Gemma Bovery by director: Anne Fontaine (Coc- Before Chanel)
  • Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In, ParaNorman) and Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Shame) in Slow West
  • Heavyweight legends Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Bernard Hopkins; Mark Wahlberg (Ted, Boogie Nights), Denzel Washington (American Gangster, Flight), Ron Howard (Rush, Apoll- 13), Spike Lee (D- The Right Thing, Inside Man), Mary J. Blige (music artist), and 50 Cent (music artist) in Champs
  • Bérénice Marlohe (Skyfall), Anton Yelchin, (Star Trek), Olivia Thirlby (Juno), Glenn Close (Damages), Eric Stoltz (Caprica), and Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon) in 5 t- 7 by director Victor Levin (Mad Men)
  • Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) – Executive Producer for The Center
  • Jack O'Connell (Unbroken), Sam Reid (Astronaut Wives Club), Charlie Murphy (Philomena) in ’71 by director Yann Demange (Secret Diary of a Call Girl)
  • Charlotte Gainsburg (Nymphomaniac) and Chiara Mastroianni (Augustine) in Three Hearts
  • Nandita Das (Earth, Fire) and Aina Clotet (The Wild Ones) in Traces of Sandalwood
  • Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) in The Anniversary
  • Joseph Morgan (The Originals), Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Kate Walsh (Grey's Anatomy), and Walton Goggins (Justified) in Dermaphoria
  • Sara Canning (The Vampire Diaries), Michael Eklund (Bates Motel), Christopher Heyerdahl (Hell on Wheels, True Blood), and Torrance Coombs (Reign) in Eadweard
  • Hannah Simone (New Girl), stand-up comedian Kosha Patel, and Tiya Sricar (The Internship) in Miss India America by directorial debut of actor Ravi Kapoor (Crossing Jordan, Heroes)
  • Martha MacIsaac (Superbad, 1600 Penn), Jodi Balfour (The Best Laid Plans), Jordan Hayes (What If), Alex Ashbaugh (The Canyons), Brandon Jay McLaren (Graceland), and Max Topplin (Suits) in Milwaukee
  • Janeane Garofal- (The Truth About Cats and Dogs) in The Assistant (short)

--New Cinequest Future Of Film Showcase. Cinequest, Silicon Valley’s creativity and film institute, now 25 years strong, keenly focuses on the exciting possibilities the future holds. Cinequest’s unique nature and aggregate impact result from a powerful fusion of creativity, filmmaking and technological innovation—transforming our future in thrilling and provocative ways. T- celebrate this legacy, Cinequest announces a breathtaking new Future of Film showcase. Future of Film includes:

CINEQUEST is a vanguard organization that fuses creativity with technological innovation t- empower, improve, and transform the lives of people and communities worldwide, through Picture the Possibilities, Cinequest Film Festival and Cinequest Mavericks Studio.

  • Picture The Possibilities by Cinequest empowers global youth with the tools, confidence and inspiration t- form and create their dreams from art t- science--regardless of their situation and challenges. Picture It. Create It.
  • Cinequest Film Festival—Silicon Valley showcases premier films, renowned and emerging artists, and breakthrough technology—empowering global connectivity between creators, innovators and audiences.
  • Cinequest Mavericks Studi- creates innovative and transformative motion pictures, television and distribution paradigms.

When: February 24-March 8, 2015
How: Tickets and passes on sale here.
For more information, visit http://www.cinequest.org.

<![CDATA[Asian Art Museum March Events]]> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:42:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Shimizu_Valls_Moore.jpg

The Asian Art Museum has a stellar lineup of events this March, kicking the month off by creating a cardboard box world! Parents and kids are invited to play with cardboard boxes as they would at home. Both the event and admission are free. On March 14 and 28, actors from Theatre of Yugen will perform classical Japanese comic theater. On March 19 Bay Area ceramist Erik Scollon will discuss the ceramic work in the galleries and lead participants through the study of form. Also that evening, Tatsu Aoki will talk about his experience growing up in a family that booked and trained geisha in downtown Tokyo.

The museum is running a special promotion for its Twitter followers until February 18, 2015. Just show that you follow the museum (@asianartmuseum) on Twitter at the admissions desk, and they will let you in for FREE!

Where: Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA 94102

When: Events are scheduled throughout the month of March, 2015

Cost: Admission is FREE is you follow @asianartmuseum on Twitter until February 18, 2015. Click here for ticket prices.

For a complete list of events and for general information, click here.

