<![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 Sun, 24 May 2015 22:44:45 -0700 Sun, 24 May 2015 22:44:45 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[28 Chinese - A Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibit]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 14:41:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/222*120/1853-15-Split-Carousel_-28-ChineseFirst-Look+%281%29.jpg

The Asian Art Museum is proud to announce its major summer exhibition 28 Chinese will be on view beginning on June 5 through August 16. The exhibition offers glimpses of contemporary Chinese art from a group of 28 artists, featuring internationally acclaimed artist.

This exhibit is a culmination of more than a decade worth of exploration and research by art collectors Don and Mera Rubell. The Asian Art Museum’s presentation will be the first trip to the west coast for many of these artists.

While artworks in 28 Chinese are only a sample of all that Chinese contemporary art has to offer, they represent a few of the most notable Chinese artists working today. The exhibition highlights many different aspects of art using supplies like paper to make figures, light to create images, landscapes to create environments and videos.

For more information click here

Where: Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

When: June 5-Aug 16

Time: Tuesdays - Sundays, 10AM-5 PM; Thursdays, 10 AM-9PM

<![CDATA[Iron Road presented by Stanford University]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 16:08:57 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/ironroad.jpg

The Chinese Railroad Workers of North America Project at Stanford University (CRRW) and the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum (CHSA) are hosting a luncheon and afternoon program celebrating the lives of Chinese railroad workers who played an instrumental part in building the United States' first Transcontinental Railroad. 

You are cordially invited to this event which will feature family-friendly activities, presentations of Stanford’s CRRW project research and archaeology, stories from descendants of railroad workers, exhibits by Stanford and CHSA, songs and stories performed by CHSA Artist -in-Residence Charlie Chin. 

 For more information click here.

When: June 6, 2015

Where: Tresidder Union

              Stanford University


Time: 11:30 am- 3:30 pm

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<![CDATA[St. Jude's Disc Golf Tournament]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 14:21:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/220*120/st-jude-postcards-6x11-1-front.3300.1800.s.jpg

St. Jude hospital is partnering with the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) on May 22-24, 2015 to host an inaugural tournament to benefit kids. The competition will take place on the Bayonet Golf Course, a popular par 72 course in Seaside, California, touted as one of America’s most beautiful settings for the game of golf. It is their hope that this event will be the start of a partnership between these two organizations that symbolizes how the fantastic sport of disc golf impacts the lives of patients and their families by representing the enthusiasm and can-do attitudes seen in patients every day. 

There will be several professional athletes competing to raise awareness at the tournament, along with key sponsors and industry partners who have made the event possible. Also, this will be the first time St. Jude will broadcast the tournament's Closing Award Ceremony via the Livestream app. 

For more information, click here

When: May 22-24, 2015

Where: Bayonet Golf Course

<![CDATA[The 2015 Asian Pacific American Heritage Luncheon at NBC Bay Area]]> Fri, 15 May 2015 12:55:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/APA+Luncheon.JPG

As May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, NBC Bay Area proudly hosted the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Luncheon on May 14, 2015. At this prestigious luncheon, NBC Bay Area partnered with Asian Pacific Fund and Asian Americans for Community Involvement, or AACI, to honor the winners of art, essay and video contest, Growing Up Asian in America, as well as honoring five incredible individuals who have dedicated their time to helping others throughout the community as this year's Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Honorees.

The winners of the Growing Up Asian in American Art, Essay and Video contest were surrounded by friends and family as they were presented an award and certificate of achievement for their unique and beautiful stories portrayed through art. Raj Mathai, NBC Bay Area's nightly anchor, had the pleasure of introducing each winner on stage. Each winner had the chance to tell the audience about some of their family's history and what inspired their works of art. 

NBC Bay Area's very own Robert Handa, Mike Inouye and Vicky Nguyen had the honor of introducing each Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Honoree. These five individuals share the common goal of improving lives of those around them. Each received a personalized award from Tiffany & Co. for their tireless and selfless work that impacts our community. We thank them for never losing sight of their mission and working hard for a better world.