Highlight Events:

The Box Project

Sunday, March 1, 11 AM–2 PM

Samsung Hall, free admission courtesy of Target

Come build a cardboard world at the Asian Art Museum! The Box Project is a workshop for parents and kids developed by San Francisco artist, Eliza Gregory. Participants alter and play with cardboard boxes as they would at home, but on an unusually grand scale. Materials include reused cardboard donated by local businesses, which we recycle at the end of the day. Professional parenting educator Nancy Gapasin Gnass curates information about parenting and creativity for participants to take home, and is on hand to answer questions and provide an intellectual framework for the experience.

The Box Project celebrates acts of creativity that take place in the home by temporarily placing them in a museum context to catalyze a conversation about creativity, parenting and the gallery space as a creative hub. The project asks: Can we teach creativity? What does that look like? When is parenting itself fundamentally about creativity? How can we become better parents by acknowledging those times? And how can the museum support families in this endeavor?



AsiaAlive: Noh-Kyogen Now

Saturdays, March 14 and 28, Noon–4 PM

North Court, free with museum admission

Actors from the renowned ensemble Theatre of Yugen present an intriguing reinterpretation of Japanese Noh-Kyogen theater in this interactive demonstration. Classical kyogen plays are performed along with new contemporary counterparts, inspired by the plots and characters of classic plays. With updated language, context and style, the reinterpretations reflect the growth of traditional into the contemporary, the bridging of old and new.

For more than 35 years, Theatre of Yugen has consistently provided experiences in Noh-Kyogen theater, sharing appreciation for these forms with an increasingly diverse array of audiences. Whether classical or contemporary, serious or comedic, the performances strive to project the aesthetic quality of yugen (mysterious elegance), which gives the work a distinctive style. For more information, visit www.theatreofyugen.org.


Artists Drawing Club with Erik Scollon

Thursday, March 19, 6:30–9 PM

Meet at the information desk, free with museum admission

When a potter throws on the potter's wheel the form slowly emerges through a series of small adjustments, unlike drawing, which can quickly find the outline of a form. Bay Area ceramist Erik Scollon will lead you through a meditative drawing exercise, which is akin to the slow finding of form that is used by potters. Join the artist as he discusses ceramic works in the galleries and leads participants through the study of form.

Erik Scollon is an artist, educator and writer based in Oakland. His work has been seen in venues as diverse as art galleries, craft fairs, museum shows, design blogs and gay biker bars. He teaches at California College of the Arts and UC Berkeley, and is represented by Romer Young Gallery in San Francisco.


A Child Like Me: Laura Allen in Conversation with Tatsu Aoki

Thursday, March 19, 7–8:30 PM

Samsung Hall, free with museum admission

Think you know about geisha culture? Think again. Explore ideas expressed in Seduction: Japan’s Floating World that we’ve been pondering about fantasy, constructed realities and the perpetuation of specific narratives about the pleasure quarter through the personal lens of Tatsu Aoki, who grew up in his grandmother’s geisha house in Tokyo. The talk will introduce museum audiences to the unique perspective of an artist—male, in particular—with intimate knowledge of modern geisha culture, as well as the artistic training of geisha—an early influence on Tatsu's musical training. Tatsu appears in conversation with Laura Allen, Asian Art Museum curator of Japanese art.

Musician, filmmaker and professor Tatsu Aoki grew up in a family that booked and trained geisha in downtown Tokyo. Before the economic and social changes of the 1960s forced many family businesses to close, Aoki received geisha cultural training and became part of the family’s performing crew at the age of four. Aoki performed in the early 70s during the Tokyo underground arts movement, joining the Japanese experimental music ensemble Gintenkai. After coming to the U.S. in 1977, Aoki studied experimental filmmaking at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he is a professor of film, video and new media.

<![CDATA[Westfield Valley Fair's Lunar New Year Celebration]]> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:46:28 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/246*120/lunar_new_year_celebrated_at_valley_fair.jpg

Ring in the Year of the Ram with Westfield Valley Fair at their second annual Lunar New Year Celebration. Right now through February 28, the shopping center will be filled with décor reflective of Lunar New Year, including vitrines throughout the shopping center that will display Lunar New Year fashion trends. Some retailers are having special promotions for the celebration and the shopping center will be hosting cultural activities throughout the month to celebrate the holiday. On February 28, 2015, join West Field Valley Fair for a culminating festive community event to close out the Lunar New Year Celebration.

Westfield Valley Fair partners with local community organizations to showcase Asian-American student artwork and give back to the community. This year, they have invited some new partners. The San Jose Museum of Art will be participating, showcasing student art projects in a pop-up storefront. The San Jose Public Library will be providing children with arts and crafts activities. And in the spirit of giving back to the community, West Field Valley Fair is displaying a wishing tree to raise funds for Asian Americans for Community Involvement, a community-based organization whose mission is to improve health, mental health, and well-being of individuals, families, and the Asian community. Make a donation to AACI and hang your good wish for the new year on the wishing tree.

For a schedule of events, please visit the Westfield Valley Fair events page here

When: February 1-28, 2015

Where: West Field Valley Fair

              San Jose

<![CDATA[Celebrate the Power of Mentoring!]]> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:13:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/224*120/mentorship0212.png

Help the Silicon Valley Children’s Fund (SVCF) celebrate the power of mentoring this Valentine’s Day! SVCF would like to give a heartfelt thanks to its 107 mentors who support all its foster youth through their path from high school, college and career.

"One of my greatest challenges has been believing in myself and the core of that issue was LOVE. When you love yourself and handle your business everything else just falls in place... How do you start believing in yourself? It's very simple, surround yourself by people that love you like the people in this room."

–Lupe Diaz, YES Alumni, San Francisco State University Graduate

"Love requires us to understand that foster youth are not a problem to society. Love requires us to understand that foster youth are not "at-risk." WE ARE RESILIENT! WE ARE boys and girls, young men and woman, who deserve love too."

–Kenyon Whitman, YES Alumni, Fresno State Graduate, University of San Diego Ph.D. Program

Think back to the people in your life who have supported and inspired you to be the best person you can be. Send your mentor some love today by sharing this message on Facebook from SVCF with a personal note of gratitude.

About the Silicon Valley Children’s Fund:

Silicon Valley Children’s Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that functions much like a venture capital organization. We invest in programs to improve the life outcomes of the foster youth in Santa Clara County. We advocate for the needs of foster youth, fund pilot programs to meet their needs, monitor results and measure success, support the expansion of programs that work, and hold program partners accountable for performance. Our return on investment is the achievement of our kids.

Click here for more information on the Silicon Valley Children’s Fund or if you would like to make a donation.

<![CDATA[The Junior League of San Jose's 24th Annual Rummage Sale]]> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 13:53:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/IMG_3243.JPG

The Junior League of San Jose invites you to their 24th annual biennial Rummage Sale, “The Greatest Garage Sale on Earth,” on March 21, 2015. The Rummage Sale is a much anticipated event where bargain hunters, budget-minded shoppers, and all families in the Santa Clara County can find quality merchandise at unbeatable prices. Some of the items you can purchase include baby supplies, bicycles, sporting goods, hardware, furniture, electronics, office supplies, entertainment, appliances, clothing for all ages, and much more. Admission to the Rummage sale is free.

This year’s Rummage Sale also features a free, onsite Community Health and Services Fair. This fair features over 35 healthcare providers and community service agents serving to benefit overall health and well-being. These include healthcare and community agencies providing vision and hearing screening, healthy eating and cooking demonstration, asthma services, dentistry education, mental health counseling, child care financial assistance, stroke prevention, and so many more beneficial services.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity. For more information, click here

When: March 21, 2015

Where: Santa Clara County Fairgrounds

Time: Rummage Sale – 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Community Health and Services Fair – 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM

<![CDATA[Oceans 11, the 20th Annual Via Ball]]> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:51:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*123/Via-Ball-300x231.png

Via Services invites you to their biggest night of the year, the 20th annual Via Ball, where 100% of the proceeds will go towards Via Services programs like Early Intervention and Via West Campus. Via helps adults and children with special needs achieve greater self-sufficiency and lead richer lives. They provide the much needed connection and support for parents and caregivers to make challenges less difficult and celebrations more frequent.

The theme of this year’s Via Ball is Ocean’s 11. Enjoy dinner by Catered Affair, dancing by Joe Sharino Plus One, and a live auction with one-of-a-kind prizes, all while indulging in fun and fancy casino games.

For more information, click here

When: February 27, 2015

Where: Villa Ragusa


Time: 5:30 PM to 11:00 PM

<![CDATA[The 8th Annual "Open Your Heart" Pajama Drive]]> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:34:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/163*120/PajamaProgram_logo.jpg

Make a difference in the lives of children in need by participating in the 8th annual “Open Your Heart” Pajama Drive, a partnership between the Fairmont San Jose and Pajama Program’s OPEN YOUR HEART Campaign to bring warm sleepwear and nurturing books to children in need. On February 26, 2015, locals, guests, employees, and community partners can make a donation of pajamas, books, or cash.