For more photos of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Luncheon, click here

<![CDATA[Shop With a Cop Salsa Sunday Brunch]]> Thu, 14 May 2015 19:15:57 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/DSCF7081.JPG

The Shop With a Cop Foundation of Silicon Valley invites you to their fundraising event benefitting the Heroes and Helpers Holiday Shopping Spree and Readers are Leaders Reading Campaign, Sala Sunday Brunch. This Sunday, May 17, 2015, indulge in a low-key, casual Sunday brunch with your loved ones while raising money for a great cause.

Cafecito, San Jose's Latin Band, will be playing live music for your enjoyment. There will be a live auction and raffle prizes, as well. The Shop With a Cop Salsa Sunday Brunch is a special event in honor of fallen officer, Officer Mike Johnson. Proceeds from Salsa Sunday Brunch will go towards sponsoring a child at the judo/dojo that Officer Mike Johnson volunteered his time at. His family members will also be in attendance to see a check presented to the judo/dojo in his memory.

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here

When: May 17, 2015

Where: The Loft Bar and Bistro

              San Jose

Time: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

<![CDATA[Armed Forces Day 5K Run and Family Fun Fest]]> Thu, 14 May 2015 18:28:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/241*120/ArmedForcesDay.png

Veterans Supportive Services Agency is proud to announce they will be hosting their very first annual Armed Forces Day 5K Run and Family Fun Fest. VSSA is a non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to help eligible Veterans apply for service connected disability life-time compensation and is solely dedicated to providing life enhancing supportive services to US Armed Forces Veterans and their families.

On May 16, 2015, bring your friends and family out to Lake Cunningham Park for either a 5K run or a one mile walk and a Family Fun Fest in support of our veterans. There are no age limits for the run or walk and children under 12 receive free registration. There will also be music, food, local artisans, Blvd Bombs Classic Car Display and much more.

For more information, click here

When: May 16, 2015

Where: Lake Cunningham Park

                San Jose

Time: 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM

<![CDATA[Project Awareness SF]]> Thu, 14 May 2015 17:14:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/10336762_543595902419820_7762602082409385347_n.jpg

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health touches the lives of 1 in 4 Americans. Unfortunately, mental health issues have continuously been left unspoken and considered taboo to most individuals across various communities. However, more and more individuals are being encouraged to speak out about their experiences with mental health.

Project Awareness SF is an organization dedicated to spreading awareness for mental health and lowering the stigma associated with mental health disorders. This weekend, on May 16, 2015, they are asking volunteers who want to help this cause to wander around Dolores Park, Union Square, 16th and Mission, and Powell Street Bart Stations distributing single stem flowers and postcards containing various mental health facts and local resources to the public. In return, individuals are encouraged to take photos with their flowers, share their stories, and post them on their social media sites with the hashtag #ProjectAwarenessSF.

For more information, click here

When: May 16, 2015

Where: San Francisco

Time: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

<![CDATA[Walk Now for Autism Speaks]]> Thu, 14 May 2015 16:23:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/172*120/walk-now-for-autism-speaks.jpg

Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, is proud to host the 13th annual Bay Area Walk Now for Autism Speaks fundraising and awareness event on Saturday, May 16, 2015. All proceeds from this philanthropic event will support Autism Speaks’ work, both locally and nationally, to increase awareness about the growing autism health crisis, fund innovative autism research and family services, and advocate for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

NBC Bay Area’s very own Kris Sanchez will be the emcee for this year’s Bay Area Walk Now for Autism Speaks. San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo will also be in attendance, welcoming the community to the walk to show his support for the cause. This annual walk is a unique fundraising event that offers a safe and fun day for the families impacted by autism, with music also provided by local musicians affected by autism.

For more information about Walk Now for Autism Speaks, click here

When: May 16, 2015

Where: Kelley Park

                San Jose

Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

<![CDATA[Taste of Potrero 2015]]> Tue, 12 May 2015 14:03:09 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/IMG_1842-1.jpg

Taste of Potrero is San Francisco’s premier food gala that features unique and delicious tastes from the city’s star chefs.  It is an evening filled with food, drinks and fun that was first started in 2010 by Adam Zolot when his child was facing losing public education in the neighborhood they love so much. Taste of Potrero has become an annual food lover’s fundraiser for public education in Potrero Hill. The proceeds benefit Daniel Webster Elementary School, a school that has been saved from closure twice.

This year, Taste of Potrero will be held at Pier 70 and will feature over 40 local restaurants and bars who are showcasing their delectable items for a good cause. There are two ticket options for this event: General Admission which permits entry to the event at 7:00 PM with open bar and endless tastes or VIP Admission which includes an additional hour of private access to all food and drink beginning at 6:00 PM, plus a private tasting room with waiter service and exclusive restaurants and spirits.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here

When: May 14, 2015

Where: Pier 70

Time: 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

<![CDATA[Habitat for Humanity Cycle of Hope]]> Fri, 08 May 2015 18:04:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/cycle+of+hope050815.jpg

Lafayette Residents Bob Frick (77) and Len Holmes (73), will bicycle over 3,000 miles across the U.S. from the San Francisco Bay Area to Atlanta, Georgia, headquarters of Habitat for Humanity International, to raise awareness and funding for Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley (HEBSV).

Bob and Len have set their sights on raising $250,000 with the Cycle of Hope III ride. All funds raised are 100% tax deductible and will be used to sponsor the construction of Habitat homes in Alameda, Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties, HEBSV's three county service territory. This includes HEBSV's upcoming Central Commons development, providing addordable housing for 30 families in Fremont. Previous successes from the Cycle of Hope I and II rides funded homes in Bay Point and Walnut Creek.

For more information, click here.

Photo Credit: Habitat for Humanity]]>
<![CDATA[Mother's Day at the Fairmont San Jose]]> Fri, 08 May 2015 17:35:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/256*120/fairmont050815.jpg

The Fairmont San Jose is offering two lavish brunches to pamper mom this Mother’s Day. Executive Chef Anthony Hsia and his culinary team have developed sumptuous menus, featuring elaborate displays of seasonally inspired dishes. Bouquets of bright, fresh Spring flowers will decorate both the Flower Market Brunch and California Poppy Buffet in the hotel’s grand Imperial Ballroom and stylish Fountain Restaurant respectively on Sunday, May 10, 2015. Delight and inspire mom to indulge on her special day.

Flower Market Brunch at the Imperial Ballroom

Treat mom to something truly special by surrounding her with love, beautiful flowers and carefully prepared cuisine. On the menu is a bountiful buffet with a carving station featuring juicy New York strip steak, roast turkey and rum-glazed ham. Find dishes like lemony roast swordfish with saffron pearl couscous and classic white bean cassoulet with thyme, sausage and duck confit. An omelet and farm fresh eggs station featuring crème fraiche scrambled eggs with tobiko caviar and truffle oil will add to the menu. Moms with a sweet tooth will delight in Pastry Chef Fernando Arreola’s renowned dessert display. Special dishes designed for children will be offered at our “Little Chefs” station. The complete menu can be found here.

Reservations available 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

$72 per person; $84 per person with wine

$36 for children under 12; Complimentary for children 5 and under

All pricing excludes applicable taxes & gratuity

California Poppy Buffet at The Fountain Restaurant

Celebrate mom and treat her to an elegant brunch in Fairmont San Jose’s redesigned Fountain Restaurant. The California Poppy Buffet boasts a menu with items like grilled Pacific salmon with strawberry-red onion salsa and Petaluma chicken breast wrapped in prosciutto, topped with sautéed mushrooms and saltimbocca sauce. Carving and omelet stations will be featured alongside stunning California flower displays. A complete menu can be found here.

Reservations available 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

$62 per person; $31 for children under 12; Complimentary for children 5 and under

All pricing excludes applicable taxes & gratuity


The Fairmont San Jose

170 South Market Street, San Jose


Mother's Day; Sunday, May 10


For more information or dining reservations, please visit http://www.fairmont.com/san-jose/promotions/mothers-day/ or call the holiday events line at 408-998-3960.

Photo Credit: The Fairmont San Jose]]>
<![CDATA[Taiwanese American Cultural Festival 2015]]> Fri, 08 May 2015 17:03:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/posting0508.jpg

The 2015 Taiwanese American Cultural Festival officially kicks off for the 23rd year in a row. Over 8,000 people from all across the Bay Area attend this event yearly to enjoy mouth-watering Taiwanese delicacies, rock out to live performances and experience the vibrancy of Taiwanese culture.

Started in 1993, the Taiwanese American Cultural Festival has grown into an annual landmark event for the Bay Area community, drawing thousands of visitors from all over the world to experience Taiwan's unique cultural heritage and to recognize the contributions of Taiwanese Americans today.

This year's festival will be held at Union Square in San Francisco, on Saturday May 9th 10 a.m. - 6 p.m..

The festival is free and open to the public. Vendors will be charging for some retail products.


Union Square, San Francisco


Saturday, May 9th 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Free admission, bring money for food and other goodies!

For more information, click here.

<![CDATA[Spicy Unlimited Food Festival]]> Thu, 07 May 2015 15:15:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/161*120/10470637_876577829074946_9010905420175295296_n.jpg

This Mother’s Day weekend, spice up Mom’s life at the Kickin’ with Spicy Unlimited Food Festival. Spicy Unlimited is a food event showcasing a variety of delicious spicy foods. Both seasoned and amateur food lovers are invited to come explore and expand their spicy palate. As a melting pot of world cultures, Spicy Unlimited is a well-respected restaurant scene with a spirit of openness and innovation in San Francisco.

This food festival will be a fun, carnival-like event with a diverse range of vendors ready to celebrate in the name of spicy. Established and neighborhood San Francisco restaurants who are passionate in promoting spicy food, stores who are dedicated to hot and spicy food ingredients, and chefs who want to showcase their spicy innovations will all be making this one-of-a-kind spicy food festival something to remember.

For more information, click here

When: May 9, 2015

Where: Justin Herman Plaza

               San Francisco

Time: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

<![CDATA[Boys and Girls Clubs of Oakland's 26th Annual Youth Gala and Benefit Auction]]> Thu, 07 May 2015 14:35:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/171*120/Youth+Gala+and+Benefit.png

Today is the Boys and Girls Clubs of Oakland’s 26th Annual Salute to Youth Gala and Benefit Auction. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Oakland’s mission is to develop the community’s youth into positive contributors to society. To accomplish this mission, BGCO provides programs and services that are tailored to the needs of today's youth and supplementary to the endeavors of families, our schools, and other community-based organizations.

This year’s Youth Gala and Auction honors the 2015 Youth of the Year, Mahlik A. Smith, a graduating senior from Oakland’s McClymonds High School. He is joined by a few of his fellow student-members from 3 BGCO Clubhouses, Mistress of Ceremonies Anne Makovec, Auctioneer Steve Haworth, and scores of local friends and supporters from the Greater Bay Area business and philanthropic community for a fun and purposeful evening dedicated to helping teens to achieve great futures.

For more information, please click here

When: May 7, 2015

Where: Oakland Scottish Rite Center

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM

<![CDATA[The 2015 Filoli Flower Show]]> Thu, 07 May 2015 13:45:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/holt-filoli-house.jpg

Make Mother’s Day extra special this year by surprising mom with a trip to the Filoli Estate in Woodside, California for their traditional Mother’s Day weekend event, the 2015 Filoli Flower Show. This year’s theme is Voyages, as professional and amateur floral designers take you on a virtual trip around the world. Imagine being on a cruise to Hawaii, Northern Europe, or the Far East, or taking a riverboat tour through the Amazon Rain Forest or from Paris to Monet’s Garden. At the Filoli Flower Show, you can do it all.

NBC Bay Area’s own Lance Lew was chosen to create a unique and amazing flower arrangement, with his interpretation of the Road to Hana on Maui, Hawaii. This Mother’s Day weekend event bring you oceans of floral beauty with designer arrangements, lauded table settings, children’s bouquets, horticultural collections, garden art and vignettes, plus educational exhibits in ports of call throughout the House and Garden. This year also brings new attractions: the fairy gardens, perpendicular hanging gardens and wreaths and baskets located on the tennis court.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the Filoli Flower Show, click here

When: May 7, 2015 to May 10, 2015

Where: Filoli Estate

            Woodside, CA

Time: Please see here for specific times for each day

Photo Credit: Saxon Holt/PhotoBotanic]]>
<![CDATA[Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Honorees]]> Thu, 07 May 2015 16:19:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AAHM-PBS-640.jpg

As May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, NBC Bay Area honors five unique and gifted Asian Pacific Americans that are making a difference in their community. From all different backgrounds and cultures, these individuals have worked tirelessly to make a difference in others’ lives.

Kathleen Blanchard:

Kathleen Blanchard is the mother of a Gunn High School student who died at the Caltrain tracks in Palo Alto on May 5, 2009. Kathleen is an attorney by profession and has become a leadership team member and parent survivor representative with Project Safety Net, a Palo Alto-based coordinated community action to promote youth well-being and present suicides in Palo Alto.

Andrew Jin:

Andrew Jin is a senior from The Harker School in San Jose. In a contest considered the Nobel Prizes for the nation’s brightest high school students, Andrew won one of three top prizes and $150,000 in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search. He was honored for his work in developing an algorithm that could help decipher the human genetic code. He says the heart of his work is his curiosity about evolution.

Christina M. Samala:

Samala is the 18 Million Rising’s Founding Director. 18 Million Rising, or 18MR.org, was launched in 2012 when there were approximately 18 million Asians and Pacific Islands in the United States, representing nearly 6% of the population and growing faster than any other racial group. 18MR.org is a group of activists, artists, organizations, and digital media influencers with a mission to promote AAPI civic engagement, influence, and movement by leveraging the power of technology and social media.

Ishan Sharma:

Ishan Sharma is a Cupertino High School student and a graduate of the Youth Leadership and Civic Engagement Program, now known as LEAD, a program of Asian Americans for Community Involvement. Last year, the father of Ishan’s best friend had an accident and became paralyzed. Ishan immediately set to work raising money to buy a wheelchair for his best friend’s father. He formed the M&M Project and proceeded to organize friends, family, and community members to help generate support. The M&M Project eventually raised more than $30,000 to buy a motorized wheelchair for Martin.

Loann Tran:

Loann Tran is a prominent community activist in the Bay Area Asian Pacific American community, particularly in the nail salon community. She has helped to voice workplace safety concerns for the nail salon community by working alongside California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative to advocate for better ventilation in salons and using nail products that are free of toxic chemicals. Loann’s dream is for nail salon workers and owners to fully understand that it is extremely important for their health and safety to use safer practices and products and for the nail salon community to speak up to the public and media about the issue.

We are proud to honor these amazing and tremendous individuals for their hard work to make others’ lives better. Their contributions to our local communities impact so many and they are greatly appreciated for their efforts. 

<![CDATA[Silicon Valley Gives 2015]]> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 18:57:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/207*120/about-svgives-hero.jpg

Silicon Valley Community Foundation is excited to announce that they will again be hosting Silicon Valley Gives 2015. Last year, this first-ever regional day of giving raised just over $8 million for more than 600 nonprofit organizations. Through a single online donation platform that connects donors to the charitable causes they care about most, donors can choose from a list of hundreds of organizations to contribute to. Nearly 900 nonprofit organizations have already signed up for this year’s 24-hour online fundraising effort.

NBC Bay Area is teaming up with Silicon Valley Gives to encourage people to donate to a nonprofit. We will be at the Safeway in the Rivermark Plaza in Santa Clara, where our very own NBC Bay Area Talent Bob Redell, Christina Loren, and Jeff Ranieri will be meeting and greeting the local community. There will also be tablets provided on-site for the convenience of donating on the spot. We hope you will join us in giving back to our community!

For more information, click here

When: May 5, 2015

Where: Safeway at the Rivermark Plaza

                Santa Clara

Time: 5:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM 

<![CDATA[Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Kick Off ]]> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 18:16:05 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/8720949031_8d917f942f_b.jpg

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage month! Join NBC Bay Area in partnership with Asian Pacific Fund for the official Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Kickoff event, an awards ceremony for the winners of Growing Up Asian in America, an art, essay and video contest held annually in commemoration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

More than 700 Asian and Pacific Island American kindergarten through 12th grade students throughout the Bay Area shared their family history and told their family’s story upon arrival to the United States. This year, there are 50 winners and honorable mentions, which include remarkable young writers, artists and filmmakers of Sri Lankan, Chinese, Tongan, Korean, Burmese, Indian, Japanese, Filipino, Vietnamese, and mixed-heritage backgrounds. Winners and honorable mentions share over $20,000 in cash and prizes. The top 20 winners will read their essays or talk about their artwork and videos.

The awards ceremony will be held at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

For more information, click here

When: May 3rd, 2015

Where: Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

<![CDATA[Support the Victims of the Nepal Earthquake]]> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 16:56:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/230*120/Nepal-Earthquake-Donation-Charity.jpg

The people of Nepal are enduring unimaginable suffering and tragedy from the earthquake that shook the country on April 25, 2015. The death toll is still rising, with hundreds of thousands injured, misplaced, and in need of help.

Almost 20,000 Nepalese Americans call the Bay Area their home, many in Sunnyvale, El Cerrito and Berkeley communities. Many of them are trying to desperately reach their families and loved ones in Nepal.

Right now, Asian Pacific Fund has identified trusted groups that are sending life-saving supplies and teams into Nepal. Direct Relief is deploying emergency medical personnel and equipment to the region. Oxfam has dispatched technical experts to Nepal and is preparing to provide clean water and food to thousands. These organizations are able to provide help to those in need from the support of our donations.

Asian Pacific Fund thanks you for your support for the victims of this tragedy. Donations to any trusted organization helping the Nepal earthquake victims are greatly appreciated.

To learn more and to donate to Direct Relief, click here

To learn more and to donate to Oxfam, click here

<![CDATA[Livermore Wine Country Festival 2015]]> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 15:48:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/228*120/Photo-May-04-12-23-04-PM.jpg

The Livermore Wine Country Festival is the largest celebration of wine, craft brews, arts, crafts, shopping, dining, entertainment and hometown charm in the East Bay. Returning this year on May 2nd and 3rd, 2015, over 150,000 people attend each year to explore over 300 vendor booths and to shop at Downtown incredible specialty boutiques.

Each year, patrons can purchase a one-day ticket and get the second day for free. This year, patrons can either purchase a one-day price ticket with a beer or wine package and get the second day for free, or purchase a two-day pass for an additional $15 dollars.  

For more information and ticket prices, click here

When: May 2nd and 3rd, 2015

Where: Downtown Livermore

Time: Saturday – 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Sunday – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

<![CDATA[Asian Art Museum May Events]]> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 15:33:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/200*120/printereye043015.jpg

This May, the Asian Art Museum will be hosting its First Thursday on May 7, with Docent Kirsten Shilakes who will discuss a flight of three sakes followed by a film featuring LUCKYRICE culinary festival founder Danielle Chang, as she travels across America exploring the Asian food landscape.

On May 21, the museum will facilitate a discussion about the aesthetics and ethics of contemporary Filipino American Art in the Bay Area and how it is a fertile ground for Filipino/American artists and performers. On May 28, the Artist Drawing Club series continue with Ma Li as she will present Gathering Among Stars, which will utilize the museum space as a nexus where past and future, East and West, institutions and individuals intersect.

5/7 Big Taste: Sake and "Lucky Chow" - Join us as we explore the rich intersection of art, culture, food and spirits. It's a perfect night to tour Seduction: Japan's Floating World and The Printer's Eye one last time with drinks, music, and lively conversation before the exhibitions close on May 10.

5/16 Asian Heritage Street Celebration - Explore the museum for free as a part of this annual program held during the Asian Heritage Street Celebration. The museum will also be celebrating International Museum Day.

5/21 The State of the State: Contemporary Filipino/American Art in the Bay Area - Drawing its title from a painting by the late Carlos Villa, this roundtable conversation will ruminate on the aesthetics and ethics of contemporary Filipino American art in the Bay Area.

5/28 Gathering Among Stars with Ma Li - Ma Li presents Gathering Among Stars, using recycled materials to explore the museum's role as an important point of intersection and interaction. 


Asian Art Museum - 200 Larkin St., San Francisco


Throughout the month of May


Admission details here.

Photo Credit: Suzuki Harunobu / Asian Art Museum]]>
<![CDATA[The San Jose Derby in Memory of Robby Paine]]> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 15:18:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/217*120/SJ+Derby.png

The San Jose Derby is sure to be this year’s premier philanthropic party, celebrating the life and memory of Robby Paine. Hosted at Café Stritch, one of the finest Jazz venue’s in the Bay Area located in Downtown San Jose, the San Jose Derby brings together the community to celebrate great food, delicious drinks, impeccable style, wonderful people and good fun.

The San Jose Derby was created in memory Robby Paine, a son, brother, friend, student and San Jose resident. Following Robby Paine’s giving spirit, the San Jose Derby fundraises for the three organizations that grew and fostered his hospitable nature: The Willow Glen Foundation, Young Life’s Woodleaf Camp, and CSU Chico, Department of Hospitality.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit here

When: May 2, 2015

Where: Café Stritch

                San Jose

Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

<![CDATA[Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley's Ride for Affordable Housing]]> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 16:20:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Habitat+For+Humanity.png

On May 1, 2015, 20 VIP riders, including Mayor Sam Liccardo, Carl Guardino of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and executives from major Habitat for Humanity supporters like Cisco Systems, SanDisk, Thrivent Financial, Charles Schwab, Google and others will partake in the Ride for Affordable Housing, a 10-mile bike ride through the heart of San Jose. This ride comes as a preview of the national efforts of Bob Frick, a Habitat board member, and volunteer rider, Len Holmes, who will be biking 3,000 miles across the country to raise funding and awareness for the local Habitat affiliate, Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley.

Bob Frick and Len Holmes will join Habitat EBSV for a special dedication ceremony prior to the 10-mile ride where the keys to a new home in San Jose will be given to the new homeowners. The route will begin at 1081 Palm Street in San Jose and will pass the Habitat ReStore at the Environmental Innovation Center as well as two Victorian homes already housing Habitat families at 13th and Julian streets. The ride is designed to raise awareness for the Cycle of Hope 2015 and the need for affordable homeownership in Silicon Valley.

For more information, click here

When: May 1, 2015

Where: San Jose


Time: 1:30 PM

<![CDATA[Adopt a Rose for Mother's Day from the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden]]> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 14:10:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/189*120/San_Jose_Heritage_Rose_Garden_view_1.jpg

With Mother’s Day soon approaching, there’s no better way to show your mom how much she means to you than by adopting a unique and delicate rose just for her from the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden at the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy. The San Jose Heritage Rose Garden is home to nearly 3,000 varieties of heritage, modern and miniature roses spanning 5-acres, initially planted in 1995.

The GRRP Adopt-a-Rose program includes a personalized plaque in the rose garden with her name and a personalized message from you next to her rose for a full year.  She will also receive a beautiful gift package that includes potpourri from the Heritage Rose Garden, chocolate from Schurra’s Fine Confection, a bar of scented soap from Renee’s Handmade Soap and a gift card for one free long-stem red rose a month from Citti’s Florist.

For more information on how to adopt a rose, click here

When: Order by May 1st to have your plaque installed by Mother’s Day

Where: San Jose Heritage Rose Garden


Time: n/a

<![CDATA[Dining Out for Life 2015]]> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 13:41:02 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/220*120/dine-out.png

Help the fight against AIDS by simply dining out at some of your favorite restaurants participating in today’s nation-wide event, Dining Out for Life. Dining Out for Life was created in 1991 by an ActionAIDS volunteer in Philadelphia. Now, almost 24 years later, Dining Out for Life is produced in 60 cities throughout the United States and Canada, including San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

Over 3,000 restaurants donate a portion of their proceeds from today’s special event to the licensed AIDS service agency in their city. You can make a huge difference in someone’s life, today.

For a list of participating restaurants in San Francisco and/or the Silicon Valley, please click here

When: April 30, 2015

Time: Participating restaurant hours

<![CDATA[Thank You, Volunteers, For Comcast Cares Day 2015!]]> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:44:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/IMG_3275+-+Copy.JPG

NBC Bay Area partnered with Comcast, our parent company, over the weekend for Comcast Cares Day, a single-day, nation-wide event that brought together over 90,000 volunteers to work on 800 different projects around the country.

Locally, much of our NBC Bay Area team worked at Mathson Middle School in San Jose where over 500 volunteers worked to garden, paint and clean to make the school look brand new. Many volunteers made Comcast Cares Day a family outting and brought along their children, husbands, and wives to help the cause.

We want to say thank you to all of the volunteers who came out to show support and put in hard work for this special day of giving back to the community. What would have taken a few years to do for sites like Mathson Middle School was done in just a few hours, thanks to the many helping hands of our volunteers. 

<![CDATA[Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa, April 19]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:28:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/IDF123.jpg

This episode of Asian Pacific America featured NBC Bay Area's Investigative Reporter Vicky Nguyen as she talks about her family and the Fall of Saigon. Asian Pacific America also welcomed back the Children's Discovery Museum to talk about its Tet exhibit, "Voyage to Vietnam." The show wraps up with the Indonesian Diaspora Foundation (IDF), along with a special performance!

Voyage to Vietnam

Indonesian Diaspora Foundation

Special Performance

About Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa:

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 5:30 AM and on COZI TV channel 186 at 6 PM.

Contact Us:

Did you know one in every four residents in the Bay Area is 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 or Pacific Islander? We'd love to hear from you! Email us at lance.lew@nbcuni.com with some background information (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 six weeks prior to their event date.

<![CDATA[Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa, April 12]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:29:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/Matsuri1.jpg

This episode of Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa featured the 38th annual Nikkei Matsuri Festival, which took place yesterday in San Jose's Japantown. The Nikkei Matsuri (Japanese-American Festival) embraces the local commmunity's love and appreciation of Japanese-American culture and heritage.

In 1976, as part of America's bicentenneial celebration, the City of San Jose encouraged local ethnic communities to sponsor festivals to share their culture. The Japanese-American community responded with a successful festival which is now, the Nikkei Matsuri - San Jose Japantown.

Nikkei Matsuri

San Jose Betsuin Bonsai Club


Kyle Abbot Shamisen Performance

About Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa:

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 5:30 AM and on COZI TV channel 186 at 6 PM.

Contact Us:

Did you know one in every four residents in the Bay Area is 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 or Pacific Islander? We'd love to hear from you! Email us at lance.lew@nbcuni.com with some background information (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 six weeks prior to their event date.

<![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.

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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.

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When: March 21, 2015

Where: Fairmont San Jose

Time: TBA