Any monetary donation grants admission to Jammy Hour, an event where donators can enjoy drinks and a raffle. There will also be a Pajama Sorting Party where volunteers, guests, employees, and community partners will be sorting and shipping pajamas and books to local children in need. This event includes a complimentary breakfast and donations will still be accepted during the Pajama Sorting Party.

For more information, click here

When: February 26 and 27, 2015

Where: The Fairmont San Jose

Time: February 26 – 6:00 to 8:00 PM, February 27 – 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM

<![CDATA[Jessica Aguirre at Ragin Cajun Goes to Rio!]]> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:11:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/JESSICAguirre0210.jpg

Join NBC Bay Area’s Jessica Aguirre at the Sandra J Wing Healing Therapies Foundation’s event, Ragin' Cajun Goes to Rio!

Ragin’ Cajun is the San Francisco East Bay’s Rio event of the year! Enjoy music, dancing, dinner, live and silent auctions and more on Friday, March 6, 2015 at the Casa Real Event Center in Pleasanton. Ragin’ Cajun is the annual fundraiser event for the Sandra J Wing Healing Therapies Foundation, which provides cancer patients with financial assistance for complementary healing services during the course of their chemo or radiation therapy.

Where: Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery – 410 Vineyard Ave. Pleasanton, CA 94566

When: Friday, March 6, 2015 from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.

How: Tickets are available online or by calling (866) 862-7270.

For more information, click here.

<![CDATA[Savanna Jazz's Salute to Black History Month]]> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 13:54:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/205*120/firstpage4.jpg

February is Black History Month and Savanna Jazz invites you to Salute to Black History Month, a cultural dinner and show to honor decades of rich history in the United States. Savana Jazz is an attractive jazz club that opened in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District in 2003. They bring you a comfy and hip atmosphere, coupled with a delicious and enticing West African dinner menu.

You will have two chances to attend Salute to Black History Month. On opening weekend, February 13-14, watch a brilliant performance from the Pacal Bokar AfroJazz Ensemble, coupled with a mouth-watering dinner prepared by Executive Chef Pierre Thiam, whose mission is to blend food from his native West Africa with his contemporary New York style food. On February 22-23, 2015, listen to a beautiful and smooth jazz performance from Doug Carn. Both musicians are renowned Jazz performers who bring their own unique flavor to the jazz world.

For more information, click here

When: February 13-14 and February 22-23, 2015

Where: Savanna Jazz Club

                San Francisco

Time: 6:30 PM dinner, 7:00 PM show

<![CDATA[Apply for the 2015 Latino Board Leadership Academy]]> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 13:49:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/hispanic-foundationupdate0210.jpg

The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley (HFSV) is pleased to invite you to apply for the Latino Board Leadership Academy (LBLA) Class V.

Are you seeking to increase your community impact? Are you interested in expanding your experiences by serving on a nonprofit Board of Directors? Are you willing to commit to a program to learn how to be an effective Board Member?

If you answered yes to the above questions, you are a perfect candidate for the LBLA. The LBLA was created for Latinos who are interested in serving on nonprofit Boards and aligning the work of that Board to improve the lives of Silicon Valley Latinos.

When: The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Thursday, February 12, 2015

How: To apply, please follow this link.

About the Latino Board Leadership Academy:

Hispanic philanthropy is driven by a sense of connection to la Comunidad-- a network of friends, neighbors, and the broader Hispanic community. A study conducted by the Hispanic Foundation found Latinos greatly under-report their volunteer activity. For Hispanics who volunteered, the number of hours spent volunteering each month was highest among all ethnic groups studied. However, Latinos do not yet have a leadership role in the region’s nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. 

To address the leadership gap and to better understand the level of Latino board leadership needs of Silicon Valley nonprofits, HFSV has been working with professional associations and nonprofit leaders. While 85% of organizations who participated in a survey indicated that their organizations want greater Hispanic representation on their boards, 65% reported difficulty in recruiting from this segment of the population. 

Working with its Partners the HFSV has developed the Latino Board Leadership Academy (LBLA), a comprehensive program designed to recruit and train Latinos to serve as potential board members, and match them with boards of non-profit organizations whose missions best match their personal interests. The focus on Latino professionals, combined with the purposeful implementation of comprehensive follow-up, differentiates the LBLA from other community leadership development initiatives. HFSV’s Partners include Center for Excellence in Nonprofits; CompassPoint; Notre Dame de Namur University; 4C Council of Santa Clara County, Inc.; and University of Phoenix.

For more information on the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon, please click here.

<![CDATA[American Homebrewers Association Rally at Magnolia Brewing Co.]]> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 16:55:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*145/magnoliapic-800x724.png

Do you appreciate crisp, refreshing, homebrewed beer? If so, the American Homebrewers Association invites you to their Rally at Magnolia Brewing Co. on February 7, 2015. As a part of San Francisco’s Beer Week, AHA is having a series of rallies across the country to give homebrewers the chance to check out some of their local breweries and connect with other beer enthusiasts and homebrewers in their area.

AHA is participating in this year’s San Francisco Beer Week and holding their next rally at Magnolia Brewing Company. Take a VIP tour of the brewery, meet the brewery staff, enjoy Magnolia Brewery beer samples, and win great prizes from the brewery and AHA. Magnolia will also be giving away their proprietary yeast, so attendees will have a chance to win the very yeast Magnolia brews with to ferment their own beer at home.

For more information, click here

When: February 7, 2015

Where: Smokestack at Magnolia Brewing

                San Francisco

Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

<![CDATA[Chef Isaac Bancaco on Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa]]> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 19:48:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Chefs0205.jpg

Be sure to check out NBC Bay Area's Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa this Sunday, February 8 at 5:30 a.m. on NBC Bay Area, channel 11 or cable channel 3 and at 6 p.m. on COZI TV, channel 186. This week's episode will feature a Lunar New Year inspired dish by Chef Isaac Bancaco of Ka'ana Kitchen, Maui!

Somen Noodle salad & Black Sesame dressing

Somen Noodles:

Somen Noodles, 4 bundles

Salted water

Ice bath

Olive oil, 2T

In a large pot of salted water, bring to a boil, add in somen noodles and stir to keep noodles separated.  Cook till all rawness is cooked out, place in ice bath and chill.  Remove from ice water and toss in a little olive oil.  Reserve.

Black Sesame Dressing (yields one quart):

1 cup black sesame seeds

¼ cup tamari

1 cup rice vinegar

¼ cup honey

1 cup garlic oil

½ cup peanut butter (creamy)

10 cloves roasted garlic

2 TBSP sesame oil

Put all in blender and blend

Chilli oil:

Bring oil to slightly warm temperature and then add:

1.5 dried thai chilis

1.5 cup dark chili powder

1 piece of 3 inch ginger sliced

2 bottoms of leeks


Bring to slight simmer, steep and strain through cheesecloth

About Chef Isaac Bancaco:In the spirit harmonizing of flavor, locally grown ingredients & globally refined technique, Ka Ľana Kitchen’s Chef Isaac Bancaco pays tribute to his Maui roots (Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino).In 2014 Isaac was voted "Best Chef on Maui" and in 2011 Bancaco was honored as the only chef in TravelAge West’s, “Future Faces of Hawaii Tourism” and “Top Young Chefs to Watch” by Hawaii Hospitality. As an active player in supporting Maui’s farms and farmers, Bancaco displays a perfectly balanced menu of locally sourced components at the chic Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort. He now flaunts using 85% from the islands top growers, ranchers and fishermen. After securing his first cooking position at the acclaimed Blue Ginger under Ming Tsai, Bancaco competed as Tsai’s sous chef on “Iron Chef America” defeating Bobby Flay in “Kitchen Stadium,” his first defeat on home soil.Born and raised on Maui, Bancaco displays deep rooted pride in Hawaii’s locally grown and produced goods giving diners a paralleled sense of place. www.maui.andaz.hyatt.com/

<![CDATA[Furry Friends Rescue's Valentine Dog Day]]> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 16:29:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*125/main_valentine2015.png

Treat your furry friend to a day of fun and frenzy while helping to raise money for other dogs at the Furry Friends Rescue Valentine Dog Day fundraiser. The Valentine Dog Day fundraiser is a pet wash to benefit Furry Friends Rescue’s Miracle Club. You can purchase a Pet Food Express “Pet Wash” token all day. Proceeds from these tokens benefit FFR.

There is also going to be a dog and cat adoption showcase and a doggie kissing booth where you can get a kiss from a rescue pup for $1.00. You can also get a Valentine’s Day photo in a “Valentine” frame, plus a digital copy for $15.00 from an on-site photographer. Enjoy Valentine goodies and dog treats for your furry friend.

For more information, click here

When: February 14, 2015

Where: Pet Food Express


Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM